Source blog: The Bearded Man


The bleak weather continues here. Everywhere I look, it is wet.

There are huge puddles on the road and our back lawn has 6” grass over it. Being a communal back lawn it is supposed to be cut every two weeks by the local authority, but they haven’t been now for three weeks.

As I said yesterday, until the inclement weather lifts, I am unable to do very much more on my new project.

All will be revealed once it is complete.


For ZANU PF, it is one thing exposing their member as having orchestrated murder and mayhem, but proving it in a court of law – should it ever get that far – is another thing entirely.

ZANU PF’s Shamva North MP, Nicholas Goche, is today exposed as having led violent and murderous campaigns in his constituency that led to the deaths of dozens of opposition activists and serious injury to hundreds of others.

According to a dossier supplied to SW Radio Africa, the transport minister’s trail of brutality “stretches as far back as the 2000 elections when scores of people where butchered in and around the Shamva Gold mine areas.”

Goche and his gangs used so-called ‘pungwe’ (re-education) sessions to carry out these attacks.

After MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the March 2008 presidential election the Joint Operations Command (JOC), a grouping of all the state security agencies, responded with the brutal Operation Mavhotera Papi (where did you vote). Over 500 perceived MDC-T supporters were killed, while tens of thousands were tortured and maimed.

Goche was busy playing his part in Shamva. On the 11th May 2008his mob descended on Elias Kahari Madzivanzira’s homestead. “They accused the family of being MDC supporters and they started randomly beating up everyone in sight and destroying whatever they could lay their hands on.”

Elias was struck on the head with an axe and witnesses said his head split in two and he died on the spot. His wife Erica was also beaten up but survived. The perpetrators are well known in the local resettlement area and had been seen in the company of Goche during the day, drinking beer and singing Mugabe’s praises.

Five days later on the 16th May Goche addressed a campaign meeting at Chidembo School in the morning where he instructed all youths in the area to “guard their land jealously” against what he called “the whites re-invasion.” He told them to wipe out all MDC supporters in the area.

In his speech that day Goche mentioned Edson Zaya as a “known sell out in the area” and the mob captured him at Chidembo Shopping centre in Shamva.

Zaya was heavily assaulted for more than an hour and was badly injured. He died shortly after the assault on the same day.

On the 27th May Goche’s gang of ZANU PF youths dragged Kidwell Zvavamwe from his bed during the night. They assaulted him badly and he died from the injuries a week later. Kidwell’s wife Lucia Mukaru said that the youths barred her husband from seeking medical help.

In other incidents the youths “dragged Roy Barwa from his hut with a wire tied around his neck like a leash and his face covered with a red cloth, which they said represented death. They destroyed his homestead burning all what was inside the huts. His entire family was assaulted, including the children and the mother.”

The mob was also responsible for the abduction of Florence Muponya from her home. They also beat up her husband before burning all the huts, kraals and a car. Showing the impunity with which Goche and his gang operated, the incident was reported to the police but Goche ordered the police to arrest his victims instead.

Muponya and her family were made to face political violence charges before the court in Bindura. The charges were subsequently thrown out.
It is remarkable given this background that Goche is one of ZANU PF’s key negotiators of the Global Political agreement (GPA), and in fact he was part of the team that crafted the GPA that shaped the coalition government.

Like so many of Mugabe’s people, Goche is one of those that believes he is above the law.

We have to remember that he is the former Agriculural Minister who, following a flight over farmlands, declared that year’s harvest would be ‘bumper’ – and it wasn’t.


The MDCMinister of Finance, the much ZANU PF rebuked and reviled former lawyer, Tendai Biti, has often stated that his ministry has not received money from the sale of diamonds from the Chiadzwa fields in the Eastern Highlands.

Rather than deny it, ZANU PF have chosen to remain silent on the subject.

The government has so far received about US million from diamond sales, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai revealed in Parliament Thursday.

Tsvangirai told legislators Cabinet was concerned with the performance of diamond revenues adding funds received to date had been very disappointing and far short of budgetary estimates.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti said in his 2012 budget that he had been promised US million from diamond sales by the Mines Ministry with most of the money already allocated to various infrastructure development projects.

However, mid-way through the financial year only US million has been remitted to treasury, according to Tsvangirai.

The cabinet recently held an emergence meeting over the economy as it emerged the 2012 national budget was way out of whack, with revenues falling far short of projections.

Biti claims funds are being diverted from Treasury by the diamond companies, allegations denied by the firms.

Five companies are currently operating in the Marange diamond fields, all of them joint ventures between private investors and state entities.

“We are also deeply concerned that the ZMDC, which is supposed to be government’s representative in Anjin, is actually not a shareholder in Anjin, but some other body which we do not know,” Biti said last month.

“We, in the Ministry of Finance, now fear that there may be a parallel government where these monies may be going and not coming to us.”

MPs asked Tsvangirai if it was not possible for the government to cancel its agreements with the companies mining at Chiadzwa and re-tender the concessions in a more transparent process.

But the Prime Minister said the problems were not so critical as to warrant cancellation of mining licences.

He said measures needed to be taken however, to ensure accountability and transparency in the mining operations at Chiadzwa.

Mugabe’s people, in an effort to make their activities transparent, often make public pleas for money from Biti who rebuffs them since the government coffers are empty.

But Mugabe continues to spend money like a madman, spending US million in Brazilwith a entourage of 92 people.

The population of Zimbabwecontinue suffer with a lack of any government investment or spending, but if you haven’t got it, you can’t spend it.

Meanwhile, ZANU PF live the life of Riley.


Witnesses are supposed to testify as to what they saw or experienced, not what the police coached them to say…

Evidence in the trial of 29 MDC activists accused of murdering a policeman last year in Harare’s Glen View suburb could have been tampered with, sixth witness Spencer Nyararai admitted yesterday.

Nyararai claims he picked a broken police radio which was in two pieces, which is one of the state exhibits beside the lifeless body of inspector Petros Mutedza on May 29 last year at Glen View 3 Shopping Centre.

“I picked the radio near the deceased’s legs,” claimed Nyararai.

However, Mtetwa disputed his claims saying the police radio in court is in three pieces and not two as claimed by Nyararai.

“That could not have been the police radio in court because it has three pieces, so they must have been interference with exhibits,” said Mtetwa to which Nyararai agreed.

Nyararai contradicted another state witness Victor Mugutarima who claimed to have been handed a broken police radio by a child close to Munyarari Bar on the tragic day.

“You could not have picked up the radio because one of the police officers said he was given the radio by a child,” questioned Mtetwa.

Like other five witnesses before him, Nyararai made contradictory statements about circumstances which led to Mutedza’s death.

For instance Nyararai admits he did not see the persons who pelted them with stones but claims they are the MDC activists in custody.

“I can confirm that I didn’t see any of the accused throwing stones or missiles. I did not see how deceased was injured. I did not see his fall on the tarmac,” admitted Nyararai.

“With this lack of knowledge how then do you say (MDC activists) they are responsible,” questioned Mtetwa to which Nyararai replied “I saw them at Munyarari Bar.”

Following the denial of bail by High Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu, the defence team led by Mtetwa is now seeking leave for appeal in the Supreme Court.

The case has been adjourned to Monday next week following the death of Master of High Court Charles Nyatanga.

The inspection in loco that was also set for Glen View 3 Shopping Centre today has been postponed to Tuesday next week.

The State will maintain that their systems are not subject to any interference, but we have to wonder just how much reasonable doubt is raised…


Zimbabwean roads are a veritable Russian roullette…

The MDC registers serious concern over increasing road accidents across the country, resulting in unnecessary loss of life.

More worrying is the loss of life and injury to civilians by Robert Mugabe’s motorcade which has been involved in three separate accidents in two weeks leaving three people dead and 15 others injured.

It is a known fact that Zimbabweans are hassled out of the road when the motorcade is approaching, so one wonders how these accidents have been happening if it was not just pure negligence by those driving and riding in the motorcade.

If for nothing else, the drivers in this ridiculously long motorcade should go for retesting so that other road users are not endangered. While at it, the powers that be would do us all suffering Zimbabweans a favour by reducing the motorcade’s size and saving thousands of dollars in the

The MDC is saddened to note that on Tuesday, 13 people were killed in a fatal kombi crash along the BulawayoFort Rixon road in Matebeleland South.

On the same day, six people died after a Wedza – Harare kombi was involved in another accident.

The two accidents come just a month after 13 other people were killed in another fatal accident which occurred along the Harare-Bindura highway when a mini-bus driver lost control and veered off the road.

On Wednesday, nine people perished and 18 others were hospitalized after a Gweru-bound Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) bus rammed into a broken-down heavy goods truck in Kwekwe.

Since March, 50 people have died in road accidents across the country in accidents that could have been avoided if due care had been taken.

The MDC encourages all police officers manning our roads to perform their duty religiously in order to avoid road carnage. The accidents should therefore be a wake up call for the Zanu PF Police Commissioner, Chihuri to realize his incompetence and quit the police force.

The MDC recognizes road safety as a priority in the quest to build a safe and secure nation based on the effective enforcement of traffic laws, road safety education, better driver training and licensing as well as the reduction in incidents of drunken driving.


My recent comment that Mugabe should leave for his appointments earlier to avoid the high speed in the motorcade was actually a sarcastic comment, as I am aware that the high speed is used to prevent any attackers having a slow moving target…

Following reports of the third accident by Zimbabwe’s presidential motorcade in two weeks, Kubatana sent an SMS to our subscribers asking their opinion: Should the motorcade slow down, or should we get out of the way.

We received nearly 200 responses, with about 2/3 of opinion arguing in favour of the motorcade slowing down, and 1/3 arguing that the rest of us should get out of the way. Where possible, we’ve mapped responses here. Other opinions are shared below. What do you think? 

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  • He must leave home in time and slow down.
  • The motorcade should slow down or he should walk on foot.
  • Mugabe should slow down. Why is he always in a hurry? If he has too many duties he should be pruned of some.
  • He must slow down. Our roads are no good for formula1 races!
  • Being d President of Zimbabwe doesn’t give Mugabe more privileges than us, he should lead by example and we follow.He must SLOW DOWN!
  • We must always make sure to stay away from the road when the big man is coming.
  • He should fly.
  • If the hero passes, his way must be fully honoured by everyone!
  • Its up to us to get out e way, for the president have to be safe guys
  • The motorcade is just too large. For starters let it be cut. The man is secure enough for God’s sake.
  • He must slowdown to save his life and we must give way to save our life, we have one life only!
  • Let us not blame Mugabe for what is beyond his control. All drivers must be trained in defensive driving. My condolences to families and relatives who lost loved ones, those injured our Lord Jesus Christ cure them as hospital staff can only treat and Jesus heals.
  • He has to slow down after all why the rush
  • He should slowdown and cut his procession short
  • Let us be out of the way
  • He should slow down or not use the whole road
  • Know Mugabe must respect the human rights and slow down his motorcade.
  • As we are all equal citizens road rules to be observed by all, drive with caution always, its better to late than to be the late.
  • He travels at suicidal speeds. Our roads are no good for formula1 races! He must travel responsibly before more lives are lost. Love Life, Love Zimbabwe.
  • It is up to us to get out the way, coz its being foolish to always appreciate (sorry)! Who will then be said to while there will be no one left alive.
  • Mugabe’s motorcade must slow down, there is a lot of traffic in Zim nowadays
  • To get out of the way is the best solution and to tune down our radio volumes
  • Life is irreplaceable they should slow down & redo defensive driving course a human being is never a soft sport in driving
  • Is it up to us to get out of the way or they compel us to do so?
  • He needs to drive responsibly we do not want to die young so he MUST slow down.
  • Highway code teaches that when the siren sounds for whatever reason pull off.
  • He must slow down. Who knows he might be the next victim
  • We must get off the way
  • They must drive fast but safely.
  • It is up to us to get out of the way because he is the president of this country, and his motorcade must not slow down, they are same like the ambulance passing through.
  • They should fix their roads, which are in a bad state.
  • He should slow down why the rush and cause more deaths. we should value lives than sacrifice.
  • They slow down to allow the other road users to pull off the road safely without panic.
  • He must stop when accident occurs and render first aid also his motorcade is too big
  • They have to up grade the roads. Oh yes have to move at a moderate speed since having al the road.
  • Let us get off the way should we hear the siren
  • High speed is always dangerous
  • The police are to blame they think they are the only ones right
  • He must slow down where there is danger. Those cars are driven by human like us, why can’t they just take precautions where necessary.
  • There is no need for motorcade in this peaceful country? Vanoti kanganisa kufamba tavekutogara takatiza tikadziona (It is very disturbing on the roads, we get off the road each time we the motorcade)
  • The motorcade should slow down. Why hurry every time?
  • He should reduce speed as no politician has been shot in Zimbabwe but many have been killed in road accidents in which the cause has mainly been speeding.
  • Why rushing, anenge achimbo nhanyira kupi,achitiza ani next time a big penalty (why rush, where will he be running to and running away from who next time, a big penalty)
  • He is not rushing anyway, should not speed.
  • We must get out of the road because we can die for nothing if we don’t do so.
  • He should cut down on the number of vehicles and SLOW DOWN. What is he afraid of?
  • Its up to us to get out of the way. It is even stated in the Highway code. Worldwide when the motorcade is sounding siren, you pull out of the road.
  • It is up to the public to give way to the head of state.
  • Lets obey road regulations and the law.
  • He does not need motorcade. He is safer than any of us in Zim. He has enough room to show off. He should leave the streets out of it.
  • He should slow down. mota dzinomhanya zvisingaite idzodzo (His motorcade moves really fast)
  • The president should reduce number of vehicles on his convoy. What does he needs that whole fleet for he should be man enough what does he fear he is the president that won’t change anything
  • Up to us to get way we cannot just watch such sad news.
  • He should reduce the size of his convoy and slow down.
  • He must slow down than because deaths through accidents by trying to save an individual, why rush all d time?
  • Its good for us to get out of the road because if we don’t its also us the public who end up being injured
  • Both the public and the motorcade should always drive carefully. Why speeding anyway.
  • Like many other accidents happening in the country, what can we do before we focus on one person?


Take care.