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Negotiators say security sector ‘sensitive’

Sunday, 08 May 2011 12:02


NEGOTIATORS to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) last week agreed to ask
South African President Jacob Zuma to engage principals in the unity
government over the stalled security sector reforms.
The negotiators met between Thursday and Friday in Cape Town South Africa to
discuss the new election roadmap and concerns over the conduct of the
police, army and the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) topped the

MDC formations argue that partisan security forces are a major threat to any
credible election.

The MDC, MDC-T and Zanu PF negotiators agreed to strengthen the Joint
Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) so that it can effectively
deal with cases of politically motivated violence.

Talks around the roadmap will continue in Harare this week ahead of the
extraordinary Southern African Development Community (Sadc) summit in
Namibia on May 20.

But the negotiators agreed to leave the matter of the security forces to
Zuma, President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman
Ncube because “it is a sensitive issue.”

One of the MDC-T negotiators, Energy and Power Development Minister Elton
Mangoma said Zuma was expected in the country anytime soon.

“President Zuma should be able to talk to the principals on the security
sector,” Mangoma told the Voice of America after the negotiations.

“We agreed that given the sensitivity surrounding the issue it must be left
to the principals.”

The MDCs want the army, the police and intelligence to operate within the
limits of the constitution and stop dabbling in politics.

Service chiefs have in the past declared that they will not salute
Tsvangirai if he beats Mugabe in presidential elections.

They were accused of spearheading the 2008 violence when it looked certain
that Tsvangirai would beat Mugabe in the June 27 run-off poll.

Mugabe went on to run unchallenged after Tsvangirai pulled out citing the
deadly violence against his supporters.

The 87-year-old ruler’s poll victory was rejected even by usually uncritical
African leaders.

Mangoma said the negotiations in Harare would focus on time lines for the
referendum on the constitution and the next elections.

Zanu PF has already lost its battle for the elections to be held this year
and indications are now that the poll would be held either next year or in

The negotiators also agreed that they would meet commissioners of the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to discuss staffing concerns raised by
the MDCs.

The MDCsargue that ZEC, which is supposed to be independent, is dominated by
former members of the security forces who are known to be loyal to Zanu PF.

ZEC was previously headed by former soldier and now High Court Judge
Preisdent George Chiweshe who was a central figure in the controversy
surrounding the delayed March 2008 presidential election results.

Critics believe the results were delayed to facilitate rigging in favour of

Zanu PF has been accused of stalling the implementation of the GPA signed in
2009 but the tough stance taken by the Sadc organ on politics, defence and
security at its summit in Livingstone, Zambia last month appears to have
jolted the party into action.

Finance minister Tendai Biti is the other MDC-T negotiator while Moses
Mzila-Ndlovu and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga represent the MDC led by
Industry and Commerce Minister Welshman Ncube.

Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa  and Nicholas Goche represent Zanu PF.
Zuma’s facilitation team is made up of his international advisor Lindiwe
Zulu and former ministers Charles Nqakula and Mac Maharaj.

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Police probe ‘smuggled’ Tsvangirai luxury cars

Sunday, 08 May 2011 11:55


POLICE are investigating allegations that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s
two official luxury vehicles that were impounded in February were smuggled
into the country from South Africa, it has been confirmed.
The two Prados were impounded by the police in Beitbridge and Tsvangirai’s
drivers were initially charged for allegedly installing sirens and beacons
on the cars.

But in a dramatic turn of events Beitbridge police last week arrested Norest
Murara who was sent to buy the cars by Tsvangirai.

He was questioned about the smuggling allegations. Murara was not among the
drivers arrested in February.

Chief Superitendent Hosiah Mukombero, the officer commanding Beitbridge
district confirmed the arrest on Friday but said Murara had since been
released on bail.

“Yes I can confirm we picked up Norest Marara in Harare and he was brought
here to answer questions on how he cleared the two Prados at the border,”
Marara said.

“We wanted to find out how he processed the import of the cars into the
country as he did not follow the required procedure when he brought the cars
into the country.”

Tsvangirai’s two drivers Clifford Sanyika and Joshua Mhuriyengwe were
arrested on their way back from South Africa.

Police said the beacon lights and sirens were for police or military escort

The case is pending. This is the second time Tsvangirai is being
investigated over the importation of cars from South Africa.

In the run up to the controversial June 27 2008 presidential run-off
election, the MDC-T leader’s armoured BMW X5 vehicle was impounded by the
police in Lupane on accusations he violated customs regulations.

The vehicle donated to Tsvangirai by a South African businessman is
gathering dust at the rural police post.

The businessman, identified as Adrian Espag had brought the vehicle – a
bullet-proof BMW X5 registered in South Africa – into Zimbabwe before
handing it over to Tsvangirai.

Police confiscated the vehicle from Tsvangirai claiming that in the absence
of Espag it was illegal for the MDC-T leader to use it.

Efforts to get a comment from Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka on
the latest developments were fruitless as he was said to be in South Africa.

But at the time of the two drivers’ arrest Tamborinyoka said the case was
only meant to embarrass Tsvangirai.

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City planner in trouble over Chombo stands

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:55


Harare City councilors and a pressure group have made complaint to police
against Psychology Chiwanga, the director of urban planning services
alleging his actions in the transfer of city land prejudiced the local
authority of nearly US$1 million.

The Elected Councillors Association of Zimbabwe (Ecaz) and the Combined
Harare Residents Association (Chra) last week told police Chiwanga should be
charged for fraud.

In letter dated May 3, to Officer Commanding CID Serious Frauds, the
councillors said they had evidence that Chiwanga committed fraud when “he
deliberately forwarded false double land transfer information” to a local
law firm that resulted in council land being transferred to a Mr Alois
Chimeri without anything paid to the local authority.

The controversial piece of land, Lot K of Ntaba of Glen Lorne, was then
transferred to Harvest Nest Enterprises, a company linked to the Minister of
Local Government, Urban and Rural Development Ignatius Chombo

Council records show that Chombo has acted on behalf of the Harvest Nest.

The land was later transferred to Chimeri without following requirements of
Section 152 (2) of the Urban Councils Act Chapter 29:15, says the letter.

“Mr Chiwanga’s actions effectively prejudiced the City of Harare
approximately US$900 000 using the prevailing market rates of prime land in
Glen Lorne,” says the letter signed by Ecaz president Warship Dumba and Chra
chairperson Simbarashe Moyo.

The two residents’ representative bodies allege Chiwanga used the annual
rent price from the lease agreement entered between Harare City Council and
Chombo to represent the purchase price of the piece of land.

“The date of the commencement of the lease agreement was also used in the
papers to the lawyers as the date of purchase of this piece of land,” says
the letter.

Dumba last week confirmed reporting the matter to police.

“Yes, we did and they gave us IR050251 (case number) and we will soon be
making some follow-ups.”

Chiwanga on Saturday reacted angrily when contacted for comment.

“I don’t know what you are talking about. Talk to the CID or our public
relations department. You just want to trouble us,” said Chiwanga before
ending the conversation.

Efforts to get a comment from CID national spokesperson Augustine Zimbili
were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable while Chombo was not
answering his phone.

Meanwhile, Chombo intends to surrender another controversial prime land in
Helensvale, Harare, which he is accused by Harare City Council of allegedly
illegally acquiring through his company, Harvest Nest Enterprises.

The committee, headed by Dumba ruled that Chombo had used his influence to
acquire the land without following proper procedures.

Chombo denied the accusations.

A letter written by the secretary for local government dated March 16, to
Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi, says the land is being surrendered because it
falls within the Presidential security zone.

“Stand 61 Portion of Helensvale measuring 193 716 square metres in extent,
falls within the security of the Presidential residence as prescribed in the
security zone radius,” says the letter.

It adds, “Pursuant to the above, the state through the Ministry of Local
Government, Rural and Urban Development is therefore requesting the city of
Harare to facilitate the transfer of the above mentioned piece of land from
Harvest Nest Enterprise (Pvt) Ltd to the state as a matter of urgency.”

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Gukurahundi arrest riles cabinet

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:52


THE unity government principals will soon meet with senior police officers
in an effort to stem what the two factions of the MDC claim are partisan
Recently, National Healing Minister, Moses Mzila-Ndlovu was arrested for
allegedly addressing unsanctioned meetings, while Elton Mangoma was
incarcerated on allegations of fraud.

The MDCs claim the arrests are one sided with Zanu PF ministers being left
untouched. Others claim the arrests are deliberately meant to whittle down
the MDCs’ numbers ahead of crucial votes in parliament.

An insider revealed that Eric Matinenga raised the issue at the last cabinet
meeting about a fortnight ago, saying the government ought to do something.

“The main issue was that police were now being viewed as a law unto
themselves,” the source revealed.

Ministers from the two MDCs warned that the actions of the police could be
undermining the inclusive government, with one minister describing the law
enforcement agents’ actions as provocative.

During the discussions, MDC leader Welshman Ncube narrated the events that
led to the arrest of Mzila-Ndlovu, while Mangoma’s arrest was also

The source said President Robert Mugabe had gone out during the discussions,
and when he returned he advised that a meeting between the police and GPA
leaders was in the offing.

“He said the meeting with the police should have taken place earlier and
there was no reason why it was being delayed,” the source said.

Mugabe is reported to have said the meetings with the police were also meant
to give context to the arrest of the ministers and other politicians.

Zanu PF ministers, the source said, were quiet during the meeting, but a
heated debate ensued, when Tourism Minister, Walter Mzembi claimed that
Mzila-Ndlovu had crossed a “red line”.

However, the source said, Mzembi did not elaborate on what he meant, as
ministers from the MDCs debated fiercely.

“It was an emotional meeting, that’s what I can say,” the source said.

Webster Shamu, the Minister of Information was not available for comment.
Initially he set an appointment at his Munhumutapa offices, but did not
honour it.

Later he claimed he was at a function and could not take calls. Efforts to
contact him later were futile as his phone went unanswered.

Since the formation of the inclusive government, two years ago, a number of
politicians from the MDCs have been arrested but none from Zanu PF.

MDC-T has retaliated by calling for the arrest of Ignatious Chombo, the
Local Government Minister, but so far these calls have not been heeded.

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ZITF bounces back

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:51


BULWAYO – The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) ended yesterday with
Industry and Commerce Minister Welshman Ncube describing it as a resounding

Over 96% of the exhibition space was taken up in an indication of a major
improvement from the past decade of subdued activity.

Ncube said this year’s trade showcase was a return to the business approach
of hosting such events as flea market stand owners who had become part of
the regular exhibitors at ZITF were not invited this time.

Daniel Chigaru, the ZITF general manager said they had banned the selling of
products during the exhibition to ensure that the event meets international

“It is certainly bigger than last year in terms of the space covered,” Ncube

“The space taken this year is around 96 and 97% of the space available.

“It is 3 000 square metres bigger than the space taken up last year.”

Organisers said this year’s event was anchored on sectors such as
agriculture, tourism, mining and manufacturing which are expected to drive
the country’s economic revival.

This year’s showcase was held under the theme “Optimising Business
Synergies, Now and Beyond” and 13 countries participated.

The countries include Turkey, Germany, Botswana, Egypt, Iran, India, Malawi,
Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia, among others.

Khumbulani Maphosa, an analyst with Habakkuk Trust, a non-governmental
organisation also hailed the trade showcase as a success in terms of
business but noted that it shut out ordinary people because of high entrance

The charges were set at US$3 and US$5 for children and adults respectively,
a figure Maphosa said was unaffordable in light of the fact that school fees
is required this week when schools open.

A survey of the stands by The Standard showed a marked improvement compared
to previous years.

One such improvement was the cattle exhibition that a CC Sales auctioneer,
Richard Wakefield described as a success in years.

The cattle exhibition - which was almost scrapped because of an outbreak of
the Foot and Mouth Disease - had suffered a knock at the turn of the
millennium after the eviction of mostly white farmers under the land

Wakefield said the cattle exhibition recorded 160 entries compared to less
than 100 entries of last year.

“This year’s exhibition has been good and it’s the best that we have had in
years,” Wakefield said, adding that the breed of cattle on show was mainly
Beefmaster and Brahman cross.

President Robert Mugabe also toured the stands on Friday after the official
opening and revealed that he loves Indonesian goods.

For the first time a non head of state, Africa Import and Export bank
president Jean Louis Ekra officially opened the showcase.

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Chinese contractor ‘ill-treating workers’

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:49


WORKERS at a local construction company in Harare are up in arms against
their Chinese employer whom they accuse of ill-treating them.
Shanxi Corporation workers are accusing their employer of charging them
exorbitant rentals for sub-standard company accommodation.

“There are between 40 and 50 resident workers at the company’s headquarters
in Whitecliffe,” one worker said. “A married employee is given one room for
use with his family while two or three singles share one room.

The worker added, “Our employer deducts US$15 from each employee as rent for
the houses which are made of wooden blocks and are in very bad condition as
they do not have enough space for occupants and some are cracked while
others are shaking.”

The workers said when their employer started deducting the rentals a month
ago; he claimed it was for repair work on the sewer system which had been
blocked for a long time.

They said they had been without running water since February this year while
the toilets remained blocked despite the fact that the company was deducting
money from the workers’ salaries to rectify the problem.

“This is not the first time that our money has been deducted but not used
for our benefit,” said another worker. “All along, the employer has been
deducting pension and some National Social Security Authority (NSSA) money
from our earnings but when we inquired with the relevant authorities, we
were told that there was no record of the company or its workers.”

The workers also complained of poor pay. Professionals like mechanics
andplumbers were getting a general hand wage of US94 cents per hour, paid in
fractions, they claimed.

They said those assigned duties out of Harare were not given any allowances
despite working outside normal hours.

“We also do not have protectiveclothing,” another employee said. “You can
find someone moulding bricks in their own slippers or shoes.”

The workers have requested protective clothing such as overalls, helmets,
gloves and safety shoes, among other things, but to no avail.

At one time, the workers weresaid to have been supplied with stale
mealie-meal after labour organisations recommended a US$1 per day lunch

Another recommendation that each worker be given 1kg soap per month was
being implemented piecemeal, with each worker getting a small piece of bar
soap, they claimed.

“Our government should protect us against such abuse because if we complain,
we are threatened with being fired or simply told to leave,” another
employee said.

“Are there no laws to protect vulnerable people in this country?” he wanted
to know.

Elson Madhombiro, a manager at the company, refused to comment referring all
questions to a human resources officer Rumbi Sakabuya.

Sakabuya said she would prefer to discuss the matter in a meeting but was
not in the office when The Standard visited the company offices.

The National Union of Quarry Workers of Zimbabwe early this year accused
Chinese employers at Ngezi Mine in Zvishavane of allegedly ill-treating and
underpaying their workers.

Union leader Onias Munenga said: “Chinese miners are not abiding by the
country’s labour laws.

Last year, government said it was probing Chinese companies for ill-treating
workers and violating health and safety regulations.”

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Chipinge town council, residents clash over bills

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:49


CHIPINGE — The town council and residents from the oldest suburb of Gaza are
embroiled in a row over non-payment of water bills despite improvements on
water delivery and sewer reticulation.
Residents from the sprawling high-density suburb last week said they were
happy to have access to clean water after many years but were not ready to
settle bills amounting to US$200 per household.

Some residents said their taps had been dry since 2003 and only started
getting water again sometime last year after some non-governmental
organisations intervened.

Action Contre Lafaim (Action Faim), an NGO last year embarked on a US$700
000 water and sewer rehabilitation project to ease the suburb’s problems,
which exposed over 18 000 residents to cholera and other water related

“There was a time when sewage flowed  freely in the streets of Gaza as
council struggled with burst sewer pipes,” a resident, Abigail Kasuso said.

“This was happening when all the water we had to use to make the sugar and
salt solution for emergency diarrhoea cases was from unprotected springs.

Back then, council sent us bills for a service not rendered.

“Today, donors have come to our rescue and council still demands large
amounts of money saying we are in debt.”

But John Muranda, the council’s water superintendent said the debts were
accrued when services were being rendered.  “The reason why service
deteriorated during those years is that council did not have money, partly
because people were not paying their bills.”

Muranda said: “The donors have done us a big favour and to show our
gratitude, we have to maintain this new system they have rehabilitated.

“But we can only do that as council if the people help us by settling their
bills otherwise we may find ourselves in the same situation of water and
sewer problems.”

Action Faim deputy program manager Jackson Mungoni urged council and the
residents to find a solution to the outstanding bills.

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Airport levy put on hold

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:48


THE Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) has postponed the
introduction the proposed new levy for domestic and international travelers
at the country’s airports citing logistical and administrative challenges.

CAAZ introduced the Aviation Infrastructure Development Fund (AIDEF) last
month to raise money from travellers for infrastructure development and
equipment modernisation.

Under the proposed levy, which was supposed to be introduced on May 1
Zimbabwe’s domestic and international air travellers would pay an extra
US$10 and US$30 in levies respectively.

Diplomats, direct transit passengers and children under two were exempted
from the tax.

The money raised would have been used to upgrade the country’s airports.

Treasury has inadequate funds to channel towards the upgrading of airports
and the introduction of the levy was meant to plug that gap.

In a notice yesterday, Caaz said that “due to unforeseen logistical and
administrative challenges, the implementation of the Aidef levy has been

“Passengers who have been charged the levy in May 2011 should approach the
relevant airline, travel agent or airport authority for a refund,” Caaz CEO
David Chawota said.

“Airlines and travel agents who have collected Aidef levies should not remit
the funds to Caaz but refund the passengers.”

He said the authority would inform stakeholders of the implementation date
in due course.

The introduction of the AIDEF levy had been condemned by operators in the
tourism industry who said it was an extra burden on passengers and that Caaz
had not consulted stakeholders.

Victoria Falls based tourism operator, Shearwater expressed concern over the
sudden turn of events saying Caaz should come clean on its intentions.

“We need administrations that are predictable and facilitate the growth of
the tourism industry,” said Shearwater public relations manager, Clement

“If the fee is to be introduced, it will certainly make Zimbabwe an
expensive tourism destination.

“We need them to advise us as to when exactly they will introduce the fee so
that we can plan and adjust our prices accordingly,” he said, adding that
the tourism sector in Victoria Falls may suffer a huge blow if the move were
to pass.

The country’s tourism industry is on a revival attributed to stability on
the political front since the formation of an inclusive government in 2009.

A number of countries lifted the travel warnings that they had placed on
Zimbabwe as political and economic stability was restored.

The tourism sector is expected to make a substantial contribution towards
the 9, 3% economic growth rate expected this year.

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'Traffic police milking transport operators'

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:45


ROGUE police officers are taking as much as US$300 each from road users
every day as corruption in the force continues unabated, an investigation by
The Standard has revealed.
Posing as part of a commuter omnibus crew, this reporter saw firsthand
police officers openly demanding bribes on the Harare-Mt Darwin and the
city-Epworth routes over the Easter holidays.

The public transporters now refer to the roadblocks as “toll gates” because
they have to part with money each time they pass through.

For the Mt Darwin trip, the first stop was just outside Marlborough near the
new Zimbabwe Military School being built by the Chinese.

As soon as the crew saw the roadblock, the conductor immediately fetched
US$2 and remarked that it was enough for that day since he had given the
police officers US$10 the previous day.

This journalist was advised to remain in the car while the conductor went to
pay the bribe as the crew feared she would unsettle the officers who might
charge even more for the inconvenience.

Within minutes, a number of public transport vehicles had arrived at the
roadblock and money continued to exchange hands.

A striking phenomenon was that the police officer who had the ticket book
pretended to be issuing out tickets but the conductor returned empty-handed.

It was later explained that the officers pretended to be issuing out tickets
to avoid raising suspicions among travellers.

The second roadblock was about 2 km from Blue Ridge Spar where the same
scenario as in Marlborough played out. But this time the officers demanded
US$4 for the crew to pass the “toll gate”.

The crew had parted with US$12 by the time the bus reached Bindura after
passing through two other “tollgates.”

Luckily for them there were no roadblocks between Bindura and Mt Darwin.

On the return trip at the Bindura-Mvurwi turn off, the conductor asked this
journalist to pretend to be stretching her legs as he went to pay the bribe.
The process appeared routine for the officers and the crew.

The next day the reporter spent the day on the city-Epworth route where the
crew was forced to pay US$3 at a roadblock near Chan’s Shopping Centre for
the day.

According to the two crews the journalist worked with, the bribes have now
become normal practice.

Conservative estimate of 100 public transport vehicles that pass through the
Epworth roadblock each day, the police officers can get up to US$1 000 a

The crew said in highways the police get much more than that.

“If you don’t give them the bribe or choose to be stubborn they can give you
a US$20 ticket.

“It is better to pay them either US$6 or US$9 a day to avoid any hassles,”
one conductor said.

One transport operator said the business had become unviable because bribes
had become a major cost.

Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Andrew Phiri admitted that there
was corruption in the force but accused transport operators of abetting the

“We are not denying that there is corruption not only on the roads but
everywhere,” he said.

“Some police officers have been discharged from the force. However it’s just
a handful accepting bribes and we are saying no to that.”

Transport operators have urged Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri
to stop the rot.

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Fresh violence exposes Jomic impotence

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:44


THE relevance of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic)
and the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration came under
scrutiny last week as cases of politically motivated violence escalated.
There was no record of arrests of the alleged perpetrators who continue to
roam around freely even in cases where they have been identified by victims.

The two institutions are a creation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA),
signed by the three political parties in the unity government, to ensure
issues that were agreed under the pact are implemented as well as to promote
peace and tolerance in a country ravaged by years of political violence.

Political violence contravenes the GPA which states that “there should be
free political activity throughout Zimbabwe within the ambit of the law in
which all political parties are able to propagate their views and canvas for
support, free of harassment and intimidation.”

MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said the two institutions needed “teeth”
if they were to successfully carry out their mandates.
Apart from being heavily underfunded, said Mwonzora, they also lacked the
mandate to enforce their decisions.

“It is necessary and important to make them functional,” Mwonzora said. “So
far, Jomic has not succeeded in curbing politically motivated violence.”

Mwonzora’s comments come in the wake of reports that at least 20 families in
Chimanimani fled their homes last week after they were attacked by suspected
Zanu PF youth militia.

MDC-T’s Manicaland provincial spokesperson Pishai Muchauraya said some
victims fled into Mozambique while others were being sheltered in Mutare and
Chimanimani towns.

“At least 20 families have been displaced,” Muchauraya said. “Some are
housed at our offices while others are being assisted by churches which we
shall not mention for security reasons.”

Political violence has also been reported in almost all provinces including
Harare, Masvingo, Bulawayo and Mashonaland provinces.

MDC-T supporters said they no longer reported such cases to police because
they refuse to attend to their complaints claiming the matters are

Zanu PF also blamed the MDC-T for spearheading political violence. On Friday
police released a report claiming MDC-T was responsible for most of the

Several MDC-T activists are currently facing charges of violence against
Zanu PF supporters although the labour-based party claims they are actually
the victims.

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Nyanga youths assisting the aged and needy

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:42


NYANGA – Gogo Rosina Tsara has seen almost all her children die and is
caring for seven orphaned grandchildren, most of them still at school.

Getting food and school fees for them are among her major challenges.

But instead of retiring to an old people’s home, the aged woman, who says
she does not know her age but claims to be old enough to have seen the
Second World War, slowly walks around her yard singing a church hymn “Mwari
Mubatsiri Wedu”, which means God is our helper.

“God continues to do great things for me,” she says with a broad smile
exposing her toothless gums.

“There was an agricultural show here recently and I emerged as number one,
beating everyone in the whole of Nyanga.

“I could not have done it without the help of these young ones.”

As she speaks, three youths in green t-shirts walk into her yard.

“These are the helpers which God sent me,” she says.

“They are not like other children who waste their lives away doing all sorts
of bad things.”

The three youths are members of the Nyanga Urban Young People We Care (YPWC)
group, mainly comprising of school children who volunteer to help needy
members of the society during holidays.

After exchanging greetings and a few jokes with the old woman, Basil Hondo
(20) quickly goes out to fetch firewood, Admire Ndoro (20) takes a 20-litre
bucket to fetch water while Walter Sibanda (16) remains behind doing
household chores.

Gogo Tsara, who says she is unhappy with her incomplete houses and wishes
for better shelter temporarily forgets her worries as she chats away with
the boys.

Roars of laughter punctuate the atmosphere so much that the boys’ one hour
visit is extended by another one and half hours.

An almost similar scene unfolds in Village 24 Dombo Resettlement Area in
Nyanga South’s Ward 23.

Gogo Sylvia Nyawera (80) says had it not been for members of the YPWC clubs;
she would have starved to death because she could not till her fields on her
own. She has sight and hearing problems.

“I never cease to thank God for sending these young people to assist me with
my work which has become difficult to do,” she said. “I cannot even see you,
what more a small plant.”

Most of the YPWC members in the rural area are school-leavers who dropped
out of school for various reasons including lack of fees.

They assist the aged, ill and orphans with various household chores and also
run errands for them on a voluntary basis.

The chores they do include assisting in farming, fetching water and
firewood, cooking, sweeping and washing dishes.

They sometimes visit the needy just to keep them company and also comfort
the vulnerable.

In cases involving HIV and AIDS patients, the youths complement care givers’

The volunteers selflessly serve their society despite challenges of their

Some of them are variously affected by HIV and Aids, with many having lost
parents to the pandemic.

“I was ill for a whole year when I was supposed to be doing Form III so when
I recovered,

“ I decided to drop out of school so as not to burden my grandmother with
school fees requirements as she is already struggling to raise the US$16 I
need monthly for my health care,” 19-year-old Hilda Matanhire said.

“I spend US$6 to travel to and from the nearest hospital and US$10 for my
card to be stamped at the hospital for me to be attended to.

“After staying at home for some months, I later decided to positively
while-up time by interacting with other youths.

“I am happy I did because together with my colleagues, we have assisted
needy members of our society in various ways which they appreciate.”

Hilda said through the YPWC club, she has learnt to appreciate that one can
still have a lasting healthy positive life even if they are infected with
the HIV virus.

She is a strong advocate for elimination of stigmatisation of HIV and Aids

Explaining the YPWC concept, Family Aids Care Trust (Fact Nyanga) programme
manager Daniel Mudzinge said the programme, which his organisation is
implementing in partnership with donors, was aimed at empowering the youths
with life skills.

He said it was also meant to ensure that needy and vulnerable people get
help from within their communities.

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Free Zesa bulbs could be deadly

Sunday, 08 May 2011 12:10


ENERGY saving bulbs, which power utility Zesa wants to distribute, could
cause cancer, a study revealed.
Zesa claims that it wants to distribute six million bulbs in the next three
months, but studies have revealed that the bulbs contain mercury, which
could cause breast cancer and migraine headaches among a number of ills.

A study carried out in Germany warns that the energy saving bulbs should not
be left on for extended periods, as they emit poisonous materials when
switched on.

“For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away
as possible from the human environment,” Peter Braun, who carried out the
tests revealed to The Telegraph.

The bulbs reportedly emit a number of carbolic acids, which the researcher
claims could directly lead to cancer.

Another researcher claims that electric smog develops around the bulbs and
this could be detrimental to health and the environment in the long run.

The researcher said she only used the bulbs economically, saying she always
left her windows open when the energy saving bulbs were on.

The latest report follows claims by Abraham Haim, a professor of biology at
Haifa University in Israel, that the bulbs could result in higher breast
cancer rates if used late at night.

He said that the bluer light that bulbs emitted closely mimicked daylight,
disrupting the body’s production of the hormone melatonin more than
older-style filament bulbs, which cast a yellower light.

The Migraine Action Association has warned that they could trigger migraines
and skin care specialists have claimed that their intense light could
exacerbate a range of existing skin problems, The Telegraph said.

Zimbabwe faces biting power shortages and Zesa claims it will be able to
save power by introducing these energy savers.

Zesa spokesman, Fullard Gwasira conceded that the bulbs carry mercury, which
is detrimental to health, but said the contents were too small to cause a
health scare.

“For there to be a health problem you need at least 50 bulbs and they are
only a problem when they are broken,” he said.

Gwasira said the power utility will engage local authorities on disposal of
the bulbs, so they would not cause environmental harm when disposed off.

He accepted international research into the issue, but said Zesa had also
done its own research and were following in the footsteps of Namibia, Angola
and Europe in rolling out the energy savers.

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Foreign firms dodge indigenisation: AAG

Sunday, 08 May 2011 13:54


BULAWAYO — One of Zimbabwe’s black empowerment lobby groups has accused
foreign-owned companies of sabotaging the controversial indigenisation
policy by deliberately closing shop and stripping assets to avoid being
taken over.
Affirmative Action Group (AAG) regional treasurer, Elias Mashava, on
Wednesday said the indigenisation drive faced a set back if no action was
taken against the companies.
“We have a situation here where some companies are deliberately closing
down, stripping assets and selling machinery so that they are not included
when the indigenisation drive is in full swing.
“The government should take action against such companies which are
sabotaging the black empowerment policy,” Mashava told business leaders
attending a business conference at the just ended Zimbabwe International
Trade Fair.
Prince Mupazviriho, the Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment
permanent secretary said the ministry had received information on companies
that were closing shop to evade the empowerment laws. Mupazviriho and
Mashava could, however, not name the “culprits”.
The one-day conference on Wednesday was held alongside the country’s annual
premier trade showcase.
The conference, opened by Vice-President Joice Mujuru, was held under the
theme “Optimising Growth Synergies in an Emerging Investment Destination:
Turning Opportunities Into Value.”
Deputy Prime Minister, Thokozani Khupe, among other government ministers,
attended the conference.
President Mugabe has vowed to forge ahead with plans to hand-over 51% of
shareholding of white- owned companies to blacks in a drive he says will
enable locals to own the country’s resources.
Mugabe, at the launch of the anti-sanctions campaign, urged party supporters
to seize foreign-owned companies as a way of pushing the West to remove
sanctions slapped on him and his close allies.
The veteran ruler argues that seizures of white-owned farms and now the
indigenisation programme serve as concrete and living examples of
empowerment programmes designed chiefly to redress the historic imbalances
in ownership of the economy.
The MDC-T and critics have expressed concern that the black empowerment
programmes will chase away the much needed investment and fear that, like
the land reform programme, only Mugabe’s loyalists would benefit.

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Business leaders call for lifting of sanctions

Sunday, 08 May 2011 13:50


BULAWAYO — The country’s business leaders have called on the United States
and the European Union to remove economic sanctions slapped on Zimbabwe
saying the embargoes are retarding economic growth.
They cited the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zdera) slapped
on the country by the United States in 2001 as the main reason for the
nation’s slow economic recovery process because of failure to access credit
Zdera empowers the United States officials on various international finance
organisations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to
vote against any financial assistance to Zimbabwe.
“Zdera should be removed because it is to blame for the failure of the
country to speed up the economic recovery process because of failure to
access credit lines for industry,” Joseph Kanyekanye, the Confederation of
Zimbabwe Industries president told a business conference on Wednesday.
The conference was running alongside the country’s annual premier trade
showcase — the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).
Kanyekanye added: “Zdera should be dealt with and removed so as to unlock
real economic growth.
“As long as there is Zdera, it will be difficult for the country to achieve
quick economic growth.”
Deputy Prime Minister, Thokozani Khupe told delegates that the inclusive
government was “working hard to push for the removal of Western embargoes”.
“Zdera is a global political agreement (GPA) issue. It is being dealt with
by the political parties and as I speak, our negotiators are meeting in
South Africa so as to deal with that and other issues. It is being attended
to,” Khupe said.
The business conference was held under the theme Optimising Growth Synergies
in an Emerging Investment Destination: Turning Opportunities into Value.
The West imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe after violent elections in 2000 and
2002 which resulted in scores of MDC supporters being killed, while hundreds
were beaten up, tortured or subjected to other forms of abuse.
However, the US and EU insist that there are no sanctions but targeted
measures imposed on individuals and companies.
The EU renewed its sanctions in February for another year, but removed 35
people from the sanctions’ list, mainly wives of top Zanu PF officials.
President Robert Mugabe claims sanctions have destroyed Zimbabwe’s economy.
Zanu PF has since launched an anti-sanctions campaign, saying it can be used
as a legal basis for Zimbabweans to sue countries that have imposed the
economic embargo.

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Indeginisation sparks company closures

Sunday, 08 May 2011 13:44


BULAWAYO - Zimbabwe’s black empowerment lobby group has accused foreign
owned companies of sabotaging the controversial indigenisation policy by
deliberately closing shop and stripping assets to avoid take-over.

Affirmative Action Group (AAG) regional treasurer, Elias Mashava on
Wednesday said the indigenisation drive faces a setback if no action was
taken against the companies.

“We have a situation here where some companies are deliberately closing,
stripping assets and selling machinery so that they are not included when
the indigenisation drive is in full swing.

“The government should take action against such companies who want to
sabotage the black empowerment policy,” Mashava told business leaders
attending a business conference at the just ended Zimbabwe International
Trade Fair.

Prince Mupazviriho, the Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment
permanent secretary said the ministry had received information on companies
that were closing shop to evade the empowerment laws.

Mupazviriho and Mashava could however not name the “culprits”.

The one day conference on Wednesday was held alongside the country’s annual
premier trade showcase.

The conference, opened by Vice President Joyce Mujuru, was held under the
theme “Optimising Growth Synergies in an Emerging Investment Destination:
Turning Opportunities into Value.’

Deputy Prime Minister, Thokozani Khupe among other government Ministers
attended the conference.

President Mugabe has vowed to forge ahead with plans to handover 51% of
shareholding of white owned companies to blacks to enable locals to own the
country’s resources.

Mugabe at the launch of the anti-sanctions campaign urged party supporters
to seize foreign owned companies as way of pushing the West to remove
sanctions slapped on him and his close allies.

The veteran ruler argues that seizures of white-owned farms and now the
indigenisation programme serve as concrete and living examples of
empowerment programmes designed chiefly to redress the historic imbalances
in ownership of the economy.

The MDC-T and critics have expressed concern that the black empowerment
programmes will chase away much needed investment and fear that like the
land reform programme, Mugabe’s loyalists would benefit.

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A more participatory approach necessary

Sunday, 08 May 2011 13:23


SINCE people are an essential part of the ecosystem, ecological problems and
their possible solutions are issues that need to be shared among all.

It is of great importance that everyone be initiated in every single
environment management policy that the governments of the day implement.

Despite the fact that ecological issues have become a major concern for
nations the world over and is the subject of much debate in many agendas,
most Zimbabweans remain pretty much in darkness as far as issues to do with
the environment are concerned.

Looking at Zimbabwe, any ordinary person would be more than forgiven for
thinking that there is nothing worth noting that is happening as far as
strides towards better environmental management are concerned.

This, I can assure you, is quite far from the truth.

Zimbabwe has for a very long time now been quite involved in environmental
world forums that have continually been seeking to reach consensus on better
and improved ways to achieve sustainable development.

For instance, Zimbabwe has so far ratified treaties such as the Conventions
on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (1973),
The Bamako Convention on the Ban of the Importation into Africa of Hazardous
Waste (1991), Conventions on Biological Diversity and the United Nations
Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought in countries experiencing
desertification and drought, particularly in Africa (1994), among many

While ratifying most of these conventions was a definite step in a positive
direction for a country like Zimbabwe that is embroiled in a myriad of
environmental problems, the country has failed to realise any noteworthy

I believe this is primarily because the government of Zimbabwe has for a
long time now chosen to tackle the environment issues without any clearly
outlined guidelines of how citizens can give their input before the

The responsible individuals in government have always taken it upon
themselves to represent the people at the conventions where it is supposed
that their stance is that which is representative of the whole country,
something that we should indeed start to question and dispute as a nation.

The very truth of the matter is that there is absolute lack of information
flow to the different Zimbabwean publics on the exact state of the
environment in the country, something that makes it rather difficult to make

As a direct result, most ordinary folk seem to have s resigned to the
misconception that issues to do with the environment are the government`s

According to a local textbook entitled The State of Zimbabwe`s Environment
1998: ``To improve decision making on matters affecting ecosystems and
people, there is a need to compile-and make accessible-factual, accurate and
timely information.

“State of the Environment Reporting (SOER) becomes a useful instrument in
advancing knowledge on the condition of ecosystems and people.``

Since it is virtually impossible to separate the environment from all major
facets of a human`s life, issues to do with a country`s ecosystem are of
tantamount importance and need everyone`s involvement.

It is definitely about time that the government involved people in the
formulation of the environmental policies that greatly impact them.
For a start, people need to be supplied with credible information to empower
them as they give their input.

The SOE reports should be made a priority and after compilation, should be
made accessible to even the most ordinary of people.

This is the only way to increase people`s awareness and understanding of the
country`s environmental issues after which it is hoped people would
facilitate in the progress towards real sustainable development.

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Comment: Strengthening Jomic the right approach

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:40

Negotiators of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) continued to make
meaningful progress last week in their quest to find common ground on
outstanding issues that have threatened the existence of the unity

Important to note is that an agreement was reached by the parties on the
need to strengthen the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Commission

The multi-party body, set up to monitor the full implementation of the
provisions of the GPA, was in theory the panacea to problems that would
arise in the life of the inclusive government that brought strange fellows
to one bed.

However, in practice the 12-member body with neither legal basis nor the
muscle to force parties to the GPA to comply with the agreement was nothing
more than a paper tiger.

For example, it could not force President Mugabe to swear-in Roy Bennett as
Deputy Minister of Agriculture. It could not stop marauding Zanu PF youths
from beating up suspected MDC supporters in Mbare. The carnage on the farms
continued under the body’s watch.

In short, Jomic was reduced to a mere spectator as the political
environment, characterised by violence, political arrests and general
insecurity continued to deteriorate.

Its apparent weaknesses were clear for all Zimbabweans to see and happened
at a time when contentious issues threatening the GPA needed to be resolved.

It is against this background that the realisation by negotiators that Jomic
needs to be revamped should be welcomed.

This may be the beginning of meaningful dialogue by the parties that can
correct the ills that continue to incessantly plague the country after the
signing of the GPA.

An empowered Jomic could start to effectively monitor the implementation of
the agreement and to promote an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding
between the parties.

Negotiators however need to do more. They also need to amend restrictive
electoral laws and ensure that the broadcasting space is freed. The security
forces’ involvement in Zimbabwe’s elections should also be made a thing of
the past.

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SundayOpinion: Not voting, the cause of our woes

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:35

By Andrew Masuku

Recently, a friend confided in me that she had never cast her ballot in any
election and does not envisage any value in doing so.

Another one joined in that conversation to state that he would also never
waste time going to the polls, as he believed that Christians should never
participate in politics. I instinctively felt compelled to give a lecture to
convince those two “religious” friends that voting ought not to be viewed as
necessarily participating in political activities.

However, I quickly became conscious of the fact that attempting to convince
such people out of such myopic viewpoint would be a futile endeavour.

Having done some study of religion, I fully recognise that there is no need
to waste time trying to reason with a religious person, as religion and
logic do not seem to necessarily go hand in hand.This is why we hear of
people volunteering to take part in suicide bombings, in the name of

However, I am slightly encouraged in that not all religious people carry
such garbage in their doctrinal beliefs.

My encounter with these two friends served only to help me identify and
fully understand the real source of all the problems bedevilling our

Zanu PF has often been vilified for being undemocratic and President Mugabe
seen as a dictator who does not entertain the surrender of power. While it
may be possible that there could be some truth in that viewpoint, those who
stand to defend Zanu PF need to be forgiven, in light of there being people,
with the calibre of my two “religious” friends in our society.

History has it that President Robert Mugabe never reneged taking us through
the voting processes, throughout the entire period that he has been in
power. An interesting question arises; who then has been voting him and his
party into power, throughout that period?

The answer remains to be that Zanu PF members have been doing so; on behalf
of those people who thought voting should be left to those who were to be
viewed as politicians, though that stand does not mean that such “religious”
people would necessarily subscribe to Zanu PF policies, as supported by
their vociferous followers.

Statistically, it is well-documented that only a small percentage of people
have been known to cast their ballots, on behalf of the entire population.

The majority of such non-voting populace comprise those who view themselves
to be too religious to go to the polls.

It may, however, be true that in the last decade, climaxing in the previous
elections that produced the inclusive government, there was some improvement
in that trend, but still, a big chunk of the potential voters who stayed
away from the ballot boxes, caused the problems that we are experiencing
with the inclusive government, right now, as it appears that none among the
supporters of the two major political parties feels comfortable with the
inclusive government, even though the business community says otherwise.

The interesting thing about business people is that their interests seem to
be anchoredonly on making profit and not necessarily on the welfare of
people in general.

Some people may want to entertain the aspect of rigging to justify reason
for invalidating the need to go to the elections, but that could not stand,
if people understood the significance of taking the voting responsibility
seriously. Still others site violence to justify staying away from the
ballot boxes, yet no-one can effectively prove that a level-headed person
who keeps the voting preference to him or herself can be affected by

We cannot get anywhere, as long as we have people who believe good things
will just come automatically, without them doing anything about that
development. Others are also known to take comfort in blaming the opposition
parties for not doing enough in the political games, yet without showing the
path that needs to be followed for better results, or even offering
themselves to lead the way.

The reason why elections are viewed as terrifying in this country is that
there remains to be a lot of misunderstanding of what elections entail,
confusing them with the political confusion that prevails. Those advocating
the avoidance of polls, in preference of the status quo, are like a doctor
who prescribes panadol tablets to a patient suffering from a headache, who
desperately needs a cure to the cause of the headache.

The panadol tablets would be designed to tranquilise the pain, which would
be the effect, leaving the cause unattended to. Elections should be decisive
in enabling us to effectively move forward as a nation, as long as people
take seriously the need to go in huge numbers to vote.

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Editor's Desk: MDC-T joins scramble for the gravy train

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:34

By Nevanji Madanhire

In Zimbabwe poor people can become not only rich, but stinking rich, when
they enter politics. In other countries one has to be rich first before
seeking public office; often becoming poorer for it.
Public office is a burden which only a few individuals are willing to carry;
most of us would rather live in the comfort of our poverty, just managing to
get by.

At Independence in 1980 rich black people were few and far between; that was
because the colonial system intended it to be so.

The only people we considered rich were probably not rich at all. They were
small traders owning small dealerships in rural outposts or in locations
dotted around urban centres. Some had bus fleets which carried us to and
from our rural homes.

They drove cars and had all the trappings of the rich such as big radiograms
and television sets. They also had several wives each. These were the status
symbols we associated with the rich. In fact they were not rich at all, only
abusing the little loans they got from friendly banks.

So it can safely be said in 1980 all black people — except a handful — were

In the first decade of Independence public office was not rewarding.
Government officials’ dealings were always under public scrutiny. There was
also a leadership code that Zanu PF sought to impose on its leaders.

There were scandals of course as the former leaders of the liberation
struggle sought to live in some comfort after years of penury in exile.
There was the Sampson Paweni scandal and also Willowgate. Many others such
as the War Victims’ Compensation Fund and the VIP Housing Scandal came and

But as the millennium turned, it came with a new bug named PMM (politics
means money).

Public office became a means for self-aggrandisement. The motivation for
joining a political party was the possibility of making not just money but

Ironically the desire for riches had been the same motivation that had
driven some highly-qualified individuals to join the struggle in the 1950s
and 1960s.

The colonial system had ensured that no matter how educated an African could
become he never got the money. People with doctorates in their chosen fields
only became civil servants. Even when they became medical doctors or lawyers
the rewards were poor.

They joined the liberation struggle to correct this but they never really
wished to be obscenely rich.

But why did the PMM bug take root? By the 1990s the then ruling party Zanu
PF was living in a comfort zone. It had achieved a pseudo-one-party-state
system, so it was going to rule forever. Most prominent Zanu PF politicians
of the 1990s — especially the true veterans of the struggle — were and still
are poor. They were prepared    to continue to survive until the end on the
pittances they earned.

The coming of the MDC and its victory in the constitutional referendum of
2000 rocked the boat. Suddenly these politicians realised they had all along
been living in a fool’s paradise. Their cheese could be eaten by someone

This gave rise to a new breed of “evangelical” politicians. This breed did
not understand why the veterans were poor when there were so many
possibilities in government; and time was running out.

I call them “evangelical” for their crusading nature. They coin
great-sounding phrases and turn them into slogans which they shout at the
top of their voices using all means necessary to convert or coerce the
common people to support them. All the time they won’t be meaning what they
are preaching.

They have preached land reform and indigenisation saying we would all
benefit and we all supported them but as it turned out, they were the sole
beneficiaries of these grandiose projects. The people’s support, voluntary
or forced, became the tithes that the “evangelists” reaped.

While the people were shouting their slogans, these politicians were looting
left, right and centre. Soon they splashed their megabucks around and
changed the culture of hard work that had been the backbone of the
Zimbabwean psyche. The new culture they introduced was called kiya-kiya or
runnings which both mean “shortcut to wealth”. Street lingo changed. “How
are the runnings” became the common salute.

But no matter how good the “runnings” were, the real money was in politics.
Ask the MDC!

Just as evangelical churches compete for congregants to reap more tithes,
politicians of both camps were also campaigning for the rich pickings of
public office.

There are rich people in the MDC already. Ten years ago they had nothing to
their names. Most of them were students wearing the same underwear without
change for a week. They have never been formerly employed; they know not the
Zimbabwean culture of hard work and honesty. Some of them have outdone their
Zanu PF counterparts in spite of the fact that the latter had a head start.

For the past decade or so Zanu PF has been known for factionalism and
intra-party violence. The reason for this has been pretty obvious — those
who control government also control the purse strings. The dog-eat-dog
culture in Zanu PF is singularly motivated by this philosophy.

The MDC has joined the bandwagon; why else were they at each other’s throats
before and during their elective congress held in Bulawayo recently?

The party rank and file have seen how former comrades-in-penury have arrived
at the gleam. They want to get there too.

They see Zanu PF’s demise as being just around the corner. They are already
anticipating the time — not very far off — when their party will be
populating the corridors of power and hence pulling the purse strings. No
one wants to be left out. That’s the motivation of the skirmishes we
witnessed recently around the country and in Bulawayo.

As long as our politics are driven by individual pursuit for riches that
come with public office, political violence will remain at the core of our
cultural psyche.

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he will do something about the violence
that stained his party congress.  “We know those people causing violence …
we don’t tolerate violence and party leaders sponsoring it face expulsion
and will be investigated thoroughly,” he said.

But he ought to honestly investigate what drove the MDC-T leadership away
from its founding ideals into the PMM rat race.

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SundayView: Zimbabweans must not despair, the third republic is at hand

Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:33

By Ocean Marambanyika

A nation with a robust economy celebrating the diversity of its people,
languages, cultures, environments, friendliness, natural resources; this is
the real Zimbabwe that can emerge from a truly democratic system.
Let Zimbabweans not despair. The national struggle is nearing the finishing
line — a line of relief when one was almost contemplating capitulation.
Despite the image of current agonies the motherland is facing, it is true
that sooner rather than later the third republic is within sight. It will be
a republic consolidating the gains of the first and second republics. It
will be a republic which will throw horrors of the erstwhile republics in
the dustbins and modernise the fatherland towards greater heights.
All the years in Zimbabwe’s history from 1890, the time of colonisation can
be constituted as the first republic. This era was characterised by peaceful
co-existence of our peoples to acceptable levels suitable to those times.
The second republic came about with the attainment of independence in 1980.
The colonial era was a time of sorrow; a time of continuous struggle for
freedom which finally came in 1980.  Now we await the Third Republic.
The achievements and happiness brought about during the post-independence
era are fast eroding as the nation approaches the era of the next republic.
The outcome of the next presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe
will definitely lead to the birth of the next republic, the third republic.
The post-independence government formed the second republic which is certain
to be transformed into a third republic at the next internationally
supervised and recognised election.
International supervision does not necessarily mean Western or United
Nations supervision. It first and foremost means Sadc and African Union
supervision and recognition. The next presidential election will probably be
the second most defining moment since 1980. In that election it is beyond
doubt that the third republic will witness a government headed by new blood
and a younger generation.
This might sound like day- dreaming to some, but this is fortunately the
reality that awaits. Sooner rather than later, the birth of a third republic
will proclaim itself. The moment a free and fair election is announced will
herald an automatic birth of a rejuvenated third republic born through the
democratic wishes of the people of Zimbabwe.
This republic will be any government other that the current one. This
government will be forced to be democratic and start to care for its people
once more. In this era that is around the corner, Zimbabwe will once again
assume her status as a giant among giants. Zimbabwe will modernise her
economy, her roads, railways, schools, shops, industries, farms and national
parks. Zimbabwe will export again to the European Union, the US, Australia,
Africa, Asia and the rest of the world.
Zimbabwe will have friends again — friends from the West, East, South and
North. Teachers will be back in class. Mothers will stand on the fences and
chat with their neighbours. Young boys and girls will freely play games in
the streets again without any fear. Crime will vanish. Corruption will be
ruthlessly crushed and Zimbabwe will emerge more gigantic than ever before.
The motherland will remain with its people and her natural resources will
once again send folks of all colours and all races rushing to the Hwange
National Park, to Victoria falls, Murambinda, Matusadona, Karoi, Hot
springs, Harare and Bulawayo.  Let the sons and daughters of this land not
lose hope because the struggle is at a truly turning point. People, the long
awaited freedom is about to be born. Let’s stand together and victory will
not elude us. A free and democratic Zimbabwe is now near.

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