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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Wednesday, 8 April 2020

RAMAPHOSA SUMMONS MINISTER OVER LUNCH AND DRINKS PHOTO


President Cyril Ramaphosa has summoned communication minister and NEC member Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams for a meeting after she was exposed violating the government-imposed lockdown by having lunch with a friend.

Speaking to the media after a visit to Rand Water on Tuesday, Ramaphosa said he had seen the picture of Ndabeni-Abrahams having lunch with former deputy minister Mduduzi Manana, also an ANC NEC (national executive committee) member.

The NEC is the highest organ of the ANC between national conferences.

“I have seen the picture of minister Ndabeni Abrahms sitting at a luncheon with a number of friends and other people, I have asked her to come and see me so she is going to come and see me and I am going to have a discussion with her about the impact of visuals like those on what we are trying to do,” Ramaphosa said.

Manana posted the picture on Instagram on Sunday.

“It was great to host a former colleague and dear sister Cde Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (minister of communications and digital technologies) on her way back from executing critical and essential services required for the effective functioning of our country during the nationwide lockdown,” he captioned the now-deleted post.

Ramaphosa said: “We are trying to instill a clear message to all our people that social distance is important. Let us stay at home. Let us not be going around with visitations. And if you have to, it must be work-related."

It is unclear when the meeting between Ramaphosa and Ndabeni-Abrahams will take place.

ANC secretary-general Jessie Duarte has called out both the minister and Manana for their actions.

former higher education deputy minister Mduduzi Manana said communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams was picking up masks and protective gear from his home before she sat down for lunch.

In a statement issued on Tuesday after public outrage over a picture showing Manana and Ndabeni-Abrahms having lunch and drinks on Sunday, Manana said the minister was picking up a donation from his foundation.

He said it was irresponsible for him to have posted the picture without the required context “creating the impression that it was a social lunch”.

He said he apologised for the impression created that Ndabeni-Abrahams was there for a social visit.

“On April 5 2020, I received a call from the minister of communications and digital technologies, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who informed me that she is visiting a site in the Fourways area where a number of students are working on the Covid-19 digital services. The minister relayed to me that the students are in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and hand sanitisers which my foundation has been handing over to marginalised communities. I then asked the minister to pass by my private residence and collect the material which she gladly did,” Manana said in his statement posted on Instagram.

It is unclear which student programme Manana is referring to and why the minister physically fetched protective gear herself.

“On her arrival, my family was having lunch and I courteously inviter her to join us. She then collected the material and headed to her next assignment. She took the first batch for the Fourways students and indicated that the next visit will be tomorrow (8 April) at the Menlyn site which our team will be delivering,” Manana said.

LOCKDOWN : DIVORCED PARENTS CAN MOVE CHILDREN AROUND


Provided certain conditions are met, divorced parents can move their children to their respective partners' homes, despite the national lockdown.

In what is another change to the original set of lockdown rules, a government gazette published on Tuesday sets out the new requirements. 

It states that a child can be moved between the parents, provided there are "arrangements in place". These include having a court order, or that a "parental responsibilities and rights agreement" or a "parenting plan" exists. That plan must be registered with the family advocate.

The gazette, signed by social development minister Lindiwe Zulu, states that the parent transporting the child must have the relevant documentation with them at all times.

It also states that nobody in the home that the child is being moved to can have Covid-19 or have come into contact with someone suspected of having the respiratory illness. Times

EXCHANGE RATE TRIGGERED FUEL PRICE RISE


THE Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) says the latest fuel price increase has been caused by the recent adjustment in the forex exchange rate, which is now fixed at US$1:ZWL$25 on official platforms.

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has also granted the greenlight for consumers and businesses to trade in foreign currency and suspended, until further notice, any increase in charges related to the provision of electronic payments.

The interventions are part of monetary measures in response to the financial vulnerabilities caused by Covid-19. In this regard Government has shelved the ‘managed floating exchange’ model and adopted a fixed exchange rate system pegged at interbank level of ZW$25 to the US dollar. This has seen Zera increasing the pump price of diesel and petrol.

“Please be advised that the fuel prices effective 05 April 2020 are as follows: maximum pump price for diesel ZWL$21,52, blend E5 ZWL$21,77 per litre. 

“Operators may, however, sell at prices below the cap depending on their trading advantages,” said the energy regulator.

Speaking by telephone yesterday, Zera acting chief executive officer Mr Eddington Mazambani said:

“The causes of the increase is the exchange rate. Remember our previous price was pegged at ZWL$18,42 and now we have got an exchange rate of ZWL$25 to the dollar (United States) and then duty on petrol.

“And duty, when we had the previous price regime (before the latest price adjustment), it was ZWL$4,26 for diesel, ZWL$4,44 for petrol, it’s now ZWL$5,82 diesel and ZWL$7,28 for petrol.” 

Mr Mazambani said when looking at the prices in US dollars, the country is far below the regional comparison.

“Our prices are way below a dollar. In actual fact, if you look at the previous prices in dollars, it’s more than the prices we have now in US dollar terms.

“So, as much as the prices might have increased in RTGS form, in actual fact in US dollar terms, the prices have actually come down, which is in line with the international trade.

“It’s just that the exchange rate moved and also the duties moved,” he said.

Meanwhile, crude oil prices have plunged to US$20 per barrel, which is the lowest since 2002, on the back of low demand due to a global lockdown on coronavirus fears.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), and Russia were expected to meet this week to discuss oil output cuts until Thursday. Chronicle

FARM WORKERS : WE ARE EXPOSED TO CORONAVIRUS


FARM workers have expressed fear of contracting the deadly coronavirus as they were working without protective clothing, while also not observing social distancing.

Agriculture has been classified as an essential service sector and exempted from the 21-day national lockdown that started on March 30.

In Zimbabwe, 10 people have been confirmed to be infected, while one person has since died of coronavirus.

Progressive Agriculture and Allied Industries Workers Union of Zimbabwe general secretary Raymond Sixpence said the farm owners were more worried about production on farms while exposing workers to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The workers in most farms have told us that they are being forced to go to work without adequate protective clothing. Agriculture was initially not regarded as an essential service under the recent statutory instrument until the farmers wrote to the minister.

They are now part of the essential services but the farmers are not adhering to an order to provide protective clothing for the workers,” he said.

“Employers have done nothing to protect the employees against the virus. They don’t have sanitisers, masks or anything and it seems all these farmers simply want their work done and make money, but without considering the health of their workers.

“Workers are taken from towns or other nearby farms and transported in numbers to the workplaces without even social distancing and are forced to work in groups, exposing them to the virus.”

He said they had written to Health minister Obadiah Moyo and his Agriculture counterpart Perrance Shiri.

“People have always complained of protective clothing even way before COVID-19. The workers have always complained that they do not have overalls and safety shoes and to expect them to get COVID-19 protective clothing is most unlikely and their lives are at risk.”

Contacted for comment yesterday, Shiri said: “If there are people doing that, that is wrong. Everyone must make sure people are safe. Farmers must have sanitisers for their workers. If they don’t have, they should make use of soap and find protective masks and that workers should maintain social distances to protect themselves from COVID-19.” Newsday

WE WILL DIE FOR HARVEST HOUSE : MDC YOUTHS


Militant MDC Alliance youths have threatened to end the country’s 21-day national lockdown by taking to the streets to resist the planned takeover of their headquarters by MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora.

Mwonzora on Monday claimed he had taken over the MDC headquarters following the Supreme Court ruling last week declaring Thokozani Khupe as the acting president of the opposition party.

MDC Alliance national youth secretary-general, Stephen Siziba, yesterday told NewsDay that any attempt by Mwonzora to take over the party offices would be resisted.
“There is an attempt by a hostile one to capture Harvest House (MRT), first to manufacture concerns in the court of public opinion by Douglas Mwonzora and to test the feelings of the people’s movement,” Siziba said.

“The attempt to take over Harvest House (MRT house) will be resisted. We want to make it very clear in no uncertain terms that Harvest House is our headquarters and we are to defend it with our blood.”

Siziba added: “As the general secretary of the youth assembly I am mandated to communicate that position to Zanu PF that any attempt to take over will be the end of the lockdown.

“I am also communicating the party’s position to the democratic forces that we are prepared to surrender ourselves before we can surrender our party headquarters.”

But Zanu PF distanced itself from the MDC leadership fights.

Meanwhile, former MDC-T vice-president Obert Gutu has revealed that the Khupe-led outfit derailed Chamisa’s presidential bid in July 2018 and vowed to block him again in the 2023 presidential polls.
“2018 for us was a brave statement. We said let us stop this young dictator from getting to State House, indeed we stopped,” Gutu said.

“2023 we will stop him because we know what he is. A dictator is dangerous, we want to stop that.”

Chamisa garnered two million votes, narrowly lost to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, but has refused to endorse the Zanu PF leader accusing him of rigging the polls. Khupe, came a distant third with a measly 45 000 votes.

Chamisa’s backers yesterday accused Gutu of working to sustain the Zanu PF rule of out his selfish desires, not the good of the people. Newsday

MP IN DOOR TO DOOR FOOD DELIVERIES


ZANU PF Chimanimani West MP Nokhutula Matsikenyeri is making door-to-door deliveries of food aid to stop people from gathering and spreading the deadly coronavirus.

The legislator has already engaged traditional leaders in the constituency to help in the awareness campaigns of the deadly virus which has killed close to 80 000 people globally.

“l am providing fuel so that we transport grain in my constituency to various people. This week we have already distributed grain in Gudyanga area and ward 8 in my constituency, respectively,” she said yesterday.

“In some situations, we are making door-to-door deliveries of food which is coming from the Social Welfare Department but in some situations we are delivering the food aid at a central point whereby we will be monitoring social distancing,” she said.

“I don’t want our people to die of hunger and as MPs; we should be seen playing a role. We are doing the distribution fairly despite the political affiliation,” she said.

“Although we are encouraging self-isolation, we are doing awareness campaigns on the oronavirus in the constituency. My councillors have approached traditional leaders who then dispatch information to their subjects on how to prevent contracting the virus. Newsday

LOCKDOWN BRUTALITY ANGERS RESIDENTS


STATE security agents deployed to enforce the 21-day national lockdown to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus have been accused of terrorising residents in several towns and cities, with some of the victims left seriously injured.

Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum director Blessing Gorejena yesterday said her organisation had documented 51 assault cases involving security agents, with most of the cases recorded in urban areas.

“Besides what we have documented through our structures, several cases are going unreported although we are working round the clock to help victims suffering from human rights violations by mainly State actors,” Gorejena said.

The lockdown became effective last Monday, before reports of police and army brutality emerged from different parts of the country, while videos of members of the uniformed forces “punishing” lockdown offenders went viral.

But police yesterday challenged the assault victims to report to their nearest police stations, while the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) dismissed the reports as false.

On Monday, soldiers reportedly violently dispersed people at Chigovanyika Business Centre in St Mary’s, Chitungwiza, and in Kuwadzana 4, a few hours before President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s convoy passed through the busy shopping centres.
Later at night, the soldiers are said to have bashed the residents for booing Mnangagwa earlier in the day.
In Karoi and Kariba, police and the army reportedly harassed residents, leaving some nursing injuries.

A 79-year-old Kariba resident, Homani Matamba, claims he was assaulted by police officers while seated at home with his two sons.

“I was seated outside around 8pm when I was assaulted by the police, who accused us of not staying indoors. When they hit me, I passed out and don’t remember how I fell after they hit me all over the body and face. I was only attended to by my wife after the police had left,” he said.

Lucia Masvondo (26) from Chikangwe high-density suburb, Karoi, said police beat her up and unleashed a dog on her after finding her preparing supper using firewood inside her yard.

“I am worried that this lockdown is forcing us to be indoors at 8pm. Are we not allowed to prepare supper? Is it what the President has told these officers?” she asked.

Another resident Kemptson Guvheya (46) was assaulted as he was seeing off his brother.

Human rights lawyer Jeremiah Bamu said: “A lockdown is not a declaration of a state of emergency. People still have their rights and members of the security services have an obligation to respect, protect and promote these rights. Anyone whose rights have been violated has recourse in terms of the Constitution and law. They need to consult their lawyers on the available remedies they may have at law.”

Contacted for comment, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi urged the assault victims to report to their nearest police stations.

“We urge those being abused by the police officers enforcing lockdown to report to their nearest police stations for investigations to be instituted. We are seeing some of these issues on social media, but when we try to investigate them, we find nothing on the ground,” Nyathi said.

ZNA spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore yesterday said the allegations of police and army brutality were false.

“The issues you have raised with reference to the allegations against the Zimbabwe National Army members, who are assisting the Zimbabwe Republic Police in enforcing the lockdown, are not true. On the contrary and as a matter of fact, the broad spectrum of our citizens are complying with the lockdown without any adverse reports coming from either other security forces, government and community leaders involved in the national effort to curb the pandemic,” he said in a written response.

“Our advice is that anyone who claims to be a victim must promptly report to the nearest Zimbabwe Republic Police or the Zimbabwe National Army camps. It is futile to raise such serious allegations in the social media and/or media houses without reporting them to the relevant authorities.” Newsday





CHILD'S DEATH : PROPHET ESCAPES JAIL


A PROPHET who caused the death of a four-year old dumb girl from Bulawayo after prescribing a herbal concoction purportedly to help her gain speech has been sentenced to a wholly suspended prison term.

Senzeni Jiyane (61) of Makokoba suburb was jointly charged for murder together with the deceased’s mother, Lindiwe Ncube (38) of Mzilikazi suburb.

They were however acquitted of murder and convicted of a lesser charge of culpable homicide by Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Thompson Mabhikwa.

The two were both sentenced to four years in jail each, wholly suspended for five years on condition that each one of them does not within that period commit a similar crime.
In passing the sentence, Justice Mabhikwa warned faith healers against experimenting with people’s lives, saying the courts have a duty to protect the sanctity of human life.

“These courts, however, and as usual, will not condone the loss of life that was so special. Traditional healers, faith healers and prophets alike will better be warned that the courts will not look aside as they at times experiment with people’s lives,” he said.

Justice Mabhikwa said the courts do not condone acts of negligence which result in loss of life.

“In casu, the child could not communicate effectively as she was dumb and the accused persons should have taken extra precaution. Negligence that leads to the death of a human being, let alone a child, will not be tolerated and both accused persons are each sentenced to four years imprisonment wholly suspended for five years,” ruled the judge.
  
Prosecuting, Mr Blessing Gundani said on March 5 last year, Ncube took her daughter Thabile Ncube, who was dumb, to Jiyane’s shrine for healing.

Upon arrival at the shrine, they found Jiyane conducting prayer sessions.

Ncube approached Jiyane seeking assistance for her daughter. As part of her healing, Jiyane prepared a mixture of salt, two eggs, water and an unidentified herb to serve the child.

“Jiyane prayed for the deceased’s healing after which she then prepared a concoction of eggs, salt and water and the accused person gave the child the concoction to drink,” said Mr Gundani.

The court heard that after drinking the concoction for two days, the child started screaming and bleeding from the mouth and nose.

Ncube then took her daughter to Mpilo Central Hospital where she died at the Paediatrics Casualty ward three days later.
According to the post mortem report the cause of death was aspiration pneumonitis and concoction ingestion.

A report was made to the police leading to the arrest of the two accused persons.Chronicle

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CORONAVIRUS FEARS AS WINTER APPROACHES


HEALTH experts and the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) have warned that fluctuating weather conditions and the approaching winter provide a fertile ground for increased cases of Covid-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

Covid-19, just like the common flu, asthma and pneumonia affects the respiratory system causing shortness of breath, coughing and sneezing.

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, Government has imposed a 21-day lockdown as the virus spreads faster in crowded places among other areas.

The MSD has since warned the public to stay at home and avoid exposing themselves to situations that can lead to them contracting diseases.

The country has recorded 10 Covid-19 cases with the latest one being a 24-year-old woman from Harare who returned from the United Kingdom two weeks ago.

In a statement, the MSD said the prevailing fluctuating cold and hot weather conditions increase the risk of respiratory ailments such as asthma, hay fever, colds and flu.

It encouraged the public to drink a lot of water and to take care of minors and the elderly who are vulnerable.

The statement came as health experts warned that the public should comply with lockdown regulations, as failure to do so increases the risk of contracting Covid-19, especially during winter.
  
Ministry of Health and Child Care epidemiology and disease control director Dr Portia Manangazira said respiratory diseases tend to thrive in cold temperatures just like Covid-19.

Dr Manangazira identified some of the respiratory illnesses as hay fever, asthma, sinusitis, tuberculosis (TB), pneumonia, common cold and seasonal flu.

“There is a whole spectrum of respiratory diseases not just Covid-19,” said Dr Manangazira.

“We know that these kinds of respiratory viruses thrive under conditions of low temperatures. So, sometimes when the temperatures come down people start getting flu that is the seasonal influenza. This is why perhaps we might get fewer cases of Covid-19 because our weather conditions are still more of warm and sunny rather than cold weather.”

Dr Manangazira said with the approaching winter, the Government will enhance surveillance and characterisation of Covid-19 cases from the common flu.

“The reason being that the management is different from common cold and seasonal influenza and the Covid-19. They must be differentiated and managed differently,” she said. 

Dr Manangazira said the vulnerable who include children, the pregnant, the elderly and those with underlying diseases are more at risk of having respiratory diseases.

Zimbabwe Medical Association president Dr Francis Chiwora said by following global trends, Covid-19 cases tend to spike during winter, just like most respiratory illnesses.

He said it is critical for the country to prevent the spread of Covid-19 before the country gets into winter.

“In terms of respiratory diseases like the common flu in our case they tend to be more during the winter period. This also seems to be the pattern with Covid-19.

“The countries in the northern hemisphere that are seriously affected by Covid-19 at the moment are in winter. The virus does not seem to be more prevalent during warmer conditions and we are hopeful that our winter will not be as cold leading to the spread of the virus,” he said.

Dr Chiwora said the country has a fragile health care system; therefore, it could struggle to contain Covid-19.

He said some of the countries with the best medical care systems are also failing to contain the virus.

Dr Chiwora said the lockdown has a potential to slow the spread of the virus in the country and citizens need to strictly abide by its regulations. 

He said apart from maintaining social distancing, drinking a lot of warm liquids such as tea with lemon helps to destroy viruses.

Mpilo Central Hospital acting chief executive officer Dr Solwayo Ngwenya said it was high time members of the public adhered to lockdown regulations as the country approaches winter.

He said countries that are seriously being affected by the Covid-19 virus are already in winter hence citizens need to take precautionary measures.

“With the coming winter there could be widespread infections from Covid-19 because it’s a disease that is caused by low temperatures.

“So, we should remain vigilant about Covid-19 as we have observed how it has become a challenge in countries that are in winter,” said Dr Ngwenya.

“If the lockdown regulation is not followed during winter, I can foresee a lot of problems caused by this virus killing people. In case this lockdown is extended and another one is imposed people should abide by the rules because that is lifesaving.” Chronicle

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

WHY DID IT TAKE FIVE DAYS? DOCS DEMAND ANSWERS


NEW BOARD FOR CBZ


CBZ Holdings, yesterday announced its new board of directors chaired by Marc Holtzman, with the mandate to drive the financial services giant’s growth and transformation strategy.

The other board members include, group chief executive officer Dr Blessing Mudavanhu and Tawanda Gumbo who are executive directors.

Rebecca Gaskin Gain, Edward Mashingaidze, Edward Galante and Louis Gerken are also on the board as independent non executive directors.

The new board of directors is expected to consolidate the group’s position as a premier corporate finance and investment banking institution in Zimbabwe.
Commenting on the latest appointments, Mr Holtzman said: “Today (yesterday)’s announcement is a major milestone for CBZ Holdings, one that lays the foundation for our future success. A key component to the bank’s success is recruiting the best talent, starting with those at the most senior level.

“I am confident that under the leadership of the new board, we are in the best possible position to deliver the bank’s strategic vision.

“The new board is tasked with introducing a raft of positive changes. We need to maintain and grow our dominant market share, integrate our businesses, and continue to serve as a driver for change across the whole of Zimbabwe’s financial services sector. Under the guidance of the new board, the bank will promote innovation and enhance the role of digital services to improve customer experience, while remaining competitive on pricing,” he said.

He added the new board will also work towards enhancing shareholder value, ensure customer satisfaction, while making significant contribution to the country’s strong financial services sector. 

“CBZ Holdings market capitalisation is but a fraction of what we believe to be its true value. Together, the new board and management will tirelessly work to best serve our customers and increase shareholder value.

“Our principal mission is to financially transform lives and to serve the wonderful people of this country,” he said.

Among the group’s objectives is to become the gateway for foreign investment in Zimbabwe, supporting the country’s economic growth, boosting its human capital and creating opportunities for global partnerships. Herald