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Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch

Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch (ZIG Watch) is tracking media articles and reports which provide examples of violations of the agreement between the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu PF) and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations. The Global Political Agreement, signed by Zimbabwe's three main parties in Harare on 15th September 2008, is intended to "create a genuine, viable, permanent, sustainable and nationally acceptable solution to the Zimbabwe situation".

Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch: The most breached clauses of the Global Political Agreement

Dec 16, 2012 - Comments: 0

Zimbabwe’s controversial power-sharing Agreement, termed the “Global Political Agreement” (GPA), was signed by President Mugabe’s ZANU PF party and the two Movement for Democratic Change formations – led by Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T) and Arthur Mutambara (MDC-M) respectively - on September 15, 2008 in Harare.

The objective of the South African-mediated Agreement was to "create a genuine, viable, permanent, sustainable and nationally acceptable solution to the Zimbabwe situation."  Integral to this was the restoration of democracy and the garnering of international support to revive the country’s collapsed economy.  

Commenting on the negotiations, Tsvangirai stressed at the inception:  “This is not about power sharing.  It is about a return to democracy.”  He made it clear that the MDC-T was not prepared to agree to anything which did not restore democracy and the rule of law. 

On the other side of the coin, “Mugabe could not agree to anything which did”, wrote Derek Matyszak of the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) in his report: “Losing Focus:  Zimbabwe’s ‘Power-Sharing’ Agreement”, released by IDASA in October 2008.

The result of the frequently deadlocked and increasingly acrimonious negotiations was a 22-page Agreement comprising 25 Articles. It is against these Articles that Sokwanele’s “Zimbabwe Inclusive Government (ZIG) Watch” has monitored violations of the GPA by the three partners since its inception.

The ZIG Watch issues demonstrate conclusively that, throughout the four years during which the Global Political Agreement has been operational, President Mugabe and the ZANU PF hierarchy have continued to employ repressive strategies in order to retain supremacy in the transitional government and neutralise its partners. These include media repression, human rights violations, political violence, abductions, arrests, torture and the murder of opposition politicians and activists.Furthermore, with another election on the cards for next year, ZANU PF is intensifying the onslaught to ensure not only its political survival but an election victory.

The way that ZIG Watch was set up was this:  On a daily basis, we tracked media articles and reports which provided examples of violations of the GPA by Zimbabwe’s three main political parties, the partners in the GPA.  These were logged on our website and below each we listed the GPA Articles that had been violated.  To view this resource, log onto:  http://www.sokwanele.com/zigwatch

For each media story logged, we listed the GPA Article/Articles that had been breached. For the entire monitoring period, ZANU PF’s highest percentage of breaches was 98% and the lowest was 86.4%.  The MDC-T was 7.1% and 1.4%, while the MDC-Mutambara/Ncube was 6.5% and 0.26%.

Our report analyses the Top 10 GPA Articles breached by the coalition parties throughout the monitoring period.  The list starts with the highest number of breaches we recorded and gives the total number of breaches in brackets.  The report concentrates on the top five Articles for which the majority of violations were recorded and gives a cross-section of violations of the remaining five.

  1. ARTICLE XI : RULE OF LAW, RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND OTHER LAWS (4,672  breaches)
  2. ARTICLE VII : PROMOTION OF EQUALITY, NATIONAL HEALING, COHESION AND UNITY (3,588 breaches)
  3. ARTICLE XIII : STATE ORGANS AND INSTITUTIONS (3,320 breaches)
  4. ARTICLE XVIII : SECURITY OF PERSONS AND PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE (2,754 breaches)
  5. ARTICLE II: DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT (2,482 breaches)
  6. ARTICLE X : FREE POLITICAL ACTIVITY (707 breaches)
  7. ARTICLE V: LAND QUESTION (671 breaches)
  8. ARTICLE III : RESTORATION OF ECONOMIC STABILITY AND GROWTH (666 breaches)
  9. ARTICLE XII : FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATION (541 breaches)
  10. ARTICLE VIII : RESPECT FOR NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND EVENTS (418 breaches)

Since Article VI of the GPA, The Constitution, does not fall into the top ten category, it is referred to but not analysed in detail in the report.

  1. Article XI:  Rule of Law, Respect for the Constitution and other laws (4,672 breaches)

The rule of law in Zimbabwe has been replaced with rule by law.  Instead of government power being subject to the law, Zimbabwe has become a police state in which government both invokes the law – and has created law – to justify excessive use of government force.

Examples that we profile include the selective and arbitrary arrest of MDC supporters; riot police breaking up peaceful protests; abductions; the assault of MDC activists, supporters and demonstrators; human rights abuses in prisons and the prosecution of commercial farmers.

We also include examples of corruption and self-enrichment; the manipulation of Constitutional Amendment No. 19, which could jeopardise the constitutional referendum; the random shooting and arrest of farm workers;  the arrest of a prominent human rights lawyer; the shocking beating of police recruits; the burning of homes of MDC activists; the denial of killings in the Marange diamond fields; the promotion of hate speech and the threats faced by journalists, as well as the failure of the police to arrest known ZANU PF murderers and perpetrators of violence.

  1. ARTICLE VII : Promotion of Equality, National Healing, Cohesion and Unity (3,588 breaches)

A Catholic Bishops’ Conference pastoral letter released earlier this year stressed that Zimbabwe does not need a mere armistice but a comprehensive and honest national healing and reconciliation in which perpetrators of violence are made accountable and society is reconciled so as to bury the culture of violence.  “It should not be reserved for a few officials, it needs the whole community to be involved and must include everyone.”

There has been considerable criticism of the Organ on National Healing and Reconciliation which been widely described as a “failure”.  However, in the organ’s defence, some commentators have said that the major problem is President Mugabe’s relentless hold on power and continued protection of ZANU PF thugs who mastermind the political violence and murder.

Examples of Article VII violations include the use of prisoners as slave labour; the manipulation of food aid; bribery and corruption; the police raid on an MDC Chief of Staff; the arrest of activists; harassment, violence and extortion.  Despite the fact that the GPA commits the parties to encourage and assist Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to return home, virtually nothing has been done in this regard and, in some cases, the partners have displayed ineptitude and incompetence.

  1. ARTICLE XIII : State Organs and Institutions (3,320 breaches)

The issue of security sector reform remains highly contentious. The Zimbabwe Europe Network and its National Reference Group released a report in September 2012:  “Zimbabwe’s Political Agreement Implementation:  4 Years On – at best faltering… at worst failing….”  In it they note that “Calls for reformation of the military, police services, prison services, the State intelligence services and other critical arms of the security sector have gone without anyone giving audience to them. 

“Despite clear provisions in Article XIII of the GPA which stipulate that ‘State organs and institutions do not belong to any party and should be impartial in the discharge of their duties’, senior top ranking military personnel have been quoted on several occasions openly supporting ZANU PF…. while clothed in uniform and on official duty.  The case is similar with the police and prison services, which have gone on a rampant derelict of duty to openly declare their political interests and positions while on duty.”

Examples of breaches of Article XIII include the deployment of 80,000 youth militia; war veterans and soldiers also being deployed across the country ahead of elections in 2013; the resuscitation of torture bases; brutal intimidation; the ongoing militarisation of the diamond fields; dereliction of duty with respect to court cases; the removal of police dockets implicating senior ZANU PF officials; abductions; torture; arrests on trumped up charges; the blocking of bail for extended periods; control of food aid by the military; the protracted onslaught on the independent and foreign media and the snubbing of EU and UN funding for the next elections.

  1. ARTICLE XVIII : Security of Persons and Prevention of Violence (2,754 breaches)

Article XVIII brazenly understates the seriousness of the situation, notably with respect to internal displacements.  While the parties profess to be “gravely concerned by the displacement of scores of people after the elections of March 29, 2008 as a result of politically motivated violence”, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre reports that tens of thousands of people were displaced. This excludes the 570,000 people made homeless by Operation Murambatsvina (2005) and the violent land invasions that began in 2000, as well as other arbitrary displacements….”  The General Agriculture and Plantation Workers’ Union (GAPWUZ) reported that a new wave of farm invasions which began in February 2009 had by September of that year left 66,000 farm workers homeless.

Despite Article 18.5 (h) committing the parties “to work together to ensure the safety of any displaced persons, their safe return home and their enjoyment of the full protection of the rule of law”, the displacements have continued.  For example, in the Chiadzwa district of the highly contentious Marange diamond fields, communities have been evicted by soldiers and dumped in areas with minimal/inadequate accommodation and no facilities.  

Murderers, torturers and thieves continue to live freely within terrorised communities and the lives of opponents of ZANU PF and the independent media remain under threat in the face of ongoing harassment, arrests on trumped-up charges and vicious persecution.

  1. ARTICLE II: Declaration of Commitment (2,482 breaches)

“As the reality of the Agreement began to intrude, the euphoria that had ensued after the signing morphed into a view that Mugabe was reneging on the Agreement,” Derek Matyszak wrote in his analysis of the ‘Power Sharing’ Agreement in October 2008.  He noted that “Mugabe (had) closed democratic space through deployment of the military, the militia and a partisan police force which is both unwilling to act against human rights abuses and crimes against humanity as well as a participant in such offences.  An extensive web of patronage keeps this system in place.”

Pronouncements by Mugabe that he would operate unilaterally include: insisting in November 2008 that ZANU PF would draft a constitutional amendment and form a government; demanding the right to cancel the power-sharing deal; refusing to fire the controversial Attorney General and Central Bank Governor;  attempting to annex the role of the Information Communication and Technology Minister and the appointment of governors.

  1. ARTICLE X : Free Political Activity (707 breaches)

Despite President Mugabe’s commitment to allowing free political activity with the signing of the GPA, efforts by former opposition parties to canvass and mobilise freely for political support are still being thwarted.  Examples include:  censorship of information concerning the reformation of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU); a blackout of the Prime Minister’s press conferences and events in the State media;  blocking MDC rallies; beating up demonstrators; paying gangs to commit acts of thuggery and violence;  arresting MDC officials on trumped-up charges and denying bail.

  1. ARTICLE V: Land Question (671 breaches)

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition comments as follows on the land issue in its “Zimbabwe Transition Barometer – ‘Trekking the Transition’” of October 2012: “This is one indicator where almost nothing has literally happened as the IG partners have all remained silent on the land issue. The land question got relegated and forgotten as the MDCs focussed more on political reforms. On the other hand, ZANU PF has also been conspicuously silent about Article V.”

Farm invasions – with ZANU PF’s trademark violence and ruthlessness – have continued throughout the tenure of the GPA.  In February 2009, more than 100 productive farms and 50 small holdings were raided, many at gunpoint, with regional governors, MPs, senators and high ranking officials forcing the owners to leave.  As a result, resident farm workers have been stranded or bundled into army trucks and dumped in remote areas with no facilities or the means of growing their own food.  Tsvangirai came under fire for describing the ongoing invasions as “isolated incidents”.

8. ARTICLE III : Restoration of Economic Stability and Growth (666 breaches)

The GPA mandated the Inclusive Government to prioritise the restoration of economic stability and growth and to urgently address the issues of production, food security, poverty and unemployment and the challenges of high inflation, interest rates and the exchange rate.

WithFinance Minister Tendai Biti (MDC-T) at the helm, laudable progress has been made although he has faced massive challenges throughout his turbulent tenure. ZANU PF has consistently thwarted his efforts, notably to reduce unrealistic government spending and to access income from mineral resources - mainly the Marange diamond mines – for the benefit of the entire country, as well as to crackdown on massive corruption and audit State companies.

Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere’s chaotic indigenisation programme has continued to frighten off international investors and destroy local business confidence.  His threats in February to nationalise 30 foreign-owned mines were described by one commentator as being part of ZANU PF’s election strategy and a move that would be disastrous for the economy.  In June, Mugabe exacerbated the situation by announcing that he wanted indigenous Zimbabweans to have 100 percent control of the economy, but foreigners could come in as “partners”.

9. ARTICLE XII : Freedom of Assembly and Association (541 breaches)

Despite the commitment made by all three signatories to the right of freedom of association and assembly enshrined in the GPA, Article XII continues to be violated systematically by ZANU PF.

Less than three months after the signing of the GPA, Zimbabwean security forces vowed in December 2008 to crush demonstrations planned for the following day against the Reserve Bank.  The ZCTU had called for peaceful protests against debilitating limits on bank withdrawals.

In June 2009, it was reported that minutes after the Secretary-General of Amnesty International, Irene Khan, had accused elements of the Zimbabwean Government of “persistent and serious human rights abuses”, riot police had broken up a peaceful demonstration only yards from where she stood.  Ms Khan had earlier described the human rights situation in Zimbabwe as “grim”.  She also criticised Prime Minister Tsvangirai, saying she saw “no sense of urgency” in implementing human-rights provisions in the power-sharing deal.

Violations of Article XII have not only continued but are escalating in the run-up to the next election. For example, a truckload of about 20 armed riot police officers disrupted a Praying for Peace to Save Zimbabwe church service in Harare in April 2011.  Police in riot gear have also blocked MDC-T rallies, including one that was due to take place at St Paul’s Mission Hospital in Lupane in October 2011.  The following month, members of international charity group Oxfam were detained by the police

10. ARTICLE VIII : Respect for National Institutions and Events (418 breaches)

Despite agreeing that all Zimbabweans, regardless of political affiliation, have the right to participate in all national programmes and events, ZANU PF continues to operate in a blatantly partisan manner that demonstrates flagrant disrespect for national institutions, programmes and events.

Examples of violations of Article VIII include the Reserve Bank Governor enriching his ZANU PF cronies in a looting strategy;  the prevention of Parliament’s Mines Committee from embarking on a fact-finding mission to the controversial Marange diamond fields; the blocking of public participation in the constitution-making outreach programme and the violent invasion of Parliament by ZANU PF thugs to disrupt a public hearing on the Human Rights Bill.

Our ZIG Watch overview closes with extracts from the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition’s “Zimbabwe Transition Barometer – ‘Trekking the Transition’”:

“The Zimbabwe political landscape is gravitating from the GPA yard into political turmoil with potential to replicate the June 2008 presidential election run-off. There is a shift from the commitment to fulfil the GPA as political temperature rises. The thread that seems to hold the GPA together is now only meant for the convenience of election leverages rather than creating sustainable democratic processes…. There is a rise in political violence and intimidation cases mainly related to militia groups connected to ZANU PF leaders as well as growing violations of democratic tenets by the security sector and other political party members….

 “However, the trajectory is not cast in stone.  With the appropriate interventions by civil society, the regional and international community as articulated in (our) report, Zimbabwe can still head towards a democratic transition, at least in the sense of the instalment of a democratically elected government…,” the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition concludes.

 

About Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch

Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch (ZIG Watch) is tracking articles and reports which provide examples of violations of the agreement between the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu PF) and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Formations.

Signed on 15 September in Harare, the Global Political Agreement agreement comprises 25 "Articles" and lists the points of agreement reached under each. ZIG Watch involves a daily monitoring of media articles, logging those we believe highlight a breach of the letter and spirit of the agreement. Direct links are provided to all original sources of information.

It must be noted that Zimbabwe's media environment is extremely restrictive, and the economic challenges in the country make it difficult for local journalists to travel to rural areas. This means that the breaches logged in ZIG Watch have to be viewed as a sample of incidents rather than a comprehensive account of what is happening in the country. It is highly likely that this project reflects an underestimate of the scale of the breaches against the GPA.

ZIG Watch follows on from previous monitoring projects carried out by Sokwanele. Prior to the 2008 Parliamentary elections, our Zimbabwe Election Watch (ZEW) project monitored the Zimbabwe government's compliance with the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections, guideline and principles adopted by SADC leaders on 17 August 2004 in Mauritius.

Sokwanele also monitored the government's compliance against these regional standards in 2004-2005, via our Mauritius Watch project, in the months preceding the 2005 Parliamentary elections.

Agreement between Zanu-PF and the two MDC formations, on resolving the challenges facing Zimbabwe

Sep 16, 2008 - Comments: 0

Mutambara, Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mbeki joins hands after singing the agreement

Here is the full text of the Agreement between the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-Pf) and the two Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) Formations, on resolving the challenges facing Zimbabwe distributed by Veritas.

It is a lengthy document and difficult to read on screen, so we have added jump-links to the top of the document to help you navigate to different sections. Click on a link to browse quickly to the section you want to read; use the back button on your browser to navigate back to the set of links at the top.

Agreement between the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-Pf) and the two Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) Formations, on resolving the challenges facing Zimbabwe

Preamble
Article I: Definitions
Article II: Declaration of Commitment
Article III: Restoration of Economic Stability and Growth
Article IV: Sanctions and Measures
Article V: Land Question
Article VI: Constitution
Article VII: Promotion of Equality, National Healing, Cohesion and Unity
Article VIII: Respect for National Institutions and Events
Article IX: External Interference
Article X: Free Political Activity
Article XI: Rule of Law, Respect for the Constitution and Other Laws
Article XII: Freedom of Assembly and Association
Article XIII: State Organs and Institutions
Article XIV: Traditional Leaders
Article XV: National Youth Training Programme
Article XVI: Humanitarian and Food Assistance
Article XVII: Legislative Agenda Priorities
Article XVIII: Security of Persons and Prevention Of Violence
Article XIX: Freedom of Expression and Communication
Article XX: Framework for a New Government

Executive Powers and Authority
The Cabinet
The President
The Prime Minister
The Council of Ministers
Composition of The Executive
The Senate
Filling of Vacancies

Article XXI: Electoral Vacancies
Article XXII: Implementation Mechanisms
Article XXIII: Periodic Review Mechanism
Article XXIV: Interim Constitutional Amendments
Article XXV: Commencement



PREAMBLE

We, the Parties to this Agreement;

CONCERNED about the recent challenges that we have faced as a country and the multiple threats to the well-being of our people and, therefore, determined to resolve these permanently.

CONSIDERING our shared determination to uphold, defend and sustain Zimbabwe's sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity, as a respected member of the international community, a nation where all citizens respect and, therefore, enjoy equal protection of the law and have equal opportunity to compete and prosper in all spheres of life.

ACKNOWLEDGING the sacrifices made by thousands of Zimbabwe's gallant sons and daughters in the fight against colonialism and racial discrimination and determined to accept, cherish and recognise the significance of the Liberation Struggle as the foundation of our sovereign independence, freedoms and human rights.

DEDICATING ourselves to putting an end to the polarisation, divisions, conflict and intolerance that has characterised Zimbabwean politics and society in recent times.

COMMITTING ourselves to putting our people and our country first by arresting the fall in living standards and reversing the decline of our economy.

EMPHASISING our shared commitment to re-orient our attitudes towards respect for the Constitution and all national laws, the rule of law, observance of Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols and national events.

RESPECTING the rights of all Zimbabweans regardless of political affiliation to benefit from and participate in all national programmes and events freely without let or hindrance.

RECOGNISING, accepting and acknowledging that the values of justice, fairness, openness, tolerance, equality, non-discrimination and respect of all persons without regard to race, class, gender, ethnicity, language, religion, political opinion, place of origin or birth are the bedrock of our democracy and good governance.

DETERMINED to build a society free of violence, fear, intimidation, hatred, patronage, corruption and founded on justice, fairness, openness, transparency, dignity and equality.

RECOGNISING and accepting that the Land Question has been at the core of the contestation in Zimbabwe and acknowledging the centrality of issues relating to the rule of law, respect for human rights, democracy and governance.

COMMITTED to act in a manner that demonstrates loyalty to Zimbabwe, patriotism and commitment to Zimbabwe's national purpose, core values, interests and aspirations.

DETERMINED to act in a manner that demonstrates respect for the democratic values of justice, fairness, openness, tolerance, equality, respect of all persons and human rights.

SUBMITTING ourselves to the mandate of the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held in Dar-es-Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, on 29th March 2007 and endorsed in Lusaka on 12th April 2008 and in the AU Summit held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 30th June to 1 July 2008.

RECOGNlSlNG the centrality and importance of African institutions in dealing with African problems, we agreed to seek solutions to our differences, challenges and problems through dialogue.

ACKNOWLEDGING that pursuant to the Dar-es-Salaam SADC resolution, the Parties negotiated and agreed on a draft Constitution, initialed by the Parties on 30 September 2007, and further agreed and co-sponsored the enactment of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Number 18 Act, amendments to the Electoral Act, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Act, Public Order and Security Act, Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Broadcasting Services Act.

APPRECIATING the historical obligation and need to reach a solution that will allow us to put Zimbabwe first and give the people a genuine chance of rebuilding and reconstructing their livelihoods.

PURSUANT to the common desire of working together, the Parties agreed to and executed a Memorandum of Understanding on 21 July 2008, attached hereto as Annexure "A".

NOW THEREFORE AGREE AS FOLLOWS:


ARTICLE I

DEFINITIONS

1. Definitions

The "Agreement" shall mean this written Agreement signed by the representatives of ZANU-PF and the MDC, in its two formations ("the Parties") in fulfillment of the material mandate handed down by the SADC Extraordinary Summit an 29th March 2007 and endorsed by SADC in Lusaka, Zambia and adopted by the African Union Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The "Parties" shall mean ZANU-PF, the two MDC formations led by Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara respectively.

The "Government" or "New Government" means the new Government to be set up in terms of this Agreement.


ARTICLE II
DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT

2. Declaration of Commitment

The Parties hereby declare and agree to work together to create a genuine, viable, permanent, sustainable and nationally acceptable solution to the Zimbabwe situation and in particular to implement the following agreement with the aims of resolving once and for all the current political and economic situations and charting a new political direction for the country.


ARTICLE III
RESTORATION OF ECONOMIC STABILITY AND GROWTH

3. Economic recovery

3.1 The Parties agree:

(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe. The Government will lead the process of developing and implementing an economic recovery strategy and plan. To that end, the parties are committed to working together on a full and comprehensive economic programme to resuscitate Zimbabwe's economy, which will urgently address the issues of production, food security, poverty and unemployment and the challenges of high inflation, interest rates and the exchange rate.

(b) to create conditions that would ensure that the 2008/2009 agricultural season is productive.

(c) to establish a National Economic Council, composed of representatives of the Parties and of the following sectors:

(i) Manufacturing
(ii) Agriculture
(iii) Mining
(iv) Tourism
(v) Commerce
(vi) Financial
(vii) Labour
(viii) Academia; and
(ix) Other relevant sectors

(d) that the terms of reference of the Council shall include giving advice to Government, formulating economic plans and programmes for approval by government and such other functions as are assigned to the Council by the Government.

(e) to endorse the SADC resolution on the economy.


ARTICLE IV
SANCTIONS AND MEASURES

4. Sanctions and Measures

4.1 Recognising and acknowledging that some sections of the international community have since 2000 imposed various sanctions and measures against Zimbabwe, which have included targeted sanctions.

4.2 The Parties note the present economic and political isolation of Zimbabwe by the United Kingdom, European Union, United States of America and other sections of the International Community over and around issues of disputed elections, governance and differences over the land reform programme.

4.3 Noting and acknowledging the following sanctions and measures imposed on Zimbabwe:

(a) enactment of the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act by the United States of America Congress which outlaws Zimbabwe's right to access credit from International Financial Institutions in which the United States Government is represented or has a stake;

(b) suspension of Zimbabwe's voting and related rights, suspension of balance of payment support, declaration of ineligibility to borrow Fund resources and suspension of technical assistance to Zimbabwe by the International Monetary Fund;

(c) suspension of grants and infrastructural development support to Zimbabwe by The World Bank; and

(d) imposition of targeted travel bans against current Government and some business leaders.

4.4 Noting that this international isolation has over the years created a negative international perception of Zimbabwe and thereby resulting in the further isolation of the country by the non-availing of lines of credit to Zimbabwe by some sections of the international community.

4.5 Recognising the consequent contribution of this isolation to the further decline of the economy.

4.6 Desirous and committed to bringing to an end the fall in the standards of living of our people, the Parties hereby agree:

(a) to endorse the SADC resolution on sanctions concerning Zimbabwe;

(b) that all forms of measures and sanctions against Zimbabwe be lifted in order to facilitate a sustainable solution to the challenges that are currently facing Zimbabwe; and

(c) commit themselves to working together in re-engaging the international community with a view to bringing to an end the country's international isolation.


ARTICLE V
LAND QUESTION

5. Land Question

5.1 Recognising that colonial racist land ownership patterns established during the colonial conquest of Zimbabwe and largely maintained in the post independence period were not only unsustainable, but against the national interest, equity and justice.

5.2 Noting that in addition to the primary objective of the liberation struggle to win one man one vote democracy and justice, the land question, namely the need for the re-distribution of land to the majority indigenous people of Zimbabwe was at the core of the liberation struggle.

5.3 Accepting the inevitability and desirability of a comprehensive land reform programme in Zimbabwe that redresses the issues of historical imbalances and injustices in order to address the issues of equity, productivity, and justice.

5.4 While differing on the methodology of acquisition and redistribution the parties acknowledge that compulsory acquisition and redistribution of land has taken place under a land reform programme undertaken since 2000.

5.5 Accepting the irreversibility of the said land acquisitions and redistribution.

5.6 Noting that in the current Constitution of Zimbabwe and further in the Draft Constitution agreed to by the parties the primary obligation of compensating former land owners for land acquired rests on the former colonial power.

5.7 Further recognising the need to ensure that all land is used productively in the interests of all the people of Zimbabwe.

5.8 Recognising the need for women's access and control over land in their own right as equal citizens.

5.9 The Parties hereby agree to:

(a) conduct a comprehensive, transparent and non-partisan land audit, during the tenure of the Seventh Parliament of Zimbabwe, for the purpose of establishing accountability and eliminating multiple farm ownerships.

(b) ensure that all Zimbabweans who are eligible to be allocated land and who apply for it shall be considered for allocation of land irrespective of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or political affiliation;

(c) ensure security of tenure to all land holders.

(d) call upon the United Kingdom government to accept the primary responsibility to pay compensation for land acquired from former land owners for resettlement;

(e) work together to secure international support and finance for the land reform programme in terms of compensation for the former land owners and support for new farmers; and

(f) work together for the restoration of full productivity on all agricultural land.


ARTICLE VI
CONSTITUTION

6. Constitution

Acknowledging that it is the fundamental right and duty of the Zimbabwean people to make a constitution by themselves and for themselves;

Aware that the process of making this constitution must be owned and driven by the people and must be inclusive and democratic;

Recognising that the current Constitution of Zimbabwe made at the Lancaster House Conference, London (1979) was primarily to transfer power from the colonial authority to the people of Zimbabwe;

Acknowledging the draft Constitution that the Parties signed and agreed to in Kariba on the 30th of September 2007, annexed hereto as Annexure "B";

Determined to create conditions for our people to write a constitution for themselves; and

Mindful of the need to ensure that the new Constitution deepens our democratic values and principles and the protection of the equality of all citizens, particularly the enhancement of full citizenship and equality of women.

6.1 The Parties hereby agree:

(a) that they shall set up a Select Committee of Parliament composed of representatives of the Parties whose terms of reference shall be as follows:

(i) to set up such subcommittees chaired by a member of Parliament and composed of members of Parliament and representatives of Civil Society as may be necessary to assist the Select Committee in performing its mandate herein;
(ii) to hold such public hearings and such consultations as it may deem necessary in the process of public consultation over the making of a new constitution for Zimbabwe;
(iii) to convene an All Stakeholders Conference to consult stakeholders on their representation in the sub-committees referred to above and such related matters as may assist the committee in its work;
(iv) to table its draft Constitution to a 2nd All Stakeholders Conference; and
(v) to report to Parliament on its recommendations over the content of a New Constitution for Zimbabwe

(b) That the draft Constitution recommended by the Select Committee shall be submitted to a referendum;

(c) that, in implementing the above, the following time frames shall apply:

(i) the Select Committee shall be set up within two months of inception of a new government;
(ii) the convening of the first All Stakeholders Conference shall be within 3 months of the date of the appointment of the Select Committee;
(iii) the public consultation process shall be completed no later than 4 months of the date of the first All Stakeholders Conference;
(iv) the draft Constitution shall be tabled within 3 months of completion of the public consultation process to a second All Stakeholders Conference;
(v) the draft Constitution and the accompanying Report shall be tabled before Parliament within 1 month of the second All Stakeholders Conference;
(vi) the draft Constitution and the accompanying Report shall be debated in Parliament and the debate concluded within one month;
(vii) the draft Constitution emerging from Parliament shall be gazetted before the holding of a referendum;
(viii) a referendum on the new draft Constitution shall be held within 3 months of the conclusion of the debate;
(ix) in the event of the draft Constitution being approved in the referendum it shall be gazetted within 1 month of the date of the referendum; and
(x) the draft Constitution shall be introduced in Parliament no later than 1 month after the expiration of the period of 30 days from the date of its gazetting.


ARTICLE VII
PROMOTION OF EQUALITY, NATIONAL HEALING, COHESION AND UNITY

7. Equality, National Healing, Cohesion and Unity

7.1 The Parties hereby agree that the new Government:

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;

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;

c) shall give consideration to the setting up of a mechanism to properly advise on what measures might be necessary and practicable to achieve national healing, cohesion and unity in respect of victims of pre and post independence political conflicts; and

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.

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.


ARTICLE VIII
RESPECT FOR NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND EVENTS

8. Respect for National Institutions and Events

8.1 In the interests of forging a common vision for our country, the Parties hereby agree:

(a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and

(b) that all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion have the right to benefit from and participate in all national programmes and events without let or hindrance.


ARTICLE IX
EXTERNAL INTERFERENCE

9. External Interference

9.1 The Parties reaffirm the principle of the United Nations Charter on non-interference in the internal affairs of member countries.

9.2 The Parties hereby agree:

(a) that the responsibility of effecting change of government in Zimbabwe vests exclusively on and is the sole prerogative of the people of Zimbabwe through peaceful, democratic and constitutional means;

(b) to reject any unlawful, violent, undemocratic and unconstitutional means of changing governments; and

(c) that no outsiders have a right to call or campaign for regime change in Zimbabwe.


ARTICLE X
FREE POLITICAL ACTIVITY

10. Free political activity

Recognising that the right to canvass 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.


ARTICLE XI
RULE OF LAW, RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND OTHER LAWS

11. Rule of law, respect for the Constitution and other laws

11.1 The Parties hereby agree that it is the duty of all political parties and individuals to:

(a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;

(b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.


ARTICLE XII
FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATION

12. Freedoms of Assembly and Association

12.1 Recognising the importance of the freedoms of assembly and association in a multi-party democracy and noting that public meetings have to be conducted in a free, peaceful and democratic manner in accordance with the law, the Parties have agreed:

(a) to work together in a manner which guarantees the full implementation and realisation of the right to freedom of association and assembly; and

(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.


ARTICLE XIII
STATE ORGANS AND INSTITUTIONS

13. State organs and institutions

13.1 State organs and institutions do not belong to any political party and should be impartial in the discharge of their duties.

13.2 For the purposes of ensuring that all state organs and institutions perform their duties ethically and professionally in conformity with the principles and requirements of a multi-party democratic system in which all parties are treated equally, the Parties have agreed that the following steps be taken:

(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;

(b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;

(c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and

(d) recruitment policies and practices be conducted in a manner that ensures that no political or other form of favouritism is practised.


ARTICLE XIV
TRADITIONAL LEADERS

14. Traditional Leaders

14.1 Recognising and acknowledging that traditional leaders are community leaders with equal responsibilities and obligations to all members of their communities regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, race, religion and political affiliation, the Parties hereby agree to:-

(a) commit themselves to ensuring the political neutrality of traditional leaders; and

(b) call upon traditional leaders not to engage in partisan political activities at national level as well as in their communities.


ARTICLE XV
NATIONAL YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMME

15. National Youth Training Programme

Recognising the desirability of a national youth training programme which inculcates the values of patriotism, discipline, tolerance, non-violence, openness, democracy, equality, justice and respect.

Determined to ensure that the National Youth Training Programme raises awareness of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, engenders a spirit of community service, skills development and a commitment to the development of Zimbabwe

15.1 The Parties hereby agree that:

(a) all youths regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion and political affiliation are eligible to participate in national youth training programmes;

(b) the National Youth Training Programme must be run in a non-partisan manner and shall not include partisan political material advancing the cause of any political party; and

(c) while recognising that youths undergoing training at national youth training centres have a right to hold political opinions, they shall not, during the period of their training, collectively and as part of a scheme of the training centre be used or deployed for partisan political work.


ARTICLE XVI
HUMANITARIAN AND FOOD ASSISTANCE

16. Humanitarian and food assistance

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.

16.3 Non-Governmental Organisations involved in giving humanitarian and food assistance shall do so without discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion and in doing so, shall not promote or advance the interests of any political party or cause.

16.4 In this regard the Parties hereby agree:

(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;

(b) that humanitarian interventions rendered by Non-Governmental Organisations, shall be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion.

(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.

(d) that all NGO's rendering humanitarian and food assistance must operate within the confines of the laws of Zimbabwe.


ARTICLE XVII
LEGISLATIVE AGENDA PRIORITIES

17. Legislative agenda

17.1 The Parties hereby agree that:

(a) the legislative agenda will be prioritized in order to reflect the letter and spirit of this agreement;

(b) the Government will discuss and agree on further legislative measures which may become necessary to implement the Government's agreed policies and in particular, with a view to entrenching democratic values and practices.


ARTICLE XVIII
SECURITY OF PERSONS AND PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE

18. Security of persons and prevention of violence

18.1 Noting the easy resort to violence by political parties, State actors, Non-State actors and others in order to resolve political differences and achieve political ends.

18.2 Gravely concerned by the displacement of scores of people after the election of March 29, 2008 as a result of politically motivated violence.

18.3 Recognising that violence dehumanises and engenders feelings of hatred and polarisation within the country.

18.4 Further recognising that violence undermines our collective independence as a people and our capacity to exercise our free will in making political choices.

18.5 The Parties hereby agree:

(a) to promote the values and practices of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as means of resolving political differences;

(b) to renounce and desist from the promotion and use of violence, under whatever name called, as a means of attaining political ends;

(c) that the Government shall apply the laws of the country fully and impartially in bringing all perpetrators of politically motivated violence to book;

(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;

(e) to take all measures necessary to ensure that the structures and institutions they control are not engaged in the perpetration of violence.

(f) that all civil society organisations of whatever description whether affiliated to a political party or not shall not promote or advocate for or use violence or any other form of intimidation or coercion to canvass or mobilise for or oppose any political party or to achieve any political end;

(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;

(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.

(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.

(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.


ARTICLE XIX
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND COMMUNICATION

19. Freedom of Expression and Communication

Recognising the importance of the right to freedom of expression and the role of the media in a multi-party democracy.

Noting that while the provisions of the Broadcasting Services Act permit the issuance of licences, no licences other than to the public broadcaster have been issued.

Aware of the emergence of foreign based radio stations broadcasting into Zimbabwe, some of which are funded by foreign governments.

Concerned that the failure to issue licences under the Broadcasting Services Act to alternative broadcasters might have given rise to external radio stations broadcasting into Zimbabwe.

Further concerned that foreign government funded external radio stations broadcasting into Zimbabwe are not in Zimbabwe's national interest.

Desirous of ensuring the opening up of the air waves and ensuring the operation of as many media houses as possible.

19.1 The Parties hereby agree:

(a) that the government shall ensure the immediate processing by the appropriate authorities of all applications for re-registration and registration in terms of both the Broadcasting Services Act as well as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act;

(b) all Zimbabwean nationals including those currently working for or running external radio stations be encouraged to make applications for broadcasting licences, in Zimbabwe, in terms of the law;

(c) that in recognition of the open media environment anticipated by this Agreement, the Parties hereby:-

(i) call upon the governments that are hosting and/or funding external radio stations broadcasting into Zimbabwe to cease such hosting and funding; and
(ii) encourage the Zimbabweans running or working for external radio stations broadcasting into Zimbabwe to return to Zimbabwe; and

(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.

(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.


ARTICLE XX
FRAMEWORK FOR A NEW GOVERNMENT

20. Framework for a new Government

Acknowledging that we have an obligation to establish a framework of working together in an inclusive government;

Accepting that the formation of such a government will have to be approached with great sensitivity, flexibility and willingness to compromise;

Recognising that the formation of such a Government would demonstrate the respect of the Parties for the deeply-felt and immediate hopes and aspirations of the millions of our people.

Determined to carry out sustained work to create the conditions for returning our country to stability and prosperity;

Acknowledging the need for gender parity, particularly the need to appoint women to strategic Cabinet posts;

20.1 The Parties hereby agree that:

20.1.1 Executive Powers and Authority

The Executive Authority of the Inclusive Government shall vest in, and be shared among the President, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, as provided for in this Constitution and legislation.

The President of the Republic shall exercise executive authority subject to the Constitution and the law.

The Prime Minister of the Republic shall exercise executive authority subject to the Constitution and the law.

The Cabinet of the Republic shall exercise executive authority subject to the Constitution and the law.

In the exercise of executive authority, the President, Vice Presidents, the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers and Deputy Ministers must have regard to the principles and spirit underlying the formation of the Inclusive Government and accordingly act in a manner that seeks to promote cohesion both inside and outside government.

20.1.2 The Cabinet

(a) shall have the responsibility to evaluate and adopt all government policies and the consequential programmes;

(b) shall, subject to approval by Parliament, allocate the financial resources for the implementation of such policies and programmes;

(c) shall have the responsibility to prepare and present to Parliament, all such legislation and other instruments as may be necessary to implement the policies and programmes of the National Executive;
(d) shall, except where the Constitution requires ratification by Parliament, or action by the President, approve all international agreements;

(e) shall ensure that the state organs, including the Ministries and Departments, have sufficient financial and other resources and appropriate operational capacity to carry out their functions effectively; and

(f) shall take decisions by consensus, and take collective responsibility for all Cabinet decisions, including those originally initiated individually by any member of Cabinet.

(g) The President and the Prime Minister will agree on the allocation of Ministries between them for the purpose of day-to-day supervision.

20.1.3 The President

(a) chairs Cabinet;

(b) exercises executive authority;

(c) shall exercise his/her powers subject to the provisions of the Constitution;

(d) can, subject to the Constitution, declare war and make peace;

(e) can, subject to the Constitution, proclaim and terminate martial law;

(f) confers honours and precedence, on the advice of Cabinet;

(g) grants pardons, respites, substitutes less severe punishment and suspends or remits sentences, on the advice of Cabinet;

(h) chairs the National Security Council;

(i) formally appoints the Vice Presidents;

(j) shall, pursuant to this Agreement, appoint the Prime Minister pending the enactment of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment no.19 as agreed by the Parties;

(k) formally appoints Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers and Deputy Ministers in accordance with this agreement;

(l) after consultation with the Vice Presidents, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Ministers, allocates Ministerial portfolios in accordance with this Agreement;

(m) accredits, receives and recognizes diplomatic agents and consular officers;

(n) appoints independent Constitutional Commissions in terms of the Constitution;

(o) appoints service/executive Commissions in terms of the Constitution and in consultation with the Prime Minister;

(p) in consultation with the Prime Minister, makes key appointments the President is required to make under and in terms of the Constitution or any Act of Parliament;

(q) may, acting in consultation with the Prime Minister, dissolve Parliament;

(r) must be kept fully informed by the Prime Minister on the general conduct of the government business and;

(s) shall be furnished with such information as he/she may request in respect of any particular matter relating to the government, and may advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet in this regard.

20.1.4 The Prime Minister

(a) chairs the Council of Ministers and is the Deputy Chairperson of Cabinet;

(b) exercises executive authority;

(c) shall oversee the formulation of government policies by the Cabinet;

(d) shall ensure that the policies so formulated are implemented by the entirety of government;

(e) shall ensure that the Ministers develop appropriate implementation plans to give effect to the policies decided by Cabinet: in this regard, the Ministers will report to the Prime Minister on all issues relating to the implementation of such policies and plans;

(f) shall ensure that the legislation necessary to enable the government to carry out its functions is in place: in this regard, he/she shall have the responsibility to discharge the functions of the Leader of Government Business in Parliament;

(g) shall be a member of the National Security Council;

(h) may be assigned such additional functions as are necessary further to enhance the work of the Inclusive Government;

(i) shall, to ensure the effective execution of these tasks, be assisted by Deputy Prime Ministers; and

(j) shall report regularly to the President and Parliament.

20.1.5 Council of Ministers

To ensure that the Prime Minister properly discharges his responsibility to oversee the implementation of the work of government, there shall be a Council of Ministers consisting of all the Cabinet Ministers, chaired by the Prime Minister, whose functions shall be:

(a) to assess the implementation of Cabinet decisions;

(b) to assist the Prime Minister to attend to matters of coordination in the government;

(c) to enable the Prime Minister to receive briefings from the Cabinet Committees;

(d) to make progress reports to Cabinet on matters of implementation of Cabinet decisions;

(e) to receive and consider reports from the Committee responsible for the periodic review mechanism; and

(f) to make progress reports to Cabinet on matters related to the periodic review mechanism.

20.1.6 Composition of the Executive

(1) There shall be a President, which Office shall continue to be occupied by President Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

(2) There shall be two (2) Vice Presidents, who will be nominated by the President and/or Zanu-PF.

(3) There shall be a Prime Minister, which Office shall be occupied by Mr Morgan Tsvangirai.

(4) There shall be two (2) Deputy Prime Ministers, one (1) from MDC-T and one (1) from the MDC-M.

(5) There shall be thirty-one (31) Ministers, with fifteen (15) nominated by ZANU PF, thirteen (13) by MDC-T and three (3) by MDC-M. Of the 31 Ministers, three (3) one each per Party, may be appointed from outside the members of Parliament. The three (3) Ministers so appointed shall become members of the House of Assembly and shall have the right to sit, speak and debate in Parliament, but shall not be entitled to vote.

(6) There shall be fifteen (15) Deputy Ministers, with (eight) 8 nominated by ZANU PF, six (6) by MDC-T and one (1) by MDC-M.

(7) Ministers and Deputy Ministers may be relieved of their duties only after consultation among the leaders of all the political parties participating in the Inclusive Government.

20.1.7 Senate

(a) The President shall, in his discretion, appoint five (5) persons to the existing positions of Presidential senatorial appointments.

(b) There shall be created an additional nine (9) appointed senatorial posts, which shall be filled by persons appointed by the President, of whom, 3 will be nominated by ZANU-PF, 3 by MDC-T and 3 by MDC-M.

20.1.8 Filling of vacancies

(a) In the event of any vacancy arising in respect of posts referred to in clauses 20.1.6 and 20.1.7(b) above, such vacancy shall be filled by a nominee of the Party which held that position prior to the vacancy arising.


ARTICLE XXI
ELECTORAL VACANCIES

21. Electoral Vacancies

Aware of the divisive and often times confrontational nature of elections and by elections;

Noting the need to allow this agreement to take root amongst the parties and people of Zimbabwe; and

Cognisant of the need to give our people some breathing space and a healing period;

21.1 The Parties hereby agree that for a period of 12 months from the date of signing of this agreement, should any electoral vacancy arise in respect of a local authority or parliamentary seat, for whatever reason, only the party holding that seat prior to the vacancy occurring shall be entitled to nominate and field a candidate to fill the seat subject to that party complying with the rules governing its internal democracy.


ARTICLE XXII
IMPLEMENTATION MECHANISMS

22. Implementation mechanisms

22.1 To ensure full and proper implementation of the letter and spirit of this Agreement, the Parties hereby constitute a Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee ("JOMIC") to be composed of four senior members from ZANU-PF and four senior members from each of the two MDC Formations. Gender consideration must be taken into account in relation to the composition of JOMIC.

22.2 The committee shall be co-chaired by persons from the Parties.

22.3 The committee shall have the following functions:-

(a) to ensure the implementation in letter and spirit of this Agreement;

(b) to assess the implementation of this Agreement from time to time and consider steps which might need to be taken to ensure the speedy and full implementation of this Agreement in its entirety;

(c) to receive reports and complaints in respect of any issue related to the implementation, enforcement and execution of this Agreement;

(d) to serve as catalyst in creating and promoting an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding between the parties; and

(e) to promote continuing dialogue between the Parties.

22.4 JOMIC shall be the principal body dealing with the issues of compliance and monitoring of this Agreement and to that end, the Parties hereby undertake to channel all complaints, grievances, concerns and issues relating to compliance with this Agreement through JOMIC and to refrain from any conduct which might undermine the spirit of co-operation necessary for the fulfillment of this Agreement.

22.5 The new Government shall ensure that steps are taken to make the security forces conversant with the Constitution of Zimbabwe and other laws of Zimbabwe including laws relating to public order and security.

22.6 The implementation of this agreement shall be guaranteed and underwritten by the Facilitator, SADC and the AU.

22.7 The Parties and the new Government shall seek the support and assistance of SADC and the AU in mobilizing the international community to support the new Government's economic recovery plans and programmes together with the lifting of sanctions taken against Zimbabwe and some of its leaders.

22.8 The Parties agree that they shall cause Parliament to amend any legislation to the extent necessary to bring this agreement into full force.


ARTICLE XXIII
PERIODIC REVIEW MECHANISM

23. Periodic review mechanism

23.1 Having regard to the Objectives and Priorities of the New Government as set out in this Agreement, the Parties hereby agree that:

(a) they shall constitute a committee composed of 2 representatives each to review on an annual basis progress on the implementation and achievement of the priorities and objectives set out in this Agreement, namely: Economic (restoration of economic stability and growth, sanctions, land question) Political (new constitution, promotion of equality, national healing and cohesion and unity, external interference, free political activity, rule of law, state organs and institutions, legislative agenda and priorities) Security (security of persons and prevention of violence) and Communication (media and external radio stations); and

(b) the committee shall make recommendations to the Parties and the new government on any matters relating to this Agreement, more particularly on measures and programmes that may be necessary to take and make to realise full implementation of this Agreement.

(c) this Agreement and the relationship agreed to hereunder will be reviewed at the conclusion of the constitution-making process.

23.2 The Parties will continually review the effectiveness and any other matter relating to the functioning of the Inclusive Government established by the Constitution in consultation with the Guarantors.


ARTICLE XXIV
INTERIM CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

24. Interim Constitutional amendments

The Parties hereby agree:

24.1 that the constitutional amendments which are necessary for the implementation of this agreement shall be passed by parliament and assented to by the President as Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Act No 19. The Parties undertake to unconditionally support the enactment of the said Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment No 19;

24.2 to include in Constitutional Amendment No19 the provisions contained in Chapters 4 and 13, and section 121 of the draft Constitution that the Parties executed at Kariba on 30 September 2007 (Kariba draft).


ARTICLE XXV
COMMENCEMENT

25. Commencement

This Agreement shall enter into force upon its signature by the Parties.

In WITNESS WHEREOF the Parties have signed this Agreement in the English language, in six identical copies, all texts being equally authentic:

DONE AT HARARE, ON THIS DAY OF 2008

ROBERT G MUGABE
PRESIDENT, ZANU-PF

MORGAN R TSVANGIRAI
PRESIDENT, MDC

ARTHUR G 0 MUTAMBARA
PRESIDENT, MDC

In WITNESS THEREOF the Facilitator:
THABO MBEKI
SADC FACILITATOR

Civil Society Monitoring Mechanism (CISOMM)

CISOMM Annual Review 2009/2010
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Zimbabwe’s civil society organisations on Wednesday 22 April 2009 launched the first Civil Society Monitoring Mechanism (CISOMM) Periodic Report in Harare covering the months of February and March 2009, which assesses the sincerity, accountability and transparency of the political parties to achieving the democratic reforms agreed following the signing of the Interparty Political Agreement (IPA) on the 15th of September 2008.

The CISOMM, which is an independent monitoring and evaluating mechanism, is meant to act as a confidence-building measure for the people and allow for their involvement and their views to be heard.

In assessing the strength of the agreement and its potential to assist in achieving the desired transformation whilst attempting to hold the government accountable to the letter and spirit of the agreement, the CISOMM resolved to produce periodic reports documenting specific instances of compliance and non-compliance with the GPA in accordance with benchmarks developed by civil society using the IPA as a baseline document.

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The Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa)'s States in Transition Observatory produce monthly reports monitoring the state of the interim government in Zimbabwe. States in Transition Observatory (SITO) is a research and advocacy unit within Idasa’s Political Governance Programme that provides information on and analysis of political developments in countries in transition or crisis. The aim of the unit is to foster a critical understanding of the challenges faced by African countries in respect of democratization, human rights and social justice.

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ZIG Watch : Top Breaches

  1. ARTICLE XI : RULE OF LAW, RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND OTHER LAWS (4672 breaches)
  2. ARTICLE VII : PROMOTION OF EQUALITY, NATIONAL HEALING, COHESION AND UNITY (3588 breaches)
  3. ARTICLE XIII : STATE ORGANS AND INSTITUTIONS (3320 breaches)
  4. ARTICLE XVIII : SECURITY OF PERSONS AND PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE (2754 breaches)
  5. ARTICLE II: DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT (2482 breaches)
  6. ARTICLE X : FREE POLITICAL ACTIVITY (707 breaches)
  7. ARTICLE V: LAND QUESTION (671 breaches)
  8. ARTICLE III : RESTORATION OF ECONOMIC STABILITY AND GROWTH (666 breaches)
  9. ARTICLE XII : FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATION (541 breaches)
  10. ARTICLE VIII : RESPECT FOR NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND EVENTS (418 breaches)

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ZIG Watch : Issue 40 - May 2012

May 30, 2012 - Comments: 0
Mugabe challenged to order arrests in Mudzi murder
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 31/05/2012 Source
MP, and JOMIC team member Tabitha Khumalo, expressed anger over the murder of MDC-T ward official Sekuru Magura in Mudzi, Mashonaland East, challenging Robert Mugabe to order the arrest of the perpetrators. Khumalo said it was time for Mugabe to “walk the talk” and order the arrests of those who supported the killing and provided transport to the (police cleared) rally. Results of a post mortem on the late Sekuru Magura revealed that he was stoned to death, contrary to denials by Mudzi West MP, Aquilinah Katsande, who insisted Magura died after falling from a truck. Other victims blasted police for running away when a ZANU-PF mob attacked them at the rally.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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(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.
BBC presenter slapped with fresh charges in Zim
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 30/05/2012 Source
A London based music presenter with the UK’s BBC broadcaster, who was arrested in Zimbabwe last week, has been slapped with fresh charges by Zimbabwean authorities. Petroc Trelawny was on Wednesday evening charged with contravening the Zimbabwean Immigration Act, allegedly by violating the conditions under which his visitor’s entry certificate had been issued. The pressing of fresh charges comes two days after the Attorney General’s Office declined to authorise his prosecution. It was hoped that Trelawny would already have returned home after the original case against him was dismissed. He was arrested last week Thursday after compering at a charity concert in Bulawayo.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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;
  • 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;
Violence on the increase - CHRA
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 30/05/2012 Source
Violence is on the increase and most of it is politically motivated, a recent survey by the Combined Harare Residents Association has found. “Zanu-PF is still holding on to council premises, from which council is supposed to be earning rent. But all the money is being pocketed by the party’s youth militia. Only a quarter of business operators in Mbare pay the monthly service charges. Most operators who do not sympathize with Zanu-PF have been chased away from Magaba, Siyaso, Mupedzanhamo and Masimbi,” says the report. CHRA reported that Mbare market stalls have been turned into Zanu-PF districts, with regular party meetings being held and funds collected. Now it says the party has penetrated residential areas.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Zim stalls on returning detained BBC presenter’s passport
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 29/05/2012 Source
A presenter with the UK’s BBC broadcaster was still in Zimbabwe on Tuesday following his arrest last week, after immigration officials were said to be stalling on releasing his passport. Charges against Petroc Trelawny were dropped on Monday after he was detained for allegedly working without a permit. Trelawny, was officially charged over the weekend after his arrest last Thursday. He was detained shortly after compering at a music concert in Bulawayo. It was hoped he would be allowed to leave the country Tuesday, but according to an update from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, immigration officials were refusing to release his passport. He was meanwhile still in hospital Tuesday with a shoulder injury.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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;
  • 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-T official murdered by ‘known’ ZANU PF thugs in Mudzi
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 28/05/2012 Source
An MDC-T ward chairman in Mashonaland East was murdered over the weekend, by a gang of ‘known’ ZANU-PF thugs who attacked party activists gathered for a rally at Chimukoko Business Centre. According to witnesses, Cephas Magura was assaulted by ZANU-PF youths who approached the MDC-T gathering, armed with logs and sticks. Sekuru Magura fell down after he was hit with a stone and was severely assaulted as he lay on the ground. The gang, led by ZANU-PF councillor for Ward 3, David Chimukoko, then dragged Sekuru Magura to the roadside and left him there. Seven other MDC-T activists were taken to Harare Hospital for treatment after the attack, which took place in the presence of police.
  • 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.
  • 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(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.
Generals can meddle in politics - Chinamasa
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 27/05/2012 Source
JUSTICE and Legal Affairs minister, Patrick Chinamasa, has come out in defence of partisan army generals saying they have a right to meddle in politics by virtue of having fought for the liberation of the country. In an interview just before the departure of visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay on Friday, Chinamasa said, by making political statements, generals were merely pointing out the way they wanted the country to be ruled. “The army people were liberators and you cannot deny them the voice to keep this country on course, so that there is justification for those who died for the country and those who lie in unmarked graves,” he said.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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-T accuses army of biased recruitment
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 27/05/2012 Source
MDC-T has accused the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) of bias in its current recruitment exercise where it is allegedly targeting children of serving and retired soldiers, war veterans and ex-political detainees. Party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said the current recruitment drive, which does not require academic qualifications, was being done clandestinely to accommodate Zanu-PF youth militia. He claimed that some army officials were working in cahoots with Zanu-PF members to enable them to identify those who support the former ruling party. Mwonzora said the partisan recruitment was most pronounced in Manicaland. The MDC-T has described the exercise as part of preparations for an onslaught by the security sector ahead of elections this year or in 2013.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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 (d) recruitment policies and practices be conducted in a manner that ensures that no political or other form of favouritism is practised.
Police blitz on women slammed
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 27/05/2012 Source
POLICE in Harare have embarked on a blitz arresting women in bars and night spots, accusing them of engaging in prostitution, a move roundly condemned by women and human rights organisations. For the past two weeks, female dancers and patrons in bars have been arrested and fined by the police in the capital. A popular dancer condemned the police’s act. “What they are doing is wrong because they are discriminating against women. It is not a crime in Zimbabwe to be a female in a bar at night,” she said. Feminist activist, Everjoice Win, said even if the operation was to rid Harare of prostitution, it still bordered on infringement of rights.
  • 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.
  • 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;
Zimplats in a fix, risks default on payments
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 27/05/2012 Source
Zimplats risks defaulting on loan arrangements after the central bank directed local banks to stop offering banking services to the company for defying an order to bring back money in off-shore accounts. Zimplats borrowed from foreign organisations to finance its Phase II expansion, currently underway in Ngezi. On Wednesday, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) said the white metal producer had defied its directive … and instructed banks to stop handling any international or cross-border payments for Zimplats. Executives said Zimplats was now in a fix and risked defaulting on loan agreements with foreign lenders. “The revocation of Zimplats’ right to operate off-shore accounts … constitute an event of default … ,” an executive said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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;
BBC presenter held by Zimbabwe police after arrest at cultural festival
Telegraph, The (UK): 26/05/2012 Source
A BBC classical music presenter has been arrested and detained in Zimbabwe after giving a poetry reading before hundreds of schoolchildren at a cultural festival. Petroc Trelawny, was near the end of a performance at the Bulawayo Music Festival on Thursday when he was led off the stage by immigration officials, who said he did not have the necessary work permit. While being held in a crowded police cell he slipped and fell, dislocating his shoulder which required an operation to reset it. On Saturday he was recovering in hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city, but remained in official custody and was expected to face a court appearance on Monday.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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;
  • 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;
Tax collectors chased away from Mbada Diamond Mine
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 26/05/2012 Source
Finance minister Tendai Biti said on Tuesday some Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) officers had been chased away by Mbada, a diamond mining company operating in Chiadzwa. In an update to stakeholders in the mining sector, Biti said Zimra needed to be given statutory powers to ensure there were no diamond leakages. “I am dealing with a case where at Mbada ...Zimra were told to go away,” Biti said. Biti said he had written a letter to Zimra board chairman complaining about the incident. He said that more needed to be done to improve transparency in diamonds. Unlike Botswana, he said, Zimbabwe did not have trained valuators to determine the true value of the diamonds.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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;
MDC youth leader in Mash Central arrested over party posters
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 25/05/2012 Source
MDC provincial youth chairman for Mashonaland Central, Tonderai Samhu, has been arrested in Mvurwi, allegedly for putting up party posters in the area. Promise Mkwananzi, the party Youth Assembly secretary-general said Samhu was picked up by police and is believed to have been transferred to Bindura for questioning. ‘He phoned us to say he’s been arrested and that police were preparing to take him to Bindura. Thereafter his phone went dead …,’ Mkwananzi said. Samhu, who has been a thorn in the flesh for ZANU-PF in Mashonaland Central has been arrested countless times, including in 2010 for allegedly insulting Robert Mugabe during a party rally in Guruve.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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;
Railway workers unpaid for 6 months
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 24/05/2012 Source
Workers at Zimbabwe’s national railway have desperately appealed to Transport and Communications Minister Nicholas Goche, to appoint a board of directors, so that they can receive wages after nearly six months. The Railways (NRZ) is struggling financially, with management claiming there is no money. However, in November and December, management ensured that they received their perks in advance, whilst workers in lower grades did not even get salaries. The ailing parastatal, run by Retired Air Commodore Mike Karakadzai, also employs many former military officials and war vets, allegedly hired because of their affiliation with ZANU-PF. Workers who went on strike before Christmas were threatened by government with losing their jobs.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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;
Youths threaten coup as Mugabe meets UN rights chief
ZimEye: 24/05/2012 Source
ZANU-PF party youths on Wednesday declared they will co-ordinate and support a military coup that will ensure Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai fails to enter state house, even if he were to win elections. They voiced their allegiance to ZANU-PF leader Robert Mugabe as he was meeting the United Nations Human rights chief, Navanethem Pillay. They stated that they will never be governed by anyone else apart from the 88-year old leader, Mugabe, and that in the event he stepped aside, the military should take charge. Singing revolutionary songs at a World Federation of Democratic Youth conference in Harare, the youths vowed they will never allow the MDC to take power, even if the party won an election.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 8.1 (b) that all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion have the right to benefit from and participate in all national programmes and events without let or hindrance.
  • 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.
Voter education still a mirage
Zimbabwe Independent, The (ZW): 24/05/2012 Source
In Zimbabwe little is happening in terms of voter-registration despite only two million out of six million registered voters actually voting. Limited resources and lack of confidence in the system increased voter apathy, but lack of knowledge and preparedness were some of the major contributing variables. Last week people in Mashonaland West underwent a forced voter-registration exercise with Zanu-PF teams moving around taking down names and identification numbers saying they were going to register them as voters. Such incidents highlight the fact that most people are ill-informed on the voter registration processes. Armed with the correct information, they would not be coerced into divulging personal information, but would instead register to vote by themselves.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 8.1 (b) that all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion have the right to benefit from and participate in all national programmes and events without let or hindrance.
  • 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.
Minister accused of squandering US$80 000 hospital funds
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 23/05/2012 Source
Higher Education Minister and ZANU-PF MP for Masvingo South, Stan Mudenge, is being accused of squandering US$80 000 meant for completion of construction work at Gurajena Hospital in Masvingo. Escort Chawatama, MDC-T councillor for Ward 1, Masvingo North said the local development committee sourced the funds to fit window panes, construction of blair toilets, sinking of boreholes, the setting up of ablution facilities, two water tanks with a holding capacity of 10 000 litres each, and also a 600kw generator. Part of the funds was intended to be channelled towards the construction of staff quarters. Then Mudenge imposed himself and a hospital committee of ZANU-PF apologists on the project, looted funds and is sitting on development plans, Chawatama said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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;
Gays are criminals, says Zim minister
Times, The (RSA): 22/05/2012 Source
Zimbabwe's justice minister has rejected allegations of state-sponsored violence and has vowed not to recognise gay rights after meeting the UN human rights chief yesterday. Patrick Chinamasa said he told UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay that Zimbabwe will arrest same-sex partners found indulging in homosexual acts. Pillay arrived on Sunday in Zimbabwe for a week-long visit, the first by the world rights chief, to assess human rights violations. "We made it clear that in our law homosexual activities are criminalised and that any person who commits homosexual activities will be arrested," Chinamasa told reporters after meeting Pillay in Harare.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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.
Leadership training stopped by police in Bulawayo
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 22/05/2012 Source
A training workshop organised by the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) this weekend was disrupted by police, demanding to know who cleared the gathering and why governance issues were included in the programme. The police also demanded from facilitator Ms Ntombizodwa Khumalo, information about donors funding the programme and details of what was being taught in the workshop. Training materials were confiscated and the workshop stopped. Khumalo, also Vice Chairperson of the Residents Association, was ordered to report to the police station on Monday morning along with the coordinator for questioning. Co-ordinator, Rodrick Fayayo, said the same workshop had been run for close to a year, teaching all 29 wards in Bulawayo about the Urban Councils Act.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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;
Kasukuwere urges ZANU PF youth to seize Indian businesses
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 22/05/2012 Source
Indigenisation and Youth Development Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has been instructing ZANU-PF youths to take over businesses, supermarkets and shops owned by Indians and to identify mining claims they can take over as part of youth empowerment. Sources who attended a recent meeting at Davis Hall in Bulawayo reported Kasukuwere said Indians should not be allowed to run shops in Zimbabwe while there are many black youths without business opportunities. “Kasukuwere is not aware that a lot of Indians actually participated in the liberation struggle and were in ZAPU and ZIPRA structures …,” said a reporter, adding that when Indians were forced out of Uganda for owning too many businesses, Uganda’s economy collapsed soon after and never recovered.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Parliament adjourns after three days with key Bills pending
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 22/05/2012 Source
Both the House of Assembly and the Senate resumed sitting for only three days last week after a lengthy recess, and adjourned again this week without tackling several critical Bills pending, including the Human Rights Commission Bill and the Electoral Amendment Bill, both of which need to be completed before the next elections are held. Amendments tabled for the Human Rights Commission Bill by Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Patrick Chinamasa, could not be debated as Chinamasa did not attend. This comes at a time when parliamentarians are being criticised for bunking parliamentary sessions, but Minister for Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Eric Matinenga, admitted that he had no powers to force them to attend.
Mugabe Threatens to Take Charge of Stalled New Constitution Process
VOANews (USA): 22/05/2012 Source
President Robert Mugabe expressed frustration in cabinet Tuesday with the slow pace of the new constitution making process and demanded the incomplete draft be handed over to the principals at the end of the week. Cabinet sources said Mugabe made the remarks after parliamentary and constitutional affairs minister Eric Matinenga presented his report to cabinet on the state of the new constitution. The select committee and the management committee were supposed to meet this week to discuss a 29 page document tabled by Zanu-PF, but the meeting has been postponed to next week. It remains unclear whether Mr Mugabe now wants the principals to take charge of the process.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 6.1 (a) that they shall set up a Select Committee of Parliament composed of representatives of the Parties
  • 6.1 (a) (i) to set up such subcommittees ... as may be necessary to assist the Select Committee in performing its mandate herein;
  • 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.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
Mugabe and Mutambara absent from peace prayers in Bulawayo
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 21/05/2012 Source
A prayer meeting that all three leaders in the coalition government committed to in November last year, as part of a campaign to promote peace between parishioners from different faiths, went ahead without two of the leaders this weekend. Only Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai attended the Inter-denominational Prayer Meeting, held in Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo on Sunday. The event was organised by church groups in Matabeleland promoting peace, and attended by top MDC-T officials and gospel musicians. The theme for the Prime Minister’s address was “A house divided cannot stand”, a clear reference to divisions between the parties which are blocking progress towards a new constitution and a fresh poll.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 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;
Gvt stage-manages UN HR Commissioner’s tour?
ZimEye: 21/05/2012 Source
The Zimbabwe government, through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice David Mangota, stage-managed the interaction between the visiting UN High Commissioner on Human Rights and the local civil service organizations during the High Commissioner’s tour. Addressing a press conference on Monday hosted by Zimbabwe lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), and endorsed by 37 local CSOs, Abel Chikomo read a statement on behalf of the NGO Forum. It claimed Mangota had hired some unknown ‘human rights activists’, including a top human rights abuser - the AAG and Zanu-(PF) activist Goodson Nguni, to stand as the CSOs in place of ‘the genuine ones’. He also changed the venue of the meeting, moving it to Parliament building.
  • 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.
  • 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;
Minister blocks Zim’s biggest investment
Independent Online (RSA): 20/05/2012 Source
Mpofu, a Zanu-PF hardliner in the power-sharing government, has put a rescue package for Zimbabwe’s bankrupt iron and steel industry on the brink of collapse by refusing to hand over iron ore claims to Indian steel giant Essar. Essar won majority shareholding in Zimbabwe’s state-owned Iron and Steel Company Zisco, but Mpofu has chosen to ignore the agreement signed with Essar more than a year ago and is insisting that the iron ore claims, which were part of Zisco’s assets, are audited prior to handing them to the Indians. Details of Zisco’s iron ore claims are public record.
  • 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;
  • 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;
Jabulani Sibanda under fire from villagers
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 20/05/2012 Source
War veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda has come under fire from villagers in Mashonaland West, accusing him of harassment as he tours the province ahead of elections this year or in 2013. Sibanda has been in the province since last week where he addressed rallies and forced schools to close early so that he could “instruct” teachers, chiefs and headmen on what they needed to do to ensure a Zanu-PF victory. In Hurungwe, Zvimba and Makonde districts, Sibanda threatened villagers that they would be evicted from the areas if they supported MDC. A villager who attended one of the meetings said traditional leaders were directed to teach their subjects to vote “wisely” or risk the unknown.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 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.
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Mugabe Threatens Mine Invasions
RadioVOP: 19/05/2012 Source
Gwanda – President Robert Mugabe has warned miners who resist Government’s Indigenisation programme that they risk being thrown out of the country the same way white commercial farmers lost their farms during the land reform programme. Addressing thousands of people, mainly his supporters drawn from adjacent resettlement areas, at the launch of the Gwanda Community Share Ownership Trust Scheme, Mugabe said companies that do not comply should either shape up or ship out. Matabeleland South Governor Angeline Masuku told Mugabe that Vumbachikwe Mine was defying the black empowerment programme. Mugabe blamed Zimbabwe’s former colonial master Britain for plundering the country’s wealth.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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.
Army will get you - Mugabe
Zimbabwe Mail, The (ZW): 19/05/2012 Source
GWANDA - President Robert Mugabe yesterday warned the two MDCs the army will get them for wanting to change the sacred colours of the national flag. Speaking at the launch of the Gwanda Community Share Ownership Trust Scheme at Colleen Bawn Secondary School yesterday, Mugabe said: If these parties want to change the colours of the national flag that symbolise the gains of the liberation struggle, then they are a threat to their own existence. Those parties will not live. Mugabe accused the former opposition parties of attempting to remove the red colour from the national flag, saying this would never be tolerated as it symbolises the blood lost during the liberation war.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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.
MDC-T members to plead not-guilty in cop murder case
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 17/05/2012 Source
All 29 MDC-T members accused of killing police inspector Petros Mutedza last year will plead not guilty to charges of murder, their lawyer said on Thursday. Defence lawyer Charles Kwaramba said indications from the High Court are that the trial for the ‘Glen View 29’ will probably start early next month. Police in Harare accuse the group of fatally assaulting Mutedza at Glen View 3 Shopping Centre on May 28 last year. Kwaramba said all his clients will deny any involvement in the murder as all have a strong alibi. Police have been silent about the progress of the investigation. There are serious doubts about the quality and scope of the police and prosecution work.
  • 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.
  • 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;
The MDC Today - Issue 356 - Agritex officials sell grain loan maize
MDC Information and Publicity Secretary: 17/05/2012 Source
Corruption allegations involving grain loan maize are escalating with Agritex officials offloading truckloads of maize onto the black market, prejudicing drought-stricken villagers in Manicaland. The officials are illegally demanding top-up transport and administration fees. Traditional leaders are also extorting villagers, demanding lunch allowances for Agritex officials as on 11 May in Buhera North Ward 9 at Bere-Nyazvivi Business Centre. Headman Chitsunge, through his kraal-heads, demanded 50c from each of 600 drought-stricken villagers who wanted to collect grain. MDC chairman for ward 9, Robison Ushe, said 50c was collected from each person, but only $5.00 was given to the Agritex official and the rest was shared among the kraal-heads and headman.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • 16.1 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.
Zim - Chinese mining firm not paying
Independent Online (RSA): 17/05/2012 Source
Chinese diamond firm Anjin failed to remit revenue from operations in the Marange diamond fields in the first quarter of this year, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said on Thursday. “We have not received a single cent from Anjin, yet Anjin is seven times bigger than some of the other (diamond) companies,” Biti told reporters giving his monthly fiscal statement. Anjin is in a joint venture with the Zimbabwe government. Biti said there were suspicions the funds were funnelled elsewhere, outside the government central coffers. “… we fear as the ministry of finance that there might be a parallel government somewhere in respect of where these revenues are going…” “… opaqueness and unaccountability surround[ing] our diamonds.”
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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;
Man in trouble over Mugabe castration remark
NewZimbabwe.com (ZW): 17/05/2012 Source
A Mutare man faces jail after he was overheard claiming President Robert Mugabe is infertile because he was castrated. Maxwell Mutsetse was arrested after making the remark within earshot of a local Zanu-PF youth leader who promptly reported the alleged insult to the police. Mutsetse appeared in court this week charged with undermining Mugabe's authority and was released on US$50 bail. Prosecutor Fletcher Karombe told a Mutare Magistrates Court that Mutsetse was overhead saying in Shona what the State interpreted to mean, "President Robert Mugabe was castrated; I don’t care about Zanu-PF, my President is Morgan Tsvangirai". Mutsetse was charged with contravening section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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;
Village heads diverting resources to ZANU PF in Lupane East
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 16/05/2012 Source
A total of six traditional leaders in Lupane East constituency of Matabeleland have been accused of working with ZANU-PF district structures, in a scheme to deny donated food and other local resources to MDC supporters. Villagers known to support any MDC formation are being denied everything from maize seed to spray dips for livestock and fair trials at traditional courts. The intensified strategy is meant to force villagers to support ZANU-PF in the next election. A Reporter said: “The six village heads have been co-opted into the DCC (District Coordinating Council) structures of ZANU-PF and this is happening in Lupane constituency which is a very big area with many villages.”
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • 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 (d) that all NGO's rendering humanitarian and food assistance must operate within the confines of the laws of Zimbabwe.
350 Chimani families denied maize by ZPF chef at GMB
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 16/05/2012 Source
At least 350 starving families were recently denied maize seed under the government’s grain loan scheme in Chimanimani, because Grain Marketing Board (GMB) officials refused to deal with their MDC-T councillor. The GMB is required to release the maize to councillors who present a list of needy families in their constituency, regardless of political affiliation. The councillors in turn work with chiefs and headmen to distribute the food. According to activist Peter Chanetsa in Chimanimani, officials at GMB’s Bumba depot turned away councillor David Munengu, of ward 15, Chimani urban, despite having a list with 350 families from different political parties on the verge of starvation. He was told only the ZANU-PF chairperson had authority.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • 16.1 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.
Minister Acquitted Of Gukurahundi Case
RadioVOP: 16/05/2012 Source
Hwange Magistrate, Collet Ncube, on Tuesday acquitted Minister of Healing, Moses Mzila-Ndlovu, who was facing charges of conducting a Gukuruhundi memorial meeting. Mzila- Ndlovu, who belongs to the MDC faction led by Welshman Ncube, was arrested in April last year at a road block along Bulawayo–Victoria Falls highway just days after addressing a Gukurahundi memorial meeting in Lupane, Matebeleland North. He was being charged for communicating false statements prejudicial to the State. Hwange Magistrate dismissed the matter due to lack of evidence.
  • 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.
  • 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;
CIO bars journalists from covering ZANU PF meeting
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 15/05/2012 Source
A senior CIO operative based in Masvingo on Sunday barred two independent journalists from covering a ZANU-PF meeting convened by the party’s political commissar Webster Shamu. The meeting was called to discuss events that led to ZANU-PF groups engaging in open warfare, following the hotly disputed District Coordinating Committee (DCC) elections in the province. The intelligence officer, Huni, instructed the two journalists, Tatenda Chitagu from NewsDay and Godfrey Mutimba from the Daily News not to enter the Chiefs Hall in Mucheke, the venue of the meeting. Huni told the scribes they were not welcome to cover the meeting. They were made to stand outside the gates for 10 hours before the acrimonious meeting ended.
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • 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.
Deputy Minister Gutu denies praising COPAC for UNDP cash
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 15/05/2012 Source
The state run Sunday Mail newspaper is being sued by Deputy Minister for Justice, Obert Gutu, after the paper accused him of receiving payment from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to write positive reports about the ongoing constitutional review process. The paper claimed that UNDP was “clandestinely” recruiting writers and paying $200 each for stories portraying COPAC, and the new draft, positively. The report also alleged that MDC-T, through Gutu, had taken the lead in praising the COPAC draft. Minister Gutu, also MDC-T Harare Province Secretary, denied the allegations, calling them “false, wrongful and malicious”. He described the report as a “smear campaign” against the COPAC process in general and MDC-T in particular.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Tonderai Ndira’s ‘killers known and walking scot free’
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 14/05/2012 Source
Fiery MDC-T Youth Assembly secretary-general, Promise Mkwananzi, has disclosed that the people who killed Tonderai Ndira are known and bragging about the heinous crime. Ndira was abducted in Mabvuku by ten armed men early in the morning of 13th May 2008. His body was found a month later. He had been shot in the heart, had multiple stab wounds, his eyes gouged out, his tongue cut off and his neck, skull, jaw and knuckles broken. ‘Tonderai Ndira symbolizes all the victims maimed or murdered for political reason by ZANU PF. What pains us is that his killers are moving around threatening some of our members that they can still do the same to them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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(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.
Zimbabwe capable of having 68 radio stations
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 14/05/2012 Source
Zimbabwe has the capacity to licence 68 national radio stations, but the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is unwilling to do so, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology said on Monday. Settlement Chikwinya, MDC-T MP for Mbizvo in Kwekwe, said the decision by BAZ not to increase the number of organisations operating radio stations was political. The legislator said that the country’s signal carrier, Transmedia, had the capacity to run 68 national radio and 51 television stations. The MP said he wonders why BAZ decided to issue only two commercial radio licenses, and both of those to groups aligned with the ZANU-PF party of Robert Mugabe.
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • 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.
The MDC Today – Issue 354
MDC (MT) Press Release: 14/05/2012 Source
Hon. Eliah Jembere, MP for Epworth was last week removed from remand on false charges of insulting and undermining the authority of Robert Mugabe, at the Bindura Magistrates’ Court. The MP has been under prosecution since his arrest in June 2010 and charged with contravening Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. The State was alleging that Hon. Jembere insulted Mugabe when he addressed hundreds of MDC supporters at a Constitution –making awareness programme in Shamva in 2010 by saying; “Mugabe mudenga, Zanu PF mudenga, vabatanidzei, roverai pasi”. However, the case crumbled when the trial was postponed several times after State witnesses failed to show up.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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;
No one can hear you, they screamed
Zimbabwe Situation, The (ZW): 13/05/2012 Source
A Sunday Times photographer was shackled, strip-searched and given cattle feed during 25 days in two Zimbabwean prisons. Robin Hammond was arrested on April 16 while photographing refugees fleeing to neighbouring South Africa, and charged with taking photographs in a restricted area. He ended up naked, sharing a tiny cell with 38 others, shivering under filthy, lice-infested blankets, with an open hole in the floor for a lavatory. He was refused access to lawyers or a telephone. He was forced to watch fellow prisoners being beaten as security details accused him of being a journalist and tried to get him to confess. Hammond’s release last week was secured by Passop and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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;
  • 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.
‘Police on crusade to disrupt MDC rallies’
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 12/05/2012 Source
MASVINGO — MDC-T has accused the police of embarking on a crusade to disrupt its rallies ahead of elections to be held later this year or in 2013. Police have disrupted several MDC-T rallies countrywide in the past few weeks, and in some cases, MDC-T supporters have been arrested. Yesterday, heavily armed police disrupted a rally organised by the party at Matizha Business Centre in Gutu West, claiming that the venue had also been booked by Chief Serima. MDC-T provincial secretary, Tongai Matutu, said armed police from Gutu, Mpandawana growth point and Chatsworth police station, stormed the venue in the morning, dispersing party supporters, thereby blocking the scheduled rally. Police had sanctioned the rally.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • 14.1 (a) commit themselves to ensuring the political neutrality of traditional leaders; and
  • 14.1 (b) call upon traditional leaders not to engage in partisan political activities at national level as well as in their communities.
Parents force school to close in Karoi
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 12/05/2012 Source
Parents with children at Nyamakate Secondary School in Karoi last week forcibly closed the school demanding the removal of some teachers they accused of supporting the MDC-T. The closure of the school left over 1 200 students stranded on opening day. About 50 guardians locked the school premises demanding the removal of two teachers, Simon Mupfurutsa and Farai Kaitano. Students only started lessons after the intervention of the Ministry of Education officials from Harare later in the week. Mupfurutsa, who is the Hurungwe North district MDC-T information and publicity secretary, accused the School Development Association (SDA) chairman, Enock Western, of initiating his removal from the school.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Government breaks promise to fund companies in Bulawayo
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 11/05/2012 Source
The campaign to secure development funds and assistance for struggling businesses in distressed areas has reportedly suffered another setback, with government failing to raise $10 million of its share towards the Distressed Industries and Marginalised Areas Fund (Dimaf). The Dimaf fund was set to help areas that have not been developed since independence (especially Bulawayo and Matabeleland province) by funding businesses in these areas. Old Mutual contributed their promised share of $20 million to the fund, but government has contributed only $10 million. Most of the Dimaf funding so far has gone to Harare, defeating the original aim of the programme. The news is bound to lead to more closures and job layoffs in Bulawayo.
  • 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.
Disband Copac –– Zanu PF
Zimbabwe Independent, The (ZW): 11/05/2012 Source
Zanu-PF youth say Zimbabwe should abandon the constitution-making process and go for elections under the current constitution, adding to calls by President Robert Mugabe and his loyalists to ditch it if delays persist and the draft does not include “majority views”. Disengaging from the constitution-making process is part of Zanu-PF’s plan to force early elections which Mugabe wants this year, with or without a new constitution. The youth league appear to be working with Zanu-PF diehards and security chiefs to undermine the constitution-making process Youth leaders said Wednesday they would not accept a constitution that did not include their party’s position, which they said was the majority view expressed during the Copac outreach meetings.
  • 6.1 (a) that they shall set up a Select Committee of Parliament composed of representatives of the Parties
  • 6.1 (a) (i) to set up such subcommittees ... as may be necessary to assist the Select Committee in performing its mandate herein;
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 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.
Zanu PF heavyweights in forced voter registration
Zimbabwe Independent, The (ZW): 11/05/2012 Source
ZANU-PF bigwigs in Mashonaland West have been accused of conducting a forced voter registration process as the party prepares for possible elections this year. Informed sources said Zanu-PF Mashonaland West Provincial chairman John Mafa had attended a meeting last month in Chegutu at which teams were set up to conduct door-to-door voter registration. The meeting was attended by the MP for Muzvezve Peter Haritatosi, MP for Sanyati Kudakwashe Chaderopa, MP for Chakari Zechariah Ziyambi, youth leader Mike Gava and war veterans, among others. Mafa denied a meeting was convened, but the sources were insistent. The exercise has caused alarm in case it was being used to create a parallel Zanu-PF voters’ register.
  • 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.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 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.
Zimbabwe's Military Takes Aim At Draft Constitution
VOANews (USA): 11/05/2012 Source
Zimbabwe's constitutional-making process faces collapse as members of the military and hardliners from President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF team-up to resist key reforms. The parliamentary committee writing the constitution has called an urgent meeting Monday over the crisis. Army chief of staff Major General Chedondo this week accused the committee of “trying to bring in and popularize foreign ideas, values and ethos which were never the way Zimbabweans used to live and respect.” Zanu-PF sources said this whole week securocrats have been meeting the party’s technical committee on the constitution to make demands that are likely to torpedo the process, such as the retention of executive presidential powers, with the right to unilaterally appoint service chiefs.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 6.1 (a) that they shall set up a Select Committee of Parliament composed of representatives of the Parties
  • 6.1 (a) (i) to set up such subcommittees ... as may be necessary to assist the Select Committee in performing its mandate herein;
  • 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.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; 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;
Zanu PF Officials Denies HIV/AIDS Orphans Aid
RadioVOP: 11/05/2012 Source
Zanu-PF officials and war veterans in Nyamandlovu, Umguza, in Matebeleland North province are blocking food distribution to HIV/AIDS orphans accusing their grandparents of being MDC activists. The inclusive government has been distributing free food to “Vulnerable People” especially orphans who lost their parents due to HIV/AIDS. Most of these orphans are under their grandparents’ care. However in Nyamandlovu area of Umguza constituency, Zanu-PF supporters and war veterans led by two party councilors David Moyo and Johannes Sibanda, are reported to be denying food to HIV/AIDS orphans. “Children … are failing to access food … as Moyo and Sibanda are accusing their grandparents of being MDC activists. Only Zanu PF supporters are getting the food.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (d) that all NGO's rendering humanitarian and food assistance must operate within the confines of the laws of Zimbabwe.
Police claim 50 MDC-T members assaulted cop at rally
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 10/05/2012 Source
Two MDC-T supporters facing spurious charges of assaulting a cop at last weekend’s Kambuzuma rally were granted bail on Thursday. However, police claimed 50 more MDC-T supporters were involved in the alleged incident. Passmore Jaricha and Lovemore Chimbangu were detained at Warren Park Police Station since Sunday, when police disrupted the rally, claiming they were looking for someone who had assaulted a plain clothes policeman. According to the Defence lawyer, his clients arrived at the rally while police were already searching for some unnamed violence perpetrator, and were not involved in any assaults, if the incident ever happened. He explained that the state case relies on unnamed witnesses who police claim to have seen the assault.
  • 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.
  • 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;
Anger over General Chedondo’s ‘treasonous’ comments
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 10/05/2012 Source
Giles Mutsekwa, MDC-T secretary for Defence, Security and Intelligence took a swipe at Major General Martin Chedondo’s ‘treasonous’ political comments, describing him as ‘a soldier of fortune’ who should be dismissed from the army. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Chief of Staff caused a stir this week when he declared open allegiance to ZANU-PF and urged the military to accept no other political party. In his address to 3 000 infantry troops from 2 Brigade in Mutoko on Tuesday, the Major General said soldiers should be involved in politics and made it clear they should support ZANU-PF. His statement has attracted condemnation both inside and outside the military.
  • 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.
  • 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;
Detained MDC youths granted bail
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 10/05/2012 Source
The two MDC members, Lovemore Chimbangu and Passmore Jaricha, who were arrested last Sunday at an MDC rally in Kambuzuma were today granted US$50 bail each at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts. They are facing false charges of assaulting a police officer at the rally which was being addressed by the MDC National Organising Secretary, Hon. Nelson Chamisa. Armed police officers briefly disrupted the rally on Sunday and arrested the two. After their arrest, Chimbangu and Jaricha were seriously assaulted by police officers at Warren Park Police Station and have had to seek medical attention on their release. One of the assailants has been identified as Moto from the Police Internal Security Intelligence (PISI).
  • 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.
  • 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(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.
ZINASU Students Arrested
RadioVOP: 09/05/2012 Source
Masvingo - Riot police set dogs on Great Zimbabwe University students, arresting six for taking part in a demonstration against authorities for blocking them from holding Student Representative Council (SRC) elections. The six are Amos Mutema, Brian Chimwai, Simbarashe Muparure, Maxwell Hlongwani, Christopher Chuma and Terrence Moyo. National treasurer of a national student body, Zinasu, Zivanai Muzorodzi, said the whereabouts of the arrested students were not known. Students demonstrated after university authorities barred them from holding elections until President Robert Mugabe appoints a new Vice-Chancellor to replace Professor Obert Maravanyika whose contract is expiring. “… our constitution demands election this semester. This is … to silence us … while students’ rights are violated,” said Muzorodzi.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
Tsvangirai’s security aide not involved in violence
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 08/05/2012 Source
A security detail in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office was never arrested or charged by the police as reported in the Herald, the MDC-T’s MP for Kambuzuma said on Tuesday. The state controlled Herald reported that police had arrested Ambitious Muzuva of Kambuzuma Section 3, for allegedly assaulting a police officer and a ZANU-PF supporter at a rally in Kambuzuma on Sunday. He is employed in the security section of Tsvangirai’s office. But Willias Madzimure, the MDC-T legislator for the area, denied Muzuva was arrested, insisting that he was taken unlawfully to Warren Park police station for questioning. The MP said Muzuva was not present during the party rally that was disrupted by the police.
  • 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.
  • 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;
Zimbabwe Constitution Panel Accuses Mugabe's Party of Delaying Process
VOANews (USA): 08/05/2012 Source
The parliamentary committee writing Zimbabwe’s new constitution is expected to meet Wednesday to finalize outstanding issues, as divisions within Zanu-PF threaten to delay the process. Sources in the committee say Zanu-PF has requested more time to study a draft handed to the political parties in the unity government. Mugabe's party is divided over the new constitution with hardliners pushing for the process to be ditched altogether. Select committee co-chairman Douglas Mwonzora of MDC-T said the meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, had been postponed due to two funerals. Zanu-PF co-chairman Paul Mangwana was not available for comment but Mwonzora said Mugabe's party is unnecessarily delaying the constitution-making process by demanding more time to study the draft document.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 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.
Constitutional crisis as Zanu PF pulls out of COPAC meetings
ZimEye: 08/05/2012 Source
BULAWAYO – Zanu-PF has pulled out of COPAC and will now produce its own draft constitution which will be combined with the COPAC draft, a move that has created a constitutional crisis. A Copac co-chairpersons meeting scheduled for Pandari Lodge in Harare flopped after Zanu-PF snubbed the gathering. The latest Zanu-PF “pull-out” is another major blow that will further delay the process that was supposed to take 18 months. According to Copac co-chairperson Edward Mkhosi, Zanu-PF has declared that the writing of a new constitution would be done by its parallel committee, suddenly over-shadowing Copac Zanu-PF co-chair Paul Mangwana. Mangwana, a lawyer, has often come under fire from Zanu-PF hardliners for allowing “unwanted clauses”.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 6.1 (a) that they shall set up a Select Committee of Parliament composed of representatives of the Parties
  • 6.1 (a) (i) to set up such subcommittees ... as may be necessary to assist the Select Committee in performing its mandate herein;
  • 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.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 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.
ZANU PF intensifies violence and intimidation against MDC-T
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 07/05/2012 Source
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T says ZANU-PF and the security forces in Harare are intensifying a campaign of violence and intimidation against its members, in advance of elections the former ruling party want this year. The MDC-T MP for Kambuzuma, Willias Madzimure, said ZANU-PF is in the process of creating a climate of intimidation and political violence that could prevent free and fair voting. ‘We had a rally in Kambuzuma which was disrupted by armed police on Sunday. Can you imagine the same police going to a ZANU-PF rally and disrupting it for whatever reason? asked the MP. The legislator added: ‘It shows there is a hidden hand in what the security forces are doing.’
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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;
Police disrupt MDC rally
Daily News (ZW): 07/05/2012 Source
Armed police yesterday disrupted an MDC-T rally in Kambuzuma claiming they were looking for people who had attacked a police officer. The arrival of police caused pandemonium amongst supporters at Kambuzuma Shopping Centre. The rally was attended by MDC national organising secretary and Kuwadzana MP Nelson Chamisa, MP for Glen View and Harare province chairman Paul Madzore and Kambuzuma MP Willias Madzimure. The police entered as Chamisa was in the middle of his address and picked up two youths claiming they were the ones who had attacked the unnamed officer. The MDC leadership at the rally tried to reason with police pleading with them not to interfere with the rally, but they would not listen.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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;
State media inciting hatred - PM
Daily News (ZW): 07/05/2012 Source
State-controlled media will be called to account for inciting hatred against President Robert Mugabe’s critics, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said. The state-controlled media was using the same strategy as Rwanda’s “Hate radio” which incited the violence that led to the deaths of about a million people there in 1994, the prime minister said in a controversial World Press Freedom Day address. In the months leading up to forthcoming elections, the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s (ZBC) television and radio services and the government-controlled Zimbabwe Newspapers group have showed overt bias and played megaphone to Zanu PF. MDC-T has written letters to ZBC and Zimpapers bosses protesting biased reporting, selective coverage and black-out of party activities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • 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.
Job Sikhala ‘on the run’
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 06/05/2012 Source
MDC99 on Friday claimed there is a sting operation meant to fabricate rape charges against party leader Job Sikhala. Sikhala confirmed to reporters that police officers from and suspected CIO agents “besieged” St Mary’s suburb in Chitungwiza seeking to arrest him. “… These are all trumped up charges,” he said in a telephone interview. Sikhala’s personal assistant, David Hwangwa, said Sikhala, acquitted last week of a charge for harbouring an alien, was now being accused of raping that very person he was being accused of having illegally brought into the country. Hwangwa said the charges against Sikhala had no substance considering the fact that the woman swore in court that they did not engage in sex.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 unaware of judges’ appointments’
Daily News (ZW): 05/05/2012 Source
Secrecy surrounds the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and High Court by President Robert Mugabe on Thursday after it emerged Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party was unaware of the development. Even deputy minister of justice and legal affairs Obert Gutu, a Tsvangirai appointee was unaware of the appointment and swearing-in of the judges. Anne-Marie Gowora and Yunus Omerjee were elevated from the High Court to the Supreme Court, while Advocate Happias Zhou moved from private practice to the High Court as a judge. Their appointment highlights how Mugabe continues to undermine the power-sharing Global Political Agreement (GPA) which states that he should consult Tsvangirai before making such senior appointments.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • 20.1.3 (c) (The President) shall exercise his/her powers subject to the provisions of the Constitution;
  • 20.1.3 (o) (The President) appoints service/executive Commissions in terms of the Constitution and in consultation with the Prime Minister;
  • 20.1.3 (p) (The President) in consultation with the Prime Minister, makes key appointments the President is required to make under and in terms of the Constitution or any Act of Parliament;
  • 20.1.3 (r) (The President) must be kept fully informed by the Prime Minister on the general conduct of the government business and;
MDC members attacked in Highfield West
MDC (MT) Press Release: 05/05/2012 Source
Six MDC members were today hospitalised following a violent attack by Zanu-PF thugs in Highfield West last night around 10 pm. Three houses were damaged in the attack. The six, Thulani Ncube, Shadrick Ngirazi, sisters, Maud and Tsitsi Chinyerere, their two daughters, Rosie and Nomatter, sustained head and body injuries. Hon. Hove was to address a rally in Highfield at the Western Terminus. Provincial leaders were to speak on the conditions for a sustainable election in Zimbabwe. Hon. Hove said the six were assaulted with wooden blocks, booted feet and other unknown objects. "This attack shows there is no such thing as freedom of assembly and association in Zimbabwe,” said Hon. Hove
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
Shadowy Zimbabwean firm buys $42.5m maize from Zambia
Zimbabwe Mail, The (ZW): 05/05/2012 Source
The Zambian Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has signed a US$42.5 million contract with a shadowy Zimbabwean company linked to State Security agency CIO, Sakunda Trading, of Zimbabwe for the sale of 300, 000 metric tonnes of maize. The deal is believed to be a secret pact between President Mugabe and Zambian President, Michael Sata. Sources say that Sata has pledged his backing for Robert Mugabe’s re-election by providing maize for a rural campaign. Mwamba Siame of FRA yesterday confirmed the sale. In Zimbabwe, maize procurement should be done through the Grain Marketing Board, GMB, and paid by the Ministry of Finance. Sources said the deal has been financed by a state-controlled diamond company, Mbada.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • 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 (d) that all NGO's rendering humanitarian and food assistance must operate within the confines of the laws of Zimbabwe.
Information Minister Shamu and his media threats
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 04/05/2012 Source
ZANU-PF information minister Webster Shamu has threatened a crackdown on the independent media in the country. Shamu was speaking at a Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) function in Harare meant to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. In what many viewed as a clear attempt to intimidate journalists ahead of possible elections Shamu said: “If the clearly anti-African and anti-Zimbabwe frenzy … continues, and if the conspiracy of silence within the media industry and profession persists, the gloves may be off here as well.” “If the media … and … journalism … have not fulfilled their promises, then the … people of Zimbabwe have no option but to intervene and protect themselves …,” he warned.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 hijacks NGO meeting
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 04/05/2012 Source
There was drama at Bakorenhema Hospital in Mutare on Tuesday last week when a Zanu-PF aligned traditional chief hijacked a ceremony organised by Plan International and started chanting Zanu-PF slogans, forcing everyone at the gathering to join in. Chief Marange and Shuah Mudiwa, MDC-T legislator for Mutare West pushed and shoved each other, exchanging verbal insults. Marange insulted Mudiwa, saying he was against legislators of Mudiwa’s caliber without liberation war credentials. But Mudiwa called for non-partisan speeches at the gathering, which was ignored by the Zanu-PF-aligned traditional chief and other rowdy Zanu-PF activists. “We don’t want these kinds of gatherings to be politicized, this is a humanitarian event,” Mudiwa said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 14.1 (a) commit themselves to ensuring the political neutrality of traditional leaders; and
  • 14.1 (b) call upon traditional leaders not to engage in partisan political activities at national level as well as in their communities.
  • 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.
ZANU PF MP ‘paid’ police for unlawful arrest of Aus miner
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 03/05/2012 Source
An Australian businessman, battling over the ownership of a gold mining claim, says a ZANU-PF MP has been paying the police to “get rid” of him. Lee John, Chairman of Kwekwe Consolidated Gold Mines (KGCM), was recently arrested and detained on ‘trumped up’ charges. The MP, William Mutomba, has refused to vacate a mining claim leased to him by KGCM. The lease expired in February this and Mutomba has ignored High Court eviction orders. John said on Thursday that Mutomba has been threatening him and his directors, to force them to hand over full rights to the mine. John said Mutomba has also been paying thousands of dollars to the police to have him arrested.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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;
Moyo vows to continue Parliament boycott
NewZimbabwe.com (ZW): 03/05/2012 Source
Zimbabwe’s Seventh Parliament is “dysfunctional”, Tsholotsho North MP Jonathan Moyo (Zanu PF) said on Tuesday as he defended his rare attendances. Moyo has been named along with more than two dozen other MPs— as top absconders from parliamentary meetings. However, far from retreating from his stance, Moyo on Tuesday confirmed the facts and vowed to continue his boycott. “Look, the self-indulgent hullabaloo over this matter is coming from the usual desperate circles with nothing useful to offer …,” Moyo said. “My decision to make technical appearances in Parliament — which should have been dissolved some 18 months ago — is very deliberate and quite considered because I want to make a point about that fact.”
  • 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.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
Chief defies Charumbira over farm seizure
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 02/05/2012 Source
A Zimbabwean traditional leader has defied an instruction by Chiefs Council president Fortune Charumbira to vacate Heyshot farm which he invaded in Glendale, Mashonaland Central. The farm is owned by John Sole. Police say Chiweshe led the farm occupation with the assistance of his aides who camped at the productive farm for several days while executing the farm seizure. Police say Chief Charumbira, who is also a ZANU PF member had failed to dissuade Chief Chiweshe from seizing the farm. The law enforcement agents accused him of being greedy as he was already in occupation of another farm located in Mvurwi in the same province which he reportedly underutilised.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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;
War vets besiege office and threaten Biti
Nehanda Radio: 01/05/2012 Source
War veterans and suspected militia yesterday besieged the offices of Finance minister Tendai Biti, and threatened to beat him up for “lack of respect” for President Robert Mugabe. Waving banners inscribed “Biti SHOW THE President Respect”, the mob promised to burn the Daily News, among other newspapers for “encouraging Biti’s campaign against Mugabe”. The veterans were incensed by Biti’s remarks with regards to Mugabe’s age. Biti is accused of having said Mugabe should be confined to an old people’s home — sparking angry response from one of Mugabe’s fierce backers. However, Biti confirmed the demonstration and subsequent meeting with representatives of the war veterans, said he respected Mugabe and had a solid working relationship with him.
  • 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.
  • 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(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Media Monitors Freed
RadioVOP: 01/05/2012 Source
Gwanda – Three media monitors were finally freed after magistrate Sheila Nazombe granted an application for refusal of further remand by defense counsel Kossam Ncube. Fadzai December, Molly Chimhanda and Gilbert Mabusa are facing trial insulting or undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe as DVDs in their possession carried a message which said, “The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Robert Gabriel Mugabe is a wanted person …”. They made a constitutional application to the Supreme Court arguing the charges infringe on their right to freedom as Supreme Court cases take long to be heard. The Constitutional Court is yet to make a ruling and the state will now proceed by way of summons.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • 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.
Chiefs threaten villagers as election euphoria heightens
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 01/05/2012 Source
Chiefs, war veterans and Zanu-PF supporters continue to ignore President Mugabe’s call to shun violence continuing to terrorize MDC-T members in Zaka East ahead of elections which Zanu-PF has vowed to hold this year with or without a new constitution. Zaka, Zanu-PF a stronghold, has been rocked by political violence since 2008 with at least 11 MDC supporters murdered by the war veterans and militia. Chief Nhema, a Zanu-PF functionary, has ordered all the sub chiefs and village headmen to instill fear in the people so that they vote for Zanu-PF. The villagers have been threatened with evictions from the area, abductions, and death, if they are found to be MDC supporters.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 14.1 (a) commit themselves to ensuring the political neutrality of traditional leaders; and
  • 14.1 (b) call upon traditional leaders not to engage in partisan political activities at national level as well as in their communities.
  • 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.
Zanu PF Officials Denies HIV/AIDS Orphans Aid
RadioVOP: 11/02/2012 Source
Zanu-PF officials and war veterans in Nyamandlovu, Umguza, in Matebeleland North province are blocking food distribution to HIV/AIDS orphans accusing their grandparents of being MDC activists. The inclusive government has been distributing free food to “Vulnerable People” especially orphans who lost their parents due to HIV/AIDS. Most of these orphans are under their grandparents’ care. However in Nyamandlovu area of Umguza constituency, Zanu-PF supporters and war veterans led by two party councilors David Moyo and Johannes Sibanda, are reported to be denying food to HIV/AIDS orphans. “Children … are failing to access food … as Moyo and Sibanda are accusing their grandparents of being MDC activists. Only Zanu PF supporters are getting the food.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (d) that all NGO's rendering humanitarian and food assistance must operate within the confines of the laws of Zimbabwe.

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Analysis of breaches by GPA article

This section provides a detailed analysis of breaches logged against the main articles, and their sub-clauses, comprising the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

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List of articles

  • Article 1: Definitions
  • Article 2: Declaration of Commitment
  • Article 3: Restoration of Economic Stability and Growth
  • Article 4: Sanctions and Measures
  • Article 5: Land Question
  • Article 6: Constitution
  • Article 7: Promotion of Equality, National Healing, Cohesion and Unity
  • Article 8: Respect for National Institutions and Events
  • Article 9: External Interference
  • Article 10: Free Political Activity
  • Article 11: Rule of Law, Respect for the Constitution and Other Laws
  • Article 12: Freedom of Assembly and Association
  • Article 13: State Organs and Institutions
  • Article 14: Traditional Leaders
  • Article 15: National Youth Training Programme
  • Article 16: Humanitarian and Food Assistance
  • Article 17: Legislative Agenda Priorities
  • Article 18: Security of Persons and Prevention Of Violence
  • Article 19: Freedom of Expression and Communication
  • Article 20: Framework for a New Government
  • Article 21: Electoral Vacancies
  • Article 22: Implementation Mechanisms
  • Article 23: Periodic Review Mechanism
  • Article 24: Interim Constitutional Amendments
  • Article 25: Commencement