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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Sunday, 1 May 2016

WORKERS : NOTHING TO CELEBRATE

TODAY’S May Day commemorations have been dampened by persistent cash shortages as workers yesterday continued to spend long hours in bank queues to withdraw their salaries. Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating the day which was set aside to celebrate the worker. A snap survey done around the city of Bulawayo revealed that many workers were in bank queues seeking to withdraw their salaries.

Some of the workers told Sunday News that cash shortages had dampened the holiday mood especially considering that some of the affected people wanted to pay their children’s school fees for the second term which opens on Tuesday.

“We are forced to spend the day here because this is a critical time, we have to pay school fees, rentals and other things so we cannot afford to relax. Our children will not be allowed to go to school if we do not pay school fees before opening day,” said Mrs Sihle Ndiweni from Nketa.

She said the daily cash withdrawal limit of $200 was not enough to cover bills such as school fees and rentals.

“The daily limit is just not adequate school fees for boarders is more than that, rentals and paying service providers is also more. It is becoming expensive to come to the bank every day and the bank charges are also killing us. We need a change,” she said.

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions secretary-general Mr Japhet Moyo said there was little to celebrate for workers this year.

“It is a sad Workers Day indeed because last year we had a huge complement of workers as it was before the Supreme Court ruling so a number of our colleagues were fired. Many are languishing in the rural areas as the city is now an expensive place for them to be, we remember these former workers on this day too,” said Mr Moyo.

SEX FOR LAND IN CHISUMBANJE

Wedzerai Gwenzi from Chisumbanje asks with regret why his late father abandoned his family to join the liberation struggle.

Gwenzi says while his father played his part in liberating the country; he died after independence without anything — a pauper who had his land taken away by a white man, businessman Billy Rautenbach.

“I now blame my father for wasting his time fighting for independence and land ownership because during the time he spent at war, he could not mobilise resources for our education,” an emotional Gwenzi told delegates last Thursday at a Transparency International Zimbabwe launch of a documentary on women, land and corruption.

“Thirty six years later I am still fighting to take back our land in Chisumbanje. Government allowed one man, Rautenbach to displace close to 30 000 villagers for his sugarcane plantation.”

Gwenzi said the ethanol project at Chisumbanje had impoverished villagers to the extent that some women ended up selling their bodies to headmen, just to be given half a hectare of land to plough and feed their children.

“‘Sextortion’ is now the order of the day in Chisumbanje, and women are sexually exploited by headmen and other powerful people to get small pieces of land. They are scared to make reports for fear of losing the land — their only source of livelihood,” she said.

“Rautenbach is a powerful man and he has the backing of people at the top. We used to see former state security minister Didymus Mutasa and MPs threatening people whenever they tried to resist occupation of their land to make way for the ethanol project. Right now in Chisumbanje, there is need to capacitate women to be self-sustaining so that they can defend themselves from sextortion.”

Robinson Nyakurwa (74) said he was born in Chisumbanje and had seen different companies setting up in the area.

“A company called Tilco which was the first to set up in Chisumbanje looked after the villagers well. It used to build schools and people would be contracted to remove tree stumps and be paid well for it. Arda then took over from Tilco and they assisted us with tractors. They only requested that we buy diesel to use their tractors for ploughing,” he said.

Nyakurwa said when the ethanol project started the situation in Chisumbanje changed.

“He [Rautenbach], however, does not help people. He made an agreement with Arda to acquire 5½ hectares of land and we did not have qualms with that. But [although he has now taken thousands of hactres], he should leave the pieces of land where he has not worked to enable us to farm because we are now unsure where our next meal will come from,” Nyakurwa said.

Claris Madhuku, the director for Platform for Youth Development, said “sextortion” of women desperate for land in Chisumbanje was happening under cover, with most of them lacking courage to speak out.

“There is need to increase awareness on the affected women so that the cases can be reported. As the Chisumbanje community, the biggest problem we have is that since 2009, everything that was promised to the community has not been delivered,” Madhuku said.

Chinhoyi University lecturer Patience Mutopo who authored a book on women, land disposition and biofuels, said what was happening in Chisumbanje was a negation of human rights principles and protocols which Zimbabwe was signatory to.

“We cannot talk of the existence of working gender policies in Zimbabwe. We need responsive national gender policies which include views of rural women. Land policies should look at the rights of women and children, business human rights and corporate social responsibility,” Mutopo said.

Manase Chiweshe, an associate coordinator of the Chinhoyi University Unesco Saich Platform said urban land was desirable for women because unlike rural land, it could be sold.

“Land is now also a political tool and when we have elections in 2018, people will be allowed to build on illegal land but the houses will be demolished after elections,” Chiweshe said. standard

GREENLIGHT FOR BOARDING SCHOOLS TO EXPEL PUPILS

BOARDING schools have been given the green light to bar pupils from entering their premises if they have not paid boarding fees to enable the learning institutions to run their day-to-day operations which include the upkeep of the pupils, a Cabinet Minister has said. The revelations were made by Primary and Secondary Education Minister, Dr Lazarus Dokora while addressing the just-ended 35th Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) Annual Conference in Victoria Falls. Schools open for the second term on Tuesday.

Dr Dokora said while the policy still stood regarding the exclusion of day scholars for non-payment of fees it was now a different case regarding boarders who he said had to pay their boarding fees without fail.

“Only boarding schools are mandated to exclude their pupils from school if they do not pay their boarding fees. This noting the fact that these boarding schools require the money for their day to day operations therefore you cannot expect a pupil to survive using other pupils’ fees.

“As for day scholars I must emphasise that please do not touch them. Do not even think of chasing them away because it is very illegal. Instead of chasing the pupils away the school should find other means of recovering what they are owed, some have been innovative with success like even taking the parents to the chiefs’ courts or anything else besides chasing them away,” said Dr Dokora.

He revealed that the policy on the non-exclusion of day scholars had seen an increase in the number of pupils who are attending school. The minister said it was a deliberate policy that was aimed at accomplishing education as a basic human right.

“Over the past 10 years we had experienced an unfortunate slump in the number of school-going children but over the past couple of years we have had a sharp increase with 1 026 000 school-going children in the country.

“We expect this figure to continue increasing as we come up with more of these policies so that we ensure basic policy of education for all, which is a mandate for us as the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education,” said Dr Dokora.

Meanwhile, the minister revealed that the school feeding scheme was set to begin on Tuesday with the Government targeting mainly schools in districts which are hard hit by drought. He said while the Government wished the feeding programme could be implemented throughout the country, it was unfortunate that they did not have resources to fulfil this.

“What we are using now is the Civil Service Commission allocation but we know that will fall slightly short because a lot of districts have been hard hit by this drought situation. However, we will do all our best as this will go a long way in ensuring that more children attend school and avoid the situation where we record a reduced figure because of drought.

“As a ministry we have also decided that the feeding scheme will now be a permanent feature, we won’t wait for any drought but we want to put it in place so all our children are adequately supported,” said Dr Dokora.

Dr Dokora commended efforts that teachers were making despite the challenges they are facing.

“I know the teachers have been facing all sorts of problems in the country but you have all continued to be dedicated to the sector and that should really be commended, as a ministry we will continue doing our all in terms of supporting the teachers where we can,” he said.

In an interview with Sunday News after the close of the conference yesterday, Zimta chief executive officer Mr Sifiso Ndlovu, however, dismissed Minister Dokora’s sentiments regarding his dedication to the teaching profession.

“He has continued to fail to answer the questions posed to him. All he does is attempt to patronise teachers hence as an association one of the main resolutions is to engage the minister to make it clear what our demands are because honestly the minister is taking us for granted. The minister talks of quality education and the only way to achieve this is by addressing the bread and butter issues of the teacher,” said Mr Ndlovu.

He said there was a need for a more serious approach on the part of Government in terms of uplifting teachers if the education sector was to be further developed.

“The minister talks of the Teaching Professionals Council as if it is his baby, he forgets that as Zimta we started talking about it as far back as 2009. He is busy telling people that we are delaying its implementation but the actual truth is that it his ministry which is delaying all this,” said Mr Ndlovu.

The annual conference was held under the theme; equitable quality education, a public human right good, for sustainable societies. sunday news

FLIP FLOPPER TSVANGIRAI ENDS POLL BOYCOTT

The Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC-T has ended its election boycott and will now contest the 2018 general polls despite its “No Reforms, No Elections” campaign adopted in 2014.

Zanu PF has capitalised on the “No Reforms, No Elections” campaign by grabbing all parliamentary by-elections held since last year as MDC-T boycotted.

In Bulawayo alone, Zanu PF won all six by-elections that the MDC T boycotted in June last year.

“We are preparing to participate in the 2018 elections and we are very categorical about it,” Tsvangirai told journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club on Friday night.

“What we are saying is that when we go to that election, it must give the people the confidence that the election will not be usurped like the 2013 one.”

He added: “We are participating in the 2018 elections and we are very confident that obstacles that were placed in our way before will be removed by the time we go to the polls.”

The MDC-T leader, however, insisted on key electoral reforms to ensure a level playing field.

“Our demand for no reforms no elections, was a campaign. It was not a decision to boycott the 2018 elections. We are not boycotting any election, come 2018. We are going to be there,” he said.

“We are going to make sure that we minimise the conditions that have militated against us. We are going to insist we have a level playing field.”

A decision to boycott by-elections did not go down well with MDC-T officials and legislators, especially those from Matabeleland where Zanu PF had in the past struggled to make inroads.

In Bulawayo, Zanu PF had not won a single seat since 2000.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) commissioner, Qhubani Moyo, said Tsvangirai’s announcement showed a vote of confidence in the country’s electoral system.

“As an electoral management body official, it is good news as it reflects a vote of confidence in the electoral reform processes done so far. We have taken charge of the voters’ roll from the registrar general,” Moyo posted on his Facebook page.

“We have also introduced marker pens and not ink dipping. We are preparing for biometric voter registration. That is how far we have gone so far, but we still have a few more things to do and we are happy that people are already happy.” standard

KASUKUWERE : I WILL EMBARRASS TSVANGIRAI

LOCAL Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere says he is ready for a fight with MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, warning that the former premier should brace for the “biggest embarrassment of his life”.

Kasukuwere’s threats follow Tsvangirai’s declaration that he would take him head-on over his decision to interfere in the running of the affairs of the opposition-led Harare City Council.

Kasukuwere yesterday said he would not be threatened by Tsvangirai, saying his responsibility was to protect residents from abuse of funds by council officials.
“I am the superintendent of local authorities. I cannot just fold my arms while the MDC-T councillors plunder people’s hard-earned rates,” Kasukuwere said.


“Residents are paying money and his [Tsvangirai] councillors are refusing to own up and allow for audits.”


Kasukuwere last month suspended Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni on allegations of illegally appointing James Mushore as town clerk. He then appointed Chris Mbanga as acting mayor.


Tsvangirai, however, said Kasukuwere’s actions were unconstitutional and threatened to take the matter to the courts. The MDC-T leader also vowed to continue supporting Manyenyeni.

But Kasukuwere said: “MDC-T councillors are running down councils. Look at potholes around the city. In fact, even schools development councils are run in a better way than councils. Schools are affording to buy buses yet the MDC-T led councils cannot even afford to buy a kombi.”

On allegations that he was interfering in the work of councils that should be run independently, the Zanu PF political commissar said: “There is no republic inside another republic. Councils are run under the Urban Councils Act. How can he say we as government have no business discussing what local authorities do?”

“Legislators at council level are not equal to Parliament. They are governed by the Act of Parliament,” he said.

Kasukuwere added: “Tsvangirai cannot call for sanctions and then cause chaos in cities and hope us to ignore.”

Last year, Kasukuwere suspended all the 18 Gweru councillors, including the mayor Hamutendi Kombayi and his deputy Artwel Matyorauta on allegations of gross misconduct and mismanagement of council funds and affairs. standard

HWANGE FIRES 55 MANAGERS

HWANGE Colliery Company has embarked on a restructuring exercise which has seen at least 55 senior and middle level managers losing their jobs in a move aimed at reducing the company’s wage bill.
The coal mining company is currently sitting on a monthly wage bill of about $3,5 million and the move to trim the managers is expected to reduce salary costs by 50 percent.


Some of the senior managers who have been axed include company secretary, operations director, Information Technology director, marketing and finance directors.

Mines and Mining Development Minister, Walter Chidhakwa yesterday confirmed the development to The Sunday Mail saying the company’s management was bloated.

Minister Chidhakwa said it was important for the company to streamline its senior managers because it was presiding over an unsustainable situation.

“We had to streamline the labour because it was too big because our revenue has been going down and we were not able to meet the salary wage bill,” he said.

HCCL managing director, Mr Thomas Makore last week told The Sunday Mail that the coal mining company had adopted a strategy to ensure production levels are reflective of the workforce.

“What we are doing is to allow the company to be competitive we want to reduce the level of our wage bill from the current $3,5 million and to align it in line with our revenue,” he said.

Mr Makore said at least five senior executives and 50 managers have been shown the door while their exit packages of the senior executives were being negotiated. Currently the company has a labour force of 2 600 and about half of that will be relieved of their duties as part of the company’s restructuring.

In June last year the company commissioned the $31,2 million investment equipment from Belaz and BEML under vendor-finance facilities but the company’s production remained low.

The new equipment was expected to increase production from 300 000 to 500 000 tonnes per month but things did not go according to plan.

Since last year Government has given several ultimatums for the management to shape up or ship out.
During the commissioning of the equipment last year, Minister Chidhakwa challenged the company’s board and management to deliver the expected results as Government was running out of patience.


This has seen several marathon meetings and trips to Hwange in an effort to deal with the rot at the coal mining giant.
Government was committed to allocate more concessions to the coal miner that has lost its dominance to competitors among them Makomo Resources.
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ANTI- CORRUPTION BOSSES IN $5,5 MILLION SPLURGE

THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) splurged US$5,5 million on luxury homes, top-of-the-range cars and executive furniture at a time when the commission was being accused of doing little to fight corruption. A fortnight ago, four top managers were suspended for alleged misappropriation of funds.

The houses were bought in 2009 after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe provided funding through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the apex bank and ZACC on October 10, 2008.

ZACC chairperson Dr Job Wabhira yesterday said the “commission was looking at the issue to clean up what happened in the past”.

He said although he did not work with the commission in question, his office was seized with dealing with any corrupt activities which might have occurred.

“We are looking into everything; we will look at the issue (procurement of houses and cars).

“The commission is working in liason with the National Prosecuting Authority, judiciary and the police; we are not competing but complementing each other,” said Dr Wabhira.

Those who benefited from the largesse are said to be still occupying the luxury homes – five years after leaving the organisation.

Documents at hand show that former commissioners who left office in 2011, benefitted as follows:

  • Prosecutor-General Mr Johannes Tomana got a house at 366 Glen Helenway, Glen Lorne valued at US$280 000;
  • Then commission deputy chairperson Dr Rutendo Faith Wutawunashe received a property worth US$200 000 at 42 Stratford Greystone Park;
  • Then commission chairman Mr Abdulman Eric Harid was given number 22 Dawning, Greendale(US$100 000);
  • Mrs Bessie Nhandara 24 Honeybear Lane, Helenslave (US$180 000);
  • Ms Alice Nkomo 8 Uxbridge, Bluffhill (US$90 000);
  • Retired Brigadier Elasto Madzingira 11 Iffley Close, Greendale (US$110 000);
  • Retired Police Senior Assistant Commissioner Casper Khumalo 50 Garlands Rise, Mt Pleasant (US$150 000);
  • Mrs Juliet Machoba 17 Dougal
  • Avenue, Mandara (US$160 000);
  • Mr Kuziwa Nyamwanza 4 Hilmorton Road, Meyrick Park (US$60 000);
  • Jailed former ZACC chief executive officer Mr Ngonidzashe Gumbo reportedly benefited through a US$1 026 912.50 house.
  • Suspended ZACC general manager investigations Ms Sukai Tongogara, received a house worth US$637 192.50, while Mr Edwin Mubataripi (general manager prevention and corporate governance) benefited a US$753 267.50 house.

These two are on suspension together with Mr Christopher Chisango (general manager finance, human resources and administration and Mr Gibson Mangwiro (manager finance) pending a hearing over alleged corrupt activities.

They are being accused of being involved in a case in which Mr Gumbo was jailed for two years for defrauding the agency of US$435 500 in a deal which saw the purchase of ZACC headquarters located at 872 Betterment Close in Mt Pleasant.

Apart from the houses, the ZACC bosses also benefited top-of-the-range vehicles such as Mercedes Benz ML 350 worth US$160 000 for Mr Gumbo, and two other same Mercedes cars for the commission.

Other vehicles include Toyota Fortuner worth US$60 000, four Toyota Hilux double cab each valued at US$40 000 and 13 Isuzu KBs each valued at US$18 000.

ZACC also splashed US$558 738.31 on executive office furniture, carpeting, office security and surveillance systems.

Another US$50 629 was spent on cellphones, switchboard, telephone receivers and fax machines

The suspended ZACC general managers also stand accused of allocating themselves 700 litres of fuel per month each while investigations vehicles get 200 litres.

A whistleblower said, “They (ZACC general managers) awarded themselves 700 litres, landline and cellphone allowances monthly and these are backdated whenever Treasury releases funds for operations.

“On 7 January 2015, they awarded themselves with backdated fuel coupons and other self-approved allowances in excess of US$2 000 each time the commission was on annual shutdown.

“What business were they doing when the commission was not investigating any crimes?
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GOVT CLARIFIES SCHOOLS OPENING DATE

GOVERNMENT has clarified that, as scheduled, schools are opening on Tuesday with students at boarding schools travelling tomorrow. There has been confusion with some parents thinking that schools are opening on Wednesday since Monday will be a holiday. As schools open on Tuesday, there is confusion over the issue of depositing levies into accounts controlled by the School Development Associations (SDA) that are being accused by Government of siphoning millions of dollars for personal use at the expense of schools improvements.

The Sunday Mail understands that the declaration of tomorrow as a holiday, by virtue of Workers’ Day falling on a Sunday has seen some parents, especially those whose children are boarders speculating that schools will open on Wednesday.

But the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education secretary Dr Slyvia Utete Masango said the holiday would not affect the scheduled date for opening schools, which remain Tuesday.

“There are reports that there is a circular from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education stating that schools are now opening on Wednesday because of Monday being a holiday, that is not true, the school opening dates remain unchanged,” she said.

“As you know we closed schools in March instead of April because of the Easter holiday and we cannot continue losing time, so schools are going to open on Tuesday 3 May and we expect those in boarding school to travel on Monday.”

The clarification also comes as some schools are refusing to accept school development levies from parents saying they are waiting for Government directive on which account to use.

Government, last month announced that it was considering the removal of SDAs from controlling cash due to allegations of abuse of the financial coffers by some association members.

This was after an audit commissioned by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education unearthed more than US$1,2 billion in development levies that was circulating in Government and mission schools with a chunk of it is being abused by school heads, bursars and SDAs.

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora is on record saying the fraud had informed Government’s decision to consider removing the control of cash from SDAs.

Commenting on the issue, Dr Dokora said: “There is no confusion over the SDA issue at all. The SDA, school heads and other stakeholders gave their views on the way forward regarding this issue. The ministry is collating that data and sooner rather than later the way forward will be communicated.

It must be emphasised that we need to keep within the confines of the law, in this case the Education Act and subsidiary enactments such as the statutory instruments. It’s at the level of the statutory instruments that the harmonisation of the Act will be carried out in light of the stakeholder comments.

“I am very optimistic and extremely gratified by the returns so far received from nine provinces.”

In an interview Zimbabwe Schools Development Associations and Committees (ZSDA/C) president Mr Claudio Mutasa said there was confusion regarding the payment of levies with some parents refusing to pay citing lack of clarity over the issue.

“There is a lot of confusion regarding the issue, some schools are refusing to accept the funds from parents while some parents are refusing to pay levies because they do not know which account the funds will end up in,” he said.

“For schools that are accepting, some are saying they are going to surrender the funds to Government while others are insisting on depositing it into SDA accounts.

“The problem is we were never consulted and we do not know the correct position at the moment.”

In 2015, Government commissioned an audit into schools’ operations following indications of fraud and abuse of funds due to lack regulatory and monitoring systems.

The reports show that some school authorities have been duplicating receipt books as cover to lay their hands on development funds.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

I HAVE FALLEN OUT WITH AMWENE OVER NAMES

I am a married woman blessed with a son and daughter. My mother-in-law imposed her name on my daughter and I voiced my concern over that. My husband supported me and that name was never registered.

My daughter is 10 and my son is 12. Over the years I thought this was water under the bridge.

My husband’s youngest brother who recently got married has been pressured to name his daughter the same name. They have both refused saying it is my daughter’s name. We have even shown them the birth certificate to prove it was never registered.

My mother-in-law is breathing fire and accusing me of influencing everyone. She has threatened us kuti tichaona nevana vamuri kudada navo muchiramba zita rangu. Amwene is saying she only has two sons who both have refused her name.

The two tetes are teaming up with their mother saying tavashora zvisingaite. I told vana tete that they can give the name to one of their children if they so wished.

Mai Chisamba, is this the way it should be that a name is imposed on your child? Baba has not said a word on this so we do not know what he thinks about what is going on.

There is a lot of tension within the family, how do we resolve this? Varoora vavo, her brother’s wives refused the name too that is why she wants to use pressure on us. Ko sei vanhu vese vari kuramba? Please assist the discomfort is killing us. Worse, we all go to the same church.

MAI CHISAMBA RESPONDS
I touched on something similar last year although the circumstances were quite different.
I really do not understand why people get into conflict unnecessarily. My question: is what is in a name? There are thousands of people world over who share the same name with your mother-in-law.


People will remain individuals despite a few characteristics they may share with members of the family. In the Shona culture when they say “mwana ane zita’, it will be a name given to someone after a certain ritual is done.

It does not matter whether you had other names or not rinonzi zita regombwa and this can only happen after the previous owner of the name is deceased.

Your mother-in-law is still alive so do not worry about this issue even if you had accepted rinonzi remadanha kungoti marifarirawo. Families should learn to not pick fights over nothing.

Every couple has a right to name their children as they please it is also up to them to ask amai or anyone else to do that on their behalf if they so wish.

I do not understand why amai is bulldozing maybe this is the reason why everyone is saying no. Vari kuita senge pane zviripo ipo pasina.

There is absolutely no need to threaten varoora about this issue. Why is baba silent whilst the family is tearing each other apart? He has the potential to end this squabble.

I do not think the church is helping much and why even bother to mention it when you are all doing the opposite of what the church teaches?

After baba speaks, and you are not happy then you can engage the pastor/priest to talk and pray with the family. You need each other; kungofungirana nekutukana hazvivake musha.

Your sisters-in-law should not take their mother’s side instead they should help calm amai down. It defeats all logic that a Christian who goes to church can keep a grudge for ten years, oh God forbid!

I would be happy to hear from you again. Be of good cheer, the Supreme Being is always in charge and will help

TOO MUCH MEAT TRIGGERS DRUG RESISTANCE

Excessive use or consumption of meat from animals that have been induced with antibiotics for growth can lead the body to resist the antibiotics, research has shown.

Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Portia Manangazira told The Sunday Mail that recent studies have proved that over-prescription of antibiotics results in antibiotic resistance.

She cited typhoid as one of the diseases which has became resistant to the antibiotic, ciprofloxacillin.
“If antibiotics are used for a prolonged period, as has happened with persisting typhoid since 2012, where we have used ciprofloxacillin to treat carriers of typhoid and patients, we have now noted resistance to the drug,” said Dr Manangazira.


“In other words you get the correct medicine, but the microbes have got so used to the agent that your symptoms and signs of the illness such as fever, lethargy, may not come down” she said.

“Researches have proved that if antibiotics are put into animal food as growth promoters or for preventing disease and usually in sub-therapeutic doses, when humans consume their meat, anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is the outcome,” she said.

Dr Manangazira said Government is crafting an antimicrobial resistance action plan to combat drug resistant diseases.
The action plan was crafted as a response to reports that at least 60 percent of people living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa are becoming resistant to the key anti-retroviral drug, Tenofovir.

COME AND ARREST ME, SAYS MALEMA

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Saturday declared he was not afraid of being arrested for “speaking the truth” to power.

Declaring that there were only two parties to choose from in the August 3 municipal elections – the EFF and the party he was expelled from‚ the ruling African National Congress – he told the ANC” “Bring it on‚ we are ready for you”.

“Come and arrest me...I'm here and not scared of you‚” Malema said‚ as he told supporters that if the state used violence against them‚ they will respond in kind.

He said he is not afraid as he speaks truth to power. He asked why the ANC has opened a case against him for speaking the truth. He said the state should avoid provoking his members and think they will fold their arms.

This follows the ANC’s denunciation of remarks made by Malema during a television interview last weekend.

Malema said in the interview that if the ANC continues to respond violently to peaceful protests‚ “We will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun”.

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa responded: “These remarks are a call to violence‚ are inflammatory‚ treasonable and seditious.”

“These reckless utterances display a shocking lack of judgement on the part of the EFF…The remarks made by Mr Malema are a clear incitement to people to commit acts of violence…‚” Kodwa said.

“The ANC calls on state authorities to urgently investigate this matter and act against such conduct.”

During his speech on Saturday afternoon‚ in quotes reported on the EFF’s Twitter account‚ Malema said: “The ANC is led by clowns. That is why they confuse the truth with treason. You come with violence‚ we'll respond with violence”.

“We'll never take guns to innocent people. But if you come with violence‚ we'll defend ourselves.”

“Let us meet on the ground. We're not threatening violence but a aggressive and militant campaign.

“Free and fair elections‚ that's all we demand!”

He also claimed that the security forces were on the side of his party – and would turn on the ruling party and President Jacob Zuma.

“Those police are EFF members… Those soldiers are EFF members…”

“I warn you Zuma. That army will soon turn those guns against you. The army that they say must come for the EFF‚ it will turn those guns against them.”

Malema delivered his party's manifesto speech before a full house of 40‚000 supporters at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

The EFF leaders are planning to attend a black-tie after-party event at Montecasino on Saturday night. times. 

YOU ARE NOW FREE TO PAN FOR GOLD, CHIPANGA TELLS ZANU PF YOUTHS

Zanu-PF National Youth Secretary, Kudzanai Chipanga has told young people in Masvingo that they are now free to pan for gold without the risk of being arrested by the police.

Addressing youths who attended a meeting at Masvingo Polytechnic College to mobilise for the so-called one million men march scheduled to take place in Harare in May, Chipanga assured that nobody would be arrested for gold panning because there are no jobs.


"Starting from today no one shall be arrested for gold panning, hapana achasungirwa gold panning endai munoita gold panning yenyu freely hapana anokusungai," (no one will arrest you, go and do your gold panning activities freely, absolutely no one will arrest you) said Chipanga.


It is still illegal to pan for gold and miners are expected to register with the Mines and Minerals Act and pay a one per cent royalty for gold output.

Chipanga, however, urged youths to work for themselves and buy their own cars and houses and to stop using the party's name to intimidate people.  He went on to say that party structures were supposed to be a composition of both males and females, not predominantly male as was the case.


"At district level ladies are intimidated and that is why there are no females in the district leadership. From now onwards, all vacant posts shall be given to ladies until there is gender parity.


"Stop intimidating people using T-shirts and the party's name; some even refuse to pay bus fare simply because they are wearing Zanu-PF regalia.


He also warned ministers that they should address bread and butter issues and work for the welfare of their people, saying ministers should do something to revamp the economy in line with the mandate given to them by the President.
"We want politics to address bread and butter issues, we need politics that addresses the economy, we don't need ministers who do nothing because makapiwa basa napresident (you were given an assignment by the president)," said Chipanga. tellzimbabwe

MINISTER : NO DEBT COLLECTORS ON PATIENTS

Health minister David Parirenyatwa has condemned Gweru Provincial Hospital 's move to unleash debt collectors on defaulting patients, saying the hospital has to use more hospital means of recovering debts.

The hospital is owed $1,7 million.

“What we always encourage is that the hospitals should use more hospitable methods to get whatever is owed to them. But more importantly we should be able to give more resources to the hospitals, because if we don’t, the hospitals will try and squeeze the population to get the little,” Parirenyatwa told Radio VOP during a tour of the hospital. 

“We don’t want patients to be taken to court for not paying. But patients should also understand that we need to run the hospitals,” Parirenyatwa said. 

He urged the hospital’s medical superintendent, Fabian Mashingaidze to understand the plight of patients who cannot afford to pay the hospital bills on time. 

According to the hospital, the debt is said to have ballooned from $1,1 million in 2014 to the current debt of $1,7 million. 

Last month, before unleashing debt collectors on the patients, the hospital sent text messages demanding payment to settle the bills, but few responded. 

Mashingaidze is on record as saying unleashing debt collectors on defaulters yielded positive results, as more people were now forthcoming to settle outstanding bills. 

"We have been getting a good response from our defaulters since we sent them final warnings, so the strategy is working," said Mashingaidze. 

Midlands hospitals have suffered financial constraints with a paltry $3 000 having been disbursed from $460 000 allocated to the province by the ministry this year. 

“Midlands was allocated $460 000, but to date $3 000 has come in and that is worrying. So we continue to lobby the rest of government, to say please look at this priority area of health,” said the minister. radio vop

 

CASH CRUNCH LEAVES MANY STRANDED

THOUSANDS of people were yesterday left stranded after failing to access their money as the cash crunch continues to worsen in Harare and other major cities across the country, amid heightened fears of a massive economic decline similar to the one witnessed in 2008.

Depositors, who intended to travel for the long weekend due to Workers’ Day on Sunday and a public holiday on Monday, failed to access their money from mostly locally-owned banks.

Long and winding queues formed at most banking halls in Harare as desperate depositors spent the better part of the day trying to access their monies, with financial institutions putting caps on how much each customer could withdraw.
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya said the long queues at the banks were an indication of the rise in demand for the United States dollar (USD) as it had substituted all other currencies such as the rand, the pound and the euro, which were in use at the introduction of the multi-currency system in 2009.


“The shortage of the USD in the country as evidenced by queues at some banks indicates that the demand for foreign currency is higher than its supply. This is attributable to a number of factors which include the dysfunctionality of the multi-currency system as the country is now predominantly using the USD for almost all transactions,” he said in Harare yesterday.

Mangudya said the strong USD had also resulted in Zimbabwe becoming a high-cost producing country and an expensive tourist destination.

A survey by NewsDay in the central business district (CBD) showed many disgruntled clients who looked exhausted as they had been waiting since morning to access their monies from the banks.

POSB recorded the largest number of people at their Causeway branch, with up to 600 clients queuing.

A group of people who were seated near a pavement, said they had waited since 10am in the morning up to 3pm.

“We have been here since 10am and they have not told us anything as yet. We plan to come here first thing in the morning in case we do not get anything today,” one of the men, who identified himself as Sam, said.

“The are limiting withdrawal to $100 only. We are yet to see anyone who has managed to access money from their accounts.”

At another queue at CABS at the corner of Jason Moyo Avenue and Park Street, another depositor, who identified himself as Tendai, said the bank was giving out money, but that the queue was not moving.


“I have been standing here since 10am in the morning and I am yet to receive anything. The queue started in front of Construction House and is somehow moving slowly. They are giving people money at a cap of $300,” Tendai said.

The story was the same at many other banks in the CBD, where shattered and often worn-out people were standing for a long time.

Other banks that were capping their withdrawals were ZB Bank and FBC Bank, both at $200.

The crisis stems from a high trade deficit, lack of investment and unfavourable policies.

The cash crisis started in June last year, with the each passing month recording lower levels of cash in the market.

But the recent shortage was as a direct result of lower investments and a trade deficit of $323 million in the first quarter of the year, as imports came in at $490 million during the same period against $167 million exports.

Also, funds in the bank’s nostro accounts were being depleted by the high demand of money on the market.

However, while these were the underlying issues, the government lost financial confidence from the investors due to a push by Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao to implement the controversial black economic empowerment laws, which required that foreign-owned companies with a $500 000 capital base cede 51% shareholding to locals.
Analysts say the country would need a $5 billion cash injection into the economy to keep it liquid. newsday

EX GRAFT BODY BOSS LOSES TWO VEHICLES

Former Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission chief executive Ngonidzashe Gumbo, who was jailed for two years last year for defrauding the commission of $435 000, has lost his bid to retain two vehicles that he used during his employment. The commission last year took away a Mercedes Benz ML350 and an Isuzu KB300 from Gumbo, but the former ZACC boss contested the decision through an application for spoliation.
In a judgment handed down this week at the High Court, Justice Hlekani Mwayera, threw out the challenge saying she was convinced that Gumbo consented to the repossession of the official vehicles by ZACC.

“The respondent (ZACC) repossessed the vehicles with the consent of applicant as evidenced by the indemnity form. “Other than being in peaceful and undisturbed possession of the property, the applicant has not on paper proved he was unlawfully and wrongfully deprived of such possession.
“The dispossession appears to have been by negotiation and consent from reading the papers . . .
“Application be and is hereby dismissed with costs,” ruled Justice Mwayera. The judge said Gumbo had an option of pursuing the matter through some pending labour cases in which he is challenging the removal from office.

“The applicant also has other remedies as it was argued on his behalf that there are pending labour and or contractual disputes as regards whether or not he is still the CEO of the respondent,” the court ruled.

Gumbo was arrested on March 18, 2013 for defrauding the commission. In July 2014, ZACC, with the assistance of the police, repossessed the Mercedes Benz and Isuzu vehicles from Gumbo. After the removal of the vehicles, Gumbo then approached the High Court with an application for spoliation, arguing that the actions of ZACC were illegal and constituted despoliation.

On the fraud case, Gumbo was convicted and jailed for 10 years. Eight years of the sentence were conditionally set aside leaving him to serve two years effective.

Gumbo bought offices to be used by the commission in Mt Pleasant, Harare, using Government funds, but registered the property in the name of a company he jointly owned with four of his subordinates.

The State proved that in 2010, ZACC approached the Home Affairs Ministry seeking alternative accommodation when their landlords were about to evict them.
The ministry instructed Gumbo to look for alternative property and he identified 872 Betterment Close in Mt Pleasant that belonged to Diane Spalletah.

Gumbo went back to the ministry where he requested for $1 680 000 to buy the property and Government deposited $1,7 million into a ZACC account.
He instructed his subordinates Sukai Tongogara, Edwin Mubataripi, Christopher Chisango and Gibson Mangwiro to form a shelf company called Property Mortgage where they became directors with equal shares.

A ZACC administration and human resources manager deposited the $1 680 000 into a CBZ account for Perpetual Properties trust account.
It is believed that Gumbo’s daughter was an administrator for Perpetual Properties and she was the one who did the transactions. The property was bought for $1,2 million, which was fully paid to the owner Spalletah by Perpetual Properties.

Perpetual Properties deducted their commission amounting to $44 500, leaving a balance of $435 500. The court heard that $160 000 was used to purchase a property owned by Poptechnologies where Gumbo and Popatlal Samir are directors.

A person called Da Silva was given $100 000, while Samir received $95 000.
Gumbo is said to have allocated $80 000 for “renovations.”

STRANDED WOMAN RETURN TODAY

Thirty-two Zimbabwean women who were lured to Kuwait to work as housemaids but ended up as sex slaves are expected back in the country today after a Parliamentary delegation secured their evacuation from the gulf country. A Parliamentary delegation led by National Assembly Speaker Advocate Jacob Mudenda and chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cde Kindness Paradza, which went to Kuwait at the weekend, secured the release of the 32 young women among about 200 Zimbabwean women believed to be captives.

The women were located with the help of the Zimbabwean Ambassador to Kuwait, Mr Mark Grey Marongwe. A local businessman, Mr Wicknell Chivayo chipped in with air tickets to have the women flown home following a request by Adv Mudenda.

Cde Paradza confirmed yesterday that all travel documents had been processed and air tickets issued out. “All the tickets have arrived and we are leaving Kuwait at midnight via Dubai and will be arriving in Harare at 5pm,” he said.

“We have identified five more who are still in captivity and are crying for help. The embassy here is working flat out to make sure all those girls who were brought here under false pretences are accounted for and brought back home,” he said.

“What is disgusting is that one of the girls is now pregnant from sexual abuse. Ambassador Marongwe also told Adv Mudenda and his delegation that one of the girls was now mentally disturbed from excessive abuse while in captivity.”

Cde Paradza said slavery was a multi-billion dollar industry in Kuwait as it was encouraged by a section of that country’s laws.

“We want the government to ban the issuance of visas to Kuwait under Articles 18 and 20 which commit our girls into slavery. as This removes the person’s rights on arrival in Kuwait. The law gives total authority over anyone coming under that visa,” said Cde Paradza.

“In Harare, we have arranged that the Speaker will on arrival hand over the girls to Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Priscah Mupfumira and her Health and Child Care counterpart Dr David Parirenyatwa. Government will take over after the handover,” he said.

“The girls will be taken to a safe house where they will be counselled and debrief our security services. We are grateful to the Zimbabwean Embassy and Registrar-General, Cde Tobaiwa Mudede in Harare, who worked flat out to issue Emergency Travel Documents to the 23 girls whose passports were confiscated by their captors.”

Cde Paradza said Adv Mudenda was appealing for clothes and other toiletries to give the women because they ran away from their captors leaving behind all their clothes and documents such as passports. He said their delegation also identified four Zimbabwean women who were working in cahoots with human traffickers.

ATTEND WORKERS DAY COMMEMMORATIONS, MINISTER URGES CIVIL SERVANTS

The Public Service Commission yesterday urged civil servants to attend Workers Day commemorations on Monday at Rufaro Stadium following a decision by Government to revive the celebrations. 

In a statement, PSC secretary Mr Charles Matorera said the commission welcomed the initiative to revive Workers Day celebrations. “As employer of Zimbabwe’s largest workforce, the PSC is urging all civil servants to heed the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare’s call to celebrate the day at Rufaro Stadium. In order to facilitate the smooth flow of this day’s celebrations, the PSC is availing free transport to and from Rufaro Stadium on Monday May 2 2016,” read the statement.

“PSC buses will ferry all workers wishing to attend the celebrations from the usual pick-up points at 0600 hours. The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare (Cde Prisca Mupfumira)has already outlined that Cabinet members will be there to listen to the workers’ grievances and to talk to the workers.

“Through the provision of free transport, the commission is encouraging its employees and all workers in general to come and commemorate 2016 Workers Day.”
Minister Mupfumira said there would be other celebrations throughout the country, which workers were urged to attend.

Workers Day has lost lustre over the years due to the politicisation of trade unionism in the country at the expense of workers’ welfare.

The country’s two largest workers representative bodies – the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions – have aligned themselves to the main political parties — Zanu-PF and MDC-T respectively – leaving most workers in limbo.

Minister Mupfumira indicated that Government wanted to re-establish links with workers by bringing them together to better appreciate their concerns. She said genuine trade unions should be apolitical.
Government, said Minister Mupfumira, was in the process of finalising further labour reforms to improve working conditions.

Labour movements have welcomed Government’s decision to revive the commemorations.

I'M IMPRESSED, SAYS MNANGAGWA

VICE President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday emphasised the need for harnessing water and revitalising agricultural infrastructure to boost food security. VP Mnangagwa was at Arda Antelope Estate in Matabeleland South to assess progress made so far at the estate that is undertaking a massive maize and wheat project. Two silos with a combined capacity of 1 300 tonnes of maize have been constructed at the estate.
 
The maize is being harvested, while the planting of the wheat started yesterday. The project kicked off last year, after Trek Petroleum injected more than $2,7 million in the vast estate, in a bid to enhance food security.
The VP commended Arda and Trek for their partnership, which was expected to feed the whole of Matabeleland South province. “It’s important for us to fully utilise the land that is at our disposal. We must extract value from our land, harness it and make sure that we’re able to feed our families, our province and other provinces as well. “I’m impressed with what’s happening here because this is exactly what Zim-Asset and the 10-Point Plan calls for, as articulated by President Mugabe,” the Vice President said.
 
“The partnership has brought food insufficiencies to an end, and as Government, we’re committed to giving the project our support so that it moves forward. Antelope estate can produce more than 5 000 hectares of maize, wheat or any other crop. The Government definitely wouldn’t worry about food relief for this province,” he said.
 
The VP was also impressed with the 700 head of cattle belonging to villagers grazing at the estate. He said plans were underway to have an agro-processing plant at the estate so that crops are not taken to other provinces for value addition.
 
“We want to have a processing plant here so that Arda can plant its crops, grow, harvest, store, process and sell without seeking services from anybody. We want to do away with the importation of grain but this can only be achieved by being united working hard to feed ourselves.
 
“All the available water bodies must also be utilised fully during summer and winter so that we don’t run out of food. For us to achieve want stability and peace in the country, we need to grow, develop and mechanise our agricultural sector,” said the VP.
He said Government had identified 2 000 hectares of land in Mangwe to grow pastures for more than 60 000 head of cattle, a move that is meant to mitigate the effects of drought. Arda Antelope Estate manager Mr Alec Chinyai said the maize project was affected by power cuts and high temperatures.
 
“We’re currently sending our maize to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) and we also selling to the local buyers at the GMB price of $390 per tonne,” said Chinyai.
VP Mnangagwa was accompanied by the Minister of State for Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs Cde Abednico Ncube, Home Affairs Deputy Minister Cde Obedingwa Mguni and the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation responsible for cropping Cde Davis Marapira

DAD RAPES DAUGHTER AT KNIFEPOINT

A 42-year-old man from Seke, who raped his daughter (16) three times at knife-point and impregnated her has been jailed for 14 years. The man threatened to kill the minor and her mother. The father of five had stated that his daughter had beautiful skin and that she was more special to him than her mother. He denied three counts of rape when he appeared before Chitungwiza regional magistrate, Ms Estere Chivasa.

Ms Chivasa convicted him of rape on a single count and incest on two other counts. She sentenced him to 12 years for rape and four years for incest.

However, two years of his sentence were set aside on condition of good behaviour. In sentencing him, Ms Chivasa considered that the man used a knife to instil fear in his daughter.
“I have taken into account that although the accused has no criminal record, he started his criminal career on the deep end of the crime.

“You used a knife in the process to induce fear in your own child and later socialised her into believing that she was more important than her own mother,” said Ms Chivasa.
“People who commit such heinous crimes should be visited with deterrent sentences to deter people of like mind.”

The prosecutor Mr Loveti Muringwa proved that sometime in January this year and at the family’s house in the rural areas, the man went to where his daughter was seated and commended her beautiful skin.

The court heard that he then forcibly pushed her to the ground, tore her undergarments and raped her once. After the act, he later threatened to kill her if she divulged the abuse.

Mr Muringwa also proved that on a different date, but in early February this year while the girl’s mother had gone to buy vegetables for resale at Dema Growth Point, the man again raped the teenager at knife- point.

The matter came to light on March 10 this year when his wife noticed that the girl was pregnant and quizzed her. She narrated her ordeal that her father was responsible for the pregnancy and the matter was reported to the police, leading to his arrest. herald