By A Correspondent- Police have arrested a Harare businessman and seized at least 113 driving licence discs that were due to be handed to aspiring drivers who paid US$250 each to be issued with the documents without undergoing the Vehicle Inspectorate Department (VID) tests.
Detectives arrested businessman Tendekai Madongorere and Julius Punungwe before seizing a number of documents which included:
113 fake driving licence discs and certificates of competence with names of aspiring drivers,
five fake defensive driving certificates,
five card printers used to produce the documents,
400 fake blank national identity cards,
one fake Zimra tax clearance certificate,
one fake deed of grant in respect of a Mufakose house,
29 copies of serialised birth record documents and nine copies of birth certificates.
A fake Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) identity card in the name of Madongorere
fake Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) identity cards bearing the names of Innocent Kayo, Edmund Mhere and Tichaona Chijwanha.
fake Covid-19 essential staff cards,
fake Cambridge O-Level and A-Level certificates,
a desktop computer,
three fake diploma certificates, and other dubious papers.
Three months ago, The Herald carried an investigative story in which fraudsters were advertising on social media that they can facilitate the issuance of driving licences within hours.
Madongorere (48) is a director of Impact Designs Private Limited which operates in Harare’s central business district while Punungwe (47) is unemployed.
Police established from interviewing the 113 people whose names appeared on the fraudulent driving licence documents that they had paid US$250 each for the discs.
The people in question, are expected to give evidence as State witnesses in the trial of the two suspects.
Detectives at Chitungwiza Police Station received information that some fraudsters were printing forged official documents selling them to people in Harare and Chitungwiza.
The police arrested Madongorere who then implicated Punungwe who was subsequently arrested.
The two are in custody, having lost two freedom bids at Chitungwiza Magistrates’ Court and the High Court.
They are now back at Chitungwiza Court with a fresh freedom bid dubbed “application for bail pending trial on changed circumstances”.
A magistrate is yet to determine the application.-statemedia
By Valerie Karimakwenda MDC Alliance UK And Ireland Youth Assembly Organising Secretary
Violence, unleashed by ZANU PF, to force Zimbabweans to give it legitimacy, through the ballot box, from as early 2000s has failed dismally.
So did other machinations of ZANU PF, such as lawfare, state capture, a resistance to devolution, conjoining of the three arms of the State, partisan distribution of desperately needed food, among others.
The opposition, thanks to its remarkably resilience, it has trounced all ZANU PF efforts to evolve into a one party state.
Defections by disillusioned opposition officials, attempts to capture and influence urban local services and their subsequent, will be naturally abortive.
They will miscarry on the basis of the fact that, the political apathy that ZANU PF rode at the expense of economic development and growth is now exhausted, hence the desperate attempts stated above.
ZANU PF under Emmerson Mnangagwa has the erroneous assumption that sponsoring defections, cajoling them to jump ship and join ZANU PF will translate to mass exodus of loyal opposition supporters who have suffered the brunt of a repressive and human rights violating security system.
ZANU PF will be disappointed. Those who defect are nothing but career politicians. Men and women who are sellouts to the struggle against tyranny.
They don’t serve the people. The defections only serve to brighten their colors, colors of betrayal.
The people in their respective constituencies, most of them who suffered from Zanu Pf exclusionary arm twisting tactics such as partisan distribution of food, will not suddenly follow the defectors.
Communities are yet to heal from these divisive and coercive machinations, and joining ZANU PF, following the traitors because they, the defectors love money or power the people denied them through Congress is ample testimony.
ZANU PF thinks that Zimbabweans have intelligence of donkeys, as such, a capture of local urban government operations such as water supply and refuse collection will be such an avenue for a landslide victory, come the 2023 elections. Zimbabweans are well aware of the economic mismanagement and rot that had been presided over by ZANU PF. The people know that ZANU PF flaunts their wealth in their faces, meant for them. For instance, Chiwenga’s brazen opulence of having a mansion valued in millions of American dollars, at the same time being a minister of health running a broken health system, without critical drugs, equipment and infrastructure, to the extent of seeking Chinese medical attention is proof that ZANU PF attempts to capture the local government operations are vain and satisfyingly, futile.
A president who gives a permit to colonial Chinese exploit, without recourse or conscience, natural resources of communities in Hwange is an example of ZANU PF insincerity and lack of empathy for the common and no longer unusual or sacred suffering of Zimbabweans under the yoke of Zimbabweans. The same president who gives more than $20000 USD to a foreign country for construction of a school in a foreign country, while neglecting run down and dilapidated rural schools infrastructure, is the president Zimbabweans know, hence their choice in the people centered opposition, their choice that ZANU PF thinks it can circumvent, by capturing the operations of urban councils.
The people know better, the opposition remains unfazed.
Age limits and so called Patriot bills targeting the opposition, seeking genuine change that is pro-people is another bout of ZANU PF plans destined to miscarry spectacularly. For one, there is nothing patriotic about ZANU PF. There is nothing patriotic about a president who hires a private jet while people are dying in large numbers in hospitals owing to lack of crucial equipment. There is nothing patriotic about a president who has a stake in a company that removes people from their ancestral lands for profit not is there anything patriotic about a first family that awards itself a multi-million tender, unprodecurally at that. ZANU PF has no grounds to legitimately bar the opposition from contesting elections it is favored to win, that having said, ZANU PF is the most unpatriotic collective in history of politics.
In conclusion, all of ZANU PF attempts to derail the opposition have hit the amazing brick wall of opposition resilience, supported by an unwavering public, that is no longer largely apathetic, hence the barrage of donkey brained schemes by ZANU PF. The opposition will continue to be the people’s choice of their consent, and the same opposition will remain the sole custodian of popular will and legitimacy.
By A Correspondent | Kembo Mohadi’s wife, greeted ZimEye with a loud chuckle Tuesday morning after receiving good news that the man who once nearly axed her to death, has been forced to resign.
“”Alright, thank you, I am in a meeting,” Senator Tambudzani said, soon after a loud, long chuckle, while acknowledging the congrats message.
Senator Tambudzani endured one of the worst treatments against women in Zimbabwe, when her husband in front of police officers held an axe against her body as he openly defied a High Court order.
The violence was reported by the police officers who the then Vice President had taken to his wife’s house, to abuse her and seize property items she was awarded in a divorce settlement.
Mohadi was one of the country’s most powerful men who not only serviced in the Presidium, but was at one time the state security minister, heading the nation’s entire security apparatus.
Mohadi finally stepped down after an undercover meeting of spouses of Vice Presidents was staged for State House on Monday morning leading to the Vice President being fired. He was forced to resign following his string of affairs with several women, who include teenage school kids, and last Thursday, ZimEye’s Simba Chikanza organised for one of his lovers, taken when she was an A Level student, to get ready to travel over to State House for the meeting. She was directed to contact the President’s office for all her needs. The victim was also told to contact lawyers who can assist her. The highly charged telephonic conversations are replayed below.
A South African family in the small town of Verulam was almost wiped out by Covid-19 in a matter of weeks, leaving just their daughter fighting for her life.
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday about beating the second wave but that morning, Cynthia Chitray, 71, and her son Dean Chitray, 42, were found dead in their Brindhaven home.
They were in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19.
On Thursday, the daughter, who asked not to be named to avoid stigmatisation, was discharged from a Pietermaritzburg hospital where she had been on a ventilator and in intensive care due to the virus.
She is at home but continues to require a supplementary oxygen supply.
The first family member who contracted Covid-19 and passed away was Sam Chitray, 71, the father, who the family suspected contracted it from a hospital check-up for a kidney disorder about three weeks ago.
A family member told the Sunday Tribune that his uncle’s health began to deteriorate after his check up and was subsequently admitted to hospital.
“His daughter visited him before he was admitted to see how his check up went, and that is when we believe she contracted the virus. Her husband also tested positive. The health department visited the family to do contact tracing, testing and to place them into quarantine,” he said.
He said Sam died last week Friday and his funeral was conducted on Tuesday according to Covid -19 protocols.
Sam Chitray received a Covid-19 burial on Tuesday after passing away last Friday. Picture: Supplied. “Dean and Cynthia were cremated on Wednesday after investigations into their deaths were conducted. We were told there was no foul play or signs of a burglary. I actually phoned Dean on Sunday evening to ask how he and his mum were doing, and he said they were doing fine, but his mum was asleep. It was discovered that she had died 12 hours before Dean, who was found on the couch in the living room,” he said.
The daughter was the sole survivor.
The family member said when she learnt of her father’s passing, it crushed her, and that was why they delayed breaking the news about her brother and mother.
“That stress and heartbreak worsened her condition and caused her to require ventilation. We kept the news from her about her mum and brother for as long as we could so she could be as strong as possible. That is also why we requested the statement of a Verulam security company to be taken off of Facebook,” he said.
A concern the family had were the various conspiracy theories formulated by the community around the deaths.
“We want the record to be set straight. There were no murders or suicides. It was Covid-19. The family is suffering a great loss, and the daughter is still fighting to regain her strength. It has been a nightmare, but one we are trying our best to get through. Right now, she needs as much love and support as possible, so that is what we are giving her.”
The government of Zimbabwe recently spent millions of dollars on luxury cars for senior officials while complaining of sanctions and claiming to be the reason behind the deepening economic collapse that has plunged citizens into profound hardship.
The new cars, including dozens of Range Rovers and Toyota pick-up trucks worth more than $40,000, were distributed to ambassadors and senior civil servants.
Analysts say the move constitutes a new effort to shore up support for the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took power after the military coup that ousted Robert Mugabe in 2017.
Dozens of luxury models are also believed to have been distributed to senior army officers, while junior ranks have received more modest vehicles. The total cost has not been disclosed but some of the purchases have been confirmed by ministers in answers to parliamentarians.
Sibusiso Moyo, Zimbabwe’s foreign minister, told the parliamentary foreign affairs committee that new vehicles had been delivered to all Zimbabwe’s 50 diplomatic envoys and some other staff.
In another parliamentary hearing, the head of Zimbabwe’s health services board confirmed that commissioners recently took delivery of Range Rover Discoveries worth around $50,000 each. Paulinus Sikosana said the distribution was standard practice for senior bureaucrats.
Currently, thousands of nurses, doctors, and teachers are on strike in protest at working conditions, a lack of protective equipment and low salaries.
Mnangagwa has blamed the economic malaise on sanctions and some unnamed “political detractors”.
“What’s unusual about the expenditure [on luxury cars] is that it comes when the government is under siege financially. It looks like a desperate effort to scaffold their support. The real challenge for Mnangagwa is that the policy of patronage and plunder means significant reform is impossible,” said Piers Pigou, an analyst with the International Crisis Group.
ZIMBABWE Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner General Godwin Matanga says demonstrations which are being planned for July 31 are illegal and warned that law enforcement agents are ready to enforce the law.
The ZRP chief urged Zimbabweans to disregard the anti-government protests saying they are illegal and not in line with COVID-19 regulations announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“My advice on the so called demos is that people should stay safe at their homes and observe all COVID-19 measures, the police will be ready to deal with anyone found breaching the regulations,” Commissioner General Matanga said.
Turning to enforcing Covid-19 regulations, the ZRP chief assured the public that ZUPCO has been engaged to provide transport in line with the current dusk-to-dawn curfew.
“For people who will be leaving their workplace after 15:00 hours, and find it difficult to secure transport, we are engaging ZUPCO so that enough buses are availed to ferry people home on time to avoid being caught during curfew times,” he said
The call for the public to desist from engaging in illegal demonstrations comes as the police are clamping down on perceived organisers of the demonstration.
HARARE Mayor Herbert Gomba, who is facing criminal abuse of office charges, has been remanded in custody until tomorrow for his bail application.
He appeared before Magistrate Bianca Makwande.
Gomba was picked by police on Monday night on charges related to land scams. Head of the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (Sacu) Mr Thabani Mpofu said Gomba’s related land scams that have rocked the city.
In some of the charges, he is being jointly charged with other top council officials who have already been arrested. Harare has seen a batch of officials, two at the top director level, arrested.
The charges emanate from allegations that 150 stands were created in Kuwadzana from open spaces and sold for private gain, along with more stands in other areas. There are further allegations that police officers ranging in rank from constable to assistant commissioner, and a chief public prosecutor, did not push forward with investigations and prosecutions of some of the suspects and were paid off with stands in Westlea.
The police officers and public prosecutor have since been arrested and appeared in court. City of Harare officials arrested over the last few weeks and have appeared in court on corruption charges include the housing director Addmore Nhekairo, who is facing a charge of criminal abuse of office that arises from his approval of the Westlea stands allocation.
He was denied bail on Monday.
Acting human resources director Matthew Marara and principal housing director Edgar Dzehonye, with other co-accused, also appeared in court and were denied bail. They were allegedly involved in the Kuwadzana land scam, prejudicing council of US$1 141 779.
Dzehonye is facing a charge of criminal abuse of office while Marara is facing a fraud charge along with Aaron Tayerera, the acting chief clerical officer.
Marara and Tayerera are charged with fraudulently selling council land in Strathaven for US$20 900 to an unsuspecting land seeker and pocketing the money.
The court refused bail citing significant risks that Marara and co-accused Tayerera would abscond and that Nhekairo would likely interfere with a crucial prosecution witness.
A senior MDC Alliance Official who contested in the 2018 general elections has defected to Zanu PF saying the opposition outfit is being led by selfish individuals whose mindset is retrogressive.
Zaka West national assembly candidate in the 2018 general elections, Dr William Zivenge and his campaign team have deserted the opposition outfit and joined Zanu PF.
Speaking at a Zanu PF inter-district meeting held in Zaka this Sunday, some of the new recruits said they joined the ruling party after realizing, “the opposition has nothing to offer the people, its all talk and no action in regards to uplifting the country an the livelihoods of citizens in general. This country is ours and it belongs to us, not Londoners,” said Dr Zivenge.
Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Chairman, Ezra Chadzamira said the ruling party is committed to improving livelihoods through developmental programs.
“The prodigal son has returned home and we welcome him saying the people’s party Zanu PF is about the betterment of people’s lives and we work in result-oriented frameworks,” said honorable Chadzamira.
Speaking at the same occasion, Chief Nhema expressed gratitude to the government for spearheading various developmental programs which are benefiting ordinary people.
The inter-district meeting deliberated on disseminating information on Covid-19 amid increasing local transmissions countrywide.
GOVERNMENT has rubbished a report published by CNBC, an American business news portal, alleging that security chiefs ordered the closure of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) and agent lines for mobile money transfers.
The report appeared in the publication on Friday.
In the report, CNBC alleged that security forces had “seized control of economic and financial policy” in the country.
Quoting one Robert Besseling, who is executive director of political risk consultancy, EXX Africa, the report also alleged private bank accounts are “likely to be raided to fund a bailout that is mostly benefiting politically-connected business allies of the Governing elite”.
Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mr Nick Mangwana, said there was no semblance of truth to the allegations.
“There is absolutely no truth in these unfounded allegations that the military was involved in the actions taken by Government against malpractices taking place on the ZSE as well as mobile money operations.
“The Ministry of Information (Publicity and Broadcasting Services) issued the statement explaining to the nation what was going on because we speak for Government. The ZDF has a Public Relations department. If they were behind this, they were going to issue their own statement,” he said.
Mr Mangwana said the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development have over the past few months been working diligently to address malpractices in the financial sector without any interference.
“In fact, both the RBZ Governor and the Minister of Finance were key in making that decision as they advised Government on what was going on,” he said.
Mr Mangwana also questioned Mr Besseling’s capacity to speak on Zimbabwe, saying his comments were biased and unqualified.
“Robert Besseling is not based in Zimbabwe and has not read into both our fiscal and monetary situations. He surely cannot speak authoritatively using idle gossip as intelligence.
“The notion that the RBZ will raid accounts is nonsensical. What accounts will be raided when everyone knows that forex accounts are liquidated every 30 days. So what will be raided?” he said.
The RBZ Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has in the past few months sharpened its teeth to deal with illicit financial activities plaguing the market.
In a recent statement, the FIU explained that its actions against the country’s dominant mobile money operator, EcoCash, were a result of extensive investigations.
“This was not an absolute ban, but simply required EcoCash to re-register, update and strengthen Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements for agents that transact high volumes, in line with Anti Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism laws.
“The move is meant to weed out illicit foreign currency dealers who are now the main drivers of high value/high volume transactions on the EcoCash platform, in the process destabilising and distorting the foreign currency market.
“FIU analysis shows that the majority of agent accounts are no longer being used for the purpose for which they were originally intended, such as cash-in, cash-out, sending money, airtime vending and facilitating payment of utility bills by clients,” read the statement.
Last week, the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Philip Valerio Sibanda, warned the private media against dragging the military into their political scheming.
His statement came at a time some online media publications alleged that the military was part of a deceitful plan by the opposition to effect regime change on July 31.
“These claims and assertions are the work of very fertile imagination of the authors of these articles, which members of the public should dismiss with the contempt they deserve. “They are aimed at unfairly using the security establishment to drum up support for their planned illegal anti-Government protests. It should be noted that, as a professional, loyal and patriotic Defence Force, the ZDF does not involve itself in anti-people activities that are designed to achieve anti-Government political and economic objectives by some malcontents within our citizenry,” General Sibanda said.
Villagers in Maphane Village, Ward 7 of Gwanda North have told ZimEye.com that they are living in fear after the mother to a Bulawayo man who died of Coronavirus last week sneaked back into the village.
The man who became Zim Covid-19 deaths case number 9 died in Bulawayo on Sunday last week after being diagnosed with Coronavirus.
According to the villagers, the mother was in Bulawayo with the family when her son passed on. Reports further indicate the widow has also since tested positive for the virus.
Efforts to get a comment from the Bulawayo Provincial Covid-19 task team are still underway.
ZIMBABWE needs to strengthen and refocus on measures it adopted at the beginning of the Covid-19-induced lockdown in March, if it is to avert a local transmission crisis, a senior Government official has said.
This comes as the country recorded another Covid-19-related death and 73 new cases yesterday. The total number of coronavirus cases now stands at 698, including eight deaths.
The deceased is a 21-year-old female with no history of travel and had co-morbidities.
Of the 73 new cases, 55 were returnees from South Africa, three each from Botswana and Mozambique, two from the United States, one each from Australia and Zambia, and eight local transmissions.
In an interview with The Sunday Mail yesterday, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro urged citizens to remain alert, continue practicing good hygiene and social distancing, as the country is set to experience a spike in local transmissions.
These have been on the rise lately, with the country recording 31 cases of local transmissions between June 18-19. The total number of Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 cases attributed to local transmissions is now 107, something that has seen authorities raising alarm.
According to Dr Agnes Mahomva, the Chief Coordinator of the National Response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as of Friday, 77 cases were directly linked to returnees while 22 were a result of community transmissions.
Experts attributed the rise in local transmissions to failure by many people to adhere to Level 2 lockdown measures and the increased mingling of locals and returnees over the past few weeks.
Issues of sanitation and hygiene, and the fact that the country is currently in the influenza season, have also been highlighted as worsening the situation.
Said Dr Mangwiro: “The upsurge is a sign that people are mixing up so we are saying let us stay at home where necessary and continue practicing hygiene, social distancing and correctly wearing face masks.
“For those that are coming from outside, they should adhere to quarantine measures and not mix with others before they are tested. This is a sign that we need to restrengthen and refocus on the measures that we had in the beginning.”
However, he was quick to say that presently there were no discussions of reverting back to strict lockdown measures.
“These issues need to be balanced, the economy and Covid-19, so we are saying at individual levels one must make it a priority to make sure they are protected and they protect their loved ones,” he said.
Zimbabwe is under Level 2 lockdown, where both formal and informal businesses have reopened. Restaurants have also been allowed to serve sit-in customers.
Epidemiologist, Dr Portia Manangazira also said the surge in transmission was expected due to water and sanitation infrastructure which is inadequate, as well as returnees.
“We were saved by the lockdown as this helped by keeping the number of transmissions low. However, we are noticing that water, sanitation and hygiene issues have become a major challenge and have contributed to the spike in local transmissions,” said Dr Manangazira.
“There is also the issue of returnees in quarantine centres. Some returnees are not adhering to regulations.
“Our treatment centres are also overwhelmed so all this can contribute to local transmissions. The rise in local transmission has also coincided with the influenza season. So we are expecting an increase — that is the reason why we need all hands to be on the deck.”
Dr Manangazira said people needed to look at how coronavirus cases jumped from the first 100 to 200, highlighting the demand for “tightening up”.
There were 58 new cases from June 28 to July 3.
Local transmissions rose above 100 on May 25, when 64 new cases were reported.
It took exactly a week for the cases to rise above 200 when the tally reached 204 on June 1. The next 100 cases, which took the case count to 314, were reached over an eight-day period to June 9.
It took another eight days for the cases to reach 401 on June 17.
When the cases were 567, 474 were imported, mainly from South Africa, Botswana and the UK, while 77 were local transmissions.
Dr Manangazira said Government recently carried out an assessment of high risk areas.
“With the help of WHO (World Health Organisation) we, for the past six to eight weeks, have been doing high risk assessments in areas of high respiratory and influenza like illnesses,” she said.
“Areas such as Matabeleland South were in the green, meaning they were low risk areas of influenza and respiratory illnesses. However, we have realised that they are hotspots for Covid-19 given the Beitbridge and Plumtree borders. So we will be on high alert in such areas.
“Another assessment being done by the Government on a number of households will also shed more light on transmission of the virus.”
Government will also conduct random sampling on 2 000 households in communities across the country.
Dr Mahomva, said the samples would be used to generalise the whole population.
“Just like most countries, we had challenges on testing and we could not test everyone in the country,” she said.
“So, sample testing will be used to generalise the positivity of coronavirus in Zimbabwe. It will be done in different communities in the country. We will use the sample to gauge how we have done as a country.”
Dr Mahomva said it was hoped that the sample would solve the conundrum of sporadic local transmission cases and give a clearer picture.
Zimbabwe recently allowed formal and informal sectors to operate, opening up places such as Mbare Musika, which normally has an influx of informal traders and their customers.
Relaxation of lockdown measures has also seen an increase of traffic into Central Business Districts (CBDs) in most towns and cities.
It is now 107 days since the country recorded its first coronavirus case on March 20. Overall by Friday Zimbabwe had done 75 485 tests – 43 373 RDT and 32 112 PCR.
Comparatively, in the Southern African region as at July 3, Zambia had recorded 1 632 cases with 30 deaths while South Africa had 168 061 cases and 2 844 deaths, and Mozambique had 918 cases and six deaths.
Namibia does not have any fatalities from the current 293 cases, while in Botswana one life has been lost from the 227 cases.
In Malawi, which eased lockdown measures to allow voting in the June 23 elections, the number of new Covid-19 cases has continued to increase with 417 new cases recorded since 22 June representing a 49 percent increase.
The MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa has condemned the recalling of its councillors by the MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe.
We present the party’s statement in full below.
The MDC Alliance condemns the recall of 4 Harare City Councilors by Minister July Moyo of Zanu Pf on the instruction of the MDCT.
This action is the first step toward the decimation of councils whose mandate comes from the will of the people.
We have noted that Zanu PF is stalling the holding of by-elections because the people will just vote back the recalled councillors. This sideshow will not in any way help service delivery or improve the plight of the ordinary Zimbabwean. It is a move calculated to cause confusion and shift attention from the national crisis.
As the MDC Alliance, we remain resolute and firmly focused on fighting for a people-centred government at local level. We shall continue to make sure that the people in the wards whose representatives have been removed are represented and their service delivery needs are met.
This unnecessary destabilization of the people’s government is a passing phase.
To our councillors, my reminder to you is that you have a covenant with the people in your respective wards. They voted for you and you accepted to carry the load of superior services for the people. This bond between yourselves and the people cannot be broken by anybody. Whether you have been recalled or are awaiting recall, let us remember that we account to the people and we must continue working in our communities unperturbed.
Sec Local Gvt and Rural* *Development, MDCAlliance
Thokozani Khupe has decided to use her newly acquired position to hit back at her ex-lover, Gideon Shoko through recalling him from the Senate.
Shoko was Bulawayo Metropolitan senator and was expelled on Wednesday with other seven legislators.
According to well-placed sources, Shoko and Khupe had a romantic relationship some years ago which led to the birth of a girl.
Khupe, a former senior official in the ZCTU with late MDC founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai, left the labour group with other leaders 1999 to form MDC.
It was during the time Shoko is said to have sired a daughter with the now opposition leader.
MDC-T deputy spokesperson Khaliphani Phugeni dismissed the allegations.
“These recalls have nothing to do with Khupe as they are decided at party level. So far many MPs and senators have been recalled regardless of past relationships,” he said.
Khupe’s fights with Shoko first came to the public domain in 2017 when she clashed with the late MDC-T founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai who snubbed her to appoint then national executive member Shoko to the Senate to replace the late Victor Mapungwana.
The move was inspite of a reported spirited attempt by Khupe then Tsvangirai’s deputy, to block the appointment of Shoko.
Following the successful launch of the US$51 million facility for farm mechanisation, United States-headquartered company John Deere now wants to expand the programme to US$250 million to include the supply of mining and road construction equipment.
The present US$51 million deal with the company was officially launched by President Mnangagwa last week and is testimony of the success of the Government’s re-engagement drive, which saw the first batch of the equipment arriving in Zimbabwe early this year.
Now in a letter to Permanent Secretary for Finance and Economic Development, Mr George Guvamatanga, John Deere financial managing director for Sub Saharan Africa Mr Antois van der Westhuizen, after praising the way the Government was implementing the first deal, said the company wanted to expand the operation.
The offer to the Government includes an additional US$49 million for farm mechanisation, US$100 million for construction and mining equipment and US$50 million for road making equipment, taking the total to US$250 million.
He added that the offer would be subject to final credit approval by John Deere Financial if accepted by Government.
“John Deere has embraced confidence in the imminent recovery of the Zimbabwean economy through these three key sectors and our partnership will go a long way in achieving the economic recovery targets,” he said.
The present deal that is already easing equipment shortages among serious farmers, was signed following President Mnangagwa’s engagement with John Deere Agriculture Worldwide president Mr Mark von Pentz, who expressed his willingness to partner the Government in boosting the agriculture sector through mechanisation.
The facility through a local agent, Afgri Zimbabwe, will unlock 1 300 tractors, 80 combined harvesters, 600 planters, 200 disc harrows, 100 boom sprayers and 100 trailers.
It will be used by 5 000 farmers under the National Agriculture Recovery Plan, while the selection of beneficiaries will be based on creditworthiness of the farmers as assessed by CBZ and Stanbic Bank.
Agribank will establish a special equipment leasing vehicle for the purposes of mechanisation service provision, especially for combine harvesters.
In his letter to Mr Guvamatanga, Mr van der Westhuizen expressed his appreciation for the working relationship they have established with Government.
“The US$51 million facility for optimisation of farm mechanisation in Zimbabwe is in progression and the due diligence processes being conducted by the Government of Zimbabwe to guarantee the sustainability of this facility is captivating and absolutely depicts high levels of proficiency hence a successful programme is inevitable,” he said.
Mr Guvamatanga confirmed receipt of the letter but could not provide further comment.
Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza welcomed the proposed offer saying it would go a long way in boosting road construction projects being carried out countrywide.
“We have CMED that deals in equipment and hires out equipment to our departments including the private sector. We did put out a statement that we want to see it fairly capacitated.
“As you can see the potential and the massive road construction projects going on countrywide need efficient equipment and more of it,” he said.
John Deere local representative, Mr Graham Smith said the deal was a testimony of the excellent working relationship with Government and would further develop the mining sector and road construction projects in the country.
Chief Coordinator National Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Dr Agnes Mahomva, has said although it is too early to claim victory, Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 cases seem to be stabilising, with very low levels of community infection.
She, however, stressed that people must not be complacent as the coming few weeks would be defining.
Dr Mahomva made the remarks at the Zimbabwe National Defence University where she was delivering a lecture on Public Health and National Security yesterday.
She said measures to arrest the spike in Covid-19 cases by using lockdowns had been largely effective.
“Ministry of Health and Child Care has been working with a group of scientists from the University of Zimbabwe doing mathematical modelling and projections,” said Dr Mahomva.
“When we started, they were looking at other countries and the projections were high, but as we are moving, their forecasts now have lower figures,” said Dr Mahomva.
Zimbabwe has seen a rise in cases, most being attributed to returning nationals tested in quarantine after arrival.
“The numbers are going up, but there is no need to panic,” said Dr Mahomva.
“We knew the numbers were going to rise, the question was when and how. We think at the moment, things are stabilising, but with these kind of things you need a few weeks before you can make a conclusion because the numbers may begin rising again.”
Dr Mahomva said public health and social measures like lockdowns and mask wearing regulations were meant to protect the most vulnerable members of society.
Zimbabwe has been under lockdown since the end of March, with an ever growing number of exemptions, but the actual lockdown has now been declared to be indefinite, leaving the Government with the legal powers to adjust levels and adjust levels of exemption.
Dr Mahomva addressed concerns that Covid-19 may be incubating in communities far from the authorities’ radar due to lack of adequate testing.
“We are not having those large numbers in communities,” she said.
“One might say we are not testing communities so how can we be sure, but comparing mortality rates from last year, the figures show that there is nothing unusual.
“We cannot be missing anything. Of course, there may be a few cases here and there we may fail to detect, but there is nothing unusual in our communities.”
Dr Mahomva emphasised the need to ensure Covid-19 messaging was engaging and inspiring behaviour change.
President Mnangagwa, at the coming in of the new dispensation, pledged to fight corruption and true to his word, the Government will stop at nothing in arresting graft and dealing with economic saboteurs, a Cabinet Minister has said.
Addressing villagers and Zanu-PF supporters at Mpesi business centre in Mberengwa West yesterday, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo said the new dispensation has for the first time in the history of the country been open and transparent about dealing with corruption. “Many measures have been put in place to fight corruption and the people are now free to talk about it. Officials are being arrested and before that was taboo. Now we’re talking about it, it means it’s being solved.
“This is President Mnangagwa’s election pledge card, he pledged to fulfil the fight against corruption by 2023. He asked to be measured with regards to fighting corruption by the people ahead of 2023 elections, it’s his pledge card and he is serious about fighting this scourge that is eroding the economic fibre,” said Dr Moyo.
“Outsiders are now saying corruption barometer is higher. Yes, we are fighting the scourge and people are freely talking about it.”
Dr Moyo said it was unfortunate that some Zimbabweans had volunteered to tarnish the image of their country.
“And normally when we are going towards regional or international meetings, we are accused of human rights abuses. For example, why would the Government abduct Dr Peter Magombeyi, a junior doctor for that matter? What has he done? What does he have? About 4 000 health workers were engaged by Government recently to assist in the fight against the spread of Covid-19. Some haven’t received their first salary and are already striking. Why allow to be used by other people? You are an essential service and it affects the lives of ordinary people,” Dr Moyo said.
He called on Zimbabweans to be vigilant and be aware of the works of the country’s detractors.
Dr Moyo said the new dispensation recognises human rights and will never abduct women as claimed by the opposition and some countries pushing a regime change agenda.
“There are three other women from the opposition who said they were abducted. Abducted by who and why? Tapiwa Mashakada after fighting in the opposition revealed that Dr Magombeyi was never abducted. All these stories are aimed at tarnishing our image.
“They want to portray the country as violators of children and women rights which is not true. We are a law-abiding nation and we follow and recognise people’s human rights. We care for the people at all times because we must be together in all situations. We are a pro-people Government,” he said.
Dr Moyo also called on ambassadors accredited to Zimbabwe not to get involved in matters which don’t concern them. “Even with other ambassadors, don’t take sides, stay in your lane, you have your own troubles back in your countries and we haven’t poked our nose into your internal affairs. Ambassadors please stay in your lane and don’t be involved in our internal issues. Don’t be in the cross-fire,” he said.
Addressing the same meeting, Zanu-PF Midlands Provincial chairperson Engineer Daniel Mackenzie Ncube said Government is going to assist the people of Mberengwa District with food aid and other socio-economic development programmes.
He said President Mnangagwa’s Government is involved in a lot of development programmes to improve the people’s quality of life.
“The presence of our guest of honour Dr SB Moyo is a clear indication of how the new dispensation values its people and is working on an array of programmes to improve your livelihoods.
“As Mberengwa District, you did well in the last election and we expect you to lead by example and improve in terms of voter numbers. Now you have about 17 000 registered voters for Mberengwa West. We need that figure to be increased to more than 23 000. We want to bury the opposition come 2023,” he said.
By Patrick Guramatunhu- When Mai Mujuru was booted out of Zanu PF in 2014 within months she was criticizing Zanu PF and her former mentor, Robert Mugabe, for mismanagement, corruption, vote rigging, murderous oppression, etc., etc.
She had played her part in establishing and retain the Zanu PF dictatorship, she had her lion’s share of the spoils of power and for 34 years she had defended the dictatorship unreservedly and with no shame.
It was only after she was booted out of the party that she saw the evil of the dictatorship; her Dotito “puppy eyes opened”, as Mai Mujuru said herself.
It is interesting to hear what Professor Jonathan Moyo has to say about Zanu PF and his former colleagues now that he, like Mai Mujuru has been booted out of the party.
“While some may see ZanuPF as a political party, it has never been one. I did not have this view before 2000, but since then I have come to understand that ZanuPF is a system or culture steeped in the military; with a tainted history, a troubled present, with no future! The fact that ZanuPF is not, and I would say has never been, a political party, in the traditional sense of the term, has far reaching implications on why it must go,” said the Professor from his fox-hole in exile.
“When I reexamined the subtitle, “why ZanuPF must go”, on the back of the view of ZanuPF as a system & culture, it became clear that it should be: “why ZanuPF has gone”. The ZanuPF system or culture has disintegrated physically & hegemonically. What remains is its caricature!
“The crisis in Zimbabwe today is from the fact that, while ZanuPF has physically & hegemonically collapsed, the military which was embedded in ZanuPF since the 1975 Mgagao Declaration, staged a coup in 2017 to seize ZanuPF; thinking it was a going concern when it was debris!”
Zimbabwe’s economic mess and political paralysis started soon after independence when it became clear that Mugabe and his Zanu PF cronies were determined to impose a one-party state and they did not care two hoots about riding roughshod over the people’s freedom and rights including the promised “One man! One vote!” and even the right to life!
Robert Mugabe definitely viewed Zimbabwe as his trophy to do with as he pleased. And throughout his 37 years in power, that is exactly what he did.
“So, Blair, keep your England and let me keep my Zimbabwe.” Mugabe told his audience at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg in September 2002. And judging from how he had rob the nation blind, building his palatial Blue Roof mansion, amass farms and living a lavish lifestyle whilst millions of ordinary Zimbabweans lived in abject poverty, he clearly meant it literally as well as metaphorically!
The fact that Zanu PF had no guiding principles, values and coherent ideology, other than to seize and retain absolute power at all cost and loot, does not disqualify the entity calling themselves a political party.
Professor Moyo’s claim that the November 2017 military has, somehow, made Zanu PF worse must be dismissed with the contempt it rightly deserves. The replacement of Mugabe, Moyo and a few other G40 leaders by Mnangagwa and his Lactose supporters was no more than a black mamba shedding its old skin – it is still a deadly snake.
It is also important to note that it was none other than Professor Jonathan Moyo who sat next to Patrick Chinamasa as he announced Zanu PF had never ever blocked any reform proposals.
The fact that not even one reform had been implemented in the five years of the 2008 to 2013 GNU was not Zanu PF’s fault. Of course, Chinamasa, said that with great pride for it was one of Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF’s finest hour!
The two and half years in exile have not transformed Professor Moyo from the ruthless Zanu PF’s chief propagandist and strategist who had kept Zanu PF in power from 2000 to 2017 into a human being who now sympathised with the tragic suffering ordinary people and wanted Zanu PF to go.
Not at all! Like our Dotito puppy, Moyo wants Zanu PF to go so he can returned to Zimbabwe and resume his political shenanigans and intrigue from where he left off.
“ZanuPF is no longer viable to exZanla commanders; is not an option for exZipra now in charge of ZDF & was rejected by voters in the 2018 polls! What is to be done? The people & the military must find each other. The people embraced the military in Nov 2017. Now the military should make amends & embrace the people by respecting their 2018 vote for @nelsonchamisa. It’s the people who must govern, not the military!” argued Professor Moyo.
For the record, Professor Jonathan Moyo backed, morally and financially, Nelson Chamisa in the July 2018 elections. Of course, Moyo KNEW with no reforms Zanu PF will rig the July 2018 elections guaranteed and still he DID NOT advise Chamisa not to participate.
One can only assume that Professor Moyo must have believed Chamisa could still win rigged elections. If Chamisa had indeed won the rigged elections he would have wanted a cunning and ruthless advisor to show him how to take full advantage of Zimbabwe’s oppressive and dysfunctional political system. And guess who would fill that bill perfectly – Professor Jonathan Moyo.
No doubt Professor Moyo is aware that Mnangagwa and his regime and under ever increasing pressure to step down as the country’s economic meltdown gets worse. The corona virus has economic and humanitarian havoc the world over; the Zimbabwe economy was already in the gutter before the pandemic it is now sinking in the sewage without a strangle.
As long as Zimbabwe remains a pariah state ruled by corrupt, incompetent, vote rigging and murderous thugs; no one is going to help us. The pressure on Zanu PF to step down will increase as the country sinks deeper and deeper into economic abyss. Professor Moyo will fight hard to make sure “@nelsonchamisa” is the frontrunner to takeover should Zanu PF step down.
I believe Zanu PF will, in the end step down because the economic meltdown is politically and socially unsustainable. If MDC and/or Zanu PF play any part in the interim administration then it is almost certain that the democratic reforms to ensure free, fair and credible elections will not be implemented.
The two parties failed to get any reforms implement during the 2008 to 2013 GNU it is naïve to think they will do any better especially with the likes of Professor Jonathan Moyo as the chief advisor!
Expelled Zanu PF national youth political Commissar, Godfrey Tsenengamu said that his pressure group, the Front for Economic Emancipation in Zimbabwe (FEEZ) is ready to take action against economic injustices, especially corruption.
Tsenengamu accused Zimbabwe’s rulers of allowing their children to grab mines across the country at the expense of the general citizenry.
He said that unlike the late former President Robert Mugabe’s sons, Robert Jr and Chatunga, the children of Zimbabwe’s current rulers are very corrupt.
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A COMBATIVE teachers’ union has psyched up the educators to boycott invigilating the June examinations until government complies with a High Court ruling ordering it to equip schools with facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The “O” and “A” Level Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) examinations kick off next Tuesday.
However, in an interview with NewsDay yesterday, Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president Takavafira Zhou said teachers would boycott invigilating the mid-year exams due to failure by government to comply with the High Court order.
“The issue of invigilating June exams is before the courts, where both Zimsec and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education had promised to put testing kits, thermometers, sanitisers, PPEs [personal protective equipment] in schools by June 26,” Zhou said.
“They also promised that they would have cleaned and disinfected schools currently used as quarantine centres by then.
“Surprisingly, the ministry and Zimsec have been belting and bellowing instructions to school heads to scavenge for COVID-19 abatement requirements at a zero budget, an impossible feat indeed.
“Some school heads have also been belting instructions to candidates to have paid second term school fees by June 30.”
He added: “To all teachers in Zimbabwe, be advised that the issue of invigilation is before the courts, all communiqués made so far have no locus standi and must be disregarded forthwith. Our health, safety and welfare should come first.
“Anything else must be resisted by all means possible. We can’t fasttrack our demise by dicing with death and being reckless with our health, safety and welfare.
“All teachers in Zimbabwe must forthwith disregard unlawful instructions from some school heads threatening teachers with unspecified action should they not report for invigilation.
“Teachers are duly advised to resist all unlawful instructions from school heads, DSIs [district schools inspectors], PEDs [provincial education directors] and head office. We have nothing to fear.”
Zhou said teachers were not employed by Zimsec and should disregard an order from the schools examination authority.
With an inevitable huge fuel price increase expected on Monday, unusually extra long fuel queues in most urban centres have emerged as motorists try to get the commodity before the hike.
Zimbabwe’s fuel supply situation has been quite challenging for some time now with analysts citing low fuel prices compared to those obtaining in the region.
With signals by Government that fuel price will almost go up triple in price, motorists rushed on Saturday to fill up their tanks.
Commissioning Petrotrade’s solar-powered service station in Mabvuku this Friday, Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi said the low prices stimulated rent-seeking behaviour in the fuel sector causing artificial shortages.
“We are proposing that a new pricing structure that will put an end to these shortages because a lot of fuel was being diverted to the black market,” said the minister.
A sophisticated syndicate of dealers is accused of diverting fuel from service stations taking advantage of low prices and reselling it on the black market.
Zimbabwe uses about 1,5 billion litres of fuel annually, the same amount as Ethiopia, which has 100 million people, six times as many as Zimbabwe. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has reverted to a market-based us dollar exchange rate regime which once operational is expected to help reduce distortions responsible for artificial shortages.
A teenage boy from Tsholotsho who stabbed his cousin who later died because of his injuries has been ordered to perform 600 hours of community service after a postmortem revealed that the deceased died because of lack of proper medical attention at the hospital, The Chronicle reports.
Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Maxwell Takuva according to the publication found the 17-year-old boy guilty of murder with constructive intent and ordered him to perform 600 hours of community service at a clinic in Tsholotsho for his crime.
According to the publication:
The two had connived with another juvenile to steal a donkey drawn cart from a neighbour’s homestead to carry bags of maize to Gwayi Railway Station on June 30 last year.
As they were walking towards the neighbour’s homestead at around 10PM, the accused person started whistling prompting the now deceased to rebuke him for making noise. They started arguing which led to a fight.
The accused person ran away and came back armed with a knife which he used to stab his cousin once on the left side of the chest and he screamed and collapsed. Neighbours came and rushed the injured boy to Sipepa Clinic using the same cart they had wanted to steal.
He was transferred to Tsholotsho District Hospital where he was treated and discharged after a few days.
However, his condition deteriorated and was he readmitted at the same hospital a few days later before being transferred to Mpilo Central Hospital where he was also treated and discharged.
The boy died on August 1 while at his aunt’s place of residence in Bulawayo’s Old Magwegwe suburb. He had just finished bathing, preparing to go back to Tsholotsho when he collapsed and died on the spot.
Goverment says that the US$75.00 and US$30.00 COVID-19 allowances awarded to civil servants and government pensioners, respectively, will not be in notes form but will be in the form of a purchasing electronic card.
George Charamba, the Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet (Presidential Communications), said the arrangement allows money to circulate within the formal monetary system.
He posted on Twitter:
The USD75 allowance if flat across all grades. The USD75 will not come in notes form; it will be a purchasing electronic card to ensure this enhanced buying power does not feed the white market and allows money to circulate within the formal monetary system!! So do not expect cash disbursements.
Imagine what upward of USD25m monthly cash disbursement would do to the white market!
I should have added that the three months-COVID-19 related income adjustment takes us to the next major Financial Pronouncement by Govt, in which case there will not be a hiatus or discontinuity in income.
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development said that the US dollar allowances would be paid into US dollar-denominated Nostro bank accounts, which all civil servants and Government pensioners had to open.
Bulawayo City Council’s Health Services Department has embarked on a door to door campaign to identify diarrhoea patients following the death of five people in Luveve suburb.
The door to door campaign started on Monday and 441 people were attended to in the first two days of the campaign.
The department said 14 patients were treated from home, 15 others who were critical were referred to Mpilo Central Hospital and the rest were treated at Luveve Clinic during the two days.
The council embarked on the door to door exercise after authourities observed that those who succumbed to diarrhoea had delayed to seek treatment. Five people, four children and an adult died after being hospitalised at Mpilo Central Hospital. Residents have linked the diarrhoea outbreak to the city’s water and council has responded by taking water samples for testing and is awaiting the results.
Addressing stakeholders during a Bulawayo Water Crisis meeting yesterday, acting Town Clerk Mrs Sikhangele Zhou said council was working to minimise contamination of water through exempting Luveve suburb from water shedding.
She said the local authority which was providing free treatment to diarrhoea patients, had embarked on a door to door exercise to identify patients after learning that most residents were not seeking treatment early due to lack of money.
“On Monday we conducted a door to door exercise to identify people with diarrhoea symptoms and on the day we attended to 223 patients. The following day we attended to 218 and 14 of them were treated at home. Nurses referred 15 patients to Mpilo Central Hospital because of their critical condition,” she said.
Mrs Zhou said while the diarrhoea outbreak is largely concentrated in Luveve, cases were being recorded in other suburbs.
She said anyone with diarrhoea symptoms will be treated for free at municipal clinics.
“Doctors who attended to the patients at Mpilo are saying most of the complications were due to delays in seeking treatment. Some of the concerns were that people didn’t have money while others were a result of people thinking that they can deal with running tummies on their own. Since this is now an outbreak, Government policy compels us to exempt those patients from paying for treatment,” she said.
Mrs Zhou said Luveve suburb was now exempt from water shedding but the situation will be reviewed from time to time depending on water supplies. “In order to minimise the contamination of water, the city has exempted Luveve from water shedding but this depends on the water supplies situation at any given time,” said Mrs Zhou.
She said council has started covering up wells that residents dug as alternative water sources.
OVER 9 000 Zimbabweans have returned home from 48 countries following the outbreak of Covid-19.
The figure includes 241 who arrived at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport from the United States yesterday and were received by Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro.
They were expected to immediately undergo testing for Covid-19 and are housed at a local hotel.
All of the returnees are employed by an American cruise company which will foot the cost of their stay.
Secretary for Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Mr Simon Masanga appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare yesterday to give a brief on his ministry’s interventions in the ongoing fight against the pandemic.
He said South Africa and Botswana provided the majority of the returnees with 4 257 and 2 787, respectively.
Mr Masanga said returnees from South Africa and Botswana could have volunteered to come back or had been deported.
Countries that have provided returnees include Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, DRC, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Guinea, Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia, Lesotho, Togo, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon and Swaziland.
In Europe and the Middle East, countries where the returnees came from were the United Kingdom, Israel, Yemen, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Greece, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Scotland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Croatia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Sweden and Belgium.
In the Americas, the returnees have been from Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Falkland Islands and Panama.
In Asia, the locals that have returned home were from China, Hong Kong and The Philippines.
Mr Masanga said: “We have established more than 50 quarantine stations across the country. When this programme started, we were accommodating our returnees around Plumtree and Beitbridge, but as we continued to receive more and more people it meant our institutions that were looking after our people became inadequate and then we decided to open up other centres across the country.
“We are mostly using schools and colleges because we were not paying for accommodation and also providing food and clothing for some of the returnees.”
Mr Masanga said testing for Covid-19 on the returning citizens would improve following the arrival of testing kits on Friday last week that were already being distributed.
He said Government had so far spent at least $120 million on the welfare of the returnees that were housed at the quarantine centres.
The Secretary-General of the opposition MDC Alliance, Chalton Hwende has said a businessman based in South Africa has offered to pay a membership fee for 3500 people.
This comes as the party recently announced that it was recruiting new members who upon registration need to pay a membership fee amounting to $60. Posting on Twitter, Hwende said:
One businessman based in SA has just called me to offer to pay membership fee for 35 branches in rural areas to help us with our rural penetration Strategy each branch has 100 members so he will pay for 3500 members @ $210 000rtgs. Let’s adopt rural branches and help the Party.
The opposition in the country has often been accused of neglecting the rural vote which has unfortunately been the difference between the opposition and the ruling party in each and every election.
The recruitment drive comes at the backdrop of a leadership crisis in the MDC that has seen some of the MDC Alliance leaders and members defecting to MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe.
President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has declared today 15 June 2020 to be a day of national fasting. According to government spokesperson Nick Mangwana that does not make today a public holiday, it is still a working day and employees are required to report for work.
However, reports coming through indicate that ZRP and other security forces are preventing people from entering Harare’s CBD.
Energy Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi has said he will not fold his hands while the Zimbabwe Power Company continues to drag Intratek boss, Wicknell Chivhayo to court over the Gwanda Solar Project.
Chasi said ZPC has so far lost the case on numerous occasions thereby losing resources. He added that it would be prudent to leave Chivhayo and his company to implement the project which would assist the Gwanda community and the country at large. He said:
Zesa has been in contempt of court for several years and losing, as Minister, I will not allow such to happen because I need to see power being generated not just to see court reports.
The two parties have agreed to sit and map the way forward.
The project is expected to produce 10MW within six months.
Intratek won the tender for the project in 2015 and there is nothing on the ground to show that the government paid the company an advance of US$5 million.
When Chasi was appointed the Minister of Energy last year, he vowed that he would make Chivhayo deliver or payback the money.
Meanwhile, Intratek has appointed lawyer, Wilson Manase as executive Chairperson and Presidential Advisory Council chair Edward Manikai as a board member, a move some view as a strategy to intimidate critics.
Jailed Bindura man, Fradreck Utsiwegota, who is serving a seven-year jail term for duping an investor of mining equipment worth US$500 000 was yesterday denied bail pending his appeal against his conviction and sentence at the High Court.
Bindura provincial magistrate Mr Tinashe Ndokera ruled that there were no prospects of success in the appeal.
He said his sentence was based on the nature of the offence, quantity of goods stolen and the effect to investment and not the monetary value.
“There was no persuasive offer for restitution therefore there was no need to consider it for sentencing,” he said.
“There are no prospects of success on appeal, application for bail pending appeal is dismissed.”
In his application, Utsiwegota said the sentence induced a sense of shock and on appeal another court might come up with a different ruling.
His grounds of appeal are that there was no complainant in the matter as the first State witness Ramason Bupendra had no authority to represent the company without a resolution.
Utsiwegota also says evidence led during trial failed to establish essential elements of the offence and there was no evidence that he disposed of the property.
Utsiwegota (38) was convicted of theft of trust property charges after swindling a Singapore investor, Bupendra.
Prosecuting, Mr Garudzo Ziyaduma said on July 5, 2012 Utsiwegota and Bupendra registered Decade Mining (Pvt) Limited and both became directors.
Bupendra was the sole financier in the company and 51 percent shares were awarded to Utsiwegota to comply with the Indigenisation law. In July 2013, Bupendra left the country for Singapore and left Utsiwegota in charge of the company assets and day-to-day running of the business.
Utsiwegota advised him against coming back saying the political situation was not conducive for foreigners before disposing of company machinery worth US$500 000.
He sold 20 000 tonnes of gold dump with neither board resolution, nor consent.
Bupendra returned to Zimbabwe in June last year without Utsiwegota’s knowledge and realised that the company had ceased operations and its assets were missing.
In his defence, Utsiwegota — a divorced father of five children — said the company operated without a board meeting since 2013 and he was acting in its best interest when he committed the offence.
MDC-Alliance members — Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova were yesterday denied bail in court on new charges of publishing false information or obstructing the course of justice.
This emerged yesterday at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts, where they were being charged with publishing or communicating false information prejudicial to the State, with an alternative charge of obstructing the course of justice.
Mamombe, Chimbiri and Marova, represented by lawyers Jeremiah Bamu and Alec Muchadehama, were not asked to plead when they appeared before Ms Bianca Makwande, but were remanded in custody until Monday for ruling on their bail application.
The State, represented by Charles Muchemwa, Tafara Chirambira and Teddy Kamuriwo, opposed bail saying they were facing a serious offence and had gained sympathy in other jurisdictions, which may assist them to flee. The State said the trio faced a jail term of up to 20 years upon conviction.
“The borders are porous and they are likely to abscond trial,” said Mr Muchemwa. “They are facing a serious offence and there is overwhelming evidence against them.”
In their application for bail, the three told the court that they had other pending matters, charges of breaching lockdown regulations during an unapproved demonstration, which were more serious.
“The court must balance the interest of justice and the interests of the accused,” said Mr Muchadehama.
“Nothing has been placed before the court to suggest the accused should be denied bail. Nothing came from the State in terms of evidence. The accused are denying the charges and the charges are nonsensical and they are being charged for nothing. They are now being turned into villains. The accused would like to make an undertaking that they will voluntarily avail themselves to police whenever they want them.”
The three told the court that they were seeing a psychiatrist as part of their recovery from hospital. They argued that they had since surrendered their passports to the Clerk of Court and there was no way they could abscond trial.
Ms Makwande remanded the three in custody to Monday for bail ruling.
Allegations against the trio are that on May 13 at around 12.30pm they gathered at Choppies Supermarket in Warren Park 1 with other MDC-Alliance youths and staged a demonstration against the recalling of their MPs from Parliament and the alleged misuse of funds for the Covid-19 pandemic by Government.
On the same day, they allegedly called their friends, family and lawyers, saying they had been arrested at a roadblock near Exhibition Park and were taken to Harare Central Police Station. Upon receiving the communication, their lawyer Mr Jeremiah Bamu reportedly went to the police CID Law and Order.
Mr Bamu is alleged to have approached a senior officer, saying the accused had been arrested and taken to Harare Central Police Station. According to the State, checks were made and it was established that they were not arrested.
On the same day, social media platforms and local newspapers were awash with news that the three had been arrested, it is alleged.
Two days later, on May 15 at around 1am, Mr Bamu advised the police that the three were at Muchapondwa business centre in Bindura.
The police and Mr Bamu went to the business centre, collected them and took them to a hospital in Waterfalls, Harare, since they claimed to have been tortured.
On May 19, Marova told a police detective that she was abducted and tortured by the police, with Mamombe and Chimbiri later interviewed on May 25, according to the State.
It is said investigations by the police revealed that they were never abducted, but allegedly stage-managed the kidnapping.
Further accusations are that during the time of the alleged kidnapping, they were at Belgravia Shopping Centre in Harare.
The State alleges that they were seen at around 1645hrs in a Mercedes Benz, which was being driven by Mamombe.
THE government has increased the subsidy it was giving the grain millers to allow the price of mealie meal to remain at ZWL$70. In a statement released by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, a 10 kg of mealie meal will remain at ZWL$70 while the government will review upwards the subsidy to millers from ZWL$73.90 to ZWL$216.15.
“Cognisant of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is committed to ensure that the prices of basic commodities, especially maize roller meal, should remain within the reach of the vulnerable,” read the statement.
The subsidy on maize meal was restored by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in November last year to ensure citizens have access to cheaper basic foodstuffs and cushion them against the obtaining economic challenges.
The government has also moved to subsidise the transport sector by capacitaing Zupco to provide an affordable transport system in both urban and rural areas after having realised that the private commuter operators had hiked fares beyond the reach of ordinary citizens.
The City of Bulawayo has received complaints on suspected contamination of drinking water from residents. When complaints are received by the Municipality, the water quality teams which include the Water Quality laboratory and Environmental Health officers are dispatched to take samples, test and recommend correctional measures.
In the instance of Luveve and all other areas where reports have been received, the teams were dispatched to test for quality. Duc to water-shedding, samples were taken from the containers (buckets) in the households which were being used for potable use. The results of these were unsatisfactory indicating bacterial presence. The teams were dispatched to these areas to conduct awareness and education campaigns on water storage and safety.
Samples were collected from Municipal sampling points in the same areas and the water quality was satisfactory. There was notable inconsistency between the two sources (Household and Municipal Water) hence the encouragement by the City of Bulawayo for residents to boil their drinking water especially during the period of intermittent water supply.
Rectal swabs were also taken and sent to the Laboratory and nothing was detected in terms of notifiable diseases such as Cholera and Typhoid. The City is yet to receive a report from the other laboratories and health facilities as specified in the Public Health Act on notifiable diseases.
We have teams on the ground that are currently investigating the source of the diarrhoea! outbreak and we are also liaising with various medical institutions in the City.
ServicesBuildingHomeGroceries DatingJobsCommercialHealth The City of Bulawayo continues to monitor water quality, ensure corrective measures as per norm where there are irregularities and also advises residents to take precautionary measures by using safe sources of water for potable use.
Residents are encouraged to use appropriate containers in storing water, store water safely, practise good hygiene especially in handling water and boil water for drinking.
What containers should be used to store water,
• Water should be collected and stored in thoroughly sanitized food-grade plastic or glass containers.
• First, wash the inside and outside of each container with soap and hot water.
• Finally, rinse thoroughly with plain clean water.
• Avoid using milk containers because they can be hard to clean. Bacteria can grow quickly in a milk container contaminating the water stored in it.
A RUSAPE man allegedly defrauded a tuckshop of groceries worth $1 900 through editing an EcoCash transaction confirmation message.
Tafadzwa Tumba (22) of Muziti Village under Chief Makoni’s area was not asked to plead when he appeared before Rusape magistrate, Ms Rutendo Machingura.
He was remanded out of custody to June 18 on $300 bail.
Prosecuting, Mr Tawanda Munjanja said Tumba defrauded Ms Praise Mbewe, a shop assistant at Nyakufu tuckshop in Tsanzaguru.
The crime was only discovered when Mbewe and her employer were taking stock of the day’s sales.
“On May 13 around 10am, Tumba approached Ms Mbewe and bought groceries worth $1 900. He said he would pay via EcoCash.
“However, Tumba simply edited an EcoCash text message to read as if he had paid $1 900 to Nyakufu tuckshop. He went on to show it to Ms Mbewe, who then recorded the fake confirmation,” said Mr Munjanja.
The offence was discovered by Lawrence Nyakufu on the same day around 6pm when he was checking the payments recorded against the Ecocash payments received.
He noted that the payment code used by the accused person was fake.
A police report was made, thereby leading to Tumba’s arrest.
A BULAWAYO family barred a member from coming home after he had escaped from a local quarantine centre.
The family member, whose identity is being withheld by police, surrendered himself after life on the street became unbearable. He had absconded from the Bulawayo Polytechnic quarantine centre and found his way to the family home in Mzilikazi suburb home under the cover of darkness.
His family told him he was welcome only after he had finished his days in quarantine and was certified Covid-19 free.
The family members allegedly told him that they could not risk being infected with Covid-19, adding that there was also an elderly person who was of ill-health at home who was more vulnerable should she be infected with the virus.
The family alerted the police that he had left.
The escapee spent five days on the streets and when life became unbearable, he ended up going back to surrender himself to social welfare officers and police at Bulawayo Polytechnic quarantine centre and he was arrested.
He is among 11 other returnees who escaped from quarantine centres in Bulawayo recently.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, confirming the development yesterday, said after he was barred from home, the escapee lived on the streets for five days and finally decided to go back for quarantine.
“We have a case of an escapee from a quarantine centre in Bulawayo. He escaped from the Bulawayo Polyethnic quarantine centre. He was refused entry home by his family and was arrested days later by the police and taken to court after he had presented himself back at the quarantine centre,” said Assistant Commissioner Nyathi.
“We would like to commend the actions of the family for putting public health first and not allowing him to join the family without finishing his days on quarantine. If all of us act in such a manner, then the efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 will yield more results.”
He urged people to love and care for one another by ensuring that they do not expose each other, especially community members more vulnerable to the virus such as the elderly and the sick, by obeying all Covid-19 regulations.
“Truly loving your family means that you will do whatever is possible to ensure that you do not put them at risk of contracting the disease. We can help each other if fewer of us are sick, but if we are reckless and infect each other then we can’t take care of each other if we are all sick. We urge members of the public to report any family members who sneak home after absconding from quarantine centres as these people are putting not only their families, but the rest of the community at risk of contracting Covid-19,” he said.
A total of 169 returnees have escaped from quarantine centres countrywide, posing challenges in efforts to reduce Covid-19 cases.
It is mandatory for all people returning to the country to be quarantined.
In recent weeks, most of the Covid-19 positive cases recorded in the country involve people returning mostly from South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique.
Family members and members of the public have been urged to report to the police, relatives or community members who evade mandatory quarantine as their actions may result in the spread of Covid-19.
By A Correspondent- Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi has directed the ZESA Holdings board to withdraw criminal charges against Wicknell Chivayo, whose company, Intratek, has failed to deliver on 100 MW solar power plant in Gwanda, Matabeleland South.
In a letter to ZESA chairman Sydney Gata on May 26, Chasi advised the power utility to abandon the fraud charges because the government “cannot afford the luxury of continued litigation” at the expense of expediting power generation.
He also orders that Chivayo be allowed to complete the project which has been hanging on the balance since 2015.
Below is the full letter by Chasi:
I refer to a meeting jointly held by ZESA Holdings and Intratrek Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited on Friday 22nd May 2020, in which I advised all parties in attendance of Government’s position with regards to the urgent need to implement the project.
I further draw your attention to a letter from your office delivered on even date of the meeting, whose contents I confirm to have duly noted.
In my communication of Government’s unequivocal position with regards to the Gwanda project, I sought to deliver the Ministry’s mandate to ensure the availability of sufficient power to the country by all means necessary.
It is now the prerogative of ZESA Holdings to ensure that the Government’s primary intention to address the energy demand is expediently and urgently given the attention it deserves.
In fulfilment of this mandate placed upon ZESA Holdings, there exists an obvious requirement that the necessary Board approvals be obtained in compliance with tenets of good corporate governance and all applicable statutes.
I wish to further reiterate that the Government’s position is fully informed by the following factors which have been approved at the highest level;
a) The Gwanda Solar project was and is still earmarked by Government as an economic enabler to the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) and successor policies adopted by government in 2018 and subsequently this year.
It forms part of the short to medium term solutions in resolving the energy deficit in the Country, thus spurring agriculture, mining and manufacturing activity which will increase the country’s export revenue.
b) Intratek assured Government that it can commence the project immediately as the funding is now available for this purpose.
Feeding 10MW into the national grid within the next 6 months will cause notable availability of power, thus significantly reducing the extent and cost of power imports, whose arrears in foreign currency are fully known by yourselves. This will inevitably contribute to assisting Fiscus inflows and support macro-economic growth.
c) Government has further taken full consideration of the proposed financial and technical soundness presented by the EPC Contractor through the Strategic Review Document submitted to my office and finds merit in the same.
It goes without saying that the bridge-financing model proposed by the EPC Contractor’s transactional advisors is led by a team of renowned experts in the field of project financing and legal advisory with respect to the implementation of EPC Contracts in the region.
The same transaction advisors have also recently successfully commissioned a 5MW centagrid PV Solar Plant at Nyabira, which is now already augmenting power supplies from the country’s main power producers managed by ZESA Holdings. They have also reached financial closure for the remaining 20 MW which commissioning is expected within the next 12 months.
d) It is common cause that African Transmission Corporation Holdings Limited, the prospective financier, has also been pivotal in assisting ZESA Holdings in the debt/equity structuring of the Hwange 7 & 8 US$1,4 Billion expansion project and were very instrumental in working with KPMG on the financial modelling for the Kariba 7 & 8 extension project, which was a resounding success.
Their competence being attestable, Government finds no reason not to find comfort in the same firm, led by Mr Victor Utedzi, whose impressive curriculum vitae I have had the occasion to peruse.
I am persuaded to believe that with such financial accolades, the quick syndication of a bankable financial model for the Gwanda solar project ought not to be problematic.
It is my Ministry’s logical opinion that at the revised price of US$139 Million, the debt/equity model will be less rigorous and thus ensure that financial closure would be reached expeditiously.
e) Government also took note of the involvement of high ranking professionals who now constitute the restructured EPC Contractor’s Board.
Of note, the Presidential Advisory Chairman – Mr Edwin Manikai – is leading the legal conscription of the proposed financial and technical variation of the project through Dube, Manikai & Hwacha Legal Practitioners.
It goes without mention that the firm ranks amongst the top 3 in the country and recognised as an exceptional commercial law firm by the Global Chambers International since 2014.
The key role of DMH and Mr Manikai in particular in the new arrangement speaks volumes on the integrity, professionalism and experience placed into the project, with Government concurring that all previous loop-holes would subsequently be forestalled and plugged.
Principally, the appointment of Mr Wilson Manase as the new Executive Chairman of Intratrek Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited endows the project with high prospects of successful implementation.
Having chaired Metropolitan Bank for 16 years and being a Board member of a myriad of other successful and reputable private firms and government in Zimbabwe, Mr Manase is a practising lawyer and businessman of agreed prominence and as such, Government associates itself with the confident view that the project would be secured properly under his stewardship.
f) Government has also placed material consideration on the technical capacity of CHINT Electric Ltd, who have been contracted to execute the project.
CHINT’s financial and technical capacity has been duly assessed by ZPC and the due diligence report presented to me confirms the company to be fully knowledgeable in the field of both manufacturing PV modules and operating PV power stations.
The report further advises that is the second-largest solar power supplier in the world by a comprehensive performance rate awarded by PHOTON and a reputable blue-chip company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange with average annual sales revenue in excess of US$12 Billion, I find no objection to the company implementing the project.
Needless to state, however, Government will require that all the performance guarantees for the equipment installed be obtained and the interests of ZESA Holdings/ZPC as the end-user of the project be protected to the fullest extent possible.
In conclusion, I reiterate Government’s position, as similarly restated in High Court judgment HC 8159/18 by Chitapi JA in the two cases which ZPC lost where he said “With the current Government’s thrust that there be accelerated development to ensure the attainment of a middle-income status for the country by 2030, it is hoped that key projects like the one involved in this case are not stalled by unnecessary bickering and extra-contractual frustrations,” and
“Parties should desist from merry-dancing in the Courts and fighting in Boardrooms instead of implementing this project of national importance at the site..”. These points cannot be emphasized enough.
Indeed His Excellency, the President of Zimbabwe has launched “Vision 2030”, which demands Government implement policies and projects which will usher Zimbabwe into an upper-middle-class economy by 2030.
I urge you to support this vision, by all means, necessary, for the greater good of the Country. This project is inarguably a low-hanging fruit from which Government is poised to realise its success in no time.
It is against the changed circumstances, the foregoing background and context that I strongly recommend your Board to consider the urgent implementation of the following measures as directed by Government;
a) Expedite the negotiation, drafting and signing of an amended and restated EPC Contract in order to provide for and give full effect to the financial and technical proposal by the EPC Contractor;
b) Expedite the negotiation, drafting and signing of all subsequent agreements which will give effect to the project financing and technical implementation.
These include, but are not limited to the conclusion of the Power Purchase Agreement, tariff currency modalities, Implementation Agreement, Security of Payment Agreement amongst other Agreements which may be required by the financier and relevant regulators.
c) In making the foregoing sentiments I must draw the attention of the Board to the fact that the contract in casu was signed sometime in 2015.
Since that time nothing has been achieved except endless and pointless litigation with an appeal currently pending. It is not known when this appeal will be determined whilst on the other hand it is self-evident that the country is reeling under a serious power crisis that has already wreaked havoc to the economy and the generality of the populace.
d) Additionally, it is apposite to point out that this matter is of immense public interest given the power situation in the country and the history of the project.
It is the government’s intention to deal with both matters through the speedy implementation of the project
e) I make mention of the Board’s resolution on the future of the project. The resolution suggests that the consequences of the Court’s decision are irrelevant. This cannot be right. No advice or information is supplied as to the consequences of losing this appeal.
All in all, I consider the foregoing as having placed Government’s position in unambiguous clarity. Megawatts will ultimately be made at the project and not in courts.
The High Court has made this point and expressed exasperation with the endless litigation. Government, given the current power situation, cannot afford the luxury of continued litigation anymore and has been forced to take a pragmatic approach to the production of power.
I understand that a meeting to discuss this matter is slated for tomorrow. Please kindly advise me as to the outcome of the meeting as soon as possible thereafter.
THE Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company (ZETDC), has threatened to switch off defunct steel giant, Zisco, over a ZW$6,2 million debt accrued over a period of three months.
In a letter to Zisco that was signed by ZETDC southern region general manager, Engineer King Fazo Dube, seen by the news crew, the power utility turned down a payment plan designed by the steel company together with Redcliff Municipality and ZimChem and insists on switching off supplies.
The move could spell doom not only to Zisco but also to Redcliff residents who rely on the company for pumping water. Zisco receives water from Kwekwe, which is then distributed to other companies and residents in Redcliff using the company’s water pump.
Companies such as Steelmakers, Zimchem and ZimCoke may also be forced to halt operations due to non-availability of water.
“We cannot accept your payment plan request to pay $290 000, which does not even cover your average monthly bill of $1 300 000. As we highlighted in the meeting, we had with you, we are left with no other option but to disconnect supplies if we do not receive full payment of your account,” wrote Eng Dube.
In the same letter, ZETDC urged Zisco to engage Redcliff Municipality and ZimChem to find a way forward. Acting Zisco Board chair, Dr Gift Mugano, said he did not have finer details of the matter.
“What I can say for now is that as far as I am concerned, we were paying our bills. You should also bear in mind that we are not operating and at times we might fail to fulfill our obligations,” he said.
“But I am also aware that negotiations are ongoing between us and Redcliff and ZimChem that we have separate meters that we are billed separately. We are currently seized with the matter and I think very soon it will be solved,” said Dr Mugano.
Redcliff Town Clerk, Mr Gilson Chakauya said the move would render the entire Redcliff town dry. He requested residents to contribute towards the paying of the bill.
“I think the timing by ZETDC is not well consulted. The move will mean that the whole of Redcliff will go dry as we rely on the Ziscosteel water pump for pumping of water. And to think that we are in the middle of a fight against Covid-19 whose positive cases continue rising, I think they need to be sensitive and accept our payment plan,” said Mr Chakauya.
He said the local authority had also received the same communication from ZETDC.
“We received communication from ZETDC that electricity at the booster pump station at Zisco will be disconnected. But the monthly average bill is ZW1,3 million and the debt is now at ZW$6,2 million and the move will result in the disruption of water supply to all suburbs,” he said.
“Our average monthly water collection is around ZW$165 000, which is not sustained against our monthly bill from Kwekwe City of ZW$2,9 million. Due to low cash inflows, the outstanding bill from Kwekwe City now stands at ZW$13,5 million. A total of ZW$4,2 million is required monthly on average for both water and electricity charges,” he said.
By BBC|NEW Zealand is set to lift almost all its coronavirus restrictions within hours as it reports there are no active cases in the country.
It will move to level one, the lowest of its four-tier alert system, at midnight local time (12:00 GMT).
Under this, social distancing will no longer be required and there will be no limits on public gatherings, but borders will remain closed.
New Zealand has reported no new Covid-19 cases for more than two weeks.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters she did “a little dance” when she was told the country no longer had any active virus cases.
“While we’re in a safer, stronger position there’s still no easy path back to pre-COVID life, but the determination and focus we have had on our health response will now be vested in our economic rebuild,” she said.
“While the job is not done, there is no denying this is a milestone. So can I finish with a very simple Thank you, New Zealand.”
New Zealand first went into lockdown on 25 March, setting up a new four-stage alert system and going in at level four, where most businesses were shut, schools closed and people told to stay at home.
After more than five weeks, it moved to alert level three in April, allowing takeaway food shops and some non-essential businesses to re-open.
As the number of community cases continued to decline, the country moved into level 2 in mid-May.
The move to level one comes ahead of plan – the government had originally meant to make the move on 22 June, but it was brought forward after no new cases were reported for 17 days, say local media outlets.
Under the new rules which will come into place in just a matter of hours, all schools and workplaces will be open. Weddings, funerals and public transport will be able to resume without any restrictions.
Social distancing will no longer be required but will still be encouraged.
However, all New Zealanders arriving from abroad will still have to go through a 14-day period of isolation or quarantine.
Ms Ardern warned that the country would “certainly see cases again”, adding that “elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort”.
New Zealand has seen 1,154 confirmed cases and 22 deaths from Covid-19 since the virus arrived in late February, but has been widely praised for its handling of the crisis.
Farai Dziva|MDC Alliance president, Advocate Nelson Ch
amisa has strongly condemned the incessant persecution of senior party officials by Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration.
MDC Alliance officials Tendai Biti, Lynnette Karenyi-Kore, Gladys Hlatshwayo, Lovemore Chinoputsa, Vongai Tome and David Antony Chimhini were arrested in Harare on Friday.MDC Alliance Youth Assembly deputy spokesperson, Womberaiishe Nhende was also brutally assaulted by ZRP cops.
On Thursday night Thokozani Khupe captured Harvest House with the help of soldiers.
Advocate Thabani Mpofu and MDC Alliance Youth Assembly chairperson Obey Sithole were also arrested.
Advocate Chamisa argued:
” Instead of Mnangagwa dirty schemes to arrest people, have schemes to arrest prices.
The Opposition is not your problem but your policy positions. Bad governance and poor leadership,not MDC Alliance, is the source of national agony. ED has learnt nothing and forgotten nothing! Lead don’t Rule!”
Presidential Spokesperson George Charamba has urged Zimbabweans to stay at home and follow the lockdown rules so that they avoid being arrested because it is cheaper to arrest people that incur costs of testing them for the deadly Coronavirus.
Commenting on a ZimEye.com article which bemoaned the arrest of citizens, Charamba (using his moniker Jamwanda) said, “PEOPLE GET EASILY TAKEN IN BY THIS FOOLISH NARRATIVE!! Of course, it’s far better, cheaper to arrest than to incur costs of testing suspected cases arising out of sheer recklessness and lack of lockdown enforcement.
“The kits have to be imported, and that means using foreign exchange!!! All to cope with individuals who willfully break lockdown rules?? Let’s get real!!!”
Charamba urged Zimbabweans to adhere to the laws to avoid a brush with the law.
“Stay at home; obey the lockdown rules and let’s see if any policeman/woman enters your yard to beat you up!!”
In March the government announced the Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment, and Treatment) Regulations 2020. One of the sections deals with “false reporting during the national lockdown. It says:
14. For the avoidance of doubt any person who publishes or communicates false news about any public officer, official, or enforcement officer involved with enforcing or implementing the national lockdown in his or her capacity as such, or about any private individual that has the effect of prejudicing the State’s enforcement of the national lockdown, shall be liable for prosecution under section 31 of the Criminal law Code (“Publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the state”) and liable to the penalty there provided, that is to say, a fine up to or exceeding twenty years or both.
THE military has been roped in to complement police in enforcing the 21-day lockdown, a strategy that is being implemented by other countries throughout the world to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) had been enforcing the lockdown which has seen nearly 2 000 people being arrested countrywide for defying the stay-at-home order.
Police and soldiers are now jointly manning roadblocks and conducting patrols in suburbs to ensure that the public complies with the lockdown measures.
Defence and War Veterans Affairs Deputy Minister Victor Matemadanda said the deployment of the military was an operational issue which should be embraced as most countries have jointly deployed security forces for improved efficiency.
“At a personal level I don’t get involved in an operational matter. That is for the Joint Operations Command (JOC). But obviously when you see them working together like I have always said, they get involved at the request of the Zimbabwe Republic Police,” said Deputy Minister Matemadanda.
“But anyway, it’s not a new phenomenon in Zimbabwe, every other country that has taken (lockdown) measures has deployed the police and the army – all security agents to make sure that this is contained. If the deployment is being done now, I think Zimbabwe was even the last because everywhere else, soldiers are deployed because it is an emergency situation.”
To contain the virus, countries across the globe have implemented lockdowns and the military is playing a crucial part.
As part of lockdown enforcement measures, neighbouring South Africa on March 27 deployed both the army and police to ensure the public complies with the 21-day lockdown.
In Zimbabwe, the lockdown began last week on Monday and during this period people are required to stay at home, with only those providing essential services allowed to report for work. Only those providing essential services such as shops selling food and pharmacies are authorised to open. Travel between cities and provinces has been banned and within towns and cities, only Zupco buses provide public transport.
Movement of people and large gatherings are some of the fastest ways the virus is spread, hence the need for citizens to confine themselves at home.
State Media|Publication and communication of fake news concerning the Covid-19 pandemic will attract a jail term of up to 20 years.
This is contained in Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020 titled Public Health (Covid-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) Order, 2020.
The SI was published by the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Obadiah Moyo in terms of the Public Health Act and in consultation with President Mnangagwa.
The SI was promulgated to give legal effect to the national lockdown restricting movement of people for 21 days, beginning yesterday up to April 19.
“For the avoidance of doubt any person who publishes or communicates false news about any public officer, official or enforcement officer involved with enforcing or implementing the national lockdown in his or her capacity as such, or about any private individual that has the effect of prejudicing the State’s enforcement of the national lockdown, shall be liable for prosecution under section 31 of the Criminal Law Code (“Publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the State”) and liable to the penalty there provided, that is to say a fine up to or exceeding level 14 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 20 years or both,” reads the SI.
A number of fake messages concerning incidences of the virus in the country have been rife on social media.
The SI has four parts dealing with various issues that is provisions on the interpretation and scope of order, national lockdown and prohibition of gatherings, border closure orders and general issues.
Constitutional law expert Professor Lovemore Madhuku said the SI was important to ensure that Government conforms with the Constitution.
“The Constitution requires that anything that Government does it has to be done in terms of the law,” Prof Madhuku said.
“It was therefore necessary to have that SI to satisfy an act of Government that limits fundamental rights that are set out in the Constitution.”
He added that all countries that have declared lockdowns have had to pass legislation to justify their actions.
Another lawyer, Mr Obert Gutu concurred saying: “It wouldn’t have been legal to call for a national lockdown without providing for the necessary legal requirement of promulgating an appropriate SI.
“Zimbabwe is a constitutional democracy and, therefore, every action of Government, if it will be legal and constitutional must, of necessity, be anchored on the laws of the country.”
The SI has four parts with Part I dealing with the title, interpretation and scope of order, Part II dealing with national lockdown and prohibition of gatherings, Part III providing for border closure orders and Part IV general issues.
According to the SI the lockdown that began yesterday will run until April 19.
During the period, individuals would be confined to their homes and may only leave to buy basic necessities at a supermarket or food retail store, or fuel or gas at a fuel or gas retail outlet, within a radius not exceeding five kilometres or the nearest establishments if those within the radius are closed.
However, only one person per household would be permitted to leave the house for the above purposes.
Individuals are also permitted to leave their homes to buy at pharmacies within a five kilometre radius or the nearest establishment if the first one is closed or does not have required medicines in stock.
People working in organisations providing essential services are also permitted to leave their homes to go to work including those working for foreign missions or agencies.
Foreigners, residents or protected subjects of a foreign nation visiting missions of countries they are citizens, residents or subjects are also exempted from the lock down order.
The SI also ordered the closure of every business except those providing essential services that include but not limited to pharmacies, laboratories, banking institutions, payment and money transfer services, supermarkets and food retail stores, fuel outlets and health care providers.
Other business operations that are exempted include those in transport services engaged in the carriage of staff for essential services, the carriage of sick persons to hospitals and other health care providers, and the transport of water, food, fuel, basic goods, medical supplies needed to combat Covid-19 and other medical supplies.
Public transport services, whether intra-city or inter-city, for the passengers shall be restricted to those provided by Zupco vehicles operated by or on behalf of the Public Service Association, the Police Service, the Defence Forces and the Civil Protection Authorities.
Commuter omnibuses and other passenger service vehicles operated or chartered by local authorities for their staff for essential services, the carriage of sick persons to hospitals and other health care providers, and the transport for provisions needed to combat Covid-19 and other medical supplies are also exempted.
“Every individual found outside his or her home shall have the burden of proving, to the satisfaction of an enforcement officer, that he or she is covered by any of the exceptions listed in subsection or is acting under demonstrably exceptional circumstances,” reads part of the SI.
Any person who contravenes the lockdown order would be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level twelve or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both.
The SI also bans gatherings of more than two people however, in circumstances where they are allowed to gather there should be not more than 50 people and should also observe social distancing.
Gatherings that are permitted include funeral services, people carried within a transport service vehicle provided the social distancing rule is possible and individuals in supermarkets, hospitals among others.
The SI empowers enforcement officers to disperse people breaking the rule on gathering or order gatherings to comply with the social distancing rule.
“Any person partaking at a gathering or convener there of who partakes in or convenes a gathering knowing that such gathering is prohibited refuses to disperse from a gathering after being ordered to disperse or refuses to observe the social distancing rule after being ordered to do so in terms of subsection shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fi ne not exceeding level 12 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year to both such fine and such imprisonment,” reads the SI.
Diplomatic visas, temporary residence permit or employment permit of every foreign national who, during the period of national lockdown, is permitted to be in Zimbabwe by virtue of that visa or permit is hereby extended so that the period of the national lockdown is not counted as part of the period during which they are permitted to be in Zimbabwe.
The SI also prohibits the hoarding at home or any other premises of medical supplies needed to combat COVID-19 and food in excess of what is needed to be stored for himself or herself and his or her family during the period
of the national lockdown.
People contravening the provision would be liable to a level 12 fine, a year imprisonment or both.
Watch video of scene at United Bulawayo Hospitals, no nurses, no doctors, nothing.
Senior Zimbabwean doctor Siduduzo Mphoko has urged Zimbabweans to stay home no matter how difficult it is and avoid contacting the killer Coronavirus as government hospitals literally have nothing to help patients with.
Mphoko posted a video on social media showing the United Bulawayo Hospitals empty without any doctor or nurse on site.
Mphoko lamented the situation in the health sector saying it was overwhelming.
Below is her very touching appeal for Zimbabweans to adhere to the national lockdown.
Today at work..UBH…Majority of the nursing staff tools down. The hospital has literally 1, and a maximum of 2 nurses per ward. The wards have patients!. Its now overwhelming. ? The structure of a hospital is very important…its like the foundation of a house. All the elements matter, our nurses matter, our senior nurses matter, the pharmacist matters, the receptionist matters, our admin matter, the switchboard operator matters, that lady or man who sweeps the floor matters…that person who works in the kitchen matters, that security guard…matters…that man or lady who tends to the garden matters. We ALL matter. Those of us in the frontline need proper PPEs, we need the public to #stayhome and stay safe, no unecessary movement, we need ppl to practice #social distancing. Please. ” Help us help you, by helping yourselves…stay home” #DrBae #Covid-19 ?
A FAMILY from Makokoba whose relative died at home, sparking a Covid-19 scare has accused a police officer who attended the scene of spreading the unfounded story that the death was due to coronavirus.
Residents in one of the city’s oldest suburbs have reportedly started stigmatising the family, even after health experts dispelled the rumour that Danisa Tshili, who was based in South Africa, died of Covid-19.
The family is facing challenges in buying basics as vendors who know them are afraid to accept their money.
Mourners are said to be keeping their distance as they fear Tshili’s family members may be infected.
Tshili died on Wednesday, hours after returning from the neighbouring country.
His family yesterday said he was attacked by thugs in South Africa and had returned to receive home care.
They said prior to being attacked, he had returned home about a week ago to get a new emergency passport to renew his work permit that had expired.
His sister, Ms Siphathisiwe Tshili, said when they had called police and Doves Funeral Parlour to remove his body from the house when an officer after checking his travelling history made ‘reckless and unfounded claims’ that since he was in South Africa, he could have died of coronavirus.
“This is what caused Doves Funeral Services to stop the process of retrieving his body. They removed it when they came for the third time upon arrival of city health officials. Before his death, he had visited a clinic in South Africa which had recommended that he be admitted so that they monitor his situation. But considering that he had no one to take care of him in the neighbouring country, he opted to come back home. His body was only removed after health officers from Bulawayo City Council visited the house and went through his medical papers,” said Ms Tshili.
She said it made no sense for the police officer to make unsubstantiated claims when he had documents detailing his medical history.
Ms Tshili said the falsehood has resulted in neighbours and other relatives avoiding the family as they seem to still believe members are infected.
“Neighbours are now sceptical. Some of them do not want to come close to us because of the fear this has caused. I wanted to buy tomatoes at the market, but because some people who knew me refused to take my money. After the matter was published in the paper, we also got a lot of calls from our relatives who stay far and wide trying to understand the truth of the matter. Some of them were even afraid to come to the funeral wake saying if it is coronavirus, it might wipe us all as a clan,” Ms Tshili said.
She said even those who might have assisted in making burial arrangements, may stay away from them.
Ms Tshili said if her brother had died of Covid-19, it was automatic that the family was going to be placed on isolation but because it is not, they are still going about burial preparations.
Area councillor Shadreck Sibanda, who was also at the family home called for professionalism in the police force.
“We can’t have a police officer who is supposed to be guided by professionalism being casual with information. Right now, a lot of people in Makokoba might not know what the real truth is just because of such reckless behaviour. I believe the Zimbabwe Republic Police should censure officers from spreading falsehood. I also want to encourage residents to avoid spreading information that they have not verified,” said Cllr Sibanda.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube said his office was not aware of the development.
“As police, we were never informed of corona. The Makokoba incident was never linked to corona. We’re treating it as sudden death. Corona can only be declared by a competent medical team,” said Insp Ncube.
Bulawayo has not recorded a Covid-19 case despite the country recording seven cases, one of them fatal. Authorities have also expressed concern over fake news circulating over Covid-19.
Harare City Council intends to close the Mbare Fresh Produce Market, where the city gets most of its vegetable supplies, and the Mupedzanhamo informal market tomorrow, if the Government agrees.
Council has already told vendors at undesignated sites that municipal police will be enforcing the order.
Harare corporate communications manager Mr Michael Chideme said council was still waiting for Government’s response on the closure of the markets.
Mbare Musika fresh produce market
In a statement, council told vendors trading at undesignated sites to immediately vacate such places as part of efforts to minimise human contact in the fight against the coronavirus.
“Municipal police has been directed to move in and enforce the measure with the assistance of the Zimbabwe Republic Police,” said the council.
“We advise that for those operating in designated areas such as markets and home industries, council is consulting with Central Government for the closure of the same starting March 28, 2020.
“Should the consultation succeed, traders in all markets must vacate markets and home industries by end of day March 27. These measures are being taken in light of the Covid-19 virus, which is currently ravaging the whole world.” Under normal circumstances, council would have done consultative meetings with members of the informal sector in line with its engagement model with all stakeholders.
Announcing a raft of measures on Monday to limit gatherings and travel, President Mnangagwa noted difficulties in the informal sector, where around three quarters of families earn a living.
The President intimated that the Government was looking at controls, rather than outright bans. The two giant markets were both crowded yesterday.
While there was hand washing taking place at Mupedzanhamo, an advance made during this week, it was a different case at Mbare Musika. At Glen View 8 complex, traders, mainly in furniture manufacturing, were going on with their business as usual.
Queues ignored social distancing across the city at terminuses, and in queues for water, mealie meal and fuel yesterday.
Every Zimbabwean has a role to play in protecting their families and communities against coronavirus, President Mnangagwa has said.
Writing on his Twitter handle, @edmnangagwa, the President reiterated calls for people to observe the highest standards of hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus.
“We all have a role to play in protecting our families and communities against coronavirus. Keep your distance, wash your hands, keep your distance, stay home,” President Mnangagwa tweeted.
People, the President said, should wash hands regularly, avoid physical contact including hugging, stay at home unless it is important to travel and maintain social distance of at least two metres.
President Mnangagwa last week declared the pandemic a state of national disaster.
In an earlier tweet, he thanked Chinese billionaire Mr Jack Ma for the donations made to fight the deadly virus.
Mr Jack donated 20 000 laboratory diagnostic test kits, 100 000 medical face masks and 10 000 protective suits.
“Thank you @Jack Ma for your generous donation of coronavirus testing kits and preventive materials, a true act of friendship that will be crucial to helping us fight the virus. With unity, discipline and cooperation, we can prevail.”
Meanwhile, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has called on the Group of 20 most developed countries to set aside a US$100 billion fund for immediate health response, social safety nets and feeding of out-of-school children in African countries affected by coronavirus.
The money would be on top of the US$50 billion already pledged by the G-20.
In a statement, UNECA said: “As a proportion of GDP, this is consistent with measures taken in other regions. To ensure immediate fiscal space and liquidity, this package should include a waiver of all interest payments, estimated at US$44 billion for 2020.”
State Media|President Mnangagwa yesterday launched Zimbabwe’s US$26 million preparedness and response plan for coronavirus aimed at building an integrated and coordinated strategy on preventing the spread of the virus causing Covid-19 and mitigating its effects.
He said coronavirus was almost certain to reach Zimbabwe, hence the need for a detailed plan to minimise its effects and spread.
“It is no longer a matter of if or but when our country will have these cases”.
The total budget will be spent in eight areas identified by the Ministry of Health and Child Care with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The areas and their allocations are:
Planning, monitoring and coordination US$1 424 100;
Risk communication and community engagement US$1 098 500;
Surveillance, rapid response and case investigation US$4 159 890;
Points of entry US$112 440;
National laboratory system US$3 119 454;
Infection prevention and control US$238 850;
Case management US$4 090 540; and
Logistics, procurement and supply management US$12 144 606.
The plan was crafted by the Ministry of Health and Child Care with technical support from other partners based on eight pillars set by the World Health Organisation.
Launching the plan, President Mnangagwa said no country was immune to the disease and Government was committed to stopping Covid-19 in its tracks.
He said given the fast rate at which coronavirus was spreading, Zimbabwe could no longer afford to continue with a “business as usual approach” and so should step up its efforts to be prepared.
“As Zimbabwe, we cannot continue with business as usual approach, as it is no longer a matter of if but when our country will have these cases,” said President Mnangagwa.
“Around 200 000 people have tested positive to the coronavirus globally and around 7 000 have died due to the disease worldwide. Closer home, around 30 or more African countries have confirmed cases of Covid-19 and in our region, seven out of 16 Sadc countries have confirmed cases.
“Considering the scale and magnitude of the spread of this virus, it is very clear that no country is immune from the disease and its impact. With our HIV prevalence of 14 percent in Zimbabwe or slightly below and malnutrition and other non-communicable diseases, especially among children, we are deeply concerned about the impact Covid-19 could have in Zimbabwe.
“This situation is a real threat to the citizens of our mother country. My Government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care has put in place and continues to enhance measures to minimise the import of COVID-19 into the country and ensure health safety of citizens of our country.”
President Mnangagwa said the world over, Governments had activated emergency modes, as the number of cases, the number deaths and the number of affected countries had increased significantly.
He said although Covid-19 was first reported in China, the total number of cases and deaths outside China had now overtaken the total number of cases in China with Europe now being the epicentre of the pandemic.
Said President Mnangagwa: “The national emergency preparedness and response mechanism and surveillance and early detection of any possible cases was activated and will remain active until after the World Health Organisation has removed the global health alert. Our preparedness measures have been stepped up through heightened surveillance systems at national, provincial and district levels with special focus on all ports of entry throughout the country with mandatory screening of all visitors having already started and all our Government buildings and infrastructure should be screened with immediate effect.
“In addition, active surveillance and follow ups continue to be done to minimise the spread of the Covid-19 in Zimbabwe.
“As of March 13 2020, around 10 000 travellers had been screened at our ports of entry and put on surveillance. All our hospitals remain on high alert for the Covid-19. Work is in progress to strengthen the capacity of identifying isolation centres that are able to manage severe cases throughout the country.
“There is no confirmed case yet in Zimbabwe but considering the volume of traffic and other countries in the region and internationally, we need to step up and enhance our preparedness and response to the scourge.”
The launch of the Zimbabwe preparedness and response plan at State House was also attended by Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Cabinet Ministers, United Nations officials and diplomats affiliated to the country.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Zambia for allegedly defaming President Edgar Lungu in Facebook posts, police said on Wednesday, as critics accuse the regime of turning increasingly authoritarian.
The unnamed teenager, based in the central small town of Kapiri Mposhi, was arrested on Monday and charged with three counts of libel. He will appear in court “soon”, police said.
“Police have charged and arrested a male juvenile, aged 15 years, for the offence of defamation of the president,” police spokesperson Esther Katongo said in a statement. “The suspect is alleged to have created a Facebook page using the name ZOOM and published defamatory matters against the republican president.”
The teenager faces a maximum five-year jail term.
One of his posts read “Which other name can you name a dog apart from Edgar Lungu,” and another said “We are better off as a country without Edgar Lungu.”
Lungu, in power since 2015, faces mounting complaints that he is cracking down on dissent and seeking to consolidate power ahead of next year’s elections. A few opposition leaders have been arrested in recent years on charges of defaming Lungu.
Outspoken hip-hop musician and activist Chama “Pilato” Fumba has also been previously arrested over his anti-government protests. On one occasion he was arrested over his hit song, Koswe Mumpoto (Rat in the Pot), which supporters of the ruling Patriotic Front saw as an attack on Lungu and his government.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases have escalated to 51, after Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that 13 more people had been diagnosed.
This comes after 14 new cases were confirmed yesterday.
“As of today, 15 March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is now 51. This 8means that our numbers have increased by 13 since yesterday’s announcement.” Said Mkhize.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to issue a statement on Sunday, following an urgent cabinet meeting convened to address the concerning increase in cases.
If you are based in Gauteng, the Western Cape and Kwazulu Natal, you might want to take extra precautionary measures to protect yourself, while government remains hesitant of implement stringent measures.
See below, the breakdown per province is as follows:
⁃A 60 year old male who had travelled to Iran.
⁃A 36 year old male who had travelled to the UK
⁃A 54 year old male who had travelled to Switzerland
⁃A 27 year old male who had travelled to the UK
⁃A 21 year old female who had travelled to Germany
⁃A 53 year old female who had travelled to Germany
⁃A 29 year old male who had travelled to Switzerland
WESTERN CAPE: 5
⁃A 35 year old female who had travelled to Germany and Austria
⁃A 42 year old female who had travelled to Spain, Switzerland and the UK
⁃A 50 year old male who had travelled to the Netherlands
⁃A 33 year old male who had travelled to Switzerland
⁃A 35 year old male who had travelled to Austria
⁃A 34 year old male who had travelled to the UK
From yesterday’s cases, Gauteng confirmed 7, Western Cape 6 and Kwazulu Natal 1.
It’s not yet clear whether Ramaphosa will finally announce a travel ban and other strict measure in order to curb the global pandemic from spreading further.
MORE than 30 000 members of the Church of Christ Latter Day Saints in Zimbabwe will today have an unusual Sunday of spending the day at home as their parent church called off services worldwide amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.
Although no case of the disease has been reported in Zimbabwe, church leaders in the country said they were following instructions from church leaders in Utah, United States of America who have suspended all worship globally following the spread of the coronavirus across many countries.
“Beginning immediately, all public gatherings of church members are being temporarily suspended worldwide until further notice. This includes conferences, leadership conferences and other large gatherings, all public worship services, including sacrament meetings, branch, ward and stake activities. Where possible, leaders should conduct any essential leadership meetings via technology. Specific questions may be referred to local priesthood leaders. Further direction related to other matters will be provided,” the church said last week.
The president of the Bulawayo Church of Christ Latter Day Saints, Mr Ngqabutho Moyo, said they were suspending services in the country following the instruction from their headquarters, although no cases of the disease have been reported in the country.
“Although there are no cases of Covid-19 recorded yet in Zimbabwe, we took this (instruction) as a revelation for the benefit of everyone since we are a global organisation which runs on revelation,” he said.
Mr Moyo said the church has more than 16 million members worldwide while in Zimbabwe they have at least 30 000 congregants and 18 branches in the Matabeleland region. The move by the church comes a few weeks before the country joins the rest of the world to mark the Easter holiday. The Easter holiday is key among Christians and churches as they hold mass gatherings to mark and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In Zimbabwe one of the biggest church gatherings involve the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) who gather at Mbungo in Bikita District where an average of 40 000 church members usually meet during the Easter celebrations. However, ZCC Bishop Dr Nehemiah Mutendi said at the moment there had been no changes to the proposed gathering.
ZCC Bishop Dr Nehemiah Mutendi
“Our calendar of events has not changed so far. If there could be any changes we will notify everyone through the media,” he said.
Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) president Bishop Johannes Ndanga said churches who will hold mass gatherings during Easter holidays should start registering with the Ministry of Health and Child Care notifying them of their events, in case of an outbreak of the diseases.
“As much as we consider Covid-19 a health threat, the virus cannot be a barrier to church tradition. Now that we are heading for Easter holidays, I figure it is wise that the Ministry of Health and Child Care deploys its health workers to such gatherings in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus because we cannot postpone such gatherings as it is a Bible mandate. I encourage fellow Christians countrywide to take this wise move and liaise with the ministry and inform them on upcoming events so that they can be tested and get advice on precautionary measures,” he said.
State Security Minister Owen Ncube declined to answer a question from a Senator who had posed a question in Ndebele saying he does not understand the language.
Ncube, a close ally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, was acting Leader of the House during Senate’s question and answer last Thursday when MDC Senator Siphiwe Ncube asked him a question in Ndebele.
“I would like to ask the Minister if they are aware that teachers have letters of agreement with schools that teachers should go to school once a week giving reasons that the money that they get is only equivalent for them to be coming to school for teaching lessons once a week,” asked Sen Ncube.
The State Security Minister, also from Mnangagwa’s Midlands province, responded saying:
“Unfortunately I did not get the question as I do not understand Ndebele,” he said.
The deputy president of the Senate Michael Nyambuya asked for any government official to answer tree question.
Deputy Defence Minister Victor Matemadanda , also from the Midlands province, responded to the question but first asked if he could speak in Shona.
Said Nyambuya after objections from the floor, “Minister you are right. You do not demand they talk in that language. You chose Ndebele and he is choosing Shona, but anyway you may answer the question in Ndebele.”
Parliament was on Wednesday forced to adjourn earlier than planned when MDC MPs angrily voiced their disapproval over the ‘shallow’ manner with which State Security minister Owen Ncube was responding to questions
Paul Nyathi|The opposition MDC has declared that it will be holding sporadic unannounced demonstrations against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.
The party’s deputy spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said the lines have been drawn against government and they will soon engage in a series of demos without warning or notifying the relevant authorities as prescribed in the Maintenance of Public Order Act.
Zanu PF Youth League affiliates have thrown their weight behind the party’s decision to remove Pupurai Togarepi, Lewis Matutu and Godfrey Tsenengamu from their positions.
Speaking at a press conference held at the party headquarters in Harare on Friday, National Youth Service chairman Absolom Madusise said it was important that Zanu PF maintained law and order among its rank and file.
“We are here gathered as Zanu PF affiliate youth associations issuing this press statement rallying behind the decision made by the Zanu PF Politburo and the party’s President and First Secretary, His Excellency Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, with regards to maintaining law and order within the revolutionary party.
“We do hereby re-emphasise that the party cadres, especially the youth, must stand guided by the values and ethos of the revolutionary party which include discipline at all levels, within the rank and file, when conducting business that relates to our beloved party Zanu PF and especially to those who hold influential positions who must show maturity to maintain our dignity on the face of our nation.”
Madusise encouraged party youths to focus on economic development, which will result in job creation and economic revival.
A 21-YEAR-OLD man from Filabusi has been arrested for fatally stabbing a man who had offered him a lift.
Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed the incident which occurred at Skuta area in Filabusi last Saturday at around 9PM.
He said Everton Dube from Tsotsi B Village in Filabusi stabbed John Dube from Mberengwa on the stomach.
This was after Dube demanded some of the money he had paid as fare since he was seated on the loading box.
‘’I can confirm that we recorded a murder case which occurred in Skuta area in Filabusi. The now deceased John Dube was driving a Ford Ranger double cab from Zvishavane to Mbalabala with six passengers on board. When he got to Mberengwa turn off he picked up three more passengers who were going to Skuta and they agreed to pay $55 each.’’
Upon dropping off at Skuta, Everton Dube demanded back $10 from the driver after complaining that he travelled uncomfortably as he had been seated on the loading box and it was windy,’’ he said.
Chief Insp Ndebele said the driver disembarked from the vehicle in order to resolve the matter with Everton.
He said instead Everton drew a knife and stabbed Dube on the stomach leaving his intestines protruding.
Chief Insp Ndebele said the other passengers rushed to Dube’s aid while Everton removed the keys from the ignition and fled with them.
He said the passengers stopped another vehicle which ferried Dube to the nearest hospital but he died along the way.
Chief Insp Ndebele said the matter was reported to the police resulting in Everton’s arrest while at his home.
He urged members of the public to desist from resorting to violence when faced with disputes.
‘’We continue to urge people to desist from resorting to violence when faced with disputes. They should find amicable ways of resolving issues or engage third parties. People should also desist from carrying around dangerous weapons. As police we recently issued a ban against the carrying of these dangerous weapons as they have been the cause of many murder cases and serious assault cases.
“In this case a life was lost over $10 yet the matter could have been resolved easily. People are often murdered over trivial issues. Motorists should also be careful on who they offer lifts and not pick up people randomly,” Chief Insp Ndebele said.
Gutu District Development Coordinator (formally District Administrator DA) Melody Jiri has with immediate effect been transferred to Harare allegedly because she showed sympathy towards the MDC.
Jiri assumes the position of deputy director at the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing headquarters where she is without any specific assignment.
Masvingo Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC) Fungai Mbetsa confirmed the transfer but said he was not aware of any political reasons behind the transfer.
However, Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Youth Chairperson Brian Munyoro said Jiri deserved the transfer because she allegedly refused to take directives from the party. He accused her of siding with MDC Alliance councilors in the district and visiting projects in the wards more than she did for Zanu PF councilors.
Jiri refused to comment, she said that she was not allowed to speak to the Press. This is not the first time the professionals have been moved out of Gutu on the basis of pressure from the ruling party. The former medical superintendent for Gutu Mission Hospital Edmore Zvidzai was removed from the district in 2018 after he clashed with the party having refused to give in to pressure to donate his money to the party affairs.
Chirumanzu DA, Tapson Chivanga was also transferred to Harare last year after Zanu PF youth besieged his offices.
Party activists are also piling pressure for the dismissal of senior management at Zaka Rural District Council for defying orders.
“We welcome Jiri’s transfer to Harare. She was conniving with opposition councilors, visiting their wards to do various projects. We are also told that her working relationships with subordinates were not good,” said Munyoro.
“I confirm that Gutu DDC has been to Harare with immediate effect. She will leave after completing the handover and takeover process. I am not aware of any issues behind the transfer since they were not indicated in the letter of transfer” said Mbetsa.
Party activists are also allegedly piling pressure for the dismissal of senior management at Zaka Rural District Council for defying orders.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that the government of South Korea contributed US$200 000 towards food assistance to refugees living in Zimbabwe.
We present below the WFP News Release of the 7th of February
SOUTH KOREA HELPS WFP PROVIDE FOOD ASSISTANCE TO REFUGEES IN ZIMBABWE
HARARE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$200,000 from the Government of the Republic of Korea to assist refugees living in Zimbabwe’s Tongogara Refugee Camp (TRC) at a time when resources have otherwise run dry.
“Refugee populations around the world are one of the most vulnerable,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP Zimbabwe Country Representative & Director.
“At a time when Zimbabwe and Southern Africa is faced with massive humanitarian needs because of drought and economic woes, this already at-risk community is struggling even more. The support from the people and Government of Korea will make a great difference in the lives of the refugee population here.”
Located in Chipinge district, TRC is home to nearly 14,000 refugees from across southern and central Africa. The funds provided by the Republic of Korea will enable WFP – in partnership with the Government of Zimbabwe, UNHCR and Terre des Hommes, a Southern Africa-based NGO – to continue providing much-needed food and nutrition assistance.
Due to their refugee status, TRC residents are unable to seek employment outside the camp, and internal income-generating opportunities are limited. Therefore, most households rely solely on WFP food assistance to survive.
“I hope that this assistance we are recognizing today will help the people in Tongogara Refugee Camp to enhance their well-being.” Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Cho Jaichel said. “I also hope the friendship and cooperation between our two countries will continue and strengthen further. Despite the current challenges, I strongly believe that Zimbabwe has a great potential of growth and brighter future. For our Zimbabwean friends, the Korean government is always ready to share our development experience.”
WFP’s support to refugees in Zimbabwe faces ongoing funding shortfalls. The Republic of Korea’s contribution comes in the wake of an urgent plea for funds by WFP, which is working to provide 4.1 million people in Zimbabwe with emergency food assistance amid the country’s current hunger crisis. At present, more than 7.7 million people – or half of Zimbabwe’s population – is food insecure. More than US$200 million is still required for WFP to provide people with life-saving food aid during the peak of this year’s lean season (Jan-April 2020).
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The driver of a tow tractor at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport was killed on Friday (February 7) when a passenger jet ran into the vehicle.
Airport director Samphan Khutranont did not identify the man killed in the 8am accident, in which the Nok Air jet, Flight DD6458 arriving from Nakhon Si Thammarat, was being towed towards a disembarking bay.
The coupling broke, the tractor stopped immediately, but the plane continued rolling forward into the vehicle.
The tractor driver died soon after at a hospital, while another ground-service employee also injured was being treated, Samphan said.
Nok Air replaced the damaged aircraft, which departed the airport after an hour’s delay.
Own Correspondent| Barely a fortnight after exchanging wedding vows with her United Kingdom based husband, Sexy Angels leader Beverly Sibanda is back on the showbiz arena as she is set to take her acts to the mining town of Zvishavane.
Bev’s wedding to Mufudzi Chambuka grabbed headlines for close to a week as people were caught by surprise.
State Media|President Emmerson Mnangagwa has officially declared that his government now needs divine intervention to get things right.
Mnangagwa, who was accompanied by First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa, was speaking at the launch of the Zimbabwe Indigenous International Council of Churches (ZIICC) National Day of Prayer at the National Sports Stadium.
Addressing about 30 000 congregants at the convention, President Mnangagwa said the initiatives being undertaken by the Government to transform the country’s economy needed to be complemented by the churches’ support.
President Mnangagwa, who based much of his speech on biblical scriptures, implored the nation to commit its aspirations to God.
“However, as a country, we must pray for divine protection, economic prosperity and peace without ceasing. The Bible commands us to pray and to give thanks in whatever circumstances we may find ourselves.
“1 Thessalonians 5 verse 17-18: ‘Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’
“We must always commit all our national aspirations to the Almighty God; casting our burdens to him for surely he shall sustain us,” said the President.
President Mnangagwa urged church leaders to encourage their members to be productive, in line with Government’s theme for 2020.
“I have declared the year 2020 as a year of productivity and trade. I, therefore, call upon the leadership of all churches in Zimbabwe to engage, teach and encourage their congregants to be hardworking and productive. God has given us abundant natural resources throughout the country,” he said.
“We must harness these natural endowments to improve the quality of life for our people.”
He implored churches to “be visible and relevant to Government development initiatives” such as the devolution programme.
The President pledged to immediately address grievances raised by indigenous churches, in particular access to land for worship.
“Turning to your genuine concerns you have raised, in particular, the possible special consideration in accessing land for worship in both rural and urban areas, let me assure you that responsible authorities will look into the matter with the urgency it deserves.
“Equally, we have established institutions to deal with the youths, women, people living with disabilities and SMEs, among others,” he said.
The President applauded indigenous churches for standing behind Government in calling for the removal of sanctions imposed on the country.
“I want to thank you indigenous churches for mobilising your congregants to support and unite the Government and the SADC region in our call for the urgent removal of economic sanctions against our country. We commend that collective, loud and audible voice,” said President Mnangagwa.
In his remarks, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga applauded President Mnangagwa for offering the indigenous churches a platform for dialogue, which was part of his promise to be a listening President.
“Since assuming the leadership role of the Second Republic, His Excellency President Mnangagwa has indeed lived up to his promise that he is a listening President who welcomes ideas and dialogue from all walks of life,” he said.
The Vice President said the work being done by ZIICC clears the road to the “Promised Land” for Zimbabwe to become an Upper Middle Income Economy by 2030 adding that churches played a complementary role in fighting current scourges such as the machete-wielding gangsters.
In his remarks, ZIICC patron Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi said churches were not involved in politics, but had a God-given mandate to pray for the nation and its leaders.
“We have thought to take our place as the church of Zimbabwe, but not focusing on politics but on our God-given mandate to be God’s intermediaries to his people,” he said.
“We are only here to pray for the leaders and pray for the country and to help work together and do all we can to maintain peace.”
VP Chiwenga said President Mnangagwa remained “at the top of our agenda in terms of our prayers because he is driving a big bus, which is our country Zimbabwe. To the shock or surprise of our detractors, Zimbabwe is still going strong. This is because Zimbabwe is a prayerful nation,” he said.
Bishop Roderick Makusha of Deeper Life Ministries urged MDC-Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to move on beyond the 2018 elections.
“You can claim that you were rigged, but at times you have to accept the result because God would have given his stamp of approval. You have to accept so that the nation goes forward,” he said.
“You should let bygones be bygones; you never know, maybe one day, you can be the winner.”
Prophet Andrew Wutawunashe of the Family of God church commended President Mnangagwa’s administration for upholding freedom of worship and supporting indigenous churches that had for a long time played second fiddle to foreign denominations.
Prophet Wutawunashe said opposition politicians should not focus on political battles at the expense of the general people.
“If we continue in the futile, adversarial and power-seeking politicking, which is solely based on the destructive opposition whose sole end is political power, we will abort the path to our own God-given prosperity,” he said.
“Let us, as we pray, heed the clarion call to unite and address our differences and work together for the agenda of strengthening and building our nation, which holds great dividends for our people.
“While our nation, just like other nations, has its own fair share of problems, the answer does not lie in cannibalising our own nation and the future of our own children by bowing to foreign powers.”
Several Cabinet ministers and senior Government officials attended the event.
AN army camp commandant, who was responsible for the maintenance of the Defence House, is expected to appear in court on allegations of manufacturing fake payment invoices for cleaning services that were not rendered, which saw the Ministry of Defence losing $306 135 in the process.
Luxwell Ngara (51)is expected to appear at the Harare magistrates court charged with fraud.
He is alleged to have teamed up with three accounts officers from the same ministry- Danison Muvandi, who is on the run, Peter Muchakazi and Kunofiwa Mervyn Madondo, who have since appeared in court on similar allegations-and raised invoices towards payment of non-existent cleaning services to Maids on Wheels Private Limited.
Ngara was arrested by officers from the Zimbabwe Anti-corruption Commission.
If recent words from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp are anything to go by, then no African player, no matter how good that player is, will come into Liverpool team anytime soon.
This much was gathered from the Liverpool boss after the 2021 Africa cup of nations in Cameroon was pushed forward to January-February due to weather conditions.
The Confederation of African football, CAF announced last week that the AFCON in Cameroon will no longer hold in the summer as initially planned because it will be rainy season around June/July in the country.
That singular announcement by CAF has thrown many European clubs, especially the top ones in serious problem for next season because they are definitely going to lose the services of their top players for the period of the tournament.
This is a problem many European clubs thought they have overcome when the Africa Cup of Nations was moved to the summer from the traditional calendar of January/February but the problem seems to have resurfaced again.
While many clubs in the premier league will be dealt a blow by the new date of the 2021 AFCON, one team that will face the music more seems to be Liverpool where they are sure to lose three key players to the tournament in January.
Liverpool’s fantastic front three is made up of two African sons in Mohammed Salah of Egypt and Sadio Mane of Senegal.
And if Liverpool wants to replicate the sort of season they are having at the moment next season, they can’t afford to have both players unavailable for a long period of time such as the case will be when they leave for the AFCON.
Another player they will be missing during the AFCON is Guinean captain Nabil Keita, who is a midfield general for both club and country.
This definitely has frustrated the Liverpool manager to make it clear that he and the club will now seriously think it through before bringing in an African player going forward.
Klopp said “the African cup of nations going back to January and February, for us is a catastrophe losing three players”.
“The other thing it does which is true is that it does not help African players. Offcourse we will not sell Nabil, Mo and Mane because they have a tournament in February but if you have to make a decision of bringing in a player, it is a massive one. You know for four weeks or there about you don’t have him. As a club you have to think about things like this, so it does not help the African players for sure.”
The English Premier League is set to lose about 35 players to the African Cup of Nations next year.
Standard|ZIMBABWE women’s football has fallen from grace to grass with the country’s national teams being hit — left, right and centre — in the process turning themselves into a punching bag of the international world.
Not only are they being beaten, but they are being thrashed if not massacred at will, raising questions as to what exactly has happened to what at one time was one of the elite teams in African women’s football.
One thing that is clear is that something is wrong somewhere when a team that was at the 2016 Olympic Games is hammered 5-0 by Zambia and its Under-17s humiliated 5-0 by — of all teams — little Botswana.
Few, that is if there are any, would argue that the Zimbabwe women’s game has suffered this rapid decline not because Zimbabwe does not have good players or the best of coaches, but because of administrative shortcomings.
Coaches without any link or knowledge of the players are being randomly picked by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) to handle national teams, while the Zimbabwe Women Soccer League has been sidelined and reduced to spectators in their own game.
Although they might not want to publicly admit it, the Women Soccer League does not have a say on who is appointed to coach which age group or the women national team as they are not even consulted.
More importantly, is the fact that Zifa dictates how funds allocated to women from Fifa must be used and also selects who should accompany women’s teams to foreign lands, some of whom have caused irreparable damage.
What is clearly evident is that Zifa do not seem to have respect on the ability of women and believe women cannot do anything successful on their own, although the success of the Zimbabwe Netball Association (ZNA) seems to point otherwise.
It is shocking that after 40 years since Zimbabwe was admitted to international sport, women do not have a voice over their own affairs even though the whole world has changed.
Events on the ground even suggests that the president of the Zimbabwe Women Soccer League (ZWSL), Barbara Chikosi, is a toothless bulldog, who just sits on the all-powerful Zifa board just to make up the numbers and does not have a voice at all.
Chikosi is also associated with the entertainment industry as a music promoter.
What is disturbing is that Zimbabwe and Zifa in particular are resisting alignment with global changes and have not taken on board examples which Fifa and other successful football nations have set in recognising the role of women in football development.
What Zifa is forgetting is that a refreshing wind of change is blowing across the football world and at the top of the game at Fifa right now is Fatima Samoura, the Fifa secretary-general from Senegal.
Whatever the case, Zimbabwe women soccer teams have the potential of becoming strong once again on the international stage — only if the right things are done. The first of which is to give women soccer to women and get them more involved in their own affairs.
The ZWSL should be involved in all forms of women’s football activity and should be able to do that freely with nobody pulling the strings.
The Women Soccer League should be given the task of recommending coaches for national duty appointments since they are the ones who are on the ground and who know the real women soccer coaches.
National team selectors should also not lose sight of the fact that there is talent in abundance in other parts of the country that needs to be given a chance instead of focusing their attention on Bulawayo and Harare only.
Fifa funds for women’s football should not be spent at Zifa level, but should percolate down to those who run women’s football because they are the ones who know better what needs to be done.
It would be a lie to say those at 53 Livingstone Avenue know more of what is happening in women’s football, the northern and southern region, the Area Zone, or the Premier Soccer League, than those actually on the ground.
The president of the ZWSL — as a Zifa board member — should be the go-between in the relationship between the national football federation and all women football matters in Zimbabwe.
It would be good to one day see the Mighty Warriors once again back at the Olympics, but that will not be easy considering the current standing of Zimbabwe women’s football.
Zifa must give women’s soccer to women and see how far they can go when in control of their own affairs. As the national football federation, Zifa should only come in as an overseer or just to supervise what is being done.
THE Meteorological Service Department (MSD) yesterday warned people to brace for more thunderstorms this week.
In a statement, the MSD said Matabeleland North, Midlands, north of Manicaland, Harare Metropolitan and all Mashonaland provinces will be mostly cloudy and will experience rain showers followed by thunder and lightning.
“Localised heavy falls remain probable. On the other hand, Matabeleland South, Bulawayo Metropolitan, Masvingo and south of Manicaland should be mostly sunny with isolated light showers that may be thundery in places,” the MSD statement said.
The MSD said rains will not be uniform with some areas expected to experience heavy downpours while others will receive showers or no rainfall.
In cases of thunderstorms, the department urged people to avoid seeking shelter under trees or shades and to avoid outdoor activities.
The department also urged people to get rid of mosquito breeding grounds.
“Mosquitoes proliferate during this season, any areas that allow stagnation of water become breeding grounds for these vectors and people should fumigate possible mosquito breeding grounds within your vicinity,” read the statement.
Own Correspondent|Exiled former ZANU PF spin doctor Professor Jonathan Moyo turns 63 years today and his close associate and former President Robert Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao has shared a video of him dancing on his birthday.
Correspondent|Wrestling superstar, La Parka, real name Jesus Alfonso Escoboza Huerta, died at the age of 54 after a deadly fall during a fierce match.
The three-time world wrestling champion was brutally injured during a fierce match at the Coliseum event in Monterrey, Mexico.
Three months ago, La Parka tried to jump out of the ring in a diving move, but his feet got tangled with the ropes which allowed him to fall onto the outside mat and he became unconscious and was rushed to the hospital.
It was gathered from a reliable source that La Parka suffered a neck and cervical fracture after the fall, but according to his wrestling company, the wrestler died of lung and kidney failure, the wrestling company released a statement saying they extend their support and condolences to the wrestler’s whole family.
IOL|A 58-year-old man accused of plotting to overthrow the government of Zambia appeared in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Mwangala Ngalande was charged with one count of treason and three overt acts, according to the Lusaka Times.
It is alleged that Ngalande conspired with Simon Njobvu to procure military equipment – including an AK47 assault rifle, pistols and rocket propelled grenades – with the intention of assassinating president Edgar Lungu and senior government officials.
Ngalande is also accused of having conspired with Njobvu to source international funding for the alleged coup attempt and reportedly managed to obtain USD$1.6million.
Both men are further accused of acting together with others to recruit 10 people for military training.
Unlike the 1970s when children came from South Africa, Zambia and Malawi for better education, more and more Zimbabwean parents now look across the Limpopo for schools which seem to promise a brighter educational future for their children.
Thokhzani Ncube (37) from Emganwini in Bulawayo says her three children are now going to stay with her sister at Hobhouse in the South African Free State province where they are going to continue with their primary education.
“Although I miss my children, I am pleased they managed to secure admission to a school in South Africa because I was worried about their future in Zimbabwe,” she said.
“The previous school they were attending here is did not do well last term. They attended lessons for eight weeks only, teachers were not attending school, this affected them so much and I thought this year things should be different,” she said.
Ncube is not the only parent sending her children to the neighboring country, as hundreds of other parents are sending both documented and undocumented children across the border by Omalayisthsa (official couriers). A snap survey at the Beitbridge border post reveled that hundreds of school going children were entering South Africa despite the fact that schools were opening in less than five days in Zimbabwe.
“I cannot afford the outrageous demands the schools are making, they want books stationery, and tissue paper soap school fees in cash, the amounts are just too high and inflated. To make matters worse we are not sure whether they are going to attend lessons as the teachers are always threatening to go on strike,” said Ncube.
Already government has warned of a sharp school fee increase as it already has asked for applications for fee increases.
A senior official in the ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Peter Muzavazi, said school should justify the increase, but some schools had already started implementing the unapproved new school fee structure.
This has already triggered an exodus of children from some schools.
Although the government has assured parents that the school term will start on a normal schedule, the economic meltdown coupled with drought and a general low morale amongst the teachers. Political analysts have predicted a gloomy term.
Unconfirmed reports from Teachers’ Associations say there is likely to be a general strike after two weeks of opening schools, as the schools can no longer afford to operate without resources. The government maintained that there would be no school fees increases, but some schools have trebled their fess and setting stringent entry conditions for new comers leaving most parents with no choice but to send their children to neighboring South Africa for better education.
In the early 1980 and 1990s, Zimbabwe prided itself for a higher literacy rate of about 90 percent the highest then in Africa, but the percentage has been going down due to a number of factors that include incapacitation of schools, low morale amongst the teachers, poor educational infrastructure and red tape within the ministry responsible for education.
A snap survey at most primary schools in Bulawayo painted a gloomy picture over the state of affairs as most schools feared that they might have lost a considerable number of children who are either going to relocate to rural areas or go to neighboring countries.
“We are not sure what is going to happen when we open, the situation has been reversing over the years. We used to register children coming from South Africa but this time it is different, we are losing our children and something should be done to harness this mass exodus. Government should ensure that we are fully capacitated to run our schools,” said a teacher at Mhali primary school in Magwegwe.
Prices of school stationery have skyrocketed, with parents now opting to buy books and other related equipment from South Africa and Botswana.
Educators have also blamed government for allowing a free for all state of affairs in the country where some institutions of learning and retail shops were allowed to increase prices at will, while some schools were not allowed to charge sustainable fees that would enable them to function normally.
Political commentators say the only solution for Zimbabwe to pull itself out of this economic malaise was through political dialogue between the ruling party and the MDC Alliance.
“Wheels have come off in almost every sector, education and health have suffered the most, children no longer go to school, hospitals have no medical equipment and medicines, and yet government still promises people that everything is going to be alright,”said Thomas Moyo a political commentator from Bulawayo.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has also been gallivanting calling for the removal of targeted sanctions by the west which he said was hurting the economy and affecting his people.
The western countries however set conditions and gave him a raft of measures and reforms that Harare should implement in exchange for engagement and financial bailout.
Among some reforms are economic, political, human rights and good governance.
However of concern to the western countries has been the snail pace at which these reforms have been taking place, casting doubts on whether the country was committed to help its poverty weary citizenry or not.
Our case for world Class EDUCATION in our lifetime!
OUR Vision is to set Zimbabwe as the hub of education in the world starting with the establishing our country as the giant in the region and on the continent.
The IRONY is that Zimbabweans are running the world but seem to be struggling to run our own country.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHERS
Teachers are the custodians of the greatest resource.
Teachers are pillars and citadels nation building
Teachers are opinion leaders and opinion makers
Teachers have the respect of community
Teachers are role models of society
THE UTILITY OF EDUCATION
▪Education is critical foundation upon which nations are built. we will have to rebuild the nation through education. Education defines the character and civilization of a nation.
▪Neglecting education is jeopardizing the future of the nation. Education remains a key component of national development, transformation and must be prioritized as such.We are in the National transformation Revolution, a struggle to revolutionize our economies.
▪Without an earnest look at what and how we are teaching our children we run the risk of squandering the future.
▪The education crisis cannot be divorced from the national crisis
▪Bad governance and the state of the economy have led us to a place where teacher remuneration is low yet school fees are high. The system is not working for the teachers who cannot afford to live on their meagre wages not for parents who mostly cannot access education at the current fee levels.
▪The starting point is to deal with the root cause of the crisis ie bad governance and the broken economy
▪Thereafter, there needs to increase funding to the education sector
▪There needs to be more capital investment in school infrastructure including the refurbishment of buildings, providing adequate learning materials and textbooks to ensure that quality education is being provided
▪The restoration of the DIGNITY, Glitter and Glamour of the Teaching profession and education practitioners. There needs to be a restoration of the Govt and society’s respect for the teaching profession and improved teacher remuneration.Teaching should be a noble profession and honorable profession.OUR Teachers must be proud after retirement.
▪There needs to be a review of the new curriculum to evaluate whether it is achieving the objectives that were set out for it, whether it is well-funded and whether it is meeting the needs of industry and the 4th industrial revolution
In this regard, the MDC government, being a People’s government, pledges the following:
1. Provision of free primary school education.
2. The construction of new schools to reduce walking distances of travelling students.
3. Construction of new classrooms to reduce teacher to pupil ratio.
4. Ensuring adequate textbooks to all students at a ratio of 1:1
5. Ensuring e learning and the total transformation of Zimbabwe’s education system to
ICT based system. Ensuring that every child has an access to a computer.COMPUTER PER SCHOOL PER CHILD
6. Ensuring the modernisation of schools with up to date libraries, laboratories and
facilities for modern education.
7. Abandoning the out of context curriculum and adopting a new modern curriculum that prepares the country and make it competitive for the Information Age, the digital 21st century and beyond with an emphasis on machine Learning, the internet of things, Artificial Intelligence, nanotechnology and fourth Industrial Revolution.A new curriculum with a bias towards entrepreneurship, leadership
8. Ensuring that, teachers are adequately remunerated and that they have access to housing loans and decent housing facilities to teachers particularly in rural areas.
9. Encourage the twinning up of rural schools with international schools or urban schools.
10. Re-Introduction of loans and grants at tertiary institutions.
11. Introduction of Centres of excellence.
12. Emphasizing in the curriculum to make it multi-dimensional and more vocational.
13. Encouraging learning of sciences and technological sciences.
14. Encouraging the teaching of sports, arts and culture in schools.
15. Promote and support centres of vocational training in specialised foods and agriculture such as Gweru, Black Forby, and Chivero.
16. Transform Zimbabwean Universities into world class institutions leveraging on the talent and academic prowess of Zimbabweans.
17. Produce excess specialised skills in the field of medicine, sciences with a deliberate aim of exporting such skills.
18. Establish a framework for a modern democratic, functional model for early childhood development.
19. Roll out vocational skills and entrepreneurial training for youth empowerment.
20. Promote a reading culture in Zimbabwe.
21. Provision of adequate learning and teaching materials.
22. Filling of critical vacancies to improve the teacher to pupil ratio.
23. Rehabilitating and expanding education facilities.
24. Strengthening school supervision.
25. Merit-based promotions
26. Teachers’ rights shall be fully recognized.
US based Zimbabwean music legend Thomas Mapfumo had a disastrous festive season after Eugene (Oregon, USA) based Tracktown Studios claimed they lost his entire 15 track album.
Tracktown Studios owned by Fernando Bispo told the Chimurenga music legend that their computer hard drive had ‘burnt’ and they were only able to recover 2 tracks.
Speaking to Nehanda Radio, Mapfumo said he was meant to have released the album before Christmas but now there was no way of recovering the album which was lost.
“The studio is saying we have to re-record the album but this comes with added expenses. We have to raise over USD$1600 to rehire the session musicians we used,” Mapfumo told Nehanda Radio.
The outspoken musician relocated to the United States in 2004 alleging intimidation and persecution by the regime of the late President Robert Mugabe.
He eventually went back to perform in Zimbabwe after the 2017 military coup that toppled Mugabe and which saw his former Vice President and long time enforcer Emmerson Mnangagwa take over.
Mapfumo was all smiles when he landed at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in April 2018. Crowds waited for more than an hour to see their hero coming back after a 14 year absence.
He performed on several shows across the country much to delight of his fans.
On his return to the US, Mukanya as he is affectionately known, was scathing of Mnangagwa’s government saying it missed a chance to form a unity government with the opposition that could have built political and economic confidence in the country after the coup that toppled Mugabe.
Mapfumo also bemoaned the deteriorating living standards in the country.
High riding Zimdancehall star Winky D who is billed to launch his much awaited new album titled Njema at HICC tonight has sparked debate on and offline with the trailblazing artist topping trends on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Winky D has courted so much controversy after releasing one of the new tracks on Njema, titled Ijipita which many interpreted to be a social commentary on the current economic and political situation in the country.
Yesterday, there were reports that the album had been banned on air while scheduled interviews with a number of national radio stations were cancelled.
Later, there were also reports that the Ninja President as he is affectionately called had been summoned to Harare Central Police Station to explain the contents of his songs.
While all this has been happening, Zimbabweans have been following the events closely with some accusing the government of interfering with the work of artists.
A scan on Twitter has revealed that Winky D is the most talked about person in Zimbabwe with 2019 tweets while the album title Njema came second ahead of Mugabe and the menacing mashurugwi who have been grabbing headlines for their heinous crimes against humanity throughout this year.
I have followed the recent rise of machete wielding Mashurugwi gangs attacking and killing willy-nilly in day light with impunity.
The recent callous murder of a police officer by these gangs is evidence that the country lacks leadership directed at protecting citizens.
The machete gangs are armed and a threat to civilians in all parts of the country, but the government is turning a blind eye like they are a sanctioned military wing just as Gukurahundi and Green Bombers was.
The action of the Mashurugwi resembles that of the infamous Green Bombers, Zanu PF’s political army. It therefore does not surprise that the carnage inflicted by these Mashurugwi is still allowed to go on.
Who is benefiting from these marauding gangs? There is a danger that they could soon be turned into a political army killing people for political reasons.
There is every need to address this situation and establish the facts as why the government is not responding with full force.
What makes it more questionable is the government’s inaction in bringing these Mashurugwi to to order yet it would disproportionately respond to unarmed civilians genuinely protesting the state of the country’s economic hardship.
This is seriously unacceptable and a threat to peace and order to the general public more concerned with putting food on the table in these difficult economic times.
The country is currently void of national leadership concerned with economic development and rule of law.
It’s rational to say that since the Mnangagwa regime came to power the main concern has been his personal protection and securing his presidency through ruthless suppression and killings.
It absolutely necessary that Nelson Chamisa and his MDC ask government why there is simple no action against these murderous gangs. The country needs answers!
A Soldier from Bulawayo was arrested for allegedly stealing guns worth $6 000 from his father’s workplace with the intention of robbing a woman.
Moketsi Ndlovu (27) who is on internship at 2 Mechanised Battalion, Inkomo barracks in Harare but a resident in Bulawayo’s Nketa suburb, was with Ngqabutho Tshuma (42) of Paddonhurst suburb, Talent Dube (34) and Bukhosi Moyo (26) both of Nkulumane suburb when they allegedly conspired to rob Ms Dorah Zivengwa of Nkulumane suburb.
Ndlovu allegedly stole the guns from Perazim Security Company located at 9 Elons Court, 3rd Avenue between Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Street and Fort Street in the central business district
Ndlovu and his accomplices were not asked to plead to conspiracy to commit robbery when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Ms Nomasiko Ndlovu.
Paul Nyathi|President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly made a personal donation of more than 3 000 tonnes of rice to all rural constituencies throughout the country. Each constituency expected to get 15 tonnes of the commodity.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister Lovemore Matuke confirmed that they have received the rice and they were already on the ground where their officers were distributing it to the villagers.
“We have received more than 3 000 tonnes of rice from President Mnangagwa. The instruction is for us to give out the rice to all rural constituencies in the country before Christmas and we are working right now to ensure that it is distributed to the intended beneficiaries,” said Matuke.
“The President sourced the rice with the rural people in mind. We are thrilled that they have been cushioned. The prices of such niceties as rice is now beyond the reach of many rural dwellers. We have families that do not have anyone in town and they are not looking forward to anything other than what they have, so, the gesture by the President goes a long way to cushion them,” said Matuke.
“This rice is for everyone. The idea of politicising food aid given by the President should not be tolerated. The President is everyone’s despite political affiliation. No one is equal than the other and no one is going to get first preference because they belong to a certain political party,” he said.
In May this year, China donated more than 10,000 tonnes of rice to assist people who were affected by Cyclone Idai as well as vulnerable households facing hunger due to drought.
Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Qian Keming handed over the consignment of 10,165 tonnes of rice to the Zimbabwean government that was represented by Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare Minister Sekesai Nzenza.
The Zimbabwean government clashed heavily with the Chinese government after Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube failed to disclose the rice food aid during his budget presentation.
Finance minister Mthuli Ncube said that China had provided Zimbabwe with US$3.6m in “development support” ranking it below the United States and UK, who both provided US$50m. The EU has provided US$41m in support.
In the wake of the budget, China’s embassy in Harare disputed the figure, saying in a statement it was “very different from the situation on the ground.”
The embassy said its records show that bilateral financial support to Zimbabwe was far greater, at US$136.8m between the period of January and September.
“The embassy wishes that the relevant departments of the Zimbabwean government will make comprehensive assessments on the statistics of bilateral supports and accurately reflect its actual situation when formulating budget statement,” it said in a statement.
A Zimbabwean researcher based in South Africa says there is need for the southern African nation to address Gukurahundi atrocities of the 1980s if the nation wants to succeed.
Cynthia Chigwenya, who made these remarks recently when she delivered her speech at the 2019 TedxLyttleton Women event held in Johannesburg, compared Zimbabwe to Rwanda. Chigwenya highlighted how Rwanda went through a genocide in 1994 and addressed it, a move that she believes led to the nation’s economic boom.
According to Chigwenya, there could be significant development in the country if Zimbabwe addresses the Gukurahundi massacres.
“Most of the governments focus on economic development without bearing much to the fact that for an economy to be built, it has its foundation on the society, and once the society is divided because of injustice that is perpetrated by the government, it needs to redress that. Rwanda took the initiative to redress the mass killings of 1994. If you look at their economic development, it is one of the most rapid growing economies in Africa right now. That is owed to redressing the 1994 genocide an injustices that occurred.”
When asked why she chose to focus on the 1994 Rwanda genocide and the Gukurahundi massacres, Chigwenya stressed her aspirations for reconstruction and development in Zimbabwe regarding the Gukurahundi massacres.
“The reason why I chose to revisit this period of conflict is the fact that in contemporary affairs, we are having an economic crisis and we tend to forget that there is an injustice that occurred during this period. This injustice is not owed to the colonial regime, but was an injustice that was perpetrated after Zimbabwe gained its independence. This is something that we as a nation need to redress.”
Chigwenya urges Zimbabwean youth to use their access to social media to their advantage to break communication barriers that older generations had and talk about the Gukurahundi massacres and formulate a way forward for Zimbabwe.
TedxLyttleton Women is an annual three-day event held in Johannesburg, South Africa, which seeks to not only provide a platform to some of the world’s most inspired thinkers allowing them to engage each other, but it also targets promoting women and girls to become creators and change-makers.
Cynthia Chigwenya is a South Africa based researcher, who is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in development studies with a focus on post-conflict reconstruction and development. In 2018, Chigwenya spent some time in Rwanda studying the effects of the 1994 genocide.
The talk given by Chigwenya, which left a predominantly South African crowd looking to learn more about Zimbabwean history and the Gukurahundi massacres, will soon be made available on Youtube on the TedxLyttleton Women page. For more details, either message Cynthia on Facebook or follow her on Twitter under the username cy_chigwenya.
Over 20,000 people were killed during the height of the Gukurahundi atrocities in the 1980s resulting in the signing of a unity agreement between then bitter rivals, PF Zapu and Zanu PF.
A GRANNY (84) from Bulawayo’s Emganwini suburb was burnt to death after the room she was sleeping in caught fire when a lit candle allegedly fell on her bed during Zesa load shedding on Sunday.
An ambulance crew pronounced Elizabeth Mguni dead upon arrival at her family’s home following a distress call.
The incident occurred at about 9PM while the suburb was also without water due to the Bulawayo City Council’s water shedding exercise.
Mguni’s nephew Mr Loveson Mguni said his aunt had retired to bed while the rest of the family was still killing time in the lounge.
“She went to bed early and the rest of us were still chatting in the lounge. Due to Zesa load shedding we had placed a lit candle in her room and also lit a mosquito coil. We don’t even know how the fire broke out. But I just saw my wife who was lying on the couch suddenly screaming and dashing to her room. She said she smelt smoke,” said Mr Mguni.
He said the granny had already been burnt on the face as well as back.
“The fire was concentrated on her pillow. But she was seriously burnt on her back and her face. We suspect she could have died due to suffocation.
“There was just too much smoke that was coming from her room. We managed to pull her out of the room while our neighbours reported the incident to emergency services and an ambulance was called. By the time it arrived we had managed to put out the fire. However, the ambulance crew pronounced her dead on arrival,” he said.
Mr Mguni said they also called police.
He said they put out the fire before it spread to other rooms.
“If it wasn’t for that little water that was stored in the house, we could be telling a different story. We didn’t have running water in the house due to water shedding,” he said.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Chief Inspector Precious Simango said the matter was being treated as a sudden death.
“There is no foul play suspected in this case and we are treating the matter as a sudden death. We however, want to appeal to members of the public to avoid leaving lit candles especially around children and the elderly,” said Chief Insp Simango.
THE war veterans bread-making venture, launched last month, has flopped with the project leaders saying they were failing to secure cheap flour.
The project, situated in Entumbane suburb in Bulawayo, meant to produce “affordable” bread using Dutch ovens, is said to have only produced two dozens of bread on the day of its launch.
Vice-chairperson of the project, Methelia Matunha in an interview, however, said the project had not stopped, but they were stocking ingredients and seeking premix flour.
“We are in the process of making another oven at the same time stocking the ingredients such as flour. We have also requested other ingredients which we could not find in Zimbabwe such as premix flour,” Matunha said.
“Currently, we stopped producing bread at that launch, but we are in the process of following up the flour.”
Matunha said they were cracking their heads to deliver on their promise of cheap bread to the community.
She said by Christmas they would be supplying bread.
“The project has not stopped, but we are stocking the ingredients since they are many. On the launch, it was just for approval so that we can bake, but there are many things including paperwork and registration so that we can be inspected health wise,” Matunha said.
“We do not want to start a project which won’t be able to supply the community, it is not about Entumbane suburb only but also other communities in Bulawayo.”
Matunha said having one Dutch oven was also hampering their dream of providing residents with cheap bread.
“During the launch, the trays were not standard and we sold bread at $7, but now the equipment we are going to receive will be bigger and the ingredients are improved, so our bread price will range from $12 to $13,” Matunha said.
Project chairperson, Partson Ndhlovu said premix flour was expensive.
“Premix flour is very costly. Three weeks back 20kg of premix flour was costing $800 at Bakers Inn,” said Ndhlovu.
“We ended up going to South Africa and we were told that it is only found in Polokwane.”
Zimlive|The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) arrested Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s estranged wife, Marry, on Saturday – a day after a stormy family meeting.
A furious Chiwenga allegedly ordered his wife’s arrest on money laundering and fraud charges following a testy meeting on Friday which was called to discuss the collapse of their customary marriage.
Marry, according to sources, was in combative mood in the meeting, repelling accusations of infidelity and telling elders from both their families that their sex life was dead.
“She was very hostile, she even described Chiwenga’s inadequacies in bed in shocking detail. It was the stuff no man wants to hear. She drove Chiwenga up the wall,” a source briefed on the meeting told ZimLive.
Sixty-three-year-old Chiwenga, who has been attempting to evict Marry from their Borrowdale home, immediately took custody of their three children aged eight, seven and five after she was arrested. Two other children from the 38-year-old former model’s past relationships were sent to her mother.
During the meeting on Friday, Chiwenga also accused Marry of trying to force him to marry her from his South African hospital bed while he was battling for life from suspected poisoning in July.
Chiwenga suggested that Marry thought he was dying – and was more interested in securing her stake in his estate.
At around the same time, Marry allegedly bought a house in Pretoria and two Range Rover SUVs for millions of rand.
The property acquisitions and the alleged attempts to force a marriage – allegedly after misrepresenting to the acting chief magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi by claiming it was Chiwenga’s wish – form part of the charges that ZACC have laid against the former model.
Marry maintains that she bought the house in South Africa to guarantee them privacy, which they did not have when booking into hotels on medical trips to the neighbouring country.
ZACC spokesman John Makamure was not reachable for comment but Marry was reported to be detained at Rhodesville Police Station. She is expected to appear in court on Monday.
Chiwenga returned from lengthy treatment in China early this month, but did not go to the home he shared with Marry. He immediately initiated moves to end his marriage.
The retired army general is reported to have ordered Marry to leave the matrimonial residence in Borrowdale, and also not to take the children with her. Marry engaged lawyers to fight her eviction, which further infuriated Chiwenga.
The two were customarily married in 2011 after Chiwenga divorced his first wife, Jocelyn, and Marry left her footballer husband, Shingayi Kaondera.
Correspondent|A mental inmate at Chikurubhi Maximum Prison has appeared before the court for allegedly killing a fellow inmate with a metal hoe.
The accused, Rifias Mhandiko who was already serving a sentence for two counts of murder at Chikurubhi Prison’s Psychiatric Hospital is said to have sneaked in a metal hoe into the cells which he later used to kill Tapiwa Alhwise Nduna.
The court heard that Mhandiko was working in the stores office where he took a hoe and wrapped it with a blanket before sneaking it into the cells.
At around 2100 hours, Mhandiko woke up other inmates and ordered them to cover their faces and remain quiet before he stroke Nduna with the hoe several times in the head.
He then threatened other prisoners against telling authorities about the matter before tying the now deceased’s legs using a rope.
Postmortem results revealed that the Nduna died due to brain injury, multiple skull bones fracture and severe head trauma.
President Mnangagwa has revealed that there is a hidden hand behind the ongoing strike by some doctors, who have not been reporting for duty since September 3 citing incapacitation.
But more doctors, in addition to the 46 that have already taken up Government’s offer, have expressed their interest to return to work, he added.
“We made a decision to take disciplinary action and most of them were fired, but we gave them an olive branch to return to work. There were 46 who returned at first, but just two days ago, more of them said they would return.
Some of those who returned confessed that they were being used for certain agendas bent on destabilising the country. They said some of their leaders were now playing politics.
“Some of them say they are incapacitated yet Government has offered them accommodation at the hospitals.
We have now uncovered that a few of them are receiving money from some forces, they are receiving US dollars to snub work and sabotage the country. We are going to reveal it all at some point.”
The Head of State and Government said Government is committed to revamping the country’s health delivery system.
He also made a pledge to redistribute land that has been identified through the ongoing land audit to landless Zimbabweans, including Ziliwaco members that did not benefit from the land reform exercise.
“The land audit has covered a lot of ground in about six provinces so far, and a lot needs to be corrected. There are some farms that were gazetted for redistribution but have not been redistributed.
There are top officials who own multiple farms but we are going to make sure that everyone, regardless of who they are, remains with one farm.”
It is believed that “there are two provinces where multiple farm ownership by top officials is rampant”. Some of the farms are reportedly disproportionately large as they range between 2 000 and 3 000 hectares.
“We are going to cut those sizes and parcel the land to those that do not have farms,” the President said.
Ziliwaco members were encouraged to tap into various Government empowerment programmes. The economic reform agenda to achieve an upper middle-income economy by 2030 will continue, he said.
“The Transitional Stabilisation Programme and the comprehensive reforms we have undertaken are already yielding results across all sectors. We have now adopted our own currency.”
In his remarks, Vice-President Dr Constantino Chiwenga commended President Mnangagwa for his consistency.
“He is a hard worker and he remained consistent. We can trust that his economic reform will bear fruits because he has the pedigree for hard work and dedication.”
The meeting was also attended by Defence and War Veterans Minister and Ziliwaco patron Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Ziliwaco chairperson Cde Pupurai Togarepi, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association Chair Ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa, war veterans secretary in the politburo Douglas Mahiya, senior Zanu-PF officials and senior Government officials, among other dignitaries.
A 35-year-old man was rescued after climbing the roof of Bulawayo’s tallest building before threatening to jump off.
Andrew Banda of Balfour Road in Bellevue was pulled back from the roof of the 110-meter high (360ft) National Railways of Zimbabwe building by fire fighters on Friday.
Dozens of people watched the drama unfold from the street below.
Chief Inspector Precious Simango of Bulawayo police said Banda was attempting to commit suicide.
“Security guards at the building alerted the Fire Brigade and they managed to rescue him. Police arrived at the scene after Banda had already been sent to the hospital,” Simango said.
Sources said Banda is an employee of the NRZ and had complained that his salary was “not enough to buy anything.”
The 23-floors NRZ building at the corner of Fife Street and 9th Avenue opened in 1985, becoming the tallest building in Zimbabwe. It lost that first ranking when the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe building, which stands at 120 meters high with 28 floors, was completed in 1997.
South African businessman Patrice Motsepe was successful in his bid to prevent a Botswana weekly from publishing negative stories about him relating to a fierce internal political battle in that country.
Almost eight months after it published an article alleging that businessman Patrice Motsepe smuggled R22-million to pay for the political campaign for a rival to Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi, Botswana’s Sunday Standard has been muzzled by a court.
In a judgment that was made public on Friday morning, Justice Gabriel Komboni has “interdicted and restrained” the Sunday Standard from “publishing and/or disseminating directly and indirectly false and/or defamatory allegations” about Motsepe.
It also has to “remove any and all false and/or defamatory statements or references relating to or regarding [Motsepe]” published on its website and any other social media platform.
Justice Komboni has also ordered the newspaper to pay the cost of Motsepe’s application, which included two counsel, and he has given Motsepe 30 days to move his defamation application against the paper. Motsepe has claimed damaged of P5-million – or R6.73 million – against Sunday Standard after it published a story stating that Motsepe smuggled money to fund the party presidential campaign of former foreign minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.
The story was published on 1 April this year, and retracted in the paper the following week, but the allegations were repeated in a story on 10 June without “engaging” Motsepe. The stories were published under a Staff Reporter byline. Justice Komboni agreed with Motsepe’s argument that the paper did this on purpose after he issued his summons for damages. “In my view, the conduct of the Respondent of retracting and then republishing a retracted publication which is deemed defamatory grounds an apprehension of irreparable harm on the part of [Motsepe]. I think that there is a basis for [Motsepe] to apprehend that further defamatory publications may be made by [Sunday Standard].”
Motsepe argued that if the publication of these alleged defamatory statements continued, then “his reputation will continue to suffer and his businesses will be adversely affected”, according to the judgment. Motsepe said “his good name and reputation are important to him and his business partners and other parties that he interacts with and [Sunday Standard] have been made aware of this”. The paper did not file any affidavit to support the facts in its story but said in meetings outside the court that it had this evidence.
Justice Komboni, however, said allegations of a lone person smuggling R22-million “to fund political campaigns in this country [Botswana] is indeed serious. The same allegation shows the perpetrator as someone who breaks the law, possibly several laws of his own country and those of this country. I will say no more”.
Motsepe’s sister, businesswoman Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe, has also threatened the paper with a lawsuit following a series of stories alleging her involvement in a campaign to oust Masisi. Motsepe-Radebe is close to former president Ian Khama, who left the governing Botswana Democratic Party earlier this year to throw his weight behind a new opposition party, the Botswana Patriotic Front, ahead of last month’s elections. The party, however, did not perform as well as Khama might have hoped.
Motsepe-Radebe has been fighting her own battles against negative publicity after her name recently was mentioned in a court case involving an intelligence agent nicknamed “Butterfly”, in which it was alleged that Motsepe-Radebe helped the agent to move billions of dollars into Absa and Nedbank accounts in South Africa. The banks, however, denied that these accounts existed. The Black Business Council (BBC) this week also issued a statement denying that it was pushing for Motsepe-Radebe to resign from the council. On 29 August the Sunday Standard published a story claiming that the BBC requested Motsepe-Radebe to step down “or face a motion of no confidence that will see her dismissed from the association and its 63 business affiliates”. BBC president Sandile Zungu said: “The BBC would like to set the record straight and confirm that Mrs Motsepe-Radebe is in good standing and an office-bearer of the BBC. We would like to reiterate our vote of confidence in Mrs Motsepe-Radebe.”
Sunday Standard editor Outsa Mokone told Daily Maverick the paper will appeal. “Our lawyers have advised us to appeal the judgement in the interest of press freedom in Botswana,” he said in response to a Whatsapp enquiry.
As the government celebrates the transition from the multi-currency regime to a mono-currency system as one of its successes towards currency reforms, it is a different situation altogether in rural Matabeleland where there is a thriving rand economy.
The government in June promulgated Statutory Instrument (SI) 142 of 2019 which ended the multi-currency system that had been in place since 2009, but in most of Matabeleland’s rural areas, the rand is the trading currency of choice for many shops and individual traders.
SI142 was promulgated after claims by government that foreign currency is not an available commodity of exchange in the money market.
However, for communities in the periphery of Zimbabwe’s borders with South Africa and Botswana, foreign currency remains the sole medium of exchange in business transactions.
Access to foreign currency enables local traders to import goods from neighbouring countries and selling them in rand.
Pricing is lower in foreign currency in these shops compared to prices in urban areas.
Rand remittances from the diaspora are usually on the increase towards the festive season, contributing to a boom in businesses.
According to the World Bank, diaspora remittances to Zimbabwe amounted to about US$1,9 billion or 9.6% of the country’s gross domestic product in 2018.
Local industry and bankers have been lobbying, with little success, for the use of the South African rand as a transacting currency and the United States dollar as a reserve currency.
At Tsholotsho business centre in Matabeleland North, one cannot miss the big number of South African registered vehicles, some of which are cross-border transporters commonly referred to as Omalayitsha ferrying groceries sent by many Zimbabweans based in South Africa.
A significant population from rural Matabeleland such as Tsholotsho, Bulilima, Mangwe, Matobo, Tsholotsho and Gwanda receives monthly remittances from family members living in South Africa or Botswana, thus sustaining the trading in foreign currency.
Many traders import their goods from South Africa for re-sale locally, in that country’s currency.
A recent visit to Tsholotsho showed that while some traders still accepted the Zimbabwe dollar, the pricing forces consumers to transact in rands.
“Basic commodities are ridiculously expensive in local currency, but quite affordable in rands,” Nkosikhona Ncube, a villager, observed.
A 2kg packet of sugar is 45 rand or $40 cash — which is scarce — and $60 using the mobile money transfer facility while some commodities like mealie meal are sold in forex only.
While the use of the rand has brought relative stability and affordability and a steady supply of goods and services to rural Matabeleland, the situation has impacted negatively particularly on civil servants’, who get their salaries in local currency.
Villagers, who have no relatives in the diaspora have been the hardest hit.
“Some civil servants have even resorted to selling airtime using South African currency so that they can be able to buy basic commodities, which are cheaper in rand,” Betty Sibanda said.
A teacher at Tsholotsho High School said he changes his salary into rand as soon as he gets paid to preserve value.
“I have no option but to change my salary, which is in Zimbabwe dollars to the South African rand every month,” he said.
“This is the only way to ensure I can buy some grocery here in Tsholotsho instead of travelling all the way to Bulawayo over 100km away to buy my groceries in local currency.”
In Bulilima, Matabeleland South, most commodities are now pegged in foreign currency even though traders accept local currency.
However, they do not accept mobile money payments as there is limited or no access to mobile networks.
Communities there rely mainly on Botswana mobile phone networks due to lack of enabling telecommunications infrastructure.
Some parts of rural Matabeleland still suffer from poor network connectivity, with villagers forced to climb trees and mountains just to make telephone calls, making it impossible to transact using mobile money transfers such as Ecocash.
The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority through the Universal Services Fund (USF) has, however, been on a drive to construct base stations, a development that is envisaged to see people living in some parts of rural Matabeleland being connected to local mobile network operators.
The USF was established to, among other things, finance the extension of communication services to underserviced areas.
In some parts of Plumtree, villagers especially those living far from the border town, still do not have access to local radio and television, 39 years after independence.
Many people in the area, especially those living in Mphoengs and Maitengwe border areas, listen to radio and television from neighbouring Botswana because there is no local broadcasting signal.
Effie Ncube, the executive director of the National Consumer Rights Association, a local consumer watchdog, said it was unfortunate that the country’s economic situation has created pockets of different economies, which he said while benefiting some, left those vulnerable worse off.
“The economic crisis led to the scattering of people into the diaspora, who are now remitting different currencies and those currencies are forming their own currencies on the ground and those without access are left a lot poorer,” Ncube argued.
“The crisis we face as a country has created pockets of different economies; for the poor and for the rich; for the rural and urban people; for those who have access to the rand and those who don’t… that the chaos that was introduced by the economic collapse of Zimbabwe.
“Government policies like the one outlawing the use of foreign currencies must be in tune with social and economic realities on the ground.
“In Matabeleland, the rand has always been the preferred currency of choice.
“The economic situation on the ground was self-regulating and it worked for the people.”
Gwanda based commentator Bekezela Maduma Fuzwayo weighed in, saying the situation in Matabeleland South was difficult, particularly in the districts bordering Botswana and South Africa.
He said businesses in the areas were not accepting the local currency -which is in very short supply – compared to the South African rand and Botswana pula.
“The small businesses are also getting goods for the shops from across the borders and so cannot deal in local currency,” Fuzwayo said.
“It’s even particularly worse that most of the areas do not have mobile phone coverage and so mobile money cannot be used.
“In as much as government allowed the tourism sector to use foreign currency, I think special consideration should be given to the province, particularly border districts to use foreign currency.”
A commuter omnibus conductor, Oshia Njenge, who luckily escaped a horrific crash near Mutorashanga turn-off, is still struggling to come to terms with the painful end of his eight passengers and driver after their vehicle burst into flames at the 31km peg along the Mazowe-Centenary Road on Friday.
The ill-fated commuter omnibus side-swiped with a lorry at 7pm.
The vehicle was carrying eight passengers plus the driver and conductor.
Njenge, who was the only survivor, was seated at the back seat when the accident happened.
He had to jump through the shattered back screen of the vehicle.
As he was trying to rescue trapped passengers, the kombi burst into flames and he could only watch from a distance.
“I was sitting at the back seat of the kombi when I heard a deafening bang. The back screen was shattered and I escaped through it. I tried to rescue other passengers, but there was an explosion which made it impossible to assist them,” said Njege.
“Some of the passengers, including the driver, managed to find their way out of the kombi, but they were engulfed by the flames.
“It was a sorry site watching them being burnt to death. They were screaming for help, but nothing could be done to assist them,” said Njenge.
Both Civil Protection Unit chair Mr Cosmas Chiringa and Mashonaland Central provincial police spokesperson Inspector Milton Mundembe confirmed the accident.
“The accident happened near Mutorashanga turn-off around 7pm on Friday night. The kombi, which had nine passengers including the driver, side-swiped with a lorry and eight people were burnt to death. One of them was burnt beyond recognition. The conductor of the kombi was the only survivor,” said Mr Chiringa.
The kombi is said to have been carrying four rolls of fibreglass and some flammable substances suspected to be petrol or resin, which burst into flames as a result of the impact.
Insp Mundembe said the remains of the eight passengers were taken to Concession District Hospital mortuary.
Seven bodies were positively identified yesterday.
One body could not be identified as it was burnt beyond recognition.
He said two of the three people who were in the lorry escaped with minor injuries and were treated at Concession District Hospital.
For Zephania Muringazuva, who witnessed the accident, it was the screaming that still haunts him the most.
The lorry, he claimed, was driving in front of the kombi and suddenly turned right without indicating.
“The kombi then side-swiped with the lorry. It was carrying flammable substances which caused the explosion upon impact of the two vehicles. We are not sure what the substances were because some are saying they were filled tanks of gas while some said it was petrol.
“The fire was just uncontrollable and we watched in shock as people were being burnt to death. We are still being haunted by their screaming,” he said.
Insp Mundembe appealed to those missing their relatives to visit Concession District Hospital to help identify the remaining body.
He urged motorists to observe road regulations to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.
“We also want to urge motorists to ensure there is adequate breaking distance between their vehicles. Passenger transporters should avoid night journeys.
“We also want to urge motorists not to carry flammable substances in public vehicles,” said Insp Mundembe.
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa was on Saturday left a relieved man after thousands of people from Mashonaland East province thronged Mahusekwa Growth Point where he addressed a rally that coincided with the official opening of Mahusekwa District Hospital.
In the recent past, Mnangagwa had been forced to address a handful of people, with MDC feasting on the development which they claimed showed that he lacked legitimacy.
But, at the weekend, an estimated 6 000 people attended Mnangagwa’s rally, prompting the Zanu PF leader, who is facing a growing internal dissent to his rule, to grovel over the respectable attendance.
“I came here for the official opening of this hospital at the invitation of (Health) minister Obadiah Moyo but was told that the Zanu PF family wants to meet me. I want to thank you for the love you have exhibited. I also want to thank you for the massive numbers here,” Mnangagwa said.
Last month, Mnangagwa was forced to abandon addressing a rally in Bindura after a handful of people showed up.
He proceeded to officiate at a graduation ceremony at Bindura University of Science Education after State security details pulled down a podium mounted for him at the flopped rally. This was a month after the same Mashonaland Central snubbed his wife, First Lady Auxilia’s family fun day at Chipadze Stadium.
On October 25, the Zanu PF leader failed to attract masses to fill the giant 60 000-seater National Sports Stadium (NSS) for a march against sanctions imposed on the country by the West.
Only about 7 000 people attended the anti-sanctions march despite bountiful of buses and trains having been lined up to ferry people from across the country. The NSS attendance was ironically almost the same number of people the Zanu PF leader addressed in Mahusekwa. Zanu PF Mashonaland East youth league led by Kelvin Mutsvairo and political commissar Lincoln Matare were involved in mobilising party supporters to travel to Mahusekwa to meet Mnnagagwa.
Paul Nyathi|Zimbabwe’s government is set to increase the price of passports in an endeavour to raise enough foreign currency to produce the documents as it tries to clear a backlog of over 300 000 applications by next March.
Registrar-General Clemence Masango told journalists that the Treasury would have the final say on the adjustments, Pindula News reported on Monday.
The plan to deal with the backlog includes increasing production to 4 000 passports a day as the daily shift which normally produces 2 000 per day has been doubled.
Last week, Zimbabweans finally got access to new low-denomination currency that authorities hope will end chronic cash shortages, but banks maintained an existing weekly withdrawal limit of $20, frustrating many customers.
The new 2 and 5 Zimbabwe dollar notes and coins were scheduled to start circulating last week Monday but failed to appear on time, causing confusion at banks.
Shortages of cash, foreign currency, fuel and power are the most visible signs of the southern African nation’s worst economic crisis since 2008, when hyperinflation forced the government to ditch its currency.
Chikanza questioned Mudenda on his two unconstitutional moves in parliament where by Mudenda partisanly used his powers to suspend MDC Parliamentarians from asking questions to ministers in parliament as per the constitution and also withdrew their allowances as punishment for refusing to recognise Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidency.
Below is the full text of the debate raised by Sikhala on a point of privilege.
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HON. SIKHALA: I rise on a point of privilege Mr. Speaker concerning the events of the 15th October, 2019. On the 15th of October, 2019, Mr. Speaker Sir, there was an altercation that took place in the City of Belgrade in Serbia between you Mr. Speaker Sir and a Zimbabwean journalist called Simba Chikanza. After that altercation, it is now reported and also through an affidavit that has been deposited to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, (IPU) that you Mr. Speaker Sir, went and reported the said journalist to the Director of National Intelligence, Isaac Moyo that Simba Chikanza is a security threat in this country.
Simba Chikanza, Mr. Speaker Sir is a Zimbabwean who in terms of the Constitution is entitled – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] – Mr. Speaker Sir, Simba Chikanza is a Zimbabwean who is entitled to the protection by the laws of this country over the issue of his security. May you please guarantee, as he has raised a red alert that he has been classified as a threat to national security, that he is guaranteed to come to his country without harassment, intimidation or arrest? It is said that his classification as a threat to State security was motivated by your report to the Director General of CIO. Can you guarantee Simba Chikanza’s security in our country as a citizen of this country? I thank you.
THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, sometimes it is important that you get the facts straight. Leaders of delegations to conferences such as IPU are accorded state security and I was privileged to be covered by the state security of Serbia. It was what the security in Serbia thought, to the extent that my security had to be secured, they did take the necessary measures including beefing up the security around my presence in Serbia. It is normal practice that the security services in Serbia are obligated to inform my country of origin of what has transpired. It is the communication between the security services of Serbia and security services here in Zimbabwe. They were obligated to give a report and liaise with the security services here in Zimbabwe. What transpires between the two organs is not privy to me. It is a matter between the two security agencies in Serbia and Zimbabwe. So, I did not make any report to the Director General of Zimbabwe Intelligence Services.
Five Hwange Advanced level exam cheats have been convicted of contravening the Zimbabwe School Examination Council Act.
Arthur Delight Chuma, Nkosilomsa Sibanda, Kegan Mduduzi Chigubu, Albertina Mbebe and Tamica Dube all from Gebhuza Secondary School in Hwange were found guilty by Hwange Magistrate Godfrey Ntando Dube who ordered them to perform 350 hours of community service.
Allegations are that on the 28th of this, the five unlawfully accessed a ZIMSEC A’level economics paper three before seating for the exam.
It was further alleged that the five went on to make photocopies of the paper but things went wrong when a fellow classmate Mandras Mandira caught them in the act.
The classmate reportedly discouraged them from relying on papers circulated on social media but was shocked to find the exact contents of the photocopied paper when they sat for the exam.
Mandira reported the matter to the school Headmistress who subsequently made a police report which led to the arrest of the five exam cheats.
The MDC is set to initiate disciplinary proceedings against its former secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora after the party’s youths accused him of hobnobbing with the ruling ZANU PF party to derail the opposition and its president Nelson Chamisa.
This was revealed by the party’s secretary-general Chalton Hwende in an interview with the Daily News on Monday. Said Hwende:
Yes, we have received the youth assembly statement and we are taking action because if an organ of the party launches a complaint against any person, the secretary-general is duty-bound to initiate disciplinary action through the appropriate channels.
As of today (yesterday), I will forward the case to the relevant organs so that due process is pursued. This is not a witch-hunt, but a fair and formal process that applies to everyone, and in this case Douglas Mwonzora.
Reports suggest that Mwonzora may be expelled from the party, with some Chamisa loyalists having never forgiven him for challenging for the party presidency ahead of the congress which was held in Gweru in May this year.
Chamisa was eventually elected party president uncontested while Mwonzora received a single nomination but was soundly beaten by Hwende to the post of secretary-general.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has just been conferred with an honorary degree from the National University of Science and Technology with a Doctorate in Philosophy of Education degree For his work in championing education 5.0 in the country.
Accepting the award Mnangagwa said, “As I receive this honour I challenge all universities to produce graduates who can offer solutions to the country, who learnt functional education that can improve lives. NUST must move forward, it has a responsibility to churn out graduates grounded in science who can invent and produce.”
Mnanagwa said his government is committed to supporting local talent and challenged the Universities to prioritise internship.
“I want to reiterate my government’s commitment to support innovative talent and these innovation hubs show our resolution to transform our country locally. l challenge universities to have a paradigm shift in curriculum and internship. We need disruptive thinkers, who have a vision, let’s create new ways for ourselves.
“I’m confident, with a positive mindset and common purpose of unity, nothing is insurmountable. As the graduates go out, strive to be life changers, problem solvers, love your country, serve your communities and families.”
Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Prof. Amon Murwira, congratulated President Mnangagwa for attaining the honorary doctorate, whose motto is ‘Think, Do and Industrialise’. – Byo24
Paul Nyathi|The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) has issued a statement that its teachers will only report to work on Mondays and Fridays per week considering that their salaries are only sufficient for two working days per week.
Rural Teachers representing body ARTUZ also recently declared that its members will be at work for only two days a week.
State Media|GOVERNMENT does not dispute the need to pay civil servants a cost of living adjustment hence its decision to provide them with annual bonuses inclusive of their allowances, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said yesterday.
She said during a Post-Cabinet meeting Press briefing held in Harare that while civil servants’ concerns were genuine, Government cannot at the moment accede to all their demands due to other national demands such as providing food relief to drought-hit communities.
The civil servants’ body Apex Council had earlier announced plans to stage a protest today over low salaries.
“Government does not dispute the need to give a cost of living adjustment to its workers but was facing various competing national demands. These include payment of annual bonus that will take a significant portion of resources and due to restricted revenue inflows would be staggered between November and December 2019. Also, the need to import grain to supplement grain reserves.
Those are some of the various competing national demands,” she said.
Minister Mutsvangwa said the Government was also providing several safety nets including the Presidential agricultural inputs for farmers as well as subsidised transport for commuters under the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) scheme.
The Minister said Government also bought additional buses to increase the fleet of Zupco buses.
Minister Mutsvangwa said Government would be able to review the cost of living in the next three months but employees should in the meantime take solace in that they will get bonuses with allowances.
“The budget cycle was coming to an end and that was difficult to get additional resources from the current budget and therefore a review in the cost of living was certainly going to happen in 2020. The Government indicated that it would be able to provide cushion through the payment of the annual bonus which will be paid inclusive of allowances, contrary to the previous year where it was paid based on basic salary alone,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
She said Government has also invited Apex Council to select three members to join a tripartite negotiating forum technical committee which will be meeting in Kadoma next week to try and to come up with a lasting social contract to arrest price increases among other pressing issues.
The Minister noted that yesterday’s National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) meeting did not yield positive results as civil servants insisted on demonstrating.
In a statement, Apex Council said their demonstration would proceed as planned today describing yesterday’s indaba as fruitless.
“The much-anticipated Apex Council demonstration set for tomorrow Wednesday, 6 November 2019 will go ahead as scheduled following a fruitless NJNC meeting held today 5 November 2019.
According to the Government workers negotiating team, the employer brought nothing to the table, completely with zero offer, zero cushion and no interbank rate being applied,” reads Apex Council statement.
“To add insult to injury, Government has gone back on its earlier offer to pay all bonuses in November, confirming instead that they will pay over two months meaning some civil servants will get inflation blighted bonuses. Government workers are demanding inter-bank rate salaries. Accordingly, Apex Council protest will proceed as scheduled.”
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday said he was not aware of the civil servants planned demonstration.
“At the headquarters we are not aware maybe the concerned regulating authority should shed light,” said Asst Comm Nyathi.
DEFENDING Champions FC Platinum blew away a realistic chance of reclaiming pole position on the Premier Soccer League standings after they were stunned 1-0 by Bulawayo Chiefs Mandava stadium yesterday.
There was commotion after the match as irate FC Platinum fans, blocked head coach Lizwe Sweswe’s vehicle as he was about to leave the stadium. The coach was forced to make a public apology to the fans for the team’s tame performance.
The platinum miners came into the game with a spring in their step following a mid-week win over Ngezi Platinum. They were, however, handed a reality check by relegation threatened Chiefs who played with so much passion and determination in their bid to maintain their PSL status.
FC Platinum’s defeat might have also ceded more ground to current log leaders CAPS who themselves face another relegation threatened side TelOne this afternoon.
Desire Shumbanhete was the hero as he scored the solitary goal that earned Chiefs maximum points.
Shumbanhete nodded home a neat cross whipped by Aurthur Musiyiwa on the 69th minute mark, helping Amakhosi scale up the ladder to 34 points.
Meanwhile, FC Platinum remained on second place with 49 points on their tally. And the result was so painful to Sweswe that he laid the blame on poor match officiating.
“This was a tough game but it is unfortunate that it was decided by another person, he said”
“I cannot comment much about the officiating but I feel we could have done better had some decisions not been made. We are still in the race and we must not lose hope at all costs. We need to remain focused” .
His counterpart Thulani Sibanda was elated with the win and declared that his team has the pedigree to beat anyone in the league.
“We can beat any team in this league because we have the character which we showed today, he said.”
“This win is very important to us in the relegation fight and I think the fear of being eliminated was the main driving force.”
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League results and fixtures:
Yesterday: Ngezi Platinum Stars 1-0 Manica Diamonds, FC Platinum 0-1 Bulawayo Chiefs, Herentals 0-0 Harare City
Today: Dynamos v Highlanders (Rufaro), Yadah v Chapungu (National Sports Stadium), ZPC Kariba v Black Rhinos (Nyamhunga), TelOne v CAPS United (Ascot), Hwange v Mushowani Stars (Colliery)
Veteran radio personality Xolani Gwala has died at the age of 44 after succumbing to a lengthy battle with cancer.
The family confirmed the news on Friday on 702.
In September 2017, Xolani confirmed that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer during an interview on 702.
Chatting to Stephen Grootes at the time, Xolani said that the cancer was “quite advanced”.
“After thorough investigations, they found that I have colon cancer which was advanced. Quite advanced.”
The presenter admitted that the diagnosis was sudden and unexpected, saying that he was gearing up for a fight. “It’s going to be a very difficult fight, and a long fight. But I am ready for a fight.”
After being off air for a few months, the popular personality managed to combat the disease, returning to the airwaves in August of 2018, and during an on-air interview with Azania Mosaka, said he was doing “very, very good.”
Originating from the small town of Impendle outside of Pietermaritzburg, Xolani had more than two decades of experience in broadcasting. His experience in the industry includes working as a reporter, news anchor, producer, talk show host and current affairs presenter and spans across radio and television.
By Farai D Hove| Zanu-PF’s secretary for Youth, Lewis Matutu, was last night arrested while trying to force his way into a Zvishavane night club where Selmor Mtukudzi was playing.
The incident saw Matutu allegedly assaulting a police officer while announcing that he is a politburo member who must be given free access into the night club.
Contacted for a comment, Matutu responded briefly saying “I am under attack.”
Without denying outrightly, he then said he was on Saturday morning in Masvingo, an hour’s drive from Zvishavane.
“I’m actually in Masvingo for my MBA graduation,” he said.
Writing Friday night, Daily News editor Stanley Gama said Matutu was arrested, after assaulting a police officer. I’m told he wanted to force his way into a night spot without paying where Selmor Mtukudzi is playing right now. He was arrested just before midnight.
A source said Matutu, displaying thuggish behavior demanded to enter the show without paying saying as a politburo member, he could do whatever he wanted. But the police would have none of it and barred him from entering and in a fit of rage, assaulted the officer.
Matutu is being held at a Zvishavane police station. The behavior he displayed is common among Zanu PF officials throughout the country who are in the habit of threatening pple demanding free services and goods. A few days ago, Matutu threatened to storm the US embassy.
The latest information on him is that he was released into the custody of Zvishavane lawyer Tichaona Chivasa in the early hours of this morning. He was released purportedly to seek medical attention as the cuffs had reportedly lacerated him.
According to infor at hand, Matutu’s lawyer negotiated with police for his release saying besides seeking medical attention, the foul mouthed seeking Zanu PF youth leader wanted to attend an important event in Masvingo this morning. The lawyer profusely apologized to Dispol.
Gama concluded saying, “it’s not clear yet if Matutu was charged or not but the cop who was assaulted and others who witnessed the violence had reportedly completed their statements nailing the bullying youth leader. Whether this is the end of the case or not, Matutu, lawyer & the cops know.”
Own Correspondent|Government has for ages denied the fact that soldiers and other state security agents deployed in the Marange Diamond Fields are looting the precious gem.
In an exclusive interview with ZimEye.com in Marange on Friday, highly placed authorities within the diamond mining sector confirmed that the soldiers and state security agents are working in cohorts with some illegal diamond miners known as Magweja to loot the diamonds for personal benefits.
Zimbabwe Diamonds and Aligned Workers Union leader Ms Billian Matambo told ZimEye.com that the soldiers engage the illegal miners into the fields to mine diamonds and thereafter share the loot.
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State Media|CHAIRPERSON of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation President Mnangagwa has mandated Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo to lead the SADC Election Observation Mission (SEOM) to Mauritius. Mauritius goes to the polls on November 7 to elect National Assembly representatives. The SEOM will cover the period October 28 to November 13.
Minister Moyo is expected to launch the SEOM on November 2, 2019 and will release the preliminary statement November 9.
In a statement yesterday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade spokesperson Mr Shepherd Gwenzi said, “Zimbabwe, as Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation will lead the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the Mauritius National Assembly Elections to be held on 7 November.
“As mandated by His Excellency, President Emmerson D. Mnangagwa, the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Hon Lt Gen (Rtd) Dr S.B. Moyo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade will lead the SEOM to Mauritius covering the period 28 October to 13 November, 2019.”
The SEOM’s core mandate is to determine Mauritius’ adherence to democratic values and principles envisioned in the SADC Treaty, the Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation; the provisions of the Revised SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections (2015); the Constitution and the Electoral Act of Mauritius.
Minister Moyo is expected to work closely with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the elections are conducted in a free, fair and credible manner and in accordance with the relevant statutes.
The elections will be observed based on a three-phase approach; the pre-elections phase, the elections phase, and the post-elections phase.
Minister Moyo, will be accompanied by Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo, who is the Alternate Head of Mission and senior Government officials who will serve as observers, media experts and drafters.
A report of the SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC) Goodwill Mission to Mauritius shows that the country is ready to conduct the elections.
Popular singer Jah Prayzah fears political affiliation will ruin his musical career, says a source at the Information ministry. This follows reports that the talented musician snubbed a ZWL $50 000 offer to perform at the anti-sanctions gala that was held at the National Sports Stadium last week, citing that the event would ‘kill’ his brand.
Sources at the Ministry of Information said frantic efforts by the organisers to get the musician were fruitless.
“He (Jah Prayzah) was offered ZWL$50 000 to perform but he turned it down. The organisers then begged him to name the amount he wanted, but he said he did not feel comfortable performing at the gala citing an incident when he was attacked at Glen Forest cemetery,” said the source.
The Kune Rima hitmaker’s songs in his 2017 album “Kutonga Kwaro” became synonymous with the 2017 military coup that ousted president Robert Mugabe and led to the ascendence of his predecessor President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Consequently, his music assumed a political connotation.
The musician who is the cultural ambassador of the Zimbabwe National Army seems to have started rebranding earlier this year, even dumping his signature military costume, after the military’s image was soiled following a brutal crackdown in January which led to the death of at least 17 people.
American Ambassador Brian Nichols might soon find himself being disciplined by the Zimbabwean government after his vocal stance that Zimbabwe was suffering because of corruption that being allegedly implemented by the officials in Harare.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information said, “I have a warm and friendly relationship with all diplomats accredited to Zimbabwean I have had interactions with and I don’t go personal on anyone. But I think some of the diplomats we host in this country have lost diplomatic etiquette and have become political activists.”
Mangwana’s statements attracted backlash from former G40 members Beauty Zhuwao and Walter Mzembi who told him that the ZANU PF strategy towards sanctions was wrong.
“A whole bira outside the American embassy, is that diplomatic? How do you expect them to respond?” Zhuwao said.
Mzembi told Mangwana to styudy sanctions in Cuba first: “Quiet state diplomacy and vuvuzela public diplomacy Nick Mangwana attract different responses. You contracted lobbyists for sanctions review and decided to march at the same time, there was serious backfiring. Understudy Cuba sanctions and responses first.”
A member of Presidential Advisory Council Trevor Ncube said the caliber of western diplomats was worrying.
“I have recently been concerned about the caliber of western diplomats posted to Zimbabwe. Today’s tweeting from some diplomatic missions reminded me the current crop is no different from cub reporters. No nuance, diplomacy or etiquette all.”
The striking doctors have dismissed the notion by the government to appear for disciplinary hearings over their continued strike.
In their response to the govt dated 23 October 2019, doctors said they had not committed misconduct by demanding a fair wage and they were not be able to attend the misconduct hearing. Check the letter below:
Doctors have been on strike since 3 September and have ignored all calls from the government to return to work without their grievances being addressed to their satisfaction.
ZANU-PF and MDC are engaged in a battle of wits over next week’s anti-sanctions day after the parties lined up events to support and denounce the Southern African Development Community (Sadc). This comes after Sadc set October 25 to campaign against targeted sanctions on some Zimbabwe leaders.
The decision was taken during the 39th Sadc summit in Tanzania recently and the bloc’s executive secretary, Stergomena Lawrence Tax, said the sanctions were destroying the country’s economy.
MDC provincial chairperson for North America, Tawanda Dzvokora, said the party has lined-up protests against Sadc.
“We are planning big demonstrations. We want to send a clear message that Sadc is misleading the world by supporting a government which is killing people and abducting labour leaders and activists,” he said.
MDC activist Betty Makoni, who is in London, wrote on Twitter that they are going to demonstrate at the Tanzania High Commission on October 25.
“It is us the people of Zimbabwe who called for demo against Sadc chair who wants to support abductions, murder and rapes in Zimbabwe. How can a people watch as a whole president shoot (sic) people in broad daylight? How can women get raped and no arrest is made. You can’t let dictators from Sadc further oppress us and our future generations”
This comes as Zanu-PF is planning to petition America over the sanctions.
“We do not see any reason why the sanctions should last and do not understand how deteriorating the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and undermining our economic growth reflects the interests of US national security,” the petition reads.
“We see economic pressure in the form of sanctions as an act of political blackmail designed to keep the residual US influence in Africa, as opposed to China and Russia.
“Moreover, many American companies would like to come to Zimbabwe, but they cannot because of their own authorities. If the United States is not interested in the African market nor in investing in Zimbabwe, and restricting its own companies in doing so, then let them not stop others from cooperating with us.” – dailynews
MINISTRY of Energy secretary Gloria Magombo was yesterday grilled by Parliament over issues of rebundling of Zesa with MPs questioning why an institution that was recently unbundled was now being rebundled.
Magombo had appeared before the Joel Gabbuza-led Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy to speak on her ministry’s 2020 budget proposals.
Gabbuza also asked her to explain the $8,6 billion loss by Zesa which was attributed to exchange rate losses and low electricity tariffs.
“After the $8,6 million loss which was attributed to exchange rate losses you were now given a new tariff and calculations show that this will enhance your revenue by $800 million per month, and it shows that you should be able to offset this loss within three months,” Gabbuza said.
Magombo admitted that the sharp increase in Zesa tariffs will boost the company’s balance sheet.
“We were operating in a situation where our tariffs were low, as well as issues of inflation – and because of this background Zesa has been operating in an almost impossible situation with revenues amounting to $98 million against expenditure of $1,2 billion,” Magombo said.
“The major issue that was causing the net loss were the sub-economic tariffs that were previously charged,” she said.
Bikita West MP Elias Musakwa then asked Magombo to explain the rationale of unbundling and then rebundling Zesa, and why she would need to get outside consultants to rebundle Zesa.
“You said you will engage consultants to re-bundle Zesa, but is this country suffering from lack of consultants? Do we not have technocrats in this country who can do that exercise without us paying all that money to foreign consultants?” asked Musakwa.
Magombo then responded: “The issue sounds simple, but rebundling means there are people who are going to lose jobs. There is a vested interest and the role of a consultant is to do an independent structure which is not based on individuals and personalities.”
Uzumba MP Simbaneuta Mudarikwa said unbundling of Zesa was done by consultants, and now they wanted to hire other consultants to rebundle. He said Zesa was concentrating on wrong issues instead of focussing on ensuring that the country had enough power.
“The unbundling exercise was the work of a consultant and we need to know if they were competent enough. The only things we see is the expansion of the Zesa car park. You are generating 1 300 megawatts with three boards. While the sizes of your vehicles are improving, there is no generation of power. Our focus must be on generation of power,” Mudarikwa said.
MPs suggested that Magombo should look at the issue of hiring local consultants — even at universities to look at the issue of the Zesa rebundling.
NOIC acting chief executive officer Godfrey Ncube said the major challenge affecting non-availability of fuel was foreign currency.
“We had 104 million litres up to August, but we only sold 76 million litres. On capital projects, we developed four projects in Mabvuku, Bindura, Warren Park and Masvingo. The major challenges that we are facing which are causing shortages of fuel is foreign currency, but in the short term I think it will be better because of pricing, and we also hope that in the long term there will be proper functioning of public transport,” Ncube said.
We, the citizens of Zimbabwe, are tired of putting up with the never ending assurances from the United States that sanctions are exclusively targeting certain individuals and companies, and do not affect ordinary residents. Even American president, Donald Trump, admitted that sanctions do damage to our people. Our government has long been changed. We have long been trying to open up to the world and boost our economy. Both the president and the government agree on the need to strengthen international cooperation and attract investment to Zimbabwe.
We do not see any reason why the sanctions should last and do not understand at all how deteriorating the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and undermining our economic growth reflects the interests of US national security. We see economic pressure in the form of sanctions as an act of political blackmail designed to keep the residual US influence in Africa, as opposed to China and Russia.
Moreover, many American companies would like to come to Zimbabwe, but they cannot because of their own authorities. If the United States is not interested in the African market nor in investing in Zimbabwe, and restricting its own companies in doing so, then let them not stop others from cooperating with us!
If this is not blackmail, but the product of a huge bureaucratic machine, operated by inertia, then now is the time to turn it back and correct the mistakes of the White House previous administration.
In order to push the United States towards this decision and draw the attention of Americans to our problems, let’s act in the same way – we urge our authorities to limit US imports and see how quickly the White House comes to their senses when they see that China and Russia will instantly take their place on the market.
Share this petition on social media and forward it to your friends and family. Let everyone see how many we are!
Air Tanzania Company Ltd has announced the indefinite suspension of its flights to Johannesburg, South Africa hardly four months since they were relaunched amid much fanfare in June.
In a letter to all travel agents dated October 3, and which The EastAfrican has seen, ATCL managing director Ladislaus Matindi said they regret “to inform you that, effectively from October 7, 2019 and onwards, all tickets sold for route Dar-JNB-Dar shall be refunded and route suspended until further notice.’’
The airline said all tickets for the Dar-J’burg-Dar route already sold to passengers but still unused would be refunded.
Matindi directed that questions about the route suspension be forwarded to Works, Transport and Communication Minister Isaack Kamwelwe.
In September, Mr Kamwelwe issued a statement hinting at the suspension “for security reasons.”
At the time an ATCL Airbus A220 had just been released after being detained for weeks by a South African court at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport over a private individual’s debt claim against the Tanzanian government.
South Africa was also at the time going through a period of exacerbated xenophobic attacks on foreigners living and working in the country.
Mr Matindi told The EastAfrican on October 9 that the airline is finalising plans to ply the Far East routes to China and Thailand by year-end.
Mr Matindi said ATCL’s grand expansion strategy will also include the launch of regular flights to Lubumbashi, Lilongwe, Lagos, Accra and London.
The national carrier is making these potential routes a priority so as to firstly promote tourism in the country and second, to compete with other established airlines in the aviation industry, he said.
Eight new planes have been purchased in the past three years, with six of these already delivered and two more set for delivery by 2021. The airline had only one working plane before President John Magufuli launched the revival plan in 2016.
The government budgeted Tsh495.6 billion ($216 million) for aircraft purchases in financial year 2018/19.
State Media|LOCAL cricket heaved a huge sigh of relief yesterday after the International Cricket Council (ICC) reinstated Zimbabwe as a full member of the global cricket family, ending its three-month banishment.
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The ICC said Zimbabwe had complied with all conditions for reinstatement, which included the reversal of the decision by the Sports Commission to suspend the ZC board.
ICC chairman Shashank Manohar was particularly impressed by the commitment by Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister Kirsty Coventry.
She led a delegation that also included ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani, and SRC chairman Gerald Mlotshwa.
“I would like to thank the Zimbabwe Sports Minister for her commitment to the reinstatement of Zimbabwe Cricket,’’ Manohar said.
“Her desire to work in support of Zimbabwe Cricket was clear and she has unconditionally complied with the conditions set down by the ICC Board.
“Funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will continue to be on a controlled basis as part of a collective effort behind getting the game in Zimbabwe back on an even keel.’’
Zimbabwe was suspended in July following boardroom bickering which resulted in the suspension of the ZC board by the Sports Commission on the back of a number of allegations.
The ICC ruled that the SRC were in breach of their statutes regarding “government interference” and voted unanimously to suspend Zimbabwe until the decision was reversed.
Zimbabwe national teams, players and officials were barred from taking part in all ICC sanctioned events.
Funding was also stopped.
Players, officials and staff have not received salaries since June while both men and women senior national teams were kicked out of the 2020 T20 World Cup qualifiers.
However, ZC and Sports Commission have since found each other with the help of Coventry.
The SRC lifted the suspension of the ZC Board and its acting managing director Givemore Makoni on 8 August 2019.
While the decision has come a little late for the Chevrons and Lady Chevrons, who were kicked out of next year’s T20 World Cup qualifiers, Zimbabwe will now be able to take up their place in the ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup in January.
The Chevrons will also take part in the ICC Super League in 2020.
“So glad to see this and, above all, relieved that this tough phase is behind us,’’ posted Chevrons all-rounder Sikandar Raza.
‘’Can’t wait to start playing cricket again. Looking forward to domestic cricket with @tuskerscricketZ. ALHAM DU LILLAH (Thank GOD).’’
Former captain, Brendan Taylor, said the decision was a huge relief to the nation.
“Thank you @ICC. There (are) a lot a relieved people in Zimbabwe. Thank you to @ZimCricketv Chairman the @ZimbabweSrc Chairman and the Honourable Sports Minister @KirstyCoventry for their combined efforts throughout this process,” posted Taylor.
The Alistair Campbell High Performance Centre also hailed the decision as “brilliant news.”
The Lady Chevrons team manager, Samu Nkiwane, was elated by the move which will see the women getting back into the international trenches.
“Obviously, we are very happy with this decision because this is what we have been making all the noise for.
‘’We wanted a positive outcome so that we continue playing cricket as Zimbabwe.
“Unfortunately, for us the women, we missed out a lot on the cancelled Ireland tour, the Netherlands tour and the T20 World Cup Qualifiers.
“We hope to come back strongly because we haven’t stopped playing despite the setbacks. Now that the suspension has been lifted, we can plan for the future with renewed hope,” said Nkiwane.
ZC chairman Mukuhlani also extended his organisation’s appreciation to Coventry and the SRC for their efforts in ensuring actions regarding the administration of cricket were made in the best interests of the game.
“We are elated to get our membership restored and this marks the beginning of a new, exciting chapter for our cricket, with ZC’s focus now fully back on ensuring our game is thriving, sustainable and financially stable.
“This would not have been possible without the steadfast support of the ICC and our colleagues from other member boards and we are very grateful to them,” Mukuhlani said.
Lessons must have been been learnt from this sad episode.
The Lady Chevrons’ were forced to cancel tours of Ireland and Netherlands after the suspension.
They were also barred from competing in the World T20 qualifier which took place in August and September and replaced by Namibia.
A group of four players and their coach Adam Chifo were denied the opportunity of joining the ICC Women’s Global Development Squad in England.
The men’s side also forfeited their place at the World T20 qualifying event which starts this Friday in the United Arab Emirates.
Nigeria have since taken their place.
They have also lost out on the opportunity for international cricket after their home series against West Indies that had been scheduled for this month was called off.
Zimbabwe were also scheduled to tour India early next year but the hosts have since replaced them with Sri Lanka.
The ICC are also set to resume funding for Zimbabwe after having withheld the funds until normalcy returned.
Zimbabwe are due US$94 million over an eight-year period.
Nepal have also been reinstated on a conditional basis following their 2016 suspension for breach of the ICC regulations which prohibit government interference and require free and fair elections.
Election of a 17-member Central Working Committee for the Cricket Association of Nepal were completed earlier this month and paved the way for the re-admittance of the CAN.
“Given the progress made in Nepal, a transition plan will now be developed for the Cricket Association of Nepal to support full compliance with Associate Membership criteria, which will also involve controlled funding,” said the ICC chairman.
Paul Nyathi|Founding leader of the Kingdom Embassy Ministries, Prophet Passion Java has revealed that he is spending a massive $320 000 to celebrate his 32nd birthday.
According to the flamboyant “Man of God”, God has been good to him and he wants to show his appreciation by having month-long birthday celebrations across 6 cities in three different continents.
In an interview with local publication, H-Metro, Java said,
I am excited about my birthday. God has been so good to me and I want to celebrate my 32nd birthday in a big way this year.
I have already started the celebrations and I am yet to go to other countries but most of the money will be spent in Zimbabwe because we are going to have two big events there.
According to the Prophet, the two events which are being staged in Zimbabwe are the ‘Night of Passion’ celebrations and the Twabam Nyama to be held in Avondale. Java revealed that $24 000 has been budgeted for the meat alone which will be consumed at the Twabam Nyama as he expects 7 000 people to attend the event.
Continuing Java said that he was going to fly his ‘spiritual sons’ from across the world to attend the festivities.
I’m not coming alone. Some of my spiritual sons are coming and I am the one meeting their travelling expenses as well as hotel bookings. They will fly first class and I will book the best hotels. That alone will take a lot of money from the budget.
So far I have already spent a lot of money because I bought a helicopter which was meant to take some of my guests from different States here in America to come for the celebrations. The helicopter is also a birthday present that I have bought for myself and I am excited.
The birthday celebrations which started in Washington D.C, USA will continue to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Los Angeles and Dubai after the Zimbabwean edition.
Zanu-PF bigwigs fighting over Mnangagwa-Chamisa talks. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWA), Chris Mutsvangwa, has challenged President Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC leader Nelson Chamisa to bury the hatchet for the sake of the country’s economy.
Outspoken Zanu-PF youth league national political commissar, Godfrey Tsenengamu, has accused unnamed party bigwigs of working to derail President Emmerson Mnangagwa and stopping him from engaging in much-needed political dialogue with opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.
And in making this sensational claim, Tsenegamu joins a plethora of voices from within and outside Zanu-PF who are pressing for direct talks between Mnangagwa and Chamisa, seen as the only sure way of extricating Zimbabwe from its deepening political and economic crises.
Speaking in Harare on Thursday at a discussion forum on the role of the State in safeguarding human rights convened by Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), Mutsvangwa said: “Why can’t Nelson (Chamisa) and Mnangagwa say we can quarrel about our differences but let’s get on a plane, go to London, Beijing, Washington and Tokyo and seek capital as Zimbabweans.
“Never in one day do they want to talk about that. I want to tell you that this economy does not wait for our quarrels … we are continuing to slide into poverty. Ironically, both Mnangagwa and Chamisa have reiterated the need for dialogue but the bone of contention has been the platform for, and convenor of the talks.
Mnangagwa said Chamisa should join the “losers’ club” the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD), while the latter has insisted on bilateral talks mediated by a neutral convenor. The European Union (EU) is also ramping up pressure on President Mnangagwa to hold much-needed talks with opposition leader Chamisa.
This comes as Mnangagwa is battling to put back on track his re-engagement efforts with western powers, following growing concerns about human rights violations in the country, which are blamed on the government.
Mnangagwa, whose legitimacy has been questioned by the opposition MDC since he was announced winner of the presidential election by a water-thin 50,6 %, has indicated that an all-inclusive national dialogue was imperative in addressing Zimbabwe’s unrelenting economic crisis.
Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said Mnangagwa was sincere in his invitation for dialogue with the opposition, among other stakeholders, but warned that organising violent protests could blight the prospects for dialogue to discuss the economic crisis gripping the country.
“President Mnangagwa’s concept for dialogue is wider. Soon after elections, he asked for dialogue,” Charamba said.
“What Zanu-PF and this government will not countenance is someone who asks for dialogue while pointing a gun at the head of the government. And metaphorically the gun in this sense is queuing hooligans on the streets to terrorise and destroy property and cause mayhem.”
He said the onus was upon MDC leader Nelson Chamisa to formally engage Mnangagwa on the need for dialogue while spelling out issues that needed to be thrashed out at the negotiating table. “The first interlocutor for dialogue would have been Chamisa. For the first time, we saw ED referring to Chamisa by his first name. So now Chamisa is now ripe for dialogue. For now, he (Chamisa) is really pushing for it,” Charamba said.
“He is the one who has the issues, so he must tell us about those issues. He is the one who is feeling discomfort so he is the one who has to tell us about why he wants us to dialogue.” MDC has since crafted a framework to guide the direction of the dialogue if the talks ever materialise.
The “five-point plan” spells out the need to address Mnangagwa’s legitimacy, the unrelenting economic crisis, and atrocities committed in the past, nation building as well as crafting a shared common national vision.
It also entails discussing a “comprehensive reform agenda and platform with a view to constructing both a sustainable state with a culture which serves the interests of the masses as opposed to serving a few presiding elites and those connected to them.”
MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said the five-point plan was endorsed by the party’s national executive council last year. He, however, said the envisaged dialogue would not only be restricted to discussing the five points raised by the MDC.
“The national executive council resolved that MDC will explore dialogue to address Zimbabwe’s problems,” Mwonzora said. “As MDC, we have raised five issues which should guide the dialogue which include legitimacy and national healing, among others. The dialogue must be genuine and unconditional. We are not saying these are the only issues to talk about.”
He said there was consensus within the MDC for the need to engage in dialogue, amid reports that some top party officials were opposed to unconditional talks with Mnangagwa. “There is consensus on the need to engage in dialogue. No one has approached us for the need for dialogue,” he said, noting that the talks should not exclusively feature MDC and Zanu-PF.
Paul Nyathi |Despite eulogies by Cyril Ramaphosa and Thabo Mbeki after his death, the historical records show Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF even collaborated with the old apartheid government to keep the ANC’s military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) out of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF and South Africa’s old National Party government were publicly sworn enemies. Privately, their relationship was a bit more complicated.
On 7 and 8 February, 1983, for instance, Emmerson Mnangagwa, then Zimbabwe’s minister of state security, and his intelligence officials met secretly with their counterparts in the South African Defence Force (SADF) in Harare. They wanted to discuss a common problem.
Mnangagwa’s avowedly Marxist Zanu-PF under its leader, Robert Mugabe, had come to power three years earlier and proclaimed itself as being on the front line of the regional campaign to topple the apartheid government in Pretoria.
Behind closed doors, Harare evidently had a rather different agenda, one which dovetailed with Pretoria’s interest in thwarting the ANC’s armed struggle.
The SADF notes of that February 1983 meeting, still in the archives of what is now the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Pretoria, record that the two governments agreed that, “Zimbabwe does not consider political support of the ANC in the same category as military support. For this reason, they provide office facilities to the ANC in Harare but do not allow them to infiltrate over the RSA/Zimbabwe border.”
According to the SADF report, Mnangagwa – now Zimbabwe’s president, having toppled Mugabe two years ago – took personal credit for obtaining permission from his then-boss, Prime Minister Mugabe, for the SADF visit to Harare and for similar future intelligence meetings.
Mnangagwa also claimed at the meeting that he had initiated the similar clandestine dialogues which South Africa was having with the Angolan and Mozambique governments, also Marxist and publicly hostile to Pretoria.
Timothy Scarnecchia, history professor at Kent State University, recounts this meeting in his paper “Rationalizing Gukurahundi: Cold War and South African Foreign Relations with Zimbabwe, 1981-1983”, which describes the complex diplomatic relations between Zimbabwe, South Africa and major powers at the time of the Gukurahundi, the massacre of thousands of Zimbabweans in Matabeleland by the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade of the Zimbabwe Defence Force.
Scarnecchia presents a very different picture of relations between Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and the ANC from the one projected by President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Thabo Mbeki in their eulogies after Mugabe’s death in September.
Ramaphosa told the crowd in the Harare stadium at Mugabe’s official memorial service, “Mugabe was a friend of the ANC, a friend of the people of South Africa, who stood by us during our darkest hour and was unwavering [in] support when our people were suffering under the yoke of apartheid.”
And at a later memorial service for Mugabe in Pietermaritzburg he said Mugabe had been prepared to sacrifice much for the freedom of South Africa.
“He was prepared to risk the fortunes and infrastructure of their own country so we in South Africa could be free. He was prepared to give free passage to Umkhonto we Sizwe soldiers to come through Zimbabwe and launch operations in Zimbabwe knowing well he would risk reprisals from the apartheid government.
“Did he flinch or hesitate? Not Mugabe, he was prepared to support us to the end. He was an African patriot, [he] believed [in the] right of self-determination of African people.”
At another ANC memorial service for Mugabe, in Durban, Mbeki praised Mugabe as a great Pan-Africanist; “one of the cadres and comrades we should always value as one of the combatants for the liberation of South Africa”.
The historical record suggests instead that relations between Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and the ANC were tense, even hostile, during most of the latter’s liberation struggle. The main reason for the tensions – and for those secret meetings between the Zanu-PF government and the apartheid government – was Joshua Nkomo’s Zapu.
Once Zanu-PF’s former liberation war ally, Zapu later became its bitter political rival, and Zanu-PF’s grievance with the ANC was that it was an ally of Zapu rather than Zanu-PF. Both the ANC and Zapu had received their political and military support from the Soviet Union while Zanu-PF and the ANC’s own South African rival in the liberation war, the PAC, got its support from the People’s Republic of China.
In his history, External Mission: The ANC in Exile, Stephen Ellis recalls that the National Party government in Pretoria had been hoping for a victory for the moderate Bishop Abel Muzorewa in the first democratic elections in 1980. When Mugabe’s Zanu-PF instead won handsomely, Pretoria had to accept the outcome, although it was “privately shocked”.
That’s hardly surprising. More surprisingly, Ellis adds that “initial reactions from the ANC and the SACP were almost as negative as in Pretoria as they had hoped for a victory of their allies in Zapu.
“South African communists were at first inclined to regard Mugabe’s victory ‘as a conspiracy with international capital’,” Ellis writes, quoting from the minutes of an SACP meeting in Lusaka on 18 April, 1980.
The ANC and SACP eventually came to accept the truth that Zanu-PF had won “not by collusion with international imperialism but by a ruthless use of intimidation” – and of course the fact, which the ANC found harder to acknowledge, that Zanu-PF and Zapu were both largely ethnic-based and that Zanu-PF’s Shona base was vastly larger than Zapu’s Ndebele base by a ratio of some 70% to 20% (with other tribes and racial groups making up the rest).
In March 2019, Dumiso Dabengwa, who had been intelligence chief of Zapu’s military wing Zipra during Zimbabwe’s liberation war, disclosed more about the historic relations among Zanu-PF, Zapu and the ANC/MK, at an MK veterans’ conference at Liliesleaf centre in Rivonia, Johannesburg.
Dabengwa, who died just two months after the conference, was then leader of the revived Zapu. After crushing Zapu and Zipra during the brutal Gukurahundi, Mugabe had absorbed Zapu and its liberation war leader Joshua Nkomo into Zanu-PF to achieve his goal of a one-party state.
Dabengwa had become leader of Zapu when it re-emerged as a separate party in 2008.
At Liliesleaf in 2019, he told the MK veterans that, “Zanu were openly hostile towards the ANC at that time [the 1980s] and they were assisted in their efforts to block the ANC/MK presence in Zimbabwe by former Rhodesians and the many South African agents operating in the Zimbabwe security services…
“Prime Minister Mugabe had publicly stated his opposition to Umkhonto we Sizwe establishing any presence in Zimbabwe,” Jeremy Brickhill, himself a former Zipra commander, reported him as saying, in an article for the Zimbabwe Independent.
“Those members of the ANC and MK who operated from Zimbabwe during this period know that it was trusted Zapu and Zipra members who arranged their safe houses, safe passage and provided weapons and other facilities to support the armed struggle inside South Africa. It was not Zanu.”
Dabengwa said because of this opposition from Zanu-PF to their presence, MK guerillas had been hidden within Zipra units operating inside Zimbabwe.
Brickhill told Daily Maverick Zipra had about 250 MK guerrillas operating inside Zimbabwe integrated into Zipra units by 1980, “getting battle experience”.
Dabengwa told the MK conference that after apartheid agents disclosed to the Zanu-PF government that there were MK guerrillas hidden among Zipra forces, Mugabe’s government ordered the ANC to remove the MK soldiers from Zimbabwe.
“What has remained a closely guarded secret for many years was that we did not remove all the MK guerrillas,” Dabengwa said.
“We made a show to Zanu of removing some of them, but others were hidden and provided with assistance by Zipra to establish themselves in our own towns and villages. So, the first MK presence was established secretly in Zimbabwe with support from Zipra.”
Brickhill explained that these MK guerrillas were given false identity documents.
Retired Zimbabwe Defence Force Major Irvine Sibhona has corroborated this account. He was a Zipra commander at independence and was put in charge of the Sezani assembly point where guerrillas of Zipra and Zanu-PF’s military wing Zanla were gathered before being demobilised.
He recently told Zenzele Ndebele, director of Bulawayo’s Centre for Innovation and Technology (CITE), on the latter’s TV show that he also had 112 ANC guerrillas in Sezani. Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organisation found out and asked him how many. He told them he had only 84. The 84 were transferred to the ANC in Zambia but Zipra helped the rest to disappear into the Zimbabwean population, as Dabengwa described.
Ellis has written similarly that after it came to power, Zanu-PF released from prison 32 MK soldiers who had been captured in the Wankie and Sipolilo campaigns of 1967/8 when MK, including Chris Hani – helped by Zipra not Zanu – tried, largely in vain, to infiltrate South Africa through Zipra’s Matabeleland stronghold. Some were killed, and many were arrested by Ian Smith’s Rhodesian forces.
After the Zanu-PF government released the 32 Wankie/Sipolilo captives in 1980, the ANC decided to keep them in Zimbabwe as a clandestine unit. It didn’t tell Zanu-PF.
When Zanu-PF officials found out “that armed forces allied to their fiercest rival” had been secretly deployed in Zimbabwe, they were furious and expelled the MK guerrillas. However, 14 managed to evade detection and set up a secret military hub in Zimbabwe on orders of the ANC in Lusaka.
Ellis also notes the collaboration between Zipra and MK went back a lot further than independence. Even before the joint Wankie/Sipolilo campaigns, MK and Zipra had trained together in Zambia in the late 1970s. MK learned the high-stepping toyi-toyi military drill, later to become a militant township dance, from Zipra.
Dabengwa told the MK vets that, conversely, Zipra had actively participated in several MK operations in SA, including the sabotage of the Koeberg nuclear power plant near Cape Town in 1982, hitherto attributed to MK alone.
Jeremy Brickhill, the former Zipra commander still living in Zimbabwe, has since revealed that he led Zipra’s involvement in that operation.
Dabengwa told the MK veterans, “Whilst we of Zapu and Zipra were under direct threat and facing a wave of terror unleashed against us by the Zanu government, we continued to provide support and assistance to Umkhonto we Sizwe and to underground ANC operatives in Zimbabwe.”
That wave of terror was, of course, Gukurahundi, which also complicated life for the ANC and MK, but played into the hands of the apartheid government.
Scarnecchia writes in the same article that the South African Department of Foreign Affairs files for 1983 reveal “a sense that the Gukurahundi was viewed as a ‘success’ from the South African point of view.
“It offered a number of ‘benefits’, first and foremost making it difficult for the ANC’s Umkhonto we Sizwe (The Spear of the Nation) (MK) to use Matabeleland as a base for training and attacks across the border into South Africa.
“It also worked to discredit Mugabe’s international reputation as a prime minister representing a party committed to national reconciliation. It also, paradoxically, pushed Zimbabwe to cooperate with South Africa on military and intelligence issues, however tentatively and mistrustingly.”
Scarnecchia quotes historian Sue Onslow as saying the apartheid government supplied a small number of weapons to Zipra dissidents (so-called “Super-Zipra”) and this rebounded on Zapu/Zipra forces in the Gukurahundi “as the Mugabe government… was able to stigmatise the disaffected Zipra combatants as stooges of the apartheid state, manipulated by a malevolent and oppressive foreign power”. This helped the Zanu-PF government rationalise Gukurahundi.
Despite the heavy obstacles, MK did launch attacks on South Africa from Zimbabwe, MK sources recount. It established arms caches in Zimbabwe and crossed the border a few times to plant land mines and conduct raids, though these were largely thwarted by very close surveillance of the border area by the SADF.
An MK source told Daily Maverick that while Zanu-PF was frustrating MK operations, it was trying to help the PAC.
“Zanu-PF would drive PAC operatives to the South African border and encourage them to cross,” he said. “Not many did.”
If Ramaphosa and Mbeki are, shall we say, rather ahistorical in enthusing about the huge sacrifices which Zanu-PF made to help the ANC’s liberation struggle, they are not completely off the mark in saying Zimbabwe did nonetheless suffer at the hands of the apartheid government.
South African special forces, their intelligence about the country sharpened by many recruits from the old Rhodesian security forces and spies inside the country, hit Zimbabwe government and ANC targets in Zimbabwe several times, at will. They destroyed a large ammunition dump near Harare in August 1981, bombed Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare in December 1981 and attacked Zimbabwe’s main airbase at Gweru in July 1982, damaging and grounding about one-fifth of the country’s combat aircraft. They also assassinated Joe Gqabi, the ANC’s chief Zimbabwe representative in Harare in July 1981, evidently helped by the lack of protection offered to him by the Zimbabwe government.
So one could argue that these raids conducted by Pretoria’s special forces against Mugabe’s government also deterred him from providing support to MK.
However, Angola, Mozambique and even Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland (now Eswatini) also suffered at the hands of Pretoria because of their readiness to harbour MK operatives.
The latter three countries experienced minor losses, Mozambique substantially more and Angola most of all, through a series of major military incursions by the SADF, starting in late 1975 and only ending in 1988.
The MPLA was then hosting a major military presence, not only of MK but also of Swapo, which Pretoria was fighting in Namibia, then still occupied by South Africa.
The MK sources say the ANC felt a closer affinity to Frelimo in Mozambique and the MPLA in Angola than to Zanu-PF and that this also partly accounted for MK’s greater presence in those countries.
MK sources say it was only after Mugabe had crushed Nkomo and Zapu and absorbed them into Zanu-PF in 1987 that relations between the ANC and Zanu-PF finally improved. But, by then, the ANC’s liberation struggle was effectively almost over as it soon switched its tactics towards secret negotiations with the National Party government.
Brickhill told Daily Maverick, “We kept the secrets of Zipra support for ANC and MK for nearly four decades, not to protect ourselves but to protect the ANC. We knew the ANC had to build a relationship with the Zanu government and that meant repudiating Zapu and Zipra. So we kept our secrets.
“But it is important now that the true histories are revealed because this false story of Zanu support for the ANC after 1980 is preventing the ANC from speaking out about injustice and oppression in Zimbabwe today.
“As Comrade Dabengwa said before he died: we expect those South African comrades who know about these events to speak up and stop spreading falsehoods and tell the true history.” DM
Paul Nyathi|Not only was President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction preferred candidates defeated at the all important ZANU PF District Coordinating Committee(DCC) elections for Harare over the weekend, but the much revered nephew of the President was also embarrassed.
Controversial former ZANU PF terror leader Ephraim Fundukwa defeated Mnangagwa’s much fancied nephew Tongai Mnangagwa polling 2 163 votes against the younger Mnangagwa who polled 1652 for the chairmanship of Zone 6 district.
Tongai Mafidi Mnangagwa is currently the Member of Parliament for Harare South constituency and the only ZANU–PF MP representing Harare Province.
Some former provincial executive members who were previously rejected for suspected disloyalty to President Mnangagwa also emerging victorious.
Notables who won the elections include former Zanu-PF Harare provincial chairman Godwills Masimirembwa, former provincial youth chairman Godwin Gomwe, Fundukwa, Kudakwashe Damson and Rosemary Bwititi
Former President Robert Mugabe’s blue eyed boy, broadcaster Robson Mhandu and also found his way into the leadership of the party grassroots in the capital together with Betty Kaseke and businessman Gilbert Muponda.
Masimirembwa won the Zone 4 chairmanship after garnering 475 votes against Stalin Mau-Mau’s 252. Gomwe landed the Zone 2 chairmanship after getting 1 270 votes against Martin Mambo’s 490.
Other chairmen are Damson (Zone 5), Mafuratidze Goodwell (Zone 1) and Chiminhi George (Zone 3).
Zanu-PF national political commissar Victor Matemadanda hailed the election results and urged members to put the interests of the party ahead of their own.
Addressing those who took part in the exercise yesterday, Matemadanda said: “Those elected into positions should take it as an assignment to coordinate, drive the party policy and ideology to the people. Of late DCCs were used by some members as a money-making machine through imposing candidates who pay bribes to get either Parliament or council positions.
“No one owns a person. Stop the imposition of candidates. The upper organ of the party is superior than the lower organ. The majority is superior than the minority, so you should be not caught off guard. Zanu-PF is a people’s party, so those elected should be driven by the will to save the people and be loyal to the President and the party,” said Matemadanda.
He said the party used the democratic process to ensure it comes up with the right candidates.
Speaking at the same occasion, Zanu-PF secretary for Security Lovemore Matuke said DCC elections were meant to strengthen the party.
“The setting up of DCCs will coordinate party programmes from cell to provincial level. They are not meant to create factionalism. Factionalism has no room in the New Dispensation. Members should be driven by the party ideology and policy.
“We want development in Harare. We should stop sloganeering but put more focus on development for the betterment of the people,” he said.
He urged party members in other provinces stop canvassing support for DCC elections before getting instructions do so by the party.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma will face trial on corruption charges after a court on Friday dismissed his application for a permanent stay of prosecution.
Zuma, who is accused of taking bribes from French defence company Thales in the 1990s, sought to have the case permanently dropped in March. It is uncertain how long the trial will last and when South Africans will have answers for a case that has been going on for almost 15 years.
Zuma’s lawyers said the case is politically motivated and the years of delay will result in an unfair trial.
But, the trial is now expected to begin on Tuesday after High Court Judge Willie Seriti ruled Zuma’s “application for the permanent stay is dismissed”.
The judge agreed with the prosecution that parts of Zuma’s arguments to have the case thrown out were “scandalous and or vexatious”.
Al Jazeera’s Fahmida Miller, reporting from Pietermaritzburg in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, said the court ruling was handed down in less than two minutes.
“However, the former president has the option to approach the Supreme Court to appeal this judgement and perhaps further delay his day in court,” she said.
“Zuma has said for a long time that he wants to have the opportunity to appear in court, but at the same, he also tried to delay his appearance.”
Zuma, 77, has been charged with 16 counts of fraud, racketeering, and money-laundering relating to a multimillion-dollar arms deal dating back to before he took office in 2009. The charges were first brought in 2005.
They were dropped by prosecutors in 2009, shortly before Zuma became president, and reinstated in 2016. He is alleged to have taken the bribes during his time as a provincial economy minister and later as deputy president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the 1990s.
Zuma was forced to resign from office last year over a separate corruption scandal.
His successor as president and head of the African National Congress (ANC) party, Cyril Ramaphosa, has promised to root out corruption as part of a sweeping reform agenda aimed at restoring faith in South Africa’s government and the country’s dominant political movement. The ANC won re-election earlier this month, scooping 57,5 percent of the vote to guarantee a sixth straight term in power.
But, the result was the worst-ever electoral performance by the party, which has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid 25 years ago, reflecting widespread frustration over rampant corruption and a stagnant jobs market. South Africa’s economy, the second-largest on the continent, grew just 0,8 percent in 2018.
Overall unemployment hovers at about 27 percent with more than 50 percent of young people out of work.
Ramaphosa has, so far, faced resistance to his reform agenda, especially from Zuma allies who still occupy several high-ranking positions in the party and the government. – Aljazeera
Zodwa Wabantu has finally balanced the masses on why she loves her men young, ‘adventurous’ and ‘outgoing’. Zodwa is well known for her cougar tendencies, among other things. Her preference for younger men was first displayed when she introduced the nation to her then boyfriend Ntobeko Linda, whom she ended up proposing to.
The couple later broke off the engagement with Zodwa going as far as requesting to get half of her lobola back.
A few months later, the entertainer came out with another Ben 10 named Vusi and the couple has been together for about 4 months now. Zodwa has finally eased our wondering minds with an explanation on why she prefers dating the younger male citizens of the country.
In a video she posted on Instagram, Zodwa explains that dating a younger guy is ideal for her demanding lifestyle. The entertainer says an older man would ultimately domesticate her and she wouldn’t be able to accommodate that kind of situation. Well, there you have it folks, Zodwa just doesn’t want stress.
The only ZANU PF Councillor in Bulawayo has called for the removal of MDC counterparts for allegedly victimising him on political affiliation.
In a letter addressed to Mayor, Solomon Mguni and copied to Town Clerk Christopher Dube as well as Chamber Secretary Sikhangele Zhou, the Zanu PF councillor accused the opposition councillors of unlawfully removing him from the powerful Business Investment Committee.
Councillor Kidwell Mujuru, who came on through a by election win, wrote the letter to the municipality’s management complaining about alleged unfair treatment by his counterparts.
“I am aware of a group of councillors from your party (MDC Alliance) who do not want me to serve the people of Bulawayo in the Business Investment Committee just because I am from the Zanu PF party.
“The same members moved and seconded each other to remove me from the Business Committee by purporting to ‘correct minutes’ of the meeting of the 4th of September, 2019,” reads part of Mujuru’s complaint letter dated October 7, 2019.
He also accused the MDC councillors of violating recommendations of the General Purposes Committee which he argued confirmed him as a member of the Business Investment Committee.
“Your worship, the so-called correction of the minutes has the effect of rescission of alteration of a council resolution without following ground rules. The said rescission or alteration of the resolution is unlawful, null and void,” he said.
Mujuru called for the removal of the MDC councillors claiming that they had breached 278(2) (e) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. “May I draw your attention to Section 278 (2) (e) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which states that willful violation of the law, including a local authority by-law, is a ground of removal of councillors from office.
“It is clear that your council violated the law in your absence. I, therefore, request that you put the council back to legality by urgently remedying the defect. I thought I must also advise you since the whole process was null and void,” further wrote Mujuru.
The MDC councillors reportedly booted out Mujuru following a meeting held on October 2 to allegedly ‘correct’ minutes of the September 4 meeting.
Paul Nyathi|One of Africa’s remaining dictators Yoweri Museveni and his new found friend Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa partied on Wednesday at Uganda’s Independence celebrations while main opposition leader Bobi Wine was placed on house arrest.
In a Twitter thread on Tuesday,Wine also a popular musician in the country, said Museveni wanted to frustrate a music concert organised by his party.
“Since 11:00pm, police and military surrounded my home and my private property, One Love Beach Busabala, in yet another move to place me under house arrest and block our Independence Day music concert. 156th concert so far! For singing truth to power, I can’t perform in my own country,” said Wine who posted pictures of the police camped outside his home.
Wine, an ally of Zimbabwe opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, said Museveni was afraid of critical voices.
Wine had to make a daring motorbike escape from security forces after they barricaded his home. He later shared a video of himself hopping onto a motorbike surrounded by dozens of cheering supporters while police remained around his house.
He captioned the video, “Busabala Final destination,” — the venue of his canceled concert.
The Ugandan police on Tuesday said the concert was not approved because they did not have the manpower to provide security for those attending the show.
“We are unable to provide adequate security as police officers will be at the Independence Day celebrations in Sironko and other authorized venues,” police spokesman Patrick Onyango said in a statement.
However, Wine disagreed with police saying security personnel deployed to his homes could have been sent to the show instead.
“These are the same people who claimed not to have enough security to secure our people at the show. Yet, they have enough manpower to instill fear, harass citizens and block the show!,” Wine said in a Facebook post.
The 37-year-old reggae star, who is leading a revolutionary campaign in Uganda, has thrown his hat in the 2021 presidential race and has vowed to end Museveni’s 33-year-rule over the nation.
A 40-YEAR-OLD Shurugwi man was allegedly beaten and stabbed to death by a fellow reveller following a dispute over a snooker game recently.
Hardlife Chikuni was allegedly killed by Tafadzwa Muvambwi Moyo in a bar brawl in cold blood.
In an interview with one of his relatives only identified as Ramson, he said he got the full information from an eye witness.
“According to an eyewitness Tonderai Sirinda a resident in Shurugwi, Tafadzwa Muvambwi was once involved in a fight with a man called Tafadzwa Nhoro and was beaten up whilst Hardlife was there but failed to stop the fight.
“Muvambwi got angry at Hardlife since he could not help him.
“So I think from this day he then developed a grudge with Hardlife.
“Friday last week in a bottle stole Muvambwi then sent his nephew to slap Hardlife twice during a snooker game at a bottle store.
“Hardlife then left the bottle store but was unlucky as there was a trailer carrying chrome which had arrived making it difficult for people to see what was happening behind,” said Ramson.
“Muvambwi accompanied with his nephew is said to have then followed Hardlife from behind.
“Muvambwi first stabbed him with a knife on his neck whilst his nephew helped him by holding Hardlife’s hands making it difficult to defend himself.
“Tafadzwa went on to stab him on the head countless times and he was using a sharp knife.
“He went on to stab him countless times on his back and his head as well. So, as Hardlife was struggling to scream he put the knife in his mouth so that he stops screaming.
“He went on to stab his mouth such that the jaws were exposed anga akatorembera majaws ake.
“They went on to stab his stomach, kuita kurivhura dumbu kusvika hura wabuda panze and then they returned to the hall.
“He also removed his eye. We had to bury him without his eye.
“Shurugwi Hospital authorities can confirm this and the police station too.
“After the incident Dombwe Primary School authorities were called and they came to help take him to hospital”.
Police sources in Midlands said they were yet to get finer details of the murder.
However, multiple sources said Tafadzwa was stabbed to death and had to be buried with a mutilated body.
CONTROVERSIAL politician and former Minister of State for Masvingo provincial affairs Mr Kudakwashe Bhasikiti says he has decided to quit politics and focus on agriculture at his Moriah Farm in Mwenezi East.
Bhasikiti was expelled from the ZANU-PF in 2015 during the late former President Robert Mugabe’s leadership following allegations of fanning factionalism in the party.
He then joined the National People’s Party (NPP), attempted in vain to re-join ZANU PF and eventually defected to Nelson Chamisa’s MDC, among other political bed-hopping antics.
In an interview yesterday, the politician said he was quitting active party politics and venturing into full-scale farming activities at his Moriah Farm in Mwenezi.
“People do not eat active party politics. My previous involvement in party politics was based on a desire to participate in policy-making and contribute to economic growth,” said Mr Bhasikiti.
“I have therefore decided to abandon party politics and focus on developmental projects. As you know, l am already into a thriving business of growing mango, sugarcane and citrus fruit trees on my farm.
“Let it be known that l am different from other “myopic politicians” who engage in unnecessary political “dogfights”, while the nation goes hungry”.
Prior to the latest development, Mr Bhasikiti held several senior posts in both ZANU PF and government over the years.
The party, however expelled him following glaring proof that he had linked up with the Joice Mujuru camp, which was threatening to unseat the then President Mugabe.
Meanwhile, drama unfolded in 2015 as ZANU PF Politburo members toured Moriah Farm after Bhasikiti was falsely accused of cutting down the citrus plantation on the farm, out of disgruntlement over his expulsion from the party.
Mr Bhasikiti recently said some jealous politicians in Masvingo province were after his investments instead of participating in meaningful development.
“They lie to people about me. Instead of developing communities, they engage in unnecessary mudslinging,” said Mr Bhasikiti.
Starvation in Silobela has reportedly caused families to force young girls into prostitution as hunger continues to torment some parts of the country.
This was revealed by Silobela Ward 30 Councillor Idirashe Dongo while addressing the 50-50 Campaign.
Cllr Dongo said families had resorted to forcing underage girls into child marriages and prostitution.
“We have noted with concern that many girls in the area are being forced by their guardians to get into relationships with amakorokoza (gold panners) in exchange for money.
“We urge parents to desist from such behaviour as they are putting children at risk of contacting sexually transmitted diseases,” she said.
Cllr Dongo also bemoaned the upsurge in school dropout cases saying in most cases, girls were the victims.
“This new and bad culture that has been adopted by guardians has resulted in a sharp increase of school dropout cases. In most cases, it is the girl child that drops out of school as they have to either get married at a young age or venture into prostitution so that the family can survive,” she said.
Cllr Dongo castigated parents saying they should never prioritise food at the expense of their children’s health.
“It is heart breaking and devastating to think a parent or guardian can actually prioritise food and not the health of their children. Such parents have no shame and such doings should never be tolerated,” she said.
During the same campaign, Cllr Dongo also bemoaned the rise in domestic violence in her area saying some males were also victims of domestic violence.
The 50-50 campaign is a campaign to achieve gender equality between men and women in all spheres of society.
Paul Nyathi|Former Minister and Zanu-PF politburo member Professor Jonathan Moyo has called for the exhumation of Joshua Nkomo from the National Heroes Acre and his remains to be buried at the Matopos.
This follows a move by the Mugabe family to snub the National Heroes Acre and buried former President Robert Mugabe at his Zvimba rural home at the weekend.
Prof Moyo said it was only proper for Nkomo to be buried close to King Mzilikazi in Matopos.
Nkomo died on 1 July 1999 and was buried at the Heroes Acre amid reports that his family wanted him to be buried next to his parents in Kezi.
The second largest Mobile Network Operator, Netone has just increased prices for its social media bundles. Take a look at the new prices:
Daily $1 = 15MB
Daily $3 = 45MB
Weekly $5 = 65MB
Weekly $10 = 150MB
Monthly $20 = 250MB
Monthly $50 = 1GB
Daily $1 = 15MB
Daily $3 = 45MB
Weekly $5 = 65MB
Weekly $10 = 150MB
Monthly $20 = 250MB
Monthly $50 = 1GB
Daily $1 = 15MB
Daily $3 = 45MB
Weekly $5 = 65MB
Weekly $10 = 150MB
Monthly $20 = 250MB
Monthly $50 = 1GB
Daily $1 = 15MB
Daily $3 = 45MB
Weekly $5 = 65MB
Weekly $10 = 150MB
Monthly $20 = 250MB
Monthly $50 = 1GB
The new prices come just 2 weeks after the same bundles’ prices were increased. As the Zimbabwe Dollar keeps on losing its value, we gonna have to get used to seeing Netone and other players increasing their prices a couple of times a month- or maybe every new week just like what happens in the fuel industry.
Charles Manyuchi claimed the WBF middleweight boxing title following a technical knockout victory over Argentina’s Diego Gallardo at the Harare International Conference Centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Charles Manyuchi was on the front foot from round one, producing an imposing performance in a fight he had complete control over.
After bullying his opponent in the opening 2 rounds the fight clearly looked destined for an early finish with WBF title holder Diego Gallardo struggling to counter the heavy punches thrown at him by Manyuchi.
It was in the 3rd round that Manyuchi would move in for the kill, with a myriad of jabs and heavy blows resulting in match referee Patrick Mukondiwa having to stop proceedings and grant Manyuchi victory courtesy of a technical knockout.
The TKO sparked wild celebrations at the HICC as Charles Manyuchi continues with a path of restoration since returning to the ring.
The win capped off a perfect night of boxing dominated by victories from boxers within the Charles Manyuchi Academy stable. WIBF title holder Alice Mbewe of Zambia asserted her superiority after getting the better of Ndao Chilimba of Malawi.
In another bout featuring female boxers Kudakwashe Chiwandire showed just why she is the holder of a WBF title after outfoxing Euria Matoga in a non-title fight.
It took only 2 minutes 52 seconds for Hassan “Starboy” Milanzi to beat Audrey Masamba while in a Zimbabwe super lightweight title fight Tinashe Majoni got the better of Anywhere Katunga.
In a WBF intercontinental title bout it took 11 rounds for Brendon “Boika” Denes to claim the WBF intercontinental welterweight title after getting the better of Byson Gwanyani of Malawi.
ZimEye is about to go LIVE concerning the supposed killing of a 25 year old Zimbabwean in JoBurg yesterday on Sunday, Tapiwa Svosve. Concerns have been raised that the story lacks evidence. There is no visual evidence of the corpse, no details of the place of murder, ans neither details of the incident time. Further concerns havebbeen raised because the UK based announcer rushed to ask for donations Monday afternoon without providing adequate evidence. IS THIS DEATH GENUINE? IF IT IS, HOW CAN CLEARER DETAILS BE OBTAINED?
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that freezing bank accounts belonging to a number of companies including Sakunda Holdings, was a way of dealing with people involved in money laundering.
Mnangagwa was speaking on Saturday Saturday night at a meeting with a group of supporters in New York, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly. He said:
On the monetary side, yes, we introduced the one currency. For six or eight weeks, it remained stable, but then our people are very intelligent. We have people who find ways to fight that and undermine (the currency), but yesterday we also became smarter than their being smart, so we took some action.
His remarks come after the central bank, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, ordered all banks to freeze accounts belonging to Sakunda, Access Finance, Spartan Security, Croco Motors and related companies.
The move triggered a decline in forex exchange rates which had, during the whole week, soared at an unparalleled rate.
Changes in the exchange rates usually have either adverse or positive impact on the prices of commodities in local shops.
The country’s industry is in a parlous state, therefore, businesses are in constant need of foreign currency to purchase goods from beyond our borders.
Moreover, businesses use the rate of the day to price their goods, something that has resulted in a constant increase of prices in the past few days. Some businesses halted operations as the local currency continued to shed value against the United States dollar.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa left for New York last night for the 74TH Ordinary Session of United Nations General Assembly, where the country is likely going to get a huge backslash over its deteriorating human rights abuses a subject which Mnangagwa deliberately did not include in his issues for presentation to the Assembly.
In his address to the nation last night, the Mnangagwa said the country would use the platform to call for the removal of the isanctions imposed on Zimbabwe forgetting that the sanctions are a result of the country’s history of gross human rights abuses.
Mnangagwa said his other key focus discussion areas will be climate change and the sustainable development goals.
“I shall be leaving for the United States of America where Zimbabwe will join other nations of the world at this year’s session of the UN General Assembly,” he said.
“For us, we have a particular interest in discussions around climate change and Sustainable Development Goals. Our country, alongside three others in the region, was this last March hit by a deadly cyclone which claimed many lives; which displaced many of our people and damaged a lot of our infrastructure.
“We are still grappling with the after-effects of Cyclone Idai, as indeed we continue to reel from effects of a climate change-induced severe drought. Even though Zimbabwe’s contribution to emission of gases that damage our ozone layer is negligible, its exposure to climate change-related crises is horrendous.
“We thus have a direct interest in discussions and decisions which the nations of the world take on this very matter which blight our prospects and retard the attainment of SDGs.”
On his issue of sanctions Mnangagwa said;
“Alongside Africa and the progressive world, we will continue to use the UN platform to speak against illegal sanctions imposed against our country by the West.
“As I leave for New York, Zimbabwe is heartened by the recent decision of Sadc, declaring 25th October as the Day of Action Against Illegal Sanctions.
“We in Zimbabwe, who are on the receiving end of these illegal sanctions, should speak the loudest and campaign the hardest against them,” President Mnangagwa said.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says foreign nationals need to abide by the rules and laws of South Africa.
He was speaking at a meeting with ANC Johannesburg region branches on Sunday.
Ramphosa has dispatched a team of special envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to several African countries.
The team of envoys will brief governments about the steps South Africa is taking to end the violence.
Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia are among the countries to be visited.
“In accordance with our protocol, our laws and regulations, one of the presidents of the African countries told me that they had a meeting just two weeks ago before the WEF with their own nationals, and when they had a meeting nationals had complaints,” said Ramaphosa.
“Whilst we understand why our nationals are feeling unsafe, that president also said, you just imagine if you were to have south Africans in your country who do not obey the law, who embark in criminal activity, how would that affect you. They immediately realised indeed the issue of living in accordance with the law of the country is what should be expected from every national,” he said.
Ramaphosa was also one of a dozen African leaders who attended former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s funeral in Harare on Saturday.
South Africa has been rocked by a surge of deadly attacks against foreigners. At least 12 people have been killed in the violence and hundreds of shops destroyed.
The body of the late former president Robert Mugabe was embalmed in Singapore before being flown to Harare on Wednesday and is likely to be buried after a couple of weeks, the Zim Morning post reports.
Despite arriving last Wednesday, the body has never been taken to a local mortuary for safe keeping in a cold room yet it has been on public displays at Rufaro stadium for two days and then at the giant National Sports Stadium.
Family sources said the body was embalmed to last for five years without being taken to a cold room.
“The body was prepared and can last for five years in that state,” said the source.
“We knew it was going to take long to determine his final resting place so we had to be ready for that.
“We also knew that we wanted the body to lie in state at his Blue Roof until the day we are going to lay him to rest.“
The source also said the family has requested that his wife, former first lady be next to his coffin until he is laid to rest.
“That is why the body has never been taken to a morgue or local funeral palour,” the source said.
Meanwhile, it has been a week now since the former president died and his body has not decomposed regardless it being frequently moved from one place to another.
Medical doctors said a human body begins to decompose as soon as life ceases and after three days if no proper care is taken then no-one can get closer to the body.
Mugabe will only be buried after thirty days.
Embalming is the art and science of preserving human or animal remains intact by treating and making them suitable for public viewing for years.
Former Zanu-PF national commissar Savior Kasukuwere says former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s health deteriorated leading to his death due to the treatment he received from his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mugabe died on 6 September at the age of 95.
Kasukuwere said after Mugabe’s ouster in the November 2017 military coup, Mugabe was subjected to a barrage of attacks and humiliation by senior Zanu-PF members.
“I think to an extent that the harassment, the unfair behavior by the comrades who have now taken over the country, we must put it clearly that you can’t keep on doing thisz effectively Mugabe died in exile,” said Kasukuwere
“He was the founding father of our country, come the day of the coup, President Mugabe accepted that well, this is what the nation wants for me to step down and he did that but there were many statements thereafter.
“Everybody who thought they had to say something would say this man was a sell out, he is the one who brought sanctions on the country, very unguided statements by senior members of the party which they know very well that this can’t be accepted.”
Kasuwere said the attacks were unacceptable especially considering that Mugabe and his wife Grace were the only remaining names on the United States and European Union sanctions list.
“To then caricature such a man just because you want power is unacceptable. I think the time has come for us to be very blunt with each other and say no Cdes we are going wrong, we are going astray, let’s respect each other, let’s respect the founding fathers of our, President Mugabe did not deserve to be treated in the manner he was,” said Kasukuwere.
Former President Robert Mugabe’s nephew Jason Zhuwao has announced that he has commissioned entertainment company Bustsop TV to cover the funeral of the Zimbabwean strongman
In a tweet on Wednesday the Chairman of the Robert Mugabe Institute ‘ “| I have assigned to give you live updates of the proceedings. From VaMugabe’s arrival to when he is laid to rest. Follow their Facebook page now to keep informed.”Bustop TV has gained popularity in Zimbabwe over its political skits that probe critical developments happening in the comic in a comic manner.
International journalists have been camped at the Zvimba homestead of Robert Mugabe and more are expected in the country on Wednesday afternoon to witness the arrival of the remains of the late leader who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years.
Mugabe who passed away at the age of 95 in Singapore was removed through a bloody coup in November 2017.
The coup claimed lives including that of CIO Boss Peter Munetsi and exiled many ZANU PF cadres including Patrick Zhuwao and Jonathan Moyo.
There were four goals in 15 second-half minutes as the Warriors avoided a massive shock on the road to Qatar 2022
Khama Billiat was the 92nd-minute hero for Zimbabwe as they survived an almighty scare to eliminate Somalia from World Cup qualifying and progress to the Second Round.
After falling to a 1-0 defeat in neutral Djibouti in the first leg, Zimbabwe were lacklustre as they looked to turn their fortunes around at the National Stadium, Harare against Africa’s lowest ranked side.
Marshall Munetsi levelled the aggregate shorelines with an overhead kick in the 77nd minute, but a horror error from Teenage Hades allowed Mohamed in to equalise for Somalia eight minutes later, leaving Zim needing two goals at the death to progress.
Substitute Admiral Muskwe scored a deflected free kick in the 86th minute to breathe life into the Warriors, before Billiat, capitalising on Somali’s narrow back four, slammed home a left-footed winner in the 92nd minute.
The first-leg victory had been Somalia’s first in a qualifying game since they defeated Kenya in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying in 1984, their first-ever in a World Cup qualifying campaign, and their first win of any kind since January 2009.
Despite being ranked 202nd in the world, they held the hosts—90 places above them—with a resolute defensive display, and had appeared primed to make the Second Round after Mohamed’s equaliser sent Zim to the brink of elimination.
Of the 54 African nations competing for one of five places at the global showpiece, the lowest-ranked 28 teams are contesting two-legged First Round qualifiers, with the 14 winners advancing to join the top 26 sides in 10 four-team groups.
The 10 winners of those groups will then compete in home-and-away ties for places at the tournament in Qatar.
For the first time in history, Fifa is broadcasting all of the Round One matches across the continent live on their digital platforms.
Deputy government spokesperson and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s closest aide Energy Mutodi says Zimbabweans are not able to use social media in a way that is progressive.
Mutodi got a backlash from ZANU PF supporters over a tweet that he posted insinuating that a certain High Court judge was appointed because his father was a war veteran and not because he deserved the job.
Last week Mutodi torched a storm when he said Ndebeels were refugees from South Africa.
Norton Member of parliament Temba Mliswa has appealed to President Emmerson Mnangagwa to reserve seats for founding ZANU PF members Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo during the funeral service of the late Zimbabwe’s strongman Robert Mugabe.
Said Mliswa, “It’s my appeal that people like Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo, vakuru vemusangano are given their seats at the Mugabe funeral not pwere dziripo now. Their fear is coming and being humiliated, what guarantee do they have against this.”
Mutasa and Gumbo were fired from ZANU PF in 2014 in a process that ZANU PF said was to rid the revolutionary party of bad apples
Gumbo was accused of being involved in the shadowy character Baba Jukwa saga.
He was also accused of plotting to assassinate President Mugabe, amid reports that he was recorded saying if President Mugabe blocked the then Vice President Joice Mujuru from succeeding him, he would be deposed “the Kabila way”.
Mutasa was also said to have been involved in the assassination attempts.
In April this year Mutasa rejoined ZANU PF and said he had been forced out of the ruling party by former president Robert Mugabe after criticising him for accepting his wife as a faction leader in the revolutionary party.
A Kwekwe businessman Shepherd Tundiya allegedly coerced the director of JR Goddard Contracting Pvt Ltd to withdraw a criminal abuse of office report he had made against four members of the National Assembly.
It is the State’s case that Mr James Ross Goddard reported a criminal case against Messrs Temba Mliswa, Anele Ndebele, Prince Sibanda and Leonard Chikomba to police.
The allegations emanated from a US$400 000 bribe purportedly demanded by Chikomba and Sibanda from Goddard to facilitate the awarding of a mining contract with Hwange Colliery Pvt Ltd.
Tundiya, the court heard, later advised Goddard to withdraw the police report against the quartet and gave him an ultimatum to do so.
Tundiya, who is the director of Avim Investments (Pvt) Ltd, was summoned to appear before the court facing a charge of attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.
He appeared before Mr Lazini Ncube, who remanded him to Thursday for trial commencement.
Mr Michael Reza represented the State.
It is alleged that on December 19 last year, Goddard made a report to the police against the four after Chikomba and Sibanda had allegedly demanded US$400 000 bribe during a meeting that had been facilitated by Tundiya.
It is the State’s case that Tundiya had emphasised to Goddard that he should give Chikomba and Sibanda a kickback for them to process the award.
The meeting at which the MPs allegedly demanded the bribe took place at Goddard’s office in Harare.
On January 23 this year, Goddard allegedly received a phone call from Tundiya who told him that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya wanted to meet him (Goddard) to discuss his company’s application for R52 million external payments for the purchase of heavy mining equipment in South Africa.
On the following day, Goddard and his company’s administration director, Mr Douglas Mapfukidze, met Tundiya at RBZ and he took them to Dr Mangudya’s office.
Tundiya, the State alleged, went on to advise Goddard that the application was being processed and directed that he should withdraw the police report which he had made against Mliswa and other members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee. It is alleged he said the charges would cause great embarrassment to Mangudya.
Tundiya further indicated that the withdrawal should be effected before January 29, it is alleged.
On the following day, Goddard reported the matter to the police as he felt Tundiya was interfering.
FORMER Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) chief executive Frank Chitukutuku has made his first attempt at explaining how he acquired massive wealth valued at over US$20 million following an order compelling him to do so.
Chitukutuku, who is under investigation for fraud, was in June given a 30-day ultimatum to give an account of how he acquired an array of immovable and movable assets, amid suspicion he obtained them corruptly.
Under the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act (2013), authorities are empowered to scrutinise individuals’ wealth for the purposes of arresting crimes such as corruption and money laundering.
Chitukutuku was ordered to submit a detailed statement to the head of Asset Forfeiture Unit within 30 days.
High Court judge Justice Erica Ndewere also ordered the freeze of Chitukutuku’s assets pending finalisation of the criminal case.
Last week, police confirmed Chitukutuku complied with the order and that his docket was now being scrutinised by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
A docket, according to the police, has since been compiled and is now at the NPA for scrutiny as investigations continue.
Through the statement submitted to the police, Chitukutuku explained how he acquired the immovable and movable assets.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed receipt of a statement from him.
“We can confirm that we received the statement and we are now looking into the issue. He (Chitukutuku) must wait for the due processes of the law to be followed,” he said.
Sources close to the investigations also told The Herald that Chitukutuku recently gave a detailed statement to the head of the police’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) within a month.
This was after the State had claimed that Chitukutuku may have acquired his property through criminal activities, hence the need to have the same frozen.
The decision was made following an ex-parte application by Prosecutor-General Mr Kumbirai Hodzi for an unexplained wealth and asset freezing order in terms of Section 37B as read with Section 37H of Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) (Amendment of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act (Chapter 9:24) and Exchange Control Act) Regulations, 2018 (Statutory Instrument 246 of 2018).
Justice Ndewere ruled in favour of the State and barred any interested parties from dealing, in any way, with the property in question.
The order was issued after convincing arguments by the prosecution team led by chief law officer Mr Chris Mutangadura.
Mr Mutangadura heads the asset forfeiture unit at the NPA.
Chitukutuku is said to have acquired 10 motor vehicles between September 2013 and April last year.
These vehicles include two Mazda T35 trucks, a Hino Dutro truck, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Prado, Nissan NP200, Range Rover, Hino Ranger and a Land Rover Discovery.
Sometime in 2011, Chitukutuku reportedly acquired residential properties namely: Property measuring 4 048 square metres held under Deed of Transfer 3232/11 situated at Lot 1 of Lot 3 of Lot 56A Borrowdale Estate, Harare and another one measuring 8 853 square metres held under Deed of Transfer 3885/11 situated at Lot 3 of Subdivision C of Subdivision B of Subdivision D of Nthaba of Glen Lorne.
The State also claims Chitukutuku built or acquired a multi-million dollar thatched precast-walled house at the top of a mountain at Belmont Farm, Goromonzi, adding he also has six state-of-the-art fowl runs, five tractors, a 10-tonne UD truck, 4 x 200-litre PVC water tanks, as well as several structures at the farm.
Apart from a long list of expensive properties, Chitukutuku is also said to be the owner of two renowned companies, Farm Pride (Private) Limited situated at 49 Kent Road, Chisipite, Harare and an insurance company, Champions Insurance, which boasts of assets estimated at over US$15 million.
According to the State, Chitukutuku acquired the properties at a time he was lawfully earning a combined $8 500 from Zinara as well as his farming activities.
263chat|The opposition party, Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) says it will tomorrow meet to decide on whether to go ahead with the party’s 20th-anniversary celebrations slated for this Saturday, the same day the funeral service of the late former President Robert Mugabe will be held at the National Sports Stadium.
The opposition party was at the receiving end of Mugabe’s heavy-handedness with some of their key members being brutally killed, beaten and arbitrarily arrested.
The party has not come up with a clear position on whether they will attend the late former President’s burial and funeral service which is expected to bring together thousands of people from all walks of life including African head of states and other foreign dignitaries.
MDC Organising Secretary Amos Chibaya told 263Chat Monday morning that the Standing Committee will meet tomorrow to deliberate on the way forward.
“We have called a meeting as top leadership to discuss the issue but by tomorrow afternoon we would have come up with a decision on the way forward. We have so much respect for the late former President but we will see what comes out of the meeting,” Chibaya said.
The MDC celebrations came into question when government yesterday availed a funeral program for the late former president with a mass funeral service set for Saturday at the National Sports Stadium.
The MDC had booked Rufaro Stadium, a few kilometres away from the funeral venue, to commemorate their anniversary.
Nelson Chamisa and Tendai Biti, MDC’s President and Vice respectively, have, since the death of Mugabe, showered praises on the late liberation war hero with the latter saying; “I was tortured by Robert Mugabe but I’m not bitter, I’m not bitter at all, so rest in peace Robert Mugabe.”
Last week Chamisa sent a condolence message to the Mugabe family saying; “Even though I and our party, the MDC and the Zimbabwean people had great political differences with the late former President during his tenure in office and disagreed for decades, we recognise his lifetime as a nation’s founding President.”
The government has declared the late Major General Mugoba a national hero. The announcement was made by Vice President Kembo Mohadi made at the family home in Harare on Saturday morning.
The late Mugoba was described by the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri as a professional and hardworking man who defended the country during and after the liberation struggle.
Mugoba died around 8.30 am on Friday at the Avenues Clinic in Harare after a short illness.
Commander Defence Forces General Phillip Valerio Sibanda told state media on Friday that Major General Mugoba had just arrived from Ethiopia where he was deployed to the African Union (AU) standby force in 2017.
“He left Ethiopia two weeks ago and when he came back home he was actually on leave but his condition deteriorated a few days ago leading to his death,” said Sibanda.
COMMEMORATIONS to mark the 151st anniversary of the death of the founder of the Ndebele nation, King Mzilikazi, will be held tomorrow at the Mhlahlandlela memorial site.
The place is known to have been Mzilikazi’s capital which is just off Old Gwanda road, about 22 kilometres outside Bulawayo.
It is believed that King Mzilikazi died on September 5, 1868, and is remembered every year.
Rodgers Mthethwa, spokesperson for the Mthwakazi “Ka” Mzilikazi Cultural Association, the organisers of the commemorations, said everything was set for the celebrations.
He said their organisation was apolitical.
“We aren’t a party or any grouping of people who want to divide the nation. Our association is holding these commemorations to celebrate the life of King Mzilikazi and how he built the nation,” said Mthethwa.
He said there would be a procession from Mzilikazi Post Office to the Large City Hall at 8.30AM in the morning. From there, transport will be provided to take people to the Mhlahlandlela memorial site.
“There’ll be a lot of traditional groups dancing and singing all throughout the procession. We’ve sought clearance from the police. We leave the City Hall at 10AM and return to the city at 5PM,” said Mthethwa.
When people arrive to the memorial site, Mthethwa said, traditional beer in the form of Ingwebu would be served with an assortment of meat.
“We want everything to be traditional so the beer will be the Royal Brew, Ingwebu. Unfortunately we shall not be serving clear beer. Buffaloes and cows will be slaughtered for people to eat,” said Mthethwa.
The celebrations have over the years been attended by King Zwelonke Sigcawu — the 28th King in the Xhosa dynasty and Princess Patricia Zulu — sister to Zulu
King Goodwill Zwelithini, both from South Africa.
Mthethwa said the guest of honour would be Prince Isolengwe Tshawe from the Xhosa tribe found in Mbembesi.
“Tshawe comes from the house of Sigcawu and he will be the guest of honour at the commemorations. He is the direct link between King Zwelonke Sigcawu and the Xhosa people in Zimbabwe,” said Mthethwa.
King Mzilikazi, the son of Matshobana, was born near Mkuze, Zululand in 1790. In 1823 he crossed the Limpopo River during the Umfecane after having a fall-out with Zulu King Tshaka and finally settled in Matabeleland in the 1830s, establishing his capital at Mhlahlandlela. King Mzilikazi died in 1868 and was buried in a cave in the Matopo Hills.
EGYPTIAN football giants Zamalek, who suddenly went mum on their purported signing of Chicken Inn’s Brett Amidu, seemed prepared to break the bank for the services of the pint-sized midfielder.
Chicken Inn were not at liberty to reveal monetary figures of the North African club’s bid, Zamalek Eye, has reported that on 8 July the Egyptians sent an official US$100 000 offer to the former Zimbabwe champions. It was further reported that in terms of Amidu’s personal contract, Zamalek were prepared to fork out US$10 000 as the player’s monthly earnings. A superfluity place of residence and a car were offered as part of the pint sized midfielder’s packs.
With the Zamalek team list complete after the arrival of former Orlando Pirates gaffer, Serbian Milutin Sredojevi as the new boss to replace Khaled Galal who was fired last month following a defeat to arch-rivals Al Ahly, Gamecocks secretary-general Tavengwa Hara, said: “We agreed terms with Zamalek for Amidu but we will remain patient. We are a professional club and we are not very much comfortable in mentioning monetary figures concerning our players’ moves. We look forward to hear from them on the way forward. We might engage into fresh negotiations.”
It is understood that Zamalek have been tracking the attacking midfielder for some time now and Hara was set to travel to Egypt with Amidu for the official signing ceremony as their visas had been successfully processed through Egyptian embassy.
The paperwork of the offer which has the signature of Zamalek vice-president Ahmed Gala and Zamalek Eye watermarks further authenticates the player’s possible move that many local football devotees and pundits queried on social media circles.
A few months ago, the African football giants reportedly tabled a R23 million offer to Kaizer Chiefs for Khama Billiat and the player was set to receive US$450 000 as his annual salary. Zamalek’s sworn rivals Al Ahly were also reportedly trying to lure Billiat.
If Amidu (23) does complete the move, he will become the second Zimbabwean to feature in the highly-lucrative Egyptian league in recent times after his brother Abbas, who played for Entag El-Harby two seasons ago. He left after just one season to go to Saudi Arabia where he joined second tier side Arar FC last year.
Tererai Trent a Zimbabwean woman is humbled to be among the 10 women who were also sculptured with bronze statues, as Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Gabby Douglas, Tracy Dyson, Cheryl Strayed, Janet Mock, Nicole Kidman and Jane Goodall.
Tererai‘s live history has not been rosy, as she grow up in a rural area in Zimbabwe, as an uneducated girl, at the age of 18 she was already a mother of four children. Trent is said to have experienced domestic abuse while advancing her dream.
“I grow up very poor I grow up in a rural area with no education with nothing by the time I was 18 I was already a mother of four struggling,” said Trent.
“Because of a belief in a dream I stand amongst ten other woman to celebrated statuses of equality it’s just unbelievable.”
Tererai has found her sculpture for the Statue of Equality as a feeling that cannot be expressed.
“Can’t just express the feeling it’s just unbelievable,” said Trent.
Due to gender inequality Tererai is said to have been denied the right to education, growing up in Zimbabwe.
Trent is the author of a bestselling book titled the The Awakened Woman.
Tererai won various awards which includes the 2018 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for Outstanding Literary Work for her book The Awakened Woman. The ten woman were honored as an epitome of woman who are championing gender equality by Statues for Equality.
Due to Trent’s inspirational story, Oprah Winfrey gave her $1.5 million in donations to rebuild her elementary school in Zimbabwe in partnership with Save the Children in 2011.
Her advocacy for education for all children propelled her to start Tererai Trent International Foundation The foundation, seeks to improve education quality, gender equality in education, technology, innovation, health and nutrition.
Social media was on Tuesday inundated with pictures of a heap of laundry alledged to be from Rusape Hospital being done at Rusape River.
Government through the Ministry of Health has denied the claim but residents in the town insist that the scenario is fact.
One Charles musembwa @cgmusembwa said:
Don’t say its fake. The truth is its happening but its another gvt institution in Rusape
Remember kwa Rusape ikoko kune vanhu so musatiitire chizanu zanu pano chekuramba zviripachena (Reember there are people in Rusape, Shun this ZANU PF behaviour of deying things which are clearly happening).
A Zimbabwean woman, apparently on her way to a church service, was crushed to death on Sunday morning in the Johannesburg suburb of Windsor East.
The woman was identified by police as 31-year-old Geraldine Nyaradzo Mudimu.
According to witnesses, the car was being driven by an unlicensed Nigerian national who was whisked away by his friends.
He has not been found since.
“Yes we can confirm the death of the woman who was hit by a car. The same driver first hit and injured another man who was ferried to Helen Joseph Hospital with serious injuries. We are still looking for the driver who is still on the run,” said a police detective working on the matter.
He will likely be charged for murder, attempted murder or alternatively culpable homicide as well as defeating the ends of justice by evading from the law.
The suburb came to a standstill as residents, the majority of whom are foreign nationals, descended on the scene to catch a glimpse of the incident.
“The accident was horrific. The driver was speeding and he first hit the guy, lost control and then hit the woman who was waiting for a taxi,” said Lesley Makumbe who was among the first ones to arrive on the scene.
“It was a very painful death as she was dragged underneath the car for about 50 metres before it was stopped by the wall. Paramedics struggled to pull her body out as she had already passed away,” said Makumbe.
This is the second accident along the same spot six years.
In 2014 two sisters lost their lives after being by a car as well.
The injured man was identified as Ntuthuko Mkwebu also a Zimbabwean and sustained serious head injuries and he is in Intensive Care Unit. His friend Elvis Chiwanda who comes from Malawi says he is likely to make it.
“Yes he is still in intensive care but the situation is improving. I actually praise God because it could have been worse. I have worked with him for a very long time and he is a good guy,” said Chiwanda.
Veteran journalist Godfrey Majonga, alleged to have been forced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to jump from a high rise building in 1987 during a clash over a woman, has died.
In post on its Twitter page on Tuesday, the Zimbabwe information ministry said, “We have learnt with sorrow and sadness the passing on of veteran broadcaster Mr Godfrey Majonga. Mr Majonga made immense contributions to the broadcasting industry as a broadcaster and later as the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC). May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
Addressing a Zanu-PF interface rally in Mashonaland Central in 2017, then President Robert Mogabe revealed that he had been told by Professor Jonathan Moyo, then Higher Education Minister, how Mnangagwa made Majonga jump from a high rise building.
Mugabe said when Mnangagwa found Majonga at the woman’s flat, he forced Majonga to choose between sitting on a red hot stove or jumping to his death from the third floor of a high rise building in Harare.
The former President said Majonga went for the “easy route” of jumping through the window of the flat.
In 2017, Majonga declined to comment on the incident referring journalists to the generators of the allegations.
Zimbabwe has once again entered uncharted waters. With an ailing economy and a citizenry that is growing restless by the day, the stakes are higher for the ruling party Zanu PF to deliver on its election promises.
In response to the dire economic situation that the country is facing, Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has called for mass protests against the government in various cities across the country, starting on Friday, August 16 in Harare.
As is characteristic of the ruling party when it is cornered, it has resorted to violence as a form of oppression and repression to dissent. As we head towards the August mass protests, there will be a marked increase in state sponsored violence by Zanu PF to cower opposition party leaders, members and supporters into submission.
Therefore, it is, necessary to unpack the effects of political violence on the social well-being of the Zimbabwean masses and to stress that no Zimbabwean life or property is worth losing over political expediency. It is also imperative to challenge those who have the political voice to denounce violence to do so, as well as appeal to those who carry out these acts of violence to reform and repent.
In recent days, there have been several reports surfacing pointing to increased threats of violence against opposition party leaders and supporters, an indication that the ruling party has already gone into violence mode. Chances are high and reports indicate that state sponsored militia will be unleashed on poor Zimbabweans in the days leading up to, during, and after the demonstrations. The objective is to punish citizens for exercising their democratic right to peaceful protest.
On August 11, 2019, the Deputy Minister of Defense, Victor Matemadanda, was quoted having said that the protests would not happen. This is despite that these protests have been sanctioned by the authorities. Up to this day there has not been condemnation of his utterances by anyone in Zanu PF. This shows that they support what Matemadanda said and proves that Zanu PF leaders can get away with murder and will never be asked to clarify their statements. The way the state handles cases like these leaves a bitter state in my mouth and is testament to the impunity that has characterized Zanu PF’s leadership since 1980.
It is regrettable that the ruling party has also groomed ‘youngsters’ who are equally blind and have been indoctrinated by the gospel of hate that has left our country more divided than united. In a press conference held on August 14, 2019, Zanu PF youth, through their leader, Pupurai Togarepi, declared war against the protesters, urging ‘all Zanu PF youth to ‘defend our election victory and peace’ and that, ‘the protest will not be a walk in the park for them, because Zanu PF youths ‘will be there to defend democracy’.
This promotion and condoning of violence by the ruling party creates a state of lawlessness and gives license to unruly elements who take advantage of the breakdown in law and order under the protection of Zanu PF to vent their anger and settle personal scores.
On August 14, 2019, Zimbabweans woke up to photos of Tatenda Mombeyarara, a member of the Citizen’s Manifesto, and Blessing Kanotunga, MDC Youth Chairperson for Mufakose District, who were abducted from their homes in the dead of the night and tortured in connection with planning the protests.
The abominable irony is that Zanu PF uses the same tactics as the colonial Ian Smith regime which was brutal and repressive to black Africans who were calling for the end to white minority rule.
State machinery, including the army, police and intelligence were used to quell demonstrations which were led by black nationalists fighting for racial freedom. In similar fashion, 39 years after independence, the Zanu PF-led government continues to use the same tactics of fear and intimidation to maintain its grip on power. This gives merit to the argument that Zimbabwe has never tasted freedom. We only changed oppressors.
The right to peaceful protest is enshrined in our constitution. Therefore, it is distressing that Matemadanda and Togarepi, both representing Zanu PF would respond in the way they have. Their reactions are characteristic of a regime that is at war against its own citizens. It is both deplorable and sad that the Zanu PF youth feel the need to defend a revolution, in the words of Dr. Noah Manyika, ‘…that has already been won’.
Zanu PF must admit who they are, and reform. They are a vengeful lot with misdirected anger who label anybody who demands accountability from them sell-outs who deserve to die. No Zimbabwean, and certainly not Zanu PF has higher claim to Zimbabwe than the other. I find Zanu PF’s arrogance, sense of entitlement, impunity and superiority complex nauseating. Zimbabweans are not their enemies. Their enemies are their corruption and ineptitude!
In the words of Isaac Asimov, “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
The violence sponsored by Zanu-PF and the state is evidence of their incompetence and dismal failure at reviving our once prosperous economy. Our government is clueless at finding solutions to the crisis that is facing our nation, hence they default to violence to assert their power.
As a result, our values and respect for human life have been eroded and replaced with selfishness and greed which are characteristic of our kleptocratic government. A sad reality is that Zimbabweans have come to expect violence and intimidation from Zanu PF whenever they want to register their displeasure against the government. This muddle breeds fear in the hearts of citizens and creates a tense and melancholic atmosphere for opposition political party members and supporters.
This whole gamut of experiences points to the overall breakdown in the moral and social fabric of our nation, and it is time that citizens realize our power and bring our nation back to sanity.
I would like to challenge all politicians to respect our national constitution and allow peaceful protests rather than mobilize political sentiments to justify brutality like Matemadanda and Togarepi did.
Justice must rule and prevail. Political leaders should appeal to the senses of Zimbabweans to shun violence by speaking the language of inclusion and desist from labeling opposition supporters as pro-West and counter-revolutionaries who must be exterminated.
In the same vein, Zimbabweans must refuse and stop accepting falsehoods and indoctrination by political leaders who label Zimbabweans with different political inclinations to Zanu PF as enemies. All leaders, especially Zanu PF leaders, must preach and practice the message of tolerance and co-existence which will eventually filter down to the citizens.
As citizens we must also question our loyalties and allegiances. We need to be pragmatic about addressing political violence as a nation and allow the voice of reason to speak. It is important to stress here that the biggest losers in this matrix are the people of Zimbabwe, as the politicians behind these acts of violence do not themselves have to deal with the consequences.
Zanu PF must understand that every citizen has the right to political participation without fear. Politics is not the preserve of a few but is for all Zimbabweans. Zanu PF knows that in a free environment it will never persevere against the will of the people, so they make sure that citizens do not fully participate in political processes. Without the participation of the majority of the citizens, Zanu PF will remain in power and Zimbabwe will continue the downward trajectory that it is currently on.
During civilian action, our professional forces must not side with the ruling party in a deliberate effort to avoid prosecuting those who are responsible for violence but must be seen to be impartial. No-one is and should be above the law!
Institutions such as the church and the media should create programs that unite the people and encourage the creation of shared identities, promote dialogue, encourage conflict resolution, and foster a sense of patriotism. Our identity as a nation should be built on inclusion by understanding and articulating our common needs as a people. The economic meltdown has not spared anyone regardless of political affiliation. It is Zimbabweans who are suffering, not just Zanu PF or MDC members, or those who are apolitical.
The church and its leaders have a huge part to play in Zimbabwean politics and they should not absolve themselves of the responsibility to address socio-political issues. Churches must stop telling their members to stay away from politics as this is tantamount to siding with the oppressor and promoting apathy. It is the role of the church to establish programs that promote forgiveness and tolerance over anger and revenge.
There is always common ground and we need to bring into the limelight what unites us rather than what divides us. As citizens, we must develop the courage to face this aggression and filter out the negative sentiments from our political leaders and challenge them to promote unity. This demands that we speak truth to power and call out our leaders when they err.
I implore all the citizens who want to protest to exercise their right to protest peacefully, and to the ruling party to exercise restraint, stop fanning violence and allow for freedom of expression.
Lindsey Machona Maenzanise is a Zimbabwean Writer, Blogger, and Personal and Community Development Strategist based in Canada.
By Lionel Saungweme| Suspected ZANU PF youths Tuesday evening assaulted Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) member, Shelton “Zhuga” Tembo, on his way from Bulawayo’s Sizinda Township shops where he had bought relish for supper.
The assault coincides with a warning given by MDC security that “members should be wary of public spaces such as markets as these have been occupied by state security agents.”
“MDC members should be careful of state security agents masquerading as either party members or our erstwhile political opponents,” said Senator Lilian Timveos who is a member of the MDC’s National Executive.
Zhuga was assaulted on the eyes, nose, head, hand, left leg and teeth. He has reported his case to the police and will today be attended to by medical staff at Mpilo Hospital.
The assault on Zhuga coincided with similar if not severe assaults on human rights lawyer, Tatenda Mombeyarara and the abduction of MDC Mufakose Youth Chairman, Blessing Kanotunga in Harare.
According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Mombeyarara was abducted from his home early morning and severely tortured by six heavily-armed and unidentified men.
ZLHR allege that the during the torture the unidentified men interrogated him about a so called “Maldives training” and also about Harare’s 16 August 2019 protests.
ZHLR allege that the abductors wanted details of the demonstrations and information on how the protests were being organised.
“Although Tatenda denied any involvement, the men continued their vicious, barbaric attacks on him,” reads a ZLHR message on its Twitter handle.
In an almost similar incident, Mufakose MDC Youth Chairperson, Blessing Kanotunga was abducted from his house and tortured by five unidentified armed men .
The abductors interrogated Kanotunga about the 16 August 2019 protests in Harare and later dumped him near Chitungwiza.
A comment from the police national Spokesperson was not forthcoming as her phone rang unanswered.
However, MDC Youth Assembly National Spokesperson, Stephen Sarkozy Chuma said, “it is … a sign of cowardice and desperation to stop our August 16 mass action program.
In that regard, we would like to make it clear that the August 16 demonstrations will go ahead as planned albeit through peaceful means.”
By Dorrothy Moyo| In another clear threat against disgruntled citizens who want to demonstrate on Friday 16th August, the ZANU PF 55 year old youth leader, Pupurai Togarepi on Tuesday afternoon published a self serving Donald Trump file video saying anyone deemed a “threat” to the police will be killed. As we engage our community of readers on this matter, the video is below:
MDC Secretary-General Charlton Hwende says the opposition party is going to address the nation on Wednesday to give more clarity about the impending mass protest that has been called for the 16th of August.
In a statement, Hwende said, “We have noted all the questions being asked about the People’s March on Friday. The MDC will address the nation on Wednesday through a Press Conference. As you would imagine, we are not operating in a democracy, so some details will remain confidential for obvious reasons.”
Political tension in the country has forced President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika to shun official opening of the 31st International Trade Fair at Chichiri Trade Fair Ground in the commercial capital Blantyre.
This is the first time in the country’s history for the Head of State to shun the opening of Trade Fair.
State House Press Officer Mgeme Kalilani confirmed of the development in an interview with the press, saying Mutharika is today scheduled to attend to urgent matters.
Malawi Confederation Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) Spokesperson, Milly Kasunda also confirmed of the development in separate interview.
But Kasunda could not comment on the reason as to why Mutharika will not available for the opening of Trade Fair.
The 31st Trade Fair was scheduled to take place from June 20th to June 30th but was postpone to August 8 2019 due to the ongoing demonstrations aimed at forcing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Dr. Jane Ansah to resign for failing to manage the May 21 tripartite election.
Meanwhile Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and United Transformation Movement (UTM) have dragged MEC to court seeking nullification of the Presidential polls.
State Media|POWER utility, Zesa has paid an additional US$890 000 to South Africa power company Eskom, as it steps up efforts to clear its debt and pave way for new power exports from the neighbouring country, an official confirmed last night
In an interview, Zesa Holdings acting group chief executive officer Engineer Patrick Chivaura said the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) released US$890 000 to Eskom on Monday. Eng Chivaura said Eskom had set certain conditions for the country to start getting power and Zesa has since met all of them and is expecting to provide a bank guarantee by Tuesday, which will initialise the process of power supply to the country by the South African power utility.
“RBZ paid US$890 000 to Eskom for the liquidation of the debt that we have. Eskom asked us to meet certain conditions before the resumption of power supply to the country. I am happy to announce that we have met the conditions and we are looking forward to provide a bank guarantee by Tuesday. This will initialise the process of power supply by Eskom. I am very confident that the deal will materialise by next week,” he said.
Eng Chivaura said the new development will result in significant reduction in load-shedding.
“Once the deal materialises, we are expecting it to significantly reduce load-shedding. We will have power for more hours than we are having now,” he said.
Eng Chivaura said Zesa was also engaging Mozambican power utility, Hydro Cahora Bassa (HCB) to also start providing power to Zimbabwe. If that materialises, it will provide huge relief for the country which has already seen its generation capacity at Kariba North and South going down drastically due to reduced water levels in Lake Kariba.
“We are also engaging HCB to see if we can liquidate their debt and also to see if we can import more electricity from them. We owe them a lot of money and we want to see how best we can settle that debt and start getting more power from them,” he said.
Last week Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi confirmed that the South African government was considering a proposal put forward to increase power exports to Zimbabwe after high level talks between the two countries’ energy ministers.
Zimbabwe owes Eskom US$27 million, this is after a payment of US$10 million, which it made last month as part of its commitment to pay its debt. Additional power imports from South Africa will ease the prevailing power shortages, which have seen the country embarking on a daily 18-hour electricity load-shedding schedule.
State Media|ZIMBABWE and Namibia yesterday signed seven bilateral agreements under the 9th Zimbabwe-Namibia Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC), with President Mnangagwa and his host, President Hage Geingob, undertaking to further strengthen economic ties between the two countries.
Relations between Zimbabwe and Namibia date back to the two countries’ liberation struggles, and yesterday, the two Presidents shared anecdotes of how the countries have been consolidated over the years.
President Mnangagwa is in Namibia on a three-day State visit, which started on Wednesday.
Delegates from Zimbabwe and Namibia spent two days deliberating on seven bilateral agreements, which were eventually signed at Namibia State House yesterday in the presence of the countries’ leaders.
Some of the deals include a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on promotion of small to medium enterprises, with particular focus on women; terms of reference on joint trade and economic cooperation; and a revised MoU on information and media.
The two countries agreed to cooperate in the area of science and technology development, while the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) and the Namibian Customs and Excise Department signed an agreement on mutual customs administrative assistance.
Zimra and the Namibian Customs and Excise Department also signed an agreement on practical implementation of bilateral trade agreements while Mashonaland West Province and Namibia’s Kavango eastern region agreed on a twinning arrangement.
Speaking after the signing of the agreements, Presidents Mnangagwa and Geingob welcomed the proposal by the JPCC delegation to upgrade Zimbabwe and Namibia’s bilateral relations to Bi-National level.
President Mnangagwa described the signing of agreements as a reflection of the commitment by Harare and Windhoek “to intensify economic cooperation”.
“However, it is imperative that these agreements are timely and diligently implemented,” he said.
President Mnangagwa invited public and private sector companies in both countries to take full advantage of the agreements and explore investment opportunities and markets for their products.
“The volume of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries must increase and there are vast prospects in this regard.
“Both public and private sector companies and as well as small and medium enterprises must be encouraged to pursue markets in our respective countries.
“In Zimbabwe, opportunities exist in agriculture, mining, health infrastructure, manufacturing (and) tourism, among others,” he said.
President Mnangagwa also congratulated his Namibian counterpart for “the excellent manner” in which he has steered the SADC bloc during his tenure as Chairman.
President Geingob’s tenure as SADC chair ends next month.
The Namibian President paid tribute to Zimbabwe for supporting his country’s development since independence.
“Since independence in 1990, we have been consolidating bilateral ties,” he said.
“While noting the good progress made, we should place emphasis on our joint efforts to promote economic growth and sustainable development, it is imperative to ensure that agreements between our countries are timeously implemented.
“Namibia has benefited immensely from development assistance from the Government of Zimbabwe in a variety of fields and disciplines.”
President Geingob said despite the challenges Harare is facing, it should continue to enrich the human resources, which will, in turn, supplement Namibia’s development efforts.
The Namibia-Zimbabwe bilateral commission was established in 1992.
Reuters|Zimbabwe’s central bank said on Wednesday oil firms, chrome miners, embassies and international organisations could conduct local transactions in foreign currencies, as the country battles an acute dollar crunch and soaring inflation.
Last month, Zimbabwe banned the use of foreign currencies in domestic transactions after it made its RTGS currency the sole legal tender, ending a decade of dollarisation.
The central bank is hoping to unlock $1.3 billion held in banks by exporting companies, individuals and international organisations who are reluctant to sell their money on the official interbank market.
In a circular to banks seen by Reuters, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe said those earning foreign currency could buy fuel in dollars and that chrome mining firms could buy chromium from small scale producers in foreign currency.
The exemption of foreign currency earners, just a month after the government ended dollarisation, could be seen as yet another sign of the authorities’ flip flopping when it comes to policy, which has spooked investors in the past.
Last month’s abrupt ban on domestic use of foreign currencies caught the market by surprise as only a week before, President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the finance minister had repeated a pledge to only introduce a local currency at the end of this year.
By A Correspondent- Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is now heading to China for treatment, Presidential Spokesperson George Charamba has revealed.
The state media reports that the decision to transfer Zimbabwe’s Vice President follows the decision by Zimbabwe and China to allow Chinese experts to join fellow experts in Zimbabwe, South Africa and India in attending to the Vice President.
VP Chiwenga has been recovering in South Africa with President Mnangagwa last week confirming that the Vice President’s health was improving.
Last week, President Mnangagwa said VP Chiwenga was now able to do physical exercises on his own, an indication that he was on the road to recovery.
In a statement on Monday, Presidential Spokesman, George Charamba confirmed the latest developments.
“Following last week’s Presidential statement on Vice President CGDN Chiwenga’s health and recovery status, the Office of the President and Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that the Vice President this week left for the People’s Republic of China where he is set to undergo further medical tests.
“His relocation to China, which builds on the satisfactory recovery progress he has been making, follows weekend discussions at the highest level between Governments of Zimbabwe and China at which a decision was taken to allow Chinese medical experts to join their counterparts from Zimbabwe, South Africa and India in attending to the Vice President.
“The Office will keep the nation updated on the progress the Vice President continues to make towards full recovery,” said Charamba.
In a surprise turn of events, last week, the Zimbabwe government announced the end of its multi-currency regime after 10 years.
In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, we focus on what this move means for the Southern African state and possible effects on the region.
Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Tara O’Connor, founder and executive director of Africa Risk Consulting (ARC) — a firm that advises on pre-investment and expansion strategies for countries such as Algeria, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, SA, Zambia and Zimbabwe; and regions such as East Africa and the franc zone (as a region), among others.
According to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and the country’s finance ministry, the Zimbabwe dollar is now legal tender. Zimbabweans can no longer trade in the US dollar, SA rand, British pound or Botswana pula, as they have done in the past.
Many questions still remain about what this will mean for foreign investment, confidence in the currency, and people’s savings.
The decision comes as the country’s inflation rate has reached as much as 95% month to month, says O’Connor, adding that this was a move in the wrong direction for the country headed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“History is our best teacher,” she says, referring to the hyperinflation and economic turmoil experienced in Zimbabwe over the past two decades.
Zimbabwe’s issues should be the concern of the region as a whole, particularly SA, O’Connor says. A net importer for a number of years, SA is Zimbabwe’s largest trading partner. The country is said to owe embattled power utility Eskom more than R300m for electricity previously supplied.
O’Connor says leaders in the region, such as President Cyril Ramaphosa, may have to take on the role exhibited by former president Mbeki in 2009, who helped bring about a government of national unity in Zimbabwe with the opposition MDC party, which led to five years of economic growth before Zanu-PF took back the reins in 2013.
Listen in to hear thoughts around these and other questions.
Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has said President Emmerson Mnangagwa must open up his political parties dialogue to include main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.
Mbeki was speaking on South Africa’s SABC News last week, where he said the desire for a Zimbabwean dialogue was a good move by both Mnangagwa and Chamisa to solve a disputed election and is a good example for fellow African countries.
Mbeki said Mnangagwa must agree with the MDC proposal to have a mediator in the talks over the current situation where he is running the show himself.
‘‘So, I’m saying that something should happen because what President Mnangagwa has done is correct and I’m saying MDC agrees in principle to this, so let them find a way together because you go through the courts as happened in Zimbabwe and as happening in Malawi to resolve whatever are the contested things, but after that you must address this matter,’’ he said.
Mr Mbeki — who is no stranger to Zimbabwean affairs having mediated the inter-party dialogue that led to the formation of the inclusive Government in 2009 blasted Mnangagwa’s stance that he won the elections and was declared by the constitutional court as not enough ground for him to manipulate the dialogue process.
“For us we are trying to develop our countries, you need maximum unity to address a number of challenges, so it can’t be enough that I won the election and was declared by the constitutional court that’s it,” he said. “So, I’m saying the initiative such as has been taken in Zimbabwe is correct and I hope the Zimbabweans will indeed be able to get together including the MDC.
“The MDC must be part of that process, it’s important as a continent that we deal with this matter.”
MDC is at crossroads following a High Court ruling that declared its leader Nelson Chamisa illegitimate and ordered the party to hold an extraordinary congress instead of its planned congress.
The judgment has brought interest and confusion in and outside the party. Our senior reporter Blessed Mhlanga (ND) caught up with MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume (JM) to get the party’s position and below are excerpts of the interview.
ND: The MDC has indicated that it is going ahead with its congress despite a High Court judgment which has ordered an extraordinary congress instead, what are your thoughts?
JM: Well, first off all, we are pushing ahead with congress. The party is still there, it is still intact. The leadership is still intact, the judgment is one of those things that comes out of the courts, but we have legal options from our lawyers that indicate how we can proceed.
So, we cannot stop a process that had begun, a process that had over 500 000 people, a process that had 1 958 wards, 210 constituencies or districts and 13 provincial congresses. That process has to continue and reach its logical conclusion. What we do is, we look at the situation, if it needs to be appealed, we will do so depending on the advice from our lawyers.
We will appeal so that we proceed or if it does not affect the activities of the party, we will proceed with the activities of the party and we will not appeal. Currently, there is no order that has nullified our congress, there is no order that had nullified the processes that we have done up to this point. There is no order that has indicated that the party had to derail any of its projects in as far as we can interpret the law. Remember, political leadership of a party cannot be determined by anybody else except its members.
It cannot be determined by the courts, it cannot be determined by anyone else who is outside the ambit of the membership. The world over, and time and time again, this is a stated legal principle which has been stated even here in Zimbabwe by Constitutional Court (ConCourt) that it is the preserve of the members to select its leadership and that is what the party is doing.
ND: When you say the ConCourt, what is the specific case.
JM: There is a case of Bhasikiti and others versus Zanu PF and Robert Mugabe, there is the Madzimure case versus MDC. There are a number of judgments this court has issued and their clear stated position is that … if you are unhappy with a particular party, being a voluntary member, you get out and you form your own.
ND: Don’t you risk the tag of being a rogue political party that doesn’t respect the rule of law?
JM: The rule of law is that the members of a political party choose its own leaders.
ND: I mean you are continuing with congress when the rule of law says go for an extraordinary congress?
JM: Well, there is a congress, an extraordinary congress or a congress can be combined in one and in any event, the court has not said we should not hold our own congress. It is clear that a congress has to be held every five years otherwise we fall foul of the constitution. An extraordinary congress simply meets to deal with one agenda. It does not cancel out a congress. Even if the party holds an extraordinary congress every five years, it has to hold its congress and this congress has to be held in terms of the processes that have begun.
Remember a congress when it is held, it validates any decision that has been made by the party. Congress can do anything, it is the ultimate authority and it can change names. It can change and vary a lot of things in terms of its constitution. It can condone any irregularity that was made because it is the ultimate authority of the party.
ND: In the statement you issued, you alleged Zanu PF had a hand in this, do you have any evidence or you are just casting aspersions.
JM: What we referred to were the machinations of Zanu PF to deal with MDC. The evidence of the machinations of Zanu PF are all too clear: The tweets by (Information deputy minister) Energy Mutodi, the statements by various leaders of Zanu PF that are determined to deal with the leadership of the MDC, (Victor) Matemadanda saying they would prefer a particular leader. Douglas Mahiya has said they would prefer a leadership that is other than our president Nelson Chamisa, you have heard them time and time again trying to change the leadership of the MDC right up to the point that they even proposed that they needed to change the Constitution so that the presidency of the country can only be contested by a person who is 52 years old and above. They have said the opposition must develop a character that they (as Zanu PF) have defined; they have clearly made their preferences known … and they have indicated that they don’t want Chamisa to be the MDC president. So, those are the machinations we referred to and the machinations come in all forms and disguises because you are having an opponent trying to choose the coach of a particular team.
ND: There is some vile that is coming out of the party towards Douglas Mwonzora, your secretary-general, on allegations that he had a hand in this judgment?
JM: We have not seen that evidence as a party. We know that the system always wants to work with people inside. It is very important for leaders to distance themselves from certain invitations, certain statements to be unequivocally on where they stand in defence of the party. Sometimes, when leaders prevaricate and are not able to answer or are lily-mouthed in their responses to certain invitations and aspirations, it leads to conclusions being drawn. We have not accused anyone to this point and once we get the evidence, yes, the party has the capacity to deal with such individuals, if any.
ND: Mwonzora is quoted elsewhere saying he gave advice to the party and its leaders on how to avert this crisis, what was the advice.
JM: Well, I am not privy to that advice, he is the party and its leadership ostensibly. How does a person advice himself? You cannot separate him from the party. If he did say that, then that is an awkward phrasing of events. It is like me saying I have advised the party, I am the party, the decisions that come out of internal debates bind the entire leadership. It is such utterances that then invite different meanings from people who are malicious. The party is the collective of its leadership and once they have taken action they do so in their entirety.
ND: There is a statement already out there which says Thokozani Khupe wants to come to Harvest House, is that possible?
JM: (laughs) We say that people can hallucinate. They can daydream or they can conjure phantoms. As far as we know, she has her own party, she held her own congress, fielded her own candidates; she has a motley crew of leadership, one of which they have just recently fired, Linda Masarira and, therefore, it is an entirely different set-up. The issue we have with her is here, she continued to use the MDC-T name, continued use of the party symbols, continued use of paraphernalia that is associated with the MDC and our late icon (Morgan Tsvangirai) and that matter is pending before the courts and it will be heard in the fullness of time. We will defend the interests of the party and we will make sure that party symbols and everything else that the party needs to use is not abused in any particular manner. It would be foolhardy for them to extend this joke beyond where they have taken it by trying to physically impose themselves on the party membership to try and impose themselves on party institutions and party activities. That would be taking a bad joke too far.
ND: Can you please clarify if it is possible for one to impose themselves on members or it is now a war for party assets.
JM: It appears it is now a matter of looting; it is another different matter and will be addressed at the right time. The issue of her coming to the MDC to lead it is not even part of the judgment, so we would not understand where she is getting it. The judgment as it stands, says she was supposed to have been interim leader and was supposed to have called for an extraordinary congress when our founding leader passed on. That time has already lapsed and she has already formed her own party. If the judgment wanted her to call the extraordinary congress, it would have been explicit that Khupe shall call for it. The judgment left the party without a president, it did not install one, and in that case, reading that judgment, it is clear that whoever is in the line of succession in this case, the party chairman should call the extraordinary congress.
ND: There have been reports that the party is in sixes and sevens following this ruling, is it correct?
JM: No, that is incorrect. The membership of the party, the heart and soul of the party is with Nelson Chamisa. We saw that with the 2,6 million people who voted, we saw that from people who walk with us in the streets, we see it everywhere, the heart and soul of the party is not legislated. No amount of writings, kidnappings and killings will take the heart and soul of the party. Where Nelson Chamisa is, is where the party will be.
ND: You are a party with lots of lawyers, who appear before the courts every day for a living, yet you appear not to respect the courts, do you turn to something else when you are in politics?
JM: No! No! Every judgment of the court can be criticised, the Chief Justice Luke Malaba has indicated that any judgment they make can be criticised. We can fundamentally disagree with a judgment; it does not mean you have disrespected anyone. What we say in terms of the law jargon is that we respectfully and fundamentally differ with a judgment of a particular court, which is not a sign of disrespect, it is a sign of democracy, it is a sign of the rule of law and it does not go on one side.
ND: Are you democrats?
JM: Yes, we are democrats. That is why we are saying the leaders of the party are chosen by members, democracy is the ability to say how do you chose.
ND: But we have heard the people in MDC complaining about the use of violence, intimidation and disrespect of your own constitution as indicated in this ruling. Does that impair your record as democrats?
JM: Over 500 000 of our members took part in branch elections and no serious injuries were reported, no death was reported; that was a display of democracy.
ND: When you say there were no injuries, but people were taken to hospital in Chitungwiza, what does that mean?
JM: That was one person not people.
ND: Is that one not too many?
JM: Well, in the grand scale of things, one had to look at the multitude of elections that occurred and that there is only one reported case that had been swiftly investigated and corrective measures taken.
The EFF has unseated the DA as the official opposition in the Mpumalanga legislature – while the ANC retained control of the province.
The red berets received 12.79% of the 1.2-million votes cast in the province, more than double the support they enjoyed in 2014. The DA came in third with 9.77%, a marginal decline from the 10.4% obtained in the province in 2014.
Although the results have not officially been announced, the Electoral Commission had by Friday afternoon completed its count and verified results in Mpumalanga, according to its live results dashboard.
The ANC retained its top spot with a comfortable 70.5%. However, this was about 8% less than in the previous election.
About 1.2-million people cast their ballots in the province, which amounted to a 63.2% voter turnout. There were 17,022 spoilt ballots.
Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo, has shockingly revealed that all pharmaceutical storerooms in government health facilities in Matabeleland up to provincial level are “empty”.
The country has been facing severe drug shortages due to foreign currency shortages, while socially disadvantaged patients are at the receiving end as they go for some time without accessing medication neither can they afford to purchase from pharmacies.
Dr Moyo admitted the lack of drugs was a challenge for his ministry, as it had to fill up the stocks from the district centres going all way to hospitals in the country’s southern region.
He made these revelations while meeting senior staff from Mpilo Hospital last week who had pointed out that although they received drugs from National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) the quantities were low.
“The hospital has a 60 percent supply of vital medicines, which is higher than before but still fall short from the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe prescribed regulation of stocking 80 percent of vital medicines. For essential medicines we have a drug supply of 85 percent,” said Mpilo Chief Pharmacist, Faith Sinoia.
In response, the minister acknowledged that the supply of drugs was a necessity and assured the hospital that they will receive their drugs.
The minister added that NatPharm also had to supply health facilities in Matabeleland North and South which were still waiting for their allocation.
“All our storerooms are empty, in all our district clinics and health centres. We have to fill up the stocks from the lowest tiers – the districts, move to the provincial centres then to the main referral hospitals. It will take a long time as we have to fill these big buckets,” he said.
To address the drug shortage, the ministry would employ a targeted approach where it would go step by step to supply the centres, a move it will use to when supplying medical equipment as well.
“NatPharm went to tender and received $191 million worth of drugs, of which stock worth $80 million had been released. So far $25 million of the $80 million has been paid. We will keep pushing NatPharm so that health institutions’ receive their daily products. Once we satisfy Matabeleland provinces, we can move on to other provinces,” Dr Moyo said.
He added that NatPharm will need to replenish its stocks.
“We envision a situation where once our hospitals are stocked up then NatPharm as the source remains with stocks too.”
According to reports more than 80 percent of medicines in Zimbabwe are imported and they heavily rely on foreign currency while those manufactured locally also require active ingredients which are imported (needing foreign currency).
A 26-YEAR-OLD man from Bulawayo was stoned and stabbed to death allegedly by a group of unknown assailants.
Edward Hlanganani from Old Magwegwe suburb was found by a passerby lying in a pool of blood on a tarred road about 200 metres from his home at about 6AM yesterday.
His family told The Chronicle that Hlanganani was brutally attacked on his way home from Marisha Bar in the same suburb on Wednesday night.
He had three deep gashes on the head suspected to have been caused by a sharp object. His face was heavily fractured while his teeth were loose.
There was a big stone stained with blood which was on the road, about four metres from the body.
When The Chronicle visited the murder scene yesterday, his body had already been ferried to a mortuary.
His wife, Ms Sithatshisiwe Lunga, said her husband left home at around 9PM on Wednesday to buy cigarettes from Marisha Bar.
“My husband left around 9PM to buy cigarettes and then he came back and said I should put his phone on the charger while he would be outside smoking.
“He left the house to go buy another packet of cigarettes saying the one he had was finished,” said Ms Lunga who appeared to be shocked.
“I did not think my husband could be the one found dead on the road when neighbours called me to the scene where my husband lay in a pool of blood. No one knows who attacked him”.
Mr Mehluli Mpofu (27), a neighbour, said before Hlanganani was murdered, they went to buy cigarettes at the bar and returned home together.
“I escorted Edward to buy his cigarettes before he was murdered. I never thought he would go back again alone to buy another packet of cigarettes. I wish I had escorted him again, maybe he was not going to be attacked by the gang,” said Mr Mpofu.
Hlanganani’s uncle, Mr Cardinal Dube, said their area was not safe at night and urged people to avoid being out during late hours.
“Our area is no longer safe. We also had a report of another man on the same night who was robbed of his money and cellphone by a gang of men,” he said.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Chief Inspector Precious Simango could not be reached for comment yesterday.
NCA leader Lovemore Madhuku has defended his participation in the dialogue led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, saying he is contributing to nation building and laying the groundwork for credible elections in 2023.
Madhuku (LM), who is one of the losing candidates of the 2018 elections in talks with Mnangagwa, told our senior reporter Xolisani Ncube (XN) in an interview yesterday that the dialogue was already yielding positive results.
He said Zimbabwe must move away from a perpetual election mode and called for Western countries to lift sanctions against the country.
Below are excerpts from the interview.
XN: Many people have questioned the logic of your participation in the national dialogue given the number of votes you got in the July 30, 2018 election. How do you justify your involvement in the talks?
LM: This is not a power-sharing dialogue, we do not seek to share or form a government of national unity, but we are exchanging ideas on national issues.
I see people trying to give a new definition for the word dialogue.
Those are not power-sharing talks, but a platform to share and exchange ideas with government.
As opposition, we are using this to ensure we raise our demands in terms of economic reforms and political reforms in a civilised manner.
So those who are saying we have no numbers are misplaced. It is not a game of numbers, but ideas and nation-building, having a shared vision for a better Zimbabwe.
XN: Some are saying these talks are meant to legitimatise Mnangagwa’s regime and you as opposition parties with very few supporters are being used to do that. How do you respond?
LM: Let me say this in a very clear and simple way: Mnangagwa’s legitimacy is not derived or conferred by an individual, but by law.
The legitimacy of the president or government is not derived from you and me, but from the law.
The day the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson announced that he had won the election and declared him as such, his legitimacy was dealt with.
He is not a legitimate president just because (Nelson) Chamisa or MDC Alliance supporters have said so. He is a legitimate president by operation of the law.
To make matters worse, he was confirmed a legitimate president by the Constitutional Court and Chamisa is the one who took the matter there.
It was going to be a different matter had he not taken the matter to court. But he decided to take the matter there and a decision was made.
We are a constitutional democratic country and therefore we abide by whatever decision the law makes.
You have to understand that at all times people have their preferred leaders and it is normal, but the rule of law is supreme. So we are not there to deal with any legitimacy question.
XN: What is really the agenda of the dialogue if it is not about power since politics is about power?
LM: If you look at the agenda of our meetings, it is all about Zimbabwe and how we could take it forward.
We are dealing with how to grow our economy, share ideas and views.
These ideas are not measured by the number of people who voted for us.
We are all Zimbabweans and we have to share ideas and see if we can make Zimbabwe better.
We are also dealing with political reforms so that we can make the 2023 election better.
We are raising issues we believe can make us a better people come 2023 and have improved elections.
XN: Do you think you are achieving the intended purpose of this dialogue and do you have tangible results so far to show the world that a dialogue is really necessary?
LM: Oh yes, we have done more than what we really think we should have achieved.
We have really made strides in setting the ground for political reform and we are speaking with one voice on issues that we think bring us together.
I can give an example, at our first meeting as opposition parties, we demanded that soldiers who were on the streets should go back to the barracks as we felt it was wrong.
Remember we held this meeting at a time when we had soldiers conducting roadblocks and we said it was not good for Zimbabwe.
Within 48 hours, the military was withdrawn from the streets and we are happy that this was done through engagement, in a respectable manner.
We also agreed and now speak with one voice on the issue of sanctions. This is not a Zanu PF issue.
We have said sanctions are no longer necessary and they have to go.
We have made a resolution to say, we should talk about sanctions as Zimbabweans and we shall speak our minds.
This is not being influenced by Zanu PF, but looking at the reality, sanctions do not work.
The more recent issue is the visit to Chimanimani. You don’t know the significance of the visit we made as a team there and its impact on families.
You should go to Chipinge or Chimanimani and ask how they feel after seeing a collective response from all political leaders on the national tragedy.
People feel comforted. It is unfortunate that some people think they are the ones who must go and mourn with bereaved families, it is sad.
We are Zimbabweans and share a lot together and in this case, we shared the burden as leaders and shared ideas on how to help the victims.
More importantly, we have laid down a framework on how to tackle the issue of political reforms as we prepare for 2023.
XN: Some are saying this dialogue is a process to enrich you through allowances, while Zanu PF is using it to portray itself as a party that is open and democratic. What is your reaction to such accusations?
LM: We are not paid anything to attend those meetings outside assistance to some leaders with transport and accommodation when need be.
We are political leaders and we have our independent parties. Why should we be paid?
In the case of us visiting Chimanimani, there was no way we could have visited the affected areas with our own transport resources given the state of the roads.
The state came in and provided transport to take us to those areas so that we could see and have a better understanding of this national disaster, which demanded a collective response.
By the way, this is not Zanu PF money, but state resources. So those who are saying we are getting paid are wrong.
XN: Some believe that you have a personal vendetta against the MDC given that in 2009 you were against the party joining the inclusive government and the constitution-making process.
LM: I still oppose the idea of a government of national unity and I will never support a constitution made by politicians.
I believe a true constitution should be made by the people, not driven by politicians.
I am in this dialogue to ensure that the question of the constitution is looked into and I can tell you, don’t be surprised to see the constitution being reviewed because we shall raise all these issues in a better and mature manner.
Do you know that in 2008 I was the person tasked to campaign for the MDC in Chipinge and we managed to win four seats out of five in the March 2008 elections?
(Morgan) Tsvangirai never visited this area because he gave me the sole mandate to do so and I brought a convincing result.
After the March elections, it is a well-known fact that my home area was destroyed by Zanu PF and my parents and relatives were subjected to torture by Zanu PF.
I disagreed with the MDC guys in 2009 when they decided to join the inclusive government, more so, the constitution-making process.
I strongly believe that the manner in which the constitution process went through is wrong. The MDC betrayed the struggle.
We can’t talk of the MDC we formed in 1999 anymore. The struggle for the poor is long lost.
XN: How come you are holding talks with Zanu PF, but you were against MDC joining hands with the same party?
LM: This dialogue is about the future of Zimbabwe, not power as I said.
We have to talk about 2023 and demand reforms starting now and the best process that we have is through this.
XN: What is your relationship with Chamisa?
LM: I have a good relationship with him that is in two ways. In 1999 when we started the MDC, I worked with Chamisa as a young brother of mine and I treat him like that. He treats me the same.
I worked with him together with Learnmore Jongwe and that relationship has never suffered until today.
He is my young brother whom I worked with so well.
Secondly, I have this relationship with him as my student at the University of Zimbabwe.
He was my student of law and that relationship also is still intact.
So I really have no animosity towards him. We have these two longstanding relations that cannot be broken down by politics.
XN: Politically, how do you relate?
LM: I relate with him as a person and my differences with the MDC are not with the people or personalities, but ideas.
My differences with them have to do with how they view issues.
The way they like to sympathise with Western countries on the issue of sanctions and this attitude to keep the country in an election mode.
I don’t believe we must continue being in an election mode. We must move forward.
The elections came and we have to move forward.
XN: Do you believe the 2018 elections were free and fair?
LM: The fundamental reason we are in the dialogue is to push that we do better come 2023.
We strongly believe the elections were not free and fair, but we need to move on and strategise for 2023.
We cannot perpetually keep our people in that mood of voting forever.
We need to focus on our economy and work on things we can agree on.
XN: How do you compare the MDC of 1999 and the current party?
LM: The MDC of 1999 is long lost and what we have now is something else, a replica of Zanu PF.
When the MDC was formed in 1999, it was a social democratic party and was the voice of the working people, but now, it is a voice of business.
Look at the structure, it proposes to have three VPs, way beyond what the constitution of the country provides for. How do you justify that?
This MDC of today is driven by individuals and loyalty is measured by being loyal to the leader and not the idea and belief.
This culture is known in Zanu PF. For 38 years we had Gushungo kuphela and now in Zanu PF they have ED Pfee, what is that?
In the MDC they have Chamisa Chete Chete, nothing different from what we opposed when we formed the MDC.
So I believe the MDC is now a different party with a different idea and path different from what we had in 1999.
XN: How do you react to allegations that you are a Zanu PF agent, especially following your participation in the Motlanthe Commission?
LM: To be in the commission of inquiry I was appointed based on my experience as a legal person and it is something good that the president appointed me to that team based on merit, not nepotism.
In the dialogue, I am there because I lead a political party, which is serious about politics and the future of Zimbabwe.
Let me tell you something, the MDC Alliance refuses to be in dialogue yet they participate in parliamentary business. What kind of hypocrisy is that?
ZANU PF President Emmerson Mnangagwa together with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) were this Sunday (today) honoured with special commendation awards in recognition of the good work done in response to the devastating Cyclone Idai which hit Manicaland and other parts of the country.
Mnangagwa was handed the award by his own prophet, the disgraced Andrew Wutaunashe whose church recently split following a shocking adultery scandal.
He is also the same man who last year flew all the way to the United Kingdom to campaign for Mnangagwa using the churches in what many saw as the worst insult to the victins of the 1 August massacre.
The state broadcaster, ZBC reports how Mnangagwa and the ZDF were awarded by Wutaunashe at a special church service held in Ngangu today, Reverend Andrew Wutawunashe thanked Mnangagwa for working tirelessly to ensure relief aid reach all areas affected by the Cyclone Idai.
“Together we can conquer all obstacles if we unite for a purpose”, was the message by Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba who expressed gratitude to the church for the spiritual comfort and groceries donated to the attendees at the service.
Ministers present at the service who included Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde July Moyo and Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri said the church plays a central role in bringing people together, promoting love and unity.
The Faith for the Nation campaign pledged to build at least 10 houses for the Cyclone Idai victims, 5 in Chimanimani and 5 in Chipinge and has since committed to rebuilt damaged infrastructure such as schools and clinics.
Meanwhile, the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) over the weekend donated two truck-loads of groceries towards Cyclone Idai survivors in Chimanimani, Masvingo and Bikita.
EXPELLED MDC-T spokesperson Linda Masarira has warned that the Thokozani Khupe-led opposition party risks disintegrating, accusing the faction of favouring men ahead of their female counterparts.
Masarira also claimed a clique from Matabeleland was trying to make the MDC-T a tribal party.
She warned that Khupe risked destroying her political career the same way former Vice-President Joice Mujuru did when she failed to grow her party, ZimPF and then National People’s Party after leaving Zanu PF.
“I stood with Dr Thokozani Khupe when she was accused of being a Zanu PF project. Unfortunately, she decided to succumb to the pressure from my deputy Khaliphani Phungeni, a South African-based cabal and some tribalists based in Bulawayo who always seek to make the MDC-T a tribalist party. I gave them a long rope to tie themselves, which they have finally done. It is rather unfortunate that they don’t realise that for every action taken, there is a consequence,” Masarira said.
The MDC-T standing committee on Monday expelled Masarira after a picture of her donning Zanu PF regalia went viral on social media.
Sources said Masarira had been given an option to resign or face expulsion, but the Harare Central losing candidate opted to apply for a sabbatical leave, which was turned down by the party leadership.
MDC-T secretary-general Nixon Nyikadzino said Masarira’s allegations were misplaced, as she was dismissed on charges which she was aware of.
“Those are false allegations and she must understand that we dismissed her on clear charges which she knows. We will not be seen trying to be swayed by her claims when the basis of her ouster are clear,” Nyikadzino said.
The charge sheet included an “undisputed fact that on March 24, 2019, several photographs of you wearing Zanu PF regalia, commonly known as ‘zambia’ at some location located in rural Zimbabwe, were circulated by yourself on various social media platforms including, but not limited to WhatsApp”.
Khupe broke away from the MDC, claiming she was the legitimate leader of the opposition party when she was overlooked for the post of party president in favour of Nelson Chamisa following the death of founding president Morgan Tsvangirai in February, 2018.
The MDC-T has often been being accused of being an a Zanu PF project.
It is one of the parties involved in dialogue with President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Correspondent|PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa could miss the chance of presiding over proper political dialogue that may bring solutions to Zimbabwe’s decades long crisis, opposition MDC Nelson Chamisa said.
Chamisa was addressing women supporters at an International Women’s Day commemorations in Chitungwiza on Friday.
“We are saying there should be dialogue in this country. Threats will not work. Soldiers and police (must) follow the Constitution and respect people.
“No dictator can ever remain in power. That is why I am asking this man to come forward for these talks,” said Chamisa.
Despite his claims of having won the elections last year, Chamisa failed in his bid to overturn Mnangagwa’s disputed victory at the Constitutional Court after his case was thrown out.
However the opposition leader insists Zimbabwe’s problems are more political than legal and wants Mnangagwa to hand over power.
On the other hand Mnangagwa has called all losing candidates to two meetings to craft a framework for possible talks. Chamisa snubbed the meetings only attended by fringe political party leaders some of whom have since walked away citing lack of seriousness.
This has left Mnangagwa’s attempts to unlock the political logjam facing legitimacy issues.
Chamisa, Friday said the chance for dialogue will not last forever.
“There shall come a time when we will not tolerate his behaviour. How will I do that?
“I can easily pray until nothing moves on for him. In this country everything is malfunctioning and he cannot even apologise for failure. A country with no fuel, transport, bad roads and no water but, one not even humble himself,” the MDC leader said.
Previously Chamisa has threatened rolling mass actions to “make the country ungovernable” in what he has colloquially called “putting sand in the food” using vernacular.
The youthful opposition leader said Zimbabweans are tired of Zanu PF corruption.
“Give us the vehicle and let us drive it,” said Chamisa in a statement which loosely translated means “allow me to govern.”
Two weeks ago Chamisa suggested he and Mnangagwa could alternate in leading the country in two year cycles until Zimbabwe was out of the woods.
Correspondent|ADVOCATE Fadzayi Mahere has said that the sanctions imposed by the United States of America are legal. American President Donald Trump this week renewed sanctions against Zimbabwe by at least a year.
“US sanctions against Zimbabwe aren’t illegal. They’re authorized by their legislature. They’re not forced by any domestic or international law to associate with Zimbabwe beyond what they’re comfortable with. Our opinions on this are irrelevant. If we want them lifted, must play ball,” Mahere said in a tweet which attracted both scorn and support in equal measure.
“If they’re (Zimbabwe government) serious about wanting the sanctions lifted, they must demonstrate serious commitment to meeting the stated conditions. The US has no qualms with imposing sanctions for decades (see Cuba). Unless there’s reform, we’ll be singing the same tired tune in 20 years time.”
With regards to calls by regional leaders including South African President Cyil Ramaphosa for the sanctions to be lifted, Mahere said the opinions of regional leaders were as irrelevant as ours. The only way out of the sanctions grip was a reform by the Zimbabwean government, she said.
“Please stop roping in countries like South Africa to call for the lifting of sanctions. Their opinions on the imposition of the sanctions are just as irrelevant as our own. We must reform. There are no shortcuts. African 2-faced diplomacy won’t rescue us or our economic woes.
“Calling the US names won’t help either. Diplomacy means we have to know whether we are buying or selling & exercise humility accordingly. If we weren’t affected by the sanctions, we wouldn’t be harping on about how terrible they are ad nauseam. Government needs to change strategy.
“Sanctions aside, the reform of the Zimbabwean state is a good thing for us all. It’s a pity that the people can’t compel Govt to change. We want reform regardless of whether sanctions have been imposed. The refusal to reform constitutes a sanction by the Government on the people,” said Mahere.
Eight gold miners who spent four days in neck-deep water were rescued yesterday, raising expectations of reaching more survivors, while 24 bodies were recovered in mining shafts at Cricket No 3 and Jongwe Mining Cooperative mines in Mhondoro-Ngezi (Mashonaland West).
Rescuers yesterday battled inclement weather conditions as they tried to rescue or retrieve between 60 to 70 miners that are trapped in the flooded mines.
Deputy chief mining engineer in the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development Engineer Tapererwa Pasikwavaviri, who is overseeing the operation, said the rescued miners were rushed to Kadoma General Hospital for a medical check-up after spending for close to a week while partially submerged in water.
The survivors have since been identified as Simon Mushonga, Darwin Madimutsa, Ronald Sabi, Tinashe Ndaruza, Washington Sizetore, Takudzwa Kabaya, Lovemark Kadzirange and Sinep Napulu.
“We managed to reach their working area underground and found them alive. This has given us hope that we can still rescue more. We hope that we find more people still alive. Those that have been rescued, their condition appears to be stable, but they have been taken to hospital to be further examined before they can be discharged. “We have been informed by those that we have so far rescued that some artisanal miners drowned. They said they encountered some bodies while they were underground,” he said.
Eng Pasikwavaviri said the rescue teams have also discovered 24 bodies underground, which were retrieved from the mine shafts late yesterday.
The rescue team, he added, is working on accessing other working areas and they were hopeful that more people could be still alive.
“There is a high likelihood that more people are still alive. We are making frantic efforts to ensure that we access other points. We are still de-watering the shafts and we hope that we will soon be able to access different working areas underground,” he said.
One of the survivors, who refused to be named, said they had barely slept during their four-day ordeal.
“The water was at the neck level and we could hardly breathe. We spent the four nights without food or sleeping. “We had lost hope when the rescue team found us. We thought we would die,” he said.
President Mnangagwa on Friday declared the accident a State of Disaster, and government has since been seized with resource mobilisation and funding burial for the deceased.
The artisanal miners were on Tuesday trapped underground by water following heavy rains that pounded the area during the night.
A number of stakeholders combined efforts and successfully pumped out some of the water from two interlinked tunnels. The shafts were flooded after the collapse of a dam wall due to excessive rains received in the area.
Paul Nyathi|Parties to the massive in fighting within the Ministry of Finance as reported in the media have come out trailblazing disputing the news exposing the obvious feud amongst them.
Sources within the Ministry at the Reserve Bank revealed that there was an angry exchange of words between the Minister of Finance and Economic Development Professor Mthuli Ncube and RBZ Governor John Mangudya which resulted in Mangudya throwing files at Ncube and walking out from a heated meeting where the country’s Monetary policy was being discussed.
In a social media statement which has not been uploaded into its website, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe claims that the news of the fight between the two high ranked officials is fake.
“This is fake news created out of a figment of imagination to create hatred and to confuse the market. The Monetary Policy Statement will be presented when due,” said the bank.
Disputing the article, Mangudya said the information was peddled with intention of confusing the market.
In an interview, Mangudya scoffed at the suggestion that he ‘fought’ with Ncube.
“Well, this is laughable. In fact that meeting never happened and the Monetary Policy Statement is going ahead but I was busy having engagements with the visiting IMF team,” he said.
“The fake news was created out of a figment of imagination meant to confuse the market.
“The monetary statement will be presented when due ,” he said.
Ncube also posted on his microblogging site Twitter saying the story is “fake news.”
Evidence on the ground however truly suggests that there is a heavy animosity between Magudya and his boss Ncube.
In an interview with the Voice Of America’s Studio 7 during the week, Magudya apparently threw open spanners at Ncube when he expressed ignorance at almost all the policies that Ncube has been advocating for including the proposed delay of the introduction of the Zimbabwean dollar.
The Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe reportedly paid Former President Robert Mugabe medical expenses which amounted to US$4 million towards the end of 2018.
The weekly Independent reports that the money was paid through RBZ which alleges that it does not have adequate foreign currency to fund critical sectors of the economy.
Mugabe was first paid US$1 million upon his departure for Singapore in October but later contacted government from the South-East Asian nation complaining that the money was inadequate and requesting a further US$3 million in November.
The report says he requested balance was paid promptly, according to the sources. The transactions were authorised by RBZ governor John Mangudya. The report quotes a senior government official saying:
the RBZ governor sent a memo to the Finance ministry perm sec George Guvamatanga stating that there was a request by former president Robert Mugabe for an additional US$3 million, while he was in Singapore. This was after Mugabe initially received US$1 million from government for his medical bills, which he then said was not enough.
When contacted by the publication, Mangudya declined to comment on the matter. Information ministry permanent secretary Nick Mangwana said he was not aware of any payment to Mugabe.
By A Correspondent- The opposition MDC-Alliance has spoken on the abuse of the wife of the Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Marry by the former Army Boss.
Below is the MDC-Alliance statement on gender-based violence against women:
The MDC Alliance Assembly of Women notes with concern the increased incidence of gender-based violence, which has become a hallmark of Mr Mnangagwa’s regime. The most recent example of the regime’s toxic culture of abusing women and weaponizing the law against them is the harassment and torture of Marry Chiwenga, the estranged wife of Mr Constantine Chiwengwa.
The case of Marry Chiwenga and her persecution at the hands of law enforcement agents is a sad indictment on the law enforcement system and the state’s failure to respect women’s right to dignity and fair and equal treatment before the law. There can be no doubt that the settling of political scores on behalf of powerful political elites is behind the continued abuse of this woman and her continued unlawful alienation from her children. As we approach the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we call upon the authorities and indeed wider society to reflect carefully on what the case of Marry Chiwenga represents for the cause of women’s rights in our nation. As her health condition deteriorates, no justifiable basis has been put forward to support the decision to allow her to seek adequate healthcare and treatment abroad.
The capricious and arbitrary decision by the Magistrates’ Court to detain her for a “medical examination” echoes the ill-treatment that was meted out against MDC Alliance MP, Hon Joana Mamombe, when she was unjustly incarcerated by the same court. More recently, Vongai Tome was sexually harassed by a police officer when she was attending the court hearing for Makomborero Haruzivishe. The perpetrators of the abduction, sexual assault and torture of the MDC Trio of Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova are still at large. To date, there has been no accountability for these acts of sexual and gender-based violence against women which has become a hallmark of Mr Mnangagwa’s regime.
We demand an end to the weaponization of the law against women and call for Marry Chiwenga’s right to dignity and protection of the law to be upheld. We further demand that there be accountability for previous cases of gender-based violence against women including the cases of the MDC Trio and Vongai Tome. Under an MDC Alliance government, women of all tribes, colours, political persuasions and creeds will be treated with dignity and protected by the law.
By A Correspondent- Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe, president Reverend Amon Dubie Madawo has approached the High Court seeking to evict eight pastors from properties owned by the church.
The pastors are Hosmani Manyame, Epworth Assembly, Alphonce Gonah (Glaudina Assembly), Abraham Mapfumo (Tsimerenyasha Assembly, Hurungwe), Simon Nyahwema (Chizinga Assembly, Mhondoro), Tawanda Chikwanda (Dondoshava, Mhondoro), Samson Saranavo (Beatrice Assembly), Mutambika Jack Mumba (Mbudzirume Assembly, Mhondoro) and Abraham Masamba (Southlea Park, Harare)
According to separate applications at the High Court, AFM claims the eight pastors were all dismissed in 2018 hence all ties with them must be cut.
Madawo’s application in respect of Manyame, the former pastor of AFM Epworth Assembly reads in part:
I, the undersigned Amon Dubie Madawo do hereby make oath and state that I am the AFM in Zimbabwe’s president and in my capacity as such, I am authorized to depose to this founding affidavit.
This is an application to this Honourable Court for eviction of Hosmani Manyame and all those claiming occupation through him from AFM church’s premises being described as Stand 5194 Cornerstone, Epworth, Harare which premises the respondent is in unlawful occupation and possession of.
At all material times, the church was the owner and remains the owner of a mission house and church building at Stand 5194 Cornerstone, Epworth, Harare.
Manyame was once employed by the church as a pastor for the said assembly.
His occupation of the said premises was a result of him being an AFM pastor though he was subsequently dismissed as such in the year 2018.
Madawo argued that Manyame and the other seven pastors are aligned to the church’s former vice president Cossam Chiangwa’s faction that lost in a recent Supreme Court battle that declared him a winner.
He claims the eight pastors have no basis to continue benefiting from the church’s properties.
The New Parliament Building in Mt Hampden is expected to be complete in March next year, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday after a tour of the multi-million-dollar project. High-ranking Government officials including Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi; Local Government and Public Works Minister July Moyo and the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development Clemence Chiduwa visited the project site for an assessment of the imposing building.
Minister Ziyambi said the high-powered delegation toured the project to assess progress and to engage the contractor over the time frame within which the construction would be complete.
“The contractor assured us that by March next year, the building will be complete and once that is done we expect all parliament business to move to the more spacious building,” he said.
“Now that we have been informed when the construction is going to be complete, it will give us sufficient time to make preparations for the official opening of the New Parliament Building.”
Minister Ziyambi said the next Budget presentation would be done at the new Parliament which can accommodate far more legislators.
He added that project was in sync with the aspirations of the country’s economic blueprint, the National Development Strategy 1 which recognises infrastructure development as a key economic enabler.
Deputy Minister Chiduwa said the NDS1 thrust included infrastructure development and the project resonated with the State’s agenda of infrastructure as a key economic enabler.
The six storey Parliament building will house the upper Senate chamber and the Lower House of Assembly as well as a multi-purpose gallery and offices.
The project is being funded by the Chinese Government through China Aid in support of Zimbabwe’s infrastructure development thrust. -Herald
By Nomusa Garikai | Anyone who read the latest remarks from Zanu PF former Cabinet Minister Saviour Kasukuwere must have laughed their head off. What is the idiot wittering about, they must have asked themselves!
“People must unite and deal with common challenges. No individual can be bigger than Zimbabwe,” Kasukuwere was quoted by NewsDay.
“It must never be about an individual or opposition, but it is about survival of the people of Zimbabwe. Let us create conditions for a greater Zimbabwe and stability, greater peace and no one must be scared of their future in Zimbabwe. We must have hope.”
Here is the man who made a virtue of riding roughshod over the people of Zimbabwe denying them their basic freedoms and rights including the right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country and even the right to life. Zanu PF murdered in cold blood over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans during Mugabe’s reign of terror for the sole purpose of creating and retaining the de facto one party state headed by Robert Mugabe.
Kasukuwere, together with all the other Zanu PF thugs, played his party in creating and retaining the de facto one party dictatorship in which Mugabe was certainly “bigger” than Zanu PF, the party, which in turn was bigger than Zimbabwe, the nation. Mugabe only lost his top-dog position in the November 2017 military coup that booted Mugabe, Kasukuwere and a few other G40 members out of the party and, for some, out of the country.
“No individual is greater than the nation. We need to admit that and ask ourselves tough questions before we do the right thing. The rule of law and property rights should be protected. We need a better country for every Zimbabwean,” continued Kasukuwere.
What a hypocrite, he never ever asked any of these questions before and certainly did not cared about the rule of law and the heartbreaking suffering of the down trodden povo until now.
Saviour Kasukuwere and his fellow G40 members were angry to find themselves being booted out of power by Mnangagwa and his Lacoste faction. The G40 members must have turned jet-black with envy when they saw the Zimbabwe public pouring out in the hundreds of thousands in support of the November coup.
“People were desperate to see the back of Mugabe, they were relived to see it happen and did not care how it happened!” some one rationalised at the time.
Desperate people do desperate things!
It is exactly four years ago this month since the November 2017 military coup and already it is clear that none of the economic recovery and political changes the people had hoped for will happen.
Mnangagwa’s “Zimbabwe is open for business!” mantra that expected to open the floodgates of investors, for example; was a lead balloon that never took off. Investors are a shrewd and savvy lot; they could see the coup removed one dictator only to replace him with another whilst the dictatorship itself remained untouched.
The disillusionment with Mnangagwa and his “new dispensation and Second Republic” has been total so that many now readily admit their euphoria four years ago was total misplace. They now call the 15 November 2017 “Dzungu Day!” (Madness Day!)
The mass disillusionment with Mnangagwa and has Lacoste faction has given G40 leaders hope that they too can present themselves to the nation as the country’s saviours.
If the people were so desperate for change in November 2017 they failed to see the post coup Zanu PF was the same dictatorship or be it under new management; G40 are hoping to pull off the same dirty trick on the people again! All Kasukuwere and company must do is put up a show, that they care and have a human heart.
Tinashe Sambiri|Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa is the biggest perpetrator of gender- based violence, MDC Alliance Youth Assembly spokesperson Stephen Sarkozy Chuma has said.
Mr Mnangagwa’s administration is known for terrorising perceived government opponents – especially women.
See statement below:
16 Days Against GBV: Mnangagwa The Biggest Perpetrator
Chimbiri, Mamombe and Marova’s nervous conditions.
It has been exactly 19 months, 577 days or 83 weeks of hell for our female youth leaders at the hands of the unrepentant Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime.
As we kick start the 16 days against gender based violence commemorations today, let’s spare a thought for Cecillia Chimbiri, Joana Mamombe and Netsai Marova who had to endure 577 days of defeminization and humiliation at the hands the state.
Our female youth leaders have been toyed around from one court to another, at times exchanging court for Chikurubi for the simple reason that they chose to speak up against abuse suffered at the hands of state .
Since their abduction from Harare Central Police Station, (yes from police custody) no one from Mnangagwa’s government has come upfront to answer the public question as to what happened to our girls.
As if the abduction, torture and sexual abuse was not enough, instead the regime unashamedly went on to press cooked up charges of faking abduction against the trio.
Since then our girls have been moving around the Rotten Row courts with a litany of unjustified charges hanging over their heads.
Even during this week when the government is expected to send correct messages about gender based violence, our girls have been hoping from one court to another expecting finality to a case that has dragged on for over one and half years now.
Clearly the idea of Mnangagwa’s regime is to exert emotional torture to our girls.
A Legacy Of Woman Abuse
Again the regime chose a few days before this year’s commemorations against 16 days against gender based violence before sending a frail and bed ridden Mary Chiwenga to Chikurubi.
The message from the government to public is clear- women rights are not important!
What of Kembo Mohadi’s (Mnangagwa’s VP) office sexual abuse of his subordinates?
The list of women abuse cases at the hands of state and high ranking government officials under Mnangagwa is endless.
Clearly, Mnangagwa’s regime is the biggest perpetrator of gender based violence.
Stop women abuse and gender based violence!
Stephen Sarkozy Chuma MDC Alliance Youth Assembly National Spokesperson
In a suspected murder case, 2 Grade 5 pupils stumbled on a dumped half naked corpse.
The body, which was discovered by the two learners at around 7AM, had bruises and deep cuts raising suspicions that the deceased could have been killed and dumped in the school yard.
The deceased has been identified as Mr Musawakhe Nceku Mthunzi (21). When a Chronicle news crew arrived at the school, detectives from the CID homicide were already at the scene conducting investigations.
Stunned residents who wanted to catch a glimpse of the body, were milling in front of the school gate after they were blocked from entering the school yard.
Musawakhe’s father, Mr Japhet Mthunzi, who lives in the rural areas of Matobo in Matabeleland South, came and managed to positively identify his son before the body was ferried to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) mortuary.
Musawakhe was Mr Mthunzi’s last born from four children. Speaking at a local funeral parlour on Wednesday, Mr Mthunzi said his son was last seen drinking at the shops called koBasic.
“When I got home on Saturday, my wife told me that Musa had not come home since Friday. I had come to see her because she wasn’t feeling well. I went around asking his friends until Sunday.
I thought he had been arrested for not wearing a mask and was detained at the police station or he was caught drinking in public,” said Mr Mthunzi.
He said on Monday he decided to go to Tshabalala Police Station to see if he could pay the fine for his son.
“When I was on my way there, I don’t know what made me change direction towards the school, my heart just said divert this route.
When I got to the school, I saw people gathered there and, in my head, I’m thinking that there was a fight and then I enquired what was happening. I was then told that the body of a man was found in the school,” said Mr Mthunzi.
He said people were not allowed to enter the school premises but because he was looking for Musawakhe, he forced his way in.
“I asked inside and they said, the person had a black t-shirt. I then phoned my wife and asked what he was wearing when he was last seen and she said a black t-shirt. I then asked the people again, they said he was wearing a jean and I phoned my wife again and she said he was wearing a jean, but I didn’t tell her.
One of the employees at the school who knows me because my children learnt there said to me, ‘mdala ungabalomnyama’.” Mr Mthunzi said he was then given a chair while police did their investigations, thereafter he was asked by police to identify the body.
“He was facing up. When I looked at him, I immediately said this is my child. I was so pained and I did not know how to break the bad news to my wife. The police took me in their car to our house about 2KM from the school.
I was accompanied by a female and two male police officers who broke the news to my wife,” said Mr Mthunzi.
He said a post mortem report says he was hit several times on the head and that caused bleeding in the brain.
Mr Mthunzi believes his son was beaten up on Friday night and either tried to run away from the assailants by scaling the school’s wall or he was dumped there by the attackers.
Musawakhe was buried in Bulawayo yesterday.
Director of Communications and Advocacy in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Mr Taungana Ndoro said lessons at Intunta Primary School resumed on Tuesday, a day after the body was discovered and the pupils are being counselled.
“To provide learner support services in light of the traumatic experience they underwent, they are given psychological services by our department Learner Welfare, Special Needs and Psychological Services Department.
We have psychologists in the ministry who attend to those learners and provide learner support services,” he said.
“It was just a suspension of lessons for that day and they are now back to school. The same psychologists take time to address the learners at the school class by class. They must have gone there and counselled the learners by now.”
On Monday, a teacher who declined to be named said school authorities had to dismiss learners early.
“Our bosses from the provincial education offices came and directed us to cancel school lessons and dismiss the learners because there was no other way children would pay attention in class after witnessing such a horrific incident.
In fact, the two learners who discovered the body were traumatised,” said the teacher. “Everyone at school was shocked and even the security guard manning the yard was equally shocked as he didn’t witness any scuffle or see the body being dumped.
Acting Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele confirmed the incident saying police were investigating the suspected murder case. Chronicle
MDC ALLIANCE ASSEMBLY OF WOMEN COMMEMORATES THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE – 25 NOVEMBER-10 DECEMBER 2021
The MDC A Assembly of Women joins the rest of the world in commemorating the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence under the theme, Gender-based Violence: a barrier to gender equality, whilst the UN theme is Orange the World: End violence against Women Now.
The commemorations will be held in all the 10 Provinces where the National Leaders led by Chairperson, Machirairwa Mugidho will address the women. The main event, which is the launch will be held in Bulawayo on the 4th of November 2021 and every participant, will be dressed in orange.
According to UN Women, cases of GBV have continued to raise as seen during covid 19 pandemic and recent humanitarian crises, conflicts and climate disasters. While pervasive, gender based violence is not inevitable and can be prevented. Stopping GBV starts with believing survivors, adopting comprehensive and inclusive approaches that tackle the root causes, transforming harmful social, cultural norms and empowering women and girls.
Therefore, the government needs to come up with survivor- centred essential services across policing, justice, health and social sectors and sufficient financing for the women’s rights agenda in order to end gender based violence.
The AOW will also be commemorating the following days that fall within the 16 Days of Activism; 25 Nov – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 1 Dec – World Aids Day 3 Dec – International Day of Persons with Disabilities 5 Dec – International Volunteer Day 10 Dec – Human Rights Day
The Assembly of Women will also be popularising the Gender Policy, formulated by the Smart Gender Drive Task Force which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls in the party and making sure that female candidates increase in the upcoming elections.
It is our belief as the Assembly of Women that gender equality will eliminate gender based violence as women and men will be having equal opportunities and treating each other equally.
Barbara Gwangwara Tanyanyiwa Spokesperson – MDC Alliance Assembly of Women