Zimbabwe Open for Business, Code for International Finance Capitalism

by Netfa Freeman from BAR

“Zimbabwe’s new president offered an open invitation to international capital investment and latecomers for Zimbabwe’s trek down the neoliberal development road.”

Over the last four months, peddling the mantra “Zimbabwe is open for business,” the country’s new president in cahoots with the Western press has been whitewashing a military coup into a popular, peaceful revolution that brought from exile a benevolent leader and placed him in power on an interim basis until elections. Omitted from the portrayal of the March 11, 2018 op-ed, “We Are Bringing About the New Zimbabwe ,” published in the New York Times and by-lined to Zimbabwe’s sitting president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, are all the maneuvers selling out the country’s political independence. Given reports of what happened to some of ZANU-PF’s G40 faction, including the killing of a bodyguard, and jailing with allegations of torture from November 14, 2017, until at least Robert Mugabe resigned as president a week later, the accounts in Mnangagwa’s op-ed are a pretty audacious rewriting of history.

Censored from mainstream headlines was the major news less than three weeks ago that former president Robert Mugabe was reported to have come out during his first ever briefing to outsiders since his ousting, saying his successor’s rule is “unconstitutional.” It shouldn’t be unreasonable to think such information would qualify as breaking world news. Addressing African Union Commission (AU) chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, among many others, Mugabe is reported to have declared that the Mnangagwa government was illegal and the AU should help to “restore normalcy and democracy in Zimbabwe.” Rescinding assurances he made at the time of his resignation, Mugabe said he was forced to resign under military pressure and that, “It’s tragic and sad that in Zimbabwe since November 15 government and state institutions have been taken over by the military which is now part of the current unconstitutional administration.”…

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Figure known as ‘Crocodile’ set to replace Zimbabwe’s Mugabe

(The Brits staged this little coup and now the neoliberal technocrats from the International Crisis Group are already on the scene. By the way “British PM May says Mugabe’s resignation gives Zimbabwe a chance to be free” Neoliberalism STARTED in Britain with the London School of Economics and it migrated here via the University of Chicago School of Economics. Notice where this article is from)

from the Chicago Tribune

Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected as the new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling political party and now poised to take over as the country’s president within hours, has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor, the newly resigned President Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa served for decades as Mugabe’s enforcer — a role that gave him a reputation for being astute, ruthless and effective at manipulating the levers of power. Among the population, he is more feared than popular, but he has strategically fostered a loyal support base within the military and security forces.

A leading government figure since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, he became vice president in 2014 and is so widely known as the “Crocodile” that his supporters are called Team Lacoste for the brand’s crocodile logo.

The 75-year-old “is smart and skillful, but will he be a panacea for Zimbabwe’s problems? Will he bring good governance and economic management? We’ll have to watch this space,” said Piers Pigou, southern Africa expert for the International Crisis Group…

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What is Behind the Military Coup in Zimbabwe?

by Gregory Elich, CounterPunch

Long-roiling factional conflict within Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF political party exploded last week in a military coup that quickly seized control of the government and state media. The coup was led by Commander of Zimbabwe Defense Forces Constantino Chiwenga, who is closely aligned with former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Emboldened by President Robert Mugabe’s declining mental sharpness and physical health in recent years, Mnangagwa actively maneuvered to ensure that he would succeed the president. Mnangagwa served as one of Zimbabwe’s two vice presidents. From that position, he and his supporters, known as Team Lacoste, became embroiled in a bitter struggle with younger party members who coalesced around Secretary of Women’s Affairs Grace Mugabe, wife of the president, and whose group was known as Generation 40, or G40.

As early as 2015, Mnangagwa began reaching out to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to discuss plans to implement a five-year transition government, in which both men would play a leading role. The unity government would compensate and “reintegrate” dispossessed former owners of large-scale farms. Reuters obtained hundreds of internal documents from Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organization that revealed the plan. “Key aspects of the transition planning described in the documents were corroborated by interviews with political, diplomatic and intelligence sources in Zimbabwe and South Africa,” reports Reuters. The same sources left open “the possibility that the government could be unelected.” In one report, it was said that Mugabe feared that Mnangagwa would attempt to reverse land reform. [i]

According to the documents, senior military officials met with Tsvangirai, many of whom were “saying it is better to clandestinely rally behind Tsvangirai for a change.” Security officials also secretly met with Mnangagwa to discuss Mugabe. “They all agree that Mugabe is now a security threat due to his ill health.”  Not surprisingly, “four people with direct knowledge of coalition-related discussions about post-Mugabe rebuilding” indicated that Great Britain had at least peripheral involvement in discussions, and British ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing was said to favor “Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe.” [ii]

Such behind the scenes machinations did not sit well with G40, and mutual recrimination escalated between Team Lacoste and G40 in recent months. In an explosive politburo meeting on July 19, Minister of Higher Education Jonathan Moyo played a damning video that exposed Mnangagwa’s plans. The video accused him of “working to systematically undermine President Robert Mugabe by capturing the party and state institutions.” The video also revealed that General Chiwenga was deeply involved in those plans. Audio recordings of Zimpapers journalists stated that “they are working to further VP Mnangagwa’s succession agenda and that they work closely with General Chiwenga.”  [iii]

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Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe Sidelined by Military Coup

by Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report

Amid some brief gunfire and few explosions military spokespeople in Zimbabwe declared Wednesday that President Robert Mugabe and his wife were safely in custody while, they said, a layer of criminals around the president were hunted down and apprehended. They found $10 million US dollars stashed in the home of the country’s finance minister, a political ally of the president’s wife. Military authorities were obliged to insist that despite appearances this was not a coup, lest diplomatic and economic sanctions be thrown upon Zimbabwe.

Robert Mugabe had been Zimbabwe’s leader, either as prime minister or president since the fall of Rhodesia ’s regime in 1980.

A teacher before he became a politician, Robert Mugabe founded ZANU, the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union to struggle against British colonial rule. He served a decade in prison for his political activities before escaping. ZANU under his leadership was one of the major players in the chimurenga , the peoples war against Rhodesia’s apartheid government. Mugabe came out of the bush to sign the Lancaster Agreement which laid down the conditions under which the white minority government was dissolved and became prime minister when ZANU-PF won the 1980 election.

In a Facebook exchange with BAR contributor Ann Garrison yesterday David Van Wyk, a South African who lived more than a decade in Zimbabwe described Mugabe as having swing from left to right and back and forth over almost 40 years.

“Anything to remain in power. That does not mean that he was all bad. In the early days his interventions in health and education were very progressive. His interventions on the land question came far too late. His indiginisation program in mining also came too late…

“His first fifteen years he spent dancing to the tune of the West. That effectively deindustrialised the country and led to massive unemployment. The next fifteen years became very confused and possibly self serving, taking decisions that he thought would keep him in power. He did not allow for new leadership to emerge within the ruling party or within ZANUPF. Munangagwa (who is scheduled to formally assume Mugabe’s office any day now) is already 73 years old and one of the few remaining original ZANU leaders, but one of the least inspiring also. (Robert Mugabe’s wife) Grace also was bad news…”

In the same exchange BAR contributor Ajamu Baraka noted that although the Lancaster Accords, which were brokered by Henry Kissinger, severely limited the freedom of the new Zimbabwean government, ZANU-PF was under pressure from its allies in frontline countries and other liberation movements in the region to sign…

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‘Zimbabwe Before Independence’ (1979) from 21st Century Wire

from 21st Century Wire

This week, Zimbabwe long-time leaser, Robert Mugabe, 93 years old, is finally being forced out of power as ruling party chief, as crowds rally peacefully in the country’s capital, Harare.

How did Mugabe’s revolution come to power? What was happening behind the scenes in those days leading up to the country emancipation from colonial rule all those years ago? Interestingly, British filmmakers led with the boiler plate graphic, “Portrait of a Terrorist,” in order to frame Mugabe in a negative light. But the story actually tells another story. This rare documentary captures an image of a country, formerly known as Rhodesia (named after the British globalist and luminary, Cecil Rhodes), in transition – out of its colonial ties, and striving towards a sovereign nation-state. Watch:

Mugabe ‘We Are A Nation Born Out of Struggle’

(The New York Times, the scribes of the masters of the universe, are DETERMINED to tell their readers that NO MATTER WHAT, Mugabe is GONE. See? They got a regime change after all so the MOTU can relax… they will get some tribute. At what point are folks going to realize these FUCKS are literally sacrificing ENTIRE NATIONS to these fucking DEMONS? As Britain welcomes home their “ISIS” proxy terrorists offering them all sorts of benefit packages for the work they did TERRORIZING Syria and other countries, they CUT SERVICES to decent poor people and disabled people to pay for SUBSIDIZING FUCKING TERRORISTS. When are people going to understand? Neoliberalism is a MENTAL ILLNESS and it’s practitioners and it’s APOLOGISTS in the media (and universities) are in the business of RADICALIZING THE POPULATION with a DEMONIC IDEOLOGY? Islam isn’t EVIL but NEOLIBERALISM IS and that couldn’t be more fucking obvious to any RATIONAL human being on the planet.)

from TeleSur

“We are a nation born out of a protracted struggle” for independence and the goals and ideals of that struggle continue to “guide us,” said Mugabe.

With military officials to his right and government officials to his left, Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, addressed the nation on live television this evening. “Military officials share their concerns about Zimbabwe with me in good faith,” he said, adding that criticisms against the ruling ZANU-PF party by high officials gave way to the current political situation inescable.

“We are a nation born out of a protracted struggle for national independence,” Mugabe said, adding that the goals and ideals of the struggle against “those who occupied and oppressed us” continue to “guide” our “collective legacy across generations and times.”

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