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CCC Accuses ZANU PF Of Abusing Police After Prohibition Of Tree Panting Event

CCC Accuses ZANU PF Of Abusing Police After Prohibition Of Tree Panting Event

The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has accused ZANU PF of abusing the police after its leader, Nelson Chamisa, was blocked from launching a national tree-planting programme this Thursday in Gutu.

CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said ZANU PF is scared of the opposition, adding that they will challenge the prohibition by the police in court. Said Mahere:

Our lawyers are challenging the illegal prohibition. Zanu PF must stop abusing the police. It is not a crime to plant trees! Varikukwata! (They are scared).

Police in Masvingo invoked the Maintenance of Peace & Order Act to ban a tree planting day activity organised by CCC member Lloyd Mupfudze in ward 4, Gutu, where Chamisa was expected to preside.

In a letter addressed to Mupfudze, Chief Superintendent Taurai Joackim Mambure, who is the Regulating Authority for Masvingo East Police District, said the tree-planting-day event cannot go ahead because another political party had already notified them of its intention to hold a political meeting in the same ward.

Mambure warned CCC that failure to comply with the prohibition will have serious consequences like imprisonment.

CCC says its mass tree planting day event seeks to promote reforestation and afforestation in the countryside to ensure that communities protect the environment.

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*MPs grill minister over power crisis, scorn authorities for bungling*

HARARE – Energy and Power Development minister Soda Zhemu was Wednesday taken to task by legislators over alleged mismanagement of the country’s power supply situation with opposition MP Charlton Hwende taking it further to demand his sacking.

Hwende’s CCC counterpart Willias Madzimure also called the minister to explain why President Emmerson Mnangagwa has failed on his 2018 election campaign promises to glut the entire nation with endless energy.

Zimbabwe is experiencing probably its worst power crisis since Mnangagwa took over 2017 with consumers going for up to 18 hours a day without the critical resource.

Zhemu on Wednesday brought a ministerial statement to try and clarify the situation on the ground, coupled with measures being placed by government to remedy the crisis.

But that did not spare the minister the missiles by MPs across the political divide who felt government allowed the country’s recurrent energy crisis to drag with no solutions in place while putting the lives and economic prospects of the nation in jeopardy.

In his statement, Zhemu repeated the familiar narrative that water levels at Kariba Dam have diminished due to reduced water inflows caused by the poor 2021-2022 rain season with power generation dropping to between 250 to 300 megawatts.

“This effectively resulted in loss of about 300 megawatts capacity on our grid, increasing our power deficit to over 500 megawatts,” he said.

Zhemu also said the country’s current power supply situation stood at 800MW with Hwange generating up to 400MW, Kariba 300MW and 30 MW from the small thermals.

Independent power producers are contributing a total of 56MW to make up for the 800MW while imports from Eskom of South Africa, Mozambique’s HCB and EDM as well as Zambia’s ZESCO totalled 300MW.

Zhemu outlined a slew of measures tailored to ramp up production and restore normalcy in the country’s power supply situation.

These include increasing imports to 500MW, increasing generation at Hwange Power Station, small thermal power stations, and independent power producers, among other remedial measures.

Legislators however took turns to harangue the minister for poor management of a critical national resource.

David Tekeshe asked the minister why load shedding targeted the prime hours of business during the day while being restored late at night when it is least needed.

Elias Musakwa asked why Zimbabwe’s power generation situation was worse than that of Zambia despite the neighbours both sharing Kariba dam as a source of power.

Hwende demanded the return of Fortune Chasi as minister in place of Zhemu whom he said was incompetent.

Madzimure took it to Mnangagwa.

“I would like to comment on the ruling party’s manifesto which relates and assured everyone that we would have access to electricity in five years…what happened to the adage, Magetsi ngwee?” he said.

Madzimure also protested the reinstatement of ZESA Executive Chairman Sydney Gata whom he said has also failed in his job.

In his response, Zhemu blamed Covid-19 outbreak for scuttling Mnangagwa’s plans to supply power to the whole nation.

“We did not fall far from the target. The gestation period from the onset of project up to completion requires a lot of years.  It so happened that during the years that we were planning, we had not foreseen that for one and half years, there will be no work due to the effects of COVID.  I believe that we are not way off the mark in terms of the completion of this particular power station,” he said.

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This is Zimbabwe ZANU PF >s the law. It uses state agents to gain political advantage over other parties. It use law to gain political mileage. ZANU is ZEC. ZANU is ZRP. ZANU is everything. You can't plant trees without the permission from ZANU. Hence the reason why the USA say Zimbabwe gvt must execute reforms


I can not believe that it is Godwin Matanga, the Police Commissioner General who is being used by politicians to fizzle out their contestants. This is shameful for a Police Commissioner General !!!!!

CCC Political Party leadership must take ZANU PF head on. They must appeal against these shinanigans by Police in a court of law.

ZANU PF have two reasons why they are frustrating CCC Political Party as they are doing. The want the CCC political party leadership to over react so that they arrest them.

Secondly, Police have been given instructions to notify CCC Political Party late so that they can not file opposition to the Police.


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