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Military in control


The South African province of the mainstream MDC says Zanu (PF) has ceded control of the political process to the military.

The party was dancing the tune of the military, not because they want to but because they were being held to ransom by the military junta.

“They seem to wear a brave face yet in reality they have no option. The tenerals are now using Zanu (PF) as a coat to control the day to day operations of the country,” said the MDC.

“Chiwenga has become too powerful for an army commander. It is irresponsible to think that he is furthering anyone’s interests except his. In the future, it might be pointless to negotiate with the powerless Zanu (PF).”

Zuma has lost it – DA

The opposition Democratic Alliance has accused President Jacob Zuma’s government of having “once more” demonstrated its inability to articulate a coherent economic policy that will generate growth and jobs.

This is after Zuma told the World Economic Forum in Davos that the SA government would focus on enabling the private sector to drive growth and job creation.

While Zuma was speaking, the Minister of Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, said he wanted to centralise all state-owned entities into one super-department to drive growth and job creation.

“So, which one is it? Does the national government want to unlock the potential of business to create millions of jobs? Or does it want to go with a statist approach that has been detrimental to economic growth and job creation the world over?” asked Dion George, the DA Shadow Minister of Finance.

Stop abusing law: Amnesty

Amnesty International has called on the Zimbabwean government to end harassment and intimidation of human rights activists and opponents of the government through abuse of the law.

The organization’s call followed a ruling last week by a Gwanda magistrate to place three activists from the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe on further remand on charges of “undermining the authority of or insulting the President”.

The charges arose after they facilitated a civic education workshop aimed at promoting public information rights in November.

AI raised concerns over the systematic abuse of POSA and politically motivated arrests and prosecutions in Zimbabwe.

“These violations appear to be calculated to frustrate the work of civil society organizations and former opposition parties now part of the Government of National Unity,” said the organization.

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