Dzamara’s Submit Petition To Mugabe On (168) Days Since ‘Itai Dzamara Dissappearance’

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Itai Dzamara was abducted and went missing on the 9th of March 2015 and we are still oblivious of what happened  or  is  happening  to  him.  Today  marks  one  hundred  and  sixty  seven  (168)  days  since  his disappearance.I am however concerned and disturbed by the stance assumed by you as the Head of State and by yourGovernment. In terms of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which you swore to uphold, defend, obey andrespect,  you have  done  little  or  nothing  to  observe  Section  90 (2)  (c)  that  mandates  you to  ensureprotection of the fundamental human rights and freedoms and the rule of law.To date, you, as the Head of State and your Government at large, have done little to assist us as a familyto at least come to a place of closure. In fact, your spokesperson Mr. George Charamba indicated that theissue of our missing family member is too small to bother you, a sentiment we felt was irresponsible,insensitive and unfortunate.Although Itai Dzamara openly opposed your Government and some of its policies, his security and rightto life remains a direct and unquestionable responsibility of your Government.

Ever since Itai Dzamara’s disappearance, a lot has transpired and various theories have been promulgated.However and in spite of that, I am of the view that by now some headway would have been made ifeveryone involved and concerned acted in good faith, especially the Government through the responsibleministry, the Ministry of Home Affairs. From the onset, there has been suspicion of the involvement of State Security agents in the abduction ofItai Dzamara and that position has not changed. As you might be aware, Sir, Itai Dzamara petitioned youto step down for failing to run the country well, according to him and since that day he had been receivingthreats on his life from the security agents and he was subjected to serious torture at the hands of theZimbabwe Republic Police and other private sources within your Zanu PF political party.That, together with various activities he engaged in as an activist within the provisions of the Constitutionpresented him as a marked man by the State Security system. He was beaten, arrested and received deaththreats  by  State  Security  agents  several  times  even  though  his  activities  were  well  within  hisConstitutional rights.As highlighted above, today marks 167 days since Itai Dzamara was abducted. A human being cannotdisappear just like that. Section 49 of the Constitution states that every person has the right to personalliberty,  which includes  the  right  not  to  be deprived  of their  liberty arbitrarily  or  without  just  cause.Furthermore, the Constitution grants Itai Dzamara the right to personal security and protects him from allforms of violence from public or private sources.I am thoroughly convinced, Sir, that with your assistance and that of your Government, in good faith, wecan make some headway on this matter.

I  am  hopeful  that  Itai  Dzamara  is  still  alive  and  he  must  be  released  from  this  unjustified  andunconstitutional captivity.I hereby make the following demands:DEMAND1) That as the President of Zimbabwe sworn to protect every citizen, you should immediately issue astatement over Itai Dzamara’s disappearance.2)  That as the Head of State and Government you order whoever is keeping Itai Dzamara in captivity torelease him immediately. 3)  That as the Head of State and Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces make acommitment  and  public  announcement  that  the  State  Security  agents  shall  intensify  their  efforts  inuncovering  the  mystery  surrounding  Itai  Dzamara’s  disappearance  and  making  sure  he  is  releasedimmediately.4) That as the President of Zimbabwe and a concerned leader ensure that your Government, through theresponsible ministry engages the Dzamara family and walk with us through this austere experience.

5) That your Government through the relevant ministry take the responsibility to engage the Dzamarafamily and the nation at large on this issue the same way it engaged whoever was concerned when Cecilthe Lion was killed. Itai Dzamara’s disappearance cannot be treated as not being important.

CONCLUSION  My position is backed by many concerned Zimbabweans, who, like myself, await your response on thismatter.In  the  event  that  you  choose  to  ignore  my  demand  and  request,  I  shall  engage  all  progressiveZimbabweans within a week and protest in various ways against that in a civil, peaceful and resolutemanner as provided for within the Constitution. It defies logic and reason for my brother to disappear without a trace in a nation that is not at war andallow that to go unnoticed and unquestioned. Lastly, Sir, l beg of you to appreciate my legitimate demand and treat it with the urgency it deserves as aresponsible leader.Looking forward to your response.FaithfullyPatson Dzamara see more at www.newzimbabwevision.com

Photo-Itai Dzamara’s brother, ‘Patson’ and Itai Dzamara’s wife, ‘Sheffra’ submit the petition

Zimbabwe Gvt To Erect 10 New ‘Tollgate Cash Cows’ Across Major Roads In Coming Weeks

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Mugabe’s cash strapped Zanu PF regime will erect  10 new tollgates across the nations major highways in Zimbabwe in what is obviously a desperate attempt to raise funds from the  public.

The ammendment and gazzeting of Statutory Instrument 39, Toll Roads (Road Network) Regulations (2009),this week will kickstart the construction of the much hated highway structures.

The tollgates will be erected on the Harare-Beitbridge, Harare-Chirundu (Karoi), Harare-Bindura-Mt Darwin, Chivhu–Nyazura (Magamba), Mutare–Masvingo (Dewure) and Masvingo-Beitbridge (Mwenezi Growth Point) roads.

The tollgate count on main highways is fast rising with Harare-Beitbridge road accruing six tollgates, Harare-Chirundu, Bulawayo-Beitbridge and Mutare-Masvingo roads totalling three   each at the end of the exercise.

In theory the millions of income generated by the ‘tollgate cash cows’ , ideally should boost funds for road infrastructure maintenance. However, this fails to happen under Mugabe’s cash strapped Zanu PF regime, for obvious reasons. By Sibusiso Ngwenya. See more at www.newzimbabwevision.com

Italian Coast Guard Rescues 4,400 Migrants In One Day In The Mediterranean Coast

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In what is now becoming an unprecedented wave of migration since the second world war, Smugglers are reported to have suddenly taken advantage of generally stable sea conditions to launch migrant boats, mostly overcrowded rickety ones from the Lybian Coast, causing the Italian Coast guard to launch a massive rescue operation in which an estimated 4,400 migrants were rescued in just one day in a total of  22 rescue operations on Saturday.

Italian Coast guard, Navy  and Police Boats all pooled together in the rescue operation in which motorised rubber dinghies and fishing boats, brought migrants desperate to reach Europe’s southern shores.

The crisis is compounded by the fact that there is no coordinated programme of action to resolve the crisis by the European countries as no one appears to be ready to take responsibility, so there are no suitable receiving facilities on European shores, such as food, accomodation, welfare and immigrant processing services. By Sibusiso Ngwenya. See more at www.newzimbabwe.vision

photo- Image of shipwrecked people being rescued aboard a boat 32 km (20 miles) north of Libya by a frigate of the Italian navy in this picture taken June 7 -Indianexpress.

ATM Styled , Clean Water Dispensers, Deployed In Kenyan Slums- Half A Shilling For 20 Litres

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The innovative new system allows people swipe a smart card that is topped up at a kiosk or through a mobile phone to allow water flow the mouths of the dispensers. Although this is not the first time the scheme is been used in Kenya, it is the first time an urban area will play host to an innovation of this kind.

Water scarcity has been an issue in Kenya for decades; only a small percentage of the country’s land is good for agriculture and the year round climate is predominantly dry. Locals rely mostly on water vendors who are very expensive. It is reported that water vendors in Kenya sell 20 litres of water for KSh 50 (50cent) while the water company sells waters from the water dispensers at half a shilling for 20 litres. This is more than 50 times the amount being sold by the water company. Alternative cheaper sources, however, are usually too polluted for consumption.

According to The Water Project, kenya’s natural water resources also do not provide an equitable delivery of water to the various regions of the country, leaving most of the population without any fresh water. Growing urbanization has also forced poor urban dwellers to the slums, where there is no water or sanitation. Congestion is further worsening the already hazardous health conditions.

In order to provide readily available and affordable clean water , the Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company (NCWSC) in a private public partnership with Danish water Engineering company, Grundfos have set up a water dispensing machine. NCWSC is opening about four of these ATM style dispensers in Kenya and Kenyans are expecting that this innovation will expand across the nation. source-venturesafrica.

 

Cattle Measles/, Cysticercosis or Bladder Worm Rampant In Matebeleland Gold Mining Area’

The deadly measles disease is said to be attacking  cattle in Matabeleland region which is fuelled by the lack of ablution facilities for human beings in most of the areas.

Matabeleland South provincial veterinary officer Dr Mbuso Moyo said cases of cattle measles were mainly reported in areas with rampant gold panning activities.

“Cattle measles is mostly reported in areas where people don’t have sanitary facilities. As a result cattle become infected when they eat grass with eggs passed from the faeces of an infected person. Human beings are host to the measles tapeworm.
“It looks as if cases of cattle measles are most prevalent in areas where there are rampant gold mining activities and it makes sense because these people don’t have proper ablution facilities they just relieve themselves in the open.”

“About 60 to 70 cattle are condemned in a year in Matabeleland and this has drastic economic repercussions on farmers. Since the disease affects both animals and human beings there is a need for a multi-stakeholders approach in dealing with it and in this regard the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s involvement is of paramount importance,” Dr Moyo said.

The measles infection, which is also called beef measles, cysticercosis or bladder worm, appears on an animal as bean-sized cysticerci. They are oval, greyish-white, fluid-filled bladder-like objects about 10 mm long by 5mm wide. Source: Sunday News

Zimbabwe Job Cuts Are A ‘Recipe For Arab Spring’, Style Uprising Warns Labour Union

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ZIMBABWE’S beleaguered workers have appealed to President Robert Mugabe to invoke his powers to end more job losses as he prepares to amend the country’s harsh labour laws.

Speaking during a street demonstration in Harare’s CBD Saturday, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) leaders rubbished the proposed labour amendment law saying it sought to perpetuate the exploitation of workers.

They insisted the law does nothing to free workers from capricious “capitalists” who are ensconced in top positions in both government and the judiciary.

In a petition to the public service ministry, the ZCTU demanded an end to “the madness by invoking Presidential Emergency Powers until the the new Labour Act is in place”.

Short of that, the ZCTU wants Public Service Minister Prisca Mupfumira to use her own powers under current laws to halt the jobs haemorrhage.

The labour group warned the country risked sliding into an untenable state of increased criminality among citizens and civil disobedience akin to the Arab Spring.

“This is a recipe for political instability as disgruntled workers will turn against their government for failure to protect them,” read the petition.

“The Arab Spring is such an example in which there was social unrest, particularly in Tunisia where the death of a vendor whom the state failed to protect sparked the unrest.”

Government says the proposed Labour Amendment Bill which has passed through both houses of assembly will to end untoward victimisation of ordinary workers by employers.

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The state further says its envisaged law will also carry on board, the concerns of struggling firms battling the effects of a comatose economy.

But ZCTU vice president Peter Mutasa told about a hundred placard-waving protesters Saturday afternoon that the Bill, contrary to its intended purposes, was an oppressive law.

“We will not read too much into a Bill which has been authored by businessmen in Cabinet, debated by businessmen in Parliament, a Bill that will further be interpreted by businessmen in the Supreme Court,” he said.

Speaking during the same occasion outside Mukwati building, ZCTU president George Nkiwane urged ordinary workers to resist state hegemony which has seen government sneak in a clause which empowers it to meddle in trade unions affairs.

 

“All along we erroneously thought change was going to come naturally, but it now seems we now have to rise and force the change ourselves,” said Nkiwane.

“It’s us the workers who are supposed to lead the change.”

Nkiwane said the state had baulked in its constitutional responsibilities to protect citizens but had turned a “security threat” to its own people.

The ZCTU boss said the labour Bill was anti-worker in that it allows employers leeway to escape paying retrenchment packages to workers, adding it will remain tough for poor employees to receive their dues.

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ZCTU secretary general Japhet Moyo also weighed in, warning “the biggest employer”, government, that his organisation was planning more protests to demand fair labour practices.

“Government has joined the band wagon of chasing away workers without paying them benefits,” he said, adding, “So we are rolling these activities so that the authorities, the capitalists understand what we want.”

Meanwhile, ZCTU lawyers were forced to secure an early morning High Court injunction to reverse an earlier police ban on the street march.

The law enforcers were adamant the protest march was uncalled for as Parliament was in fact in the process of addressing their concerns.

Police earlier this month disrupted the workers group’s first march and briefly held trade union leaders and journalists covering the event.

Saturday’s march by the ZCTU was also attended by labour lawyer Munyaradzi Gwisai and Raymond Majongwe, secretary general of the rival COZITU.

The workers however failed to hand their petition to the authorities as they found Mukwati Building deserted. source-newzimbabwe

Mugabe – ‘Zimbabweans Aren’t Suffering & I Was “Devastated” By Mujuru’s Inexplicable Death’

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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe claimed Friday that no Zimbabwean was suffering as he revealed his row with liberation hero and former defence force chief, Solomon Mujuru, who was killed when an unexplained fire razed his farm house in 2011.

Mugabe’s remarks during an address to the Zanu PF women’s league meeting in Harare raise new questions about Mujuru’s death and the veteran leader’s sincerity when mourning his passing.

When burying the war hero at the Heroes Acre in Harare, Mugabe claimed to have been “devastated” by guerrilla commander’s still unexplained death.

However, on Friday the Zanu PF leader revealed that Mujuru wanted to oust him after deciding that his policies were destroying the country and that people could not “suffer because of one man”.

According to Mugabe, Mujuru then plotted with former Zanu PF politburo member Simba Makoni and academic and publisher Ibbo Mandaza to find a new leader for the ruling party.

“These three among others Mujuru, Makoni and Mandaza said Zanu PF was being held back by Mugabe who continues to stick to Socialism,” said Mugabe.

“They claimed this was inhibiting investment. Mujuru then concluded that the country cannot be held back by one person, people cannot suffer because of one man.”

Zimbabwe has struggled with a serious economic crisis which started nearly 15 years ago resulting in industries shutting down and unemployment reaching more than 80 per cent.

Most Zimbabweans are now surviving on vending but Mugabe said Friday that he did not agree with Mujuru’s view that people were suffering.

“But what is it that the people are suffering from? Isn’t we gave them land?” said the 91-year-old leader.

Mugabe claims his land reforms which saw about 4,000 white farmers kicked out resulted in hundreds of thousands of black Zimbabweans getting land.

Critics however say the chaotic and often violent land seizures precipitated the collapse of the country’s agriculture-based economy.

Mugabe told the women’s league that the plot by Mujuru, Makoni and Mandaza resulted in his defeat by Morgan Tsvangirai in the first round of the 2008 presidential ballot.

General Mujuru’s wife, Joice, has since been ousted as vice president of both the party and government.

She was accused of plotting anew to remove Mugabe, charges she denies.

Scores of senior party leaders and government ministers were also dismissed with the then vice president over the alleged coup plot. source-newzimbabwe.

photo-The late General Solomon Mujuru and President Robert Mugabe and Vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa before Zimbabwe’s 1980 Independance

‘ZBC , Fires Almost Entire Mgnt Team, News Raders, Journalists & All Internal Security .’

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STATE broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday reportedly fired almost the entire management team, news readers, journalists and all internal security personnel.

The engineering department was also reported to have been cleaned up in the job carnage.

Other reports however said only between 50 and 100 workers had been fired and that letters of dismissal were still being dished out late last night.

Some of the fired employees who requested anonymity told The Standard last night that they expected to be called back for re-engagement on new temporary contracts.Among those reportedly fired yesterday included a top news manager Chris Chivinge, news readers Sonangani Ncube and

Elizabeth Chengeta, Power FM DJ Tinashe Chiname, producer Dorothy Chidzawo, engineer David Chinyamunyamu and an administration staffer Emma Shamuyarira.

Like several other media organisations and companies, ZBC last week reportedly sent home about 400 workers on three months’ notice.

ZBC spokesperson Gladman Bandama could not be reached for comment last night as his phone was not reachable.
– Source-standard

‘Warning To Khama, The Zimbabwe Crisis Will Pull Down SADC Region’ – Eddie Cross

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I know everyone is fed up with the continuous state of crisis in Zimbabwe but that is no reason for not paying attention to its implications. In 1976 it was an intervention by the American Secretary of State that attempted to address the political, economic and social crisis in Zimbabwe, compounded at that time by a “low level guerilla war”.

In 1980 it was the British, led by the Foreign Secretary, who attempted to address our situation in the form of a regional conference held in London. Then in 1996/7 the UN attempted to tackle the land issue and in 2000 the Mbeki administration considered what to do and came down on the side of supporting the established regime against the democratic forces in the country.

In 2006/7 Mbeki was forced by the deteriorating situation to review his approach and attempted to set up the conditions for a return to democracy resulting in negotiations and the 2008 elections that were finally won by the MDC. Instead of supporting the democratic outcome, Mbeki stuck to his 2000 decision and supported Zanu-PF, facilitating the GNU in 2009 and regional leaders then allowed to opportunities created by their intervention to lapse in 2013 with the result that Zanu-PF was returned to power.

When that happened the economy simply rebelled – stock markets crashed, capital flight resumed and banks failed one after the other. After the GNU when the informal sector in Zimbabwe had come out of its hiding places and assumed its role in the national economy – suddenly the process of informalisation accelerated and today official statistics suggest that 95 per cent of our population is dependent in one way or another on the informal sector.

Every aspect of life is affected by the economy and how it is performing. Despite the statements by the pundits, our economy has resumed the downwards slide that characterized the economy from 1997 to 2008. Inflows to State coffers have shrunk and suddenly there is no money in the markets. Companies are retrenching staff or simply winding up their affairs. Human flight has resumed with a vengeance into any country that will have our economic refugees.

The agricultural sector is in dire straits and will contract again this year – reflecting a continuous and rapid decline in output and activity since the farm invasions began in 2000. This year the situation is compounded by a very poor season and a nationwide shortage of spending power. Unlike 2008, the shops are full of everything you might desire or need. But this time people simply do not have the money to buy what they see in the stores. Real hunger and deprivation is now common in all rural districts.

Zanu-PF plotted their 2013 victory and got what they wanted – full control of the State. They have been shaken by the reaction of the economy and the consequences. More seriously they do not seem to have any idea about what to do and to compound their difficulties they are tearing each other apart. The situation in Zanu-PF cannot be exaggerated – they are fractured, they have expelled many key leaders, those that remain are deeply factionalized and divided.

But it is what is coming that makes me really apprehensive. The weather forecasts suggest that we will have serious el Nino activities in the coming season. One observer said to me that it will be the worst in 100 years. Coming on top of the disastrous season we have just had, the poor prices paid to farmers for their cotton, maize and tobacco, the ongoing destruction of what is left of commercial agriculture, it is easy to predict a catastrophic agricultural season this year affecting millions of people.

There are no signs of any changes in our political leadership, Mr. Mugabe looks as if he really does want to run again in 2018 and in the interim he is not permitting any changes in the policies and leadership that have created the economic conditions that now cripple the Country as a whole. Company closures will accelerate, incoming investment will continue to be restricted by investor sentiment and capital outflows by residents and companies will continue, draining away whatever liquidity is being created.

The State is now incapable of maintaining itself and meeting its essential obligations. The consequences will be fully established by year end – hospitals unable to function except as mortuaries and schools becoming day care centers for young people who will not get an education. The Diaspora will strive to keep their extended families fed but there will be little money left over for anything else.

And as if that were not enough – by December, unless they curb power generation at Kariba dam now, they will have to close the whole power plant down on both sides of the river. The withdrawal of 70 per cent of our only reliable and inexpensive source of power will be very serious and it is unlikely that any of our neighbors will be able to fill the gap.

Internationally we remain as isolated as ever, even the Chinese are saying that to qualify for their assistance we have to reform the way we do things. In the absence of fundamental political, social and economic reforms there will be no possibility of any international assistance. The only option for Zimbabweans, caught up in this spiraling crisis will be to flee and find refuge in another country.

I estimate that up to 5000 people a day are now crossing our southern borders into South Africa – more than 40 000 a week or 2 million people this year. Some will return but the majority will stay and seek new lives, can South Africa take such an additional burden at this time? I think not.

This week the leadership of the SADC passed from Mr. Mugabe to the President of Botswana. Regional leaders have to understand the consequences of having a pariah State in their midst – straddling their key infrastructure and transport, power and communications systems. They have to understand the collateral effects on their own diplomatic and investor relations. This is a globalised world – no one can ignore international sentiment.

When the USA imposes sanctions on a regime anywhere in the world, the consequences are serious – USA influence in global banking and financial markets is enormous. Their diplomatic reach is unmatched. Continuing human rights abuse, political killings and disappearances are reinforcing the status of this country as a pariah State in all respects. We do not pay our bills, we abuse our people’s rights and we ignore legal niceties and property rights.

While this situation pertains in Zimbabwe we cannot recover our place in the world or in the global economy. We will in the process pull down all our neighbors and impede their own progress into the future. by Eddie Cross

Bus That Overturned Just A Kilometre After Lonely Mine

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The pictures of the bus that overturned just a kilometre after lonely mine. – Source-bulawayo24 whatsapp

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