‘Free sanitary pads must be issued at maternity homes and schools’-MDC Proportional Representation MP, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga

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A LEGISLATOR has called for issuance of free sanitary pads at maternity homes and schools in view of the decision by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa to scrap duty on raw materials used to manufacture sanitary wear.

MDC Proportional Representation MP, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, who started a campaign for the scrapping of duty on sanitary wear, argued that women and girls could not afford it, resulting in some using unsafe methods to manage their menstrual periods.

Chinamasa announced in the 2017 National Budget statement that the government would ensure duty-free importation of raw materials, which include pulp, glue and virgin tissue, under manufacturers’ rebate.

“The move will bring prices of sanitary wear down, but what we want to see is a situation where sanitary pads are provided at schools for young girls to access freely, as well as at all maternity homes,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga said.by Veneranda  Langa . source-newsday

“It is a good thing to scrap duty on sanitary wear because if that duty is removed, the manufacturers will be able to produce sanitary wear at a cheaper cost, and, as women MPs, we feel that we have won, but what we need to do is to keep monitoring its implementation.”

She said women giving birth at hospitals used to be asked to bring sanitary wear, and for those who did not have money it was difficult to manage their menstruation.

“Non-governmental organisations will also be able to give out sanitary wear to rural girls, since it will not be very costly for them to do so. Duty-free raw materials will also attract investors, who are interested in sanitary wear manufacturing to come to Zimbabwe as it will be a viable business,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga said.

The MP said the process of getting Chinamasa to finally remove duty on sanitary wear was a long one, which included meetings with sanitary wear manufacturers, and Finance ministry director Chipo Mhini.

In her motion on sanitary wear in 2014, Misihairabwi-Mushonga said lack of money was forcing poor women and girls to resort to unorthodox means like using pieces of old cloth, tissue paper, old newspapers and other unsafe means to manage their menstrual cycle. This, however, endangered their reproductive health. By Veneranda Langa. source-newsday

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‘Budget proves Zanu PF has failed to deliver 2.2 million promised jobs, lost grip and control of corruption and is officially broke’-MDC

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The MDC led by Welshman Ncube has said a raft of measures announced by Zanu PF government’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa in the Mid-term budget review statement confirm Zanu PF failure to deliver on its political statements made during 2013 election campaigns.

Party’s spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said it is now clear that Zanu PF lied about its capacity to create employment and a better economic environment.

“The mid-term budget statement confirms that the Robert Mugabe government is officially broke and has failed to fulfill its promises for 2.2 million jobs. It has also confirmed that President Robert Mugabe has lost grip and control of the corruption that has torn the country apart,” he said.The MDC led by Welshman Ncube has said a raft of measures announced by Zanu PF government’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa in the Mid-term budget review statement confirm Zanu PF failure to deliver on its political statements made during 2013 election campaigns.

Party’s spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said it is now clear that Zanu PF lied about its capacity to create employment and a better economic environment.

“The mid-term budget statement confirms that the Robert Mugabe government is officially broke and has failed to fulfill its promises for 2.2 million jobs. It has also confirmed that President Robert Mugabe has lost grip and control of the corruption that has torn the country apart,” he said. source-Bulawayo24

‘Welshman Ncube gives credit to Zimbabweans for adopting an aggressive character after longterm passiveness’

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Opposition MDC leader Welshman Ncube has applauded Zimbabweans for shrugging off passive nature and adopted an aggressive character. Ncube said the move has taken a short period to occur. The country is facing sporadic streets protests. Writing in his traditional Friday opinion, Ncube said “Zanu PF has predictably responded with shameless vindictiveness”.

Below is part of his opinion :

In all but a short space of time, the landscape of civic and political activism in Zimbabwe has dramatically transformed. Us Zimbabweans, whose familiar trademark has for long been ‘passive resilience’ have assumed a more aggressive character of ‘passive resistance’,

The ruling party, ZANU PF has predictably responded with shameless vindictiveness. President Mugabe and his band of faithfuls are applying the only panacea they know best – confinement by leg irons! We knew they would do that all along, yet there is a new angle to their repertoire of repression – roasting own sons of the revolution!

The MDC and its kin – who traditionally have been so much used to being at the receiving end of ZANU PF’s fiery sword – are watching with bemused anxiety as the ghost of Wilfred Mhanda spreads the incense of dissent amongst his former comrades – particularly those that publicly disowned him. However, just like you, I am caught between two contradictory forces: celebration or sympathy.

The political democrat in me says after almost sixteen years of systematic victimisation, abuse and insults from the group that Douglas Mahiya (Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson) and Victor Matemadanda, ZNLWVA secretary general represent – I should restrain my sympathy and empathy. After all, is the misery experienced by Patrick Nabanyama, Paul Chizuze, Jestina Mukoko and of late Evan Mawarire not still fresh in our minds? Was the same ZNLWVA not conspicuous by its resounding silence? And that is not all.

Since 1999, war veterans have been complicit in decimating property rights, relentless electoral intimidation, murdering, maiming and abduction of MDC activists – thus providing the chilling soundtrack to shameful oppression and repression by a ruthless system. Millions of Zimbabweans have been forced into exile; millions internally displaced and millions more hungry, unemployed and hopeless – thanks to the system that Douglas Mahiya and Victor Matemadanda have mortgaged their lives with. Wilfred Mhanda spoke against them but they despised, scoffed at and disowned him.

The lawyer and human rights defender in me is screaming for the upholding of justice and rule of law. But my problem is that perhaps we lawyers and civil society ought to be asking ourselves whether or not the sudden transformation of ZNLWVA is democratic enough to warrant celebration, empathy and sympathy. President Mugabe and his erstwhile colleague Samora Machel were admonished by the Frontline States leaders for their dungeon retribution in dealing with internal dissent.

As once prisoners of conscience, Wilfred Mhanda and his friends tried over many years to educate their ZNLWVA colleagues that even if Mugabe fell, the default position of the country would never be democracy. I still see the political vortex of ZANU PF remaining a magnet of vicious dictatorship.

Thus, what seems to be a new awakening in the Douglas Mahiya – Victor Matemadanda scheme of things is in fact not a democratic transformation, but instinctive tendencies to replace one form of dictatorship with another. This brand of war veterans is genetically configured around autocratic dictatorship.

Nonetheless, as democrats, both the MDC family and civil society ought to be aggrieved that Douglas Mahiya and Victor Matemadanda are being subjected to unfair and illegal treatment.

Yet, these two have yet to evoke, in their so-called ‘new enlightenment’, the virtues and tenets of true democracy. They have not been calling for reform of electoral institutions, free and fair elections or an emergency ZANU PF congress to democratically elect a successor. Their clarion call is for Mugabe to step down and be replaced with Emmerson Mnangagwa.

This is not what we have been fighting for since year 2000. If they truly believe in our values, they should come clean and be part of us not by mere coincidence of mission, but belief. But as long as they remain confined to the ‘ideological safe side’ of Zimbabwe’s political Auschwitz, we can only cry (for them) with one eye and say “arbeit macht rei!” – democratic truth sets you free!

What is my point? It is that the fall out between Mugabe and the war veterans leadership is not over a clash of values. It is a pure factional fight over who has a right to dictate who leads ZANU PF and the country.

Mugabe and his G40 want Mugabe to continue as Zimbabwe’s dictator while pretending to be awaiting a ‘democratic’ decision (by members of ZANU PF) to select a successor at some indeterminate point in the future. On the other hand the war veterans initially only wanted Mugabe to endorse Mnangagwa as his successor and crush the ambitions of the young turks in G40.

Only when Mugabe would not accede to their undemocratic demands to anoint their favoured successor did they attack Mugabe himself, calling for him to stand down and opportunistically accusing him of masterminding historical crimes in which they were in fact his storm troopers.

Their fight has so far not been framed as a fight for Mugabe to stand down and allow ZANU PF members to freely and democratically elect a successor but has been framed as a call for Mugabe to stand down and give way to Mnangagwa as anointed by them as opposed to the general membership of ZANU PF. They have not framed their struggle against Mugabe as a democratic struggle in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe to be allowed to freely choose their leaders.

It is for this reason that democrats must be wary of finding common cause with the war veterans who have so far failed to frame their struggle against Mugabe within the context of the values and principles of democracy. Thus it is easily conceivable that should they succeed against Mugabe they should simply revert to their storm troopers default mode of being anti democratic agents in the name of the old anti people and anti democratic ZANU PF but now under Mnangagwa. The resettlement areas would remain open prisons under the guard of the same war veterans for and on behalf of Mnangagwa’s .

As Zimbabweans we need not just be wary but need to popularise the habit of thinking. Thoughtless politics is what has brought us here. We cannot continue with it if we are to save our country. Allowing emotions and the politics of thoughtlessness and convenience to blind us from the dangers of our situation is something we need to avoid as we would a plague. source-MDC

Welshman on Friday: “Arbeit Macht Frei- Work sets you Free”

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Only last week, Roman Catholic head Pope Francis walked underneath the “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Sets You Free) sign at Adolph Hitler’s trademark killing field, Auschwitz, and wrote in the guest book: “Lord, have pity on your people. Lord, forgive so much cruelty.”

While researching for this week’s treatise, I then encountered chilling facts on how human beings can be so obsessed with political power to the extent of losing all conscience.

Between themselves – Mao Zedong of China, Adolf Hitler of Germany, Joseph Stalin of Russia, King Leopold II of Belgium and Hideki Tojo Hideki Tojo, the Prime Minister of Japan during the second world war – by acts of commission and omission – annihilated close to one hundred and fifty million people.

We know that Hitler blamed his inadequacies on Jews then used German military mighty to punish enemies in concentration and extermination camps, ghettos, and through mass executions. It was almost impossible to disagree with Hitler and live to tell the tale.

He did not just displace people in an attempt to ‘resettle’ his so-called super Aryan race. He murdered them in cold blood through well orchestrated and highly planned ‘death factories’. A mere accusation of a ‘transgression’ against Hitler attracted instant execution even without facts and proof of guilt.

Therefore, in this my third season of weekend commentary, I submit that there comes a time when men in positions of authority, so petrified by and fearful of citizens; totally devoid of legitimacy, cling to power only through meting own versions of ‘Führer justice’.

Protagonists of ‘political medical sciences’ will know that as the space of legitimacy contracts around deranged political leaders, they incrementally develop cases of Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD).

Experts in this subject observe that victims of PPD exhibit symptoms of mistrust of friends, become less forgiving and more grudge bearing, feel victimised, rarely express gratitude and relentlessly blame everyone else except themselves. Hence historian and moralist Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton’s famous phrase: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

In all but a short space of time, the landscape of civic and political activism in Zimbabwe has dramatically transformed. Us Zimbabweans, whose familiar trademark has for long been ‘passive resilience’ have assumed a more aggressive character of ‘passive resistance’.

The ruling party, ZANU PF has predictably responded with shameless vindictiveness. President Mugabe and his band of faithfuls are applying the only panacea they know best – confinement by leg irons! We knew they would do that all along, yet there is a new angle to their repertoire of repression – roasting own sons of the revolution!

The MDC and its kin – who traditionally have been so much used to being at the receiving end of ZANU PF’s fiery sword – are watching with bemused anxiety as the ghost of Wilfred Mhanda spreads the incense of dissent amongst his former comrades – particularly those that publicly disowned him. However, just like you, I am caught between two contradictory forces: celebration or sympathy.

The political democrat in me says after almost sixteen years of systematic victimisation, abuse and insults from the group that Douglas Mahiya (Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson) and Victor Matemadanda, ZNLWVA secretary general represent – I should restrain my sympathy and empathy.

After all, is the misery experienced by Patrick Nabanyama, Paul Chizuze, Jestina Mukoko and of late Evan Mawarire not still fresh in our minds? Was the same ZNLWVA not conspicuous by its resounding silence? And that is not all.

Since 1999, war veterans have been complicit in decimating property rights, relentless electoral intimidation, murdering, maiming and abduction of MDC activists – thus providing the chilling soundtrack to shameful oppression and repression by a ruthless system.

Millions of Zimbabweans have been forced into exile; millions internally displaced and millions more hungry, unemployed and hopeless – thanks to the system that Douglas Mahiya and Victor Matemadanda have mortgaged their lives with. Wilfred Mhanda spoke against them but they despised, scoffed at and disowned him.

The lawyer and human rights defender in me is screaming for the upholding of justice and rule of law. But my problem is that perhaps we lawyers and civil society ought to be asking ourselves whether or not the sudden transformation of ZNLWVA is democratic enough to warrant celebration, empathy and sympathy.

President Mugabe and his erstwhile colleague Samora Machel were admonished by the Frontline States leaders for their dungeon retribution in dealing with internal dissent. As once prisoners of conscience, Wilfred Mhanda and his friends tried over many years to educate their ZNLWVA colleagues that even if Mugabe fell, the default position of the country would never be democracy.

I still see the political vortex of ZANU PF remaining a magnet of vicious dictatorship. Thus, what seems to be a new awakening in the Douglas Mahiya – Victor Matemadanda scheme of things is in fact not a democratic transformation, but instinctive tendencies to replace one form of dictatorship with another. This brand of war veterans is genetically configured around autocratic dictatorship.

Nonetheless, as democrats, both the MDC family and civil society ought to be aggrieved that Douglas Mahiya and Victor Matemadanda are being subjected to unfair and illegal treatment. Yet, these two have yet to evoke, in their so-called ‘new enlightenment’, the virtues and tenets of true democracy.

They have not been calling for reform of electoral institutions, free and fair elections or an emergency ZANU PF congress to democratically elect a successor. Their clarion call is for Mugabe to step down and be replaced with Emmerson Mnangagwa.

This is not what we have been fighting for since year 2000. If they truly believe in our values, they should come clean and be part of us not by mere coincidence of mission, but belief. But as long as they remain confined to the ‘ideological safe side’ of Zimbabwe’s political Auschwitz, we can only cry (for them) with one eye and say “arbeit macht rei!” – democratic truth sets you free!

What is my point? It is that the fall out between Mugabe and the war veterans leadership is not over a clash of values. It is a pure factional fight over who has a right to dictate who leads ZANU PF and the country. Mugabe and his G40 want Mugabe to continue as Zimbabwe’s dictator while pretending to be awaiting a ‘democratic’ decision (by members of ZANU PF) to select a successor at some indeterminate point in the future.

On the other hand the war veterans initially only wanted Mugabe to endorse Mnangagwa as his successor and crush the ambitions of the young turks in G40. Only when Mugabe would not accede to their undemocratic demands to anoint their favoured successor did they attack Mugabe himself, calling for him to stand down and opportunistically accusing him of masterminding historical crimes in which they were in fact his storm troopers.

Their fight has so far not been framed as a fight for Mugabe to stand down and allow ZANU PF members to freely and democratically elect a successor but has been framed as a call for Mugabe to stand down and give way to Mnangagwa as anointed by them as opposed to the general membership of ZANU PF.

They have not framed their struggle against Mugabe as a democratic struggle in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe to be allowed to freely choose their leaders. It is for this reason that democrats must be wary of finding common cause with the war veterans who have so far failed to frame their struggle against Mugabe within the context of the values and principles of democracy.

Thus it is easily conceivable that should they succeed against Mugabe they should simply revert to their storm troopers default mode of being anti democratic agents in the name of the old anti people and anti democratic ZANU PF but now under Mnangagwa. The resettlement areas would remain open prisons under the guard of the same war veterans for and on behalf of Mnangagwa’s ZANU PF.

As Zimbabweans we need not just be wary but need to popularise the habit of thinking. Thoughtless politics is what has brought us here. We cannot continue with it if we are to save our country. Allowing emotions and the politics of thoughtlessness and convenience to blind us from the dangers of our situation is something we need to avoid as we would a plague. By Welshman Ncube.

Over three decades later Gukurahundist , VP Mnangagwa says Gukurahundi victims need descent reburials,

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The prominent MDC legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, questioned vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in parliarment, why Gukurahundi victims are neglected.

She argued that the victims of Mugabe’s fifth brigade massacre of the Ndebele people of Midlands and Matebeleland who are estimated to be in the region of 20,000, are neglected by Mugabe’s Zanu PF regime

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, responded by informing the  parliament today that the Home Affairs ministry must assist in the reburials of Gukurahundi victims in Matabeleland.

The MDC legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga claimed that victims  in Mashonaland obtain  decent re-burials while those in Matebeleland are neglected.

To the ‘Discerning Eye, newzimbabwevision, Mnangagwa’s response is simply to sweep the mess under the carpert, hope and pray that it will die a natural death.

However, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has over the years earned himself the nickname ‘Gukurahundist Mnangagwa’ because of his direct involvement in the massacres as the then minister of State security, heading the brutal Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), a necessary unit in the successful slaughter of at least 20,000 people.

It is then typically a circus show when three decades later without admission of guilt by any Zanu PF , Mugabe included, no transparency about what transpired, no apologies from Mugabe and no compensation, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the  ‘Gukurahundist suddenly says the Home Affairs ministry must assist in the reburials of Gukurahundi victims in Matabeleland.

By Sibusiso Ngwenya

photo-Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the late General Josiah Magama Tongogara and Vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa who at that time was Mugabe’s personal aide and body guard before independance. By Sibusiso Ngwenya

‘US$15 Billion, Thief, Robert Mugabe’s Legacy, A Nation Of Highly Skilled, Graduate Vendors, #ThisGown .

Zimbabwe is a broken nation, brought down on to its knees by the filthy rich, president Robert Mugabe and his Zim1 family, Zanu PF stalwarts and securocrats, who continuously loot national wealth and resources under the guise of ‘Black empowerment and Indigenisation, which are nothing more than /legalised crime and corruption’photos-bulawayo24

Prof Welshman Ncube Blamed For Zisco Deal Collapse . . . ‘Indian Investor Was Broke’-Says Speaker Of Parliament.

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FORMER Industry and Commerce Minister Professor Welshman Ncube “misled” the Inclusive Government into signing the collapsed $750 million Essar Africa Holdings’ Ziscosteel deal without doing due diligence on the capacity of the investor, the Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, has said.
 
Zisco ceased operations in 2008 due to choking financial constraints and its re-opening has had many false starts in the past four years. Under the $750 million deal, Essar was supposed to take over Zisco’s foreign debt, which amounted to $300 million and part of local liabilities.
 
The Government had to admit the collapse of the deal in November last year after the Indian firm developed cold feet four years after signing what promised to be an investment milestone.
 
During a debate on the state of the factory at the end of the ZNCC 2016 annual congress in Victoria Falls last Friday, Advocate Mudenda said due diligence was not done by then Minister of Industry and Commerce (Prof Ncube) on the deal.
 
“By the time the Essar deal was being signed some of us knew that this company was broke in India. Coming up for this deal was a way of trying to raise money so that they are on the world map of steel businesses,” said Advocate Mudenda.
 
“But in India they (Essar) had collapsed already. So, how can you partner with an entity that has collapsed in its own backyard, that’s the question? So, the former minister responsible (Prof Ncube) misled the nation during the government of national unity.
 
“No proper due diligence had been done and there is no way Essar could raise the money to rescuscitate that project.”
 
Before its collapse, Zisco was the largest integrated steel works in Africa with a capacity to produce one million tonnes of the commodity annually.
 
While Prof Ncube could not be reached yesterday as both his mobile phone numbers were not reachable, his then deputy Mike Bimha, who now heads the same portfolio, concurred that resuscitating Ziscosteel required an investment partner who had capacity and commitment to take over the huge debt for the parastatal, both foreign and local.
 
He told delegates that the then Government settled for Essar, which had committed to bearing the debt burden and injecting new funding.
 
Bimha said despite continuous bickering during the inclusive government, particularly between the ministries of mines and industry, Essar investors had hope for big business in Zimbabwe as they looked at a long term strategy to “making Zimbabwe their stepping stone into Africa and the region”.
 
He said while the Zanu-PF government, after winning the 2013 polls, managed to clear the mining rights hurdle within two months, Essar cited falling commodity prices for failure to attract funding from their investment partners.
 
Advocate Mudenda said Ziscosteel, which used to employ close to 3,000 workers, does not need $750 million but could be revived using local funding through adopting a pro-active strategy.
 
“I want to submit to you that I have made my own investigations. Ziscosteel can be resuscitated with only $30 million locally without an external investor.
 
“It can be done without external people. Sometimes our problem is that we do not want to know the truth and that’s a shallow mentality,” he said.
 
“I am going to engage the Minister of Industry and Chinamasa (Finance Minister) as well and say this is what we need. We can do it locally quite easily and Zisco can be up and running and those workers will be back at work. Hwange Colliery used to supply up to five trains per week to Zisco, it can happen again.”
 
Advocate Mudenda suggested the formation of a task force committee that would facilitate the speedy revival of Zisco, which would impact positively on the economy.
 
“Have a strategic team there to revive Ziscosteel because without steel you cannot speak of industrialisation,” he said.
 
Bimha then revealed that the Government was in talks with different potential investors that could assist Zisco’s revival.
 
“We are in the process of entertaining other investors and finding what we can do to make this investment more attractive. One way suggested by the Minister of Finance is to see whether we can somehow clean the balance sheet of Zisco so that the investor who comes doesn’t have to come and carry this huge debt but comes to invest,” said Bimha.
 
“But these are issues that are under discussion and one hopes we should move very fast because we are not looking at Zisco but the entire steel making sector.”
 
He hinted that there was opportunity to get investors to come into production of stainless steel, which is another stage in the value chain.
 
“So I am sure we should try to and be able to finalise the Zisco issue as soon as possible,” he said. Prosper Ndlovu.source-chronicle
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