• Mavambo Sets A Date For Launch As A Political Party


    The Party Formation Steering Committee of the Mavambo Kusile Dawn met on Tuesday this week in Harare and settled on May 13 as the date on which the party is going to be officially launched.

    The meeting, which was Chaired by Mavambo Interim Chairman, Mr Godfrey Chanetsa, has already finalised a draft constitution and now has an interim structure in place, with Dr Simba Makoni as Interim President until the elections for substantive office holders on the launch date.

    Meanwhile, I can reveal that most civic organisations have now started consultations with the Mavambo leadership in order to put together a united front and take on the moribund Inclusive Government.

    So far, Dr Simba Makoni and the MKD leadership have met with Dr Lovemore Madhuku of the National Constitutional Assembly, Mr Wellington Chibhebhe of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and others.

    There are also three "smaller" parties that have effectively dissolved themselves and joined Makoni's movement. I am not yet at liberty to disclose them, but they should be announced on May 13 when the Mavambo Party is launched officially.

    There are also more than a dozen MDC MPs who have indicated their displeasure with Morgan Tsvangirai who have indicated that they will be jumping ship to join the new party with their constituencies, which will immediately give the new party a presence in parliament.

    I was personally stunned today to see Harare blanketed by posters from the National Constitutional Assembly, which has now become much more confrontational towards the MDC-T.

    Posters have been put up all over Harare, asking: "Are you still hungry? Are you still jobless......"

    It is clear that the fact that the MDC have taken on the NCA, with MDC parliamentarians boycotting an NCA meeting this week, called to explain why the Constitution-making pressure group is unhappy with the Party-driven Constitution process, has energised the NCA, which has taken gloves off in their approach to the opposition party.

    The Trade Union body, also a former ally of the MDC, have now also started distancing themselves from the MDC-T, which they accuse of betraying teh struggle against the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe.

    We will all have to wait until May 13 to see what sort of alliances and endorsements these organisations will strike up with Dr Makoni's new party.

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    Meantime, in an interesting development, the MDC continues to bend over backwards to accommodate the dictator's party, ZANU PF. It has been announced that the opposition party will attend the independence celebrations tomorrow.

    BUT, the parties have banned their supporters from wearing their own party regalia.

    I was in a conversation about this with Dr Makoni yesterday and he made the interesting observation that this move benefits ZANU PF more than it does MDC-T.

    He saw it this way: In Harare, especially, Mugabe knows that he has no support at all. If the wearing of party regalia (typically T-shirts or dresses with the parties' leaders heads on them) had been allowed, then it would have been a given that Tsvangirai's face would have dominated the event, with Mugabe's face struggling to make its presence felt.

    Hence, this is basically a concession to ZANU PF by the MDC, to spare them embarrassment! And what thanks does Morgan Tsvangirai get? He is told to put up or shut up!

    In our conversation, we also agreed that this move clearly shows that the Inclusive government has failed in its objective of promoting tolerance. In fact, Dr Makoni said, "It would have been a wonderful sight, wouldn't it, to see the party regalia of these two organisations side by side on the terraces. That would have given me hope that tolerance has triumphed."

    The fact that these uniforms have been banned clearly shows that the two two parties still have not accepted each other at all.

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    And have you heard?: Nelson Chamisa has threatened to resign if the issue of his disemboweling by Mugabe is not sorted out. The meeting I referred to at the beginning of this article has basically agreed that Mugabe's position stands. Chamisa remains effectively a Minister who now has no portfolio.

    By announcing his intention to "resign", Chamisa has painted himself into a corner.

    Will he indeed resign?

    No, of course not.

    He is enjoying his perks as a minister too much and, like all the other greedy Ministers and MPs from the MDC who have prostituted themselves to the ZANU PF patronage system, he will stick around, sitting in his office twiddling his thumbs.

    Remember, this is the very same man, this Chamisa, who said only a couple of weeks ago that he took the Mercedes Benz from ZANU PF in order "to demonstrate to our supporters that we are in power."

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    To sign off, I just want to tell you about about my interview with Lance Guma of SW Radio yesterday, for his programme, Behind The Headlines. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was glad to get an opportunity to explain my motivations for this blog.

    As you know SW Radio is one of the most popular private radio stations beaming into Zimbabwe from outside (since Mugabe will not allow them to operate from within our borders!). They, together with Studio 7 of Voice of America and another radio station broadcasting out of South Africa, have become the media of choice especially in the rural areas. They are seen as more truthful than Dead BC, the state broadcaster.

    I was genuinely surprised to hear from Lance that this little blog has, as he put it, "taken the Zimbabwe media scene by storm."

    I am at a loss as to why this is so, since I have never thought of what I am doing here as extraordinary at all.

    Still, I remain grateful for your patronage and support. We are now officially the Number 1 blog on Zimbabwe, ranked Number 1 by Afrigator, the South African Blog Aggregator that lists more than 8000 (eight thousand) African Blogs from Egypt to South Africa, with this little blog being featured in such publications as the Guardian of the U.K. and the Telegraph, BBC and others.

    I hope you continue to visit and exchange views and opinions with others here.

    And I also hope you have a happy Independence Day!

    By the way, I intend to Live-Blog the Independenc Celebrations here tomorrow and will be reattaching the Chatroll that used to be at the bottom of this page for that purpose, internet connections allowing!

    I have taken the chatroll off because it was now being used to post strange websites by spammers and that could have been dangerous to you my visitors because those sites could have viruses on them and, if you clicked on them, your computers could have become infected.

    The best thing, therefore, was to remove it until I found a way to protect you. You can still get in touch with me and continue the conversation through comments on any of the stories and I will publish those comments as long as they are on topic and are not abusive towards other users and readers of the blog.

7 comments:

  1. Thokozile says:

    The Tsvangirai MDC thing was never the best or better alternative to Zanu PF. I personally have never liked it, I saw it as stripping the dignity and respect of Zimbabweans. I never liked their approach to politics. Their operations were only serving to confirm all the accusations and labels President Mugabe made on them.The better the Devil you know.
    Welcome MKD, I personally eagerly await its launch. I have held the opinion that Dr Makoni can be the President we want as far back as late 1990s, and most of the people around me seem to agree with me.I once sat next to a young white lady in a flight from Germany to Johannesburg, we got into a discussion once she saw that I was holding a Zimbabwean Passport and she was also from Zimbabwe, but now based in London.
    We discussed a lot throughout the long flight, I was happy that we had a lot in common including the views on a Dr Makoni Presidency.It will be great a President that is adored across racial divide.The lady happen to be originally from Headlands and knew Dr Makoni personally.We are geared to see the change that we want.
    But I would like to admit I have great respect for President Robert Mugabe, nomatter what names he is called, I hope MKD will give him a befitting farewell, come next elections. With all due respect for him, my hero President Mugabe, I love to see him rest and write his memos.

  1. Mama Shujaa says:

    Fresh red ripe tomatoes!
    The fruits of our labor,
    buy them, take them home
    make stew, jollof rice, pilau.

    The beauty of Africa
    her constant regeneration
    slash and burn agriculture
    notwithstanding.

    The right components render
    the possibilities endless!

    Happy Independence Day!

    May the fruits of the people's labor bear the rich tone of those lovely red tomatoes in that photograph.

    It's time everybody got a slice.

    Mama Shujaa

  1. RE Ausetkmt says:

    what time is that blogging fiesta set to begin ?
    we'd like to cover it on BadGalsRadio;

    Please hit us up with a time post so we know when to start the rss feed. we'll post it as it happens on a page specifically prepared for this ocassion. if you need a reflector for your traffic feel free to let us know as we have plenty of space for You Denford, always.

  1. Denford says:

    @Thokozile - You are the perfect example of the reason why Dr Makoni will be the next president of Zimbabwe, specifically: ZANU PF supporters and Mugabe loyalists are more likely to vote for Dr Makoni than they are ever to vote for Tsvangirai.

    With the bitter frustration within the ranks of the MDC, Makoni is also attracting large numbers from that camp.

    Hence, I sincerely believe that all indications are that the people are now in a Dump The Bastards mood, as it is known in British and American politics, but it is a universal feeling that was previously directed only at Mugabe.

    Now MT is in the same boat and ZANU PF as well as MDC supporters are crossing over to embrace Makoni. You just wait and see.

    @Mama Shuja: a lovely poem indeed and there is nothing like those fresh tomatoes from the rpadside vendors (here, you just have to watch out for cholera, that's all!) Thank you for your good wishes for our Independence Day.

    @RE; Thanks for the offer and I will certainly take you up on it. I should think that the live-blogging will start between 11 and twelve, which is normally when the bigwigs arrive, through to Mugabe's speech (no doubt a few choice insults await the British)

    So see you then.

  1. Petros says:

    I am just holding my breath.... as I anxiously await the launch of our party! Things seem to be falling into place with the Civic society finally realising their blundering during the Presidential elections, perhaps not wittingly to be fair on them, but were gullible "victims" of smear against, fear and jealous of Simba by his opponents. Consequently, I have guarded optimism about their positive contribution, especially their leaders like Lovemore Madhuku who seems to esteem the limelight and relevancy at all cost, though I would love him to prove me wrong! Simba's softly-softly-catchy-monkey approach seems to be working after all! With the corporate world solidly behind him, ZCTU an effective constituency, the blundering GNU providing the flesh and voila! it's a NEW DAWN!

  1. senator says:

    Den, I wish this launch was done over a weekend to afford wellwishers a chance to witness the only event since the beginning of 2009, that gives our people that hope for the genuine change that we want, that hope for a Zimbabwe that will start working again without the unnecessary but costly polarisation of the lost decade. A great compliment from Lance and his team at SW Radio. Heard also that the dictator is planning to throw another carrot in the way of young Chamisa as a compromise - his job descrip is being "enhanced" to specialize in jamming private stations and award-winning blogs? God forbid!

  1. Denford says:

    @Senator: They will have to kill me to silence me! It is something the intolerant MDC supporters would welcome, the murder of Denford Magora by Mugabe and the MDC!

    Do I look scared?? Ha ha.

    I must say though, Morgan himself is actually very tolerant. It is his supporters who think that an MDC one-party state is something to actually be proud of, not realising that we would be the laughing stock of African and the world if we got another one party state after Mugabe goes. It would prove that Africans do not understand or appreciate democracy and diverse opinion, which the majority of die-hard MDC supporters certainly do not understand.

    @Petros, sorry about the delay in responding to you, but I have been so very busy with all that is happening and also Chamisa's destruction of the internet has meant that I can only ever be online for 30 minutes or so a day, mostly just to post a new story. I do not even get the chance to visit my favourite news sites like CNN, Guardian and yes, SW Radio anymore!

    But I am happy you are enthused by the launch of the new party, both of you.

    That is what democracy is all about.

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