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President Robert Mugabe, is reportedly planning to announce his shock departure from power before the watershed 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections, as the ruling Zanu PF strongman is now becoming increasingly incapacitated to pull on due to old age and a plethora of confidential health problems, Spotlight Zimbabwe reported on Friday.

The country was due to hold it’s next harmonised elections by July 22 2018, in line with electoral laws enshrined in the new Constitution.

Mugabe who frequents Singapore for first class treatment, reportedly suffers from among other health challenges prostate cancer, swollen feet causing him walking problems, and eye cataract complications, which gobble millions of dollars in taxpayer funds every year. An insider on Zanu PF affairs, Ken Yamamoto, recently revealed that Mugabe is now only able to work 30 minutes per day due to old age, and that he has drastically reduced his daily working routine .

High level sources inside Zanu PF and goverment have confirmed that the 2018 polls are unlikely to go on and will be cancelled, as Mugabe will cite his incapacitation to continue as leader, shortly before the plebiscite, leaving one of his vice presidents in power to lead the executive as a caretaker president until new polling dates are announced at least within 90 days after the aftermath political ordeal.

It is also coming to light that Mugabe and Zanu PF are all but leading the nation and opposition political parties down the garden path on elections, as the ruling party is afraid of losing power to former prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, due to the current economic crisis, characterised by cash shortages and ever soaring unemployment of over 90%. This publication has also gathered that the pending poll cancellation on grounds of Mugabe’s incapacitation, is a way of saving the party from collapse due to internal political skirmishes among factions and a sapient way to manage the nonagenarian’s jigsaw succession puzzle, now pitting Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Lady, Grace Mugabe.

Mugabe himself continues “to wear a brave face and put up a show”, that elections are forthcoming when it is not true, our insider informants in the party said. The revelations come on the backdrop of the veteran leader having reshuffled his cabinet to “focus” on securing electoral victory next year, and only yesterday telling a group of Chinese journalists with a straight face that his regime is not going to allow westerners to observe the 2018 polls.

“We don’t need them. We are saying no. We are going to have elections in 2018 and we are going to say no to the whites,” Mugabe is reported by the media as saying. “We don’t mind their diplomats participating but the NGOs, no. We don’t want them at all.”

Spolight Zimbabwe has it on good authority, that Mugabe’s exit announcement should they reach an understanding, will likely be timed to see Mnangagwa, taking over ahead of his colleague Phelekezela Mphoko, who has not shown the hunger for a further presidium elevation.

“This whole talk of elections is a bluff if you ask those in the know, because we have a health crisis with him (Mugabe) and a successsion issue to solve, ” said a senior party Politburo member claiming to be neither for Mnangagwa’s Lacoste faction nor Grace’s G40 confederacy. “All these presidential interface rallies and the planned special congress in December are aimed at duping the opposition and keeping them busy. Voter registration is going on and the campaign mood is already in gear, but there are no elections. We have to play along, and not make it seem obvious. The intelligence has warned that the economic crisis that we’re in alone, is enough to hand Tsvangirai power, add that to our (Zanu PF) twin problems of the president’s health and succession. Who in their rightful mind will take that risk ,not even your newspaper if it were a political party will do that.”

Other government sources said since the ruling party enjoys the power of incumbency, they will not allow succession politics to split and destroy the liberation movement, although at face value “their house seems to be on fire”.

“That’s the beauty of incumbency. Zanu PF will put all their differences aside just to stay in power. I can confirm that elections are highly unlikely next year, and the opposition will cry foul. However they’re unlikely to turn away another coalition proposal,” said a long serving foreign affairs official. “In fact the ruling party can hand-pick whom they want in a coalition administration or so called National Transitional Authority if polls are cancelled by Mugabe’s inability to continue in office, as there are now 74 political parties to choose from.”
According to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson, Rita Makarau, about 75 political parties have sofar registered to contest in the 2018 polls.

Last month political analyst and publisher, Ibbo Mandaza, told a media stakeholders conference in the capital, that there are possibilities of polls not going ahead next year if Mugabe is declared incapacitated.

“There are possibilities that elections may not take place. Do you think that there would be elections if the old man (Mugabe) fell dead tomorrow? Can you see elections taking place? What if he is declared two weeks before elections incapacitated and unable to even move in a wheelchair, will there be elections?,” Mandaza said.

The former owner of the Mirror group of newspapers, also warned the West not to be “excited” by the current poll rhetoric.

A number of former cabinet ministers, who requested secrecy this week told Spotlight Zimbabwe, that the brewing developments of Mugabe’s reported announcement to call it a day before the anticipated elections, is likely to save Zanu PF from collapse, as machinations from Mnangagwa’s foes were at an advanced state to have defence minister, Sydney Sekeramayi or former central bank governor Gono “jumping the queue” to overtake him into power, despite not being presidium members.

Mnangagwa has accussed the rival G40 faction of plotting to promote Gono as the country’s next president in an 85-page dossier response to higher education minister, Jonathan Moyo’s State capture allegations against him. Mnangagwa also exposes Moyo, as allegedly being a James Bond operative for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), going by the agent code 00263.

Part of the dossier, which has now been widely publicised reads in part: “Professor Moyo has been luring Dr Gono, telling him that they will make him the country’s next president and I can tell you that there was a picture which circulated in the media, where Professor Moyo was standing together with former advisor to Morgan Tsvangirai, Dr Alex Magaisa and Cde Kasukuwere at the Plot Restaurant (in Borrowdale),” Mnangagwa argues. “Dr Gono was also present, but he refused to be part of the picture crew, and this has been confirmed by Dr Alex Magaisa, as well as his female companion, who is well-known to Professor Moyo and who happened to have accompanied him for coffee at that restaurant.”

Sekeramayi on the other hand, it had appeared in recent weeks had become a favoured successor by Mugabe, after Grace disclosed at a rally, that the quietly-spoken politician was summoned by Mugabe to his mansion’s bedroom, some time ago without giving a specific date, when he fell ill from food poisoning, to receive instructions on what to do and the way forward as he feared he was about to die.

Mugabe’s spokesman and press czar, George Charamba’s mobile phone was not going through last night, when we sought an official comment on his boss’s power exit.

Spotlight Zimbabwe reported a fortnight ago, that Mnangagwa’s foes and Mugabe are still inwardly shaken by the prospects of the vice president being courted by the opposition or deserting Zanu PF, following Mugabe’s recent panic reshuffle. Mugabe developed cold feet at the eleventh hour in dismissing Mnangagwa, after being warned that the development could trigger unrest and mayhem in the country as the vice president reportedly has massive support within the military.

Mnangagwa has also warned of unleashing a KO punch against his political rivals, likening the succession race to the game of boxing

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Adultery: Affairs and how to recover from it

A sexual relationship with a person(s) who isn’t your spouse is Adultery. This relationship could be emotional or not. An emotional affair with anyone who isn’t your spouse is also adultery in a more concealed form. This happens when a person turns to someone  else usually of the opposite sex outside of their marriage for primary emotional support (e.g talking about financial difficulty, facing esteem issues etc.). This is more harmful than physical adultery.

Ladies and Gentlemen, at this point, i’d like to mention that if you have a married friend who you support emotionally, you are doing more harm than good to them and if you were honest to yourself, you should know that this isn’t your duty.

Marriage infidelity is now common among both sexes and after speaking to numerous clients who have either cheated or were cheated on, these six points below are some of the reasons most affairs happened.

  • Little or no communication leading to distancing
  • Lack of trust for a partner
  • Unresolved conflict that is allowed to go on for too long
  • Lack of value for a partner
  • Expectations that were unrealistic pre-marriage
  • Sudden financial worries.
  • Retaliation or Revenge Affairs

All these needs that are unfulfilled will definitely look for satisfaction somewhere else. Couples, marriages are more at risk these days than ever and it’s important that you set wise boundaries with friends, colleagues etc. Most affairs started off as well meaning friendships but slowly evolved undetected until that first kiss, touch, groping, sexual thought or sex. Infidelity i have also noticed stems from childhood. Children who were deprived emotionally grow up seeking for constant attention and validation. These children grow to become adults who place unrealistic demands on their spouse. They feel let down if their spouse can’t fulfill this craving and then they look for attention outside of marriage.

Most clients caught up in adultery whom i have spoken to believed this was a quest where they were seeking for real love.  At the end, it only turned out that for 80% of them, it was just a desire to feel better about themselves.

 

Retaliation or revenge  like i mentioned earlier is one of the fast rising “star-reasons” many especially women are having affairs. On the flip side, many men begin affairs once money or their power positions increase because suddenly their sense of entitlement to life’s pleasures also increase. There are many reasons adultery occurs in marriages but it is overall a self-centered decision. A decision that is poised to satisfy selfish desires and sadly comes with a lot of deception.

There is good news and i want to tell you that even after YOU have cheated on your spouse or had been cheated upon by your better half both can still heal.

ITS TIME FOR YOU TO HEAL

It mustn’t always end in divorce because what is the guarantee that the next relationship won’t have a repeat. I have seen cases where people who were hurt in previous relationship start to unknowingly self-sabotage themselves by triggering a series of abusive relationships after their first terrible experience.Healing after infidelity is not impossible. More and more couples are enduring the difficult healing process making intentional attempts to restore their marriages.

  1. The magic question. A very hard question to ask especially by the partner who has been wronged. However, the moment you ask this magic question “Why did you cheat on me?”, it suddenly balances you (the offended) out and in most cases creates an healthy environment for the adulterer to express themselves. This stage begins to show you how and where things went wrong and the part everyone played in the process.  It’s a tough first step but it’s doable. Marriages that have stood the test of time have been able to learn this one skill. Haven’t you ever wondered why some of ya’ll mother’s still remained with your father’s despite everything the “rolling stone” was getting up to? However,if you and your partner cannot initiate this step, then this is the point to seek out a really good counselor around you who can help you navigate through the emotional labyrinth.
  2. “Truthful and Accountable” become watchwords. It’s one thing to have been truthful enough to tell your spouse the reason you cheated on them but it’s another thing to become accountable. Accountability simply says “I am sorry for what i did and i’m making sure i put things in place to help me stick to my promises of faithfulness”. This for most offended partners is more important than the “I’m Sorry’s” At this point, i urge you to avoid trying to initiate anything sexual  but concentrate on building trust through care and validation.
  3. Enrich & Restore. This is what i call “The Emotion Eraser”. Something bad has happened and it’s fresh on the recipient’s mind. How do you replace this? Simply look for a way to remind the offended about the good things about your relationship. If they still are not talking to you, you can do it through cards, a whatsapp message(if you haven’t been blocked 🤭), an sms, flowers with notes on them). This process is a humbling one that involves learning new skills that will make the bond between partners strong again.

You were the faithful one in this relationship, you gave it everything you had, your partner was everything to you until they messed it all up. Will i ever trust again?(Yes you will), where do i even start from?(you are reading this so you have started already). There is a sequence i noticed when counseling clients who their partners cheated on.

For the faithful one who was let down, these are the phases they go through:

  1. The Denial and Shock Phase. They do not want to believe that Jeff was unfaithful after EVERYTHING they invested including themselves. Julie, why Julie ? oh my lawd! they cannot believe either that Julie could run game on them.Most clients look for opportunities to even prove that their spouse may NOT actually be cheating even with all the facts they already have regarding their activities.
  2. The Stage of Fury/Anger. It is now obvious that you have been violated. You hate your spouse, you feel like a fool, hurt is all so evident and now you resent them heavily. This stage is important because if the resentment isn’t dealt with, time may heal the hurt but not the resentment.
  3. The Recoil Stage. At this point, the faithful partner rather than face the true situation and how deeply it affects them begins to figure out ways to protect themselves from more hurt. This is not a solution but a self preserving move. It’s not in your best interest to withdraw or recoil rather you should move out and attack the feeling that you have been let down because the faster you do this, the faster you heal.
  4. The Mourning Stage. You already know that the infidelity hit your relationship badly and rocked your safe boat. Now you are mourning the loss of your former relationship before the unfaithful spouse shook it all up. It’s the healthiest stage and you deserve your time to mourn it. For many, this stage involves a temporary separation, moving out of the matrimonial home for a while, staying with a friend etc. If you hurt your partner and they request for this, do NOT oblige but simply make sure they will be comfortable and safe where they will be staying. Above all, try your best to ensure that it’s somewhere you can at least reach a third party to know how they are faring.
  5. Stage of Acceptance. What is done is done and you have now come to terms with the infidelity, all it’s effects on you and the relationship. Now you are willing to move past it either with or without the unfaithful spouse. This is what i call “The Mo(u)rning After”.

We are all made up differently and for most of us, the way we experience these stages would differ from person to person. My job as a counselor is to recognize the stage the client is currently in, be sensitive to it and then guide them them through the process NOT advice them through which is the point most counselors get it wrong.

The “Mourning Process” is the point every one who has been cheated on MUST get to before they start thinking of taking any actions. It is the point of clarity and dire mistakes are made by people who were cheated on because they took rash/illogical decisions before getting to this point.

Many clients want to end the relationship but my advice is separation for some time to allow both spouses the emotional space and time to process their own thoughts and feelings. When i advice clients to separate for a week(s),month etc. after an infidelity incidence, the ultimate aim is always to allow the couples to reestablish trust as well as rebuild their friendship.

At this point, it’s important to mention that if after you separate from your spouse momentarily due to infidelity, you need to take note of every reason that makes you want to go back to them even before your healing process is completed because those reasons are very important and point to deeper personal issues we need to deal with (e.g Money worries, Missing Sex, Feeling Empty, Feeling insecure being outside, Fear of loosing them completely to the other woman/man).

After cheating on your partner, do not EVER think that sex and gifts will make up for this because they don’t. However, if your partner becomes fine when you do offer these, i suspect you may have bigger problems to deal with than you are aware of.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         – Temple Obike

🧐 Face with Monocle, Samsung EmojiYou were the Unfaithful Spouse? Hmm, this is for you;

Everything here is not to judge you but simply to equip you because after you said “i’m sorry” i could bet you that if the same circumstances that led to your infidelity presented themselves AGAIN in a different country, different scenario etc. You may still do it again. So please read below and learn.

  1. If you are talking to a counselor or your spouse, you need to detail every step that led you into having this affair, GB whatsapp, Whatsapp for business, secret email, names saved on your device as aliases, where you met up, how you met etc. The reason you are doing this is simple. The more information you give out on this, the more accountable you become to your spouse because your spouse or counselor can identify those steps if you start slipping again and put you in order.
  2. NEVER think that it will be easy to cut off the relationship with the side-chick or side-guy. They are humans too and most humans will pursue when they feel the embers of your love (sorry lust) dying down.
  3. You MUST invest time in your spouse to enable you realign and bond with them. One of the most painful things after you cheat on a spouse is the part where you must remain accountable (you become a child again). You goofed after you were given freedom so now you have to personally submit your freedom to them in a strange way. You need to tell them where you are, who you were with, when you will be done with your activities,have a pass wordless phone in some severe cases etc.
  4. This entire healing process MUST not be forced by you because that by itself is a selfish-process. The same process that put you in this smelly, half-sunk boat you are in. Instead of concentrating on the time it’s taking, concentrate on developing new healthy commitments to understand yourself and your partner on a deeper level.
  5. Tell the hurting one that you are not only sorry about what you did or because you got caught BUT rather, you are sorry for destroying the amazing thing “trust” both of you had. That is why you are asking for forgiveness and looking to restore the depth of the love you had.

Now that both the hurting and unfaithful spouse both know what to do, Here are some things i believe both of you need to apply yourselves to during this fight to overcome adultery and all it’s effects.

BOTH OF YOU NEED TO DO THIS:

  1. The one who cheated MUST not contact the person they cheated with.
  2. The one who cheated MUST do everything within their power to get back your spouses trust.
  3. The one who cheated MUST be transparent, 100% honest and shouldn’t have any aspect of your movements/life that is off-limits to inquiry.
  4. The one who was hurt must commit to the entire tough process of forgiveness because the unfaithful spouse MAY loose hope of ever getting you back if it seems you are NOT willing to forgive them(yes i know you may just be doing it to make them suffer more before finally agreeing to participate but understand that this could easily have been you on the other side too. Everyone has a price, just pray that circumstance never touch your price)
  5. BOTH of you need to understand that though forgiveness is necessary, your reconciliation MUST be based on true repentance- some may never be able to heal.
  6. BOTH of you MUST commit to working with a professional (a pastor, an imam OR a counselor) YOU TRUST. This will help you recognize the patterns in your communication that led to the affair and block it in the future.

As always, i hope this piece helped someone somewhere. An affair doesn’t always spell doom to a marriage or relationship but can be navigated. Knowledge they say is power but i say in it’s right application lies real mastery.

Written by Obike Temple

Counselor|Brand-Sage|Entrepreneur

For more information on relationship related issues and to schedule an appointment with “Temple’s Counsel”  visit our counseling page, chat us up via our website or send a whatsapp message to +2347066663071. Appointments are scheduled within 24 hours.

 

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EFF demands the sacking of South Africa’s finance minister Nene.

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South Africa’s political players are headed for a collision course over the fate of the finance minister, who the Treasury on Tuesday said is traveling to Indonesia for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting.



Pressure has been piling on finance minister Nhlanhla Nene to resign, following his disclosure to the state-capture inquiry commission, that he had met the Gupta brothers between 2010 and 2013.

The Business Day on Monday reported that Nene had asked president Cyril Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties as finance minister.

Ramaphosa’s office responded and said they were not aware of Nene’s request.

And on Tuesday, Treasury spokesman Jabulani Sikhakhane said the finance minister was expected to arrive in Indonesia on Wednesday.

Nene is also expected to read the mid-term budget later this month.

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The news that Nene is continuing with his duties is likely to anger opposition supporters including the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), whose leader, Julius Malema on Monday asked Ramaphosa to sack Nene.

In a written letter to Ramaphosa, Malema argued that the country, whose economy is in recession, had very serious challenges that needed a credible finance minister to address them.

‘‘Public servants at all spheres and levels of government will have no obligation to responsibly manage state fiscal resources under a compromised minister of finance,’‘ Malema said.

He then added that that Nene can no longer inspire much needed confidence to revive the economy.

‘‘The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)‚ which is supposed to be a statement to build confidence amongst all important economic role players‚ cannot‚ and should not‚ be delivered by a minister who was part of the Gupta criminal syndicate.”

For the EFF, Nene’s position as finance minister is no longer tenable and they are determined to win what they are now calling a battle.

Malema had threatened on Sunday that streets protests might be organised to demand for the removal of Nene as finance minister.

The Gupta brothers are accused of using their friendship with former president Jacob Zuma to influence government decisions including unfairly winning state contrcats.

Both Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.

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