HARARE – The ruling ZANU PF Party in ZIMBABWE has intensified a program in which the bulk of its original leaders are leaving their positions unceremoniously and in groups.
The development comes amid reports saying the authorities have blocked former Vice President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA from leaving the country and allegedly placed him under surveillance for security reasons.
However, the State has not commented on the reports in the privately run newspapers and the social media regarding Mr MNANGAGWA, who was fired this week for allegedly undermining the authority of President ROBERT MUGABE.
Meanwhile, provincial structures across ZIMBABWE are submitting names of leaders they want expelled from the former liberation movement, which in the 1960s and 1970s fought the RHODESIAN minority regime to bring independence in 1980.
The State-run HERALD says MATABELELAND SOUTH, and NORTH, and HARARE have joined SIX other regions to support the dismissal of Mr MNANGAGWA and the decision to replace him with FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE.
It says others are BULAWAYO, MASHONALAND CENTRAL, MASHONALAND EAST, MASHONALAND WEST, MASVINGO and MANICALAND; while Mr MNANGAGWA’s home region, the MIDLANDS, still has to announce its stand.
The provinces are demanding expulsion of leaders suspected of links with or sympathy for the former Vice President, with some members saying the Head of State should even pounce on government departments and weed out more suspects.
In the capital, Politburo members CLEVERIA CHIZEMA and OMEGA HUNGWE, as well as HARARE EAST MP TERRENCE MUKUPE, are to go, while 22 others face suspension for being part of the alleged MNANGAGWA Faction.
The HERALD quotes HARARE Provincial Coordinating Committee Chairperson CHARLES TAWENGWA as saying many things have been happening in the party in the past few days, with some people creating their own centres of power against the President.
Criticising members who booed the FIRST Lady at the weekend rally in BULAWAYO, he says his province will protect the party, the President, the FIRST Lady and the FIRST Family and the country.
State Security Minister KEMBO MOHADI and Interior Deputy Minister OBEDINGWA MGUNI also face the axe after their MATABELELAND SOUTH approved to boot them out with 13 other members for alleged collusion with Mr MNANGAGWA.
Provincial Vice Chairperson SOUL MAHALIMA NCUBE says the President has dismissed Mr MNANGAGWA and the region needs to do something about his sympathisers to ensure unity in the party.
He says the province endorses the exit of the former Vice President, whom he can no longer address as Comrade, and is in full support of the amendment of the constitution to have a female Vice President – who should be FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE.
While the MIDLANDS has not announced decisions, Provincial Chairperson DANIEL MACKENZIE NCUBE says there is tension in the region; with some elements organising meetings to plot against each other.
The HERALD says the province is meeting today, amid reports saying some youths have already started efforts to seize party vehicles from suspected MNANGAGWA allies including MBIZO Legislator USHEUNESU MPERERI.
It says MASVINGO Province faces expulsion of Party National Production and Labour Secretary JOSAYA HUNGWE, Legal Affairs Deputy Secretary PAUL MANGWANA, Security Deputy Secretary LOVEMORE MATUKE.
Others are Central Committee member CLEMENCE MAKWARIMBA Provincial Chairperson EZRA CHADZAMIRA for allegedly leading efforts to undermine the authority of President MUGABE in the province.
MANICALAND Province wants 38 leaders allegedly linked to Mr MNANGAGWA out, among them Politburo members OPPAH MUCHINGURI, PATRICK CHINAMASA and CHRIS MUSHOHWE.
Others are MIKE MADIRO, JOSHUA SACCO, MOSES GUTU, WINNIE MLAMBO, JOSEPH MUJATI, CHRISTOPHER CHINGOSHO, ALICE CHITIMA, OLIVER MANDIPAKA, GORDEN CHIKWANDA, TIMOTHY MAPUNGWANA.
The province further recommends the ouster of MONICA MUTSVANGWA, ELLEN GWARADZIMBA, TASIN DUBE, HUBERT NYANHONGO and JUDITH MAWIRE.
MASHONALAND WEST is expelling Politburo member PRISCA MUPFUMIRA and ZVIMBA WEST MP ZIYAMBI ZIYAMBI.
MASHONALAND EAST Province is targeting JOEL BIGGIE MATIZA and Deputy Parliamentary Speaker MARBEL CHINOMONA, with 12 other leaders are to be probed for alleged links with Mr MNANGAGWA.
The ongoing developments in ZIMBABWE threaten to shake the foundations of the ruling party, which is made up of TWO of the major liberation movements that dislodged colonial and apartheid systems in the SADC Region./Sabanews/cam
KINSHASA – The DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO is expecting to hold elections to replace President JOSEPH KABILA next DECEMBER, although opposition groups want him out of office this year.
Media reports say CONGOLESE citizens would have gone to the polls in 2017, under an agreement paving way for President KABILA to step down, but the process failed due to persistent squabbling.
The reports quote Independent National Electoral Commission Official JEAN-PIERRE KALAMBA as saying voting will take place on 23 DECEMBER 2018 to choose a president, lawmakers, as well as regional and local authority leaders.
UNION FOR DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL PROGRESS Spokesperson AUGUSTIN KABUYA says his group is against the timetable and demands the exit of President KABILA by the end of 2017.
The media reports say the Electoral Commission has announced provisional results of the presidential election will remain unpublished until 30 DECEMBER, ONE week after the vote.
The ultimate results will then be out by NINE JANUARY 2019, before the new Head of State takes over on the 12TH of the same month to end 16 years of the JOSEPH KABILA Administration.
Media reports say the announcement comes 10 days after the UNITED STATES Ambassador to the UNITED NATIONS, NIKKI HALEY, visited and called for elections next year.
They say AMERICA, BRITAIN, FRANCE, the EUROPEAN UNION and the UNITED NATIONS are among international forces calling on the CONGOLESE Leader to announce election dates.
They further quote Mr HALEY as saying for every day which goes by without holding the polls, a woman is raped, a child has an unwanted pregnancy, children are inducted by armed groups in AFRICA’s SECOND-largest country.
General elections come after the 2016 clashes in which soldiers shot and killed 20 protesters, demanding President KABILA to step down after his mandate expired last DECEMBER, in the streets of the capital, KINSHASA.
DRC has never had a peaceful transfer of power since the fall of the late Dictator MOBUTU SESE SEKO, who ruled and looted the country he had renamed ZAIRE from 1965 to 1997./Sabanews/cam
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MBABANE – Workers at the SWAZILAND Electricity Company have threatened to plunge the country in darkness unless the employer tells them when their bonuses will be paid this year.
The TIMES OF SWAZILAND newspaper says they have staged a demonstration at their ELUVATSINI House Head Offices in the capital, MBABANE.
It quotes the employees as saying they have worked hard and deserve to earn the bonuses, especially because they did not receive their cost-of-living adjustments.
The workers have defied a court order stopping the industrial action after management won an application against the strike, which the employees voted for during a weekend meeting.
They assembled before the ELUVATSINI House and demonstrated, demanding to see Managing Director MESHACK KUNENE, amid strong police presence.
The TIMES says the employees have told Mr KUNENE they want their bonuses for the financial years 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017, for which the Executive and Management have been meeting with no solution.
SWAZILAND Electricity Company workers say they do now trust their managers and want the Managing Director to use his power to pay out their bonuses, or they will switch of the whole Kingdom./Sabanews/cam
JOHANNESBURG – The AU Partnership and Coordination Forum on AIDS, TB and Malaria has reviewed the draft Common AFRICA Position on TB for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting in 2018.
A statement from the continental group says the Draft Common Position on TB was last month reviewed by the Ministry of Health TB Program Managers in HARARE, ZIMBABWE.
It says the document focuses on SIX pillars: leadership, country ownership, governance and accountability; universal and equitable access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support.
Others are access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies; research and innovation; health financing and strategic information; promoting leadership, country ownership, governance and accountability.
The draft calls for sustained political commitment and for increased leadership, ownership, integration, governance and management of TB programs to promote accountability.
It further calls on governments to intensify TB responses through working with AFRICAN leaders as champions, cross-sector partnerships, increased oversight and accountability, improved monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
The AU says while recognising structural and operational barriers to achieve universal access, the draft calls for Member States to scale up TB programs to reach, find, treat and cure all people with the killer disease.
It also calls for Multi Drug Resistant TB to be declared a global emergency and health security threat, to ensure it can be addressed properly in most affected countries.
The draft calls for access to TB services in congested settings, high risk areas like prisons, mines and areas affected by conflict and humanitarian emergencies, to help guarantee no one is left behind.
The Common AFRICA Position calls for governments to pursue new innovations and ensure access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies for TB.
The draft says governments should strengthen ties with research institutions to enhance innovation and evidence-informed policies and programs as well as increased investments in research and innovation.
AFRICA will also push for increased domestic and international funding to health through innovative financing mechanisms, social health insurance schemes and increased allocations at various levels.
The Common AFRICA Position also calls for improved data to inform policy and programs for TB, while the AU Commission has lined up various consultation conferences ahead of the UN meeting.
TB is spread through the air from person to person, when a patient coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings; and people nearby may breathe in the bacteria and become infected./Sabanews/cam
BLANTYRE – Motor vehicle drivers in MALAWI will now pay hefty fines for traffic offenses, as the government moves to reduce accidents on the highways.
The NYASA TIMES newspaper says the crimes range from driving a vehicle without a driver’s licence, ignoring traffic police officers to dangerous overtaking.
It says the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services now requires motorists to pay 30-THOUSAND kwacha, up from 10-THOUSAND kwacha, for driving without a Certificate of Fitness.
Driving without a driver’s licence or professional permit now calls for 100-THOUSAND kwacha, up from 10-THOUSAND kwacha; dangerous overtaking is now 50-THOUSAND kwacha, up from 10-THOUSAND kwacha.
Exceeding speed limits will now cost 50-THOUSAND kwacha as opposed to the previous FIVE-THOUSAND kwacha fine and ignoring traffic police is punishable by 200-THOUSAND kwacha, up from 20-THOUSAND kwacha.
The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services says the new fines have also come after an increase in the cost of services and materials it uses to serve the general public efficiently.
It has issued a statement saying continued violations of road traffic laws has shown the current fines and penalties are not deterrent enough, hence the increase.
The TIMES says MALAWI has recently seen a rise in the number of road traffic accidents in which many people have been killed and many others seriously injured.
It says ONE accidents that happed recently in MZIMBA District killed 21 soldiers and injured a number of others after their vehicle overturned at a bend due to over speeding.
MALAWI adopted the Traffic Information System in 2000 to capture, process, and store data for use in the issuance and renewal of drivers’ licences, motor vehicle licences, and road permits, and to keep information on weighbridges./Sabanews/cam
HARARE – Fighters of the ZIMBABWE war of liberation have invited former Vice President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA to attend a massive meeting they plan to hold this month.
ZIMBABWE Liberation War Veterans Association Spokesperson DOUGLAS MAHIYA is quoted in the media as saying Mr MNANGAGWA is a war veteran and should join them when they meet on the 18TH of NOVEMBER.
He says the gathering at ZIMBABWE Grounds in the capital, HARARE, will involve the former fighters and all citizens who took part in the struggle for the SADC country against BRITISH colonial rule.
The government this week issued a statement saying President ROBERT MUGABE has dismissed Mr MNANGAGWA from office for allegedly being disloyal, disrespectful and deceitful.
Information Minister SIMON KHAYA MOYO made the announcement at a media conference after a Presidential Youth Interface rally held SATURDAY at WHITE CITY Stadium in the commercial capital, BULAWAYO.
Delegates heard from FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE, amid booing from the crowd, that Mr MNANGAGWA was working against the Head of State and her own elevation to the vice presidency; yet he imposed his wife onto his constituency when he joined the presidium.
President MUGABE also made the same sentiments against his deputy at the same venue, saying he would not hesitate to boot Mr MNANGAGWA out at any time – which he did within ONE day.
War Veterans Association Spokesperson MAHIYA says the former VP should not attend a ZANU PF Special Congress planned for this DECEMBER and, instead, attend their national gathering.
He says they have invited everyone, including political parties challenging ZANU PF as well as young people who want to see progress in the country, and the organisers have arranged for trains to ferry people from BULAWAYO and MUTARE cities.
The developments in the ZIMBABWEAN politics come as political parties outside government have formed a coalition to contest general elections next year and the Head of State has fallen out with most of his fellow liberation war fighters./Sabanews/cam