A press statement from Heal Zimbabwe:
Heal Zimbabwe condemns the move by Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister, Shuvai Mahofa to order soldiers to evict 22 villagers settled at Chomfuli Farm near Mpandawana Growth point in Gutu. Chomfuli farm is near 4.2 Infantry Battalion, a base camp for soldiers. The villagers are being accused of having been resettled within the operating area of the base camp. According to a Heal Zimbabwe human rights monitor in the area, 17 of these villagers have already been evicted by the soldiers and they have since moved their livestock from the farm. The evictions come at a time when the villagers had been granted a court order barring the soldiers from evicting them from the farm. The move by Minister Mahofa to use soldiers to displace innocent villagers who have been granted a court order is not only a violation of people’s human and fundamental rights, but a disregard of the supremacy of the constitution. In June this year, the soldiers allegedly burnt down the villagers’ homesteads to drive them away from the farm. Heal Zimbabwe is gravely appalled by the lack of respect of the court ruling. The courts are mechanisms that uphold human rights and entrench democratic practices; therefore, they must be respected. In addition, use of brutal force, violence and destruction of property is uncalled for especially when the military is supposed to protect and respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all persons. Section 211 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe states that, “…the Defence Forces must respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all persons and be non-partisan and be subordinate to the civilian authority…” While the Minister considers the evictions to be legitimate, the soldiers and the Government must find peaceful and humane methods of resettling the landless villagers especially now as we approach the rainy season. Heal Zimbabwe commends the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights for offering legal representation to these villagers in pursuit of the realisation of their fundamental human rights which are enshrined in the constitution.
From the Zimbabwe Peace Project‘s latest report:
The month of August saw hundreds of citizens prejudiced of land they have called home for years. Some were victims of the latest wave of farm invasions, which reared their ugly head in areas across the country. Others who had homesteads on farms or in some high-density suburbs had their houses demolished as they were declared illegal squatters. Yet others continue to fail to secure residential stands to build homes they can call their own as they are sidelined on political party lines. Members of the ruling party continue to illegally parcel out and sell land to their cronies in apparently misplaced ‘political ‘privilege’. While a few of the reported instances in this report cite members of the opposition party on the offensive, the majority of incidences documented by ZPP portrays Zanu PF as the “bully” in the playground of Zimbabwean politics.
Here is a press release from Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ). Many congratulations to them for their tireless lobbying for gay and lesbian equality in Zimbabwe.
GALZ was awarded the prestigious Felipa de Souza award, 2015 by Outright Action International, formerly International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, at a ceremony hosted in New York on 28 September 2015, an event to mark the 25th anniversary celebration of Outright Action International that coincided with GALZ’s 25th anniversary. The Felipa Award honours the work of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists from around the world. It embodies the spirit and story of Felipa de Souza, who endured persecution and brutality after proudly declaring her intimacy with a woman during a 16th Century inquisition trial in Brazil. The award was presented to GALZ Director, Chesterfield Samba at Outright Action International’s annual gala “A Celebration of Courage” an event that creates an opportunity to highlight the achievements of individuals and organizations whose work contributes to an end to discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity worldwide. After receiving the award, Chesterfield Samba said, “Human rights organisations should never remain inert even in the face of apparent demoralising failure to achieve anything positive. They need to be strong, refuse to capitulate but instead espouse a culture of hope.” He thanked all those in Zimbabwe, Africa and the international community who have given tremendous support in the 25 years of GALZ’s existence. GALZ has the distinction of being the only organization to have received the Felipa Award twice!” GALZ was a recipient of the award in 2005.
GALZ is a membership-based association promoting, representing and protecting the rights and interests of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people through advocacy, lobbying, empowerment, education, research and provision of safe spaces.
Simukai Tinhu suggests “The opposition in Zimbabwe is at its weakest point for a decade. Though Mujuru brings with her a welcome dose of excitement, she is yet to demonstrate her ability to build a true mass movement, and convert it into votes.” Read more from the Guardian
Every Monday, Amnesty International is campaigning for information on the whereabouts of Zimbabwean activist Itai Dzamara, who was abducted on Monday 9 March 2015, and has not been heard from since. We are asking that people share this call on social media (Facebook and Twitter), using the hashtag #WhereIsItai
We will be sharing some tweets and graphics on our Twitter page and also ask that people share these with their networks.
Thank you for your support.
Rose Remembrance Day on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 October 2015 from 09:30 AM
Venue: Picabella Nursery at Emerald Seedlings, Calgary Close (off Alpes, just past Wingate Golf Club)
Tickets are on sale now $10 pp
Tickets are available now at Island Hospice, Veldemeers (Borrowdale and Arundel), Medicine Chest Pharmacy (Chisipite)
More information: events [at] islandhospice [dot] co [dot] zw
Can Zimbabwe “go the China route?” Is “authoritarian capitalism” a viable development model for Zimbabwe? The Zimbabwe Democracy Institute argues that the answer is no, because Zimbabwe’s leaders lack the will to develop, and Zimbabwe lacks sensible development policies and effective institutions. To find out more, read their latest document here
“Government promised to review upwards the basic salaries from the pathetic $280.00 per month, government promised to provide free vehicle duty facilities, government promised to revise upwards housing allowances for doctors working in government hospitals. These promises now rank in our national archives where the promise of the Matebeleland Zambezi Water Project has been equally archived. Radical is a label attached to those endeavoring to get freedom. Jesus Christ then was labeled a radical and actually was later crucified. His mission was to free the world from sin and he was labeled a radical. When a doctor, who is tasked with the huge responsibility of delivering God given lives survives from hand to mouth it becomes inevitable that doctors will not be ashamed to be labeled radicals. The health ministry should brace for a nationwide and devastating coordinated industrial action.” – Dr Fortune Nyasha Nyamande
A recent report by the Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa examines corruption and mismanagement in Zimbabwe’s Old Mutual Kurera/Ukondla Youth Empowerment Fund. In particular, interviews with 120 youth drawn from Kwekwe, Redcliff, Silobela and Zhombe suggest that barely 10% of respondents knew about the youth fund – never mind how to access the opportunities the fund provided. In addition, the report suggests many youth who did apply were not adequately equipped and prepared to run their own businesses. The report suggests mismanagement of the fund, including in how the fund was advertised and promoted, and in how young people were supported with the training and mentorship they would need to successfully manage a business which received a loan.
Read the full report here