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Grace Mugabe’s hate-filled witch hunting is worse than Ebola PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 October 2014 20:11

By Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, 18th October 2014.


When Ebola strikes, Zimbabwe will be unprepared and without the necessary resources which are being daily squandered by Mr Mugabe’s wife, Grace Marufu’s stage-managed so-called ‘Thank You’ rallies.


Whereas, the spread of Ebola can be prevented and controlled, as Nigeria proved, the full cost of Ms  Grace Marufu’s hate-filled witch-hunting campaign is being kept as a top secret in a country that is on the verge of a cholera outbreak.


It is common knowledge that Grace’s apprenticeship for tyranny is an expensive and dangerous project that should be stopped immediately, before plunging the country into chaos worse than that caused by Ebola.  You can easily bring Ebola under control if it breaks out but not a civil war or an uprising.


What Grace is doing is criminal in the sense that she is being allowed to go around the country of whipping up emotions, fanning hatred and threatening violence which begs the question why she has not been at least warned about the potential for national instability.


Grace’s unprecedented, well-choreographed and rehearsed foul speeches to rented crowds have featured brutal attacks on the person of Vice President Joice Mujuru and party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, who has endured very damaging slogans targeted at him.


One wishes if Robert Mugabe could call his wife to order before hell breaks loose, unless he plans to abdicate to Singapore.


By denigrating the country’s vice president, although without naming her, but everyone knows she is attacking Mrs Joice Mujuru, a distinguished war veteran of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, Grace is contradicting herself as ‘a caring mother’.


For example in Bindura she said: “soon we are going to baby dump your faction leader, come congress in December.” What caring mother would advise children to resort to baby dumping as Grace did at that rally?


Mrs Mujuru is supposedly protected by Zimbabwe’s constitution and various criminal and civil laws, but is being left at the mercy of Ms Marufu whose credentials in Zanu-PF are as non-existent as those of her spokesperson who deserted guerrilla training in Tanzania.


Grace is spoiling for a bloody civil war in Zimbabwe to protect her ill-gotten wealth and of course her children. Whatever promise of national healing that had started to take shape painfully in the face of Zanu-pf obstructions and her husband’s selfish grip on power.


Grace has been going around the country pretending to be on a good will mission but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know the real purpose and strategic timing of her dangerous campaign.


While in Gwanda, Grace threatened to spill the blood of anyone who tries to take away a farm she seized during Zimbabwe’s chaotic and bloody land reform programme.


Interestingly, Ms Marufu’s witch-hunt is evident in her tactic of so-called “mini unity accords” during which she orders her supposedly rival “faction” leaders to come to the high table at her rally for a humiliating “reconciliation”.  Obviously, not all oblige. Kaukonde refused and she was not amused.


In order to find out if her audience belongs to her faction, Grace has ironically been asking them if there “is any factionalism” which her euphemism for the Mujuru faction.


In Bulawayo she said: “Ndambobvunza kuti pane factionalism here zvikanzi hakuna. Inhema dzekupedzisira. Ndidzonhema dzisiri kudiwa nevanhu idzodzo. Nhema chaidzo (I asked if ever there is factionalism in the province and they said no. But those are lies loathed by the people).”


Grace’s hypocrisy and lack of tact and political experience have been as evident as her desperation for high office. For example as people walked on her in Bulawayo, she ranted: “You are disorganised, Bulawayo. This is disrespectful. We are about to finish. Sit down, where are those women going? Anyone who doesn’t sit down will not receive the farming inputs I brought.” And she has the guts to say others are corrupt!


Unfortunately, the media has not sufficiently exposed the corrupt practice of bribing people with farming inputs to attend rallies, a tactic which seems behind the thousands who reportedly attended the so-called “tsunami rallies”.


While Ms Marufu’s rantings should give opposition parties a rare opportunity to squarely challenge the former government typist, for some reason they have not exploited the chance despite its immense benefits ahead of 2018. Sadly there is a tragic conspiracy of silence and acquiescence with muted voices here and there.


Of course, no sane person shares Madhuku’s suggestion that Grace will be assassinated seconds after Mugabe’s death, which nobody knows when nor desire as it would be irresponsible and criminal and unnecessary.


What is stopping Zimbabwe’s opposition parties from staging their own rallies to counter Grace Marufu’s poisonous campaign e.g. at Rufaro Stadium, Gwanda Stadium, Gwanzura Stadium, National Stadium, Masvingo Stadium, Mkoba Stadium, Barbaourfields Stadium, Rudhaka Stadium, Sakubva Stadium, just to mention a few?


By doing nothing about Grace’s irresponsible,  provocative, and wasteful campaign, opposition parties are failing in their duty of care to the people of Zimbabwe, by denying them a peaceful alternative means for expressing themselves on the Mugabe’s dangerous plan to install a family dynasty while there is still time.


Instead, opposition leaders are at each other’s throat, while Grace Mugabe is figuratively “urinating” on the people of Zimbabwe. They should not feign ignorance of how the country sleep walked into inevitable social and political unrest.


PS: Grace Mugabe nee Marufu cannot have obtained a Doctorate degree from UZ in three months i.e. July to September – even online. It’s impossible. She should do the right thing. Tell the truth.


Clifford is a doctoral researcher at London South Bank University. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Background to Christopher Mutsvangwa PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 September 2014 11:41

Former ZBC boss unleashed terror in Norton


Christopher Hatikure Mutsvangwa, the former director of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) unleashed a reign of terror in the Norton constituency after losing to a little known MDC-T candidate in 2008. Several opposition activists died at the hands of terror mobs he personally directed.


In SW Radio Africa’s continuing exposé of individuals behind some of the most brutal acts of political violence in Zimbabwe, we focus on Mutsvangwa who was then the ZANU PF parliamentary candidate for Norton. As a former agent in the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) it came as no surprise that 60 percent of the reported cases of violence and murder were committed by CIO agents.


A dossier supplied to SW Radio Africa, containing detailed witness testimonies, alleges that in August 2009 Mutsvangwa was behind the shooting and killing of Costa Matete and two other people in Highlands. The widow of one of the victims has since filed a law suit against Mutsvangwa for the cold blooded murder of her husband.


Although the widow claims that the murder was politically motivated, Mutsvangwa claims the trio robbed his wife. Saliwe Nduna, widow of Costa Matete, is suing the police, alleging that her husband was killed by detectives to hide evidence of an illegal diamond deal involving Mutsvangwa.


Meanwhile, on the 1st of May 2008 Gibson Nyandoro, a war vet who had fallen out with his colleagues, began openly campaigning for the MDC-T. Furious at this defection the local ZANU PF leadership summoned him to a kangaroo court chaired by Mutsvangwa. They warned Nyandoro about his links with the MDC-T but he refused to be intimidated and continued campaigning for the party.


“Two weeks later Gibson Nyandoro was reported missing by his relatives and his body was discovered floating in a local dam a few days later,” the dossier says.


And then, on the 12th June 2008, Mutsvangwa addressed ZANU PF militia teams at the local community hall. During the evening a group of youths including Oliver Tembo, Ian Kazungu, Wilson Asau and Adas Kudiwapfava, all accompanied by local CIO agents abducted Moses Mutandwa and took him to the hall where he was heavily assaulted with sticks under the feet and all over the body.


Mutandwa was detained at the hall for two days after which he was released together with other detainees, but only when Mutsvangwa had visited the base and assigned the militia other missions.


On the same day Oliver Tembo, a member of Mutsvangwa’s campaign team led a group of ZANU PF youths who abducted Chris Kakanga and took him to the local ZANU PF offices in Katanga. Kakanga was savagely assaulted with steel bars and logs until he sustained a fractured arm and leg. The youths who assaulted him told him the MDC-T in Norton were ‘nauseating’ Mutsvangwa.


Witnesses who gave their testimonies said that Mutsvangwa was regularly seen delivering food supplies to the base where most MDC-T activists were being detained and tortured. On the 13th of June 2008 Mutsvangwa held a meeting in Norton at which his campaign team agreed to set up torture bases at the homes of several ZANU PF officials.


Mutsvangwa supplied the tents that were pitched up at the homes of Knowledge Ndiya and another official named as Matambo. It was not long before the new bases were in use. On the same day John Kwangware reported that CIO operatives broke into his house and blindfolded him. He said they took him to Matambo’s house where they severely assaulted him.


Kwangware said his left eye is permanently damaged as they allegedly tried to remove it.


Many other activists like David Mupandasekwa, an MDC polling agent in the March 29 elections was targeted by Mutsvangwa’s mob. He was abducted from his house and the mob “hauled him blindfolded” to a place where CIO agents heavily assaulted him and left him for dead.


In another example Theresa Kamasula was abducted and taken to Knowledge Ndiya‘s house, where a tent had been pitched by Mutsvangwa’s team. On arrival she was taken into the tent and subjected to ‘terrible assault and torture’. The youths threatened to kill her if they wanted. She was told they had orders from Mutsvangwa to ‘kill’ and it was up to them ‘either to kill or spare her life’.


The youths later ordered her to report to Ndiya’s house everyday to carry out household chores until after the 27 June presidential run-off election.


By Lance Guma – 09 February 2012



Framed lawyer freed on bail

18 April 2010


Harare – Rangarirai Zvauya, the government lawyer allegedly framed by CIO operative and (Zanu PF) politician Christopher Mutsvangwa has finally been freed on bail after languishing at Chikurubi Prison farm for two months.


Harare Regional Magistrate William Bhila accepted defence lawyer Lucky Mauwa of Mutezo and Partners’ submission that Zvauya was a strong candidate for acquittal by the High Court.


Zvauya was jailed for two years by another Harare magistrate after the court convicted him on charges that he demanded a $400 bribe from Mutsvangwa, which amounted to criminal abuse of office.


Bhila freed Zvauya on $100 bail with no reporting conditions.


Zvauya argued that the State’s case was weak and was likely to fall apart in the High Court after Mutsvangwa’s wife Monica had failed to produce text messages which she earlier claimed the lawyer had sent to her demanding a bribe.


The trap document used by the CID was also found to be defective as it was dated October 2006 while Zvauya was arrested in November 2009.


It has also been established that Zvauya’s brother, Chengetai, a correspondent for the Associated Press news agency had not written any story about Mutsvangwa’s alleged involvement in a murder case.


Mutsvangwa had claimed that Chengetai Zvauya had written the story and Rangarirai Zvauya approached him asking for a bribe to stop its publication.


The defence also argued that Mutsvangwa’s statements were inconsistent and that Monica, who was listed as a complainant had failed to give any evidence of the lawyer’s wrongdoing during the trial which concluded in January.


Zvauya claims that there was an element of entrapment. Mutsvangwa told the court under cross-examination from another defence lawyer, Chris Mhike, that he had used his CIO skills to trap Zvauya in order to prevent him from interviewing his wife. After Monica invited Zvauya, who was a law officer in the Attorney-General’s office, to her home to interview her, Mutsvangwa brought the CID to arrest him.


Apart from Mutsvangwa, no-one else claimed to have heard Zvauya asking for a bribe, the court heard.


Bhila concluded that on the basis of those arguments, Zvauya would be a successful candidate for acquittal when the case was heard in the High Court at a date yet to set.


Zvauya argues that he was framed to prevent details of a murder case allegedly involving Mutsvangwa from becoming public. Mutsvangwa was reportedly involved in an illegal diamond deal. He failed to pay Costa Mateta and several other people who had given him diamonds. Mateta and his associates then went to Mutsvangwa’s Highlands home and seized cash and goods in the presence of Monica.


Mutsvangwa is reported to have ordered the CID to arrest Mateta and his partners. The Homicide Squad detectives are said to have taken Mateta and two others to Granville Cemetery on the outskirts of Harare, where they brutally tortured them and shot them to death.


Mateta’s wife Saliwe Nduna sued the CID for the murder of her husband.


Zvauya’s job was to represent the State’s interest in the case.


However, during his investigations, he stumbled upon evidence incriminating Mutsvangwa in the illegal diamond deals and the subsequent killings. Zvauya was due to gather information from Monica about the case when he was arrested.


Meanwhile Nduna is still pursuing her case. She is represented by Zviko Chadambuka of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). ZLHR has accused Zanu (PF) functionaries in the government of harassing State lawyers who sought to do their jobs professionally.


Several State lawyers involved in high-profile cases to do with human rights violations have been arrested or harassed.

Does the EU still have a foreign policy on Zimbabwe? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 13 July 2014 13:45

by Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, 07/07/14.


The fallout from statements by EU’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Aldo Dell’Ariccia suggesting there is no leadership crisis in Zimbabwe and criticising civil society for being allegedly “anchored in the past” raises questions whether the EU still have a foreign policy on Zimbabwe and if so, which one is the ambassador implementing?


In an address to a workshop organised by the NGO, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition held in Harare on Tuesday 17 June 2014, Mr Dell ‘Ariccia rejected opposition claims that Zimbabwe was in the throes of a major leadership crisis.  The EU’s top envoy insisted the 90 year old Zanu-PF leader Mr Robert Mugabe was “very much in control” of the struggling country.


The ambassador argued there would be chaos in the country if there was a leadership vacuum as alleged by Mugabe’s critics. “Luckily we don’t have a leadership crisis in this country because of the forces you have within the party in government, if we had a leadership crisis it will be chaos. We still have a leadership, we still have a leader who manages to keep at bay and under control these forces that are very much contradictory,” said the EU ambassador. Probably we should start by analysing what diplomats are supposed to do in their work.


What do diplomats do?

According to R.G. Feltham’s (1980) Diplomatic Handbook (which was used as a training manual on a diplomatic course attended by the author before his posting in 1982), ‘irrespective of the size of his staff there are certain basic priorities to which the head of mission normally devotes his personal attention:

  1. formulation of diplomatic policy;

  2. transmitting to the host government the views of his own government on important matters of common interest and common policy, and acting as the channel of communication between the two in such matters;

  3. reporting to his Ministry on events of political or economic significance, whether they are of direct significance (e.g. the national budget or ministerial changes) or of indirect significance (e.g. changes and trends in social or economic conditions) and commenting on the views of third parties in the country (e.g. articles from the local press, opinions of other diplomats);

  4. being aware of the people of influence and the sources of national power in the state in which he is serving;

  5. conducting himself in his official and personal behaviour in such a way as to bring credit to his country;

  6. cultivating as wide and as varied a circle of friends as is possible in order to be able to fulfil (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) above.


In view of the above duties especially (d), (e) and (f), it is not surprising that many Zimbabweans and political observers were left shocked when Mr Dell ‘Ariccia castigated civil society and the political opposition parties, accusing them of being perceived as “anti-government organisations (AGOs)” rather than “NGOs” or non-governmental organisations. Despite clarifying that he made the statements as a political analyst, not in his capacity as EU ambassador, the envoy’s comments touched a raw nerve in civil society and academic circles within Zimbabwe and in the diaspora.  


Analyst after another angrily tore into Mr Ariccia’s ‘undiplomatic’ ‘disrespectful,’ ‘dishonest’ and ‘provocative,’ statements. “Unfortunately, statements such as the ambassador’s that say that there is no leadership crisis reinforce Mugabe’s arrogance and belief that he is doing the right thing and that is hugely offensive and disrespectful to us Zimbabweans who continue to bear the brunt of Mugabe’s leadership shortcomings,” said Vince Musewe, Zimbabwe-based economist and political analyst in an opinion piece published in the independent daily Newsday.[i]


Pius Wakatama, author of Independence for the Third World Church: An African's Perspective on Missionary Work (1976) felt the European Union’s image as a “bastion of freedom, justice and fair play” was being tarnished by a slow, but steady, erosion of its once high values.


People were irked by what they saw as Mr Ariccia taking sides. As a result, Mr Wakatama wrote in The Standard newspaper:  “This can be clearly observed in the case of Zimbabwe where its ambassador, Aldo dell ‘Ariccia is taking sides with the government against ordinary Zimbabweans and opposition forces, both political and civic, who are saying the country has a serious humanitarian crisis.” The solution in Mr Wakatama’s view, is: “If the EU is to regain the confidence and respect of Zimbabweans it must recall this diplomat (Mr Dell ‘Ariccia) and appoint a more professional and tactful representative who will stick to non-partisan diplomacy.”


It could be argued that instead of ‘cultivating as wide and as varied a circle of friends as is possible’ in order to be able to fulfil his role, the EU top envoy raised the ire of Zimbabweans by claiming that ‘progress has been made and Zimbabwe is now a normal, peaceful and democratic state,’  a point disputed by many as they observed that ‘what Dell ‘Ariccia is calling peace is not peace at all.’  In Wakatamma’s  view, “It is an exterior quietness, brought about by fear, while underneath there is an ominously roaring inferno.”


UK-based Zimbabwean diaspora group, Zimvigil dubbed Mr Dell ‘Ariccia, “Mugabe’s EU cheerleader”. The pressure group said ‘Zimbabweans driven into exile are horrified to see the EU’s Ambassador in Harare has come out openly in support of the illegitimate Mugabe regime’. The Zimvigil further stated: “It appears to us that the EU is bending over backwards to embrace Mugabe despite his refusal to hold free and fair elections or make any reforms to correct the abuses which prompted the EU to adopt its targeted measures against him and his cronies”.


The Zimbabwe Social Democrats denounced the ambassador’s statements as ‘a denial of the truth to justify the EU’s continued engagement with the Mugabe regime and promised reward from the regime of EU access to the country’s diamonds’.


Nevertheless, Mr Dell’Ariccia has not been without sympathisers with the Government-owned and Zanu-PF - controlled (Zimbabwe) Herald newspaper weighing in. For instance, Tichaona Zindoga, the paper’s senior writer welcomed “statements this week by the EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Aldo Dell’Ariccia, regarding the moribund and increasingly irrelevant political actors parading as civil society organisations in Zimbabwe saying they were bound to hurt.


The Herald followed up with an editorial calling on NGOs to “reform or die”. In affirmation with the envoy’s rebuke on NGOs, the paper said: “We couldn’t agree more. Mr Dell’Ariccia represents the financiers of this community...”



However, the state-owned paper and its senior writer appeared to contradict Zanu-PF “policy” on NGOs after Masvingo provincial affairs minister Kudakwashe Basikiti pleaded with NGOs for assistance in January saying the Zanu-PF government could not go it alone.  The Newsday quoted Bhasikiti charmingly addressing NGOs saying: “You are very key and strategic partners to me and the government. You serve our people and make life worth living…We value your existence, which is why I met you ahead of many other groups on my schedule. We want to strengthen our relationship in development.”


Contrary to assertions by an all-white lobby group calling itself Whites Against Sanctions about the positive effects of EU’s reengagement with Zanu-PF, Mr Mugabe last week said Zimbabwe was no country for whites as far as the LAND was concerned. Does that inspire confidence?


Despite the so-called re-engagement and sanctions and travel bans having been lifted on nearly all the entities and individuals except Mr and Mrs R G Mugabe, it remains a mystery why the economy is in free-fall.


One wonders if the EU ambassador is still of the view that there is no leadership failure in Zimbabwe following reports that Mr Mugabe deserted the burial of national hero Dr Sakupwanya preferring to attend Malawi’s golden jubilee where the Nyasa Times noticed him as the only visiting head of state contrary to claims by the Zimbabwean state media that other SADC leaders would attend.


If there was no failure of leadership in Zimbabwe, Save Conservancy which is widely regarded as the richest and largest private wildlife sanctuary in the world, would not be under occupation of Mr Mugabe’s allies and their supporters costing the country millions of dollars in tax revenue. However, Mr Dell ‘Ariccia appears to have contradicted himself by reportedly admitting in an emailed response to The Independent newspaper in April 2014 that ‘the Save Conservancy issue is a very long story, still far from being solved’.


In brief, if there was no failure of leadership in Zimbabwe:

  1. corruption would have been brought under control by now, for example, those who allegedly looted a whistle-blower fund would have faced the music by now;

  2. there would be no wide disparity on the unemployment rate which independent economists estimate to be 80% while government puts it as 11%;

  3. Zimbabwe’s two largest municipalities of Harare and Chitungwiza would not be facing a financial crisis that has seen workers go unpaid for months;

  4. the Zimbabwean government website would not be insisting that dual citizenship is still prohibited despite a Constitutional Court ruling on the contrary;

  5. government would not have failed to put its share into the pool of resources meant to assist ailing companies dubbed Distressed Industries and Marginalised Areas Fund (Dimaf);

  6. the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) would not be forcing its members countrywide to go on two weeks’ leave every month to reduce spending on among others, food and utility bills at barracks despite the defence budget surpassing all budgetary allocations yearly;

  7. troubled parastatal, the Zimbabwe  United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) would not be  deferring the payment of April, May and June salaries for its workers which never happened before independence, despite election promises;

  8. Zimbabwe’s agricultural industry would be still vibrant as at independence, and so on.


Foreign policy and diplomatic policy of a mission

Deciphering the EU’s foreign policy is no mean task given that there is a 500-page book on the subject edited by Christopher Hill & Karen E. Smith which they rate as the first output of the European Foreign Policy Unit of the LSE’s department of international relations. The diplomatic policy of a mission can best be defined as ‘the positive attitude adopted towards all matters relating to the intercourse between the head of mission’s own state and the one to which he is accredited’ (Feltham, 1980). Feltham says the diplomatic policy of a mission ‘is the product of political judgement, political sense and political wisdom, and is based on an intimate knowledge and understanding of the people and governments of the two states concerned.’ 


Against this theoretical framework, it is right and proper to analyse the EU (Zim) delegation’s diplomatic policy statement which is on its official website as of 07/07/14. It is belatedly addressed to the Global Political Agreement and the Government of National Unity – both of which ceased to exist over a year ago, therefore, it is fair to infer there is no clear and up-to-date EU foreign policy on Zimbabwe, leaving the EU Ambassador to make controversial personal statements as he sees fit with serious implications for diplomacy.  


While the people cannot declare Ambassador Dell ‘Ariccia ‘persona non grata’ (undesirable person), they feel betrayed as they are forced to move on from the  scars of Gukurahundi and 2008 election violence especially as they know these rights abuses were committed while the EU was doing business as usual with Mr Mugabe’s regime. They might not trust diplomats again especially after the United Nations country chief got too close to Zanu-PF in 2008/9 and fired an officer who was trying to stop the deadly cholera disease which claimed over 5000 lives.


On a positive note Ambassador Dell ‘Ariccia has made an important contribution to Zimbabwe in terms of development aid and to public debate and he is right in urging for dialogue. However, the EU’s foreign policy on Zimbabwe should be updated and prioritise the restoration of dual citizenship and Diaspora through the reengagement talks, in order to reverse the brain drain and embark on economic reconstruction given that the country is left with only 6 brain surgeons. Until free and fair inclusive elections are held, Mr Mugabe’s legitimacy will continue to be disputed regardless of the EU’s spin in the haste to beat China for deals on Zimbabwe’s natural resources.


List of References:

  1. Alex Warleigh-Lack and Ralf Drachenberg, ‘Policy Making in the European Union,’ Chapter 13, online.[Online] (Accessed 06/07/.14).

  2. Christain Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal (eds) (2008) The Oxford Handbook of International Relations, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

  3. Christopher Hill & Karen E. Smith (eds) (2000) European Foreign Policy Key Documents, Routledge: London.

  4. Herbert Moyo, ‘Save Conservancy affected by indigenisation,’ The Independent, 25/04/14.[Online] (Accessed 06/07/14).

  5. Http://

  6. ITN, ‘EU Observer expelled from Zimbabwe speaks to media in Brussels,’ [Online] (Accessed 07/07/14).

  7. Mthulisi Mathuthu, ‘EU envoy criticised for positive comments on Zimbabwe,’ SW Radio, 19/06/14. [Online] (Accessed 06/07/14).

  8. New Zimbabwe, ‘Mugabe only foreign head of state at Malawi celebrations,’ [Online] (Accessed 07/07/14).

  9. New, ‘No leadership crisis in Zim, Mugabe firmly in charge: EU envoy,’ Online, 17/06/14. [Online],+EU+envoy/news.aspx (Accessed 06/07/14).

  10. Pius Wakatama, ‘The EU must recall Ambassador Dell’ Ariccia,’ The Standard, 29/06/14.[Online] (Accessed 06/07/14).

  11. R.G. Feltham (1980) Diplomatic Handbook, third edition, Longman: London.

  12. Takura Zhangazha, ‘EU-Zim Envoy’s Dishonest Diplomatic Opportunism,’, 18/06/14.[Online] (Accessed 06/07/14).

  13. Tatenda Chitagu, ‘Zanu-PF begs NGO support,’ Newsday, 27/01/14. [Online] (Accessed 06/07/14).

  14. Tichaona Zindoga, ‘NGOs: When the tail no longer wags the dog,’ The Herald, 20/06/14. [Online] (Accessed 06/07/14).

  15. Vince Musewe, ‘Zimbabwe’s chronic leadership failure is undeniable,’ Newsday, 03/07/14.[Online] (Accessed 06/07/14).

  16. Zimbabwe Social Democrats Press Release, ‘ZSD denounce EU Ambassador Dell’Arricia denial of leadership crisis and chaos in Zimbabwe.’ Wednesday 18 June 2014.(Also see (accessed 06/07/14).

  17. Zimvigil, ‘ Mugabe’s EU Cheerleader’ –Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 21st June 2014,[Online] (Accessed 06/07/14).

Copyright of C C Mashiri 2014. No restrictions on citations or publishing. About the author: Clifford is a UK-based political analyst, lecturer, writer, former diplomat and is currently conducting doctoral research at London South Bank University (LSBU). Emails: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; & This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Letter from UK Visas and Immigration – 30/06/2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 July 2014 21:01

Thank you for your letter dated 17 May 2014, about your concerns over the Home Office’s handling of issues of Zimbabwean refugees in the UK. I am sorry you felt the need to raise a complaint. I also apologise for our failure to respond to your previous correspondence of 21 February 2014.


In your letter you raise concerns about comments regarding Zimbabwe Vigil which appeared in a decision letter served on a Zimbabwean asylum seeker.


I apologise for the offence this has caused, and I appreciate that this is not the first time that we have had to apologise for use of this article by our decision makers.


We have a proud history of granting asylum to those who need it and we consider every claim on its individual merits. Please be assured that our decision makers do not take a cut-and-paste approach to considering individual claims for asylum.


The Home Office’s country of origin (COI) material is compiled from a wide range of external information sources including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, human rights organisations, inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, news media and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The article dated 30 June 2009 is not referred to in our COI reports or Operational Guidance Notes on Zimbabwe.


Decision makers receive substantial training on the information and skills needed to make well-reasoned decisions supported by subjective evidence and objective information. As part of the foundation training course, decision makers are advised on types of objective evidence, reliability, scope and accuracy of sources.


We also provide our decision makers with guidance in assessing claims, which advises them that it is best to use objective country of origin information in existing Home Office COI products or make an information request to the Country Policy and Information Team.


We recognise the Zimbabwe Vigil as a UK-based pressure group representing the Zimbabwean diaspora. The allegations made in the article are unfounded and should not be considered as reliable information. Decision makers have been reminded that they should not rely on information provided in the article on dated 30 June 2009, in assessing what weight to give letters written by Zimbabwe Vigil. We have also reiterated the correct approach for considering country of origin information to prevent this happening in the future.


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Could Edmund Kudzayi end up being indicted in the United States? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 29 June 2014 10:55

By Dr Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, 27th June 2014.


In view of these hacking confessions into gmail accounts, ( see, 27/06/14) could Zimbabwe's Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi end up being indicted to stand trial in the United States given the far reaching implications of what looks like fiddling with international communications conducted through Facebook and Google, which are American firms? His statement as published on the website appears to contain serious self-incriminating evidence for possible breach of international laws governing emails.


For instance, he says “I immediately changed the password to the email account, the account recovery phone number and the account recovery email address to my personal and alias (Mai Jukwa) details”; “I managed to regain access to the account using my mobile number since I had setup two step verification”; "I passed on the IP addresses to the MoD (ministry of defence) contact." and “Through social engineering I managed to persuade Google to restore the deleted emails. The original incriminating emails are back in the account and I remain in control of the email.”


In the ongoing saga in Harare, the State argues that a gmail account called This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it was registered using Tawanda’s mobile number before the creation of the Baba Jukwa Facebook account.


The other issue regards the regime's paranoia since the Wikileaks disclosures incriminating Zanu-PF 'wievels'. Could Zanu-PF be spying on diplomats and foreign based-nationals by snooping into their email accounts with the help of those who have so far identified themselves? What has prompted me to say so is that someone has just emailed me from Zimbabwe saying they have been experiencing password problems with their gmail account, albeit eventually managed to send their message, presumably under close surveillance by Mr Mugabe's security guys.


From the horde of email contacts harvested by the hacker, could the Zanu-PF regime be reading as you type your message, let alone gleaning through the email accounts of Zimbabwe's and international personalities to cause maximum embarrassment in their succession battles?


I hope I will be proved wrong.


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