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Charamba savages Moyo-Zhuwao’s Zanu PF apology letter – The Zimbabwe Mail

George Charamba

HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesman George Charamba has dismissed an open letter by former ministers Jonathan Moyo and Patrick Zhuwao in which they apologised for campaigning against the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front through the hashtag “#ZANUPFmust Go”.

Writing in his weekly column under Jamwanda, Charamba said the open letter, which was posted on 15 November, was potentially subversive and hostile because it was addressed to no one in particular and by-passed the party’s leadership and structures.

“As things stand, their missive — an open letter — has no addressee, not post office address or care-of,” Charamba said.

“At this stage, there is little reason for being exuberantly or generously expectant about this communication, more so given who the writers are. I have already said the communication lacks a post office box number, addressed as it is to some amorphous magnitude they call ‘Zanu PF Comrades’.

“Potentially, it could be viewed as subversive, hostile even, in that it may be construed to be their attempt to reach and address ZANU-PF membership through some invisible fly-past the Party leadership.

“An attempt to by-pass, sideswipe and relegate the leadership and its structures, in order to supplant that leadership and ensconce themselves as the new men! The open letter would be some dipstick, some probing challenge, to test and gauge their own appeal for a superseding challenge to the leadership newly elected in the just-ended Congress.”

Charamba said Moyo and Zhuwao could have used this approach, “first, that the two are flying the kite, hoping to draw fire from which to determine positions, and gauge ZANU-PF reaction; and, second, that they are not anxious for progression any time soon, beyond just registering the recovery and turnaround to a favourable disposition and sentiment”.

Charamba also asked whether the letter was representative of the remnant members of the G-40 faction of ZANU-PF to which Moyo and Zhuwao and those close to the former First Lady Grace Mugabe belonged.

“I doubt or maybe, depending on what motive you ascribe its writing. Politics involves lets of dissembling, which is why there always is a discrepancy between appearance and reality, words and meaning,” he said.

“Before anyone asked him, Walter Mzembi made a scornful tweet: something like a tired and collapsed ox never wakes up to pull the plough, however hard you beat or twist its tail. It was a true trope from a villager, upon whom the lustre of urbanity is but a faint gloss.

“Formally asked by The Herald, he cryptically replayed the same rustic imagery: every cow moos for itself! Of course he did not remember there are ways to make a cow moo, including breaking it from the rest of the herd. Or penning its calf!

“Mzembi is too deeply sucked into Chamisa’s Triple C to recant or step back. My sense is he will throw his lot with Chamisa, genuinely, to then sink with him, irretrievably. And Tyson waBantu? Two possibilities, both of which will brew failure for him in 2023. He may be behind Prof Moyo and Zhuwao’s dissembling moves, if these two are not genuine, in which case he will sink with them.

“Or he may break ranks with the duo, to go it alone with his self-arsonist friend, Slybeth Msengezi and renegades from erstwhile Zanu PF Youth League, who hurriedly created a poor clone of Malema’s EFF, calling it Third Way. They will sink.”

Source: The Insider

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Uganda says its debut satellite launched into orbit – Deccan Herald

Uganda’s first satellite has been successfully launched into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) and the East African nation’s ground controllers were in contact with the device, the government said on Friday.

The PearlAfricaSat-1 spacecraft was rocketed to the ISS by NASA on Nov. 7, alongside Zimbabwe’s ZimSat-1, with officials saying it will help Uganda monitor weather and disasters, map its mineral wealth and generate other crucial data.

“Today, Friday Dec 2, 2022 at 1045 EAT Uganda’s first satellite PearlAfricaSat-1 was deployed into orbit from the International Space Station,” Monica Musenero Musanza, minister for science, technology and innovation said in a statement.

She said Uganda’s ground station, located in Mukono district, about 25 kilometres (15 miles) east of the capital Kampala, was now “in communication with our satellite.”

The satellite was developed by three Uganda engineers in Japan, with technical assistance from Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology.

President Yoweri Museveni has said he wanted to develop the country’s technological capacity to cope with challenges in sectors such as agriculture, security and natural resource management.

Critics say the satellite programme is a vanity project for a country still grappling with problems like poor transport and health infrastructure.

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Chissano to lead Zimbabwe re-engagement drive – The Zimbabwe Mail

Joachim Chissano and Mnangagwa

ZIMBABWE has roped in the services of former Mozambican President Joachim Chissano to head a delegation that will seek to resolve the nation’s long-standing impasse with its creditors and the international community, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said yesterday.

In a speech read on his behalf at the inaugural Structured Dialogue Platform on Zimbabwe’s Arrears Clearance and Debt Resolution Process with creditors and the international community held in Harare, Mnangagwa also said his government was committed to compensating white former commercial farmers.

Mnangagwa said during the recently held Africa Investment Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, he, together with Nigerian academic Akinwumi Adesina, announced the appointment of Chissano as leader of the negotiations.

“Mr Chissano is one of our most eminent elder statesmen in Africa and a fort of wisdom. He will be supported by a technical adviser, the former Prime Minister of Mozambique, Madam Luisa Diogo,” Mnangagwa said.

“He will also play an important facilitative role between the Zimbabwean government as debtor, bilateral credit partners and other relevant stakeholders. This initiative is one devoid of politics. It is a national initiative that concerns all Zimbabweans.”

The President said over the years, they had learnt the importance of dialogue.

“One of the key lessons we have learned over the years is the importance of dialogue to resolve differences. It is against this background that we are here today (yesterday) to pursue dialogue as a way of resolving the long-standing impasse between Zimbabwe, its creditors and the international community,” Mnangagwa said, while also committing to compensate all white former commercial farmers who were dispossessed of their farms under the country’s land redistribution programme.

“I am committed to compensating former farm owners under the Global Compensation Deed. I am happy to announce that the former farm owners recently accepted my government’s offer to settle the Global Compensation Deed amount. This compensation process will commence in early 2023.

“There is also a pending settlement of farms under the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA). These farmers were regrettably affected by the land reform programme. The BIPPAs are being resolved on a case-by-case basis led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. We believe this is a strong signal of my government’s commitment to respecting property rights and to mitigating any concerns that foreign investors might have,” he said.

Yesterday’s deliberations covered issues to do with economic and governance reforms and provide recommendations that will inform subsequent higher level discussions.

“For their part, I expect our creditors and development partners represented here today, to honestly engage my team on the specific areas of concern which need further attention and reform. I also urge you to continue providing technical and financial support for the implementation of economic and governance reforms.

“We expect these structures to enhance transparency, trust and promote mutual accountability,” he said.

Source – newsday

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We’re in Denial About the True Cost of a Twitter Implosion – WIRED

Think of how devastating it was to the anti-vax influencers Alex Berenson and Robert Malone to be kicked off Twitter. They happened to be grifters. But if Twitter died, that devastation would be everywhere. Hundreds of thousands of people’s careers are now driven principally on Twitter. Many academics have built popular audiences entirely on Twitter, as well as enriched their professional networks. The chatter among otherwise siloed young professors and postdocs on there has become indispensable. 

I think some people are embarrassed to admit what Twitter has really come to mean for them. “[I] would gladly pay $100 a month to keep Twitter alive,” a comedian with 34,000 followers recently tweeted. The ratio against him was merciless. It’s uncool to say you sincerely care about Twitter. Users accused the comedian of being a lame-ass, a suck-up, an elite: “Wow so to you $100 is cheap?” “I’d probably pay $100 to kill Twitter instead.”  

But I’ve noticed that political strategists and academics have begun begging their followers not to leave the app. They typically couch these appeals as pleas for the sake of some greater good or community. And yet they’re often figures who have come to have thousands of readers they never could influence without Twitter. And, because any bid not to lose followers inevitably comes off as shamefully status-seeking, their pleas are often ignored. But many are just pleading for their livelihoods, and we should listen.

A virtual civilization that became vital to our world is shuddering. A lot of the best reporting on what’s going on at Twitter has been revealed on Twitter, by citizen journalists and employees of the app as well as professional investigative reporters; we are gradually being plunged into a kind of dark. Twitter’s “Trending” column, even recently, was useful. The other day, Twitter told me the top trending topic where I live, in South Africa, was Tylenol, a brand that is not even sold here. When I wondered what was trending in Athens and located myself there via VPN, I received the unnerving news that Dan Quayle is trending at the Parthenon. 

In Rome, Mike Pompeo was trending. I assume that’s because his last name is Italian and no real minds exist at Twitter to curate trends anymore, only an algorithm that catches tailings of fuel in the form of tweets and lights them on fire at random, like a downed electric line in a hellscape throwing sparks at the massive oil slick left by the careering 30-ton tanker truck that is Elon Musk’s vanity. 

I remember learning about the Roman Colosseum in elementary school. It was built at Rome’s apex, for games, historical reenactments, forums, and funerals. The elite ran the show, in one sense, but 95 percent of those who went there were ordinary people—women, the poor, foreigners. As Rome swelled and became decadent, the Colosseum increasingly turned into a space for brutal spectacle, where exotic imported animals tore condemned men apart for onlookers’ pleasure. I remember learning that the Colosseum was abandoned after Rome was sacked in 410 AD.

I learned more recently that this isn’t true. The Colosseum was never abandoned entirely. Over a century  later, long after the king of the Visigoths tore through Rome,  animal hunts were still held there—though pettier ones, with deer instead of tigers. 

As central organization broke down, hawkers combed the stands to lure people to sideshows while craftsmen set up ad hoc shops, a little like the way Twitter users are now desperately directing their followers toward their accounts on other platforms and the “elite business professors” are popping into comments to tout their crypto schemes. Twitter users are now imagining their last tweet, immortalized as a moment in history: “Like, right when I fire off something thirsty about Paul Newman’s ghost … the site crashes forever.” But it’s most likely that Twitter will shamble on for a long time, like the Colosseum did, and we’ll never quite know if we’re participating in its glorious and hilarious finale. I actually think the prospect of Twitter’s rapid demise—in weeks or months—is functioning, right now, as fantasy. It’s a fantasy that absolves users of the need to adjudicate for themselves the point at which it’s become truly dangerous or useless.

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