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Teachers & children attacked by violent youths at Gweru school

By Violet Gonda
28 May 2013

At least 13 people were injured, two of them seriously, after a group of
youths  descended on a school in Midlands South province attacking teachers
and pupils with machetes and axes.

Ezra Sibanda, an MDC-T aspiring candidate for Vungu constituency, said
passersby were also not spared during the brutal attack that took place at
Shagari Primary School in Lower Gweru in the late afternoon on Monday.

He told SW Radio Africa that the assailants went on a rampage, wielding
knobkerries, axes, machetes, knives & bricks, for no apparent reasons.

Sibanda said the victims had to receive medical attention with two of them,
including a teacher, being hospitalized at Gweru General Hospital.

Sibanda said the attack started inside the school yard resulting in teachers
and children fleeing in all directions, running away from the youths who are
known in the community.

“They are a group of thugs. We don’t know their motives. We don’t know who
is backing them but with the power that they have that the police don’t do
anything we suspect that our opponents are sponsoring them.”

The MDC-T member said the school did not open Tuesday as teachers are afraid
to enter the premises.

We could not reach the police or the education Minister David Coltart for

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Zimbabwe minister says economy shrinking on vote uncertainty

By MacDonald Dzirutwe
HARARE | Tue May 28, 2013 12:10pm EDT

(Reuters) - Uncertainty over the date of elections in Zimbabwe is pushing
the fragile economy closer to recession just as it was pulling out of a
decade of decline, the finance minister said on Tuesday.

Presidential and parliamentary elections should be held this year but
political reforms and problems finding the money to pay for the vote in the
impoverished country are holding things up and no date has been set.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti said the economy could have shrunk by up to 3
percent during the first quarter of this year due to election uncertainty as
well as low farm output, declining tax revenues and export earnings.

"The elephant in the living room evidently is the election and the sooner
there is clarity on the dates from the politicians the better for the
economy," Biti told reporters.

Zimbabwe needs $132 million to fund the election but conditions attached to
any foreign financing have divided the already fractious unity government,
whose main players - President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF and Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC - will be rivals for power in the vote.

Any repeat of violence that accompanied the last vote in 2008 could end
Zimbabwe's nascent economic recovery and unleash another refugee crisis
similar to the one five years ago when hundreds of thousands fled to
neighboring South Africa.

The state-owned Herald newspaper quoted Mugabe as saying regional leaders
would hold a summit to discuss how to fund the election in which the
president is seeking to extend his three-decade rule

Officials from the SADC regional bloc of 15 southern African states were not
immediately available for comment.

ZANU-PF is pushing for funding with as few strings as possible. It withdrew
a United Nations request to fund the poll accusing the U.N. of trying to
interfere in domestic issues.

The MDC is keen to attach the money to the deployment of election observers.
It fears ZANU-PF, whose members are under Western sanctions for suspected
rigging of previous votes, will use the security forces to intimidate

But SADC observers could be a compromise amenable to Mugabe, who regularly
rails against the West for imposing sanctions he blames for ruining an
economy that critics say was wrecked by his own policies.

ZANU-PF wants elections by June 29, when parliament will be dissolved, but
the MDC says they should be delayed to allow for the opening of broadcast
media - currently a state monopoly - to private players, registration of new
voters and reform of the military to keep it out of politics.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai displayed rare unity this year in pushing through a
new constitution at a referendum, a critical step for the election but which
depleted state coffers for the next vote.

The new constitution clips the powers of the president and imposes a
two-term limit. It does not apply retroactively so the 89-year-old Mugabe
could, in theory, rule until he is 99.

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SADC plans Zimbabwe poll funding summit

27/05/2013 00:00:00
     by Staff Reporter

THE regional SADC grouping will hold a summit to examine ways of helping
Zimbabwe fund elections expected later this year, President Robert Mugabe
said Monday.

The regional grouping held an extraordinary summit on the side-lines of the
African Union meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday to
discuss the DRC, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.

And addressing Zanu PF supporters at the Harare International Airport as he
returned from the meetings, Mugabe said SADC would call a meeting to
co-ordinate efforts to raise funds for the elections.

“We updated SADC on the conclusion of the Constitutional reform process and
appealed for help with raising funding for the elections. SADC said they
would call a meeting to discuss ways of funding the elections,” Mugabe said,
speaking in Shona.

Speaking after the meeting in Ethiopia, SADC executive secretary, Tomaz
Salamao, said the region now expected fresh elections to be held after the
completion of the Constitutional reform process.

"Our position as Sadc is that the Constitution was concluded and the next
step is the election, whether it’s held within one month, two months, three
months or the next six months, it is up to those with the powers to decide,”
he said.

“As Sadc we will be there to support . . . We are basically waiting for the
announcement of the day of the election so that we move this process

But Zimbabwe needs about US$132 million for the vote which will elect a
substantive government, replacing the uneasy coalition between Mugabe and
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti has repeatedly said the country does not have
the resources to fund the poll.
An appeal to the United Nations was withdrawn after Zanu PF objected to
conditions imposed by the UNDP, an agency of the world body.

Tsvangirai, who cancelled his trip to Ethiopia after his wife was taken ill,
recently toured the region to urge leaders to call a summit to press for the
implementation of reforms he insists were part of the unity deal with

According to the Herald newspaper however, the meeting proposed by South
Africa President Jacob Zuma was not related to the MDC-T leader’s diplomatic

Zuma has led SADC efforts to facilitate negotiations over a so-called
election road-map between Zanu PF and the MDC parties.
South Africa’s Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan recently said Zimbabwe’s
election cash appeal was best handled through SADC following an appeal for
support by Biti.

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Parliament Committee Tables Troubled Zisco Deal

Irwin Chifera

HARARE — Parliament’s industry and commerce committee heard about the
troubled Zisco-Essar deal today from Zisco board chairman, Nyasha Makuvise.

Surprisingly, committee chairman William Mutomba barred the media from
attending the hearing after Mr. Makuvise said he would be sharing what he
called “sensitive information.”

The Zisco-Essar deal was signed in 2010. Three years on, it remains

The media was not allowed in today’s hearing but previously the
parliamentary committee had warned that Zisco’s privatisation was in danger
of collapse as ministers continued to row over the transaction, fearing
Essar Africa Holdings may be forced to withdraw from the deal because of

Workers’ representatives Benedict Moyo and Obert Shoko Bishi, whose
statements were heard by the press, accused Industry Minister Welshman
Ncube, the president’s office and Essar for sabotaging the deal.

Moyo and Bishi said employees were suffering as a result of lack of payment
and anxiety over their future.

The president’s office is now responsible for the $750 million deal, but
implementation remains bogged down by political bickering between the
industry and mines ministries.

Moyo said the payments issue is dire, with some employees facing eviction

Ziscosteel chief executive officer, Alois Gowo, told the committee that some
service providers have started legal proceedings against the company to
recover money owed to them.

Gowo, who told the committee three months ago that production was set to
resume anytime, said he is not involved in negotiations to revive the
company and has no clue when things might fall into place at the troubled

The government signed the $750 million deal to revive Ziscosteel under a new
company called new Zimbabwe Steel Limited but it has not been finalised
because of differences between the industry and mines ministries over its
terms, including access to iron ore reserves.

Gowo said they are still operating as Ziscosteel, adding that money invested
into the company appears as loans in Ziscosteel books.

Gowo is, however, optimistic that the deal will be finalised soon so that
production may resume.

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No shocks from MDC-T primaries in Matabeleland South

By Tichaona Sibanda
28 May 2013

Voting passed off peacefully in the MDC-T primary elections in Matabeleland
South on Monday and with a general election looming the party is already
targeting highly prized ZANU PF seats in the province.

Watchy Sibanda, the Mat South provincial chairman, told SW Radio Africa on
Tuesday that the peaceful nature of the internal poll can be attributed to
the establishment of a more democratic political system in the party.

‘The most important thing is there was no imposition of candidates. Secondly
we had a voters roll that was agreed to by all contesting candidates and the
process was determined by secret balloting,’ Sibanda.

The MDC-T only holds two seats in the province out of 13. National chairman
Lovemore Moyo held the Matobo North seat before he was elevated to speaker
of Parliament. He stood unchallenged in the primaries on Monday.

Incumbent MP for Matobo South, Gabriel Ndebele, was confirmed while seven
other candidates won the right to stand on an MDC-T ticket in the harmonized
elections, following fiercely contested primaries.

These are Bekezela Mpofu (Insiza North), Jabulani Dube (Insiza South),
Moffat Ndou (Beitbridge West), Ekem Moyo (Gwanda South), Juliet Nkiwane
(Gwanda Central), Morgan Ncube (Beitbridge East) and Ready Mpofu (Bulilima

Primaries in four constituencies—Mangwe, Gwanda North, Umzingwani and
Bulilima East— were postponed to the 8th June due to logistical problems.

Sibanda said the leadership of the party has taken encouragement from the
primaries after certain sections of the media had predicted the exercise
would be marred by violence.

The chairman insisted their party had ‘never been in better shape’ as he
laid down the gauntlet to rival ZANU PF, saying they are out to grab as many
seats in the province as possible.

‘The first seat we’re targeting is that of Kembo Mohadi (co-Home Affairs
Minister). If David was able to defeat Goliath, then we can do it also in
his backyard of Beitbridge East,’ Sibanda said.

Abednico Bhebhe, the deputy national organising secretary, said their call
for peace during elections has paid dividends as every candidate was placing
the nation’s interests first.

‘Our primary elections have so far been free and fair, they’ve passed off
peacefully without major incident. Yet ZANU PF and its state media has spent
days hunting for instances of alleged malpractice to tie together, to
support their preconceived theory that the election would be unfair,’ Bhebhe

Bhebhe, who stood unopposed in Nkayi South in Mat North on Tuesday, said
there is no doubt the latest claims of ‘chaos’ by the state media will also
evaporate on close inspection of their exercise.

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AU to establish new military force

Sapa | 28 May, 2013 13:03

The African Union (AU) will establish a new military force following a
suggestion from South Africa, the international relations and co-operation
department said on Tuesday.

“On Monday... the African Union summit [in Ethiopia] adopted a historic
decision to establish the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises
(ACIR), at the initiative of South Africa,” said spokesman Clayson Monyela
in a statement.

The proposal was made to tackle ongoing obstacles to peace and security
which undermined democratically elected governments.

The AU did not at the moment have an immediate response mechanism, as the
process of implementing the African Peace and Security structure was
ongoing, said Monyela.

The proposed ACIR was an interim measure, pending the African Standby Force’s
(ASF) commencement of operations and rapid deployment capability.

The ACIR was therefore not a new concept, but built on the principles of the

“This interim measure will further provide African countries with the
flexibility to take concrete measures to address the challenges in the
interim,” he said.

This would allow the process of getting the ASF into operation to take

President Jacob Zuma told the summit that South Africa stood ready to
provide support to deal with urgent matters of the continent.

Following South Africa’s pledge of assistance, other countries also pledged
their support, and readiness, to contribute to the ACIR.

Monyela said: “South Africa’s initiative has thus received broad consensus
from member states of the African Union and has been adopted as a decision
of the summit.”  Asked by Sapa whether any troop commitments had been made
by South Africa at this stage, Monyela said that was “running ahead of the

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Mugabe interview seen as attempt to spruce up battered image

By Nomalanga Moyo
28 May 2013

News that South Africa’s main television station will be airing a rare
interview with Zimbabwe’s first family has strengthened belief that there
are attempts to spruce up Mugabe’s image .

The interview, which will be broadcast this Sunday, was granted to South
Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) talk show host Dali Tambo who joined
Mugabe for a lavish dinner at State House last year.

According to The Sunday Independent, the interview included footage of the
Mugabe family’s take on various issues, including Grace gloating about
assaulting a journalist, the President’s criticism of Nelson Mandela, and
his shenanigans with Grace while his first wife Sally was lying on her

Analysts say that while it is obvious that the interview is part of a
choreographed campaign by Mugabe’s team to sanitise his image, it
nevertheless exposes the man for what he really is: a dictator with serious
moral limitations.

Zimbabweans will recall a similarly ‘rare’ opportunity recently granted to
Ghanaian filmmaker Roy Agyemang, who has since embarked on a global campaign
to promote Mugabe as an African statesman vilified by the West.

Zimbabweans will also be disheartened to learn from the Tambo interview that
the 89-year-old Mugabe has no plans of retiring anytime soon.

“My people still need me, and when people need you to lead them it is not
time, sir — it doesn’t matter how old you are — to say goodbye,” Mugabe said
while accusing global icon Mandela of being ‘too good’ and ‘too saintly’
with the whites.

Since the story of the forthcoming broadcast emerged, Zimbabweans have taken
to social media platforms to air their views on Mugabe’s comments.

Writing on Facebook, political analyst Joram Nyathi said that by criticising
Mandela, Mugabe is ignoring the predicament Mandela faced and the way he
used his charisma to manage the handover of power from Boers to blacks.

“Whether he could have done much after that is almost impossible to tell,
hence the decision to step down or stay in power is immaterial. In fact it
could very well be interpreted as trying to avoid a direct confrontation
with the brutal reality of African poverty and the refusal by the Boers to
cede even an inch of the soil.

“I don’t think Mandela deliberately sought to be a good boy to the whites.
The odds were overwhelmingly against his sense of justice. He gave up and
hoped the younger people would take up the fight for blacks in a more
vigorous way.”

In another post, Brighton Musonza said: “What Mugabe is not able to say is,
Mandela’s name will unite South Africans for centuries to come when he is
long gone, whereas, on the day he (Mugabe) dies, there will be street
parties across Zimbabwe.”

Commenting on the forthcoming SABC broadcast, senior journalist Dumisani
Muleya commended Tambo for managing to extract information that ordinarily,
the eccentric Zimbabwean leader would not give to local journalists.

Muleya said both Tambo and Agyemang’s work are designed to give a context to
Mugabe’s actions over the years “as if to say after all the fierce
criticisms that Mugabe has faced, the historical context salvages parts of
his reputation and image.

“Both gentlemen are trying to project Mugabe’s historical transformation in
reverse order: from villain to hero. In fact, it would seem that the two are
saying Mugabe was never a villain but was misunderstood. Both interview and
documentary provide useful information, but they are not critical at all.
They are clear attempts to whitewash Mugabe’s battered image.

“But despite the attempts by Tambo and Agyemang to paint this picture of
Mugabe as a humane individual, Zimbabweans will not buy their conclusions
because they know the impact and consequences of Mugabe’s three decades of
misrule,” Muleya said.

Muleya said that if the forthcoming elections were to be free and fair, the
views held by Zimbabweans on Mugabe’s legacy and leadership wouldn’t change:
“They would, through the ballot, reject his misrule and mismanagement as
they have done over the past decade.”

Muleya added that Mugabe’s admission that he had an affair, while first wife
Sally, who died in 1992 was still alive, betrays a yawning gap in the
president’s morality despite the loving, upright family picture Dali’s
interview tried to capture.

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Govt to enforce 50pc local procurement

28/05/2013 00:00:00
     by Business Day

THE government is to restrict foreign procurement of raw materials and other
equipment by companies to 50% as part of efforts to enforce a statutory
instrument giving preference to local suppliers.

It has emerged, however, that the new measures will also be factored into
planned amendments to the indigenisation and economic empowerment law
promulgated in 2007.

The amendments, according to Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, will
rule out monetary compensation for shares ceded by foreign mining companies.

Kasukuwere has now said the government is working on measures to restrict
the procurement of raw materials and other equipment from foreign suppliers
to 50%.

"With greater understanding that local ownership is pivotal to our economic
growth and prosperity, the time has now come for public and private
companies to put in place policies and programmes that give preference to
our local suppliers and manufacturers," Kasukuwere said at a procurement
conference held in Harare on Monday.

He said: "Fifty percent (of all procurement by companies in Zimbabwe) must
be procured from companies that are controlled by indigenous Zimbabweans."

Many local manufacturers and companies remain bogged down, however, by low
capacity use as a result of power cuts, limited access to capital and
obsolete equipment.

"The only problem is that we may find the local suppliers out of stock,"
independent economist Moses Moyo said. "We must first fix our industry and
manufacturing sectors so that we capacitate the local suppliers."

Earlier this year, government officials criticised South African retailer
Pick n Pay - which now has two branded stores in Zimbabwe under a
partnership with TM Supermarkets, in which it owns a 49% stake - for picking
most of its stock from foreign suppliers.

Government statistics say Zimbabwe imported $8.2bn worth of goods in 2012,
compared with exports worth $5bn.
Foreign companies such as Impala Platinum, PPC, Old Mutual and Anglo
American Platinum - which all have operations in Zimbabwe - have already
been forced to cede 51% shares to local groups under the empowerment policy.

Investment analysts and other experts say the law scares away much-needed

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Devastated Zim community mourns the killing of two in SA

By Alex Bell
28 May 2013

Members of the Zimbabwean community in Johannesburg, South Africa, are
mourning the deaths of two Zim nationals, who were shot and killed in the
Diepsloot area on Sunday evening.

The shooting took place at what is reported to be a Somalian owned shop in
the informal settlement. Four other people were injured in the shooting,
which sparked a violent reaction from other members of the community.

The two who died are an as yet unnamed Diepsloot resident of Zimbabwean
descent, and Thuthani ‘Suppa Star’ Ndlovu, a Zimbabwean rumba musician who
was promoting his music in the area.

Thuthani and his group, the Mlambos Express Band, have been touring
different parts of Johannesburg promoting their new album. Band manager
Thabani Ndlovu told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday that they are ‘devastated’ by
the death of their band leader.

Thabani was with the late Thuthani at the time of the shooting. He explained
how they were travelling through Diepsloot, playing their music and selling
their new CD to Diepsloot residents on Sunday evening.

“We decided to drive around and announce that we had a new CD, so a lot of
people were stopping us and we’d stop on the side of the road, sell the CD,
then keep driving,” Thabani said.

He continued: “At the last stop, we pulled over in front of a shop, and we
got out. The shop owner came out and confronted me and he went haywire,
shouting and telling me to move my car. And I was shocked, and when I asked
him why he was shouting, that is when he took out his gun and he shot at

Thabani dropped to the ground and he admits he doesn’t know how he survived.
The shooter however then turned his gun on the other band members, shooting
Thuthani in the chest.

The shooter eventually locked himself away in his shop, but Thabani
explained that members of the community turned their anger on the shop
owner, demanding that he come out and face the crowd.

“They were banging on the shop with fists and shouting for him to come out.
After ten minutes he opened his shop window and shot six times into the
crowd. People started running, and when they dispersed there were two
bodies. One man was shot in the head,” Thabani explained.

The incident continued to deteriorate and members of the community are said
to have gone on the rampage, with anti-foreigner sentiments fuelling some
people into perpetrating even more violence.

The MDC-T chairman for Diepsloot, Innocent Jeke, told SW Radio Africa that
19 foreign owned shops were looted, including many Zimbabwean owned shops.
He said people were ‘terrified’, because xenophobic violence remains a
serious problem and threat in South Africa.

“In 2008 more than 60 people were killed, and it started just like this,
with shops being looted. So we can’t rule out xenophobia,” Jeke said.

By Monday evening, South African police had arrested 47 people for public
violence, housebreaking, and possession of unlicensed firearms. Jeke said
that the community was still tense, and people were worried about what would
happen after dark.

“We don’t know for sure what is going to happen. But we are waiting to see
if this gets worse,” Jeke said.

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Library needs US$9m

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 00:00

Cathrine Biswick Herald Reporter

THE Harare City Library requires about US$9 million for books and computers
to be fully functional, an official of the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust
has said. “The library needs at least US$9 million to buy

books and advance its computer network system,” said Ms Emelda Musariri, a
project manager of the Trust. “We need to introduce a coffee shop area for
the parents who will be waiting for their children and another multi-purpose
wing to cater for ATMs and internet cafés.”

Ms Musariri said this during a ceremony to commission the US$1 million
refurbishment of the Harare City Library. The Swedish government injected a
US$1 million grant through the Culture Fund to help the City Library to
carry out major refurbishment of leaking roofs, dilapidated facades,
internal ceilings, walls, windows, floors and toilets.

Deputy Minister for Education, Sports and Culture, Mr Lazarus Dokora, said
the refurbishment of the library should promote a reading culture in the

“Do not only say we have the highest literacy rate in Africa, but go on to
the continent and tell them we are building a reading culture,” he said.

Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Las Ronnas said the public library should
be open to everyone, including the disabled.

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WTO General Assembly key moment for Zim & Zambia

Victoria Falls, May 28 2013: The United States believes Zimbabwe and Zambia
should use the forthcoming World Tourism Organization (WTO) General Assembly
as a springboard for economic growth, good governance, and sustainable
wildlife conservation.  The U.S. Ambassadors to Zimbabwe and Zambia
expressed this view during a cross-border bicycle ride to promote tourism
and environmental conservation in the Victoria Falls-Livingstone area May

“We wanted to shine the light on both sides of the Zambezi River in advance
of the World Tourism Organization Congress to both encourage Americans to
come and explore this part of the world and to emphasize the connection
between conservation and tourism…and economic development,” the U.S.
Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, told a press conference soon after
meeting Chief Mvuthu and the deputy mayor of Victoria Falls at a local

“Our government is deeply interested in promoting strong democratic
institutions in both countries and in supporting strong sustainable economic
development.  I think tourism has got to be one of the drivers of both
Zimbabwe’s and Zambia’s economic development,” said Wharton.

The Bike Across Borders initiative was implemented jointly by the American
Embassies in Harare and Lusaka with the two ambassadors, Wharton and Mark
Storella, taking the lead.

Zimbabwe and Zambia will co-host the 20th UNWTO General-Assembly from August
24-29 in Victoria Falls and Livingstone respectively. The event represents
the second time that Africa will have hosted the WTO General Assembly, after
Senegal in 2005. This is the first time the UN WTO General Assembly has been
co-hosted by neighboring countries. The diplomats were optimistic about the
success of the impending convention.

“I see very much that on both sides of the border you face the same kind of
challenges and the same kinds of opportunities.  I was very gratified to see
during this visit that the two sides are cooperating to prepare for this
international congress that is coming up,” said Ambassador Mark Storella.
“The UN WTO Congress that is coming up is a fantastic opportunity for the
two countries to cooperate and advance together.”

The diplomats led a delegation of cyclists, including Zimbabwean comedian
Carl Joshua Ncube and ZiFM DJ Lorraine Bgoya.  Among the bikers were Zambian
Minister of Tourism Sylvia Masebo and beauty queen Miss USA Nana Meriwether,
who was on a private visit to Zambia.

Zambian youth ambassadors Humphrey Mwila (aka Cactus Agony) and Luyando
Haangala (Lulu) bicycled and entertained the group with a new song written
specifically for Bike Across Borders.

Among other places, the bikers visited the Livingstone museum and the
national parks on both sides of the border, learned about snare clearing and
endangered vultures, and met with disabled handicraft makers and local
chiefs in Livingstone and Victoria Falls.

For Ambassador Wharton, it was his first chance to see the Zambian side of
the Victoria Falls.

“Livingstone is bigger than I thought it would be; I’m very impressed with
it.  The view of Victoria Falls is different on this side of the river, and
people have been really friendly.  (We have) had tremendous support from the
Zambian police and the people,” said Wharton, who cycled on a
Zimbabwean-assembled bicycle called the Buffalo. “I think a lot of
Zimbabweans would call it a black horse or black beauty.  It’s a very simple
bicycle and it’s very strong and beautiful.  I am happy to ride the sort of
bicycle that the people have been riding in Zimbabwe for decades,” said the
U.S. diplomat.

During the trip, local officials pledged to continue efforts to preserve
natural resources. “We have got the machinery to look for diamonds, but our
first priority is to conserve animals because animals have made us what we
are.  Even our communities are aware that we have to conserve this God-given
gift that we have,” said Patricia Mwale, deputy mayor of Victoria Falls
said. “We are geared more than ever before because one thing we know after
this event is that Victoria Falls will never be the same again.”

According to the Zimbabwe Tourism Association, Americans make up the largest
group of non-African international tourists to Zimbabwe. – ZimPAS © May 28,

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Police exposed in PM’s aide’s case


by Edgar Gweshe

Police allegedly used force to gain entry into a bathroom where the wife of
an aide to Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai was using it.

The revelations were made by the aide, Thabani Mpofu, on Monday at the
Harare Magistrates Court while presenting his evidence.

Mpofu is facing charges of contravening Section 4 (1) of the Firearms Act
for allegedly failing to renew a firearm certificate.

He also faces a charge of contravening Section 28 (2) of the Firearms Act as
well for allegedly keeping a firearm in a non-secure place.

It is alleged during a search of his premises on 17 March this year that
police officers confiscated a firearm hidden under a pile of clothes at his

Mpofu allegedly failed to produce a certificate for the firearm upon request
by the police.

Mpofu said that on 17 March this year, police details, led by Superintendent
Luxon Mukazhi came to his Borrowdale home and told him they were looking for
a camera which he allegedly used to take pictures of government buildings
and officials.

“Once inside, Mukazhi changed his attitude and became hostile. He asked me
to lead the police officers to the bedroom. The police officers then barged
into the bathroom where my wife was using the loo. It was very embarrassing
and I felt so embarrassed,” said Mpofu.

He added that his wife demanded a search warrant from the police officers
but in vain.

After the arrival of Mpofu’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, the police were still
reluctant to produce the search warrant.

“When I asked Mukazhi later on about why he had refused to show Beatrice
Mtetwa the search warrant, he told me that she was arrogant, saying he would
show her the search warrant later,” said Mpofu.

He added that Mukazhi misled the State by stating that the firearm in
question was being kept in an unsecure place.

The trial was postponed to 12 June to allow the defense counsel to have
access to documents seized by police during their search at Mpofu’s
residence as well as for the accused to prepare his witnesses.

Mpofu is involved in another case together with Felix Matsinde, Warship
Dumba and Mehluli Moyo under which they are facing charges of impersonating
a police officer, contravening the Official Secrets Act and being in
possession of articles for criminal use.

It is alleged Mpofu and his colleagues were in possession of dockets that
they were privately compiling to discredit the judicial system and had names
of top government officials.

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Zanu PF running scared – MDC-T

Tuesday, 28 May2013
The MDC primary elections continue to be held successfully across the
country. The results for Matabeleland South held on Monday are as follows;
Insiza North –Bekezela Mpofu
Insiza South –Jabulani Dube
Beitbridge West- Moffat Ndou
Gwanda South -Ekem Moyo
Gwanda Central -Juliet Nkiwane
Beitbridge East- Morgan Ncube
Matobo South –Hon. Gabriel Ndebele – confirmed
Matobo North –Hon. Lovemore Moyo – uncontested
Bulilima West – Postponed
Mangwe –postponed
Gwanda North –postponed
Umzingwani –postponed
Bulilima East -postponed
The party commends its cadres in all provinces who continue to vote
peacefully in the primary elections.
The article in the Herald headlined, “Primaries expose factionalism in
 MDC-T” therefore makes interesting reading. Interesting in that it exposes
the fact that the ailing party is running scared.
Initially, when the primaries were first announced The Herald and Zanu PF
were quick to point out that they were undemocratic and that they would
fail. Now that the primaries have been held successfully in Harare,
Bulawayo, Chitungwiza and Matabeleland South,The Herald and Zanu PF are
claiming that the primary elections have exposed factionalism in the MDC.
Before the MDC primary elections and confirmation started, Zanu PF, The
Herald and the Welshman Ncube formation were claiming that the MDC primary
elections was an act by the party leadership to protect “big guns” but what
we have seen since Saturday is contrary to these assertions.
The results have shown that the process was democratic and some of the
so-called“big guns” will have to go for the primary elections after they
failed to get the required two thirds confirmation majority.
There is nothing that will stop the Party of Excellence from winning the
next elections and forming the next government. The primaries are taking
place and will continue until all the provinces are covered.
It is wishful thinking on the part of Zanu PF and The Herald that certain
provinces have had their primaries postponed, these are on course following
the set timetable.
The primaries have so far been conducted in Harare, Bulawayo,Chitungwiza and
Matabeleland South. They will continue with Matabeleland North,today,
Midlands South and North, the Mashonaland provinces, Manicaland and

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MDC-T leaves it too late as Zanu PF regroups

By Constantine Chimakure

THE MDC-T may have no one, but itself to blame for the situation it finds
itself in.

As the sun sets on the unity government ushered in by the Global Political
Agreement (GPA), the party is hard at work trying to hold Zanu PF to account
for reforms not implemented by the government.

By revisiting the reforms agreed to under the GPA, and tracing the work
delivered by the government, it lends credence to the view that once in
power, the MDC-T relaxed and forgot to keep the heat on Zanu PF until the
eleventh hour — and it may all be too late.

On August 4, 2010, a meeting between President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy Arthur Mutambara came up with a roadmap for
implementing problem areas which has largely not been followed though,
mainly as a result of Zanu PF’s intransigence and the MDC-T’s failure to
hold it consistently to account. The principals agreed on 24 out of 27
outstanding issues.

The principals did not agree on issues related to the appointment of Reserve
Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and
the appointment and swearing-in of the MDC-T’s Roy Bennett as Agriculture
deputy minister.

The two MDC formations have since surrendered on the appointments, with
Tsvangirai appointing the late Seiso Moyo to replace Bennett.

Gono and Tomana’s cases appear to have disappeared from the MDCs’ radar.

The parties also agreed on the appointment formula of provincial governors,
the principals resolved that the matter be addressed simultaneously and
concurrently with the sanctions removal strategy.

Under the formula, Tsvangirai was to appoint five provincial governors,
Mugabe four and Mutambara one.

Again the MDCs left this and Mugabe ended up with a huge advantage,
regaining control of provinces.

Below is the implementation roadmap revisited:
Media reforms: The principals resolved in August 2010 that within a month,
the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe board would be regularised, a new
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation board would be appointed and that the
Zimbabwe Mass Media Trust (ZMMT) would be set up.

Minister of Media, Information and Publicity Webster Shamu and the
parliamentary standing rules and orders’ committee were tasked to execute
the mandates, but three years down the line no changes have taken place.
Shamu has now adamantly declined to reconstitute the said boards and the
ZMMT is non-existent.

Security institutions: Security ministers Kembo Mohadi, Theresa Makone,
Emmerson Mnangagwa and Sydney Sekeremayi, the National Security Council, the
principals and entire leadership of political parties were mandated to
ensure that Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, Tomana and other
State security organs comply with Articles 11 and 13 of the GPA on a
continuous basis.

The articles advocate the respect and upholding of the Constitution and the
adherence to the principles of the rule of law.

The articles emphasise that State institutions do not belong to any
political party and should be impartial.

Zimbabwe’s police, army and the Central Intelligence Organisation remain
partisan with service chiefs openly campaigning for Mugabe.

The MDCs have only been recently exerting pressure on Mugabe, with no
success, to force security sector reforms.

Sanctions: The principals agreed on an immediate sanctions removal campaign
to be executed by a committee made up of Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa
(Zanu PF), Energy minister Elton Mangoma (MDC-T) and International
Co-operation minister Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

Party leaders, executive party organs and other lower levels of the three
political parties were also tasked to lobby for the removal of the

The campaign seemed to have worked, especially after the March 16 draft
constitution referendum that saw the European Union and the United States
easing the sanctions on Zimbabwe.

External radio stations: It was resolved that the Joint Monitoring and
Implementation Committee (Jomic) and a committee should within one month
call on foreign governments hosting and funding pirate radio stations to
stop “interference in the internal affairs of the country”.

No such call has been made three years down the line. The three coalition
partners are all using these stations to get their messages to remote areas
not serviced by the national broadcaster.

Hate speech: On a continuous basis, the principals agreed that the late
Vice-President John Nkomo, on behalf of government leadership, Shamu, the
media council and Jomic should direct the media to support all agreed
government programmes and put a stop to attacks on ministers implementing
the projects.

In the past three years, there has been an escalating hate attack on the MDC
formations, especially against Tsvangirai, in the State-run media.

Tsvangirai and the MDC formations have complained without success to Mugabe.

Ministerial allocations: Principals agreed that for the maintenance of
cohesion and progress, the status quo must be maintained, but continuously
monitored, hence the continued

co-ministering of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Land audit: Lands minister Herbert Murerwa and a Cabinet committee on
resettlement and development and the principals were mandated to appoint an
inclusive and balanced land audit commission by the beginning of September

That has not happened, with Murerwa last week saying government had
abandoned the project due to lack of funds.

Land tenure: Murerwa and a Cabinet committee were tasked with coming up
within two months with land tenure systems with emphasis on a leasehold
system that guarantees security of tenure and collateral value of land,
without reversing the land reform programme.

They were also asked to be creative and establish tenure systems that take
into account the different circumstances of communal land.

That agreement was never executed.
Electoral vacancies: Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara agreed that during the
subsistence of the inclusive government, the three parties would not contest
against each other.

Cabinet and Council of Ministers: The government leadership endorsed the
Cabinet and Council of Ministers’ Rules, Guidelines and Procedures. This was
immediately implemented.

Ministerial mandates: It was agreed that the Chief Secretary to the
President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda and Secretary in the Prime Minister’s
Office Ian Makone meet and submit a report on the issue to the principals.

Some Acts of Parliament were later re-assigned with the MDC-T crying foul
after Mugabe allocated communications legislation to Transport minister
Nicholas Goche at the expense of Information Technology Communication
minister Nelson Chamisa.

Principals’ transport: The Office of the President and Cabinet was tasked
with coming up with an administrative arrangement for Tsvangirai’s fleet.
The Premier was provided with a “mini-motorcade” immediately.

Tsvangirai, Mutambara aides: Sekeremayi was asked to speedily process
vetting, training and engagement of security personnel for Tsvangirai and
Mutambara. The task was executed.

Parallel government: The principals agreed that Jomic should continuously
monitor and evaluate allegations that Tsvangirai was running a parallel
government funded by donors. No report on the issue was ever made public.

External interference: The coalition partners agreed to continuously condemn
in unison any external interference as and when they occur.

National Economic Council: Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara agreed to
expedite the establishment of the National Economic Council within a month.
The council remains a pipedream.

Constitutional Commissions: The government regularised the appointment of
the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption

National Heroes: The principals agreed to, within two months, expedite the
adoption of non-partisan and inclusive principles and framework for
designation of national heroes.
The agreement was never followed through with Zanu PF’s politburo continuing
to accord hero status to who it deems fit.

George Charamba status: The chairperson of the Public Service Commission
Mariyawanda Nzuwah and Misheck Sibanda were tasked to ensure that Secretary
for Media, Information and Publicity ministry and also Mugabe’s
spokesperson, George Charamba, is apolitical.

Charamba continues to dabble in partisan politics.

Constitutional Amendment 19: Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa ensured that
Constitutional Amendment 19, which captures the GPA, was gazetted and
assigned as directed by the principals.

Right to freedom of association and assembly: Chihuri, Mohadi and Makone
were tasked to immediately re-affirm the right to freely organise political
activities. The MDCs still complain of being barred by the police from
holding rallies.

Role, funding of NGOs: The principals resolved that government should
determine priority areas for donor assistance through the Cabinet aid
co-ordination committee.

No timeline was put in place. The committee and Cabinet were also charged
with ensuring that government improves aid co-ordination and achieve budget

Amendments to the Electoral Act: Chinamasa, Cabinet and Parliament were
mandated by the principals to ensure the Electoral Act is amended to allow
free and fair polls.

The Act was altered.

More than three-quarters of the agreed outstanding issues were not
implemented. It is also highly unlikely that putting the heat on Zanu PF at
the eleventh hour before elections will yield results as it realises that
with the status quo, it is in a stronger position than before.

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Constitution-Making and Voter Education in Zimbabwe

  By Guest contributor | 24 May 2013 | Legal Developments
By Obert Hodzi

Over the past decade, Zimbabwe has been characterised by political turmoil
and economic meltdown that resulted in dollarization and abandonment of the
country’s currency in 2008. After the disputed and violent elections of
March and June 2008, political parties in Zimbabwe entered into a Global
Political Agreement (GPA) to address the challenges facing the country.
Article VI of the GPA provided that the government of national unity,
comprising of the Zimbabwe African National Union –Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF)
and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), would set up a Parliamentary
Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) to facilitate the drafting of a new
constitution. The constitution drafting process that ensued for the next
four years was dominated by inter-party political bickering. In January
2013, after spending at least $50 million, COPAC produced the final draft of
the constitution, leading to a constitutional referendum held on 16 March

Despite the fact that the draft constitution represents a compromise between
the major political parties, more than 95% of voters approved it. Over the
first two weeks of May 2013, the House of Assembly and the Senate
unanimously approved the draft constitution with minor amendments. The
Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Bill was signed into law by the
President on 22 May 2013.

However, if the new constitution represents a small step forward for
Zimbabwe, the voter registration process for the constitutional referendum
was fraught with problems. As the draft constitution was approved, civil
society activists played running battles with police due to allegations that
they had engaged in illegal voter education. Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission (ZEC) struggled to implement their mobile voter
registration campaign due to poor publicity, lack of voter education, meagre
financial resources and logistics and personnel problems. Hundreds of
potential voters were turned away for not possessing relevant documents, in
particular proof of residence which is required to register as a voter. In
addition, aliens were denied registration even though they possessed
Zimbabwean identity documents. Meanwhile, human rights activists and other
political parties such as MDC-T complained that the Registrar General
neglected areas known to be non-ZANU-PF strongholds in an effort to
systematically disenfranchise its potential supporters from registering as

Before the election, as ZANU-PF launched and implemented its door-to-door
voter mobilisation campaign, the Officer Commanding Harare Sub-Urban Region
also banned all other political parties from conducting door-to-door voter
mobilisation campaigns arguing this measure was necessary to curb political
violence. Weeks before this pronouncement, MDC-T officials and Election
Resource Centre voter education volunteers had been arrested for
impersonating government officials and providing voter education without the
approval of ZEC.

The new Constitution provides for a further 30-day voter registration
exercise, which according to the cabinet will be undertaken before the next
elections are held. Yet, regardless of the legal provisions of the
constitution, the politics surrounding the constitutional approval process
are not encouraging. For example, the ban of door-to-door voter mobilisation
was not based on any legislation but was a police decree. In the past,
ZANU-PF has used police decrees to apply the law selectively and persecute
non-ZANU-PF supporters. In addition, the leadership of state security
institutions have already declared their support to ZANU-PF contrary to the
non-partisan constitutional mandate. Constitutionalism therefore remains a
critical challenge to Zimbabwe.

Obert Hodzi is a governance and post-conflict development specialist working
at an international non-governmental organisation in Zimbabwe.

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AU at 50: Has the Pan-African Dream Become a Nightmare?

By Daniel Molokele

“Africa is one continent, one people, and one nation. The notion that in
order to have a nation it is necessary for there to be a common language, a
common territory and common culture has failed to stand the test of time or
the scrutiny of scientific definition of objective reality… The community of
economic life is the major feature within a nation, and it is the economy
which holds together the people living in a territory. It is on this basis
that the new Africans recognise themselves as potentially one nation, whose
dominion is the entire African continent. “(Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s
founding President)

In January 1963 President Nkrumah wrote a letter to all the presidents of
all independent states, proposing the Union of African States. (In May of
that year the African leadership created the Organization of African Unity

He postulated that the economic and social well-being of Africa depended
upon our ability to create a Pan-African Political union. President Nkrumah
proposed the following fundamental points:

Common foreign policy and diplomacy… we need a process of political
socialization that would “enable us to speak with one voice” in the fora of
the world

Common continental planning for economic and industrial development….”building
up a common market of a united Africa” that would bring about the material
conditions we need to improve our collective quality of life in the global

Common currency a monetary zone and a central bank of issue…that we “need to
orientate the economy of Africa and place it beyond the reach of foreign
control” to be able to implement our social economy

Common defence system…”one over-all (land, sea and air) Defence Command for
Africa” is needed to defend the social economy we create.

I normally regard myself as an eternal optimist. Indeed I have always found
it easy to see almost everything I have come across in the most positive of
all lights. Be that as it may, no matter how so much I try, I just cannot
bring myself to freely invest in any form of optimism with regards to the
future of my beloved motherland Africa.

Make no mistake about my global perspective of things. I am as African as
they come. I do love Africa with all my heart. I am a fully blown
pan-African bone and marrow!

However, I cannot pretend that all is well in my beautiful continent. All is
not well at all. Africa remains by large in a state of perpetual chaos.
Everywhere one might go, be it north or south; east or west, anarchy and
impunity remain as the general order of the day.

For so long viewed by the rest of the world as the ‘dark continent, it seems
Africa is still struggling to shake off its identification with a myriad of
negative words such as war, epidemic, pandemic, disease, risk, hunger,
famine, poverty, slums, unemployment, rape, torture, violence, coup,
dictatorship, oppression, corruption, tribalism, nepotism, crisis, among

It is such a sad story to say the least!

All around there is an air of despair, alarm and despondency. It is evident
that the majority of the people in Africa have lost hope and feel so
betrayed by the unfulfilled promises of a better life for all. Faith in
politicians or politics for that matter is at an all-time low. Trust in most
public service institutions has reached its lowest ebb.

Yet this was not meant to be! This was not how the leaders of the liberation
movements against the continent’s European colonial hegemony dreamt about
life in a futuristic post-colonial Africa.

Indeed, the advocates for an end to the colonial era envisaged a new free,
peaceful and prosperous Africa that was meant to take its rightful seat on
the front row of the global stage. They dreamt of an Africa that would have
worldwide honour and respect; a new brave continent that would be worthy of
all global acclaim and admiration.

And so it happens that as the African Union (AU) or as it was originally
known, the Organisation for African Unity (OAU) celebrates its 50 years of
institutional existence; I cannot but help myself to shade some tears of
sorrow for my motherland. I cannot but find myself crying for my beautiful

A cursory glance across the continent immediately justifies a call to
mourning instead to that of celebration. Instead of beating the drums of
jubilation, Africa needs to slow everything down and lapse into a period of
self-reflection. Africa needs to take a serious and honest look as to have
far it has travelled since 25th May 1963.

Indeed Africa should use the commemoration of the 50th anniversary as a time
to reflect on its very many lost opportunities and invest in strategies that
will assist in the continent to finally develop its full potential as an
enviable global leader.

It is time there be serious attempts to reawaken the original idealism that
was associated by the leadership generation of 1963. It is time for the
emerging young leaders of the continent to challenge the current political
elite and also to start laying their claim for a return to the original
vision of the continent’s original leadership.

What Africa desperately needs right now is the rise of a new breed of
leaders who are home-grown but having a visionary aspiration that is of
world class in nature!

The time has come for a complete paradigm shift in the way Africa is
governed both from a political and socio-economic point of view. The change
process must start now than later.

Otherwise if there is no change in the status quo, the situation will
continue to worsen every year. The situation could be such that by the time
that 25th May 2063 dawns, there might not even an AU to reach the century

Daniel Molokele is a human rights lawyer who is based at Johannesburg in
South Africa. Please do feel free to further engage him using Twitter
@molokele or on Facebook at ‘daniel.molokele’ or to visit his personal
website at

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