ZimPF provo­ca­tion de­lib­er­ate: Charamba

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe Harare Bu­reau

DE­LIB­ER­ATE provo­ca­tion of Zanu-PF youths go­ing about their busi­ness by Zim­babwe Peo­ple First (ZimPF) ac­tivists led by for­mer Am­bas­sador Re­tired Bri­gadierGen­eral Agrip­pah Mu­tam­bara in Gu­ruve on Sun­day was part of a grand plan to en­gi­neer an in­ci­dent ahead of the party’s leader Dr Joice Mu­juru’s ad­dress at the Chatham House in Lon­don, UK sched­uled for next week.

Am­bas­sador Mu­tam­bara, who was in the com­pany of a group of other ZimPF ac­tivists, re­port­edly fired gun­shots at Zanu-PF mem­bers go­ing about their busi­ness.

He was, in turn, in­jured in the en­su­ing melee when Zanu-PF mem­bers de­fended them­selves.

The Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Mr Ge­orge Charamba said yes­ter­day that the de­lib­er­ate provo­ca­tion was done to build a case that would form part of Dr Mu­juru’s pre­sen­ta­tion to Chatham House.

Mr Charamba is­sued a strong warn­ing to Am­bas­sador Mu­tam­bara whom he de­scribed as one of the big­gest ben­e­fi­cia­ries of both the Gov­ern­ment and Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to stop play­ing dirty pol­i­tics.

“The whole idea is to try and en­gi­neer an event so as to sup­port (Dr) Joice Mu­juru who is due to ap­pear at the Chatham House,” said Mr Charamba.

“He (Am­bas­sador Mu­tam­bara) is one guy who has had it good for a long time un­in­ter­rupted and who thinks he must have it good un­til he gets to the ceme­tery. He de­cides to go to some farm in Gu­ruve (and he is not even farm­ing in Gu­ruve) and thinks he can sub­due a com­mu­nity us­ing a pis­tol.

“What we’re see­ing is po­lit­i­cal show­man­ship and done at the ex­pense of the im­age of this coun­try. The bri­gadier-gen­eral must know a lot bet­ter, guns are not used loosely and he bet­ter stop it.

“Let him do his pol­i­tics well. He had lots of sup­port from Gov­ern­ment. He had lots of sup­port from the Pres­i­dent per­son­ally. It doesn’t mean he was the most com­pe­tent per­son. There were many peo­ple who could have rep­re­sented Zanu-PF. There were many peo­ple who could have rep­re­sented Gov­ern­ment as am­bas­sador.

“He should not look for mar­shal hero­ism in peace time. Zim­babwe is for peace.”

Mr Charamba con­tin­ued: “He is not the one who is go­ing to en­force land rights. That’s not his prov­ince. If there’s a land dis­pute be­tween com­mu­nal peo­ple and an A2 farmer, that goes to the re­spon­si­ble min­istry for ad­min­is­tra­tion. It doesn’t go to Agrip­pah Mu­tam­bara who­ever he thinks he is.

“It’s not unique to Gu­ruve. He shouldn’t seek to be a hero in peace time Zim­babwe. He saw very lit­tle of the war so he wanted to be a knight in shin­ing amour in re­spect of a fel­low Zim­babwe Peo­ple First politi­cian.”

Am­bas­sador Mu­tam­bara last week fur­ther mis­ap­plied his diplo­matic skills af­ter he ap­peared on CNN brag­ging that he fired gun shots to dis­perse peo­ple at his farm.

T o em­bolden the cause of Dr Mu­juru im­pend­ing so­journ to Lon­don, Mr Charamba said, MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Ts­van­gi­rai pa­raded a group of vic­tims of pur­ported po­lice bru­tal­ity to Western diplo­mats in Harare on Mon­day.

“Mean­while, back in Harare, (Mr) Ts­van­gi­rai and his group are busy parad­ing false in­juries be­fore am­bas­sadors, again of the West — no sin­gle African am­bas­sador.

“All of them from the West to re­in­force that rigged mes­sage which they want the West to buy.”

Mr Charamba said there had al­ways been a long stand­ing at­tempt to catch the at­ten­tion of the West by op­po­si­tion func­tionar­ies ahead of the re­cent United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York.

He said this was sus­tained through need­less demon­stra­tions aimed at invit­ing an over­re­ac­tion from the au­thor­i­ties.

“We saw an es­ca­la­tion of demon­stra­tions which, were re­ally not just need­less but also provoca­tive,” he said. “The at­tempt was to goad the au­thor­i­ties into over­re­act­ing for the no­tice of the West. If you look at the ac­tual sub­stan­tive is­sues of the claim­ing of Sec­tion 59 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, they fiz­zle out.

“Jus­tice Rita Maka­rau (Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion chair­per­son) in­vited them to raise le­gal is­sues con­cern­ing elec­tions and they were rais­ing per­son­nel is­sues not le­gal is­sues­the is­sue of sol­diers and se­cu­rity per­son­nel. Do they want to be the staffing of­fi­cers of Zec?

“Which rule, any­way, says if one is a sol­dier is un­em­ploy­able? Time was where vana (Morgan) Ts­van­gi­rai was re­port­ing to Colin Pow­ell. Is he not a gen­eral who was squat­ting in the State depart­ment and there is a prob­lem with a Zim­bab­wean citizen who has served his coun­try in the ca­pac­ity of a sol­dier as­sum­ing a civil­ian port­fo­lio but they have no prob­lem with a whole Amer­i­can gen­eral who has fought a war in the Gulf reap­pear­ing as a sec­re­tary of State and tak­ing a po­si­tion against this coun­try.

“In any case, Zec has a right to hunt for tal­ent and staff it­self as it sees ap­pro­pri­ate and there is no op­po­si­tion group that is go­ing to be a staffing of­fi­cer for Zec.”

Mr Charamba added: “Se­condly, we are hard put to find le­gal is­sues which they were pre­tend­ing they were go­ing to raise. There has been a meet­ing with Zec which has come to noth­ing.

“It has yielded ab­so­lutely noth­ing and that is how it was go­ing to be for the sim­ple rea­son that the whole elec­toral regime from a le­gal point of view was cre­ated by the same guys who are now ag­i­tat­ing against it.

“It’s, you are like a West Indies politi­cian who wrote a book when he was a pri­vate citizen and when he be­came a pres­i­dent he banned his own book.

“They now want to out­law the same law they made when they were in Gov­ern­ment. This is the law they made and is the law they are mad about to­day. But that is even to grant that there was a le­gal is­sue — there wasn’t. The whole point was to make sure that the rolling ac­tion of demon­stra­tions was to roll on un­til Septem­ber which is the UNGA pe­riod. The idea was to make an im­pres­sion on the Western world dur­ing the Gen­eral Assem­bly so as to ex­tract max­i­mum dam­age to the coun­try.

“Sud­denly they have lost the ap­petite to do demon­stra­tions, sud­denly they have no is­sues.”

Mr Ge­orge Charamba

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