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‘Military running Zimbabwe affairs’ – Bulawayo24 News

ZIMBABWE has been described as a military-run State whose future is being determined by the army.

This was revealed on Monday during a Twitter space discussion hosted by Open Parly, which discussed the topic 2023 Elections: A Discussion on Security Sector Reforms.

Analysts said the military, which assisted President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over power from his predecessor, the late Robert Mugabe through a 2017 coup, were the kingmakers of the land.

MDC Alliance chairperson Morgan Komichi said in reality, the country’s daily operations were run by the securocrats.

“The military in Zimbabwe has taken control of every sector. Even in the elections, the outcome will be determined by the military.  Zanu-PF always had military wings such as the Zanla and the Zipra command. The future of this country will also be determined by the army,” Komichi said.

Media specialist Zenzele Ndebele added: “The army has always been part of the ruling elite, remember Rex Nhongo (the late former army general Solomon Mujuru), who was part of Zanu-PF, and was given a top military post. Do you think we will be able to separate the army from Zanu-PF?”

Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said any political party in the country that dreams of taking power should have the military on its side.

Another political analyst, Wilbert Mukori said: “The army has companies in Chiadzwa, where it is mining diamonds and to see it handing power to the opposition at the expense of millions of dollars generated from mining activities is a dream. We need to cut the umbilical cord between Zanu-PF and the army.  It is no secret that the police, the army and the CIO [Central Intelligence Organisation] have interests in the Marange diamonds, for instance, and are getting a lot of money from that and if there were to be free and credible elections, they know that the incoming government will not accept a situation where the army and police continue to loot the diamonds and other resources. It is in the interest of the top brass in the security sector to ensure Zanu-PF wins the forthcoming elections at all costs.”

But Binga North legislator Prince Dubeko Sibanda (Citizens Coalition for Change) said the military could not be blamed for chaos in the country as it was also suffering due to the economic quagmire.

“The military is not the elephant in the room. The security sector in Zimbabwe was born out of the liberation structure. We do not have to paint a bleak future for Zimbabwe. We still have a chance with security sector reforms. There is no one in the security sector earning real money. This suffering of workers, the security included, must be introspected even in the barracks,” Sibanda said.

Analyst Alex Nhundu said: “Members of the security sector must not be allowed to vote.  Their role is to protect the people. They should be recused from voting and become part of referees in elections for purposes of uniting Zimbabweans and the development of the country.”

Zimbabwe National Army spokesperson Colonel Alphios Makotore refused to comment on the issue.

“First of all, we do not issue comments on issues raised on social media. Can you send an e-mail with your questions as we do not respond over the phone,” Makotore told NewsDay.

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Zimbabwe will welcome you back home, minister tells ZEP holders – Bulawayo24 News

ZIMBABWE’s Foreign Affairs minister Fredrick Shava says government is ready to welcome fellow citizens who fail to meet requirements to obtain South African permits to remain in that country.

Shava’s remarks follow an announcement by Pretoria not to renew the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEPs) beyond December.

ZEP holders are expected to regularise their stay under new tougher conditions which have been largely seen as a deliberate ploy to cut the number of foreign immigrants in that country.

“We do not have figures yet as to how many Zimbabweans who responded to the request by South Africa but we expect them to have taken concrete steps to make sure they comply with the requirements of the permits since they are aware of the time limits,” Shava said in his address at the mid-term review meeting of the third session of the Zimbabwe – South Africa bi-national commission in Pretoria today.

“As for us in Zimbabwe, these are our nationals, those who fail to meet ZEP requirements by South Africa are welcome back home. We will receive them and assist them to get to their desired destination.

“I would like to reiterate our appeal to Zimbabweans in South Africa to observe and respect the laws of South Africa. We condemn all and any form of criminality on the part of our nationals in South Africa and elsewhere in the world.”

There are an estimated 200 000 ZEP permit holders.

The permits were first introduced in 2009 by then Home Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamni-Zuma for the documentation of qualifying Zimbabweans for a 5-year period.

The permit was called the Dispensation for Zimbabwe Permit (DZP).

It was extended in 2014 and renamed the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP). In 2017, came the ZEP which will expire in December.

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India vs Zimbabwe ODI 2022: Schedule, Timings, Squads, Live Streaming Details, all you need to know about I… – Zee News

Shikhar Dhawan-led Team India are all set to take on Zimbabwe in three-match ODI series starting on August 18. Players like Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar will want to make this series count and bounce back in the Indian squad for the ICC T20 World Cup. Dhawan will be leading the Indian team for the third time as he has captained the national side against Sri Lanka T20Is last year and the ODI series against West Indies this year.

Kuldeep will want to make a comeback into the squad as he did not get enough opportunity to prove himself as he was out of the side due to injury. He made comeback to Team India after excellent bowling in IPL 2022 for Delhi Capitals. Deepak is also a big name that will want this series to go well for himself. He has been named on the stand-by in the Asia Cup squad. 

India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 Schedule

Aug 18 – Zimbabwe vs India, 1st ODI – Harare Sports Club, Harare – 12:45 PM

Aug 20 – Zimbabwe vs India, 2nd ODI – Harare Sports Club, Harare – 12:45 PM

Aug 22 – Zimbabwe vs India, 3rd ODI Harare Sports Club, Harare – 12:45 PM

India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 Squads

Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 Live Streaming and Telecast

The Sony Sports Network has the broadcasting rights for India’s tour of Zimbabwe. The live streaming of the 3-match ODI series will be available on Sony Liv.

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