Diasporans urged to mobilise development funds

Source: Diasporans urged to mobilise development funds | Newsday (News) BY EVERSON MUSHAVA ZIMBABWEANS domiciled in the United Kingdom have been urged to collectively mobilise resources and form bonds that will allow them to easily invest in infrastructure development back home. The call was made by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) acting chief executive Rita […]

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Source: Diasporans urged to mobilise development funds | Newsday (News)

BY EVERSON MUSHAVA

ZIMBABWEANS domiciled in the United Kingdom have been urged to collectively mobilise resources and form bonds that will allow them to easily invest in infrastructure development back home.

The call was made by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) acting chief executive Rita Likukuma while addressing diasporans in London last Friday.

Likukuma’s London address marked the end of a two-week road show that was rolled out to many cities in the UK to encourage diasporians to come and invest back home and be part of national economic development drive.

She said de-dollarisation would stabilise the country’s economy and guarantee security of investment.

“As Zimbabweans, you need a stake in your country. We are moving towards a secure form of investment after the government’s decision to de-dollarise,” Likukuma said.

Zimbabwe dumped the decade long multi-currency system last month citing price stabilisation as the main reason. However, the move has failed to bring down the prices.

Likukuma said there were a lot of areas diasporans can invest in, including tourism, energy, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

“For example, the country is currency faced with energy challenges. We need a solution, we need to aggregate our energy and money and overcome these challenges. For example, establishing Victoria Falls as a green zone with truly viable and dependable energy. We can create these characteristics to add to the Victoria Falls as a natural wonder,” Likukuma said.

“We are looking for a situation where diasporans can come back home and participate in the development of the country. For example, engineers in Haddington came up with a proposal where they could work with schools in Zimbabwe and encourage an exchange programme that can benefit our pupils back home. These are the partnerships that can help the country and our own people in the diaspora can spear head the projects.”

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Domestication of Disability Convention long overdue 

Source: Domestication of Disability Convention long overdue | The Herald July 23, 2019 Changing society’s bad practices, behaviour and negative attitudes against PWDs is no mean fit and requires concerted awareness raising and detailed implementation as outlined in the convention. Lovemore Rambiyawo Correspondent People with disabilities, arguably the most marginalised group in Zimbabwe, continue to […]

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Source: Domestication of Disability Convention long overdue | The Herald July 23, 2019

Domestication of Disability Convention long overdueChanging society’s bad practices, behaviour and negative attitudes against PWDs is no mean fit and requires concerted awareness raising and detailed implementation as outlined in the convention.

Lovemore Rambiyawo Correspondent
People with disabilities, arguably the most marginalised group in Zimbabwe, continue to bemoan the lack of domestication of a seminally important international disability treaty signed by Government on September 23, 2013 that would have a lasting impact on disability inclusion for the estimated 2,4 million persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the country, if domesticated.

With the domestication of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), disability exclusion would be consigned to the dustbin of history, and a new wave of disability inclusion and peaceful co-existence will be ushered in.

This will result in a progressive and inclusive society underpinned by adherence to the principles of human security, good governance, rule of law and human rights, disability inclusion and empowerment, and social, economic, and political development, would become the order of the day.

Domestication of the CRPD can be considered as the panacea to disability social exclusion: it gives vent to the implementation of the CRPD, which is the bedrock of disability rights internationally, a benchmark document and a roadmap to disability inclusion; and the first legally binding human rights instrument to comprehensively address the civil, cultural, political, social and economic rights of PWDs.

In addition to ensuring equalisation of opportunities for PWDs, it provides momentum for the removal of the multifaceted barriers that compound disability social exclusion in society.

Lack of disability-sensitive legislation combines with attitudinal barriers (society’s negative attitudes against disability), and environmental barriers (inaccessible buildings and environments for PWDs) to make life a nightmare for PWDs.

It is no wonder that PWDs have been referred to in certain circles as “The Forgotten Tribe” in Zimbabwe.

With the CRPD, together with other international human rights and development instruments, a comprehensive international framework is established to guide national policymaking and legislation, including international cooperation, for building an inclusive society, and fostering disability-inclusive development.

At the international level, the CRPD promotes and supports disability-inclusive policies and practices.

At the national level, it requires harmonisation of national legislation, policies and programmes in line with the international norms and standards that it sets.

It is this harmonisation of national legislation, policies and programmes with the CRPD, or rather, lack of this harmonisation, that continues to perpetuate the social exclusion of PWDs in all spheres of social, economic, political, and cultural life in Zimbabwe.

One cannot fully understand the impact of domestication of the convention without understanding how radically the UNCRPD differs in defining disability from earlier medical model of disability, which located disability squarely in the individual.

In contradistinction to the outdated medical model of disability, the CRPD defines disability as an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

Disability is, thus, socially created and demands a social and political response. Domesticating the convention would, therefore, ensure a wholesome and holistic implementation of disability issues across the entire human rights spectrum.

The CRPD recognises that disability problems are multiple, interconnected and intractable, and, despite various international instruments and undertakings, persons with disabilities continue to face barriers in their participation as equal members of society and violations of their human rights in all parts of the world.

These instruments include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The other instruments are the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the principles and policy guidelines contained in the World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons and in the Standard Rules on the Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.

This clearly highlights the fact that PWDs and society have to go several gears up in implementing the CRPD in order to attain the same results than for other vulnerable groups.

Changing society’s bad practices, behaviour and negative attitudes against PWDs is no mean fit and requires concerted awareness raising and detailed implementation as outlined in the convention.

Dispelling myths and misconceptions, stigma and discrimination, stereotypes and caricatures, prejudices and bad practices requires skilful use of social media, which is a mega trend transforming our lives in every direction and has unbridled potential for social inclusion.

In addition to a disability-specific approach in which PWDs receive vital services across the entire social, economic, political and cultural spectrum as a population in need, domestication requires that disability mainstreaming, which is recognised in the CRPD as an integral part of sustainable development strategies, is implemented fully and effectively so that programmes, policies, plans, activities and strategies become inclusive of disability.

Given the complexity of disability mainstreaming and the limited resources of most Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs), it is particularly important during the early stages of the process to identify the most strategic Government agencies with which to link.

It is necessary to link with oversight agencies and planning/policymaking bodies because of the roles that they play in planning, policymaking, resource allocation and coordination.

Line agencies or sectorial ministries that have a bearing on disability should also be linked with, including developing rapport with the Government’s national statistical agency because CSOs need all the help they can get in collecting, analysing and distributing the sex-disaggregated and disability-aggregated data.

This data is required to make a case for disability responsive planning and to turn plans into effective programmes; select the best sub-national agencies to pilot or model disability mainstreaming strategies at provincial, state and local levels; and link with educational institutions to access support and resources for the development and provision of disability training materials and disability-based research.

In order for disability mainstreaming to be successful, it is necessary for both DPOs and civil society (religious sector, academic sector, cause-oriented advocacy groups, and the media) to come up with practical plans and strategies of mainstreaming disability at general, international, regional, national, organisational and individual level and follow up on implementation of these plans.

Mainstreaming enables people with disabilities to contribute to the economy by availing them with educational opportunities and employment.

According to a World Bank study in 2000, the annual loss in global GNP due to the large number of unemployed people with disabilities was estimated to be between US$1,37 billion and US$1,95 billion.

There is need, however, for stakeholder capacity to be built on disability mainstreaming and to ensure practical coordination of disability mainstreaming so that there is clarity and cohesion on what mainstreaming entails and to ensure that stakeholders do not have divergent and often conflicting ideologies, views, approaches, agendas and strategies on the subject.

When that happens, different stakeholders might quarrel over strategy and stand in each other’s path.

The formulation of a disability mainstreaming policy is another way of ensuring that various stakeholders are united on a uniform strategy.

Domestication of the UNCRPD is the only way to ensure that the roadmap to disability inclusion is realised.

It facilitates more concrete actions and measures to further remove barriers, create accessible and enabling environments and conditions and to secure equal opportunities for participation by all PWDs.

Domestication ensures that the CRPD becomes a living document that can promote, protect and fulfil the rights of PWDs across the entire social, economic, political and cultural spectrum and ensure full and effective participation of people with disabilities in all spheres of life.

Lovemore Rambiyawo is physically-impaired, and is Acting Executive Director of the National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped (NASCOH), an umbrella body for 70 disability organisations in Zimbabwe. He can be reached at: nascohdisability@gmail.com

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Women barely partake in local governance 

Source: Women barely partake in local governance – DailyNews Live 17 July 2019 EDITOR – Current development discourse has been dominated by the notion that citizen participation is synonymous with democratic governance.  As such various administrations have acknowledged that citizen engagement is at the heart of participatory democracy. Citizen participation has been romanticised to such […]

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Source: Women barely partake in local governance – DailyNews Live

17 July 2019


EDITOR – Current development discourse has been dominated by the notion
that citizen participation is synonymous with democratic governance.  As
such various administrations have acknowledged that citizen engagement is
at the heart of participatory democracy.
Citizen participation has been romanticised to such an extent that various
state actors, the donor community, non-governmental organisations have all
been promoting and advocating for citizen participation in matters that
affect their lives.

With regards to governance, citizenship participation stresses free
engagements and consultations specifically through democratic mechanisms.
Although the notion of participation has not been without its challenges
it has remained one of the key principles of democratic practices and a
strategic approach towards sustainable development throughout the world.

The increasing popularity of local government as the lowest structure that
provides a strategic avenue for the practice of participatory democracy
has attracted significant attention in our life time.
Broadly, local government administers and plays an oversight role within a
specified geographical area.

An ideal local government should not only be preoccupied with service
delivery but should be concerned with the freedoms and well-being of its
residents.  It should endeavour to establish participatory structures for
the realisation of dialogue and civil engagements.

Overall it is envisaged that local governments should support policies
that lead to sustainable development and promotes activities that
transform citizens’ lives.  It is disappointing to note that women who are
the largest consumers of local government products and services are barely
participating in local government decision making structures.

It needs to be emphasised that women participation in local governance is
a vital precondition of women empowerment, social justice and the
achievement of sustainable good governance processes.

Zimbabwe is a signatory to various global treaties that promote women
participation and domestically the government has enacted policies and
reforms meant to capacitate and empower women.
Following the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000,
Zimbabwe intended to increase women participation in decision making
structures to a 50:50 ratio with men in 2015.

Paradoxically, despite the adoption of the MDGs and the enactment of
several policy reforms, women remain at the margins of developmental
structures within their communities.  In other words women’s participation
in local government structures remain limited.

Participation of women in local governance should be encouraged since
women are significant players in development, thus through participation
they will be empowered and their empowerment will result in transformed
households and communities.

The sustained exclusion of women who are the majority in our communities
provides a fertile ground for the multiplication of poverty as well as a
perpetuation of underdevelopment.
Shamiso.

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Teachers appeal for wages above poverty line

Source: Teachers appeal for wages above poverty line | Newsday (News) BY VENERANDA LANGA TEACHERS unions, represented by the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Union (Zimta) and the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), yesterday demanded that government pays salaries above the poverty datum line given that the consumer basket was now around $3 600. They appeared before […]

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Source: Teachers appeal for wages above poverty line | Newsday (News)

BY VENERANDA LANGA

TEACHERS unions, represented by the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Union (Zimta) and the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), yesterday demanded that government pays salaries above the poverty datum line given that the consumer basket was now around $3 600.

They appeared before the joint sitting of the Priscilla Misihairabwi-led Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Education and the Portfolio Committee on Public Service chaired by Emma Ncube to speak on their petition to Parliament, demanding that their salaries be pegged against the intermarket bank exchange rate and part of it ($200) be paid in United States dollars.

“The April 2019 salary adjustments have been overtaken by runaway inflation which was 76%, but now it is around 900% and the State is failing to act constitutionally by adequately remunerating teachers and is thus violating the rights of teachers and students because teaching is no longer a decent job and falls way below standards because the salary is not commensurate with teachers as professionals,” Zimta president Paul Gundani said, while presenting on behalf of Zimta and the PTUZ.

“We are saying (give) us poverty datum line salaries,” he said.

Gundani said the government was acting at a snail’s pace to adjust teachers’ salaries to match economic trends and inflation, adding that the April 2019 salary adjustments of a mere $69 did not take into account inflation, resulting in teachers’ self-esteem now being shattered.

He said government faced a situation reminiscent to 2008 where teachers were incapacitated and thousands failed to report to work resulting in the decay of the education system.

Gundani said teachers want salaries in line with the interbank rates obtaining and at least US$200 more.

PTUZ secretary-general Raymond Majongwe blasted the Apex Council led by Cecilia Alexander, saying they were masquerading as representatives of teachers and had welcomed the $400 once off cost of living adjustment which teachers did not negotiate for and was a mockery because as soon as civil servants get that prices will go up.

“The Apex Council was even created by Statutory Instrument 141 which is a legal nullity and does not even exist in the Public Service Act. There has never been collective bargaining and workers are represented by Alexander (who masquerades) as representing workers, yet there is no collective bargaining,” Majongwe said.

He added that teachers were under threat of contracting HIV because up to date married teachers were living separately from their wives with the Education ministry not taking meaningful action to transfer them so that they live near to their spouses.

“There is serious indiscipline at schools and drug abuse and we must be able to control our youths because children are now beating up teachers and this is not a laughing matter. We do not want to be like South Africa where teachers are now coming to school armed because students do as they please,” he said.

Majongwe also blasted the Zimbabwe School Examination Council, saying it was making teachers mark and invigilate exams for free when Cambridge used to pay them.

“Government said they do not want US dollars and yet goods and services are priced on RTGS equivalent to the US$. Fuel has gone up because of the interbank change rate, but it is not the same for teachers’ salaries. Teachers used to be paid US$475, but now they are getting RTGS$475. If a teacher cannot afford $2 284 for a pint of blood, what more an ordinary person,” Majongwe said.

He then revealed that there were now high divorce rates among teachers due to their meagre salaries.

“Wives are now refusing to give conjugal rights to their husbands because the men are contributing nothing at home,” he said. Majongwe said in 1980 teachers were able to send their children to school, but today they were failing to send a single child to pre-school.

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Game meat lands Chirundu man in trouble

Source: Game meat lands Chirundu man in trouble | Herald (Africa) Admore Mbonda in Kariba A Chirundu man has been asked by the court to pay $700 fine or face four months in prison after he was found guilty of selling game meat. Leadmore Musevenzi (32) was arrested on June 8 this year in Chirundu […]

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Source: Game meat lands Chirundu man in trouble | Herald (Africa)

Admore Mbonda in Kariba
A Chirundu man has been asked by the court to pay $700 fine or face four months in prison after he was found guilty of selling game meat.

Leadmore Musevenzi (32) was arrested on June 8 this year in Chirundu new stands where he was illegally selling fresh impala meat to residents.

Musevenzi was charged with contravening section 59(b) of the Parks and Wildlife Management Act Chapter 2014 of 1996 for moving of game meat from one place to another without a permit.

He appeared before Kariba resident magistrate Mr Toindepi Zhou where he pleaded guilty to being found in possession of about 10kg of the game meat.

“Your worship, my client did not hunt the meat, but picked the meat in the bush,” pleaded Musevenzi’s lawyer Mr Simbarashe Manyumwa.

“He is pleading for mercy as he has family which will suffer if he goes to jail. He looks after four children.”

In passing the sentence, Mr Zhou considered that Musevenzi was a first time offender and on close examination of facts there was no evidence which showed that he had hunted the impala.

To that end, he said, it would be harsh to send him to jail as the court was convinced that he had picked up the meat in the bush.

The matter comes at a time when cases of poaching are on an increase in Kariba and Hurungwe, with members of the Mineral, Flora and Fauna Unit in Kariba processing about 11 cases in June alone.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Tinashe Farawo advised the public who wished to venture into the sale of game meat to approach the organisation for assistance in acquiring permits.

He warned members of the public against illegal sell of game meat, saying offenders would not be spared prosecution.

Mr Philip Urayai appeared for the State.

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Provide affordable healthcare, medical regulatory authorities urged

Source: Provide affordable healthcare, medical regulatory authorities urged | The Herald July 23, 2019 Dr Moyo Joseph Madzimure in Victoria Falls THE medical regulatory authorities have been urged to address the challenges of affordable healthcare to the general public and ensure access to medication to realise Vision 2030, Minister of Health and Child Care Dr […]

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Source: Provide affordable healthcare, medical regulatory authorities urged | The Herald July 23, 2019

Provide affordable healthcare, medical regulatory authorities urgedDr Moyo

Joseph Madzimure in Victoria Falls

THE medical regulatory authorities have been urged to address the challenges of affordable healthcare to the general public and ensure access to medication to realise Vision 2030, Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Obadiah Moyo has said.

In a speech read on his behalf by Health Services Board chairperson Dr Paulinus Sikhosana at the 23rd Association of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA) annual conference in Victoria Falls, which ended at the weekend, Dr Moyo called for affordable healthcare at all levels.

“Government also expects regulatory authorities to address the challenges of affordable healthcare to all.

“Our people at the grassroots must be able to afford quality healthcare services in as much as the medical professionals are expected to keep afloat.

“The issue of exorbitant medical and drug fees must be addressed if we are to realise our Vision 2010 goals,” said the minister.

The call comes after most pharmacies in Zimbabwe are charging prices of medication in foreign currency or equivalent to local currency, which is beyond the reach of many.

He added that the role of the regulator in the achievement of universal health coverage can also not be undermined.

“The various medical associations in their capacity as regulators should enhance their operations, share views and exchange information on matters of common concern and liaise with each other in regard to the standards for registration of medical practitioners” he added.

The conference, Dr Moyo said, will facilitate cooperation and collaboration among regulatory authorities and encourage research, policy analysis and development related to medical regulatory authorities,

He also called for the need to share new concepts and approaches in the regulation of medical practice.

Health experts drawn from health associations of medical councils of Africa and beyond attended the conference which was organised by the Health Professions Authority and Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe

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Call to expedite Mines, Minerals Bill amendment 

Source: Call to expedite Mines, Minerals Bill amendment | The Herald July 23, 2019 Ms Rushwaya Michael Magoronga recently in Bulawayo The Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) has implored Government to speed up the amendment of the Mines and Minerals Bill, which is set to address sticking issues in the mining sector. President Mnangagwa last year […]

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Source: Call to expedite Mines, Minerals Bill amendment | The Herald July 23, 2019

Call to expedite Mines, Minerals Bill amendmentMs Rushwaya

Michael Magoronga recently in Bulawayo
The Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) has implored Government to speed up the amendment of the Mines and Minerals Bill, which is set to address sticking issues in the mining sector.

President Mnangagwa last year ordered that the Mines and Minerals Bill be taken back to Parliament for further scrutiny after miners cried foul that they were left out of the crafting process.

Since then, there has been little progress in the process, a situation that has hampered progress in the mining sector, which is the largest foreign currency earner.

Addressing delegates during a Small-Scale Miners Conference at Mine Entra in Bulawayo on Friday, ZMF president Ms Henrietta Rushwaya called on Government to speed up the amendment progress in amending the bill.

“The Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, is an issue of great concern,” she said. “We, therefore, implore government to expedite the amendment process so that a number of issues are addressed. I am reliably informed that the consultative processes has already begun and a steering committee will soon be put in place.”

Ms Rushwaya said the Bill will address a number of issues, including formalisation of small-scale miners, plug gold leakages and illicit gold trading, as well as casualties within the mining sector.

“We have a number of issues that hinge on the Mines and Minerals Bill, hence the call for its speedy crafting and conclusion,” she said. “We have issue like escalating illicit minerals deals predominantly in the gold sector, the loss of employment in the formal sector also has been escalating.

“There has been escalating issue of disputes between farmers and miners stalling progress in the mining sector. The Mines and Minerals Bill is set to tackle all these issues, chief among them formalisation of small-scale miners putting an end to these challenges.”

Ms Rushwaya said legal battles within the sector have also been stalling progress as the leadership has had to spend more time in courts.

“We were elected into office last year in June, but let me hasten to say we have been fighting legal battles week in and week out at the expense of progress,” she said. “This has been an issue of concern and as small scale miners we are saying let us stop fighting and focus on mining.

“We should avoid fighting for personal gains, let us be peaceful miners.”

Mines and Minerals Development Deputy Minister Polite Kambamura said the parliamentary portfolio committee on Mines and Mining had already embarked on public consultations.

“The Mines and Minerals Amendment is now work in progress,” he said. “The parliamentarians have already embarked on public consultations. The bill is set to address the challenges as mentioned by Ms Rushwaya, chief among them the formalisation of the miners as they are currently contributing 60 percent of gold deliveries to Fidelity Printers.”

Deputy Minister Kambamura said the Bill is also set to tackle the disputes which emanated in 2008 soon after the land reform programme.

He said Government had escalated efforts to bring sanity in the mining sector by launching a safety awareness camping to avoid further loss of lives.

“We are working with ZMF in carrying out awareness campaigns so that the miners remain safe,” said Deputy Minister Kambamura. “We also applaud ZMF on its partnerships with civic organisations to try and bring sanity in the mining sector.”

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Director shifts blame in new city land scam 

Source: Director shifts blame in new city land scam | The Herald July 23, 2019 Sydney Kawadza Mash West Bureau Chief Local Government, Public Works and National Housing chief director Mr Christopher Shumba yesterday accused the Department of Physical Planning for the land debacle at Mt Hampden, the site where Government is setting up a […]

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Source: Director shifts blame in new city land scam | The Herald July 23, 2019

Sydney Kawadza Mash West Bureau Chief

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing chief director Mr Christopher Shumba yesterday accused the Department of Physical Planning for the land debacle at Mt Hampden, the site where Government is setting up a new city.

Appearing before the Commission of Inquiry in Urban State Land sitting in Chinhoyi, Mr Shumba laid the blame on his former colleague, Department of Physical Planning principal director Mrs Ethel Mlalazi for procedurally approving layout plans from a developer, Delatfin Investments.

Mr Shumba also accused the Zvimba Rural District Council management for “sleeping on duty” by courting potential litigation from Delatfin Enterprises whom they entered into an agreement for the 744ha Haydon Farm development.

Former Zvimba RDC chief executive Mr Peter Hlohla had accused Mr Shumba and Mrs Mlalazi of interfering in the allocation of land in favour of their cronies in the lucrative area when he appeared before the same commission on Thursday last week.

However, Mr Shumba, in agreeing with inquiries from commissioners on procedural malfeasance, said the Department of Physical Planning should not have approved Delatfin Investments’ layout plans.

“All that was happening when we were in another ministry and this was happening in Mrs Mlalazi’s department in another ministry,” he said.

Mr Shumba said his department was in the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage which he said was considered to be “inferior” by other departments.

He said the department also conducted an audit to verify and assist Zvimba to get back the land.

“The way land was being taken from our local authority was not a fair way of doing things and in fact what was happening to Zvimba was not fair where you give a local authority 744ha and turn around and start giving other developers the same land,” he said.

Mr Shumba said land was being illegally moved from a rural area for urban development.

He said the Zvimba RDC had entered into an agreement with Delatfin for 744ha with the latter getting a further 120ha which was not part of the original deal leaving with 240ha in the lucrative area.

“This took place while we were in the Ministry of Rural Development and I could not have taken part in this because this came through as an approval of the layout plan not any other in terms of my side as a ministry official. They submitted their plan and the Department of Physical Planning approved their plan,” he said.

Mr Shumba said approval of the layout plan from Harare instead of Zvimba RDC or the provincial office was the source of the problems bedevilling the development at Haydon Farm.

“This plan should not have been approved from the Department of Physical Planning. I don’t know how they approved it, but this is where it went wrong because they should not have approved without sufficient paperwork relating to layout plan,” he said.

He, however, noted that Delatfin should have been made aware of the other developers getting land from the 744ha which is part of the agreement with Zvimba RDC.

“This was done in the Department of Physical Planning and headed by Principal Director Madam Mlalazi, Delatfin proceeded and implemented the approved layout plan which happened to be part of the 744ha under the Zvimba-Delatfin Agreement,” he said.

The senior Government official also blamed management at Zvimba RDC under Mr Hlohla for sleeping on duty as they did not update their agreement with Delatfin from the 744ha, which is bound to attract further litigation.

He said the sequence of numbers on the layout plan also indicated that the approval of the plan was flawed.

“I am not well versed with the way things are handled, but there is something wrong in terms of what happened there because if Zvimba is disowning the plan and the Department of Physical Planning approved it and then the Department of Physical Planning should be able to explain what happened.

“This is actually where our main problem lies, the approval of that plan is what created all the problems. If the plan was approved by that department, they must be able to explain how they got the plan and how they approved it,” he said.

The commission chaired by Justice Tendai Uchena, started its public hearings in Mashonaland West on Wednesday last week, with officials from various Government departments and councils revealing massive interference from senior officers from the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.

Delatfin Investments is owned by Engineer Felix Munyaradzi and had gone into partnership with the Zvimba RDC to develop low-density stands at Haydon Farm in Mt Hampden.

Mt Hampden is where Government intends to move its offices when construction of the new Parliament Building is completed.

The commission also asked Mr Shumba to submit a written report on the issues arising, but he is also expected to appear again when officials from the Zvimba RDC make their submissions.

Mr Hlohla resigned as chief executive after being suspended recently pending further investigations in to his conduct while in office.

The commission is sitting in Mashonaland West until August 10 when more evidence from beneficiaries, land developers and Government officials are expected to give evidence.

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