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, 25 October 2016


Gospel musician and fashion designer Joyce Simeti has died. She was 42. Simeti succumbed to a heart problem yesterday afternoon at Arcadia Medical Centre
in Braeside. 

The musician’s husband Stanley said she once suffered a heart problem few months ago but she had recovered.

“At one time she had a heart problem but she recovered. I took her to work today (yesterday). She called me around 10 saying she needed to rest and we went home,” he said.

He said her condition was stable until in the afternoon when she had to be rushed to hospital. “We rushed her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival,” he said.
The musician has been in the music business for the past 12 years and has seven albums to her name. Her first “Tose Takadanwa” was released in 2002 but it was her third album 
“Akusiya Haakurasi” from 2006, carrying hit “Kudza Baba Na Mai” that cemented her as a force on the local gospel scene.

“Vana Vanokosha” from 2007 had a title track with the same name that proved relevant at the time when she was advocating for children’s rights while assisting at orphanages.
“Mudzimai Akanaka” from “Ndichamupa Mbiri” (2009) was a favourite amongst women as it touched on the topical domestic issues that affects them on a daily basis.

In 2011 she also released “Ndakanga Ndisipo”. She last made a public appearance at Sinach show last week. At the time of her death, she was an active musician at United Family International Church (UFIC). Mourners are gathered at number 27 Ambelside Road, Braeside. She is survived by her husband and three children.


A Nyazura mathematics private tutor who allegedly raped a mentally challenged 12-year- old girl, has appeared in court charged with sexual abuse. The 23-year- old tutor, Isaac Mtetwa of Dekeya Village under Chief Makoni, is represented by Rusape lawyer Mr Maxwell Chiwanza of Chiwanza and Associates.

He pleaded not guilty to the offence. Rusape district public prosecutor, Mr Tirivanhu 
Mutyasira told the court that the suspect is a private maths tutor to a house-maid who stays with the complainant.

“On a date unknown to the prosecutor, but between July and August 2016 at a primary school in Nyazura, the accused person proceeded to the complainant’s homestead to do extra lessons with the maid. The complainant was sleeping in her blankets when the accused person sneaked in and raped her.
“She cried but no one came to her rescue. After the act, the accused went away and the complainant discovered that she was bleeding. She told the maid  that she was bleeding and was instructed to bath and wore a pant. The girl told no one of the case until on August 3, when her sister was informed by other teachers that the accused person came for extra lessons,” said Mr Mutyasira.

The sister questioned the complainant and she revealed the rape. A report was made to the police leading to the arrest of the suspect. Rusape regional magistrate, Mr Livingstone Chipadza, postponed the matter to Thursday 27 October for continuation of trial. manica post


The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment has recommended criminal proceedings against the former Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Saviour Kasukuwere, accusing him of criminal abuse of office.

The 30-member committee told the National Assembly today that Kasukuwere, who is now the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, was involved in deception and criminal abuse of office in the Zimunya Marange Community Share Ownership Scheme when a mining company presented dummy cheques to President Robert Mugabe.

Presenting a report on the share ownership trust, Youth Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Justice Mayor Wadyajena recommended a 14 day ultimatum on Minister Kasukuwere to be charged by the police and investigated by the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission and the Auditor General.

The Committee also recommended that President Mugabe establish a commission of inquiry led by a judge or any other suitable candidate to investigate what it calls 'an intricate web of deceit, corruption and fraud,' in the establishment of the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust.

Prior to the presentation of the report, there was drama when members of parliament alleged the chair was colluding with the Clerk of Parliament to block the tabling of the findings. The Deputy Speaker, Mabel Chinomona however refuted the claims and acceded to the presentation of the report.
The report also alleges that Jinan, a mining company in Marange Zimunya, externalised US$500 million. 

It also accuses Minister Kasukuwere of seeking to exert influence in the Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment even after being reassigned, while also misleading the nation that mining companies pledged US$10 million each to the community share ownership trust.


MDC secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora, has told People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president, Tendai Biti, to “follow his sheep” after more members of his party defected over the weekend.

Biti’s party members defected to the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC. PDP activists — Don Mavhudzi and Brian Kanzunzuma — turned up at an MDC rally on Sunday announcing they had made the decision to cross the floor.

Mwonzora said the continued defections by PDP members to the MDC were proof that the party was more “credible” and the only plausible route to eclipse President Robert Mugabe in the approaching 2018 elections.

“We have had several members of other parties, including Zanu PF, who have defected to the MDC. We are welcoming them back,” Mwonzora said while addressing a rally in Msasa on Sunday.

“I also want to give this message to my friend. He knows himself. We went to school together,” he said in clear reference to Biti.

“You left the party but your sheep have seen the light and are now flocking back home. My friend, follow your sheep. We will welcome you back,” Mwonzora said.

In recent days, PDP has lost the party’s vice president Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, deputy national chairman Watchy Sibanda and deputy secretary-general Tongai Matutu.
Other former PDP bigwigs that have left the party include former deputy organising secretary Gift Mabhena and Gladys Mathe.

On his part, Biti is on record saying he will “never” re-join MDC.
In reaction to the defections, Biti said what Zimbabwe needs is a “strong converged opposition and not another large awkward Zanu (PF) oligopoly infiltrated by pseudo democrats”.

He added that although PDP was disappointed to have “lost courageous and esteemed comrades”, the embattled party would not hold their decision to dump those against them.
The former Finance minister said “the biggest enemy of democracy was Zanu PF which was plotting how to make Zimbabweans suffer more” and “it needed to be fought by a coalition as it would never reform itself out of power”. Daily news


Newly-elected Norton legislator Temba Mliswa says a grand opposition coalition led by indomitable MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and including war veterans, will beat President Robert Mugabe and his warring Zanu PF hands down in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, the gutsy Mliswa said among the lessons that long-suffering Zimbabweans and the country’s brutalised opposition could learn from his stunning victory last Saturday, was that they could once again defeat Mugabe and Zanu PF, just as Tsvangirai and the MDC had done in 2008 — as the ruling party was “nothing” without the backing of war veterans.

Indeed, and despite battering and bribing voters with residential stands, as well as printing and distributing fake MDC flyers to confuse the people of Norton, Zanu PF was given a royal hiding in last weekend’s keenly-followed by-election in the constituency which was resoundingly won by the former ruling party bigwig.

Mliswa blew out of the water Zanu PF’s little-known Ronald Chindedza to win the Norton by-election, which came about following the expulsion of former war veterans’ leader and Cabinet minister Christopher Mutsvangwa from the ruling party — which is being devoured by its seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars.

He polled 8 927 votes to Chindedza’s 6 192, to deliver a hammer blow to Zanu PF which was bidding to avoid defeat in Mugabe’s own backyard, as well as preventing disgruntled war veterans who campaigned for Mliswa from gaining a measure of revenge on Mugabe and his former liberation movement, following their recent hounding out of the party.

This was also despite the fact that the Norton by-election had been marked by violence, the controversial parcelling out of residential stands and mega rallies by vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, among other prominent Zanu PF politicians, as they drummed up support for Chindedza.

Analysts and opposition officials who spoke to the Daily News at the weekend also said Mliswa’s unexpected victory had raised optimism among both pro-democracy groups and the ranks of the opposition that the 2018 national elections could be up for the taking.

Speaking yesterday, Mliswa said the support that he had received from Tsvangirai and the MDC, war veterans, village heads and ordinary Zimbabweans, among many other people, was both “amazing and critical”, and a sign-post to what would happen in 2018 if “like-minded people come together”.
“To be honest and truthful, I wouldn’t have won this seat had it not been for Morgan Tsvangirai. He promised to support me to make sure that I win the election and true to his word, he came to the party. He dispatched his team and MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa was actually on the ground campaigning for me.

“Even when Zanu PF unleashed violence on us, Chamisa was caught in the crossfire and inhaled teargas just like all of us. It’s a fact of life that Tsvangirai has the people. It took him just to advise his structures to work with me and victory was delivered.

“The war veterans also played a crucial role in my victory. That is why it is important for Tsvangirai to lead the planned opposition grand coalition in 2018 which will involve everyone, including war veterans,” Mliswa said.

“If Tsvangirai decides to accommodate Mai Mujuru, then so be it, but that man is not only popular and genuine, he is also a natural leader and a father figure. The people of Zimbabwe like him and we can’t take that away from him.

“The problem with many of the country’s leadership is that they only think about themselves and not the people. I am grateful for the support I received from Tsvangirai and the MDC, as well as war veterans and the PDP (People’s Democratic Party),” he added.

Elaborating further on the possible role that Mujuru could take in the mooted coalition, Mliswa said “the problem with People First is that it has relegated the founders to the terraces”, after “she was invited to the party”.

“My concern is that Mujuru is trying to relegate people like (former State Security minister Didymus) Mutasa and (former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare) Gumbo when they are the founders of the party. Those people principally suffered for Mujuru.

“In Norton, we stood up against the brutal Zanu PF regime. The election was testing the coalition and electoral reforms and I don’t have to be a member of the MDC to support Tsvangirai. Zanu PF rigs elections but without war veterans they are nothing.

“People should also realise that both Mujuru and (vice president) Emmerson Mnangagwa were hand-picked by Mugabe while Tsvangirai has his own massive constituency. So let’s all back Tsvangirai for 2018,” he said.

Mliswa’s Norton victory has put the burning Zanu PF in more turmoil, amid divisive accusations and counter accusations of internal sabotage by warring factions angling to take-over the reigns from Mugabe.

Meanwhile, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu told the Daily News yesterday that Mliswa’s victory offered the opposition “a launch pad” for the proposed grand coalition.

“This is very good news that creates the possibility of having a grand coalition to confront the Zanu PF regime in 2018. United we are stronger and divided we are weaker. The people of Zimbabwe can rest assured that the coalition is coming. The Zanu PF regime will be history come the next elections,” he said.

Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire said any attempts to derail the mooted grand coalition would not prevail.

“As ZPF, we know there are people desperate to scuttle the proposed coalition of opposition political parties and part of the strategy is straining relationships among the top leaders of the parties involved.
“However, we know that the will of the people, which is to see a united opposition in 2018, will be respected and is on firm ground. It can never be derailed by contrived statements cooked by enemies of the people and mischievously attributed to our leaders,” he said.

Speaking at the weekend, political analyst and former civic leader, Gladys Hlatywayo, urged the opposition to build on Mliswa’s victory which she said had been made necessary by a united approach.

“Lessons learnt here are that a united front of the opposition  coupled with lack of elite cohesion in the ruling party, can be lethal to Zanu PF. The opposition needs to be crafty going forward, especially on the reform agenda, to ensure that the election process is democratic and immune to the electoral shenanigans of yesteryear.

“The united front forged by the opposition was crucial. The war veterans ditched the ruling party and supported Mliswa. Having been part of the ruling party himself, Mliswa was able to withstand Zanu PF’s intimidation and violence and fought for the seat.

“The manner in which (Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour) Kasukuwere conceded defeat also signals a willingness to re-strategise on Zanu PF’s part and the opposition must equally up its game,” Hlatywayo said.

University of Zimbabwe politics professor, Eldred Masunungure, said while it was too early to read “too much” into Mliswa’s shock victory, Zanu PF could expect more shocks in the 2018 polls.
“One swallow does not make a summer and this is only one victory out of dozens other by-elections since 2013. In addition, Norton has traditionally been an MDC seat and the 2013 result was rather weird.

“Nonetheless it is a cardinal lesson for Zanu PF that patronage has its limits. You can dole out 9 000 stands but still get 6 000 votes. This is also so, considering the amount of effort that was put in by Zanu PF, with two vice presidents going there to try and persuade and force the electorate, or both.

“It is a lesson for 2018 that they can expect to see repeated. They are reaping what they are sowing through the partisan distribution of food aid and other electoral ills,” Masunungure said.

Zanu PF insiders also told the Daily News that Mliswa’s victory was a significant blow to the ruling party, adding that disaffected party bigwigs and war veterans, who had a stunning fall out with Mugabe earlier this year, had vigorously campaigned to ensure that Zanu PF did not win the seat.
The ex-combatants served Mugabe with divorce papers in July to end a long relationship which dated back to the days of the 1970s liberation struggle. This was after the war veterans’ executive issued a damning communiqué in which they said churlishly that the nonagenarian was now “a hard sell” for the 2018 national elections. daily news


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s security on Friday reportedly confiscated ball point pens from students and visitors who were attending a graduation ceremony at the Lupane State University.
According to students, police searched everyone, including journalists, who wanted to gain entry into the ceremonial hall where the university’s seventh graduation ceremony was being held and took away their pens citing “security” reasons.
“They thoroughly searched us and took away our pens. This was the first time I learnt that pens were not allowed at a graduation ceremony,” said one student who requested anonymity.
Students, however, said the police did not confiscate their cell phones and cameras which are often loathed more where security concerns are high.
Journalists, it is further said, had to approach university authorities so that they could be allowed to use their pens during the ceremony.
Although there were no reasons given for the strange security formality, some said authorities feared a repeat of last month’s University of Zimbabwe (UZ) incident where some students wrote placards denouncing the President. Radio vop
Five UZ students who were led by former Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) president, Tonderai Dombo, raised placards demanding jobs, as Mugabe, also UZ chancellor, was preparing to cap more than 3 000 students.
The five were reportedly charged by the tertiary institution for misconduct.
Mugabe capped 642 graduands at LSU.
Among the graduands, 20 received masters’ degrees in development studies, while 60% were females


A 30-year-old landlord who stabbed his tenant with a knife over non-payment of utility bills was yesterday sentenced to three years in jail. Timothy Mhurushomana pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges, but the court convicted him due to overwhelming evidence. Regional magistrate Mr Temba Kuwanda sentenced Mhurushomana to six years. However, three years were conditionally suspended.

In his defence, Mhurushomana told the court that his tenant, Cephas Katanha, had provoked him. “A heated argument degenerated into a fist-fight after Katanha had provoked me,” he said.

“I injured him during the fight while trying to ward him off. I did not use a knife and I had no intention of killing him but I was just acting in self-defence.” In aggravation, the prosecutor, Ms Rufaro Mhandu, said the doctor who attended to Katanha told the court that he had lost a lot of blood and his life was hanging in the balance.

“There was no provocation warranting Mhurushomana to act in the manner that he did. He could have pursued his claim through the Civil Court instead of taking the law into his own hands.”
Ms Mhandu told the court that on June 2, this year at around 11pm, Katanha returned from work and discovered that Mhurushomana had disconnected electricity in his room. The court heard that Katanha had not paid water and electricity bills.

Katanha confronted Mhurushomana and a heated argument ensued. Two days later Mhurushomana called Katanha demanding a meeting over the unpaid bills. Katanha returned home around 11pm and retired to his room since it was late.

Before he fell asleep, Mhurushomana knocked on his door demanding to see him. Mhurushomana was in the company of his cousin, Brian Dzuro, and demanded to know why Katanha had not yet paid his bills and rent.

He asked Katanha if he was moving out and he said “yes”. This angered Mhurushomana who challenged him to a fight and Katanha told him that he was not afraid. Dzuro tried to intervene but Mhurushomana stabbed Katanha on the right thigh before punching him.
Katanga picked up a chair and flung it at Mhurushomana in a bid to stop him. However, Mhurushomana stabbed him again in the chest and he started bleeding profusely. He was rushed to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. Herald



A SIX-weeks-old infant from Mtapa Suburb in Gweru died hours after being immunised against life threatening illnesses for children less than five-years-old.

According to the summary of death (form 43), Lincon Madhubeko died on Saturday morning at Gweru Provincial hospital upon admission after reacting to the immunisation drugs which include Pneumococcal injection, Rotavirus oral, and Pentavalent injection.

A brief summary of facts said the boy never suffered from stomach complaints until his death.

“He was injected with an immunisation injection of six weeks olds at Mtapa Clinic in Gweru. He started refusing to be breastfed and his legs swelled up,” reads the summary.
Lincon’s father, Morris, said his son died on Saturday morning upon being admitted to Gweru Provincial Hospital after suffering pain from swollen legs.
He said he did not suspect foul play and asked the Provincial Magistrate, Mrs Phathekile Msipa, to waive postmortem.

“My child passed away due to natural causes and I suspect no foul play, therefore I apply for post mortem to be waived,” said the father.

However, Mrs Msipa refused to waive the postmortem and the body of the deceased will be taken to Bulawayo tomorrow for post mortem. She said the cause of the infant’s death needed to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, a 16-year-old girl allegedly drowned while swimming with two other girls in Shambanebanga River, Chief Chirumanzu area.

Pamela Machena drowned on Sunday around 4.30PM while she swam with the girls aged three and twelve.

“Her father Aleck Machena retrieved her body yesterday,” read a police report.
Mrs Msipa waived postmortem. chronicle


Zimbabwean gospel music stars Mechanic Manyeruke, Mathias Mhere and Bethany Pasinawako will make a two-show tour of the United Kingdom (UK) in December.

The three gospel artistes will share the stage with UK-based Timothy Ngwenya and Rhoda “Mai Tongogara” Masawi at the second edition of the annual Explosion of Praise Concert which will take place at the Salvation Army Church in Leicester on December 9 before moving to the International Life Centre in Wolverhampton a day later.

Explosion of Praise founder Tongogara told the Daily News yesterday that the event was created to unite gospel musicians in Zimbabwe and the Diaspora.

“The first annual Explosion of Praise Concert was held last year in Manchester .I performed alongside Reverend Chivaviro and several UK-based artistes who included, Kingdom Praise, Timothy Ngwenya, Linda Chikomo and Marty Makoni,” said Tongogara.

The Explosion of Praise founder, whose 2014 debut album featured Mathias Mhere, has just completed her second album.

“In July this year I recorded my third album which features Bethany Pasinawako which I will be launching officially on December 10,” said Tongogara.
Pasinawako, who will be touring the UK for the first, is looking forward to performing alongside Tongogara, Mhere and gospel veteran Manyeruke.

“I collaborated with Mai Tongogara and we will definitely perform our duet. I am promising my fans in the UK a day to remember, a day filled with heavenly Joy. I will also take the opportunity to shoot some videos while there,” said the Ndinzverei hit-maker.

As for Mhere, the tour will present an opportunity for him to promote his latest album and DVD.
“It is yet another chance for us to go and preach the word outside. I will also be promoting my latest album Double Double as well the Double Double DVD.

“I am also looking forward to performing on stage with Bethany. This important for me because I will be working with her on my next project,” he said. Daily news


Zimbabwe's imports ban has created opportunities for the local manufacturing industries to boost their production capacity, a consumer pressure group has said.

This was after the government in June imposed an imports ban Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 (SI64) on a number of basic goods, the majority of which pass through South Africa. At the time, industry officials warned that the ban would fuel smuggling.

However, Buy Zimbabwe feels that the imports ban will see industry — currently operating at 34,3 manufacturing capacity — up their game and meet the rising demand created by the SI.

“Statistics from Zimstat show that over 40 percent of imports into Zimbabwe are mainly consumer goods which are not productive in nature,” the pressure group said.

“The introduction of the SI64 has created opportunities in which manufactures and retailers need to take advantage of in order to restore the traditional economic system, where commerce act to support the industry in a system of interrelated and interdependent elements as partners in business,” Buy Zimbabwe added.

Market watchers, however, said the imports ban was President Robert Mugabe’s desperate attempt to alleviate the economic crisis in the country, which imports not less than 75 percent of all its industrial, manufacturing, agricultural and food requirements.

Most Zimbabweans earn a living from the informal sector, as the country battles with unemployment rates higher than 80 percent.

In June, the country added more products to its list of around 100 goods prohibited from entering the country — to promote and protect local industries.

These include: bottled water, cereals, salad cream, baked beans, potato crisps, peanut butter, jams, canned fruits, dairy products (salad cream, coffee creamers, yogurts), cigarettes, clothing, cooking oil, coffee creamers, pizza base, yogurts, mayonnaise, petroleum jellies, toothpaste, detergents and body creams.

Building materials (such as wheelbarrows, steel products and structures, rods, tubes, corrugated steel roofing sheets and plastic tubes) have also been added to the long list of restricted goods, which also includes furniture (beds, wardrobes), fabrics of cotton, second hand tyres, shoe polish and synthetic hair products.

The ban sparked violent demonstrations at border crossings and in Zimbabwe’s main cities, and in August, neighbouring South Africa urged the authorities to either revoke or renegotiate the ban on a number of goods from South Africa, or face consequences.
Industry minister Mike Bimha, who has previously blamed the smuggling of these goods on rampant corruption at the country’s borders, recently claimed transit truckers were the biggest culprits responsible for significant volumes of smuggled goods entering Zimbabwe.
“We are highly concerned with reports that goods have been filtering in the country despite the import ban we put,” he said.

“It can only mean one thing, our borders are porous and we need to do something as soon as possible to put an end to this. As government we came up with the SI to protect local industries and local products, but there has been rampant smuggling of the same products that we put on restriction list, into the country which leaves a lot to be desired,” Bimha added.

According to Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association secretary-general Augustine Tawanda’s assessment, truck drivers smuggle goods by pretending that their cargo is meant for other destinations other than Zimbabwe when they cross border posts.
According to the government, these smuggled goods are cheaper than those produced locally, and flows cost the country $1 billion in 2015.

“We have discovered that much of the smuggling is done through transit cargo, where people tell us, for example, that a consignment is meant for Democratic Republic Congo when in fact whatever they are carrying is really meant for Zimbabwe,” Bimha said.

The government has for years tried to put in place stringent regulations in order to control the importation of goods that are manufactured locally.

In 2012, the State banned the importation of second-hand underwear claiming they were a health hazard and had killed local industry.

In an effort to find a solution to those challenges, Buy Zimbabwe will on Wednesday host the fourth edition of the Retailers and Suppliers Conference and Expo in Harare. Daily news


INFORMATION minister Christopher Mushowe disclosed yesterday that the government had no plans to quit the United Nations (UN), although President Robert Mugabe is on record threatening Africa’s withdrawal from the world body.

Mushowe told NewsDay on the sidelines of the UN 71st birthday celebrations in Harare yesterday that Mugabe had been quoted out of context, saying the Zanu PF leader was merely expressing African countries’ reservations over the composition of the UN Security Council. 

“The President did not threaten to pull out of the UN, but merely outlined the concerns of the African Union over the composition of the Security Council. There needs to be reforms, which will see Africa getting a permanent seat and if Africa pulls out, it can’t be called the UN,” he said.

Mugabe, on his arrival from the 71st session of the UN General Assembly last month, told his Zanu PF supporters that he would mobilise other Africa States to pull out of the world body in protest.
The pull-out threat was made at a time the government is heavily dependent on UN and other multilateral donors for its infrastructural development, poverty and hunger alleviation in the face of a serious drought. 

According to UN country coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, the world body had raised over $200 million to feed more than 1,5 million food-insecure people in Zimbabwe.

Parajuli said they were targeting to mobilise at least $352 million from the USA, France, China and Russia, among other donors, to help feed the 4,1 million Zimbabweans, who face hunger.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Human Rights Association director, Okay Machisa, yesterday said human rights groups had gathered evidence of government’s alleged partisan distribution of food aid to benefit Zanu PF supporters.

Machisa was addressing a stakeholders’ meeting attended by several civic organisations and Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Prisca Mupfumira. 

“We have empirical evidence in as far as the partisan distribution of food is concerned. We have on record court issues that are running in Manicaland, with regard to discrimination when it comes to food aid,” he said.

In response, Mupfumira said: “On a distributing note, we have noted with concern the increased allegations by various media houses that the government food deficit mitigation programme is being run on partisan lines.” 


ZANU PF’s introspection following the party’s electoral defeat in the Norton constituency by-election on Saturday has stirred fresh debate over the expulsion of war veterans from the ruling party.

Independent candidate, Temba Mliswa trounced Zanu PF’s Ronald Chindedza, with the ruling party’s political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere (pictured), now coming under the spotlight.
“Kasukuwere failed the party and there is now internal talk that Zanu PF made a huge blunder in sacking war veterans,” a source claimed.

“There is a move to push for an aggregate resolution by provinces for a national commissar, who is a war veteran.” But Kasukuwere took the defeat on the chin, saying the blame should be shared equally by all party structures.

“(War veterans’ leader, Christopher) Mutsvangwa and his group must shut up. He lost Norton in 2008 because of his vengeful policies, including covering up boreholes we had sunk for the people. He must just shut up,” Kasukuwere said.

“We slipped in Norton and, as always, the party will do a post-mortem to see where we went wrong. We take decisions together, we did our best and we now look to the future to reclaim that seat.
“This is only one seat we lost out of 30 by-elections we won. That, by any measure, cannot be called failure.”

Mutsvangwa hit back, accusing Kasukuwere of riding roughshod over party procedures against the people’s choice.

“I went on to a redeeming win in 2013 and the people embraced me. He used party skulduggery to rob the people of their constitutional choice. They paid him back with a thorough drubbing of his G40-imposed candidate last Sunday,” he said.

“He must be reminded that I deftly avoided being in the election and the loss is his alone.”
In April this year, following a meeting with President Robert Mugabe, war veterans demanded that Kasukuwere be relieved of his duties as the party’s chief organiser.
Mugabe has not given in to the demand.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya yesterday twisted the knife.

“After Norton, war veterans want all Zimbabweans united for true democracy and the impartial, transparent rule of law that does not protect thievery and corruption,” he said.

“We need business-centred policies that will grow the economy, so that factories are revived and new industries are opened up. We engender economic prosperity through encouraging local capital, while going all out to attract foreign direct investment.

“We must jettison the G40 economic gimmickry of doling out urban stands to motley youths, whose stark poverty denies them a decent meal or a pair of shoes. 

“Full employment in global class industrial activity delivers jobs that beget wages, which in turn sustain house mortgages. That is the way it is done. Not the charade and mirage of G40 self-serving stand allocations that mask crony land barons.”

Asked if the war veterans would consider an offer to return to Zanu PF, Mahiya, one of five leading former freedom fighters facing trial in connection with the stinging July communique calling on Mugabe to step down, was guarded about their plans.

“Our present legal and political situation has taught us a bitter lesson. Once bitten, twice shy,” he said cryptically. We now have to hedge our bets accordingly. Never again shall we be sitting ducks for another blow from the likes of (Zanu PF politburo member) Jonathan Moyo, Kasukuwere and G40 types.” 

War veterans have openly declared their support for Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the fight to take over from 92-year-old Mugabe, but the G40 faction is said to be opposed to that. Newsday


Paying lip service to fighting corruption is a serious national security threat with potential to force civilians to protest the State’s inaction, a Zimbabwe National Army general has said. Giving oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Security in Harare yesterday, Chief of Staff Administration Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba said the country’s economy was not growing and was bleeding because of corruption by some senior Government officials.

 “Corruption is a cancer, which is taking the nation backwards, thereby causing insecurity to the nation. It is now a security threat because it is causing people to create mafias or alliances where if one is accused of being corrupt, he quickly asks for the help of other big names to protect him or her.

“The ordinary citizens expect authorities to address these issues, but then if they see nothing happening to the alleged criminals, they will end up being ungovernable and creating problems for the defence forces. Development is being derailed so that individuals can benefit at the expense of the whole nation.

“The Defence budget we were allocated is too paltry compared to what we need and this is mainly because as a nation, we continue to ignore critical issues that will bring stability and confidence to investors who would want to bring their business to this country,” he said.

Maj Gen Nyikayaramba said there should be legislation that prohibits influential people from owning businesses, adding that this was another source of corruption. He said it was disheartening that ordinary people, who presented business proposals and investment ideas to politicians to help them secure funding, had their ideas stolen.
Maj Gen Nyikayaramba said under normal circumstances, the Zimbabwe National Army required $554,56 million, enough to cater for all logistical, administrative and training needs of the army and ensuring that members were properly catered.

He said this helped to boost the troops’ morale, dedication and loyalty. However, Maj Gen Nyikayaramba said the money allocated to the army was making him have nightmares on how he was going to distribute it among all the army’s needs, which ranged from food to medical, equipment procurement and training.

He said the law was supposed to take its course on corrupt bigwigs because if left unattended, ordinary citizens would feel let down by the authorities. “Do not look at the face of individuals or their positions when dealing with corruption because that will lead to disaster.

“If ordinary people see that nothing is being done to corrupt individuals, that will lead to disgruntlement and eventually instability. “Most of the people who are building mansions in mountains of posh suburbs in this country are evading tax, which is charged on capital gains, thus they find it easy to splash ill-gotten money on buildings with 50 or so bedrooms. If there are strict capital gains tax laws, people will not just splash money they will use it productively like starting companies, which will employ people and thereby benefiting the whole nation.

“The system should make it a policy that everyone should own a single house in the city so as to give fair opportunities to all the citizens. People are splashing money, which they get corruptly on flashy commodities while others are wallowing in poverty,” he said.

Air Force of Zimbabwe Air Vice Marshal Jacob Nzvede, also said the forecast weather disasters such as the impending La Nina floods forecast by the Meteorological Services Department, would be difficult to contain if the Airforce budget was not sufficient.

He said like the army, the Air Force of Zimbabwe required a bigger budget so that it could fully serve its mandate of protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation. Of late there have been cases of senior Government officials who have been implicated in abusing state resources. herald

Monday, 24 October 2016


ABOUT $1, 7 million owed to Gweru Provincial Hospital by patients and medical aid societies is crippling operations at the health institution.

The hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Fabian Mashingaidze, told The Chronicle yesterday the hospital was struggling to procure essential medication for patients.

He said the debt has been ballooning over the past years because as a government institution, the hospital does not chase patients who do not have admission fees.

“Last year the debt was $1, 1 million. This year it has increased to about $1, 7 million. This is money owed to us by individual patients and those coming through the medical aid societies who accessed our services with promises of settling their medical bills later on.

“This is now resulting in us failing to replenish medical supplies and other equipment,” said Dr Mashingaidze.

“PSMAS owes us about $700 000 and we still accept their clients in the hope that they will settle their debt soon.”

In terms of drugs availability at the institution, Dr Mashingaidze said they had 41,5 percent of vital drugs, 29,3 percent of essential drugs and five percent of necessary drugs.

“Vital drugs are those that must be there always in case of emergency while essential drugs are not as critical as vital and necessary drugs are supposed to be there but if they are out of stock, there is no harm to the patient,” he said.

In the past, the hospital has engaged debt collectors albeit with little success as the government is against such a move.

The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa has in the past discouraged health institutions from taking defaulting patients to debt collectors urging them to look at alternative ways of recovering their money.


ZIMBABWE’S economy is projected to  rebound from the sluggish 1,2 percent growth expected this year to a steely 4,8 percent driven by a cocktail of reforms and positive external factors. 

The 2016 economic growth rate was revised to 1,2 percent during the mid-term fiscal policy review from the 2,7 percent forecast earlier this year on account of poor agricultural performance due to drought and subdued global commodity prices. Current deflationary trends are expected to continue until year end, but inflation is seen higher at 1,1 percent in 2017 due to projected higher fuel prices and stronger aggregate demand.

According to the 2017 National Budget Strategy Paper developed by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, projected growth is anchored in fundamental economic assumptions that include improved performance of agriculture.

Meteorological and climate change experts for SADC have forecast normal to above normal rainfall in the next rainy season, a positive phenomenon for Zimbabwe’s agriculture driven economy. Projections say growth will also depend on increased financing for agriculture, incentives for exporters, better mineral prices, improved investment climate, re-engagement with International Monetary fund and other global funders and positive gains from measures taken to cushion local industry.
Exports are projected at $3,8 billion, against imports of $5,4 billion, resulting in a high unsustainable trade gap of over $1,5 billion.

Government says in line with the value addition and beneficiation thrust, import restrictions will remain necessary, while instituting appropriate measures that promote production for both the domestic and export markets will be critical. The budget strategy paper says that a number of measures will be required in 2017 to stimulate growth in productive sectors.

This will entail further support measures to mining through review of the fiscal taxation regime, capacitating Fidelity Printers and Refineries to buy more gold, equipping small scale miners, value addition of minerals, concluding consolidation of the diamond mining sector, recapitalisation and restructuring of Hwange to focus on coal mining and reallocation of chrome claims under ZIMASCO to enhance production.

National budgeted revenues, which were revised to $3,8 billion in the midterm fiscal policy review due to weak performance of most revenue heads, are projected at $4 billion in 2017. The strategy paper says public employment costs will continue to be disproportionately high in relation to budget revenue.

“Clearly, fiscal space remains constrained, highlighting the urgency for implementation of the Cabinet thrust to contain and rationalise recurrent expenditures, predominantly reduction of employment costs. This allows for scope increases towards increased priority development public expenditures.”

Against this background, the Ministry of Finance says Government ministries should make submissions for budget allocations focusing on programmes that maintain coverage and quality of public services and ongoing Zim-Asset projects.


A MAN from Lupane who killed his workmate and hid the body in a bush near Matopos National Park where it was devoured by hyenas, was yesterday sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Postmortem results show that the heart, tongue, trachea, mouth, generative organs, kidneys, liver, bladder, intestines and other stomach contents were missing.

Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Nokuthula Moyo convicted Godfrey Mlalazi (41) of Sishane Village 4 of a lesser charge of culpable homicide for killing Mr Thabani Ncube (41) in December 2014.

Mlalazi allegedly struck Ncube with a knobkerrie on the head and the decomposed body was discovered a week later by a search party comprising villagers and police.
Mlalazi will serve an effective seven years in jail after three years of the sentence were suspended for five years on condition that he does not within that period commit a similar offence.

In passing sentence, Justice Moyo condemned acts of violence, saying the courts frowned upon such conduct.

“You struck the deceased with a knobkerrie at the back of the head which is a vulnerable part of the body. This court has time and again lamented loss of life through violence. It’s abominable for people to butcher each other after partaking alcohol,” said the judge.
Justice Moyo said the courts had a duty to uphold the sanctity of life through passing deterrent sentences on offenders.

“Society should be reminded that life is sacred and the courts frown upon such conduct. This is one case where a life was unnecessarily lost for the flimsiest of excuses,” ruled the judge.
Prosecuting, Mr Thompson Hove said on December 8, 2014 at about 11PM, Mr Ncube, Mlalazi, Nkosiyazi Ngwenya and Knowledge Mathwasa were coming from a beer drink at Wild East Farm in Kezi.

He said when the quartet reached Plot Number 19, Ngwenya and Mathwasa parted ways with Mlalazi and Mr Ncube.

A few minutes later, Mr Ncube and Mlalazi started quarrelling. Mlalazi allegedly accused the deceased of reporting him to the police for assaulting Mathwasa the previous day.

The quarrel degenerated into a scuffle and the noise attracted Ngwenya and Mathwasa who returned to the scene and found the two men fighting.

Mr Ncube, who appeared to be on the receiving end, tried to flee but Mlalazi caught up with him and struck him on the back of his head with a knobkerrie. Mr Ncube allegedly collapsed after running a short distance.

“Mlalazi fled the scene together with Ngwenya and Mathwasa and left Ncube lying unconscious on the ground where he later died,” said Mr Hove.

Mr Ncube’s remains were discovered on December 16 by villagers and police. The remains were in a state of decomposition and some body parts were missing after they were eaten by hyenas.

One of the witnesses, Mr Themba Dube, who was Mr Ncube’s neighbour, said he last saw him while he was with Mlalazi, Ngwenya and Mathwasa drinking beer at Wild East Farm.
The investigating officer, Chelaude Kimu, said when they arrived at the scene, they found the remains strewn in a bushy area about 50 metres from the road.

He said the remains were partly eaten by wild animals as evidenced by tracks of hyenas. One of Ncube’s relatives, who was also part of the search team, positively identified the deceased by his clothes.

Mlalazi, Ngwenya and Mathwasa led police to the scene for indications where a knobkerrie allegedly used in the commission of the crime was found.

Mlalazi through his lawyer, Mr Sifelani Mlambo, admitted that he assaulted Mr Ncube following a dispute, but denied that he caused his death. He pleaded for leniency, saying he was a sole breadwinner taking care of his two minor children. Chronicle


TWENTY-NINE aspiring High Court judges have proved that they cannot write a judgment, an elementary skill that every judge must possess.
For fear of more embarrassment, four of the candidates — part of the 10 lawyers lined up to be interviewed for the High Court judges’ posts yesterday — chickened out and walked out of the waiting room with tails between their legs.
The panel, that was made up of 10 commissioners from the Judicial Service Commission, had to adjourn early after dealing with the remaining six candidates.
Out of 43 candidates who on Friday sat for a two-hour exercise to test the candidates’ ability to write judgments ahead of the public interviews for the selection of eight High Court judges, only 14 passed.

Dr Elizabeth Rutsate, Mr Graciano Manyurureni, Mr Passmore Mabukwa and Mr Cassian Jakachira, who failed the pre-interview exercise conducted on Friday, packed their belongings and left the waiting room after the announcement of the written test results.

In his remarks at the beginning of the public interviews yesterday, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku registered his displeasure over a poor show by the 29, saying judgment writing skill was a pre-requisite for all judges.

“I am somewhat disappointed to report that out of the 43 candidates who turned up for the exercise, only 14 obtained a passing mark of five and above out of the total mark of 10.

“The Judicial Service Commission regards the writing of judgments as the competence of any judge. It is like the possession of a driver’s licence for all drivers,” said the Chief Justice.
The judiciary services boss advised those who failed the preliminary test to carefully reconsider whether they should attend the public interviews.

“In view of the poor performance by most of the candidates during the pre-interview assessment exercise, I am calling upon all those who did not pass this elementary exercise to introspect and decide on whether they want to proceed with the interviews or wait until they are ready and can pass this preliminary hurdle,” he said.

Chief Justice Chidyausiku said it was not an easy task for the JSC to recommend for appointment someone who has failed the basic level.
“We believe that it will be dereliction of duty on the part of the JSC to recommend to the appointing authority, the appointment of a person who fails at this elementary level to appreciate the nature of the matter that is before them or the issues that they have to decide, or the law applicable in resolving the matter,” he said.

Chief Justice Chidyausiku however, said it was a constitutional right for all candidates to participate in the interviews and persuade the panel that despite their poor showing at the pre-interview stage, they should be appointed to the High Court bench.

Mr Benjamin Chikowero of Gutu Chikowero Legal practitioners was the first to appear before the panel.

He was among those who passed the pre-interview test and he told the panel that he was qualified for the post.

Bindura-based lawyer Mr Zvidzai Kajokoto of Kajokoto and company was grilled over his persistence with the interview despite scoring 40 percent in the judgment writing test.
Chief Justice Chidyausiku said: “You want us to have faith in you when you demonstrated that you cannot write a judgment? Your mark was very low. It was four out of 10.”
Mr Kajokoto defended himself saying it was his first time to write a judgment and that given a chance, he would improve.

“It was my first time to write a judgment given that I have never been on the bench. Given time, I will be able to write good judgments.

“If I got four out of 10 on my first judgment, then it means I am not that bad,” he said.
Mr Pisirayi Kwenda of Kwenda and Associates, who came tops in the pre-interview test with 83 percent, responded to questions without any glitch.

He explained to the panel why he thinks he could be a good judge. “I chaired various commissions of inquiry for local authorities. I was never influenced by public opinion and I decided my cases fairly and in terms of the law,” he said.

Mr Kwenda is an experienced lawyer who worked in the Attorney General’s office and rose through the ranks to be head of the Appeals Section.

He left for private practice and also presided over disputes as an arbitrator.
Drama unfolded when a Murewa-based lawyer Mr Godfrey Macheyo got his chance to respond to questions.

Mr Macheyo, a former regional magistrate, dug his own grave when he cited a High Court judgment to substantiate his claims that he had appeared in the superior courts representing clients.

The judgment, in fact, blasted him for doing a disservice to his client and labelled him a liar and a lawyer who presented unhelpful arguments.

He was attacked left, right and centre over the judgment by several commissioners who felt his conduct was unwarranted in that particular case. The interviews continue today with 10 others appearing before the commissioners. herald


NEW data from the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Zimvac) 2016 Rural Livelihoods Assessment survey shows that 81 percent of Zimbabweans are choking under debts.

According to the recent study, some people are even selling property to buy food due to economic challenges.

Others were said to be selling more livestock than usual or spending savings on food. Poor crop production was cited as one of the major reasons leading to the public seeking loans.

“There is no significant difference in the proportions of households having loans/debts in 2016, 81 percent compared to 2015, 79 percent. A higher proportion of male headed households   (21 percent) had loans debts while 16, 1 percent female headed households had loans/debts at the time of conducting the survey,” reads the report.

ZIMVAC said 61 percent of debtors depended on family and friends as sources for loans.
“The highest proportion of households across all provinces were borrowing to buy food. Matabeleland South (54 percent) and Matabeleland North (52 percent) and Masvingo (50 percent) had the highest proportions of households borrowing to purchase food.
“The second most common reason for borrowing was to pay for education costs (Manicaland, Matabeleland North and South, Midlands and Masvingo),” reads the report.
The data comes at a time when the Government has said it is in the process of updating food mitigation registers in all the provinces as four million people now require food assistance in the country.

The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Prisca Mupfumira said her Ministry was working with provincial administrators and social welfare officials to update their registers to make sure that all deserving people benefit from food aid.

She said they recently held meetings with all Provincial Administrators, Provincial welfare officers and Provincial Ministers and directed them to go out to their constituencies to make sure that more people have been added to the food mitigation registers.

“The registers should include the elderly, orphans, people living with disabilities and the chronically ill.

“These are the vulnerable groups but we have since realised that because of the drought situation which we are in, there are more people who are not normally vulnerable who are in need of food assistance,” said Minister Mupfumira in Parliament last week.

“I’m sure you’re all aware that we’ve adequate stocks. As of last week, we had about 320 000 tonnes of maize available and we have also received 19 000 tonnes of rice which is going to be incorporated into the food mitigation programme.”Herald


A Rusape man risks losing his car which has been held as surety for sex with a hooker.

Daphine Masango had to surrender his car and other valuables Sunday morning after an altercation with an unidentified hooker who demanded money for services rendered.

The altercation ensued moments after the man was ‘massaged’ on his privates and a quickie on an agreed fee of $40. Initially he had asked for oral sex for $3 while in the car but later asked for more.

They also changed the venue from a car to a room.
“They agreed for oral sex in car for US$3 before they later looked for a place where they could do more and comfortably.”
However when the man failed to cough up the cash, the hooker confronted him and confiscated his car and keys.

“I need my money, indava wakachembera zvakapusa iwe, everyone must pay even lawyers, matikitivha or whoever must pay for sex.

“In South Africa we fight with clients tisina kupfeka, ukuda kutiza, mota inopwanyika iyi, don’t try it my friend, ukuda kundirova, chindipa mari yangu.

“Don’t try to escape usina kundipa mari yangu, iwe wandidyisa mb***, ko ndikaita infection, kill me like now, you want to run away without giving me my money, give me my money.

The hooker confiscated his clothes. Masango left his car and keys and hired a taxi to Nyabadza Village where he went to look for cash after trying several times to get cash from the bank with all his efforts in vain.