This is to let you know that
unless we are able to raise required finances by October 31, the Zimbabwe
Connection will have to cease operations. To put it in perspective, we need
Because we are now dealing with
such enormous numbers on both sides of the equation, it has become necessary to
install a virtual private network to give others access to our database of
skills and jobs available. This would enable the work of making connections
between Zimbabweans seeking positions and Australians unable to find the skills
they need locally, to be spread effectively among the many volunteers who have
offered to help.
It is very sad, coming at a time
when what this organisation is doing is now being recognised, not only in
Southern Africa, but throughout Australia. Over the last two years,
we have been able to achieve unprecedented and much needed growth in skills and
experience to the regional areas of Australia – and find positions for Zimbabwe families which mean they are
employed in their area of expertise from the moment they
Unfortunately the main database
and point of entry is through my computer, and unless everything is centralised
so that we don’t have duplications and inefficiencies, it can at this stage,
only be operated on my computer. A virtual private network would grant
privileged access to certain people who would be able to download cv’s or look
for positions on offer.
As a registered charitable
organisation, we can only accept donations and we have to be very sure we do not
cross the boundaries between migration or employment agency work.
Unfortunately the workload has increased to such a point that it is severely
affecting my health, finances and, because it is voluntary and takes so much
time, my ability to earn a still very necessary living. In addition, and for
me perhaps the most frustrating of all, I know that I am unable to respond as
effectively as I should to the now hundreds of enquiries and offers of jobs
which come in every month.
I would like to thank my
committee, in particular Mandy Campbell and her wonderful group of welcoming
carers, as well as all those who have tried so hard to help and borne with me
during the turmoil of the last few months. I will work doubly hard until
October 31st to ensure that anyone on my database at present gets my
full attention – and I hope you will join me with a few prayers that sufficient
funding might come through to allow us to continue.
Bishop accused of adultery
By Caiphas Chimhete
says he is being framed by some church leaders unhappy with his
THE incoming Bishop of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, Rev Dr
Mugaviri, is enmeshed in an intriguing controversy.
He was nabbed by
police last week in the company of gay activists near the
State House and at
the same time he is being blamed for the breakdown of the
marriage of a
church member in circumstances that threaten to tear the
The Bishop, however, regards all this as a plot by senior
unhappy with his appointment and age. He is
Investigations by The Standard last week revealed that all has not
in the Methodist Church for the past 12 months, with several
over Mugaviri, who stands accused of being involved in an
relationship with Deborah Ndebele, the wife of Emmanuel Ndebele, a
However, Church elders kept a series of crucial
meetings called to
deliberate on these matters a secret until last week when
the Bishop ran
into trouble with the police after he was arrested near
The Bishop was in the company
of GALZ director, Keith Goddard, and Nyaradzo
Musasa, a staff member of the
Assistant Commissioner Crime for Harare Province, Killian
confirmed police detained the Bishop at around 3 pm together with
activists after they were found parked close to State House on 17
"It's a no-stopping zone that is why they were
"We are not worried whether he is gay or not. Anyone is free to
any organisation or association in the country," Mandisodza
The three were detained at Harare Central Police Station and spent
in custody. The following day Goddard paid a $25 000 fine for parking
security zone and the others were released without a charge.
Bishop, who denies any association with GALZ, told The Standard that he
himself in the company of gay activists after Nyaradzo Musasa
him that they were in "trouble" near State House.
Mugaviri said he
assisted them because he also wanted Musasa to help him
explain to church
leaders that he was not a member of GALZ as was being
alleged by some church
"I think it was a trap to tarnish my name. She (Musasa) said she
by the police but when I arrived there was nothing like that.
Instead, I was
arrested and taken to Harare Central Police Station," Mugaviri
Musasa denied she was part of any plot to discredit the
"Mugaviri asked for my assistance and I was just doing that. I
think it was
a coincidence," she said.
In a spirited effort to clear
his name, the Bishop went as far as getting a
letter from GALZ, which he took
to the church's elders.
In a letter to outgoing Bishop Clever Mukandi
dated August 20, Goddard
wrote: "This is to confirm that the Reverend Charles
Mugaviri is not a
member of GALZ, has never attempted to join this
organisation and has never
visited our premises."
It is not just this
accusation that the new bishop is fighting to ward off.
this newspaper last week revealed that there are also
divisions in the church
over allegations that Mugaviri was involved in an
with Deborah Ndebele.
While Deborah Ndebele denied being intimate with
Mugaviri, she told The
Standard that the Bishop had unsuccessfully tried to
force himself on her on
Valentine's Day last year.
She said on 14
February last year, Mugaviri phoned her while she was
attending a Sunningdale
Methodist Church Funding Dinner Dance at the
Sheraton in Harare. He invited
"Mugaviri came to the Sheraton but refused to have dinner at the
saying people would see us and I wondered. We drove into town but all
were occupied, so we proceeded to Cresta Lodge, where he had already
a private room without my knowledge," explained Deborah Ndebele,
Mugaviri had made several other advances in the past, which she
Deborah Ndebele said while they were having dinner at Cresta
husband phoned her and asked Mugaviri to take her home
Asked why she did not decline Mugaviri's invitation, Deborah
"I was his secretary, it was difficult for me to
Her husband, Emmanuel Ndebele, former treasurer of the Church
his job in March this year in protest against the alleged sex
On Friday he told The Standard that he was going through very
times because of the Bishop, among other men, whom he alleged
responsible for the breakdown of his marriage.
"My friend, I am
going through a very difficult time. Anyway, the issue of
Mugaviri is part of
my divorce proceedings," he said, claiming that his wife
might have other
boyfriends, beside the Bishop who infuriated him most
because he was a
"church minister and a personal friend".
He claimed three other men, who
were going out with his wife, had apologised
but Mugaviri had refused to do
so. "Mbavha dzese dzakapinda mumba mangu
dzakapinda neburi rakaboorwa
naMugaviri ," said Emmanuel Ndebele. He did not
name the other men whom he
said had apologised. His wife denied having any
Emmanuel Ndebele wrote to Mugaviri on August 17 this year
notifying him of
his intention to take legal action.
But the Bishop
flatly denied ever making advances to Mrs Ndebele saying he
treated her only
as a secretary and a family friend. He said there were some
in the church who were "cooking up" cases against him in
order to prevent his
confirmation as substantive Bishop. Mugaviri said his
problems started when
he was appointed Bishop-designate in August last year.
"It is totally
unfounded and I have evidence to prove my innocence," said
Mugaviri, who was
flanked by his wife, Shingirirai, during an interview with
The Standard on
Mugaviri also produced a letter, written by Cresta Lodge general
Leonard Chihwai, stating that he never booked at Cresta Lodge on the
"This is to confirm that we have checked our Hotel
records and the above
mentioned (Mugaviri) was not neither (sic) booked nor
stayed at the Hotel on
14 February 2003," says the letter.
independently verify this particular assertion were
unsuccessful. The Hotel's
deputy general manager, Sekai Sikhosana, said: "If
ever he booked here, it
was his private business and it is only him again
whom we can give that
record, if he makes a request. People's records here
are private and
Mugaviri claimed that on February 14 last year, he was
home with his family
together with a friend, Pedzisai Mashizha, and a
relative, Sikoliwe Mugodhi.
Mugodhi also claimed she was with the
Mugaviri family the night in question
and that he did not go
Mugaviri claimed that some ministers, who were jealous of his
in the church and subsequent election as Bishop at a conference
High School in Marondera two weeks ago, concocted the issue of
Being a young Bishop, Mugaviri, who holds a doctorate in
Birmingham University, said some older ministers of the church
happy with his meteoric rise. He had also worked as Senior
(1999-2000) and Acting of Dean of Students at the University of
between 2000 and 2003.
"It is evident that I am dealing with
church politics. The fact that it was
raised a few days after my appointment
to the office of Bishop is designed
to tarnish my image."
senior church ministers contested for the post of Bishop of the
Church but Mugaviri was not sure who among them was behind the
Rev Levee Kadenge, Rev Munetsi Hokonya, and Rev George Mawire
those who contested the post of Bishop of the Church.
the final battle was between Mugaviri, who polled 71 votes against
who received 69 votes.
Kadenge refused to comment saying: "Our head
(Bishop Mukandi) has the
mandate to do so. Please do not put our church in
shame. Leave us alone."
Bishop Mukandi confirmed that, he, together with
other senior church leaders
tried to mediate in the alleged sexual scandal
involving Mugaviri and Mrs
He said the church's Pastoral
Committee and other smaller committees had
initially advised Mugaviri to step
down as an aspiring candidate for the
post of Bishop but he
"As a democratic institution, we allowed him to contest and he
suspect is innocent until proven guilty," said Mukandi who on Friday
an advertorial in The Herald announcing Mugaviri as the new presiding
with effect from December this year.
Joseph Mafusire, who is
the Mugaviri's lawyer, said that people who did not
want to see him confirmed
as Bishop were making the accusations against his
accusations could not stand, no wonder he (Mugaviri) was confirmed
Bishop," said Mafusire yesterday.
Govt drive against graft losing steam
WHEN the government launched its much-publicised crackdown on
towards the end of 2003, Zimbabweans dismissed the initiative as a
designed to win votes ahead of the March 2005 parliamentary
Cynics suggested the stunt was designed to settle personal
business people and bankers who had crossed the paths of the Zanu
Nine months down the line, the scepticism
appears to have been vindicated.
The so-called anti-corruption drive appears
to have lost both direction and
Most of the suspects who
were being investigated have now been cleared of
the charges or were
conveniently out of the country when the investigations
questions about the authenticity of the crackdown on
corruption, spearhead by
the Anti-Corruption ministry.
Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner
Wayne Bvudzijena vehemently
denied that they were being used as pawns in a
war to settle personal
"That is a very crude allegation to
make. But then in a country such as
ours, people are free to air their
opinions. We as the police don't have a
role to play in political issues but
should politicians commit crimes then
naturally we will investigate them,"
Asked why most suspects were outside the country when
launched, thus allowing some of them to abscond,
Bvudzijena said: "That
might be true, but we don't determine when people can
give us leads or
information on corrupt activities."
The head of
Intermarket Building Society, Nicholas Vingirai, and the founder
Bank, Mthuli Ncube, were outside the country when the
launched, while the remaining NMB directors found their
way out of the
country when investigations started.
Chinhoyi Member of Parliament,
Philip Chiyangwa, who was facing charges of
contempt of court, perjury and
attempting to obstruct the course of justice
was acquitted on August 26. The
magistrate said the State had failed to
establish a case against
In acquitting Chiyangwa, Harare provincial magistrate, Judith Tsamba
"It appears that initially, there was a reasonable suspicion linking
accused (Chiyangwa) to the offences. However, in view of the evidence
record, it is surprising that this case was brought to trial."
had been linked to operations of the collapsed asset management company,
after some of the company's vehicles were found on his property.
days later, Zanu PF supporter and aspiring Kadoma East Member of
Bright Matonga, had charges he was facing under the Prevention
Matonga, the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) chief
officer, was arrested in March on corruption charges involving
Prosecutor, Venrandah Munyoro told the court that the
Office had decided to drop the charges because it wanted
to research on
After being arrested in a blaze of
publicity early this year, Harare
businesswoman and Zanu PF supporter, Jane
Mutasa, was fined $8,5 million for
illegally dealing in foreign
The anti-corruption crusade also netted ENG directors, Nyasha
Muponda was granted bail and skipped the
country, reportedly headed for the
Ever suspicious, Zimbabweans
suggested his connections to powerful people in
the ruling Zanu PF could have
facilitated his way to freedom.
But while the anti-corruption drive steam
appears to be fizzling out, the
spotlight will remain trained on Finance
Minister Christopher Kuruneri, and
Zanu PF central committee member, James
Makamba. Kuruneri faces charges of
allegedly externalising funds, while
Makamba faces charges of illegally
dealing in foreign currency.
Goodwill Shana, the chairperson of Transparency International
the haphazard nature of the anti-corruption crusade made it
open to abuse and
"The anti-corruption drive has been very
selective and haphazard in
addressing issues of corruption. There is need to
be more serious and
vigorous because it looks like the anti-corruption
measures are implemented
when it is convenient.
"We could start, for
example, with all people in leadership positions
declaring their assets and
this would avoid problems such as multiple
ownership of farms."
Tungamirai fills power vacuum
RETIRED Air Marshall Josiah Tungamirai has assumed the role of
party supremo in Masvingo, following the death of veteran
Eddison Zvobgo, The Standard can reveal.
for years been an active player in Masvingo's politics
second fiddle to the late Vice President Simon Muzenda and
two illustrious sons who are buried at the Heroes' Acre.
seniority over other politicians such as governor Josiah
Affairs Minister Stan Mudenge, among others, is based on his
liberation war credentials.
He was a military strategist and guerrilla
All along Tungamirai, who retired from the Air Force of Zimbabwe
been overshadowed by both Muzenda and Zvobgo who for years were
a bitter factional war over control of the populous
In 1995, however, he hogged the limelight when he rejected
calls from senior
Zanu PF officials not to defy party rules barring any
election challenge to
ruling party's Vice-Presidents.
interested in the Gutu North constituency, where Muzenda,
keen to leave some
"landmarks" in his home area, also wanted to stand.
At the height of the
political drama that characterised the two politicians'
struggle for the Gutu
North tucked in south-eastern Masvingo, Tungamirai
parent finds me already in the ring and insists on fighting, I cannot
He, however, bowed out of the race after President Mugabe asked him
Apart from his war exploits, Tungamirai is also member of the
which is the ruling's party highest decision-making
He also boasts being the only surviving Masvingo politician who
the signing of the Lancaster House Agreement on 21 December 1979, a
that marked the end of the settler regime.
At that conference, he
rubbed shoulders with the late Zanla general Josiah
Magama Tongogara, the
late Vice President and "Father Zimbabwe", Joshua
Nkomo, among other heroes
of the struggle.
Last Saturday, the veteran freedom fighter who was in
Mucheke to bid
farewell to his colleague, Zvobgo, did not hide the fact that
he was already
in the driving seat of the provincial politics.
fought for the liberation of Zimbabwe since 1972 and the objective was
free the country. Now my focus is to unite people in Masvingo,"
"I do not have a new vision for the province, unity
is what was cherished by
both the late Vice President Simon Muzenda and
Eddison Zvobgo when they were
alive. They wanted to see us united and that is
precisely what I want to see
happening," Tungamirai said.
on the forthcoming Zanu PF primary elections, which are likely to
by divisions, Tungamirai said:
"It's normal for people to be divided when
they are campaigning. What is
crucial is that after the primary elections we
want the candidates and their
supporters to be united. Everybody should
Hungwe said last week he was not competent to talk about
who was the most
senior politician in Masvingo.
izvi. Isu tiri vadiki tinongohwa naPresident kuti
vati mukuru ndiyani.
Hatitauri izvozvo isu. Eh Tungamirai mukuru, handiti
Vakuru, isu tiri vadiki," (the issue of who is the most
senior politician is
beyond us. We will wait to hear from the President. We
therefore do not
discuss the issue. Tungamirai is senior. He is a member of
the politburo and
therefore senior) said Hungwe.
Mutare buys ambulances
By our own Staff
The city of Mutare last week acquired four new ambulances, boosting
to six and reviving its health delivery capacity. The new vehicles
council $525 million.
Before the purchase of the ambulances the city,
with a population of more
than 300 000 people, solely relied on two
In the event that one of the ambulances went in for
repairs, it meant the
entire population was serviced by only one
Misheck Kagurabadza, the Executive Mayor of Mutare, said he
hoped the new
ambulances would normalise health service delivery in the
"The ambulances are set to breathe fresh air to many in Mutare
will go a long way in ensuring no one dies as a result of the
of ambulances," Kagurabadza said.
He said for the city
to operate normally, it requires at least five
we have six, we are grateful."
The mayor said he expected the ambulances
to be put to use any time from
The purchase of the ambulances met
with joy by Mutare residents, many of
whom hired private vehicles after
failing to get service from the council.
"Now we will depend on council
ambulances which we hope will be used
properly in order to last longer on the
roads," said Rudo Sangano of
Service delivery has remained a
problem for many local authorities.
Recently, the United Nations
Children's Fund, Unicef, donated nine ox-drawn
"ambulances" for use mostly by
Land reform displaced 150 000 farm workers, says
By our own Staff
MORE than 150 000 farm workers have been
internally displaced after they
lost their jobs since the beginning of the
controversial land reform
programme in 2000, according to findings of an
assessment mission by
Two researchers from the
United States-based organization - Sarah Martin and
Andrea Lariec - observed
that "economic disruption, political intimidation
and harassment" have
resulted in the displacement of thousands of former
They note that, as conditions for the former farm workers
government was "imposing restrictions and preventing
from providing them with assistance, resulting in a
hidden crisis of
internal displacement in the country".
when the land occupations began, Zimbabwe's economic situation
deteriorated and food production has dropped, say the
"Unemployment has spread rapidly. An estimated 78% of farm
represented 25% of the national active working force, have lost
"This crisis has been caused by the poor implementation of
Land Reform programme by the government, compounded by
"The government has implemented special political
while impeding humanitarian access to organisations
deemed to be part of the
political opposition to consolidate their political
strength in anticipation
of upcoming parliamentary
Refugees International says former farm workers who spoke to
horrendous tales of how they were violently removed from farms
land reform exercise.
"The war veterans destroyed houses in
order to push farm workers off the
land and to ensure that they could not
return. In some cases, people were
ferried to communal areas or dumped at
road sides," one former farm worker
However, Martin and Lariec say not all former farm workers
were removed from
farms by violent eviction and explain a different kind of
"Displacement is also due to economic conditions on the
farms," say Martin and Lariec.
"Some of the new
settlers have been unable to farm their allotment of land
due to lack of
financial capital or lack of essential agricultural inputs.
"Many of the
new settlers refuse to or cannot pay minimum wage to
The assessors say some former farm workers accused new
settlers of using
intimidation, hunger, and other methods to get the farm
workers to work for
them in "slave labour" conditions.
"In some case,
new settlers ban access to NGOs that provide food assistance,
workers, 'If you are getting food, you will be sent out of
"The majority of former farm workers have opted to stay on
the farms or
remain 'trapped' on the land. Those who have remained have few
options and turn to other activities such as gold panning and
game for commercial sales."
One farm worker told the
researchers: "My wife works for the new settlers to
keep the peace and I pan
for gold. Life on the farm is not good but I have
nowhere else to
Refugees International also observed that the deplorable living
on the farms are making farm workers "increasingly
"Lack of sufficient food and access to basic services such
as water and
sanitation, healthcare and primary education have made the
workers that are trapped on the farms increasingly
"It is estimated that there are 900 000 to 1,2 million
orphans in Zimbabwe
and an average of 12 orphans per commercial farm. Both
orphans and children
of former farm-workers are particularly impacted by the
"Besides insufficient food, children lack money for
uniforms, supplies, and
transport to schools. Some children have to work as
casual labour on farms,
performing tasks such as picking cotton or weeding
crops to help support
"Orphans are usually the first
to drop out of school for lack of funds.
These orphans are vulnerable to
exploitation as child labour."
Older orphans drift to nearby cities and
towns to make a living on the
streets or as prostitutes.
the face of these rapidly growing levels of vulnerability, the
both at national and local levels, is setting barriers to access
humanitarian agencies, says Refugees International.
reducing the operational space of humanitarian agencies,
the government is
preventing assistance from reaching those who need it.
'Revisit ISP licensing'
By our own Staff
AFRICA University (AU) Vice Chancellor Professor Rukudzo Murapa
appealed to the government to revisit its legislation regarding
licences to Internet Service Providers, (ISPs).
Professor Murapa said the
legislation in place prohibited individuals and
institutions such as the AU
from running ISPs .
"The current licensing fees are prohibitive. For
example, POTRAZ (Post and
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of
Zimbabwe) requires educational
institutions to pay at least US$70 000 per
year as licencing fees.
The AU vice chancellor was speaking during the
presentation of 25 computers
valued at US$56 000 which were donated to the
institution by First Lady,
Speaking at the same
occasion, the First Lady said she had cut down on some
of her needs in order
to raise money to buy the equipment.
"I had to forgo some things to
ensure I get these computers for you. I am
ploughing back to the community
what I got from it. I did my secondary
education in Rusape," she
She said statistics showed that Africa still falls far short in the
computers. "Recent records show that in Africa 1 000 people share
computer, compared to one computer among 40 people in the world. We
happy Zimbabwe is doing well in this area."
She said it was time
more people became computer literate as the world was
Makamba launches appeal
By our own
BUSINESSMAN James Makamba on Friday appealed to the Supreme Court,
attorney filing an urgent chamber application against a decision
the State an appeal against the businessman's release.
Court Judge Lawrence Kamocha last week ordered that Makamba be freed
jail after quashing five charges of externalising foreign currency
But Supreme Court Judge, Justice Vernada Ziyambi on
Monday last week granted
the Attorney-General leave to appeal against
In the application before the Supreme Court, Makamba's
Chikumbirike, argues that Justice Ziyambi had misdirected
granting the Attorney-General leave to appeal.
respectfully submitted that the learned Judge of appeal (Ziyambi JA
in chambers) misdirected herself (completely) in making the order
the Attorney General leave to appeal without giving the appellant
opportunity to oppose the application orally or in writing,"
He added that Justice Ziyambi's procedure was
unprecedented as it had no
legal basis and moreover, the case was going to be
set down before the
Regional Court on September 10 .
"Had it not been
for the application seeking leave which was filed by the
appellant's trial would have been finalised on the 10th of
However, because of the unprocedural order granted by the
Learned Judge of
Appeal, the appeal is therefore pending and the matter at
the Regional Court
will, in all probability, be postponed," Chikumbirike
that it was necessary for the matter to be determined before the
date of the
sentencing so that proper guidance is given to the Regional
Court on whether
to proceed or not with the ruling.
Chikumbirike wants the order granting
leave to appeal put aside and the
application by the Attorney General placed
before another judge of appeal,
giving sufficient opportunity to the
appellant to make representations
before a decision is made.
who is still to be sentenced on six other charges of illegally
foreign currency that he has already pleaded guilty to, is
fighting for his
The businessman, who spent almost seven months in custody,
was arrested for
allegedly externalising several millions of pounds and about
and illegally buying properties abroad in contravention of
However, the state's case gradually
collapsed, with prosecutors unable to
produce evidence to sustain their
Eventually, Makamba was convicted on his own plea on six
illegally selling US$130 000 to his mobile phone company,
Rights activists arrested
By our own Staff
human rights activists were last week arrested at Porta Farm, while
the situation of squatters, who are being evicted by the police in
of a High Court order.
An official from the Amnesty International
Zimbabwe, Obert Chinhamo, and
another one from the Non Violent Action For
Social Change (NOVASC), Masanho
Maruwacha, were arrested on Thursday for
allegedly mobilising Porta Farm
residents to resist a government directive to
vacate the farm.
The two had gone to the farm following reports that
police and members of
the notorious Chipangano group linked to the ruling
Zanu PF were evicting
Porta Farm residents, in complete defiance of a High
Court order stopping
the government from evicting the squatters.
President's farm neglected: workers
FARM workers at Bineth Farm, outside Kadoma, owned by Malawian
Bingu wa Mutharika say poor housing at the farm - dilapidated pole
structures - poses a health hazard.
The workers, who spoke on
condition of anonymity also called on the Malawian
President to ensure that
electricity was installed at the compound.
"In addition, not all the
22 workers at the farm have been paid their August
wages and this is very
demoralising, but we hope that since Mr Wa Mutharika
is now a Head of State,
our conditions of service will improve," said one
spokesperson for the farm, only identified as Mai Nyoni, who is an in-law
President Wa Mutharika, was not available for comment.
reportedly bought the farm in 1994 and named it Bineth. Bin, is
his name, Bingu and eth from the name of his Zimbabwean wife,
Ethel, said to
hail from Murehwa, according to some farm workers.
The Malawian leader
was in the country to open the 94th edition of the
Harare Agricultural Show
nine days ago.
On the same night, Newsnet reported that Wa Mutharika had
extended his stay
in Zimbabwe to attend the burial of national hero, Dr
Eddison Zvobgo last
It, however, did not mention that, in
addition to attending Zvobgo's burial,
the Malawian Head of State intended to
take time out to visit his dairy farm
just outside Kadoma, on the
The Standard established that after opening the
Harare Agricultural Show,
the Malawian leader, in a State motorcade, drove
towards the gold-mining
city of Kadoma, where he was booked into Executive
Suite of Kadoma Hotel and
Conference Centre whose buildings are owned by the
"The Executive Suite costs $800 000 a night and the
Malawian Embassy paid
for their president's stay at the hotel," said an
employee at the KHCC
Security at the hotel on the night was
very tight. The security details were
reportedly courteous to hotel
"On Saturday morning, Wa Mutharika and his delegation which
Malawian First Lady, Ethel wa Mutharika checked out of the hotel
motorcade drove towards the farm on the Gokwe-Sanyati road," a
source at the
hotel told The Standard.
Workers at the farm confirmed
that the Malawian President visited the farm
last Saturday morning.
beast was slaughtered for people of Malawian origin from Patchway Mine
other surrounding areas who came to meet Wa Mutharika," another farm
told The Standard.
The farm worker said the hill next to the farm and
surrounding areas were
teeming with armed soldiers and policemen during the
When The Standard drove along the Harare-Kadoma Highway on
of the Police Support Unit were heavily deployed along the
route to guard
the Malawian leader, who returned to Harare towards
Wa Mutharika was said by his workers to have 35 dairy cows, 40
head of beef
cattle and several goats. The Malawi president also runs a small
Sam Banda, an official at the Malawian Embassy,
confirmed on Friday that the
President visited the farm last week but could
not comment further.
MDC accuses Manyika of fanning violence in Mutare
THE opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says the
ruling Zanu PF
party is on a warpath in Sakubva, Mutare, where its members
are looting and
beating up suspected supporters of the MDC.
Muchauraya, MDC spokesperson for Manicaland province, said at least
people were injured while several others were left nursing bruises
nocturnal attacks last week.
Muchauraya said the current wave of
violence started after Zanu PF political
commissar, Elliot Manyika, allegedly
"incited" youths to "deal with all
those who sympathise with the opposition
Manyika addressed a meeting in Sakubva last Saturday and
allegedly told the
meeting that all Zanu PF supporters arrested for political
to the 2000 parliamentary and 2002 presidential elections,
would soon be
According to Muchauraya, Manyika's statement
signalled to the youths that
nothing would happen to them, even if they
committed heinous political
crimes against supporters of the opposition
Since Saturday, Zanu PF supporters and youth militia patrolled
suburbs in Mutare, during the night, beating up suspected MDC
"I can directly link this on-going violence to
the meeting because his
(Manyika's) language was inflammatory and instigatory
in nature. It is
typical thuggery by Zanu PF, each time we approach an
election, they behave
like this," said Muchauraya, who added that it had
dangerous to conduct any form business during the
Manyika, a former Minister of Youth Development, Gender and
Creation, denied inciting violence but he confirmed "meeting Zanu
leadership" in the town the day in question.
"I only met the party
leadership. How could I do a thing like that? I know
you, you have been
writing rubbish about me for a long time, write what you
shouted before switching off his mobile phone.
The MDC, however, insists
those severely beaten up by the youths include MDC
chairperson for ward four
in Sakubva, Monica Mangoma, Abigirl Nyamupenza of
ward five, and Susan
Mhlanga of ward three.
The three were treated at a private clinic and
"Mangoma was assaulted on Monday night and she sustained a
fracture in the
right arm and two broken fingers," Muchauraya
During the attack Mangoma allegedly lost about $50 000, her
destroyed while Nyamupenza was robbed of $150 000 and her
seized by a group of youth militia and Zanu PF
The group also allegedly looted Mangoma's tuck-shop but The
not establish the value of the goods taken.
must abandon this barbarism and adopt civilised means of winning
He said all incidents of violence were reported at
Chisamba Police Station
in Mutare but no action has been taken although he
gave them some of the
names of the suspects.
Police spokesperson Wayne
Bvudzijena said he had not received reports of
"Give me the list of names of the people and the dates they
cases so that we can follow that up," Bvudzijena said.
NGO bill is what AIPPA is to private
.BORNWELL Chakaodza, Editor of The Standard analyses the
NGOs Bill and argues why legislators should stop it dead
in its tracks when
it comes to Parliament.
TWO analytical pieces on
the Non-Governmental organizations Bill (NGOs Bill)
by the International Bar
Association (IBA) and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights (ZLHR) are some
of the most insightful, well-written and
in-depth analyses that I have read
in recent months.
The two pieces clearly demonstrate the extent to
which the Zimbabwean
government is determined to exert full and complete
non-governmental organizations in this country. Indeed, the Bill
makes very grim reading.
The NGOs Bill is but the latest in a
series of draconian laws clearly
designed to control and manipulate public
opinion thereby severely limiting
democratic space in Zimbabwe. The
similarities between this proposed Bill
and its earlier cousins the Access to
Information and Protection of Privacy
Act (2002) and the Public Order and
Security Act (2002) are so glaring that
one can only describe them as
The Access to Information and Protection of
Privacy Act (AIPPA) provides for
the compulsory registration of media houses
and journalists and the Public
Order and Security Act (POSA) is now being
used to prosecute journalists for
publishing 'false information'. The
proposed NGOs Bill has with it a system
of compulsory registration and a
requirement for all NGOs to fully disclose
their activities and funding
sources as well as deregistration and other
punitive measures in the event of
With AIPPA, journalists have an albatross around their
necks in the form of
the Media and Information Commission (MIC), a
appointed by the Minister of information to exert a
stranglehold on those
perceived to be in opposition to the government and
government policies. The
equivalent of MIC in the NGO Bill is the NGO
Council, which will regulate
and monitor functions of NGOs and is charged
with the formulation of rules
for the registration or deregistration of
Needless to say, AIPPA together with its
controlling body, the MIC, has had
a devastating and chilling effect on the
operations of journalists in
Zimbabwe. Not only has this repressive Act
introduced a climate of fear in
our media environment but also, worse, it has
resulted in the mindless
arrests of journalists and the closure of a number
of newspapers notably The
Daily News, The Daily News on Sunday and recently
With the NGO Bill so identical in both form and content with
are storms ahead for non-governmental organizations in
This is hardly surprising. We have an oppressive regime in
Zimbabwe at the
moment and it is the independent media and civil society
which have taken up
the cudgels to challenge the excesses of this
The private media, individuals and a number of
organizations have been part and parcel of pressuring for
change in Zimbabwe
and it comes as no surprise that they are currently under
The flurry of new legislation and the revival of the old laws
Rhodesian Smith regime in recent years must be understood within
context. Clearly, there is a pattern and 'logic' behind all these
laws. Repressive laws are the hallmarks of totalitarian and
regimes the world over. The Mugabe regime is firmly in that
The late national hero, Dr Eddison Zvobgo, aptly described the
Information and Protection of Privacy Act as the "most determined
calculated assault on our political and civil liberties". I can hear
beyond the grave saying exactly the same words about this NGOs
We appear to have come to a stage in our country where anything the
government does is wrong. It need not be like that. Zanu PF fought
freedom and democracy and no one can take this good fight away from them.
esident Mugabe and the late Vice-President Dr Joshua Nkomo were much
and respected nationally and internationally.
The freedom and
democracy they fought for included the right to free speech
and a vibrant and
dynamic civil society. But now all the laws that have been
passed in the last
four years or so are designed to suppress the free speech
and a strong civil
society they fought for. The mind really boggles.
It is indeed an irony
that at a time when the whole world is moving in the
direction of universal
values of democracy and freedom of expression, the
government of Zimbabwe is
setting the clock back. We are living in a
pluralistic world with many voices
and these voices must be given expression
and not to stultify them. It is
saddening to see this government
passionately wanting to close all democratic
space in Zimbabwe.
The NGOs Bill, which seeks to repeal the old Private
Act, No 3 of 1966 (PVO Act), prohibits the
registration of a foreign
non-governmental organization if its sole or
principal objects involve or
include issues of governance. The issue of
governance in this case includes
"the promotion and protection of human
rights and political governance
This prohibition is further
underscored by a prohibition on foreign funding
in Section 17 of the Bill,
which says that "no local non-governmental
organization shall receive any
foreign funding or donation to carry out
activities involving or including
issues of governance".
The above section clearly spells disaster for all
organizations which receive foreign funding to enable
them to carry out
their work. Human rights is everybody's business. Good
governance is not an
exclusive matter for governments. NGOs and civil society
as a whole have an
important role to play.
The real losers of course
will be poor Zimbabweans. Apart from government,
they also depend on the
goodwill of donors to keep body and soul together.
They will have much less
of everything and their dreams for a better future
for their children will be
shattered. How will the government justify the
destitution that millions of
Zimbabweans will fall into as a result of NGOs
pulling out of this
In a country where poverty alleviation ought to be the prime
the State, it would appear that the government is putting its
ahead of people's own welfare and well being. It does appear
government is bent on killing almost everything. First, it was
takeovers, and then came assaults on various sectors which
industry, the independent media, education and now the civil
Even without this NGOs Bill, Zimbabwe was already a fractured
society. It is
bound to get worse. Since the Zimbabwe crisis began four or so
more than half of the estimated 1 500 NGOs in Zimbabwe were no
operating due to funding and the political problems.
Tobacco target: A tall order
is need to be realistic in setting targets for tobacco production
The Zimbabwe Association of Tobacco Growers (ZATG) and
have set the target for tobacco production next year at an
million kg. The problem with this estimate is that it ignores
the fact that
during the past four years production of the crop has been in a
In 2000, the year of the start of land invasions, tobacco
at nearly 240 million kg. Last year, production of the crop
had fallen by
almost a third, to 80 million kg. That pattern of decline has
maintained with this year's crop registering a poor 65 million kg, a
decline in the size of the crop produced.
The proposal put
forward is that next season's crop is increased almost
three-fold the size of
this year's production.
It is unclear whether the factors responsible for
the decline in production
during the past four years have been considered
before arriving at the
target for the next tobacco season.
of the free-fall in production have primarily been the invasions,
disrupted farming activities on the previously large-scale
inadequate funding for the new farmers delays in accessing
loans; lack of
machinery necessary to undertake higher levels of production;
access agricultural inputs such as seed, chemicals and
fertilizers and the
workforce to carry out farm production activities.
There is an additional
external dimension - the weather, which can have a
decisive bearing on the
scale and size of cropping patterns and activities.
The assumption that
has been made is that every new farmer allocated land by
the government can
perform as well as the previous farm owner.
What this assumption
overlooks are the skills and the workforce that are
critical in making a
success of farming activities. More than 200 000 of the
estimated 350 000
farm workers who were active in 2000 have lost their jobs,
remainder are not all in full-time employment because jobs
seasonal, or where jobs are available the workforce has
complained about poor
It is difficult to achieve the best results possible
workers. It's harder when the said workers compare their new
the previous ones. The unfortunate impression is that while
many of the
displaced commercial farmers did not treat their workers that
well, the new
farmers come off as being less sympathetic to the plight of
That impacts negatively on productivity.
suggested tobacco production targets for next season to have any
there is need to put focus on the graduates of the Farmer
(FDT) and graduates from the country's colleges of
each of the graduates from these institutions is provided the land,
inputs and the funding, the level of production is likely to take off.
are also some remaining commercial farmers who have welcomed the idea
the land reform programme is, in part, about seeking to empower
Zimbabweans and these commercial farmers have gone out of their
way to try
If those concerned about increasing levels of
production are genuine in
their quest to ensure the country achieves higher
levels of productivity,
this is the area they should be focusing their
Cotton production has moved from the large-scale commercial
growers to being
a preserve of the smallholders because the growers continue
to receive the
necessary support in funding, in procurement of inputs, in
(extension) services and, of course, the price paid for their crops
been critical as an incentive.
Zimbabwe realized US$130 million
from the 65 million kg of tobacco sold this
probably a quarter of the potential foreign exchange
earnings Zimbabwe could
have realised this season. Unfortunately, the
reduced foreign currency
earnings affect the country's ability to import
critical requirements such as
fuel necessary to keep the economy on its
feet, and medical drugs for the
ailing health sector.
By building on what it already has - FDT and
agricultural graduates -
Zimbabwe will have a realistic chance of nearing the
set targets and in the
process boosting the country's capacity to earn more
foreign currency. Every
time Zimbabwe misses an opportunity, it allows
someone to capitalise on its
Claiming back its share of
the market is always going to be harder
You just can't bank on the outside world
IT wasn't just the troubled central African nation's
opposition More Drink
Coming Party that was banking on help from abroad this
residents were also saying that the Southern African Disaster
would spring to their aid. Even western diplomats considered it
Over The Top took a quick look at the Community's membership
in seconds, that newly established norms on electoral
procedures stand about
much hope of being implemented as a proverbial
snowball in hell.
Troubled central Africans might think they've got
problems, but these things
are all comparative. Compared with, say, Angola or
the Democratic Republic
of Congo, the troubled central African nation is a
shining beacon of good
These aren't the sort of things
troubled central Africans want to hear, so
perspective needs to be
established. Of course, in the wider, global sense,
the troubled central
African country remains a pariah regime. But in the
narrow confines of the
Southern African Disaster Community; well, there are
countries that couldn't
even spell the word "election."
Being judged by such "peers" should not
give hope to anyone, least of all
troubled central Africans looking for what
these days seems to be called a
level playing field.
So, if troubled
central Africans actually think these electoral norms will
be implemented in
their life times, they ought to sit back, pause for
thought, and ask
themselves just how likely it is that democracy, even a
democracy, will ever be brought to countries like Angola and
the DRC where
such a thing has never existed?
And if democracy and free elections won't
see the light of day elsewhere in
the region, what motive will inspire
dictatorships to declare the troubled
central African nation unworthy of
The answer, naturally, is that no such motive
Wonderful, warm and fuzzy words coming out of South Africa and
one or two
other countries will remain just that: words. They won't translate
action because most of the region doesn't want them to translate
And why should they? Things are very cosy and comfortable
for the ruling
elite throughout the region. If anything, those countries that
making a passing stab at accountability and transparency and
starting to inch backwards.
The answer, as always, has
to come from within. The only friends that
troubled central Africans will
ever have are. troubled central Africans.
There are no friends to be found
among the mewling politicians of the west,
still less among the self-serving
politicians of this continent. There
really is nothing to be gained by
pinning hope on foreigners. They have
their own problems.
were needed, it can be found in the announcement by the Zany
Party that the
electoral norms are not legally binding - and in the
from the region in response to that statement.
Put simply, if they're not
legally binding, they won't be implemented. Why
spend money on something you
don't have to do, will inevitably cost you
votes and may even lose you
control of the gravy train?
Of course, this makes the More Drink Coming
Party's decision to pull back
from elections even more astonishing. Surely
they've a reasonable
understanding of the sort of governments that can
elections are free and fair? Compared with elections in
central African elections are cleanly fought contests
The problem for troubled central
Africans is that they shouldn't be
comparing themselves with the likes of
Angola and the DRC. They should be
saying they can do better than that.
A day in the life of RBZ's new Governor
THE security man at the RBZ's front switchboard probably sums up
work ethic around the central bank.
"It's not cold at all," he
says, even as a morning gale rushes in through
the gaping entrance straight
at his station. "It's nothing."
It's a whole lot warmer in Gideon
Gono's office, where the Governor has been
working since he turned up for
work just before 4AM. Still, the same work
ethic that keeps that frontman at
work with little respect for the morning
wind, is easy to detect.
and his assistant, lawyer Fortune Chasi, are hunched over a pile of
meeting has just ended - the last of a series of briefings that
Gono has been
holding with his staff since 4AM. Bedtime for the previous day
Ordinary organisations such as this should be made of ordinary
people, leading ordinary lives inside ordinary working hours. Not
found a not-so-ordinary staff that has come to expect
calls and an occasional SMS from the Governor, demanding
Gono's duo of personal assistants told Standard Bussiness of
how they have
had to get used to the long hours, the night calls and a
"It's difficult, especially with children at home,"
said one of Gono's PAs.
"I have to explain to my husband the nature of the
job; he understands, but
Standard Business was
recently allowed access to some of central bank's
structures and staff. We
heard from the RBZ's top security people, PAs, a
Deputy Governor and drivers,
how they have had to adjust their lives since
Gono took office last
Working up to as late as 2:30 in the morning takes its toll on an
human being, but someone has to do it, they say.
national duty," said one security man who has spent 12 years at the
"What makes the burden lighter is that we know that we are working
Nick Ncube had obviously heard of the eternal hours at the RBZ
joined the Bank in May from the Ministry of Finance as Deputy
signed up anyway.
"The Governor is a slave driver, but
I'm a slave driver in my own right,"
"There's been a new
work ethic here since Governor Gono took over. After
work, as I leave - and
its almost always late - I see people still at their
desks, working. Top
level, middle level, junior staff; everyone".
Ncube says friends have
urged him to slow down for the sake of his health.
The three-hour policy
meetings the Governor convenes each afternoon are
tough, but "I'm up for it",
the Deputy Governor says.
"Given my weight, friends have said I really
shouldn't be doing this. But I'
ve been at it for 15 years. Hard work is in
my system," Ncube adds.
Gono uses the economy's dire need for urgent
relief to justify his tough
demands on his staff, demands that few employees
elsewhere would ever take.
"This is reflective of the magnitude of the
challenges that confront us as
an economy. It's in line with what I said in
December when I called on the
nation to put in an extra hour beyond the
traditional hours," Gono told
The economy might be
in a rut, but long hours are not everybody's hobby. The
ZCTU has been sharply
critical of Gono's controversial directive that banks
"I'm not prescribing something that I'm not doing myself," he
What about the rest of the staff, do they share Gono's uncanny
with "turnaround", a term he must have used a hundred times during
"The turnaround agenda here just imposes on the
different individuals to
want to work late," Gono says.
But he does
have other personal interests, surely?
"I enjoy my work," he insists,
although he admits the job has brought strain
to his own family.
makes no attempt to conceal his past, that "tea boy" past some of his
foes love to joke about.
Standard Business spoke to Sam Nyamukutu, who
gave Gono his first job at
Kwekwe's Natbrew Maltings in 1977.
struck by his humility and immediately took a liking to him. I'm
surprised that he's where he is today." Nyamukutu said.
been put up on a ridiculously high pedestal, with a big badge
"saviour" pinned on his sleeve.
Government types claim that Gono is
leading a miracle economic recovery, but
it remains a recovery that the
average Zimbabwean is yet to see. Gono admits
as much, predicting even more
blood and tears before any real recovery.
He acknowledges that he has not
been to the world's top universities, but he
shows a pile of books from which
he draws much of his guidance.
They are books with curious titles. The 11
Behaviours that can Derail your
Climb to the top, and Lions Don't Need to
Roar, are some of the topics.
There is also the inevitable, The Greenspan
Then Gono whips out a book, Andrew Finan's The Corporate Christ,
favourite. He reads from it passionately, leaning over it,
words as if they were some ancient code to long life, lapping
the words up
Here, we saw Gono on a whole new plane, far
removed from the usual monetary
technocrat, closer instead to some zealous,
small town church pastor.
The book claims to reveal "the world changing
secrets of a management and
marketing genius". "Jesus," Gono gushes. "He knew
how to formulate and
execute a strategy."
The book explains much of
the policy Gono has followed since he took office.
Finan, the author, says
Jesus saw things in black and white - either you
were in with him, or you
were out. Once one decided "in", they had to walk
the whole nine yards.
Shades of Gono's recent memo to his top officials,
quizzing their commitment
and asking whether they were in or out.
Finan talks of how Jesus used the
"carrot and stick" in his messages.
Perhaps the same carrot and stick Gono
has used on exporters and bankers.
It is hard not to feel for the staff
at RBZ, working the phones through the
night, scouring the world for foreign
currency or attending to each of the
letters from hopeful whistleblowers that
come in by the hundreds each day.
But if there has been any midnight oil
burning at other State departments,
it has certainly not been about turning
around the economy, and one wonders
whether the backbreaking work at the RBZ
may yet be in vain.
Zanu PF usurped meaning of Heroes Acre
AT Zimbabwe's cherished national Heroes'Acre, in Harare,
lie some of the
most illustrious sons and daughters of the soil of our
country. They gave their lives for the liberation and
betterment of their
people without reservation. They are an inspiration to
generation and to generations to come.
however, lie some, whose heroism is debatable. They were made
heroes, not by
their lives and their actions but by the Zanu PF politburo
because it was
politically expedient to declare them national heroes. We all
Veteran freedom fighters, George Nyandoro and James Chikerema
heatedly discuss the significance of the Heroes' Acre. Both of
concluded that the real meaning and importance of the place had been
by Zanu PF for political interests.
Since to them the place
had lost its meaning they decided not to be buried
there. Of course, this was
not to be. When Nyandoro died, the ruling party
had to put aside its
differences with him. He was buried at the national
shrine as befitted
Not to accord him hero status would have caused a commotion in the
because everybody knows the role he played in the liberation of
James Dambaza Chikerema is still alive. After the burial
of his colleague
and friend, Nyandoro, I asked him about what had become of
their resolve not
to be buried at the Heroes' Acre. Before he could answer,
his cousin said:
"He will be buried there, whether he likes it or not. He
will have no say in
it because he will be dead."
Chikerema just threw
up his hands in resignation.
As with Chikerema and Nyandoro there is
nothing debatable about the late
Eddison Jonas Mudadirwa Zvobgo's heroism.
All Zimbabweans from various walks
of life and across the political divide
bore testimony to this. The
government and people of Zimbabwe were united in
mourning his death and
giving him a resounding farewell from the depths of
I said all Zimbabweans united in mourning Dr Zvobgo. This
needs to be
qualified for there is a minority who shed crocodile
Their tears were the most profuse and they wailed the loudest.
waxed lyrical in narrating and extolling the virtues of Eddison
But, deep down in their hearts, they were saying, 'good
riddance'. To them
Dr Zvobgo was a real thorn in the flesh.
schemers were irritated by his criticism and refusal to endorse,
parliament, oppressive bills which flagrantly flouted provisions of
constitution. They wanted him out of the party either by expulsion
resignation. They, therefore, ganged up on him when he was sick and
him of, among other things, and of all things, refusing to campaign
Robert Mugabe and, instead, campaigning for Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of
opposition MDC. How absurd!
In his condolence message, President
Mugabe said in Cde Zvobgo the nation
lost one of its great and sharp legal
minds upon whom the government and the
ruling party relied for professional
"His grasp of constitutional matters and excellent communication
enabled him to be at the centre of things during the Lancaster
conference both as a participant and as the Patriotic Front
If this is true, one wonders then why the party so blatantly
refused to take
his advice on legal matters. We all know that he was strongly
opposed to the
nefarious Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Bill
of the Parliamentary Legal Committee. In fact, he had to go
public in his
opposition to it. Isn't it hypocritical to then say that the
the ruling party relied on him for professional advice when a
bill he was so
strongly opposed to is now law?
To those in my age
group and to me, personally, Zvobgo was a real role
model. I had the
priviledge to interact with him for a brief period when I
was a student in
Wheaton, Illinois in the United States. He is the one who
first informed me
that the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu) had
deposed the Reverend
Ndabaningi Sithole and elected Robert Mugabe to lead
amazed me most about the man was his energy and dedication to
convictions. In fact, he stuck so strongly to what he believed, that
found it difficult to listen to someone else's point of view.
had to insist that he listen. Once he realised that you felt strongly
your views just as he did about his, he would listen. He did not like
waste time with people who simply argued without thinking or
Dr Zvobgo was a good father, a busy political activist and a
student at the
same time. How he could juggle these roles successfully was
comprehension. He was absent from home and school quite a lot but
was intact and warm, his school work excellent and his political
being lauded by Zimbabweans today.
Having been raised in a
Christian home Dr Zvobgo was a God-fearing man. He
believed in God's leading
in his life. One of the questions I discussed with
him was how Christianity
could ever be compatible with the Marxist/Leninist
communism, which was
espoused by Zanu. He was convinced that one could be a
"socialist", as he put it, without compromising his faith in
Dr Zvobgo had ambitions to be president of Zimbabwe one day is no
Some whose actions clearly indicated that they had presidential
denied this loudly and vehemently, but not Zvobgo.
He was no hypocrite.
He stated plainly and clearly that if he was given the
chance he would gladly
accept the challenge to lead Zimbabwe. Maybe this was
part of the reason for
his political downfall.
Some of us wonder where the country would be
today had Dr Zvobgo been given
the chance to lead Zimbabwe as its
Surely, we would not be the pariah and poor nation, which we
where only thieves, robbers, fraudsters and the corrupt can
hoped that one day he would lead the nation but the devil
infiltrated Zanu PF and messed up the whole thing.
editorial comment of August 27, 2004, The Zimbabwe Independent said:
we mourn the passing of a dedicated freedom fighter in the bush and
and a nationalist who faithfully espoused the principles and
our liberation struggle up to the end, let us not forget those
not been fulfilled. In fact, most of our 'liberties' are in
great danger from
I concur. However, most of our liberties are
in danger not only from
opportunistic mafikizolos, but also from old veterans
of the struggle who
like Zvobogo's proverbial lunatic from Ngomahuru
Psychiatric Hospital refuse
to hand over their batons to younger team mates.
They would like to rule
until they drop dead.
This was recently
confirmed by the Zanu PF Manicaland provincial chairman,
Mike Madiro, who
said: "All sitting legislators, who hold senior party
the most senior ones like Didymus Mutasa and
Kumbirai Kangai, can't be
Since these old timers refuse to hand over the baton
willingly, some Zanu PF
young bloods tried to challenge them according to the
Their fate is not enviable. James Kaunye declared his
right to stand for
elections against Mutasa. He was beaten up by party thugs
and almost lost
Under these circumstances can our decent and
well-qualified young people be
blamed for giving politics a wide berth? They
would rather continue in their
jobs or run their businesses. Others are
leaving in droves to seek their
fortunes in foreign
Recently Eddison Zvobgo Jnr announced that he would follow in
footsteps in politics. He should be encouraged because "for evil
it is enough that good men do nothing."
instead of encouraging the young man, some party
incorrigibles like Masvingo
Zanu PF chairman, Daniel Shumba, see him as a
threat to their political
future. Young Zvobgo should not be daunted. As his
father's son, he should
meet these die-hards head on. It is fortunate that
he has well-wishers like
retired Air Marshall Josiah Tungamirai to advise
and encourage him.
advice to young Zvobgo is, don't waste time. The people need you. If Zanu
gives you a hard time, as they did your father, go in as an independent
better still, join the MDC. I am sure you will find a warm
He who has earns to hear, let him hear.