COPS BLOCK MDC PRIMARY ELECTION

Police officers deployed to block the MDC Ward 28 primary elections

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), Thursday denied Nelson Chamisa’s MDC Alliance permission to hold its Ward 28 primary election in Bulawayo, claiming the event had not been cleared….

Police officers deployed to block the MDC Ward 28 primary elections The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), Thursday denied Nelson Chamisa’s MDC Alliance permission to hold its Ward 28 primary election in Bulawayo, claiming the event had not been cleared.  The opposition party wanted to choose a candidate to represent the party in the Bulawayo Municipality Ward 28 by-election set for March 30.

ED under fire over top union leader’s arrest

Source: ED under fire over top union leader’s arrest | Daily News HARARE – Top  world labour unions yesterday came out guns blazing against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime over the arrest of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) general-secretary for Africa Kwasi Adu-Amankwah. Amankwah was picked up on Tuesday just after checking into a Harare hotel […]

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Source: ED under fire over top union leader's arrest | Daily News

HARARE – Top  world labour unions yesterday came out guns blazing against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime over the arrest of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) general-secretary for Africa Kwasi Adu-Amankwah.

Amankwah was picked up on Tuesday just after checking into a Harare hotel just after his arrival at the Robert Mugabe International Airport.

Africa’s foremost trade union leader was set to meet with leaders of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), president Peter Mutasa and secretary-general Japhet Moyo who are out on bail after being arrested for calling for the January national stay-away against a 150 percent hike in fuel prices.

Mutasa and Moyo have both been granted $2 000 bail and are reporting three times a week to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Law and Order.

They are facing charges of attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected government.

Adu-Amankwa, a veteran Ghanaian trade unionist, was freed late on Tuesday after being held incommunicado since his morning arrest, and denied access to a lawyer.

He was held by the Department of Immigration at the airport and was later released after international pressure was brought to bear on Mnangagwa.

South Africa’s main trade union federation, Cosatu — part of an official, three-way governing alliance that also includes the African National Congress (ANC) and the Communist Party — said the behaviour of the Zimbabwe government was the utmost violation of the freedom of association and infringes on the overall rights and trade union rights.

“Cosatu condemns in the strongest terms the detention of the ITUC-Africa general-secretary, Comrade …Adu-Amankwah. We are not so surprised by this action of the security forces in Zimbabwe; we know too well it is in the DNA of the Zimbabwean regime to behave in this manner,” Cosatu said in a damning statement yesterday.

“The problems of Zimbabwe will never be resolved with the approach of the current Zimbabwe regime.

“This will serve to only worsen the situation. This strengthens the case that Zimbabwe remains a country at risk and must be treated as such. This behaviour violates not only human and trade union rights but international labour standards and laws.”

Cosatu said Mnangagwa “must stop interfering with trade unions as well as the persecution of trade union leaders and labelling of ZCTU a dissident organisation, and anyone associating with it an enemy of the regime.”

“… Kwasi must be allowed to finish his mission and we are all keen to hear the mission’s findings although it is clearer now. Sadc cannot be silent when obvious disregard for freedoms and rights are so blatantly clear. We challenge Sadc to intervene meaningfully with sustainable solutions in that country.”

Switzerland-based UNI Global Workers Union said the Zimbabwe government is not genuine about re-engagement.

“Labour is an important stakeholder and organ of civil society which always seeks to be part of the solution in difficult conditions.

“The arrest of the ITUC-Africa general-secretary brings into question how genuine the Zimbabwean government is about resolving the current impasse through dialogue.

“UNI Africa is calling upon the Zimbabwean government to do the right thing and to allow Kwasi to continue with his mission free from intimidation,” the union said.

The United States of America embassy in Harare wrote on its Twitter account that the arrest of civil society leaders further damage Zimbabwe’s image.

“Harassment and targeted arrests of civil society leaders damage Zimbabwe’s reputation & economic future.  We call on the Zimbabwean government to uphold its Constitution, protect human rights, and foster an environment where all can contribute to the nation’s progress.”

The Federation of Somali Unions (FESTU) strongly condemned the arrest of the top trade unionist.

“FESTU deplores the forceful nature in which the government of Zimbabwe is responding to the legitimate work and demands of trade unions.

“We reiterate our unequivocal condemnation of the systemic abuse of power and repression against leaders and members of the trade union movement led by the Zimbabwe Congress of trade Unions (ZCTU),” FESTU secretary-general Omar Faruk Osman said, adding the Zimbabwe government was declaring war against trade unions in Africa.

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Woman in trouble after burying new born baby alive in shallow grave

POLICE in Glendale have arrested a 38-year-old woman whom they charged with infanticide after she gave birth to a baby girl she later bundled into a reed-basket and went on to bury alive. The baby later died before getting any help. According to police…

POLICE in Glendale have arrested a 38-year-old woman whom they charged with infanticide after she gave birth to a baby girl she later bundled into a reed-basket and went on to bury alive. The baby later died before getting any help. According to police, Eunice Mutata, who is from Glendale farming community in Mashonaland Central, […]

‘Stricter water rationing on the cards for Harare

Source: ‘Stricter water rationing on the cards for Harare | Daily News HARARE City Council (HCC) is set to introduce a stricter water rationing regime as dam levels at Lake Chivero continue dwindling. Acting distribution manager Tapiwa Kunyadini told a full council meeting that the city’s raw water was now very concentrated with nitrogen and […]

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Source: 'Stricter water rationing on the cards for Harare | Daily News

HARARE City Council (HCC) is set to introduce a stricter water rationing regime as dam levels at Lake Chivero continue dwindling.
Acting distribution manager Tapiwa Kunyadini told a full council meeting that the city’s raw water was now very concentrated with nitrogen and phosphorus because there has not been any significant rains.

The engineer’s remarks come as Mabvuku councillor Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi had asked why some suburbs continue to suffer water shortages. “We will be instituting a stricter water rationing regime especially for areas in the northern suburbs to 72 hours per week to allow for pumping to Highlands and Pomona areas. We have stopped drawing water from Prince Edward Dam because it is now very low and cannot be extracted. Apart from the poor rains, our major problems now are chemicals and rehabilitation of our treatment works which may take a lot of time,” Kunyadini said.

He emphasised that the raw water quality was now extremely concentrated and needed a lot of chemicals to delineate to make it fit for human consumption. The council engineer indicated that council was now pumping 300 megalitres of water daily against 620 ML they were pumping last year.

“We are hoping that with the works that we are undertaking to the various clarifiers at Morton Jaffray and the commissioning of Avondale pump station, we will be able to have returned water production to over 500 Ml by end of April,” he said.

Environmental management committee chairperson Kudzai Kadzombe said the city should look into other sources of water as a matter of urgency. She said alternatively, council should also have additional mobile water treatment units to draw water and treat it from smaller sources.

“The engineers should look into other methods of purification because the number of chemicals we are using is too much. We understand that the quality of our raw water is extremely bad but the chemicals used should be reduced,” Kadzombe said.
Water rationing comes as HCC is also looking to investors for three additional mobile treatment units that will pump water to suburbs such as Glen Lorne, Borrowdale, Mabvuku, Tafara, which have gone for years without municipal water.

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JUST IN: 5 men kidnapped, bashed with gun butts and issued death threats at ‘KwaMakandiwa’

UNITED Family International Church (UFIC) leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa has been implicated in a case in which five men were reportedly kidnapped and tortured for allegedly stealing gold ore from Havilah Gold Mine in Mutoko, which is believed to be…

UNITED Family International Church (UFIC) leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa has been implicated in a case in which five men were reportedly kidnapped and tortured for allegedly stealing gold ore from Havilah Gold Mine in Mutoko, which is believed to be owned by the clergyman. Lloyd Sande (24), Godknows Mhungu (21), Bornface Mudzonga (29), Julius Mudzonga […]

Zupco deal unsustainable

Source: Zupco deal unsustainable | Daily News HARARE – Last month, government allowed a fleet of private buses to join forces with the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) in servicing cities and towns so as to counter the high transport costs that were being charged by kombi operators. The exorbitant fares had adversely affected workers and […]

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Source: Zupco deal unsustainable | Daily News

HARARE – Last month, government allowed a fleet of private buses to join forces with the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) in servicing cities and towns so as to counter the high transport costs that were being charged by kombi operators.

The exorbitant fares had adversely affected workers and school children who commute daily to and from work/school.

Coming immediately after the three-day stay-away which ran from January 14 to 16 this year, some of us were suspicious of this act of generosity.

Stung by the hugely successful protests, government did not only blame the main labour movement and non-governmental organisations for the violence, looting and wanton destruction of property that accompanied the demonstrations: It was also quick to blame kombis operators for withdrawing their services.

By introducing alternative cheap transport, government has therefore had its revenge. Although the idea appears noble on paper, we wondered if it could last.

While this is being touted as an initiative by the moribund Zupco, we doubt if the parastatal had anything to do with it.

In its current state, Zupco has no financial stamina to deliver on its end of the bargain and it is only a matter of time before the independent bus operators walk away from the deal.

To start with, there are a lot of grey areas regarding how this arrangement was structured, especially in terms of payments for services rendered.

We also don’t think that Zupco, even with the help of Treasury, can sustain fuelling all these buses when the country is grappling with fuel and foreign currency shortages.

Already, events of the past few days have been disturbing to those who thought their transport problems were over as the buses became erratic, hence leaving passengers stranded.

We hear some of the operators have pulled out, resulting in kombi operators taking advantage of the situation by doubling their fares once again.

Zupco and its parent ministry of Local Government should explain to the commuting public on the challenges they are encountering so that people make other transport arrangements as they have to adjust their transport costs.

It is a big betrayal for Zupco and its parent ministry to keep quiet and pretend that everything is okay as workers and school children get stranded until late in the evening.

While government is pinning its hope on the buses sourced outside the country by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, these may take years to come. Without proper structures, systems and effective management at Zupco, the effort can also easily to go waste.

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Court rebuffs GMB bosses’ challenge to $1m fraud rap

Source: Court rebuffs GMB bosses’ challenge to $1m fraud rap | Daily News HARARE – A Harare court yesterday turned away a challenge to the prosecution of three Grain Marketing Board Pension Fund (GMBPF) executives facing charges of defrauding the grain utility of $1 million. Harare regional magistrate Lucy Mungwari declined to take up an […]

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Source: Court rebuffs GMB bosses' challenge to $1m fraud rap | Daily News

HARARE – A Harare court yesterday turned away a challenge to the prosecution of three Grain Marketing Board Pension Fund (GMBPF) executives facing charges of defrauding the grain utility of $1 million.

Harare regional magistrate Lucy Mungwari declined to take up an appeal by executives Korbs Kobie Mutandiro, 59, Basilio Sandamu, 64, and Taona Munzvandi, 48, for exception to the fraud charges, throwing out their challenge that claimed their company was supposed to be charged as a legal entity not in their individual capacities.

According to the State, sometime in the late 90s, the government embarked on the Land Reform Programme which involved compulsory acquisition of land for re-distribution.

In terms of the Land Acquisition Act Chapter 20:10 and through an extraordinary Government Gazette general notice 591 of 2001, a notice was given to acquire Romany Farm under deed of transfer number 5421.

It was alleged that on April 30, 2013, Munzvandi, allegedly in connivance with Mutandiro and Sandamu, hatched a plan to defraud the fund.

The court heard Munzvandi and Mutandiro entered into an agreement of sale of the said farm to GMBPF for $2,5 million knowing that the farm had been acquired by the State.

Acting on the misrepresentation, GMBPF transferred $1 040 000 into Organs Resources (Pvt) Ltd Standard Chartered Bank corporate account where Mutandiro is the director and signatory to the bank account.  Earlier, Mutandiro had allegedly fraudulently acquired 51 percent of the shares from the previous owner David John Sheehan for a purported value ZW$5 million.

Mutandiro then allegedly connived with his accomplices and entered into an agreement of sale with GMBPF for $2,5 million although they knew that the farm had been acquired by the State.

A memorandum of understanding was subsequently entered between Romany Farm and GMBPF for a joint venture for purposes of land development.

The court heard Mutandiro, Sandamu and Munzvandi did so without a requisite certificate-of no-present-interest.  After the agreement had been completed, Munzvandi then allegedly instructed the finance manager at GMBPF to transfer $1 070 000 into Mutandiro’s Organs Resources.

The offence was unearthed after GMBPF realised that Romany Farm had been handed over to Local Government ministry for urban development in 2015.

As a result, GMBPF was prejudiced $1 040 000 and nothing was recovered.

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Allow NPA to recruit prosecutors

Source: Allow NPA to recruit prosecutors | Daily News There is a looming chronic workforce shortage at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) after the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) ordered the body to disengage all serving members of the security services within its employment, with a leading legal watchdog saying it was vital for Finance minister Mthuli […]

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Source: Allow NPA to recruit prosecutors | Daily News

There is a looming chronic workforce shortage at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) after the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) ordered the body to disengage all serving members of the security services within its employment, with a leading legal watchdog saying it was vital for Finance minister Mthuli Ncube to allow the NPA to recruit new staff.

This comes as Zimbabwean Treasury has frozen all recruitment by most government arms.
But legal watchdog Veritas said the NPA needs an aggressive hiring push, after the Con-Court ruled that its employment of serving security service members was a serious breach of section 208(4) of the Constitution.

Government was dragged to court in January 2015 by the Zimbabwe Law Officers Association and a former prosecutor after police officers and members of the Defence Forces were seconded to the NPA amid a shortage of trained prosecutors. Some of these police and military officers were said to be very good but they are not trained lawyers.

In its February 19 judgment, the full Con-Court bench led by Chief Justice Luke Malaba ordered the NPA “to disengage all serving members of the security services within its employment”.
The court, however, allowed the NPA 24 months — which lapse on February 18, 2021 — to comply with the order.
The Con-Court ruled that the delay in removing the security force was “to avoid chaos”.

Veritas said under these circumstances, it was folly blocking the recruitment of new prosecutors given that the NPA was facing a looming crisis in staffing numbers.
“NPA needs more resources. Government will inevitably have to allocate greater resources to the NPA to enable it to attract and retain competent and professional civilian personnel. Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, please note,” Veritas said in a commentary.

Veritas’s exhortation could win favour with Ncube, given that, last month Treasury authorised the recruitment of at least 3 000 teachers in a bid to improve the teacher-to-pupil ratio which impacts on the quality of education in schools.
Government has not been recruiting since 2015 after the then Public Service Commission announced that recruitment and promotions in the civil service had been frozen as part of a staff rationalisation exercise.

The NPA court challenge was brought before the Con-Court by Zimbabwe Law Officers  Association and former prosecutor Dereck  Charamba in terms of section 85(1) of the Constitution.
The court challenge cited the NPA, the prosecutor-general, the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister, the Commissioner-General of Police and the Attorney-General as respondents.
The applicants were seeking an order declaring the employment of serving members of the security services, as prosecutors, to be unconstitutional.

And the court concurred that the NPA’s employment of serving security service members was a serious breach of section 208(4) of the Constitution, which reads: “Serving members of the security services (that is the Defence Forces, the Police Service, the intelligence services and the Prisons and Correctional Service) must not be employed in civilian institutions except in periods of public emergency.”

The court order now requires the removal from the NPA of all serving security services members whether they are functioning as prosecutors or in any other capacity.

The court order now requires the removal from the NPA of all serving security services members whether they are functioning as prosecutors or in any other capacity.

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I’M NOT ZANU PF : MWONZORA LASHES OUT

As the MDC
Alliance 2019 elective congress builds momentum, the Zimbabwe Morning Post
interviewed the biggest opposition party’ Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora
who is likely to contest the incumbent Nelson Chamisa.

Since the
announcement of the…

As the MDC Alliance 2019 elective congress builds momentum, the Zimbabwe Morning Post interviewed the biggest opposition party’ Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora who is likely to contest the incumbent Nelson Chamisa. Since the announcement of the congress dates which is scheduled to take place from May 24-26 there has been mudslinging as party members coalesce around their presidential