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, 25 November 2020

MAN WHIPS STEPSON TO DEATH, SECRETLY BURIES HIM

 A LUPANE man allegedly whipped his 18-month-old stepson to death and connived with the boy’s mother to conceal the death by secretly burying the body in an anthill.

Saviours Ncube (22) and his wife Siphethangani Moyo (20) were staying together as husband and wife in Mafa Village under Chief Mabhikwa. Moyo had the child from her previous marriage.

It is not yet clear why Ncube beat up the infant leading to the heinous crime a fortnight ago.  

After burying the body, Ncube and Moyo fled from their homestead and have been staying in Insuza in neighbouring Umguza District where they were arrested on Monday.

The arrest came after an unidentified person, who Moyo had confided in about the crime, tipped the police. Ncube and his wife have been jointly charged with murder.

They were not asked to plead to the charge when they briefly appeared for initial remand before Lupane Resident magistrate Mr Ndumo Masuku.

The magistrate remanded the couple in custody to December 9 and advised them to approach the High Court if they want to apply for bail.

Prosecuting, Mr Clive Gumbo said Ncube beat up the infant on November 12 causing his death the following day.

“On 12 November and at the accused persons’ homestead, Ncube assaulted his stepson Tawanda Madombiro with a switch several times all over the body. Tawanda died the following day around 9am in the morning,” said Mr Gumbo.

The court was told that instead of reporting the issue to the police or informing family or neighbours about the death as is the norm, the couple kept the body at the homestead until 7pm when they allegedly buried it.

Ncube and his wife allegedly put the boy’s body in a sack and proceeded to a nearby anthill. The couple allegedly fled from the homestead and went to Insuza although it was not stated who they were staying with.

According to police, Moyo confided to a hairdresser while doing her hair in Insuza and the unidentified informer tipped police, leading to the couple’s arrest. Chronicle

HOW I CONVINCED MUGABE TO GO : SPEAKER

SPEAKER of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda has, for the first time, revealed how he managed to convince late former president Cde Robert Mugabe to tender his resignation, allowing him to leave office with “some form of remaining dignity”.

Cde Mugabe resigned from office on November 21, 2017 following a week of unrelenting calls from the public and his own party, Zanu-PF, to step down after 37 years of leading the country.

When Cde Mugabe tendered his resignation via a letter read to Parliament by Adv Mudenda, the process of impeachment had already begun during a joint sitting of both the Senate and the National Assembly at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

It was during the debate that Adv Mudenda received the late former President’s resignation letter which had been brought by then Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Happyton Bonyongwe.

Adv Mudenda, who was speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting of media practitioners and the civil society organisations in Bulawayo on Tuesday, said he phoned Cde Mugabe and told him in no uncertain terms that he risked suffering the ignominy of being impeached in the event that he failed to heed his advice.

“I was in conversation with the President (Mugabe) and advised him that ‘why don’t you resign and stop this impeachment because you will not win it’. We spoke over the phone because I did not want him to suffer the consequences of impeachment where he was going to appear before a Parliamentary committee to answer to charges; he could not have escaped,” he said.

“Out of respect, I told him not to allow himself to be humiliated through that. I said do not allow yourself to go through this damming process of impeachment. He said ‘I will come back to you’ and it was around 1.05PM.

“I think he consulted his lawyers and he phoned back and said ‘Honourable Speaker, I agree with you and I am going to write a letter and it will be delivered where the impeachment process is taking place’.”

Adv Mudenda said reading Mugabe’s letter, which had his signature, marked an end to the impeachment process.

“I never doubted his signature because I knew it very well. I read the letter and that killed the impeachment process and the President was free to receive all his benefits and those of the First Family. Unfortunately, he had fallen ill and he battled that cancer, but couldn’t conquer it,” he said.

The motion to impeach Cde Mugabe was moved by Senator Monica Mutsvangwa (Zanu-PF) and seconded by Mabvuku-Tafara MP Mr James Maridadi (MDC-T).

Cde Mugabe stood accused of serious misconduct and abrogating his constitutional mandate to his wife who was making utterances on business of Government and accessing classified information without constitutional authority.

The announcement was followed by jubilation among legislators and members of the public that had come to witness the impeachment proceedings at the HICC. The joint sitting of the houses of Parliament had been convened to discuss the President’s impeachment after he had initially failed to resign, as directed by the Zanu-PF Central Committee.

Adv Mudenda said the former First Lady, Grace Mugabe, had usurped the powers of the President in breach of the Constitution and going to the extent of summoning Vice Presidents to give them instructions.

“It is not a secret that Grace Mugabe had turned into a de facto leader of Zimbabwe. She said it herself during one her rallies that ‘every morning I summon the two Vice-Presidents and they would bring notebooks and I tell them what to do’. Where have you found that in the world where a Frist Lady does that?

“President Mugabe was now very old and his wife was now running the affairs of this country and it was unconstitutional. The constitution does not allow a first lady to be prominent in the rule of the country,” said Adv Mudenda.

Adv Mudenda said there was also a mistaken view in the public domain that he should have stopped the recent recalling of expelled MDC-T MPs, adding that as Speaker of Parliament he had no right to go into the merits and demerits of the matter.

The MDC-T led by Dr Thokozani Khupe recalled 21 legislators including eight senators it nominated to fill seats won by the umbrella MDC-Alliance, which it sees as an electoral pact. Chronicle

RUSHWAYA FIGHTS TO KEEP ZMF TOP POST FROM JAIL

Suspended Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) president Henrietta Rushwaya is battling from her prison cell to keep her position with her legal team from Mthombeni Legal Practitioners managing to stop a special general council meeting set for Tuesday, which could have sealed her fate at the association.

Rushwaya was arrested at Robert Mugabe International Airport late last month with 6kg gold in her hand baggage and now faces charges of smuggling and bribery.

The ZMF management board, which consists of members of the national executive, the council and regional representatives convened soon after her arrest and announced her suspension, pending finalisation of her case.

The association’s vice president, Mr Marufu Sithole, was named the acting president. ZMF on Tuesday then convened another meeting in Gweru where it reportedly intended to pass a vote of no confidence in her, and so open the post for a new election.

The meeting — according to some insiders — was forced to change the agenda after Rushwaya filed an urgent application seeking to bar the meeting.

ZMF spokesperson, Mr Desmond Mangisi, confirmed that Rushwaya’s team, which is contesting her suspension, had filed an application seeking to stop the meeting.

Mr Mangisi however, denied reports that the Gweru meeting was supposed to decide Rushwaya’s fate, but was convened to deliberate on the agenda of the association’s annual general meeting.

“There have been reports that the meeting was convened to discuss the fate of our suspended president, Ms Rushwaya, which is not true. Ms Rushwaya remains suspended,” he said.

“The suspension was above board so we had no business discussing her. The association, however, cannot fail to move on because she is in remand  prison” ZMF secretary-general, Mr Morgan Mugawu said there was an error in the manner the special meeting was announced, prompting some people in Rushwaya’s camp to believe that the Gweru meeting was convened to deliberate on her fate.

“I think the term special congress misled people and there have been rumours. This was a preparatory meeting to come up with our AGM date and its agenda and nothing else,” he said. Herald

CHIVAYO TRIAL TO START IN JANUARY

THE trial of businessman Wicknell Chivayo, his company Intratek and former Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) chairman Stanley Kazhanje on bribery charges has been set for next year.

Harare regional magistrate Mr Ngoni Nduna said the trial will be conducted over three days, starting on January 18, 2020.

The matter was supposed to kick-off yesterday, but Kazhanje’s lawyer Mr Garikayi Mhishi applied for a postponement after Advocate Sylvester Hashiti whom he had instructed to handle the matter renounced agency.

Mr Mhishi indicated that they needed time to brief another advocate who will be handling the matter, hence the need to defer the case.

It is alleged that on October 22, 2015, the ZPC board held a meeting where Kazhanje allegedly directed management to proceed in signing a contract with Intratek Zimbabwe.

The State further alleged that the following day, a contract was signed between ZPC and Intratek Zimbabwe. Chivayo, on January 21, 2016 allegedly transferred $10 000 from Intratek Zimbabwe’s bank account into Kazhanje’s personal Barclays Bank account.

It is claimed that after the payment of $10 000, Kazhanje later influenced the ZPC board to pass resolutions in favour of the accused in connection with the ZPC contract.

Mr Brian Vito appeared for the State. Herald 

MOANA RULING TO SET LEGAL PRECEDENT

The dispute over how and where Michelle “Moana” Amuli will be buried looks set to establish a legal precedent in Zimbabwe to govern how such conflicts among relatives belonging to different faiths can be resolved in the fairest possible  way.

The socialite and fitness trainer died in a car crash early this month, but her estranged father and mother desire different funeral ceremonies and different grave sites.

High Court judge Justice Pisirayi Kwenda now has to sort everything out and has made it clear that since disputes of this nature rarely spill into courts and local jurisprudence on the subject is very thin, he needs more time for a carefully thought out judgment involving important and fundamental issues for all parties.

“The judgment is not yet ready,” Justice Kwenda said. “I need more time to consider judgment. I will communicate with the lawyers when the ruling is done.”

The deceased’s father Mr Ishmael Amuli is pressing for a Muslim burial, while the mother Ms Yolander Kuvaoga wants her daughter buried under Christian rites.

Moana was burnt beyond recognition alongside Mozambican model Alisha Adams and Malawian businessman Limumba Karim in an accident, which also claimed the life of socialite Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure on November 8.

All the other victims have since been buried, while the protracted dispute over Moana’s burial rages on.

Speaking after the court proceedings, Mr Amuli’s lawyer Mr Arshiel Mugiya said they would wait for communication from the court as to when the judgment will be ready.

“Unfortunately, the judgment is not yet ready, so the judge explained that because the case is novel,” he said.

“No court has ever dealt with a dispute where a father and a mother are arguing as to how a child may be buried.”

Justice Kwenda still needed time to consider the submissions made by both parties and for him to make an informed decision which has the effect of shaping the country’s jurisprudence around this area of law.

“He has reserved judgment and he said that we will be told through his clerk as to when the judgment is ready,” he said. “We are hoping that the communication comes soon, but for now we just have to wait.”

Ms Kuvaoga, represented by lawyer Mr Jerome Madondo, last week approached the High Court on an urgent basis seeking an interim interdict to stop the burial until the finalisation of the matter.

Mr Mugiya challenged the application, arguing that the court cannot nullify a burial order that was lawfully obtained. Herald

GINIMBI'S FAMILY MEETS, ACCEPTS UNSIGNED WILL

RELATIVES of the late socialite and businessman Genius Ginimbi Kadungure and other possible beneficiaries of his estate, yesterday unanimously accepted an unsigned will recently filed at the Master of High Court which gives a friend known as “Kit Kat” a Lamborghini and places all other assets under a family trust.

The bulk of the assets including the Domboshawa mansion, cars and companies will be part of the Genius Kadungure Trust. The mansion will be converted into a hotel which operates under the said trust.

Ginimbi’s father, Mr Anderson Kadungure, according to the will, is entitled to 10 percent of funds generated in the trust while Ginimbi’s sisters Nelia and Juliet will get 60 percent and 30 percent respectively.

A Harare man claiming to be Ginimbi’s best friend, Mr Nomatter Zinyengere, last week registered the deceased’s estate and filed a will that was not signed.

Yesterday, at least 10 people including Ginimbi’s father and his two sisters, Ms Zodwa Mkandla and Zinyengere met at the Master of High Court’s office in Harare where they unanimously agreed on using the unsigned document for administration of the estate.

Sources said the unsigned will was read out to all the possible beneficiaries who agreed to using it for the administration of the estate.

To that end, the Master of High Court’s office officially accepted it and appointed Ms Patricia Darangwa as the executor in terms of the will.

Ms Darangwa is expected to file a bond of security, her letter accepting the appointment and other requirements in terms of the law to enable the issuance of formal authority to start work.

The Herald understands the will in question, though unsigned, gives the Lamborghini to Kit Kat and another vehicle to the late socialite’s uncle Mr Michael Mubaiwa.

Ms Darangwa, the executor to the estate, will then choose the trustees from a list of people that include Ginimbi’s father, two sisters and Kit Kat.

The bulk of the estate, including the businesses and Domboshava mansion and cars, are to be assigned to a trust called Genius Kadungure Trust.

The will shows that Kadungure owned the Domboshava mansion, a company called Infinity Gas, an undisclosed fleet of vehicles and several other companies.

The custodians of the unsigned will, Ranros Estate Administrators, wrote a cover letter seeking the speedy acceptance of the unsigned document as the actual last will and testament for the distribution of the estate.

They argued that some of Kadungure’s companies in Botswana had stopped operating since that country requires an estate to be reported to the authorities before operations can resume.

“The deceased died before signing his last will and testament. We are therefore kindly asking your office to urgently convene a meeting with all beneficiaries so that you can accept the will and issue the court sealed letters of administration.

“The deceased had a running business in Botswana and it stopped operations on November 9, 2020. “The laws of that country require the estate to be reported to the Master of High Court within 14 days so that operations will resume.

“The major fear of the beneficiaries is that the business partners of the deceased in Botswana might take advantage and vandalise the assets of the deceased,” reads part of the letter.

Ginimbi died on the spot on November 8 along Liberation Legacy Way in Harare when his speeding Rolls Royce collided head-on with a Honda Fit.

It veered off the road and hit a tree before catching fire. He was with two foreigners who had come for the Saturday night party of a friend Michelle Amuli.

Limumba Karim from Malawi and a Mozambican, who was only identified as Alishia and the birthday girl, Mitchelle were burnt beyond recognition after the doors of the Rolls Royce jammed on impact and it took many hours for police and the Fire Brigade to retrieve their remains from the wreckage. Herald

AIRFORCE BOSS MOURNS CRASH VICTIMS

An Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) aircraft, SF 260 Genet trainer, crashed near Dabuka Railway Siding in Gweru around 2pm on Tuesday killing instructor Squadron Leader Mkhululi Dube (37) and trainee pilot Officer Cadet Silungile Sweswe (25).

The two were on routine training from Josiah Tungamirai Airbase, Commander Air Force of Zimbabwe Air Marshal Elson Moyo said in a statement yesterday conveying his condolences to the families of two pilots.

“It was with a heavy heart and a deep sense of sorrow that I learnt of the aircraft accident that claimed the lives of our pilots. On behalf of the Air Force of Zimbabwe, officers and members, and indeed on my behalf, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of Squadron Leader Dube and Officer Cadet Sweswe,” said Air Marshal Moyo yesterday.

He said the Air Force of Zimbabwe was robbed of a proficient pilot in Squadron Leader Dube and a dedicated trainee pilot.

“While the Air Force of Zimbabwe was mourning, it is also a moment to reflect and recognise the sacrifices and dedication of the deceased pilots. The AFZ will forever cherish their commitment to excellence in training and unwavering dedication to duty,” said Air Mashal Moyo.


AFZ is investigating the accident.

“This is usually the training ground for trainee pilots and we usually gather to view their flying prowess. We were surprised when the plane started making some jerks when it was turning, and then it crashed and there was a cloud of dust. We then rushed to the scene, but we could not help,” said a witness who requested not to be named.

A team arrived at the scene about 20 minutes after the crash to investigate. Outside being a flying instructor, Squadron Leader Dube was the secretary-general of Chapungu FC.

“He joined the club as the deputy secretary-general in 2018 before he was elevated to the post of secretary-general in 2015. His experience and commitment to football administration will be solely missed by the club and the football fraternity at large,” said the statement. Herald

30 MINERS TRAPPED AS MINE SHAFT COLLAPSES

At least 30 illegal gold miners are reportedly trapped underground at Bindura Ran Mine after the shaft collapsed this afternoon.

Posting on his official Twitter platform, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Nick Mangwana said only 6 miners have so far been rescued.

“Mash Central. A tragedy has occurred at Ran Mine in Bindura town late this afternoon. “Mash Central, A tragedy has occurred at Ran Mine in Bindura town late this afternoon. A deep disused mine trench has caved in trapping several illegal gold miners. Exact number not yet established. So far 6 miners have been rescued. Details to follow but numbers could be circa 30” he posted

ANOTHER TENDER SCANDAL ROCKS HRE CITY COUNCIL

Harare City Council has awarded a tender for palisade fencing and refurbishment of Mbare Bus Terminus to a local company when the same work had already been done for free by transport operators recently and the terminus was ready to open.

The tender has already been condemned by Harare Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC) Mr Tafadzwa Muguti and Harare Mayor Councillor Jacob Mafume, suggesting it is some sort of backdoor deal.

The council tender delayed the reopening of the bus terminus despite completion of the work to the standards agreed between the council and the donors and it is assumed the delay was meant to allow the company in question to do some work and justify the tender awarded to it.

Mr Muguti yesterday rubbished the latest deal and ordered the immediate re-opening of the bus terminus while he examines the contracts to see how such a tender could be awarded and by whom.

And Mayor Mafume yesterday said that any such tender was illegal.

“That will be an unprocedural tender and we as council, are not privy to it. What I know is we have an agreement with the transport operators for the Mbare terminus works and anything outside that is illegal,” he said before he was arrested on corruption charges.

It is understood that the tender was awarded to a company owned by a person only identified as Zhakata, who has no track record of reputable construction works and is suspected of being the same person awarded a 23-year lease for personal use of Harava Dam at the expense of the residents.

The Zimbabwe Passenger Transport Organisation (ZPTO) in the middle of this year offered to assist the city council through fencing and refurbishing the biggest bus terminus in the country, a donation worth more than US$85 000, so they could resume services as the lockdown eased in a safe and secure environment.

True to the organisation’s word, palisade fence was erected at the terminus and two boreholes were drilled to ensure there is running water to wash hands in line with public health requirements.

A storeroom for chemicals and sanitisers was built and facilities for sanitisation of people and fumigation of buses were put in place in line with Government’s fight against Covid-19.

However, The Herald has learnt that a local company was in October awarded a tender to do the same work for a yet to be disclosed figure.

Mr Muguti said there was absolutely no grounds for a tender for the same work already done by the transport operators.

“The bus operators are assisting in upgrading Mbare bus terminus in line with a donation made in July this year.

“Fencing was done and a great deal of work was also done. Recently I toured the rank together with the minister and I was directed to re-open the terminus upon satisfaction that the work had been done.

“However, in October council issued a tender for palisade fence and refurbishment of shades when the work had already been done. Surprisingly, we hear that council’s department that received the donation, was the one that awarded the tender to the company,” he said.

He added: “I have since requested copies of the tender documents from the relevant council department.”

ZPTO chairman Mr Samson Nanhanga demanded the re-opening of the terminus saying the upgrade had been done to the set standards.

“We worked with council specifications in upgrading the bus terminus but we failed to understand why council was not re-opening the terminus.

“Everything is now in place and we demand the re-opening of the market with immediate effect,” he said.

According to Mr Muguti, the terminus must re-open as soon as possible on condition that all the Covid-19 specifications are observed.

There must be social distancing and buses must be fumigated when entering the terminus, he said adding that sanitisation must be done and all the vagrants who were living in the shades must be evicted.

Touts and space barons, Mr Muguti said, have no place at the newly refurbished bus terminus.

Mr Muguti, Cllr Jacob Mafume, council officials and bus operators toured the terminus to assess the infrastructural development and even saw a demonstration of how buses will be fumigated and how passengers will be sanitised when boarding buses.

Touring the renovation works being done by ZPTO, Mr Muguti said there should be massive control and a limited access of people getting into the terminus.

He applauded ZPTO for doing a marvellous job in renovating Mbare Musika and urged them to work closely with council and the police to make sure that the place is well secured and maintained. Herald

HRE TO BLACKLIST DEFAULTERS

HARARE City Council (HCC) plans to blacklist government departments and residents who are not paying their rates on time, the Daily News reports.

This comes as HCC is owed $2 273 738 420, with industrial and commercial clients sitting on a huge debt of $1 255 828 875 while the government owes $63 643 469.

The local authority claims its failure to adequately provide service delivery to residents is due to this delinquent behaviour by ratepayers.

At the moment, Harare residents are up in arms with the council as most parts of the capital have gone for weeks and months without running water.

Refuse collection is non-existent in most suburbs while sewage streams have become a common sight on the streets.

“The debt has stalled service delivery prompting council to blacklist defaulters. Council is struggling to provide services such as refuse and water because only 25 percent of ratepayers are paying.” HCC said in a social media post yesterday.

HCC finance committee chairperson councillor Tichaona Mhetu highlighted the issue when he presented the 2021 budget proposal last week.

Mhetu said council should execute an effective debt recovery plan by forming an alliance with Zesa Holdings for an effective debt collection exercise.

“On blacklisting delinquent customers, engagements with a Financial Clearing Bureau are on course and this will bring immediate results through access to debtors’ database hence there is need to expedite this process.

“Increasing payment platforms and revenue collection points is important to bring convenience to customers. Given that the existing General Valuation Roll (GVR) is outdated, council should have a GVR in place by December 2021 to capture the true value of properties commensurate with each property,” he added.

“The council has also proposed that the government take over the legacy debt of the water treatment chemicals and electricity so that they can funnel the money they receive from tariffs towards making water operations sustainable,” Mhetu said. Daily News

DIEGO MARADONA DIES


The football world is in mourning following the tragic news that Diego Maradona, one of the sport’s legendary players, has died at the age of 60.

Regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time, Maradona was also one of the game’s most colourful characters. He died from a heart attack less than a month after turning 60.

The Argentinian football legend died at home, his lawyer said, just three weeks after having surgery on a blood clot in his brain. 

Maradona won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, having knocked England out of the tournament in a match which saw him score the infamous 'Hand of God' goal and another - widely considered to be one of the greatest goals of all time.

Argentina's president Alberto Fernandez decreed three days of mourning following Maradona's death.  

'You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all,' the Argentine leader tweeted. 'Thanks for having existed, Diego. We will miss you for a lifetime.' 

The footballer's family have yet to make any formal comment. Nine ambulances were sent to his house at around midday on Wednesday in the exclusive gated residential neighbourhood of San Andres north of Buenos Aires where Maradona went to live after leaving hospital. 

Local reports said one of the nurses caring for him had raised the alarm after discovering he had suffered a suspected heart attack. None of the paramedics who rushed to the house were able to do anything to save him. 

Argentina's former manager Cesar Luis Menotti said: 'I'm devastated. I can't believe it. I'm absolutely gutted. There's no more I can say at this moment. 

'I thought at first the news of his death was fake news but obviously it's what happened. It's terrible and a tragic surprise because measures had been taken to make sure he was being looked after.'



 

GOCHE ACQUITTED OF STOCKTHEFT

FORMER Cabinet minister Nicholas Goche, who was facing a stocktheft charge, was yesterday acquitted by Bindura magistrate Tinashe Ndokera.

Goche (79) was being accused of stealing 18 steers valued at $18 000. The State alleged that on November 13 2018, Goche sold 40 beasts to Honest Mupanedengu of Series Farm in Shamva.

Mupanedengu paid for the cattle through a bank transfer and collected 22 steers, leaving behind 18 steers.

On an unknown date last year, Goche allegedly disposed of the 18 steers without Mupanedengu’s consent.

When Mupanedengu approached Goche to collect the remaining beasts, the ex-minister indicated that he had sold them.

Carol Mupazviriwo represented the State. Newsday