Dr. JTR Mujuru Met With United States of America Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Dr. JTR Mujuru Met With United States of America Senate Foreign Relations Committee

People’ s Rainbow Coalition ( PRC) Leader President Dr JTR Mujuru met the Visiting United States of America Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Harare on the 6th of April 2018. The US Committee is on a Fact finding mission of political reality prevailing in the country post Robert Mugabe era and in view of the pending harmonised elections of 2018.

The PRC leader took the opportunity to brief the Visiting US Senate Committee on the PRC political and electoral demands should the country envisage the holding of free, fair and credible elections. Dr JTR Mujuru highlighted to the delegation that the current Government administration is a product of a military coup and that there is peremptory need for the holding of free, fair and credible elections should the country immediately return to the rule of law and constitutionalism.

The PRC Presidential candidated took the opportunity to take the Visitors through a list of PRC political and electoral demands which demands PRC presented to the office of Ed Mnangagwa and copied to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission early this year and how a failure to achieve and implement the reforms would adversely affect the holding of free, fair and Credible elections. For avoidance of doubt the PRC Political and Electoral demands presented by leader of the Government in waiting, PRC are as follows:

  1. Issues of electoral integrity
  2. Need for political restraint of traditional leadership authority in electoral processes
  3. Demilitarization of electoral processes
  4. Issues of Political violence and intimidation
  5. Media Reforms for both public print and electronic media.
  6. Need for independent Zimbabwe electoral commission
  7. Diaspora vote
  8. Need for clean and verifiable voters roll
  9. Transparency in the procurement of election materials
  10. Independent election material audit
  11. Election observation and monitoring
  12. Independent electoral courts
  13. Independent mechanism for receiving complaints
  14. Equal engagement of all election Stakeholders
  15. Need for Pre agreed road Map.

The PRC leader highlighted to the visitors that there is no indication of the military regime’ s willingness to implement the critical reforms notwithstanding Ed’ s grand standing on foreign soils to the effect of wanting to facilitate the holding of free and fair elections.

Zimbabweans should also take note that the issue of Zimbabwe Electoral commission took centre stage regarding its indepence and politics of exclusion and collusion when it comes to the need of engaging all political parties in the country on matters of political processes ; and more worrying is when ZEC critical manpower would be seen in the company of Zanu pf in countries like Russia in very much unclear circumstances.

Above everything else Mother Zimbabwe needs to assure Zimbabweans that the issue of electoral and political reforms is a non negotiable matter and PRC is ready to take every constitutional means necessary to ensure that the decency and intergrity of Zimbabwean vote is protected. Justice needs to be seen to be done for justice delayed is justice denied. Another workable and great Zimbabwe is possible.

# Mother Zimbabwe for President 2018.
# Dr JTR Mujuru has my vote 2018.
# My Joice My voice My vote My Choice.

Adv Gift Nyandoro
PRC Spokesperson.

People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC) Concerns Over Political & Electoral Reforms

People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC) led by Dr J. R. Mujuru notes with serious concern that despite writing to Mr E. D. Mnangagwa a plea for political and electoral reforms on the 23rd of February 2018, and which correspondence was also copied to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on the same day; PRC’s plea has neither been responded to or acknowledged by Mr E. D. Mnangagwa’s office. Further, there is nothing on the horizon of Zimbabwe’s political landscape to demonstrate that the current military regime has the will power to ensure that electoral reforms are done besides globe trotting and misrepresenting to the world that Zimbabweans are now in a new era. Yes the regime could be given the benefit of doubt that Zimbabweans are now in a new era of worse of dictatorship. PRC, as the government in waiting, insists that electoral and political reforms are a must; should the country hope for a free, fair and credible elections.

To that end, PRC now puts the regime on notice that should key reforms be ignored for the holding of free, fair and credible elections, then PRC as the government in waiting is going to take every constitutional means available in order to protect the Zimbabwean democratic vote. PRC hereunder reminds the military regime of its unwavering demand for reforms as follows;

The People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC) consisting of the Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment (DARE), National People’s Party (PDP) and Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE).

Concerned with the military activities of 13, 14 and 15 November 2017 which reproduced a crisis of legitimacy through an unconstitutional change of Government of Zimbabwe

Believing that any election that takes place in a context that is poisoned by military diffusion into the political arena can neither be free, fair or credible;

Noting that elections should be held within the next six months;

Concerned with political violence against members of the opposition including the brutal attack on the PRC Presidential Candidate Dr Joice Mujuru on the 1st of February in Glen View Harare; and

Desiring to restore constitutional order and legitimacy of Government in Zimbabwe.

Hereby demand that the following key Political and Electoral Reforms be urgently implemented ahead of the forthcoming Elections in Zimbabwe.

Electoral Integrity 
PRC calls upon SADC, AU Commission and UN to assist Zimbabwe with maintenance of purity and transparency of the 2018 election process. We implore these supranational bodies to ensure that the forthcoming elections are conducted in line with the SADC Principles and Guidelines governing elections as well as the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance among other regional and international instruments which guarantee the integrity of elections.

Traditional leadership authority 
PRC calls for the immediate depoliticisation of the fetishised institution of the traditional leadership authority. Section 281 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe stipulates that traditional leaders including chiefs, headmen/women and village heads must remain apolitical, impartial, fair and inclusive in their communities. Like the colonial regime before it, ZANU PF has usurped the institution of the traditional leadership authority and made it an extension of itself and this must be stopped immediately to allow rural voters to freely exercise their right to elect a government of their choice without fear and intimidation.

Demilitarization of the electoral process
PRC calls for the demilitarization of the electoral process. All members of the security forces, in adherence to the Constitution must first and foremost protect the Zimbabwean citizens despite their political affiliation. ZANU PF Commissariat and government have deployed an estimated 3000 military officials in civilian clothes into both urban and rural communities to campaign for ZANU PF ahead of the elections. These and other security personnel deployed in various institutions including Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) should be weeded out urgently. They have no role in an election except maintaining peace and security for all. Above everything else; PRC demands the military should make a public declaration of non-interference with electoral processes before the elections of 2018 are held.

Political violence and intimidation 
One of the defining epithets of elections in Zimbabwe is political violence. Widespread intimidation of voter persists and organized ZANU PF thugs spread fear across communities in the build up to the 2018 elections as witnesses on the 1st of February 2018 against the PRC Presidential Candidate Dr Joice Mujuru and her supporters. ZANU PF party officials are also going around the communities recording serial numbers of Voters Registration Slips as an election intimidation tactic. PRC therefore demands an end to the recording of serial numbers of potential voters. PRC also demand that the electoral environment must be free from political violence, selective prosecution and suppression of political campaigns, repressive laws and practices and protection of electoral criminals.

Media reforms 
PRC believes that the media plays a pivotal role in elections and therefore reiterates its call for substantial and urgent equal access to the State Media both print and electronic. All political parties have the right to have their content aired on State Television and Radio Stations. PRC further demands that State Newspapers and Reporters report news in a professional and impartial manner. Further, the public must not be used to promote hate speech against sections and views of those opposed to the ruling party.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
PRC demands the immediate dissolution of Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and the creation of New Electoral Management Body that should be negotiated by all political parties in an inclusive platform. The current ZEC in not independent, and has been at the centre of all the flawed electoral process in Zimbabwe.

Diaspora vote 
Despite the clear directions of the Constitution on the rights of all Zimbabwean citizens to vote, ZEC is yet to make arrangements to enable the Diaspora to exercise this right. Section 67 of the Constitution provides that every Zimbabwean citizen has the right to vote in all elections and referenda. We demand that Zimbabwean Diaspora should be allowed to vote in the next general elections wherever they are. Arrangements should be made for the Diaspora population to register to vote wherever they are and cast their votes in the 2018 elections.

Voters roll 
PRC demands that the voters roll must be published on website and be advertised electronically and be given to any Zimbabwean upon request.

Election materials 
PRC demands that all electoral stakeholders, including Political parties, be part of the decision making of the procurement, storage, counting, dispatch and use of all election material which include, ballot papers, ballot boxes, indelible ink, voting pens and al polling station material, at any and all stages of the election.

Independent election material audit 
PRC demands that there be independent election material auditors at each stage that involves election material, procurement, storage, counting, dispatch and use, right up to after the announcement of the election results to ensure that every piece of material particularly the ballot papers, are counted for and their use verified by an independent body.

Election observation ad monitoring 
PRC demands that all the processes of the forthcoming elections be observed by accredited observers and monitors from civic society and regional and international community. The Regional and International bodies are urged to urgently deploy their teams in all parts of the country and particularly in remote areas.

Independent electoral courts 
PRC calls for the creation of wholly independent, impartial accountable and fair electoral courts with at least one such court in each and every province in the country. Their scope, independence and impartiality must be enshrined in the Electoral Act.

Independent mechanism for receiving complaints
PRC calls for the establishment of an independent mechanism for receiving and investigating complains from the members of the public about the misconduct on the part of members of security services and for remedying and harm caused by such misconduct as defines by Section 210 of the Constitution.

Election stakeholders
PRC demands that all interested political parties must be consulted on all issues pertaining to the forthcoming elections as opposed to the current situation where only parties that are represented in Parliament are consulted. The 2018 election will be a new election with new players whose input is crucial if Zimbabwe is to ensure electoral integrity. The guarantee of independence of ZEC depends a great deal on the trust nd credibility it enjoys with all political parties, media and ivil society.

Electoral roadmap 
The issue of when the elections are due and how they will be administered must be outlined as a matter of urgency. The roadmap should include the critical elements such as the reforms outlined above, printing of ballot papers, nominations, campaigning and regulations that will guide these elections.

In conclusion, PRC believes that only a firm political will and commitment to reform, with support from citizens, media, SADC, AU, and UN can enable the country to put in place the political and electoral reforms that can truly provide a level playing field to all and fulfill the criteria of free, fair and credible elections in Zimbabwe.

# Mother Zimbabwe for President 2018
# My Joice My choice My vote My voice
#Dr JTR Mujuru has my vote 2018

Adv Gift Nyandoro 
PRC Spokesperson

Mujuru in Buhera

Mujuru in Buhera

National People’s Party (NPP) President and PRC Presidential Candidate, Dr JTR Mujuru joined thousands of mourners yesterday the 20th of February 2018 at Humanikwa village in Buhera in order to pay her farewell respect during the burial of the democratic icon, Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai . Indeed the Son of Soil got a befitting sent off from the diverse political divide.

In her farewell eulogy Dr JTR Mujuru went down the historical lane when she had a joint public demonstration and political rally against the regime with the Late Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai in Gweru. She also touched on the Memorandum of understanding signed between NPP and Mdct and subsequent negotiations which followed but could not be concluded since the late Democratic icon was not feeling well. Dr JTR Mujuru reminded the mourners that the said engagements with the late Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai showed that he believed in the progressive coming together of opposition political parties in fighting the ZANU pf regime. To that end Dr JTR Mujuru emphasized on the need for Zimbabwean opposition political parties to come together and confront the regime in 2018 watershed elections as a united front. The a foregoing constitute the totality of Dr Mujuru’ s eulogy at the funeral of the late democratic icon.

Unfortunately Dr JTR Mujuru’s farewell eulogy has been deliberately distorted by pseudo social media messengers of political falsehoods to the effect that Dr JTR Mujuru made a comical u-turn by joining MDC alliance at the funeral. Such mischievous falsehoods demonstrate how the regime is committed in ensuring that a grand coalition of like minds should not succeed. In any event coalitions are& a product of negotiation process and hence are not pronounced at funerals.

Secondly, a false and fictitious Twitter handle with the image of Dr JTR Mujuru is also doing rounds in social media imputing a false eulogy from her which she never said at the funeral. Dr Mujuru has no desire to be dragged into the internal succession matrix of MDC T. She believes that MDC T has leadership with sufficient depth and experience to decisively deal with the party’s internal process and that does not require outside interferences.

We therefore urge Zimbabweans to disregard the false circulations and Twitter handles in social media which suggests the involvement of Dr JTR Mujuru in Mdct succession processes and mislead the world that Dr JTR Mujuru joined MDC Alliance at the funeral of Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. Such mischief should never and shall never destroy Zimbabweans’ will in that Opposition Political parties should join forces in confronting the regime. Put simply those who were present at the funeral knows the truth of what Mother Zimbabwe said.

May the soul of son of the soil Dr Richard Morgan Tsvangirai rest in eternal peace.

Together we can make another Great Zimbabwe possible.

Advocate Gift Nyandoro
Secretary General (National People’s Party)



PEOPLE’ S RAINBOW COALITION (PRC) under the revolutionary leadership of Dr Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru met in Harare today the 15th of November 2017 and dealt with two issues on its agenda which were:

1. Institutionalisation of PRC post the Bulawayo Stanley Square successful signing ceremony,

2. Assesment and PRC’ s views on the current political developments unfolding in the country.

PRC is happy to advise Zimbabweans that it has successfully institutionalised the agreement entered into by the coalescing political parties into a Committee System that is ready to transform PRC into a winning team come 2018 harmonised elections. To that end the PRC leadership is as follows:

  1. PRC Presidential Candidate….Dr Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru
  2. PRC Chairperson…Mrs Lucia Matibenga.
  3. PRC Vice Chairperson..Dr S. Sipepa
  4. Finance and Adiministration… Dr G. Moyo
  5. Media and Communication…Mr G. Dzikiti
  6. Legal Committee…Advocate Gift Nyandoro
  7. Elections and Candidate Selection…Former Mayor Mr P. Moyo
  8. Regional and International Relations… Dr Ambassador J. Mvundura
  9. Strategy and Policy coordination.. Mr F. Mbira.
  10. Security and Protocol… Mr G. Chifamba
  11. Freedom Fighters… Mr S. Machiri(nee CDE Fraser)
  12. Women affairs…Mrs Monica Mafume
  13. Youth Affairs… Mr Gilbert Mbwende

To that end ; its hands on the deck for PRC leadership and the game is set for preparations of the holding of 2018 harmonized elections.

NB. Regarding PRC ‘ s views on the current political developments; PRC leadership resolved that the Coalition’ s Presidential candidate be mandated to hold a press conference tomorrow the 16th of November 2018 in order for her to share with Zimbabweans PRC’ s views on the current political developments at a place and time to be advised in due course.

Advocate Gift Nyandoro
PRC Spokesperson.

NPP Social Media Response

NPP Social Media Response

It is absolutely naïve for MDCT supporters to go around denigrating other coalition partners and their supporters in pursuit of self-proclaimed superiority or leadership of coalition or worse ownership of coalition. A coalition is exactly that and it envisages a win win outcome based on strategic alliance for a common purpose. If MDCT supporters with or without underhand connivance of some in MDCT leadership wittingly or unwittingly continue to make such silly self-fulfilling prophecies of coalition failure then so be it. I really pray and hope the MDCT leadership and official position is for coalition per signed MOUs.

The coalitions favour MDCT more than anyone else and it is in their best interests for the MDCT leadership to make clear to their supporters what this is really all about. Failure to do so will mean the MDCT leaders collectively of individually are unwittingly complicity in undermining the prospective grand coalition. It goes without saying that NPP will diminish Zanupf as many people in Zanupf are not happy with what is going on including the clinging to power of Mugabe and his wife, their conscience choice option is to support Dr Mujuru and NPP as part of their natural revolutionary thinking. This brings into play the issue of security sector support for a smooth transition from the Mugabe Era to whatever new dispensation that will emerge. Believe you me, the security sector will not abdicate their revolutionary duty to safeguard the sovereign power of Zimbabwe as an independent state. It is naïve to even contemplate that if not downright stupid. This great country is at a delicate transitional stage well beyond the myopic-partisan tried and failed noises of yesteryear! We all remember the noises about FINAL PUSH TO STATE HOUSE!!

We all saw the cakes of Zimbabwe House as the self-deception noises being repeated now went on, we even saw grand weddings of two potential future first ladies in competition, with one being whisked to a rally on wedding day!!! it all came to naught at a time MDC T was the strongest party in the country, now it’s not, let that sink in nicely before you jump around making more meaningless noises! MDCT split many ways, lost its parliamentary majority got decimated in by elections, please stop fooling yourselves and start pursuing coalition pragmatically in the national interest. Failure to heed this warning means instead of seeing the last kicks of a dying horse of Mugabe and cabal, we will see the last kicks of a dying horse Morgan Tsvangirai and MDCT followed by a worse factional implosion than we see in Zanupf now. The worst legacy for Tsvangirai and his party is an MDCT repeat of rescuing Zanupf from oblivion as happened with GNU but this time Zanupf slaughtering MDCT for eternity.

NPP as a new party will continue to build an enduring legacy on the ashes of the stubborn and stupid elements in MDCT more concerned about their positions than the national interest they purport to represent, they clearly admire the corrupt life styles of Zanupf we all saw them during the gnu take to the feeding trough like fish to water, they tasted and they want in so bad they cannot think rationally. All the social media negative noises against coalition are orchestrated from individual and collective MDCT leaders. Some even tweet their hostility to coalition unashamedly. This is the difference between NPP and MDCT! NPP is led by Dr Mujuru who went to war with nothing fought and contributed till victory with nothing and came back from that war with nothing still barely a teenager.

MDCT has mature adults very clear on their avaricious pursuits, so while NPP preaches the ideals of the liberation struggle betrayed by Zanupf, in MDCT are individuals with great admiration of the corrupt life styles of zanupf and Mugabe cronyism! they want Morgan Tsvangirai to also dish out to them Mugabe style!!, hence the fake demigod noises of SAVE CHETE instead of ZIMBABWE CHETE as was during the war!, so hell bent are they that at every turn even Morgan Tsvangirai is struggling within with them. They want another Mugabe who will do what they are condemning now, but for them!

If grand coalition fails as far as NPP is concerned it will be because of unprincipled stand points by some of the MDCT leaders who feel threatened by coalition. If that be the case let the coalition fail, because if as constituted with such myopic leaders and their supporters, it will never deliver the Zimbabwe the masses yearn for. Coalition is a transitional arrangement in pursuit of shaping the post toxic Mugabe Era new Zimbabwe!!, its not about Tsvangirai becoming president with the help of Joice Mujuru. Joice Mujuru represents the ideals of the liberation struggle let there be no confusion about that. Putting together MDCT social democrats ideals with the revolutionaries is uniting the country from the Mugabe toxic divide and rule, wake up MDCT supporters or face Armageddon in 2018!

DR. Mujuru, The Military Commander

DR. Mujuru, The Military Commander


The whole current commanders mentored by her legendary husband General Mujuru, know that IN HER OWN RIGHT!! SHE WAS AN AWESOME COMMANDER MILITARILY AND RESPECT HER 100% #mujurufactor!!
The bombing of the Salisbury fuel tanks: Shiri explains how the idea was hatched
Evans Mushawevatohttp://www.thepatriot.co.zw
4-5 minutes

IT was while standing in for the late national hero Josiah Tungamirai, the ZANLA High Command’s political commissar that Air Marshal Perence Shiri, the current commander of Zimbabwe Air force, found himself among the legendary men and a woman who mooted the idea to deliver a fatal blow to the Rhodesians and provide a defining moment of Zimbabwe’s war of liberation.
And not many know that in the place of the raging fire that engulfed the then Salisbury main fuel depot in 1978 and raged on for five days with smoke that could be seen from more than 50km away could have been sludges of sewage, were it not for a bored woman whose alert and brilliant mind proffered another suggestion that proved a masterstroke.
“One day in 1978, I was tasked by Cde Tungamirai to go to Chimoio on his behalf to attend a meeting of the High Command that was chaired by Cde Josiah Tongogara,” said Cde Shiri in an interview.
The meeting’s main agenda, in July, was to strategise a way of penetrating Rhodesia’s capital city, Salisbury and carry out an attack that would bring the Rhodies to their knees.
ZANLA forces were now equipped with heavy and sophisticated weapons and advanced in military training as evidenced by the actions of a crack unit that would stay in Mbare, right under the nose of Rhodesians and attack the fuel depot cutting the vein that fueled the Rhodies war machinery.
Members of the High Command present were the late Cde Josiah Tongogara who chaired the meeting, Cde Vitalis Zvinavashe, Cde Solomon Mujuru while Cde Josiah Tungamirai was represented by Benjamin Big Boy Chikerema alias Perence Shiri and Cde Oppah Muchinguri who was Cde Tongogara’s secretary.
Cde Shiri, who had received his first political orientation in Wedza, at Mt St Mary’s Mission, Rusunzwe, while doing his Form Three under the tutelage of the likes of Martin Mwale, a teacher at the school, was now the Provincial Field Operational Commander of Tete Province and could From Page 18
attend High Command meetings.
Arriving for the meeting in Chimoio little did the man, who five years back in 1973, had spent a fortnight heading goats in Moraka Village, Botswana, waiting to be connected to ZANLA officials to join the war, know that he would be instrumental in executing the order to cripple the Rhodesians.
“The agenda of the meeting was to identify Rhodesian strategic areas to attack and inform the world that we were determined to liberate ourselves and show that Rhodesian forces had become porous,” said Cde Shiri.
“The late General Vitalis Zvinavashe came up with the first target, a place called Mazai, which was Salisbury’s main sewer treatment plant in Mufakose.
“The idea was to make the whole city stink sending a message of how serious we were and to show that the Rhodesians were not as secure as they believed.”
It was Teurai Ropa, now Vice President Mujuru, who was not even part of the meeting who came up with the suggestion to attack the Salisbury Fuel tanks.
“As we were discussing Mai Mujuru who was a member of the Central Committee asked Cde Tongogara to sit in as she felt lonely, after her fellow officers had left the camp and she promised to be quiet and not participate in the discussions,” Cde Shiri said.
“But after the suggestion to attack the sewer treatment plant, Cde Mujuru interjected and asked participants if she could be of assistance by making a contribution and Cde Tongogara gave her the go ahead.
“Cde Mujuru said if we were talking about a strategic place to attack then the fuel depot in Salisbury would be the best target. We were stunned and clapped, I did not know the depot myself, I thought it was some filling station in town,’ said Cde Shiri.
Immediately logistics and preparations for the attack began.
To increase the chances of success each of the three operational provinces that is Tete, Manica and Gaza had to send a unit to carry out the attack on the same target.
“Each province was asked to come up with a team that would attack the depot, weapons to be used included RPGs and 60 mm mortars. Gaza Province which was furthest was the first to be given its allocation of weapons for the mission, followed by Manica and Tete two weeks later as it was closer to Harare.”

Mujuru Takes on Tsvangirai

Mujuru Takes on Tsvangirai

HARARE – In remarks that are likely to stoke tensions within opposition ranks, former Vice President Joice Mujuru has once again punted herself to lead the country’s envisaged grand coalition, at the same time seemingly questioning the suitability of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai to front the mooted alliance.

This comes despite Mujuru — a former Zanu PF bigwig who now leads the fledgling National People’s Party (NPP) — having recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tsvangirai, as they signalled their intention of finalising talks for the mooted opposition alliance.

But the former long-serving number two to President Robert Mugabe once again threw the cat among the pigeons last week when she suggested that Tsvangirai did not fit the profile of the ideal leader to front the planned coalition.

“We want someone who can also unite and appeal to those who fought the war, those in the army, as well as and those in the farms.

“This is because some fear that if someone else becomes the leader they will lose their farms, or those in the army will be blamed for certain things, and those in the police will be blamed for certain things.

“And those people will be happy to hear that they have one of their own,” Mujuru said as she promoted her candidacy during a meeting with her supporters in Zvimba, Mashonaland West.

Analysts have previously said Mujuru, whose liberation struggle nom de guerre was Teurai Ropa (Spill Blood), and whose late husband Solomon was the first black post-independence army commander, could provide the much-needed bridge that opposition parties have been missing to ensure the smooth transfer of power if they win the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

Speaking in 2002, the late commander of the defence forces, Vitalis Gava Zvinavashe, infamously said the military would not salute anyone without liberation credentials, in apparent reference to Tsvangirai.

Yesterday, analysts told the Daily News that Mujuru’s statement last week was “a naked advertisement” that she wanted to lead the coalition — warning, however, that this could stoke tensions within opposition ranks.

“Such utterances seem designed to send the message that Tsvangirai, from her point of view, is unsuitable to lead the coalition.

“The characteristics she profiles appear tailored to reflect what she thinks she brings to the table. But they do not reflect the needs or priorities of significant other constituencies.

“The issues she raises are of course not unimportant and any coalition leadership should be able to address these issues.  But leadership is not simply about who sits on the throne,” Piers Pigou, a consultant with the International Crisis Group, said.

“It also certainly doesn’t bode well for the coalition … and this highlights the importance of an innovative approach to the coalition building effort … Mujuru is untested outside of Zanu PF and what we’ve seen so far is somewhat underwhelming,” Pigou added.

University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer, Eldred Masunungure, also said it appeared as if it was going to be difficult for opposition parties to agree on a coalition leader, which would weaken the planned alliance.

“The coalition will likely happen but I don’t think it will be strong enough. They will get to it, but it will be a weak coalition unless if they can come up with an acceptable formula to choose the coalition leader.

“I think it will probably end up being a quarrelsome coalition,” Masunungure told the Daily News.

Other analysts said a positive attribute of Tsvangirai was that he had the strongest appeal and control over his core supporters, as witnessed at his weekend rally in Gweru, which was attended by tens of thousands of his followers.

“(Tsvangirai) is the best foot forward, no doubt about that. But he must be magnanimous, crafty, humble and inclusive in the manner in which he approaches the coalition talks,” said civic leader Gladys Hlatywayo.

“The situation requires astute leadership that is able to remain focused on the end-game and rise above petty differences of yesteryears. It equally requires dealing effectively with internal discontent and the divisive politics of positions,” she added.

Political observers have also previously said the opposition, if they contest next year’s elections as a united front, stand a good chance of finally bringing an end to both Mugabe’s and Zanu PF’s long rule.

Optimism has been high within opposition circles ever since Tsvangirai and Mujuru joined forces and walked the streets of Gweru in August last year, in a rare public show of unity.

A large cross-section of Zimbabweans, including political analysts and civic groups, have also said Tsvangirai is the only opposition leader capable of giving Mugabe and the warring Zanu PF a run for their money in the make-or-break 2018 national elections.

Speaking to the Daily News in an interview early this year, former Cabinet minister and for long Mugabe’s confidante, Didymus Mutasa, said while there were many people who aspired to lead the planned grand alliance, only Tsvangirai had the support and “the credentials” to take that position — completely rubbishing in the process both the capacity and chances of Mujuru to lead the opposition.

This was after Mutasa and Mujuru’s highly-publicised fallout while they still worked together at the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) — a disaffection which eventually led Mujuru to forming the NPP.

Mutasa was effusive in his praise of Tsvangirai, making special mention of the way the MDC president had persevered against all odds in his push for a more democratic Zimbabwe, including taking on Mugabe and a Zanu PF that he said often behaved “thuggishly” when challenged.

“For me Tsvangirai is the natural leader of the coalition because of who he is … What the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) is today stands for what Tsvangirai and the MDC built. The rest of us are latecomers in this game.

“We want a leader who will do what we thought Mugabe would do, but failed to do, and as ZPF we want to have discussions about who should lead the coalition because when we wanted to do it while we were still with Mujuru she prevaricated.

“As a party we cannot accept a situation where Mujuru leads the coalition having proved her lack of capacity with ZPF, although she is welcome to be part of the coalition because we need everyone,” Mutasa said without hiding his disdain for Mujuru.




Sunday, 11 June 2017
A law expert has filed another urgent lawsuit in the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) seeking to stop biometric voter registration (BVR) by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) using an Electoral Act under legal challenge.

The latest suit comes in the wake of constitutional law expert Alfred Mavedzenge’s May 15 suit in the same court, challenging the constitutionality of the Electoral Act, arguing it gives the government the power to veto regulations promulgated by the Zec.

His lawsuit sought  an order to declare section 192 (6) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13) constitutionally invalid because it gives Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa power to approve regulations or statutory instruments developed by the Zec.

Before his Electoral Act challenge has been set down for hearing in the Con-Court, Zec announced that it will soon publish regulations on BVR so that they can start the process of voter registration and will promulgate the regulations using outdated provisions of the Electoral Act, which require approval by Mnangagwa before Zec publishes them.

Mavedzenge said in his court papers this is unconstitutional, citing his case that is pending in the Con-Court in which he is challenging the constitutionality of the very same provisions of the Electoral Act, which Zec now seeks to use in order to pass regulations on voter registration.
Dismayed by Zec’s attempt to bypass this court challenge, Mavedzenge went back to the Con-Court on Thursday to file an urgent chamber application seeking an order to stop Zec from promulgating regulations on voter registration until his existing constitutional challenge to section 192 (6) of the Electoral Act is finalised by the apex court.
In the latest suit, Mnangagwa, who is also the vice president, is cited as the first respondent; Rita Makarau, the Zec chairperson, is cited as the second respondent and the Attorney-General Prince Machaya — cited in his official capacity as the principal legal adviser to the government – is the third respondent.
“In order to protect my constitutional right to a free and fair election, it is not sufficient for me to only seek the urgent determination of my constitutional challenge, but it is also necessary for me to request this court to bar the first respondent (Mnangagwa) from exercising any powers in terms of the impugned provision as well as interdict second respondent (Makarau) from proceeding to promulgate the regulations on voter registration and or any other regulations until my constitutional challenge to section 192 (6) of the Electoral Act is determined,” Mavedzenge said in his founding affidavit.
He said all the respondents were duly served with his application and none of them have filed notices of opposition and were therefore now barred as provided in Rule 17 (5) of the Court Rules.
The application is expected to be heard this week.
If granted, Zec’s BVR process will have to wait until the court case is finalised.
Mavedzenge insists the Electoral Act must be realigned to the new Constitution first before there are fresh general elections, expected mid-2018.

He argued that the idea behind his court application was to get the Electoral Act realigned through court judgments, since the Justice minister “seems adamant not to realign the laws.”

“If granted, the relief that I seek from this court will affect the second respondent in the sense that the Zec will be barred from promulgating regulations until the constitutionality of section 192 (6) of the Electoral Act is determined by this court,” Mavedzenge argued.

“If this matter is heard urgently by this court, my right to a free and fair election will be vindicated and second respondent will be able to proceed to promulgate regulations with certainty that their actions (as a commission) are constitutionally valid in the sense that they are acting with the full independence that the Constitution has intended for them.”

This also comes as a social movement has finished collecting signatures for a class action lawsuit on behalf of Zimbabweans seeking the alignment of the Electoral Act to the new Constitution.

#IAMZIMBABWE social movement, being spearheaded by Advocate Fadzayi Mahere, has obtained 100 applicants and was moving to file a High Court application for the certification of the class-action lawsuit.

The lawsuit will accuse government of flagrantly violating provisions of a new Constitution voted for by 95 percent of Zimbabweans in a 2013 referendum. daily news
NewsdzeZimbabwe at Sunday, June 11, 2017

Grand Coalition as Zim-Opposition leaders sign MOU

Grand Coalition as Zim-Opposition leaders sign MOU

Merely a day after Zimbabwe celebrated its 37th independence event from the British colonial rule to whence the country has been led by ZANU PF party, the leaders of the two most influential opposition parties have drawn and signed a Memorandum of Understanding drawing a road-map to a grand coalition that may see President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF face their yet biggest electoral challenge.

Tsvangirai, who leads the MDC-T party that has so far caused deep turmoil to the fortunes of political status quo in the last three electoral tenures has officially inked on the marriage of coalition with Dr Mujuru, former Vice President of Zimbabwe under Zanu PF and founder of Zimbabwe People First party before she abandoned the brand owing to what she underlined as Zanu PF tendencies and attitudes within some fellow Cdes she had journeyed with in the trenches which she underlined will not reflect the party objective of putting “People First”. She now leads National People’s Party.

” This day has been 6 months in the making and is just a road-map to a united opposition to challenge Mugabe in the coming elections and we face rebuilding Zimbabwe together”, added Dr Mujuru after signing the document.

Dr Tsvangirai who was in a buoyant mood and visibly upbeat to the deal shared a joke or two, “Oh, tell me this is not the GNU coalition I was once made to sign, this is now the future of Zimbabwe..”

He concluded by exhorting and encouraging particularly the young to take part in the coming elections starting with registering to vote.