By Alex Bell
03 October 2011
A commercial farmer in Beatrice and his 84 workers have all been handed
eviction notices and ordered to vacate the property by the end of the week,
as the ongoing seizure of land in Zimbabwe intensifies.
Wayne Greaves and his staff are in the process of moving their belongings
off Enondo B farm, after the eviction papers were served by a sheriff of the
court last Friday. That same court sheriff warned that he would return this
week and anyone left on the property would be arrested.
An ‘offer’ letter for the farm was first served on Greaves in February. The
offer letter was in two names, Hudson Zhanda and his wife Irene Zhanda, said
to be a practicing nurse in London for the past 5 years.
At the time Greaves went to see the Governor in Marondera and explained that
he had already given up two farms 2002, leaving him with Enondo B, where he
was allowed to continue farming.
According to John Worsley-Worswick from Justice for Agriculture (JAG), this
formal agreement was then set aside to allow the offer letter holder,
Zhanda, to take over part of the land.
But this has since changed with Zhanda dragging Greaves to court in order to
take over the whole property. The case was heard and letters of support for
Greaves were all submitted, including letters from the Governor, the
Provincial Administrator, the War Veterans’ Association Chairman and the
chief lands officer. In the hearing, the Judge also suggested that a letter
of support would also be needed from the Minister of Lands. A letter was
then duly written by Minister Herbert Murerwa agreeing with the Governor's
recommendation, which was subsequently submitted.
But despite these letters of support, the Supreme Court has now backed
JAG’s Worsley-Worswick told SW Radio Africa that Supreme Court Justice
Godfrey Chidyausiku last week signed the eviction notices for Greaves and
“We are pretty horrified. This is the first time that a Judge has signed
eviction notices individually for workers. Wayne’s concerns are all about
the welfare of his workers, because what do they do now?” Worsley-Worswick
An appeal is now being voiced for support for Greaves, his 84 farm labourers
and their extended families, a total of more than 450 people, set to lose
Oct 3, 2011, 10:32 GMT
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma promised on Monday that South Africa
would not see land grabs like those undertaken in Zimbabwe a decade ago.
He also said that his African National Congress was 'in charge,' and not the
party's youth league, which appears to have spooked some investors with talk
of nationalization of mines and expropriation of land owned by whites.
'I don't think the South African and Zimbabwean constitutions are the same.
Our constitution is very important because it guides us on what we do,' Zuma
was quoted as saying by the South African Press Association (SAPA).
While the issue of land reform was important, with imbalances still rife
from the colonial era and decades of white-minority rule, the president said
any moves must be done according to the law.
Julius Malema, the president of the ANC Youth League was convicted of hate
speech recently for singing an apartheid-era song that includes the lyrics
'kill the boer.' The word boer is widely used to refer to the country's
In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe's much-criticized land restitution
policies that saw white commercial farmers forcibly evicted from their land,
contributed to the near collapse of the economy.
by Staff Reporter
A FORMER police inspector who represented Zimbabwe on a peace-keeping
mission to Kosovo has been denied asylum in Britain.
Amos Nyakudya, 45, admitted a role in farm invasions and the 2005 Operation
He arrived in London from Harare on February 8, 2009, using a visitor's visa
obtained a year earlier in Macedonia.
But the Home Office rejected his asylum bid, accusing him of committing
“Those who take part in common criminal action and are aware of the criminal
character are seen as sharing the requisite intent, whatever their role and
position played in the commission of crime,” the UK Border Agency said in
its determination made available on Friday.
Nyakudya, employed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police for 19 years, claims to
have fled Zimbabwe after he was recorded by a colleague stating that
President Robert Mugabe must stand down.
But the UK Border Agency said Nyakudya had either participated in or done
nothing to stop rights abuses by the police.
“It is considered that you fully understood the aims, objectives and methods
the police used and were fully aware of the government’s objections and the
international crimes it committed,” the agency said in a 29-page ruling.
Nyakudya had said he was “aware of the torture, violence and murder
committed by the police during the invasion of white-owned farms”, but he
insisted that his role had been simply as a driver “dropping constables off
and picking them up”.
But the UKBA said as sergeant at the time before promotion to inspector,
Nyakudya “had total authority over the constables on your shift”.
The UKBA said he needed not to have been actively participating in rights
abuses by the police to be considered unsuitable for humanitarian
protection, but “allowing the criminal enterprise to function effectively or
efficiently is enough”.
UK authorities drew a link between Nyakudya and President Robert Mugabe,
suggesting officers deployed to Kosovo are usually those who showed
"unswerving loyalty to Zanu PF".
“We have carefully considered all these circumstances individually together,
but for the reasons given ... it is considered that your removal from the UK
is appropriate,” the letter added.
Nyakudya’s lawyer Brighton Mutebuka said he was appealing the decision and
would fight attempts to deport his client.
by Sebastian Nyamhangambiri Monday 03 October 2011
HAMBURG – A leading international media rights watch dog has called on
Zimbabwe’s coalition government to scrap tough press laws that continue to
hinder journalists from carrying out their work.
The International Press Institute (IPI) said the Access to Information and
Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) gave the government too much control over
the media, with journalists and newspapers required to obtain licences from
the state-appointed Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) to operate in the
“The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act allows the
government to control who is or is not considered a journalist,” said IPI
director Alison Bethel-McKenzie, who spoke to ZimOnline in Hamburg, Germany.
She said threats last month by the ZMC to stop foreign newspapers from
circulating in the country until they open local offices in Zimbabwe as well
as pay a percentage of their earnings to the commission were meant to impede
the free flow of information in the country.
The ZMC’s decision to hike accreditation fees for journalists working for
foreign media was also another attempt to control the media and restrict the
dissemination of news and information seen as critical of the authorities,
“These are all forms of censorship designed to keep news that might be
critical of the government out of Zimbabwe,” she said.
The Austrian-based IPI is a global network of editors, media executives and
leading journalists that campaigns for the freedoms of the press and
While Zimbabwe’s coalition government has implemented some of the media
reforms agreed in a power-sharing agreement between Mugabe and Prime
Minister Tsvangirai it has avoided instituting far-reaching measures that
would drastically open up the country’s media space.
The reforms instituted so far include the establishment of the ZMC and the
licensing of at least nine private newspapers to compete with the state-run
titles that have dominated the country’s media landscape since 2003.
But Mugabe’s allies in the Ministry of Information that oversees the media
have continued to hold back reforms especially in the key broadcasting
More than two years after the coalition government was formed, the
government broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) still
dominates the country’s media.
The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe has refused to license private
television or radio stations, forcing several radio stations to broadcast
into Zimbabwe from Europe or United States.
The Ministry that is controlled by Mugabe loyalist Webster Shamu and the
President’s influential press secretary George Charamba has also held on to
the AIPPA and other laws that restrict media freedom.
In addition to requiring journalists and media houses to register with the
government, the law also criminalises the publication of "falsehoods". It
has been solely used to harass and arrest journalists working for the
private media or state media reporters who fail to toe the line. --
By Alex Bell
03 October 2011
The High Court is still to set down a bail hearing date for the leaders of
pressure group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), 12 days since their arrest in
Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu are being held at Mlondolozi prison on
‘kidnapping’ and ‘theft’ charges, following their arrest during a
demonstration to commemorate last month’s Peace Day.
10 other WOZA women were also arrested, but only held overnight on ‘criminal
nuisance’ charges. Williams and Mahlangu on the other hand have been
remanded in custody. An urgent application for their bail was filed a week
ago. But the High Court has not set down a date for the hearing, which WOZA
has said is a “denial of justice.”
The two women have denied the charges, which date back to earlier this year
when they had gone to retrieve goods stolen from WOZA’s offices. The pair is
being accused of ‘kidnapping’ a woman and holding her against her will for
several hours. This same woman had willingly accompanied the WOZA leaders to
find the stolen property.
The state meanwhile is opposing bail on the grounds that the two have been
“avoiding” arrest and hiding from the police, despite both the women living
openly in Bulawayo.
According to a WOZA statement the affidavit supporting the state’s position
is signed by Detective Sergeant Ngwenya from the Law and Order Department,
who states that he had been attempting to arrest the two on these charges
for some time.
WOZA said the arrest and ‘spurious’ charges are all meant to “harass the
WOZA leadership and frustrate the activities of a movement which is
peacefully promoting democracy and social justice.” Another reason given for
opposing bail is that the two have pending charges relating to unlawful
demonstrations, blocking the pavement and failing to inform the regulating
authority. These charges have however been made irrelevant by a ruling
obtained by WOZA from the Supreme Court in 2010 saying that WOZA’s peaceful
demonstrations are indeed lawful.
WOZA is meanwhile urging supporters to phone Mlondolozi prison to urge the
authorities not to abuse the rights of the two women.
By Lance Guma
03 October 2011
Speculation on the health of the 87 year old ZANU PF leader Robert Mugabe
mounted today, after the Zimbabwe Standard newspaper reported that he had
travelled to Singapore for a 7th time this year, seeking medical attention.
The weekly paper quoted Information Minister Webster Shamu saying Mugabe,
“went for a review following an eye operation he had earlier on. He will be
back tomorrow (Sunday)."
The statement by Shamu however appeared to contradict Mugabe’s spokesman
George Charamba who in March this year told journalists that Mugabe was
“going for his final check-up” that same month. “As you know after a
cataract operation there is a period of two weeks to check up,” Charamba
The version of events was quickly changed on Monday with Mugabe telling the
state broadcaster that he had instead travelled to see his 22 year old
daughter Bona Mugabe, a student in Hong Kong. Mugabe’s office is however
notorious for trying to shield the ageing leader and regularly misrepresent
facts about his trips to Asia for medical treatment.
US diplomatic cables recently leaked by the whistle-blowing WikiLeaks
website appear to confirm widely held information that Mugabe is suffering
from prostate cancer. A leaked cable quoted Reserve Bank Governor Gideon
Gono telling the then US ambassador James McGee in 2008, that Mugabe had
prostate cancer that has metastasized and "that will cause his death in
three to five years."
In the cable Ambassador McGee wrote that according to Gono, Mugabe’s doctor
had recommended he cut back on his activities. McGee said Gono had told them
the year before that “Mugabe was ill and that his doctor had urged him to
step down immediately.” Mugabe had told his doctor that he would leave
office after the (2008) election.
This year in February SW Radio Africa reported how Mugabe’s mounting health
problems limited the number of times the country’s cabinet met to discuss
important national issues. The executive arm of government only met for just
two hours in two months during that period. This was made worse by the fact
that Mugabe did not want anyone to chair cabinet meetings in his absence.
Mugabe’s ailing health dominated the SADC Troika Summit in Zambia this year.
He travelled with an entourage of over 60 people from his security and
medical team. On arrival at the hotel Mugabe, who was struggling to walk,
was helped onto a golf cart which transported him to his room. His
bodyguards and other aides followed behind. The same routine was repeated
throughout the summit.
Finance Minister Tendai Biti this year also confirmed the worst kept secret
in government, the fact that Mugabe regularly sleeps though important
meetings. Mugabe’s declining health is speculated to have been the reason
ZANU PF was pushing for an early election. His key lieutenants are worried
any delays will see them losing what they feel is still their trump card.
by Staff Reporter
ZANU PF officials revealed to have been privately agitating for President
Robert Mugabe's exit in leaked United States diplomatic cables must now
"cooperate or perish", former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo warns.
The Tsholotsho North MP said the conspirators against Mugabe’s rule had been
“exposed”, and their political futures would only be secured by backing the
Zanu PF leader “in tangible ways”.
In a Sapes Trust lecture on the implications of the release of the cables by
WikiLeaks, Moyo said the dispatches showed the United States government
dabbling in Zimbabwe’s politics with a strategy to either force Mugabe out
through internal Zanu PF opposition or a regime change strategy to uproot
him and his party from power.
“Isolating Mugabe from Zanu PF is now neither workable nor possible because
those Zanu PF leaders who were key to this strategy have been exposed and
their only option is to cooperate or perish,” Moyo said, speaking in Harare
on Thursday night.
He said Mugabe’s internal critics “now have nowhere to hide”, adding: “The
only thing they can do is to seek President Mugabe and hope and pray for his
understanding by supporting him in tangible ways beyond mere rhetoric.”
Moyo should know the cost of Mugabe’s vengeance after he was expelled by
Zanu PF in 2005, months after he was accused of orchestrating a palace coup.
Following his exit, he ran for MP in Tsholotsho North as an independent and
the US diplomatic cables show him telling American diplomats “a Zanu PF
party led by Mugabe was likely to lose any election”.
But he reminded a packed Sapes Trust Seminar Room that he had never held
meetings with American diplomats while serving in government or as deputy
secretary for information in Zanu PF.
“I was fully entitled to have those conversations without reference to
anyone as an independent Member of Parliament who was then in the political
wilderness following the debacle of the so-called Tsholotsho Declaration
that never was,” Moyo said.
Although an open political secret that Zanu PF is split into factions, all
competing to replace Mugabe, the full extent of the plotting was previously
unknown before the whistleblower website, WikiLeaks, published over 2,998
cables revealing secret meetings between Zanu PF top leaders and American
Vice Presidents Joice Mujuru and John Nkomo, Defence Minister Emmerson
Mnangagwa and Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere are some of the
officials who are revealed to have been calling for change in private.
“The tittle-tattle in the cables about President Mugabe’s succession reached
a peak in 2005 when the chatting became a free-for-all and even more robust
with calls from across the political spectrum, but especially from within
Zanu PF, as witnessed at the party’s 2006 Goromonzi annual people’s
conference, that President Mugabe ‘must go’,” said Moyo, a member of Zanu PF’s
But the former university lecturer insists that the 2008 elections in which
Mugabe failed to win outright and the country faced paralysis as a result of
a hung parliament shocked Zanu PF leaders into embracing their leader again.
“The cables bear the point is that in the first place, the so-called Zanu PF
hardliners who had been isolated from President Mugabe after the fallout
from the 2004 Zanu PF Congress reconciled with him in 2008 during the
campaign for the presidential run-off election to stop regime change,” Moyo
“This is captured in the cables, and I can confirm it as one of those who
was directly involved. This development struck a blow to what until then had
been a successful strategy to isolate President Mugabe from Zanu PF and to
accordingly weaken the party by dividing it to render it incapable of
“... the whole three-pronged US strategy to effect either leadership change
in Zanu PF and the government or regime change in Zimbabwe has come to
grief. This is because a strategy against your opponents is useful only if
they don’t get to know anything about it.”
Moyo said only “dilettantes” would find it difficult to accept that those
who once plotted against Mugabe can change their minds and become his
“Parenthetically, the idea that it is duplicitous or wrong for one, whether
in Zanu PF or any other party, to oppose President Mugabe today only to
emerge supporting him tomorrow is truly primitive,” Moyo said.
“Practical politics is not a religion but it changes like the weather
informed by a stable climate. Everyday politics is like the weather.
Yesterday’s weather has nothing to do with today’s weather or tomorrow’s
weather for that matter.
“The time has come for us as a nation to focus on policies over faces and
then it won’t matter whether the leader of our party or country is old or
young; or whether he or she is formally educated or not. Policies must
matter over personalities.”
HARARE, 30 September 2011 (IRIN) - Orphans and vulnerable children from more
than 80,000 households in Zimbabwe are set to benefit from a three-year
government and donor-funded programme to cushion them from the worst effects
Led by Zimbabwe's Ministry of Labour and Social Services with support from
the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the governments of the Netherlands,
Sweden, the UK, and the European Commission (EC), the National Action Plan
for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Phase II, will take a three-pronged
approach to reaching children most at risk - with cash transfers,
educational assistance through the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM)
and child protection services.
Sarah Mutodi, 19, from Harare is grateful for the educational support she
received under the first phase of the National Action Plan (NAP), which was
launched in 2005 and drew on a multi-donor funded pool of US$85 million to
reach half a million children, according to UNICEF.
“I lost both my parents in an accident the year I was supposed to sit for my
A-levels and could not have completed my high school studies if I had not
received assistance under BEAM,” said Mutodi, who is now studying for an
However, the social protection mechanism has not been able to reach all of
the country's more than one million orphans and Zimbabwe's economic meltdown
of the past decade has considerably strained the ability of families and
communities to support orphans and children affected by HIV.
Josphat Phiri, 72, and his 60-year-old wife, from the low income suburb of
Kuwadzana, about 15km west of Harare, have been caring for their four
grandchildren since both of their daughters died from HIV-related illnesses.
Phiri lost his job on a commercial farm in 2001 after it changed ownership
as part of the country's controversial land reform programme, and with no
steady source of income the elderly couple rely on handouts from neighbours
and fellow church members to get by.
“All my grandchildren are supposed to be in school, but only one is
currently receiving help under BEAM. With the other three, it has proved to
be hard,” Phiri told IRIN.
The inclusion of cash transfers in the second phase of NAP could provide
some relief to families like Phiri's. According to UNICEF, households headed
by elderly people or children, or with large numbers of dependants or
chronically ill people, will be eligible for monthly cash transfers of
In a country where a substantial part of the population lives on less than a
dollar a day, the subsidy is aimed at helping families to meet some of their
immediate food and health care needs.
“Protecting children from poverty, harm and abuse begins with reducing their
vulnerabilities; cash transfers are one of the critical components that will
contribute to the realization of children’s rights,” Peter Salama, the
UNICEF country representative, said at the launch of NAP II.
[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]
Got any power? Got any water? Got any explanations that make sense? Maybe this one does. The statement below is from the Chairman of the Zimbabwe Power Company.
Zimbabwe Power Company 2nd October 2011 (10pm)
Starting with the end in Mind
It is important that customers are regularly informed of the stark reality of generation capacity in Zimbabwe. If the facts are understood then it is up to each individual to assess how best they can cope going forward into the next four to five years. There has been no meaningful investment in additional power since the 1980′s – 25years! Over the past two and a half decades there has been major growth in our population as well as a population drift to the urban areas.
The demand for power is around 1,800 MW at daily peak and this is growing. Local installed operational capacity today is around 1,200 MW – so we have a gap of 30%. As ZPC implement their program to stabilise and optimise the generation capacity at all its stations over the next 12 months the supply will increase to 1,500 MW – but in the meantime demand will continue to increase.
The ONLY way to close this gap is to install additional capacity and the shortest timeline to achieve this is four years. So I urge all customers and stakeholders to understand this and take whatever steps they can to mitigate against this stunted power capacity.
I suggest that an Energy Forum is established amongst major customer groups to facilitate dialogue around this critical aspect of life in Zimbabwe. We need to seek solutions that will help address this shortage: remove duties on solar power equipment, remove duties on low energy power devices, change the building by-laws to insist that all middle and high income new houses use solar geysers, insist that new mines install solar systems in their housing and other water heating processes etc. Most importantly to engage in a national education campaign on how to be more economical in our power usage.
Other power producers need to be encouraged to enter the market. Licenses have been issued but it seems there is little appetite to invest, why? We need to debate these issues.
An Update on Capacity Expansion
Kariba and Hwange
There has been a very positive response to the “Expression of Interest” for the expansion at both Kariba and Hwange. The “Expressions of Interest” closed in mid-September and our team of Hatch, KPMG Consortium and management are reviewing the documents before making recommendations to the State Procurement Board. This will then be followed by a formal tender to prequalified companies.
To ensure that the momentum is maintained it is vital that the Independent Regulator is put in place outside of the Ministry and that this new body engenders the confidence of potential investors.
WAPCOS (an Indian consultancy group in the power sector) will finish the feasibility studies to re-power the boilers at the small thermal stations. We then intend looking for funding / joint venture partners to help us carry out these upgrades.
Recent History and the Current Situation
The month of September has not been a good month for ZPC and hence for you, the customer. Many of us over the last week have experienced up to five consecutive days of load shedding from 5am to 10pm. Why?
Before I continue, it is important to note that ZETDC (Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company) hold the balancing of supply and demand / (load shedding) responsibility. They have a load shedding plan which is in turn based on their expectation of power supply from ZPC as well regional power utilities. ZETDC are forced to deviate from this plan when there is a sudden loss of power from their suppliers – power generation outages at times occur without warning and this throws out the planned load shedding regime.
In writing this statement I will endeavour to give facts, to not be defensive yet not shy away from giving news that you need to hear.
There are four main themes that run through the low generation this month and particularly over the last 10 days, namely: sluggish and below par (in my view) performance of the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), underperformance of the procurement and logistic chain (both in-house and external suppliers), ongoing cash flow challenges (ZPC have only received approximately 80% payment this year for the energy it has generated and sent out, as payment of imports are given precedence) and finally the ongoing occurrence of regional power swings( surges) into our transmission systems where protection is insufficiently robust.
If detail is not what you want please skip to the next section.
Kariba Power Station
This station has been generating at full capacity for much of the last two years except for planned shut downs. In June this year a failure occurred in the generator winding of Unit 2. These are copper windings as thick as one’s arm. It can only be replaced by the OEM who had to design and outsource the replacement section. During this outage a crack was found in one of the turbine blades which only the OEM can repair. This repair work is under way and is scheduled for completion before mid-October. In my view the OEM did not, and could not be encouraged to, respond to our crisis with the urgency demanded by our unique situation or with the respect that a 30 year relationship deserves. Our MD has been in Europe this week to discuss this with the OEM.
During the week ending 25th September the protection on Units 3 and 4 tripped. Unit 4 was isolated from the transformer which it shares with Unit 3. Unit 3 was then brought back into service. After meticulous trouble shooting it was found that switch gear and control devices, which were replaced by another OEM during our maintenance shut downs earlier this year, had failed. Repairs to these devices are underway under guidance of the OEM from Europe.
So in summary Kariba has been down to four units for the last 10 days with the station expected to return to full capacity by mid- October.
Hwange Power Station
As I have mentioned in prior statements there is a significant amount of work still required to stabilise this station not the least of which is the Ash Disposal section of the process. As money becomes available we go to tender against a prioritised schedule of replacement components – some of which have lead times of up to one year!
We have lost the four Phase One (smaller) units over the last week to 10 days. Unit 1 due to the failure of the “Boiler Feed Pump” which is new and under warranty, Unit 2 due to a the failure of its thrust bearing, Unit 3 due to wear on its induction fans caused by the under-performing de-ashing system and Unit 4 due to the failure of its “Boiler Feed Pump”.
To exacerbate the situation the entire station was taken out by a surge out of Eskom (S.A) on Tuesday 27th September.
At time of writing this statement we now have two Phase Two (larger) units and one Phase One(smaller) unit feeding the grid. We expect to bring another unit back overnight (Sunday) and the fifth by Wednesday this week.
Small Thermal Stations
These stations are situated in Bulawayo, Harare and Munyati. Our major constraint in maintaining modest outputs from these stations continues to be the availability of coal from our three suppliers. All three suppliers assure us that their production will improve over the next two months. Should this not be the case we will have to consolidate and probably run only two of the three stations.
In the middle of this week NRZ went on strike. I must commend our management team and coal suppliers for their rapid response to this event. They mobilised over 40 trucks to haul the coal that was to move by rail.
The next 12 months
Major retrofitting and component replacement projects will continue over the next 12 months. WAPCOS (the Indian company that provides expert advice at Hwange) have provided an experienced project manager to help oversee these projects at Hwange. To execute these projects there will be extended planned outages of units on a sequential basis during the year ahead. For example the precipitators (ash handling) on Phase Two will be retrofitted over the next seven months therefore from the middle of October until May 2012 and one of the Phase two Units will be offline.
At Kariba the system that governs the turbine blades, in sympathy to the power demand, will be replaced on each unit (six weeks per unit) on a sequential schedule. This means that from mid-December until September 2012 only five of the six units will be online.
In addition, over the next 12 months, other units will need to be taken off line for shorter periods to undertake unit specific upgrades or repairs. There will also be the exogenous breakdowns.
So in summary the power supply regime will for the next 12 months will be much the same as it has been for the last 12 months – all in a bid to stabilise and optimise supplies in the medium term.
The refurbishment of the 40km pipeline from the Zambezi to the Hwange station remains a priority and is a one year project. The feasibility study was completed over two months ago and we await the outcome of possible of government-to-government funding with the government of India.
I wish to thank all stakeholders for their understanding on the need for a revised tariff after two and a half years of stagnation. The power woes of today are largely attributable to many years of suppressed earnings by this power utility. To have continued this trend would surely have led us into total darkness.
Sadly this increase in tariff as of 1st October will not translate into immediate improvements in the availability of power. Lead times for retrofitting projects can be many months.
Of equal importance is the positive message that this sends to investors: “Zimbabweans are prepared to pay for their power.” I urge all of you to take personal responsibility for your power usage. There seems to be a misapprehension that load shedding automatically results in a dramatic reduction in your power usage and hence cost. This will not be the case if you do not manage your consumption. While you sleep the power comes back on and heats geysers, runs fridges and pumps etc.
The board of ZPC remains committed to its responsibilities for the company whose performance is critical to the economy of this country. We see our role as more than one of oversight and governance. We therefore spend time in mentorship roles as well as bringing our diverse skill-sets and experience to bear at an operational level when the situation demands. Arriving at solutions to the complex challenges that have been imposed on the company over the years (lack of investment in new capacity, foregone maintenance of existing infrastructure etc.) requires a team effort.
We have commissioned the “Institute of Directors Zimbabwe” to undertake a performance review of the ZPC board.
I hope reading this statement improves your understanding of recent events and the challenges that all of us will face in the medium term – until additional generation capacity is installed.
It is essential that we find ways to hold dialogue across all walks of life on this key economic driver and household resource.
Monday, 03 October 2011 05:56 Some elements of the Central Intelligence
Organisation were keeping Emmerson Mnangagwa, then Speaker of Parliament, a
step ahead of his adversaries, Movement for Democratic Change senior
officials Welshman Ncube and Paul Themba Nyathi told United States embassy
Ncube was secretary general of the MDC before it split up while Themba
Nyathi was the party spokesman.
The two said the growing factionalism within the Zimbabwe African National
Union- Patriotic Front was an offshoot of a concerted effort by former army
commander Solomon Mujuru, former Finance Minister Simba Makoni and other
members of an internal anti-corruption committee to bring down Mnangagwa.
Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri and Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi
were also reported to be involved in the struggle against Mnangagwa.
Ncube said he had been told by an ally of Mnangagwa Joram Gumbo that once
untouchable pro-Mnangagwa business elites were in detention and under
torture in an attempt to implicate Mnangagwa in corruption.
“Ncube said that, thus far, pro-Mnangagwa elements within the CIO had tipped
Mnangagwa off and kept him a step ahead of his adversaries. He said that the
continued detention of Telecel Chairman James Makamba is only peripherally
connected to this struggle -- Grace Mugabe's infidelity with Makamba was the
root cause of Makamba's plight,” the cable says.
2013 U.S. Green Card Lottery opens October 4 – no fee necessary, no middleman needed to register
Harare, October 3, 2011 -- The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe is pleased to announce Tuesday October 4th is the opening of the one-month registration period for the DV-2013 Diversity Visa lottery. The Congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and is commonly known as the “Green Card Lottery.” For the DV-2013 program, 50,000 immigration visas will be made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States, including Zimbabwe.
There is no charge to complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form, and there is only ONE official website: www.dvlottery.state.gov The Diversity Visa Lottery will not notify applicants by email and will not ask for payment.
In the DV-2012 program, 142 Zimbabweans were selected. These applicants and their eligible family members are being processed through the U.S. Embassy in Harare for immigration to the United States of America. Changes in the DV-2013 process include new DV eligibility for natives of South Sudan and Poland, while Bangladesh natives are now ineligible.
Entries for the DV-2013 Diversity Visa lottery can only be submitted electronically. It is not possible to mail or submit paper entries. The registration period for the DV-2013 program begins at 0600 Zimbabwe time, Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and ends at 0600 Zimbabwe time, Saturday, November 5, 2011. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) and submit their entries FREE OF CHARGE at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after 0600 Saturday, November 5, 2011.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have completed secondary education or be employed in a qualifying profession, and include their spouse and all unmarried children under 21 years of age on the application. Failure to meet the education requirement or failure to include all children in an entry will result in disqualification. For detailed information about entry requirements, along with frequently asked questions about the DV lottery, please see the instructions for the DV-2013 DV lottery available at www.dvlottery.state.gov or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to "complete" lottery entry forms. There is no charge to complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form, and there is only ONE official website: www.dvlottery.state.gov
The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting simple but strict eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration and no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the period of the past five years. Within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.
Beginning this year, applicants will be given a confirmation number after successfully submitting their application. After May 1, 2012, they will be able to check the status of their entry through the Entry Status Check on the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov in order to discover whether or not they were selected.
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The Zimbabwe Election Support Network sent a 15 member mission to observe Zambia‘s tripartite elections held on the 20th of September 2011. The objectives of the mission were multifaceted and included; to observe the Zambia’s electoral processes, to explore and understand civil society initiatives within and around the electoral process. Lastly, the mission sought to glean lessons and insights to inform Zimbabweans as we prepare for the referendum and the general elections in the future.
Please find link for the Zambia election
Zimbabwe Election Support Network [ZESN]
10 Rochester Crescent
Tel: 263 4 250736/ 791443/ 798193/ 791803
Fax: 263 4 250735
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, 03/10/11
It would be a huge blunder to suggest the lifting of targeted measures
against Mugabe and his inner circle for six months under the pretext of
election campaign in Western countries as suggested by Zimbabwe Diaspora
Vote Campaign Committee (Bulawayo24.com, 03/10/11).
“The ZDVC pledges to approach authorities in those countries that have
imposed travel restrictions on some members of Zanu-pf to relax those
restrictions for a period of six months so that all parties can freely
campaign in those countries,” ZDVC Committee said.
I totally disagree and dissociate myself from the offer of a the proposed
six months ‘visa’ to Mugabe and his cronies to western countries in exchange
for my right to vote. Not in my name, for God’s sake.
Allowing the tyrant a free rein to Western countries would be a big betrayal
of the suffering some people have endured and are still going through
because of Mugabe’s vindictiveness.
Mugabe should never be allowed to get into the West through the back door as
he did into State House in 2009. There will be riots and civil unrest should
he show-up under the disguise of political campaign when his cronies were
disembowelling opponents in previous elections.
Had he been still alive, it would be like giving Adolf Hitler and his
henchmen a six months tourist visa to Israel and all countries where there
are descendants of Jews whom he persecuted.
Considering the fact that targeted sanctions and asset freezes were imposed
on Mugabe, his wife and Zanu-pf inner circle for human rights abuses which
are well documented, one would need to be out of their mind to suggest
amnesty even for a minute.
Gukurahundi genocide, hundreds of people including white commercial farmers
and their workers were murdered during the chaotic and racist farm seizures.
Hundreds of people were massacred during military style operations at
Marange’s and Chiadzwa diamond fields.
Yet more hundreds were murdered in cold blood by Mugabe’s loyalists prior to
and after parliamentary and presidential elections in 2002 and 2008.
Millions were displaced all over the world, only for Mugabe to place a
condition for their right to vote as the lifting of targeted sanctions which
have become his religion.
I would never support any government that grants Mugabe asylum for the grave
damage he did and still doing to our country and its people and its economy
despite agreeing to reform in 2008.
It is no secret that Mugabe has stashed millions abroad and owns properties
at home and abroad, while Zimbabweans are starving and commerce and industry
are operating below 50% capacity due to threats of firm seizures and Zesa
blackouts since 2000.
Thousands of people have been criminalised by the Mugabe regime for
campaigning for human rights, respect of the rule of law, democratic reforms
and the levelling of the political playing field.
Mugabe’s cronies have seized farms, mines and now their attention is on
banks for no benefit to the ordinary person in Zimbabwe.
Any approaches to be made by the ZDVG for the lifting of targeted sanctions
do not have my blessing because they would be a gross betrayal of the
thousands of Zimbabweans who perished under Mugabe’s tyranny.
My vote is my human right. I won’t allow Mugabe to cow people into
Targeted sanctions are working on the right people contrary to propaganda
and brainwashing measures by the Zanu-pf regime and some gullible scholars.
I would urge for more targeted sanctions against Mugabe and his gang because
of stalling on the GPA. It’s the only way he can be made to pay for causing
so much suffering to innocent people because of his bloated ego.
Could Mugabe be using proceeds from the Marange blood diamonds to weave his
way out of the targeted sanctions and asset freeze?
Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, Political Analyst, London,