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


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


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.


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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Friday, 29 July 2016


Value addition in the agricultural sector will improve the livelihoods of Zimbabweans by promoting job creation, Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
He said this after touring the Zangrinda processing plant in Norton and Hunyani Farm in Zvimba.

Zangrinda is involved in fruit and tomato processing while Hunyani Farm is being used as a demonstration plot for the pasture project. Zangrinda, a tomato canning company, is owned by Arda and the Development Trust of Zimbabwe on a 50-50 percent shareholding basis.
VP Mnangagwa, who was accompanied by Mashonaland West Minister of State, Cde Faber Chidarikire and Agricultural Rural Development Authority board chairman, Mr Basil Nyabadza said Zimbabwe was looking at reviving the agriculture sector, including food production and beef export market in the European Union.

He was impressed by the pasture project at Hunyani Farm where 50 hectares of Maluto grass was grown for livestock feed. The grass, which originated from Brazil is fed to livestock as raw or processed into hay bales. It is a perennial crop and lasts up to 15 years.

VP Mnangagwa said production of pastures commercially would reduce pressure on grains such as maize that would be left for human consumption. He said Government was putting efforts in reviving the livestock industry.

“Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is looking at the resuscitation of abattoirs and the Cold Storage Company while we from the agriculture sector will see on the production of pastures.

“We want to promote primary agriculture which is the production, secondary agriculture which deals with the processing and value addition and we also want to venture into the tertiary which involves marketing,” he said.

He said as the chairperson of the committee on food and nutrition, he was looking at promoting value addition on the farm sites.
“Our aim is to introduce value addition on farms that produce 1 000 hectares of maize or wheat. We will establish milling plants, and this will create employment,” he said.
He said every province will now be required to produce food and compete with other provinces.

At Zangrinda plant in Norton, VP Mnangagwa applauded Agricultural Rural Development Authority (Arda) for venturing into a food processing partnership with Schweppes where 70 percent of the products was meant for the export market.

“I am delighted that the idea that was mooted by the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo long back has now come to fruition. VP Nkomo talked about processing of tomato and at that time, I could not comprehend what he talked about but now I am able to see his vision in reality,” he said.

VP Mnangagwa said the processing of fruits had lessened the burden on farmers around the country who had challenges establishing markets for their perishable produce.
He applauded Arda for resuscitating the processing plant which he said was going to change the lives of farmers.

“This will grow our economy, create employment and improve our own lives. This plant has the potential to change lives of ordinary Zimbabwean households,” he said.
Cde Chidarikire said he was pleased with the resumption of production at the plant.

“The reopening of the plant tells of the Zim-Asset’s drive of value addition and beneficiation. We commend Arda for responding to President Mugabe’s 10-point Plan.
“Mashonaland West has vast tracts of land and water conducive to grow a variety of crops. Setting up of a processing plant will boost production and assist our province to be the breadbasket of the nation. I urge Arda to consider setting up a grain milling plant,” he said.

Mr Nyabadza said activities at Zangrinda were evidence that the 10-point plan highlighted was practical and could be achieved, especially on value addition.

He raised concern that more than 16 000 cattle had succumbed to drought and urged farmers to venture into pasture production to ensure enough supply of stockfeeds.

“We have 50 hectares of special grass from Brazil, called Maluto II. Livestock and humans have been competing for the imported grain but the introduction of this pasture will reduce pressure on maize.

“We are also going to introduce sorghum to replace maize in stockfeeds manufacturing. We should make use of research institutions such as Grasslands Research Station to boost agricultural production,” he said. Herald


A 31-year-old Chitungwiza traditional healer recently appeared in court on allegations of stealing three vehicles from unsuspecting clients. The three cars were valued at $12 600.
Blessing Makuyana was facing three counts – two of theft of motor vehicles and one of theft of trust property – when he appeared before magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe.

He was remanded in custody and advised to apply for bail at the High Court.
Allegations are that on November 21 last year, the complainant was driving his car from Bindura to Harare and while at Showground Bus Stop in Bindura, he offered transport to Makuyana and three other passengers.
The court heard that the other three passengers disembarked from the car and Makuyana remained inside. It is alleged that he introduced himself as a traditional healer to the complainant before asking him to accompany him to Budiriro where he wanted to perform some cleansing services.

It is alleged that upon arrival, Makuyana saw his clients and promised to perform the cleansing service the following day and as a result, he slept with the complainant at a lodge.

The following day, Makuyana, it is alleged, started his cleansing services and told the complainant that he wanted some items from his car so that he could finish the process.
The court heard that the complainant gave Makuyana his car keys and remained in the room. It is alleged that Makuyana drove away.

It is alleged that Makuyana used the same modus operandi on two other people before stealing their cars. The court heard that Makuyana was arrested while driving one of the cars.



Victoria Falls Magistrates Court has thrown out charges based on Public Order and Security Act against the 16 residents who took part in a demonstration that took place early this month in the resort town.

The residents will, however, proceed to trial on Monday on the charges of criminal nuisance.  The residents had been charged for contravening Section 25 of the Public Order and Security Act on the 7th of this month following their participation in a demonstration in the resort town.

Victoria Falls Magistrate Ms Lindiwe Maphosa ruled that the court cannot sit to investigate who the convener of the gathering was, saying it makes no sense that all the 16 accused can be conveners of one gathering.

According to the ruling, the issue of what traffic was blocked can be resolved at the trial with the state leading with evidence.

The demonstrators who had been charged for contravening Section 25 of the Public Order and Security Act and Section 46 of the Criminal Law and Codification Act had through their lawyers submitted an application seeking the court to drop the charges which they claimed did not warrant prosecution.

The accused had also faced an alternative charge of “public nuisance” which the defence also want dismissed for lack of merit.

The demonstrators are currently out on US$100 bail each.


The widow of former Herald editor Charles Chikerema is battling to recover 469 head of cattle and other livestock grabbed from her husband’s estate by her now deceased brother-in-law some 18 years ago.

After the death of the veteran journalist in 1998, his brother James Chikerema expropriated 469 cattle, 815 goats, 682 ostriches, 796 turkeys and 52 sheep belonging to the scribe’s estate.

The journalist’s widow Plaxedes Chikerema could not stop the grabbing of the property at the time.

The then executor to the estate Mr Cecil Madondo successfully filed a court application for the return of the livestock at the High Court against James. James did not comply with the order up to the time of his death in 2006. James left behind his widow, Phildah Molly Chikerema.

Mr Madondo renounced himself from handling the veteran journalist’s estate in 2015 and Plaxedes Chikerema took over as executor.

Plaxedes, in her capacity as the executor of the late scribe’s estate, issued summons at the High Court seeking the release of the expropriated livestock from James’ estate, which is now being represented by Phildah.

It is now gloves off between the two widows as Plaxedes now wants the livestock back from Phildah. Alternatively, Plaxedes through her lawyer Mr Caleb Mucheche of Matsikidze and Mucheche law firm, is claiming $253 790 from the estate of James Chikerema.
Last week the High Court threw out a technical point raised by Phildah in her quest to deprive Plaxedes of her livestock.

Phildah was seeking an order for the finalisation of her late husband’s estate, a development that was likely to destroy the livestock claim by Plaxedes.

The court dismissed the application and the parties will now have to file all the relevant papers in preparation of the livestock claim. The Master of High Court had filed his report opposing Phildah’s application.

He stated as a fact that the estate was still pending and that it could not be closed before the livestock claim was finalised. The Master described Phildah as an applicant who was misguided or ignorant of the estate administration procedures.

Since 2001 when a court order for the return of the livestock was issued, several reminders were made to James and later to the executor of his estate after his death, but there was no compliance.

Phildah, in her special plea file at the High Court, argued that the claim was filed outside the permissible three-year period in which civil suits can be filed.

To that end, Phildah argued that the livestock claim was now a prescribed matter and it ought to be dismissed.

She also argued that Plaxedes cannot be awarded the United States dollars because the expropriation complained of was done during the Zimbabwe dollar era.
The matter is yet to be set down for hearing at the High Court. herald


A 33 YEAR-OLD man from Gweru, who posed as a car dealer, duped two traffic officers and a nurse of over $17,000.
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Mbonisi Sibanda was yesterday arraigned before Provincial Magistrate Mrs Phathekile Msipa facing four counts of theft.  Sibanda who duped one of the complainants twice is pleading not guilty.

The magistrate remanded him out of custody on $200 bail to August 1 for trial.
Prosecutor, Miss Helen Khosa told the court that Sibanda conned constables Christine Matare and Perpetual Shumba both stationed at Gweru Traffic and Sister Shylet Chinyakuze, a nurse at Shurugwi Hospital.

Miss Khosa said on the first count and in the month of August last year, Cst Matare who resides at Mtapa camp approached Sibanda and asked him to purchase a Honda Fit on her behalf using his account from Japan.
“The complainant then gave the accused $900 but then faced some financial problems and could not finish paying for the car,” she said.

Sometime in March, the court heard, Cst Matare topped up with $985 which was now for a Mark II before she gave Sibanda a further $1,900 for duty.

Miss Khosa said Cst Matare was prejudiced $3,785 by the complainant who did not purchase the vehicle.

“Matare later approached Sibanda with the intention of purchasing a Toyota Hiace from Japan and gave him a total of $2,800. She suffered a total prejudice of $6,585 and nothing was recovered,” she said.

On the third count Sibanda allegedly defrauded Sister Chinyakuze of $1,511 which she paid as deposit for a Toyota Corolla.

Miss Khosa told the court that on the fourth count, Cst Shumba approached Sibanda and gave him $9,000 for the purchase of a Toyota Hiace from Japan.

The accused gave Shumba excuses saying that there had been a problem with the paperwork and gave her false promises.

The complainants reported the matters to the police leading to Sibanda’s arrest. chronicle


ZIMBABWE National Liberation War Veterans Association secretary for information and publicity, Mr Douglas Mahiya, who was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, is likely to appear in court today.

Sources yesterday said Mr Mahiya was assisting police with investigations and charges had been laid against him.

In an interview, Mr Charles Nyika of Nyika Kanengoni and Partners, who initially represented Mr Mahiya, confirmed the developments yesterday.
“All I am aware of, as of now, is that they have charged him and I’m not sure of the charges yet,” he said. There were also reports that the association’s secretary general Victor Matemadanda had been arrested yesterday in connection with the same case but a source close to the investigations dismissed the allegations.

According to the reports, Matemadanda was said to have been picked up by police in Gokwe before being taken to Harare for further investigations.

Mr Mahiya presided over a war veterans meeting that denounced President Mugabe last Thursday.

Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi said the communiqué issued after the meeting could be the work of Fifth Columnists. Government has already engaged its security apparatus to establish the origins of the communiqué and those behind its circulation. herald

Thursday, 28 July 2016


Twitter has been left divided by businessman Kenny Kunene's newest art purchase - a satirical painting that appears to show Mmusi Maimane, Helen Zille and James Selfe in all their naked glory.

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Some opposition parties and civic society groups are condemning President Robert Mugabe for threatening to crush any future protests saying such utterances are a direct attack on the country’s constitution that Mr. Mugabe is supposed to be its custodian.

Speaking at a meeting he held with some war veterans and Zanu PF supporters at the ruling party’s headquarters in Harare yesterday, President Mugabe warned protesters that his government would crush any form of protests against the government.
Mr. Mugabe said demonstrators would rot in jail if they were caught by authorities in the streets.

Former Energy Minister Elton Mangoma, leader of the opposition Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe party, castigated Mr. Mugabe for making these remarks saying such utterances are an affront to Zimbabwe’s constitution.

Former Finance Minister and leader of the Mavambo Kusile Dawn party, Simba Makoni, added that President Mugabe’s remarks were an indication that his government applies the law selectively.

Promise Mkwananzi, spokesperson of Tajamuka-Sesijikile Campaign, a coalition of youths in political parties and civic organisations, said his organization was determined to mobilize Zimbabweans to stage protests against Mr. Mugabe’s government.

He said no amount of threats would deter them from engaging in peaceful demonstrations against the deteriorating social and economic situation in the country.

Meanwhile, Kurauone Chihwayi, spokesperson of the MDC formation led by former Industry Minister Welshman Ncube, has urged the Southern African Development Community and the African Union to intervene in Zimbabwe, saying the security of the country’s citizens was now at risk.

Chihwayi’s sentiments were echoed by Movement For Democratic Change and Zunde political party leader, Gilbert Dzikiti, who said it was worrying that SADC and AU leaders are not engaging President Mugabe on human rights violations in his country.

Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested in recent weeks after staging anti-government protests in some parts of the country. MDC-T youths insist that they are going ahead with their plan to engage in sustained nationwide protests in August to press Mr. Mugabe to leave office for allegedly failing to run Zimbabwe. VOA


Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to continue working for the nation despite allegations of him fanning factionalism within the ZANU-PF party.
Cde Mnangagwa dismissed allegations of factionalism and said the falsehoods would not distract him from carrying out his national duties.

Responding to questions from journalists in Zvimba today on why he was acting normal when he has been attacked and accused of fanning factionalism, VP Mnangagwa said in politics people were bound to accuse each other and this should not distract one from performing his duties.

“Izvozvo ndizvo zvinondipa simba. Kana zvikashaikwa ndinotoshaya simba rekushanda.
“Ko ichokwadi here? Ko ndidzo politics ka dzaunenge uchingonenegwavo asi iwe uchingoinda . Uchingoinda chete vanovukura vachipa simba. Akange asisipo panenge pasisina simba,” he said. (Those false allegations will not deter me from performing my duties. Actually, it gives me strength. Are the allegations true? That is politics. People will accuse you, but you should continue with your work. People who discourage will always be there but it will give strength.)


ZIMBABWE Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) board members are allegedly getting advances on their allowances while the State broadcaster is struggling to pay its workers, NewsDay can reveal.
According to documents gleaned by NewsDay, the majority of board members have been receiving varying amounts as advances before sitting for meetings. A summarised schedule of the 2016 first quarter board fees shows that board members were receiving sitting allowances, retainer fees, fuel and DStv subscriptions as allowances. 

According to the document signed by the company’s acting salaries administrator, acting chief accountant, acting head in charge of finance, human resources and administration together with the acting chief executive officer, ZBC paid a total of $26 404 in advances to board members for the first quarter.
According to the documents, ZBC chairperson, Gibson Munyoro received $1 092, while Joyce Jenje-Makwenda received $3 000. Cleopatra Matanhire-Mutisi received $1 000 and Ndabezinhle Dlodlo got $5 000.
One board member, identified only as D Khumal, received an advance of $16 312. However, ZBC acting chief executive officer, Patrick Mavhura insisted board members were not receiving advances.

“What is happening is that the company is struggling financially and the payments were done gradually. I think they are now misinterpreted as advances,” he said.

Munyoro also dismissed the allegations, saying they even have a resolution that says they will only get their allowances after all the expenses, including salaries for workers, have been paid.
“We have a resolution that we shouldn’t get anything until the corporation pays all its expenses, including salaries. When we are due for payment at the end of the quarter, only a few will be paid at a time, but the payment is recorded as advances,” he said.

ZBC has been rocked by several administrative challenges that have drained its coffers and affected operations. Sources, who spoke to NewsDay yesterday, said such a move might compromise the integrity of the board.

“It’s not allowed for a board member to claim an advance in board sitting allowances because that’s illegal according to the corporate governance laws. Board members are supposed to be given allowances after their meetings,” a source, who refused to be named, said. newsday


POLICE have arrested Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary -general Victor Matemadanda, hardly 24 hours after the arrest of the association’s spokesperson Douglas Mahiya as part of a witch-hunt for authors of last week’s hard hitting communiqué calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Matemadanda was allegedly picked up by five police officers from his Gokwe home early this morning and taken to Harare’s Law and Order section.

The lawyers said both war veterans leaders were likely to be charged with subverting a constitutionally-elected government and insulting Mugabe.

The latest crackdown follows Mugabe’s Wednesday rant against authors of the alleged offensive communiqué.


An MDC-T standing committee meeting lasted less than 15 minutes yesterday after some members strongly protested the presence of newly-appointed deputy presidents, Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri, it has been learnt.

The meeting, sources said, was disrupted as party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai gave his opening remarks, as the fallout over the appointment of the two deputies rages.

“The meeting lasted less than 15 minutes,” one source said. “Tsvangirai was interjected and asked about the constitutionality of the two appointments.”

The source said members protested over the presence of the two, saying they could not attend the standing committee’s meetings as they were unelected.

“In response, Tsvangirai said the two were observers he had invited for the meeting, but it was suggested they should sit away from the table and follow proceedings from a distance,” the source said, adding the MDC-T leader rejected that suggestion, leading to a breakdown of the meeting.

A meeting set for tomorrow has since been cancelled following the melee, while a court application is expected to be filed today seeking to block Chamisa and Mudzuri’s assumption of duty as deputies.

In a statement, however, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said Mudzuri and Chamisa had been welcomed by the party’s standing committee.

“Chamisa and Mudzuri were part of the new-look standing committee that met in Harare today. The two VPs were given a warm welcome by the other members of the committee, which had a full attendance,” he said.

“Tsvangirai also advised that the national executive committee and the national council will convene again in the next few days and one of the key businesses will be to tie up the constitutional amendments adopted by the fourth congress in Harare in 2014.” Newsday


VICE President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday survived a planned purge by his foes, as mutinous war veterans backing his bid for power remained defiant, warning that they were prepared to die for expressing their dissatisfaction with the ruling ZANU-PF.

 A group of war veterans who earlier this year failed to wrest power from expelled party cadre, Christopher Mutsvangwa, called for an emergency meeting of mainly war veterans, ex-detainees and collaborators after a stinging communiqué crafted by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), discrediting President Robert Mugabe and his government.

 Mutsvangwa is the leader of ZNLWVA, an institution that has traditionally been aligned to ZANU-PF.

 At yesterday’s meeting at the ruling party’s headquarters, Mandi Chimene, who had earlier imposed herself as the ZNLWVA interim chairperson, but was interdicted by the High Court from doing so after a failed bid to oust Mutsvangwa, said Mnangagwa should be chucked out of the party.

 She accused the Vice President of leading a faction plotting the removal of President Mugabe from office in order to takeover power.

Chimene, who reminded President Mugabe that he was the appointing authority, said: “If you can’t fire him, let us go for an emergency congress right away where we will do it for you.”

 However, President Mugabe, who clearly indicated that he was disgusted by the war veterans’ criticism of his leadership, said he was not going to reshuffle the presidium.
“We shall keep together at the top. We shall remain united,” he said.    

 “The wings of the party, Youth League, Women’s League, need to be united. I am glad that we have maintained that unity and I hope we shall maintain it until 2018,” he said.

Very few war veterans attended the meeting, which had been described by a section of war veterans aligned to a faction opposed to Mnangagwa as “a must attend” meeting.

Away from the meeting, war veterans accused of planning the President’s removal from power said even though they were cognisant of the fact that the ensuing witch-hunt from a communiqué issued after their no-holds barred meeting last week could turn ugly as ZANU-PF tried to contain the unexpected onslaught from the former combatants, they remained unrelenting.

“We know that things are going to get really bad. There will be arrests and possibly killings, but this is not new to us as fighters. We witnessed people being shot at Mukushi in Zambia, at Chimoio and Nyadzonya in Mozambique. There is nothing new in such a struggle. We are prepared for anything,” said ZNLWVA spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya.

Mahiya was referring to the time when dozens of guerilla war combatants were summarily shot in Zambia and Mozambique at the height of the 1970s liberation war following the death of the then leader of ZANU, Herbert Chitepo, who had been assassinated in a car bomb blast in the Zambian capital, Lusaka on March 18, 1975. financial gazette


Zimbabwe is sitting on more than $9 billion worth of ivory, an amount that could turnaround the fortunes of the country should a ban on ivory trade be lifted, Parliament heard yesterday. Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said sadc was determined to lobby for the ban imposed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, an environmental global movement, to be lifted so that the region could unlock value from its natural resources.

Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri was responding to a question in the National Assembly during a question and answer session. “We have 96 tonnes of ivory and if we sell it, we will realise about $9,1 billion,” said Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri.

She said the European Union had remained adamant in seeking to maintain the ban despite the fact that the Western bloc did not have ivory, but as a sadc region they would continue to lobby the lifting of the ban in their CITES meetings.
She implored fellow legislators to lobby for the lifting of the ban each time they attend international meetings. Responding to a related question, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the $9 billion was able to liquidate the country’s debt and unlock several facilities.

“This is the paradox of Africa. There is a policy that did not come from Africa. This is food for thought for all of us because we are being stopped from disposing our ivory. “Africa is rich, but it has poor Africans. Our obligation as Africa is to interrogate why we are poor when we have these riches. I did not even know that we are sitting on $9 billion worth of ivory, even if it is $5 billion,” said Minister Chinamasa.

Responding to another question, Minister Chinamasa said the cash crisis that affected the country was a blessing in disguise in that it helped the Government to be innovative through use of plastic money.

“The cash crisis has been good in some respects. It was God-sent. It has given us an opportunity to move away from cash based situation. Even when a person wants to buy a house or a car he would move around with a briefcase with cash,” said Minister Chinamasa.
He said the $200 million facility from Afreximbank in which proposed bond notes would be introduced in October was not a loan, but a guarantee. Minister Chinamasa said Government would ensure that point of sale facilities were installed and activated in several businesses including Government ministries and departments. herald


(The Source) – The absence of technology focused companies on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange has made it unattractive to foreign investors, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has said.

The ZSE has seen its stock plummeting since being ranked the top exchange in 2013, and was named Africa’s worst stock market early in 2015 by the African Development Bank.
It has 61 counters, four of which fall under the mining index, while the rest come under the main industrial index and has shed $900 million in the year to June.
On Tuesday, it registered trades of $105, the lowest value of shares traded since dollarisation. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa blamed the poor performance of the bourse on the absence of technology driven firms.

“The criticism I have always had from fund managers looking to invest in Zimbabwe is that our stock exchange does not have enough counters worthy of investment. The old counters take no account of the technological advancements happening every day,” he said.
“With respect to technological investments, the continent is still virgin territory and what we are looking for are more of these counters in order to attract the foreign direct investment we need.”
He was speaking at the launch of GetCash, formally Nettcash, a mobile money service which was acquired by Brainworks, a private equity and advisory firm, in a $1,3 million deal in June.
Apart from telecomms giant Econet, GetBucks a micro-financier — also owned by Brainworks — which debuted on the stock exchange in January is the only other counter which touts itself as technologically driven.
GetCash will compete with Econet’s Ecocash, the dominant player with 98 percent of mobile money market transactions in the country. In the full year to February 29, it moved transactions valued at $6,6 billion dollars, 20 percent higher that $5,5 million from the prior year’s $5,5 million.

Brainworks moved to scrap transaction charges on the GetCash mobile platform in a move designed to attract subscribers.


Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association secretary for information and publicity Mr Douglas Mahiya has been arrested. Sources close to the matter said Mr Mahiya was picked by the police yesterday afternoon. Details relating to the charges he is facing were still sketchy.

 “Yes, he was picked by the police but I do not have much detail as yet,” said the source. Mr Mahiya presided over a war veterans meeting that denounced President Mugabe last Thursday.
At the same meeting, a communiqué was issued to members of the media. Among other things, the communiqué renounced President Mugabe’s leadership.

At the meeting, other participants took turns to denounce the President. Some of the participants who were vocal and blunt in attacking President Mugabe include Mr Francis Nhando and Mr Victor Matemadanda.

In his contribution at the meeting, Mr Nhando said no serious investor could commit his or her money in a country with a 92-year-old leader.


PROMINENT Bulawayo lawyer Mr Ndabezinhle Mazibuko has taken Christian Brothers College (CBC) to the Supreme Court challenging its exorbitant fees and failure to provide textbooks and stationery to pupils.

Mr Mazibuko, who had a son doing A-Level at the affluent school in Bulawayo’s Matsheumhlope suburb, accused CBC of increasing fees willy-nilly without the approval of the National Incomes and Pricing Commission and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

Mr Mazibuko’s appeal through his lawyers, Calderwood, Bryce Hendrie and Partners, followed the dismissal of his application by Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese last year.

In his ruling, the judge said there was no good ground for the court to review the school’s long standing policies on school fees and its relationship with parents.
Justice Makonese argued that the court had no basis to interfere in cases involving private contractual relationships.

Mr Mazibuko sought an order compelling the school to provide pupils with textbooks to justify its “exorbitant” fees.

In his grounds of appeal citing CBC board of governors, the National Incomes and Pricing Commission and the Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education as respondents, Mr Mazibuko, said the lower court’s decision was misdirected.
“It is submitted that the court a quo dismissed the application on the sole basis that the appellant had signed a contract with the first respondent (CBC), which prevented the court from interfering with the contract. However, in terms of the sections 4 of Administrative Justice Act and the Consumer Contracts Act, the court is actually empowered at law to interfere in the contract and grant appropriate relief,” argued Mr Mazibuko.

He further argued that other prestigious schools in the city were providing textbooks from the money paid in fees and queried why CBC was the odd one out.

Mr Mazibuko claimed 80 percent of the school’s budget went towards paying teachers’ salaries and allowances at the expense of his son’s education, arguing that it was a violation of children’s right to education.
The lawyer said he was spending more than $400 on textbooks and stationery.

Mr Mazibuko claimed that he raised the issue in 2011 at a parents meeting when his other son was still at the school but nothing has been done, despite the majority of parents agreeing with him.

CBC through its lawyers, Webb, Low and Barry, argued that it was common cause that Mazibuko and the school were associated with each other voluntarily by a reason of a contract signed between the two parties.

“The appellant bound himself by signing the contract, to observe all rules put in place by the school or by a headmaster. Since CBC opened its doors in 1954, the school has a rule or settled practice that it will not provide textbooks for pupils enrolled, but will leave it to the parents to do so. The appellant therefore bound himself to this rule and accepted it for nine years,” said the CBC lawyers.

Supreme Court judge Justice Paddington Garwe sitting with Justices Ben Hlatshwayo and Annie Marie Gowora during a circuit in Bulawayo reserved judgment. chronicle


Wednesday, 27 July 2016