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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

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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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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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20857 breaches 1009 breaches 616 breaches

ZIG Watch monthly beaches

ZIG Watch : Issue 34 - November 2011

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Maize bags with Mugabe picture given to ZPF members only
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 30/11/2011 Source
Bags of maize seed with a portrait of Robert Mugabe are being distributed to members of his party around the country. Questions are being raised as to how Mugabe is funding this and why Zimbabweans from other parties are being denied the free hand outs. MP for Magwegwe, Felix Magalela Sibanda, said he visited Mashonaland North and East, Matabeleland North and South and the Midlands, monitoring distribution of the maize seed and found ZANU-PF was distributing to their members only. “The maize is being given to ZANU-PF members on the pretext it has been donated by Mugabe.” Sibanda said. People are alleging that unaudited Presidential Office funds are being abused by ZANU-PF to buy the seeds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Chombo accused of instigating political violence
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 30/11/2011 Source
Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo is accused of instigating political violence by declaring that ‘no ZANU PF supporter will ever spend three hours in police cells for beating up MDC activists.’ Chombo missed the 2012 budget presentation on Thursday last week to be in Chiduku, Makoni South where he delivered the speech that has stirred up hatred. The ZANU-PF legislator was in the area to try and mediate a boundary dispute, but deviated from the subject and started accusing Chief Makoni of being a puppet of the MDC. ‘He told the gathering they had to support Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF in the next election or they would face dire consequences for voting Tsvangirai,’ a source 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 (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 (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.
Madzore’s bail hearing resumes at the High Court
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 30/11/2011 Source
The fresh bail hearing for Solomon Madzore was today postponed again to tomorrow after the State prosecutor; Edmore Nyazamba said he wanted more time to go through submissions made by the defence counsel today in order to file a response. Madzore is part of 28 MDC activists facing trumped-up charges of murdering a policeman in Glen View in May. His lawyer had made submissions on why Madzore should be granted bail due to several changed circumstances. The new circumstances are that police investigations have been concluded and a trial date set, there was no fear that Madzore would interfere with State witnesses and that he had been re-admitted at the University of Zimbabwe to complete his studies.
  • 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 (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 271
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 30/11/2011 Source
Motion Mugonji, MDC vice chairperson for the Magaba Mupedzanhamo branch in Mbare was last night assaulted by 10 Zanu-PF thugs at Fourth Street bus terminus in central Harare. The bus terminus is next to Zanu-PF Harare province offices. Mugonji, who sustained jaw and head injuries, was assaulted with wooden planks and booted feet. He was only saved by a soldier who stopped the youths. A report was made at First street police post and a docket, RRB 1169041, opened. No arrests have been made, as the police officers manning the post said they had challenges in arresting Zanu-PF youths operating from several bus stops in central Harare. They described the Zanu-PF thugs as “impossible and troublesome”.
  • 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;
  • 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.
MDC-T member assaulted
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 29/11/2011 Source
An MDC-T member from Mount Darwin North is recovering after he was assaulted at his home by known ZANU-PF members last week. Try Pfebve, MDC-T district security officer for Mount Darwin North, was last Thursday severely assaulted with logs by three ZANU-PF members at his home in Mukumbura. According to MDC-T, the ZANU-PF members who attacked Pfebve are Tandirai Chakari, Chiripo Chitoro and Tinashe Chakari. They asked why he had played MDC songs earlier in the afternoon. Pfebve sustained “serious head injuries, and his ribs and left knee cap were also fractured.” He was admitted in hospital for four days. Pfebve reported the matter to Mukumbura police station but no arrests have been made.
  • 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.
Tsvangirai’s ‘lover’ slept outside his house for 3 days
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 29/11/2011 Source
Locadia Tembo, the woman at the centre of the marriage storm with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, is alleged to have slept outside his Harare home in Strathaven for 3 days, in an apparent attempt to force him into marrying her. Sources close to the Prime Minister said he is battling a major sting operation coordinated by Mugabe’s regime.” Tembo went at the weekend to meet Tsvangirai’s mother, without the knowledge and consent of the PM. Herald columnist Nathaniel Manheru, pre-empted Tembo’s visit to Buhera by writing about it even before she made her trip. To make matters worse, Tembo was allegedly accompanied by journalists from the state owned media and posed for pictures outside and inside the house.
  • 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;
  • 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.
Picture of ‘new’ Tsvangirai woman published
Nehanda Radio: 29/11/2011 Source
The state owned Herald newspaper continued its onslaught on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai publishing on Tuesday a picture of another woman it alleges the PM promised to marry. The Herald says that Tsvangirai is dumping Harare businesswoman Locadia Karimatsenga Tembo because he had promised to marry Elizabeth Guma (nee Macheka) –a boutique owner in the Avenues area. The state run newspaper claims that she has been in love with the PM for the past year. The Herald is suggesting that Ms Guma had confided in some family members that her marriage to Tsvangirai was set for next month.
  • 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 (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.
Mugabe militants threaten Nandos over advert
Nehanda Radio: 29/11/2011 Source
A violent mob of Zanu PF militants known as the Chipangano gang on Tuesday threatened the Nandos restaurant chain whose latest advertisement depicts the aging Robert Mugabe as the “the last dictator standing.” The commercial shows Mugabe dining alone at Christmas, his empty table set for departed dictators including Gadhafi, Saddam Hussein, Chairman Mao and Idi Amin. To the soundtrack of Mary Hopkin’s hit song “Those were the days, my friend,” the Nandos commercial shows an actor playing Mugabe reminiscing about his times playing whistful childrens’games with former dictators. Jim Kunaka who leads the Chipangano gang is quoted by state controlled radio calling for a boycott of Nandos in Zimbabwe saying the restaurant chain risked action.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Police disrupt MDC-T rallies
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 28/11/2011 Source
Police forced MDC-T to reschedule two party rallies in Masvingo, claiming ZANU-PF had already booked the venues. Rallies in Zaka on Friday and Bikita on Saturday were both disrupted by police, despite the MDC-T informing the authorities well before time. MDC-T provincial spokesperson, Harrison Mudzuri, disputed the police’s claim that the venues were booked by ZANU-PF”. “We informed them in time and they pretended everything was in order …,” said Mudzuri. He added: “To our surprise we received a message that the rallies had been had cancelled in favour of the ZANU-PF event. We would like to know the method they used to justify the ZANU-PF rally ahead of our programme.”
  • 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.
  • 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;
MPs blackmail Biti
Daily News (ZW): 28/11/2011 Source
Parliamentarians across the political divide are plotting war against Finance Minister Tendai Biti by holding back approval of his 2012 budget proposals until he gives in to their demands for new cars and unpaid salaries. The showdown with Biti could potentially derail his budget, which was crafted with the poor in mind. MPs are seething that Bit deliberately failed to allocate resources to buy them new cars as well as pay off salaries and allowances outstanding since 2008. Legislators from Zanu PF and the MDC said at the weekend that they would use their power to push Treasury to meet their needs or get some of form of undertaking before passing the budget.
  • 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 (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.
Eight Activists Arrested As Onslaught Escalates In Masvingo
RadioVOP: 26/11/2011 Source
Eight civil society leaders were arrested Friday in Bikita for attending a restructuring exercise. The eight, who are being held by police at Nyika Growth point, were arrested after the Police officers gate-crashed a meeting organised by the Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD). The meeting was aimed at widening the consciousness of the youth in national issues. Some of the people arrested include COTRAD programs officer Brighton Ramusi, Gamuchirai Mukura, Faith Chinoneka and five others whose names are still yet to be confirmed. No formal charges have been pressed yet. Masvingo police spokesperson Inspector Tinaye Matake said he needed time to communicate with officers in Bikita to get details.
  • 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.
  • 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;
Continued pressure on Tsvangirai over ‘marriage’
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 25/11/2011 Source
The state media continues to put pressure on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, over the mystery surrounding his alleged marriage to a Harare businesswoman. At the centre of the confusion are denials by Tsvangirai that he married Locadia Karimatsenga Tembo and instead paid ‘damages’ for getting her pregnant out of wedlock. The state controlled Herald has been attempting to ridicule the Prime Minister in its coverage of the story. On Friday they claimed Tembo’s family sent a delegation to meet the Prime Minister, seeking clarification. Journalists have however been told that ‘blackmail’ is taking place behind the scenes, with attempts to embarrass the PM into marrying her against his will.
  • 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 (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 (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.
ZANU PF allies get first ‘independent’ radio licences
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 24/11/2011 Source
Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) stands accused of awarding the country’s first independent radio broadcast licenses to ZANU-PF affiliated organisations. Winning bidders are alleged to have been recruiting staff and buying equipment weeks before the results were announced. BAZ chairman, Tafataona Mahoso, announced on Thursday that Zimbabwe Newspapers’ Talk Radio and Supa Mandiwanzira’s AB Communications had been chosen for the two FM frequencies, from 15 applications. Journalists at the press briefing said they had known for weeks who had been selected. Mandiwanzira had been building studios at his offices in Eastlea and had also been recruiting management, while equipment was actually brought into the country, especially for Zimpapers, who will be operating from Herald House.
  • 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;
  • 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.
MDC activist bail hearing deferred for fifth time
Daily News (ZW): 24/11/2011 Source
The High Court yesterday postponed for the fifth time in a row the bail hearing of MDC youth leader Solomon Madzore, who is accused of murdering police officer Inspector Petros Mutedza. Justice Maria Zimba Dube said Madzore’s bail hearing will now proceed on November 30. The hearing was postponed to allow state prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba to analyse fresh submissions made by Madzore’s lawyer, Gift Mtisi. Mtisi had presented an affidavit from MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora detailing rallies attended and addressed by Madzore in September – including video evidence - to convince the court that Madzore was not a flight risk.
  • 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 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Soldiers kept in the dark
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 24/11/2011 Source
Soldiers living in army camps are not allowed to read private newspapers or tune into private radio stations, a senior army officer has confirmed. The official said soldiers were only allowed to read state newspapers and tune to Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation radio and television. Foreign television channels and radio stations such as Studio 7, or SW Radio Africa are also banned. Local private newspapers including The Zimbabwean, Newsday, The Daily News, The Independent and The Standard have also been labelled pro-MDC, and banned. “Those who read private newspapers will read them outside the camps …,” said the official. He said there were private officers from Military Police assigned to monitor the situation in army camps.
  • 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;
Zanu-PF threatens farmers in Insiza North
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 23/11/2011 Source
Farmers in Insiza North in Matabeleland South, including Zapu members and supporters, on Sunday 20 November, 2011 resisted attempts by Zanu-PF to extort donations from them to fund its national conference taking place in Bulawayo next month. Zanu-PF Insiza district official Aggripa Ndlukula, accompanied by an assistant only identified as Moyo, gate-crashed an Insiza/Shangani Farmers Association meeting and told farmers to donate towards the Zanu-PF conference, threatening that those who did not would lose the land. Vice Chairman of the association, Mr Nehemiah Nyathi told the two that “things have changed” and farmers would not allow politicians to hold them to ransom anymore. The intruders then said only those who were willing should donate.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 5.9 (c) ensure security of tenure to all land holders.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 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.
Madzore bail hearing postponed yet again
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 22/11/2011 Source
The bail hearing for Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson, was postponed for the fourth time in a week after Justice Maria Zimba Dube said she wanted time to go through the State’s responses. She then postponed the matter to the next day. Justice Dube took over the hearing from Justice Hlekani Mwayera who last week postponed the hearing three times to accommodate Edmore Nyazamba, the State prosecutor. On Thursday, the matter was postponed to Friday as Justice Mwayera said she wanted more time to go through the State’s response. On Friday, Justice Mwayera was forced to postpone the case to today after Nyazamba claimed he was attending a funeral.
  • 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 (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 youths barred from ZNA
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 22/11/2011 Source
MDC-T youths here have been barred from army recruitment by a known Zanu-PF war veteran. The youths, who wanted to join the Zimbabwe National Army as junior soldiers, were removed from the process. One of the affected youths said the war veteran, Maxwell Chitera, walked around the queue where youths were waiting. “Chitera pointed at several youths and told us that no MDC members would be allowed to be become soldiers. He said they should first convert to Zanu-PF, if they were serious about pursuing their dreams of getting into ZNA,” said the youth. Another youth added: “We are indeed MDC-T supporters, but we never imagined it could cost us an opportunity of becoming civil servants.
  • 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;
  • 13.2 (d) recruitment policies and practices be conducted in a manner that ensures that no political or other form of favouritism is practised.
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Zimbabwe Teachers Union Warns of Escalating Violence Against Teachers
VOANews (USA): 22/11/2011 Source
Progressive Teachers Union President Takavafira Zhou said the PTUZ is telling schools and administrators facing violence to stop teaching, to focus attention on the need for the government to protect them PTUZ says violence against teachers and school administrators has escalated with alleged war veterans and ZANU-PF-aligned politicians attempting to take control of institutions around the country. PTUZ said the headmaster of Donsa Dam Primary School in Kwekwe, narrowly escaped injury from a petrol bomb thrown into his house after war veterans had demanded his resignation, accusing him of being aligned to the MDC. In Gutu, a ZANU-PF Ward Chairman named wrote letters to eight schools instructing headmasters to make teachers attend ZANU-PF rallies in violation of Ministry instructions.
  • 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(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.
Bulawayo market traders forced to attend ZANU PF meeting
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 21/11/2011 Source
Scores of vegetable sellers were over the weekend forced to attend a ZANU-PF meeting in Bulawayo, after being rounded up and threatened by ZANU-PF youths. A vegetable market on 5th Avenue was closed on Saturday after ZANU-PF youths forced vendors to attend a party meeting at the Royal Hotel. A reporter said the youths were led by a known ZANU-PF activist called Shepherd Gomera, who ordered the vendors to close up shop. “The youths went around disturbing the vendors and forcing them to stop selling. Gomera then came around on top of a truck ordering people to leave and threatening them, telling them they will face some kind of punishment if they don’t,” said the reporter.
  • 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.
  • 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 planning ahead for next election
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 21/11/2011 Source
Plans to rig the next elections in Zimbabwe are said to be underway, with accusations that ZANU-PF is secretly removing known MDC-T supporters from the voters roll. Sources who spoke to SW Radio Africa claimed that chiefs in the rural areas are being coerced into supplying the names of known opposition supporters. The lists being drawn up from this exercise are being forwarded to the Registrar General’s office, who are in turn removing the MDC-T supporters from the voters roll. MDC-T National Executive member, Charlton Hwende, confirmed that several of their members in Kariba had been removed from the voters roll, for no apparent reason.
  • 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 (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.
  • 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's Movement for Democratic Change Adopts Self-Defense Stance
VOANews (USA): 21/11/2011 Source
Non-violence has long been a tenet of Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T, but MDC-T Chairman, Lovemore Moyo, who is also speaker of Parliament, has come under fire for telling party supporters at a weekend rally that they should fight back if they are violently attacked. Moyo told supporters it was their constitutional right to respond to assaults. The statements follow declarations by the parties in the national unity government - ZANU-PF and two MDC formations - urging their followers not to engage in political violence. Moyo told VOA reporter Chris Gande that while MDC supporters would not be the first to cast a stone - but would no longer be passive if they are attacked.
  • 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.
Bonus Crazy Soldiers Beat Up Villagers
RadioVOP: 19/11/2011 Source
Masvingo - Villagers and beer patrons at Bhani business centre in Masvingo north had a torrid time on Thursday after they were severely assaulted by drunken junior soldiers from the Zimbabwe National Army who were seemingly crazy after getting their bonus salaries. The soldiers who are stationed at a nearby training camp are believed to be from 4 brigade, took one too many beers after government rewarded them with their 13th cheque and started beating villagers and bar patrons accusing them of being sell-outs because of supporting Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai MDC party. About eight villagers who were drinking beer at Banhi bar were seriously injured and admitted at Morgenster were they are receiving treatment.
  • 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.
State scuttles Madzore’s bail application again
ZimEye: 18/11/2011 Source
State prosecutor, Edmore Nyazamba, today failed to appear at the High Court for Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly Chairperson’s bail application forcing High Court judge, Justice Hlekani Mwayera to defer the matter to Tuesday, 22 November. This is the third time the matter has been postponed this week. Madzore is part of 28 MDC members who face trumped-up charges of murdering a policeman in Glen View, Harare in May. Nyazamba at the start of the bail hearing on Wednesday appealed for more time to present his submissions. After presenting his submissions yesterday, the matter was postponed to today but Nyazamba failed to turn up at the High Court claiming that he was attending a funeral.
  • 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 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Detectives looking for Standard journos
Zimbabwe Independent, The (ZW): 18/11/2011 Source
DETECTIVES from Law and Order section yesterday visited Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) offices looking for Standard editor Nevanji Madanhire and senior reporter Nqaba Matshazi over a story published in the newspaper last month alleging that Home Affairs co-minister Kembo Mohadi was muscling out resettled farmers in Beitbridge to create room for his son and nephew. The detectives, who were led by a Detective Inspector Mukwaira, said they wanted to record statements from the two scribes regarding how they got documents used in writing the article. The officers said the two should report to the Harare Central Police Station today. Group Senior Editor Iden Wetherell said [this] was aimed at destabilising newspapers ahead of elections next year.
  • 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.
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Colonel revives torture bases
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 18/11/2011 Source
A Zimbabwe National Army colonel, Charles Muresherwa, has allegedly been resuscitating torture bases here which were used by Zanu-PF during the run up to the bloody June 2008 presidential run-off. Villagers this week accused Muresherwa of setting up semi-military bases at Mhakwe, Biriwiri, Nhedziwa and Shinja primary schools where Zanu-PF youths are being indoctrinated. “Muresherwa is moving around the district in army uniform setting up Zanu-PF youth bases. One famous base is at Mhakwe primary school where youths spend the whole night singing pro- Zanu-PF songs and denouncing the MDC,” said a teacher. The villagers said the army colonel was working closely with Zanu-PF youths who terrorised villagers during the previous election.
  • 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;
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Soldiers blamed for violence
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 18/11/2011 Source
Junior soldiers based at 32 Infantry Battalion have been accused of leading a campaign of violence and intimidation in the high density suburb of Tsanzaguru. Last week, concerned residents perceived to be MDC-T supporters, said the young soldiers, who were always drunk, were using threats and physical violence to terrorise them. The uniformed and armed soldiers, led by well known war veterans, are reportedly intimidating known MDC supporters in an effort to suppress the people's vote in the envisaged elections. “People are being told … that the MDC is no longer part of the inclusive government and … will not participate in forthcoming elections,” said a villager. Police were doing nothing about reported violence.
  • 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.
Madzore’s bail application postponed again to Friday
ZimEye: 17/11/2011 Source
The High Court bail application by Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson was on Thursday postponed again to Friday after Justice Hlekani Mwayera said she needed time to go through the State’s submissions. Madzore’s case has been postponed several times since early October. Madzore is facing charges of murdering a policeman in Glen View, Harare in May. Madzore is one of 28 MDC activists facing the charges. Madzore and eight others were detained denied bail as the judge considered them to be a flight risk. The State prosecutor, Edmore Nyazamba only managed to present his submissions this morning forcing the judge to postpone the matter to Friday as she needed time to go through 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.
  • 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;
Madzore’s fresh bail application postponed
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 16/11/2011 Source
A fresh bail application for the MDC-T Youth Assembly chairperson, Solomon Madzore, was on Wednesday postponed, with the State arguing it was not ready to file a response. The application is now expected to be heard in the High Court on Thursday. Madzore is part of a group pf 28 MDC-T activists who are facing trumped-up charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare in May. Madzore was arrested last month and has already been denied bail. He is being detained at Chikurubi Maximum Security prison.
  • 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 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Two Zimbabwe Standard journalists, arrested in Harare on Tuesday and charged with theft, unlawful entry and criminal defamation,
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 16/11/2011 Source
Two Zimbabwe Standard journalists, arrested in Harare on Tuesday and charged with theft, unlawful entry and criminal defamation, have been bailed after spending a night in police cells. Nevanji Madanhire the editor of the weekly paper, and reporter Nqaba Matshazi, appeared before Harare magistrate Sandra Mupindu on Wednesday and were granted US$100 bail each. Madanhire and Matshazi were asked to surrender their passports. Their trial is set for 20th December. The two were arrested over a story Matshazi wrote on 6th November claiming a new health insurance firm, Green Card Medical Society, was on the brink of collapse. Kereke allegedly has strong ZANU-PF links and wields enough power to give instructions to state security services.
  • 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(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Zimbabwe Media Activists Sound Alarm as Independent Papers Face Barriers
VOANews (USA): 16/11/2011 Source
The independent daily newspapers are being blocked from circulating in politically volatile Mashonaland West province, sources said Wednesday. The sources said youth militants affiliated with President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF and soldiers have been blocking the sale of the Daily News and Newsday. Officials of the MDC-T said distribution of his newsletter has also been prevented in Magunje, a larger village and growth point, also in Mashonaland West. MDC activists in the area reported intimidation and harassment. Deputy Information Minister Murisi Zwizwai of MDC-T confirmed the reports, which he described as worrisome, particularly in light of the meeting of all three unity government parties called last week to denounce political violence.
  • 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;
  • 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 Party Chairman Under Fire for Alleged Inflammatory Remarks
VOANews (USA): 15/11/2011 Source
Human rights groups expressed grave concern at remarks made by ZANU-PF chairman Simon Khaya Moyo and Army Chief of Staff Major General Martin Chedondo seemingly advocating violence shortly after leaders of parties in the unity government advocated peace. President Mugabe, Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Industry Minister Welshman Ncube urged their supporters on Friday, November 11, to be tolerant and to halt mounting political violence. Later that same day Chedondo addressed the Presidential Guard vowing there would be no security sector reform, saying there would be bloodshed if anyone tried to remove ZANU-PF from power. Elsewhere, Khaya Moyo instructed ZANU-PF supporters at Mkoba Teachers College on Sunday in Gweru, to retaliate if they were attacked.
  • 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;
  • 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.
Eviction threatened
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 15/11/2011 Source
MDC-T supporters in Samanga area have been threatened with eviction by Zanu-PF officials, if they continue to accept donor food at the expense of Zanu-PF members. MDC-T supporters have been told to choose between accepting donor food and eviction unless they give Zanu-PF supporters exclusive access to the food handouts. “…Zanu-PF supporters’ threats are real. They said that if we are spared death, we will be booted out of the village,” said an elderly villager. Villagers identified those tormenting them as: Vimbai Chatyoka, Amos Samanga, Julias Nyabereka, George Chivese, James Nemaunga and Titos Dzemhere. Villagers expressed despair at the reluctance of police at Ruda police station to arrest the thugs who were threatening them.
  • 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;
  • 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 (a) that in the fulfillment of its obligations above, the Government and all State Institutions and quasi State Institutions shall render humanitarian and food assistance without discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation or religion;
  • 16.4 (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.
  • 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.
War Vets Assist In Soldiers Recruitment
RadioVOP: 14/11/2011 Source
Karoi - Aspiring soldiers are being asked to go through rigorous vetting by Hurungwe war veterans as Zanu-PF steps up efforts to get rid of "sell outs and unpatriotic youths in the army". The army is due to recruit junior officers at Magunje's 2:3 Infantry Battalion this week. "We are submitting our birth and educational certificates and a recommendation letter from Zanu-PF local leadership [to Hurungwe District War Veterans offices within Zanu-PF offices in Karoi]" said one youth. Sources said the war veterans will submit the names to recruiting officers at Magunje about 35 kilometers west of Karoi. Youth officers from Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment are allegedly also assisting in the vetting process.
  • 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 (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.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (d) recruitment policies and practices be conducted in a manner that ensures that no political or other form of favouritism is practised.
The MDC Today – Issue 264
Zimbabwe Situation, The (ZW): 14/11/2011 Source
Wilstaf Sitemere, the MDC Masvingo provincial chairperson was today arrested by police on allegations that he teamed up with a group of MDC youths and assaulted seven residents of Morningside on 4 November. He was detained for over five hours at Rujeko Police Station before being released in the afternoon and will appear in court tomorrow. The police are claiming that seven residents who include Nyasha Mazorodze and six other unidentified women were assaulted by MDC youths who were following orders from Sitemere.
  • 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’s Tsvangirai MDC Denies Tabling Gay Rights Bid
VOANews (USA): 14/11/2011 Source
The Herald newspaper reported Monday that COPAC had thrown out a bid by the MDC-T to smuggle homosexuality into the new constitution under the guise of protecting minority rights. Constitution Select Committee co-chairman Douglas Mwonzora of MDC-T said Monday the parliamentary body and experts met to set constitutional principles for the drafting process last week. At this meeting he brought up the question of minority rights, but gay rights was never discussed. “I and Jessie Majome … raised the issue of minority rights - meaning cultural, ethnic, religious and political minorities," Mwonzora said. "That’s all we meant. We are surprised that the ZANU-PF propaganda machinery … is trying to say these are gay rights."
  • 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 (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.
Police raid on newsroom condemned
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 13/11/2011 Source
MEDIA organisations have condemned the recent police raid on The Standard newspaper’s offices saying such actions were detrimental to the development and growth of press freedom in Zimbabwe. Five plain clothes policemen raided the newspaper’s offices Friday morning with a search warrant claiming they were looking for stolen documents belonging to Green Card Medical Aid Society, owned by Munyaradzi Kereke. The policemen, led by detective assistant inspector J Mukandi searched through desk drawers belonging to deputy editor, Walter Marwizi, proofreader Chipo Masara and reporters, Nqaba Matshazi and Kudzai Chimhangwa. They then went through to the editor, Nevanji Madanhire’s office. All they found was Kereke’s response to allegations that his company’s financial expenditure outweighed its income position.
  • 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;
Man arrested for ‘undermining’ Mugabe
Daily News (ZW): 12/11/2011 Source
HARARE - Zanu PF youths on Thursday effected a citizen arrest on a white Zimbabwean Henry Harkin, accusing him of insulting and undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe with his utterances. Harkin is alleged to have approached a member of the group who was playing Mbare Chimurenga Choir song Sunga Jumbo Tiende and asked him to lower the volume saying: “You are playing b……t and you are like your President who is chasing away gays.” Harkin was taken to the Zanu PF provincial offices at Fourth Street where he was detained, interrogated and asked to apologise before being taken to the police. Harkin’s lawyer said police want to interview his client further.
  • 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;
Oxfam staff detained & harassed by Zim police
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 11/11/2011 Source
Members of international charity group Oxfam were this week briefly detained by police and the local leadership interrogated. The police, accompanied by Immigration officials, on Wednesday detained 10 visiting international officials from Oxfam, who were attending an internal planning meeting in Harare. The 10 foreign participants were rounded up, their passports seized and then they were transported Immigration offices at Linquenda House. The officers claimed to be verifying the passports and the status of the Oxfam members’ participation at the meeting, as well as investigating if the foreign group had legally entered the country. They were eventually released and their passports returned, after ZLHR pointed out it was not a public meeting.
  • 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;
  • 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;
Youths invade Byo factory premises
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 11/11/2011 Source
A group of suspected Zanu (PF) youths invaded a disused factory building in Bulawayo’s Belmont industrial area last week The building, owned by Kenny Lameck who now lives in South Africa, was invaded by youths under the leadership of a Retired Major Sibanda. The group of youths broke the factory’s gates and doors to gain entry. “This building has been vacated since 2007 when its owner left the country. … we were shocked to see youths as young as 16 milling about in the factory building. They put up President Robert Mugabe’s posters on the walls. Most of the time they sing anti-MDC and pro Zanu (PF) songs,” said a worker who requested anonymity.
  • 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.
‘Hate speech contributes to violence’
Daily News (ZW): 10/11/2011 Source
MDC-T has told President Jacob Zuma that current tensions resulting in resurgent violence are partly a result of intensifying hate speech churned out by the public media. In a letter to Zuma, MDC-T secretary general Tendai Biti said state controlled newspapers, radio stations and televisions had ganged up to denigrate and belittle the Prime Minister and his MDC party, fanning hatred. “ZBC’s radio stations air Zanu-PF jingles at 30 minute intervals.” “On Monday, October 31 2011, the state media nicknamed the Prime Minister “More-gay”. We find this to insinuate that the Prime Minister is gay. We find this derogatory and a means of vilifying the MDC and its President,” says the letter to Zuma.
  • 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 (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 (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.
Bail application for Glen View activists deferred again
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 09/11/2011 Source
A bail application for seven MDC-T members, who are still being held behind bars on trumped-up murder charges, has been deferred by the Supreme Court. Tungamirai Madzokere, Rebecca Mafikeni, Phenias Nhatarikwa, Lazarus Maengahama, Stanford Maengahama, Yvonne Musarurwa and Stanford Mangwiro have been in remand prison for six months in connection with the death of a police officer in Glen View in May. Justice Tendai Uchena had turned down their bail application in July, saying they were a flight risk. The seven then approached the Supreme Court, appealing the High Court’s bail refusal. But on Wednesday, Supreme Court judge Luke Malaba referred the matter back to the appellants and High Court on a technicality.
  • 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 (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 Languish In Prison Over Land Dispute
RadioVOP: 09/11/2011 Source
Masvingo - 33 war veterans were yesterday arrested by police for allegedly defying a court order to vacate Chikore farm involving a land dispute with Higher and Tertiary Education Minister, Stan Mudenge, despite having appealed against the court order. The war veterans represent more than 60 families. Mudenge is fighting to evict from the farm. The war veterans, represented by Martin Mureri of Matutu, Kwirira and Associates are allegedly unlawfully detained in custody at Masvingo remand prison by Magistrate Dorothy Mwanyisa. Mureri said the detention was unlawful and political as Mudenge is allegedly forcing the Judiciary to detain them. “They should not be arrested until the case is heard in the High court…,” he said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 5.9 (a) conduct a comprehensive, transparent and non-partisan land audit, during the tenure of the Seventh Parliament of Zimbabwe...
  • 5.9 (b) ensure that all Zimbabweans who are eligible ... shall be considered for allocation of land irrespective of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or political affiliation;
  • 5.9 (c) ensure security of tenure to all land holders.
  • 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;
Farm invasions stepped up
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 09/11/2011 Source
President of the Commercial Farmers Union this week warned the country was heading for ‘disaster’, with farm invasions intensifying across Zimbabwe. There have been several violent attacks by Zanu-PF-aligned thugs in Umvutcha, Bulawayo and Mazowe. Troy Maidwell was hit over the head with the barrel of a gun during an attack in Umvutcha last weekend. The Fletcher family home was attacked this weekend by intruders who assaulted them with machetes and stole $16 000. A 12-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy were affected by the incident. On Willsbridge farm in Barwick East, Mr Fussel was ordered off the last 40 hectares of his land by war veterans, directed by Governor Martin Dinha, and the District Administrator, Mrs Nyakudya.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 5.9 (b) ensure that all Zimbabweans who are eligible ... shall be considered for allocation of land irrespective of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or political affiliation;
  • 5.9 (c) ensure security of tenure to all land holders.
  • 5.9 (f) work together for the restoration of full productivity on all agricultural land.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 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.
Chipangano cost Mbare residents new houses
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 07/11/2011 Source
A US$5 million dollar housing scheme to build new housing units for the poor in Mbare has now been moved to Dzivarasekwa, after the ZANU-PF’s Chipangano gang demanded 51 percent of the houses. The project which would have seen the Harare City Council rehabilitating the dilapidated Matapi Flats in Mbare was made possible via a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda said they had to move the project to Dzivaresekwa because they risked losing the funding if they gave in to Chipangano’s outrageous demands. Director of the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA), Mfundo Mlilo, said the youths were hiding under the ZANU-PF ‘empowerment’ agenda and ‘accessing resources illegally.’
  • 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.
MDC-T - ‘Disruption of Tsvangirai rally was well planned’
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 07/11/2011 Source
The MDC-T party is publicly blaming ZANU-PF for the violence that rocked Chitungwiza on Sunday, forcing the party to cancel its rally at Chibuku stadium. The violence, reportedly orchestrated, targeted, financed and planned by ZANU-PF, was sparked when its militia, led by the Chipangano gang, attacked MDC-T rally organisers. Scores of ZANU-PF reinforcements were bussed in to Chibuku stadium armed with iron bars, machetes, and stones. Five party vehicles and the public address system were destroyed or had parts stolen, along with money , flags and banners, in full view of the police. But on Monday police arrested two MDC-T youths, Julius Marambakutongwa and Kuda Muchemwa, in Chitungwiza, alleging they were behind the disturbances.
  • 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.
Copac in controversial decision
Daily News (ZW): 06/11/2011 Source
The Constitutional Select Committee (Copac) has given a strongest hint that the new constitution might be a negotiated document by taking an unprecedented step of filling into the constitutional draft issues not raised by people in their contributions during the outreach programme. Zimbabwe is in the process of drafting a new constitution which will lead to new elections for a new leader for the country. Douglas Mwonzora, a Copac co-chairperson said on Sunday that the committee met in Masvingo last week for a pre-drafting workshop. He said the three political parties to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) agreed on several issues including the controversial agreement on adding in constitutional issues that were left out during public consultations.
  • 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.
Police Bar ZAPU Road Show In Umzingwane
RadioVOP: 06/11/2011 Source
Police in Matabeleland South blocked Zapu from conducting a road show in Umzingwane district. The road show was scheduled for last Saturday in areas around Mbalabala, Nswazi and Mawabeni. Zapu spokesperson, Methuseli Moyo, said his party had initially planned holding the event on Wednesday November 2, but the police advised them to give them more time to prepare and suggested Saturday, which Zapu agreed to. “We were surprised when Esigodini police called on Friday and told us we should not go ahead with the event. The claimed they did not have enough manpower and resources to cover all the areas we wanted to visit. “We were left with no option but to comply…,” said Moyo
  • 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.
  • 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;
Mpofu warns of mine takeovers
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 05/11/2011 Source
MINES and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu has threatened to nationalise all mines if legislators insist on government taking over the Marange diamonds. MDC-T legislator, Eddie Cross recently moved a motion in Parliament for government to nationalise the Marange diamonds. “The Marange diamonds are the only diamonds that are government-owned across the entire mining sector in this country and you have an honourable member targeting what belongs to government for nationalisation leaving what is totally private out of his thought,” Mpofu hit back. “If he wants nationalisation, we can go that route to everything in the sector, but we are a responsible government, we cannot be advised by people like Cross.”
  • 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.
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
CFU warns of ‘disaster’ as farm invasions intensify
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 04/11/2011 Source
The President of Zimbabwe’s Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) on Friday warned that farm invasions were intensifying across the country. CFU head, Charles Taffs, said orders for the invasions were coming from high up in the government. Currently, a South African national leasing a Belgian owned tobacco farm near Mazowe, cannot get either side of government to intervene, after his eviction this week. The South African farmer is also meant to be protected under a bilateral investment agreement between Zimbabwe and South Africa. Taffs also said a couple in Mashonaland West fled their farmhouse after about 40 land invaders broke into the property on Thursday. “[There is] no effort to intervene by either side of government,” Taffs said.
  • 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 (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 ban Ncube meeting and rural clinic celebrations
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 04/11/2011 Source
A meeting scheduled for Saturday this weekend by Welshman Ncube’s MDC-N was banned by police in Masvingo, after the district commanding officer Mawadza told the MDC-N provincial chairperson, Sibusisiwe Tamirepi, there was only one political party in Zimbabwe, ZANU PF. The police also banned celebrations for the electrification of a clinic in Binga district, calling it an MDC affair, despite clear evidence that Binga councilors from all political parties had been invited. The news comes in a week that started after the police and ZANU PF thugs banned MDC-T rallies in Lupane and Victoria Falls, where Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was due to address supporters. The MDC-T leader is said to be fuming.
  • 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;
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Police try to force one-man protester to eat ‘Mugabe faeces’
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 04/11/2011 Source
The spokesman for the splinter MDC-99 formation was finally released from police custody on Thursday after being arrested Monday for staging a one-man demonstration at the Munhumutapa offices in central Harare. Aaron Muzungu said he went to the offices where the President’s offices are, holding a placard written “Mugabe and his GNU must go”. He was immediately apprehended by Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agents and police support unit. He said, they took him behind the building and started torturing him. Once he was in police custody they brought a glass of urine and some faeces and tried to make him eat them. Police battled to find a suitable offence, eventually charging Muzungu with “disorderly conduct.”
  • 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;
  • 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.
MISA ‘shocked’ by fresh threat to Zim journalists
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 04/11/2011 Source
The Chairman of the media rights watchdog, MISA Zimbabwe, said the group is ‘shocked’ by the fresh threats leveled against the country’s media fraternity this week. Njabulo Ncube was reacting to statements by the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC), which has threatened to censure what it called “errant journalists” through a ‘Media Council’ Addressing media stakeholders in Kwekwe on Wednesday, ZMC chairperson Godfrey Majonga said the council, to be set up as early as November 30th, would have the power to have journalists prosecuted, suspended or deregistered, along with their media houses, if they contravened the regulations. MISA Zimbabwe’s Ncube said on Friday that his organisation “does not support this threat to media and to freedom of expression.”
  • 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 (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.
Students arrested for demonstrating
Daily News (ZW): 04/11/2011 Source
Police in Masvingo yesterday afternoon arrested two student leaders at Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) after they led a demonstration against officials at the institution who barred them from holding Students Representative Council (SRC) elections. The students also protested against the deferment of students exams over tuition fees arrears. Angry students led by Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) provincial spokesperson and GZU SRC, secretary-general, Prosper Tiringindi and Butah Makuvire the Zinasu provincial deputy organising secretary demonstrated at the university. The student leaders stand accused of leading an unlawful demonstration as well as assaulting university staff including the Dean of Students, Lovemore Chirove, a Ms V Chikodzi, the Deputy Registrar and their secretaries.
  • 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.
  • 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;
Mutinhiri terrorizes villagers
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 04/11/2011 Source
Retired Brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri, who was publicly humiliated by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last week, has used a gun to threaten MDC supporters in the Marondera West constituency. On Monday last week Tsvangirai deliberately omitted Mutinhiri from an official tour of Mahusekwa. Mutinhiri has, in the past, vowed to remove the MDC from his constituency. After Tsvangirai left the area, villagers told The Zimbabwean that Mutinhiri has increased his presence in the constituency, which he narrowly won in 2008. “If we had we tried to respond to this provocation we would have been arrested. So we just ignored Mutinhiri, who touted a gun, and went home very scared,” said MDC-T District Chair Eddington Magwenzi.
  • 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.
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Rugare Gumbo interview jammed by Mugabe regime
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 03/11/2011 Source
SW Radio Africa’s shortwave broadcast on Wednesday evening was jammed by the Mugabe regime. Ironically jamming began after the news bulletin and just as an interview on Question Time was about to begin with ZANU PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo. In 2005 Mugabe’s regime began jamming SW Radio Africa frequencies. It was reported that the jamming equipment and expertise was provided by China. The jamming has been intermittent since then and often targets SW Radio Africa’s Newsreel bulletin, using a loud and irritating noise to drown out the broadcast. In March 2007 then Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga admitted they were jamming the broadcasts. He told parliament they were generating electronic interference to prevent reception.
  • 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 (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(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;
  • 19.1(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;
  • 19.1 (c)(ii) that in recognition of the open media environment anticipated by this Agreement, the Parties hereby encourage the Zimbabweans running or working for external radio stations broadcasting into Zimbabwe to return to Zimbabwe; and
  • 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.
Senior ZANU-PF Jomic Official Grabs Farm
allAfrica.com: 03/11/2011 Source
Zanu-PF's JOMIC representative Kizito Kuchekwa is reportedly behind the invasion of Birthday Farm in Mazowe, owned by German nationals and supposedly protected under a bilateral agreement with Germany. Kuchekwa allegedly instigated about 200 Zanu PF youths to camp at farm owned by Henrik Pezold Junior and protected under the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (Bippa) signed with the German government in 1995. Birthday Farm general manager Chris Booker confirmed that his farm had been invaded by a group of youths who were presently camped at the property. "[They] … claim they are new settlers," said Booker. "We have alerted the police and the district administrator who are handling the matter," Booker said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 5.9 (a) conduct a comprehensive, transparent and non-partisan land audit, during the tenure of the Seventh Parliament of Zimbabwe...
  • 5.9 (b) ensure that all Zimbabweans who are eligible ... shall be considered for allocation of land irrespective of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or political affiliation;
  • 5.9 (c) ensure security of tenure to all land holders.
  • 5.9 (f) work together for the restoration of full productivity on all agricultural land.
  • 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.
Zimbabwe President Mugabe's ZANU-PF Wants Out of S. Africa-Mediated Talks
VOANews (USA): 03/11/2011 Source
ZANU-PF lead negotiator Patrick Chinamasa told the Herald that his party 'no longer (has) energy, inclination or willingness to maintain the team of negotiators as a forum of resolving any disagreements' He said that his party has lost faith in the negotiating forum moderated by South African President Jacob Zuma and his aides. Chinamasa later told the state-run Herald that the forum has failed because the MDC wing of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has not cooperated on implementing positions negotiated and settled in the talks. ZANU-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo confirmed the substance of Chinamasa’s remarks. Tsvangirai MDC spokesman Douglas Mwonzora accused ZANU-PF of attempting to delay the reforms called for in the Global Political Agreement.
  • 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.
Soldiers deployed in Mbare as residents counter Chipangano gang
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 02/11/2011 Source
Soldiers were deployed in the Mbare suburb of Harare Monday after angry commuter bus operators and touts clashed with members of the notorious ZANU PF Chipangano gang. Trouble started after Chipangano gang members tried to set up their own bus terminus near the ZBC studios in Mbare to extort ‘ranking’ fees from operators. But just like Hatcliffe on Sunday, when angry MDC-T supporters retaliated against a ZANU PF mob trying to disrupt their rally, a similar angry reaction saw commuter operators refuse to have money extorted from them. Street fighting broke out which the police failed to control, resulting in the army being called in.
  • 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 (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.
MDC-T headquarters besieged by armed police
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 01/11/2011 Source
The crackdown against MDC-T intensified on Tuesday after armed police besieged their headquarters, barricading the main road and firing tear gas. The chaos supposedly began when police tried to arrest local vendors who retaliated, resulting in skirmishes. Police officers retreated to get reinforcements, but the vendors scattered. About 30 armed policemen stormed Harvest House, allegedly looking for the vendors. The officers blocked the main road outside the headquarters and started firing tear gas, both inside and outside the building, causing MDC-T staff and passers-by to flee. The chaos spread across the city, with police officers firing tear gas at members of the public. The police officers eventually left the area without making any arrests.
  • 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;

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Analysis of breaches by GPA article

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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