From Senator Lilian Timveos
Alternative Minister and MDC Spokesperson for Home Affairs
POLICE ATTACKS ON KOMBIS DEPLORABLE
13 March 2014
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The MDC is totally shocked by the disproportionate force used by the Zimbabwe Republic Police against commuter omnibus or Kombi crews.
We have noted over the past few months that the Police have adopted patently illegal, dangerous and heartless measures in their attempts to deal with the Kombis.
In the latest incident, 16 people were seriously injured in Bulawayo on Wednesday when Police threw spikes under a moving Kombi. The omnibus overturned, injuring all 16 people on board, four of them seriously.
Instead of taking action against the officers who endangered the lives of innocent people, Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo blamed the driver for “negligence”, claiming he was under age and was speeding.
Even if the driver was guilty of the said offences, the police have no right to attempt to murder him, along with innocent passengers, as they attempted to do. They should have apprehended him in a legal way and taken him to court. This was a registered vehicle, whose owner could easily be tracked down using the vehicle’s registration numbers, and the suspect brought to book.
We are sure this was not about the Police trying to save innocent passengers, as they claim. Considering the amount of corruption pervading the Police, we cannot rule out suspicions that the officers were after bribes, hence their desperation to stop the allegedly speeding car.
The MDC demands a proper investigation into this incident and compensation for victims who were injured unnecessarily. We also demand an end to these operations, especially in Harare, where Police smash windscreens and damage or endanger vehicles in their attempts to punish the crews or owners.
The MDC implores the Government to revisit the spot fine system as it has created desperation among officers to treat roadblocks as money-spinning enterprises instead of ensuring public safety. Legal experts have pointed out that it is illegal to demand spot fines from drivers without giving them time to pay. Since these spot fines are kept and used at Police stations, this has created the feeling among some officers that raising as much money as possible for their station bosses is more important than actually regulating traffic. This is why defective vehicles or drivers without papers can continue to be on the roads. This has also created opportunities for looting of public funds by corrupt officers.
From Senator Lilian Timveos
Alternative Minister and MDC-T Spokesperson for Home Affairs.
MDC CONDEMNS CORRUPTION IN REGISTRAR-GENERAL’S OFFICE.
The Movement for Democratic Change strongly condemns rampant corruption in the Registrar-General’s Office.
On Monday 10th March 2014, the Registrar-General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede admitted before the Parliamentary Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services that there is widespread corruption in this office.
Mr Mudede’s belated admission provides no relief to millions of Zimbabweans who have been failing to get official documents from this office for years because of corruption. Many of the people denied documents by these corrupt, bribe-taking officials have lost out on important life opportunities such as getting jobs, writing examinations, travelling outside the country, exercising their democratic right to vote in national elections or accessing banking services. Others are trapped in foreign countries, unable to get jobs or even come home because the RG’s officials are demanding hefty bribes before giving them passports and other documents.
This is what Mr Mudede said:
“We have some of our officers involved in the corruption activities in the issuing out of important national documents like passports, national IDs and birth certificates. We are calling in the police to arrest the culprits and hand them to court for prosecution.”
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Melusi Matshiya added, before the same Committee:
“We have had serious cases and we decided that it is better to dismiss those found to be corrupt, as we are having some appealing to the court and being cleared of any wrong doing, but we are not going to continue working with them as they are bad apples and we don’t even transfer them to any sub office.”
The MDC asserts that the problem at the R-G’s Office is impunity. There are documented cases where those caught on the wrong side have merely been transferred and have not been brought to justice. We wish to point out for the benefit of Mr Mudede and others that corruption is a crime in Zimbabwe, with statutory penalties. It is, therefore, shocking for these senior government officials to come before Parliament and admit that they have been protecting offenders by merely transferring them to other stations, instead of getting them arrested and sent to jail.
As we have stated before, legal and identity documents are a right for all Zimbabweans, which must be provided by the State. It is the duty of the Government to stamp out corruption in this department so that all Zimbabweans and foreigners living in our country are properly documented at minimum cost.
Senator Lilian Timveos, Movement for Democratic Change, 44 N. Mandela Ave., Harare, Zimbabwe. Mobile: 0779 701 082; E-mail: email@example.com. facebook.com/lilian timveos.
STATEMENT TO “RADIO CHOKWADI”
Monday 03 March 2014.
“Senator Lilian Timveos would like to dismiss with contempt the comments and insinuations published by Radio Chokwadi on Facebook on Sunday 2nd February 2014. Senator Timveos demands an immediate removal of those comments and photograph from Facebook or any publishing platform. Failure to comply within 48 hours will result in legal action being taken against Facebook and the originators of the offensive posts and substantial damages being claimed.
People want to hear stories about their leaders, yes, but not these lies. The picture you published of Senator Timveos and Dr Tsvangirai is not secret as you imply. It is on her 2014 calendar, which is displayed prominently in her husband’s office and home and has been distributed to hundreds of supporters in Zimbabwe. She has also shared it on social networks with family and friends.
For the record, Senator Timveos is happily married and has been living with her husband Michael, with whom she has four nchildren, for 22 years.
It is totally false that Senator Timveos got into the Senate through the back door, as you state in one of your posts. She is the chairperson of the Midlands South Province, the only woman to head an MDC province, which is something for all Zimbabweans to celebrate. She qualified for a Senate post as a senior party official in the province. She totally rejects your claim that she rose to a senior position in the party by making up to anyone. She worked for the party during a very dangerous time in Zimbabwe’s history. She put herself and her family at great risk to save the lives of many people from Zanu PF militias, especially in Mberengwa. It is very sad that after so many sacrifices, you try to destroy her work through falsehoods. It is also sad that in Zimbabwe any woman who serves her community with passion and becomes recognized is labeled as loose. This targetting of women and damaging their reputations through lies is wholly unacceptable and should come to an end.”
The Shadow Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos has questioned government over delays in bringing the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Bill to Parliament. Senator Timveos asked the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Ziyambi Ziyambi about the delays during Question Time in the Senate on 27th February 2014.
On 3rd january, President Robert Mugabe gazetted temporary measures to deal with trafficking. The regulations are set to expire on 2nd July 2014, by which time an Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act must be in place. The delays in bringing the Bill to Parliament have been condemned as there will be very little time for debate and consultation among stakeholders.
SENATOR TIMVEOUS: Thank you Madam President for
giving me this opportunity. My question goes to the Deputy Minister of
Home Affairs. In January, the President gazetted temporary measures to
deal with human trafficking. Where is the Bill and how are you dealing
with the cases? Just recently, I was reading in the paper, there was a
lady who was trafficking girls to Saudi Arabia and she was caught with
22 girls. She was actually lying to them that there were jobs and they
were going to be working as house maids. Meanwhile, they were going
to be enslaved as sex slaves. I was happy when I heard about the Bill.
When is it coming to Parliament and as it is right now, how are you
dealing with the cases of human trafficking? There is also another lady
who was caught trafficking girls to Ghana. Thank you so much.
THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS (MR.
ZIYAMBI): Thank you Madam President and hon. senator for that
question. The hon. senator answered herself when she said the President
invoked temporary powers to put that law into action. In Zimbabwe, the
law is in force. The President invoked his powers, enacted it and it is
already working. Anyone who is caught in human trafficking can be
prosecuted. However, we are in the process because when the President
invokes his powers, we are given a timeline to regularise the law and
bring it into the House so that the Bill can be passed. Within the next
few days, we will be tabling the Bill in Parliament so that the process
can be done and the Bill regularised. I thank you.
SENATOR MUTSVANGWA: My question is directed to the
Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development. We welcome
the long overdue
Senator Timveos Quizzes Minies Minister Chidhakwa Over Corruption at Marange Diamond Fields.
Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos, the Shadow Minister and MDC-T Spokesperson for Home Affairs recently quizzed the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Mr Walter Chidhakwa, during Question Time in the Senate, about reported rampant corruption within government entities operating in the Marange diamond fields.
SENATOR TIMVEOS: Thank you Madam President. Hon.
Minister Chidhakwa, I wanted to just ask how are you going to tackle
corruption? We have been reading a lot about corruption, your Ministry
and Chiadzwa, even the board of directors or the bosses were said to be
paying themselves over US$100 000 and almost US$200 000, an
example of what is happening. What are you going to do to tackle
corruption? Thank you very much?
THE MINISTER OF MINES AND MINING DEVELOMENT
(MR CHIDHAKWA): Thank you Madam President, thank you hon.
Senator for that question, it is a question that we must ask everyday and
we must answer every day until and unless we say to ourselves this is
bad for our economy, we will not move, particularly in the mining
sector. Yesterday I addressed our officials at the Geology Service
Centre, where our geologists are housed. I said to them the first thing
that you need to know is that God did not create you corrupt.
God created you by the circumstances around you and you allowed
yourself to be corrupt. You think it is a small thing and I keep telling
them that it begins by saying ndikangowanawo kaUS$300
kekubhadhara school fees then next time you will say kaUS$300 inga
kanotowanika next time you say US$1000, next time US$5000. The
information that you are giving up for US$300 is worth billions of
dollars for this country and we yield very valuable information about our
resources to foreigners for very small amounts of money. The
department that is accused of corruption the most is the Chief
Government Mining Officers in the districts. While they give
allocations, they say we will allocate you this claim, the people sense
and say, well it looks like a very rich claim and pay the Government
officer, then another person is allocated on it, another will offer more
money and he will be allocated on it and they will continue to do that.
When I got to the Ministry the first day, I looked at the papers and
I saw that I am first respondent on a matter that I have not known kuti
yakamboitikira kupi and I said, how do I become a first respondent on
this matter. The issue is that we must create institutions and systems
that are able to detect and deal with corruption and I want to give you an
example. There is what is called the cadastre system, the cadastre
system is a system that divides the country into small little boxes on the
computer and using GPS systems, you are able to say this claim runs
from this point to this point, you allocate that on the computer. If
somebody comes for an allocation and needs to take away his name; you
can put security systems that ensure that the moment you want to
allocate, the computer refuses to produce anything, it says there is
already somebody allocated.
If you want to take away the person who is there, you must send a
message to your senior official until you get to the permanent secretary
and to the minister, now if you are going to change and give your friend
akupa mari, you have to corrupt this whole chain kunosvika nayo
kumusoro and hazvina kuchipa kuti ucorrupte vanhu vese ivava.
We think we should have systems in place. Zambia is not a big
mining country but it has these systems. They implemented the systems
about two or three years ago. I asked one of the officials and he said;
minister you are a third minister who has asked for this to happen. There
are two other Ministers of Mines who also requested that we implement
this; since you have also come up, your track will be covered and things
will continue normally and corruption will be taken care of. We must
also keep educating officers in the various departments that national
interest is important.
In the companies that you were referring to honourable, allow
people who are working there to believe that if I can work hard enough
to create enough money to pay the salaries of our chief executives; if I
can pay the salaries of the people who work here and my own salary, I
am done. They forget that these are Government companies which must
serve the people of Zimbabwe. We have started investigating, we are
working on Marange now. By the end of the month we will have the
results of Marange and we will tell this Senate the results. We will also
act. Thank you Madam President.