According to News Day, dated 13 November 2012, the capital city of Zimbabwe is moving to Zvimba in Mashonaland West. Zvimba is President Mugabe’s rural home, 40 km from the current capital Harare. The plans which are reported to be underway will include moving the headquarters of Parliament, government buildings including State House, the Reserve Bank and the Supreme and High Courts. It is reported that an affluent residential area, shopping centres and hotels will also be established in the new complex.
SEVENTY NINE members of WOZA and two babies were arrested on 12 November and held at Bulawayo Central police station for staging a peaceful protest at the City Council Tower block where most Council workers are housed, to demand the provision of clean water to their homes. The protest was against the recurrent water shortages in Bulawayo. This is not the first time that WOZA women in Bulawayo have been targeted for the ‘heinous crime’ of staging a peaceful demonstration.
ZiFM DJ Tinoponda Katsande also known as Tin Tina media, television and radio personality who is also an actress in Zimbabwe was battered by her boyfriend over the weekend. The comments and excuses that are being given social network groups like Facebook have been a reason for concern. Some of the comments said,
Here is an Executive Summary of a recent report by one of our researchers which appeared on the Sokwanele website:
The Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) expresses its concern with the arrest and detention of staff of the Counselling Services Unit (CSU). CSU provides an invaluable service to victims of trauma, and, as such, any disruption to its activities must be seen as interfering with the operations of a humanitarian organisation. RAU therefore calls for the immediate release of those detained, and urges the state to proceed by way of summons.
On Saturday the 3rd of November, the President launched his 2012 Agricultural Scheme set at 20 million US dollars. According to news reports, this scheme is set to benefit 800 000 households countrywide who will receive agricultural inputs for the imminent season.
Is this a noble idea or not, we wonder. Some would say yes, but history has taught us to be weary of such schemes.
In 2000, Zimbabwe embarked on a chaotic farm invasion exercise which was bloody and ruthless and which resulted in land redistribution.
On Wednesday 31st of October it was alleged that a group of ZANU-PF youth broke into the home of the MDC treasurer and brutally assaulted him and his wife in Kadoma. The youth are also accused of having stolen some of the couple’s valuables. There has been speculation about whether the act was politically motivated or just another criminal act, the motive being very important information needed for investigations conducted.
The Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration (the Organ) was established more than 3 years ago under the Global Political Agreement (GPA), in recognition of the need for National Healing. The political parties represented in the GPA, agreed, among other things, that they would ensure equal treatment of all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity and place of origin and that they would give consideration to the setting up of a mechanism to properly advise on what measures might be necessary and practicable to achieve national healing.
She wakes up early in the morning, bathes quickly, and dashes past the cattle dip, down the valley and across the river towards her desired destination. She has been waiting for this day for the past 3 years. Her heart is beating loudly with excitement. “Finally I will make my choice. I will decide today who I want to live in that house. That house I have never seen-do I even know what colour it is-no actually not? That house with the high impenetrable looking wall and the barbed wire at the top.