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ZIG Watch : Issue 02 - January 2009

Teachers' Strike: Govt Resorts to Arm-twisting
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 31/01/2009 Source
The government is intimidating striking teachers by threatening to invoke statutes that bar civil servants from absenting themselves from work for more than two weeks. The move comes as the majority of public schools failed to open for the first term last week. In a circular to all provincial education directors issued after teachers carried out their threat not to return to work until they were paid in foreign currency, Stephen Mahere, the Permanent Secretary for Education, said the government would freeze salaries of teachers who absented themselves from work for 14 days. Action would be taken to discharge them if they did not report for work for 30 days. The 2009 budget in which the government promised to pay civil servants' allowances in foreign currency denominated coupons and salaries in Zimbabwe dollars, has angered teachers. The circular came amid revelations that on Thursday government snubbed a meeting between leading donors and the striking teachers, which could have provided an intervention similar to the one in the health sector. Donors included United Nations agencies, the European Union, Save Children UK and Save Children Norway.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 7.1 (e) will formulate policies and put measures in place to attract the return and repatriation of all Zimbabweans in the Diaspora and in particular will work towards the return of all skilled personnel.
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
Church Wants Meddling Chief, Cops Locked up
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 31/01/2009 Source
A Mt Darwin church has approached the High Court seeking the imprisonment of a pro-Zanu PF chief and two senior police officers they accuse of interfering with their religious activities in defiance of two court orders. Members of the Johanne Masowe Apostolic sect say Chief Clemence Nembire, the Officer-in-Charge Mt Darwin Police Station and the Officer-in-Charge Dotito Police Station were preventing them from holding prayers. In his founding affidavit, the sect leader, Madzibaba Reuben Tapedza alleges that on December 26, the chief and the two officers disrupted a prayer meeting at his homestead. This came days after the High Court barred Chief Nembire from interfering with the sect's activities. A similar order was issued on November 24. Chief Nembire was in the headlines last year when the sect members dragged him to the courts for evicting them from their homesteads and dispossessing them of their land. The sect alleges that the chief banned its religious activities, destroyed its shrine and barred members from meeting even in small groups and issued threats of violence and murder against them.
  • 5.9 (c) ensure security of tenure to all land holders.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 12.1 (a) to work together in a manner which guarantees the full implementation and realisation of the right to freedom of association and assembly; and
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5(c) that the Government shall apply the laws of the country fully and impartially in bringing all perpetrators of politically motivated violence to book;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
Councillors in Hiding After Threats by Chiefs, Soldiers
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 31/01/2009 Source
Two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) councillors from Gutu district in Masvingo have gone into hiding after they were allegedly threatened by two chiefs and soldiers for trying to buy maize on behalf of starving villagers in their wards. The councillors were given R28 000 by the villagers to buy maize on their behalf from the Grain Marketing Board (GMB). Councillors Raymond Chinhenga and Artwell Mavetera said they had gone to the GMB’s Beitbridge depot to collect the maize when Chiefs Chitsa and Serima and the soldiers confronted them. The chiefs and the soldiers only identified by their surnames accused them of trying to “make MDC seem like a better party than Zanu PF”. “Chief Chitsa said he would not allow people in his area to support the MDC and said anyone who opposes this would be dealt with,” Chinhenga said.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Mukoko bail hearing postponed again, as legal games continue
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 30/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe’s political rivals agreed to a unity government on Friday, but for abducted and detained activist Jestina Mukoko nothing changed as Justice Anne-Marie Gowora postponed her bail hearing. The legal technicalities thrown up in all the cases have ensured the state succeeds in holding the activists in custody for as long as possible. On Friday Justice Gowora said the defence had to file a written response to the issues raised by state in opposing bail for Mukoko. Almost 3 months into her abduction and detention the Zimbabwe Peace Project Director is still to be charged for the offences Mugabe’s regime claims she committed. In a cruel twist of events the state is claiming that a bail application cannot be heard because Mukoko has not been charged yet. Defence lawyer Harrison Nkomo said they would file the requested written response on the same Friday. The case will now be heard on Monday.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Mliswa urges last-minute farm invasions
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 30/01/2009 Source
Fresh farm invasions have been witnessed in Mashonaland West province as frustrated Zanu PF supporters try to grab pieces of land before the inception of an all inclusive government by Zanu PF and MDC in two weeks' time. The invasions are said to have been instigated by Themba Mliswa, the Zanu PF Secretary for Lands in Mashonaland West province at a provincial meeting for A2 farmers in Chegutu on Wednesday. Witnesses told The Zimbabwe Times that Mliswa openly told Zanu PF supporters who were still holding onto offer letters that they risked not owning any farms in their lives if they did not forcibly take ownership of land before February 11. Mliswa, a staunch supporter of President Robert Mugabe, told the farmers that it would be difficult to occupy their land once MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai had been sworn in as Prime Minister.
  • 3.1(b) to create conditions that would ensure that the 2008/2009 agricultural season is productive.
  • 5.9 (b) ensure that all Zimbabweans who are eligible ... shall be considered for allocation of land irrespective of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or political affiliation;
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
Corruption, Govt Incompetence Dooms 2008/9 Cropping Season
Zimbabwe Independent, The (ZW): 30/01/2009 Source
Stretches of fallow land and yellowish maize crop have become a common feature in traditional grain-producing regions, which were this agricultural season expected to grow 80% of the 500 000 hectares targeted for maize under a government farming programme. An apparent deficiency of nitrogen and underutilisation of arable land are telltale signs of a low yield expected from the widely publicised “Champion Farmer” programme. Despite reported cases of abuse by senior government officials, official figures indicate that over 30 million litres of fuel is required to meet the targeted tillage. Government has procured less than half of that amount to date. “The rains are good but the situation is bad,” said Renson Gasela, the secretary for lands and agriculture in the MDC led by Arthur Mutambara. Gasela, who is also a commercial farmer based in Gweru, blamed government for failing to plan for the current season. “There was a lot of seed in the press, but nothing on the ground. Planning for next year’s crop should start now in order to break the cycle of food shortage. We are getting these perennial problems because government does not plan on time. It often wants to plan in October and November,” Gasela said.
  • 3.1(b) to create conditions that would ensure that the 2008/2009 agricultural season is productive.
Govt Blamed for Collapse of Social Security nets - Analysts
Zimbabwe Independent, The (ZW): 30/01/2009 Source
The collapse of social security nets as a result of the decade-long socio-political crisis has worsened the plight of underprivileged people who are wallowing in poverty, and has also exposed government's maladministration, analysts have said. Lloyd Sachikonye, a former professor at the University of Zimbabwe's Institute for Development Studies, said the collapse of the safety nets (among them pensions, medical aid and educational grants) was a result of poor governance, although government insisted that sanctions imposed by the United States, Britain and its Western allies were to blame. According to a proposed economic recovery package drawn up last September, government said it was assisting 613 000 food insecure households through the public works programme. However, most of these policies and schemes have been abandoned and analysts have blamed the government for failing to ensure an enabling environment for economic activity, appropriate education, health care and social security.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
Gideon Gono engulfed in another embarrassing scandal
Afrik.com: 30/01/2009 Source
Gideon Gono, governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, has again been fingered in an embarrassing financial scandal as it has emerged that he gave the Foreign Exchange Licenced Warehouses and Shops (FOLIWARS) free of charge to Zanu PF members, friends and relatives. The licenses are pegged at US$20 000 but to date not one of those who is trading has paid such an amount. Said a source at the RBZ headquarters, “Nobody has paid for the RBZ licences because most of those trading in forex are relations and friends of Gono. We are angry about the development because we are being denied an opportunity to trade in hard currency when the economy has been dollarised.” According to the source, Gono was empowering his Zanu PF cronies as part of a looting strategy. Businesspeople linked to opposition politics are said to have been sidelined in getting licences to sell wares in United States dollars and rands. “If you a Zanu PF member, you are quick to be granted a licence without going through hassles. That’s an instruction we received from the Governor (Gono).
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (e) will formulate policies and put measures in place to attract the return and repatriation of all Zimbabweans in the Diaspora and in particular will work towards the return of all skilled personnel.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
Committee names and shames small fish
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 29/01/2009 Source
Several reports published in various media publications, both print and electronic, have indicated a gross abuse of inputs under government’s Operation Maguta/Inala programme. The reports have on occasion named the officials said to have abused the scheme for their personal benefit. Last week, the head of the programme, Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba said that government had discovered some “malcontents” who had diverted to their own use inputs meant for the programme, with most of the inputs finding their way to the parallel market. However, his turned out to be a hollow threat as only a few low-ranking army officials and foreigners were named as culprits.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
Urban patients now referred to rural mission hospitals
PlusNews: 29/01/2009 Source
In the government guidelines on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, HIV-positive pregnant women are encouraged to deliver by Caesarean, where facilities are available, to reduce the chances of passing on the virus to the baby. Rosa Chimbindi, pregnant with her first child, recently went Harare’s Parirenyatwa hospital, one of Zimbabwe's largest referral facilities, as her doctor had recommended that her baby be delivered by Caesarean section because she was HIV positive and had previously suffered a hip injury. However, the senior Matron told her and other women already in labour to go to the private sector, and if they could not afford this, they should travel to two of the mission hospitals outside Harare, either 60 or 150km away respectively, for treatment. Dr Amon Siveregi, the representative of the Zimbabwe Health Workers' Association, told IRIN/PlusNews: "For us to get to the extent where big hospitals such as Parirenyatwa, Harare and Chitungwiza [about 30km from Harare] are actually referring patients in need of medical care to rural hospitals (instead of what was previously the other way around) is the biggest scandal the health system has ever had to take," said Siveregi.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
State opposes bail for MDC MP Meke Makuyana
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 29/01/2009 Source
State prosecutors this week opposed bail of Z$20 billion to the MDC MP for Chipinge South, Meke Makuyana, when he appeared before a magistrate facing terrorism charges. The MP is being accused of engaging in activities bent on destabilizing peace and stability in the country stemming from alleged incidents of violence last year during the election period. Makuyana was picked up from his home in Chiredzi by the police on 14 January. Since he defeated Enock Porusingazi, the notorious former ZANU PF MP in last year's elections, Makuyana has been detained, tortured and harassed by state security agents. 'Makuyana will be back in court next week Tuesday to fight for his freedom, which he deserves because these are trumped up charges, we know it, ZANU PF knows it, and so does the state,' the MDC spokesman for Manicaland, Pishai Muchauraya said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Business urges Gono to pay gold miners
Zim Online (ZW): 28/01/2009 Source
Major business organisations in Zimbabwe last week took aim at Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono demanding that he pays all outstanding funds to the country’s gold mines so they could be able to resume production. “He was told to pay the mines,” said a source speaking on condition of anonymity. “We told him that if these mines were paid they would be able to resume production and the country will generate the foreign currency we need to stabilise the Zimbabwe dollar,” the source added. Zimbabwe’s gold mining sector, one of the country’s biggest foreign currency earners, has collapsed because the RBZ has diverted payments to fund government expenditure. The RBZ, through Fidelity Printers and Refiners, is the only entity permitted by law to buy the precious metal from the country’s 354 registered gold producers, that include 21 primary, 252 small-scale miners and 81 custom millers. Under a special pricing facility that the RBZ says is meant to support producers but which miners say pays below market price, producers are paid for 55 percent of the deliveries in foreign currency. The remainder is paid in local currency but the central bank has frequently defaulted on payments starving mines of cash to pay workers and import chemicals, machines and spares.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
Top Gono aide exposed as owner of bank
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 28/01/2009 Source
Norman Mataruka, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)’s bank licensing, supervision and surveillance chief, has been exposed for his and the entire institution’s duplicity, amid reports of his near 20 percent stake in NDH Bank Limited (NDH Ltd) – against standing bank regulation and general corporate governance rules. Mataruka, who has emerged a key associate and enforcer of central bank governor Gideon Gono, sank many “an institution” in the tumultuous 2003-2004 period over what they called “irresponsible banking and unbalanced institutions” caused by weak governance, and monitoring structures. However, news of the senior RBZ staffer’s shareholding in an operational Zimbabwean bank has invoked serious questions about conflict of interest issues and how muddled, and selective Gono’s bank regulation policy is. To compound matters, Mataruka’s younger cousin Leo – a former University of Zimbabwe economics lecturer who now describes himself as a business consultant – is managing director of the Harare bank, operating out of MIPF House in Central Avenue.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
Government Scheme to Access Forex Blocks Small Business
Inter Press Service (IPS): 27/01/2009 Source
The ZANU-PF government’s efforts to gain access to foreign exchange (also known as forex) by imposing an expensive licensing system on Zimbabwean enterprises, enforced with the threat of prosecution, is undermining one of the last remaining means of survival in the collapsing country. According to criteria set by Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank last year for the foreign exchange licensed warehouses and retail shops (FOLIWARS) project, businesses intending to sell in foreign currency must deposit 20,000 U.S. dollars with the bank for them to be issued with a licence. The project is forcing many small enterprises out of the market at a time when local industries have virtually shut down because of an inability to generate foreign currency reserves previously earned through exports. However, companies with ties to ZANU PF are believed to have easy access to foreign currency. They were largely the first ones to be granted FOLIWARS licences, enabling them to make super profits at a time when other business concerns are struggling to raise the licence fee.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (b) will ensure equal and fair development of all regions of the country and in particular to correct historical imbalances in the development of regions;
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Mugabe to form govt after summit, with or without Tsvangirai: minister
ABC News (Aus): 26/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe will form a government after today's regional summit in South Africa with or without a deal with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, a minister has said. "This summit is the last summit that is going to discuss this issue of an inclusive government," deputy information minister Bright Matonga said. "If it does not work today, definitely when the President comes back here, he has to form a new government with or without Morgan Tsvangirai. "The way forward, soon after this summit whether there is an agreement or there is no agreement, President Mugabe is going to form a cabinet, 15 cabinet ministers, eight deputy ministers of ZANU-PF," he said in an interview on public broadcaster SA FM. "He will obviously try to leave room for [the Movement for Democratic Change leader] Tsvangirai so that whenever he changes his mind... but that is not going to be for too long. "He will then come to join the all inclusive government. There has to be a government whether there is MDC or not."
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Mugabe’s bitter troops close private schools
Times, The (UK): 25/01/2009 Source
Pupils as young as five years old were being turned away from school gates by President Robert Mugabe’s army last week as Zimbabwe’s education system, once one of the finest in Africa, became the latest victim of his ruinous corruption and economic mismanagement. A week after the scheduled beginning of the academic year, all state schools remain closed. They are not expected to reopen until at least the end of February. As far as the state is concerned, if its own schools are shut, then the private ones have no right to be open. “Soldiers were at the gates telling the pupils to go away. They said that other children couldn’t go to school, so St George’s children should stay away until the government decided when term should begin.”
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Zimbabwe police slap last-minute ban on opposition party rally in Harare
Yahoo News: 25/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwean police have slapped a last-minute ban on a opposition a rally in the capital of Harare. The ban - and its timing - prompted allegations that security forces are acting on the orders of President Robert Mugabe's party. It came as members of the Movement Democratic Change, the country's largest opposition group, were already gathering for the rally on the eve of a regional summit on Zimbabwe's political crisis. Human rights activists say Mugabe's government has intensified its crackdown on free speech and dissent in recent weeks.
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 10 Recognising that the right to canvas and freely mobilise for political support is the cornerstone of any multi-party democratic system, the Parties have agreed that there should be free political activity throughout Zimbabwe within the ambit of the law in which all political parties are able to propagate their views and canvass for support, free of harassment and intimidation.
  • 12.1 (a) to work together in a manner which guarantees the full implementation and realisation of the right to freedom of association and assembly; and
  • 12.1 (b) that the Government shall undertake training programmes, workshops and meetings for the police and other enforcement agencies directed at the appreciation of the right of freedom of assembly and association and the proper interpretation, understanding and application of the provisions of security legislation.
Supreme Court order over Mukoko's treatment defied
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 24/01/2009 Source
Prison officials last week blocked incarcerated rights activist Jestina Mukoko from receiving urgent treatment after they removed her from a private Harare hospital before doctors could finish treating her. Her lawyers immediately slammed the move as “absolute contempt” for the Supreme Court order instructing the authorities to ensure she received medical attention after she was tortured while in detention. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku on January 12 ordered that Mukoko be taken to hospital for proper medical attention as recommended by a private doctor who examined her at Chikurubi Maximum Prison. She has been detained there since December. On Tuesday she was taken to the Avenues Clinic where doctors examined her and recommended that she should be admitted at the institution for further treatment. But officials from the Zimbabwe Prison Service (ZPS) reportedly took her away before she could receive vital treatment.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
Police Roadblocks Rile Motorists
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 24/01/2009 Source
Public transport operators and motorists have expressed concern about the increasing number of roadblocks on major roads throughout the country manned by police officers who openly demand bribes. Matters came to a head a fortnight ago when public transporters in Bulawayo called for an urgent meeting with the police to discuss the issue of mounting roadblocks and worsening corruption.Numerous police roadblocks have sprouted across the country, with others found along the highways linking major cities. In some cases, army and prison officers are also found at some roadblocks together with the police. In Southerton, the police allegedly demand US$5 per commuter bus that passes through the roadblock every morning.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
Report paints horrifying picture of conditions in prisons
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 24/01/2009 Source
The government has established a cemetery at one of its biggest jails to bury hundreds of prisoners dying from disease and hunger. Last month, prison officials had to conduct a mass burial of the decomposing bodies of prisoners who had been kept in a room at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison for six months because a mortuary at Harare Central Prison was full, the report said. According to the report, 2008 was "the most horrific and traumatic year" for both inmates and prison wardens. Prisoners went for days without a meal and were occasionally supplied with food "only meant to keep a person alive" such as the staple porridge, sadza. The report continued: "The death impact of prisoners saw the opening of a cemetery at Chikurubi Prison Farm. The main causes of prisoners' deaths included reduced meals, shortage of drugs and the poor health environment in our prisons," it said.
  • 16.1 In times of need, every Zimbabwean regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion is entitled to request and receive humanitarian and food assistance from the State.
  • 16.2 It is the primary responsibility of the State to ensure that every Zimbabwean who needs humanitarian and food assistance receives it.
Soldiers loot MDC MP’s shop
Zim Online (ZW): 23/01/2009 Source
A group of 15 armed soldiers on Tuesday looted a shop belonging to an opposition Movement for democratic Change (MDC) party legislator in Masvingo province, saying they were hungry. Amos Chibaya an MDC Member of Parliament for Mkoba in the Midlands city of Gweru told ZimOnline that the soldiers arrived at his shop at Mabika Shopping Centre in Chivi, Masvingo province, at 10 am on Tuesday, jumped over the counter and looted goods valued at over R6 500. “They told my shop attendant that they were hungry because they are not being paid enough money but what surprised me is that they targeted my shop only. There are six other shops at the centre,” said Chibaya.
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
Prison service fails to produce activists for remand court hearing
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 23/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe’s prison service on Friday failed to produce abducted activists Chris Dhlamini and 6 others, for a remand hearing at the magistrate’s court. Defence lawyer Alec Muchadehama says he was given no explanation and is now worried about the welfare of his clients. Dhlamini, the MDC director of Security, and Ghandi Mudzingwa, a former aide to Morgan Tsvangirai, are facing dubious allegations of bombing trains and police stations. Pascal Gonzo who worked with another fellow abductee, Jestina Mukoko at the Zimbabwe Peace Project, is facing allegations of assisting some activists to evade arrest by the police. The state is insisting on continuously placing the activists on remand whilst in custody, whereas the defence team wants them to either drop the charges or set a trial date.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Gen. Chiwenga: "Zimbabwe is ready for war"
Harare Tribune, The (ZW): 22/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe's top army general, reacting to suggestions by Western countries to send an international peacekeeping force to the country, said Thursday that his troops would fight off all such foreign forces. Gen. Constantine Chiwenga, a card-carrying member of ZANU-PF and a chief beneficiary of Mugabe's policies over the years, said that the plans, suggested by Britain and other powerful Western countries, were intended to topple President Robert Mugabe and replace him with a pliant leader. "There are no questions about it and it shall not change. We fought and defeated them (white rule) in 1980 and what do they still want? We will not be slaves in our own country. This is our motherland," he said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Zimbabweans seeking medical treatment forced to pay in forex
Harare Tribune, The (ZW): 22/01/2009 Source
Ordinary Zimbabweans continue facing a bleak future as council clinics have started charging in foreign currency. The clinics, which are depleted by both staff and medication, are demanding fees in United States dollars. Clinics are the first port of call for patients before they can be attended to at referral hospitals and the foreign currency fees are a major blow to many. The fees have been approved by the President Robert Mugabe’s regime, according to Health Minister David Parirenyatwa. He defended the position saying of late, many patients were opting to pay in foreign currency.
  • 16.1 In times of need, every Zimbabwean regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion is entitled to request and receive humanitarian and food assistance from the State.
  • 16.2 It is the primary responsibility of the State to ensure that every Zimbabwean who needs humanitarian and food assistance receives it.
Farm Workers Dwindle
Zimbabwe Independent, The (ZW): 22/01/2009 Source
Farm workers, bearing the brunt of a poor preparation for the 2008/9 agricultural season, have dwindled by more than 25%. This is after farmers have abandoned fields to engage in other economic activities to sustain themselves. Shortages of inputs and poor planning have impacted negatively on the agricultural sector, amid predictions that the season would be a complete write off. This has worsened the plight of farm workers countrywide as hunger and low wages take their toll. General Agriculture and Plantation Workers Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Gertrude Hambira told the Zimbabwe Independent this week that more than 40 000 farm workers had abandoned their jobs because of poor wages and working conditions. ZFU vice-president Edward Raradza told the Independent that farmers could only pay their workers in hard currency if they were allowed to trade their produce in foreign currency. He said it did not make sense to apply for a licence to trade in foreign currency when “mangoes and vegetables” were being sold in hard currency by street vendors.
  • 3.1(b) to create conditions that would ensure that the 2008/2009 agricultural season is productive.
Poverty, disease force over 38 000 to flee Zim for SA
Zim Online (ZW): 21/01/2009 Source
More than 38 000 people have fled Zimbabwe for South Africa in the past four months seeking asylum, health care and better job opportunities, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. The HRW attributed the mass exodus to the country's worsening social, economic and political crisis characterised by acute food shortages, the cholera epidemic and minimal prospects for earning a livelihood. Bill Frelick, refugee policy director for HRW, said: "The numbers being registered are far in excess of what we saw in the last year, and people are in bad shape. Food and medicines have all been markedly reduced as a result of the combination of the economic implosion in Zimbabwe, which is traced to the political repression in the country." HRW criticised Pretoria's asylum policy for needlessly subjecting applicants to stringent legal interpretations and said that considering the victims for temporary status rather than full-fledged political sanctuary would free up the system to help rescue those in dire need.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 3.1(b) to create conditions that would ensure that the 2008/2009 agricultural season is productive.
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
  • 18.5(h) to work together to ensure the safety of any displaced persons, their safe return home and their enjoyment of the full protection of the law.
Mugabe party blames Tsvangirai for talks failure
Earth Times, The: 20/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe's state media Tuesday said talks on a unity government between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai "had irretrievably collapsed" after regional mediators failed to break a four-month impasse. The Herald, which is controlled by Mugabe's Zanu-PF party, blamed Tsvangirai for the breakdown Monday night of discussions mediated by South African and Mozambican leaders and accused him of being manipulated by Western powers. Patrick Chinamasa, Mugabe's chief negotiator, was quoted in the Herald as saying that Tsvangirai had backed away from a solution proposed by South African President Kgalema Motlanthe. South Africa has been trying to convince the MDC to go into government with Mugabe and leave any shortcomings in the deal to be ironed out later."The MDC's intention is to create a vacuum so they can advance their agenda to illegally and unconstitutionally remove Zanu-PF from government," Chinamasa accused.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 19.1(d) that steps be taken to ensure that the public media provides balanced and fair coverage to all political parties for their legitimate political activities.
  • 19.1 (e) that the public and private media shall refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or that unfairly undermines political parties and other organisations. To this end, the inclusive government shall ensure that appropriate measures are taken to achieve this objective.
Soldiers are the new illegal diamond miners
IRIN (UN): 20/01/2009 Source
The vast Chiadzwa diamond fields, about 90km southwest of Zimbabwe's eastern city of Mutare, have come to resemble a military garrison since soldiers evicted scores of illegal miners. The miners have left, but the soldiers remain, and the search for diamonds has not ceased. "They have a duty roster of villagers from Marange, who are supposed to report to them early in the morning to dig for the diamonds from Chiadzwa," said the villager, who identified himself only as Simon. The villagers are forced to dig for diamonds in the numerous existing pits and also to excavate new ones. "We are too scared to report this form of forced labour because the soldiers who are camped at Chiadzwa have warned us that top army officers are involved and if we leak the information, soldiers will be sent to beat us up." One soldier said he frequently applied for leave and would go to the capital, Harare, to sell the diamonds. "Our superiors back in the barracks are fully aware of what we are doing, and they let us continue because they benefit from this illegal mining of the diamonds," he said. "Every week, we surrender a substantial amount of the mineral to them."
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
‘MDC leader to be arrested’
Sunday Times, The (RSA): 19/01/2009 Source
President Robert Mugabe’s government has put in place an elaborate plan to arrest main opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai if he refuses to join the envisaged inclusive government, security officials have claimed. They say that Tsvangirai, who returned to Zimbabwe for the first time in two months on Saturday, could be charged with treason if he continues to hold out for a more equitable deal. “If Tsvangirai continues to play hardball he will be linked to ongoing trials of people accused of plotting to overthrow Mugabe,” a security source said. The source, who is close to the investigation into allegations that arrested Zimbabwe Peace Project director Jestina Mukoko recruited insurgents, said the plan was at an advanced stage. Mukoko is accused of recruiting people for military training in Botswana with a view to pursuing an armed insurgency to remove Mugabe, 84, from power
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
White Zim farmers protected by SADC ruling due to be evicted by Chair of Senate today
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 19/01/2009 Source
The chair of the Zimbabwean Senate, Senator Edna Madzongwe, is due to evict the Etheredge family from their Stockdale farm in Chegutu, south west of Harare today. This is despite the fact that the farm is protected by the SADC tribunal judgement delivered in Windhoek, Namibia, on 28 November 2008. Senator Madzongwe sent the local Chegutu lands officer (Kunonga) to inform the Etheredges yesterday (Sunday). The Etheredges also have a High Court order from October 2007 that protects them, as well as a second High Court case making Senator Madzongwe accountable for her actions in June 2008 when she evicted them with the assistance of Gilbert Moyo.
  • 5.9 (b) ensure that all Zimbabweans who are eligible ... shall be considered for allocation of land irrespective of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or political affiliation;
  • 5.9 (c) ensure security of tenure to all land holders.
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
Purported war veteran threatens lawyers
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 19/01/2009 Source
An association for human rights lawyers says an unidentified man, claiming to be one of the veterans of Zimbabwe’s war of liberation, stormed its offices and threatened unspecified action on both its members and employees Monday. Kumbirai Mafunda said that the man accused the association of working with the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and the West to destabilise Zimbabwe and topple President Robert Mugabe. ... “He accused ZLHR of working to destablise the government and representing Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) ‘criminals and bandits’. ... “He castigated the ZLHR for advocating for the upholding of the rule of law and being recipients of financial resources from hostile western governments”. Before he left, the man is said to have threatened that he and his colleagues would take unspecific action against the ZLHR and its staff saying; “We are going to deal with you.”
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Corruption bedevils farming inputs
IRIN (UN): 19/01/2009 Source
An audit of an agricultural inputs programme aimed at rewarding productive farmers has unearthed cases of corrupt reselling of the aid by senior government officials and parliamentarians. Brig-Gen Douglas Nyikayaramba, in charge of logistics of the "Champion Farmers" programme, told the official Sunday Mail newspaper that some senior ruling party officials, including eight parliamentarians, had resold the free inputs, or hired farmers to farm on their behalf with the intention of splitting the profits from harvest sales.
  • 3.1(b) to create conditions that would ensure that the 2008/2009 agricultural season is productive.
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 16.2 It is the primary responsibility of the State to ensure that every Zimbabwean who needs humanitarian and food assistance receives it.
Mugabe in unity talks threat
Financial Times, The (UK): 18/01/2009 Source
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president, said on Sunday that talks about a government of national unity would end on Monday if the opposition failed to accept terms. He said the governing Zanu-PF party was not prepared to make any more concessions.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
Morgan Tsvangirai returns home to Zimbabwe for last ditch negotiations
Telegraph, The (UK): 17/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has returned home to his country for make or break talks with President Robert Mugabe after more than two months away. But he immediately declared that he would not be a pushover in negotiations with the 84-year-old president, who has refused to honour an agreement to form a power-sharing government with Mr Tsvangirai's MDC party after disputed elections last year. "The MDC will not be bulldozed into an agreement that doesn't reflect the will of the people ," Mr Tsvangirai said before his security team drove him off at speed from Harare airport.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
Passports Now Out of Reach for Poor
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 17/01/2009 Source
Cross border trading provides a crucial lifeline to Zimbabweans in the form of jobs. It also brings food and basic supplies into a country struggling with shortages and critical levels of hunger. Passport prices are now being charged in foreign currency, and the prices quoted mean that ordinary cross border traders will no longer be able to renew their passports. A new adult passport now costs a whopping US$670, while children now pay US$607 for the precious document. A lost passport would now fetch an additional US$400. Even an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) valid for six months will set a prospective driver US$50 back. The new charges rank Zimbabwean passports as the most expensive in the world, and it means many traders will be out of business and there is likely to be less food coming into the country, thus worsening the economic and humanitarian crisis.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 16.2 It is the primary responsibility of the State to ensure that every Zimbabwean who needs humanitarian and food assistance receives it.
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
Soldiers Seize Gono’s Chickens
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 17/01/2009 Source
Unidentified soldiers raided Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono’s farm in Norton and forcibly took 175 chickens valued at US$787.50. Chinhoyi police records show six armed soldiers who were driving a Chinese white half tonne truck arrived at New Donnington farm around 14.30hrs on Thursday and asked the farm manager Philip Musvuuri to load all the chickens at gunpoint. The soldiers are said to have told the manager that they would not pay for the chickens because Gono owed them money.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
PEACE WATCH - [16th January 2009]
Veritas (Zim): 16/01/2009 Source
Jestina Mukoko, Broderick Takawira and Pascal Gonzo of the ZPP are still incarcerated in Chikurubi Prison Maximum Security Section, in solitary confinement in filthy lice-ridden cells with appalling toilet facilities. All three have made allegations of torture. Lawyers had to fight to get the police to produce them in court [originally the police denied knowledge of them and then said they were treating them as kidnap cases]. Their lawyers had to fight to get access to them and when they did the “prisoners” were produced in handcuffs and leg irons, the time given was too short and they were given no privacy for consultations as provided for by the Constitution. The police have produced a total of 19 abductees in the magistrates court. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights had 32 people listed as “enforced disappearances”. One of the persons who was produced in court [Audrey Zimbudzana] was not on the list of 32. This means that only eighteen of the list of 32 have been produced.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 12.1 (a) to work together in a manner which guarantees the full implementation and realisation of the right to freedom of association and assembly; and
  • 18.5(c) that the Government shall apply the laws of the country fully and impartially in bringing all perpetrators of politically motivated violence to book;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
  • 18.5(h) to work together to ensure the safety of any displaced persons, their safe return home and their enjoyment of the full protection of the law.
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Judge denies bail to photographer who claimed abuse
Committee to Protect Journalists: 16/01/2009 Source
The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the health of a Zimbabwean photojournalist who was denied bail today despite allegations that he was tortured while in police detention in the capital Harare. Manyere faces charges of "banditry," a capital offense under Zimbabwe's criminal code, in connection with a spate of unsolved explosions at police stations in Harare. Police claimed they found 47 rounds of 9mm ammunition at Manyere's home, but his lawyer denied the claim. Muchadehama said officers searched Manyere's residence in the presence of his wife, and carted away a laptop computer, disks, and videocassettes, but no rounds of ammunition. Police failed to produce the rounds or charge Manyere with illegal possession of ammunition, he said. "We are alarmed by these reports of the physical abuse in detention of Anderson Shadreck Manyere," said Tom Rhodes, CPJ Africa program coordinator. "At the very least, Manyere should be released on bail immediately to receive medical attention. As long as he remains in a prison his health is a major cause of concern."
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Zimbabwe: Free Activists Unlawfully Held
Human Rights Watch: 15/01/2009 Source
The Zimbabwe authorities should immediately free 32 opposition party members and rights activists unlawfully detained and disclose the whereabouts of 11 others, Human Rights Watch said today. Many among those whose status has been revealed by the government have reported being tortured in detention. Lawyers for the detainees told Human Rights Watch that they have not been able to communicate and consult confidentially with their clients as police and prison officials insist on being present during all interviews. The detainees have also been denied access to medical treatment despite a High Court order directing that they should have access to medical examination and treatment and to doctors of their choice. Lawyers also report that there have been numerous and inexplicable delays in hearing the cases of the detainees in court. The authorities are also refusing to disclose the whereabouts of 11 other MDC members. On December 31, Acting Minister of State for National Security Didymus Mutasa submitted an affidavit in court proceedings stating that state security agents had taken the men into custody.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
State now admits holding 3 of missing 12
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 15/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe authorities admitted on Thursday that the State was holding in detention three of the missing Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) members who went missing last year. Twelve members of the MDC, which defeated President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party in last year’s elections have been missing since going back as far as October 2008 after they were abducted by armed gunmen suspected to be state security agents. The state authorities disclosed that the police had detained Lloyd Tarumbwa, Terry Musona and Fanny Tembo under what they called police protective custody. Mutsonziwa and Nzombe told Justice Chitakunye that the three MDC members were being held as state witnesses in a case in which the government is alleging that human rights activist Jestina Mukoko and other MDC members were planning acts of banditry seeking to topple Zanu-PF leader Robert Mugabe from power.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(c) that the Government shall apply the laws of the country fully and impartially in bringing all perpetrators of politically motivated violence to book;
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Police continue to harass Anglicans
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 15/01/2009 Source
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) still provides fallen former Anglican clergyman and ardent supporter of President Robert Mugabe, Nolbert Kunonga, with tactical support long after he was ousted following a split in the church early last year. The former Bishop of Harare Diocese incurred the wrath of the majority of Zimbabwe’s Anglican community when he withdrew his diocese from the Anglican Church’s Province of Central Africa, ostensibly in protest at the tolerance of homosexuality by Anglicans in the United Kingdom and the United States. Kunonga was ousted and replaced by Bishop Sebastian Bakare. The ZRP officers are now said to be still patronising church establishments throughout Harare and physically preventing members of the mainstream congregation led by Bakare from using church property. This is despite a High Court order granting access to both groups. “The Anglican church members are always harassed by the police who prevent us from using church premises, despite a High Court order allowing us equal access to church facilities until the matter is finalised,” said Elizabeth Chimwe of the Greendale Parish. “Our group has the support of three quarters of people who were part of the united Anglican Church but now we have to leave a church with a seating capacity of about 200 to a group of 38 people just because we have no political muscle.”
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 12.1 (a) to work together in a manner which guarantees the full implementation and realisation of the right to freedom of association and assembly; and
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
Abducted baby released to strangers
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 14/01/2009 Source
The youngest political detainee, two year old Nigel Mutemagawo who has spent nearly three months in prison, was finally released on Tuesday afternoon. Nigel was released from Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, but not with his mother Violet Mupfuranhehwe. The MDC information department released a statement which said: “Medical reports show that during his abduction and continued detention for charges of banditry and terrorism, two year-old Nigel was assaulted and denied food and medical attention by his captors.” His mother also said in an affidavit that at times she was not allowed to feed her child and that he was beaten up using a fan belt when he cried for food. It is reported that the MDC officials who were handed the child on Tuesday were now frantically trying to locate his parents’ relatives so that they can hand the baby over to them.
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(c) that the Government shall apply the laws of the country fully and impartially in bringing all perpetrators of politically motivated violence to book;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
MDC MP convicted for ‘forging signatures on nomination paper’
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 14/01/2009 Source
The MDC MP for Chimanimani West in Manicaland province, Lynette Karenyi, has pledged to fight tooth and nail to clear her name over a conviction that she ‘forged signatures on her nomination papers.’ The conviction means Karenyi loses her parliamentary seat and most significantly removes the MDC’s simple majority in Parliament. The MDC-T won 100 parliamentary seats during last year’s elections with ZANU PF garnering 99, the MDC-M 10 and an independent winning one seat. CIO started visiting Karenyi’s nominees door-to-door, in a bid to frighten them to lay charges of forgery against the MP. This happened just two days after she filed her nomination papers last year. How the state agents got hold of her nomination paper from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in Mutare remains a mystery. ‘I duly filed my nomination paper which was accepted by ZEC in Mutare. That is a private and confidential document that should never have been used by anyone outside ZEC. So ZEC broke the law by leaking the documents to ZANU PF because their agents were able to visit all my 20 nominees, which is illegal,’ Karenyi said. She added; ‘ZEC requires that an aspiring MP must have 10 nominees, but I had 20 on my papers, meaning I had a bonus of 10 in case the other 10 were not acceptable. If they had a query with the four, they still could have reverted to the extra six who were still eligible to stand as my nominees.’
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
MDC MP arrested by police in Chiredzi
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 14/01/2009 Source
Arrests and threats against the MDC continue and the latest case is the arrest of the MDC MP for Chipinge South in Manicaland province, Meke Makuyana. He was picked up by the police on Wednesday from his Chiredzi home by several officers from the Law and Order section based in Chipinge and Mutare. ‘He informed us that he had been arrested and that he was being taken to either Chisumbanje or Chipinge for questioning. Why he was arrested he doesn’t know,’ Muchauraya said. Makuyana defeated the notorious former MP for ZANU PF Enock Porusingazi, a man whose name is synonymous with terror and violence. At one time during the campaign period last year Porusingazi and his thugs kidnapped Makuyana and held him incommunicado for several days and Porusingazi personally tortured him.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
War Vets Loot Goods And Forex
RadioVOP: 14/01/2009 Source
Some overzealous war veterans teamed up and raided shops at Ngundu shopping centre along Masvingo- Beitbridge highway and other several outlets surrounding Ngundu on Tuesday, getting away with goods and forex. Sources said a well known war veteran positively identified by the people at Ngundu as Enock Shindi and is also a councilor (Zanu PF) of ward 26, was part of the group. "The group of well known war veterans and some neighbourhood watch police, was led by Councilor Shindi. They accused us of illegally selling our commodities so they took away all the money which we had made for the day. They took R 630 from me which I had managed to get after selling canned beer and soft drinks to people going to Beitbridge," said a source. It is also reported that the war veterans spent the whole day looking for well known Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters in Chivi who operate the business.
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
Tomana vows to prosecute farmers
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 14/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe’s newly appointed Attorney General, Johannes Tomana, says he will proceed with the prosecution of all commercial farmers who have acted in breach of government’s order to vacate gazetted land. This is in spite of a November 2008 ruling by the SADC Tribunal barring government from continuing with its eviction of the farmers in question. In passing the judgement, the President of the tribunal, Judge Mondale, said the Zimbabwe government had violated the treaty governing the 15-nation regional bloc by compulsorily acquiring their land. But in a letter written to lawyers representing the farmers, Tomana, an ardent supporter of President Robert Mugabe, is adamant that he will go ahead with the prosecutions. Commenting on the ruling, the Minister of State for National Security, Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement in the President’s Office, Didymus Mutasa said government would continue to appropriate more land from the white farmers.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 3.1(b) to create conditions that would ensure that the 2008/2009 agricultural season is productive.
  • 5.9 (b) ensure that all Zimbabweans who are eligible ... shall be considered for allocation of land irrespective of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or political affiliation;
  • 5.9 (c) ensure security of tenure to all land holders.
  • 5.9 (f) work together for the restoration of full productivity on all agricultural land.
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
ZANU PF says Mugabe won’t meet Tsvangirai
Zim Online (ZW): 13/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU PF party said on Monday President Robert Mugabe will not meet opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to try to rescue a power-sharing deal that looks headed for collapse following differences over implementation. Tsvangirai – who meets his MDC party next Sunday to decide whether to pull out of the power sharing-deal – has asked South African President Kgalema Motlanthe to convene a “confidential meeting” between himself and Mugabe to resolve outstanding issues blocking implementation of the power-sharing deal. ZANU PF chief negotiator in power-sharing talks Patrick Chinamasa, considered one of the hawks in ZANU PF, said: “The President’s position is clear. He will never meet Tsvangirai for the so-called confidential meeting. SADC appointed Mbeki to facilitate the negotiations and that position has not changed. “SADC has made its position on the global political agreement. Tsvangirai should be in government by now. There is no need for confidential meeting.”
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Soldiers assault traders selling wares in forex
Zim Online (ZW): 13/01/2009 Source
A group of rowdy soldiers at the weekend assaulted informal traders and stole their wares in the city of Chitungwiza, in a disturbing repeat of riotous behaviour by Zimbabwe’s soldiers once famed for their discipline. According to witnesses, the soldiers who were in uniform but unarmed went on the rampage at the popular Makoni shopping centre, apparently incensed that informal traders were selling basic commodities in foreign currency without authorisation from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. “The soldiers came to the shopping centre around 3pm on Saturday and started beating up traders who were selling their wares in foreign currency, demanding foreign currency licences from them,” one of the witnesses said. “They (soldiers) eventually sped off in a minibus they had loaded with mealie meal and other basic commodities they had forcibly confiscated from the traders,” said our witness, a trader who gave her name only as Maria fearing she could be targeted for victmisation if she disclosed her full identity.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
Health in Ruins: A Man-Made Disaster in Zimbabwe
Physicians for Human Rights: 13/01/2009 Source
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) witnesses the utter collapse of Zimbabwe's health system, once a model in southern Africa. These shocking findings should compel the international community to respond as it should to other human rights emergencies. PHR rightly calls into question the legitimacy of a regime that, in the report's words, has abrogated the most basic state functions in protecting the health of the population. As the report documents, the Mugabe regime has used any means at its disposal, including politicizing the health sector, to maintain its hold on power.
  • 16.1 In times of need, every Zimbabwean regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion is entitled to request and receive humanitarian and food assistance from the State.
  • 16.2 It is the primary responsibility of the State to ensure that every Zimbabwean who needs humanitarian and food assistance receives it.
  • 16.4 (a) that in the fulfillment of its obligations above, the Government and all State Institutions and quasi State Institutions shall render humanitarian and food assistance without discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation or religion;
  • 16.4 (c) that all displaced persons shall be entitled to humanitarian and food assistance to enable them to return and settle in their original homes and that social welfare organisations shall be allowed to render such assistance as might be required.
Zimbabwe’s Whites Targeted Again
Institute for War and Peace Reporting: 13/01/2009 Source
Embattled Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is piling more pressure on the country's dwindling white community, with a campaign of intimidation and arrests. Whites are being accused of training hit squads to overthrow Mugabe and undermine the September 15 power-sharing deal. On January 7, heavily armed soldiers, police and intelligence officers raided an outdoor training camp called Kudu Creek in Ruwa, 30 kilometres from Harare, and seized three white men who do adventure training with boy scouts, tourists and others involved in outdoor pursuits, alleging that they are training terrorists to topple Mugabe. The three men, alleged by a police spokesman to have been members of the Selous Scouts, a special forces regiment of Ian Smith’s Rhodesian army, which operated from 1973 until the introduction of majority rule, have been involved in adventure training since the early 1980s and are well known in Ruwa. According to the police, they are now "facing terrorism charges for training bandits”. In another incident, a group of white doctors assessing the widespread cholera epidemic that has claimed an estimated 1,800 victims were jailed last week, accused of being on an undercover mission to overthrow Mugabe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(c) that the Government shall apply the laws of the country fully and impartially in bringing all perpetrators of politically motivated violence to book;
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
My experience in the hands of CIO
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 13/01/2009 Source
This entry is based on a transcript of a statement by Bothwell Pasipamire, a Kadoma councillor who was abducted by the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) on Saturday, December 13 at approximately 12.30 am. The full trancript contains details of abduction, threats to kill, torture, forced confessions by Zimbabwe agents.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(c) that the Government shall apply the laws of the country fully and impartially in bringing all perpetrators of politically motivated violence to book;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
New AG openly declares support for Zanu-PF
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 13/01/2009 Source
Newly-appointed Attorney-General (AG) Johannes Tomana has openly declared his support for Zanu-PF. Tomana was sworn-in as AG last December amid protests by the mainstream MDC that his appointment flew in the face of the power-sharing agreement between the MDC and Zanu-PF. Welcoming Tomana to the Cabinet, President Robert Mugabe called him “the right man” to confront the challenges as government’ chief law officer. In an interview with the state-controlled Herald newspaper, Tomana openly declared his allegiance to Zanu-PF. “I am Zanu-PF and I am proud to be of that party,” he said. “Nothing bars me from being a Zanu-PF supporter. A staunch Zanu-PF supporter who has vigorously defended government while in private practice, Tomana has been an unwavering supporter of the Mugabe regime.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Mutare businessman dies after assault by soldiers
Zimbabwe Journalists for Human Rights: 12/01/2009 Source
The Mutare businessman, who was beaten-up by soldiers who accused him of dealing in diamonds, has died. Maxwell Mabota died moments after being admitted at a South African hospital where he was expected to receive specialised treatment. Mabota, 32, was assaulted a day before Christmas at Chiadzwa by a group of soldiers who accused him of dealing in dimonds. His body was expected to arrive home over the weekend for burial, according to family members. Mabota was arrested by a group of soldiers after he had allegedly sneaked into the Chiadzwa diamond fields last week to buy the precious gems. Sources close to the police said he suffered severe internal injuries which require an urgent special operation. During the assault the soldiers are alleged to have stolen about US$11 000 and a cell phone from him. They also impounded his car.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
Chidyausiku refuses to hear Mukoko case
Zim Online (ZW): 12/01/2009 Source
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an urgent application in which lawyers representing the jailed Zimbabwe Peace Project director Jestina Mukoko were seeking a ruling on whether or not her continued detention was constitutional. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, who heard the matter in chambers, ruled that the application was not properly brought before him and should be taken back to the magistrate’s court to restart the cumbersome procedure. "Our argument from the beginning has been that Jestina is not before the magistrate’s court properly,” Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights executive director, Irene Petras said Monday. “She is not on formal remand. So there is no way that an application could have been made in the magistrate’s court and that’s why we approached the Supreme Court directly in terms of Section 24 of the Constitution.” Human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa told The Zimbabwe Times that Monday’s application sought to bring before the courts issues surrounding the continued violation of Mukoko’s basic rights as enshrined in the Constitution. Mtetwa contends her client has been denied protection by the law.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
  • 18.5(h) to work together to ensure the safety of any displaced persons, their safe return home and their enjoyment of the full protection of the law.
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Zimbabwe’s sick forced to pay with US dollars
Times, The (UK): 11/01/2009 Source
A ROMAN CATHOLIC priest called Father Seke sat in Harare last week with Blessing, a pregnant parishioner, praying for a normal birth. “Her family has struggled to find money for her birthing,” he said. “But if she needs surgery there is no more and she might pass [away].” Like millions of other Zimbabweans, Blessing is facing punitive new charges for basic healthcare that have been imposed by the government of President Robert Mugabe as the state collapses around him. David Parirenyatwa, his health minister, announced last week that public hospitals would be permitted to charge patients in US dollars for essential services. State media gave examples of the new prices, including US$70 (£50) for an overnight stay in hospital. A caesarean will cost US$130 and parents of premature babies will be charged $5 a day for an incubator. Cancer patients will have to find hundreds of dollars for radiation or chemotherapy.
  • 16.1 In times of need, every Zimbabwean regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion is entitled to request and receive humanitarian and food assistance from the State.
  • 16.2 It is the primary responsibility of the State to ensure that every Zimbabwean who needs humanitarian and food assistance receives it.
MDC says will not participate in GNU
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 11/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe’s mainstream Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) resolved Friday that it will not participate in a unity government with President Robert Mugabe until all outstanding differences over power-sharing are resolved. The decision was passed by the party’s top decision-making body, the Standing Committee, which had been meeting in South Africa since Wednesday. The Standing Committee, comprising MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, his deputy Thoko Khupe, secretary general Tendai Biti, spokesman Nelson Chamisa, organising secretary Elias Mudzuri, exiled treasurer Roy Bennett, Women’s Assembly chairperson Theresa Makone and Youth chairperson Thamsanqa Mahlangu, resolved that the MDC would only join a unity government once four major outstanding issues had been resolved. The MDC National Executive is now scheduled to review that decision in Harare on January 18, two days ahead of the official opening of Parliament.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
Urgent review of Zim diamonds
News24 (RSA): 11/01/2009 Source
The World Diamond Council (WDC) is demanding an urgent inquiry into the Zimbabwean diamond industry. This is amid the violence on that country's diamond fields, alleged diamond smuggling to countries like South Africa and the use of diamond dollars to prop up President Robert Mugabe's regime. Zimbabwe could now be in danger of losing its status as a legal diamond dealer in terms of the United Nations (UN) Kimberley Process, which strongly campaigns against trade in conflict diamonds. Zimbabwe's formal diamond industry is currently on its knees. The country produces less than 0.4% of the world's diamonds, but illegal exploitation of alluvial diamonds increased sharply in 2008. This is fanning fears that Zimbabwe can no longer exercise effective control over its diamond production - a Kimberley requirement.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Zimbabwean journalists criticize 'astronomical' fees
Earth Times, The: 11/01/2009 Source
Journalists in Zimbabwe on Sunday criticized recent "astronomical" accreditation fees by President Robert Mugabe's government. Last week, a government-run media commission imposed a fee of 4,000 US dollars on local journalists working for the foreign media in Zimbabwe in 2009. Foreign media houses pay 10,000 dollars for the application and 20,000 for accreditation, payable only in foreign currency, with an administration fee of 2,000 dollars. Under Zimbabwe's harsh media legislation, journalists can be arrested for practising without accreditation. "The increase is indicative of the contempt the government feels towards the press in general, and the international media in particular, and its desire to engineer a news blackout about political, economic and public health developments in Zimbabwe," said a statement from press freedom advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 19.1(d) that steps be taken to ensure that the public media provides balanced and fair coverage to all political parties for their legitimate political activities.
Zanu-PF officials loot maize seed
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 11/01/2009 Source
A storm is brewing in Matabeleland South after Zanu-PF heavyweights in province allegedly diverted 30 tonnes of maize seed meant for poor peasant farmers in the region to their own personal use last week . Sources who spoke to The Zimbabwe Times said Langa and Ncube had forced their way into the GMB depot and demanded 30 tonnes of seed maize. Other Zanu-PF officials who benefited from this plunder include Senate Speaker, Simon Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu, Provincial Administrator David Alfonce Mpofu, former provincial chairman Rido Mpofu, Zanu-PF politburo member Thenjiwe Lesabe and Patrick Hove who lost his parliamentary seat to MDC’s Siyabonga Malandu Ncube in last year’s elections. The region has received good rains this season. Most farmers in the region are yet to plant, however, due to a serious shortage of maize seed.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 3.1(b) to create conditions that would ensure that the 2008/2009 agricultural season is productive.
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Private schools forced to postpone opening
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 11/01/2009 Source
The government has blocked attempts by private schools in Zimbabwe to open ahead of a rescheduled schools opening date for the first term. Government last week postponed the reopening of schools for the first term to January 27, two weeks after the scheduled date of January 13. But private schools, which have their own internal systems of enrolling Form 1 students, decided to stick to January 13 as scheduled. Sources revealed Sunday government has threatened with arrest any private school authorities seeking to defy the postponed.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 12.1 (a) to work together in a manner which guarantees the full implementation and realisation of the right to freedom of association and assembly; and
635% leap in Zim asylum seekers
Cape Argus (RSA): 11/01/2009 Source
The deepening humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe caused a whopping 635% leap in the number of desperate people who poured over South Africa's borders last year, compared with 2007. Reflecting a tougher reality, Home Affairs' figures also showed that since South Africa's storm of xenophobic violence last May, and despite the continuing persecution faced by many African nationals in South Africa, the flow of African asylum seekers into the country had continued to increase. More than 46 000 Zimbabweans applied for asylum between July and September last year, compared with 5 135 in 2007. According to the Refugees Act, a person qualifies for refugee status if they have "a well-founded fear of being persecuted by reason of his or her race, tribe, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership of a particular social group" ,or if the person has fled the country "owing to external aggression, occupation, foreign domination, or events seriously disturbing or disrupting public order". This excludes "economic refugees", who McCarthy described as not fleeing political persecution but "seeking a better life" in a country with a stronger economy.
  • 16.1 In times of need, every Zimbabwean regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion is entitled to request and receive humanitarian and food assistance from the State.
  • 16.2 It is the primary responsibility of the State to ensure that every Zimbabwean who needs humanitarian and food assistance receives it.
Govt Rejects Teachers’ Rescue Package
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 10/01/2009 Source
The government turned down a lucrative teacher retention scheme proposed by a coalition of non-governmental organisations and teachers’ unions that might have helped resuscitate the crumbling education sector, The Standard learnt last week. The Education Working Group (EWG), which comprises the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA), Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), and international humanitarian agencies, had pledged to raise funds for the scheme. Under the scheme, the group would have mobilised resources “to make sure that teachers were motivated and return to schools when the first term resumes on January 27. The scheme would see teachers getting salaries in foreign currency. They would also be given food aid. It is understood the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture turned down the offer, saying teachers were civil servants whose payment was the prerogative of the government.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
Abducted MDC-T Activists Allege Brutal Torture
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 10/01/2009 Source
Mashonaland West MDC-T activists have recounted harrowing tales of torture at the hands of state security agents who abducted them in October. The activists were held without the knowledge of their family and friends for a period of up to 51 days, while the MDC-T mounted fruitless searches for them. In captivity, they were beaten up, tortured and deprived of food as the agents sought to extract from them “incriminating evidence” of their involvement in the training of bandits in Botswana. They describe how they were constantly blindfolded and transported to unknown places, where they were beaten up and tortured. They were forced to admit their involvement in recruiting bandits. In one case Fidelis Chiramba said: “In order to force a confession out of me, I was put in a deep freeze for a while. “I have never felt so close to death. I had resigned to freezing to death, when after what looked like a lifetime I was removed from a freezer.” Afterwards, he said they poured hot water on his private parts “causing an excruciating burning sensation”. Other activists tell of equally horrific experiences.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Revived PF Zapu Officials Allege Abductions of Members
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 10/01/2009 Source
PF Zapu, which recently pulled out of a unity accord with Zanu PF, says ruling party militias have launched a retribution war targeting its supporters after three officials were reportedly abducted in Mashonaland West. The abductions came hard on the heels of President Robert Mugabe’s declaration of Dumiso Dabengwa’s group as dissidents who “should be castigated and dismissed with the contempt they deserve”. Dabengwa leads the revived PF Zapu. “On Tuesday three of our off-icials involved in the mobilisation of supporters in Karoi were kid-napped by Zanu PF militia and held for three days at bases around the area,” said Smile Dube, the PF Zapu interim spokesperson. “According to the reports that we have received so far the officials were not harmed but they were traumatised by the ordeal. The three are Gilbert Chikabva, Charles Moyo and Rose Chikede.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(c) that the Government shall apply the laws of the country fully and impartially in bringing all perpetrators of politically motivated violence to book;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Power-sharing Deadlock Halts Trans-limpopo Development
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 10/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe’s political stalemate has left ambitious projects under the Trans-Limpopo Spatial Development Initiative in limbo with almost all the projects still to take off. The setback might see Zimbabwe losing out on investment opportunities associated with the 2010 soccer World Cup in South Africa. The development corridor targets Zimbabwean and South African provinces on either side of the Limpopo River. Two years ago, the provinces proposed a number of tourism projects ahead of the tournament to tap into the increase in the number of tourists visiting the region ahead of the tournament. But no tangible project has taken off the ground, almost a year before the World Cup roars into life. Bulisani Ncube, the spokesman of the Zimbabwean side of the TLSDI, said hopes that projects in the corridor would take off in time for the tournament now hinged on the success of the talks between Zanu PF and the two MDC formations.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe journalist tells court he was tortured in custody, framed
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 09/01/2009 Source
A Zimbabwean freelance journalist facing charges of banditry and the bombing of police stations said Thursday he was tortured and had his equipment seized by unknown men when he was taken into custody. "I do not know where I was taken to for nine days,' Manyere told the court.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
Court condemns abducted activists to more time in custody
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 09/01/2009 Source
Judges in Zimbabwe with their farms, posh cars, plasma TV’s and other monetary perks took their brazen loyalty to Mugabe’s regime to new heights Friday. One of them ruled that 7 MDC activists, including a freelance journalist, should remain in custody and await trial for a series of ‘dubious’ bombings at 2 police stations and 2 bridges because there was a ‘reasonable suspicion’ they committed the offences. Although the defence team is demanding an early trial Florence Ziyambi, a lawyer in the Attorney General’s Office, said because of the schedule at the High Court the trial cannot start until May at the earliest. In response to Friday’s ruling Andrew Makoni, who is also defending the abducted activists, said they would apply for bail at the High Court on Monday. It was only in 2007 that High Court Judge Tedius Karwi blasted the police for cooking up evidence in a similar case in which dozens of MDC activists were accused of terrorism charges. All those accused were eventually acquitted, but not until Mugabe’s regime had used the propaganda value of the charges to justify their crackdown on the MDC at the African Union and SADC summits.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 18.5(c) that the Government shall apply the laws of the country fully and impartially in bringing all perpetrators of politically motivated violence to book;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
  • 18.5(h) to work together to ensure the safety of any displaced persons, their safe return home and their enjoyment of the full protection of the law.
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Banks’ Survival Threatened
Zimbabwe Independent, The (ZW): 08/01/2009 Source
Several banks have opened the new year under severe stress amid reports of numerous branch closures and job cuts reportedly triggered by the near full-dollarisation of the bartered economy. Information gathered revealed that at least five banking institutions have scaled down operations in frantic efforts to save their institutions from the unprecedented economic meltdown. The crisis in the financial sector has, according to bank officials, hit most leasing and loan finance employees hard. “This could be the most challenging year for the financial sector,” said a senior bank official. “There are no savings in local currency and foreign exchange is scarce. Introducing policy on complete dollarisation of the economy could save banks in the short term. This will not disfranchise government as some critics would argue — taxes would be paid in forex.” The banking sector has revealed that the Reserve Bank had turned down an application by most banks to charge for services such as chequebook fees and account operational costs in foreign currency. The move is however likely to sound the death knell on the banking sector as it would be difficult to sustain operations.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
Harare Municipal Authorities Dispute State-Media Report On Residential Rates
Times, The (UK): 08/01/2009 Source
A state media report that the Harare City Council is lifting residential rates by 10,000 percent has sparked concern among citizens of the Zimbabwean capital, but officials said the tax rise only affects motor vehicles and street markets and other increases are being discussed. But Harare Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Chiroto told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that it is not true that the council has raised rates for residents and he took the state-controlled Herald newspaper to task over its report.
  • 19.1 (e) that the public and private media shall refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or that unfairly undermines political parties and other organisations. To this end, the inclusive government shall ensure that appropriate measures are taken to achieve this objective.
New Zimbabwe media fees unlawful, lawyers say
Zimbabwejournalists.com (ZW): 07/01/2009 Source
The recently gazetted exorbitant accreditation fees for journalists and media organisations are 'null and void' according to the laws of Zimbabwe, lawyers said Wednesday. Zimbabwe journalists working for foreign owned media organizations are mandated to pay US $4,000 dollars annually to practice in the country while their media organisations are expected to pay a total US$32,000 dollars as application and accreditation fees. The new fees were reported in the state-owned Herald newspaper on Monday citing a government gazette. However, lawyers argued that the Media and Information Commission (MIC) is no longer existent to announce accreditation fees. The Zimbabwe parliament amended the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) which dissolved the Media and Information Commission (MIC) and created the Zimbabwe Media Commission and Zimbabwe Media Council (ZMC) respectively, which are yet to be constituted. The fees have been seen by many in the media as the first step towards making life difficult for the foreign media bureaux.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Court hears shocking testimony of torture
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 07/01/2009 Source
A Harare magistrate’s court on Tuesday heard shocking testimony relating to the severe torture administered on Emmanuel Chris Dhlamini, the MDC director of security who is among seven alleged bombers of police stations in Harare. In an affidavit presented to the court by his lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, Dhlamini, who was also present, narrates harrowing experiences in 27 days while in the hands of his captors. Testimony includes experiences like this: “I then, still blindfolded, had my legs tied together, my hands were cuffed behind my back, and I was suspended from a considerable height,” he says. “The first time I was hung upright and subjected to further assaults, including further beatings on the soles of my feet ... “The second time I was hung upside down, and fell or was dropped from this height to the ground, sustaining injuries on my upper forehead and below my nose. I was bleeding profusely over my face and shirt.”
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
Walkout By Lawyers for Detained Zimbabwe Activists; Case Deferred to January 14
VOANews (USA): 06/01/2009 Source
Lawyers defending Zimbabwe Peace Project Director Jestina Mukoko and eight Movement for Democratic Change activists walked out of court Tuesday after state prosecutors said they wanted to bring forward a case involving other MDC activists slated for Wednesday. The defense team objected strenuously to the proposal to bring the other case forward on grounds that it was "functus officio," a Latin legal term meaning that the matter has been overtaken by the course of legal events or superseded by a prior court action. Defense lawyers filed a motion asking the magistrate to postpone further action in the case until the supreme court has ruled on whether the accused should stand trial and whether their original abductions leading eventually to their being charged were lawful.
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Manicaland HIV/AIDS Patients Fail to Access Drugs
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 05/01/2009 Source
People living with the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) in Nyanga and Rusape have gone for more than three years on cotrimoxazole tablets only, as they can not access Antiretroviral medication, Action Aid in Zimbabwe - a non governmental organisation which deals with HIV/AIDS, has revealed. Netty Musanhu, Action Aid In Zimbabwe's HIV and Aids cordinator said a recent survey conducted by her organisation in Manicaland province revealed that shortage of CD4 count machines and the inaccessibility of Anti Retroviral drugs (ARVs), have resulted in people who tested HIV positive four years ago, depending on cotrimoxazole only. Musanhu blamed the government and some NGOs for diverting resources meant for HIV/AIDS to cholera and ignoring HIV positive people whom she said are most vulnerable to diseases. Musanhu said hunger and mulnutrition have also contributed immensely to the deaths of AIDS patients, indicating that most famillies in the area are going for more than two days without a meal despite taking cotrimoxazole tablets.
  • 16.1 In times of need, every Zimbabwean regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion is entitled to request and receive humanitarian and food assistance from the State.
  • 16.2 It is the primary responsibility of the State to ensure that every Zimbabwean who needs humanitarian and food assistance receives it.
Zimbabwe rights activist's case postponed
AFP: 05/01/2009 Source
A Zimbabwe court on Monday postponed for 24 hours a case involving leading human rights activist Jestina Mukoko and eight others accused of trying to overthrow President Robert Mugabe's regime. The case was postponed to Tuesday pending the outcome of their application to be released to hospital. In a different ruling, the magistrates court also deferred until Wednesday the case of seven opposition activists accused of banditry after their lawyers launched a high court appeal to have them seen by doctors.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Toddler, 2, beaten in prison
Independent Online (RSA): 04/01/2009 Source
Horror stories are emerging from Chikurubi Maximum Security prison in Zimbabwe where at least 16 human rights activists are being held. In a shocking revelation, activists report the youngest prisoner, Nigel Mupfuranhehwe, a two-year-old - who was abducted with his parents Violet Mupfuranhehwe and Collen Mutamagau - was beaten by security agents and needed medical attention. The lawyers of Jestina Mukoko, the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), have also called for a toxicology report for fear the Zimbabwe government is poisoning her. Mukoko is being force-fed drugs by the army doctor who oversaw her torture.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
  • 18.5 (b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;
  • 18.5(c) that the Government shall apply the laws of the country fully and impartially in bringing all perpetrators of politically motivated violence to book;
  • 18.5(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
Soldiers in uniform on rampage again
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 04/01/2009 Source
A group of about 10 soldiers clad in full military gear deserted from 4 Brigade headquarters outside Masvingo on New Year’s Day and went on the rampage. They assaulted people and looted goods from shops. Residents of Rujeko, a high density suburb of Masvingo, spoke of a nasty encounter with the deserters as they went from door to door, assaulting people and demanding cash. At least five people among them a three year-old were injured during disturbances which lasted almost three hours. The soldiers told those they assaulted that they were tired of working without being paid and had every reason to obtain foreign currency from the public.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.
Mugabe prepares for unity government and fires ministers: media
News24 (RSA): 03/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is preparing to form a unity government after firing a number of ministers from his ZANU-PF party who lost in the March 2008 elections, state media said on Saturday. "What I can tell you is that President Mugabe has already started preparing an administration," George Charamba, state secretary for Information told The Herald newspaper. Charamba would not reveal further details about the makeup of the power-sharing government and the exact date of its possible formation.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 19.1(d) that steps be taken to ensure that the public media provides balanced and fair coverage to all political parties for their legitimate political activities.
  • 19.1 (e) that the public and private media shall refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or that unfairly undermines political parties and other organisations. To this end, the inclusive government shall ensure that appropriate measures are taken to achieve this objective.
Chihuri bans political meetings
Zimbabwe Times, The (ZW): 02/01/2009 Source
Police have banned all political gatherings in the country claiming that the current political situation is volatile and has potential to disturb the peace. A circular dated 29 December 2008 read, “Please be advised that with immediate effect all political gatherings have been banned because of the political situation in the country. The ban will be lifted once the situation on the ground has normalised. “Other gatherings which are not political need to be monitored very closely since some rogue elements might take advantage of the festive season to undertake criminal activities which might disturb peace in the country. “In areas where the cholera outbreak has claimed several lives it is in the interest of the police to ban all gatherings be (they) social or political.” The police have also advised the public to report any suspicious activities which might be taking place in their communities.
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 10 Recognising that the right to canvas and freely mobilise for political support is the cornerstone of any multi-party democratic system, the Parties have agreed that there should be free political activity throughout Zimbabwe within the ambit of the law in which all political parties are able to propagate their views and canvass for support, free of harassment and intimidation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 12.1 (a) to work together in a manner which guarantees the full implementation and realisation of the right to freedom of association and assembly; and
  • 12.1 (b) that the Government shall undertake training programmes, workshops and meetings for the police and other enforcement agencies directed at the appreciation of the right of freedom of assembly and association and the proper interpretation, understanding and application of the provisions of security legislation.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5 (a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;
Zimbabwe court dismisses contempt charges in Mukoko case
Irish Times: 02/01/2009 Source
Zimbabwe's High Court today dismissed contempt charges against police for refusing to release a leading rights campaigner charged with plotting to oust president Robert Mugabe's government. High Court Judge Alphius Chitakunye ruled that Ms Mukoko should remain in custody and refused to uphold an earlier ruling ordering police to investigate and disclose the identities of her kidnappers, and where she had been held. "The law has completely broken down in Zimbabwe, if a High Court refuses to investigate an admitted kidnapping ... what else can we do except maybe to go to another court but the result may only be the same," lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa told reporters after the ruling.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.
Zimbabwe's money man plans to keep on printing
LA Times (USA): 01/01/2009 Source
Gideon Gono prints money, lots and lots of money that's worth next to nothing. Under his leadership, the Reserve Bank has taken on myriad tasks unrelated to central banking: buying government cars, supplying farm equipment and fertilizer, setting up and supplying "People's Shops" to sell cheap goods, setting up foreign currency shops, supplying medicines to state hospitals, mobilizing rigs to drill bore holes for clean water in the cholera crisis and a biofuels project, to name a few. "He's now like the head of state. He's reaching almost everything," the manager said. Rejecting what he calls "traditional" economics (like the principle that printing money endlessly causes runaway inflation), he contends that printing money is actually a form of "sanctions busting." "I must reiterate that I am going to print and print and sign the money until sanctions are removed and there is balance-of-payments support. It's a commitment I am ready to be fired for because we need money for infrastructural development," Gono said, quoted in the government-owned Herald on Oct. 1. But the senior ZANU-PF official scoffs at that argument. "If the money was being provided to build hospitals, schools and roads, it might be sanctions busting. But it's being used for conspicuous consumption. Everywhere you go there are Mercedeses."
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour;