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Biti says MDC ready for election

February 5, 2010

By Our Correspondent

HARARE -Tendai Biti, secretary-general of the mainstream MDC, says his party
is ready for an election after what he described as attempts by Zanu-PF to
create irreconcilable differences within the unity government.

In a statement Tuesday night, Biti said it was clear Zanu-PF was creating
conditions for a total breakdown of the inclusive government.

"Zanu-PF cannot continue to have their cake and eat it," said Biti. "They
cannot continue to be normative members of this government when in fact they
are working against it at every turn. It is simple. Either they are in or
they are out.

"If they are in, the onus is on them to cease their violations of the laws
of Zimbabwe , start respecting our party President and implement the
commitments they signed up to in the GPA. If they are out, then bring on the

Biti said in the last four weeks, following the Zanu-PF congress, the
country had seen an acceleration of destruction and "insanity on the part of
the former ruling party."

This, he said, had been manifested in unlawful farm invasions, disobedience
of lawful court orders, vitriol against the President of the MDC and
intransigence at the negotiating table.

He said Zanu-PF continued to use the public media, the constitutional
process, the commercial farms, the diamond mines and the civil service as
the battlefields for a destructive agenda aimed at perpetuating their
selfish grip on power.

Zanu-PF, he said, had also committed itself to conducting an overt onslaught
against the person, principles and agenda of the president of the MDC,
Morgan Tsvangirai, to thwart his vision of delivering real change to the
people of Zimbabwe .

Tsvangirai is Prime Minister in the inclusive government following a
powersharing deal with Zanu-PF's President Robert Mugabe and Arthur
Mutambara of the smaller faction of the MDC.

Biti said his MDC had instead unleashed positive energy in the inclusive
government for the benefit of all Zimbabweans to restore basic services, and
deliver hope and real change to our nation.

"Despite the sincerity we have displayed (some would say naivety) and the
legitimacy we bring to the government as a result of the overwhelming
support we have from the people of this great country, Zanu-PF has refused
to acknowledge that their failed policies of the past have been soundly
rejected by the masses and that process of change is irreversible," said

Last week, Zanu-PF declared it would not make any concessions in the ongoing
negotiations on issues left unresolved after the signing of the Global
Political Agreement between the three parties.

The stance raised fears the inclusive government, established in February
last year, could collapse.

"This government was born out of hope, courage and the commitment of the
people to peaceful, democratic change," said Biti. "It is clear that Zanu PF
is trying to strangle this fledgling authority on its first birthday and if
they continue their regressive policies they must be prepared to take full
responsibility for the irretrievable breakdown of the inclusive government."

On its part, the MDC announced the negotiations have reached a deadlock.

Among other issues, the MDC has demanded that the appointments of Reserve
Bank governor Gideon Gono and the Attorney general Johannes Tomana be
revoked. The party also wants Deputy-Minister of Agriculture Roy Bennett,
facing treason charges, to be sworn in to his government post.

The MDC also wants members of the party appointed to positions of provincial

On other hand, Zanu-PF accuses the MDC of failing to advocate for the
lifting of sanctions imposed on Mugabe, senior government officials and
other party members.

The MDC says it had no role in the imposition of the sanctions in the first
place, and that it, therefore, has no responsibility over the removal of the

Biti said Zimbabweans were tired of political bickering and their hope for
2010 was that all members of the inclusive government would have one common
vision, that of rebuilding our economy, creating jobs, restoring food
security and promoting the people's freedoms.

Biti said: "Zanu-PF must, however, understand that there is a price to
everything. The inevitable consequence of their homicidal actions would be
the holding of free and fair elections under the protection and supervision
of SADC to ensure that the dreams of the people are never again dashed nor

"The MDC is ready for this election."

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No outreach without police backing: Reforms body

by Sebastian Nyamhangambiri Friday 05 February 2010

HARARE - Zimbabwe's constitutional committee says a key exercise to consult
citizens on the proposed new governance charter cannot go ahead without
police backing, in the latest obstruction to the crucial reforms that are
already behind schedule.

Bickering among the three governing parties over funding for the reforms and
personnel to collate the people's views and ideas during the public outreach
programme has seen the reforms miss several targets already.

Any further hold ups could mean fresh elections to be held under a new
constitution and earmarked for next year might have to be delayed.

Douglas Mwonzora, a joint-chairman of the Constitutional Parliamentary
Committee (COPAC), said the committee had put on hold the outreach exercise
because it could not send teams to interview the public without police

Mwonzora, from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party said police
chief Augustine Chihuri was demanding US$2.9 million to meet transport and
upkeep costs for 1 000 officers who would accompany COPAC officials in the

But it is money the committee says it does not have and should not be paying
in the first place because constitutional reforms are a national project
that the police should support free of charge.

He said: "We are not moving anywhere until we have police escort. We know
that some rogue elements opposed to democracy might want to attack our
outreach teams."

Rejecting police demands for payment for their services Mwonzora said: "It
will be tantamount to buying state protection if COPAC is to pay the police.
The police must be funded by the government of Zimbabwe and not COPAC."

Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena could not be reached for comment on the

Mwonzora said his committee had forwarded Chihuri's request for funding to
Tsvangirai's office, the COPAC management-committee and other relevant

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Godern Moyo confirmed
receiving the COPAC letter but referred questions to Constitutional Affairs
Minister Eric Matinenga.

Matinenga was not immediately available on Thursday for comment on the

The proposed new constitution is part of a September 2008 power-sharing deal
between Tsvangirai, President Robert Mugabe and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur
Mutambara that gave birth to the Harare coalition government last February.

But the credibility of the reform exercise has been tainted by reports of
alleged violence and intimidation by soldiers and supporters of Mugabe's
ZANU PF party campaigning for the adoption of the controversial Kariba draft
constitution as the basis for the proposed new charter.

ZANU PF and the two MDC formations of Tsvangirai and Mutambara secretly
authored the Kariba draft in 2007 but critics say the document should be
discarded because it leaves Mugabe's immense powers untouched.

The coalition government is expected to call fresh elections after enactment
of a new constitution although the administration can choose to wait until
expiry of its term in 2013 to call elections.

Zimbabweans hope a new constitution will strengthen the role of Parliament
and curtail the president's powers, as well as guarantee basic civil,
political and media freedoms. - ZimOnline

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GNU fails to stop worker abuse: ZCTU

by Andrew Moyo Friday 05 February 2010

HARARE - Zimbabwe's labour movement says it has recorded more than 2 300
cases of violation of workers' rights in 2009, most of them committed by
state security agents who it said have routinely assaulted and tortured
union activists.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) said the police and the state's
spy Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) have carried on attacks against
workers and union leaders despite formation of a coalition government by the
country's main political leaders that has promised to restore the rule of
law and to protect human rights.

President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai formed a
government of national unity last February that has managed to stabilise the
economy and improve living conditions.

But the power-sharing administration looks unable to reform and restructure
state security forces that remain fiercely loyal to Mugabe and have long
been accused of committing violence and abuse against the veteran leader's
political opponents and other voices of dissension such as organised labour
and civic rights groups.

The ZCTU said in its annual report released Thursday that state security
agents arrested 78 workers last year and threatened or assaulted another 2
306 workers for taking part in union activities.

And in probably the worst cases of abuse recorded by the union last year,
four workers were tortured by police in the resort town of Victoria Falls,
while another three workers were shot and injured by police in the mining
town of Zvishavane for protesting against non-payment of wages by employers.

The union said: "State agents particularly the police defied High Court
orders that ruled in favour of the ZCTU .. 78 workers were arrested for
their trade union activity, 2 306 workers were either assaulted or
threatened, four workers were tortured in Victoria Falls, three workers were
shot in Zvishavane, 175 workers were dismissed for embarking on strike."

The ZCTU accused the CIO of waging a campaign of intimidation against labour
activists and said in one case two agents of the secret service organ
unlawfully kidnapped the union's chairman for the eastern Rusape district,
Amos Masumuse, after accusing him of cooperating with an international
inquiry into torture of union leaders in Zimbabwe.

The union said Masumuse only managed to escape from his captors by jumping
from a moving vehicle they were using to ferry him to an unknown

In two other cases of intimidation, General Agriculture and Plantation
Workers Union (GAPWUZ) secretary general Gertrude Hambira had her home
ransacked by gun-totting men believed to be CIO agents in November, while
ZCTU president, Lovemore Matombo was also arrested in Hwange during the same

"Police officers in most regions except Masvingo disrupted some ZCTU
activities. In some areas, unlawful arrest, detention, harassment,
abductions and threats remained the order of the year.

"The perpetrators were state agents namely the police, CIO, ZANU PF members
and company management. It is high time that business be sued for complicity
in human rights violations," said the ZCTU.

However the union, which did not give figures of abuses in 2008, said union
rights abuses declined in most sectors in 2009 except for the agriculture
sector "which is engulfed in lawless farm invasions".

The ZCTU has previously criticised the unity government for its failure to
reform the police to instill professionalism, calling last year for the
immediate resignation of co-ministers of home affairs Kembo Mohadi and Giles
Mutsekwa for failing to ensure that police uphold the rule of the law. -

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Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai Urges Unity of Purpose in Reducing Foreign Debt

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said the Zimbabwean Cabinet was deeply
divided on the way forward regarding debt clearance and called upon his
ministers to shun political divisions

Ntungamili Nkomo | Washington 04 February 2010

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday urged the unity
government partners in Harare to set aside their political differences and
focus on a strategy to reduce the country's US$5.7 billion foreign debt.

Addressing delegates at a workshop organized by an inter-ministerial
committee on debt chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, Mr.
Tsvangirai said cabinet was deeply divided on the way forward regarding debt
clearance and called upon ministers to shun political divisions.

Officials of the World Bank and African Development Bank, which are major
creditors of Zimbabwe, also attended the session.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti said Zimbabwe should seek debt forgiveness
under the International Monetary Fund's Highly Indebted Poor Countries or
HIPC program. Biti said Zimbabwe was essentiallly bankrupt and could not
afford to pay its debt and arrears with the means at its disposal.

Opponents of this approach say Zimbabwe should tap its mineral resources for
funding to catch up arrears and reduce its ballooning debt.

Economic Planning Minister Elton Mangoma told VOA Studio 7 reporter
Ntungamili Nkomo that most of those giving their views at the meeting
advised Zimbabwe to seek HIPC debt relief.

"There are those who felt that Zimbabwe should use its mineral resources to
finance debt clearance, but the fact is that our minerals were mortgaged
long ago to foreign companies. It is therefore in this respect that some of
us feel that the best way to go is to file for the HIPC program,"Mangoma

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CITES boss’ planned conservancy visit angers Harare

by Own Correspondent Friday 05 February 2010

HARARE – Zimbabwean officials are unhappy that CITES chief  Willem
Wijnstekers will tour a top private game conservancy during his visit to
Zimbabwe next week, apparently fearful he will end up learning too much
about wanton poaching decimating the country’s wildlife, sources told
ZimOnline Thursday.

The CITES secretary general is expected in Harare on Monday for talks with
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa,
Attorney General Johannes Tomana, police chief Augustine Chihuri and
commissioner of taxes Geshom Pasi.

Wijnstekers was initially scheduled to meet Mugabe but government officials
on Thursday said this was no longer possible.

The CITES boss will discuss with Mnangagwa the alleged involvement of senior
military officers in poaching while he seeks to establish from Chihuri and
Tomana security measures put in place to curb illegal killing of protected
wildlife and measures taken against those caught poaching including the
levels of sentencing.

But officials at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Management are more worried that Wijnstekers will upon arrival visit the
largely white-owned private Save Conservancy that has suffered poaching
while some parts of the reserve have been invaded by supporters of Mugabe’s
ZANU PF party.

"We are concerned by the undiplomatic conduct of Wijnstekers,'" said a
senior official, who spoke on condition he was not named. The visit to the
conservancy is private (but) we feel he could have done so some other time.
We are concerned he will be only told that which suits whites interests and
government will not be able to defend itself."

Wijnstekers only begins meeting government officials on Tuesday after his
return from Save.

However while officials fumed about Wijnstekers’ alleged lack of diplomatic
etiquette, private conservationists said the real cause of Harare’s anger
was the fact that the Save trip will allow them (private conservationists)
an opportunity to apprise the CITES boss of rampant poaching in Zimbabwe.

Poaching has been rife in Zimbabwe since landless black villagers began
invading – with tacit approval from the government – white-owned farms and
game conservancies over the past nine years.

Some of the country’s biggest state-owned nature and game conservancies
including Gonarezhou national park that forms part of the Great Limpopo
Transfrontier straddling across Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa have
large parts occupied by villagers.

There has also been an upsurge in the poaching of endangered species such as
the rhino targeted for its horn that is exported mainly to China and Vietnam
where it is in huge demand. International syndicates working with local
gangs are said to be behind rhino poaching.

While other reports say illegal and uncontrolled trophy hunting on former
white-owned conservancies now controlled by powerful government officials
and members of Mugabe’s ZANU PF party politicians has been on the rise.

The government however denies politicians are illegally hunting game and
insists it still has poaching under control. – ZimOnline

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Cop charged with murder 3 years on

February 5, 2010

By Our Correspondent

BULAWAYO-A police officer appeared in court on Monday three years after he
allegedly committed murder.

Superintendent Milos Moyo, the Officer Commanding Police Camps in Bulawayo ,
allegedly shot Artwell Magagada who was on his way home after work on the
morning of January 1, 2007.

Magagada, who was working as a cashier for Chicken Inn food outlet, was shot
in the head along Fort Street and Leopold Takawira Avenue in the city

He died after spending four days on a life support system at Mater Dei
Hospital with the bullet still lodged in his head.

Police once refused to charge Moyo with murder claiming he shot Magagada by
mistake as he was trying to disperse a crowd celebrating the coming of New

However, Moyo was finally hauled before Bulawayo magistrate Nonkululeko
Mkhonto on Monday. Moyo was formally placed on remand.

Mkhonto granted him US$100 bail, and set 8 February as the trial date at the
Bulawayo High Court.
Speaking to The Zimbabwe Times Tuesday, Artwell's father Caleb Magagada said
he was delighted that justice was finally taking its course.

"Although I can't bring my son back, I am very happy that at last justice is
taking its course. We have been waiting for this day for the past three
years," said Caleb Magagada

Artwell's father also criticised police for taking such a long time to bring
the case before the courts.
In 2008, Magagada's family, with the help of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human
Rights sued Home Affairs

Minister, Kembo Mohadi, and the Police Commissioner, Augustine Chihuri over
the death their son.

The family was demanding 20 Zimbabwe billion dollars in damages but the case
hasn't been heard in court so far.

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MDC official removed from remand

by Hendricks Chizhanje Friday 05 February 2010

HARARE - A Harare Magistrate this week removed a senior official of Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party - charged with stealing weapons from
an army barrack - from remand after the state failed to produce evidence
linking him to the firearms theft.

MDC transport manager Pascal Gwezere who was abducted from his Mufakose home
last October by state security agents for allegedly stealing firearms from
Pomona army barracks was last year placed on a US$500 bail and ordered to
report to Harare Central Police Station twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.

But Harare Magistrate Gloria Takundwa on Tuesday removed Gwezere from remand
after ruling that the state had failed to produce evidence linking him to
the commission of the offence.

The magistrate also said the state had failed to produce a docket in Gwezere's

Gwezere had already been removed from remand on another charge of undergoing
military training at Soroti camp in Uganda under an alleged plot to topple
President Robert Mugabe's previous administration from power.

The MDC transport manager who became the latest victim of abductions was
kidnapped by military intelligence officers, Central Intelligence
Organisation (CIO) operatives, detectives from Law and Order, Police
Internal Security Intelligence (PISI) and 15 police officers from his home.

Gwezere, who accuses his abductors of torturing him, sustained serious
injuries on his head, wrist, mouth, ear, feet, leg, buttocks, back and
genitals during interrogation by the state agents.

The MDC maintains that the charges against Gwenzere and its other activists
are baseless and politically motivated.

Tsvangirai's party says "politically motivated prosecution" of its members
is a sign of Mugabe's refusal to abide by the global political agreement
(GPA), the power-sharing agreement signed by Zimbabwe's political leaders in
2008 at the behest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The
GPA is the foundation of the Harare coalition government. - ZimOnline

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Zimbabwe Authorities Cooperate With Rwandans Seeking Genocide Suspect

Co-Minister of Home Affairs Giles Mutsekwa told VOA that Rwandan agents
recently met with their Zimbabwean counterparts in Harare and submitted a
formal request for help locating Mpiranya

Gibbs Dube | Washington 04 February 2010

Zimbabwe's Ministry of Home Affairs has engaged cooperation with Rwandan
security services looking for Protais Mpiranya, sought for arrest in
connection with the 1994 genocide in the Central African nation.

Co-Minister of Home Affairs Giles Mutsekwa told VOA that Rwandan agents
recently met with their Zimbabwean counterparts in Harare and made a formal
request for help in the case, to which Zimbabwe has agreed.

Mpiranya, former commander of the Rwandan presidential guard, is said to
have spearheaded the genocidal campaign against Tutsis and is wanted by the
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.

Mutsekwa said Zimbabwe security forces are prepared to assist the Rwandan
agents in determining Mpiranya's whereabouts if he is in the country.

"We are ready to assist as long as our Rwandan colleagues provide security
agents from their country who will work hand in hand with our police in
order to identify and arrest the suspect if he is in Zimbabwe," he said.

Recent news reports have said Mpiranya is hiding in Zimbabwe where he is
alleged to be sheltered by supporters of President Robert Mugabe.

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One Year On Zimbabwe's Unity Government Being Derailed By Western Sanctions Issue

ZANU-PF has declared that it will make no further concessions until
sanctions are lifted, demanding that the MDC exercise its supposed influence
with Europe and the United States to achieve this

Sandra Nyaira | Washington 04 February 2010

Nearly a year after the formation of a national unity government in Zimbabwe
based on the 2008 Global Political Agreement, talks on resolving outstanding
issues troubling power sharing have come to a virtual standstill.

The impasse centers on the Western travel and financial restrictions aimed
at President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF inner circle.

ZANU-PF has declared that it will make no further concessions until
sanctions are lifted, demanding that the Movement for Democratic Change
exert its supposed influence with Europe and the United States to achieve

But Washington, London and Brussels have given no sign of backing down, with
British officials insisting this week that the only way sanctions can be
lifted is if all parties to the GPA implement the agreement in full.

For views and insights on how the targeted sanctions have taken center stage
in power-sharing and Zimbabwe's re-engagement with the West, VOA Studio 7
reporter Sandra Nyaira turned to political analyst and University of
Zimbabwe professor John Makumbe and ZANU-PF Chief  Whip Joram Gumbo.

Gumbo said Western sanctions are impeding progress by the government as it
tries to improve the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans. Makumbe noted that the
sanctions only affect about 200 people, mostly senior ZANU-PF figures.

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AG’s behaviour symptomatic of ZANU PF


Published on: 4th February, 2010

Beatrice Mutetwa pointed out to the presiding judge in the ongoing Bennett
trial that: “The problem with counsel for the State is that when he enters
this courtroom he considers himself the AG and not just a representative of
the State. …

Mr Tomana is at par with me when he is in court and he does not get
preferential treatment from the court because he is AG”. Aha! now we get it!
One of the motives for James Tomana to personally prosecute the Bennett case
is now clear; Johannes Tomana wanted to be accorded the respect of the AG,
when in this instance he is simply the State Counsel. James Tomana actually
did not hide this fact.

He made it clear that it was inappropriate to ‘caricature’ the person of the
Attorney General in these proceedings.\”If those documents are being
produced to attack the person of the AG, they should be excluded. …

By now, it is quite clear that the circumstances under which the AG has been
forced to carry this State burden lacks insulation provided for under the
powers of the AG.

” He wanted insulation as the attorney General when in court he is a mere
prosecutor. This is abuse of the office of and powers accorded to the AG.
James Tomana had hoped to cow the defence counsel by virtue of his
position—AG, and hopefully get an easy conviction. Fortunately, in Beatrice
Mtetwa, the AG found his match. Unfortunately, the behaviour of James Tomana
is not unique to him; it is symptomatic of the entire ZANU PF.

This is what I call the ‘chef’ mentality. It pervades ZANU PF thinking. It
is manifested through the abuse of power and office. A ‘chef’ in ZANU PF is
not to be challenged, in any circumstances.

This is why some men have resorted to be on all four when they talk to the
‘chef’ par excellence—Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

This behaviour has cultivated this pervasive culture of impunity in ZANU PF.
Recall the infamous words by the late vice-president Simon Vengesayi
Muzenda: “ Chero tikaisa gudo munotovhotera gudo iroro” “If we put forward a
baboon as a candidate, you must vote for that baboon.” Why would sane and
rational people vote for a baboon when better candidates are there?

The answer is simple: the ‘chef’ has said so. This ZANU PF mentality
transcends politics. Higher institutions of learning, where we expect
academic freedom to prevail suffer the same fate. Professor Levi Nyagura
runs the University of Zimbabwe like his personal fiefdom.

I recall him lecturing to the university lecturers who were on strike,
‘teaching is not a well-paying profession the world-over’ — what arrogance!
Students at the University of Zimbabwe are not allowed to air their genuine
grievances such as, the extended closure of halls of residence; high tuition
fees; poor quality of education; etc. Regrettably, the ‘chef’ mentality
displayed by the AG, James Tomana is pervasive in ZANU PF.

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10 000 Zanu-PF youth officers on government payroll


Published on: 4th February, 2010

HARARE THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts has
unearthed massive corruption, abuse of authority and maladministration in
Government ministries and departments in scams that could have prejudiced
the cash-strapped Treasury of millions of dollars.

Presenting the committee's second report on the Comptroller and
Auditor-General's 2009 first quarter special
report, chairperson Mr Tapiwa Mashakada (MDC) told the House of Assembly
yesterday that they had unearthed massive irregularities.

These include payment of ghost workers, irregular employment of 10 000 youth
officers, mishandling of fuel coupons, abuse of the payroll system, misuse
of cash and State assets, and violation of Public Service Commission
standing rules.

The ministries and departments found to be paying people no longer employed
by Government were: Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture (three
officers at its head office); the Registrar-General's Office
(22 officers); and the Ministry of Public Service (five officers).

It was also noted that the Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and
Empowerment employed over 10 000 youth officers in violation of standing
rules of the Public Service Commission that vacancies be advertised and
relevant budgetary provisions made.

The youth officers were employed without any medical examinations being
conducted while others appeared on other ministries' databases but had no
appointment letters.

Some of the names appeared more than three times on the databases. The
report noted that many of the youths had their salaries deposited in one
account (imprest account).

"There were reported cases where signatories to imprest accounts withdrew
salaries for youth officers and converted them to personal use.

"It was therefore difficult with the evidence presented before the committee
to rule out fraud in the way youth officers were employed by the ministry,"
read part of the report.

When quizzed, the ministry's secretary, Mr Prince Mupazviriho, told the
committee they faced many challenges posed by the state of the economy and
could therefore not follow proper procedures.

"The committee finds it ironic that the ministry could not meet expenses for
medical examination forms, appointment forms, and method of pay advice forms
as well as action pack costs, but went ahead and recruited more than 10 000
officers who would need monthly salaries," Mr Mashakada said.

The committee asked why the ministry recorded a uniform date of birth for
the youth officers when it could
have simply asked them to provide correct information.

The committee recommended the secretary's dismissal.

On cash and assets management, the committee said former Industry and
Commerce Minister Obert Mpofu took two vehicles with him when he changed

The report added that his permanent secretary, Retired Colonel Christian
Katsande, walked away with four cars when he left the ministry.

This, said the committee, was in violation of standing rules that required
Treasury approval on movement of assets.

It was noted that Beitbridge Rural Police Station failed to open a safe
purportedly containing more than R7 million and other valuable exhibits
during an audit.

The police officers there claimed the keys had been misplaced.

At least 129 cartons of cigarettes could not be accounted for at Beitbridge
Urban Police Station although the case in which the exhibits were being used
had not been concluded in the courts.

The committee also cited the Ministry of Public Service for requesting US$6
000 for rentals, but diverted US$2 000 to buy office furniture for the

The Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture could not account for 300
litres in fuel coupons from the 475 litres it had been allocated, while the
Finance Ministry could not account for 150 litres.

In its recommendations, the committee proposed that ministries submit
monthly employee staff returns to the Salary Service Bureau to prevent
payment of ghost workers.

The committee ordered the Public Service Commission and the Public Service
and Youth ministries to correct anomalies regarding employment of youth
officers and report back to Parliament in the next three months.

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