Mzembi good crop among weeds

HARARE - Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi could be the isolated crop among the Zanu PF weeds.

This is because the former liberation party has degenerated into some kind of black jack, tsine chaidzo dzinotoda kuzunzwa.

Mzembi was this week a towering figure in his party, standing apart from the madness in Zanu PF that has incited the lawless invasion of the Save Valley Conservancy.

And this barely a year before the hosting of the World Tourism summit in this country.

The Bull Eland has often told his friends that the Zanu PF side of this government has the tendency to shoot itself in the feet (the plural is intentional).

Ahead of a world summit, which unbeknown to them will be hosted with Morgan Tsvangirai as President, they choose to conspire to dent the country’s image. (Talking of shooting themselves in the foot, they killed one Cephas Magura on the eve of a Sadc summit in Luanda!)

The two ministers, Francis Nhema (Natural Resources and Environment)  and Mzembi were summoned by Prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday to explain the invasion of the Save Conservancy.

Nhema brought with him Masvingo governor Titus Maluleke and the two were at pains to explain the invasion.
They claimed that 37 people had invaded the conservancies “on behalf of the people of Masvingo.” (The 37 are believed to be cronies of the governor and some Zanu PF officials).

Mzembi explained that the invasions were denting the image of the country ahead of the Tourism summit next year.

“Hon. Prime Minister, why are we choosing to wet our bed just before the arrival of the bride?” The youthful minister rhetorically asked?

He said there was no government policy to invade conservancies and wildlife sanctuaries. Policy had to be adopted by Cabinet first before implementation.

“Hon. Prime Minister, various ministers have brought policies to Cabinet for adoption before implementation. The wildlife policy is still a draft and is the Hon. minister Nhema telling us that he is implementing a draft?

Why is he allowing the invasion of conservancies when no such policy has come before Cabinet?” An irate Mzembi said.

Nhema and Maluleke mumbled something inaudible.

The PM asked the governor to ensure that nothing happens in the conservancies while he consulted with Amai Mujuru, the Acting President.

The two leaders (the PM and the Acting President) met and Nhema and Mzembi were later summoned by the Acting President and ordered to ensure that the disturbances were stopped in the conservancies.

And then the bad press against Mzembi began.

He is “a sell-out” so we were told. And the 37 beneficiaries came out in the open, among them some Masvingo MPs who suddenly appeared in newspapers hailing the invasions as part of the land reform programme, blah blah.

In the meantime, Mzembi is under attack in his faction-riven party. But for now, he is right. He is a crop among the weeds and he is being punished for telling the truth.

The only irony is that he was part of the group that sacrificed the permanent secretary in his ministry, Sylvester Maunganidze, for telling the truth about the country’s non-preparedness to host next year’s Summit! Is this a case of poetic justice?

The MDC’s great pincer movement

Readers of Zulu history will remember the cow-horn formation, ably employed by that great Zulu warrior Tshaka to corner opponents during battle.

It appears the two MDC formations have used the same tactic to corner Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party who now seem to have run out of options following their failure to foist their own draft on the people of Zimbabwe.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai on Tuesday set the agenda, making irrelevant the next Principals’ meeting by announcing a deadlock.

Zanu PF had sought to put the Principals at the highest pedestal of what is supposed to be essentially a Parliamentdriven process.

By placing everything at the table of the Principals, Zanu PF sought to sanitise their new draft at that forum.

But Tsvangirai  deliberately punctured the tyres before Zanu PF had even left the garage, announcing that he would not be party to this crazy crusade to deodorise the party’s dirty pampers.

The PM was clear that three people could not substitute the sovereign people of Zimbabwe who had every right to either reject or endorse the draft.

He refused to be a witch, meeting and conspiring nocturnally to savage the people’s input into the Constitution and replacing it with Zanu PF drivel.

The three Principals cannot surely, be the three witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth; preparing a path to the country’s ultimate ruin and destruction.

“Where shall we three meet again? In thunder,  lightning or rain?”  

Tsvangirai refuses to be one such witch and whosoever wants to hold a three-some Principals’ meeting to amend the people’s draft can do so alone!

It is naïve for one Rugare Gumbo to say that a deadlock automatically necessitates an election.  It does not.

It only necessitates the invitation of the facilitator, or else they did not properly read the Maputo Summit resolutions!

Inventing own press conference

The Herald, that Zanu PF pamphlet masquerading as a public medium, was at it again last Saturday, imagining events and peddling lies to the people of Zimbabwe.

Falsely buoyed by the recent Freedom House-sponsored survey which mentioned it as a paper of choice, the newspaper has been bragging about its anointing by the American-sponsored survey.

Last Saturday, the newspaper, as usual, took its readers along its well-beaten path to the garden.
Announcing the MDC’s decision to fire its corrupt councillors, the newspaper claimed Douglas Mwonzora addressed journalists at a press conference soon after the party’s national executive meeting on Friday.

Anyone who was there will tell you that the press was addressed by the party’s secretary-general Tendai Biti, his deputy Tapiwa Mashakada and  Mwonzora’s deputy,  Gabbuza Joel Gabbuza.

 “Speaking at the press conference, the party’s spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, accused Zanu-PF of originating a completely new draft instead of amendments,” The Herald ranted.

This is the same newspaper that lied that Tsvangirai’s wife was in India when he was in Harare; that Tsvangirai had addressed Western diplomats in Harare when the MDC leader was in Australia for the graduation of his daughter and when even the President knew about it.

And now they tell us Mwonzora was addressing a press conference while at the same time paying his condolences at a funeral in Nyanga.

And someone tells us this is the newspaper of choice in Zimbabwe.

God forbid!

Hon. Prime Minister, why are we choosing to wet our bed just before the arrival of the bride?

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