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Zimbabwe is not First Family’s playground

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Who will stop this petty, vindictive and vengeful lot?

NewsDay Editorial

As if the very public fallout in Zanu PF is not bad enough, the farm of beleaguered Zanu PF Mashonaland East chairperson Ray Kaukonde was yesterday
reportedly under threat of invasion with impunity by what we can deduce are backers of the First Family, which has been raging against Kaukonde for close to a month.

Kaukonde, to his credit, has stoically endured the unbelievable insults and abuse. He has faced pain and indignity without outwardly showing it.

Does this stalking and hounding have anything to do with the purported aim of agrarian reform to give land to dispossessed blacks? No. It has all to do with naked partisan politics at its worst and most damaging.

Business mogul Mutumwa Mawere had his farm illegally seized for having broken political ranks with Zanu PF. They did not stop at that as they went on to grab his thriving Shabanie-Mashaba Mines Holdings, which they proceeded to run to the ground, resulting in massive loss of export earnings and destruction of livelihoods in Zvishavane and Mashava, turning them into ghost towns. That was the handiwork of politics gone mad. No sanctions were involved.

Property instantly loses bankability with such malpractices, and this will have a contagion effect in the whole economic value chain. This is basic economics. One does not need to have a PhD to see this.

Kaukonde’s sin has been to remain steadfast and unbending in the face of intense political pressure accompanied by threats exerted particularly by Grace Mugabe to capitulate to her demands to express total and undying loyalty to Mugabe.

Where are property rights? Is getting land or running a business a favour from high up or a right due to every Zimbabwean as long as they have the means?
This hounding-out of people belongs to a long-gone era like the cave man clubbing of rivals during the Stone Age, not in a modern nation State. What we are seeing is a bribe and blackmail economy.

Anyone can do anything to anyone in the name of the party. Should the nation be subjected to such political gangsterism?

What we are seeing is pettiness, vindictiveness and vengefulness all rolled into one. This is not in the national interest at all.
Zimbabwe is not a playground of the First Family.

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41 COMMENTS

    • Should we really feel pity for these zpf stalwarts?I have always said people support the party mot because of its ideology,but bcz of what one gets from being a member.So if you are seen as as weevil you lose everything you got through any previous sloganeering.

    • Mugabe was allowed to do what ever he likes with impunity while ZANU watched . You created this goblin there4 deal with it.

    • GOOD ADVICE: do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking about these already rich politicians while you are poor. Other people are enjoying their lives with money without even paying attention to these dirty politicians. See how this poor Zimbabwean woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling cheap accidented vehicles. Very interesting. Go to CHEAPACCIDENTED.COM to see all 5 companies that she was dealing with to do this business. CHEAPACCIDENTED.COM, Wake up African people

    • 1GOOD ADVICE: do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking about these already rich politicians while you are poor. Other people are enjoying their lives with money without even paying attention to these dirty politicians. See how this poor Zimbabwean woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling cheap accidented vehicles. Very interesting. Go to CHEAPACCIDENTED.COM to see all 5 companies that she was dealing with to do this business. CHEAPACCIDENTED.COM, Wake up African people

    • Even Mandela’s long walk was not 34 years. Recent developments have Mugabe’s signature (just as Dambaza Chikerema described him from their days as cattle-herders in Zvimba). What we are seeing here from Mugabe and his ‘wife’ is FEAR. Wither Mugabes? Time WILL catch up with you (as it always does, inexorably) Zimbabwe YEDU is now a fiefdom yevanhu ava. Medieval times…here we come. Mwari pindirai muvafurufushe. Grace will be the easiest to deal with because she is STUPID. Regai tione.

      • I agree with you.From now on Zimbabwe is now called Gushungoland (any connection with Nyasaland ? ) and people from Gushungoland are called Gushungos.Its nice to read /see this from far,far ,far away knowing that it wont affect you.kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

  1. @chikata, you correct bro, the whole country was rundown by Zanupf and they come out preaching Sanctions, what a clueless lot we have for leaders!!!!

  2. But, only a little while ago you were screaming blue murder in defence of white farmers from whom Kaukonde and others took the farms? Your lack of principle and direction beggars belief!!

  3. This is but rotten politics. I hate this. They are taking us for granted. iye akazoti anasisi vave mupolitics akatiparira. manje she is losing the ground…..the worst moment in Zim History

  4. This is hardly suprising. A political party that shown no respect for the rule of law back in 2000 is hardly going to change now. All that has changed is the targets. Back then it was the white farmer, now it is anyone perceived to be against Mugabe. You sow a wind and reap a whirlwind!

  5. Dr Grace,to quote musician Yellowman even said”…if you don’t like a person, you don’t talk about it.You don’t come on stage and say kill them or burn them because everyone has a right to live” That’s peace my sister!

  6. rug are gumbo.ray and all those expelled makamama taiona muchiita manyemwe muripamberi kushungurudza vamwe nhasi zviripi…aknam dzevanhu..idiots

  7. I feel for Kaukonde but he should also accept that he helped create and forment this system and has to live with it like the rest of the people black or white who lost their properties/businesses to these invaders.

  8. what first family to hell with it ….civil war is in the offing..imposition of leaders results in that check DRC.,no stability.no economic development.,.there is no first family in Zimbabwe kkkkkk

  9. I have been saying Zimbabwe is bigger tha ZANU PF , Mai Mugabe is setting a good example for her self one day the same people will take everything from her its a matter of time you will see

  10. I am a christian but we need a change in the top leadership, whether by death or resignation. People have suffered enough. Zim is not a private property

  11. It is now clear enough that Mugabe is either to a certain degree insane or very dull , of late we have seen who the real person who has been calling the shots all along. Dr Amai has been running the country from the bedroom (kwete baba masarega vanhu vanozokujairirai)

  12. What goes around comes around, its a full circle , l dont have any single sympathy for zanu pf people, Mwari vanonzwa minamato yevanhu’ kechema kwavo minamato mikuru kumatenga , hakuna anoziva mhinduro nyangwe nemusi waichauya” akaimba hake zhakata.whoever is part of that evil organisation deserves it to the maximum, vaiti vanosvikepi

  13. It seems this country now have a name and a surname………dzimbawe Mugabe is it ? create ur own hell bob and ur wife. for how long will we suffer in ur hands. God will never forsake his children. its only a matter of time chete coz no one was created special than the other

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  16. is time to stop your madness zanu pf you have failed to rule the country your people are all over because you destroyed the farming system industries with your greednes you hate the white but your kids attend school in the white mans land mugabe and his follows you must go

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    • ZIMBABWEANS SHOWED THAT THEY HAD BALL BY VOTING FOR MDC REGARDLESS OF THE INTIMIDATION, RAPES, BEATINGS, BROKEN RIBS AND EVEN MURDERS. SADLY THAT DID NOT BRING ABOUT ANY DEMOCRATIC CHANGES WE WERE ALL DYING FOR AS TSVANGIRAI AND HIS MDC WENT ON TO BETRAY THE NATION. THEY FAILED TO IMPLEMENT EVEN ONE REFORM AFTER FIVE YEARS IN THE GNU BECAUSE THEY WERE EASILY CORRUPTED BY MUGABE AND ALSO BECAUSE THEY ARE BREATHTAKINGLY INCOMPETENT.

      YES WE REQUIRE COURAGE BUT ABOVE ALL BRAINS. WE SHOULD NOT BLUNDER ALONG AS WE HAVE DONE SO MANY TIMES IN THE PAST. WE MUST LEARN FROM THE PAST AND BE CLEAR WHERE WE ARE, WHERE WE WANT TO GO AND HOW WE ARE TO GET THERE!

  18. Tail end of e revolution is always characterised by this fiasco….. Wat we need is liberating the resources so tat they benefit the majority…. Currently they a just benefiting a few political heavy weights….. All is abut fight over resources…..

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  20. It is up to the party to fire or hire the service of Kaukonde but its, in whatever circumstances,not the right of the party to confiscate, grab or share his properties.

    Pombiyadonha made this discovery, War vets have every right in their decisions, be it good or bad. It seems whatever they say is regarded as the right move. “Vote of no confidence” is now the ruler of this country. The concourt is as silent as a dead elephant. Where are the rights of every citizen now. Whose interest does the vote of no confidence serve?

    The human rights activists, are on holiday.

    But above all Zanu pf should and must clean the dirty attached to it for it to gain the confidence of the international community. There is nothing wrong about Amai being appointed secretary for women’s affairs. That was loooong overdue. She should have grabbed that position a day after her marriage to HE.

    Pombiyadonha’s question is if Amai Muchinguri offered her position to Amai, whose position is she wishing to take up. Is she retiring? Is it the VP’s? Is it Khaya Moyo’s? I understand she won’t be taking a cell position after giving up such a high rank.

  21. “ZIMBABWE IS NOT THE FIRST FAMILY’S PLAYGROUND. WHO WILL STOP THIS PET-TY,VINDICTIVE AND VENGEFUL LOT?” YOU ASK.

    YOU HAVE ASKED A VERY GOOD QUESTION AND THE NATION MUST THINK CAREFULLY NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

    ZANU PF IS IMPLODING BUT THAT WILL NOT STOP MUGABE DRAGGING THIS NATION IN-TO THE NIGHTMARE THAT HAS BEFALLEN OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE SYRIA. MUGABE AL-WAYS HELD THIS TRUMP CARD TO THE NATION – IF HE IS NOT ALLOWED TO RULE THEN HE WILL MAKE THE COUNTRY UNGOVERNABLE. WE MUST NOT ALLOW HIM TO PLAY THIS CARD, WE MUST ALLOW ZANU PF TO IMPLODE AND SINK INTO THE ABYSS BUT NOT LET THE TYRANT DRAG THE NATION DOWN WITH IT.

    WE, THE PEOPLE HAVE TO STOP, MUGABE PLAYING HIS TRUMP CARD AND WHAT BETTER WAY THAN BY KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT HE IS UP TO AND THUS REFUSE TO PLAY ALONG.

    MUGABE IS SELLING THE ON-GOING PURGE IN HIS PARTY AS CLEANING EXERCISE TO WEED OUT CORRUPT LEADERS, SOMETHING THE WHOLE NATION HAS BEEN AGAINST ALL THESE YEARS.

    WE SHOULD DENOUNCE THE CORRUPT LEADERS LIKE MAI MUJURU FOR BEING CORRUPT BUT ALSO FOR HAVING BEEN PART AND PARCEL OF THIS CORRUPT AND OPPRESSIVE DICTATORSHIP. THEY SHOULD NEVER THINK THAT ORDINARY ZIMBABWEANS WILL JOIN FORCES WITH THEM AND FIGHT MUGABE. NEVER!

    WE SHOULD ALSO LET MUGABE AND THOSE AROUND HIM KNOW THAT THE ZANU PF PURGE DID NOT CLEAN THE NATION OF ALL THE CORRUPT LEADERS, THE JOB IS ONLY HALF DONE.

    MUGABE SHOULD ALSO KNOW THAT HIS UNDEMOCRATIC METHODS OF SILENCING HIS OPPONENTS WITHIN THE PARTY IS A REPLAY OF WHAT HE HAS BEEN DOING AT NATIONAL LEVEL. WE ARE MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER THAT THIS NATION WILL BE RULED BY LAW AND NOT THE WHIM OF A DICTATOR!

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