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MINERS who had been illegally carrying out operations at Peace
Mine in Silobela were on Tuesday evicted from the mine by the Sheriff of the
High Court with the assistance of the police who have since sealed off the
Heavily armed support unit…
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Source: Bad boys, we are coming for you — Anti graft unit | The Herald April 27, 2019 Mr Mpofu . . . “We prosecute under the Prosecutor-General’s Office. In terms of our prosecution and I will state it now, the Prosecutor-General’s Office and us combined have the capacity to handle any case of whatever […]
Source: Bad boys, we are coming for you — Anti graft unit | The Herald April 27, 2019
The Interview Tichaona Zindoga
Many people rightly believe that corruption presents the fight of our lives. Yet overcoming the cancer is not easy, and that the vice could just have metastasised, frustrating those who want to see the back of it. In Zimbabwe, there have been spirited attempts to fight the scourge, witness a number of high-profile prosecutions, but the battle is far from being won. The Herald’s Acting Editor Tichaona Zindoga (TZ) last week chatted with head and director of the Special Anti Corruption Unit in the President’s Office Tabani Mpofu (TM). Below is the conversation:
TZ: First of all, President Mnangagwa has spoken about the difficulties and the complexities of the anti-corruption fight.
He said he underestimated the depth and the crusade nature of corruption in Zimbabwe and also to the people that are tasked at fighting corruption. In your view as the Special Anti-Corruption Unit in the President’s Office (Sacu) Mr Tabani Mpofu, can you respond to the issues that the President addressed.
TM: Yes, I think the President is 100 percent correct in saying corruption is deeply rooted in our spheres and spheres of activity, entity. It is not just Government, but it goes beyond as well. But, coming back to what the President said, in our experience, we have seen those who are corrupt. Those who are in corruption are represented at every step of the criminal justice system. And getting matters to court is a process that involves jumping many corruption huddles. So yes, the President is 100 percent correct, it’s not a problem that can be swatted away very easily.
TZ: We have seen over the years that there have been so many high-profile figures, so much talk about arresting and stopping corruption, but very few convictions have been effected.
How do you explain that? Have we failed as a country to deal decisively with corruption at the criminal justice level?
TM: I think that when we look at the subject, yes we have heard the complaint from the public.
There are no convictions, but if we look at it in context, we see a certain potent image. Prior to November 2017, arresting of high-profile figures was rare, if not non-existent. It’s not that corrupt people were being arrested and taken to court and there were no convictions.
There were simply no arrests at all involving high-profile figures. Come November 2017 and its immediate aftermath, we started seeing the arrest of so-called high-profile figures, influential politicians, but as the President indicated in June last year, there was a realisation from his office that even though these high-profile figures were arrested, the matters were not commencing in court.
In other words, accused persons could be on remand and kept on remand for a long time that the courts then remove them from remand and from the criminal justice system and out of the public eye. Then the President made an intervention in order to ensure that those matters are prosecuted in court.
My unit was appointed on the 9th of June last year and our immediate task was to ensure that those pending matters that have been pending for 8 months are immediately allocated trial dates.
One of the first cases that we dealt with was the Wicknell Chivayo case. We put it before the courts and we have been battling with it since August of 2018 to get the matter commenced. There were many applications of the accused in Chivayo case, all of them in our view, I must say, that his case in not an isolated one. You will see that all the cases that we have put before the court have been well met with many court applications by accused persons seeking either to curtail proceedings or have them delayed.
Coming back to your question, we now have a situation whereby these matters are not simply being left at arrest stage or remand stage, but the accused persons are now being brought before the courts for trial. There is now an effort from the State to prosecute these cases and all the cases that have been brought have been met with applications to delay them from commencing.
TZ: So in that case I want to ask whether you have the capacity to prosecute corruption?
TM: Maybe let me correct the misconception that maybe in the public domain, we prosecute under the authority of the Prosecutor-General, and it is in his sole authority at which we are able to prosecute in court.
Now in terms of capacity, we do not act in isolation, as an isolated band of prosecutors going about prosecutions independent of the legal structures of our Constitution. We prosecute under the Prosecutor-General’s Office. In terms of our prosecution and I will state it now, the Prosecutor-General’s Office and us combined have the capacity to handle any case of whatever nature that is brought and can be and will be brought before our courts. So this is not an issue of capacity.
TZ: There have been some concerns that have been raised at the lower courts which have had the effect of disabling or actually defeating your calls. Do they not suggest improper prosecutions, possibly at worst personal vendettas as has been called out by some judges?
TM: The vigour with which the prosecuted are pursuing attempts to stop prosecutions in courts ought to give the public a clear view that these accused persons for whatever reasons are not desirous to their cases being heard in open court.
Now, we are bound by the law and the procedures that emanate from the law. We cannot jump them, we cannot short circuit them, and accused persons have constitutionally enshrined rights to prosecute their defence in a manor prescribed by the law.
What this means is that prosecution of criminal matters, especially involving accused persons also means that they must acquire for themselves legal representation of the highest calibre the country can offer because these people have their rights.
They will take advantage of those procedures that we have within our law to defend themselves and we cannot circumvent those. Now, when an application for an exception for instance is brought before the law, a presiding magistrate or judge is constrained by the law from giving impromptu decisions that are not considered or which do not consider all the legal aspects raised by the accused persons.
We cannot short circuit proceedings, court proceedings are not a football match that is prescribed 90 minutes. They will take as long as the subject and the argument raised in those cases take to be decided. So in terms of, there have been more convictions as you have correctly observed, it is because we are going under processes that cannot be circumvented when going through trials. Now, we only started operating in June last year and most of our cases that we are dealing with are very complex ones.
It’s not a shoplifting case were theft of oranges or bananas has been made. These are complicated cases that will have to undergo legal handles during the trial processes and we are happy with the progress that we have made so far.
The vast majority of the cases that we have dealt with have actually reached a stage whereby we as the State are ready to commence prosecuting them. And, we have approached the courts for the commencement of their trials. With time, we will complete them, and we will get convictions I’m sure.
TZ: But taking you back to the arena of the courts, one would think that there is bad blood between the State and the judges and magistrates in this critical area of fighting corruption. How are officers of the courts relating to each other in this critical matter?
TM: The roads of different parties in criminal proceedings are defined in the Constitution. I don’t think that it’s a matter of us seeking favours from the Judiciary, magistrates or judges. They play the role of referees, they are a neutral part in a dispute that is brought between the State and those that are accused of criminal conduct. To that extent, for the Judiciary to provide judges and magistrates were there are requested to man the courts before criminal proceedings are brought or I wouldn’t say that we require them to cooperate with us beyond what their roles are as prescribed by the law. Yes, there have been decisions that have left us with a sense of (. . . inaudible) in the courts but we are focussed on the cases that are before us and we will be bringing them before the courts and we have found that whenever we have matters for trial, there are judges and magistrates.
Other issues I cannot comment on at this stage, but we say that were we feel that there is ground to suspect that certain decisions were not being handled in a professional manner. We will refer them to the relevant authorities for investigations.
TZ: I want you to speak about the legality of your unit. There were issues about the legality of your unit and now speaking about that, and in relation to the Prosecutor-General, what is the interplay of those roles?
TM: Let me emphasise that we prosecute with the sole authority of the Prosecutor-General, as enshrined in the Constitution. It is not possible for us to use it, but with the authority of that office, its very possible for us to prosecute matters in court.
Now coming to the legality of our appointment. We were appointed with certain terms of reference, one of it is to prosecute cases before the courts, and for that to happen, our terms of reference are very clear. We are only able to prosecute with the authority and approval of the Prosecutor-General. Its in the independence that he holds as enshrined in the constitution.
We are not using the powers of the Prosecutor-General, we are in daily and active consultation with the Prosecutor-General in every case that we have dealt with and it’s him who decides whether we can then prosecute or trial. How we prosecute to trial — each officer is responsible for each case that goes before a judge or magistrate.
The issue of legality of our unit was challenged by Nyagura, when we attempted to commence his case in September 2018 and it was decided by the Constitutional Court. And as a result of the decision by the Constitutional Court, we are now able to prosecute Nyagura for his case and the case is as I speak to you, before the courts. Ready to commence.
TZ: It’s been a bumpy ride since last year when you were appointed. Where to from here?
TM: We remain focused and we are staying the course in receiving complaints and prosecuting corruption cases in the courts.
We do not expect it to be an easy ride, to be a process that is short in life span. We expect that those accused persons that we will be bringing in the court will mount very aggressive forms of defence against the cases we bring against them.
We are prepared for them, we are not going to complete them all tomorrow, or in the next two or three months, but what we can assure the public is that we are focused.
The cases have started, the cases will be prosecuted and they will be prosecuted vigorously. And we are confident of procuring convictions in each and every case that we bring before the courts, otherwise we wouldn’t prosecute them.
Source: Trial of ex-minister, Zesa bigwigs begins | The Herald April 27, 2019 Joshua Chifamba Prosper Dembedza Court Correspondent The trial of former Minister of Energy and Power Development Elton Mangoma, Zesa chief executive Joshua Chifamba and managing director of Zesa Enterprises Tererai Mutasa, who allegedly entered into a technology transfer partnership with a South […]
Source: Trial of ex-minister, Zesa bigwigs begins | The Herald April 27, 2019
Prosper Dembedza Court Correspondent
The trial of former Minister of Energy and Power Development Elton Mangoma, Zesa chief executive Joshua Chifamba and managing director of Zesa Enterprises Tererai Mutasa, who allegedly entered into a technology transfer partnership with a South Korean company Techpro Company Limited for the manufacturing of switch gears without due process, kicked off on Thursday with the trio pleading not guilty.
The three are facing charges of criminal abuse of office.
The trial commenced with the trio’s lawyers reading their defence outlines before Harare magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo.
In his defence outline read by his lawyer Mr Tonderai Bhatasara, Mangoma denied hatching a plan with the other two accused persons.
“The first accused will deny categorically that he hatched a plan with the other accused persons to disregard advise by the State Procurement Board and State Enterprises Restructuring Agency (SERA) as the advice was not given to him and was not for him to act on,” reads part of Mangoma’s defence outline.
“He will challenge the State to provide proof of connivance.”
Reading his client’s defence outline, Mutasa’s lawyer Advocate Givemore Madzoka said his client did not connive with anyone to evade the provisions of any applicable law relating to the entering into the alleged contract.
In his defence outline read by his lawyer Mr Admire Rubaya, Chifamba said he never intentionally acted unlawfully as being alleged.
“His actions were clearly in terms of the relevant approvals from the relevant authorities and as such he should not be persecuted for executing his duties in terms of the law,” reads Chifamba’s defence outline.
“There is absolutely nothing done by the third accused person designed to show favour of Techpro company Ltd of South Korea in the manner alleged.”
Prosecutor Mr Zivanai Macharaga said the trio allegedly entered into a technology transfer partnership with a South Korean company Techpro Company Limited for the manufacture of switch gears without due process.
Five years down the line, Techpro Company failed to execute the project after getting an initial payment of $850 000.
The State is alleging that this happened in 2010 when Choi Young Jin of Techpro Company met Mangoma at his offices in Harare.
They signed a technology transfer partnership between Zesa Enterprises and Techpro for the manufacturing of the switch gears.
Mangoma allegedly instructed Mutasa to liaise with Techpro with a view of establishing the partnership.
The court heard that Mutasa wrote to the State Procurement Board seeking advice on the procedures to be followed in such partnerships.
He was advised to proceed with Section 49 of the repealed procurement regulations act Chapter 22:14.
Mutasa was further advised to seek assistance from State Enterprises Restructuring Agency (SERA) on how to proceed.
SERA advised Mutasa to prepare a memorandum for Mangoma to submit to Inter-Ministerial Committee on Commercialisation and Privatisation of Parastatals (IMCCP) recommending the identification of a technical partner for the technological transfer through a competitive bidding process.
On receiving the proposal and bid documents for tender, Chifamba and Mangoma allegedly connived to bypass the approval by IMCCP and the competitive bidding process and favoured Techpro company.
Source: Govt must provide urgent solutions – DailyNews Live Editorial Comment 27 April 2019 (c) THE situation in the restive civil service sector, which reflects on what is taking place in other employment sectors, shows the massive fall in Zimbabweans’ social lives as a result of the continued decline in the country’s economy. […]
Editorial Comment 27 April 2019
(c) THE situation in the restive civil service sector, which reflects on
what is taking place in other employment sectors, shows the massive fall
in Zimbabweans’ social lives as a result of the continued decline in the
After haggling with their employer for months over their conditions of
service, punctuated here and there by strike action – especially by health
care workers, including junior and senior doctors, and teachers across the
country – government employees are pushing for another cost of living
adjustment to cushion them from inflation, which is edging close to 70
Last month, government announced a 13-29 percent salary increase for its
employees – depending on grades – after they threatened to down tools in
protest over the rising cost of living.
This resulted in the lowest paid government worker getting $600 per month
with effect from April 1. However, prices of basic commodities have been
running wild since last September when Finance minister Mthuli Ncube
introduced the hugely unpopular two percent transactional tax.
A massive hike in the price of fuel in January worsened the situation,
with inflation – which tracks the general trend in prices – rising from
59,39 percent in February to 66,8 percent in March.
The January increases triggered violent protests to which government
responded by deploying police and soldiers, resulting in the death of
scores of civilians in the crackdown.
Property worth thousands of dollars was also destroyed in the process.
Government has accused business of profiteering and using the exchange
rate to fix prices, instead of month-on-month inflation, which is much
Ironically, civil servants last year demanded that they be paid in United
States dollars, a request government flatly rejected.
Government must, however, realise is that it is the architect of policy
frameworks that have haunted citizens all these years. As such, there is
nothing sinister about civil servants’ demands because they are simply
responding to what is obtaining on the ground.
The civil servants’ demands are quite valid taking into account the
phenomenal rise in the cost of living.
As at December 2018, the poverty datum line for an average family of five
stood at about $755. But inflation has been wreaking havoc on the economy,
implying that things could have worsened.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government must think hard – really hard –
to come up with practical and sustainable solutions to arrest the
continuous decline in the economy.
Zimbabwe simply can not continue on this trajectory.
Source: DDF rehabilitates Karoi-Binga Road | The Herald April 27, 2019 DDF is working on tarring the 10-kilometre stretch from Chikavanenyama Secondary School in Hurungwe to Zvipane Business Centre Elita Chikwati recently in Zvipane The District Development Fund is upgrading the Karoi-Binga Road, which is expected to improve livelihoods of the people in Hurungwe, Zvipane […]
Source: DDF rehabilitates Karoi-Binga Road | The Herald April 27, 2019
Elita Chikwati recently in Zvipane
The District Development Fund is upgrading the Karoi-Binga Road, which is expected to improve livelihoods of the people in Hurungwe, Zvipane and Binga, and promote tourism and business operations. The project is being financed by proceeds from the 2 percent intermediated money transfer tax. The project, which is expected to be done in two months, will reduce the distance between Harare and Victoria Falls by more than 200 kilometres.
DDF Mashonaland West director for roads, Mr Goodwell Mapako, said the 343-kilometre road constructed in the late 80s was supposed to have been completely tarred, but only 50 kilometres was done.
“The road passes through Zvipane to Siakobvu and links three provinces; Mashonaland West, Matabeleland North and Midlands,” he said. “It passes through Matusadonha National Park and if upgraded it will be the shortest route to Victoria Falls.
“By upgrading the road, Binga will become accessible, thereby promoting tourism. There are fisheries, the Bumi Hills, and many other attractions that draw visitors.”
Mr Mapako said so far, DDF was working on tarring the 10 kilometres stretch from Chikavanenyama Secondary School in Hurungwe to Zvipane Business Centre.
“We are not only working on the 10 kilometres, but also improving the whole road,” he said. “We are spot gravelling and reshaping the gravel road for the remaining 290 kilometres.”
The Hurungwe community hailed DDF efforts in rehabilitating roads, which they said will make life easier for them.
They said they were experiencing challenges when visiting hospitals to access medical treatment because of the poor roads.
Mr Simbarashe Mafukidze, of Village 24, applauded DDF for improving the livelihoods of people and also employing youths in the area.
“The renovated road will make life easier for us,” he said. “It has been difficult for us to travel as many transport operators shunned our road because of its state, while the few who ply the route charge exorbitant fares.
“Instead of paying $3, we are being charged between $10 and $12. Few transporters are willing to ply this route because of the bad state of the road.”
Mrs Vongai Dhiriza of Chiroti Village said it was expensive to ferry their tobacco to the auction floors as transporters charged them more due to the poor state of the road.
Source: Zanu PF MPs jeered at party rally – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 27, 2019 By Garikai Mafirakureva Zanu PF supporters in Chiredzi booed and hauled insults at the party’s Masvingo provincial Women’s League chairperson Alignia Samson and Chiredzi West MP Farai Musikavanhu at victory celebrations held in the sugar growing town on Wednesday. Most Zanu […]
Source: Zanu PF MPs jeered at party rally – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 27, 2019
By Garikai Mafirakureva
Zanu PF supporters in Chiredzi booed and hauled insults at the party’s Masvingo provincial Women’s League chairperson Alignia Samson and Chiredzi West MP Farai Musikavanhu at victory celebrations held in the sugar growing town on Wednesday.
Most Zanu PF bigwigs based in Chiredzi, who were invited for the celebrations also snubbed the event that was held at Tshovani Stadium. The MPs had to leave in a huff when the situation got tense.
Party supporters said Zanu PF erred when it selected Samson to be Chiredzi’s proportional representative and claimed that Musikavanhu rigged the primary election.
All hell broke loose when each ward was allocated 6kg of meat for the celebrations, which they claimed was rotten.
Zanu PF Masvingo provincial spokesperson Ronald Ndava confirmed the incident.
He said supporters should be educated on the issue of belittling and taunting their chosen representatives.
On the rotten meat, Ndava said he was not qualified to comment, as he was not a specialist in food.
“I think on the issue of rejecting the leaders they chose in the first place; people should be educated before it gets out of hand. On the other hand, the celebrations coincided with various other national events like the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair. That is why most invited guests did not attend,” he said.
“I cannot say the meat was rotten and not fit for human consumption, because I am not a meat specialist. I just think our people overreacted because the meat they were allocated was the first batch. There was more to come. It should also be taken into consideration that the meat was being kept in various wards, so maybe one or two refrigerators malfunctioned.”
Samson admitted that she was booed and heckled.
However, she said such incidents were expected in politics before cutting off her phone.
Musikavanhu flatly denied that he was attacked, saying he had a good rapport between him and party supporters. When quizzed further, he referred all the questions to Samson.
“This was not a joint celebration. As you may recall, we held very successful Chiredzi West constituency celebrations in December 2018 at Chishamiso Stadium.
The function on Wednesday April 24, 2019 was for the Chiredzi district women’s quota MP, which was being held in Chiredzi West constituency,” Musikavanhu said.
“I did not witness that. If anything, as the MP for the constituency where the function was held, I was assisting with logistics, including transport services and was working very well with everyone. I, therefore, suggest that you direct your questions to that MP.”