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Water cuts raise spectre of disease outbreaks

[ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

      ©  IRIN

      Residents are living in overcrowded conditions without running water

HARARE, 28 Jul 2004 (IRIN) - Residents of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, have
been forced to use river water because of ongoing breaks in the purified
water supply, raising concern over possible outbreaks of waterborne

Like many other urban residents, it's a daily routine for 12-year-old Stella
Chiyangwa to walk six kilometres to a river to fetch water for household
use - she now lives a life not much different from that of her counterparts
in remote rural areas.

The suburb of Mabvuku, where Stella lives, often goes without water for
days, and sometimes weeks at a time, due to the rundown state of the city's
water and sewer reticulation infrastructure.

Sources at the Harare city council say the Morton Jaffray Waterworks plant
needs a major overhaul of its purification and distribution capacity. But
the municipality does not have the resources, and neither does it have the
foreign currency needed to import water purifying chemicals. As a result,
foreign suppliers have cut credit lines to Harare and now only supply
chemicals when paid in advance.

These problems have combined to create major water shortages, forcing
residents to make use of the Mukuwisi river running through parts of the
city. Although bottled mineral water is available in the shops, at a price
of just under US $1 it is far beyond the reach of many.

Water cuts were initially experienced mainly in the high-density suburbs of
the city, but recently the plushest of them, like Glen Lorne, Borrowdale and
Graystone Park, have also been without piped water, and the municipality has
introduced 24-hour water cuts in some.

Although residents in the upmarket low-density suburbs can afford to sink
boreholes, those in the overcrowded areas have no such option.

Long queues of women carrying heavy buckets to and from unpurified
alternative water sources have become a common sight, raising concern that
there could be outbreaks of waterborne diseases. Public and household
latrines in several high-density suburbs have become blocked and emit a
suffocating stench.

"The council is not taking its duties seriously," said Kuda Hingi, who lives
in the suburb of Eastlea. "Employees do not seem to be dealing with our
complaints with any urgency."

Residents blame the Harare municipality for their plight and warn that the
city is now on the verge of an epidemic because of the lack of water and
proper drainage; municipal officials in turn blame the national government,
saying the macroeconomic problems causing the crisis are not of their

The Harare municipality's public relations manager, Leslie Gwindi, said the
council was doing all it could to resolve the water crisis but was
constrained by the foreign currency problems affecting everyone. He appealed
to residents to conserve water until the authorities could raise money to
buy the necessary purification chemicals and overhaul the water treatment

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Veteran 'legal eagle' quits coup case
          July 28 2004 at 02:21PM

      Harare - The head of the defence team for 70 suspected mercenaries
accused of plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea has withdrawn from the case,
his associates said on Wednesday.

      Veteran South African attorney Francois Joubert, a specialist in
security and terrorism cases, "is no longer a member of the defence team,"
said fellow lawyer Alwyn Griebenow.

      He refused to give a reason. Joubert was not available for comment.

      Sixty-seven of the suspects pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of
breaking Zimbabwe's immigration and aviation laws when their aging Boeing
727 landed at Harare International Airport on March 7.

            He refused to give a reason
      They were immediately convicted of the offenses, which are punishable
by up to two years in jail.

      The alleged coup leader, former British special forces member Simon
Mann, and two associates were not on the plane and were arrested separately
in Zimbabwe.

      All 70 were expected to enter innocent pleas on Wednesday to more
serious conspiracy, security and firearms charges stemming from allegations
they sought to purchase weapons from Zimbabwe's state arms manufacturer to
use in overthrowing Equatorial Guinea's president.

      Those charges carry a penalty of between 10 years and life

      The case has been beset by delays and haggling with state prosecutors
over the charges, evidence and a possible plea bargain.

            Joubert argued the 67 men on the plane did not break any
Zimbabwean laws
      Prosecutors allege that Equatorial Guinea's Spanish-based rebel
leader, Severo Moto, offered the group about R11-million and oil rights to
overthrow President Theodoro Obiang Nguema in the former Spanish colony.

      The suspects, most of them former members of South Africa's
apartheid-era military forces, maintain they were headed to security jobs at
mining operations in eastern Congo.

      During preliminary hearings in April, Joubert argued the 67 men on the
plane did not break any Zimbabwean laws as they only disembarked when forced
off by military police. No weapons were found on the plane.

      Joubert also complained of political pressure in the case after
Zimbabwe Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge called for the death penalty to be

      State prosecutors insist the Boeing's crew and passengers were
effectively in Zimbabwe from the moment their plane taxied from Harare
International Airport to an adjacent Air Force base allegedly to collect
weapons purchased from the Zimbabwe arms manufacturer.

      In April, Zimbabwe said it had revised its extradition policy to
include Equatorial Guinea, raising the possibility the suspects could be
sent to the West African nation for trial with seven South Africans and
Namibians arrested there.

      If tried in Equatorial Guinea, described by human rights groups as one
of the most repressive countries in the world, they could face execution. -

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Zim Online

Suspected Mercenary Leader Pleads Guilty
Wed 28 July 2004

      HARARE - Simon Mann, the British national accused in Zimbabwe of being
the ring leader of 70 suspected mercenaries,  pleaded guilty today to
charges of violating Zimbabwe's firearms law, an admission that could earn
him 10 years in jail.

      Mann pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to possess dangerous
weapons when his trial opened at a makeshift court at Chikurubi  Maximum
Security Prison. He also entered a partial guilty plea to a second charge of
purchasing weapons, insisting that the deal never went through and thus did
not warrant a full guilty plea.

      Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe immediately convicted Mann, an old
Etonian and former member of Britain's elite SAS special forces unit,  on
the first charge of attempting to possess dangerous weapons.

      Mann was on the tarmac at Harare International Airport when his 67
co-accused landed in an ageing Boeing 727 from South Africa. He is  accused
of having been waiting to load weapons he had bought from  Zimbabwe's state
arms manufacturer, Zimbabwe Defence Industries  (ZDI). Mann said the arms
were to be used for guarding a mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

      The Zimbabwe authorities maintain Mann had planned to join his
co-accused on the plane and lead them into overthrowing the Equatorial
Guinea government using the weapons. This would be achieved together with an
advance party of 15 men who were arrested in the West African country
following Mann's arrest in Harare.

      Mann is currently being held in solitary confinement.

      The 67 men have already pleaded guilty to lesser charges under
Zimbabwe's immigration and aviation laws. They are still due to face other
more serious charges of violating Zimbabwe's stringent security and firearms

      The families of the 67 are hopeful the men might receive lighter
sentences and be deported back to South Africa. However, there remains the
prospect of their  extradition to Equatorial Guinea, where anyone found
guilty of involvement in the plot could face execution. Zim Online
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Zim Online

'HOMELINK' does not bring home the bacon - Foreign currency scheme flops
Thurs 29 July 2004

      HARARE ­ A new scheme, meant to tap into hard currency held by
Zimbabweans living and working abroad and called Homelink, has failed,
Gideon Gono, the governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has

      Under Homelink,  Zimbabwean exiles are encouraged to send money back
home to relatives and friends using banks and other official channels.
Recipients in Zimbabwe would get the money in hard currency if they so
wished. Gono now said  said during a review of monetary policy function
earlier this week that he would reconsider Homelink. People were only using
the scheme to obtain scarce foreign currency from the official market which
they would then sell on the illegal parallel market.

      The RBZ chief said Homelink had by last Monday raised US$23,3 million
from Zimbabweans in the diaspora.

      Gono, who in the last three months visited Zimbabwean communities in
South Africa, the United States of America and Britain to encourage them to
use the Homelink system, said at the time he was hoping to raise US$300
million per week through the scheme.

      To ensure that foreign currency sent through Homelink remained in the
official market, Gono said, 'all receipts under the Homelink channel will be
converted to local currency at the diaspora rate of Z$5 600, or the auction
rate, whichever is higher, and no payments shall be given out in foreign
currency'. Zim Online

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From The Daily News Online Edition, 28 July

Gutu Zanu PF officials grab Aids outreach bicycles

Gutu - AIDS service organisations here are still battling to retain bicycles
and other equipment such as televisions and VCRs that was forcibly taken by
the ruling Zanu PF from the district Aids action committee (DAC) early this
year. One of the AIDS service organisation co-ordinators in the district,
who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation, said Zanu PF had
allocated the bicycles to chiefs, headmen and youths who are now using them
in their 2005 parliamentary election campaign. More than 100 bicycles worth
millions of dollars, donated by UNICEF, were meant for volunteers in the
HIV/AIDS outreach programmes in the district. "We don't know what we can do
now because we can't get to all our patients and projects. Patients can't
get their food allocations on time due to transport problems. The roads are
bad and the bicycles were our last hope," said the co-ordinator. Prominent
politicians from Masvingo such as Gutu South Member of Parliament, Shuvai
Mahofa and Provincial Governor, Josaya Hungwe have been implicated in the
bicycle scam. But Mahofa declined to comment on the issue. She Said: "I'm an
MP. The DAC deals with council."

Senior Gutu rural district council officials told Daily News Online that
Zanu PF youths and officials descended on the DAC offices at the councils
headquarters and took away the bicycles, TVs and VCRs forcibly. Sources
familiar with the scam said Chief Makore who was allocated one of the
bicycles by Zanu PF is willing to return it "because he appreciates that
AIDS deserves more attention than politics." Neither UNICEF officials in
Harare nor Health and Child Welfare Minister, David Parirenyatwa, could be
reached for comment on the matter. The Zimbabwe government once won praise
from the World Health Organisation (WHO) when it introduced the AIDS levy to
help fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic a few years ago. It now however faces heavy
criticism for abusing the AIDS levy. Last week, the Global Fund turned down
Zimbabwe's US$218 million application for HIV/AIDS intervention but did not
say why. But speculation is rife that the action was taken as a result of
lack of transparency in the manner in which the country has been managing
HIV/AIDS funds and other donations.
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JAG CLASSIFIED: Updated 27th July 2004

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"The Dog Parlour " is still open for anybody wanting their doggies
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The message below has come from a teacher of long standing.

Early warning signals are unable to predict the Richter Scale of the
intentions of the Minister but it is certain that the meeting called for Mon
next week at Girls' High in Harare will seek to effect maximum damage on one
of the very few fully functioning services left in the country. The Private
Schools of Zimbabwe.
A major assault is now expected on these institutions - Governors and Heads
have been summoned to hear the Permanent Secretary for Education clarify
issues and directives which have become more and more preposterous in recent
Fiats ( not a motor car ) from the Ministry now forbid gifts and donations
to these institutions. This is just one of the prongs in the Minister's
attack to cripple schools financially. ( One such school has already
declared itself insolvent ).
The other greatly exploited tactic of our political overlords is the weapon
of fear and criminalisation  - this we of course saw with the ZRP in their
brave confrontation of the young and their parents at the classroom door at
the start of the second term. Then there was the bundling of Headmasters
into an assortment of police vehicles to overnight in disgusting and putrid
cells. Not to mention the suspension of the civil servant heads on three
months on half pay.

Now there are the court cases - deferred and deferred and deferred - because
not only are they are without substance but because every deferment delays
justice and notches up the pain level.

Is the next weapon torture - will this government will stop at nothing now
that the chefs alleged offspring are apparently at school outside the

In the same manner in which he drove the Zimbabwe Republic Police to the
school gates to blockade children and teenagers from their right to
education at the start of this term will the Minister Mr Aeneas Chigwedere
now blockade parents too and drive them from their freedom of choice for
their childrens' education.

Will Christian education in this country now be proscribed and denied its

The Minister will be in Bulawayo this Friday 30th July at the Large City
Hall, ironically, to celebrate the so -called Better Schools Movement.
 Please note that all schools pay a $50000 - compulsory levy - to fund the
fraudulent largess of the Ministry in its grandiloquent hand-out of
prizes ).
Do give him the warmest of welcomes.
Please join the celebration with the master of criminality and evil.
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Business Report

      Khumalo to invest R100m in Zimbabwe, says Gono
      July 28, 2004

      Mining magnate Mzi Khumalo has pledged to invest R100 million in
Zimbabwe if the government puts incentives for foreign investment in place.

      Khumalo's pledge, announced yesterday by Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe
governor Gideon Gono, comes when foreign direct investment has plummeted by
over 97 percent because of controversial policies pursued by the regime of
President Robert Mugabe.

      Khumalo, who has bought several Zimbabwean gold mines formerly owned
by the Canadian-based Independence Mining Group, was present at the
announcement of Gono's mid-term review of monetary policy.

      "There is a certain brother of mine in this room who promised to
invest R100 million into the country once we put investment criteria and
incentives in place. That person is Mr Mzi Khumalo," Gono said. "I hope your
cheque is ready, my brother."

      Gono unveiled a promise to allow foreign investors to remit dividends
abroad and a guarantee to pay back investment capital within three months if
an investor decided to leave.

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Zim Online

Thurs 29 July 2004

      HARARE - A judgement in the case against Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's
main opposition leader  accused of "plotting" to kill President Robert
Mugabe, was postponed indefinitely this week because the presiding judge had
reached a verdict convicting Tsvangirai without consulting his two
assessors, Zim Online has established.

      Zimbabwe High Court Judge President Paddington Garwe, widely perceived
as a Mugabe supporter, presided over the treason case with the aid of two
assessors. He had been billed to pass judgment on the case, considered a
make or break one for  Tsvangirai,  today (Thursday).

      Authoritative judicial sources said the two assessors in the case,
Misheck Nyandoro and Joseph Dangarembizi, had vehemently disagreed with the
judge's guilty verdict and refused to rubber stamp his decision. This left
Garwe with no option but to postpone the case.

      Garwe's office had last month informed Tsvangirai's lawyers that
judgment would be passed on 29 July. He later advised them that this would
no longer be possible because the two assessors had requested records and
transcripts of the case.

      Tsvangirai faces the death penalty upon conviction. Garwe's decision
means the opposition leader is now sitting on a knife edge and his future
rests on whether both assessors will maintain their opposition to Garwe's

      The sources said the assessors were  enraged that Judge Garwe had
reached a decision on a matter of fact without their input, contrary  to the
rules of court. All matters of fact must be decided by the majority of the
court, the judge and his two assessors. Only the judge has the discretion to
decide on matters of law.

      In this case the verdict of the majority will decide on the matter of
fact - did  Tsvangirai indeed plot to kill President Mugabe?

      If the majority answers the question in the affirmative, the judge
will  have the discretion to decide on questions of law, in particular the
appropriate punishment to be imposed, the sources said.

      Garwe has in the past handed down several decisions that
controversially favoured the government. During the 2002 presidential
election he dismissed an opposition application to extend the voting period
despite evidence of long queues of stranded voters in urban centres who had
not had a chance to cast their ballots because the government had reduced
the number of polling stations in the opposition's urban strongholds.

      Garwe is also being criticised for not having allocated judges to hear
most of the opposition's 37 legal challenges of the seats won by Mugabe's
ZANU PF party in the 2000 parliamentary elections.  The challenges are now
seen as academic because Zimbabwe's next parliamentary elections are only
eight months away.

      The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) went to court to challenge
ZANU PF's victories in 37 of the 62 seats the ruling party won in the
election, alleging that it  had used violence in the process. The High Court
only heard 14 of the challenges and the MDC won seven.

      If Garwe's  guilty verdict against Tsvangirai was upheld, observers
said, this would probably end the MDC leader's political career  as he would
have no chances of succeeding in having it reversed by the Supreme Court
which is seen as even more loyal to the Zimbabwe government.

      The state based its case against Tsvangirai on a grainy and inaudible
video supplied by Ari Ben Menashe, a  Canadian based Israel born political
consultant. A United States  congressional committee report in the 1980s
described  Menashe as  a "talented liar".

      Tsvangirai insisted the grainy video tape was manipulated to implicate
him. Ben  Menashe agreed in court that he had  been paid more than US$500
000 for his work for the Mugabe government but denied that he was
specifically paid to frame Tsvangirai. Zim Online.
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Board to persuade players that they should tour Zimbabwe

Paul Kelso
Wednesday July 28, 2004
The Guardian

The England and Wales Cricket Board will attempt to convince the England
team that it is safe to tour Zimbabwe later this year at a special briefing,
possibly between the second and third Tests of the West Indies series.
David Morgan, chairman of the ECB, said that the players would be asked to
defer their decisions until after the briefing, following a management board
meeting that saw two county chairmen take temporary control of some of the
organisation's key commercial negotiations.

The player briefing, intended to assuage a boycott similar to that
threatened during the last World Cup, will be followed by a safety and
security inspection of Zimbabwe prior to the five one-day internationals
that are provisionally scheduled for November.

Following pressure from the International Cricket Council the ECB has
concluded the tour has to go ahead in the absence of a clear direction not
to travel from the government or legitimate safety and security concerns.

"We have planned a detailed briefing on the relevant issues with the players
at a relevant time and we have asked the players to delay any personal
decision on whether or not to tour until after that briefing has taken
place," said Morgan.

He added that despite reports of players being ready to withdraw from the
tour none of them had expressed this to the board. Dialogue with the players
has already taken place, led by ECB director of cricket John Carr who has
spoken with the captain Michael Vaughan, the coach Duncan Fletcher, Richard
Bevan of the Professional Cricketers Association and the team manager Phil

The final fixture dates and the key details of the tour, such as when and
where England will stay during the trip, have yet to be finalised but Morgan
said the unique circumstances of the tour would be considered.
Zimbabwe has dominated the agenda at recent management board meetings, but
since they last met in April a host of other issues have arisen raising
questions about the long-term health of English cricket and its governing

The catalyst has been the departure of four key executives. The chief
executive Tim Lamb will leave at the end of September after nine years in
the post and the commercial director Mark Sibley has already departed.
Communications director John Read left last week and Des Wilson, head of the
corporate affairs and marketing sub-committee resigned over Zimbabwe.

The departures come at a crucial time for the ECB, which has six key
sponsorship and television deals due for renegotiation in the next year. The
Test, England team and one-day international sponsorships with Npower,
Vodafone and NatWest respectively expire in 2005, as do radio and television
rights deals with the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky.

Somerset's chairman Giles Clarke will oversee the broadcast negotiations
assisted by the Durham chairman Clive Leach. Tom Harrison, formerly the
ECB's marketing manager, temporarily fills Sibley's position. Hampshire's
chairman Rod Bransgrove will oversee communications and policy issues.

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From Business Day (SA), 28 July

New Zimbabwean talks faltering

Harare Correspondent

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) have resumed talks focusing on proposed electoral reforms, but
sharp differences have emerged again. Official sources said Zanu PF's head
of delegation to the talks, Patrick Chinamasa, met MDC counterpart Welshman
Ncube in Harare on July 14 to discuss electoral reforms officially announced
by President Robert Mugabe in parliament last week. Mugabe said there would
be an independent electoral commission; voting in one day instead of two;
counting of votes at polling centres and not at the centralised national
command centre; and use of transparent, not wooden, boxes. Ncube confirmed
the meeting but could not give details. Sources said Chinamasa and Ncube had
a no-holds-barred debate and clashed because Chinamasa wanted to dragoon the
MDC into rubber-stamping the reforms. Ncube refused to make an undertaking
that his party would clear the proposals when it came to parliament without
first resolving contentious issues. While Zanu PF wanted talks to be
confined to the electoral reforms, the MDC wanted a full dialogue to address
the political and economic crisis.

The MDC has said it is no use accepting a package of "piecemeal reforms"
that would not address the fundamental causes of the crisis. The MDC wants
other issues tackled: such as the cessation of political violence;
restoration of political and civil liberties, including freedoms of
assembly, free association and the press; upholding the rule of law; and
creating an environment for free and fair elections. SA's President Thabo
Mbeki set a June deadline as a progress point in talks. The two parties
started talking in April 2002, mediated by SA and Nigeria, after the hotly
disputed presidential election. They disengaged in May that year and have
been in informal talks since March last year. These have ensured common
ground was established on constitutional reform, although that is now being
undermined by the fresh row. Sources said the talks were bound to collapse
unless the MDC's concerns, which include reservations about appointment of
electoral officers by Mugabe, were addressed. The MDC says if Mugabe is
given powers to appoint electoral officers without adequate checks and
balances, as suggested in a draft amendment of the Electoral Act, he would
choose allies and nothing would change. The bill will be debated in
parliament in September.
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State Embarks On Drive to Upgrade All Major Roads

The Herald (Harare)

July 28, 2004
Posted to the web July 28, 2004


THE Government has embarked on a drive to upgrade all major roads servicing
rural areas to make outlying areas more accessible, the Minister of
Transport and Communications, Cde Christopher Mushohwe, said yesterday.

Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of the widening of
the 118km Bulawayo-Tsholotsho Road at Tsholotsho Business Centre, Cde
Mushohwe said the upgrading of the rural road network was in support of the
successful agrarian reform programme.

"At the beginning of this year, my ministry committed itself to bring roads
and telephones to the people. The issue of roads in our rural areas has to
be handled in the same way the land reform exercise was carried out," he

"We are currently working on rural roads in all the provinces, including
such cities as Bulawayo and Harare, so that by the end of the year a lot of
roads will have been upgraded."

Cde Mushohwe said in Matabeleland North besides the Tsholotsho-Bulawayo
Road, the Government was working on the Lupane-Nkayi Road, Bulawayo-Solusi
Road and the Tsholotsho-Lupane Road, while in Matabeleland South,
Plumtree-Mphoengs, Plumtree-Maitengwe, Bulawayo-Kezi, Mberengwa-West
Nicholson and the Filabusi-Avoca roads were being upgraded. He said Chinese
companies had expressed an interest to work with Zimbabwe to improve its
transport and telecommunications infrastructure.

Cde Mushohwe said the Government would at the beginning of September install
NetOne mobile phone base stations in Mbembesi, Nkayi, Nyamandlovu and
Lupane, and increase landline operator TelOne's capacity to improve
communication in Matabeleland North.

He said his ministry had also made a commitment to decentralise the issuing
of driver's licences through the Vehicle Inspection Department to all police
stations in rural areas.

On the Tsholotsho-Bulawayo Road, Cde Mushohwe said at least 20 kilometres
would be widened and tarred before Christmas.

"The contractors, must make sure that manual labour would be sourced from
Tsholotsho instead of bringing people from Harare," he said.

Matabeleland North Provincial road engineer Mr Gordon Marambakuyana said the
first two kilometres of the road, which covers the business centre, had been
tarred and widened to 10 metres.

The Tsholotsho-Bulawayo road is three metres wide and would be widened to
eight metres in addition to the tarring and upgrading of infrastructure such
as bridges.

Mr Marambakuyana said at least $250 million would be spent per kilometre to
tar the road whose condition has been blamed for a number of fatal

Zanu-PF Tsholotsho District Co-ordinating Committee chairman Cde Believe
Gaule said the district had resolved to rename the road Robert Mugabe
Highway. He said the ground-breaking ceremony was one of the most
significant development events in the district since independence.

He said the narrow road had not only become a death trap but was also
forcing public transport operators out of the route as they wanted to
preserve their vehicles.

"We do not want this road to take up to 10 years to complete, therefore we
need to work hard and stop complaining about lack of development," Cde Gaule

Speaker after speaker praised the Minister of Information and Publicity in
the Office of the President and Cabinet, Professor Jonathan Moyo, who was
present at the ceremony, for lobbying for the upgrading of the road.
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Herewith the debate on the Motion moved by Hon Philip Chiyangwa (ZanuPF-
Chinhoyi) concerning purported actions by the MDC, in the Parliament of
Zimbabwe 29-30 June 2004

Tuesday, 29th June, 2004



MR. CHIYANGWA: I move the motion standing in my name that this House:

CONDEMNING in the strongest terms of the sustained campaign by the MDC for
sanctions against, and economic isolation of, Zimbabwe by the international
community, including racists called for cricket boycott of Zimbabwe by ICU

OUTRAGED by a recent treacherous statement by the Secretary General of the
MDC, Hon. Prof. W.Ncube, widely reported in the local and international
media charging that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor, Dr. Gono's visit
to the U K underlines the need for expansion of EU targeted sanctions to
include individuals who are playing "a leading role in perpetuating the
illegal rule of Mugabe and his ZANU PF Government";

FURTHER OUTRAGED by the linkage between Hon. Prof. W. Ncube's irresponsible
and unpatriotic statement and violent and abusive demonstrations in the UK
and South Africa against the "Homelink" initiative in support of economic

FULLY SUPPORTED AND ENDORSED the RBZ Governor's Homelink initiative as
commendable efforts to turn around the economy;

CALLS UPON Government to investigate as a matter of urgency the full import
of the statement by Tony Blair that he is working closely with the MDC to
subvert Zimbabwe and to take all the necessary legal measures to bring to
book anyone in the MDC involved.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in the name of the motion standing in my name, and in
the strongest terms condemn the campaign by the MDC for sanction against,
and economic isolation of Zimbabwe.  Mr. Speaker, in response to an
inflammatory and denigratory question by the opposition leader, Mr Michael
Howard, in Britain's parliament and I refer the House to House of Commons
Hansard Debates of 14th June 2004, Prime Minister Blair admitted at the
connivance between Britain, a foreign and dangerous power to our Republic,
and our own supposedly loyal opposition party the MDC.
That connivance, Mr. Speaker, was expressed in these terms " we work closely
with the MDC on measures that we should take in respect to Zimbabwe,
although I am afraid that these measures and sanctions are of limited effect
on the Mugabe regime."
Now Mr. Speaker, this is frank admittance by Britain that it is engaged with
the MDC in the subversion, both domestically and internationally, of the
State and Republic of Zimbabwe.  Prime Minister Blair expressly state the
MDC and Britain are applying sanctions against innocent Zimbabwean citizens
and the State and Republic of Zimbabwe.  Mr Speaker, what I speak of the
highest Capital crime on our statutes - that of treason.  How can it be
described as the action of a loyal opposition, say the MDC, to consort and
conspire with a foreign to attack and engage in economic battle against
Zimbabwe?  Mr. Speaker, the reminder of Mr Blair's statement is equally
revealing of the ambition of the MDC.  The entire world knows of the
ambition of Blair.  Mr Blair is ambitious.  He is psychologically scarred by
having grown up at the twilight of British empire - seeing Britain retreat
everywhere and ironically under American orders as part of the price of
rescuing Britain from Nazi rule.
Mr. Speaker, Mr Blair is reckless.  In order, to go to war on the winning
side, with a country so weak when compare to the military might of the USA,
Mr Blair recklessly lies to his own voters about dangers they might face in
the now notorious "45 minutes" statement.  When Mr Blair's recklessness is
combined with that of the MDC this amounts to treason.

Mr Speaker, this motion is seeking to draw the attention of the people of
Zimbabwe at large, of the African Union and of the UN community and more
specifically the attention of this august House - which can be called uponto
take appropriate action, to the subversive actions of the British Government
against the people of this country.  We have observed with deep concern the
desperation with which the British Government is seeking to undermine the
natural course of political process in this country which has seen the
country holding five yearly general elections and six yearly Presidential
elections apart from other local authority plebiscites.  As the country
prepares for the impending general elections scheduled for March 2005, we
hear Blair calling for regime change in Zimbabwe.

I also must draw the attention of people of Zimbabwe at large, of our SADC
regional partners, of the AU and the UN community and more specifically of
this august House - which will be called up on  to take appropriate action,
to the subversive actions of the opposition MDC against the people and the
sovereign Government of this country.  We want the world to know that there
is no longer a national opposition party in Zimbabwe but rather we now have
a subversive element that is bent on a ruinous process supported by a
foreign power to bring untold suffering to the innocent people of this
country when the country is forced to defend its patrimony against foreign
intervention that is seeking to impose all illegitimate regime on the people
of this country.

By this motion Mr Speaker, I wish to move that any Parliamentary privileges
be taken away from the members sitting across the floor if they could not
offer themselves to the public scrutiny for the part which they have
collectively and individually played in laying the plans to overthrow the
Government of this country.  Most of us on this side of this House would
find it very difficult  Hon. Speaker, to continue to sit here and pretend
that all is well when the people whom we represent out there face a real
danger that could see the spilling of blood on the streets and high ways and
the vales and valleys and hilltops of this peace loving country.

MR. NYATHI: The Hon. member is misleading the House with the statement he
has just said now, to the effect that the opposition in this august House is
working with people to distabilise the country can not be substantiated and
therefore, should not be made in this august House because it is untrue and

MR. CHIYANGWA: That freedom, Mr Speaker, was given to all Zimbabweans by
Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF in 1980.  We do not look forward to anybody else
giving us any other freedom as our history tells us that any other freedom
has never been given to us but we struggled for it, we were killed and
maimed for it.  We are happy with the freedom we have of our own making.  I
do not think that we dictated freedom to those who want to dictate freedom
to us.  We enjoy the freedoms that are enjoyed under the UN charter and we
ascribe to the UN, in respect thereof.  It is unfair and inhuman for anyone
to ever prescribe our history.  Blair can not ascribe my freedom in concern
with Prof. W. Ncube, or any such stooges as would be Tsvangirai or anybody

Freed people, like myself, Mr Speaker, will not accept or ever want to
accept, a fiction propagated by Blair or any MDC stooge.  Mr Speaker, any
Zimbabwean Citizen in the world must be free and enjoy the freedom that I
have alluded to that does not seek to undermine the sovereignty of Zimbabwe.

MR GASELA: He said the foolish Prof. W. Ncube, Stooge Morgan Tsvangirai.
The last two paragraphs he read.

MR CHIYANGWA: I did not say he is foolish, I said he spoke foolishly.
Mr Speaker, the Hon. Gono, an apolitical figure had his position, honour,
integrity, and authority besmirched by the foolish Prof. Ncube.  Ncube has
sought to redefine the constitutional position for Hon. Gono as being that
of a member of Government whereas he is clearly not.  For the MDC to
maliciously and scurrilously impugn the reputation of Hon. Gono's character
without foundation is to bringthe proper conduct of the Reserve Bank's
Affairs in to disrepute and is therefore an enemy attack on the economy of
Zimbabwe.  An enemy from within, Mr Speaker, is a traitor and therefore the
MDC are traitors.

MISS. STEVENSON: Point of order, the Hon member referred to the MDC as
traitors, that is not true and it is unparliamentary.

MR SPEAKER: That is not point of order, you have to challenge it in debate.
I refer to the reply given in the British Parliament by the neo-Imperialist
Mr Blair in which he stated that ". to put pressure of change on the Mugabe
regime, because there is no salvation the people of Zimbabwe until the
regime is changed."
Mr Speaker. This House moves that the MDC actions are treason and are
unconstitutional an certainly un-Zimbabwean. It is unprecedented that the
MDC acting in concert with a foreign and dangerous power, Britain, subvert
and conspire to remove by undemocratic and illegal means, the lawful
Government of Zimbabwe, and Mr Speaker, this is treason.
Mr Speaker, the MDC has gone too far.  Its attempts to engage in the
domestic and subversion of our economy by consorting with foreign powers,
such as Britain, is nothing less than evil.  I call for the MDC to be
immediately suspend from our Parliament and their party to be the subject of
a banned order.  I call for the finances of the MDC to be investigated and I
call for their relationship with Britain, various Rhodesians, Botswanas,
Americans and South Africans to be investigated.

I beg to move the motion.

MR. KASUKUWERE: I believe when we are in this Parliament, we all have the
right to debate.  The issue as stated by Hon. Chiyangwa is available for us
to debate.  What is at stake is a statement by Tony Blair in the House of
Commons in London, I think it is not just an accusation.  We do not just
want to accuse the MDC.  It will only be fair for the MDC to be able to
stand out and tell Blair that they do not agree with his statement.

I believe the sanctions have hurt our people.  Hon. members on the other
side of the House bear testimony that our people are suffering.  You talk
about medicines, hospitals this is a result of Tony Blair demonising
Zimbabwe.  He has been fighting against people of  Zimbabwe.  He has turned
the land issue and yet it is a bilateral matter.  As the ruling party we
have stated that Blair knows that this issue is between London and Harare.
The Lancaster House Constitution remains unfinished and as a party we have
said that we have to do something about it but Blair has stood in the House
of Commons and stated that he supports MDC.  We would like the MDC to
clearly to state that they are working with the Blair Government.  They must
tell us whether they are patriotic or sell-outs.

The MDC are prepared to allow the people of Zimbabwe to suffer in their
efforts to come into power.  We are saying that we are not going to allow it
happen and to allow them to come into power at the expense of our people.
Today the people of Zimbabwe are now very happy because they got their land
back.  I would call upon the opposition to support our nation through the
land reform process.  We would stop calling for sanctions against our

As a ruling party we have the authority to lead our people and we are going
to defeat them in their efforts to come into power for as long as they stand
and fight against our people. We will not continue to listen to comments
made by people like Prof. Ncube or any other white person.

MR GABBUZA: I just want to raise a few points.  Blair is in London.  He is
simply saying ZANU PF do not come to Britain and do not send Gono on behalf
of Mugabe to come to Britain.  Why do you allowing Gono to come when Mugabe
can not come?  Hon. Chiyangwa has come to this Parliament to tell us that no
please we have to go to Britain.  He refers to Blair and I think that
everyone is aware that the other side has always referred to Blair as a
toilet.  But, why do you want to go to Britain now?

If ZANU PF was clever enough, I do not think they would have wasted time
bringing such embarrassing motion in this House.  What you are saying is why
are you refusing Gono to go and beg from the children that you chased away?
After all, those kids have been expelled by economic hardships in this
country.  I do not think Blair is responsible for that.  For me I find it
very embarrassing.  They should not waste time of this House by bringing
such embarrassing motion.

MR. MKANDLA: The Labour Party said - I am not happy with the UDI but I
supported the whites, that was the Government's standard.  Mr Speaker, can
two people move together while they differ in policy, can MDC move together
with Blair while they differ in policy?  No, that means there is somewhere
where they come together.  Unless a person belongs to Blair, then he does
not see this wrong.  We are talking about the people of Zimbabwe and not the
British.  If you are a Zimbabwean, why should you sell it?  What I know is
that some of my colleagues think that if they say something positive about
Blair they will become white.  You are African and you will never turn white
or change your nationality.

Buy the truth but do not sell it.  Those who buy the truth should not sell
it because this country came to through a bloody liberation struggle.  Some
of the old people know this history.

MR GASELA: I would like to thank the mover of this motion.  He alluded to
the Governor's Homelink programme.  The mover of the motion - obviously he
wants to endear himself to ZANU PF because he knows he is I trouble.

Zimbabwe is the only country which after the formation of MDC decided not to
allow its citizens to vote who are outside the country.  Here we are saying
we want your money but you cannot vote.  People outside the country are
working 24 hours in these countries.  Nobody wants to work for 20 hours but
they are doing so to sustain themselves because they are refugees.

The major point I have here is that you cannot de-link the status of
Zimbabweans outside the country with "Homelink."  If Zimbabweans outside the
country are allowed to vote - do not think that all of them support MDC.  We
do not know whom they support but it is their right to vote.  They should
not just contribute money to crop up the economy and the Government that is
oppressing its own people.

debate to now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

 Wednesday, 30th June, 2004.

MR. MASHAKADA: I rise to contribute to the motion by Hon. Chiyangwa
regarding the question of Blair and his utterances on MDC.  Madam Speaker, I
wish to say categorically, that we as MDC we reject the stigma and we reject
the straight jacket and any aspersions cast upon us as a party that we are
puppets.  We are not puppets.

For the benefit of my colleagues, all the members of the MDC here present
were elected by Zimbabweans.  No single one person was appointed, even the
white members of Parliament amongst our ranks were unanimously elected by a
black electorate so, to turn around and start accusing us of being puppets
of Tony Blair and British, is utter dishonest on the party of ZANU PF
legislators.  Madam Speaker, ZANU PF day in day out they have been trying in
vain to paint MDC and to portray us as stooges of the British.

The emergence for MDC was a challenge from President Mugabe way back in
1998.  He said do not make noise, come into the ring.  If you want politics
come and join it and then we responded to his call and we formed the MDC.
When the MDC established itself as a credible party, everyone is now running
amok, everyone is getting worried with its effectiveness as a party.  Now
because of its effectiveness the MDC, my colleagues cannot understand that
we are being backed by Zimbabweans and Tony Blair does not come into it at

I can not understand why the motion wants to cast MDC in the shadow of
Blair.  I understand why they are not happy with us as a party.  It is
because we are saying ZANU PF waged the liberation struggle but our struggle
is a different one all together.  It is a struggle to bring about democracy
in the country, to bring about good political governance in the country and
it is not an easy struggle.  Our struggle is to bring freedom to all
Zimbabweans and a future of millions of Zimbabweans who have invested in the
liberation struggle but who find themselves short changed.

Madam Speaker, we are not responsible for the economic melt down, for the
corruption that we have seen getting rampant. We are not responsible for all
that.  We can not be able to answer for Blair's utterances.  Who are we?
What this motion says is that ZANU PF is full of racial bigotry.  We are a
Zimbabwean party which is funded through the State Budget.

So to cap my speech, I want to reiterate that we reject the accusations
raised in the motion are false and untrue.

MR. MUKAHLERA: If you remember the way back when people were leaving the
country this House accused them of being MDC.  It is surprising that this
time because of the "Homelink" everybody seems to sing the same tune to say,
get the money from people that have gone out who were accused of being
puppets as well as MDC.

On sanctions, it is being said that it is the MDC which brought these into
Zimbabwe.  This is not true.  We have no agenda of having sanctions on this
country.  It is your actions in particular of certain individuals who have
been placed on targeted sanctions.  You will find that even Botswana at one
time said that there was "Drought of leadership in Zimbabwe."  At one time
we failed to go to Nigeria because they said that we are not democratic
enough.  This is the fault of these sitting on the other side of the House.

The other side of the House knows very well that in 1997when the dollar
collapsed that MDC had not yet been formed.  You know that the economy is in
doldrums and that is why you are picking on us.  Wee not running the economy
and there are no sanctions to talk about.


MR. GONESE: Again Madam Speaker, I rise on a matter of privilege.  On the
18th of May in this House, the Hon. D Mutasa kicked Hon. Roy Bennet.

MR. CHINAMASA: On a point of Order.  I think this is a matter before the
Privilege Committee pertaining to the assault on me by Hon. Bennet.

MR. COLTART: I have a point of Order.  I am advised that Hon. Midzi has
levelled a threat against me to the effect that he said "He will meet me in
the street."

MR. CHAIBVA: Madam Speaker, in the previous debates by my colleagues you
resented the use of the word dictatorship when one of my colleagues was

Madam Speaker, we in the MDC are on record and we have put it on record loud
and clear and it is even acknowledged by my colleagues in the ZANU PF that
it was the MDC that actually brought this land revolutionary programme.  We
did state in our principal as a party that for twenty years ZANU PF has
failed to deliver land to our black people.  We complained about the
inequality and the lack of equitable distribution of land to our black
people.  We undertook that the MDC Government will ensure that there will be
equitable distribution of land to the black farmers.  This is when now this
Government went into panic and they grabbed almost everything.

Madam Speaker, You will notice, for example, Article 2 (a) of the
International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, it makes it
compulsory that every government must ensure that every person whose rights
and freedoms as herein are violated shall have an effective and expeditious
remedy.  This government has failed in all material respect to ensure that
violated fundamental Human Rights are corrected and have got remedy to that

You accuse our party of economic sabotage - it is there.  A man like me, a
black man whose blood has no foreign traits at all becoming a traitor.  A
man with a record of history of the liberation struggle, fighting against
the colonial rule becoming a traitor.  Look at my Leader of the Opposition,
black as he is and  you say he is a puppet of the British.  You say he
cannot think, the British can think for him.  Me, with so many
qualifications academically and you can tell me I cannot think.  It is an
insult and we do not accept that.

You tell us that we in the MDC are saboteurs.  Look at this headline.  I am
very furious and angry - look at this the clever ones, the Nigerians, they
say we will not allow technical expertise to take flight of Africa,
Zimbabwean farmers please come here.  Nigeria is just wooing farmers and
just below that headline, who is arrested?  Phillip Chiyangwa arrested - the
mover of this motion arrested and for what?  We are talking of 61 billion
dollars of poor people's money disappeared into one's pocket - driving
flashy cars and building mansions and you tell us that we are externalising.
You tell us that the MDC are economic saboteurs.

Ladies and gentlemen, the economic saboteurs are found in the Cabinet, in
the Politburo, within members of ZANU PF.  That is where you have got
traitors of this country, this is where you have got traitors of the
liberation struggle - they are found there.  I was going to say that those
who are patriotic and those who are not patriotic must stand up and defend
themselves.  My allegations have been supported by several publications from
newspapers - their own newspapers, not the ones that are owned by MDC but
their own newspapers.  I was going to say that when we are talking of
patriotism, let us not try to be populist, let us be realistic and factual.
We have recently discovered - and I am not going to mention names - that
even those who hold very senior ministerial positions have got two
citizenships and you tell us that it is the MDC which is a saboteur.

Finally, Mr Speaker, we are all Zimbabweans and because of that, we must
treat each other as Zimbabweans.  We must accept divergence of political
views and in political thinking.  If you have your political thinking that
you think is superior, the ultimate is there - the people.  Go on a
political platform and say takakupai minda kwete zvekuti tsvimbo mugotsi.
Uri MDC, tsvimbo mugotsi!  That must come to a stop and let me say this Mr
Speaker, that you must be thankful to the leadership of my party, President
Morgan Tsvangirai and Hon. Gibson Sibanda.  Some of us would have called for
some people's heads to be ciphered because of the inhuman treatment and acts
of torture.

MR. BHEBHE: I stand in this House Mr. Speaker, as a victim of human rights
violation.  It is a shame that I stand up in this House challenging the same
Government that is crying foul about foreigners when it sends out soldiers
against an Hon. member of this House who was elected by the people of
Zimbabwe and we never at any one time had the same Government commenting nor
taking steps to correct the wrong that was done.

The second point Mr Speaker, Zimbabwe used to be the best friend of Libya
such that Colonel Gadaffi drove all the way from Libya to Harare.  Today,
because he has seen the wrongs and bad tendencies of this governance, he is
an enemy of this Government.

The third point Mr. Speaker, we have got renowned personalities in Africa
namely Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu but today those same people are being
insulted by this Government.  Are you genuine about what you are doing?  Mr.
Speaker, with these three points I would want Hon. Chiyangwa to tell us
instead of choosing, to tell us what he thinks is democratic right thing to

MR. CHAPFIKA: The ordinary people of Zimbabwe are victims of the actions of
the MDC.  The most cruel people in Zimbabwe are the MDC.  They are
diabolical to the electorate.  They are irresponsible and they are not being
responsible to the people who elected them to this House. They have been
calling for sanctions so that and our people continue suffering.  There is
nowhere else in the World where you find such a thing.
Democracy was brought into this country through the spilling of blood.
Those on the other side of the House are now enjoying the fruits of
democracy.  There is no reason why should anybody doubt that it is the
ruling party which brought democracy into this country.  You should be
thankful of what our party has done for your country..

Unfortunately, instead of the opposition admitting that they are the worst
destabilisers of this country.  They have taken the opportunity of this
motion to castigate the ruling party instead of defending themselves.  What
we expected from the opposition was for them to stand up and say that they
are not working in cahoots with Tony Blair and tell us that he was lying.
This is the issue before the House.  The opposition has entered into an
unholy alliance with Tony Blair.  The MDC comes here to Parliament
purporting to be representing a section of the electorate of this country.
Meanwhile, they are busy undermining the same people that elected them to
this House.

PROF. NCUBE: Unfortunately, Mr Speaker, I wish to respond on the merits of
the motion and arguments as follows: Firstly and foremost, I hold no brief
for the British Government or for Tony Blair - nobody in the MDC holds such
a brief.  To that extent, I do not seek to answer for or to explain anything
which might have been said in the House of Commons by Mr Blair.  What I seek
is to explain for the benefit of Mr Chiyangwa and others who might be
ignorant of the fact, the MDC position of the issues that were raised in the
motion.  I wish also to exclaim the statement attributed to me, its context
and its meaning.

Mr Speaker, MDC is not a party of traitors.  It is not a party which is a
puppet of imperialists.  The MDC is a party born out of the aspirations and
struggles of the people of this country.  It is a party which seeks to
achieve aspirations of the people of this country for a better life,
prosperity, freedom and for liberty.

I will take reference to the issue of sanctions and be very clear about it.
It is a matter of public record that the MDC is opposed, has always opposed
and will always oppose the imposition of sanctions is has been articulated
over and over again and let with those ears hear.

Mr Speaker, the MDC is not and will not - contrary to the allegations which
have been coming from the other side - advocating for the cutting of any
electricity to Zimbabwe and that is a fact.  Hon. Chiyangwa alleges that the
MDC has sought and seeks regime change in Zimbabwe.  Yes, he is correct.
The very purpose of the existence of the MDC is to effect regime change,
otherwise there would be no point of the existence of the political party.
However, Hon. Chiyangwa is wrong, very wrong when he imputed on the MDC a
desire to effect regime change by unlawful means.

And indeed Mr Speaker, let us make this point very clear.  If the ZANU PF
Government were to contact an election tomorrow which is free and fair and
which we would do, we would be the first ones to congratulate them for their
victory.  Mr Speaker, we are saying allow the people of Zimbabwe to be free
from the violence of the youth militias, to vote over one day and we are
further saying allow their votes to be counted without cheating and we would
have no quarrel with Hon. members on the other side of the House if that
were the case.

MR. SPEAKER: I will provide you with excellent guidance.  The mover of the
motion will close the debate when it has finished.  Just now nobody stood to
debate and he has the right to stand up and close.

MR. CHIYANGWA: Tony Blair, in public and openly on the 14th of June, 2004 in
the House of Commons, declared that he was working with the MDC.  It was
declaration that he owns MDC.  Debates in the House of Commons are normally
flighted on email and internet worldwide.  At that juncture he was openly
declaring that MDC is owned by Tony Blair, his Government and the British.

It has been my concern since yesterday when the motion was started to be
debated that I would hear members on the opposite side openly disowns Blair
but they did not.  You have failed to disown him after I gave you two days
to debate your relationship whether or not you are working with the British
Government.  You have failed to demonstrate that you are not working with
this Government to undermine this government.

It is therefore that I find most of the contributions from the opposite side
have only gone to confirm that the opposition in this country is designed
and structured in such a way as to create havoc and otherwise to promote the
intentions of the British which is to promote the question of sanctions to
the poor people of this country.  I now call upon this House to investigate
thoroughly the members from the opposite side and at the same time having
found that there exists collusion which is designed to undermine the
sovereignty of Zimbabwe that such members be dragged before the courts and
the law takes its course.

I move that the motion standing in my name be adopted in its entirety.  I so

Bell rung.

House divided.

Ayes - 53: Bidi Chief; Bushu Chief; Chapfika D; Charumbira Chief; Chigumba
C; Chimombe Chief G M; Chinamasa P A; Chindanya J J; Chiyangwa P; Gombo I M
C; Dokora L D K; Goche N T ; Gumbo R A N ; Hama Chief J Z; Kangai K M;
Karimanzira D; Khumalo M; Mackenzie I; Made J; Madzongwe E; Mahofa S B;
Makova C W; MalabaD C; Mangwana M P; Mangwende Chief J; Mangwende W P M;
Manyika E T; Marumahoko R; Masuku A; Matiza B; Mazikana P H ; Midzi A B;
Mkhandla E; Prof. Moyo; Moyo July; Mpofu O M ; Muchena O N; Mugabe S; Mujuru
J T; Mukota Chief E J; Mutiwekuziva K K; Mutsauri W; Ncube D M; Nyauchi E;
Nyoni S; Paradza K; Shumba G M; Sikalenge Chief B C; Tungamirai J; Ziyambi
Z - Tellers: Gombo J, Kaukonde R

Noes - 25: Chaibva G; Chebundo B; Coltart D; Gabbuzza J G; Gwetu M; Khumalo
J B; Madzimure W; Malinga A M; Mdlongwa E; Mlambo MM; Makhalera T L;
Mukwecheni S; Mungofa P; Mutsekwa G; Prof. Ncube W; Ndlovu M; Nyathi P T,
Nyoni P; Sansole J; Shoko G M; Sikhala J;Thabane J M; Zwizwai M; - Tellers:
Gonese I; Stevenson L. G. B

Motion put and adopted
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