THE MILITARY

As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.

THE MILITARY

As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.

PROPHET WALTER MAGAYA

He is a controversial prophet who continues to draw large crowds with his promise of miracles. But as his popularity soars he faces all sorts of allegations. So far he has survived.

TSVANGIRAI THE SURVIVOR

Two secretary generals tried to topple him but failed. His wife walked out but returned home. Now MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is plotting his way to State House.

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Thursday, 8 December 2016

NATIONAL BUDGET LIVE UPDATES

Updates by The Herald 
 1552: With each new day in Africa a gazelle wakes up knowing that it should outrun the fastest lion to survive while a lion wakes up, stretches and knows it has to outrun the slowest gazelle in order to eat. As a country we should be able to outrun others in order for our economy to improve. such is the situation the country finds itself in.

1549: Paraffin usage was 12,7 million in 2009 but now stands at 75,8 million litres in 2016 which goes to show that it is being used by unscrupulous businesses that are blending it with diesel.
1545: Reviewing downwards presumptive taxes and the payments period from quarterly to monthly

 1541: Health Fund levy of  $0.05 for every dollar of airtime and mobile data.
1538: Six out  10 companies are supplying fiscalised machines so there’s need to licence more . Penalty for failure to connect to the ZIMRA fiscalisation system should be imposed.
1536: Propose to ring fence importation of milk powder as requested by industry, propose to remove school uniforms from open general import licence,  duty free importation of sanitary ware raw materials.

1532: Government is intent on turning them around  public entities and some of the remedies will be freeze on remuneration, freeze on increase in prices, fees and charges by all public entities and if there should be need to increase they will need to be justified on a case by case basis.
1529: Ease of doing business is being improved across all sectors of the economy. Cost of credit, 15% lending rates coupled by short repayment periods remains unwarranted.
1526: Framework to accommodate the increasing number of graduates should be formulated.
1520: 5% export incentive to support exporters of manufactured products. Disposal of IDC’s loss making units and ensure it reverts to its core business of venture capitalisation.
1518: SI 64 of 2016 has been positive as reported average capacity utilisation has improved to 47%.
1517: 2017 budget gives prominence to the productive sectors of the economy. Mining is projected to grow, platinum export tax extended by another year to December 2017, diamond marketing will evaluate the proposal received from Parliament. Recapitalise mines through joint ventures, finalise pending viable joint venture deals.

1513: The Constituency Development Fund will be allocated under Parliament following the promulgation of the legislation to govern the fund. $50 000 will go to each constituency.
1507: $25,8 million for the completion of all dam construction works currently ongoing.
1505: The 2017 will prioritise resources towards social protection mechanisms with $600 million going towards empowerment and poverty programmes.

1504: Construction of 12 primary and 5 secondary schools are expected to commence next year.
1501: Some of the allocations include Health $208 million, Office of President and Cabinet $175, Local Government $49,7 million, Parliament $30,7 million among others.
1459: 2017 total budget is $4.1 billion.
1457: Expenditure in 2016 was 4.6 billion because of drought, bonus payments, salary arrears, debt servicing, employment costs accounted 91.4% of revenues. State of public finances characterised by finance gap $1.1 billion.
1455: Recovery depends on building confidence underpinned by policy consistency, international re-engagement, good rains, liquidity. Revenue targets continually revised down.
1454: The fundamental challenge remains under production across all sectors. Economy dominated by high unemployment. Agriculture affected by the El Nino drought.
1451: The 2017 National Budget is fourth budget of implementing the Zim Asset programme.
1450: Minister Chinamasa has started his presentation.
1448: President Mugabe has arrived in the August House.
1438: Minister Chinamasa preparing to start the presentation anytime from now.

ANGRY WAR VETS SEEK ANOTHER MUGABE MEETING

MEMBERS of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) are seeking another crisis indaba with their former patron, President Robert Mugabe before the end of the year over their unmet demands.

 The highly irritable ex-combatants had a meeting with the President on April 7 this year, their first in 20 years, where they presented a long list of grievances.


 They had last met him in 1996 when they were demanding compensation for participating in the 1970s liberation war that helped bring the country’s independence in 1980.
During the April meeting, the war veterans asked for tax exemptions, allocation of some shares in the country’s blue chip companies and the sacking of ZANU-PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, among some of their demands.


 President Mugabe wholly ignored their demands, prompting them to request for yet another meeting with him in July which was not granted.


 In anger and frustration, they held their own meeting at which they announced that they were withdrawing their support for the veteran politician.


 A stinging communiqué critical of ZANU-PF leadership that was released on the day of the meeting led to the ZNLWVA executive being expelled from the ruling party and subsequently arrested for undermining the authority of the President.


 Their case, however, failed to stick at the Harare Magistrate Court after the State failed to get any witnesses. 


 They have since been removed from remand and are back with further demands.
They claim that now that they are out of ZANU-PF, they can speak their minds more freely, hence their latest demands.


 ZNLWVA national spokesman, Douglas Mahiya, lifted the lid this week on their latest demands in an interview with the Financial Gazette.


 He said war veterans wanted to meet the President primarily over deteriorating standards of living in the country.


 “The President must come to us without any intermediaries. We want to talk together and we want to agree or disagree. We seek closure. If we are to part ways forever, then so be it,” said Mahiya, violently throwing his arms around the begrimed office in some building in central Harare.


 It’s a small room furnished by a small common rectangular desk and four plastic chairs.
The office is used by an organisation known as widows of war veterans.  Following the conversation were four others, two of them fellow war veterans who kept nodding throughout the interview.


 The other two were women, roughly in their late fifties or early sixties, only introduced to us as widows of war veterans.


 One was carefully slicing a cucumber which was to be served later on during the interview.
“We want to sit down with him so that we understand where the compasses have gone wrong,” he shouted as if addressing pedestrians strutting on the street two stories below.


 War veterans, said Mahiya, want President Mugabe to explain if the money he recently gave to the Ministry of War Veterans, War Collaborators, Detainees and Restrictees was meant to fund the toppling of their executive and replace it with the one led by Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister, Mandi Chimene. 


 ZNLWVA are adamant that the money was provided to fund activities aimed at ousting them; claims which Tapfumaneyi has since vehemently refuted.


 “We want to know what the US$3,5 million was meant for because as we speak, school fees for our children have not been paid for four terms and if we do not see them getting paid in January, we will know it was abused,” he retorted, fizz forming on either corner of his mouth.


 He said they would soon approach secretary for war veterans’ affairs in ZANU-PF, Sydney Sekeramayi, to arrange the meeting with President Mugabe.


 “We hope Sekeramayi will raise it with the President. This time, we do not want anyone to come between us. We want to hear directly from him and him to hear directly from us. We want to talk frankly. We are now out of ZANU-PF and we can frankly say our hearts out without fear.


 “We think people at the Ministry (of war veterans) are fighting us and so we don’t want them anywhere nearer (the meeting with President Mugabe). We therefore do not want any money committed to that meeting. We don’t want government to commit its money. We can go there on our own as we have done before,” he said, casting his eyes towards the two men who, now munching cucumber chunks, respond by nodding their heads in total agreement.


 He did not hide the war veterans’ desire to see Kasukuwere being removed from the commissariat office, repeating their now familiar chorus: “He is not qualified for that office. It’s suitable only for occupation by someone with liberation war credentials, someone who knows the party ideology. We currently have 34 000 members in the association. All of them qualify.”


 He said the ZNLWA was transforming itself from being a ZANU-PF affiliate into a pressure group that stands for the welfare of the Zimbabwean citizens, adding that they would now never join any other party.


 “As war veterans, we are not going to join another political party, but we will tell political parties the ethos and values of the revolution to which they should conform. We call upon ZANU-PF and government to go back to the basics,” he charged.
Interestingly, the demand for a fresh indaba comes after they recently amended their constitution.


 Among other things, they elected to do away with the position of patron, which President Mugabe has occupied since the inception of the ZNLWVA in the late 1990s.
While in public they have claimed they no longer have anything to do with ZANU-PF, their undying affection for the 92-year-old leader and the ruling party has, however, left many confused. financial gazette

MOYO CITIZEN ARREST TOO HOT FOR PROSECUTORS

A 32-YEAR-OLD human rights activist, who is facing charges of unlawfully convening an unsanctioned meeting without notifying the regulatory authorities, yesterday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court for trial, but the State failed to proceed with it.

The suspect, Denford Ngadziore, who is on $100 bail, is represented by human rights lawyer, Obey Shava.

Prosecutor Nancy Chandakaona requested for the postponement of the trial. But the application was opposed by Shava, who argued the State was deliberately refusing to furnish him with State papers to enable him to prepare for the suspect’s defence.


“Your worship, the State is saying we should fund the production of the State papers for us to get copies and we refused, as it is a constitutional right for the accused to get those papers for free,” Shava said.

“If they want copies, let her (Chandakaona) give us that only copy and we photocopy it at our offices, we can’t give them money for State papers and we are ready to proceed with the trial today.”
Chandakaona then requested for the adjournment of the matter to seek audience with her bosses on how to proceed with the matter. After tea break, Chandakaona asked another prosecutor, Nyikadzino Machingura, to handle the matter, but the latter refused to prosecute.

Shava told magistrate, Lazini Ncube that the prosecutors were arguing over prosecuting the matter and he was now wondering whether the case would proceed and the magistrate confronted Machingura over the issue.

Machingura told the court he could not handle the matter, as the cases were allocated to them by their bosses and Ncube said he would approach Chandakaona over what had happened.

Allegations are that on October 17 this year at around 11am, Ngadziore, went to the Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology ministry offices, where he convened and addressed an unsanctioned gathering demanding the immediate arrest of the minister Jonathan Moyo over the misappropriation of money from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund.

Ngadziore, who was allegedly the convener, addressed the gathering without notifying the police.
Meanwhile, the trial of 20 Tajamuka group members, who are facing public violence charges after they allegedly torched Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) vehicles during a protest against police brutality, failed to kick off again yesterday.

The Tajamuka members, who include Promise Mkwananzi, Kunashe Muchemwa, Kerina Gweshe Michael Kauzani, who is in hospital, and others, were expected to stand trial, but this was postponed to January 12 next year by Harare provincial magistrate Lazini Ncube.

However, the group’s lawyer from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Tonderai Bhatasara, complained to the court the State was failing to furnish his clients with State papers to enable them to prepare for trial.

Bhatasara said he had been left with no choice, but to consent to the State on the postponement of the matter.

Kauzani was then issued with an administrative warrant of arrest after he failed to appear in court, but Bhatasara submitted the former was bedridden at a local hospital after being attacked by suspected State agents.

National Vendors’ Union of Zimbabwe chairperson, Sten Zvorwadza and 13 others, who are facing criminal nuisance charges after protesting against corruption at Harare Town House, appeared at the regional court for trial, but the matter was postponed to January 10, 2017. The matter was previously presided over by provincial magistrate Arnold Maburo, who has since been moved to the regional court. newsday

COURT BID TO BLOCK CHIEF JUSTICE INTERVIEWS

A FOURTH year University of Zimbabwe law student has approached the High Court, seeking to stop next week’s interviews for the soon-to-be-vacant Chief Justice position, arguing the process was unfair and was not transparent, in a case likely to shake the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

The student, Romeo Zibani, cited the JSC, President Robert Mugabe, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, his deputy, Justice Luke Malaba, Justice Paddington Garwe, Justice Rita Makarau and Judge President George Chiweshe, as the first to eighth respondents, respectively, in summons filed at the High Court last night.

Zibani, who is represented by Venturas and Samukange, said he was challenging the composition of the JSC panel set to interview the fifth to eight respondents. He said the shortlisted candidates were either friends, colleagues or bosses of the interviewing panel and this could be best described as an “incestuous” relationship.

“Most of the members of the panel are junior to the four nominees, creating a most undesirable state of affairs that will actually destabilise the JSC and the due process,” the applicant said.
“In fact, the remaining members of the panel ought to be saved the agony of having to interview their own colleagues.”

Zibani said Malaba, as Chidyausiku’s deputy, was the JSC deputy chairperson, while Garwe was the outgoing Chief Justice’s “social friend” and they both came from the same district.
He said Makarau, the JSC secretary, had worked with Chidyausiku for six years and came from the same district as well.

Zibani further alleged that Chiweshe reported to Chidyausiku and this would make the interviews unfair.

“It is further important for me to set out the current procedure, which I believe is not suitable for the appointment of a Chief Justice, hence, the need to amend section 180 of the Constitution to allow His Excellency (Mugabe) to use his discretion and appoint a Chief Justice of his own,” he said.

Zibani said Mugabe could in the interim set up a panel of retired judges to be submitted to the JSC to pick the next Chief Justice, but the ultimate solution was the President choosing the top judge himself.

The JSC is represented by Addington Chinake of Kantor and Immerman, who was not reachable for comment last night. Newsday

MDC COP KILLERS SENTENCE DATE SET

Three MDC-T activists who were convicted of killing Police Inspector Petros Mutedza in Glen View, Harare, five years ago are expected to appear at the High Court on Monday next week for sentencing. Tungamirai Madzokere (41), who was then councillor for Glen View Ward 32; Yvonne Musarurwa (29), the party’s youth deputy secretary; and Last Maengahama (40), a member of the party’s national executive, were in September this year convicted of murder with actual intent.

Their accomplice, Phineas Nhatarikwa, was convicted of a lesser charge of being an accessory to crime. Insp Mutedza was brutally stoned to death at Glen View 3 Shopping Centre by MDC-T activists in May 2011.

The State, led by prosecutor Mr Edmore Nyazamba, wants capital punishment imposed on the two men for the murder of Mutedza. He argued that the law now allows imposition of the death penalty on convicts of murder in aggravating circumstances, following the recent amendment of the criminal law statute that deals with a crime of murder.

“In view of the amendment of the law, it is important for the court to determine whether the offence was committed in aggravating circumstances,” said Mr Nyazamba. He said murdering a policeman on duty was on its own an aggravation. It was also Mr Nyazamba’s submission that the court should protect the interests of peace by removing the trio from society.

However, lead defence counsel Ms Beatrice Mtetwa, urged the court to consider the circumstances under which the trio was convicted. She blamed the death of Mutedza on the police brutality whenever they deal with opposition party members and members of the public.

“The highest possible sentence sought would not be justified but clearly fuel the perception of selective application of the law when dealing with certain political players,” she said. Ms Mtetwa also argued that the prosecution evidence did not identify the actual perpetrators. The doctrine of common purpose used to secure conviction on the trio, Ms Mtetwa argued was not part of our law.

“It was a tool that was used in Rhodesia to suppress blacks in Rhodesia, it was also a tool used in South Africa during the Apartheid era,” said Ms Mtetwa. “The doctrine of common purpose must not be used to suppress the rights of the people guaranteed in the Constitution.”

The lawyer also urged the court to take the opportunity of this case to condemn police brutality. “Zimbabwe was suffering from politically-motivated deaths, disappearances and torture by known assailants.

“Concerns have been raised pertaining to the selective application of the law.” Justice Chinembiri Bhunu — sitting with assessors Messrs Patrick Musengezi and Alexander Mhandu — postponed the matter in September to consider appropriate sentence.

KASUKUWERE CANNOT ALLOCATE URBAN LAND : COURT

ZANU PF was dealt a blow when the High Court yesterday ruled that Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere cannot allocate urban land.

Kasukuwere has been doling out land to urban youths aligned to Zanu PF thorough the Urban Development Corporation (Udcorp) in a move opposition parties said was tantamount to vote-buying.

A lobby group, Residents’ Forum, represented by MDC-T secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora, filed a High Court application, seeking to stop Zanu PF from giving out of stands to its supporters.
Kasukuwere, the Harare City Council and the Attorney-General were cited as respondents in the application, but neither filed a notice to oppose nor appear before Justice Charles Hungwe yesterday, forcing him to deliver a default judgment. The defendants were asked to pay the costs of the lawsuit.

The effect of the ruling, Mwonzora said, was that Kasukuwere could no longer dish out urban land to party supporters, which according to sections 264, 265, 274 and 276 of the Urban Councils Act belongs to the municipalities.

“The minister is not allowed to parcel out land, which is under the jurisdiction of council,” he said.
“In fact, the High Court ruled that the minister cannot distribute urban land.”

Residents’ Forum had been seeking relief to nullify all land distributions to Zanu PF youths done by Kasukuwere, claiming this violated section 56 of the Constitution because if was discriminatory.

The lobby group also wanted to stop Kasukuwere from parcelling out council land.
Zanu PF has been parcelling out land in various cities and towns, including in Norton in the run-up to a by-election that was eventually won by independent candidate Temba Mliswa.

The party had hoped to use land to lure voters in the forthcoming 2018 elections where it is expected to face a united opposition.

Denford Ngadziore, a member of Residents’ Forum, in an affidavit said, in April this year at a Zanu PF rally in Mbare, Kasukuwere offered 1 500 hectares of land to Zanu PF youths.
“The land was specifically offered to Zanu PF youths through their leadership. Most of the members of the applicant are not affiliated to Zanu PF. Therefore, in respect to these members, the first respondent is acting unconstitutionally and in a discriminatory manner,” he said. Newsday

MUGABE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GENERAL : MUJURU

FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru has claimed President Robert Mugabe is aware of the circumstances leading to the death of her husband, Solomon, in an inferno that continues to confound the nation five years after the country’s first black army commander died.
 
Mujuru, who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF), made the allegations in an interview with South African television station, eNCA, insisting that the Zanu PF leader still owes her an explanation on what transpired on the fateful night.
“He (Mugabe) can’t tell me he was not aware or he’s not aware of what happened to my husband,” she said.

Mujuru said her position was backed by what Mugabe has been saying, particularly after her unceremonious expulsion from Zanu PF last year. “With what he (Mugabe) said, can he excuse himself or really absolve himself? Why did he mention those things in the first place?” she said.

It was not clear what Mujuru was referring to, although there have insinuations Solomon and MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai were on the verge of a coalition.

Solomon’s charred remains were recovered from his Ruzambo Farm in Beatrice on August 15, 2011, amid speculation he could have been assassinated by his political foes within the ruling party, who thought he was a kingmaker in the Zanu PF succession matrix.

However, a judicial inquest, whose findings the Mujuru family has disputed, ruled out foul play in the general’s death.

Mujuru, in her interview broadcast on Tuesday, said her husband’s crime was accepting to be part of a Zanu PF succession committee set up by the politburo to choose Mugabe’s successor.

The committee, according to Mujuru, was chaired by the late Vice-President John Nkomo and had Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi and her husband as members.

The late former politburo member, Cephas Msipa in the past also spoke about the succession committee, saying Mugabe appointed Vice-President Mnangagwa, Joice and then party chairman, Nkomo to identify the President’s heir.

The committee, Msipa revealed, died a natural death before even meeting once, as Mugabe changed goalposts and blocked discussions over the issue.

Mujuru admitted that Zanu PF rigged previous elections by using soldiers and traditional leaders to instil fear and force the electorate to vote for the ruling party.

“The kraal-heads whipped the people to go and vote for Zanu PF. Asking the soldiers to run Operation Maguta was wrong. Why ask soldiers to leave their cantonments to go and run a political programme?” she said.

Operation Maguta was a government programme implemented in 2004 to supplement agricultural produce in the face of a drought.

Asked why she had kept quiet for so long, while the ruling party continued with its human rights abuses, Mujuru blamed her cultural upbringing, which she said forbade her from questioning decisions made by her superiors.

“Probably, it’s something from our culture that you respect a person to such a level where the majority of the people suffer,” she said.

“That should end. Even if a person is as old as the President, he has to be told to his face.”
The ZimPF leader also spoke about the early 1980s Gukurahundi massacres, saying her party was working on a programme to bring closure to the matter, although she ruled out frogmarching the perpetrators to the International Criminal Court to face genocide charges.

Asked if her government would compensate Gukurahundi victims, Mujuru said she would consult before making a decision.

She also claimed that she had met some Gukurahundi victims and traditional leaders in Matabeleland, but her claims were dismissed by the Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zapu party.
Zapu deputy spokesperson, Iphithule Maphosa yesterday said Mujuru might have mistaken victims of the 2005 Murambatsvina clean-up campaign staying at Ngozi Mine for Gukurahundi victims.

“Well, just a piece of advice, Mujuru: The people you visited at Ngozi Mine in Bulawayo are not Gukurahundi victims, they are victims of Murambatsvina as committed by your government leaving thousands, if not millions, homeless and destitute,” he said. “That you met one ex-ZPRA cadre there does not turn those people into Gukurahundi victims, but they remain Murambatsvina victims.” newsday

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

CHINAMASA PRESENTS BUDGET

FINANCE and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa is expected to present the 2017 National Budget this afternoon largely oriented towards a cocktail of incentives to boost local production while encouraging foreign direct investment.

Minister Chinamasa’ s budget comes two days after President Mugabe delivered his State of the Nation Address, focusing on initiatives aimed at stimulating production in line with Zimbabwe Agenda for Socio-Economic Transformation and the 10-Point Plan
With little change expected regarding funds allocated to traditional expenditure areas due to tight fiscal space, giving incentives to boost production and investment are critical in driving growth, creating jobs and improving competitiveness.

In the same vein, Minister Chinamasa is expected to provide clarity on the pronouncement he made in 2016 Budget Review Statement on the restructuring of the civil service.
Zimbabweans will also expect to hear actions that the Government will take against abuse of bond notes amid reports of pricing discrepancies between the USD and bond notes.

Analysts and Zimbabweans in general said polices that strengthen the country’s competition landscape would help transform the economy into a vibrant export driven economy.
Already, Government has put in place some policy initiatives aimed at addressing issues relating to the supply side of the economy such as improving the cost of doing business.

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has also put in place production enhancement measures to support selected economic sectors including mining and agriculture.
As such, Minister Chinamasa is expected to come up with complementary policies to reinforce such initiatives. It is also expected that the budget will propose measures to support and increase exports and inflows of foreign currency to ease liquidity problems.

SECOND PETROL ATTACK VICTIM DIES

POLICE are now investigating a double murder after the cousin of a woman whose room was doused with petrol and set on fire by her ex- lover in Gweru last Friday, died on  Tuesday.

Ms Cynthia Hlabangana, not Nancy Sibanda as earlier reported, died at Parirenyatwa hospital on Sunday after she succumbed to the burns she suffered in the horrific attack in Ascot suburb. Sibanda died at the same hospital..

Their attacker, Garikayi Zvamada Tabaringa (43) was allegedly miffed when Hlabangana decided to end their affair. Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko confirmed the passing on of the two women yesterday.

He said Tabaringa and his alleged accomplice, Itai Manyoka (34), had been taken for indications at the scene of the crime at number 343 Fusire Road.

“I can confirm that two women who suffered burns after Tabaringa poured petrol into a room in which they were sleeping and set it alight have died. One died on Sunday and the other one yesterday,” said Insp Goko.

“Police investigations are underway. It is our appeal that people preserve life and seek a third party like church leaders, the police and community leaders when they have misunderstanding rather than resorting to violence,” he said.

There was drama yesterday at the scene as armed anti-riot police officers cordoned off Fusire Road for indications to go on smoothly.

Tabaringa allegedly broke a window and poured nine litres of petrol into the room where the two deceased were sleeping before setting the room on fire at around 2 AM.
He allegedly suspected that Hlabangana was having sex with a rival suitor.

Neighbours said they heard him shouting that he was going to kill his “slut” around midnight.
Yesterday, Hlabangana’s aunt Ms Sithembile Chireza said the family was devastated by the horrific deaths.

“We are crushed as a family. We had just made arrangements for Cynthia’s body to be transported from Harare for burial in Gambiza Village in Chiwundura communa lands when we received the bad news that Nancy had also died,” said Ms Chireza.
She said Hlabangana was buried yesterday and Sibanda will be buried today in the same village. chronicle

MINISTER THROWS PERM SEC UNDER THE BUS

MINES and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa yesterday said he was in the dark why Pedstock Investments was paid $1,3 million by the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe, presumably for the services the agricultural company had provided to the Zimbabwe Republic Police.  The Herald broke the story mid this year. MMCZ paid Pedstock acting on a directive from the Mines and Mining Development Secretary Professor Francis Gudyanga. Coincidentally, Pedstock Investments supplied and installed state-of- the-art irrigation equipment worth thousands of dollars at Prof Gudyanga’s farm near Rusape. 
Minister Chidhakwa professed ignorance over the whole transaction when he appeared before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy chaired by Masvingo Urban legislator Dr Daniel Shumba.

“Pedstock, I think it is a company used by the police. To tell you the truth, I was shocked when I saw an article in the newspaper to say we have paid Pedstock. I could not understand and asked the secretary why we were paying Pedstock,” he said. Minister Chidhakwa insisted he was in the dark.

“The police, I think they have a company where they train their people; to tell you the truth I do not know how it is structured but what I then know is that after I saw the article, I asked the secretary why we were paying an agricultural company for the support that we give to the police.

“So I think it is something that you will have to ask between us and the Home Affairs Ministry for you to get a clearer picture,” he said. Minister Chidhakwa then asked Prof Gudyanga to tell the committee what transpired.

Professor Gudyanga told the committee that the payment arrangements had been made by the South African company contracted for security services whose details he was not willing to disclose.
“The Ministry of Mines and Mining Development has a contract with the organisation to investigate leakages. That contract also involves the ZRP (Zimbabwe Republic Police) and the company simply used Pedstock as a conduit for the money,” he said.

Professor Gudyanga said the company did not have a bank account. Dr Shumba reminded Prof Gudyanga that it was on record that the money was paid in cash. He said this amounted to externalisation.

Professor Gudyanga assured the committee that everything had been done aboveboard. He said he was in possession of documentary evidence. The committee demanded to know if it was coincidence that soon after MMCZ paid Pedstock, irrigation equipment was supplied and installed at Prof Gudyanga’s farm.

Prof Gudyanga said the company supplies equipment to various people and he was not an exception. He said he personally paid for the equipment. Prof Gudyanga said he paid a deposit and was yet to make a full payment.

But Dr Shumba said Pedstock was on record confirming receiving full payment for the equipment from Prof Gudyanga. herald

 

POWER STRUGGLES ROCK PEOPLE FIRST

TENSIONS are brewing in the Dr Joice Mujuru led Zimbabwe People First Party (ZimPF) over the nomination of one of the vice presidents from Matabeleland region ahead of the party’s congress early next year. According to party insiders, members are now split in allegiance between Bulawayo provincial coordinator Ms Esnath Bulayani and Dr Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, who recently defected from People’s Democratic Party, touted as front runners in the race. 
The battle has also spilled to the party’s WhatsApp chat groups where the youths are trading insults and some of the attacks directed at Ms Bulayani herself.

“Bulayani is being accused by party youths of trying to use unorthodox means to land the vice presidency when an unwritten agreement seems to suggest that a way should be paved for Sipepa Nkomo to take up the position at the congress,” said a source.

“Because of the insults, Bulayani has left one of the chat groups. Everyone seems to be against her candidature as there is a feeling that she would just spoil things.” Sources added that the provincial members have also met informally and endorsed Dr Sipepa Nkomo but Ms Bulayani turned and asked some members to campaign for her.

“What is now obvious is that Mujuru will have two vice presidents and one has to come from this region. On the ground people are campaigning for Sipepa Nkomo while others are campaigning for Bulayani,’ said a source.

ZimPF spokesperson Mr Methuseli Moyo yesterday said the party was yet to provide a framework for the nomination of members for positions. He said it was normal that towards an elective congress, people will back preferred candidates.

Meanwhile, the ZimPF national steering committee met on Tuesday and reportedly suspended its Matabeleland North provincial coordinator Mr Max Mnkandla over allegations of maladministration and failure to work with others. Mr Moyo said he was not aware of the suspension as he was not part of the Harare meeting. herald

MOYO MUST BE ARRESTED : ACTING AG

ACTING Prosecutor-General Advocate Ray Goba has directed Commissioner-General of Police Augustine Chihuri to urgently finalise the necessary paperwork and take Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo to court to answer to fraud, corruption, money laundering and obstructing the course of justice charges.

Prof Moyo, his deputy Godfrey Gandawa and Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) finance director Nicholas Mapute stand accused of abusing nearly $500 000 belonging to (Zimdef).

Gandawa and Mapute have since been placed on remand at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts, but Prof Moyo filed an application at the Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of his arrest.
 
Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo yesterday said he was not aware of any correspondence between the Acting PG and Comm-Gen Chihuri on Minister Moyo’s arrest, but The Herald has it on good record that the two communicated.

Responding to questions by Norton National Assembly yesterday, Minister Chombo denied knowledge of any correspondence in which Adv Goba directed Comm-Gen Chihuri to take action against Prof Moyo. However, on November 1 2016, the Acting PG wrote to Comm-Gen Chihuri indicating that there was a strong case against Prof Moyo and directed the police boss to finalise the criminal case.

The letter was attached to Adv Goba’s bunch of papers opposing Minister Moyo’s pending Constitutional Court challenge against his arrest.

“Accordingly, acting under the powers vested in me under Section 259 (11) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, I hereby direct you, Dr Augustine Chihuri, Commissioner General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police to complete the usual criminal procedures stated above, including but not limited to recording warned and cautioned statements from each and all the alleged perpetrators mentioned herein for each and all the alleged charges jointly as they acted in concert and in common purpose to defraud, steal, launder the proceeds and corruptly to feather their own nests,” said Adv Goba.
The Acting PG said Minister Moyo should also be charged with defeating the course of justice. “In regard Jonathan Moyo, a further charge of obstruction and defeating the course of justice by virtue of his conduct which is tantamount to compounding the crimes alleged, should be separately added.
 
“His public conduct and utterances are ample testimony thereof,” he said. Adv Goba urged Commissioner Gen Chihuri to expeditiously work on the matter because it was of public importance.
 
“In accordance with the provisions of Section 259(11) aforesaid, you are required to comply with my directive and to report to me what you will have done thereupon. “As the matter is of extreme public interest, I direct that you act without delay and in any event within 48 hours of service of this directive on you and in due course submit the police crime docket for finalisation,” reads part of the letter.
 
Adv Goba, in the same letter, indicated that his office had carefully perused the docket and concluded that Minister Moyo and his subordinates had committed the offence.

“We have thoroughly perused the proceedings submitted to us and come to the inescapable conclusion based on available evidence that all the alleged perpetrators did commit the alleged crimes on diverse occasions over a period.

“The available evidence is of such strength that it can be said that it discloses a threshold far above the ordinary yardstick of reasonable suspicion,” he said. Adv Goba said the alleged crimes were of a very grievous nature and were premeditated.

“Although ordinarily, motive is irrelevant in criminal matters, it is clear that all the alleged
perpetrators engaged in a premeditated criminal enterprise for their own personal benefit albeit financial or political.

“They did not have any right to act in the matter they did,” said Adv Goba.
However, in a bid to discredit the Acting PG, Minister Moyo filed an answering affidavit in his Constitutional Court challenge indicating that Adv Goba had a pervious criminal conviction.

“The depondent ’s handling of this matter and his tainted past in Namibia seriously puts into issue his knowledge and experience in handling such matters and in particular, the present matter,” he said.

Minister Moyo attached a judgment by the High Court of Namibia that narrates how Mr Goba was convicted of attempting to obstruct the course of justice in that foreign country.

“In this regard, it may assist the court to have a fuller appreciation of his qualifications and experience by having regard to a decision of the High Court in Namibia in case Nomber A118/2011 which touches on the fourth respondent’s conduct in a similar office in this Southern African nation,” reads the affidavit.

Minister Moyo quoted a Namibian judge in that particular matter as saying:
“Unfortunately, for the applicant, he was convicted on a charge of attempting to obstruct or defeat the course of justice. On Appeal, this conviction was confirmed by the High Court on June 29 2004. An application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court was also refused.
“In various subsequent applications, for visas, the applicant sought to downplay the offence as a traffic offence, or failed to furnish details of the offence as he was required to do.” Minister Moyo insisted that he was innocent and that Adv Goba was simply being influenced by media reports.
 
“The charges against me are false and I denied them vehemently with evidence when I was finally interviewed by ZACC.
 
“The deponent (of the opposing affidavit) confesses to reading press articles which appear in his own words to have swayed him into forming an opinion of me. He does not, as is required of a professional occupying a fundamental constitutional office, treat such reports as unsubstantiated news items and only deal with facts and evidence as I understand all lawyers are required to,” reads Minister Moyo’s answering affidavit. herald

EIGHT TEACHERS SACKED IN GWERU

Eight teachers in Gweru have been left cursing the day they decided to look for greener pastures after they were used and dumped by an elite school Lingfield Christian Academy.

The eight who resigned from the Ministry of Education after being promised better packages had their contracts terminated after just two terms.

The teachers are now living in bitterness after promises of greener pastures turned out to be a valley of despair.

Before the ordeal, the teachers were working in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and famed for producing excellent results at schools such as Regina Mundi, Fletcher and Anderson.

The teachers who were lured by educationist Mr Morton Mabandla who was starting a new elite school known as Lingfield Christian Academy are now unemployed after their contracts were terminated after just two terms.

After promising salaries of over a thousand dollars, better accommodation and an excellent medical aid scheme, Mabandla’s promises quickly turned into a nightmare as nothing was fulfilled according to the teachers.

One of the victims a former school head from an elite school in Bulawayo worked for three weeks before he resigned due to frustration.

ZBC tracked some of the affected teachers who confirmed they are now unemployed after falling for Mabandla’s tricks.

The teachers have since engaged the services of a lawyer so that the institution can pay them their dues.

A senior education officer who refused to speak on camera said it is not only unfair but cruel for a former teacher to treat members of his own profession in such a manner.

He confirmed the teachers who whose contracts were terminated for alleged incompetence are in fact among some of the best as they are renowned for producing good results.

It is alleged that one of the affected teachers died of hypertension but it is not known whether the death is connected to stress related to the termination of employment.

The school which has a tennis and basket ball court advertises other sports such as cricket, polocrosse, hockey, archery and rugby even though they have no facilities for such sports.

CHIYANGWA IN BOND NOTES U TURN



Affirmative Action Group (AAG) founder and businessman, Phillip Chiyangwa says he never savaged the introduction of bond notes.

He now says bond notes are proving to be a critical remedy to liquidity challenges the country has been facing.

But addressing an AAG conference in Harare last week, Chiyangwa said “Surely, how can you print a paper and sign it and then tell me it is money? No, no, no. We need to challenge some of these things,” he said.

However, speaking to the ZBC News today, Chiyangwa said he had been misquoted, adding that bond notes are emerging as a solution to problems that have been bedevilling Zimbabwe’s economy.

Chiyangwa further stated the need for the public and traders to desist from the culture of holding onto hard cash so as to guard against artificial cash shortages.

Chiyangwa said the acceptance shown by all sectors of the economy are an indication that bond notes introduction is yielding fruit.