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SADC Facilitation Team Wants To Meet Security Chiefs

10/05/2011 10:37:00

Harare, May 10, 2011 - A team of South African negotiators facilitating the
Zimbabwean political party dialogue aimed at ending the country’s decade
long political crisis are planning to meet with members of the security
sector to discuss their future and role in politics.

A spokesperson of the facilitating team told Radio VOP that her team was
ready to meet the securocrats to here their concerns on the political future
of the country.

The role of the security sector in the country’s politics is one of the
contentious issues that threaten the successful implementation of the GPA
and conclusion of a roadmap to the country’s elections.

“Security Sector Reform is now on the agenda ahead of next elections. The
facilitation team has resolved to engage the securocrats directly to present
concerns and also to hear their concerns,” said Ambassador Lindiwe Zulu,
President Jacob Zuma’s International Affairs adviser who also acts as the
facilitation team’s spokesperson.

The role of the security sector in politics has been one of the major
impediments to the completion of a crucial elections roadmap. The MDC wants
security chiefs to publicly denounce violence and swore allegiance to the
constitution not political parties. However Zanu (PF) has been digging in
saying the securocrats should not be put on the discursive agenda of the
political parties.

The securocrats have in the past vowed that they will not accept any
politician without liberation war credentials to become the president of
Zimbabwe. They have also played a very pronounced role in the country’s

Analysts believe if the question of securocrat’s role in politics is not
handled conclusively the country will never be guaranteed a smooth transfer
of power in the event that another politician not from Zanu (PF) wins

SADC however appears to e hardening its stance on Zimbabwe since the organ
troika summit held in Livingstone, Zambia.
The SADC appointed facilitator Jacob Zuma will today dispatch his envoy Mac
Maharaj to Harare to continue with talks focussed on an election roadmap
which has to be agreed before a crucial SADC summit meeting on Zimbabwe
scheduled for Namibia next week.

“SADC is committed to democracy and free and fair elections. The spirit of
Livingstone (the stern SADC Troika Resolutions spirit) is very much alive
and strong,” said Zulu.

Meanwhile Zulu told Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition in Zimbabwe representative
in South Africa on Monday that South Africa did not want Zimbabwe to hold
violent elections like those that were held in 2008.

Zulu told Dewa Mavhinga, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Regional Information
and Advocacy Coordinator that Zimbabwe's next elections must be ‘totally
different’. Mavhinga met Zulu to hear the progress that has been made by the
facilitation team on the Zimbabwe crisis.

“I had a meeting with Ambassador Lindiwe Zulu in Pretoria on the side-lines
of a Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) High Level Meeting on the
Zimbabwe Roadmap to Elections where we both made presentations. She said
tomorrow (Tuesday) one member of the Facilitation Team will travel to Harare
to meet with the principals to push the Roadmap issues where there is no
agreement,” Mavhinga said.

“Zulu said Zimbabwe will not have elections in 2011 because there is a lot
of work to be done in the area of reforms and creating a conducive
environment for free and fair elections. The GPA and its full implementation
is the basis of the Elections Roadmap but will take on board various views
from all stakeholders and will be informed by 2008 elections experiences.”

Mavhunga said Zulu said the security sector reforms issue is now on the
agenda ahead of next elections and the facilitation team has resolved to
“engage the securocrats directly to present concerns and also to hear their

He added that Zulu could not confirm the full SADC summit on May 20 and that
sanctions imposed by the West on President Robert Mugabe and his inner
circle must go.

“The SADC Extra-ordinary Summit on Zimbabwe scheduled for 20 May in Windhoek
is not confirmed yet as there are clashing meetings that may lead to it
being shifted - but SADC Troika is fully aware of the need to urgently meet
over Zimbabwe,” Mavhinga said.

“She said sanctions need to go because she and team believe they are not
serving their intended purpose and secondly, they are impeding good progress
being made.”

Radio VOP understands that Zuma has send Mac Maharaj to meet Zimbabwe
political parties principals over the agreements and disagreements that were
made in Cape Town.

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Army brutality probe

By Guthrie Munyuki, News Editor
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 14:39

HARARE - Negotiators to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) have agreed to
set up an independent commission of inquiry to probe the role of security
forces in the abductions, torture and beatings of civilians across the

The agreement, which is intended to pave the way for much-needed security
sector reforms, was reached at the difficult Cape Town inter-party talks
last week, the Daily News learnt last night.

At the same time, a member of the Sadc facilitation team to the GPA said
ominously yesterday that Zimbabwe’s political crisis could not “go on

Speaking in Pretoria, Ambassador Lindiwe Zulu, spokeswoman of the
three-person mediation team for Zimbabwe and President Jacob Zuma’s
international relations advisor, also ruled out the possibility of elections
being held in Zimbabwe this year.

“What is happening in Zimbabwe now cannot go on forever. At some point it
has to stop. We need to create a conducive environment and strengthen
institutions. There is clear acceptance by all three parties that they need
time for doing all the work that needs to be done,” Zulu told a conference
that was being held to discuss Zimbabwe’s political future.

Last year, a frustrated President Robert Mugabe said he wanted Zimbabwe to
hold elections this year, a position that is supported by the country’s
partisan securocrats, to end his two-year-old power-sharing government with
rival and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

In addition to investigating the role of security forces in the worsening
violence in the country, the independent commission agreed by the
negotiators in Cape Town is also expected to come up with recommendations on
the de-militarisation of state institutions such as parastatals and other
state-owned enterprises.

The agreement comes after some top security officials put pressure on Zanu
PF negotiators not to give in to demands for security sector reforms and to
changes in the composition of the Zimbabwe Elections Commission (ZEC) -
which is known to be teeming with secret service officials.

“Yes, we have made a breakthrough. All the three political parties agreed
that we set up an independent three-man commission of inquiry to investigate
and compile a report detailing all forms of violations including violence,
torture of civilians and abductions by members of the security forces."

“The commission of inquiry will also look at other violations in the GPA and
issues that were raised but not acted upon."

“It will also look at the issues of de-militarisation. Jomic will be
involved in the setting up of the commission,” said a Daily News source.

Zanu PF facilitator, Patrick Chinamasa could neither deny nor confirm that a
commission was being set up to probe the role of the military in the
brutalisation of innocent civilians.

“I know where that information came from. It is the position of the MDC-T.
We are going to meet to produce the report on our deliberations. It can’t be
this week because some negotiators are committed,” he said.

When probed if the South African facilitators would be coming this week to
monitor progress, Chinamasa expressed ignorance.

“It’s not correct that facilitators are coming.

“I can’t stop them from coming to Zimbabwe but if they come, it has nothing
to do with us,” he said.

Jomic communications manager Joram Nyathi said he had not heard the
development and referred questions to spokesperson Priscilla
Misiharabwi-Mushonga who also attended the Cape Town talks.

“I have not heard about that one. Our co-ordinator is in South Africa and
was called at the very last minute to some meeting involving the civic
society on the roadmap (to elections) and I understand on the instructions
of Lindiwe Zulu,” said Nyathi.

However, our source said Jomic would appoint either a retired judge or a
person with a strong judicial background to chair the commission.

The development, which gives a ray of hope to a possible cessation of a
culture of violence in the country, comes as soldiers and police continue
their violent and selective crackdown on civilians.

“This week President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team will be coming to
Zimbabwe to conclude the process which will see the signing of the agreement
of what was agreed on by all the three political parties during the Cape
Town talks last week,” our source added.

Ambassador Zulu confirmed to the Daily News that a member of the
facilitation team would arrive in the country this week as a follow-up to
last week’s talks.

“One member of the facilitation team is coming to Harare this week and not
the entire team.

“It is a follow up to the agreements that were reached in the Cape Town
meetings on Thursday and Friday last week. It is a normal follow up to the
negotiation process,” Zulu said.

The Daily News has been reliably informed that Mac Maharaj, a former South
African cabinet minister and an ANC veteran and luminary, is the facilitator
coming to oversee the signing of the Cape Town agreements.

Both formations of the MDC have accused Zanu PF of stalling progress in
government by mutilating the GPA, a pact which paved way for the formation
of an inclusive government.

They also accuse security forces of being at the forefront of brutalising
and beating up people perceived to be MDC supporters, amid reports that
military personnel has been deployed in many parts of the country,
especially in the rural areas.

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Sadc will discuss land grabs — Zuma

Sadc leaders will be under pressure to take action against Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe over illegal land grabs
Published: 2011/05/10 06:34:02 AM

CAPE TOWN — President Jacob Zuma and fellow southern African leaders will
again be under intense pressure to take action against Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe later this month when they meet to consider a crucial report
on his illegal land grabs.

In late 2008, the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Tribunal
ruled against Mr Mugabe’s government, insisting unanimously that a group of
79 farmers had been denied access to justice in Zimbabwe and further ruling
that they had been discriminated against because they were white. Mr Mugabe
and his then government thumbed their noses at the tribunal ruling, saying
it had no jurisdiction.

Since then Sadc leaders have prevaricated on just what to do about the
ruling and Zimbabwe’s refusal to comply.

Democratic Alliance MP James Selfe had asked Mr Zuma, in a parliamentary
question, what steps the justice ministers and attorneys-general of Sadc
states believed should be taken against Mr Mugabe. Mr Zuma’s reply, tabled
yesterday, said a report by the ministers and attorneys-general would be
discussed at a Sadc leaders’ summit on May 19-20.

Mr Zuma’s reply also indicates the degree to which Sadc leaders have dragged
their heels on the issue of tribunal rulings. It also shows reluctance to
confront Mr Mugabe for his refusal.

Mr Zuma said about two years after the 2008 ruling that the Sadc heads of
state "mandated the committee of ministers of justice and attorneys-general
to consider the legal issues relating to Zimbabwe’s noncompliance with a
ruling by the Sadc tribunal and also to conduct a review of the roles and
responsibilities of the Sadc Tribunal with a view to strengthening it and
improving its terms of reference.

"The summit also adopted the recommendation by the committee of ministers of
justice and attorneys-general to commission a study which, in addition to
covering the above matters, would also deal with the recognition and
enforcement of decisions by the Sadc Tribunal."

This effectively suspended the operations of the tribunal.

Mr Zuma said that in October Sadc leaders approved a panel of experts to
conduct the study. This had now been completed and was considered by the
justice ministers and attorneys-general last month.

"A report containing recommendations regarding these matters will be
presented by the committee of ministers of justice and attorneys-general to
a special Sadc Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held on May
19-20 in Windhoek ," Mr Zuma said.

DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip, commenting on the reply, said: "The
saddest thing of all this is that Sadc has undermined itself by not calling
a member state to account and that Mike Campbell, the farmer who fought so
courageously to win his farm back through the tribunal, has since died".

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Special summit on Zim in doubt

By Tonderai Kwenda, Chief Writer
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 17:16

HARARE - A special Sadc summit on Zimbabwe scheduled for next week in
Windhoek, Namibia may be postponed due to other pressing regional
commitments, a member of the facilitation team on Zimbabwe has said.

Lindiwe Zulu, a spokesperson of the Sadc facilitating team on Zimbabwe said
this at the Southern African Liaison Office (Salo) High Level Meeting on the
Zimbabwe Roadmap to Elections held in Pretoria, yesterday.

“The Sadc extra-ordinary Summit on Zimbabwe scheduled for 20 May in Windhoek
is not confirmed yet as there are clashing meetings that may lead to it
being shifted but Sadc Troika is fully aware of the need to urgently meet
over Zimbabwe,” said Zulu.

She said that the elections roadmap currently being negotiated by the
negotiators of the country’s three political parties shall be presented to
the three principals before Zuma hands it over to a full Sadc summit.

Zulu also reiterated that Zimbabwe will not have elections this year saying
efforts will instead be put on building strong democratic institutions which
can deliver free and fair elections.

“Categorically and totally, Zimbabwe will not have elections in 2011 because
there is a lot of work to be done in the area of reforms and creating a
conducive environment for free and fair elections,” said Zulu.

“The next Zimbabwe election must be totally different from 2008 elections.”

Asked by the Daily News to clarify on what she meant by the building of
strong institutions, Zulu said: “In Sadc our wish is that institutions that
govern elections must be credible, they must be institutions that can be
trusted so that when they announce election results they do so in good time
and they can easily be accepted,” said Zulu.

She gave the example of the South African Independent Electoral Commission
(IEC) as one such body.

The MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai wants the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (Zec), to be revamped by way of flushing out suspected state
security agents from its employees.

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Another media black out on latest SADC talks

by Irene Madongo
10 May 2011

The government continues to demand media black outs around important
developments in Zimbabwe, leaving people in the dark about their future.

Andrew Moyse of the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ) said since
Independence the government has selectively used media blackouts to
deliberately withhold information and the advent of new independent
newspapers has not changed this.

“The attitude is ‘what the eye doesn’t see, the mind doesn’t grieve over,’
as it were, ‘So we’ll just carry on and do what we know best – we’re in
charge, and we’ll tell you if it has to happen.

It’s very difficult this – to try to extract information when ministers and
senior government officials tell us that it’s no business of ours when we
have journalists who inquire about what is happening in the country,
especially with the latest developments over SADC,” Moyse said.

Since the SADC talks began, journalists and the public have not been
informed by government officials on developments. Very little information
emerged from the meeting last week and on Tuesday a member of the SADC
facilitation team on Zimbabwe, Mac Maharaj, arrived in the country, with
criticism that once again the media and the public were not informed.

The team on Zimbabwe is made up of Maharaj, Charles Nqakula and Lindiwe
Zulu. A member of the team told SW Radio Africa that it was unlikely the
media would be informed about this latest visit as this was just ‘a
follow-up to the talks in Cape Town.’

This is despite the fact that every step of the meetings is now critical, as
the country heads for a full SADC summit on Zimbabwe, to be held on 20th

With difficulty journalists found out that one of the key disagreements at
the latest talks in Cape Town was over the role of the partisan security
forces, which have been blamed for unleashing terror on people opposed to

It’s understood that talks with the security chiefs are expected to be held
ahead of the 20th May summit, but as usual it will be unlikely that
Zimbabweans will get to know anything about this meeting.

Moyse stressed that Zimbabweans have a right to be enlightened on national
issues. “It’s about us, it’s not about a ruling elite. It’s about the people
of Zimbabwe. So we do have a complete right to know what people are
discussing about us,” he said.

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Govt, private sector face paralysing strikes

By Editor
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 15:21

HARARE - Government and private sector employers should brace for paralysing
strikes next month if they continue ignoring calls for higher salaries and
quick labour law reforms, the country’s largest labour body has said,
according to The Legal Monitor.

In an interview with The Legal Monitor, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions
(ZCTU) president Lovemore Matombo said consultations were underway between
labour organisations across the sector to mount strong action against

Patience among workers, many who anticipated huge changes after the MDC’s
entry into government, had worn thin, Matombo said.

Matombo said they had targeted June because that is when civil servants are
expecting government to significantly increase salaries. Most trade unions
are also negotiating to have salaries increased in June.

“What we have said is let’s have a collective approach to this whole thing.
We are no longer going to see a civil servants’ strike alone.

“Every labour movement, every trade union in this country has a problem with
its employer and what we are saying is let’s galvanise support so that as we
approach June, all of us are geared to go on a strike but it has to be
collective. We will have to do that. We have no option,” said Matombo.

He said confrontation was most likely to take place because government and
most employers were resisting calls to match salaries to the poverty datum
line that currently stands at just over $500.

Most workers in the public and private sectors earn between $100 and $300.

“Immediately after the formation of this coalition government, there was a
feeling that there was no need to go on strike as to do so would be to
torpedo the efforts of the MDC and MDC was quite aggressive in terms of
public relations saying we want to see that every worker has a decent

“But two years down the line, I think people are now aware that it was just
a mock exercise. And I think we can succeed in our strike action,” said

He accused the coalition government of abandoning workers and the poor.

“I can clearly tell you in this country that 99,9 percent of our ministers
are right-wing elements. They believe in capital. Pro-poor is purely
political rhetoric,” said Matombo.

He added: “We have no pro-poor coalition government. In this government most
politicians would want to capture votes from poor people. But they will
never be committed to the poor. For example, the IMF prescription being put
across to the government is capitalist yet it appears to find favour.
According to the IMF, civil servants should be reduced.

“But how can you reduce civil servants who have been reduced over the years
to the level of poverty. Only about seven percent of workers are formally
employed in Zimbabwe and of these, the government employs the bulk."

“So what will it mean if government agrees to reduce the pay bill by
reducing the number of its workers?,” asked Matombo.

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Zimbabwe teachers threaten strike as term begins

Associated Press

(AP) – 7 hours ago

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Teachers in Zimbabwe are threatening to strike over
their demands for pay and an end to intimidation by police and security

Leaders of a major teachers' labor organization say the lowest-paid teachers
want their $130 monthly earnings at least doubled. The strike threat comes
as schools opened this week for the new term.

Teachers' union leader Takavafira Zhou said in a Tuesday statement that
surveillance and harassment of teachers by police agents "surpasses our

Teachers and pupils were forced to participate in political propaganda by
militants of President Robert Mugabe's party who also accused them of
sympathizing with the former opposition in the nation's troubled two-year

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Bulawayo riot police crush peaceful WOZA protest

By Tichaona Sibanda
10 May 2011

Baton-wielding riot police waged a brutal crackdown Tuesday on peaceful
Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) demonstrators in Bulawayo, with witnesses
saying dozens of people were injured.

WOZA said thousands of protesters gathered in central Bulawayo to express
their frustration at the persistent daily ’18 hour power cuts,’ when riot
police arrived and began to indiscriminately beat the peaceful activists.

The protest was aimed at the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and
Distribution Company (ZETDC) for what WOZA termed was daylight robbery by
the utility company.

The protesters were demanding that ZETDC should stop cheating fixed meter
consumers, provide proper timetables of load shedding and urgently put in
place a proper and transparent billing system. They chanted slogans, calling
for justice, freedom and urgent social reforms.

Our correspondent Lionel Saungweme, who witnessed the protest, said the
brutal attack on the demonstrators was yet another sad paragraph in the
ongoing state sponsored violence against innocent and unarmed civilians.

‘The police were acting like dogs. They were so vicious and the ferocity of
the beatings would have left some people thinking they were beating up
football rioters and yet they were just merely women,’ Saungweme said.

He added; ‘This brutal attack underlines the need for an urgent security
sector reforms because the protest did not warrant such a crackdown. It was
a bloody messy affair where women were being chased and beaten along the

A statement issued by WOZA after the crackdown said one of those injured was
their co-coordinator Jenni Williams. No arrests were made and WOZA said all
the injured had been assessed and attended to.

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Mujuru & Mnangagwa factions jostle over election dates

By Lance Guma
10 May 2011

Conflicting signals emanating from senior ZANU PF officials on when the next
national elections are going to be held are said to reflect the serious
infighting and jostling for influence within the party.

SW Radio Africa understands the faction led by Defence Minister Emerson
Mnangagwa, composed mainly of the so-called hardliners, is pushing for an
early election while the perceived ‘moderates’ in the Solomon Mujuru faction
prefer polls next year or in 2013.

Last week ZANU PF Chief negotiator in the SADC talks on Zimbabwe, Patrick
Chinamasa, said; “It is my own opinion that it is not possible to hold
elections this year. We need to start talking about elections next year or
2013 assuming that the referendum is completed in September as we have been
advised by COPAC.”

This week ZANU PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo contradicted Chinamasa saying; “The
party position is very clear. I don’t know how many times I should repeat
this. Elections are on this year and reforms are not fundamental if people
want elections. The Mutare congress last year made it clear that elections
will be held this year. The politburo also made it clear and the President
also made it clear.”

Asked to clarify why he was contradicting Chinamasa, Gumbo said; “Those are
his (Chinamasa’s) statements as an individual negotiator and that does not
reflect the position of the party. The MDC-T is afraid of elections saying
there will be violence but it’s clear it is the most violent party in the

Not to be outdone was ZANU PF strategist Jonathan Moyo, who penned a bitter
article claiming; “It is now clear in the national interest that the next
harmonised general election must be held this year in 2011, failure of which
it should be held in 2016 and not at any other time in between.” He
described Chinamasa’s statement on the election dates as ‘untenable’.

Political analyst Pedzisai Ruhanya told SW Radio Africa; ‘There are two
competing camps in ZANU PF. One camp which belongs to Mnangagwa, whose
mouthpiece is Jonathan Moyo and partly Rugare Gumbo, and the other group
which is the Mujuru faction. The views by Chinamasa are shared by the Mujuru

Ruhanya said the Mnangagwa faction, ‘has deployed people in the name of
soldiers, CIO’s and the youth militia in the rural areas to do the
campaigning for ZANU PF. So that group is finding it difficult to sustain
politically and economically the deployment of these soldiers that they have
put in the communities since last year.”

Other analysts have made the argument that the Mujuru faction is made up of
what is loosely described as moderates, who are more business-oriented and
willing to ‘give and take’ in negotiations with the two MDC formations, as
long as they can continue to plunder the country in the name of greed.

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Human Rights Group Wants Zim's Constitutional Data Capturing Process Monitored

10/05/2011 11:07:00

Harare, May 10, 2011 - A coalition of influential top local pro-democracy
and human rights groups says it wants to continue independently monitoring
the chaotic constitution making process which resumed last week.

The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) led constitution making process is
at a critical stage, where thematic committees are analysing and organising
data collected from close to 5 000 public meetings held countrywide.

After the data analysis the thematic committees are scheduled to make
recommendations to a team of drafters, who are supposed to be independent
experts agreed to by the coalition government.

In a letter to COPAC joint chairpersons namely Munyaradzi Mangwana of ZANU
(PF), Douglas Mwonzora of the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai led Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC-T) and Edward Mkhosi of the smaller faction of
the MDC, the Zimbabwe Independent Constitution Monitoring Project
(ZZZICOMP), comprising of influential rights group, Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights, Zimbabwe Election Support Network and Zimbabwe Peace Project
said they would want to fulfil their mandate of monitoring the crafting of a
new governance charter for the country.

“As you are aware, Zimbabwe Election Support Network, Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights and Zimbabwe Peace Project has been independently monitoring
the ongoing Article VI constitution-making process under the banner of
ZZZICOMP, and with assistance and accreditation from COPAC. We write to
hereby formally advise that ZZZICOMP wishes to continue with its mandate by
monitoring the work of the Thematic Committees. In this regard, we would be
grateful if you could consider facilitating our request and ensuring that
our monitors are permitted to access the 17 thematic committees' venues. Our
representatives will observe their work and will not contribute and/ or
interfere in any manner in the work of the Committees.” The letter was
jointly signed by ZLHR executive director Irene Petras, ZESN director Rindai
Chipfunde-Vava and ZPP director Jestina Mukoko.

ZZZICOMP asked for permission to access copies of relevant documentation on
the methodology of the thematic committees and their terms of reference.

ZZZICOMP has been monitoring the constitution making process since it
commenced last year. The tripartite body says monitoring the government-led
constitution making process will enable the body to evaluate whether the
exercise was democratic and the outcome a true reflection of the people’s

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Police Arrest Villager As Lawyers Challenge Abuse Ofsection 121 In Mwonzora'S Case

HRD’s Alert

10 May 2011




Police on Tuesday 10 May 2011 arrested a Nyanga  villager, Tonderai Nyabasa, for allegedly committing public violence three months ago, alongside Nyanga North Member of the House of Assembly and Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) co-chairperson, Hon. Douglas Mwonzora and 23 dwellers.

Nyabasa handed himself to the police, who detained him at Nyanga Police Station. The police indicated that they took orders from police detectives at the Law and Order Section at Mutare Central Police Station in detaining Nyabasa, who is expected to appear in court on Wednesday 11 May 2011.

Lawyers representing Hon. Mwonzora and the Nyanga residents, who were arrested in February and charged with violating section 36(1)(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for public violence filed an application before Nyanga Magistrate Ignatio Mhene seeking referral of the matter to the Supreme Court to determine the violation of several of their constitutional rights.

In their application, the lawyers, Jeremiah Bamu of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and David Tandiri of Maunga, Maanda and Associates Legal Practitioners, who is a member of ZLHR argued that their clients’ rights to liberty, protection of the law and protection from inhuman and degrading treatment as enshrined in the Constitution were violated when they were arrested, abducted and detained in filthy police and prison cells in Nyanga and Mutare respectively.

The Supreme Court has already ruled that detention under conditions similar to those where Hon. Mwonzora and the other residents were incarcerated constitutes inhuman and degrading treatment.

The lawyers want the Supreme Court to determine whether or not the assaults, torture and denial of medical attention to their clients constitute inhuman and degrading treatment in violation of Section 15 (1) of the Constitution.

Bamu and Tandiri also want the Supreme Court to determine whether or not the raising of Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act against their clients denied them their protection of the law and infringed on their right to liberty in a manner that is not reasonably justified in a democratic society.

Further, whether or not in raising Section 121 (3) of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act (Chapter 9:07), the State acted with mala fides (bad faith) and thereby contravened Section 18 (1) (a) of the Constitution.

Magistrate Mhene will deliver his ruling on the application for referral to the Supreme Court on 23 May. The Magistrate will also pass a ruling on an application which the lawyers filed seeking the release of a COPAC vehicle allocated to Hon. Mwonzora, which the police seized upon his arrest in February.

Magistrate Mhene also temporarily suspended the reporting conditions for Hon. Mwonzora together with four other accused people namely, Munyaradzi  Mwonzora, Sekai Gombe, David Mutare and Richard Hazangwi until 23 May 2011 to allow them to attend to COPAC business where thematic committees are currently analysing and organising data collected from public outreach meetings.

Hon. Mwonzora and the other accused persons were reporting to the police once a week as part of their bail conditions since their admission to bail in March.


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Siwela suffers new bail blow

10/05/2011 00:00:00
    by Staff Reporter

PAUL Siwela’s bid for freedom suffered a new reversal on Thursday after
Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku requested written submissions from him
before he can rule in his bail appeal.

Siwela, a member of the separatist group, Mthwakazi Liberation Front, has
been in jail since March 3 following his arrest on treason charges, along
with two other men who are out on bail.

The former ZAPU leader and 2002 presidential candidate failed in his bail
bid at the High Court after prosecutors argued that he was facing related
charges in the lower courts, and was given to repeat offending.

Siwela, who is incarcerated at Khami Prison just outside Bulawayo, was
represented by his defence team at a hearing in Harare on Tuesday.

“The Chief Justice has postponed the case to allow Siwela to file an
affidavit to assure him (Chief Justice) that he will not commit similar
offences to treason. The matter has been postponed indefinitely and Siwela
languishes in jail. The affidavit will be filed by Thursday,” said lawyer
Sindiso Mazibisa, who is part of Siwela’s legal team.

Siwela was arrested on March 3 and charged with treason after he allegedly
caused the distribution of flyers agitating for Egyptian-style uprisings
against President Robert Mugabe’s government. Prosecutors say he, along with
John Gazi, Charles Thomas and seven other men still at large, was seeking
the overthrow of a constitutionally-elected government.

All three men deny the charges and say they are being persecuted for their
radical campaign for a break-away Matabeleland state.
Meanwhile, two ministers who tried to visit Siwela on Monday have revealed
that they were turned back by prison authorities.

State Enterprises minister Gorden Moyo and Water Resources minister Samuel
Sipepa Nkomo visited Khami Prison with food items for Siwela, but were
denied an audience by prison authorities.

“We are government ministers but we have been denied access to Siwela and
that’s sad,” Nkomo told journalists. “Siwela’s rights are being violated
because why should prison officers deny us a chance to visit an inmate? That’s

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Moyo further strains Zim, SA relations with fresh attack on Zuma

By Alex Bell
10 May 2011

ZANU PF’s spin doctor, Jonathan Moyo, is once again causing strain on the
already tense relations between South Africa and Zimbabwe, after another
written attack on President Jacob Zuma.

Moyo once used the state media this week to trash Zuma’s ongoing mediation
efforts, stipulated by regional leaders as the key to solving Zimbabwe’s
political crisis. Moyo said these efforts “created a treacherous opportunity
for weakening the state in Zimbabwe by rendering it vulnerable to hostile
foreign interests.”

He accused Zuma and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) of
being puppets of Western states like the UK and the US, which he accused of
“hostile manipulation.” He also slammed ongoing negotiations towards a SADC
endorsed election roadmap, as pointless and a guise for the “destabilisation
of the state.”

“These puppets and their masters will not be allowed to reform something
they did not form using the cover of the negotiations under misplaced SADC
facilitation which the UK government apparently wants to use to dictate
regime change in the country,” Moyo said.

South Africa has since dismissed Moyo’s latest rant, which also argued for
fresh elections in Zimbabwe this year. Zuma’s International Relations
Advisor, Lindiwe Zulu, is quoted as saying that neither SADC nor South
Africa had time for “people who are outside the negotiation ambit.”

“We have said it before that we will not comment on opinions of people who
are not part and parcel of the negotiation process,” Zulu said.

Zuma has for weeks been the target of ZANU PF’s anger, following the
surprisingly stern rebuke by the SADC Troika in March, which cornered Mugabe
over his refusal to fully implement the Global Political Agreement. The
Troika later issued a statement demanding an immediate end to violence,
intimidation, hate speech and harassment, and pledged to develop a roadmap
towards credible elections.

It’s widely understood that it was a scathing report by Zuma on the state of
Zimbabwe’s political crisis that spurred SADC to change its tone towards the
situation. Zuma reportedly had harsh warnings about the political stalemate,
saying that “unprecedented upheavals,” seen in North Africa recently, would
happen in Zimbabwe if there weren’t major reforms.

A furious Mugabe then accused SADC of trying to interfere in Zimbabwe's
internal affairs. He claimed Zuma was just a facilitator to the dialogue and
“cannot prescribe anything,” while saying that SADC has no business
‘meddling’ in Zimbabwe’s affairs. The state owned Sunday Mail newspaper then
took its cue from Mugabe and published an editorial branding Zuma ‘erratic’
and ‘disaster-prone’ They described him as a “liability, not only to South
Africa, but also to the rest of the continent.”

Moyo also followed Mugabe’s lead, writing in an opinion piece published in
the same paper, that “Zuma is now tainted beyond recovery by the Libyan
situation”, after his country voted on the UN Security Council in favour of
imposing a no-fly zone.

ZANU PF was then forced to backtrack on this criticism, apparently worried
about being isolated in the region. Moyo was last month summoned by Mugabe’s
deputy Joice Mujuru and sharply reprimanded for his opinion piece that
blasted Zuma. Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba, was also tasked with
making amends, taking out a full page supplement in the state owned Herald
newspaper, claiming the views of the Sunday Mail editorial did not reflect
the views of the government.

Moyo’s fresh attack is now believed to be a sign of ZANU PF’s growing
concern that SADC will follow through on its apparent change in stance
towards the Zimbabwe situation, and stop appeasing Mugabe at every turn.
ZANU PF has never needed to criticise SADC before, because the bloc’s ‘quiet
diplomacy’ towards Zimbabwe has always suited the party very well.
Commentators have said that the comments by Moyo, which will have been
sanctioned by ZANU PF, are indicative that the party is very worried.

Other commentators meanwhile have questioned if these attempts to undermine
Zuma could be related to an alleged plot in South Africa to oust the
President from his position. Billy Masethla, a top official in South Africa’s
ruling ANC party, last week said the plot is real. He told the Mail &
Guardian newspaper: “I know who they are talking to and how they want to do
this. I am not going to keep quiet and watch people destroying the

Some commentators have said that ZANU PF might be preempting the results of
this ‘plot’ by cutting ties with Zuma, while remaining on good terms with
the ANC. The two parties are traditionally supportive of each other as
former liberation parties, and the ANC has, on more than one occasion,
voiced support and respect for Mugabe.

But exiled Zimbabwean journalist Basildon Peta, who is now based in South
Africa, told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday that there is very little support
for the alleged plot, saying “Zuma is very strong in his position.” He also
insisted that the ANC would not risk jeopardising its position in the
Southern African region by throwing in its lot with a party like ZANU PF,
which is increasingly isolated.

“They wouldn’t want to be associated with a discredited, anarchistic,
destructive regime that no longer even has the support of the region,” Peta

Peta meanwhile welcomed Moyo’s vitriolic attack on Zuma and SADC, saying:
“These sentiments reflect the whole party and it continues to push them
further out of favour with SADC. This is what campaigners for real change in
Zimbabwe have wanted to see for a long time.”

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De Beers Dismisses Zimbabwe Charges of Diamond-Looting Before 2006

De Beers International Relations Director Andrew Bone said that although De
Beers held rights to explore the Marange field for just under 10 years, it
was only active in the zone for two, and decided not to develop it

Sandra Nyaira | Washington  09 May 2011

Diamond mining giant De Beers has dismissed as outrageous charges launched
last week by Zimbabwe's minister of mines saying the firm looted diamonds
from the Marange field for nearly a decade when it held a concession to
exploit the eastern zone.

Mines Minister Obert Mpofu and Deputy Mines Minister Gift Chimanikire said
they were convinced that De Beers plundered the Marange alluvial field
prompting Harare to set up an expert panel to probe De Beers activity during
the period of its concession.

Mpofu charged that De Beers extracted large amounts of rough stones from the
Marange field while telling the government it was only prospecting with
little success.

Some observers say Mpofu has launched the charges against De Beers to
deflect accusations that the Marange field, controlled by the Zimbabwean
military, is currently being looted by a clique with close ties to his
ZANU-PF party.

De Beers International Relations Director Andrew Bone told VOA reporter
Sandra Nyaira in an interview from New York that although the company held
rights in Marange for just under 10 years, it was only active in the zone
for two and decided not to continue as it preferred to work deep Kimberlite
deposits rather than alluvial diamond fields.

Bone added that there is no way Harare would not have known of such a huge
operation if it had existed, adding that it would also have been strange for
De Beers to give up its license in 2006 if it had been extracting as many
stones as Mpofu charges.

"Prospecting is not mining. Mining requires a great deal of investment and
the use and import of heavy machinery, and a great deal logistical support
from road and air," Bone said. "The Zimbabwean authorities would have been
more than aware of any such activity.  The fact they weren't indicates De
Beers did not carry out any mining."

Bone added: "In addition, industrial mining of the scale indicated would
have left behind a great deal of physical evidence, none of which has been

Bone said De Beers would like to see Zimbabwe comply fully with the
Kimberley Process as this would allow Zimbabweans to benefit from this 7rich
natural resource.

"Official diamond exports, authorized by the Kimberley Process, will allow
the Zimbabwean people to benefit and realize the full value of this valuable
natural resource and provide access to the world's markets," Bone said.7

Democracy and Governance Manager Joy Mabenge of the Institute for Democratic
Alternatives for Zimbabwe said the absence of transparent monitoring of
mining activity under the previous ZANU-PF government led to the current

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Miners submit empowerment plans

by Edward Jones     Tuesday 10 May 2011

HARARE – The world’s top platinum producers Angloplat and Implats and
Kazhakistan mining group ENRC have submitted plans to Zimbabwe’s
indigenisation ministry on how they intend to meet a six-month deadline to
dispose majority stakes of their local units to blacks, Saviour Kasukuwere
said yesterday.

Angloplat operates Unki mine in central Zimbabwe, which started producing
platinum in December while Implats owns the country’s largest platinum miner
Zimplats near Harare.

Eurasian Natural Resources Corp (ENRC) owns 60 percent in the Bukai platinum
block along the great dyke, with the remaining shareholding being owned by
state-run Zimbabwe Mining Development Cooperation.

Kasukuwere, a minister from President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party in
Zimbabwe’s shaky unit government is spearheading the controversial
empowerment drive which his coalition partner Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai has called looting by a “greedy elite”.

“Most of the major mines are with us, they are co-operating. What is left is
for us to evaluate the substance of their co-operation to see if it meets
our expectations," Kasukuwere said yesterday.

Although 45 days passed yesterday, Kasukuwere gave the miners a reprieve
saying "the closing date is not today, because it is 45 days excluding
public holidays and weekends". This calculation would extend the deadline to
June 2.

Foreign mining companies then have until Sept. 30 to surrender 51 percent of
their local shares to blacks.

Kasukuwere was quoted last week saying Harare would not pay any money for
the mining stakes but would base any payment negotiations on the state's
ownership of the southern African country's untapped mineral wealth.

“"The companies are continuing to come in with their plans," he said.

Rio Tinto, which owns Murowa diamond mine, Mwana Africa, which owns Bindura
Nickel Mine and Freda Rebecca gold mine and Zimbabwe’s largest gold miner
Metallon Gold Zimbabwe are some of the companies being targeted by the
empowerment drive.

Most mines have adopted a wait and see attitude putting expansion as well as
retooling plans on hold until there is clarity on how the empowerment plan
will be executed.

Firms that fail to disclose their share-transfer plans within the stipulated
period face prosecution, according to the empowerment regulations that have
thrown the lucrative mining sector into turmoil.

The Chamber of Mines has proposed trimming the indigenisation quota to a
minimum of 26 percent with the balance of 25 percent made up of credits
arising from corporate social investments such as roads, schools, dams and
hospitals that most major mining firms have over the years built for local

The government has not indicated it will consider the chamber’s proposals
made nearly a month ago. -- ZimOnline

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Harare opts for hybrid debt solution

by Thulani Munda     Tuesday 10 May 2011

HARARE – Zimbabwe has adopted a two-pronged approach to tackling the country’s
foreign debt that will see the African country use its rich natural
resources while also embracing the HIPC debt relief initiative to pay back
the more than US$7 billion owed to foreigners.

The move to adopt a hybrid solution to the debt crisis comes after more than
a year of strong disagreements within the Harare unity government over how
to handle a burgeoning debt that Finance Minister Tendai Biti has said is
the biggest obstacle to efforts to resuscitate the country’s economy ravaged
by a decade-long recession.

"The country's high debt overhang of over US$7.1 billion has become the
single largest obstacle to meaningfully attract foreign capital into the
country," Biti said in his policy document outlining the state of the
economy since the beginning of the year.

"The government has approved a hybrid debt resolution strategy encompassing
the traditional HIPC debt relief initiative and use of the country's natural
resources endowments.

"The debt management office is now fully operational and government will be
accelerating the re-engagement process aimed at resolving the clearance of
Zimbabwe's external payment arrears," he said.

Countries placed under the enhanced Heavily Indebted Pour Countries
Initiative or HIPC can qualify for debt cancellation after a two-year
monitored economic programme.

But ZANU PF party of President Robert Mugabe had strongly opposed Zimbabwe
applying for HIPC status saying this would open the country to greater
influence and control by former colonial power Britain and its Western
allies that the former sole ruling party says wants to regain control of the
African nation’s natural resources.

Mugabe and his party instead pushed for Zimbabwe to use its famous mineral
resources to pay back creditors.

The MDC parties led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Industry
Minister Welshman Ncube pushed for Zimbabwe to apply for HIPC status so it
could qualify for debt support, while the former opposition parties were
also willing to settle for a hybrid strategy apparently in order to placate

Resource-rich Zimbabwe boasts the world’s second largest reserves of
platinum, has discovered alluvial diamonds which experts say could generate
$2 billion a year and has large gold, chrome and coal deposits.

But a government scheme to force foreign owned mining firms to sell
controlling stake to local blacks by September has put a damper on the
lucrative mining sector.

Most foreign-owned mining firms that operate the largest mines in the
southern African country have put expansion plans on hold while they wait to
see how the government will implement the empowerment scheme or responds to
proposals that the companies have put forward on how they intend to transfer
stake to blacks. -- ZimOnline

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Murder case involving Mohadi remains unresolved

By Lance Guma
10 May 2011

Every Tuesday SW Radio Africa will be looking at some of Zimbabwe’s unsolved
and deliberately ignored cases of political violence, torture, murder and
other forms of abuse, by people in positions of authority.

This week we start with the co-Minister of Home Affairs Kembo Mohadi, who in
1999 was implicated in the murder of Lutheran World Federation employee
Strover Mutonhori. Up to this date the case seems to have died a natural

It was reported that Mutonhori worked with Mohadi’s wife and the two
allegedly had an affair. Mutonhori disappeared from the Omadu Hotel in Kezi,
only for his remains to be found in Mzingwane outside Bulawayo. Soon after
the murder, family members were harassed by suspected state security agents.

In May 2001 a team of police officers from the Criminal Investigation
Department travelled to South Africa and interviewed a number of people in
connection with the murder. The matter was transferred from Matabeleland
South to the Special Investigating Branch at the Police General Headquarters
in Harare. The officer investigating was identified as Chief Superintendent
C. R. Gora.

Although police finally interviewed Mohadi, who was then Deputy Minister of
Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, he was later promoted
to Home Affairs Minister in 2002. This effectively put a stop to any chance
of a proper investigation, since the police fell under his Ministry.

"I did not appoint myself Minister. The Mutonhori family is free to contact
me or my lawyers, instead of communicating with me through the Press,”
Mohadi told journalists.
Mutonhori’s family have kept up the fight for justice. In January 2007 they
sought the intervention of the Attorney General and the President's Office
to try and open up investigations into the murder case. But it was reported
that the docket for the case disappeared and the evidence tampered with.

Mohadi remains co-Home Affairs Minister and is in charge of the same police
force that is supposed to be investigating him. The Mutonhori family
meanwhile say their best chance for justice is either a cabinet reshuffle or
a new government.

Last year in March Jane Dongo, a family member, wrote an open letter to
Mohadi saying; “It is now 10 years since my uncle Strover Mutonhori was
murdered, but we are still waiting for the Minister of Home Affairs Kembo
Mohadi, to prove that there is rule of law, justice and that he has not
covered up his own tracks in this murder case.”

Dongo said she had, “written several letters, one through the Zimbabwean
embassy in London, and several directly to him in Harare – but no reply. I
call upon Mr. Mohadi to come clean and be proven innocent in the courts so
that we can put this case to rest.”

She even quoted remarks by then Home Affairs Minister Dumiso Dabengwa who in
1999 said “Zimbabwe will not tolerate a situation where people are kidnapped
and murdered. The culprit will definitely be brought to book. It has been
brought by a colleague in our weekly Cabinet meeting and there will not be
any cover up”.

Sadly, the Mutonhori family still wait for justice.

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The MDC Today - Issue 192

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

A group of Zanu PF thugs on Sunday razed to the ground two houses and a granary of the MDC chairperson for Mutasa Central district, Solomon Mutizawafa. Most of the property and harvested crops were destroyed in the arson attack. 

The arsonists left a note at the scene which read in part; “Tell (President) Tsvangirai, (Manicaland province chairperson Julius) Magaramombe and (Mutasa Central MP Trevor) Saruwaka to join Zanu PF.  Their power of the tongue will not stop us to fulfil our plan, we will continue to demonstrate.  If you continue to support the MDC, you will support it in heaven”.

A report was made at Mutare Central Police Station and police officers visited Mutizawafa’s homestead where they took statements but no arrests have been made. Meanwhile, Machete Magen’a, the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson for Mutare West district in Manicaland province was arrested on Monday on spurious charges of holding an illegal meeting two weeks ago. However, the charges are false as the date the meeting is said to have taken place; Magen’a was in Bulawayo for the MDC 3rd National Congress.  He is detained at Mutare Rural Police Station.

In Harare, the trial of Hon. Elton Mangoma, the MDC Deputy Treasurer – General and Energy and Power Development Minister will resume next Monday, May 16 at the High Court.
Hon. Mangoma is facing trumped up charges of corruption and abuse of public office.  He was arrested early this year and spent two weeks in remand prison.

Today, the court case of Hon. Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC national spokesperson, Nyanga North MP and Copac chairperson and 30 other MDC activists was postponed to 23 May at the Nyanga Magistrate’s Court. Hon. Mwonzora and the activists are facing trumped – up political violence charges.  Hon. Mwonzora was excused from reporting to the police once a week as part of his bail conditions as he is attending to urgent business of uploading data at Copac.

For more on these and other issues, visit

United, winning – the people’s covenant to real change.

MDC Information & Publicity Department

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Youth Participation Crucial for Credibility of Zimbabwe’s Next Election

May 10th, 2011

Youth Forum ZimbabweVia Youth Forum Press Release: The positive and wholesale participation of the country’s youth will be pivotal if the next election in Zimbabwe is to be credible, free and fair. In the past the youths’ energy has been diverted towards negative contribution to the electoral process and they have become infamous and synonymous with the violence that has characterized previous elections in Zimbabwe.

The Youth Forum notes and contends that youth participation in previous elections has been dismally low and highly negative. According to a study commissioned by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) in April 2010, only 18% of the current voters’ roll can be classified as youth (18 – 30 years). This figure is quite shocking considering that Zimbabwe is generally regarded as a youthful population with over 60% of the country under the age of 35 years.

Contrary to the above figures which point towards an apathetic youth towards civic and political processes, young people have actually been a crucial factor in many elections that have occurred in the past. Due to the endemic shrinking of space for political participation by an elderly ruling elite, bend on perpetuating their stay in power, the energy and eagerness of young people to participate in the electoral process has been systematically channeled towards peripheral roles. It is common knowledge that previous elections in Zimbabwe has seen them competing with their mothers as praise-singers of elderly politicians at political rallies during electoral campaigning periods. Nefarious politicians have gone on to drug these youth and coercing them to perpetrate gruesome acts of violence against real and perceived antagonists and rivals of these politicians. Youth militias and vigilante groups have become synonymous with elections, and this trend was quite evident in the run-up to the sham June 27 2008 presidential run-off election, whose result we all know later culminated in the animal we call the inclusive government today.

The Youth Forum avers that for as long as the energy of young people is diverted towards such peripheral and negative roles in the electoral process, we will continue to have discredited elections in Zimbabwe. We continue to emphasize the need to have meaningful participation of young people in the electoral process as a precursor to building a robust citizen response and participation in the governance process – in allowing the citizens to have the final say on who governs them through regular, free and fair elections. Given their demographic dominance, it is through the participation of young people in the elections that Zimbabwe can truly realize democracy and a government that is truly representative of the majority. As Youth Forum, we call upon all stakeholders to prioritize ensuring that the youth are empowered to take a leading role in deciding who governs them from time to time. The Youth Forum has already taken a lead in launching the ‘Youth Go Register to Vote Campaign’ which seeks to have at least one million youth having registered as voters by the time the next election is held in Zimbabwe. We urge the government of Zimbabwe to be sensitive to the plight of many young Zimbabweans who are being frustrated in their quest to register as voters. We further demand that:

  • The Registrar-General’s office stop playing truant by turning away youth wishing to register as voters, alleging that the president has not yet called for elections. Our understanding of the law is that voter registration is an open process, just like national registration or vehicle registration, as long as it is done within working hours.
  • Traditional chiefs and headmen in some rural areas stop denying youth wishing to register as voters ‘proof of residence’ in their areas – this proof of residence is a pre-requisite for registration and denying them this is tantamount to denying them their democratic right. We have names of such traditional leaders and note that history will judge you harshly.

The Youth Forum will not tire in its quest to see a democratic Zimbabwe where youth play an important role in safeguarding democracy.

Youth Register to Vote Today – It’s Your Right Anyway!

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Of course, Zanu-pf needs SADC more than vice versa

By Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, 10/05/11

Jonathan Moyo’s article ‘Elections now, or not before 2016’, New Zimbabwe,
10/05/11, exposes serious underlying fear and desperation. Although,
‘disowned’ by his own party recently before he could raise it from its
‘Lazarus moment’, Moyo’s opinion piece provides a glimpse of the regime’s
real and imaginary fears.

Incredibly, the political scientist chose to bury his head in the sand like
an ostrich by disregarding the importance of full public consultation on
elections in line with true democracy, good governance, transparency and
accountability before calling for ‘elections now or before 2016’. Only a
pizza can be delivered to order at record time like that, not combined
parliamentary and presidential polls.

Presumably, in order to regain the sympathies of the former ruling party
which seems undecided on his fate, Jonathan Moyo used a familiar strategy of
Western-bashing or Manufactured External Enemy Syndrome by claiming an
illegal regime change agenda being at play without giving evidence. The
article exposes a lot of frustration, impatience and panicking after the
flop of the 2- million anti sanctions campaign.

Moyo had the cheek to say: “SADC needs Zimbabwe under Zanu PF than Zimbabwe
under Zanu PF needs SADC. That is food for thought which is neither a threat
nor a promise to anyone.” Of course, Zanu-pf needs SADC more than vice

Without SADC, Zanu-pf would be history by now. Critics argue that the
regional body is complicit in the miscarriage of justice prevailing in
Zimbabwe. Most significant is the regional body’s succumbing to Robert
Mugabe’s pressure to suspend the SADC Tribunal because the learned judges
had decided in favour of white commercial farmers following the chaotic
Zanu-pf land reform programme.

If SADC meant serious business all of Robert Mugabe’s 3 or 4 land audits
would have been tabled in Parliament and corrective measures taken by the
coalition government. Consequently, donors and investors would have poured
into the country as a result of a transparent land reform programme.

The stalemate in the implementation of the GPA is clear evidence of SADC’s
failure to assert its authority on a document that it guaranteed. Had the
regional leaders put pressure on the regime, Zimbabwe would have prosecuted
and convicted hundreds if not thousands of murderers and criminals who are
enjoying the Supreme Leader’s blanket amnesty? If SADC decided to read the
riot act to Zanu-pf, few of the estimated 3-4 million people would be still
in the Diaspora.

Various commissions would be operational and discharging their services by
now, if SADC stopped to appease the Zanu-pf leader. For example, the Human
Rights Commission would be in office and having disposed of massive
workloads from public submissions by now. There would have been a Truth and
Reconciliation Commission and national healing if SADC wanted. Similarly,
the Anti Corruption Commission would have investigated and recommended any
well-connected people for prosecution by now.

There would be genuine freedom of expression. There would be as many as 12
radio and television broadcasting stations in the same way newspapers and
magazines have been licensed to date. There would not be still talk of the
so-called pirate radio stations as they would most probably have set up
stations in Zimbabwe.

If the regional bloc had any teeth or wanted to bite, there would have been
security sector reforms assuring everyone of their safety and security and
of participating in internationally supervised free and fair elections. Some
of the army generals would have been retired if SADC was concerned about a
level playing field in Zimbabwe. All the GPA outstanding issues would have
been implemented by now with provincial governors of all political parties
appointed and sworn into office thereby improving investor confidence.

An example of how SADC has its priorities up-side down is its persistence in
having targeted sanctions on Robert Mugabe and his inner circle lifted
before a suitable roadmap is adopted, before security sector reforms are
implemented, before a new constitution is concluded, before a referendum is
held, before reforming the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, before the
voluntary safe return of millions of exiles, before internationally
supervised elections are held and the list goes on.

Crisis-ridden Zimbabwe remains a practical example of SADC’s failure. Unless
the forthcoming SADC summit on 19-20 May 2011 changes its tempo, the GPA
will go down in living memory as one of the region’s political nightmares.

Meanwhile, contrary to Jonathan Moyo’s claim, it is Zanu-pf that needs SADC
more than vice versa.

Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, Political Analyst,

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George Fleming House (formerly S.A.C.S. House) proudly celebrates its Centenary on Friday, 27th May 2011. This is an exciting year and provides an opportunity to reflect on 100 years of service to the community. The Centenary celebrations commence with a formal evening on Friday 27th May 2011, followed by an Open Day on Saturday 28th May. Management and residents will be available to provide information to prospective residents, donors and friends of George Fleming House. Past residents are also very welcome to visit.


Today George Fleming House supports the younger female community in Zimbabwe by providing high quality affordable accommodation for young professional ladies or students in Harare. The residents are expected to maintain exemplary behaviour and respect for each other as they have the opportunity to live in such a pleasant, safe environment whilst they study, or develop their careers, and go on to be supportive in their own communities.


The history of George Fleming House dates back to the era when Rhodesia was still taking shape from a vast expanse of wilderness. During the early days and as the economy grew young ladies started to settle in the country to work and live. Most women had no family in Rhodesia, were single and did not have accommodation. In 1911 an intended visit by the Prince of Wales failed due to the death of his father, King Edward VII. The building that had been constructed to accommodate his staff was donated to the South Africa Colonisation Society of London (SACS). A plan took shape to accommodate young ladies aged 18 to 26 years who had come to Rhodesia to work. It was at this point that SACS House, subsequently to be renamed George Fleming House, was born.


After the breakup of the Federation in 1965 the government grants were withdrawn and the Society found it impossible to continue. To maintain the good work in providing accommodation for young women, the George Fleming Trust was established and the House was renamed in recognition of George Fleming OBE who served as Chairman for 50 years until his death in 1962. Major Richard Fleming MBE (son of George Fleming) was appointed Chairman of the House Committee in February 1962 and served in this position until June 1997.


Trish McKenzie currently manages George Fleming House. The Committee and Board of Trustees consist entirely of volunteers. Chairman of the Committee is Rupert Wilkinson; Treasurer Des Lawler CA (Z); Anna Fleming (granddaughter of George Fleming); Jenni Westlake; Gary Jenkins and Mike Whiley. Gary and Mike, along with John Meyburgh, also represent the Board of Trustees. Together, they all aim to ensure the residents – up to 82 can be accommodated – continue to enjoy many distinct advantages of the House which include laundry facilities, furnished single and double rooms, a well-maintained swimming pool and a lounge with television where residents can relax after a busy day. All, in addition, to the two meals served daily in the dining room.


George Fleming House is a registered welfare and non-profit making organisation and relies upon the generous support of Donors for repairs and maintenance. Without the support of Donors and Volunteers, George Fleming House would not be able to fund the upkeep of the facility and offer such affordable accommodation to residents. In addition to the volunteers, the Beit Trust and The Wakeford Trust have been extremely supportive over many years.


Gestures of support are extremely welcome and the Trustees and Committee stand ready to assist and support Donors that may be willing to help with ongoing maintenance and refurbishment of the House.


For further information please contact Trish McKenzie on + 263 4 764 358 or visit our website which is kindly sponsored by - 



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Politics and Economics in Zimbabwe  –  War by other means?

Greg Mills
Discussion Paper 2011/03
Dr Greg Mills heads the Brenthurst Foundation. This Paper is partly based on a presentation
made at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington earlier
this year.
Published in May 2011 by:
The Brenthurst Foundation

Nearly three years on from the signing of The Global Political Agreement (GPA), this Discussion Paper considers the options available to the key actors in Zimbabwe, internal and external, to rescue the current political impasse and avoid a repeat of the bloodshed and economic devastation of the 2000s. The Paper argues that the ‘traditional' strategy followed by SADC and the AU, as embodied in the GPA, is no longer viable. Instead the Paper proposes a way forward that does not rely solely on external intervention nor places undue expectation on the MDC, whose performance in the Government of National Unity has fallen well short on a number of levels.


9 May 2011, was the deadline for foreign-owned mining companies in Zimbabwe to submit plans to the government on how they plan to complete the indigenisation process, which specifies that majority-ownership of these firms must be surrendered to Zimbabweans. The potential consequences for foreign investment and business confidence in Zimbabwe are enormous. Worryingly, the differences between the opposition MDC and President Mugabe's ZANU-PF party over indigenisation, as well as other key policy areas, appear to have narrowed.


Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town last week, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai voiced his support for indigenisation.


‘Indigenisation is not about appropriation or nationalisation ... it's about setting fair value,' he said. ‘Across the political divide', Tsvangirai added, ‘we agree on the principle of citizenship empowerment... we have been consistent in the area of indigenisation.'


This Paper calls for a renewed commitment by the opposition in Zimbabwe to reject the policies of patronage and plunder that have become entrenched under President Mugabe and instead build a credible and democratic alternative to ZANU-PF.  Even then, putting Zimbabwe onto a sustainable recovery path will also require more international pressure for reform and stronger regional leadership by South Africa.


Read the full The Brenthurst Foundation discussion paper here

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Bill Watch - Parliamentary Committees Series [Meetings Indefinitely Postponed]



Parliamentary Committee Meetings Indefinitely Postponed

All meetings of House of Assembly portfolio committees and Senate thematic committees have been postponed indefinitely.

The purpose of this postponement is to avoid interrupting the current stage of the constitution-making process, which commenced last week when the Parliamentary Select Committee on the new Constitution [COPAC] launched the sittings of its own seventeen thematic committees.

Many Senators and members of the House of Assembly are members of the COPAC thematic committees, which will be working full-time for the next two weeks at least, to prepare their reports on the results of the COPAC outreach exercise.


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