ernment has gazetted a tough anti-terrorism law imposing life imprisonment for people found guilty of participating or aiding international terrorism. The Suppression of Foreign and International Terrorism Bill published in the Government Gazette last Friday also makes it an offence punishable by up to 10 years in jail for anyone knowingly harbouring foreign terrorists.
Failure to report the presence of foreign terrorists within 72 hours of becoming aware of their presence on Zimbabwean soil will attract a five-year jail sentence, according to the proposed new law.
The draft law reads in part: “Any person who, whether or not he or she is a member of a foreign and international terrorist organisation, engages or participates in any foreign or international terrorist activity, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for life.
“(It is an offence to) knowingly harbour or conceal a foreign or international terrorist or fail to report such terrorist within 72 hours of becoming aware of his or her presence in Zimbabwe.
“The maximum penalties for these offences will be a fine of level 14 or 10 years imprisonment or both, in the case of harbouring or concealing a foreign or international terrorist and a fine of level 10 or five years’ imprisonment or both for failing to report one or failing to disclose such a terrorist’s presence upon being questioned by an official.”
The Anti-terrorism Bill will now be tabled in Parliament for debate and if passed will be forwarded to President Robert Mugabe for his signature before it becomes effective legislation.
Zimbabweans will also be jailed for life if found guilty of having trained as an international terrorist or helped recruit people for such training. – ZimOnline
Students fight expulsions
BULAWAYO – The Students Solidarity Trust reports that authorities at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) have suspended 28 students pending a hearing later this week.
The 28 include Beloved Chiweshe, SRC President, Mzwandile Ndlovhu, SRC S.G., and Iasac Chimutashu, former SRC President, Benjamin Nyandoro, former SRC president and Lawrence Mashungu – National Vice Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Students Christian Movement, among others.
They are charged with an assortment of charges, including conduct harmful to the interests of the university, by demonizing and castigating government and the Vice Chancellor, and malicious injury to property
Students have been in perpetual protest at NUST since the semester started, at the massive fee increments by government which students have termed “Operation Murambashasha”.
Meanwhile following the expulsion of four student leaders, SRC President H Mavuma, SEC members Collin Chibango, Mfundo Mlilo and Wellington Mahohoma, the
The Students Executive Council has resolved to fight the expulsions both legally and politically. – Own correspondent
Op Garikai houses lack basic amenities
BULAWAYO – More than Z$500 billion is needed for the installation of water and sewerage reticulation services to houses built under the government housing reconstruction programme in
The houses built under Operation Garikai/Hlalani are intended for victims of the unpopular government clean up exercise that left close to 700,000 families homeless after government pulled down their houses.
A total of 450 two-roomed houses have been completed in
The government ignored council advice when it was warned that it would be impossible to install the services as the houses were built on bedrock.
The government has indicated that it fails to get the finances, it would build ventilated pit latrines. But health experts and the local authorities have warned that their erection would pose a serious health hazard.
Operation Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle has been marred by chaos since it started. Recent reports note that government officials have grabbed the houses intended for those left
Homeless. – CAJ News
A time to heal – ZCC
BY VIOLET GONDA
the crisis in the country, by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC).
The letter, the strongest statement so far from the ZCC, calls for the regime of Robert Mugabe to be accountable and urges all Zimbabweans to take responsibility for their situation.
Analysts have welcomed this latest stance by the churches who have generally been less vocal about the crisis. With the exception of some church leaders like Pius Ncube, the Catholic Archbishop of
Reverend Graham Shaw of the
Observers say pressure is now seriously mounting on the ruling party as more groups are speaking out with a united voice. Last week an all stakeholders conference organised in Mutare by
Reverend Shaw said such Pastoral Letters were significant as they indicated the seriousness which church leaders took the deteriorating situation in the country. He said, “They indicate to the church and the nation that the church leadership is feeling the pain, is hearing the cries of the people and is wanting to respond and give moral
It said on the issue of corruption; “As Churches in
The churches described the shambolic land reform program as “unfinished business that has threatened the food security of
Cuban doctors unhappy
MARONDERA – Cuban doctors, like everybody else, are finding it extremely difficult to manage on their salaries.
The doctors, who earn Z$11 million a month in allowances, are in
One of the doctors told the press that he still had to support his family back home. The Minister of Health and Child Welfare, David Parirenyatwa, said the government was aware of the doctors’ plight and was looking into it.
The doctors first came to
Judges’ pensions threatened
According to a judges Pension Scheme notice gazetted last week, the pension office will withhold any benefits to retired judicial officers for the period they would have refused to serve.
“The fact that a full pensioner is engaged in some other employment or business shall not constitute a just cause for refusing to serve unless the nature of the employment or business render it inappropriate for him or her to undertake the service,” says the notice.
The government has been increasingly relying on retired judges to preside over cases in which local judges have been reluctant to preside over. A retired judge is currently presiding over a hearing in which some banks that have been placed under curatorship by the Reserve Bank are challenging the takeover of their assets.
Another retired judge, Justice Mtambanengwe, now a judge on the Namibian Supreme Court, presided over the trial of fugitive High Court judge, Justice Benjamin Paradza. Several senior judges have either quit or been forced out of office in recent years. – Own correspondent
Council borrows trillions
Of this, Z$1,1 trillion would be used to buy 183 one-tonne trucks, at an average cost of Z$6 billion apiece, while another Z$42 billion would go towards the purchase of 90 sedans going for Z$3,6 billion each.
Other items in the huge capital lending budget were several “executive” desks, each one costing over Z$50 million, as well as chairs and refrigerators.
The borrowings will exacerbate the City’s massive debt and place an increasing burden on the ratepayers, already reeling under 800% inflation. – Own correspondent
Mugabe’s bodyguard dies
Changara, who was reinstated to his post two months ago after he had been suspended from his position sometime last year for allegedly indecently assaulting Mugabe’s wife, Grace, died in Harare yesterday after a short illness.
Changara was last October demoted and banished to the Police Commissioner’s pool, an internal police facility to punish and frustrate errant senior officers after Mugabe’s wife Grace complained.
But Changara told an internal team probing him that Grace had fabricated the charge in a bid to cover up her extra-marital affairs. The team found him not guilty. – ZimOnline
Knives out for Gono
of senior government officials to criticise the reformist RBZ chief and to call for his wide-ranging powers to be clipped.
Nyambuya – clearly peeved at Gono after the governor blocked his proposals for huge increases in power tariffs – attacked Gono during a recent Cabinet meeting, accusing him of breaking “legal statutes” to usurp the powers of the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Commission (ZERC).
The disclosure of Nyambuya’s criticism follows press reports that Gono – tasked by Mugabe to fix the limping economy – had also clashed with Finance Minister Herbert Murerwa.
Murerwa, who has overall responsibility over economic policy, is said to have accused Gono of acting without consulting him and of overstepping his role as
monetary policy chief to undertake quasi-fiscal activities.
Several other senior government officials are also said to have criticised Gono accusing him of behaving like a “Prime Minister”.
Gono has been praised for bringing discipline back to
Monetary Fund by paying off outstanding debts. But his inflation fighting measures have been a huge flop with the key rate now officially at 800%. – ZimOnline
Residents urged to fight City
CHRA urged residents to rally around this issue and set
Citing a judgement last year when the High Court ordered the City of Harare to pay Z$200 million compensation and reconnect the water of a Hatcliffe woman, Tracey Maponde, the CHRA said water is a birthright, adding: “Be brave and use the power in your hands.”
In the Maponde case (No. HC 5948/05), Judge Gowora ruled that it is illegal to disconnect water for failure to pay. Maponde had her water disconnected and her two-room cottage destroyed for non-payment of Z$3 million in rubble charges. She challenged the City of
CHRA has received numerous reports of water disconnection for non-payment.
Here is the association’s to-do guide if a city official shows up to cut off the water:
· Demand to see their ID and the letter of disconnection from the District Officer, which must specify that you have failed to pay your WATER BILL. There should be written notices.
· Tell the person that their action is illegal and would be in contempt of court.
· Use the law and engage CHRA or your lawyer to stop the City of
If your water has been illegally disconnected:
Contact your District Officer quoting the High Court case and request immediate reconnection. If the water is not restored, tell the District Office that you and CHRA will take legal action. – Own Correspondent
Mother tongue section hailed
“The majority of
“When we talk of news in our indigenous languages do not ever talk about Umthunywa, Kwayedza nor the ZBH Nhau/Indaba. Those are state mouth-pieces and their businesses have nothing to do with anything related to news. They have a place in the colonial era not in an independent
In a snap survey in
Echoing same sentiments was the ZIPOVA Welfare Officer, Joshua “Mambo” Rusere. “Previously there was no option except reading Kwayedza and Umthunywa, which are mostly government controlled. Now that we have a free voice, the people can make their well informed decisions about what is in the press,” he said.
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) activist in
“I remember when villagers from my home area were afraid of touching The Zimbabwean, because Zanu (PF) propaganda had told them it was Tony Blair’s “poisoned” newspaper. Now that the news is carried in our own vernacular languages, this will dispel the doom,” said Moyo. –CAJ News
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