MDC Condemns Police Brutality
The Movement for Democratic Change strongly condemns the brutal
attacks by the police on MDC members while demonstrating for jobs in
Harare on Monday, August 18.
We are horrified that seven of our members, including Harare MP,
Honourable Ronia Bunjira, were tortured while in police custody after
being arrested while protesting peacefully. We hold the Zanu PF
government responsible for the actions of its rogue, partisan and
A magistrate has ordered an investigation into these unlawful actions
by the police. MDC urges the Prosecutor-General to investigate those
charges of torture and bring the offending officers to justice. We
call for an end to the impunity which the ZRP has enjoyed while
applying barbaric and unconstitutional methods of law enforcement.
The police and the prosecuting authorities need to be reminded that
peaceful demonstrations are permitted by Section 59 of the
Constitution of Zimbabwe. We maintain that our members are innocent
until proven otherwise. It is totally false that these cadres gathered
with the intention of causing public violence. All they were asking
for is for Zanu PF to fulfil its election promises of creating jobs
for the people.
Instead of wasting state resources chasing impoverished and hungry
people demanding their rights, the ZRP should go out and arrest real
criminals for a change. Our members deserve justice and we demand it.
Issued by Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos, MDC-T Alternative
Minister and Spokesperson for Home Affairs.
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A POLITICAL PROFILE OF A REMARKABLE PERSON|
Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos was appointed Senator for the Midlands Province, covering 28 constituencies, in August 2013. She was elected Chairperson of the Senate Thematic Committee on HIV/AIDS. The Movement for Democratic Change President, Dr M.R.Tsvangirai, subsequently appointed Hon. Senator Timveos Alternative Minister and Spokesperson for Home Affairs, a role she has used effectively to keep the government in check and to articulate MDC-T positions on crucial issues.
Honourable Senator Timveos has worked very hard to maintain party unity and cohesion in the Midlands South Province, where she has been MDC-T Provincial Chairperson since 2010. She was instrumental in saving the lives of thousands of MDC-T supporters and officials from the clutches of Zanu PF militias in Mberengwa, often accommodating some of the victims in her own home. She and her family also contributed immensely towards the liberty of thousands of falsely arrested and accused activists, providing bail money and fines.
At the most dangerous time in Zimbabwe’s democratic struggle, Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos showed incredible courage, leadership and resolve, alongside her husband, Michael Timveos, the MDC-T Alternative Member of Parliament for Zvishavane-Ngezi constituency. Because of those sacrifices and the immense financial contributions which she and her family made, Hon. Timveos was elected Provincial Treasurer for the Midlands Province. Later, she was voted Provincial Chairperson, a position which she holds and for which she is seeking re-election.
Born in Kwe Kwe in 1973, Hon Timveos attended Vainona High School in Harare. She married Michael Timveos and the couple has three children. Sen. Timveos continued academic studies and obtained qualifications in Accounting and Administration, which were vital for her family and personal business.
Honourable Timveos is a succesful businesswoman in her own right, being the owner and director of Rainbow Early Childhood Development Centre for the last 22 years. She has used her success in business to empower others, setting up co-operatives, business associations and groups for disadvantaged people. She has also provided funeral assistance in the form of food, transport and other resources for less fortunate members of the community.
As a national leader, Senator Timveos has done a lot maintain party unity and highlight the issues that matter to Zimbabweans. Alongside MDC-T Deputy President Thokozani Khupe, she raised awareness on cancer and got the nation talking about an issue that was otherwise forgotten by state authorities. As a result of this sustained pressure from the MDC, Zimbabwe now has a state cancer testing centre.
Hon Senator Timveos has also been instrumental in highlighting issues to do with human trafficking, police corruption and political violence.
Among the many functional community projects that Senator Timveos has initiated is the Zvishavane Women’s Housing Co-operative.
Despite all the sacrifices that Senator Timveos’ has made, she remains focussed on her vision for a democratic Zimbabwe.
“I look forward to a New Zimbabwe, a democratic nation where the government will be accountable to the people,” Hon Timveos told her website, http://www.liliantimveos.wordpress.com. “I look forward to a country and government that’s corruption-free. i look forward to a country where parents will be able to feed their children and send them to school.”
For these and man reasons, Hon. Senator Timveos is referred to as “Mother” throughout Zimbabwe. Vote for her whenever you can.
MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE
16 August 2014
Issued By Honourable Lilian Timveos, Alternative Minister and MDC-T Spokesperson for Home Affairs.
MDC PETITIONS SADC TO ACT ON ZIMBABWE
The Movement for Democratic Change is totally appalled that Zimbabwe was not on the official agenda of the SADC meeting held in Victoria Falls at the weekend, considering all Zanu PF’s violations of SADC resolutions over the years and especially the flawed election held last year.
The elections held in Zimbabwe on 31 July 2013 were shambolic and obviously manipulated in favour of Zanu PF and there is evidence to that effect.
However, what worries us most is that Zimbabwe is once again a disaster waiting to happen. It is obvious that if that happens, it will affect the whole of SADC.
The two million jobs promised by President Robert Mugabe during political campaigns in 2013 have not materialized. Human trafficking remains a major concern, with the United States government imposing sanctions against regime officials in Zimbabwe because they are involved in human and sex trafficking.
The government and party of Mr Mugabe has taken the occasion of the SADC Heads of State and Government for its propaganda value. Zimbabwe is far from stable and the MDC encourages regional leaders to use this summit to focus attention on the real crisis in SADC,
which is Zimbabwe.
As Alternative Minister and Spokesperson for Home Affairs, I would like to highlight the issue of corruption within the Zimbabwe Republic Police and regional police forces generally. Where has all of Zimbabwe’s diamond revenue gone and what is SADC doing about it, considering that some of the money has been laundered through SADC countries?
These are issues for which Zimbabweans need answers and we hope that SADC can use its presence in Zimbabwe to assert its principles.
Issued By Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos, Alternative Minister and Spokesperson for Home Affairs, Movement for Democratic Change.
MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE
14 August 2014
Issued by Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos, Alternative Minister and
MDC-T Spokesperson for Home Affairs.
MDC Welcomes South African Government’s Special Dispensation for
Zimbabweans But Calls for Action to End Crisis.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) applauds the South African
government for extending the Zimbabwe Special Dispensation Permits
(ZSP), but also for acknowledging that there is ongoing political and
economic instability in the country.
By extending the permits, South Africa has shown that she is a
neighbour indeed, spreading the spirit of Ubuntu espoused the late
However, as a party, the MDC would like to highlight the plight of
thousands, perhaps millions, of Zimbabweans operating illegally in
South Africa and call for normalisation of their stay until the
situation normalises in Zimbabwe.
We appreciate South Africa’s offer of meaningful support to Zimbabwe
so that we can resolve our own economic challenges and solve this
immigration issue once and for all.
The MDC urges the South African government to see this crisis as more
than just a wave of hapless immigrants attracted by SA’s bright lights
but as a crisis of governance in Zimbabwe and influence SADC and the
international community to act accordingly.
Issued By Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos, Alternative Minister and
MDC-T Spokesperson for Home Affairs.