The European Union pre-election assessment delegation is expected in Zimbabwe today.
EU Ambassador Phillippe Van Damme yesterday told The Herald that the delegation, which was invited by Government, will meet Government and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officials, members of the civil society and political parties, among other stakeholders.
The purpose of the visit is to assess the feasibility and usefulness of observing elections.
The team will meet different people and is expected to come up with a report which will be presented to the high representatives and head of the the commission on the way forward.
Sadc sent a similar mission last week which met several stakeholders in its assessment of the electoral process.
In an interview with The Herald, Zanu-PF secretary for Legal Affairs, Paul Mangwana, said former President Robert Mugabe risks losing Zanu-PF membership, constitutional privileges and respect for meeting and endorsing Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri’s National Patriotic Front (NPF).
Mangwana said the national constitution does not allow a former Head of State to be involved in active politics. He said Zanu-PF will meet soon to decide on Mugabe’s membership following reports he is involved in forming NPF.
In the fullness of time, Zanu-PF will have to meet to discuss these new developments about the former Head of State and Government to review whether it is still necessary or not for him to continue enjoying the status we had given him. Read more
Thokozani Khupe has broken ranks with the grouping led by Nelson Chamisa.
Khupe has been embroiled in a succession battle with Chamisa since the death of the party’s founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai.
Even through MDC-T’s national council and national executive confirmed Chamisa as the party’s acting president Khupe insists that constitutionally she is the party’s leader.
Addressing supporters in Bulawayo on Sunday, Khupe said her faction was breaking away from the Chamisa-led group, but would use the opposition party’s name. Read more
Zanu-PF provincial chairpersons have called on former President Robert Mugabe to be fired from the party after he said Emmerson Mnangagwa ascended to power following a coup d’e tat.
Zanu-PF Matabeleland North provincial chairperson Richard Moyo said Mugabe should be expelled if he is behind the formation of the Ambrose Mutinhiri led National Patriotic Front.
The new development is sad because we have supported him for the past 37 years. If what we are reading is true, then he would have expelled himself from the party. As a province, we condemn him.
Midlands provincial chairperson Daniel Mackenzie Ncube said Mugabe should be fired from the party if he continues making “reckless statements.” Read more
The Sunday Mail reports that a possible major split of the AFM church in Zimbabwe might happen soon.
According to the report, top officials at the church have secretly recorded each other’s conversations about goings-on in the church and leaking the recordings to the public.
AFM deputy president Rev. Cossum Chiangwa is apparently in a battle against president Dr. Aspher Madziyire, church elder and prominent lawyer Tawanda Nyambirai, general secretary Reverend Amon Madawo, and administrator Pastor Munyaradzi Shumba. Read more
MDC-T youth assembly boss Happymore Chidziva yesterday urged Nelson Chamisa to fire party deputy president Thokozani Khupe, declaring she has outlived her stay and must be expelled as soon as possible for the benefit of the party.
Chidziva said Khupe’s 7 day ultimatum had expired and urged the party to implement the MDC-T national council’s resolution to expel the vice president. Said Chidziva:
In the spirit of safeguarding the MDC-T party, I demand (both in my personal and representative capacity as the chairman of the youth assembly) the immediate implementation of the national council resolution to expel Thokozani Khupe from the party. Read more
Former Zambian Police and Prisons Commissioner Mr Richard Shamillimo Chella advised President Emmerson Mnangagwa to ignore former President Robert Mugabe’s comments that Operation Restore Legacy was a coup d’e tat, saying his comments were based on jealous.
Chella who went to the same school with Mnangagwa in Mumbwa said Mugabe should be grateful that Mnangagwa is not after revenge.
He also advised Mugabe to emulate Zambia’s former leader Kenneth Kaunda and be supportive of the current Zanu-PF administration. Said Chella:
Those sentiments from his predecessor are very unfortunate. He (Mr Mugabe) should be very fortunate to have such a leader who is very forgiving. Read more
Addressing Zanu-PF supporters at a rally held at Lortondale Primary School in Bubi, Matabeleland North, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he will publish the names of those who defied his order to bring back money they externalised.
He said at least $300 million out of the $1,3 billion has been returned ahead of the March 19 deadline.
Mnangagwa said his administration is still negotiating with those that bought properties outside Zimbabwe on how they can bring back the money they used to purchase the properties.
Those who had taken money out of the country, those who bought properties outside the country, I said they must bring the funds back. Read more
CIVIL Service Commission (CSC) chairman, Mariyawanda Nzuwah has reportedly been retired after reaching the pensionable age of 65, NewsDay can reveal.
Nzuwah was served with his retirement letter from the Office of the President last Friday and immediately replaced by his deputy, Mary Margaret Muchada in an acting capacity.
Presidential spokesperson, George Charamba yesterday declined to comment on the issue and referred questions to chief secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda, who was not reachable. Read more
Eddie Cross the MDC member of parliament for Bulawayo South has urged vice-president Thokozani Khupe to be reasonable and to accept the reality that MDC-T’s new leader and presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa is unstoppable.
Cross also announced that he would not contest in the 2018 election arguing that he believes in succession politics. Speaking during a debate on state-controlled media, Cross said,
This was and is the decision that was taken by the party’s highest decision making organs and Thokozani Khupe (MDC-T deputy President) just has to be reasonable and understand this reality. Read more