IT is 5am, the grass is covered in morning dew and cool
temperatures are biting, but to multitudes of MDC supporters it is just another
time to celebrate their late leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.
For some, it is time to cash in on party regalia and
IT is 5am, the grass is covered in morning dew and cool
temperatures are biting, but to multitudes of MDC supporters it is just another
time to celebrate their late leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.
For some, it is time to cash in on party regalia and
Mnangagwa betrayed Tsvangirai: Chamisa MDC leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of betraying the late Morgan Tsvangirai by allegedly backtracking on concessions he made to secure the opposition leader’s backing in the ou…
Source: From Dead BC to Lacoste Broadcasting Corp – The Standard May 5, 2019 Letter to my people BY DOCTOR STOP IT My Dear People, I trust I find you well. That is obviously a very difficult feat to achieve under the circumstances. Hardships and shortages can hardly be the ideal environment in which to […]
Source: From Dead BC to Lacoste Broadcasting Corp – The Standard May 5, 2019
Letter to my people BY DOCTOR STOP IT
My Dear People,
I trust I find you well.
That is obviously a very difficult feat to achieve under the circumstances.
Hardships and shortages can hardly be the ideal environment in which to achieve a decent life.
Watching Auxillia trying to play Mother Theresa on national television must be one of the most excruciatingly boring activities Zimbabweans are having to endure after a hard day out hustling.
For those who may not know, Auxillia Mnangagwa, ED’s wife was filmed taking government officials at NatPharm to task over why there were shortages of medicines in some government health institutions.
Apparently her anger was stoked after she visited a health institution in her home province of Mashonaland Central.
Her unprofessional conduct drew negative comments from some people who felt that she was overstepping her non-existent mandate of being first lady.
Some even began comparing her to former first lady, Dr Amai Grace Ntombizodwa Mugabe.
Auxillia has been all over the show, making unannounced hospital visits and disrupting the smooth flow of activities and with the support of some camera persons unprofessionally filming patients at health institutions.
She and her hangers-on have been all over the place, from being received by government officials in Chimanimani and cluttering about at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.
Some professionals were mortified to learn that Auxillia demanded delivery schedules for medicines, which she was also going to monitor!
However, despite all the brouhaha, she still had her own supporters with others saying there was need for an “uninterested” person to say things as they are.
Some felt that Cyclone Auxillia was the appropriate person to storm NatPharm given that some medical drugs were already being diverted to the black market and not finding their way to their intended targets.
Exactly the kind of reasons that were given when your Dr Amai Grace Mugabe started addressing her ill-fated Meet the People tours.
Before long, she was targeting people that she and her friends perceived as her husband’s political enemies such as Joice Mujuru and members of her political faction in Zanu PF.
Then she came up with the youth interface rallies, which brought to an end her budding political career and her husband’s life presidency.
During the youth interface rallies, she targeted and eliminated perceived opponents of her G40 faction and her husband.
Among those who were not spared public humiliation were Dhakisi and his Lacoste faction together with Auxillia.
The question that arises is are the factions and cartels so powerful that ED and our government, including the police and the ministry responsible so powerless that we have to send the first lady and some camera persons to say the uncomfortable things?
Welcome to LABC
We wish to officially acknowledge the official death of Dead BC, which was dead anyway (LABC).
In its place, we have been given Lacoste and Auxillia Broadcasting Corporation.
On this national television station, the news is strictly about any activities, no matter how useless which may be conducted by ED and his wife.
If the activities by mom and dad have been exhausted, the television station can always interview the children.
Especially about how their father in typical James Bond fashion stepped on minefields, deadly snakes and leapfrogged lions and giraffes as he fled to Mozambique in order to stage the coup.
After that, truly members of the Lacoste faction can then occupy LABC television channel, especially if they are from some special selected provinces.
Some comrades have been excelling at this clean up exercise that they have been going on and on about.
It has given some of us an opportunity to see that the comrades are wasting time in the high offices that they occupy.
The whole lot is so motivated and deliver well when they set their minds to cleaning up rubbish around the country.
I think as Zimbabweans, we need to give these guys an opportunity to do what they excel at.
The MDC municipalities are failing to clean our environment and failing to collect domestic waste anyway.
Employ the comrades as bin collectors!
National IDs for Cyclone Idai victims
It was very touching to see our government declaring that it would soon put in place mechanisms to ensure that all victims of Cyclone Idai who lost birth certificates, identity documents and other important particulars during the floods would ensure that they were replaced.
That is what governments should do for their people.
We hope similar thoughts will be applied in helping victims of Gukurahundi genocide who equally need the important documents.
Gushungo Chete Chete!
Chatunga Chete Chete!
Dr Amai Stop it! PhD (Fake)
Source: ‘Zimbabwe needs to continue with its reforms’ | The Sunday Mail May 5, 2019 Diplomatic relations between Zimbabwe and Japan have been flourishing for the past 38 years. Over the years, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has bankrolled a number of local developmental projects. It is, however, believed that there is scope to […]
Source: ‘Zimbabwe needs to continue with its reforms’ | The Sunday Mail May 5, 2019
Diplomatic relations between Zimbabwe and Japan have been flourishing for the past 38 years. Over the years, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has bankrolled a number of local developmental projects. It is, however, believed that there is scope to deepen the relations. Our reporter Sharon Munjenjema last week spoke to Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Toshiyuki Iwado on the sidelines of a cocktail to commemorate the enthronement of the new Japanese Emperor, Prince Naruhito.
Japanese Emperor Akihito recently abdicated his throne, and his son becomes the 126th Emperor of Japan.
Q: What would you say is the current state of relations between Japan and Zimbabwe?
A: Relations between Zimbabwe and Japan have not been bad; we are enjoying, it’s been good and friendly relations since independence.
As a matter of fact, the embassy here in Zimbabwe established and opened in 1981 just after independence.
And the following year, the Zimbabwean Embassy in Tokyo also opened.
So, of course, there have been ups and downs because of certain political and economic situations.
Q: What is your take on the current reforms being implemented by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration?
A: From the beginning of his term, President Mnangagwa talked about a very important thing, which is political, economic and social reform.
I think that this country needs to reform in many areas.
Given the natural resources and rich human resources, there is need for a good system to make those talented people show their abilities. Look around, it is often talked about that the informal sector is huge, but from my perspective, if the informal sector is so active, it means that there are so many Zimbabweans with talent to run businesses.
Why do they stay in the informal sector?
Ask them why they can’t tap into the formal sector, it is because there are too many rules and regulations.
I think that’s why they just stay in the informal sector.
I am not one to teach how things should be done, but my sense is: make the rules and regulations relaxed for businesses to prosper and let those talented people thrive.
Q: There has been a raft of ease of doing business reforms that have been put forward by Government. What do you think of them?
A: My personal observation is that there are not so quick, but I am not disappointed because of that because in any democratic country, even Japan, the reform is not so easy and not quick.
No government can do everything all at once.
So from that perspective I am not so disappointed. For example, the fiscal discipline, I believe they are doing very well and the monetary policy as well.
That is necessary.
There is some fine-tuning (that needs to be done) so that the general public accepts the system (new monetary policy on interbank market).
In order for the people to accept that system, probably Government needs to deal with the workable inter-banking system.
Without making the inter-banking system work, it will be difficult for the individual and the businesspeople to rely on the new system. They will go to the black market and try to get foreign currency, (where) the exchange rate is very high, and that will be reflected in the price.
That is the kind of cycle the people are suffering. The businesspeople are suffering from that. I don’t know how that can be fixed, but at least try to make the inter-banking system work so that the general public, including the private sector, accept it.
More than that, my real feeling is that try to tackle the corruption, as the President mentioned.
Q: Which areas of possible investment do you see in Zimbabwe which Japanese firms would be interested in investing in?
Also, has there been any specific investors in Japan that have shown their interest?
A: I do not want to single out one, there are many. In February, we had the Japanese business mission and they explored many areas – mining, agriculture and energy.
Many Japanese companies are competing (to invest here) and I cannot mention their names, but the point is, many times I am asked the same question, and my answer is ask your local companies.
If they are happy with the working environment in Zimbabwe, why wouldn’t the Japanese companies want to invest?
If they are suffering, and I think they are suffering, then it is very difficult for investment to come to this country.
Because once they invest here they will suffer the same. So my answer to that question is not sector-specific but system-specific. There needs to be reforms, reforms, reforms. This country has huge potential, it has rich national resources and talented people. Something needs to be done to exploit those natural resources.
An illicit brew called vhinyu has become a viable alternative for many people in Rusape and elsewhere who find the new increases in the price of regular alcohol unbearable for them. The crude wine is said to be so powerful that it can send the drinker …
Source: Harare City Council splurges on workshops | The Sunday Mail May 5, 2019 Senior Reporter The Harare City Council is spending several thousands of dollars monthly on “training workshops” for councillors and senior management with the city having already conducted 30 such ‘talk shops’ since coming into office last year, a residents’ watchdog has […]
Source: Harare City Council splurges on workshops | The Sunday Mail May 5, 2019
The Harare City Council is spending several thousands of dollars monthly on “training workshops” for councillors and senior management with the city having already conducted 30 such ‘talk shops’ since coming into office last year, a residents’ watchdog has alleged.
The Harare Resident Trust (HRT) alleges that the MDC-led city council is using ratepayers money on workshops in exclusive hotels outside Harare, instead of using council facilities in the city.
It is alleged that Harare City Council is spending an average $200 for hotel accommodation and meals a day on each of its officials during the workshops.
Some of the meetings have been held in Victoria Falls, Leopard Rock Hotel, Vumba, Nyanga, and Kadoma Hotel.
HRT director Mr Precious Shumba charged that city fathers are underutilising council facilities at Town House and elsewhere across the city.
“The City of Harare has held an estimated 30 works in Victoria Falls, Leopard Rock Hotel, Vumba, Nyanga, and Kadoma Hotel,” said Mr Shumba.
“The city of Harare is on a rampant spree to abuse ratepayers’ money.
“This year alone the newly elected councillors have held 11 workshops at Kadoma Hotel with an average attendance of ninety participants.
“The City of Harare is spending an average $200 in hotel accommodation and meals per day.”
Mr Shumba further alleged that at least 12 councillors in the Audit Committee, led by Deputy Mayor Enoch Mupamaonde were at Kadoma Hotel for a workshop between 11 and 14 April 2019.
He said another workshop, at the same hotel attended by 55 officials including senior management, heads of department, and the town clerk ended on April 15, 2019.
Harare Mayor Councillor Hebert Gomba said its normal practice for councillors to receive training when councils are constituted.
“We have new councillors who have come in and we have set up new committees of council and these people would want to be capacitated,” said Cllr Gomba
“We have about 16 old councillors and over 30 new ones, so there is nothing wrong in taking them through the steps for them to be able to understand and make the correct decision in terms of what they are supposed to do here.”
Source: Reform package in home stretch | The Sunday Mail May 5, 2019 Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi Lincoln Towindo Cabinet is this week set to debate a comprehensive package of reform proposals drawn up by a high-level committee set up by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month, which, if adopted, will trigger the roll-out out of epoch-making […]
Source: Reform package in home stretch | The Sunday Mail May 5, 2019
Cabinet is this week set to debate a comprehensive package of reform proposals drawn up by a high-level committee set up by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month, which, if adopted, will trigger the roll-out out of epoch-making political and economic reforms that will define a prosperous future for the country.
The Cabinet Committee on Political and Electoral Reform has since produced a working document outlining reforms prescribed by some election observer missions, the Motlanthe Commission and the ongoing political dialogue.
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, who chairs the committee, told The Sunday Mail that the working party charged with coming up with the proposals “has concluded its work”.
“The working party produced a working document on all the things that we need to do as part of implementation of the political reform which we are working on,” said Minister Ziyambi.
“Very soon we are going to present a memorandum to Cabinet outlining the things that need to be done.
“Within the next week or two we should be doing that. . .
“But the working party has concluded its work and we think we are making good progress.
“Suffice to say some of the things we have already started doing, including the repeal of Posa and Aippa and the alignment of laws to the Constitution,” he said.
Some of the recommendations will ultimately result in constitutional amendments that will be housed under an omnibus Constitutional Amendment Bill.
Already, some of the reforms that have been be approved are being operationalised.
Minister Ziyambi said Government, through the Department of Social Welfare, has begun paying tuition fees for children whose parents were killed during the August 1 post-election violence as recommended by the Motlanthe Commission.
The Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill, which will replace Posa, has already been gazetted.
Work on the Protection of Personal Information Bill, Media and Information Commission Bill, and the Freedom of Information Bill — expected to repeal Aippa — is underway.
Further, laws that are considered to be
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anti-business are being reviewed.
Government has also made giant steps to improve the doing business environment through gazetting the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency Bill, which seeks to streamline investment application procedures and guarantee protection of investments.
But more is still being done.
Source: There is a big rot in the village – The Standard May 5, 2019 Corruption watch WITH TAWANDA MAJONI If you think that corruption is the monopoly of town crooks like Queen Bee and sorts, go back to school. There is low-life corruption, and village rot too.Things are pretty disturbing here. Right from President […]
Source: There is a big rot in the village – The Standard May 5, 2019
Corruption watch WITH TAWANDA MAJONI If you think that corruption is the monopoly of town crooks like Queen Bee and sorts, go back to school. There is low-life corruption, and village rot too.Things are pretty disturbing here. Right from President Emmerson Mnangagwa to governance scholars, civil society and policy- as well as lawmakers, people talk as though corruption is only an urban phenomenon.
But if you were watching this space all along, you will remember that, not long ago, there were some mumblings about how Zanu PF was fleecing villagers ahead of the recent Independence anniversary, when people were being forced to pay money as a way of demonstrating their patriotism. There is no prize for guessing. Since the money didn’t go towards the Independence celebrations, it, predictably, went somewhere. And that somewhere can only be the collectors’ pockets.
That’s Zanu PF for you. Its members know exactly where they must stand or crouch when money matters start throwing a scent. But then, that’s not to imply the opposition are saints. We all know what MDC councillors did, not too long ago, grabbing widows’ houses and building whole settlements on undesignated land.
Back to the village. Traditional leaders — whatever that means — and local authority official are the rural version of Queen Bee. They are doing all sorts of things and, largely, getting away with murder. Take the case of land, particularly in peri-urban and rural areas close to the cities and towns. You have, of course, heard how the village heads and chiefs are parcelling land out to mostly urban home seekers. Not only are they doing it illegally, but they are being immoral, simultaneously.
Generally, rural land is customarily owned. It’s a good that belongs to the community and traditional leaders are only its custodians.
It mustn’t be sold. But lots of it has been sold over the decades. And, you guessed right, nothing is being done to the criminal culprits. Not that those who must act don’t know about this huge scandal. It’s that they are either involved, or are just looking away and focusing on what they think is big game.
The narrative is very sad. Take the case of this old man from Seke. He says he woke up one morning and saw a perimeter wall up round part of his land. That part is where he did bits of gardening for subsistence and crop production. A big guy who, ironically, works in the humanitarian field in the same district, had grabbed the piece of land and, as we speak, has already completed a nice house on it. The old man also says when he queried this, he was told that this humanitarian guy had been sold the land by the Manyame Rural District Council.
As a pensioner who worked in town at one time, he is a bit jagged up, so he took his matter to the police, which then took it to court, but the court declined to prosecute and sent the matter to the chief who is yet to deliberate on the matter. But the old man is vowing that, whatever the chief’s decision, he is going to till the land on the humanitarian guy’s new plot. If it happens like that, of course, there will be more complications because the hapless villager will be a frequent visitor at the police station and the courts. Already, he has been slapped with a peace order.
Clearly, this is violation of the villager’s constitutional and basic rights. He still holds the claim to his land and to use it as he likes but won’t be doing so freely because the council grabbed the land and illegally sold it to the humanitarian guy. And the headman, probably because he has been bribed, is looking away. That means the old villager is vulnerable and disempowered. He has no-one to turn to for recourse. And that is pretty the same with a lot of other villagers who seem to have resigned themselves to this festering problem.
By the way, the land grabs have already robbed the villagers of pastures and farmland. The villagers are being denied access to basic sources of livelihood because they have had to steeply reduce the number of livestock and agricultural production. That means more chances for hunger and big losses in household income. They can’t do anything because the headmen and chiefs are behind this. The police won’t act because they are getting free pieces of land on which to build houses and run small-scale projects. The councillors are part of the scam too and the local MPs are still celebrating their electoral victories somewhere away from their constituencies.
The helplessness of the villagers goes beyond this. Over the years, because of recurrent droughts, they have had to rely on food handouts from government, the humanitarian community and other well-wishers. But where government food aid is concerned, the villagers have always cried foul. Because they are being forced to pay money to register for food aid, which is supposed to be free. Since most of them are struggling to make ends meet, they can’t raise the registration fee. That means those that can are the only ones that stand a chance to receive food handouts. But, more often than not, the food aid goes to the local leadership’s cronies, relatives and girlfriends. Again, there is no prize for guessing where the money raised as registration fees goes to.
There is a long list of these rural excesses, but the point is, something must be done, and done yesterday. Government, policymakers and other stakeholders must move away from this tendency to think that they must be concerned only with urban corruption. If they remain in that mode, they will miss the bigger picture and whatever frameworks they might design to fight graft are unlikely to succeed.
Tawanda Majoni is the national coordinator at Information for Development Trust (IDT) and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: The pain of a new beginning for St Charles Lwanga | The Sunday Mail May 5, 2019 Belindah Mutayiwa As schools open their doors for a new school term on Tuesday, some, if not most, of St Charles Lwanga High School pupils will be agonising over their future studies. Only 63 of the Catholic-run […]
Source: The pain of a new beginning for St Charles Lwanga | The Sunday Mail May 5, 2019
As schools open their doors for a new school term on Tuesday, some, if not most, of St Charles Lwanga High School pupils will be agonising over their future studies.
Only 63 of the Catholic-run school’s remaining 256 pupils have been accommodated by other learning institutions that are under the ambit of the Roman Catholic’s Diocese of Mutare.
St Charles Lwanga – which is in Chimanimani province of Manicaland – was bludgeoned and wrecked by both rockfalls and mudslides occasioned by Cyclone Idai, considered the worst weather-related disaster in the Southern hemisphere, on March 15 this year.
Two pupils, Munashe Jena (13) and Watson Kocherani, lost their lives in the tragedy.
A contorted heap of debris now lies where the 56-year-old school once was.
But in the painful aftermath, it is becoming increasingly difficult for distressed parents to move on.
Mr Farirai Masekesa (50), a representative of some of the parents, told The Sunday Mail that the Diocese of Mutare hadn’t lent any satisfactory support to parents who were desperate to secure placings for their children.
“The (Mutare) diocese, as the responsible authority, has not assisted our boys in any meaningful way, as expected.
“They just supplied parents on social media with phone numbers of school headmasters’ of a few schools in Manicaland,” said Mr Masekesa.
Some parents felt it would have been ideal to have the affected pupils in one school to lessen the burden associated with buying new uniforms and books.
“In going to a new school, there are hidden costs that parents and guardians feel they will not be able to afford – buying new uniforms, blankets and stationery, especially taking into cognisance the current state of the economy . . .
“For the Form Fours, we feel there should be continuity as some schools do not offer the same subjects, and also the issue of practical subjects like agriculture and computers – all those things have to be considered,” he said.
Hoping against hope
Mr Masekesa has every reason to be worried: his son, Takudzwa Masekesa (16), is in Form Four and is therefore due to sit for his final exams this year.
And his son is equally worried.
But his heart still lies with his battered school.
There are fears that pupils from St Charles Lwanga might be stigmatised at their new schools.
“We will wait for its reconstruction together with our teachers while we are at a temporary place.
“We have already been given nicknames – ‘ana Cyclone Idai’; what more at a new school?” said Takudzwa.
Another parent, who elected to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the matter, said the Diocese of Mutare had failed to meet its part of the bargain.
“As parents, we were expecting the diocese to organise one place for our boys and teachers. Since their term was cut short, they are behind, so as a parent l feel my children can’t cope with others at a new school, be it boarding or day (school),” said the concerned parent.
“Schools are to be opened on Tuesday and yet we don’t know what to do. We are stranded, we as parents are appealing to Unicef (United Nations Children’s Fund) to get assistance for uniforms, text books and exercise books,” added the parent.
Anxious parents have since delivered a petition to the Diocese of Mutare after failing to reach an agreement with the diocese’s education secretary, Mr Lawrence Chibvuri.
Initially, authorities thought the students could have been housed as Eagle Training Centre in Vumba, Mutare.
However, it proved to be logistically infeasible to make the arrangements in time.
Some parents even vented anger on Mr Chibvuri for going for a site visit at the centre without them.
“The parents told me that I did not act professionally by going to Eagle Training Centre without them,” he said.
Sixty-three pupils, he added, had managed to find other schools in the diocese.
There are plans to build a new school at a separate location, which has been found at Ruwaka, 20 kilometres away from the old school. Encouragingly, authorities believe that the pupils will ably adjust to the new school term, especially after the traumatic events in March, as they had been provided with free counselling services. Overall, both the teachers and pupils received two counselling sessions from five organisations.
Efforts to get hold of the Diocese of Mutare were fruitless at the time of going to press.
A bright future seemed to appear on the horizon when Providence Pangira passed the Zimbabwe School Examination Council Ordinary and Advanced level tests with flying colours, but Zimbabwe’s economic situation has ruined his hopes of living a good life. …