NPRC calls for Gukurahundi truth-telling

Source: NPRC calls for Gukurahundi truth-telling | The Herald April 17, 2019 Commissioner Leslie Ncube Bulawayo Bureau THE National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) has urged Zimbabweans to make truthful and honest testimonies that may assist in investigations into post-independence disturbances in the Midlands and Matabeleland provinces to pave way for national healing. NPRC has […]

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Source: NPRC calls for Gukurahundi truth-telling | The Herald April 17, 2019

NPRC calls for Gukurahundi truth-tellingCommissioner Leslie Ncube

Bulawayo Bureau
THE National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) has urged Zimbabweans to make truthful and honest testimonies that may assist in investigations into post-independence disturbances in the Midlands and Matabeleland provinces to pave way for national healing.

NPRC has embarked on a nationwide outreach programme to share with the public mechanisms and approaches that will be used in handling national healing issues, with Gukurahundi being one of the key topics to be discussed.

President Mnangagwa has called for open discussion about Gukurahundi to pave way for national healing.

Speaking during a community hearing pioneered by the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance (ZCA) to bring dialogue between the commission and the public in Bulawayo recently, Commissioner Leslie Ncube said exaggerations may mislead investigators.

“The commission is opening doors to everyone who has information concerning the disturbances in Matabeleland. We are encouraging you to be honest and truthful because additions or subtractions will remove the aspect of accuracy and objectivity in the investigations,” he said.

Comm Ncube said those who feel that passing information through other people may distort their testimonies are free to approach the commission as individuals.

“You can come to us as an individual and give us a detailed account of what happened. We capture them as they are and present them to the authorities. The testimonies should be given without fear or favour because the President opened this platform to everyone,” he said.

Comm Ncube said the commission will also go to the affected people in rural areas to get their testimonies.

“These are communities that were greatly affected and most of them have first hand information,” he said.

ZCA director Reverend Useni said giving testimonies is critical as it necessitates national dialogue towards national healing.

“We want to thank the President for opening up space for the people in Matabeleland to discuss Gukurahundi which was a taboo in the past years. It is good that the ordinary man has been given an opportunity to testify and give detailed accounts of whatever they witnessed. This will pave way for national healing,” he said.

Rev Sibanda said the hearing, which included political parties, civic societies and residents’ representatives, was meant to bring dialogue between NPRC and the public so that the commission gives a preview of what it expects during the 21 days of outreach.

“It is our duty as the church to bring the nation together to pave way for dialogue. Churches are by calling a peace building organisation,” he said.

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Gold panners kill 2 soldiers over girlfriends

Source: Gold panners kill 2 soldiers over girlfriends | Newsday (News) By Simbarashe Sithole Two soldiers were reportedly killed while another one is battling for life at Bindura Provincial Hospital after machete-wielding artisanal miners pounced on them following a dispute over sex workers at Chiwaridzo, in Bindura yesterday morning. Mashonaland Central police spokesperson Inspector Milton […]

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Source: Gold panners kill 2 soldiers over girlfriends | Newsday (News)

By Simbarashe Sithole

Two soldiers were reportedly killed while another one is battling for life at Bindura Provincial Hospital after machete-wielding artisanal miners pounced on them following a dispute over sex workers at Chiwaridzo, in Bindura yesterday morning.

Mashonaland Central police spokesperson Inspector Milton Mundembe confirmed the incident, but could not give details.

“Yes, two soldiers were killed by machete-wielding gold panners, but investigations are still in progress and we are yet to establish what really transpired,” Mundembe said.

A witness, Nyasha Muwomba alleged that the soldiers clashed with artisanal miners who thought they would lose out on some commercial sex workers at a local bar, resulting in a bloody fight that claimed the life of the two soldiers.

“These soldiers were killed by jealousy gold panners who did not want them to snatch their commercial sex workers. They were fatally struck on the neck, faces and back and died on the spot. The survivor is in critical condition,” Muwomba said.

Another source who declined not to be named told NewsDay that after the killings, a team of police and soldiers went on the rampage, harassing sex workers and force-marching them to the police station for questioning as they hunted for the culprits.

The soldiers were allegedly part of the team that was taking part in rehearsals for Independence Day celebrations to be held in the town tomorrow.

NewsDay could not establish the names of the diseased by the time of going to print.

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Speculative pricing slammed

Source: Speculative pricing slammed | Herald (Business) Africa Moyo The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has expressed concern over the speculative pricing by wholesalers and retailers, which has stunned the market at a time when experts were expecting the inflation rate to start falling. This comes as retailers and wholesalers effected a fresh round of […]

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Source: Speculative pricing slammed | Herald (Business)

Africa Moyo
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has expressed concern over the speculative pricing by wholesalers and retailers, which has stunned the market at a time when experts were expecting the inflation rate to start falling.

This comes as retailers and wholesalers effected a fresh round of price increases yesterday, allegedly in response to a jump in the rate of foreign currency on the parallel market.

The rate of the US dollar against RTGS dollars soared to 1:5 on the parallel market,  in a development that stunned market watchers who argue that there are no fundamentals to support such a high rate given that citizens and individuals lack the domestic currency while the tobacco selling season has just opened.

On the interbank foreign currency market, the rate was 1:3,1676 yesterday.

But with many companies claiming that they can’t access forex on the interbank market, several executives are reportedly flocking to the parallel market to access forex “just to keep the wheels of industry turning”. Bread makers increased the price of bread from RTGS$1,70 to RTGS$3,40 while fast food outlets also increased prices by anything between RTGS$2 and RTGS$5.

Last week, RBZ deputy director for Economic Research Division Dr Nebson Mupunga said it was critical for traders to ensure fair pricing practices.

“Wholesalers and retailers must play their part in ensuring fair business and pricing practices and desist from speculative tendencies,” said Dr Mupunga.

Statistics released by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) on Monday show that the year-on-year inflation rate rose to 66,80 percent in March, under the new base used to calculate the consumer price index. The new base is in tandem with international guidelines. But the central bank insists that inflation would stabilise by the end of the year if “we all work to achieve it”.

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No joy for Gumbura in jailbreak bid case

Source: No joy for Gumbura in jailbreak bid case | The Herald April 17, 2019 Robert Gumbura Prosper Dembedza Court Correspondent Harare magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo yesterday ruled that jailed RMG Independent End Time Message leader Robert Martin Gumbura and his six accomplices, accused of attempting to escape from prison, have a case to answer […]

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Source: No joy for Gumbura in jailbreak bid case | The Herald April 17, 2019

No joy for Gumbura in jailbreak bid caseRobert Gumbura

Prosper Dembedza Court Correspondent
Harare magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo yesterday ruled that jailed RMG Independent End Time Message leader Robert Martin Gumbura and his six accomplices, accused of attempting to escape from prison, have a case to answer and should be put to their defence.

Gumbura, Blessing Chauke (29), Lucky Mhungu (42), Taurai Dodzo (51), Thomas Chacha (41), Elijah Vhumbunu (42), Lucky Matambanadzo (43), Thulani Chizema (36) and Jacob Sibanda (32) had applied for discharge at the close of the State case.

Mr Mapfumo granted the application in respect for Chizema and Sibanda on the grounds that witnesses in the matter gave conflicting evidence in respect of the duo.

He dismissed the application in respect to all the other accused persons, saying they should be put to their defence.

In his ruling, Mr Mapfumo said it was common cause that violence erupted at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison on the day in question.

He further stated that one of the witnesses, Davison Mutakaya, in his testimony, told the court that he witnessed the meetings taking place and was not allowed to attend as he was labelled a sell-out.

“Another witness Nobert Chomurenga testified that he saw the accused persons destroying property and marching towards the armoury and warning shots were fired,” said Mr Mapfumo.

Mr Mapfumo said Chomurenga told the court that one of the inmates was shot while tussling for a gun and that the attempt to escape was only aborted after the shooting incident.

He said Mutakaya in his testimony said when hell broke loose, Gumbura’s accomplices were on top of the roof.

He said there is need for the accused persons to be put to their defence to explain whether what they did was not an attempt to escape prison. Mr Mapfumo further stated that there is also need for the accused persons to explain the purposes of their meetings which culminated in the violence.

He said in his testimony John Mutizwa said the brains behind the prison break was Gumbura, who used his influence to mobilise other inmates to participate in the jailbreak.

Mr Mapfumo said the court heard that Gumbura used to smuggle cigarettes into prison to lure other inmates into his plan.

“Application of discharge at the close of the State is granted in respect for Chizema and Sibanda and dismissed in respect for all the other accused persons,” he said.

The matter was deferred to April 25 for continuation of trial.

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Finding our way to national healing 

Source: Finding our way to national healing | The Herald April 17, 2019 Sharon Hofisi Legal Letters When you start a healing journey, you start by reviving your pain. It’s normal and many a time you don’t want anyone to understand or to tell you they understand how you feel. Effectively, if your pain or […]

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Source: Finding our way to national healing | The Herald April 17, 2019

Sharon Hofisi Legal Letters
When you start a healing journey, you start by reviving your pain. It’s normal and many a time you don’t want anyone to understand or to tell you they understand how you feel.

Effectively, if your pain or bitterness can reach or enable your adversary to appreciate your most hurt feelings in a value-based soothing and transformative way, then the healing journey that you walk sometimes using agreed constitutional frameworks or seemingly inhibited or detoured by institutional gridlocks is surely going to zone you with lasting peace and reconciliation.

An illustrative oration is usually used using an empty clean bottle to represent a bruised or wounded person. The person grappling with bitterness or pain is counselled (I deliberately avoid the word advised to avoid spiritualised ruminations) to put some water and soil into the container, shake the contents and allow them to form a dirty mixture.

The shaking and steadying of the container is simply used to illustrate the cycle of temporary healing and recollected bitterness in the person seeking healing.

With time, the person is asked to find their own way to forget the “soil and water” ingredients which makes the water unsafe or unclean. They, with insight, foresight or benefits of hindsight, pour out the contents, rinse the container, and put clean, safe and potable water to epitomise the need for total healing.

At national level, we have learnt how Rwanda has just shown that it is greatly moving towards social unity and cohesion, 25 years after the Rwandan genocide. The Tutsi-Hutu impasse is gently being replaced with a move away from tremors of ethnic revenge to pulses of national oneness.

Thanks to the guarded political will to build a united Rwanda under President Paul Kagame as well as financial and political assistance from members of the family of nations, Rwanda is fast becoming an economic powerhouse and stable polity.

Zimbabwe has recently been taking a leaf from Rwanda especially through economic and political diplomacy. We saw that President Kagame graced the inauguration of President Mnangagwa and Rwandan refugees in Zimbabwe have been encouraged to go back home under the “Go, see and report back” policy.

The United Nations has also moved to encourage states not to accept refugees who use the 1994 genocide to leave Rwanda. The underlying masonry is that Rwanda has left the steep slope of conflict and is now at the zenith of social cohesion and unity.

Those who have read the speech of President Kagame on the commemoration of 25 years after the Rwandan genocide have doubtlessly rubbed their shoulders with political maturity and political will to build a united and optimistic Rwanda that strongly fights to combat ethnic differences and secure a happy future. Healing after ethnic or religious conflicts has been elusive in many countries: Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Myanmar, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Burundi, and recently Cameroon (where Anglophone and Francophone differences are tearing the social fabric).

But increasing political will is showing how some political leaders in the affected countries are serving both as voices of vision and social reality. For Zimbabwe, the Independence Day on 18 April must call us to reflect on the gains of national unity and cohesion. We have a rare occasion to celebrate together the gains of the liberation struggle, the struggle which we embedded and emboldened in our Constitution as a founding value and principle.

Through actions such as the operationalisation of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) by President Mnangagwa, institutionalisation of social unity and cohesion arouses the voice which shuns the need for others to “feel the pain”. The voice is beyond emotional scars, physical bruises, and horrific memories.

Peace, perfect peace, speaks to the beauty of reconciliation and invites us to the world of justice in its variegated forms; transitional, transformative, restorative, compensatory and distributive. And inasmuch as we struggle with tribal differences, political impasses, institutional indifferences and individual musings on everything we call disordered, we must build on the newness of politics and constitutional engagements currently obtaining at the moment.

We can be divided into a triangle of politicians, private citizens and civil society; the mid-line institutions: the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, NPRC, Zimbabwe Media Commission, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and Zimbabwe Gender Commission and the zones and the zones of spiritualised peace: faith-based organisations, schools, traditional leaders, and so forth.

The voice on permanent peace must come to us whenever we try to shift the blame, overstep our institutional mandates, or drive home our own opinions on how Zimbabwe can move forward as a united force. If you read “Do Zimbabweans Exist?” you feel the San people want healing as they are considered the first occupiers of this land.

If you read works by transitional justice practitioners or some human rights organisations such as Zimbabwe NGO Forum, you discover that Zimbabweans want healing to start from the wrongs during the pre-colonial States such as Mapungubwe, Great Zimbabwe, Mutapa, Torwa, Rozvi and Ndebele State.

Some would want to go as far back as the colonial period between 1896 and 1980. Others would want to focus on the early years of independence on events such as the two Entumbane Uprisings and Gukurahundi. Others would want to focus on the turn of the millennium and events such as the Fast Track Land Reform Programme and Operation Restore Order/Murambatsvina. Still others would want to focus on election-related events such as the June-2008 presidential runoff or the August 1, 2018 events.

Others may opt to focus on disaster and risk management following the damaging effects of cyclones, especially Cyclone Idai or relocations in areas such as Chingwizi, Marange, and so on. Some would look at human-wildlife conflict or damaging violence caused by petitioners who fail to petition or demonstrate peacefully as contemplated by the Constitution.

But we remember that key developments are happening because of healing. The NPRC, seized with matters of national healing is carrying out public dialogues aimed at bringing closure to events such as Gukurahundi. Government is seized with the cases on compensating Gukurahundi victims and former White commercial farmers.

We have learnt through media monitoring that plans are underway to compensate families of the six victims who died during August 1, 2018 events and those who were wounded are also going to be assisted.

While the NPRC has a lifespan given by the Constitution, we must look beyond that. I believe President Mnangagwa and his Government do understand that peace is not ephemeral. Reconciliation is not intermittent. And healing remains permanent.

Yes the picture we get of the NPRC or healing, peace and reconciliation is relayed to us through the lens of the Grundnorm, the Constitution. But because the Constitution is our political and social roadmap, we get a pointer of the need for lasting healing: peace which surpasses institutional lifespans; rewarding, predictable, and “touched” healing if I may employ the humanising lexical imperatives of healing from the Shona indigenous language.

We have followed national dialogues; faith-led political engagements, united efforts to disaster responses, publicisation of Government’s efforts on dealing with endemic conflicts. We may have pockets of distrust on how certain issues aimed at healing must be done that is normal and is highly reflective of the unity in diversity we clamour for as Zimbabweans.

Whether we should support or critique each other’s approach to healing, we mustn’t be motivated by flighty emotions. We can negotiate like children; throw tantrums, cry foul, play the jealous mistress, or soldierly cling to our toys; that art of negotiation is still considered effective in the same way building golden bridges thorough “wisdom in adultism” is venerated.

Sharon Hofisi is a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe. He writes in his personal capacity. Email: sharonhofii@gmail.com

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State seeks postponement of ex-Harare bosses’ trial

Source: State seeks postponement of ex-Harare bosses’ trial | Herald (Africa) Panashe Machakaire Herald Reporter The trial of former Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi, former caretaker chairperson of the commission running the city’s affairs  Sekesai Makwavarara, and the then chairperson of the commission Michael Mahachi has been deferred to May 3 at the State’s request. […]

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Source: State seeks postponement of ex-Harare bosses’ trial | Herald (Africa)

Panashe Machakaire Herald Reporter
The trial of former Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi, former caretaker chairperson of the commission running the city’s affairs  Sekesai Makwavarara, and the then chairperson of the commission Michael Mahachi has been deferred to May 3 at the State’s request.

The trio appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Elijah Makomo.

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EDITORIAL COMMENT : Council corruption mustn’t go unpunished 

Source: EDITORIAL COMMENT : Council corruption mustn’t go unpunished | The Herald 16 APR, 2019 President Mnangagwa We welcome the decision by President Mnangagwa to intervene in the draw-down of the remaining funding from the $144 million Harare Water and Sanitation Rehabilitation Facility from China-Exim Bank following the stalling of the process due to corruption. […]

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Source: EDITORIAL COMMENT : Council corruption mustn’t go unpunished | The Herald 16 APR, 2019

EDITORIAL COMMENT : Council corruption mustn’t go unpunishedPresident Mnangagwa

We welcome the decision by President Mnangagwa to intervene in the draw-down of the remaining funding from the $144 million Harare Water and Sanitation Rehabilitation Facility from China-Exim Bank following the stalling of the process due to corruption.

President Mnangagwa revealed during the weekend that the Chinese funders had withheld the funds arguing that the Harare City Council had not used the money for the intended purpose. Reports suggest the Harare City Council failed to pay back instalments of the loan.

Without going into details about how council saw it fit to splash $72 million on trivia at the expense of rehabilitating water and sanitation services to the residents, the release of the second batch of funding should present council with an opportunity to finish the rehabilitation of the Morton Jaffray Waterworks as soon as possible.

The water and sewer systems of Harare have been teetering on the brink of collapse, putting millions  of people in danger of consuming contaminated  water, from its underground sources. For years, the water situation has been desperate and dire, as evidenced by the poor quality of  delivered water, severe water rationing and the outbreak  of water-borne diseases in most residential areas in Harare.

Embarrassing outbreaks of “Stone Age” water borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid that have killed hundreds of people in the last few years, are indicative of the water and sewer crisis bedevilling the MDC-Alliance-led council.

A series of outbreaks that happened, with Budiriro at one point being declared the epicentre of cholera were blamed on lack of access to safe water  and poor sanitation.

In all these incidences, the Harare City Council was found wanting in sewer and water reticulation because they had not prioritised water and sanitation services, by rehabilitating obsolete infrastructure that had outlived its life span.

Many residents have often questioned the sincerity of this local authority to permanently address the current water crisis, considering that part of the solution to current woes lie in the construction or rehabilitation of existing water works. 

In the last leg of his term, former mayor Bernard Manyenyeni made a chilling revelation that Morton Jaffray waterworks — at 60 years of age and having been designed to service 300 000 residents — had been overwhelmed.

Harare’s population currently stands at over two million. It was in the spirit of arresting perennial water problems that the China-Exim Bank extended the loan of $144 million to rehabilitate the Harare water and sanitation works. The solution has been hard to come by, though.

It is heartening that the Harare City Council’s project has been given a new lease of life after the President spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the release of the remaining funds.

The intervention of the President should bring to finality the problem of perennial water woes, with council expected to execute the project effectively and transparent without playing to the gallery instead of fulfilling its mandate.

Due diligence is now needed from Harare City Council to put systems in place to plug financial leakages that could result in the funding being misappropriated or diverted to other projects.

Harare City Council should know better how embarrassing it is for a Government to be called out by a foreign partner over misuse of money meant for projects of such magnitude.

We believe such embarrassing incidences should be tied to punitive measures in the event that people are caught putting their crocked dirty fingers in the cookie jar meant to benefit the majority. The President has categorically declared war on corruption, and the law will not hesitate to bring such individuals to book.

His call against corruption is not mere rhetorical, hence his decision to establish a Special Anti-Corruption Unit housed in the Office of the President and Cabinet to improve efficiency in the fight against all forms of graft and to strengthen the effectiveness of national mechanisms for the prevention of corruption.

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