I wouldnt Dismiss Noah Manyika’s Build Zim Allience Just Yet

I am increasingly finding myself liking what the Build Zimbabwe Allience is doing, how it is presenting itself, the material it is churning out and the model of political decorum that it is fashioning. As someone far removed from events on the ground but with exposure to some of the neatest and most dignified campaign approaches in the world, I can safely say this Dr Noah Manyika has got something going in our country, something many never saw coming, yet something also that others wish was coming from the veteran Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC-T.

In his opening remarks to the press conference recorded below, he trumpets some serious and honest points of order to us all and to the regime in Harare. Have a listen, but if you are not patient for that, see a few quotes from the speech below the video.

In introduction he says he is “honoured to be part of Zimbabwe’s great awakening”

Indeed. Aren’t we all?

He says “none of us can insulate ourselves from our country’s brokenness”.

We are all affected one way or the other, directly or indirectly by the misrule of Robert Mugabe and the intransigencies of his party.

“The cost of our leaders preoccupation with fighting the shadows of colonialism and imaginary enemies of our sovereignty is too high to accept.”

We anly have to look around at the state of our public services and infrastructure across the country to see his point. Even ZPF itself no longer fronts the santions excuse as often and as forcefully as it used to, because even they realise that the people of Zimbabwe have indeed had an awakening and the sanctions card just does not work any more

“We delegitimise the liberation struggle when we accept the mindless nationalism that suggests that our potential should be suppressed and our promise should be suppressed, and insists that we must accept the brokenness of our nation as normal” he says.

Now I dont know how this “Allience” as he calls it is currently fitting in with the rest of the oppositional matrix on the ground but I would encourage all who are genuinely interested in a more sober approach to the construction of the alternative we all crave for Zimbabwe to not dismis this outfit lightly. At least not yet.

Morgan Tsvangirai Statement on Current National Issues & Feedback from his Listening Tour

Introduction

The party’s national executive has just met, amid the context of a worsening national crisis and Zanu PF’s attempt to steal the next election, even before that election is held.
I will appraise you on these and other key issues that we have deliberated upon in the national executive, including the people’s views that I gathered during my one-and-half months’ tour of the country’s provinces since the end of January this year. Some of the people’s inputs during my tour were strategic, some informed party policy while others were exclusively internal advice to the party and I hope you will understand if I do not give you the full bouquet of the people’s views.
However, we have mainly called this press briefing to highlight some of the important national issues that are pre-occupying the party and its organs, including the national executive that has just met.
1. The brazen attempt to steal the next election

A fortnight ago, the nation was startled to hear that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, a supposedly independent Commission, had allowed the Zanu PF government to hijack the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise, in the process casting fresh doubts on the prospect for a free, fair and credible election in 2018.
Given our history of stolen elections, everyone was confident with the process in which the United Nations was involved through the UNDP. 
Elections are about confidence and credibility and the involvement of the respected world body had given everyone reason to believe in the freeness, fairness and credibility of the process leading to the 2018 elections.
The government, as currently composed, constitutes of one political party. It is pertinent to note that when a government so-constituted hijacks an important process, it means simply that Zanu PF, an interested party, has unilaterally taken over the work of an independent Commission ahead of a watershed poll. This should be cause for national alarm, given how Zanu PF has in the past used violence and dubious companies such as Nikuv International Projects to steal the people’s vote. 
No political party that should be allowed to unilaterally superintend an electoral process as that can only imperil or endanger the people’s will.
We are hearing more disturbing reports about what this government is doing to subvert the will of the people in the next election.For instance, we are aware of teams that have been working and training under the tutelage of a spy agency of a country that shall remain nameless for now. There is also a ploy to have NIKUV International Projects get registered under surrogate names in an attempt to enable the company to win the tender to supply the BVR kits. 
If Zimbabwe proceeds to use the BVR system, which Zanu PF is not keen to do, we are also aware of plans to have Nikuv International Projects work with some named Indian companies in hacking or engaging in cyber attacks on the whole electoral system once it becomes clear that the results are not going in Zanu PF’s favour. 
We are aware therefore that plans are afoot to either control or derail the BVR process, frustrate voter registration and the actual voting in perceived opposition strongholds. We know as well that there are plans to tamper with silver nitrate and other inks such as UV ink that may be used in order to fudge the result of the next election.
As a party, together with our colleagues in the broader democratic movement, we take great umbrage at the brazen hostile take-over of the electoral process by a political party when such work is solely reposed in an independent Commission. The party’s national executive has just met and I wish to restate its resolution that as a party, we will utilize all legitimate and constitutionally permissible avenues at our disposal to stop this daylight theft. Whether in the courts or in the streets, we shall fight all attempts to steal the next election and we fully endorse the resolution that we took with others under the banner of NERA to mobilize Zimbabweans for a public protest on the 22nd of March!

 

Indeed, come hail come high water, we will do all we can to stem the subversion of the people’s will. 

 

As MDC, together with our colleagues in the NERA and others in the broader democratic movement, we will continue to demand from ZEC that it takes urgent steps to chlorinate the electoral process and restore national confidence.

 

Our demands include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. A credible voters’ roll

A credible voters’ roll is mandatory and if there is continued dithering and subversion of the biometric voter registration process, then we can ensure that prospective voters simply produce their IDs, as happened in the election of 1980.
2. Civil servants and traditional leaders to stick to their constitutional roles

There is need to redefine the role of bureaucrats and other civil servants during elections in line with the dictates of the Constitution. Those whose roles should be aligned include the police, the army and intelligence services some of whom have been stuffed into the ZEC secretariat. Apart from civil servants, it is important to re-emphasize the apolitical role of chiefs and headmen as defined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe. I heard sad stories from the chiefs themselves of how they are being politicized, including making them chairpersons of the Zanu PF cell structure to make them frog-march people to influence the vote at rural polling stations.
3. Stern action on vote-buying 

Vote-buying by any means should be made a serious, punishable offence. We have seen key government actors associated with Zanu PF overtly buying votes with rice and ZIMRA-confiscated items, among other vote-buying gimmicks. We saw these antics in Norton and Bikita West, as well as in Buhera where ZIMRA goods were donated at the same time when the nation was being threatened with a corpse as a Presidential candidate.  Apart from being a punishable offence, vote-buying should be a basis for disqualification, even before the election is held.
4. Chlorinating the ZEC secretariat

There is urgent need to chlorinate the ZEC secretariat for it to be truly professional. The ZEC secretariat should be de-militarized and de-securotized as it is now common cause that it is heavily stuffed with members of the army, the police and the CIO. This is a key issue and even the 10 provincial officers of ZEC must be professional and must inspire confidence in all the political players.
5. Guaranteed access to the public media by all parties. 

This is now a requirement in the Constitution, even where there are no elections. Media reforms remain a key electoral matter that continues to suffer from non-implementation, even where the Constitution is clear and unequivocal as stipulated in section 61 of the supreme law of the land. 
6. Agreement on the printing of voting material

There is need for agreement by all parties on who is printing the ballot papers and other voting material. We have seen happening in other countries in the SADC as in the elections held in Namibia and Zambia. There is also need for a forensic testing and examination of ballot papers and other voting material before and after voting.
7. Presence of polling agents from all political parties at polling stations
Every political party must have polling agents at every polling station during the voting process. 
8. Safety of candidates

All political candidates must be given the opportunity t campaign freely without fear, coercion or intimidation. Related to this, Zanu PF must disband youth officers, who mainly political agents doing party work in the wards at the expense of the State. This is highly anomalous and illegal as the taxpayer cannot be liable for agents directly carrying out Zanu PF work as is currently obtaining. 
9. Diaspora Vote

It is now constitutional for every Zimbabwean to exercise his/her right to vote. The ZEC must ensure that it puts in place administrative and other mechanisms in place to ensure that every Zimbabwean, regardless of their physical location, exercises this Constitutional right.
10.  Observers

If we really have nothing to hide, we must ensure that our polls are observed by all and sundry without preconditions—and without exclusionary tendencies towards certain observers. All observers without exception must be allowed to observe both before and after the election.
As the nation converges on a common agenda for progress, growth and development and for democracy to take hold, I wish to applaud war veterans for joining the rest of the country in making the same demands for which they fought a brutal but legitimate armed struggle against racism and repression.
We salute the ex-combatants for converging with the rest of the nation in making key national demands. 

 

Not only are they calling for President Mugabe to step down in the interest of the country, but they have now joined the rest of the nation in the sonorous cry for democracy and for the protection of the right to vote, for which they fought and for which so many paid the ultimate price.
A message to our liberation war icons
On behalf of the party I lead, the broad democratic movement and on my own behalf, I want to assure the war veterans, ex-detainees and restrictees that Zimbabweans sincerely welcome their joining the legitimate national demand for the institution of democracy, beyond mere liberation and political independence. We sincerely welcome their withdrawal of support from the notion of one-man-rule and one-centre-of power which were never the objective of the brutal and protracted liberation struggle.
Together, let us confront those who have betrayed the ethos of that sacred war. Together, we can all complete the unfinished business of the liberation struggle. Indeed, our war veterans, with the support of the generality of our citizens, did not only fight for independence. They also fought for democracy and it was always going to be inadequate to assume the struggle was over merely upon the attainment of independence.
I promise the nation and our war veterans that some of us remain sticklers to the solemn commitments we collectively made in the Constitution, especially on the sanctity of our land and that the land reform programme is irreversible. 
Fellow Zimbabweans should heed our assurance that we have no intention of stripping anyone of their land; save only to address issues of inequality in distribution and productivity on the land that genuinely belongs to us as Zimbabweans. 
Some of us believe in giving beneficiaries the right to land so that this land, for which so many died, can be both an asset and a legacy that can be passed on to future generations. True, there will be rationalization in the allocation of land without any reversal of the sacred principle that Zimbabweans must own their land.
The Constitution is clear on the value we must attach to the liberation struggle and the war veterans who brought us independence through a brutal and protracted war. Their welfare and their plight are matters that we value and hold in sanctity.
Everything that is happening in our country today, including this despicable attempt to steal the next election, is a divergence from the core values and principles of the liberation struggle.
Our brothers and sisters went to war, not only to liberate the country but also to democratize it. As a nation, we have always placed a premium on the right to vote, then referred to as one-man-one-vote, itself one of the reasons the heroic people of Zimbabwe went to war. Any attack or subversion of the right to a credible vote is an assault on the ethos of the liberation struggle.
I want to assure Zimbabweans that we will do everything we can to protect their vote, even though we cannot do it alone. We appeal to all Zimbabweans to work together in the patriotic quest for this nation to hold free, fair and credible elections.

 

Indeed, I am encouraged by the growing national convergence in this regard, as well as the current efforts to rally all Zimbabweans beyond political parties to forge an alliance that will inspire the people and assure everyone of a new dispensation, come 2018.
My tour of the provinces

In the past one-and half months, I have been touring the country and listening to community leaders outside the party I lead. I am encouraged by the growing national convergence about what should be done in the interest of the citizens and the future generations. Indeed, I have realized that everyone and ever sector has got a genuine grievance against this regime and I know we are all agreed that 2018 provides us with a perfect opportunity to defeat the authors of this debilitating national crisis by ushering in a new, democratic dispensation. 
Since January, I have traversed the length and breadth of this country. For f six weeks, I sat under trees, in village huts and in urban town-halls listening to our pastors, civic leaders and traditional healers. I have had very enriching engagements with our chiefs, headmen, village heads, civil servants, commuter bus drivers, rank marshals and ordinary villagers.

 

I spent hours with students, vendors, artisanal miners and the unemployed and derived comfort in the national consensus that 2018 is a watershed year for all of us, but more importantly for future generations.
Indeed, everyone and every sector have a genuine grievance against Zanu PF.
I listened to the wise words from my fellow countrymen and countrywomen. I  agree to the clarion call that we must all make for the sake of our country; the call never to allow a 94-year old to mismanage our affairs once again. I heard the appeal from across all sectors, that it would be tantamount to high treason to allow a 94-year old another five years, with some even suggesting they will field him as a corpse. It would be an insult to the people of this country to give this man and this party another five years.
Yes, Mugabe may lead his party but he must not be allowed to lead this country solely on the basis of age and past performance!
I am heartened by my fellow citizens and the effort we are collectively investing in ensuring that the country delivers a free, fair and credible poll in 2018. I am humbled by our fruitful engagements across political parties, across religions, across social classes, across religions, across gender and across artificial barriers—all for the sake of this dear country that we all love.
I listened to the people on the issue of political alliances and that as a party we must exercise due diligence on who we work with as some of these political parties do not have proper structures and membership while others are surrogates of Zanu PF.
I heard the cries of our chiefs, headmen and village heads, who are abused by Zanu PF; being forced to frog-march people and to engage in partisan food distribution. They said for all this abuse, they were paid a measly allowance of $25, which is now several months in arrears.
They also told me that Zanu PF had already begun to violate the Constitution, subsuming village heads into Zanu PF structures as cell chairpersons in a desperate attempt to control the environment around polling station by illegally creating dual role for village heads.  
I heard the cry of the minorities that how they do not feel they are part of the country. The Venda, the Ndebele, the Kalanga, the Ndau, the Tonga and the Shangaan all told me sad stories of abuse that confirm the ignominy of the tyranny of the majority. There is a legitimate concern about exclusion and domination by those that feel they are the majority tribes in our country. 
This is shameful, considering that this is the brave 21st century. We certainly cannot afford, in this day and age, to have people with a sense of entitlement by virtue of the fact that they come from a tribe they subjectively regard as a majority tribe. 

 

It was an enriching experience. I will not forget the concerns, the advice and the genuine expectation from across the provinces that in 2018, we will hold a genuinely free, fair and credible poll. Zimbabweans out there expect their vote to count and their will to be respected so that even the skeptics can enjoy comfort and security under a new dispensation.
A message to the change skeptics

The next election holds a key to the future of our country. We will rise or fall as a nation by the choice we make in the ballot.
I have a message to those who have in the past resisted change and who remain keen to subvert the people’s will because of their uncertainty the prospect of political change in the country.
I wish to assure everyone that there is nothing to fear in the change that we seek. We have no intention to engage in retribution and we are only driven by the genuine patriotic spirit to ensure peace, stability and growth. Change will be good for everyone. Change will allow every one of us to pursue and live their dreams under the protection of the State.

In 2008, a large part of our fellow citizens in State institutions were reticent and suspicious about the prospect of change. The people won the election but there was no transfer of power because of the skeptics of change; those whose reticence about a new Zimbabwe cost this country the opportunity to set a new political direction.
I want to say there will be space for every one in the new Zimbabwe that I envision. There will be neither vengeance nor retribution against anyone. There is certainly nothing to fear about a free and fair election and the new political and economic order that it will engender in our country. 

This country belongs to all of us and there will be neither retribution nor vengeance against any of our citizens. No one should have any reason neither to fear change nor to be suspicious and uncertain of the new dispensation that is now upon us.
Conclusion 

Lastly, I urge fellow Zimbabweans to support the efforts for free and fair elections with our assurance that we do not wish to harm or engage in vengeance against anyone. All we seek is a peaceful country poised for growth, development and democracy.
I am confident that collectively we will not fail the nation and the future generations to whom we must bequeath a stable, prosperous and democratic country underpinned by growth and opportunities for all.
The year 2018 presents us with a perfect opportunity to start afresh and lay the foundation for a prosperous country. We must leave our footprints on the sands of history so that in future, we will be able to boldly stare history in the face and say in 2018, we charted a new direction for our country!

Together, we can do it.
I thank you

Teach girls bravery, not perfection. 

“We are raising our girls to be perfect, and we are raising our boys to be brave”, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. “To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population,” she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”

https://embed.ted.com/talks/lang/en/reshma_saujani_teach_girls_bravery_not_perfection

Zimbabweans advised to stop wasting time and Data Pursuing Trivia

Zimbabweans have been advised to start standing up on the issues that matter and stop wasting time pursuing trivial issues like the Olinder Stunner sagas on the internet… I’ll post two videos below in illustration.

Above: a zimbabwean bemoarning the lack of urgency on the issues that matter, and

Below a link to the ongoing domestic saga of a Zimbabwean married to a local celebrity, Stunner.

2017 must be the year Zimbabweans refuse to be Governable


In 2016 ZPF successfully put Zimbabweans ability to unite into a permanently disabled mode. The oppostion is adamant in their refusal and or scepticism of coalitions. Social movements have had a bucket of water thrown over them by a none cooperative citizenry. A few ambers still burn bright on social media and in parts of the diaspora. But on the whole the fires of revolt seem to have been quelled and Robert Mugabe has found no reason why he cannot therefore go on holiday.

In 2017 I propose that Zimbabweans explore THE POWER OF DISUNITY. The power in fragmentation. The power in chaos. The power of refusal. 

It is called SACRIFICE. It is individuals revolting, refusing to be governable. It is the oppressed rising in their sectors of interest. Nurses rising at their clinis and hospitals. Farm workers rising at the farm. Picketting at the farm gates. Housewives rising as housewives. Churches rising as churches, not as religion or denominations. Students rising at school/college level. Forget the unions. Forget the associations. Forget opposition. ZPF killed all of these umbrella bodies. Rise up yourselves. Take your drinking mate with you to the street. Take your football team mates with you to the street. Take your Sunday school class to the streets. Invite your neighbour to a two men or two family demo. Give the regime an opportunity to show its true colours. 

Do a one man demo.

Do a hunger strike.

DO SOMETHING. 

They have spoilt for a fight with you for years. Now, in 2017 take the fight to them. Refuse to be governable. Dont wait for community or party cohesion. Its not coming. They have taken Tsvangirai under their wing. They hurt him before now they pay his medical bills. They have sweetened the student leader’s cup of tea. They have  buttered your church leaders’ bread. Noone is there for you any more except yourself. No one is likely to be there for you either when they take you. Thats why its called SACRIFICE.  

Make 2017 the year to be brave with your anger. When you have been hurt the way you been hurt, you have a right to act stupid. To rage and arouse a storm. To lash out. TO RISE AND REFUSE TO BE GOVERNABLE.

If you are not ready for this, Zimbabwe, chances are: 

Its not going to be a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The avalanche on Linda is only just starting. Poor child of God!

At worst they will now have a field day on her.

At best they will go all out to prove her wrong.

Poor Linda.

I have already came across a most horrible article going wildly out of its author’s way to prove that Linda Masarira is a ZanuPF mole and has always been

..And that we had all been warned before..

Pathetic. 

But still, it feels like thats just the beginning.

She needs counsel.

She needs protection.

From herself if not from whats awaiting her on the struggle road.

I beg those who have faught besides her not to dessert her

But to help her shape her trials into lessons for all of us.

Everyone has a right to make a slip of the tongue

Everyone has a right to express their regrets and apologies, however clumsy.

May she not be buried under the avalanche from the unkind.