By Tererai Karimakwenda
06 November, 2012
There has been a widespread and angry reaction to the police raid on the
Counselling Services Unit (CSU) offices in Harare on Monday, and fear of a
general crackdown on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s), ahead of the
elections due next year.
Several NGOs in the country issued statements condemning the arrest of
Fidelis Mudimu, Zachariah Godi, James Zidzimu, Tafadzwa Gesa and Penn
Bruno – CSU employees who are being detained at Harare Central Police
The raiding team of about 20 police officers was led by Detectives Inspector
Dowa and Inspector Murira, who were armed with a search warrant allowing
them to recover “offensive and subversive material” from the CSU offices.
CSU provides psychological and medical assistance to traumatised victims of
torture. It is not quite clear what the police are accusing them of, but
there is general consensus that the raid is part of a ZANU PF crackdown
meant to intimidate human rights and political activists, ahead of elections
Kumbirai Mafunda, communications officer at Zimbabwe lawyers for Human
Rights, who are assisting the accused, said two of them were released late
on Monday but three remain in custody.
Mafunda said the police were specifically looking for material that “defaces
any house, building, wall, fence, lamp post, gate, elevator without the
consent of the owner or occupier thereof”, in contravention of section 46 of
the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
“We have been made to understand as police were preparing state papers, that
this had to do with a banner or a building that was defaced recently. We are
not quite clear what they will be charged with but we know they are going to
spend another night behind bars,” Mafunda told SW Radio Africa.
Close sources told SW Radio Africa that all the police found at the CSU
office were three cans of spray paint.
Mafunda pointed to the recent police raids at the offices of the Gays and
Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), the crackdown against NGOs in Masvingo earlier
this year and the arrest of Abel Chikomo from the Human Rights NGO Forum, as
signs that the government is intensifying its campaign against rights
In a statement, the MDC-T condemned the arrests saying: “The MDC notes with
great concern the upsurge in the arrests, intimidation and harassment of
civic society members, political activists and journalists across the
country by ZANU PF members and State security.”
The party has said they will not participate in any election if the
atmosphere on the ground is not conducive to holding a free and fair poll.
By Tichaona Sibanda
6 November 2012
There are reports saying that Robert Mugabe’s attempt to subvert the COPAC
process will fail as no other principal to the GPA supports his demands for
the draft constitution be brought before the three principals, before being
tabled in Parliament.
A highly placed source in COPAC told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday that even
ZANU PF officials in the management select committee spearheading the draft
charter, differ with Mugabe.
COPAC has been working flat out since last week to produce a report
detailing the proceedings of the Second All Stakeholders Conference. They
missed a Monday deadline to hand over that report to Parliament and are now
expected to complete the report Wednesday.
The state media has been saying that the constitution making process now
lies under the portfolio of the principals, who will ensure that the views
of the people are clearly articulated.
Our correspondent Lionel Saungweme said it is a big lie by ZANU PF that the
principals want to ensure that the views of the people are clearly
articulated in the new charter.
‘This is an attempt by ZANU PF to smuggle their amendments into the new
charter after failing to do before and after the Second All Stakeholders
‘But analysts predict that this attempt will fail without the cooperation of
Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube from the MDC formations.
‘SADC, as the guarantors of this GPA, will be following events of this COPAC
process very closely to ensure it’s completed in a fair manner that does not
disadvantage other stakeholders,’ Saungweme said.
It is understood contentious issues in the draft include executive powers,
dual citizenship, appointment of governors and devolution of power.
Recently the three COPAC co-chairmen reiterated that the country will hold a
referendum on a new Constitution by January next year, if the remaining
processes move smoothly.
There are fears that different views expressed by delegates to the
conference will delay the process, as these need to be ironed out before the
draft can be presented to Parliament for debate.
After the debate the draft will be taken for a vote in a referendum to
decide whether it should be adopted as the new constitution for the country.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says it needs about US$104 million to hold
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 10:01
HARARE - Police officers who arrested MDC activists on charges of killing a
police officer in Harare’s Glen View suburb last year continue giving
conflicting statements on the fateful day’s events.
Investigating officer Clever Ntini told High Court Judge Chinembiri Bhunu
during trial that three of his officers, Victor Mafavhuke, Spencer Nyararai
and one Chikura, who has since died, witnessed some of the MDC activists
stoning the cop.
But all of the police officers denied witnessing any of the activists
killing the cop when they appeared on the witness stand prior to Ntini’s
Testifying under cross-examination from defence lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa,
Ntini said all the three police details were under cover and watched some of
the accused committing murder. - Staff Writer
by Phyllis Mbanje
THE 29 MDC-T members charged with the murder of a police officer in Harare
last year were betrayed by party colleagues, their on-going trial heard
Principal investigating officer in the case, Detective Chief Inspector
Clever Ntini, made the claim when challenged to reveal the identity of
police informants by defence lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.
Glen View MP and MDC-T youth leader, Solomon Madzore, along with 28 other
party activists are charged with the murder of Inspector Petros Mutedza in
May last year.
The ZRP officer was killed when a police detail responding to reports of an
unsanctioned political gathering at a Glen View shopping centre came under
attack from dozens of stone-throwing MDC-T activists.
Detective Ntini told the trial, which resumed Monday, that he could not name
the informants because they were known to the suspects. He added that
investigators also dispensed with the usual identification parade to protect
the identity of the witnesses.
"I cannot reveal the informants' identity because they apparently belong to
the same party as the 29 accused persons," he said.
"We did not hold an Identification parade because we did not want to risk
the identity of the informants."
However, Mtetwa dismissed the detective’s claim and insisted that those
arrested were nowhere the scene of the clashes.
She said the 29 suspects fell victim to “political profiling” by the ZRP
whereby MDC-T members in police records are just rounded up whenever a crime
The defence lawyer added that this had seen 45 people being arrested in
connection with the murder although police later only charged the 29.
"You used the profiling method just like you do with WOZA, if there is a
demonstration you simply pull out the profiles and storm their homes and
beat them up," Mtetwa charged.
"In this case you simply showed pictures of the accused to the so called
Detective Ntini also told the court that the suspects were identified by
undercover cops deployed in the area who included police officers Spencer
Nyararai, Solomon Mushaninga, Victor Magutarima.
However, the detective was forced to admit that he was “mixing up issues”
when Mtetwa reminded him that the three officers were not plain clothes cops
but part of the reaction group led by Inspector Mutedza.
Mtetwa also said two of the officers had since denied witnessing Mutedza’s
"Nyararai has given evidence already and he does not mention ever witnessing
the event," she charged.
Detective Ntini had the gallery in stitches when he said, in response: "I
could have mixed up issues here."
The MDC-T activists, most of whom have been in custody for more than a year,
deny any involvement in Inspector Mutedza’s murder.
Jonga Kandemiiri, Arthur Chigoriwa
Mashonaland West’s weekly Mirror editor Dennis Kagonye was arrested Tuesday
morning on charges of contravening the draconian Access to Information and
Protection of Privacy Act.
Kagonye, who was arrested by two officers from Chinhoyi Law and Order was
incarcerated in the Chinhoyi police holding cells after a lengthy
interrogation, with the police set to question him further.
Police confiscated all the computers from his newsroom. It was not
immediately clear what information they were looking for.
Kagonyes’ lawyer Andrew Choga confirmed his client was being being charged
for publishing without a licence as required under the law, adding he may
appear in court Wednesday.
In Harare, meanwhile, the three Counselling Services Unit employees who were
arrested Monday following a raid at their offices are spending another night
in police custody as officers continued preparing charge sheets.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights spokesman Kumbirai Mafunda told Studio 7
the three could be taken to Bulawayo where police charged they defaced a
building hosting an information centre donated to the community by former
Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu.
Officers raided the Counselling Services Unit offices claiming the
non-governmental organisation was in possession of material that contravened
criminal law, specifically the Codification and Reform Act.
Some computers and materials were confiscated and five employees, including
a daily news photographer, were arrested in the raid.
Two employees and the journalist have since been released without any
charges being preferred against them.
Meanwhile, non-governmental group Community Tolerance reported that police
in Masvingo Monday arrested political activists Kenny Machingura, Taurai
Chidaushe and Timothy Mhinga for allegedly convening an unsanctioned
meeting in Chivi North constituency.
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 09:58
HARARE - Daily News photographer Watson Ofumeli, who joined the paper last
week, was yesterday briefly arrested by police from the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) Law and Order Section for taking pictures
during a raid at a local NGO.
Ofumeli was hauled into a police truck packed with police detectives and
five Counselling Services Unit (CSU) staffers just outside the NGO’s offices
in Harare and taken to Harare Central Police Station.
He was covering the police raid.
Police raided the CSU searching for “offensive and subversive material”.
Ofumeli was later released without charge but only after forcing him to
delete the pictures he had taken.
Associated Newspapers lawyer Alec Muchadehama condemned the arrest.
“We have always said the laws in Zimbabwe are not friendly for the practice
of journalism or the free flow of information,” he said.
“Ofumeli’s arrest is evidence that the police’s heavy-handed behaviour in
dealing with journalists going about their lawful duty is systematic and has
not changed,” Muchadehama said.
The Daily News group editor, Stanley Gama described the arrest as another
latest assault on press freedom in Zimbabwe.
“At the Daily News, we have now become used to such savagery tactics of
intimidation, and we wonder when will this come to an end? Why are we always
being targeted as the Daily News?
“The selective application of the law in Zimbabwe is appalling, we strongly
condemn the arrest of our photojournalist and the subsequent deleting of his
pictures by the police. Can someone please stop the harassment of the Daily
News.” - Staff Writer
Harare, November 07, 2012 - A regional corruption watch dog said an increase
in police check points on Zimbabwe’s highways had seen officers attached to
the traffic section becoming rich over night.
The Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACTA) said an assessment it
carried out recently showed that corruption by the Zimbabwe Republic Police
(ZRP) was worsening.
“The report revealed that on the 9th of October 2012, police officers
manning checkpoints between Plumtree and Kwekwe demanded and were paid bribe
money for which they did not issue official receipts,” ACTA said in a
“The money paid was pocketed by the individual police officers thereby
depriving the nation of its much-needed resources for development.
“Furthermore, the report revealed that police officers between Plumtree and
Bulawayo were more corrupt as compared to their colleagues between Bulawayo
and Kwekwe since they received bribes at six out of the seven checkpoints,
which constituted 85.7% prevalence.”
Alouis Munyaradzi Chaumba, the ACTA coordinator, encouraged responsible
authorities in Zimbabwe to take appropriate action against the culprits.
“The fact that the prevalence of corruption on Zimbabwean roads is high and
takes place publicly should make it easy for either the ZRP management or
the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to lay traps and catch the
culprits red-handed,” he said.
“Failure to nip the problem in the bud is a manifestation of a lack of
political will to fight the problem head-on.”
The report decried the number and the distance between checkpoints.
“On the 9th of October 2012, there were at least seven checkpoints between
Plumtree and Bulawayo which delayed motorists and milked them through bribe
money,” it added.
“The report demonstrated that the bus departed Plumtree border post at 7:26
a.m and arrived in Bulawayo at 10:10 am, over a distance of 100 kilometres,
and the delays were attributed to the police checkpoints where police
officers were negotiating bribes.”
Chaumba urged motorists and members of the public to take video footages
using their phones and cameras in order to name and shame the culprits.
ZRP Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri has often defended the increase
in the number of roadblocks claiming they were meant to curb lawlessness on
The Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) President Pride Mukono was
yesterday November 5, 2012 remanded in custody by a Gweru magistrate. The
Union boss had a warrant of arrest issued after he failed to attend court in
Gweru facing charges under the Public Order and Security Act (POSA). He will
be back in court on the 21st of November from Hwahwa prison. The
incarceration comes a few days after the release of the Union Secretary
General Tryvine Musokeri who is charged together with the Pres
by Staff Reporter
On the 15th of February 2012, The ZINASU President, Secretary General and a
member of the Union were arrested while addressing students at Midlands
State University (MSU). They were detained at Gweru Central Police Station.
The three appeared in court on February 17, 2012 charged with assault and
violation of POSA. The charges arose from addressing students without giving
notice to the police and allegedly assaulting MSU security guards. It later
turned out that it was the guards who had assaulted the union leaders. They
were released on free bail and the matter was postponed to March 02, 2012.
Since then the trio have been attending court.
The arrest of Union Leaders is politically motivated as it came soon after
the launch of the “final force campaign” which aimed at mobilizing students
for massive demonstrations in reaction to the government’s failure to pay
for students on the cadetship scheme. Musokeri was arrested on the 28th of
September 2012, for failing to appear at a Magistrates Court in Gweru in
connection to charges preferred on him, under the draconian POSA. Tryvine
spent thirty three days in detention at Hwahwa before being granted bail on
the 31st of October.
Believe Tapera Vice President of ZINASU was suspended at MSU for writing a
protest letter to the local daily newspaper demanding the release of Tryvine
Musokeri. He is yet to appear before the University disciplinary committee.
The SST notes with great concern the upsurge in the arrests, intimidation
and harassment of student activists ahead of the Constitution Referendum and
the pending general elections. By arresting and intimidating the leaders are
denied their right to represent and participate in these national processes.
We urge the inclusive government to maintain peace and open up democratic
space as the country approach polls.
By Alex Bell
06 November 2012
The so called ‘well wishers’ responsible for a multi million dollar farming
inputs scheme launched by Robert Mugabe over the weekend, are being accused
of helping the regime cling to power.
There are widespread suspicions that the US$20 million Mugabe secured for
the farming package is part of a vote-buying strategy for ZANU PF ahead of
the next elections. The scheme was launched at the party’s headquarters on
Saturday with the party promising to assist ‘disadvantaged’ farmers. The
inputs bought with the multi million dollar cash boost, are set to be handed
over to rural chiefs to distribute.
The Chiefs’ Council has since appealed to Mugabe to mediate in worsening
relations between rural chiefs and ZANU PF officials fighting over the
distribution of the farming inputs. Chiefs’ Council president Chief Fortune
Charumbira has been quoted has saying this week that there are problems in
some parts of the country with ZANU PF members undermining the authority of
the chiefs in the distribution farming inputs.
The Chief’s concerns have supported the claims that the inputs scheme is
part of ZANU PF’s election strategy. Political analyst Professor John
Makumbe told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday that ZANU PF could use this scheme
as an opportunity to buy votes.
“It is quite telling that some of the inputs were distributed from the ZANU
PF headquarters, instead of somewhere neutral. The message being sent is
that ZANU PF is in election mode and that vote buying is the order of the
day,” Makumbe said.
ZANU PF has used this kind of strategy repeatedly over election periods to
rig polling results in their favour. For example, the party has politicised
food aid schemes countrywide for many years, insisting people must have ZANU
PF membership to claim food aid. Also, the land grab campaign launched by
Mugabe was a clear reward scheme for his party faithful
“With the elections expected early next year it is obvious that ZANU PF is
using the distribution of farming inputs as a way of attracting support and
saying they care more than the MDC formations,” Makumbe said.
Questions are also being asked about the source of the US$20 million Mugabe
secured for this scheme, which he has attributed to unnamed ‘well wishers’.
Observers have commented that these ‘well wishers’ are directly funding an
illegal regime, by giving money to support the party’s election campaign.
The unknown sponsors are thought to be foreign governments who have
previously supported Mugabe, including China or Iran. The MDC-T meanwhile
also pointed the finger closer to home, saying the inputs scheme has
confirmed their “assertion that ZANU PF is using money from the Chiadzwa
Diamond fields, siphoned through a corruption magnate Obert Mpofu to sponsor
a parallel government structure.”
Morgan Tsvangirai’s party also warned that the input scheme is a ZANU PF
“That the so- called Presidential input scheme was launched at the ZANU PF
headquarters raises an eyebrow, and the generality of Zimbabweans wonder if
this is not another vote buying exercise by ZANU PF. It therefore ceases to
be a ‘presidential’ input scheme as it is designed to benefit ZANU PF
members,” the MDC-T said.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Joseph Made has revealed that the amount of
money needed to fund farming inputs for a successful agricultural sector is
forty times more than the amount Mugabe was able to secure. Speaking at the
launch of Mugabe’s inputs scheme on Saturday, Made said that US$800 million
is needed to buy inputs for the coming season. This news has added more
weight to suspicions that Mugabe’s cash boost is a ‘reward scheme’ and not
aimed at improving agriculture.
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 10:55
HARARE - The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) is today expected
confiscate Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)’s vehicles over $700 000
the state broadcaster owes the workers’ social protection institution in
employees’ pension contributions since 2009.
The property includes the State broadcaster’s vehicles belonging to
“You are required and directed to attach and take into execution the movable
goods of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Limited…and of the same cause to
be realised the sum of $722 401,00,” reads part of the writ of execution
shown to the Daily News.
“We are made to understand that the deputy sheriff has attached executive
cars. This is why their managers were here (yesterday) negotiating for time
to pay, but tomorrow (today) we are collecting the cars,” said Vanani Simon
Nyangulu, whose law firm is representing Nssa. - Staff Writer
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 10:10
President Robert Mugabe
HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu party is splashing a massive $6,5
million on the construction of a conference centre in Gweru ahead of its
“people’s conference” in December, the Daily News can reveal.
The party — reportedly buoyed by diamond money — is bankrolling the
construction of the monstrous structure 15 kilometres on the Gweru-Mvuma
With the facility at roof level, the 5 000-seater convention centre is not
only conspicuous by its size, but has also raised eyebrows about the source
of its funding.
While Mugabe’s Zanu PF is expected to use the facility for its 13th annual
conference in early December, its construction has also come at a time the
Midlands city is grappling with serious de-industrialisation.
For instance, the cost of its erection is more than two thirds of the money
needed to recapitalise Bata Shoe Company.
With the five-day annual gathering expected to map Zanu PF's strategies to
stay in power after next year's polls, critics say the $6, 5 million is
likely to turn into another "white elephant".
Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist since Independence in 1980,
will be endorsed as the party's presidential candidate at the annual feast,
where food and drink will be in free flow.
According to party insiders, land and broad-based empowerment will remain
Mugabe’s trump card and rallying point to woo a restive electorate, which
has seen steadily rising incomes since the inception of a coalition
government in 2008.
Zanu PF, which suffered electoral defeat in March 2008 and was forced to
form a “unity” government with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC and a
smaller MDC faction headed by Welshman Ncube, will be expecting that the
conference strengthens the party’s campaign thrust.
Between 5 000 and 10 000 visitors will be in Gweru.
Zanu PF politburo member and ex-Midlands’ governor Cephas Msipa, who is part
of the organising committee, said indications pointed to the largest
conclave in the party's history.
"It will be one of the best conferences, everyone is looking forward to it,"
Msipa told the Daily News.
"We are building a special conference centre. We want to be the first to
build that kind of conference centre. We are well prepared."
Msipa said the politburo will meet tomorrow to finish arrangements for the
reception of dignitaries and the vast crowd of the party's rank and file
which will turn out for the national people’s conference.
Aides were also paying close attention to the distribution of provincial
tickets to the convention hall.
Spearheaded by Midlands Development Association (MDA) chairman Larry Mavima,
the association is reported to be planning a gallery demonstration for
Mugabe which they hope will make a lasting impression.
Standing on a 60-hectare piece of land on the outskirts of the so-called
“city of progress”, a massive stage 20 metres long and 12 metres wide is
being erected for speech making.
The intention, convention organisers say, is to convey a certain level of
warmth and intimacy inside the 5 000-seater arena, while also creating a
“wow factor” that will impress with state-of-the-art technology.
The conference centre, with a red tiled roof, is impressive; with a
futuristic design being put up by Chinese contractors.
The conference centre will include offices for the Zanu PF presidium -
comprising the first secretary Mugabe, his two second secretaries Joice
Mujuru and John Nkomo and the national chairman Simon Khaya-Moyo - and
several other amenities.
The huge auditorium has been arranged to seat 10 000 delegates.
Organisers say it will be a "celebration of gathering" with open walkways
and plenty of space. Massive screens and headphone speakers will be
available for all the delegates, with translations in most vernacular
The thousands who will attend the convention events in person, and all those
tuning in across the country, “should be ready for quite a show,” Msipa
He contested the notion that Zanu PF was bigger in style than substance,
saying each party strategically constructed a stage to convey its own unique
style and “image”.
The ex-Midlands governor described the centre as a legacy project.
Meanwhile, most Gweru hotels expect brisk business during the five-day
Local hotel managers say they are double checking their systems, sprucing up
rooms and talking over access and security with their employees. - Gift
Tue Nov 6, 2012 9:40am EST
* Fails to sell $30 mln in T-bills
* Banks demanding high yields for debt
* Zimbabwe struggles to revive debt market
By Nelson Banya
HARARE, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe failed to sell treasury bills for the
third time in around a month on Tuesday, traders said, as wary banks brushed
off government pressure to help revive the domestic debt market.
Cash-strapped Zimbabwe is trying to relaunch its T-bill market but has seen
little interest from commercial banks, which are demanding hefty yields to
hold the short-term debt.
The central bank had said in private meetings it would garnish money from
foreign lenders as punishment for refusing to buy the bills, one banker
familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Dealers said Tuesday's $30 million offering of 91-day bills attracted just
$8.65 million worth of bids, with yields ranging from 8.5 to 12 percent.
The government relaunched the treasury bill market last month but has
managed just one successful auction in four attempts -- selling $9.85
billion on Oct. 26.
In the run-up to the latest planned issue, Finance Minister Tendai Biti had
leaned on the country's major banks.
"I am giving the banking sector the last chance to fully support the
treasury bills. If they don't support it, I will issue NCDs and that's it,"
Biti was quoted by the Herald newspaper as saying.
NCDs, or negotiable certificates of deposit, are a form of a savings
instrument issued by banks for big deposits and are transferable, and
therefore tradable in the secondary market.
Both Biti and Central Bank Governor Gideon Gono have previously criticised
foreign-owned banks, Standard Chartered , Barclays, Standard Bank and a unit
of South Africa's Nedbank, for their lack of interest in the treasury bills,
which both men say are low-risk.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said lenders remain sceptical about
the government's ability to honour its debt.
"It seems that banks do not share a similar view relating to the low risk
associated with (T-bills). The outcome of the tender suggested that most
banks think the risk level is not low, contrary to the views of the
authorities," the AfDB said in its monthly economic review.
"This is against the background of tight budgetary constraints and the
uncertain political and economic environment."
The lack of enthusiasm for the treasury bills also reflected a dollar crunch
in the market, one dealer said.
"What this shows is that there is no liquidity in the market, although there
does appear to be resistance to the bills from the bigger foreign banks
which do have the cash," she said.
Zimbabwe faces a huge debt burden. Its total external debt is estimated at
$10.7 billion, or 113.5 percent of GDP, at the end of 2011. More than half
of it is in arrears.
The country's economy is growing again under coalition government after a
decade of decline and hyperinflation. But the momentum has slowed and Biti
has said 2012 growth, initially projected at 9.4 percent, could come in at 4
percent, even lower than his mid-year revision of 5.6 percent.
The country is due to hold elections in 2013 and there are fears a repeat of
the violence that marred a 2008 presidential poll could send the economy
into a spiral again.
By Staff Reporter
Published: November 6, 2012
(Harare)Harare residents took to the streets today in protest at the Council’s
‘heavy hand’ as they petitioned a change of policies in which they demand an
end to sewer bursts, no-refuse collection and other ills committed by the
Harare city council.
This also comes after City Council recently began issuing final demands and
eviction orders to residents in the face of dirty sewage contaminated
drinking water together other abnormalities which have continued for years
in Zimbabwe’s capital.
The demonstration which saw the handing over of a petition signed by 3 000
residents on these demands, began Tuesday morning at 9am as the Hararians
demanded that “water should be made available to every citizen, not the
current situation where most suburbs do not have any running water.”
A statement by the residents association stated: The residents have risen
.They demand for a more accountable system of governance in Harare .
Residents across the greater Harare undertook a demonstration against
Harare City Council today at 9 am demanding the cancellation of debts
accrued between February 2009 and December 2010. In addition Harare City
Council is issuing final demands and eviction orders to residents yet there
is no clean water, no refuse collection,sewer burst among other poor service
delivery issues within the communities. The residents have demonstrated that
they are the custodians of Harare City Council and sent a clear message that
the Harare City Council Leadership should not take them for granted.Its NOW
TIME TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST POOR SERVICE DELIVERY.THIS IS JUST THE ADVENT OF
A CITYWIDE PROTEST!
By Tichaona Sibanda
6 November 2012
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’ spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka, has regained
consciousness and doctors believe his life is not in danger any more. He was
seriously injured in a car crash on Sunday, when his 4×4 Toyota Prado
overturned and rolled three times, in Domboshawa.
He was travelling with his two brothers, Ngonidzashe and Kelvin, and two
uncles, Milton and Cleopas. All the passengers escaped with minor injuries.
Prime Minister Tsvangirai, on honeymoon with his wife in London, is being
kept updated by officials in his office.
Kudakwashe Matibiri, a close friend of Tamborinyoka’s, confirmed he had
regained consciousness but said he is still unable to speak.
‘He can smile, respond to commands and move his limbs, especially the legs,’
After the accident, Tamborinyoka was treated at Makumbe mission hospital in
Domboshawa before being taken to the Avenues clinic in Harare. Initially
doctors had described his injuries as life-threatening but his condition is
now understood to have improved.
‘Since Luke’s arrival at the hospital Sunday he has been receiving the best
medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the country’s major
trauma centre. He is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing.
‘The doctors will await the outcome of these assessments before providing
further comment. The priority now at this time is Luke and his family,’
Our correspondent Simon Muchemwa told us information from the Avenues points
to Tamborinyoka making a full recovery, though after extensive
‘What we hear is that Luke will obviously take months to fully recover and
in the interim, the Prime Minister’s office is expected to appoint someone
on a caretaker basis to be spokesman,’ Muchemwa said.
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:07
HARARE - This semester could be the last for University of Zimbabwe (UZ)
political science professor John Makumbe, who is quitting teaching to pursue
a political dream.
After years of fiercely criticising President Robert Mugabe’s politicies in
newspaper columns, Makumbe has decided to hit the ground and contest for a
parliamentary seat in the next elections.
Dates are yet to be set but coalition government parties agree polls will be
held next year without fail.
Makumbe told the Daily News at the weekend that time was ripe for him to
leave the institution he has served for two decades.
“I will be leaving the university probably by the end of the year to
concentrate on my campaign in Buhera West Constituency,” said Makumbe.
“Elections could be held anytime next year so the time has come. I have been
doing a lot of talking, now I must start doing the walking.
“I want to get into the ring and demonstrate that things can be done
differently and that elections can be won without violence and Buhera West
will be the case study,” he said, without elaborating how he will ensure
non-violence when he does not control Zanu PF structures which are largely
blamed for violence.
Buhera West Constituency is held by Constitution and Parliamentary Affairs
minister Eric Matinenga, who has indicated his desire to step down from
Makumbe, who will stand on the mainstream MDC ticket, said he would follow
Matinenga’s lead and serve only one parliamentary term.
“I just need to serve a one five-year term and see if I can make a
difference then I will go back to university,” Makumbe said. - Mugove
Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Two infamous senior police officers, Detective Inspector Henry Dowa and
Chief Superintendent Chrispen Makedenge were leading the teams that arrested
and severely tortured some of the 29 MDC members who are on trial on false
charges of murdering a police officer.
This was revealed at the High Court today by the defence lawyers during
cross examination of Clever Ntini, the investigation officer in the murder
The defence counsel led by Beatrice Mtetwa had queried why Ntini had ignored
a ruling made at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts last year that Ntini should
carry out investigations into reports made by some of the accused that they
had been assaulted and tortured while in police custody.
Among those who were identified as the torturers of the MDC members in the
police cells are; Dowa, Makedenge, police officers Maida and Muchada.
Dowa was in 2003 removed from a UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo after he
was found to have tortured hundreds of MDC and civic society members in
Dowa has been named by several torture victims as having directed and
carried out beatings with fists, boots and pickaxe handles, and as having
administered electric shocks to the point of convulsions, at the Harare
Central Police Station throughout 2002 and in early 2003. The charges have
been backed up by medical examinations which confirm injuries consistent
Makedenge has been mentioned in connection with numerous human rights
abuses. He was named in court as having participated in the abduction of
human rights defender, Jestina Mukoko and dozens of others in late 2008. He
is further accused of being involved in several other abductions of MDC
members especially in Harare. Makedenge was withdrawn from a UN peacekeeping
operation in Sudan, reportedly because of his abusive history.
The violations by the two notorious police officers prompted the defence
lawyers to query why Ntini had not carried out investigations and arrests as
ruled by the courts on the two infamous police officers.
The State prosecutor, Edmore Nyazamba tried in vain to block Mtetwa from
addressing the two as infamous police officers claiming that it was
character assassination but the trial judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu
overuled the objection.
Some of the MDC members who were injured during the torture in police cells
are Councillor Tungamirai Madzokere and Yvonne Musarurwa. Councillor
Madzokere had his arm broken while Musarurwa had visible injuries which
according to Ntini showed that he had been assaulted.
During the cross examination, Ntini again failed to reveal the names of his
informers who led to the arrest of the 29 MDC members on trial.
“Who are these nameless, faceless, genderless and addressless people who
only exist in the eyes of the police?” asked Mtetwa.
It was also revealed in court today by the defence lawyers that arrested
females were interrogated in the presence of male police officers only, who
were also involved in torturing them.
When Musarurwa went for indications her jean trousers were blooded and torn.
The trial continues tomorrow.
The Last Mile: Towards Real Transformation!!!
Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Water is central to life and without it, numerous problems arise chief among
them being disease outbreaks. The country in recent times has experienced
these diseases which include cholera and typhoid both of which are caused by
inadequate supplies of clean water and poor hygiene.
The MDC is determined to make sure that the water situation in the country
improves by ensuring that all its councils are doing everything they can to
solve water woes.
In line with the above, the MDC applauds the Minister of Finance, Hon Tendai
Biti for the recent allocation of funds to the tune of $500 000 as a stop
gap measure to solve the water woes in Bulawayo. This is a commendable move
which will go a long way in alleviating the plight of the people of
Water shortages have plagued many parts of the country, including the
capital, Harare. Years of neglect and corruption under ZANU PF rule and a
growing urban population have all combined to create the current water
problems that plague Zimbabwe. Taking Harare as an example, the capital now
has about 5 million people while Bulawayo has between 1.5 to 1.6 million.
The current infrastructure was built to serve only 600,000 people in both
cities. This clearly demonstrates lack of planning and vision on the part of
ZANU PF for the past 32 years.
The MDC through its minister Hon Sipepa Nkomo has successfully negotiated a
deal that will help increase Bulawayo’s supply of clean water from 5,000
cubic litres to 15,000 daily from just one dam. This will supply at least
20% of Bulawayo’s daily consumption needs. The 110 boreholes that were not
working are currently being rehabilitated which will also help alleviate the
The MDC notes that the Mtshabezi-Umzingwane pipeline that is largely viewed
as the short-term solution to Bulawayo's water problems has missed many
completion deadlines. The party believes that the permanent solution
Bulawayo's water shortages is the National Matabeleland Zambezi Water
project, which has been on the drawing board for 100 years.
Harare on the other hand just needs the entire aged infrastructure
especially in high density suburbs repaired and upgraded.
The Last Mile: Towards Real Transformation!!!
by Staff Reporter
CORRUPTION by Zimbabwe Republic Police traffic officers is “worsening”, the
Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACTSA) says in a new report.
Researchers from the ACTSA travelled by public transport from Plumtree to
Kwekwe on October 9 this year and documented incidents of bribe solicitation
by traffic officers.
The Namibia-registered bus they travelled in was stopped SEVEN times between
Plumtree and Bulawayo – a distance of 100km. The journey which should have
taken slightly over an hour lasted three hours due to traffic officers
negotiating bribes, ACTSA said in its findings released on Monday.
Foreign-registered vehicles are more likely to be stopped than vehicles with
Zimbabwean number plates.
The report, titled ‘Stealing from the State and Impoverishing the Nation:
Zimbabwean Traffic Police Officers Pocketing Huge Sums of Money through
Bribes at Checkpoints’, says “the sin of corruption is now deeply rooted to
such an extent that the culprits are demanding bribes publicly as if it is
normal to do so.”
The researchers said: “Police officers between Plumtree and Bulawayo were
more corrupt as compared to their colleagues between Bulawayo and Kwekwe.
They were paid bribes at six of the seven checkpoints, which constitute
“There were five checkpoints between Bulawayo and Gweru and only one
incident of corruption was recorded. At 11:24AM when the driver was stopped
for overspeeding, he begged for forgiveness but the police officers demanded
a bribe which he paid before being allowed to proceed. No receipt was
“There were no incidents of corruption between Gweru and Kwekwe.”
ACTSA says its researchers boarded the bus as it cleared the Plumtree border
Stop 1: The bus exited the immigration and customs before 7AM and at
exactly, 7:18AM on the way out, three male police officers, including a
Criminal Investigations Department (CID) official, demanded US$10 or R100 to
allow the bus to leave the immigration area without being searched.
The bus driver and the conductor resisted paying the bribe claiming that
they had already paid immigration and customs officials. There were heated
arguments until the bus was allowed to leave the immigration area but
instructed to park outside the gate.
At exactly 7:26AM, two uniformed police officers (1 male and 1 female)
different from all those involved at immigration followed outside the gate
and demanded payment of US$10 or R100. They negotiated with the driver
outside the bus and were paid US$5, which they accepted though they expected
more. The bus driver was warned that in future he will risk more delays if
enough bribe money is not paid.
Stop 2: At 7:28AM, the bus arrived at another checkpoint where a male police
officer demanded a bribe, which the driver paid. In order to put pressure on
the driver, the police officer demanded the driver’s licence and the vehicle’s
registration books, which he kept holding, whilst demanding that the whole
trailer be offloaded.
In order to avoid all the inconveniences the officer openly demanded payment
of US$10, which he was given before giving the driver his driver’s licence
and the vehicle registration documents.
Stop 3: The bus arrived at another checkpoint at 7:49AM, where again the
police officer demanded to see the driver’s licence and the vehicle
registration documents. He instructed the bus driver to follow him to a
nearby tree where he was paid US$5 before allowing the bus to proceed.
Stop 4:At 7:56AM, the bus was stopped at another police checkpoint, where a
CID official demanded that he needed to search the bus and ordered that the
trailer should be offloaded. The driver lied and argued that the trailer had
been offloaded at the border and it was pointless to offload it again. The
official insisted and he was paid US$10 before allowing the driver to
Stop 5: At 8:39AM, the driver was stopped and asked to produce road permits
which he did. Police officers did not ask for any bribe and the bus was
allowed to proceed.
Stop 6: The vehicle was stopped at 9:02AM and the driver was asked to
produce his driver’s licence and road permit which was done. The police
asked for a bribe citing the need to avoid offloading the trailer. The
driver paid R100 and he was allowed to proceed.
Stop 7: At a police checkpoint close to Redwood along the Plumtree-Bulawayo
highway, a woman police officer demanded a bribe which she was paid. The
driver inserted US$ notes in the ticket book and was immediately allowed to
The bus driver who paid the bribes said: “When you are driving a bus and
have a trailer the approach is to ask all passengers to contribute money,
which will then be paid to immigration and customs officials to avoid
"At Plumtree border post, we always pay a minimum of R1,000 to these
officials and we budget for at least US$200 for traffic police officers from
Plumtree border post to Harare. To us this is normal and the best way to
proceed, instead of being delayed.”
In 2010, ACTSA conducted research on police corruption in Botswana, Namibia
and Zimbabwe which concluded that Zimbabwean police were the most corrupt.
In recommendations contained in its latest report, ACTSA advised the
Zimbabwe government to “take appropriate action to arrest the situation
since traffic police officers are pocketing huge sums of money that should
have been significantly contributing to the national envelope and channelled
towards national development.”
“The government’s failure to take action would be self-defeating,” it said.
As part of the measures, ACTSA is recommending the establishment of “an
elite unit to monitor the operations of police officers.”
In specific recommendations to the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the researchers
called for clear guidelines on the setting up of police checkpoints.
“In other words, checkpoints cannot simply be set up when, where and how
police officers choose as is the current situation on Zimbabwean roads,”
ACTSA said, making an exception for national security.
ACTSA is also calling for all police officers to visibly display their force
numbers “for ease of identification and reporting of corrupt members by the
public”; the education of motorists on checkpoint procedures, including
their rights and obligations as well as monitoring the operations of traffic
police officers whose lifestyles have changed but cannot be matched with
A police officer cited in the report said: ““Being a traffic police officer
has a number of advantages. We can all clearly see that our traffic
colleagues have better lifestyles though our salaries are the same.
“They take advantage of motorists who pay bribes in order to avoid being
delayed on the road. We all want to be traffic officers but sometimes, it’s
not easy since you should also try to please bosses before they can keep you
on the road.
“Sometimes, these bosses are given their shares on daily bribes otherwise
you risk being deployed to other departments.”
Speaking at the launch of the report, ACTSA Coordinator Alouis Munyaradzi
Chaumba said: “The fact that the prevalence of corruption on Zimbabwean
roads is high and takes place publicly should make it easy for either the
ZRP management or the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission to lay traps and
catch the culprits red-handed.
“The Zimbabwean government should also wake up since it is losing a fortune
due to corruption.
“ZRP management should restore sanity in the police force.”
06 November 2012
Members of Zimbabwe's Civil Society Coalition say they will attend the
Zimbabwe Diamond Conference 2012 and aim to play an active role in
discussions at the November 12-13 event at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Kimberley Process (KP) Civil Society Coalition representatives in Zimbabwe,
Shamiso Mtisi and Tafadzwa Musarara, will debate the subject Diamonds,
Engine of Local Beneficiation with Godwills Masimirembwa, Chairman of the
Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, and Abbey Chikane, KP Monitor for
Zimbabwe, on the second day of the conference.
The conference is the first pan-African gathering focused on the potential
of Zimbabwe as a global diamond producer, and has attracted participants
from some 20 countries.
In addition to representatives from diamond trading centers such as New
York, Antwerp, Ramat Gan, Mumbai and Hong Kong, a large group of visitors is
expected from several neighboring states, as well as from other African
"We expect to have open and frank discussions with all participants at this
high-profile event," says Richard Mvududu, Chairman of the Diamond
Beneficiation Association of Zimbabwe, and one of the speakers at the
conference. "Our common goal is to propel Zimbabwe's diamond mining sector
forward and to assure that it is will be an engine that will advance the
Zimbabwe economy, and bring prosperity for all the people of Zimbabwe."
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of Mines and Mining Development of
Zimbabwe, Prince Mupazviriho, says: "It is encouraging to see that so many
people actually want to engage in a conference about how to unlock
Zimbabwe's diamond potential together. We look forward to lively debates
which will deal with every subject of importance to our future diamond
By Rose Benton
Tuesday, 6 November 2012 at 6:00 am
The Zimbabwe Vigil recently marked – not celebrated – our tenth anniversary
protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London against human rights
abuses and in support of free and fair elections. Since the 12th October
2002 Zimbabwean exiles and supporters have gathered every Saturday, come
what may, overlooked by Jacob Epstein’s sculptures slowly crumbling away on
the Embassy’s neo-classical façade.
When the Vigil started we were hopeful that the then newly-formed Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC) would soon sweep away President Mugabe’s
sclerotic Zanu PF party which had ruled since independence in 1980. Robert
Mugabe had taken over what had been described by President Nyerere of
Tanzania as ‘the jewel of Africa’, yet despite achievements in expanding
education, had steered the economy onto the rocks and increasingly resorted
to violence to deal with opposition.
The invasion of white-owned farms, aimed at undermining support for the MDC,
had destroyed commercial agriculture and prompted the exodus of millions of
people. More and more Zimbabweans began turning up in the UK – not primarily
the dispossessed white farmers, who could use their skills elsewhere, but
impoverished black Zimbabweans, many of them professionals from towns which
collapsed as large swathes of formerly productive land were looted.
As Mugabe increasingly subverted the judicial system and police force, the
rule of law in Zimbabwe became the rule of force, backed by an increasingly
politicized army and a subservient media parroting the Zanu PF mantra that
the mounting economic woes were caused by ‘illegal’ Western sanctions
imposed on a number of Mugabe’s cronies. The fact that trade with the West
continued to increase – along with Western aid – was conveniently ignored.
Developments at home were watched with growing dismay by Zimbabweans in
London who formed a branch of the MDC. Encouraged by visiting speakers from
Zimbabwe, including the MDC MP Roy Bennett, it was agreed to launch a
regular Vigil outside Zimbabwe House, independent of the MDC, along the
lines of the anti-apartheid protest which had been held outside the South
At our first Vigils we had a few posters and a petition to the UN Human
Rights Commission and not much else. A report appeared in the UK newsletter
of the MDC on 8th November 2002. The first two Vigils, it said, had been
well-attended but on the third it rained steadily. ‘But that Vigil was the
best ever. If it rains, you have to sing and dance to keep your spirits up .
. .’ The report went on to say of the Vigil ‘It’s only going on for a
limited period . . . all signs are that Mugabe is finished . . .’ Such
optimism! But we prepared for the future and bought a tarpaulin which we
strung from the four maple trees outside Zimbabwe House and gradually
became, in the words of the Observer newspaper, the largest regular
demonstration in London.
In the early years a good proportion of Vigil supporters were white
Zimbabweans – perhaps 40%. But, as hope died, this dwindled until the Vigil
became a 90%+ black protest, now averaging about 60 people a week. In the
intervening years we have carried out many demonstrations apart from the
One of the first was to hire an open-top double decker bus, adorn it with
our banners “No to Mugabe No to Starvation’ and ‘End murder, rape and
torture in Zimbabwe’, and tour London delivering petitions to Parliament,
the Commonwealth and the UN. On another occasion, a group of about 25 of us
went to Lisbon to protest at the presence of Mugabe at a meeting there.
As the Vigil enters its second decade, we remember friends who have
supported us: Remus Makuwasa, the gaunt, dying MDC shadow minister who sat
huddled silently in blankets for the whole of a bitterly cold Vigil,
Archbishop Pius Ncube who came and comforted people at the Vigil kneeling at
his feet, the silent benefactor who would from time to time stuff a wad of
£20 notes into our startled hands, the Oxford music professor who joined us
in a local pub to tutor us on singing, the film stars such as Tim Robbins
and Emma Thompson who signed our petitions, not to mention Simon Callow who
stopped his taxi to get out and give us some money.
Zimbabwe is now a gangster state. Its democracy a travesty, with impunity
for the rich and powerful, and poverty and disease for the majority. On one
level there is a vibrant economy fed by money made serving Mugabe’s corrupt
mafia, on another there is mass unemployment, power cuts and water
shortages. The Vigil has no doubt that there will be violence as Zanu PF
seeks to steal the upcoming elections. We expect the same outcome as in 2008
with another ‘government of national unity’ denying true democracy.
But as Epstein’s statues continue to crumble like Zimbabwe’s towns,
environment and wild life, we are determined to continue alerting the world
to what is going on in the former jewel of Africa – reduced to one of the
poorest countries in the world. A recent South African report says that from
being one of the most advanced economies in Africa, Zimbabwe’s GDP per
person is now the second lowest of 185 listed. It is ironic that the country
listed last, the DRC, is even richer in natural resources than Zimbabwe.
For more information about the Vigil visit www.zimvigil.co.uk
PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES SERIES
[5th November 2012]
Portfolio Committees and Thematic Committees Inaugural Meetings This Week
But No Meetings Open to the Public
Fifth Session Committees
During the short sittings of both Houses that took place immediately after the official opening of the new Parliamentary session on Tuesday 30th October, the presiding officers announced that membership of Portfolio Committees [House of Assembly] and Thematic Committees [Senate] would continue as they were at the end of the last session.
The meetings this week will be to plan their work for the session. The meetings will not be open to the public.
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