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LAVISH: Inside the plane hired for Mnangagwa

Our leaders never cease to amaze.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is a typical example of a driver who indicates right but turns left.

Since he came into power, he has been promising to make major positive changes but dololo, as they would say in street lingo.

The only good thing that he actually did was to put an end to the numerous roadblocks that were once a common feature on the country’s roads.

But again this was only of benefit to motorists who were constantly been harassed by traffic cops and literally robbed through dubious fines.

As for everything else, he has actually been like his predecessor, former President, Robert Mugabe.

In fact some people are now arguing that Uncle Bob was actually a better man.

Mnangagwa’s latest act that irked the masses was when he chartered a plane from some Swiss company so he could travel to Ethiopia for the recent African Union Summit.

According to reports, the plane came at no less than U$3 million!

This makes one wonder if this government really has priorities or people’s interests at heart.

Why would so much money be spent on a silly trip which doesn’t add any value, why would Mnangagwa see it fit to charter a plane and fly like the world’s richest leader when the country’s coffer’s are literally empty?.

What also baffled many is that the government has been sending a begging bowl to the world because Zimbabwe is broke yet this man sees it proper to spend a small fortune chartering a plane so that him and his wife can enjoy the finer things in life.

He is so out of touch with reality it’s unreal!

Self-centred leadership
LIVING LARGE: President and his wife disembarking from the plane.

Recently, South Africa turned down a request for a loan from our government and who can blame them.

How does a poor man charter a plane and fly in opulence when the leader of South Africa, a country with a sound economy, flies on a commercial plane.

What is so special about Mnangagwa and his wife that they can’t fly with Air Zimbabwe or any other commercial airline like their neighbours do?

I am sure behind closed doors, some leaders really condemn this unbecoming behaviour and lack of empathy shown by Mnangagwa.

Yet he wants the world to believe that he is a better man than Mugabe.

At least during his time, Mugabe loved Air Zimbabwe and rarely hired planes.

Of course the national airline would divert planes to cater for his travel needs at the expense of other passengers but this was far better than this selfishness shown by our current leader.

And talking of Air Zim, I must say our national airline really is on its knees.

But again I guess it goes back to poor management, just like the poor management of the country and its resources.

I flew from Bulawayo to Joburg on Sunday and the only things on offer on the flight were water, coke or some juice which is diluted with water.

It was not even Mazoe, which is a well-known brand, but some other juice which recently came onto the market.

The juice or the coke was served in very small tumblers and the air hostesses resorted to diluting the juice for passengers with water which was not even cold.

There was nothing to chew to go with the liquid, not even Jiggies or Simba chips like they used to serve before.

Tough times for sure! Of course it’s a short flight but if the Air Zim management was serious about customer care and brand Air Zim, they would do better than this.


  1. “Western Union Outlets in Zimbabwe Close Shop Due To Foreign Currency Shortages
    By reporter263 February 20, 2019

    SOME money transfer agencies have closed shop due to failure to access foreign currency from the banks.

    As a result, the money transfer agencies have been unable to complete the transaction with the receiver of the funds.

    Some Western Union agencies have been putting up notices advising beneficiaries of remittances that they no longer offer such services.

    “We no longer offer Western Union services here. Please try Ecobank Nelson Mandela Branch or Easy Link Corner First and Samora Machel next to Reserve Bank,” reads one notice seen by The Herald Business.

    The remaining functional outlets in Harare’s central business district are Ecobank Nelson Mandela Branch and Easylink corner First Street and Samora Machel near Reserve Bank, and Quest Financial Services along Second Street.

    In an interview with The Herald Business, Quest Financial Services manager Donald Saruro said, “It’s a struggle to get cash. In the normal course of business cash is supposed to be found in the bank but we all know that there is no cash in the bank.”

    Despite the prevailing struggles they remain open and are not exclusive to Western Union as they offer Moneygram and World Remit.

    Meanwhile, local banks have been accused of taking advantage of the foreign currency shortages, only giving remittances money to those with accounts with the bank and denying service to those without accounts whereas this should be a walk-in service.

    One such bank (name withheld) is said to be only attending to those who hold Foreign Currency Accounts with the particular bank and can have their money transferred to the FCA account which, however, attracts extra charges.

    “They refuse to give us money because we do not have accounts with their bank,” said an angry customer.-“

  2. This is just about to happen in a country where Mismanagement has spiralled out of countrol ??
    “Bread Shortages To Intensify, No Bread In The Country Next Week
    February 20, 2019
    Correspondent|Grain Millers Association (GMAZ) has revealed that the country could run out of bread in a few days following the dwindling of flour stocks as a result of the country’s failure to pay for imported wheat.

    GMAZ general manager Lynette Veremu sent a letter to the National Bakers Association of Zimbabwe (NBAZ) and stated that Zimbabwe cannot pay for 55,000 tonnes of imported wheat in bonded warehouses in Mozambique.

    “We regret to advise that the current stocks for foreign wheat for bread flour have depleted to 5,800 tonnes and … we are left with less than eight days of national bread flour supplies.” read part of the letter.

    GMAZ spokesperson Garikai Chaunza confirmed that the country is facing serious shortages of wheat.

    “True, foreign wheat stocks have seriously depleted and we have been raising a red flag about this situation since August to authorities,” said Chaunza

    The country, currently producing less than a third of its national wheat requirements estimated at 350 000 to 400 000 tonnes per annum, relies largely on imports for the staple cereal

    Efforts to speak to Ngoni Mazango who is the president of NBAZ proved fruitless as he did not pick his phone on Wednesday.”

    How ridiculous people in responsible positions not wanting to pick up the phone- media just keep calling him

  3. There is a bread shortage looming and this is happening at the same time some people have been evicted from stateland by an Army Officer which just says it all that the Military are are in Charge

    “Ex-army Boss Evicts 300 Families From Farm
    By reporter263 February 20, 2019

    OVER 300 villagers are now living in the open after they were evicted by a former army general from a farm which reportedly used to be owned by the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo.


    The settlers’ homes were burnt during the evictions, leaving them at the mercy of the weather elements.

    Retired Brigadier General Kindness Ndlovu allegedly descended on the farmlast week with an eviction order dated February 8 and ordered the villagers to leave Stonecraft Farm, which is on the outskirts of Bulawayo.

    The notice of eviction cited Ndlovu as the plaintiff, while Phineas Ngwenya and other villagers were cited as defendants.

    “This is to advise in respect of the above case, a warrant of execution or eviction or delivery has been issued at the issuance of plaintiff represented by legal practitioners… The execution of this warrant will take place at the address Stonecraft Farm, Lower Khami, Bulawayo,” read the notice, which had no court stamp to authenticate it.

    Ndlovu claimed that he bought the farm at an auction and had title deeds to it. However, investigations by Southern Eye revealed that the farm was State land, having been compulsorily acquired by government.

    Records also show that previously it was owned by Nkomo, who appointed a Sivako, who has since passed away, as its manager.

    On his death, the farm was left in the hands of Sivako’s sons, but was occupied during the 2000 land invasions.

    The invaders have occupied the farm ever since, until Ndlovu came to evict them.

    The stranded villagers yesterday told Southern Eye that they were surprised to see Ndlovu coming to evict them because they knew that the farm belonged to the State.

    “This week he came again with another notice of eviction dated February 8 from the sheriff and started burning people’s homes. We are now stranded; some of us having been here since 2000. We never saw him until 2015 when he tried to evict us. Our traditional leaders know about our presence here,’’ Moffat Sibanda said.

    Lands ministry secretary, Ringson Chitsiko yesterday said he was unaware of the matter and urged the affected villagers to report to the police and Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister Richard Moyo.

    “They should go to the police right away and make a report against him. They should also quickly inform the Minister of State,” he said.

    Efforts to get a comment from Ndlovu were fruitless yesterday.

    His mobile phone was not reachable”

    *Again the phone is going unaswered – just keep trying Media until you get a response. Probably they know they are in the wrong and do not want to answer their phones??
    *The Lands Ministry Secretary Official seems uncooperative to asisst the villagers as he is the one who should inform the Police and the Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister Richard Moyo.

  4. The following is a very interesting article/opinion by an author
    ” How the AU failed Africans, from Sudan to DRC and Zimbabwe

    It’s time the African Union made radical changes to how it responds to gross human rights violations.
    by Netsanet Belay
    9 Feb 2019
    As African heads of state and government gather in Addis Ababa this weekend for the 32nd Summit of the African Union, Sudan is deep in its second month of protests sparked by a steep rise in the cost of living. Security forces have killed more than 45 people and caused serious injuries to many more, even firing live bullets and tear gas into a hospital while pursuing injured people.

    In Zimbabwe, a sharp rise in the cost of fuel, with consequences for the cost of living, has also spawned widespread protests. In response, security forces have unleashed a deadly onslaught, killing 12 people and arbitrarily arresting over 600. Reports also indicate that many women were raped in the crackdown and many people were left with debilitating injuries. Most of those arrested are denied their fair trial rights in courts, including through arbitrary denial of bail. The internet was also shut down in the wake of the protests, in an apparent attempt to prevent people from supporting or organizing peaceful assemblies.

    In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the just-concluded general election was characterized by palpable tension and pockets of deadly violence, resulting in more than 20,000 people fleeing the country into neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville and Uganda. A UN investigation found 59 mass graves and the killing of over 500 civilians in Yumbi in the western part of the country. In the wake of the elections, the government closed many media outlets and mounted a crackdown on internet and mobile messaging.

    In the face of these gross human rights violations, the response from regional bodies, including the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC), has been marked by discordance, delayed reaction or deafening silence.

    There has not been a single reaction condemning or calling for an end to the ongoing gross and widespread human rights violations in Zimbabwe, neither from the AU nor from SADC.

    It is not much different on Sudan. The last and only statement of concern issued by the AU Commission Chairperson (on 30 December 2018) was soft and lacklustre. Instead of condemning ongoing egregious violations, the Chairperson confined himself to merely calling for “restraint” on all sides. He opted to remind Sudanese political leaders of their “collective responsibility” to find peaceful solutions, effectively preaching peace without unmasking the system that perpetrates violence.

    On the DRC, the AU and SADC reactions to the post-election contestation were marred with confusion, contradictions and discordance, undermining their own legitimacy and risking an escalation of the political tension and possible violence. But they had one common feature, they made no comment whatsoever on the media restrictions, peaceful protests and internet shutdowns which amounted to an arbitrary denial of citizens’ rights to freedom of expression and assembly at a time when these were most needed.

    As is custom, the AU Summit is expected to assess the state of peace and security in Africa. The latest three crisis situations on the continent – DRC, Sudan and Zimbabwe – and the long-standing ones in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Sahel and Lake Chad basin region, South Sudan and Somalia are expected to be on the agenda.

    Africans, especially those affected by brutal crackdowns by their governments, are watching and wondering whether the AU will continue with business as usual or truly address these crises. Based on past evidence, there is little reason for optimism.

    Despite commitments, obligations and progress in establishing structures and mechanisms such as the Peace and Security Council (PSC) and Continental Early Warning Systems (CEWS), the AU remains invested in treating symptoms of conflicts and violence as opposed to addressing the real underlying causes behind them – persistent human rights violations and perpetual cycles of impunity.

    Examples are many. From CAR and South Sudan, to northeastern Nigeria and Cameroon, the AU and regional bodies have either failed to act or dawdled until the situation reached a tipping point.

    Even when the AU has shown concern for human rights abuses, it has repeatedly failed to tackle the issues head-on, lacking the courage and political will to drive change.

    For instance, in 2015, the AU was presented with overwhelming evidence of gross human rights violations being committed in Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza was unleashing a brutal crackdown on human rights in his bid for a controversial third term in office. The AU expressed the intention to decisively stop the abuses, only to backtrack before it could take any concrete action. Through the East African Community (EAC), it chose the path of mediation, a process that has completely ignored accountability for the gross human rights violations committed in the country since 2015.

    In South Sudan, there is the long overdue promise yet to be realized. It is now more than three years since the signing of the original peace agreement for South Sudan, which provided for the creation of a Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS) by the AU. Despite successive peace agreements, the violence continues. Millions of civilians in South Sudan continue to be killed, displaced and subjected to sexual violence with no justice in sight.

    Preaching peace is not enough. It is time the AU made radical changes to how it responds to gross human rights violations and crimes committed in conflict situations. Through its actions and words, the AU needs to be seen as standing on the side of people fighting for justice and their freedoms – not the other way around. For talking peace without ensuring justice and respect for human rights risks evolving into advocacy of capitulation. “

  5. ” SA Airways suspends advance bookings
    On Feb 22, 2019 28,795 0
    By Nokuthaba Nkomo

    South African Airways has temporarily suspended the advance booking of air tickets following the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s (RBZ) monetary policy.

    In a statement the company’s acting regional manager Winnie Muchanyuka said ticket bookings will now be made for same day travels and normal operations will resume after RBZ unpacks the policy.

    “In view of the monetary policy statement announced on February 20, 2019, clarity is being sought from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe as to the implications of further collections in Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) for air tickets issued after February 20.”

  6. ” Bulawayo loses $300k in botched deal
    On Feb 22, 2019 19,108 0

    By Jeffrey Muvundusi

    Bulawayo City Council (BCC) is in a fix after it emerged that it was yet to account for a fleet of ambulances it purchased in a botched deal almost a decade ago.

    In 2010, the local authority awarded a Harare-based company, Tracker Engineering Private (Ltd), a tender to install a vehicle tracking system and another to Access Medical Corporation to supply four ambulances.

    According to the local authority, it lost a total of $303 000, after paying a deposit of $100 000 for the vehicle tracking system and $203 106, 40 for the ambulances.

    “It is an open secret that council bought four ambulances in 2010 however, that deal did not sail through…we attempted to pursue that particular company which is based in Harare but the company vanished,” she said.”

    Mugiya said the local authority was still in the process of recovering the money it lost.

    It has emerged that the local authority was forced to take the legal route in a bid to recover the costs. ”