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MDC Condemns Xenophobic Violence Against Zimbabweans in South Africa
The current wave of xenophobic violence against foreigners, including Zimbabweans in South Africa is totally unacceptable.
As MDC, we strongly condemn the attacks on innocent Zimbabweans and other foreigners who are just trying to survive. Many of the people caught up in this wave of brutal hatred are actually victims of violence, persecution and destitution created by Zanu PF back home.
It is also shocking that the attacks in Durban, Johannesburg and other places happened directly as a result of statements attributed to the Zulu king and the president’s son, asking foreigners to “pack their bags and leave South Africa. Although the statements have now been retracted, this did not stop South African hooligans attacking foreigners.
We applaud the statements by President Zuma condemning the violence and calling on the police to act decisively against violent mobs carrying out these gruesome attacks. However, we also are alive to the fact that the issue is political and, therefore, needs a political solution.
Zimbabwe is in crisis. That is the reason why so many people are fleeing to neighbouring countries and farther afield. The problem stems from an illegitimate government that has got no formula for resolving the deep-rooted political and economic problems afflicting the country. Only outside pressure can push the Harare administration to do the right thing and South Africa should be actively looking for a solution instead of treating Zimbabwwean refugees as enemies.
As a party, the MDC is totally against violence.
We support the petition to the South African government, delivered on behalf of Parliament on Wednesday by Honourable Jessie Majome. Further to the demand for an end to the barbaric violence and prosecution of offenders,
Immediately, we call upon the South African authorities to secure the lives of all Zimbabweans within their borders. we also urge the South African government to assist all people displaced by this unfortunate wave of xenophobic violence.
Issued by Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos,
Secretary for Domestic Affairs,
Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe.
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Harare, Zimbabwe, January 15, 2015.
POLICE ATTACKS ON MAZOWE FAMILIES
The Movement for Democratic Change is shocked and saddened by the
brutal attack by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on 200 families
who were illegally evicted from Arnold (Manzou) farm in Mazowe to make
way for first lady Grace Mugabe.
We are also horrified by the ongoing instability in that region. This
is being fuelled by the refusal by state authorities to honour
Monday’s High Court judgement asserting the rights of the farmers not
to be evicted and not to have their houses destroyed.
There is no justification for the outrageous and heavy-handed actions
of the police in a supposedly democratic Zimbabwe. The state
authorities should have used legal and more humane methods to move
those families out of the designated area.
We strongly deplore this unjust Zanu PF system where the ends justify
the means, in this case the use of violence and brute force to evict
We condemn the use of violence and random force by the state to
achieve its objectives. We also condemn the wilful violation of court
orders by the police who, ironically, are supposed to be upholding and
The police can not claim ignorance of the law. Furthermore, they are
trained in the law and can not claim that evicting people and
demolishing their homes without court orders is a lawful act by any
stretch of the imagination.
It is fairly obvious to the MDC, Zimbabweans and all rational people
that instructions were given by someone in the ZRP command to violate
the law with impunity. We urge the government and the relevant
committee of parliament to investigate, track down and hold personally
responsible those who ordered law enforcement agents to break the law
and venerate the Constitution. Such behaviour by the police is
shameful and inhumane.
The High Court ruled on Monday January 12 2015 that it is unlawful to
evict the Arnold farm occupants and destroy their homes. That was a
bold and symbolic statement by the judiciary, which the ZRP should
have complied with.
The MDC urges the state to refrain from violence and intimidation, and
to treat people with the humanity they deserve. We call for
professional and non-partisan policing. We call for accountability and
transparency. We demand respect for the constitutional rights of
citizens and respect for rules and regulations by police officers. We
demand a police force that respects and protects the dignity of all
Zimbabweans. We also demand an overhaul of the ZRP and establishment
of a police service that will protect the lives and assets of the
people of Zimbabwe.
Together we will complete the change.
Issued by Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos, National Secretary and
Spokesperson for Domestic Affairs.
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Statement on the Occasion of International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2014.
On the occasion of United Nations International Human Rights Day, the
Movement for Democratic Change strongly identifies with the
aspirations of Zimbabweans for a society that respects and protects
the rights of all.
The day is in recognition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
adopted in 1948. The theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Human
Rights 365’, meaning that every day is a human rights day when all
people deserve to enjoy the full range of human rights.
The day is marked this year when Zimbabweans are crying out for the
full implementation of all the human rights provisions of the new
constitution. It is quite disturbing that more than a year and a half
after the new constitution was approved through referendum, many
political, economic, social and cultural rights enshrined in it are
still denied the majority of the people. The government continues to
wilfully violate these rights and to abuse state security apparatus to
suppress all forms of protest or demonstrations. Zimbabweans suffer
from rampant unemployment caused by poor state policies that are not
friendly to business and economic development. The nation suffers from
poor service delivery, characterized by shortages of basics like
electricity and water. There is widespread government corruption and a
serious crisis of expectations as people fail to access important
documents like birth certificates and passports from the national
registry unless they pay bribes.
As the legitimate aspirations of the people are trampled upon by the
people in government, we note a frightening increase in
state-sponsored violence, police brutality and abuse of the criminal
justice system to silence dissenting voices. In particular, we are
alarmed by cases of torture, harassment and threats against citizens
making legitimate demands. We would like to re-assert our commitment
to the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and the right
of all citizens to own property. We call upon the government to act
forthwith to restrain it’s officials from violating the rights of the
Finally, we demand that the Zimbabwean government fulfils all its
obligations under international law to protect human rights. We also
call upon the people to remain resolute until all their rights are
fully realised. Freedom will certainly come if we remain focussed and
Issued by Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos, Shadow Minister and MDC-T
Spokesperson for Home Affairs.
MDC Condemns Grace Mugabe’s Statement On Farmers
The Movement for Democratic Change strongly condemns the reckless utterances by Mrs Grace Mugabe in which she denigrated farmers who were dispossessed of their properties by Zanu PF without compensation.
Mrs Mugabe’s statement amounts to adding insult to injury considering the grave injustices that have been perpetrated on more than 6 500 productive farm owners across Zimbabwe.
The claim by Mrs Mugabe that one farner offered her $10 million to reverse the chaotic Zanu PF land grab is atrocious.
For the record, the land seizures initiated by Zanu PF in 2000 were illegal, racist, inhumane and a gross violation of both human and international property rights. The grim results are there for all to see: lawlessness and shortages which have reduced Zimbabwe to being a net importer of food.
Mrs Mugabe and her family own numerous farms as a result of this disorderly and partisan land reform exercise.
The MDC repeats its call for a land audit. We also call for full compensation of all affected farmers by the state. Additionally, we call for an end to insults on the victims as a way of seeking solutions to the damaging farm crisis in Zimbabwe.
Issued By Honourable Senator Lilian Timveos, MDC Alternative Minister and Spokesperson for Home Affairs.
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.
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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.