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Zuma team meets political parties over constitutional deadlock

By Tererai Karimakwenda
29 November, 2012

Two members from President Zuma’s facilitation team flew into Harare on
Wednesday to meet with representatives from the three political parties, in
an effort to break the current deadlock in the constitution making exercise.

Speaking for the facilitators, Lindiwe Zulu told SW Radio Africa that she
had not managed to come to Harare for the meetings, but Mac Maharaj and
Charles Ngacula had been and already returned to South Africa.

Zulu would not disclose the outcome of the meetings, saying the team needed
to brief President Zuma first. She said she was confident a solution to the
deadlock would be found but the challenge was “in the how”. Trusted sources
in Harare told us the facilitators had failed to break the deadlock.

Asked whether it is ZANU PF that is presenting problems again, Zulu said:
“When you are the facilitators yourself, you don’t want necessarily to be
communicating a message that makes any of the parties uncomfortable.
However, when the chance presents itself most of the time it is at the level
of SADC.”

She added: “From where we sit as facilitators, one day it is ZANU PF, the
next day it is MDC-T, the next day it’s the MDC-N. And as such it is not a
good thing to point a finger at those who others think are not cooperating.”

Zulu admitted the process was not moving fast enough and said she hoped,
“somewhere along the line the political parties realise this and try to move
the process quicker than it is moving at the moment”.

The draft of the constitution, signed by all three parties, was supposed to
be forwarded to parliament if there was any further debate, following the
2nd All stakeholders Conference last month. This was spelled out in the
Global Political Agreement.

But ZANU PF has been demanding many changes and the Principles also confused
things this week. During their Monday meeting, Morgan Tsvngirai, Robert
Mugabe and Arthur Mutambara decided a separate committee would be formed to
deal with the contentious issues.

Welshman Ncube, who was allegedly left out of the meeting, has also raised

This has been criticised by civil society organisations and some analysts,
who say the Principles have hijacked the process and fear ZANU PF demands
will now be incorporated into the draft charter. The draft has already been
described as a major compromise by the MDC-T.

Zulu said the facilitation team flew to Harare after receiving letters from
“some of the parties” regarding the current deadlock.

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Dead people will remain on voters' roll: ZEC

28/11/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it cannot guarantee that the
voters’ roll will be free of names of dead people before next year’s general

Zimbabwe’s voters’ roll has been condemned by election monitors and
opposition parties for not being updated.
ZEC deputy chair Joyce Kazembe says because a record of deaths and births is
still not fully computerised, it is impossible to maintain a credible voters’

“It’s true; our voters’ roll contains names of thousands of dead people.
This is because legally, the Registrar General’s office removes such people
only when there is documentary evidencing confirming that so and so is
dead,” Kazembe told a conference of Christian students in Harare on

“This is not happening, especially in the country’s rural settings. So you
will find we have 109 year-olds in the voters’ roll, zvakaoma nhai. You hear
of people living that long in the Guinness Book of Records, but this is what
you see in our voters’ roll.”

Kazembe insists that the lack of a computerised record of dead people means
updating the voters’ roll will remain a manual process for a long time.

“The registrar general can only act when relatives of the deceased bring
documentary evidence to that effect,” she added.
Last year, the independent Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) said
that the anomalies opened the way for “double voting and other rigging

In its research, the group found some 2,344 voters between the ages of 101
and 110 still on the voting rolls, despite the fact the average life
expectancy in the country is just 44.

The report also found that more than 500 dead voters had all been given the
same birth date - January 1, 1901.

“An accurate, credible voters' register is a prerequisite for free and fair
elections,” ZESN added.
Cleaning up the voters roll is one of the electoral reforms Zimbabwe’s
ruling coalition parties said must be completed before the country holds
elections, which President Robert Mugabe says could be held as early as

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5.4 million Zimbabweans on the voters’ roll

By Tichaona Sibanda
29 November 2012

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has told Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai there are 5.4 million registered voters on the country’s voters

The Premier was told this in Harare on Thursday where he had convened a
meeting attended by ZEC Commissioners, the top hierarchy of the ZEC
secretariat and the Ministers of Justice and Constitutional and
Parliamentary Affairs, Patrick Chinamasa and Eric Matinenga.

Senator Obert Gutu, who also attended the meeting, said ZEC reiterated to
Tsvangirai that they will need at least US$220 million to run the referendum
and harmonised elections in 2013.

During the meeting ZEC admitted that names of thousands of deceased citizens
remained on the roll and that they might not be able to clean it up ahead of
elections next year.

Recently ZEC deputy chairperson Joyce Kazembe blamed the poor state of the
voters’ roll on lack of appropriate technology to automatically remove the

Over the years there have been accusations that Tobaiwa Mudede, the
Registrar General, has used the discredited voters roll to manipulate and
fix election results in favour of ZANU PF’s Robert Mugabe.

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ZEC’s Kazembe shields RG’s office

Staff Reporter 20 hours 14 minutes ago

HARARE - Joyce Kazembe, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Deputy
Chairperson, has come to the defence of the Registrar General’s office,
which is being accused of turning away hundreds of prospective voters.
Kazembe said the complaints by prospective voters were “few” and lacked
substance, hence her Commission’s inaction on the issue.
“Of the few cases of complaints the Commission has received of voters being
turned away, the Commission has not been able to find fault with the
Registrar General of Voters’ Office,” Kazembe said in a statement via email.
She added that as part of ZEC’s efforts to supervise the voter registration
process, the Commission has installed an independent computer with a
national voters’ roll which is taken to the Registrar General of Voters for
updating every week.
Reports are rampant that prospective voters, especially youths, are being
turned away at their respective Registrar General’s offices across the
The Zimbabwe Youth Forum has expressed disgust and made calls for the
amendment of the country’s electoral laws.
Analysts believe the turning away of prospective voters is a ploy by Zanu
(PF) to rig the forthcoming elections.
On preparations for the upcoming elections, Kazembe said ZEC had managed to
cover much ground in terms of training and capacity building of its staff.
“In addition, UNDP funding has enabled ZEC to acquire vehicles, computers,
laptops, Public Address Systems, Dictaphones, TV sets, DSTV decoders, DVD
players and furniture,” said Kazembe
She disclosed that ZEC had been able, through funding from the Electoral
Institute for Sustainable Development in Africa, to conduct conflict
management workshops with various stakeholders.
The workshops, she said, culminated in the formation of a committee whose
task it was to harmonise the approach to conflict management in the next
Concerning voter education, Kazembe said: “ZEC has already identified
organisations that want to work with it to conduct voter education and these
have already undergone intensive training of trainer courses using materials
produced by ZEC in consultation with all stakeholders.”
Kazembe said her Commission was awaiting government funds for elections
which will be held next year.

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Anglican saga: Kunonga cites indigenisation

29/11/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

THE fight for Anglican Church properties in Zimbabwe took a new twist
Thursday when police evicted Bishop Chad Gandiya’s followers from the main
Harare cathedral halfway through a worship ceremony.

Disturbances also took place at other church sites including in Mbare where
the rival factions reportedly engaged in clashes.

Bishop Gandiya had hoped to conduct a celebratory and cleansing ceremony at
the cathedral in central Harare after regaining control of the facility and
other Church properties from the ex-communicated Bishop Nolbert Kunonga
following a five year fight.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony an effusive Gandiya had declared: “As you can
see I am a happy Bishop, I give all the glory to God because today, the day
we had waited all these years has come at last and we are able to enter our

“Our people over the past five years have been traumatised greatly, we were
thrown out of our churches, were harassed, we even arrested and in fact we
had a lot of healing to do.

“We do not want anybody to take the law into our own hands; we do not want
to fight anybody we want to forgive.”
But the celebrations were cut short after police ordered worshippers out of
the building despite a Supreme Court ruling handing Gandiya control of the
facility and other church properties around the country.

Kunonga had grabbed the properties when he formed a splinter grouping after
his ouster from the Anglican Church in a dispute over homosexuality. He
however, lost a court challenge at the Supreme Court and was ordered to
vacate the buildings.

But his lawyers have challenged his eviction in a case that is set to be
heard at the High Court on December 4.
Jonathan Samukange, who represents Kunonga, has argued that his client and
his followers cannot be evicted until the High Court case is finalised.

Kunonga has cited the country’s indigenisation programme in his bid to
retain control of the properties. Zimbabwe’s indigenisation laws require
foreign companies to transfer control and ownership of at least 51 percent
of the operations to locals.

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Gandiya holds mass in Cathedral for first time in 5 years

By Tichaona Sibanda
29 November 2012

Anglican Bishop Chad Gandiya on Thursday held mass at Harare’s Cathedral
Church, the first time he’s done so in five years after the building was
occupied by the excommunicated Archbishop Nolbert Kunonga

On Monday the Supreme Court ordered Kunonga to hand over all church
properties in his possession, ending a five-year feud that has rocked the
Anglican church since 2007 when Kunonga pulled out of the Church Province of
Central Africa (CPCA). He formed his own church, the Church Province of
Zimbabwe, but held on to the CPCA properties.

Our correspondent in Harare, Simon Muchemwa, told us Bishop Gandiya led a
two-hour mass Thursday morning which was ‘overwhelmingly’ attended by
Anglican parishioners in the city.

But that joy was short-lived when police appeared and told Bishop Gandiya to
stop using the facilities until a High court injunction, filed by Kunonga to
stop the evictions, had been heard.

Kunonga filed the injunction on Wednesday seeking to stop his eviction from
Anglican Church properties across the country, claiming that his priests
would be rendered destitute. The matter has been sat down for hearing by
Judge President George Chiweshe next Tuesday.

‘Bishop Gandiya did not dispute the police order and the parishioners
dispersed without an incident. They hope the High court will dismiss the
application as they feel he has no case at all,’ Muchemwa said.

Reverend Lameck Mutete told SW Radio Africa that he had foreseen a situation
where Bishop Kunonga would fight to the bitter end to hang on to property
that does not belong to him.

‘His character does not depict a man of God but that of a thug who will one
day find himself in prison instead of church. We are not yet done with him
and I had seen it coming.

‘He’s one man who will go down fighting but for no apparent reason but
selfish ends. We had long seen the evil in him and no man of God can behave
the way he’s doing. He has destroyed the church and I’m glad the judiciary
system has also seen how unprincipled this man is,’ Reverend Mutete said.

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Kunonga runs amok, 5 ‘thugs’ nabbed

Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:38

HARARE - Disgraced ex-communicated clergyman Nolbert Kunonga yesterday
threatened to shoot journalists for covering his ongoing shenanigans, as
five of his “thugs” were arrested late Thursday.

This came as he packed his belongings — leaving the Anglican Church
Cathedral — a bitter man.

Shaking with rage, the once larger-than-life priest confronted journalists
in typical gangster fashion, ranting and raving, and spitting venom.

The Messenger of Court descended on his former bastion of power at the
Anglican Cathedral, a move that saw him flying into a rage.

And as Kunonga was hounded by journalists and Church of the Province of
Central Africa (CPCA) members he went mad.

Dressed in a pin-striped blue suit and a gun holstered to his hip, the burly
Kunonga, who was sweating profusely, charged menacingly towards reporters,
who fled in different directions.

“You think I am playing with you, I can shoot you,” shouted the disgraced
churchman as he fumbled for his gun.

But that was not all.

Kunonga, who has been imperious for five years and boisterous in the media,
left the Cathedral with his tail neatly tucked firmly between his legs. He
later sought refuge at his lawyer, Jonathan Samukange — an aspiring Zanu PF

Andrew Chakanyuka, the Messenger of Court, however, gave the Zanu PF
churchman a torrid time as he chased after him.

“Mr Kunonga can we please have keys for three cars that are in your
possession,” asked Chakanyuka who blocked Kunonga’s path.

Kunonga was ordered by the Supreme Court to surrender a Mazda 626
registration number 646-832C, a Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Hilux single cab and
to deliver all CPCA assets of whatever nature in his possession.

But yesterday, he claimed he did not have the properties, in blatant
contempt of the court order.

“We do not have cars with us, I did not bring a car today,” said Kunonga,
whose anger was boiling over as he frothed on the mouth.

The once-mighty Kunonga was reduced to a pedestrian as he hit the road
towards his lawyer’s offices with journalists breathing on his neck.

He later returned yesterday afternoon and invaded the parishioners saying he
was in charge. He described the judgment as “fake”.

Earlier on Tuesday, he had filed an urgent chamber application at the High
Court seeking to stop the eviction.

But Judge President George Chiweshe deferred the case to next Tuesday.

Notwithstanding the urgent chamber application, locksmiths had a busy day as
they changed locks at the Cathedral after Kunonga fled “his base” after he
was forced to obey a Supreme Court ruling that he should leave the CPCA

But even in defeat, Kunonga provided some comic excerpts as he initially
told the CPCA members who were brimming with confidence to leave his
offices, which he said cannot be turned into “dens of homosexuals.”

Judging from the sorry state of the Cathedral, Anglicans have a mountain of
work as the once pristine Cathedral has been turned into a business empire
where kindergarten children were swashed in the basement.

Some of the rooms have been turned into offices while other rooms have been
turned into canteens.

Floors were potholed and the walls are grimy with dirt, while a strong smell
pervades the murky corridors which desperately need painting.

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Zimbabwe pro-black law is investment scare: Tsvangirai

(AFP) – 1 hour ago
HARARE — Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Thursday said the
country's laws that force foreign firms to cede majority stakes to local
blacks is driving away desperately needed foreign investment.
"That policy discord is what has led to the crisis of investment in this
country," Tsvangirai told his Movement Democratic Change supporters as he
launched the party's economic blueprint in Harare.
The two-year-old "indigenisation" law compels all foreign-owned companies to
surrender 51 percent of their share holding to black Zimbabweans in an
attempt to reverse the inequalities caused by the country's colonial past.
It is a key area of contention between Tsvangirai and his coalition
government partner, President Robert Mugabe.
The three-year-old power-sharing deal helped prevent the southern African
country from tipping into a full scale conflict and stabilised the economy
after bloody elections in 2008.
"Our plan is to transform Zimbabwe into a newly industrialised nation within
a generation," said Tsvangirai in what is seen as a precursor an electoral
platform, ahead of a 2013 vote to end the uneasy coalition government.
"We intend to raise Zimbabwe from failed state status where perception and
suspicion run riot within the investor community whenever Zimbabwe is
mentioned as a possible investment destination."
Tsvangirai said the indigenisation policy pushed by his rival Mugabe is not
the solution to the investment crisis and a runaway unemployment rate of
over 80 percent.
"The crisis we face... is opportunities for jobs," he said.
Tsvangirai who is to face Mugabe in the election said the country needs to
respect investors' property rights if it is to revive moribund industries.
On Wednesday, Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, a member of
Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, warned that foreign companies which fail to comply
with the controversial law will face prosecution.
Tapiwa Mashakada, Zimbabwe's Economic Planning Minister and deputy secretary
general of the MDC said investors are avoiding Zimbabwe and instead choosing
the booming economies of Angola and Mozambique.
The law "kills investor confidence. You cannot bring your money to invest in
Zimbabwe when someone takes over 50 percent. Capital is timid," said
Several companies like Zimplats, the Zimbabwean unit of South African's
Impala Platinum, and Anglo American Platinum's mine in Zimbabwe, Unki, have
submitted their plans to hand over majority shares to local people.

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Zimbabwe’s MDC Unveils Economic Plan to Reverse Indigenization

By Godfrey Marawanyika & Brian Latham - Nov 30, 2012 1:47 AM GMT+1000

Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change party unveiled an economic plan it
said would reverse the effect of laws compelling foreign and white-owned
businesses to sell or surrender 51 percent ownership to local black
The program, known as The Jobs, Upliftment, Investment, Capital and
Environment Plan, or JUICE, aims to create 1 million new jobs from 2013 to
2018, expand the economy by 8 percent a year over the period and increase
power generation to 6,000 megawatts, according to the policy document.
The Indigenization Ministry, led by Saviour Kasukuwere, has forced miners
such as Zimbabwe Platinum Ltd. (ZIM) and cigarette makers including British
American Tobacco Plc (BATS) to draw up plans that will hand cede control
within five years.
“The problem that indigenization poses is that it kills investor
confidence,” MDC Economic Planning Minister Tapiwa Mashakada told reporters
today in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare today. “Capital is timid, so once you
say you are going to take 51 percent, why not go Mozambique, Angola or DRC,”
he said, referring to Democratic Republic of Congo.
The MDC and President Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National
Union-Patriotic Front party share power under a 2009 agreement brokered by
the Southern African Development Community after violence-marred elections
in 2008 were declared void by the regional body. The country is scheduled to
hold a general election in March.
Speaking at the same event, Prime Minister and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai
said the plan would “lift Zimbabwe from failed-state status” and establish a
$100 billion “first-world economy” by 2040.
“The crisis we face for ourselves and our children is opportunities for
jobs. Our plan is to transform Zimbabwe into a newly industrialized nation
within a generation,” he said.
Zanu-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo said the project was unworkable because
“indigenization is a reality and it is not reversible.”

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Soldiers assault MDC members in Zhombe

By Tererai Karimakwenda
29 November, 2012

The MDC-T has reported that scores of their members were injured after they
were assaulted by armed soldiers at a rally in Zhombe, Midlands North

The rally was being held at Empress Business Centre in Zhombe district and
was being addressed by the Zhombe MP, Rodgers Tazviona.

The soldiers were deployed in the area allegedly for Robert Mugabe’s maize
seed distribution programme, which has attracted much criticism in recent
weeks for being partisan. Only ZANU PF members are considered beneficiaries.

In a statement the MDC-T said: “The armed soldiers ran amok and started
assaulting the MDC members at the rally. Some of the injured have since been
transferred to hospital”.

The party said police from Kwekwe were notified of the incident but have not
acted to investigate or make arrests.

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Zim Villagers Warned Limbs Will Be Cut Off

Harare, November 29, 2012 - Villagers in Nyanga and Binga have been warned
by Zanu (PF) militias that their limbs will be cut off if they fail to
attend the party's meetings.
Movement for Democratic Change Organising Secretary for Binga District,
Garisa Moyo, told Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition on Monday:

“Councilors are being threatened with having their arms cut off, for not
attending meetings organized by Zanu (PF) activists. The big challenge is
that the police are now involved in these activities.”

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spoke to people from Chungu and Lusulu areas in
Binga North under chiefs, Simupa, Sinakatenge and Sinamusanga, who had
reportedly come under siege from the three traditional leaders who have been
enlisted by Zanu (PF) to work with its coercive party activists to force
villagers to attend the party's meetings.

"Villagers who fail to attend the meetings are allegedly being overtly
threatened with having their limbs cut off by the Zanu (PF) militias," said
the report.

Those who spoke to the Crisis Report said this was a reminder of the
infamous “short and long sleeve” campaign whereby many people had their arms
and or legs cut off during the violent June 2008 presidential election
run-off by Zanu (PF) militias across the country.

Moyo revealed that villagers were also being forced by the chiefs to pay a
fine in cash for failing to attend these meetings.

An MDC-T supporter, one Omi, is one of the victims that Moyo cited who was
recently fined US$40 by Chief Sinakatenge, for failing to attend a Zanu (PF)
meeting which the traditional leader addressed.

Kariba District where Moyo is District Organising Secretary for the MDC-T
led by Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, is on the border with Binga North.

Cases of political intimidation and harassment which involve Zanu (PF)
militias, soldiers, and traditional leaders against villagers in various
parts of the country, continue to be reported as Zimbabwe approaches
harmonized elections in 2013.

Councilor Temba Toonse Kunjulu from Jabuba Ward in Binga is reported to have
identified Zanu (PF) activist, Kenias Charuma, and a former intelligence
agent, Isaac Ndebele, as part of the militia intimidating people in Binga
North for not attending Zanu (PF) meetings in the area.

Meanwhile war veterans’ leader, Jabulani Sibanda, who is in Nyanga North
recently held a meeting in the area where he misinformed villagers that the
constitution making process had been stalled by MDC-T leader and Tsvangirai.

He said this was because Tsvangirai was on insisting in including
homosexuality in the new constitution.

Sibanda is also said to have made threats of violence to MDC supporters.

Spokesperson for MDC Nyanga North Constituency, Sekai Gombe, confirmed to
the Crisis Report Team that:

“Jabulani threatened all opposition parties stating that Zanu (PF) is going
to carry out a disciplinary process particularly to individuals who did not
vote for President Robert Mugabe in the 2008 harmonised elections. Sibanda
promised inputs for Zanu (PF) supporters only.”

Gombe said following the meeting farm inputs were distributed to perceived
Zanu (PF) supporters only. The inputs included 10kg cotton seed bags and
10kg Shumba variety maize seed, and they had stickers with President Robert
Mugabe’s image.

“However, some of the Zanu (PF) supporters were disgruntled, saying the
party was giving them worthless inputs which are not suitable for Nyanga
region,” said Gombe.

One of the Zanu (PF) supporters, Denius Tembo, who castigated his party is
said to have been retributively assaulted that same afternoon by the Zanu
(PF) youth chairperson for Nyanga North Ward 4, Isaiah Tembo, and an
Officer, John Katerere, and other Zanu (PF) youths. Denius got injured on
his left leg and allegedly lost a cell phone and some money in the process
according to Gombe.

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WOZA launches campaign to mark violence against women

By Tererai Karimakwenda
29 November, 2012

Hundreds of activists from the Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) pressure group
marched to police headquarters at Southampton House in Bulawayo Thursday, to
deliver a letter of complaint about police harassment of their members. The
event was to commemorate Women Human Rights Defenders Day, which falls on
November 29th.

As the WOZA members passed St. Mary’s church they knelt and prayed, but a
truck load of riot police arrived and started beating them.WOZA coordinator
Jenni Williams told SW Radio Africa that there were no serious injuries.

Their complaint letter was eventually accepted by the District Commanding
Officer, Inspector Masina, who actually drove to meet the WOZA members on
the street.

Williams said the protest was a continuation of their own version of the
global 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence. The international theme
this year is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge
Militarism and End Violence against Women!” But WOZA has adopted a shorter
version, simply “Peace Now!”

Williams said they were concerned with statements made by police earlier
this month, saying there were no Ndebele people left because they were all
killed during the Gukurahundi in the 1980s. To show their defiance, the WOZA
members sang in Ndebele as marched through Bulawayo streets.

The group had just returned from Harare where they launched their campaign
with a demonstration on Tuesday. Hundreds of WOZA activists marched to the
parliament building to deliver a letter with their “16 Days demands” to

WOZA said about 500 members marched in two separate processions and merged
at the entrance, where riot police tried to send them away. But the brave
women continued with their program of song, prayer and speeches.

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Mugabe Threatens British American Tobacco Company

Harare, November 29, 2012 - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday
threatened with unspecified action the British American Tobacco (BAT) after
accusing the cigarette manufacturer of blocking products of their
competitor, Savanna from getting into the market.
Mugabe,88, who was speaking at the indigenisation conference where BAT
handed over 26 % of its shares to employees and locals to comply with
indigenisation laws alleged that BAT was behind the disappearance of Savanna
Tobacco cigarettes trucks in neighbouring South Africa in a move to continue
controlling the market.

"I am dismayed by the information we have received over the week that BAT
operating with groups in South Africa have been taking action, illicit
action against another group called Savanna and lots of things have been
happening, trucks with cigarettes from Savanna being stolen," Mugabe told
the conference.

"And these are briefings from the security over the week. I hope all will be
well but in fact those are the things that have been happening in order to
kill competition and you try to undo a competitor in that ugly way that’s
not acceptable, some people will have to answer for it. Let’s hope the
management is unaware of this, but I don't think you are unaware because it’s
quite a huge case."

He said BAT management must desist from engaging in those activities,
without giving what action he might take. The veteran leader said
information on the allegations on BAT was gathered by the country's
intelligence agency and the security sector.

"I want you to straighten yourselves, it will be sad if some of you have
been taking action or engaging in activities detrimental to Savanna. That
information we have and it appears to be authentic," said Mugabe who accused
police and soldiers involvement in the sabotage without naming from which
side of the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe were the security
details involved in the sabotage.

Zimbabwe is currently forcing foreign owned companies to cede 51 % stake to
locals without the locals funding the stake being taken

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Zimbabwe ownership law will be enforced: minister

Sapa AFP | 29 November, 2012 07:47

Zimbabwe warns that foreign companies that fail to cede majority stakes to
locals as required by a controversial law risk being prosecuted.

The Minister of Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Saviour Kasukuwere
said some businesses had ignored the law and reminded them to "realise the
folly of what they are doing."

"I wish to make it clear that the law will take its course in such matters
of deliberate disregard of the rule of law," said Kasukuwere during an
economic conference in the capital Harare, attended by President Robert

Kasukuwere said anyone who "does not want to comply with the laws of this
country or associate themselves with the aspirations of black Zimbabweans
has no place in the affairs of our country."

The two-year-old law forces foreign companies to cede 51 percent of their
shares to indigenous Zimbabweans.

"This programme is irreplacable as it is founded on the ideals of our
independence struggle."

Several companies like Zimplats, the Zimbabwean unit of South African's
Impala Platinum, have submitted their plans to hand over majority shares to
local people.

The programme is at the centre of a dispute between Mugabe and Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who formed a coalition government three years
ago after disputed polls.

Tsvangirai has said the law will drive away foreign investment, as the
country is recovering from a decade-long economic collapse.

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Zimbabwe's Biti decries foreign banks after bill sales fail

28 November 2012 23:32

“I’ve written foreign banks off, they’re not worth their salt,” the Finance
Minister said.

Zimbabwe plans to amend its Banking Act after repeated attempts to sell
Treasury bills failed to attract bids at rates acceptable to the central
bank and Finance Ministry, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said.

“I’ve written foreign banks off, they’re not worth their salt,” Biti said in
a phone interview from Harare yesterday. “That is why we are amending the
Banking Act.” He declined to elaborate on the changes he plans to make,
though he said in his Nov. 15 budget speech that the government would step
in to regulate banks after the “misadventures” with T-bills.

Foreign banks that operate units in the southern African nation include the
U.K.’s Barclays Plc, Old Mutual Plc and Standard Chartered Plc, Togo’s
Ecobank Transnational Inc. as well as South Africa’s Standard Bank Group
Ltd. and Nedbank Group Ltd. Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd. is the largest
lender on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization of $51.7
million. It last traded yesterday at 2.4 cents in Harare. Calls to the banks’
local offices weren’t answered today.

Biti and the central bank are trying to rejuvenate the country’s capital
markets after a decade-long recession ended in 2009 when the 15-nation
Southern African Development Community settled a political dispute. A
coalition government between President Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African
National Union- Patriotic Front and the Movement for Democratic Change was
then formed.

Bank Talks

Zimbabwe hasn’t been able to fund development projects or infrastructure
repair through tax collection, while foreign aid has been sparse because
donors aren’t confident about the southern African nation’s power-sharing
agreement, Harare-based independent economist John Robertson said in a phone

Attempts to raise money for government expenditure through the sale of
Treasury bills, the first since the country abandoned its currency for the
dollar, failed this month when rates offered by banks were rejected by the
Finance Ministry and central bank, Robertson said.

“Banks are resisting because they’re not sure government will be able to
repay the bills,” Robertson said. “Government likely wants to borrow at
about 4 percent and it’s likely that 8 percent to 10 percent would
ultimately be acceptable to the banks.”

Lending rates between banks are as high as 25 percent, he said. Annual
inflation in Zimbabwe was 3.2 percent in September, according to the
national statistics agency.

Gloves Off

Zimbabwe’s indigenization minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, said foreign banks
are “determined to ignore” the country’s laws. The government on July 3
ordered all foreign-owned banks to transfer 51 percent stakes to black
Zimbabweans by July 2013.

“The gloves are now off as they’re opposed to the aspirations of our
people,” he said in an interview in Harare today. “We tried to use moral
persuasion, but this has failed. We now have to crack the whip.”

Four banks hold about 80 percent of deposits in Zimbabwe, Biti said in his
Nov. 15 budget speech, without naming them. Lending rates will be capped at
a maximum rate of not more than 10 percent above a bank’s weighted average
deposit rate, he said in the speech.

Biti declined to say whether he had held talks with the Bankers Association
of Zimbabwe about the plan to force banks to buy negotiable certificates of
deposit. Two calls each to Bankers Association of Zimbabwe President George
Guvamatanga and his deputy, Sam Malaba, weren’t answered.

“It would be disastrous if he decides to marginalize the foreign banks,”
Eric Bloch, a Bulawayo-based economist, said by phone yesterday. The effect
will “be considerable” as it may cause job losses and “also worsen
confidence in the sector at a time when it’s illiquid.”

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Govt crippled companies: Robertson

The government is responsible for crippling companies and industry during
the period of price controls, according to a prominent economist.

by Moses Chibaya

From 2007 to 2008, the country was in economic meltdown. The Goodwills
Masimirembwa-led National Income and Pricing Commission forced companies to
reduce their prices and even went further to arrest some of the top ranking
company officials.

Seasoned economist, John Robertson, told delegates at the Labour Briefing
2013 organised by the Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe that the
government made the mistake of controlling prices and pegging them to
unsustainable levels without factoring in production costs.

“Zimbabwe has become a net exporter, a nation of supermarkets because of the
US Dollar we are using. But the government brought us to this situation when
they forced companies to charge low prices on goods produced at higher costs
that greatly affected companies’ capacity to re-tool and stay afloat.

“We now have a lot of work as a country in trying to attract investors,
re-tooling those industries and even training people we have lost a lot of
skilled people,” said Robertson.

He added that local companies were operating in the most difficult
environment where they had to recapitalise with very little money. Robertson
said it would remain difficult for locally produced goods to have a
competitive advantage over imports because of the difference in technology
being used.

According to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai most companies in Zimbabwe are
still using equipment bought during the time of the liberation struggle. The
struggling companies have to also contend with unsustainably high utility
bills chiefly from Zesa and City councils.

Zimbabwe’s import bill is in the region of $6 billion against exports of
$2.9 billion and this prompted the establishing of a Buy Zimbabwe Campaign
by Munyaradzi Hwengwere. The government embraced the initiative in its
National Trade Policy 2012-2016 launched earlier in the year by President
Robert Mugabe.

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MDC blasts Ncube and his loyal media for peddling lies

Staff Reporter 21 hours 46 minutes ago

HARARE - The party led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai the MDC has
blasted Professor Welshman Ncube for not coming forward with the truth to
dispel misleading reports from his loyal newspapers claiming that Tsvangirai
did not fight for his inclusion at the draft Constitution meeting.
Tsvangirai has denied that Welshman Ncube was excluded in the
constitution-making process, insisting he refused to hold a meeting with
President Robert Mugabe in the absence of the MDC leader on Monday.
Tsvangirai met Mugabe and Deputy Author Mutambara at State House to
deliberate on the stalled constitution reform while Ncube waited outside.
In a statement to The Zimbabwe Mail, the MDC said: "It notes with dismay the
deliberate fabrication of issues by Welshman Ncube regarding President
Tsvangirai’s purported negative attitude towards Ncube’s attendance at the
draft Constitution meeting at the State House on Monday."

"Contrary to Ncube’s claims in the press that President Tsvangirai was
conniving with Robert Mugabe to edge him out of the discussions, it was in
fact President Tsvangirai who notified him of the meeting through the phone
when Ncube was in Uganda."

"It is unfortunate at this stage that Ncube unashamedly chooses to be mean
with the truth in a pathetic attempt to solicit sympathy from the media and
the public while projecting President Tsvangirai in bad light.
"If anything, Ncube should just concentrate on putting his house in order."

"It is absurd for Ncube to try and prop up his waning political fortunes by
mudslinging everyone in his political logjam."

"President Tsvangirai has nothing to do with Ncube’s political misfortunes
and is at this time more focused at winning elections next year."
Tuesday Ncube's loyal newspaper NewsDay aid Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
has reportedly come under fire from MDC-T hardliners after be agreed to
President Robert Mugabe’s idea to set up a committee to renegotiate the
draft constitution.

The paper also said, "Tsvangirai is also accused of lending support to
Mugabe and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara’s machinations to block
MDC leader Welshman Ncube from the constitution making process."
It said, "the fall-out between the PM and senior MDC-T officials followed
the Monday meeting of the principals where Mugabe allegedly made spirited
efforts to ensure that Ncube does not attend."
Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara agreed to set up a committee to look into
the submissions made by delegates at the Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference
in October.
Tsvangirai’s spokesperson William Bango said his boss had no problems with
Ncube and had been strongly in support of his former secretary general
despite strong opposition from Mugabe and Mutambara.
“Tsvangirai demanded that Ncube be part of the meeting and when he heard
Ncube was outside, he personally took him into the meeting,” Bango said on
Tsvangirai had been personally calling Ncube since last week because he
wanted him to be part of the meeting, his spokesman explained.
“Tsvangirai respects the Maputo [SADC] declaration that recognises Ncube as
a principal,” he added.
“Ncube has problems with Mutambara and Mugabe, not the PM. Tsvangirai does
not want to interfere in the internal affairs of the MDC. It is unfair for
the MDC to blame Tsvangirai for their problems with Mutambara.”
He said Ncube never raised any objections when he was allowed in the
Ncube told his loyal media outlet that he was only called after the
hour-long meeting at State House to be briefed that the committee made up of
a Cabinet minister and Copac co-chairpersons will break the impasse on the
proposed supreme law.
The move is seen as a last ditch effort to smuggle in the more than 200
amendments made by Zanu PF on the Copac draft constitution.
Sources yesterday said Tsvangirai had met Mugabe without Ncube despite
advice from the MDC-T top brass not to do so.
“Tsvangirai is betraying us,” siad the NewsDay cranked up the spin quoting
an alleged senior MDC-T official.
“We agreed as the party’s executive that he should snub any meeting on the
constitution where Ncube is not invited.
“We have also agreed that the draft constitution should not be opened up for
Tsvangirai has in the past talked tough against Zanu PF’s proposals to
re-open negotiations on the draft saying it would be in violation of the
Global Political Agreement (GPA).
“What he says is not what he acts,” the source added. “I think the problem
is that he cannot defend his position when he meets Mugabe.”
Ncube yesterday said he was made to wait for an hour while Mugabe,
Tsvangirai and Mutambara discussed a report on the Second All Stakeholders
Conference presented by Constitutional Affairs minister Eric Matinenga.
The Industry and Trade minister said Mugabe and Tsvangirai also did not
disclose the venue of the meeting until he traced them to State House.
But the PM’s acting spokesperson William Bango said the MDC-T leader had
actually insisted that Ncube must attend the meeting.
“It is Tsvangirai who demanded that Ncube be invited to the meeting and when
he heard Ncube was outside, he personally went out to take him in,” Bango
“Even last week, he personally called him (Ncube) when he was away in Uganda
and flatly refused to discuss the constitution-making process in his
Bango said Tsvangirai respected the Sadc resolution that Ncube must be
recognised as a GPA leader instead of Mutambara who lost the MDC leadership
last year.
“Ncube has problems with Mutambara and Mugabe who has refused to appoint him
Deputy PM, not Tsvangirai,” he said.
“Tsvangirai cannot interfere with another party’s internal affairs, neither
is he expected to be a midwife in Ncube’s dispute with Mugabe and Mutambara.
“When Ncube was taken into the meeting, he never raised any objection and
what do you want the PM to do?” he added.
Ncube said he was taken into the State House meeting by Mugabe’s
spokesperson Lawrence Kamwi not Tsvangirai.
“When I got in, Mugabe pretended as if he was not aware that I (had been
waiting) outside,” he said.
“He ordered Matinenga to start afresh his presentations leading to the
resolutions to the setting up of a committee.
“Kamwi and Matinenga had both gone into the meeting an hour before and told
them I was waiting outside.
“Mugabe said he intended to call another meeting of party leaders after the
Cabinet meeting to debate the constitution, although they had already agreed
on a way forward.”
The paper went on to say Ncube said before the Monday drama, Tsvangirai’s
aide Ian Makone had confided in him that Mugabe had indicated that he was
not comfortable with him attending.

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Partisan inputs refused

Disgruntled Hopley residents recently refused to accept inputs dished out
under a scheme initiated by President Robert Mugabe, in protest over
favouritism and reported theft by greedy Zanu (PF) officials.

by Farai Bango

The inputs are meant to enable the residents to participate in urban
farming. Hopley, situated about 10km southwest of Harare and one of the
informal settlements that sprouted after Operation Murambatsvina in 2005,
accommodates residents who have been manipulated to vote Zanu (PF) because
of their poverty.

It is located in Harare South constituency, the only one controlled by Zanu
(PF) in the capital. The Zimbabwean interviewed some residents who witnessed
the boycott.

“We were told that every household should get 2kg of maize seed and 5kg of
fertilizer but when a truck came with seeds, those distributing the inputs
said there was not enough, hence we had to receive 1kg of each,” said a
resident who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The resident said that some Zanu (PF) leaders in Hopley unanimously agreed
not to accept the seeds until leadership addressed them.

“Our leadership agreed not to accept the seed and fertiliser, saying they
were suspecting that some selfish individuals might have diverted the inputs
for their own use,” said the resident.

Another resident only identified as Johannes said: “People unanimously
refused to take seeds and the fertilizer as doing so would be endorsing

Meanwhile, in Sunningdale distribution of inputs has been marred by
controversy as disbanded District Coordinating Committee factions fight for
control. Zanu (PF) earlier this year dissolved the DCCs, accusing them of
dividing and weakening the party.

In Harare, there are two factions reportedly led by Hubert Nyanhongo and
Amos Midzi.

“There are some who say they belong to the Nyahongo camp and others who
claim to be on Midzi’s side and there has been a tug of war over control of
the distribution exercise,” said a source who witnessed the distribution
last week.

In Mbare, only those who attend the party’s meetings and card carrying
members were given 2kg of seed and 5kg of fertilizer. When contacted for
comment, Zanu (PF) Harare Province Chairman, Amos Midzi, refused to comment.

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Madhuku ends MDC relationship

By Guthrie Munyuki, Senior Assistant Editor
Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:38

HARARE - Lovemore Madhuku, the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
chairperson is reviled by his opponents and adored by those enamoured with
his activism.

From President Robert Mugabe to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party,
the mainstream MDC, the University of Zimbabwe law professor is like a pain
that refuses to go away.

You don’t need painkillers to deal with Madhuku.

“With the MDC, we no longer have a relationship, at all. This must be
stressed,” said Madhuku.

“Our relationship with the MDC was simply on the basis that the NCA helped
to form the MDC, that the MDC would become a political wing of the broad
project of trying to make the country more democratic. They have since
abandoned that. I think from 2008 after the elections”.

He said in the 2008 campaign, just like the 2002 campaign when the NCA
supported the MDC, it was on an assumption that the MDC would, as a
political party in government or the MDC president as president of the
country, would promote “those values we stood for”.

Relations between the mainstream MDC and one of its founding members, have
been frosty although both parties tried to put a veil on the seemingly
cracking union for sometime.

Since the inter-party talks which led to a secret constitutional draft
penned by the two MDC formations and Zanu PF, in Kariba, the broader civic
society felt Tsvangirai had assaulted the principles of pushing for a
people-driven constitution.

Today, the civic movement is sharply divided because of the
constitution-making process with some backing Tsvangirai although privately
acknowledging the defective process which Madhuku argues is a departure from
their principles.

“To say that we don’t have any relationship with the MDC anymore has nothing
to do with our own personal relationships because we have had a long
struggle together.

“We have very close friendships at a personal level with those people that
are in government, for example I relate very well at a personal level with
Tsvangirai himself, Tendai Biti and so on.

“These are really our friends, we were jailed together, beaten together,
formed the MDC together, formed the NCA together and so on.

“So our relations for me go a long way. Politically, on the
constitution-making process, I do not see us ever coming back together.

“They should not even expect us to support them even when they go into the
next government. We think they do not have any principles because if they
have principles there is no reason to continue to fail the relationship,”
Madhuku told the Daily News.

The NCA leader cast doubts on Tsvangirai winning next elections because of
perceived ineffectual plan to force political reforms in the inclusive

He said Tsvangirai has allowed Zanu PF to push him to where they are better
placed to run.

“He allowed them to reach the next election without any reform. The purpose
of the inclusive government was to create a transitional arrangement at the
end of which we would be able to have a stable country that can run free and
fair elections.

“Tsvangirai spent the last three-and-half-years in an arrangement where he
extracted no fundamental reforms.

“He will still agree to go to an election where there are no fundamental
reforms. I do not see him winning without fundamental reforms. What has been
reformed? The security sector is quite intact, Mugabe is still having the
levers of all.”

The 2004 Train Foundation’s Civil Courage Prize winner claimed the reason
why Tsvangirai may not make it is because he presided over a process where
no reforms were to come out of it.

Madhuku said the MDC has failed to deal with the corruption reported to be
in their rank and file leading to a fall in their public ratings.

He said their failure to announce a “free and fair” candidate selection
process is indicative of lacking moral power to tell sitting MPs to face the
“real thing”.

“There is so much involvement of dirtiness in the whole thing. Because it is
dirty, you want to maintain a particular political class because the
political class will perpetuate your stay.

“Let us say they get defeated in the next election or they have the election
‘stolen’ from them, they will still want someone to say.

Tsvangirai forever and ever; the only person to say that is that one who was
protected from being challenged (in party primary elections).

There are contradictions by the MDC on whether the party will allow sitting
MPs to go through primaries.

Spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora has indicated not all sitting MPs will face
primary elections but organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa, has said there
won’t be sacred cows — all MPs will have to pass the primaries’ test.

Madhuku doubted if a new constitution was going to be written.

“Initially there was a fear you would get a defective document which should
not be taken to the referendum. But it is getting clearer that not even a
defective document would come out of the process.

The parties are going to continue wrangling, not for good reasons.

“But each party now wants to use the debate of the constitution to score
certain political points. The MDC, for example would want to be seen to have
completely defeated Mugabe all the way.

“On the other hand, Zanu PF realises that in the public domain they maybe
seen as having lost the battle. They want to keep their face and they will
resist as much as possible.

“It will lead to a deadlock of sorts which would mean that no document will
be ready when we reach January and then towards the end of January Mugabe is
likely to just impose an election date. That is how I feel.

I do not see a constitution coming out of this process. We are back to where
we were at the beginning of the process”

Madhuku is not really viewed as a saint.

He has been accused of becoming another Mugabe by clinging to the NCA
chairmanship and aligning with Zanu PF in his criticism of the MDC

Madhuku said he will leave his post after the elections, although he could
have gone sooner had the referendum being held earlier as had been

He completely dismissed Zanu PF links.

“If there is a coincidence that what we say maybe what Zanu PF is actually
favouring, we will not stop criticising the MDC merely because Zanu PF is
happy with it. We do not criticise MDC for Zanu PF. We criticise the MDC for
our sake. It is cheap politicking to say a person who has criticised
Tsvangirai is therefore Zanu PF. It comes from those who believe they are
the best game in town,” said Madhuku.

For someone who was raised at Madhuku Village, passing through a school with
same name in primary and later attending Gideon Mhlanga and Mt Selinda High
Schools, respectively, Madhuku might not have started yet.

The 46-year-old has a degree from the UZ, Master’s and PhD achievements from
Cambridge University.

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Playing politics with military history
by Richard Lee

As Zimbabwe heads towards elections in 2013, Zanu (PF) is once again looking to the country’s highly partisan securocrats to dash the people’s democratic desires and keep the party – and President Mugabe – in power.

Military chiefs only support Zanu (PF)
Military chiefs only support Zanu (PF)

It is hardly a secret that Zimbabwean military and intelligence services have always practised an authoritarian, nationalist and totally pro-Zanu (PF) brand of politics. It is also common knowledge that the command structures of all the country’s security services are controlled by men who were part of ZANLA – ZANU’s military wing – during Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle. Men who have not been professionalised and whose thinking is still dominated by liberation politics – and by unwavering, undying support for Mugabe.

After the security force’s brutal campaign helped to prevent Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC party from taking power when they won the 2008 elections, there was always concern that an unreformed (and unpunished) security sector would ensure that the next polls would also be marred by violence and intimidation – and that the democratic will of the people of Zimbabwe would again be thwarted.

The question was always – how would they do it. The first necessity was cash. With the MDC controlling the state’s purse strings, the security sector bosses needed to find funds that it could use. They found the answer in the Marange diamond fields and in shady joint ventures with Chinese companies, which funnelled illicit diamond revenues into their empty coffers.

But still it was not clear what they would spend all the money in their now overflowing war chests on. That became clear on November 1st with the launch of the so-called military history documentation project – a project that is clearly designed to allow the army to campaign for Zanu (PF) and that will not document military history but instead will write another terrible chapter in the military’s increasingly bloody and anti-democratic history.

As part of the project, the Zimbabwean security forces are going to deploy more than 30,000 members, including serving and retired officers and Zanu (PF) mobilisation officers, across the country to build ‘support’ for Mugabe and the party through a combination of terrifying ‘sticks’ and a few tempting ‘carrots’.

The Zimbabwe Independent Newspaper estimated on November 2nd that the military has bought 1,500 Isuzu trucks – worth around US$45million – for use in the operation, which will target every village and street in the country. This is in addition to the 550 cars that Zanu (PF) has already gratefully accepted and will use as part of its election campaign and which were a ‘donation’ from one of the dodgy diamond mining companies that are plundering Marange.

It is critical that the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which is the guarantor of the Global Political Agreement, and the African Union – along with the broader international community – act now in order to prevent any further bloodshed before and after the coming elections and to ensure that the elections result in a genuine transition to a more open and democratic society.

But this will not happen if Mugabe and his henchmen are allowed to get away with using the security services to intimidate their way across the country. Already the security chiefs have made it clear that they will never accept a civilian president (i.e. a person with no liberation struggle credentials) and will certainly never salute Morgan Tsvangirai.

SADC has to step in before it is too late. The longer they wait to denounce the rising tide of intimidation and illegal arrests of MDC politicians and civil society activists, the greater the chance of a repeat of 2008 – and another victory for the securocrats and their friends in Zanu (PF). SADC also needs to tell Zanu (PF) to send the soldiers back to their barracks.

Because let’s be clear. Despite Zanu (PF)’s protestations that the military history project is just a ‘military history project’, everyone knows that it is a carefully thought-out and well-orchestrated election ploy.

Why else would so many security service personnel be deployed in such a hurry to villages across the country – just six months before elections? Independence was 32 years ago so there clearly is no rush to complete a history of the military. The only answer is that they are not going to ask questions about the army’s past but rather ‘tell’ people how to vote to secure the securocrats future – and the future of its allies in Zanu (PF). And they’re going to do it by ensuring there are more army vehicles than ambulances in Zimbabwean villages – and more security force personnel than high school teachers.

It is all part of a grandiose but actually very simple plan. Rig the election, intimidate the voters and install a friendly ‘civilian’ government that will protect the securocrats’ lucrative diamond, gold, platinum and agricultural interests. It is a classic silent coup.

And it can’t be allowed to happen. SADC and the AU cannot afford another coup – another bloody mess in Zimbabwe. And nor can the people of Zimbabwe.

SADC and the AU must stop this dangerous ‘military history project’ in its tracks, instructing the government that it can only take place after the 2013 elections. Then they must put their own ‘boots on the ground’ by immediately deploying observers in all ten provinces of Zimbabwe. And lastly they must demand that the political parties implement the critical GPA reforms to the media landscape and electoral institutions that they agreed to back in September 2008 – to provide a chance for Zimbabweans to cast their vote in free and fair elections.

And to finally enjoy the government of their choice.

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