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  • Implementation matrix for 24 agreed inclusive government issues – Bill Watch 33/2010
    Veritas
    August 30, 2010

    Issue

    Agreed action

    Implementation mechanisms

    Timeframe

    1. Sanctions

    Immediate Implementation of the Sanctions Removal Strategy

    1. Party Leaders, Executive Party Organs and other lower levels of the three Political Parties.

    2.  Cabinet Re-Engagement Committee

    On a continuous basis

    2. Media issues

    1. Regularisation of the BAZ Board.

    2.  Appointment of new ZBC Board.

    3. Constituting the Media Trust

    1.  Minister of Media, Information and Publicity

    2. Parliamentary Standing Rules and Orders Committee.

    3. Principals

    Within a month

    3. External radio stations

    To call upon foreign governments hosting, funding and relaying pirate radio stations to stop interference in the internal affairs of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

    1. JOMIC

    2. Cabinet Re-engagement Committee

    Within a month

     

    4. Hate speech in the media

    To direct the media to support all agreed government programmes and put a stop to attacks against ministers implementing such programmes

    1. Vice President John Nkomo, on behalf of the leadership of government.

    2. Minister of Media, Information and Publicity.

    3. Media Council

    4. JOMIC

    On a continuous basis

    5. Rule of law, state security organs and institutions

    To ensure that the Commissioner-General of Police, state security organs and Attorney-General comply with Articles 11 and 13 of the GPA.

    1. Security Ministers

    2. National Security Council

    3. The principals

    4. Entire Leadership of political parties

    On a continuous basis

    6. Review of ministerial allocations (i.e. Co-ministering of ministry of home affairs)

    For the maintenance of cohesion and progress, the status quo must be maintained, but continuously monitored.

    Principals

    Periodic assessment to be made

    7. Land audit

    Appointment of an inclusive and balanced Land Audit Commission.

    1. Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement

    2. Cabinet Committee on Resettlement and Development (CRD)

    3. Cabinet

    4. Principals

    Within a month’s time

    8. Land tenure systems

    1. Emphasis to be placed on a lease-hold system that guarantees security of tenure and collateral value of land, without reversing the land reform programme.

    2. Need for creativity in establishing a tenure system for the country, taking into account the different circumstances of communal land, A1 land, A2 land and other land tenure systems.

    1. Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement

    2. Cabinet Committee on Rural Resettlement (CRD)

    3. Cabinet

    Within two months’ time

    9. Electoral vacancies

    To extend Article 21.1 (provision not to contest each other) to cover the entire duration of the inclusive government

    1. JOMIC

    2. Political Parties

    3. Principals

    On a periodic basis

    10. Cabinet and council of ministers’ rules, guidelines and procedures

    Leadership of the inclusive government endorsed Cabinet and Council of Ministers’ Rule, Guidelines and Procedures as agreed by the negotiators.

    Cabinet office to circularise the Rules, Guidelines and Procedures

    Immediately

    11. Ministerial mandates: (assignment of acts)

    Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet and Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office to meet and submit report on the issue to the Leadership of the Inclusive Government.

    Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet and Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office.

    Within a month

    12. Transport arrangements for principals

    Administrative arrangements for the Prime Minister’s fleet to be rectified

    Office of the President and Cabinet

    Department of National Security

    Immediately

     

    13. Security aides for the prime minister  and deputy prime ministers

    To speed up the process of vetting, training and engagement of security personnel for Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers.

    Minister of State for National Security in the President’s Office

    Immediately

    14. Parallel government

    The allegation of a “parallel government” to be continuously monitored and evaluated

    JOMIC

    Continuously

    15. External interference

    To condemn in unison any external interferences as and when they occur.

    1. Leadership of the three Political Parties

    2. Cabinet Re-Engagement Committee

    Continuously

    16. National economic council (NEC)

    To expedite the establishment of NEC

    1. Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion

    2. Cabinet

    3. Leadership of Government

    Within a month

    17. Constitutional commissions

    Expedite the regularization of Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and appointment of Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission

    1. Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs

    2. SROC

    3. Principals

    Immediately

    18. National heroes

    Expedite adoption of non-partisan and inclusive principles and framework designation of National Heroes.

    1.Cabinet Committee on Honours and Awards

    2.Cabinet

    Within two months

    19. Role and position of the permanent secretary for media, information and publicity who is also the presidential spokesperson

    Ensure that the Permanent Secretary is apolitical

    1. Chairman of the Public Service Commission and

    2. Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet.

    Immediately

    20. Constitutional Amendment No.19

    The full text of Constitutional Amendment No. 19 as approved by Parliament should be gazetted and signed.

    Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs

    Immediately

    21. Interference with the right to freedom of association and assembly

    To reaffirm the right to freely organize political activities.

    1. Commissioner–General of ZRP

    2. Co-Ministers of Home Affairs.

    Immediately

    22. Role and funding of NGOs

    Government should determine priority areas for donor assistance.

    1. Cabinet Aid Coordination Committee (CAC)

    Immediately

    23. MDTF and selective funding of ministries by donors

    Government should improve aid coordination and achieve budget support.

    1. Cabinet Committee on Aid Coordination

    2. Cabinet

    Immediately

    24. Amendments to the Electoral Act

    Legislation to be completed

    1. Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs

    2. Cabinet

    3. Parliament

    Immediately

    Comment

    Some “agreed actions” seem inconclusive; for example:

    • Issue 11, Ministerial Mandates [assignment of Acts]: the agreed action is the preparation by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet and the Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office within a month of a report and its submission to the leadership of the Inclusive Government. This merely puts off resolution of the issue for an indefinite period. 
    • Issue 4, Hate Speech in the Media: the agreed action avoids the real problem by calling for a directive to the media to support all agreed government programmes and put a stop to attacks against Ministers implementing such programmes. Criticising a government programme or the work of a Minister is not an accepted definition of hate speech, so this item avoids the problem of the use of hate speech which may incite violence, and raises the question of whether this directive is aimed at curbing legitimate criticism in the independent media.

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