ZANU PF demanded cash contributions for Gweru conference

ZANU PF conference in Gweru

By Tererai Karimakwenda
04 December 2012

The national people’s conference held by ZANU PF every year started in Gweru on Tuesday, at a conference centre built by the Chinese for $6.5 million, and on farm land that was reportedly stolen.

The much publicised event was also preceded by reports that the party had problems raising the $2 million they needed to organise it successfully, and had forced white farmers and non-party members in rural areas to contribute to the conference fund.

According to the Independent newspaper, ZANU PF built the centre on farmland owned by an indigenous farmer and his white partner, who bought Bertram Winery farm from its previous white owner.

But on March 13th the white partner and his family were given 24 hours to vacate the property after ZANU PF had identified the farm as the site for the conference centre, which reportedly seats 5,000. The partners had invested $50,000 to improve the property and prepare for the agricultural season.

Details of ZANU PF’s money problems appeared in the Standard newspaper, which said a senior ZANU PF official “read the riot act” to white farmers at a closed door meeting recently held at Chinhoyi Training Centre. The farmers were ordered to “donate” cash, cattle and even maize towards the conference.

The Standard said they were told by sources in ZANU PF that senior party officials were also being asked to contribute, but politburo members had been reluctant to give up any funds. The report said ZANU PF reconstituted their fundraising committee two weeks ago, when it became clear they would not be able to raise enough funds.

SW Radio Africa correspondent Lionel Saungweme spoke to trusted sources and ordinary Zimbabweans who said ZANU PF officials are collecting money for the conference at bus terminals in Mbare, from business owners in Mutare and from poor villagers in Binga. He said the collections usually come with a threat.

“Residents in Binga are being ordered to pay a dollar each. The demand comes with the threat that if you don’t pay and if you continue to support the MDC-T, we will bring back the 2008 scenario,” Saungweme said.

At least 500 MDC activists were murdered in the run-up to the 2008 presidential runoff and tens of thousands more were abducted and severely assaulted in a brutal campaign orchestrated by ZANU PF. The memory of that violence is being used as a threat, ahead of the elections due next year.

Saungweme said in Mbare top ZANU PF officials, named only as Makopa and Chirambadare, along with a one-eyed police woman known as Orripha, are known to be forcing people to contribute one dollar each at Mbare Musika bus terminal.

Our correspondent said ZANU PF business owners in Mutare are also being asked to contribute large amounts.

“They are actually weary of doing so. They must be because every time ZANU PF wants to do an activity they are told to give up some money. So there is a lot of anger, dismay and silent protest by business persons in Mutare,” Saungweme said.

The Gweru conference centre, or ‘Hall of Shame’ as it has become known, was built by the Chinese, allegedly in exchange for diamonds from Marange.

Many observers are criticising the ZANU PF conference as being nothing more than an expensive, pointless, exercise. All it will do is confirm what everyone already knows, Robert Mugabe will be their candidate for president in elections due next year.



31 Responsesto “ZANU PF demanded cash contributions for Gweru conference”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    The terms ‘demanded cash contributions for the Gweru conference’ are totally wrongly placed. Like all political parties in the country, ZANU relies on contributions from its followers or supporters if you like. Nobody is forced to contribute but they do it out of their own free will, duzvi rambuya Tererai Karimakwenda. By the way what does Karimakwenda mean? Haasi iwo mabwidi kana kuti manyasaradi akabva kuMalawi here aya akuda kuwona maningi?

    There is, therefore, nothing unusual for the party to ask for contributions from its supporters. Anybody who thinks otherwise, like Tererai Karimakwenda, a very foolish journalist, must be living in his own fools paradise.

    • Tora Bora says:

      Achimwene Matibili is a Malawian. You are the people who cause xenophobia against people from other countries and you complain when our fellow Zimbos are killed in South Africa. Karimakwenda is just a messenger delivering a message. Zanu Patriotic Fools are broke and they use their usual MO. Intimidation. This moribund party is finished. This conference is a talkshop where the Zanoids are going to endorse a presidium with a combined age of 230. They are going to endorse Mujuru who claimed 86% disability. They are going to endorse Nkomo who is walking dead from one foreign hospital to another. Zanu will not win any election even if the opposition field monkeys. Please do not use foul language against journalists on this site.

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Foolish Karimakwenda is not just a messenger for his agenda is very well known and asking for his origins is not advocating or promoting xenophobic tendencies. And there is nothing wrong if he comes from Malawi for people from this country are still our brothers and sisters on the African continent.
        Elections are won when they are won, mate. Of course, there is nothing wrong to have the false hope and belief that your political party will win the next general elections. I also hold the view that I will be a Member of Parliament, come the March elections of 2013. We all live in our illusions and mirth which no living people have been able to explain.

        • Anonymous says:

          Chimbwido Warvet is just ZANU(PF) sponsored barking puppert

          • warvets are ponses says:

            i agree woof woof

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            From being called Superdope before, you will from now be called woof woof. No more warvets are ponses and I say so, ok?

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Icho chariria muZimbabwe!!!!

          • GBZ says:

            Shame guys, we really need to feel sorry for this poor fellow! He needs to shake his head as his brain is stuck! Or what brain he has. It is obvious that he has no moral standing, no education, and does not know what he is saying other than his foul language and quite honestly it is degrading us to even answer his pathetic attempt to deliver his pro mugabe and zanupf cracked record trash….ignore it and it will go away. We need to be able to discuss and read sensible posts that are intellegent and meaningful. I have seen some great debate on these threads but too much time is set apart to discuss with this blithering idiot. Lets open the cage and let him go.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            It is now known that the first slave owner and trader to take slaves to the Americas was a man by the name of Sir Richard Hawkins. And the ship he used to ferry his slaves to the Americas was called ‘Good Ship Jesus or Jesus’ His slaves was captured using the sword or through subterfuge where he deceived his slaves they would be offered land and wealth once they reach the shores of the Americas which they never got anyway.

            The African slaves wanted to live for a predetermined period of time and go back to where they came from on the African continent and so they prayed to the ‘Good Ship Jesus’ to take them back to Africa. But the Jesus they were praying to take them back to Africa was only a ship that was owned and controlled by Sir Richard Hawkins, an Englishman who went on to be knighted by the Queen of the time for bringing enormous wealth to the country when he sold his slaves to create wealth for himself and that of his country. The slaves were stripped of their African names and given the names of their prospective slave masters and Christianity was then imposed as the only religion to follow and not their African religion they had brought with them to America. In this christian religion, the slaves were to learn about the man called Jesus who loved them so much and who was destined to come one day and save them if they believed in him. It was not difficult for the slaves to accept Christianity because in their mind Jesus was already synonymous with salvation because the early slaves were already praying to ‘Good Ship Jesus’ that was going to come to the Americas to take them back to Africa. So you can see the African people came a long way and can no longer be cheated again in this 21st century. Believe what you want you f….g bast…d and nobody gives a damn boy. OK?

        • warvets are ponses says:

          you a member of parliment in malawi with your sisters and brothers.your negative twisted manerisms are well known to all.you have nothing to offer on this site nor any people.zanu apologist who wants to sit in posture and do nothing but bang the land drum .what a lowlife.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Superdope get this in your greasy and confused mind that I no longer talk of farms that have already been taken and taken for good. Nobody can change this including your slave and colonial masters. This is a reality no one can change. What we are now talking about these days is the need for the former slave and colonial masters of Zimbabwe to compensate the Zimbabweans for the ills they suffered for close to 500 years under slavery and colonial rule. To us this is what is relevant now and not your foolish and stupid talk.

        • Tora Bora says:

          My good brother, everytime you use words like Mabwidi or Manyasarandi, that is xenophobia. They are Mozambiquans or Malawian. This goes for South Africans who call us Makwerekwere. It is wrong. This is why countries like Nigeria are struggling to develop because of the Christian-Muslim divide. That is why Lebanon went through several civil wars and this is why Syrian Alwaits and Shia muslims are at each others throats. I hope you will address this xenophobia of yours before you contenmplate running for parliament.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Agreed mate, I will take the advice and follow it to the letter. But the question still remains that I need to know the origins of Tererai Karimakwenda as his second name does not sound Zimbabwean to me. Once again I must point out that I do not have those xenophobic tendencies as mine is just but to seek the truth for only the truth will set us a free people, mate. Let me put it this way, that no one questions the identity of Tichaona Sibanda, Alex Bell, Ezra Sibanda and many others at SW Radio Africa except Tererai Karimakwenda.

          • Tora Bora says:

            What has Karimakwenda nationality to do with his report on the ZanuPF conference centre? What is Mugabe’s nationality?

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Is this a genuine, sincere or stupid question? I am sure even your mother and father can not ask such a foolish question. Noting that you appear a confused person let me say Mugabe’s nationality is unquestionably Zimbabwean. He was born and bred in Zimbabwe and since the demise of comrade Joshua Nkomo, President Mugabe is the surviving Father of Zimbabwe.

          • Tora Bora says:

            What has Karimakwenda’s roots have to do with the report on the ZanuPF conference centre and the fund raising. We all know Mugabe’s father hailed from Malawi and there is no question about that. His name was Matibili. Mugabe is his martenal last name just like Leo. His brother though is Juao. I don’t see anything stupid about that. Karimakwenda is as Zimbabwean as yourself or anybody else.

          • Yepec says:

            “… President Mugabe is the surviving Father of Zimbabwe”. Really? Readers know that you are cruel and abusive but did know that you do it to your family too. The way Mugabe abuses, dehumanises and tramautises the Zimbabweans, should not be emulated by any family person? It is not surprising that Zanu PF, is demanding cash on the same people it has impoverished and oppressed. For the last time know that it is not anybody’s fault to be born in the same country as the Zanu PF, Mugabe and you.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            It is no wonder your former slave and colonial maters managed to conquer, sold your ancestors into slavery. As if that was not enough, they then went further in colonising you for for over two hundred years through their divide and rule tactics. And they did it quite successfully soon after independence when they continued to divide our people along racial and tribal lines. Today there is still racial divide between the whites and the indigenous people. In addition, there are still tribal ill-feelings between Shonas and Ndebeles, a tendency that was promoted and nurtured by our former slave and colonial masters to weaken our resolve to be a free, united and independent people. This did not happen by accident as it was calculated to divide us and we became the weakest people on earth. The whites who came all the way from Europe were told to consider themselves as the most superior people in my country while the Ndebeles were told to believe there were a better people than the Shona people. This is how we have been enslaved and colonised by other nations for hundreds of years. With the stupidity and foolishness you have displayed in your article above in this 21st century, it is no wonder a less than 1 percent of whites in the country still control 99 percent of the economy of Zimbabwe, 32 years after independence. You have been told not think and act as masters of your own destiny. You were told not to have dreams of your own but to depend on white expertise for the rest of your lives. In this 21st century, the blacks of this country need to come out of that cocoon they have been placed for centuries and believe they are equally as good as other person in this country.

          • Tora Bora says:

            You know one person who has perpetuated tribalism is Matibili himself. I remember when he lost the referendum on the constitution, he called people from Mbare, maborn Location. He called them totemless people. That is the pot calling the kettle black. After Mugabe noticed the popularity of the MDC, he pushed for all people of foreign origin to renounce their parents’ citizenship so they could be classified Zimbos. I had to go through the regamarol last year when I was in Zim to renew my passport. I was born in Zim to a Moscan father. I never enjoyed Moscan citizenship. At independence Mugabe said anybody who had a Rhodesian RC was deemed Zimbabwean. When people joined the struggle, the Zanoids did not ask your origin. So who is causing the tribal divide in Zim?

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Whatever your problems have been in Zimbabwe, I am sure you now understand the origins of our serious problems. Slavery and colonialism have been our worst enemies. Mugabe has been and is still reacting to a situation he finds himself after many years of abuse from our slave and colonial masters. You can not blame the man who has been trying so hard against all the odds placed against him.

          • Tora Bora says:

            Matibili and his cabal are doing nothing for the good of Chamunorwa tax payer or the masses. All their programmes are designed to perpetuate their stay in power. Smith used the emergency powers act to detain activists without charge. This piece of legislation is still on our books 32 years down the line. Posa, Aippa are laws that have no place in a democratic society. Mugabe is nothing but a dictator who is worried about his well being if he steps down. He commited genocide in Gukurahundi and some day people like Shiri will be called to answer for their crimes against humanity.
            You can look up the land reform programme which has made Matibili and his cronies the biggest land barons in Zim. We got rid of a white oppressor. Now we have a black oppressor. How can this man be the father of Zimbabwe.

          • Yepec says:

            My advice to you now is be realistic and answer the burning questions people are asking, do not live in the past, borrowed wits or hide (using foreign ideas and issues of the country in which you are now living) – the veteran association really needs freedom fighters like you to lead it, even Jabulani Moyo, is trying his best to rescue it. Now, try your own best in providing evidence, in terms of answers to the following questions:

            (i) Slave trade in Zimbabwe, please, provide solid evidence,

            (ii) Reasons you left the country for which you say you liberated,

            (iii) Your credentials as a freedom fighter,

            (iv) Motivation in leaving a liberated Zimbabwe, and

            (v) living in UK, what do you tell your neighbours and the defeated rhodies, why you are living among them instead of the country you liberated (Zimbabwe).

            Because you are not in Zimbabwe, Zanu is now treating the country and its people like slaves again, appropriating their national assets and asking them to pay (cash), for its construction projects. For the same reasons you say you went to fight for Zimbabwe, in the first place, the country badly needs you.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            First of I all, you do not know Chimbwido Warvet and neither do you know where he lives and consequently you can not judge him. Chimbwido Warvet has never left the country except on business trips to our friendly countries. Now I will try to answer the questions you have posed as follows

            (1) The entire African continent has been spared of slavery and colonialism. As late as 1955 Black Zimbabweans were still being forced into slavery, the so-called CHIBARO to build the Kariba Dam on the Zambezi River. In our gold, asbestos, tin, chrome, copper and many other minerals endowed to the country, black labor was free of charge. Our mineral wealth went on to build Europe to what it is today for a song and yet there is racial discrimination against those people who provided them with the wealth they are so proud of. This is history that has not been properly written because it would work against the interests of our slave and colonial masters. But if you do a bit of research from the works of scholars and academics, there is plenty of literature along these lines.

            (2) Chimbwido Warvet was trained in guerrilla warfare to topple the diabolic regime of Ian Smith in 1975 at Mgagawo Military Academy in the Republic of Tanzania. One of my compatriots I still remember vividly well during those difficult days is the late Mernard Gidi or Mernard Muzariri as he was then known after independence and went on to become the Deputy Director of the CIO. I will not talk of the living war veterans, for fear they might take me to task for revealing their names. So you can see, I came a long way mate. Handisi vanamafekezulu sevana Tsvangirai who want to set an ambush for what they did not fight for.

            (3) As I indicated earlier, I personally do not care as to who is leading the War Veteran Association of Zimbabwe for as long as the individual selected and given the task, promotes the values and philosophies that were born out of our liberation war and Jabulani Moyo is doing just that. I do not have the ambition to be the leader of the association but I am still a firm believer in what we set to do after independence and that is for Zimbabweans to be masters of their own destiny. I have no illusions whatsoever about that for if we do not, we will still remain the hewers of wood and drawers of water for other nations.
            (4) I will not answer the other questions you have posed above because they are irrelevant.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            First of all, you do not know Chimbwido Warvet and neither do you know where he lives and consequently you can not judge him. Chimbwido Warvet has never left the country except on business trips to our friendly countries. Now I will try to answer the questions you have posed as follows

            (1) The entire African continent has not been spared of the slave and colonial scourge. As late as 1955, Black Zimbabweans were still being forced into slavery, the so-called CHIBARO to build the Kariba Dam on the Zambezi River. In our gold, asbestos, tin, chrome, copper and many other minerals endowed to the country, black labor was free of charge. Cecil Rhodes and Rudd built their enormous wealth using free labor from the indigenous people. Our mineral wealth these guys exploited using our people for nothing went on to build Europe to what it is today for a song and yet there is racial discrimination against those people who provided them with the wealth they are so proud of. This is history that has not been properly written because it would work against the interests of our slave and colonial masters. But if you do a bit of research from the works of scholars and academics, there is plenty of literature along these lines. This history which has been carefully concealed for hundreds of years by our slave and colonial masters, has now been fully documented by academics and scholars.

            (2) Chimbwido Warvet was trained in guerrilla warfare to topple the diabolic regime of Ian Smith in 1975 at Mgagawo Military Academy in the Republic of Tanzania. One of my compatriots I still remember vividly well during those difficult days is the late Mernard Gidi or Mernard Muzariri as he was then known after independence and went on to become the Deputy Director of the CIO. I will not talk of the living war veterans, for fear they might take me to task for revealing their names. So you can see, I came a long way mate. Handisi vanamafekezulu sevana Tsvangirai who want to set an ambush for what they did not fight for.

            (3) As I indicated earlier, I personally do not care as to who is leading the War Veteran Association of Zimbabwe for as long as the individual selected and given the task, promotes the values and philosophies that were born out of our liberation war and Jabulani Moyo is doing just that. I do not have the ambition to be the leader of the association but I am still a firm believer in what we set to do after independence and that is for Zimbabweans to be masters of their own destiny. I have no illusions whatsoever about that for if we do not, we will still remain the hewers of wood and drawers of water for other nations.
            (4) I will not answer the other questions you have posed above because they are irrelevant.

          • TrueAfrican says:

            INTERESTING: Warvet correction – to get at the whites, ZANU PF sponsored changing the law in Zimbabwe. .

            The law was changed to state that anyone born from a foreign father is NOT a Zimbabwean. And that any such person, will be deemed an “ALLEN” without the vote.

            Due to the fact that Mugabe’s father was from Malawi. Like my father, is he not an allen of our country like me???

          • Anonymous says:

            The name Karimakwenda is from shona words Karima kuenda.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            You are defending this guy but all indications point to the fact that he is not Zimbabwean. I have seen him on television and it seems to me he is either a Moscan or Malawian, for sure.

      • Anonymous says:

        I salute you for your true comments. Famba nawo mazimbwa eZANU(Party of Fools)

    • Common Sense says:

      Erm, taking money from and threatening non-party members, which part didn’t you read or understand?

    • Anonymous says:

      Iwe ndiwe bwidi chairo. uri murume here kana mukadzi? Zita rokuti Chimbwido ndere manyasarandi iro

  2. Anonymous says:

    ZANU(PF) is no longer people`s party, it is now party of fools. No normal human being can contribute even one cent voluntarily to these ZANU(PF) crooks, thieves, murderers.The party is broke and now forcing people to give.