Botswana blocks Malema from entering the country

JOHANNESBURG – Botswana’s refusal to grant EFF leader Julius Malema a visa showed that its President Ian Khama was a dictator, the party said on Friday.

“The Economic Freedom Fighters condemns the refusal by the autocratic military government of Botswana to grant the CIC [commander in chief] Julius Malema a visa,” its national spokesman Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi said in a statement.

“There are absolutely no grounds for a so-called democratic country to refuse a person a visa merely on the basis that he holds a different political view to that of the government.”

Malema’s expulsion from the African National Congress in 2012 was partly because he threatened to bring about regime change in Botswana.

In July 2011, Malema said there was a vacuum in the ideological and political leadership of Africa and the subregions, The Sunday Times reported at the time.

He reportedly said the ANC Youth League intended establishing a Botswana command team, which would work towards uniting all oppositional forces in Botswana “to oppose the puppet regime of Botswana, led by the Botswana Democratic Party”.

“The BDP is a foot stool of imperialism, a security threat to Africa and always under constant puppetry of the United States.”

According to the newspaper, he said the ANCYL would help to bring about change in a “democratic manner”.

“We know that Botswana is in discussions to open a military base for the imperialists and the present government of Botswana has the potential to co-operate in this manner.”

He reportedly said a detailed plan would be unveiled once a team had been established to handle the situation in Botswana.

“There is no army involved here, there is nobody who is going to be trained and overthrown though a coup.”

Malema reportedly said that, after the “interaction”, a coalition party might be formed because the ANCYL believed opposition parties in Botswana were not strong enough to “properly topple that government through democratic means”.

The EFF said on Friday that the Botswana governments refusal to grant Malema a visa confirmed that Botswana was not a democratic country.

“There can never be a democratic country that refuses those who disagree with the acts of its government permission to be visit it,” said Ndlozi.

Neither did a democratic government arrest journalists, as Botswana had following the arrest of Sunday Standard editor Outsa Mokone, for publishing a critical story about ruling “dictator” Khama.

On Wednesday, the French news agency Agence France-Presse reported that Mokone had been charged with sedition after a story claimed the president had been involved in a car accident, which prompted angry allegations of stifling press freedom.

Mokone was arrested on Monday about a story alleging Khama had a night-time crash, which resulted in the other driver being given a new Jeep.

A defiant Mokone has since been released, but he vowed to fight the charges.

Ndlozi said this was particularly important in light of approaching elections, which meant Khama was suppressing dissent to stay in power.

“First the CIC Julius Malema has been subjected to a process where he is the only citizen of the 50 million plus South Africans who needs a visa to visit what is a SADC country,” he said.

“Secondly, Botswana treats the CIC as the only leader of a party represented in the Parliament of South Africa who cannot be permitted to visit Botswana.”

Essentially, Botswana had rejected a representative of the people of South Africa a right to visit the people of Botswana, treating Malema as if he was terrorist.

The EFF further condemned the silence of the South African government, particularly the internationals relations and co-operation department, on the matter.

“The EFF will raise this injustice with the Pan-African Parliament as well the South African Parliament to ensure that there is recourse to Botswana,” Ndlozi said.

“This autocratic military government of Botswana has refused CIC a visa even when the Batswana people want him to visit. Botswana is afraid of the power of his message and the message of economic freedom.”

Mermaids digging gullies in Gokwe -Chief

PART 1 – An angry mermaid has been sighted busy digging trenches in one of Gokwe’s most sacred places, the local chief speaks out as deep gullies (pictured) are seen increasing in size and depth every day which trenches are now encroaching to destroy the only local magistrate’s court in the area, all this said to be confirmation that the so called “mermaid” is furious with government.


Dangerous gully being dug by mermaid according to Gokwe Chief

Gokwe’s sacred places invasion and witchcraft … Chiefs Njelele and Jiri break the silence

Chief Misheck Njelele the supreme custodian of the Gotami traditional sacred places in Gokwe has told ZimEye that ‘all is not well’ in his homeland following what he says is an invasion of the sacred places by named government officials, who undermine the traditions, trampling on where their forefathers used to carry out rituals for the community so to receive rains and other necessities.

His sentiments were echoed by Gokwe South West chief, Josiah Katema who is reining Chief Jiri a progeny of the Rozvi kingdom, who also blamed “misbehavior” by some of Gokwe’s community, and local Authorities.


Gokwe has recently been experiencing mysteries and witchcraft activities said to be now causing untold suffering to innocent villagers who have been caught in the crossfire.

In a long and comprehensive interview with ZimEye, the traditional leader blamed some of erudite people who are employed by the newly conferred town council for nicodimusly constructing structures before consultations with the traditional authorities and spirit mediums. They have made the mermaid seen here become angry and the spirits are revolting, said Chief Njelele.

“I am glad to hear that there are young people like you from ZimEye who still have interest in our traditional values. I would like to bless you and your bosses for recognizing the importance of seeking correct information from us chiefs”, said chief Njelele.

Chief Njelele whose jurisdiction covers more than 50 villages also told ZimEye of the structural basis of the spiritual hierarchy and mediums of the sacred Gotami tribes. He also blamed the unlawful construction of structures on sacred places, like the Hovano river incident that nearly ended someone’s life after spirit mediums warned against erection of structures without rituals.

Asked to comment on the deadly gully that is threatening to reap the only Magistrates court in the agro town, chief Njelele blamed the Council for not consulting the traditional leaders. He also added that they are even invading his area without consulting him and sometimes just go on to displace villagers in his area without symposium.

ZimEye visited the villages and got the first hand information from some of the victims who went as far as asking this Journalist if he could be of any help in publishing the importance of traditional values.

“Breach of the structural basis of the spiritual mediums was causing unnecessary suffering in Gokwe and causing strange happenings like those uncontrollable gullies and secret rituals that lead to witchcraft,” concluded chief Jiri. Gwetsanga Secondary school in chief Jiri is also giving chief Jiri headaches following the invasion of Satanism at the educational institute.

According to Gokwe’s traditional hierarchy, a number of Gokwe business communities are into unhealthy jujus that might cause lots of harm than development.

Last month a bag containing $60 000 was left at a small hill near Chief Njelele’s home stead, before it was picked by three men who all died after going through mental disturbances.

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Poor cotton prices left Gokwe farmers in poverty

The continued fall of cotton prices on the international market has left hundreds of families in Gokwe whose lives depend on the crop wallowing in poverty.
For years the country’s cotton, which became known as the white gold, has been the major source of livelihood for many families in Gokwe.

However, the fall in prices on the international market over the past few years has led to many farmers migrating to sweet potatoes and other crops.

The few who have been left engaging in cotton farming are living in poverty with those in contract farming now wallowing in debts after mortgaging their properties and livestock.

To them, their misfortune has not been caused by low prices on the international market, but rather unfair domestic trade policies.

Experts, however, say despite the low prices prevailing on the international market, the way forward lies in value addition and beneficiation.

Most of the cotton produced in Zimbabwe is exported in its raw state due to the near collapse of the local textile industry which has been affected by the influx of low quality imports