The death on 4 August of Joseph Msika, one of Zimbabwe’s two vice-presidents, has sparked media frenzy on the succession issue within the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).
South African President Jacob Zuma who had been expected to break away from his predecessor Thabo Mbeki’s “quiet diplomacy” and publicly chastise Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during his two-day visit to Harare which ended on August 28 is reported to have disappointed a lot of people, according to the New York Times.
The media’s obsession with the Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front especially the succession of President Robert Mugabe has totally overshadowed another war going on – the battle for Movement for Democratic Change secretary general Tendai Biti to outsmart his leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has told the nation that there are now only two sticking points within the global political agreement, the appointments of Gideon Gono as central bank governor and Johannes Tomana as attorney-general.
A website run by United Nations Development Programme staff, who say they are committed to openness within the organisation, says recent reports that vehicles registered in the name of the UNDP were used to smuggle diamonds to South Africa are only the “tip of the iceberg”.
River Ranch has intensified its efforts to silence The Insider over allegations that the company which runs a diamond mine near Beitbridge allegedly used vehicles registered in the name of the United Nations Development Programme to smuggle diamonds into South Africa.