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


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


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.


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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Monday, 8 March 2021


FOUR Murewa men have been arrested on allegations of killing a teenager who accused one of them of dating his girlfriend.

Leonard Jambwa (28), Jacob Maunde (28), Spencer Dube (21) and Adren Kugara (23) are assisting police with investigations following the death of Clever Muuduri (18), who they allegedly assaulted to death on February 28, 2021.

Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed the incident.

“People should respect the sanctity of life and when faced with disputes, they must resort to peaceful means to resolve them,” Mwanza said.

It is alleged that on February 28, at around 3pm, the deceased and his father, Nhamo Muuduri (51) were drinking beer at a homestead in Zhakata village, Chief Mangwende area in Murewa.

The four suspects were also partaking of beer at the same homestead. The now-deceased reportedly picked a quarrel with Jambwa, accusing him of having an affair with his girlfriend.

A fist-fight broke out before the two were restrained by other patrons.  Jambwa reportedly left the homestead. The now-deceased and his father allegedly followed and caught up with him at Dube’s residence.

The fist-fight resumed and Jambwa was overpowered by the now-deceased and his father. Jambwa called for help from his colleagues who assaulted the duo with bricks. The four fled from the scene after realising that Muuduri had fallen unconscious.

A local teacher reportedly ferried Muuduri to Murewa District Hospital together with his father who had also been seriously injured.

Muuduri was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, leading to the suspects’ arrest for murder. Newsday




In an interview with American talk show Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle revealed that members of the British royal family expressed concern to her husband Prince Harry about the potential skin colour of the couple's first child.

As per People magazine, Meghan said that her son Archie was denied a royal title and royal protection and that there were "concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born."

In her sit-down interview with Oprah, which is aired on Sunday, Meghan said the palace decreed that Archie would not have any title, a move she says was "different from the protocol."

"They didn't want him to be a prince . . . which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn't going to receive security," the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah.

She added, "we have in tandem the conversation of, 'He won't be given security. He's not going to be given a title.' And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

An astonished Oprah asked Meghan who made that comment, with the 'Suits' actor declining to answer, saying the revelation would be too damaging.

Regarding the conversations, which Meghan was not part of, Oprah asked, "Because they were concerned that if he were too brown, that that would be a problem? Are you saying that?"

Meghan responded, "I wasn't able to follow up with why, but that--if that's the assumption you're making, I think that feels like a pretty safe one, which was really hard to understand, right?"

Later in the interview, Oprah pressed Harry on the issue, asking him who was behind the comment.

"That conversation I'm never going to share. It was awkward. I was a bit shocked," he said.

He also said that the conversation happened early in his romance with Meghan. "That was right at the beginning: What will the kids look like?'"

When Harry and Meghan were married in May 2018, Queen Elizabeth gave them the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Archie was entitled to the "courtesy title," Earl of Dumbarton. However, the couple announced shortly after his birth that they had not given him a courtesy title and he would be known as Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Meghan stressed that she and Harry had no say in the decision about Archie not being named a prince.

"It's not our decision to make. Even though I have a lot of clarity with what comes with the titles, good and bad, and from my experience a lot of pain, I wouldn't wish pain on my child, but that's their birthright to then make a choice about," she said.

Under current guidelines, great-grandchildren of the monarch are not princes or princesses, except for children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, which is why Prince William and Kate Middleton's children are Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Meghan Markle slammed as "character assassination" in an interview Sunday the incendiary tabloid claim she had made Kate Middleton cry - saying the reverse was true.


In a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan called the claim - pored over at length by the gossip press - "a turning point" in her relations with the royal family.

"Everyone in the institution knew it wasn't true," Meghan said, adding: "The reverse happened." Kate "was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologised," Meghan said.

"A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining -- yes, the issue was correct - about flower girl dresses, and it made me cry, and it really hurt my feelings."

Meghan called the incident "the beginning of a real character assassination."

"I came to understand that not only was I not being protected, but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family," she said.

Meghan spoke out forcefully about the loss of agency she says she suffered as part of the royal family.

"That's the sad irony of the last four years...I've advocated for so long for women to use their voice, and then I was silent," Meghan said.

"Were you silent? Or were you silenced?" asked Winfrey. "The latter," said Meghan.


FORMER MDC Alliance deputy treasurer-general Lillian Timveos, who recently defected to Zanu PF, has confirmed long-held fears that the ruling party was plotting to decimate the opposition party ahead of the 2023 elections after she claimed at the weekend that President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who she described as “my father”, had given her a “special task”.

The former MDC Alliance top executive was unveiled together with former MDC-T secretary for local government, Blessing Chebundo at State House in Harare recently.

“I saw it fit to come to Zanu PF. It doesn’t make sense that the President (Mnangagwa) is from here (Zvishavane) and yet he has never won in this area,” said Timveos, a former member of the late MDC founder Morgan Tsvangirai’s infamous “kitchen Cabinet”.

“That must change in 2023. Don’t be afraid that I am here for positions. My father, the President, gave me a task to do, so don’t be afraid that I am here for positions. I am here to work for the party, don’t worry,” she told Zanu PF supporters in Zvishavane on Saturday.

Timveos, however, could not disclose the nature of the task given to her, but Zanu PF sources said she had been tasked to divulge opposition party secrets and lure more top MDC Alliance officials to the ruling party ahead of the 2023 elections.

The former MDC Alliance Zvishavane senator, who until recently was part of Nelson Chamisa’s inner circle, added: “I say he (Mnangagwa) is the people’s President because of the way I was welcomed in Zanu PF. You all know me and I am one of the people who thought Zanu PF was bad and I was very afraid, but it only took phone call, phone call after phone call for me to be where I am today. I can’t say much, but there are people I came with from the MDC Alliance.”

Her remarks came shortly after former MDC Alliance Masvingo Central MP Jeffreyson Chitando last week claimed that Zanu PF was planning to launch Operation Armageddon that would see it taking over service delivery tasks in all urban areas from the MDC Alliance councils as part of efforts to lure votes.

Zanu PF national commissar Victor Matemadanda last week disclosed that they were targeting over five million votes for Mnangagwa in 2023.

This, he said, would be achieved by fishing from the MDC Alliance pond, whose leader Chamisa got over 2,1 million votes against the Zanu PF leader’s 2,4 million in the 2018 presidential poll.

Matemadanda said they were expecting more defections from MDC Alliance in the coming few days.

“At that rate, we will reach 2023 with only five people or no one from the MDC Alliance. We are mobilising people even from MDC Alliance and all their formations, Mthwakazi and other parties,” Matemadanda told NewsDay.

Zanu PF’s Operation Armageddon, according to Chitando, would see line ministries superintend over key services such as waste collection and water distribution in urban centres to portray the opposition as failures. 

“Zanu PF is in panic mode as the urban voter population is rapidly increasing, while the rural population is drastically decreasing,” Chitando told NewsDay.

 “Operation Armageddon will see Zanu PF taking over the service delivery of urban areas from the MDC Alliance councillors. The President (Mnangagwa) has instructed every ministry to identify areas of intervention in line with their ministries’ line of operation.

“Roads, housing, sewage, refuse collections, education and health will be taken from city councils and placed under line ministries,” he said. 

Chitando further alleged that to ensure that the operation succeeded, the Zanu PF plan was that Mnangagwa and various high-ranking officials would literally camp in urban areas where they would officially commission various projects in a bid to lure urban voters.

“Zanu PF is coming to cities armed with Zinara (Zimbabwe National Road Administration)’s millions of dollars to repair roads and then they will blame MDC Alliance councillors for failing to maintain the roads,” Chitando said.

But Zanu PF provincial political commissar for Masvingo Jevas Masosota rubbished Chitando’s assertions saying: “He is just hallucinating. It’s not Zanu PF that neglected service delivery for decades.  Since the MDC took over councils in 2000 they proved that they were only good in talking.  They only got into councils for self-aggrandisement — nothing else,” Masosota said.

MDC Alliance officials said they were aware of the ruling party’s machinations to destabilise the opposition party through blackmail and “sponsored defections”.

“Zanu PF is desperate and is using all sorts of tactics to derail the people’s project, but this will not work. They have tried everything they can to destroy us, but our power rests in the people not in those renegades they are parading as defectors. Zanu PF has nothing to offer the people, hence they are engaging in these archaic tactics,” MDC Alliance deputy spokesperson Clifford Hlatywayo said. Newsday

Sunday, 7 March 2021


No one will be moved out of the Chilonga area in Chiredzi South for the US$60 million lucerne grass project by Dendairy Company on 6 000 hectares, as the local farmers will become out-growers, and only a few families will have to move within the area to allow infrastructure development.

Political opportunists have been incorrectly speculating that the scheme, approved by the local community itself as well as local traditional leaders and the local council, would see the displacement of thousands of villagers.

Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Ezra Chadzamira said villagers in the area earmarked for the project by the Kwekwe-based milk processor would be incorporated into the project and empowered as out-growers in line with Vision 2030.

Minister Chadzamira said only a few families would be moved from their homes to pave way for some developments under the project, but will still be settled within the same area to benefit from the game-changing venture that seeks to modernise rural Chikombedzi.

While the land use model for Chilonga was being changed from communal to commercial land, this would not result in relocation of people from their ancestral lands.

The Minister berated political opportunists in the opposition circles who were trying to gain cheap scores by misconstruing facts in pursuit of nefarious agendas that do nothing to develop Chikombedzi.

Government had done due diligence and consulted widely with the local community and their leadership to get their buy-in for the massive project. The grass project would be Masvingo’s biggest investment in recent history by private investors, transforming the rural Chilonga hinterland with new modern bridges, roads, a railway line and a factory.

“First and foremost, as Government we want to make it clear that nobody will be removed from their ancestral land under this US$60 million lucerne grass project that is in line with President Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030,” he said.

“We have a few homes that will have to moved as part of the reorganisation that will take place as new developments take shape in the area, but these affected people will still be resettled in the same area because we want them all to benefit from the project as lucerne grass out-growers.”

Government had taken a keen interest in the project to make sure that the local community were not short-charged with Vice President Constantino Chiwenga visiting Chilonga area twice to make sure the community were not excluded from the project.

“We don’t know the motive behind those who are saying Chilonga people will be removed from their ancestral land to pave way for a project to grow grass. We have made sure that our people will benefit as out-growers and Government will not abandon its people.

“We made consultations from the lower levels right up to the political leadership and chiefs, but there are some who are trying to make political capital out of these consultations and spreading falsehoods.”

Under the project, measures were being put in place so that every family benefits from the grass project which will see a new railway line being built in the area to link Chilonga and the Nandi-Sango line.

The railway will be used to export grass to niche markets in Dubai and China via Mozambique.

Modern roads will also be built in the area with the investor also set to fund construction of an all-weather bridge across Runde River on the road which links Chiredzi Town to Chikombedzi via Chilonga.

Villagers use canoes to cross the flooded and crocodile-infested Runde River to travel to Chikombedzi or Chiredzi, the district commercial capital.

“Thousands of jobs will also be created for locals (in Chilonga) as a huge factory will be built to process the lucerne grass for export. There will be a number of infrastructural developments by the investor in Chilonga that will economically transform the area in line with Vision 2030.

“It is unfortunate that some people with hidden agendas are using social media to distort facts and whip up emotions about a very noble project where Government has put in place measures for a win-win scenario between the investor and the locals,” said Minister Chadzamira.

This was corroborated by Chiredzi District Development Coordinator Mr Lovemore Chisema who emphasised that consultations were done with locals to get their buy-in for the project.

“We consulted all the interested parties from the villagers themselves,chiefs and councillors and a resolution was passed in council endorsing the lucerne grass project. The local community raised their concerns and these were noted in coming up with the final resolution supporting the project,” said Mr Chisema.

Chiredzi Rural District Council chair Mr Ailes Baloyi confirmed that the local authority endorsed the lucerne grass project following consultations with the community in Chilonga.

“Council came up with a resolution to back the grass project in Chilonga and there were no objections. Council got assurances that our people will benefit as grass out-growers and they supported the project,” said Mr Baloyi.

Over 6 000ha in Chilonga will be turned into a lucerne growing estate in northern Chikombedzi with water set to be drawn from the confluence of Runde and Chiredzi Rivers.

In an indication of more economic benefits that will accrue to the Chilonga community from the grass project, the investor has already pumped funds towards the revival of Chilonga Irrigation Scheme.

The scheme was revived last year having been mothballed since 2007 owing to water shortages after the water pump was submerged by silt while the water abstraction point could also not continue supplying water following a change of course by the heavily silted Runde River.

Chilonga Irrigation Scheme is now up and running and currently plot holders are harvesting maize on 159ha where irrigation was restored with the help of the investor.

This has already provided food security for communities in arid northern Chikombedzi. Herald 


DEMOLITIONS of illegal housing structures remain suspended and Government will only be in a position to demolish structures once compensation and new land to relocate the affected people is secured, National Housing and Social Amenities Minister Daniel Garwe has said.

Responding to social media reports that Government is set to demolish more than 3 000 illegal houses in Gweru, the Minister said the position is that houses can be pulled down when there is alternative accommodation.

“The social media report purporting there were over 3 000 houses to be demolished is misleading.  

“During our recent visit of Gweru, we toured areas which were affected by floods we identified areas where some houses were built in wetlands and the Government position is that people should not be settled on wetlands or along river banks.

Those houses on the river banks should be removed, but they can only be removed after Government and the local authority finds a new place.

“If those affected were settled there by a land baron then that land baron should compensate the affected,” he said.

Minister Garwe said Government will not wantonly destroy people’s houses as a proper housing scheme was being put in place in line with Vision 2030 of achieving an upper middle class economy.

“Government stopped the demolition of houses and the position remains, but what is critical is that where there are no proper lay out plans, where there is no water and other ablution facilities those structures should be removed and the persons responsible for settling home-seekers under such conditions should be liable,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minister Garwe said Government is working on the construction of water and sewage reticulation infrastructure on houses built under Garikayi/Hlalani Kuhle housing scheme.

Speaking during a tour of housing schemes in Marondera recently, Minister Garwe, said Government will also relocate residents whose houses were built on wetlands.

“It is our responsibility as Government to bring sanity to all Garikayi settlements although the houses were not built in a proper way. It is also our responsibility as Government to provide social amenities in all human settlements.

“In Marondera, we know there was land reserved for such infrastructure as hotels, but was converted for other uses. We need to identify new spaces for such features.

“I have noticed that in all the housing schemes in Marondera, there is no provision of roads, water and sewer. People are using septic tanks on stands that are as small as 400 square metres which is against the building standards. Potential waterborne diseases are being created,” he said. Herald


A school in Chivi has dragged Murowa Diamond Company and the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to court seeking immediate eviction of the gem extractor from the school’s precincts in Sese Communal Lands, where the miner has been exploring for diamonds for three years.

Murowa and Danhamombe High School Development Committee (SDC) have been at loggerheads, with the school demanding that the diamond miner leaves its premises in Chivi.

The SDC has been arguing that Murowa was disrupting learning activities after camping at Danhamombe High School grounds from where it explores for gems in kimberlite pipes discovered in                                         the area.

The SDC wants Murowa to decamp and create space for an agricultural project supposed to have been done in December last year, but failed to take-off after the diamond miner ignored an initial ultimatum.

Through its lawyers Matutu and Mureri, the SDC approached the Masvingo Civil Court seeking Murowa to be ejected from the school precincts within seven days from issuance of summons.

The summons, dated 3 March 2021, cited the diamond miner as the first respondent and the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education as the second respondent.

Danhamombe SDC also wants Murowa to meet costs of the suit. Murowa is still to file a notice to defend the suit.

The move by Danhamombe SDC is a culmination of a long running feud between the Sese community and Murowa over the miner’s exploration activities and camping at the school.

The Sese community allege Murowa arbitrarily camped at Danhamombe, while the diamond miner argued it was given the permission by authorities at the institution.

Murowa began exploring for diamonds in Sese around 2018 and has nearly 200 mining claims in the area.

At one time, Murowa stood accused of having conducted drilling activities less than 100 metres from a classroom block at St Simon Zhara Primary School, which shares the grounds with Danhamombe High School, with the noise of the rig disrupting learning at Danhamombe High School.

The community, under the auspices of Sese Community Trust, first wrote to Government and the diamond miner demanding that Murowa decamp from Danhamombe High premises by December 5 last year.

Murowa was also accused of failing to engage the community to work out an amicable arrangement that satisfies both parties.

Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Ezra Chadzamira at one time weighed in the dispute, saying it was improper for Murowa to camp within premises of a school. 

President Mnangagwa also spoke about the issue during a visit to Chivi in December last year, urging Murowa to engage the Sese community to resolve the dispute.

Murowa owns a diamond mine in Zvishavane and the Sese community say they want a win-win situation with the gem extractor if it is to go ahead with mining activities in the area. Herald



Harare City Director of Housing and Community Service Addmore Nhekairo last Friday appeared in court on allegations of illegally parcelling out stands on land reserved for recreational purposes.

Nhekairo (55) was facing two counts of criminal abuse of duty when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Stanford Mambanje. He was remanded in custody to today for bail application.

The court heard that Nhekairo, contrary to his duties and as a sign of showing favour, contacted John Manyara, who is the Chief Environmental Health Officer at City of Harare in July 2018 advising him that there were vacant stands which had been subdivided on stand number 2603 Mabelreign, Harare.

He subsequently invited Manyara for interviews and advised him to make a payment of 50 percent intrinsic value, which was paid on July 12 before going on the waiting list.

It is the State’s case that Manyara went for the interview for stand number 3619 Mabelreign measuring 1 353 square metres, which was a subdivision of stand number 2603 reserved for recreational purposes.

The court heard that on July 13 2018, Manyara paid $6 to be added on the waiting list and was subsequently issued with number 126/01/18.

It is alleged that in August that same year, Nhekairo issued an offer letter to Manyara for stand number 3619 Mabelreign being a subdivision of stand number 2603.

The court heard that Nhekairo’s conduct was contrary or inconsistent with his duties in that he offered stand number 3619 Mabelreign to Manyara well knowing that the stand was a subdivision of stand 2603 which had been reserved for recreational purposes and was not for residential purposes.

It is alleged that he showed favour to Manyara who should not have been allocated the stand as lawful procedures relating to the acquisition of that stand for residential purposes had not been followed.

Nhekairo used the same modus operandi on the second count on Tinashe Douglas Chirima, who is Director of Cape North Investments, by offering him the remainder of stand number 2603 Mabelreign, well knowing that it had been reserved for recreational purposes and was not to be offered for sale.

Chirima paid a total of $34 500 from a period extending from September 27 2018 to December that same year. Herald


THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has launched investigations against a junior officer accused of abuse of office after she allegedly received kickbacks from suspected land baron Felix Munyaradzi who was arrested last year on allegations of duping people who wanted to buy stands at Sandton near Westgate in Harare.

Constable Fortunate Dube who is based in Marondera is alleged to have been receiving various amounts of cash from Munyaradzi and that he also paid for a car that she is driving and also built her a house in Marondera.

The investigations come after lawyers from Nyamayaro, Makanza and Bakasa Legal practitioners who are representing a senior officer, Commissioner Erasmus Makodza, recently made a complaint against Cst Dube to the Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga.

The lawyers said that Cst Dube’s conduct brings the reputation of the ZRP into disrepute since she was being involved in corrupt activities with Munyaradzi.

“We represent our client Commissioner Erasmus Makodza, kindly note our brief interest. Our client is a complainant in a case where the accused is Felix Munyaradzi. Our instructions are that your officer Cst Fortunate Dube is engaged in suspicious relations with FelixMunyaradzi which amount to corrupt practices.

“Our client says so because; it has been established that Cst Fortunate Dube is involved in financial transactions with Felix Munyaradzi, in that on 15th of January 2021 they transacted for $1 000. On the 15th of February 2021, Felix Munyaradzi recharged Cst Fortunate Dube’s phone with $105. On the 22nd of February 2021 Felix Munyaradzi sent $500 to Cst Fortunate Dube,” wrote the lawyers.

They also provided the cellphone numbers that were used in the transactions between Cst Dube and Munyaradzi as part of the evidence.

“It has also been established that the Toyota Ipsum registration number AEV 3002, blue in colour that Cst Dube is driving was paid for by Felix Munyaradzi. It has also been established that the house located on stand number 8224 Rusike Phase 3 in Marondera registered in Cst Fortunate Dube’s name was built using funds from Felix Munyaradzi.

“Our client also instructs that Cst Dube is married to Eric Chacha a Zacc (Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission) official who also happens to be investigating officer in a case where our client is an accused.

“Considering the above circumstances, we humbly request that your respected office cause investigations into the conduct of Cst Fortunate Dube. We shall be grateful to know the outcome of your investigations,” added the lawyers.

Police confirmed receiving the complaint on March 3 at around 1540hours and investigations are now in progress.

Munyaradzi, who was in remand prison for illegally parcelling out land is also alleged to have been clandestinely allowed to attend his father-in-law’s funeral in Zvimba, without being granted bail by a court.

The complaint was last month forwarded to the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) and the Police Anti-Corruption Unit (PACU) and to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) for further investigations. 

Munyaradzi was arrested last year on allegations of duping people who wanted to buy stands at Sandton near Westgate in Harare before he was later freed on $55 000 bail and other stringent conditions set after spending some days in prison.

Last month, a Harare man, Collen Mavhundutse (38) made a report to the police to investigate allegations that Munyaradzi allegedly connived with two Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) officers to allow him to attend the funeral.

According to the report, after attending the funeral, it is further alleged that Munyaradzi then went to sleep at his house in Borrowdale before returning to prison the following day.

He is also alleged to have slaughtered two beasts for the two officers before giving them about 200 chickens. Herald


FORMER First Lady Grace Mugabe and a group of her associates are coming under investigation from anti-corruption authorities following complaints that they grabbed residential stands worth US$10 million without paying from an upmarket development on State land in Borrowdale.

Arosume Property Development (Pvt) Limited were appointed as developers for the land on Carrick Creagh Estate allocated to Sally Mugabe Housing Cooperative in 2005 and have now lodged complaints with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and the Special Anti-Corruption Unit in the President’s Office.

They allege that the former First Lady Grace Mugabe and then Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development Minister Ignatious Chombo used their political clout to transfer stands from the development to companies they controlled without paying for that land.

Zacc spokesperson, Commissioner John Makamure said the commission would investigate all reported cases of corruption without fear or favour, including the Carrick Creagh Estate.

“We are dealing with all suspected cases of corruption that have either been reported to us, that have appeared in the media or even on social media. We are determined to allow the law to take its course,” he said.

According to a letter filed with Zacc, Grace Mugabe and Dr Chombo are accused of using undue influence.

“A tripartite agreement was thus entered into between the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development, Arosume Property Development (Pvt) Ltd and the Sally Mugabe Housing Cooperative. The object of the tripartite agreement is the development of upmarket residential stands of varying sizes at Carrick Creagh Estate, Borrowdale, Harare. To this end the ministry contributed land owned by the state whilst Arosume Property Development was tasked with the development of the area,” read the papers.

The agreement came with some regulatory and policy arrangements, such as the standard 20 percent of the land to be reserved as Government commonage as required on all developments where State land is privately developed.

The developer negotiated that 50 undeveloped stands be transferred to Arosume before work started, due the risks involved in the scheme. But the bulk of development costs and profits would come when the stands were sold.

But Arosume now alleges that some with political clout unprocedurally grabbed land from original beneficiaries and transferred the properties into companies and individual names without paying for them, reads the complaint, naming former First Lady Grace Mugabe and former Minister Ignatius Chombo.

It is alleged that former First Lady Grace Mugabe transferred to companies under the directorship of two of her children, Bona and Robert Mugabe Jnr, seven stands totalling just under 10,2ha.

Companies and individuals associated with the First family that benefited include Farai Olivia Mushonganyika who obtained land worth US$364 000 without paying, Junior Gumbochuma for land worth US$544 000 (1,2ha), Penking Investment for land of US$812 000 and Montshow Investments for land of US$1,9 million.

One of the names appearing on the list is former MDC legislator Timothy Mubhawu, who is alleged to have received land worth US$432 000.

Former Cabinet minister Chombo is alleged to have grabbed land worth almost US$1 million with three stands totalling 2,2ha allocated to three firms including Comverol Enterprises and Cavford Trading. Herald


MDC Alliance national chairperson Thabitha Khumalo was attacked by two armed men who brazenly broke into her Bulawayo home yesterday and severely assaulted her using a knobkerrie before stabbing her.

Khumalo, a former Bulawayo East legislator, was alone at her Sauesrtown house when she was attacked.

The unknown assailants also stole Khumalo’s belongings, a 64-inch flat screen television set, a laptop and three cellphones.

The MDC Alliance suspects the attack was politically motivated and orchestrated by suspected state security agents because the intruders openly said they were looking for “Honourable Khumalo”.

As of yesterday evening, Khumalo was still admitted at a Bulawayo hospital and had received stitches on the palm of her right hand.

Khumalo, who was visibly in pain and struggled to move, as her legs were heavily bruised with swollen marks all over her body, said she “almost died”.

“It was around 4am, I had woken up to go to the toilet when I saw people who were torching the house with their cellphones,” she told The Standard.

“In shock, I asked who they were. There were two men and they said to me they were looking for Honourable Khumalo.

“I told them I don’t know her and they sprayed some substance on me,” she said, adding her face and neck were still feeling the effects of the substance.

“They started beating me up and ordered me to tell Honourable Khumalo to stop moving all over the show and be quiet.

“They struck me on my head first, hammered my knees and one of them took a knife and aimed for my head. I instantly raised my hand and I was stabbed on my palm. I collapsed after the attack.”

After pausing briefly, Khumalo added: “I almost died, shame.” Khumalo also suspected that her assailants could be state operatives.

“What kind of thieves would ask me where Honourable Khumalo is?

“I mean after taking a 64-inch TV, what more would you want? Why beat me up like that? The system wants to hide behind a robbery,” said the MDC Alliance national chairperson.

MDC Alliance Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Swithern Chirowodza said the attack had the characteristics of a state operation.

“The modus operandi is similar to that of the abductions of July 31, 2020 where after a break- in there is a seizure of belongings especially those that deal with personal telephonic communications,” Chirowodza said.

“Notice at that time, two cadres who were abducted lost laptops and cellphones.

“The same took place on January 29, 2019 where people who were abducted that time also had their phones taken away from them.

“This is not an ordinary attack and has all the characteristics of an attack by state security agents and it is important for us to punctuate the hashtag ZimbabweanLivesMatter.” Standard


THE Tyson Wabantu movement has blamed its failure to register any meaningful growth since 2019 on Covid-19 and associated lockdown measures aimed at stemming the spread of the disease.

Former Zanu PF members, particularly from the G40 faction, unveiled the “Tyson Wabantu” movement in Bulawayo during roadshows held in the city’s high-density suburbs in 2019.

Self exiled former cabinet minister Saviour Kasukuwere was reported to be behind the movement, a claim he did not publicly deny.

However, the movement has evidently not registered any meaningful growth with Andifasi Banda, the Bulawayo Tyson WaBantu interim provincial mobilisation and recruitment secretary, blaming the failure on Covid-19.

“We had lined up quite a number of grassroots mobilisation programmes before the lockdowns were announced in March 2020. All the plans we had were, however, put on ice as a result,” Banda said.

“We had to shelve all our programmes and postpone every meeting we had lined up as a movement.

“We are, however, using social media platforms and having house meetings in our districts to keep in touch with our members.”

In January last year, Banda was arrested and taken to court facing charges of distributing the movement’s fliers in the city without police clearance.

According to the state’s case, Banda, who had applied for police clearance on behalf of the movement to hold the roadshow, “failed to comply with the direction or condition under which the procession or public demonstration is authorised.

“Unlawfully failed to do so and went on to organise the procession of persons and vehicles where fliers written #Tyson Wabantu for My Hope, My Choice, My Voice were distributed in pursuit of a common purpose of demonstrating support for a political organisation namely National Patriotic Front (NPF).”

Banda is also the national commander of the Zimbabwe National Service Graduates Association (Zinasga), an association representing graduates of the controversial National Youth Service (NYS).

Zinasga consists of mainly disgruntled or expelled Zanu PF members, particularly those linked to the G40 faction.  It is an affiliate of the NPF. Standard