African leaders back Tsvangirai

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s aide Jameson Timba said African leaders have assured the Premier that they will not accept a violent or rigged election in Zimbabwe’s next polls expected later this year.

Khulani Nkabinde

Speaking after Tsvangirai’s whirlwind tour of the continent, Timba said African presidents were yearning for a democratic Zimbabwe and their loyalties were no longer based on yesteryear solidarity.

“It is now clear that Africa is now speaking with one voice on Zimbabwe,” Timba, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, said.

“The leaders made it clear that they will not accept either a violent or rigged election, and they also expressed their exasperation with the shenanigans of Zanu PF.”

Tsvangirai last week toured several countries in an effort to ratchet up pressure on Zanu PF to implement key reforms ahead of elections.

The MDC-T accuses Zanu PF of reneging on reforms agreed upon at the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and hopes Sadc and the African Union can push President Robert Mugabe’s party to implement the desired changes.

Tsvangirai’s party insists that Sadc oversaw the writing of the GPA, selected a facilitator and the regional body should be “accountable for the conclusion and monitoring of the political process to a free and fair election”.

“It is also clear that the yesteryear single voice of solidarity with an individual or the former single ruling party, Zanu PF, is now ruptured and replaced by solidarity with the democratic aspirations of the majority of Zimbabweans, who are yearning for a better life under a democratic dispensation,” Timba said.

During the last leg of his tour, Tsvangirai met Cote d’Ivoire Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, who said Zimbabwe must avoid a human catastrophe as happened in his country.

Cote d’Ivoire plunged into a civil war in 2011 after disputed elections in that country.

Yesterday, Tsvangirai met Botswana President Ian Khama.

Tsvangirai accuses Mugabe of stalling on implementing media, electoral and security sector reforms, saying if these were not implemented before elections expected later this year, the electoral field would remain tilted in favour of
Zanu PF. The MDC-T leader returned to Harare yesterday.

But Zanu PF and Welshman Ncube’s formation of the MDC have been adamant that Tsvangirai’s tour of the region was ill-advised.

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49 Comments

  1. kikikikikikikiest. Ian Khama .kikikikii tsvangirayiwo futi anoshupikawo uyu. ashungurudzika nekuda kutonga manje haalume chinhu. Zanu pf panyanga

    1. To hell with you jojo,Matambo,Madzvokarane,Abel and Ini,you all a bunch of idiots,bloody bastard.Tsvangirai ndizvo.

      MDC T will win by 85%,zanupf 12% and mdc ncube 3%.

      This is a diplomatic tour and the PM is doing a good thing.This is just a score for MDC T.Keep it up PM Tsvangirai we love you so much,keep it up.

      Josefa Chinotimba my best friend knows that MDC T will win by 85%.

      I just love this Party called MDC T.

      1. No Igwe. Down with infatuation.Down with hate speech.Forward with tolerance.Forward with multiparty democracy

    2. With the impending elections, my choice as a voter is clear, I am looking for someone with leadership qualities, a problem solver, facing our country. Those qualities I do not see them in Mr Tsvangirai. With due respect prime minister Tsvangirai seems to be a clueless leader who relies on opinion of others not his own. The whole idea of a presidential election is to choose a leader not a follower. No wonder MDC has no political manifesto. All his demands must be put into a manifesto and sell it to the electorate. Zanu pf will never adopt Tsvangirai’s demands because there is no constitutional or legal basis to do so. He is waisting his time.

      1. To hell with you,imbwa yemunhu.

  2. Matambo Silvester

    What a dump squid of a tour

  3. So the circus show goes on ehh, how much I we going to pay for the show this time?

  4. Morgan wo uyu anenge anoshaya zvekuita, ko kubata hana anobveiko. dzungu too much. Saka zviripachena kuti iye haakwanise kugadzirisa maProblems emunyika make ega nhai? Shame on him

    1. unenge dzenga iwe….ko whey GNU yakaunzwa neSADc kana tichingona kungadzirisana tenga….itai semunhu mukuru kwete kunge gelada

  5. Others are organising for elections by making rules and writing up manifestos, yet others are busy wasting money going to talk to foreign leaders on what to do when one has been defeated. Does that instill confidence at all? Uyu murume anonetsekawo uyu. Tell us who vote what you have to offer and where you got all that money to splash on women and houses that you want to buy so that Zanu pf does not have a field day demonising you. manje ukangomhanya sebenzi wakananga kumamana kunochema iwe usati warohwa, people wont take you seriously.Akubaira zanhi ndewako.
    Get rid of the tags that are costing you leadership of the country i.e that you have a soft spot for imperialists and that you are a perrenial cry baby.

  6. Phunyukabemphethe

    Zim Independent

    Shona administrators must prove they are capable
    By Kudakwashe Marazanye
    I WAS moved by Zimbabwe Saints supporters who were singing with nostalgia
    about their team’s good old days, “.mutserendende, mutserendende,
    mutserendende Dr Love Matavire. ndakambonetsa. kumira neni aive makomborero
    mumvuri womuvonde.”

    Just like Matavire Chikwata chakambonesta and their supporters once walked
    tall. I could not help reminiscing over the good days at Saints.

    Which Saints fan does not have fond memories for the Super Saints of Ephraim
    Chawanda, Henry Mckop, Joseph Machingura etc? I still remember how the
    Saints family was crestfallen when we lost a final to a Shakeman
    Tauro-inspired Caps United in 1979. Aah! Vakomana, choenda here Chikwata?
    With such a distinguished footballing history, what has gone wrong at the
    once-famed Chikwata?

    There is a discernable trend of Shona failure in this and many other cases
    of administrative bungling in this country. Unfortunately this trend only
    serves to reinforce long held stereotypes of Shona dishonesty and bad
    management. Traditionally, whites have had contempt for the cowardly and
    ignoble Mashona and grudging respect for the proud and brave Ndebele.

    The Ndebele had and still harbour contempt for the fickle amasvina. The
    Ndebele still have an unkind refrain about the Shona – thathekile mota
    yamasvina. When in a charitable mood, the Ndebele argue that the problem
    with the Shonas is that they are full of I know, omaningindaba,
    vanamandihindini. So, traditionally, the Shona have always been at the
    bottom of the ethnic pecking order.

    That is why most whites would have preferred a Ndebele government to a Shona
    one in 1980. In their view, Ndebele hands in government were more
    responsible than Shona ones. After all they had wrested the country from the
    Ndebele on their arrival. Even during the liberation war, it was generally
    held that Zipra cadre were a more professional force than Zanla’s army of
    contemptible garden boys turned terrorists. Peter Godwin says as much in his
    book Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa. With the current problems our country is
    facing, blamed mainly on mismanagement, white liberals are quick to distance
    themselves from President Robert Mugabe declaring that “. I was an Inkomo
    man.”

    Against such a background, it is in the interest of the Shona to prove
    history and their detractors wrong. But instead, the Shona seem to be hell
    bent on confirming such prejudices about their ethnic group. Dynamos and
    Saints are both Shona clubs and they are both in an administrative mess. It
    is a scandalous shame that the Shona in Bulawayo now have to turn to
    Highlanders for a soccer team to root for after the demise of Saints. Even
    the Shona players in Bulawayo have to go to Highlanders to launch a career
    in football when in the past they naturally went to Saints.

    Generations of Ndebele and Shona youngsters in Bulawayo had a healthy,
    non-antagonistic rivalry on the soccer pitch to establish which group of
    youths was better. This good-natured rivalry extended to the members of the
    two ethnic groups at work places and in the various drinking places.

    The kind of friendly rivalry you see in Amakhosi’s Foromani and Sakhamuzi.

    But with the demise of Saints, Shonas in Bulawayo now shamelessly consider
    themselves as members of the Highlanders family, both as players and
    supporters. This is despite the humiliating taunts they are subjected to
    like “okungama buya-buya lokhu; .okungamasvina lokhu.” as correctly depicted
    by Amakhosi at the Highlanders Annual Prize Giving Day last year. At
    national level, soccer administration is largely in the hands of Shonas,
    with Leo Mugabe, a Shona at the helm. At this level the sport is also
    generally in the doldrums due to administrative incompetence.

    Apparently Ndebele administrative superiority over the Shonas is not
    confined to football. The city of Bulawayo is the country’s shining beacon
    in local government administrative excellence. Whilst corruption and
    mismanagement have cost Harare (and some Shona cities too) its glamour
    status, Bulawayo has been relatively well run. And Bulawayo, it must be
    remembered, is the heart and soul of Matabeleland.

    In business, Ndebele businessmen are generally known for their financial
    prudence and modesty. They are also known for their social responsibility to
    their Ndebele community – even though the money might have been made in the
    much-loathed Mashonaland. Over the years we have had Ndebele businessmen
    pouring money into Highlanders for its Champions League campaign and to
    sustain their foreign coach, Eddie May. We have had Delmar Lupepe coming up
    with his Amazulu, Titus Ncube and Chemist Siziba amongst others, sponsoring
    Highlanders. Of course the Bulawayo-based Ndebele businessmen would do well
    to discard their Bantustan mentality where they want the Bulawayo business
    arena to be rid of foreigners (read Shonas).

    The corollary to that warped thinking is that the Ndebele sons making money
    in Harare and other areas outside Matabeleland should be chucked out of
    these areas. So Delma Lupepe, Trevor Ncube, Tammy Msimanga and others who
    have thriving businesses in Mashonaland would have to close shop.
    Ultra-Ndebele nationalism may be good for Highlanders but it is certainly
    bad for ethnic relations. In contrast to the financial discipline, social
    responsibility and modesty displayed by Ndebele businessmen, Shona
    businessmen are given to obscene ostentation. They parade their opulent
    villas and cars, firing guns at funerals in the fashion of gangsters, which
    the less charitable say is exactly what they are.

    Parastatals headed by Ndebele boys also seem to fare better compared to
    those run by their Shona counterparts.

    The Zimbabwe Investment Centre under Nicholas Ncube and the then Cotton
    Marketing Board under Sylvester Nguni were some of the better run
    quasi-government organisations.

    From the foregoing, it is clear that the Shona may well have earned a
    reputation as incompetent, out and out crooks driven by the love for money,
    much like the Nigerians. This does not do any good to their tribe’s standing
    in society, and they should work hard to correct such perceptions and
    stereotypes.

    Because of these negative stereotypes of Shonas, there has been muted talk
    in some circles about whether things wouldn’t have been better in Zimbabwe
    under the late Joshua Nkomo and his PF-Zapu.

    l Kudakwashe Marazanye is a Harare-based freelance writer.

    marazanyek@yahoo.co.uk

    1. medion kasvatutsashure

      Punyukahebemhethe you are a damn tribalist . uri mhata . you have nothing to offer to Zimbabean crisis !

      1. Phunyukabemphethe

        Zimbabwean crisis that you created by your “PASI NAMANDEVERE, NGOMO ZIDUMBU, PAMBERI NABAMUGABE” Gukurahundi nonsense.

        Now you want me to help you out of your SEWERAGE shit – never, MORE FIRE!!!

    2. Make it short bro. Noboby is here to read a novel. What ever points you might have had have all been lost.

  7. tsangirai-teaboy(save) mandinyadzisa asi mava kutsvaka basa reuteaboy kuma west zvekare. itotsvakai nokuti muno hamuriwane. ana save havadaro. why are you soo afraid of zanu pf

    1. Wagara unonyadziswa nezvauri pachako!

  8. Jameson Timba Wacho

    NEWSDAY should tell people the truth.
    Here are some reports you published which clearly say Tsvangirayi was going on his tour to ask SADC leaders to put pressure on Mugabe & so far non of them has said anything new than to simply say elections should be fair. Who said they shouldn’t be anyway??.

    (1)Tsvangirai sets poll conditions.
    April 26, 2013 in National, News, Politics.

    MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday demanded the full implementation of electoral reforms before the forthcoming harmonised elections this year as agreed to by coalition government partners and guaranteed by Sadc and the AU.

    Report by Moses Matenga.
    Addressing a Press conference at MDC-T headquarters in Harare, Tsvangirai said while the process of the roadmap was being dealt with, there were many “software and hardware” issues that have to be addressed if Zimbabwe was to hold a credible election, key among them reforms that were agreed to by political parties and global political agreement (GPA) principals.

    He also said he will next week visit players within Sadc and AU to ensure that Zimbabwe was guaranteed a free and fair election that would usher in a new dispensation……….etc etc

    (2)Tsvangirai on diplomatic offensive
    April 29, 2013 in National, News, Politics.

    Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday left the country to embark on a regional offensive aimed at putting pressure on President Robert Mugabe to implement key reforms ahead of harmonised elections later this year.

    Report by Moses Matenga
    Tsvangirai is likely to meet South African President Jacob Zuma and his Tanzanian and Mozambican counterparts Jakaya Kikwete and Armando Guebuza respectively, to brief them on the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA)………….etc etc

    (3)Tsvangirai tightens screws on Mugabe
    May 4, 2013 in National, News, Politics.

    PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has escalated his regional diplomatic offensive after meeting on Thursday the presidents of Gabon and Nigeria, Ali Bongo Ondimba and Goodluck Jonathan respectively, as he pressures President Robert Mugabe to implement agreed electoral reforms ahead of crucial harmonised polls.

    Report by Nduduzo Tshuma
    Tsvangirai has in the last week been on a regional tour to ratchet up pressure on Mugabe, whom he accuses of reneging on implementing key reforms, including media and security sector reforms, ahead of the scheduled elections later this year.

    PM spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka said Tsvangirai had restated his position that Mugabe should implement reforms that were agreed on at the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) in September 2008.

    “Tsvangirai reiterated his concern over Zanu PF’s lack of political will to ensure that true reforms agreed to four years ago were implemented and were allowed to take root well before the elections,” Tamborinyoka said…………etc etc etc

    AND HERE IS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.

    Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

    Don’t cry wolf, Tsvangirayi told, as Regional offensive backfires.

    PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was on Tuesday forced to backtrack from his earlier call for an extraordinary Sadc summit on Zimbabwe after Tanzania reportedly told him there was peace and tranquility in Zimbabwe, a diplomatic source has said.

    The diplomat said Mr Tsvangirai was reminded of a dossier his party sent to Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, who is Sadc Troika chair, in March that was later brought to the attention of the Zimbabwean Government by a friendly African State.

    The dossier was reportedly produced in a Cabinet meeting, and MDC-T Cabinet Ministers disowned it in a desperate bid to stop Government from instituting investigations.
    The dossier was sent by MDC-T secretary for international relations Mr Jameson Timba and had already been discussed by Sadc and the African Union by the time it was disowned.

    “The mistake Mr Tsvangirai made was of telling President Kikwete what was not in tandem with what the Sadc observer team to the referendum told him. Besides, this team was led by Tanzanian Foreign Minister (Mr Bernard Membe) who told his president that there was peace and tranquillity in Zimbabwe and the people voted in a free, fair and credible manner.

    “During the meeting, Tsvangirai was told that the information the Tanzanians, Sadc and the AU now have was that everything was well in Zimbabwe and there was peace in the country,” the diplomat said.

    The Tanzanian leader reportedly challenged PM Tsvangirai to defend the new position he raised on Tuesday and his responses, the diplomat said, were not convincing.
    This then forced Tsvangirai to climb down after meeting President Kikwete on Tuesday and publicly admitted there was peace and tranquillity in Zimbabwe.
    After meeting PM Tsvangirai, President Kikwete said: “As Sadc, we are very much interested in an election that is credible, free and fair. We want Zimbabweans to exercise their unfettered right to choose a leader of their choice.”

    Mr Membe, who led a Sadc observer mission during the referendum, said: “In general, the mission observed that the polling process was conducted in a peaceful, transparent and smooth manner. We also wish to commend ZEC for the professional and dedicated manner in which they delivered a successful referendum to the people of Zimbabwe.

    “On behalf of the chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and on behalf of the entire Sadc family, I wish to sincerely congratulate the Government, ZEC and the people of Zimbabwe for holding a peaceful and credible Constitutional Referendum on 16 March 2013.”

    Mr Membe said that was a major step in the implementation of the GPA and encouraged the political leadership to uphold peace and stability.
    This is the position the Sadc Troika still has on Zimbabwe.

    YOU WANT DEMOCRACY? TELL PEOPLE THE TRUTH.

    1. Jameson Timba Wacho

      AND HERE IS WHAT SADC ACTUALLY THINKS OF TSVANGIRAYI & HIS “REFORMS”

      March 15, 2013. The Independent.

      Sadc leaders lose faith in MDC parties.

      SADC leaders are beginning to view the two MDC formations as part of the problem in Zimbabwe for abandoning their push for the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) resolutions and their failure to articulate issues with one voice ahead of tomorrow’s constitutional referendum and general elections around July.

      Although MDC-T leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai dispatched his party’s secretary for international relations Jameson Timba to Sadc capitals with evidence of resurgent violence two weeks ago, it has emerged Sadc leaders are not impressed by the MDC parties’ failure to push for the implementation of their resolutions ahead of the elections.

      Sadc has made key resolutions on Zimbabwe, including implementation of an election roadmap at its summits in
      1- Windhoek, Namibia,
      2- Livingstone, Zambia,
      3- Maputo, Mozambique and
      4- Sandton, South Africa, which the MDC parties have seemingly dropped at the weekly principals forum and cabinet meetings or in parliament.

      Diplomatic sources told Zimbabwe Independent in separate interviews this week Sadc leaders feel the MDC leaders have become too comfortable in government, forgetting their presence was meant to create an environment conducive for credible, free and fair elections.

      “Sadc has done a lot for Zimbabwe,” said one diplomat. “It has been firm and resolute, but we are disappointed with the MDC parties which have not been pushing strongly enough for the necessary reforms that would allow for free and fair elections.”

      “Resolution after resolution has been adopted by Sadc but up to now, the three parties in the inclusive government have chosen to ignore them. These resolutions are very clear and there are even timelines to them, but months before critical elections little has been implemented.”

      “What more do you want Sadc to do? Nothing is being implemented and the parties that are supposed to be pushing are quiet and focusing on the constitution and referendum. What about other reforms?” the diplomat said.

      The sources pointed to last week’s joint meeting between the three parties and Zuma’s facilitation team led by Lindiwe Zulu.

      A Zanu PF official who attended the meeting said: “Everything went on very smoothly and it was just a routine meeting. We all spoke with one voice on the progress made so far.”
      However, MDC secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said her party had briefed the South African facilitation team about its concerns on the lethargic pace of reforms in a separate meeting.

      “We told the facilitators we believe one area we have failed in is implementing governance reforms,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga said.

      The MDC also told Zuma’s team it was unhappy with the recent appointments of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) chairpersons. The party is also unhappy Ncube was not consulted before the appointment of Supreme Court judge, Justice Rita Makarau as new Zec chairperson, and the installation of former Zanu PF politburo member Jacob Mudenda as ZHRC chairperson. The MDC-T recently told the facilitation team the security situation was deteriorating, citing the death of 12-year old Christpower Maisiri in a mysterious inferno three weeks ago in Headlands.

      Tsvangirai only sent Timba into the region to lobby for a regional extraordinary summit on Zimbabwe following a recent crackdown on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Christpower’s murder, but regional leaders were dismayed that he had sent a junior minister.

      They believed this showed his “lack of seriousness” and view it as a reflection of the MDC-T’s internal power dynamics showing who Tsvangirai really trusts.

      Timba met Malawian President Joyce Banda and foreign ministers of Botswana and Tanzania a fortnight ago.

      Sadc leaders have been demanding President Robert Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Ncube should implement the agreed elections roadmap, including all necessary reforms, before the next polls.

      The sources said to their surprise, Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC speak with one voice at joint meetings with Sadc facilitators indicating the situation has improved and everything is progressing smoothly, but the MDC groups complain of an uneven playing field and escalation of political violence in separate meetings.

  9. unoiziva zanu kuti inouraya wakapotsa wafa ndoosaka achitya bt ngavibude pachena kuti masoja namapolisa abuda muparty yezanu then we can agree kuti we can hold free fair elections

  10. Ayas! No African leader met by “open zip and shut mind” disputes that ZW must hold it’s elections according to the constituition, which everyone else is saying-including Zanu-pf and the other MDC. So what was this whirl-wind all about? Someone correctly suggested that teaboy was just after some more tea with various African leaders-his only achievement with RGM so far.

    Icho!

    1. Iwe. If you can read go through the draft constituiyion. It has all the answers to your worries. Let the elections come through and let Zws decide. Don’t run away from your shadows.

      Icho.

  11. Azopererwa manje chamatama kkkkkkk

  12. If chematama is the only passage for a real free and democratic Zimbabwe, then we are to vote for him and deal with his short comings later, the real concern at the moment is to get rid off vampires clothed in sheep skins. We have to use available resources at our disposal to reach the promised land and we owe it to the future generations of our children to win this war.

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      Tswangirayi is also a vampire in sheep skins – akukho mahluko!!

      1. To hell with you zimundevere riri shallow minded,pfutseki imbwa yemunhu.

        1. Phunyukabemphethe

          Mnandi baba Gukurahundi, mnandi!

          1. You are Paul Siwela of Mthwakazi.That is your real name,so we got you,you can never hide your identity my friend.

      2. medion kasvatutsashure

        mhata yako mhani you are tribalist .thats why maka mamiswa big time . makamama !

        1. Phunyukabemphethe

          mnandi baba Gukurahundi mnandi – Im enjoying this!!!

          1. Ndini ndadaro

            Dont mynd Phunyu murwere wepfungwa haana kukwana..lol

    2. Mutongi Gava 2

      This is a good deal. I like it.

  13. hameno

  14. Phunyukabemphethe

    Zim Independent

    Shona administrators must prove they are capable
    By Kudakwashe Marazanye
    I WAS moved by Zimbabwe Saints supporters who were singing with nostalgia
    about their team’s good old days, “.mutserendende, mutserendende,
    mutserendende Dr Love Matavire. ndakambonetsa. kumira neni aive makomborero
    mumvuri womuvonde.”

    Just like Matavire Chikwata chakambonesta and their supporters once walked
    tall. I could not help reminiscing over the good days at Saints.

    Which Saints fan does not have fond memories for the Super Saints of Ephraim
    Chawanda, Henry Mckop, Joseph Machingura etc? I still remember how the
    Saints family was crestfallen when we lost a final to a Shakeman
    Tauro-inspired Caps United in 1979. Aah! Vakomana, choenda here Chikwata?
    With such a distinguished footballing history, what has gone wrong at the
    once-famed Chikwata?

    There is a discernable trend of Shona failure in this and many other cases
    of administrative bungling in this country. Unfortunately this trend only
    serves to reinforce long held stereotypes of Shona dishonesty and bad
    management. Traditionally, whites have had contempt for the cowardly and
    ignoble Mashona and grudging respect for the proud and brave Ndebele.

    The Ndebele had and still harbour contempt for the fickle amasvina. The
    Ndebele still have an unkind refrain about the Shona – thathekile mota
    yamasvina. When in a charitable mood, the Ndebele argue that the problem
    with the Shonas is that they are full of I know, omaningindaba,
    vanamandihindini. So, traditionally, the Shona have always been at the
    bottom of the ethnic pecking order.

    That is why most whites would have preferred a Ndebele government to a Shona
    one in 1980. In their view, Ndebele hands in government were more
    responsible than Shona ones. After all they had wrested the country from the
    Ndebele on their arrival. Even during the liberation war, it was generally
    held that Zipra cadre were a more professional force than Zanla’s army of
    contemptible garden boys turned terrorists. Peter Godwin says as much in his
    book Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa. With the current problems our country is
    facing, blamed mainly on mismanagement, white liberals are quick to distance
    themselves from President Robert Mugabe declaring that “. I was an Inkomo
    man.”

    Against such a background, it is in the interest of the Shona to prove
    history and their detractors wrong. But instead, the Shona seem to be hell
    bent on confirming such prejudices about their ethnic group. Dynamos and
    Saints are both Shona clubs and they are both in an administrative mess. It
    is a scandalous shame that the Shona in Bulawayo now have to turn to
    Highlanders for a soccer team to root for after the demise of Saints. Even
    the Shona players in Bulawayo have to go to Highlanders to launch a career
    in football when in the past they naturally went to Saints.

    Generations of Ndebele and Shona youngsters in Bulawayo had a healthy,
    non-antagonistic rivalry on the soccer pitch to establish which group of
    youths was better. This good-natured rivalry extended to the members of the
    two ethnic groups at work places and in the various drinking places.

    The kind of friendly rivalry you see in Amakhosi’s Foromani and Sakhamuzi.

    But with the demise of Saints, Shonas in Bulawayo now shamelessly consider
    themselves as members of the Highlanders family, both as players and
    supporters. This is despite the humiliating taunts they are subjected to
    like “okungama buya-buya lokhu; .okungamasvina lokhu.” as correctly depicted
    by Amakhosi at the Highlanders Annual Prize Giving Day last year. At
    national level, soccer administration is largely in the hands of Shonas,
    with Leo Mugabe, a Shona at the helm. At this level the sport is also
    generally in the doldrums due to administrative incompetence.

    Apparently Ndebele administrative superiority over the Shonas is not
    confined to football. The city of Bulawayo is the country’s shining beacon
    in local government administrative excellence. Whilst corruption and
    mismanagement have cost Harare (and some Shona cities too) its glamour
    status, Bulawayo has been relatively well run. And Bulawayo, it must be
    remembered, is the heart and soul of Matabeleland.

    In business, Ndebele businessmen are generally known for their financial
    prudence and modesty. They are also known for their social responsibility to
    their Ndebele community – even though the money might have been made in the
    much-loathed Mashonaland. Over the years we have had Ndebele businessmen
    pouring money into Highlanders for its Champions League campaign and to
    sustain their foreign coach, Eddie May. We have had Delmar Lupepe coming up
    with his Amazulu, Titus Ncube and Chemist Siziba amongst others, sponsoring
    Highlanders. Of course the Bulawayo-based Ndebele businessmen would do well
    to discard their Bantustan mentality where they want the Bulawayo business
    arena to be rid of foreigners (read Shonas).

    The corollary to that warped thinking is that the Ndebele sons making money
    in Harare and other areas outside Matabeleland should be chucked out of
    these areas. So Delma Lupepe, Trevor Ncube, Tammy Msimanga and others who
    have thriving businesses in Mashonaland would have to close shop.
    Ultra-Ndebele nationalism may be good for Highlanders but it is certainly
    bad for ethnic relations. In contrast to the financial discipline, social
    responsibility and modesty displayed by Ndebele businessmen, Shona
    businessmen are given to obscene ostentation. They parade their opulent
    villas and cars, firing guns at funerals in the fashion of gangsters, which
    the less charitable say is exactly what they are.

    Parastatals headed by Ndebele boys also seem to fare better compared to
    those run by their Shona counterparts.

    The Zimbabwe Investment Centre under Nicholas Ncube and the then Cotton
    Marketing Board under Sylvester Nguni were some of the better run
    quasi-government organisations.

    From the foregoing, it is clear that the Shona may well have earned a
    reputation as incompetent, out and out crooks driven by the love for money,
    much like the Nigerians. This does not do any good to their tribe’s standing
    in society, and they should work hard to correct such perceptions and
    stereotypes.

    Because of these negative stereotypes of Shonas, there has been muted talk
    in some circles about whether things wouldn’t have been better in Zimbabwe
    under the late Joshua Nkomo and his PF-Zapu.

    l Kudakwashe Marazanye is a Harare-based freelance writer.

    marazanyek@yahoo.co.uk

  15. Phunyukabemphethe

    Zimbabwean crisis that you created by your “PASI NAMANDEVERE, NGOMO ZIDUMBU, PAMBERI NABAMUGABE” Gukurahundi nonsense.

    Now you want me/us Mthwakazi to help you out of your SEWERAGE shit – never, MORE FIRE!!!

    1. Now I know who you are,You are Paul Siwela.I am going to tell people that the bastard which has been disguising as Phunyukabemphete is Paul Siwela.

      1. Phunyukabemphethe

        PASI NA NGOMO is in YouTube, check it out, its not my creation.

  16. Please we have to understand this, its not about supporting a person but to see the actual policies needed to have free and fair elections.
    Lets just say African leaders are supporting reforms which are neccessary for people of Zimbabwe to choose their leader freely, without hindrance from Mafia thugs, but that does not mean therefore they are supporting a particular candidate.
    Please some of your titles are misleading people and they end up arguing for nothing,

  17. zvima zanu hazvinzwisise shuwa magrade seven,but muchanzwisisa kana mdc ya garner 65 percent of the vote muchaona kuti mugabe hachisi mwari

  18. Some of the so called daily contributors are actually zanu apologists hence one should not be taken seriously especially if they try to use imperialist tactics of divide and rule because they know a united Zimbabwe will up stage zanu in any free and fair election and with the coming elections being watched by the international with kin interest, zanu can only win by dividing the vote thats why we now have a perceived strong MDC-N fighting MDC-T, thats was mauled at CIO headquarters.

  19. Phunyukabemphethe

    UNITY IN DIVERSITY, NOT SHONA GUKURAHUNDI UNITY!

  20. Phunyu is someone who has ideologies of his father SATIN.Why do you waste your precious time subscribing to his spineless message.He should have been killed alongside his brother in arms Gayigusu.He distracts your attention by posting senseless materials thereby abusing the free space offered to deserving readers.Unity of purpose wether ndevere,ndau,kiwa,shona,bwidi etc……

  21. if violence starts,it is the ordinary zimbabwean who ends up in the coffin.it is we the zimbabweans who vote for who ever we need to rule us.tsvangirai is just trying to level the playing ground so that we vote without violence as witnessed before.i find no reason why we should fight over this simple thing.

  22. Nxa kulomuntu o supporter iZANU namanje, lowomuntu uyisihlama. ixolo lesihlama kunye nenkokheli zakhona. Abantu behlupheka kanje bagcwele amazwe, lina likhothana lezihlama zeZANU. Liyayangisa mkhonyovu, nswelaboya mikhongolo. imigaxa, imikhenkethe imikhoba edli tswayi. Intenene zabantu. Ngiqedile

  23. Phunukabemphete yisihlama

  24. ZAN
    Tsvangirai you have out shined the old Mugabe you are now ready to govern my President Welshman are you ZANU PF or what ? Uyasiyangisa thina amaNdebele mani ..

  25. Yu have showed yo maturity pm tsvangirai the man who hates violance ,the man with no blood in his hands let the elections come we have our IDs now.

  26. Muhera weBuhera

    Whatever Zanu says they know the truth and the truth is if they have them free and fair tomorrow then by Wednesday they will be Histiry, period. How can anyone compete with people who failed to get 100% when they ran against noone in 2008 run-off with their ZEC CIOs verifying the ballots!!!!!!!!! Hahahaha ndaseka zvangu, kungomupa mukana paDead BC or Zanupapers then maparara so better keep him away and only close to these institutions when you are villifying him like not open it like on this website.

  27. Ntando mayeee ngawe mntanasekhaya ungagidi ingomazamatshona uyangiswa nguNcube shame ngawe these tshonas wil never love u they just need your vote only phaphama mani steresakho shit zindebele llomuntu.

  28. Jojo mhata yako …hauna chaunoziva abt politics! !!!ndosaka mchishandiswa neZanu PF iyo ichiba ..Tongwa iwe ne Zanu PF wakaora

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