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Source: Jet-setting ED divides nation | Daily News OPINION is sharply divided over President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s costly foreign trips at a time the country is mourning the death of more than 300 Cyclone Idai victims, the Daily News can report. Following the tragedy about a fortnight ago, Mnangagwa declared the calamity a national disaster. He […]
OPINION is sharply divided over President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s costly foreign trips at a time the country is mourning the death of more than 300 Cyclone Idai victims, the Daily News can report.
Following the tragedy about a fortnight ago, Mnangagwa declared the calamity a national disaster.
He also dedicated two days of national mourning.
It is, however, his decision to leave the country on Saturday for a day’s visit to Angola in the midst of the crisis that has divided the nation. Barely a day after returning from Angola, Mnangagwa is expected to leave for South Africa today for yet another official visit.
Former Finance minister Tendai Biti took to twitter on Saturday to accuse the president of taking advantage of the two days of morning to evade responsibility. “So the usurper declares two days of mourning. Our people did not require mourning they required effective disaster management. They required schools to be closed and communities evacuated. This did not happen. Then the usurper has the indecency of running away during mourning. #Shame,” Biti wrote on Twitter.
Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme weighed in, opining that the 76 year-old Zanu PF leader had his priorities mixed up and that this could be misconstrued for lack of empathy and compassion for the victims of the tragedy. “In times of tragedy good leaders stay with their people at home and lead mourning and rescue and recovery efforts from the front,” Saungweme said.
“Look at how the Mozambique president (Filipe Nyusi) is doing. He is home and with the affected. Look at how New Zealand Prime Minister (Jacinda Arden) did after the shooting. Even today she is still with the victims and their families.
Political analyst Vivid Gwede said any leader faced with such an unprecedented disaster situation would cut on travel spending and channel resources to save lives and comfort those in dire straits.
Said Gwede: “With Cyclone Idai we have not only witnessed the weakness of government institutions, but serious moral questions are being asked of those in positions of power.”
Government yesterday said any suggestion that Mnangagwa should have stayed at home to mourn with the nation was misplaced.
“When the president proclaimed the two days of mourning he did not suggest that the country should be on its toes, he simply meant that the national focus should be with the victims and their families, it is not about switching off Zimbabwe,’’ said the permanent secretary in the ministry of Information Nick Mangwana.
“All hospitals were functional, airports open and all people doing their business yet you expect the president to be not working. That is a simplistic way of looking at things, the country has to continue functioning and even the dead would want to see that so that relief and aid continue to go to those that are in need,” he said.
Macdonald Lewanika, a social commentator, said faced with competing national assignments; Mnangagwa had a difficult balancing act to perform. He said while the president could have gain more political capital by spending the two days commiserating with the bereaved, it was also critical for government business to continue even when the nation is mourning.
“We cannot and should not expect a president to be hands on each and every matter, and we cannot and should not expect everything to stop because we are bereaved. Life goes on, and it is a strategic leader who sees the need for his people to mourn and allows it through the period, but also accepts the reality that the world is not stopping and continues with the practical work of the presidency – after all what in real terms can he do besides console his people if he stays at home, at the risk of losing practical and tangible opportunities for those who remain alive from his regional peers?” Lewanika asked rhetorically.
Lawyer and opposition MDC-T politician Obert Gutu said the foreign trips were necessary for the country to avoid total isolation.
“He (Mnangagwa) is determined to maintain good and strong relations with fellow African countries within the region and beyond.
I would say this is one of the more subtle effects of sanctions that have been imposed on Zimbabwe by the West. These sanctions make the Zanu PF government very vulnerable and also desperate to cling to regional solidarity in order to avoid total and complete international isolation,” Gutu said.
Mnangagwa’s situation has not been made any easier by the fact that he has had to cut short about three of his foreign trips after tragedy befell the nation in his wake.
In January for example, he abandoned his annual holiday after his deputy Constantino Chiwenga failed to contain a strike by junior doctors which had paralysed the health sector.
The job action started well before he Mnangagwa left for his annual vacation.
In the same month, he was forced to cut short his trip to Davos via Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan after the army was deployed to crush protesters resulting in in the death of 16 unarmed civilians throughout the country.
Only recently Mnangagwa was again forced to cut short his trip to the United Arab Emirates to attend to the Cyclone Idai crisis.
Source: Nkomo’s absence felt in Zanu PF | Daily News NEARLY two decades after his death, Zanu PF says it misses Joshua Nkomo’s extraordinary skill in uniting the nation and mobilising votes for the ruling party. The late revered vice president passed away on July 1, 1999. Over the weekend, Vice President Kembo Mohadi said […]
NEARLY two decades after his death, Zanu PF says it misses Joshua Nkomo’s extraordinary skill in uniting the nation and mobilising votes for the ruling party.
The late revered vice president passed away on July 1, 1999.
Over the weekend, Vice President Kembo Mohadi said Zanu PF has struggled to win the hearts and minds of the urban voters in the second city since the demise of Father Zimbabwe — as Nkomo was affectionately known.
“Zanu PF always won elections in Bulawayo when Nkomo was still around, but this is not the case now. What is happening? If there are problems that need to be addressed why don’t you confide in the party leadership?” he said.
“Since 2000 up to now, we have been losing both general and local authority elections to the opposition. We can’t rule the country and have opposition people in the local authorities. We therefore found it fit to dissolve and re-organise the structures as a strategy to win elections. It boggles my mind to see Zanu PF losing elections to the
He was speaking during a rally held over the weekend to drum up support for the ruling party’s aspiring candidate for the Cowdray Park Ward 28 by-election, Kidwell Mujuru. The by-election is scheduled for March 30.
Mohadi was accompanied by the Zanu PF’s secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu and the party’s deputy national commissar Omega Hungwe. Also in attendance were David Parirenyatwa; Mike Bimha; Judith Ncube (Bulawayo’s Provincial Affairs minister); politburo members Tshinga Dube, Angeline Masuku and Absolom Sikhosana, among others.
Earlier this month President Emmerson Mnangagwa dissolved the Zanu PF Harare and Bulawayo provincial structures, indicating that the reasons behind this decision would be disclosed in due course.
He put Mohadi in charge of restructuring the Bulawayo province while Vice President Constantine Chiwenga is overseeing the re-organisation of Harare province.
Mohadi said it was disheartening that the opposition party had gained full control of Harare and Bulawayo provinces where the ruling party’s leadership operates from.
“This must come to a stop. Let’s make sure that the situation
changes, starting with Cowdray Park. If ever there are any problems affecting progress and development in the party, we are here as the national leadership to assist in addressing the challenges,” he said.
“Let’s continue supporting the party and trusting Zanu PF. We got back our land after 23 years.
We didn’t mislead the country. We therefore can’t mislead the country now. Young people should also know that they are not better than older people. Their time to rule will come.” Zanu PF has one Member of Parliament in Bulawayo, Raji Modi who won the Bulawayo South seat in the July 30 harmonised election after the party capitalised on the confusion by MDC which fielded two candidates.
Meanwhile, a powerful Zanu PF delegation is campaigning for Mujuru to win the by-election after the seat fell vacant following the death of an MDC councillor Happy Ncube in December last year.
Cowdray Park has for the past two weeks been a hive of activity with campaign flyers, t shirts and posters of different parties a common sight.
Road shows and door to door campaigns have also been something that one cannot ignore.
Source: Warriors fan dies in stampede | Daily News ONE person died here yesterday when Warriors fans caused a stampede shortly before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group G qualifier against Congo. All tickets for the clash against the Central Africans were pre-sold and the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) had asked fans to […]
ONE person died here yesterday when Warriors fans caused a stampede shortly before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group G qualifier against Congo.
All tickets for the clash against the Central Africans were pre-sold and the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) had asked fans to come in early to avoid congestion. Fans also had to use entry gates marked on their tickets and the concept of pre-sold ticket is relatively new to local football which created confusion.
Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyati said a woman passed away after sustaining injuries following a melee at one of the gates at the venue. “Yes we can confirm that one person died when there was a stampede at the National Sports Stadium,” Nyathi said.
“What happened is that Zifa had pre-sold tickets for the game and the fans were allocated specific gates to enter the stadium.
“It is alleged that there was a glitch at Gate 3 with the scanners. When one entered the stadium, their ticket had to be scanned first.
“As a result, the people that were in the line were not amused by the delay caused by the scanners.
“It is alleged there was pushing and shoving resulting in one woman that was in front of the line getting injured. “The woman was rushed to a nearby private hospital were she was pronounced dead. Police are currently investigating the incident.”
Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said: “We have been informed on an unfortunate incident were a Warriors fan lost her life. Our condolences to the bereaved family and we will issue a full statement tomorrow (today).” The stampede, however, did not stop the match from going ahead with Zimbabwe going on-to win 2-0 following first half goals from Khama Billiat and captain Knowledge Musona.
The result means Zimbabwe qualifies for the 2019 Afcon finals to be held in Egypt later this year from June 21 to July 19.
In 2000, at least 13 people lost their lives at the same venue when police threw teargas during Zimbabwe’s 2002 Wolrd Cup qualifier against South Africa.
Bafana Bafana winger Delroy Buckley celebrated by putting his finger over his mouth to hush the home crowd after he had extended the visitors’ lead to 2-0 in the dying stages of the match.
Over a dozen people lost their lives on that day while hundreds were injured after stampedes ensued as people ran away from the teargas.
Source: Criminal offence fines up by 100pc | Daily News Magistrates’ courts have increased criminal offence fines by 100 percent as the cost of the country’s justice delivery system rises beyond the reach of many. The new fines which were published in a recent Government Gazette have since become law according to Section 27 of […]
Magistrates’ courts have increased criminal offence fines by 100 percent as the cost of the country’s justice delivery system rises beyond the reach of many.
The new fines which were published in a recent Government Gazette have since become law according to Section 27 of the Finance Act.
The new scale follows the repeal of the previous schedule in the Criminal Law Code. According to the new standard scale, a person guilty of a Level One offence will now fork out RTGS$20 from the previous $10 charge and level 14 offence will be fined with RTGS$$10 000 from $5 000.
The new standard scale however, applies only to offences committed after February 20, 2019 when the law came to effect.
However, on offences committed before February 20, 2019, the previous scale will continue to apply according to legal think tank, Veritas.
“When imposing a sentence of a fine, of course, a court must state the amount of the fine as a sum in dollars (now RTGS or bond) not exceeding the relevant level,” said Veritas, “The effect of the new standard scale is that the maximum admission of guilt fine for a minor offence is now $60 RTGS or bond — the new level 3 — but this applies only to offences alleged to have been committed on or after February 20, 2019”, Veritas said in its analysis of the new scale.
Section 356 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act says “payment by accused persons of fines which may be imposed for minor offences in lieu of appearance” in court allows a police officer to invite a person accused of a minor offence to pay an admission of guilt fine.
“In deciding the amount of an admission of guilt fine, a police officer is usually guided by a schedule of deposit fines issued by the Chief Magistrate’s Office specifying offences for which the admission of guilt procedure may be used and indicating the amounts of the fines likely to be imposed by a court,” the legal think tank said further.
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