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THIS WEEK PROVIDES A WINDOW
The arrival of US President
George Bush on his first official visit to
With the world's attention
Mr. Bush will see with
his own eyes the progress that is being made. He will see in
In his speech last year,
marking the formal launch of the AU President Mbeki said: "In the spirit of
the Constitutive Act of
For President Mbeki's dream to
come true, he and other progressive African leaders need to adopt a robust stand
against tyranny and commit themselves to constructively resolving crisis of
governance beyond their own borders, and that includes Zimbabwe. If they ignore
the crisis of governance in
The latest developments
· All peaceful marches and strikes have been banned.
· Newspaper editors and executives are being arrested and charged under the infamous Public Order and Security Act (POSA) and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).
· 80% of the population lives below the poverty datum line.
· Over 7million Zimbabweans face starvation and will require food aid.
· One in every three Zimbabweans has an HIV/Aids virus and the government has no budgetary capacity to response positively to this scourge.
· With inflation over 300%, Zimbabweans go to bed hungry, as they cannot afford basic food items which are becoming increasingly unavailable.
To compound the problems that Zimbabweans face, the government is in a state of paralysis denying the existence of these problems and blaming all difficulties on everyone else but itself. This attitude makes it difficult for the government to realise that principled dialogue with the MDC is the only way out of this crisis.
This week therefore
marks a window of opportunity for
The regime must be told
in unequivocal terms that discharging its basic duties is critical if political
dialogue is to take place. Only through meaningful political dialogue can the
crisis of governance be peacefully resolved in
Paul Themba Nyathi
MDC Secretary for Information and Publicity.
07 July, 2003
Harare Mayor Elias Mudzuri arrested.
Police this morning arrested Harare Mayor, Engineer Elias Mudzuri, and stopped a press conference which he was supposed to address at Town House.
Engineer Mudzuri arrived at Town House at around 11.30 am and soon after a group of police officers, some in plain clothes, and accompanied by members of the CIO, followed him into his office and demanded that he should leave the office immediately. The Mayor argued that the police had no grounds for preventing him from conducting his duties. They tried to force him out of his chair but he refused. He was subsequently arrested and taken to Harare Central Police Station where superintendent Murwira informed Engineer Mudzuri that they (police) were specifically instructed by the Minister of Local Government to ensure that Mudzuri was not allowed into his office and if ever he was seen in his office he should be arrested.
Engineer Mudzuri was further told that if he went back to his office he would spend the night in the police cells. At the time of issuing this press release, police have not come up with a specific charge.
Engineer Mudzuri was suspended by the Minister of Local Government and National Housing, Dr. Ignatius Chombo in what many people saw as a show of political muscle by the minister. The City of Harare Council resolved not to recognise the suspension, resulting in Chombo applying to the High Court to bar Engineer Mudzuri from entering his office. The court is yet to make a ruling on Chombo's application.
More information can be obtained from the Mayor, who can reached on 263 11 860 777, or his lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa who can be reached on 263 91 223 917
Paul Themba Nyathi
Secretary for Information and Publicity
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ZIMCET condemns the arrests of its officers and workshop
ZIMCET is horrified at the way that the police continue to turn victims into offenders in selective application of the law. Two ZIMCET Regional Officers and 20 workshop participants were the latest victims of the continuing illegal arrests of innocent civilians. Read more
Visit their fact sheet
Due to the rampant sexual and physical abuse Girl Child Network publish an article on managing relationships. More
Choosing to keep quiet about the current situation is choosing a cowardly form of self preservation
Read Albert Gumbo's article on personal participation
Passive protest or an uncompromising approach to justice?American activist H. Rap Brown called for an uncompromising, impatient, and aggressive attitude toward injustice. Against this stands the non-violent commitment of such a leader as Martin Luther King, Jr. favouring a belief in passive protest and continuing communication and the ultimate justice of the courts.
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Force is the midwife of every
society pregnant with a new one.
Rights NGO Forum publish report on torture in Zimbabwe
Research carried out by the Human Rights Forum and its members indicate that violence has increased alarmingly over the last three years; that political violence and torture throughout the country continues to be perpetrated around elections and mass stay-aways although reports continue to come in of incidents not necessarily associated with these two situations. Read more
Read the May violence report
Visit the HRForum's website
Read "Making Ripples", a poem about torture written by Bev Reeler.
Victims of Organised
Violence and Torture 2nd to 9th June 2003 (Period of National Mass
Over the past three years medical personnel in Zimbabwe have observed the regular and increasingly organised use of violence, including torture, by agents of the state and ruling party. Read this report from the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights. Visit the ZADHR fact sheet
Zimbabwe's parliament on Wednesday passed two media bills which the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) described as the "last nails in the coffin" of press freedom. Read more
Visit the MISA Zimbabwe fact sheet
Read the IRIN News report
MISA comments on Minister
Moyo's announcements on the broadcasting
Under the current Broadcasting Services Act too much power is placed in the hands of the minister to determine through the government appointed BAZ, the allocation of broadcasting licenses and frequencies.
Visit the MISA website
Media crackdown gets
Reporters Without Borders today deplored the arrest and beating by government supporters of radio journalists. Read more
Men, HIV and AIDS
Seventy-one participants examined how to engage men in the response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Read the RAISA report
RAISA's newsletter focuses on orphans and vulnerable children. Read more
Visit the RAISA website
In 2002, Zimbabwe made history when the first ever NGO EXPO was staged by NANGO during October. This historic event enabled NGO and other key stakeholders to celebrate the achievement of the sector over the years.
Zimbabwe Election Support Network
against postponing urban council elections
The Zimbabwe Election Support Network is wholly against the idea, which came from the Urban Councils' Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ) to postpone the urban council elections. As ZESN, we feel that this idea defeats the purpose of democracy in our country. Read more
Visit the ZESN fact sheet
Time to revisit objectives of
the liberation struggle
The Zanu PF government's violent reaction to last week's mass action organised by the Movement for Democratic Change has left unwarranted political scars on the nation. The Zimbabwe Liberators Platform discusses the week of action. Read more
Visit the ZLP fact sheet
Parents of Children with
Disabilities publish update
ZPCDA Harare bring you up-to-date with their work.
Call For Proposals From HIV+ Leaders For Presentations and
The 11th International Conference for People Living with HIV/AIDS, Kampala,Uganda, October 26-30, 2003. The Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) and the National Guidance and Empowerment Network of Uganda (NGEN+) are making a special call for positive leaders to shape and participate in the program of the 11th International Conference for People Living with HIV/AIDS. The theme of the Conference is "The Dawn of New Positive Leadership". The Conference Programme Committee is soliciting proposals from HIV+ persons to give oral presentations and workshops.
For more information please email email@example.com
Global Partnership (GP)
GP is the outcome of process and cooperation between BRAC and the Organization of Rural Associations for Progress (ORAP), Zimbabwe and World Learning's School for International Training (SIT), Vermont, USA. It offers Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Degree programme. The 7th batch of Postgraduate Diploma in NGO Leadership and Management, 2003 is underway. The next batch is scheduled to start from January 17, 2004. Deadline of application submission is October 30, 2003. In the past, we had students from about 30 countries from around the world.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit www.global-partnership.net
Local CBO/NGO Organisational Development & Capacity Building
Course (Sep 29 - Oct 10 2003) - Kisumu, Kenya
A growing number of development organisations have engaged in processes aimed at developing the capacity of local NGO/CBO partners. At the same time, these support agencies themselves are institutionalising processes to become more effective and learning oriented. This course aims to enhance the capacity of organisations (or programmes) to deliver quality support programmes or services to other development actors as a particular approach to long term capacity building.
Contact International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) - Africa
Regional Office email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacancies . . .
Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN
A network of NGOs working in the democracy and good governance field in Zimbabwe is looking for persons to fill the following positions based in Bulawayo and Mutare.
2 Field Officers
The incumbent will be responsible for the provision of information to support the organisation ‘s education, research and advocacy programme.
Please email email@example.com for more information
Training Manager - Youth Alive
A local Zimbabwean NGO working with young people urgently requires the services of a Training Manager to start as soon as possible. The position objective is to manage the training delivery services of the department and implement all scheduled courses at national and regional level.
Email your applications and curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/newsletter.php?id=16126
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