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No sympathy for bitter politicians

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Politicians never cease to amaze.

When they wine and dine as the ruling elite, nothing and nobody else matters. But the moment they are kicked out for one reason or the other, they start to recognise the very same people they so neglected.

As one Twitter user aptly put it, former senior members of Zanu PF only talk sense when they are no longer on the feeding trough.

This was in reference to erstwhile Zanu PF kingpin and cabinet minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who now wants or expects the masses to see him as a victim of the current regime.

During his heydays, before he was forced into exile when the late former President Robert Mugabe was booted out, Kasukuwere was untouchable.

He had the power, he had the money and lived like a king. Indeed, he reportedly owned a 50-roomed house in one of the Harare’s up market suburbs!

And he had no reason to engage with the people. In fact the once feared politician was known to be cruel and ruthless especially when dealing with political opponents.

Fast forward to the present moment, Kasukuwere is now preaching peace and love.

In his Tweet, which drew a barrage of criticism and insults, he says, “We have to drop this tide of cruelty and hatred of each other and pick up love for one another. Our nation faces serious challenges including hunger yet we quarrel endlessly. We face an uncertain future if we remain obstinate and unwilling to listen to the people.”

His message does not end there as he goes on to say, “It is not hatred of each other that will take our country out of this challenge, but a need to collectively confront the elephant in the room.”

By the way, Kasukuwere’s tweet comes in the wake of the regime’s decision to repossess his farm in the Mashonaland Central province.

He is, however not the only one set to lose his farm. All Mugabe’s allies will soon be landless as those in power have decided they are no longer worthy of those farms, after all they got them when they were still counted amongst the who is who of Zanu PF.

Anyway, Kasukuwere must have regretted posting the Tweet because instead of getting sympathy, people were quick to tell him to ‘sit down’ as he was bitter that he no longer had his hands in the cookie jar.

Twitter user, Viva Wiwa Viva summed it up perfectly when he wrote, “You preach now because you need us. When we needed you, you battered us and murdered our brothers and sisters. You scoffed at us and made us your subjects Mr Snake, we will not forget what you did to us.”

Kasukuwere was not the only one to be told the bitter truth.

Former cabinet minister, Prof Jonathan Moyo, who is also in exile, was told to go hang when he reminded people that his father was killed during the Gukurahandi era when more than 20, 000 people were massacred in the Midlands and Matabeleland provinces in the early 80s at the instigation of Mugabe and President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He now sees the cruelty of these men especially the latter. Yet for so many years he gladly served both in the party and government!

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  1. Cheerful

    February 25, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    The issue is SADC as a regional bloc is not doing enough for the ordinary people in the region except entertain ruthless rulers

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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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