Foreign migrants and refugees fear attacks after tournament
by Own Correspondent Monday 17 May 2010
HARARE - Zimbabwe's chaotic land reform programme assumed a new twist last
week amid reports that only 10 white farmers would be allowed to remain in
the country's Mashonaland Central province under a new plan hatched by
hardliners from President Robert Mugabe's ZANU PF party in the province.
The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU), which represents the interests of the
besieged Zimbabwean white farmers, said some of its members were being
invited to "a provincial centre" where they are informed of the decision to
allow them to continue farming.
"The week before last we had picked up information that some farmers were
being called in to a provincial centre to be formally advised that they were
to be one of the ten farmers who were allegedly to remain and continue
farming in each district of that particular province," a union spokesperson
said last week.
Sources said the province in question was Mashonaland Central which has some
of the best agricultural land in the country but has also seen some of the
worst cases of violence linked to the seizure of white-owned farms.
"This news was of course received with some relief by some and with some
scepticism by others, particularly as we are aiming towards a moratorium
being declared on evictions and prosecutions as part of the land audit which
will hopefully be taking place in the not too distant future," the
The CFU has a pending Supreme Court application in which it is seeking an
order calling for a moratorium on the ongoing prosecutions and evictions of
white farmers by Mugabe's supporters.
The union wants an order suspending ongoing prosecutions and criminal
proceedings against several of its members accused of allegedly contravening
Section 3(3) of the Gazetted Land Act.
The union contends that the prosecutions are "invalid and of no force" and
violate the constitutional rights of the farmers.
The Attorney General's Office has in recent months stepped up prosecution of
white farmers it claims are refusing to vacate land acquired by the
government for purposes of redistribution to land less blacks.
This is despite the fact that the Southern African Development (SADC)
Tribunal ruled in 2008 that the government's land reform programme is
discriminatory and illegal under the SADC Treaty to which Zimbabwe is
Hordes of ZANU PF supporters, so-called war veterans and members of the army
and police stepped up farm invasions almost immediately after the formation
of the inclusive government in February 2009.
Commercial farmers' organisations say invaders have since raided at least
150 of the about 300 remaining white-owned commercial farms, a development
that has intensified doubts over whether the unity government will withstand
attempts by ZANU PF hardliners to sabotage it.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has ordered the arrest and prosecution of
the farm invaders but his word is largely ignored with farmers reporting
continuing invasions of their properties and disruption of farming
The International Monetary Fund and Western countries have - on top of other
conditions - made it clear that they would not consider giving aid to the
Harare government while farm invasion continue.
Zimbabwe has since 2000, when land reforms began, relied on food imports and
handouts from international food agencies mainly due to failure by resettled
black peasants to maintain production on former white farms. - ZimOnline
by Own Correspondents Monday 17 May 2010
HARARE - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Sunday called on the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) to urgently convene a summit
that should set a "clear roadmap" to fresh elections to choose a new
government to replace his uneasy coalition with President Robert Mugabe.
The SADC alongside the African Union is a guarantor of the 2008 political
agreement between Mugabe and Tsvangirai that paved the way for the two to
form last year a unity government that has been able to stabilise Zimbabwe's
economy but remains threatened by a dispute between the two former foes over
power-sharing and appointment of senior public officials.
"The party urges the immediate convening of a SADC summit to resolve the
matter which SADC summit should clearly discuss the road map to an election
and guarantees to the legitimacy of this election," said Tsvangirai who last
year temporarily suspended his MDC party's participation in the unity
government in protest against the arrest of his top ally, Roy Bennett.
Tsvangirai was speaking after a meeting of top MDC leaders to review
progress of the coalition government.
Bennett is accused of illegal possession of weapons of war and plotting to
assassinate Mugabe. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted.
But Tsvangirai says charges against Bennett are politically motivated and
false, and told journalists yesterday that the state's decision last week to
appeal against Bennett's acquittal by the High Court was part of: "ZANU PF's
(Mugabe's party) continued persecution and prosecution of Bennett."
Mugabe's refusal to swear in Bennett, the treasurer of the MDC, to the post
of deputy agriculture minister is also part of issues at the centre of the
dispute between Mugabe and Tsvangirai.
The two men have also clashed over Mugabe's refusal to rescind his
unilateral decision to appoint two of his top allies as attorney general and
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, while the veteran leader has also refused
to appoint members of Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara's
MDC formations as provincial governors.
Mugabe insists he will not meet his commitments under the power-sharing
agreement that is know as the global political agreement (GPA) until
Tsvangirai calls on Western governments to lift visa and financial sanctions
against him and top officials of his ZANU PF party.
The Zimbabwean leader accuses Tsvangirai of campaigning for the sanctions
that were imposed by the European Union, United States, Switzerland, Canada
and Australia as punishment on Mugabe and his inner circle for their failure
to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
South African President Jacob Zuma, the SADC's mediator in Zimbabwe, is said
to be waiting for Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara to meet to review a
report on the power-sharing dispute prepared by their negotiators before he
visits Harare to discuss ways to break the impasse.
Meanwhile Tsvangirai called for transparency in the mining of diamonds at
Zimbabwe's Marange diamond field also known as Chiadzwa.
"The party notes with concern the lack of transparency and due process in
the handling of diamonds at Chiadzwa and in the granting of concessions and
mining rights in the same," said Tsvangirai, whose party holds the deputy
minister of mines' post in government.
Top Mugabe loyalist Obert Mpofu is Minister of Mines.
Tsvangirai called on the two joint venture firms formed by the government's
Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and some private investors to
mine the Marange diamonds to comply with the country's laws, adding that
Harare should step up efforts to ensure mining complied with requirements of
the Kimberley Process, the world diamond industry watchdog.
"The Zimbabwean government must speed up compliance with the Kimberly
Process and those concerned must equally speed up the process of
certification," he said.
Marange is one of the world's most controversial diamond fields with reports
that soldiers sent to guard the claims after the government took over the
field in October 2006 from London-based Africa Consolidated Resources that
owned the deposits committed gross human rights abuses against illegal
miners who had descended on the field.
The two joint venture firms formed by the ZMDC and private investors in a
bid to bring operations at Marange in line with standards stipulated by KP
have however stirred up controversy, amid revelations that some directors of
the two firms were once illegal drug and diamond dealers in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone.
Some of the directors are also known to have close ties with Zimbabwe's
military establishment that is accused of stealing millions of dollars worth
of diamonds from Marange and offloading them onto the foreign black market
for precious stones. - ZimOnline
By Tichaona Sibanda
17 May 2010
Villagers in Makoni South constituency in Manicaland province are living in
fear, after soldiers in uniform roamed the area ordering everyone to attend
a ZANU PF meeting at Rukweza business centre on 6th June.
'Their message has been clear, that if you don't attend you will be in
trouble. I haven't seen the soldiers personally but villagers in the
constituency have confirmed that they're being instructed to attend the
meeting without failure,' MDC-T MP for the area Pishai Muchauraya said.
The MP added he was not sure what the meeting is about but assumed it will
be addressed by ZANU PF officials. He said the soldiers, moving around in
army trucks, have been seen in the company of Happy Nyakuedzwa, an active
ZANU PF functionary in the Makoni district.
'We can only assume it's a ZANU PF meeting because they're the only party
that forces people to attend meetings or rallies. Every headman in the area
is being told to bring his people to the meeting. These are hallmarks of
ZANU PF's way of doing business,' Muchauraya said.
Recently, war veterans' leader Jabulani Sibanda was also forcing villagers,
traditional leaders and government workers to attend campaign meetings in
parts of Manicaland, ahead of the constitutional outreach programme.
Sibanda's meetings heightened fears that war vets, who have traditionally
led violent campaigns on behalf of ZANU PF, are mobilizing once again.
Someone who went to one of Sibanda's meetings said they were told to
campaign for the 'Kariba Draft' constitution and that it was a matter of
'life or death' for Robert Mugabe's party.
After his meetings were marred by poor attendances, the war vet leader ended
up forcing government workers, local headmen and chiefs to a meeting at
Chimanimani Country Club.
In recent weeks, human rights groups have reported that organised violence
has continued unabated against MDC supporters in many areas, despite the
formation of the government of national unity.
Advocacy group, Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe, documented sustained
incidences of organised violence in Muzarabani district of Mashonaland
Other reports say that attacks on commercial farmers and their workers have
also intensified, with incidents of violence against white farmers on the
Crisis in Zimbabwe reported on Monday that with less than a month before the
start of the onstitutional outreach programme, the environment remains very
unfavorable to such an exercise.
The group cited areas such as Chakonda in Shamva where headmen and ZANU PF
supporters are blocking and intimidating people from attending preliminary
discussions on the process.
In some areas, such as Gwanda in Matabeleland South, base camps housing
militia groups have been built in readiness for the outreach programme. ZANU
PF supporters are being instructed to campaign for the Kariba draft and to
whip villagers into line in support of the document.
By Lance Guma
17 May 2010
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is under growing pressure from his party
members to confront Robert Mugabe and get the ZANU PF leader to honour his
obligations under the power sharing deal. The pressure built up when the
Attorney General, a key ZANU PF blue-eyed boy, appealed the acquittal on
terrorism charges of MDC treasurer Roy Bennett. The move was seen as a
deliberate attempt to sustain Mugabe's excuse for not swearing him in as
Deputy Agriculture Minister.
Last Friday evening members of the MDC-T Standing Committee met, and the
National Executive met on Sunday. Both meetings deliberated on the
continuing refusal of ZANU PF to genuinely share power, despite being the
party that lost elections in 2008. Although a watered-down national council
resolution called for the urgent convening of a SADC summit to resolve the
impasse, sources who attended the meeting say senior officials made it clear
Tsvangirai must not back down to Mugabe on any of their key demands.
The party listed as the outstanding issues, the swearing-in of Bennett, the
appointments of the Reserve Bank Governor, the Attorney General, provincial
governors, chairing of cabinet, alteration of ministerial mandates, national
hero status and the role of George Charamba, who doubles up as Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Publicity and Mugabe's
spokesman. The MDC-T want the SADC summit to 'clearly discuss the roadmap to
an election and the guarantees to the legitimacy of this election.
On Monday Tsvangirai, Mugabe and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara were
expected to meet to discuss the Bennett issue. At the time of going to
broadcast Newsreel had not been able to establish what progress, if any, had
MDC-T spokesman Nelson Chamisa denied press reports that Tsvangirai was
facing growing pressure from within his own party to challenge Mugabe's
intransigence. He told Newsreel the pressure was being piled on Mugabe and
not their party leader. Chamisa defended the decision to take the dispute
back to another SADC summit, despite countless other summits drawing blanks.
He said SADC and the African Union were the guarantors of the power sharing
deal and it was only logical they try to deal with any impasse first.
So, more talk, while 90% of Zimbabweans face more hunger, misery and
Harare, May 17, 2010 - The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) last week
allegedly postponed to end of May a crucial workshop to expedite the
licensing of new newspapers owing to financial problems and reports on
allegations of disagreements among commissioners on resource persons to the
The workshop was scheduled to begin on May 13.
According to The Standard, the commissioners were allegedly divided on the
hiring of Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu, his
Permanent Secretary George Charamba and Attorney- General Johannes Tomana
and University of Zimbabwe 's law lecturer, Professor Geoff Feltoe.
Commissioners with Zanu (PF) linkages are allegedly backing the Shamu team.
A committee headed by the ZMC Chairperson, Godfrey Majonga and deputised by
Commissioner Matthew Takaona has been set up to look into the matter of
The workshop was, among other things, supposed to include a board meeting
that would allow the commissioners to look into the applications submitted
by mass media houses seeking licenses. This postponement is feared to
result in further delays in the licensing of new and old newspapers.
It is alleged that the commission unanimously agreed that the first
operating license would be granted to the banned Associated Newspapers of
Zimbabwe following the recommendations of a special commission led by the
late Chinondidyachii Mararike after a High Court judgment which compelled
government to deal with the ANZ case in 2007.
The ZMC's operational problems were largely due to the fact that it still
has not received its 2010 National budget allocation of US$ 47 000.
The ZMC is yet to license new media houses since it was officially appointed
Mon May 17, 2010 4:56pm GMT
* Striking workers taking wage dispute to court
* Gold miners hit hardest, platinum unaffected
By Nelson Banya
HARARE, May 17 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's mineworkers have called off a strike,
a union official said on Monday, ending a protest that paralysed the
country's gold mines that are still battling to recover from a decade-long
Associated Mineworkers' Union of Zimbabwe (AMWUZ) president Tinago Ruzive
told Reuters that workers had ended the strike to pave the way for court
"The strike has ended, we have told all workers to report for duty
tomorrow," Ruzive said. "The labour minister has directed us to go to the
labour court for redress and we will get a hearing on Thursday."
The 25,000-member AMWUZ began a strike last Wednesday to press for a monthly
minimum wage of $496, up from the current average of $120.
The industrial action hit the gold sector hardest. Zimbabwe's biggest gold
miner, Metallon Gold, said the strike could cost producers up to $8 million.
The country's platinum mines, owned by Impala Platinum's (IMPJ.J: Quote)
local unit Zimplats and Aquarius' (AQP.AX: Quote) Mimosa, were not affected
by the strike.
Mining has overtaken agriculture as Zimbabwe's main foreign currency earner,
after President Robert Mugabe's seizure of white-owned farms to resettle
landless blacks triggered a sharp decline in farming output.
Industry officials said the strike was a setback for mines, most of which
only recently re-opened after closing in 2008 because of hyperinflation, a
skewed exchange rate and frequent power cuts, officials said.
Finance Minister Tendai Biti has said the sector will grow by 40 percent in
2010, due to mines re-opening.
At its peak Zimbabwe used to produce 2,400 kg of gold per month but recorded
a low of just over 3,000 kg for the whole year in 2008.
Written by JOHN CHIMUNHU
Monday, 17 May 2010 15:54
HARARE - President Robert Mugabe and Zanu (PF) have reportedly developed
cold feet over holding early elections after a recent poll showed that Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai would win by a whopping 88 percent.
Mugabe's fears were highlighted in a recent speech by Deputy Prime Minister
Mutambara, also leader of the smaller faction of the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) said: "A recent survey I saw said Tsvangirai will win by 88
percent if elections are held next year. So, do you think Mugabe will go
into elections knowing that he will lose?"
Mugabe announced in February that Zimbabwe will have elections in 2011, with
or without a new constitution.
Political observers said they believed the date was still feasible despite
numerous delays in coming up with a new supreme law, caused mainly by Zanu
(PF)'s fears of losing power.
A shadowy pro-Mugabe outfit calling itself the Zimbabwe Movement for Peace,
Reconciliation and Unity last Friday published another of its long-running
full-page advertisements, under the headline: "No to early elections".
Through a mixture of threats that Zanu (PF) will resort to violence if
defeated to wild claims that countries like China and Russia, seen as
favourable to Mugabe, would not accept a Tsvangirai victory, the group made
a tenuous case for an extension of the life of the GNU (Government of
Tsvangirai has refused a poll before a new constitution is put in place. He
recently told the Americans, during his visit to that country, to receive a
human rights award that he was optimistic a referendum for the new
constitution would be held next year.
Foreign migrants and refugees fear attacks after tournament
Foreign migrants and refugees in South Africa have been warned to prepare for a wave of xenophobic attacks as soon as the final whistle of the World Cup blows.
This week, two years after the start of the 2008 riots that left scores dead across the country, a consortium of leading migration organisations said it had received reports by foreign nationals that they were being threatened with violence after the tournament.
"These threats are coming from many different people: neighbours, colleagues, taxi drivers, passersby, but also from nurses, social workers and police officers," said Cormsa, whose members include Amnesty International, the South African Red Cross Society, and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation . "Some of those making the threats believe that they have the support of senior political leaders," it said.
Dozens of Zimbabwean women interviewed by the Guardian in Hillsborough, downtown Johannesburg, said they were being intimidated and threatened daily by their landlords and groups of men gathering outside their homes at night.
"They say they will come after the World Cup and they will kill us," said Ethel Musonza, 32, a mother of four. "These people are serious, they are organised, they know where we live. They say they won't do anything during the World Cup because of the foreign tourists but afterwards the police will step aside and some of us will get killed."
In an informal settlement in East Rand, groups of men who claimed they took part in the "war" of 2008 have told foreign migrants and refugees to leave the country before 11 July. "We sat down and talked and said let us leave them until the World Cup is coming to our country," said one, who admitted he broke the law to "protect his country from foreigners" in 2008.
"If we fight now, maybe they will stop 2010 . after that there is no one who can come to us and say don't fight," he added.
Cormsa has urged the government to act against xenophobia to try to defuse the risk of further violence. It has asked authorities to punish officials have used the threat violence to intimidate foreign nationals.
On 12 May 2008, a series of riots started in Alexandra township, north-east Johannesburg, targeting migrants from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. In the weeks that followed, the violence spread to other informal settlements in the Gauteng province, Durban and Cape Town, and then to the rest of the country. Sixty-two people were killed during the clashes, including 21 South Africans.
17.05.10, 09:39 / World
Following a secret memorandum of understanding with the Chinese authorities,
Chinese soldiers are being given permits to work in Zimbabwe's disputed
Marange diamond fields, according to the ZimDiaspora.
The Zimbabwean newspaper reports that the Chinese military's intervention in
Zimbabwe's diamond mining is said to have been facilitated by Army Commander
General Constantine Chiwenga during his numerous trips to the Far East.
Chiwenga is believed to have struck a deal with senior Chinese military
officials with the approval of President Mugabe, says the ZimDiaspora.
ZimDiaspora also says that it has been confirmed that Zimbabwe barters
diamonds for weapons with Chinese defense industries.
ZimDiaspora's own investigations have revealed that a number of Chinese
nationals are based at Marange diamonds fields. "Chinese nationals,
particularly those from the army or with links are being issued with permits
to mine diamonds in Marange in exchange for supplying us with military
hardware like vehicles, guns and bomb materials," said a well-informed
military source, according to ZimDiaspora.
By Blessing Chapwati
Published: May 16, 2010
Harare - MDC party leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Sunday,
ZANU PF and President Robert Mugabe have no veto power to appoint government
Tsvangirai said in response to calls by war veterans and ZANU PF leaders who
say Roy Bennett should not be sworn in as Deputy Minister of Agriculture,
Mechanisation and Irrigation following his acquittal by the High Court last
"ZANU PF and President Mugabe have no right to appoint anyone in cabinet
either than ourselves because they do not have the veto power.
ZANU PF cannot make a position to say Bennett can't. I hear that Cde
Mnangagwa was the first one to say they will not allow Bennett to be
appointed as Minister, that's a party position and not a state position,"
On Sunday the state weekly, The Sunday Mail carried a headline "Bennett just
can't" in which war veterans leader, Jabulani Sibanda and political turncoat
Professor Jonathan Moyo were quoted saying Bennett will not be sworn in
because he served in Ian Smith's police unit, the Selous Scouts during the
war of liberation.
"There is no way we can tolerate Bennett. For us to accommodate people like
Bennett is an insult to those who liberated the country," Sibanda was
Professor Moyo was quoted saying Bennett's hands drip with blood and
represents the unforgettable face of the brutality of Rhodesia; a regime he
says was a provocative and insensitive to the majority.
Observers say ZANU PF's claims goes against the spirit of forgiveness which
the inclusive government is preaching through the National Healing and
Bennett who is MDC national treasurer was nominated to be the Deputy
Minister of Agriculture by Tsvangirai in the inclusive government but his
swearing in was hamstrung by allegations of terrorism, banditry, insurgency
and attempts to topple President Mugabe in 2006.
The MDC has called for the immediate swearing in of Bennett who has also
been advised by lawyers that the Attorney General Johannes Tomana's
application to appeal the acquittal decision was not a proper application in
terms of the rules of Zimbabwe's courts.
"The prosecution was done by the state and not by ZANU PF. ZANU PF is
continuing to persecute Bennett and not to prosecute him.
We will not accept either the prosecution or the persecution of Bennett."
Bennett's case has remained an outstanding issue in the GPA negotiations
which are most likely to soon be referred back to SADC appointed facilitator
South African President Jacob Zuma owing to a myriad of differences between
Bikita, May 17, 2010 - Bikita residents are at risk of being attacked by
crocodiles after Zanu PF youth and boisterous war veterans here vandalised
and ransacked a crocodile breeding project run by lithium mining giant,
The war veterans accused mine manager, Nigel Macfail, of being sympathetic
to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party under Prime Minister
Mcfail was once abducted and beaten by Zanu (PF) youth who left him for dead
in the run up to the bloody June 27 run-off elections.
Villagers under Chief Marozva area told Radio VOP they were benefiting from
the Mine's crocodile project as many got
"For the past four months, our lives had changed because of this project by
Bikita Minerals. Then came the fighters of the liberation
struggle and some over zealous Border Gezi youth and destroyed everything.
They politicised everything. Now, we have no income and some of the
crocodiles have eaten our livestock," said Marvelous Rupiya, a villager.
Mcfail confirmed the project had been sabotaged but refused to shed more
details, referring all the questions to the mine's
company lawyer, Roderick Makause, of Chihambakwe, Makonese and partners.
"I know that the project has been abandoned...I do not know why, talk to the
mine," Provincial governor and resident Minister, Titus Maluleke said.
17th May 2010 00:36 GMT
By MDC Harare
16 MAY 2010
Resolutions of the MDC National Council
Harvest House, 16 May 2010
A Party of Excellence to deliver Real Change
On the 16th of May 2010, the National Council of the party met in Harare and
held an intense meeting in respect of which the following reports were
a. The report of the Commission of Inquiry on the disturbances at Harvest
b. A report and recommendations from the National Standing Committee of the
14th of May 2010.
c. A report by the Secretary General on the state of the party, the state of
the State and the strategic position of the party.
d. A report by the Organizing Department presented by the Organizing
Secretary Hon. Eng. Elias Mudzuri.
In addition to the above reports discussions were held on the following
matters; a. The issue of indigenization in Zimbabwe,
b. The issue of diamonds and the mining of the same in Chiadzwa, c. The
state of the economy and in particular the issue of the conditions of
service for the civil servants, and
d. The issue of human rights and the rule of law in Zimbabwe.
Following extensive discussions, the following resolutions were made;
Violence and disturbances at Harvest House
1. That the party has a zero tolerance towards violence and condemns the
events of the 12th and 14th of April 2010.
1.2 That the following youths who were at the epicentre of the violence are
forthwith expelled from the Party; Rhino Mashaya, Shakespear Mukoyi, Stephen
Jahwi, Todini Todini and Francis Machimbidzofa.
1.3 That the above youths shall not participate in any activities of the
Party and that no member of the Party shall, within the context of Party
activities, associate or entertain the above.
1.4 That the Party condemns violence and offer training on non-violent and
1.5 Initiate a process of dealing with trauma for victims of violence and
1.6 The Party must adopt a progressive and robust approach on the cases of
employment and welfare.
1.7 Implement a non-violent conflict management and team building programmes
throughout the structures.
1.8 Develop, adopt and implement a sustainable cadreship programmes that
ensure that the party's core values of democracy, human rights, including
women's rights and solidarity are inculcated in all members.
2. That, the parties and the Principals of the parties must take measures to
implement and execute the agreed positions as reflected in the Negotiators
report dated the 3rd of April 2010 and more importantly, must enforce and
uphold the Implementation Matrix as prepared by the Negotiators.
2.2 That on the outstanding issues, which include the following matters; i.
The swearing-in of Roy Bennett,
ii. The issue of the RBZ Governor and Attorney General,
iii. Provincial Governors,
iv. National heroes,
v. Review and reallocation of ministerial mandates,
vi. The chairing of Cabinet,
vii. The unilateral alternation of ministerial mandates, and
viii. The position of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Information and Publicity doubling up as the Spokesperson of the President.
2.3 The party urges the immediate convening of a SADC Summit to resolve the
matter which SADC Summit should clearly discuss the roadmap to an election
and the guarantees to the legitimacy of this election.
3. On indigenization, the MDC believes in broad-based empowerment for the
people and for this reason condemns the current proposed indigenization
regulations on the basis that they are elitist, selective and a mere vehicle
for further enrichment of the rich few, self aggrandizement, patronage,
clientelism and further destruction of the economy.
3.2 The MDC recognises that the country currently suffers from lack of
growth, lack of capacity, lack of jobs and weak aggregate demand. To this
extent therefore, the major imperative should be that of growing the economy
so that more jobs are created, foreign direct investment flows in and
capacity is increased. The focus and attempt to redistribute a tiny sick
economy is wrong and misplaced.
3.3 It is our firm view that the original indigenization and empowerment act
should be repealed and be replaced by a new law that balances the
overwhelming imperator of growing and investment in the economy against the
fundamental obligation of broad based empowerment.
3.4 In any event, it is important to marry the indigenization programme with
the experience of the land reform programme. It is important to conclude the
land reform audit urgently so that lessons from the same are properly
applied to any programme that seeks to address the plight of previously
Diamonds and Chiadzwa
4. The party notes with concern the lack of transparency and due process in
the handling of diamonds at Chiadzwa and in the granting of concessions and
mining rights in the same.
4.2 The MDC demands that all concessions and mining rights should be granted
on the principle of transparency and openness involving public auctioning or
public tender processes to be carried out by an independent authority.
4.3 That the current investors at Chiadzwa should comply with Zimbabwe's
laws, in particular the Zimbabwe Investment Act and are prepared to make
equity investment to the State, failure of which their rights should revert
to the State.
4.4 That due process of the law and all court orders issued in respect of
the Chiadzwa claims should be honoured and respected.
4.5 That all income from Chiadzwa should be accounted for transparently to
the State to enable the same to attend to capital and recurrent expenditure
and in particular the adequate remuneration of civil servants.
4.6 That the Zimbabwean government must speed up compliance with the
Kimberly Process and those concerned must equally speed up the process of
4.7 That the interests of the Marange people must be made paramount and due
process, decency and fairness must be applied in the processes of
compensations and relocations of affected Marange communities.
Resolution on violence and the rule of law
5. As a party, we are aware of the re-emergence of violence in the provinces
and the mushrooming of pungwe bases in the country.
5.2 We are also aware of increased intimidation and the threats and promises
that violence will be unleashed after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
5.3 We are also aware that attempts will be made to violently force citizens
of Zimbabwe to propagate for the adoption of the Kariba draft in the current
constitution making process.
5.4 The MDC strongly condemns violence and coercion in any form whatsoever
and demands that Article 18 of the GPA must be respected and honoured.
5.5 The MDC is also concerned about the selective application of the law
including the Attorney General's failure and reluctance to prosecute
perpetrators of violence following the March 2008 elections in clear breach
of Article 18.5 (c) and (j) of the GPA.
5.6 On another note, the MDC condemns the slow rate of work by the
Constitution Commissions appointed and sworn-in in March 2010. Three months
down the line, the MDC believes the Media Commission in particular ought to
have tangible results of its work.
5.7 The MDC further notes and condemns the continuous breach of Article 19
of the GPA and notes the hate speech and corrosive propaganda propagated in
Resolution on the state of the economy and conditions of service of civil
servants and workers in general
6. The MDC is a social democratic party born from the struggle of the
working people of Zimbabwe. To this extent, the MDC strives to uphold and
improve the living conditions of workers including the paying of reasonable
and equitable wages. The right to a basic wage being a fundamental right.
6.2 The MDC however recognises and abhors the destruction of the Zimbabwe
economy by years of Zanu PF mis-governance and misrule. In the last 13
years, the Zimbabwe economy has lost 60 percent of its value, has seen
continuous negative growth rate and has witnessed capacity utilization
shrinking to 4 -10 percent with unemployment reaching 85 percent.
6.3 In addition, a huge debt continues to stifle an economy that virtually
has no savings and no Foreign Direct Investment.
6.4 The MDC however feels that space can and should be created through
revenue arising from the transparent and professional handling of mining
resources and in particular income from diamond mining in Chiadzwa.
6.5 The MDC is also aware of thousands of ghost workers and Zanu PF militia
on the civil service wage roll. It is important that the civil service audit
be concluded as a matter of urgency. In this regard, we find it unacceptable
that the Public Service Commission continues to stall the same by refusing
to supply critical information to auditors.
6.6 We also express unhappiness with profligate government expenditure in
particular millions of dollars haemorrhaging through travel and subsistence
as well as huge amounts being spent on acquisition of non-productive capital
in particular motor vehicles.
6.7 The MDC also finds unacceptable the charges being levied by public
utilities and local authorities. These charges are high and bear no
reflections to a cost structure but rather to high wages and allowances that
are being paid to senior management in these service providers and local
6.8 The party also finds unacceptable the huge speculative rentals being
charged on the people by greedy landlords in many residential areas. These
rentals are eating into the disposable income of the people of Zimbabwe.
6.9 In light of all the above, the MDC recognises the imperator of strong
and decisive leadership and discipline in the management of this economy if
the structural issues raised above are to be overcome.
Committing our Party, our country to God.
Harare, May 17, 2010 - A prominent Zimbabwe human rights lawyer, Beatrice
Mtetwa, who last week secured an acquittal of Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) Treasurer-General Roy Bennett, has been awarded with the 2010
International Human Rights Award by the American Bar Association (ABA).
The ABA named Mtetwa as the recipient of its 2010 International Human Rights
Award last week for her extraordinary contributions to the cause of human
rights, the rule of law, and the promotion of access to justice in the
Mtetwa and another human rights lawyer Trust Maanda successfully won an
acquittal for Bennett who had been on trial for terror related charges.
High Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu acquitted the former Chimanimani
legislator at the close of the state case after ruling that the sate had
failed to establish a prima facie case against Bennett.
The human rights lawyer will travel to San Francisco in August to accept her
award at a luncheon organised by ABA.
Mtetwa becomes the second recipient of the award from Zimbabwe after the
ABA, which is a voluntary bar association of lawyers and law students, which
is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois awarded the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe
with the International Human Rights Award in 2001.
The International Human Rights Award, which is given each year, is intended
to honor and give public recognition to an individual who has made a special
contribution in the area of human rights in a foreign jurisdiction.
Since its inception in 1991, the International Human Rights Award has
honored and recognised individuals who have made special contributions in
the area of human rights in a foreign jurisdiction.
The award was created in response to the knowledge that in many countries
with repressive regimes, the regime is less likely to take retaliatory
action against a human rights advocate if the advocate has received
international recognition. The recipients have often fought for basic human
rights for others, even when it may not be in their personal self-interest,
and have made extraordinary contributions to the cause of human rights, the
rule of law, and the promotion of access to justice. The award builds
awareness of the courageous work being done by lawyers and judges around the
world in the face of adversity.
Written by TAURAI BANDE
Monday, 17 May 2010 15:19
HARARE - Leader of the newly formed MDC-99, Job Sikhala, has described the
GPA national healing Programme as demonic and satanic, saying it was
designed to let Zanu (PF) thugs get away with murder.
In an exclusive interview with The Zimbabwean, Sikhala said perpetrators of
political violence must be brought to justice to appease souls of victims.
"Although Tsvangirai is now satisfied and boasting of drinking tea on the
same table with Mugabe, he must not laugh off lives lost in the struggle for
democracy. If he does so, activists such as Tonderai Ndira and more than 200
others murdered by known Zanu (PF) thugs, will have died in vain," said
He warned of more violence towards next elections, as Zanu (PF) had realised
it can get away with murder.
The outspoken president of MDC-99, also warned Tsvangirai against advocating
for removal of targeted sanctions against Mugabe and members of his inner
"Targeted sanctions were a result of violation of human rights among other
reasons by the former Mugabe government. Tsvangirai must stop behaving like
Mugabe's public relations officer. Mugabe must deal directly with countries
which imposed the restrictive measures against his administration. MDC
factions in the inclusive government must not forget the objective of the
struggle. Any advocacy for removal of the targeted sanctions will be the
greatest betrayal of the selfless electorate, by MDC parties in the GPA.
Mugabe and Zanu (PF) must go," he added.
Sikhala said his party had done enough ground work to win next harmonised
elections. This week, MDC-99 will be electing the Harare party executive.
The party challenged media houses to cover events of all political parties,
to enable the electorate to make informed decisions come next elections.
To promote gender equality, MDC-99 appointed two women as first and second
party vice presidents, Abigail Mahlangu and Bibiana Musunami.
Sikhala also said the constitution making process was flawed.
He said a non partisan High Court or other superior court judge must chair
"It is a mockery to the process to have it chaired by politicians such as
Douglas Mwonzora, a member of a political organisation interested in the
outcome of the constitution," he said, adding "a constitution process
without participation of civic society groups, is a joke."
Sikhala said his party will not recognise a constitution which does not
embrace views of the people.
By Violet Gonda
17 May 2010
World acclaimed novelist and filmmaker, Tsitsi Dangarembga, has been
appointed the portfolio Secretary for Education for the MDC led by Professor
Arthur Mutambara. Dangarembga has been an Executive Member of the party for
Harare Province for at least a year.
Dangarembga is the author of the award-winning novel Nervous Conditions -
the first novel to be published in English by a black Zimbabwean woman; she
directed the film Everyone's Child and wrote the story for the film Neria.
Secretary General Welshman Ncube announced the appointment on Monday,
including reshuffling 19 other portfolios. He said some of the positions
were reassignments but others were to fill vacancies created by the deaths
of some of the National Executive members, including Secretary for Lands
Renson Gasela, who died in a road accident last month. Three other party
officials perished in the car crash.
Edward Mkhosi, the MP for Mangwe and a co-chairperson of the parliamentary
select committee leading the constitution making process, is the new
Secretary for Lands and Agriculture. Sibongile Mgijima from Mash West
province is the new Secretary for Disciplinary Matters, replacing the late
Gasela and Lyson Mlambo respectively.
MDC-M Portfolio Secretaries appointments
1. Edward T. Mkhosi(Mat South) - Secretary for Lands & Agriculture
2. Sibongile Mgijima (Mash West) - Secretary for Disciplinary Matters
3. Mica Sibindi (Mat South) - Secretary for Defence & Security
4. Wilson Kwenda (Manicaland) - Secretary for Local Government
5. Tariro Shumba (Chitungwiza) - Dep. Sec for Local Government
6. Mary Manyenje (Manicaland) - Secretary for Transport
7. Sam Mlilo (Mid South) - Dep. Sec for Policy & Research
8. Rittah Ndlovu (Bulawayo) - Secretary for Labour
9. Nhlanhla Dube (Mat North) - Dep. Secfor Information & Publicity
10. Constance Chihota (Mash East) - Deputy Director of Elections
11. Birgitta Matengenzara ( Mash Central)- Dep. Sec for International
12. Japhret Khumalo (Bulawayo) - Dep. Sec for External Relations
13. Claudio Marimo (Chitungwiza) - Deputy Secretary for Legal Affairs
14. Rabson Mashiri (Harare) - Dep. Sec for Defence & Security
15. Tonderai Gwabada (Mash East) - Deputy Secretary for Organising
16. Charles Sibanda( Mid North) - Dep. Sec for Disciplinary Matters
17. Tsitsi Dangarembga (Harare) - Secretary for Education
18. Joshua Mhambi (Mat South) - Dep. Sec for Economic Affairs
19. Morgan Changamire (Harare) - Secretary for Economic Affairs
20. Nehemiah Zanamwe (Masvingo) - Dep. Sec for Lands & Agriculture
By Tichaona Sibanda
17 May 2010
Jacob Raphael Barnabus Mwela, the 45 year-old Zimbabwean who died in an
Afriqiyah Airways plane that crashed in Tripoli, Libya last week will be
buried in Redcliff in the Midlands province.
The married father-of-four, had lived in the UK for over a decade and had
recently decided to relocate back to Zimbabwe to start a business.
An officer at the Zimbabwe Embassy in Tripoli confirmed Jacob was one of two
Zimbabwen citizens to have died when the Airbus A330 plunged into the ground
while trying to land at Tripoli, killing 103 people. Only a ten year old
Dutch national survived the crash.
Jacob boarded the doomed plane in Johannesburg last week Tuesday. He
intended to catch a connecting flight from the Libyan capital to London.
Embassy staff are assuming the second victim, Zenzeni Moyo is Zimbabwean,
though she was travelling on a British passport.
The embassy in Tripoli is giving consular assistance to Jacob's family
members, who include his wife and a child who travelled to Libya to begin
the harrowing task of identifying his body. The identification process has
been slow because many of the victims sustained horrendous facial injuries,
making the task difficult.
Zimbabwe's Deputy Ambassador to Libya, Tedious Chadenga, has spent most of
the time since the crash with the families. The embassy was also assisting
with finalising the details of the repatriation of the remains.
Michael Mwela, Jacob's father, told SW Radio Africa on Monday that his son,
a former mechanic with the CMED, was on a two-week break in Zimbabwe to
finalise his plans to relocate, after living in the UK for 12 years.
'He was setting up business here and was basically going back to London to
work for a few months before coming back home. He used to visit us almost
twice a year with his wife but this time he left her in London. We are so
devastated because he had become the pillar and provider of the family,' the
75 year-old Mwela said.
Mwela said his son will be buried in Redcliff, once his remains are
repatriated from Tripoli. He said his son's last trip was fraught with
personal misfortune from the start.
'When he flew in from London, Jacob lost a considerable amount of money and
goods in Johannesburg. He used the Tripoli-Johannesburg route when he came
home. It was after he landed in Johannesburg when he was transferring to the
last leg of the journey (Harare) that he discovered his luggage was missing.
To make matters worse, he also discovered he lost cash, but was able to
complete the journey home,' Mwela said.
By Violet Gonda
17 May 2010
'Gukurahundi' visual artist Owen Maseko says his arrest and the banning of
his exhibition is helping him to get his point across and the police actions
are proving his point.
Maseko was arrested in March when he opened an exhibition showing an artist's
impression of the Gukurahundi atrocities of the 1980s, at the National Art
Gallery in Bulawayo. This was the first exhibition of its kind in Zimbabwe,
about this violent period that led to the deaths of an estimated 20 000
Ndebeles in Matabeleland and the Midlands provinces.
Police could not remove the graphic pictures and graffiti which had been
painted directly onto the walls of the gallery, so they stormed the building
and shut the exhibition down. They also covered the windows with newspapers
so that people walking past the gallery could not see the images.
On Monday Maseko told SW Radio Africa that while it has been difficult for
him personally to be arrested and going to court, his persecution is
allowing people to talk about this terrible episode in Zimbabwe's history.
He made an urgent application in the High Court to have the exhibition
re-opened, but this was thrown out. The artist is expected to appear in a
Bulawayo magistrate's court on May 26th where he is challenging his remand.
He said it is at this hearing where it will be decided whether he is going
to trial or the charges will be dropped.
"I think it's a win, win situation for me. If it goes to trial it means they
(police) risk having the Gukurahundi issue openly discussed and at the same
time if they dismiss the case it means they automatically have to allow me
to re-open the exhibition and the public can actually see," pointed out
The artist who is currently on bail, was arrested for allegedly 'undermining
or insulting the authority of the President or insulting a particular race
or tribe' through his exhibition. The Acting Director of the Bulawayo Art
Gallery, Voti Thebe, had also been arrested, but was freed later the same
One of the paintings showed ZAPU leader Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe
signing the Unity Accord with blood pouring down Nkomo's back as he was
The artist said it had been a good opportunity to open his exhibition at a
time the government is promoting its, so far, failing programme on National
Healing and Reconciliation. Maseko said: "If it is a true National Healing
(programme) then we need to talk about these very important issues."
He said he was surprised that the Ministry of National Healing and
Reconciliation had not said anything about his arrest or the closing down of
By: Fr Oskar Wermter SJ
Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010 9:40 pm
Viewpoint: Catholic priest defends beleaguered Anglicans in Zimbabwe |
Zimbabwe,Kunonga,Fr Oskar Wermter SJ
A Jesuit priest working in Zimbabwe speaks up on behalf of the Anglican
Church in Zimbabwe, caught up in a dispute with supporters of the rebel
former bishop Kunonga. Fr Oskar Wermter SJ writes:
The Anglicans are still being politically abused by the party that continues
to rule in contradiction to the General Political Agreement which promised
to restore the rule of law.
Most unfortunately, leaders of other Christian churches remain silent and do
not declare their solidarity with suffering fellow Christians because they
are under the erroneous impression that this is an internal affair of the
Anglican Church in which they, naturally, should not get involved.
But the Anglican Church has settled the issue long ago. Nolbert Kunonga was
removed from the Harare Diocese and excommunicated. There are no two
factions within the Church of the Province of Central Africa. Kunonga, the
clergy loyal to him and a few lay members are no longer part of the Anglican
communion. There is no dispute within the Anglican Church.
There is a High Court decision which must be adhered to for the time being:
the members of the Anglican Church Province of Central Africa (CPCA, under
Bishop Chad Gandiya) must have access to church assets just as the followers
of Nolbert Kunonga until a final and definite decision is taken about who
owns these assets. Kunonga, not being Anglican bishop of Harare any more,
has no right to control the assets of the diocese (churches, church
premises, etc). It is mischievous for government (through the ZRP) to
support Kunonga and bar the Anglican Church proper from its churches and
Some churches, including Catholic parishes, are playing host to displaced
Anglican congregations and associations when asked to do so. There is at
least some quiet solidarity at ground level.
This document is not meant to be a comprehensive report on the state of the IG
of Zimbabwe. Rather it is aimed at giving an overview, month by month, of
political developments under the terms set out in the Global Political Agreement
(GPA). The sections profiled in monthly outputs may vary depending on events and
issues raised in that particular report. Where possible, the relevant article as
stipulated in the GPA has been provided. As this documentation began in April
2009, there may at times be references to activities or events that took place
in previous months.
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By Psychology Maziwisa
17 May, 2010
Mugabe's application for leave to persecute Roy Bennett under the shameful
guise of exercising the 'constitutional right to appeal' is downright
political mischief and unacceptable. The only acceptable thing to do right
now is to swear Bennett in.
It is worrisome beyond words that two years into the inclusive government,
Mugabe should continue to exhibit such breathtaking insincerity and
unwillingness to co-operate in what should be a progressive and bi-partisan
effort to build a new Zimbabwe.
Ironically the very people who have openly and consistently disregarded the
precepts of our constitution through the systematic violation of our
constitutional rights today have the audacity to rely on that very
constitution to justify their evil intentions. This is hypocrisy of the
When the High Court of Zimbabwe finally acquitted Bennett, Mugabe's devious
time saver Johannes Tomana indicated that the state would not be opposing
Judge Chinembiri Bhunu's judgement. For a moment we believed that our hopes
to move the nation forward were, at least in part, being realised.
No sooner had Zimbabweans dared to hope than that eloquent charlatan
Jonathan Moyo labelled Bennett as having been a member of the 'murderous'
Rhodesian army who, 'therefore', could never be allowed to be a member of
government in a 'free' Zimbabwe.
The state changed course and lodged an application for leave to further
Zimbabweans have managed to remove any residual doubt they may have had
about the motivation for Bennett's trauma thanks to Moyo who bluntly
revealed ZANU PF's true position "the quandary has never been a legal one
but rather a political one".
"The question whether Bennett should be sworn in as deputy minister of
agriculture", Moyo went on, "has absolutely nothing to do with his acquittal
but his abominable Rhodesian past. The MDC-T can have Bennett as their
treasurer, agriculture secretary or even their president, but the majority
of Zimbabweans simply can't stomach him as a member of their government in
any capacity whatsoever.''
It really is wishful thinking in the extreme for anyone, let alone a ZANU PF
parliamentarian who should know better, to suggest that the widely
discredited ZANU PF enjoys the support of the majority of Zimbabweans.
One should venture to explain to Moyo that Philip Chiyangwa, the
multi-millionaire and Mugabe's nephew, was a member of the Rhodesian
military police. David Coltart a distinguished lawyer and now Minister of
Education served, together with Bennett, in the British South Africa Police
service in the 1970s. So why the fuss with Bennett'?
Here is why: ZANU PF members and apologists are now chicken terrified that
Roy Bennett would expose, among other things, the aberration of multiple
land ownership. Indeed he must! Indeed he will!
It is not for Mugabe, Mnangagwa, Chinamasa or, for that matter, the
politically irrelevant Jonathan Moyo, to say who the MDC can or cannot
designate for appointment to the cabinet. That is the prerogative of the MDC
and the MDC alone.
It would be a regrettable and unpardonable error if the MDC accepted any
portfolio for Bennett other than that which was initially intended. They
must stay resolute and should contemptuously refuse to be bullied into
changing their mind.
If Roy Bennett's mere service in the British South African Police warrants
an unprecedented perpetual isolation from government activities, what
penalties should be imposed on those who sanctioned the massacre of over 20
000 innocent Zimbabweans in Matabeleland during the 1985-86 Gukurahundi
What should Zimbabwe do with those among us who, in 2005, without prior
notice, demolished the homes of hundreds of thousands of our most vulnerable
people in a political campaign that resulted in their displacement and loss
of livelihood, effectively rendering the bulk of them refugees in their own
What should happen to those Zimbabweans who, in breach of the very
constitution Mugabe now relies on to ensure Bennett is persecuted for as
long as possible, erected torture camps across the country in 2008 and
mercilessly maimed and butchered innocent people?
The very people who should be facing the music in our courts, some of them
even at The Hague, are walking freely on our streets. Indeed a number of
them remain in our government today.
In contrast, when members and officials of the opposition are charged on the
most bogus of grounds, not only are they swiftly brought to court, they are
traumatized, persecuted, their rights grossly violated and they are kept on
trial for as long as politically expedient.
Enough of this tyrannical and racist nonsense! Mugabe has no other
acceptable option but to forthwith and unconditionally swear in Roy 'Pachedu'
Bennett, a Zimbabwean citizen beyond question, who has been cleared by the
High Court and whose subscription to the ideals of democracy and experience
as a successful commercial farmer will immensely boost our present efforts
to reconstruct Zimbabwe.
The time has come for Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC to find within
themselves the fortitude necessary to tackle Mugabe head on. They must take
a determined, no-nonsense approach to implementing all the terms and
conditions of the unity government without compromise.
© Psychology Maziwisa, LLB, Interim President of the Union for Sustainable
Union for Sustainable Democracy