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What a time to get the New Parliament Building gift – The Zimbabwe Independent

THE nation was in festive mood this week as millions around the country marked five years since army tanks rolled into town and freed us from our previous owners, installing a new set of owners.

There were surprisingly no galas or marches to mark this most auspicious of anniversaries, a treasonous omission on the part of the Department of Totally Pointless Gatherings, a department that we are sure exists in the government.

How could this remarkable week have passed without wall-to-wall state media coverage of how happy the people are, five years after our boys in uniform chased away the criminals surrounding that guy Robert Mugabe?

Instead, we were bombarded with propaganda from people who rolled out unpatriotic numbers, such as the fact that inflation is now higher than it was when the old criminals were still there, and that the number of people in extreme poverty has almost doubled since then, according to obviously twisted data from the World Bank.

Who needs such useless information from Western-sponsored donors when we all know we are speeding towards an upper middle-income economy by 2030, even though there is no plan whatsoever about how to get there?

West can’t do without us

Speaking of these meddlesome donors, it was announced this week that one of them, the European Union had somehow decided to force about US$46 million down our throats.

The EU dragged our man from Oxford, Mthuli Ncube, to a press conference where they announced that they are giving Zimbabwe money for hospitals and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the world’s most credible elections management body.

The Herald saw the EU donation as “reaffirming that the engagement and re-engagement drive with the receptive international community is bearing fruit and that the EU is moving rapidly out of the sanctions orbit”.

Clearly, the West is sorry for all the sanctions and they are trooping back, begging us to take their money. You wonder why the EU thought this announcement was such a priority as to bother our finance minister. Why drag Mthuli to take money for mundane things like medicines and elections when he, obviously, must have been occupied with more pressing matters, such as buying CD albums from obscure singers?

MPs priorities

Still on donations, it was a delight to see our shiny new Parliament finally being put to good use. The building was a donation from our friends in China who, out of the benevolence of their hearts, took US$40 million of their money to build us what we needed most – a new Parliament building.

It had been eagerly awaited. Members of Parliament were getting anxious. One of them, Temba Mliswa, ranted online that MPs had not yet been allowed near the building.

“The President visited, some ministers visited and so did the Speaker of Parliament. However, us, the legislators who shall be utilising the facility, were never taken there to see and proffer our thoughts. The level of disrespect for the office of the MP is gross,” Mliswa, who is known far and wide for various levels of disrespect, said.

He was not alone, another MP, Chalton Hwende, complained that the government was yet to finish building the car park at the new Parliament. Where are MPs supposed to park their big cars, surely?

Clearly, our elected representatives could hardly wait to get into the new Parliament. After being useless in the old, small Parliament, they are eager to be useless in a bigger, new venue.

Growth? What growth?

Speaking last weekend, our current owner, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, took time to remind everyone that there has been rapid economic growth under his watch. He needs to keep reminding people of this fact, because people need to be reminded about things they do not seem to see.

According to Mnangagwa, “the country is experiencing rapid modernisation, with modern structures sprouting” all across the country”.

We are sure these modern structures include those innovative, prehistoric bread ovens we commissioned recently on behalf of the people.

He went on: “It is important that all our growth points are serviced by modern and efficient reticulation systems”.

This is confusing. Up to now, judging by his actions, we were sure that the whole idea of his rule was not to make sure that rural growth points become modern cities and towns. It is more about making sure that more cities and towns become rural growth points. He has been exceedingly successful in that regard.

Liable patriotism

Patriots around the country welcomed the news that Cabinet is now seriously drafting laws to make people more patriotic than ever.

It was announced: “Cabinet approved the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Amendment Bill, 2022. This enhances provisions relating to the country’s sovereignty through criminalisation of conduct that undermines Zimbabwe’s sovereignty, dignity, independence, and national interest.”

Of course, some unruly elements are beginning to ask silly questions. By threatening to arrest those who undermine our dignity, will we soon start arresting those who are making sure our professionals leave the country to be refugees where they are not wanted? Surely that would leave our high offices empty.

Also, this business of making it illegal to sell the country is puzzling to the masses. We were all sure it was legal to sell the country to our friends from the East, given how enthusiastically our owners have gone about the task.

Chamisa right man for job

This week, Muck read a comical piece on a news website, claiming that Nelson Chamisa is under fire from senior officials in his party. They accuse him, said the report, of having a ‘dictatorial’ approach and ignoring ‘sober and genuine’ criticism from his lieutenants.

Surely, if that were true, that would make him a real Zimbabwean leader.

The report went on, claiming that “some in the opposition party are already angling for a Tendai Biti takeover if Chamisa fails to steer the ship to victory, while an unexpected turn of events could see Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition chairperson, Peter Mutasa taking over”.

If it is true that some officials in the party want to drop Chamisa for Biti or Mutasa, it means they have stopped taking their party seriously.


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S Africa’s Ramaphosa faces impeachment threat over farm scandal – Zimbabwe Independent

An independent panel appointed by the speaker of South Africa’s parliament has found preliminary evidence that President Cyril Ramaphosa violated his oath of office, findings that could lead to his eventual impeachment.

Parliament will examine the report, which was submitted on Wednesday, and decide whether to push ahead with impeachment proceedings next week.

This comes just weeks before an elective conference that will decide if Ramaphosa gets to run for a second term on the governing African National Congress’s (ANC) ticket at 2024 polls.

The president immediately denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crimes.

“I categorically deny that I have violated this oath in any way, and I similarly deny that I am guilty of any of the allegations made against me,” Ramaphosa said in a statement issued by the South African presidency on Wednesday.

On Thursday, he delayed an appearance in parliament to answer questions, requesting time to consider the report, noting that the panel’s recommendations had “implications for the stability of the country,” parliament said in a statement.

In June, it emerged that an estimated $4m in cash was stolen from Ramaphosa’s game farm in 2020, raising questions about how the billionaire president, who took to power on the promise of fighting corruption, acquired the money and whether he declared it.

The three-person panel was set up in September and tasked with ascertaining whether there was sufficient evidence to show that Ramaphosa committed a serious violation of the constitution or the law or grave misconduct, National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said when she was handed the report earlier on Wednesday.

The panel said Ramaphosa should face further scrutiny on his ability to stay in office.

“In all the circumstances, we think that the evidence presented to the Panel, prima facie, establishes that the president may be guilty of a serious violation of certain sections of the constitution,” the report found.

These include not reporting the theft directly to police, acting in a way inconsistent with holding office and exposing himself to a clash between his official responsibilities and his private business.

While Ramaphosa has confirmed that a robbery occurred at his farm, he said the cash was from proceeds from the sales of game. He has denied breaking the law or any regulations relating to his office.

John Steenhuisen, the leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), said Ramaphosa was in a tight bind, Reuters news agency reported.

“The report itself leaves the president in a virtually untenable position, particularly as it relates to his own party’s step-aside rules and the strong line that he has taken against others within his party,” he said.

Ramaphosa came to power in 2018 on a promise to root out graft after the corruption-stained era of his former boss, Jacob Zuma, and has generally insisted that any party official accused of corruption leave office pending investigations.

The alleged cover-up has tarnished the president’s reputation and overshadowed his bid for re-election at the helm of the ANC.

Ramaphosa, 70, is the favourite to win at the ruling party’s December 16-20 conference, where he faces a challenge from Zweli Mkhize, 66, an ex-health minister who resigned from the government last year amid corruption allegations.

In November, the spokesperson to the president, Vincent Magwenya, told journalists that Ramaphosa would “gladly step aside” if he were to be criminally charged.

The chances of impeachment are slim given the ANC’s dominance of parliament, where it holds 230 seats, or nearly 60 percent of the total, and typically votes along party lines. Impeaching a president requires a two-thirds majority.

The inquiry is separate from a criminal investigation that police are conducting, and which Ramaphosa has welcomed.

The report will be debated in the national assembly on December 6, said the speaker, Mapisa-Nqakula.

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America, Europe easing their stance on Zimbabwe – Bulawayo24 News

The current economic stability prevailing in the country is indirectly forcing the West to mend its relations with Zimbabwe, economic analysts have said.

Economic analysts, Abednigo Matsika said that the recent developments that include the invitation to the US-Africa summit and proposals towards re-joining the Commonwealth were a manifestation of how President Mnangagwa’s Engagement and Re-engagement policy was bearing fruits.

“We are witnessing a change of stance by the West on Zimbabwe. Of late, the West has been warming up to the Government and has been pouring money to support various developmental projects in the country. Recently, the EU pledged over 100 million Euros to support women empowerment and agriculture programmes in the country. This shows that relations between the West and Zimbabwe are thawing,” said Matsika.

Matsika added that days of Zimbabwe’s isolation by the West were coming to an end. He said the sudden surge of traffic by the EU, US and the United Kingdom (UK) into Zimbabwe was positive and will lead to the removal of the illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the West.

In explaining how Zimbabwe-West relations were warming up, Matsika said that last week, the country and EU signed financial agreements totalling US46 million under the Zimbabwe-EU cooperative programme. Matsika added that the US46 million aid was an affirmation that the engagement and re-engagement drive with the international community was bearing fruits and that the EU was rapidly moving out of the sanctions orbit.

According to Matsika, the recent visit by the Commonwealth delegation led by Assistant Secretary General, Luis Franschesci shows that the bloc was willing to have Zimbabwe as member of that community. He added that the imminent readmission of Zimbabwe to Commonwealth would spur economic growth and open an avalanche of business opportunities for the country.

Meanwhile, a source within CCC said that the thawing of relations between Zimbabwe and the West had triggered uncertainty within that party which traditionally survives on Zimbabwe’s isolation from the rest of the World. The CCC feels that these developments would rob it of an advantage of boasting that they have the keys to the removal of sanctions and to good relations with the West.

The source said that CCC was plotting to stage violent demonstrations to tarnish the image of the Government.

“The CCC leadership has been shocked by the thawing of relations between Zimbabwe and the West. We are now planning to stage violent demonstrations in a bid to compel the state security to arrest participants. The idea is to portray Zimbabwe as a country that represses the opposition voice,” said the source.

The source further claimed that Chamisa recently held a caucus meeting with his few trusted lieutenants and expressed worry over the surveys that continue to signpost a ZANU PF victory in the forthcoming elections.

According to the source, Chamisa informed his friends in the region and beyond that a political strategist had advised him to stage violent protests in the country and blame ZANU PF for the same. The move according to the source is meant to force the West to tighten up screws on sanctions.

“Without sanctions, we are gone. We must create conditions that help our supporters, including those in the UK and US to disrupt the reengagement process. We would disrupt the current economic stability .We need economic pain to win,” said the source.

The source added that Chamisa was assembling a team of ruffians who would stage the demonstrations and subsequently get arrested.

On the other side, a ZANU PF supporter Regai Chandiwana of Seke argued that the improvement of relations between Zimbabwe and the West and the possibility of the removal of sanctions would level the electoral playing field which had, hitherto been skewed in favour of the opposition.

“They had the advantage of holding the electorate hostage by threatening to ensure that sanctions would continue to bite if citizens do not vote for the CCC. If   sanctions are lifted, then for the first time in history elections would be fair,” said Chandiwana.

Meanwhile, efforts to get a comment from CCC interim national spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere were futile as her phone was not reachable.

All articles and letters published on Bulawayo24 have been independently written by members of Bulawayo24’s community. The views of users published on Bulawayo24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Bulawayo24. Bulawayo24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

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National Foods new mill to increase capacity by 2 000 tonnes per month – The Zimbabwe Mail

ZIMBABWE Stock Exchange (ZSE) listed food processing giant National Foods Holdings Limited’s new mill at their Bulawayo site is set to increase wheat milling capacity by 2 000 tonnes per month.

In an annual report for 2022, the company’s chairman Mr Todd Moyo said the new mill is set to start operating early next year.

“The installation of the new mill at our Bulawayo site has commenced and the mill remains on track for commissioning early in 2023.

The new mill will increase wheat milling capacity by around 2 000 tons per month,” he said.
The establishment of the new flour mill in Bulawayo comes at a time the Government is pushing its devolution agenda of industrialising production zones to boost local economies through employment creation.

In an annual report for 2022, the company’s chairman Mr Todd Moyo said the new mill is set to start operating early next year.

The food processing giant is also embarking on an exciting period of expansion with the entry into a number of new categories, as it seeks to value and add its portfolio of basic products.

Mr Moyo said the introduction of a new milling plant will see the localised manufacturing of products, which had previously been imported, reducing foreign currency requirements and increasing demand for locally processed products.

This is in line with the Buy Zimbabwe campaign, which has seen more people buying more Zimbabwean-made products and is fully supported by the Government as it is critical in attaining an upper-middle-class status by 2030 anchored by the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).

“The prospects for the current winter wheat crop look encouraging which is a most welcome development as it will reduce import dependency. National Foods continues to play a major role in supporting the local contracted wheat crop,” he said.

The Buy Zimbabwe campaign has helped drive a robust private sector-led initiative resulting in increased local products and the creation of jobs consistent with NDS1.

The chairman added that National Foods continues to keenly support contract farming of maize, soya beans, wheat, sugar beans, sorghum and popcorn.

“During the current winter season around 12 000 hectares of wheat has been planted, representing a significant portion of the contracted crop.

that National Foods continues to keenly support contract farming of maize, soya beans, wheat, sugar beans, sorghum and popcorn.

“In addition to this, 40 000 tons of maize and soya beans were delivered during this year’s summer cropping programme.

“The various products grown under this programme now constitute a significant portion of the Group’s raw material requirements,” he said.

Meanwhile, the food giant’s revenue for the year increased by 33 percent to record $128,4 billion, driven by both volume growth and inflation-driven price increases.

The food giant’s revenue for the year increased by 33 percent to record $128,4 billion, driven by both volume growth and inflation-driven price increases.

The group’s volume for the period increased by eight percent to 569 000 tonnes from 523 480 tonnes compared to the prior year.

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