13 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Thursday 13 December 2012 - Issue 488

press release

Hon Tendai Biti said mining is much more than diamond adding that if mining is managed well, it will be contributing as much as US$14 billion dollars by 2018, with the modest contribution of mining to GDP from 8 percent to about 40 percent in the same year.

He said there is need for an accumulation model based on beneficiation and value addition as opposed to an extraction model. He said Zanu PF is the last party to talk of corruption and as the party went to sleep since 1980 when it should have done something to replace the infrastructure in different sectors of industry.

In Mashonaland Central, Hon Mangoma's trial on flimsy charges of undermining Mugabe at a rally in Bindura continues on 12 January 2013. Hon Mangoma appeared before a Bindura Magistrate with his lawyers Selby Hwacha and Beatrice Mutetwa.

In Matabeleland, women should vote yes for the constitution as it guarantees and protects rights of women and children, a government official has said. Hon Jessie Majome, the Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development said at a function organised by women in Matobo constituency as a belated commemoration of the 16 days of activism against gender violence.

"I am aware that women and children suffer most from domestic violence in this area. The draft constitution has specific clauses that guarantee the safety of all persons especially women and children. As such it is therefore important that every one of you votes yes for this constitution," Hon Majome said.

In Harare, Hon. Margaret Matienga organised the training of 30 women from Sunningdale on gender training for community women. Some of the issues covered included the status, trends and strategies to fight gender based violence. They also discussed on women's participation and representation in politics and decision making.

Three children Emmanuel Jamela, Godfrey Jamela (5) and Frank Jamela (3) together with their mother Florence Ngwere Jamela (23) who is pregnant were yesterday abducted by suspected Zanu PF operatives in Shagari Midlands South. The Zanu PF operatives blamed the family members for hiding their father Moses Jamela who is a member of the MDC.

The MDC demands that the Inclusive government principals ensure security for all the people in the country. The Zanu PF double standard is not just retrogressive but to abduct innocent children to settle political scores is totally unacceptable.

The party underscores the need for total change in the country and the ushering of a new democratic dispensation where people are respected for their political affiliation.

Meanwhile, police today raided the Zimrights offices in Harare for unknown reasons. The 5 officers who ransacked the offices further demanded to see the Zimrights Director, Okay Machisa.

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