The MDC UK and Ireland Provincial Women’s Assembly executive elected at a function supervised by Honourable Lynnett Karenyi Kore the National women’s chair at Oxford earlier this year is taking up its role of mobilising women in the UK to support women in Zimbabwe in preparation for the 2018 Election.
UK Women’s chair, Elizabeth Ndewere, said UK women were mobilised and had only been waiting for the formalisation of their executive to get into action and this was done when Hon Karenyi came to the UK and killed two birds with one stone.
UK chair Ndewere (second from right) with the rest of her executive and national l leaders; National Women's chair, Karenyi Kore (r), Treasurer General, Theresa (centre) and Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora (behind her)
Three years of the 10 years' lifespan of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC), established by the new Constitution of Zimbabwe, have elapsed with no commission on the ground, yet the country is already in election mode.
The commission was mandated to bring closure to an era of human rights abuses and violations, so that Zimbabwe might start on a clean slate, but no efforts to establish the commission have been made, and political violence is beginning to rear its ugly head again.
There are fears that the violence will increase, as witnessed at the weekend and last week when the MDC-Ts activists were attacked by Zanu (PF) thugs, then arrested by the Zimbabwe Republic Police in a pattern that has become all too familiar.
Concerned civic organisations, including Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET), Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) and Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) have now expressed their concern in a statement, saying that the country is already witnessing abductions and cases of politically motivated intra-party and inter-party violence.
Political parties have already started preparing for 2018 elections, yet cases of harassment, intimidation and organised violence and torture that were supposed to have been investigated and put to bed in an orderly fashion through the peace and reconciliation commission have not been systematically recorded by the Commission, let alone investigated.
With one day to go before he got jailed, Prosecutor General (PG) Johannes Tomana has reportedly complied with a Constitutional Court order and issued certificates allowing private prosecution in three cases that he had refused to handle.
The PG’s office on Thursday issued certificates allowing for the private prosecution of Zanu PF Member of Parliament Munyaradzi Kereke, Telecel shareholder Jane Mutasa, and Trauma Centre founder Vivek Solanki, according to local Press.
This sets a precedence and opens the flood-gates for numerous cases in which several, mostly political, cases have failed to be prosecuted because the courts were put under pressure.
And it also seems that the man who abused the justice system as Attorney General to torment MDC-T activists on behalf of Zanu (PF), Tomana, was also apparently abusing it for his own purposes. Such are are the workings of corruption; it has no permanent friends, like politics.
And now because of political twists Tomana is not only likely to be locked up before this weekend, but to lose his job and have new charges brought against him.
His refusal to comply with Constitutional Court rulings has already led to his conviction and jailing if he failed to comply with orrders before Saturday, but today the Herald published details of his interference in another case, which can only be viewed as corruption.
There are fears however that the President will try to protect him because he also fears being privately prosecuted for human rights violations. According to newzimbabwe.com his spokesman, George Charamba, claimed that there were some "fundamental principles that are at stake" which he did not elaborate on, and that Parliament was seized with the matter. The Report below from The Herald:
MDC-UK provincial officials at the weekend challenged their districts and branch officials to increase their numbers of paid up members and to increase activities which are engaging for the members.
They paid tribute to Birmingham Branch which organised a successful fundraising activity at the weekend which was well attended and well organised.
MDC UK chairman Tonderai Samanyanga said, the province was always organising demonstrations and activities, but few members were turning up.
Instead of branches and districts criticising the province for not organising demonstrations and other activities, they should organise local activities, maybe at district level and invite other branches in the same district. MDC-UK and I In Council: Information and Publicity Secretary Makusha Mugabe showing the new electronic card and (insert) Samanyanga and Muganda showing membership graph in UK.
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