3 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Monday, 03 December 2012 - Issue 481

press release

Over the weekend President Morgan Tsvangirai was on a whirlwind tour of some of the provinces in the country holding Provincial Council meetings which saw him in the Midlands and Matebeleland provinces.

On Saturday he unveiled the Jobs Upliftment Investment Capital and Environment policy (JUICE) to party structures in Bulawayo and Gwanda calling on all MDC members to unite and stop factionalism ahead of elections to be held next year. President Tsvangirai said there is need for more unity in the party and urged members to be organised and stop behaving like renegades.

Also at the weekend, Hon Theresa Makone who is the Member of Parliament for Harare North and Minister of Home Affairs as well as the chairperson of the MDC Women's Assembly launched the commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in Harare at the weekend.

This year's global theme for the 16 days campaign is: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!

Manicaland: The Zimbabwean government must first educate the soldiers they are deploying in Manicaland on their actual mandate, so that they do not stray and harass people as we approach the elections set for next year.

Whilst its crucial for the government of Zimbabwe to deploy army personnel at our borders with Mozambique in case the Renamo bandits cause any instability, the desperate army bosses who are an extension of Zanu PF, must not take any advantage of the situation and send partisan soldiers to campaign for Zanu PF and harass innocent civilians perceived to be MDC supporters.

Gutu - Recurring cases of violence and anarchy being reported across the province will not deter the MDC party from winning the watershed polls scheduled for next year, senior party officials said at the weekend.

Addressing party members at a district meeting held at Maungwa Business Centre, ward 24 Gutu South Constituency on Saturday, Provincial Chairman Wilstaff Sitemere said the MDC should focus on winning the crucial elections expected next year, instead of jostling for party positions.

More than 20 armed soldiers from Battlefields in Kadoma deployed under the Operation Maguta scheme in Zhombe assaulted over 50 MDC activists at a district meeting held at Samambwa business center in Zhombe, Midlands North Province.

The soldiers encamped at Samambwa Primary School for a week distributing maize seed assaulted the MDC members accusing them of denouncing Zanu PF and insulting Mugabe at their party meetings.

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