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Although it promised much, the coming in of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2017 following a coup has proved a damp squib. Maybe that’s why people are now hoping for a second one, to topple him!

Following the return of Vice President, Constatino Chiwenga from China last week, where he spent four months being treated for idiopathic oesophageal stricture, a disease of the esophagus, speculation has been rife that another coup is on the cards as the two men no longer see eye to eye.

Speculation was further fuelled by the fact there were no government or Zanu PF officials to welcome back the VP. Instead he was met at the airport by the Chinese Deputy Ambassador.

According to the rumour mill, Chiwenga had long recovered but pretended to still be sick so he could remain in China to plot another coup.

While some are dismissing this as cheap talk or fake news, others insist there is surely no smoke without fire.

What is clear though, is that this boils down to frustration over the economic situation in the country hence people are hoping for another coup and that maybe this time around it will yield the much desired results.

Clearly Mnangagwa sold us a dummy when he promised to be a massive improvement on the late Robert Mugabe in managing the economy as things have gotten worse.

Elections never make any difference as there are always allegations of rigging. Hence the only option seems to be another coup with hope that whoever comes in will be a better man – after all, our coups are bloodless.

Recently, a presidential guard soldier stationed at the state house allegedly fired bullets in the air while complaining of hunger and the economic hardships.

This, according to some, was again another sign that all was not well even in the barracks as they also feel their efforts during the coup were in vain.

And while we continue to drown in poverty, Mnangwagwa, who is clearly deluded and out of touch with reality, thinks he is our hero and goes on to approve renaming of ten roads around the country after himself.

Or maybe he is deliberately slapping the masses in their faces, as he must surely know that he is not a darling of the majority.

In other news, former President Robert Mugabe’s estate was registered this week. According to his daughter Bona, he only had one farm, contrary to government claims that the former first family actually had more than 10 farms.

It remains to be seen if the government will contest these claims of one farm. Oh and by the way, Mugabe had US$10 million (P110 million) in his foreign currency account.

Your guess is as good as mine as to where all that money came from!

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  1. Cheerful

    December 19, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Coups do not solve issues
    The biggest mistake was for the region to recognise this bloodless coup
    The old man Mugabe at the helm for many years refusing to step down was part of this problem it created a vacuum for people to fight for the top post and this why it happened

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Elephant mortality in Okavango rises to 110, Anthrax ruled out

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Wildlife and National Parks department has ruled out Anthrax as a killer disease for elephants along some villages in the Okavango delta.

As of Friday last week, at least 110 dead elephants were discovered in areas of Seronga, Gunotsoga and Eretsha in the past three weeks and were suspected to have died from Anthrax.

However the Anthrax laboratory tests have come back negative, leaving the government departments searching for more answers. 

“Laboratory results have ruled out Anthrax and we are awaiting more results,” explained regional Wildlife coordinator in Maun, Dimakatso Ntshebe.

Ntshebe said his department through the help of veterinary department services are still conducting further tests to find out whether or not this mysterious disease is not a result of poisoning.

The disease according to Ntshebe causes the giant’s front legs to weaken and therefore the unwell animal walks in uncoordinated manner and ultimately drops to its death.

“We don’t know what could be the cause of this disease but we are working around the clock to find out and hopefully work on the cure,” added Ntshebe.

Some samples are to be sent to South Africa for further testing. “We could have taken other samples to the neighbouring Zimbabwe, but because of COVID-19 that brought everything to almost a standstill, we could not send them,” Ntshebe explained before adding that, “before coronavirus outbreak, Botswana and Zimbabwe were in talks and have entered into some agreements including exportation and importation of certain medications, but we have not yet concluded the matter regarding samples, that is why we have not been able to send samples to Zimbabwe.”

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SADC Executive Secretary disturbed by obstacles in movement of goods

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The Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stegomena Lawrence Tax, has cautioned member states that any lack of cooperation among then during the COVID19 era has potential to reverse the gains made in the last decades.

Addressing a virtual SADC Council of Ministers meeting this week, Lawrence Tax said that the regional ministers approved Guidelines on Harmonization and Facilitation of Movement of Essential Goods and Services across borders early April. 

She said that whilst the guidelines have played a critical role in facilitation of movement of essential goods, there are notable obstacles that have been noted by the Secretariat.

The obstacles include non-compliance/non recognition of regional legal frameworks; uncoordinated operations at the port of entry among border agencies; lack of harmonization and synchronization of policies and procedures among, and between member states; unilateral decisions outside agreed framework; as well as different approaches to deal with epidemiological challenges,” she said. 

She added that; “all these are resulting in increased cost of doing business, and negatively affecting the implementation of national and regional programmes”.

She advised that there is need to have measures, and coordinated approach in place since the region is in a post lockdown period since the transportation of non-essential goods and services will be resuming.

Lawrence Tax added that COVID19 is a global pandemic and that the SADC regional approach should expand to COMESA-EAC-SADC tripartite and eventually to other continental blocs.

“The Secretariat is already working with COMESA and EAC, specifically, in terms of harmonizing and synchronizing regulations and procedures for movement of goods and services under the Tripartite arrangement. We need to move in unison and avoid unilateral decisions, specifically with regards to cross border movement of goods and services,” she said.

According to the Executive Secretary, the regional office has already conducted a socio-economic impact analysis of COVID19 on the region and the results have shown that the pandemic will impact negatively across many socio and economic sectors.

“The decline in the global economy is projected to lead to a decline in commodity prices, increase in debt and significant contraction of the SADC economies in 2020. This will reverse the gains on industrial development and trade that the region has made in the last couple of years,” Lawrence Tax said.

On the flip side,  the region’s International Cooperating Partners have made pledges to mitigate the impact of COVID19 pandemic on its economy. 

“To date, the Secretariat has secured Euro 7.3 million from the German Government; Euro3.6million from European Union, Euro 190,000.00 under the GIZ/Africa Union Commission, whereas the African Development Bank (AfDB)  has considered a support UA 7 million. Engagements with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) are also at an advanced stage,” the Executive Secretary said.

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