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Zuma, Mugabe at war

Zimbabwe president blasts SA counterpart after harsh criticism

President Jacob Zuma and his Zimbabwean counterpart, Robert Mugabe, are
headed for a showdown following the Zanu-PF leader's vow to "resist" renewed
pressure by neighbouring states for reforms.

An angry Mugabe on Friday accused Zuma and other Southern African
Development Community (SADC) leaders of trying to interfere in Zimbabwe's
internal affairs.

But he stopped short of calling for Zuma's sacking as the SADC-appointed
facilitator of the talks between Zanu-PF and Zimbabwe's opposition parties.

On Friday Mugabe told a Zanu-PF central committee meeting in Harare: "The
facilitator is the facilitator and must facilitate dialogue. (Zuma) cannot
prescribe anything. We prescribe what we should do in accordance with our
own laws and our agreement.

"The (opposition) MDC thinks SADC or the African Union can prescribe to us
how we run our things."

The 87-year-old's address came after SADC leaders issued the strongest
statement to date on Mugabe's 31-year rule, calling for an end to "violence,
arrests and intimidation".

During the SADC summit in Livingstone, Zambia, this week, Zuma and other
leaders cornered Mugabe over his refusal to implement sections of his
political agreement with MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

The summit took place just days after Zuma held a private meeting with
Tsvangirai at his Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, home.

A diplomat who attended the summit said SADC leaders had had enough of
Mugabe's antics and were demanding that he abide by their decisions.

"SADC is saying ... 'Enough is enough: there is a limit to (how many times)
we can keep coming to meetings and taking decisions and those decisions are
not implemented. We will end up looking foolish if these things are not
being implemented," the diplomat said.

SADC plans to call an extraordinary session - on a date still to be
decided - to discuss the Zimbabwe issue.

But if Mugabe's comments at the Zanu-PF meeting are anything to go by, the
region's leaders will have their work cut out trying to get him to toe the

Mugabe vowed to resist pressure from fellow African leaders to resolve
tensions in his power-sharing government with Tsvangirai.

Yesterday, Zimbabwe's government-owned Herald newspaper quoted Mugabe as
saying: "We will not brook any dictation from any source. We are a sovereign
country. Even our neighbours cannot dictate to us. We will resist that."

Zuma declined yesterday to comment on Mugabe's statements.

But Lindiwe Zulu, a member Zuma's facilitation team in Zimbabwe, said they
would continue with their mission despite Mugabe's criticism.

"We will not make any comments about statements that were made by any of the
parties. We are just going to continue with our mandate which was given to
us by SADC.

"We will continue to do everything we can to make sure that finally there is
peace in Zimbabwe. We have an agenda ... to make sure that none of the
things that the three parties do hinders the progress ... of the Global
Political Agreement."

Zulu said that, as the facilitator, the South African president "will
continue to engage with all of them as he was given a mandate by SADC".

Diplomats at the Livingstone summit said Mugabe had been shaken and angered
by regional leaders blaming him for a resurgence of political repression and
violence in Zimbabwe.

With signs that Mugabe is losing his grip on power and claims that the
military is now running the country, the SADC Organ, or troika, on politics,
defence and security, agreed to pressure the octogenarian to stop the
arrest, intimidation and torture of opponents.

The Sunday Times believes that Mugabe was not given a chance to explain
anything: instead, the SADC leaders virtually told him what had to be done
to prevent an Egypt-style revolt.

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Zimbabwe attacks "erratic" Zuma over Mugabe, Libya

Sun Apr 3, 2011 12:48pm GMT

* Paper launches strongest attack yet on Zuma

* South African leader a "liability" to continent

By Alfonce Mbizwo

HARARE, April 3 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's official newspaper attacked South
African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday, calling him an erratic liability
after he called on Harare to end a crackdown on the opposition.

The comments reflect President Robert Mugabe's displeasure at Zuma, who
condemned events in Zimbabwe in unusually strong language at a regional
summit last week.

"President Jacob Zuma's erratic behaviour is the stuff of legends," the
Sunday Mail said in an editorial. "The problem with Mr Zuma now is that his
disconcerting behaviour has become a huge liability, not only to South
Africa but also to the rest of the continent."

Along with the leaders of Zambia and Mozambique, Zuma demanded an end to the
crackdown on Zimbabwe's opposition which is blamed on Mugabe's ZANU-PF
party. In recent weeks, Mugabe's security officials have cancelled
opposition rallies and detained some rival figures, heightening tension
before a possible general election this year.

The Sunday Mail is Zimbabwe's main government mouthpiece and is unlikely to
have published such comments, the strongest yet against Zuma, without
official sanction.

The paper accused Zuma, the Southern African Development Community's main
Zimbabwe negotiator, of being a dishonest broker and of betraying Africa by
voting for a no-fly zone over Libya at the United Nations Security Council.

"Mr Zuma's duplicity is astounding. With such leaders, Africa is in mortal
danger," the paper said in its attack on the president, who leads the
African National Congress (ANC).

"The same President Zuma who voted for the bombardment of Libya is now
speaking out against the use of military force by the United States,
Britain, France and their allies. His ludicrous stance has left political
scientists scratching their heads in puzzlement. Does South Africa have a
foreign policy at all or has the ANC entered the era of Mickey Mouse

Writing in the same newspaper, Jonathan Moyo, a member of Mugabe's ZANU-PF
Politburo said: "President Zuma is now tainted beyond recovery by the Libyan
situation and his commitment to the African cause has become questionable."

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Fresh fears over Mugabe's health
Mugabe on arrival at Zambezi Sun Hotel for the closed door meeting of the just-ended SADC Organ Troika summit

LIvingstone, Zambia — President Robert Mugabe moved around in a golf cart during the Thursday summit of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) troika on peace and security, sparking fresh speculation about the 87-year-old ruler's health.

Travelling with a large entourage that included six medical people, Mugabe had difficulties disembarking from the Air Zimbabwe chartered flight at Livingstone International Airport.

During the summit at Zambezi Sun Hotel in the resort town in southern Zambia, Mugabe moved around in a golf cart.

Even disembarking from the golf cart required his optimum concentration and holding of supporting metal bars while his counterparts walked freely.

Last month, Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba, in what should be a first in the former guerilla leader's presidency, announced that his boss had undergone a surgical operation to remove cataracts in his eyes in Singapore.

The announcement followed intense speculation during Mugabe's annual leave that he was suffering from prostate cancer and had visited a hospital in the Far East.

Zanu PF has chosen Zimbabwe's only ruler since independence to represent it in presidential elections expected later this year.

But analysts' doubt that he would be fit enough to see through the usually vigorous election campaign.

His major rival would be the 59-year-old Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who beat Mugabe in the first round of the 2008 presidential elections but failed to garner the majority required to claim the presidency.

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Pilots call off strike for Bob

President Robert Mugabe together with his massive delegation and elaborate
security has caused a stir at a luxury hotel in Zambia.

Zimbabwe's octogenarian leader, who was visibly not feeling well, jetted
into Livingstone, Zambia, this week on a Zimbabwe plane accompanied by heavy
security, ministers and plenty of aides - despite Air Zimbabwe pilots being
on strike. Officials, however, said pilots were "required to temporarily
call off the strike" if Mugabe wants to travel.

He was attending the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit.

On arrival at the Zambezi Sun Hotel, Mugabe was surrounded by more than 60
people. More than 40 of them arrived on the same plane as Mugabe while about
15 had come as an advanced delegation. Curious Zambians and tourists stared
in awe.

The situation was worsened by members of the Zambian protocol and government
officials, who had come to welcome the 87-year-old leader.

The veteran Zimbabwe leader, who appeared to struggle while walking, slowly
made his way to a golf cart which took him to his executive suite.

Tourists, guests and SADC officials watched as Mugabe was driven to his room
surrounded by bodyguards and officials on foot. It was difficult for
photographers to get a good picture of Mugabe. Another cart with more
bodyguards and protocol officials followed behind.

Even when he left the hotel for lunch, Mugabe used the golf cart to get to
his vehicle.

South African President Jacob Zuma had less than 12 people around him and
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai six.

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SA hits back over Zuma criticism

03/04/2011 00:00:00
    by Gilbert Nyambabvu

IN sign of growing unease between the two countries South Africa has told
Zimbabwean officials to communicate through “normal channel” if they have
any problems with President Jacob Zuma’s position regarding the conflict in
Libya or any other issue.

Zuma’s office issued a statement on Sunday which noted that relations
between the two countries remained “warm and cordial” but told Zimbabwean
officials to use normal channels if they wanted clarification on South
Africa’s policies.

“Governments have their own channels of communication … Should the
Zimbabwean government wish to understand our position on Libya or any other,
they will contact the South African government through the normal channels
as they always do,” read a statement issued by President Zuma’s office of

The statement was issued in response to criticism of President Zuma by the
state-run Sunday Mail newspaper which described the South African leader as
“erratic” and “duplicitous” in his handling of the Zimbabwe dialogue.

The newspaper also blasted Zuma’s decision to back a United Nations
resolution authorizing air-strikes against Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi’s

"President Jacob Zuma's erratic behaviour is the stuff of legends," the
Sunday Mail claimed in an editorial. "The problem with Mr Zuma now is that
his disconcerting behaviour has become a huge liability, not only to South
Africa but also to the rest of the continent."

Again, writing in the same newspaper, Zanu PF politburo member, Professor
Jonathan Moyo said: "President Zuma is now tainted beyond recovery by the
Libyan situation and his commitment to the African cause has become

The South African leader apparently struck a raw nerve when he, along with
the leaders of Zambia and Mozambique, demanded an end to the violent
crackdown on the opposition which is blamed on President Robert Mugabe's
ZANU-PF party.

Stung by the rebuke, President Mugabe said Zuma, who is the regional body’s
point-man on Zimbabwe, could not tell him what to do.

"We will not brook any dictation from any source. We are a sovereign
country. Even our neighbours cannot dictate to us. We will resist that,” the
Zanu PF leader charged at a recent party meeting in Harare.

"The facilitator is the facilitator and must facilitate dialogue. He cannot
prescribe anything. We prescribe what we should do in accordance with our
laws and our agreement."

Meanwhile, South African officials mounted a robust defence of Zuma’s role
in the Libyan conflict

“South Africa's position on Libya is clear and unambiguous. Other than
responsibilities as a member of the African Union, South Africa also has
strong historical ties with Libya forged during the liberation struggle. It
is for this reason that we stated that Resolution 1973 should not be abused,
and should be implemented in letter and spirit to protect Libyan civilians
and not to advance other objectives,” the statement read.

“President Zuma has spoken out unambiguously against the killing of
civilians in Libya and reaffirmed the country's rejection of regime change
and the foreign occupation of Libya.”

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Zipra Veterans Challenge Chaotic Exhumations

03/04/2011 20:42:00

BULAWAYO, April 3, 2011- Former guerrillas who fought under the Zimbabwe
Peoples Revolutionary Army (Zipra) have made an application to the High
Court to stop the government from going ahead with its controversial
programme of exhuming mass graves containing the remains of hundreds of
people allegedly killed during the liberation war.

The case 880-11 which was filed by the Zipra Veterans Trust lawyers in
Bulawayo will be heard on Wednesday by Justice Nicholas Mathonsi.Abameli
Human Rights Lawyers Network, a splinter group from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights confirmed to Radio Vop that they would be representing the
Zipra veterans.

“ Our clients feel that the government has not followed proper channels in
exhuming the graves.They also want the ministries of Home affairs and
National Healing to be involved in the exercise which also needs medical
experts who will know how to preserve the evidence found, ” Sindizo Mazibisa
one of the Abameli lawyers told Radio Vop on Sunday.

Last month the government uncovered mass graves containing the skeletons of
people suspected to have died during the struggle for independence in the
70s.Some of the skeletons were retrieved from disused mine shafts in
Mashonaland Central province.But pathologists have questioned the
discoveries following revelations that the skin of some of the victims was
still intact.MDC-T believes some of the remains could be of its supporters
who were killed during the violent 2008 elections.

Zipra veterans have also alleged that the remains could be of their
colleagues and supporters who were abducted and murdered by Zanu (PF)
militants and Zanla guerrillas soon after independence.

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MDC-T congress on

Tsvangirai and Biti are safe but jostling intensifies for party's other top
Apr 2, 2011 10:30 AM | By HARARE CORRESPONDENT

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's faction of the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) will hold its third elective national congress at the end of
this month and jostling for positions has intensified.

MDC-T insiders revealed on Friday that party president Tsvangirai and his
combative secretary-general Tendai Biti would not be opposed at the
congress, which is set to take place from April 30 to May 1 in Bulawayo.

However, other top officials are expected to face stiff challenges. Elias
Mudzuri, the party's national organising secretary, told journalists in
Harare on Thursday that the party would conduct provincial elections from
this weekend in preparation for the congress, the theme of which is United,
Winning - The People's Covenant to Real Change.

"The theme has been chosen because the MDC is a party of excellence that has
been winning elections and fighting to bring real change to the people of
Zimbabwe," said Mudzuri.

"The party has drafted a code of conduct that will guide the holding of
elections. Under the code, vote buying, violence, defamation, intimidation,
tribalism, nepotism and other misdemeanours are liable for disciplinary
action. This will limit discohesion in the structures."

Mudzuri said the party has set gender equality as a priority to ensure that
competent female leadership was elected at every level of the party.

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga is expected to be the guest of honour at
the congress.

Other political parties from across Africa, international socialist and
labour organisations are expected to attend.

The MDC Youth and Women's Assemblies will also hold their separate
congresses in Bulawayo on April 29. The party has so far completed elections
in more than 12 000 branches, 1 985 wards and 210 districts in the 12
administrative provinces.

Provincial elections will be held this weekend in Chitungwiza, Midlands
North, Mashonaland West, Masvingo and Harare.

Next weekend elections will be held in Mashonaland Central, Midlands South,
Bulawayo, Manicaland, Matabeleland North, Mashonaland East and Matabeleland

Mudzuri, the former minister of energy and power development, is facing a
challenge from his deputy Morgan Komichi, a veteran trade unionist who once
worked for the country's power utility, Zesa.

Party deputy president Thokozani Khupe, who is also the deputy prime
minister, is being challenged by Thabita Khumalo.

Water Resources Development Minister Simon Sipepa-Nkomo, Norman Mabhena, a
member of the party's national executive committee and the former women's
wing chairwoman Lucia Matibenga, who controversially lost her position to
the co-Minister of Home Affairs, Theresa Makone, were all said to be
interested in the national chairman's post.

Glen View South legislator Paul Madzore, who is also the chairman of the
parliamentary portfolio committee on home affairs and defence, is said to be
vying for the Harare provincial chairmanship, a development that would see
him clashing with non-constituency Senator Morgan Femai.

The MDC-T's deputy secretary-general Tapuwa Mashakada, who is Minister of
Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, was also said to be safe for now
as no one is canvassing support to take the post.

Makone was said to be facing a stiff challenge from the MDC-T chief whip in
the Senate and Mabutweni lawmaker Gladys Dube.

Mkoba lawmaker Amos Chibaya confirmed that he would be vying for the
national youth assembly chairman's post at congress in a bid to unseat
Thamsanqa Mahlangu, while Chisipite Senator Obert Gutu was said to be eying
the national spokesman's position.

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Delegates Cry Foul At Faction Riddled MDC-T Congress

03/04/2011 15:04:00

MASVINGO, April 3, 2011 – The faction riddled MDC-T Masvingo Province held
its congress in Mucheke Stadium on Saturday under a very tense atmosphere in
which some provincial executive members cried foul citing a lot of
irregularities and vote rigging.

The disgruntled officials were lobbying for the postponement of the
elections.Four legislators including Minister of Public Service Professor
Elphas Mukonoweshuro who doubles as Gutu South MP, Tichaona Mharadze for
Masvingo West, Festus Dumbu for Zaka West and Edmore Marima for Bikita East
boycotted the congress.The division between MDC-T in Masvingo has seen 841
delegates out of possible 1 200 from all over the province attending the
congress. The faction that is allegedly led by Prof Mkonoweshuro is accused
of moving around the province campaigning for Masvingo Urban MP Tongai
Matutu’s ouster from provincial executive.

Sources told Radio Vop that Matutu and Mkonoweshuro no longer see eye to

“ The two guys can not even talk to each other, their enemity which started
long back is now growing into a nasty game. The tension heightened when
matutu was appointed to become a deputy Minister.

“ People like Mkonoweshuro wanted Marima to be the deputy minister not
Matutu, ” said the source.
“The date for the provincial congress elections has now been set for April
2, 2011, ” reads part of the letter from Mashakada.However, Mharadze who
walked out and decided to his constituency described Saturday’s congress as
a non-event.“ We don’t know what they were doing in Mucheke. It is a
non-event according to us. Maybe they held a rally but all the same we don’t
know the agenda of their rally. I am sure the congress is going to be held
next week, ” said Mharadze.

Saturday’s congress saw a lot of provincial executive members returning
their positions unopposed. Wilstuff Sitemere remained the provincial
chairman, Tongai Matutu was not opposed at the position of the provincial
secretary, Harrison Mudzuri who is MP for Zaka Central replaced Chiredzi
based member Dust Zivave on the position of provincial spokesperson while
Masvingo city mayor Alderman Fermias Chakabuda is now the provincial
treasurer, the position which was formally held by Chivi North losing
candidate Bernad Chondegwa.

Chiondegwa did not attend the congress.Masvingo central constituency
legislator Jeffreyson Chitando remained the provincial director of
elections.Chitando said they were not afraid of having the congress on April
10 but they just observed the directive from the national executive.
“ We can have this election any time and win. We are not afraid of anyone.
Those who knew they were not going to win opted to boycott. I assure you,
those who are elected are the best candidates for those positions, ”
Chitando said.

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Tomana miffed by judge’s comments

03/04/2011 00:00:00
    by Staff Reporter

ATTORNEY General, Johannes Tomana, reportedly lodged a complaint against
Justice Samuel Kudya after the High Court judge described as weak the state’s
case against Energy and Power Development Minister, Elton Mango.

The state-run Sunday Mail newspaper reports that Tomana felt Kudya had
passed judgment on “factual issues” before trial and filed a complaint with
Judge President, Justice George Chiweshe and the Judicial Services

Justice Kudya made the remarks in question last month when he granted
Mangoma bail in a case in where the Minister faces charges of abuse of
office relating a US$5 million fuel deal signed with a South African

Granting bail, Kudya said: “In my respectful view, the State case appears to
me to be weak. It is not the type of case that would induce the applicant to
abscond. It seems to me that in the absence of evidence that the applicant
personally benefited from the deal, his actions were prompted by a national

The judge said Mangoma may have done the right thing the wrong way adding
his “good intentions” could help with mitigation in the case.

“As minister responsible for energy, all Zimbabweans looked up to him to
provide a quick solution to the problem. His well-meaning response to a
national emergency may prove highly mitigatory. Courts accept that at times
paths to hell are often paved by good intentions. Those good intentions may
prove highly mitigatory . . . The credibility of witnesses will assume
prominence at the trial.”

Tomana reportedly told the Judge President and the Judicial Services
Commission, that Justice Kudya’s remarks would prejudice the state's case
before trial.

He is quoted as saying he had a problem with “the extent to which the judge
made factual findings regarding the propriety of the charges, the probative
value of witnesses’ testimonies, the innocence of the accused person and the
justification for his actions, as if he was the trial judge.”

Tomana also felt Justice Kudya suggestion that Mangoma was responding to a
national crisis and that his actions were a “well-meaning response” could
also undermine the State’s by implying the Minister had no case to answer.

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Ncube scoffs at SADC snub reports

03/04/2011 00:00:00
    by Staff Reporter

MDC LEADER, Professor Welshman Ncube has dismissed as “plain nonsense” state
media reports that he was snubbed by regional leaders at a summit of the
SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation held in
Livingstone, Zambia recently.

The state-run Herald newspaper claimed that the Organ had said it still
recognises Deputy Prime Minister, Arthur Mutambara as a principal in the
inclusive Government.

Ncube took over from Mutambara as leader of the MDC at the party’s last
congress. However his bid to be appointred Deputy Prime Minister and
principal of his party failed after President Robert Mugabe refused to swear
him in.

Again faction linked to Mutambara is also challenging in court the election
process which elevated Ncube to the party’s leadership.

However, Ncube told reporters at the party’s offices in Bulawayo that he had
been invited to Livingstone summit as leader of the MDC and GPA principal.

“We know there was deliberate lobbying that we should not be invited to the
summit but I was invited as president and principal,” he said.

“I was advised by SADC that DPM Mutambara was invited to the summit as a
signatory to the GNU and he spoke in that capacity while I spoke on behalf
of the party, just like President Mugabe and (Prime Minister Morgan)

Ncube attended the summit alongside MDC secretary- general Priscilla
Misihairabwi-Mushonga and her deputy Moses Mzila-Ndlovu.

He insisted that Professor Mutambara no longer represented the MDC.

“The office of party president and that of the principal are one and the
same. I am the president and our negotiators Minister Priscilla
Misihairambwi-Mushonga and Minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu report to me,” he

“This is the same with Zanu-PF and MDC-T where negotiators report to
President Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai respectively. For one to say he (DPM
Mutambara) is a GNU principal is pure nonsense. Mutambara has no office as a
principal,” he said.

After Mugabe refused to swear Ncube in as deputy prime minister, the party
subsequently sought a High Court order to bar Mutambara from presenting
himself as MDC leader and as principal in the inclusive Government.

The High Court granted a provisional order barring Mutambara from acting as
MDC leader but did not make a pronouncement on his status as a principal.

Mutambara has also since filed court papers seeking confirmation that he is
still in charge of the party.

Meanwhile, Ncube said Misihairambwi-Mushonga and Mzila-Ndlovu would
represent the party at a review meeting of the inclusive government.

“Sadc urged us to recommit ourselves to GPA as the three political parties
in the GNU after indicating that it was exasperated and not happy with the
slow progress in fulfilling what was agreed on,” he said.

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‘ Stop Taking Over Buildings ’ - Sikhosana Warns Zanu (PF) Youths

03/04/2011 15:01:00

BULAWAYO, April 3, 2011- Former ruling party Zanu (PF) has issued an order
directing its militant youths in the country’s second city, Bulawayo to stop
invading and occupying buildings under the guise of black economic

The youths have in the past few months been forcibly taking over buildings
owned by Indians and Whites in the city saying the move marks the start of a
programme to empower unemployed blacks.Absolom Sikhosana, the Zanu (PF)
national youth chairman however said that the party leadership had not
sanctioned the takeover of the buildings, adding that an order had been
issued against the youths to stop their programme.

“ The programme of taking over buildings has not been sanctioned by the
party leadership. Those youths who have been invading buildings are
criminals who are tarnishing the party name.

“ We have directed them to stop forthwith the programme.they have their own
agendas and that is spoiling the party name.“If they get arrested or sued
for invading buildings, the party will not represent them because what they
have been doing is illegal , ” Sikhosana told Radio Vop.
Sikhosana said the Bulawayo Zanu (PF) youths should first wait for politburo
members who will be dispatched to provinces soon to inform and educate party
followers how this programme of indigenisation will be implemented.

The buildings that have been invaded so far include Zambesia and Canberra
Flats located between Leopold Takawira and Sixth Avenue and owned by Laloo
family of Indian origin.The militant youths have also grabbed the Capri
which houses the Pizzaghetti owned by Di Palma family who are of Italian
The youths recently blocked Khalil Gaibie from evicting tenants from his
Elons Court between 3rd Avenue and Main Street over late payment of rentals,
adding that they have taken over the building.

The takeover of the buildings in Bulawayo had caused divisions between the
party’s provincial executive and the youths.Isaac Dakamela, the Zanu (PF)
chairman for Bulawayo Province had on numerous occasions voiced his concern
at the takeover of city buildings by the party youths who have also hit back
and threatened to topple him on charges of being a stumbling block to the
black empowerment programme.

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Humiliated Zanu (PF) probes MPs Who Voted For Moyo

03/04/2011 20:43:00

KAROI, April 3, 2011- Zanu (PF) has allegedly started probing its
legislators who are accused of voting for MDCT-T candidate for the election
of speaker of parliament Lovemore Moyo.

Party sources told our Karoi correspondent that the process of sniffing out
suspects has begun and when the investigations are over, the culprits will
face the music.

“ We know that some of the suspected legislators who betrayed the party and
voted for Moyo have criminal records and we will use that to arrest them, ”
said one of the sources.

The former liberation movement already has 8 suspects who, after being found
guilty will be suspended from the party.The sources added that they
suspected three MPs from Mashonaland West, four from Matabeleland and
Manicaland provinces among others.

''We are casting our nets wide although one MP from Mashonaland  West was
assisted by President's office
after his car broke down on his way to parliament, Zanu (PF) lost the
election besides that effort '' added the sources.  Radio VOP has the
suspected MP's name. Zanu (PF) spokesperson Rugare Gumbo denied that they
have launched a witch-hunt against the MPs suspected of voting for Moyo
instead of their own candidate Simon Khaya Moyo, a former Zimbabwe
Ambassador to South Africa who is also the party,s national chairman.

'' We accepted defeat and as a party that brought independence and democracy
we are looking forward to forth coming elections. No one will be arrested
over these elections,” Gumbo was quoted as saying.Police have not commented
about rumours that they have been asked to provide information about the
criminal records of some of the legislators accused of betraying the party.

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Fiery human rights lawyer Mtetwa wins ethics award

Apr 2, 2011 10:22 AM | By HENDRICKS CHIZHANJE
Human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa has been awarded the Inamori Ethics
Prize by Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, US.

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western
Reserve University will present Mtetwa with the prize at a ceremony at the
Ohio campus in September, where she will give a lecture about her work and
the challenges that lie ahead.

Mtetwa - who last year won acquittals for colleague Alec Muchadehama and
exiled Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) treasurer Roy Bennett, and is
currently defending MDC deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma - was
selected from nominations solicited from leaders, scholars, and
organisations around the world.

Mtetwa told the Sunday Times the award belongs to all Zimbabwean human
rights lawyers and institutions fighting for the upholding of human rights
in the country.

"I feel honoured for the entire human rights community in Zimbabwe," Mtetwa
said of the award.

First allotted in 2008, the Inamori Ethics Prize honours outstanding ethical
leaders whose actions and influence have helped to change the world since
that year.

In honouring Mtetwa, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and
Excellence at Case Western Reserve University said the human rights lawyer
had demonstrated exemplary ethical leadership - and her actions and
influence had greatly improved the condition of humankind.

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence said: "Dragged,
beaten and nearly choked to death, Mtetwa has not wavered in her quest to
use the law to further a free press for foreign and domestic reporters and
to fight for social justice for her country's most vulnerable residents,
particularly women ... Mtetwa has fought against Mugabe's efforts to silence
her and hide conditions in Zimbabwe, and she has become a hero to his
victims, from the country's most vulnerable citizens to reporters from some
of the world's most prominent news outlets."

The Inamori Ethics Prize carries with it a monetary award, which is intended
to support Mtetwa's ongoing work for justice.

Recipients of the international ethics award include Francis S Collins, a
physician-geneticist and the first recipient of the Inamori Ethics Prize;
former UN High Commissioner on Human Rights and the first woman president of
Ireland, Mary Robinson; and Stan Brock, a humanitarian, conservationist and
former co-host of the television show, Wild Kingdom.

Last year, the American Bar Association awarded Mtetwa its prized
International Human Rights Award for her "extraordinary contributions to the
cause of human rights, the rule of law, and the promotion of access to
justice" in Zimbabwe.

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Law silent on payment for 51% mining shares

Written by Staff Reporter
Saturday, 02 April 2011 13:41
Govt must see sense – Chamber of Mines

HARARE - Zimbabwe's mining companies have complained that the Indigenisation
plan that aims to transfer majority control of foreign mining firms to
locals was silent on how payment was to be made - raising fears the
government wanted to expropriate the mines for free.

A government gazette extraordinary dated March 25 announced that all
foreign-owned mining firms with a net asset value of more than US$1 must
dispose of 51 percent of the shares to designated entities.

"This effectively means every business will be affected," says Victor
Gapare, president of the Chamber of Mines. "The exemption of those below a
net asset value of $500,000 has been removed. The notice is silent on the
100 percent ownership of alluvial minerals as had been announced by the
Minister through the Herald on February 2, 2011."

The entities for acquisition of shares include the National Indigenization
and Economic Empowerment Fund, the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation,
any entity formed by the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, a
statutory sovereign fund and an employee share ownership scheme, or trust,
or community share ownership scheme

The Chamber of Mines has said it would be preferable to sell stakes of 26
percent to local owners, divided as 26 percent direct equity and 25 percent
being met through corporate social investment credits.

"It is not clear whether the state has a plan for warehousing these shares
for future distribution to the broad majority of the population," Gapare
said. "Not distributing these shares to the public equates to

"The valuation of the shares shall be agreed with the minister and take into
account the State’s sovereign ownership of the mineral or minerals to be to
be exploited. Effectively, proven reserves can no longer be included in
determining value of the business, which runs contrary to standard practice
in the mining world. This is seen to be nationalization of all mining
assets, and the end result will be killing the incentive for any
exploration. Listed companies have effectively had their value taken away."

Gapare said there was silence on the commitment of designated entities to
pay for the shares by September 25, yet the shares must be transferred by
that date.

"A normal transaction would require that shares change hands only after
payment has been done," Gapare said. Failure to comply will constitute a
level 12 offence attracting a fine or a five-year jail term, or both.

The Minister of Indigenisation, Saviour Kasukuwere, who drafted the
regulations, also disregarded recommendations of the Mining Sector Committee
on Indigenization, which recommended 26 percent direct equity, 10 percent to
communities in the form of a tax on gross profit and 15 percent through
social credits.

There is no mention of the fate of the business in such circumstances,
Gapare says.
Like many other economic observers, Gapare said the move was likely to
discourage foreign investment.

"The Minister has decided to fast track indigenization without taking into
consideration the negative consequences on investment and growth. If a
mining company cannot lay claim on the reserves or other inferred resource,
it is not possible to raise capital," Gapare said.

"For the benefit of the industry and the economy at large, the mining
industry must continue to lobby government to see sense in the
recommendations of the mining sector committee."

Analysts said impoverished Zimbabwe does not have the money to buy
controlling stakes through the investment vehicles.

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ZBC needs $30m for upgrade

Written by Ngoni Chanakira
Saturday, 02 April 2011 13:30

HARARE - Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings Limited (ZBH) needs at least $30
million to spruce up its image and upgrade dilapidated equipment, most of
which was bought before Independence.
The broke corporation needs the cash urgently to build three new radio
stations, nine production studios, and four drama and music recording
studios as it gears up for competition expected soon.
A document prepared by the Ministry of Finance, currently circulating in
cabinet, reveals that the cash-strapped monopoly broadcaster needs almost
$30 million.
A large chunk of the cash will go towards upgrading Outside Broadcast
The OB vans are used to help cover major events such as at the National
Heroes Acre, Parliament, and at soccer matches.
The document shows that ZBC needs $5 320 000 for sprucing up its
transmission and archive system and $5 649 000 for TV production facilities,
as well as $115 000 for purchasing a commercial recording studio, $790 000
to digitalise four archive library systems, $450 000 for the construction of
three new radio news stations, $435 000 to construct four drama and music
recording studios and $275 000 to purchase a radio OB flyaway kit.

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Zimbabweans to be asked for more info: Home Affairs

Published: 2011/04/03 04:14:01 PM

Thousands of Zimbabweans who have applied for documentation to legitimise
their stay in South Africa will be asked for more information to finalise
their applications, the home affairs department said on Sunday.

They would be contacted for the information via SMS, spokeswoman Manusha
Pillai said in a statement.

She said of 275,762 applications received, 116,960 were incomplete.

The incomplete applications included 28,044 for Zimbabwean passports from
the Zimbabwean consulate and 15,066 using Zimbabwean birth certificates,
drivers licenses or expired Zimbabwean passports.

Pillai said 17,596 applications had no supporting documents and 56,254
required fingerprints.

The SMSs would be sent to applicants for business, study or work permits.

Pillai said 119,009 applications had been adjudicated. The department was
also still validating and confirming 6243 amnesty applications.

"We therefore appeal to Zimbabwean nationals to respond timeously to [the]
SMS requests to provide further information to enable the department to
finalise their applications as soon as possible," she said.

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Music, visual arts feast to rock Harare

Apr 2, 2011 10:24 AM | By VLADIMIR MZACA

The International Festival of the Arts is to rock Harare later this month
with South African band the BLK JKS (pronounced Black Jacks) set to take the
stage with many other top international artists.

This year's festival runs under the theme, The Engagement Party, to enhance
passion in the arts, says Ross Mitchell, head of Hifa communications.

"In choosing the theme, Hifa aimed to call on Zimbabweans to become fully
immersed in and involved in the arts in their communities, and in the
exciting celebration of art itself.

"Becoming engaged requires that we give undivided attention to something
about which we feel passionate. Zimbabweans are indeed passionate about
arts, culture, celebration and enjoyment.

"On another level, The Engagement Party carries a message of engagement
across all sectors of society, and completely with one another," Ross said.

BLK JKS plays an array of rock music, from alternative to progressive to
experimental. The group consists of Lindani Buthelezi (vocals, guitar),
Mpumi Mcata (guitar), Molefi Makananise (bass) and Tshepang Ramoba (drums).

Buthelezi and Mcata grew up together in Johannesburg's East Rand, and were
joined by Soweto natives Makananise and Ramoba.

The band made waves with its international recording debut, Lakeside, in
2007. The following year the members met and became friends with Diplo
during his DJ tour of South Africa.

After Diplo spread the word about the South Africans, BLK JKS was signed to
Secretly Canadian, a premier independent US indie and rock label. The band
released its four-track Mystery EP in 2009, recorded in collaboration with
producer Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines, and featuring a new version of

BLK JKS earned their slot at this year's festival because of their growing
international popularity.

"BLK JKS have been receiving huge acclaim over the past two years and been
called Africa's answer to American alternative bands.

"In November this year, they have been invited to join the hugely famous and
talented US rock band, 30 Seconds to Mars, on its return tour of
Johannesburg and Cape Town," Ross said.

The Harare fest runs from April 26 to May 1 and will bring together artists
from about 10 various forms, ranging from music to visual arts.

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Mugabe has no clothes – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 2nd April 2011


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                   G’bye G’bye G’bagbo                                           Joining Mugabe in hell


The Vigil celebrated the imminent ousting of another illegal president – Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast – whose clinging to power after losing the election last November has cost countless lives.


Gbagbo’s poisonous legacy – like Mugabe’s – will blight his country for many years. But. mercifully, the victorious President Alassane Ouattara was not persuaded to accept the discredited Kenya / Zimbabwe model where the election winner is coerced into playing second fiddle to the incumbent loser – with the disastrous result we have seen in Zimbabwe.


As Ouattara's forces closed in on Gbagbo in Abidjan, Vigil supporters played the West African drama out in front of the Zimbabwe Embassy in London.  Fungayi Mabhunu, wearing our Mugabe mask, welcomed his Ivorian friend with the poster ‘Zimbabwe – world of wonders: Mugabe, Mariam, Gbagbo? Gaddafi?’ Three people wearing devil masks (played by Rashiwe Bayisayi, Itayi Mawunga and Busi Ngwenya) accompanied Gbagbo (played by Stanford Munetsi) who bore on his back the poster ‘G’bye G’bye G’bagbo’.


Trailing behind the former Ivorian President was another Mugabe ally – Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi – played by Paul Mathema in Arab robes. He managed to convey the dilemma of the Libyan monster on whether to join Ethiopia’s ousted President Mariam and his other pals in Zimbabwe.


The resolution of the Ivory Coast impasse will hopefully allow African attention to focus a bit more on Zimbabwe. The Vigil was encouraged by reports from the meeting in Livingstone of the SADC Troika called to discuss the Zimbabwe crisis. The Troika appears to have showed some impatience with Mugabe’s propaganda. Zambian President Banda warned: ‘if there is anything that we must learn from the upheavals going on in the northern part of our continent, it is that the legitimate expectations of the citizens of our countries cannot be taken for granted. We must therefore continue at the SADC level to consolidate democracy through the establishment of institutions that uphold the tenets of good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law.’ (


As Zanu PF plumbs new depths in hate speech, the Vigil looks to SADC to honour its commitments to Zimbabweans and insist on free and fair elections. If they open their eyes, they will at last see that Mugabe has no clothes.


Other points

·         The Zim Vigil band (Farai Marema and Dumi Tutani) has launched its theme song ‘Vigil Yedu (our Vigil)’ to raise awareness through music. To download this single, visit website:

·         At a time when there has been so much publicity about the nefarious goings-on involving the Marange diamonds, we were glad to be briefed about the work of Global Witness. Please check their website for information about Zimbabwe diamonds:

·         Our sympathies to Abel Chikomo, Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum who is accused by the Zimbabwe authorities of running an illegal organization. The Vigil has close links with the Forum in the UK and Abel has visited the Vigil – see:



For latest Vigil pictures check: For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check  


FOR THE RECORD: 113 signed the register (many supporters were away at a big MDC-UK meeting).



·          The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organisation based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organisation on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe.

·          ROHR Manchester meetings. Saturday 16th April: (committee meeting from 11 am – 1 pm, general meeting from 2 – 5 pm). Venue: The Salvation Army Citadel, 71 Grosvenor Road, Manchester M13 9UB. Contact: Delina Tafadzwa Mutyambizi 07775313637, Chamunorwa Chihota 07799446404, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161, Artwell Pfende 07886839353, Charles Nenguke 07925146757, P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070 or P Chibanguza 07908406069. Future meeting: 14th May. Same times and venue.

·          ROHR Liverpool general meeting on Saturday 16th April from 2.30 – 5.30 pm. Venue: Kensington Methodist Church, 294 Kensington, Liverpool L7 2RN. ROHR President, national executive members present. A well-known immigration lawyer available to talk about the new country guidance ruling. Contact Anywhere Mungoyo 07939913688, Netsai Karota 07767483180, Sheilla Mironga 07578541227 or P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070.

·          ROHR Newcastle general meeting. Saturday 23rd April from 2 – 6 pm. Venue: Warwick Court, Warwick Street, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 1EY. 3 mins walk from the Gateshead Interchange opposite Gateshead Civic Centre and Gateshead Police Station. Free parking available. Contact Susan Ndlovu 07767024586, Allen Chamboko 07500246416, Kuda Derera 07411337933, Rugare Chifungo (Coordinator) 07795070609

·          ROHR Manchester Vigil. Saturday 30th April from 2 – 5 pm. Venue: Cathedral Gardens, Manchester City Centre (subject to change to Piccadilly Gardens). Contact: Delina Tafadzwa Mutyambizi  07775313637, Chamunorwa Chihota 07799446404, Panyika Karimanzira 07551062161, Artwell Pfende 07886839353, Charles Nenguke 07925146757, P Mapfumo 07915926323/07932216070 or P Chibanguza 07908406069. Future demonstration: 28th May. Same time and venue.

·          Vigil Facebook page:

·          Vigil Myspace page:

·          ‘Through the Darkness’, Judith Todd’s acclaimed account of the rise of Mugabe.  To receive a copy by post in the UK please email confirmation of your order and postal address to and 0send a cheque for £10 payable to “Budiriro Trust” to Emily Chadburn, 15 Burners Close, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 0QA. All proceeds go to the Budiriro Trust which provides bursaries to needy A Level students in Zimbabwe

·          Workshops aiming to engage African men on HIV testing and other sexual health issues. Organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust ( Please contact the co-ordinator Takudzwa Mukiwa ( if you are interested in taking part.


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:

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Urgent Challenge To The Suspension By The Sadc Summit Of The Sadc Tribunal

Southern African Commercial Farmers Alliance 
7 Cardiff St, Belmont, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe ¨ P O Box FM 607, Famona ¨ Tel: +263 9 240841¨ Fax: +263 9 889609 ¨ Email:
Late last week an urgent application was filed in the Tribunal of the Southern African Development Community.  This application challenges on six grounds the decision made on 17 August 2010 by the Summit of Heads of State or Government of SADC and the Council of Ministers of SADC (First and Second Respondents) to suspend the operations of the SADC Tribunal.  The Republic of Zimbabwe is cited as Third Respondent.
These grounds, spelt out in the Founding Affidavit by applicants William Michael Campbell, Mike Campbell (Pvt) Ltd and Luke Munyandu Tembani are: -
(1) Neither the Summit nor the Council had any Legal Authority which authorised such a decision;
(2) The decision was taken for an Improper Purpose.  There was no need to interfere with the Tribunal’s normal functioning whilst an honest appraisal of its functions was being undertaken;
(3) The decision was taken in Bad Faith. Two of the Tribunal’s prior awards against Zimbabwe had resulted in referrals to the Summit neither of which had been dealt with promptly as is required by the Treaty.  In Kinshasa in 2009 the Summit postponed dealing with the referral.  In 2010 in Windhoek the Summit contrived this suspension so as to evade a difficult and embarrassing decision on how to suitably discipline Zimbabwe’s non-compliance with Tribunal rulings.  These rulings came about as a result of Zimbabwe’s earlier non-compliance with their obligations under the SADC Treaty.
Compounding this, periods of office of four of five judges who coincidentally had delivered adverse judgements against Zimbabwe were not renewed.  The only proceedings which could have occasioned the decision for suspension were those of the applicants.  According to standard good legal ethics and practice they should have been consulted or been given an opportunity to be heard prior to the decision being taken. 
Additionally, there were public verbal assaults made against these Tribunal rulings by five senior officers in the Zimbabwe government.  The decision to suspend was a stratagem by them to win time, subvert the Tribunal’s awards and prevent further proceedings being instituted against the Zimbabwe government;
(4) The decision to suspend was Arbitrary and Irrational.  The condition imposed by the Summit of refusing to allow the Tribunal to take on new cases whilst the review process was being undertaken is arbitrary and quite unrelated to a true reappraisal in good faith of the functioning of the Tribunal.  Treaty Article 6(4) which demands that Member states “take all steps necessary to ensure the uniform application of this Treaty” has been subverted and exposed to ridicule.
(5) The Treaty’s guarantee of Access to Justice and the peaceful settlement of disputes between Member states; persons and States; Member states and the Community; persons and the Community; and the Community and its staff has been violated by the suspension of the Tribunal and the refusal of the Council and Summit to appoint judges able to adjudicate these matters;
(6) The decision did not follow Procedure.  The decision to review the operations of the Tribunal, even had there been a sound reason for so doing, was impaired by patent procedural irregularity.  The Treaty itself, and legal principle, provides that the decision could not be lawfully taken without prior notice to and consultation with affected parties such as the Tribunal and present applicants.
Therefore, the Notice of Motion urgently applies for an order: -
(a) which ensures that the Tribunal continues to function in all respects as established by Article 16 of the Treaty;
(b) that the decision of 17 August 2010 does not in law have the effect of suspending further its operations and functioning;
(c) that the Summit is bound by the Treaty to support and facilitate the functioning of the Tribunal;
(d) that the Council is bound by the Protocol on the Tribunal to ensure the Tribunal consists of not less than ten members, of which five are designated as regular members; failing which it is declared that the Tribunal continues to be constituted as it was as of 16 August 2010;
(e) that Justices Pillay, Kambovo, Chomba and Tshosa continue as members of the Tribunal;
(f) that comprehensive costs be awarded jointly and severally against the respondents;
(g) and that applicants are entitled to further and or alternative relief.
A letter written by Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa to SADC Secretary General Tomaz Salomao and referred to in the Sunday Times of 20 February 2011 makes it quite clear that the decision to commission the independent review of the Tribunal had been that of the Ministers of Justice and Attorneys-General. 
The Summit in Windhoek accepted what can now be seen to be a questionable proposal by their ministers.  They went on to endorse it further with their ruling.  Both Summit and Ministers must now justify what was on the face of it an unwise and ill-advised decision.
The position to support the government in Harare, whether taken knowingly or not, carries with it certain drawbacks and disadvantages.  Could it be that the robust language used by the Troika in Livingstone last Thursday is an indication that finally the SADC Summit has become aware of this?  Could it be that this application is yet to harden the attitude of the Summit still further?
3 April 2011

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Beer puddles

Dear Family and Friends,

They say that good things come in threes and despite all the bad news about
Zimbabwe, a few flickering lights have given cause for hope recently.

A few days ago, good news came for a couple of hundred villagers living near
a main highway, when a passing beer truck lost its load. Rounding a bend on
the main road in the east of the country I came across an accident which
must have happened just a few minutes before. A large truck loaded to its
maximum height with crates of Chibuku beer had lost at least half of its
cargo on the tarmac at the foot of a hill. The brown plastic beer
containers, known here as Scuds, had rolled out of dozens of blue plastic
crates and were lying all over the road. Many of the Scuds had burst and
spilled their contents and the tarmac was running with beer, sticky pools of
the thick, cloudy beer forming puddles in the steep eroded cut-offs on the
edge of the tar. Some of the crates must have shattered on impact and shards
of blue plastic decorated what was rapidly turning into a frenzy in front of
my eyes. From out of the bush in all directions people came running: men,
women and teenagers. They raced out into the road without even a glance for
approaching traffic and feverishly gathered up undamaged Scuds and ran away
with them. Some of the more adventurous people were cupping their hands and
literally drinking from the beer puddles on the road, while others used tins
and empty bottles to snatch a few mouthfuls. Stepping hard on my brakes to
avoid hitting any of the manic beer collectors, I slowed as I passed the
truck driver; the look in his eyes said it all: despair and a hopeless
acceptance that he wouldn’t be able to save much of his cargo. Nearly four
hours later, on my return journey, I was astonished to see the beer truck
still stranded on the side of the highway. His now empty blue crates had
been reloaded and tied down, watched by a sizeable crowd of very merry
spectators. Four women came running out of the bush carrying empty twenty
litre containers, heading for a spot under a tree where decanting of looted
Scuds seemed to be taking place. A great roar of approval went up at their
arrival from a crowd of a hundred or more people who stood, sat and danced
in the long grass on the roadside. The unexpected party on the roadside made
me think of other good news that has given us cause to smile and cheer

Very good news came for democracy in Zimbabwe when the MDC’s Lovemore Moyo
was re-elected Speaker of the House of Assembly.  After being removed from a
post he had held for two and a half years by a Supreme Court ruling because
his original election had been procedurally flawed, Lovemore Moyo was again
chosen by MP’s for the critically important position. The result came in at
105 votes to 93 and has left Zanu PF in an angry tizz as they hunt for which
three of their own MP’s` had obviously voted for Lovemore Moyo. Speaking to
his ZANU PF committee members a couple of days later, Mr Mugabe said about
the mystery voters: “Let us correct ourselves…. They are wrong in being
members of our party.”

The last piece of good news came at the end of the recent SADC meeting in
Zambia. The summit's final communiqué read in part: “There must be an
immediate end of violence, intimidation, hate speech, harassment, and any
other form of action that contradicts the letter and spirit of the GPA."
Back in Harare Mr Mugabe was quoted as saying in response to SADC: “We will
not brook dictation from any source. We will resist interference from any
source, even from our neighbours,”

So SADC, will you be giving us reason for beer drinking on the roadside?
Until next time, thanks for reading, love cathy. 2nd April 2011.Copyright ©
Cathy Buckle.

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Bill Watch 14/2011 of 1st April [SADC Organ Summit and Communique]

BILL WATCH 14/2011

[1st April 2011]


SADC Organ Troika Summit: Livingstone 31st March: Stern Words on Zimbabwe

The Troika Summit of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation met in Livingstone, Zambia, on 31st March to consider the political and security situation in the region, in particular in Madagascar and Zimbabwe.  

In Attendance: The Organ Troika Summit was attended by all the three Troika members, the current chairperson of the Troika, Zambian President Banda, the deputy chairperson and the to-be next chairperson, South African President Zuma and the last chairperson, Mozambican President Guebuza, and also by the current SADC chairperson President Pohamba of Namibia.  The official communiqué lists as “also in attendance” Zimbabwe President Mugabe, Prime Minister Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime Minister Mutambara and Professor Ncube [so SADC did not “snub” Professor Ncube as the State press reported]

Chairperson’s Opening Speech:  President Banda’s opening speech referred to this year’s events in North Africa:  “If there is anything that we must learn from the upheavals going on in the northern part of our continent, it is that the legitimate expectations of the citizens of our countries cannot be taken for granted.  We must, therefore, continue at the SADC level to consolidate democracy through the establishment of institutions that uphold the tenets of good government, respect for human rights and the rule of law.”

After discussing the Madagascan situation at some length the Summit discussed Zimbabwe.  The Summit received the report on the political and security situation from President Zuma as SADC Facilitator for Zimbabwe and, using the strongest words yet to emerge publicly from a SADC meeting about the situation in this country, made the following comments and resolutions:

Extracts on Zimbabwe from the Summit Communiqué

[full text available on request]

“13.   On Zimbabwe, Summit received the report on the political and security situation in the country as presented by the SADC Facilitator H.E. Jacob Zuma, the President of the Republic of South Africa.

14.    Summit appreciated the frankness with which the report was presented by the SADC Facilitator and commended him for the work that he has been doing on behalf of SADC.

15.    Summit recalled past SADC decisions on the implementation of the GPA and noted with disappointment insufficient progress thereof and expressed its impatience in the delay of the implementation of the GPA.

16.    Summit noted with grave concern the polarization of the political environment as characterized by, inter alia, resurgence of violence, arrests and intimidation in Zimbabwe.

17.    In view of the above, Summit resolved that:

(a)   there must be an immediate end of violence, intimidation, hate speech, harassment, and any other form of action that contradicts the letter and spirit of GPA;

(b)   all stakeholders to the GPA should implement all the provisions of the GPA and create a conducive environment for peace, security, and free political activity;

(c)   the Inclusive Government in Zimbabwe should complete all the steps necessary for the holding of the election including the finalisation of the constitutional amendment and the referendum;

(d)    SADC should assist Zimbabwe to formulate guidelines that will assist in holding an election that will be peaceful, free and fair, in accordance with the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections;

(e)    the Troika of the Organ shall appoint a team of officials to join the Facilitation Team and work with the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) to ensure monitoring, evaluation and implementation of the GPA. The Troika shall develop the Terms of Reference, time frames and provide regular progress report, the first, to be presented during the next SADC Extraordinary Summit. Summit will review progress on the implementation of GPA and take appropriate action.

18.    Summit endorsed the report of the SADC Facilitation on Zimbabwe.”


Additional Troika Involvement  Apart from the stronger than usual language, the really new element emerging from the Summit is captured by paragraph 17(e) of the communiqué – the new team of officials from the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation to beef up monitoring, evaluation and implementation of the GPA.

President Mugabe’s Reaction Speaking the day after the Summit President Mugabe downplayed the Summit outcome, reassuring the ZANU-PF Central Committee that We will not brook any dictation from any source.  We are a sovereign country.  Even our neighbours cannot dictate to us.  We will resist that. ….. The facilitator is the facilitator and must facilitate dialogue. He cannot prescribe anything. We prescribe what we should do in accordance with our laws and our agreement."

SA Facilitation Team Here Next Week

The ZANU-PF lead negotiator, Patrick Chinamasa, told reporters on returning from the Summit that the roadmap to elections would be completed by the party negotiators on Monday 4th April and the SA facilitation team would be invited to Harare to discuss it on Wednesday.


Veritas makes every effort to ensure reliable information, but cannot take legal responsibility for information supplied.


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Bill Watch 15/2011 of 1st April [Parliamentary Update]

BILL WATCH 15/2011

[1st April 2011]

The House of Assembly has adjourned to Tuesday 5th April

The Senate has adjourned to Tuesday 10th May

Roy Bennett’s Senate Seat At Risk

Senator Bennett has now, without the leave of the Senate, missed more than 21 sittings of the Senate during the current Parliamentary session – Tuesday’s sitting was the 21st.  This exposes him to loss of his seat if ZANU-PF manage to get one-half of the total membership of the Senate to vote for a resolution that his seat should become vacant.  With support from the Senator chiefs, ZANU-PF would have the votes to achieve this.  If Mr Bennett loses his Senate seat this will provide President Mugabe with another reason for refusing to appoint Mr Bennett as Deputy Minister of Agriculture. [Ministers and Deputy Ministers are required to be members of Parliament.] Filling the vacancy should be straightforward.  The seat is one of the four appointed non-constituency Senate seats created for MDC-T by Article 20.1.9(b) of the GPA, as incorporated into the Constitution by Constitution Amendment No. 19 [there were also two such seats for MDC-M].  Holders of these four seats were nominated by MDC-T in 2009 and formally appointed by the President.  According to Article 20.1.10, if a vacancy occurs in any of these seats it must be filled by a nominee of the party that held it before the vacancy.  So it is up to MDC-T to nominate a person qualified to be a Senator – and it could re-nominate Mr Bennett, but he would have to negotiate his return to take it up. 

In the House of Assembly This Week

Apart from the swearing-in of two new ZANU-PF MPs and the  election of the Speaker on Tuesday 29th March, no business was conducted in the House of Assembly this week.  After the election the Speaker adjourned the House until Tuesday 5th April.  [See Bill Watch 13/2011 of 31st March for details of Tuesday’s proceedings.]

In the Senate This Week

The Senate sat on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but only briefly – 40 minutes, 25 minutes and 15 minutes – and adjourned until Tuesday 10th May, after the school holidays.  It did not get round to the only Bill on the Order Paper – the stalled POSA Amendment Bill.

Two New ZANU-PF Non-Constituency Senators Sworn In

·      Rugare Gumbo on Tuesday 29th March

·      Simon Khaya Moyo on Thursday 31st March, following his unsuccessful bid to become Speaker of the House of Assembly.  Reports suggest Mr Moyo is to be appointed a Minister of State for National Healing, to take over from Vice-President Nkomo the National Healing duties that he has continued to perform since his elevation from Minister of State to Vice-President in December 2009.

The new Senators fill the two ZANU-PF appointed seats left vacant by the death of late Vice-President Joseph Msika and Vice-President Nkomo’s recent move to the House of Assembly [see Bill Watch 13/2011 of 31st March for comment on this move]. 

New Senate Vacancy  Senator David Karimanzira, Provincial Governor for Harare Metropolitan Province, died on 24th March.  As provincial governors are ex officio Senators, this vacancy will be filled by whoever the President appoints to succeed Mr Karimanzira.  It remains to be seen whether President Mugabe will appoint an MDC-T nominee in accordance with the agreement on sharing governorships between the three GPA parties, reached by the party negotiators in 2009. 

Debates  On Tuesday the chairperson of the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS introduced the committee’s report on Access to Treatment.  On Wednesday Senator Mandaba introduced his motion on the effect of economic sanctions, calling for the government to institute a class action against the European Union in the European Court of Justice to get EU sanctions set aside [this is the same motion originally introduced by Deputy Minister Georgias but withdrawn by him when the Senate President ruled that Ministers and Deputy Ministers could not bring up such motions.]  On Thursday Senator Chimbudzi spoke about the report on Access to Treatment produced by the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS. 

Coming up in the House of Assembly Next Week

Bills  When the House gets back into its normal routine on Tuesday 5th April it will have four Bills to deal with:

·      Small Enterprises Development Corporation Amendment Bill now awaiting Committee Stage.  [Electronic version available.]

·      Deposit Protection Corporation Bill now awaiting Second Reading.

·      General Laws Amendment Bill now awaiting Second Reading.  The Parliamentary Legal Committee [PLC] agreed to give it a non-adverse report conditional on the Minister making changes to the Bill as requested by PLC [see Bill Watch 10/2011 of 15th March for details].  [Electronic version available.]  Two portfolio committees – the one on Justice and the one on Local Government – are preparing reports on the Bill, so it may not come up until late in the week.

·      National Incomes and Pricing Commission Amendment Bill now awaiting reports from the PLC and from the Portfolio Committee on Industry and Commerce, which held a well-attended public hearing on the Bill.  [Electronic version of Bill available.]

Question Time – Wednesday 6th April There are 15 written questions with notice on the Order Paper for reply by Ministers, some dating back to November 2010.  ZANU-PF Chief Whip Joram Gumbo has put down new questions for the Minister of Local Government asking what Government’s policy is on:

·      business licences that are “counteractive” to the Government’s indigenisation drive

·      prohibitive rentals in Old Mutual shopping malls.

Parliamentary Committees

Committee Meetings  Committee meetings continued as normal in spite of developments in the Speakership saga. 

Committee Reports  Electronic versions of the following reports are available:

·        Thematic Committee on Peace and Security – “The Role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Promoting and Safeguarding Peace and Security in Zimbabwe”.

·        Portfolio Committee on Public Works and National Housing – “Constitutionalisation of Housing”

·        Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology – “The Fee Structure, Cadetship Support Scheme and Scholarship Programmes in Institutions of Higher Learning”

·        Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development – “Air Zimbabwe and the Civil Aviation Authority”

·        Portfolio Committee on State Enterprises and Parastatals Management – “Supply of Water Treatment Chemicals by Chemplex Corporation to City of Harare”.

Update on Legislation

Bills Passed and Awaiting Presidential Assent and Gazetting as Acts  [Electronic versions available]

Criminal Laws Amendment (Protection of Power, Communication and Water Infrastructure) Bill [being printed]

Attorney-General’s Office Bill [being printed]

Zimbabwe National Security Council Amendment Bill [printed, awaiting President’s assent]

Energy Regulatory Authority Bill [being printed]

Bills in Parliament [see above]

Bills Gazetted and Awaiting Presentation in Parliament – None

Bills Being Printed for Presentation in Parliament – None

Statutory Instruments and General Notices

Government Gazette of 25th March

Mining Sector Indigenisation  The only noteworthy instruments gazetted were GN 114/2011, setting out the minimum indigenisation requirements for the mining sector, and SI 34/2011 containing amendments to the main Indigenisation Regulations.  Both came into effect on 25th March.  [Electronic versions of GN and SI available.]

Government Gazette of 1st April  Two SIs are worth noting, both effective from 1st April:

Commencement of Audit Office Act  SI 42/2011 brings the Audit Office Act [Act No. 12 of 2009] into force with effect from the 1st April.  The Act establishes the Comptroller and Auditor-General’s Office as a separate entity outside the Public Service.  [Electronic version of Act available.]

Postponement of Commencement of Motor Vehicle Equipment Regulations  SI 44/2011 postpones the commencement of SI 154/2010 [the new Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use) Regulations] until the 1st July 2011; this delays until the 1st July the enforcement of new requirements such as all vehicles having to carry warning triangles, fire extinguishers etc.  The SI also fixes a new cut-off date, 31st October 2011, for importation of left-hand drive vehicles.  [Electronic version of SI 44/2011 available – but not SI 154/2010.]


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Bill Watch - Parliamentary Committees Series [Meetings 4-7 April]



Parliamentary Committee Meetings: 4th to 7th April

The following meetings are open to members of the public, as observers, not as participants, i.e. members of the public can listen but not speak.

Note: Members of the public, including Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, can at any time send written submissions by email to

Monday 4th April at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism

Oral evidence from Ministry of Environment and Tourism on wildlife conservancies

Committee Room No. 311

Chairperson: Hon M. Dube              Clerk: Mr Munjenge

Tuesday 5th April at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Health and Child Welfare

Briefing from Public Health Advisory Board on review of Public Health Act

Committee Room No. 1

Chairperson: Hon Parirenyatwa       Clerk: Mrs Khumalo

No Open Meetings on Wednesday 6th April

Thursday 7th April at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Women, Youth, Gender and Community Development

Meeting with Varume Svinurai Men’s Forum for discussion on sections of Domestic Violence Act

Committee Room No. 3

Chairperson: Hon Matienga             Clerk: Mr Kunzwa


Note: As there are sometimes last-minute changes to the meetings schedule, it is recommended that you 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 or 252936.  If attending, please use the Kwame Nkrumah Ave entrance to Parliament.  IDs must be produced.

Committee Reports

Electronic versions of the following recent committee reports are available:

·        Thematic Committee on Peace and Security – “The Role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Promoting and Safeguarding Peace and Security in Zimbabwe”.

·        Portfolio Committee on Public Works and National Housing – “Constitutionalisation of Housing”

·        Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology – “The Fee Structure, Cadetship Support Scheme and Scholarship Programmes in Institutions of Higher Learning”

·        Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development – “Air Zimbabwe and the Civil Aviation Authority”

·        Portfolio Committee on State Enterprises and Parastatals Management – “Supply of Water Treatment Chemicals by Chemplex Corporation to City of Harare”.

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