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GPA on verge of collapse: PM

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By Gift Phiri, Senior Writer
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 14:51

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has dispatched an 11-page
dossier to facilitator President Jacob Zuma warning him that the inclusive
government is teetering on the verge of collapse.

He urged Sadc to urgently intervene to avert the situation from degenerating
into anarchy.

The dossier, seen by the Daily News, lists seven key issues the party warns
could be detrimental to the continuity of the inclusive government as well
as political and economic stability in Zimbabwe.

The dossier expresses the MDC’s frustration with unresolved disputes with
Mugabe and urges the Sadc facilitator to urgently remove obstacles in the
unity pact.

The damning report lists state-sponsored and sanctioned political violence,
the breakdown in the rule of law, closure of democratic space, the partisan
reporting in the public media, allegations that Zanu PF is running a
parallel government, non-implementation of the agreed issues and security
sector realignment.

“The political and security situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating at an
alarming and scaring pace and the MDC calls on Sadc to intervene to ensure
the GPA does not collapse,” reads part of the dossier.

“It is now 32 months after the consummation of the inclusive government.
Despite the economic gains made thus far, the political situation still
remains precarious with the potential of degenerating into anarchy.”

Bitter rivals Tsvangirai and Mugabe formed a unity government in February
2009 to end a political and economic crisis, but have been feuding over
implementing the Sadc brokered pact.

The report says violence and intimidation are the biggest challenge to a
free political environment in Zimbabwe.

Since the formation of the inclusive government, the cycle of political
violence has not been broken and politically motivated, state sponsored and
sanctioned violence has not abated contrary to the provisions of the GPA.

The report says a self-styled Zanu PF militia group known as “Chipangano” is
at the behest of many atrocities of violence against MDC supporters in
Harare.

The report claims the police are at the centre of the breakdown of the rule
of law in direct contravention of Article XI of the GPA, an assertion denied
by police spokesman Oliver Mandipaka yesterday.

The report says Zanu PF has disrupted the Parliamentary process of public
hearings into the Electoral Amendment Bill and the Human Rights Commission
Bill, the first body tasked with investigating rights abuses.

“The hearings have been marred with violence at the instigation of Zanu PF
members,” the report says. Zanu PF supporters disrupted the Parliamentary
hearings on the Electoral Bill on October 17 in Marondera, on October 18 in
Mutasa, on October 19 in Masvingo, on October 20 in Gweru and on October 21
in Bulawayo. The report warns Zuma that the democratic space in Zimbabwe
continues to shrink.

Police have proscribed MDC rallies and political activities, says the
report.

“Recently, the Prime Minister toured some parts of the country to assess the
levels of poverty as well as the state of development as well as the needs
of the people ahead of the budget, but was prevented from venturing into
some parts of Mashonaland by Zanu PF.

“In Marondera, Mudzi and Murehwa, the Prime Minister failed to tour clinics,
market stalls and business projects in these areas amid threats of violence
and physical harm targeting the Prime Minister and members of his
delegation,” says the report.

Tsvangirai also says the veteran ruler is undermining the agreement through
the arrest of several MDC lawmakers.

The report says since January 2011, more than 600 MDC officials, members and
activists have been arrested on clearly political cases.

The dossier also points to looting of state resources.

“This is manifested in the generation and expenditure of state resources
outside government treasury rules and regulations,” the report says.

“Of note is the continued sale of State resources such as diamonds without
the knowledge of the Treasury. There have over five diamond auctions to date
and only two have been accounted for by the Treasury. The resources accrued
are not known and have been used to facilitate the operations of this
parallel government.

“Clearly, this remains why some elements in government have refused the call
for transparency and nationalisation of diamonds in Chiadzwa. It is also
possible that these diamond resources are now being used to perpetrate
violence against civilians in Zimbabwe. This is also very plausible as
security forces remain active in the extraction and selling of diamonds in
Chiadzwa.”

The document also says the running of the parallel government has also been
capitalised by the non-remittance of police spot fines, toll-gate fees,
vendor fines and small-scale business fines.

“The intransigence of the police and other security agencies against the MDC
shows that the parallel government is fully operational. Tsvangirai’s MDC
accuses Mugabe’s Zanu PF of failing to honour an agreement to implement 24
issues agreed by the negotiators."

The negotiators of the GPA presented their final report to the Zimbabwe GNU
principals and to Zuma on April 6, 2010.

The GPA principals then met on the 8th of June 2010 and agreed on 24 issues
out of the 29 presented by the negotiators.

“The sad reality is that of the 24 issues agreed, none has been implemented
to date,” says the report. (see table).

Zanu PF has, in turn, charged that the MDC has not fulfilled its pledge to
condemn sanctions imposed by Western governments on Mugabe and his inner
circle.

The report says state security agents were now at the epicentre of the
perpetration of violence, intimidation and the selective application of the
law.


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MDC-T, MDC-N and ZANU PF to meet over violence

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By Lance Guma
08 November 2011

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday told journalists that the
national executives of all three political parties in the inclusive
government will meet on Friday, to discuss the worsening political violence
in the country. ZANU PF Central Committee members and their counterparts
from the national executive councils of the MDC-T and MDC-N are expected to
attend.

The meeting follows the violent disturbances witnessed on Sunday when
members of the notorious ZANU PF Chipangano gang attacked MDC-T supporters
preparing for a rally at Chibuku Stadium in Chitungwiza. The gang, which was
armed with catapults, iron bars, machetes and stones stormed the venue in
the early hours of the morning and attacked those preparing the stadium for
the rally.

Tsvangirai is said to have confronted Mugabe over the matter during their
weekly Monday meetings but the ZANU PF leader claimed police did not go to
the venue because the MDC-T had banned them. Speaking to the state media
Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba claimed:

“The President intimated to him (Tsvangirai) that the Police
Commissioner-General was not at the venue of the clashes and had not
deployed in Chitungwiza because the MDC-T made it clear to the police that
they were not welcome to their meetings as the MDC-T was able to police
itself.” Charamba did not explain why the MDC-T would have needed protecting
and from whom?

The MDC-T has meanwhile accused a reporter with the state broadcaster of
working with the violent Chipangano gang in disrupting the rally in
Chitungwiza. Tafara Chikumira, a reporter with the ZBC was apparently “heard
communicating constantly with Chipangano gang leader Jim Kunaka” the MDC-T
said.

Other perpetrators of the violence were identified as “ZANU PF’s Chitungwiza
district coordinating committee (DCC) chairperson, Wilfred Gwekwete, Luke
Luke of Ward 25 in Chitungwiza North and Godknows Muzenda, a ZANU PF PF
Harare youth provincial member.”

Others fingered in the violence were Nyasha Dziva, Chitungwiza DCC
secretary, Dennis Fisher, Lloyd Bhunu, Tichaona Chapfika and Tonderai
Kasukuwere, a young brother to Youth Minister Saviour Kasukuwere. Police at
Makoni Police Station refused to open dockets for cases reported by the
MDC-T.

Instead two MDC-T youths, Julius Marambakutongwa and Kuda Muchemwa have
since been arrested on allegations that they were behind the disturbances.
The two are detained at St Mary’s Police Station.

Meanwhile several senior MDC-T members have told SW Radio Africa they will
not attend the indaba on violence scheduled for Friday. One member accused
Tsvangirai of being toyed with by Mugabe, when he knew ZANU PF was the
source of the violence and only they needed to stop it.

Another national executive member Charlton Hwende turned to facebook and
wrote on his wall “All the talk by Mugabe of calling for a meeting of the
Politburos of the main political parties to discuss violence is nonsense.
Mugabe and Chihuri must agree and attend our call for a National Day of
prayer at the National Sports Stadium before the end of the year. It is now
clear that without Divine intervention this country is now on the edge of a
precipice.”


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PM, Mugabe face off

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By Everson Mushava, Staff Writer
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 08:59

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday confronted President
Robert Mugabe over the recent spate of violence in the country and
implicated Zanu PF politburo member, Saviour Kasukuwere as the man
responsible for the mayhem in Chitungwiza over the weekend.

Tsvangirai told journalists after his one-and-half hour meeting with Mugabe
and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara that he gave Mugabe names of
suspected instigators of violence in the country, some of whom include Zanu
PF ministers.

He said Mugabe promised to follow up on the specific incidences he had
tabled.

“I told Mugabe that it was Kasukuwere and one special councillor, Chapfika
who were responsible for the violence in Chitungwiza. They took the Zanu PF
youths to Chitungwiza a night before pretending to be engaging in genuine
and legitimate activities."

“It has been proved that Zanu PF was responsible and the President could not
refute that. But President Mugabe had already been misinformed by the police
commissioner (Augustine Chihuri) by the time I met him and I told him the
truth.

"It is clear Zanu PF caused the violence,” said Tsvangirai.

Tichaona Chapfika is a special interest councillor for Chitungwiza appointed
by Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo.

Tsvangirai said the principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA)
agreed to convene a meeting of political party executives to tackle the
issue of violence and Vice President John Nkomo is expected to present a
political
parties’ code of conduct after the deliberations.

He however, expressed reser- vations on the latest move to stop the tide of
violence saying his party would only participate if it is the only way to
stop violence.

“We have agreed that on Friday, executives from the three political parties
will meet to discuss the issue of violence. I have reservations over the
meeting but if that will help arrest violence, we will attend,” said
Tsvangirai, describing the meeting of the principals as “serious.”

Tsvangirai emphasised that so urgent is the need to deal with violence in
the country that if the wave of violence continues until election time, then
the poll will be nothing but a “sham.”

“If the current situation pre- vails, the forthcoming elections will be a
sham. The outcome will not be universally accepted.

The image of the country is suffering heavily because of violence and I hope
things will change by the time we hold elections.”

Tsvangirai said Mugabe should be sincere in his calls for peace.

He said it was regrettable that the violence was spearheaded from the top.

“If we stand up and call for peace and there is defiance, then we are no
longer in charge. Mugabe and I have the executive powers to give orders and
they are obeyed. If people are running around at will, there is no
leadership,” said Tsvangirai.

The premier also castigated the police for selectively applying the law.

“If people are committing crimes with impunity, I have no confidence with
such a police force,” he said.

In addition, he said the parties agreed to publicly announce a date for the
eagerly-awaited elections once the constitution making process is complete.

“We deliberated on the issue of elections and there is no consensus yet on
the date,” said Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai said they discussed media reforms and castigated Information
minister Webster Shamu, for refusing to implement media reforms even after
being ordered to do so by Cabinet.


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Tsvangirai ceremonial PM - Ncube

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By Own Correspondent
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 14:56

HARARE - Welshman Ncube, president of the smaller MDC faction, has continued
with his tirade against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai describing him as
the only “ceremonial prime minister the world has ever had.”

Last week, Ncube told a rally in Magwegwe that the PM was scared of him.

Ncube’s vitriol on the PM is the latest in a series of spats between the
former opposition colleagues undermining prospects of an election pact
between the two MDC formations.

But as it seems, Ncube will never cease to de-campaign his perceived tough
opponent as he told a rally at Sipepa, Tsholotsho North over the weekend
that the PM has betrayed the Zimbabweans by allowing the powers bestowed
upon him upon signing the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to slip away to
President Robert Mugabe.

“When we were compiling the GPA piece of legislation, all we did was to
transfer the powers from Mugabe but Tsvangirai has returned the powers back
to Mugabe and now he is wailing. But surprisingly, the powers are clearly
stated in the GPA,” said Ncube.

He added, “Tsvangirai has entered in the Guinness Book of Records for
becoming the first ceremonial prime minister the world has ever had.

“You have the most influential post but you are powerless because all the
powers have been surrendered back to Mugabe, then you call yourself a
leader,” said Ncube.

"He described Tsvangirai as a “failed leader who is sinking in shallow
waters.”

With elections expected next year, political parties in the GPA have already
started doing ground work in a bid to lure supporters to their side. But it
is the battle for Matabeleland provinces that has seen the two MDC
formations, Zanu PF and Zapu scrambling to consolidate their support bases.


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Kasukuwere behind Chitungwiza anarchy - PM

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Staff Reporter 11 hours 42 minutes ago

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday accused Empowerment Minister
Saviour Kasukuwere of orchestrating an attack on his rally in Chitungwiza
over the weekend.

Tsvangirai told a news conference at his home that Kasukuwere had brought in
Zanu PF militants who disrupted the rally leading to clashes that left
scores of people injured and property destroyed.

The MDC-T leader voiced his anger at a meeting with President Robert Mugabe
on Monday.

“I told the President that Kasukuwere and a special councillor in
Chitungwiza were responsible for bringing youths in Chitungwiza a night
before the meeting,” Tsvangirai said.
“It has been proven that Zanu PF was responsible and the President cannot
dispute what he has been told."

He said that both parties would gather their top leadership for a joint
meeting on Friday to address the violence, after a week that saw his rally
attacked and his party's office tear-gassed by police.

“We have agreed that on Friday we are going to convene a meeting of all
executive committees to address the issue of violence,” he said.

“Violence is not being spearheaded from the bottom; it's being spearheaded
from the top by senior political practitioners.”
“We want all of us to make a commitment that violence will not be
tolerated,” said the MDC-T leader.

Tsvangirai warned that the recent upsurge in political violence could
undermine preparations for elections expected early next year.

“We agreed that once a report of the constitution-making process has been
given, we must actually have a date of elections,” Tsvangirai said.
“There is no consensus yet on the date,” he said.

“If we allow the current situation to prevail, and I say if, then the
election will be a sham,” Tsvangirai said. “At the moment, in the face of
what happened this last week, if such a situation were to prevail I cannot
see that as a free and fair election.”

The violence, which was reportedly orchestrated, targeted and well planned
by ZANU PF, was sparked when its militia led by the notorious Chipangano
attacked the organisers of the rally from the MDC-T.

There is strong suspicion the violence had been well financed as scores of
ZANU PF reinforcements were bussed in to Chibuku stadium armed with iron
bars, machetes, and stones.

A statement from the MDC said five party vehicles and their public address
system worth US$7,000 were destroyed and that key components of the PA
system, such as the mixer and microphones, were stolen, in full view of the
police.

‘Money meant for paying essential services for the event was looted
resulting in the cancellation of the rally. The rowdy thugs stole the
national and the Party flags and five banners,’ the statement added.

But on Monday police in the dormitory town arrested two MDC-T youths, Julius
Marambakutongwa and Kuda Muchemwa, on allegations that they were behind the
disturbances. The two are detained at St Mary’s Police Station.

Tendai Biti, the MDC-T Secretary-General told journalists on Sunday that
around 50 of their supporters suffered varying degrees of injuries. He said
seven activists had been hospitalised in Harare, while about 15 others were
rushed to a Chitungwiza hospital for treatment.

A seething Tsvangirai met Robert Mugabe for one and half hours and discussed
the Chitungwiza violence at length at their weekly Monday meeting. The MDC-T
leader reportedly told Mugabe not to allow perpetrators of the violence that
has erupted in the past month to go scot free as has been the practice with
other incidences in the past.

Our correspondent Simon Muchemwa said Tsvangirai told journalists in Harare
that his meeting with Mugabe was tense and that before the two met, police
Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri had briefed Mugabe on what transpired
in Chitungwiza.

‘The Prime Minister said Mugabe was given wrong information by Chihuri, most
of which were lies and baseless accusations against the MDC-T.’

During his media briefing at his Strathaven home, Tsvangirai laid the blame
on Sunday’s disturbances on ZANU PF Youth Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and
Chitungwiza councillor Tichaona Chapfika.

It is also believed the MDC-T has in its possession, a dossier of culprits
who have incited, mobilised, transported or funded the militia or Chipangano
to attack party activists. The list contains cabinet ministers, several MPs
and councillors, serving and retired military officers and even church
leaders.


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Is Zimbabwe's power-sharing deal coming undone?

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Violence in Harare, police attacks against President Mugabe's political rivals, and whispers about Mugabe's health all are signs of trouble for Zimbabwe's power-sharing deal.

By a Correspondent, Correspondent / November 8, 2011

Police leave the scene after throwing teargas at a house in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, Sunday. The party of Zimbabwe's prime minister says 22 people were injured and property was destroyed after ruling party militant youths attacked hundreds of supporters gathered at an opposition Movement for Democratic Change rally in the town south of the capital.

AP

Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s relative tranquility – the result of a two year experiment in a power-sharing government – may be coming to a violent end.

Two years after a rigged election and subsequent signing of a Global Political Agreement (GPA) with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF Party seems to be moving more toward open confrontation with his own coalition partners. Opposition activists and businessmen have been harassed by Zimbabwe police, journalists detained and beaten, and this weekend a pro-MDC rally outside of Harare was stoned and broken up by pro-Mugabe supporters, as police watched.

If police continue the brutality, Zimbabwe may be in danger of kicking off its own version of the Arab Spring, veteran journalist Vincent Kahiya wrote in a column in Newsday newspaper.

“Confrontation between the police and public can start small, but escalate into unsavory scenes with damaging ramifications to national peace,” Mr. Kahiya wrote. “When you attempt to use a hammer to swat a fly, there is a good chance of missing the vexatious insect and ending up with a damaged table.”

The coalition government has never worked smoothly, but it is credited for stabilizing an economy that was in free fall, with 1 million percent inflation rates, and for halting a wave of political violence in which more than 300 people were killed in the 2008 elections.

But maintaining that government has required constant negotiations between the two main parties, ZANU-PF and MDC, along with a smaller breakaway faction of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube. It has also required periodic interventions by Zimbabwe’s neighbors in the Southern African Development Community, who brokered the talks that created the coalition government. With the two sides no longer talking, in negotiations for the next set of elections next year, even government leaders themselves are warning that Zimbabwe could slide into open conflict.

“We no longer have the energy, inclination, or willingness to maintain the team of negotiators as a forum of resolving any disagreements,” Zanu PF’s negotiator, Patrick Chinamasa, told the state-controlled Herald newspaper. “We have lost faith in this forum and we cannot continue drifting into the wilderness.”

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC leader, warned that Zimbabwe would slide back to the violent 2008 era and that the country was no longer under civilian rule.

“The state security agents have instituted a coup over civilian authority and they are now above the law to the extent of disrupting government programs and assaulting civilians with impunity,” he told a press conference on Nov. 2.

Missing in all the political disarray is President Robert Mugabe, who last week went off on yet another trip to Singapore for medical treatment. Last week, Mr. Tsvangirai told reporters that Mr. Mugabe should step down because of his ailing health.

In the city of Harare, there are signs that Mr. Mugabe’s control of public discontent is beginning to wane. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, an ordinary roundup of unregistered street vendors turned into a street battle, with police firing teargas canisters into a crowd. Youth members of Tsvangirai’s MDC at the party’s headquarters put up resistance, after a music vendor took refuge in the building, and the security forces laid siege.

MDC organizing Secretary Nelson Chamisa chided the police for “unprofessionalism.”

“They (police) think we are the enemy of the state,” Mr. Chamisa told the Monitor. “This perception has to change because the police are for the people, for the country and for the law. They are there to defend people but unfortunately it the opposite that is happening.”

Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo refused to comment when contacted for comment.

Eldred Masunungure, a political analyst and University of Zimbabwe lecturer, says the current violence are a sign of deep rooted divisions in Zanu PF and the security sector.

“The police actions last Tuesday were not as a result of cohesive approach by ZANU PF and the security sector,” he says. “In fact there are multiple centers of power in ZANU PF and the security people to the extent that no one takes any directive from anyone.

“The current scenario where people act in suspicious ways is as a result of the mysterious death of former army general Solomon Mujuru, WikiLeaks and the succession power struggle in Zanu PF,” Mr. Masununugure says. “They are paranoid and confused and as a result there are pockets of power emerging.”

The name of the Monitor’s correspondent in Harare is withheld for security reasons.


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Zimbabwe police, army collude with illegal diamond miners - report

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08 Nov 2011 15:12

By Emma Batha

LONDON (TrustLaw) - Corrupt police and army officers assigned to guard
Zimbabwe’s diamond fields are running illegal mining syndicates and creaming
off the rewards, according to a local journalist.

The allegations come just days after the lifting of an international ban on
sales of diamonds from the country’s Marange diamond fields.

The government launched a brutal crackdown on illegal mining in the area
three years ago.

But Zimbabwean journalist Andrew Mambondiyani said thousands of illegal
miners had flooded back, often working at night in cahoots with the poorly
paid police officers manning the fields.

Marange, considered the largest diamond find in the last century, is largely
untapped, making its potential huge. But Mambondiyani is worried that very
few people are benefiting from the diamonds.

In an article on the Open Democracy website he describes how illegal miners
told him they were working with unscrupulous members of the police, army and
security guards to gain access to the fields.

One miner called Bemba Banda told him: “…we are working as syndicates with
the law enforcement agents who allow us to go into the fields and mine for a
specific time at night.

“Normally a police or army officer forms a syndicate with say four or five
illegal miners. After getting diamonds they sell it to illegal diamond
buyers who are available in the area and split the proceeds among members.
The law enforcement agents get the lion’s share.”

Illegal panners say they often hide the diamonds in their mouths to get them
past police checkpoints.

EXPORT BAN LIFTED

The Marange fields hit the headlines in 2008 when heavily armed police and
soldiers launched a massive crackdown on illegal mining. Human Rights Watch
said 200 people were killed in the operation which was widely condemned by
the international community.

But Mambondiyani said human rights abuses continued. He said illegal panners
told him how they had been beaten up and tortured by police and soldiers
during raids and that some people had been mauled to death by dogs.

The allegations echo those made in a BBC report in August which said the
security forces were operating a torture camp in Marange.

It said the police and military recruited people to illegally dig for
diamonds. Those who demanded too much pay or who mined independently were
beaten, raped and savaged by dogs, it added.

Mambondiyani said the Marange area has attracted illegal diamond dealers
from countries including Pakistan, Israel, India and Nigeria. Some are
staying with local villagers while others have established bases in
neighbouring Mozambique.

The illegal miners are based in the mountains, hills and bushes around the
diamond fields. But the journalist quoted one diamond panner as saying that
police warn them to stay away ahead of visits by government ministers or
members of the Kimberley Process, (KP) the international system regulating
trade in diamonds.

Exports of Marange diamonds were banned in 2009, putting pressure on
Zimbabwe to clean up its diamond industry. But the ban was lifted last week
after inspections by Kimberley Process monitors.

However, Mambondiyani quoted the diamond panner as saying: “We are warned of
the impending visits and we don’t approach the fields during those visits.

“When KP officials came to the fields they did not see any panner and they
concluded that everything was OK in Marange.”

The Kimberley Process was set up in 2003 to eliminate trade in diamonds that
fund violence and rights abuses.


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Zim diamond deal questioned after smuggling revelations

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By Alex Bell
08 November 2011

The decision to allow Zimbabwe to resume exporting diamonds mined at the
controversial Chiadzwa alluvial fields is being questioned, after the
country’s Mines Minister admitted that smuggling is still ‘rife’

Obert Mpofu, who has previously insisted that Zimbabwe’s diamond industry
was meeting international trade standards, last week admitted that smuggling
is a serious problem. Mpofu also reportedly said he was shocked last week
when Zambia and Mozambique allegedly sought to join the international trade
watchdog scheme, the Kimberley Process (KP), despite not having diamond
deposits of their own.

“We have information that a lot of our diamonds went through these
countries. There are massive leakages at the border posts, but policing of
the border is not the responsibility of the Mines Ministry. We believe our
diamonds are being clandestinely smuggled out of the country,” Mpofu told a
parliamentary pre-budget seminar in Victoria Falls last week.

Mpofu last week celebrated when the KP decided to green-light Zimbabwe’s
diamonds for export, a decision that some observers say is completely
undermined by Mpofu’s own revelations on smuggling.

The KP last year listed smuggling as an area that needed to be addressed
before sales from Chiadzwa could resume, calling on the Mines Ministry to
bring the country in line with international trade standards. But this never
happened, and there have been ongoing reports of rampant smuggling, along
with the ongoing human rights abuses.

The civil society arm of the KP has meanwhile slammed the new deal with
Zimbabwe, because, among other issues, the smuggling problem has been
overlooked.

Political analyst Clifford Mashiri on Tuesday agreed that the smuggling
reports, now being backed up by Mpofu, make a mockery of the KP’s decision.

“The KP’s credibility is seriously in doubt and this does not help matters,”
Mashiri said. “This also just shows how critically Zimbabwe needs proper
oversight mechanisms and real transparency in the diamond trade.”


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Treasury Unlikely to Be Flooded With Diamond Receipts - Experts

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07 November 2011

Kimberley Process members meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo last
week voted to allow two of three companies mining in Marange to export
diamonds to previously embargoed Western markets

Gibbs Dube | Washington

Despite the largely positive feedback on the now-concluded Kimberly Process
meeting in Kinshasa last week, experts said Monday that Zimbabwe is unlikely
to reap massive benefits from global diamond sales from the Marange field
unless Parliament passes proposed legislation setting a legal framework and
audit trail for diamond earnings.

Officials and economists said the distribution of diamond proceeds at
present leaves much to be desired and the government at a disadvantage as
its joint venture partners now exploiting the Marange field are expected to
retain the bulk of such revenues.

Members of the Kimberley Process meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo
last week voted to allow two of the three companies mining diamonds in
Marange to export diamonds to previously embargoed Western markets. Members
also named the United States deputy chair of the organization, setting it up
to take the chair in 2012.

Parliamentary Mines Committee Member Moses Mare said the Diamond Revenue
Bill is stuck in Parliament. He said the Zimbabwe Mining Development
Corporation remits just 10 percent of Marange revenues to the government
after collecting proceeds from Harare’s joint venture partners developing
the alluvial field in the country's east.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti said in July that in the six months through
June only US$103 million flowed into government coffers from Marange
diamonds.

Mare said much more transparency is required as most companies operating in
Marange are opaque. “In some cases the companies are in the hands of
security forces and therefore it is impossible to have any kind of
transparency and accountability."

Economist Prosper Chitambara of the Research and Economic Development
Institute of Zimbabwe said Parliament should enact the Diamond Revenue Bill
so that it will be more clear just where the potentially vast Marange
revenues are going.


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Rwodzi arrest shows weakening of Mujuru faction

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By Lance Guma
08 November 2011

When prominent banker Farai Rwodzi, a non-executive director at telecoms
company Africom Holdings, was arrested on espionage charges alongside acting
chief executive Simba Mangwende and engineer Oliver Chiku, not much was made
of the case. The trio were accused of illegally setting up satellite
communication equipment to leak official secrets to foreign countries.

At the time we reported that Rwodzi had close links to the Mujuru faction in
ZANU PF and speculated on the possible motives behind the arrest. SW Radio
Africa has now received allegations that members of the Emmerson Mnangagwa
faction engineered the arrest “to send a message to Vice President Joice
Mujuru, that your husband is no longer here and we can do anything we want.”

A source close to the Mujuru faction has told us that Rwodzi basically ran
Mujuru’s vast business empire which included mining, agriculture, transport,
tourism and investment in the construction industry. One of the projects,
diamond mine River Ranch which was seized from its original owners, is
allegedly used to launder illegally smuggled diamonds from the DRC. Illegal
DRC gold deals also form part of the Mujuru ‘empire.’

Rwodzi calls Joice Mujuru ‘mainini’ or auntie and is a close relative, hence
the trust. SW Radio Africa has been told that Rwodzi is viewed as the ‘key
money man’ in the Mujuru faction and the arrest was made to demonstrate how
the Mnangagwa faction now had the upper hand following Solomon Mujuru’s
death. “They are trying to show Joice that she is now weak and isolated,”
the source said.

SW Radio Africa was told: “It appears the Mnangagwa faction is controlling
the police force and they ordered Rwodzi’s arrest. Rwodzi was only released
on bail following the intervention of one of his key business partners, Adam
Molai, who is married to one of Mugabe’s nieces and is a well-known tobacco
merchant. Molai has direct access to Mugabe and convinced him to get Rwodzi
released,” he said.

Meanwhile the Canadian firm sucked into the Rwodzi espionage case has
described as ‘unfounded’ the allegations that a satellite system supplied by
them was used to send state secrets to Canada, the United States and
Afghanistan. Juch-Tech president Walt Juchniewicz said the company feels the
accusations are ‘very slanderous against its 25-year reputation.”

He said when they visited Zimbabwe they had the approval of the executives
and full co-operation of Africom employees. “Africom and the landlord of the
property gave their permission to the location of the dish and I was assured
by Africom that they had all required licensing to operate in Zimbabwe.”


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Ontario telecom company baffled by link to Zimbabwean spy charges

http://www.theglobeandmail.com

JIM BRONSKILL
OTTAWA— The Canadian Press
Published Monday, Nov. 07, 2011 8:02PM EST

The head of an Ontario telecommunications company says he is shocked that
“unfounded allegations” have landed his firm at the centre of an African spy
scandal.

Three Zimbabwean businessmen are accused of using a satellite system
supplied by Juch-Tech Inc. of Hamilton, Ont., to send state secrets to
Canada, the United States and Afghanistan.

They have been charged with breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act,
which prohibits the communication of information “calculated to be useful to
an enemy.”

Juch-Tech president Walt Juchniewicz says he knows nothing about the alleged
espionage.

The company “feels this is very slanderous against its 25-year reputation
and shocked at these unfounded allegations,” Mr. Juchniewicz said in a
statement. “Our intent was purely of good – not of hostility, or to harm
anybody.”

Mr. Juchniewicz says he simply went to Zimbabwe to provide investment
company Africom Holdings with Internet service through installation of a
satellite dish.

“When I visited Zimbabwe and met with executives of Africom, I was very
impressed with the country and the people,” he said. “We had the approval of
the executives and full co-operation of Africom employees with respect to
this project.

“Africom and the landlord of the property gave their permission to the
location of the dish and I was assured by Africom that they had all required
licensing to operate in Zimbabwe.”

Oliver Chiku of Global Satellite Systems – hired by Juch-Tech to install the
dish – and two Africom employees, Simba Mangwende and Farai Rwodzi, face up
to 25 years in prison for allegedly breaching the secrets law. They have
been granted bail by a Harare judge.

Mr. Juchniewicz says his company has carried out projects in various African
countries for a dozen years without problems. Though disturbed and
disappointed by the turn of events, he is reluctant to say anything further
until he finds out more about the charges.

The Foreign Affairs Department said Monday it was aware of the case, adding
it would be “inappropriate” to comment while the matter is before the courts
in Zimbabwe.

“However, we urge the government of Zimbabwe to ensure that judicial
proceedings for these and other individuals in their jurisdiction are
grounded in law, free from political interference, and that the rights of
the accused are fully respected,” department spokeswoman Claude Rochon said
in a statement.

Foreign Affairs says Canada is warily eyeing the fragile political situation
in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe’s party continues to control key
state institutions despite a power-sharing arrangement with its former
opponents. Ottawa has also expressed concern about Harare’s human rights
violations and failure to respect the rule of law.

A consular official with the Embassy of Zimbabwe in Ottawa did not return
phone calls.

According to Zimbabwean media reports, the three men facing espionage
charges are accused of using the newly installed communication system to
leak confidential government ministry data “useful to an enemy” from July
through late October.

At issue in the case is whether the alleged recipient countries, including
Canada, are actually enemies of Zimbabwe.

Court proceedings are expected to resume next week.


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Gwisai case near collapse after ‘star’ witness ‘caught in lies’

http://www.swradioafrica.com/

By Tichaona Sibanda
8 November 2011

The state case against former MDC-T legislator Munyaradzi Gwisai is on the
verge of collapse after the ‘star’ witness has been caught in a web of lies.

Gwisai’s defence team led by Alec Muchadehama has uncovered major holes in
the credibility of ‘Jonathan Shoko’ the ‘detective police officer,’ who has
been exposed as a CIO agent. Shoko’s real name is Rodwell Chitiyo.

The former MDC-T legislator for Highfields is being accused of plotting
against the government. He is jointly charged with Antoneta Choto, Tatenda
Mombeyarara, Edson Chakuma, Hopewell Gumbo and Welcome Zimuto.

The group was arrested in February after watching videos of the Arab spring
uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. They were initially charged with treason and
plotting to overthrow Robert Mugabe but that was downgraded to ‘conspiracy
to commit public violence’.

In February Shoko had infiltrated the meeting attended by the civic and
human rights activists. But infiltration is the job of the intelligence
services, not the police and he supplied all the information that led to the
arrest of the group.

Under oath Shoko told the court he is a police sergeant, while irrefutable
documentation produced by the defence team in court on Monday exposed him as
CIO and that he was testifying falsely.

The evidence by the defence team tracked the past of Rodwell aka Jonathan to
his secondary school education at St Faith Boys High in Rusape to Midlands
State University, where he did a Bachelor of Arts in English and
Communication from 2001 – 2004. They also followed his working career.

They also showed that the police identity number he produced in court,
046330P is fake, and does not exist.

He also had a fake national ID number; 63-752351-T-47 when in actual fact
his genuine ID number is 75-345235-T-47, with date of birth given as
13/08/1982. This is the date of birth Shoko gave in court and is the same
for Rodwell Chitiyo.

The CIO agent also lied about his residential address, which he gave as 86
Chiremba in Queensdale. Investigations by the defence team have revealed he
has never lived at the house and they are seeking more answers as to who
printed the fake police ID.

The social networking site Facebook also gave away Shoko. There is a profile
photo of him under the name Rodwell Chitiyo. His girlfriend, Ester Marufu,
wrote on her profile that she is in a relationship with Chitiyo and the two
have a young child called Courtney, a fact Shoko did not dispute in court on
Monday. Marufu is a first year student at Chinhoyi University.

‘If Shoko is not disputing the fact he fathered a child with Marufu, then
its case closed for the defence. It is indisputable that Shoko is Chitiyo
and has lied under oath and could find himself in serious trouble for
committing perjury, for wilfully telling an untruth in a court,’ a source
close to case said on Tuesday.

The source continued: ‘This star witness has made too many conflicting
statements. By exposing his conflicting statements, the defence has reduced
his credibility. Since the trial opened this man, Shoko or Chitiyo, has
repeatedly lied and you could tell the magistrate knew because he ended up
laughing at some of his inconsistent answers.’
There only two more state witnesses, both police officers. They will take
the stand on 29th November.


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Prosecutors resume strike

http://www.dailynews.co.zw

By Godfrey Mtimba
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 10:33

MASVINGO - Prosecuters in the country will today resume their job action
after negotiations with government over a possible pay rise failed to yield
results.

The prosecutors grouped under the Zimbabwe Law officers Association (Ziloa)
said they will re-launch their strike action which was suspended last month
to give negotiations a chance.

The prosecutors said the industrial action will be done to show solidarity
with their leaders who were fired by attorney general, Johannes Tomana.

Tomana withdrew prosecutors’ practising certificates for the entire national
executive of Leopold Mudisi, Mehluli Tshuma, Patros Dube, Dereck Charamba
and Musekiwa Mbanje last week and ordered them to stop their duties as
public prosecutors in the country’s courts.

Ziloa secretary general, Dereck Charamba told the Daily News yesterday that
they will soon be resuming the strike action in response to Tomana’s
suspension.

“We are resuming our strike on Tuesday (today). Government failed to agree
with us on our demands so we are going ahead with the strike again. We need
a pay rise and that has not been done,” said Charamba who is among those
suspended adding that his members were now so upset that they have no option
but to go back on strike.

He also lashed out at government for failing to take their issue seriously
and for victimising them as leaders of Ziloa by withdrawing their
prasticising certificates.

“We are very angry with these guys in government, instead of looking into
our issues they decided to victimise us by serving us with letters of
revoking our certificates and barring us from practising.

“But we are saying we need a decent salary for our members and that’s why we
are going back on strike and our members have also decided to show
solidarity with us over Tomana’s joke, how could he fire us for demanding a
better wage,” said Charamba.

Charamba said Ziloa would fight Tomana’s decision to fire them and have
since instructed their lawyers to appeal against the suspension at the High
Court.

“His recent move is just a joke and we will fight him. As we speak now, we
have since instructed our lawyers to drag him to the courts.

“Harrison Nkomo will be representing us, and his (Tomana) letter is just a
useless piece of paper, he is not our employer and has no right to make that
decision,” Charamba said.

He said prosecutors will now continue with the strike action until they are
given a decent salary.

“This time the strike will go ahead until we get what we want.

“We want to show them that we are serious with this issue and they should
just do the wise thing of giving us a decent wage,” he added.

Prosecutors feel they are being treated unfairly as magistrates now under
the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC) are getting a salary of $700 while
prosecutors get a paltry $300 a month.


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Govt in Indigenisation climbdown

http://www.dailynews.co.zw

By Gift Phiri, Senior Writer
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 10:30

HARARE - Government has resolved that foreign-owned companies in the
manufacturing sector must cede only 26 percentage shareholding to locals,
and work to increase the shareholding to 51 percent over a period of four
years.

The new empowerment threshold has been published in the latest extraordinary
government gazette.

The decision marks a major climb-down by President Robert Mugabe and
hardliners in his Zanu PF party who had pressed for a harsher version of the
controversial Indigenisation law that required foreign firms to cede 51
percent stake to local blacks.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai opposed the law, saying the 51 percent
threshold chased away investors.

Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has gazetted the new regulations
for the capital-intensive manufacturing sector.

Only foreign manufacturing firms with a net asset value of $100 000 or more
will be required to comply with the law.

“It is hereby notified that the minister of Youth Development,
Indigenisation and Empowerment has, in terms of Section 5(4) as read with
Section 5A(4) of the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General)
Regulations, 2010 (the principal regulations),” reads the gazette.

The schedule says for the first two years, foreign firms in manufacturing
may maintain the 26 percent threshold for locals, but must increase the
threshold to 46 percent in the third year, and then 51 percent in the fourth
year.

The revision was a recommendation of the empowerment committees that are
dominated by top Mugabe allies and supporters.

Analysts have said neither the cash-strapped government nor impoverished
blacks will be able to raise money to buy shares in large foreign-owned
manufacturing firms, leaving only the rich and well-connected to
participate.

The empowerment drive has split the unity government along political lines,
with Mugabe’s Zanu PF insisting on the take-over of foreign firms as
retaliation for Western sanctions while Tsvangirai’s MDC is urging
restraint, warning the drive risks fomenting economic chaos which will slow
down economic recovery.


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Media Commission Supports Panel Secretariat Amid Media Council Backlash

http://www.voanews.com

07 November 2011

Critics say the proposed Media Council looks to them like another attempt by
Mahoso to check press freedom and maintain restrictions that should have
been abandoned under the current reform process

Tatenda Gumbo | Washington

Members of the Zimbabwe Media Commission have come out in support of ZMC
Chief Executive Tafataona Mahoso, who has come under fire from press
advocates who say a proposal for a Media Council to monitor practitioners
reflects his style of governance when he was chairman of the predecessor
Media and Information Commission.

Media Commission Chairman Godfrey Majonga told reporters late last week that
Mahoso has performed well in his current position as secretariat head.

But critics say the proposed Media Council looks to them like another
attempt by Mahoso to check press freedom and maintain restrictions that
should have been abandoned under the reform process launched under the 2008
Global Political Agreement.

Mahoso as MIC chief shut down the independent Daily News, since resurrected.

The mooted Media council would operate under the the Access to Information
and Protection of Privacy Act, which press rights advocates say should be
repealed.

Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe Coordinator Andrew Moyse told reporter
Tatenda Gumbo that most observers assume Mahoso will stay in place – but in
the meantime will watch closely to see how his role in the reconstituted
commission evolved.

Moyse said that under the proposed Media Council, it is assumed Mahoso as
head of the commission's secretariat would hand down disciplinary measures
once members of the council have reviewed cases involving journalists and
media houses

Njabulo Ncube, chairman of the Media Institute of Southern Africa in
Zimbabwe, said practitioners should take aim at the proposed Media Council
instead of Mahoso.



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Accident claims 10

http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/

08-Nov-2011 | Frank Maponya

NINE members of the Zion Christian Church and another civilian died in two
separate accidents that happened almost at the same spot on Sunday night and
Monday morning.

Provincial roads and transport department spokesman Thesan Moodley said that
driver fatigue appeared to have been the cause of both accidents.

In the first accident ZCC members were travelling in a bus from the church's
prayer meeting in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, when the accident happened on the N1
between Matoks and Polokwane.

According to Captain Mohlaka Mashiane the driver of a bus ferrying church
members to KwaZulu-Natal lost control. The bus hit a bridge and plunged into
a stream.

Mashiane said eight people died on the spot while a ninth - a woman believed
to be in her 40s - died on arrival at a local hospital.

He said the second accident happened very close to the first one at about
4am yesterday. Mashiane said the driver of the bus, also carrying ZCC
members from Tembisa in Gauteng, was allegedly driving in the wrong lane
when he collided with a Nissan Sentra sedan.

The driver of the smaller car, who was alone, died on the spot, while the
occupants of the bus and their driver escaped unhurt.

"We are currently investigating the causes of both accidents," Mashiane.
said

"We also send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died in
the accidents. while wishing the injured victims a speedy recovery."

Joe Maila of the provincial department of health and social development said
they had transported the injured to various hospitals around Polokwane.

By late yesterday, Maila said, 26 of the 27 victims transported to Mankweng
Hospital, had been discharged after they were found to have sustained minor
injuries, Only while one had been seriously injured.

He said 12 of the victims were taken to Seshego Hospital and 11 of had been
discharged, while one was still "being observed."

Six of the bus victims were taken to Polokwane Hospital, two with serious
but not critical injuries.

"We are grateful to our emergency medical services personnel for having
responded quickly to the accident in an effort to save more lives that could
have been lost," Maila said.


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Assassination attempt on PM’s right hand man

http://www.thezimbabwemail.com/

By Xolisani Ncube 8 hours 10 minutes ago

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s chief secretary, Ian Makone,
says he is living in fear after an attempt to assassinate him was discovered
on Friday last week.

Makone also doubles up as secretary to the Council of Ministers, which
Tsvangirai chairs.

In an interview yesterday, Makone told the Daily News his would-be
assailants inserted a sharp-edged metal inside one of his vehicle’s tyres,
with an intention to deflate the tyre while his vehicle was in motion — a
situation that would have resulted in the tyre bursting and possibly
resulting in a car crash.

Makone said he viewed the move as a ploy to assassinate him.

“My driver was coming from Wedza and he had a puncture on a new tyre which
had been on the road for less than two days. “As the tyre was being attended
to, a sharp edged metal object was discovered inside the tyre,” said Makone.

“It is very fortunate that he was not driving at a high speed. Imagine if it
was a front one which had this metal object and the driver was driving at a
high speed? It was going to be another story altogether,” said Makone.

He added that he counted himself lucky that he was not in the vehicle and
that none of those who were in the vehicle were injured during the incident.

Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson said they were not taking the
matter lightly.

He said they viewed the matter as a tip of the iceberg on what to expect
given the forthcoming presidential and general elections.

“We are taking this matter seriously and we are going to be very observant
to whatever is being done to us,” said Tamborinyoka.

“This could be just a beginning of serious mischief and who knows who could
be the next target and we don’t know whether it was a mistake or a
deliberate attempt to assassinate Makone,” Tamborinyoka said.

With election tempo steadily rising, fear is now high within the MDC
officials inside the shaky coalition government, especially those in the
Prime Minister’s office, that this could be another attempt by the former
ruling party to eliminate them ahead of the watershed elections. - Daily
News


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Drama at court as Madhuku’s case further postponed

http://www.swradioafrica.com

PYD Press release

The trial of PYD Director Claris Madhuku at the Chipinge Magistrate court
today has been further postponed to 5 December 2011 after Magistrate Crispen
Ngweshiwa and state prosecutors refused to preside over the case.

The drama filled session saw the Public Prosecutors Last Goredema and
Thembelami Dhliwayo disappearing with the case dockets leading the court to
adjourn for close to an hour. The two later reappeared and refused to stand
in for the state on the grounds that they were not the ones dealing with the
case. On the other hand Magistrate Ngweshiwa refused to preside over the
case arguing that Vuso Gapara was the one handling the case.

This led to the postponement of the case to 5 December to allow the court
officials to put their house in order.

Madhuku’s defense lawyer, Langton Mhungu of Mhungu, Matutu, Kwirira and
Associates demanded justice and finalization of the matter. He lambasted the
state for its delaying tactics meant to persecute his client denying him his
right to freedom. Madhuku was arrested on 14 April 2011 at Rimbi Township on
charges of addressing a meeting without notifying the regulating authority.
He has been visiting Chipinge Magistrate Court since then. Today’s
appearance was his sixth since his arrest in April.

Madhuku had no kind words either; he blasted the tortoise manner in which
the Chipinge Magistrate has been dealing with his case. They are doing this
to persecute me for my leadership role in the Chisumbanje community- Macdom
Investments land dispute.

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FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Zimbabwe

http://af.reuters.com

Tue Nov 8, 2011 2:38pm GMT

By Cris Chinaka

HARARE Nov 8 (Reuters) - President Robert Mugabe's supporters have tightened
a leash on his rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai ahead of a campaign
for what is likely to be a bruising fight in elections that could be held as
early as next year.

Riot police in Zimbabwe's western Matabeleland region have in the last few
weeks stopped Tsvangirai from addressing a couple of rallies in the region
where his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) beat Mugabe's ZANU-PF party
and won a majority of parliamentary seats in elections in 2008.

In the capital Harare, another MDC rally organised by a minister jointly
responsible for police affairs was disrupted by ZANU-PF militants after a
clash with MDC youths reminiscent of flare ups witnessed early this year.

Tsvangirai, who says he will win any free and fair poll, has vowed to
challenge Mugabe over the rally issue to demand the creation of conducive
campaigning environment ahead of elections expected by the end of 2012.

Mugabe, 87, was forced to form a power-sharing government with Tsvangirai
after disputed elections three years ago marred by violence blamed on
ZANU-PF, but analysts say he is pressing for polls a year ahead of schedule
because of his advancing age and failing health.

RISE IN INTER-PARTY VIOLENCE

Although Mugabe's supporters could have locked out Tsvangirai from holding
rallies in the countryside simply to portray the MDC leader as a powerless
figure in the unity government, his party lieutenants fear this could be a
sign of troubled times ahead.

Some officials have warned that frustrated MDC youths could be forced into
confronting ZANU-PF structures which critics say have routinely used
violence against opponents since 2000.

What to Watch:

- A rise in interparty violence as drive for elections picks up steam.

- Tsvangirai and the MDC making a fresh appeal for political intervention
from mediators in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), who are
trying to help Zimbabwe to agree on a programme to hold a free and fair
election.

MUGABE'S SUCCESSION

ZANU-PF will hold an annual meeting in early December where the party seeks
to endorse Mugabe as its candidate in the next presidential election.

While in public officials rally behind Mugabe, in private ZANU-PF members
prefer him to pass on the leadership to a younger heir.

The death of Retired General Solomon Mujuru in a fire in August has changed
the dynamics in internal party battles over Mugabe's succession.

Rumours say Mujuru, husband of Vice President Joice Mujuru was pressing
Mugabe pressing Mugabe to step down and that his ZANU-PF faction also
courted Tsvangirai's MDC party.

What to watch:

- Any moves by Mugabe to mend the fractured party ahead of elections and
signs he could be leaning towards any one of his allies bidding to succeed
him.

- How Mujuru's camp will regroup after losing its backroom operator and
strategist.

GOVERNMENT SPENDING

The government is expected to run a budget deficit of $700 million this
year, and is expected to find an extra $220 million next year for the
southern African country to hold a referendum on a new constitution and a
general election as well.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti, from Tsvangirai's MDC, is currently relying on
internal resources to fund the ever-growing national budget because donors
still refuse to extend aid to Zimbabwe, demanding deeper political reforms.

After a July salary increase for state employees, the government now spends
67 percent of its revenues on salaries.

What to Watch:

- Any moves to increase taxes for mining firms the government says are
contributing little in revenues.

LOCAL OWNERSHIP

Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister Kasukuwere from Mugabe's
ZANU-PF party says mining firms have mostly met a September deadline by
which they were required to submit plans to transfer a 51 percent stake in
their operations to locals.

Some foreign mines with operations in Zimbabwe include Impala Platinum ,
Aquarius and Rio Tinto , while British banks Barclays and Standard Chartered
Bank operate locally.

The heavily criticised law is aimed mainly at mining firms and banks
operating in a resource-rich state that has become an economic basket case
because of what analysts say are years of mismanagement by Mugabe's
government.

Analysts say it is more likely the cash-strapped government wants to wring
concessions from miners such as more cash or mineral rights. This explains
why the government is negotiating with individual companies, the analysts
say.

What to watch:

- Details of the agreements reached between the government and individual
miners.

- What the government will do to companies that fail to comply with the law.

SECURITY, ELECTORAL REFORMS

Parliament is expected to debate some reforms to the country's security and
electoral laws which critics say Mugabe has used to hold onto power for
three decades.

The MDC is also pushing for some changes to the security laws to keep
military out of local politics.

Zimbabwe's security service chiefs are hostile to Tsvangirai, calling him a
Western front and have openly backed Mugabe in previous elections while
vowing never to salute Tsvangirai even if he became President.

What to watch:

- Mugabe's stance beyond polite agreement that generals should desist from
making public statements on politics.

- How regional leaders, especially South African President Jacob Zuma who is
mediating in Zimbabwe, will react to the MDC calls for military reforms.

CONSTITUTION

A multi-party parliamentary committee leading a review of the constitution
says it will respect the wishes of ordinary Zimbabweans, but the final
charter is likely to be a compromise between ZANU-PF and MDC, who both lack
a two-thirds majority in parliament needed to pass the new supreme law on
their own.

A referendum on a draft not backed by either party would likely trigger
violence.

What to watch:

- Compromise deal. Many Zimbabweans hope a new charter, replacing the
pre-independence document, will strengthen the role of parliament, curtail
presidential powers and guarantee civil, political and media liberties.

- ZANU-PF reaction to prolonged delays in the crafting of the new
constitution.


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NGO job vacancies in Zimbabwe

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Work in and for Zimbabwe. Help grow our nation. Check out the vacancies
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Please note that the job vacancies we carry are related to the NGO and civil
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Zimbabwe Country Consultant: American Jewish World Service (AJWS)
Deadline: 10 November 2011

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development
organization based in New York, motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue
justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among
the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or
nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service,
advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development
and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and
responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.

American Jewish World Service seeks to hire a country consultant in Zimbabwe
to work with the AJWS grants department in New York to support our grant
making to grassroots organizations in the country.

Job Description:

-Provide technical support and guidance to AJWS partners in Zimbabwe.
-Facilitate access to capacity building, training and networking
opportunities for AJWS partners.
-Facilitate linkages for AJWS partners to other donors and opportunities.
-Organize AJWS partner meetings and peer exchanges to share knowledge and
learning.
-Advise AJWS on current social, political and economic trends that might
impact our grantees.
-Advise AJWS on private, government, UN and multi-or bi-lateral funding
streams in the region.
-Travel in country to monitor and evaluate AJWS grant making, including
trips with AJWS program officers.
-Provide logistical support to AJWS program officers visiting the country.

Qualifications:

-Significant work experience in the NGO community
-Minimum 4 years post-secondary education
-Strong writing and analytical skills
-At least one local language and English fluency for report writing and
direct communication with US staff
-Expertise in the rights-based approach to development preferred
-Experience with NGO capacity building strongly preferred
-Women are strongly encouraged to apply

Salary:
Send salary requirements. We are looking for a part-time consultant
(approximately 6 days per month, flexible schedule) based in Harare or
Bulawayo. The contract is for six months with the possibility of extension.

How to Apply:
For immediate consideration, please forward your resume or Curriculum Vitae,
cover letter and list of references to tmukuka [at] ajws [dot] org and
indicate your name and “Zimbabwe consultant” in the subject line.

For more information about AJWS, please visit our website at www.ajws.org

Food Security and Relief Coordinator: CARE Canada
Deadline: 22 November 2011

CARE is looking for a highly experienced Food Security & Relief Coordinator
to lead a variety of programmes including those funded under USAID’s Food
for Peace (FFP), World Food Programme (WFP), USAID’s Office of Foreign
Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and other as directed by the Assistant Country
Director – Programmes.

Position summary:

The Food Security and Relief Coordinator directly leads the teams
responsible for the final stages of the implementation of the FFP PRIZE
program, an OFDA disaster risk reduction project and WFP programs along with
other humanitarian response teams as necessary. The position is responsible
for the entire spectrum of activities from development, implementation,
compliance, budgeting and reporting on humanitarian and food security
activities in strict accordance with USAID FFP regulations, WFP & other
donor regulations and procedures and CARE Food Security Policies and
Strategies.

The Coordinator is the key person responsible for liaising with in-country
USAID – FFP, WFP, and other donors and stakeholders, including the
government. S/he will also collaborate closely with lead consortium
management unit and logistics department and CARE’s logistics co-ordinator.
S/he will be responsible for oversight, management, planning, compliance and
reporting for all food and non-food items within his/her program portfolio,
in concert with the logistic co-ordinator and in keeping with all country
office and donor policies/regulations.

S/he will coordinate and cooperate with all other Sector Coordinators and
CARE administrative and financial departments at the sub-offices and country
office to ensure established CARE procedures and polices are followed and to
maximize support for project activities.

Find out more

Centre Director: Legal Resources Foundation (LRF)
Deadline: 25 November 2011

The Legal Resources Foundation a local legal services NGO invites
applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the post of
Centre Director within the organisation.

Duties and responsibilities:
-Administering the programmes and activities of the Centre
-Supervision and management of Centre staff
-Preparation of regular reports on Centre activities
-Engaging in fundraising, including drawing up funding proposals and
budgeting

Qualifications and experience:
-Applicants must be registered legal practitioners with at least five years’
post-registration experience
-Background in civil society, particularly a legal services NGO, and
computer literacy will be great advantages
-Applicants must be self-motivated and have a demonstrable ability to lead a
team, and to work with minimal supervision.

How to apply Please send your application letter and CV to:
The National Director
P. O. Box 918
Harare

Or they can be sent by email to: pa [at] lrf [dot] co [dot] zw

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Finance Director: Legal Resources Foundation (LRF)
Deadline: 25 November 2011

The Legal Resources Foundation a local legal services NGO invites
applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the post of
Finance Director.

This position is responsible for the overall financial management (planning,
budgeting, accounting and reporting). The role will provide strategic
leadership and guidance in developing and implementing guidelines and
procedures governing finance and support systems. The incumbent must have
experience in managing and dealing with donors.

Key responsibilities

-Accurate financial accounting and bank accounts management
-Planning and budgeting on financial aspects of the organisation’s
programmes
-Accurate reporting to National Director, Board of Trustees and funding
partners
-Overall accountability of organisational finances and compliance with the
organisation’s policies and guidelines and donor requirements
-Prepare financial reports in line with organisational and donor reporting
requirements
-Co-ordinate and maintain a cash forecasting system to ensure that adequate
funds are available to meet the working requirements of the programmes
-Monitor ongoing levels of expenditure on individual programmes as against
budget, and provide timely advice of likely over or under-spends
-Manage payroll and income tax payments

Qualifications, experience and competencies

-Accounting or Finance-related Degree, and/or fully qualified member of a
recognised Accounting Professional Association such as ACCA and CIS
-Substantial post qualification experience and demonstrable understanding
and experience of finance management, preferably within an NGO
-Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English

How to apply Please send your application letter and CV to:
The National Director
P. O. Box 918
Harare

Or they can be sent by email to: pa [at] lrf [dot] co [dot] zw

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Director: Training and Consultancy – Africa Centre for Holistic Management
Deadline: 30 November 2011

Position Summary
The Director of Training and Consultancy is responsible for supporting
partner organizations to implement Holistic Land and Livestock Management
(HLLM) program in communities in Southern Africa. The Director is expected
to select appropriate partners, oversee successful workshops and training
programs, and ensure effective follow up support and will be based in
Victoria Falls.

ACHM is an award-winning organization that is restoring land to health and
successfully addressing climate change while enhancing livelihoods and
reducing conflict. We seek a mature, dynamic, results-orientated individual
with passion who values working in a learning organization.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Key Challenge
To achieve a working knowledge of Holistic land and Livestock Management in
Southern Africa and ensure successful implementation of community land and
water restoration efforts through working with other NGOs and government
agencies.

Required qualifications and work experience
*Relevant Degree (in Education, Organization Development, Development
Studies, Social Science, or equivalent)
*Experience in community mobilization
*Knowledge of experiential learning
*Experience running training programs
*Experience in a management or leadership position
*Knowledge and experience in program evaluation

Required skills
*Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
*Ability to design appropriate training programs
*Able to assess and select appropriate organizations to partner with
*Manage, mentor and lead a consulting team
*Possess excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written
*Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Explorer &
Powerpoint

Preferred qualifications, knowledge and skills
*Team player who is able to motivate/build a cohesive team
*Knowledge of Holistic Management a plus
*Fluency in Southern African languages a plus
*Entrepreneurship
*Politically, culturally and religiously neutral in work setting

Responsibilities:
1.Develop and manage the newly formed Training & Consultancy section
2.Select appropriate partners (those likely to succeed) and develop
relationship with them

*Assessing and selecting partner organization using ACHM define selection
criteria.
*Facilitation in Leaders seminars
*Carry out pre-visits to selected partner organization
*Drafting MOU with selected partner organization.

3.Deliver successful (and appropriate) training program
*Organizing workshops and training programs
*Designing tailor made workshops
*Evaluation of training programs and workshops

4.Follow up coaching and support to implementing organizations
*Provide follow up support to partner organizations
*Management of report writing by consultants
*Negotiating contracts

5.Maintaining relationships
*Over seeing maintenance of relationships
*Constant communication with partners
*Negotiating contracts

Application process: ACHM is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and
benefits are commensurate with experience.

Applications will be accepted through 30 November 2011. For consideration,
please email a cover letter, C.V. and references to: hmatanga [at]
achmonline [dot] org or rbikwa [at] achmonline [dot] org

For more information on the Africa Centre for Holistic Management visit:
www.achmonline.org
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Bill Watch - Parliamentary Committees Series - 7th November 2011 [Meetings Open to Public 8th - 10th November]

BILL WATCH

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES SERIES

[7th November 2011]

Committee Meetings Open to the Public: 8th to 10th November

The committee meetings listed below will be open to members of the public, but as observers only, not as participants, i.e. members of the public can listen but not speak. All meetings will be held at Parliament in Harare, entrance on Kwame Nkrumah Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

Note: This bulletin is based on the latest information released by Parliament on 7th November. But, as there are sometimes last-minute changes to the meetings schedule, persons wishing to attend a meeting should avoid possible disappointment by checking with the relevant committee clerk that the meeting is still on and still open to the public. Parliament’s telephone numbers are Harare 700181 and 252936. If attending, please use the Kwame Nkrumah Ave entrance to Parliament. IDs must be produced.

Tuesday 8th November at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Industry and Commerce

Oral evidence from Schweppes Zimbabwe Pvt Ltd on the operational challenges encountered before the merger with Delta Beverages Pvt Ltd and the benefits accruing from the merger

Committee Room No. 311

Chairperson: Hon Mutomba Clerk: Ms Masara

Thursday 10th November at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Small and Medium Enterprises

Oral evidence from the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development on the 3rd Quarter Budget Performance Report

Committee Room No. 1

Chairperson: Hon R. Moyo Clerk: Ms Mushunje

Thursday 10th November at 11 am

Thematic Committee: Indigenisation and Empowerment

1. Oral evidence from the Ministry of Mines on the requirements and process involved in the issuance of mining licences

2. Oral evidence from the Ministry of Indigenisation and Empowerment on progress on the implementation of the Indigenisation and Empowerment Policy

Government Caucus Room

Chairperson: Hon Mutsvangwa Clerk: Mr Ratsakatika

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Bill Watch 48/2011 of 7th November [Summary of Private Member's Bill to amend the Urban Councils Act]

BILL WATCH 48/2011

[7th November 2011]

Both Houses of Parliament are adjourned until 15th November

Summary of Private Member’s Bill to amend the Urban Councils Act

On 25th October, when seeking – and obtaining – the leave of the House of Assembly to introduce his Bill to amend the Urban Councils Act, Hon Matimba explained that the object of the Bill was to reduce “the powers of central government over municipal and town councils, thereby encouraging democracy at local levels”. The 35-clause Bill has been professionally drafted and is accompanied by a detailed memorandum prepared by the drafter, explaining in clear terms the effect of each clause. [The memorandum is included in the electronic version of the Bill available from veritas@mango.zw] The proposed amendments include:

No appointed council members: The Bill will revoke the power presently held by the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development to appoint non-voting members of municipal and town councils “to represent special interests”. This means that if the Bill becomes law all councillors will be elected. [The Minister’s use of this power has been controversial, resulting in accusations that his appointees are merely ex-councillors defeated at the last council elections, in no way representative of special interests as envisaged by the Act.]

Ministerial powers abolished: The Bill proposes the abolition of the Minister’s powers (1) to give policy directions to a council; (2) to order a council to reverse, suspend or rescind resolutions and other council actions; (3) to order a council to make certain by-laws or to adopt model by-laws; (4) to order two or more councils to combine to provide services jointly; (5) to veto proposed council by-laws [instead he will be limited to asking a council to reconsider by-laws on strictly limited grounds].

Suspension and dismissal of councillors: The Minister’s power to suspend councillors on suspicion of corruption or other misconduct will remain, but under stricter controls requiring prompt institution of investigations and completion within 60 days. But the Minister will not be able to dismiss a councillor – if the Minister thinks an investigation reveals grounds for dismissal, he or she will have to apply to the High Court for an order of dismissal, meaning that the decision to dismiss will be taken by a High Court judge. [Note: Last week Justice Patel set aside the Minister’s dismissal of several Harare city councillors, ruling that the Minister’s decision was irrational.]

Appointment of “caretakers” to require consultation with Parliament: The Minister’s power to appoint caretakers to run a council’s affairs if there are no councillors, or if all councillors have been suspended, will only be exercised after consultation with the Parliamentary portfolio committee on local government. Caretakers will hold office for a maximum of 90 days, non-extendable, pending the election of new councillors.

Council’s agreement required before Ministerial powers exercised: At present the Minister can exercise certain powers after merely “consulting” councils, i.e., without their agreement. Under the Bill the Minister will be unable to act without council agreement in such matters as: conferring or removing council responsibility for administering a local government area; changing a council’s area; or abolishing a council.

Mayor must be an elected councillor: At present a council may elect as its mayor a person who is not a councillor; Harare is a case in point. Under the Bill a mayor must be chosen from among the elected councillors. Existing non-councillor mayors will however continue to serve until the expiry of their terms of office.

Appointment of council auditors: At present a council must appoint an auditor approved by the Minister and the auditor need not be a registered auditor. The Bill will remove the need for the Minister’s approval and substitute a requirement that all auditors must be registered as such under the Public Accountants and Auditors Act.

Parliamentary Update

By-Elections

The Attorney General’s Office has confirmed that the State has noted an appeal against the decision of Justice Ndou in the High Court in Bulawayo on 13th October ordering the President to call by-elections within 14 days in the House of Assembly constituencies of Lupane East, Nkayi South and Bulilima East. These Matabeleland constituencies have been vacant since August 2009. [Reminder: calling by-elections is the duty of the President, not the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, and the Electoral Act says the President must call a by-election within 14 days of a vacancy being officially notified to his office by Parliament.]

The State’s appeal will deter further court cases calling for by-elections in the other unrepresented constituencies. Vacancies have been accumulating since July 2008, and no by-elections have been called. There are now 18 vacant seats in the House of Assembly and Senate. The vacancies do not in fact alter the voting majorities in either House, but the failure to fill the seats means that citizens in these constituencies are denied their constitutional right to have a representative in Parliament.

Threats to Hon Eddie Cross MP a Contempt of Parliament?

On 27th October Hon Cross’s motion calling for the nationalisation of the Chiadzwa diamond fields was approved by the House of Assembly. Mr Cross has since published a statement describing how immediately after the debate he was threatened by a ZANU-PF member of the House [“we will investigate and come after you”] and also how, three days later, while en route to Bulawayo he was accosted, warned that he was being “monitored” and subjected to threats by a person who identified himself as a CIO operative. The context of both incidents indicate that the threats were prompted by Mr Cross’s speech in the House when proposing his motion. These facts suggest that a serious contempt of Parliament may have been committed – paragraph 13 of the Schedule to the Privileges, Immunities and Powers of Parliament Act states that a contempt of Parliament is committed by any person “making any oral or written threat to a member … on account of his conduct in Parliament or a committee.” Contempt of Parliament may be punished by Parliament itself after an investigation by a Privileges Committee – or by a court following conviction in an ordinary criminal trial; the penalty that may be imposed is a fine of up to $400 or up to 2 years’ imprisonment or both.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Services Mutinhiri

Although she lost her seat in the House of Assembly on 14th September 2011, following her expulsion from ZANU-PF and the party’s communication of that fact to the Speaker, the President has not removed Mrs Mutinhiri from office the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Services. Under the Constitution she can remain in office as Deputy Minister without being a member of Parliament – but only for three months, i.e., until the 14th December 2011.

MPs’ Sitting Allowances

Since the present Parliament first met on 26th August 2008 neither members of the House of Assembly nor Senators have been paid their sitting allowances – the allowances paid for each sitting of the House or the Senate actually attended. On 12th October the Minister of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, after reminding members of the House during Question Time that fixing allowances is the responsibility of the President, said that the Speaker had written to the President recommending that members of the House and Senators should get a sitting allowance of $75 for each sitting attended, backdated to August 2008. But since then it has been announced that “the principals”, i.e. the three GPA party leaders, have agreed to the figure of $75 per sitting, but not the backdating, so that allowances will only be paid for sittings attended from 1st November 2011 onwards.

MP’s have for many years been entitled to sitting allowances and this fact has often been used as a justification for not paying them higher salaries. Under the Parliamentary Salaries, Allowances and Benefits Act allowances become legally payable only once they have been specified by the President in regulations published in the Government Gazette. No such regulations have been gazetted since 2003, when allowances were set at a now meaningless figure in Zimbabwe dollars. This means that at present there is no legal basis for back paying allowances but it is only fair that it should be done as a matter of natural justice. In fact, even the $75 dollars daily sitting allowance from 1st November has no present legal basis – but this could be remedied by gazetting regulations before the end of the month. There has been an angry reaction to the principals’ decision from MPs of all parties, and the Speaker, Mr Lovemore Moyo has said that he will challenge the principals’ decision; presumably this means he will try to convince the principals.

Status of Bills

Bills Passed by Parliament awaiting gazetting as Acts

Deposit Protection Corporation Bill [final reading in Parliament – 2nd August]

Small Enterprises Development Corporation Amendment Bill [final reading in Parliament – 12th July]

Bills Awaiting Presentation [Electronic versions available from veritas@mango.zw]

Older Persons Bill [gazetted 9th September – to be presented by the Minister of Labour and Social Services]

Urban Councils Amendment Bill [Private Member’s Bill to be presented by Hon Matimba of MDC-T]

Government Gazette dated 4th November

No Bills or Acts were gazetted in this week’s Government Gazette.

Statutory Instruments: Only two SIs were gazetted [electronic versions NOT available]:

SI 127/2011 – amendments to the Water (Sub-catchment Councils) (Rates) Regulations fixing new charges for applications, permits and registrations, and for the supply of water.

SI 128/2011 a new collective bargaining agreement for the insurance industry.

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