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.

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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Thursday, 23 May 2019

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VIDEO : TEARS FOR MACHESO


MINING BOSS SNATCHED MY WIFE : COP


A Chiredzi-based police officer is suing a Renco Mine health safety environment head of department for having an adulterous affair with his wife.

Alfred Mutepfa is suing Simbarashe Mbano for $10 000 for the humiliation and loss of companionship among other things.

Munyaradzi Vengesai of Mugiya and Macharaga Law Chambers, who is representing the plaintiff, confirmed the matter and said they expected the matter to be heard soon.

“My client is suing Mbano for a total of RTGS$10 000 for the humiliation he suffered when the videos and nude pictures of his wife and Mbano circulated on social media.
He is also suing him for loss of companionship, conjugal rights as well as love and affection since the two separated after the incident,” said Vengesai

Sources say the two began the adulterous affair last year when Mutepfa’s wife Excellent Mutepfa who is a student at Morgenster Teachers College was doing attachment at Fusira Primary School under Chief Nyajena area.

The matter is believed to have come out when Excellent went for sporting activities and claimed that he had been given transport money by her husband’s young brother.

On returning from the sporting event, Mutepfa is said to have asked for Excellent’s phone and discovered that she had been receiving money from Mbano.

Mbano is said to have admitted having an affair during a WhatsApp conversation with Mutepfa and agreed to pay but later on refused saying he did not know that she was married.

Excellent’s behaviour have not only affected his husband but also other ladies who felt that they were suffering at the hands of their husbands who think they behave in the same manner

“I am a young married woman from the community where this lady was teaching and where her nude photos and video went viral. The unfortunate part is my husband wanted to send me to college but now he is saying all women who goes to college do likewise. I’m hurt because I was supposed to be at school now but my hopes have been shattered because of her,” said one lady on social media Tell Zimbabwe

MDC TAKES OVER GWERU


GWERU lodges and hotels are fully booked ahead of the MDC elective congress this week to decide the party’s leadership. 

The City of Progress, as Gweru likes to call itself, will host 6 200 MDC delegates from across the country, who have already elected Nelson Chamisa as party leader — nominated unopposed — for the fifth MDC congress.

The party will start by holding elections of the youth and women’s assembly leadership tomorrow, before Chamisa officially opens proceedings on Saturday.

Elections for the hotly-contested standing committee positions will be held Sunday when congress closes. 

“Friday afternoon, we are going to have national elections for youth and women assemblies concurrently. On the same day, we are going to have a national executive meeting,” part of the programme reads.

“On Saturday May 25, 2019, there shall be a congress official opening at Ascot Stadium, where everyone is invited to bear witness on this special, great event, then delegates will be divided into thematic committees. At 2pm, the congress will receive feedback from the thematic committees,” the programme further reads.

Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume confirmed they had snapped up most of the guest rooms in the city.

“We have just ensured that most of our delegates have accommodation as preparations are at an advanced stage. We are ready for our congress,” he said.

Mafume confirmed the programme, saying the elections would be conducted in the most transparent manner.

“Our elections are going to happen on Sunday. They will be a display of how democracy manifests. The main event happens on Saturday, when there will be the official opening of congress by the president,” he said.

The MDC will hold national executive meetings tomorrow to look at proposed constitutional amendments, which will be discussed Saturday. Newsday


MINISTER GRILLED OVER ZUPCO FARES


LEADER of government business in Parliament and Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi was yesterday grilled by opposition MPs over the economic sense of slashing Zupco bus fares to 50 cents at a time fuel prices have shot through the roof.

MDC Kadoma Central MP Muchineripi Chinyanganya asked Ziyambi to explain government policy on bailing out ailing parastatals.

“It seems government takes pride in implementing policies that bring parastatals to their knees and at the end they assume their debts at the expense of the taxpayers. Can the minister explain how government slashed Zupco fares from $1 to 50 cents, and whether they are subsidising the parastatal,” Chinyanganya asked.

Ziyambi claimed it was the norm worldwide for governments to subsidise public transport systems. Dzivarasekwa MP Edwin Mushoriwa then asked him the logic behind slashing fares when the prices of fuel had been increased to almost $5 from $3,38 per litre.

“When the fare was $1,50, we had a manual ticketing system. The Higher Education minister Amon Murwira will explain the logic,” Ziyambi said.

Murwira, who was acting for the Local Government minister, said the Harare Institute of Technology had developed an efficient ticketing system where passengers would purchase prepaid electronic cards.

“It makes customers to refrain from carrying cash to pay for Zupco as they pay in advance, and it is efficient and according to our calculations, Zupco can actually make profit at 50 cents, or even at 30 cents. Transport in this country is overpriced and we are drawing through technology to reduce it,” he said.

But Kwekwe Central MP Masango Matambanadzo (NPF) said the minister’s statement on the card system was not satisfactory.

“People are very angry and some are now travelling on top of buses because they are the cheapest. This Zupco card system is not different from the Zesa pre-payment system because we pay for electricity in advance and yet it is not available and so what guarantee do we have that the Zupco services will be available always?” Matambanadzo queried.

Mabvuku-Tafara MP James Chidakwa then asked Ziyambi to explain the changes in the interbank exchange rate, hikes in fuel prices and prices of goods and services, which have now eroded workers’ salaries.

“I have spoken to Energy minister Fortune Chasi and he is preparing a ministerial statement on the fuel sector and how government is tackling leakages and he will present it in Parliament tomorrow (today),” Ziyambi said.

“The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe used to give foreign currency at 1:1 rate, but some of them (fuel traders) diverted it, and instead of purchasing, for example, 10 million litres, they would only bring five million litres and there was pilferage and we cannot continue giving them money.” Newsday

DEALER'S BANK ACCOUNT FROZEN


 High Court judge Justice Sylvia Chirawu-Mugomba has frozen the bank account of car dealer Farai Chiwashira following an application by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) which is seeking answers on how the businessman got the US$298 441 which was deposited and withdrawn from his account.

The ex-parte chamber application was filed by head of the specialised unit known as the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), Chris Mutangadura after formulating an opinion that an unexplained wealth order together with an interim freezing order be sought against Chiwashira.

In his affidavit, Mutangadura said during the scope and course of his employment, he handled Chiwashira’s crime docket whose information involved investigation into suspicious transactions around his bank account.

“Information in the docket reveals that the said bank account received some substantial amount of money exceeding the statutory threshold of US$10 000, thereby justifying the granting of the order sought by this honourable court,” he said. 

“The total amount of money transacted by the first respondent (Chiwashira) between March 12, 2018 and December 7, 2018 is US$298 441, 70. It is suspected that the money deposited into the first respondent’s account and taken out is proceeds of some illegal activities most likely foreign currency exchange known as parallel/black market dealing.”

In her determination, Justice Chirawu-Mugomba ruled in favour of the NPA and issued an order directing Chiwashira to give a statement to the police within 30 days from the date of the court order, being May 7, 2019.

“The first respondent be and is hereby directed to give a statement to the head of CID Commercial Crimes Division’s Asset Forfeiture Unit at Morris Depot within 30 days from the date of this order,” she said.

“The statement referred in paragraph (1) of the terms of this order relates to the disclosure by the first respondent of the nature and extent of his interest and how his bank account number 11016018571 with MBCA Limited Msasa Branch in Harare received a total deposits and transfers amounting to US$298 441, 70.”

The judge further said Chiwashira must explain “as to the nature of the transactions he engaged including production of all relevant documents/records related to the movement of the said money which was deposited into and withdrawn from his bank account…” Newsday

ANOTHER BID TO BLOCK MDC CONGRESS


ANOTHER MDC official from Gokwe has filed an urgent chamber application to stop party leader Nelson Chamisa from holding an elective congress that is due to start tomorrow in Gweru.

Maureen Tawengwa, who was a secretary for Gokwe Sesame under the 2014 structure, yesterday filed a High Court application through her lawyer, Ashel Mutungura, seeking an order to stop the MDC congress from going ahead.

The application comes after High Court judge Justice Edith Mushore early this month ruled as illegal the way Chamisa and co-vice-president Elias Mudzuri were appointed by the opposition party’s late founding leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

Justice Mushore ordered the party to hold an extraordinary congress to choose an interim leader who will lead the party to an elective congress to choose a substantive president in a case brought by another Gokwe Sesame district party member, Elias Mashavira. 

“I can confirm the application has been filed with the High Court in Harare. It is an urgent application to interdict Nelson Chamisa from proceeding with the congress,” Mutungura said.

“There are several reasons; one being that the structures going to the congress are illegal. The 2014 structures are still in office and their term expires in October and new structures can only be in place after the old ones are dissolved.”

Other reasons include alleged fraud in the way the provincial congresses were held, with several irregularities that reportedly disenfranchised other members.

Irregularities cited were ballot staffing and conducting the congresses in the middle of the night, apart from using party members “who are conflicted” to run the polls.

Tawengwa also cited the nomination of alleged non-members, among them Tendai Biti, Settlement Chikwinya and Jacob Mafume.

She alleged that the cited members broke away from the main MDC in 2014 and formed their own party, the People’s Democratic Party.

Tawengwa said article 5.5.2 of the party’s constitution highlighted that people who desert the party should go through probation before they are considered for nomination, which she
said did not happen.

Chamisa’s lawyer, Advocate Thabani Mpofu, said he was yet to be served with the interdict papers.

“I don’t know anything about the application. I have not seen any papers,” he said.

Despite indicating that he would appeal against the Justice Mushore judgment, Chamisa is yet to do so.

The ruling, however, did not explicitly bar the MDC from holding the congress, which starts tomorrow with the election of youths and women’s assembly members for the main organs.

The youthful leader has been accusing Zanu PF of trying to frustrate the party’s processes, and vowed he would not be deterred from holding the first congress after Tsvangirai’s death in February last year. Newsday

MAID ASSAULT :MAGISTRATE ACQUITTED


ESIGODINI resident magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa has been acquitted of assaulting and kidnapping his maid.

Muchemwa, through his lawyer Mr Tanaka Muganyi of Tanaka Law Chambers, had denied the charges and applied for a discharge at the close of State case on Tuesday.

Harare regional magistrate Mrs Lucie-Anne Mungwari, sitting at the Tredgold Magistrates’ court in Bulawayo, yesterday dismissed the case on the grounds that State witnesses gave inconsistent statements about what transpired. 

“The State called evidence of the witnesses and the information they gave was to be considered in making the final ruling.

“There was no evidence to prove the assault from the analysis of the statements and what was said in court.

“Referring to what the complainant gave to the court, she mentioned that she was assaulted for an hour and sustained bruises but the doctor did not indicate that on the medical report.

“This shows the court that she is untruthful. She completely changed the whole story during cross examination. 

“Complainant said she was locked in the house, yet the police found her doing her chores in the form of laundry outside the house she had claimed she was locked in. This has left the court wondering if ever she was locked inside.

“This has also made the kidnapping allegations to remain without substance as at first the investigating officer said they had not recorded the charge.

“If ever she was kidnapped how would she be free to go and buy airtime as one witness told the court that there is a time she called the complainant who told her that she was at the shops buying airtime.

“Therefore the application for a discharge at the close of the State case is granted,” said the magistrate.

Muchemwa (35) of Hillcrest suburb in Bulawayo was said to have assaulted his maid, Ms Shaymore Musendekwa (20), at the instigation of his wife.

 His application for discharge was based on what he termed “inconsistencies in the State witnesses’ testimonies.

 “One wonders how three people would come up with three different versions of the same incident. It is strange that there can be three truths of the same incident, in fact that is impossible,” said Muchemwa through Mr Muganyi.

 Prosecuting, Mr Thobekani Nyathi said on May 8 last year at around 4.20PM, Ms Musendekwa intended to bathe Muchemwa’s children and when they refused to comply, she told their mother, Mrs Petronella Muchemwa.

He said instead of rebuking her defiant children, Mrs Muchemwa accused the maid of troubling her children before she reported the complainant to her husband through a phone call.

 Mr Nyathi said the accused person arrived home shortly after 5PM and allegedly indiscriminately assaulted the complainant with a belt several times all over the body.

Three days later, he said, the accused person allegedly ordered the victim to lock the gate to the house before she handed over the keys to him.

The complainant phoned her aunt, Ms Primrose Gwese, who in turn reported the matter to the police leading to Muchemwa’s arrest. Chronicle

BYO CHAOS : CHAMISA BACKS DOWN


MDC Alliance leader Mr Nelson Chamisa has reportedly buckled to pressure from disgruntled Bulawayo members and agreed to reconvene the provincial congress to elect the structure’s leadership.

Mr Chamisa came under fire after he presided over a “chaotic” provincial congress in Bulawayo with some party members accusing him of manipulating the process to favour some candidates on the grounds of ethnicity.

According to party insiders, the Bulawayo provincial congress will be held after the party’s national congress to be held in Gweru this week.  
The sources said in order to cool rising temperatures in the party, the losing candidates have been allowed to attend the congress.

“The national council met on Monday and received the recommendations of the appeals committee that the congress should be done afresh and those recommendations were adopted,” said a source.

The source said the province, after the national executive council meeting, was contacting losing candidates and requesting their details so that they are included as delegates to the congress.

“What will happen is that the top ten members of those who won in the congress and the top ten of the losing candidates will all go to the congress. Additionally the two groups will nominate 18 members each to attend the congress,” said the source. 

The source said after the national congress, Bulawayo province is then expected to re-do their congress and elect the provincial executive.

MDC Alliance provincial spokesperson Mr Swithern Chirowodza yesterday said they had not received any communication or instruction to register the losing candidates.

However, sources insisted that the party’s organising secretary Mr Amos Chibaya actually gave the province an instruction to register the losing candidates.

After the chaotic congress, losing Bulawayo provincial executive aspirants took on Mr Chamisa head-on accusing him of manipulating processes to achieve his desired outcome.

In a letter to the party’s national executive, 12 losing candidates blamed Mr Chamisa and Mr Chibaya for the chaotic congress.

The losing candidates alleged that the interference by Mr Chamisa and Mr Chibaya benefited Mr James Sithole’s camp. Mr Sithole was elected provincial chairperson. 

They further argued that the provincial congress was illegal as it did not adhere to the party processes, conduct and procedures.

Last week, disgruntled MDC Alliance officials gave Mr Chamisa a hostile reception to Bulawayo city by painting graffiti at the party’s provincial offices denigrating him for alleged dictatorship and tribalism.

Mr Chamisa was in the city for the party’s provincial caucus where contestants vying for posts at the party’s scheduled congress were presenting their manifestos.

Some of the messages written on the walls and gate to the party provincial office include, “Chamisa ule nketha betshabi (Chamisa you are tribalistic), “Chamisa usubulele i MDC” (Chamisa you have destroyed MDC), “Chamisa a worse dictator”, “Chamisa uyadelela” (Chamisa you are disrespectful) among other derogatory and inflammatory messages. Chronicle

VET OFFICER STEALS RGTS$150, FAKES ROBBERY


A VETERINARY officer stationed in Nkayi district has been arrested for allegedly stealing RTGS$150 realised from the vaccination of dogs in the area and lying that he had been robbed.

Sikhumbuzo Nyathi (49) of MC 21 at Nkayi Centre is assisting police with investigations, Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector Siphiwe Makonese confirmed.

She said Nyathi was deployed to carry out a dog vaccination programme at Nkone Business Centre on Wednesday last week and allegedly stole the money realised from the exercise. 

Chief Insp Makonese said Nyathi is expected to appear in court charged with deliberately supplying false information to a public authority and theft of trust property.

“I can confirm the arrest of a veterinary extension officer from Nkayi. On 15 May 2019, the accused was deployed to conduct a dog vaccination programme at Nkone Business Centre where he collected RTGS$150 from 150 vaccine dosages after issuing 150 certificates. On 15 May, he advised his supervisor Roh Ndebele that he had been robbed of the money and other items including his two cellphones,” said Chief Insp Makonese.

She said Nyathi implicated a man called Mr Nkazimu Losilempa of Fudu area as the person who had robbed him. Police interrogated Mr Losilempa.
  
After thorough investigations, police established that Nyathi had fabricated the report as no robbery had taken place.

A search was conducted at his house and a receipt book, RTGS$150 cash, dog vaccines and certificate books were recovered. She said Nyathi intended to deprive the State.

Chief Insp Makonese said police will not hesitate to arrest any corrupt public officer or individual. Chronicle

PANGOLIN SCALES WERE FOR TRADITIONAL PURPOSES : N'ANGA CHALLENGES JAIL TERM


A Binga inyanga serving nine years in prison for illegal possession of 400 grammes of pangolin scales has approached the High Court challenging his sentence.

Damason Mutale (39) of Chininga village was last year convicted of violating a section of the Parks and Wildlife Act (unlawful possession of pangolin trophy scales) and sentenced to an effective nine years in jail by Binga magistrate Mr Livard Philemon .

Mutale, through his lawyers Mvhiringi and Associates, filed an application challenging both conviction and sentence. 

He is seeking an order nullifying Mr Philemon’s sentence, arguing that it was too excessive. In his grounds of appeal, Mutale said the lower court erred by failing to consider special circumstances.

“The court a quo erred grossly at law and fact in finding that there were no special circumstances in the case yet appellant pointed out that he was a traditional healer, ” argued the lawyers.

The lawyers also said the court erred by failing to recognise that the appellant is an unsophisticated and uneducated man.

“The appellant was genuinely ignorant of the law and was genuinely mistaken for thinking that as a traditional healer he could continue to use the pangolin scales for traditional purposes,” said the lawyers. 

According to papers before the court, Mutale was arrested after someone tipped an official from the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) that he was in possession of 71 pangolin scales.

Zimparks officials teamed up with police detectives and raided Mutale’s home leading to the discovery of the pangolin scales weighing 400g. He failed to produce a permit leading to his arrest. Chronicle