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Chinamasa attacks must stop: Mutasa

27/10/2012 00:00:00
by Gilbert Nyambabvu

ZANU PF administration secretary, Didymus Mutasa, has ordered a stop to
attacks on embattled Justice Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, who has been
vilified by senior party officials for allegedly “selling-out” in the
constitutional reform process.

Chinamasa and other officials who represented Zanu PF in negotiations for
the new constitution have faced rare public censure from within the senior
ranks of the party with the most strident attacks directed at the Justice

The critics feel Chanamasa and his colleagues failed to defend the party’s
interests and were out-manoeuvred by the MDC formations. Among a host of
issues, Zanu PF is particularly incensed with clauses which cut-back the
powers of the Presidency as well moves to introduce devolution.

The party has been trying to regain the initiative by proposing a raft of
amendments which were however, rejected by the MDCs.

But Mutasa said none of Chinamasa’s critics had dared raise their
reservations during politburo meetings adding that President Robert Mugabe
was satisfied with the Minister’s work.

“We have not heard any such reports or com­plaints in all our Politburo
meet­ings about Chinamasa having sold out,” he said.
“As far as I am concerned, even President Mugabe is happy with Chinamasa
and, as the party’s secretary for administration, I am also happy with the
sterling job he did during the Copac constitution-making process,” Mutasa
told state media.

“Those suggesting he sold out should come out clearly and spell out one by
one the areas they believe he sold out on. I am the party’s acting
treasurer, I have not received or seen any money from what Chinamasa is said
to have sold out on.’’

Mutasa said Zanu PF had been kept informed of the Copac negotiations every
step of the way and suggested that those criticising Chinamasa in the state
media had “other motives”.

“Those going to the media could be serving other interests which are not
Zanu PF’s; we therefore ask them whose inter­ests are they serving by so
doing?’’ he said.

Chinamasa’s situation was not helped by an interview he gave to the BBC in
which he effectively suggested that there would be a coup should MDC-T
leader Morgan Tsvangirai win elections expected next year.

Said Herald columnist Nathaniel Manheru who is widely believed to be
President Robert Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba: “… it is plain
impolitic to entertain any thoughts that speculate on your party's defeat.
Apart from suggesting your own self-doubt, you are inviting a negative
debate on a speculative scenario. Why?

But the Zanu PF-aligned Media and Information Commission chair, Tafataona
Mahoso, was far more scathing and said: “Minister Chinamasa avoided all the
hot issues falling under his job and decided to speak for the Zimbabwe
Defence Forces in order to create grounds for the imperialist and Rhodesian
condemnation of the next elections long before they are held.

“The purpose for BBC was to scandalise and demonize the Zimbabwe Defence
Forces and the liberation movement so fundamentally that no matter how clean
and convincing the entire population of Zimbabwe may want the next elections
to be, these elections will have been framed permanently and in advance as
fraudulent and inviting a foreign intervention.

“That interview seems intended to assist the Pentagon, Nato, the EU, the
Rhodesians and the MDC formations in their pursuit of “lawfare” against the
next elections.”

However, Mutasa said the critics did not speak for Zanu PF.

“(Only Rugare Gumbo speaks for the party. If (he) is not available, as is
the case right now, I become the sole person with the permission to speak on
behalf of the party, expressing our position as we work together, and not as
individuals,’’ he said.

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Mangwana refuses drop US$1m ZBC lawsuit

27/10/2012 00:00:00
by Garikai Chaunza

ZANU PF Legislator, Paul Mangwana, who is also the party’s Copac
co-chairman, has rebuffed entreaties from the ZBC to drop his US$1 million
defamation claim against the state broadcaster.

Mangwana slapped ZBC with the damages claim two weeks ago after being
angered by a current affairs programme broadcast by the corporation on
October 18 in which he was attacked and vilified over the constitutional
reform process.

Panellists on the programme rounded on the Chivi Central MP, accusing him of
selling out to the MDC formations and describing him as worse than those who
massacred Zimbabweans at Chimoio and Nyadzonia during the liberation
struggle in the 1970s.

Mangwana was further accused of supporting homosexuality as well as taking
money from “imperialists to sell out on Zimbabwe’s interests”.

However, taken aback by the huge damages claim, the ZBC hosted Mangwana on
another current affairs programme last Thursday where producers apologised
for the attacks and urged him to drop the lawsuit.

But clearly unimpressed, Mangwana told the producers: “You were not supposed
to invite people to attack my character without giving the platform to
defend myself. I was expecting to be invited to the programme and defend
myself .What you did is criminal.”

Mangwana said he had been hurt by the attacks insisting: “Ini semumwe
wevakuru vanga vachitungamirira kunyorwa kwebumbiro idzva remutemo wenyika
ndakarwadziwa zvikuru kuti mumwe munhu anongouya paTV oti Mangwana mutengesi
asina humbowo.

"Ini ndaiita basa renyika murunyararo. What pains me is that I was called a
sell-out. I participated in the liberation of this country and for someone
to call me a sell-out means that the person wants me to be killed.”

The attacks on Mangwana were part of wider recriminations within Zanu PF as
senior officials felt their negotiators had been outsmarted by the MDC
formations. Zanu PF was particularly angered over the whittling down of
Presidential powers as well as moves to introduce devolution.

In an interview with Newsday, Mangwana blamed Zanu PF’s Copac management
committee representatives Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche for making
concessions detrimental to the party.

“I don’t accept the nonsense that I sold out. I acted in accordance with
instructions that I was given by my party (Zanu PF) and I am clearly aware
that there are pressures from my party to discredit me,” he said.

“ZBC should know that it cannot abuse their monopoly by attacking
individuals without the right to respond. They had been doing that for a
long time, but I kept quiet. This time I will fight and set a precedent so
that they will not continue abusing politicians.”

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Zanu-PF watches and learns

Eyewitness News | 4 hours ago

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party said on Sunday, a team
of its top officials had just returned from China where they observed how
the Chinese Communist Party goes about winning its elections.
State media said everything points to yet another victory for Zanu-PF in
polls in 2013, though Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) party is also confident of a win.

Top Zanu-PF official Amos Midzi said the team's visit to China was an

He told the Sunday Mail newspaper that one of the lessons they brought back
was that indiscipline within the party must be punished.

But he said there will be no wholesale changes to Zanu-PF's strategies to
win the polls.

Midzi said these strategies are people-oriented, though the MDC claims
Zanu-PF uses intimidation and violence to ensure people vote for the party.

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WOZA scoops Courageous Award

The militant Woman of Zimbabwe Arise was on Saturday night awarded the
Bulawayo Agenda Courageous Award during the organization’s 10th anniversary

by Gladys Ncube

The Jenni Williams-led WOZA landed the in recognition of its continuous
resistance to Zanu (PF) and police repression through street-based

Speaking during the handover of the award to Williams, Bulawayo Agenda
Executive Director, Thabani Nyoni, said WOZA was the only group which
managed to keep police on its toes while fighting for democracy.

Addressing the gathering after receiving the award, Williams said her group
would continue fighting for democracy in Zimbabwe using the streets.

“We encourage all of you to continue supporting us by joining us in the
streets. We will keep on using the streets to fight for democracy in this
country,” said Williams.

WOZA was founded in 2003 by Williams and the late Sheba Dube to demand
social and political reforms in Zimbabwe under the rule of President Robert

WOZA leaders and several members have endured dozens of police arrests and
beatings for leading peaceful protests.

The militant group has inspired tens of thousands of Zimbabwe women and men
to stand up for their rights to free speech and assembly and the fulfillment
of basic needs like food and education.

Early this year, Williams was also awarded the Amnesty International USA
2012 Ginetta Sagen Award for Women and Children's Rights, in recognition of
her work in inspiring women in particular to fight for the betterment of
their welfare.

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Caucus Race – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 27th October 2012

The Vigil welcomes the peaceful conclusion of the second Stakeholders’ Conference on the constitution – not because we think it achieved anything but because it took place without the feared violence and because it clears the way for the next hurdle in the Alice in Wonderland caucus race. (Wikipedia definition of caucus race: a laborious but arbitrary and futile activity; an activity that amounts to running around in a circle, expending great energy but not accomplishing anything.)

Zimbabweans now rejoice in an expensive proposed new constitution which nobody wants. If constitution-making was ranked as a productive activity Zimbabwe (or Rhodesia before it) would be world leaders: constitutions for all occasions. We might even flog one to the UK which has managed all these years without one.

As far as the Vigil can see, a constitution matters only if there is the rule of law. And when did that last exist in Zimbabwe? And, anyway, Mugabe has made it clear the constitution will not be adopted until he is satisfied with it (at one stage he seemed to have co-opted Tsvangirai to this idea!).

So the fiasco moves to Parliament and then to a referendum, apparently in mid-January, costing $100,000,000 or so. Of course Zimbabwe has no money for this – that is unless the Mugabes, the Mujurus, the Mpofus, the Chombos etc care to contribute a few dollars from their stolen millions.

Mr Biti says we in the UK must pay. He says we are paying for Zimbabwe’s health and education (along with other donors) so we ‘have an obligation’ to pay for everything else (see: Biti turns to donors to fund referendum and elections – Biti’s logic is the sort that has made Zimbabwe the intellectual powerhouse it is today.

So here we will be in mid-January 2013 with a useless referendum on a useless constitution and the situation on the ground to all purposes unchanged – certainly no rule of law. And then Mugabe – coming up to his 90th year and popping with Singaporean monkey glands – can start campaigning for the elections he wants in March, leaving little time for the essential reforms agreed four years ago and still not implemented. The Vigil thinks this is a recipe for disaster.

Elections any later – and some are talking of October – will provide an interesting backdrop for the UN’s tourism conference at the Victoria Falls next August. The odious tourism functionaries from all over the world will then get the chance to see some real Zimbabwean ‘wild life’.

The Vigil’s attention has been drawn by a correspondent, John Burke, to a ‘world travel market’ to be held in London in early November attended by tourism ministers from all over the world as well as Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), who helped launch the Victoria Falls proposal. Mr Burke asks us for our opinion of it. Here it is: ‘The Zimbabwe Vigil believes our country is one of the most beautiful in the world and our friendly people welcome visitors from all over and would love to share our treasures with them. However the Vigil questions the UN’s decision to hold a world tourism conference at the Victoria Falls in August 2013. Elections are due in Zimbabwe next year and in the past these have been undermined by violence. The Vigil has been calling for UN election monitors to be sent to Zimbabwe and we are pleased to see a statement that they are willing to do this (see: – U N ready to dispatch election monitors). The Vigil calls on the UNWTO to make its world tourism conference at the Victoria Falls dependent on the Zimbabwe government agreeing to accept UN election monitors’.

Other points

ˇ ROHR Central London Branch was launched today. An interim committee was elected with Fungayi Mabhunu of the Vigil as Chair. Participants felt that ROHR Central London would have a pivotal and challenging campaigning role in the UK capital where government headquarters and foreign embassies are based.

ˇ Attendance at the Vigil and the ROHR meeting was affected by adverse weather (biting winds from the Arctic) and travel disruption (roadworks, train cancellations etc). Thanks to Elijah and Sheron Makhosi Bhebhe who were there at the start to help set up in the absence of Vigil regulars who were late because of travel problems.

ˇ The Vigil was pleased for our Swazi friends at the coverage they managed to achieve in the Swazi Times of their campaign against oppression by King Mswati III and his government (see: Swaziland Vigil hits home –

For latest Vigil pictures check: Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website – they cannot be downloaded from the slideshow on the front page of the Zimvigil website.

FOR THE RECORD: 58 signed the register.


ˇ Next Swaziland Vigil. Saturday 3rd November from 10 am – 1 pm. Venue: Swazi High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6LB. Please support our Swazi friends. Nearest stations: St James’s Park and Victoria.

ˇ ROHR Bournemouth Branch Meeting. Saturday 3rd November 2012 from 3 – 5 pm. Venue: 71 Stewart Road, Bournemouth BH8 8NZ. Contact: Memory Dzepasi 07585907566, Arthur Chagadama 07951 269667, Dennis Muringai 07787486839 or Collin Chitekwe 07957712691

ˇ Special Zimbabwe Action Forum (ZAF). Saturday 10th November from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. OUR SPECIAL GUEST WILL BE BEN FREETH. Venue: Strand Continental Hotel (first floor lounge), 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA. Directions: The Strand is the same road as the Vigil. From the Vigil it’s about a 10 minute walk, in the direction away from Trafalgar Square. The Strand Continental is situated on the south side of the Strand between Somerset House and the turn off onto Waterloo Bridge. The entrance is marked by a big sign high above and a sign for its famous Indian restaurant at street level. It's next to a newsagent. Nearest underground: Temple (District and Circle lines) and Holborn.

ˇ Election of Substantive ROHR UK Executive. Saturday 8th December. Further details as they become available.

ˇ Zimbabwe Vigil Highlights 2011 can be viewed on this link: Links to previous years’ highlights are listed on 2011 Highlights page.

ˇ The Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) is the Vigil’s partner organisation based in Zimbabwe. ROHR grew out of the need for the Vigil to have an organisation on the ground in Zimbabwe which reflected the Vigil’s mission statement in a practical way. ROHR in the UK actively fundraises through membership subscriptions, events, sales etc to support the activities of ROHR in Zimbabwe. Please note that the official website of ROHR Zimbabwe is Any other website claiming to be the official website of ROHR in no way represents the views and opinions of ROHR.

ˇ ZBN News. The Vigil management team wishes to make it clear that the Zimbabwe Vigil is not responsible for Zimbabwe Broadcasting Network News (ZBN News). We are happy that they attend our activities and provide television coverage but we have no control over them. All enquiries about ZBN News should be addressed to ZBN News.

ˇ The Zim Vigil band (Farai Marema and Dumi Tutani) has launched its theme song ‘Vigil Yedu (our Vigil)’ to raise awareness through music. To download this single, visit: and to watch the video check: To watch other Zim Vigil band protest songs, check: and

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ˇ Useful websites: which reports on Zanu PF abuses and where people can report corruption in Zimbabwe.

Vigil co-ordinators

The Vigil, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London, takes place every Saturday from 14.00 to 18.00 to protest against gross violations of human rights in Zimbabwe. The Vigil which started in October 2002 will continue until internationally-monitored, free and fair elections are held in Zimbabwe.

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Govt to host educational indaba

October 28, 2012 in Local

THE government is set host an education all-stakeholders’ conference in
December to review the school curriculum to put emphasis on vocational
skills training.

Report by Report by Nqaba Matshazi

Education, Sport, Arts and Culture minister David Coltart last week said
while Zimbabwe had a good education system, the curriculum was too

He said greater focus should be placed on vocational skills.
“The country’s curriculum was last reviewed in 1986 and we need to update it
to include ICT (information and communication technologies) and the
environment, among others,” he said.

Expected to attend the conference are leaders from industry, agriculture,
mining and commerce, as the government seeks to develop a “broad-based”
curriculum to prepare students for life after school.
Previous attempts to develop a new curriculum had been abortive, with the
Nziramasanga Commission on Education recommendations of 1999 yet to be

The commission said academic education on its own was not entirely
beneficial and there was need to input vocational training into the schools’

Coltart said he would recommend to Cabinet, that provisions of the
Nziramasanga Commission be adopted, so that Zimbabwe’s education system
could benefit learners more.

Zimbabwe has the highest literacy rate in Africa, while the quality of
education is third behind Kenya and Gambia on the continent, according to
the World Economic Forum report of 2012.

However, in the provision of internet and ICTs in schools, Zimbabwe performs
poorly, as it is ranked 129 out of 142 countries. It also polls woefully in
the provision of training and research, as it is ranked 105.

As if to illustrate the new direction education was taking, Cabinet recently
approved a memorandum of understanding between the Education ministry and
Foundations for Farming, which would see conservation agriculture becoming
an integral part of the school curriculum.

A number of rural schools have been selected for the pilot programme for the
conservation agriculture initiative, with the scheme later expected to
spread throughout the country.

Coltart was optimistic of the agreement signed with Foundations for Farming,
saying it had the capacity to revolutionise agriculture in Zimbabwe.

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Copac set to deliberate on proposals

October 28, 2012 in Local

Copac management committee is set to meet tomorrow to deliberate on issues
raised at the Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference, as it emerged there was
no clear mechanism to deal with disputes that arose after the constitutional

Report by Our Staff

An official at Copac revealed that Article 6 of the Global Political
Agreement was silent on how the parties would deal with a dispute, as it was
anticipated that all parties would be in agreement.

“It was assumed that since the Copac management committee came from the Zanu
PF politburo and the national executive committees of the two MDCs, the
parties would have thrashed out their differences before the final draft was
produced,” the official said.

But the official indicated that since Zanu PF had raised its 266 issues,
Copac was faced with a unique situation it had not prepared itself for.

But Copac co-chairman Douglas Mwonzora downplayed this saying the management
committee would only edit the draft where there was consensus among the
three parties.

“What we will be doing is to see whether the proposals made were unanimous
and if they are, we will see if it is necessary to make the changes,” he

Mwonzora said in cases where there were disputes, the draft charter would
not be altered as alterations could only be made unanimously.

He said Zanu PF had not presented its document at the all-stakeholders’
Conference and so it could not be discussed as an area of contestation.

Efforts to get a comment from Zanu PF co-chairman Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana
were in vain.

The draft constitution would now be presented to Parliament before it is
taken to a referendum.

President Robert Mugabe wants the plebiscite held in November, but the
management committee said the earliest date would be end of January 2013.

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Evicting residents without alternative inhumane: Chombo

October 28, 2012 in Local

Local Government, Urban and Rural Development minister Ignatius Chombo who
is also Zanu PF’s secretary for land, would not discuss the issue of the
many illegal settlements across the country and the risk being faced by the

“The issue we should be discussing is the callousness and lack of feeling
shown by Sunway City,” Chombo said on Thursday.

“United Nations regulations and even our own laws say you cannot simply
evict people without an alternative. Why did they have to wait until the
start of the rainy season?”

Chombo denied that the evictions that took place at Arnold Farm in Mazowe,
where 50 families that had been allocated stands by the rural authority,
were meant to pave way for the First Lady, Grace Mugabe’s projects.

UN Habitat Programme manager for Zimbabwe, Peter Mutavati, said, “We are not
encouraging lawlessness, but our reasoning is in line with UN protocols and
the Habitat Agenda, which outlaws destruction of people’s homes without

An estimated two million people are on the housing waiting list countrywide.

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Epworth demolitions expose Zanu PF

October 28, 2012 in Local

THE recent demolition of houses of more than 200 families in Epworth has
exposed Zanu PF as a party that abuses poor and desperate citizens for
political gain.

Report by Jennifer Dube

The families bought the residential stands from local Zanu PF officials who
assured them that they would not be displaced.

The people, most of them surviving on hand-to-mouth, forked out amounts that
ranged from US$300 to US$1 000, depending on size of their stands.

But they were recently left stranded after owners of the land, Sunway City,
a subsidiary of the Industrial Development Corporation of Zimbabwe,
destroyed their homes.

The company had won a High Court order to evict the residents, as they had
unlawfully settled on land reserved for light industries.

Harare councillors and the Harare Residents’ Trust (HRT) have warned that
the same fate awaits thousands of other families “squatting” in areas around
the capital at the instigation of Zanu PF, which is seeking for votes.

“The nation has to come together to ensure that housing delivery is
prioritised, that political parties have no business in setting up housing
co-operatives, as what has happened in Harare, where politicians are abusing
supporters,” said HRT director, Precious Shumba.

While sympathising with Epworth families, Shumba said the victims had
themselves to blame.

“Epworth victims were fully aware (that they were being illegally settled),
but chose to listen to their political handlers, who knew exactly what they
were doing to these people,” said Shumba.
“They have no one to blame but themselves. they could have easily approached
the Epworth local board for clarification before they constructed their

Shumba said home-seekers must understand the national housing policy and
respect by-laws to avoid being misled by politicians who take advantage of
people’s desperation and ignorance.

Unauthorised settlements included the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Housing
Cooperative in Kambuzuma, where people whose houses were demolished in the
2005 under Operation Murambatsvina have resumed building.
There is no council resolution approving the construction, the councillors

Other controversial settlements include Tongogara (also known as
Whitecliff), Ushewokunze, and Caledonia.

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Zanu PF embarks on door-to-door campaign

October 28, 2012 in Politics

BULAWAYO — Zanu PF has rolled out door-to-door campaigns in Matabeleland
South Province in an attempt to reclaim 13 seats it lost to the MDCs during
the harmonised 2008 elections.

Report by Our Staff
Zanu PF lost nine parliamentary and three senatorial seats to the MDCs
during the elections that were marred by violence.

Andrew Langa, the Zanu PF Matabeleland South chairperson, said the party
lost parliamentary and senatorial seats in the 2008 elections because it had
not activated all its structures.

Langa, who is also Labour deputy minister said Zanu PF was rolling out
massive campaigns — door-to-door lobbying — in a bid to grab all lost seats
in the drought-prone province in the coming elections.

President Robert Mugabe has said the elections would be held in March next
year, but the MDC formations insist the polls would only be possible after
implementations of reforms to level the playing field.

“We are more than ready for the elections. The party is geared up to bag all
the seats in the province through our massive campaigns,” Langa said last

“All our structures are actively campaigning for the party. We are also
conducting door-to-door campaigns.”
He added: “We are leaving no stone unturned in our quest to re-claim lost
seats in the province.”

Zanu PF’s Matabeleland South province, he said, would also host a provincial
conference this month to map out more campaign strategies.
Matabeleland has been turned into a political battlefield by Zanu PF and the
two MDC officials who have descended on the province to drum up support for
their parties.

Bulawayo-based analyst Effie Ncube said Zanu PF’s chances of winning seats
in a fair election in Matabeleland were however slim.

“Zanu PF can only achieve that (winning seats in Matabeleland) if the people
of the region, Sadc, AU and election observers allow them to use violence,”
Ncube said.

He, however, said money was likely to play a very decisive role in the
upcoming elections.

“One of the things that Zanu PF has achieved in Zimbabwe is to corrupt
politics, to ensure that money plays a decisive role,” said Ncube.

“Those who have access to money have an advantage over other candidates or
parties,” he added.

A recent survey said Zanu PF had gained ground against MDC-T across the

The party recently dispatched its chairpersons to China to learn campaign
and mobilisation strategies.

The party is also using the empowerment programme, music and community
ownership schemes to drum up support.

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Political violence victims relive ’08 horror

October 28, 2012 in Politics

JERERA — “They were brandishing AK 47 assault rifles and ordered us to lie
in one corner.

Report by Tatenda Chitagu

Washington Nyamwa, our colleague, wanted to grab the rifle from one of the
gunmen but was shot in the stomach. He fell on me and they started pouring
petrol in the room. They locked the door from outside and lit the room.”

With tears streaming down his disfigured face, Edson Gwenhure, broke down as
he narrated events of that fateful day to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai,
who visited Jerera growth point a fortnight ago.

Gwenhure was one of the MDC-T activists who had fled their homes from Zanu
PF militia and sought refuge at Jerera in Masvingo Province in the run-up to
the bloody June 2008 presidential run-off elections.

But his tormentors, determined to kill them, followed them up and
petrol-bombed their hide-out, killing two of his colleagues.

“I do not know how I escaped the inferno or how my friends made it out,”
said Gwenhure who managed to escape from the hellhole.

“All I remember is dragging Crison Mbano, but he failed to make it as he
only crawled for a few metres from the office and died. I ran away into the
darkness and hid in the nearby mountain as the attackers were still in the

Among those that survived the gruesome attack were Kudakwashe Tshumele and
Isaac Mbanje. They were, however, left with permanent injuries.

Tsvangirai also visited John Chebanga, the party’s ward organising secretary
whose homestead was destroyed during the violent June 2008 elections.

Four years on, the 72-year-old political activist is still sleeping in
roofless part of the building that did not collapse during the attack.

Chebanga has no resources to rebuild his house.

He was reduced to a pauper.

His wife Epiphania, who had sought refuge in Masvingo, died in 2010 due to
stress and high blood pressure on realising that all she had worked for her
entire life had been reduced to ashes.

“A day before I fled to South Africa, two suspected state security agents
(CIO) came here on a motorbike and ordered me to attend a Zanu PF rally that
was in the area,” he said.

“I told them that I was occupied. In the evening, fellow villagers who were
coming from the rally told me that my name had been mentioned as somebody
who should die for supporting the MDC-T.”

That night Chebanga fled to South Africa while his wife sought refuge in
Masvingo town.

When Chebanga returned after three months, he found the homestead destroyed.

His property, livestock and food reserves had all been looted by Zanu PF
militia that had set up base near his homestead.

The staunch MDC-T supporter said he would forgive but never forget the
perpetrators, as they stay in the same area.

Tsvangirai said the MDC-T would rebuild Chebanga’s house to make it

“We will refurbish your house so that you do not sleep in the open. We are
very sorry for the death of your wife, but we will continue to support you,”
said Tsvangirai.

“As a party, we may not be able to compensate you, but we definitely have to
do something. We, however, promise to compensate all supporters who lost
their property when we are an MDC-T only government.”

He added: “Remember it took several years for Zanu PF to compensate war
veterans. But we thank you for your bravery and support.”

During the tour, the party gave out food hampers, shovels and wheelbarrows
to several victims of political violence.

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Masvingo Municipality in trouble over debt

October 28, 2012 in Local

MASVINGO Municipality workers have applied to the High Court for a writ of
execution to allow them to attach property over a US$3,5 million arbitration
award the city is failing to pay them.

Report by Christopher Mahove

This follows the registration of the award by the High Court on October 17
2012, after it was handed down by an arbitrator, one E Machekeche on March 3
Rodgers Matsikidze of Matsikidze&Mucheche who is representing the workers
told The Standard that the city was reluctant to pay the award, which was
for salary and benefit shortfalls from October 2008 to February 2011.

The city is supposed to pay a total of US$3 571 295.

“They (Masvingo Municipality) are refusing to own up and we will move to
attach property anytime from now because the money is from a long time ago,”
said Matsikidze. “We have already applied for a writ of execution and once
it is granted, and if they have not paid, we will attach the property.”

Matsikidze said workers would initially attach movable property such as
cars, graders, tractors, fire tenders and furniture. They would also attach
buildings if the money is not enough to pay the workers.
The city council had filed an appeal against the quantification of the award
which was handed down by another arbitrator in December 2010.

They had also sought to halt the quantification of the award based on their
appeal against the judgment. They claimed it was time wasting to quantify an
award which was being appealed against.

An attachment of the municipal property would paralyse operations of the
local authority, which is already failing to deliver quality service to
residents due to financial constraints. The city was owed more than $7
million by the government alone.

Masvingo mayor Alderman Femius Chakabuda, however, professed ignorance on
the matter, saying council had never been to any court over salary issues
with workers.

“Not that I have heard of, I am hearing it from you for the first time. We
have never been to the High Court,” he said.

However, documents in our possession show that the arbitral award was
registered in the High Court under case number HC 4011/11.

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BAT complies with law

October 28, 2012 in Local

CIGARETTE producing concern, British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Holdings
Limited (BAT Zimbabwe) has moved towards complying with the government’s
indigenisation and empowerment requirements, a senior company official said
last week.

Report by Our Staff

BAT Zimbabwe managing director Lovemore Manatsa said that the company’s
shareholders unanimously approved its indigenisation proposal following an
extraordinary general meeting on October 26.
“This is evidence of shareholder confidence that the business will continue
to generate shared value,” said Manatsa.

“We endeavour to continue to run the business in a responsible and
profitable manner. It is important to understand that our context is based
on the sustainability of our business and for all investors and
stakeholders, including the people and country within which we operate.”

The company’s four-year indigenisation plan was approved by the Youth
Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment ministry on October 9 this year.

Under the arrangement, 26% of the shareholding in BAT Zimbabwe would have
been transferred to the hands of indigenous shareholders by end of this

At least 10,74% would be allocated to a corporate social investment trust
focused on the development and support of indigenous tobacco growers.

An employee share trust dedicated for the benefit of permanent BAT Zimbabwe
employees would be allotted 10% while the remaining 5,26% would be retained
by existing indigenous shareholders.

Indigenisation thresholds applicable to the manufacturing sector were
gazetted in General Notice 459 of 2011 and require companies in the sector
to comply in a phased manner.

Within the first year, 26% shareholding is required to be held by indigenous
Zimbabweans by October 28 2012.

In the second year, 36% shareholding should be held by the same by October
28 2013 and within the third year, 46% by October 28 2014.
Companies are required to cede 51% shareholding by October 28 2015.

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ICT to bring poor villagers closer to the world

October 28, 2012 in Community News

CHIPINGE — A local communication company has started a programme to source
internet equipment and computers in their endeavour to bring information
communication technology to disadvantaged schools in rural areas.

Report by Our Correspondent
The International Communication Technology Association of Zimbabwe (ICTAZ)
is working in conjunction with the UK-based organisation Computer Aid

The association is already identifying beneficiaries and provide expertise
and back-up service.

Computer Aid International, Anglophone Africa programmes officer Wilhelmina
Seng said the programme was set to improve access to ICT in rural areas.

“IT (information technology) opens the world to marginalised students in the
rural areas,” said Seng. “It will enable them to open their eyes so that
they can see what they should see in the 21st century.”

Permanent secretary in the Science and Technology Development ministry,
Professor Francis Gudyanga, said Africa was lagging behind in terms of ICT

He said it was high time Africa started manufacturing own computers to
improve the lives of its people.

ICTAZ president Hasha Maringe said their mission was to promote the growth
and betterment of the ICT community through facilitating education, training
business clustering, partnering and mentoring.
However, Maringe said, funding was a major challenge in the country.

“The economic situation in the country does not allow us to adequately fund
our programmes. We need computer laboratories as well as laptops, but this
equipment is expensive in the country,” he said.

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Community takes initiative to save trees

October 28, 2012 in Community News

BUHERA – A group of villagers in Mutiusinazita in Buhera have taken an
initiative to protect the environment by planting trees to avoid complete
deforestation in the area, due to excessive cutting down of trees by some
members of the community.

Report by Stephen Tsoroti
Alarmed by the high rate of depletion of trees, villagers came together to
form the Promoting Positive Livelihood with Adaptation to Climate Change
(PPLACC) to reclaim all land that had been destroyed, in an effort to fight
effects of climate change.

PPLACC secretary Patrick Chidhoma said the organisation was formed with the
help of The Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau two years ago to stop widespread
deforestation that was threatening livelihoods of the community.

“We realised that there was no one who was going to come and plant trees for
us. We had to act fast as our forests were fast disappearing,” he said.

Chidhoma said the group had embarked on bee-keeping, gardening and planted
woodlots in an effort to preserve the environment.

Presently, the organisation has a membership of over 200 households, mainly
vulnerable members of the society such as widows, orphans and unemployed

“To date we have several woodlots created. Combined we have planted over 10
000 indigenous trees, including fruit trees,” said Chidhoma.
“One project we have done well is implementing the tsotso stove in the
village. Over 500 households have the stove in their homes.”
The tsotso stove, he said, used less firewood.

“The tsotso stove uses much less wood and has an insulated combustion
chamber which helps reduce smoke while increasing the heat output and
burning efficiency,” he said.

“The fuel sticks, usually from thorn trees, come in a bundle and cost very
little. A bundle of the sticks can potentially cook approximately six to ten
meals, saving energy and labour in the process.”

One of the beneficiaries, Mable Makufa said the tsotso stove was convenient
because it could be carried from one place to another.

“All in all, the tsotso stove is highly desirable because it cooks fast,
produces less smoke and is environmentally friendly and requires very small
amounts of wood fuel,” he said.

The organisation is also getting assistance from agricultural extension
officers to implement new conservation farming methods in an effort to boost
crop yields.

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Policy to liberalise ICT sector on cards

October 28, 2012 in Business

THE government is working on an Information Communication Technology (ICT)
policy that is expected to liberalise entry of new players in the sector, a
Cabinet minister has said.

ICT minister Nelson Chamisa said the draft policy has already gone through
countrywide consultations before undergoing sectoral discussions.

He said various government ministries were making their input on the draft

“Our hope is for the policy to be out this year as it is very urgent, but
this is all subject to the speed with which the government facilitates the
process,” said Chamisa.

“Various ministries are giving their input as this sector has been
identified as a key enabler to the country’s socio-economic development.”

A variety of problematic aspects affecting the development of the industry
were raised during the nationwide and sectoral consultations.

The existing single transit gateway policy does not allow for pure voice
over internet protocol (Voip) to prevail, consequently leading to an
imbalance in the sector as operators who came in ahead of new entrants are

For instance, despite the existence of other players with capacity to set up
the national backbone, only the state-controlled TelOne has a monopoly in
building such infrastructure in the country.

Comm IT systems manager Robert Ndlovu said such measures were simply aimed
at protecting the parastatal’s revenues as competition for traffic heats up.

“It should also be noted that some companies don’t want Voip to grow because
this will eat into their revenues,” he said

Other players suggested that the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory
Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) should licence aggregators for Value Added
Services (VAS) such as short codes, bulk multi-media services, bulk short
message services and triple-play, comprising voice, video and data, among

It was suggested that aggregators would also have to access all operators
while tariffs would need to be gazetted too, as VAS has the potential to
change the whole ICT landscape.

“We are reviewing that process to ensure that appropriate mechanisms that
take such issues into consideration are catered for. We will adopt a
streamlining approach in terms of who will provide particular services,”
Chamisa said.

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Air Zim in the abyss, defers operations audit

October 28, 2012 in Business

EMBATTLED national airline, Air Zimbabwe has deferred the International
Operational Safety Audit (Iosa) to the end of this year, as it battles to
remain afloat.

Innocent Mavhunga, the airline’s acting group chief executive officer, said
the existing operational challenges had seen the airline having to defer for
the second time in one year, Iosa registration.

The audit is a two-year evaluation method designed to assess the operational
management and control systems of an airline.

The move by Air Zimbabwe effectively means the airline, which recently
announced its renewed regional flight schedule ahead of the festive season,
would be flying without one of requirements stipulated by the International
Air Transport Association (Iata).

“Iosa does not rank an airline in terms of being safe or unsafe and it is
only used by international civil aviation authorities to ban airlines from
flying,” said Mavhunga.

“However, Iosa registration is a pre-requisite for the retention of Iata
membership, as it confirms that an airline complies with all Iata audit
standards at the time of the audit. The airline took a deliberate action to
defer the audit, owing to obtaining operational challenges.”

Mavhunga said it would be conducting the audit at the end of this year.

Air Zimbabwe suspended all flights indefinitely in February due to serious
cashflow problems.

The airline is set to resume domestic flights next week.

Regional flights would resume on November 12.

Air Zimbabwe is saddled with a debt of over US$100 million and owes its
employees in unpaid salaries.

Despite the problems, the airline took delivery of two Airbus aircrafts to
beef up its depleted fleet.

Aviation experts say Iosa had been adopted by other countries as minimum
safety requirements, adding that an airline has to get concurrence from Iata
to defer the audit.

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Econet’s EcoCash registers growth

October 28, 2012 in Business

AT least US$300 million has passed through EcoCash since inception of
Econet’s mobile money transfer service, the company’s chief executive
officer Douglas Mboweni said last week.


The company intends to build partnerships with banks to drive the business.

Presenting the company’s financial results for the half-year ended August 31
on Thursday in Harare, Mboweni said the response had been phenomenal.

EcoCash now has 1,7 million subscribers up from one million when it was
launched last year.

Mboweni said Econet had bought a 45% stake in TN Bank to help grow the
mobile money transfer service.

As a result 50% of EcoCash subscribers came through TN Bank.

“To drive the initiative without interference, you have to take a strategic
position, a position where you influence decision-making. By taking this
significant stake we are saying we are serious about EcoCash,” Mboweni said.

Mboweni added that in the outlook Econet would create “strong partnerships
with the rest of the banking sector so that we have transactions flowing
among the banks and also flowing between the EcoCash and the banking system”.

This, Mboweni said, would result in the growth of the service from sending
and receiving money to a comprehensive platform that transforms lives of

“Technology which does not impact on people’s lives is meaningless,” Mboweni

In the half-year financial results, Econet’s subscribers stood at seven
million up from 5,6 million in the same period last year.
Revenue at US$339,5 million represented a 17% jump from the same period last

Broadband subscribers also grew to 2,5 million up from 1,4 million in the
year comparable.

In the outlook, Econet would grow the EcoCash and broadband services
leveraging on its vast infrastructure.

The telecommunications company is investing heavily in network
infrastructure and has already committed US$677 million in the last
three-and-half years.

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Government has a duty to enrich school libraries

October 28, 2012 in Opinion

For some decades librarians have been engaged in a friendly but serious
debate about the relative virtue of school libraries.

Report by Nevermore Sithole

Readers might ask, so where are we now? Are school libraries prioritised in

one of the emerging themes in the international debate on school libraries
is to collectively ask the question: What is the value of school libraries?

Across the country, there is increasing attention being given to the role of
school libraries in education.

As such, there has been considerable debate over the last few years, both
within the political arena and among professional and policy bodies, about
the position of school libraries.

Notably, there is currently a strong lobby for school libraries in the

The Zimbabwe Library Association is currently embarking on the “one school,
one library, one librarian” advocacy campaign for school libraries. Further,
October being the International School Library Month, it is vital to reflect
on the value of school libraries and school librarianship.

Discussions of educational reforms in Zimbabwe are deficient, defective and
distorted if they do not include a significant role for libraries. Education
for all can be more effectively provided through adequate and effective
library and information services network across the country.

Quite frankly, libraries in schools continue to decline and shelves are
empty or full of irrelevant materials. Few schools have libraries and the
quality and relevance of information resources in these libraries reveal
marked variations from school to school.
Government support for school libraries is still elementary.

At the core of this issue is inadequate funding. Funding for school
libraries is generally perceived to be inadequate, small in scale, piecemeal
and lacking in coordination. And yet funding is vital to efficient and
effective library and information services provision in schools.

In his landmark book, Quality-Quantity Dilemma in Education: The Zimbabwean
Experience, Bernard Gatawa claims that a disconcerting situation exists
where the majority of secondary schools have no libraries. And yet libraries
are meant to complement the educational process without which much of the
education desired could not be achieved.

An abundance of evidence strongly supports the connection between student
achievement and the presence of school libraries with qualified school
librarians. A school library is the nerve centre of academic activities in
the school.

The school library supports teaching, learning and research activities in
the school.

In other words, school libraries support and enrich classroom activity,
teach information skills, reinforce teachers and offer reading materials for
students. As such, no educational system can thrive without good library and
information services. Libraries are to any educational system what blood is
to our body system.

Quality in education in the country will depend to a large extent on the
availability and effective use of instructional materials. Distribution of
textbooks to pupils in both primary and high schools, while a noble idea, it
is not cost-effective and sustainable for the government.

As such, development of school libraries is an integral part of any strategy
aimed at improving the quality of school programmes and equitable access to
learning and teaching resources.

It is in recognition of the pivotal role of school libraries to education
that we call on the government and other key players in the country to
establish libraries in schools.

Nevermore Sithole writes in his personal capacity and can be contacted on or

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Charter must represent the needs of the time

October 28, 2012 in Opinion

John Bhasikoro lives in Murehwa. He turned 50 this year. He belongs to what
could be defined as “Zimbabwe’s cursed generation”.

Report by Nevanji Madanhire

He was born in the so-called “Swinging Sixties” when the world was changing
rapidly culturally.

The 1960s were characterised by the counter culture movement and social
revolution. Many people around the globe were calling for the fall and
relaxation of social taboos relating to sexism and racism.

The decade was characterised by radical and subversive events and trends. It
was the decade of the civil rights movement in North America. The radicalism
did not spare Africa; 32 countries gained independence.

The events happening all over the globe did not spare Rhodesia and had a
bearing on how the boy John Bhasikoro would live his life, not only in
Rhodesia but in independent Zimbabwe.

At the time of his birth the nationalist movement was in its definitive
years. Zapu had been formed a year or so earlier.

Zanu was formed when he was one. When he was three years old Ian Smith
declared independence from Britain, Rhodesia’s colonial master. When he was
four the first bullets of the Second Chimurenga were fired and that war was
to continue in different degrees of intensity until it ended when he was 18.

By today’s standards, John Bhasikoro is illiterate. His education was
affected immensely by the war.

The area he grew up in was heavily affected by the war. His contribution to
the war effort will never be fully quantified and appreciated, but it is
what defines his life now. Illiterate and poor, he survives on what he can
farm on the small plot allocated him by his father.

His face is weather-bitten and his clothes threadbare; he gets them courtesy
of his cousins working in the city.

He has eaten one or two crumbs of independence, but that was during the
early years. In a population of 14 million, John Bhasikoro is right in the
middle of the bell curve which constitutes perhaps 80% of the population.
What does this huge chunk of the population look forward to? The easy way is
to give up and wait patiently for their deaths; but that would be too

John Bhasikoro thinks he can at least strike one last blow for the sake of
his grandchildren; his own children are caught up in a time warp. The father
didn’t have the means to educate them so their lot isn’t any different from
his. They are in a vicious cycle. But how about the grandchildren?

John Bhasikoro’s only hope is the new constitution that is being written
now! He might not even be aware there is some activity towards the writing
of the new constitution but that doesn’t matter. Hundreds of thousands, if
not millions, of people may not be aware, as we speak, that there is a
process that has the potential to change their lives for ever.

They may been visited by groups of town people who asked them one or two
convoluted questions about this and that and called it “a people-driven
process”, but they never got to know the import of their questions and their
life-changing value simply because the people who came to ask them the
questions had their own political agendas.

Some were fighting to preserve their political power while others were out
to gain political power. John Bhasikoro and his ilk became only pawns in a
game they never knew was being played.

But they are people who know there is game going on and they know the
stakes. It is incumbent upon these to ensure that they strike the blow John
Bhasikoro yearns to strike for the sake of his grandchildren. It doesn’t
matter anymore whether the new constitution was people-driven, or
principal-driven or even parliament-driven. But let’s think about John
Bhasikoro’s grandchildren.

As the drafting of the constitution staggers towards a conclusion everyone
involved is called upon to produce a document that will benefit
grandchildren. It’s easy, guidelines and the international best practice is
there for all to google! Below is what can be googled and copied:

A good constitution is one that works well. It should have the following

1. Well written:
It must be well defined and precise. It should not have ambiguities and
obscurities of language, because this may lead to conflicting

Such a constitution will depend for its interpretation on whims of judges.
In this respect a carefully-drafted written constitution is more
satisfactory than an unwritten one, as a written constitution is the result
of careful thought.

An unwritten constitution, on the other hand, is indefinite and unprecise
because of the vague character of the convention and the traditions, of
which it is generally made.

2. Comprehensiveness:
A constitution should be sufficiently comprehensive, covering the whole
field of government. powers of different organs of the government and
various functionaries of the state must be clearly demarcated. A
constitution that is detailed becomes a plaything in the hands of judiciary.

The US Constitution is an example of a very brief constitution. It is matter
of common knowledge that this constitution is what the Supreme Court makes
of it.

A good constitution should not omit the main fundamentals and at the same
time does not enter into needless details, since a detailed constitution is
also liable to give rise to constitutional disputes. Besides, a detailed
constitution indicates a sort of distrust in the various organs of the
government and hampers its natural growth.

3. Partly rigid and partly flexible:
A constitution should neither be very rigid nor very flexible. A rigid
constitution does not possess the qualities of adaptability and

With the changing needs of time, a flexible constitution is liable to be
perverted. The best constitution is one which combines both elements of
rigidity and flexibility. It must provide a method of change so that it may
be changed and adopted without a revolution.

4. Provision for a Bill of Rights:
A constitution should provide for a bill of rights for the people. It has
become a necessity in the modern democratic age. It should also make
adequate provision for the protection of individual liberty by providing for
appeal to the law courts.

5. Suitability:
Lastly, a good constitution should represent the needs of the time and
should be suitable for social, political and economic needs of the people.
“Legal sovereignty should coincide with political sovereignty.”

Everyone can google it too.

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Marikana: African oligarch exploiting the poor

October 28, 2012 in Opinion

Amidst all the confusion after the shooting of 44 protesting miners at
Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in South Africa, we should not lose sight of
the astonishingly simple underlying issues.

Report by Arthur McKay

We are told the workers were demanding that their wage be raised to R12 500
per month (about US$1 500), but the workers claim their salary is already at
this level. They say they are sub-contracted by a company owned by
billionaire South African oligarch Cyril Ramaphosa.

He only pays them R5 400 or less and pockets the rest paid out by Lonmin.

If this is so, then agreeing to the workers’ demands would cost Lonmin
nothing and the whole dispute is between the workers and Ramaphosa. Instead
of saying this, however, Lonmin has placed itself between the two and taken
responsibility for negotiating a pay rise which no one has asked for.

Doing this, Lonmin is placing Ramaphosa’s private interests above those of
its common stockholders and is neglecting its fiduciary duties. It is also
leaving itself open to litigation.

Ramaphosa, in fact, owns 9% of Lonmin but was paid out US$304m in cash by
the company in 2010 in a deal backed ultimately by Xstrata.

By comparison common shareholders have received only US$60m in dividends in
the last two years and have incurred over US$2,5bn of paper losses. What the
workers are requesting is that Ramaphosa share with them about US$18m which
he is taking from their wages.

When Ramaphosa bought 50,03% of Lonmin’s Black Economic Empowerment partner
Incwala Resources in 2010, Lonmin put up the US$304m in cash which he
needed. Lonmin funded this with a share issue to which, according to Lonmin,
Xstrata was the key subscriber. Since then a further US$51m of credit has
been extended to Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa’s company also provides all of Lonmin’s welfare and training
services and for this, he may have been paid at least US$50m in 2011 alone.
Based on the worker’s demands and their living conditions, we can guess at
how much of this reached its stated purpose. Companies linked to Ramaphosa
were also paid advance dividends by Lonmin of US$20m in the last two years.

All-in-all Lonmin seems to have paid Ramaphosa and his related companies
well over US$400m since he bought into the company. This is about 25% of
Lonmin’s current market value and is a very large amount for a man who was
supposed to be doing the paying when he bought his stake.

All this casts the Marikana conflict in a very different light to what we
have heard so far.

The dirt-poor Marikana workers, many from Lesotho, living in slums, wearing
rags, are asking for an extra US$750 per month from one of the most powerful
figures in the African National Congress (ANC) and one of the richest men in
the world, and they are openly calling him an exploiter.

Such a debacle, which calls into question not only Lonmin, Xstrata and
Ramaphosa, but also the whole ANC hierarchy, the reality of the New South
Africa and the credibility of the ANC’s many foreign supporters, not least
those in the United States, helps to explain the speed and the savage
brutality of the reaction.

On August 16, six days into the strike, the police opened fire injuring 112
and killing 34.

Local witnesses claim the workers were not charging at the police, but were
fleeing from them as teargas was thrown at them by another police
detachment. Autopsy reports apparently confirm many were shot in the back.

How could Ramaphosa exercise such influence over Lonmin’s executive board to
be able to effectively bend it, and potentially the board of Xstrata too, to
do his bidding? And what truth could the South African government have been
so desperate to hide that it was judged better to risk everything and open
fire on its own people, rather than let it see the light?

The answer lies at the heart of the bitter fallacy of the South African
commodities boom and the emerging markets paradigm which we have lived in,
in the last 15 years. The sad truth is that nothing has changed, or, more
accurately, nothing has improved.

In the past there was one oligarch, Harry Oppenheimer, who controlled Anglo

Today there are five to 10 oligarchs. They are black and they are African.
They too oppose apartheid and they too are exporting all of South Africa’s
gold and diamonds at the present time. The reason Ramaphosa could ransack
Lonmin in the way he has is because he effectively is Lonmin.

Lonmin exists in many ways to serve his interests and its foreign
shareholders would do well to understand this. The whole debate about
nationalisation is therefore completely moot. South Africa’s mines have
already been nationalised and given over to a ruthless tyranny, signed,
sealed and delivered by the many cheerleaders of the ANC overseas.

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Players exposed to match-fixers

October 28, 2012 in Opinion

THE Asiagate report made public last week by Zifa contains frightening
revelations about match-fixing in Zimbabwe.

It suggests that convicted Singaporean match-fixer Raj Perumal may have
infiltrated Zimbabwe football far back in the 1990s.

That finding, made by former Fifa head of security Chris Eaton who
investigated Perumal’s match-fixing tentacles that spread across the globe,
means there could more to the scandal than what is in the public domain.

So Zifa’s investigations which have been centred on trips made to Asia do
not provide the whole picture of what took place in Zimbabwe’s tainted world
of football over the years.

It is possible that match-fixing may have thrived for years without
authorities noticing, and this may help explain why suspicious characters
posed as the El Salvador national team in January 2004 and played against
the Warriors.

Now that it is public knowledge that some players and officials were
involved in match-fixing, Zifa has to intensify its investigations in order
to get to the bottom of the matter.

The focus should not just be on the period from 2007, but also on the ’90s
when some of our players, who were inches away from scoring for Zimbabwe in
important matches, suspiciously shot wide of the goal.

The guiding principle should be to root out any forms of corruption that
have tainted Zimbabwean football. Recently Zifa president Cuthbert Dube
publicly claimed that the Warriors’ away match against Angola was fixed.

Dube’s stunning utterances bring to light the fact that Zifa has done very
little to protect players from match-fixing syndicates.
It is appalling to see that during national team camps, our players are
exposed to the outside world, as they freely mix and mingle with different
people both at training sessions and hotels.

The way players interact with outsiders should be restricted. Zifa should
also put in place a special security department that will guard against
match-fixing as recommended by the Ebrahim Commission.
That is the only way we can bring credibility back to football which is
followed by millions of Zimbabweans.

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UN Habitat awards Scroll of Honour to the Mayor of Harare

Open Letter to the MDC
Dear President Tsvangirai
2005's Operation Murambatsvina and the concurrent Operation Restore Order were brutal attacks upon the people of Zimbabwe intended to punish voters and to further impoverish them thereby reducing their capacity to engage in political action for change.
Specifically OM was a reversal of the relaxation of planning restrictions by the Executive Mayor of Harare, Solomon Tawengwa in 1996. Tawengwa was a ZANU-PF Central Committee and Politburo member - as such, this policy would have had the approval of the President. It represented a reversal of colonial-era "standards" and was a major development that permitted self-built housing across the city that significantly addressed the housing crisis prevailing at the time due to the reduction of social housing construction by the State. The fact that many structures were built over utility lines was a failure of the City of Harare to adequately monitor and control building but the resulting structures were certainly not typically "slum" structures and represented a substantial investment of resources by our citizens. I am not aware of any attempts to quantify the value of the structures destroyed but one can safely assume the total cost was many millions.
One would have thought that the first priority of the MDC-dominated council elected in 2008, would be to rectify the disastrous effects of OM but I am unaware of any efforts to address the continuing suffering of people living in poverty such as those at Hopley Farm. More generally I have seen no efforts at systemic change, eg introducing appropriate and realistic planning standards that accord with the material conditions of our citizens to allow people to rebuild homes destroyed in 2005. In light of this inaction, I am at a loss to understand the award of 2012 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour to the Mayor of Harare, Mr Masunda. I stand to be corrected and I ask that you please inform myself and the people of Harare of any actions that the Mayor has personally taken since 2008 to ameliorate the effects of OM.
I am concerned as well that Mr Masunda professes to "refuse to join a political party". The people of Harare overwhelmingly elected the MDC to run our city and our Mayor should reflect the wishes of the electorate as well as spearheading the fight to overcome years of misrule and corruption by ZANU-PF at Town Hall.
Yours sincerely
Mike Davies
Former Chair, Combined Harare Residents Association
Mr. Muchadeyi Ashton Masunda, Mayor of Harare, is personally awarded the 2012 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour for his many years of charismatic leadership and courageous promotion of ethical governance in a city stressed by socio-economic, political and service delivery problems.
A lawyer by profession who earlier served as the “unofficial” mayor of the second city Bulawayo, Mr. Masunda pays special attention to the needs of the poor. He is widely recognised at home and abroad for creating an inclusive city governance environment. He considers the an asset in directly rebuilding their lives in the wake of the 2005 government evictions which drove an estimated 700,000 poor people from their homes in the country‟s main cities. A non-executive mayor who refuses to join a political party, Mr. Masunda has been in office since 2008."

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