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Police force their way into Peace Project offices in Hillside

By Tichaona Sibanda
11 February 2013

Police in Harare stormed the offices of the Zimbabwe Peace project (ZPP) on
Monday, looking for ‘items’ allegedly brought into the country illegally.

But the lunchtime raid, targeting a group involved in documenting human
rights abuses by the former ruling ZANU PF regime, has raised eyebrows
within civil society groups in the country.

Macdonald Lewanika, a director with the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition sent
out a tweet as the seven plain clothes officers forced their way into the

‘Seven plain clothed police officers are raiding ZPP offices in Hillside,
Harare. They have a warrant for illegal entry of goods or persons or
communications equipment,’ said Lewanika on his twitter page.

He disclosed that police took away violence incidence reports, about 60
phones used by ZPP’s peace corps in communities and about 60 wind-up radios.

ZPP is led by Jestina Mukoko, a former ZBC newscaster and a human rights
activist who, in December 2008, was abducted and held in communicado for a
number of weeks. She was tortured by security forces for allegedly
recruiting youths for military training with the MDC-T. Mukoko was
reportedly not in the office during this latest raid.

The crackdown is sure to inflame accusations against the partisan state
security agents that they want to silence organizations involved with civic
voter education and others that will be observing the forthcoming
parliamentary and presidential elections.

Jameson Timba, the Minister of State in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s
office, denounced the raid, promising to raise the issue at the appropriate

‘If it is correct that some law enforcement agents are surrounding the
offices of the Zimbabwe Peace Project led by Jestina, this harassment must
be condemned and challenged at the appropriate level and I will do so,’
Timba said.

Our Harare correspondent Simon Muchemwa told us many activists in the
capital have also denounced the raid, describing the organizations being
targeted as the guardians of freedom in Zimbabwe.

Police on Monday also carried out raids on the offices of the Community
Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD) and Nango in Masvingo.
There are reports two people were arrested in the raids.

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Minister slams NGO crackdown

By Fungai Kwaramba, Staff Writer
Monday, 11 February 2013 11:53

HARARE - Labour minister Paurina Mpariwa has expressed concern over the
clampdown on civil society organisations at a time when millions of
Zimbabweans are faced with hunger.

Amid widening hunger estimated to affect 1,6 million Zimbabweans,
intimidation and a crackdown of civic society organisations some of which
are involved in humanitarian work has been intensifying.

President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF accuses NGOs of financing regime change,
whether through civil education programmes or through food handouts.

However, Mpariwa, whose ministry can hardly meet the demand of hungry
Zimbabweans, said government should ensure free activity by NGOs which play
a critical role in assisting people.

“As Zimbabwe heads for a constitutional referendum and general election this
year, political tensions are rising again. What’s disturbing are incidents
of harassment, arrest, unlawful detention and office raids of civic society
members, countrywide,” said Mpariwa.

ZimRights is among the growing list of civil society organisations that have
been targeted by the State in the past few weeks and Mpariwa says the
crackdown is disturbing especially considering that the NGOs have necessary
documents that are required by the law.

“I acknowledge the role of NGOs in providing humanitarian and developmental
assistance as complementary to government efforts in meeting the needs of
its citizens during this harsh period where Zimbabwe is under serious food

“Millions of Zimbabweans depend on NGOs for assistance and denying them
assistance will jeopardise the livelihoods of millions of Zimbabweans,” she

While millions are starving, police, according to Mpariwa, are still
demonstrating that they are brazenly partisan and continue to side with Zanu
PF, whether councillors, chiefs or MPs.

The MP for Mufakose also blasted the judiciary which on a number of
occasions has denied civil society leaders bail.

“The MDC as a party subscribes to the fundamental principles of freedom of
movement and association and will condemn in the strongest terms the
partisan behaviour of the police and some sections of the judiciary,” she

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) needs approximately $119 million to
complete its operations in Zimbabwe until the end of March 2013, and says
erratic rains, poor agricultural practices and ongoing economic challenges
have pushed Zimbabwe into an increasingly critical food security situation.

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Mnangagwa’s top ally suspended in factional infighting

By Tichaona Sibanda
11 February 2013

The decision by ZANU PF to suspend its Manicaland provincial chairman, Mike
Madiro, is being viewed by some as a plot engineered to weaken Defence
Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidential ambitions.

Madiro is a lifelong ally of Mnangagwa who worked under the ZANU PF
strongman for 15 years as Director of Finance, at the party headquarters in

Mnangagwa served for many years as the Secretary for Finance. Until now
Mnangagwa has been a powerful figure leading the race to succeed President
Robert Mugabe.

The provincial chairman was suspended last week, together with four other
senior members from the party, following allegations of fraud, corruption,
theft, embezzlement and dishonesty.

The five are alleged to have misappropriated $700,000 collected from diamond
mining companies at Chiadzwa, on the pretext it was meant for party

A source told us this could yet be another plan to block Mnangagwa from
succeeding Mugabe by plotting to get rid of provincial chairs who are behind
the defence minister. There have been several attempts over the years to
stop Mnangagwa in his tracks but with little success.

Last year the party plunged into political turmoil when the politburo
disbanded the District Coordinating Committees, after Mnangagwa’s camp had
captured the majority of the countrywide structures.

The politburo charged that he had used his wealth to buy votes, but
Mnangagwa’s faction saw this as a plot to block him from using the
structures to have a run at the Presidency.

In 2009, just as it seemed Mnangagwa had garnered enough support to win the
Vice-Presidency of the party, a ZANU PF congress resolution stated that one
of the party’s two deputy presidents had to be a woman. This cleared the way
for Mujuru to be elected to that post.

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Madiro speaks out

by Everson Mushava 10 hours 46 minutes ago

SUSPENDED Zanu PF Manicaland provincial chairman Mike Madiro has broken his
silence over his alleged involvement in the theft of party donations and
threatened to expose senior party officials behind the alleged smear
“Those in glass houses should not throw stones,” Madiro warned, adding he
suspected he could be a victim of an internal power struggle.
“I am subject to the party processes. If it is a criminal matter, I am
subject to the laws of this country. I know those who accuse me have not
thought that I will have time to say my story.
“Those that are persecuting me are aware that all this is not true. These
are political games. No money was ever released by the diamond mining
companies. They know that it is not true. I have been framed several times.
“This is not new; the same people have tried to block my political career
each time there are elections. But the unfortunate thing for them is I have
never fought for any position of leadership. I have been chairman of
Manicalanand province several times by public demand,” he said. Madiro and
four other senior Zanu PF officials were suspended last Friday over fraud
and corruption allegations involving over $700 000 reportedly extorted from
diamond mining firms in Chiadzwa.
The five were served with the suspension letter by the party’s secretary for
administration Didymus Mutasa.
Madiro’s co-accused are provincial youth chairperson Tawanda Mukodza,
provincial youth secretary for security Admire Mahachi, provincial youth
secretary for information Masimba Kangai and former district co-ordinating
committee member Clever Muparutsa.
Although party sources said the suspensions could be related to his alleged
links to a Zanu PF faction reportedly led by Defence minister Emmerson
Mnangagwa, Madiro shot down the theory, saying he was only close to
Mnangagwa because they worked together in the party’s finance department for
15 years.
“I do not belong to any faction. I am an unequivocally loyal cadre of
President (Robert) Mugabe. Those that accuse me are clear factionalists.
They are on record admitting they belong to a faction. That I worked with
Mnangagwa does not mean I belong to his faction. My duty has been to unite
the people of Manicaland,” he said.
The five are also being probed for allegesdly stealing Presidential farming
inputs and cattle donated for the party leader’s 2012 birthday party.
“They are free to probe and I am sure they will be embarrassed by the
results. Those 10 cattle were known by everyone and it is in the party’s
minutes. How then can they say I wanted to steal?
“I never stole the inputs from the President. The wards were still securing
transport to collect their allocation after I was advised late that 18
tonnes of seed for the province had been kept for me at the Grain Marketing
“They are making these allegations when the party is being accused by the
MDC-T of building a war chest using diamond money. Every minister appointed
by President Mugabe had been fighting to have the Kimberley Certification
Process approve the sale of Zimbabwean diamonds.
“If we say this now, whose interests are we serving when the country’s
diamond industry is still choked by some bottlenecks from the West and when
the country is still under sanctions?”
But sources from the province said Mutasa and his alleged right-hand men —
who include Munacho Mutezo, Enock Porusingazi, Freddy Kanzamba, David
Momberume, Manicaland provincial youth leader Kudzai Chipanga and another
youth official Lesley Hombe, said to be in the Central Intelligence
Organisation — had hatched the plot to oust Madiro to weaken the Mnangagwa
faction while propping another faction reportedly led by Vice-President
Joice Mujuru.
Both Mnangagwa and Mujuru have, however, publicly denied leading the alleged
“It is public knowledge that Mutasa wants to be Mujuru’s deputy. Mutasa has
publicly admitted that. He wants Madiro to be ousted so that he can be
replaced with Basil Nyabadza, who he has already paraded as the provincial
chair,” said a Zanu PF insider. Mutasa yesterday denied the issue was
related to Zanu PF factionalism.
“This has nothing to do with who belongs to which faction; we are cleaning
all the dirt from the party.
“If people steal, we will clean them regardless of their side. President
Mugabe is against corruption and they stole. The law will take its course.
We are still waiting for police to finish their investigations and if they
are exonerated, we will work together.”
Mutasa denied reports that he was behind the alleged plot to kick out
“Why are they saying that now after these allegations? They should stop
stealing and no one will bother them.”
But sources said Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa and Zanu PF women’s
league boss Oppah Muchinguri were next in the line of fire because of their
perceived allegiance to the Mnangagwa faction.
Muchinguri and Mnangagwa are said to have blocked earlier attempts to get
Madiro sacked, preferring the matter to be investigated by a team led by
Madiro’s deputy, Dorothy Mabika. Madiro is no stranger to controversy. He
was reinstated in the party in 2008 after being suspended in 2004 over his
alleged involvement in the Tsholothso debacle, arising out of a meeting that
was organised to plot the elevation of Mnangagwa to the post of
Vice-President ahead of Mujuru, Mugabe’s preferred candidate. - NewsDay

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Biti promises millions to save UN conference

By Alex Bell
11 February 2013

Finance Minister Tendai Biti has reportedly promised that an estimated US$12
million will be made available to the Tourism Ministry, in an effort to save
the in-doubt UN conference in Victoria Falls in August.

According to the Standard newspaper, Biti told Tourism Minister Walter
Mzembi that “everything is under control,” and the money will be made
available. Mzembi told the newspaper that he got this commitment from Biti
last week, two days before a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Morgan

“We need a total of US$12 million to say that we are safe and I got
commitment from Biti that everything is under control,” Mzembi was quoted as

The Tourism Minister is also set to embark on an African tour soon, trying
to convince governments across the continent to support Zimbabwe’s efforts
and ensure there is a good turnout for the event.

The UN World Tourism Organisation general assembly is set to be co-hosted by
Zimbabwe and Zambia in August, but Zimbabwe is still unprepared. Key
upgrades to infrastructure at Victoria Falls have not happened, and the
money Biti has set aside is meant to ensure the changes are made.

But there are serious doubts that the event can get underway, with even the
UN Tourism authorities raising concerns about recent developments. Mzembi
was left outraged after he was questioned by the UN Tourism Secretariat at a
recent meeting in Spain, about reports that he led the takeover of the Renco

He is understood to have also been left furious after Biti publicly
announced that the government was broke, intensifying the doubt that
Zimbabwe can meet the UN standards for the meeting.

Political analyst Clifford Mashiri told SW Radio Africa that Zimbabwe should
never have tried to host the meeting in the first place “and the failure to
hold it now will damage the credibility of the country even further.”

Mashiri said the conference is linked to international efforts to
“normalise” what is happening in Zimbabwe, with Western countries trying to
re-engage as much as possible with the government. Australia and the EU have
both indicated they will drop restrictive sanctions against ZANU PF, despite
a lack of change in the country.

“This is a big problem for Zim and it is all linked to the economic interest
of the Western world who are worried about the interests of China in
Zimbabwe,” Mashiri said.

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Zim to host bush UNWTO conference

By Fungai Kwaramba, Staff Writer
Monday, 11 February 2013 12:05

HARARE - Zimbabwe is set to host a “unique” United Nations World Tourism
Organisation (UNTWO) conference in the bush as government is struggling to
avail funds to bankroll the programme’s preparations.

Walter Mzembi, Tourism minister told reporters last week after meeting Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai that the country is set to host the “unique”
conference “under stars” because dignitaries want just that — because it is

Having failed to build a legacy conferencing facility which government
ministers including Mzembi envisaged, Zimbabwe has now opted for the easy
route of going to the bush.

Notwithstanding the bush route, which will certainly be cheaper, the country
still needs a massive $11 million to speed up preparations for the UNTWO
conference that is slated for August.

Meanwhile a referendum and then an election are the priority for a
government whose Finance minister Tendai Biti has rattled the international
community after declaring that the country has less than $300 in its bank

Mzembi, who had to defend Biti’s statements in Spain, said government
ministers should not make such reckless statements that may jettison the
country’s chances of hosting the craved-for event.

“Our aspirations were to plant a legacy conference facility in the same
manner that we built the Sheraton for the Commonwealth meeting, but that
does not stop the UNTWO. They (dignitaries) are looking for the Africanness
and the dinner will be held under the stars overlooking the bridge,” said

While Zimbabwe is struggling with financing the programme — co-hosts Zambia
are at an advanced stage.

Mzembi says his Zambian counterpart has already received $20 million to
prepare for the programme.

Mzembi, who expressed concern with Biti’s statements which for a moment
threatened the country’s chances of hosting the event as the UNTWO queried
whether such a bankrupt government would have the capacity to host the
world, said he “envisages a bush party”.

“I envisage a bush party for the delegates. When you are in Africa you must
go to the bush and that is what we are looking at,” said Mzembi.

Zimbabwe hosts the world for the first time since the Commonwealth
conference that was held in 1992 and Mzembi says the country has no better
opportunity to push the country’s brand at the conference that will be held
in August.

Sympathetic countries like Senegal have promised to help struggling
Zimbabwe, not with money but with their top musicians.

Malian superstar Salif Keita, Senegalese crooner Ismael Lo and South African
legendary musician Hugh Masekela will, according to Mzembi, headline the
cast of international acts who will spice up the bush event.

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Zimbabwe central bank gets tough on cash rules

Sapa-AP | 11 February, 2013 14:47

Zimbabwe's central bank says it is enforcing tougher rules to rein in "the
delinquent behaviour" of businesses holding cash abroad.

The Reserve Bank says that US360 million in export proceeds were being kept
offshore, worsening acute cash shortages in the nation's "prevailing
liquidity crunch".

It said companies not repatriating their foreign cash within 90 days of
earning it would be red flagged in "investigations to bring the culprits to

In the past, breaches of exchange control rules generally carried a penalty
of heavy fines.

The central bank acknowledged that the collapse of many long established
industries led in 2012 to an over reliance on imported goods. Zimbabwe spent
US7.4 billion on imports last year but earned only US3.8 billion from all of
its exports, the bank said.

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Ministers demand hefty exit packages

By Violet Gonda
11 February 2013

The government has said it has no money to hold the constitutional
referendum or the elections and is appealing to the international community
for help. Most hospital, prisons and government schools around the country
are not functioning properly, while roads and social services are in great
need of repair.

But Cabinet ministers are demanding hefty exit packages, including
top-of-the range vehicles, houses and residential stands before the end of
the coalition government in elections. The ministers say they have worked
hard with a low salary for four and a half years.

But Masimba Kuchera, an economic analyst and a board member with the
Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development, said it is surprising that the
ministers who run the government and have said the state is cash strapped
are now “make these astronomical demands on the fiscus.”

“I don’t think it’s morally acceptable. I don’t think it’s something that is
economically sustainable and unfortunately, for most of them, is deserved
anyway,” Kuchera told SW Radio Africa

MP’s are also demanding their sitting allowances of around $30,000 per
person, which they say is owed to them by government. Paddy Zhanda, chairman
of the Lawmakers’ Welfare Committee, said: “We are not demanding anything
but only requesting what is being owed to us.”

He said it will be difficult for some of the legislators to demand their
monies if they are not re-elected.

There are about 40 ministers including the President, Prime Minister and
their deputies in government, while the House of Assembly, which normally
sits 210 lawmakers, currently has about 190 MPs, as some were suspended or
have died.

Kuchera said some of the legislators abused the Constituency Development
Fund and, ‘for them to say now they want their $30,000 when they abused the
taxpayers’ $50,000 is disrespectful to the taxpayers.”

He said they should be properly rewarded for the work that they are doing
but that some of them are not performing well, adding: “Apart from the 5
year cycle of elections we should also have ways of rating our MPs to see if
they are working well.”

Meanwhile, the Standard newspaper reports that traditional chiefs are also
set to receive new cars ‘under the chiefs’ vehicle revolving fund, which has
been largely dormant for the past few years’. Chiefs’ council leader,
Fortune Charumbira, insisted it was nothing to do with ZANU PF buying their
loyalty but that it was similar to the parliamentary vehicle loan scheme and
each chief will pay back the full cost of the vehicle. He told the newspaper
that 180 of the 227 chiefs countrywide were yet to receive cars.

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Fuel prices go up by 5 percent

on February 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

By Blessing Bonga

FUEL prices have gone up by at least 5 percent over the past week due to
what fuel dealers attributed to limited supplies from Beira. Zimbabwe
imports the bulk of its fuel through the Feruka pipeline, linking Beira and

Fuel dealers said the bad weather in Beira has negatively impacted on
efficient discharge of fuel, which has slowed down inflows.

A survey by Herald Business around Harare showed that petrol was being sold
at between US1,51c and US1,55c up from an average of US1,46c a week ago,
while diesel was selling at between US1,34c to US1,36c from an average of

Some filling stations did not have fuel at all while a number of unusual
queues could be seem at a few service stations , especially in the
high-density suburbs.

“During the past two to three weeks, bad weather in Beira has caused delays
in the transportation of fuel into the country and we don’t have enough
reserves now,” said an executive with one fuel company.

“With such a scenario, where you have inadequate stock in circulation and
prices go up, it becomes inevitable to unfortunately pass on the expense to
the customer, failing which you would end up being unable to restock.”

He also blamed the recent increase to international trends where oil prices
have gone up. The recent price increases have the potential to cause ripple
effects on all sectors of the economy as fuel is the major factor of
production in both industry and manufacturing, economists say.

Economic analyst Mr Witness Chinyama said he was worried over the effects
fuel price increases usually have on the general prices of commodities since
transportation is key in doing any kind of business.

“Transport is crucial in every business, as it is a key component,” he said.
“Prices are therefore likely to increase marginally to cushion producers and
service providers from making a loss.”

Fuel prices in South Africa also rose last week by R0,41 for petrol and
R0,73 for diesel. The increase has been attributed to a number of factors,
including rising tensions in the Middle East that saw US WTI crude oil and
Brent crude oil rising last week.

South African exports are performing poorly, leading to the ultimate
weakening of the rand exchange rate against major currencies. This has been
cited as another cause for the price increase in South Africa. The Herald

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Air Zimbabwe debt soars to US$188m

Staff Reporter 52 minutes ago

HARARE - Air Zimbabwe’s debt has ballooned to US$188 million, further
dampening hopes of securing a strategic partner to help the airline resume
full operations.
The national airline’s debt has accumulated to US$188 million from US$140
million despite the resumption of local and regional flights that had been

The airline is relying on a Boeing 767, a Boeing 737 and MA60 airplanes to
service its regional and domestic routes while 5 other airplanes need
servicing before hitting the skies.

Presenting oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on
Transport, Communication and Infrastructure, interim Air Zimbabwe Board
Chairman, Mr Munesu Munodawafa, who is also the Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development, said
government has been working closely with management to try and improve the
airline’s domestic and regional connectivity but the biggest challenge is
the huge debt overhang.

The national flag carrier managed to retire part of its debt mostly to South
African creditors after a US$8,5 million cash injection from government last

However, as things stand right now, at least US$158 million is required for
Air Zimbabwe to pay international creditors and resume international

Other problems bedevilling the national flag carrier include mismatch
between the small fleet and its bloated staff and the old age of the planes.

Meanwhile, a new board of directors for the airline is set to be announced
on the 22nd of February after the parastatal went for more than a year
without a substantive board.

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Air Zim to replace Chinese planes

10/02/2013 00:00:00
by Business Reporter

AIR Zimbabwe is reportedly in the hunt for two short-haul aircraft to
replace the grounded MA-60 turboprops which were acquired from China.

Industry publication, African Aviation Tribune, reported that the struggling
airline was considering acquiring two ERJ-135 aircraft as it looks to resume
regional flights.

Acquisition of the new aircraft would enable the airline to withdraw from
service the three MA-60 aircraft acquired from China.
Air Zimbabwe currently operates two Boeing aircraft, a B737-200 ER and a
B737-200 Adv., on domestic market as well as on the Harare-Johannesburg

The airline pulled out of the lucrative Harare-London route in December 2011
after two of its aircraft were seized in London and Johannesburg over unpaid

The company is understood to be battling debts of up to US$140 million.

Management recently confirmed that the government had acquired two airbus
aircraft to boost the airline’s fleet.

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Students evicted from UZ residences

By Alex Bell
11 February 2013

Hundreds of students have been evicted and blacklisted from their residence
halls at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), after protesting alleged
corruption and other issues last December.

More than 500 students had protested in December over a number of problems,
including arbitrary evictions of some students from the residences by the
university warden.

According to the UZ Students Representative Council, many of the students
that have since been kicked out of their halls were not part of the protest

The Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) has condemned the development
for “threatening the rights of students.” ZINASU Vice President Believe
Tevera told SW Radio Africa on Monday that they will be lobbying the
authorities to solve the problems.

Tevera went on to explain that corruption is believed to be behind the mass
evictions, saying the students targeted included those who had raised
complaints about the activities of the university warden.

“ZINASU members have suggested there is corruption behind what is happening.
The warden was being paid by some students and was giving them
accommodation. But he chased away some and when other students went to
complain they found themselves blacklisted,” Tevera said.

He said that many of the students who have been targeted are disabled, and
“we are concerned about how they are going to get to school, and how they
are going to continue.”

Tevera also said that the problem stems from bad management by the UZ
Vice-Chancellor Levi Nyagura, who he accused of “leaving the institution in
tatters.” Nyagura is finishing his final term at the head of the university
this year.

“We are going to lobby the authorities and try and get this sorted out
before the terms begin later this month,” Tevera said.

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Storm over UK motion condemning ZIPRA

10/02/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWE and Britain are set for a new diplomatic spat over a controversial
House of Commons motion by a Labour MP condemning the 1979 shooting down of
a passenger plane by ZIPRA fighters.

The Air Rhodesia Viscount Flight RH827 had just taken off from Kariba when
it came down on February 12, 1979, after being struck by a Strela 2 missile.

Fifty-five passengers flying to Salisbury, now Harare, and four crew members
perished in the incident which came at the height of an armed resistance
against white minority rule.

Now at least six British MPs have signed an Early Day Motion proposed by
Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey condemning the downing of Flight RH827 – the second
such attack after another incident a year earlier in which Air Rhodesia
Flight RH825with 56 people on board was shot down by ZIPRA freedom fighters.

In the first attack – also in Kariba – on September 3, 1978, 48 people were
killed, 10 of them it is claimed were executed on the ground. There were
eight survivors.

Hoey’s motion – which is unlikely to be debated in the Commons but aims to
draw attention to the two incidents – coincides with Tuesday’s 34th
anniversary of the shooting down of Flight RH827.

The motion, tabled on February 5 and titled ‘Viscount Massacres’, proposes:
“That this House notes that 12 February 2013 will mark the 34th anniversary
of the shooting down of Air Rhodesia Viscount Flight RH827 (the Umniati) by
members of the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) in the former
Rhodesia resulting in the death of all on board; further notes that this was
the second such shooting down of civilian airliners by ZIPRA and followed
the shooting down of Air Rhodesia Flight RH825 (the Hunyani) by the same
means on 3 September 1978; further notes that the 107 victims comprised
civilian men, women and children, some of whom survived the crash of the
Hunyani and were subsequently murdered on the ground by bayoneting and
shooting; further notes that the victims included citizens from Switzerland,
Scotland, Belgium, New Zealand, the UK and South Africa; recalls that the
failure to officially condemn these atrocities, as articulated in the sermon
by the late Very Reverend John da Costa known as The Deafening Silence, was
an act of moral cowardice and deplores such failure; and commends the work
done by Keith Nell and his Viscount Down Team to ensure that these
atrocities are not forgotten and their ongoing efforts to alleviate
suffering amongst the pensioner community of Zimbabwe. This motion has been
signed by a total of 6 MPs.”

Early Day Motions are formal proposals submitted for debate in the House of
Commons, but very few are actually debated.
The motions are used to publicise the views of individual MPs, drawing
attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of
parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.

The subject is very emotive and the fact that six British MPs have
associated themselves with the motion will be met with anger in Harare.

Dumiso Dabengwa, ZIPRA’s former commander, stormed on Sunday: “When it
happened, it was war time.

“We are very curious... they should come in the open and say exactly what
they want.”
Dabengwa said worse atrocities were committed by Rhodesian forces, and that
the new government in independent Zimbabwe had declared amnesty for all war

“They [former colonisers] suggested the issue of amnesty and it was taken on
board. The amnesty was to make no-one responsible for crimes committed
during war time.

“For them it was a way of protecting Ian Smith and company from the
atrocities they committed. Since they have moved a motion, shall we go back
and mention numerous occasions that they massacred our people?

“They want to start a condemnation war and we will take them on because we
have the evidence where British racists and special forces did horrible
things to us. Let them start the issue and we will not keep quiet.”

Tendai Kwari, the UK spokesman for the Mavambo-Kusile party led by Simba
Makoni, also condemned the motion in a letter to Hoey on Sunday.

He said he was “saddened, annoyed and surprised” by the move, adding: “I
would like to remind the Honourable MP that her motion is opening healing
wounds, especially amongst black Zimbabweans.

“Thousands of poor Zimbabwean refugees were massacred by the Rhodesians at
Tembue and Chimoio [Mozambique]. These two camps had schools and clinics and
thousands of people were butchered. We also would demand for answers...”

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House of Commons Rhodie motion raises stink

Monday, 11 February 2013 00:00

Herald Reporter

ZIMBABWEANS have expressed outrage at the move by the British Parliament to
move a motion condemning the shooting of Air Rhodesia Viscount RH827 by
Zipra forces during the liberation struggle which the House of Commons
classified as an atrocity that should be commemorated.
The motion was moved by Labour MP Kate Hoey who argued that civilians in the
flight were killed and there was need to give February 12, the day the plane
was shot down, official recognition.

The motion reads: ‘‘That this House notes that 12 February 2013 will mark
the 34th anniversary of the shooting down of Air Rhodesia Viscount Flight
RH827 (the Umniati) by members of the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army
(Zipra) in the former Rhodesia resulting in the death of all on board;
further notes that this was the second such shooting down of civilian
airliners by Zipra and followed the shooting down of Air Rhodesia Flight
RH825 (the Hunyani) by the same means on 3 September 1978; further notes
that the 107 victims comprised civilian men, women and children, some of
whom survived the crash of the Hunyani and were subsequently murdered on the
ground by bayoneting and shooting; further notes that the victims included
citizens from Switzerland, Scotland, Belgium, New Zealand, the UK and South
Africa; recalls that the failure to officially condemn these atrocities, as
articulated in the sermon by the late Very Reverend John da Costa known as
The Deafening Silence, was an act of moral cowardice and deplores such
failure; and commends the work done by Keith Nell and his Viscount Down Team
to ensure that these atrocities are not forgotten and their ongoing efforts
to alleviate suffering amongst the pensioner community of Zimbabwe.’’

Air Rhodesia Flight 827, flown that day by Umniati, was a scheduled flight
between Kariba and Salisbury (Harare) that was shot down on February 12,
1979 by Zipra forces soon after take-off in Kariba.

Zipra forces believed Rhodesian Army commander General Peter Walls was in
the Viscount plane, but he had changed planes.
None of the 59 passengers or crew survived.

Analysts yesterday described the move as a “racial commemoration” as
thousands of Zimbabweans lost their lives during the liberation struggle.

Former Zipra commander Dr Dumiso Dabengwa described the motion as a
provocation that would “open old wounds”.

“It shows what the new leadership of the Labour Party is like,” he said.
“When it happened it was war time and they did not move a motion. What is it
that makes them move the motion this time?

“We are very curious and I think they should come in the open and say
exactly what they want.”
Dr Dabengwa said the motion means that the amnesty suggested by the British
during the Lancaster House constitutional negotiations was “useless”.

“They suggested the issue of amnesty and it was taken on board. The amnesty
was to make no one responsible for offences committed during war time,” he

“For them it was a way of protecting Ian Smith and company from the
atrocities they committed. Since they have moved a motion, shall we go back
and mention numerous occasions that they massacred our people?”

Dr Dabengwa said they were ready to take the British head on with regards to
the issue.
“They want to start a condemnation war and we will take them on because we
have the evidence where British racists and special forces did horrible
things to us,” he said.
“Let them start the issue and we will not keep quiet.”

Political analyst and Midlands State University media lecturer Dr Nhamo
Mhiripiri dismissed the proposed commemoration as racial.

“They are remembering their kith and kin, but what about our children who
were massacred in Tembwe, Chimoio, Nyadzonia and other areas?

“This is a racial commemoration because they are giving one side of the
story yet the liberation struggle had a lot of things.

“We value human life, but we remind them that as they do their
commemorations, they should also note that theirs was a small number as
compared to ours.”

Diplomat and political analyst Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa said liberation
struggle wounds should not be re-opened.

“They committed atrocities which were worse and condemned by the United
Nations, but now they are talking of one or two incidents which happened
during a war time,” he said.

“This is a provocation and it means they only regard the death of white
people alone during the struggle.

“There is no mention of what happened to our sons and daughters in and
outside the country. The British are not the only victims of war.”

Cde Mutsvangwa said the International Court of Justice should be looking for
former Rhodesian killers.

“We should have tracked them and make them accountable just as the Nazis
were tracked down by the Jews,” he said.

“Zimbabwe and other countries in the region should condemn this move because
we all lost thousands of people.”

Another political analyst who preferred anonymity said the British and
Americans were still killing innocent civilians in some countries.

“Look at what is happening in countries like Syria, the Osama bin Laden
issue among others where they killed thousands of innocent souls in search
of one man,” he said.

Dr Joseph Kurebwa of the University of Zimbabwe’s political science and
administration department said the flight that was attacked was a legitimate
military target.

“The Zipra forces argued, which the Rhodesian forces countered, that they
were looking for General Walls,” he said.

“No one supports the killing of civilians, but we should look at the time
this happened and Zipra were fighting a settler regime which by and large
constituted the Rhodesians.”

Thousands of Zimbabweans, mainly defenceless refugees, were massacred at
camps in Mozambique, Zambia and Angola by Rhodesian elite forces during the
liberation struggle.
The British have not condemned such massacres that attracted the attention
of the United Nations.

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Health time-bomb ticking at Renco Mine

Monday, 11 February 2013 00:00

George Maponga in Masvingo

Over 5 000 people at Renco Mine in Nyajena communal lands are sitting on a
health time bomb as the gold mining settlement has been without running
water for the past two weeks, forcing residents

to use the bush to relieve themselves and to drink from unprotected sources.
Suburbs in the mining settlement have not been receiving running water for
the past two weeks after water treatment chemicals ran out, while the pumps
that used to supply water are in need of repair.

Water that supplies the gold mining settlement is pumped from the nearby
Mutirikwi River and is conveyed into storage tanks where it is treated
before transmission to households.

But for the past two weeks, the mine has not had water supplies, forcing
residents to use the bush to relieve themselves and also drink water from
unprotected sources.

Mrs Anna Kwenda from the Renco Mine compound said last week that the
situation at the mining settlement was bad.

The residents now fear an outbreak of diseases.
“We are sitting on a health time bomb because over the past two weeks we
have not been getting running water in our homes and the situation is now
bad that we are now being forced to relieve ourselves in the bush as we
cannot use our toilets due to lack of water,” said Mrs Kwenda.
“We are in a real crisis because our taps are dry.’’

Another Renco Mine resident, Mrs Elizabeth Kufonya, said: ‘’We now fear that
there might be an outbreak of diseases because of water woes that have been
affecting us for the past two weeks.
“We are now drinking contaminated water because of lack of choice, things
are really bad.’’

Some of the Renco Mine residents were walking for several kilometres to
Mutirikwi River where they do their laundry and bathing.

Renco Mine manager Mr Cyprian Kachisa attributed the water shortage to lack
of water treatment chemicals becasue the mine had no funds to buy some.

“We have a water shortage also because there is need for funds to repair the
pumps that supply water,” he said.

“Most of the water conveyance pipes are in a state of disrepair and they
need to be replaced, but there is no money to do that and we don’t have
money to procure the water treatment chemicals.”

Renco mine, the largest gold producer in Masvingo, plunged into a crisis
early last month after wives of workers at the mine staged a demonstration
against the mine owners over poor working conditions and low salaries.

Since then, the women have been vowing to continue blocking Rio-Zim
officials, who own the mine, from accessing Renco Mine until their
grievances were addressed.

Mine officials accuse Masvingo South legislator Cde Walter Mzembi and his
Chivi South counterpart Cde Ivene Dzingirai of interfering with the
operations of the mine by allegedly inciting the workers’ wives and
villagers to demonstrae.

The officials has since approached the High Court to bar the two law markers
from allegedly interfering with the mine operations.
The High Court reserved judgement on the application last week.

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Chiefs in Constitution U-turn

By Chengetayi Zvauya, Parliamentary Editor
Monday, 11 February 2013 12:05
HARARE - Traditional chiefs have made a dramatic U-turn, throwing their
weight behind a draft constitution seen as eroding their powers.

Debating a motion on the draft constitution in Senate on Thursday, Chief
Fortune Charumbira and Chief Ngungubane said they had a change of heart, and
were going to support the draft constitution to be voted for in the

Ngungubane said although the chiefs had initially protested against the
draft as it curtailed their traditional powers, they were now fully behind
the draft as they had realised that it captured the views of the people.

“We support the draft as the politicians have put Zimbabweans first and this
is a job well done and hence we have decided to support it,” chief
Ngungubane said.

“Some of the chiefs who participated in the thematic committees had their
names omitted in the report and that anomaly must be corrected.”

Parliament adopted the draft on Wednesday. But traditional leaders had been
arguing that they had been excluded from the administration of most land
except communal land, a move they argued had left them powerless.

Clause 15.3 (2) of the Copac draft states that: “Except as provided for in
Act of Parliament, traditional leaders shall have no authority, control or
jurisdiction over land except communal land or over persons outside communal
land unless the cause of the action arose within the area of the traditional
leader’s jurisdiction.”

Chief Charumbira said the chiefs will be campaigning for a “yes” vote
despite their objection to some clauses and hoped these issues can be
corrected when the draft comes to Parliament as a Bill.

Copac co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora told Parliament that the draft
constitution had a chapter on traditional chiefs which recognises their role
and importance.

“We did not want to equate the status of chiefs to that of President because
the institutions are different,” Mwonzora said.

The chiefs had demanded to seek audience with President Robert Mugabe over
clauses in the Copac draft constitution which they feel undermined their

The clauses are on land, property rights and the Judicial Services

Chapter 15:1 on traditional leadership states that: “Traditional leaders
must act in accordance with this Constitution and the laws of Zimbabwe,
observe the rules pertaining to traditional leadership and exercise their
functions for the purposes for which the institution of traditional
leadership is recognised by this Constitution and treat all persons within
their areas equally and fairly.

“Traditional leaders must not be members of any political party or in any
way participate in partisan politics, act in a partisan manner, further the
interests of any political party or cause or violate the fundamental rights
and freedoms of any person.”

The draft is set to mark the end of partisanship by the traditional leaders
who have openly proclaimed their allegiance to Zanu PF and in most instances
fanning violence by discriminating against those perceived to be in
opposition to the former sole ruling party.

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Zimbabwe’s tobacco sales rise

February 11 2013 at 06:05pm

Johannesburg - Tobacco merchants in Zimbabwe expect sales to increase by 21
percent this year as cotton farmers switch crops to capitalise on higher
prices for the leaves, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board said.

Sales at the auctions, which begin on February 13, are expected to total 170
million kilograms (375 million pounds), compared with 140 million kilograms
last year, Chief Executive Officer Andrew Matibiri said in a February 7
phone interview from the capital, Harare. Last year’s output missed a target
of 150 million kilograms, he said.

“There has been a gradual increase in growers and expected output because a
number of cotton farmers in areas such as Gokwe, some in Mashonaland West in
Karoi, Kadoma and Chegutu have switched from cotton growing to tobacco as a
result of good pricing,” he said.

Zimbabwe is the world’s fourth-biggest exporter of flue- cured tobacco,
after Brazil, India and the US, according to Universal Corp.-Virginia, the
largest leaf merchant.

The crop is the country’s main agricultural export.

The flue-cured variety, the top quality tobacco, is used to provide flavor
to brands like Marlboro and Benson and Hedges, and vies with the US for

The crop is expected to fetch average prices of $3.50 to $5 per kilogram,
little changed from last year, Matibiri said.

Brazilian production of flue-cured tobacco fell 17 percent to 590 million
kilograms in 2012, while Indian output dropped 1.8 percent to 273 million
kilograms and the US harvest grew 21 percent in 2012, according to

All three countries are expected to boost production this year, it said.

More Growers

The number of growers in Zimbabwe has increased to 72,000, compared with
60,000 a year earlier, Matibiri said.

Tobacco production in the southern African nation, which once ranked as the
second-largest exporter, has slumped since 2000.

That year President Robert Mugabe began seizing mainly white-owned farms for
distribution to blacks deprived of land during colonial rule.

The country earned a record $517 million from tobacco sales last year,
according to the Finance Ministry. - Bloomberg

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The MDC Today

Wednesday, 11 February 2013
Issue - 512

The MDC notes with regret the barbaric crusade of intimidating people by a
one Jabulani Sibanda, a Zanu PF stooge, whose actions since last year
continue to disturb peace and security before the watershed election slated
for this year.

The party demands that Sibanda’s harmful actions should be stopped
immediately and that he should be arrested.

It is unfortunate that the infamous self-styled war veteran chooses to be at
variance with his leadership’s position, particularly that of their leader
Robert Mugabe, who has been calling for peace.

This week Sibanda was in Mhondoro where he used hate language while
addressing villagers who had been forced to attend the meeting. The action
by Jabulani is a clear disrespect and total disregard of his leadership’s
position and casts a serious shadow on the sincerity of President Mugabe’s
calls for peace.

To this end we challenge the Zanu PF leadership to openly distance its self
from the untoward, primitive and archaic behaviour of Jabulani Sibanda. The
continued barbaric actions by Jabulani, is not only treasonous but a serious
threat to peace and security therefore he should be arrested.

There are strong fears that Sibanda could cause unnecessary bloodshed in the
country if he is not reigned immediately for his continued hate language,
harassment and intimidation of innocent villagers.

The MDC calls upon the people of Zimbabwe to remain steadfast in their
resolve to complete real change and not be destructed by Jabulani Sibanda’s
misguided calls. Sibanda should be dismissed as a loose cannon out to
confuse people ahead of the crucial election. He is a danger not only to
himself but the nation at large.

The Last Mile: Towards Real Transformation!!!

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US funded medical initiative builds Zim's public health capacity

Harare, February 11, 2013: The United States, through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) implemented by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC- Zimbabwe) is set to produce its first graduates in applied epidemiology in Zimbabwe. Twenty students from the University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Community Medicine presented results of their fieldwork on disease surveillance and outbreak-responses on Friday.

The program, designed to train and retain health care workers and improve Zimbabwe’s capacity to deliver primary health care, received funding support from the CDC-Zimbabwe in 2011.

“Training medical students in core public health skills are critical to ensuring a healthy nation over the long run. CDC is very pleased to partner with UZ in strengthening these students’ capacity to conduct disease surveillance, data analysis, and outbreak control,” said Peter Kilmarx, Director of the CDC-Zimbabwe who witnessed the presentations.

The students completed the pilot elective in applied epidemiology and presented their surveillance system descriptions and data analyses. “Pre-service elective for 4th year medical students and district medical officers (DMOs) trainings provide the missing pieces in the public health capacity building puzzle,” said Professor Mufuta Tshimanga, head of the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Programme (ZIMFETP). He added: “With this we now anticipate, more than ever, an increased demand for further public health training by medical graduates.”

Candidates to the training are identified and selected by the Ministry of Health. The epidemiology curricula and field exercises are integrated into the standard coursework is developed by MEPI-supported UZ and the ZIMFETP.

In addition to medical students, CDC-Zimbabwe has in the past partnered the UZ and government health departments to provide district medical officers with hands-on public health experience in gathering data for decision making, managing outbreaks, and conducting surveillance and response. The training is designed to enhance critical public health competency and to improve public health management including surveillance and response capacity at the district level by targeting individuals who will charged with managing the country’s public health programs.

The U.S. government, through PEPFAR and various agencies including CDC-Zimbabwe and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provides broad support for Zimbabwe to address HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, and other health challenges. Among other goals, part of the intervention strategy this strategy has provided capacity building support to the Zimbabwean health sector to improve leadership and effectiveness in addressing HIV. The goal is to encourage Zimbabweans at all levels of society to take ownership of both the epidemic and the response, using approaches that include developing innovative, evidence-based program models and tools to ensure that the latest research and lessons learned are developed in Zimbabwe.- ZimPAS © February 11, 2013

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Paul Chizuze : Disappeared 8 February 2012

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Solidarity Peace Trust

11 February 2013

Paul Chizuze

This week marks exactly one year since the disappearance, under suspicious circumstances of fellow human rights activist and stalwart campaigner for peace and justice in Zimbabwe, Mr Paul Chizuze.

We remember with gratitude the values you stood for, the decades you committed to the pursuit of democracy, peace and justice in your country.

We are still looking for you, alive or dead. We continue to search for the truth about the events that led to your disappearance.








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Freeth: An open letter to the Zim legislators

Dear Zimbabwe legislators

After your endorsement of the draft constitution, I am concerned that you
have not measured the draft constitution in terms of how far it goes in
protecting the fundamental issues for which a government is really there
for: protection of individual life, individual liberty and individual
property. If a government is based on a constitution that can protect and
strengthen the people in these areas, we will move forward rapidly. If it
isn’t based on that, our people will remain in poverty.

We must never lose sight of the end of the maze as we stumble around within
it – and it seems to me that many have.

Ayn Rand, a Russian Jew, lived through the Russian revolution in 1917 which
saw the abolition of private property – not dissimilar to Zimbabwe through
the land seizures and “indigenization” which are being entrenched in this
new constitution. As a teenaged girl she saw her father’s chemist shop
seized. She managed to get to America as a young adult where she lived out
the rest of her life. There she was able to see how property rights worked
to feed and build America – and export food to the people of Russia from
whence she had come.

She wrote profoundly: “the right to life is the source of all rights – and
the right to own property is their only implementation. Without right to
property no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by
his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no
means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his
product is a slave.”

It is sad to see this slavery being entrenched in our new constitution
without a murmur of dissent in our parliament or senate. I feel that a sense
of outrage regarding the erosion of fundamental Godly principles needs to be
rekindled amongst the elected representatives because otherwise how are
fundamental Godly principles ever going to be entrenched? By the silence,
are the legislators all saying that the Ahab and Jezebel seizure of Naboth’s
vineyard was actually just fine?

It is clear that the discriminatory clauses regarding property rights in the
new draft constitution go against all human rights charters, the SADC
Treaty, the SADC Tribunal Judgment, all other constitutions around the world
and ultimately against God’s law – so how is it possibly that the draft can
sail through the legislators hands without this being pointed out? It is
almost as though this was just another part of the rehearsed so called
“consultation” process in the rural areas: The finger was pointed and the
PM, Cabinet, MP’s and Senators all sat silent….and then said rather
hopefully, a bit like Mao in 1958 just before the greatest famine in history
where 38 million people died that it was: “a great step forward.”

This issue of discrimination and property rights is an issue that is central
to the future. Every political game that has resulted in the erosion of
individual property rights has always led to the people becoming hungrier
and more poverty stricken. I know you must all know this; but does the
silence of all our legislators on this issue mean that you do not really

Yours sincerely,

Ben Freeth

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The Feasibility of Using Biometrics Technology for Zimbabwe Elections

Dr Samuel Chindaro

Dr Samuel Chindaro
11th February 2013

1. Introduction

In a previous article published for SW Radio Africa, the topic of Biometrics in elections was discussed, with emphasis on how this technology works. In this follow–up article this issue is re-visited and further explored taking into account the current status of the voters’ roll and current economic and social environment in Zimbabwe. The feasibility of introducing Biometrics in elections is looked into, taking into account the costs involved and precedence from other countries. The issue of voter identification at polling stations and problems arising from the current process will be explored. Given the history of electoral problems and disputes which have tragically led to loss of lives inZimbabwe, it is argued that biometrics can and should be implemented to ensure credible elections.

2. Background

The call for the employment of technology inZimbabwefor both voter registration and facilitation of the electoral process is not entirely new. Masvingo MP, Mr Tongai Matutu called for the introduction of biometrics, lodging a motion in Parliament to this effect in 2010. The issue was raised again in March 2012 by Mr Pishai Muchauraya, who stated that though it had been addressed with Justice and Legal Affairs Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, nothing concrete had materialised. In April 2012, the Minister of ICT, Nelson Chamisa also called for the adoption of a digital biometric voters roll. The author of this article also brought this issue to the limelight in a publication in July 2012 in which the basics behind Biometrics Technology were explored. Most recently calls led by Misihairabwi-Mushonga, to implement an ‘on-line voters’ registration’ have been rejected by the Registrar General who contends that this does not provide adequate checks as required in Section 24 of the Electoral Act. In this article the case for using biometrics for elections inZimbabweis put forward, with particular emphasis on producing a clean and credible voters’ roll for the upcoming elections and the referendum. The feasibility of doing so in the current environment will be tabled.

3. Importance of Voters Roll

The voters’ roll is of paramount importance for the running of any democratic election, and as such needs to be kept accurate and up to date. To hold credible elections it is imperative to have credible voter registration. A bloated or inaccurate voters’ register always has a negative effect on the electoral process. The voter registration framework and processes must be designed to allow only eligible persons to register as voters. Therefore the voters’ roll has a direct influence on the results of any poll, as only those on the roll are allowed to vote. The quality of the voters’ roll is a crucial factor in determining the validity and legitimacy of election results and can be a deciding factor on the outcome of elections

A deficient voters’ roll will disenfranchise those entitled to vote and an inflated roll with duplicate entries, ‘ghost voters’ and names of people who have migrated, and exposes itself to electoral fraud, for example through ballot stuffing and manipulation of numbers without raising an obvious alarm. It can also affect the delimitation of constituencies by giving wrong indications of the population within each constituency – directly impacting on and influencing the election of MPs. It is therefore vital that measures be put in place to ensure an accurate voters’ roll before conducting any elections inZimbabwe. It can make or break the democratic process and therefore the embracing of any technology which can improve this process is important.

4. The State ofZimbabwe’s Voters Roll

The state of the voters’ roll has historically been controversial in the past elections, which have been held inZimbabwe. It has emerged as a bone of contention each time the country has prepared for elections, and the anticipated 2013 elections are not an exception. Participants in elections have raised the issue of ghost voters; with names of deceased persons, young people below the eligible voting age appearing in the voter’s roll. Furthermore, names and addresses of completely non-existent voters have been known to feature on the roll. Duplication of names in different constituents has also been raised as a contentious issue, with the high-profile case of MP Mr Pishai Muchauraya whose name appeared in two constituencies: Makoni South and Makoni Central, in the 2008 voters roll being a prominent example. [ZimbabweElection Support Network (ZESN) Report, 2010].

The state of theZimbabwevoters’ roll as of October 2010 was described as a complete shambles. Reports produced by the ZESN based on the roll supplied by the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) at that time revealed that there had been an increase of 366,550 in the number of voters from the roll used in the 2008 harmonised elections. Debatable figures of 49,239 new voters over the age of 50 with 16,033 of these over the age of 70 and with 1,488 over the age of 100 were presented in the report. According to the report, in Mount Darwin East there were 118 registered voters aged above 100 years old, with a significant number of birth entries showing the same date of birth of 01.01.1901. With Wikipedia documenting only 3 men and 3 women aged 108 and above inZimbabweas of 2012, the reader is invited to make a verdict on the authenticity of the above figures.


A number of registered voters were either under age or very young children (228). The report also revealed that 182 564 people were duplicated in the same or more than one constituency. The ZESN report showed that 27% of voters registered in the voters’ roll were deceased, with the case of David Stevens, who was widely reported in Zimbabwean newspapers as the first victim of the land redistribution programme being highlighted. It is not clear as to how many people who are in the Diaspora (and not allowed to vote) are still on the voters roll, but an educated guess should put this figure into millions!

According to the Registrar General there were 5 612 464 registered voters by December 2007, but the number rose to 5 934 768 by February the following year. This number is quoted to have gone down to 5,589 355 by November 2012 (Herald: 20/12/2012). These figures are also debatable according to a report produced by the South African Institute of Race Relations, which analysed the roll as it stood in 2010 and concluded that taking into account Zimbabwe’s population, age-range and levels of voters’ registration elsewhere, the voters roll should consist of a maximum of approximately 3.2 Million people (

Even though these figures may not be entirely accurate and up-to-date, the above reports and statistics give indications that the current state of the voters’ roll does not provide a firm foundation for conducting credible elections. The roll provides a recipe for possible chaos post-elections with results likely to be disputed by any losing candidates, as happened in the past.

5. Biometrics Elections inAfricaand other Developing Countries

The proposal for adopting technology has not just been plucked out of the air without considering any precedence. Biometric technology has been used successfully in a number of countries across the world, and in particularAfrica.

In 2005, “La Commission Electorale Indépendante” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) used biometric technology to register more than 25 million voters ahead of the country’s first democratic elections in four decades. InNigeria, some 65 million people had their pictures taken and fingerprints scanned and the system was used in presidential and legislative elections in 2011.Ghanaregistered more than 12 million voters using biometrics in 2012. InKenya, after protracted disputes over procurement, 15,000 biometric registration kits have arrived ahead of the elections scheduled for March 2013.Sierra Leone’s national biometric voter registration was carried out over a 3-month period in 2012, registering over 2.5 million people to vote across the country.

Other African countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),Burkina Faso,Tanzania,Zambia,Mozambique,Malawi,Rwanda,Senegal,Cameroon, Somaliland andUgandahave also turned to technology to improve the accuracy of their voter registers.Zimbabwe’s neighbour,Zambiahas adopted a biometric voters’ roll and is receiving aid from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide the technology.

Almost half a million electronic voting machines were in action inBrazil’s municipal elections in 2012. In a pilot program, around 7.5 million of 140 million Brazilian voters were using fingerprint-based biometric machines.Brazil’sFederal Election Court(“Tribunal Superior Eleitoral – TSE”) wants every voter in the country to use biometric machines by 2018. Currently, the world’s largest biometric identity exercise, is taking place inIndia, and is reported to be well on its way to reaching its target of half the country’s population.

6. Biometrics for Voter Registration

Biometrics has been used in civil and voter registration around the world for more than a decade with the aim to limit fraud and enhance voter registration. In biometrics terms the equivalent of registering eligible voters is enrolment, and the resultant voters’ register/roll is equivalent to a database.

The use of biometrics in voter registration can ensure that no persons are excluded. The voter registration process should include all adult eligible citizens, including the poor or homeless people, or residents of remote areas. With the versatility and mobility of modern biometric equipment, inclusion of all eligible citizens can be assured. It can go a long way in ensuring that appropriate registration facilities are available to those for whom access to traditional registration methods may be more difficult. Certain groups of people can easily be excluded from the voting process by restrictions such long distances to registrations centres. For example, this can have adverse effects on women and the disabled, who could easily be enfranchised by adopting mobile biometrics systems for registration.

Biometric systems allow for the creation of a permanent electronic register which can be updated as new voters become eligible or existing ones die. They capture data unique to an individual, in addition to biographical information, and can identify whether someone has registered more than once by centrally matching fingerprints. The system allows for people to move to a different electoral constituency without the need to re-register. A common occurrence is that the registration process has not been designed to easily allow for a change of address, wherefore people when moving re-register without having their old record deleted. People may also change their names, when they get married for example. A biometrics based search can locate and eliminate such duplicate entries as it is based on physical characteristics as compared to a name search.

The use of biometrics can help in both maintaining and purging the electoral roll. There are many ways to keep the voters’ register up to date. An example is the automatic inclusion in the voters’ roll of newly eligible voters when they register for the National ID. InZimbabwe, biometrics information in the form of a facial image and fingerprints has always been captured when applying for an ID. InSouth Africacitizens are automatically included in the voters’ roll after they have reached the official voting age of 18 via the National ID process. The use of biometrics enables the cross-linking of the civil and electoral register, which can cut the cost of voter registration.

7. Biometrics for Voter Identification

Another problem faced in the voting process is the positive identification of voters at the polls. Protecting the integrity of the electoral process should include making sure that only eligible voters vote. A foolproof method is required in assisting poll workers to be certain that people appearing at the polls are who they claim to be. Of all the methods that have been used for strengthening the process of identifying voters at the polls, biometric identification would be the method hardest to defraud.

A positive identification system requires you to identify yourself when submitting a biometric measure. Your submitted measure is then checked against the measures given when you enrolled in the system to affirm that they match. If the submitted and stored biometric measures match then it is ascertained that you enrolled under the identity you are claiming. If the presented and enrolled characteristics do not match to a certain pre-determined level, the user can be given another chance.

8. Feasibility

Fingerprinting systems have been in use for almost three decades. InZimbabwefingerprints and facial images have been captured for National ID purposes and passports at least since independence. Therefore this is not an entirely new phenomenon. With existing technology, digitalization and maintenance of historic information is not a difficult task at all. Combined civil and voter registration can utilise synergy effects of data exchange and can serve state administration effectively. InSouth Africa, this system has been used successfully and can certainly function as a best practice model forZimbabwe. For the past two yearsIndiahas been building the world’s most sophisticated database of personal identities. By the end of this year 600m Indians will have a Unique Identity Number (UID), aimed at improving access to welfare programmes, financial services and more. It is a project that could serve as a model elsewhere in the world. The same system used for ID and passport registration can be adapted for voter registration or data can be shared across departments. Paper based biometrics can also be easily digitised to contribute to a more comprehensive and harmonised database.

The most beneficial aspect of using biometrics inZimbabwe, given the current state of transport links, is that it is viable to introduce and fruitfully utilise mobile biometric stations. These are portable biometric devices which can be used for biometric registration and identification. There are portable devices available on the market designed to create electoral rolls; equipment that is reusable, extensible and resistant to adverse conditions. These devices are sell-contained, autonomous units which are supported by long-life batteries which can be used in remote areas for registration, even within homesteads. They can also be used for biometric identification and verification at polling stations. Fixed biometric stations can be deployed at fixed centres, within urban cores.

Data storage is no longer an issue as several hundred to a thousand bytes will be required per user; a figure which is very small given current technology. Fingerprint scanners which link to a computer are now available for as low as USD10 and computer keyboards with built-in scanners are also available. It is therefore not an expensive technology to implement.

InGhana, a ‘Cluster System’ whereby polling stations were placed in a cluster of 4 polling stations and given one of the 7,000 registration kits was adopted. The kit remained at each polling station for 10 days and the registration team rested a day and moved on to the next polling station within the cluster for another 10 days. This allowed the system to check double registration on a daily basis and identify cheats early. The adoption of this strategy was informed by the Nigerian experience where it took a long time to undertake the matching of fingerprints to eliminate double registration, thus enhancing confidence in the voter roll. Zimbabwe can learn from this experience and utilise the same or improved version of this strategy.

The Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) said it would need about US$20 million to spruce up the widely-condemned roll after which constituency boundaries would be drawn up for general elections(Herald 21/12/12). It is on record that a proposal for biometrics registration was made, detailing that the exercise could be carried out within 3 months, costing USD20 Million; the same figure the ZEC has said it needs to clean up the voters’ roll! It is therefore feasible to implement this technology, which once established and maintained, will in the long-term result in the reaping of diminishing costs of running future elections.

9. Conclusion and Discussion

Whenever the process of elections is tabled for discussion, several governments have a tendency to stay old fashioned and continue using the traditional systems as opposed to the newly introduced and burgeoning digital ones. As one of the few African nations which were at the forefront of embracing modern IT technology in the banking and telecommunications sector before economic problems surfaced,Zimbabweshould not be in this category. Other countries have turned into the biometric era and started using these systems in order to create a better and more reliable electoral process as discussed above, for example in the case of Nigeria and Brazil. Biometrics is a portable identity for citizens that can be reused in many other programs in both the public and private sectors. Delivering services such as entitlements, banking and voting brings points-of- service access to rural populations in a cost-effective, reliable and secure way. Many countries are now fingerprinting their entire population in anticipation of using biometric databases for a wide range of civil and commercial programs. The challenge forZimbabwewill be to protect the integrity of the process without burdening the right to vote in ways that may decrease registration by eligible voters.

A registration process that uses sensitive high-tech equipment not only adds significant ‘integrity’ costs to the core costs but also increases organisational and logistical challenges. These include the increased need for technical training as well as continuous supervision and support for registration staff in the field to ensure that the data is captured, collected and processed to the highest possible standard. If the Electoral Commission lacks organisational and logistical resources while attempting to organise such a complex task, the resulting voters’ roll can be replete with errors. HoweverZimbabweis blessed with a large intellectual base and technically gifted people, and this challenge is therefore surmountable. The alternative is a continuation of the current status which, as has been observed over the years, is costly to the nation, and has claimed lives. This makes this technology worth pursuing.

A complex voter registration system does not guarantee successful, fair or credible elections. The author does not propose the use of biometrics as a “silver bullet” capable overcoming all obstacles Zimbabwe faces in ensuring a level playing field in which all eligible voices have their say in the political future of the country. Its use can only work in tandem with the political-will and sincerity of authorities in charge, who are tasked with guaranteeing fairness and with ensuring inclusion of all citizens. Biometric technology cannot solve problems rooted in issues such as mistrust among stakeholders or lack of political freedoms. Elections, at the end of the day, are a political process. In spite of all the challenges, the introduction of biometrics in the compilation of voter registers should improve the accuracy of the voter registers and provide the foundation for clean and violence free elections. It is therefore urged thatZimbabweseriously consider and embrace biometrics technology to ensure integrity, inclusiveness, accuracy, transparency and accessibility in the coming elections. This will also ensure that Zimbabwe also learns from and keeps pace with other African countries which have already adopted Biometric technology as the author foresees lots of advantages embracing it sooner rather than later. The Ministry of ICT should take a lead on this.

Dr Samuel Chindaro is an electronics engineer, biometrics expert and researcher, trained at NUST in Zimbabwe, the University of Birmingham and the University of Kent in the UK. At Kent, he was part of a specialist research group on biometrics technology. He can be contacted at

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Grade 7, ‘O’ Level and ‘A’ Level pass rates from the years 2000-2012 as supplied by Zimsec

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Where is Zimbabwe’s Diamond Revenue?

by John Campbell
February 11, 2013

Zimbabwe's civil servants sing and dance during their march to the Finance Minister's office and the Parliament for their salary raise in Harare, July 24, 2012. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)Zimbabwe's civil servants sing and dance during their march to the Finance Minister's office and the Parliament for their salary raise in Harare, July 24, 2012. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)

Zimbabwe’s public account is down to its last $217. The finance minister says the country’s finances “are in paralysis.” How can that be? Zimbabwe’s diamond fields at Marange could hold between two and seven billion carats of raw diamonds, and constitutes a quarter of global diamond output, according toBernard Chiketo in “Think Africa Press.”

As I blogged in June 2012, many think that the revenue from diamonds is bypassing the Treasury and going directly to Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu/PF party and its operatives. The four largest companies exploiting the Marange diamond mines are all closely tied to the ruling party. In November, former South African president Thabo Mbeki charged that Zimbabwe’s diamonds were controlled by a “predatory elite.”

Opposition politicians claim that Zanu/PF handed over the Marange fields to allied private companies. This was to ensure the party continued to enjoy a stream of revenue even after it lost control of the Treasury and the National Social Security Authority to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) when Mugabe acceded to a unity government under pressure from South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). And indeed, the current minister of finance, one of the founders of the MDC, has been a vocal critic of the close association between Zanu/PF and the mining companies that hold concessions to the Marange fields, and an advocate of more transparency in diamond revenues.

The political temperature is rising in Zimbabwe. A referendum on a new constitution expected soon, to be followed by presidential elections. In this context, Zanu/PF and MDC operatives are accusing each other of lying about Marange diamonds and the state of the country’s public finances. The opposition MDC is calling for the nationalization of the diamond mines, with joint supervision by the mining and finance ministries. The real issue, however, is the utter lack of transparency with respect to what has become Zimbabwe’s cash cow.

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Bill Watch - Parliamentary Committees Series 3/2013 - 9th February [Committee Meetings 11 to 14 February]



[9th February 2013]

Committee Meetings Opening to the Public This Week

The meetings listed below will be open to members of the public, but as observers only, not as participants, i.e. members of the public can listen but not speak. They will be at Parliament in Harare. If attending, please use the entrance on Kwame Nkrumah Ave between 2nd and 3rd Streets and note that IDs must be produced.

This bulletin is based on the latest information from Parliament. But, as there are sometimes last-minute changes to the schedule, persons wishing to attend should avoid disappointment by checking with the committee clerk that the meeting is still on and open to the public. Parliament’s telephone numbers are Harare 700181 and 252941.

Monday 11th February at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Transport and Infrastructure Development

Oral evidence from Air Zimbabwe board of directors on Air Zimbabwe’s strategic plan

Committee Room No 1

Chairperson: Hon Chebundo Clerk: Ms Macheza

Public Accounts Committee

Oral evidence from Ministry of Regional Integration and International Trade on 2009 and 2010 Annual Audit Reports

Committee Room No 4

Chairperson: Hon Chinyadza Clerk: Mrs Nyawo

Portfolio Committee: Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism

Oral evidence from Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry on progress made by the Ministry towards the preparation of co-hosting UNWTO General Assembly

Committee Room No 311

Chairperson: Hon M. Dube Clerk: Mr Munjenge

Portfolio Committee: Mines and Energy

Oral evidence from Ministry of Mines and Mining Development on diamond mining

Senate Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Chindori-Chininga Clerk: Mr Manhivi

Monday 11th February at 2 pm

Thematic Committee: Gender and Development

Oral briefing from Padare on the progress made to date towards achievement of gender equality in Zimbabwe

Committee Room No 3

Chairperson: Hon A. Sibanda Clerk: Ms Masara

Thematic Committee: HIV/AIDS

Oral evidence from Minister of Health and Child Welfare on programmes pertaining to HIV/AIDS

Government Caucus Room

Chairperson: Hon D. Khumalo Clerk: Mrs Khumalo

Portfolio Committee: Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare

Oral evidence from Ministry of Public Service and Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare on its 2013 planned programmes and activities

Committee Room No 1

Chairperson: Hon Zinyemba Clerk: Ms Mushunje

Tuesday 12th February at 10 am

Thematic Committee: MDGs

Oral evidence from Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare on domedstic, regional and international instruments relating physically challenged persons

Government Caucus Room

Chairperson: Hon Chief Mtshane Clerk: Mrs Nyawo

Portfolio Committee: Health and Child Welfare

Stakeholder consultative meeting

Committee Room No 1

Chairperson: Hon Parirenyatwa Clerk: Mrs Khumalo

Portfolio Committee: State Enterprise and Parastatals

Oral evidence from Ministry of State Enterprises and Parastatals on its 2013 planned programmes and activities

Committee Room No 2

Chairperson: Hon Mavima Clerk: Ms Chikuvire

Portfolio Committee: Industry and Commerce

Oral evidence from ZISCO Board of Directors and Managing Director on progress made towards resuscitation of operations at ZISCO

Committee Room No 311

Chairperson: Hon Mutomba Clerk: Ms Masara

Wednesday 13th February at 9 am

Thematic Committee: Peace and Security

Oral evidence from Civil Protection Department on the effects of the recent floods and how the department reacted

Committee Room No 4

Chairperson: Hon Mumvuri Clerk: Miss Zenda

Thursday 14th February at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Small and Medium Enterprises

Oral evidence from Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises Development on its 2013 planned programmes and activities

Committee Room No 1

Chairperson: Hon R. Moyo Clerk: Ms Mushunje

Portfolio Committee: Women, Youth, Gender and Community Development

Oral evidence from Ministry of Youth Development, Empowerment and Indigenisation on the indigenisation and empowerment programme

Committee Room No 3

Chairperson: Hon Matienga Clerk: Mr Kunzwa

Portfolio Committee: Education, Sport and Culture

Oral evidence from Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture on its 2013 planned programmes and activities

Committee Room No 4

Chairperson: Hon Mangami Clerk: Ms Chikuvire

Thursday 14th February at 11 am

Thematic Committee: Indigenisation and Empowerment

Oral evidence from Ministry of Mines and Mining Development on programmes designed to promote participation of indigenous people in the mining sector

Committee Room No 311

Chairperson: Hon Mtingwende Clerk: Mr Ratsakatika

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BILL WATCH 6/2013 of 11th February [Income Tax Bill to be Introduced: Amendments to Mining Law Held Up]


[11th February 2013]

Both Houses of Parliament Will Sit on Tuesday 12th February

Correction to Bill Watch 5/2013

In Bill Watch 5/2013 of 4th February, under the heading SADC: SA Facilitation Team Visit, there was a statement that South African facilitators had visited Harare on “29th February”. That should have been “29th January”. Veritas apologises for any confusion caused by this unfortunate proof-reading oversight.

Zimbabwe Youth Council (General) Regulations, 2013 [SI 4/2013]

In Bill Watch 5/2013 of 4th February we commented critically on these sweeping regulations made by the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, and suggested that they are ultra vires [i.e., go beyond the powers given to the Minister by the enabling Act] and are therefore invalid. The regulations apply to “all youth associations” engaging directly or indirectly in undefined “youth activities”. We now have soft copies of the regulations and the enabling Zimbabwe Youth Council Act [available from].

Parliament Accepts Draft Constitution

On Wednesday 6th February both the House of Assembly and the Senate devoted the whole afternoon to debate on identical motions calling for the adoption of the COPAC Report on the constitution-making process and the noting of the draft constitution.

The House unanimously approved the motion that day after four hours of debate. Speakers from all parties applauded the successful conclusion of the constitution-making process.

The Senate debate concluded the next day on Thursday 7th, when Senators, too, unanimously approved the motion. Like MPs in the House of Assembly, speakers from all parties and Senator Chiefs supported the motion.

Next Step : the Referendum

After the adoption of the two motions in Parliament, the next formal step in the constitution-making process, as stipulated in the GPA, is putting the draft constitution to voters in a Referendum. Indications are that the Referendum will be in late March or early April, which gives time for COPAC to conduct is planned massive publicity campaign to ensure that all voters have the change to acquaint themselves with the content of the draft – and for parties and other organisations to campaign for or against a YES vote .

It is only if there is a YES vote in the Referendum that the Constitution will be brought back to Parliament in the form of a Bill to be passed into law. Its passage through Parliament must be completed before the 29th June, which is when the present Parliament comes to the end of its five-year life-span.

Other Parliamentary Proceedings Last Week

House of Assembly


Criminal Procedure and Evidence Amendment Bill

Without debate or opposition the House agreed to restore to the Order Paper Mr Gonese’s lapsed motion seeking the leave of the House to introduce his Private Member’s Bill to repeal section 121(3) of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act. Only if the motion is approved by the House will Mr Gonese be able to table his Bill and have it read for the first time. It remains to be seen if opponents will try to stall progress on this Bill by asking the Speaker to extend to it his sub judice ruling on the Mr Matimba’s Private Member’s Urban Councils Amendment Bill to this Bill also. Although the case currently awaiting decision by the Supreme Court refers only to Mr Matimba’s Bill, the argument put to the court was that all Private Member’s Bills are prohibited by the terms of the GPA [see Bill Watch 2/2013 of 18th January].

Retention of revenue by Government departments Debate commenced on this motion, which calls for an end to the practice whereby some departments – e.g. the Police and the Registrar-General’s Office – are permitted to retain revenue collected instead of remitting it to the Ministry of Finance for the benefit of the fiscus.

Sports and Recreation Commission During debate on this motion, which calls for the dissolution of the Commission, some MPs suggested that there should be a separate Ministry for sport, rather than lumping sport together with education, arts and culture, as has been the President’s practice for many years.

Question Time On Wednesday the House postponed members’ questions to allow for full debate on the motion on the COPAC report and draft constitution.



Condolence motion – late Vice-President Nkomo Senator S.K. Moyo introduced this motion. Vice-President Nkomo died on 17th January.

Death penalty Debate continued on the motion for eventual abolition of the death penalty.

Comment: If this motion is carried, and if a similar motion is adopted by the House of Assembly, it will be interesting to see what impact, if any, this may have on section 48 of the draft Constitution, which permits the death penalty to be provided for by Act of Parliament, but on a more restricted basis than at present and even then for men only. Might section 48 still be changed to prohibit the death penalty? Even if it remains unchanged, section 48 in its present form, because it is only permissive [i.e. allows for the death penalty, which is not the same as making it mandatory], would not be an obstacle to a future Act of Parliament abolishing the death penalty.

Coming Up in Parliament This Week

House of Assembly


Income Tax Bill This Ministry of Finance Bill is listed for its First Reading on 12th February. After that it will be referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee [PLC] for its report on the constitutionality of the Bill. The Bill cannot progress further until that report has been received.

Microfinance Bill The PLC’s report on this Ministry of Finance Bill is awaited.

Motions Debate will continue on the motions on [1] the vote of thanks to the President for his speech opening the [2] retention of public revenues by departments; and [3] the Sports and Recreation Commission.

Monument status for certain prisons Hon Kanzama is due to introduce his motion calling for monument status to be accorded to Hwahwa, Sikhombula and Gonakudzingwa prisons as places in which leaders were detained during the struggle for independence.

Question Time

Nine written questions are listed for responses from various Ministers. The last session saw poor Ministerial attendance at Question Time, resulting in questions going unanswered for many months.


Bills There are no Bills listed.

Motions Debate will continue on the motions listed: [1] the vote of thanks to the President for his speech opening the current Session; [2] the Nkomo condolence motion; and [3] the motion on the death penalty.

Amendments to Mining Law Held Up

When the President opened the current Parliamentary Session the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill was one of the Bills he mentioned as being on the Government’s legislative agenda. But the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development has officially informed the Chamber of Mines that the Cabinet Committee on Legislation has since directed the Ministry to abandon its proposed Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill and instead come up with a Bill for a complete new Mines and Minerals Act. This will obviously take a long time, bearing in mind that the current Act is a complex piece of legislation with more than four hundred sections. There is no way a Bill of this complexity can possibly be ready for presentation to the current Parliament, so changes to the mining law will now, it seems, have to wait for the next Parliament.

Government Gazette 8th February


Attorney General’s Office Amendment Bill This Bill aims to address certain concerns which have delayed the bringing into force of the Attorney-General’s Office Act ever since it was gazetted in early 2011 [both the Bill and the Act are available from].

Statutory Instruments [SIs] [NOT available from Veritas]

Motor vehicles for chiefs SI 14/2013, made by the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, amends the Traditional Leaders (Benefits and Conditions of Service) Regulations to provide for substantive chiefs to be provided with vehicles. This is essentially a loan scheme. The chiefs will have to pay for the vehicles – the exercise will be funded from the Chiefs’ Vehicle Revolving Fund, with the cost of a vehicle and interest being recovered from the chief concerned.

Customs duty rebate for clothing manufacturers SI 15/2013 provides for a strictly-controlled rebate of duty on fabrics and other items for manufacturing clothing, valid for the year 2013 only. The beneficiaries are 12 named manufacturers.

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