Sunday, 27 May 2012 11:03
BY NDAMU SANDU AND NUNURAI JENA
FINANCE minister, Tendai Biti, has accused a small coterie of powerful
Zimbabweans of looting diamonds from Marange, enabling themselves to splash
millions of dollars on private jets while ordinary people wallowed in abject
Addressing delegates at a diamond workshop in Harare last week, Biti said
the officials were not afraid of flaunting their ill-gotten riches.
“There is no doubt that a small coterie of individuals is benefitting from
Zimbabwe diamonds. Some of us (officials) who are benefiting, are not afraid
to flaunt our monies. We are buying all kinds of assets,” said Biti.
“I am a government minister and earning US$800. How do I buy some of the
assets that we are buying? People are now buying private jets because of our
Biti made similar remarks last week while addressing delegates at the Open
Society Forum Conference on corruption and politics in Cape Town, South
Africa, where he accused President Robert Mugabe of allowing his cronies in
Zanu PF to plunder diamonds in Marange fields in return for their continued
May 23 2012 at 05:12pm
UN rights chief Navi Pillay told veteran Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe in
talks on Wednesday to ensure fair and violence-free elections when the
country finally votes to pick a new leader.
Pillay is in Zimbabwe for a five-day visit at the invitation of Mugabe's
“I also urged him to ensure that the future elections will be free and fair,
and free from violence,” Pillay said after the 90-minute meeting with Mugabe
at State House, in the capital Harare.
Deadly violence engulfed the last presidential election four years ago.
In a speech marking the country's 32nd independence anniversary last month
Mugabe urged Zimbabweans to shun violence ahead of polls whose date is not
year set, but which he insists be held this year.
“I commended the president for making a call that there should be no
violence in the future elections and urged him to continue to make such
calls,” Pillay said Wednesday.
Mugabe did not speak to reporters after the talks.
But Pillay said their meeting was “very important”, adding that the
88-year-old leader had recounted “the past history of Zimbabwe and
attributed some of the current problems to the past.”
Pillay also met earlier in the week with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai,
who joined the long-ruling Mugabe in a unity government formed in 2009 to
halt the election-linked bloodshed that killed more than 200 of the
22 May 2012
Violet Gonda | Washington
The facilitation team of South African President Jacob Zuma is expected in
Zimbabwe next week to check on progress made by the unity government in
fine-tuning the election roadmap the Southern African Development Community
says is necessary before the country's next polls.
Mr. Zuma is the SADC-appointed mediator in Harare, following the disputed
and bloody 2008 presidential elections.
President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party have consistently called for
elections this year, even in the absence of a new constitution.
But the two MDC formations in the coalition government insist critical
democratic reforms are implemented before any fresh polls are called, in
particular the writing of a new constitution.
But analysts say SADC's mediation role in Zimbabwe has reached its full
potential and is losing steam as conflicts over the same issues remain in
the unity government with no solution in sight.
Mr. Zuma’s international affairs adviser, Lindiwe Zulu, told VOA that the
South African team will hold progress meetings with all the parties in
Zimbabwe during the visit.
“The facilitation team is going back to Zimbabwe to do the work that we
normally do as a facilitation team," said Zulu. "We have meetings, and we
are following up as we have been mandated by our principal President Jacob
United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean analyst Nkululeko Sibanda said the South
African facilitation team now needs to re-strategize and begin a new
discussion that involves other key players, who can bring fresh ideas to the
negotiating table to move Zimbabwe forward.
The case against 29 MDC-T members accused of murdering a police officer in
Glen View in May last year is set to crumble as the State’s evidence is
weak, lawyers representing the activists have said.
by Tapiwa Zivira
The activists, most of whom are still being held in custody a year later,
are expected to appear before the High Court on June 4.
Allegations are that the 29 allegedly took part in the murder of Asst Insp
Petros Mutedza during a confrontation between MDC-T members, who were
holding a meeting in the populous Glen View suburb, and the police, who had
come to disperse the meeting, claiming it was illegally convened.
The activists, it is alleged, attacked the police with stones, resulting in
Mutedza’s death. Immediately after the murder, police launched a massive
crackdown in most southwestern suburbs.
Solomon Madzore, the MDC-T National Youth Chairman, is among the accused –
but was only arrested in September 2011. His repeated attempts to be
remanded out of custody have failed.
“About 25 of them are saying they were not even at the meeting or the scene
of the murder and four are saying they were present but fled when the police
arrived to dismiss the meeting. They have strong alibis,” their lawyer,
Charles Kwaramba, told The Zimbabwean.
He said the autopsy shows that Mutedza could not have been murdered by more
than three people.
“The post mortem shows one blow and a few bruises in the head and this
cannot be said to be a result of the actions of many people,” he said.
By Tichaona Sibanda
23 May 2012
The drafting of a new constitution was said to be ‘back on track’ after
COPAC reached ‘common ground’ on contentious issues during a meeting in
Harare on Wednesday.
All parties to the GPA attended the meeting, the first in two weeks after a
period blighted by a ZANU PF boycott of the process. Senior figures from
ZANU PF, including COPAC co-chairperson Paul Mangwana, were present when
COPAC took a step torwards finalising the drafting of a new charter.
The breakthrough comes as the SADC regional bloc was putting pressure on all
parties in the GPA to work together to end the current impasse, amid reports
that Zimbabweans are fed up of waiting for a new constitution while the
process dragged on indefinitely.
SW Radio Africa is reliably informed the SADC chairman, Namibian president
Hifikepunye Pohamba has been pushing for all sides to put aside partisan
differences so they can resume work to serve the people, and restore
confidence in the process.
Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC-T co-chairman in COPAC told us ‘ZANU PF is back in
the fold, cooperating and beginning to sound reasonable. He explained that
the party had tried to derail the process by introducing some completely new
and unacceptable issues in their “position paper”.
‘We completely rejected that 29-page document and said that we should work
on the draft the way we’ve always done. We are happy to say that we reached
common ground today and that we will try to finalize this process by the end
of next week,’ Mwonzora said on Wednesday.
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