Week 42

Co-operate with chiefs, ED tells Gukurahundi victims

ED pressures Parly on PVOs Bill

MALEMA to South Africans: Look at yourself in the mirror and you’ll see a Zimbabwean

Judiciary capture: Magistrates cry foul

EU to support ZEC

Controversial tycoon Ken Sharpe in Zimbabwe’s greatest land heist – says Biti as he lays into ‘mastermind’ associate

Zimbabwe is next – says Chamisa after newly formed Lesotho party pulls stunning election victory; Biti heads observer mission

Chief Gukurahundi perpetrator Mnangagwa has no business resolving ‘moment of madness’ – say critics

Minister Chitando mortgaging Zimbabwe; special mining rights dished out to shadowy firms - says Biti

Zimbabwe abstains from UN vote condemning Russia’s move to annex parts of Ukraine

Govt projects failure appalling

One in three girls subjected child marriage: Unicef

Co-operate with chiefs, ED tells Gukurahundi victims

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday pleaded with communities affected by Gukurahundi atrocities to co-operate with traditional leaders during consultations to solve the emotive issue. Addressing delegates during the launch of the Gukurahundi manual at Bulawayo State House yesterday, Mnangagwa said citizens had allowed the Gukurahundi issue to divide them, hindering collective development. The 1980s massacres resulted in the brutal killing of 20 000 unarmed civilians in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces. Yesterday’s launch was attended by traditional leaders and government officials.

ED pressures Parly on PVOs Bill

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has piled pressure on Parliament to fast-track the controversial Private Voluntary Organisations (PVOs) Amendment Bill but opposition leaders have urged a rethink. Opposition legislators and human rights activists say the proposed Bill is flawed and that it contains controversial clauses that should be subjected to scrutiny and debate. Writing in his column in a weekly State-controlled paper, Mnangagwa said he was ready to sign the Bill into law because some civil society organisations and embassies continue to meddle in the country’s affairs

MALEMA to South Africans: Look at yourself in the mirror and you’ll see a Zimbabwean

KWAZULU NATAL: Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema says South Africans need to open their hearts and welcome people from other African countries with open arms. Malema was speaking during his party’s Heritage Day rally in Manguzi, Northern KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday. He says Africa is one and Africans must fight for the unity of the African people.

Judiciary capture: Magistrates cry foul

SOME magistrates have alleged State capture of the Judiciary, and accused senior officials in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) of corruption and interference with court processes. In an open letter dated October 4, 2022 addressed to JSC and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc), the magistrates expressed frustration at the manipulation of judicial processes involving political cases.

EU to support ZEC

THE European Union (EU) has pledged to fund Zimbabwe’s 2023 general elections to ensure they are peaceful. Speaking after presenting his credentials to President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House yesterday, new EU ambassador Jobst Von Kirchmann told journalists that he was in Zimbabwe to work towards development, which could only happen in an environment where there is stability.

Controversial tycoon Ken Sharpe in Zimbabwe’s greatest land heist – says Biti as he lays into ‘mastermind’ associate

HARARE: Politician-cum-lawyer, Tendai Biti has implicated controversial businessman Ken Sharpe in what he said was the greatest land heist in the history of post- independent Zimbabwe. Sharpe owns Augur Investments which entered into two shady land deals with the Harare City Council, thereby prejudicing the capital of vast tracts of land. Biti, who was testifying at the Harare Magistrate Court in a case where he is accused of verbally assaulting Sharpe’s business partner, Tatiana Aleshina, said he was a victim of her manipulations through the use of connections in the highest office in the country.

Zimbabwe is next – says Chamisa after newly formed Lesotho party pulls stunning election victory; Biti heads observer mission

OPPOSITION Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader, Nelson Chamisa commended the upset election victory in Lesotho by a newly formed opposition party and vowed that Zimbabwe would be next. Lesotho business mogul, Sam Matekane’s upstart party, the Revolution for Prosperity, won 56 of the 120 constituencies in the weekend general elections, according to results announced Monday by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The seven months old Matekane’s party attracted support from young voters eager for change in Lesotho, a constitutional kingdom of 2,1 million people entirely surrounded by South Africa’s Drakensberg mountains.

Chief Gukurahundi perpetrator Mnangagwa has no business resolving ‘moment of madness’ – say critics

POLITICAL parties and analysts have described President Emmerson Mnangagwa as a denialist who glosses over the Gukurahundi genocide that claimed an estimated 20,000 people. Mnangagwa is scheduled to visit Bulawayo on Monday in his latest sojourn over the emotive issue but critics have described the trip as “a futile and grandstanding mission which will not achieve anything.” According to a statement from the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mnangagwa will be in Bulawayo hosting a meeting aimed at finding solutions to the one of country’s darkest periods in history.

Minister Chitando mortgaging Zimbabwe; special mining rights dished out to shadowy firms - says Biti

MINES Minister, Winston Chitando and his ministry’s officials were abusing the country’s special mining leases by parcelling huge mining concessions to undeserving companies without Parliament’s approval. Harare East Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) legislator, Tendai Biti said this Thursday in Parliament and requested the responsible authorities to explain the development. According to Biti, special mining rights were now being “distributed like cakes at a wedding.”
“I am talking of the platinum leases like the one given to the Russian company, DGI, which has stopped operating at the moment,” he said.
“These special mining leases are now too numerous. Another example is that of Manhize in Chivi where there is mining of iron ore. Manhize was giving iron ore resources of 43 billion metric tonnes, but no money has come to Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe abstains from UN vote condemning Russia’s move to annex parts of Ukraine

Zimbabwe on Wednesday joined 34 other countries that abstained from a United Nations vote to condemn Russia’s “attempted illegal annexation” of four partially occupied regions in Ukraine. The UN resolution, which passed with the support of 143 countries – three-quarters of the 193-member General Assembly – also called on all countries not to recognise the move, strengthening a diplomatic international isolation of Moscow since it invaded its neighbour.

Govt projects failure appalling

Zimbabwe has been ranked 140/190 in 2021 and 150/190 in 2022 on ease-of-doing-business international scales. Some of the reasons for the low rankings are poor monetary policies and skewed property laws; and the long time it takes to secure business licences. Transparency International has ranked Zimbabwe as one of the top countries with endemic corruption. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (unctad) placed Zimbabwe bottom of the trade openness index.
“If you look, fundamentally in Zimbabwe we haven’t had foreign direct investment come in since around 2015/2016. A large part of it is because of the exchange rate.”

One in three girls subjected child marriage: Unicef

ONE in three girls in Zimbabwe under the age of 18 is ushered into early marriages, which has resulted in high maternal mortality rates, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) has revealed. In a report to mark the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), Unicef said girls who are ushered into early marriages are at a high risk of dying while giving birth. “Young mothers are at a higher risk; especially where no medical care is provided. One woman out of three was married before the age of 18. According to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat), 33.7% of girls under 18 are married. This is one in three under 18 years of age,” read the Unicef report.

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