ZACC : NO-ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW

A ZIMBABWE Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) commissioner
has warned that no one is above the law including those from the ruling Zanu PF
and the Executive.

In an interview on the side-lines of a Zacc familiarisation
workshop in Harare on Wednesda…

A ZIMBABWE Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) commissioner has warned that no one is above the law including those from the ruling Zanu PF and the Executive. In an interview on the side-lines of a Zacc familiarisation workshop in Harare on Wednesday, Commissioner Kuziva Murapa said the anti-graft body had already started investigations of several cases which could lead to imminent arrests.

Medical aid societies should own up

Source: Medical aid societies should own up | Newsday (News) EDITORIAL COMMENT THE impasse between medical doctors affiliated to the Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) and medical aid societies over the latter’s alleged non-remittance of payments by clients is really disturbing, given the serious implications it will have on patients, should the doctors decide to withdraw […]

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Source: Medical aid societies should own up | Newsday (News)

EDITORIAL COMMENT

THE impasse between medical doctors affiliated to the Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) and medical aid societies over the latter’s alleged non-remittance of payments by clients is really disturbing, given the serious implications it will have on patients, should the doctors decide to withdraw their services in protest.

The demand for full payment of all outstanding dues by the doctors will have serious implications on patients, who will fail to access medical services because of the stand-off. This is a matter that needs to be investigated in order to establish why medical aid societies have not been paying the remittances.

It is unbelievable that some of the medical aid societies are said to not having been paying the subscriptions from as far back as 2015. The question that arises is: What happened to their members’ subscriptions? This is an indicator of gross abuse that needs to be investigated and corrective action taken.

This needs to be done as a matter of urgency because the standoff will have a negative impact on patients who have been faithfully paying their subscriptions.

Because medical insurance firms have been mushrooming over the last few years, attracting many clients, it is strange that they are still not up -to-date when it comes to remitting what is due to the doctors and other health services providers.

Such firms need to be investigated to establish what exactly is happening, otherwise they may end up conning people. Now that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission appears to have grown sharper teeth, this is one area they may need to invest their interest in.

The fact that PSMAS, which reportedly owes over $60 million covering the past seven months and was in the past riddled with corruption allegations, is enough justification to launch an investigation.

With the way ordinary people are struggling, should the doctors enforce their threat to withdraw services, the consequences can only be dire.

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Chaos as Zanu PF treasurer bashes MDC councillor over distribution of presidential inputs

ZANU PF treasurer for Ward 17 in Chipinge has been arraigned before the courts for allegedly assaulting an MDC Alliance councillor over distribution of presidential inputs. Lizzie Jumburu (48) of Kondo village under Chief Musikavanhu pleaded not guilty…

ZANU PF treasurer for Ward 17 in Chipinge has been arraigned before the courts for allegedly assaulting an MDC Alliance councillor over distribution of presidential inputs. Lizzie Jumburu (48) of Kondo village under Chief Musikavanhu pleaded not guilty to assault when she appeared on Wednesday before Chipinge magistrate Joshua Nembaware, who remanded her to yesterday […]

Police, Zanu PF supporters battler over Bromley farm

Source: Police, Zanu PF supporters battler over Bromley farm | Newsday (News) BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA RUNNING battles between police and about 500 Zanu PF supporters remain the order of day at Bromley’s Subdivision H of Whiteside Farm a fortnight after the ruling party supporters were evicted from the farm. Samson Chauruka, who has since 2011 […]

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Source: Police, Zanu PF supporters battler over Bromley farm | Newsday (News)

BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA

RUNNING battles between police and about 500 Zanu PF supporters remain the order of day at Bromley’s Subdivision H of Whiteside Farm a fortnight after the ruling party supporters were evicted from the farm.

Samson Chauruka, who has since 2011 failed to occupy the 40,8-hactare farm that accommodates one of the biggest tobacco grading factories in the country, recently teamed up with the sheriff and successfully removed the illegal occupants.

However, chaos reigned supreme as the evicted people, who most of them adorned Zanu PF T-shirts retaliated and returned to the compound despite a court order to evict them.

Since then, there has been running battles between the farm owner, police and the evicted former farm workers with the former failing to farm as violence has become the order of the day.

Currently, some of the evicted people are living in the open near Bromley Shopping Centre along the Harare-Mutare Highway.

Chauruka told NewsDay yesterday that he is yet to occupy the farm as the evicted people are disturbing the whole process through unleashing violence against his men and the police.

“We are yet to occupy the farm. We tried to enter the farm again last Friday and they (ex-farm workers) attacked police officers before kidnapping two of my guys. However, half of the compound is now burnt down. I am liaising with the Sheriff so that we repeat the process until the remainder of those resisting leave,” he said.

According to a survey conducted by this paper, the farm has attracted interests from local Zanu PF officials who are currently leasing some of the building to road works companies as well as operating the tobacco grading factory.

The farm used to be owned by late white farmer Lombert, who later sold it to Chauruka – an indigenous businessman who runs butcheries across the country.

“The whole issue is politicised. Currently, they have vandalised the grading factory that we refurbished some years ago. Some of them are sub-letting the buildings to road maintenance companies. We have to raise funds again to restore production facilities which will take a year or two. It is really sad how the
third biggest primary tobacco processing plant has been stripped down and 250 jobs lost,” Chauruka added.

The ex-farm workers were first evicted in 2012 before Zanu PF intervened, ordering them to re-occupy the compound until an alternative place was secured for them.

However, the ruling party last year lost the constituency to MDC Alliance in the July 30 harmonised elections.

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Secretary-General appoints Fayaz King of Zimbabwe as Deputy Executive Director, Field Results and Innovation for the United Nations Children’s Fund

Source: Secretary-General appoints Fayaz King of Zimbabwe as Deputy Executive Director, Field Results and Innovation for the United Nations Children’s Fund | Africanews United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Fayaz King of Zimbabwe as Assistant Secretary-General to serve as the Deputy Executive Director, Field Results and Innovation for the United Nations […]

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Source: Secretary-General appoints Fayaz King of Zimbabwe as Deputy Executive Director, Field Results and Innovation for the United Nations Children’s Fund | Africanews

António Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Fayaz King of Zimbabwe as Assistant Secretary-General to serve as the Deputy Executive Director, Field Results and Innovation for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). He will succeed Shanelle Hall of the United States, to whom the Secretary-General and UNICEF are grateful for her dedicated service.

Mr. King recently served as the Chief Operating Officer at Econet Wireless where he was influential in digitally transforming the Telecommunications Company. He served on the Boards of Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe, Econet Burundi and Econet Lesotho, bringing to the position over 30 years of experience in innovation, business development, organizational & digital transformation.

He previously served as Managing Director at Bharti Airtel International and Celtel International, having worked in Uganda, Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Mr. King has spearheaded the implementation of several technological innovations, including digital products, and overseen developments aimed at digitizing school education and healthcare. He is a passionate driver of youth development and empowerment.

Mr. King founded various entrepreneurial endeavours, in the field of agriculture and food security, driving efficiencies through technology innovations. He held the role of Chief Executive Officer and Group Marketing Director at Innscor Africa Limited where he pioneered the growth of a range of products and services, from bread and confectionary to video games and entertainment, and expanded the Zimbabwean business ventures in the region.

He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Zimbabwe in 1994 and completed several specialized courses at INSEADHEC Paris and Harvard Business School.

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Zimbabwe: a state of despair

Source: Zimbabwe: a state of despair – Business Live Inflation hit 175% in June. A drought has caused the Kariba dam to drop to 24% of capacity, which has hammered Zimbabwe’s power supply and load-shedding is a way of life On a sticky wicket: A Zimbabwean soldier watches shoppers lining up in Bulawayo. Picture: AFP/Zinyange […]

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On a sticky wicket: A Zimbabwean soldier watches shoppers lining up in Bulawayo. Picture: AFP/Zinyange Auntony

On a sticky wicket: A Zimbabwean soldier watches shoppers lining up in Bulawayo. Picture: AFP/Zinyange Auntony

Cricket makes a pretty good metaphor for a country. It’s a game that takes time to wind up and hit its stride. It has fast moments and dull patches and joys and disappointments.

So it’s quite apt — and disturbing — that the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended Zimbabwe’s membership last week over its failure to keep the sport free of government interference. The ICC suspension follows the government’s move in June to suspend the Zimbabwe cricket board and replace it with a committee. The result? The ICC funding tap is turned off and the country cannot take part in ICC events.

This unhappy sideshow takes place against a backdrop of despair as the country’s economy flounders. Inflation hit 175% in June. A drought has caused the Kariba dam to drop to 24% of capacity, which has hammered Zimbabwe’s power supply. Load-shedding is a way of life, with blackouts lasting up to 20 hours. Teachers are struggling to feed themselves, let alone teach. Hospitals battle to provide even basic care.

Economic turmoil has been worsened by the government’s decision to outlaw the US dollar as legal tender and pave the way for the return of the Zimbabwe dollar — yes, the same currency that was printed into worthlessness and suspended only when inflation reached 500-billion percent in 2008 — and police now spend much time cracking down on those who would dare to trade in US dollars.

People can survive hyperinflation, a stagnant economy, rolling blackouts and empty supermarkets. But lose a small reason for hope and joy, the chance to feel a bit of national pride? Well, it’s just not cricket.

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Set independent commission for electoral reforms: Zesn

Source: Set independent commission for electoral reforms: Zesn | Newsday (News) BY BLESSED MHLANGA IN a push for electoral reforms recommended by a number of elections observer missions accredited to Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (Zesn) has called for the establishment of an electoral reform committee to see through the changes. Nearly a year […]

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Source: Set independent commission for electoral reforms: Zesn | Newsday (News)

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

IN a push for electoral reforms recommended by a number of elections observer missions accredited to Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (Zesn) has called for the establishment of an electoral reform committee to see through the changes.

Nearly a year after the polls, small progress has been made towards election reforms and correcting contested areas, particularly regarding the independence of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commissions (Zec) and diaspora voting.

Zesn said it was important to ensure that the independence of Zec was reinforced by giving Parliament a direct oversight of the Commission instead of leaving it to the discretion of a minister who is a player in the electoral processes.

“Government should establish an all-inclusive electoral reform committee to deliberate on political, administrative and legal reforms that are needed to enhance the credibility of Zimbabwe elections,” the electoral watchdog said.

Elections observer missions called on government to push for early electoral reforms by aligning the Electoral Act to the Constitution to avoid disputed polls in 2023.

During the 2018 general elections, the African Union observer mission noted that the Electoral Act, was not aligned to the Constitution, especially around the contagious diaspora vote, resulting in millions of Zimbabweans failing to vote.

“There is need to align and harmonise the electoral laws to comply with the Constitution. The Electoral Act should be aligned with the 2013 Constitution, in particular those provisions related to the constitutional right to vote, including postal voting for home-bound voters and those in hospitals,” part of the recommendations read.

Millions of Zimbabweans in the diaspora, hospitals and prisons were denied their right to vote in the past elections as Zec only extended postal voting to police and Zimbabweans outside the country on official government business.

The MDC has been fighting to have those in diaspora allowed to cast their ballots at respective embassies across the world, but lost the bid because the Electoral Act does not provide for that.

The European Union (EU) missions zeroed in on the independence of Zec, saying its independence as provided for by the Constitution was not visible in their operations.

Zec reports to Parliament through the Justice minister, it also waits for the minister to approve its regulations and key appointments compromising the integrity and independence of the commission.

“For the independence of Zec, in relation to responsibility for it’s own regulations, voter registration and accreditation of observers, as well as the required approval of regulations, the mission urges the Zimbabwe government to consider expediting alignment of outstanding aspects of the Electoral Law to new Constitution,” the EU said in its report.

In a statement, Zec chairperson Justice Priscila Chigumba said the commission had already put together a package for electoral reforms which are yet to be forwarded to Parliament for debate.

“With regard to electoral reform process, Zec convened an all-stakeholder conference at the conclusion of the 2018 harmonised elections to discuss these reforms. Zec has since consolidated proposals arising from the conference and included them in the electoral reform package for consideration by the legislature,” she said.

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Bush bakery closes 24 hrs after commissioning

Source: Bush bakery closes 24 hrs after commissioning – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 26, 2019 BY NUNURAI JENA A RUDIMENTARY bread oven that was officially opened by two ministers in Makonde amid pomp and fanfare has been closed barely 24 hours after it became operational. When NewsDay visited the place at Portlet in Makonde district yesterday, […]

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Source: Bush bakery closes 24 hrs after commissioning – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 26, 2019

BY NUNURAI JENA

A RUDIMENTARY bread oven that was officially opened by two ministers in Makonde amid pomp and fanfare has been closed barely 24 hours after it became operational.

When NewsDay visited the place at Portlet in Makonde district yesterday, the oven, in an open maize field, was deserted as villagers said the 50 kilogrammes of flour delivered on the day of the launch had been exhausted.

Small and Medium Enterprise minister Sithembiso Nyoni and Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Priscah Mupfumira commissioned the oven that uses fire wood and produce about 500 loaves per day.

One of the villagers who preferred to remain anonymous said the project was rushed because most of the local people were not aware of the baking project.

“There was so much secrecy about the project. Most of the villagers were surprised that the ministers were coming. No wonder why it operated for 24 hours and the moment the ministers went away everything came to a halt,” the villager said.

But one of the committee member Vaida Matanhire played down the issue saying the community should contribute to the running of the project.

“The project is for the community and we should contribute for the project to be a success,” Matanhire said.

Government has promised to open more such local “bakeries” with the initiative to ease bread shortages currently bedevilling the country.

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DRAMA: Bush bakery officially opened by Ministers Priscah Mupfumira and Sithembiso Nyoni shuts down

A RUDIMENTARY bread oven that was officially opened by two ministers in Makonde amid pomp and fanfare has been closed barely 24 hours after it became operational. When NewsDay visited the place at Portlet in Makonde district yesterday, the oven, in an …

A RUDIMENTARY bread oven that was officially opened by two ministers in Makonde amid pomp and fanfare has been closed barely 24 hours after it became operational. When NewsDay visited the place at Portlet in Makonde district yesterday, the oven, in an open maize field, was deserted as villagers said the 50 kilogrammes of flour […]

Zimbabwe tourism minister held for suspected corruption

Source: Zimbabwe tourism minister held for suspected corruption | Zimbabwe News | Al Jazeera Prisca Mupfumira is the first senior government official to be detained by anti-fraud body since it’s overhaul in July. Mupfumira, a senior member of the ruling ZANU-PF party was previously labour minister and social welfare minister [File: Ministry of Environment, Tourism […]

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Source: Zimbabwe tourism minister held for suspected corruption | Zimbabwe News | Al Jazeera

Prisca Mupfumira is the first senior government official to be detained by anti-fraud body since it’s overhaul in July.

Mupfumira, a senior member of the ruling ZANU-PF party was previously labour minister and social welfare minister [File: Ministry of Environment, Tourism and hospitality]
Mupfumira, a senior member of the ruling ZANU-PF party was previously labour minister and social welfare minister [File: Ministry of Environment, Tourism and hospitality]

Zimbabwe‘s minister of tourism has been held for questioning by a newly-constituted anti-corruption commission.

According to state-owned daily The Herald, Prisca Mupfumira was detained on Thursday over the alleged disappearance of millions of dollars at the country’s pension fund when she was social welfare minister.

She is the first senior government official to be held by the commission which was overhauled by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on July 15.

“We can confirm that the minister of tourism is currently in our custody for questioning and possible due processes,” the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) said in a brief statement on Thursday. It did not give any details.

According to Zimbabwean laws, a suspect must appear in court within 48 hours after his or her arrest.

 

Mupfumira, a senior member of the ruling ZANU-PF party, previously oversaw the $1bn state pension fund. She was fired by former President Robert Mugabe weeks before a military-led coup that toppled him in November 2017.

She was reappointed after Mugabe’s removal and given a new portfolio.

In an audit report in June, the ZACC has accused several prominent officials of abuse of funds. The scandal has been labelled as the “National Social Security Authority Scandal”.

The anti-corruption commission was given the power to arrest suspects, but critics question whether it will be effective.

The opposition cast doubt on Mnangagwa’s decision to appoint High Court Judge Loice Matanda-Moyo as the commission’s chair, alleging a potential conflict of interest because she is married to Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo, the retired army general who announced the coup against Mugabe.

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