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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Friday, 27 November 2015


IT WAS meant to be a highway modernised in honour of the late Father Zimbabwe, but a boob by Transport and Infrastructure Ministry officials saw an upgraded road being unveiled as the Harare International Airport Road, instead of its official name: Joshua Nkomo Expressway in the capital.

President Robert Mugabe officially opened the road that leads to the Harare International Airport on Wednesday, but an embarrassing mistake by officials resulted in the commemorative plaque identifying it as Harare International Airport Road.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joram Gumbo yesterday told The Chronicle that the road’s official name was “Joshua Nkomo Road”, but when asked why it had been identified as Harare International Airport Road, he replied: “It will be sorted out. I’ll talk to the guys who do the writing and they will call you.”

Former Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda said the Harare City Council was the first to moot the idea to name the road after the late Vice President.

“What I can tell you is that officially, that road is called Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo. It was previously Queensway after the Queen that’s why you have the suburb Queensdale nearby. It later became Airport Road before it was named Joshua Nkomo. When I left council in 2013, nothing had changed. That’s its official name.”

The website of the Zimbabwe National Road Authority (Zinara) which took over the construction of the road in 2013 also identifies it by its official name in honour of the late Vice President

Zinara came on board after Augur investments that had entered into a deal with the Harare City Council to dualise, extend and develop the road into a highway with complex high rise motorways and road and rail subways, struggled to finish the job.

Augur investments was supposed to ensure that the 15-kilometre road went from the Harare International Airport to Dieppe Road in Braeside suburb, before being extended up to the intersection of Robert Mugabe Road and Enterprise Road in the city.

The company was supposed to build two complex bridges over the Harare-Mutare railway line, which will be reduced to a rail subway, after which the raised motorway would drop into Enterprise Road.



Respected Zanu PF elder, Cephas Msipa, has penned a book that could set the cat among the pigeons within government circles as it spotlights on democracy deficiencies in the country and how authorities did little as an estimated 20 000 innocent people, mainly in Matabeleland and the Midlands, were brutally killed by the Fifth Brigade in the early 80s.

The book, titled In Pursuit of Freedom and Justice — A Memoir, dismisses the official massaging of narratives on the Gukurahundi atrocities as “a moment of madness”, saying as the massacres happened over a period spanning more than five years, they cannot therefore be described as such.

Querying the reasons why the government had deployed the military in the western regions of the country then, Msipa also asks why it was “necessary for North Korea to train this army (5th Brigade)” in the first place, adding almost despairingly that “only God Knows”.

“Innocent men, women and children perished in their thousands. They were accused of either harbouring dissidents or supporting them. It turned out to be a massacre of people perceived to be PF Zapu supporters.

“The fact that the people were Ndebele-speakers was regarded as sufficient proof that they were PF Zapu supporters and therefore dissident supporters,” reads part of the book.

He also described the statement that the massacres were “a moment of madness” -- which is attributed to President Robert Mugabe -- as absurd, adding that three decades after Gukurahundi was launched, it still raised “more questions than answers”.

In one of the strongest condemnations of one of the darkest periods in the history of post-independent Zimbabwe, Msipa -- who fondly refers to Mugabe as his muzukuru (nephew), and helped broker the unity accord of 1987 that ended hostilities between Zanu and Zapu -- described the killings as “gruesome”, calling on authorities “to look into the aftermath of Gukurahundi.”

“Gukurahundi was not a day’s event or a ‘moment of madness’. It began in 1981 and continued until 1987 when the unity accord was signed.

“There were meetings at which the matter was raised in my presence, and Mugabe insisted that the matter be discussed so he could learn more about what had happened and was still happening.

“The question is why did he not know what was happening when it was in the media and many human rights organisations and churches were publicly protesting (about it),” Msipa writes.

He also claims in the book that as early as 1960, Mugabe was already keen on establishing a one party state in the country.

“Mugabe supported the idea of a one-party state back then, but he did not speak much about his personal experiences in Ghana. It was as if something had gone wrong while he was in Ghana, which he did not want to disclose,” Msipa said.

Despite the two men enjoying a decades-long friendship, Msipa was fired from Mugabe’s cabinet during the Gukurahundi era and placed under house arrest, something he says still puzzles him up to this day.

A man of steadfast principles and strong convictions, Msipa also says in the book that when Zanu split from Zapu in the early 1960s, he was allegedly approached by Mugabe to desert Nkomo, but refused.

“When the split occurred, Mugabe had approached me and asked if I would join Zanu. I told him I would not because I did not trust Ndabaningi Sithole. He then said to me, ‘I hope this will not affect our relationship’.

“Why should it?’ I replied, and indeed it in no way affected our friendship, which continues up to now. He remains my ‘Muzukuru’ and I remain his ‘Sekuru’”.

Msipa also touches on the disputed 2008 elections in his book and says it was during the presidential run-off elections where the “army was active” that he had decided to end his illustrious political career, as he had been appalled by the army’s involvement in the elections.

“At one election meeting, in chief Mazvihwa’s area in Zvishavane, I was surprised to find myself sharing a platform with army commanders.

“I kept asking myself, ‘is this the freedom we fought for?’ ... it was there that I made up my mind that I would never again participate in elections where people were openly threatened and intimidated into voting for any political party,” Msipa said.


Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted ambitions to succeed President Robert Mugabe suffered another devastating blow on Wednesday when a stormy Zanu PF politburo meeting endorsed the suspension and expulsion of dozens of his supporters around the country.

Well-placed sources who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said so explosive was the politburo get-together that a female Cabinet minister and perceived staunch Mnangagwa ally allegedly wept uncontrollably in the meeting, amid fierce factional fighting — and as a stunned Mugabe apparently watched the farce in stony silence.

One of the sources said more senior party officials loyal to Mnangagwa were set to face the chop in the next few months, as the post-congress Zanu PF’s factional and succession wars continue to escalate, and as the VP’s party enemies ratchet up the pressure on him and his supporters.

The embattled Mnangagwa is said to have not personally attempted to either oppose or stop Wednesday’s suspensions and expulsions during the politburo’s deliberations, appearing instead to “look up to president Mugabe for direction and help, but Gushungo (Mugabe) never said a thing”.

Among the officials who were either expelled or suspended on various allegations, including those related to fanning factionalism, included former Manicaland women’s league boss Happiness Nyakuedzwa and former Mashonaland Central youth league chairperson Godfrey Tsenengamu, who was suspended for five years.

In addition, former Harare provincial chairperson Godwills Masimirembwa, former Harare women’s league chairperson Ratidzo Mukararati, and former Masvingo chairperson Paradzai Chakona, all had their votes of no confidence upheld.

“Two MPs, Sylvester Nguni (Mhondoro Mubaira) and Chriswell Mutematsaka (Guruve South) were expelled outright from the party for having joined (former vice president Joice) Mujuru’s People First party.

“The politburo also resolved that all acting provincial chairpersons be made substantive with immediate effect, and Masvingo was directed to find a replacement for Chakona,” a politburo member revealed.

Another source claimed that there had also been “a fierce row” between First Lady Grace Mugabe and Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, which had allegedly left the latter battered and in tears.

“Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa camp) received a mighty beating in the meeting. People like (political commissar Saviour) Kasukuwere and (deputy youth league secretary Kudzanai) Chipanga vigorously lobbied for the ouster of Mnangagwa’s supporters, especially in Manicaland where the vote of no confidence on Nyakuedzwa was upheld,” a politburo member who claimed to be “non-aligned” said.

Muchinguri-Kashiri — who is allegedly aligned to Mnangagwa and has recently been locked in a vicious power struggle with Grace’s supporters in Manicaland — is said to have started the fight with the first lady whom she accused of fuelling infighting in the troubled province.

Muchinguri-Kashiri, according to insiders, allegedly told Grace that she was the most senior party official in the province and thus always needed to be consulted on important decisions impacting on the region — apparently further insinuating that Grace had so far failed to run the women’s league properly.

“This angered Amai (Grace) and as she spoke, she got angrier and angrier saying ‘wakabvira kare uchindijairira ... (You have never respected me)”— apparently going on to give Muchinguri-Kashiri a severe tongue-lashing which resulted in the Water minister crying.

Ironically, the two women were buddies only last year when they worked together to oust former vice president Joice Mujuru from power. In addition, Muchinguri-Kashiri relinquished her post as women’s league secretary to make way for Grace.

Mugabe is said to have avoided joining the bust-up, only speaking much later when he appeared to admonish both Muchinguri-Kashiri and War veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa for often flaunting their liberation war credentials to get special treatment in the party.

“The president acknowledged the important role the war veterans had played, and continued to play, but warned that their continued deification could divide Zanu PF,” another source said.

According to this source, Kasukuwere reiterated his previous description of some war veterans as drunkards, saying “we respect war veterans but only if they are respectable themselves. If they are drunkards we will not respect such war veterans”.

Meanwhile, other well-placed sources have also told the Daily News that more senior officials loyal to Mnangagwa were set to face the chop as his party enemies ratcheted up the pressure on him and his supporters.

One of the sources claimed that Mnangagwa’s “misfortune” was that “two of his biggest party rivals”, Kasukuwere and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, were allegedly “squeezing him and his allies” on two fronts.


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will this weekend come face-to-face with gays and lesbians — whom he has publicly excoriated as being “worse than pigs and dogs” — when he officially opens the 18th International Conference on Aids and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) (Icasa) in Africa, in Harare on Sunday.

It will be held between Sunday and Friday next week, under the theme “Aids in the Post-2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science and Human Rights”.

The conference will be attended by thousands of people, including leading scientists, policymakers, activists, gays and lesbians, people living with HIV and Aids, as well as government leaders and civil society representatives.

In 1995, government shut down a book exhibition by Galz at the Harare International Book Fair after which Mugabe declared: “Homosexuals are worse than dogs and pigs; dogs and pigs will never engage in homosexual madness; even insects won’t do it.”

In 2013, he blasted American President Barack Obama accusing him of wanting to impose gay rights in Zimbabwe.

“Then we have this American President, Obama, born of an African father, who is saying we will not give you aid if you don’t embrace homosexuality,” Mugabe said, while addressing a rally.

“We ask, was he born out of homosexuality?

“We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. John and John, no; Maria and Maria, no.”

Gays and lesbians, through the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (Galz) have been involved in planning the conference, with officials from different ministries, including Home Affairs and Health engaging them on various issues.
Galz director Chester Samba said his organisation was happy to be included in the programme, despite stigma, intimidation and harassment by police in the past.

“There are a number of sessions from the main plenary, especially the community village plenary,” Samba said.

“We submitted our abstraction for consideration in that category and we are pleased that it was successful.

“Our presentation will be on Thursday. We are satisfied with the level of participation and how government has been involving us in Icasa, even on the conference design.”

“This is the first time government officials from the Ministry of Health, Tourism and Home Affairs have communicated with Galz officially.”

The Icasa conference would be the first gathering at which Mugabe directly addresses gays and lesbians in Zimbabwe.

His speech will be keenly watched as he has previously ridiculed and castigated the lesbian and gay community.

In September at the United General Assembly meeting in New York, Mugabe rejected pressure from Western countries to adopt what he called “new rights” by forcing Africans to accept gays and lesbians.

“We equally reject attempts to prescribe new rights that are contrary to our norms, values, traditions and beliefs. We are not gays,” he said.

Mugabe has had so many running battles with gays after openly exhibiting his relentless homophobia.

In 2001, Mugabe’s bodyguards assaulted a gay rights activist Peter Tatchell after he tried to effect a citizen arrest on Mugabe over human rights abuses during an official visit to Brussels in Belgium.

Samba said despite the persistence of hate language targeted at homosexuals as evidenced by Zanu PF members calling their political rivals “gay gangsters”, thousands of people were seeking Galz assistance.

“Unfortunately, the hostile rhetoric continues and we find it very disturbing,” he said.

“When sexual orientation is used as a tool of repression, our communities are affected and exposed to harassment and violence.” independent


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba has re-ignited suspicions that the 2013 general elections were rigged in his heated exchange with War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa via WhatsApp messages.

Charamba and Mutsvangwa clashed days after President Robert Mugabe embarrassingly read a wrong speech during the official opening of parliament in September.

During the prolonged slanging match, where the two traded insults, Charamba curiously asked Mutsvangwa, also a Zanu PF politburo member and Norton MP, if he knew how the July 2013 elections were won. Charamba, in turn, also asked the minister if he was even aware of how he won his Norton seat.

“… Do you even know how you ended up in parliament, and a minister? Unoziva kuti 2013 yakauya sei? (Do you know how the 2013 elections were won?)” asked Charamba.

To which Mutsvangwa replied: “2013 yakauya sei?” (Explain how the 2013 general elections were won?).

The 2013 elections were marred by allegations of systematic rigging, disenfranchisement of voters, a chaotic voter registration exercise and use of an outdated voters’ roll, among other irregularities.

Mugabe won the disputed election with 2 110 434 (61,09%) votes, while MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai followed with 1 172 349 (33,94%) votes. Zanu PF also secured a two-thirds majority in parliament.

Opposition parties and civil society members insist the elections were rigged.

Ahead of the elections, the Zimbabwe Independent exclusively revealed that an Israeli company, Nikuv International Projects, which deals with voters’ registration and elections results, had been hired to doctor election results.

Nikuv was working with Registrar-General (RG) Tobaiwa Mudede’s office to compile the voters’ roll and was paid in excess of US$10,5 million between February and July though the RG’s Office’s FBC account.

In February Mudede paid US$1 600 000 before making a further US$1 580 890 in March and US$1 853 100 in April.
He also paid US$1 756 475 in May, another US$1 405 200 in June and US$2 383 670 in July, bringing the total amount paid a day before elections to the company to US$10 578 335.

The account was said to be classified as “highly confidential” at the bank and senior employees were made to sign a “confidentiality clause” around it as it was considered “sensitive”.

When Mudede was asked by the Independent in August 2013 at his offices in Harare to clarify the shady payments, he said: “The Registrar-General’s Department does not handle such matters through the press.”

A day before the elections, Nikuv founder and CEO Emmanuel Antebi, in the company of his deputy Ammon Peer, met Mugabe and then defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, then transport minister (former state security) Nicholas Goche and Central Intelligence Organisations deputy director Aaron Nhepera for an hour-and-half at State House.

In its election report titled The End of the Road: The Zimbabwe 2013 Elections Solidarity Peace Trust said the “leap in one million votes for Zanu PF was hard to explain between 2008 and 2013, “it is more believable when seen (only) as 27% higher than their 2002 vote” independent


SOUTH Africa’s second biggest opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has accused President Robert Mugabe’s government of doling out shares in expropriated companies to individuals rather than ordinary people.

Malema, despite being seen as a “disciple” of Mugabe and Zanu PF’s “scorched earth” policies, told the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom on Wednesday that he was not agitating for expropriation..

He tore into Mugabe’s flagship black economic empowerment policy, posited by the Zanu PF government as an African model.

“We will occupy ABSA and other institutions so that you pay attention. Strategic institutions will have to be occupied. There are so many stupid things we did during the armed struggle, but look where they got us. We got the attention of the international community and the oppressor to agree to come to the negotiating table,” he said.

“Unlike how it was done in Zimbabwe, where 51% was given to individuals, (under) the so-called indigenisation policy, I am not saying that. I am saying you remain the boss, but invite the workers equally to be bosses.” He said he was not against private ownership of business.

“I am not saying let us scrap private ownership, I am calling for partnership with workers, not individuals. The only way it can be done properly is for capital to genuinely partner workers. They need to invite workers to be bosses, give the workers shares whatever percentage that would have been agreed. But do not get them into deep loans financed by banks and that the workers will have to service,” Malema said.
Malema has in the past described Mugabe as an icon and supported the country’s land redistribution programme carried out in the last 15 years and partly responsible for Zimbabwe’s economic mess.


FORMER Miss Zimbabwe – Emily Tatanga Kachote – who was stripped of her crown as Miss World Zimbabwe 2015, after nude pictures believed to be hers were leaked into the public, yesterday called on government to enact laws that criminalise what she called “revenge pornography”.

Speaking in Harare during the handover of a petition to legislators, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Tabitha Khumalo, for onward transmission to Parliament to craft the porn law, Kachote said women’s privacy should be protected by the law.

The petition was drafted by Katswe Sistahood, a movement of dynamic young women fighting for the full attainment of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights.

“This is not just my issue. I’m fighting because I want this thing to end,” she said. “Just like every other woman, I want to treasure the special, intimate moments that I have with my boyfriend. As women, we just want to make sure there are laws to protect us.”

She said as women, they did not want to live with fear lurking over their lives, that pictures or videos taken in their private moments would be leaked into the public domain.

Kachote said the leakage of one’s pictures captured during their private moments had far-reaching repercussions and affected more people than just the one in the pictures.
“This is not only about me as Emily. It’s also about the Kachote brand. Everyone with the surname Kachote will be defined by that, so it destroys careers and lives,” she said.

She said against that backdrop, she wanted Parliament to enact laws to protect women.
“Globally, as women, we are the ones who are seen as loose (morally) and we are defined by our breasts yet society is very forgiving of men (caught up in scandals),” she said.

Revenge pornography is a phenomenon involving non-consensual publication of privately captured sexually explicit material, particularly by bitter former lovers out to distress, harm and ruin their former lovers.newsday


The Zanu PF politburo has reportedly expelled former minister in ousted Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s office, Sylvester Nguni, and Guruve South MP Chriswell Mutemasaka on allegations of fanning factionalism and working with the deposed VP.

Although party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday said the list of expelled members and the fate of others facing disciplinary action had not yet been finalised, insiders confirmed to NewsDay that Nguni and Mutemasaka were expelled during the Wednesday politburo meeting.
They said Mashonaland Central youth league boss Godfrey Tsenengamu, who last month received a vote of no-confidence, was suspended for five years.

“As I said yesterday (Wednesday) during my Press briefing, we received recommendations from the national disciplinary committee chaired by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko. But we are still deliberating on the issue and I am going to make a statement later in the day,” Khaya Moyo said.

“It is still unofficial what you are asking. Wait for my statement, which will detail all disciplinary cases handled by the committee. For now, all that is just rumours. We are looking into the people involved for a final decision.”

But party insiders said the politburo had agreed to suspend Tsenengamu for five years and Manicaland Women’s League boss Happiness Nyakuedzwa for two years for allegedly causing factional fights in their respective provinces.

“On Tsenengamu, it was felt that he was becoming disrespectful to his seniors in the party, and the party had set an example to other youths through him — that you have to be respectful even if they have wronged you,” a politburo member said on condition of anonymity.

“He (Tsenengamu) has been attacking party leaders on social media, even the First Lady [Grace Mugabe] and party commissar Saviour Kasukuwere. He was using his links with Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa to do all this and that had to be stopped.”

On Nyakuedzwa, the source said, a damming report presented by Women’s League deputy secretary Eunice Sandi Moyo, after her fact-finding visit to Manicaland this week, was instrumental in her ouster.

“The report was very damming and it did not exonerate her from factionalism, hence she was suspended from the party,” another senior Zanu PF official said.

“Some tried to save her, but they could not do much, as the evidence drew the President’s attention. However, Monica Mutsvangwa, one of the people who had been supporting Nyakuedzwa, survived for now. She received backing from President (Robert) Mugabe.”

Tsenengamu had been voted out of office on allegations of fanning divisions and abusing resources channelled to the Youth League.

He, however, accused Kasukuwere of “persecuting him” because he had invited Mnangagwa to visit an apostolic shrine in the province.

The disciplinary committee is chaired by Mphoko and has Kasukuwere, Grace and secretary for youth affairs Pupurai Togarepi among its members.

Meanwhile, Mugabe reportedly rebuked War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa for allegedly belittling those who did not participate in the liberation struggle, yet they were “loyal members of the party”.

“The tongue-lashing from the President to Mutsvangwa was severe. This was largely due to complaints by the First Lady that there were some war veterans who had been disrespecting her because she did not participate in the liberation struggle,” another source said.

Mutsvangwa was unavailable for comment on the reported attack, while Khaya Moyo refused to discuss what he termed “sensitive party issues”. newsday

“Why are you asking issues that I have not reported to you? If it happened, it would not be for your consumption,” he said.

Thursday, 26 November 2015


THE Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has charged Gokwe regional magistrate Shepherd Munjanja for unbecoming behaviour following his much publicised court case involving a Harare prostitute.

According to the charge sheet, Munjanja’s court case which was extensively covered by the media brought the judiciary into disrepute.

“You’re charged with unbecoming behaviour likely to bring the commission into disrepute,” reads part of the letter to Munjanja, 34. He was given 14 days to respond to the charge.

Chief magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe told The Chronicle yesterday that he was in Victoria Falls and would not be able to tell the exact charge preferred against Munjanja.

Sources close to the matter said Munjanja was served with the letter yesterday. Melody Hamandawana, who confessed that she was a prostitute faced charges of robbing Munjanja of $156, a phone, his driver’s licence and bank cards.

However, Harare provincial magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe acquitted her saying the State had failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt. The state alleged that the 21-year-old lady of the night and her friends used violence and threats to induce Munjanja to surrender his money and other possessions.
She denied the charges and told the court a different story. She said the magistrate was a long-time client who would hire her for sex each time he came to the capital.  She said Munjanja had not paid her.

Prosecutors alleged that Munjanja was sitting in his car around 7AM on October 26 when he was approached by one unidentified man who was carrying a rim and two tyres which fit the magistrate’s car.

The man then persuaded the magistrate to buy the tyres and further lured him into Treckered Court, a brothel, claiming he owned an office on the second floor.

Upon arrival at the alleged office, the man then allegedly shoved Munjanja into a room. There were two men inside and Hamandawana suddenly emerged from an inner room in the company of her two friends only identified as Chipo and Tafadzwa.

The trio then accused Munjanja of having raped one of them some time ago and started assaulting him while searching his pockets.

They allegedly took $156, bank cards, driver’s licence, 20 litre Redan fuel coupons, a notepad and Ecocash debit card.

The court further heard that they then demanded that Munjanja go to his bank under their escort to withdraw more money.

Hamandawana and her friends then hired a taxi and escorted him to Stanbic Samora Machel branch where he managed to escape and sought safety at Harare Central police station.
On October 27, police were tipped that Hamandawana was at Treckered Court and organised an ambush, leading to her arrest.

The total value of the property stolen was $336 and only $180 was recovered, but magistrate Chikwekwe acquitted the girl.


Enrolment of pupils into Form 1 next year will be conducted on December 4 countrywide using Grade Seven results, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora has said.
In a statement yesterday, Dr Dokora said this year’s enrolment had been set for December 4, but in future education authorities would provide dates.

“The ministry noted that some schools were enrolling learners into Form 1 through application of their own entrance tests and assessment,” read the statement.

“The enrolment shall be on a working day, seven days after the Grade 7 results are officially announced by the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) or as determined by the secretary every year. The 2016 Form 1 enrolment shall be Friday, 4 December 2015.”

This follows an outcry by parents over the cost of entrance tests who criss-cross the country in search of Form 1 places each year while being fleeced of thousands of dollars by unscrupulous headmasters and school authorities.

Schools sometimes conduct entrance tests for 500 pupils at $20 each when they require only 100 pupils. Dr Dokora stated that the practice of entrance tests and non-refundable fees was “discriminatory”, adding that in response, Government had issued a circular as part of comprehensive corrective measures.

“Representations have been received to the effect that parents were being subjected to unnecessary financial burden through the payment of the non-refundable entrance test fees or travelling from school to school,” he said.

“This practice is discriminatory and violates the provisions of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Number 20 of 2013 Section 563) and the Education Act Sections (4) 1) and 4) (2) (b).

“In response to these representations, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education produced the Secretary’s Circular Minute Number 13 of 2015 which provided guidelines on enrolment into Form 1. Enrolment of learners into Form 1 shall be based on Grade 7 results and shall be conducted on a specific date each year across the country,” the statement said.
He added that parents and pupils were advised to identify and approach a school of their choice for Form 1 on the enrolment date.

“Heads of secondary schools should advise their District Education Officers within two days of the enrolment date of any shortfalls in Form 1 enrolment to facilitate advice to parents and pupils accordingly.

“Provincial Education Directors, District Education Officers, Heads of Secondary schools, Responsible Authorities, Church Education Secretaries, Teachers Associations, and Trust Schools must respect the letter and spirit of these guidelines,” said Cde Dokora.


Zimbabwe’s government is again scouting for an investor to revive Ziscosteel — once Africa’s largest steelworks — finance minister Patrick Chinamasa revealed on Thursday, confirming the collapse of a deal with India’s Essar group.

Presenting the country’s 2016 budget in Harare, Chinamasa said the government would take over Zisco’s estimated $700 million debt in a bid to entice another investor, after a deal with India’s Essar signed in 2010 failed to be consummated.

Chinamasa added that all Zisco’s employees would have their contracts terminated on three months’ notice, with effect from December 1 2015.

Essar beat off several rivals, including ArcelorMittal and Jindal Steel, to land the tender to take over Zisco, with its conquest being celebrated at an elaborate 2011 event attended by President Robert Mugabe and his then power-sharing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

The deal soon ran into trouble over the iron ore mineral rights that had been written in, but which hard-line elements in Mugabe’s government found unpalatable.


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has granted Air Zimbabwe immunity from attachment and execution of its properties following the signing of a law temporarily shutting the door on the seizure of its assets until July 2018. President Mugabe recently signed into law amendments to the Air Zimbabwe Corporation (Repeal) Act by extending the provisions of the State Liabilities Act to give the airline breathing space against creditors for nearly three years.

The move is aimed at allowing the parastatal to repay its creditors without the threat of losing its key equipment, including planes.

“New section inserted in Act No. 4 of 1998 (1) The Air Zimbabwe Corporation (Repeal) Act No4 of 1998 is amended by the insertion of the following section after section 9-9A Legal proceedings against Corporation successor companies: The State Liabilities Act Chapter (22:13) applies with necessary changes to legal proceedings against the following successor companies to the corporation – (a) Air Zimbabwe (Private) Limited; and (b) Air Zimbabwe Holdings (Private) Limited.’ (2) Subject to subsection (3), the amendment effected by subsection (1) applies to all legal proceedings against the successor companies specified in section 9A of the Air Zimbabwe Corporation (Repeal) Act (No4 of 1998 which were commenced or completed before the date of commencement of this Act. (3) Section 9A of the Air Zimbabwe Corporation (Repeal) Act (No 4 of 1998) shall be deemed to be repealed on the 31st July, 2018,” reads part of the amended law.
The national carrier needs about $1 billion to recapitalise.
Some of its problems have been blamed on corruption and mismanagement. According to a transport parliamentary committee report, Air Zimbabwe was facing operational challenges arising from a number of reasons ranging from high operating costs, low load factors, debt overhang, and lack of “clear-cut separation of powers” between management, board and the Ministry of Transport.
Serious under capitalisation, past regulatory environment, untimely implementation of turn-around strategies, and unsettled labour disputes were also cited. “The airline’s top five creditors are ENNA, ASECNA, CATIC, Aero Industrial Sales and American General Supplies. The committee was informed that creditors are always threatening to cut their services if the airline does not pay,” said the parliamentary committee.
“The airline had experienced an exodus of critical manpower such as pilots, engineers and flight dispatchers. “Loss of skilled manpower is as a result of the Airline’s inability to match competitive remuneration packages offered within and outside the region. “The Committee was told that if this trend continues unabated the airline runs the risk of being unable to deliver service to its clients.”


ational budget live updates by Newsday
16:14: Government threatens to cancel licenses of insurance companies for low uptake of prescribed assets.

16:13: Short term insurers for core capital to increase to $2,5 million from 1,5 million by December 2016.
16:12: The Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has raised minimum capital requirements for insurance companies.
16:07: Infrastructure bond on state schools and universities to be floated.
16:06: $2 million for performance audits in the Auditor General’s office…reform account unit to be established to monitor public entities and analyse financial statements.
16:00 Efforts to mobilise $1,9 billion for railway is still underway.
15:57: Victoria Falls $150 million project will be commissioned and has the capacity to accommodate 1,2 million people per year.
15:54: 20 independent power producers are licensed to date and have been given non financial guarantees.
15:54: ZETDC debtors stood at 1 billion  as at September 30
15:47: 274 hectares of land has been given to tourism for development. Government is set to finalise the Diasdpora policy in 2016 to improve remittances.
15: 42: New indigenization framework to be gazetted before Christmas in a matter that promotes investment.
15: 39: Amendments to Mines Act already approved by government but not yet gazetted.
15:38: Hwange management should address issues to do with the increase of coal production after acquiring machinery.
15:35: Government licensed 12 companies to export chrome ore which is in excess of their smelting capacity.
15:33: RBZ acquired polishing equipment from India to beneficiate diamonds.
15:33 24 tonnes of gold in 2016 up from 18 tonnes in 2015.
15:33 Zimbabwe Diamond Mining Company will be the name of the consolidated diamond mines.
15:32:Negotiations for 60 million dollars for concessionary loans finance small scale farmers are underway…to be concluded in December.
15:26:Targeting 11,000 hectares of irrigable land.
15:26: Another 30 million dollars to come to Brazil from agriculture.
15:23 Mugabe is napping during Chinamasa ‘s budget presentation.
15:22:  Fiscal incentives on horticulture targeting 240 tonnes, 25 million for soya beans.
15:22: Treasury commits to free cotton inputs for the next three seasons to boost output.
15:18: Government has cleared all arrears to farmers for maize grain deliveries.
15:16: Ministry of Health allocation falls short of the Abuja Declaration.
15:14:Projected revenue of 3,85 billion dollars
15:13: Employment cost 3,191 billion dollars.
15:13 Chinamasa announces 4 billion dollar budget.
15:09: Budget deficit as at September was $527 million dollars funded through domestic borrowing which crowds out private sector investment.
15:08 Recurrent expenditure at 93 %, capital expenditure was 6%, this is unsustainable says Chinamasa.
15:07 The bulk of public debt relates to treasury bills and the assumption of the RBZ debt.
15:05 Imports seen at US6,2 billion dollars next year from US6,3 billion dollars bthis year.
15:05 Public debt stands at 8,36 billion as at September.
15:04 Exports to grow from 3,7 billion from 3,4 billion in 2015
15:04 Negative inflation expected in 2016
15:02: Agriculture  underperformed at -2,3%
15:01: Zimbabwe’s  economy grew by 1,5% in 2016  driven by tourism and construction. The economy is expected to grow by 2,7% in 2016.
15:00: Mineral process  to remain depressed in 2016.
15:00 Sub-saharan projects to grow by 3,8% from initial projection of 4,4%.
14:59: Chinamasa says financial support is expected from World Bank , IMF and other development partners
14:58: IFIs have accelerated engagement with the private sector.
14:55: The National Budget’s thrust is to consolidate a  platform to unlock fresh capital
14:55: Chinamasa acknowledges stakeholder support and  President Robert Mugabe ‘s support in particular.
14:50: Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa takes to the podium and begins introductions.
14:49: President Robert Mugabe arrives in Parliament for the 2016 National Budget Presentation
14:22: Lawmakers have taken their seats as they await the presenation of the Zimbabwe 2016 Budget.


China has become the largest foreign investor in Zimbabwe after the emerging Asian giant poured more than $200 million into the country in 2014, latest figures show.

This comes as the southern African country attracted a total of $545 million last year in foreign direct investments — a 36 percent surge from $400 million registered in 2013 — according to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report on Zimbabwe.

Industry minister Mike Bimha yesterday told delegates attending the ongoing Zimbabwe-China Business Conference in the capital that China was looking at surpassing the $200 million figure this year.

"China is now our biggest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) with a total sum of $238 874 520 having been invested in 2014 in agriculture,
construction, manufacturing, services, transport and tourism sectors" Bimha said.

"As we speak right now, it is no secret that the majority of investment delegations that came into Zimbabwe were from China. We project that last year's figure may very likely be overtaken by the amount of investment the Chinese are bringing in this year," he added.

Some of the Chinese companies at the conference included Sinosteel Corporation, currently negotiating for investments in the ferrochrome sector, China Hi-Tech Corporation, negotiating in the textiles sector and China Volant Industry, also in ferrochrome negotiations and others.

Speaking at the same event, Investment Promotion minister Obert Mpofu said the move by both countries to broker private sector deals was a sign that trade figures between the two countries were going to surge.

"Most of Zimbabwe's FDI comes from China after the Look East Policy, however, after recommendations from our One Stop Investment Centre Committee we are looking at ensuring that the investment terrain is smooth for all investors," he said.

This comes as United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Executive Secretary Carlos Lopez said African leaders had to confront the reality that Chinese investment in Africa was not enough for the "mineral sacrifices" it was warranting.

The hard-pressed southern African nation last year brokered infrastructure and platinum deals with China and Russia respectively, but government has come under fire from various quarters as the deals are yet to materialise.

China's investments abroad are massive, amounting to $870 billion at the end of last year, according to data released by the Heritage Foundation, an American research institute. The United States leads the way, having received a little more than $72 billion.
Of the total, China pledged investments of $20 billion to Africa with countries like Chad and Niger now owing to China about 15 times what they receive from the International Monetary Fund.

However, Mpofu told delegates that Zimbabwe was in the process of tapping into China's massive FDI policy through investment law reform.

"China certainly can do more, but at the moment as a ministry we are working towards ensuring that investment processes in the country are smooth so that more investment comes," he said.'China now Zim's largest investor'


Supporters of Kuwadzana legislator Nelson Chamisa say his rivals in the MDC are allegedly ratcheting up the pressure to get him isolated and banished from the party.

One of his allies who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said the latest indication that there was a campaign against Chamisa came at a recent meeting at the MDC’s Harare headquarters, Harvest House, where his opponents had allegedly attacked him and accused him of attempting to illegally wrest power from former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

The insider also claimed that there was growing anger within the MDC about the party’s mooted coalition with the People First movement while it was seemingly unwilling “to take bold risks” to oust Zanu PF from power.

Another source claimed that the party’s vice president, Thokozani Khupe, had allegedly teamed up with secretary general Douglas Mwonzora, deputy national chairperson Morgen Komichi and national organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe “to thwart any chances of Chamisa leading the party” by  portraying him as an impediment to the mooted coalition with People First.

But Khupe downplayed the rift between her and Chamisa when the Daily News contacted her yesterday.

“Leaders were elected at congress. Chamisa contested and lost to (Douglas) Mwonzora, but we appointed him to the national executive. So, why would we want him out now?” she asked rhetorically.

“It does not make sense, does it?  We talk a lot with Chamisa, even in Parliament. As the vice president of the party, I talk to all party members so we have a cordial relationship,” Khupe added.

Tsvangirai’ current mandate runs until 2018 and the MDC leader has not stifled leadership renewal debates within the party, but has instead called for internal discourse within party structures and not through the media.

The Daily News has also been told, including by people close to Chamisa,  that Tsvangirai has consistently rebuffed calls to either haul over the coals or expel the Kuwadzana legislator.

Another source claimed that the party’s vice president, Thokozani Khupe, had allegedly teamed up with secretary general Douglas Mwonzora, deputy national chairperson Morgen Komichi and national organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe “to thwart any chances of Chamisa leading the party” by  portraying him as an impediment to the mooted coalition with People First.

But Khupe downplayed the rift between her and Chamisa when the Daily News contacted her yesterday.

“Leaders were elected at congress. Chamisa contested and lost to (Douglas) Mwonzora, but we appointed him to the national executive. So, why would we want him out now?” she asked rhetorically.

“It does not make sense, does it?  We talk a lot with Chamisa, even in Parliament. As the vice president of the party, I talk to all party members so we have a cordial relationship,” Khupe added.

Tsvangirai’s current mandate runs until 2018 and the MDC leader has not stifled leadership renewal debates within the party, but has instead called for internal discourse within party structures and not through the media.

The Daily News has also been told, including by people close to Chamisa,  that Tsvangirai has consistently rebuffed calls to either haul over the coals or expel the Kuwadzana legislator.


THE ruling ZANU-PF party is neck-deep in the throes of financial woes, resulting in failure to pay scores of its employees for the last six months.

So thin is the party’s financial base that it has been forced to dismiss some of its workers without paying them any exit packages. As the tightening economic situation sinks its teeth deep into the revolutionary party, workers have been rendered vulnerable.

Most of them are now surviving on the goodwill of well-wishers, while others have turned to moonlighting. Investments that were ideally meant to feed income into party coffers are also in a crisis of their own while some have all together collapsed.

These investments have thus been unable to remit neither dividends nor income to their shareholders.  Among ZANU-PF owned companies on the verge of collapse is Jongwe Printers, which has not paid its employees for a whole year.

Workers at the party’s internal publication, The People’s Voice — a direct offshoot of Jongwe Printers — have also not been paid for six months.  Party spokesman, Simon Khaya-Moyo, was evasive on the issue, after being contacted for comment.

At first, his reply was: “Do you want to pay them? Who told you that and what are they trying to achieve.”

When it was put to him that the workers themselves had alerted this paper, he calmed down and said: “On such issues, I can comment only when I get official correspondence from the secretary for administration.”

At some point, companies owned by the ruling party were the subject of an internal investigation.  This was after it had been felt that mismanagement and other corporate ills were contributing to their poor performance.

The investigation resulted in the production of a controversial report, whose recommendations were never taken up after the document fuelled tensions among ZANU-PF factions.
Workers at ZANU-PF headquarters in Harare confirmed this week that they last received their salaries in April.

“It is true that we have not been paid for six months now, but I cannot talk to you further than this. As workers we are under strict orders not to talk to the media,” one employee said.
Even in the provinces, workers there have also not been receiving their salaries.
ZANU-PF is funded from many sources.

It is principally funded from donations, membership fees and subscriptions.
The party also gets a share of State funding availed through the Political Parties Finance Act.

In July, the party received US$2,3 million of the US$3 million provided for under the Act, following its overwhelming victory in the 2013 polls.

Another source of funding for the party has been dividends from its cluster of companies in which it is invested, most of which are facing collapse owing to the economic crisis in the country.

Party insiders said the purges that rattled the party late last year, going into this year, did not help matters as ZANU-PF was left with a disfigured frame and shattered structures from whose membership it could not collect any meaningful subscriptions.

As it is, the party is struggling to raise funds for its annual conference set for Victoria Falls in two weeks’ time.

While the party has extended a begging bowl to the distressed corporate sector and hosted a dinner to fundraise for the conference, it has still fallen far short of what it requires to host the conference.

The dinner raised less than half of the US$2 million it expected. But, while the party faces problems internally and nationally, there are accusations that those in the corridors of power have been insulated from the crisis.

Ironically, Politburo members reportedly get huge sitting allowances whenever the party’s highest decision-making body meets, as they did yesterday, to deliberate on party issues.

According to the ZANU-PF constitution, the Politburo meets at least once per month, but they have been meeting more frequently over the last few months as preparations for the annual conference gather momentum.

ZANU-PF secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo, under whose department the party’s secretariat falls, was unreachable as well as his deputy, July Moyo. financial gazette


FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru has reportedly approved a proposed People First (PF) project constitution, setting in motion plans to launch the party, which has been on the cards for several months now.

NewsDay is reliably informed Mujuru appended her signature as leader of the new opposition party last Tuesday, paving way for a massive recruitment exercise, whose epicentre, sources said, was the Zanu PF political hotbed of Mashonaland East province.

PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo confirmed that the document was with Mujuru, although he was unsure whether she had signed it.
“I am not sure about signing. As far as I know, it has not been signed, but we have generally agreed that it is a good document. We are still consulting with our sympathisers and supporters,” he said. “We need them to give input before the final document, but so far we are happy with what we have.”

It is expected that the party’s constitution will be founded on Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage for Development (Build), a policy document Mujuru publicised about two months ago. Mujuru has for several months kept people guessing on her next political move, making subtle hints she was on the verge of forming a party, although she has been publicly coy.

On Tuesday, she issued a statement berating President Robert Mugabe for continuously accusing her of plotting to kill him, yet he was yet to present evidence to back his claims.
In forming her party, Mujuru has the support of Gumbo, former Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and former ministers Dzikamai Mavhaire and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti.

They are among a number of several Zanu PF members who were axed from the party on allegations of plotting to oust Mugabe and fanning factionalism. Sources claim PF has undertaken an intensive recruitment drive across the country’s provinces, targeting disgruntled Zanu PF and MDC-T activists in the process.

“They are on a massive recruitment drive and are attracting former MDC-T and Zanu PF activists, who have been dumped or are disillusioned. Zanu PF is aware of this and that is why you have (First Lady) Grace (Mugabe) panicking,” an insider said.

Last week, Grace called on Zanu PF youths to be vigilant and watch former Marondera Central MP Ray Kaukonde’s activities in Mashonaland East closely. She claimed the former Zanu PF provincial chairman and Gumbo were giving youths, some as young as 15 years old, cash to be part of their project ahead of the 2018 elections.

Gumbo said Grace’s accusations should be dismissed with the contempt they deserved.

“We are no longer members of Zanu PF, why should she be worried about how we conduct ourselves?” he asked.

“We are organising and getting ideas from people. We believe that any transformation will have to come from the people.We do not believe in the Zanu PF thinking of one centre of power. It is a feudalistic, primitive and monarchical understanding that does not have a place in modern societies.”


TWO Beitbridge men were yesterday each jailed for an effective six years for breaking into a police detective’s house, handcuffing and assaulting him before stealing property worth $1,412.

Simon Machato, 24, and Lovemore Taurai Sam Ruvengo, 32, all of Dulibadzimu suburb, were convicted on their own plea of guilty when they appeared before magistrate Innocent Bepura charged with two counts of robbery.

Their third accomplice Russell Tanaka Wamiridza, 23, who also resides in the same suburb, is expected to stand trial today after he denied the charges. Machato and Ruvengo where slapped with five and one year imprisonment sentences for the two counts of robbery respectively.

Prosecuting, Llyod Mupfungidza said on October 7 this year, their victim Detective Nothani Nyoni retired to bed after he secured his premises by locking the main gate and closing windows and locking all doors to his house in the New Medium density suburb.

He said at around 1AM on October 8, Machato and his two accomplices broke into the premises after creating a hole in the security fence.

The court further heard that when the trio got into the yard, they smashed a window to the kitchen and gained entry. They then sprayed Nyoni, who had been awoken by the noise of breaking glass, with pepper spray.

He said they then dragged him to his bedroom where they handcuffed him from behind using his handcuffs they found in his wardrobe.

Machato and Ruvengo then assaulted the detectives while Wamiridza stood guard outside.
They then took away property including a television set, five cell phones, a laptop and digital video player. The property was worth $1,374.

The duo later proceeded to a room where the house maid was sleeping and took away a cell phone worth $38 after threatening to beat up the woman if she screamed to alert people.
They then disappeared into the darkness but were arrested two days later. All the property was recovered.