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Tsvangirai clarifies position on his reported ‘marriage’

For the past two weeks, I have been a subject of frenzied media coverage
regarding my relationship with Ms Lorcadia Karimatsenga.

Indeed as is normal, there was both a positive and negative reaction to this

Regrettably, both reactions were misplaced.

However, I feel that the people of Zimbabwe deserve to know my position on
this matter, which to a large extent has damaged not only the reputations of
the two of us involved in this relationship, but equally so the public image
of the Tsvangirai and Karimatsenga families.

Indeed I had a relationship with Ms Locadia Karimatsenga. At a certain
stage, she claimed that she was pregnant and that I had to be introduced to
her family to own up and accept responsibility according to our culture and

Following this development, and like every cultured Zimbabwean, on Friday,
18 November 2011, I sent a delegation to the Karimatsenga family homestead
to perform traditional and cultural rites.

But since the day I sent a delegation to the Karimatsenga family, everything
has been played in the press and I have become an innocent bystander.

I have become a spectator and things are happening too fast, on camera and
without my knowledge. This has led me to conclude that there is a greater
and thicker plot around this issue which has undermined my confidence in
this relationship.

I was reported to have been there in Christon bank when in fact I was in my
office. Other inferences were equally stated as fact when on the contrary
these were false representations.

There have been several developments since that day which have been
deliberately planted in the media and which I have had to read in the press;
developments that would have taken place without my involvement and
knowledge as an interested party.

The cultural rites that took place received wide, well arranged publicity
clearly giving rise to a legitimate enquiry on the motive of this publicity,
including the choreographed media capture of Ms Karimatsenga while she was
supposedly in Buhera.

While I accept that as Prime Minister I live a public life, I believe I
reserve the right to define my relationship.

I have opened up communication lines with the Karimatsenga family and they
know my position regarding this matter.
I do not wish to publicise the nature and extent of my communication to

Ms Karimatsenga is also aware of my position on this matter.

Added to this, there is now an underhand and active political hand that is
now driving the processes and this has resulted in everything regarding this
relationship now taking place in camera, with the public media journalists
in tow.

Everything is so well choreographed. The intention is clear: to inflict
maximum damage on my person and character for political gain. This has
caused me to have serious misgivings as to whether this will be a perfect
union that will inspire young couples and reflect marriage as the noble and
respectable institution that it is.
I am committed to serve my country with honour and distinction not only as a
national leader, but as a respected family man who owned up to his
responsibility by following cultural and traditional procedures.

There are many things I have learnt in the process and one is that with the
benefit of hindsight, I could have done things differently.
In this regard, I apologize to every single Zimbabwean for any discomfort
caused by any of my actions.

Having been happily married for 31 years, I also realized that sometimes
when you are searching for a partner especially after losing your wife whom
you so dearly loved, there are many stakeholders in the process some of whom
have their own ulterior intentions and agendas.

I want to admit that the last two weeks have been particularly bad for me,
my children, my family and even ordinary Zimbabweans who have sought to find
meaning to this sordid saga.

Reputations have been bruised and mutual trust upon which such relations are
built and maintained has been lost.

Marriage is a serious proposition arising out of mutual trust, intimacy and
respect. When these values are undermined, that relationship is
irretrievably doomed from the start.

My genuine intention has been betrayed and hearts have had to search long
and hard to the true meaning of this well-choreographed drama that has now
been hijacked to cause political damage on my person and character.

As has been evidently demonstrated by these past well-ochestrated events, it
would be inconceivable that a normal marriage relationship can be

However, I want to assure the people of Zimbabwe that this dark patch in my
private life will not dampen my commitment to serve my country and to
deliver real change to the people.

I remain unfazed by this sad chapter which will not in any way deter me from
my national responsibility to serve Zimbabwe.

I will not expose the people’s struggle for democratic change to
machinations of infiltration.

May God bless Zimbabwe.

Morgan Tsvangirai
Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

Updated 30 November, 2011 18:01

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Mugabe In Trouble Over Suspension of Former AG Gula-Ndebele

Harare, November 30, 2011-The Supreme Court has ordered President Robert
Mugabe to be cited as a party to proceedings in the high court and defend
himself in an application in which former Attorney General (AG) Sobuza
Gula-Ndebele is challenging his dismissal from his post.

Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba, who heard an appeal filed by Gula-Ndebele’s
lawyer Advocate Happious Zhou, Tuesday ruled that Mugabe should be joined as
a party to the High Court proceedings in the application in which
Gula-Ndebele wants the court to set aside the recommendations of a tribunal
set up by the Zanu-PF leader and chaired by Justice Chinembiri Bhunu which
led to his dismissal.

The former AG took legal action against Bhunu by asking the High Court to
set aside the Judge’s tribunal’s recommendation on the grounds of gross

But the then Judge President Justice Rita Makarau dismissed Gula-Ndebele’s
application on procedural grounds, ruling that the former AG should have
cited President Mugabe as a defendant.

Makarau did not rule on the merits of the complaint against Bhunu’s
tribunal. This prompted Gula-Ndebele to request the Supreme Court to
overrule Justice Makarau’s decision and send his case back to the High Court
for a hearing on the merits of his original application.

Although Gula-Ndebele’s lawyers wanted the matter to be remitted to the high
court and be heard by a different judge of the high court, Justice Malaba
ruled that Justice Makarau should preside over the former AG’s application
and hear the merits of the application after the joinder of Mugabe to the
main application.

“Accordingly the appeal is allowed…..The matter is remitted to the same
Judge who heard the matter before. Of course we are aware that the Judge
(Makarau) is now a Judge of Appeal. But there is nothing to prevent her from
going and complete the case,” reads part of Justice Malaba’s ruling.

Gula-Ndebele was suspended by Mugabe from his post in May 2008 for allegedly
abusing his office after he allegedly met a fugitive former bank executive,
James Mushore.

Mushore, a former deputy managing director at National Merchant Bank (NMB),
fled to Britain in 2004 at the height of the country’s banking crisis that
saw several finance houses shut down by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

Mushore was later arrested upon his return to Zimbabwe.

Mugabe then appointed Johannes Tomana, a sworn Zanu-PF apologist to take
over from Gula-Ndebele.

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New docs reveal extent of debt

Newly uncovered documents reveal that Zimbabwe’s £210 million debt to the UK includes loans from Tony Blair’s government to police force while they were engaged in internal repression.


Campaigners are calling for an audit of the country’s $7 billion debt to find out exactly who benefitted from past loans.

Britain lent the ZRP money in the 1990s to buy 1,500 Land Rovers, backed by UK Export Finance. The evidence appears in a new report published by Jubilee Debt Campaign, the Zimbabwe Europe Network and Eurodad.

The report reveals the origin of much of Zimbabwe’s $7 billion debt. At least $750 million of debt comes directly from structural adjustment loans from the IMF, World Bank and African Development Bank.

“Debt has played a key role in the tragedies suffered by many in Zimbabwe over the past 20 years. Dodgy projects, debt repayments and failed economic policies contributed to economic decline. Lenders should help increase transparency and democracy by coming clean on the debts come from,” says the report’s author, Tim Jones.

The debt includes:
  • Loans from the World Bank for tree plantations to create fuel supplies. However, the World Bank failed to realise there was already plenty of wood available, and there was no economic return on the plantations.
  • Loans from the Spanish government for Spanish military aircraft.
  • Loans tied to buying exports from British companies.

Zimbabwe is currently in default of many of its loans and is trying to enter the debt relief process for poor countries run by the IMF and World Bank. The report argues this would trap Zimbabwe in further cycles of debt while keeping the questionable details of previous loans out of the public eye.


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Chombo accused of instigating political violence

By Tichaona Sibanda
30 November 2011

Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo is being accused of instigating
political violence by declaring that ‘no ZANU PF supporter will ever spend
three hours in police cells for beating up MDC activists.’

Chombo missed the 2012 budget presentation by Finance Minister Tendai Biti
on Thursday last week to be in Chiduku, Makoni South where he delivered the
speech that has been accused of stirring up hate and incitement. The
constituency is held by the MDC-T’s Pishai Muchauraya.

The ZANU PF legislator was in the area to try and mediate a boundary dispute
between chiefs Makoni and Chiduku. Chief Levi Chiduku is a ZANU PF Senator,
while Chief Makoni is also closely linked to the party. The dispute between
the two erupted when Chiduku tried to control an area under Headman
Nyanombe, whose territory falls under chief Makoni.

‘There were at least 120 people at this meeting and most of them were
village heads and headmen. Instead of sticking to the issue at hand, that of
resolving the boundary dispute, Chombo deviated from the subject and started
accusing Chief Makoni of being a puppet of the MDC.

‘He told the gathering they had to support Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF in the
next election or they would face dire consequences for voting Tsvangirai,’
our source said.

What shocked many was his blatant disregard of the peace initiative forged
by parties in the Global Political Agreement recently to try to bring an end
to the wave of political violence that has rocked the country this year.

At a peace indaba attended by senior party members from ZANU PF and the two
MDC formations, Morgan Tsvangirai, Robert Mugabe and Welshman Ncube called
for zero tolerance of political violence. But instead of taking heed of that
call, Chombo preached violence.

‘He said if anyone is ZANU PF, they shouldn’t be afraid to defend their
territory because they will never sleep or spend three hours in police
cells. Chombo added that ZANU PF controls the police and they tell them who
to arrest and keep because they never say no to their instructions,’ the
source said.

The legislator for the area, Muchauraya, said Chombo went as far as
instructing the chiefs and headmen not to sanction any MDC-T activities in
the constituency.

‘He was bragging about his powers and what ZANU PF can do. He spent his time
there engaged in utterances likely to reignite violence. It’s exactly the
opposite of what the political leaders are calling for to embrace unity and

‘Power hungry politicians like Chombo should learn to conduct their
political speeches in a peaceful atmosphere at all times. The country cannot
gain anything meaningful from political violence. Spilling of innocent blood
because of politics will not lead us anywhere,’ the MP said.

Muchauraya added that political violence has not brought any good to
Zimbabwe, but it has brought instability, bloodshed and retrogression.

‘Violence is a criminal offence and merchants of hate and violence like
Chombo should be stopped so that we can see the sweet side of politics and
government in Zimbabwe. It is when we check this criminality in our politics
that we can experience political stability and progress,’ Muchauraya added.

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Maize bags with Mugabe picture given to ZPF members only

By Tererai Karimakwenda
30 November, 2011

Bags of maize seed with a portrait of Robert Mugabe are being distributed to
members of his party around the country, and questions are being raised as
to how Mugabe is funding this and why Zimbabweans from other parties are
being denied the free hand outs.

SW Radio Africa received a report from the MP for Magwegwe, Felix Magalela
Sibanda, who said he travelled to Mashonaland North and East, Matabeleland
North and South and the Midlands, monitoring distribution of the maize seed
and found that ZANU PF was using its structures and traditional leaders to
invite party members only.

“The maize is being given to bonafide ZANU PF members on the pretext that it
has been donated by the President Robert Mugabe. I discovered that even the
packaging has an emblem of a very decorated picture of Mugabe,” MP Sibanda

He explained that people were waiting up to 17 hours for the maize seed and
receiving a 10kg bag that is divided between four people. This means each
person gets 2.5kg of maize seed.

Sibanda said Mugabe, as the country’s leader, is a national figure and he
should be distributing free maize seeds to everyone. Also, how is this being

“No-one has ever audited the fiscus contribution to the President’s office
and the CIO. So people are now saying that unaudited funds are being abused
by ZANU PF to buy seeds. This is unconstitutional and the President belongs
to everybody, not just one party,” Sibanda said.

The MP said he would ask the Minister of Agriculture to explain the
distribution of seeds around the country to the full parliament, including
details of how the programme is being funded.

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Zanu-PF Wants Nkomo Statue To Be Unveiled At Conference

Harare, November 30, 2011 – President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party is
rushing contractors to finish the re-building of the statue of the late
national liberation hero, Joshua Nkomo in-order to unveil the statue at the
party conference in Bulawayo next week, sources have said.

Apart from unveiling the statue Zanu-PF also wants the official renaming of
a street to Joshua Nkomo as well as the airport to be done on the sidelines
of their conference set for December 6-10, sources said.

Nkomo whose praise name is “Father Zimbabwe” died in July 1999 after merging
his party, the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) with Mugabe’s Zimbabwe
African National Union (ZAPU) to form Zanu-PF in 1987.

However, some senior ZAPU cadres who include Dumiso Dabengwa have since
revived the party and are pushing for the return of the party’s properties
from Zanu-PF.

The statue which was initially built was put down after the Nkomo family
rejected it saying it was small and that they were not consulted by the
government when the first statue was constructed.

“The plan is to have all senior officials in all the country’s political
parties including diplomats and government officials attend the event as
Zanu-PF is hosting its conference in Bulawayo,” a source said.

“The contractors have told the Zanu-PF officials that it will be impossible
to finish their work on the statue by the time the conference starts.”

The Nkomo family are said to have refused another statue of the veteran
leader to be built at the Karigamombe building in Harare.

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ZRP scam: warning to travellers

A number of Zimbabwean residents travelling on foreign passports but have
Zimbabwe drivers licences and ID’s have been arrested here recently.
by Staff Reporter

A reader reports that residents arriving in the country, having cleared
Customs and Immigration proceed to the ZRP office to clear their vehicles.
They are asked to produce their travel documents, ID and drivers license.
Those who have a foreign passport are told they are under arrest and will
appear in court the following day. On asking which Chapter of the
Codification Act is being violated, the police officers request a hefty
bribe, and then let the people go.

The reader investigated these allegations and was informed by CID
headquarters that there is no such law.

In the national interest The Zimbabwean is assisting with an investigation
and we urge any readers who might have experienced a similar scam to contact
us with details, including the day and time you came through the border,
whether it was uniformed or plain-clothed police that harassed you, and the
full amount paid in bribes.

With school holidays starting next week, many people will be travelling and
we hope to expose the perpetrators before it gets completely out of hand. -
All information will be kept confidential. Pse sms 0027 795709663, or email:

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Grant Other Players Licences: British Envoy Urges BAZ

Bulawayo, November 30, 2011- British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Deborah
Bronnert, has urged the Zimbabwe government and the Broadcasting Authority
of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to support media plurality by also granting Radio VOP and
Kiss FM licences to operate radio stations.

Addressing a press conference held at Mimosa House in Bulawayo Tuesday,
saying Britain felt that all applicants to operate independent commercial
radio stations should have been granted licences by BAZ to promote democracy
in the country.

BAZ has come under heavy criticism for denying Kiss FM and Radio VOP
licences to broadcast in Zimbabwe.

The licencing authority only granted AB Communications and Zimpapers the go
ahead to broadcast; raising eyebrows over whether the two will be able to
operate independently since the former is linked to Zanu-PF while at the
government has a majority stake in the latter.

“Certainly we support plurality in the media and that journalists should be
able to report independently.

"To allow democratic debate and democracy to flourish, people should be able
to hear disagreements. It is important for Zimbabwe as in the UK and any
other country and it is part of Global Political Agreement (GPA)to have
media plurality and that there would be diversity of view.

“We feel that all those that applied for licences should have been granted
the operating licenses as we support media plurality.” Bronnert said in her
response to the denial of operating licences to Radio VOP and Kiss FM.

“What we would like is to see the full implementation of the GPA in an
appropriate way that allows and gives different voices not only in the print
media but also in the broadcast media and that of course is something that
the Zimbabwe government agreed to it themselves.”.

Media organisations like the Media Institute of Southern Africa
(MISA-Zimbabwe ) has also condemned the denial of operating licences to
Radio VOP and Kiss FM, saying it goes against government’s calls for media
professionals outside the country to come back home.

“The licensing of the two applicants also brings into question the sincerity
of the government’s calls for Zimbabwean journalists manning foreign-based
stations to return home and legalise their operations,” said Misa-Zimbabwe
in a statement to the media.

The MDC formations have also demanded the reconstitution of BAZ, which is
headed by Tafataona Mahoso, who is seen as a Zanu-PF apologist and media

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Women ‘rapists’ fear for lives

By Tendai Kamhungira, Court Writer
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 11:10

HARARE - Three women suspected of “raping” men along the country’s highways
yesterday pleaded with the court for protection saying they now fear being
attacked by mobs baying for their blood.

The three women, Sophie Tendai Ngwenya, 26, Netsai Monica Nhokwara, 24 and
Rosemary Chakwizira, 28, are facing aggravated indecent assault charges.

They are jointly charged with another 24-year-old man, Thulani Ngwenya.

The three women appeared in court yesterday elegantly dressed, with friends
and relatives in support.

“Their lives are threatened and any public appearance that they make is an
opportunity for those that may be threatening them to pounce and heaven
knows what may happen,” said Mthombeni.

The court dismissed an application by Mthombeni to have the matter tried
within the next two weeks.

Magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini ruled that the state was still within a
reasonable time to bring the four to trial, despite Mthombeni’s submissions
that the case was of a high profile nature and national interest hence the
need to prioritise it.

The matter was postponed to January 26 next year for trial.

Mthombeni, also applied to the court to order the release of Netsai’s
vehicle which was impounded by police.

Ruling on the application was postponed to today after the court ordered the
state to probe the circumstances leading to the impounding of the vehicle.

Mthombeni said his clients would need the vehicle to travel to the police
station and avoid using public transport since their lives are in danger.

Recently, Chakwizira and Sophie were reportedly assaulted by members of the
public, while they were at a bus terminus in Gweru.

They were left scampering for safety, before jumping into a taxi and sought
refuge at a police station.

The four are out on a $300 bail each, which was granted by Harare magistrate
Munamato Mutevedzi on October 27.

They were ordered to surrender their passports and to report to the police
every Monday and Friday at Gweru Central Police Station, as part of their
bail conditions.

The women are suspected to be part of a syndicate of women “rapists” who
have gone on a rampage along the country’s major highways, “raping” men at

In the court papers, it emerged 17 men including a soldier and policeman
have so far stepped forward to claim that they were “raped” by the women.

The women allegedly “raped” men aged between 19 and 35.

According to state papers, on various occasions the women would use
different tricks to lure men before spraying them with unknown chemicals.

They would take advantage whenever a victim would have passed out and drive
them to secluded places, where they would force them to drink some
concoctions which were used to stimulate sexual desire, it was claimed in

The court was told that the women would take turns to have sexual
intercourse with their victims before leaving them  lying unconscious.

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Controversy in City Hall Over Alleged Political Firing

29 November 2011

Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Chiroto said Harare City Council does not have the
powers to fire or hire anyone as such powers are still vested in ZANU-PF
through Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo

Jonga Kandemiiri | Washington

Harare Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Chiroto said it was not true, as some have
charged, that his City Council fired 20 of 120 National Youth Service
workers who were ZANU-PF sympathisers to replace them with Movement for
Democratic Change activists.

The 20 fired workers, working as municipal police, have written to ZANU-PF
Secretary for Administration Didymus Mutasa over the issue.

Mutasa confirmed the receipt of the letter to VOA and said he had tried to
reach Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda to discuss the issue, but without

But Chiroto told VOA reporter Jonga Kandemiiri the Harare City Council does
not have the powers to fire or hire anyone as these powers are still vested
in ZANU-PF through Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo.

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Zimbabwe Sustaining Financial Losses as Doctors Seek Greener Pastures

29 November 2011

A study by the Center for Global Health at the University of Ottawa, Canada,
found Zimbabwe suffering among the worst economic losses from the emigration
of physicians

Tatenda Gumbo | Washington

Among African countries, Zimbabwe is one of the leaders in the emigration of
physicians, incurring the loss of many millions of dollars spent training
such professionals.

A study by the Center for Global Health at the University of Ottawa, Canada,
found Zimbabwe suffering among the worst economic losses from the emigration
of physicians. Meanwhile, Western countries such as Britain and the United
States were beneficiaries of the emigration of such medical professionals,
to the tune of 3.5 billion dollars.

Experts say such migration has heavily affected economic and health systems
in countries such as Zimbabwe which are battling pandemics of HIV/AIDS and

The emigration phenomenon is estimated to cost Zimbabwe nearly US$40 million
dollars a year, taking into account what it costs to train a physician. The
Harare government is said to be providing subsidies of $6,000 to $10,000 per
physician in training.

In the region, South Africa is the other country suffering heavy losses of
doctors who are trained at an average cost of U$59,000. Other countries
studied included Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania,
Uganda and Zambia.

Dr. Douglas Gwatidzo, chairman of the Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights,
cited figures showing that since the 1980s Zimbabwe has trained nearly
12,000 clinicians, but currently has only 1,500 registered to practice in
the country.

He told VOA reporter Tatenda Gumbo that it is expected to see trained
doctors migrate abroad where there is greater economic stability and richer

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More than 1000 march against rape

More than 1,000 people, under the Katswe Sisterhood banner, on Friday
November 25 staged a march under the theme ‘Code Red Against Rape’ in
commemoration of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
by Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition

The march started at Town House and ended at the Harare Gardens main stage.
It was aimed at enlightening citizens about the evils of rape and
encouraging rape victims to report to responsible authorities.

Grace Chirenje, the Vice Chairperson of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition,
said: “It is now time to stand up against perpetrators of this unspeakable
evil act which is disgusting, sickening, sad and enraging”.

Chirenje attributed worsening child abuse to family tensions caused by the
economic meltdown.

Theresa Matsvayi, the Information and Communication Officer of Katswe
Sisterhood, said: “The march is a stepping stone towards the fight against
evils of rape which are increasing in the country without being thoroughly
looked at. Most of the victims are women and children who do not report when
victimized, as there is a belief that it is a private or personal matter.
They also fear reprisal from the assailant.”

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Madzore’s bail hearing resumes at the High Court

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The fresh bail hearing for Solomon Madzore was today postponed again to
tomorrow after the State prosecutor; Edmore Nyazamba said he wanted more
time to go through submissions made by the defence counsel today in order to
file a response.

Madzore is part of 28 MDC activists who are facing trumped-up charges of
murdering a police officer in Glen View in May.

His lawyer, Gift Mtisi had made submissions on why Madzore should be granted
bail due to several changed circumstances. The new circumstances are that
police investigations have been concluded and a trial date set, there was no
fear that Madzore would interfere with State witnesses and that he had been
re-admitted at the University of Zimbabwe to complete his studies.

There was an affidavit filed by the MDC Information and Publicity Secretary,
Hon. Douglas Mwonzora stating that Madzore had never been on the run and
another affidavit from a doctor confirming that Madzore was never at the
scene of crime but had accompanied his wife to the doctor’s surgery on the
day in question.

The defence lawyer had also furnished the High Court judge, Justice Maria
Zimba Dube and the State with video evidence showing Madzore attending
several MDC events across the country despite the State claiming that he was
on the run.

In his submissions, the defence lawyer said Madzore was prepared for stiff
bail conditions which among other issues was to be placed under house arrest
for 24 hours a day and his elder brother, MDC Harare province chairperson,
Hon. Paul Madzore agreeing to a US$5 000 as surety.

The people’s struggle for real change: Let’s finish it!!

MDC Information & Publicity Department

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Mliswa’s ex-lawyer barred from testifying

By Tendai Kamhungira, Court Writer
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:32

HARARE - Harare regional  magistrate Esthere Chivasa has barred Temba Mliswa’s
former lawyer Gerald Mlotshwa from testifying in a case in which the
businessman and farmer is facing contempt of court and stock theft charges.

Magistrate Chivasa said Mlotshwa “was not professionally competent to

“In his application, the accused has managed to prove that Mlotshwa was his
legal practitioner of choice during the time the alleged offence was
committed,” said Chivasa while delivering her ruling.

Commenting on an affidavit that was presented by Mlotshwa as part of the
state’s opposing papers to the application, Chivasa said: “One can safely
conclude that he (Mlotshwa) is an interested witness.”

She also said the application was not properly lodged before the court as
the state had “smuggled evidence”.

Mliswa’s lawyer Charles Chinyama had made the application barring Mlotshwa
from testifying in the case, basing his argument on a claim of Legal
Privilege in terms of Section 294 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence

Legal Privilege ensures protection of all communications between a
professional legal adviser and his or her clients from being disclosed
without the permission of the client.

The privilege is that of the client and not of the lawyer.

Prosecutor Obi Mabahwana immediately applied for leave to appeal against the
ruling which the court said was not in a position to give a determination

“If the trial does not proceed on the next remand date, the court will
consider removing the accused from remand,” said Chivasa postponing the
matter to January 9, next year.

Allegations are that contention arose when Rydings Farm was gazetted to the
chairman of Board of Governors of Rydings Primary School, Mlotshwa under the
land redistribution programme.

Authorities from the school applied to the High Court to avoid interference
in the school’s activities.

According to state papers, the High Court granted an order in October 2007
barring committee members from the school which is in Karoi from interfering
with the administration, assets and programmes at the school.

The school experienced financial problems during the same year and Mlotshwa
offered to assist by purchasing some of the cattle belonging to the school.

Mlotshwa allegedly wrote a letter to the school authorities, giving
authority to Mliswa to drive the cattle from the school to his Spring Farm.

School authorities later ordered a stop in the selling of the cattle, as
they were undervalued, thereby prejudicing the school.

According to state papers, the collection of the cattle by Mliswa was
unlawful and he disregarded a High Court order in so doing.

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MDC murder ruling delayed

Three Movement for Democratic Change members facing murder charges will
learn of their fate next month.
by ZLHR Legal Monitor

Givemore Hodzi and two Banket councillors Emmanuel Chinanzvavana and Fani
Tembo, who were themselves victims of abduction and torture by State
security agents in 2008, have been on remand for almost two years after they
were accused of murdering Lancelot Zvirongwe. Zvirongwe was a Zanu (PF)
special interests councillor in Banket.

They deny the charges. Magistrate Gwitima was supposed to rule on the
application for refusal of further remand last week but failed to do so
because he was unavailable “due to an emergency”.

He is now expected to rule on the application on December 5, according to
Tawanda Zhuwarara of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

The State alleges that the councillors and Hodzi kidnapped Zvirongwe between
Banket and Chinhoyi and dragged him to an area in Banket where they killed
him with an unknown weapon and dumped his body into Kingston Dam two years

Prosecutors claim that the deceased sent mobile text messages to Zimbabwe
Broadcasting Corporation radio presenter Richmond Siyakurima, Assistant
Inspector Chidakwa and to an unnamed District Administrator fingering the
MDC officials for kidnapping him.

Chinanzvavana and Tembo said they were attending a Save the Children
activity at Kuwadzana Hall in Banket at the time that the deceased was
allegedly abducted while Hodzi said he was not in Banket.

They argue that their names are only mentioned in text messages, which are
vague and contradictory in tense, meaning and sense.

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Hospital fees blocking access to free HIV treatment

By Tererai Karimakwenda
30 November, 2011

Admission fees charged by hospitals and clinics are preventing poor rural
HIV/Aids patients from receiving free anti-retroviral treatment that can
save their lives, according to a global medical charity.

The respected Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), who provide humanitarian
health aid worldwide, said this week they are providing free anti-retroviral
treatment to more than 35,000 patients aroundZimbabwe.

The group’s head of mission in Zimbabwe, Mari Carmen Vinoles, told
journalists inBulawayoon Monday that most patients in the rural areas cannot
afford the hospital admission fees and miss out on the free treatment.

According to the Daily News newspaper, Vinoles said: “Some hospitals are
charging as much as US$30 and most people, especially those in rural areas,
cannot afford these fees and wind up losing out on life saving treatment.

MSF said they are calling on the government to help facilitate removal of
these hospital admission fees, so that all who need free ARV treatment can
be assisted, especially pregnant mothers who may infect their unborn child.

The group has HIV/AIDS programmes operating in health clinics inBulawayo,
Beitbridge, Epworth, Gweru, Tsholotsho and Buhera. But transportation costs
also make it difficult for those in remote rural areas to access treatment.
Only 55 per cent of the nearly 600,000 people in urgent need of
life-prolonging ARV treatment are receiving it.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwean musicians Oliver Mtukudzi and Chiwoniso Maraire, on
Tuesday launched an anti-HIV campaign, CD and a book by MSF. The project,
“Positive Generation: Voices for an HIV-free future” is intended to bring
global attention to the reality of HIV/Aids in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Musicians Tuku and Chi were joined by Aids support choir groups from
Tsholotsho and Bulawayo during the launch. Tuku also had backing from
Spanish musician Alejandro Sanz, Dominican Republic musician Juan Luis
Guerra and Carlos Vives from Colombia.

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Rhinos at risk get US crime-fighting boost

AFP – 1 hr 13 mins ago

A US-based animal protection group said Wednesday it is collecting money for
a new initiative to equip rangers in South Africa and Zimbabwe with crime
scene kits to better hunt rhinoceros poachers.

The program was announced just weeks after rhino poaching in South Africa
hit a record high for the year, and follows more troubling news that several
world species of rhino have been poached into extinction or close to it.

The rare, lumbering creatures are increasingly targeted to supply organized
crime syndicates selling rhino horn for use in Asian medicinal treatments,
especially in Vietnam, where it is believed to cure cancer.

The initiative aims to cut back on rhino deaths by boosting the
investigative prowess of those who try to stop the sophisticated poachers,
who often use helicopters, night vision equipment and high-powered rifles.

Fewer than five percent of poachers are ever convicted, according to the
International Rhino Foundation, which is launching the new program called
"Operation Stop Poaching Now."

The effort targets 11 "highly threatened rhino habitats in South Africa and
Zimbabwe," the foundation said in a statement.

Funds donated to the campaign "will go toward providing rangers with
training in investigative techniques, intelligence gathering, evidence
collection, communications, and rhino identification and monitoring," it

Rangers will also get crime-scene kits that contain a camera, metal
detector, GPS, finger-printing materials and sealable evidence bags.

"It's an unbelievably difficult and dangerous job," said Susie Ellis,
executive director of the International Rhino Foundation.

"But there are thousands of dedicated, passionate rangers in South Africa,
Zimbabwe and other range countries trying to stand in between the rhinos and
the poachers."

The World Wildlife Fund said earlier this month that rhino poaching in South
Africa had hit a new record high last year, with 341 of the animals lost to

WWF also confirmed that rhinos have gone extinct in Vietnam, with the
country's last Javan rhino found shot with its horn removed.

Separately, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which
compiled the Red List of Threatened Species, said earlier this month that a
subspecies of the western black rhino native to western Africa is now

Central Africa's northern white rhino was also listed as "possibly extinct
in the wild."

Booming demand has driven the price to half a million dollars per horn,
according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

The low conviction rate for poachers means "they are literally getting away
with murder," Ellis said.

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The MDC Today - Issue 271

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Motion Mugonji, 25, the MDC vice chairperson for the Magaba Mupedzanhamo branch in Mbare, Harare was last night assaulted by 10 Zanu PF thugs at Fourth Street bus terminus in central Harare.

The bus terminus is next to Zanu PF Harare province offices.

Mugonji who sustained jaw and head injuries was assaulted with wooden planks and booted feet. He was only saved by a soldier who stopped the menacing youths.  A report was made at First street police post and a docket, RRB 1169041, was opened. No arrests have been made as the police officers manning the post said they had challenges in arresting Zanu PF youths operating from several bus stops in central Harare. The police officers described the Zanu PF thugs as “impossible and troublesome”.

The incident took place at around 8pm.

The people’s struggle for real change: Let’s finish it!!

MDC Information & Publicity Department

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Zimbabwe’s fiscal train wreck

November 30, 2011 12:47 pm by Tony Hawkins

Given the severe political, as well as economic, constraints within which he
is forced to operate, Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe’s finance minister (pictured),
did well to present a workmanlike, balanced 2012 budget to parliament last

Trying to secure consensus in a coalition administration in continuous
electioneering mode is a near-impossible task, especially when it comes to
the murky area of revenues from the country’s controversial Marange diamond

Despite this Biti, who in July warned of a $700m budget deficit (equal to 8
per cent of GDP) largely due to public sector wage awards of $400m, managed
to balance the budget, thanks to $250m in extra revenues and $300m in
spending cuts, mostly on the capital account.

Unfortunately, as the minister himself admits, Zimbabwe’s fiscal situation
is unsustainable. Next year, even with a diamond revenue windfall of $600m,
the government will spend 58 per cent of the budget or a fifth of GDP on
public service wages, including pensions. In an economy optimistically
projected to grow by 9.4 per cent, much the same as this year, public
spending will increase by a whopping 35 per cent – ie, four times faster
than GDP. The budget estimates public spending at $4bn in 2012 – 34 per cent
of GDP – but factor in a more realistic GDP growth rate as well as over
$700m in fresh debt-service arrears and public spending rises alarmingly to
half of GDP.

Between them political paralysis, resource nationalism and the resource
curse have combined to undermine fiscal common sense. Biti is powerless to
implement tough austerity measures needed to right the ship: slimming down
the bloated 235,000-strong public service payroll, negotiating a
desperately-needed debt-forgiveness package with creditors (Zimbabwe’s
foreign debt arrears now stand at $6.5bn or three-quarters of GDP),
restructuring the public sector and privatizing or closing parastatals.

Resource nationalism – the “indigenization” of foreign-owned firms in the
form of 51 per cent local ownership, starting with the mining sector – is
grist to the mill of those in politically-powerful positions who argue that
Zimbabwe is a rich country that does not need austerity and fiscal
rectitude. This overlaps with the resource curse – why should Zimbabwe cut
spending or retrench civil servants when diamond earnings are officially
estimated at $2bn annually?

The natural resource curse is evident in the assessments by politicians, not
to mention stockbrokers and emerging market “analysts,” of Zimbabwe’s
mineral wealth – especially diamonds, platinum and gold. In their eyes
Zimbabwe is a resource-rich country that does not need wrenching economic
reforms; nor does it need debt relief or wage and public spending restraint.

Working at the fiscal coal face, Biti knows differently. That is why in the
budget he sensibly earmarked the bulk of the 2012 diamond revenue for
capital investment projects. He too, in resource nationalism mode, insists
the mining sector must increase substantially its contribution to the

To that end he has doubled the mining royalty on platinum to 10 per cent and
increased that on gold to 7 per cent from 4.5 per cent, while giving notice
of longer-term plans to revise the tax code by reducing mining investment
allowances and other tax breaks.

In so doing he, along with some others in the Movement for Democratic
Change, is putting economic pragmatism ahead of the “asset ownership is
everything” stance of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president, who spearheads
his Zanu-PF party’s 51 per cent local ownership approach to resource

Biti and the MDC have history on their side. Land indigenization – the
takeover of white farms after 2000 – cost rather than won the Mugabe party
votes. There is no reason to expect the takeover of mines, banks or
commercial firms to reverse Zanu-PF’s slide towards political oblivion.

Biti’s problems extend beyond the budget and politics. Although exports have
grown 150 per cent since he took office in February 2009, the country’s
balance-of-payments situation is as unsustainable as its fiscal one.

His imposition of a 25 per cent surcharge on a wide range of imported
consumer goods is unlikely to make a serious dent in the country’s $2bn
trade deficit. But as a member of the informal dollar monetary union – the
country dollarized at the start of 2009 – Zimbabwe is confronted with a
Greek-like policy menu.

It cannot devalue its currency, monetary policy is largely inert and as the
budget numbers show there is virtually no fiscal wiggle-room, especially
with elections looming some time in the next 18 months. If the surcharge
fails to deliver, Biti will have to rethink his fiscal expansionism or try
to tighten monetary policy – both of which would be politically unpopular.
Maybe diamonds will save the day.

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Whose interests are they serving?

It is despicable that Members of Parliament from the three parties that form
the Government of National Unity should threaten to hold the national budget
to ransom to press their demands for new cars and unpaid allowances.
by Editor

The MPs are prepared to disrupt government programmes that benefit the poor
people who elected them into office simply because of their unbridled
avarice. This shows the levels to which the political class in Zimbabwe has

Are MPs aware that by refusing to pass the budget, they are denying civil
servants their salaries? They are refusing to pay doctors and nurses who run
our hospitals, teachers who educate our children. Hospitals will be unable
to purchase essential drugs. Will these MPs take responsibility for the
deaths that could result from their selfish actions? Will they be able to
defend their actions to the relatives of the deceased – that their desire
for new cars and allowances was more important than human life?

Is the love of money and luxuries the reason these MPs presented themselves
for election to public office? We would like to know how many of our MPs
have bothered to report back to the people who elected them – many of whom
paid a huge price in human suffering to exercise their democratic right.

How many of the MPs have fulfilled their election promises? What can our MPs
tell us that they have done to improve the lives of their constituents in
their three and a half years in Parliament?

Zimbabweans should take note of the goings on in our Parliament. Only those
MPs working to serve the interests of their constituents should be elected
again in future.

We share Buhera West MP and Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Eric
Matinenga’s frustration with the politicians. They seem to have lost their
way. We urge all political parties to conduct an audit into what their
representatives have achieved during their parliamentary term. All the
greedy bloodsuckers should be thrown out. This is a time for leadership –
not for self-enrichment. We have had enough of that.

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BAZ is better challenged through courts than via Mugabe

Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, 30/11/11

The concerns of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe over
the recent granting of commercial radio licences to two organisations with
Zanu-pf links are understandable but should be channelled through the courts
than via Robert Mugabe for better results.

There is merit in taking the matter to the High Court or even the Supreme
Court rather than writing an open letter appealing to the principals who are
obviously outsmarted by Robert Mugabe and his allies.

The fact that when the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) invited
applications, 14 organisations applied but 10 were rejected with no valid
reasons set the whole selection process to a contestable outcome.

Furthermore, given that BAZ board members were not legally appointed as
required by the law that governs the unity government a fact acknowledged by
Mugabe and other principals, it follows that  BAZ  should be dissolved and
its recent adjudications set aside as a nullity before it is properly

The opening of the airwaves is not a matter that should be left to chance
because Mugabe is very paranoid about a free media ahead of elections in
which he is being presented as Zanu-pf’s presidential candidate despite
ageing and health issues.

It is important that BAZ be subjected to a due diligence test before
adjudicating on the politically sensitive issue of the opening of the
airwaves transparently, recognising Zimbabwe’s diversity and the need to
uphold human rights and freedoms of information and expression.

Experience has shown that appeals to Robert Mugabe over issues of political
governance, human rights or the rule of law yield nothing of substance.

A fresh example is that of the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams
who shared tea, scones and jam with Mugabe as he appealed to him to use his
power to stop the abuses suffered by Anglicans including the seizure of
church properties by Nobert Kunonga, a Zanu-pf loyalist.

All Dr Williams got from the tyrant was: “I can’t help you”.

Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, Political Analyst, London,

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Court Watch 3/2011 - November 2011 [State v Mwonzora MP]


[November 2011]

As part of our new series – Court Watch – Veritas will be doing a series of summaries of criminal cases brought against political and human rights activists.  It is an anomaly under the present circumstances of the country that although MDC-T and MDC are part of an inclusive government, they seem to be treated by State agents as “opposition” parties and that, despite official lip service to freedom of speech and movement, human rights activists are frequently arrested.

Proceedings against Douglas Mwonzora, MP

We are starting with summarising proceedings taken against the Hon Douglas Mwonzora as, not only is he an experienced and respected member of the legal profession, but he is also a prominent political figure – an MP for Nyanga North and the Constitution Parliamentary Select Committee [COPAC] co-chairperson.  In his MDC-T party he is a member of his party’s National Executive, as Secretary for Information and Publicity, and is their official spokesperson.  There have been four cases taken against him.

Case 1 – Incitement of Public Violence at Nyanga, February 2011

Circumstances of the alleged offence:  On Saturday 12th February there were clashes between MDC-T and ZANU-PF followers in Mr Mwonzora’s Nyanga North constituency, following a meeting addressed by Mr Mwonzora at a school.  Damage was caused to property at nearby Nyakomba Business Centre and 8 people were injured.  Police took action against MDC-T supporters only.  22 were arrested and accused of public violence.  Among those arrested and detained was an 82-year old headman, Rwisai Nyakauru, who was seriously assaulted by ZANU-PF elements before being handed over to police.  

Circumstances of Mr Mwonzora’s arrest:  On 15th February, Mr Mwonzora was arrested outside Parliament as he was leaving after that afternoon’s sitting.  He was detained overnight in police cells at Rhodesville Police Station and moved to Nyanga the following day.  There he was taken to the remote Nyamaropa police post and when his lawyers eventually traced him, they were denied access to him.  Only on 18th February were Mr Mwonzora and his 22 co-accused taken before the Nyanga magistrate for remand.  

Charge:  Mr. Mwonzora is alleged to have incited public violence in contravention of section 36(1)(a) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act [the Criminal Law Code], a serious offence which carries a maximum penalty of ten years’ imprisonment or a $2000 fine or both.  His co-accused face the same penalties for allegedly committing acts of public violence.

Bail delayed by unsuccessful State appeal:  At the first court appearance on 18th February a bail application was lodged.  The State opposed bail, but on 21st February the magistrate, Ignatius Mhene, granted bail to all the accused.  Bail was set at $50 each, coupled with an order to report once a week to the police.  But the prosecutor thwarted their release by immediately invoking section 121(3) of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act [CPE Act].  This had the effect of suspending the operation of the magistrate’s bail order and allowing the State seven days within which to appeal against it.  The State lodged its appeal in time, with the result that Mr Mwonzora and all the other accused remained in remand prison from 21st February until their eventual release on bail after the hearing of the appeal nearly three weeks later.  

The High Court bail hearing:  A hearing set down for 7th March was postponed to the 9th March because presiding Judge Justice Mavangira identified defects in the record of the proceedings in the magistrate’s court.  The hearing resumed on the 9th March and continued on 10th March.  Finally, on 11th March, the judge dismissed the State’s appeal, thereby confirming the magistrate’s order granting bail and entitling Mr. Mwonzora and the other accused to be released as soon as their bail could be paid.  Mr Mwonzora’s lawyers managed to complete the necessary formalities in time for him to be released late on the morning of 12th March, a Saturday.  Mr Mwonzora had spent a total of 24 days in detention.

Case referred to Supreme Court:  Weeks then passed with all accused out on bail pending their eventual trial.  At a routine remand hearing on 10th May lawyers for Mr. Mwonzora and the other accused filed an application in terms of section 24(2) of the Constitution asking for certain constitutional issues to be referred to the Supreme Court for decision.  They argued that fundamental rights to liberty, protection of the law and protection from inhuman and degrading treatment, as enshrined in sections 13, 18 and 15 of the Constitution, were violated when they were arrested, abducted and detained in filthy police and prison cells in Nyanga and Mutare.  A section 24(2) application must be granted unless the court finds it to be frivolous or vexatious.  On 23rd May magistrate Mhene granted the application and ordered that all the constitutional questions raised be referred to the Supreme Court for decision.  He said that none of the questions could be described as frivolous or vexatious.  This had the effect of indefinitely postponing the criminal proceedings pending the Supreme Court’s decision.  

Present status The constitutional case has not yet been set down for argument in the Supreme Court and it is not known when it is likely to be heard, as the magistrates court record submitted to the Supreme Court turned out to be incomplete.  Meanwhile, in June, the State made an application in the magistrates court for the trial to proceed, notwithstanding the referral to the Supreme Court.  This application was turned down by magistrate Mhene.  The Attorney General’s office then filed an application in the High Court for the magistrate’s refusal to proceed with the trial to be overturned.  This application is also awaiting hearing.  Pending developments in the Supreme Court and High Court, Mr. Mwonzora and his co-accused remain on bail but without having to report to the police every week – that bail condition was revoked by magistrate Mhene on 23rd May when he granted the referral application.

Allegations of maltreatment by police and prisons:  Mr Mwonzora says he was denied water, food and medication during his three days in police detention cells.  He was held also incommunicado in illegal solitary confinement and prevented from seeing his lawyers.  He has said he intends to sue police for damages.  During the three weeks that Headman Nyakauru, aged 82, was in prison on remand he was denied access to private medical practitioners and his health deteriorated rapidly, resulting in his death a few weeks after his release.

Implications of Mr Mwonzora’s arrest and detention:

·      For the constitution-making process – for the three weeks plus that Mr Mwonzora was incarcerated he was unable to do his work as co-chairperson  of COPAC.  The cost of this delay to the process was considerable.  When Mr Mwonzora resumed work at COPAC on Saturday afternoon, having been release on Saturday morning in Mutare, the first thing he discovered was that, while he was away, data from the Diaspora submissions to COPAC had been excluded from the data uploading process which was said to have been completed during his absence.  There was a further delay in the process while this serious omission was remedied.

·      For the MDC-T in Parliament – Mr Mwonzora’s enforced absence from the House of Assembly deprived the party of his vote during that period.  Given the delicate balance of party strengths in the House, this might have affected the result of any votes during the period. 

·      For his constituency – Mr Mwonzora was not accessible to citizens of his constituency.

·      For his party organisation – As a key member of the MDC-T executive, Mr Mwonzora's harassment and long detention have had a detrimental effect on his party’s functioning.

Other Three Cases Brought against Mr Mwonzora

The police have taken other, inconclusive, cases against Mr Mwonzora, including:

Allegedly insulting the President – the “Goblin” case

In January 2010, Mr Mwonzora was summoned to stand trial on a charge of insulting President Mugabe by calling him a “goblin” during a March 2008 election campaign speech.  Mr Mwonzora denied the charge and questioned the delay in bringing it, suggesting that the prosecution was a ploy to interfere with his constitution writing duties.  The prosecutor called off the trial and said he would issue a fresh summons.  Insulting the President in contravention of section 33 of the Criminal Law Code carries a penalty of up to one year’s imprisonment or a $300 fine of both.

Another insulting the President case – the “how is your eye?” case

While Mr. Mwonzora was still detained on remand in the Nyanga public violence case, police interviewed him and took a “warned and cautioned” statement from him about further allegations of insulting the President.  The accusation was that while at the magistrate’s court for a remand hearing on 7th March, Mr Mwonzora had addressed a portrait of President Mugabe saying “Makadii Baba? Irisei muviri?  Riri sei ziso?” [“How are you father, how is your health and how is your eye?”]  [The press had been full of stories about President Mugabe’s trips to the Far East for an cataract operation and subsequent check-ups.]  Mr. Mwonzora has denied the charge and explained that he was in fact inquiring after the health of his 82-year old fellow prisoner who was in poor health and had had his spectacles taken away from him by ZANU-PF thugs.

Resurrection of 2005 fraud allegations

Earlier this year, Mr Mwonzora was taken to court on a charge of fraud dating back to 2005, arising out of his role as lawyer for a purchaser of land.  The accusation was that the purchase price had been deposited in Mr Mwonzora’s trust account, but never paid over to the seller.  After several court appearances at which the complainant, who had signed an affidavit withdrawing her complaint, failed to appear, a Harare regional magistrate discharged Mr Mwonzora, saying it was would be contrary to justice to keep him on remand when the prosecution case was not in order.

At a Personal Level

It seemed a deliberate humiliation for police to arrest Mr Mwonzora as he was walking out of the doors of Parliament.  This was totally unnecessary – the police could have phoned his office and asked him to come to them.  His constant harassment, his public arrest, the refusal of bail, his detention for over three weeks and being constantly summoned to court hearings has impinged on his law practice and on his ability to earn to support his family.  He and his family have been kept in a constant state of tension and anxiety – and his wife and children have suffered emotionally.  At school his son was mocked for his father being in prison [although he had not been convicted] – what effect could this have on a child’s academic career?


·      Was Mr Mwonzora’s arrest spurious?  This is for the courts to decide.

·      Was arresting him at Parliament necessary or a deliberate humiliation for a prominent MP?  While MPs are not immune from arrest, picking Mr Mwonzora up at Parliament seems unnecessary.  Indeed, no arrest was called for.  A request to attend court would surely have sufficed to secure his presence.

·      Was thwarting bail for a prominent MP justified?  Was the State’s use of section 121 of the CPE Act against Mr. Mwonzora and his co-accused defensible? Could the police seriously have been thought that an MP with national responsibilities to the constitution-making process, and an experienced and respected legal practitioner, would abscond and not face trial?  The High Court’s confirmation of the magistrate’s bail decision suggests that this was yet another misuse of section 121.  [The most recent statistics published by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights show that in most section 121 cases the State either does not note an appeal at all or fails miserably when an appeal is pursued and heard by the High Court.]

·      Considering the personal and emotional cost to accused persons and their families, should not the police and public prosecutors look into the fact that there have been so many arrests which, as they do not lead to a prompt trial and conviction, give the impression of harassment.


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