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presentation postponed again
By Tichaona Sibanda
The budget presentation for 2012 has been postponed to Thursday to
Principals to the Global Political Agreement to attend the function,
according to Veritas, which monitors parliamentary and legal
This is the second time the presentation has been postponed. Last
Finance Minister Tendai Biti was forced to cancel it because Robert
was outside the country on a State visit to China.
Bill Watch, produced by Veritas, said the reason given for the
was that Mugabe, Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur
prior commitments to attend to on Tuesday.
The national budget for 2012
is expected to be $3.5 billion, up from $2.7
billion this year. The budget
is expected to focus on job creation,
macro-economic growth and stability
and maintaining inflation levels.
With the country preparing for
presidential and parliamentary elections next
year Biti is expected to set
aside $300 million for the referendum on the
Constitution and the poll, all
expected in the second half of 2012.
By Tonderai Kwenda, Deputy News Editor
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has paid $36 000
Locadia Karimatsenga, a woman believed to be carrying his
Our sister paper, the Daily News on Sunday, exclusively revealed
that Tsvangirai had found a soul mate and was only bidding for time
Family emissaries accompanied Tsvangirai to
officialise the union in
traditional African culture to the Karimatsenga
family home in Christon Bank
near Mazowe yesterday
Karimatsenga is a businesswoman related to Zanu PF legislator
An elder relative only identified as
Sekuru Zvaipa, who acted as the
middleman, paid $15 000 as the main bride
price, also known in local Shona
language as rusambo.
including groceries and “damage” for impregnating Locadia out
shot the entire cost to $36 000.
He was reportedly accompanied by his
Officials in his office, including his spokesman, refused to
officially. Spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said he knew nothing
But authoritative sources said Prime Minister
Tsvangirai marries Tsvangirai
arrived at the Karimatsenga home at around
4pm, ostensibly for introductions
after the payment of the bride price. He
left at around 5.30 pm.
Sources said Tsvangirai immediately requested for
a wedding after the
payment of the bride price. The bride’s family promptly
granted the request.
The wedding date is yet to be fixed but sources say
a December event is in
Eyewitnesses told of how
Tsvangirai rolled into the Karimatsenga’s homestead
in a convoy, curious
onlookers in tow.
Tsvangirai, who has tried hard over the past two years
to keep a lid on his
love life, told the Daily News on Sunday in June for
the first time that he
was in love and of his plans to re-marry after the
death of his wife Susan
in early 2009.
At the time, he refused to
give the identity of the woman who had stolen his
heart saying it was too
early to rush into marriage.
“I don’t want to go to those personal things
but let me assure you that
people make the mistake that the Prime Minister
has no right to date. I have
a right to date and there is a difference
between dating and marrying.
“To marry is a serious commitment. You don’t
marry somebody you have known
for a day and say you are getting married,”
Tsvangirai said at the time.
The premier’s love life has been a favourite
on and off subject for the
media since the death of Susan.
the matter has been written about repeatedly, the Daily News on
June interview remained the only authoritative report on his love
the only such time that he has openly talked about his love life.
media has linked Tsvangirai to several women among them his late wife’s
sister, Leah Mhundwa, who is said to be looking after his last born twins in
Johannesburg, South Africa where they are attending school.
Corruption is getting worse in Southern Africa / New
survey from Transparency International shows the police are seen as most
BERLIN, Germany, November 22, 2011/African Press
Organization (APO)/ — Corruption is getting worse in Southern Africa and most
people pay bribes for public services (Transparency
New survey from Transparency International shows the
police are seen as most corrupt.
More than half of all those who come in contact with
public service providers – 56 per cent – were asked to pay a bribe in the past
year, according to a new survey of six Southern African countries published by
Transparency International (http://www.transparency.org), the anti-corruption
The survey also found that across the region 62 per cent
of people believe corruption has become worse in the past three
Daily Lives and Corruption, Public Opinion in Southern
Africa surveyed more than 6,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC), Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe between 2010 and
The good news is that 80 per cent of those interviewed
said they were prepared to get involved in the fight against corruption and
three-quarters said ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against
“Governments must wake up to the fact that people will
not tolerate corruption any more and start reforming weak institutions,
particular the police. People have a right to feel that they are protected by
the police and not harassed,” said Chantal Uwimana, Regional Director for Africa
and the Middle East at Transparency International.
The report found that people in all six countries named
the police as the most corrupt service provider of the nine featured in the
survey and that most bribes were paid to the
The results showed some regional differences. In four
out of the six countries people reported paying bribes to speed up services but
in South Africa and the DRC more bribes were paid to avoid problems with the
In five of the six countries people trusted the
government more than non-governmental organisations, the media, international
organisations or the private sector to fight corruption. In Malawi, however,
non-governmental organisations were trusted just as much as the
Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf
of Transparency International
Transparency International (http://www.transparency.org) is the global civil
society organisation leading the fight against
Note to editors:
The survey asked questions concerning the following nine
pubic services: police, judiciary, customs, registry and permit services, land
services, medical services, tax revenues, utilities and
Percentage of respondents who have paid a bribe to one of 9 service
To view the table, click on this link: http://www.apo-mail.org/111122.jpg
to meet negotiators on Wednesday
22 November, 2011
The team of facilitators to Zimbabwe’s
political negotiations, representing
President Zuma of South Africa, is due
in Harare again on Wednesday, to meet
with the negotiators, who represent
the political parties.
The meeting is intended to once again try to
resolve the remaining issues
blocking full implementation of the Global
Political Agreement (GPA), which
was signed more than three years
The facilitators, led by Lindiwe Zulu, will then forward a final
the chief negotiator President Zuma. Zulu told SW Radio Africa
that President Zuma will meet with the principles in Harare soon
but no date had been set.
No information is available
regarding the outcome of last Friday’s meeting
between the negotiators.
However, it is clear that deadlines for key reforms
already agreed to, have
not been met. Media, electoral and security sector
reforms have emerged as
the most contentious issues.
Many observers have criticized the slow pace
of progress that has surrounded
the entire GPA process, saying there is a
lack of urgency and political will
within the unity
Additionally ZANU PF has refused to discuss security sector
security is a sovereign issue that will not involve
The GPA negotiations were facilitated by the regional leaders
transitional arrangement leading to elections in Zimbabwe. But three
later the parties have remained deadlocked, violence against the MDC
arrests of their officials continue and there appears to be no solution
Registrar General Says Deportees Stretching
Principal Immigration Director Clemence Masangano said South
deported 3,900 Zimbabweans since early October while Botswana has
18,700 Zimbabweans since the beginning of the year
Chifera & Tatenda Gumbo | Washington/Harare
Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede told Parliament’s committee on
Monday that deportations of Zimbabweans from South Africa and
stretching his department’s capacities, forcing it to operate
seven days a
Mudede said his staff now work long hours top process documents for
citizens. He says his office is overloaded even though last year
went to South Africa to document Zimbabweans without passports who
permits to reside there.
He said just over 72,000 Zimbabweans
received South African residency
documents though there are estimated to be
more than 2 million living there.
Principal Immigration Director Clemence
Masangano told the committee that
deportees from South Africa complain of
harassment on both sides of the
border. He said South Africa has deported
3,900 Zimbabweans since early
October while Botswana has sent home 18,700
Zimbabweans since the beginning
of the year.
concern that Botswana even punishes some deportees by
flogging. He said the
Zimbabwean government has engaged Botswana to end
the International Organization for Migration refuted reports that
of Zimbabweans are being deported from South Africa though their
IOM officials said that based on its own records and government
cases have been isolated and that those incorrectly deported
have been able
The organization has helped 2,758 deportees
make their way back to Zimbabwe
since South Africa resumed deportations in
earnest in October, helping
returning Zimbabweans at the border with food,
medication and transport
toward their homes.
Natalie Perez, head of
the IOM office in Zimbabwe, told VOA reporter Tatenda
Gumbo that the
Beitbridge reception center is sufficiently funded to operate
group fears for Zim returnees
By Bridget Mananavire, Staff Writer
22 November 2011 15:43
HARARE - Zimbabwean political refugees are at
risk of being sent back to the
very hands they fled from by South African
authorities, a Pretoria based
human rights group has said.
Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (Zef) alleges that the Hawks, a special South
police service branch and members of the SA National Defence Forces
arresting Zimbabwean nationals and handing them over to the Zimbabwean
Most of these people who fled the country to Africa’s biggest
claimed asylum in that country are according to Zef often
their return home.
“We believe that if SA is guilty
of connivance with the Zimbabwean
authorities to surrender legitimate asylum
seekers and refugees, then there
is a possibility that those who
orchestrated this are guilty of complicity
in crimes against humanity,”
said Gabriel Shumba, Zef executive director.
Zef’s concerns come after
more than 500 Zimbabweans were deported in a week
in October and handed over
to immigration officials at Beitbridge.
The deportations are
More than a million Zimbabwean nationals are believed to be in
according to Zimbabwe’s Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede who
on Tuesday said
it is difficult to ascertain the actual number of
Zimbabweans in that
“It is difficult to ascertain the actual
figures of Zimbabweans in South
Africa. We only managed to process
passports in South Africa. Others had passports already and could not
to the Zimbabwean embassy.
Others came to Harare,” Mudede told a
parliamentary portfolio committee on
defence and security
He said about 100 000 Zimbabweans applied for asylum in South
year and 275 672 applied for documentation under the Zimbabwe
Project conducted jointly by the Zimbabwean and South African
Describing the actions of the South African authorities as
Shumba said the transfer of refugees from one country to
contrary to the South African Immigration Act and breaches the
moratorium on deportations to Zimbabwe.
He added that
the act is also in violation of the UN Convention against
South Africa ratified in 1998.
The act requires states to take effective
measures to prevent torture within
their borders and forbids states to
return people to their home country if
there is reason to believe they will
The Hawks have, however, denied working with Zimbabwean
carrying out deportations saying they simply hand over
illegal immigrants to
Beitbridge border authorities and have no mandate to
follow up on them.
shoots wife, self in SA
ZIMBABWEAN politician based in South Africa shot and wounded his wife
committing suicide in Johannesburg on Tuesday, police said.
Chiota, a founding member of the Zimbabwe People's Party, turned the
on himself at his house in Morningside, Sandton, said Captain Kim
Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the shooting happened
at 11:00, when
a police officer from Sandton accompanied Chiota's wife to
his house to
deliver a protection order.
The order was related to
domestic violence, he said.
Chiota fired a number of shots, one of which
hit his estranged wife in the
Another bullet tore the
policeman's shirt, but did not wound him.
Dlamini said the woman was in a
serious condition in hospital.
When police approached the house, Chiota
was found dead from a
self-inflicted gunshot wound.
renounces power deal with the Chinese
Harare, Zimbabwe ---
ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 22 November 2011 - The Zimbabwe
Authority, (ZESA) has renounced the memorandum of
clandestinely signed between the Zimbabwean treasury and
conglomerate Sino Hydro for the expansion of the Kariba South
power project, opting for a more transparent tender process.
presently generates 750 megawatts (MW) of power at its peak and the
agreement seeks to increase generation capacity by an extra 600MW. It was
signed early this year by finance minister Tendai Biti and economic planning
and development minister Tapiwa Mashakada.
Investment in the country
has been subdued in the last decade with ZESA
failing to provide
uninterrupted power supply to the manufacturing industry.
At time, the power
authority switches off consumers for up to 12 hours as
part of its haphazard
ZESA chief executive officer Josh Chifamba told
the Mines and Energy
Portfolio Committee that the agreement awarding Sino
Hydro the Kariba
expansion work had jumped the gun and would cause problems
Chinese companies, should it be implemented without going to
“Sino Hydro made an offer, but it jumped the gun on many issues,”
Chifamba. “The feasibility studies had not been done. We were going to
problems with other Chinese partners. The only way was to go to
international tender,” he said.
Chifamba said such large projects
needed very high levels of transparency to
encourage investment and
participation by the most competent company through
“We need maximum transparency to encourage funding. This would
also give us
an opportunity to evaluate the best tender and compare the
services of the
companies in an open manner,” Chifamba said.
laden energy utility conceded that the perennial power shortages
be solved by engaging in Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to
electricity generation plants.
Zimbabwe's power stations are operating at 50%
capacity and producing 1,300
MW compared to a national demand of 2,400 MW.
The utility meets the
shortfall by importing from the DRC's power company
Snel, Eskom of South
Africa and HCB of Mozambique.
pre-paid meter project in mess
By Taurai Mangudhla, Business
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 15:37
HARARE - Zimbabwe's power
utility Zesa has been forced to reverse a public
tender for purchasing
prepaid metres after it emerged that the winning
bidder only intended to
lease the equipment.
The smart metres are set to bring an overhaul to
Zesa’s shambolic billing
system through accurate reading and
Both domestic and industrial consumers have
for long cried foul over
unrealistic bills at a time power outages hit
record levels in the decade
long power woes.
secretary for energy and power development, yesterday
portfolio committee on mines and energy that the tender
hiccup was stalling
the critical power management project.
“The winning bidder actually
wanted to lend the equipment to Zesa at a cost
of $0,65 per transaction
which would make power more expensive so they have
gone back to the
original list for reconsideration,” he said.
“We have not got official
communication from the state procurement board and
this delays a process we
had hoped to start this year. We are now looking at
starting it in the first
quarter of 2012,” Mupamhanga added.
He said another power management
project — set to see the country receiving
about five and half million
florescent bulbs — was also stalled on the back
of the tender
Mupamhanga said distribution of the energy saving bulbs,
for the last quarter of 2011, will have to be done in the
first quarter next
“It was discovered that none of the
companies met the tender specifications
and a second bidding has been
Adjudication will come after December,” he said.
Zesa, which has
struggled to collect revenue since dollarisation, argues
that the current
power tarrif is uncompetitive.
In October, Zesa effected a 31 percent
tariff hike saying the increased
revenue was meant to bankroll an ambitious
$7, 8 billion rehabilitation and
expansion of its Hwange thermal and Kariba
Hydro power stations.
The utility is currently reeling under a $500
million debt owed to
international financing institutions like the IMF while
it also owes $102
million to other utilities in the
Zimbabwe’s government owes Zambia about $260 million for the
Dam infrastructure the country inherited at
Payment of the debt for infrastructure that Zimbabwe
inherited from the
Central African Power Corporation during the federation
era — is believed to
be among the reasons that have stalled the construction
of the 1 600
megawatt Batoka hydro-power station.
minister Elton Mangoma said the country currently has no
capacity to settle
the 30-year-old debt, there have been indications that
Zimbabwe may be
required to pay only $70, 8 — which excludes interest.
Zesa chief executive recently said consumers are set to pay
more for their
electricity to meet the increase in operation costs arising
construction and rehabilitation of Kariba and Hwange power stations.
said electricity tariffs are low compared to production expenses and
increase by 47 percent in the coming five years to meet power
“We are currently retailing at $0,095 per Kilowatt-hour and this
compared to production and you also have to factor in the
“As a result, we expect tariffs to go up by about
$0, 04 to hit $0,14 in the
coming five years,” he said, adding that tarrifs
would go up to pay for the
face-lift as is the case of neighbouring
The two projects are meant to increase power output to 2 220
megawatt from a
current 1 320 megawatt which leaves a 640 megawatt
The country has a total installed capacity of 1 680 megawatts,
with 750 MW
from Kariba South, 780 MW from Hwange Power Station and 150 MW
thermals — but only 940 MW of this is currently available against
demand of 1 950 MW.
Mutinhiri to be sacked as Minister next month
By Lance Guma
Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Tracy
Mutinhiri is set to lose
her government job next month following her
expulsion from ZANU PF. In
September ZANU PF decided to expel their MP for
Marondera East, following
long running accusations that she was
de-campaigning the party and building
a relationship with the
Although the former ZANU PF Women’s League Commissar says she has
received an official letter confirming this she told journalists: “I
this because the Constitution says one ceases to be a minister after
of suspension from Parliament. Since I was expelled from Parliament
September 14th, I expect to leave office anytime soon.”
Africa spoke to ZANU PF national spokesman Rugare Gumbo and he said
up to the party’s Secretary for Administration, Didymus Mutasa, and
Chief Whip in parliament, Joram Gumbo, to decide on the matter. “I don’t
know what comrade Mutasa and comrade Gumbo will say about that but I think
generally that is the parliamentary law,” he said.
troubles are believed to mirror the infighting within ZANU PF.
started when she and fellow ZANU PF MP for Goromonzi West,
Nyamupinga, were accused of betraying the party and supporting the
candidate for Speaker of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo.
Since then she has
had her farm in Marondera invaded by war vets and ZANU PF
sponsored by State Security Minister Sidney Sekeramayi.
Mutinhiri at the
time hit back and accused ZANU PF of trying to kill her in
the same manner
that she says ZANU PF had killed MDC-T supporters.
pointed to the Central Intelligence Organisation
(CIO), currently headed by
Sekeramayi, and said the CIO wanted to kill her
and dump her body in the
Wenimbe Dam: “Like they did to hundreds of innocent
suspected MDC supporters
in June 2008.”
Meanwhile SW Radio Africa asked Gumbo how ZANU PF would
have known which
candidate for Speaker of Parliament Mutinhiri could have
voted for, if it
was a secret ballot.
“I was not involved (in the
decision). It’s the people who were in
Parliament who voted for the speaker
of Parliament. So I really don’t know.
Frankly I don’t think that is the
major issue as far as Tracy Mutinhiri is
concerned. I think there were quite
a number of issues which transpired
which led to her being expelled. Those
in the Parliamentary Caucus are
better placed to explain,” Gumbo said. Other
reports are suggesting that
Mutinhiri is being punished for allegedly
calling Mugabe ‘old’.
Tracy is also a former wife to the retired army
Mutinhiri, cited as directing several incidents
of political violence
against MDC-T supporters. Ironically, it’s likely she
will also lose the
farm that she and her husband invaded and seized with the
help of war vets
Asked if there was a way back for
Mutinhiri, Gumbo said: “Well I can’t think
of anything except appealing to
congress, which comes in about 2 to 3
PF refusing to pay for conference venue
By Tererai Karimakwenda
Officials representing ZANU PF are reportedly refusing to
pay for a city
owned venue that they plan to use during their annual
conference, which is
to be held in Bulawayo next month.
SW Radio Africa correspondent Lionel Saungweme, ZANU PF
officials making the
arrangements have told the council they do not pay for
because they are the “revolutionary party” ruling Zimbabwe.
said so far ZANU-PF has approached the General Manager of the
International Trade Fair (ZITF) building, Daniel Chigaru, seeking
to use the
venue’s Pavilion, which has big hall and offices.
Chigaru in turn wrote
to the town clerk at Bulawayo City Council, who then
forwarded the request
letter to the councilors. “After meeting in chambers
the Mayor and
councilors decided that ZANU-PF should pay the required rental
other costs,” Saungweme said.
But ZANU-PF has turned the issue into a
party political affair, insisting
they will not pay the MDC for any
services. Saungweme explained that the
Bulawayo council is led by MDC-T
councilors, who argued that they paid for
venues used for their party events
and ZPF should abide by the law.
“It is not the first time that ZANU PF
has refused to pay for venues used
for party business,” Saungweme said,
adding: “It is a way of undermining the
said the Mayor and councilors instructed ZANU PF to write to the
Local government affairs, Ignatius Chombo, if they believe they
refused a privilege that should be granted to political parties.
not known whether Chombo has been approached. But the ZANU PF congress
due to start next month, and the row is sure to intensify should Robert
Mugabe and more senior officials of the party get involved.
tests for Zanu PF conference delegates
THOUSANDS of Zanu PF delegates attending the party’s
conference in Bulawayo
next month will be asked to undergo an HIV test,
The testing would be voluntary, but the party hopes most
delegates will opt
in and “set the tone in the fight against
The unprecedented plan will be put into action during the
from December 6-10.
The party has mobilised 50
professional testers and counselors from the
United Bulawayo Hospitals who
will set up a mobile facility at the
conference venue, the Zimbabwe
International Trade Fair.
Tirinani Mafuwa, Zanu PF’s provincial health
secretary for Bulawayo said:
“Our intention is to de-stigmatise HIV and
encourage people to know their
Zanu PF expects some 6,000
delegates from around the country to attend the
conference which will be
addressed by party leader, President Robert Mugabe.
The mass testing will
be held just days after World Aids Day on December 1,
which is dedicated to
raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the
spread of HIV
Health campaigners say early testing can save millions of
lives as it allows
those who test positive for HIV to immediately go on
Mutambara fight over MPs
By 11 hours 44 minutes
TENSION is set to heighten in the MDC party with factions led
Welshman Ncube and Arthur Mutambara claiming ownership of
who were elected on the party ticket.
The two are
already immersed in an acrimonious legal wrangle over control of
with Prof Ncube seeking to replace Prof Mutambara as the Deputy
Minister in the inclusive Government on the strength of his election
party president at a congress held in Harare early this year.
Mutambara, who disputes the congress, said he will be announcing his
national executive council this week where names of legislators who are in
the Prof Ncube faction's national executive council and the national council
will be included.
The faction's chairman, Mr Joubert Mudzumwe, said
all the MPs who were
elected under the MDC ticket during the harmonised
elections in 2008 were
loyal to Prof Mutambara.
However, Mr Edwin
Mushoriwa, who is vice president in Prof Ncube's faction,
claims saying the legislators were loyal to Prof Ncube.
Said Mr Mudzumwe:
"At the moment three House of Assembly Members out of
seven and four
senators out of six have confirmed that they are with us. The
others are not
yet clear of where they are but we suspect they will be
coming out in the
open very soon.
"Welshman and Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga have no
people and they just
want to protect their ministerial positions."
Mudzumwe said the nominations for NEC members had already been done and
handed over to him to consult with the 38 nominated members.
the names would be announced after the NEC meeting to be held
Mr Mushoriwa said it was irregular that the Prof Mutambara faction
come up with an NEC without holding a congress.
"It is common
knowledge that there are three parties in Zimbabwe led by
(Zanu-PF), Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T) and
Ncube (MDC)," he said.
"They cannot claim to own our MPs because in areas
where we have
parliamentary seats, our structures are behind our leadership.
If they were
a party, they should address rallies so that we can see if they
"We know people can hallucinate and dream and they
are probably saying they
have MPs because of MP Nomalanga Khumalo
(Umzingwane) whom we know she has
been siding with the MDC-T."
Khumalo publicly expressed her allegiance to Prof Mutambara after Prof
Ncube's faction accused her of working with the MDC-T.
interviews last week, some of the MPs from the two factions said
respected the leadership that was elected at the congress held early
The Mutambara faction boycotted the congress except Prof
"There was a congress in January and I follow the decisions of
because it has a lawful structure," said Khumalo Senator,
Tsholotsho Senator Believe Gaule said: "The party had a
congress early this
year and we respect the congress that chose the
leadership that we have."
Insiza South House of Assembly Member Siyabonga
Ncube refused to disclose
where his allegiance was.
Court judge, Justice Lawrence Kamocha last week reserved
judgment in the
case in which Prof Ncube's faction is seeking confirmation
of a provisional
order barring Prof Mutambara from presenting himself as
The applicants sought an amendment barring Prof Mutambara from
a Global Political Agreement principal.
deferred the ruling saying he needed time to consider issues
raised by both
the applicants and the respondents counsel.
Prof Mutambara is opposing
the granting of the final order.
The postponement means that the
provisional order granted by Bulawayo senior
High Court judge Justice
Nicholas Ndou on 16 February this year, barring
Prof Mutambara from
exercising any function vested in the president of MDC,
remains in force.
probe gives Chiyangwa chance to clear name’
By Xolisani Ncube, Staff
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 17:31
HARARE - Harare City
Council has dismissed allegations by property mogul
Philip Chiyangwa that
the local authority was targeting Zanu PF party in
setting up a land probe
Chiyangwa last week approached the High Court in a bid to stop
investigating shady land deals that were unearthed by a special
committee in 2009.
He said the appointment of the probe team
was targeting him and his Zanu PF
In his opposing affidavit
filed at the High Court last week, town clerk
Tendai Mahachi argued that
council was not in any way targeting Chiyangwa
and his Zanu PF party saying
the investigations were actually meant to bring
an end to the controversial
“If anything the applicants should be happy that there is this
probe as it
gives them a chance to put to rest any suggestion of ill-gotten
(Chiyangwa) needs the probe to shame his detractors, instead of
himself from scrutiny,” said Mahachi.
bragged that he has vast tracks of land in Harare
including 57 000
residential stands which he got from council after
assisting them with
salaries and vehicles during the hyper inflationary era.
local government minister Ignatius Chombo were named among
many other Zanu
PF officials who are accused by the MDC party of acquiring
So far council efforts to have Chombo and Chiyangwa
investigated by the
police over the matter has failed with the former
telling the Daily News in
an interview at the weekend that police reluctance
to investigate is a sign
of his innocence.
This has, however, left
Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda with no option but
to set up a three-member
team led by retired Supreme Court judge Justice
Ahmed Ebrahim to probe their
The team is also made up of Andrew Chigovera, Sarah
Kachingwe and John
Mahachi, who is also named as a
beneficiary of the controversial land deals,
told Chiyangwa that the enquiry
will not tarnish his image nor that of his
Zanu PF party.
certainly not a score that Chiyangwa purports to love Zanu PF with a
passion. I don’t see how punishing him and his companies will affect Zanu
PF. If for instance the deponents business acumen is discredited how will
that hurt Zanu PF and how will it help the MDC party. While I cannot speak
for those in council who are affiliated to the MDC, I do not see how
destroying the applicants will affect the Zanu PF which he purports to
belong to,” said Mahachi in his court papers.
Chiyangwa accused the
probe team of being anti-Zanu PF saying the
individuals appointed were
likely to be biased against him.
He argued that the tribunal was likely
to fix him for being a member of Zanu
“Andrew Chigovera is former
Attorney General of Zimbabwe. The circumstances
relating to his resignation,
although unclear show that it was
“It is common
knowledge that he did not have good relations with the then
government, which I was part of as MP,” said Chiyangwa in his court
He further accused Justice Ebrahim of once delivering some
were directly opposed to the Zanu PF government during his
tenure as Supreme
ICG: Mugabe Party Blocking Reforms
Peta Thornycroft |
Crisis Group warns reforms will not be in place before June
the deadline for
Zimbabwe's next election. In a new report, the ICG says
Mugabe's ZANU-PF party is the main obstacle to timely and fair
Zimbabwe analysts say the report correctly highlights the need
mediation by the Southern African Development Community
Piers Pigou, ICG's Southern Africa Project Director, says ZANU-PF
blocking wide-ranging political reforms spelled out in the 2008 Global
Political Agreement (GPA), which established Zimbabwe's power-sharing
"A number of people inside ZANU-PF have said that they
are not going to
negotiate themselves out of power," he says. "If they
construe any reform as
weakening their hegemony, they are not going to
support those kinds of
processes, so there is little incentive to pursue a
reform strategy which
might weaken it."
The GPA outlines a series of
reforms, including a new constitution, to be
carried out by ZANU-PF, the
former opposition MDC party and a smaller MDC
faction. But Pigou says there
has been no “significant” progress in
implementing the agreement since
March, when SADC's Zimbabwe mediator, South
African President Jacob Zuma,
made a speech in Livingstone, Zambia. In that
speech, Zuma, without naming
names, blamed ZANU-PF for blocking reforms to
achieve free and fair
Pigou says that even agreements between the negotiators that have been
endorsed by the
principals - President Mugabe, MDC leader Tsvangirai
small MDC party president Welshman Ncube - have not been
The principals have also failed to resolve issues deadlocked at
“We get a sense
that SADC is sitting on its hands in the post-Livingstone
Pigou. "We don’t see them stepping up to the plate in terms
violations that have continued in the post-Livingstone setting - the
continued harassments, the arrests of cabinet ministers, the invasion of
parliament, the violence over the last couple of months. We don't see an
adequate, an expeditious response from SADC."
In June, SADC officials
agreed to send a three-man technical team to Harare
to help the multi-party
Joint Implementation and Monitoring Committee
resolve a large number of
political issues and day-to-day problems.
The SADC team has yet to
"At the moment, I am not expecting much from SADC until it gets
on the ground in order to be able to inform itself, because at
the moment it
is completely reliant on the Zimbabwean parties themselves,
continuing to present positions that are diametrically opposed in
analysis and substance," says Pigou.
He says all attempts at
reforming the security sector, which is controlled
by ZANU-PF, have
Veteran Zimbabwe analyst Brian Raftopoulos says President Mugabe,
who is 87
and in uncertain health, is hindering progress toward free and
"I think the central problem around the GPA is the
problem within ZANU-PF,
the succession issue, which has been a major problem
not just for ZANU but
for the people of Zimbabwe, and the fact that ZANU
cannot conceive of itself
as a party which can lose power," says
Raftopoulos. "The idea that ZANU
thinks it owns the state is a key
Raftopoulos says the SADC should do more to resolve outstanding
such as security reform and consider suspending Zimbabwe from the
SADC if it
fails to fulfill GPA obligations.
"We are seeing in [the
Arab world], for example, the strong stand taken by
the Arab League around
the Syrian question," he says. "It is important for
to understand that they can play a positive role,
that they can take strong
measures like suspension, and that option needs to
be made known if Mugabe
and ZANU-PF continue to carry on [the] recalcitrant
stand they are making.
But one hopes it doesn't get to that. [One hopes]
there will be movement
through negotiators and that lessons will [be] drawn
from what is happening
elsewhere on the continent."
Ibbo Mandaza is a former senior member of
ZANU-PF and an academic who leads
a political think tank in Harare. He says
intellectuals are mapping out
ideas to reform the GPA so the inclusive
government could continue beyond
2013 in order to avoid ZANU-PF political
"The violence has always been related to elections and we have
to [concerned] parties, 'Stop talking about elections,'" he
says. "If you
put the election issue on the back burner, there won’t be
violence or there
will be less violence. Institutional mechanisms related to
GPA will make
violence increasingly impossible."
elections in 2008 were marred by numerous killings and
beatings, most of
them administered by ZANU-PF supporters against Mugabe's
1700K ‘human wall’ to stop diamond smuggling?
Only in Zimbabwe
to declare its “blood-stained” diamonds clean is bordering (no pun intended) on
the ridiculous, writes Tangai Chipangura, a columnist at News
Reporting on the country’s
mines minister saying he wants Zimbabwe to police the 1700-kilometre
Zimbabwe-Mozambique border to stop massive smuggling of diamonds from the Marange
region into Mozambique and Zambia, Chipangura wittily points out the irony of
No concerns have
been raised about reports that private jets of wealthy Chinese, Indian and other
nationals with the necessary connections, land at Harare International Airport
to pick up diamonds mined from Marange with payments for the loot done offshore.
No paper trail is left behind, making it impossible to trace the illegal
But we must deploy
hundreds of foot soldiers and policemen to patrol the border as evidence of
government desire to stop smuggling! Meanwhile, the minister was ecstatic about
Zimbabwe’s final victory in the war to have our stones declared
MINING.com reported in
October on a presentation made to the Zimbabwean
parliament detailing the secrecy, corruption and human rights
abuses that accompany mining activities in the Marange alluvial diamond
killed and thousands of local miners were driven off claims when the army seized
control of the area in 2008 and most observers believe an international ban on
these gems are being widely flouted. The report alleges that in contrast to the
official $200 million, as much as $2.8 billion – equal to all other tax revenues
– found its way into a parallel government via the army, police, prisons and
intelligence agencies which all have ‘permits’ to mine
Read the full presentation
to the Zimbabwe parliament by E G Cross, Member for Bulawayo South at the
McGee Is A
Liar: Claims Zanu-PF MP
Chivi, November 22, 2011 –Zanu-PF’s Chivi
South Member of Parliament (MP),
Ivene Dzingirai who was fingered in the
controversial expose wiki-leaks has
lashed out at the former US envoy to
Zimbabwe calling him a liar.
Dzingirai was earlier in the year
exposed by the wiki-leaks for undermining
his party and leader in secret
conversations with US ambassador, James
press conference at a local hotel in Masvingo on Monday night,
said it was a shame that he ended up being a victim of what he
Although some media organizations had earlier reported that
admitted that he spoke to US officials in 2009.
Though Dzingirai said
he was not aware of McGee’s aim by lying about him, he
attacked him for
sending misleading information that has a possibility of
denting his image
among his party colleagues.
“I was never threatened by Zanu-PF top
officials for allegedly speaking to
McGee but this has a long after
effects,” he added.
“I don’t know where it is all coming from – I
never admitted that.
Journalists are twisting what I said, in fact, my point
remains that McGee
is a blatant liar who is not shameful of quoting me out
of contest. I never
met him and I don’t even know why he opted to
me as having spoken to him.
“The only time I remember going
to US embassy was the day when I applied for
my VISA to go to America on
special trip which I never enjoyed anyway,” he
participated in the International Visitor Program (Africa Region
Principles of Transparency in the US Government from 8 to 26
However, Dzingirai said instead of getting new knowledge in the
ended up being a laughing stock – going through under rigorous
checks at any
airport in the US.
“It was all embarrassment to me
because they were all laughing at me calling
me Mugabe’s son. I ended up
being nick-named comrade. I was also being
delayed at some airports such as
Atlanta and Dallas where I missed my plane
as the security personal wanted
to find out why I was in America.
“At times they would ask why I was
not on sanction list,” he added. Although
he admitted having informal
discussion with US Embassy staffer Andrew Schute
in 2009, Dzingirai said he
had never spoken anything bad about Mugabe or
Zanu-PF in his
“I would tell them that Mugabe is the finest leader in Africa
surprisingly they end up cooking lies and exaggerate facts,” added
Knives were out for Dzingirai in June this year when
he called for
legalisation of all pirate radio stations in Zimbabwe.
Madzore bail hearing postponed for the 4th time
Monday, 22 November 2011
The High Court bail hearing for Solomon
Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson has been postponed for the fourth
time in a week after Justice Maria Zimba Dube said she wanted time to go through
the State’s responses. She then postponed the matter to tomorrow.
Dube today took over the hearing from Justice Hlekani Mwayera who last week had
to postpone the hearing three times. Madzore’s bail hearing was first deferred
last week Wednesday to Thursday after State prosecutor; Edmore Nyazamba
requested more time to file a response to the bail application.
Thursday, the matter was postponed to Friday as Justice Mwayera said she wanted
more time to go through the State’s response. On Friday, Justice Mwayera was
forced to postpone the case to today after Nyazamba claimed he was attending a
Madzore is part of 28 MDC activists who are facing trumped-up
charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View in May. He is detained at
Chikurubi Maximum Prison.
The people’s struggle for real change: Let’s
MDC Information & Publicity
deputy sheriff face charges of criminal abuse of duty
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 08:52
HARARE - Harare-based
deputy sheriff was last week hauled before a Harare
facing charges of criminal abuse of duty as a public
Chingore, 56, is a deputy sheriff at Harare magistrates’ court and is
accused of improperly serving court papers in a bid to secure eviction
without exhausting the necessary court procedures.
appeared in court on September 19 pleading not guilty to the
Chingore denied committing the offence and told the court that the
were motivated by malice.
He told the court that he properly served the
complainant Tarik Adam with a
notice to appear in court and alleges that the
return of service was signed
by a tenant identified as Noah who was at the
Chingore unsuccessfully applied for discharge at the close of
the state case
last week, after the state had led evidence from three
Magistrate Fadzai Mutavayi threw out the application and ruled
had a case to answer.
“After assessing the evidence
before it so far, the court is of the view
that indeed a prima facie case
has been proved by the state,” Mutavayi said.
Allegations in the case
arose after Chingore had a dispute with Adam over
stand number 147 Mbuya
Nehanda Street, Harare.
The court heard that the dispute spilled into the
Supreme Court, where an
order was granted pushing for the eviction of Adam
from number 147 Mbuya
It is alleged, Chingore went to
the said premises on June 29, this year
where he evicted some builders who
were constructing the building although
he had not served Adam with eviction
papers as required by the court.
According to state papers, he later
endorsed false information on the return
of service alleging that he had
served the notice to Noah, who signed the
It is further
alleged Chingore also lied that Adam had demolished the
Chingore will be back in court on November 25, when he is
expected to give
evidence defending himself.
applied for discharge at the close of the state case
last week, after the
state had led evidence from three witnesses.
Parliament passes controversial ‘Secrecy Bill’
By Alex Bell
South Africa’s National Assembly has passed a controversial
critics say threatens media freedom in the country, despite mass
opposition to the proposed legislation.
The Protection of
State Information Bill was approved on Tuesday after a
vote from ANC parliamentarians. The Bill has been slammed
democracy and freedom of information, because it effectively
paves the way
for the prosecution of anyone who uncovers state ‘secrets’.
and other concerned South African citizens have for months been
against the Bill, and in September the government agreed to
withdraw it and
to start a process of public participation to address some
of the concerns.
But no effort was made to start this participatory process
and instead, the
Bill made a sudden reappearance on the parliamentary
week the National Press Club called for a ‘Black Tuesday’, based on
October 1977, the day the apartheid government banned two local
publications. Journalists and members of the public on Tuesday showed their
support by wearing black and also blacking out their profile pictures on
social networking websites Twitter and Facebook. Protests were also held
outside parliament where the Bill was discussed.
But despite this
mass public display against the Bill, 229 MPs voted ‘Yes’
while 107 voted
‘No’, resulting in the Bill being passed.
Black clad media editors who
attended the parliamentary session staged a
walk-out after the Bill was
voted in. Katy Katopodis, the news editor for
the Eyewitness News group,
told SW Radio Africa that it was a “sad day.”
“People have been saying
today that we looked like we were attending a
funeral. And honestly, today
that is what it feels like,” Katopodis said.
All opposition parties
lambasted the Bill while most of them, including the
(DA), said they would appeal in the Constitutional Court
if the bill is
passed. Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu also
criticised the decision
on Tuesday, while the office of former President
Nelson Mandela said the
Bill does not meet the nation’s goals for free
landslide majority vote from ANC parliamentarians, the Bill will be
into legislation and then be sent to the National Council of
for consideration. The public will then have an opportunity
The original draft Bill was first proposed in 2008 to replace an
apartheid-era piece of legislation, which governed the classification of
state secrets. This draft was aimed at protecting state secrets while still
upholding the South African constitution, which stipulates transparent
governance. That draft was never tabled in Parliament.
A new draft
then appeared last year and proceeded to shock the media
appearing to be even more draconian than before. The new draft
create a law that would allow any organ of state, from the largest
government department down to the smallest municipality, to classify any
document as secret and set out harsh penalties of up to 25 years in jail for
Media and civil organisations insist that the Bill
should include a public
interest defence, as enshrined in state secrecy
legislation in Canada. Such
a defence would enable journalists under threat
of prison for publishing
classified information, to argue in mitigation that
they had done so in the
Commentators meanwhile have
compared the Bill to Zimbabwe’s Public Order and
Security Act (POSA) which,
together with other repressive legislation,
ensured that any hope of a free
media would be extremely difficult. SW Radio
Africa’s founder and News
Editor Gerry Jackson said on Tuesday that
developments in South Africa on
Tuesday are “very worrying.”
Jackson said it is a worrying development
for media freedom in the whole of
Africa, explaining how it was hoped that
South Africa would lead the way for
democracy for the continent.
is also worrying for Zimbabwe, because South Africa is meant to be the
mediator in the political crisis and yet they are behaving in the same way
as ZANU PF,” Jackson said
not here: Immigration
By Everson Mushava, Staff Writer
November 2011 15:41
HARARE - Zimbabwe has denied harbouring Protais
Mpiranya, a fugitive of the
1994 Rwandan genocide, who is wanted by the
International Criminal Tribunal
for Rwanda (ICTR) for war crimes, according
to an immigration official.
Over the years, ICTR has been accusing
Zimbabwe of harbouring Mpiranya, the
former commander of the Rwandan
Presidential Guard who allegedly
masterminded the genocide.
principal director in the Immigration office Clemence Masango said
is not in the country.
“We do not have him in our records. Interpol wrote
to us on the matter and
investigations were carried out. He is not here,”
Masango told a
Parliamentary portfolio committee on defence and security
Masango was answering questions on the deportation of
neighbouring South Africa and Botswana.
He said the
deportations are not a strange thing saying it is an ongoing
is often carried out by countries, including Zimbabwe, to
Reports linking Mparinya with Zimbabwe caused a
diplomatic tiff between
Harare and Kigali with the later accused of
deliberately hiding many
genocide fugitives including Ethiopian dictator
Mengistu Haile Mariam who is
wanted in Ethiopia for crimes against
Masango told parliamentarians that investigations were still in
so far indications are that the fugitive is not in the
In an interview with a local Rwandan newspaper, prosecutor
Ngoga said while his government was not aware of the
the UK and Zimbabwe, it was becoming increasingly
clear that Zimbabwe was
“I am not privy to the
communication between the UK and Zimbabwe but I would
not be surprised
because it is getting increasingly believable that Mpiranya
“Zimbabwe must cooperate to get him apprehended and brought to
Mpiranya is accused of crimes against humanity
during the 1994 war. He is
also accused of killing ten Belgians guarding the
first Rwandan female Prime
Minister, Agathe Uwilingiyimana in
He is also accused of distributing weapons to the militia and to
members of the civilian population with the intent to exterminate
Transcript of Paul Siwela on
Question Time (Part 1)
Posted by Lance Guma on Tuesday, November 22, 2011
One of the
Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) leaders, Paul Siwela, was freed in June by the
Supreme Court, more than 86 days after being arrested and charged with treason.
MLF is a separatist group seeking an independent Ndebele state. Siwela joins
Lance Guma on SW Radio Africa’s Question Time to answer questions sent in by
listeners using Facebook, Twitter , Skype, e-mail and SMS.
Guma: Mthwakazi Liberation Front
leader, Paul Siwela, was freed in June this year by the Supreme Court, more than
86 days after being arrested and charged with treason. Now the Mthwakazi
Liberation Front is described by many as a controversial Matabeleland-based
separatist group seeking an independent Ndebele state. Mr Siwela joins us on
Question Time to answer your questions. Thank you for your time Mr
Okay, opening remarks – do you see yourself as a controversial
Matabeleland-based separatist group seeking an independent Ndebele state as you
are often described by the media?
Certainly not because unfortunately those who are arguing or suggesting that we
are a controversial organization, they haven’t stated the reason what is
controversial about our position that we have taken.
Okay, explain exactly what Mthwakazi Liberation Front is all about. What are you
trying to achieve?
Thank you. For the benefit of those perhaps who are not in the know, is that
Zimbabwe which formerly was called Mashonaland before the white men came in here
and Matabeleland which is Mthwakazi, there were two separate states living side
by side and since then unfortunately the white men came in and combined the two.
It is this amalgamation which has brought a lot of misery and suffering to the
people of Mthwakazi and the people of Mthwakazi found its feet that they have to
retain and regain their sovereignty which they lost in 1893.
Right, now Leonard writing to us from Victoria Falls says the world over,
tribalism is taken very seriously. Do you not have any worries, he says, of
being labeled a tribal outfit because if you are saying you are looking at a
separate Mthwakazi state, are you saying you are looking for a separate state
Sorry I think you are making a big mistake saying we are a tribal group or
pushing a tribal agenda. In fact if there is anything tribal in Zimbabwe, it is
what the Ndebele people or the people from Mthwakazi are being subjected to. So
for that reason, this is why they have had to come up together, march and decide
to regain their sovereignty. And this is not surprising. Even where you are
speaking from yourself, so-called Citadel of Democracy, the Scots are even
advocating for a separate state from that island, so I don’t understand what you
are talking about or whoever is talking about the issue of
suppose maybe his question is based on who are the citizens that comprise
Well perhaps for the benefit of all those who have the way of that feeling or
that thinking that Mthwakazi is meant only for the original people perhaps that
were, that have always lived in this area, they should not forget that, in the
geography of Mthwakazi, the eastern part of the province that we call
Empumalanga currently which is referred as Midlands Province, you do have Shona
speaking people so it would not make sense or any sense to anybody to suggest
that Shonas were not welcome in Mthwakazi.
Why would they not
be welcome? Those who choose to be citizens of Mthwakazi, they are free to
remain there as long as they respect the constitution of the land, coexist with
the other nationals without any problems, just like the Ndebeles who choose to
remain in Zimbabwe, they are not going to be coerced to leave Zimbabwe and come
As we have seen in
the past in countries like Israel, when Israel was formed in 1948, a lot of
Israeli nationals are spread in the Diaspora, they did not necessarily have to
go to Israel and they stay there but they still maintain that yes they are, in
terms of ethnicity, they are Jews. So they are Jews wherever they are but they
become nationals of that particular or rather they become citizens of that
So in as much as
Shona people who want to remain and become citizens of Mthwakazi, they are free
to remain as citizens of Mthwakazi, the Ndebele people who would want to remain
as citizens of Zimbabwe, they are also equally free to remain in Zimbabwe
from Facebook comes another question from Patrick Zororo Tawengwa he says does
it mean Mr Siwela that you are going to claim back part of South Africa where
you do not deny you emanated from and make it part of Mthwakazi. He says
historically you fled Tshaka Zulu and came into present-day Zimbabwe empty
Yah I think what my brother needs to know is that no-one was created by God in
this land which we call Zimbabwe. In any case there was nothing called Zimbabwe
before the white man came in here. The name Zimbabwe, it was a continuation of
what Cecil John Rhodes did in his (inaudible) when he was trying to get this
country colonized and obtain charter which he decided to amalgamate both
Matabeleland and Mashonaland and called it, initially there were three names –
he wanted this country to be called Cecilialand the other name he opted for was
Charterland and the other one was Rhodesia and then his confident Starr Leander
Jameson decided to use the name Rhodesia and that’s why this country has
But of course you
have to realize that during that time, it became also difficult for them to
amalgamate Matabeleland and Mashonaland, so these countries remained like that
until in 1923 when about 8000 white people participated in a referendum where
they were given two choices – either to have this country amalgamated to South
Africa and become the fifth province or they were given the option of
self-governing status and 8000 whites, realising that they were going to be
overwhelmed by the numbers of the Afrikaners in South Africa decided to have the
first option of self-governing status. Then they decided to amalgamate
Matabeleland and Mashonaland. That’s where these two countries were
Muchemwa sent us an email saying Mr Siwela how do you see the economy of the
proposed new state of Mthwakazi being sustained?
that’s going to be a beautiful economy because look there’s everything that you
may need to have to run a economy. We have got gold, we have got coal, we have
got diamonds, we have emeralds, we have got chrome, we have iron ore, we have
timber, we have industries of course and everything is there.
We have cattle
which we will export to Zimbabwe because Zimbabwe doesn’t even have cattle there
except those that were looted during the so-called land reform programme in
after the year 2000. A lot of cattle were looted here in Mthwakazi and taken to
So we are
prepared, we have all those things but otherwise everything is there to run the
economy; the population, you are looking at about four point, between four
million to four point five at most. Remember the demarcation of Mthwakazi and
the Republic of Zimbabwe will run along from Kariba, running down to Kwe Kwe,
going down to say about a hundred, to two hundred kilometres from Beit Bridge on
the eastern side.
some will say to you Mr Siwela your intentions might be noble but you are trying
to do the right thing at the wrong time because Zimbabwe is in the midst of a
crisis where the focus is on removing a very repressive regime and unity is key
whereas you are chasing a project that basically is splitting the energies of
many Zimbabweans and it will take much longer to remove the regime if people
like you continue advancing sectional interest like this.
Well first of all those people are people who are on a self-denial about the
suffering of the people from Mthwakazi, that’s why they will be talking like
that. If they knew how much the people of Mthwakazi are suffering since 1893
when the white men came here, remember the Miekles Looting Committee they took
over a million of our cattle from our forefathers here and nothing was done to
the Miekles Looting Committee.
would you say only people from Mthwakazi are suffering? The argument would be
that the whole country…is suffering.
no the suffering has been going on but what we have seen after 1980, the people
on the other side, Mashonaland have always been given first preference in
everything – education, employment, economic empowerment. Selective treatment
even when it comes to the judiciary itself so we are pretty aware of all these
things and there’s no any other way to redress those things…
are you not therefore contradicting yourself there because that is precisely the
point being made that the regime in power at the moment is the one that created
that scenario and removing that regime is the priority? Then you can have all
these solutions. It seems you are probably putting the cart before the
Lance don’t mislead people. A classic case for your listeners to understand is
in America when Obama came, a lot of our black brothers there, they were so much
excited thinking that when Obama gets there, overnight the situation was going
to change for them and of late we have seen the black people complaining because
there’s a system that is entrenched which you cannot remove
So even if the
people of Mthwakazi were to participate to remove Zanu PF from government,
there’s a system there and in any case if those people were desirous that we
should have one united front, the first thing they should have done was to come
and approach and speak to us and say guys look you have your own grievances as
well against this regime, “we joined later but our grievances are different from
yours, can we amalgamate these grievances and we hear what your proposed
solution would look like?”
Once we’ve got a
common agenda of the post Mugabe situation, then we can work together. That
situation was going to be perhaps a miracle even to us on the other side. But
for us we’re not going to remove Mugabe for the sake of pleasing other people
and then (inaudible) it’s not sensible at all.
you say ‘to remove Mugabe to please other people’ which other people are you
the people of Zimbabwe, the people of Zimbabwe are the ones who are complaining
of late, they have just joined in to complain about Robert Mugabe – right? And
all the years they have always been happy, they even tell you, Mugabe has always
been good right from 1980, we read those statements, they made those statements
in public, he only started to be bad guy from the year 2000.
And yet to us,
Mugabe was bad from 1980. Recall that around 15th August 1980, he
went to sign an agreement with the North Koreans to train the Fifth Brigade
which came and killed our people, over 40000 of them. One million of them were
displaced and three, two point five, three million of them were traumatized,
they are denied employment, they are denied education, they are denied economic
empowerment. What do you expect those people to do?
It’s not our
business to go and remove Mugabe. Those people if they want us to participate
and we are ready to do so, provided we agree on a common template which is going
to accommodate our interests and our aspirations as well. But under the present
environment where the idea is just to remove Mugabe, that has nothing to do with
us, we’re not going to participate in that movement.
much support do you have? We have an email that’s just come in from Barbara who
says in Magwegwe and she says and I quote from her email ‘is MLF a genuine party
since we only hear them in newspapers and it seems they operate mainly from
Well I can tell you, I would say to be very realistic, give it over 75% of the
population here is quite in favour of what we are doing, they are solidly behind
the MLF agenda to recreate and regain our sovereignty and they are very
enthusiastic about the whole project.
you not guilty of not being able to separate people identifying with grievances
and necessarily supporting your cause because some would say there’s a
were already segregated. Lance we were segregated before so I don’t understand
what is new today with us concerning that segregation. I can tell you right now
if you go even to private clubs, after hours in social life, you go there and
find the people who will be there, here in Matabeleland. You won’t find, go to
the police stations, go to ZIMRA, go to any government department and see the
people who are employed there and tell me if…
me give you a classic example which maybe you could answer – I’ll give my own
example: I’m a Shona speaking Zimbabwean born in Marange but all my life I grew
up in Matabeleland so the question then comes in… PS: There’s nothing wrong with
I know first hand some of the issues you are articulating because I saw them
first hand, I went to schools in Matabeleland, I know about the marginalization
that you are talking about, so the question then comes in when addressing this
how do you then split Zimbabwe into compartments and you tackle the issue
because you have people who identify with what you are saying but who might not
necessarily agree with your solution.
Lance what is going to happen is you have a choice yourself when you decide to
come here – either because you grew up here you are happy with the political
governance system that we are going to put in place in Mthwakazi or you opt to
go to Zimbabwe right because your maybe originally your parents came from there.
The choice will be entirely yours where you want to stay.
No-one is going to
force you and say go and stay there; no-one will be forced, don’t stay there, go
the other side. No, it is the people who will decide where they want to stay but
what we are doing ourselves is to confirm what the people of Zimbabwe, through
Zanu PF have done to say we are second class citizens, they don’t want us to be
part of Zimbabwe.
Just imagine, even
the little kids they will ask you at home, my father will tell me why is it that
the ZBC will not have Ndebele language being spoken there in the morning? That’s
common knowledge when Mugabe went there after his foreign trips, he checked the
use of the people who formed that entourage, you’ll never find a person from our
side part of that entourage.
You will never see
Morgan Tsvangirai’s entourage as well and see the people who accompany him – you
don’t see anyone coming from our side. So what does that tell you? You look at
the principals of this government – you’ve got Mugabe, you’ve got Tsvangirai,
you’ve got Arthur Mutambara – none of our people are there who participate in
the decision making.
Look at all the
service chiefs, none of our people are there. Look at, come here to Bulawayo at
the central police station look at the people who are at the top there, there’s
none of our people in there. So…
the question is – who is to blame for that whole arrangement? Who is to
is to blame?
It’s now an institutionalized apartheid system in this country which has to be
dismantled but to dismantle it may be very difficult so the best way, these
people don’t want the people from Mthwakazi to be part of them so if that is the
case, let us not bother them or force ourselves upon them. The best way is just
okay guys let’s confirm this, these two countries were joined by the white
colonialists, let’s go back to our original position before the white man came
Mr Siwela, we have so many questions to ask you, we had a huge response from
people, we’re probably have to do a part two with you and get you again next
week and continue asking.
questions coming in and I think a lot of people will be disappointed I didn’t
get to ask their questions but I promise we’ll get Mr Siwela again next week
Wednesday and continue this discussion. That’s Mthwakazi Liberation Front leader
Paul Siwela joining us on Question Time. Thank you for your
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Appeal for research information for a book
Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, 22/11/11.
I desperately need some information
for my book from the people in Zimbabwe
or those with contacts with them. I
promise to treat all submitted
information in strictest confidence and will
not disclose respondents’ real
names or contact details.
Zesa blackouts affected you personally, your family, your
social life or your job or business and what have you done
about it? For
example, reduced hours resulting in pay cuts and so on;
affected and how?
How have Zesa bills affected you, your family, your
friends, your job or
business and what have done about it? For example, lost
your job or closed
your business and so on. Have you resorted to
alternatives like gas, or
Do you think the poor have
benefited from rural electrification? Explain.
President Robert Mugabe
reportedly announced plans to acquire a nuclear
reactor from Argentina in
the 1990s and vowed to pursue nuclear power in
2005 after Zimbabwe
discovered uranium at Kanyemba but nothing has been
heard of it since then
(The Guardian, 21/11/05).
Can Zimbabwe manage a nuclear reactor to
supplement Zesa’s electricity and
other forms of energy given the challenges
it is facing with Hwange and
Kariba Power Stations? Explain with
Is Zimbabwe capable of managing a nuclear accident like the one
Fukushima plant given its poor disaster preparedness in lacking
and fire engines let alone trauma centres? Explain your
NB: I am writing a book looking at various issues including those
above from a social science perspective rather than as a technical
engineer, because I am not.
Thank you for your
Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, London
Please send your
answers to firstname.lastname@example.org