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Land reform takes center stage in South Africa

LAND reform has been a topical issue in African. In every election in Africa land reform takes a centre stage.

Zimbabwe is one if not the only African country which redistributed its land in a way which traumatised many whites, as it was done forcefully.

Julius Malema

Julius Malema

South Africa’s opposition Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema recently said Zimbabwe’s land reform is a model system for Africa as it empowered people to own property. SA media quoted Malema, who is championing a radical cause for the nationalisation of mines and land expropriation without compensation, effusive in praise of the Zimbabwean system.

He said: “There’s no system that has worked successfully for Africans, except the Zimbabwean system. Zimbabweans today can be hungry and poor, but at least they own property. You are eating pap and vleis here in South Africa, (but) you have nothing to show as proof that you belong to South Africa.”

He said whites should not be compensated for the land they will lose because the stalled land reform since the end of apartheid in 1994 should be regarded as compensation enough.

“The 20 years of not taking the land should have been regarded as compensation because the land should have been taken in 1994. So we have compensated them (white people) enough,” he said. This is not the first time that Malema, ex-president of the ANC Youth League, has urged South Africans to take a leaf from Zimbabwe.

Addressing the media last year at the launch of his party in Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill, he told South Africans to brace for a painful revolution, as happened in Zimbabwe with white capitalists punishing the country if it dared redress the land question.

“There will be a time when you will wake up without bread and that will be the day you will know how to make to your own bread at home and you will realise that you do not need these people,” he said.

South Africa's opposition leaders

South Africa’s opposition leaders

South Africa is saddled with the land question as the minority white population continues to hold on to land at the expense of the black majority. A willing buyer-willing seller model of land reform has not been able to address the skewed land ownership.

Whites in Africa with the help of America and EU tend to protect their land in the name of human rights where they claim they have right to own property like the black majority. However, the willing buyer willing seller has proved to be useless therefore Africans should device their own means of taking back their land.

In South Africa, the black majority is suffering they have no shelter and food but their brothers and sisters fought and some died for land which whites still own. Malema is justifies when he calls for a radical approach because taking the land in democratic way has failed.

 

Tsvangirai…a hopeless leader!

MORGAN Tsvangirai is perhaps the best and well known opposition leader in the country.  It is because of his bravado that saw the country’s opposition MDC gaining majority support and winning the majority of seats in parliament for the first time since independence.

Morgan Tsvangirai with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel

Morgan Tsvangirai with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel

 

The country is now facing a bleak future with no prospects of Zanu-PF turning around the economy. Tsvangirai has said he is the answer to the country’s economic woes. However, I am one of those who feel that the man from Buhera, Tsvangirai is not longer a solution. He is the same man who blundered while visiting German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

As the Prime Minister of the country, his blunders surprised all and sundry and his reputation was ruined. If he failed to do basic things, standing behind his country’s flag, can he then be able to deal with the big task of reviving the economy?

 

 

The video is a clear description of Morgan Tsvangirai, he is a leader who will always be told what to do, he is a person who can not make a decision on his won. Therefore, how can he be able to serve  Zimbabwe’s economy which is nose diving. I guess there are better people who can serve the economy not him.

WHERE IS MUTAMBARA?

FORMER deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara has made an unceremonious exit from the grand political stage. Mutambara went into political oblivion in the run-up to of the 31 July harmonised elections  and he is still hibernating from the political radar.

Ever since the expiry of the unity government last year, Mutambara has gone quiet. The robotics professor should never have been in politics in the first place if he did not have the stamina to last the distance.

Arthur Mutambara

Out of the game: Arthur Mutambara

Some people believe he was more of a political accident as he has the brains, but he was victim of irrelevance. Others say Mutambara was an “opportunist” and this has been exposed by his lack of relevance in the political scheme of things in the aftermath of last year’s elections.

Mutambara, a former student leader, stepped onto the political stage in the aftermath of the MDC’s split in 2005 and took up the leadership of the smaller formation of the labour-backed party, now led by Ncube.

Welshman Ncube and Arthur Mutambara

Welshman Ncube and Arthur Mutambara

Mutambara had to be headhunted to lead and “sanitise” the splinter group, which was being viewed suspiciously through tribal lenses. In 2009, he rose to take up the deputy premiership as one of the signatories to the power-sharing agreement that took the country to last year’s elections. His time in the inclusive government was however, punctuated by controversy.

After being ousted from the helm of the MDC at a party congress, Mutambara refused to recognise the outcome of the congress by taking his case to the courts. He remained in government after the court processes dragged on until the expiry of the inclusive government last year.

Throughout the lifespan of the unity government, President Robert Mugabe was accused of shielding Mutambara from being stripped of power.  The Zanu-PF leader continued to recognise him as a principal despite increased pressure from the courts and regional bodies to strip him of the position.

President Mugabe and Arthur Mutambara

President Mugabe and Arthur Mutambara

Mutambara also ga-ined the reputation of lending support to Zanu-PF’s positions in the unity government, fuelling speculation that he had become a reluctant ally of President Mugabe’s party. It was, however, clear during Mutambara’s time in the coalition that he was without any political party under his leadership.

Many people were expecting a robotics professor to be given a ministerial position in the Zanu PF-led government as a reward for being loyal to Mugabe during the tenure of the shaky coalition government during which Mutambara sided with Mugabe in times of disagreements with Tsvangirai.

ZANU-PF: its dog eat dog

Infighting with in Zanu-PF seems to be far from over as members are trading insults.

Deputy Foreign Affairs minister Christopher Mutsvangwa recently accused his boss Simbarashe Mumbengegwi of blundering by applying for a visa for First Lady Grace Mugabe to Belgium, which was rejected.

Just because of her: President Mugabe and his wife Grace.

Just because of her: President Mugabe and his wife Grace.

The First Lady, banned from travelling to Europe, wanted to accompany President Robert Mugabe to the European Union (EU)-Africa summit in Brussels, Belgium early this month.

Mugabe boycotted the summit after his wife was denied a visa with EU saying spouses of heads of State had no business at the conference.

Grace visa should never had been sought…..Minister Mutsvangwa

Christopher Mutsvangwa

Christopher Mutsvangwa

Speaking on the ZiFM programme The Platform hosted by Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa on Monday evening. Mutsvangwa said Zimbabwe fell into a trap by boycotting the EU-Africa summit because Mumbengegwi was pursuing misguided foreign policy.

Dr-Simba-Makoni, Dr Dumiso-Dabengwa, Stanley-Kwenda(Chairing)-and-Advocate-Eric-Matinenga; standing-Ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa(ZANU PF) FILE COPYThe former ambassador to China said he was not party to the decision to boycott the EU-Africa summit adding that Mumbengegwi ‘went and convinced initially the (Zanu PF) politburo and later Cabinet: that is what I am hearing’.

He said it was undiplomatic and unprofessional to apply for a visa for the First Lady when there were indications or a possibility that she would not be granted.

‘Maybe we were trying to test the waters, but why do we want to test the waters by having an embarrassment on our president?’ he queried. Mutsvangwa said it was important for Zimbabwe to attend the summit. its absolutely important: we should never let down our African brothers on this issue, he said. We do not need to put Africa in an invidious position: they have been consistently with Zimbabwe on this issue.’

He said it was wrong to assume that Mugabe and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma were not attending the summit for similar reasons as the neighbouring country had special relations with EU.
This issue is different. I think our Foreign ministry, to be very candid, is really unnecessarily pitching the level of African support too high.’ he said.

‘Zuma is busy campaigning, but in any event, the relationship between the EU and South Africa is very different from that one between EU and the rest of Africa Mutsvangwa said he had taken issue with State media stories suggesting that Zuma had taken cue from Zimbabwe by also boycotting the summit.

We should be modest. South Africa has 50 million people: it is a big neighbour and has a big economy,’ he said.

‘South Africa has stood with us; let’s not try to pose as if we are super champions of this region; that is not right for Zimbabwe: we must always work in tandem with our neighbours. respect their sensitivities; never try to claim leadership.”

Mutsvangwa went on to reveal that there were fissures in the Foreign Affairs ministry.

Simbabarashe Mumbengegwi

Simbabarashe Mumbengegwi

‘There are two people there: the minister and the permanent secretary (Joey Bimha); its a fiefdom They run it the way they want,’ he said.

He warned that Zimbabweans should not have an all or nothing approach to diplomacy.

We simply have a misguided foreign policy. The major practitioner of that foreign policy is missing the woods from the trees; that’s my boss,’ Mutsvangwa said.

I do not agree with him and I stand for what will be in the interest of Zimbabwe? – SouthernEye

Opposition fumes over the state of the economy

 

THE state of the economy in Zimbabwe has left everyone with more questions than answers. The opposition keeps on fuming and urge the government to address the issue as soon as possible.

 

Africa’s trusted leaders

PRESIDENT Mugabe sent a strong message to his “enemies” in the West and America that he will not be bullied by them.

Mugabe on Saturday said he will not attend the controversial EU-Africa Summit after the hosts denied Grace Mugabe a visa to accompany him.

Just because of her: President Mugabe and his wife Grace.

Just because of her: President Mugabe and his wife Grace.

The European Union-Africa summit is a gathering of 90 countries from two continents attended by 65 heads of states and government.

On the agenda is trade and political relations but there will be some notable absentees.

The move has been condemned by many as they are citing that the Zanu-PF leader is wrong to deny the country representation at the summit over personal issues.

As much as people might fume, EU was also wrong to tell Zimbabwe who should attend. This is an internal issue which has nothing to do with them. It is well known that Zimbabwe and EU are not in good books hence the move to deny Grace a visa is a political which is meant to fix Mugabe.

Mugabe too responded in a political manner by telling them if they do not meet his demands he will then boycott the summit. For me, even if Mugabe was to attend the summit, he was still going to come back  empty handed just like what Chinamasa did when he visited Europe in the hope that he was going to get aid.

BOYCOTTING THE SUMMIT: Robert Mugabe and Jacob Zuma.

BOYCOTTING THE SUMMIT: Robert Mugabe and Jacob Zuma.

EU used its power in issues that doesn’t concern them. In their invitation, EU had to choose which African countries were to attend. What is the hell is that? What is so special about them that they have to tell Africa who should attend and not.

South Africa has also joined other African countries in boycotting EU-Africa Summit.  South Africa President, Jacob Zuma, is  reportedly to have said the EU should not decide who attends the EU-Africa Summit.
Zuma is of the view that European Union is dictating the composition of Africa’s delegation.

STOP THAT: Jacob Zuma also boycotting the summit

STOP THAT: Jacob Zuma.

Pretoria will be represented on a ministerial level.

“I think that time must pass wherein we are looked as subjects, we are told who must come, who must not come, we have not attempted to decide when we meet Europe; who must come and who must not come. It is wrong and causes this unnecessary unpleasantness. I thought the AU and EU are equal organisations representing two continents but there is not a single one of them who must decide for others,” says President Jacob Zuma

In support of Zuma’s message, it should be up to the African Union rather than the European Union to decide which African leaders are accepted or not.  EU has no right to exclude particular African leaders.

It is actually clear that this summit was just for EU blue eyes boys and girls which include Botswana and Malawi ho have been relegated to mere EU bootlickers. African countries should stop to dance according to the tune of EU.

After all, there is nothing special about the summit, as the same countries who are hosting the summit are going to plot against African countries.

After all Mugabe’s boycott is a blessing in disguise, the country needs him because the economy is not showing any signs of improvement.

THE FALL OF SAVE

The last kick of a dying horse is dangerous.

The above adage serves to show the extent which the so called leader of the big opposition party, Morgan Tsvangirai is doing.

REFUSING TO GO: Morgan Tsvangirai.

REFUSING TO GO: Morgan Tsvangirai.

I have been following the drama at Harvest house, MDC-T headquarters, unfolding where Tsvangirai was and is still the main actor. As the main actor, he has been seen by some sections of the media as the hero yet for me he is just a villain, which is worse, a poison for the country.

The movie which Tsvangirai is acting might actually signal his last days in the game of politics. For the past years, he has been a hero and a darling for many people. He has been viewed as the champion of democracy. For all his power, energy and verve people ended up calling “Save” as in Shona taking it from his totem.

This is the same man who used to drink coffee with Barrack Obama (US President) and sharing a table with Germany Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Most of the world leaders, especially from the West and America believed in him, trusted and he was the Zimbabwean new hero to an extent that he was once shortlisted for the Nobel peace prize, a prestigious prize for an individual who has done a wonderful job in his country.

Morgan Tsvangirai and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Morgan Tsvangirai and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

However, all this glorious history of Save seems to be slowly fading as many people, including his allies from the West are also fade up. He has shown his true coulors. For some of us, we knew that Save, was not a leader whom you can trust because of his chameleon tendencies.

During the last watershed elections, he had promised to step down in the event that Mugabe wins the elections. The day came and passed, all is now history as Mugabe walloped the man from Buhera who is now refusing to honor his words.

All the noise that is taking place in the MDC-T camp is because of Tsvangirai refusing to step down. He still believes that he has still something to offer for the country. Surely, Tsvangirai must have lost his mind. His days are over, what he is now doing is simple causing confusion in the party and the opposition politics as well.

His move seems to be dangerous and thus might dampen people’s spirit in as much as participation in opposition political parties. The party is still in tatters. Through his actions, he seems to be looking forward to see the party falling down to its knees and breaking all the walls he built.

Morgan Tsvangirai with Barack Obama

Morgan Tsvangirai with Barack Obama

Truly the party is in a mess. This is despite claims by Tsvangirai that the dust had settled and MDC-T was now more united than ever.

Recently,  Tsvangirai claimed at a media conference that the party’s problems were behind it.

“After a frank heart-to-heart session … I am proud to announce today that we have discussed issues and there is now unprecedented harmony and unity of purpose in the MDC cockpit.”

However, for Zim pundit, it is crystal clear that these are Tsvangira’s last days and if he is not warned, this might mark the death of MDC-T. For warned if armed!

A CLUELESS GOVERNMENT

WHERE are we heading to? What is going on? Why should we continue to suffer? These are some of the questions people might be asking concerning the state of economy in the country.

During the inclusive government, the economy was slowly growing and the people are not wondering much as they are now. What is disturbing is that those who are in power also seem to be arrogant and clueless and I wonder where we are heading to.

Sleeping on duty: President Mugabe

Sleeping on duty: President Mugabe

The MDC can now be vindicated because it highlighted that the turnaround in the economy was due to their presence in the government.

During the inclusive government, despite having failed to score many points due to some blunders, the economy was at least showing signs of improvement.

What then boggles the mind is what is that Zanu-PF is going to do to serve the economy which is nose diving? Where are they going to get money to rebrand Zimbabwe? Perhaps we must be patient, but the truth is that people are now becoming inpatient.

The problem I think is that, we have set a bad precedence by giving lawyers room to run the economy. Who said the minister of finance should be lawyers. Why can’t give economy to economics and let them do what they know is best. The important matter now is that Mugabe must reshuffle his cabinet and give some who know how to steer the economy. There are many people who can better fill the Finance Minister’s post. Technocrats will also be useful.

Listen to Tkozani Khupe and the state of the economy in Zimbabwe

People including myself, have lost faith in the way Chinamasa is handling the economy. We do not want the I don’t care attitude because people are the one who are suffering not. He is enjoying the luxury of a Range Rover and pocketing thousand of dollar yet the majority is earning money which is below the poverty datum line.

Finance Minister:  Patrick Chinamasa

Finance Minister: Patrick Chinamasa

With the way the situation is on the ground, I now support those who said Zanu-PF on their own cannot do something meaningful.

The make matters worse, the President has remained mum and shockingly indicate that civil servants will get back dated pay in April. Zanu-PF must admit that they have to fulfill the promises they made during the 31 July election campaigns.

The current state of the economy has also exposed Zanu-PF. This has shown that the party can no longer be trusted and they should not be given another mandate to lead the country.

Gone are the days of Team Zanu-PF, Ibhola egedini, Bhora mugedi. I am one of those who are still waiting to see Ibhola egedini, it seems the party is scoring own goals.

For how long shall we continue to seethe and yearn for a better Zimbabwe? Zanu-PF should at least consider that citizens are truly suffering, already millions are outside the country trying to make a leaving. They say home is always the best but with the way things are, the opposite is true.

Mzansi’s Youngest President

 

SOUTH Africa will in May go for a general election which many are eagerly waiting to see the fate of Julius Malema.

Malema, a former ruling party, African National Congress (ANC), youth leader was dismissed from the party for bad behavior.

Youngest Presidential candidate: Julius Malema

Youngest Presidential candidate: Julius Malema

For many, Juju, as Malema is famously known by his supporters is representing the masses that are not taken into account by the ANC led government.

After being shown the exit door, Juju formed his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which he said is aimed at giving the majority of South African power and control of their resources. His policies many have described as radically and they mimic the Zanu-PF ideologies.

During the launch of his manifesto, Juju promised people heaven on earth. The launch was indeed a red sea as thousands of people thronged Tembisa stadium to see their president. listen to their president. give support to their presidential candidate.

As election day draw nearer, I am eager to see whether thousands of people who attended the rally  will still be behind Juju. There are some people who usually attend rallies for the sake of attending and let alone do not vote.

At his address Malema said: “Now is the time for real freedom.” He addressed contentious issues in South Africa including land ownership, the nationalisation of mines, education and corruption and the local economy.

Thousands of EFF supporters who attended the manifesto launch rally.

Thousands of EFF supporters who attended the manifesto launch rally.

However, many people have labeled the EFF a racist party as they are threatening to take land from whites. The party believes that whites are oppression black majority hence this is the time take what belong to them.

Clearly, EFF policies which were made crystal clear from their manifesto is that they are more like an extension of Zanu-PF. Zanu-PF is too singing on the same hymn book with Juju, as they took land and now they are taking over mines.

Behind Zanu-PF: Malema at one of the Zanu-PF's meetings.

Behind Zanu-PF: Malema at one of the Zanu-PF’s meetings.

Recently, during the funeral of former South Africa President , Neslon Mandela, Mugabe received a thunderous applause in South Africa, this might be an indication that South Africans admire the oldest African leader, Mugabe. If Mugabe received such a warm welcome does this also imply that Malema has got a chance to win more votes since his policies and of those of Mugabe are the same?

Malema is addressing issues many South Africans have been complaining about for the past years. This might perhaps be the reason why he is commanding a large following at the moment.

If people who are attending rallies are to go and vote in their large numbers, surely Malema is going to cause problems in parliament.

For this election, Malema might not be able to get more votes but as years go by, people will certainly be tempted to follow the South Africa’s youngest Presidential candidate.

These coming general elections are meant to decide Malema’s future in the game of politics. I am one of those who wish Malema the best of lucky, i wish he can get some votes so that he can also be part of parliament under the system of proportional representation.