26 convicts still free

Source: 26 convicts still free | The Herald July 13, 2019 Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi Herald Reporters POLICE are still to arrest scores of convicts who are freely walking the streets of Harare while on warrants of arrest, a development that has been widely condemned as lack of seriousness on the part of the law […]

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Source: 26 convicts still free | The Herald July 13, 2019

26 convicts still free
Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi

Herald Reporters
POLICE are still to arrest scores of convicts who are freely walking the streets of Harare while on warrants of arrest, a development that has been widely condemned as lack of seriousness on the part of the law enforcement agents.

About 26 people were convicted of various offence, but lost their appeals at the High Court yet the police are struggling to apprehend them for committal to prison.

The Herald broke the story a month ago and published a list of the convicts, according to correspondence between the courts and the police, but no arrests have so far been recorded.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi had a tough time explaining to journalists the position of the police on the 26 convicts.

He kept on promising to get updates from police’s crime section, but to no avail.

After hitting a brick wall, The Herald checked with the Harare Magistrates’ Court and established that none of the 26 suspects had been brought to court on a warrant of arrest. A number of people have expressed concern over the delay in locking up the convicts.

“It really boggles the mind, how a whole police force can fail to apprehend people whose names and addresses are available.

“Those who are supposed to be in jail must be arrested and locked up in the interests of justice,” said a source.

Another interested party, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the police officers involved lacked seriousness.

“The police officers are not even serious. If they are finding it difficult to arrest the convicts, they should simply cause the gazetting of the particular names so that the nation can assist in apprehending them.

“Why are they not gazetting the names of the suspects? They also need to publish the names on their official website to show their seriousness,” said a source.

A legal expert who preferred anonymity said:

“When the police are looking for a criminal, it is standard practice and procedure that upon failure to locate and identify the suspect, there comes a time when the names are gazetted or published in the Press.

“Wanted persons believed to be out of the country must have their names published on the Interpol red notice to ensure they are apprehended wherever they are,” he said.

Meanwhile, police have launched a manhunt for David Whitehead Textiles chief operations officer Edwin Chimanye, who has been dodging jail since the dismissal of his criminal appeal in 2015.

Chimanye was jailed 18 months in 2013 for dating a minor. He filed a notice of appeal at the High Court the same year.

However, the convict did not do much to prosecute his appeal. Instead, Chimanye relaxed until the Registrar of the High Court dismissed the appeal for want of prosecution in 2015.

In a bizarre case that borders on corruption, Chimanye was never served with his warrant of arrest issued in 2015.

He unlawfully enjoyed freedom for four years until The Herald recently blew his cover through an investigative story that exposed the shenanigans, prompting his lawyers into desperate attempts to reinstate the appeal.

The lawyers filed an application for reinstatement of appeal at the High Court last month, at a time the convict had no reason to be out of prison.

Armed with a copy of the High Court application, Chimanye’s lawyers rushed to the magistrates’ court where they had the 2015 warrant of arrest cancelled pending determination of the High Court application.

After cancellation of the warrant, the lawyers, for unknown reasons, withdrew the High Court case, giving Chimanye a new lease of unlawful freedom.

Yesterday Assistant Commissioner Nyathi said the police were now looking for Chimanye.

“We now want to arrest Chimanye after realising he has no reason to be out of prison. We learnt that he no longer has any pending application at the High Court and the magistrates’ court has since issued a fresh warrant of arrest against him,” he said.

Assist Comm Nyathi urged lawyers to professionally discharge their duties in a manner that does not seek to confuse the criminal justice system.

“We appeal to lawyers to seek clarity on their cases with the superior courts. They must not act in a manner that confuses the system,” he said.

Facts are that on January 7 2013 around 5pm, Chimanye saw a young girl walking along Ascot Road in Avondale prompting him to stop his vehicle and gave her his business card.

He contacted the girl before agreeing to meet on January 10 so that they would go out together. Chimanye bought her a Nokia Asha for communication on WhatsApp and at one time a family friend saw the girl with this phone, went through the pair’s messages and concluded that the two were lovers.

He picked up the girl and her friends on the same day around 7pm and took them to Richwood Park where he asked them to buy drinks and food leaving Chimanye to fondle and kiss the girl in the vehicle.

The girl told the court that Chimanye once asked her to look for a lodge near her residence and a family friend confirmed the pair’s relationship. At one time Chimanye asked the girl to send him her nude pictures, which she did. The matter came to light when the girl’s parents discovered the mobile phone.

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UZ scientists develop chemical detergents

Source: UZ scientists develop chemical detergents | The Herald July 13, 2019 Prof Mukwembi Sifelani Tsiko Agriculture, Environment & Innovations Editor University of Zimbabwe (UZ) scientists have developed a new chemical detergent for household and industrial use that could help the country reduce its import bill and save foreign currency. Faculty of Science deputy dean […]

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Source: UZ scientists develop chemical detergents | The Herald July 13, 2019

UZ scientists develop chemical detergents
Prof Mukwembi

Sifelani Tsiko Agriculture, Environment & Innovations Editor
University of Zimbabwe (UZ) scientists have developed a new chemical detergent for household and industrial use that could help the country reduce its import bill and save foreign currency.

Faculty of Science deputy dean Professor Simon Mukwembi told The Herald that the new detergent called “Dr Simati” was developed using local expertise from the UZ.

“We want home-grown solutions to the country’s pressing problems,” he said. “We are facing foreign currency shortages and if we develop our own products we can cut our import bill, create jobs and even earn forex from exports.”

The faculty has since established a company called Fasic, which is an arm of the university’s drive to commercialise research innovations which could ultimately be produced and marketed.

Fasic is making the detergents using a machine which was designed at the university called the Wonder Agitating Plant.

Prof Muchuweti

The plant produces 1 000 litres of detergents every 30 minutes. The detergents include dish washing liquids, toilet cleaners, fabric softeners, sanitisers.

The company initially started by providing detergents for the university community, but has since begun piloting the market outside the university.

“The company in its bid to support the development of SMEs, decided on toll manufacturing for companies instead of the traditional method of competing with them in the retail market,” said Professor Maud Muchuweti, dean of the UZ Faculty of Science.

“This is based on the fact that the detergent industry in Africa is dominated by multinationals with very few local players in the market. This is based on trade data which currently shows that in the SADC region there is a trade deficit of $667m for soaps and detergents.”

Fasic is steadily growing and there is scope to market detergents worth some US$60 million from its production line if the company gets investors and other technical partners.

“People are free to order any quantity they need. A few months ago, we got an order of about $150 000 for detergents,” said Prof Mukwembi.

“Our target is to make products worth about US$60 million from our production lines. There is scope to grow this plant and our main brand “Dr Simati.”

Fasic imports part of the raw materials while the other bulk is sourced locally. Plans are afoot to develop all the raw materials used in making the detergents locally.

Zimbabwe spends huge amounts of forex importing detergents and other household and industrial cleaning chemicals.

“We want to move from research in the laboratory to the production of goods and services to support the country’s import substitution thrust,” said Prof Mukwembi.

“We want to support Zimbabwe to reach a level where we can also export. This will help generate forex, create jobs and satisfy local and foreign markets.”

The major thrust of the UZ Faculty of Science, he said, was now to connect the university’s academic programmes, research and innovation processes to the needs of industry, commerce and society.

“Fasic (Pvt) Ltd is a vehicle that aims at solving these problems by generating wealth and jobs for the country through converting research work into commercialisable goods and services in line with the Government’s goals,” said Prof Mukwembi.

Government has over the years repeatedly challenged all the country’s universities to lead the country’s industrialisation process through creating new and supporting existing industries.

Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira says universities should fulfil their mandate of being the centres of excellence for all scientific and technological innovations.

“Main point is consciousness and design. We should design our systems so that they produce the goods and services we require. We cannot move forward using wrong or misplaced design. Our design or re-configuration of our higher education should outline what we desire as an output,” Prof Murwira once remarked early this year at a UZ strategic planning and consultative symposium.

“If an education system produces literacy only, but does not produce goods and services, it then needs to be revisited and improved. Programmes that do not lead to the production of goods and services shall be dropped.”

The UZ Faculty of Science has developed Yobao Yoghurt made from the local baobab fruit as well as producing dried fruits.

Other innovations which are still being developed include cancer drug research, fish feed production, chemical reagents and an electronic advertising system.

Zimbabwe is aiming to achieve its vision of becoming an upper middle-income by 2030 by also tapping into the Education 5.0 Government policy which requires all universities to launch into outcomes-focussed national development activities which can help make Zimbabwe’s economy competitive, modern and industrialised.

“Our vision for Zimbabwe is to become a developed upper middle-income economy by 2030. This is only possible if we develop an industry that produces quality goods and services, if we develop an education system that leads to an industry that produces quality goods and services.

“It is therefore, important to understand that science is the power that drives industry. Energy from science has to be captured using a particular design, just as fuel needs a strong tank for it to be useful, otherwise it just evaporates,” said Prof Murwira.

Zimbabwe has established a number of strategic research institutions and a number of quasi-government scientific bodies to demonstrate its commitment to promote research and development (R & D) to provide the country with technological solutions for sustainable development.

In addition, to this, it has also established a number of science-based universities to upscale science and technology in the country’s higher learning institutions.

These have provided the country with vast knowledge to inform decision making and address issues such as providing equitable access to water, food, health, housing, environment, technology, adapting to climate change to secure the country’s future.

Furthermore, Zimbabwe established the Ministry of Science and Technology Development and launched the Second Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in 2012, which sought to make new technology an integral part of individual and national development

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HIT launches new irrigation system 

Source: HIT launches new irrigation system | The Herald July 13, 2019 Domboshava farmers at a scientific conservation irrigation technology(SCIT) field day recently.-(Picture by Sallomy Matare) Sallomy Matare Herald Reporter Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) has launched a new spot irrigation system called Scientific Conservation Irrigation Technology (SCIT) that allows farmers to maximise production and […]

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Source: HIT launches new irrigation system | The Herald July 13, 2019

HIT launches new irrigation systemDomboshava farmers at a scientific conservation irrigation technology(SCIT) field day recently.-(Picture by Sallomy Matare)

Sallomy Matare Herald Reporter
Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) has launched a new spot irrigation system called Scientific Conservation Irrigation Technology (SCIT) that allows farmers to maximise production and save water.

Power Conservation Agri-Clinic Trust (PCAT) engineer and HIT lead researcher Joseph Ngirande (34) developed SCIT after eight years of research.

The new irrigation system was launched in Domboshava recently, in the presence of Ministry of Lands Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement officials and other investors in the agriculture sector.

SCIT is a hybrid system of integrating water conservation and nutrients recycling from organic matter using zero tillage or conservation agriculture method.

Power Conservation Agri-Clinic Trust (PCAT) in collaboration with HIT piloted and implemented this technology in Chirumanzu and other parts of the country as part of research to develop smart technology for climate change adaptation.

Yields of 18 tonnes of maize per hectare were achieved on experimental plots.

Ngirande, the brains behind the innovation, says SCIT is a spot irrigation system that efficiently addresses the issue of water scarcity.

“SCIT is one of the climate change adaptation technologies in Zimbabwe, developed as a technical solution to drought and water scarcity in Zimbabwe and beyond,” he says.

SCIT is a system that uses plant moisture conservation potholes filled with manure to conserve moisture for a long time.

It also provides health feeding to the soil.

The manure used to fill the potholes are known as stick compost and vermi composting which are distributed at a ratio of 2:1 respectively.

The compost has some materials which absorbs water and when water dries up, the manure can then release the stored moisture.

The worms used to make vermi compost excrete and provide more moisture.

With this system, it is easy to keep track of the amount of water that is used per hectare because 1 litre is used per pothole once a week.

“The technology has proved to be a more efficient method as it promotes efficient use of water in cropping systems because precise quantities of water are used for effective crop production,” says Ringson Chitsiko, permanent secretary in the Ministry Of Lands Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement.

“It is against this background that we are convinced that this is a ground-breaking technology that will change the face of crop production in Zimbabwe, particularly in the smallholder sector.

“We are particularly excited by the fact that it is easily implementable in small scale farming communities which makes the bulk of our population.”

AgriSeeds sales and marketing director, Ivan Craig also hailed the technology saying it could help provide nutrients to replenish the soil.

“Most of the soils in Zimbabwe are acidic and this technology can help to balance the PH levels in the soil. It has all required nutrients for crops to grow,” he says.

“This technology has a lot of advantages and I encourage farmers to adopt it.

“It is very useful and yield is guaranteed because yield is determined by plant population per unit area. This technology achieves the required plant population which gives the yield.

The system is also very economic because the main inputs which are manure can easily be sourced locally at little cost. The most important things that are needed are water, anthill soil, humus and cattle dung manure — for stick and vermi composting.

“From our experiments in Chirumanzu we have seen that we can harvest as much as 18 tonnes of maize per hectare,” says Ngirande.

The system can also enhance the country’s export competitiveness in the production of organic crops.

“This will see Zimbabwe exporting more organic produce which are in high demand in European markets,” says Ngirande. “Organic farming has so much value on the international market.”

He says the commercialisation of this irrigation system could lead to development of other technologies that can make work easier and faster on a large scale.

“Under the commercialisation of the technology we have come up with the idea of a potholing tractor, spot irrigation nap sack and spot irrigation centre pivot,” he says.

“The implementation of the technology will also lead to the development of a water harvesting bay which will sustain rain water and runoff water which can be reused to water crops.”

The innovator says he needs about $3,5 million to commercialise this new technology.

This technology can be utilised for all other crops except tobacco and potatoes.

Plaxedes Musademba of HIT’s department of Environmental Management Renewable Energy and Climate Change says this innovation is timely and will help local farmers to cope with increased frequency of droughts and water scarcity.

“SCIT uses water efficiently and can help farmers in drought prone areas to manage their water effectively.

“Water is scarce and any technology that helps to save water is welcome.”

Renewed interest and giving prime attention to irrigation by the Government has largely stemmed from climate change related risk and their impact on the livelihoods of the poor.

Irrigation farming is vital, especially in dry regions where there are more failed crops.

The utilisation of water for irrigation by the agriculture sector is still below capacity and needs to be urgently revitalised. The total developed irrigated area in 2000 was estimated at 200 000 hectares, accounting for 80 percent of national water demand.

Currently, 206 000 hectares of the developed 263 000ha is functional according to a 2017 Ministry of Lands Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement report.

Agricultural experts say new irrigation technologies must be adopted by smallholder farmers to spur agricultural production in the country.

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Zimbabwe mobile tariffs now lowest in the region, threatening viability

Zimbabwe mobile tariffs compared to the SADC region and other African countries have become insanely too low and no longer makes business sense a survey has revealed. In a survey done by TechnoMag, Zimbabwe is currently charging tops of 22cents rtgs pe…

Zimbabwe mobile tariffs compared to the SADC region and other African countries have become insanely too low and no longer makes business sense a survey has revealed. In a survey done by TechnoMag, Zimbabwe is currently charging tops of 22cents rtgs per minute which when converted against the bank rate amounts to $0.024 USD per […]

Reforms must be all encompassing 

Source: Reforms must be all encompassing – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 13, 2019 EDITORIAL COMMENT THE call for electoral reforms by the independent elections watchdog, Elections Resource Centre (ERC), could not have come at a more critical time. This is in view of the economic difficulties being experienced in the country, whose repercussions on the ordinary […]

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Source: Reforms must be all encompassing – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 13, 2019

EDITORIAL COMMENT

THE call for electoral reforms by the independent elections watchdog, Elections Resource Centre (ERC), could not have come at a more critical time.

This is in view of the economic difficulties being experienced in the country, whose repercussions on the ordinary citizens are far-reaching.

It is a part of the natural law that the economy of any country follows its politics, so there can never be binding economic development in Zimbabwe without the necessary reforms that will attract international capital, given our desperate need for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Most investors look at the politics of a nation before committing their investments, and no amount of international whitewashing through fancy public relations campaigns will help unless
we first deal with what matters the most.

Foreign governments and investors do not rely on public relations campaigns to be attracted to a nation, but will solicit views and opinions of their diplomatic representatives based in Harare.

The rate at which things have been going down under the President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration is indicative of a lot of increased loss of confidence in the new establishment.

The people of Zimbabwe no longer have confidence and trust in their governance systems and as long as the government does not address those fundamental, their efforts will just go to waste.

So far, the government had tried to use piece-meal solutions because of the tendency to focus just on the economic side of the equation while ignoring the political side. Dealing with the politics should also include inclusive dialogue involving all key stakeholders in the country’s politics, including the MDC.

In Sudan, for instance, the country’s military leaders have just reached an agreement with the opposition alliance to share power until elections are held. The two sides agreed to rotate control of the sovereign council for just over three years because they realise that the situation in the country is untenable.

There is no pointing in insisting on holding on to power when it is clear that nothing is really working. Power should be a means to an end rather than an end in itself.

It should be used to better the lives and economic fortunes of the ordinary people.

Lessons abound in Africa and elsewhere on some of the options that the government can explore to pull the country out of the current political and economic gridlock.

The winner-takes-all business many look good in politics, but economics goes by a different set of rules.

Both the Zanu PF government and the MDC need to find each other so they can work together for the good of the nation.

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Accelerate road construction: ED 

Source: Accelerate road construction: ED – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 13, 2019 BY RICHARD MUPONDE PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered the acceleration of roads development and tarring in Matabeleland, among them the 92km Plumtree-Maitengwe Border Post stretch. Transport and Infrastructure Development minister Joel Biggie Matiza told villagers at Maitengwe Border on Thursday during a tour of […]

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Source: Accelerate road construction: ED – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 13, 2019

BY RICHARD MUPONDE

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered the acceleration of roads development and tarring in Matabeleland, among them the 92km Plumtree-Maitengwe Border Post stretch.

Transport and Infrastructure Development minister Joel Biggie Matiza told villagers at Maitengwe Border on Thursday during a tour of the road that the project was one of Mnangagwa’s top priorities.

“The President has realised that the construction and rehabilitation of roads in Matabeleland was slower than in other regions across the country. Most of the roads were budgeted for, but not funded. We are going to see funds being released in the next supplementary budget so that work is completed,” Matiza said.

“Right now, graders are being mobilised and serviced to start work in a week.”

He said the upgrading of Maitengwe Border Post and its road network would decongest Plumtree Border Post.

“This border expansion is part of the national programme of expanding and modernising all border posts. This has an economic effect on the country as it is in line with the Zimbabwe is open for business mantra and will also decongest Plumtree Border Post as travellers to Bulilima district and neighbouring province in Matabeleland will use this border,” he said.

Matiza said this would also see the resumption of work on the Bulawayo-Nkayi Road project which was initiated by the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo and has been on the cards for over 20 years.

“The supplementary budget will see work on this road resuming. This is what the President has ordered us to do,” the minister said.

Matiza had been invited by Bulilima West legislator Dingimuzi Phuti to visit the area in order to assess the state of the roads in the area.

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MDC confident of winning Bikita by-election

Source: MDC confident of winning Bikita by-election | Newsday (News) BY Brenna Matendere THE Nelson Chamisa-led MDC has urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to guard against all electoral malpractices, including vote rigging during the Bikita ward 31 by-by-election set for today, claiming the opposition party will romp to victory if the playfield is level. […]

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Source: MDC confident of winning Bikita by-election | Newsday (News)

BY Brenna Matendere

THE Nelson Chamisa-led MDC has urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to guard against all electoral malpractices, including vote rigging during the Bikita ward 31 by-by-election set for today, claiming the opposition party will romp to victory if the playfield is level.

The by-election is to fill the council seat left vacant following the death of Zanu PF councillor Patrick Marozhe on April 15 this year.

MDC is being represented by its Bikita district chairperson Moses Maphosa, while Thomas Mataga will stand for Zanu PF.

In an interview with Southern Eye yesterday, MDC secretary for elections Jacob Mafume said his party was confident of winning the poll.

“We have done two rallies there and our teams worked throughout last weekend to drum-up support. We are confident that if Zec is impartial, independent and does not allow people to be intimidated, does not allow people to be bought, (does not allow) assisted voters to multiply, food to be distributed on election day, then we will win the Bikita by-election,” he said.

MDC held the seat from 2008 to 2013 when it lost it to Zanu PF.

Mafume said the party had done its homework and is set to win back the seat.

“Previously (2013 elections), it was affected by double candidates. Now, we have a single candidate. We have got our own agents who are trained. They are ready to stop any mischief,” he said.

Mafume claimed that the opposition had become more popular due to Zanu PF’s bad policies.

“It is now clear to all and sundry that Zanu PF has failed. They no longer allow those in rural areas to sell their maize. There are no jobs. There is no education, and there is no electricity; there is also no good healthcare. With all this, no person in their right mind can vote for Zanu PF,” he said.

MDC organising secretary Amos Chibaya also expressed optimism the party will win the seat.

“Prices of basic commodities continue to skyrocket. There is no shop that sells cheap things to Zanu PF supporters. We all buy in expensive shops. So, even Zanu PF supporters are also feeling the pain. They want change,” he said.

“We won the seat before, so we are taking it back. In fact, we have plans to win all the other by-elections in future.”

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo poured cold water on MDC’s assertions.

“If the MDC is arguing the bad economy will make Zanu PF lose, let them win if they are saying so. What they think is not what we think. We are prepared to win,” he said.

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So Sad! Ex Rhumba musician Peter Tangwena falls on hard times, he is now unrecognisable (SEE PIC)

The sad tale of one of Zimbabwe’s best Rhumba musician Peter Tangwena has left many people rethinking their career choices. Peter Tangwena was the epitome of success around the year 2000. Many people marvelled at his booming music career. Indeed …

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Activists pull embarrassing stunt

Source: Activists pull embarrassing stunt | The Herald July 13, 2019 Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Service Mr Nick Mangwana Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter Government yesterday slammed an attack by opposition protesters on a Zimbabwean delegation in London led by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Busi Moyo, who is on a […]

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Source: Activists pull embarrassing stunt | The Herald July 13, 2019

Activists pull embarrassing stunt
Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Service Mr Nick Mangwana

Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
Government yesterday slammed an attack by opposition protesters on a Zimbabwean delegation in London led by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Busi Moyo, who is on a four-day re-engagement programme to strengthen ties and lure investors.

In a statement, Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Service Mr Nick Mangwana, who is part of the delegation, described the attack as tragic and embarrassing to peace-loving Zimbabweans.

“The delegation in London had great engagements with different stakeholders. Government of Zimbabwe condemns the violent attacks against the delegation by a group of opposition protesters outside Chatham House in London. It’s tragic that the sceptre of violence during protests we see in Zimbabwe forcing the security services to act has reared its ugly head in foreign land discrediting, not the Government, but the hoodlums themselves and embarrassing peace-loving Zimbabweans,” said Mr Mangwana.

“The attacks have not, however, disrupted Minister SB Moyo’s successful engagements in the UK in any way. Undeterred, his programme continued with fruitful meetings with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, investors and tonight we end with engaging a progressive Zimbabwean Diaspora and other key stakeholders, whose support for our country’s economic and political reform efforts remains steadfast.

“The Government of Zimbabwe remains committed to peaceful dialogue with all parties, with a view to building our country around shared values, including the principles of respectful disagreement and non-violence. We affirm the right of Zimbabweans to protest but to do so peacefully.”

Minister Moyo was attacked by placard-waving protesters who were demanding the release of MDC-Alliance national deputy chairperson Mr Job Sikhala who has been arraigned before the courts for allegedly trying to subvert a constitutionally-elected Government.

The charges stemmed from a rally in which he addressed opposition supporters in Bikita last weekend where he called for the overthrowing of President Mnangagwa before 2023 when his current term officially ends.

In a video clip that went viral on social media, Minister Moyo is seen battling to get into his waiting official car with aides pushing away his attackers who were mostly women donning the Zimbabwean flag.

The paltry crowd could be seen showering the delegation with bottled water and calling the delegation names.

On Thursday, Minister Moyo had lunch with the powerful Westminster Africa Business Group in London where he invited them to grab investment opportunities that were abound in Zimbabwe.

The Westminster Africa Business Group, which brings together politicians and businesses in the interests of the UK and Africa, has been doing that since 1947.

Yesterday, Minister Moyo addressed business leaders at the Royal Institute of International Affairs also known as Chatham House.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Mr Kindness Paradza said it was a shame that the MDC thugs had allowed to be used by the country’s detractors to scuttle the re-engagement programme.

“It is very unfortunate that our citizens allowed themselves to be used by those who don’t want to see this administration succeeding. What they fail to understand is that the very same minister whom they attacked and abused is currently pushing to avail to all our citizens in the Diaspora, primary documents such as birth and death certificates, identification cards and passports, through our embassies that are dotted around the world.

“Actually, London had been identified as one of the venues to launch this program. Both Minister SB Moyo and his Home Affairs Minister counterpart (Ambassador) Cain Mathema had committed themselves to preside over the launch.

“But because of this hooliganism, which we strongly condemn as Parliament, my fear now is that London may miss this opportunity,” said Mr Paradza.

He added that his Committee, which is championing the Zimbabwe Investment and development Agency Bill, had made provisions to include incentives for Diasporans wishing to invest back home, and the agenda was being pushed by Minister Moyo.

“Shame on you all those who took part in this criminal act,” said Mr Paradza.

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