Zimbabwe’s Mugabe to Face Impeachment

As of this writing Robert Mugabe has shown no inclination to leave office.

It looks like he will have to be pushed out.

Will Zimbabwe peacefully transition to a different leader. You’ll have to take it day by day to see.

Sky News

Zimbabwe’s ousted vice president has called on Robert Mugabe to quit immediately – paving the way for him to take over.

Emmerson Mnangagwa – known as “the crocodile” – said in a statement on Tuesday that he is not in Zimbabwe and will not return until he is “satisfied of my personal security”.

He added that Mr Mugabe must “heed the call of the people to resign” or face “humiliation”.

Impeachment proceedings to remove the 93-year-old from power are expected to begin later – with the ruling Zanu-PF party backing Mr Mnangagwa to replace him.

Zimbabwe’s leader stunned his country on Sunday when he failed to announce that he was stepping down.

An ultimatum from Zanu-PF to resign by midday on Monday or face impeachment also came and went with no word from Mr Mugabe.

The party will now press ahead with impeachment by tabling a motion, and it believes it can all be done and dusted in a couple of days – contrary to the view of some experts.

“We want to get rid of this animal called Mugabe. We have the numbers, the opposition is also going to support us,” said Zanu-PF MP Vongai Mupereri.

“We are going to impeach – the man has to go,” MP MacKenzie Ncube told the AFP news agency.

Zimbabwe’s military chief said on Monday evening that a road map to hand over power had been agreed with Mr Mugabe.

Constantino Chiwenga said Mr Mnangagwa, whose firing led to the unrest in the country, would return to Zimbabwe “shortly” to meet the President.

Rubbing the noses of his opponents and most of his citizens, Mr Mugabe is also set to host a cabinet meeting on Tuesday at his official residence – although Zanu-PF has told ministers not to attend.

The 93-year-old has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist since 1980 and the end of British colonialism, but events last week have brought him to the brink.

The vice president’s sacking put Mugabe’s unpopular wife, Grace, in prime position to succeed him.

The army promptly seized power and put the President under house arrest – but insisted it had not staged a coup.

Despite the impeachment machinery getting moving on Tuesday, lawyers have told Sky News it could take months to prise him from power.

Tarisai Mutangi, a constitutional lawyer, said: “He knows the law is on his side, that the constitution is on his side and that the kingpins of this process want to do it constitutionally, and that means it’s going to take quite some time.”

Under the Zimbabwean constitution, the president can be impeached for four things:

:: Serious misconduct
:: Failure to obey, uphold or defend this constitution
:: Willful violation of this Constitution
:: Inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity

Here’s some grandfatherly advice from Papa Mugabe:

Zimbabwe: Mugabe to Negotiate Exit Deal?

Zimbabwe’s whites will be safer if there’s no orgy of bloodletting as has happened elsewhere in Africa.

President Mugabe had been calling for government theft of the land owned by white farmers, which undoubtedly would have ended up in the hands of his cronies. How a replacement government will deal with whites is something I don’t think anyone knows at this point.

If hard white genocide breaks out, we’re going to have to petition President Trump to take action to fly every single white person out of the country to safety in America.

The following comes from a Zimbabwean news source.

ewn.co.za

JOHANNESBURG – As South Africa’s special envoys to Zimbabwe begin talks on the crisis in the neighbouring country on Thursday morning, there are reports that President Robert Mugabe has been given an opportunity to negotiate an exit deal, which includes state protection for him and his family.

This has not been independently verified.

The SABC is reporting that Zimbabwe is likely to have a transitional government, which means sacked vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa could act as president for at least three months.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula and her state security counterpart Bongani Bongo arrived in Harare on Wednesday night.

They were deployed after the army announced a purge of what it calls criminals around President Mugabe.

Mugabe is said to be safe at home, where the military is holding him and his family.

International relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela says that all involved, including Mugabe, will be invited to the discussions aimed at ending the crisis.

“I can confirm that the special envoys appointed by president Zuma have arrived in Zimbabwe, they were welcomed well. They have just been briefed at the VIP lounge.”

Meanwhile, in the city, traffic appears to be flowing as normal on the roads in Harare on Thursday morning.

Some private schools that had shut or only catered for a few pupils on Wednesday have now reopened.

The head of the public service commission, Mariyawanda Nzuwah told Thursday’s Herald newspaper that civil servants should report for work as usual.

The big question now is: will two envoys, sent by President Zuma to meet with Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, have access to the main players as this situation unfolds?

Meanwhile, the head of the Zanu-PF youth league has apologised to the head of the army for criticising him in a statement earlier this week.

Kudzai Chipanga was a close ally of First Lady Grace Mugabe and said earlier this week that he and other youths were willing to die for President Mugabe. This was a humiliation for Chipanga, who was arrested on Wednesday.

He appeared on state television on Wednesday night to read out a statement in which he apologised to the head of the defence forces, Constantine Chiwenga.

He said he had erred and was ill-advised and begged the commander to accept his apologies. He also claimed that he hadn’t been forced to make the apology.

Chipanga on Tuesday criticised the army for threatening to step in.

The state broadcaster has also changed its tune: it’s now giving positive coverage to war veteran leaders who have called for the removal of Mugabe as leader of Zanu-PF.

The comments at the source site suggest that Mugabe should be placed on trial for genociding some African tribe whose name was unfamiliar to me. There’s a lot that goes on in Zimbabwe that stays in Zimbabwe.

WHITE WOMEN IN ZIMBABWE. STAY SAFE, PEOPLE.

That photo of the women came from this very weird article pandering to blacks.

Confusion About Zimbabwe as Army Takes Control of Harare But Denies Coup

FILE PHOTO OF COURAGEOUS DOG GUARDING WHITE ZIMBABWE FAMILY.

Our concern is for the safety of our white brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe. Otherwise, let the African natives have at each other.

Let’s hope that so-called refugees are not created by the present situation. They have a way of ending up in Europe and America.

BBC

The military has taken control in Zimbabwe but said President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, was safe.
After seizing state TV, an army spokesman announced it was targeting people close to Mr Mugabe who had caused “social and economic suffering”.

The move came after Mr Mugabe sacked his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in favour of his wife, Grace.

Heavy gun and artillery fire could be heard in northern parts of the capital Harare early on Wednesday.

A statement read out by a general on air denied it was a coup. There was no immediate word from the president himself.

Messages appeared on a Twitter account purportedly run by the ruling Zanu-PF party saying he had been detained. But there has been no confirmation by the army.
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Mr Mugabe, 93, has dominated the impoverished country’s political scene since independence from the UK.

South African President Jacob Zuma said he hoped events in Zimbabwe would not lead to “unconstitutional changes of government”.

The UK Foreign Office advised Britons “currently in Harare to remain safely at home or in their accommodation until the situation becomes clearer”, while the US embassy in Harare advised US citizens in Zimbabwe to “shelter in place” until further notice.

China, Zimbabwe’s biggest trading partner, says it is closely watching the situation and hopes that the relevant parties can properly handle their internal affairs.

How did the military justify its move?

Troops in armoured vehicles have been out in the streets of the capital Harare since Tuesday.

After soldiers overran the headquarters of the ZBC broadcaster, Maj Gen Sibusiso Moyo went on air to say the military wished to “assure the nation that his Excellency the president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed”.

“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes… that are causing social and economic suffering in the country,” he said.

“As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”

Other key points of the statement include:

Citizens should remain calm and limit unnecessary movement

The military assures the Zimbabwean judiciary that its independence is guaranteed

Security services should “co-operate for the good of our country” and any provocation would “be met with an appropriate response”

All leave for the defence forces is cancelled and personnel should return to barracks immediately

It is not clear who is leading the military action.

Army chief Gen Constantino Chiwenga, who visited China last week, said on Monday the army was prepared to act to end purges within Zanu-PF.

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Young American Woman Facing 20 Years in African Prison for Calling Mugabe a “sick man”

MARTHA O’DONOVAN, LEFT, AND ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE.

She’s probably a liberal, but I still wouldn’t want to see Martha O’Donovan spend the next 20 years in an African jail for violating African mores.

If Martha thinks the Africa is capable of understanding and appreciating the idea of free speech, she’s going to have an unpleasant awakening.

Trump likes to make deals. Let’s see what he can do to #FreeMartha.

Fox News

An American woman charged with subversion in Zimbabwe for allegedly insulting the country’s president will remain in police custody this weekend after making her first court appearance Saturday.

Martha O’Donovan, 25, a graduate of New York University, has been accused of calling President Robert Mugabe, 93, a “sick man” in a Twitter post that included a photo illustration of Mugabe with a catheter. O’Donovan denied the allegations, calling them “baseless and malicious.”

O’Donovan’s lawyer, Rose Hanzi, told the court that a subversion charge was illegal because police did not inform the woman of it when she was taken from her home in the capital, Harare, on Friday morning.

The court disagreed and ruled that O’Donovan will remain in custody over the weekend. Hanzi said on Monday they will approach the High Court for bail.

O’Donovan made no statement in court and showed no emotion as the request was dismissed. She waved to a small crowd of supporters as she was escorted into a prison truck.

The American had been working with a local social media outlet Magamba TV, which described itself as producing “satirical comedy sensations.” She called herself a manager for Magamba TV and a “media activist.”

Earlier this year, she presented a talk at a re:publica digital culture conference on “How Zimbabweans Rebel Online.”

O’Donovan’s arrest was the first since Mugabe appointed a cybersecurity minister last month. Zimbabwe was shaken last year by the biggest anti-government protests in a decade. Frustration is growing in the once prosperous southern African nation as the economy collapses and the president, in power for more than 35 years, is already running for next year’s elections.

MUGABE, AGE 93, WITH WIFE GRACE.

Mugabe’s wife Grace was rumored to take over the presidency after the president, who has been rumored to be in declining health, resigns or dies. The first lady was not well-liked among the country’s citizens due to her lavish spending and fear of being criticized, The Guardian reported.

The group representing O’Donovan, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says it has represented nearly 200 people charged for allegedly insulting Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, in recent years.

“This arrest marks the start of a sinister new chapter in the Zimbabwean government’s clampdown on freedom of speech, and the new battleground is social media,” said Amnesty International’s deputy regional director, Muleya Mwananyanda. The statement said Zimbabwe authorities tracked tweets to O’Donovan’s IP address.

Heavy offers more on Martha in its 5 Fast Facts format.

Heavy claims that Martha is also the manager of a local bar and that someone has been Tweeting from the account that she is accused of Tweeting from. If so, the authorities have the wrong person.

But maybe this is about blackmailing America. The only problem for the Africans is that Obama isn’t president anymore.

Trump: Rocket Man Kim won’t be around much longer

The back and forth war of words heats up. The first guy to blink, loses.

Sky News

Donald Trump has made fresh threats against the North Korean regime after it branded him a “mentally deranged megalomaniac”.

The US President warned Pyongyang’s foreign minister that if he if “he echoes thoughts” of the country’s leader Kim Jong Un they both “won’t be around much longer”.

He was responding after Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” made an “irreversible mistake” by calling Mr Kim “rocket man”.

Describing Mr Trump as a “mentally deranged person full of megalomania,” Mr Ri went on to tell the annual gathering of world leaders that the country was now “only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state’s nuclear force”.

Hitting back on Twitter, Mr Trump wrote: “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”

Shortly before Mr Ri was scheduled to speak at the assembly, the Pentagon announced a fleet of US bombers and fighter jets had flown off North Korea’s coast, in what it called a “clear message” to Pyongyang.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said it underlined the range of military options available to the US.

On Thursday, Mr Trump announced new sanctions to any companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.

Mr Ri did not comment on the military show of force, but added there is no “chance that North Korea would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces”.

He added Pyongyang does not have “any intentions to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against countries that do not join the US in military actions”.

On Friday, the US President publicly branded Mr Kim a “rocket man” and said American “really had no choice” but to confront the authoritarian regime.

Mr Kim branded the speech the “most ferocious declaration of war in history” and said he would consider the “highest level of hardline countermeasure” in response.

Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have increased in the past few weeks and intensified when the North conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on 3 September. It has also threatened to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

Earlier this month, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth round of sanctions on Pyongyang in response to the nuclear test.

Kim Jong Un: ‘Deranged’ Trump to ‘pay dearly’

KIM GIVING HIS PERSONAL WARNING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP.

If we assume that the threats spoken by President Trump and North Korea’s Kim are not theater scripted in Tel Aviv, then let’s suppose that both parties are rational people, nor madmen.

After eight years of Obama leading the U.S. by hitting a golf ball as often as he could while leaving the tough issues to his successor, the American people decided by a narrow margin they wanted a tough guy president rather than a woman sociopath.

The North Koreans, whose country was destroyed during the Korean War, likewise have a tough guy whose goal is to preserve his regime.

Kim has noted that Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein ended up dead because they had no credible threat to use against the American Empire.

Like all rational people, Kim wants to live, so he’s building missiles and nukes that can hit the U.S. From a rational perspective, these weapons are a deterrent against American aggression. So are his alleged chemical weapons.

So where are we today? In a war of words. Once you have weapons, the threat is enough.

Sky News

Donald Trump is “deranged” and will “pay dearly” for his threats, according to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In a rare statement reported by the country’s official news agency, Mr Kim said the North would consider the “highest level of hardline countermeasure in history” against the US.

Mr Kim’s words follow the US President’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea, comments described by the North Korean dictator as “the most ferocious declaration of a war in history”.

He said that Mr Trump’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday had only convinced him that Pyongyang’s nuclear programme must continue.

“His remarks… have convinced me – rather than frightening or stopping me – that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.

“As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honour of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech.”

He added: “After taking office, Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world.

“He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.”

Earlier in the week, Mr Trump had used his first speech in front of the UN General Assembly to describe Mr Kim as being a “rocket man on a suicide mission for himself and his regime”.

Mr Trump had said: “The United States is ready, willing and able (to act), but hopefully this will not be necessary.”

The President also called on member states to work together to isolate Mr Kim until he stops his “hostile” actions, a reference to a series of recent ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests by Pyongyang.

Mr Kim has promised to complete his nuclear programme in the face of strengthening sanctions, saying his state is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the US.

Kim knows that he’s dead if he uses his weapons against the U.S. or an ally. He doesn’t seem suicidal to me. He seems more like a crafty gook, playing gook hardball, accustomed to dealing with weaklings like Obama.

Jimmy Carter: “I know what North Korea wants.”

Former American president Jimmy Carter doesn’t have a particularly stellar record in conducting foreign policy. He seems to be unable to break out of his Christian mindset long enough to recognize that there’s evil in the world that has to be dealt with harshly.

Since he’s offering advice about what to do with North Korea, let me briefly summarize my theory. Kim Jong Un is a CIA agent, constantly stirring up trouble in order to justify the huge American military presence in the Far East. I like to think of Kim as an actor playing a role in a Bond movie. If Kim did not exist, we’d have to create him. He’s great for the military-industrial complex budget.

Getting back to Carter, he claims the U.S. is an oligarchy, which there’s plenty of evidence to believe is true. However, Carter won’t name the (((oligarchs.))) As a Christian, he must believe they are God’s chosen people and that lightening would strike him dead if he said something bad about the tribe.

Zerohedge

Former US President Jimmy Carter repeated his assertion that the US works more like an “oligarchy than a democracy,” while also lambasting Trump’s “hopeless” approach to the increasing tensions with North Korea.

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The former president was speaking at a ‘Conversation with the Carters’ event at his Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday. AP reports that he said money in politics is what makes the US more like an oligarchy – run by a small group of rich people – rather than a democracy, repeating an allegation he has vociferously uttered for a few years [5].

“[Money in politics] violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system.

Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for President or being elected President. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. Senators and congress members.

So, now we’ve just seen a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over.”

Carter was referring to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling to allow corporations to give unlimited campaign donations to political candidates, which he has previously said [6] was “the most stupid decision” the court had made.

But then the former President went to town on Trump and North Korea…

Carter said,

“The first thing I would do is treat the North Koreans with respect.”

“I know what the North Koreans want,” he said.

“What they want is a firm treaty guaranteeing North Korea that the US will not attack them or hurt them in any way, unless they attack one of their neighbors.” Carter said,

“But the United States has refused to do that.”

Carter said he would send his top person to Pyongyang immediately, adding:

“If I didn’t go myself.” The former president visited North Korea three times between 1994 and 2011.

“Until we’re willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings, which they are, then I don’t think we’ll make any progress,” he said.

This North Korean girl band video was posted in a Zerohedge comment. It doesn’t fit the propaganda we’ve been fed about the Norks.