HARARE, ZIMBABWE Dec 07 2010 11:32
Zimbabwe's central bank will lay off 74% of its workers as part of a drive
to return focus to its core role as a monetary authority, the bank's chief
said in a statement on Tuesday.
Staff levels at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) grew more than 10-fold
between 2003 and 2008 as it spearheaded a drive to pull the economy out of a
severe crisis many blamed on President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.
RBZ governor Gideon Gono told a parliamentary committee the bank would lay
off at least 1 600 employees, but state media said he had requested and had
been granted permission to discuss the retrenchment costs in a private
"We are looking at retrenching 74% of the central bank's staff," Gono said.
"I would like to say it is not one of the easiest tasks as it is going to be
one of the largest retrenchments in the history of the country by a single
institution," he said, adding the bank had cut employees' compensation
proposals by two-thirds.
Gono was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.
A unity government formed by Mugabe and rival Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai 22 months ago adopted the use of foreign currencies, including
South Africa's rand and the US dollar, helping stabilise the economy and
Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) blames Gono, a close
Mugabe ally, of contributing to Zimbabwe's economic collapse and has
demanded the appointment of a new central bank governor.
Mugabe, in power since Zimbabwe's independence from Britain in 1980, denies
his Zanu-PF is responsible for ruining one of Africa's most promising
economies and has staunchly resisted pressure to sack Gono.
The 86-year-old president says the Southern Africa country's economy was
sabotaged by his domestic opponents and was also wrecked by sanctions
imposed by Western powers angry over his seizures of white-owned farms for
redistribution to black Zimbabweans. -- Reuters
Tue Dec 7, 2010 6:24am GMT
By Bate Felix
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on
Monday that elections could not take place in his country without reforms
and a constitutional review, despite President Robert Mugabe's threat to
call one next year.
Tsvangirai formed a power-sharing government with Mugabe after disputed 2008
elections, and both promised to work together to reform the constitution and
organise a referendum to approve it before new elections.
The power-sharing deal ended months of crisis in the southern African
country which had been on the brink of collapse, but it has since been
plagued by rifts following Mugabe's refusal to consult Tsvangirai over key
appointments and policy decisions.
Mugabe has said there is no need to extend the life of the coalition, which
is up for review in February, and looks likely to call elections in mid-2011
without the new constitution that Zimbabwe's Western donors are asking for.
"It is not possible to have elections in June next year because we need to
have a referendum first," Tsvangirai told Reuters in an interview in
"I don't think at the moment you can conduct an election," he said, adding
that the country could slide back into the crisis and violence seen in 2008.
Analysts say a rushed election without political reforms, including a new
constitution guaranteeing basic rights, would unfairly favour Mugabe and his
ZANU-PF party, who have held power since independence from Britain in 1980.
"One of the fundamental issues we need to handle is the issue of violence.
All elections so far have been conducted in a manner that is very violent
... this is violence that is state-sponsored," Tsvangirai said.
"When the police, army, militia, war veterans are used to intimidate,
coerce, and cause torture and death to the people, that is the kind of
violence we need to contain," he added.
Tsvangirai said before any elections are held, the parties must accept a
roadmap, agree on a constitution, organise a referendum and set up a
functioning electoral commission.
"Once the roadmap is there, it will define the end of the coalition. The
sooner we have one party in power with a clear mandate from the people, the
better," he said.
07 December, 2010 12:58:00 By Brendan Boyle - PoliticsLIVE
South African opposition party, Democratic Alliance plans to haul Zimbabwe's
Robert Mugabe before the International Criminal Court if he does not agree
to step down in return for amnesty.
DA leader Athol Trollip told reporters the threat to prosecute Mugabe for
human rights abuses including torture would be the last option of a
five-part plan to speed up a peaceful resolution of the Zimbabwe's political
"The DA will, where appropriate, exert legal and political pressure on
Zimbabwe itself," Trollip said.
"Until President Robert Mugabe is removed from politics, possibly through an
amnesty agreement for him and his henchmen, free and fair elections cannot
be staged. Should President Mugabe fail to commit to such an agreement, the
DA will seek to bring him before the International Criminal Court to be
tried for human rights abuses and acts of torture committed during his
Without the protection of his position and his government, Mugabe could be
held to account for atrocities in Matabeleland soon after he came to power
as well as for human rights abuses since a referendum on his constitutional
proposals in 2000 demonstrated the extent to which he had lost popular
Mugabe was widely reported to be considering retirement with an indemnity
from prosecution about six years ago when former Liberian leader Charles
Taylor was arrested in Nigeria, where he had been living under the terms of
a 2003 amnesty deal, and ended up on trial in The Hague.
South Africa's support for Zimbabwe's government of national unity had
thrown Mugabe a political lifeline, Trollip said.
"By abusing state resources for political gain, retaining control of key
components of the state, such as the military, and failing to comply with
the provisions of the GPA (global political agreement), President Mugabe
has, using a combination of violence, rhetoric and deft political
maneuvering, staged a successful political comeback," he said.
Mugabe, who has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980, was
reported this week to have told President Jacob Zuma he had lost his
appetite for power sharing and wanted to return to running the country
without any regard to Morgan Tsvangerai's Movement for Political Change.
The country is scheduled to hold elections early next year after agreement
on a new constitution, but Mugabe has baulked at implementing almost all the
obligations of the GPA, which was supported by South Africa and other
countries in the region.
"The South African government needs to move towards playing a central role
in positively shaping Zimbabwe’s political fortunes and galvanising support
from SADC and the (African Union) to compel the GNU to work towards
democratic reform," Trollip said.
He said the DA would launch a campaign early next year to draw attention to
Zimbabwe's plight and would update its own 2009 "roadmap to democracy in
The DA would crank up the pressure on South Africa as well as regional and
continental organisations to ensure that free and fair elections are held
Trollip said the party would, at the same time, increase the pressure on
Zuma to deal more effectively with the Zimbabwean coalition partners to
ensure that all of them stick to their promises.
He said the DA would continue to support targeted sanctions against
Zimbabwean leaders until there was concrete evidence of significant movement
towards a credible election.
The DA's final tactic would be to exert legal and political pressure on
Zimbabwe itself, including the threat of Migabe's prosecution. - Times Live
by Irene Madongo
07 December 2010
The government has been forced to freeze its controversial Indiginisation
law after finally admitting that it is discouraging badly needed foreign
investment. However it’s been suggested that the law should be completely
scrapped as no one will ever be prepared to invest in Zimbabwe if there is
just a temporary freeze. Once an investor has helped rebuild the economy the
freeze could be lifted and they would be again faced with giving up half of
The Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act came into force in March and
states that foreign-owned companies must give up more than half of their
shares to locals. It was spearheaded by ZANU PF’s Saviour Kasukuwere, the
Minister of Indigenisation. Despite warnings that it would damage rather
then help the economy, Kasukuwere and Robert Mugabe maintained there was no
going back on the issue.
However on Monday, Industry and Commerce Minister Welshman Ncube told
Newsday that Cabinet had agreed to waive the Indigenisation law, for the
time being, after noting its discouraging effect on foreign capital.
Zimbabwe’s fragile economy desperately needs investment and the law is
widely blamed for destroying the country’s investment profile.
“Until such a time when the economy recovers and rebuilds capacity, it’s not
possible for every sector to achieve 51% (minimum indigenisation equity),”
“We need foreign investors with the balance sheet and the capacity. If
locals had the capacity, would we struggle to build new power stations or to
rebuild our railways and roads? But the capacity is not available locally.
That’s why we have to engage foreign investors,” he explained.
Since its inception, the Indigenisation law has been attacked by both
foreigners and Zimbabweans, including the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai,
who said its chases away potential investors from the country.
Even local businessmen condemned the law, saying it is designed to enrich
Mugabe’s cronies and will wreck the economy.
By Chengetayi Zvauya
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 15:33
HARARE - Harare residents have demanded the setting up of a commission of
inquiry into allegations of widespread corruption involving the
controversial Local Government, Urban and Rural Development minister
Hundreds of Harare residents marched through the streets of Harare, Tuesday,
denouncing Chombo and called on the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and
parliament to probe the embattled minister on his acquisition of over 100
stands and houses from council.
The residents also lambasted Harare mayor, Muchadeyi Masunda for his
apparent reluctance to pursue investigations of corrupt land purchases in
The march, organised by the Combined Harare Resident Association (CHRA) saw
residents marching from Town House and besieged Africa Unity Square. They
were dancing and belting out songs denouncing Chombo saying he is a corrupt
CHRA chairperson Simbarashe Moyo delivered a petition to Tsvangirai’s office
and parliament demanding a full investigation of the properties and wealth
linked to Chombo, who is a close ally of President Robert Mugabe.
Moyo addressed the demonstrators and told them that they were also concerned
with the way Chombo was running the affairs of the city. He said Chombo was
dismissing elected councillors who were investigating his acquisition of
vast tracts of prime land in the city.
''The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government should also
commission public hearings on Chombo as residents strongly feel that he has
a case to answer. Residents call upon the principals to the Government of
National Unity to look into Minister Chombo's issues,'' said Moyo.
In the petition, residents also demanded a probe into the acquisition of
council land by businessman Phillip Chiyangwa.
“We refer the incriminating findings of the Harare Land Audit which saw
Harare councillors being arrested instead of Minister Chombo and Chiyangwa.
We refer to the fact that the Harare land audit report has been kept under
wraps and out of reach of the public eye.
“We refer Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda’s reluctance to support the elected
councillors' resolution to carry out further investigations into Minister
Chombo’s alleged unprocedural acquisition of hundreds of hectares of land,”
reads part of the petition.
Chombo's wealth, which includes dozens of vehicles, houses and stands was
published in the media following his divorce with wife Marian. Details of
Chombo’s wealth are contained in his divorce papers at the High Court.
Chombo earns about US$500 a month as a government minister.
Harare, December 07, 2010 – Zimbabwe Speaker of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo,
and national chairperson of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has
been elected the new leader of the Southern Africa Development Community
(SADC) Parliamentary Forum.
Moyo, who is the MDC T legislator for Matopo in Matabeleland South, was
elected on Friday 3 December 2010, at a gathering of regional legislators
from the Southern African Development Community.
In a statement celebrating his elevation, the MDC T said on Tuesday the
election of Moyo showed SADC’s confidence in the MDC and the people of
“He becomes the first Zimbabwean chairperson on the regional grouping, a
feat that demonstrates the MDC’s requisite role and impeccable credentials
in fostering regional cohesion, unity and development,” read part of the MDC
T statement to the media.
“The honour conferred on Honourable Moyo on behalf of the people bears
testament to the MDC’s values which emphasize the sanctity of life,
solidarity and togetherness. The MDC is generally satisfied that the conduct
and behaviour of those deployed to stations of government clearly
demonstrates the capacity of the party to work with Zimbabweans in the full
realization of real change and a new beginning in people’s lives. As such,
the MDC has demonstrated and exhibited alternative politics of humility,
serving leadership and accountability, that makes the different,” it said.
Moyo was elected the Speaker of the House of Assembly in August 2008,
beating Zanu (PF) and MDC M, Paul Themba Nyathi, prompting Zanu (PF)
spin-doctor Tsholotsho legislator Jonathan Moyo to launch bid challenging
his election on the grounds that parliamentary rules were violated by MDC-T
Judgment on the case has been deferred.
07 December, 2010 07:45:00 -
Bulawayo - Zanu (PF) national's new rogue chairman, Simon Khaya-Moyo has
urged the country security forces to crash journalists who criticize them.
Addressing Zanu (PF) supporters in Umguza constituency at the weekend at a
meeting organised by the local legislator and country's Chief diamond geezer
Obert "Chiadzwa-Marange" Mpofu, Khaya-Moyo warned journalists who criticise
the country’s police, soldiers and central intelligence organization saying
they won’t be tolerated.
“In some countries if you criticise security forces you won’t last a day you
will be crashed, killed and destroyed. I warn journalists in the private
media to stop this, because it won’t be tolerated and we will hunt them and
“You hear them talk about press freedom. What press freedom?” Asked
Khaya-Moyo's sentiments come at a time when there is serious police
crackdown on journalists. The Standard senior reporter Nqobani Ndlovu spent
nine days in prison before his editor Nevanji Madanhire was locked up in
Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe Chapter chairperson
Loughty Dube blasted Khaya-Moyo saying he did not expect such a malicious
statement from a party chairman.
"This is a malicious statement from a senior party officials, which is meant
to create alarm and also endangering journalists at a time when the country
is planning for next year elections.
“We condemn such reckless statements,” said Dube.
Since the talk about possible elections by President Robert Mugabe, the
harassment of journalists by police has increased.
Earlier this month, freelance journalists, Nkosana Dlamini and Andreson
Manyere were arrested in Harare and held overnight before being charged with
On the same day, another freelance journalist, Sydney Saize, was beaten up,
robbed and injured in Mutare.
A Masvingo journalist was on Sunday severely beaten up at a Zanu (PF)
provincial meeting attended by Moyo and two party's politburo members and
ministers Webster Shamu and Stan Mudenge.
Meanwhile, Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu says he is
proud to be “President Robert Mugabe’s son” as the octogenarian leader is
the father of the liberation struggle.
Mpofu, who is Zanu PF MP for Umguza, was addressing supporters at
Nyamandlovu on Saturday where he donated an ambulance and 30 tonnes of maize
The minister sent tongues wagging last month when he reportedly signed off a
letter he had written to President Mugabe as “your ever obedient son”.
“Joshua Nkomo brought liberation to this country, that is why he is called
Father Zimbabwe; and President Mugabe also brought the liberation of this
country. When you tell other people that you are their son they jump and say
they have found a scoop,” said Mpofu.
He said he would not be swayed by attacks from people who did not know who
their fathers were.
“We are proud of that. I am proud to be born to people who liberated this
country. When they sent us to distribute land, we went in with the war
veterans and look how beautiful the people are because they are benefiting
from the programme.”
Mpofu facilitated to have his constituency benefit from a Commercial Bank of
Zimbabwe scheme, which provided an additional 30 tonnes of seed after he had
already donated 30 tonnes.
The move is largely seen as a campaign strategy in preparation for possible
elections next year.
He thanked the people for electing him MP and begged them to repeat the same
feat in the next election saying he would “collapse and die” were he to lose
“I am very grateful to the people who voted me into power; that is why I am
doing this. Please do not disappoint me because I will suffer from blood
pressure and I will collapse and die.”
He said his donation would benefit all people in the constituency, including
members of other political parties whom he said would realise how beneficial
it was to support Zanu PF.
“We are not going to discriminate on grounds of political affiliation. The
seed will be distributed to everyone. The ambulance will also serve
everyone. It is not everyone who knows the correct path at the beginning but
they will realise with time the advantages of joining Zanu PF.
However, we are appealing to authorities not to charge exorbitant fees for
the ambulance so that everyone benefits,” he said.
Mpofu also paid school fees for students from a poor background in the
“We have started building Nganda School and the mortuary. If you think I am
buying votes, then you are free to come in and make a better offer. I have
set the standards and you have to beat them for people to vote you,” said
In an apparent reference to Zapu, Mpofu warned war veterans against working
with negative forces.
“You are enlightened people, having sacrificed a lot in the struggle for
liberation. It would be very sad for you to work with forces that would take
us backwards,” said Mpofu.
Two weeks ago, Mpofu officially opened a state-of-the-art clinic in
Nyamandlovu equipped with computers.
By Tichaona Sibanda
7 December 2010
Newsday’s Masvingo correspondent, Tatenda Chitagu, claimed on Tuesday he was
assaulted on Sunday by ZANU PF youths at the instigation of politburo member
Chitagu was ejected from the great hall of the Masvingo Technical College,
where he was covering an inter-district conference of the party. The scribe
told SW Radio Africa that Mavhaire instructed the youths to throw him out of
the meeting as party chairman Simon Khaya Moyo was addressing the gathering.
‘During Moyo’s address he got to a point were he raised issues with the way
the private media was covering some events in the country, especially
violence and security related stories.
‘At this juncture, I saw Mavhaire turn his head to face me and immediately
motioned some youths to approach him. This is when they were instructed to
eject me and all this happened in full view of other senior party members
like Stan Mudenge (Higher Education minister) and Lovemore Matuke,’ Chitagu
The Newsday correspondent said he complied with the order to leave but was
surprised to see the youths pursuing him all the way to the main gate of the
‘I knew something was wrong when they followed me to the gate. I tried to
run away but they caught up with me. They demanded my notebook but I refused
to part ways with it and this is when they started to manhandle me. They
punched and pushed me to the ground and this is when I decided to save
myself and hand over the notebook,’ Chitagu added.
He added; ‘You ask yourself; would these people do this to me without the
explicit orders of their leaders - no. And the fact there is history between
me and Mavhaire makes it more convincing that he had something to do with
Recently, Chitagu authored a story in which he said two ZANU PF factions in
Masvingo were headed for a showdown in the battle to take over control of
the country’s sole lithium producer, Bikita Minerals.
‘There is a group of war collaborators which belongs to one faction of ZANU
PF that is fighting Mavhaire to take control of the company. Mavhaire is the
major shareholder in this company and so when I sought comment from him
about this fierce battle for control of the company he pleaded with me not
to publish the story. So I guess he has never forgiven me for exposing the
By Alex Bell
07 December 2010
Police have seized shortwave radios in Binga, in what appears to be a
countrywide campaign to stifle the voice of the exiled independent media
ahead of elections.
SW Radio Africa’s Bulawayo correspondent, Lionel Saungweme, said on Tuesday
that police and officers from the notorious Central Intelligence
Organisation (CIO) have been confiscating shortwave radios from villagers in
Lusulu, Binga. Saungweme explained that police are going around asking for
receipts for the radios, seizing them under the pretence that they are
stolen. Jabuba Ward councilor, Themba Kujulu, meanwhile was arrested when he
refused to hand over his radio, saying police had to prove it was stolen if
they wanted to seize it.
“Some villagers, mainly MDC activists, are also being told that it is a
serious offence to be listening to outside broadcasts, so it’s just an
excuse,” Saungweme said.
The situation in Binga is the latest in a countrywide police campaign to get
rid of radios, used by information starved Zimbabweans to receive broadcasts
from exiled radio stations like SW Radio Africa. Five homes in Bikita West
were raided two weeks ago and radio sets were seized, while Norbert Chinyike
and Charles Mhizha, two MDC supporters, were arrested after radios were
found in their possession. They were later released without being charged.
Shortly before that, police searched the offices of the NGO Democratic
Councils Forum in Gweru and arrested an employee after discovering radio
sets that were awaiting distribution in the rural areas. Meanwhile Jastone
Mazhale, the president of the Gwanda Agenda pressure group, recently
reported that police searched his offices and questioned him about radios.
He said the police told him they were acting on orders from headquarters in
In October, radios that were distributed to rural residents by NGOs were
seized by police in Mashonaland East. A representative of the human rights
group ZimRights said police, accompanied by members of the CIO, carried out
an operation in Murehwa district, confiscating radios that had been
distributed by NGOs and threatening the residents who were found with them.
Media rights groups have expressed growing concern about the campaign, with
Reporters Without Borders saying it is an effort to “censor information and
restrict individual freedom.”
“We condemn this large-scale censorship campaign being carried out in rural
areas of the country where access to news is already limited and where the
authorities deliberately try to keep the media presence to a minimum,”
Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said.
“These measures are designed to limit the population’s access to
freely-reported news and to ensure that the views expressed by
pro-government media are not challenged by the views of independent and
opposition media,” Julliard added. “This is an attack on media diversity.”
The campaign to clamp down on access to the independent media comes as
Mugabe has once again demonstrated his refusal to abide by the terms of the
Global Political Agreement (GPA), blaming the MDC-T for the existence of so
called ‘pirate’ radio stations. Mugabe is quoted by the state media has
saying the contentious issue of unilateral governors’ appointments will not
be discussed “until we see a commitment on the part of the MDC-T to end
sanctions and pirate radio stations.”
The MDC-T leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, has urged his party and
international governments not to recognise either provincial governors or
ambassadors unilaterally appointed by Mugabe this year. The appointments
were done with no consultation with Mugabe’s partners in the coalition
government, in direct contravention of the GPA.
ZANU PF meanwhile has repeatedly used the exiled radio stations and the
targeted sanctions against the Mugabe regime as the scapegoats for not
honouring the GPA. Mugabe has previously said he will make no “concessions”
to the MDC unless the targeted restrictive measures are dropped and the
radio stations are closed, despite the MDC having no authority to dictate
either of these terms.
Gokwe, December 07, 2010 - Zanu (PF) youth and local leadership have
introduced operation Jongwe ngarichengetwe Mumusha which means that Zanu
(PF) leader President Robert Mugabe should be re-elected to head the
Villagers of Charama, 100 kilometres south of Gokwe town said they were
being harassed with the youth who were going around asking what should be
done to a cock if it gets old.
The villagers said they were expected to respond by saying an old cock
should be respected and kept safe in the home.
Zanu (PF) uses a cock as its symbol and Mugabe, 87 next February, is often
referred to as the cock (jongwe) by his supporters.
“We are being harassed here.Vari kuti kana Jongwe rachembera rino itwa sei?
(They are saying what happens to a cock when it’s old?) Ukangoti rinobikwa
chete sandi kurohwa ikoko.(If you say it must be cooked they (Zanu (PF)
youth) will beat you up). Zvanzi jongwe kana rachembera rino fanirwa
kuchengetwa mumusha roremekedzwa.” (They say if a cock gets old it must be
looked after in the home."
Movement for Democratic Challenge (MDC) provincial chair Cephas Zimuti
intimidation was the order of the day in Gokwe rural areas.
"We have received some of such complaints not in Charama only but also in
Manoti where there is an army base. However this is not going to affect us
because our people know that intimidation is some political parties' style
of campaigning. We are telling our supporters to follow what they are being
forced to do so as to save their lives," he said.
Mugabe and MDC leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have called for
fresh elections next year although there are fears from civic society that
the political atmosphere may not be conducive for a free and fair election.
By Miriam Mutepfa –Senior Rape Cases Investigator 05 December, 2010 04:00:00
Reserve Bank Governor Dr Gideon Gono's advisor, Dr Munyaradzi Kereke, Dr
Munyaradzi Kereke who allegedly raped a girl aged 11 is walking scot free
despite all medical and police records confirming this heinous crime .
The case comes at a time when girls in Zimbabwe are at high risk of being
raped by high profile HIV individuals who enjoy impunity and are desperately
using blood of virgins as potential cure for HIV and AIDS.
Information that this reporter has confirms that the girl was born on 14th
of June 1999 and her mother resides in the United Kingdom.The girl who fell
victim to rape is said to have a sister aged 15 who was abused by the same
and reports are yet to confirm if her sister was also raped .
A very close relative who has helped the girl through medical examinations
and police escorts emailed Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network
Worldwide ,Betty Makoni saying ,
"I have been on your website and I see you help children who have been
sexually abused or raped and let me bring to your attention the case of a
girl who went to her aunt`s place in Vainona and at gunpoint she was raped
by Dr Munyaradzi Kereke. Her eldest sister was also abused by the same man`.
Since this has happened both girls have received threats from Dr
Munyaradzi Kereke. He has gone to the house where the girls lives since
August 2010 and intimidated the family of the girl.
Another relative who contacted Girl Child Network Worldwide confirmed the
girl has refused to go to school because she is afraid and so has been home
since September 2010.
GCNW Chief Executive Officer Betty Makoni has since confirmed receiving
documents containing a medical report as well as police report.
"These are the documents needed to arrest this alleged rapist and I don’t
understand why he is still walking scot free ", said Betty Makoni who has
handled many child sexual abuse cases of high profile individuals whose
cases never get anywhere near the courts and if they do,they get thrown out
for lack of evidence or some other sinister reasons.
Zimbabwe is increasingly becoming unsafe for girls with many rapists walking
scot free. The number of girls raped per day in Zimbabwe averages 100 and
these are the only ones who manage to break silence and report .
"In the likely event that Zimbabwe courts don’t get to prosecute Dr
Munyaradzi Kereke ,it means many high profile rapists will be on the loose
and this will result in many girls being raped and silenced.With the HIV and
AIDS scourge this should be classified as a crime against humanity and also
referred to regional or international courts" said Betty Makoni.
In September this year it was reported that Dr Munyaradzi Kereke who was at
one instance refered to as a ghost worker unlawfully employed by Gideon
Gono, opened Rock Foundation Medical Centre owned by himself which is now
open to the public after receiving the necessary clearance from the
regulatory authorities among them Harare City Council and the Health
Professions Authority of Zimbabwe.
The project is said to have been subject to intense opposition by some
neighbours who felt noise from the 24-hour medical facility would disturb
the peace of the area.
"The centre is one of very few medical facilities in Zimbabwe that accept
all medical aid cards while using the latest equipment in the medical field.
The 24-hour facility boasts of an ambulance service, pharmacy, dental unit
and a trauma management unit in addition to doctors consulting rooms.The eye
unit is still to open to the public together with the radiology centre and
the laboratory. The medical centre offers free Internet services to patients
or people accompanying the sick." said the reports.
After the medical facility was opened the doctor turned paedophile was
“We have been cleared to operate. It’s a dream come true for me. I am happy
In another development the first ever only online Newspaper for women and
girls recently launched has confirmed that Dr Munyaradzi Kereke becomes the
first high profile case to be listed on the Name and Shame column which
seeks to establish the first list of all alleged rapists who are a danger to
children and have been left to walk scotfree in Zimbabwe.Zimbabwe does not
have a sex offenders register and this Name and Shame column becomes the
first initiative towards a comprehensive sex offenders` register.
Harare, Zimbabwe - The Development Bank for Southern Africa has approved
US$267 million in project financing for Zimbabwe, the local media reported
Tuesday, quoting officials involved in the deal. The Herald newspaper said
the bulk of the money had been earmarked for road construction and mining
projects, and was already being released to some of the projects.
It is one of the biggest foreign loans Zimbabwe, which has been slapped with
Western sanctions over human rights, has attracted in recent years.
Officials said several mining companies would benefit from the credit line,
which will attract 2.5 percent interest.
Among the road construction projects would be the dualisation of the
highways from the Mozambique to Botswana borders and that from the South
Africa to the Zambian borders.
Last week, the South African bank released US$500,000 to fund feasibility
studies into the construction of the highways.
The Industrial Development Corporation, a state-owned Zimbabwean industrial
conglomerate, would be the bank's local agent.
Most of Zimbabwe's roads are in a dilapidated state, and widely blamed for
the high accidents on the country's highways.
Pana 07 december 2010
Residents of Magunje, Hurungwe are being denied access to seed and other
agricultural inputs at the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) Hurungwe on party
lines. Magunje residents who attended a community meeting organized by the
Centre for Community Development In Zimbabwe (CCDZ).
The meeting was aimed at raising awareness on electoral rights ahead of the
Constitutional Referendum and Elections in 2011.Participants at this meeting
informed CCDZ on their being denied seed maize because they belong to the
MDC. They cited the culprits behind the acts as one Councillor Budwell
Chasara, a Mr. Musakanya who is an Agritex Extension worker, Maravanyika who
is a war veteran, Bhunu a Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) officer and
Cornelious Koronga, a member of the ZANU PF District Coordinating Committee
CCDZ was informed that the five are operating to openly exclude and deny any
purported supporter of MDC for accessing seed. The residents who attended
the meeting were bitter about this discrimination that blatantly violates
their Constitutionally enshrined freedoms of association and conscience.
The option of buying seed in retail shops is beyond the reach of many
ordinary Zimbabweans and the GMB provides the cheaper alternative to the
majority of Zimbabwe’s subsistence farmers such as those CCDZ met in
CCDZ denounces in the strongest terms the use of agricultural implements as
a political tool to punish those with divergent political views. We deplore
the flagrant abuse of authority by the councilor and the Agritex worker.
CCDZ calls upon the authorities such as the police and relevant ministries
to investigate these allegations by the public and to deal decisively with
any wrong doing and violations at GMB Hurungwe.
The meeting in Magunje was one in a series aimed at raising awareness on
electoral rights and pre-conditions for free and fair elections and the
For more inormation on our work, please feel free to contact our Programme
Officers Tsungai Vere and Vellim Nyama on 04-776038 or visit our offices at
220 Samora Machel Ave, Eastlea, Harare.
Centre for Community Development
The organization says the definition of "blood diamonds" should be modified
to include human rights violations by government forces, as the current
definition refers to rebel forces which it considers a loophole that has
allowed Harare to market Marange diamonds internationally under Kimberley
Sandra Nyaira | Washington 06 December 2010
A Swiss international development organization has urged Bern government to
bar trade in diamonds from Zimbabwe's controversial Marange field.
Bread For All, backed by Protestant churches in Switzerland, said human
rights abuses continue to be reported in the Marange diamond zone, diamonds
from which should not find a market in Switzerland.
The organization said the definition of "blood diamonds" used by the
Kimberley Process Certification Scheme should be updated to include human
rights violations by forces of the state. The present definition refers to
rebel forces, a loophole that has allowed Harare to market Marange diamonds
internationally under Kimberley supervision.
The Zimbabwe Advocacy Office, local partner of Bread For All, reports
ongoing rights violations in the Marange diamond field of Manicaland
Diamonds from Marange are currently barred from export until the Kimberly
Process has achieved a consensus on the disposition of the Zimbabwean
stones. The organization met in Israel last month but was unable to reach a
consensus on Marange gems.
Zimbabwean Mines Minister Obert Mpofu has threatened to sell diamonds with
or without Kimberley approval, saying Zimbabwe has met all of the group's
But political analyst Charles Mangongera said Harare must first address
human rights abuses in Marange and completely demilitarize the zone, among
other outstanding items in a work plan to which it agreed at a 2009
Kimberley Process meeting.
07 December, 2010 11:21:00 Staff Reporter
ACCRA, – One of Robert Mugabe’s close regional allies and former Namibian
President Sam Nunjoma became a pile of embarrassment when students he was
addressing at the University of Ghana laughed and jeered at him when he said
Mugabe was a great leader.
Nunjoma said: ‘although Africa has finally attained Kwame Nkrumah’s dream of
a free continent, it is yet to reach a healthy level of intra-trade.’
Nunjoma went on to tell the students that political leaders on all frontiers
stood side by side to wage the war against colonialism and his mentioning of
Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as among other great leaders at various frontiers,
elicited huge laughter and jeers from the students who asked him to step
down from the podium.
For close to five minutes Nunjoma stood silent and embarrassed as the rowdy
students took issues with him at the mention of the Zimbabwean dictator as
They booed and jeered him and some threw stuff at the bemused former
Namibian leader. Organisers then pleaded with the students for him to finish
On resumption and taking note of the mood in the University Hall, Nunjoma
said, "We made mistakes [as African leaders fighting colonialism]," said
Nujoma, a reference to elimination of hunger and poverty that continue to
grip the continent even after the successful elimination of colonialism.
"It is now up to you young people to analyse [the mistakes made] on how to
eliminate poverty and hunger [from the continent]," he said in his lecture.
One student asked, with much bravado, the feelings of Nujoma about Africa’s
tendency for some African dictators to hang onto power when people want
"We do not know how Kwame Nkrumah would have felt now because he is not
However, how do you feel as a Pan-Africanist?" the student asked with such
gusto common in university students.
Others wanted to know whether Nujoma does not have a sense of guilt or
regret regarding the direction that Africa took on Pan-Africanism, after all
he was among the first attendees of Nkrumah’s All African People Conference
as well as many other conferences on Pan-Africanism that followed.
"Have we perhaps not missed the boat for not going in the direction of USA
[on a united state of Africa]," was another question.
The queues of questions kept getting longer and longer, prompting the
professors to cut the session short – Nujoma only had 30 minutes set aside
for the lecture and interaction.
Nujoma repeated one of Nkrumah’s often-repeated sentences: "The independence
of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked with the total liberation of the
Elaborating on what brought up the liberation movement of that time, Nujoma
pointed out that as much as colonialism was the factor, part of the problem
was also the economic strangle on the continent.
Hence, political leaders on all frontiers stood side by side to wage the war
against colonialism. His mentioning of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe among other
great leaders at various frontiers elicited huge laughter from the crowd.
It was in Ghana where Nujoma was propelled to the international arena.
He was there to attend the All African People’s Conference organised by
President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana against the French Atom Bomb test in the
It was Kwame Nkrumah who helped him travel to the United Nation’s Fourth
Committee of the General Assembly and made his first petition demanding the
end of the South African colonial administration in the then South West
Nkrumah was a Pan-Africanist, advocating the socio-political philosophy that
sought to unify a global African community and pursue political and economic
emancipation of the African people.
Contrary to Nkrumah’s hard labour on this front, nothing much has happened
when it comes to economic emancipation of the continent.
"How to build the future is a challenge to all of us, especially the youth,
He pointed at prospects of Inga waterfalls in Democratic Republic of Congo
to supply energy to entire continent and export the surplus to the rest of
the world, Ghana’s amazing fertile land that can produce sufficient food and
export surpluses outside the continent.
"It is important to instil our core values and make them part of our
everyday lives," he said of the youths gathered in the hall.
He also stressed the importance of education saying it is the key for future
"We need to produce our own doctors, scientists, geologists, architects,"
Nujoma listed important professions that he deems key to the growth of the
The next day Nujoma visited the Akosombo hydropower dam, 120 kilometres out
of Accra. The dam was built in early 1960 and continues to function. It has
the capacity of producing more than 1 000 Megawatts of electricity.
Quite a few of us living in Harare “leak” (that is, give a massive sigh)
when we’re asked to pick someone up from Harare International Airport off
the South African Airways flight at 9pm. It’s not that we’re unhelpful or
unfriendly, its more to do with running the gauntlet of weirdly positioned
(that is, in the dark, with no signage) police roadblocks, non-working
traffic lights, potholes and the Zimbabwe Mafia.
The Zimbabwe Mafia is a group of 4 men who rob and assault people returning
from the airport. Most recently my family went to welcome home a sibling
returning for Christmas. They parked their car in the airport car park but
little did they know that whilst they were inside, a member of the Zimbabwe
Mafia slashed one of their tyres. When they left the airport they got as far
as the Independence arch when the tyre became flat. Pretty soon they were
rounded on by 4 men who were violent (one of them hit the 74 year old driver
across the face with a wheel spanner) and they were intent on stealing what
they could. When they left, they told their victims that they had met the
Welcome to Zimbabwe.
There is no doubt that if the Zimbabwean authorities had an ounce of
proactivity and concern they would do something to improve the security
situation for people travelling to and from the airport.
1. The airport car park is dimly lit at the best of times. When the
airport wants to save on power, there are actually no lights on at all in
the car park. Of course this gives the bad guys all the room in the world to
2. The airport car park does not have a single guard looking after the
cars parked there. Why?
3. Whilst construction of a fancy new road to the airport has been
underway for over 2 years, the current one does not have streetlights in
certain sections, like before the Independence arch. Why has this not been
addressed? Yes, it’s fine for some who speed around our city in motorcades
but what about the rest of us.
4. Members of the Hatfield Police Station are incredibly energetic when
it comes to positioning themselves on the airport road at strategic times to
catch motorists speeding to catch a flight. However, it is clearly known to
them by now that local Zimbabweans and visitors are being assaulted at
night. Why are they not increasing their presence on the airport road at
these vulnerable times? Too much like hard work? I think so.
In real terms, the authorities could make this strategic area of our city
much safer fairly easily. But they won’t. And in the meantime government
officials cite Zimbabwe as a safe destination.
Come to Zimbabwe and get robbed before you reach your hotel.
You’ll love it here.
This entry was posted on December 7th, 2010 at 1:00 pm by Bev Clark
by Joshua Hammer Tuesday 07 December 2010
FOR Western journalists visiting Zimbabwe in the middle of the last decade,
a background chat with U.S. Ambassador Christopher Dell was an opportunity
not to be missed.
A veteran Foreign Service Officer with a refreshingly informal, outspoken
style, Dell could be counted on to deliver candid assessments of Robert
Mugabe’s latest skullduggery, and of the hapless efforts by Zimbabwe’s
opposition to get rid of him.
When I met him at his sprawling residence in the verdant northern suburbs of
Harare in May 2006, while reporting a New Yorker story about Mugabe, Dell
laughed as he told me of his arrest by the dictator’s thugs for trespassing
near the presidential palace in downtown Harare. He was clearly enjoying
rattling the regime. “I cannot even spell the word Dell with a ‘D’ but an ‘H’
and that is where Dell should go,” Mugabe declared that year, to Dell’s
Dell was one of those rare U.S. diplomats who was nearly as frank with
reporters and in his public pronouncements as he was with his State
So many of the observations in his dispatches to Washington, released by
WikiLeaks last week, have a certain degree of familiarity to them: his
grudging respect for Mugabe’s survival skills (“give the devil his due,” he
wrote, “he is more clever and more ruthless than any other politician in
Zimbabwe”), his disgust at the dictator’s ignorance of basic economics and
appetite for violence, his low opinions of many members of the Movement for
Democratic Change—the democratic opposition—and his conviction that, with
U.S. help and encouragement of the forces arrayed against Mugabe, “the end
is not far off”.
Still, it’s fascinating to read the former Ambassador’s unvarnished views
about Zimbabwe’s politics and personalities, and his predictions about the
country’s future. Much of what Dell writes here is on the money: he
appreciates MDC leader Morgan Tsvangarai’s “courage” and “star quality”
while noting his “questionable judgment in selecting those around him.”
This nuanced assessment took place just after a bitter and debilitating
split along ethnic lines of the MDC, prompted in part by the beatings of
some of Tsvangarai’s critics by his fiercely loyal youth wing. (Tensions
within the opposition party continue to undermine its effectiveness.)
He astutely dismisses the slick and superficial Arthur Mutambara, a Rhodes
Scholar, leader of the breakaway faction and Tsvangarai’s main opposition
challenger, as a “lightweight who spends too much time reading U.S. campaign
Dell saw that pressure was building on Mugabe both from the streets and from
his own ruling ZANU-PF circle, who were beginning to suffer from the effects
of Mugabe’s ruinous economic policies. He saw a range of possible
denouements looming—from a free and fair election, to a
South-African-brokered power sharing deal that would “perpetuate the status
quo,” to “a popular uprising” that, he cautioned, would likely result in “a
There are also some observations that seem off the mark. Dell was far too
trusting of South African leader Thabo Mbeki. “Mbeki appears committed to a
successful mediation and is reportedly increasingly irritated by Mugabe’s
efforts to manipulate him or blow him off altogether,” Dell wrote back in
2007. In fact, the South African president turned into Mugabe’s chief
enabler, standing by him, propping him up with money and electricity, and
turning his back on the opposition as the country spiraled into crisis.
Dell seems to have underestimated the obscene lengths to which Mugabe, or
those around him, would go to perpetuate his hold on power. The Fear, a
forthcoming book by Peter Godwin—the Rhodesia-born correspondent who has
become the most intrepid chronicler of Zimbabwe’s last decade—describes in
chilling detail the beatings, tortures, and murders that ZANU-PF mobs
inflicted on MDC supporters in the spring and summer of 2008, after
Tsvangarai defeated Mugabe in the presidential election and was subsequently
forced to compete in a run off.
Hundreds of people were murdered, thousands were assaulted, and tens of
thousands were driven from their homes in a campaign of terror so widespread
and relentless that Tsvangarai was forced to surrender his challenge (while
Mbeki blandly looked on, saying nothing). Dell may also have overlooked the
determination of Mugabe’s generals—terrified at the prospect of being hauled
to the Hague or the International Criminal Court of Justice—to subvert the
transition to an MDC government.
Four years later, Zimbabwe has, in fact, tasted all three of the scenarios
that Dell envisioned in his memos. It had a surprisingly transparent
election in March 2008—albeit one that was subsequently stolen by Mugabe. It
had a bloodbath.
And now it has the “power sharing deal” brokered by South Africa, with
Mugabe in the driver’s seat. The eighty-five-year-old dictator is arguably
as strong as ever—ZANU-PF controls the security forces, the judiciary, and
most levers of power—and the diplomatic pressure on him has eased. Dell’s
take on the Mugabe dictatorship proved to be uncannily accurate. The only
thing he really failed to see was the utter inability of his own government
to make a difference.
Joshua Hammer is a Berlin-based foreign correspondent and the author of,
most recently, A Season in Bethlehem: Unholy War in a Sacred Place (Free
Press). – The new Republic