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Ubuntu or hypocrisy? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary

President Mnangagwa is a smooth operator. How he was content to be Mugabe’s flunkey for 40 years is a puzzle. But whatever you think of him, he is galvanising things.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa,right, chats to Morgan Tsvangirai, the main opposition leader in Zimbabwe during a visit to his residence in Harare, Friday, Jan, 5, 2018. Mnangagwa said Tsvangirai was recovering well to treatment(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

This is in sharp contrast to the torpor of the Mugabe years when Zimbabwe virtually closed down over the so-called festive season from mid-December to the end of January when dozy Bob was off in Singapore being injected with monkey glands or whatever muti he is on, allowing Zanu PF chefs to concentrate in peace on their looting of state assets. 

Mnangagwa’s visit on Friday to the home of ailing MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai came as a big surprise. It was impossible to imagine Mugabe doing the same without kicking the door in first. Optimists spoke in reverent terms of Ubuntu / Unhu suggesting forgiveness, togetherness, traditional virtues. Others muttered hypocrisy . . .

After two decades of demented destruction it will certainly be no easy thing to turn around Zanu PF’s totalitarian trajectory. It’s all very well prosecuting the looters of ousted G40 but what of the shady dealings of the Lacoste locusts?

Tsvangirai’s deputy Nelson Chamisa was on hand to welcome Mnangagwa when he visited Tsvangirai, gushing: ‘it’s African to care for one another and it’s very Zimbabwean. This is the new politics we want to see in Zimbabwe . . . We want to see a peaceful election’. 

Accompanied by his new Vice-President General Chiwenga, leader of the military coup which overthrew Mugabe, Mnangagwa can pretty well guarantee a ‘peaceful’ election – especially with a population high on hope that the crazy days are over. But will the elections be ‘free and fair’ when Mnangagwa’s new Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says there is no need for any electoral reforms? 

We were glad to have a cheerful group with us at a cold and dark first Vigil of the new year. It was decided that, prompted by health problems of some organisers, we would end an hour earlier (5 pm) during the winter months.

Thanks to those who came early to help set up by putting up the banners and posters and stayed till the end of the Vigil to help pack up: Daizy Fabian, Isabell Gwatidzo, Josephine Jombe, Christopher Kamuzonde, Alice Majola, Theodora Mandishaya. Rosemary Maponga, Eunice Mapunde, Agnes Mukumba, Esther Munyira, Faith Ndhlovu, Soneni Sibanda and Ephraim Tapa.

Thanks also to Rosemary, Josephine and Racqueline Changunda for looking after the front table.

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  • Good
    Jobs

  • A mock visit why did he include the media

    • who called the media?.in any case why run away from media.media is there to report such ED is president his movements are followed closely

    • media inongoenda kwayada mkoma. ukainzvenga kana kutiza they cry kuti we r being muzzled. ipapa dai vakaidzinga itori imwe nyaya kunzi anga anoitei kunaTsvangirai mune twumwe twutheory twenyu so.

    • Media goes wherever the president goes use your brains

  • A very good thing ever happened!!!!

  • Those who are comments negatively are in exile you stay there shut its us who will cal you back

    • You should stop thinking Munangagwa has all of a sudden had become that transparent and please stop acting like you onlu knew Munsngagwa now

    • Im not getting you

    • How u do the calling Mr Sammie

  • Nothing good there, it was an election campaign guised in Ubuntu. That visit was to drive a political agenda if you can analyze the News that is roaming the National broadcaster. Listen carefully when Prof Moyo denounced the act labelling it unAfrican to campaign using another rival’s illness. Jona taught them propaganda and he exactly know what the visit means to politics.

    • How can u lisen what Jonathan Moyo said …? E.D is different from those G40s and R.G ..i wonder why pple go arnd tryn to vandalise his name .

    • its funny now u care when Jonathan Moyo speaks.

    • yooooo people uu

    • You are spot on my friend

    • Some opinions are best kept to yourself

    • And you think u can say things which can better be listened to than the Prof who was your advisor since the early 90s. He was the advisor to captains of your ship. He knows better to interpret a move in ZANU pf

  • Ubuntocrisy

  • But uncle Bob did the same some yrs back, Mugabe was the fisrt visitor at Avenues Clinic when Save was involved in that horrific acc which took the life of his wife

    • Yes, this is true! Mugabe became fond of Save, evev when under house arrest, he kept talking about him!

    • that serpent who caused the accident

    • Bob always appeared very mournful at his comrade’s funeral.

  • This is a good thing that ED did, we are Zimbabweans, we are one, it shows that we care for each other despite being rivals in the political arena, thank yu Mr President

  • Dont know wat people really want.E.D is trying guys.In his busy schedule and a short timeline to deliver,he find time to visit the sick oponent.

    • Zimbos are not grateful people. Always seeing everything in bad light. It’s very sad Papa Taps.

    • Had it been a genuine Ubuntu visit they would have done it without the media!!! If you dont understand politics, i suggest you stop analysing such issues!

    • Nicholas Fungurani when such high authority meet,there is always media.U never invite media wen u are powerful…they follow u inorder for their stories to sell.Analysing such issues is also freedom of thought ,conscience and expression which u can not suggest i stop excercising.What if they ve even gone there before with no media?Good gestures cant be politicised always.

    • Nicholas Fungurani, having a negative mindset doesn’t mean that one has now become a political analyst expert.

    • Ndiye akarova Mugabe 2008 ati ngaripe Tsvangirai ahwina politics dont look at the current situation only .

    • Gibson Sam Mudanho gara mupast imomo.We can only change the present and the future.

  • I heard kuti they are related hameno ichokwadi here nekuti garwe haringamboite moyo iwoyo

  • shut yo mouths vese varikupikisa visit ya ED.musatedzera Jonathan Moyo arikutiza mhosva dzake.

  • Who cares?

  • Ambulance chasing propaganda.

  • Nothing good akarohwa pa 2008 ahwina maelections if they are good ngavamupe hupresident

    • Kana uchida kt apiwe hu president tanga wadzosera makore kumasure

    • Usarwadziwe 6months ishoma chaizvo we are going to call spade a spade

  • Media is mischievous, they show one picture and push their agendas. I don’t understand why they didn’… https://t.co/kuDp5BayHv

  • Hypocritical humanity

  • Wat good did he do rubbish the cameras to take a sick person for wat reason those who support him shut ur mouth also akamboteverwa necamera paanoenda kutoilet

  • Ambulance chasing gimmick, if they’re sincere let them give him back the presidency which they denied him in 2098. U’re spot on Prof J Moyo.

  • Ambulance chasing gimmick, if they’re sincere ngavamupe hupresident hwavakamurambira iye ahwinha 2008. U’re spot on Prof Moyo, Zimboz have short memories

  • ko smile yaTsvangirai hamusi kuiona here akomana? m sure if he was not comfortable they would not hv been allowed in. nyangwe tikachitaura hedu kuti this n that asi visit yakatoitwa hapana chichachinja!!!!

  • That’s a clear gesture of ubuntu. ED isn’t RG

  • What Mnangagwa did is 100% good , Kushanyira umwe wako kana achirwara zvakanaka izvozvo , even though they differ in political purposes. To all those who say Mnangagwa aida kuti vanhu vaone kuti Tsvangirai anorwara i come to differ from you !!! There is no evidence , how do you support your facts ? , makazviziva sei kuti ndiyo yaiva purpose yake , Of coz chinogona kunge chiricho chaiva chinangwa cha ED kuti vanhu vaone kuti MT vanorwara but there is no solid evidence , ngatisafungirana zvakaipa ,
    Lastly , even though vanhu vakaona kurwara kwaMT hazvina chazvinochinja because kana munhu agara achida Zanu PF achangoivhotera irregardless of whatever case also kana munhu agaravo achida MDC he will still vote for it irregardless yekuti mutungamiriri ava kurwara, coz people dont vote for MT but vote for MDC as a party .
    Good luck to ED
    Good luck to MT
    One love (y)

  • Correction: Mugabe was a master at engaging his political foes and coming out with a negotiated settlement that favoured him in the long run. ED is getting there!

  • hypocrisy 100%

  • so if save varemerwa kusvika pakushanyirwa uuummm mahwani . ngaasiire vafanha kuti tionewo kuti ti spote dffrent.

    varwara save pakaipa hatingazovhoterawo munhu hutano hwake husina lyn

  • Daz

    Gutter journalism as usual!! Imi kwenyu pamunoenda kunoona varwere, who asks you whether thats an act of ubuntu or hypocrisy.

  • Without kicking the door lol let Mugabe enjoy his retirement.

  • Ubuntu

  • Hukama /nehunhu haugezwe nesipo setsvina. Nothing wrong apa.

  • Nomatter what…Tsvangirai is a Hero…

  • God bless Save,our real face and perpetrator of democracy.I love you my heroe.

  • God knows the truth. May the holy spirit heal my real heroe Tsvangirai, the pace setter for democracy.

  • Ubuntu!

  • Rome wasn’t built in one day!Just because they from opposing parties does not mean wen a fellow politician is ill you should not wish him well or let pay him a visit to wish him speedy recovery.Zimbabwe culture in particular chivanhu demands that you do not hold grudges wen your foe is ill or or in death.Maybe the negative want Americans and the British to visit him.Zimbabweans have a duty to themselves and the future generations to lead by example by showing hunhu.Well done
    Mr President.After all politics cannot define human behavior.

  • Rome wasn’t built in one day!Just because they from opposing parties does not mean wen a fellow politician is ill you should not wish him well or let pay him a visit to wish him speedy recovery.Zimbabwe culture in particular chivanhu demands that you do not hold grudges wen your foe is ill or or in death.Maybe the negative want Americans and the British to visit him.Zimbabweans have a duty to themselves and the future generations to lead by example by showing hunhu.Well done
    Mr President.After all politics cannot define human behavior.

  • Good Mr president u are very kind

  • Crocodiles going to finish their meal

  • Political difference aside thas Ubuntu

  • True.well said

  • wilbert

    Tsvangirai was asking what Mnangagwa will pay him for MDC to sell-out again and participate in this year’s flawed elections?