MDC WAR

A war has broken out within the MDC tent. Leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Secretary General Tendai Biti are at each other's throats. The only one smiling is ageing leader, President Robert Mugabe.

MACHESO'S NHOVA TREATMENT

Musician Alick Macheso whos is divorcing his wife, Tafadzwa, could be in trouble after his treatment of nhova was exposed. The treatment could be seen as child abuse and Macheso could, possibly, face arrest.

OBSCENE SALARIES POSTERBOY

Cuthbert Dube has been re-elected the boss of Zifa to a chorus of boos within the football fraternity. Dube said he was not bothered as the people who voted wanted him to lead Zifa again.

ZANU PF WARS

Open war has broken out in the ruling party with the two factions, one believed to be led by Joice Mujuru and another by Emmerson Mnangagwa squaring off. Mugabe is on his last five year term and succession is now on the cards.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

PREGNANT WOMAN VANISHES

A MAN from Bulawayo’s Hillside suburb is looking for his pregnant wife who went missing on her way to a clinic last month.

Brighton Sibanda, 28, said his wife, Enia Dziva, 24, went missing on June 21 and all efforts to find her have so far failed.He said Dziva was slim and of medium height, dark in completion and has a scar on her right leg. “My wife left home for the clinic in the city centre and she never came back. All efforts to locate her have been unsuccessful. I was married in March and my wife is five months pregnant,” he said.

Sibanda said his wife comes from headman Chidakwa in Makuva area of Mberengwa District in the Midlands province.

Sibanda appealed to members of the public who might have information about his wife’s whereabouts to contact him on cellphone number 0715 933 041 or his brother-in-law Shady Dziva on cellphone 0713 204 248.

He said he has reported the matter at Hillside Police Station. Police have also called on anyone with information to call ZRP Hillside on (09) 241162 or (09) 242426 or any nearest police station.

3 000 PRODIGAL TEACHERS STRANDED

ABOUT 3,000 qualified teachers who quit their jobs at the height of the economic meltdown are still stranded after applying for re-employment in the civil service, unions said yesterday.This comes at a time when the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education reported a critical shortage of qualified personnel to fill thousands of vacant posts, especially in rural schools.

Teachers’ union leaders urged the government to rethink its policy on returning teachers saying the process of reinstating them was cumbersome. A senior education official who requested anonymity said the Civil Service Commission (CSC) had stringent conditions on “prodigal” educators.
“Such teachers are required to apply through their provincial education offices and have finger prints taken before going through a vetting process by the CSC,” said the official.

“It takes between six months and one year to be accepted back into the system on temporary basis and they are only allowed to apply for permanent employment after two years.” The official said those aged 50 years and above were not allowed to apply for permanent   employment.

Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu said the CSC stance on returning teachers was opposed to the spirit of reviving the education system.
“We lost a substantial number of teachers during the economic meltdown. Some resigned officially while some simply absconded and have pending cases,” he told Chronicle.

“It’s good news that some of these teachers want to come back but the regulations employed by the CSC are stringent.” Ndlovu added, “Their regulations are very rigid and unfriendly to the revival of the education system. As unions we have made attempts to relax the regulations and the education ministry has accepted but the CSC is adamant and maintains that the policy should be followed.”

He could not immediately provide the exact number of teachers seeking re-employment but indicated that around 3,000 might be stranded after only 2,000 out of the 5,000 were reinstated two years ago. Scores of teachers abandoned the profession and sought “greener pastures” in neighbouring countries around 2007 and 2008.

Ndlovu said the few teachers that had been engaged were taken on temporary basis, a development he said “does not attract teachers back into the profession”.

Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) Bulawayo provincial head Vusumuzi Mahlangu concurred saying the goal of empowering schools with qualified teachers would be difficult unless returning teachers were engaged. “Re-joining the government has become difficult for former teachers. It was agreed by unions and government that these teachers should be accepted without any conditions but surprisingly the teachers are being shut out of the system by unreasonable conditions,” he said.

“Most of these are qualified Mathematics and Science teachers and re-employing them would go a long way in addressing the serious shortage of teachers in our schools.”
Mahlangu said employing qualified teachers on contract basis and denying them benefits while reducing them to juniors was counterproductive.

Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Prof Paul Mavhima acknowledged that a number of teachers had applied for re-employment but defended the CSC regulations. “There’s nothing out of the norm. It’s a procees that every employer follows before engaging employees that have left before,” he said.

“Some even left without giving notice and it warrants us to put them through a vetting process before full-time employment. Those who have been downgraded should not complain because it’s normal. They can’t expect us to demote other people for them.” chronicle

VIDEO : ONLY 500 000 PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN FORMAL SECTOR IN ZIM

Zimbabwe is to relax its labour laws to make it easier for companies to hire and fire employees.
The country's finance minister Patrick Chinamasa says companies are being forced to go into liquidation because its cheaper than downsizing. He says that the formal sector now employs just 500 000 people, a tenth of the total job market.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

SCRAMBLE FOR ZIMBABWEAN CITIZENSHIP

There is a scramble for Zimbabwean citizenship by different nationalities the world over in the wake of the adoption of the new Constitution which allows dual citizenship, Registrar-General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede said yesterday.

Mr Mudede said his office was flooded by inquiries and demands from people from all continents who are claiming citizenship and asking him to prepare their passports. The revelations put paid to claims by some sections of the media that Zimbabwe was a pariah state that many would not touch with a 10-foot pole, and has been read as a vote of confidence in the country’s capacity to prevail over the challenges it is facing.

The United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe at the turn of the millennium, spawning an economic meltdown that culminated in the collapse of the Zimbabwe dollar in 2008.

The Western alliance has regularly issued travel warnings to their nationals against visiting Harare and even encouraging their citizens to leave the country. Ironically, addressing a luncheon he hosted for editors in Harare earlier this month, US ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Bruce Wharton revealed that he felt very safe in Zimbabwe and urged Zimbabweans to cherish and maintain their peace.
Mr Mudede; who was speaking briefing members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development who were on a familiarisation tour of his offices, said he was having a headache with the constitutional provision on citizenship as it did not have a cut off period on which grandchildren could claim citizenship by birth.

He said even great-grandchildren of foreigners who came as migrant workers, but eventually secured citizenship by registration before they returned to their countries of birth were coming to claim Zimbabwean citizenship, notwithstanding that they might never have set foot in Zimbabwe.
Mr Mudede said the new Constitution allowed any person whose grandparents or fifth generation children born abroad to claim Zimbabwean citizenship even while abroad.

He said the provision had opened the floodgates for people demanding to be conferred citizenship even though  they hold the citizenship for other countries.

“There is no question of second generation, third, fourth or fifth generation,” he said. “All of them have rights to come and that is the problem we are facing here.” “We are having somebody phoning from Australia, Canada saying, ‘please look at my birth certificate, I want a passport’, when he is outside the country. I said, no, you have to come home, and he says, ‘no I want my passport first’, and I ask him: Do you have another passport of another country? And he says: ‘Yes I have two’. I ask him: so, why do you need a Zimbabwean passport? And he says, ‘because your Constitution allows me to do so’.


Mr Mudede said each time he advised applicants that they needed to wait for the alignment of laws he would be taken to the Constitutional Court and had lost all the cases.

“So, there is no difference,” he said. “A person born in New York can claim citizenship. Then you ask yourself the question whether or not this English is correct (citizenship by birth). “What is now the difference between citizenship by descent, registration and by birth. Whether I like it or not I have to issue a passport to somebody abroad,” he said.

Some of those that have approached the Constitution Court and won include Zimbabwe-born, South African businessman Mr Mutumwa Mawere as well as medical practitioner and University of Zimbabwe lecturer Dr Farai Madzimbamuto, who are now holders of both South African and Zimbabwean passports.


Turning to queues at passport offices, Mr Mudede said that the challenge would not end, but what was important was how to manage it. “Queues will not come to an end (the passport office)”, he said. “People are going out of the country for greener pastures. Our economy is not performing because of sanctions, so people will always come here for passports.”

Committee chairperson Cde Beata Nyamupinga (Zanu-PF) said there was need to separate queues for men and women to avoid cases of sexual abuse.

She said some men might take advantage of the long queues to abuse women while in the queues. Asked why people were not allowed to submit their application forms online, Mr Mudede said that was a security issue.


He said it was important for applicants to physically present themselves to allow authorities to check the information in their presence. herald

35 MDC SUPPORTERS HOUSES BURNT DOWN IN RUWA

 A Zanu PF supporter, Simon Makaza, on Saturday burnt over 35 houses belonging to MDC supporters at Banana Groove plot, Ruwa exposing the families including children to the current harsh weatherconditions, according to the MDC.

Makaza sent in a truck with six men, who burnt the houses forcing the families off the land. An attempt to make a report at Ruwa police station were futile as the officer in charge, said the issue was political hence they could not attend to it. Subsequently, they refused to take down the complainants’ report.

Reports are that he is targeting moving to the adjacent farm, Danstun, to move more families suspected to be sympathetic to the MDC.

COPS : MOVE OUT OF MUGABE'S WAY OR ELSE

POLICE have called on motorists to respect the movement of state motorcades failure to which they would face prosecution.
Police national spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba yesterday said motorists were required by law to give way to state motorcades as they approach.“The ZRP would like to appeal to the public, especially motorists to respect the movement of the state motorcade as outlined under Section 16 (a) (1) of Statutory Instrument number 299 of 2002,” she said.

“All motorists must pull off the road and give the right of way to the motorcade as it approaches from either direction on the road.  Anyone who deliberately or negligently disturbs the movement of the motorcade will be dealt with in terms of the law.“We encourage the public to co-operate with the ZRP details who will be maintaining law and order during the movement.”

GUMBO SHOOTS DOWN MNANGAGWA SENIORITY CLAIMS

The Zanu (PF) information and publicity secretary, Rugare Gumbo, has dismissed a recent party youth wing claim that Emmerson Mnangagwa, the legal affairs guru and Defence Minister , was second in seniority after Robert Mugabe, the First Secretary and President.

Mnangagwa is seen as leading a Zanu (PF) camp fiercely fighting with another led by Joice Mujuru, the current party deputy, to succeed Mugabe, 90 and in power for 34 years.Edson Chakanyuka, the deputy Zanu (PF) youth league leader, reportedly introduced Mnangagwa as second to Mugabe during a belated 21st February Movement bash—held annually to honour the president’s birthday- at Kaguvi Training Centre in Gweru recently.""

“He is our leader in the province (Midlands, where he hails from) and we don’t expect anyone else to come to this province and claim leadership. Our leader here (Mnangagwa) is only second to Mugabe. He has no other leaders ahead of him except Mugabe,” Chakanyuka said.His claim followed a similar but separate one made by Victor Matemadanda, a Zanu (PF) central committee member and Mnangagwa loyalist.

While Mnangagwa responded to Chakanyuka’s remark by urging party supporters not to focus on individuals, the statement is seen as a deliberate ploy to test the waters ahead of the party’s elective congress in December.“I have only read about that in the papers, but if it is true, these people who have a knack for making wild statements as they pursue their own ambitions must know that Zanu (PF) is clear on seniority.

“The top hierarchy or presidium comprises President Mugabe, followed by Mai Mujuru, then SK (Simon Khaya Moyo) as the national chairman, then Didymus Mutasa.“All the misguided members who are making the blurred claims are nowhere near the top leadership. They might be in the politburo, central committee or hold influential positions somewhere, but we are not even looking at them,” said Gumbo, himself believed to belong to the Mujuru faction.He said the party would wait for a formal report on the statements made by Chakanyuka before deciding on what action to take.

PUBLISHING FALSEHOODS NO LONGER CRIMINAL IN ZIM

The Constitutional Court yesterday removed from the statutes Section 31 (a) (iii) of the Criminal Law Codification Reform Act, which criminalises the publication of false statements undermining public confidence in the uniformed forces.

The section reads: “Any person who, whether inside or outside Zimbabwe — publishes or communicates to any other person a statement which is wholly or materially false with the intention or realising that there is a real risk or possibility of undermining public confidence in a law enforcement agency, the Prison Service or the Defence Forces of Zimbabwe . . ., be guilty of publishing or communicating a false statement prejudicial to the State and liable to a fine up to or exceeding level fourteen or imprisonment for a period not exceeding twenty years or both”.


Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba made the ruling in the case in which Alpha Media Holdings editor-in-chief Vincent Kahiya and former staffer Constantine Chimakure were challenging their arrest and prosecution on the offence.

“It is the order of the court that Section 31 (a) (iii) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 was in contravention of Section 20(1) of the former Constitution and therefore void,” he said.

“The respondent (Attorney-General of Zimbabwe) is to pay the costs of the main application as well as the costs relating to the confirmation of this rule nisi.”
Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku and Justices Vernanda Ziyambi and Elizabeth Gwaunza agreed with the judgement.


The court held that the law was not reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.
In October last year, the court held that the law was in violation of the people’s rights to freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution.

The Constitutional Court observed that the section had the effect of breaching people’s rights and invited Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa to justify its existence within a month’s time if he so wished.

The ruling by the Constitutional Court yesterday followed an appeal by Chimakure and Kahiya who had been charged under the Criminal Code’s Section 31 for allegedly publishing or communicating a false statement prejudicial to the State.

The two journalists were charged after they published a story titled “Activists’ abductors named,” where in the story senior police officials were identified as having abducted MDC-T activists and Zimbabwe Peace Project director Jestina Mukoko in 2009.
Minister Mnangagwa argued that the court erred in ruling in favour of the journalists.
He argued that the court failed to properly assess the proportionality of Section 31 of the Code, which criminalised publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the State.


“This honourable court failed to adopt a proper approach in trying to assess the proportionality of Section 31 of the Code to Section 20(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, thereby wrongly making a finding that the impugned provision is overboard,” said Minister Mnangagwa.

“While the court was attempting to satisfy the test known in deciding whether or not a law is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society, the study of essential elements of the offences with a view to assess its breadth led the court to omit the first fundamental criteria before adopting the proportionality test.”

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court recently ruled again in favour of journalists when it held that criminal defamation was in breach of the Constitutional.
Minister Mnangagwa is yet to respond on the criminal defamation case in court as the court did not issue a timeframe in which he can respond. herald

WATCH IT : PUPIL BULLIED IN CLASS, TEACHER DOES NOTHING

Bullying and violence in schools have come under the spotlight again after a video, taken in a classroom at Port Elizabeth’s Otto du Plessis High School in Algoa Park, shows a Grade 8 boy being manhandled and beaten by a group of classmates.

Throughout the relentless attack on Anton du Toit, 14, a teacher sitting at her desk in the class makes no attempt to intervene.

The video, recorded by another pupil on a cellphone, shows Anton backed up against the blackboard in the front of the class while three other boys shove him into the wall, tug at his jersey, and repeatedly slap and punch him in the face and head.

The clip, which was filmed in March, was brought to The Herald’s attention yesterday by Anton’s shocked mother, Anitia du Toit, 49, who saw it for the first time this week.

“Anton told me what had happened, but only now, seeing it for the first time, do I realise how serious the situation was,” Du Toit said.

She said she was aware a video had circulated among pupils at the time, but was told by the school it was deleted shortly after the incident.

“This has to be exposed so parents and teachers from other schools take notice. Many other kids go through far worse torture than my son had to endure, and I hope seeing this video will prompt people to act against it.”

Recalling the incident, a soft-spoken Anton said last night that the same group of classmates came after him several times that day.

“The fight in the video was the first of three times on that one day that they gave me trouble. After that class they came to me again during recess, and then again later that day before we went home.

“Those guys threatened to come after me again, so I asked some friends to walk home with me after school. Luckily they didn’t show up again.”

Otto du Plessis principal Tinus van Eeden yesterday confirmed the incident and said disciplinary steps were taken afterwards. He said one of the boys, the bigger one shown in the video, had been temporarily suspended on several occasions.

“The boy’s parents have been called to the school on more than one occasion, and this fight was just one on a list of transgressions that earned him a temporary suspension earlier this year.

“He was suspended for a week, came back to school, and was suspended again not long after returning.”

Although the boy is currently also suspended, he is still in Anton’s class when attending school. There has however not been any further incidents between Anton and the group of boys.

Van Eeden said the boy, 15, was assessed and should actually be in a school for pupils with special needs, but no special schools in Port Elizabeth had space for him, and the worst punishment the school could apply was a temporary suspension.

Regarding the teacher’s failure to intervene, the principal defended her actions, saying teachers had to be very careful when intervening as the pupils could easily have accused her of assault if she had become physically involved. He said she followed protocol by notifying the head of the Grade 8 classes, who then handled the matter further.

Du Toit said she did not blame the school for what happened to her son, but felt the public should be made aware of how children were being bullied at schools.

“I went to see the principal who assured me the matter had been dealt with. He explained that the boy was suspended, but would have to return to Anton’s class afterwards. I was not happy with the arrangement, but I understand the school can only do so much. It’s probably factors from outside school that causes that boy to act the way he does.” times 

 

WHEN A DAD FOUND A MAN MOLESTING HIS SON (11)


Police defended the actions of a father who infamously beat a man into a 'bloody puddle' after walking in on him sexually molesting his 11-year-old son as the suspect made his first court appearance Monday.

Raymond Frolander, 18, was taken to a hospital before being taken to the closest police station, and his still-swollen face has shown very few signs of healing from the merciless beatdown he received only days ago.
Frolander was conscious, but still covered in bruises and with a swollen face as he pleaded not guilty to sexual battery on a child after he admitted to molesting the boy for years.
The father has not been charged with a crime, and police sound as if they believe his actions were justified.
'Dad was acting like a dad. I don't see anything we should charge the dad with,' Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood told WTFS. 'You have an 18-year-old who has clearly picked his target, groomed his target and had sex with the victim multiple times.'
A subsequent mugshot showed that Frolander had been badly beaten around the face, leaving him with swollen lips and eyes, bruising and lacerations.
When the 911 responder asked the father if any weapons were involved, he said: 'My foot and my fist'.
The 35-year-old man, who has not been identified, told a 911 dispatcher in the early hours of Friday: 'I just walked in on a grown man molesting [name redacted]. And I got him in a bloody puddle for you right now, officer.'
Police arrived at the Daytona Beach home in Florida to find Frolander unconscious.
 


CHINAMASA : I HAVE NO CLUE

Patrick Chinamasa, the Finance minister, yesterday said government was not yet ready to compensate depositors who lost their money held  in banks during the  change-over from local to the multiple currency system in 2009.

Chinamasa told the parliamentary portfolio committee on Finance that he was yet to receive a correct  formula on how he could compensate the depositors.The committee, chaired by Zanu PF MP David Chapfika, had asked Chinamasa whether there was any progress on the demonetisation.“I am inviting MPs to come up with the solution and as of today, nobody has offered me the solution on demonetisation,” Chinamasa said.

“It is a problem we are having and we are seized with as government and we cannot wish it away, because people want their money but at the moment we are not able to act on it.”

Zimbabwe abandoned its local currency in 2009 in favour of multiple foreign currencies, including the US dollar and South African rand, to help contain hyper-inflation.A committee comprising officials from government and the Bankers’ Association of Zimbabwe was set up to work on the requisite details and modalities to operationalise the process.

Initial projections said funds for the demonetisation programme were estimated at $6 million.The demonetisation of the Zimbabwe dollar effectively ended its role as a unit of account, medium of exchange and store of value and reduced the country’s currency regime to a dual currency system anchored on the South African rand and the United States dollar.Chinamasa said the US dollar has been undervalued.“

We have undervalued the US currency,” Chinamasa said. “For example, $1 buys four bottles of Coca-Cola in the USA but here we can only buy two bottles.  This is the undervaluing that  has caused  price distortions in the economy.”

NGOs PULL OUT OF CHINGWIZI

MASVINGO - A health disaster is looming at Chingwizi Transit Camp after non-governmental organisations offering sanitation assistance pulled out, a senior government official has warned.

Felix Chikovo, the Masvingo provincial administrator, told a provincial development council meeting here that the situation was dire as the holding camp was left with less than a month’s supply of water treatment chemicals.About 20 000 victims of Tokwe-Mukorsi flood basin disaster are sheltered here.

 “There is need for urgent intervention at the camp as NGOs who were providing assistance in sanitation, particularly in water treatment, have pulled out,” Chikovo said.“We are pleading with victims to move out of the camp before a sanitation disaster explodes.”Several NGOs have pulled out of the camp. They have been providing toilets and clean water.The reasons for the pull-out remain unclear, although there are claims their budgets were exhausted.The major blow came when Oxfam, an international NGO that was supplying water treatment chemicals, withdrew.

“We are having a serious challenge with regards to water purification as the organisation that was assisting left,” Chikovo said.“Oxfam had offered its services up to August but they just left.”The camp has since been gripped by serious fears of an imminent outbreak of water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid, as villagers have resorted to using unsafe water from unprotected sources.

Government is blaming villagers for refusing to move out of the camp where people live under cramped conditions.The villagers are refusing to relocate to one hectare plots offered by the government saying they want compensation first for their homes which were destroyed during the floods.Government is failing to raise $9 million needed to compensate the victims.Mike Mudyanembwa, the Tokwe- Mukorsi victims spokesperson, said villagers had vowed to stay put at the camp until government compensated them.“We are facing a very dangerous situation here following the pulling out of NGOs who were assisting our health and sanitation,” he said.

“The situation is so bad that children will soon be affected by cholera and other diseases since we no longer have clean water to drink, but we will not leave this place until weget our compensation first.“We are aware of the impending danger and government wants to use this to its advantage — to force us out without compensating us.”Besides the compensation issue, the villagers accuse government of lying to them by promising four hectares and later shifting goal posts and offering them one hectare each.

The camp is already facing a food crisis as government is struggling to provide enough rations for the victims.Government requires about $277 000 per month to feed the 3 000 families that need over 223 000 tonnes of grain.

NURSE FOUND DEAD AT HOSPITAL

A female nurse at Inyathi Mission Hospital north of Bulawayo died on Sunday of suspected drug abuse.

Letisiwe Mutambalika (30), who was married to a doctor at the same hospital, was confirmed dead at the hospital after her husband sought help from a fellow doctor when he discovered that his wife “was not breathing” in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Sources at the hospital said the theatre nurse, who had a history of drug abuse had in 2012, been moved from the United Bulawayo Hospitals theatre to another section after it had been established that she was abusing drugs at her work station.

“Even at her death scene, syringes and empty drug bottles of ketamine and pethidine were found, and her body had marks showing that, she could have been injecting herself on the arms and shoulders,” said the sources.

The provincial medical director for Matabeleland North, Nyasha Masuka, confirmed the death and said a report had been made to the police.

“I can confirm the death of the nurse, I got the report yesterday (Sunday) morning and we referred the matter to the police although further details about the causes of death will be available after the post mortem,” said Masuka, before referring other questions to the police.

The Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Inspector Sipiwe Makonese was not available for comment yesterday afternoon as she was said to be in a meeting while Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said: “That is not a national issue and they have not informed me they can comment on that.” Zimbabwe mail

CMED FUEL SCANDAL : THREE OIL BOSSES ARRESTED

Police have arrested three First Oil directors on allegations of defrauding the state-owned CMED of $3 million in a botched fuel scandal.

National police spokesperson Paul Nyathi on Monday  confirmed the arrest of Kudakwashe Mahuni, Maxwell Katunga and Alex Nyamadzawo – all  of First Oil – in  connection with the fuel deal. “We can confirm the arrest of First Oil directors for allegedly defrauding the CMED three million litres of diesel and they will appear in court soon,” Nyathi said.

But the trio was not held up in police custody as they would appear in court by way of summons. The arrests came a few days after the Prosecutor-General, Johannes Tomana, told The Zimbabwe Mail that he had instructed the police to interview more people who were not initially named in the scam before the state would proceed with prosecuting anyone involved in defrauding the state transporter.

Nyathi said allegations against the trio were that they had misled CMED into believing that they had diesel held by the National Oil Infrastructure Company (Noic) when, in fact, they had no fuel to deliver to the state-controlled fleet company.

“Mahuni is being charged in his personal capacity as the managing director of the company, while Katunga is being charged in his capacity as the chairperson and Nyamadzawo is being charged in his capacity as operations director,” he said.

According to police, First Oil indicated to CMED that it had enough supplies that were held by Noic and Petrotrade in Msasa,  Harare.

Petrotrade is responsible for downstream activities, including the selling of petroleum products and lubricants through bulk sales and service stations. Noic owns the storage facilities at the Msasa Depot.

Police said as a way to convince CMED that they had diesel at Noic facilities, they produced letters from Petrotrade and Noic confirming the availability of the stock, but until now, the company is yet to deliver.

According to well placed sources, the docket was sent back to police so that they could interview a cabinet minister and a top civil servant on the matter. On Thursday last week, Tomana confirmed he had asked Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri to “interview other people not initially mentioned in the case”.

“It is true I have asked police to record statements from people who were not initially mentioned or linked to the case,” Tomana said.

“Initially, the docket mentioned First Oil and its directors but after looking at the case, we think there are more people who could assist us. I cannot provide the names of people we want interviewed because the matter is still under probe.”

Sources claimed that the cabinet minister and the top bureaucrat (names withheld) could be caught in the dragnet.

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BEDWETTING CRUELTY : WOMAN ESCAPES JAIL

A GWANDA woman who tied her four-year-old cousin’s privates to prevent him from bedwetting was yesterday spared the agony of prison life after being sentenced to perform community service.
Soneni Dube (29) of Gonkwe village, who spent the weekend in remand prison, was convicted on her own plea of guilty to charges of neglecting or ill-treating the boy when she appeared before Gwanda magistrate Sheila Nazombe.

Dube was initially slapped with a nine-month jail term, but had three months suspended on condition she does not commit an offence involving child abuse in the next five years. The remaining six months were wholly suspended on condition that she performs 210 hours of community service at Hwabayi Primary School.

Dube apologised for her behaviour and told the court that she had committed the crime after getting advice that tying the boy’s privates was going to stop him from bedwetting.

It was the State’s case that on June 14, Dube was angered by her younger cousin’s continued bedwetting habit, and at around 7pm, she took an elastic band and tied his private part to prevent him from bedwetting.

During the night, the boy woke up and indicated that he wanted to urinate and she untied him. After relieving himself, the boy was again tied throughout the whole night. Dube tied the boy for three consecutive nights until he developed some skin irritation.

His grandmother examined the boy’s body and noticed a wound around his private part.
The boy was taken to hospital and a medical report was compiled, leading to Dube’s arrest. southern eye

CONVICTED RAPIST SNEAKS OUT OF COURT BEFORE SENTENCING

A RAPE convict yesterday sneaked out of the Hwange magistrates’ court before sentencing and disappeared into a bush leaving the gallery in shock.

Professor Mpala, 36, an ex-kombi driver from Bulawayo dodged the unsuspecting prison officers and a manhunt that was launched yielded nothing, forcing regional magistrate Dambudzo Malunga to issue a warrant of arrest for him.

Mpala took a quiet, calculated risk when Malunga adjourned proceedings for about 30 minutes after convicting him in order to prepare the sentence. Mpala, who was in civilian attire, rose from the dock and managed to slide out of the building unnoticed as prison officers left the regional court around 3PM.

Dumb-founded prison officers tried searching the thick bush in the 10-metre radius around the court gates to no avail. At around 4.46PM, Malunga quizzed prison officers about Mpala’s whereabouts, but they did not have any answers.

She blasted: “Did you not know that I convicted him? If he is convicted of a serious offence like rape or murder what is it you are supposed to do? A warrant of arrest is issued.” A witness doing community service at the court said he spotted Mpala walking out of the court door and entering the bush.

“We were cleaning when the man in the black leather jacket passed us and left the gate into the bush,” said the witness who requested anonymity.
 
Mpala, who used to ply the Binga-Bulawayo route in 2012, had pleaded not guilty to the crime but was convicted of raping a mentally challenged 17-year-old Binga girl in his vehicle.
Prosecutors say on February 21, 2012 at about 5PM, the girl went to Govera business centre to buy maize meal.

After she emerged from a shop, it started raining heavily and Mpala offered her shelter in his Streetliner kombi, which had two people inside. Prosecuting, Bheki Tshabalala said Mpala dismissed the other occupants to go and buy meat from  the butchery before he “switched off the lights and pulled her towards the back seat and grabbed her by the neck”.

He said Mpala closed the girl’s mouth with his hand and “removed her clothing and raped her as she screamed”.

Tshabalala said after the act, Mpala ordered the girl to get out and threatened her with unspecified action if she told anyone about his assault on her. He said between April 13-16, that year the girl fell sick  and carried out pregnancy tests which came out positive.

She told her mother of the rape and a report was made to the police. In his defence, Mpala said the girl was his girlfriend and claimed they had an affair for a month before having sex. “I invited her into the kombi where we talked and had consensual intercourse. She was my girlfriend of one month before we had a sexual encounter,” he said.

It emerged during proceedings that the victim was mentally challenged after she was examined by a psychiatrist. “Intercourse with a mentally challenged person according to the law is automatically viewed as rape,” said Malunga.

“The girl was examined by a psychiatrist and it was established that she is moderately mentally challenged during the initial trial”. Tonderai Mukuku of Marondedze, Mukuku and partners represented Mpala. chronicle

ARMED ROBBERS HIT BAKERS INN, FLEE WITH $1

FIVE armed robbers raided Bulawayo businessman, Omega Sibanda’s offices in Bulawayo and stole property worth $25,000 while four others struck at a Bakers Inn outlet and got away with $1. Both armed robberies occurred in the early hours of yesterday.

At Sibanda’s office a guard was left nursing painful ribs and loose teeth in the brutal attack that occurred at around 1AM.  Sibanda told Chronicle the robbers who pounced at his office were armed with bricks and sticks and are still at large. He said he was still compiling a full list of missing things from the office.

“So far the list of missing things include about 1,000 T-shirts, two sets of soccer kits comprising 36 pairs of shorts, socks and jerseys, two Samsung S4 cellphones, five big bags containing clothes, a Dell desktop computer, a laptop, laser printer, two sets of steel pots, six suits that were supposed to go for dry cleaning and about 5kg of meat that was in a freezer,” said Sibanda.

The security guard, Charles Mavingire, 29, said a man barged into his room situated outside the office soon after midnight. He said the man fled when he confronted him. “About 40 minutes later, the man came back with four others who were armed with bricks and sticks.
 
As the security guard, my door is never locked. They came in, took my belt and tore it into strips which they used with pieces of rope to hogtie me. “They then took turns to beat me up demanding keys to the office. They also wanted to know where money is kept. They did not believe me and went on beating me when I told them I did not have the keys,” said Mavingire.

He said the men eventually left him tied up and cut through a burglar bar to gain entry into the office.  They smashed locked doors inside the office and looted the premises.  The gang then took their loot, loaded it into a waiting vehicle and fled.

When Chronicle visited the office, detectives were carrying out investigations. In the other incident, a source at Bakers Inn said robbers who were armed with a knife used a grinder to cut through the roof.  The source said an alarm went off when the robbers were inside the building and a security guard rushed to the scene.

One of the robbers at the Bakers Inn outlet along Plumtree Road in Belmont was apprehended on the spot, but his colleagues escaped with the dollar. “The robbers probably thought they were surrounded because they panicked when they saw the guard. They had grabbed $1 from one of the offices. Three of them managed to get out of the building and flee with a knife that we think they wanted to used to stab anyone who tried to stop them,” said the source.

The security guard was reportedly able to subdue the remaining robber, who was then taken to Donnington Police Station. The Bakers Inn outlet’s finance manager Precious Mpofu referred questions to the company’s spokesperson Marcus Athitakis in Harare. Athitakis was said to be in a meeting the entire day.

Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube could also not be reached for comment. chronicle

WAR VETS AXE FARMER IN NEW FARM INVASIONS

AN indigenous farmer is reportedly battling for life at Masvingo General Hospital after he was struck with an axe on the head by suspected war veterans at the weekend in a new wave of farm invasions targeting black farm owners.

A second farmer’s car and house were torched in skirmishes that have left the Masvingo farming community shell shocked. Mufaro Mukaro was initially admitted at Ndanga District Hospital on Sunday, but was later transferred to Masvingo General Hospital yesterday as his condition deteriorated.

He was reportedly rushed to the hospital with the axe still stuck in his head. So critical is Mukaro’s condition that even his relatives are not being allowed to visit him except his wife. Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Charity Mazula could not be reached for comment as her phone went unanswered. Sources said the 10 war veterans linked to the violent acts were arrested. The case was reported under police case number RRB 2098509.

Tsaurai Lawrence Stemere (76), who owns Sundowns Farm, said he survived the brutal attack on Saturday, but his Nissan Twin Cab vehicle was reduced to a shell and his house was set ablaze by  the marauding war veterans.

Stemere lost property worth thousands of dollars, including his clothing and was only left with what he was wearing. “I am lucky to be alive. We sped off after they barricaded the road with tree branches and started pelting us with stones,” he said.

“They then hit Mukaro with an axe in the head after smashing his car while he was inside.
“They were so heartless. Mukaro was then rushed to Ndanga Hospital and I went home.
“I found my farmhouse torched and my car reduced to ashes,” the visibly shaken Stemere told our sister paper Southern Eye yesterday.

Stemere said he bought the farm in 1995 before the government’s land reform programme and estimated that he lost property valued  at $70 000 in the inferno. Masvingo North MP Davis Marapira, who is also Agriculture deputy minister, confirmed the disturbances and said it was against government policy to invade black-owned farms.

“That is very illegal to occupy black-owned farms. It is against the laws of the country,” he said.
“The invaders are taking the law into their own hands. Right now they left a farmer critically injured and another without his property. We do not encourage that.”

The ex-fighters allegedly accused the black owners of underutilising their land. Late last year, anti-riot police evicted around 300 land invaders from the same farms and torched their shacks. War veteran Ruben Chikono has since been dragged to the Masvingo Magistrates’ Court charged with inciting the former combatants to invade the farms. His case is still pending.

Some of the farms that have been invaded include Nidspruit, Potyo Farm, Thankerton Farm, Chigumedhe, Mudzikisi, Chipare, Pakai and Mukuta. Similar cases have been reported in Goromonzi, just outside Harare. newsday

TSVANGIRAI GOES THE MUGABE WAY

THE opposition MDC-T, in a move reminiscent of the Zanu PF organogram, is reportedly planning to elevate its leader Morgan Tsvangirai to president and first secretary of the party to ensure he has firm control of the party.
President Robert Mugabe has been both Zanu PF president and secretary since the 1970s.
MDC-T insiders said the new post was among a raft of other proposed constitutional changes likely to guide the party’s elective congress  to be held in October this year.

“The real issue is to silence and remove powers from the secretary-general [SG] given what has happened in the past. There are still consultations over that, but the likelihood is that Tsvangirai will have to take the responsibility of the party’s day-to-day operations as president and first secretary like what [Zanu PF leader President Robert] Mugabe is to Zanu PF,” said an MDC-T  source.

“What Tsvangirai and his loyalists are saying is that under the current constitution, the SG’s post was competing with that of the president. They see this as the reason for some sort of stability in Zanu PF because they used to have the same problem during the days of Edgar Tekere as secretary-general,” the source said.

But party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said the matter was still under discussion and the congress would follow what would have been agreed and factored into the amended constitution.
Mwonzora yesterday said the party was yet to receive nominations ahead of congress adding that the system this time would see people nominating their preferred choices.

Sources said Tsvangirai, who has survived  two rebellions from his secretary generals – Welshman Ncube in 2005 and Tendai Biti this year – wanted all administrative powers to be centred around him just as Mugabe has done in Zanu PF.

Said Mwonzora: “Nominations are yet to come to us and so far we don’t
know. The system will be different from the last ones where individuals expressed desires to contest. Now its nomination-based, meaning a person has to be nominated for a post.”


He added that the secretary-general would, however, remain powerful though with his job description and terms of reference clearly spelt out to avoid clashes with the party president. “We want to remove vagueness and ensure that the secretary-general is not a co-president like what was happening. There are people who are confusing what they want and what will happen. The amendments will be debated fully and finalised,” Mwonzora said.

 On proposals to introduce two vice-presidents, Mwonzora said  party officials were still not yet agreed over the matter.

“That will depend on what people want. There are two arguments, the first is to align the constitution to that of the country and the second is to continue with one VP, the two will be debated,” Mwonzora said.

On other positions not to be elected at congress, the former Nyanga North MP said: “That has always been the case that the Standing Committee is elected at congress and other posts are appointed by National Council and the president. That is continuing for those positions unless there is a constitutional change. The proposals will be tabled.

“We might have the secretary-general not directly elected at congress unlike the other years if proposals brought are anything to go by.” As a result of the proposed sweeping constitutional changes, dozens of senior party leaders who were eyeing the secretary-general’s post were now reportedly eyeing the second vice-presidency.

Sources said current MDC-T organising secretary Nelson Chamisa, spokesperson Mwonzora and vice-chairperson Morgen Komichi were among party officials eyeing the post of second vice-president while Thokozani Khupe would remain first vice-president.

The sources added that the positions of president, two vice-presidents, chairperson and vice-chairperson, women assembly and youth assembly chairpersons would be contested at congress.
Candidates for the posts of secretary-general, organising secretary, treasurer-general and spokesperson would be selected by the party’s national council or national executive if the proposals are adopted.

Lovemore Moyo is said to be eyeing his chairperson position and was unlikely to be challenged.
Current Women Assembly boss Theresa Makone is believed to be eyeing the treasurer-general position while Charlton Hwende, a known Tsvangirai loyalist, is seeking to deputise her.

Former Labour minister Paurina Mpariwa is reportedly eyeing the Women Assembly post where she is likely to face a stiff challenge from Sibusisiwe Bhuda-Masara the current women’s assembly secretary-general and former Chimanimani MP Lynnette Karenyi.

MDC-T returnee Job Sikhala is being tipped to take over the national organising secretary’s post with former Justice Deputy minister Obert Gutu, Mkoba MP Amos Chibaya and former youth assembly president Thamsanga Mahlangu reportedly interested in the same post.
Harare Central MP Murisi Zwizwai is also said to be eyeing the national organising secretary post. newsday