Robert Mugabe has finally resigned

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, bringing to an end 37 years in power which he began as a hero of the struggle against white rule and ended as the man blamed for reducing his country to despotism and economic misery.

The streets of Harare erupted in celebration after Mr Mugabe’s resignation was announced during a joint session of both houses of the Zimbabwean parliament that had gathered to launch impeachment proceedings on Tuesday afternoon.

“My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power,” Mr Mugabe said in a letter read out by Jacob Mudenda, the speaker of parliament.

Mr Mugabe’s resignation letter made no mention of who should replace him as president.

However, he is widely expected to be succeeded by Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former security chief who fled to South Africa after Mr Mugabe fired him as vice president on November 6.

Zanu-PF, the ruling party, installed Mr Mnangagwa as party leader after ousting Mr Mugabe from the same role on Saturday.

Mr Mugabe’s resignation came a week after Zimbabwe’s military placed the 93-year old president under house arrest in a soft coup prompted by a power struggle within the ruling party involving Grace Mugabe, the first lady.

 

In a bid to preserve a veneer of legitimacy and avoid sanctions, the military and its allies in Zanu-PF attempted to persuade Mr Mugabe to resign voluntarily by threatening to impeach him and mounting a massive public march in Harare to demonstrate he had lost public support.

He initially refused to resign, and stunned Zimbabweans on Sunday night when he used a televised address, widely expected to be a resignation speech, to reassert his authority and announce he intended to preside over Zanu-PF’s December congress as usual.

He faced further humiliation on Tuesday after almost no ministers showed up to a routine cabinet meeting he called at State House, his official Harare office.

Zimbabweans celebrate outside the parliament building immediately after hearing the news that President Robert Mugabe had resigned
Zimbabweans celebrate outside the parliament building immediately after hearing the news that President Robert Mugabe had resigned CREDIT: BEN CURTIS/ AP
Later in the afternoon lawmakers from both houses of parliament gathered in a conference centre to debate a motion that called for him to be removed from power for short comings including falling asleep in meetings and allowing Mrs Mugabe to “usurp” presidential powers.

The motion, which was tabled by Zanu PF and seconded by the Movement for Democratic Change, the main opposition party, was abandoned after Mr Mugabe’s resignation letter arrived in parliament.

Mr Mnangagwa had called on Mr Mugabe to heed the “insatiable” desire of the Zimbabwean public for change in a statement on Tuesday morning.

“The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call and resign forthwith so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy,” Mr Mnangagwa said in his statement.

 

Culled from the telegraph.co.uk

Grace Mugabe’s oldest son imports two Rolls Royce limousines ‘worth £4 million’ into bankrupt Zimbabwe

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The eldest son of Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe has imported two Rolls Royce limousines into the bankrupt country, it has been reported.
Russell Goreraza, 33, offloaded the two luxury cars at Harare International Airport from a plane belonging to the Dutch airline KLM on Sunday.

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Goreraza, said to have a ‘chequered reputation’, was also reported to have enjoyed a ‘huge celebration’ with friends after the exotic vehicles arrived, with Champagne flowing freely.

According to IOL, a news site based in South Africa, another car – this one an Aston Martin – is due to arrived in the capital shortly.
The cars are thought to have been bought in Europe.
Rolls Royce Phantoms cost a minimum of just under £400,000, but custom-built versions are sold for as much as £1 million. Media in South Africa are reporting the combined cost of the cars as about £4 million.

It comes as Zimbabwe is in a terrible financial position, owing huge debts to South Africa.
Goreraza was born to Grace Mugabe during her first marriage to Stanley Goreraza.
He has two half-brothers – 25-year-old Robert Jr and Chatunga, 21 – whose father is Robert Mugabe, the beleaguered African country’s leader since 1980.
In 2015, he was found guilty of culpable homicide after killing a pedestrian in his car.

He was sentenced to two months in prison and ordered to pay an $800 fine.
IOL also reported that Goreraza ‘ultimately lives off massive cash donations’ from mother Grace, who is given a regular supply of funds by the Zimbabwean state.
Grace was accused of wounding a 20-year-old model in Johannesburg, South Africa last month.
Gabriella Engels, 20, claims that Grace beat her repeatedly with an electrical cord in a hotel on August 13.

 

 

Grace Mugabe finally gets diplomatic immunity, returns to Zimbabwe

The wife of Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, was whisked out of South Africa on Sunday, trailed by calls for her arrest after she was accused of beating a fashion model with an extension cord in a luxury hotel in Johannesburg.

The violent encounter between the president’s wife, Grace Mugabe, 52, who had sought diplomatic immunity afterward, and the model, Gabriella Engels, 20, who had filed assault charges, sparked outrage in South Africa and Zimbabwe and threatened to escalate into a diplomatic incident.

The South African authorities confirmed on Sunday that Mrs. Mugabe had been granted immunity. Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said in a statement that she had been “acting in the interests of South Africa” in recognizing “the immunities and privileges” of Mrs. Mugabe.

The handling of the case drew intense criticism — it was at least the second time that Mrs. Mugabe has had a brush with the law in which she sought protection. In 2009, she was granted diplomatic immunity by Hong Kong after being accused of attacking a British photographer who took pictures of her shopping. (Mrs. Mugabe’s lavish shopping expeditions have been the subject of derision and denunciations at home.)

This time, she escaped arrest after Ms. Engels said Mrs. Mugabe had burst into the hotel room on Aug. 13 while she was visiting Robert Mugabe Jr., 25, and Chatunga Mugabe, 21, and began beating her with the extension cord as 10 bodyguards watched.

“There was blood everywhere,” Ms. Engels told a South African broadcaster. “She flipped and just kept beating me with the plug. Over and over. I had no idea what was going on. I was surprised. I needed to crawl out of the room before I could run away.”

Why she was beaten was not entirely clear, but Ms. Engels later filed charges and posted photos on social media showing a deep gash in her forehead, a bloodied scalp and bruises on her body.

Zimbabwe declares holiday on Mugabe’s birthday

Zimbabwe has declared President Robert Mugabe´s birthday on February 21 a national holiday, a state daily reported Saturday, honouring the veteran politician in power since 1980 who opponents accuse of brutal repression and devastating the economy.

The declaration of the Robert Mugabe National Youth Day came after lobbying by the ruling ZANU-PF party’s youth league.

“In declaring this day, we would like to highlight to our youths the values and principles so brilliantly displayed by President R.G. Mugabe which have resulted in an exemplary life that our youths can emulate,” state-owned Herald newspaper quoted home affairs minister Ignatius Chombo as saying.

He said the cabinet made the decision after years of lobbying by the ruling party which also said it wants the country´s main airport named after Mugabe.

Last week the cash-strapped government announced plans to build a $1 billion Robert Mugabe university, joining several other facilities named after him including the government´s school of intelligence, a main street in the capital Harare and the highway to his rural home.

Mugabe, now 93 years old, first came to power after Zimbabwe´s independence from Britain. He says he plans to contest elections due next year despite his advanced age and concerns over his frail health.

Zimbabwe’s economy has been run down, with output halved since 2000, while many basic services have collapsed and government salaries use up more than 90 percent of all public revenue.

Opposition parties are in talks to try to unite and field one candidate to oppose Mugabe in the next presidential poll.

Past elections however have been tainted by violence and intimidation by ZANU-PF operatives.

Sex workers offer free services to mourners at notorious thief’s funeral in Zimbabwe

Free sex was offered at a funeral in Zimbabwe on Monday and Tuesday night as prostitutes shocked sympathizers at the burial of a serial thief by offering free sex to all mourners.

They described the late thief who died of tuberculosis as a sex maniac. H-Metro, reports that the infamous thief identified as Masiyas Mesiyas is allegedly the one who stole Jamaican artiste Elephant Man’s cellphone when he came into the country a few years ago.
“Mesiyas was a well-known thief but one of the things we have known him for as sex workers in Mbare is that he loved sex and was our regular client.

We had no money to contribute in planning the funeral arrangements, but we offered what we know best and male mourners who came for the funeral could get sex for free,” said one of the hookers who identified herself as Busi.
Brandon Chikukwa, a relative of the deceased confirmed the incident.
“I have never seen anything like what I witnessed from Monday night when my uncle died.
People were celebrating his life in different ways, as they were having sex in cars and at night, people would just go anywhere private and start having sex. The service was being offered by the prostitutes for free to everyone who attended, we just hope they were wearing condoms.
As a family we do not condone what was happening but there was nothing we could do because he was a people’s person. They were doing what they thought was best to pay their last respects to him,” said Chikukwa.

‘You are serving at Mugabe’s will,’- Grace blasts hubby’s VPs

Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe has warned her husband’s deputies that they risk losing their jobs if they do not perform to the expectations of the 93-year-old leader.

Addressing thousands of ruling Zanu-PF supporters at a rally held on Saturday at the Chinhoyi University of Technology, the First Lady said vice presidents served at President Robert Mugabe’s will.

This came at a time when one of Mugabe’s deputies, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was reportedly leading a faction within the ruling Zanu-PF party that was angling to take over power when the nonagenarian eventually left office.

“At one point I received calls from people within the party who wanted us to go into the streets and demonstrate against Mnangagwa because they were not happy with him,” said Grace.

‘I am not going nowhere’

“I told them that vice presidents are appointed by the president and they serve at his mercy. So they must act in a manner that pleases the president,” she added.

At the same rally, Grace dragged presidential spokesperson George Charamba before a stunned Zanu PF crowd and a television audience which her husband, missed it because he was dozing off.

Grace was shouting the information ministry permanent secretary down for allegedly influencing the State media to ignore her philanthropic work while reserving good coverage for others.

Charamba has previously said President Mugabe’s apparent sleepy postures would in fact be an attempt by his boss to avoid direct light onto his tired eyes.

The First Lady last called on Mugabe to name his successor. Grace, who was reportedly leading a faction that wanted to torpedo Mnangagwa’s presidential ambitions, called on her husband to appoint a female vice president.

President Mugabe, however, said he was not ready to leave office any time soon, arguing that any new presidential candidate that would face off with former premier Morgan Tsvangirai of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change party would be defeated.

“Some are saying I’m going, I am not going anywhere. Some are saying I am dying, I am not dying,” said the veteran leader.

Mugabe, who has failed to groom a successor in 37 years in power, said his party was sharply divided and called for unity among Zanu-PF members as Zimbabweans prepared for general elections due next year.

 

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Three women are arrested for raping a pastor in Zimbabwe

Three women were arraigned before Western Commonage magistrate Mr Lungile Ncube this week after they allegedly raped a pastor at a local church in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

The suspects, Sandra Ncube,21, Riamuhetsi Mlauzi, 23 and Mongiwe Mpofu, 25, were charged with aggravated indecent assault.

According to The Chronicle ,prosecutor, Mr Petros Shoko said the complainant had gone to the women’s residence to demand money from Mlauzi sometime last week.
On July 14, 2017, at around 7PM, the complainant went to the three accused persons residence to collect his money from Riamuhetsi Mlauzi, which she owed him,? said the prosecutor.
The court heard that the complainant was ushered into the house before Ncube held him by the waist and fondled his private parts.

They forced him to lie on the bed and undressed him. Ncube sat on his chest and he tried to push her away. However, Mlauzi, who was in the same room, held his legs together and sat on top, pressing him against the bed, said Mr Shoko.

Mpofu, who was in another room, allegedly brought condoms and placed one on the complainant?s manhood. She then allegedly assisted to hold the complainant down as he was resisting.

Ncube had sexual intercourse with the complainant once, without his consent, said Mr Shoko.During trial, the trio denied raping the complainant but admitted indecently assaulting him.
We were just playing around Your Worship. I did not think that he would take it seriously,? said Ncube.
Mpofu distanced herself from the incident and said she had only been called to bring condoms.

I was not part of it. They just called me to bring condoms. We keep condoms around the house and there were some in my room, so I just brought them,? said Mpofu.

Mlauzi said she wanted to fix the pastor, whom she accused of having a tendency of walking in on her when she was bathing.

“He always walks in on me bathing and claims to be unmoved as a man of God. I just wanted to see if he was going to be aroused or not. I did not plan to execute the whole rape thing, Your Worship.
Magistrate Ncube asked Mlauzi what she aimed to benefit from the attack, and she said she just wanted to prove to the pastor that he had feelings like everybody else.
I wanted him to see that he was not special and was not immune to sexual arousal. When I touched him, he immediately got aroused. And that is all we wanted to see, she said.

 

The matter was reported at Cowdray Park Police Station and the complainant was referred to Mpilo Central Hospital for a medical examination. A medical report was produced in court as evidence.

 

The Chronicle