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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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

NEW GOVT STATEMENT ON MISSING DOC



GUARD SHOOTS MUKOROKOZA DEAD


A SECURITY guard has been arrested in Mutare for fatally shooting an illegal settler who had trespassed into Leopard Rock Hotel land in Vumba.

Siniji Gumbo (47) of Bulawayo-based security company, Mjayeli, appeared before magistrate Lazarus Murendo on Saturday. He was remanded in custody to September 22.

Prosecutor Chris Munyuku said on September 15, Gumbo shot and killed the now-deceased (who is not named in the State papers) at Leopard Rock Hotel.

The now deceased was an artisanal miner.

He was shot once on the lower part of the spinal cord and died on the spot due to excessive bleeding.

Gumbo was armed with a .303 rifle and a spent cartridge was recovered from the scene. Newsday

ABSURD : COLTART SLAMS GOVT PROPAGANDA ON MISSING DOC


By David Coltart
The Herald has fallen into the ZANUPF propaganda line that the disappearance of Dr Peter Magombeyi is “fake” and deliberately engineered by the opposition to embarrass Mnangagwa.

Aside from the fact that there have been some 51 disappearances this year and not one prosecution, the question must be asked what other things have happened this year which are fake and solely contrived to embarrass Mnangagwa? Was the gunning down of some 17 civilians by the military in January fake or done by pseudo operators solely to embarrass Mnangagwa? Are the revelations of billions stolen from Command Agriculture funds fake and also designed to embarrass?

As absurd as the propaganda line is, it remains profoundly sinister. For not only does it seek to shift the blame for these disappearances, but it also seeks to give the regime even greater cover going forward. Once the regime believes it has sown this falsehood in the minds of people and in particular the international community, it wil then think it has licence to disappear even more people with impunity- because it can then just blame it on the opposition, no matter how outlandish it may appear.

This is not be the first time ZANUPF and Mr Mnangagwa has done this. In the 1980s all sorts of criminal acts were blamed on ZAPU and dissidents. History now shows that many of these criminal acts, if not most, were committed by agent provocateurs acting under the directions of the ZANUPF government.

The MDC and civic organizations have repeatedly declared their commitment to the use of non violent, lawful and constitutional measures in seeking to have the Constitution of Zimbabwe respected by the ZANUPF regime. Despite ZANUPF’s unrelenting efforts to portray the opposition as violent it has failed because there isn’t a shred of evidence that the opposition is prepared to use illegal and violent methods to achieve its goals.

The recent spate of abductions must be seen in this light. ZANUPF is prepared to go to the lengths it has because of its current paranoia. Not only does this tactic of disappearing people have a chilling effect on activists angry with ZANUPF’s policies, but ZANUPF appears to think that it may provide them with another pretext to crack down on the opposition.

The international community must be alive to these machinations and to the historical record. The latter shows that ZANUPF is an entity which has systematically disappeared its opponents for 4 decades - and which has sought to blame those same disappearances on the opposition itself. It has resorted to this again because it has never been held to account for its past actions. It is critically important that the international community let ZANUPF know that it will not look the other way this time round. Via Facebook

WOMAN DUPED IN FAKE CLEANSING CEREMONY


A Harare woman yesterday appeared in court on allegations of defrauding another woman US$500 and $200 in a botched cleansing ceremony.

Tendai Jeke (29) of 2713 Glen Norah A was facing fraud charges when she appeared before Mbare magistrate Mrs Elizabeth Mugomera. She pleaded not guilty to the charges

Jeke was granted $100 bail.  As part of her bail conditions, Jeke was ordered to reside at her given address and not to interfere with State witnesses.

Allegations are that during the month of April this year, the accused misrepresented to Veronica Matenga of 7241/011 Western Triangle Highfields that she was sent by a traditional healer Peter Rakandwa to collect US$500 and RTGS$200 as payment for cleansing evil spirits on her.

It is the State’s case that in May 2019 Matenga went Rakandwa’s residence where he told her that he did not send Jeke to collect the money since he was not aware that the complainant was possessed by evil spirits. Herald

GONYETI : I WILL NOT STOP


TOP comedienne Samantha “Gonyeti” Kureya of Bustop TV fame yesterday said nothing was going to stop her from producing more hilarious and satirical skits despite her recent abduction by suspected State security agents.

The jester told NewsDay Life & Style yesterday following last week’s release of a skit in which she mimics former First Lady Grace Mugabe, that no amount of intimidation was going to stop her.

“We tell the stories of Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans. Being a storyteller is a thing I cannot stop. I will always find myself reflecting on stories from society and it’s not personal. It’s just stories,” she said.

“Every society or family needs a friend and a friend is there for the family in all situations, bad or good, happy or sad; a friend is there for the family and has to initiate dialogue. What we do is important in society. It educates and raises awareness on differences in society.”

In the latest skit, Gonyeti is seen having a conversation with “George Charamba” (deputy chief secretary in the President’s Office) who was trying to persuade her to allow the President to come in for the funeral.

There has been a lot of tension in the wake of former President Robert Mugabe’s death after his family claimed he died a bitter man following his ouster through a coup by his long-time ally and mentee, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Gonyeti said her dream was to break into the regional market and be one of the biggest creatives.

“Resources allowing and God opening doors, our idea is to expand into the region and expand our market, bringing fresh ideas that get youths and women to be engaged in critical content. We would want to be the biggest content creators in southern Africa, but that will take time and resources too,” she said.

Gonyeti made her breakthrough in stand-up comedy when she performed at the Let’s Laugh Again comedy festival which featured renowned Ugandan comedienne Anne Kansiime.

Since then, the female jester has been known for producing sensitive political satire, which recently led to her abduction.

Earlier this year, she was arrested for public nuisance after using police uniform in one of her skits. Newsday

ED T SHIRTS ANGER IN ZVIMBA


ZANU PF factional fights nearly marred former President Robert Mugabe’s largely low key funeral wake at Murombedzi Growth Point in Zvimba yesterday as the late leader’s followers protested against distribution of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s branded T-shirts at the event.

Mugabe’s sympathisers had brought party regalia bearing their icon’s pictures, but were dwarfed by youths aligned to Mnangagwa who had bales of brand new regalia.

Tempers flared after Mugabe’s T-shirts were barred, leading to a stand-off that was eventually quelled by Zanu PF central committee member, Shiella Mabasa popularly known as Yondo Sister.

She told resistive mourners that Mnangagwa T-shirts were not meant to undermine or spite Mugabe.

“This party regalia was left over during the campaign period and we felt it was important to give our members as we mourn a departed hero of Zanu PF and Zimbabwe, it has nothing to do with politics,” Mabasa said.

The funeral wake was largely low key with very few people from Mugabe’s rural Zvimba coming to pay their last respects amid reports that the party structures had not adequately mobilised the grassroots.

Only five buses were at the venue, while top Zanu PF officials from the host province, Mashonaland West, were missing.

Only chairperson Ziyambi Ziyambi and Provincial Affairs minister Mary Mliswa-Chikoka were the notable top party and government officials, alongside traditional leaders, present.

Ziyambi defended the low turnout, saying: “Most people had already travelled to Harare (Rufaro and National Sports Stadium) so that would explain why some are not here today.”

Close family sources, who refused to be named, said it could have been a deliberate move by Zanu PF to starve Mugabe of huge crowds.

“In our view, this was deliberate so that they paint a picture of a Mugabe who had lost support in his own home town. This would kill any attempts to use his name to form a formidable political party that can stand against Zanu PF,” the source said.

A Mnangagwa loyalist in the Zanu PF youth league executive, speaking on condition of anonymity said Mugabe’s death had killed the G40.

“The numbers show that he was already a spent force; he was also the money behind the entire operation and his death takes the sting out of the exiled members of his party,” he said.

Mugabe’s body will lie in state at his rural Kutama Mission home and will be flown to a Harare morgue while awaiting burial in about 30 days. Grace reportedly refused to allow the body of the late Mugabe to lie in State in the kitchen hut of his mother the late Bona Mugabe and instead insisted on having it in her own compound. Newsday

JUDGES SLAM PROSECUTORS AS THEY ACQUIT ARMY CAPTAIN


BULAWAYO High Court judges yesterday lambasted prosecutors from the lower courts, saying they lacked enthusiasm and determination in their approach to legal matters resulting in wrongly convicted persons being acquitted on appeal.

Justices Maxwell Takuva and Thompson Mabhikwa took turns to berate prosecutors in the magistrates’ courts, saying they lacked a better understanding of the law as evidenced by concessions by the State on appeal at the High Court.

The two judges, who were presiding over criminal appeals at the Bulawayo High Court, said there was laxity in the manner in which prosecutors in the lower courts handled criminal matters.

“There is laxity in terms of prosecution in the lower courts, which in most cases results in concessions and subsequently acquittals when the matters are brought here on appeal. In some cases, you find that exhibits are not even produced in courts, which in itself is a reflection of insouciance and poor prosecution. If fact, they lack thoroughness in handling matters,” said Justice Takuva.

His anger was directed at Beitbridge regional court prosecutor Mr Munyonga Kuvarega whom he described as exuding lack of understanding of the law when he handled a matter involving a senior army cleric who was last year jailed six years for “stealing” a car belonging to a Gwanda businessman and stripping it.

Solomon Ndlovu (50), a captain in the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) and chaplain at Mbalabala Barracks, was in January last year convicted of theft of a motor vehicle by Beitbridge regional magistrate Mr Mark Dzira after a full trial.

Ndlovu was yesterday acquitted after successfully challenging his conviction and sentence before Justices Takuva and Mabhikwa. The State, which was represented by Mr Khumbulani Ndlovu, conceded to the appeal, saying the matter was more civil than criminal.

Justice Takuva described as “nonsensical” the record of proceedings, saying it was full of irrelevant and unhelpful information.

“There is a need for someone to be serious about their work. It is absolutely nonsensical to bring a whole lot of documents to the High Court for us to go through when the information contained would be irrelevant. It’s an issue of concern to us when the law is not being followed by prosecutors in the lower courts, particularly in this matter before us,” he said.

Justice Mabhikwa weighed in: “Clearly, it appears the appellant (Solomon Ndlovu) in this matter got into a deal with the complainant, which could have somehow gone sour resulting in him reporting a case of vehicle theft. The prosecutor who handled the matter took a lackadaisical approach in this matter, a problem that is now more pronounced in the lower courts.

“The appeal is hereby allowed and both conviction and sentence are set aside. Accordingly, the appellant is found not guilty and acquitted”.

Ndlovu was sentenced to six years in jail of which two months were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.

A further six months were suspended on condition he restituted the businessman $2 500 leaving him with an effective 64 months to serve. Ndlovu allegedly borrowed a Toyota Hilux vehicle from the businessman, Mr Osfael Mazibuko and later stripped and stole the engine and gearbox. 

He then fitted the engine and gearbox onto another vehicle.

Aggrieved by both conviction and sentence, Ndlovu, through his lawyer Mr Abel Ndlovu of Dube and Associates, filed an appeal at the Bulawayo High Court citing the State as a respondent.

In his grounds of appeal, Ndlovu said Mr Dzira erred and misdirected himself by attaching a criminal liability to him for deviating and failing to perform according to the agreement that allowed him to take lawful possession and use the car.

He argued that the agreement between himself and Mr Mazibuko was purely a civil matter. “The trial court misdirected itself in holding that the State had proven the existence of my intention to deprive the owner permanently yet there was no evidence of the complainant demanding back the car any time before someone reported on his behalf,” said Ndlovu.

He argued that there was misdirection on the part of the magistrate who convicted and sentenced him. Ndlovu said the sentence imposed by the lower court was excessive and harsh such that it induced a sense of shock and revulsion.

The State did not oppose the application, saying both the conviction and sentence were not proper.

The complainant, who lives in Bulawayo, owns Fast Track Electrical Company in South Africa and runs farming and conservancy projects in Zimbabwe.

According to State papers, sometime in July 2016 while in Bulawayo, Ndlovu was given the Toyota Hilux by Mr Mandla Sibanda, a manager at Mr Mazibuko’s farm who had received instructions via the phone to do so from his boss.
  
On March 30 last year, Ndlovu drove the car from Bulawayo to Zezani turnoff along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge road. He then contracted a mechanic, Mr Norbert Mazhambe, who is employed by one Mr Lizwe Ndlovu, to remove the vehicle’s engine and gearbox.

Mr Mazhambe removed the engine and gearbox as instructed before fitting them onto a Mazda B2200 vehicle.

Ndlovu then dumped the Toyota Hilux body at Zezani turnoff. The offence was discovered when Mr Dennis Ndlovu found the vehicle body dumped and called Mr Mazibuko.

A report was made to the police leading to Ndlovu’s arrest. Chronicle

END OF TOBACCO SEASON HITS EXCHANGE RATE


THE depreciation of the Zimbabwe dollar against the United States dollar and other currencies in recent weeks is as a result of the closure of the tobacco marketing season which is a major foreign currency earner for the country.

This was said by Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Deputy Governor, Dr Kupukile Mlambo, who was standing in for RBZ Governor Dr John Mangudya, when he appeared before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee in Harare yesterday.

He said the country relied on four major foreign currency earners; tobacco, gold, chrome and platinum. 

“The movements of the exchange rate are a reflection of the fact that we have come to the end of the tobacco marketing season.

“This country relies on four commodities for foreign currency; gold, tobacco chrome and platinum and between February to the end of August or early September we had all the four but at the end of August we had only three, so the amount of foreign currency has declined and these movements are a reflection of that. “They (the movements) are a reflection of what’s happening in the market. They have nothing to do with Treasury Bills because the Minister (Professor Mthuli Ncube) was very clear on that that he doesn’t borrow from the RBZ anymore and that’s the only way we can increase money supply through the issuance of TBs,” he said.

The tobacco marketing seasons opened in March and ended at the end of August with the country having sold 758,18 million kilogrammes worth US$526 million.

The value of the tobacco was, however, down from the US$737 million realised from the 753 million kgs sold last year. 

Gold has earned US$500 million in the first half of the year while other minerals contributed US$910 million with platinum constituting US$573 million of that and chrome concentrates and high carbon ferrochrome contributing US$36 million and US$148 million respectively.

The local currency has in the past three weeks depreciated from around US$1: $9 to around US$1: $13,5 at the interbank rate.

Dr Mlambo said the existence of a black market for foreign currency was reflective of a shortage in the market.

“The existence of a parallel market is a reflection of a shortage in the system or wrong incentives in the system. Clearly we have to fix that and deal with that (black) market and the best way to deal with that is to make sure the interbank rate is sufficiently priced and there is always sufficient foreign currency,” he said.

Dr Mlambo said the only way they could control the parallel market was if the RBZ had control of all the foreign currency in the market.

“The only way we can control those kinds of markets where there is a parallel market is when the Central Bank has control of all the foreign currency in the system. As things stand we don’t have control of all the foreign currency in the system, a lot of it is outside our powers or purview and we have no way of knowing where it ends,” he said.

Dr Mlambo was also taken to task over the availability of new bank notes on the parallel market yet they were in short supply in the formal banking system.

“We interact with the public through commercial banks, we don’t sell money to the public. We give money to the commercial banks and we supervise them, and they give us returns.

“But if there is evidence anywhere please let us know so that we can act but at the moment we don’t have evidence,” he said. Herald

US$200 000 GOES UP IN SMOKE AS HRE HOUSE BURNS


A WATERFALLS, Harare, family lost US$200 000 in cash in an inferno at the weekend.

It is suspected that gas tanks that were in the house exploded, resulting in fire burning the money to ashes. Apart from the burnt cash, the family also lost property worth thousands of dollars.

Police yesterday confirmed the incident, saying investigations were still underway to establish the cause of the fire. No one was injured during the fire.

Preliminary findings point to a suspicion that some family members could have been involved in illegal fuel and gas sales.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said three jerry cans and four gas tanks were recovered from the burnt house.

“Police are investigating circumstances surrounding a fire incident that destroyed a house and household property in Waterfalls, Harare on September 12, 2019,” he said.

“An explosion was heard emanating from the house. We received a report that USD200 000 which was in the house was also destroyed.”

It was not immediately clear how the family had raised such an amount of cash.

“Two jerry cans with fuel and three tanks of LP gas which were in the house are believed to have fuelled the fire,” said Asst Comm Nyathi.

He warned people against keeping large sums of money at home.

“We urge the public to avoid keeping large sums of money which should be deposited with banks,” said Asst Comm Nyathi. “Fuel must not be kept in dwellings.”

In 2011, fire believed to have been started by children playing with matches destroyed a house in Budiriro 4B’s Tabudirira Cooperative section. 

The fire also destroyed refrigerators, television sets, stoves, computers and an undisclosed amount of cash.

During the past few years, police have been urging members of the public to desist from keeping large sums of money in person, homes or companies as they were being targeted by criminals. Herald

FIRED ZBC BOSS FACES 18 MORE CORRUPTION CHARGES


FORMER Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) chief executive Patrick Mavhura and ex-head finance, administration and human resources manager Benenia Shumba are likely to be charged with 18 more cases involving corruption, a court heard yesterday.

This was said by the investigating officer handling the pair’s criminal abuse of office case Detective Assistant Inspector John Bvundura while testifying during the duo’s bail application at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts.

The State was opposing the application. Det Asst Insp Bvundura said police were already seized with the 18 new cases. 

“There are more cases with more values than the one which is before the court today, there are about 18 more counts,” he said.

“The cases were reported at CID Anti-corruption and investigations are still going on that is why they have not yet been included.

“They might abscond because they know they have other cases coming.”

Asst Insp Bvundura further stated that the seriousness of the offence was another ground that may force the duo to abscond trial. 

‘‘There is overwhelming evidence as there are Memorandum of Agreements signed by Mavhura as the ZBC representative,” he said.

“They also received bank statements from advertising agents.”

The prosecutor Mr George Manokore said because of the porous nature of the country’s borders, the duo was likely to abscond if the State conceded to granting of bail.

“Mavhura is also a person of influence and some of the witnesses were under his command, so if he is granted bail he will interfere with witnesses,” he said.

Through their lawyer, Brighton Mapadza, Mavhura and Shumba had indicated that they had no other pending cases as the investigating officer failed to provide evidence of such in court. Mapadza cited that the two are of fixed abode and have families. 

He said the duo was also willing to submit their passports and abide by any reporting conditions. Harare provincial magistrate Mrs Vongai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro rolled the matter over to today for bail ruling.

Allegations are that the two siphoned more than US$340 000 in advertising revenue from the national broadcaster.

According to court papers, Mavhura bought a house in Borrowdale, vehicles and other properties.

“An advertising company Total Media was asked to make advance payments of US$75 000 and US$25 000 to an Ecobank account belonging to Mugiya and Macharaga Law chambers in exchange for advertising airtime worth US$112 500 and US$37 000 respectively,” the court papers read.

“The former ZBC boss and his accomplice again entered into another agreement with Adrenalin Advertising agent who also made an advance payment of US$100 000 in exchange for advertising airtime worth US$150 000.

“Under instruction from Shumba, Adrenalin Advertising deposited the money into Mugiya and Mucharaga law chambers’ Ecobank account.”

Mavhura and Shumba left the national broadcaster early this month following the appointment of a new board. Herald

TAPFUMA DENIED BAIL

Former principal director of State Residences in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Douglas Tapfuma’s bid for freedom hit a brick wall yesterday after Harare Provincial magistrate Mr Hosea Mujaya dismissed his application for bail on the basis that there had been no changes to circumstances relating to the case.

Tapfuma allegedly abused his office by facilitating the importation of several vehicles duty-free.

In his application for bail on the basis of changed circumstances Tapfuma through his lawyer Mr Jonathan Samukange submitted that the case did not constitute a serious offence and should attract a level 13 fine. 

Mr Samukange told the court that the fact that a trial date for his client was now in place also constitutes changed circumstances in the matter.

Mr Samukange proposed that his client be granted $500 bail.

He also proposed that Tapfuma be ordered to reside at his given address, surrender his passport with the clerk of court not to interfere with witnesses and to report once every Friday at Waterfalls Police Station.

“Two commuter omnibuses, which are part of exhibits have been released to Kwekwe Council where they are being used as ambulances and that is also another change in circumstances,” he said. 

The State led by Mr Clemence Chimbare opposed the application saying Tapfuma was a flight risk given that he now knows that a trial date for the matter has been set and that they are witnesses to testify.

Mr Chimbare told the court that Tapfuma was also likely to interfere with State witnesses now that he had been served with State papers containing witness statements.

He called the investigating officer Mr Timothy Guta to strengthen its position in opposing bail.

Mr Guta told the court that he was opposed to granting of bail to Tapfuma since investigations were still ongoing.

Mr Mujaya dismissed Tapfuma’s application saying they are no changed circumstances in the matter. Allegations against Tapfuma arose when he purchased two personal minibuses from South Africa under the guise of the Government on April 10, 2018.

On April 17, 2018 he allegedly assigned Bonani Ganyane, an officer working in the transport section of the Department of State Residences to proceed to Beitbridge and facilitate clearance of the two vehicles on behalf of the department using report order forms as if they were Government vehicles. 

It is the State case that clearance of goods by report order form is a clearance procedure that is normally used by Government departments to apply for deferred clearance of goods from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

Ganyane allegedly proceeded to Beitbridge and provisionally cleared the vehicles using report order forms.

After clearing the alleged vehicles, Ganyane advised Tapfuma, who instructed him to hand the vehicles over to Vongaishe Mupereri, who at that time was National Assembly Member for Mbizo constituency.

The court heard that on April 20, 2018, Tapfuma made an application to the Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet requesting for duty-free certificates in the name of the President’s Department which were issued.

Tapfuma allegedly applied for duty exemption for the vehicles at Zimra which was granted. He then registered the vehicles at Central Vehicles Registry under the name of the President’s Department and started using the vehicles in his personal capacity.

The alleged vehicles were liable to pay duty amounting to US$3 180.

The court heard that on the second and third counts, Tapfuma allegedly purchased an additional of five personal vehicles between June and August last year from South Africa. Herald

Monday, 16 September 2019

CONSTRUCTION OF MUGABE MAUSOLEUM BEGINS


The construction of a mausoleum for former President Robert Mugabe has started, with preparatory work at the site under way, while work on the design is still to be  completed.

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Deputy Minister Jennifer Mhlanga said: “What the nation might want to know is that work has commenced. In as far as design is concerned, yes, work is being done. The costs will only be known once we have the design.”

Secretary for Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Mr Melusi Matshiya said they were coordinating efforts with the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing. 

“Yes, work is going on, but the lead ministry is that of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing when it comes to construction work,” said Mr Matshiya.

A Herald news crew that visited the National Heroes Acre yesterday witnessed the arrival of earthmoving equipment and personnel.

Government conferred a special honour on Cde Mugabe and decided to construct a mausoleum at the National Heroes Acre’s hilltop where the former leader will be   buried.

President Mnangagwa told journalists last Friday that Cde Mugabe will only be buried upon completion of the mausoleum. 

President Mnangagwa said this at State House after meeting Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who is among Heads of State and Government that came to pay their condolences.

President Mnangagwa said he was not sure about the period it would take to complete construction.

A mausoleum is an external free-standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people. Herald