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Last evening I watched an episode of the celebrated crime drama “Law & Order” and in the programme, a particular quote kept coming up:

The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny, and it is useless for the innocent to try by reasoning to get justice, when the oppressor intends to be unjust.

I found that the quote, from Aesop’s Fables, is particularly apt when we consider none other than Robert Gabriel Mugabe…

And there was a time when, faced with the real possibility that we might be purchasing goods bought from a ‘new farmer’ in Zimbabwe, then I would make a point of avoiding that purchase.

But, as the first story would suggest, the damage is already done – and the ‘free’ world couldn’t give a continental…

They are too tied up in the financial woes of Europe, the Arab uprisings and whether the banks in the UK have been dealing illegally in inter-bank lending rates…

No. Bob Mugabe is old news. And even if he wasn’t, they still wouldn’t do anything about it anyway - because it wouldn’t be politically correct.

When is humanity actually going to grow up?


If you eat Sainsbury’s snap peas from Zimbabwe you may be the recipient of stolen goods obtained with the use of violence. Jocelyn Chiwenga, the controversial ex-wife of Zimbabwe’s army chief has a very unusual business plan. It goes like this:

Step 1 – Marry a man with clout (Lieutenant-General Constantine Chiwenga, the commander of the Zimbabwean army, is on the trade sanctions lists of the European Union and Bank of England so British firms will not deal with him)

Step 2 – Identify a nice farm for yourself – preferably one with a valuable crop

Step 3 – Terrify the owners by mentioning that you haven’t tasted white blood since 1980

Step 4 – Chase the owners away with threats of violence backed up by your husband’s AK47-toting thugs

Step 5 – Claim the farm

Step 6 – Harvest the crop planted by the previous owners

Step 7 – Sell the produce to Hortico, Sainsbury’s Zimbabwean supplier

Step 8 – Reap the benefits – £500,000

Hortico packed and labelled the produce under Sainsbury’s own brand, and exported it to Britain. In Sainsbury’s defence, now that they know how the produce was obtained, they’ve stopped buying from Grower 881, as Jocelyn Chiwenga is known. They were assured that the farmer had been compensated for his farm, but the only compensation he got was a nice hospital bed in South Africa where he is being treated for a heart condition.

A senior Hortico source said, “The policy is to get as many farms into growing and export as soon as possible.” Hortico, which claims to supply half the snap peas and mangetout sold by Sainsbury’s, said that given the number of farms confiscated from whites, it was inevitable they would have to do business with some of them.

Jocelyn Chiwenga is proud of her business sense, and says, ‘”I am sorry that the whites and the blacks are killing each other ,but we only have thick whites who do not want to share their land.”
So she gets to keep our grocery money, and poor Mr Staunton whose family owned the farm for 100 years, feels lucky to get away with his life.

Snarling her way through life, Jocelyn has a way of popping up in the press quite frequently. She accosted and beat up Daily News lawyer Gugulethu Moyo at a Harare police station. In August 2007, she hurled insults at opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in a busy supermarket, and for good measure, she slapped a photo journalist who was covering the tour too!

“I want to take away your manhood today,” shouted Chiwenga, who was in the company of bodyguards in army uniform. Two other journalists sustained minor injuries in the stampede to escape from the harridan.

Jocelyn publicly accused her husband of domestic violence. Her husband has now exchanged her for a younger, less challenging supermodel and the couple went through an ugly, public divorce. She says she fears for her life, and while new Mrs Chiwenga looks serene and lovely, Jocelyn is pictured with plasters all over her forearms.

Frankly? I feel sick to think I may have eaten Mr Staunton’s stolen vegetables.

(Source: by email)

As I have already said, the ‘free world’ is too busy sorting out its own mess to worry about what the likes of Chiwenga are doing,,,


Not happy with their violent rampage in forcibly taking productive commercial farms away from the whites, the armed forces no appear to have a new talent. Mining.

What do trained soldiers know about mining? What about the people in the country that mine for a living?

Why not give them the right to mine? Or are the powers that be afraid that if the mining in the country were done by real miners that there would be no money to be stolen?

Mines and Mining Development Minister, Obert Mpofu has pledged to give gold, platinum and diamond mines to the military and police to safeguard the country’s minerals.

Mpofu, in his address on Friday during a pass out parade of prison officers in Ntabazinduna, on the outskirts of Bulawayo, urged all the country’s security organs to apply for mining licences, saying he is ready to grant them concessions anytime.

“I want to make it clear that if Zimbabwe Prison Services (ZPS) applies for a mining concession, I will give them anytime. That applies to the police, the army and the air force.

“These are the people who are protecting our resources. They are the people who made it possible to repossess what the colonisers took away from us,” Mpofu said in his address.

“Security forces should not be apologetic to seek mining claims. In any case, where in our statutes does it say that security forces should not participate in the economy,” the Mines Minister added.

The statement by Mpofu comes a few days after Radio VOP revealed that police have applied for a diamond concession.

Zimbabwe’s security forces have long been alleged to be involved in diamond mining in the vast Chiadzwa area.

Recently, Deputy Mines Minister, Gift Chimanikire confirmed that an army owned company, the Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI), holds a 40% stake at Anjin, one of the most lucrative diamond concessions in the country.

The military and other security organs started being involved in diamond mining during a clean-up operation in Chiadzwa in 2008.

The ‘Operation Hakudzokwi' saw soldiers on the ground and in helicopter gunships opening fire on defenceless diamond panners, leaving at least 200 dead and many more injured.

This violence saw Zimbabwe being barred from international diamond trading by the industry watchdog, the Kimberley Process (KP).

There may not be any statute that prevents the armed forces from participating in the economy as Mpofu says, but let’s just have a look at how these same people have ‘participated’ in the agricultural sector of the country.

Farms are abandoned and crops, if they have been sown, are failures.

Most armed force members that have been given farms use them as weekend getaways. There is little or no production happening and the country now cannot feed themselves.

Should these same people get mines, then the money will not go to the national coffers, but will line the pockets of ZANU PF – that is assuming that there is any money forthcoming from the mining venture.


Yet another trip to Singapore… Mugabe must be almost fluent in the language…

President Robert Mugabe is due to travel to Singapore tomorrow, raising fresh speculation about his health, it has been established.

Cabinet has been brought forward from Tuesday to tomorrow to allow the 88-year-old to chair the meeting with top government insiders saying that Mugabe has not explained why he is travelling to
Singapore again.

In the past, Mugabe has gone to
Singapore to seek medical care and last year, Presidential spokesperson George Charamba confirmed as such to the media.

Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, last year revealed Mugabe was suffering from prostate cancer while some
US diplomats claimed the octogenarian leader was spotted leaving a cancer treatment centre in Singapore.

Said a top government insider: “President Mugabe is travelling to Singapore on Monday (tomorrow) after the rescheduled Cabinet meeting. Since it’s not an official visit, people are bound to speculate about his health. Remember he gets treatment in Singapore and people will always speculate that he is travelling to seek medical assistance. But it’s safe to say the trip is

Charamba could neither confirm nor deny his boss’s pending journey.

“I can’t be of help to you, because I do not discuss the President’s travel arrangements before it takes place. I cannot talk about Cabinet issues but talk to my minister,” Charamba said.

Early this year, Mugabe’s spin doctors claimed he had travelled to Singapore for personal business and to sort out his daughter’s post-graduate registration papers.

However, Mugabe’s coalition partner, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai unwittingly let the cat out of the bag when he told a World Health Day gathering in Zvishavane that Mugabe had confided in him that the much-talked about trip to Singapore was for medical reasons.

The former trade union leader admonished those predicting the imminent death of his long-time rival

He said: “We all have stages. There is a time when we should all respect the aged, mothers, fathers and grandfathers, because they are old.'

“According to our culture, young people have to look after the old,” Tsvangirai said then of his rival.

Last year, WikiLeaks, released a cable in which aides told an American diplomats that the octogenarian leader had been diagnosed with cancer.

Zanu PF propagandist and serial political flip-flopper Jonathan Moyo confided in United States officials that Mugabe was fighting a deadly battle with throat cancer, according to the diplomatic cables.

Moyo has openly admitted meeting the diplomats.

Mugabe’s closely guarded health status has caused anxiety both in and outside his party.

In March last year, Mugabe was seen moving around in a golf cart for the duration of the Sadc summit in Livingstone.

Leaked US diplomatic cables state Mugabe was spotted at Singapore’s up market Glen Eagles Hospital in 2008 where an oncologist (cancer specialist) reportedly confirmed that he was a patient.

Other speculative reports suggested Mugabe had entered into a deal to transfer power to Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The Telegraph reported a few months ago that Mugabe had entered into a “gentlemen’s agreement” to hand over power to Mnangagwa, 65, who helped orchestrate Mugabe’s battle against white rule in the 1970s.

Mnangagwa, the former head of the country’s feared Central Intelligence Organisation, was appointed campaign manager by Mugabe during the 2008 presidential election and was widely blamed for the brutality that occurred after Tsvangirai edged ahead in the first round of voting.

Mugabe himself has spiritedly denied he is dogged by ill health.
In September 2010, he said that only God could decide issues of life and death.

“My time will come, but for now, ‘no’. I am still fit enough to fight the sanctions and knock out my opponents. I don’t know how many times I die but nobody has ever talked about my resurrection. I suppose they don’t want to, because it would mean they would mention my resurrection several times and that would be quite divine, an achievement for an individual who is not divine.”

Some members of his Zanu PF party are afraid that, should Mugabe die in office without settling a bitter succession battle, the party could erupt into internal conflict and destabilise the country.

Already, internal fights have emerged with distinct camps that Mugabe has acknowledged exist.

One is headed by Vice President Joice Mujuru and another by Mnangagwa while Mugabe has publicly admitted he lost the 2008 elections because some within his party campaigned against him.

But while some Zanu PF members see Mugabe as a political liability, they recognise him as the only person able to control the highly partisan Zimbabwean army led by veterans of the 1970s independence war.

Many are also unsure whether his potential successors can defeat Zanu PF’s most formidable opponent, Tsvangirai, in a free election. Elections must be held by next year under the terms of their power-sharing deal.

If Mugabe ‘publicaly admitted he lost the 2008 elections’ then why are he and his party still in power? They may be part of a cobbled-together coalition, but the lion’s share of the power remains with ZANU PF?

It is almost an impossibility to enter into any agreement with Mugabe and have him stand by his word or his signature


Zimbabweans are in dire need of a broadcaster that does not parade ZANU PF on a regular basis – they want something that plays up-to-date music, has interesting programmes… something entirely different.

But no. Star FM is just another pro-Mugabe ZBC station in a different package.

The country’s first commercial radio station, Zimpapers’ Star FM is not different from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) which has over the years lost its relevance due to partisan programming, analysts and aspiring broadcasters have said.

With ZBC largely perceived to be a Zanu PF propaganda mouthpiece, most people are no longer interested in both Zimbabwe radio and television.Participants attending a joint Misa / Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (Zacras) radio festival in Harare yesterday told The Standard that the new station was a continuation of the state monopoly over

“It is a pure consolidation of a monopoly. They have simply created another ZBC,” said Joseph Mututi, chairperson of Kwekwe’s Radio Kwelaz.

Gift Mambipiri, Chairperson of Zacras said it was impossible for the new stations to be divorced from the Zanu PF ideology.

“This is just a smoke screen of lies that they have presented to the nation,” said Mambipiri.

“The two stations have their roots in the same pot and I do not see them being divorced from the system. The good thing is lies have short legs and if this is a dummy, it will not go a long way.”

Star FM general manager, Admire Taderera said there was nothing unusual about the station not offering anything new citing a case of the then Radio 3 which opened in 1981.

“Unlike what you are alleging that we are replicating Power FM, we have a youthful team that is different,” he said.

Taderera said the new station was targeting a cosmopolitan listenership and denied reports that it would push for Zanu PF’s agenda just like other government-owned media stables.

“We are not aligned to any party because this is a privately owned commercial radio station and our shareholders determine what we are going to broadcast,” he said.

“The other determinant is money because that is the basic reason for a business.”

When the new station went on air last week, many could not help but notice the similarity with Power FM.

Over the past week that the station has been on air, there was more of music than talk which prompted questions over whether or not Star FM fit into the model that it was licensed for.

Taderera said they were balancing between music and talk.

“People love to talk and listen to music and that is what we are doing,” he said.

“We are simply replicating the life of a Zimbabwean because people do not talk continuously.”

According to Wikipedia, talk radio is a format containing discussion about topical issues. Most shows are regularly hosted by a single individual, and often feature interviews with a number of different guests and include listener participation.

Star FM in essence does not fit into the model, The Standard observed last week.

Zimbabwe chairperson, Njabulo Ncube also said he was not impressed by the new radio station.

“I listened to Star FM’s bulletins on June 25 and 26 where they took everything from The Herald. That says a lot about the station,” said Ncube.

Oh well, ZANU PF obviously cannot trust an independent to run a radio so they have organised to give themselves license to have a ZBC Mk II.

What a waste of a golden opportunity.


Sometimes even those who perceive themselves as superhuman show themselves to be little more than normal – especially when they make outlandish claims like this.

In reality, all they turn out to be are loudmouths.

A top police officer in court for allegedly murdering a suspected illegal miner says he is a victim of a conspiracy because he blocked military and police officers from looting Chiadzwa diamonds.

Joseph Chani, a police chief superintendent, is charged with murder and assault after he allegedly beat to death Tsorotsai Kusena and injured three of his relatives in September last year.

They had been arrested in Chiadzwa diamond fields.

Yesterday, taking to the stand for the first time since his trial started on Monday, Chani portrayed himself as a target.

He also shocked the court gallery when he alleged that a doctor who conducted a post mortem on Tsorotsai had actually worked on the wrong body.

Chani said the doctor, Isdore Mwembe Kasongo, would have noticed injuries on Tsorotsai’s head following an alleged fall.

Continuously sipping bottled water during the two-hour plus cross examination, Chani said fellow officers wanted him out because he was the “sole defender” of Chiadzwa diamond resources while the military and elements in the police were the exploiters.

“My presence in the Chiadzwa diamond concessions had stopped all the miscellaneous activities between the police, army syndicates with civilian illegal diamond panners. Now the grumblings and aggrieved parties have come up with a conspiracy theory to claim I murdered Tsorotsai Kusena,” said Chani under cross examination from Jane-Rose Matsikidze, who is prosecuting.

High Court judge Hlekani Mwayera, who is in Mutare on a circuit, is presiding over the matter in which 13 witnesses have testified so far. All the 13, who included senior and junior police officers, a soldier and a doctor gave damning evidence against Chani.

But Chani denied assaulting Tsorotsai and the surviving complainants, Pikirayi and Wonesai Kusena and relative John Gwite.

“All the 13 witnesses are liars and I am the one who is telling the truth,” he said, insisting Tsorotsai and his colleagues were assaulted by guards from private firm, Mbada Diamonds.

He said the witnesses from the police and army were either beneficiaries in illicit diamond dealings in Chiadzwa or were rogue.

He took aim at one of the witnesses Edson Mandizvidza, a police assistant inspector.

“Mandizvidza is a drunkard and womaniser whom I had warned earlier over his drinking alcohol whilst on duty. He at one time disappeared from an operation only to be spotted with a prostitute called Marange,” said Chani.

Chani dismissed court exhibits of pictures showing the injuries sustained by his alleged victims saying they could have been tampered with.

“The injuries on the buttocks of the deceased could be of someone else other than Tsorotsai. I want to challenge those pictures now as they were taken behind my back,” said Chani.

Chani’s lawyer Takesure Thondhlanga applied for the postponement of the trial to July 3, 2012 to allow a defence witness who is in Bulawayo to attend.

This is a serious charge and this officer could face the death penalty, yet he decides that his best defence is to accuse everyone of tampering with evidence, that they are all liars and that there is a conspiracy against him.

Sound famililiar? It should, as most ZANU PF and pro-ZANU PF people brought to court on charges normally spew vindictive like this.

This sort of defence is futile and badly thought out.

Making allegations against others instead of disproving the accusations will get him nowhere in a hurry.


Take care.