SOUTHERN NEWS | Mujuru slammed over coalition

BULAWAYO - MDC Alliance spokesperson Welshman Ncube has torn into People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC) president Joice Mujuru, accusing her of perfidiousness over opposition coalition to face Zanu PF in the forthcoming elections.

A seething Ncube this week told Southern News that Mujuru’s coalition remarks at the late MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai’s funeral should be taken with a pinch of salt as she was simply playing to the gallery.

“Politicians have a tendency to rubble-rouse and seek to please crowds on the spur of the moment so that they can get applause here and there.

“We remain to see whether or not this will translate into anything on the ground,” Ncube said.

He added: “We noted the remarks that she (Mujuru) made at the funeral of president Tsvangirai.

“The call for unity, the suggestion for being prepared to work with MDC Alliance in consolidating the opposition parties to challenge Zanu PF at the elections but that is something said at a public event, before an audience that would have wanted to hear that.”

Addressing mourners at Tsvangirai’s rural home in Buhera, Mujuru claimed that before Tsvangirai died, they had located each other and were in a process of drawing up coalition terms.

“When I last talked to Tsvangirai, we were putting finer details to the Memorandum Of Understanding with regards to the alliance,” Mujuru told the gathering.

Last year, Mujuru and Tsvangirai signed an MU only to go different ways with the latter going for the MDC Alliance while the former chose to form the PRC.

Asked if there were any negotiations going on between MDC Alliance and the Mujuru-led party lately, Ncube said: “For the record, the negotiators of the MDC Alliance and the NPP have always been engaged for months and months on these issues.”

The respected lawyer could, however, not be drawn into commenting about the sticking issues.

“Unfortunately, I can’t say because if I said then I will have to make representations on the respective positions of the parties and areas of deadlock which have prevented agreement being reached. If I did that, it will be then tantamount to negotiating in public.”

He, however, said he was hopeful that the parties will manage to “overcome the obstacles which have been there which have resulted in failure to reach an agreement”.

Ncube further noted that the MDC Alliance was looking forward to working with everyone who is committed to the values and principle of the alliance and is prepared to consolidate the vote against Zanu PF.


Zapu slams fellow opposition parties over coalition

THE Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zapu has developed cold feet on coalition talks, accusing fellow opposition parties of greed and deceit.

Zapu, who are members of the Coalition of Democrats led by Elton Mangoma, said their efforts of having a one united opposition party have just come to naught hence they will stick to Code.

“As Zapu, we have always believed and subscribed to the idea of a single coalition of opposition parties approaching the 2018 elections. We still do,” Zapu national spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa told Southern News.

“We have made all efforts to realise this, including talking to almost all opposition political parties with the aim of bringing all together and challenge Zanu PF as one.

“Our efforts saw us becoming a member of the Coalition of Democrats which we are leading through our president Dabengwa who is the chairperson,” he said.

Maphosa added: “Efforts were also made to have the other two coalitions coming together with Code to form one grand coalition. Our

efforts around this matter have all the time hit a snag and it has been difficult to achieve this.”

The Zapu spokesperson said it was unfortunate that personal interests and egos have stood on the way of negotiations ahead of national interest.

He cited sticking points around the coalition talks, chief among them being “the untrustworthiness of would-be partners who are mostly worried about narrow personal interests ahead of the national interests.”

“We have among the opposition fraternity, leaders whose sole agenda is power and as such, they engage in bad faith in order for them to gain advantage on the envisaged resultant power matrix,” he said.

Maphosa added: “The majority of them are not pushing the agenda of the ordinary Zimbabwean who is wallowing in abject poverty and this is the area where Zapu finds it problematic to work with such characters.

“Zapu cannot compromise on that principle and as such, it becomes difficult to coalesce around greed and selfishness.”

Maphosa further noted the commitment was still there despite time having run out before full campaigns begin.

Above all, Maphosa said they will always remain committed to Code.

“We remain committed member of Code and our stay is informed by principles more than anything else.

“If we contrast between the existing coalitions we realise total shift from what should bring people together in MDC Alliance and PRC.”

“We, however, remain hopeful we all sober up and coalesce as opposition but not around individuals but around issues that affect our people and the need to change the status quo,” he said.

Ndebele King coronation:  Lawyer speaks out

LAWYER Dumisani Dube, who represents the South Africa-based self-imposed Ndebele King Bulelani Lobengula Khumalo in his bid to overturn a government ban on the king’s coronation, has stood his ground in support of his client.

High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese last week dismissed the urgent application by Dube on behalf of Khumalo, ruling that it was illegal to install a king under the Zimbabwe Constitution.

Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) had recently planned to coronate Khumalo as new Ndebele king, a move that forced Local Government minister July Moyo to approach the courts which barred the intended coronation.

Dube of Mathonsi Ncube Law Chambers yesterday felt that the courts missed the point as its findings were “improper.”

“In a constitutional democracy, each arm of government must observe the principle of separate of powers.

“It is the Judiciary that has the jurisdiction to pronounce on the constitutionality of any law or conduct,” Dube said.

“Further, that which is not expressly prohibited is allowed in terms of law.

“Therefore, in my view, the court’s finding was improper because there is nowhere in our statutes that is Traditional Leaders Act and the Constitution of Zimbabwe which prohibits the installation of a king by the chiefs who are empowered by both the Traditional Leaders Act to revive customs, culture and heritage of Ndebele people, a position supported by the Constitution on the role and duties of chiefs in sections 281 and 282,” he said.

“More so, sections 63 on the rights to culture is clear and as such there is nothing unconstitutional by the act of coronating a king by the chiefs who are the custodians of our traditional practices, customs, heritage and culture,” he said.

Dube said the decision of both minister Moyo and the court is a violation of the constitutional rights of the Ndebele people.

“In essence the decision of both the minister and court is a violation of the constitutional rights of the Ndebele people as provided for by the Constitution. Ndebele people last had Inxwala in 1893.”

Dube, however, said they will soon appeal against the decision to the Supreme Court; a move he says was automatically going to suspend the ban on the coronation pending the finalisation of the court processes.

Meanwhile, Chiefs Council chairperson chief Mathema told Southern News that the claim to kingship was purely a cultural issue and not political.

He, however, quickly dismissed their links with the Mthwakazi Republic Party who were active during the demonstrations in the city.

“There is nothing wrong with demanding to have our own king. It’s lawful and this is just but a cultural thing. It’s got nothing to do with politics just like what others want to paint us,” Mathema said.

“As for the Mthwakazi members, I saw them at our events and I asked them why they were there and they told me that they were in solidarity with anything to do with the Ndebele people. But we are not into politics and their cause is different from ours,” he said.

Chief Mathema also slammed the court ruling against the coronation of the king.

“We are not giving up yet, we will keep on pursuing our cause though we don’t want to appear like we are fighting the government.”

He, however, hinted that if the legal route in Zimbabwe fails them, they will seek solace outside the country.

“Remember laws do not start and end in Zimbabwe, if we fail here we will go for the international law and appeal until we win our fight to have a king of our own. It’s our right and no one should deny us that,” he said.

Meanwhile, on Saturday after the courts banned the coronation, the supporters of the Ndebele king went to Barboufields Stadium, the venue where the event had been initially slated for.

While there, the king — Lobengula Khumalo chose to visit his people just to greet them outside the stadium, but the gathering was dispersed by the police, who had cordoned off the stadium.

Feeling hard done, the supporters were secretly carried to Burnside suburb at Chief Nyangazonke’s house where the mini-coronation was done.

According to Mathema “the king was meeting his people since he had not been afforded the chance to do so by the law.

“So he was merely greeting his people. It’s not a crime to greet people.”


Zanu PF members clash over mine

ZANU PF youths in Gwanda are tussling for possession of mining claims with aspiring Member of Parliament for Gwanda Central Jafet Dube, in a development that has also sucked in Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs minister Abednico Ncube.

So intense has been the fight that Dube has on several occasions allegedly sent his youths to the West Nick Youth in Mining project owned by the Zanu PF youths to disrupt the operations.

The mine, situated about 45 kilometres from Gwanda along the Beitbridge road, was awarded to the youths in October 2017 as a tribute from a big commercial mining company Farvic Consolidate Mine.

The gold mining tribute covers about two hectares.

West Nick Youth mining project chairperson Mpumelelo Nyoni told Southern News that all was not well at the mine, as it had become difficult to resume operations.

“In November last year, Dube approached us requesting that we accommodate him in our mining claim,” Nyoni said.

“We didn’t have any problem with that, we then agreed that he brings at least two people to work from here but he insisted that he wanted to bring a group of people, a suggestion we turned down,” he said.

Nyoni said two months later, Dube — a former Zanu PF senator — reportedly sent a mob of youths to demonstrate against them.

“They descended on the mine, carrying stones and various weapons. They switched off pumps and threw boulders and stones into the mine shaft.

“We reported the matter to the police and only two were arrested, fined and released. This has all been aimed at provoking us,” he said.

Nyoni said the demonstrators told them point blank that they had been sent by minister Ncube and Dube.

“We confronted minister Ncube over the matter and he said he was not involved but he said he knew Dube had interests.”

But Dube is not stopping in his pursuit to get the mine as he has reportedly approached Farvic with the intention of taking over.

Nyoni said they have not been operating since February 6 due to the disturbances caused by political interference.

While Dube was not reachable yesterday, Matabeleland South Zanu PF provincial youth league chair Washington Nkomo confirmed the impasse.

“There is such a case that we have been trying to handle as the youth leadership here,” Nkomo said.

“We have been on the ground and realised that the youths have all their papers in order.

“It’s unfortunate that there are people who want to behave like animals by taking what does not belong to them. We have rules in this country that have to be followed,” he said.

Meanwhile, as the fight continues, the West Nick Youth in Mining project members have since been dragged to court by a certain group that is also claiming ownership of
the mining tribute.

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