by Lebo Nkatazo
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has launched an astonishing attack on his MDC ruling
coalition partners, claiming the former opposition party "upholds the
interests of imperialists and colonialists" and are "in the same camp as the
enemies of the people".
Not since agreeing to share power with MDC rival leaders Morgan Tsvangirai
and Arthur Mutambara has Mugabe made such barbed comments about his domestic
Mugabe's outburst appeared to be triggered by the Tsvangirai-led MDC's
opposition to the government's indigenisation programme which will force
companies worth at least US$3,5 million to cede 51 percent shareholding to
Mugabe said "while Zanu PF continued to defend the peoples' sovereignty and
rights against colonisers and imperialists, the MDC-T members had remained
stooges and bootlickers of the country's former colonisers," according to a
report in the latest issue of the Zanu PF mouthpiece, The People's Voice.
The paper said Mugabe granted it an exclusive interview at the Zanu PF HQ in
Harare last Friday.
Mugabe was quoted as saying: "There have always been differences between us.
Zanu PF is the true fighter for the people and their rights, and the MDC
uphold the interests of imperialists and colonialists thereby working
against the people and their rights.
"This is the distinction between Zanu PF and MDC-T and that is how we are
"But we get solace from the science of electricity where one needs a
positive and a negative to get power.
"What are your objectives? What do you stand for? If you do not stand for
the right of the people to own their resources, then you are in the same
camp with the enemies of the people."
The year-long coalition has stabilised the economy but suspicions remain.
Mugabe has refused to swear-in Roy Bennett, Tsvangirai's pick for deputy
agriculture minister, citing treason charges against him. He was acquitted
last week, but the Attorney General has appealed.
Mugabe's apparent intransigence and a perception he is not moving to
guarantee property rights, particularly of white farmers, has seen western
donors withhold critical aid needed to support the weak economy and restore
public services and infrastructure.
North Korea will not now be coming to Zimbabwe
North Korea will not be preparing for the World Cup finals with a visit to Zimbabwe, ending fears over a potentially controversial trip.
The Zimbabwe government had suggested the Asian side would stop in the country on their way to South Africa.
That sparked protests in Matabeleland, where rights groups say a North Korean-trained army unit killed thousands of people during the 1980s.
But the government now say they have heard nothing from the North Koreans.
"I will check on the progress of the North Korea team but I don't think that they will stop in Zimbabwe," Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi said.
Sports Minister David Coltart added he no longer expected the North Korea team to come.
The country's football association, Zifa, said it had never invited the team to come and train.
North Korea are expected to play Greece, DR Congo and Nigeria in the build-up to the World Cup - they are in Group G along with Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal.
By Lance Guma
19 May 2010
The Member of Parliament for Makoni South, Pishai Muchauraya, has accused
members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) of leading a campaign of
violence and intimidation in the Manicaland province. Speaking to Newsreel
on Wednesday Muchauraya told us soldiers, with the help of war vets and ZANU
PF supporters, are using threats and physical violence ahead of the delayed
constitutional outreach exercise.
In Chimanimani West at Hot Springs mobs, led by former ZANU PF minister
Munacho Mutezo and a Lieutenant Colonel Murecherwa from the ZNA, are
terrorizing known MDC supporters. Similar incidents were reported on
Saturday in Chipinge Central. In Muchauraya's own Makoni South constituency,
Air Commodore Mutsvunguma and another soldier known as Chiganza, are behind
similar violence in the area.The violence is being unleashed in an effort
'to suppress people's views during the outreach exercise,' Muchauraya said.
No dates have been set yet for the constitutional outreach but the MP told
us information from the Parliamentary Committee leading the exercise was
that it will probably start in June. Asked what they were doing about the
violence he said they were reporting it to the police and also attempting to
discourage the perpetrators, but admitted it was 'hard for a civilian party
to confront armed soldiers.'
Listeners to SW Radio Africa in the Rushinga District of Mashonaland Central
have told us there is also growing violence in their area, with ZANU PF
officials and war vets forcing them to attend rallies. People are being told
to forget the government of national unity and that the MDC was no longer a
factor. Additionally those listening to radio stations broadcasting from
outside the country are being told they will be identified, because they are
accused of influencing others to support the MDC in the area.
Meanwhile it's reported that war vets in the Mberengwa district of the
Midlands province are blocking food aid to HIV/AIDS orphans, demanding the
children join the ZANU PF youth league first. The area has a government
scheme were children receive food hampers on a weekly basis. However the war
vets, led by Tinashe Zhou and Batanai Hove, have since taken over the
project and are demanding party cards before anyone can get food.
By Lance Guma
19 May 2010
A deadline by which all businesses operating in Zimbabwe have to submit
proposals on how they will increase black ownership in their companies, has
been extended by a month. Youth and Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere
this week confirmed the 15th April deadline had been extended to the 30th
June this year.
The extension was published in a government gazette last Friday on the 14th
May. In March of this year the ZANU PF arm of the coalition government
pushed through the controversial legislation, sparking furious protests from
the MDC formations in government. Under the regulations all foreign and
white owned companies with assets of more that US$500 000 are required to
cede 51 percent of their shares to black Zimbabweans within 5 years.
Critics say that like the chaotic farm seizures, this law is just another
vehicle for ZANU PF officials and businessmen aligned to the party to take
over white owned companies.† Additionally the law has discouraged many
potential foreign investors, uneasy about the regulations, especially in a
country with no rule of law.
Wed May 19, 9:50 am ET
HARARE (AFP) - Zimbabwe's Chamber of Mines on Wednesday proposed a
compromise in the government's drive to force foreign firms to give 51
percent stakes to locals, saying 15 percent local shareholding for mines was
Chamber president Victor Gapare said government should recognise that most
mining companies built schools and roads in the areas where they operate,
benefiting nearby communities.
"From a broad-based empowerment point of view, you have to look at things
like schools, hospitals, roads and all the developments which takes place
around mining communities, and in our minds that's true empowerment," Gapare
told a news conference.
An indigenisation law that took effect on March 1 requires foreign firms
valued at more than 500,000 dollars to cede at least a 51 percent stake to
Firms had been given 45 days to report their efforts at complying, but the
deadline has been extended indefinitely.
The government says mines will be the law's first target, but Gapare said
Harare should consider requiring only 15 percent local shareholding.
"The position which we put together says a minimum of 15 percent equity,"
Gapare said. "The rest to make up 51 percent will be in the form of social
responsibility programmes" like building schools and hospitals.
"The mining companies are finding it very hard to attract capital. What we
hope is that as the perceived country risk of Zimbabwe comes down, companies
will be able to attract capital," he said.
In the first month after the law was published, Zimbabwe's stock market fell
about 10 percent, while mining shares dropped 20 percent.
Wed May 19, 2010 11:27am GMT
By Nelson Banya
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's gold production this year is set to double
despite a lack of capital, frequent power cuts and uncertainty over an
ownership law that are stalling the sector's recovery, an industry official
said on Wednesday.
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 in 2000, which brought the collapse of farms in the former
Under a power-sharing government set up by Mugabe and rival Morgan
Tsvangirai, who is now prime minister, Zimbabwe's economy has stabilised
after a protracted political crisis ebbed, and abandoned gold mines have
resumed metal production.
The Chamber of Mines president Victor Gapare said although power cuts and
lack of funding had slowed down the recovery of the country's mines -- most
of which closed in 2008 at the height of Zimbabwe's economic crisis -- gold
output would be significantly higher than last year's 4.2 tonnes.
"At the moment we are producing at a rate of 7 tonnes ... we should produce
between 7-8 tonnes this year," Gapare told a news conference in Harare.
He said although last week's strike had hit gold miners hardest, only a
quarter of the mines were affected.
At its peak, Zimbabwe produced about 29 tonnes of gold per year, but hit a
record low of just over 3 tonnes in 2008 as mines battled with high
inflation and a skewed exchange rate.
But Gapare said the mining industry was unlikely to realise the 40 percent
growth projected by Finance Minister Tendai Biti in his 2010 budget speech.
"There will be growth in the sector, yes. But not by 40 percent as the issue
of capital (shortages) threatens growth," Gapare said.
"If the perceived country risk of Zimbabwe comes down, then companies can
raise capital easily to expand production. Power shortages also limit
Gapare said expansion plans in the platinum and diamond sectors could be
hampered by the uncertainty brought by Zimbabwe's plan to transfer majority
ownership of in foreign firms, including mines and banks.
"The majority of the mineral rights in Zimbabwe are held by blacks, but
because of the economic challenges, they have not been able to unlock value
from those rights," Gapare said.
"We advocate broad-based economic empowerment, those activities that benefit
the people, such as hospital construction in mining communities. That's
Miners have since 2002 struggled with a political and economic crisis and
foreign currency shortages, forcing mines to shut and skilled labour to flee
to South Africa and Australia.
Gold producers -- including the country's biggest, Metallon Gold,
London-listed Mwana Africa and Canada's New Dawn Mining Corp -- last year
started re-opening mines after Zimbabwe's central bank allowed firms for the
first time to sell the metal and keep all the proceeds.
Eyewitness News | 5 Hours Ago
First it was North Korea, now another five countries want to buy wild
animals from Zimbabwe.
Conservationists have been up in arms about the planned shipment of pairs of
animals from Hwange National Park to a zoo in Pyongyang.
The National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority did not name the five
other countries keen to buy animals from Zimbabwe. But the authority
insisted that North Korea is paying for its animals.
Officials told the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force that two elephants bound
for North Korea were being sold for US$ 9,000 each
The task force said that was not enough.
Chairman Johnny Rodrigues said these kinds of prices would only cover a
small percentage of the cost of running Zimbabwe's beautiful national parks.
Rodrigues told Eyewitness News it would be more sensible for national parks
to earn money by promoting tourism instead of shipping out its animals.
By Violet Gonda
19 May 2010
Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga, the Minister of Regional Integration and
International Co-operation, has said she has been forced to abandon her late
husband’s estate, including their matrimonial home and bank accounts,
following harassment by her late husband’s family.
Her husband was prominent orthopaedic surgeon Dr Christopher Mushonga, who
was brutally attacked by unknown assailants in their home last year and
subsequently died from those injuries on 15th August 2009. They had been
married for 13 years.
The Minister told journalists at a press conference in Harare on Tuesday
that ever since her husband’s death she has been involved in legal battles
over his estate with the Mushonga family. But recent disturbing events had
resulted in her instructing her lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa to formally tell the
Master of the High Court that she had decided to relinquish any claim or
right to the estate.
Misihairambwi-Mushonga said: “In the last two weeks, people close to me have
been harassed and intimidated by state agents, purportedly working on behalf
of some of Dr Mushonga's nine children and his brother, to such an extent
that I have been forced to take a decision regarding the estate.”
We could not get a comment from the Mushonga family.
However, Misihairambwi-Mushonga, who is also the Deputy Secretary General of
the Mutambara-led MDC said she will be giving up her matrimonial home in
Harare’s Mt Pleasant suburb and at the end of June will hand over two other
properties – an office in Fife Avenue and an apartment in Northworld. She is
also relinquishing any claim to the vehicles that belonged to her husband.
She said that additionally she is ceding the rights to all his funds in
their local joint accounts in Zimbabwe and to the external forex accounts in
The Minister told SW Radio Africa that her brother has been followed by
armed police in the last few weeks and that her husband’s former secretary
was almost kidnapped recently.
Misihairambwi-Mushonga said as a feminist and activist she had always fought
for the rights of inheritance of widows, but that in her case it became
something more “because perhaps I had been married to an older man than me
and because there was always this perception that I’d be in it for money.
Clearly this was a fight that I realised was not worth my while and no one
would ever understand where I was coming from.”
So she said she made the decision to give up the estate, despite the fact
that she believes is the right of surviving spouses to live in peace and be
protected from abuse after the death of their husbands.
“In this instance, I will not pursue this principle and put the lives of
innocent persons at risk, rather I would prefer to become just another
statistic as a victim of a society that unfortunately has failed not only
protect me but to provide protection to a majority of widows that must face
this abuse every day,” said Misihairambwi-Mushonga.
She added: “I also hope that this decision that I have taken will give
closure to the debate and discussion over my late husband’s estate, whose
legacy should be that of a loving husband and a great orthopaedic surgeon
whose contribution to this country goes beyond a house and a few dollars.”
The outspoken government official also said that she has never understood
why her husband was killed and has been feeling unsafe ever since his brutal
murder. She added that the well publicized legal battle with her in-laws has
been going on for a year now, but is surprised to see that ‘not one of the
women’s organizations in the country has sent a solidarity message.”
By Tichaona Sibanda
19 May 2010
The Attorney-General's office has dropped its case against Masvingo Mirror
publisher, David Masunda and his editor, Golden Maunganidze, for lack of
The two newsmen were facing charges of criminal defamation after Tourism
Minister Walter Mzembi filed charges following a news story that appeared in
the weekly paper, insinuating he was involved in a scandal.
Maunganidze penned a story that linked several senior ZANU PF politicians in
Masvingo to the theft of Robert Mugabe's birthday gifts last month,
including hundreds of tonnes of sugar, fuel and beef.
Defence lawyer Arthur Marara who represented Maunganidze and Masunda, told
journalists on Tuesday that the AG's office was forced to drop the case;
'The AG said the case cannot go for trial due to lack of evidence. He
instructed the police to do further investigations'.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said he will this week summon
members of the Zimbabwe Media Commission to find out why they have not
issued a single licence since they were appointed three months ago.
The Prime Minister told journalists over the weekend it was misleading for
the ZMC to claim it had no money to meet or conclude the business of
registering journalists and new mass media houses. Tsvangirai said that
Finance Minister Tendai Biti had provided the media body with the required
by Own Correspondent Wednesday 19 May 2010
HARARE - The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on Tuesday availed a
US$500 000 grant to the Zimbabwean government to fund a feasibility study of
the long awaited dualisation of the Harare-Chirundu highway.
The dualisation of the road that carries the bulk of traffic between South
Africa and countries to the north of Zimbabwe including Zambia and the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, is set to cost an estimated US$1.3
Transport Minister Nicholas Goche said construction of the road would
commence after the study has been conducted.
"The grant paves way for the implementation of the project," Goche said
during the singing ceremony in Harare, which was also attended by Economic
Planning Minister Elton Mangoma, adding that the government had suspended
the dualisation of the highway due to financial constraints.
"We have discussed this project for a long time and this is the first time
we have tangible results. Nearly US$1.3 billion is required for the
completion of the Harare-Chirundu highway construction and the disbursement
of the grant by DBSA is a sign Zimbabwe was ready for investment," he said.
Most of the country's roads are in a state of disrepair with many littered
with dangerous potholes as result of years of neglect and increased volume
of traffic beyond designed carrying capacity.
Hundreds of Zimbabweans including some senior government leaders have
perished in road accidents that experts have largely blamed on the poor
state of roads.
According to the ministry of transport, 30 percent of the country's roads
require rehabilitation, while the remainder needs periodic maintenance.
Zimbabwe introduced tollgates in August last year as a way of mobilising
resources for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the country's road
Small vehicle road users pay US$1 to cross the tollgates, while buses and
lorries pay $5. Motorbike and cyclists do not pay anything.
According to official government estimates, the tollgates are raising $350
000 per week. - ZimOnline
Addressing the Group of 15 summit in Teheran, Mr. Mugabe launched a
broadside at the United States and Britain, accusing them of 'abusing the
United Nations Security Council to bully and threaten smaller countries'
Ntungamili Nkomo | Washington DC 18 May 2010
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has commended President Robert
Mugabe for resisting alleged political interference by the Western powers,
pledging Tehran's continued support for Zimbabwe.
Speaking with President Mugabe in Teheran on Monday on the sidelines of
summit of the Group of 15, an offshoot of the Non-Aligned Movement, Khamenei
also applauded what he called strong, deep-rooted and friendly ties between
Iran and Zimbabwe, which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited last month,
making similar statements.
President Mugabe's cultivation of ties with Teheran has become a source of
discomfort for some of his partners in the unity government in Harare. Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai objected to Mr Ahmadinejad's Harare visit.
The Islamic republic is at loggerheads with Western countries who have
pressured Teheran on its program to enrich uranium, suspecting Tehran
intends to acquire nuclear weapons capabilities.
Also at the summit were Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez.
Addressing the one-day gathering, Mr. Mugabe launched a broadside at the
United States and Britain, accusing them of "abusing the United Nations
Security Council to bully and threaten smaller countries." He reiterated his
support for Iran's controversial nuclear program, which he had similarly
endorsed during Ahmadinejad's visit.
Khamenei rallied developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia to
strengthen ties to push development.
"The meddling trait of world powers is the scourge of humanity and the only
counter measure against this is increased cooperation between independent
states," Press TV of Iran quoted Khamenei as saying.
Commenting on Khamenei's praise for Mr. Mugabe, political analyst George
Mkhwanazi told VOA Studio 7 reporter Ntungamili Nkomo that such admiration
of the 86-year-old Zimbabwean leader was misguided and misplaced.
By Tichaona Sibanda
19 May 2010
37 year-old Tariro Masayiti has made history, by becoming the first
Zimbabwean to make wines that will be sold exclusively under the label of
the international governing body of football, FIFA.
‘For me it is a huge achievement and an accomplishment that is nothing short
of a miracle,’ said Masayiti, adding, ‘the recognition by FIFA is a dream
come true.’ Two of the three official World Cup wines, have been created by
Masayiti and all three limited edition World Cup wines come from the estate
where he works in South Africa, Nederburg.
Masayiti told SW Radio Africa on Wednesday that he’s responsible for making
the Sauvignon Blanc and Dry Rose. The other was the responsibility of a
colleague at Nederburg.
‘What it means is we are the official wine supplier of the three wines
during the World cup. Our products will be sold all over the world. We are
currently distributing our wines to every corner of the globe,’ Masayiti
But how did the Bachelor of Science graduate from the University of Zimbabwe
end up in this unique profession?
‘It was by accident really. My brother used to work at a farm close to the
Mukuyu wineries in Marondera. During my days at the University he
recommended I do general work at the winery as I needed pocket money and
something to help my family with.
‘It was here that I got interested in winemaking. I used to see visitors
from all over the world and some of them encouraged me to take up winemaking
as a career. I applied and was accepted for a place at the University of
Stellenbosch where I studied Viticulture and Oenology (winery),’ Masayiti
After four years at Stellenbosch, he also made history by becoming the first
black student to graduate in Viticulture and Oenology.
’I was head hunted by Nederburg before I even finished my studies. As a
winemaker my responsibility starts all the way from the vineyard. I’m
responsible for managing and producing grapes under 800 hectares of land.’
He has become a master of the grape by diligently working every task, from
sorting vine cuttings to working on the bottling line, which has given him a
wealth of knowledge and experience.
‘I physically test the grapes. I smell them and at the same time look for
specific characters and flavours. You improve on the job with training - you
just need to taste a lot of wine. You need to love wine and having a science
background is useful, so you understand the technical processes. But one
thing that serves me well is I am dedicated and passionate about winemaking,’
Written by The Zimbabwean
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 05:58
The trial of 26 students, 23 from the Bindura University of Science
education was postponed to Friday, May 28 pending a high court appeal by the
students’ defence lawyer David Hofisi from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human
Rights [ZLHR] .
The other 3 are Grant Tabvurei, ZINASU national spokesperson, Joshua
Chinyere, ZINASU Secretary General and Wisdom Mgagara, a member of the
ZINASU coordinating committee.
The case emanates from a meeting held in Bindura where the state accuses the
26 students of holding an unlawful meeting with the intention of causing
public violence. The students’ position is that the state has falsified
information; they had organized a meeting to discuss the minister of higher
education Stan Mudege’s position that all students should be allowed to
write exams and pay tuition later. Upon refusal of some students to write
exams in the first semester of 2010 by university authorities the students
held a meeting to negotiate the way forward. Joshua Chinyere of ZINASU
stated after the judgment that “We are very worried in the manner that the
state deals with the student issues. In the charge they claim that it was an
unlawful gathering, the state argues that the students had gathered to
discuss the ministers position on the exam situation and incite public
violence. This makes the position of the state contradictory.” The students
believe that the state is trying to control the students struggle by
controlling and blocking the dissemination of information.† The minister had
circulated a memo indicating that all students should be allowed to write
exams which is what the meeting was about.
The students, through their defence lawyer, dispute the charge and sort
leave to appeal to the high court and have the charges dropped. After
initially resisting the defence’s request, the Magistrate finally agreed.
The trial has been postponed several times due to the unclear charges
levelled against the students and the acquiescence of the judiciary, a sign
that students are still being persecuted and not free to exercise their
right to freedom of association and assembly. This then raises great concern
over the civil liberties of the students in expressing their views and
Written by JOEL MHIZHA
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 17:50
HARARE - The existence of media hangman and Zanu (PF) sympathiser Tafataona
Mahoso (Pictured) at the Zimbabwe Media Commission is blocking aid from
donors, a ZMC official has revealed.
Mahoso is still in charge of his defunct Media Information Commission
secretariat, tasked with accrediting journalists and new media players at
the new ZMC, under the un-changed, notorious AIPPA legislation.
A ZMC commissioner who declined to be named said they had held several
meetings with international and local donors who were interested in
investing in the media. But the donors said they were reluctant to
contribute to ZMC activities because of the presence of Mahoso.
"Donors are playing a wait-and-see game. Some of them have clearly indicated
their displeasure over the presence of Mahoso. We have told them they should
remember that, like the inclusive government, everything came as a result of
a compromise and we have promised them that we will deliver.
"It is not donors only who are complaining about Mahoso,even the majority of
but the journalists have expressed disappointment.
"The problem we are having is that we do not have the funds to establish our
own secretariat and new infrastructure. We have told the Mahoso staff, which
is doing all the accreditation, that they should not deny any journalist
accreditation. If they have any doubt we have told them to direct such
issues to us, "said the official.
He said they were not sure on the duration of Mahoso at the ZMC.
"We do not have the time frame of Mahoso's continued existence at ZMC. But
from the look of things, he will be there for as long as Webster Shamu
remains the Minister of Information and Publicity, because he is his right
hand man. But this will not compromise our service delivery because we are
tightly monitoring every activity," added the official.
Mahoso was responsible for the implementation of hostile media legislation
which led to the closure of news outlets that were critical of Zanu (PF) -
this led to many journalists losing their jobs.
"We are angry and will never forgive Mahoso for the evil role he played
while trying to defend the corrupt and incompetent Zanu (PF) regime," said
19 May 2010
By Alex Bell
The government is facing yet another multi-million dollar lawsuit over its
illegal land ‘reform’ programme, in a renewed case in the regional human
The case has been filed in the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Tribunal in Namibia, on behalf of Christopher Jarret, Tengwe Estate and
France Farm. They’ve applied to the Tribunal to force the government to pay
an estimated US$70 million in compensation for the forced takeovers of the
properties under Robert Mugabe’s land grab campaign.
Jarret’s property, a cattle and game from in Nyamandlovu, was seized in 2005
at the same time that Fumeria Estate, a mixed farming enterprise owned by
Tengwe Estate, was seized in Urungwe district. Another game ranch near
Victoria Falls, owned by France Farm, also suffered the same fate that year.
All three applicants were part of a groundbreaking legal battle involving a
group of more than 70 farmers, who made history when the SADC Tribunal ruled
in 2008 that land ‘reform’ was unlawful. The Tribunal ruled against the
government and ordered it to not only pay compensation to farmers who lost
land, but also to protect the farmers rights to their properties. But the
government has completely ignored the Tribunal’s orders, eventually landing
itself in contempt of court last year. The government even openly snubbed
the court by saying it was ‘no longer recognised in the country,’ despite
Zimbabwe being a signatory to the SADC Treaty and therefore bound by SADC
law to respect the court.
The refusal to adhere to the ruling did not stop the farmers from trying to
have it registered within the country’s courts, a move necessary to have the
ruling enforced. But in January, High Court Judge Barack Patel dismissed
efforts to have the ruling registered and dismissed the ruling itself,
saying it was a threat to ‘the greater good’ of Zimbabwe.
Court papers in the current Jarrett case read: “It is by now a matter of
public notoriety that the respondent (government) has persistently and
contemptuously failed to give effect to the Tribunal’s award in the main
case. Also the Tribunal’s subsequent orders are flagrantly repudiated by the
The ongoing harassment of the country’s handful of remaining commercial
farmers meanwhile has taken a new direction, with reports that ZANU PF will
only allow ten white farmers to remain in Mashonaland Central. This is
according to the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) whose members have
reportedly been invited to a ‘provincial centre’ where they are being told
whether they can continue farming or not.
“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.
Harare, Zimbabwe - A Zimbabwean mining company sitting on 1.3 billion tonnes
of coal reserves said Tuesday it had teamed up with South African investors
to build a US$3 billion thermal power station in central Zimbabwe.
RioZim managing director Josphat Sanchikonye said the project was already
under feasibility study, but noted South African investors had raised
concerns over the government's new plans to seize controlling shares in
foreign-owned companies or investments.
He said the power station would have a capacity of 1,400 megawatts,
sufficient to meet Zimbabwe's electricity demand which is currently 35
percent met by imports.
''A consortium of South African companies is keen to partner us to
operationalise the project. All that is left is for the government to make
sure the rules are favourable to guarantee investment security to our
partners,'' Sanchikonye said.
Potential foreign investors in Zimbabwe were rattled by a new law in March
making it compulsory for all foreign-owned businesses in the country to cede
51 percent shareholding to locals.
The authorities said the law was meant to indigenise the economy as much as
possible, and economically empower the majority blacks.
As a result, most foreign investors put all their projects on hold.
Sanchikonye said the start of construction of the power plant was
tentatively pencilled for next year, and the first units to start generating
electricity by 2014.
At the moment, Zimbabwe suffers severe power shortages, and resorts to
rationing. It imports power from Mozambique, Zambia and DR Congo.
Harare - Pana 19/05/2010
Written by Munosvikepi Chakonera
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:17
HARARE - Zimbabwean civil servants have called on the government to reduce
their electric power bills while they are waiting for an increase in
salaries, saying power charges eat up much of their current US$150-200
Worker representatives also recommended addressing disparities in pay
between those employed by the government, including teachers and clerical
workers, and employees of state-controlled enterprises, who are better paid.
Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZTA) President, Tendayi Chikowore, chairwoman
of the Apex Council which bargains with the government on behalf of civil
servants, said worker representatives have made recommendations on those
lines to the Public Service Minister Eliphas Mukonweshuro, who is expected
to present them to the Cabinet.
Government officials and representatives of state workers on Friday were
wrapping up a two-day meeting in Kariba, a northern resort town, during
which participants tried to find a common ground on compensation.
Civil servants have been demanding salary increases since early this year,
at one point going out on strike.
The Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (TUZ) and the Progressive Teachers Union Of
Zimbabwe (PTUZ) still feel that the strategies taken by government are not
Durban, May 19, 2010 - There are growing fears among foreign nationals,
particularly Zimbabweans, living in South Africa that there might be a
repeat of the infamous xenophobic violence that left 61 people dead.
Most of those who spoke to Radio VOP in separate interviews expressed
concern at the increasing xenophobic overtures that have been directed at
them in recent months.
"We are constantly reminded that there will be bloodshed after the World Cup
if we don't leave," said Willard Sivukile, a Zimbabwean
working at a petrol station in Durban.
"These threats are being made both at work and home. We are being accused of
taking away their (South Africans)jobs by accepting lower pay."
South African cities are home to millions of Zimbabweans and other
nationalities from African countries, who fled poverty, war and
persecution in their own countries.
In Durban there is a growing number of Zimbabwean nationals who are leaving
the hustle and bustle of the often crime ridden life of
Johannesburg in search of better fortunes in smaller cities.
Most of these have since resorted to setting up their own businesses turning
Durban's Car Boot Market into a small Mupedzahamo Market like the one in
Harare as many Zimbabweans make it their work place.
Just about 80 kilometres from Durban is Pitzmaritzburg, a town, which is
also home to hundreds of Zimbabweans who have taken up jobs
recently established in Chicken farms around the town.
A three storey house in the city is home to about 200 Zimbabweans most of
who are new arrivals in the town.
A resident at the house, who identified herself as Mai Gugu, told Radio VOP
that the house is usually used as a transit area by new arrivals who need
somewhere to stay before they find their feet in the city.
"It never used to be like this and considering that you have to pay R 30
rands a day in accommodation fees, many people would rather stay in the
informal settlements where they pay about R 150 a month in rentals but many
people are returning for fear of being attack," said Mai Gugu.
"Its better to be attacked with others rather than suffer alone."
Asked if she would rather go back home than face death in South Africa, she
said, "I would love to go back home but where will I get a
job and money to feed my family?"
Many humanitarian and human rights organisations in South Africa have been
urging the Jacob Zuma-led government to put in place a plan to avert the
recurrence of xenophobic violence.
The South African government which in 2008, only reacted to stop the
xenophobic violence after two weeks, has remained silent on the matter.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), a key governing
alliance of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), has been on record
saying as long as the high rate of unemployment is not addressed, xenophobic
violence will be inevitable.
Meanwhile a group of Zimbabweans who fled xenophobic violence in Cape Town
early this year faces eviction from a safety camp in De Doorns that had
become home to them.
The Camp Manager, Shaun Minnies, was quoted by the South African media
saying Zimbabweans are refusing to vacate the camp which the Cape Town local
government authorities want to re-open for recreational activities.
"Zimbabweans at De Doorns are refusing to leave the camp which locals want
back for sporting activities," said Minnies.
The Cape authorities argue that it is now safe for Zimbabweans to return but
the Zimbabweans are refusing to leave saying they would rather be given R
1000 to facilitate their travel back home.
The Zimbabweans were haunted out of their homes in the Cape Town informal
settlements after they were targeted for taking up grape harvesting jobs for
The Zimbabwean government does not have an answer as well as to how it can
best protect its citizens. During a visit to the De Doorns Cape last month
the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Paurina Mpariwa only managed to
urge the exiles to return home and help craft the country's on and off
constitution making process, without offering any concrete proposals for
their safe return.
Wed May 19, 2010 2:59pm GMT
* To spend $53 mln to revamp its hotels, supermarkets
* Expects to return to profit by year-end
* Turnover rose more than 10 times to $149 mln vs $13.85 mln
HARARE, May 19 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's hotel group Meikles Africa MEIK.ZI
will spend $53 million by end-March 2011 to revamp its hotels and
supermarkets and hopes to return to profit by year-end, the company's
chairman said on Wednesday.
Zimbabwean companies are starting to re-organise after a decade of economic
collapse that saw inflation reach 5 billion percent in 2008 and made
Meikles owns two premier hotels in the capital Harare and the resort town of
Victoria Falls and also runs the biggest supermarket chain by branches, TM
Supermarkets, in which South Africa's Pik'n Pay Stores Ltd (PIKJ.J: Quote)
has a 25 percent shareholding.
Farai Rwodzi, Meikles chairman, told Reuters after an analyst briefing that
the capital expenditure would go towards refurbishing the two hotels and its
TM Supermarkets, including installing new refrigeration and point of sale
"The financing is a combination of offshore financing and shareholder
funds," Rowdzi said.
He said the capital expenditure would allow Meikles, which suffered a $9.57
million loss during the period ending March 2010, to swing back to profit by
the end of this year.
Hotel occupancies were up to between 32-41 percent during the first quarter
of 2010 from 17-21 percent last year.
Turnover rose more than ten times from $13.85 million in 2009 to $148.8
million but a poor performance by TM Supermarkets affected the company's
Rwodzi said TM Supermarkets was now breaking even and that it would deepen
its ties with shareholder Pik'n Pay to remain ahead of growing competition,
mainly OK Zimbabwe OK.ZI, which is part owned by an Investec fund and South
African grocery chain Spar Group (SPPJ.J: Quote), which operates through
TM Supermarkets has 53 branches across the country.
"We have a very strong brand and we will take advantage of our synergies
with Pick'n Pay," said Rwodzi.
SW Radio Africa Transcript
HOT SEAT: (Part1) Is Zimbabwe ’s national healing programme a fake?
BROADCAST: 14 MAY 2010
VIOLET GONDA: My guests on the†Hot†Seat programme today are Sekai Holland, one of the Ministers of State in the Organ for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration; Dr Goodwill Shana the Chair of the Heads of Christian denominations in Zimbabwe and Rejoice Ngwenya, a political analyst. Amai Holland’s ministry has come under fire from civil society groups who claim it does nothing. For example the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions says the Organ does not exist in the people’s eyes. I started by asking Minister Holland for her reaction to such a statement, and asked her to explain what exactly her ministry is mandated to do.
SEKAI HOLLAND : Actually that is a huge exaggeration you are making yourself. The Organ in Article 7: 1C – our mandate is very clearly spelt out and in all our meetings, that’s how we start our meetings by getting people to understand the whole of Article 7 because that states the intentions of the GPA, the Global Political Agreement. And on 7:1C which is how the formation of the Organ is based, just really says, somebody has torn the page out, it says that the parties will give consideration to the setting up of a mechanism that will advise – that’s the mandate. That will advise on the issues of national healing, cohesion and unity and it goes on to talk, I’m just going from my head, about pre-Independence and post-Independence – victims of the conflict then.
Now my understanding of that is that we then talk with the principals among ourselves to see really how we could develop that advisory role. We realise that we could not advise people unless we understood what the people themselves were thinking and how they wanted the whole question of transitionary justice, of bringing peace to Zimbabwe, how that should be done. So we focussed on developing an all-inclusive grassroots based, completely inclusive process where the voice of every Zimbabwean, at home and abroad, must be given airing on how people want to bring peace to Zimbabwe . So when you say we are under attack from all civil society, we have formed partnerships for example with NANGO and the church as organised in Zimbabwe . We have actually formed very good partnerships with the different institutions here in Zimbabwe as they explain to us how they want to build peace here. We’ve also formed the partnerships outside the country with different groups in the Diaspora as they develop an understanding that they are part of Zimbabweans, whether they are outside the country or inside the country and that what they need to do to bring peace, they don’t have to be here in Zimbabwe, they can actually do a lot when they are outside.
GONDA: So Mai Holland when … (interrupted)
HOLLAND : … we’ve formed partnerships with ministries here so that we link them internationally, regionally, locally so that their work of national healing really becomes a mobilising tool for national healing. We are doing all those things in a very focussed way.
GONDA: But Mai Holland if I may …
HOLLAND : …it has taken 1800 years for Zimbabweans to have this level of violence…
GONDA: If I may interrupt you Mai Holland, if I may…
HOLLAND : …it did not take one year, it did not take one year for people to build peace building tool.
GONDA: I’m not understanding where I’m exaggerating – I gave you an example, I actually spoke to the ZCTU president, Lovemore Matombo a couple of weeks ago and he said that the Organ does not exist in the people’s eyes and I also spoke to groups, civic groups like the WOZA, the pressure group who have said that healing is by decree and not by design and that nothing is happening as far as they are concerned in terms of the National Healing programme, so where exactly am I exaggerating?
GONDA: So let’s ask…
HOLLAND : …they are not telling the Organ that the Organ is useless and we are really there to facilitate, not do the work ourselves.
GONDA : So let me ask Dr Shana to come in here and let’s find out since he is also a representative of the Christian denominations in Zimbabwe . Dr Shana, is this criticism against the National Healing and Reconciliation Organ justified? Are you happy with the work it’s doing so far?
GONDA: And do you have a shared understand of what the Organ is actually supposed to be doing, Dr Shana?
SHANA: I think the position of what the Organ is supposed to be doing has been changing and morphing over a period of time, I think that is part of the challenges we are facing and though as it has always been to seek, to get a clarification as to exactly what we are supposed to do. We always felt it was to provide a facilitative, political and legal facilitation for healing to take place, to allow people to carry on, especially in civil society, to carry on as best as they can do to assist the inclusive government in the healing process. But on many occasions it has appeared as if the Organ is actually going to do the healing itself and so I think it’s important for us to clarify what role the Organ is going to play in enabling national healing to take place in Zimbabwe . That is quite a challenge, that particular one.
GONDA: Right, and Mr Ngwenya, your thoughts on this? Can you explain what you understand, first of all, of the role of this Ministry?
REJOICE NGWENYA: Well if you study the transitional justice arrangement in South Africa you will then understand why people are saying it doesn’t exist, the Zimbabwean version doesn’t exist. You know, it is not backed by any legal instrument, it’s a result of a monumental document of compromise called the inclusive government, the GPA that has no legitimacy, it has no constitutional being. You know these guys have no power to subpoena, they’ve no judiciary powers, they can’t even enforce anything, these are just three individuals who are going around with a so-called mandate to instigate and instil a sense of national healing. These things come from the constitution. The constitution of Zimbabwe , during its amendment in the 90s, if there had been a commitment on the part of ZANU PF to truly get the people of Zimbabwe on a path of national healing, they should have made it a constitutional issue then. It must be a product of an Act so this is why, being an almost invisible cloak on some agreement by three political parties, it has no budget, it has no institutional legitimacy. So its lack of existence, that perceived lack of existence is because it lacks any legislative powers and I’m sure that perhaps Mai Holland would understand that if an institutional organ does not have any legal being it is almost persona non grata and it’s going to be wasting resources. So we need something that is more grounded on legality, which is constitutional by Act of parliament and then perhaps we can then start talking about a programme of delivery.
GONDA: Do you agree… (interrupted)
HOLLAND: Excuse me, I just wanted to say to Mr Ngwenya, that the Global Political Agreement as a document is very weak and it’s very flawed but it is a document and its signing has led to a factual position, a status of Zimbabwe that we are a country that is no longer in conflict. People are not doing what they were doing in 2006, in 2007 and in 2008. We are in transition and that during transition we are supposed to actually follow the GPA and be GPA compliant in building together as a society peace building tools which takes us of transition into post conflict and that is because… (interrupted)
NGWENYA: … ZANU PF has no commitment, has no morals, and has no spiritual interest in complying with the GPA which means it’s not legal. The GPA is not legally enforceable so whatever product comes out of the GPA….(interrupted)
HOLLAND : … was it not adopted in parliament? The Global Political Agreement as a constitutional number with a figure on it?
NGWENYA: … why is it you are still talking about 27 issues that are outstanding? If there was any legitimacy to this arrangement you could have even taken some people to Court for violating this Agreement Mrs Holland. So whatever processes are as a result of the GPA, this is why your Organ has no teeth because you don’t have any judicial powers, you don’t have any arresting powers, you cannot summon the perpetrators, it is even composed of perpetrators and victims. You need a neutral force, you need people that have no interest in reparations and psycho-social healing, those are the people that can have legitimacy on the ground. You guys are the victims, ZANU PF - the Nkomos in that Organ are perpetrators so how do perpetrators and victims instigate the process of national healing? It doesn’t work like that, you need to restart!
HOLLAND : Can I just answer that as well? That the GPA is a document that is guaranteed by SADC and the African Union who exactly know the history of what has happened in Zimbabwe . If that document being signed by the political parties, that status which you’re saying the GPA doesn’t have, it really has in the region, on the continent and internationally. Ireland has been at war for 700 years with the UK . It has taken them quite a long time to get to the position where they are today. If you take the GPA as it is and you look through it there are a lot of things that have actually been achieved which have given people the muscle to start to put the foundations to a new society that is based on a peace building culture. To actually dismiss the GPA that nothing has happened, I think is an extremist position.
GONDA: Dr Shana?
HOLLAND : Yah I’ve heard you talk Dr Shana, thank you very much. The Organ, when it was formed, it’s a fact that we really ourselves as the three principals in the Organ didn’t really understand what we needed to do but in talking to people in these past 15 months, we have finally two weeks ago, finally come to an agreement with UNDP for a one year programme based on what we have done last year with what people have told us they want done. This UNDP document for 12 months, we’ve got a three month short focal programme we are going to do in the next three months. The whole process is leading to two things in the medium term which is a national stakeholders, all stakeholders meeting which we want to…(interrupted)
SHANA: …but Minister, you’ve been saying that ever since we started engaging here… (interrupted)
HOLLAND : …Can I say what the second thing is? It’s an experts meeting, where experts in the field of national healing - then also have their conference. What we hope comes out of this process is a national code of conduct which is by agreement among Zimbabweans. The three of us cannot present people with a conclusion of how Zimbabweans should put the mechanism in place for building peace. It has to come from the Zimbabwean people themselves.
SHANA: You’ve been saying that for the past 18 months that we’ve been working with the Organ, the same thing, stakeholders meeting, bringing in consultants, it’s been the same mantra over and over again, we want to see action on the ground.
HOLLAND : Is this Shana talking?
SHANA: Violet from the churches’ point of view before the Organ of National Healing was even formed, we called a meeting with relevant ministers, even before the actual GPA we had already said, look we are so polarised, it’s not going to be possible for us to rebuild this nation without going through a healing and reconciliation process so we are offering ourselves to facilitate this process. Secondly, three or four weeks after the inclusive government was formed, we called a meeting at Synod House in Harare where we dialogued with top members of the government at that time before the Organ was even formed and we said we are offering ourselves again to help facilitate this because the church, because of its inclusive membership, because of its natural role as peacemakers, we would like to help facilitate. We came together with NANGO to have a draft, a national healing document which we presented to the Organ to say this is how we think we can help you facilitate this process. We are offering ourselves as your secretariat, as your feet, you provide the political and legislative context and we will do the rest for you but we had very little feedback coming back from them; we had to pursue again and again. I think we are justified in saying that we are feeling a sense of frustration and stagnation with the process.
GONDA: Mai Holland, can you respond to that?
HOLLAND : Yes I’ve heard all that, thank you very much. Violet, the Organ is a government entity and the government is what really is the basis of the society. So the offers of the church have been extremely useful and we have incorporated quite a number of extremely useful foundational building blocks from the document they gave us. Also it’s important to say to the church, in Zimbabwe , in the spiritual world, you have Muslims, you have Jewish people, you have Greek Orthodox, you have spirit mediums and what we have said to everybody is that we would actually rather use faith-based organisations so that we have an inclusive understanding of the whole spiritual area. I’ve said to you Violet, the Organ is aware of a lot of excellent programmes being done by the church itself, as the church, as the Christian church. We are briefed, we are told what they are doing, they also brief us…
GONDA: But what about the point he has made that there is little feedback?
GONDA: Yes but Mai Holland, the criticism…
HOLLAND : …and the programmes that are coming out of those linkages are at the moment being developed. We have all these partnerships with the churches, with the NGOs, we had a meeting the other day which was done by the Konrad Adenauer Foundationand I thought myself we had a very fruitful exchange where the Organ has been able to actually learn a number of points about how civil society are doing their own work which is very welcome to us. The way that the production of what we are doing comes out is really very slow but it is happening for those that are close to it, it is producing very good results and it is spreading inside Zimbabwe and outside. And as Dr Shana says, we’ve been saying the same thing for 18 months, we are saying the same thing because we are working towards… (interrupted)
NGWENYA: Gogo, timbotaurowo gogo kani (asks Amai Holland to give others a chance to speak)
GONDA: …let me bring in Mr Ngwenya. Mr Ngwenya before you say what you wanted to say I also wanted to ask you a question about many people criticising the Organ, saying that there’s just too many workshops, too many talk-shops and little action while violence is actually continuing in some areas, especially in some rural areas. What can you say about that?
NGWENYA: Absolutely. National Healing is a task that should be undertaken by professionals. You know it is based on quantitative analysis. Now there are literally hundreds and thousands of research documents that have been carried out by civil society organisations, by churches, by the NGO forum where cases of rape and human rights abuse and the plunder of life have been articulated, documented. This Organ needed not to have reinvented the wheel, all they needed to do was to go into the documentation, go into the archives and simply pull out the records that date back to 1986 when ZANU PF begun plundering the lives of the citizens of Zimbabwe. They are trying to reinvent the wheel and they are not going to make a single headway because this transitional programme must be grounded in grassroots.
So I tend to agree with Dr Shana that perhaps instead of posturing around in grand meetings in well-lit conference centres - simply go back to the basics, go into the quantitative analysis of this information that is well documented. Start from there, look for legitimacy and push for legislation. If Saviour Kasukuwere has pushed for legislation for indigenisation, surely important things like national healing can also follow that trend? So that people can begin from an area of justice and fairness. Because at this rate Violet, I don’t think this Organ is going to achieve anything.
GONDA: And Mr Ngwenya, you have said some of the politicians have been perpetrators of the violence we have seen in Zimbabwe but can politicians actually stay out of this national healing programme?
GONDA: But when you say they have taken three Ndebeles…
SHANA: Hello Violet…
GONDA: Hold on Dr Shana. Mr Ngwenya when you say that they’ve taken three Ndebeles to head this programme what exactly are you saying? Are you accusing the government of tribalism?
GONDA: Join us next week for the concluding segment of this heated debate between Minister Sekai Holland, analyst Rejoice Ngwenya and church leader Dr Goodwill Shana. Is there a real intention to execute national healing or this is a process that will limp forward until next elections?
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Behind the Headlines, Interviews -† May 19, 2010 at 5:06 am
Five new ambassadors from the two MDC formations in the coalition government
were appointed to serve in different countries. In this series SW Radio
Africa journalist Lance Guma speaks to Ambassadors Hebson Makuvise
(Germany), Hilda Suka-Mafudze (Sudan), Trudy Stevenson (Senegal), Jacqueline
Zvambila (Australia) and Mabed Nkumbulani (Nigeria). In this second part of
the series Ambassador Mafudze in Sudan talks about the challenges of being a
female ambassador in an Islamic state, dominated by religious tensions
between the Muslim North and Christian South.
Interview broadcast 13 May 2010
Lance Guma: Hello Zimbabwe and welcome to this edition of Behind the
Headlines. Five new ambassadors from the two MDC formations in the inclusive
government were appointed to serve in different countries. In this five part
series on Behind the Headlines we speak to Ambassadors Hebson Makuvise in
Germany, Hilda Suka-Mafudze in Sudan, Trudy Stevenson in Senegal, Jacqueline
Zvambila in Australia and Mabed Nkumbulani in Nigeria.
I'm sure last week you heard the interview with Ambassador Trudy Stevenson
in Senegal. This week we go to Sudan where we speak to Ambassador Hilda
Suka-Mafudze. Ambassador, thank you so much for joining us on the programme.
Hilda Suka-Mafudze: It's a pleasure Lance.
Guma: Right now, Sudan - are there many Zimbabweans in Sudan and if so, what
are they doing there Ambassador?
Suka-Mafudze: We have got quite a sizeable number of Zimbabweans in Sudan.
At the moment I'm in the process of putting together their names and their
contact details and some of them are just so forthcoming, most of them are
so forthcoming, they actually make a call to the Zimbabwean Embassy,
Zimbabwean Chancery, so I'm still putting the number together to come up
with the real, really how many people we Zimbabweans are in Sudan. I will
tell Zimbabweans are doing splendid work here, some of them are in the
UNAMIS, they are doing a lot of work here, they are from the police force
and we have quite a number of them, also they are gender balanced, there are
a number of women and a number of guys in this UNAMIS, which we call UNAMIS
Guma: OK so these are essentially part of the peacekeeping force with the
Suka-Mafudze: Yes, they are part of the peacekeeping force of the United
Nations and tell you what, I'm really feeling so proud of Zimbabweans here,
they are doing a lot of work, they are doing very well and the Senior
Assistant Commissioner of police who is with them, who is heading them,
comes here and there to my office to brief me on what they are doing here
and they are doing a lot of good work and actually there is a call for more
Zimbabweans to join this UNAMIS.
And we have also some guys who are teaching, some, and most of them are in
the NGO world here and they actually look for Zimbabweans - they say they
really know their work and they do very well in whatever field they are
taking up. And we also have (Edward) Sadomba a footballer and he is raising
the flag high.
Guma: Oh that's Edward Sadomba formerly with Dynamos.
Suka-Mafudze: Yes, formerly with Dynamos. He's raising our flag so high, we
are really feeling so proud and each time someone asks you - hey where are
you from - and you say Zimbabwe, they say - oh Sadomba - that kind of thing,
so you can imagine what's happening here. We are really home away from home.
Guma: And of course, the new job for you Ambassador, we know you have gone
through the training that was conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
but how has the transition been from opposition politics to doing this? You
were formerly the MDC MP for Manyame and now you are an ambassador for your
country - how has that transition been for you?
Suka-Mafudze: Yes I should just put the record straight - I have been a
member of parliament for Mondoro constituency which covered the part of
Manyame which used to be called Norton and later when I ran 2005 I was
running in Manyame constituency.
Guma: OK and so how has that transition been for you from being that in the
opposition to becoming an ambassador and how are you finding it?
Suka-Mafudze: My belief is when you are in the opposition you are fighting
for one thing and one thing alone and you are like you are already in
government. It looks like you are already in government so I don't feel much
of a difference. To me it is like I've been given the chance and I'm able to
do what I was yearning for when I was doing the activism when I was in the
opposition. It's like I've been given the chance to do the work that I was
really dying to do without any hindrances. Right now I'm like, I've just
moved on into another which is just a big change, which you just yearn for
to say I've done one, two, three and now I think I must move on to four,
five, six - that kind of thing so I don't see much of a difference.
Guma: Now obviously any Embassy will be, particularly Embassies like your
one, you will be working with people from ZANU PF, how is that going on? Are
you able to work well with some of these people who have come from ZANU PF?
Suka-Mafudze: Lance, the truth on the ground is there could be, and I
believe in professionalism. There could be others who have their own
allegiances and I think as I was advocating for change, earlier on before I
got into this position, it was to say there should be that kind of freedom,
this kind of, the freedom of allegiances and I'm not the person to find who
is a ZANU PF and who is a MDC and I'm finding it difficult, even if I might
try to think of it that I want to check who is ZANU PF and who is MDC.
Maybe it's also because of the pro-activeness that I took which got me into
coming up with the first meeting when I got to this Embassy to say in the
meeting I mentioned previously that I think we all know why we are here in
this heat and the dust that comes from the desert - the reason is to raise
the flag of Zimbabwe and there's no politics in this office. Politics you
can only do when you are out of this office. Within this office we are here
to raise the flag of Zimbabwe, we are here to make sure, we are looking at
all issues of Zimbabwe and making sure we are putting the task to make our
country better, that's the reason we are here.
So maybe, I might have in the process stopped anything that was about to
come up but it was my first meeting, the first day that I got into the
office, I held a meeting to say we are all Zimbabweans and we know what we
want - we want a better Zimbabwe, we want a peaceful Zimbabwe and we are not
doing politics here, politics is done by people who are back home and us
here are to advocate for good issues for Zimbabwe, for positivity for
Zimbabwe, for raising the flag of Zimbabwe in whatever area that we are
working in. Maybe I must have deterred it from coming up.
Guma: Obviously raising the flag of the country is what any Ambassador is
meant to do but how difficult is this for you Ambassador Mafudze given the
coalition government has still not resolved most of the outstanding issues?
Does that make your job a little bit harder?
Suka-Mafudze: At the moment for me to say it makes my job a little harder,
it worries me a lot, as I mentioned earlier, I'm an advocate for peace, it
worries me a lot and each time I'm like watching on television, I see issues
to do with Zimbabwe, it gets me into thinking are things going to be really
OK? I want things to be OK.
Yes, here and there you will find that you come across persons which make
you start thinking that, cant we become a person, as a Zimbabwean, as
Zimbabwean people and do things right and make our lives better, even for me
who is so far away from home, it's my home, I want to go back to my home
when I'm through with this duty, tour of duty, yes I want to go back home so
it worries me, it's just something that worries me. I want things to be
Guma: Now there was quite a delay from the time you were nominated for the
post by your Party and the time the president finally confirmed your
deployment. Were you ever worried at any point that this was never going to
Suka-Mafudze: Yah I got to that stage yes whereby I thought - ah, I've been
thinking I wanted this yes and what is happening now and you find once you
are involved into some kind of training, you are doing something else you
tend to pay attention to what you are doing so that you do it right and
which makes the little business that I was doing I had stopped and which
meant I needed to survive, what was I to do, it became very difficult for me
to survive with the family and as the head of the household it became
difficult even to pay fees for my daughter which was US$120 per term, it was
difficult, I paid a little later and the school was surprised, it nearly
made me a pauper.
Guma: Yes even Ambassador Trudy Stevenson spoke about that for the weeks
that you were not doing anything, you were not getting any salary.
Suka-Mafudze: Yes there were no salaries. Yes here and there we maybe would
get allowances but these allowances when you drive a car from home and you
come to the training and you are expected to do whatever you have to do
which concerns the training to do it right as a Zimbabwean, it's just not
enough. You know the status that you are supposed to, the outlook that you
are supposed to portray as an ambassador, a trainee ambassador, it didn't go
along, you needed to do it well, you need to eat well, you needed to be in
your car to drive to town, all those things became a little bit difficult
for me I must say but I didn't lose hope.
Guma: Now obviously any Ambassador will be focused on issues like growing
economic links, tourism and things like that. With Sudan, what sort of
opportunities are there for Zimbabwe?
Suka-Mafudze: Yeh I see opportunities which maybe at times they are here and
there especially for tourism. We have already started agitating, my office
has started agitating, around talking to ZTA (Zimbabwe Tourism Authority)
about them opening doors for us inviting Sudanese here to come to the do
that happened with tourism around October, October/November somewhere there.
So we have started writing letters to the ZTA which has positively replied
to us and we want to do a meeting with the auditors here in this country for
them to identify the guys who can go to Zimbabwe to have an appreciation of
These people are not really travelers so they say, they are like content
with their country maybe only because they have not traveled, they have not
seen beyond their borders and for them to have an appreciation, it should be
advertised in their papers. This is the route that we have taken, that is
tourism, that is a plus for Zimbabwe and if a very good advert is done here
in Sudan, there are people who have it who can really, who can surely travel
to Zimbabwe but there's not been some kind of advertising of Zimbabwe
because whoever you talk to, certainly in the ministries, like former
ministers, former ambassadors, they tell you that it's a beautiful country,
they tell you of Victoria Falls, they tell you of Kariba and they tell you
of the man-made lake which is Kariba and they say it is so beautiful and
they say why aren't your people going to enjoy seeing the Victoria Falls and
this man-made lake and they tell you - ah people here they don't know about
these things much, you need to advertise - this is what they tell us. So we
have taken that stance especially in the tourism area.
Guma: Is there anything that Zimbabweans could export to Sudan? Is there
anything that you've identified that you would recommend to business people
and say - you know what, there's a chance for you could export this to this
Suka-Mafudze: Yes there is a lot of, I think you also have to have an
appreciation that I'm only plus 60 days in this country but I've really gone
out of my way to find out how things are going and also having an
appreciation that we've been in elections in Sudan so you can imagine, we
went into a standstill especially courtesy calls for me to go talk to the
ministers, the concerned ministries of Trade and Tourism and the like
because there's likelihood there will be a new Cabinet and I would say for
the whole month of April there was some kind of standstill and with my going
around talking to other ambassadors, I'm finding there's a lot of
opportunities in Juba in the south of Sudan, it's actually that whole it's
starting from zero, so anything goes there in Juba but it needs to be
identified and I'm also preparing to go down to Juba so that officially I
make, I produce documents to support that there's a lot of business in Juba
which is south of Sudan.
Guma: And my final question for you Ambassador Mafudze, Sudan as we know is
a country that is often in the news for the problems in Darfur, the country
is divided along religious lines between the north and the south, how is it
for someone like you, I'm assuming you are obviously a Christian and you are
an ambassador in a country that's torn along religious lines, does that pose
any challenges for you?
Suka-Mafudze: Yes exactly you know when you get into a country you like, you
have your own way you look at it and you also you go along with what people
tell you but eventually you develop your own outlook and your own
assessments and your own analysis of issues and the situation and the issues
that are around you. Yes it has been very hard for me at first when I see
every woman wrapping themselves around, the whole body is wrapped, even on
the head, leaving only the eyes and the like, it became a bit difficult.
Some also just leave the face, the whole face, some leave just the eyes out
and it would be like people just look at me and say like, where does this
woman come from, that kind of thing. At first it was difficult for me but I
later said you know I'm a Zimbabwean, I'm dressing decently, I think that is
what is more important and I'm a Christian and also there are challenges of
the language here, I don't speak Arabic and I have to go around with an
interpreter so it's like people just appreciate, they are very nice people
here, they just appreciate that you are a foreign person and they understand
you, as long as you are dressed decently.
Guma: OK and I take it you obviously don't have any major security concerns
being in a country like Sudan?
Suka-Mafudze: With Khartoum, there's not much of that though they're always
alert, they're just alert, they're involved with policemen and whatever and
whatever. There's everybody like in the security sectors all over but I've
not seen anything threatening so far in Khartoum but I'm told by other
ambassadors, it's also important for me to travel to other places out of
Khartoum for me to have an appreciation of what other people are going
through out there which is those security concerns that you are talking
about. Yes but in Khartoum it's OK.
Guma: That was Ambassador Hilda Suka-Mafudze, she's the Zimbabwean
ambassador to Sudan. Many thanks for joining us on the programme.
Suka-Mafudze: Thank you so much for having me Lance.- SW Radio Africa
Written by Gift Phiri
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 16:33
HARARE - Zimbabwe's Vice President, Joice Mujuru, has been let off scot-free
after she was named in a National Economic Conduct Inspectorate probe on the
plunder of the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (ZISCO).
The company was a major foreign-currency earner before independence in 1980,
and collapsed two years ago after being systematically pillaged to an extent
of failing to re-equip its plants.
Mujuru, ministers Samuel Mumbengegwi, Sithembiso Nyoni, Olivia Muchena, Stan
Mudenge and Patrick Chinamasa, and a number of other senior company
officials, stripped ZISCO bare. They did not even have the audacity to quit
after asset stripping the public company that is 90 per cent-owned by the
Meanwhile, a retired Air Force of Zimbabwe Air Vice-Marshal, Robert Mhlanga,
is the chairman of a private company dealing in the mining and trading of
Marange diamonds in eastern Zimbabwe, a proxy for well-heeled top army
generals used as a front to keep the murky operation under wraps.
Riches of the elite
Another private company, Canadile, is creaming off the Marange diamond
fields. It is linked to politicians, soldiers and officials in President
Mugabe's inner circle, and has corruptly acquired a lease on the world's
richest diamond fields, Marange.
Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri has demanded a mining
concession in the lucrative diamond fields from Mines minister Obert Mpofu,
which is shocking and completely at a tangent with the force's
constitutionally enshrined law enforcement duties.
The Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo is frantically trying to
rebuff charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act that he stole vast
tracts of land in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. The minister's estranged first
wife Marian has reported him to the President claiming he was dispossessing
her of property they acquired when they were still together.
The President's nephew, Phillip Chiyangwa has sued the Harare City Council
for publishing a council report that lifted the lid on alleged shocking
plunder of prime council land by the ostentatious businessman.
The head of state's nephew also allegedly represented a consortium which
dubiously won a contract to build the capital's golf course in Borrowdale on
land not designated for that purpose.
A controversial multi-millionaire with links to President Mugabe's Zanu (PF)
Billy Rautenbach has corruptly secured a US$800 million deal to mine coal in
Hwange through his Clidder Minerals Company.
Two other permanent secretaries, and the former head of the national oil
company, are under investigation for fraud by Parliament's public accounts
The President's land reform programme has been plundered by members of his
party's ruling elite. Several judicial commissions have alleged many cases
of multiple-farm ownership and fraudulent claims.
Mugabe's own wife, 40 years his junior and a serious shopaholic, seized a
choice commercial farm from High Court judge, Ben Hlatshwayo.
Since the land grab began in 2000, the First Lady has corruptly acquired
several farms in contemptuous breach of her husband's stated
one-man-one-farm policy. Mrs Mugabe first grabbed Iron Mask Estate in Mazowe
in 2003 from Joe and Eva Matthew, an elderly couple in their 70s. Then she
grabbed Foyle Farm from Ian Webster, then 'Gushungo' Dairy Farm- named after
Robert Mugabe's family totem.
Welcome to Zimbabwe. In the scale of Zimbabwean profiteering, this is small
beer, partly because the country does not have the sort of riches that
encourage massive illegal expropriation.
In Transparency International's index of perceived corruption, Zimbabwe
ranked 146 among 180 nations surveyed in 2009.
Despite calls for the investigation and freezing of Mugabe's personal assets
held abroad, most observers believe that the teetotal and, even at 86,
fitness-fanatic president is more interested in clinging on to power than
lining his pocket. He hasn't even been able to buy a presidential jet,
though he can commandeer planes from the national airline.
While ordinary Zimbabweans previously believed that Mugabe had the mandatory
Swiss bank account, most observers are now convinced that he cannot match
the cupidity of some of Africa's kleptocratic regimes.
Personally Mugabe himself is not tainted by corruption and a thorough search
for his bank accounts abroad has been futile.† The same cannot be said of
those who surround him. The problem for Mugabe is the perception - in a
highly literate population - that he has done very little about reining in
the excesses of his family and party cronies.
According to anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International
(TI)-Zimbabwe, the breakdown in social services, the rule of law and public
accountability has resulted in corruption becoming a strong feature of all
sectors, not only top level corruption.
Ronald Shumba, a political commentator, says: "Experience has taught
Zimbabweans that Zanu (PF) is very good at setting up all manner of schemes,
funds and programmes to benefit the poor and the needy. But soon after
gathering the money, it loots everything with impunity for the benefit of
After 30 years in power, it was only after formation of a unity government
after Mugabe lost elections in 2008 that a power-sharing agreement provided
for an anti-corruption commission. But 15 months down the line, the
commission has still not been formed. Occasionally the police fraud squad
arrests officials and executives in key state organisations. But critics say
it has mainly been "small fries."
Name and shame
A report issued this week by TI-Zimbabwe's Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre
said: "Complaints about receipt of bribes in the private sector are high.
They include cutting corners and shirking honest competition rather than
producing real, competitive value for clients. Complaints have been received
against companies paying bribes to win public contracts or receive
government services. Communities have also noted a lack of transparency in
the issuing of mining rights."
In a country that ranks 151 out of 177 countries in the United Nations human
development index, and where life expectancy has dropped to an alarming 36
years - due to the Aids crisis - the flagrant abuse of state funds has
become a critical election issue.
Zimbabwe's pro-reform Finance minister Tendai Biti has threatened to
name-and-shame spendthrift members of Zimbabwe's Cabinet from Mugabe's side
of the unity government who have blown some US$30 million over the past six
months on unnecessary and at times unapproved foreign trips.
The failure to act on this long series of corruption has created a
widespread perception that there is a tacit acceptance of corruption in high
places, and that even pledges of resolute action will come to nothing.
We are working with ROHR Zimbabwe to use the production as a platform to raise awareness for and promote discussion about the current situation in Zimbabwe. To this end we are holding two discussions, one about the current condition of the country, on 2nd May and the other on 9th May about Zimbabwe’s place in the international community and its relations with other countries.
All the best,
metta theatre is company limited by guarantee, registered in england and wales (company no. 7137926), at 66 Lancaster Court, London, SW6 5TA.
Metta Theatre presents
25 May†- 12†June†2010
'Open my veins, pluck out my eyes
there is no pain I do not deserve.'
Zimbabwe 2008. The impending elections bring hope to a country left raw by oppression. Will Tsvangirai topple Mugabe? Otieno, a militia leader protecting a white farm under siege by Mugabe's war veterans, secretly marries the white farmer's daughter. But Otieno's confidante Ian is sowing seeds of jealousy to destroy their love.
A contemporary rewriting of Shakespeare's Othello from the company behind Blood Wedding. Set against the continuing deprivation of present-day Zimbabwe this visceral new play brings a brutal beauty to the well-known tragedy of violence and betrayal.
'spirited and hugely likeable'
Time Out on Blood Wedding
'perfect staging...absolutely superb'
Vanessa Redgrave on Metta's Waiting at the Southbank Centre
Director Poppy Burton-Morgan
Set & Lighting Designer Will Reynolds
Costume Designer Katharine Heath
Producer Heather Doole
'Airline Style' Pricing
Zimbabwe Weekly update Week ending Tuesday 18 May 2010 – Number 19 Politics
Ten years ago, Zimbabwe drew 1.4 million tourists who generated US$400 million for the economy. Last year, only 223 000 tourists came, generating just US$ 29.1 million.
Source:†† Zimbabwe Democracy Now
Click here for back copies of the Zimbabwe Weekly Update
BILL WATCH 20/2010
[19th May 2010]
The Senate has adjourned until Tuesday 15th June
The House of Assembly has adjourned until Wednesday 30th June
Indigenisation Regulations: Extension of Deadline to 30th June Gazetted
SI 95/2010, gazetted on 14th May, [electronic version available on request] extends the deadline for businesses to submit their IDG 01 forms and indigenisation implementation plans.† The original deadline of 15th April was extended to 15th May by Ministerial announcement and SI 95 extends it to 30th June.† SI 95 also gives new businesses 75 days in which to submit form IDG 01 and indigenisation plans, in place of the 60 days allowed by the original regulations.† It is only after the new deadline elapses, that the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment [Minister Kasukuwere] can take formal steps to compel non-compliant businesses to submit their forms and plans by serving notice on them to do so.† And, it is only when there is non-compliance after notice has been served that a business can be prosecuted [see Bill Watch 17 of 16th April for more detail].† [Also available – updated electronic version of complete Indigenisation Regulations incorporating SI 95.]
Still No Other Amendments
The amendment agreed between the Parliamentary Legal Committee [PLC] and Minister Kasukuwere has still not been gazetted.† This amendment would change the word “cede” in section 3, which was widely perceived as connoting takeover without compensation and which the PLC deemed unconstitutional.† Minister Kasukuwere has said the word “cede” had been misconstrued and that what was intended was “a fair transaction where full value is compensated for”.† Unless this amendment is made, however, the PLC will return an adverse report, in which case, if both Houses support the PLC report, that section of the regulations will be nullified.
Other amendments that have been talked about, such as increasing the asset threshold of companies to be indigenised, etc, have moved closer to gazetting, with the news that they were being considered by the Cabinet Committee on Legislation on 13th May.† A recent †statement by the Minister said some amendments may be gazetted by the end of the month but these are not yet at the printers.†
When is the Minister Empowered to Cancel Licences?
Minister Kasukuwere has been reported as claiming that as well as prosecuting non-compliant businesses, he also has the power to cancel trading and similar licences held by businesses that do not submit their IDG 01 forms and indigenisation plans when given notice to do so.† In fact the Minister has no such power.† While there is a section of the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act [IEE Act] that deals with cancellation of licences [section 5], it does not provide for cancellation of a licence where a business fails to submit its form IDG 01 and indigenisation plan.† It allows the Minister to have licences cancelled only where certain transactions – such as mergers or unbundlings of businesses, or transfers of controlling interests – take place without prior notification to the Minister.
Do ALL Businesses Have to Submit Indigenisation Plans?
A Bill Watch reader questioned the statement in Bill Watch 6/2010 that the obligation to submit an indigenisation implementation plan applies only to businesses with an asset value of more than US $500 000 that are not already majority-owned by indigenous Zimbabweans.† He points out that section 4(2) of the Indigenisation Regulations requires "every business” not already indigenised to submit an indigenisation plan and does not specifically say that this refers only to businesses with an asset value of more than US $500 000.† This is true, but section 4(2) also says that the plan must be submitted “together with Form IDG 01”.† Therefore it seems the better interpretation is that only businesses above the US $500 000 threshold have to submit indigenisation plans, because:
∑†††††† Only firms with assets exceeding US $500 000 are specifically required to submit Form IDG 01 [so the clear implication is that smaller firms are not required to do so].†
∑†††††† Section 3 of the regulations states that their purpose is that "every business of or above the prescribed value threshold" [this is the $500 000 limit] must cede a controlling interest to indigenous Zimbabweans.† If that is the objective of the regulations, there seems no point in requiring smaller businesses to submit indigenisation plans to the Minister – because it is not, apparently, the object of the regulations for their plans to be implemented.
National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board Proposals
Proposed Indigenisation Levy
The chairman of the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board [NIEE Board], Mr David Chapfika, announced recently that consultations among stakeholders about imposing an indigenisation levy on companies had reached an advanced stage and that the levy would come “soon”.† The IEE Act allows for levies “on any private or public company or any other business” [IEE Act, sections 17 and 18].† A levy is imposed by the Minister by gazetting a statutory instrument but certain preliminaries must precede the gazetting:
∑†††† the approval of the Minister of Finance must be obtained; and
∑†††† the draft statutory instrument must be laid before and approved by resolution of Parliament [meaning both Houses of Parliament], something that cannot be completed until after the House of Assembly resumes sitting on 30th June.†
The statutory instrument imposing a levy must specify on what basis it is calculated, who must pay it, how it will be collected, etc.† Levy proceeds must go into the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Fund [NIEE Fund], which is administered by the NIEE Board.† The objects of the NIEE Fund include providing financial assistance to indigenous Zimbabweans for “the financing of share acquisitions, the warehousing of shares under employee share ownership schemes or trusts and management buy-ins and buy-outs” and for “business start-ups, rehabilitation and expansion” [IEE Act, section 12].
Setting-up of Sectoral Committees of NIEE Board
Mr Chapfika has also announced the formation of 13 sector-specific committees of the NIEE Board to be chaired by Board members.† He invited sector stakeholders to put forward names of persons to sit on the committees, which will assist the Board in advising the Government on indigenisation.† The sectors are:† mining; energy; agriculture; manufacturing; construction; financial services; tourism and hospitality; education and sport services; trading; arts, entertainment and culture services; telecommunications and ICT.† More committees may be formed if needed.† These committees will be able to suggest amendments to the regulations.†
Zimbabwe National Security Council Amendment Bill [gazetted Friday 14th May].† This short Bill seeks to make the Ministers responsible for national security and justice members of the NSC.† [Electronic version available on request.]
Bill Being Printed for Presentation in Parliament
Criminal Law (Protection of Power, Communication and Water Infrastructure) Amendment Bill. †Veritas will make a copy available once the Bill has been gazetted.
Public Order and Security [POSA] Amendment Bill
Mr Gonese’s Private Member’s Bill awaits continuation of the Second Reading debate when the House of Assembly resumes on 30th June.
Statutory Instruments Gazetted 14th May
SI 95/2010 amends the Indigenisation Regulations [see above].†
SI 94/2010 amends the recently-gazetted statutory instrument listing the numbers of “special interest appointed councillors” to be appointed to urban councils by the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development.† The effect is to change the number of appointed councillors for the Chiredzi Town Council [from 2 to 3] and Marondera Municipal Council [from 3 to 2].† [Electronic versions of both SIs available on request.]
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