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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANSARD - 17 March 2010 VOL. 36 NO. 28

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Wednesday, 17th March, 2010

The House of Assembly met at a Quarter-past Two o'clock p.m.

PRAYERS

(MR. SPEAKER in the Chair)

ANNOUNCEMENT BY MR. SPEAKER

NON-ADVERSE REPORT RECEIVED FROM THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE 

 

          MR. SPEAKER:  I have received a Non-Adverse Report from the Parliamentary Legal Committee on the Public Order and Security Amendment Bill [HB 11, 2009].

ORAL ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

          MR. GONESE: My question is directed to the Deputy Minister of State Enterprises and Parastatals.  There are wide spread reports that heads of parastatals are being awarded hefty salaries ranging between US$3 000 to

 US$5 000, whilst heads in government institutions get a salary of below US$1 000 per month.  I would like to find out from the Deputy Minister whether there is government policy regarding that.  I also understand that most of the increases in the rates and tariffs in parastatals are to sustain these hefty packages of these top executives.

          THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF STATE ENTERPRISES AND PARASTATALS (MR CHIDHAKWA): Let me thank the hon member for raising the matter.  There are two basic principles that guide us in terms of policy and salaries of state enterprises.  The first is affordability, the second is reasonable and the third is equity in terms of the wage bill.

          The second aspect is that of the relationship between salaries as a percentage of revenues within the context of the operations of the company.  The policy is that salaries cannot represent more than 30% of the revenue of any state enterprise.  We therefore seek to implement those two positions in terms of the salaries of state enterprises.  We have noticed that there are certain state enterprises that have not been abiding by the rules and the principles of affordability and have therefore ended up coming up with salaries that are beyond the sustainability of the organisation.  Some state enterprises have not gone to look at the issue of relationship between operations.  A certain enterprise has allocated 90% of revenue to salaries and only 10% to operations.  It is amazing as to how such an organization will be able to provide good services with 10% allocated to operations.  Yes, we are aware of those issues and we are looking at them and we will be implementing measures to ensure that the two principles of affordability and issues of 30% or below of revenue are abided by.

          MR. S. MOYO: Can the Minister give us a time frame as to when this can be implemented.

          MR CHIDHAKWA:  We have requested salary schedules of all state enterprises. So far, about nine state enterprises have responded.  We had a meeting this morning where the heads were agreeing on measures to ensure that all state enterprises bring their information.  I would say within the next two to three weeks, we should be able to get the information, compile it and then look at the problem areas and also to meet with the board of directors of the state enterprises. 

          MR. KANZAMA: I recognise that there are no ministers here present.  However, in the absent of them, Minister Chamisa is here present and I will direct my question to him. 

          MR. SPEAKER: Order, order. If it is a policy question he will answer, and please hon. member, you should ask a specific question.

          MR. KANZAMA: Thank you Mr Speaker. I thought that since he is a Cabinet Member, he will be able to answer. 

          MR SPEAKER: Order, order! You will only ask when the relevant Minister comes.

          MR. MADZIMURE:  My question is directed to the Minister of State Enterprises and Parastatals.  I notice there are some attaches from the defence forces in parastatals, for example, National Railways of Zimbabwe.  I would like to know who foots the bills of these attaches and why they are there?

          THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF STATE ENTERPRISES AND PARASTATALS (MR CHIDHAKWA): I do not think I am in a position to answer the attaches of specific Ministries.  It will be proper for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence to answer for themselves.  Let me say if somebody is working in a state enterprises, for example, National Railways of Zimbabwe, that person is a member of staff of the National Railways of Zimbabwe – I think it is proper that National Railways of Zimbabwe foots the bill of anything that is being done legally within the

purview of that state enterprise. 

          MR. MAZIKANA: My question is directed to Minister Chamisa.  Can he explain to the House why he prefers to use Studio 7 instead of our Zimbabwe Stations?

           MR. SPEAKER: Hon member, your question is not a policy question?  When you ask Ministers in this House, we ask them on matters that concern their Ministries which they oversee in Government and therefore it is not a policy question.

          MR. HLONGWANE: I want to direct my question to Deputy Minister Chidhakwa.  Can he explain what Government is doing to deal with the tariffs at ZESA as a way of reducing the cost on doing business in this country?

          THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF STATE ENTERPRISES AND PARASTATALS (MR. CHIDHAKWA): Thank you Mr. Speaker.  Let me thank the hon member for making me tread on very slippery ground here.  If you look at the tariffs, domestic as well as other categories of ZESA, you will actually see that they are below regional tariffs that are charged by many countries in the region and if you look at their cost of producing electricity,  particularly thermal, you will see that the cost of producing thermal electricity is much higher than what we currently charge, but I think the question has something to do with the quality of service.  A lot of ZESA equipment has not been maintained for a long time and because equipment has not been maintained for a long time, its performance has not lived to the expectations of Zimbabweans and this is where you then get the power outages, shortages and so forth.  I think it is important for us to enable ZESA to be able  to perform to expectations by ensuring that the tariffs charged enables it to generate the power that can then be given to Zimbabweans, but in the same vein, it is also not possible for Zimbabwe today to be able to pay for all the recapitalization that has not been done over the last ten to fifteen years for it to be paid up today.  So it is important for ZESA to look for sources of financing capital funding that will enable it to recapitalize without charging the entire bill, that is recapitalization, on the current users of electricity.  So I think it is a balance of saying, we want to ensure that we have got regular quality service but on the other hand we can not have that regular quality being levied on this generation when infact it should be spread over a longer period in terms of recapitalization. 

          MR. CHEBUNDO: My question is directed to the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Hon. Chamisa.  Mr. Minister, many Zimbabweans have been facing difficulties in settling their telephone bills which is a known factor, but the majority of them have received legal action because of non payment of these bills.  Could you enlighten this House and the nation as to  the position of the Ministry regarding that issue so that people are aware of what they should do. 

          THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (MR. CHAMISA): Thank you Hon Chebundo for asking such an important question.  I just want to thank you also for calling me Mr. Minister, I think it is very good to get two titles in one.  In terms of the tariffs we are facing, what I am aware of is that Government is trying to examine all the cost drivers because what we have realized is that there is a problem of prices of most of the services that are provided by most of our parastatals and the pricing is so detrimental to the current economic recovery.  The billing mechanisms that are there in most sectors, particularly ZESA, Telone and Netone leave a lot to be desired.  So we are trying to examine, through a Cabinet Committee that is currently working on cost drivers, to make sure that those cost drivers are examined from the point of view of the pricing of those services and also the billing system so that we do not have problems with the kind of billing we are facing.  So regrading the particular issue you are referring to, we are trying to have a holistic and helicopter of what the problem is with a view to identifying these problems.  So it is not just about Telone, it is also about ZESA and other parastatals and we are hoping that very soon the relevant ministers are going to make the necessary announcements to try and find a way of doing this.   We also realize that certain bills are totally unjustified and it would not make sense then to arrest people on the basis of faults which they do not know.  Thank you. 

          MR. KANZAMA: My question is directed to the Deputy of Minister of Mines, Hon. Zwizwai.  From the report we hear, is it true that there is a discovery of diamonds and gold in Chimanimani? 

          THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF MINES (MR. ZWIZWAI): Thank you Mr. Speaker.  I would like to thank Hon. Kanzama for the question which seeks clarification around the discoveries of diamonds and gold in Chimanimani.  It is true that there is a discovery of gold in Chimanimani.  Chimanimani has been a gold mining area in the region.  There has been a lot of mining going on.  If you remember, there was a gold rush which took place some time ago in the Taka forest which concession was then given to the Chinese through a joint venture of ZMDC but the joint venture has since collapsed.  We encourage investors from Zimbabwe because it is near surface gold which is a near surface discovery.  We encourage people like yourself and people from Chimanimani to excite themselves around such deposits because this is what we call empowerment because we need to empower you with those resources.  So there is a joint venture which is available and you are at liberty to approach ZMDC so that they can also do due diligence around such partnership.  We are trying to empower our people in Zimbabwe.

          Then there is talk around diamond discoveries in the same neighbourhood.  We have sent our geologists and there is a lot of work going on there.  We have not yet ascertained the existence of alluvial diamonds there.  There is also talk around the existence of a kimberlitic pipe around that area but we have not managed to get to where it is.  I will be very much encouraged if people keep on prospecting.  I want to say there are a lot of diamond deposits in your provinces and if properly prospected, they will change the lives of many people in this country.

          MR MANGWANA: My question is directed to the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Mr Chamisa.  What is the government policy on the introduction of a second or third fixed telephone network? We suspect there is abuse of monopoly by one telephone company.  What is government policy on another telephone operator?

          THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (MR CHAMISA): Mr Speaker,  I want to say that I am aware that Mr Mangwana was in one of the sub committees of cabinet, which committee was supposed to deal with the issue he is referring to?  I want to say in terms of the fixed operator, we are trying to expedite the resolution of one matter which has to do with tele- access.  Once we deal with that aspect, then we can deal with the necessary licensing of the second operator.  We want to expedite it and we need to do an efficacious report and we are trying to work on that.

          The inclusive government is going to obviously – in the context of this year, deal with the issue of a second fixed operator to make sure there is competition on the services and to make sure that we are able to meet demands in the country.  A lot of people are still on the waiting list in terms of landlines and so we are quite conscious of that.  I am sure that before the end of this year, you will have your own fixed line, courtesy of government. 

          MR S MOYO: In the interest of connecting rural areas, I would like to know from Minister Chamisa what is being done to the rural areas regarding network coverage expansion in the interest of connecting the rural people to the rest of the world?

          MR CHAMISA: The first thing is that Hon. Moyo is actually connected himself because of the inclusive government.  I am sure you have a cellphone in your pocket and I am sure you can buy a sim card for less than $2, courtesy of the inclusive government. 

          Of course the focus on the rural areas has been an issue we are trying to deal with.  We are aware of the challenges in terms of making sure that there is connectivity in the rural areas.  We are utilising the Universal Services Fund to make sure that we deploy various other connectivity points in the rural areas.  Infact, as I am speaking and just this past week, we have had quite a number of areas where we have had connection.  The recent point is Checheche in Manicaland.  This area had not been connected for a long time.  I know of Nyanga and areas such as Buhera and Mberengwa are actually being connected.  I know Hon. Gumbo is actually very happy about the connectivity there and now he is able to coordinate his parliamentary caucus from Mberengwa.  It is because of connectivity.

          I know that some legislation has been put in place and so we are utilising the Universal Services Fund.  It is a fund created as as pool fund by all the operators so that they come together and pay money to the regulator and then the government deploys resources to the various areas that are down trodden and remote. 

          So, we are trying to connect these areas, particularly areas like Muzarabani, Binga and other areas, so that a lot of people are connected.  However, it is not sufficient for us to connect the rural areas without being linked to the under sea cables because that is what is going to help us to be able to access vast data. 

          We are also going to be launching – this week or early next week – we have already received $6.5 million that we were allocated in the budget by the Ministry of Finance.  We want to give the resources to the local operator to make sure that we actually connect before June.  We want our MPs to have high speed internet access.  We want our citizens to be also able to have high speed internet access.  E-commerce will have to rely on our under sea cable connectivity. 

          However, the nightmares in terms of internet speed are going to be sorted out before the end of the year.  So, the good news is that we will have a perfect Christmas gift as connectivity is going to be a thing you are going to smile about. 

          MR KANZAMA: In view of your efforts that you want to connect the whole country, we have a big challenge with electricity.  What are you going to do to improve the situation?

          MR CHAMISA: Thank you Mr Kanzama for that question.  Obviously electricity is not my area, but what we are trying to do as a ministry is we are trying to make sure that we go to other sources of energy, instead of just relying on the generators and electricity which is hydro-powered.  We are also using solar powered base stations.  There is one in Chimanimani and another in Chiurwi in Buhera.  Those are solar powered and so we are actually using solar as a way of trying to minimise and truncate the challenges. 

          I am glad to say that even in Mberengwa, we will also put a solar power base station.  We are trying to move away from ZESA.  We want to make sure that we rely on these base stations.  It is working because those base stations are very powerful and they work twenty four seven.

          MR ZHANDA: My question is directed to Minister Chamisa.  The minister has just alluded to the possibility of having a second operator this year.  Is it not wise that government unlocks value to Telone at the moment?

          THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (MR CHAMISA):  I just want to advise the hon members that Minister Matinenga in now here and also I am seeing Minister Zwizwai there so that we democratize our questions.  I want to thank you for the question.  We have a sub -committee in government which deals with privatization issues, leasing  issues and we have various leasing models in terms of capitalisation.  We are already trying to look for partners so that we unlock the full value of TelOne.  They are dealing with the final categorization of parastatals to see which one is going for full privatization or half privatization and which one is going for joint ventures.  TelOne is one of those institutions that is going to benefit  from this exercise.

          MR ZIYAMBI  I want to know whether you have frozen the pegging activities temporarily or it is for ever. 

          THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF MINES (MR ZWIZWAI):  Thank you very much.  I would like to thank Hon Ziyambi for asking this question that seeks clarification on freezing of pegging activities.  We are aware as a Ministry that a lot of people especially in the small scale mining industry have been affected because our people are relying on small scale mining for their livelihood.  I am aware that the majority of our Members of Parliament have been approached on this freezing issue because their constituencies rely a lot on small scale mining. 

          The development that made this to happen is the arising of unlicensed peggers who were even involved in air pegging.  That pegging was was done in an unethical and unprofessional way.  That time there was also  over-pegging  because of those unprofessional peggings and this resulted in the Ministry being overwhelmed by disputes of claims.  So, because of that we have agreed on temporary freezing of all pegging activities and this matter was brought to the Parliament Portfolio Committee in respect of procedures that were done where our Permanent Secretary was grilled around it. 

          It was done in an unprofessional way and we are sorry for that, but we wanted to put a stop to those unlicensed peggings and also safeguard the investors.  I am glad to say that in the near future we will be able to lift this temporary ban.  We have given the Attorney General the gazette for scrutiny and I am being advised that a few amendments are being made and I am sure it is going to be gazetted in the national gazette in the next few weeks.  All the same, we are sorry for the inconveniences caused to the small miners as well as Members of Parliament who represent the mining constituencies. 

          MR DZINGIRAYI:   I would like to direct my question to Hon Matinenga.  We are talking of elections when are we going to access our constituency funds?  -[HON MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-

          MR SPEAKER:  Order hon member that is not a policy question. This segment is for policy issues only.  However, as this matter has aroused a lot of interest among all members I therefore ask the Minister to respond. 

          THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (ADV. MATINENGA):   Thank you Mr Speaker Sir, and I would also want to thank the Hon Member who has paused the question.  Now let us address this issue from a policy point of view, first things first.  The fact that we are going to have an election has nothing to do with CDF.   Yes, it is a concept announced in our budget but let us not look at CDF as a pre-cursor to elections.  I am also a Member of Parliament

and I am aware of the desire of Members of Parliament to see their constituencies being developed not because they want to win elections but to see the lives of the people being uplifted.  My Ministry has been working day and night to see to it that there is light in regard to the disbursement of the money from the Constituency Development Fund. Hon members will know and will be aware that the disbursements are competing for very limited financial space with other pressing problems which  are being faced by government. Let me say this, when the concept of  CDF was mooted and was then realised in the budget speech, the Minister of Finance and Government were looking at certain perceived collection of revenue. Unfortunately, those perceptions of revenue collection have not materialised. For us as a country we are experiencing a very serious drought and the issue of disbursing money under the CDF is going to fight with these other pressing problems.

          We have not been sitting as a ministry, we have approached  Treasury because it is Treasury which will eventually make these disbursements. Treasury are also keen to see to it that constituencies at this level are developed. As I said, and taking a cue from what we can afford and what is available, we have been advised that money to be disbursed under this head can only be done after June. It is only after June that we can hope to get some disbursement. I am not suggesting any amount and we have not been advised by Treasury as to what amounts are available for disbursement because they will also disburse according to how much they are able to raise.

          I want to advise hon members that the Ministry of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs will see to it that there will be onward disbursement to various constituencies depending upon  the seniority of the application that has been made.  I dare say that there are already hon members who are making applications and we are prioritising these applications so that when the funds are eventually made available, we will look at that list if it is properly produced and we will disburse accordingly -[HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-

          *MRS ZINYEMBA: My question is addressed to the Leader of the  House. Are you aware that load shedding is destroying a lot of domestic appliances due to power surges?

          THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER (PROF MUTAMBARA): I want to say that question is best answered by the Minister of Energy. However,  as the Deputy Prime Minister, I am in charge of the cluster of ministries including ICT, Transportation, Energy, Public Works, - Cabinet is seized with that matter of power cuts. It is a major issue in our cabinet at the moment. The Minister of Energy and his team are busy crafting measures to ensure that we can mitigate the dangers and problems created by power cuts. We are working on a short to medium term plan to minimise the impact of power cuts.

          Secondly, we are working on medium to long term plan and in particular we are resolving the challenges at Hwange. Right now  the official capacity of Hwange is 750MW and we are getting 200MW. We had an accident in December that led to those savage and huge cuts. We are progressively resolving the matter.  By end of April we will be back to about 500MW  which will give us a temporary respite to the challenges we are experiencing.

          In the long run we are in the process of putting together an energy policy document which will come to this House to be  debated to become an Energy Act for the country.  Beyond that we are crafting the strategy, we are discussing the energy -  where do we want Zimbabwe to be in terms of energy in 5 years time. For example, if we want to be producing 7000MW and our consumption is 5000MW, we must then ask ourselves what do we need to do now so that we can achieve the 7000MW, what do we need to do within the region so that we can look for partners from South Africa, DRC and Mozambique.  This strategy will come to this House for your adoption but I want to emphasise to the hon member that we are concerned by the challenges that are being created by energy shortages for our citizens, industry and public institutions. We shall not rest until we get an unequivocal and robust solution to those challenges.

          MR MWONZORA: My question is directed to the Minister of Defence. What is government's policy regarding the use of army personnel in the campaign for political parties?

          THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE (MR MNANGAGWA):  I thank the hon member for asking this question because it gives me an opportunity to clarify the understanding. In relation to the particular point raised, there is no policy by the Government of Zimbabwe to use the army  for political activities. They have a mandate to defend the country from threat only and not engage in political campaigns, not at all. So let the hon member and his colleagues understand that the perception that the Zimbabwe National Army participates and is used as a mandate for government to do political work, that is not correct.

          MR MATUTU: Supplementary. How do you explain the presence of the army personnel that were deployed during the elections and who are still in wards threatening people and villagers since June 2008?

          THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE (MR MNANGAGWA):  I would like to assure Hon Matutu that his information is not formal.  There has never been any formal deployment of soldiers in the manner stated.  It is true, ten percent of the army at one time is on leave and when they go on leave, they stay in the provinces they come from and are not on duty. 

          MS T KHUMALO:  My message  - sorry my question is directed to the Minister of  Information Communication Technology, Mr Chamisa.  The President mentioned that they are 4 Bills that are coming to this House among them the ICT Bill.  When is this ICT Bill coming into this Parliament? 

          THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (MR CHAMISA):  Thank you Hon. Khumalo for the message but I will try to respond to the message by giving an answer.  It is in terms of Bills, The ICT Bill is no exception.  There are processes and procedures that are to be followed.  We do not want to embarrass the President because of what he has already said to Parliament.  We expect the Bill in a short time but I can not say it is coming in a few weeks or days because it is important to have this Bill. 

          MRS NYAMUPINGA:  I want to direct my question to the Minister of Health but since he never comes, I will direct my question to the Deputy Prime Minister.  I do not know if it is Government policy that patients who are detained when they are sick are detained again when they are discharged  from hospital until they pay the fees owing?

          MR SPEAKER:  That is an important question and I will advise you to put it in writing for the benefit of patients and other Zimbabweans who are affected by that question.

          MR F. M. SIBANDA:  My question is directed to the deputy Minister of Mines.  May you please tell us what government has done with regard to mines which are flooding especially Mashava and Zvishavane? 

          THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF MINES (MR ZWIZWAI):  Thank you Mr Sibanda for that question and you are telling us that we have mines which are flooding- the asbestos mines of Zvishavane and Mashava.  The mines have been flooded with water and the miner has a problem of mining the ore.  The problem is caused by lack of support from government of National Unity because what has happened is that when we are doing our mining, we are using the US$ instead of the Zimbabwean dollar.  In these mines water was seeping through depending on the level starting from level 10 up to level 15.

          The Inclusive Government is now putting measures such as the Short Term Economic Recovery Programmes (STERP) which will be given to the mines so that they start working using these funds which will be disbursed. You find that there is no money allocated for these programmes but in some areas we do have money for the project of pumping out water from the mines.  Unfortunately, ZESA is letting us down because there is no power and as a result you find that as soon as electricity goes away, the water will seep back into the tunnel. 

          The problem with water is that if you put up your engine and electricity goes, the water comes back with so much force  that it overpowers what we have done before.  We have people who are trying to use generators for pumping out the water and some of them use diesel engines but finding diesel is a problem.  If the Minister of Finance is allocating to the Ministry of Hon Mudzuri- I am looking around for Prof. Mutambara -  and they are talking of the repairs they want to do to ZESA.  We only hope that after the money has been put into ZESA, this problem of electricity with regard to mines will be a thing of the past.  Hon members  please forgive us because we have problems of money and ZESA.

          MR TACHIONA:  My question is directed to the Minister of Mines.  What is the Ministry doing in trying to review the appointments of the administrators who failed dismally to manage the Shabani and Mashaba Mine and when is his term of office going to expire since he has failed to get investors to run the mine?

          THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF MINES AND MINING DEVELOPMENT (MR ZWIZWAI): I thank  you Mr Speaker,  perhaps with your guidance I was going to respond that I am sure the member is aware that the mine is under curatorship and the Ministry are the least competent people to comment on what is obtaining on the ground.  I am not sure whether Minister Chinamasa in his capacity as the team which is dealing with that would be in a position to share with the House a response if perhaps the Question is directed to him in writing.

          MR. SPEAKER:  Hon. member can you redirect your question to the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs.

          Questions Without Notice were interrupted by MR. SPEAKER in terms of Standing Order No. 34.

MOTION

FIRST REPORT OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND CHILD WELFARE ON DRUGS AND MEDICINES

          First Order read:  Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Welfare on Drugs and Medicines.

          Question again proposed.

          THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS:  Mr. Speaker, I move that the debate do now adjourn.

          Motion put and agreed to.

          Debate to resume: Thursday, 18th March, 2010.

MOTION

SECOND REPORT OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND CHILD WELFARE ON HEALTH CARE FINANCING

          Second Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Welfare on Health Care Financing.

          Question again proposed.

          * MRS. CHIKAVA: Thank you Mr Speaker, I want to look at the services that are offered in the hospitals.  Most of the diseases that are killing both the old and young are those that can be prevented if only the Ministry could be given the finances that they would have been promised so that the programmes that are supposed to be carried out to avert such diseases might then help the country. 

          The Committee also realized that reproductive health which is one that actually looks at pregnant women, their health and until the time of delivery and children below the age of five, that the death rate is reduced and this can only happen once the Ministry get the money on time.  The committee realised that the money that is allocated to this Ministry by the Government which will have been promised would be of great help if this money will be availed at the same time.  When looking at the money that was said to have been allocated to the Ministry in the budget, which is US$30 million, they only got US$6 million, which is so little.  If the country is to develop, it should be a country with healthy people.  Right now, for all of us to be here is because we are all health.  So the health of the country should be conserved.  The country can only develop because of healthy young people.  However, at present they are perishing before they get old.

          This is all because the resources in this Ministry are limited.  The Committee has seen it fit to come and air such grievances in this august House.  We all come from different constituencies and we all know what is happening in our areas in terms of the hospitals.  The vehicles and ambulances that should be used to take patients to hospitals are now obsolete.  My plea is that this august House takes note of these problems of this Ministry.  This is something we should prioritise and I think that this Ministry should be allocated all the resources that it need so that we can safe guard our country and reduce the mortality rate, especially of women and children.  Even though the NGOs assist us, most of the time they come with conditions or with their own aims or programmes.  For example, I look at those below the age of five, you would find that NGOs direct their finances to a particular programme like immunisation and yet this does not align with those strategies of the Ministry.  I therefore urge this august House to understand and look at this report that was presented by the chairperson on the issue of this Ministry. 

          MR MATSHALAGA: I rise to comment on the report of the portfolio committee on Health  Financing of the country.  I think the committee was privileged to have a presentation from the Ministry of Health and senior officials.  It was an excellent report.  The ministry is aware of financial resources gaps such as human, financial and material resources gaps.  In terms of Parliamentary oversight, it was disturbing that the budget process does create a crisis of expectations as far as ministry is concerned.  This was noted when the chair reported on the inadequacy of fiscal funding. 

          There was clear evidence that the amount was inadequate.  It would appear that it is nice on paper when the budget is presented we are informed that education and health forms top priority.  We understand this particularly in 2009, they were allocated this sum of money which most of you approved.  What we discovered was of the money promised only 10% was realised that is very little and is inadequate.  When the chair of the committee reported he said in terms of the budget and the Abuja declaration we have actually reached 15% of the national budget but when it comes to the real expenditure realised, the funds were far much less and it was about 1,5 % of the total budget as it was presented.  This Mr Speaker Sir is far short of the average per capita expenditure particularly in the SADC region.  WHO recommends $34 per capita expenditure in health and in terms of our own budget we are about $9 per capita and the SADC region is around $17.  Our effort is only 26% of what WHO recommends.  This was very clear and evident that  in terms of the funds that are being allocated, if they are disbursed on time would go a long way but what happens after your Parliament has approved the budget is that there is a process that goes on between the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and the Treasury as has been said by most of the colleagues in the committee.  We were told that the ministry had made a submission, discussed with the treasury and had agreed on the expenditure pattern that would see them having about 30 million being disbursed over the first two months.  The Ministry only received 6 million dollars over the two months.  I am trying to emphasize that the plans and service delivery will be affected because if you were planning to get 30 million and you only get 6 million, it becomes a nightmare for those who have been tasked to deliver health services to the nation.

          Mr Speaker sir, we were also told that they had problems with the user fees and most of the members and the committee were not happy with these user fees.  We were also told that the structure of user fees varied from authority to authority despite recommendation by the Ministry that Rural Health Services centres, local authorities should charge a certain amount.  You would find some times the local authorities will create other charges that will be given other names in order to hide that they are user fees.  In most cases these fees were found to be much higher than fees charged at central hospitals.  It was also as noted that the fees were very high and  contributed to a malpractice that was very difficult to understand,that is the detention of people in order to demand payment.  It was discovered that sometimes the cost of keeping or detaining the patient for what they failed to pay was much higher and it was found to be a little bit illogical and that is why the Committee recommended the harmonisation of fees.

          We also noted that the committee was appraised of other problems like transport and infrastructure, but in general it was said that the infrastructure need to be rehabilitated.  They pleaded with Parliament that they do not know how they can influence Parliament as the major stakeholder to ensure that you allocate funds as Parliament and that such funds are disbursed to them in a more timely way so that they can deliver quality health services.

          THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

          Motion put and agreed to.

          Debate to resume: Thursday, 18 March, 2010.

MOTION

VIOLENCE AFTER 29th MARCH 2008 ELECTIONS

          Adjourned debate on motion on the violence that took place after March 29, 2008 elections.

          Question again proposed.

          MR J. GUMBO: I want to thank Hon. Gonese for bringing this motion to this House for debate.  We as ZANU PF welcome the motion that requests that all things that happened during the elections of 2008 be made known to the people so that we learn from our mistakes so that in future such things are not repeated.  It is in that view that we welcome this motion that Hon. Gonese brought to the House.

          The issue of violence is not an issue that can be attributed to one political party only.  There were cases of violence that were committed from both major political parties that took part in the elections that is namely ZANU PF and MDC – T.  That being as it is or as it may, it is now upon us as leadership and as members of this august House to direct and guide our people that we represent here that, that behaviour cannot be condoned and that in future we should conduct our elections in a very peaceful manner.  My only worry with the motion as at now is that we should as recommended by Hon Gonese have a select committee to investigate the violence, the murders and the rape cases as he alleges. 

          Mr Speaker, I do not know what purpose that will serve for now like when we go out and start opening this pandora's box when people are working already on a national healing process.  It would be better that we discuss issues like these and make a resolution that these things are not to be repeated but to go out there and again start investigating matters, a lot of allegations will come out and again we find that as leaders and as representatives, we have again given our people an opportunity to start fighting each other.  This is where I am worried about the recommendations that my colleague Hon. Gonese made on this motion.  There is nothing wrong really about pointing out that there was violence because there was violence, but that violence cannot be attributed to one political party – [HON MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] -

          As you can already see that even amongst ourselves as hon. members, we do not want to agree that there was violence from both sides of the political parties but it is very clear in my mind that there was violence which was perpetrated by both members of ZANU PF and MDC.  The evidence is there.  The degree to which it happened, I cannot give it because I do not have all the statistics but the truth of the matter is that there was violence.  I do not think MDC – T would say that we should condone violence, neither should ZANU PF do the same.  As leaders we should look at the future and say that is  what has happened.  We are in another political dispensation right now, whereby we are trying to have a new constitution, national healing of our people and should we want to go back and start opening the old wounds, we will definitely not achieve what we are intending to achieve. 

          That is what I stand up to contribute Mr. Speaker, that in that view I do not support that we should have a select committee of inquiry that should go out and start investigating what happened.  We all know what happened, but is it necessary to continue to talk about it and achieve what?  What is important is to talk about it and say let us learn from our mistakes and let us look into the future and let us have a form of convergence and work towards and work towards peace in the future.  If it is the wish that maybe my colleagues from the MDC want us to go out and start investigating and come up with whatever we are going to come up with and achieve whatever they think to achieve, I do not support that. 

          I want to say here and now Mr. Speaker that that view is not constructive.  The constructive way is not to hide anything that has happened, talk about it, but find a way of trying to avoid it in future so that we can make progress in out country.

          MR MUSHONGA: My heart bleeds when we talk of political violence and especially in Mashonaland Central.  None of the 18 constituencies where spared of political violence.  We are talking here of the political violence which started in Mbire where Bigboy Zhuwawo and .... were murdered and that sparked the fire for political murders in Mashonaland Central.  It went down to Guruve up to early June where six men died on the spot in the Chaona massacre.  Members who  sit in this House provided  transport to  ZANU PF Youths who carried out the activity.  On that occasion, Tapiwa Meda was brutally murdered. Joseph Madzivamhete was again murdered by assault, Felix Chiriseri was murdered by assault, Emmanuel was murdered through assault, Alex Chiriseri was also murdered by assault.  I have Alex Chiriseri's post mortem report and I will put it before the House.  This report clearly shows that he had fractured legs and ribs and  swollen genitals due to assault.  This is from a government medical doctor  and I will put it before the House for everyone to see. 

POST MORTEM REPORT – A. CHIRISERI

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is violence in Mashonaland Central.  If we refer to South African journals and the comments we see in these is that, the situation of violence in Zimbabwe is a worse  situation outside war.

          On the 28th of June, Councillor Chironga was murdered  - he was a winning councillor for MDC for Howard Ward.  This activity involved one of the members sitting in this House who bought two A4 riffles and shot the councillor.  The truth is that one can run away but even after 50 years, one will have to face the act.  Again in June these perpetrators came to my village and on the occasion they were repelled – and what was the price for this? 24 youths were arrested for exercising self protection.  I have the bail forms and I will put them before the House for everyone to see.  These young men, when they appeared before the magistrate, he refused to put them on remand.  He said members of the army have no right to campaign.  On three occasions in Bindura, the Magistrate refused to put these young men on bail.  They were only granted bail after the elections.  I have the evidence here before the House.

BAIL FORMS

 

What does this mean?  Yes we can hide today and think that because we are protected, we can go on and murder – the evidence is there.  Chironga's,  mother, brothers, including the sister were shot. They had broken arms and legs – they were victims but they were locked in cells.  History  will judge this.  Those who murdered should come out and make a clean brain storm and I believe I am talking on behalf of those who committed violence.  One can buy time but the truth will always remain the truth.  Thank you Madam Speaker.

          MS. A. NDHLOVU:I would like to thank the mover of this noble motion Hon. Gonese and the Seconder Hon. Khumalo for moving such a noble motion.  I believe that the three principals, by coming up with Article 18 of the GPA, unanimously agreed that at some time, there was some violence and respect should be given to them for that.

          Let me Madam Speaker, add my voice to this motion and remind this hon. House the reasons Zimbabwe went to war.  It was because of the Smith Regime, apart from taking control of the natural Resources.  The land was more importantly the need to get their right to vote.  I want to remind hon members that the right to vote is indeed important – Vanhu vakafa vachifira theright yekuvoterNaizvozvo it is critical and important to have that right to vote.  Therefore I shun violence before, after and during elections.

          Madam Speaker, it is indeed that there was some form of violence after the March elections.  I personally was a victim in my Constituency.  I would like to bring it to the attention of this House that on June 27 one Hon. member in my constituency physically chased after me at 10 p.m and I have the evidence.   Upon being questioned, the hon. member told the police that he wanted to make peace with me.  How is that possible when one chases me at 160 km per hour at 10 p.m. I personally support the need to investigate such cases so that perpetrators of violence can be brought to book and justice prevails.  - [HON. MEMBERS:  Hear, hear] - One of my cars had  its tyre punctured by nails and the person who did this is a party candidate named Cosmas Tembo.  Because some of us have the spirit of forgiveness, we do not revenge but the truth shall come out and justice shall prevail.  The long arm of the law will catch up with them.   So I am 100% behind this and the idea of setting up a committee to investigate.

          The other reason I support the motion is that most people were women, youth, children.  Violence should be shunned in this country.  I would like to urge members in this House to support this motion and expose any cases of violence as such.  Thank you Mr. Gonese.

          Let me conclude by urging everyone that the right that was won through the bullet and the blood shed at Chimoio should be protected and there should be no violence within the parties.  Pane nyaya dzatinonzwa dzekuti vanhu varohwa pa Harvest House – this is our Constitutional right. I thank you Madam Speaker. 

          MRS MATAMISA: Thank you Madam Speaker.  I also rise in support of this motion that is advocating for the selection or the appointment of the Select Committee in this House to look into the issues pertaining to the violence during the period of the run off to the Presidential elections of 2008.

          Madam Speaker, as an hon. member a woman for that matter, I really feel that I have to stand up and speak on behalf of the women in Zimbabwe out there who were victims of violence.  The women of Zimbabwe out there who had their husbands killed and maimed, who had their daughters raped and on behalf of those women, I hereby stand for the women who were arrested for no cause.  Madam Speaker, any form of violence is not on its own a solution to any problem.  Violence during elections can only be used to put the user into the seat of power hence this time now that elections are gone, they are history.

          As hon. members of this august House, why can we not sit down and make a Select Committee of hon. members who can take it upon themselves to say enough is enough.  The problem Madam Speaker is that we can not expect wars between brother and brother or sister and sister as what happened. 

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order hon. members, keep quite, I will stand up and shame you.

          MRS MATAMISA: Madam Speaker, they are talking because they do not want me to say it.  As I speak now, I am going to say it as it is.  The Presidential run-off has nothing to say about it.  All it achieved was to leave a lot of widows, widows who were short changed who find themselves the next day they had to bury their husbands, who find themselves the next day they had to find somewhere to go and reside with their children after their husbands were killed.  This is the type of widows that were left by the violence in the period from 29 March 2008 to the run- off days of the Presidential elections.

          Men and fathers were maimed and some were kept in kraals of people who are still living and walking down the streets without answering to any questions.  Hon. members here some of them, I tell you, when the day comes, the day of reckoning, I do not know where you will go.  I have heard people singing saying vachamhanya mumakomo,vachamhanya kupi asi vachashaiwa pekuhwanda.  That day will be certain and we are saying as hon. members, let us learn the correct way of doing things.  You will find that because of this violence in almost every constituency, women were nurses of their husbands, their children and their loved ones who were injured, some with broken hands and palms.  Some of the women could not even handle their own children who wanted to suckle milk from their mothers as a result of the violence.  We want to see it as it is so that we find the best way to solve this for future purposes.

          Madam Speaker, some of the women were turned into counselors to counsel the widows and others in their constituencies because as mothers they had to train their fathers who were tortured and show them that there was life even after those atrocities.  Madam Speaker I get really worried because if we leave these things as they are until the next elections, then there is no election to talk about in Zimbabwe.  As if that was not enough, let me bring to the notice of hon. members here that the girl children were raped and women were raped.

          I will take you to my constituency Kadoma.  One girl known as Lydia in Weverley was raped by eight people and of those eight, three were brothers from the same family, same father same mother.  One of them was a soldier and the other one was not working.  The mother took it upon herself to send away the girl child to Harare because we were going to make a follow up that she must go and make a report.  In Rimuka at a base at the Vocational College, another girl was also raped by seven men.  Madam Speaker, there were women who were helping these men to rape these children.  They were even told to undress the girls and these girls were taken from the streets and driven to the bases. While at the bases, they were raped.  Those are few cases that happened in my constituency.

          I remember Madam Speaker on the 16th of June when Mr. Tembo was walking going to town, they were two of them.  He was kidnapped by a group of people and taken somewhere where he was tortured in Mhondoro Ngezi and he resurfaced 3 days later.  When I tried to go to the police to report the case on the 19th, that is when I was arrested for the reason that I had gone to say that the man that I had reported had been abducted was now back.  On the same day in the evening, my husband was abducted by a lorry carrying over 40 armed soldiers.  These are people who are being paid by government to serve the nation but they were used.  Throughout the night many things happened to him.  Only God knows how he came back home alive. 

          Madam speaker, this platform must be provided to the people of Zimbabwe.  The people of Zimbabwe have a right to know who killed  and maimed their relatives, who stole their stock, who did everything?  Zimbabweans demand that and we have a right to know. 

          This happened in Chakari where an hon member sitting here in this room – they took an MDC T member, beat him and left him for dead and they brought him to his bed and threw him there after they had destroyed everything in the house.  It happened and it was being spearheaded by Hon members here. 

          On the 19th of June my driver was abducted, beaten and left for dead at ZANU PF headquarters.  They thought something had happened and we had taken his body somewhere and maybe that is why my husband was taken and throughout the night he had to identify bodies because they said MDC had killed someone.  My husband is not a politician and all this was started by an honourable senator in this parliament – a woman for that matter – ZANU PF thugs.  I get worried.  It is not Kadoma people who started this violence, there was no violence in Kadoma because there is no ZANU PF person in Kadoma.  I tell you that the hon senator brought people from the resettlement areas in Sanyati.  There were 12 roadblocks from Patchway mine – is that not violence?

          Vehicles were stopped on the road and people's peanut butter and chickens taken by ZANU PF youths who were on bases and had no food to eat.  These bases were established by non other than ZANU PF. 

          So, we are saying we should wholeheartedly support the appointment of this committee because I feel it is high time we came to our senses and show that we have matured.  We cannot keep on doing what is wrong because other people want to stick to power at whatever cost.  The people of Zimbabwe are saying no, enough is enough.  Today the parliamentarians are here but Zimbabweans are saying no.  Everything that has a beginning should have an end and the end should be now.

          In Chakari Constituency – that is where in Kadoma we heard of people being asked if they wanted short sleeves or long sleeves.  People were maimed and they cannot grow crops or fend for their families, but there are Hon members here who call themselves honourable.  Why Lord?  The councillor and MP for Sanyati took the losing councillor of MDC to a base and when he came back he had both hands in plasters.  He is a father but all his hands were in plasters.  What if things change tomorrow and those very people become victims?  How would they take it? 

          We are saying we do not want to do it that way.  We are saying let us come to our senses and reconcile, but reconciliation will never be done by one side.  It is done by willing minds.  If the other side is not willing enough, how can we reconcile?

          I want to talk of Mrs Chipiro who had her lips chopped and her body was thrown into a hut and she was burnt alive in Mhondoro Ngezi.  It is a sad story -[Mrs Matamisa in tears] – that is why you see my tears running down. 

          Before I end let me say that democracy in Zimbabwe has become so expensive that it is costing human lives.  In the light of this inclusive arrangement, we are saying that an establishment of the select committee is a sound idea which is based on sound principles of atonement of sins that were committed by brother against brother, sister against sister, uncle against uncle etc.  This allows for naming and shaming and we are saying after that the culprits must be tried and punished for the sake of national healing. 

          Madam speaker, the people of Zimbabwe are saying we will need reconciliation at the end of the day, but reconciliation cannot come before each person says what he or she did.  Yes, people are saying it was violence from both sides but yes, let us come out from both sides and say what we did in front of the people who were made victims so that at the end of the day we reconcile the nation, there is national healing and we go forward and are free. 

          As we are preparing for the constitution – it is unfortunate that other MPs have now set bases so that noone will reach their constituency during the constitution making process.  I do not know what kind of people we are?  I do not know what is good for us?  This is the only platform where the people of Zimbabwe would write a constitution which would allow peaceful transfer of power in the future generations. 

          We are saying what the motion is asking, I think the motion is long overdue.  Zimbabwean victims know who did what to them and it is their right to thank the government when it has done a good thing.

          MR MAZIKANA: Thank you , I have a quote protection from the Holy Bible which is from I John 1 verse 8.  Here I quote, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”   and verse 9 says “ if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify  us  from all unrighteousness” -[HON MEMBERS: Then confess your sins]-

          Madam Speaker, this is a very emotive motion and it is being debated by young children.  We are adults and if we are honourable members-  and if we continue to debate this motion that touches the heart with that kind of behaviour in this Chamber, we are being mistaken.  The Head of State, His Excellency, the President and the Commander- in- Chief of the  Zimbabwe Defence Forces, in this Chamber when he officially opened this House, he alluded to violence that occurred after March and said we have to heal and heal the nation.  We were listening yesterday and members from this side were completely silent when hon Gonese was moving this motion.  We know violence took place in our country and we know people were maimed, killed and raped and he asked that “why do we do this to each other” and he did not proffer an answer.  -[HON MEMBERS: Ko ndiyeka anga abvunza saka waida kuti apindure here?]- It is a question which he threw to all of us.  He also tabled before this House a list of Zimbabweans who lost their lives and whose houses were burnt.  Look at the list carefully it contains victims from the other side only.  Are we being sincere that we do not know of any ZANU PF supporter who was victimized?  We also lost lives from this side and we also nursed victims of violence.   What we are seeing in this House -[HON MEMBERS: Provide the list]-yes the list can be provided.  I agree that Hon Mushonga, when he went to Mashonaland Central and gave MDC victims and those who lost their lives- but Hon Mushonga is he really not aware of even one ZANU PF supporter who was victimised? -[HON MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]- Madam Speaker, can I be protected?  Can I be heard? 

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order hon members.  Can there be silence in this House.

          MR MAZIKANA: Yesterday we heard Hon Thabitha Khumalo pointing a finger to a leader as if the leader is the one who had incited that violence.  As far as I know, there is a leader who said if Mugabe does not go peacefully, we will remove him violently.  We have seen violence in other countries like Kenya, Somalia, Afghanistan,Palestine and South Africa -[HON MEMBERS: Hatinei navo]- that is violence and what is our relationship to these?  How do we feel when we are talking on the issue that touches the soul -[MS T. KHUMALO: Do you have a heart or a soul?]-

          Prophet Isaiah in Chapter 61 verse 1, I quote “ The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord  has annointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners”(New International Version)-[HON MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order hon members! You do not even fear the  word of God. Let us have order in this House.

          MR MAZIKANA: I will go back to Prophet Isaiah 61 verse 1 to 4....

          MS MATAMISA:  On a point of order Madam Speaker.   We are not in a church and we have had enough of that.

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon Matamisa your point of order is over-ruled.

          MR MAZIKANA:  Thank you Madam Speaker. What kind of healing are we talking about if we fear to refer to the maker of human kind. If we are afraid to refer to the holy scriptures, what national healing are we referring to? Shame indeed. If this motion is meant to score political scores, then I would not support such a motion. Just  a reminder in case we have forgotten, there are police officers who were petrol bombed in Harare. MaZupco akapiswa.

          My message is violence begets violence and if we train our youths to be violent, they  will grow into violent adults. We forget that Harare was engulfed in violence because a certain political party had advocated for a removal of a head of state. That is violence. Our debate is focusing on “we are innocent” “they are guilty”. John says “if we have not sinned  then we are not truthful”. If you go to Zaka East, there was an agent whose eyes were taken out and murdered -[HON. MEMBERS: By who?]. If you go to Bikita, there were cases of murder and people seeking refuge in mountains. We are saying hon members, enough is enough! The President of Zimbabwe said never again should we go back to that state of violence.

          Our hands are not clean all of us. -[HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-

          MR MWONZORA: On a point of order. It is my understanding that when we debate the hon members cannot make certain allegations. You have to be factual. The hon member is accusing everyone in this House of committing murder.  I did not. That is wrong.

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon member can you withdraw that?

          MR MAZIKANA: I said, everybody our hands are not clean.

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: If you said everybody's hands are dirty, then you have to withdraw that -[HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon Mazikana, can you kindly stand up and withdraw what you have said?

          MR MAZIKANA:  I withdraw.

          I do not support the selection of a parliamentary committee to investigate this because already a finger has been thrown -[HON M. KUMALO: Hon Mazikana is mad!].

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER:  The hon member who has said Hon Mazikana is mad, can you withdraw that?

          MR M. KUMALO: I withdraw my statement Madam Speaker.

          MR MAZIKANA: If you listened carefully to the contributions from the other side, it was painting us guilty of all the atrocities that were committed.  How do you expect  us already to be a Committee when we are coming in with tainted hands... - [HON MEMBERS: Inaudible Interjections] -we are not worthy to be part of this Committee.  I thank you. 

          MR M. KUMALO:  Thank you Madam Speaker, the  trend the world over is uniform that  opposition parties boycott the chamber when aggrieved, but eventually return to business upon the realization that the ruling party is prepared to continue without them in the House.  I welcome members...

          MR BHASIKITI:  On a point of order Madam Speaker, we are in an Inclusive Government – we have no ruling party.  He claims that he comes from a ruling part which does not exist. We need to correct that and set the record straight – he must withdraw his statement. 

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Hon members, can allow debate to go on in this august House.  Hon Bhasikiti I heard you.  Hon Kumalo can you stand up and proceed.

          MR M. KUMALO:  Madam Speaker, allow me to restart my introduction Madam Speaker.  The trend is uniform all over the world that opposition parties boycott the Chamber when aggrieved... - [MR BHASIKITI:  He continues!] -

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order, Order.  Hon Kumalo, we no longer have a ruling or opposition party in Zimbabwe – we have an Inclusive Government.  So please stop referring to other parties as opposition.

          MR M. KUMALO:  Madam Speaker, I was just giving the trend the world over. I welcome members from the opposition party.  Madam Speaker, I rise to contribute to this noble debate.  And I seek to support the movers of the motion in my account as a victim of systematic and politically motivated electoral violence.  I, unfortunately happen to  represent an urban constituency which also witnessed the ugly face of the pre, during and post March 29th  2008 electoral violence.  The Constituency that I represent is St Mary's, which happens to be in Harare.  Allow me Madam Speaker to  recognize that at times it is unfortunate that even at a pulpit you can also find the devil preaching and at times better than those who are anointed.

          Madam Speaker, electoral violence in St Mary's was engineered, funded and implemented by some overzealous ZANU PF activists and they abused the State Machinery.  Our community, that is the St Mary's Constituency, witnessed the establishment of torture bases across the constituency.  Some structures were turned into torture bases and these structures include houses of Well known and familiar ZANU PF activists, Council premises were not spared from being  turned into torture bases and a near by river by the name Manyame also acted as a base for the ZANU PF hooligans.

          In Ward five which happens to be my Constituency  Madam Speaker, the worst in terms of the level and occurrence of politically motivated violence was witnessed. In this area, one ZANU PF Councillor by the name Tendekai Maswata who was then contesting to be reelected as a Councillor used the whole  lot of his property, cars, house and even financial resources to support this violence.  We started seeing a fleet of unregistered vehicles in the Constituency operating day and night and these were used to kidnap and abduct innocent and law abiding citizens.  The vehicles ranged from known trucks such as CAM, Mahindra and Isuzu – which were associated with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

          One Christopher Pasipamire, losing candidate in the House of Assembly for ZANU PF was one of the rank leaders in not only financing the act of this electoral genocide but masterminding the lawlessness and abuse of the rule of law in St Mary's.  He was assisted by, I have made reference to Tendekai Maswata: former Councillor of Ward 3 Karingwindi; Ben Mubayi, Councillor Darlington Nota  - the former Acting Mayor of the City of Chitungwiza and Amai Kasinamunda just to name but a few.  This Amai Kasinamunda from Ward 2 is a Zimbabwe Republic Police detail and an apologetic ZANU PF activist in her own right.  Madam Speaker, Sir I need to put ...

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order.  Hon. member I can not be a Madam Speaker and Sir at the same time.

          MR M. KUMALO:  I apologise Madam Speaker.  I need to put iton record that these people are familiar to me and what I am narrating is not what came to me through hearsay but I am an eye witness as a bonafide resident of my constituency.

          Activists from MDC-T were tortured in my constituency Madam Speaker.  Property worth thousands of dollars was destroyed during this period in question and four deaths were reported.  Tendekai Maswata and Darlington Nota's houses were turned into torture bases in Ward 5 and Ward 2 respectively.  A number of MDC-T activists were kidnapped and abducted to these two notorious bases manned by ZANU PF thugs.  One of our party young activists, Tafadzwa from St. Mary's was axed on his forehead by Mike Chin'ai, a ZANU PF youth who is employed by Chitungwiza Municipal Police.  The matter was reported to our local Police Station, but instead and to my surprise and to many as well, I together with 10 of our activists were arrested and had to struggle to regain our dear freedom.  We had to languish at Harare Remand Prison for close to a month yet we were the victims of organised state funded reign of terror. 

          Madam Speaker, we also have Jonathan Malindati, another activist from Ward 5 in St. Mary's, a survivor in this spate of violence, is the third to narrate his  ordeal at the hands of lawless and marauding ZANU PF hooligans, then based at Maswata's house which assumed a new function after the 2008 polls.   This was done to wipe and coerce MDC members and activists into submission and instil fear so that a reference footnote will remain so as to let the people of Zimbabwe be afraid of voting ZANU PF out of power.  Some people were forced to vacate their places of residence by the escalating violence in St. Mary's.

          Madam Speaker, I was not spared by this trail of ťlectoral violence sinca I was one of the contestants for the House of Ass聥mbly seat.  I, togetxer wit䁨 my immediate famiy, was forced t flee froo home and briefly found refugee at a certaၩn boardi࡮g s聣hool in Masho䁮aland Central. I was pushed into double dealing aNd lasqueradi聮g as a civil servant wh䁯 was on a s聴udy leave.  I stayed with a cousin ၷho hap䁰ens to be a teachѥr there for a whileĠupࠠto t`e time when so}e sѴrange2ɳ started questioning my sincerity.  I had to be strained into regularly visiting the school library in pretence of preparing for an examination.  I had to abandon this temporary home, a refugee camp and fled into a particular neighbouring country but leaving my family in hiding near Nyamapanda.  I could not afford carrying with me my family to foreign land.  The drama became an expense to me.  Most of our activists could not afford to bankroll their flights to safe places and this had to brave the harsh political climate which was prevailing in St. Mary's and other areas.

          Madam Speaker, this became too expensive for me because I had to fend for some under privileged MDC activists who wanted to try to safeguard their lives by fleeing to other places where they were not known or could not be recognised as MDC supporters.

          Let me conclude by supporting this motion on the appointment of a Parliamentary Select Committee to investigate the politically motivated and state sponsored violence that befell Zimbabweans before June 27 run off or just run off as it is commonly known.  Our beloved country's history is pregnant with electoral and politically motivated systematic violence, but the citizenry is a peace loving and God fearing lot.  The perpetrators of this violent should be brought to book so as to deter would be  offenders and perpetrators in future elections.  The national healing, integration and reconciliation process will not succeed if we do not expose both the perpetrators and the victims. 

          Madam Speaker, may God bless Zimbabwe by giving it God fearing and spiritual leadership who do not subscribe to violence as a source of getting a mandate to govern, I thank you.

          MR MATONGA: Madam Speaker, thank you for allowing me to take part in this debate.  As individuals, as a nation or as people, we do not tolerate any acts of violence.  It does not matter who it is – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] I think if the hon members can allow me to debate so that they can listen to my contribution.  There was violence in the country.  The country was gripped by acts of violence from both sides of the parties and there is evidence to that.  If we are really concerned by getting justice, I think it is also important that we listen.

          I have a 100 page report Madam Speaker of acts of violence that were committed by members on the other side of the House.  I have the pictures as well to prove the violence.  I am glad the hon. member who spoke, Hon. Marvelous Kumalo, he was also  part of that violence.  He led a gang of some 15 youths on the 30th of March in 2008 nerekeni netsvimbo.  It is unfortunate that my battery has run out, I have the pictures of the victims, Darling Noto and the wife – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] –head yakaita split

           THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, hon members on my right, please can you listen to the hon. member

          MR MATONGA:  The report that I have, and I also have relatives  of mine who were on the other side of the political party who were also killed.  That is why I do not condone any form of violence because it is not good on anyone.  It is good to shout of obscenity.  We have a problem and what is the source of the problem.  We can go and hold public hearings but what result are we trying to get.  No one is coming up with a problem statement which requires a solution.  Until and unless we accept that there was violence, we are going nowhere as a country.  We can even go as far back as we can, but that is not the solution.  Sanctions are a form of violence because you are depriving people of their right to live in the country by applying sanctions.  We need to go back to that level to say what was the source of violence.  The reports are there – [AN HON MEMBER: Inaudible interjections] – Kana usina kubenefita pamunda ndezvako.

          I have a 100 page report which I am going to submit to Parliament.  I have pictures as well of violence perpetrated by members on the other side of the House.  I have a picture of Trudy Stevenson, one of their own.  We have pictures by the Hon. Minister Welshman Ncube, of violence that was taking place at Harvest House against their own people.  I have reports in Mashonaland Central where the Hon. Member Mushonga was.  I have a report of what transpired – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]- which I will submit to this House.

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order hon. members.

          MR MATONGA:  I said I have a report of what transpired in Mashonaland Central and pictures of people who died.  I have a report of what transpired in Manicaland and hon members who are also sitting here were arrested after instructing thugs to burn tobacco barns.  I have also pictures and police reports.  I am going to bring them and hand them over to the Speaker.  I move onto Masvingo and Renco Mine and I have evidence of who was hiring who in Bulawayo, Matableleland South, Matabeleland North and Chegutu.  – [HON MEMBERS : Inaudible interjections]-

          The point I am trying to make here and put across is that  a Select Committee will not bring the results that we are looking for because already we are accusing each other of acts of violence.  So noone is going to come up with any solution.  You can shout but at the end of the day, that is not what we are after – [HON MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] – Kudedzera hakuna basa, handi vhunduke ende handitye.

          You are making accusations which you cannot prove and I will not be scared to debate it.  I think it is a waste of time in bringing out unnecessary debates.  I will bring my report to the House.

A Profile on the MDC (T) Acts of Treachery

1.0     INTRODUCTION

On the 29th of March 2008 Zimbabweans voted in the inaugural Harmonised elections.  Contrary to the expectations and wishes of the western world mainly Britain, America and Australia, the elections were conducted in an atmosphere conducive to democratic polling.

The seemingly political maturity exhibited by the political parties and the general public and the police engagement with stakeholders contributed to the peaceful environment that prevailed in the pre election period.

Whilst the preparations for the elections and the actual polling itself went on quite well, some discrepancies were discovered during the verification process, leading to the delay in the announcement of some of the results. The delay was used as an excuse for premature claims of victory by the opposition at the instigation of their principals and the subsequent court litigation and acts of violence.

When the diplomatic route through the engagement of the regional grouping failed and litigation did not achieve the desired result for the opposition, the MDC (T) faction resorted to the so called mass-stay away, which was in fact a clarion call for violence

 

This document will expose the following:

Ø Vote rigging activities by MDC (T)

Ø MDC (T) economic destabilisation programme

Ø Acts of violence by the MDC (T)

Ø The MDC (T)’s Transition strategy

Ø The MDC-USA/UK Sponsorship Platform Memorandum of Understanding

Ø MDC (T)’s unholy alliance with NGOs and Civic Groups

 

2.0             ELECTORAL FRAUD ACTIVITIES

The MDC has not shied away from showing its unquenchable desire to rule Zimbabwe at any cost. Apart from the violent tactics it also surreptitiously organized a well-calculated vote rigging strategy. This strategy was financed by NGOs such as National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). It targeted all individuals employed by ZEC to work as election officials and voter education officers. These were paid large sums of money through the Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network (ZESN) ranging from $3bn to $50bn to exploit every available opportunity to influence an MࡄC victory. It is of interest to note that ZESN was the official voter education agent engaged by ZEC whic( thѲew all caution to the 職ѩnd and openly sidEd wiѴh MDC (T) from the beginning to the end of the election process.

 

As a result of th)s dgceitful schemࡥ, a widespread electoral frauà pittern emerged and inmost cases so䀠carelessly that it renders theȠelectoral prosess a mockery. A dewĠexamples will be cited here Ŧo䁲 the sake gf clarity.ȍ

  • Ø In the Mѡzkɷe South Houɳe of Assembly Constitueɮcy in Mashonaland Central, MARGARET ZINYEMBA of ZANU (PF) was declared the winner at the Constituency Command Centre after polling 4109 votes against her close rival MODERN CHITENGA of MDC (T) who got 4052 votes. These were the results that were announced and pasted at the Constituency Command Centre. However, on forwarding the results to the National Command Centre, a ZECofficial changed figures on the Form V23 to read as follows; MARGARET ZINYEMBA ZANU (PF) 3086 votes whilst MORDEN CHITENGA MDC (T) got 3599 votes. These were the results that were ultimately announced on television and radio effectively declaring the MDC (T) candidate the winner. However, on cross checking the announced results, our police systems quickly detected this anomaly and we asked ZEC to verify and it indeed discovered that the ZEC official in Mashonaland Central had fiddled with the figures all in a bid to propel the MDC candidate into victory. This anomaly was however immediately rectified.

 

  • Ø At times figures would simply be switched. For example, at Five Streams Primary School, Ward 25 Mutasa South Collation Centre, Manicaland, the presiding officer at the Collation Centre received Form V11 for Warnham Primary School which indicated the following Presidential results; ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE 40 votes, MORGAN TSVANGIRAI 30 votes, SIMBA MAKONI 5 votes and LANGTON TOWUNGANA 1 vote. Instead of writing the results as presented on Form V11 onto Form V23 the official wrote the results in respect of Warnham Primary School as ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE 30 votes, MORGAN TSVANGIRAI 40 votes, SIMBA MAKONI 5 votes whilst LANGTON TOWUNGANA had 1 vote. As a result of this misrepresentation of figures, CDE. ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE was prejudiced 10 votes and MORGAN TSVANGIRAI got an extra 10 votes.

 

  • Ø At other times ZEC officials would simply ignore results of a polling station or several polling stations. For example, the results for the four Umguza Wards that is Ward 3, 10, 11 and 17 were not captured in the Constituency Summation despite the fact that the Forms were deposited in the record (envelope for Bubi Presidential elections results). The total votes for the omitted four wards per candidate were as follows; CDE. R.G. MUGABE 686, MORGAN TSVANGIRAI 680 votes, SIMBA MAKONI 911 votes and LANGTON TOWUNGANA 38 votes.

 

  • Ø At polling stations, the presiding officer would complete the Form V11 with all correct details which were countersigned by agents of all participating political parties (though in some instances these agents were even avoided). On collating the figures at Ward level some ZEC officials deflated ZANU (PF) votes whilst inflating MDC (T) votes and at times those for Simba Makoni. The Forms V23 were then endorsed with distorted figures which were then submitted for announcement. (See Annexure ‘A’)

 

The above is just the tip of an iceberg of the many cases that have since been discovered. All this treachery has now been uncovered and MDC is well aware of this discovery. This is the very reason why they are now running around trying to get support from outside the country. However, the situation in the country remains under control with President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and his cabinet in charge till the electoral process is finalised and a new government sworn in. Meanwhile, over 30 ZEC officials have been arrested for contravening section 87 of the Electoral Act, Chapter 2: 13, “Failing to perform electoral duties as is required by this act.” 

 

3.0     MDC ALLIANCE WITH NGOS

The MDC has mobilized several NGOs to ravage Zimbabwe’s socio–political arena. These NGOs are brought into the country on the pretext of development programmes, which ironically are not brought in through proper government channels, but are clandestinely smuggled in by night or behind the scenes. In the main, these programmes are used to extort or bribe the impoverished folks into supporting the MDC. A few examples that quickly come into mind are:

  • National Democratic Institute that is chaired by Madeleine K. Albright.
  • CARE International and PLAN International that give out food handouts at MDC meetings and rallies.

 

 

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit organisation that purports to work towards strengthening and expanding democracy worldwide. The organisation claims to provide practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions. However, in Zimbabwe they are strongly linked to MDC(T) supporting them financially and materially including training their agents in vote rigging techniques.  

 

Since the country’s laws [Political Parties (Finance) Act Chapter 2:11] do not allow foreign funding for political parties, the MDC(T) uses NGOs as a conduit of laundering in funds for their political activities.            

 

4.0            MDC AND CIVIC GROUPS

An unholy alliance has been forged between MDC (T) and several civic groups namely:-

  • National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
  • Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
  • Men of Zimbabwe Arise (MOZA)
  • Save Zimbabwe Campaign
  • Crisis Coalition of Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
  • Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network (ZESN)
  • Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
  • Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ)
  • Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ)

 

The USA and the UK heavily sponsor these civic groups that have rabidly become anti-government by nature. The Law Society of Zimbabwe, for example, receives assistance from the British Law Society on the premise of false allegations of persecutions on lawyers by the Zimbabwean government (See Annexure ‘E’ page 5). The MDC uses the channel of these very same civic groups to launder in money to circumvent limitations imposed by legislation. These civic groups have oftenly mobilized the public with food handouts to stage violent demonstrations mostly in urban areas.

 

The NCA is now very vocal about a new Constitution, yet when a new Constitution was proposed in 2000 they vehemently campaigned against it. This self-contradicting stance is a total incompliance with the burning desire of some Western countries especially UK and USA who heavily sponsor the destabilisation crusade in Zimbabwe.

 

The Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) organisation has in many a time been involved in skirmishes with the law enforcement agents after engaging in unauthorised and at times violent demonstrations. The same goes for the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), who purport to represent the interests of teachers when in actual fact they have a political agenda.  

At numerous occasions these civic groups have fought among themselves over the use of donor funds. NCA leadership has always been at each other’s throat over money. 

 

 

5.0            TRAIL OF VIOLENCE

MDC has always taken every opportunity to engage in violent acts mostly bordering on terrorism, to please its Western sponsors through portraying an imagined image of political instability in Zimbabwe. It has always been hoped that violence and the subsequent State response would be used as an excuse for international intervention in the regime change agenda. The MDC as a violent party continues to institute violence on the innocent civilian populace of the country and within its own rank and file.

 

Morgan Tsvangirai is on record for inciting violence during his campaigns where at one time he indicated that if the President Cde. Robert Gabriel Mugabe does not hand over power peacefully he will remove him from office violently.

 

5.1     Pre-Election Period

Since March 2007 the rampant acts of terrorism by MDC activists have left a lot of vehicles damaged, people injured and property destroyed. MDC has continued on this warpath.

 

However, in the run up†to Ѵhe 2008 Harmonized elections security agents have had to remain highly alert and viGilѡnt to ensure a peaceful environment. The Police strictly mai聮tained a zdro tolerance to violence although the M@C continUed to probe the patience of the government through malicious verbal attacūs and intermittent Űhysical acts of violence.

 

The ŰreЭelection period waų generaìly very peaceful0as all parties wer䁥 able to gampaign vreely throughout 䁴he #oundry.$Despite txe p聥ace that prevaၩle䁤 the MDC continued to destabilize this peace and engaged in some acts of violence.

The following is a summary of some of these incidents:-

 

v Masvingo Province

On 16 February 2008, MDC members held a meeting at Renco Mine Community Hall that ended at around 1530. Four MDC members namely Siyai Neshanje (37), Elson Mutonhori (42), Emson Chiro (34) and Lawrence Mubhidha (30) then went around the compound shouting MDC slogans and went to one Haruzive Jeferat’s homestead chanting MDC slogans, denouncing and threatening him and his family. Haruzive was Renco’s ZANU (PF) aspiring councillor.

 

The accused persons were later arrested and charged for C/S 46 (2) (v) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. “Intimidation” Renco CR 17/02/08 and Masvingo C.I.D Law & Order DR 09/02/08 refers.

 

v Harare Province

On the 29th of February 2008 the accused, Marvellous Khumalo, an MDC (T) candidate for St Mary’s constituency, led a group of about 100 youths on a march of violence armed with small axes, machetes, sticks and knobkerries, moving from door-to-door harassing people in St Mary’s. They were also displaying a big banner written “MDC Tsvangirai.”  This was in direct contrast of the peaceful and serene electoral atmosphere obtaining elsewhere in the country on that Election Day.   These thugs went to house number 6785 St Marys where, Darlington Nota, The Acting Mayor for Chitungwiza resides and started singing songs denigrating the Mayor and his security guards. 

 

 They were ordered to leave by the Security guards, but they refused, instead they threatened to assault the guards. The guards withdrew into the premises, prompting the youths to throw stones after them. Fortunately, nothing was damaged and no one was injured.

 

Accused persons were arrested and charged for C/S 36 (1)(b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23, ‘Public violence’.

 

In the morning of the 30th of March 2008, Marvellous Khumalo again led eleven MDC (T) thugs namely; Steven Gomo, Themba Mapinduka, Eveline Matuwi, Miriam David, Trevor Mutizwa, Pharaoh Kasambira, Obert Muchawaya, Amos Kumbwe, Takura Majoko, Biggie Forget Gore and James Museza, to the House of Job Sikhala, former MDC MP for St Mary’s, Chitungwiza carrying a mock coffin with inscription denigrating Job Sikhala. This culminated in a stone throwing engagement that left Job Sikhala’s house with shattered windows and a few individuals severely injured.

 

       

 

v Matabeleland South Province

On the 4th of March 2008 the accused, one Freeman Tshuma, an MDC (Tsvangirai) activist, of Marcedale Compound, Figtree, Plumtree, was standing at a tree where there were two ZANU [PF] posters. One poster was for the ZANU [PF] Presidential candidate, Cde ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE and the other had Dr. SIKHOZA NDLOVU, ZANU [PF] House of Assembly aspiring Candidate for Figtree Constituency.

 

Freeman Tshuma was seen in the act of tearing the poster

 

of Cde R.G. MUGABE by Khumbula Mpunzi who later confronted the accused and warned him against the act. The accused then placed some torn pieces into his pocket and left another piece on the tree.

 

Accused was arrested and charged with C/S 152 (1) of the Electoral Act Chapter 2:13 A.R.W. Subsection 3, “Destruction of a political poster.” Figtree CR 03/03/08 refers.

 

v Masvingo Province

On the 6th March 2008 and at around 2000 hours, one Muchinezvi Taonezvi was on her way from President Mugabe’s star rally, which was held at Maungwa Secondary School. She was in possession of Cde Mugabe’s campaign poster. As she entered Mapondera Bottle store, the accused, Gido Nyikadzino, approached her and shouted at her saying “Satani uyu handidi kumuona” pointing at the poster. The accused later tore the poster into pieces.

 

The accused was arrested for C/S 41 (1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 “Disorderly conduct”. Gutu CR 37/03/08 refers.

 

 

 

v Harare Province

                   On 16 March 2008 at 2100 hours a ZANU (PF) youth Peter DANDIRA NR 47-2000426 D 85 aged 22 years of number 1534 D Overspill, Epworth retired to bed and he was in good health.

 

On 17 March 2008 at 1000 hours Portia TADYANEMHANDU aged 14 years of the same address checked to find out why DANDIRA was not coming out of his room to greet her as usual. She opened DANDIRA’s room and discovered him lying dead in a pool of blood and was wrapped in a blanket.

 

Investigations were carried out and two MDC activists namely Lloyd MUNEMO aged 20 years of number 1129D Overspill, Epworth and Takudzwa NHAMBURO aged 22years of number 1129 D Overspill Epworth were arrested. Investigations are still in progress. Epworth Police CR 252/03/08 refers.

 

5.2            Post Election Period

Although the actual voting day experienced a peaceful and tranquil environment across the country, the MDC soon after, went on a campaign to incite the people to disregard poll results and called for an immediate surrender of power by President Mugabe and ZANU (PF). They contemptuously and unlawfully declared themselves winners of the Presidential election according to their imagined percentages of victory. All this was aimed at instigating people into insurrection.

 

Instead of awaiting the proper electoral process to run through to its finality, they jumped the gun and alleged vote rigging to justify an immediate occupation of Zimbabwe by foreign forces. Their supporters ran amok in most of the urban centres beating up people and destroying property. Former white farmers, whom they had promised to give back farms, mobilized some unemployed thugs and started visiting the farms threatening the resettled black occupants.

 

Senior ZANU (PF) and government officials received threatening phone calls at odd hours, some from within the country and others beyond the borders and abroad all by MDC activists obviously incited by Morgan Tsvangirai and his faction. The SADC extra ordinary summit held on 12 April 2008 did not yield MDC’s expected diplomatic intervention. On 15 April 2008 whilst in Botswana, Morgan Tsvangirai directed Ian MAKONE, the party’s Elections Director, to intensify political disturbances in the country. This was intended to result in an international outcry thereby justifying international intervention.

 

These instructions were issued by Morgan Tsvangirai since his Western allies were reportedly not happy with the peaceful situation that had existed before, during and after the Harmonised elections. The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has reiterated his support for the efforts being made by the MDC to remove the current government from power (See Annexure ‘B1’ and ‘B2’). The communiqué issued by the SADC heads of State and delegations declaring that there was no crisis in Zimbabwe had compromised the Western position on Zimbabwe.

 

Cases of petrol bombing, road blockages and other sinister acts of violence such as arson and mob attacks were reported across the whole country in the so-called mass stay-away.

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The following are some of the heinous activities by the misguided opposition MDC (T) party:-

 

v Bulawayo Province

On 29 March 2008 at 0100 hours, there was a bombing incident that occurred at House Number 2510 Emakhandeni, Bulawayo, owned by the Zanu (PF) House of Assembly aspiring candidate for Emakhandeni-Entumbane, Judith MKWANDA N.R 08-292542G73 aged 55 years.

 

MKWANDA went to bed on 28 March 2008 at 2100 hours, and was awakened at 0058 hours by a noisy explosion, which was subsequently followed by a second heavier explosion. Upon waking up complainant heard sounds of two vehicles driving off fast from the incident in two different directions.

 

Complainant later got out checking the extent of the explosion. She then discovered that the windowpanes forthe four windows and a French door were shattered.䀠A report(was then made to the Ѱolice.

 

Police on attending the scene discovered ࡴo exploded detonators and cordex that had been used to ignite and explode an unknown exploࣳive. As a rerult of the exp|osion no serious injuzies were inflicted, except the complainant who sustѡined
a minor bruise on the lefp elbow. Howuve聲, thu hïuse sustained tɨe following dam`ges; a cratar at䀠the bottom pɡrt of the house str⁵ctUre`on the verande, cracks on the beam filling of the veranda, five broken asbestos sheets, shattered windowpanes, and a scorched non runner vehicle. Luveve Report Received Book 0274693 refers.

 

 

On 15 April 2008 at 0320 hours, a Nyamweda bus Registration number AAF 3176 was on its way from Plumtree to Harare with 68 passengers on board.  When it got to the Warren Park round about, the driver saw a fire burning on the other side of the roundabout in the middle of the road.

 

The driver stopped the bus and tried to reverse, but suddenly saw 10 to 15 MDC (T) thugs approaching from the front and side of the bus. They threw stones at the bus, shouting and demanding the immediate announcement of election results and accusing the occupants for going to Botswana without voting.

 

The driver jumped off and ran into the grasses. The passengers also jumped out through windows and doors of the bus escaping from the attackers.

 

One of the attackers had a 20-litre container suspected to be containing an inflammable substance while another holding a piece of a smouldering piece of tyre, boarded the bus and set it alight.

 

The passengers managed to offload most of their luggage except a few items that were burnt in the bus. One women aboard the bus Simangaliso VUMBU aged 28 years of Number 29 Toran Avenue Marlborough sustained a sprained ankle as she dropped from the bus window while another a Malawian by the name Hassan Africa MUZOZI aged 33 years, of 9 Bangwe Blantyre, Malawi sustained a minor burn on the left forearm. Simangaliso Vumbu was taken to hospital.

 

The bus was completely burnt. Investigations to apprehend the offenders are still underway. Warren Park RRB 0276397 refers.

 

 

 

 

 

v Harare Province

As the MDC (T) party intensified its bid to violently remove the present democratically elected government out of office, a mass stayaway was called for. In the early hours of 15 April 2008, as commuters made their way to work, they discovered that most major roads particularly in the high density residential areas had been barricaded. Commuter operators intending to bypass the barricades had their vehicles either stoned or burnt by unruly MDC (T) elements. Similar reports were also received from in and around Harare and Bulawayo.

 

 

     

 

v Mashonaland East Province

On the 13 April 2008 at around 1000 hours at Chingwaru Business Centre, Murewa, HATIRARAMI MUPANGURI N.R 47-005891-T-47 a male adult aged 48 years of Mwenga village chief Mangwende, Murewa; WELLINGTON MBOFANA N.R 47-007635-e-47 aged 48 years of Huni village, Murewa and MUDZIWANA MICHAEL N.R 63-456592-x-47 aged 69 years of Tarwirei village, Murewa were at a ZANU (PF) independence preparation meeting when they were approached by MDC supporters who were travelling in a Toyota Hilux without a number plate.

 

The occupants who were singing MDC party songs jumped off the vehicle and assaulted ZANU (PF) members present at the meeting with sjamboks, sticks and knobkerries.

 

The three complainants were injured and a report was made to the police. The four accuseds who are well known MDC activists were later arrested. Murewa RRB 0300004 refers.

 

v Bulawayo Province

On 15 April 2008 at about 1200 hours, two (2) accused persons namely Tinashe MAKONI aged 34 years of Number 337 Nguboyenja, Bulawayo and Hughs MUCHIMBA aged 20 years of Number 7531/22 Tshabalala, Bulawayo were arrested for forcing business people to close shops at Mashumba Shops, Manwele Shops and Hlalo Shops, Bulawayo.

 

The accused were arrested after Mrs. NDLOVU of Mashumba Superette, Bulawayo, made a report to Police. The accused were arrested and brought to Mzilikazi Police Station and the case is under investigations on RRB 0241223 refers.

 

v Bulawayo Province

On 15 April 2008 at around 0400 hours, MDC hooligans stoned a Toyota Hiace white in colour on registration Number AAC-8994. The motor vehicle belongs to Milford NCUBE who is employed by Igwebu Breweries, Steelwork Road Bulawayo.  He resides at Number C220 Njube, Bulawayo.

 

The accused person threw stones resulting in the motor vehicle sustaining a hole on the front windscreen and a dent on left passenger door. The value of the damage is estimated at $55 billion. No one was injured. Investigations are still in progress under Western Commonage RRB 0279893.

 

 

 

                            

v Bulawayo Province

During a patrol by Support Unit Reaction Group, barricades of tyres, stones and bins were discovered along Hyde Park, Masiyepambili Drive, Mpopoma Drive near Mpopoma Service Station and Cleary Drive near Msitheli Secondary School and the group removed them and ensured the roads were clear. The following places had barricades removed by the Police:

  • Burnt tyres at the intersection of Khami Road and Intemba Road
  • Stones along Luveve Road between Mpopoma High School and NocZim Garage
  • Along Nketa Drive opposite Total garage
  • Along Cleary Road opposite Msitheli High School, Mpopoma
  • Three (3) places along Mpopoma Drive between Hyde Park and Luveve Road
  • Along Hyde Park Road opposite Magwegwe High School.

 

 

         

         

v Mashonaland West Province

On 15 April 2008 at about 0845 hours, three MDC (T) Youths namely Joram CHIMBEYA aged 31 years of 23570 Umvovo, Chegutu, Nalaid MOKETSI aged 24 years of Number 3019 ZMDC, Chegutu and Shepherd JACK (NFPK) approached a tuck shop belonging to John KUNGUMA and found it open. The trio accused the Shop Assistant Memory KUNGUMA aged 21 years of defying the MDC stay away. They struck her once on the neck with a stick.

 

The youths allegedly took four (4) loaves of bread without paying for them and gave it to the public who had gathered to watch. Police on patrol reacted to the scene and managed to arrest Joram CHIMBEYA and Nalaid MOKETSI.  on. Accused are being charged for Contravening Section 46 (v) of the 3rd Schedule to the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 “Employing any means whatsoever which are likely materially to interfere with the ordinary comfort, convenience, peace or quiet of the Public or does any act which is likely to create a nuisance.        

 

6.0            MDC’S ECONOMIC DESTABILISATION PROGRAMME

In its bid to achieve the objectives of its agreements with the United States of America and Britain the MDC has engaged itself in various acts of treachery. These manifest themselves through:-

Ø Sponsoring of the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001 in the United States of America

Ø Invocation of travel bans against ZANU (PF) officials and senior government officials.

Ø Expulsion of children of senior government officials from Australia.

Ø Economic sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Ø Stayaways and boycotts

Ø UK and USA companies that are sympathetic to the MDC

Ø Small-scale enterprises (owned by indigenous people) badly affected through wanton destruction or threats.

6.1            The United States Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001

The MDC in its relentless efforts to ensure Zimbabwe remains under the spotlight of the international community instigated measures that would see the country being labelled undemocratic and lacked the rule of law. The Act was passed to ensure that economic sanctions force the government to give in to the demands of the MDC.  

6.2            Travel Bans

The MDC again in its efforts has managed to secure European Union travel bans on high-ranking government officials and members of the ruling ZANU (PF) party. The travel bans have since reduced economic opportunities for the local industry which was once Western oriented and hence the Look East policy adopted by the government.   

6.3            Expulsion of children of senior government officials

Children of senior government officials and ZANU (PF) officials in Australia were removed from colleges and sent back home at the instigation of MDC (T). All these efforts by the so-called ‘international friends’ of the MDC were meant to frustrate the goѶernment. Such manipulative efforts by MDC (T) have not done much to frustrate the ZANU (PF) government’sĠqu聥st to achieve full political and economic emanciqation for the people of Zim䁢aɢue>

6.4            Eၣonomic Sanctions

MDC in their(selfish efforts to gain political power and take over goveRnment persua⁤ed Western countrieၳ to impo⃳e 䁥coѮomic sanctions that have causɤd untold stffer)ng not gnl9 tk the targ䁥ted ZANU (PF) members and senior government officials but also to the generality of the Zimbabwean populace. 

6.5            Stayaways and Boycotts

Over the years the MDC and affiliated organisations like the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) have called for mass stayaways as a way of destabilising the economic base of the country. The ZCTU has become the astute and avid mover of MDC (T) programmes of industrial boycotts, stayaways and strikes. The stayaways and boycotts have always resulted in destruction of property and threats to life besides loss of economic production.

Since the formation of the MDC there have been a series of stayaways and boycotts. On 18 March 2003 a total of 87 cars were vandalised and 158 people were arrested countrywide. In Kadoma urban there was extensive destruction of shops and supermarkets. In St Mary’s a bus registration 675-198k carrying pre-school children was set on fire. Fortunately there were no injuries.

These barbaric acts have contributed much to the socio-economic difficulties our people are facing now. 

6.6            UK and USA Companies

Most of the western companies domiciled in Zimbabwe have been used as tools in the regime change agenda by the Western world. When mass actions and boycotts are called for by the MDC these companies are on the forefront to respond as these actions help to economically destabilise the country. They quickly close their shops and chase away workers in support of the stay away. They also change prices of goods and services hourly as if the economy is changing every hour. All this is sabotage, a manifestation of sheer hatred of Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s government.  

6.7            Small Scale Enterprises

The indigenous black majority who have embarked on small and medium scale enterprises as a way of earning a living and enhancing the country’s industrial output have been targeted during these MDC’s violent activities. These have included the destruction of shops and burning of buses and commuter omnibuses, at times endangering human life. People intending to go about their lawful business have been subjected to severe threats and even damage of property to force them into the MDC agenda thereby causing insecurity in the nation.

 

7.0     COVET MDC POWER TAKE OVER PLAN

Interestingly, the Movement For Democratic Change had already made arrangements for the take over of power from the present government well before the elections. However, the assistance that MDC was set to get from its erstwhile sponsors was not to come on a silver plate but through sacrificing and betrayal of the gains made in the liberation struggle as evidenced by documents below that outline the party’s intentions.

 

This was to be effected in a manner and fashion tabulated in the MDC’s Transition Strategy document authored by Tendai Biti Secretary General of MDC (T) (See Annexure ‘C’).

 

Highlighted hereunder are excerpts of the document.  

v Those individuals recruited by ZESN and accredited by ZEC selected for the vote rigging activities were receiving between $3bn to $50bn to exploit any available opportunity to inflate MDC votes.

v MDC (T) would soon after the poll quickly claim victory through the ballot box but still publicly labelling the electoral playing field uneven.

v Immediately remove from office the Commissioner General of Police, Commander of the Defence Forces, Commissioner of the Prison Services, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor and other senior government officials.

v Mobilisation of the Democratic Resistance Committee (DRC) to render the country ungovernable should there be resistance on the expected normal transition.

v Swearing in of Morgan Tsvangirai as President was scheduled for Monday 31st March 2008.

v Retired Colonel Dyke was to become the Army Commander and other ex-BSAP members had been lined up for high posts in the ZRP.

v Over 1500 Zimbabweans in the British Army, Navy, Airforce and Security were already lined up for various posts in the security sector.

v Retired Justice Gubbay, Justice Fergus Blackie and Justice Paradza, a criminal fugitive now based in New Zealand were also lined up to come back and take over judiciary functions obviously in retribution to those in the former system or arrangement.

v An envisaged de-ZANUfication exercise that entailed systematic cleansing of the civil service through purging of all senior officials and replacing them with former Rhodesians was to be immediately effected.

v The exhumation of several heroes from the Heroes Acre and interring new heroes like Chiminya and Tandare (MDC activists who died while engaged in acts of violence and terrorism).

v Repossessing and auctioning of all vehicles, tractors and equipment given to the doctors and resettled farmers through the on going Mechanisation Programme.

v Restoring land to all former white farmers and throwing out all newly settled black farmers.

 

Even though the MDC’s intended plan of transition has been uncovered, the opposition and her Western sponsors will not rest in their bid to unlawfully take over power from Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe and his government.

 

8.0     MDC – USA/UK SPONSORSHIP PLATFORM: MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Tsvangirai is power hungry to such an extent that he has lost knowledge of the direction the wind is blowing in regard to the country’s sovereignty. He seeks to reverse all the gains of our hard won independence. Morgan Tsvangirai has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with his so-called ‘international friends’ particularly Britain and America. (See Annexure ‘D’).

The following are some of the highlights as contained in the document:-

 

The MDC (T) will be assisted with funds to carryout its economic sabotage on the country in return for:

  • Repealing of the war Veterans Act, Labour Relations law, Land Acquisition.
  • Transfer ZESA, PTC, NRZ in equal proportions to UK/USA.
  • Give back farms to whites
  • Cheat rural folks by purporting to give them title deeds
  • Introduce school fees – education for a minority few whites
  • Scrap grants at colleges and universities.
  • Introduce educational, income/ property qualification as the right to vote in national and local elections.
  • Restructure police [Support Unit]
  • Give an equilibrium in the defence command to black/white
  • Abolish the oppressive minimum wages legislation
  • Increase the banking licences capital requirement so as to deprive the indigenous institutions.
  • Abolish social dimensions fund and not to compensate fired workers
  • In order to discredit ZANU (PF) the MDC [T] will:-  
  1. Hoard fuel from garages to make Zimbabwe empty, compensation will be given to these garages.
  2. Approach wholesalers and retailers to withhold basic commodities.
  3. Work against the Unity Accord of 1987.

 

9.0     CONCLUSION

  • Ø It is without doubt that the ZRP does not brook acts of terrorism aimed at deposing a democratically elected government we therefore join hands with the rest of the security organisations in the country in maintaining law and order.
  • Ø The ZRP will not allow this country to be a haven of terrorism and all culprits fanning violence will be brought to book.
  • Ø Similarly, all security agents are strongly encouraged to remain on high alert and vigilant in the wake of acts of violence seeking to subvert the gains of our independence.
  • Ø Significantly, these acts are not about democracy but just acts of terrorism. Zimbabwe like any other progressive nation that cherishes peace and tranquillity has provided a clear constitutional process of assuming power.
  • Ø Constitutional bodies like the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) should be given the space to execute their constitutional mandate.
  • Members of the public should be continuously encouraged to respect law and order for violence is blind and indiscriminate.

 

 

1.0    INTRODUCTION

Some reports were received to the effect that on the 16th of April 2008, a large group of MDC (T) members led by one Chipo NYAKAKWETU of Village 2, Mayo Resettlement Area, Manicaland, went on a rampage in the area. They burnt down four homesteads destroying fifteen thatched huts, tobacco barns and fowl runs belonging to ZANU (PF) members.

 

Following the reports of an MDC (T) campaign of violence and destruction in that area, the Commissioner General of Police accompanied by a team of senior police officers visited Villages 1 and 2 of Mayo Resettlement Area.

 

The Commissioner General of Police had very disturbing observations on the ground.

 

2.0    DESTRUCTION ORGY

Three scenes of this ugly trail of destruction under Village 1 and 2 Mayo Resettlement Area were visited and the following was observed:-

 

(i)      Gwadzima Homestead

The rowdy MDC (T) group attacked the unsuspecting Gwadzima family of fifteen members and severely assaulted Mr. Cloud GWADZIMA aged 51 years. They went on to set on fire a kitchen hut destroying all the property that was inside including their entire maize harvest of about four tonnes. They also burnt down tobacco barns destroying several bales of unprocessed tobacco. A fowl run with over a dozen chickens was also set on fire. (See pictures marked ‘A’).

 

(ii)     Chikware Homestead

The MDC (T) gang was chanting their party slogans ordering all ZANU (PF) members to leave the resettlement area and go back to the communal lands. They went to Mr. CHIKWARE’s homestead, a ZANU (PF) election agent in the recent elections, still chanting their party slogans and singing songs of praise to Morgan TSVANGIRAI. They severely assaulted Mr. Micho CHIKWARE,         N.R. 49-095212-K-42 aged 37 years and set on fire eight structures that included three houses, tobacco barns and a fowl run. (See pictures marked ‘B’). This family also lost:

 

  • Over 3 000 kgs of tobacco
  • 18 bags of unshelled groundnuts
  • 10 bags of sorghum
  • 3 buckets of soya beans
  • A bed and mattress
  • 4 blankets
  • Clothing including school uniforms
  • One knapsack

 

The family also lost all other foodstuffs that were in the kitchen hut. Five chickens and four ducks that were in the fowl run were also destroyed including a dog that was thrown into the burning hut. 

 

Micho CHIKWARE, who positively identified some of the suspects including Chipo NYAKAKWETU, who is a neighbour, pleaded with them but the MDC (T) people were so violent and ruthless and left the helpless CHIKWARE family with barely nothing to live on.  Twenty one members of the CHIKWARE family have now been made destitutes.

 

(iii)    Mutasa Homestead

The rowdy MDC (T)group then proceeded to village one where they accousted a sixty-five year old war veteran Kudakwashe MUTASA NR 63–460346-L-27 at his homestead and severely assaulted him with chains. The victim sustained serious injuries on the head and hip.  The gang using an axe chopped down to threads the kitchen door and smashed 40 window panes of the main house.  They went on to burn a kitchen hut destroying about 12 bells of unprocessed tobacco and also a barn destroying about 8 bales of tobacco that was still under processing. The granary, containing recently harvested and unprocessed maize was also torched. Fifteen members of this family have been left destitute.  (See pictures marked “C”)

 

3.0    POLITICAL POLARISATION THROUGH TERROR

3.1     De-ZANUfication

The general observation in this area vividly reflects a serious political polarization through MDC acts of terror.  ZANU (PF) party members are living in extreme fear of attacks by MDC (T) thugs who are openly preaching the Morgan TSVANGIRAI pledge to purge all black settlers for former white commercial farmers. It is clear that the de-ZANUfication programme pronounced by Morgan TSVANGIRAI in his Transition Strategy document is being systematically implemented. 

 

Only Morgan TSVANGIRAI posters were seen hanging on the trees and not even a single person was seen wearing a ZANU (PF) T-shirt. ZANU (PF) members are even harassed in shops and at grinding mills by MDC (T) supporters. At Rusununguko Business Centre, a grinding mill owned by one Tapfumanei MASAMVU, ZANU (PF) supporters are charged fifty million dollars per bucket whilst MDC (T) supporters are charged five million per bucket. Ironically this Tapfumanei MASAMVU is said to be the ZANU (PF) Information Secretary in that Ward. Is it a case of running with the hares and chasing with the hands? The Police Reaction Team on the ground is working flat out to put a stop to this and bring all culprits to book

 

3.2            Effects of ZANU (PF) Intraparty Divisions

Senior ZANU (PF) party leadership that is, District level upwards including the two Makoni North House of Assembly Constituency protagonists namely, Vongai NEMAIRE and Rosy Chipo Shiel MAHERE, is very conspicuous by their absence in this area. The two Makoni North House of Assembly aspirants were both registered under ZANU (PF) in the recent elections. They last went to that area just before the elections which they both lost to Elton MANGOMA of MDC (T) party. The ZANU (PF) supporters complained of total neglect from the ZANU (PF) leadership.

 

During the recent Harmonized Elections, the two ZANU (PF) Makoni North House of Assembly candidates contested and managed to split the party’s votes giving the MDC (T) candidate Elton MANGOMA an undeserved advantage. Elton MANGOMA garnered 5 055 votes against Vongai NEMAIRE’s 3 657 and Rosy Chipo Shiel MAHERE 3 482 votes.  The combined votes for the two ZANU (PF) candidates would have stood at 7139 resulting in a ZANU (PF) victory. One wonders why such political indiscipline among leaders should be allowed to go unchecked and expose the party to such ridicule. The local Councilor Ward 35 Mr. James MUNETSI of ZANU PF is fighting a lone battle against a growing MDC (T) threat led by Elton MANGOMA

 

It is important to note that out of the 8 wards in the Makoni North Constituency four Wards (1,2,9 and 35) went to ZANU (PF) whilst the other four (3,4,5 and 36) went to MDC (T). With the general political malaise observed on the ground, we could be heading for more difficult times should no resolute action be taken to immediately revive the grassroots structures. 

 

4.0    NGO ACTIVITIES

It was observed with serious concern that, NGOs, obviously carrying MDC agenda, have become hyper-active in that area. They are re-enacting the ninetieth century occupation of this country by the whites, infiltrating the area on the pretext of bringing aid to the people. At the GWADZIMA homestead, one of the victims of the MDC campaign of destruction, a group of NGO representatives from Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) based at Newlands in Harare, was seen talking to the people and promising assistance. Ironically they had brought nothing and were content with mere collation of data, having already visited other victims in the company of James MUNETSI, the local councilor.  (See pictures marked ‘D’). The NGO representatives included:- 

 

(a)     Precious  SHUMBA NR 42–148002–V-42 of Number 16 York Road, Newlands and employed by Action Aid International Zimbabwe.

 

(b)     Ilalio SAMUNDOMBE NR 08-686175-V-08 employed by Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

 

(c)      Peter MUTIMATI NR 42-126286-Q-04 of Number 166 Tsanzanguru Township, Rusape and employed by Action Aid Rusape.

 

(d)     Netty MUSANHU (nee RUSERE) NR 22-156557-N70 of Number 3150 Mapereke Road, New Marlborough, Harare and employed by Adventist Development and Relief Agency.  She was driving a Ford Ranger Twin Cab Registration Number AAA-0333 navy blue in colour.

 

(e)      Zivai NENGOMASHA NR 63-921119-B-66of Number 2 Mulberry Close, Newlands, Harare and employed by Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

 

 

It is quite disturbing that NGOs are quick to be on the ground winning affection of government supporters before even the government itself is aware of the level of predicament of its own people.  In any case, one wonders why and how the NGOs get access to the party grassroots without the party structures and government systems knowing.

 

5.0    RESTORATION OF ORDER

The MDC (T) orgy of violence, despicable as it is, will not be allowed in this country. The Police have deployed heavily its officers, including Support Unit and other uniformed officers to track down all the culprits, wherever they are.  Elton MANGOMA is also being sought so that he can answer to the violent activities of his supporters, who with all certainty, are acting on his instructions and directives. The following MDC (T) activists are suspected to be behind this reign of terror in Villages 1 and 2 of Mayo and Police are keen to interview them:-

1.       Chipo NYAKAKWETU 

2.       Fletcher MANGOMA

3.       Edward MANGOMA

4.       Njuma NONA

5.       Peter MHONDORO

6.       Abraham CHIFAMBA

7.       Kenneth MAKONI

8.       Brighton MUPONDIWA

9.       Maidei CHAPANDIRA

 

It is clear that the contents of the Morgan TSVANGIRAI document stipulating the restoration of white supremacy and total reversal of all gains of independence is being strategically implemented. The police, however, will act with dexterity to nip this in the bud. The police will leave no stone unturned till all culprits are accounted for.

          *MR. HURUVA: Thank you Madam Speaker.  It really pains me when I hear people debating in this way.  I thought it was a time where we should not talk about parties but about our livelihood.  It really pains me when I hear the immaturity of members in this august House.  In my constituency, I do not boast that there was no one who was ill treated or beaten because no one was worth to be treated in that way.  I think that we should talk about having a committee but the committee should not be there to revoke us because in every area where there was violence, others provoked and others retaliated.  When people fight, even in a home where the husband fights the wife, you will find that the wife also retaliates in a way.  In this august House we should talk about this situation and come out with a workable solution as mature people.  If we continue talking about beating and wronging each other, I do not see any peace in this House. What I am asking now is that for those who think we should have a committee – we are not doing anything.  I thought we would be able to work together and consider this as being caused by hunger or immaturity in politics. 

          My biggest plea to you Madam Speaker is that we should not continue hurting each other.  We should stop that because in every area where violence took place – in St Mary’s, if we ask the comrade who was speaking, we had him say he ran away and he was beaten and then those who beat him also retaliated.  You cannot go to a witch doctor that rapes your mother.  The people in this august House should work together and find a way forward.  Let us see to it that we do not repeat the same error.  Let us not go back to ask for the people who beat you.  Let us come up with a way forward.  For those who are here,  what I know is that here in Zimbabwe, so many crimes were committed.  Some were paid for and some were not.  The whites who were in the Rhodesian forces – I personally did not want to see them but those are some of them who were actually helping out although they caused the problems.  Let us not continue having such a situation at the moment, we have the President and the Vice Presidents – there are some who like them and some who do not.  In this inclusive government, we are all obliged to respect each other.  I plead that we respect each other in this inclusive government – let us be mature and find a way forward for development to take place. 

          MR. CHITANDO: Thank you for giving me this opportunity to debate.  I think it is one of the greatest motions by this august House.  I would like to thank Hon. Gonese for moving this motion.  I wonder why other people are saying that the select committee should not be set.  Article 18 of the GPA states that the perpetrators of violence should be brought to book.  Secondly, the motion is trying to address the healing process in a faster way.  The motion itself seeks to have free elections where the winner is legitimate.

          I would like to give a chronicle of events which happened in my constituency.  On the 23rd of April 2008, a Councillor for Ward 24 by the name Ruzive called a meeting of ZANU PF supporters and organized the elimination of MDC agents in that ward.  On the next day, we lost Zivai Mapurisa, Farai Gikinya, Juliet Jikita and Amos Murongo.  The pictures that you were seeing here were of some of these people who had broken legs – all these people were beaten by ZANU PF.  The people who were ring leaders were Dada and Chinhamo.  The case was reported to Muchakata Police Station and nothing has been done to convict culprits.

          We go on to ward 15, ZANU PF had a base at St George Roman Catholic Church.  The base had Murinye and others as its ring leaders.  They took 20 goats, 150 chickens,  50 turkeys from the people and slaughtered a cow. There was a base where there was this man called Big Fish.  I think he  had allowed them to get into that base and that base is divided by a fence of ZRP police at Muchakata.  At that base the wife of Councilor K. Mamuto was abducted by the Big Fish and the police were just listening.  I phoned the police and they were not able to deal with that Big Fish.  I would like to say to Hon. Mazikana who was quoting the Bible and I also want to quote the Bible and read the verse which was read by these people and the verse was read by a lady who was called Colonel Katsande.  I do not know if she is related to Lt. Col. Katsande and I still have the verse.  It is in Ezekiel chapter 9 verses 6 and 7 which says “kill the old men, young men, young women, mothers and children but do not touch anyone who has the mark on his forehead.  Start here at my temple.  So they began with the leaders who were standing there at the temple”. Verse 7 says “God said to them defile the temple.  Feel its courtyards with corpses.  Get to work!  So they began to kill the people in the city”.  That was the verse that was being read at the base.

          I would like to say to the hon. members if we want to heal this country, it is important for us to have a Select Committee so that it will be able to cleanse Hon. Bhasikiti because he is not part and parcel of that.  It is also important for the people to say that the Select Committee would be able to go into Gokwe and say, Hon. Mangami you are free.  It is important and I think we should have that Committee but I think those who have dirty hands like some  honourable members here, we should say let us have that Committee.  I thank you Madam Speaker.

          MR. BHASIKITI:  Thank you Madam Speaker.  I would like to congratulate the mover of this motion for bringing to the attention of the House that we had a peaceful 29th March election.  That was the first punctuating statement and then the hon. member goes further to narrate the aftermath of the 29th March election which was now the run-off.  Madam Speaker, it is very clear that when people went for elections to seek support from the majority of people in the 2008 elections which culminated in the 29 March elections, all parties had free and fair moves to the electorate to market themselves and present themselves to the election day without any notable violence to mention as also acknowledged by the mover of this motion. 

          What is then critical in my view Madam Speaker is to analyse the causes of violence after the March elections.  What led to this spate of violence when people had conducted themselves very well in the 29th March election which was quite cumbersome and which had councilors, Members of Parliament, Senators and the President?  All these people were seeking to be elected in one election and this was done in a peaceful manner.

          Then, we are now talking of the aftermath to the run-off which was now characterized by violence.  Before we go on to label and pointing fingers, we should establish the cause.  It is very clear Madam Speaker that after the 29th March elections when there were delays in the announcement and verification of the results, those who were - short of good term, but those commercial farmers who had surrendered their land had come back to their farms and were claiming ownership and said now, we are taking over because so and so is winning the elections. 

          Madam Speaker, our nation as we know the history of it, came after a protracted struggle, liberation struggle to reverse forever the inhumanities which were carried out by the colonial masters and their faces now surfaced after the March elections.  It became clear to everybody that now we are heading towards re-colonization and reinstatement of our yesterday enemies.  It just sensitized the revolutionary Zimbabwean people into the right gear of defending their country.  That is what I thought the mover of the motion would highlight.  The people were sensitized into a war when they realized the White colonial farmers had now come and reclaim and regaining ownership of what they had rightly surrendered. Then it was a different scenario.

          People died in numbers in Mozambique not what you are reading now.  For sure, life is precious and we do not celebrate when a single person dies but people died in thousands, in millions when we were fighting for this country but if anything which threatens the gains of the struggle appears, our people are revolutionary, they are sensitised to defend their country and heritage, hence the cause. 

          Madam Speaker, I agree with some hon members who have alluded to the fact that we need political maturity in our Zimbabwean political field.  We do not need 10 years to acknowledge that sanctions are evil.  We do not need other people to come and assist us to say you are Zimbabwean and look at your Zimbabwean problems and solve them in a brotherly and friendly manner.  This attitude of seeking other voices outside our borders to come and intervene – to come and show their strength to redirect the affairs of Zimbabwe is wrong.  As long as we keep on that path, we will keep perpetuating the essence of violence.  Let us be the masters of our own destiny.  I agree that we do not want violence and violence occured but the basis of it, I have already explained. 

          Now I was explaining that members of this hon House should not be bogged down into petty and finer details of who died there and the presentation of those lists as if it becomes news.  It is not news, it is pathetic.  We do not want it and even the causes of it should be stopped.  Why do we not speak if we want power and if we want to compete on the political field?  Why can we not shut down the outside world and be people sent by our electorate and not people who work for foreign bossess or minds.  If we achieve that, then we will stop political violence.  That is why I have already alluded to the fact that before the 29th of March, in this generation, everyone was free to campaign, to move around and demonstrate his prowess and abilities and propaganda to the electorate.  There was no violence but when we temper with our national heritage, our people will react spontaneously.  It is not a cause for pointing fingers to anybody. 

          Madam Speaker, I do not want to waste your time and other member's time, especially by those who want to be imaginative.  First go back to what happened yesteryear, in the 1980s and 1890s – it is not necessary.  We do not score a point by proving that someone is more evil than the other.  Rather, we should concentrate on issues that will take us forward as a nation – issues that will even stop those who are wayward in their thinking to see the same vision which we have as a nation.  What point does it make to come here and point out that there was an Hon member who murdered his own dear wife brutally?  Does it benefit anybody?  We know this happened in our own country.  It does not score a point to say that was from the MDC.  We do not want evil things to be advocated for or campaigned for in this House.  We are not here for that, we are here to build our nation to set parameters for a good Zimbabwe and for good governance.  If you put forward a select committee as proposed in this motion, before you go any further – not taking reference to this controversial committee, just take cue into the COPAC...

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order Hon Matonga, can you please go back to your place. 

          MR BHASIKITI: Madam Speaker, I was about to explain how irrelevant a parliamentary select committee of this motion is, by reference to the issue of COPAC.  You see, we are always going in circles.  We say who should be there?  We need three rapporteurs, etc and we do not trust each other when we go out on this controversial issue. 

          They set up a reconciliation ministry in their endeavour to move out and make progress slowly but surely.  Now we want to go and overtake them and think that we will create something better.  If it is the business of the House to create such trials – I think it is better for the one side which thinks it will work to try it alone because we cannot go into something we know the results before we enter into it. 

          Madam Speaker, the motion is okay.  We have to talk about the ill things that happened in our country.  We do not want to advocate for them.  I thought the hon member would take a challenge to other hon members in this House to say, can members be responsible for peace making, reconciliation and non violence in their own constituencies as was the case in Mwenezi East before the 25th of March and after June.  There were no cases of violence.  Why?  It was because I stood strongly to say we do not achieve anything by attacking each other. 

          However, where people were overtaken by emotions for the obvious reasons I have stated, we had to bear with them.  We respond differently to situations.  If someone dies, you find some will faint and cry, but others will bear their grief within their hearts.  We had to bear with all the wrong things that happened and I am happy that all the principals acknowledged that these things should not happen again in our country. 

          Perhaps what I would urge and further advocate for is that as our principals – the three of them, what we also want to see as surbodinates is that we want to see home grown solutions, home grown politicians who are bred from Murewa and still remain the dung of Murewa people not people to advocate for policies that are Australian bound or Brazilian bound.   We can waste our time debating and insulting each other, it is not right.   When I stood up Madam Speaker, you were very right to say please listen to the debate. Let us debate and talk about it.  I know one day we will be heard because we have talked about it and our people will give us a  pat on the back.  Going further with that, is war mongering.  On those few words the mover of this motion has a task to go and re-word the motion.  He has put a good motion but we do not want this House to be propagating this and to be a source of this.

          MR GONESE: I move that the debate do now adjourn.  I am assuring hon members that I am not going to close this motion before I give hon members enough time to debate.    I was talking to Hon. Bhasikiti earlier today and we agreed that we would not adjourn the debate.  This is the usual practice that we agree as to when to adjourn as long as each of the hon members is given enough time to debate.

          MS D. SIBANDA:   I second.

          *MRS ZINYEMBA: Thank you Madam Speaker.  What we are debating is a very important issue.  Had it been that we are not being mature, why are we going back to the past?  When the Prime Minister acknowledged that there were sanctions there was chaos in this House.

          THE DEEPUTY SPEAKER: We have hon members who say we want to continue with the debate now.  Can we know of the reasons why they want us to continue?

          MRS ZINYEMBA: It is because I need to debate today, may be tomorrow I will not be there.

-[HON MEMBERS:  Divide the House!]-

          MR MUTOMBA: This issue we are discussing has touched me most like it has done to other people. The time is there and I do not see any reason why we should stop debating. 

          MR MANDEBVU: We cannot go to sleep whilst there are people who have killed people.

          MR ZHUWAO: Thank you.   I rise to object to the motion that we adjourn the debate.  If you look at the Order Paper there are 37 items and when we came here from our Constituencies we came to debate and I do not think it is  fair to the people who have elected us, for us to do justice to 37 items on the Order Paper. I suggest that we should continue with this debate until each one of us has debated. It costs money to keep Members of Parliament overnight in Harare. Maybe some of our colleagues on the other side want to stay in Harare. Some of us are tobacco farmers and we want to dispose of this business so that we can go and attend to our business back home.

          MR GONESE: I felt that my motion was made in good faith and if hon members feel that they want to debate, I would say so be it. I have no problem with that. I am not going to close the motion because everyone is going to be given an opportunity to debate.

          MR MATUTU: Whenever there is a dispute as to whether there are those for or against, that is the way that dispute is resolved.

          MR GONESE: I have not formally withdrawn my motion but I was only explaining the reasons motivating that we adjourn the House. I have not withdrawn that motion. I believe everyone will be given a chance to debate.

          MR MATUTU: Let us divide the House.

          THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: I now call for the division of the House.

          Bells rung.

          House divided.

          There being no Noes, the question was accordingly affirmed. 

          Debate to resume:  Thursday, 18th March 2010.

          MOTION

PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH:  DEBATE ON ADDRESS

          Fourth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech.

          Question again proposed.

          MR GONESE: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

          MS D. SIBANDA: I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

          Debate to resume: Thursday, 18th March, 2010.

          On the motion of  MR GONESE, seconded by MS D. SIBANDA, the  House adjourned at Ten Minutes past Six o'clock p.m.    

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