- Zuma too embarrassed to attend Mugabe inauguration
- Media Notice from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 21st August 2013
- Concern for animals relocated ahead of UN tourism meeting
- MDC-T mulls withdrawing parliamentary poll challenges
- The people speak to “The Zimbabwean”
- Mugabe ally, Zanu co-founder Enos Nkala dies
- 40 heads of state to attend Mugabe inauguration
- Mugabe inauguration: Tsvangirai can’t attend a robber’s party
- Where Elections Have Ended the Questions Have Not
- BILL WATCH 40/2013
- Succession, health doubts loom over new Mugabe term in Zimbabwe
- Expanded Zim Parliament to host more bodies than seats
- Expelled MDC-T independents form new party
- MDC stood no chance in court
- CONSTITUTION WATCH 33/2013
- You will celebrate on Thursday
- Zim in conservation dilemma
- Next step: Batoka Dam
- UNWTO 2013: Biggest event on the International Tourism Calendar
- Parks authority embarks on restocking programme
- The African Condition: Are we independent or grooming tyrants, free or imprisoned?
- Fewer exhibitors register for Harare Agricultural Show
Zuma too embarrassed to attend Mugabe inauguration by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
via Zuma too embarrassed to attend Mugabe inauguration — Nehanda Radio The under-fire South African President Jacob Zuma has decided not to attend the inauguration of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, amid reports he is too embarrassed over the disputed election and the way he handled it. Tension speaks louder than words: President Jacob Zuma walking with the Mozambique President Armando Emílio Guebuza and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on their way to the official opening of SADC Summit to be held in Maputo, Mozambique. The inauguration follows the ruling by the discredited Constitutional Court ruling ofZimbabwe on 20 August 2013 that Mugabe is the duly elected president of Zimbabwe. South African Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will represent the South African Government at the inauguration ceremony. The inauguration is scheduled for 22 August 2013. Zuma was among the first Heads of State and Government to congratulate Mugabe on 03 August 2013 following the announcement of the results by the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission. In his statement, Zuma reiterated South Africa’s readiness to continue to partner with Zimbabwein pursuit of mutually beneficial cooperation. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit has praised Zuma for his mediation in the Zimbabwean political impasse but majority of Zimbabweans feel aggrieved that the elections were fraudulent. Since taking over from former President Thabo Mbeki, questions have been raging over South African President Jacob Zuma’s mediation efforts and he appeared to be attendive to the opposition grievances, but this has been proved wrong lately as he appears to have been grotesquely working to aid Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF. Analysts believe South Africa and Nigeria, represented by the African Union election observer mission head Olusegun Obasanjo lend weight to President Mugabe in order to facilitate in their respective counries extended clandestine foreign policy interests as the battle for permanent seats on a reformed United Nations Security Council heats up. Zuma has been credited with being harder on President Robert Mugabe than his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, but the jury is now out that he has been double-faced on his mediation process. Zimbabwean opposition, especially the out-going Prime Minister Morgan feels betrayed by Zuma. At some point, Zanu PF felt aggrieved at Zuma’s mediation team and process, the South African president was accused of not being hands-on as compared to Mbeki’s mediation team, which yielded the GPA. ‘Mugabe, Zuma are revolutionaries’ In the run-up to ANC leadership contest, analysts felt Mugabe wanted to see the back of Zuma, as he felt the negotiation process was skewed against him, triggering rumours of a tiff between the two leaders. However, Zuma dispelled reports about bad blood between him and the Zimbabwean president, saying the two were revolutionaries, with mutual respect for each other. This has come to fore in the way he has allowed Mugabe to steal an election seemingly with the conniving and approval of the South African President who himself is also facing a tricky election for his party in December this year. Zimbabwe Mail
Media Notice from the Zimbabwe Vigil – 21st August 2013 by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
via email Look East for Aid Zimbabwean exiles in the UK are calling on the European Union to follow the lead of the United States and continue sanctions against the illegal Mugabe regime. They also want all government aid to the 15 member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to be suspended. The call comes from the Zimbabwe Vigil which has been demonstrating outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday for the past eleven years in support of free and fair elections. The Vigil is to launch a new petition on Saturday addressed to European Union governments. It reads: ‘Following the rigged elections in Zimbabwe, we urge the European Union to reimpose the targeted sanctions on Mugabe and his cronies. We further call on the EU to suspend government aid to all Southern African Development Community countries until they abide by their commitment to uphold human rights in Zimbabwe.’ Vigil leader Ephraim Tapa said ‘Zimbabwe has been betrayed by SADC which has turned a blind eye to blatantly rigged elections. The choice of Mugabe to be their next Chair at the age of 90 underlines that SADC stands for the Southern African Dictators’ Club.’ Tapa went on ‘SADC has swallowed Mugabe’s propaganda that Zimbabwe’s economic woes are caused by sanctions and has demanded that they be lifted. We question why they are siding with Mugabe against the suffering people of Zimbabwe and the sanctions he has imposed on them: poverty, disease and violence. Why should the tax payers of Europe pay for these Mugabe puppets in SADC?’ ‘The UK gives Zimbabwe alone about $100 million a year in government aid despite constant insults from Mugabe, as well as giving hundreds of millions more to the other members of SADC. Altogether the EU gives billions of dollars each year to pay for the misgovernment and corruption of Southern Africa. Why? Let them look East for aid.’ The launch of the petition is part of the global diaspora protest which has seen demonstrations outside Zimbabwe embassies around the 21st of the month since the beginning of last year. Contacts: Ephraim Tapa 07940 793 090, Fungayi Mabhunu 07746 552 597, Rose Benton 07970 996 007 and 07932 193 467. Zimbabwe Vigil Co-ordinators The Vigil, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London, takes place every Saturday from 14.00 to 18.00 to protest against gross violations of human rights in Zimbabwe. The Vigil which started in October 2002 will continue until internationally-monitored, free and fair elections are held in Zimbabwe. http://www.zimvigil.co.uk.
Concern for animals relocated ahead of UN tourism meeting by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
via Concern for animals relocated ahead of UN tourism meeting | SW Radio Africa By Alex Bell Concern is high about the wellbeing of hundreds of animals that have been removed from the Save Valley Conservancy and relocated within the Zambezi National Park, ahead of a UN tourism meeting in Victoria Falls. The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly opens this weekend, and over 1,000 delegates from around the world are expected to descend on Victoria Falls for the meeting. This includes diplomats, dignitaries and leading tourism industry officials from 186 different countries. The preparations for the high level meeting have included the translocation of hundreds of animals to boost the presence of game for the influx of international tourists. National Parks was mandated to transport 151 wildebeests, 25 elands, 60 zebras, 100 impalas and 10 giraffes from Save to the Zambezi park. Outgoing Wildlife and Natural Resources Minister Francis Nhema last week said that the presence of game in the Zambezi Park had dwindled for many reasons, including poaching. “The animal population had decreased, in short, due to poaching and other factors and we are now correcting our past mistakes,” Nhema said, while overseeing the first shipment of animals to the park last week. Johnny Rodrigues, the chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF) said Wednesday that he is “appalled” by the decision to relocate the animals. Rodrigues said that the process is “sickening” and a “marketing gimmick.” “To relocate these animals just before the UN meeting is a gimmick to try and show the world there is an abundance of game, and act like they are good curators of the country’s wildlife, all to get international acclaim,” Rodrigues said. Rodrigues earlier this year called on the UN to move the meeting somewhere else, because Zimbabwe is not meeting the international regulations governing the trade in wildlife. A petition was started after the death of a baby elephant, which was shipped from Zimbabwe to a Chinese zoo in January. “Zimbabwe is not keeping to the agreements and regulations that govern wildlife protection and conservation. So we agree that the meeting should be boycotted,” Rodrigues said. The UN meeting is already a source of widespread criticism and condemnation, and in the past two weeks there have been calls for UNWTO member states to boycott the event. The UN has been accused of ‘legitimising’ the Robert Mugabe regime by allowing the meeting to go ahead.
MDC-T mulls withdrawing parliamentary poll challenges by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
via MDC-T mulls withdrawing parliamentary poll challenges | The Zimbabwean by Adrian Mutigwe Outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party is considering withdrawing all the 95 petitions it had lodged with the Electoral Court because of financial constraints. Party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora told The Zimbabwean yesterday that justice had been placed beyond the reach of Zimbabweans. “Now that justice in our own country has been made so expensive we are reviewing our position as regards the elections petitions we had lodged with the electoral court,” Mwonzora said. Media reports this week indicated that Zimbabwe’s Electoral Court is yet to set dates for the hearing of the 95 petitions filed by MDC-T National Assembly losing candidates because the petitioners had not tendered the requisite security of costs fee to the tune of $10, 000 per individual case to the Electoral Court registry. Mwonzora said the other reason was to do with the Constitutional Court judgement that declared President Robert Mugabe had won the contentious July 31 harmonised poll that have been described by Tsvangirai as a “farce and monumental fraud”. “The other reason we are reviewing our position is because the ConCourt has already declared the elections free and fair. So we do not see how any other court, a lower one at that passing a judgement centrally to this one. “The fee being charged by the Electoral Court is designed to deny us not only access to justice but also prevent us from exposing this fraud,’ said Mwonzora. Tsvangirai two weeks ago filed a petition with the ConCourt disputing the results of the hotly contested polls won by Mugabe by 61 percent to the outgoing premier’s 34 percent. Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) also went on to win more two thirds majority of the parliamentary seats on offer. The MDC-T president however went on to withdraw the petition on the grounds that the High Court had sat on an application in which the veteran trade unionist had sought to have the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission forced to grant him access to election material. In Harare, 89 petitions were filed last Friday while six were filed in Bulawayo leaving the total number of petitions at 95. Section 168 of the Electoral Act makes it a requirement for petitioners to tender security of costs as stipulated by the Electoral Court not later than seven days after the presentation of the election petition.
The people speak to “The Zimbabwean” by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
Mugabe ally, Zanu co-founder Enos Nkala dies by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
via Mugabe ally, Zanu co-founder Enos Nkala dies – Times LIVE Zimbabwean politician Enos Nkala, who co-founded Robert Mugabe’s Zanu party and was defence minister during a massacre of ethnic Ndebele that killed 20 000 people, has reportedly died. “Nkala died at the Avenues Clinic, Harare, this morning after his admission at the hospital on August 7,” the News Day newspaper reported. He was 81 years old. The cause of death is still unclear. Nkala co-founded the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu) party in 1963 to fight against British colonial rule. Zanu came to power after independence in 1980 and later joined the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) to form Zanu-PF, which remains in power. Nkala served various posts in Mugabe governments, including as finance minister. As defence minister he oversaw a state-ordered crackdown by North Korea-trained forces on dissidents in the Matabeleland and Midlands provinces between 1984 and 1987. Around 20 000 people, including women and children, were killed during the massacre named “Gukurahundi”, which means “the wind that sweeps away the chaff before the spring rains” in the local Shona language. Nkala sought to exonerate himself, saying Mugabe directed the deployment of the troops. In the late 1990s Mugabe described the killings as “a moment of madness” but stopped short of apologising for them. Nkala left government following a corruption scandal in which cabinet ministers and officials bought cars for resale using special privileges. He later became a staunch critic of Mugabe’s rule, but last year patched up his relationship with the 89-year-old ruler. Mugabe is set to be inaugurated for a new five-year term Thursday after winning a disputed election last month to extend his more than three-decade rule.
40 heads of state to attend Mugabe inauguration by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
via 40 heads of state to attend Mugabe inauguration NewsDay Zimbabwe AT least 40 heads of state are scheduled to attend President Robert Mugabe’s inauguration at the National Sports stadium in Harare tomorrow In an interview yesterday, the acting governor of Harare metropolitan province Alfred Tome said preparations were at an advanced stage. “It’s a huge event which we expect to be graced by at least 40 heads of state or their representatives,” said Tome. “Harare will be provided with 30 buses while all the other provinces will have 10 buses each for those who want to attend the inauguration.” He said people were expected to start arriving at the stadium by 6am and be seated by 9.30 am. The event is billed to be as big as Mugabe’s inauguration as Prime Minister in 1980. He said a number of local musicians, including Alick Macheso and Cde Chinx, complemented by foreign stars, including South African group Mafikizolo. Zambian outfit Amayenge would also perform at the event. Last night government declared tomorrow a public holiday.
Mugabe inauguration: Tsvangirai can’t attend a robber’s party by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
via Mugabe inauguration: Tsvangirai ‘can’t attend a robber’s party’ | News | Africa | Mail & Guardian Morgan Tsvangirai will not attend Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s inauguration, say the MDC leader’s aides. “Expecting Tsvangirai to attend the inauguration is like expecting a victim of robbery to attend a party hosted by the robber,” said Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka. “He can’t attend a robber’s party.” Thursday has been declared a public holiday to allow people to attend Mugabe’s swearing-in, which will be held in a 60 000-seat sports stadium on the outskirts of the capital, Harare. It promises to be more high-profile than in previous years, a show of power designed to confer legitimacy amid persistent allegations of electoral fraud. The ceremony had been delayed after Tsvangirai challenged the election results in a petition to the Constitutional Court. On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court cleared the way for the inauguration after ruling that the elections last month were “free, fair and credible”. The ceremony’s organisers said around 40 heads of state have been invited to the event. ‘A massive fraud’ Thousands of Mugabe’s supporters are expected to troop in from across the country. Zimbabwe’s electoral commission declared Mugabe the winner with 61% of the ballot, against his main rival Tsvangirai’s 34%. The elections ended a shaky power-sharing government formed by Mugabe and Tsvangirai four years ago to avoid a tip into conflict following a bloody presidential run-off election. Tsvangirai condemned the election as “a farce” and “a massive fraud, demanding a forensic audit of the election results. Among other complaints, Tsvangirai queried the unusually high number of voters who were turned away from urban areas which are considered strongholds of his party. He also complained that rural supporters of his party were ordered by Mugabe party youth to feign illiteracy and vote in the presence of police and electoral officers. – AFP
- See more at: http://globalconversation.org/2013/08/07/zimbabwe-where-elections-have-ended-questions-have-not
BILL WATCH 40/2013 by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
BILL WATCH 40/2013
[20th August 2013]
Constitutional Court Dismisses Tsvangirai Election Petition
Declares President Mugabe Duly Elected
At 2.30 pm this afternoon, 20th August, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku handed down the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court dismissing Mr Tsvangirai’s election petition. The short document setting out the court’s decision starts with a brief statement of the court’s conclusion that an election petition challenging a Presidential election “is unique, in that it cannot be terminated by a withdrawal. In terms of section 93 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, once such an application or petition is launched it can only be finalised by a determination of the Constitutional Court by either declaring the election valid, in which case the President is inaugurated within 48 hours of such determination, or alternatively by declaring the election invalid, in which case a fresh election must be held”. It followed that Mr Tsvangirai’s purported withdrawal of his petition before the court determined the matter was “of no legal force or effect, save to indicate to this Court that the applicant had abandoned or does not persist with his allegations”. In addition to dismissing the petition the court made the following determination and declaration in terms of section 93(3) and (4) of the new Constitution: “1. THAT the Zimbabwe Presidential election held on 31 July 2013 was in accordance with the laws of Zimbabwe and in particular with the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13]; 2. THAT the said election was free, fair and credible. Consequently, the result of that election is a true reflection of the free will of the people of Zimbabwe who voted; and 3. THAT Robert Gabriel Mugabe was duly elected President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and is hereby declared the winner of the said election.” The petition was dismissed with costs on the ordinary scale. The court said full reasons for judgment will be released in “due course”. [Full text of the decision available on Veritas website www.veritaszim.net or, for those without Internet, from email@example.com]
Way Now Clear for Inauguration on Thursday 22nd August
Mr Mugabe must be sworn in within 48 hours of the Constitutional Court’s declaration that he was duly elected President – that is, by no later than 2.30 pm on Thursday 22nd August [Constitution, section 94(1)(b)].. On his return from the SADC Summit on Sunday afternoon, Mr Mugabe anticipated the court’s decision by announcing, that his inauguration would be on Thursday.
Summary of Constitutional Court Hearing on 19th August
The Constitutional Court’s decision finally puts an end to Mr Tsvangirai’s election petition, as was probably inevitable following Mr Tsvangirai’s attempted withdrawal of the petition last Friday 16th August and the brief hearing of the matter before the full nine-judge bench of the Constitutional Court on Monday 19th August. That hearing, which is summarised below, took place in accordance with the direction of the Chief Justice issued on Friday after the lodging of Mr Tsvangirai’s notice of withdrawal. [See Bill Watch 39/2013 of 18th August for details of the lodging of Mr Tsvangirai’s election petition on 9th August, events leading up to the filing of a notice of withdrawal by Mr Tsvangirai’s lawyers late on Friday 16th August, and the Chief Justice’s subsequent direction that all the legal practitioners in the case should appear before the Constitutional Court on Monday 19th August at 10 am.]
Necessity for a hearing and a determination
This point was raised by the Chief Justice at the commencement of Monday’s hearing. He questioned the legal effect of Friday’s notice of withdrawal by Mr Tsvangirai in the light of section 93 of the new Constitution, which provides that the Constitutional Court must “hear and determine a petition lodged”. Advocate Mehta, appearing for Mr Tsvangirai, informed the court that his instructions were restricted to confirmation of his client’s withdrawal of the petition and making submissions on costs. Mr Hussein, for President Mugabe and Mr Kanengoni for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [ZEC] and its chairperson both submitted that a hearing and determination by the court were essential. Once a petition is lodged, they submitted, a hearing and determination are necessitated by the Constitution. Mutamangira, for the Attorney-General, who applied to participate in the case as a “friend of the court” in terms of section 167(5)(c) of the Constitution, agreed. The court then approved the participation of the Attorney-General and ruled that a hearing and determination were necessary.
The “nominal” hearing ensued
Advocate Mehta said that he had only been instructed on the withdrawal of the petition and had no instructions on which he could make submissions on the merits of the petition. The court took note that Advocate Mehta had nothing to say on the merits of the case. The court proceeded to hear submissions from the lawyers for both sides on costs.
Submissions on costs
Advocate Mehta, in accordance with his client’s instructions, confirmed Mr Tsvangirai’s tender of costs. Mr Hussein submitted that the petition contained generalisations but no evidence and that it purported to rely on evidence to be filed or led at a later date. This meant that there was no evidence before the court supporting the petition. He asked the court to order Mr Tsvangirai to pay President Mugabe’s legal costs on the higher scale. Justice Malaba questioned whether such an order would be appropriate, given that Mr Tsvangirai, by withdrawing, had avoided wasting the court’s time any further. Mr Kanengoni said his clients abided by the opposing papers they had filed, and asked for their costs on the ordinary scale. Mr Mutamangira, for the Attorney-General, did not ask for costs.
Petitioner’s imputations against the Constitutional Court
The Chief Justice then raised with Mr Mehta the question whether Mr Tsvangirai’s lawyers were in agreement with statements in the petition that impinged on the integrity of the court. In response Mr Mehta dissociated himself and his colleagues from the averments in question, saying they were the petitioner’s personal views.
Adjournment to 20th August for judgment
The court then adjourned. The Chief Justice said its decision on the petition would be handed down at 2.30 pm on Tuesday 20th August. [See court’s decision above]
Succession, health doubts loom over new Mugabe term in Zimbabwe by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
via http://www.trust.org/item/20130821061028-c61a8 By Cris Chinaka
Expanded Zim Parliament to host more bodies than seats by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
via Expanded Zim Parliament to host more bodies than seats | SW Radio Africa by Tererai Karimakwenda Over 100 members of Parliament will have no place to sit when the new session begins, as the chamber can only accommodate 160 legislators at a time. The new Parliament building, approved by cabinet last year, has still not been built and no information has been provided by government since. The outgoing Parliamentary chief whip for the MDC-T, Innocent Gonese, explained that the problem started when the senate was re-introduced in 2005, but the number of MPs was not reduced to compensate for the increased numbers. “Even in the last Parliament, when we had official days like the official opening day, it was really a crisis because that Parliament used to accommodate 150 MPs before the increase, and prior to that it was just 100 members of Parliament,” Gonese told SW Radio Africa Tuesday. The MDC-T chief whip said members will either have to wait outside, sit in the public gallery or stand. He added that if all the MPs were to turn up for a session, it would be overcrowded and practically impossible to fit all 270 members into the chamber. There are now 210 elected members and 60 women added via the new constitution. “The unfortunate thing is that we have continued to expand the numbers in the national assembly without a corresponding increase in the seating capacity, which is in any event impossible. An ultimate solution would be the construction of a new Parliament building,” Gonese explained. Last year the state run ZBC news reported that local government Minister Ignatius Chombo, who chaired a committee tasked with locating a site for the new Parliament, had identified Mt Hampden in Harare as a fitting location. The ZBC broadcaster said cabinet had approved the project, at a cost of $400 million. But according to Gonese the project has been on the drawing board for quite a long time and he is not sure whether any progress, including the laying of the foundation, has been made. Speaking to journalists on Monday, the Parliamentary Clerk Austin Zvoma sounded as though the problem had surprised him as well, saying: “As you may appreciate, it is now evident that the facilities here were not meant for 350 members, plus staff and the visitors because this is the only Parliament building in the country.” The controversial decision to increase the number of Parliamentarians in the country from 210 to 270 was approved by both MDC-T and ZANU PF legislators in the coalition government, as part of the new constitution. The increase makes Zimbabwe’s Parliament one of the largest in the world. Gonese said this was a “bloated” Parliament when viewed in the context of Zimbabwe’s population, which is estimated at 13 million. This embarrassing oversight symbolizes the way Zimbabwe has been run for 33 years under the Mugabe regime. There has been no concerted effort or political will to repair roads, street lights, vehicles, and sewerage and power infrastructures, leading to breakdown of basic services. Corruption and mismanagement also rule the day.
Expelled MDC-T independents form new party by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
via Expelled MDC-T ‘independents’ form new party | SW Radio Africa by Nomalanga Moyo Disgruntled former members of the MDC-T who were fired for standing as independents in the July 31st elections, have formed a new political party. The Zimbabwe Independents Alliance (ZIA), is seeking to capitalise on the tensions within the MDC-T in the wake of the recent election, according to outspoken former Magwegwe legislator Felix Magalela Sibanda. Sibanda, who is the new party’s spokesperson, said the MDC-T had shot itself in the foot by imposing candidates and sidelining long-serving party supporters. He said when they complained to the leadership, most of the unhappy would-be legislators were either ignored or mistreated by the MDC-T’s standing committee. “The issues that the MDC-T is moaning about concerning the recent national poll is exactly what the party did during the primary elections: The leadership distorted the electoral college in favour of their friends, bussed in people to vote,” he added. Sibanda said he and 57 others who stood as independent candidates saw this as a sign that the MDC-T had drifted away from the founding values of democracy and transparency. “And that is why the ZIA has been formed – to provide Zimbabweans who have toiled for 33 years under an undemocratic system with an alternative.” Sibanda revealed that the party has started building up its structures and designing publicity material, in preparation for a national congress later in the year. He said the party will in the meantime be headquartered in Bulawayo, and added that the bulk of the membership so far was drawn from those who went into an independents’ coalition, after being disowned by the MDC-T. Sibanda was circumspect about revealing the substantive leadership of the new party saying he feared doing so would expose them to ongoing, post-poll reprisals. However, some of those who stood under the banner of the Independent Candidates Coalition (ICC) include the Chairman Aaron Chinhara, Tedius Chimombe, the organising secretary, and Holy Dzuda , the treasurer. They contested the Redcliff, Gweru Urban, Gweru ward two council seats respectively. The MDC-T has already said that it is unfazed by the formation of the breakaway group, saying political participation and affiliation is every Zimbabwean’s democratic right.
MDC stood no chance in court by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
via LETTER: MDC stood no chance in court | Letters | BDlive to Business Day – South Africa You are right that the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) needs a period of deep introspection and potential change in leadership if it is to challenge Zanu (PF) in future, but you are mistaken in criticising the withdrawal of the court challenge to the election (At the end, a mere whimper by MDC, August 20). While the MDC should be commended for attempting to always play by the book and respect the law, it had no hope of success before Zimbabwe’s highest court. Indeed, the Constitutional Court (previously the Supreme Court, under the old constitution) is a symptom of exactly what is wrong with the country — every arm of the state is controlled and enmeshed by the ruling Zanu (PF). The military, police, senior civil servants and judiciary do not answer to the people of Zimbabwe; they answer to the politburo of the ruling party. It was not always this way. The pre-2001 Supreme Court, headed by Anthony Gubbay, made notable strides in advancing personal freedoms against Zanu (PF) hegemony. In the 1990s, the court ruled as unconstitutional the detention without due cause of people walking in public who failed to carry their identity documents.The court forced the government to grant to female citizens equal immigration rights for their spouses as those granted to spouses of male citizens. It ruled against the monopoly of the state-owned Post and Telecommunications Corporation, allowing Econet Wireless to set up the country’s first mobile network in 1997. Most significantly, in 2001 the court ruled that the government’s backing of land seizures was unconstitutional without due process and compensation, but this proved to be too much for Zanu (PF). Unable to remove judges through legal means, the ruling party resorted to harassing and threatening judges into early retirement, replacing them with pliant partisans such as current Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, a former Zanu (PF) MP who, as a high court judge, had astonishingly publicly blasted his superiors in the Supreme Court for overruling his judgments on land matters. The judiciary has since gone rapidly downhill. One of the first acts of the Chidyausiku Supreme Court was to uphold the land seizure process. The concept of recusal due to the fact they were beneficiaries of the process did not enter the minds of some of the justices, including Chidyausiku himself. They upheld Jonathan Moyo’s media laws that killed off the only independent daily newspaper and refused to force the government to comply with its own laws and license private radio or television stations. When the high courts of the country cancelled the election results of several Zanu (PF)-held constituencies after the 2000 parliamentary elections and ordered by-elections due to either fraud or violence, the party appealed to the Supreme Court, which failed to rule on the cases during the life of that parliament, allowing Zanu (PF) to hold the seats until the next election. Basic common sense eluded the court in 2005, when it upheld the right of Zanu (PF) parliamentarians to sentence a fellow MP (the MDC’s Roy Bennett) to jail with hard labour. No matter what the offence, there is no precedent in any democracy anywhere for party politicians to use their parliamentary majority to send their colleagues to jail. I could go on, but in short almost every case since 2001 involving the opposition versus the government has been decided in the government’s favour or in a manner beneficial to the prospects of Zanu (PF). The Constitutional Court has already shown it was not interested in a free, fair and credible election by insisting the poll be held when none of the conditions for such a poll existed. To expect it to admit as much by cancelling the election was pure dreaming by the MDC. It is far better for the MDC to return to the more realistic task of selling an alternative vision of the country to the public. By the time the next elections come around, in 2018, much of the electorate will have no memory of a functioning, stable country that was Zimbabwe before 1998.With the advance of the internet and social networking overcoming the blatant bias of state media, the battle for the minds of these voters can still be won. Suhail Suleman Newlands
CONSTITUTION WATCH 33/2013 by ZimSitRep – 08-21-2013
CONSTITUTION WATCH 33/2013
[20th August 2013]
Giving Immediate Effect to the New Constitution – Part I Introduction There are changes that must be made to our statute law immediately to give effect to the new Constitution. These changes, which should have been made before the end of the last Parliament on 28th June, are:
- · those needed to give effect to the provisions of the new Constitution which came into force on the day it was gazetted as an Act, i.e. 22nd May. The provisions that came into force then were those dealing with the Declaration of Rights, citizenship, elections, the conduct of public officers, particularly members of the security services, and provincial and local government. Even though the necessary changes were not made when they should have been, they still have to be made — indeed, they become more urgent as time goes on. Apart from the fact that they will make the Constitution effective, they will have to be made if Zimbabwe is to become the open, tolerant multi-party democracy envisaged by section 3 of the Constitution.
- · those needed to be ready for those provisions in the rest of the new Constitution which will come into effect when the President-elect is sworn in this coming Thursday 22nd August, but are not catered for in existing law, e.g. the establishment of the National Prosecuting Authority.
Of course it will also be necessary to harmonise other laws with the new Constitution on a continuing basis and this will be covered in future Constitution Watches, but we will start with pointing our changes that are urgent.
Declaration of Rights
As stated above, the Declaration of Rights is already in operation, and several statutes should have already been amended to reflect this: (a) Right to life [section 48 of the new Constitution] The new Constitution permits the death penalty to be imposed, as under the present constitution, but only in more limited circumstances:
- · It can be imposed only for “murder committed in aggravating circumstances” [whatever that means].
- · A court must have a discretion whether or not to impose it.
- · It can be imposed only on men between the ages of 21 and 70.
The Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act [CP&E Act] and the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act [Criminal Law Code] will have to be amended to give effect to these restrictions. At present they do not do so: under sec 337(a) of the CP&E Act the death sentence is mandatory for murder, whether aggravated or otherwise, unless the court finds there are extenuating circumstances; and it may be imposed on men and women between the ages of 18 and 70. The Criminal Law Code goes further and allows people to be sentenced to death for attempts, conspiracies and incitements to commit murder. Grave injustice will be done if these amendments are not made immediately, because if they are not people may be sentenced to death unconstitutionally. [Note: there has been at least one person sentenced to death since this provision of the Constitution came into force. Presumably the sentence will have to be set aside on appeal.] (b) Rights of arrested, detained and accused persons [sections 50 & 70] The new Constitution gives the following new rights:
- · Arrested persons must be allowed, without delay and at State expense, to contact anyone of their choice, including their relatives or legal practitioners.
- · Arrested persons must be allowed, without delay though at their own expense, to consult their medical practitioners in addition to their lawyers.
- · Arrested persons must be informed of these rights promptly.
- · Arrested persons must be released pending charge or trial “unless there are compelling reasons justifying their continued detention”. In other words, they are entitled to bail in the absence of compelling reasons to the contrary.
- · Arrested persons must be released after 48 hours unless their further detention has been authorised by a “competent court” [not by a police officer or a justice of the peace]. Their detention cannot be extended in any other way.
- · Arrested, detained and accused persons have a right to silence and must be informed of that right.
- · Accused persons are entitled to legal aid “if substantial injustice would otherwise result” and must be informed of that right.
- · Accused persons cannot be convicted of an act or omission that is no longer an offence [section 70(1)(l)]. Hence, once a statutory provision creating an offence is repealed, no one can be convicted of the offence. This is contrary to the current position, enshrined in section 17 of the Interpretation Act, that persons can be prosecuted for conduct which was criminal when it was committed, even if the statute creating the crime has since been repealed.
- · Detained persons must be allowed to communicate with and be visited by their relatives, their religious counsellors, their lawyers, their medical practitioners and anyone else of their choice.
- · Anyone may apply for an order of habeas corpus to obtain the release of a detained person or to ascertain his or her whereabouts; it is not necessary for the applicant to establish locus standi.
- · Convicted persons have a right, “subject to reasonable restrictions”, to have their cases reviewed or to appeal to a higher court against conviction and sentence [section 70(5)]. This right probably renders unconstitutional section 44 of the High Court Act, which obliges convicted persons to obtain leave to appeal before they can appeal against judgments of the High Court.
None of these rights is provided for in our statute law, which will have to be amended urgently to provide for them. In particular, the following provisions of theCriminal Procedure and Evidence Act [CP&E Act] will have to be amended:
- · the provisions allowing arrested persons to be detained for longer than 48 hours before being brought to court will have to be repealed.
- · section 121, which allows a person who has been granted bail to be kept in detention for up to seven days if the Attorney-General wishes to appeal, must be amended. While the National Prosecuting Authority [which from now on will replace the prosecuting functions of the Attorney-General] must be able to appeal against unjustified grants of bail, but the seven-day period within which to formulate the grounds for appeal is far too long [and has in the past used as a punitive measure without any appeal being lodged]: it should be reduced to 24 or at most 48 hours.
- · the provisions allowing courts to draw adverse inferences from pre-trial silence, and requiring accused persons to outline their defences at the commencement of trials, will need to be repealed or extensively amended in order to respect accused persons’ right to silence.
(c) Freedom of assembly and association [section 58] The Public Order and Security Act should be amended to prevent abuse. In its present form the Act severely restricts freedom of association, and the following amendments must be made as soon as possible:
- · There should be a statement in the Act reminding police officers to accord everyone, regardless of political affiliation, their fundamental rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
- · Section 25 of the Act, which requires notice of public gatherings to be given to the police, should be amended to make it clear that the police have no power to refuse permission for peaceful gatherings, and that failure to give notice will not render a gathering unlawful or make the convenor liable to criminal prosecution.
- · Magistrates, rather than police officers, should be given power to prohibit gatherings, and then only if the gatherings are likely to lead to public disorder.
- · Whenever the police use force to disperse a gathering or to quell disorder at a gathering, they should be compelled to prepare a detailed written report and to provide the convenor of the gathering with a copy of the report.
(d) Freedom of expression and freedom of the media [section 61] The new Constitution expressly protects academic freedom and freedom of the media [which includes protection of the confidentiality of journalists’ sources of information]. It also guarantees freedom of establishment of broadcasting and other electronic media, subject only to licensing procedures that are necessary to regulate the airwaves and are independent of State, political or commercial control. State-owned media must be impartial and allow fair presentation of divergent views and opinions. The following changes will be needed to give effect to these provisions:
- · At present members of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe are appointed by the President after consultation with the Parliamentary Committee on Standing Rules and Orders and the responsible Minister [who is himself appointed by the President]. There is no provision to ensure that the President’s appointees are politically neutral or represent a reasonably wide variety of opinions. The Broadcasting Services Act must be amended to make such a provision.
- · The boards of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Company [the successor to the statutory ZBC] and the Mass Media Trust are appointed in terms of the company’s articles and the trust’s trust deed respectively, but legislation can and should be enacted to require the boards to be politically neutral so as to ensure compliance with section 61(4)(b) of the new constitution [which obliges State-owned media to be impartial].
- · The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act should be repealed or, at the very least, amended:
- · to remove the restrictions on foreign participation in the production of local newspapers and other media. The restrictions stifle investment in the media and violate freedom of expression — a right which is enjoyed by foreigners as well as Zimbabweans;
- · to remove the need for journalists to be accredited under the Act before they can be employed on a full-time basis by media publishers, as this unjustifiably restricts the scope of their work.
- · Section 33 of the Criminal Law Code, which makes it a crime to insult the President, should be either repealed entirely or amended so as to reduce its scope. An executive President is a politician and should be open to the same criticism and satire, whether fair or unfair, as all other politicians.
- · The University of Zimbabwe Act [and Acts establishing other universities] should also be looked at to ensure that its provisions do not infringe academic freedom [for example, by giving the Minister power to approve or disapprove the University’s statutes and ordinances].
(e) Rights of women [section 80] The new Constitution prohibits discrimination between men and women, particularly in relation to custody and guardianship of their children. The Guardianship of Minors Act will need to be revised so that it confers equal rights on mothers and fathers — at present it assumes that fathers are the guardians of children [Section 3] and favours mothers in regard to the custody of children. The Marriages Act and the Customary Marriages Act need to be amended to ensure that marriage of girls under 18 is prohibited in both civil and customary law. The legislative changes necessitated by the new Constitution’s provisions on citizenship, elections, the conduct of public officers, particularly members of the security services, and provincial and local government, which should have been made immediately after these sections of the constitution came into force on22 May will be dealt with in Part II.
You will celebrate on Thursday by ZimSitRep – 08-20-2013
via LATEST: Thursday a public holiday | The Herald Government has declared Thursday a public holiday to afford all people an opportunity to attend President Mugabe’s inauguration at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Ray Ndlukula confirmed the declaration today.“Yes, Thursday from what I gather, will be a public holiday, which will afford everybody an opportunity to come and celebrate this big occasion,” he said. Acting Harare Metropolitan Provincial Governor Mr Alfred Tome urged Zimbabweans to come in huge numbers to witness President Mugabe’s inauguration. Speaking at a preparatory meeting in Harare today, Mr Tome said they were expecting a bumper crowd at the celebrations. “We have got a great event and the whole world will stand still on that day,” he said. “On that day the Head of State and Government will be inaugurated and I am appealing to all people to come in your large numbers. “We have been allocated 30 buses for Harare and we are appealing to private transporters to also help.” Mr Tome urged Zimbabweans across the political divide to grace the grand occasion. In Harare, Mr Tome said, people would be picked from the usual pick points dotted around the capital. “It is our day as Zimbabweans. There are no losers and winners in this thing, it is Zimbabwe that has won,” he said.
Zim in conservation dilemma by Shelley – 08-20-2013
via The Financial Gazette – Zim in Conservation Dilemma Nelson Chenga ZIMBABWE is in a dilemma: Its elephant population of over 100 000 jumbos now far exceed the country’s carrying capacity by threefold. This is at a time when the country is prohibited from trade in tusks because of a nine year moratorium on ivory trade, which expires in 2017. The moratorium was imposed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), fearing that it would stimulate poaching of elephants, which are threatened with extinction. But now the country no longer has enough space to store its rich harvest of ivory and hides from elephants that are dying either as a result of animal control, natural deaths, breakages and confiscation. With the US$15,6 million worth of ivory in its stores now proving to be an albatross around the necks of the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZNPWMA), getting rid of the 62 374,33 tonnes of elephant ivory is as difficult as raising enough money to look after the ivory vault. The ZNPWMA cannot export the ivory because it is bound by the conditions set by CITES, which prohibits any form of trade in endangered species and products except through prescribed rules. In 2007, CITES permitted the southern African countries of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to conduct one-off auctions of a combined 108 tonnes of ivory to buyers from China and Japan. After the auctions, which were conducted in 2008 and where Zimbabwe sold only five tonnes, the nine-year moratorium on ivory sales followed. With nearly 100 000 elephants, Zimbabwe has the third largest elephant population in Africa. Others are Kenya, Namibia and South Africa. The ZNPWMA says it no longer has space to store the ivory, collected monthly at an average of 1,1 tonnes. “…governments the world over fund conservation, the opposite is true for Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. The authority is therefore saying elephant ivory in store represents animals that are already dead and why should we not use the dead to look after the living animals?” mourned Caroline Washaya-Moyo, the public relations manager for ZNPWMA. Although Zimbabwe is currently under a nine-year long CITES ivory trade moratorium, it can still make use of its elephant products by, for example, working on its tucks and hides before exporting the value added products. The country, which consumes less than a tonne of ivory annually, is also allowed to sell its tusks quarterly and has since 2007 done so only about three times. It also can sell its elephant hides locally, export live elephants to scientifically-approved destination as well as use elephant hair. The country’s huge elephant herd, which is now difficult to manage and straining the environments, has become an easy target for poachers. Without adequate funding to carry out proper anti-poaching exercises, ZNPWMA is faced with a frustrating situation. “Law enforcement requires operational equipment such as patrol kits, uniforms, radio communication kits, vehicles, boats, tracking equipment (e.g. GPS) which the Authority is in dire need of. Currently most of the existing field equipment is old and obsolete. The current scenario is that poachers are getting sophisticated. In some situations poachers are now using ‘high-tech’ gear including night-vision equipment, veterinary tranquilisers, silencers and helicopters to carry out illegal activities,” Washaya-Moyo pointed out. ZNPWMA chairper-son, Jerry Gotora explained: “Zimbabwe got five annotations that allow domestic trade in ivory internally. However, because of lack of capacity we have a limited consumption rate of the domestic ivory. We are not able to consume all the ivory we produce.” ZNPWMA manages some five million hectares of land or 13 percent of Zimbabwe’s total land area. Its mandate is to manage Zimbabwe’s entire wildlife population, whe-ther on private or communal lands. ZNPWMA is not funded by government and is mandated to find own sources of revenue to sustain its operation. Despite having a proud history of sound management that endeavours to preserve the unique flora and fauna heritage of Zimbabwe, the authority’s gains hang in the balance at the most critical time in its struggle to protect the world’s largest land mammal — the elephant.
Next step: Batoka Dam by Shelley – 08-20-2013
via VictoriaFalls24 – Next step: Batoka Dam Zimbabwe pays US$40M Kariba debt, paving way for Batoka Dam The Zimbabwe Government has paid US$40 million towards its Federation-era power debt to Zambia, paving the way for construction of the Batoka Gorge hydro power station. The payment was made through power utility ZESA, which is wholly-owned by government. The debt was for the shared cost of the Kariba Dam construction and the associated infrastructure. It also included proceeds of the sale of assets belonging to Central African Power Corporation (CAPCO), a power firm jointly owned by the two countries as members of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland which was dissolved in 1963. CAPCO was running the Kariba power project for the two countries but was disbanded in 1987. ZESA spokesperson, Fullard Gwasira, confirmed the development last week saying the debt payment would help pave the way towards the construction of the Batoka Gorge hydro power station. He also indicated that the debt balance would be paid within the next seven months. “We have already paid US$40 million to Zambia as part settlement of the US$70,8 million debt,” Gwasira said. “The balance will be cleared on or before March 2014 as we have total commitment to our side of the bargain to ensure that we have a clean bill with our Zambian counterparts. ZESA Holdings has rendered its cooperation to its Zambian counterparts, a move that will go a long way to ensure the smooth execution of the Batoka Hydro power project to achieve security of electricity supply.” Zimbabwe and Zambia last year signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly construct the Batoka hydro electric project with each country expected to get 800MW of electricity from the project, a development which would help boost power supply in the two countries. The agreement on the project, situated about 50km downstream of Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River, was however dependent on Zimbabwe’s commitment to pay off the debt it owed Zambia over CAPCO. The Batoka project, estimated to cost about US$3 billion is expected to be built and operated by a private company for a period of years before transferring ownership to the two states. Fast facts about Kariba Debt: – Zimbabwe Government paid money towards its Federation-era power debt to Zambia US$40 million – Remaining debt US$30,8 million – Looking to clear the rest of the debt by March 2014 Batoka Hydro Electric Project: 800MW of electricity Batoka Gorge Project location: 50km downstream from Victoria Falls Cost of Batoka Project: US$3 billion Recently the State Procurement Board awarded tenders to China Machinery Engineering Company and Sino Hydro Corporation to expand Hwange and Kariba power stations respectively. The expansion of Hwange will see the additional of two units with a combined generation capacity of 600MW while the expansion of Kariba Power station will add 300MW of electricity to the national grid. Zimbabwe has also embarked on the refurbishment of its power stations to boost generation capacity. From: vicfallsbitsnblogs.blogspot.com By: Pete Roberts
UNWTO 2013: Biggest event on the International Tourism Calendar by Shelley – 08-20-2013
via VictoriaFalls24 – UNWTO 2013: Biggest event on the International Tourism Calendar It started as a pipe dream, then it became reality and today, Zimbabwe and its neighbor Zambia are on the brink of hosting the biggest event ever on the international tourism calendar – the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly. In less than a week, the 20th session of the UNWTO General Assembly opens in the twin tourist resort towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone, whose common denominator is the mighty falls on the Zambezi River shared by the two countries. How time flies? This is exactly two years after the two Southern African countries won the bid to co-host the General Assembly at the 19th session held in Guaengju, South Korea. The UNWTO General Assembly is a bi-annual mega tourism event that is held on equal rotational basis between the 186 member states, meaning Zimbabwe will not be able to host this event in the next 360 years, everything else being equal. UNWTO 2013That makes the Victoria Falls UNWTO a very special event for Zimbabwe and its neighbor, Zambia whose next four or so generations might never get the chance to witness the event on their soils. What makes it even more special is the fact that this is the first time such a mega tourism event has been held in Southern Africa and the second ever time on African soil, after Senegal hosted it in 2007. Everything is at stake, from image to business as Zimbabwe and Zambia seek endorsement of their tourism brand as safe and attractive tourist destinations from the tourism family that includes ministers and captains of the tourism and hospitality industries from the 186 member states. Also expected are international tourist wholesalers. Therefore, it is our time to make this event a success and we must leave no stone unturned to prove to the world that Zimbabwe is a safe and attractive tourist destination, especially after successfully holding elections that have been endorsed by all observer missions as free, fair and credible. Fast facts about UNWTO: Dates: 24th – 29th August 2013 Last UNWTO meeting: 2 years ago in Guaengju, South Korea Number of member states: 186 UNWTO venues: Held on equal rotational basis between the member states Next time Zimbabwe will be able to host the UNWTO: 360 Years The elections that had seen many getting worried that they might explode and plunge the hosting bid into smoke, actually shocked many because of their peaceful manner. The way the elections were held is indicative of the country’s desire to prove to the world that Zimbabwe is serious about business. The UNWTO indaba is about unlocking the tourism value of Zimbabwe and Zambia’s tourist attractions to the world for long-term benefits. For Zimbabwe, UNWTO is actually about promoting the new tourism brand — “Zimbabwe: A World of Wonders” – after the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority successfully rebranded the country from “Zimbabwe — Africa’s Paradise”, which was viewed as outdated and offensive to the non-Christian community. For Zimbabwe, the indaba brings the eyes of the world to a country that for so long has demanded a change of perceptions from the world after being tainted and soiled by the Western governments over the land reform programme and indigenisation policy. The UNWTO indaba provides the greatest opportunity to clear the bad image as the world’s tourism family will have first-hand experience on what Zimbabwe offers. With preparations having been successfully hailed by Vice President Mujuru, who chairs the organising committee, the tourism and hospitality industry in Zimbabwe is certainly ready to prove to the world that it can compete with any tourist attraction in the world in terms of both attractiveness and safety. This is our time to make a point to the world. The eyes are on us and we should use the last few days left to put final touches and make the UNWTO General Assembly a memorable African event.
Parks authority embarks on restocking programme by Shelley – 08-20-2013
Victoria Falls Reporter PARKS and Wildlife Management Authority of Zimbabwe has embarked on a restocking exercise at Zambezi National Park to replenish the dwindling wildlife population at the game reserve. Addressing conservationists, tour and adventure operators during the official release of wildlife from Save Conservancy in Chiredzi to Zambezi National Park on the outskirts of Victoria Falls yesterday, the outgoing Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Management, Cde Francis Nhema said the was exercise would help boost the wildlife under- populated areas. He attributed the decline in wildlife population to rampant poaching coupled with the breakdown of artificial sources of water at the Zambezi National Park. “We have noted that poaching and migration led to the depreciation of wildlife in the Zambezi National Park. This park used to have a high volume of wildlife and today we are restocking and I wonder where we went wrong. We need conservation programmes, we need to educate our people on the need to protect our wildlife because it is our duty to protect them as they are part of our national heritage,” he said. So far 101 wildebeest, 20 eland, 17 zebra and 98 impala have been translocated to Zambezi National Park from Save Conservancy. Ten giraffes will also be translocated to the park. “This exercise is being done to increase wildlife population within the park in tandem with our bio-diversity conservation programmes and sustainable tourism within our protected areas,” said Cde Nhema. He said the population boost for the park was a remarkable step in the conservation history of Zimbabwe in the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA). Cde Nhema said it was pleasing to note that the animals were coming from the Great Limpopo TFCA which was established 13 years ago. “If we create more space for wildlife we shall definitely witness more of these occasions as our TFCAs become more productive and our partnerships in conservation become even stronger,” he said. Cde Nhema said Zimbabweans should take pride in their wildlife and desist from poaching. “Now that the restocking exercise for the park is almost complete, let me warn would be poachers that any illegal entry into the park will result in them facing the full wrath of the law,” he said.
The African Condition: Are we independent or grooming tyrants, free or imprisoned? by ZimSitRep – 08-20-2013
Fewer exhibitors register for Harare Agricultural Show by Shelley – 08-20-2013
via The Zimbabwean – Fewer exhibitors register for Harare Agricultural Show “We have so far registered 745 commercial and industrial exhibitors compared to last year’s 750 over the same period of time,” said Heather Madombwe, ZAS spokesperson in an interview. “In the livestock and agric-produce sectors we have so far recorded 295 and 360 exhibitors while in home-industries where we target the less privileged members of society we have 300 entries,” she added. Madombwe said though booking of stands starts as early as February most exhibitors were opting for the last minute rash. “Though it is cheaper and convenient to book early most exhibitors were registering late. Booking rates increase as Show days come closer. “February rates for a stand would be $15 per square-meter meaning a three-by-three meter stand would cost $180 including VAT, ZTA levy and municipal rates for the nine days during show,” she said. Madombwe said ZAS was offering cheapest rests compared to other national exhibitions. “In March the rates increase to $18 per square-meter, April $21, May $25 and August $40 per square-meter respectively,” said Madombwe. Main entrance to ZAS along Samora Machel Main entrance to ZAS along Samora Machel One local exhibitor, Yusuf Kamwendo of Kadoma told The Zimbabwean that souring rates to book a stand have made it difficult for him to secure a stand in this year’s Harare Agricultural. “It’s unfortunate that I won’t be participating in this year’s Harare Show as it is now costing over $300 to book a stand for the whole nine days,” said Kamwendo. Kamwendo participated in the just ended Chinhoyi Agricultural Show in his province Mashonaland West which ran from 15-18 August 2013. “In Chinhoyi it cost$50 for the four day exhibition and it was unfortunate that it fell during the mid-month when most people had no monies to buy our products. I am into selling toys and other fun materials,” he said. “Earlier this month I also took part in the Gweru Agricultural Show in Midlands where it was costing $80 for a four-day exhibition,” he added. Madombwe said the main aim of Harare Agricultural Show was to accommodate exhibitors from all walks of life in Harare in particular and Zimbabwe at large and also engage foreign companies based locally. “This year we seven foreign exhibitors companies who would be show-casing in this year’s edition while the Italian Embassy has mobilised eight Italian companies for participate. “Other regional and international countries that would participate include Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, South Africa and Israel,” she said.