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Zimbabwe probe sexual harassment claims against Immigration

HARARE 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 evidence.

"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 department.


Former Zimbabwe health minister David Parirenyatwa arrested

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 ministry.

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.


Zimbabwean Speaker of Parliament apologizes to
Chief Justice after opposition legislators heckle him

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 Nelson Chamisa.

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 Senate.


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