Zanu PF regime is a mafia organisation

Zanu PF and Corruption are inseperable siamese twins

Recent press reports to the effect that Zanu PF has splashed no less than US$60 million in importing brand new motor vehicles and buses for their 2018 election campaign are most startling and indeed, extremely worrisome and disturbing.

The MDC, being a social democratic political party that believes in constructing and moulding a responsible and law – abiding welfare state, would like to register its utter contempt and complete disgust at the profligacy and financial impropriety that has become the hallmark of the collapsing and faction – infested Zanu PF regime.

Fundamentally, the source of the money that Zanu PF used to purchase more than 365 motor vehicles and buses remains shrouded in secrecy. The MDC calls upon Zanu PF, to provide proof of import duty paid for these vehicles. Our investigations as a party have discovered some very scary facts about this recent acquisition of motor vehicles by the Zanu PF regime. We are thoroughly convinced that the source of the money used to import the vehicles borders on high level and institutionalised criminality.

We therefore challenge the revenue authority, ZIMRA, to provide concrete and credible proof that import duty for the vehicles in question was paid.

Our investigations have revealed that, the ruling elite within the rabidly corrupt Zanu PF regime is in the habit of smuggling various items and commodities for their personal use and to their various struggling business enterprises. Put bluntly, smuggling being practised by Zanu PF as a political party and members of the ruling elite is costing the country millions if not billions of United States dollars in lost revenue every year.

Ordinary Zimbabweans are bearing the honourable task of paying import and customs duty when they bring in goods into Zimbabwe. The big political gladiators in Zanu PF hardly, if at all, pay customs and import duty when they bring in goods from their several and apparently endless shopping trips abroad.

Zimbabwe has virtually turned into a fully – fledged Mafia state in which the ruling elite is answerable to no one. As a result of the rampant high level smuggling that has become the norm in the country, essential government services such as the provision of affordable health and education facilities for the majority of the people cannot be adequately funded by treasury. Our national roads as well as the railway system have all but collapsed due lack of regular rehabilitation and maintenance. Essentially, therefore, the Zanu PF regime has mutated into a rogue and completely irresponsible Mafia outfit.

The people of Zimbabwe deserve to be governed by a responsible, honest and law abiding political party and of course, Zanu PF doesn’t fit into this bill. The time for change is now! The people of Zimbabwe have suffered enough.

MDC: Equal Opportunities For All
Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson

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President Morgan Tsvangirai’s Workers’ Day message to the people of Zimbabwe

President Tsvangirai

Today, I join the world and the nation in commemorating this great day dedicated to celebrating the working community even though in our country, sadly, formal work has become a rarity.

On this special day, I salute the few Zimbabweans that still remain in formal work in whatever little is still left of our once-thriving industry. I also want to make special mention of our hard working civil servants who continue to slug it out without recognition and due payment from this uncaring government. The nation knows that had it not been for the election next year, even the staggered bonuses that are due to be paid out to civil servants starting this month would not have seen the light of day.

I spent many years of my adult life representing the country’s formal workers at national level and I know the huge sacrifices that those working formally and informally make every day to look after their families and keep what is left of our economy ticking.

However, the nature and the definition of the worker in our beloved country has drastically changed, thanks to our government!

It is in that new but sad context that today, I extend a special salute to the new workers; the country’s teeming informal traders who continue to make our economy tick under very hostile conditions.

To the millions of vendors now eking out an honest living on the pavements of our streets, I salute you; to the men and women in the villages working hard to feed your families, you are my heroes; to the artisanal miners slugging it out beneath our soils and the farmers those tilling the land, we revere you; to all those of my countrymen and women in the Diaspora working hard to send a dime to the families back home; this is your day!

Yes, all of you are workers who deserve your due recognition on this your special day. However, as we commemorate this year’s May Day, we must also use the day for sober reflection.

We must reflect on all these skilled people in our country and in our communities who cannot find work because of our government’s misguided policies.

We must reflect and spare a thought for the sons and daughters loafing around our own homes; the unemployed university graduates who cannot find a job in the country of their birth and are looking at the slightest opportunity to leave the country. This is the sad national predicament we must think about this May Day, the educated youth who are idle mainly because in 2013, President Mugabe and Zanu PF lied that they would create two million jobs to ameliorate their plight but have dismally failed to come good on that promise.

As we face a watershed election in 2018, we must budget that these hypocrites will bring to us a fresh bouquet of high-sounding promises they will forget about soon after polling day! The only difference is that we are now wiser.

Fellow Zimbabweans, this being Workers Day, we must remember that as a nation we have our work cut out for us as we brace for next year’s watershed polls. Yes, we have serious work to do next year and that great work starts by registering to vote as soon as the voter registration exercise is rolled out in the coming days.

My fellow countrymen and women, given our circumstance and all these visible signs of collapse around us, the real Workers Day is the day of the next election; when we must all turn out in our huge numbers to vote and make a huge statement about the Zimbabwe we want.

We have real work to do at the next election and I urge all parents to encourage their children to participate in the politics of their country. I urge all the youth to come out in their numbers and determine, defend and secure the future that they want by participating in the next election. They certainly cannot outsource or contract out the determination of their own future to anyone.

There must be no doubt in the mind of every Zimbabwean that next year’s election provides us with a rare opportunity---a chance that comes once in every five years--- to correct things in our country by voting in a new government that will bring back the dignity of the ordinary Zimbabwean.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is commemorating this year’s May Day under the theme Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Inequalities.

Fellow Zimbabweans, we can only be able to fight unemployment, poverty and inequalities if we use the perfect opportunity next year to vote for visionary men and women who will be able to extricate our country from its parlous predicament.

It behoves upon us as Zimbabweans to put our country first and make a wise electoral choice next year.

I wish I could say Happy Workers Day, but I am alive to the daily grind that each one of us goes through to put food on the table.

Nevertheless, have a good day, under the circumstances.

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