Monthly Archives: August 2016

Our lives: Perpetual Hunger Games Episodes

By Caroline Kache DSTV has been showing ‘The Hunger Games’ a gruesome trilogy movie depicting a dystopia. Set in ‘Panem,’ a country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and 12 other districts with var…

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Our lives: Perpetual Hunger Games Episodes

By Caroline Kache

DSTV has been showing ‘The Hunger Games’ a gruesome trilogy movie depicting a dystopia. Set in ‘Panem,’ a country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and 12 other districts with varying levels of poverty, the Hunger Games sees two unfortunate candidates, male and female  chosen from each of the poor districts to participate in a compulsory annual televised death match called the Hunger Games. There can only be one winner at the end and butchering the rest is just part of the game.

Watching The Hunger Games, I began to reflect on how our lives are in a perpetual Hunger Games mode. Every day, for the ordinary Zimbabwean, is a fight for survival. The poor die every day to give the wealthy members in our own Capitol their vantage. For instance, the week beginning 12 January, close to 200 families were evicted from Mazowe to pave way for…

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Of Bond Coins, Aliens and Billionaires

By Daniel Mususa

If the famous American rapper 2pac Shakur was Zimbabwean the first line in his hit song California love would have sounded like “Now let me welcome everybody to Zimbabwe, a State that’s untouchable like an alien’s nest.” According to fables about aliens, they are a very secretive lot, hiding as much information about themselves as possible, meeting humans as and when it suits them. In fact, most narratives from alien abductees or alien “experiencers” as they are referred to in some circles, aliens only abduct humans from whom they have specific requirements and they release their abductees as soon as they are done with them, only returning when they need something else. I find clear parallels between this reported typical alien behaviour and the behaviour of the Zimbabwean government with specific regard to accountability and report/feedback mechanisms. The simple appraisal at the provision of services by the…

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Of Spot fines and public accountability

By Lloyd Pswarayi

The Zimbabwe Republic police (ZRP) reacted (angrily?) to Justice Bere’s remarks that collection of spot fines by the police was illegal and not supported by the law. Jonathan Moyo waded into the debate and insinuated that the learned judge was out of line. Though the leaned Judge was expressing a legal point that there is no provision for ZRP to collect spot fines, from a citizen point of view, his remarks are welcome and a reflection of the negative perception the institution has that it is synonymous with bribes/corruption. This is just the reality which the Police Commissioner General has to deal with. Perhaps the police would argue that it is easier to collect the fines on the spot to avoid unnecessary chasing around for defaulters. Fair enough. The problem for me is not the in collection of fines but how the police account for them. Never…

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What’s a Mere Constitution to One Appointed by God to Govern?

By Derek Matyszak

What is a mere constitution for one appointed by God to govern?

The transcript of the interview granted by Mugabe to the national broadcaster to mark his 91st birthday makes for depressing reading.

ZANU PF’s 6th National People Congress purported to ratify various amendments to the party constitution, including removing a requirement that one of the two Vice-Presidents be a woman. Previously the constitution established a Presidium of four as part of the Central Committee, providing for a President and First Secretary, a National Chairman and stating that there must be

“two Vice Presidents and Second Secretaries one of whom shall be a woman ….elected by Congress directly upon nomination by at least six (6) Provincial Co-ordinating Committees. After the amendment, the same clause was changed to read that there must be:

Two (2) Vice Presidents and Second Secretaries appointed in accordance with the Unity Accord by…

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African leader shares his top 10 tips for rigging elections

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African dictatorUnpopular at home? Down in the polls?

Don’t despair. Help is at hand! I just hope you don’t mind my remaining anonymous. You know how rumours spread!

Elections don’t need to be won. With a little careful preparation they can be – how shall I put it? – helped along!

The right result can be assured.

Here’s how!

  1. Make sure you have your man in place in the Election Commission. After all, they will be running the show, so get your pal on board!
  2. Electoral register: now this is important information. You don’t want to share it with everyone! Keep it safely under wraps until the very last minute – then only give it out in paper form. Can’t be searched electronically!
  3. Electoral register: you don’t want to keep it up to date! Why? So there are plenty of very old people on it, who can be ‘helped’ to…

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Mugabe’s victory: the Israeli connection

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I am publishing four articles on the role of Nikuv, for anyone who has not seen them.

Robert Mugabe’s Made-in-Israel ‘Landslide’

By Dave Goldiner

Source: http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/181670/robert-mugabes-made-in-israel-landslide/

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Robert Mugabe

You could probably forgive the proprietors of Nikuv for feeling slightly giddy after the final results of Zimbabwe’s election were announced this weekend.

The Israeli company’s client, President Robert G. Mugabe, romped home with 60% of the vote and his ruling ZANU-PF party grabbed more than two-thirds of the seats in the troubled southern African nation’s parliament.

Mugabe, 89, turned back a challenge from longtime rival Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change party, beating the former trade union leader by about 1 million votes, according to official results.

Even better, there was none of the violence or blatant intimidation that marked past elections, like the 2008 vote that Tsvanigirai won and also led to widespread chaos…

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