‘Cyril Ndebele the Peace and Reconciliation Commission chairperson and former speaker of Parliarment, has died’

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Cyril Ndebele the Peace and Reconciliation Commission chairperson and former speaker of the House of Assembly in Zimbabwe has passed on at Materdei Hospital this morning at 2am.

He was sworn in as the Chairperpserson of the Commission by President Robert Mugabe this year in February.

More to follow…source-byo24

photo-President Mugabe congratulates Peace and Reconciliation Commission chairperson Commissioner Cyril Ndebele after a swearing-in ceremony at State House in Harare

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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

Corruption Is The Major Cause Of (1980-2016) Economic Collapse In Zimbabwe

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When a nation goes through economic hardships they are unable to trace its cause, corruption thrives since corruption lies at the heart of human ill will centred on selfishness in self-preservation of a dynasty of few to enrich themselves at the expense of the rest.  Political decay derives from greediness founded on short cuts always caused by men lacking in experience and integrity but ambitious without a vision, let alone practice, of building nationhood.

Poor governance is not an act of human invention or lack of intelligence but the highest level of poor mind with a self-centered vision always scheming on a get rich method devoid of proper management accountability therefore a recipe to management of failure cultured on love for power for its own sake. Power for personal glorification emanates from the perspectives of desire for self-preservation excluding majority but working with a clique of hideous people of similar ambitions. Examine in detail the rise of Robert Mugabe to power and subsequent maintenance to power methods he adopted-force of violence.

Less knowledge and skills on dealing fairly with others renders a tyrant more susceptible to suspecting expertise preferring instead to work with the gullible, which care less about procedures or the good of accountability but thrive on exploitation of decay and corrupt systems. Inevitably, Zimbabwe fell into poor management accountability syndrome by inheriting an advanced economy by African standards then except for the economies of South Africa and Egypt. Zanu leadership although bookishly read were not schooled in management as a system of accountability and delivery of services. The practice of separation of power meant little to Zanu in 1980 as it still means nothing to Zanu in 2016. Mr. Robert Mugabe did not understand fully the essence of constitutional supremacy and its being the true pillar in practice to building good governance.

The liberation struggle experience of 1970s through 1980 mantle, in my opinion, had sincerely built a false hope that all things were resolved through the barrel of a gun. One way to understanding, what I am saying, is to view the Edgar Tekere saga in 1980 of an open battle with a white farmer and killing him. Much remained unclear in that case to this day.  In black and white on paper and according the laws of the land life  of a citizen had been taken illegally by a top most government minister and driver of Zanu government policy making body the central committee.

The acts of Tekere in shooting a white farmer cold blooded can only make sense when viewed as an act of a collective, namely Zanu government. Subsequently that philosophy on the disregard of human life has run strong in the circles of Zanu-life-line of governance for the last thirty-six years at the helm of government in Zimbabwe. The problem is a war fought on the premise of black against white in many people’s minds has cost us many years watching and failing to see where Zanu government was, is and has gone wrong. If we saw it then but concealed it, then the selfish desire and ambition of building a system on hidden corrupt practices has to this day driven the country blindly into the bottomless pit of a cancerous greedy appetite.

Time has convinced me to the academic prowess of many people in Zimbabwe yet without any hands on experience to make the country produce tangible business results in 1980. Few men of integrity have stood to condemn Zanu activities costing the country many years of negative publicity and development. Many from outside the country and others from within have urged against the demise of corrupt and inept government in Zimbabwe without much success. Yet a few more others have relocated their businesses and have done well economically outside Zimbabwe. At independence, Zanu had so many Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph D) and Medical Doctors in its cabinet.   Mr.Mugabe had hoped in his mind all his governance misgivings would fly away by simply having a team of ‘educated’ men around him.

We must acknowledge though that Zanu leadership at independence celebration in 1980 had received strong educational advice on governance from people like President Julius K Nyerere of Tanzania. I was at Rufaro National Stadium in Harare that night as the country celebrated good-bye to colonial legacy and well coming independence. The only conclusion I had and have had since was that Zanu is incorrigible, arrogant and poor willed to correct mistakes of the past let alone acknowledge them. That legacy is devilish and lingers strong in the mind of many who have lived in Zanu and even those who witnessed its callous brutality on masses in the country.

The country has failed from simple issues like lack of transparency on human rights abuse and accountability of government on her expenditure. The phenomenally huge budget on the presidency grew big year after year and the work it did grew unaccountable as well. The efforts to silence people from talking on the government shortcomings grew stronger and one can disappear or handled by government forces cruelly and have very little said on the part of government. The recent case of Itai Dzamara is fresh apart from many others of arrests without trial and/or arrest for talking against the president.

Freedom, which is the recipe to a thriving successful private enterprise has virtual disappeared in Zimbabwe, so has gone the spirit of private enterprise. Too much government control based more on greedy than correctional measure to share structure in corporate world has shrunk private sector to a zero growth point with many investors running out of the country as well as individuals. There is no recorded success of Mugabe government listening to anyone except being a very rude and none respectful government in dealing with other governments, with citizens during elections, with investors in business of industry, trade and commerce and agriculture.

It is the acts of none transparency and lacking in accountability by Zanu government that led the police, soldiers, secret service and civil servants to be a chain of corruption prevalent as a system of governance in Zimbabwe today. Too many cases of government failing to meet payments are signals that government has chewed funds without accounting for it.

What is the prescription to all this cancer spreading so viciously in the country?  Many people have lost hope if any resistance need built against Zanu government and by whom. Zanu is at its weakest point today much as sadly all opposition is in disarray as well.  The greatest danger in Zimbabwe is the rate at which opposition is mushrooming, suggesting all is not well in opposition politics. Either Zanu has mastered corrupting opposition politics to reduce chances of opposition strength to win an election ever irrespective of Zanu famous rigging record.

Power lies in thinking outside the box and being honest to ourselves to rid oppressive machination of a weak Zanu. Zanu is weak but also strong because she has learnt to plant imposters who agitate as though opposing while they measure strength of true opposition left. Change is not an accident but a concerted effort of visionary leadership whose narrative should be honest, consisted and strong at discrediting Zanu historically as well as today. To the extent that opposition still talk on already agreed reforms are an acceptable to Zanu, clearly shows the lethargy among the plethora of opposition political parties mushrooming up daily if not hourly.

As long as many of us either in the Diaspora or at home regard building of personal nests as strength of the future, it should not surprise anyone that Zanu, divided though she is will replicate and keep ruling. We need drive hard the spirit of togetherness at Dispora level and connect with the sincere to dislodge politically and constitutionally the political hegemony of Zanu.

We need not rely on the passing away ultimately of Mr. Mugabe, that will naturally come,  as helpful to politics in the country as long as we have no moral courage to challenge seriously Zanu both on paper and physically. Challenging Zanu on the ground is doable if we disassociate ourselves from the cunningly sly wealth allocating methods Zanu has used before in pacifying strong challenge. Similarly, the death threats hung on anyone’s head as far as Zanu capacity to spill blood is her number one tool.

Strong lobbying on tangible evidence of wrongdoing by Zanu consistently without flip-flopping will find support in the country and outside for a permanent solution to Zimbabwe political impasse. In 1999 is a good case when opposition was little existing giving chance to forceful emergency of opposition, reliant on people power than leadership power temporarily did it if not for the failure to concede to shifting paradigms in leadership and styles.

There can no longer be much blood spilling from Zanu without meeting the wrath of the world. We have built strong African nations like Botswana, Nigeria and Tanzania from democratic processes on going that they will have a voice at African Union. The world had spoken wrong or right on Libya, Iraq and Egypt.  The role and help of world social profit organizations such as the world group of political elders, is an influential force on global political issues.

Without the world group of political elders, Zanu would have spilt blood to squeeze out potential threats from those she expelled from her arty with accusations in December 2014. We have underplayed international politics too much as Zimbabweans and sometimes to the advantage of Zanu long stay in power.  We have to carry our SWOT analysis of putting a strong opposition on Zanu not only from those who failed before but from our reservoir of capable, honesty men and women inside and outside the country. –
Andrew Manyevere Source:bulawayo24

Proposed Bill To Enforce US$500 Fine Or 6Months In Jail for Public Smoking

SMOKING in public will attract a fine of US$500 or six months in jail after the country has aligned the Public Health Act on Tobacco Control Regulation 264 of 2001 with the World Health Organisation statutes, an official has said.

The deputy director Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Mrs Docas Sithole, said Zimbabwe became an affiliate member of WHO on Tobacco Control in March this year and some of the prerequisites were to align the tobacco control policies with the international board’s regulations.

Mrs Sithole said the alignment of the tobacco control policy will see law enforcers descending on public smoking offenders.

“According to Public Health Act on Tobacco control regulation 264 of 2001 smoking in public places such as public transport, public halls, public gatherings, eating places including on the streets is an offence. All public smokers would be prosecuted. The offence attracts a $500 fine or a custodial sentence not exceeding six months,” she said.

Mrs Sithole said Government was trying to protect non-smokers from second hand or passive smoking after- effects.

Passive smoking has been linked to lung cancer because second-hand smoke contains more than 4 000 chemicals, many of which are irritants and toxins, and some of which are known to cause cancer.

Mrs Sithole said the ministry was also awaiting approval of a general national alcohol control policy which will make alcohol abuse and excessive consumption an offence.

The proposed Bill reads, “A person will not be allowed to have more than 0,08 percent blood alcohol concentration in his/her bloodstream and anyone found to have exceeded this level risks being arrested.”

“The Bill awaits approval and once approved the policy regulates how much alcohol an individual should consume in licensed public places.”

Mrs Sithole said the ministry had noted that there has been an increase in the abuse of drugs mainly by youths below the age of 35. She said drug abuse cases became rampant following the introduction of the multi-currency system in 2009.Source – Sunday News

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Section 109, Of Zim Constitution, Allows A Vote Of No Confidence To Be Passed On Gvt

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“Section 109 of the Zimbabwean Constitution allows a vote of no confidence to be passed on government through a joint resolution passed by at least two-thirds of the total membership in Parliament.
 
Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, Zanu PF regime is strongly made up of the typically, violent, corrupt and heartless monopolisers of power and wealth, namely the Zanu PF legislators, actually make up two-thirds majority in Parliament.
 
In an ideal world, it would be easy to free our people of Mugabe’s oppressive authority and his Zanu PF regime’s unrelenting ‘Black oppression of Blacks’ by pushing for the impeachment of the 91year old despot, President Robert Mugabe, as a matter of the legislature enforcing a constitutional obligation to rescue the destitute Zimbabwe nation from the cruel Mugabe and his Zanu PF grasp.
 
However the reality we live under, speaks differently. these are the same people who shape up a recently reinforced Zanu P regime after Mugabe and his motormouth wife , first lady Grace Mugabe, unleashed an unprecedented wave of terror and purging that saw many Zanu PF stalwarts fall during and after the 2014 annual Zanu PF December conference., of note the former Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru who was fired.
 
The same Zanu PF legislators are now fully aware that if you set one foot wrong , you could easily join the vendors on the streets. This is now their moment and they will never ever make the mistake of disembarking from the millionaire maker Zanu PF looting gravy train,
 
It therefore , goes without saying, that, after more than 15 years of stolen elections which were never free or fair, by Mugabe, under no circurmstances whatsoever can we expect any democratic practice in unseating such a ruthless power hungry despot from power, while he enjoys full control.
 
Zimbabwe, is further disadvantaged by the fact that opposition are mainly dominated by ‘democratic principles’ which immediately throw all credible, though non democratic practices in unseating a heartless devil, straight out of the window.
 
Lest we forget, the same democratic opposition forces, have split up and are scattered all over, under different names, flags and leaders, throwing the nation into confusion, to the great amazement of Zanu PF who don’t necessarily see them as worth talking about.
 
As if thats not enough, the same splinter organisations including the original mother body, constantly face, leadership squabbles and resignations of senior figures.
 
Suffice it is to say that, from the look of things, we cannot pretend to be able to shape up credible opposition, capable of unseating Mugabe in 2018, but being led by Mugabe and his Zanu PF beyond 2018, is not an option!
 
It is time that we rose above our differences and unite Shona, Ndebele, any tribe, black,white, any opposition and disillusioned Zanu PF, in one powerful, credible force, capable of unseating Mugabe in 2018.
 
There are hundreds of options of unseating a despot and his ruthless henchmen, stretching from ‘Ballot to Bullet’ and all it takes is for the people to decide which of these hundreds of options is best suited for the occassio.
 
Its simply a question of time, place, right personnel and excecution method, that will deliver best results,…you do the maths!
 
We can always revert back to our individual corners, and finish off what we started, with democratic practices, free and fair elections once we rid ourselves of the despot, or else there will simply be no point in a 2018 ballot, as that will simply be escorting them to the ballot in order to legitimise another stolen electoral victory by Mugabe and his Zanu PF,…wake up Zimbabwe!!! by Sibusiso Ngwenya
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Give Us Money, To Clear Debt Catch Up With Rest Of Globe’-Chinamasa To World Bank

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Finance and Economic Development minister Patrick Chinamasa has pleaded for a cash bailout from the World Bank to enable Harare to clear its debts and catch up with the rest of the world.Zimbabwe has an external debt of over $8,4 billion which has hamstrung the country from accessing lines of credit from multilateral and bilateral financial institutions.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of new World Bank offices in Harare on Wednesday, Chinamasa said the relocation of the World Bank offices should signify symbolic upscaling of the relationship between the bank and the country.

“My appeal is give me fresh money to rebuild. All is talk unless you give me money. If that capacity is not there, we will continue talking and talking,” Chinamasa said.

Chinamasa said the country last received support from the World Bank more than 10 years ago.

“I hope in the not-too-distant future we will commission the implementation of projects. I can say I have done all I could to engage multilateral institutions, which is why I am impatient. We do so for this reason, we have been out for 10 or more years. I cannot wait further to catch up. We need to catch up, we are not enjoying our membership with the bank,” he said.

Zimbabwe has an infrastructure backlog of over 15 years due to the economic challenges that it faced between 1998 and 2009 which saw the country recording the highest figures in inflation and devaluation of the local currency.

“Iam being impatient because of the stagnant nature of our relationship. I think it should bring substantive issues on the table for the implementation of Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio Economic Transformation,” he said.

Chinamasa said the engagement was necessary because the World Bank involved international partnerships that include the International Finance Corporation, African Development Bank and there was need to recognise them.

Guang Zhen Chen, new World Bank country director for seven southern Africa countries including Zimbabwe, said government needed to address the wage bill as 82% of the budget was going to wages, which is not sustainable.

“The government of Zimbabwe need to demonstrate that they are serious on macroeconomic challenges, investment challenges so that the country can grow,” Chen said.
Chen is the country director for Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He is based in Pretoria. By Victoria Mtomba Source-newsday

‘International Monetary Fund (IMF) Rules Out Financial Assistance To Zimbabwe’

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is dispatching a mission to Harare next week, has ruled out giving any financial assistance to Zimbabwe until all external debts are settled.

The IMF is expected in the country from August 31st to September 11th to undertake the second review of the Staff Monitored Programme (SMP).

Last year the IMF agreed to a successor SMP – an informal agreement between country authorities and the global lender designed to monitor the implementation of the authorities’ economic programme – to help the country get out of the woods.

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has for years been requesting for fresh funds from the IMF so the country can clear its external debt and move forward.

Government insiders say the economic situation is now worsening.

IMF resident representative to Zimbabwe, Christian Beddies, told VOA Studio 7 that engagement with Harare is continuing. Source – VOA- See more at: http://www.newzimbabwevision.com

photo-Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa

Groceries Taken Off Travellers Rebate, Used Clothing & Shoes Import Banned

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Zimbabwe’s finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa has revealed plans to reduce the wage bill by 40% from the current 80% as the government struggles to reduce its expenditure.

In his presentation of the Mid-term Fiscal Review in Parliament on Thursday, Chinamasa the move would free fiscal space to cover projects under the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio Economic Transformation.

Chinamasa said revenue for 2015 would be $3,6 billion against a target of $3,99 billion. Expenditure would come down to $4 billion from $4,11 billion. He said the gap of $400 million would be financed from domestic and external sources.

He said there were some executives from parastatals who were earning above the stipulated salary of $9 000 set by Cabinet saying a Bill would be in place to ensure that Cabinet directive on salaries was enforceable.

Chinamasa removed groceries from travellers rebate saying the commodities can be obtained locally thereby boosting local industries.

He removed second hand clothing and shoes from the open general import licence adding that any future importation of second hand clothing and shoes will be liable to forfeiture and seizures.
He said tax amnesty on defaulters will be further extended by four months to October. source-newsday

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‘MPs ignorant of their roles & constituency needs’-Professor Lovemore Madhuku

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MPs have a minimal understanding of their roles and the needs of their constituents, a problem which contributes towards lack of development in the country, a leading academic and politician has said.

University of Zimbabwe law lecturer, Professor Lovemore Madhuku, said this during a breakfast meeting Wednesday organised by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights in Harare.

Addressing parliamentarians, Madhuku said, “Most of the MPs think they represent their parties and forget they are voted for by the public, some of whom might not even have a party.”

Madhuku emphasised the need for legislators to adopt a non-partisan approach in their day-to-day activities. He said MPs could only succeed by developing a proper mindset which allows them to fully understand their roles.

He urged the legislators to work hard and produce reports making useful information available to members of the public.

“Information on thematic committees should be widely available to the people you represent,” Madhuku told the MPs.

“Ministers should be answerable to what they do or say.

“Access to media is very important to parliamentarians as this will force the executive to work even harder once they are exposed by the media.

“Change the entire fabric of society by making politics public and knowing the role of a public broadcaster.”

The NCA party leader said the MPs should be knowledgeable on human rights issues.

He gave the example of the recent demonstrations by inmates at Chikurubi Maximum Prison, saying the prisoners’ rights were taken away leaving them with no one to represent them.

Also raised at the same meeting was the issue of MPs who shun their constituencies only to re-appear during election period. source-newzimbabwe

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