A bishop packing a pistol? What has
religion come to in Zimbabwe?
Is the pistol licensed? Does it fall
within his remit that he should be ‘packing heat’?
Methinks that Kunonga is using his
close relationship with Mugabe and his party to fulfil his personal goals…
ex-communicated clergyman Nolbert Kunonga yesterday threatened to shoot journalists for covering his ongoing shenanigans, as five of his “thugs” were arrested late Thursday.
came as he packed his belongings - leaving the Anglican Church Cathedral - a bitter man.
with rage, the once larger-than-life priest confronted journalists in typical gangster fashion, ranting and raving, and spitting venom.
Messenger of Court descended on his former bastion of power at the Anglican Cathedral, a move that saw him flying into a rage.
as Kunonga was hounded by journalists and Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) members he went mad.
in a pin-striped blue suit and a gun holstered to his hip, the burly Kunonga, who was sweating profusely, charged menacingly towards reporters, who
fled in different directions.
think I am playing with you, I can shoot you,” shouted the disgraced churchman as he fumbled for his gun.
that was not all.
who has been imperious for five years and boisterous in the media, left the Cathedral with his tail neatly tucked firmly between his legs. He later sought refuge at his lawyer, Jonathan Samukange - an aspiring Zanu PF
Chakanyuka, the Messenger of Court, however, gave the Zanu PF churchman a torrid time as he chased after him.
Kunonga can we please have keys for three cars that are in your possession,” asked Chakanyuka who blocked Kunonga’s path.
was ordered by the Supreme Court to surrender a Mazda 626 registration number 646-832C, a Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Hilux single cab and to
deliver all CPCA assets of whatever nature in his possession.
yesterday, he claimed he did not have the properties, in blatant contempt of the court order.
do not have cars with us, I did not bring a car today,” said Kunonga, whose anger was boiling over as he frothed on the mouth.
once-mighty Kunonga was reduced to a pedestrian as he hit the road towards his lawyer’s offices with journalists breathing on his neck.
later returned yesterday afternoon and invaded the parishioners saying he was in charge. He described the judgment as “fake”.
on Tuesday, he had filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court seeking to stop the eviction.
Judge President George Chiweshe deferred the case to next Tuesday.
the urgent chamber application, locksmiths had a busy day as they changed locks
at the Cathedral after Kunonga fled “his base” after he was forced to obey a Supreme Court ruling that he should leave the CPCA properties.
But even in defeat, Kunonga provided some comic excerpts as he initially told the CPCA members who were brimming with confidence to leave his offices, which he said cannot be turned into “dens of homosexuals.”
from the sorry state of the Cathedral, Anglicans have a mountain of work as the once pristine Cathedral has been turned into a business empire where kindergarten children were swashed (squashed?)
in the basement.
of the rooms have been turned into offices while other rooms have been turned
were potholed and the walls are grimy with dirt, while a strong smell pervades the murky corridors which desperately need painting.
How does the illegal occupation of
church property for the last 5 years result in breakages, filthy walls and
property being removed?
He claims that the taking of the
properties is to be viewed under the indigenisation programme. If that is the case,
then why were the majority of the congregation that were thrown out blacks?
Is he trying to say that because the
Anglican church is headed by a white man, that the church in Zimbabwe needs
Let me get this straight… The last election
was over 4 years ago, and since then we have heard about deceased people voting
and an inordinate numbers of centurions on the voters roll.
And only now the ZEC says that they
have not got enough time to remove the names before an election next year. So
what have they been doing then?
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it cannot guarantee that the voters’ roll will be free of names of dead people before next year’s general elections.
Zimbabwe’s voters’ roll has been condemned by election
monitors and opposition parties for not being updated.
deputy chair Joyce Kazembe says because a record of deaths and births is still
not fully computerised, it is impossible to maintain a credible voters’ roll.
“It’s true; our voters’ roll contains names of thousands of dead people.
This is because legally, the Registrar General’s office removes such people only when there is documentary evidencing confirming that so and so is dead,” Kazembe told a conference of Christian students in Harare on Tuesday.
“This is not happening, especially in the country’s rural settings. So you will find we have 109 year-olds in the voters’ roll, zvakaoma nhai. You hear of people living that long in the Guinness Book of Records, but this is what you see in our voters’ roll.”
insists that the lack of a computerised record of dead people means updating the voters’ roll will remain a manual process for a long time.
registrar general can only act when relatives of the deceased bring documentary evidence to that effect,” she added.
year, the independent Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) said that the anomalies opened the way for “double voting and other rigging intentions”.
In its research, the group found some 2,344 voters between the ages of 101 and 110 still on the voting rolls, despite the fact the average life expectancy in the country is just 44.
report also found that more than 500 dead voters had all been given the same birth date - January 1, 1901.
accurate, credible voters' register is a prerequisite for free and fair elections,” ZESN added
up the voters roll is one of the electoral reforms Zimbabwe’s ruling coalition parties said must be completed before the country holds elections, which President Robert Mugabe says could be held as early as March.
This is just a mixture of laziness and
political farce. They have done nothing for over 4 years and now say there
isn’t enough time… Ridiculous!
More threats to amputate limbs if people
do not support ZANU PF.
Mind you, it is what we have come to
in Nyanga and Binga have been warned by Zanu (PF) militias that their limbs will
be cut off if they fail to attend the party's meetings.
Movement for Democratic Change Organising Secretary for Binga District, Garisa Moyo, told Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition on Monday:
are being threatened with having their arms cut off, for not attending meetings organized by Zanu (PF) activists. The big challenge is that the police are now involved in these activities.”
in Zimbabwe Coalition spoke to people from Chungu and Lusulu areas in Binga
North under chiefs, Simupa, Sinakatenge and Sinamusanga, who had reportedly
come under siege from the three traditional leaders who have been enlisted by
Zanu (PF) to work with its coercive party activists to force villagers to attend the party's meetings.
who fail to attend the meetings are allegedly being overtly threatened with having their limbs cut off by the Zanu (PF) militias,"
said the report.
who spoke to the Crisis Report said this was a reminder of the infamous “short and long sleeve” campaign whereby many people had their arms and
or legs cut off during the violent June 2008 presidential election run-off by Zanu (PF) militias across the country.
revealed that villagers were also being forced by the chiefs to pay a fine in cash for failing to attend these meetings.
MDC-T supporter, one Omi, is one of the victims that
Moyo cited who was recently fined US$40 by Chief Sinakatenge, for failing to attend a Zanu (PF) meeting which the traditional leader addressed.
District where Moyo is District Organising Secretary for the MDC-T led by Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, is on the border with Binga North.
of political intimidation and harassment which involve Zanu (PF) militias, soldiers, and traditional leaders against villagers in various parts of the country, continue to be reported as Zimbabwe approaches harmonized elections in 2013.
Temba Toonse Kunjulu from Jabuba Ward in Binga is reported to have identified
Zanu (PF) activist, Kenias Charuma, and a former intelligence agent, Isaac Ndebele, as part of the militia intimidating people in Binga North for not attending Zanu (PF) meetings in the area.
war veterans’ leader, Jabulani Sibanda, who is in Nyanga North recently held a meeting in the area where he misinformed villagers that the constitution making process had been stalled by MDC-T leader and Tsvangirai.
He said this was because Tsvangirai was on insisting in including homosexuality in the new constitution.
is also said to have made threats of violence to MDC supporters.
for MDC Nyanga North Constituency, Sekai Gombe, confirmed to
the Crisis Report Team that:
threatened all opposition parties stating that Zanu (PF) is going to carry out a disciplinary process particularly to individuals who did not vote for President Robert Mugabe in the 2008 harmonised elections. Sibanda
promised inputs for Zanu (PF) supporters only.”
said following the meeting farm inputs were distributed to perceived Zanu (PF) supporters only. The inputs included 10kg cotton seed bags and 10kg Shumba variety maize seed, and they had stickers with President Robert
some of the Zanu (PF) supporters were disgruntled, saying the party was giving them worthless inputs which are not suitable for Nyanga region,” said Gombe.
of the Zanu (PF) supporters, Denius Tembo, who castigated his party is said to have been retributively assaulted that same afternoon by the Zanu (PF) youth chairperson for Nyanga North Ward 4, Isaiah Tembo, and an
Officer, John Katerere, and other Zanu (PF) youths. Denius got injured on his left leg and allegedly lost a cell phone and some money in the process according to Gombe.
‘Disciplinary process’ if people don’t
vote for Mugabe? And those ‘measures’ could include the forceful amputation of
Is this the ‘democracy’ and the
‘sovereign State’ that Mugabe is always talking about?
Vote for ZANU PF or lose a leg/arm… (or
to threaten people, and his party members are more than happy to repeat their
And, as he
has done for the last 30-plus years, he is relying upon his security forces to
ensure that ZANU PF wins at the ballot. (And if they don’t, then we can expect
a coup – according to a couple of Mugabe’s ministers who have stated exactly
that in public.)
As Zimbabwe heads towards elections in 2013, Zanu (PF) is once
again looking to the country’s highly partisan securocrats to dash the people’s
democratic desires and keep the party – and President Mugabe - in power.
It is hardly a secret that Zimbabwean
military and intelligence services have always practised an authoritarian,
nationalist and totally pro-Zanu (PF) brand of politics. It is also common
knowledge that the command structures of all the country’s security services
are controlled by men who were part of ZANLA - ZANU’s military wing - during Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle. Men who have not been
professionalised and whose thinking is still dominated by liberation politics -
and by unwavering, undying support for Mugabe.
After the security force’s brutal campaign
helped to prevent Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC party from taking power when they won the 2008 elections, there was
always concern that an unreformed (and unpunished) security sector would ensure
that the next polls would also be marred by violence and intimidation - and
that the democratic will of the people of Zimbabwe would again be thwarted.
The question was always - how would
they do it. The first necessity was cash. With the MDC controlling the state’s purse strings, the security sector bosses
needed to find funds that it could use. They found the answer in the Marange
diamond fields and in shady joint ventures with Chinese companies, which
funnelled illicit diamond revenues into their empty coffers.
But still it was not clear what they
would spend all the money in their now overflowing war chests on. That became
clear on November 1st with the launch of the so-called military history
documentation project - a project that is clearly designed to allow the army to
campaign for Zanu (PF) and that will not document military history but instead
will write another terrible chapter in the military’s increasingly bloody and
As part of the project, the
Zimbabwean security forces are going to deploy more than 30,000 members, including
serving and retired officers and Zanu (PF) mobilisation officers, across the
country to build ‘support’ for Mugabe and the party through a combination of
terrifying ‘sticks’ and a few tempting ‘carrots’.
The Zimbabwe Independent Newspaper
estimated on November 2nd that the military has bought 1,500 Isuzu trucks -
worth around US$45million - for use in the operation, which will target every
village and street in the country. This is in addition to the 550 cars that
Zanu (PF) has already gratefully accepted and will use as part of its election
campaign and which were a ‘donation’ from one of the dodgy diamond mining
companies that are plundering Marange.
It is critical that the Southern
African Development Community (SADC), which is the guarantor of the Global
Political Agreement, and the African Union - along with the broader
international community - act now in order to prevent any further bloodshed
before and after the coming elections and to ensure that the elections result
in a genuine transition to a more open and democratic society.
But this will not happen if Mugabe
and his henchmen are allowed to get away with using the security services to
intimidate their way across the country. Already the security chiefs have made
it clear that they will never accept a civilian president (i.e. a person with
no liberation struggle credentials) and will certainly never salute Morgan
SADC has to step in before it is too
late. The longer they wait to denounce the rising tide of intimidation and illegal
arrests of MDC politicians and civil society activists, the greater
the chance of a repeat of 2008 - and another victory for the securocrats and
their friends in Zanu (PF). SADC also needs to tell Zanu (PF) to send the
soldiers back to their barracks.
Because let’s be clear. Despite Zanu
(PF)’s protestations that the military history project is just a ‘military
history project’, everyone knows that it is a carefully thought-out and
well-orchestrated election ploy.
Why else would so many security service
personnel be deployed in such a hurry to villages across the country - just six
months before elections? Independence was 32 years ago so there clearly is no rush to complete a history of
the military. The only answer is that they are not going to ask questions about
the army’s past but rather ‘tell’ people how to vote to secure the securocrats
future - and the future of its allies in Zanu (PF). And they’re going to do it
by ensuring there are more army vehicles than ambulances in Zimbabwean villages
- and more security force personnel than high school teachers.
It is all part of a grandiose but
actually very simple plan. Rig the election, intimidate the voters and install
a friendly ‘civilian’ government that will protect the securocrats’ lucrative
diamond, gold, platinum and agricultural interests. It is a classic silent
And it can’t be allowed to happen.
SADC and the AU cannot afford another coup - another bloody mess in Zimbabwe. And nor can the people of Zimbabwe.
SADC and the AU must stop this
dangerous ‘military history project’ in its tracks, instructing the government
that it can only take place after the 2013 elections. Then they must put their
own ‘boots on the ground’ by immediately deploying observers in all ten
provinces of Zimbabwe. And lastly they must demand that the political
parties implement the critical GPA reforms to the media landscape and electoral
institutions that they agreed to back in September 2008 - to provide a chance
for Zimbabweans to cast their vote in free and fair elections.
And to finally enjoy the government
of their choice.
is on a good thing. He has a huge mansion built with other people’s money, huge
diamond deposits that he insists in treating as his own, and the fear of the
security forces to keep him in office.
else could he want?