Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- The
Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) has launched
investigations into allegations of sexual harassment
of workers at the Department of Immigration Control.
Employees in the government department in March
demonstrated against alleged sexual harassment of
female members by the organization’s top brass.
In a notice published Thursday, ZGC chairperson
Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe invited purported
victims and witnesses to come forward with their
"Further to the above notice, an invitation is
hereby given to any victims or witnesses to any acts
of sexual harassment within the Department of
Immigration to furnish the Zimbabwe Gender
Commission with written complaints, witnesses’
statements and any other supporting documents or
evidence which can assist in the investigation. Oral
hearings will commence thereafter on dates to be
advised by the commission," she said.
The Department of Immigration Control has since
refuted the allegations saying that these were being
peddled by disgruntled former employees.
Principal director Clemence Masango said the
claims were false and that the former workers
peddling the allegations had been dismissed from the
service through disciplinary procedure.
Apart from the allegations of sexual harassment,
the employees also alleged deep rooted corruption
and abuse of office by top department bosses in the
Zimbabwe health minister David Parirenyatwa
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua)
-- Former Zimbabwe health
minister David Parirenyatwa was arrested and
appeared in court Thursday facing charges of
criminal abuse of office.
He was granted 500 U.S. dollars bail.
The state’s case is that in June this year, when
Parirenyatwa was still a minister, he abused his
position as a public officer when he directed the
transfer of the boss of state-run National
Pharmaceutical Company, Natpharm, to the ministry
and for the boss to be replaced by his crony from
The state alleges that this move resulted in
Natpharm being prejudiced of funds through double
payment of salaries for the same position.
Parirenyatwa is among ministers in former
president Robert Mugabe’s government that were
dropped from President Mnangagwa’s current cabinet
that was announced last week.
He joins several other former ministers in
Mugabe’s government that have been arrested for
corruption since Mnangagwa assumed office in
November last year.
In July, former energy minister Samuel Undenge
was jailed for an effective two and half years for
corruption, becoming the first minister to be jailed
by Mnangagwa’s government.
Mnangagwa has promised to crack down on
corruption as part of efforts to turn around the
fortunes of the under-performing economy.
Speaker of Parliament apologizes to
Chief Justice after opposition legislators
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua)
-- Speaker of the
Parliament of Zimbabwe Jacob Mudenda has apologized
to Chief Justice Luke Malaba and Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba
after they were verbally heckled by opposition
MDC-Alliance legislators on Tuesday.
Chigumba had gone to Parliament for the election
of presiding officers for both the Senate and the
National Assembly, while Malaba went separately to
swear in the newly elected presiding officers in
terms of the Constitution.
However, the opposition legislators in the
National Assembly shouted that the two had stolen
the presidential election in which President
Emmerson Mnangagwa prevailed over their leader
Chamisa appealed for the nullification of the
result alleging rigging by both ZEC and Mnangagwa.
However, the court, led by Malaba, ruled in
Mnangagwa and ZEC’s favor, prompting the opposition
to allege that the judiciary had been compromised.
In a statement published Thursday, Mudenda said
Malaba, as head of the third arm of the State,
should be accorded the respect due to his office and
the entire judiciary.
Chigumba is also a member of the judiciary where
she is a judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe.
"The behavior was uncalled for and should be
condemned in the strongest possible terms," he said,
urging parliamentarians to be at the forefront of
protecting the Constitution by respecting the
dignity of State institutions.
Mudenda was re-elected Speaker while his former
deputy Mabel Chinomona was elected President of the
Zimbabwe government declare cholera outbreak
state of emergency