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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Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Newly appointed ZANU PF national political commissar, Rt Lt General Engelbert Rugeje has sent shivers down people's spines after he warned supporters gathered at Mawungwa Business Centre in Gutu to be mindful of the violence unleashed onto the country after his party lost the 2008 general elections to MDC T.

He said people should always remember 2008 as the country hurtles towards the 2018 general elections expected within the next seven months.

Hundreds of people were  maimed in torture camps in Masvingo, women raped and scores of people killed in the worst election violence ever experienced in the province.
Ironically just 200 metres from where Rugeje addressed last week's meeting was a torture base where civil servants including teachers were subjected to all forms of punishment and humiliation and the wounds are still fresh.

Rugeje who declared that Zanu PF will rule Zimbabwe "kusvika madhongi amera nyanga" (until forever) also reminded supporters of the way former President Mugabe was removed from power last November.

People at the rally also attended by The Mirror said although Rugeje called for unity and peace, his warnings on 2008 had a chilling effect as some lost family members at the time.
Rugeje was speaking at an event to celebrate the return of Pupurai Togarepi, the national youth secretary deposed at the height of Lacoste and G40 fights within Zanu PF. The event was attended by Zanu PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke, Masvingo provincial chairman Ezra Chadzamira, Harare youth chairman Godfrey Gomwe and other high ranking party officials.
Togarepi comes from Gutu South and is believed to be eyeing former Minister of State for Masvingo, Paul Chimedza's Parliamentary seat.

Rugeje said he came to Masvingo in 2008 when things were bad and he corrected the situation. Rugeje who was a serving member of the Zimbabwe National Army at the time said he again led the party's campaigns in the 2013 general elections and Zanu PF made a clean sweep of the 26 seats on the table.

"We are getting towards important elections this year. I came here in 2008 when things were bad. I don't know where Masvingo had got this spirit and I came and sorted things out. I came back again in 2013 and led the campaign team and I moved around the province addressing rallies and the results were impressive and this saw the current Party president giving Masvingo the post of political commissar. I expect you to give Zanu PF all seats in Masvingo now that I am full time in politics," said Rugeje.

Political commentator Dr Fidelis Duri, described Rugeje`s speech as tragic as it did not augur well for the country's new political dispensation that seeks to restore international confidence and attract investment to the country's ailing economy.

He said the speech gives credence to views held by sceptics that Zimbabwe is indeed under military rule and there will be no free and fair elections in the country this year.

"Rugeje's threats are unfortunate, in terms of foreign policy and President Mnangagwa's appeal to local and foreign investors for investments. Reengagement requires guarantees of a safe and secure economic and political environment," said Dr Duri.

MDC Alliance spokesperson Professor Welshman Ncube said the group has carried out two coups in a space of 10 years and they don't change.

"You must understand that Rugeje was the one assigned to commit murder and torture in Masvingo min 2008 and these are the same people who carried out a coup against Tsvangirai in 2008. It only shows the nature of Zanu PF where a leopard never changes its spots," said Ncube.

NPP spokesperson Jeffreyson Chitando said Rugeje should not behave in such a manner as his own relatives can also be caught in between the violence. Masvingo Mirror


An elder and deacon with one of the largest indigenous churches in Mucheke in Masvingo is in trouble after she inadvertently sent several of her nude pictures to the church whatsapp group.

Church leaders approached by The Mirror confirmed the incident but pleaded with the reporter not to mention the church's name as this could damage its reputation. One of the sources said Mai Munemo who goes to the church in Sisk has since been demoted as a deacon.

Mai Munemo confirmed the incident when called by The Mirror for a comment but blamed a neighbour's child for the mishap. She said her neighbour's child plays games on the phone each time she takes the gadget for charging. She said the child must have sent the pictures by mistake.

However what pokes holes into her explanation is that it was not just one picture but three of them where she exposed her private parts. In the first two pictures, she takes photographs of her bottom part with legs wide open and in the third she has a picture of her breasts and face.

She was totally naked when the pictures which are obviously selfies were taken.
 "She is under discipline and she is no longer a deacon although she is not coming to Church. Several leaders from the Church questioned her and she just said yadeuka yadeuka, it seems she doesn't care anymore," said the source.

 "It was my neighbour's who sent them. They are my pictures and I took them for fun," said Mai Munemo who appeared shocked. Masvingo Mirror


A Harare woman allegedly used a forged Ordinary Level certificate to get employment as an insurance agent at First Mutual in 2006, a Harare court heard yesterday.

Abigail Mhizha, 45, was released on $40 bail when she appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande charged with contravening the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council Act by presenting a forged certificate to a prospective employer with intent to gain employment.

She was ordered to continue residing at her present address and not interfere with witnesses until her case is finalised. Mhizha was remanded to January 29 for trial.
The complainant is Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) represented by assistant security officer Lee Banda.

On October 26 2006, Mhizha allegedly submitted an “O” Level certificate number Z1173-354 to First Mutual Holdings Limited to secure employment as an insurance agent.
The vacancy required candidates to have at least five “O” Level passes with Grade C or better. Mhizha got the job.

She reportedly worked for First Mutual for 11 years knowing that the said certificate tendered was fake.

The court heard that during Mhizha’s tenure of office, the human resources department queried the authenticity of her qualifications and asked her to resubmit her certificates.
Mhizha submitted the certificate which was in her name and it was forwarded to Zimsec for authentication.

Zimsec said Mhizha’s certificate was fake and that it belonged to Musarara Takawira who had not even passed the examinations. The case was reported to the police, leading to Mhizha’s arrest.

The forged certificate and a report from Zimsec will be produced in court as exhibits during trial. Daily News


 Zimbabwe's senior judicial officers, including judges, magistrates and prosecutors, are clamouring for higher salaries and benefits.

The call for better salaries was made by Chief Justice Luke Malaba — who is the head of the judicial system — as he opened the 2018 legal year in Harare yesterday.

Malaba said judicial officers were currently working with low inspiration as their low salaries have not been reviewed in a long time.

“The Judiciary, like all other sectors of government, was not spared from the economic challenges the country was generally facing.

“Resources were scarce and budgetary support from Treasury was at the barest minimal.
“We can only hope that there will be significant improvement in the coming financial year,” said Malaba as he gave a review of the 2017 legal year.

“The salaries of magistrates are still not commensurate with the important judicial positions they hold.

“It is accepted that low salaries cannot be a justification for lack of judicial integrity, but payment of a living wage can go a long way towards enhancing that integrity.

“Might I also add my voice to the call to review conditions of service for all members of staff in the judicial service as this would not only cushion them from financial hardships, but also boost their morale in the workplace.”

He also bemoaned the shortage of magistrates in the lower courts, saying it was the main reason behind a huge backlog of cases.

“The recruitment freeze imposed by the Treasury on all publicly funded institutions resulted in a severe shortage of manpower across all grades in the judicial service.
“There is a critical shortage of magistrates, which is threatening to paralyse operations in that court,” he said.

Malaba disclosed that the country requires a total of 250 magistrates but currently has just 191, leaving 59 vacant posts.

He called on government to allow special waiver in this field so that there could be smooth delivery of justice.

“This has resulted in the closure of courtrooms at some stations. We thus plead with Treasury to grant the Judicial Service Commission permission to
recruit magistrates to ensure that the lower courts do not go to back to the era where the backlog of cases was uncontrollable.

“The situation of scarcity of magistrates is becoming desperate. I hope the desired interventions will be made sooner rather than later,” he said.

Malaba also disclosed an odd scenario where the 191 magistrates have had to attend to clear a mammoth backlog of 171 370 cases last year. The current backlog stands at 3 714 cases.

“The backlog betrays the gravity of the problem that has beset the magistracy,” Malaba said. Daily News


Zimbabwe’s government has injected $2 million into David Whitehead to resume operations.

David Whitehead, a large textile firm that used to employ 2 500 people in Chegutu, 100km southwest of Harare, collapsed in 2011 after being placed under judicial management since 2006.

A deal had been reached with Zimbabwe Asset Management Company (Zamco) — a special purpose vehicle to buy secured bad debt from the banking sector — allowing David Whitehead to resume operations.

“We are going to make a statement jointly, myself, Zamco and workers of David Whitehead,” Chegutu West Zanu PF MP Dexter Nduna told the Daily News.

“Zamco has given $2 million to David Whitehead. The government has ploughed more than $100 million in the cotton industry and they have given $2 million to ailing David Whitehead. We are expecting the company to be reopened soon.

“The resumption of David Whitehead operations would create employment. The benefits of the reopening of this company are expected to be felt in the communities in Chegutu and Kadoma.”

David Whitehead has been under judicial management since 2006. A new investor came on board in 2008 promising to inject millions.

By the time the investor exited in 2010, the textile giant had lost more than what was injected. David Whitehead used to produce about 20 million metres of fabric per year while directly employing 2 500 workers and thousands in down and upstream industries.

Zimbabwe’s textile sector used to be one of the country’s major employers, providing jobs to about 51 000 people at its peak.

Job losses in the clothing industry between 2009 and 2012 totalled 8 752, or 65 percent after dollarisation.

The textile industry fared even worse than the clothing industry during the same period with such giants as David Whitehead, once the sector’s largest firm, Cone Textiles or Modzone, Merlin and Cotton Printers all collapsing. Zimbabwe has major competitive advantages over other textile manufacturing countries.

 These include proximity to the industry’s primary raw material cotton, in addition to skilled labour and a highly literate population. Daily News


Norton land baron Cuthbert Mupame appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with parcelling out agricultural land to prospective home seekers at Kingsdale Farm without government approval.

Mupame was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa, who remanded him out of custody on $300 bail.

According to court papers, Maparahwe Properties (Pvt) Ltd representative and director Mupame, together with his partner Brian Mafirambudzi, who is said to be at large, have been charged with contravening section 39 of the Regional, Town and Country Planning Act and fraud.

It is the State’s case that sometime in 2014, Mupame and Mafirambudzi entered into a fraudulent agreement which purported that Peter Neil had sold his farm to them, but the sale had not sailed through, so the pair could not change ownership of the farm.

The court heard the two men claimed ownership of the farm and started selling residential stands to home seekers.

It is alleged when Norton Town Council discovered the illegal stands sale, it ordered Mupame and Mafirambudzi to stop selling the subdivided land, but they continued with their alleged illegal activities, prompting council to issue a warning notice.

The State further alleged Norton Town Council then reported the matter to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, raising an issue of land sale without subdivision permit, which then led to Mupame’s arrest. Newsday


A 21-YEAR-OLD bar lady from Esigodini has been arrested for making a false rape report against her lover after her husband caught them redhanded being intimate.
Sikhanyisiwe Ncube yesterday told a court that she made the false report against her lover, Mr Eli Chisale because she feared her husband was going to assault her.
Asked why she cheated, Ncube said she had married her husband out of desperation but had found love in Mr Chisale.

“I married my child’s father because I was desperate. I wanted someone to depend on since I am an orphan but I then found love somewhere else,” she said.

Ncube and her husband have since separated and she moved in with Chisale.
She pleaded guilty to a charge of deliberately supplying false information to a public authority before Bulawayo magistrate Ms Sharon Rosemani.

The magistrate remanded Ncube in custody to tomorrow for sentence. Prosecuting Ms Loveness Ngwenya said Ncube made a false rape and assault report on August 15 last year. Chronicle


THE Alliance for the People’s Agenda (APA) has started unveiling its candidates, as the party gears for the upcoming elections, where it says it will not go into a coalition.

APA Bulawayo province, led by its chairperson, Zanele Mabhikwa, on Sunday unveiled its aspiring candidate for Magwegwe constituency, Nkosana Mnkandla, saying other candidates would be introduced on a weekly basis in their respective constituencies.

Mnkandla expressed high hopes of winning the Magwegwe seat in the upcoming elections, saying he had been conducting door-to-door campaigns.

“I would like to represent my parents, brothers, friends and sisters of this constituency in the August House,” he said.

“I have an open-door policy in my approach, and I am confident of winning the ticket to represent the constituency in Parliament.

“In that regard, I am not the fountain of all ideas, but I believe people in the area are the ones who are supposed to say what they expect in the constituency.”
MDC-T’s Anele Ndebele is the incumbent legislator.

Mabhikwa urged Magwegwe residents, particularly the youth, to take advantage of the extended biometric voter registration exercise to register to vote in the upcoming elections.

“APA will, among others, fight corruption and all the other ills that had characterised Zimbabwe under former President Robert Mugabe,” she said.

“I urge Zimbabweans to register to vote so that they can correct past ills.”
APA leader Nkosana Moyo, who is on a nationwide charm offensive, met Midlands provincial leaders early last week, Mashonaland Central (Friday), Matabeleland South (Saturday), Magwegwe and Lupane on Sunday.

APA, which was launched last June, has not been holding campaign rallies, but door-to-door campaigns, with its leader arguing that he does not want to expose party supporters to violence from other political parties. Newsday


THE military and security sector is reportedly on high alert amid fears that G40 elements could be regrouping outside the country to counter the military intervention which saw ex-President Robert Mugabe lose power to his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu said Zimbabweans would not allow a situation where the country would descend to chaos and would instead defend their independence, in response to former Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, who warned of bloodshed if what he described as an illegitimate government was allowed to continue.

“If we could deal with a vicious enemy like the Rhodesian regime, what can stop us from dealing with the renegades who may want to destabilise our peace and stability?
“We are not a banana republic.

“We are a democratic country with a formidable security services sector and we cannot allow people to destabilise our peace.

“We may have our differences, but if people start contemplating causing chaos through destabilising our peace, then they will face the wrath of our security sector, but not only of our security sector, but of the patriotic Zimbabweans.”

Moyo at the weekend warned that Zimbabwe risked descending into “another Somalia” if Mnangagwa’s government was not removed, remarks that some have interpreted to mean that he was threatening to unleash violence.

However, in the same interview with Reuters, Moyo said he believed in “the rule of law than be feared that if people don’t agree with me, I will unleash the tanks”, which contradicts the interpretation that he was threatening violence.

Mpofu maintained that there was no risk of bloodshed, as Zimbabweans were wise and unwilling to engage in violence.

“This can only be said by people who deliberately ignore the reality of the Zimbabwean people in terms of defending their hard-won independence from people who are not patriotic, people who survive on instability, our people are united no matter which part of the country they come from and will resist any divisive elements from any quarter,” he said.

War veterans spokesperson Douglas Mahiya said Moyo’s warning of bloodshed in the country should not be taken lightly.

“We are aware that this G40 cabal was corrupt and they stole large amounts of money from the country. It is not unimaginable that using that loot they could be raising an army of mercenaries, which might come to destabilise our peace, so our security forces must be on high alert to deal with these people,” he said.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu dismissed Moyo, but said the threat of G40 hiring mercenaries was real.

“It’s possible because one cannot be so sure of a bloodbath when they are not planning anything, but mercenaries don’t come cheap and last time I checked, Jonathan Moyo is anything but a wealthy man,” he said.

Zanu PF chairperson Oppah Muchinguri referred questions to spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo, who was not reachable. Newsday


CHIMURENGA music legend, Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo on Sunday said his brand of revolutionary music has evolved over time to remain relevant to the core values of peace and justice, despite the threats he has been subjected to during his music career.

In a speech read on his behalf by his manager, Austin Sibanda at Globalfest awards ceremony in New York, United States, where Mukanya was the recipient of the World Music Award, in recognition of the impact that his music has made across the world, the musician said his win was “a humbling experience”.

Mukanya — a fierce critic of former President Robert Mugabe’s regime, who has been in self-imposed exile for many years — said music provided hope for change.

“It has not been an easy tour to fight for freedom and social justice in a situation where the music stage could find itself next to men in dark glasses awaiting the last song before sad action starts,” the firebrand musician said.

“Every day, we, musicians, encounter so many challenges to make our music flow with community and global trends. So much keeps happening and our silence, failure or fear to sing the right words to resonate with ongoing challenges could mean implied support of bad stuff.”

Mukanya said socio-economic problems such as poverty, injustice and corruption across the world continued to offer a fertile template for his music and urged musicians to remain the pulse of their nations.

“It takes more than one voice to make a choir. Let us all keep singing from our various corners for our music to be heard in faraway lands. My Chimurenga brand of music keeps going among various political challenges and threats,” he said.

Chimurenga Music Company publicist, Blessing Vava, said the global recognition spoke to the impact that Mukanya has made over the years.

“Undoubtedly, Mukanya has endeared himself as one of the finest musicians to come out of Zimbabwe,” he said.

“Mukanya dedicates the award to the people of Zimbabwe for their resilience over the years despite the difficulties they have been going through.”

The annual awards are presented to artistes that have made significant contributions to the performing arts landscape in the US through risk taking, addressing cultural diversity and diplomacy and cultural activism. Those who meet the criteria are selected through an open nomination process, by performing arts professionals before a jury decides on the final recipients. Newsday

Monday, 15 January 2018


A MAN from Victoria Falls who was arrested for allegedly kidnapping a minor has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Carlos Dube (28) of number 4258 Chinotimba allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl who is his girlfriend at a night club in Hwange around midnight on November 25. Dube was charged with kidnapping when he appeared before Hwange magistrate Ms Portia Mhlanga-Moyo.

He pleaded not guilty saying the complainant was his girlfriend. Ms Mhlanga-Moyo sentenced Dube to 15 months in jail but spared him the agony of prison life when she conditionally suspended the term.

“Six months is suspended on condition you do not commit a similar offence in five years.
“The remaining nine are suspended on condition the accused performs 315 hours of community service at Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Hwange,” she said.
The court heard that Dube picked the 15-year-old at a nightclub in Hwange at midnight and went to Victoria Falls despite the minor’s protest.

Prosecuting Mr Onias Nyathi said, on Friday November 25, Dube allegedly kidnapped the complainant at Hwange Colliery Club and went to Victoria Falls with her.

“The accused kidnapped the minor and went with her to Victoria Falls where upon arrival, he stayed with her at his friend’s place for four days,” said the prosecutor.

The matter came to light when the parents of the girl reported her missing after she had not returned home.

Police investigations led to Dube’s arrest. Chronicle


A WOMAN (22) who was allegedly raped, killed and her body dumped in a maize field in Ascot, Gweru on Saturday, may have been brutalised by her injiva husband two days after he had paid bride price for her.

The woman, who has been identified as Everjoy Ncube of Coolmoreen Compound in the city, was allegedly murdered by John Mazani (33) following a misunderstanding which arose after she refused to go back with him to Cape Town, South Africa, where he works.
Acting Midlands Province police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende confirmed the gruesome murder adding that police had since launched a manhunt for Mazani whose whereabouts are unknown.

She said the couple had been experiencing a series of domestic disputes which often degenerated into physical fights.

Asst Insp Mukwende said the couple had one child and had separated, with Ncube tracing her way back to her parents’ home in Zimbabwe.

She said Mazani returned to Zimbabwe on Thursday last week and reconciled with Ncube.
Mazani went on to pay bride price for Ncube before asking her to return to South Africa with him, an offer she vehemently turned down because of his abusive nature.

“Police have launched a manhunt in connection with a murder case where a 22-year-old female adult was found dead in a maize field in Ascot, Gweru, with several stab wounds all over her body. The incident occurred on January 13 in Old Ascot Suburb, Gweru.
“On the January 14 at around 6:30AM, a passerby discovered a body in a maize field. She informed the police who attended the scene. The police carried out investigations which led to the positive identification of the body as that of Everjoy Ncube. The body was ferried to Gweru Provincial Hospital awaiting post-mortem,” she said.

Asst Insp Mukwende said Mazani had visited Ncube at her parents’ home and asked her to accompany him to Ascot Shopping Centre to buy some groceries.

“On their way back it is suspected that the two had a misunderstanding which resulted in the accused stabbing her with a sharp object several times all over the body,” she said.

Asst Insp Mukwende said after committing the crime Mazani fled to his parents’ house in Coolmoreen Compound where he collected his belongings and disappeared.

A relative who spoke on condition of anonymity said prior to the murder, Mazani had informed a relative that he wanted to kill his wife because she had refused to go with him to South Africa.

“He paid bride price for her and wanted her to go with him back to South Africa of which she refused. That could have driven him into brutally murdering her,” said the relative.
It is suspected Ncube may have been raped as semen was allegedly found on her undergarments. Chronicle