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Progressive Democratic Movement in Zimbabwe (PDMZ), Zimbabwe’s newest party?

April 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Speculation is mounting that Tendai Biti, Secretary General of the MDC-T, could soon lead a breakaway party following a recent visit to South Africa. The Zimbabwean is reliably informed that Biti flew to Johannesburg on Friday in the company of Arnold Tsunga, a party heavyweight from Manicaland and a Harare-based ambassador (name withheld) to meet treasurer Roy Bennett and other top party members.

Sources say the formation of a splinter party, to be called the Progressive Democratic Movement in Zimbabwe (PDMZ), is on the cards as calls for leadership renewal mount. Details of the meeting were not available at the time of going to print. Calls to Biti and Tsunga went unanswered while Bennett did not respond to questions sent via his Skype account. According to a source from party president Morgan Tsvangirai’s security department, the group that met in South Africa holds the keys to party finances. “This group was in charge of party money and will go with it. Right now, there are no funds to cover operational costs and other programmes as the faction (opposed to Tsvangirai) has blocked donors from giving him money. Instead, they are the ones that will get all the funding,” said the source. He claimed that the group had deliberately underfunded the party’s campaign ahead of the 2013 general elections as a way of undermining Tsvangirai. The MDC, formed in 1999, has already suffered two splits. In 2005, Welshman Ncube led a splinter group following squabbles over the reintroduction of the Senate, while Job Sikhala subsequently broke away accusing Tsvangirai of dictatorship. Before his visit, Biti told this newspaper that he was not comfortable talking about succession in his party as “too many dangerous things” were happening. “Mhepo dzakawandisa mazuva ano (There are too many bad omens in the party the days). I will talk on anything but succession; I don’t want to divide the party. What you say can easily be misinterpreted,” Biti said. A few days later his Umwinsdale home was petrol bombed by unknown assailants. A few weeks ago he had to scurry for cover after a Harare meeting when youths reportedly aligned to Tsvangirai bayed for his blood. He escaped in the party boss’s car but Mangoma, Bennett’s deputy who had previously written a letter encouraging Tsvangirai to step aside and allow for leadership renewal, was beaten up.

The Zimbabwean has confirmed that Tsvangirai has suspended the Chief of Staff at Harvest House, Toendepi Shonhe, whom he accused of being aligned to the Biti faction. According to the security source, Tsvangirai loyalists are planning to attack Willias Madzimure, a senior party member, Jacob Mafume, the legal advisor who is representing Mangoma in the assault case, Shonhe and Paul Madzore, among others seen to be aligned to Biti. “After the rally that was held in Budiriro last Sunday, Tsvangirai is planning to hold another one in Chitungwiza soon and youths are saying they want to flush out those opposed to the president. We are having a tough time holding them back,” said the source. Lovemore Moyo, the national chair, and Tsvangirai’s deputy, Thokozani Khupe, have so far not indicated any preference. But Ian Makone, Tsvangirai’s former personal adviser, seems to be supporting Biti.

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University of Zimbabwe comes 44th in African top University Lists

April 4, 2014 Comments off

“The reputation of a university depends not on the number of its students or the splendour of its buildings, but on the quality of its members and the nature of its contribution to learning, “. These words by the former Australian Minister for Post-War Reconstruction, John Dedman. The latest university ranking for Africa by 4icu.org University Web Ranking places the Cairo University in Egypt as the top university to study in Africa, followed by the University of Cape Town. The list is shows stiff competition between Egypt and South Africa. There are many factors that make a good university. According to Forbes, a good university three factors distinguish top international universities from their competitors. The first: a high concentration of talented teachers, researchers and students.

Other factors such as employ-ability of graduating students, how long it takes them to get a job after completing their studies also contribute to this equation. We may love our University of Zimbabwe, but it scores in at number 44, followed by the University of Zambia. It might be better to go to Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria as it comes in at number 25.

A great university:
-Has a belief that argumentation rather than deference is the route to clarity
-Has an insistence that arguments stand or fall on their merits
-Is an organisation that fosters rigorous analysis of complex problems from multiple perspectives
-Embeds learning in a culture of inquiry and analysis, thereby offering the most empowering education to students irrespective of the path they may ultimately take.
-Has a commitment to attract the most original faculty and students, who can most benefit from, and contribute to, the university and its environment.
-Has a recognition that the universities contributions to society rest on the power of our ideas and the openness of our environment to developing and testing ideas.

Top 100 African Universities.
1 Cairo University, Egypt

2 University of Cape Town, South Africa

3 University of Pretoria, South Africa

4 Universiteit Stellenbosch, South Africa

5 University of South Africa, South Africa

6 University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, South Africa

7 University of the Western Cape,South Africa

8 Ain Shams University, Egypt

9 Alexandria University, Egypt

10 Mansoura University, Egypt

11 University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

12 University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

13 The American University in Cairo, Egypt

14 Rhodes University, South Africa

15 Assiut University, Egypt

16 Université Mohammed V – Agdal, Morocco

17 University of Nairobi, Kenya

18 Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

19 University of Johannesburg, South Africa

20 Makerere University, Uganda

21 University of Botswana, Botswana

22 Zagazig University, Egypt

23 University of Ghana, Ghana

24 Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

25 Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

26 University of Khartoum, Sudan

27 Université Mentouri de Constantine, Algeria

28 Université de la Reunion, Reunion

29 Benha University, Egypt

30 The German University in Cairo, Egypt

31 Université Cheikh Anta Diop
Senegal

32 Addis Ababa University
Ethiopia

33 North-West University, South Africa

34 Sudan University of Science and Technology
Sudan

35 Université Abou Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen
Algeria

36 University of Namibia
Namibia

37 Al Akhawayn University
Morocco

38 College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Rwanda
Rwanda

39 University of Lagos
Nigeria

40 Helwan University
Egypt

41 Université Mouloud Maameri de Tizi Ouzou
Algeria

42 Université de Batna
Algeria

43 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

44 University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

45 University of Zambia, Zambia

46 Université Abdelhamid Ibn Badis Mostaganem, Algeria

47 Université Abdelmalek Essadi, Morocco

48 Université d’Alger, Algeria

49 Université d’Antananarivo, Madagascar

50 Moi University, Kenya

51 Université Mohammed V – Souissi, Morocco

52 South Valley University, Egypt

53 Minia University, Egypt

54 Tanta University, Egypt

55 Al-Azhar University,Egypt

56 Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

57 University of Ilorin, Nigeria

58 Minoufiya University, Egypt

59 Université M’hamed Bouguerra de Boumerdes, Algeria

60 Université d’Oran, Algeria

61 Suez Canal University, Egypt

62 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

63 Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco

64 Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria

65 University of Swaziland, Swaziland

66 Université Ibn Tofail, Morocco

67 Strathmore University
Kenya

68 Université Hassan II Mohammedia – Casablanca
Morocco

69 Kafr el-Sheikh University
Egypt

70 University of Ibadan
Nigeria

71 Université Hassan II – Casablanca
Morocco

72 University of Malawi
Malawi

73 Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediène
Algeria

74 Universiteit van die Vrystaat
South Africa

75 University of Nigeria
Nigeria

76 Universidade de Cabo Verde
Cape Verde

77 Polytechnic of Namibia
Namibia

78 Kenyatta University
Kenya

79 Libyan International Medical University
Libya

80 Ahmadu Bello University
Nigeria

81 University of Mauritius
Mauritius

82 Sirte University
Libya

83 Tshwane University of Technology
South Africa

84 University of Benin
Nigeria

85 University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Nigeria

86 Durban University of Technology
South Africa

87 Université Kasdi Merbah de Ouargla
Algeria

88 Université de Sousse
Tunisia

89 Université de Tunis El Manar
Tunisia

90 University of Gezira
Sudan

91 University of Cape Coast
Ghana

92 Université de la Manouba
Tunisia

93 United States International University
Kenya

94 Covenant University
Nigeria

95 Central University of Technology
South Africa

96 Université Mohamed Khider de Biskra
Algeria

97 Madonna University
Nigeria

98 The British University in Egypt
Egypt

99 University of Fort Hare
South Africa

100 Sokoine University of Agriculture
Tanzania

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