THE MILITARY

As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.

THE MILITARY

As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.

PROPHET WALTER MAGAYA

He is a controversial prophet who continues to draw large crowds with his promise of miracles. But as his popularity soars he faces all sorts of allegations. So far he has survived.

TSVANGIRAI THE SURVIVOR

Two secretary generals tried to topple him but failed. His wife walked out but returned home. Now MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is plotting his way to State House.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

ZANU PF STANDS HANDOUTS VIOLENCE : SIX ARRESTED

Six men suspected to be among a group of 100 who allegedly attacked the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing officials allocating residential stands to home-seekers in East View Phase 17 and Caledonia in Harare appeared in court yesterday.
They are Cosmas Maponda (31), Christopher Kuzakatika (19), Langton Kanyemba (20), Tichaona Chipendo (34), Tinashe Hatinahama (20) and Regis Madamombe (32).


The group appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe facing public violence charges and were remanded to August 25 on $100 bail each.

They told the court that they were assaulted by Mabvuku police officers who arrested them.
Prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa was ordered to investigate the complaints.
It is alleged that on July 21, officials from the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing were escorted by police to allocate land to desperate home seekers from Lot 1 to East View Phase 7.

The six were among 100 youths who besieged the place armed with knobkerries, stones and dogs. After invading the relocation site, the group started assaulting Government officials and the home-seekers.

A Government official, Everest Nyamadzawo, and five home-seekers – Cephas Chari, Machokoto Chiura, Chester Nyika, Lazarus Mayor and Lazarus Belly – were injured.
A Government Mazda BT50 registration number ABD7772 was damaged on its windscreen, rear right window and bonnet.

The following day, the same housing team went to Caledonia Phase 17. They were escorted by Mabvuku police officers and their officer-in-charge.

It is alleged that the accused regrouped and hurled stones at the team, resulting in the arrest of the six.

SEXUAL HEALING PROPHET JAILED

A self-proclaimed prophet of the Johanne Masowe weChishanu apostolic sect in Kwekwe has been slapped with a 36-year jail term after he raped and infected a congregant with HIV.
Wellington Gase (36) of Torwood, Redcliff, infected his victim with HIV after he raped her instead of giving her spiritual healing.


He pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Gokwe-Kwekwe regional magistrate Mr Amos Mbobo. He was facing three counts of rape. Gase was convicted and sentenced to 36 years.
Six years were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

In passing sentence, Mr Mbobo said the court took into consideration that cases of sexual abuse of children were rampant and only a stiffer sentence would send a message to would-be offenders.
Prosecutor Ms Mary Chapinda told the court that on January 12 this year, Gase was approached by the complainant’s mother after she suffered from continuous menstrual cycle.

He promised to perform healing sessions for three days. Ms Chapinda said the mother agreed to leave the girl in Gase’s custody. Gase raped the complaint on three occasions.
This was after he threatened to bewitch the girl’s mother and other relatives if she refused to be intimate with him.

Gase also threatened the victim, forcing her not to report the matter. The girl reported the abuse to her mother on January 21, leading to Gase’s arrest. A medical report was produced in court and it showed the victim was HIV positive.

Meanwhile, another prophet allegedly raped a 17-year-old congregant during a church service, writes Fungai Lupande. Jameson Denhere (39) appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe yesterday charged with rape.

He was remanded in custody and advised to seek bail at the High Court. Prosecuting, Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that Denhere, of Nyakudya Village under Chief Chinamhora, attended a church service with the complainant.

He started praying for people some distance from the congregation. Denhere allegedly grabbed the complainant when it was her turn for prayers and had anal sex with her against her will.

The court heard that the complainant screamed for help, but no one came to her rescue.
After the sexual assault Denhere freed the complainant and ordered her to join other congregants.

She revealed the matter to one Linda Murwira who alerted church leaders.

Upon interrogation by church leaders Denhere admitted to fondling the girl, but denied raping her.
The complainant later fell sick and was taken to hospital where the abuse was confirmed.
Denhere was arrested.

POLL OBSERVERS TO SIGN OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT

THE Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) has claimed its observers involved in the just-ended Mazowe North by-election, won by Zanu PF candidate Martin Dinha, were forced to sign “Official Secrets Act” forms and swear they would not publicly disclose any misdemeanours they observed in the polls.


In a statement yesterday, Zesn said: “Of concern, Zesn observers stationed at polling stations were made to sign the official secrecy declaration forms before voting started.
 

“According to Sections 86 and 87 of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] only electoral officers, candidates and political party agents are required to sign the forms. The provisions in the Electoral Act do not apply to observers.”

Contacted for comment, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson, Rita Makarau said: “All I have are the results. I haven’t received that information, but I will have to confirm.
“All I know is that the elections were free and fair and there was no violence. But if you wish, I could direct you to talk to our CEO, who may have the information.”
 

Zec chief executive officer, Constance Chigwamba also professed ignorance over the matter.

“I do not have that information right now. I will tell you when I see it,” she said. Zesn said it had also observed that despite Zec’s adoption of a polling station-based voting system, voters were still walking long distances to cast their votes and expressed concern over an unnecessarily high number of assisted voters.

“We also observed isolated incidents of voters who were redirected to other polling stations despite their claims of having been registered at those polling stations during the registration exercise prior to the by-election. For instance, a number of voters at Pembichase Farm in Ward 26 were redirected to other polling stations such as the Mvurwi Country Club polling station,” Zesn said.

In the 2013 elections, opposition parties and independent observers claimed as much as 10 000 voters, including teachers, had been “assisted” in voting in one constituency.
The Mazowe North seat fell vacant in March following the death of Zanu PF’s Edgar Chidavaenzi. Dinha romped to victory garnering over 12 500 votes, to beat his rival, Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe’s Elias Malukula, who polled just over 600 votes. newsday

MUGABE MINISTERS DEMAND KICKBACKS : MUJURU

OPPOSITION Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) leader Joice Mujuru has accused Zanu PF ministers of frustrating several multi-million-dollar investors keen to invest in the country by demanding bribes.

Addressing a campaign rally at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera on Saturday, the former Vice-President said the economy was bound to continue nosediving as long as the “corrupt Zanu PF government remained in power”.

“Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West Provinces used to produce enough food for this nation even during droughts, but that is no longer the case, because these people have failed. We told them of some companies that wanted to do the Kunzvi Dam project and they said John Mapondera is a thief,” she said.

“The Nigerians then came to do the same project, and they (ministers) said they are thieves as well, all because they did not receive kickbacks. And today, they have brought that (Nigerian) man, who deals in cement; Aliko Dangote has come, where is he from Mr President?” she asked rhetorically, drawing applause from the gathering.

Dangote, who visited the country earlier this year, promised to set up a $400 million cement manufacturing plant by the end of last month, but nothing tangible has been done yet.
Mujuru also blasted Zanu PF stalwart, George Rutanhire, for seeking to trash her liberation war credentials
.
“In fact, we never saw him during the liberation struggle. He did not do much. He should stop lying because I can expose whatever happened each time he drank mudzepete (an illicit alcoholic drink made of wild fruits),” she said.

Rutanhire is famed for leading the exhumation and reburial of fallen liberation war fighters’ remains. newsday

WOMAN SMASHES HUBBY'S SMALL HOUSE WITH A LOG

A GWANDA woman brutally assaulted her husband’s girlfriend with a log and bit her on the arm and throat, a court heard yesterday. Lethiwe Ndlovu (30) went on a rampage after accusing Ms Shupikai Mavhengere of snatching her husband and cohabiting with him for three days.

After a neighbour saved a bleeding Ms Mavhengere from further assault, she ran to her house and locked herself inside.

Ndlovu followed, broke down the door and destroyed household property. Gwanda resident magistrate, Mr Arafat Konzanai, convicted Ndlovu of assault and malicious damage to property, despite her plea of not guilty.

The magistrate sentenced Ndlovu to 210 hours of community service at Phakama Clinic for assault and fined her $40 or 30 days imprisonment for malicious damage to property.
Prosecutor, Mr Moses Gondongwe told the court that on May 19 at around 7PM, Ndlovu went to Mavhengere’s house in Hlalani Kuhle suburb.
“She accused Mavhengere of snatching her husband who had been missing from home for three days.

“A misunderstanding arose between the two and Ndlovu picked up a log which she used to assault Ms Mavhengere on the right hand causing serious injuries,” said the prosecutor.
“She went on to bite her on the right arm and throat. Ms Mavhengere was only saved from further harm by Mr Mark Moyo, a neighbour who heard her screaming from a distance and rushed to her rescue.”

The court also heard how Ndlovu broke down the door while threatening to deal with Ms Mavhengere, after she locked herself in her house.

“The accused went on to destroy Ms Mavhengere’s household property. After the fracas, a police report was made by Ms Mavhengere leading to Ndlovu’s arrest,” said Mr Gondowe.
Ms Mavhengere, said the prosecutor, was referred to hospital. A medical report indicated that she had sustained serious injuries on the right arm and the right side of the throat as a result of the biting.

It was not mentioned in court whether Ndlovu’s husband was really at Ms Mavhengere’s house or not. chronicle

WOMAN BARRED FROM REGISTERING CHILD IN DEAD FATHER'S NAME

The High Court has blocked a Harare woman from registering her minor child born out of wedlock in the late father’s name without the relatives’ consent and instead allowed her to register the child in her own family name.

Ms Zvikomborero Paunganwa approached the High Court challenging the constitutionality of Section 12(2) (c) of the Births and Deaths Registration Act (Chapter 5:02).
The law requires that if the alleged father of a child is deceased, his parents or near relatives should confirm paternity of child.

In a judgment likely to spark heated debate on women and children’s rights, Justice Priscilla Munangati-Manongwa ruled that the requirements were sensible and within the purview of the law.

“. . . There is nothing unconstitutional about section 12 (2) (c) of the Births and Deaths Registration Act (Chapter 5:02). The provision is not ultra vires the Constitution,” ruled Justice Munangati-Manongwa.

She said authorities had to satisfy themselves that the child was indeed fathered by the deceased or that in the very least the family (whose identity the child seeks to assume) accepts that the child was or could have been fathered by one of their own.

The assumption of a family name, said the judge, apart from through marriage, had immense intrinsic immeasurable values as it links one to ancestry, is sealed by blood and points to origin.

It was also the court’s view that the legislature’s intention in putting such a requirement was to safeguard the family entity.

Justice Munangati-Manongwa also noted that there would be chaos if on mere say so, the Registrar of Births and Deaths Office was obliged to enter a man’s name in the register as the father to any child.

“The carrying of a family name comes with privileges and responsibility culturally, economically and socially, hence it is to be jealously guarded,” she said.

“Family is central to issues of inheritance where it is important that in the absence of a will, whoever gets to inherit has to be a member of the deceased’s family. As such it is not desirable that family assets end up in the wrong hands.”
The judge added that if the provisions of Section 12 (2) (c) of the Act were to be impugned, it would be a free-for-all scenario where any woman who has a child out of wedlock and in the absence of the alleged father could impute paternity to anyone.

“Further, without safeguards, floodgates can be opened where if entering a man’s name in the register is done on mere say so, there can be targeting of the rich, the powerful and or the secure, where they can purport to be fathers, more so when deceased.”

Ms Paunganwa was in an unregistered customary law union when she lost her husband on June 10, 2010.

This was before the parties procured a birth certificate for a minor child born on April 2 the same year.

When approached to issue a birth certificate for the child in the father’s family name, the RG’s office advised Ms Paunganwa that they could not issue the birth certificate in the absence of the husband’s relatives as required by the law.

The RG’s office advised her that alternatively it could only issue the document on the strength of a court order, arguing that “doing so in absence of a court order will be in breach of the statute for purposes of governing issuance of vital identity documents”.

Ms Paunganwa was faced with a situation where the late husband’s relatives were not 
willing to assist. She approached the court seeking to compel the RG’s office to issue the minor child with the birth certificate.

The issue for determination was whether or not the provisions of the Act complained of offended what the supreme law of the land provided in Section 81(1) (b) and 81 (1) (c) (i).
Ms Paunganwa argued that as the guardian of her child and being a woman she was being discriminated against in her request to procure a birth certificate for her child.

Secondly, that her child’s right to a family name and to a prompt provision of a birth certificate had been contravened.

But Justice Munangati-Manongwa found that in essence, Ms Paunganwa had the capacity to procure a birth certificate. However, the fact that the child was born out of wedlock, assumption of a family name without confirmation from relatives was prohibited by that section.

“In that regard, it is not correct that the applicant is being discriminated upon as a guardian,” she said. “If she so wishes she is able to procure a birth certificate for the child in her own name without the assistance of anyone.”

Registrar General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede and the Master of the High Court were cited as respondents in the matter.  chronicle

MDC YOUTHS DEMO AGAINST KHUPE LOOMS

KNIVES are out for MDC-T vice president Thokozani Khupe with some party youths reportedly planning to stage a demonstration against her when she reports to the party’s Harvest House offices in Harare.

The youths are said to be also targeting the party’s national organising secretary Mr Abednicho Bhebhe, secretary general Mr Douglas Mwonzora and spokesperson Mr Obert Gutu whom they accuse of opposing the appointment of two additional vice presidents.
MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai two weeks ago appointed Mr Nelson Chamisa and Engineer Elias Mudzuri to join Ms Khupe as the three party’s vice presidents in a development set to erode her powers and influence in the party.

Mr Tsvangirai said the appointments had been seconded by the party’s national council. The four officials did not attend the meeting.

However, the plot against the four thickened after a lawsuit against Tsvangirai by some party members last week challenging the appointments.

Mr Gutu downplayed the issue yesterday saying, “The issue of the appointment of the two VPs is now water under the bridge.”

He said the party was united under Mr Tsvangirai with a bigger picture of “dislodging” Zanu PF.

“The MDC is a very disciplined and democratic political party. We abhor and condemn all forms of violence. The reports of planned demonstrations against some party leaders are a complete baseless fabrication,” said Mr Gutu.
“These reports have to be dismissed with the contempt that they rightly deserve.”
Mr Bhebhe on the other hand said of the planned demo against them, “I’m not aware. If ever there is such, then that is madness. That’s all I can say.”

However, insiders said a clique within the party met in Harare last Friday where it was agreed that a demonstration be staged against the four.

“There is a belief in the party that the Khupe faction sponsored the lawsuit against the President challenging the appointment of Chamisa and Mudzuri hence the planned demonstrations.

“It was agreed that if the four are opposed to Tsvangirai then they are enemies of the party,” said the sources.

“Demonstrations will be held against Khupe and the three others when they come to Harvest House. Efforts will be made to block them from entering the party headquarters.”

Meanwhile, in yet another sign of deep seated divisions, Mr Chamisa was in Bulawayo at 
the weekend where he reportedly held meetings with a number of people including officials but ignored the provincial executive.

The Bulawayo provincial executive is linked to Ms Khupe.
“Many learnt through Chamisa’s Facebook post that he was in Bulawayo meeting with some people.

“The provincial executive was not aware of his visit. We heard that after Bulawayo, Chamisa also visited Midlands province where he also had some meetings,” said the source. herald

Monday, 25 July 2016

ZIMBAS BEING BRUTALISED IN BOTSWANA : REPORT

Botswana police and chiefs are allegedly brutalising Zimbabweans who enter that country illegally before deporting them. Presenting a report of the thematic committee on Peace and Security on the State of the Country’s Borders in the Senate recently, the committee’s chairperson, Senator Damian Mumvuri said Botswana officials harass illegal immigrants and assault foreigners before forcing them to walk long distances.

Sen Mumvuri said the committee came face-to-face with problems faced by deportees during one of its fact-finding missions at Plumtree Border Post.

“The committee managed to witness a group of Zimbabweans at the no man’s land between Zimbabwe and Botswana who had been deported.

“They could hardly walk and had wounds all over their bodies. They submitted that they had been beaten up by both the Botswana police and the traditional chief courts,” said Sen Mumvuri.

He said Plumtree Border Post has witnessed a decrease in the number of deportees in the last three years.

“It was submitted to the committee that deportations from Botswana had declined in the past three years although year-on-year figures from 2014-2015 are on the increase and rose by 45 percent.
“Botswana has since intensified their inland system of removing illegal immigrants,” Sen Mumvuri said.

The senator said the Registrar-General’s Office should decentralise its offices to district levels as this will reduce the number of people travelling without passports.

“It was further submitted that the geographical location of the nearest passport office in the province (Gwanda and Bulawayo) lead to a lot of illegal migrations.

“There is need to consider district registries as possible passport application points.
“This, it was submitted, may help cut down the volume of illegal migrants due to unavailability of passports,” he said.

Sen Mumvuri said incomplete border posts such as the Maitengwe Border Post had become safe havens for smugglers.

“Smugglers now realise the potential of these unpoliced border crossings and therefore smuggle mostly fuel and electrical appliances through illegal crossing points along the border.

“Vehicles to patrol the border are also not adequate and most of the personnel will be patrolling on foot.

“There is also smuggling of goods through under-invoicing to pay less duty,” he said. herald

NEW HIGH COURT JUDGES FOR MASVINGO

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has appointed Justices Joseph Mafusire and Garainesu Mawadze as resident judges at the recently commissioned Masvingo High Court. The appointments are with effect from September 1.

This brings to an end the search for judges to man the first ever High Court to be opened in Masvingo in post-independence Zimbabwe.

Masvingo became the third city to house the High Court after Harare and Bulawayo and the newly-opened court was operating without judges since its official opening on May 30 by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who also oversees the Ministry of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

JSC secretary Justice Rita Makarau yesterday confirmed the appointment of two resident judges to man the new Masvingo High Court.

“We have nominated Justice Mafusire and Justice Mawadze to be resident judges at the Masvingo High Court and they will start work at their new station on September 1.
“We are busy looking at the issue of their accommodation right now. They will be starting work at the beginning of September when the third quarter of the High Court legal year starts,’’ she said.
Justice Makarau said since its opening, the Masvingo High Court was dealing with the registration of estates by the Master of the High Court’s office, which is already operational.

“So far, a few estates from people around Masvingo have been registered at the Masvingo High Court where the Master of High Court office is open,’’ she added.

The opening of the Masvingo High Court is expected to drastically reduce the runaway backlog of cases while improving justice delivery in the province and beyond.

The JSC upgraded the former Masvingo Civil Court into a permanent High Court station that will cater for Masvingo Province and parts of Matabeleland South and Manicaland provinces.

Masvingo High Court was the first to be opened in post-independence Zimbabwe with the last one having been last opened by white colonial settlers in Bulawayo in 1894.

The opening is part of the ongoing decentralisation of High Court services in Zimbabwe.
Justice Makarau revealed that plans were afoot to open a fourth High Court station in Mutare where the process to acquire a building to house the superior court were underway.

“Once the acquisition process is complete, we will begin renovations and we hope that the Mutare High Court will open its doors in the second quarter of next year,’’ said Justice Makarau.

Speaking at the official opening of the Masvingo High Court, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku said many people from remote areas were abandoning their cases because of the challenges in accessing High Court services in Harare and Bulawayo.
He said the opening of the new High Court station would reduce the costs of travelling for litigants from remote areas. Herald

14 YEARS TOO LENIENT, PROSECUTION APPEALS AGAINST KEREKE SENTENCE

In a new twist to the case of former Bikita West Member of Parliament Munyaradzi Kereke, the private prosecution is appealing against the 14-year imprisonment imposed on the former legislator arguing that it was lenient.


Through the private prosecutor, Mr Charles Warara, the victim’s guardian Mr Francis Maramwidze yesterday filed a notice for leave against the sentence in the High Court.
The cross-appeal comes after Kereke last week filed an appeal against both conviction and sentence at the High Court.

Mr Maramwidze argues that the sentence imposed on Kereke was inadequate to meet the justice of the crime. He wants the sentence set aside and substituted with a 20-year term of imprisonment.

Kereke was jailed for raping his then 11-year-old niece at gunpoint six years ago.
According to Mr Maramwidze’s notice and grounds of cross-appeal, the lower court erred at law in failing to take into consideration the aggravating circumstances that are provided for in Section 65 (2) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act (Chapter 9:23).
He listed several findings of fact that were made by the court that were aggravatory to Kereke. Mr Maramwidze says the complainant was a minor when she was raped.
A weapon, he says, was used in the commission of the offence. Mr Maramwidze also says Kereke was a close relative of the victim and had unprotected sex during the rape.

“In light of the findings of fact made by the court and the nature of the charge, I respectfully contend that the sentence imposed by the court a quo is inadequate,” says Mr Maramwidze.
In this case, he says, it would be appropriate for Kereke to be sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with four years suspended on condition of good behaviour. Last week Kereke approached the higher court challenging both conviction and sentence.

He argues that the lower court grossly misdirected itself in turning a blind eye to the inconsistencies in the prosecution evidence.

Kereke says the sentence imposed on him was excessive and wants it to be reduced to less than two years.herald

6 000 IMPORT LICENCES ISSUED

(The Source) – Government has issued over 6,000 import certificates, with three quarters of those for South African products, five months after it tightened the flow of imports to curb dumping of substandard products onto the local market. 

The southern African country enforced a Consignment-Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) programme in March this year under Statutory Instrument 132 of 2015 to ensure that the goods imported into Zimbabwe comply with accepted quality.

A French company Bureau Veritas, has been contracted to enforce the import standards.
South Africa is Zimbabwe’s largest trading partner, accounting for about 70 percent of imported goods in the southern African country and over 60 percent of its total trade, official figures show.

“It has been observed that most certificates were issued on imports coming from South Africa constituting 75 percent, followed by China, and the rest of the world,” said the minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha at the launch of Bureau Veritas office in Harare.

A total of 6,004 CBCA certificates have been issued so far, Bimha added.
The import policing programme has seen a general improvement in quality and the number of consignments failing to meet standards has fallen to 44 percent from 67 percent since March when it started.

About 58 percent of the accepted imports are for chemical, machinery and food products as well as electrical equipment.

The majority of failures are mostly electrical equipment and machinery, plastics and chemical products, Bimha added.

Zimbabwe has been battling a tide of cheap and predominantly substandard products from 
China and neighbouring countries, which has pushed its own manufacturing industry on the brink and widened its trade deficit.

In 2015, it registered a trade deficit of $3,3 billion, about a fifth of its GDP, after exports for the full year to December amounted to $2,7 billion against imports of $6 billion.
A similar trend is expected this year as the manufacturing sector remains flat amid a worsening cash shortage.

NEW LEVY FOR WATER BOTTLES

The Environmental Management Agency is working on a law that will see deposits or levies being charged on plastic beverage bottles, an official has revealed.

The new law, which is meant to protect the environment, will help reduce and clean up litter by recovering beverage containers for recycling. For example, consumers can pay deposit when purchasing a beverage container and receive a refund when returning the container to a store or redemption center.

Speaking during a Zanu-PF Provincial Secretaries for Environment and Tourism Induction Workshop held in Norton on Friday, EMA director general Mrs Dorothy Chasi said the agency had already come up with the statutory instrument draft meant to put levies or deposits on plastic beverage containers.
“It is a draft statutory instrument to put levies or deposits on plastic beverage containers and food containers so that people keep them and claim back their deposits or to put a levy, it is not yet clear but I think it is going to the deposit route.

“There is a draft so we are still consulting the industry itself, companies who produce the beverages, retailers, environmental organizations and also the public at large,” she said.
Currently, deposit is only being charged on glass bottles from Delta Beverages.

UK ENVOY : NO PENNY FOR MUGABE'S GOVT

A statement from Ambassador Catriona Laing
The UK remains committed to supporting the people of Zimbabwe to achieve a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future. Our Government made a manifesto commitment in 2013 to stand up for human rights and the rule of law in Zimbabwe. 

In practical terms this has led us to:
• Support 360,000 vulnerable people with cash transfers following the El Niño induced drought
• Help reduce maternal deaths from 960 per 100,000 in 2010 to 651 per 100,000 in 2015
• Deliver school improvement grants to over 6,000 schools in 2015


It means that we continue to invest in civil society programmes that aim to improve transparency, advocacy and human rights.

It means that Zimbabwe remains one of the 30 UK Human Rights Priority Countries, where we monitor and report regularly on Human Rights abuses, and support programmes designed to make abuses less likely.

And it means engaging in meaningful political dialogue with the incumbent government in order to encourage policy which is consistent with these goals.

The economic challenges that now face Zimbabwe are both significant and urgent. As we have said repeatedly, it is vital that necessary economic reforms are driven forward with determination, taking into account the advice of the international financial institutions in order to prevent the population of Zimbabwe suffering severe levels of hardship. This requires difficult decisions to be made and a demonstrable commitment to implementation from the government of Zimbabwe.

As we have repeatedly stated, economic reforms, whilst necessary, are not in themselves sufficient. The government of Zimbabwe is responsible for upholding the rule of law and human rights, as defined both by the Zimbabwean constitution and Zimbabwe’s obligations as a member of the international community. In their submissions at Lima and Lusaka, the government of Zimbabwe has reiterated its commitment to this task. Nevertheless, in recent weeks we have seen the emergence of concerning videos of police brutality, and attacks by the government on apparently peaceful social media based movements. When combined with the ongoing failure of the police to enforce court orders around illegal land invasions, this paints a worrying picture.

The UK continues to reiterate to the government of Zimbabwe the importance of substantial improvement in these areas. We look forward to hearing how the government intends to address these issues, and to deliver positive outcomes for the people of Zimbabwe.

No UK taxpayers money has been or will be used to fund the government of Zimbabwe. Any decision on future UK support for a multi-year IMF programme will be based on the considerations described above.

The British Embassy in Harare will continue to meet with members of the executive, legislature, judiciary and civil society, from across the political spectrum. Meetings do not imply agreement with any particular policy position. The UK does not have a vote in any future Zimbabwean election. Accordingly we do not and will not support any particular candidate, faction or party. We will however continue to encourage Zimbabweans of all political persuasions to exercise their democratic rights, under the protection of the 2013 Constitution and international human rights law.

VIDEO : ZANU PF CHAIRMEN ATTACK WAR VETS



MINISTER BLASTS COPS

WAR Veterans’ minister Tshinga Dube yesterday took a different route against his fellow Cabinet ministers by condemning police’s use of brute force in crushing the recent anti-government demonstrations, describing the police officers involved as “overzealous”.

Addressing the public at Stanley Square in Makokoba, Bulawayo, after donating some textbooks yesterday, Dube said the battering and and teargasing of demonstrators, among them children, during the recent nationwide job stay-away, was uncalled for.

“It’s very sad and unfortunate that some police officers become overzealous. I don’t understand when some police officers start ill-treating kids to the extent of taking them to a police station or locking them up,” he said.

“It’s very, very unfortunate. So what we can only do is to speak to their higher authorities. They (authorities) must look upon these issues very seriously. Kids are kids and you will find that anywhere in the world they are taken by storm, and if that happens, they want to be seen participating.”
Dube added: “And if you ask why they are participating, they will not give you a satisfactory answer, but be that the case, the police officers must have enough sense to see that these are young people who need help, not baton sticks to be used on them or teargas. It’s just unfortunate.”
Several people in most urban centres were reportedly injured when police ruthlessly crushed the protests, although Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo has defended the police action.
Dube’s remarks came as public anger against police was swelling with human rights activists, churches and opposition parties calling for the perpetrators to be brought to book.
Police have also been accused of firing teargas into Burombo Flats in Bulawayo, leaving at least 43 children hospitalised after inhaling the fumes.
A legislative watchdog, Veritas, recently urged Zimbabweans to report human rights violations by the police or army personnel to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.
Videos of police brutality have been circulating on social media networks, and despite police saying they will institute investigations, they cast doubt on their sincerity when they also argued that the videos were doctored.
The Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights has warned that police officers photographed beating protesters will be held personally accountable in the future. newsday

MUGABE WANTED ME OUT IN 2006 : MUJURU

Former Vice President and now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, has made sensational claims that President Robert Mugabe began plotting her expulsion from Zanu PF and the government in 2006 — a mere two years after the nonagenarian had elevated her to the party’s presidium. 


Addressing thousands of her supporters who packed Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera at the weekend, Mujuru also said her experience was that Mugabe did not care much about Zimbabweans and their current suffering.

She said her problems with the nonagenarian and those around him began in 2006 when she had tried to introduce empowerment and other people-oriented programmes to help the marginalised people of Binga.

“In 2006, ndipo patakatanga kushaudwa kuGweru vari kubirthday after ndaenda kunoita maprogrammes aisumudzira vanhu kuBinga (It was in 2006 that Mugabe first criticised me after I tried to help the people of Binga).

“They saw me as a threat. From 2006 up to 2014 they were trying to expel us until they cooked up charges to boot us out from the party,” Mujuru, who was appointed into the Zanu PF presidium in 2004 where she became Mugabe’s deputy both at party and government level, said.

Her then controversial appointment came after Mugabe changed the Zanu PF constitution to insert a clause which included appointing women to the party’s presidium, a promotion that came at Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s expense.

Mujuru’s 42-year association with Mugabe and Zanu PF was ended in the run up to the ruling party’s hotly-disputed 2014 congress, when she and other then high ranking officials were expelled on untested allegations of plotting to oust and assassinate the nonagenarian.

“People may want to question me why I worked with Mugabe for many years and failed to tell him that he was destroying the country.

“But you must know that we were very young, uneducated, without any experience and exposure when we got into government. So, we were looking to him as our elder, and as you know, culturally it’s not good to challenge your elders,” she explained.

Mujuru said she was to later realise that Mugabe was running down the country, and at that stage it was too late to stop him.

“After some years we started to see that he was leading us in the wrong direction. That’s when we started to do what we thought was right for the people of Zimbabwe and he saw it as a threat,” she said.

Mujuru’s political star in Zanu PF first dimmed publicly in 2008 when Mugabe conspiratorially suspected that her late husband — the revered former liberation struggle icon, General Solomon Mujuru — engineered his embarrassing trouncing in that year’s polls to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Mugabe and other Zanu PF bigwigs claimed that Rex was behind the formation of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, an opposition party that is led by former Finance minister Simba Makoni. Daily News

MDC YOUTHS BACK CHAMISA, CHALLENGE GUTU

The MDC Youth Assembly National Executive today held a special Executive meeting which also brought in Chairpersons and secretaries of Provinces from all over the country to deliberate on the developments within the party and the nation.


The executive noted the continued deterioration in the country as epitomized by the continued economic decline whose major highlights remain the government’s failure to pay civil servants, the liquidity crunch that we are experiencing as well as the general lack of direction from the government and the Ministry of Finance in particular.

We note the failure of Zanu PF to create the 2.2 million jobs that it promised to the people of Zimbabwe. A government is measured by what it delivers on the ground, and we shall continue to ask the government to deliver on its promises .A government should serve Zimbabweans and not Zanu PF supporters. We hope the government will DELIVER because we stand here at a time where the much-vaunted ZimAsset has completely failed.
The Executive is further alarmed by the levels of corruption in this country, corruption which is being driven mostly by people in government. This corruption, fueled by policy discord, has been worsened the crisis.

The effects of stealing elections are now taking a toll on Zanu PF. They surely rigged 2013 elections but they cannot rig the economy, neither can they rig our minds not to see their failure which is pasted all over the place.We reiterate our call for Robert Mugabe to leave office as he has become tired ,clueless and old and can only sleep in meetings instead of steering the ship forward. We are more than convinced that no-matter what, a 92 year old can never be a face of a nation, he cannot bring anything new and his place can only be in an old people’s home. There is no investment that will come to this country as long as Mugabe remains in charge and for the benefit of many of us who still want to work, we want and demand that Mugabe goes.

We dismiss with the contempt it deserves the cheap politicking by Zanu PF Youth League and one Saviour Kasukuwere to abuse state land around towns by dishing it out to Zanu PF youth. We note that the abuse of state resources has continued especially under the ambitious Kasukuwere who plundered money in the Youth ministry and is now taking his insatiable appetite to the land grab. This land belongs to all of us. We surely will one day make these people account. Forewarned is forearmed, we hope you will not fault us when we will make them to account in the immediate future.

The Executive noted that that it remains our generational mandate and responsibility to push for the realization of democracy in our lifetime. We take pride in the fact that genuine war veterans took to the bush to fight a colonial and insensitive Smith regime in their youth. Conscious of the role those genuine war veterans, we are conscious of our responsibility as young people and we will not fail the people of Zimbabwe. In this regard and to complement all other campaigns taking place , executive resolved to launch our MY ZIMBABWE Campaign “, a campaign that speaks to our love and patriotism to this country. We have been left with no choice but to start a campaign whose mission is to liberate Our Zimbabwe from a clueless and greedy clique that only thinks about itself and nothing else. We urge all citizens to embrace the month of heroes, the month of August as a month of action to liberate ourselves from Robert Mugabe. This country will remain ungovernable as long as Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF does not heed the call.

We have noted with concern the continued abuse of the police force and the judiciary by a desperate regime. We urge all patriotic members of the security forces and the judiciary to listen to their conscience and desist from being abused. We urge these members to think for a second about their children who are failing to go to schools, about their brothers who are failing to make ends meet and their mothers in the rural areas who are failing to get a decent meal before they are unleashed on innocent Zimbabweans .The security forces have not been spared by the economic challenges we face, we go to the same bank queues, to the same dilapidated clinics, to the same kombis yet a few are eating and enjoying on our behalf. Enough is enough, come join the masses .This revolution will require the assistance of everyone to succeed and as you get deployed this August to fight the people, we urge you to put down your arms and join the ordinary people as we push for the final onslaught of the regime.

The Executive reiterated its commitment to prosecute the people’s struggle for freedom, democracy and food on our tables to its bitter end, and in this regard confirms that we are with the rest of Zimbabweans and congratulates the people of Zimbabwe on their resolve to take Mugabe head on as witnessed by the shutdown that took place .We stand in solidarity with Pastor Evan Mawarire and the “this flag” campaign. It is our belief that the struggle to remove an entrenched dictatorship as Robert Mugabe requires all forces to fight from different angles.

In the same vein, the Youth Assembly took the opportunity to reiterate its commitment in working with all youth from different political parties and civil society under the banner of ‪#‎Sesijikile Tajamuka campaign. The Assembly is happy with the way the campaign has taken shape and is committed to soldier on. The august 31 deadline given to Robert Mugabe continues to motivate us to do more to liberate this country.

The Executive also took note of the developments happening within the war veterans body and we wish to applaud our war veterans for finally realizing that Robert Mugabe is only interested in perpetuating his power and nothing else. We applaud genuine war veterans for standing up to the failures of Mugabe in his attempt to create Mugabe dynasty in this Country. We have always appreciated the role that genuine war veterans played in liberating this country and that rich history can never be wished away. We call for the respect of war veterans who together with the masses of Zimbabwe toiled for the liberation of this beautiful country. The MDC government will surely have a role for all genuine war veterans whose love for this great country remains undisputed.

The executive expressed satisfaction with the unity and cohesion in the party. The party remains the most stable political movement in the country and we are proud to be associated with the party that continues to grow from strength to strength.

Lastly the Executive lauded the decision by his Excellency the President Morgan Tsvangirai in appointing two more deputies to help run the party. We are elated that the President has shown great wisdom by appointing former Youth Assembly chairperson, Hon Advocate Nelson Chamisa and Hon Elias Mudzuri to the positions of Vice Presidents. We are aware as an assembly that the appointments were as a result of the Congressional powers of the President given to him by the 4th Congress as well as the directive of the National Council which is the highest decision making body between congresses.

As the Youth Assembly we are more than happy with the appointment of Leader Nelson Chamisa who remains a proud product of the youth Assembly. We are happy that the Youth assembly remains a conveyor belt to producing leadership and we are proud that President Tsvangirai recognizes the role and capacities of the Youth members of the party. We are more than convinced that Hon Chamisa represents the youth.

We are more than convinced that the maturity and experience in Hon Mudzuri will steady the ship and take this country forward. His vast knowledge on matters of the state and business as well as his experience in handling internal cohesion and unity will go a long way in ensuring that President Morgan Tsvangirai takes over the leadership of this country in 2018.

However we note that there are two men who have decided to sue the party and while it remains their democratic right to do so , we are more than convinced that there is a third hand behind them. It is clear that once a person takes to court internal party issues, they would have expelled themselves from the party no-matter which organ they belong to. What is worrying is their capacity to sue the President and the party; these two men, one of them a petty thief and celebrated beggar cannot afford to pay costs associated with this lawsuit, let alone comprehend a legal argument.

We therefore urge comrades within the party who have decided not to be clear and who have decided to hide under the banner of “No comment “ to immediately come out clean to whether they subscribe to the majority views or not.In the wake of shenanigans by little known men within the party who have decided to sue the party, it is in the best interests of everyone to know exactly what our leaders think , so that we avoid the risk of them being wrongly accused of siding or sponsoring the said litigation against President and the party.
In the same manner we are calling upon leaders in the party who have been previously linked to the litigants to come out clean with regards to the latest developments.
It is now or never, In President Tsvangirai we believe

MDC Youth Assembly

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BITI FOR CLINTON CONVENTION

OPPOSITION People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tendai Biti is among delegates invited to attend a national convention organised by United States of America’s Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia this week.

PDP secretary for international relations, Willias Madzimure, told party supporters in Mabvuku yesterday that Biti would be attending Clinton’s convention from today until Thursday.
The US presidential elections are scheduled for November 8 2016, with Clinton set to lock horns with Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Madzimure confirmed that the PDP was still committed to the principle of a grand coalition of opposition parties, adding Biti might not necessarily lead the proposed coalition.

“It is our resolution that the president (Biti) is not necessarily a presidential candidate, but we will support anyone who stands for our principle”, Madzimure said.

Meanwhile, MDC-T provincial executives in Masvingo and Mashonaland West have thrown their weight behind the recent appointment of Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri as the party’s co-vice-presidents.

Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Ralph Tawanda Magunje hailed MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai for making the appointments and castigated party members who have filed a High Court application challenging the decision.

MDC-T Masvingo spokesperson Dusty Zivave also embraced the decision, saying the two would help the party reconnect with its grassroots structures ahead of the 2018 elections.

Tsvangirai has been under fire from a section of supporters and other senior party officials who view the decision as a ploy to side-line his long-time deputy, Thokozani Khupe. newsday

MUGABE, WAR VETS WAR ESCALATES

TOP officials in the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) have scoffed at government threats to silence and stop them from demanding President Robert Mugabe to step down, saying no amount of intimidation would cow them into submission.


War veterans’ leaders who declined to be named told NewsDay yesterday that Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere had no locus standi to dictate what they should or should not say as their “welfare as stockholders of the ruling party was at stake”.

Mnangagwa, who all along was the war veterans’ Trojan Horse for the 2018 polls, yesterday said it was “highly irresponsible and disloyal” for the former fighters to challenge Mugabe to step down.
Kasukuwere weighed in saying: “That is unacceptable and we will have to flush out these elements. We will not allow this kind of indiscipline to take root in the party. We must allow the President to do his work. He was voted for to run the country and genuine war veterans know that.”

Secretary for War Veterans Walter Asher Tapfumaneyi also threatened to institute a witch-hunt to sniff out the brains behind the former freedom fighters’ damning Thursday communiqué which described Mugabe as a “dictator”.

The latest verbal showdown followed a ZNLWVA meeting held in Harare on Thursday where the ex-fighters denounced Mugabe for failing to address their welfare issues, failing economy, corruption and widespread poverty. The veterans of the country’s 1970s liberation war declared they would not campaign for Mugabe in the 2018 presidential race.
“It’s clear there are people who want to silence us from discussing about our welfare and relationship to the party (Zanu PF),” a senior ZNLWVA executive said. “On Thursday, we had gathered to talk about our welfare and the comrades raised a lot of issues such as neglect by the party and government. Those are genuine issues that have not been responded to and it’s sad that we are being attacked by people who don’t want us to speak openly.”

The official added: “We have been silent for a long time and yet we are denied opportunities in our own country that we liberated. We cannot listen to a person like Kasukuwere who doesn’t know poverty at all. We speak on behalf of masses and again it’s sad that the majority of us cannot afford a proper meal because of poverty.”

The war veterans, after their Thursday meeting, released a strongly-worded communiqué where they described Mugabe as a sly character and dictator responsible for the current wave of corruption and economic meltdown, among a litany of other misdemeanours. They also accused Mugabe, who is their patron, of backing a Zanu PF G40 faction fronted by his wife First Lady Grace. The call for Mugabe to step down has rattled Zanu PF with reports that State security machinery has already been dispatched to clamp down on war veterans suspected of producing the damning communiqué, but the latter has scoffed at the threats.
“We cannot be identified as aliens in Zanu PF or to be told that we are useless, no that will not happen. Of course, they might choose to silence us through arrests or death but it’s only the flesh that will die. Our children will continue speaking and our issues will not go just like that,” the official said.

Already, Zanu PF youths in Chiredzi have threatened to unleash violence on war veterans’ national political commissar, Francis Nhando and repossess his sugarcane plot in the Lowveld, describing him as a “dissident”.

Addressing a Zanu PF meeting in Triangle on Saturday, provincial youth chair, Nobert Ndaarombe declared a bare-knuckle fight with war veterans pushing for Mugabe’s ouster.

“We will not fold our hands and keep quiet if you insult the President. You have crossed the red line. It is now a bare knuckle fight. We will not back down,” he said.

Another youth leader identified as Lloyd Simango, said: “Everyone who goes against the President, we immediately, repossess what he has gained because of Zanu PF. Tomorrow we are going to invade his (Nhando’s) farm.”

Masvingo provincial chairperson Amasa Nenjana threatened unspecified disciplinary action against “errant war veterans”.

“It is not easy to fight Mugabe. They will all be quiet together with (war veterans chairman Christopher) Mutsvangwa, (secretary-general Victor) Matemadanda and others,” Nenjana said.

Provincial political commissar, Jeppy Jaboon incited youths to “deal with Nhando”, saying “as Masvingo, we no longer want to see him in the province”.

Mutsvangwa has already lost his Cabinet, Zanu PF and parliamentary posts over his alleged defiance, but war veterans have vowed to retain him as their leader. The latest purge on war veterans came as former Vice-President Joice Mujuru on Saturday threw her weight behind them and urged the ex-fighters to join forces in the campaign to dislodge Mugabe. newsday