#Twimbos React To Prophet Magaya Playing For Warriors Legend Team

 

By Munya Bloggo

According to Pindula, Prophet Walter Magaya is among the most celebrated (yawns*) self proclaimed prophets in Zimbabwe and is the founder of Prophetic Healing Deliverance Ministries (P.H.D). Magaya rose to prominence in 2012 after his visit to T. B. Joshua (of SCOAN) who is believed to have anointed him to became a ‘great’ prophet.

Magaya who was accused of rape in August 2016 has become “ZIFA’s all-weather friend”  has hosted the national team on several occassions at his Yaddah Hotel. Before the match he was appointed as chief liaison officer of the Zimbabwe Legends team. But it was when he stepped on to the pitch to as a substitutte for Johannes Ngodzo that #Twimbos lost all their chill.

 

Grace committing political suicide

 

By Watmore Makokoba

In the world of politics, anything done in excess has consequential repercussions at the end, recent developments in ruling party Zanu PF points out to a time bomb mainly emanating from its obsession of grabbing power to get stronger.

The inherent clean-up exercise that became rampant when First Lady Grace Mugabe entered into the political arena has apparently overshadowed the other ‘Crème de la creme’  of the once revolutionary party anointing the first family sorely on the driving wheel, political analysts worry this journey that the first family has started has a tragic ending.

A political analyst based in South Africa, speaking to this publication on condition of anonymity said Grace‘s machination and grandstanding as the defacto leader of Zanu PF, which has resulted in the purging-off of any perceived opponents and pupated saboteurs to her ascendance.

“A politician commits political suicide when they propose or support a move that will cause them to lose a campaign or be removed from office, by taking the route that the first family is taking frontier by Grace Mugabe, popularly known as Dr Stop It, they have soiled Mugabe legacy and consequently ruined their political career,

“Like his childhood colleague and relative James Chikerema described him, that “Mugabe is a loner, keeps to himself”, the Mugabe family has isolated themselves from the country and the party by continuously booting out such a number of party stewards, surely if all these people hate the president, then it’s time for reflecting and retrospection for him.”, he added.

Everything is now literally centred on Mugabe, roads are named after him, and recently, Harare International Airport has been renamed after him, the country’s airline is run by his son in law and considering the pace at which events are unfolding, more is to come.

Obert Gutu, MDC spokesperson described the move to rename the airport as a sign that Zanu is at its weakest stage in history,

“Surely, the gods must really be crazy! The renaming of Harare International Airport to Robert Mugabe International Airport on Thursday, November 9, 2017, marks a new low in both the political and aviation history of Zimbabwe,

” It is beyond debate that as the Zanu PF regime continues to crumble like a deck of cards, Robert Mugabe is fully determined to take the country down with him. He now perceives Zimbabwe as his personal property and not a republic” said Gutu.

“The MDC is a social democratic political part; it is a people’s project and as such, we abhor and condemn any attempt to personalize and privatize national institutions such as the Harare International Airport. The Zanu PF regime, fronted by the nonagenarian, Robert Mugabe, has certainly lost its marbles.”

Describing the first family monopolization manoeuvres on his twitter handle, exiled veteran Journalist Lance Guma posted;

In 2014, it was former Vice President Joice Mujuru who was axed from the party and government along with other bigwigs, including nine provincial chairperson accused of wanting to topple Mugabe from power.

This time the fate fell on Vice President who has been relieved of his duties from government and the party accused of almost similar accusations, and it’s most likely he will not go alone. Through this, the party is shrinking down gradually.

By her suicidal machinations, Grace is creating more enemies than friends and this has tainted her future darker than her past.

The Youth Interface Rallies That Never Happened

 

By Wisdom Mumera

The much hyped about Youth Interface rallies functionally ended in Bulawayo on Saturday when the pair of President Mugabe and his wife Grace all but slammed down the gavel on Mnangagwa’s dismissal with some potent attacks lacking shame and dignity for a man present.

The official closure of the Interface will be Harare but that will be a mere clean-up of the spilt gore; Grace gyrating to her achievements, unknowingly extolling her political vapidity disguised as a shrieking passion for ethical conduct.

Mugabe will be there to massage the crowd with tired justifications for why a career politician should lack the ambition to succeed a creaking octogenarian 3 decades in power and paranoid with Western conspiracies.

In a flash of blood, shameless despotism veiled as ethical conduct and the power of coital relationships, a whole nation’s youths have been left empty-handed, falsely taken along a family’s witch-hunting expedition.

At the end of the 9th Interface rally, the Mugabe’s revealed that the country jaunts were nothing more than clean-up campaign and the normative description of the rallies as youth centred, nothing more than a ploy to get party finances.

They have just concluded their party’s main election campaign strategy by rupturing whatever modicum of unity they still had, disenfranchised another boatload of war veterans and completed the portrait of Grace as a feisty shrew full of colour and nothing more.

That be as it may be, no one sane is crying for Mnangagwa the politician. He got what he has been giving others as part of a senile party whose head is still in the clouds of a war that ended over 3 decades ago.

The real victims of the drama are the many youths who waited for functional and progressive ideas from the already endorsed ZANU candidate.

Bared to his essentials Mugabe was just another campaigning politician out on a campaign to rally supporters and he failed in that regard.

He offered nothing but went back to his hackneyed bashing mode style hitting out at anything that moved towards his position.

Grace did the same, parroting the polygamist’s second wife, always full of gossip, sniping and bitterness which she dished by the bucket over the rallies.

Whilst Mugabe gave the audience a show in a despotic manipulation of events and bared the fangs of his insatiable greed for power, Grace gave the nation a tragic comedy which by yesterday seems to end with her ruling a smouldering kingdom of ashes.

Together they gave the nation a big nothing. Nothing that can be valued.

Nothing for the youths bussed in. Nothing for the villagers dragged from homes by the veiled threat of what happens if you don’t attend. Zilch.

Nothing of use for a nation that on Monday saw the coming in of price controls, a stark reminder of the repression going on economically away from the pornographic political antics of the rallies.

Nothing for graduates with useless papers. Nothing for the banking sector crippled in a cash shortage. Nothing for vendors chased and booted every day.

Youths are still in the dark about jobs. The business environment is still a nebulous grotto of uncertainties and shadiness. True inflation is still increasing. Soon basic commodities may start disappearing from shop shelves due to the price controls and all the Mugabe’s have offered over 9 Youth meetings have been scandals about their enemies.

Mnangagwa may be gone and to hell and back he may go for all Zimbabwe cares but they are over 13 million people whose lives are staring down a dark cavern unless Mugabe and Grace reduce both despotism and eccentricity.

We can all laugh so much watching a First Lady cackling beak out but when a whole nation is burning whilst she prances with the fire hose, the joke becomes a murder.

 

 

Criminalisation of abortion in Zim an unnecessary archaic act

 

By Coloured rain.

A total of 229 women have died due to maternal mortality in the country since the beginning of the year. While some of these cases are owed to high blood pressure, late hospital admission and blood loss among others, about 16 % of the deaths are as a result of botched abortions.

Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality rate stands at 614 deaths per every 100 000 live births, a figure which is one of the highest in the region. On average seven women die while giving birth, a number that can be loosely translated to one woman dying every day due to complications during or immediately after childbirth.

Abortions are responsible for 16% of these deaths and yet owing to an archaic act enacted during the Rhodesian era termed the Termination of Pregnancy Act which makes it illegal for women to undergo termination of unwanted pregnancy with a few provisions set for special cases.

The Termination of Pregnancy act of 1977 criminalises abortion as well as assistance in the termination of a pregnancy and further stipulates that no medical practitioner or nurse or person employed in any other capacity at a designated institution shall be obliged to participate or assist in the termination of a pregnancy.

Under this act exceptions are made in cases where a woman has been raped; committed incest (in both cases evidence must be issued); where the continuation of the pregnancy so endangers the life of the woman concerned or so constitutes a serious threat of permanent impairment of her physical health that the termination of the pregnancy is necessary to ensure her life or physical health and also where there is a serious risk that the child to be born will suffer from a physical or mental defect of such a nature that he will permanently be seriously handicapped.

This outdated piece of legislation has led to the loss of thousands of lives each year as it does not in any way stop abortions from occurring but rather forces women to opt for unsafe backyard fixes carried out by untrained people in unhygienic conditions.

Teenagers account for a high number of pregnancies owing to limited information on reproductive information and the taboo surrounding usage of contraceptives among young people. Sexual activity among this age group is an undisputed fact and in the event of an unwanted pregnancy, their education and future are jeopardised.

With rampant corruption taking place in the country safe abortions are available for the financially able as options are available from doctors operating behind closed doors at the right price. For the ones with well-lined pockets, a trip to our neighbouring SA can ensure a safe and quick termination with the option to choose from various options including private doctors, women clinics or at state hospitals at a subsidised cost. Back home women and girls from poor backgrounds with unwanted pregnancies risk losing their lives by unsafe abortions which may include herbal remedies or being pierced by knitting needles a practice which may result in infertility.

The termination of pregnancy act should thus be repelled as it serves no purpose in a modernised society where women have the choice to decide when to have a child and the decision to abort should be a personal one granted as per demand.

 

 

The Persecution Of Martha O’donavan & Why It Should Matter To You | #FreeMartha

 

Murungu Mutema

Today is Wednesday 8th November. I am just back from the High Court where Martha O’Donovan’s bail hearing has been postponed because the state has not handed in required papers – a standard delaying tactic. This means that Martha (A US citizen) will spend at least one more night in the maximum security section of Chikurubi prison.

If you’re on Zimbabwean social media, you might have heard the name Martha O’Donovan, and seen #FreeMartha. Heck, if you’re outside Zim you might have come across it in international media. Asides from her friends and social circle here in Harare though, most people don’t know her from a bar of soap.

Who is Martha? I first met this young lady in the context of Shoko Festival. I met a lively, intelligent girl interested in music, brought here by her interest in genuine (and mostly underground) hip-hop. When she arrived here, a guest to our country, she knew nothing of local politics, and didn’t really care. She cared about her work, meeting people, getting involved in the creative scene. Like many visitors to our beautiful country, she fell in love with our places and people. 

So why was she arrested? What could a personable and charming young person like her possibly have done to deserve incarceration in Chikurubi? The short answer is nothing.

Martha was arrested on a pretext. When the police picked her up, apparently under instructions from Chinamasa’s dubious new ministry, they said she had insulted or undermined the President. Later the charge of subverting a constitutionally elected government was added. A quick look at Zimbabwean twitter postings will show a plethora of such opinions. Why are none of the others behind bars? And in the first place, what justifies muzzling our constitutional right to free expression?

It is in the timing. Elections are approaching, young people are disenchanted with the government and starting to organize and mobilize against its perennial injustice and corruption. And Moto Republik, Magamba Network’s tech hub, is a creative space full of young minds, a place where progressive, free thinking Zimbabweans meet and work together, resulting in such satirical comedy as Zambezi News and #TheWeek. And to a regime that uses propaganda, misinformation and suppression as means to maintain its shaky grip on power, that sort of space is a threat. They have already tried to use City Council to tear it down on a pretext, which failed. This is part of an ongoing persecution of a bastion of free speech and online journalism. And Martha is caught in the crossfire, an arbitrary target for this regime’s increasingly bizarre acts of repression.

So even if you don’t know Martha, you can support her as an innocent young person being unjustly prosecuted. But at the end of the day, this isn’t about Martha. It’s about you. The second and more important reason you should stand with Martha is that this is the first and surely not the last such case where the new cyber-ministry and bogus claims of cyber-security concerns are used to violate constitutional rights in Zimbabwe. This means that the government will use the pretext of a tweet, a facebook post, perhaps even hearsay, to arbitrarily deprive us of our freedom and tie us up in lengthy and exhausting court proceedings. So this is why you must fight. Rights are just words on paper until they are exercised. Oppressors will never give them to you easily; you must claim them and defend them. And this is the time and opportunity to defend your right to speak freely using the internet and mobile devices. Evan Mawarire was acquitted not least because there were thousands of people outside Rotten Row Magistrates court. So I urge you, speak out. Tweet #FreeMartha. Come to High  court tomorrow Thursday 9 November 2017  in solidarity. Not for Martha, for YOU.