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The Herald

President extends Chihuri's term of office by a year

Herald Reporter
PRESIDENT Mugabe has extended the term of office of Police Commissioner
Augustine Chihuri by a further one year.

In a notice published yesterday in the Government Gazette, the Secretary for
Home Affairs, Mr Melusi Matshiya, said Cde Mugabe had extended Commissioner
Chihuri's term of office with effect from September 1 this year.

"It is hereby notified that His Excellency the President has, in terms of
Subsection (2) of Section 93 of the Constitution as read with the proviso to
Subsection (2) of Section 6 of the Police Act, extended for 12 months with
effect from 1st September 2004, the term of office of Augustine Chihuri, as
Commissioner of Police," read the notice.

The extension of Commissioner Chihuri's term of office is a demonstration by
the Government of confidence in the police chief.

Under the leadership of Commissioner Chihuri, Zimbabwean police have served
with distinction in peacekeeping missions in Kosovo, East Timor and Angola.

Only last month 25 police officers left for Kosovo while 17 others returned
from a similar tour of duty in the war-torn country.

Zimbabwe's continued participation in United Nations missions has been
described as a seal of approval of the police's professionalism and
expertise. Commissioner Chihuri himself has served as vice-president of the
International Police Organisation (Interpol) and in 2002 he was elected
chairman of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation
Organisation at its annual meeting in Victoria Falls.
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Combined Harare Residents Association Issue 41- Tuesday, August 31, 2004 8:51


Kirsty Coventry's name will go down in Zimbabwean history this year. Theswimmer brought home Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals from Greece, a symbol of great determination in our country. Too bad Harareswimmers will not be jumping into their pools anytime soon thisyear. The Resident is informed that council is fining anyone caught using a hosepipe, let alone filling his or her pool, a hefty $1,000,000.00!

MDC Councillors sent a strong message to the regime this week when they resigned en masse from council. There have been conflicting reports regarding whetheror not all the councillors resigned. Astatement issued by the MDC on Friday 20 August 2004 stated that the MDC Harare City Councillors had resignedciting "unrelenting political interference in their activities." The Daily Mirror (30 August 2004) quoted the MDC Spokesperson, Paul Themba Nyathi as stating that all MDC councillors will have resigned by the end of this week. The Resident can however confirm that three councillors, including Cllr. Laban of Ward 6 have tendered their resignations. The impact of this move was felt when a full council meeting scheduled for Thursday 26 August 2004 was postponed to Tuesday 31 August 2004.14 councillors turned up for the meeting.

The Harare City Council is going through a defining moment in its history, and residents need to make sure that any action taken is in their interests. The Resident wishes to thank all those who have sent in their opinions regarding the proposed delimitation of Harare, Ruwa and Norton.

Keep participating in issues to do with Harare because Harare is our City.One day thesunshinewill return!

In this issue

  • Regime Meddling Exposed
  • Residents Speak out on Service Delivery Issues
  • Pedestrian Crossings in need of repair
  • Public Hearing on NGO Bill Set
  • Residents' quote of the Week.
  • Residents Tickle of the week (Kirsty wins Gold at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals!)


    Regime meddling Exposed.

    This article was adapted as is from Councillor Laban's (Former Councillor Now!) occasional Newsletter. The travails of governance in the city have also been extended to council officials...

    We have a report from the Director of Works (DOW) to the Executive Committee, dated 17 July and laid on the table at the Executive Committee meeting of 19 July this year. It states that the DOW has done as he has been told to do, but he has some objections.

    His instructions are attached; a memo from the Acting Mayor, S. Makwavarara and signed by her, to the Acting Town Clerk, dated 14 July 2004 with the subject "Reinstatement of Dept of Works Employees". It is a short memo, only two sentences: "I refer to our meeting with the Honourable Governor, Cde Witness Mangwende this afternoon. Could you please ensure that the Acting Human Resources Director is advised accordingly on the above mentioned subject to enable the employees to resume duty on Monday 19 July 2004."

    The Acting Town Clerkinstructed the DOWwhoreported that the4 employees were suspended last year in August and October following an illegal job action.A Council Disciplinary Inquiries Committeefoundthem guilty ofassaultingmunicipal employees duringthe job action. They also turned off the water supply to high-density suburbs.Furthermore they are under police investigation at the moment.One employee has been phoning Highfield Works and Firle Sewerage works with threats and boasting that he will be reinstated.

    The DOW believes that reinstating these employees will be bad for staff morale.There is no mention of this in the Executive Committee minutes of 19 July or infull Council minutes.What we have here is a discussion between the Governor and theso-called Acting Mayor, following which4 employees are reinstateddespite their crimes,thedisciplinary inquiry results, ongoing police investigation and one'sintimidation. So there are4 thugs taking our pay (your rates) for reasons that we can onlyassume are Mangwende's personal or Zanu PF's partisanpolitics. Who,we should ask, is interfering in Council activities?
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Residents speak out on service delivery in Harare

    The Resident has received many letters from residents on the issue of service delivery in the city. We urge the City leaders (if there are any still left, the catch word is commissioners and directive implementers these days) to consider residents' concerns seriously. Below are some of the comments that we have received.

    You ask for our comments on the subject of refuse removal, or rather the total lack of it. It has been an on going fight of mine with council for sometime and for a long time I have refused to pay for collections that were not made. We live in Waterfalls and are supposed to have2 collections a week. This hardly ever happens and I seem to spend my life on the phone to the district officer or the cleansing department or some such all the time. My domestic is supposed to cart the stinking rubbish in and out of the property twice a week at risk of his own health. We separate our waste and anything that can be composted is, bottles that can be returned are. We do try to help in our own way. However, at the end of the day we are paying for a service that is very seldom carried out. What makes me even madder is that a company is paid to render this service and they are not doing this. They laugh all the way to the bank and we end up with bags of refuse. I have asked what we can do about it. I am not prepared to dig holes all over the garden and dispose of it, surely a very archaic approach to the whole problem.I have threatened to just dump it in the middle of the road, and this last time did galvanise a little action but here it is2 more weeks down the line and no refuse has been collected. I would dearly love to dump it at Waterfalls District Office but would probably get arrested! What is the way forward with this problem, I am fed up with phoning and now with telephone calls so very expensive it would seem a total waste of money. Your advice Please Regards

    Ed: The Resident notes that you are fighting a lone battle. Council officials are likely to disregard your concerns, no matter how genuine they are. What do your neighbours say about the issue of refuse collection? We suggest you team up with your neighbours and arrange for a meeting with the Waterfalls District Officer. Kindly inform us on the dates for the meeting so that we can attend. It will be no good writing a letter or phoning and hoping that they will respond. It is better to also pay the DO a visit!

    Dear CHRA
    Thank you for the residents views this week. My gardener from Highfields came to me with a query on his rates/water bill. He may query it! I do too, now.
    He has brought forward credit balance. Then the July charges. Below is a box "amount due" The July charges after the rather large credit balance, gives another credit balance to carry forward. The box marked "Amount Due" shows the full amount for July $19,815 when the balance due should, in fact, be to his credit by some $24,283. I am astounded and dismayed at how many may have been taken in by this "mistake" Please inform your subscribers and ask them to inform any workers living in their own houses in Highfields.
    Kind Regards
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Pedestrian Crossings in need of repair

    He is one person who loves travelling, meeting people and sitting down for a chat if he finds you not too busy. Unassuming, yet convincing and calm, one needs just30 minutes of his time to understand why Mr Petho rides5, sometimes6 kilometres a day round the city on his bicycle for this ritual.

    The city is increasingly becoming a danger for him because of traffic control signals that go unrepaired. "Here in Highlands alone there are3 pedestrian robots that have never turned green for ages!" he tells The Resident. "There's one up Glenara Avenue and Enterprise, it's on a blind corner and one has to go round the bend to check if there are any cars coming before you cross. It's the most dangerous. Then there is the one leading to David Livingstone School, on Enterprise Road, and another one on Hebert Chitepo Rd, leading off from the same school. Both of them have not been working and they pose a real danger to school children"

    Combined Harare Residents Association has in the past month called on council to repairthe city's infrastructure. The call is ignored. School Development Associations should begin to take school children's safety seriously. A proposal has been made for SDA's to recruit"lollipop" people from the community who will assist pupils cross the roads in the morning, afternoon and after school. Residents Associations should also consider enlisting some of their representatives in the D' Branch of the Zimbabwe Republic Police. The D' branch is a civilian arm of the ZRP that ensures civic discipline and assists residents in the area. The Resident will invite the ZRP to speak more about this feature in the next issue.

    Residents need to take public safety seriously.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Public Hearing on NGO Bill set

    "This Bill will repeal the Private Voluntary Organisations Act and establish a new non-governmental organisations Act which will provide for an enabling environment for the operations, monitoring and regulation of all non-governmental organisations." (Emphasis ours)

    So begins the proposed NGO Bill.These are the words the regime has used more than once to describe its intentions. Draconian, underhand, shooting itself in the foot, attack on civil liberties...These have been catchphrases that the Non-Governmental Organisations have used to describe the proposed bill.

    Residents Associations will be greatly affected by the passing of the NGO Bill. Local residents associations, whose funding is dependent on residents subscriptions, will be expected to submit audited accounts to an NGO Council, and this after they register as a Private Voluntary Organisation. The Avenues Residents and Ratepayers Association (ARARA) notes that the registration itself will prove a nightmare, " terms of section 10 of the Bill (the requirements for registration) are so onerous that (the association) will not be able to meet them, and thereforecould not be registered and presumably will have to close down."

    The Combined Harare Residents Association as the umbrella body of residents associations like ARARA willalso be affected. TheNGO Bill will mean that the organisation will close down because section 17 requires all organisations dealing in issues of Democracy, Governance and Human Rights should cease operations forthwith. The bill outlaws foreign funding and determines the running ofNGOsunder a Council of peopleappointed by the regime.

    The Bill will redefine relations between civil society and government. Civil Society Organisations likeours have played a pivotal role in every sector of governance in Zimbabwe, primarily throughdemanding our democratic rights.Far from being'front' for foreign interests, CHRA has sought to cultivate a sense of ownership in the democratic process.

    NGOs have played a key role indeveloping the greatest resourceour society possesses: people. The Resident sees a great assault on civil liberties if this draconian bill passes through parliament. We support every endeavour by like-minded residents to write to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare seeking an audience in this regard.

    The Portfolio Committee has, in the meantime set a public hearing on the Bill for 7 September 2004. The Resident will update you on the developments regarding this issue. Residents interested in getting an electronic copy of the gazetted bill should send us an e-mail on

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Residents Quote of the Week

    Decentralisation can empower and enable the poor, permitting greater choice and stricter control over their rights. It is thus one way of breaking into what Chambers terms the 'deprivation trap' that is, that mutually reinforcing situation of powerlessness, vulnerability, physical weaknes, poverty and isolation into which the majority of the world's poor are locked.
    Ingham and Kalam (1972:375)

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    From The Daily News Online Edition, 4 September

    Family evicted from home for backing MDC

    About 20 Zanu PF supporters in Masvingo allegedly assaulted and evicted the
    sons of Joubert Mudzumwe, a national executive member and the secretary for
    local government of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) from their
    homes for supporting the opposition party. The attack on the MDC member's
    children is the fifth incident of violence breaking out over political
    differences in various parts of Zimbabwe in as many weeks as the country
    braces for the March 2005 parliamentary election. Political analysts in
    Zimbabwe have warned that the next parliamentary election would be fraught
    with electoral irregularities that include massive violence against members
    of the opposition. Supporters of the MDC in Chipinge and Chimanimani were
    said to be fleeing from marauding Zanu PF activists. Intra-party fighting
    also broke out between Zanu PF supporters in the two districts after
    clashing over the candidates to stand for the party against the MDC in the
    parliamentary poll. In Makoni District, Zanu PF supporters and war veterans
    last week fought running battles after two junior party members openly
    declared their interest in wrestling the Makoni East and Makoni North
    constituencies from incumbents Shadreck Chipanga and Didymus Mutasa, both
    cabinet ministers.

    Paul Themba Nyathi, the MDC spokesman yesterday said the Zanu PF militants
    ordered Silent (17) and Maxwell (16) Mudzumwe to immediately leave Zvemusha
    Village in Bikita after they found them at their home. Themba-Nyathi said:
    "Silent and Maxwell had been sent by their father who works in Masvingo to
    their rural home in Bikita to deliver some groceries for the four orphans
    that Mudzumwe is looking after. The Zanu PF militants raided Mudzumwe's home
    early Wednesday morning at around 4am. The two sons ran for dear life and
    left behind their bags while the fate of the four orphans is still unknown."
    According to the MDC spokesman, the trouble for Mudzumwe started two months
    ago when he rejected calls for a meeting between him and the Zanu PF youths
    at a nearby Zanu PF torture base. The situation got worse for the village
    headman, only identified as Zvemusha who has been constantly harassed and
    threatened with expulsion himself if he continued to host the Mudzumwe
    family in his village, the MDC claimed. Themba Nyathi alleged that the
    youths have given Mudzumwe until end of September to iron out his
    differences with the Zanu PF terror group or be permanently barred from ever
    coming to the village. Yesterday, Nathan Shamuyarira, the Zanu PF national
    secretary for information and publicity was not available for comment. The
    MDC has constantly accused the ruling party of perpetrating violence against
    its supporters. Zanu PF denies the charge.
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    Namibia and Zim state newspapers join forces
    September 04 2004 at 03:28PM

    Harare - Two state-run press groups in Namibia and Zimbabwe have
    teamed up to launch a new weekly regional paper for southern Africa, state
    media reported on Saturday.

    The Southern Times was launched late on Friday at Zimbabwe's premier
    north-western resort town of Victoria Falls, state radio and the daily
    Herald said.

    Publishers say they anticipate a readership of 340 million people for
    the Sunday paper, but did not specify when the first issue will roll off the

    The paper will have its editorial offices in the Namibian capital
    Windhoek, with the assistant editor of Zimbabwe's state-run Herald, Moses
    Magadza, heading the weekly as editor.

    "For many years the African story has been told to the world by those
    who only yesterday sought to undermine and plunder the continent and
    despised everything that was Africa," Herbert Nkala, chairperson of
    Zimabwe's state publisher, Zimpapers told guests at the ceremony.

    He said former colonialists distort facts on Africa.

    "Colonial media institutions can never be and should never be relied
    upon to report factually about Africa," he said.

    "Reading about Africa in the Western media, one only reads about
    scorched earth, hopelessness, despair, hunger and disease," Nkala said.

    The launch ceremony was attended by the two country's information
    ministers Jonathan Moyo of Zimbabwe and Nangolo Mbumba of Namibia, as well
    as business executives, journalists and diplomats from the region. -

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    Numbers louder than words
    saturday 4th September 2004

    Dear Family and Friends,
    I have spent hours today trying to compose this letter but my mind is filled
    with the horror of what happened in a Russian school. This morning my
    television tells me 250 people are dead and that 70% are children. As a
    mother, even one child dying is too many. I have only questions in my head,
    and sorrow for all who have suffered. I feel almost ashamed to write about
    Zimbabwe's problems after such horror and so my letter this week is about
    numbers, they speak louder than any words I can write.

    Zimbabwe Tobacco production: 2000 - 237 million kilograms
    Zimbabwe Tobacco production: 2004 64 million kilograms
    one packet of 20 cigarettes in 2000 - $22.
    one packet of 20 cigarettes in 2004 - $4500.

    Zimbabwe wheat production 2001: 314 thousand tonnes
    Zimbabwe wheat production 2003: 50 thousand tonnes
    one loaf of bread in 2000 : $21.
    one loaf of bread in 2004: $3500

    Zimbabwe milk production 2001: 160 000 tonnes
    Zimbabwe milk production 2003: 100 000 tonnes
    One litre of milk in 2000: $15.
    One litre of milk in 2004:$ 2600

    One dozen eggs in 2000: $36
    One dozen eggs in 2004: $7500.

    one bag of sugar in 2000:$40.
    one bag of sugar in 2004: $5303

    Harare Agricultural show total livestock exhibits 2004: 9 cattle, 2 goats, 3

    Zimbabwe Tourism Earnings 1999: 200 million $
    Zimbabwe Tourism Earnings 2003: 44 million $

    I end this week with numbers using a quote from the Zimbabwe Independent:
    "Baton wielding riot policed on Wednesday broke up pro-democracy
    demonstrations in the capital arresting at least 44 activists."
    Until next week, with love, cathy.
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    The Scotsman

    Mugabe fuels 'Reformation' against gays


    MORE than 30 million African Anglicans are set to form a breakaway church in
    the biggest schism since the Reformation prompted by a backlash against
    liberal attitudes to gays and lesbians in the west.

    The church is taking its cue from the unlikeliest champion of family values,
    President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, who in 1993 flamboyantly but infamously
    branded gay people as "worse than dogs and pigs".

    Nigerians clerics, who are led by the fearfully homophobic Archbishop Peter
    Akinola, say they are linking up with Evangelicals who not only support
    Mugabe, but also President George W Bush and the Republican Party in the US,
    Ben Mkapa in Tanzania and Sam Nujoma in Namibia, to wipe clean the "evil
    stain" of homosexuality from the face of Africa.

    "This could be the biggest split since the Reformation," said Richard
    Kirker, General Secretary of the small but vocal Lesbian and Gay Christian
    Movement. "Personally, I'd rather see a split within the ranks of the
    Anglican community than for people of principle to bow to the demands of
    homophobic Africans."

    At a time when Anglican bishops throughout Africa have told their sponsors
    in Britain and the US that they won't take a penny or cent more from
    churches which are tarnished by people sympathetic to "gay rights", the
    Lambeth Commission is preparing to meet next week in St George's, Windsor,
    to draw up its final report on issues of sexuality.

    "If we suffer for a while to gain our independence and our freedom to build
    ourselves up, I think it will be a good thing for the church in Africa,"
    Akinola said. "And we will not, on the altar of money, mortgage our
    conscience, mortgage out faith, mortgage our salvation."

    Akinola is also chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces which
    represents 12 national and regional churches, plus the diocese of Egypt.
    African churches comprise about half of the 77 million members of the global
    Anglican community.

    "The nature of gay people is one of the few subjects that unites all
    Africans," said Zimbabwean author and historian, Lawrence Vambe. "Family
    life is the bedrock of African society and homosexuality is seen by most
    Africans as a Western import that undermines our traditional values."

    There are tens of thousands of Zimbabweans now living in exile in the UK,
    and Vambe is one of them. "Nearly all of us despise Robert Mugabe and
    condemn what he has done to our beloved Zimbabwe, but I'm afraid that when
    it comes to the issue of gays most of us say that he's right," he said.

    All African societies, with the exception of South Africa, shun gay people.

    Bishop Nathaniel Yisa of Nigeria said: "The Bible refers a lot to
    homosexuality and condemns it outright. In traditional African society there
    is no room for men who want to have sex with men. As for women who want to
    have sex with women - to most people in the rural areas, it's unimaginable."

    African bishops watch with deep concern as Islam begins to attract hundreds
    of thousands of young, unemployed and often angry East Africans whose
    leaders claim that Christianity and homosexuality destroy traditional

    Deacon Cyrian Odokara of the Living Faith Church in Minna said that ordinary
    Nigerians were likely to hold Anglicans "guilty" by association with the
    church that selects a gay bishop.

    "Until recently, Africans had no pensions, no medical aid schemes and no
    social security network - not like the British.

    "A father and mother survived into old age because of the size of their
    family - strong men who could work the land, strong girls who could be sold
    to local men as brides.

    "What role is their in our society for men who want to go to bed with other
    men?" Odokara said.

    Almost all African church leaders take the Bible's apparent condemnation of
    homosexuality (in the Book of Leviticus and the writings of St Paul)

    The African backlash against gays and Lesbians started in 1993 when Mugabe
    stood up at a Zimbabwe book fair and lashed out, saying they did things not
    even dogs and pigs would do. "They are worse than dogs and pigs," he yelled,
    prompting two Nobel prize winners, Wole Soyinka of Nigeria and Nadine
    Gordimer of South Africa, to pack their bags in disgust and fly home.

    Then came the 1998 Lambeth Conference when the vast majority of Anglican
    leaders condemned the practice of homosexuality.

    But last year the Lambeth Commission was established by Archbishop of
    Canterbury Rowan Williams to face up to the crisis in the Anglican Community
    over sexuality issues.

    Under the chairmanship of the Church of Ireland Primate, Archbishop Robin
    Eames, the Commission has been working since October 2003.

    Eames will present the Report of the Commission to the Archbishop of
    Canterbury next month when it will be released for study throughout the
    world church.

    The consecration of practising homosexual, Bishop Gene Robinson, in the US
    and the practice of blessing same sex unions in Canada have provoked a storm
    throughout the Anglican community.

    Signs are that next week it will again become a controversial issue, with
    the man who started the ball rolling, Mugabe, enjoying the turmoil he has
    helped to create.
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    Mann: 'Sir Mark had no idea of coup plot'
    By Jane Flanagan in Johannesburg
    (Filed: 05/09/2004)

    Sir Mark Thatcher "knew nothing" of any alleged plot to overthrow the
    President of Equatorial Guinea, his friend Simon Mann has said in his first
    communication with the outside world since he pleaded guilty to weapons
    charges in Zimbabwe.

    Mann, who is in prison awaiting sentence this week for attempting to buy
    weapons illegally, has told friends he was certain Sir Mark would be cleared
    of allegations that he helped bankroll an attempted coup in the oil-rich
    African state.

    The former SAS officer - who denies knowledge of or involvement in an
    attempted coup - said he had been "extremely upset" to hear of Sir Mark's
    arrest 11 days ago and was convinced his friend would never knowingly have
    become involved in such a plot.

    Sir Mark's name became linked to the ill-fated mission to topple President
    Teodoro Obiang Nguema in the "Scratcher and Smelly" letter - written by Mann
    from Harare's notorious Chikurubi prison - which was leaked to the press.

    Now Mann has told friends: "Mark and I were neighbours in Cape Town and I
    can't imagine for a moment that he would ever find himself caught up in a
    business like that. There was nothing that came out of our many discussions
    that suggested it even for a moment."

    Mann, 51, is said to be distressed that his own arrest and subsequent letter
    in which he appealed for financial help for himself and his co-accused, has
    invited trouble for his friends, including Sir Mark and David Hart, a
    one-time adviser to Baroness Thatcher.

    Mr Hart, a well-connected "trouble-shooter" and trusted family friend, has
    been offering assistance to Mann's second wife, Amanda, in recent weeks. She
    is due to give birth to Mann's seventh child in 10 days' time.

    Mann's arrest was linked by authorities in Equatorial Guinea to a planned
    coup attempt in that country, one of Africa's richest and most repressive
    regimes. He was seized by Zimbabwean police as he met a plane carrying
    dozens of men, which landed in Harare to collect weapons.

    Mann maintains that he and the 69 men on board had been hired to carry out
    security work at a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    A second group of men were arrested in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea's island
    capital, at about the same time. Authorities in the tiny West African state
    have implicated Mann and his men in a planned strike against President
    Obiang, who himself came to power in a coup.

    Nick Du Toit, who is on trial in Equatorial Guinea accused of leading the
    advance team of mercenaries, named Sir Mark as a backer of the coup in a
    statement which prompted his arrest.

    Sir Mark is involved in an air ambulance service called Triple A Aviation
    which signed a contract to supply aircraft and aviation services to Logo
    Logistics, a firm owned by Mann.

    He has insisted to South African authorities that this meant only the supply
    of an air ambulance.
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