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Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch

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

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

Dec 16, 2012 - Comments: 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. ARTICLE V: Land Question (671 breaches)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 16, 2008 - Comments: 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



PREAMBLE

We, the Parties to this Agreement;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOW THEREFORE AGREE AS FOLLOWS:


ARTICLE I

DEFINITIONS

1. Definitions

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

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

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


ARTICLE II
DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT

2. Declaration of Commitment

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


ARTICLE III
RESTORATION OF ECONOMIC STABILITY AND GROWTH

3. Economic recovery

3.1 The Parties agree:

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

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

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

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

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

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


ARTICLE IV
SANCTIONS AND MEASURES

4. Sanctions and Measures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ARTICLE V
LAND QUESTION

5. Land Question

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5.9 The Parties hereby agree to:

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

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

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

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

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

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


ARTICLE VI
CONSTITUTION

6. Constitution

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

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

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

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

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

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

6.1 The Parties hereby agree:

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

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

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

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

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


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

7. Equality, National Healing, Cohesion and Unity

7.1 The Parties hereby agree that the new Government:

a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;

b) will ensure equal and fair development of all regions of the country and in particular to correct historical imbalances in the development of regions;

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

d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.

e) will formulate policies and put measures in place to attract the return and repatriation of all Zimbabweans in the Diaspora and in particular will work towards the return of all skilled personnel.


ARTICLE VIII
RESPECT FOR NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND EVENTS

8. Respect for National Institutions and Events

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

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

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


ARTICLE IX
EXTERNAL INTERFERENCE

9. External Interference

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

9.2 The Parties hereby agree:

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

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

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


ARTICLE X
FREE POLITICAL ACTIVITY

10. Free political activity

Recognising that the right to canvass and freely mobilise for political support is the cornerstone of any multi-party democratic system, the Parties have agreed that there should be free political activity throughout Zimbabwe within the ambit of the law in which all political parties are able to propagate their views and canvass for support, free of harassment and intimidation.


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

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

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

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

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


ARTICLE XII
FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATION

12. Freedoms of Assembly and Association

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

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

(b) that the Government shall undertake training programmes, workshops and meetings for the police and other enforcement agencies directed at the appreciation of the right of freedom of assembly and association and the proper interpretation, understanding and application of the provisions of security legislation.


ARTICLE XIII
STATE ORGANS AND INSTITUTIONS

13. State organs and institutions

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

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

(a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;

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

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

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


ARTICLE XIV
TRADITIONAL LEADERS

14. Traditional Leaders

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

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

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


ARTICLE XV
NATIONAL YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMME

15. National Youth Training Programme

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

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

15.1 The Parties hereby agree that:

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

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

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


ARTICLE XVI
HUMANITARIAN AND FOOD ASSISTANCE

16. Humanitarian and food assistance

16.1 In times of need, every Zimbabwean regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion is entitled to request and receive humanitarian and food assistance from the State.

16.2 It is the primary responsibility of the State to ensure that every Zimbabwean who needs humanitarian and food assistance receives it.

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

16.4 In this regard the Parties hereby agree:

(a) that in the fulfillment of its obligations above, the Government and all State Institutions and quasi State Institutions shall render humanitarian and food assistance without discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation or religion;

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

(c) that all displaced persons shall be entitled to humanitarian and food assistance to enable them to return and settle in their original homes and that social welfare organisations shall be allowed to render such assistance as might be required.

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


ARTICLE XVII
LEGISLATIVE AGENDA PRIORITIES

17. Legislative agenda

17.1 The Parties hereby agree that:

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

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


ARTICLE XVIII
SECURITY OF PERSONS AND PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE

18. Security of persons and prevention of violence

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

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

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

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

18.5 The Parties hereby agree:

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

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

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

(d) that all political parties, other organisations and their leaders shall commit themselves to do everything to stop and prevent all forms of political violence, including by non-State actors and shall consistently appeal to their members to desist from violence;

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

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

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

(h) to work together to ensure the safety of any displaced persons, their safe return home and their enjoyment of the full protection of the law.

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

(j) that while having due regard to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the principles of the rule of law, the prosecuting authorities will expedite the determination as to whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution or keeping on remand of all persons accused of politically related offences arising out of or connected with the March and June 2008 elections.


ARTICLE XIX
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND COMMUNICATION

19. Freedom of Expression and Communication

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

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

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

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

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

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

19.1 The Parties hereby agree:

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

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

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

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

(d) that steps be taken to ensure that the public media provides balanced and fair coverage to all political parties for their legitimate political activities.

(e) that the public and private media shall refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or that unfairly undermines political parties and other organisations. To this end, the inclusive government shall ensure that appropriate measures are taken to achieve this objective.


ARTICLE XX
FRAMEWORK FOR A NEW GOVERNMENT

20. Framework for a new Government

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

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

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

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

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

20.1 The Parties hereby agree that:

20.1.1 Executive Powers and Authority

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

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

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

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

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

20.1.2 The Cabinet

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

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

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

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

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

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

20.1.3 The President

(a) chairs Cabinet;

(b) exercises executive authority;

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

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

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

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

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

(h) chairs the National Security Council;

(i) formally appoints the Vice Presidents;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20.1.4 The Prime Minister

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

(b) exercises executive authority;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20.1.5 Council of Ministers

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

(a) to assess the implementation of Cabinet decisions;

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

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

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

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

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

20.1.6 Composition of the Executive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20.1.7 Senate

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

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

20.1.8 Filling of vacancies

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


ARTICLE XXI
ELECTORAL VACANCIES

21. Electoral Vacancies

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

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

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

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


ARTICLE XXII
IMPLEMENTATION MECHANISMS

22. Implementation mechanisms

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

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

22.3 The committee shall have the following functions:-

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

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

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

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

(e) to promote continuing dialogue between the Parties.

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

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

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

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

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


ARTICLE XXIII
PERIODIC REVIEW MECHANISM

23. Periodic review mechanism

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

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

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

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

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


ARTICLE XXIV
INTERIM CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

24. Interim Constitutional amendments

The Parties hereby agree:

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

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


ARTICLE XXV
COMMENCEMENT

25. Commencement

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

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

DONE AT HARARE, ON THIS DAY OF 2008

ROBERT G MUGABE
PRESIDENT, ZANU-PF

MORGAN R TSVANGIRAI
PRESIDENT, MDC

ARTHUR G 0 MUTAMBARA
PRESIDENT, MDC

In WITNESS THEREOF the Facilitator:
THABO MBEKI
SADC FACILITATOR

Civil Society Monitoring Mechanism (CISOMM)

CISOMM Annual Review 2009/2010
Jan - March 2009

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

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

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

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

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ZIG Watch : Top Breaches

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

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ZIG Watch monthly beaches

ZIG Watch : Issue 41 - June 2012

Jun 30, 2012 - Comments: 0
Zimbabwe President Mugabe wants 100 percent local control of economy
News Track India: 30/06/2012 Source
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Friday said the country wants 100 percent control over the economy by local people while foreigners come in as partners. Mugabe said Zimbabwe must get the lions share from the exploitation of its natural resources, arguing the 51-49 percent ownership model was no longer acceptable. Foreigners benefits must be minimal, around 10 percent, he stressed. He said this when addressing his ZANU-PF party's central committee. "… we want the 100 percent to remain in the country," Mugabe said, reiterating that Zimbabweans must be in control of the economy while foreigners come in as partners. "That is why we are talking of ownership and not mere participation,” he said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Kasukuwere pushes for new controversial mining policy
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 29/06/2012 Source
Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere says government is set to adopt a policy that will see Zimbabweans having 100 percent shareholding in mining companies. According to a report in the state media, Kasukuwere said the new policy will ensure that local people get total ownership and control of their mineral resources. He said consultations were underway with the Ministry of Mines for an implementation plan that will achieve the desired results. But analysts warn the new law will kill off the mining industry. MDC-T’s director for policy, Eddie Cross, said the indigenisation programme is turning out to be problematic because ordinary people are living in abject poverty, and do not have funds to buy reserved shares.
  • 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 (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;
  • 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;
Zimbabwe state agents block Nkomo lecture
Daily News (ZW): 29/06/2012 Source
Suspected state agents yesterday forced the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) to cancel the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Memorial Lecture which was due to be co-hosted by the Daily News. Vice President John Nkomo, Environment minister Francis Nhema and Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa were expected to attend. The Joshua Nkomo National Foundation (JNNF) is also involved in organising the big discussion together with the Daily News and Nust. There were frantic efforts last night to organise the lecture at a different venue after the threat targeted at Nust officials. Officials from both Nust and the (JNNF) were yesterday evening tight-lipped on who from the state had forced the last-minute cancellation of the event at Nust.
  • 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.
Envoys misled during tour of Marange diamond fields
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 28/06/2012 Source
Western diplomats touring Marange diamond fields on Tuesday were misled on the revenue generated from the fields, a pro-democracy activist said. Dewa Mavhinga, a regional director of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, said there has not been any proper information on revenue flows and no-one knows the shareholding structure at Marange because of lack of transparency and accountability. EU ambassadors who visited the fields this week were told Anjin has yet to break even and recover the $400 million invested by the Chinese into the operation. Munyaradzi Machacha, a director at Anjin, told envoys that projections by the Finance Minister that earnings from diamonds would contribute $600 million to state coffers was incorrect
  • 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.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Kasukuwere goes berserk shouting F word
Nehanda Radio: 28/06/2012 Source
Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere on Wednesday went berserk, shouting unprintable words, when quizzed about his contrasting position with that of central bank governor Gideon Gono over the country’s empowerment programme. After he was asked whether his ministry would consider an empowerment model proposed by Gono, Kasukuwere suddenly sprang into action interjecting the reporters before exploding in anger. “F***k you, I have no interest in that. You don’t ask me about the governor (Gono)! Get out of my office! Get out now! ... No! No! Get out! Get out! You do not come here to ask me about the governor. Get out!” Kasukuwere shouted. Journalists were told by an official to leave his office.
  • 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(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.
Talk Radio is not so talkative now
Zimbabwe Independent, The (ZW): 28/06/2012 Source
Talk Radio is not so talkative it would seem. In fact, apart from the music, it is distinctly quiet for a supposedly “talk” station –– to the extent that the station’s name has been changed to Star FM. This week they have been congratulating themselves on “moving forward with the opening of the airwaves”. But things less than perfect out there. The Zimbabwean public is proving a rather shy about calling in. It is obvious the station can’t sustain the claim to talk radio. Who can blame the public. What happens to people in Zimbabwe who are too outspoken? Exactly how much freedom will be accorded to Star FM callers and presenters we wonder?
  • 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(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.
Police detain WOZA protesters in Bulawayo
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 27/06/2012 Source
Police in Bulawayo arrested over 100 members of WOZA as they conducted a sit-in protest on Wednesday calling for the immediate release of a draft Constitution. Many members in custody were handcuffed - a violation of women’s rights protocols. The arrested group includes WOZA leader Magodonga Mahlangu, three breastfeeding mothers and three children who are not WOZA members. Police denied lawyers access to those deatined. WOZA coordinator Jenni Williams, who led a second group of protestors, was not arrested. Only 3 of ten groups made it to protest venue. Members then marched to the Bulawayo Central Police station to hand themselves in. But riot police denied them entry into the building, threatening to assault them.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 10 Recognising that the right to canvas and freely mobilise for political support is the cornerstone of any multi-party democratic system, the Parties have agreed that there should be free political activity throughout Zimbabwe within the ambit of the law in which all political parties are able to propagate their views and canvass for support, free of harassment and intimidation.
  • 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.
Russia May Swap Gunships for Zimbabwe Platinum Rights
Ria Novosti: 27/06/2012 Source
State corporation Russian Technologies may supply military helicopters to Zimbabwe in a swap deal to buy the world’s second largest platinum deposit, Kommersant business daily reported on Wednesday. Russia is holding negotiations with Zimbabwe on an inter-governmental agreement on stimulating investment and defense, a source in the presidential administration told the paper. “Russian Technologies has already met with Zimbabwe’s official representatives during its visit to the country in April,” another source said, adding the local authorities were interested in the supply of Russian arms, in particular military helicopters. “The issue being discussed is the transfer to Russian Technologies of the rights to develop the Darwendale deposit in exchange for the supply of helicopters,” the source said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Politburo plans to grab all diamond mines
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 27/06/2012 Source
Zanu–PF wants to control all diamond mining in Zimbabwe, according to a senior official. A member of the Politburo said last week that at a recent meeting the party’s politburo resolved to take control of all diamond mines. “I do not know how they are going to do it, but this is what the party is planning,” said the source. “The politburo is saying there are some companies who have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe who are dominating the diamond sub-sector and all these mines must be taken over,” he added. He revealed Zanu-PF was specifically targeting Murowa and River Ranch, both owned by De Beers.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 13.2 (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 Chipangano gang block construction in Mbare
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 26/06/2012 Source
The violent ZANU-PF aligned Chipangano gang has again blocked progress in Mbare suburb, after allegedly threatening workers to stop construction of a ZESA substation that would increase power in the area. The substation is part of a complex including a service station and food court, which would increase development to Mbare. But the gang reportedly objects because the the developer, Alex Mashamhanda, supposedly supports MDC. The gang is said to have resorted to threatening workers after failing to convince the City Council to stop construction of the service station. Saturday’s threats constitute a contempt of court violation, but Police at Matapi are said to be working in cahoots with the Chipangano, so no assistance is expected.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Five ZimRights employees briefly detained in Karoi
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 26/06/2012 Source
Five employees of Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) were on Monday briefly detained by police in Karoi after attempting to hold ‘legal clinics’. The police claimed the group had convened a meeting without notifying them. A statement by ZimRights, posted on Facebook, listed the five detained as David Palasida, Nancy Madzivire, Rutendo Tsvangirayi, July Chimutsanya and Reverend Issac Chamonyonga. ZimRights argue that legal clinics are not meetings because they are done on a ‘one on one basis’. Those arrested were released in the late hours of the day following intervention by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. The group condemned the abuse of POSA adding: “… these were just efforts to frustrate the work that we do.”
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 12.1 (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;
The MDC Today - Issue 382
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 26/06/2012 Source
Johannes Chikwava, MDC Gutu West organising secretary in Masvingo province was on Saturday arrested at Eastdale Airbase by soldiers on allegations he had insulted war veterans in the area. After his arrest, Chikwava was assaulted and put in leg irons. He was later ferried to Chartsworth Police Station. No charges have been brought against Chikwava and he is still detained at the police station. Meanwhile, in Gweshe Village, Chiweshe area in Mashonaland Central, villagers are up in arms against a directive by Chief Negomo who, through Kraal head Chiwaridzo is forcing each villager to pay US$1 for “youth projects”. The villagers are worried that the money will be used to fund Zanu-PF’s terror campaign.
  • 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(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.
City Fathers complain of army meddling
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 26/06/2012 Source
The army is bulldozing itself into local authorities, seizing council land and revenue- generating projects, several mayors told Prime Minister Tsvangirai here on Friday. Gathered for the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe five-year strategic planning meeting, they said virtually every local authority in the country was a victim of interference by the army, war veterans and Zanu-PF-sponsored Chipangano. Movement. In Mutare, Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba forcibly established a squatter camp on council land for political gain, without council approval.. Masvingo municipality is struggling to recover unpaid bills from 4 Brigade military base, but are met with stiff resistance and sometimes threats, while the Harare City Council has lost control over Hatcliff Flea Market to Chipangano.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 13.2 (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.
Chinese tycoon bankrolls CIO, rewarded with diamonds
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 25/06/2012 Source
Chinese businessman, Sam Pa, with access to Zimbabwe’s diamonds, is reported to have ploughed US$100 million into the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to fund covert operations against the opposition. According to pressure group Global Witness, Sam Pa is also funding Robert Mugabe’s re-election bid in return for favourable access to the diamond mining operations, opportunities in the cotton industry and property development inside Zimbabwe. Nick Donovan from Global Witness said part of the money was used to buy over 200 Nissan pick up trucks for CIO, while other money was used to finance jamming of broadcast signals from foreign-based independent stations. It appears people like Mr Pa are effectively being used to finance a parallel government.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
Judge reserves bail judgment in Glen View murder case
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 25/06/2012 Source
Justice Chinembiri Bhunu has reserved judgment in the bail application filed today by 29 MDC members seeking leave to appeal for bail at the Supreme Court. The 29 MDC members facing false charges of murdering a policeman and public violence in Glen View, Harare last year were denied bail by Justice Bhunu when the trial started early this month. The Judge said there were no exceptional circumstances to support granting of bail. Today in court, defence lawyers cited several instances why the 29 members should be granted bail including the fact that some of them had been granted bail before their indictment for trial but none had breached their bail conditions. The State opposes the application.
  • 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;
Zanu PF plans to dish out stands ahead of elections
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 24/06/2012 Source
ZANU-PF plans dishing out residential stands to home-seekers in Manicaland to try and woo voters ahead of elections next year, party provincial chairperson, Mike Madiro said. Madiro recently told home-seekers in Mutare that the party had roped in Reverend Obadiah Musindo and his Destiny of African Network (DAN) to spearhead its election campaign by doling out residential stands in various cities and towns in the country. Under the scheme, potential beneficiaries were supposed to become members of DAN and upon acquiring a residential stand; they would become party activists and expected to recruit a minimum of 10 people. “Those who are not pro-Zanu-PF will have their stands taken away from them” said Musindo.
  • 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;
Zimbabwean police investigate finance minister
Reuters: 24/06/2012 Source
Police said on Sunday they had launched an investigation involving Finance minister Tendai Biti. The state-owned Sunday Mail said the probe was over the disappearance of $20 million in a failed bank. Biti explained that the money was part of a 2009 emergency International Monetary Fund (IMF) facility and intended to help distressed manufacturing firms. The paper said Biti had transferred the money from the IMF into local bank Interfin, closed this month due to a liquidity crisis. "Yes the money is missing. The fact that Interfin was appointed the fund manager means it was them who were handling the money and not me," he said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 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;
Bulawayo governor bypasses Council to give out housing
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 22/06/2012 Source
Governor of Bulawayo, Cain Mathema, stands accused of by-passing the City Council for handing out applications for housing stands to party supporters at a private meeting last Saturday. According to reporters, Mathema and former politburo member Sikanyiso Ndhlovu addressed ZANU-PF members at a private function at a party member’s home, a woman named Mahlangane living in Njube area. “It is no secret that ZANU-PF has been on a door-to-door campaign in high-density areas of Bulawayo trying to gain support,” the reporter said, adding these meetings are usually conducted by ZANU-PF District Coordinating Committee members. “What is disturbing is that those who got the forms are … [are] by-passing the proper procedures,” the reporter said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Auditor-General Censures Chombo
allAfrica.com: 22/06/2012 Source
Auditor General, Mildred Chiri, has rapped the payment of huge allowances by Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo, to investigating committees with some individuals in the probe teams taking home more than US$50 000 each. Since the MDC-T secured the majority of the country's local authorities from ZANU-PF during the 2008 general elections, the Local Government Minister has appointed a number of committees to probe alleged corruption by councillors aligned to MDC-T. But in a report, Chiri said the State was losing a lot of financial resources through the exorbitant allowances paid to the teams, adding that the payments should be probed, as the amounts involved were well above the amounts laid down by government.
  • 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.
  • 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;
Mines ministry accused of ‘encouraging’ destruction of environment
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 21/06/2012 Source
Zimbabwe’s mines ministry is accused of ‘encouraging’ ongoing destruction of the environment, after it emerged it is handing out explorative mining licences in forestry areas. Dr Joseph Kanyekanye, the CEO of Allied Timbers, was quoted in the Herald newspaper this week saying that many people were coming into forestry areas with mining permits, handed out by ZANU-PF led Mines Ministry, because it is believed there could be gold and diamonds in timber forests. “The government does not allow settlements on forestry land. Any offer of land is given by Ministry of Lands and Resettlement only,” he said, adding that ‘special grants’ were being issued by the Mines Ministry to many people, including Chinese, Russians and others.”
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Tsvangirai Says Police Forced To Back Mugabe
RadioVOP: 21/06/2012 Source
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has accused police commanders of forcing subordinates to support President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party. Tsvangirai on Wednesday told Parliament he had obtained recordings of a meeting of the Zimbabwe Republic Police where police were told to support Mugabe alone. Kwekwe Central MP Blessing Chebundo (MDC) had asked him to comment on reports that army and police commanders were actively campaigning for Zanu-PF. “… minutes of a meeting recently held at one of the district police meetings where police were told every member of the force should be aligned to Zanu-PF,” he said. “If such an attitude becomes the norm, … then why go for elections when people have made such declarations,” he said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
The MDC Today – Issue No. 379
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 21/06/2012 Source
MDC-led Bindura Municipality is fighting a Harare based construction company to recover US$1, 5 million that was meant for road maintenance in the town last year. Bindura received the money last year from the Zimbabwe National Road Authority (Zinara) to carry out maintenance on the town’s roads. The mayor, Ivory Matanhire, said 40km of road was to be covered but the contracted company, Twalumba Contractors, only managed to surface one kilometre. The council is furious that Zinara and the Mashonaland Central provincial administrator, Josphat Jaji imposed Twalumba on the council to carry out the work without going for tender, which is against the Road Authority Act. The Council has since sacked the town engineer, Batsirai Musona.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
State witness accused of fabricating evidence in cop murder trial
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 20/06/2012 Source
A state witness, testifying in the trial of 29 MDC-T members accused of killing a Glen View cop, has been accused of fabricating evidence and contradicting statements he gave to police at the time. During cross examination of state witness Spencer Nyararai, senior defence lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa said the witness had rehearsed and fabricated evidence in order to falsely implicate the accused. Nyararai testified that he saw some of the accused, Yvonne Musarurwa and Rebecca Mafukeni, at the pub and that Musarurwa and Mafukeni were wearing MDC shirts and had short hair. But on the day of initial remand at Harare Magistrates Court, just days later, the two activists had long hair.
  • 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 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
Mugabe blows $7 million on Brazil trip
Nehanda Radio: 20/06/2012 Source
President Robert Mugabe’s trip to the United Nations conference on sustainable development in Brazil will blow in excess of $7 million on a 92-strong delegation. This was just days after he abandoned a crucial government meeting on the economy to attend a pass-out parade for police recruits, putting his commitment to economic revival in doubt. Mugabe shocked even his own ministers when he left the special meeting midway, last week. Ironically, Mugabe himself called the special meeting — the first of its kind since the formation of the coalition government — to discuss key economic issues. Sources said Finance minister Tendai Biti raised the issue of the huge Rio trip bill — torching heated debate during the meeting.
  • 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.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Court frees Sikhala
Daily News (ZW): 20/06/2012 Source
A Harare magistrate freed MDC99 president Job Sikhala after a state witness failed to appear in court to testify against the politician who was facing rape and theft charges. Judge Hosea Mujaya freed Sikhala after prosecutor Kudzai Chigwedere applied for postponement of the case. The trial was supposed to start yesterday but Chigwedere said she was making arrangements to have her witness brought back into the country. Sikhala refused, demanding to be tried or freed until the state presented the witness. He told the court the witness had been in custody since December last year and released in February this year, but deported her just before the trial started.
  • 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;
GMB handouts for Zanu (PF)
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 20/06/2012 Source
The Grain Marketing Board has been distributing food aid under its grain loan scheme at Zanu-PF offices in Chipinge. Villagers at Checheche Growth point told reporters that the grain utility, under unclear circumstances, had been issuing grain from a building owned by Zanu-PF Chipinge South MP, Enock Porusingazi. The building is inaccessible to MDC supporters and villagers said they were disgruntled by Zanu-PF’s manipulation of food aid ahead of general elections. A Zanu-PF member, who refused to be named, said party supporters attended meetings before food was distributed. “At our meetings, it is agreed if you are not from Zanu (PF), you don’t get any food from the GMB,” he said.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
Zimbabwe - MDC Youth Member Assaulted in Mbare
MDC Information and Publicity Secretary: 20/06/2012 Source
An MDC youth member, Decent Rutsito was yesterday assaulted by a gang of Zanu-PF youths led by one Chiraundi in Mbare. The Zanu-PF hooligans ganged up against Rutsito, who was going for a VID test around 11am and took him to a room at Njere flats in the suburb where they heavily assaulted him with fan belts for supporting MDC. A former branch chairperson for Majubheki, Rutsito is a well known MDC activist in the area. He reported the matter to Mbare Police Station before he passed out. He was only assisted after the intervention of fellow MDC members who got a tip-off from Mbare residents. Rutsito has since been hospitalised.
  • 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.
Police deny exhibits in Siwela treason trial
ZimEye: 20/06/2012 Source
The eighth witness in the treason trial of Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) party secretary general, Paul Siwela, declared ignorance over exhibits collected from Siwela’s offices when the investigations re-started at the trial in Bulawayo. Siwela together with other MLF leaders Charles Thomas and John Gazi are facing treason charges which they deny. The witness, police officer Isheunesu Kadziya, told the court that although he was part of the team which searched Siwela’s offices on March 4 2011, he did not read what was written on flyers, calendars and other documents. He said they recovered 400 flyers, an MLF t-shirt, calendar and MLF membership cards. He declined to be associated with flyers presented in court.
  • 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;
Seven WOZA members briefly detained after Bulawayo demo
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 19/06/2012 Source
Seven members of the pressure group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) were arrested and briefly detained on Tuesday, after a ‘die-in’ protest in Bulawayo. The ‘die-in’, which saw three different groups of WOZA members lying down at main traffic intersections in the city, formed part of a WOZA-led campaign to pressure for a devolved system of government to be included in the draft constitution. The group has warned that their home city, Bulawayo, is dying around them with businesses continuing to close all over the city. The members, carrying traffic signs and red flags, lay down at intersections faking ‘death’, which WOZA’s Jenni Williams explained was a way to symbolise that Bulawayo is dying.
  • 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;
29 MDC-T activists denied bail again
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 19/06/2012 Source
Twenty-nine MDC-T activists accused of murdering a police officer in Glen View last year had their bail appeal dismissed again in Harare High Court on Tuesday. Responding, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu said there were no special circumstances to grant bail to any of the activists. Justice Bhunu told defence lawyers to focus on the trial and not bail as it was highly unlikely they will ever be set free before conclusion of the case. The judge warned defence lawyer Charles Kwaramba to desist from criticizing him in the media or he would file contempt of court, whilst giving activist Dewa Mavhinga an earful for penning newspaper articles critical of his previous judgments.
  • 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;
President Mugabe Bashes Finance Minister Biti Over Byo Businesses
RadioVOP: 19/06/2012 Source
President Robert Mugabe has castigated his Minister of Finance, Tendai Biti, accusing him of sidelining Bulawayo. "If Bulawayo dies then all of Zimbabwe dies," President Mugabe said in Bulawayo before dashing out to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. "I asked Biti what he had done with the US$500 000 we had been given by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and he said he only had about US$100 000 left. We should have used that money to bring the businesses in Bulawayo up to standard because most of them were closed … Harare is the Administrative Centre of Zimbabwe and, therefore, Bulawayo must survive and not die because most of our factories are here."
  • 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 (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;
Zanu-PF ministries' 'ghost staff'
Times, The (RSA): 19/06/2012 Source
More than 10000 people have been hired "illegally" in Zimbabwe by ministries run by Zanu-PF, including those responsible for the army and police, Finance Minister Tendai Biti has warned. But the minister, a member of the MDC-T, formerly an opposition party, now Zanu-PF's partner in government - has had trouble reining in ministries run by Mugabe's party. "The two chief culprits are the Ministry of Defence, which employed 4600 since January, and the Ministry of Home Affairs, which has recruited 1200 personnel without Treasury approval," Biti told parliament last week. The recruiting was exacerbating the acute shortage of food at army barracks and adding to a wage bill Zimbabwe could not afford, he said.
  • 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.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 13.2 (d) recruitment policies and practices be conducted in a manner that ensures that no political or other form of favouritism is practised.
Zanu-PF ministries' 'ghost staff'
Times, The (RSA): 19/06/2012 Source
More than 10000 people have been hired "illegally" in Zimbabwe by ministries run by Zanu-PF, including those responsible for the army and police, Finance Minister Tendai Biti has warned. But the minister, a member of the MDC-T, formerly an opposition party, now Zanu-PF's partner in government - has had trouble reining in ministries run by Mugabe's party. "The two chief culprits are the Ministry of Defence, which employed 4600 since January, and the Ministry of Home Affairs, which has recruited 1200 personnel without Treasury approval," Biti told parliament last week. The recruiting was exacerbating the acute shortage of food at army barracks and adding to a wage bill Zimbabwe could not afford, he said.
  • 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.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 13.2 (d) recruitment policies and practices be conducted in a manner that ensures that no political or other form of favouritism is practised.
MDC-T MP suspended over violence in Hurungwe West
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 18/06/2012 Source
The MDC-T has suspended a sitting MP accused of fanning intra-party violence in Hurungwe, Mashonaland West province. Severino Tall Chambati, MP for Hurungwe West, stands accused allegedly unleashing his terror gangs on rival, Wilson Makanyaire, who is set to challenge him in the primaries. In the run-up to the party’s national elective congress held in Bulawayo last year Chambati, seen as the godfather of the district, was allegedly behind some ugly scenes of violence that saw rival factions clash over which candidates they were going to support. Apart from the suspension Chambati has also been barred from all political activities in his constituency on behalf of the party, until investigations into the matter are concluded.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 10 Recognising that the right to canvas and freely mobilise for political support is the cornerstone of any multi-party democratic system, the Parties have agreed that there should be free political activity throughout Zimbabwe within the ambit of the law in which all political parties are able to propagate their views and canvass for support, free of harassment and intimidation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Minister confirms army ownership of diamond mine
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 18/06/2012 Source
A government minister confirmed that an army firm has a 40% stake in mining concession in Chiadzwa, clearly admitting the military’s direct involvement in the diamond mining industry. Deputy Mines Minister, Gift Chimanikire, told parliament last week that Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI) owns 40% of Anjin, a joint venture with the Chinese. All shares in Anjin are held by the ZANU-PF controlled Ministry of Defence. Chimanikire’s admission comes amid fresh reports that the army, with police and private security, continue a violent campaign against diamond panners in Chiadzwa. According to Sunday Times (UK), witnesses have described continued shootings, beatings and the use of dogs by soldiers, police and private guards against illegal miners at the fields.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 18.5(g) to work together to ensure the security of all persons and property;
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Zimbabwe Mines Minister Casts Doubt Over Essar-Zisco Iron Ore Deal
VOANews (USA): 18/06/2012 Source
Zimbabwe's mines minister cast doubt on Monday over the urgent implementation of the $750 million Essar-Zimbabwe deal telling a parliamentary committee that Harare will not allow them access the nation's 30 billion tonnes of iron ore reserves for free. The Essar-Zimbabwe agreement stalled after political opponents in the coalition government differed on the true value of the deal to resuscitate the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (Zisco). In testimony to parliament's industry portfolio committee on the Essar deal, Obert Mpofu said his ministry and stakeholders were not consulted on the deal, allowing the steel maker access to ore reserves without pay. Many political players in the country have criticized the deal saying it short-changed the country.
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Ex-councillor wants Chombo arrested
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 17/06/2012 Source
FORMER Harare City councillor, Warship Dumba, wants Local Government minister, Ignatious Chombo arrested on charges of criminal abuse of office. Dumba wrote to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) inquiring why the body had not acted on a report he filed in March, seeking investigation of Chombo for allegedly victimising him for leading a special investigations committee which implicated the minister in alleged corrupt land deals. The former councillor submitted a report and documentary evidence of Chombo’s actions, resulting in the minister firing him from council. Dumba said he was fired by Chombo with no complaint against him and without any tangible evidence linking him to an offence, after the courts had refused to prosecute him.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
Chiefs Might Get 4 x 4 Vehicles - Chombo
RadioVOP: 17/06/2012 Source
Chiefs could get 4x4 vehicles under a loan scheme from the cash strapped government, Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo has said. Chombo said the loan scheme is similar to the Parliamentary Vehicle Loan Scheme for legislators and Senators, adding that chiefs deserve the cars to upgrade their status, “… because they are also politicians,” Chombo said. The Local government Minister said “chiefs should also be paid more because they are getting peanuts.” The statements by Chombo follows revelations by Finance Minister, Tendai Biti that treasury is crippled by huge expenditure like salaries and debts against income. Some chiefs have been instrumental in previous elections as they violently coerced their subjects to support him Mugabe.
  • 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.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 14.1 (a) commit themselves to ensuring the political neutrality of traditional leaders; and
  • 14.1 (b) call upon traditional leaders not to engage in partisan political activities at national level as well as in their communities.
Judge ‘too busy’ to rule on bail for 29 MDC-T activists
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 15/06/2012 Source
High Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu claims he is ‘a bit constrained for time’ to deal with an urgent bail application by 29 MDC-T activists facing charges of killing a policeman. On Tuesday the trial was postponed after Bhunu claimed he had to attend a relative’s funeral. The trial continued on Wednesday and Thursday before being postponed to next week Monday. Asked when he was going to deal with the bail application Justice Bhunu claimed he had a heavy workload and had not got around to dealing with the matter. This is despite the fact that the majority of activists charged in the case have been in custody for more than a year without trial.
  • 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;
Mugabe chosen by God- Police
ZimEye: 15/06/2012 Source
Police graduates in Harare yesterday abandoned their professional motto “For the People, For the Country, For the Law”, declaring allegiance to President Robert Mugabe whom they described, in rehearsed worship recitations, as “the only God-chosen leader of Zimbabwe”. “You are our God-chosen leader and we hereby stand by you and remind the EU (European Union) and its allies that they can rule the rest of the world but not Zimbabwe anymore. Long live Gushungo,” the recruits chanted in unison. Mugabe, who was the reviewing officer at the passout parade for 561 recruits at Morris Depot, however, urged them to be impartial as they went about their duties to maintain law and order.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 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;
‘Cells were cleaned for judges’
ZimEye: 15/06/2012 Source
Five top judges toured a Harare jail that rights activists say should be closed because it is filthy, ill-equipped and uninhabitable. But WOZA activist, Jenny Williams who was with them says the cells were cleaned up for the judges. The Supreme Court judges toured the main Harare police station cells on Thursday and said they will rule later in a suit brought by members of WOZA who have been frequently detained under sweeping security laws. Reporters said the usually overcrowded cells were empty and had been cleaned, smelling strongly of floor polish and detergent. Williams, who has been arrested more than 40 times over a decade of activism, described the tour as a sham.
  • 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;
Mugabe ignored tender procedures in ‘spy’ college construction
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 14/06/2012 Source
Controversy surrounding the building of the “ Zimbabwe Defence College” outside Harare deepened this week, after chairperson of the State Procurement Board admitted that tender procedures were ignored following a directive from Robert Mugabe. The college, considered by many to be nothing more than a ‘huge spy centre’, is being built by a Chinese company, with a US$100 million loan from China, which is expected to be paid off using proceeds from the murky diamond mining operations controlled by senior ZANU-PF chefs. On Monday Charles Kuwaza, Executive Chairperson of the State Procurement Board, told a parliamentary portfolio they were instructed to override their own procedures in giving the Chinese the tender to construct the college.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
MDC-T Senator for Mutare charged with public violence
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 14/06/2012 Source
Police in Mutare on Thursday charged MDC-T Senator for the city, Kerensia Chabuka and six other party activists, with public violence. They all deny the charges and claim it’s politically motivated. The 61 year-old Senator presented herself to police on Thursday. Her lawyer, Passmore Nyakureba, said the senator is expected in court on Friday. Nyakureba said he found it strange that the charge the police wanted to bring against Chabuka and the 6 others had been changed from assault, to public violence. He posed the question as to how can individuals from one particular party, having a meeting at their provincial offices, be found to be on the wrong side of the law.
  • 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;
Chief forcing villagers to pay defense for Magura killers
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 14/06/2012 Source
Chief Otilia Chimukoko has allegedly been leading ZANU-PF activists in the Mudzi North area of Mashonaland East, forcing villagers to contribute money for a legal fund to assist the ZANU-PF members accused of murdering an MDC-T official last month. One of the few female chiefs in the country, Otilia Chimukoko, is moving around the Chimukoko area with Never Makita, Dudzai Kamhaka and another activist identified as Nyamuromo. They are demanding that each villager pay $1 with each village collecting at least $50 or there will be violent punitive actions. The villagers are being told openly that the money is to provide legal fees for the seven party members accused of murdering Cephas Magura.
  • 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.
Thousands illegally recruited into army
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 14/06/2012 Source
Finance Minister Tendai Biti revealed on Wednesday that the Public Service Commission had illegally recruited 10,000 new staff members and among them were 4,600 soldiers. The revelation was surprising because the defence ministry had recently demanded $2.5 million from the treasury, insisting the funds were needed to feed soldiers who are going hungry in the barracks and to pay for an additional 5,000 new recruits. Mnangagwa went as far as threatening violence, vowing to send army generals to Biti’s offices. Biti revealed that he found the soldiers had already been recruited, without going through proper procedures, between January and May this year, adding $190 million to the civil servants’ salary bill.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 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.
Trial of 29 MDC-T activists continues with 5th witness
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 13/06/2012 Source
The trial of 29 MDC-T activists charged with killing a policeman continued on Wednesday, with a 5th state witness giving testimony and “saying nothing meaningful”, defence lawyers said. On Tuesday the trial was postponed after Justice Chinembiri Bhunu claimed he had to attend a relative’s funeral. On Wednesday the judge showed up and the trial eventually continued. Defence lawyer Alec Muchadehama explained the state was calling witnesses who knew nothing, while opposing bail, with the aim of punishing them before they eventually got justice. He believes the Attorney General and police were out to settle political scores. He further said that all 29 accused had perfect alibis and were far away from the scene.
  • 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;
Trial of 29 MDC-T activists continues with 5th witness
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 13/06/2012 Source
The trial of 29 MDC-T activists charged with killing a policeman continued on Wednesday, with a 5th state witness giving testimony and “saying nothing meaningful”, defence lawyers said. On Tuesday the trial was postponed after Justice Chinembiri Bhunu claimed he had to attend a relative’s funeral. On Wednesday the judge showed up and the trial eventually continued. Defence lawyer Alec Muchadehama explained the state was calling witnesses who knew nothing, while opposing bail, with the aim of punishing them before they eventually got justice. He believes the Attorney General and police were out to settle political scores. He further said that all 29 accused had perfect alibis and were far away from the scene.
  • 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;
Stalled by-elections - 30 seats vacant
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 13/06/2012 Source
President Robert Mugabe’s failure to order by by-elections in over 30 constituencies where legislators have died or been expelled by their parties is causing suffering in unrepresented communities. Nkayi South villagers are complaining of having no Parliamentary representative following Abednico Bhebhe’s expulsion in 2009. Bhebhe, together with Njabuliso Mguni (Lupane East), and Norman Mpofu (Bulilima East) lost their parliamentary seats after expulsion by the Welshman Ncube led MDC. The three went to Court to compel Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to run by-elections, and in October a judge ordered them to set dates. Mugabe appealed the decision in the Supreme Court. The hearing is set for 5 July 2012.
  • 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 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Chihuri stuns congregants
Zimbabwean, The (ZW): 13/06/2012 Source
Police Commissioner General, Augustine Chihuri, shocked congregants at a church service, turning the sermon into a political rally. He was addressing members of the force and recruits due to pass out on June 14 and 18, at a church service held at Morris Depot in Harare. The self-confessed Zanu-PF zealot attacked perceived ‘colonial masters’ who he said were trying to colonize Zimbabwe through ‘remote control’. He also lambasted foreign prophets, saying they were visiting Zimbabwe merely to gain popularity. Chihuri made a veiled attack on Nigerian pastor TB Joshua, for “saying a lot of bad things about Zimbabwe”.
  • 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(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Police use MDC activists as bait to hunt down Mutare senator
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 13/06/2012 Source
Police in Mutare are using innocent MDC activists as bait, to hunt down the party’s senator for Mutare, Keresensia Chabuka. The senator and other MDC officials are accused of assaulting acting Mayor of Mutare, George Jeryson. Jeryson was elected as an MDC-T councillor, but is suspected of working closely with ZANU-PF Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo. Senator Chabuka told reporters that she is ashamed and left with no words to describe the police action in arresting 10 party activists as bait to get to her. ‘They told the activists they will only be released if I present myself to the police. That is what I’m going to do this evening (Wednesday).”
  • 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;
Police invoke POSA to stop Jubilee celebration
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 12/06/2012 Source
Attempts by a group of elderly Brits in Zimbabwe to hold celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Harare last week were quashed by the police who invoked POSA, even though no police permission is required for private gatherings on private property. According to reports, a planned celebratory picnic on a farm outside Harare by the Royal Society of St George was banned, allegedly because “a crowd of whites waving the Union Jack on a white-owned farm would provoke trouble among local ZANU-PF militants.” Brian Heathcote, the society’s president, refused to comment, but the society’s committee emailed members on Friday to say “we will not be allowed to hold our picnic to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”
  • 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 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Another Zim conservancy seized
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 12/06/2012 Source
Another wildlife conservancy in Zimbabwe has been seized by ZANU PF supporting land invaders, in defiance of parliamentary warnings that the areas need protection. About 500 party supporters, led by a war vet identified only as ‘Comrade Shorty’, have invaded the Ruware Ranch in the Chiredzi River Conservancy. Shorty was quoted by the NewsDay newspaper as insisting that they were not ‘invading’ but occupying land given to them 12 years ago. The newspaper also reported that the land invaders were accompanied by representatives from the ZANU PF Lands Ministry. The seizure of Ruware follows a court decision to allow the Savuli Conservancy in the Save Valley to be handed over to former ZANU PF deputy Minister for Gender and Youth, Shuvai Ben Mahofa. Mahofa originally grabbed the conservancy under Robert Mugabe’s land grab campaign in 2007 after she and former Bikita west ZANU PF legislator, Retired Colonel Claudius Makova, got an ‘offer’ letter to take over the land. Conservationists had been fighting ever since to try and keep the property, but this battle was then lost in April. The Chiredzi River Conservancy and the Save Valley Conservancy have been worst hit by the onslaught of illegal settlers who have targeted conservation land, with thousands of people moving in and attempting to clear the land for crops. This has resulted in widespread destruction with hundreds of thousands of animals being killed. The destruction has also been raised as a key point of concern in parliament, with warnings about how these ongoing invasions were set to affect Zimbabwe’s remaining protected areas. A recent report by the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism identified Higher Education Minister Stan Mudenge and several top military and political figures as the individuals behind the destruction of Save Valley Conservancy. The report says the forced seizure of the conservancy by top political and military figures with “no interest (or) experience in wildlife conservation” had resulted in massive destruction of the conservancy. But no attention has been paid to these warnings, and land continues to be seized.
  • 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;
  • 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;
Zanu PF, Police and office of the Registrar General's vote rigging plot exposed
MDC (MT) Press Release: 12/06/2012 Source
Zanu-PF’s dirty tactics continue as the party tries to survive the coming elections. The party has resorted to force-marching people to attend its meetings at Holland in Kuwadzana 6. The call by Zanu-PF for elections to be held this year has seen the party “reinventing” itself. Groups of youths are deployed every weekend to force-march residents from Kuwadzana 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 to party meetings. Most affected are vendors who are punished for not attending the gatherings. Residents are worried by the daylight vote rigging mechanics of the police, Zanu-PF and the registrar general’s office. Some residents would not discuss the issue of forced participation as they claim the police are aware of such activities.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 10 Recognising that the right to canvas and freely mobilise for political support is the cornerstone of any multi-party democratic system, the Parties have agreed that there should be free political activity throughout Zimbabwe within the ambit of the law in which all political parties are able to propagate their views and canvass for support, free of harassment and intimidation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 12.1 (a) to work together in a manner which guarantees the full implementation and realisation of the right to freedom of association and assembly; and
  • 13.2 (a) that there be inclusion in the training curriculum of members of the uniformed forces of the subjects on human rights, international humanitarian law and statute law so that there is greater understanding and full appreciation of their roles and duties in a multi-party democratic system;
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 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 official arrested for “insulting” Mugabe with music
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 11/06/2012 Source
An organising secretary for the MDC-T Bulawayo Central was arrested on Saturday for allegedly insulting Robert Mugabe, after a ZANU-PF activist told police that his phone contained songs insulting the ZANU-PF leader. Nyengerai Stanley Makundidze has been jailed since Saturday. Lawyers have been denied access to Makundidze. Sources said Makundidze was approached by a ZANU-PF youth named Charumbira, who assaulted him, grabbed his phone and ran away. Charumbira showed up later with police and Makundidze was arrested. On the police charge sheet said Makundidze has music on his phone with lyrics that insult Robert Mugabe. The lyrics were not specified. The MDC-T official is being represented by a lawyer named Chamunorwa.
  • 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 (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;
Zanu PF campaign incenses church
Zimbabwe Standard, The (ZW): 11/06/2012 Source
The Africa Apostolic Faith Mission has criticised Zanu-PF for bulldozing their way in at religious gatherings to preach party politics. Leader of the church, Isaiah Murove said partisan traditional leaders and apostolic sects who were openly and “blindly” glorifying Zanu-PF were working against God’s word. “We worship God … not politicians,” he said. Zanu-PF political leaders in Manicaland have been openly campaigning at apostolic sects gatherings as competition for voters ahead of elections later this year or in 2013 hots up. Party heavyweights such as Oppah Muchinguri, Didymus Mutasa, Chris Mushohwe and Mike Madiro, among others, have been attending church services being held by the apostolic sects.
  • 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 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Obert Mpofu refuses to account for diamond revenue
ZimEye: 11/06/2012 Source
Mines Minister Obert Mpofu on Monday failed to give an account for diamond revenue emanating from Marange fields, when he answered questions at a conference in Harare organised by Centre for Public Accountability. “I am minister of mines not minister of revenue … ZIMRA collects revenue. Ask me about Mining issues and I will explain. I do not deal with figures but mining development. Anything to do with figures is not my duty,” Mpofu, the country’s Mines and Mining minister told delegates in Harare Monday. Delegates had asked him where the diamond revenue from Marange was going following Finance Minister Tendai Biti’s recent complaints of non remittance to the treasury revenue by mining companies.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Biti, Mnangagwa clash over army
Daily News (ZW): 10/06/2012 Source
Finance minister Tendai Biti, and defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, locked horns on Thursday, in front of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, over defence funding. Official sources said Tsvangirai watched in bewilderment as the two fought verbally, with finance minister Biti being threatened by Mnangagwa after he turned down the Zanu-PF minister’s demands for an additional $2,5million from treasury to bankroll salaries for 5 000 new army recruits. Tensions ran high, with Mnangagwa allegedly threatening to send army generals to Biti’s office, saying there was a risk of mutiny and that Biti was compromising State security. Biti was said to have declared that treasury would not fund the recruits until the government got more cash from diamonds.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5(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.
Soldier hijacks maize and distribute to ZANU PF only
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 08/06/2012 Source
A soldier, and son of a traditional leader in ward 15 of Chimanimani, hijacked a shipment of maize meant for all villagers, distributing it to ZANU-PF supporters only. Soldier Roddy Mukono forced ward 15 councillor David Munengu to leave Ngangu Hall, where the councillor was about to distribute the maize seed Munengu had secured from the Grain Marketing Board (GMB). Traditional leader Sabhuku Mukono and Munengu had secured 280 bags of maize from GMB. Roddy used the fact he is a soldier and Mukono’s son to get rid of councillor Munengu. The villagers had paid $1 each towards transportation costs, but many who are not ZANU-PF supporters were denied their share of the maize.
  • 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;
  • 14.1 (a) commit themselves to ensuring the political neutrality of traditional leaders; and
  • 14.1 (b) call upon traditional leaders not to engage in partisan political activities at national level as well as in their communities.
'Zanu PF pushes for Copac's failure'
Daily News (ZW): 08/06/2012 Source
Zanu-PF is working hard to cause failure of the constitution-making process so it can force an election under the current constitution. Their MDC coalition partners were left guessing after Zanu-PF members walked out of a meeting meant to finalise the draft. Paul Mangwana, Zanu-PF COPAC co-chair said yesterday that forthcoming elections would be held under the old constitution should the party’s demands be ignored. “If Mwonzora and his (MDC COPAC) friends think by declaring that they are not moving on their stance, then we are going to budge, they are mistaken,” Mangwana said. MDC COPAC members said adopting the issues put forward by Zanu-PF would be “deviating from the views of the people”.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Militant Zimbabwe Youth Empowerment Group Targets Chinese, Nigerian Shops
VOANews (USA): 08/06/2012 Source
A youth empowerment group linked to Zanu-PF party has started a nationwide campaign in Zimbabwe to push Chinese and Nigerian nationals out of the retail sector. Some representatives of Upfumi Kuvadiki – Inotho Kwabatsha said they have been assessing retail businesses in Bulawayo this week after conducting a similar exercise in Harare and found most of the enterprises are in the hands of Nigerian, Indian and Chinese nationals. The group is expected to visit Gweru, Mutare, Kwekwe and other cities within the next two weeks to identify retail businesses it claims are in the wrong hands. The militant group argues that foreigners should venture into capital intensive projects instead of engaging in the retail sector.
  • 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;
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
Zimbabwe's president - Stop human rights probe
The Sacramento Bee: 08/06/2012 Source
Robert Mugabe said Friday he wants South Africa's ruling African National Congress to block an investigation in South Africa into alleged violence and atrocities by loyalists of his party. Mugabe, speaking at a convention of southern African liberation movements in Harare, called the probe ordered by a South African court a ''racist assault" by embittered Zimbabwean and South African whites. Mugabe urged South African leaders to ''apply every means at their disposal" to prevent the case souring relations between the two countries that fought a common struggle to end white rule. In May, a South African judge ordered his country's prosecutors to investigate an alleged case of human rights abuses and torture in Zimbabwe.
  • 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;
  • 13.2 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
ZANU PF walks out of COPAC meeting
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 07/06/2012 Source
A COPAC meeting on Wednesday to resolve outstanding issues in the draft constitution ended with no progress. They will not meet until the end of next week. COPAC co-chairperson, Douglas Mwonzora, said on Thursday that ZANU-PF tried to bring back their 29-page document that seeks to overhaul the draft constitution. He confirmed they failed to end their stalemate on the few contentious issues still outstanding, including devolution of power and Executive powers. The meeting in Harare ended unceremoniously when both formations of the MDC made it clear they were not going to entertain ZANU-PF’s old document. He added: “We told our colleagues the draft will be done using input gathered during the outreach program.”
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 6.1 (c) (iv) the draft Constitution shall be tabled within 3 months of completion of the public consultation process to a second All Stakeholders Conference;
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
Zanu (PF) Shocking New Constitution Proposals
RadioVOP: 07/06/2012 Source
Zanu-(PF) has submitted new proposals to COPAC that the party wants included in the new constitution, a move that may further derail the constitution-making process. The 29-page document seeks to overhaul nearly all 18 chapters of the draft constitution, raising fears Zanu-(PF) wants to delay the conclusion of the draft. Zanu (PF) insiders said that the strategy would enable President Mugabe to unilaterally call for fresh polls under the Lancaster House constitution. Mugabe wants fresh polls to end the acrimonious government of national unity. However, the just-ended Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, insisted that elections should be held once all outstanding issues in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) have been finalised.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 6.1 (c) (iv) the draft Constitution shall be tabled within 3 months of completion of the public consultation process to a second All Stakeholders Conference;
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
Glen View murder accused ‘identified’ by state witness
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 07/06/2012 Source
One of the 29 MDC-T activists on trial for the murder of a policeman in Glen View last May was positively identified by a state witness on Thursday, as the trial against the group continued. The trial got underway on Monday with witnesses being called to give their testimonies. On Thursday a police officer was called to the stand and claimed he was sent along with his late colleague Mutedza to Glen View to investigate the alleged MDC-T meeting. The officer then went on to positively identify one of the accused, to the shock of the defense team. Defense lawyer (Beatrice) Mtetwa immediately challenged the identification by the witness arguing it was irregular and un-procedural.
  • 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;
MDC Youth Leader Arrested For Likening Mugabe To A Baboon
RadioVOP: 07/06/2012 Source
The MDC-T youth assembly chairperson for Matabeleland South and Beitbridge town councillor, Morgan Ncube, was on Wednesday arrested for calling President Robert Mugabe a baboon during a rally held on Saturday. Liberty Mcijo from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) confirmed Ncube’s arrest, saying Ncube is appearing at the Plumtree Magistrates Court on Friday. “Ncube has been arrested and detained at Plumtree police station, charged with undermining the authority of Mugabe at our rally at Stanmore on Sunday. These are just trumped up charges, … as far as we know Ncube never insulted Mugabe during that rally,” said Clifford Hlatyawayo, the MDC-T national youth assembly spokesperson.
  • 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;
Fears of military coup mount in Zimbabwe
The Nation (Kenya): 06/06/2012 Source
Fears are mounting that Zimbabwe’s military will seize power in the event of President Robert Mugabe’s death or electoral defeat. An army general on Wednesday said they would not allow anyone who does not share the ideals of Zanu-PF to lead the country. “As the military, we do not only believe, but act in defence of these values and we will not respect any leader who does not respect the revolution,” ZNA chief of staff, Major General Trust Mugoba, said. “We will not even allow them to go into office because they do not represent what we fought for. “As the military, we have an ideology that is represented in the mission of Zanu-PF.”
  • 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 (c) laws and regulations governing state organs and institutions are strictly adhered to and those violating them be penalised without fear or favour; and
  • 18.5(i) to refrain from using abusive language that may incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or unfairly undermine each other.
Gumbo, Charamba Deliberately Misinforming on Election Dates
Zimbabwe Mail, The (ZW): 06/06/2012 Source
Both Zanu (PF) spokesman, Rugare Gumbo, and Presidential spokesman, George Charamba, are deliberately misinforming the public about the dates when the present Parliament expires. It is not March 2013, but June 2013, and even when it expires in June the current constitution allows for four months for the holding of elections and swearing in of a new Parliament, making November the ultimate deadline for elections. The 5-year Parliamentary life-span is calculated from the date President Mugabe was sworn in, which was 29th June 2008, not from the date of the last Parliamentary election, which was in March 2008. The relevant constitutional provisions are set out in Section 63(4) and Section 28(5) of the current Constitution.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 8.1 (b) that all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion have the right to benefit from and participate in all national programmes and events without let or hindrance.
  • 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.
Armed police block High Court entry in MDC-T activists’ case
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 05/06/2012 Source
Heavily armed police blocked hundreds of relatives, friends and party supporters from attending the bail hearing of MDC-T activists facing charges of killing a Glen View policeman, from entering the Harare High Court on Tuesday. An MDC-T said: “The police’s heavy-handedness in the past two days is a clear indication that some senior Zimbabwe Republic Police officers are working as political commissars for ZANU-PF.” Clifford Hlatywayo, MDC-T Youth Assembly spokesperson, said police were stationed all around the High Court on Wednesday, armed with AK 47s, teargas and baton sticks, stopping people entering the High Court, citing Tuesday’s solidarity demonstration as the reason. Defense lawyers presented a fresh case for bail in the morning session.
  • 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;
Zimbabwe's Zanu PF official admits to use of election violence
The Africa Report: 05/06/2012 Source
Zanu-PF secretary for women's league and Politburo member, Oppah Muchinguri, has admitted her party regularly enlists services militia to unleash violence on political opponents. Chipangano—the notorious militant Zanu-PF group staying in Harare's Mbare suburb - has been accused of murder, violence, robbery, intimidation, coercion, looting and disruption of businesses owned by opposition activists. Muchinguri on Monday told journalists that her party engages the services of the group. Muchinguri, also co-chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic), said Chipangano was being "hired" by politicians from Zanu-PF. Muchinguri said the coalition government must speedily act on the group by "sending a message to other similar groups that might want to set themselves up.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 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.
The MDC Today - Issue 369
MDC (MT) Press Release: 05/06/2012 Source
Martin Muchiruka, the councillor for Ward 4 in Mutare North, Manicaland province, was yesterday arrested at his Odzi home on ridiculous charges of donating bullets disguised as medical supplies to a local clinic in Odzi three years ago. Muchiruka spent the night at Odzi Police Station holding cells and was today expected to be transferred today to Mutare Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for further investigations. The MDC notes with dismay at the upsurge in cases of violence, intimidation and unwarranted arrests of its members across the country.
  • 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;
Zimbabwe Minister Orders Foreign-Owned Banks to Transfer Majority Stakes to Locals
VOANews (USA): 05/06/2012 Source
Zimbabwe's indigenization ministry has ordered all foreign-owned banks operating in the country to start transferring majority stakes to local people under its controversial empowerment program. Legal adviser Psychology Maziwisa said several executives of foreign-owned banks who met with Indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere Tuesday indicated that they will comply with the law. Maziwisa said at least two of the banks have already made efforts to offload a 51 percent stake to indigenous people as prescribed by the empowerment law. Central bank governor Gideon Gono protested the move Monday saying the banking sector should not be indigenized, suggesting that anyone who wants to venture into the sector should apply for a license to operate a private bank.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 3.1(a) to give priority to the restoration of economic stability and growth in Zimbabwe.
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 13.2 (b) ensuring that all state organs and institutions strictly observe the principles of the Rule of Law and remain non-partisan and impartial;
Police teargas protestors calling for release of MDC-T activists
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 04/06/2012 Source
All hell broke loose at the Harare High Court on Monday when police fired teargas at MDC-T youths who had gathered to protest the continued detention of 29 activists, most of whom have been detained for over a year without trial. MDC-T Youth Assembly Chairman Solomon Madzore and 28 fellow activists are facing what his party believe are ‘trumped up’ charges of killing a policeman. The group has had countless applications for bail turned down and Monday the first time the case went to trial since the arrests in May last year. The MDC-T youths, gathered peacefully in solidarity with the accused, were attacked by armed police. Some people were ‘ferried to hospital’.
  • 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(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 Activists Jailed For Assaulting Vic Falls Mayor
RadioVOP: 03/06/2012 Source
Bulawayo - Seven MDC-T activists, including three councillors, have been jailed for allegedly assaulting Victoria Falls Mayor, Nkosilathi Jiyane. Jiyane, who resigned from MDC-T last year, runs Victoria Falls Town Council as an independent with strong Zanu-PF links. Magistrate Richard Ramaboea on Friday sentenced the MDC-T activists to two months in prison for assaulting Jiyane. The jailed MDC-T activists Paulos Chiliwede, Bernard Nyamambi, Taruvinga Makoti, Fredrick Ngwenya, Bongani Moyo, Robson Salimu and Nkululeko Moyo allegedly assaulted Jiyane after disrupting his residents meeting on 6 January last year. Jiyane, a close confidante of Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo, was defended by Chombo recently after MDC-T councillors threatened to fire him for incompetence.
  • 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;
Zanu PF Invades Epworth
ZimEye: 02/06/2012 Source
Over 500 Zanu-PF supporters invaded Epworth early Wednesday, displacing over 500 households because they were MDC members. The land grabbers were lead by Kadumba, Epworth DCC chairperson and Tawanda Mutizwa, the ward chairperson. Armed with hoes and axes, they chanted Zanu-PF slogans and sang revolutionary songs as they partitioned the already occupied land. They dug up and shared sweet potatoes in front of the crop owners. On Wednesday, Police dispersed the invaders, who came back Thursday in large numbers. Police did not intervene, claiming the incident was political, and called in JOMIC. JOMIC was booed at and told that Epworth land belongs to Mugabe and that they have been sent to neutralise MDC dominance in the area.
  • 2. Declaration of Commitment
  • 7.1 (a) will ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin and will work towards equal access to development for all;
  • 7.1 (d) will strive to create an environment of tolerance and respect among Zimbabweans and that all citizens are treated with dignity and decency irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of origin or political affiliation.
  • 8.1 (a) on the necessity of all Zimbabweans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and religion to respect and observe Zimbabwe's national institutions, symbols, national programmes and events; and
  • 10 Recognising that the right to canvas and freely mobilise for political support is the cornerstone of any multi-party democratic system, the Parties have agreed that there should be free political activity throughout Zimbabwe within the ambit of the law in which all political parties are able to propagate their views and canvass for support, free of harassment and intimidation.
  • 11.1 (a) respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the land;
  • 11.1 (b) adhere to the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • 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.
  • 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.
South African Vendor Locked Up For Mugabe's Nude Pictures
RadioVOP: 02/06/2012 Source
A South African-based Zimbabwean is in prison after being arrested for allegedly possessing skeletal nude pictures portraying President Robert Mugabe. State prosecutors in Beitbridge about a fortnight ago vetoed a bail order, which had been granted to Benias Gwenhamo Madhakasi, arrested late last month and charged with insulting Mugabe for allegedly possessing the pictures. Prosecutors charge that Madhakasi, was found in possession of nude images of Mugabe, one of them with an inscription redaing; “Happy 87th birthday (Operation Matibiri) Robert Mugabe turning 87 years on 21 February 2011.” The prosecutors said Madhakasi had no right to possess such “derogatory” pictures. Madhakasi was detained in remand prison after the prosecutors vetoed his bail.
  • 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;
WOZA Members Assaulted over Devolution Demos
RadioVOP: 02/06/2012 Source
Police in Bulawayo brutally assaulted Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) activists on Saturday during a peaceful protest demanding the inclusion of devolution of power in the new constitution. On Saturday WOZA staged simultaneous sit-in protests blocking main roads leading into the city centre, but armed police officers and some plain clothes police descended on the protesters and violently dispersed them. “We demand a devolution system that gives us the right to select our own provincial and council representatives … [and] powers to make local decisions … about control and use of our local resources,” said WOZA leader Jenny Williams. Williams said WOZA will continue their protests until devolution of power is adopted.
  • 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.
  • 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(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.
Four MDC-T members acquitted in ‘public violence’ case
SW Radio Africa (ZW): 01/06/2012 Source
Four MDC-T members who were arrested in January in Harare for ‘public violence’ and ‘assaulting police officers’, were acquitted on Friday. 12 MDC-T members were arrested after armed police raided MDC-T headquarters during which the police ‘looted’ party regalia, DVDs and CDs. The 12 were seriously assaulted by police while in custody at Harare Central Police Station, with one sustaining a broken arm and leg. Those acquitted are; Leonard Dendera, Patson Murimoga, Paul Majarira and Jefias Moyo. Those still standing trial are: Barnabas Mwanaka, Taurai Nherera, Simbarashe Makaha, Muchineripi Muzengeza, Murambiwa Dzwenge and Kudakwashe Usai. A ruling on their case will be made on 21 June.
  • 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;

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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