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IN a landmark ruling , the Supreme Court
yesterday nullified the election of Mr Lovemore
Moyo ( MDC- T ) as Speaker of Parliament , saying
the process was fraught with irregularities and
in breach of the Constitution of Zimbabwe .
Mr Moyo was elected Speaker in August 2008
after garnering 110 vo -tes against former MP
Mr Paul The-mba Nyathi who got 98 votes .
The majority decision was that the Clerk of
Parliament Mr Austin Zvo -ma did not properly
conduct the election as required by the
Constitution of Zimbabwe.
The ruling was made in an appeal in which
Tsholotsho North Member of the House of
Assembly Professor Jonathan Moyo ( Zanu- PF ) ,
together with Mr Moses Mzila Ndlovu , Mr Patrick
Dube and Mr Siyabonga Ncube all MDC MPs ,
were challenging the High Court decision that
validated Mr Moyo’ s election .
An appeal can be heard by three or more judges
of the Supreme Court and this particular one
was heard by five judges .
Mr Terence Hussein of Hussein and Ranchhod
law firm , appeared for the quartet while Ms
Choice Da-miso represented Mr Zvoma.
South African Advocate Matthew Chaskalson
acted for Mr Moyo.
Prof Moyo had argued that during the election ,
MDC-T parliamenta -rians were rowdy and some
of them brazenly exposed their completed ballot
papers before they deposited them in the ballot
box .
He had also accused Mr Zvoma of failing to
stamp his authority on the election process .
The effect of the judgment is that there is now a
vacancy for the post of the Speaker of
Parliament .
Mr Moyo, who gave up his seat as MP for the
Speaker ‘ s position , can now no longer sit in
Parliament .
He now has to cross his fingers that MDC-T will
nominate him for the post of Speaker and more
so that the party would be able to garner
sufficient votes to retain the position .
This is far from certain as the numbers and
dynamics in the House have completely changed
since the flawed election .
In the nullified election , six MPs Deputy Prime
Minister Thokozani Khupe , Tendai Biti , Piniel
Denga, Tall Chambati, Amos Chibaya and
Lovemore Moyo displayed their ba -llot papers
before depositing them in the ballot box .
Writing for the majority, Chief Ju-stice Godfrey
Chidyausiku ruled that the vote was not cast in
secrecy as required by the Constitution.
” Parliament is one of the most revered
institutions in any society. It consists of the
highest concentration of the political leadership
of the country . Parliament makes the laws that
we all obey.
” Parliament should , therefore , lead by example
and should scrupulously obey its own laws, ” said
Chief Justice Chidyausiku .
He added that the election of the Speaker
should be an example of how an election should
be conducted .
This, he said , was important in Zimbabwe , which
had been plagued by contestation of election
” Parliament should use the election to set the
best example to the rest of the country . It is
unacceptable that Parliament should seek to
salvage a shambolic and chaotic election of a
Speaker through the doctrine of substantial
compliance ,” said the Chief Justice .
He said the six named MPs did not vote by
secret ballot and therefore , their votes were
The inclusion of such votes in the determination
of the final outcome of the election , he said ,
constituted a failure to comply with Section 39
of the Constitution, as read with Standing Order
The Order provides for the election of Speaker
of Parliament by secret ballot.
” The appeal is allowed with costs , to be paid by
respondents jointly and severally , the one paying
the other to be absolved .
” The order of the court a quo is set aside and
the following substituted . The application
succeeds and the election of second respondent
as Speaker is hereby set aside ,” ruled the Chief
Justice .
Justices Vernanda Ziyambi and Paddington
Garwe agreed with the judgment while Deputy
Chief Justice Luke Malaba and Justice Wilson
Sandura disagreed.
However , the Chief Justice ‘ s ruling is binding
since it had the majority favour .
Deputy Chief Justice Malaba felt that a voter was
perfectly entitled to reveal his vote during an
In his dissenting judgment , Deputy Chief Justice
Malaba said there was no legal obligation that a
voter must vote secretly adding that he or she
may opt not to vote by secret ballot.
” As the voter must exercise the right to vote for
the Speaker by a secret ballot given on the
ballot paper freely, he or she can waive the right
to the secrecy of the ballot at the time the vote
is cast or at any time before he or she deposits
the ballot paper in the ballot box .
” A secret ballot is not compulsory insofar as the
voter who is not desirous of taking part in the
election by a secret ballot is concerned ,” said
Justice Malaba .
Justice Sandura noted that the Standing Order
was complied with in the election of the
Speaker .
He said of the 208 MPs who voted, only six ( 2 ,9
percent of the total ) displayed their marked
ballot papers before depositing them in the
ballot boxes .
Two hundred and two ( about 97 ,1 percent )
voted in accordance with the provisions of the
Sanding Order, Justice Sandura noted.
” Quite clearly , the degree of non-compliance
was insignificant , whereas the degree of
compliance was nearly one hundred percent .
” In the circumstances, as the object to be
achieved by the Standing Order was achieved
and not defeated or frustrated by the non-
compliance complained of , the degree of the
alleged non-compliance was insignificant. It
follows that the Standing Order was complied
with in the election of the Speaker ,” said Justice

Fidelis Munyoro And Daniel Nemukuyu
Published by the government of Zimbabwe


HARARE – Zanu ( PF ) is currently abusing the
government with adverts in newspapers and on
the state radio attacking the so -called sanctions
and people in the country who do no ascribe to
their views , the United States Ambassador to
Zimbabwe Charles Ray said .
Since the launch of the so -called anti -sanctions
campaign, Zanu ( PF ) has been running full
length adverts in the state media with a
government insignia .
” It is very disappointing to see full page ads
from the Zanu ( PF ) Information Department
under the heading ‘Government of Zimbabwe’
and adorned with the great Zimbabwean coat of
arms . Zanu ( PF ) is a political party , which does
not speak for the government of this great
country . Additionally , Zanu ( PF ) , which is part of
the government, has its own symbol that is
quite distinct from the Zimbabwean coat of
arms , ” said Ray .
The former ruling party last week formed an
anti -sanctions committee that is chaired by Vice
President John Nkomo. However , other
members in the Inclusive Government have
distanced themselves from the sham describing
it as a Zanu ( PF ) project .
Acting President Nkomo said in a statement that
thousands of people who were forced to attend
the anti -sanctions launch demonstrated that
they were against sanctions .
” This exceptional support was an emphatic
statement to Britain, the European Union ,
America and to all those interests which have
slapped sanctions against the people of
Zimbabwe,” said Nkomo.
In reality there are no sanctions on the people
of Zimbabwe, but rather targeted measures on
a few individuals . USA, America and Britain in
particular have played a significant role in
extending aid to the people of Zimbabwe.
Many people in both rural and urban
communities have benefited significantly from
USAID and other western donors . Yet Zanu ( PF )
says that sanctions are ” an attack on all
Zimbabweans. “
The United States dispelled the anti -sanctions
rhetoric as unfounded.
Said Ray , ” the ZANU-PF Information
Department is using misinformation and
completely unrelated facts to mislead the
public . The facts are:
1. For more than ten years , Zimbabwe has been
ineligible to receive any type of international
loan , regardless of U . S . and EU opinions, due to
its leaders ‘ failure to make payments on its
debt . Zimbabwe ‘s unpaid debts to the African
Development Bank , IMF , and World Bank put a
stop to lending long before there were
sanctions .
2. Zimbabwe’s current political and economic
environment , including fresh threats from the
President on his birthday to take over
established companies , has a chilling effect on
new investment , both domestic and
international. Banks and other businesses are
responsible to their share holders , and find it
increasingly difficult to justify investing in such a
high risk environment . Only economic
and political sanity will change this .
3. Fewer than 120 Zimbabweans are named on
the legal U . S . sanctions list , almost all of them
Zanu ( PF ) leaders who had a hand in political
violence against their fellow citizens. They may
not travel to the U . S . or do business with U . S .
companies because Americans do not want
them to enjoy the fruits of their corruption on
our soil . This does not hurt other
Zimbabweans. What hurts the rest of the
country is the corruption , mismanagement , and
lack of social investment that has brought
development to a standstill.
The former ruling party has exclusive control of
the state media and abuses it to attack
Mugabe’ s political rivals .

Written by Munyaradzi Dube
Tuesday , 08 March 2011 17 : 41

Contradictions are so numerous in Zanu PF ’ s
public relations machine that it is possible to
miss some of the more glaring cases .
On Sunday we were told by the Sunday Mail that
President Mugabe had left the country for a
return visit to Singapore to check on progress
on one of his eyes which had undergone a
cataract removal . His eye specialists needed to
satisfy themselves that all was in order with the
eye, we were told.
At the time those media which had speculated
that Mugabe was undergoing a procedure in
Singapore were slapped down by the president
and his spokesmen who claimed the story was a
Western plant . Now , it turns out , the story was
true . Mugabe had undergone a procedure while
in Singapore , albeit a minor one .
On the front page of the same edition of the
Sunday Mail last Sunday was a picture of eye
specialist Dr Solomon Guramatunhu examining
a patient . Dr Guramatunhu is one of the finest
eye specialists, not only in the country but in the
region. Patients referred to eye specialists in
Johannesburg have often been asked what they
are doing there when Zimbabwe has somebody
of Dr Guramatunhu ’ s skills.
So we should ask , in this era of indigenisation ,
why President Mugabe chooses to have his eyes
attended to in Singapore instead of Zimbabwe ?
And if we got it right on that one , would
Mugabe’ s spokesmen like to comment on
whether he was treated by a urologist on a
previous trip to Malaysia , another story that was
shot down by the president ’ s staff . We seem to
recall a sanctions dimension to that one !
Still on the subject of stories that have
generated interest , can somebody comment on
the president ’ s proposed trip to Ecuador .
At the time of his visit to the UN General
Assembly in New York in September , Mugabe ’ s
spokesman said a proposed visit to Anglican
Archbishop Crespo in Ecuador would have to be
postponed to December . Now it is February and
there is no sign of the trip .
Crespo , we should remind ourselves , is a
schismatic prelate who like his friend Nolbert
Kunonga has no formal connection to the
Anglican church but postures a great deal . He
visited Zimbabwe to show support for Kunonga
last year .
Can we have some clarification on plans for the
return trip which seem to have evaporated !
Meanwhile , Chinese Foreign minister Yang Jiechi
has been visiting Zimbabwe telling everybody
that sanctions should be dropped and the West
told to mind its own business.
Shouldn ’ t the Chinese be told to mind their own
business? Sanctions were imposed because of
serious misrule . If the Chinese want to associate
themselves with that delinquency and
consequent suffering of Zimbabweans they can .
But they should not expect the next government
of Zimbabwe to be as friendly towards them as
this one .
They have currently locked up a Nobel Laureate
simply because he advocated support for those
clauses in China ’ s own constitution relating to
human rights.
We liked the reference in Monday’ s Business
Herald to China as an “ all-whether ( sic ) friend ” .
The author was equally wide of the mark on
who owns what in the UK.
“ If you go to London the majority of the shops
there are owned by the British …” columnist
Kurai Masenyama declared . He has obviously
never been to London.
Here is a test for him: Who owned the largest
and most prestigious department store in
London up to last year ? And who owns it now ?
We were amused to read a story in the Sunday
Mail headed “ Chiefs to engage Queen Elizabeth
over sanctions ” .
Chief Fortune Charumbira who is now calling
himself royal , said the chiefs’ council would be
sending a high level delegation to the UK to
persuade the Queen to help end sanctions .
“ The delegation will be dispatched to the UK and
other European countries where there are royal
institutions as soon as possible ,” Charumbira
said .
This illustrates the ignorance of the chiefs.
Queen Elizabeth and other European heads of
state act on the advice of their ministers . They
would certainly not be prepared to meet
partisan chiefs who want to adopt a policy that
is calculated to damage Zimbabwe’ s recovery .
Nor would they support a policy that is designed
to deceive the Zimbabwean electorate.
In fact they would not get past the gate at
Buckingham Palace . Who is advising them with
this nonsense? There will be no engagement in
London until there is engagement here . And
that ’ s a long way off as the events of this week
demonstrate .
The Herald ’ s Masenyama told us that : “ With Cde
Ignatious Chombo already in the trenches
fighting anti -people programmes championed
by MDC-led councils throughout the country ,
Minister Kasukuwere should also take his gloves
off and step into the ring. ”
And what about you Cde Masenyama ,
promoting this belligerent agenda? Are you
going to step into the ring or leave the fighting
to Zanu PF ’ s gang of hoodlums who have been
attacking Town House and other places around
the city? When push comes to shove we will find
these brave Zanu PF pugilists are essentially
cowards .
Muckraker was reading a sports story in the
Chronicle on Monday headed “ Zim crash out of
CHAN ” about the defeat of the Warriors in
Khartoum. It all seemed rather familiar . That ’ s
perhaps because it was. The Chronicle had lifted
word for word a NewsDay story headed
“ Warriors Out ” carried on the paper’ s back
The Chronicle simply attributed their story to
“ Online” . But they failed to say it was our
Online! They are now claiming they got it from
TalkZimbabwe who in turn got it from us.
This is a very serious case of plagiarism and we
wait with interest to see how the Chronicle’ s
editor explains it . At least we know now how
the Herald “ rules the roost”!
The Sunday Times tells us that Jacob Zuma ’ s
state of the nation speech to parliament this
year was a marked improvement on last year ’ s
presentation. One reason why it was so well
received was Zuma ’ s reference to things that
mattered to his listeners . For instance he
promised to deal with the potholes
mushrooming all over Johannesburg . ANC
Mayor Masondo has been pretending they don’ t
exist. But visitors from Cape Town can
immediately see the difference .
And in this connection , we congratulate the
Harare City authorities for bringing order to the
streets of Harare with the EasiPark project . This
is something that needed doing years ago.
The visit to Zimbabwe by China ’ s Foreign
minister Yang Jiechi ( referred to above ) was a
sign that Zimbabwe was not a pariah state but
was engaging with a global heavyweight .
These were the sentiments of media analyst and
practitioner Caesar Zvayi on ZTV on Monday .
“ The visit came at a time ,” says Zvayi , “ when the
West is trying to punish Zimbabwe in the EU
meeting to review the illegal sanctions . ”
According to Zvayi the visit served to show that
China was engaging with Zimbabwe whilst the
West was trying to isolate it.
Apparently Jiechi had claimed that Zimbabwe
was “ China ’ s biggest partner in Southern Africa” ,
something the gullible state media swallowed
hook , line , and sinker . The fact that Zimbabwe
was just one of a number of countries being
visited seemed to escape their notice . Instead
there was a pathetic attempt to portray
President Mugabe as the author of the “ Look
East ” policy which other African countries were
now trying to follow .
The desperation to be seen as China ’ s foremost
partner in the region was underscored by
Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe
Mumbengegwi’ s “ paying tribute to the fact that
his Chinese counterpart chose Zimbabwe as his
first port of call on his six African nation tour” .
Yet when Chinese President Hu Jintao visited
Africa in 2007 he visited Zambia , Namibia ,
Mozambique and Seychelles and strangely
managed to overlook China ’ s “ biggest partner in
Southern Africa” . Are we missing something
here ?
Heroes’ Acre continues to lose its lustre as the
family of former Zipra intelligence chief Cornius
Nhloko, who died last Wednesday , requested
that he be buried at his rural home in Silobela.
Added to this the family of the late liberation
war stalwart Tenjiwe Lesabe who died last
Friday had already indicated they would not
have her buried at the national shrine. Instead ,
the family said she would be laid to rest at her
farm in Fort Rixon.
Didymus Mutasa, Zanu- PF secretary for
administration, said the Politburo and President
Mugabe had concurred that she had immensely
contributed to the liberation struggle .
“ We could not confer her national heroine
status , which was her rightful status because
she was not consistent when she joined Zapu
led by Dabengwa ,” said Mutasa.
“ When you become a member of Zanu -PF , a
revolutionary party , you need to be consistent
and by joining Zapu , that was deemed not to be
consistent .
Zapu members are still part and parcel of Zanu
PF because of the agreement that we signed
and nobody should go against that agreement ,”
said Mutasa.
Once again Mutasa showed that he and his
colleagues in Zanu PF cannot differentiate
between party and national issues . Luckily most
Zimbabweans now see the process for what it
is; a Zanu PF affair and want nothing to do with
it. A party , a former ruling one for that matter,
cannot continue to impose the definition of who
is a hero and who is not . It is ultimately up to
the people to decide who is a hero.
And Didymus, by the way, is definitely not one .

Friday , 18 February 2011 10 : 01

MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai has
indicated that he is unlikely to take part in
elections that are due to be held later this year .
In a meeting with a business delegation from
Germany yesterday , Mr Tsvangirai – who is
Prime Minister in the inclusive Government –
said he would not participate in any election
that President Mugabe calls this year .
President Mugabe has the constitutional autho-
rity to dissolve Parliament and call an election at
any time .
” MDC-T ‘ s position is that elections should be
free and fair and we will make sure that
elections are not contested like 2008.
” The country should wait for the completion of
the constitution -making process .
” However , I think you know the people we are
dealing with , they are very unpredictable .
” Should ( President ) Mugabe try to unilaterally
declare elections , we will not be part of it . We
are not prepared to go for a contested election
again,” he said.
Observers have for months pointed out that
MDC-T is not willing to go to the polls because
they have no confidence in how they will
President Mugabe has indicated that he is not
prepared to remain as head of an inclusive
Government beyond mid-2011 because of his
partners ‘ insincerity . PM Tsvangirai yesterday
also defended Zimbabwe ‘s indigenisation
policies , saying the citizenry should benefit from
its resources ahead of foreigners .
” Zimbabwe is endowed with mineral resources
which are meant to benefit every Zimbabwean
wi-thout segregation on race or creed.
” White Zimbabweans are not and will not be
seg -regated , they also have rights just like
majority blacks but historically blacks were
marginalised thus we are trying to correct that .
” Blacks , as the majority, must benefit from their
own resources. “
Oddly though, PM Tsvangirai made no mention
of the contentious issue of sanctions in his
meeting with the Germans .
The meeting was held two days after the
European Union extended sanctions on
Zimbabwe for another year , a move analysts
said was a way of trying to influence this year ‘s
elections in MDC-T ‘s favour .
The lack of mention of sanctions in the meeting
was also odd considering that Germany ‘s
Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Albrecht Conze ,
who was present, had this week said some
members of the EU were questioning the
embargo’ s legality .
Zanu- PF and MDC have both slammed the
emba -rgo , while MDC-T has remained quiet
since the announcement on Tuesday .
Yesterday, MDC- T secretary -general Mr Tendai
Biti was not reachable for comment while
spokes-person Mr Nelson Chamisa said he was
in South Africa and could not say anything at
Minister of State in the PM ‘s Office , Mr Jameson
Timba was also not reachable , as was PM
Tsvangirai’ s spokesman , Mr Luke Tamborinyoka.

Published by the government of Zimbabwe
The herald

The MDC dismisses as malicious
and unfounded State media
reports that President Morgan
Tsvangirai was yesterday set to
address MDC youths and rank
Marshalls at the Harare City
Council ’ s Town House resulting
in the police sealing off the
place .
Fictitious news items published
by The Herald and broadcast by
the Zimbabwe Broadcasting
Corporation last night and today
are a clear reflection of Zanu
PF ’ s desperation to distance
itself from its lawless elements ,
who taking advantage of police
partisanship, to cause mayhem
in Harare ’ s high density suburbs
and at the city council ’ s Town
House offices almost on a daily
If the role of the media in a
civilised society requires that
they provide a first draft of a
nation’ s history, then the
audacity and insincerity of the
State media to openly
manufacture falsehoods in a
forlorn attempt to defame
President Tsvangirai and to
smear the MDC shows their
dismal failure to serve the
The State media sector has
scaled heights in believing in
their own and Zanu PF lies . For
the record, President Tsvangirai ,
as per schedule , spent his time
at work at the party’ s
headquarters, Harvest House,
and never planned to visit and
meet with anyone .
Business came to a halt at the
Town House and surrounding
areas yesterday because Zanu
PF youths , visible in their Zanu
PF T -shirts , besieged Town
House for unexplained reasons.
Instead of being charged for
disrupting the council’ s
legitimate business, the police
assigned a riot unit to simply
block them from entering the
premises. No arrests were made
even when it was clear that a
crime was committed in the full
view of the Zimbabwe Republic
The Herald and ZBC refused to
see Zanu PF hoodlums for who
they were . Instead , they
hatched a poor media spin and
blamed President Tsvangirai and
the MDC for the actions of thugs
from the former ruling party ’ s
stable. From experience,
Zimbabweans know that if the
MDC youths had assembled at
Town House or anywhere in
Zimbabwe without express
authority, riot police would have
descended onto them with
lightning speed , beat them to
the pulp and driven them into
police cells . There is no way
that President Tsvangirai or the
MDC will abuse council offices
which are under the control of
the party to meet rank
marshals. For many years , that
kind of behaviour has been
associated with Zanu PF .
The MDC is a Party of Excellence
and will never engage in any
form of violence . However , no
amount of The Herald ’ s
propaganda will camouflage the
drama that took place at the
Town House yesterday and last
month as it happened before
hundreds of Harare residents
and council workers . Further , it
is not a secret that Zanu PF has
never denied its involvement in
these disruptive activities .
The MDC restates its position
that the doomsday cults and
authors of disorder in Zanu PF
will not stop the national
project of bringing real change
to the people of Zimbabwe .

Written by MDC Information &
Publicity Department
Thursday , 03 February 2011
11 : 24