GRACE MUGABE : FROM TYPIST TO KINGMAKER

First Lady's entry into politics has shaken Zanu PF to the core. Will she grab the throne?

THE MILITARY

As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.

PROPHET WALTER MAGAYA

He is a controversial prophet who continues to draw large crowds with his promise of miracles. But as his popularity soars he faces all sorts of allegations. So far he has survived.

TSVANGIRAI THE SURVIVOR

Two secretary generals tried to topple him but failed. His wife walked out but returned home. Now MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is plotting his way to State House.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

LIVE : MUGABE BIRTHDAY BASH

President Mugabe's birthday bash is on. Watch it here. There is no sound at the moment but, hey, its something. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bob-91years

SMALL HOUSE FOUND IN BED WITH LOVER BASHED

A small house was bashed when she was found in bed with her lover by his wife.
She has now gone to court seeking a protection order to stop further beatings. Sarudzai Mutsi of Lobengula yesterday dragged her lover’s wife, Thokozile Mpala, of the same suburb to court to stop the woman from physically and verbally abusing her.

She made the application after she was found nude under the sheets after her best friend tipped Mpala about her husband’s extra marital affair. Mutsi told Bulawayo magistrate Evelyn Mashavakure that she had dated Mpala’s husband unaware that he was a married man.

She added that after she discovered that he was cheating on his wife, she ended the relationship.
“Your worship, I ended the relationship with Mpala’s husband but she keeps coming to my residence threatening to beat me up. Two weeks back she arrived with an iron bar intending to assault me but I ran away,” said Mutsi.

“I ‘m applying for a protection order so that she will be barred from physically, verbally abusing me and coming to my residence.” She said Mpala even pounced on her recently and assaulted her on the shoulder.

Mashavakure granted her the protection order and told both parties to maintain peace with each other and cautioned them against going to each other’s residences. Mpala said Mutsi was aware that she was committing adultery when she pounced on her.

“Your worship, Mutsi’s best friend is the one who told me about my husband’s affair with her and when I got the address I went to her house. I was traumatised when I found my husband naked in her blankets and I left them without a word,” said Mpala.

“I went back to the residence three hours later and my husband had disappeared. I confronted Mutsi and asked her why she dated my husband yet knowing he was married to me but she sneered at me. We started fighting because she said they had been having the affair for seven years and she even got pregnant and aborted.”

She told the court that Mutsi was lying that she had ended the relationship with her husband as she still communicates with him. chronicle

GUARDS BEAT UP PUPILS OVER SUGARCANE THEFT

Six guards stormed a school in Chiredzi and assaulted pupils whom they accused of stealing sugarcane.

Twenty two pupils at Nandi Primary School in Chiredzi were injured in the attack. The pupils were admitted to Chiredzi Hospital following the brutal assault in which the guards allegedly used baton sticks and tree switches to indiscriminately beat them.

Sources at the school said the guards bulldozed their way into the school playground at break time and savagely beat up the children. A majority of the children bled and could hardly walk or sit down.

They allegedly threatened to assault teachers who tried to intervene. Masvingo acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nkululeko Nduna said the incident happened on Thursday at around 10AM.

“I can confirm receiving a report to that effect. The security guards were arrested and they are assisting police with investigations. They are due to appear in court soon facing charges of child physical abuse,” said Asst Insp Nduna.

A school official told Chronicle he was still struggling to come to terms with the “vicious” assault.

He said: “They accused the children of having stolen sugarcane from the farms the previous day. Some sustained bruises all over their bodies while three of them sustained swollen buttocks. A majority of the children could hardly walk or sit down.”
Menias Chitanga, 23, from Mkwasine told  Chronicle that on Wednesday afternoon at around 2PM security guards who work for indigenous farmers at Mkwasine Estate were on duty manning the sugarcane farms.

“Six security guards saw school children from nearby Nandi primary stealing sugarcane from the fields. The guards confronted the pupils but the children took to their heels. The guards couldn’t catch the children so they gave up the chase,” said Chitanga.

He said the following morning the angry guards went to the school. “Upon arriving at the school, they found children playing at break time. The guards randomly picked 22 pupils without even seeking consent from the school authorities.”

“The assailants threatened teachers who tried to stop them from hurting the children. The teachers were forced to watch helplessly as the guards vented their anger on the pupils,” said Chitanga.

The guards, another school official said, left the injured children screaming and writhing in pain. The guards allegedly boasted that they had disciplined “thieves.”

“Teachers were left nursing pupils, some who were no longer able to stand on their feet,” said the official.

A report was made to the police who attended the scene and rushed the pupils to the hospital. The official said the security guards were tracked down and arrested.

MUGABE BIRTHDAY BASH IN PICS


The huge President Mugabe bash is now underway in Victoria Falls. 



VIDEO : MUJURU HIRED NIGERIANS TO KILL ME, SAYS MUGABE

President Mugabe says ousted Joice Mujuru hired Nigerian n'angas to kill him. But he said God protected him.

Mugabe ridiculed Didymus Mutasa for trying to set up Zanu Patriotic First. He laughed at the idea and said the court will throw it away. He also said in an interview with ZBC that he thought that his wife spoke too early about Mujuru's corrupt activities. Watch the interview herehttp://www.mafaro.co.uk/

VIC FALLS HOTELS FULLY BOOKED AS MUGABE FLIES IN

Hotels and lodges in Victoria Falls and surrounding areas are fully booked ahead of the 21st February Movement commemorations to be held today to celebrate President Mugabe’s 91st birthday.

President Mugabe turned 91 years on February 21 and the main event of the 21st February Movement celebrations this year will be held at Elephant Hills Golf Course. In an interview, chairperson of the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ, Victoria Falls chapter), Mr Trything Mutyandasvika, confirmed that hotels and lodges were already fully booked ahead of President Mugabe’s birthday celebrations.

“We are battling to accommodate delegates for Friday (yesterday) and Saturday as all hotels and lodges are fully booked, which is very good,” said Mr Mutyandasvika.
Employer’s association of safari and tourism operators president Mr Clement Mukwasi said they were now advocating for the sharing of available accommodation.

“People should find comfort in staying with relatives, which would also go a long way in easing any accommodation problems,” said Mr Mukwasi. He urged visitors to Victoria Falls to celebrate the President’s birthday and also enjoy the hospitality of the resort town.
Last year’s celebrations to mark President Mugabe’s 90th birthday were held at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera.

MDC OFFICIALS FIGHT OVER $500K

A FIGHT has erupted in the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC-T after the party treasurer Theresa Makone reportedly failed to account for US$500 000 disbursed to the party by government in October last year under the Political Parties Finance Act, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt.

Sources in the MDC-T said this week the US$500 000 issue became contentious at the party’s retreat from Friday to Sunday last week where the National Executive met to strategise the way forward for the party.

“Top of the agenda was the issue of the money, then the Veterans’ Association (MDCVA) which some members wanted disbanded, as well as strategies for the party’s survival ahead of the 2018 elections,” said a close source.

“Party officials spent much of their time discussing the money which the treasurer (Theresa Makone) failed to account for and this resulted in accusations and counter-accusations as fingers were pointed at each other, especially on those alleged to have benefitted from it illegally.”

In October last year, government disbursed US$500 000 from the Political Fund Act to the MDC-T following the 2013 general elections. The funds were shared between Tsvangirai’s MDC-T and the break-away MDC Renewal led by former secretary general Tendai Biti. However, sources in the MDC-T said the national executive wanted to know how the funds were used by the party treasury and that some senior officials (names withheld) were given large sums of money which they converted to their own use.

“Makone failed to account how the funds were used and some officials are said to have been paid for services they did not render to the party,” the source said. In the same meeting MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe reportedly accused Tsvangirai of trying to stir party activities through the MDCVA — formed in 2008 to address social welfare issues of victims of political violence. This came after Tsvangirai donated to flood victims recently in the company of some members of the association instead of the party leadership.

“Khupe and her group are of the opinion that Tsvangirai is now using the association to gain mileage as well as to get their support yet in the past he neglected them,” said the source. In an interview this week, MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu confirmed the retreat took place last weekend.

“The MDC national executive retreat was held in Harare from Friday, February 20 until Sunday, February 22, 2015. It was a highly successful retreat that culminated in the adoption of a roadmap to the next elections,” Gutu said.

“The party deliberated on and then adopted realistic, achievable and measurable objectives. For instance, 2015 has been themed The Year of Planning. 

This is the year during which the party will plan its strategies and programmes. And 2016 has been themed The Year of Building. This is the year in which the party will galvanise and strengthen its various organs and structures.”

“After that 2017 has been themed The Year of Party Power. This is the year in which the party will sharpen its various organs and tools as it prepares to take over power and form the next government. Finally, 2018 has been themed Gore rekutonga. This is the year in which the suffering, oppressed and downtrodden people of Zimbabwe will ultimately reclaim their power.”independent

MUGABE : WHY I DROPPED SK MOYO

President Mugabe said former Zanu-PF national chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo was poised to land the post of Vice President, but was dropped after people in the party started questioning his close association with former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s cabal.

He said Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko was then appointed instead of Cde Khaya Moyo after he received support from many people in the Matabeleland regions.

President Mugabe said he spoke to all the people who were interested in the Vice President job, including several former senior Zapu officials, before he made his decision on who would fill the seat that became vacant following the death of Cde John Nkomo in 2013.
“When Mphoko finally got in and I appointed him I had listened to a lot of views from Matabeleland,” he said. “Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, vese kuvabvunza tichicompare.

“Vamwe vaifunga kuti SK was going to get, vamwe vachiti SK has no record chaiyo yestruggle. Vamwe vakapinda vachiti Mohadi. I talked to Mohadi, I talked to iye Mphoko, I talked to NK (Cde Naison Ndhlovu), I talked to anaMsipa (Cde Cephas Msipa), vese vekuZapu side and finally to me the man who had good record in the past and record which sustained itself up to the end it was Mphoko.”

President Mugabe said the race for the post ended up being between Cdes Mphoko and Mohadi after concerns were raised on the suitability of Cde Khaya Moyo.
“It was Mphoko vs Mohadi,” he said. “Mohadi, when I asked him he said yes Mphoko was his instructor at one time, but said now he is ambassador and I am minister, I have had more experience, ndozvaakataura.

“I told SK that no, he was viewed by many as part of the gamatox thing that he was very close kunaMutasa nanaMai Mujuru, but we couldn’t just dump everybody, others we wanted to give a chance, we gave them a chance and we abolished the chairmanship as it was.”
President Mugabe said there was nothing unusual about the decision to do away with the chairmanship in Zanu-PF as it was the case before the signing of the Unity Accord between Zanu-PF and PF Zapu on December 22 1987.

“One of the vice presidents would be chairman of the party, thats how we used to have it in the past anywhere,” he said. “Takazoita zvechairmanship at the time patakaita December 1987 agreement yedu, Unity Agreement tichiti VaNkomo (late former VP Joshua Nkomo) vaVice President, now kuparty kwavo anga ariVice President ndivaMsika (late former VP Joseph Msika), so we decided to give them another position chairman, ndopakavamba huchairman.

“Takangatisinahwo although when we founded Zanu-PF we had made (Cde Herbert) Chitepo the chairman of the party, but we lost it in 1977 when we discussed the restructuring and revival of the party vakomana vakanga vasinakubva kuZambia vabuda.”
On succession, President Mugabe said he would not make any unilateral appointments, but the party would make its choice.

“The party has a choice, not me,” he said. “I don’t choose, I have said, I have said I don’t choose my successor, never. I will discuss with others yes, members of the Politburo, who can we support.

“So, I talk to others and get their views, that’s how I operate, I don’t just sail on my own, aah that so and so is my successor, know ye people of Zimbabwe that so and so who occupies this position is now my successor.

“The successor can come from any level of the party, but usually the top levels, the Central Committee, the Politburo. It may be either of the Vice Presidents, but it’s up to the people who they think at that particular time is the most suitable candidate and we discuss it, that is how it should be.

“I was not appointed successor by anyone, our own party’s tradition haisi yekutsvaga kuti nhaka yangu ichazogarwa nani, haisi nhaka yemunhu kaiyi.”

Friday, 27 February 2015

CHANAKIRA ON BANK COLLAPSE : ITS SAD

Kingdom Bank founder Nigel Chanakira says the collapse of AfrAsia Bank — an institution he moulded to iconic status — is a sad development in the history of the financial service institutions in Zimbabwe.

Kingdom was established in the 1990s and grew to become one of the biggest indigenous banks before taking an unfortunate nosedive a few years ago. It was rebranded to AfrAsia Zimbabwe Holdings in 2013 after Mauritian owned AfrAsia Bank Limited bought out Chanakira.

In the face of capitalisation constraints the bank has been struggling to serve its clients, running hide and seek with depositors who had to endure days on queues without getting their cash.

On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) cancelled the ailing institution’s licence after determining that the bank was no longer in a stable condition. “The closure of AfrAsia Bank is very sad. I’m deeply disappointed by the whole event. As you’re aware I sold my shares in September 2013. Since then I was no longer part of the operations at the bank,” said a remorseful Chanakira.

He said the collapse of the banking institution, alongside other ailing banks such as Allied Bank that shut down recently, would have a negative effect on the financial services in the country.

Chanakira said he received the “unfortunate news of AfrAsia collapse” with disappointment.
“When I heard the unfortunate news I was not happy,” he said. “Such unfortunate events come along with a lot of losses. Clients will lose their money, workers also lose their jobs. The confidence that depositors had in our local banking system is destroyed by such occurrences”.

Yesterday workers from the banking institutions who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were told to go home while their offices had been shut with notices saying “closed”.
“I’m at home as we speak because I’m jobless and there’s no one in the office because everyone has been relieved of their duties,” said one of the workers.
Kingdom Bank Zimbabwe Limited was established in 1997 by Chanakira, before it became AfrAsia Bank Zimbabwe Limited.

In 2012, AfrAsia Bank Limited, a financial services provider based in Mauritius, invested $9,5 million into the bank’s holding company thereby acquiring 35 percent ownership in the Zimbabwean financial group.

Until September 2013, the bank was a subsidiary of Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited (KFHL), a publicly traded company on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.
Chanakira left the bank in 2013 when he sold his entire stake and due to changes in ownership, KFHL rebranded to AfrAsia Zimbabwe Holdings Limited (AZHL), a name it upheld to date.

The 35,7 percent shareholding that the holding company previously held in Kingdom Africa Bank Limited, an investment bank in Botswana, was also disposed of in September 2013.
Last year, AfrAsia Holdings sought investors in a bid to resuscitate the struggling bank but there was no breakthrough as the bank’s woes continued to mount, with depositors struggling to withdraw their cash.

The challenges forced the bank to close five of its branches in Belmont, Ruwa, Chitungwiza, Victoria Falls and Newlands.

AfrAsia Bank is one of the four banking institutions that the central bank has said are “ill”, including Allied and Capital banks, whose licences were revoked and Tetrad, which was suspended from undertaking banking activities.chronicle

BABA JUKWA SUSPECTS IN FOURTH FREEDOM BID

The Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Phillip yesterday made a fourth bid for freedom arguing that the State was infringing on their constitutional right to be tried within a reasonable time.

Edmund and Philip, who are accused of being the main characters behind the shadowy Facebook blog Baba Jukwa, are facing charges of attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected Government and undermining the authority of the President.

The brothers, through their lawyer Mr Admire Rubaya, accused the State of always postponing the matter under the guise of conducting extra territorial investigations.
Prosecutor Miss Sharon Mashavira sought a further postponement of the matter to March 30 on the basis that there were some extra territorial investigations that were yet to be conducted.

However, Mr Rubaya objected to the postponement of the matter and made an application for further remand refusal. He said the State would not suffer any prejudice if they are made to proceed by a way of summons.

“The State’s indication that there are extra territorial investigations yet to be done is a tired submission. “Your Worship, you will note from the record that they have been proffering the same reason since last year when we started making these applications,” he said.
He added; “The State is alleging that they have applied for mutual legal assistance from the United States of America, but it is not a secret that USA and Zimbabwe’s relations are frosty. I would want to live to see that response, probably the State will get the response when we are all gone.”

He argued that the State was not doing anything rather than trampling on the accused persons’ right to be tried within a reasonable period. Magistrate Mr Milton Serima, will pass his ruling on Monday next week.

It is the State’s case that sometime in April 2013, Edmund hatched a plan with Philip to overthrow the Government through unconstitutional means. It is alleged he created a Gmail account, babajukwa2013@gmail.com, using a mobile phone line registered in Philip’s name, but used by Edmund.

The two allegedly formed two separate groups called the Gunda Nleya Brigade and the Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army with the purposes of overthrowing the Government.
Edmund allegedly posted articles on the Baba Jukwa Facebook page, which encouraged rebellion against Government if the July 31, 2013 general election “were stolen”. herald

FEW TAKERS FOR TAX AMNESTY

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) says it is disappointed to have received just 1471 applications for tax amnesty since the roll out of the tax relief programme.

 The response rate is however worrying, according to the government tax collection agency, which has since warned truant clients that it will evoke stern measures come the end of the amnesty period.

"To date, we have received a total of 1471 applications. We are however disappointed, we expected firms to come in large numbers," said ZIMRA Commissioner General, Gershom Pasi.

With only a month left before the deadline, the revenue authority said it is disappointed with the response rate and failure by clients to take advantage of the relief to offset taxes due to the authority.

The ZIMRA boss said they will stop accepting applications for tax amnesty, come the end of March. The outstanding obligations have so far accumulated to over US$1 billion.

A once-off and rare opportunity for taxpayers to regularise their debts was extended to ZIMRA clients in 2014. However, some firms have failed to take full advantage of the reprieve.

Failure to pay taxes compromises citizens’ right to demand accountability from the government, Mr Pasi.

The ZIMRA boss also challenged Zimbabweans to be accountable, saying corruption remains a major threat to sustainable economic development.

"We need to work on cultivating a new culture of voluntary compliance as paying taxes and duties builds as well dignified Zimbabwe," he said.

Meanwhile, figures from the revenue authority show that net collection from the beginning of the year to date stands at US$468.53 million against a target of US$542.08 million.

The figures translate to a negative variance of 14 percent. Government has set a revenue target of US$3.9 billion of which US$3.7 billion is expected to come in forms of tax.

MUGABE : THE 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD

President Robert Mugabe has been described as the Eighth Wonder of the World as guests at his birthday dinner tucked into a five course meal at a hotel in Victoria Falls tonight. See more pictures here.http://www.mafaro.co.uk/

The President is in the resort town with his family. Zanu PF bigwigs and supporters have also converged in Vic Falls for the massive bash which is said to have gobbled millions.

Meanwhile, all is set for the main celebrations and the gala which will be held tomorrow at the Elephant Hills golf course and Chinotimba Stadium respecvtively.

Acting Director - Rural Communications in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr Alois Chamboko expressed satisfaction with preparations for the big event and called on the public to come out in their numbers to celebrate the life and achievements of President Mugabe who turned 91 last saturday.

“We are almost there, everything is set, our stage, our PA system, our water, everything. We are just waiting for tomorrow so that Victoria Falls will be alive especially in the evening after the celebrations in the day,” said Chamboko.

Musicians who will be performing are drawn from all over the country and include gospel star, Shingisai Suluma, Sulumani Chimbetu, IYASA and Sandra Ndebele, among others.

The gala kicks off at 6 O`clock on Saturday evening.

HORNY NEPHEW TRAPPED

 A Zvishavane man bent on sleeping with his uncle's wife was bashed when a trap was set.


Wilbert Moyo (34) proposed love to his uncle Regis Mvuto's wife. Unbeknown to Moyo, the wife told her husband of the love proposal. Mvuto then advised the wife to accept the proposal and invite Moyo to the matrimonial bedroom at 8pm. 
 
A horny Moyo then headed to his uncle's most private place. Prosecutor Sternly Ncube of Zvishavane Magistrates Courts said Mvuto's wife undressed and relaxed on the bed and Moyo also took off his clothes.
 
Little did he know that everything was happening under the watchful eye of his uncle who was hiding in the wardrobe in the same bedroom. Suddenly the uncle menacingly emerged from the wardrobe armed with a knobkerrie which he unleashed onto Moyo's forehead.
Moyo was assaulted with the knobkerrie all over according to details that emerged in the court.
 
The matter came out into the public domain when the heavily thrashed Moyo reported assault against his uncle to the Police.
 
Mvuto pleaded guilty to the charge before Magistrate Peter Madiba and the magistrate warned and cautioned him after realising that Mvuto acted under extreme provocation. mirror

BLACKS CANNOT MANAGE FARMS, SAYS MUGABE



Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has admitted failures in the country's controversial land reform programme.

"I think the farms we gave to people are too large. They can't manage them," the 91-year-old leader said in unusually candid comments. "You find that most of them are just using one third of the land," he said.

In the past he has tended to blame poor agricultural productivity on the weather and Western sanctions. The seizure of land from white farmers is seen as a key factor in Zimbabwe's economic collapse since 2000.

The BBC's Brian Hungwe in the capital, Harare, says it is not the first time President Mugabe has criticised new black farmers - but his comments are surprisingly frank.
They point to continuous problems in accounting for low production levels and the under-utilisation of farms, which reflect badly thought-out land policies, he says.

Mr Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, was interviewed on the state broadcaster ZBC to mark his 91st birthday, which he celebrated last weekend.
He said he wanted to encourage farmers to go into wheat farming, and blamed low productivity on the new commercial farmers for failing to utilise all their land.
"You find that most of them are just using one third of the land," Zimbabwe's state-owned Herald newspaper quotes him as saying.

In the interview, he also denied pushing his wife Grace to enter politics.
Last year, she became head of the women's league and in the ruling Zanu-PF party, and embarked on a nationwide tour, in which she denounced party rivals.

MNANGAGWA CONTRADICTS MUGABE

Suddenly newly-appointed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday appeared to set himself on a collision course with President Robert Mugabe when he told western diplomats that Zimbabwe wished to re-engage with the West after more than a decade of isolation which he said had cost the country 15 years of development.

On his part, Mugabe has consistently said that the country does not need the “evil West”.
Mnangagwa was supported in the campaign for the West’s assistance by Water minister Savior Kasukuwere, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa and the minister of Local government Ignatius Chombo.

Speaking at Queens Hall in Mutare, at the commissioning of a Zimfund sewage rehabilitation project and the completion of a 10 million metric litre water tank to supply more than 100 000 people with water, Mnangagwa, said it was time for Zimbabwe to bury the hatchet and fully rejoin the international community.

“We wish to bury the past and walk into the future with our co-operating partners. We cannot continue to remain isolated. “We wish to engage the international community and to be part and parcel of the forward moving members of the international community,” Mnangagwa (pictured) said to loud applause.

Zimfund is a multi-donor trust fund launched in 2009 in the face of a debilitating cholera epidemic that erupted on poor water and sanitation service.

The fund enjoys financial support from the United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Germany through the African Development Bank (AfDB).
All the representatives of the donor countries were present at yesterday’s well-attended function.

Mnangagwa’s views yesterday also appeared to mark a significant departure from the government’s Look East policy in the face of criticism from Zimbabweans who have not seen any tangible benefits from the controversial outlook of the past 15 years.

The VP said the country had suffered between 14 and 15 years of stagnation in its stand-off with the West following Zimbabwe’s much-criticised fast track land reform programme.
“We have lost not less than 14 to 15 years of stagnation in this country,” the VP said.

Speaking at the same function, Chinamasa, who is Zimfund’s co-chairperson, concurred with Mnangagwa on the urgent need to re-engage the West, noting that the country had lost 20 years of development, in the face of its chaotic land redistribution programme.

“We need to catch up 20 years because of problems we faced in addressing the land question,” Chinamasa said, adding that the government welcomed the continued channelling of developmental aid through AfDB from countries still averse to directly funding Zimbabwe.

He said given the country’s current economic challenges, the government was “unable to meet its service delivery obligations from our budget” and would appreciate a continuation of the aid through the bank.

“The funds have been well managed,” Chinamasa assured the gathered dignitaries.
He said the support that the government got from the seven western countries was benefitting six urban councils — Mutare, Harare, Masvingo, Chegutu, Chitungwiza, Gweru and Kwekwe — which had to date received $140 million worth of aid.

Not to be outdone, Kasukuwere unexpectedly asked the gathered crowd to give a round of applause for the United Kingdom in particular, as the senior Zanu PF officials moved to  show their appreciation for donor aid.

The Water minister said the next phase of the programme was going to incorporate Ruwa and Redcliff due to their proximity to Harare and Kwekwe respectively.
He implored Mutare City Council not to allow the infrastructure to dilapidate again going forward.

Head of AfDB in Zimbabwe, Mathius Magala, said the project which was proposed to the bank by the donor countries in the face of the devastating cholera epidemic of 2008, which killed about 4 000 people, had also recently approved a $104 million fund for this year.
Magala said the funding would cover basic infrastructure rehabilitation, public and private sector development, gender mainstreaming, debt management programmes and support to parliamentarians among other things.

Meanwhile, Chombo announced that he had donated a stand for AfDB to construct its head office in Harare “on condition construction begins this year”. Chinamasa had earlier in the meeting indicated that the bank had made a request for a stand through his office.
In announcing the donation, Chombo said the decision had been okayed by Mnangagwa. daily news

MUTASA DIGS IN, WRITES TO SPEAKER

Two Zanu PF formations are now effectively in existence after former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa revealed yesterday that he had formally written to Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda to advise him that the Zanu PF led by President Robert Mugabe was illegal and as such had no mandate to fire him or anyone else from the party.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, Mutasa insisted that no one within Mugabe’s Zanu PF could expel him from the “real Zanu PF”, adding that the purported Zanu PF politburo that met last week and came up with the disputed decision to expel him and his nephew Temba Mliswa from the party was illegal.

As a result, he said, he and many other affected party officials were going nowhere, and he remained the legitimate Zanu PF secretary for administration. Mutasa’s assertions came after Mugabe’s Zanu PF finally wrote to Parliament this week, informing the august House of their decision to expel the former close confidante of Mugabe from their political formation.

“I have since informed the Speaker of the position that we cannot be expelled from Zanu PF by anyone. The present politburo is illegal and until the matter is decided in the courts, we cannot be expelled from Parliament,” the no-nonsense veteran politician charged.

Questioned how he and the rest of the group of disaffected party stalwarts could rely on a court case that they still had to file, Mutasa said he had informed the Speaker of the impending court action, adding that this would be in court “very, very soon”.

Although he would not say yesterday, it is believed that the group of liberation war pioneers who are taking Zanu PF to court could not file their petition at the High Court on Monday as previously indicated because there had apparently been “a sudden influx” of other people who wanted to sign affidavits supporting their cause.

But Ignatius Chombo, the Mugabe Zanu PF secretary for administration, wrote letters to Mudenda this week notifying the Speaker of his formation’s decision to expel Mutasa and Mliswa. Mudenda confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that his office had received these official notifications.

“I am not in the office today as I am in Bulawayo, but I understand that the letters are now in my office and I am going to attend to them on Monday,” he said.

Mutasa is the incumbent MP for Headlands, while Mliswa represents Hurungwe West and is also a former chairman of Zanu PF’s Mashonaland West province.

On his part, Mliswa has continued to attend Parliament, including chairing the Parliamentary portfolio committee on Sports and Education last week, when he argued then that he had not yet received official notification of his dismissal from the ruling party.

Mliswa has also said that he is prepared to contest any by-election in his constituency as an independent candidate, while Mutasa defiantly says that he will stand as a candidate of the “real Zanu PF” in any by election in his Headlands constituency.

Mutasa, a close confidante of Mugabe since the days of the days of the liberation struggle, wrote to the 15-nation Southern African Development Community last year advising them that his purported removal as the ruling party’s secretary for administration was unconstitutional.

This was after he and scores of other senior party bigwigs, including former vice president Joice Mujuru and former party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, were brutally purged before, during and after the party’s damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare in December last year.

Mutasa also dismissed contemptuously the recommendation by the Zanu PF politburo last week that he must be expelled, saying that the only Zanu PF that he knew and recognised was the one that existed prior to the “criminal congress” held late last year.

Soon after the politburo had supposedly axed him, Mutasa released a scathing statement emphasising that his purported expulsion was “null and void and a serious breach of our party constitution and indeed the Constitution of Zimbabwe”.

“Over and above this, this disciplinary committee (which allegedly looked into his case) is improperly constituted anyway given that, the (party’s disputed December) congress and the first secretary of the party unlawfully breached the party constitution by failing to elect the party national chairperson who is the only one who can chair such a meeting,” he added.
Amid this ongoing acrimony, many Zanu PF members fear that Mugabe, who turned 91 last week, has abdicated his powers to his much younger wife, Grace, whose return from her two-month sojourn in the Far East two weeks ago marked the demise of not only Mutasa and Mliswa, but also former Masvingo regional minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti who was fired on Thursday last week.

And with the ranks of disaffected party members swelling by the day,  Gumbo told the Daily News last week that Mugabe and party hawks should brace themselves not only for the impending court challenge, but also for “other programmes aimed at restoring legitimacy” to Zanu PF.

COP JAILED FOR EXTORTION

AN Esigodini police officer who demanded a $400 bribe from a suspect will serve the next 18 months in prison for extortion. Norman Madhumbu, 33, pleaded not guilty to extortion charges but was yesterday convicted by Matabeleland South provincial magistrate-in-charge Reuben Mukavhi for demanding a bribe from a villager while he was investigating the theft of gas cylinders.

He was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment, but 18 months were suspended for five years on condition that he does not commit a similar offence within that period.
The magistrate said although Madhumbu had denied the charges, state witnesses evidence was overwhelming and corroborative.

“I’d no reason to disbelieve their story. Taking evidence by state witnesses, the picture painted is that of complete extortion. Accused’s story doesn’t add up, accused was lying,” said Mukavhi.

In sentencing Madhumbu, the magistrate said he had taken into consideration that he was a first time offender who had a young family.

“You’re going to lose your job, that’s if you still have it. Jobs are hard to come by and this loss of your job will spell doom to you and your young family because your job was your source of living. You’ve harvested thorns,” said the magistrate.
“What’s aggravating is the fact that you’re a police officer. You’re a law enforcing agent and for you to breach the law is the highest degree of breach of trust. Indeed the question of who will police the police becomes pertinent.”

Magistrate Mukavhi said Madhumbu demanded a bribe from “unsophisticated” villagers who needed his protection.

“You acted in a very abhorable way. You’ve dug your own grave, made it very deep,” Mukavhi said.

Prosecuting, Edward Ndlovu said sometime last month, Madhumbu was investigating a case of theft of gas cylinders.

During the investigation, Madhumbu approached Norah Ndlovu, a suspect in the matter.
He demanded a bribe and threatened to arrest Ndlovu’s daughter Sithembiso if he was not paid.

He was given $50, but said it was not enough and wanted $400 more to save the suspect from arrest.

Ndlovu failed to raise the $400 and Madhumbu arrested the woman’s daughter and released her the following morning. When Madhumbu continued demanding the bribe, Ndlovu reported the matter to the police and a trap was set.

On January, 29, Ndlovu informed him that she had managed to raise $200 and Madhumbu was arrested on the same day when he collected the money.

KWEKWE MAID FACES JAIL

A HOUSEMAID who assaulted a 10-month-old baby until he bled from the nose as punishment for attempting to go outside has been told she faces jail. Vimbai Machokoto, 20, pleaded guilty to child abuse before a Kwekwe magistrate yesterday and will be sentenced on March 3.


Kwekwe resident magistrate Taurai Manwere is weighing a custodial sentence for Machokoto, who was employed by Gertrude Mugore, the wife of a police officer based at ZRP Camp Silobela.
Machokoto, asked by the magistrate why she abused the toddler, said she assaulted the baby to stop him from going outside the house.

“He wanted to go out of the house to play but I’d been instructed by his mother not to let him go out since there was an inspection in the police camp,” said Machokoto.
“So I beat him up because if he had gone outside he was going to soil the veranda and the yard which I’d cleaned.”

A visibly shocked Manwere asked the maid if she was “normal” to assault a 10-month-old baby over such a trivial matter. Fortunate Mbizvo, prosecuting, told the court that on Tuesday this week, at a house in ZRP Camp Silobela, Machokoto was left with the baby by her employers.
When Mugore returned home around 1PM, she was told that her son was asleep. “Mugore then waited for her son to wake up as she normally finds him asleep,” said Mbizvo.

At around 2PM, Mugore became suspicious why the child was still asleep and went to investigate. She opened the blanket that was covering her son’s face and discovered that he was swollen and blood was coming out of his nose. “Mugore questioned Machokoto about what had happened to her son and she lied that he had fallen,” the prosecutor said.

Mbizvo said Mugore took her son to the police where it was observed that he had been beaten, leading to Machokoto’s arrest and the baby was taken to hospital. In an interview outside the court, Mugore advised parents and guardians to carefully select their maids.

She said Machokoto’s conviction was not going to remove the scars left on her son.
“I didn’t think that it could happen in my own home. I saw a video clip of a housemaid from Uganda abusing a child and I never thought that it could happen to my child. I’m so depressed,” she said. chronicle

MINISTERS IN MUGABE BASH DONATION STAMPEDE

CABINET ministers, parastatal bosses and other businesspeople have this week been falling over each other donating towards President Robert Mugabe’s 91st birthday banquet in a move described by analysts as a ploy to curry favour with the Zanu PF leader in order to retain their political posts and “protect their ill-gotten wealth”.




Mugabe celebrates his 91st birthday in Victoria Falls on Saturday amid reports that a whopping $1 million has been mobilised for the annual festivities. Several Zanu PF officials have lined up to shower Mugabe with gifts and presents with Transport minister Obert Mpofu and Information minister Jonathan Moyo having splashed $40 000 in cash and 20 beasts respectively for the jamboree.

Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda donated two beasts and several other Zanu PF bigwigs have also doled out various gifts ahead of the celebrations.

Analysts said it was sad that Cabinet ministers and parastatal bosses were splashing large sums of money towards Mugabe’s birthday with the hope of getting favours from him while the majority of the population was surviving on barely $1 per day.

“It shows some of the ministers are well-to-do-amidst general poverty in Zimbabwe and the demonstration of loyalty to Mugabe now seems more important than coherent policies to move the country forward,” political analyst Takura Zhangazha said.

“On the parastatals, it’s a worrying trend given that none of them have shown interest to really make the economic blueprint work for the good of the people who are suffering,” Zhangazha added.

Another analyst, Pedzisai Ruhanya, said: “It tells us of the selfish nature of those running the affairs of the State that they are not interested in the welfare of the people they represent. They are interested in accumulation of power to use for their selfish economic gains.

“That is why they rush to make donations in the wake of failure to pay their workers. They are concerned with making sure their patron is happy and continues to appoint them not to serve the public, but to accumulate more wealth and power,” he added.

Another analyst said this year’s massive donations were also inspired by the ongoing purge in Zanu PF where several minister have been booted out on charges of clandestinely plotting Mugabe’s downfall.

Several ministers have been exposed for failure to pay their private workers’ salaries while many others have accumulated huge unpaid debts elsewhere.

MURDERED SOLDIER'S BODY CRUSHED BY TRAIN



A DANGAMVURA family is demanding justice following the alleged gruesome murder of their son — a soldier stationed at 3.2 Infantry Battalion in Rusape — whose corpse was allegedly thrown into a railway line and subsequently shred into pieces after being crushed by a goods train.

The incident which happened at the 106km peg along the Harare-Mutare Railway is the talk of the town. Although police are still investigating the death of Davison Timbukai Timburwa (27) who was attached to the KG6 School of Sports, his family members are suspecting foul play, saying their relative was murdered and his body thrown into the railway line to conceal the crime.

They said perpetrators of the heinous crime wanted the incident to appear as suicide.
His brother, Lucky Timburwa, was at a loss of words to explain what happened to the deceased.

“Our own investigations revealed that he was murdered. When some of our relatives visited the scene they found traces of blood several metres away from the railway line which showed that our brother was injured and bled before being thrown into the railway line. They also discovered that he could have been dragged all the way to the railway line by his assailants.

“We are pained by his sudden death and we want justice to be done. Those who committed the crime must be brought to book. We are glad his workmates from the ZNA said they will investigate the incident, while the police will also look into the case. Our hope is to get answers of what actually transpired,” he said.

The family had a torrid moment locating and collecting his body parts which were strewn all over the place following the train crush. They are yet to recover one of his limbs.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Enock Chishiri, said investigations were in progress.

“What I can tell you at the moment is that a member of the Zimbabwe National Army, Davison Timburwa, who was employed at 3.2 Infantry Battalion in Rusape, but currently attached to the KG6 School of Sports in Harare was killed in train crush incident on February 19 at around 10pm.”

Some reports are suggesting that Timburwa had travelled from Harare to Rusape to see his girlfriend. He is alleged to have tried to travel back to Harare for work while in a drunken stupor and decided to hang on a goods train as he did not have money for the return journey.

He tried to board the goods train, it is alleged, but slipped and fell into the railway line, leading to the crush incident. However, other reports suggest to the contrary as the driver of the train is said to have revealed that he crushed into Timburwa’s corpse which had been placed on the railway line.

He is alleged to have hooted several times in a bid to scare the deceased from the track, but his body was motionless, confirming reports that he was murdered before being thrown into the railway line. manica post