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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Saturday, 10 October 2015


A pregnant woman and her four-year-old baby died yesterday afternoon in an inferno that also reduced 55 mud and pole houses to ashes at Lumanda Farm in the Mount Hampden area.
The woman, Shupikai Phiri (39) who was nine-months pregnant, died after she went inside her house to remove some of the family property during the inferno.

Her daughter, Chenai Jiri, also followed her and the two died in the fire.
Property and goods worth thousands of dollars were destroyed by the fire, believed to have been caused by a man only identified as Mudhara Nyati who had left fire unattended in his house after preparing his food.

Mudhara Nyati is reported to have left the fire inside his house and went at a nearby area, where he is employed as a bricklayer.
Most of the houses in the area are made of mud and poles and are demarcated by grass structures.

A witness, Reverend Christopher Nenga of One Church based in Avondale in Harare who was attending a funeral near Mudhara Nyati’s house, said he saw the fire and went to investigate.
“I went to investigate and saw that the fire was spreading to other houses. Most of the people tried to extinguish the fire but failed as a result of the strong wind,” he said.

Rev Nenga said he later called the Fire Brigade, but when they arrived the 55 houses, property, goods, clothes, blankets, identification documents and various groceries had been burnt.
“Over 200 people are now homeless as a result of the fire and we have since organized for tents so that they will get temporary shelter,” he said.

Phiri’s husband, Mr Jealous Jiri, said he was not at the scene when the incident occurred.
“I was informed about the fire and went to search for my wife and daughter but could not locate them. A few minutes after searching I later discovered their bodies covered by rubbles,” he said.

Another resident, Mr James Matsika, said when the fire started, he was sitting outside Mr Jiri’s house talking to Phiri.

“She went inside to retrieve some of the property and I think that is when she was burnt while inside. Her daughter also followed but as a result of the commotion no one noticed that the two failed to get out of the house,” he said.

When The Herald arrived at the scene various goods were strewn in a nearby field while the police and the fire brigade were at the scene.
The two bodies had also not been collected.

Zvimba Rural District Council Ward 24 Councillor Baison Mavuto, said it was an unfortunate incident and appealed for assistance.

“I would like to appeal to anyone, churches, organisations and the authorities to please assist as most of these people are now homeless and they don’t have any food, clothes and blankets among other things,” he said.

The settlement area has over 4 500 people and most of them are not employed.
Police could not comment by late yesterday.


A MPILO Central Hospital doctor who was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly pummelled a nurse with a log, causing her death days later, has appeared in court charged with murder.

 Alexander Ndlovu, 28, of Mpilo Central Hospital Doctors’ Quarters on Thursday appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tinashe Tashaya facing a murder charge in connection with the death of Tecla Sibanda, 27, of Mzilikazi suburb. Sibanda was working at a local private surgery operated by Mpilo Central Hospital clinical director Dr Solwayo Ngwenya.

Ndlovu was remanded in custody to October 14 pending application for bail at the High Court.
Ndlovu is said to have flown into a rage two weeks ago and violently assaulted Sibanda whom he accused of pimping his wife to other men. She died in her sleep early Tuesday this week, allegedly from injuries sustained during the assault.
Prosecuting, Taurai Hondoyemoto said on September 20 this year, Ndlovu had an altercation with Sibanda over a rumour which the doctor claimed was being spread by her. Details of the alleged rumour were not disclosed in court.

The court heard that Ndlovu took a log and indiscriminately attacked Sibanda all over her body while they were at Mpilo Central Hospital Doctors’ Quarters.

The nurse was rushed to hospital where she was admitted, but died on Tuesday allegedly due to the injuries she sustained.

The doctor was arrested following the nurse’s death.
Earlier this week, Sibanda’s family told The Chronicle that the nurse died in her sleep. The family believes her death was linked to the alleged brutal assault at the hands of Ndlovu.

Friday, 9 October 2015


Government says Zimbabweans living in areas likely to be affected by a heatwave expected to sweep across parts of the country beginning today should take precautionary measures, including drinking a lot of liquids, to avoid serious health complications, especially in infants and the elderly.

 Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa yesterday said Government treated the heatwave seriously as daytime temperatures continued to soar, especially in low-lying areas.
The Meteorological Services Department on Thursday announced that low-lying areas would be hit by a heatwave, with temperatures hovering from 32 degrees Celsius up to 45 degrees Celsius in areas like Kariba, Beitbridge, Binga and others.

Speaking at Ngomahuru Psychiatric Hospital during commemorations to mark World Mental Health Day, Dr Parirenyatwa said the prevailing heatwave had serious health complications if people in affected areas did not exercise caution.

“I have actually received an instruction from the national leadership in Harare that I must start talking about ways of mitigating the effects of the prevailing heat wave here at Ngomahuru because we want to make sure that it does not affect our people,’’ he said.

“Go and spread word that people in areas affected by the prevailing heat wave that they should drink a lot of liquids such as water and try to stay indoors and under shades as much as possible during day time,’’ he said.

Dr Parirenyatwa, however, cautioned that alcohol was not part of the liquids recommended to people in areas affected by the heat wave.

“When we say people should drink lots of liquids we do not mean beer, beer does not help people in heat wave hit areas, we mean proper liquids,’’ he added.
Harare City Council health services director, Dr Prosper Chonzi, said heat waves mainly affect the elderly and children.

“People should not go out unnecessarily. They should stay indoors and be loosely dressed. They should also drink a lot of fluids and avoid unnecessary exercises.
“If you have to go out do not walk long stretches without resting. You must go under a shade and then continue with your journey.”

He urged those with swimming pools to use them but warned against going under direct heat after swimming.

Dr Chonzi said those who developed symptoms of exhaustion should immediately visit the hospital and get rehydrated.

“People should postpone activities and carry them out after the heat wave, which usually take two or three days in Southern Africa,” he said.

Turning to the World Mental Health Day, Dr Parirenyatwa said over 450 million people experienced mental health problems globally every year.

He said there were about 2 million deaths that were attributable to mental disorders every year while 90 percent of suicides worldwide were linked to the same problem.
Dr Parirenyatwa called for an end to stigma and discrimination against people with mental disorders who ended up finding solace in hospitals and other psychiatric institutions.

“People with mental disorders face a number of challenges in obtaining the help they need and stigma and discrimination are significant barriers to obtaining good mental health care. People with mentalillness are rejected by society due to stigma to mental illness,’’said Dr Parirenyatwa.

He paid tribute to institutions that looked after mental patients like Ngomahuru saying Government would soon revise upwards their mental health allowance of $20 per month.

“Considering the work that nurses and other staff who deal with mental patients do every day, I feel that the monthly allowance that they receive is too little and surely I promise that we will do something about it,’’he added.

Speaking at the same event prominent legal practitioner and Zanu PF Masvingo provincial secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Teddy Muzoroza, gave a chilling testimony of the troubles faced by mental health patients saying Government should increase budgetary allocations to institutions that looked after them.

Dr Parirenyatwa handed over various goodies to Ngomahuru Hospital that were donated to help mental patients by companies from Masvingo province and beyond.


A PROPHET with Zviratidzo Zvevapostori church has been dragged before the courts on allegations of raping a woman who had approached him for spiritual guidance.

Titus Zuze (35) appeared before Mutare magistrate, Mrs Anniah Ndiraya facing rape charges. He pleaded not guilty to raping the 20-year-old victim. Mr Brian Goto prosecuted.

It was the State’s case that sometime in August, the accused who was in the company of one Peter Tanyepana went to Dangamvura where the complainant is employed as a maid.

They wanted to perform a cleansing ceremony on the complainant as per agreement with the complainant’s employer, Rufaro Gonye.

“After the cleansing ceremony, the accused then prophesied to the complainant that she had to go to 12 miles where Zviratidzo Zvevapostori church members were having a service so that he would further exorcise her of the evil spirits that were tormenting her.

“They met in 12 miles the following morning and Zuze prayed for the complainant before giving her a mixture of soil and water which he said was supposed to be tied to a tree in a nearby bush,” said Mr Goto.

They walked for about 1,5km before Zuze tied the mixture to a tree.He then told the complainant that she was to have sexual intercourse with him for the cleansing to start working because they would collect her vaginal fluids to complete the process.

When she refused, Zuze told her that the other option she had was to leave her eight month old baby in the bush for a few days.

In the fear of losing her child, the complainant was then raped by the accused. She later made a police report leading to the prophet’s arrest.

In his defense, the accused said he was in a relationship with the complainant and that when they finally had sex in the bush on the day in question, they had agreed on it.

Zuze was remanded in custody and the case will go for trial.


Former Chiredzi resident magistrate Mr Tayengwa Chibanda, appeared before a three-member disciplinary committee in Masvingo this week to answer to charges of gross misconduct and incompetence in the discharge of his duties.

 The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) set up the committee that interrogated Mr Chibanda at the Masvingo Magistrate Courts.

Mr Chibanda, who is now based in Gweru, is accused of incompetently performing his duties after he fined an accused person $30 or alternatively 20 days in prison for severely assaulting his relative, one Dereck Mutambu, resulting in his hospitalisation.

The way Mr Chibanda handled the case during his stint in Chiredzi early this year, raised eyebrows, sources revealed.

Mutambu later on lodged a complaint against Mr Chibanda with the JSC as he felt that the former Chiredzi resident magistrate passed a lenient sentence on the accused as he proceeded with the trial without relevant documents such as medical reports which made the matter appear weak.
He made the complainant citing that his assailant received a light sentence yet a medical report showed that he broke one rib and had to undergo an operation to drain blood from his chest as a result of the assault.

High Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, made a damning report over the way Mr Chibanda handled the case after the matter went for review at the superior court.
Sources on Thursday said Mr Chibanda’s hearing was being led by Western region senior regional magistrate Mr Tranos Utabwashe and two other magistrates.

Chief Magistrate Mr Mishrod Guvamombe confirmed that Mr Chibanda had appeared before a disciplinary hearing for misconduct but refused to shed more light.

“As you know the matter is sub-judice so there is nothing that I can say at the moment until it is finalised,” said Mr Guvamombe.


A ruling by Chitungwiza magistrate Ms Jessy Kufa dismissing claims of ownership of Zanoremba Housing Project by two warring parties — Chigumba Holdings and Zanoremba Housing Cooperative — has resulted in chaos in the town, with members of the cooperative demolishing houses belonging to rival groups.

 Chigumba Property Holdings has now written to the police asking them to help restore sanity at Zanoremba Housing Project and avoid loss of life and property.

“We write in respect of the above dispute where two rulings have been made against the parties. It will be noted that under case 5997/15, magistrate Kufa (Ms Jessy Kufa) dismissed an application for interdict by members of Zanoremba Housing Cooperative Limited on grounds that they had not shown any right to the land.
“Under case number 6143/15, the same magistrate also dismissed Chigumba Property Holdings’ application on the same basis that there was no proof of ownership by Chigumba Property Holdings of the piece of land,” read the letter.

Chigumba properties claimed that the latest ruling has been interpreted by Zanoremba to mean victory for them although the earlier judgment states that they also have no proof of ownership.
“The result has been chaos as members of the cooperative are now demolishing houses belonging to the beneficiaries of Chigumba Property Holdings project,” reads part of the letter.
Chigumba properties appealed to the police to restore sanity saying violent scenes have become the order of the day at the project.

Ms Kufa recently dismissed an application by Chigumba Property Holdings seeking an interim interdict against Zanoremba on the basis that a similar matter was pending at the High Court.
She also dismissed an application by Zanoremba, saying the cooperative failed to establish that it is the lawful owner of the land.


In yet another public demonstration that President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace has become arguably the single most powerful politician in the ruling post-congress Zanu PF, a huge Cabinet entourage, including Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, accompanied her to her Manicaland rally yesterday.
This is despite the fact that the controversial First Lady said she had gone to Manicaland in her capacity as Zanu PF women’s league secretary, and also notwithstanding the serious economic challenges facing Zimbabwe that require the urgent attention of senior government officials.

And not only did the cash-strapped Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) cover the rally live once again — a special and costly exercise that is usually reserved for her husband — Grace also proceeded to delve into government policies and issuing instructions to ministers present at the gathering.

One after another, the gathered Cabinet ministers and other Zanu PF bigwigs who spoke at the rally in Chimanimani went to town praising the 50-year-old First Lady, in an embarrassing spectacle that left many people wondering about the ruling party’s so-called one-centre of power mantra that should only see Mugabe eulogised.

Most of the Cabinet ministers and party officials who graced the rally are those linked to Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40) group that is locked in a bitter power struggle with the supporters of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, of whom the embattled VP was a notable absentee.

Indeed, alleged Mnangagwa supporters such as Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri — who had initially pushed to have yesterday’s rally held in Mutare rather than in Chimanimani — sat dejectedly in the tents, sulking and largely unrecognised, despite having donated heavily to the function.

Among the dozens of other ministers who abandoned their posts to be at yesterday’s rally were War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa, Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao, Media and Information minister Chris Mushowe, and Local Government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere.

Also in attendance were embattled Energy minister Samuel Undenge, Information Communication Technology minister Supa Mandiwanzira and Manicaland regional minister Mandi Chimene, who swanned about triumphantly like a peacock, basking in the glory of the political defeat of the Mnangagwa camp — at least yesterday.

And in remarks interpreted as directed at Mnangagwa and his supporters, Grace warned party bigwigs against engaging in factional politics, reminding them pointedly that they were not elected officials but Mugabe’s appointees whom he could easily get rid of.

She said the scourge of factionalism had become so deep-rooted in the post-congress Zanu PF that it was eating away the party’s support base at grassroots level.

“Factionalism is now endemic not only among the top leadership of the party but also in the lower structures and those leaders who are doing it must stop it forthwith because people are not happy and you saw their reaction when I mentioned about it,” Grace said.

“While it is the people who elected leaders, I must remind all that both you and I were appointed to our posts and so we must work for the people and not take them for granted because we will be watching you and I will not hesitate to blow the whistle when things go wrong.

“You will not blame anyone when it explodes on you as you will not be able to escape,” she added ominously.

She also warned supporters against rallying behind these factional leaders “who hold office at the pleasure” of Mugabe — further describing them as “insane”.

Grace also said she no longer worried about being called names by her critics as she had developed a thick skin following the savage shellacking that her nonagenarian husband had received over the years.

“There were times it pained me when all sorts of bad things were said about His Excellency the President but I have since said to myself I must be strong and now I have an elephant skin and that is what I am wearing,” she said.

A senior party official who spoke to the Daily News at the rally said it was clear that the First Lady was “dreaming” about succeeding her husband, with the active encouragement of the G40.

“You are seeing everything with your own eyes my friend. This is all about Dr Amai (Grace), with the G40 playing the chief cheer-leading role. Nothing is supposed to stand in her way, hence the emphasis throughout that munhu wese kuna amai (everyone must follow Grace,)” the official said in the wake of the embarrassing bootlicking that she received.

“Vanhu vese kuna amai. Kana wachema unoenda kuna mai. Chese chaunoda unoenda kuna amai. Kana uchichema unochema uchiti amai (Everyone must support Grace. When you cry you go to her and whatever you want you go to her as well),” Zhuwao, Mugabe’s nephew, gushed.

Not to be outdone, Mutsvangwa said: “Mai has come with ZimAsset. The First Lady stands and has learnt from the grandmaster her husband”.

The exceedingly excited Chimene sang a popular children’s hymn: “Ndoita kudini, ndoita kudiniko (What can I do, what can I do).  It’s my turn to breast feed from amai, when we breast feed, mothers know this, and babies don’t only suck mother’s milk, they also bite a little bit”.

And even the normally dour Mphoko was not to be left out as he also showered praises on Grace in isiNdebele.

Thousands of supporters who were bussed from around the country were given T-shirts branded “Munhu wese kuna Amai” and “Unconquerable” — that were allegedly made and paid for by the G40 to spite the Mnangagwa camp.

There were reports that even flea market vendors from Mutare had been forced to abandon their wares and board buses to Chimanimani.


A Bindura man who said President Robert Mugabe read the wrong speech at the opening of a new session of Parliament because he was too old, has been charged for denigrating the 91-year-old leader.

James Mwaya, 28, of Chipadze high-density suburb, told a Zanu PF councillor during a heated altercation that Mugabe had repeated an address he gave to the legislature because he had lost control of his faculties because of advanced age.

Mwaya allegedly told the Zanu PF councillor: “Mugabe akura haachazvikwanisa. Achembera, ndosaka akaverenga wrong speech. (Mugabe is old, he can no longer cope with the rigours of the presidential office. He is too old, that is why he read a wrong speech).”

Apparently, the veteran leader read the 25-minute-long speech through to the end, apparently unaware that he was delivering the same text he presented during his State-of-the-Nation Address a month earlier.

George Charamba, the presidential spokesperson, said the mix-up happened in the former guerilla leader’s secretarial office.

Mwaya was charged with contravening Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 for allegedly insulting or undermining the authority of the President.

He pleaded not guilty to contravening the law.

Mwaya, who has retained Ernst Jena of Jena and Associates Legal Practitioners and a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, was also accused by the Zanu PF councillor of influencing some youths in the high-density suburb to engage in opposition politics.

He further accused Mwaya of disrupting Zanu PF development programmes in the area.

Mwaya staunchly denied the charge during two nights of intense interrogation at Chiwaridzo Police Station and later on at Bindura CID Law and Order Section where his warned and cautioned statement was recorded, according to his lawyer.

He was quizzed about his political affiliation and other issues which were extremely personal and confidential, the Daily News was told.

The case was transmitted to the Bindura Magistrates’ Courts where Mwaya was released without formally appearing in court after State prosecutors referred the docket to the prosecutor-general’s office to secure authority to proceed with the matter.

Police said they would proceed by way of summons.

Zimbabwe’s highest court has declared unconstitutional the criminal code which makes it a crime to insult the president.

In a landmark ruling, the Constitutional Court ruled that prosecutors should not be overzealous about charging people who comment about Mugabe “in drinking halls and other social places.”

Under Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, a person could be jailed for up to a year or fined $100 for insulting the president.

Mwaya is just the latest of dozens of officials charged under the law.

One was arrested for labelling Mugabe a dictator who ruled by the sword and another was jailed for calling him thick-headed.

Mugabe has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980.

A new Constitution approved in a March 2013 referendum imposed greater checks on presidential powers, imposed greater socio-economic rights and civil liberties.



Global technology giant Microsoft Corporation has pledged to invest millions in Zimbabwe’s private and public sectors despite the problems dogging the economy.

Microsoft East and Southern Africa general manager Sebuh Haileleul last week said his company was committed to supporting and investing in both government and the private sector in various technological initiatives that will result in the creation of more jobs.

Speaking at the Innovation Africa Summit in Uganda last week, Haileleul said the technology company was working closely with the Zimbabwean government to create effective collaboration in the sector.

This comes after Microsoft’s announcement two weeks ago that it would invest US$75 million investment in community programmes to increase access to computer science education for the youth around the globe and Africa in particular.

Haileleul pledged his support to Zimbabwe at the same summit, saying irrespective of the challenges the Zimbabwean economy was facing, Microsoft was committed to supporting and investing in both government and the private sector in various technological initiatives that will result in more jobs being created.

He manages the group’s Botswana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe business.

Microsoft is closely working with the Ministry of Education to make in-roads for effective collaboration, encouraged and supported the growth of the company’s representatives in the country, for ease of access to the group’s educational tools and other products and started programmes where they volunteer in schools with the aim to educate students and equip them with the skill sets needed in the market.

Microsoft’s Global vice-president of Education Anthony Salcito told an Innovation Africab Summit in Uganda, the continent’s leading summit for education and innovation, that the technology company was looking at ways of supporting the country’s education sectors. The summit brings together all education players from schools and civil society to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and education ministers from across the African continent.

To that end, Microsoft has officially engaged 50 Harare schools which will run some pilot projects aimed at equipping students and teachers with the vast educational tools at Microsoft’s disposal.
“More and better education, combined with early access to the tools and skills used in the workplace, are proven to help create healthier communities, economies and workers who are ready to enter the workforce,” said Salcito.

“At Microsoft we are committed to empowering this next generation of workers by building skills, providing access to technology, and giving young people tools to support their learning.”

Considering Africa’s labour force will be larger than China’s by 2035, skill development that starts early in schools is becoming a priority. The theme for the summit was “Skills Development in the 21st Century”.

Educators and their partners looked at ways to incorporate digital and soft skills into the classroom so that students are prepared for the future workforce.

In 2012, Microsoft launched its Employability Platforms to provide job-seekers with end-to-end career guidance, up skilling, job-matching and mentorship —all centred on a free online hub.
These platforms aim at creating over 100 000 job opportunities and reaching over seven million people in Africa and across the Middle East by the end of the year.

Microsoft’s investments in education continue under various programmes including the 4Afrika Initiative and YouthSpark. Through the 4Afrika initiative, Microsoft has committed to upskill 200 000 Africans by 2016.

Additional elements of Microsoft’s global commitment to increasing access for youth to the full range of computing skills include Microsoft Imagine and YouthSpark Hub resources designed to inspire youth about the full spectrum of computing skills, ranging from digital literacy to computer science engineering.

In addition to providing access to the Microsoft Imagine tools, the YouthSpark Hub brings together opportunities to participate in activities such as DigiGirlz and YouthSpark Live, attend free YouthSpark Camps, and access training through Microsoft supported non-profits. independent




Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba (Zanu PF) has successfully thwarted efforts to evict his son Edwin from a Chipinge macadamia nuts farm following a High Court judgment delivered in his favour on Wednesday this week.

Chinotimba through his lawyer, Jonathan Samukange, had early this year filed a joint application with Edwin and cited former farm owners H De Foiard Brown (Private) Limited and Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora as co-respondents.

The MP’s application came about after a High Court judgment had earlier been entered in Foiard Brown’s favour effectively evicting Edwin from the property which was cited as the remainder of Strepie of Hofstede measuring 164,00 hectares.

According to the court papers, the land had been acquired by government, but the firm was reluctant to move out in order to pave way for Edwin, prompting the latter to approach the courts for recourse.
In his judgment former High Court judge, now Supreme Court judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, said: “During the course of the hearing the respondents quite correctly conceded that they had no right to possess and occupy the disputed land as the first applicant [Chinotimba] had purchased the land without first obtaining a certificate of no present interest as required by law.
“That concession left the respondents with no option, but to abandon their contest for the occupation of the disputed land
. . . it is accordingly ordered: that the first respondent H De Foiard Brown has no lawful authority to occupy and use acquired State land being the remainder of Strepie of Hofstede . . .”

Justice Bhunu added: “That the 2nd applicant Edwin Chinotimba be and is hereby declared to be the lawful occupier of certain piece of acquired State land being sub division 5 Chihosa of subdivision A of Excelsior of Hofstede in Chipinge . . . measuring 164, 00 hectares in terms of his offer letter dated February 2015.”
Justice Bhunu, however, referred to trial the issue of disputed ownership of movable property.


Zimbabwe’s plans to clear $1,8 billion arrears to three preferred creditors was approved on Thursday on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank annual meetings in Lima, Peru.

Zimbabwe had gone to the meeting to get a buy-in so that it would unlock fresh capital to help reboot the economy.

The arrears clearance plan entails clearing Zimbabwe’s external payment arrears with the International Financial Institutions through a combination of using the country’s own resources, arrangement of bridge finance with regional and international banks and the usage of bilateral loan facilities, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said in a statement.

It involves clearing arrears to three institutions—IMF ($110 million), the World Bank ($1,15 billion) and AfDB ($601 million) by the end of April 2016.

“Zimbabwe will also develop a new comprehensive country financing programme supported by the AfDB, IMF and the World Bank that attracts long term financing to promote growth and debt sustainability,” Chinamasa said.

“It will also engage the European Investment Bank, the Paris Club and non-Paris Club bilateral creditors for debt resolution, on the strength of Zimbabwe’s performance under the above programmes.”

Zimbabwe requires long term financing to help reboot the economy but hamstrung by the external and internal debts of $8,4 billion as at June 30.
Currently, the country relies on short term capital which is unsustainable for long-term infrastructure and development projects. The capital comes at a high cost.


War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa yesterday tore into the so-called G40 group of Young Turks in Zanu PF warning the ruling party’s old guard would deal with them mercilessly in order to stop them from usurping power from President Robert Mugabe.

G40 is a Zanu PF faction reportedly fronted by Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and is believed to be battling Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the race to succeed Mugabe.

In an interview with a South Africa television news channel yesterday ANN7TV, Mutsvangwa said the G40 was led by an errant professor and described it as made up of “nauseating lunatics, diversionists and misguided power-hungry clowns”.

“Generation 40 is just a nuisance to the party. There are cronies of diversionists coming from power-hungry clowns misguided by errant professors from nowhere who have found their way into the party,” Mutsvangwa said.

“They absconded the war when sovereignty was at stake. And when there was need for courage and sacrifice to fight for Zimbabwe, they ran away. Now they are trying to bask in new-found glory.”

He was responding to a question soliciting his views on the internal fights in Zanu PF between the Young Turks and the older generation.

Mutsvangwa has warned that the G40 plot to unseat Mugabe would be stillborn. He said the grouping would face a similar fate as former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

Mujuru and over 140 senior party members, including government ministers, were sacked from Zanu PF on allegations of plotting against Mugabe. The G40 is reportedly fighting for control of the former guerilla movement with a faction led by Mnangagwa in a bid to succeed Mugabe.

Mutsvangwa said war veterans were the vanguard of Zanu PF, and would protect the liberation movement from the G40.

“No single fisher organisations has succeeded outside the legitimacy conferred by the liberation war. They mean nothing and will fail the way the Mujuru cabal failed…they should stop it now. They won’t succeed against war veterans, they are too young,” he said.

The G40 was active in the ouster of Mujuru, and the grouping is reportedly trying to bring on board Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to bolster their bid to stop Mnangagwa from assuming the Presidency.


FAMILY members of the late Member of Parliament for Nkulumane constituency in Bulawayo, Thamsanqa Mahlangu, are embroiled in a brutal fight for the right to bury the youthful legislator who succumbed to cancer on Monday.

There was confusion last night over the burial date due to alleged clashes between Mahlangu’s stepfather and his biological father and mother’s family members.
Initially, Mahlangu was reportedly supposed to be buried today but the MDC-T yesterday announced that the legislator would now be buried tomorrow at Lady Stanley Cemetery.

The Chronicle was last night told of a fierce fight among family members regarding the burial processes for the legislator with sources saying Mahlangu’s stepfather, only identified as Mugova, wanted to take charge of proceedings arguing that the late MP was “given to him by ancestors”.

Mugova, sources said, wanted Mahlangu to be buried today but Mahlangu’s paternal family, the Sangos and his maternal relatives, the Mahlangus, insisted that he be buried tomorrow.
As a result, sources revealed, there are now two funeral wakes, one in Nkulumane at Mugova’s house and the other in Luveve at Mahlangu’s paternal family.

The sources said Mugova was married to Mahlangu’s mother (now late) and started living with the legislator after he completed his Advanced Level studies.
All along, Mahlangu had been living with his father’s family in Luveve.

Yesterday, this paper was told that the families are also fighting over where Mahlangu’s body would lie in state with the Mugovas and Sangos demanding that the body of the former MDC-T youth leader leaves from their houses.
“Now there is a fight between those three families over the burial of Mahlangu. The Mahlangu and Sango families, who are neighbours in Luveve, were agreed that Mahlangu be buried on Saturday at Lady Stanley cemetery,” said the source.

“The problem now is Mugova has the burial order. The other families can’t bury him without that document.

“There are now two funeral wakes after Mahlangu’s uncles, the Sangos, arrived from overseas and decided that people gather in Luveve.”

According to sources, Mahlangu lived with the Sangos until he finished his A-Levels when he moved to Nkulumane to live with his mother and stepfather.

The sources said Mahlangu joined politics while living in Nkulumane, landing the MDC-T’s youth chairperson’s post and later a seat in Parliament.

He also had a brief stint as deputy minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment during the days of the inclusive government.

“Another looming battle is over Mahlangu’s property particularly the vehicles that the Mugovas are reportedly holding on to. The estate is going to cause serious fights because Mahlangu’s wife is not even being consulted on the matter,” said the source.

“As it is Mugova’s young brother called Joachim is said to be in possession of all of Mahlangu’s bank cards and is driving the Toyota Prado that Mahlangu got from the government.”

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has reportedly advised the Bulawayo provincial structures to wait until the families resolve their differences and stand guided by their decisions.

Besides the family feud, there is a reported side show where MDC-T members under deputy president Thokozani Khupe’s camp are accusing those linked to former organising secretary Nelson Chamisa of trying to hijack the process.

Bulawayo deputy Mayor Gift Banda yesterday dismissed reports of factions fighting to take 
charge of the burial process.

“There is no truth to those reports. As a party that respects our culture, we wait for guidance from the family. What the family will communicate to us is what we will follow,” he said.
The Mugova and Sango families were unreachable for comment yesterday.


Successive endorsements of President Mugabe’s popularity by reputable research institutions are a reflection of the trust he has cultivated in the people through his work and deeds, analysts have said.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary general, Mr Raymond Majongwe said President Mugabe had made “an investment” in terms of building the confidence of the people.
“Everything coming out in the surveys is a product of his track record,” he said.

“Yes, the country might go through trials and tribulations in as far as the economy is concerned but Mugabe will not become unpopular because of that because he is also a victim of those challenges. He will not lose popularity because a lot of people are a direct beneficiary of his leadership and hard stances.”

Mr Majongwe added: “(President) Mugabe has planted a seed and that seed is being seen all over. The opposition should know that if you want to be a leader, you have to make a real investment and sacrifice.”
Lawyer Mr Terence Hussein said the surveys confirm that President Mugabe has managed to outclass his opponents through his pro-people deeds. “The poll is testament to the mood prevailing in the country. President Mugabe has been working hard and managed to convince the masses of his ability to lead the country.

“His opponents like disgraced Dr Joice Mujuru and Mr Morgan Tsvangirai have not done anything on the ground but they think the people will blindly choose them while seated on their backs,” said Mr Hussein.
He added that Dr Mujuru and Mr Tsvangirai just rely on media support when they are not doing any work for the people.


Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday chided unruly behaviour by MDC-T legislators led by their chief whip Innocent Gonese calling on them to respect the processes in the august House.

 This was after MDC-T Warren Park legislator Elias Mudzuri accused Pelandaba Mpopoma legislator Cde Joseph Tshuma of making a tasteless joke about the death of MDC-T Nkulumane legislator Thamsanqa Mahlangu, who died on Monday.
The Zanu-PF legislator vehemently denied the allegations.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mabel Chinomona said there would be a study of tapes of the proceedings to check whether Cde Tshuma had actually made a mockery of Mahlangu.
The MDC-T legislators turned the house into a circus as they heckled other speakers.
Gonese ignored the Speaker’s ruling until VP Mnangagwa, who is also the head of government business in parliament, had to intervene.

“Madam Speaker, I have much respect for my colleague. He has been in Parliament for a very long time and he is one of those people I highly respect. He should obey the Speaker when told to take his seat,” said VP Mnangagwa.
“Hon. Gonese is not only a Member of Parliament, he is also a Chief Whip and he should do so and lead by example. He has been asked to sit and only take the floor upon recognition, that is the time he should take the floor, upon recognition by the Speaker .

“It’s very important that we keep the dignity of this House. I feel depressed that Hon. members here have lost the dignity which is ushered upon them by our own Constitution.”
The deputy speaker also admonished the MPs from both parties who were shouting at each other.

“The Vice President is talking and you have to listen but you are busy shouting at each other, I think we need to behave ourselves. I know what happens every Wednesday, everyone wants to be seen on television,” she said.

Meanwhile, the deputy minister for Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Godfrey Gandawa said Lupane State University was set to move to its premises in Lupane, Matabeleland North in January.

This, he said, was after the release of funds by the Government in September for the completion of students’ hostels and kitchen which are both at 92 percent completion and staff houses at 67 percent.

“Because we place great importance to this matter as a ministry and to see the aspirations of His Excellency the President Cde R. G. Mugabe and Government policy of a state university per province, on 17th September, 2015 we released US$1 750 000.00 from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF) towards the completion of the hostels and kitchen as well as staff accommodation,” said Gandawa.

“This therefore, assures us that by January 2016, students will definitely relocate to Lupane in Matabeleland North.”  herald


The First Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday launched a scathing attack on Zanu-PF members fanning factionalism and urged them to direct their energies on delivering on the mandate bestowed upon them by the electorate in the 2013 harmonised elections.

Addressing over 8 000 Zanu-PF supporters at Mutambara Mission in Chimanimani, the First Lady outlined Government’s economic blueprint Zim-Asset, emphasising the need for the country to be food secure.

“We say no to factionalism. Whoever is engaging in factionalism, must stop it!” she said to thunderous applause.

“As leaders, we must not abuse our powers because the people will be watching. They are not fools.”

The First Lady said those engaging in factional fights risked being exposed like former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru.

“We came from the people and we must perform to their expectations. That is why I am imploring those involved in factionalism to stop it! Let’s be content with our positions in the party and understand that we were appointed to serve the people. We cannot continue engaging in factionalism at the expense of fulfilling the mandate we got from the electorate in 2013.”

She said the fight among the Zanu-PF leadership in Manicaland over the venue of her visit was unnecessary since she could not hold her meeting at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare as she had held another rally there last year.

Mugabe said as the First Lady, she had the responsibility to visit all places countrywide.
She urged Zanu-PF members to take advantage of the chaos in the MDC formations to strengthen the party.

Turning to Zim-Asset programmes, Amai Mugabe said Government had crafted policy measures to improve people’s livelihoods and urged people to fully utilise opportunities availed to them, especially land.

She said Zim-Asset was premised on four key clusters: Food Security and Nutrition, Social Services and Poverty Eradication, Infrastructure and Utilities and Value-Addition and Beneficiation.

Government had since independence provided resources and infrastructure to the people so that they could empower themselves, but the illegal sanctions imposed by the West in retaliation to the fast-track land reform programme had hampered efforts to provide for everyone.

She added that every Cabinet Minister had been assigned duties to ensure the successful implementation of Zim-Asset.

Mugabe urged people to fully utilise the land allocated to them under the land reform programme and said she supported the proposed land audit so that idle farms could be identified.

“I’ll continue pressing for a land audit to see whether you are using the land given to you productively. If you can’t be honest and let those who can use the land do so. Do not hold on to resources that you cannot use.”

She said Zimbabwe was privileged to have a principled leader like President Mugabe who valued the importance of people taking ownership of their resources.

“President Mugabe knows why he is on the throne. He understands that he is the custodian of the country. That is why he is not worried about sanctions, but about protecting the country’s heritage.”

Mugabe also defended Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Samuel Undenge against criticism from some quarters that he was behind the current shortage of electricity being experienced in the country.

The low water levels in Kariba Dam, and problems at Hwange, were the main reason for the current massive power cuts but added that Government was doing its best to rectify the problem, she said.

She thanked people from Manicaland for remaining steadfast behind Zanu-PF and President Mugabe saying the province had played an important role since the liberation struggle.

The province contributed the most cadres who fought in the liberation because of its proximity to Mozambique and had remained behind the ruling party since 1980 when the country attained its independence.

The rally was also attended by Vice President Phelekhezela Mphoko and several ministers, senior Zanu-PF officials from across the country, traditional leaders and a visiting delegation from Mozambique’s ruling party Frelimo. herald

Thursday, 8 October 2015


First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe is in Manicaland Province, Chimanimani area where she is expected to address party supporters at Mutambara Mission before touring Cashel Valley Estates which comprises a vast farm that specialised in growing beans and processes the Cashel baked beans. Live updates by The Herald

12:30 Director of ceremonies Savior Kasukuwere has invited Manicaland Zanu-PF Provincial members to introduce themselves. He has also called on visiting comrades from Mozambique's Manica Province.

Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Chris Mushowe says Amai Mugabe's visit to the province is historic as it marks her commitment in the implementation of ZimAsset.

"We are excited that the First Lady has come to tour a project which is going to add value in as far as the economic blueprint."

12:35 Min Mushowe says the Cashel Valley Estates which Amai Mugabe is set to tour today is toured by former Vice President Joice Mujuru and promised to revive it. "But when she went back to Harare what did she do? She started plotting against the party leader. So we are glad Amai is here to make that commitment. It is an indication that Amai is Amai for everyone."

12:40  Mai Leticia Undenge hails Amai Mugabe's visit to Manicaland saying it marks the rebirth of Cashel Valley Estates. She says 3000 families are going to benefit from the First Lady's initiative and selfless efforts. She adds, "Ava ndiAmai, shuwa Amai ndiAmai. Vanhu vese kunaAmai."

12:45 Minister of Youth, Indigestion and Empowerment Patrick Zhuwawo says Amai Mugabe is determined to see the success of ZimAsset and successive implementation of the 10 point plan which was enunciated by President Mugabe in his State of the Nation Address in August. Zhuwawo says the visits are a clear indication that Amai ndiAmai. He adds, Munhu wese kunaAmai because kusina Amai hakuendwi.

12: 47 Deputy Secretary of Zanu-PF Women's League Eunice Sandi sings 'Chiregai atonge' as she moves to the podium to greet the people.

12:50 Kasukuwere invites Thokozile Angela Mathuthu to greet the people and she goes: "Phambili ngeZanu-PF, Phambili ngoMama, Phambili ngobaba uMugabe. Phansi ngamatsotsi

12:54 Mozambican Cdes who have joined Zanu-PF supporters in Manicaland are on stage singing solidarity songs.

13:00 Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is also in Manicaland accompanying the First Lady. Kasukuwere is inviting him to the podium.

13:05 VP Mphoko says "nxa isikhathi sesifikile, uzacela umama ukuthi akhulume lomphakathi" (when the time comes, he will request Amai to address the people). He goes on to say he is in the province with Amai to meet the people.

13:10 Acting Manicaland Zanu-PF Provincial Chairman, Samuel Undenge who is also Member of Parliament for the area welcomes Amai Mugabe . He gives brief background of Cashel Valley saying the franchise is owned by Cains Foods but the brand belongs to the people of chimanimani.

"Cashel Valley is known for its backed beans which is one of the most successful brands in Zimbabwe. Horticulture in Manicaland has scaled down but I trust that your visit marks the resuscitation of the industry."

13:20 Manicaland Provincial Affais Minister Mandi Chimene breaks into dance welcoming Amai. She says now is the turn for Manicaland to suck from Amai.

"It is not by mistake that you are here Amai. Here we have remained loyal to the party and I believe your coming is our reward for that. As a province we are endowed with natural resources but we are one of the poorest.

She says Manicaland usually receives very little rainfall and their only trusted source of survival for the people.

13:30 The Provincial minister pleads with Amai to help the people of Manicaland in reviving irrigation projects in the province. She says people have got the land which they were given by President Mugabe but what they do not have is the money to pay for electricity bills.

Chimene says Manicaland is the richest province but they are not even receiving crumbs. "Give us mafufu iwawo.

Min Chimene has spoke strongly against corruption saying she will not hesitate to name and shame those involved in shoddy deals. She says; "if we do not deal with corruption, it will push us out of offices."

13:40 First Lady takes to the podium chanting pamberi neZanu-PF. She castigates those who do not want to work with others before breaking into song: Musaputse Sungano.

Amai Mugabe says she is visiting the people in her capacity as Secretary for Women's League.

"Today I am in Manicaland. This province is important to us in a number of ways. One of the ways is its proximity to Mozambique which welcomed and accommodated freedom fighters. Thank you very much Manicaland. So many people from this province left the comfort of their homes to join the struggle.

She says the history of the liberation is important and the founding values which forced people to take up arms and face the enemy should be instilled in everyone.

Amai Mugabe says people should appreciate the selfless deeds of the war veterans.

"You hear people complaining why are they being given money but if I may say, they have deserve more."

First Lady says there are so many people who are in need of land but bemoans failure by some farmers to fully utilise their pieces. She has urged farmers with idle land to come forward because that land will be repossessed and redistributed.

She says people are wondering why Zimbabwean are stuck with President Mugabe who is 91 years old adding that those who are shocked should know that His Excellency is a man of ideals.

Amai Mugabe says Manicaland is a lucky province because it has most Cabinet ministers.

"Do you know that you have seven cabinet minsters? There is no other province with such a number of ministers. For example, in Mashonaland Central where i am doing most of my works, there are only three."

She gives credit to the people of Manicaland for choosing enlightened representatives who make it easy for President Mugabe when appointing ministers.

First Lady has encouraged the people of Chimanimani to avoid deforestation by planting more trees. "Environmentalists advise that if you cut one tree, please plant 10 more," she says.

She is explaining the country's economic blue print cluster by cluster while introducing ministers and explaining the role of their ministries in the successful implementation of ZimAsset.

She pleads with Min Undenge not to switch off electricity to farmers. "We do not even want prepaid meters. If you see anyone installing electricity prepaid meters, that person wants to destroy the economy."

Amai Mugabe has issued a stern warning to youths saying she knows they can be stubborn but urges them not to be used.

She says Zimbabwe is a stable country. "In December Zimbabwe will be hosting International Conference for AIDS and STIs in Africa because they could not go to Tunisia owing to problems in that country.

First Lady has castigated factionalism. "factionalism yakashata. We don't want it. Those of you who are engaging in factionalism. Please STOP IT forthwith!"

She says last year she blew the whistle and people thought she was joking. And, those people are now in the cold.

Amai Mugabe has also castigated corruption saying one day those people will be exposed.

First Lady says sanctions have destroyed industries in Zimbabwe and Cashel Valley is testimony to that. "Cairns has been working well with farmers here but their operations were greatly affected by sanctions. I am here to see how best we can help each other. Cairns Foods have been importing some of the raw materials but they have now found a partner who is willing to invest.

"I am here as Amai and I know that for Cairns Food and the people of Manicaland to survive, they need to be recapitalised. It is because of this reason that I am here to give you tractors. Cashel Valley will get six tractors, knack sack sprayers, and a harvester ."

She has also donated tractors and other farming equipment to other irrigation projects in the province. There are also food hampers, handbags, clothes and fertilizer.

15:00 Grace has finished her address.

15:04 Zanu-PF supporters break into song and dance. They are singing Amai Mugabe Vanopa.


With President Robert Mugabe in the twilight of his long and controversial political career, due to advanced age and failing health, the brutal war within his post-congress Zanu PF to succeed the nonagenarian is getting nastier and more confusing by the day.

And following the ruthless purge of former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her close allies from the ruling party late last year, only VPs Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, First Lady Grace Mugabe and embattled Zanu PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, appear to be the only internal candidates still standing in line to succeed Mugabe.

But Zanu PF insiders told the Daily News yesterday that of the four candidates, the under-fire Mnangagwa was at the moment ahead of the hunting pack and the favourite to take over from Mugabe, with his co-deputy, Mphoko, waiting for an ambush.

The only problem for Ngwena (Shona for crocodile), as Mnangagwa is called, is the spirited opposition that he is getting from the ruling party’s ambitious Young Turks, who are referred to as the Generation 40 (G40) group and who appear to enjoy the indulgence of the increasingly influential Grace.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources say the G40, whose kingpins allegedly include Kasukuwere and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, are on the surface of things pushing for Grace to succeed her husband, but in reality campaigning for themselves, particularly Kasukuwere — whose admirers now fondly refer to him as Obama, after the highly-regarded American president.

A politburo member close to Mnangagwa said yesterday that the presidency was for him “to lose” given his seniority in Zanu PF, as well as the fact that he had been on Mugabe’s side for more than 50 years.

“Make no mistake, Ngwena is the crown prince and the G40’s machinations will come to nought. Gushungo (Mugabe) and Ngwena are joined at the hip,” he said confidently.

A patient man with a reputation for legendary ruthlessness, Mnangagwa’s liberation struggle credentials were, however, recently questioned by some war veterans, casting shadows over his chances to succeed Mugabe given the importance of struggle credentials at this point of Zimbabwe’s history.

But academic and researcher Ibbo Mandaza told the Daily News that Mugabe’s successor would be determined by how Zanu PF would choose to move between “the democratic path”, which entailed a special congress, or “the undemocratic method”, which involved the blatant disregard of the Zanu PF constitution.

“If they go the way of appointment, it would be between Mnangagwa and the First Lady, but like I alluded to earlier, that would mean bending the constitution,” Mandaza said.

Now known as the new party kingmaker, most in Zanu PF are agreed that Grace will have a major say on who succeeds her husband as she had become the most influential politician in the party and had the “unfettered ear of the King”, as one bigwig put it, which meant that she “always gets her way”.

And although she had sent mixed messages on whether she harboured presidential aspirations, Mugabe had recently — upon his return from the United States — proclaimed that “no one can stop my wife”, which appeared to imply that she could dream even about succeeding him.

“The time has come to show people what I am made of,” Grace herself told a crowd at her vast Mazowe business hub last year, adding confusingly that, “People should learn to wait for their time … I had never dreamed of entering politics, but you have approached me and I am ready to go”.

But her rising influence, maverick streak and appetite for anarchy have thrown the ruling party into disarray, and she disastrously fronted the ill-advised annihilation of Mujuru and her allies late last year — an ongoing crisis that the ruling party still has to recover from.

Mandaza also warns that it is foolhardy for people harbouring presidential aspirations, like Mnangagwa and Grace, to entirely depend on Mugabe’s benevolence for their ascendancy.

“Jonathan Moyo made that point at the weekend, saying the VP should not bask in the hope of appointment, although it was expedient for him (Moyo) given that he was part of the process that saw Mnangagwa being appointed and those who had been elected being sacked.”

Mandaza was also of the view that if Mugabe’s succession was to be determined by election, then many other candidates, including the likes of Kasukuwere, would have a decent shot at getting into power.

Although Tyson, as the combative Kasukuwere is also known as, has no liberation war credentials, as he was barely a teenager when the liberation war ended in 1980, he has steadily risen through the ranks of the ruling party and many young Zanu PF members are       coalescing around him in search of opportunities.

“Someone from the fringes, including those who were sacked, could bounce back and take over. Remember, 90 percent of the leadership was sacked, the nine provincial chairpersons had been elected but were sacked. Many MPs were also affected.

“They could re-organise themselves with all those who are purporting to be People First during the provincial elections that will precede the national congress.

“After all, has People First been formed as a party yet? No. That could be the reason why it is not being formed because they are watching in the knowledge that such a scenario is a possibility,” the highly-regarded Mandaza said.

He also noted that Mugabe was aware that Mujuru was lurking on the fringes and that she could capitalise on the goings-on in the ruling party and seek to bounce back, which could force the nonagenarian to appoint his  successor.

University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer Eldred Masunungure weighed in, saying in terms of both the Zanu PF and national constitutions, Mnangagwa and Mphoko were better positioned to succeed Mugabe.

“But politics does not always work in terms of constitutional naivety as non-constitutional mechanisms could be employed. As things stand, however, Mnangagwa is the most likely candidate.

“The others like Grace and Kasukuwere are not strategically placed to leapfrog Mnangagwa to the post in terms of the balance of power and probability,” Masunungure said.

On the other hand though, Zimbabwe Democracy Institute director Pedzisayi Ruhanya said in the absence of a clear succession plan by Mugabe, nobody in Zanu PF was guaranteed to succeed him.

“It is only Mugabe and perhaps his wife Grace who know who the next party president is. This is an authoritarian regime that does not invest in institutions and because of that, it would be misleading for anyone to say so and so will succeed Mugabe.

“Look at what happened to Mujuru. Mugabe’s succession will not be premised on rules but his own will,” Ruhanya said.

He added that there were also often “controversies in politics” such as “the role of accidents in determining succession”.

Citing the way Mphoko had risen from relative obscurity to Zanu PF’s top echelons, Ruhanya said, surprises could not be ruled out.


The World Bank (WB) says Zimbabwe must quickly reduce its “huge wage bill” as it is affecting infrastructure development in the country.

In a conference call with Sub-Saharan Africa, WB acting chief economist Punam Chuhan-Pole on Monday said while Zimbabwe’s astronomical wage bill was not peculiar to the country alone, government still needed to come up with and implement a “viable solution”.

“Zimbabwe’s wage bill is too huge, of course it is not the only country facing this problem in the region but it is leading to widening deficits and affecting infrastructure projects,” Chuhan-Pole said.

This comes as the country’s 550 000-strong civil service chews up to 83 percent of the government’s revenue. Zimbabwe has an annual budget of $4,1 billion.

Chuhan-Pole said presently, the country did not have fiscal space for developmental ventures which was not optimum for a developing nation.

“This has also led to increasing the cost of borrowing leading to crowding of the private sector. The government in Zimbabwe needs to be certain as to what they are borrowing especially if it is from foreign markets and if the borrowing is mainly consumptive it has to be managed or cut out,” she said.

The Bretton Woods institution’s economist noted government had to focus on reforms like domestic sourcing so that the country’s international debt would be manageable.

Early this year, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa committed to develop measures aimed at rationalising the country’s civil service wage bill with the Public Service Commission having completed the physical head count for all civil servants as part of the government staff audit.

He, however, later relented and said government was now looking at other options apart from culling its work force.

As part of its Staff Monitored Programme, the International Monetary Fund has said government needs to cut its work force to create fiscal space.

Meanwhile, the WB also cut its economic growth estimate for sub-Saharan Africa to the lowest since 2009 as falling commodity prices and tighter global financial conditions stem activity.

The Washington-based lender lowered its growth forecast for this year to 3,7 percent, 50 basis points down from its projection in June, and compared with 4,6 percent expansion recorded in 2014.

“The dramatic, on-going drop in commodity prices has put pressure on rising fiscal deficits, adding to the challenge in countries with depleted policy buffers,” the WB said in its bi-annual Africa’s Pulse report.

Oil, minerals, metals and agricultural commodities account for nearly three-quarters of the region’s exports. Prices of natural gas, iron ore and coffee had fallen by more than 25 percent since June 2014, it said.