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Sunday, 23 November 2014


Zanu-PF Midlands provincial executive council yesterday rejected applications for Central Committee posts by Cde Francis Nhema and Cde Flora Buka and passed a vote of no confidence in its four other members accused of fanning factionalism.

“The executive council has withdrawn the candidature of aspiring Central Committee members, Cde Floda Buka, Cde Francis Nhema and Cde Mutingwende,” said provincial secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Cornelius Mpeperi.

He said the meeting felt strongly that Flora Buka was linked to the disciplinary issues in Gokwe North where some members are charged for promoting factionalism. “The executive passed a vote of no confidence in  Cde Edmund Mukaratigwa, Cde Fred Moyo, Cde Renius Madende and Cde Manongo for fanning factionalism in the province.”
Cde Mpereri said the provincial executive had also suspended 73 members from Mberengwa, Shurugwi and Gokwe North districts for periods ranging from one to three years. “In Mberengwa, 10 chairpersons who were charged with inciting violence, disrupting constitutionally constituted meeting and fanning factionalism have been suspended for periods ranging from one year to three years.

Five provincial members and 47 district chairpersons from Shurugwi who were charged  for holding unauthorised meetings outside the province and receiving bribes to influence the outcome of the central committee elections, were found guilty and suspended for  periods ranging from one year to three years,” Cde Mpeperi said.

He said in Gokwe North, three provincial members and eight district chairpersons accused of running parallel structures and fanning factionalism were either reprimanded or suspended for three years.

Cde Mpeperi said the sentences passed on the members are supposed to be endorsed by the National Disciplinary Committee.

He said Cde Chiratidzo Mabuwa and Cde Tafanana Zhou  who also accused of fuelling factionalism, had their cases deferred to a later date.


A ZIMBABWEAN man was found dead, half naked on a bridge at Thohoyandou in South Africa’s Limpopo province after he was allegedly stabbed by unknown suspects. South African police spokesperson for Thohoyandou, Major Mashudu Malelo identified the man as Tafi Nyika, 27. He said Nyika’s killers also robbed him of money and clothes before dumping his body at the bridge over the Mvudi River last week.

Nyika, a creative artist from Harare, lived at Muledane Village in Thohoyandou.
“Nyika left his home on Saturday morning and went to work at Thohoyandou Block D. He however, did not return and his wife became suspicious and alerted neighbours who then assisted her in conducting a search. They discovered his body the following day at around 7AM dumped at a bridge over Mvudi River,” said Maj Malelo.
He said they suspected that Nyika could have been murdered as his bloodied body had stab wounds and his clothes had been torn to pieces in a sign that he tried to resist his assailants.

Nyika’s wife, Progress Gavaza, said her husband phoned her on the fateful day at around 7PM, informing her that his employer had dropped him at a nearby garage.
Gavaza said she became suspicious when Nyika delayed arriving home.

“It was getting late and my husband hadn’t arrived home and that’s when I started panicking. I tried to phone him, but both his phones were off and I became very confused,” said Gavaza.

She said she informed her neighbours  and they accompanied her to a nearby tavern to check on him but could not locate him.

“I went back home, but couldn’t sleep and the following morning, some people from the neighbourhood came and told me that a body had been found on the bridge and I went and discovered that it was my husband’s body and was so devastated,” she said.
Maj Malelo said police were appealing to members of the public with information to come forward. chronicle


Harare City Council has booted out its spokesperson Leslie Gwindi and three other senior managers whose positions were made redundant by the city’s restructuring programme.The city is now negotiating packages with the four affected managers.

In June the city sent packing seven directors in an effort to reduce its salary bill, which was consuming more than half of its revenue. Council recently collapsed several departments in a new structure, resulting in some directors becoming redundant.

Human Capital and Public Safety director Dr Cainos Chingombe yesterday confirmed the development saying the city was streamlining its functions in order to cut costs and cut a top heavy management.

“This is the second phase of the restructuring exercise. After the first one, we felt there was need for integration of some departments and it meant that some positions became redundant hence some managers were affected. “In the communications department which is under the town clerk, we felt it was top heavy and we did not need someone at a senior level. Mr Gwindi was at deputy director level. We need a runner who can be at a junior level so we are negotiating a package with Mr Gwindi,” he said.

The city centralised the finance function hence its finance and administration manager Paul Dhliwayo will also be retrenched. The merging of the waste management and amenities department made Emmanuel Muza’s position as waste management manager redundant hence he would also be retrenched while the joining of the Education and Social Services department led to the retrenchment of parks and cemetery manager Raymond Chiromo.
Dr Chingombe said the city didn’t want to send people into the streets hence it would negotiate with affected parties.

According to the Human Resources and General Purposes’ committee, the affected managers should either be redeployed or retrenched.

Dr Chingombe said following restructuring programme implemented in June, it was necessary to redeploy some of the managers to fill vacancies which had arisen. The redeployment is based on one’s qualifications.

Vacancies have arisen due to the rationalisation exercise which resulted in the deletion of some posts and the merger of other positions.

The Human Resources and General Purposes committee has since recommended that the health services manager should carry out specialised health services management which was being performed under the deleted position of administration and finance manager.
In the Department of Works, it was recommended that the position of chief engineer electrical and mechanical services be removed and the duties be transferred to Engineer Roads. The result would be a new position of chief engineer.

It was also proposed that the City planning, City valuations and Estate management, City traffic and transport planning and survey should be merged to create the Land Development division. herald
The City Architect division would be merged with the Property Development unit to create the Property Development division.
On the Human Capital and Public Safety department, the position of human capital development manager (Grade four) would be reconstituted as well as that of chief fire officer (Grade four) which had been restructured.


Some members of the Mashonaland Central Zanu-PF provincial elections directorate yesterday rejected Vice President Joice Mujuru’s application for a Central Committee post, but she survived after a compromise was reached to leave the decision to the Politburo.
 While VP Mujuru survived the first hurdle in her bid to land the Central Committee post but the case was different for other provincial heavyweights like Politburo member Cde Nicholas Goche who had to run for dear life after youths prevented him from submitting his CV.
When acting provincial chairman Cde Wonder Mushange announced VP Mujuru’s name among  those who had submitted their names for consideration for the Central Committee, it was received with mixed feelings, with some saying she was no longer fit to continue serving in the party’s top organ.

“The people were saying they could no longer work with the VP considering that she is linked to the activities meant to destabilise the party,” said Cde Mushange.

He said it was later decided that that considering her position, the province would leave VP Mujuru’s fate to higher authorities after she had been nominated by Mt Darwin District.


Zanu-PF Politburo member Cde Nicholas Goche had to run for dear life yesterday fleeing Zanu-PF youths in Bindura who were baying for his blood after he was implicated in the plot to assassinate President Mugabe.Cde Goche sneaked out of the meeting at Mayfair Lodge where he intended to submit his application for  a Central Committee position.

The youths led by Mashonaland Central youth league chairman Godfrey Tsenangamu said Cde Goche displayed disrespect of the highest order by plotting to kill the President and as such was unfit to occupy such a senior post in the party.

Cde Goche was rescued after Politburo member Cde Saviour Kasukuwere calmed the youths who had blocked the main gate and he had to be whisked away in his black Toyota Landcruiser, an hour later after arriving for the meeting.

He is reported to have told officials during the meeting that he wanted to withdraw his CV and leave the venue.

At first he attempted to use another gate but the youths went and blocked it. This occurred after the youths had been addressed by the provincial acting chairperson Cde Wonder Mashange, Politburo member Cde George Rutanhire and Cde Tongai Kasukuwere at the main gate.

Cde Kasukuwere later intervened and asked the youths to let Cde Goche leave the venue using the main gate around 12noon.

The youths gave them a petition in which they said all those who had been implicated in plotting to assassinate President Mugabe should not submit their CVs.
The petition had a list of 10 senior officials barred from submitting their CVs who are Cdes Goche, David Butau, Criswell Mutematsaka, Kenneth Shupikai Musanhi, Sydney Chidamba, Joseph Mapiki, Elphas Kanhanga, Christopher Chitindi, Obert Mutasa and Dugmore Chimukoko.

Cdes Mutematsaka, Kanhanga, Ratidzai Marumahoko and Edgar Chidavaenzi attended the meeting briefly but were chased away by the youths.

“On this 23rd day of November 2014, we the undersigned being bona fide members of the revolutionary party Zanu-PF, do hereby re-affirm our 100 percent support for President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe and the first family. We are grateful to President Mugabe for his support to us in agriculture, mining and our small to medium enterprise ventures among other sectors,” reads part of the petition.
“We are however disturbed to note that there are some senior members in the party who are deciding to rise against our President, whom we elected overwhelmingly on July 31, 2013. Such individuals have taken it upon themselves to join hands with western countries and opposition parties in Zimbabwe to effect illegal regime change. We are shocked that these same people who have benefited immensely from President Mugabe’s goodwill are even plotting to kill him.”

The youths said such high ranking people had no place in the leadership structures of the party as some of them were exchanging valuable party information for dirty money through the American Embassy and Eric Little.

“Our immediate demand therefore is that the Provincial Elections Directorate (PED) must not accept their curriculum vitaes (CVs) as they have no place in our central committee. Having stated this we the undersigned, want to inform you that the following are some of the people involved (the 10 officials).”

The petition was handed over to Cde Mashange who later gave it to Cde Kasukuwere who promised to hand it over to senior party officials at the Zanu-PF headquarters.
Cde Tsenangamu said they were demanding action to be taken against the senior party officials who were plotting against President Mugabe.

Addressing the youths, Cde Mashange said the youths as the vanguard of the party, had shown that they were there to defend the party and President Mugabe.

Cde Rutanhire said he had heard their grievances and urged them to remain vigilant.
Earlier on, some party officials and war veterans had also said some of the officials who were implicated in plotting to assassinate President Mugabe should not submit their CVs.
But Cde Goche had said party members should not make decisions. “We shouldn’t take decisions here. My own advice is that take the CVs and make some remarks and state reasons why you don’t want these people,” he said.

Meanwhile, Cde Mashange said the meeting went on well and that they conducted a vetting process while they were receiving the CVs. “In the process there was a demonstration by the youths against some of the leadership especially Cde Goche whose CV they said shouldn’t be accepted together with the rest of the people accused of plotting to kill President Mugabe.

“Cde Goche later decided to withdraw his CV. I think he did the honourable thing by withdrawing,” he said. Cde Mashange said there was also an issue about Politburo member Cde Lazarus Dokora who is being accused of ferrying councillors and chairpersons to Mozambique where they held meetings to discuss how they could back Vice President Joice Mujuru for the presidency.

Cde Mashange said people in the province had shown that they were 100 percent behind President Mugabe.

On Saturday, President Mugabe questioned Cde Goche over reports that he approached hit men to assassinate him. herald


Four Harare nurses employed by Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) accused of defrauding the health and reproductive health parastatal of medical supplies and services worth over $91 000 were recently acquitted. Fortunate Nyahuye (38), Dzingai Mhene (31), Tendai Murwira (25) and Precious Tachiveyi (24) were accused of conniving to reopen Spillhouse Clinic unit after it had been closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

However, Harare magistrate Mr Milton Serima ruled that evidence led in court did not link the four to the offence.
It was alleged that during the period between 24 December 2013 and 3 January 2014, the quartet opened the clinic, prejudicing the health facility of $36 900 in administration fees. It was further alleged that they received drugs from National Pharmaceuticals worth $14 200 which they sold and converted the money to their own use.

They were also supplied drugs by Harare Central Hospital worth $19 200, it was alleged.
The quartet was also being held accountable for $22 068 worth of drugs which were supposed to have been dispatched to other clinics. Charges were levelled against the four after ZNFPC received information that the accused nurses had opened for business during the festive season.


Leader of the Abundant Life Global Ministries Bishop Danmore Magorimbo, who recently appeared in court accused of raping his married congregant while “cleansing her of evil spirits transmitted into her body by her husband” was back in court last week facing fresh charges. Magorimbo (45) of Number 5 Sudeley Close, Greystone Park, Harare, appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Milton Serima facing attempted rape and indecent assault charges.

Mr Serima remanded Magorimbo in custody to this Wednesday and advised him to apply for bail at the High Court. It is alleged that the complainant was a member of the leadership council and used to collect money for rentals from Magorimbo. The court heard that on one of the days, the woman entered Magorimbo’s office and he stood up, giving her a ‘tight’ hug. It is alleged that Magorimbo kissed the woman on her cheek, but she pushed him away and he fell on the table.
Magorimbo allegedly spent the next day sending text messages to the woman apologising for his behaviour.

After some time, Magorimbo called the woman to his office to collect money for rentals. When the woman entered his office, Magorimbo allegedly locked the doors and hid the keys. The court heard that Magorimbo pressed the woman against the door before lowering his trousers, but the woman slapped him on the face and threatened to scream. Magorimbo released the woman and started crying, asking for forgiveness.

The woman later told him that she had forgiven him and would not tell anyone, prompting Magorimbo to release her.

The woman stopped attending Magorimbo’s ALGM church and later reported the matter to the police.

In the matter for which Magorimbo previously appeared in court jointly charged with his intercessor Leeshalow Kambiro (27), he allegedly raped a married woman claiming to cleanse her.

It is alleged that sometime in April at the church’s premises at 1 Hampden Road in Belvedere, Magorimbo approached the woman in the prayer room and invited her to his office. It is alleged that he raped the woman claiming to drive away her evil spirits transmitted into her body by her husband through sexual intercourse. herald


Prophet Walter Magaya has sensationally claimed that the Kwekwe tragedy in which 11 people were crushed to death was not an accident but a planned stampede. He placed the tragedy on the door of what he called the enemy who wanted the world to believe that "we are doing rituals." Magaya said as a result all future crusades around Zimbabwe had been cancelled. Listen to what he had to say here


Dembare are the PSL champions for the fourth year in a row. The team lifted the title this time around, courtesy of Caps United who beat ZPC Kariba 3 goals to 2. ZPC Kariba needed a draw or a win to lift the title in their maiden year. But Dynamos beat How Mine 2 goals to nil and had to sweat it as ZPC went all out to snatch a draw against Makepekepe. But it was not be and Dembare fans are celebrating once again.


University of Kent law lecturer, Alex Magaisa, says there are a lot of things happening around President Mugabe and in Zanu PF that do not make any sense.

“There are too many contradictions, but the one explanation for this is simply that Mugabe is a master of divide and rule politics. He thrives on the vulnerability of those around him. The more they feel unsure and insecure, the better for him,” Magaisa said.

He added that this was the reason why Mugabe was not protecting Mujuru from the scathing attacks she was receiving from his wife and Mnangagwa’s supporters, was at the same time not sacking her.

“If Mujuru was such a threat, why would he leave her in charge? But he knows that she is vulnerable and grateful that she has not been sacked so he retains command over her.
“At the same time, those who are pushing for her removal may gain comfort from the fact that he has not admonished them, but they are equally confused because he is not acting on their propaganda and is even leaving her in charge while he is away,” Magaisa said.

“Thus Mugabe has all parties where he wants them to be, fighting each other and vulnerable. He remains unscathed, looking powerful and untouchable.I cannot think of any other explanation apart from the divide and rule strategy that Mugabe is so good at,” he added.

Another analyst, Dewa Mavhinga, said part of the confusion arose from the dual character of Mujuru’s role as both Zanu PF and government vice president.
He said although some in the party were unhappy with her, this did not affect her government role, where the law demanded that she be accorded her place and be allowed to act as president when Mugabe was absent.

“Unless and until constitutional procedures to remove her are followed, she remains the country’s VP, even if she loses her post in Zanu PF.
“This is similar to the Malawi situation where Joyce Banda was fired from her party but remained State VP, who constitutionally took over when Bingu waMutharika died,” Mavhinga said.

But Maxwell Saungweme said Zimbabweans should not read too much into the fact that Mujuru was acting president when Mugabe was away, as this meant nothing as the party’s elective congress drew nearer.

“He is just afraid of creating a constitutional crisis before their congress given that there are so many power-hungry people in Zanu PF and government at present and so many centres of power.

“He is in a dilemma and is no longer totally in charge. There are so many moving pieces, so many centres of power. Grace’s recklessness is not helping her husband in any way,” he said.

Saungwene went on to say the confusion surrounding Mujuru, with Grace and others calling on her to resign yet Mugabe was leaving her as acting president, was clear testimony of the fact that both Zanu PF and Government were currently operating very shambolically.
“There is total chaos. Grace does not understand the provisions of the new Constitution that make it impossible for her husband to dismiss a sitting vice president at a rally. You can’t do that,”Saungweme said.

He added that the president had no power under the new Constitution to just dismiss a vice president at his whim.

“But again Zanu PF knows no constitution and no rules and Grace and others like her are   in their normal mode of thinking where they view Mugabe as more supreme that even the constitutions of both Zanu PF and Zimbabwe.

“Yes, in Zanu PF Mugabe is the constitution and what he says goes, but just firing a vice president of Zimbabwe will create a constitutional crisis which I think Mugabe and a few others in Zanu PF are trying to avoid,” he said. daily news



Ousted war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda says there is a new world order in Zanu PF where those who have been doing nothing for the party are being rewarded while hardworking elected members are punished.

Sibanda — who was booted out as war veterans leader and fired from Zanu PF earlier this month — told The Standard that current developments in Zanu PF posed a threat to life. He pleaded with Zimbabweans to turn to God for courage and wisdom to bring down the walls dividing Zanu PF and the country.

His utterances come in the wake of nationwide suspension of provincial chairpersons and senior party officials for allegedly supporting Vice-President Joice Mujuru in the race to succeed President Robert Mugabe.

The Mujuru camp is battling with another led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The former war vets boss wished the party a successful congress which he however described as a factional honeymoon where all people with divergent views and opinions had been axed.

“People who have been voted for and worked tirelessly for this country have been booted out. That is the new world order in Zanu PF that people who have been elected and work hard for the party do not qualify,” he said.

Sibanda said Ray Kaukonde was ousted as the Mashonaland East provincial chair despite the party’s impressive performance in election in the province.
Manicaland provincial chairperson John Mvundura suffered the same fate despite a 97% score in the province. Masvingo provincial chairperson Killian Gwanetsa and Matabeleland South province’s Andrew Langa were also kicked out despite a 100% score in the 2013 elections, he said.

“People in towns do not vote for Zanu PF because of the conduct of the party. There are no jobs, water is not flowing from taps and there is no electricity, but Harare provincial chair Amos Midzi managed to get five seats from zero, but he has been booted out.

“That is the new Zanu PF world order, that people who had abandoned the party and others who are always at media houses preparing statements are getting rewarded while hardworking officials are removed,” Sibanda said.

He added: “Just yesterday [Thursday] a certain traditional chief called me and said he was shocked that I had been sacked despite all the hard work I did for Zanu PF. What he said touched me and I assure you that a lot of people are worried about what is happening in the country.”
Sibanda said Zimbabweans should start to critically think about life ahead and pray for God’s courage to confront the elephant in the room.

“People should pray for wisdom and courage that will bring down all walls dividing people in Zimbabwe. It is high time people think ahead and pray for straightforwardness,” Sibanda said.
Sibanda was expelled for allegedly being aligned to a faction led by Mujuru.

The firebrand former war veterans’ leader had also made statements saying Zimbabwe would not tolerate a bedroom coup, in apparent reference to First lady Grace Mugabe’s entry into politics. Grace has repeatedly called for Mujuru’s resignation claiming she was corrupt and was plotting to oust her husband.

Sibanda said in an interview last week that only the people of Zimbabwe were the authors of their destiny and pleaded with them to turn to God for courage to face their problems, claiming the current situation posed threats to human life.

“There are threats to life and it is not new in Zimbabwe that each time there are purges in Zanu PF assassinations followed. As for me, I was daily in danger for uniting people, defending the land and ensuring that Zimbabwe remains a republic that it is today,” Sibanda said.

Referring to the just-ended war veterans’ congress that ushered in Foreign Affairs deputy minister Christopher Mutsvangwa as leader, Sibanda said: “I congratulate Cde Mutsvangwa for managing to eventually getting all the guys who have been hibernating, except for Joseph Chinotimba, while some of us were busy fighting for the country, guarding it against imperialism.”

He added: “I congratulate him for bringing them under a brand new war veterans’ organisation. I am delighted that all war veterans have come out from their hiding places as according to Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong, many hands make the job easier.”

Sibanda said his executive worked tirelessly for a Zanu PF electoral victory, without pay or any form of incentive, but regrettably they were rewarded with dismissal. He said they worked under very difficult conditions, most of the time having to abandon the comfort of their homes while others were hibernating.

Blasting the unconstitutional nature in which people were being fired from Zanu PF, the tough- talking Sibanda said there was need for the country to respect its laws, not people’s opinions.
He said the on-going factional wars have seen opinions being respected more than laws. standard


Kwekwe MP Masango Matambanadzo nearly assaulted mayor Matenda Madzoke for allegedly denying him an opportunity to speak at a press conference.

 The conference was called on Friday to give the media an insight into the stampede that occurred at Mbizo Stadium where the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries headed by Walter Magaya had a church service on Thursday night.

Eleven people died while several were left injured as they tried to leave the stadium.
Matambanadzo surprised all and sundry when he charged towards Madzoke during the press conference that was also attended by Magaya, District Administrator Tenpercent Mutikizizi and former minister July Moyo.

The MP, who is currently facing charges of assaulting Gokwe Kana MP Owen Ncube, accused Madzoke of sabotaging and plotting his downfall. However, Madzoke was saved from assault by fellow councillor Silas Chaduka who stepped in between the two Zanu PF politicians.

Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya, who witnessed the incident, said while he did not agree with Matambanadzo’s way of solving problems, the MP should have been given a chance to address the press conference.

“Violence is never a method to solve a problem, especially under these circumstances, but I strongly believe that Matambanadzo and myself as legislators for those affected by the stampede should have been allowed to speak,” he said.

“I felt that what happened was a manifestation of Zanu PF factional fights in which Matambanadzo — who is viewed as a Mujuru ally — is being denied a chance to connect with his constituency,” said Chikwinya.

Madzoke, whose council donated US$100 to each of the 11 affected families and a free grave for those who will be buried in Kwekwe, said he was shocked by the attack.

“I did not call for this press conference and like the MP, I was also invited and therefore it is shocking to think that I am plotting his downfall,” he said.

During the press conference Magaya said his church would meet all the medical bills for those who were injured and the funeral expenses of the deceased.

“So far we have met with all families of those affected and have given them US$1 000 each to meet their immediate needs. Thereafter we will assess individual circumstances and release further funding accordingly,” he said.

Magaya told journalists that his church was forced to cancel the Friday all-night prayer meeting even though thousands continued to throng the stadium regardless of the disaster.

“With 11 bodies in the mortuary and several other people injured, we could not go ahead with the all-night prayer but instead we got everyone at the venue anointed with oil which in itself is a special event,” he said.

Magaya did not take any questions from the journalists.
Police, who are accused of causing the stampede through poor crowd handling tactics, did not attend the press conference even though they were invited and were expected to speak. standard


Barely a month after the Zanu PF’s politburo kicked him out of the chairmanship of Mashonaland West province, Temba Mliswa has bounced back.
The outspoken politician was overwhelmingly voted into the Central Committee in Hurungwe yesterday. The results in the province saw members viewed as belonging to a faction led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru winning positions to the central committee.

Other members who were elected include Webster Shamu, Edna Madzongwe and Sylvester Nguni (all Chegutu). Mliswa, Reuben Marumahoko, Godfrey Beremauro and Phone Madiro, who won in their respective constituencies, join Sarah Mahoka who sits in the central committee by virtue of being the treasurer of the National Women’s League for the five positions allocated Hurungwe district.

In Makonde prominent businessman Phillip Chiyangwa was controversially elected into the Central Committee alongside Lands and Rural Resettlement minister Douglas Mombeshora and Prisca Mupfumira.

Initially Chiyangwa was said to have failed to meet the Central Committee criteria, especially the clause that bars all those with less than five years of continuous service in the party. James Gumpo was nominated unopposed in Kariba.

In Zvimba no elections were held as there was consensus that Ignatius Chombo, Patrick Zhuwao, Walter Chidhakwa, Joseph Chirongoma and Virginia Muchenje be central committee members.

After the election of Shamu, Madzongwe and Nguni in Chegutu, war veterans’ leader Christopher Mutsvangwa has to tussle with former Norton town chair Bybit Tsomondo for the remaining slot which is to be decided today.

Mike Gava was handed the position to represent the youth in Kadoma. Other central committee members for Kadoma district include Peter Haritatosi, Sarah Chaderopa, Zacharia Ziyambi and Anesu Ruwizhi. 

Jimaya Muduwuri will battle it out with former Kadoma mayor Fani Phiri while former deputy Information minister Bright Matonga will tussle with Chengeta for the remaining two posts for Kadoma.

Mashonaland West was allocated 31 posts in the central committee and the remainder will be filled today through the quota system. The results will be endorsed today during the Provincial Inter-Districts conference where a position of the province will be deliberated for the posts at congress.
The Central Committee is the principal organ of the Congress and consists of members drawn from the party’s 10 provinces.

It acts on behalf of Congress when it is not in session and among other things; implements all policies, resolutions, directives, decisions, and programmes enunciated by Congress. It meets once in three months. standard


State security minister and Zanu PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, says Information Minister Jonathan Moyo has become a national security threat and must be stopped.

 Mutasa — who had chosen to keep quiet about the party’s ugly infighting for the past few weeks — told the Daily News in an interview yesterday that Moyo was at the heart of the besmirching of the names of the country’s top leadership, particularly embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru, a situation that was threatening national security.

He said Moyo was creating anarchy, mainly through his alleged abuse of State media, which was in turn creating chaos within the country’s security apparatus.

“As a matter of fact, they (security agencies) now do not understand what Jonathan nemanewspapers ake (Moyo and his newspapers) are doing.

“And there is a possibility that we shall start investigating him thoroughly because zviri kuitika munyika muno (what is happening in this country) currently hazvisiri zvinhu kwazvo, zvinoputsa nyika zvakatungamirirwa naJonathan (all these things will destroy the country and being led by Jonathan).

“So, zvaaisa muHerald ndizvo zvandinoti manyepo ekugumisisa (What he has put in The Herald are lies of the highest order), the highest level of lying and I do not really think that those lies are worth the paper on which they are written,” Mutasa said ominously.

Efforts to get a comment from Moyo yesterday, including telephone calls and messages to his mobile phone, were unsuccessful.

Mutasa’s claims come in the wake of continuing allegations in State-controlled media that he and ousted party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, among others, are working with Mujuru in a multi-pronged strategy to oust and assassinate President Robert Mugabe.

In yesterday’s edition of The Herald, the daily also claimed that the purported multi-pronged plots against the long-ruling nonagenarian included the alleged manipulation of party structures by Mutasa to enhance Mujuru’s chances of victory at the forthcoming congress.

But Mutasa flatly dismissed all the allegations as “the highest level of lying”, perpetrated by Moyo, whom he in turn accused of seeking to destroy Zanu PF from within.

He also said Zimbabwe’s security apparatus was one of the best in the world and would have picked up any such alleged treasonous plans by him and others if they existed for real.

He said his mandate as minister responsible for State security included providing security to the country’s leadership, including the First Family and Mujuru.

Mutasa added that contrary to Moyo’s allegations that were being made via State media, it was the Information minister who was on record as saying that it was not possible to destroy the ruling party from outside — and had thus allegedly set himself on a mission to do the job from within.

“That is my job, to provide security to leadership. I cannot be plotting with them and when I talk to the VP, we will not be plotting. I will be doing my job in accordance with my mandate.

“There has been allegations that Jonathan works with the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and there are articles he wrote to the effect that he wants to destroy Zanu PF from within and I believe that is what he is doing,” Mutasa said.

The veteran politician expressed his dismay with the current state of affairs in the party, which is witnessing unprecedented chaos, including the passing of multiple and confusing votes of no confidence in all but one of Zanu PF’s 10 provincial chairpersons, mostly on contrived allegations of fanning factionalism.

Even here, Mutasa again heaped all the blame at the door of Moyo saying: “It’s horrifying particularly what Jonathan is doing. He should just stop it as Amai (Grace Mugabe) says. He should stop it because he is the author of all that is happening in the party now”.

The State media has been on a crusade to vilify all perceived allies of Mujuru in the past few months, in a propaganda war that analysts say has reached comical proportions.


The Zanu-PF Constitution will be amended to ensure there is only one centre of power in the ruling party, with President Mugabe appointing all Politburo members – including the two Vice-Presidents and Second Secretaries and National Chair.

This came out of the Politburo meeting that started on Saturday afternoon and ended in the wee hours of Sunday.

A majority of Politburo members also called for the arrest of all people linked to the treasonous allegations of plotting to assassinate President Mugabe.
The 10-hour meeting adopted proposed amendments to Zanu-PF’s constitution, though these are to be fine-tuned for presentation to the Central Committee in the course of the week.

The Politburo also upheld the suspension of all provincial leaders save for three in Harare. National Youth League executive members will also serve their suspensions.
Insiders who went in and out of the meeting told The Sunday Mail that secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa’s links to the alleged assassination plot dominated proceedings, with most Politburo members applying much pressure that he and his reported co-conspirators face the wrath of the law.

Sources said, “The issue was discussed for a long time. Some members were adamant that we need to show teeth and punish him and his accomplices for their misdeeds. A few said the matter should be handled by the Congress.”

Cde Mutasa came under particular scrutiny because of the key offices he holds in the party and Government, where he is Presidential Affairs Minister and should never be associated with allegations relating to treason.

Several Politburo members, our sources said, pointed out that in other countries the seriousness of these allegations would have already led to swift police action and they were surprised that the ZRP had been quiet about this matter.

In his briefing, Zanu-PF national chair and acting spokesperson Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo told journalists that the Politburo adopted proposed amendments to the party’s constitution.

He did not state the amendments or field questions, but sources said the major one related to the President and First Secretary having the right to determine all appointments to the Politburo so as to avoid creation of multiple centres of power.

At present, the two VPs, National Chair, top six Women’s League officials and Youth League deputy secretary are elected into the Politburo directly; a situation critics have said can leave them without any allegiance to the President resulting in creation of factions.

Ambassador Khaya Moyo said the amendments would be tabled before the Central Committee for adoption.

“After extensive and fruitful discussions, a number of amendments were adopted and forwarded to the Central Committee. We will not be able to give you details of these far-reaching amendments until we have reported to the Central Committee and the Central Committee has endorsed it.”

Ambassador Khaya Moyo said the Politburo upheld the suspension of provincial chairs Ray Kaukonde (Mashonaland East), John Mvundura (Manicaland) and Luke Mushore (Mashonaland Central).

Harare women’s league deputy chair Cde Mirriam Chikukwa, Harare youth league chair Cde Godwin Gomwe and provincial women’s league political commissar Susan Chuma had their suspensions overturned.

Cdes Torongo Torongo and Tongai Nheta’s case of fanning factionalism was set aside.
A team led by Cdes Sydney Sekeramayi and Obert Mpofu was tasked to resolve factional disputes in Bulawayo while the vote of no confidence in six provincial youth league members was upheld.

On Congress preparations, Ambassador Khaya Moyo said: “The Politburo noted that the preparations are proceeding according to plan. The chairpersons of the 10 co-ordinating committees presented reports that were recorded by the Politburo. “As the Politburo meets next week, we will make sure that the Congress venue will be ready.” sunday mail


President Mugabe yesterday questioned Labour and Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche over reports that he approached hit men to assassinate him.

 The President also told Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti that he was “in the wrong basket”, in apparent reference to his factional links.

Further, President Mugabe commented on the main story in yesterday’s edition of the Daily News which was headlined “Stop it Jonathan: Mutasa”, asking ruling party secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa why exactly Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo “should be stopped”.

Zanu-PF’s First Secretary and President made the remarks as he arrived for a Politburo meeting at the party’s headquarters in Harare. In line with his tradition before such meetings, he greeted Politburo members individually in the conference room.

When he got to Minister Goche, he said: “Ko, ndiwe urikunangirwa huroyi.” The President then ribbed him with the song: “Ndiwe muroyi ndiwe” – prompting the visibly shaken minister to spring into self-defence mode.

Minister Goche denied the allegations and accused The Herald – which, together with The Sunday Mail reported on the matter – of fabrication.

Turning to Cde Bhasikiti, President Mugabe said:“Why are you in the wrong basket, Mr Bhasikiti?” A tense Minister Bhasikiti told his boss that he had worked on a thesis whose content proves his commitment to Zanu-PF.

“I am consistent, President,” he said. President Mugabe, however, told him off.
“You should get out of the wrong basket. I hear that you are not consistent. Get into the right basket,” he reprimanded.

Commenting on the Daily News article, President Mugabe asked: “Did Mutasa say this? Why should Jonathan be stopped? Is Mutasa himself innocent?”

Minister Goche is accused of plotting to assassinate President Mugabe as part of a plot to install Vice-President Joice Mujuru in his stead.

About two weeks ago, the Politburo heard that Cde Mutasa and former Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said President Mugabe would be shot if he did not allow VP Mujuru to take over at the December Congress.

Minister Goche, it is said, approached potential hit men in South Africa and Israel to explore the possibility of the assassination.
He allegedly used the cover of official Government business in Switzerland to make the stop-overs and meet the would-be collaborators.

And at Wild Ox Club and Mteri Lodge on September 7 in Chiredzi, he told Zimbabwe Sugar Cane Millers Union secretary-general Cde Edmore Hwarare that “real war” was coming in the run-up to the Zanu-PF Congress.
He said guns would be fired and unnamed people would be flushed down the toilet.
“Yamunayo kuno haisi hondo, real war is coming ahead of Congress. Pfuti dzicharira (what you have here is not war, real war is coming, shots will be fired),” he said. sunday mail


I think as a young woman I achieved most of the things that are expected of a girl my age. I know the sky is the limit and I still hope to do more. I really don’t want to delve into my personal medical history, all I want to say is at 27 years of age ndakatobviswa chibereko (hysterectomy) which is not very common.

After the operation I fell in love with my now husband but I did not mention this to him during our courtship because I just didn’t know how to go about it. Hapana wechikuru akataura pamusoro pazvo then I got carried away. Now we are planning for a white wedding since he has paid lobola.

The other day I was taken aback when he said we should plan our family, the question that nearly killed me is he asked how many kids we would want to have. I had to give an answer I said two and we were in agreement.

I know I can’t have babies after this operation, ndoita sei? What will happen if he discovers this or hears from some of my relatives. I love my husband, please help, I am so scared.

Thank you for following our column. I will start by asking you a question that will knock a bit of sense into your head. You know once you have this kind of an operation there are no two ways about it, you can’t have babies unless you consider adoption or otherwise. Why didn’t you tell him about this during your courtship? Why did you go through all this without asking for help or at least counselling? Why do you take marriage as a joke?

I always say this is a true lifetime commitment and it’s bottlenecked, it’s not easy to come out without breaking someone’s heart. Marriage is an institution where you can’t have skeletons in your cupboard.

I will be very honest with you, this is really very sad for you as a couple and for both your families, ana tete naanamai havana kuita basa ravo, especially from your side. My advice is before you tie the knot is to let him know the truth then it will be up to him to carry on or to withdraw. This is a big deal; it’s not a thing you can just sweep under the carpet. sunday mail


A HONDE Valley man appeared in court facing charges of statutory rape after he allegedly married a 14-year-old, a move which he said was acceptable in his unnamed church.

David Mwanaka (30) of Mwanaka Village in Hauna is facing statutory rape charges after living with the 14-year-old teenager as his wife for the past year.

Mwanaka appeared before Mutare magistrate Mr Langton Mukwengi last week and denied the charges.

He insisted that his bride was 16 and not a minor as the State was claiming. Mwanaka was granted $50 bail and the matter was adjourned for trial.

Mr Brian Goto prosecuted.

The court heard that Mwanaka was arrested after police at Hauna Police Station received a tip-off from an anonymous caller to the effect that he was cohabiting with a 14-year-old teenager.

“My wife is 16 and from what I know she is old enough to be married and live with me or whosoever she wishes to be with,” said Mwanaka in his defence.

Mwanaka, however, claimed that his wife had no birth certificate because it was forbidden by their church leaders to possess such documents.

He also refused to name the church he attended.

“A trial will be conducted and the truth will come out. Witnesses will be called and birth certificates will be produced. The truth will come out and if you are found guilty, brace yourself for a stiffer penalty,” Mr Mukwengi warned him.