Dialogue: Four thematic committees formed

Source: Dialogue: Four thematic committees formed | The Herald February 23, 2019 Justice Nare Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter Political parties that participated in the 2018 July harmonised elections met yesterday and formed four thematic committees as the first step towards a national dialogue to the challenges facing the country. More than 20 parties attended the […]

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Source: Dialogue: Four thematic committees formed | The Herald February 23, 2019

Dialogue: Four thematic committees formed
Justice Nare

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Political parties that participated in the 2018 July harmonised elections met yesterday and formed four thematic committees as the first step towards a national dialogue to the challenges facing the country. More than 20 parties attended the meeting, which was held at State House.

Chairman of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) Justice Selo Nare chaired the meeting.

Yesterday’s meeting was a sequel to one that was held a fortnight ago, where the idea of forming the thematic committees was agreed on.

Justice Nare told The Herald after the meeting that each political party seconded four members to each committee.

“The whole point was to establish thematic committees,” he said.

“The parties came up with four thematic committees. The first one is the committee on transitional framework to design the structure, composition, and operational modality for the dialogue.

“The second was the committee on agenda-setting, to come up with the issues to constitute the agenda for the dialogue process.

“The third committee will deal with the identification of the convenor and moderator of the dialogue. The fourth committee is the implementation and evaluation committee to assess the extent to which the dialogue framework is serving its purpose and recommend necessary remedial measures. That was the major thing of the day.”

Justice Nare said it was agreed that the committees would meet next Friday, March 1, after which they would give a report back on March 8, 2019.

He said some people were of the opinion that the meeting should have dealt with the modalities of the meeting, but the parties settled on forming committees that would then deal with the issue of modalities.

Sources who attended the meeting said Mr Daniel Shumba sought to disrupting the proceedings, before he later walked out.

“He was playing some theatrics to seek attention and he later walked out of the meeting,” said the source. “It was clear from the beginning that he wanted to be a spoiler.”

Commenting on the decision by Mr Shumba to walk out of the meeting, Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba said: “It is his democratic right to walk away from progress.”

Zanu-PF secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana and MDC-T vice president Mr Obert Gutu confirmed that they had a progressive meeting.

The dialogue is part of an expansive berth that President Mnangagwa has given to engage all stakeholders, including the Church and civil society, to confront the national question.

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ZETDC sues Metallon over $9,3m power debt 

Source: ZETDC sues Metallon over $9,3m power debt – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 23, 2019 BY CHARLES LAITON The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has taken Metallon Gold Zimbabwe to court to compel the gold miner to settle a $9,3 million bill for power supplied to three of its mines. The power utility filed […]

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Source: ZETDC sues Metallon over $9,3m power debt – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 23, 2019

BY CHARLES LAITON

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has taken Metallon Gold Zimbabwe to court to compel the gold miner to settle a $9,3 million bill for power supplied to three of its mines.

The power utility filed summons at the High Court through its lawyers, Chihambakwe, Mutizwa and Partners claiming payment for electricity supplied to three mines, namely Mazowe, Shamva and How Mine.

Metallon is yet to respond to the lawsuit.

In its declaration filed alongside the summons, ZETDC said Metallon had failed to settle the debt despite several demands.

According to ZETDC, the duration of default by the gold mines spans from April 2016 to December 2018.

“The defendant (Metallon Gold Zimbabwe) is indebted to the plaintiff (ZETDC), during the period extending from April 2016 to December 17, 2018, in the sum of
$9 331 136,96, being charges in respect of power or electricity supplied by the plaintiff to the defendant at the latter’s special request and instance in terms of the running electricity supply contract between the two,” the power utility said.

“The said amount is for electricity supplied during the period extending from April 2016 to December 2018. The defendant has failed, neglected or refused to pay the above sum or amount despite demand.

“By reason of the said failure, neglect or refusal to pay the above sum or amount, the defendant is obliged to pay the said amount with interest thereon, at the prescribed rate which currently is 5% per annum.”

The matter is pending.

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Ex-cop sues Mathema, Matanga for contempt of court

Source: Ex-cop sues Mathema, Matanga for contempt of court – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 23, 2019 BY SILAS NKALA A FORMER police officer, who was arrested after testifying against fellow cops, has sued Home Affairs minister Cain Mathema and Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga for contempt of court after they allegedly defied an order compelling the police […]

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Source: Ex-cop sues Mathema, Matanga for contempt of court – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 23, 2019

BY SILAS NKALA

A FORMER police officer, who was arrested after testifying against fellow cops, has sued Home Affairs minister Cain Mathema and Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga for contempt of court after they allegedly defied an order compelling the police to pay him damages of $56 000 for wrongful arrest.

Farayi Bazil Nyapokoto in June 11, 2011 obtained an order against police officers who wrongfully arrested him after he testified against fellow cops at an inquest held at Tredgold Magistrates’ Courts in Bulawayo.

Nyapokoto, however, remained in the police force, residing at Ross Camp.

Former Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and ex-Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu were respondents.

Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Lawrence Kamocha, in a default judgment, awarded Nyapokoto $50 000 as damages and a further $6 400 in legal costs.

Through his lawyers, Tanaka Law Chambers, Nyapokoto wrote to Matanga on October 29 last year, reminding him of the court order.

Following Matanga’s failure to comply with the court order, Nyapokoto on Tuesday, through his lawyers, filed a contempt of court lawsuit at the Bulawayo High Court.

He cited Mathema, Matanga, a Superintendent Moyo, Officer Commanding Camps Assistant Commissioner Mavis Nkomo, Superintendent Jefias Sibanda, Detective Assistant Inspector
Sibanda, Detective Constable Mugabe, and Detective Constable Shoko as the respondents.

In his founding affidavit, Nyapokoto said sometime in March 2011, he sued the police, seeking US$443 600 for pain, shock and suffering, contumelia that he suffered as a result of the malicious arrest, detention and humiliation.

He also demanded interest on the sum at a prescribed rate of interest from date of summons to date of full payment and costs of suit.

“Applicant diligently prosecuted the matter and on July 16, 2011, the court handed down judgment in favour of applicant, ordering payment of US$6 400 being costs plaintiff incurred in trying to find justice in the matter, payment of US$50 000 being general damages for pain, shock, suffering and contumelia, depreciation of liberty, malicious arrest, detention and prosecution and unlawful eviction, interests at the prescribed rate from date of issue of summons to date of full payment and costs of suit,” Nyapokoto submitted.

“The respondents have to date not complied with the above judgment. On the contrary, they have launched numerous applications, which have been dismissed with costs, in desperate but futile bid to evade fulfilment of the judgment.”

He said it was not possible that for the past eight years, the respondents had failed to raise the money.

“This is, therefore, an application for an order declaring these respondents to be in contempt of court and that they be logged in the nearest prison for period not exceeding 90 days or until such a time they purge their contempt. I have made out a good case for the sought ,” he submitted.

The respondents are yet to file their opposition papers.

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Chinese nationals languish in remand prison over $1,8 million rhino horns 

Source: Chinese nationals languish in remand prison over $1,8 million rhino horns – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 23, 2019 By Tinashe Mungazi THE seven Chinese nationals who were found in possession of 20,89kg semi and processed rhino horns with a street value of $1,8 million were on Tuesday further remanded in custody after the defence requested […]

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Source: Chinese nationals languish in remand prison over $1,8 million rhino horns – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 23, 2019

By Tinashe Mungazi

THE seven Chinese nationals who were found in possession of 20,89kg semi and processed rhino horns with a street value of $1,8 million were on Tuesday further remanded in custody after the defence requested time to tender an application for discharge.

Zeng Denghui (18), Peicong Wang (35), Lin Cheng (23) Yu Xian (25) Long Zhu (23) Chen Xiangfu (30) and Qiu Jinchang (29) were last December arrested after being found in possession of rhino horns following a raid by authorities at a rented Victoria Falls house.

They appeared before regional magistrate Collet Ncube facing unlawful possession of animal trophies and money-laundering charges before being remanded to February 27 after their lawyers indicated that they wanted to apply for discharge at the close of the State’s case.

“We have been given instructions to make an application for discharge. Our undertaking is to file a written application tomorrow (Wednesday) by close of business. We, therefore,
kindly request the court to allow us time to do so,” defence lawyer Givemore Mviringi of Mviringi and Associates said.

The court heard that on December 22, 2018, detectives from CID Minerals Flora and Fauna unit in Victoria Falls received a tip-off that there were Chinese nationals suspected to
be in possession of pieces of rhino horns at a house in the Aerodrome area.

The following day, armed with a warrant of search and seizure, detectives descended on the house and found the seven inside the house.

After identifying themselves, they requested to search all the rooms through Wang, who was conversant in English.

However, Wang informed the officers that he could not authorise the search as he was not the owner of the house.

The owner, Oscar Sikuka, was called and arrived 10 minutes later. He authorised the search after going through the search warrant.

The search led to the recovery of plastic bags hidden under a bed containing both semi and processed rhino horns, which had been cut into small pieces.

The trial faced initial delays as the courts sought an interpreter.

Martha Cheda represented the State.

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MPs not on the run: MDC

Source: MPs not on the run: MDC – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 23, 2019 BY VENERANDA LANGA THE MDC yesterday said its MPs Charlton Hwende (Kuwadzana East), Joanah Mamombe (Harare West), and Godfrey Sithole (Chitungwiza North), who have been absent from Parliament, are not on the run and had nothing to do with disturbances last month. […]

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Source: MPs not on the run: MDC – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 23, 2019

BY VENERANDA LANGA

THE MDC yesterday said its MPs Charlton Hwende (Kuwadzana East), Joanah Mamombe (Harare West), and Godfrey Sithole (Chitungwiza North), who have been absent from Parliament, are not on the run and had nothing to do with disturbances last month.

The statement by MDC followed reports that the three had not been attending Parliament due to the clampdown by security agents on opposition supporters and legislators, which saw MPs Amos Chibaya (Mkoba), Settlement Chikwinya (Mbizo), Livingstone Chimina (Chiwundura), Llyod Mukapiko (Redcliff) and Matabeleland North Senator Rosemary Nyathi being arrested and arraigned before the courts for alleged incitation of the fuel protests.

MPs stand to lose their parliamentary seats if they absent themselves for 21 consecutive Parliament sitting days.

MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume (pictured) said Hwende was not in the country when the January demonstrations took place and was not on the run for any offences.

“Hwende has been out of the country attending to personal issues and family business because his family is in Namibia, and he left the country on December 19, 2018 with a return ticket to Harare for early March and has not been running away from anything,” Mafume said.

“He has seen social media reports alleging that he is on the run, but has not been able to verify that through official channels like Parliament, and he was not even in Harare
during the time of the January disturbances and has nothing to do with the stayaway or what happened in Zimbabwe during his absence.”

Mafume said Mamombe had been out attending educational programmes as she is a post-graduate student and had to travel to attend block release programmes out of the country, which explained her absence in Parliament.

He, however, said he had not yet ascertained the absence of Sithole.

Mafume also blasted Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda for failing to defend MPs that were being harassed by State agencies.

“The Speaker must be pro-active in ensuring that MPs are not harassed like the MPs that were arrested, because the world over, MPs never get harassed by other arms of the State without Parliament saying anything.

“In our case, MPs are not only harassed by the Executive, but by the Judiciary. Ironically, MPs are the ones that pass the budget for the other arms of the State. If they are vulnerable, MPs will not be able to play their oversight role properly,” Mafume said.

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