Matemadanda granted bail

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Victor Matemadanda

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association secretary general Victor Matemadanda was yesterday freed on $200 bail after spending three nights in custody for allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

Harare provincial magistrate Elisha Singano ordered Matemadanda to report once every Friday at CID Law and Order section in Gokwe, not to interfere with state witnesses and to reside at his given address.

He will be back in court on September 1.

Matemadanda was released after the police unsuccessfully applied to have him detained for a longer period, claiming they wanted to search for subversive material at his Gokwe home.

 

 

Allegations against the former liberation war fighter were that on a date unknown to the state but between July 29 to August 3 this year, he addressed a press conference in Harare and intentionally made a statement aimed at causing disaffection among defence forces.

Matemadanda is said to have challenged Mugabe’s assertion that the military must not meddle in politics.

He also said an interview by army commander Constantino Chiwenga carried by the Sunday Mail where he described Higher and Tertiary Educaton minister Jonathan Moyo as a security threat represented the sentiment among war veterans.

The state alleges the utterances were widely quoted and published in both electronic and print media.

The prosecutor said the statements had the potential to induce defence forces to either withhold their service, loyalty, allegiance or to incite them to commit breaches of discipline.

Francisca Mukumbiri appeared for the state

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‘Energised’ Mugabe forgets long time rival’s name-News24

Pres n VPHarare – It was the only sign of his 90-plus years: President Robert Mugabe forgot his longtime political rival’s name.

“Pasi (down with) -,” he said as he wound up a more than 90-minute long speech to rally-goers in Zimbabwe’s market town of Marondera on Friday. And then he stopped.

There was a moment or two’s hesitation – before the president remembered.

“Anonzi (he’s called) Morgan Tsvangirai,” Mugabe said, a relieved smile upon his face.

 

 

 

For years, Mugabe and Zanu-PF officials have ended just about every campaign speech with the words “Pamberi (forward with) Zanu-PF” and “Pasi neMDC” or “Pasi naTsvangirai.”

Friday’s speech looked to be the start of Mugabe’s campaign for the 2018 elections – when he’ll be 94.

Watching Mugabe weave his oratorial magic at this rally (he promised youths land and criticised white farmers), some commentators saw evidence that the president was not as frail as has recently been reported.

Said journalist and activist @rashweatm on Twitter: “Listening to Prez Mugabe addressing supporters… no doubt he still has energy&poise to lead his party in 2018 polls. Change deferred.”

Tweeted former Chronicle editor @Mathuthu: “Mugabe looks really energised. Everything points to him as 2018 candidate. He thrives in this kind of adulation.”

But there were tiny inescapable signs of age, including the big black umbrella held above Mugabe that obscured his face and was likely intended to protect his eyes: his spokesperson George Charamba said last month that Mugabe had eye problems and often needed to rest his eyes.

And there was that moment of forgetfulness right at the end.

It might also have been confusion: after all, opposition parties including Tsvangirai’s MDC and others have been making moves towards the formation of a coalition. It’s still not 100% certain that Tsvangirai would lead any eventual coalition.

Still, Mugabe kicked off his campaign in style and with strength.

What – or who – comes next? The coming 12 months in Zimbabwe will be VERY interesting.