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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

INTRODUCING THE DEMOCRATIC UNION

The MDC Renewals and Welshman Ncube's MDC have merged to form the Democratic Union. The party will be led by Sekai Holland and Welshman Ncube until a congress is held next year. The unification charter was signed today in Harare.

Speaking at the re-unification ceremony, interim president of the MDC Renewal Team, Sekai Holland, said they found it necessary to re-unite in order to mount a strong challenge to Zanu PF in the next elections and offer a solution to the economic problems afflicting many Zimbabweans today.

Ncube said it was also necessary for the two MDC formations to return to the founding values and principles of the opposition of 1999.

Ncube led a rebellion against Tsvangirai in October 2005 over disagreements on whether to participate in the re-introduced senatorial elections while former finance minister Tendai Biti also parted ways with Tsvangirai and his team after the opposition’s heavy loss to Zanu PF in last year’s election saying the MDC needed new blood to steer its struggle for democracy forward.

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COPS SPEAK ON KILLER MUJURU'S DAUGHTER

Police have said the case of Vice President Joice Mujuru’s daughter, Chipo Mujuru Makoni who caused the death of two people in 2012, was properly investigated and prosecuted.

The case was never reported by the media at the time amid reports that the cops and VP Mujuru covered it up. 

The Herald newspaper reported that Chipo, who was unlicensed at the time, was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser VX registration number AAT 9900 registered to Vice President Mujuru when she rammed the Toyota Corolla Sedan, claiming the lives of two-month-old son of Iranian doctor, Dr Amin Hamidzadeh and a Zimbabwean, Joseph Ngonji, who was driving the Hamidzadeh family.

In a statement, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) National Traffic said the matter was investigated properly and professionally.

“Chipo was charged for contravening section 49 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23 (Culpable Homicide),” said Assistant Commissioner Shelton Dube, of the Police National Traffic.

Asst Comm Dube added that after investigations, the case was then taken to court, where Chipo was tried, convicted on two counts of culpable homicide and sentenced under the Harare Magistrate Court reference number T01/5/14 and Court Record Book number 4783/14.

On the first count, she was fined US$800 or serve 12 months imprisonment, while she received the same punishment for the second count.

Chipo was also banned from driving for six months.

However, why this high profile accident was kept away from the public sphere and was brought to court this year remains a mystery.

MUJURU SKIPS POLITBURO MEETING

The Zanu PF Politburo meeting is underway at the party headquarters in Harare.

Embattled Vice President, Dr Joice Mujuru – under fire for allegedly trying to oust President Robert Mugabe from power - has however not yet availed herself for the meeting.

The meeting is expected to finalise constitutional amendments to provide for the election of the President only and giving him the prerogative to choose his two deputies, the chairman and all politburo members.

This is in line with Clause Four of the historic 1987 Unity Accord that brought together Zimbabwe’s revolutionary parties Zanu PF and PF Zapu.

It is expected that centralising power on the President will help eliminate factionalism and consolidate unity in Zanu PF.

Among other issues to be discussed are reports from provincial coordinating committees on the forthcoming congress and provincial electorate directorate updates.

The national disciplinary committee is also expected to deliberate on cases of vote of no confidence, if any.

Meanwhile, the accreditation of delegates to the 6th congress has opened at the party headquarters in Harare, with Harare province being registered.

WEBSTER SHAMU BOOTED OUT

Zanu PF National Political Commissar Cde Webster Shamu and central committee-elect member Cde Sylvester Nguni have been recalled from the central committee posts they won in last week’s elections.

This follows a demonstration in Chinhoyi by hundreds of Zanu PF supporters from Mashonaland West, against Cdes Shamu and Nguni, demanding that they step down from their posts.

The demonstrators marched through the city of Chinhoyi wielding placards denouncing Cdes Shamu and Nguni.

Acting provincial chairman Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi, provincial youth chairman Cde Vengi Musengi, and central committee-elect member Cde Philip Chiyangwa addressed the demonstrators at the party provincial offices in Chinhoyi.

Cde Musengi accused Cdes Shamu and Nguni of selling out and of grabbing most of the companies in the province. Cde Chiyangwa announced that Cdes Shamu and Nguni had been booted out.

Later he handed a petition to Cde Ziyambi who stated that those ousted will be blocked from attending the forthcoming national congress.

The petition is said to contain six names of people whom the province wants to recall from the central committee posts they won in last week's elections.

GUMBO : VULTURES HAVE TAKEN OVER

Former Zanu PF spokesperson and liberation war hero, Rugare Gumbo, says the ruling party has been hijacked by “political vultures” who are running rings around the party’s leadership in what amounts to an effective internal coup.

Gumbo offered this stark warning to President Robert Mugabe in an exclusive interview with the Daily News yesterday, in which he also criticised the ongoing purges of war veterans and senior party officials ahead of next week’s “elective” congress.

He described those whom he alleged had hijacked the party as “mercenaries and losers” in the party’s primary elections, which was a sure sign that Zanu PF had dumped its liberation war values after being taken over by mafikizolos (late comers).

Gumbo’s chilling warning came as Mugabe is tightening his grip on the party and effectively imposing “one man rule” in Zanu PF in what some party veterans say is a clear violation of the liberation movement’s values and manifesto.

“As I have said before, the Tsholotsho vultures have taken over, they are in the process of staging a coup in Zanu PF and I don’t know why the leadership is blind to this obvious scenario.

“Look at the people being marginalised, Joice Mujuru, Rugare Gumbo, Didymus Mutasa, Angeline Masuku and other war heroes like Killian Gwanetsa, John Mvundura, Luke Mashowe among others.

“And who is behind this? The Tshlolotsho gang, assisted by the Gang of Four which includes Jonathan Moyo, Savior Kasukuwere, Oppah Muchinguri and Patrick Zhuwao.

“I have said this to President Mugabe and I will say it again, these people are destroying Zanu PF from within. They have achieved what they have always aspired to do and the party will regret this.

“We are witnessing something strange in Zanu PF, where all of us who were in the struggle are being accused of trying to assassinate the President.

“Mai Mujuru is like a daughter to President Mugabe, how can she decide to kill him now, she knows no other leader except President Mugabe, she was groomed by President Mugabe, why would she want to kill him now and how surely.

“This is a joke surely. I for one have never had any intention of killing even a fly. I don’t and will never have any intention of ending someone’s life,” charged Gumbo.

Last week, Mugabe railroaded his party into changing its constitution, a move that now allows him to sideline Mujuru and appoint his preferred successor.

The changes, which were forced through at Saturday’s tense politburo meeting in Harare, will empower the nonagenarian to appoint his party deputies once they are formally adopted — a marked change from the current status quo where his lieutenants are elected into their positions, and which also sees them automatically taking up the same posts in government.

At the same time, the State media has gone into overdrive, accusing everyone perceived to be sympathetic to Mujuru of working to assassinate Mugabe and promoting factionalism.

Among those accused of plotting to topple and assassinate the nonagenarian are Gumbo, Mujuru, Mutasa and Nicholas Goche.

Analysts also say a faction associated with Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has been working overtime to ostracise supporters of Mujuru — and virtually all of them, including at least 10 Cabinet ministers and more than 100 Members of Parliament have been booted out of the party’s powerful central committee.

“I’m concerned, really concerned about what is happening in the party. It’s now a circus.

“How do you have people who were overwhelmingly elected at primary elections all being dumped and this by the way includes people who fought for the country, people who sacrificed in the bush to liberate Zimbabwe.

“Zanu PF structures are being decimated and real Zanu PF people are being marginalised. Look at Goche, he has been standing by the President and Zanu PF and has been a pillar of strength, now he is being abused like this.

“What is frightening is that youths, sell-outs and even former Selous Scouts are getting places in the central committee at the expensive of genuine Zanu PF people. It does not make sense at all,” Gumbo added.

A member of the politburo who spoke to the Daily News yesterday accused  Mugabe of presiding over the entire process of destabilising the party.

As a result, he said, genuine party cadres and liberation war fighters were now concerned about the rate at which Mugabe was being “hoodwinked” by one faction in the party.

“Why hasn’t President Mugabe stood up to defend his Vice President? Is he part of this sickening plot? How do you go to congress with appointed officials while those who have the support of the people are thrown away.

“Look at the case of someone like Temba Mliswa who has proved that he is extremely popular but is being dumped and treated like a criminal yet the real thugs are taking posts in the party.

“This will go down in history as a kangaroo congress. Look at the amendments to the constitution. How do you change the constitution at the last minute.

“What is happening in Zanu PF will have far reaching consequences if President Mugabe doesn’t act like a man and stop this nonsense,” the politburo member speaking on anonymity said. daily news

TEEN WAKES UP TO FIND NAKED COUSIN FONDLING HER

AN 18-year-old woman from Nkulumane suburb in Bulawayo has filed attempted rape charges against her cousin (17), who allegedly tried to be intimate with her while she was sleeping after they had finished studying.

The boy reportedly approached his cousin last week, requesting they study together overnight since they were both sitting for ‘O’ Level examinations. The boy appeared before the Western Commonage magistrate Tancy Chipumha-Dube where he was charged for contravening Section 67 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

He was charged with indecent assault after he told the court that he did not rape his cousin, but admitted he slept on her bed. “I did not rape her, although I admit I was naked in her bed,” the boy said.

“I felt sleepy and I joined her in bed.” He was remanded out of custody to November 28. Prosecutor Kenneth Shava told the court that the boy went to his cousin’s bedroom and requested that they study together in preparation for the examinations.

At around 9pm, after their guardians were asleep, he knocked on the door and his cousin opened for him. He then said he was attracted to her and wanted to make her his girlfriend. The complainant said her cousin told her she was sexy and she thought that he was just complimenting her.

“After some time, I felt drowsy,” she said. “I told him to switch off the lights after he was done reading and asked if he could wake me up around 2am so I could continue studying. In the midst of sleep, I felt him fondling me while he was on top of me naked.”

She said her cousin had also managed to strip her. She said she immediately jumped off the bed and switched on the lights before notifying the guardians who tried to brush aside the issue, but she reported the matter to the police. southern eye

ARMED COPS AT ZANU PF ACCREDITATION

POLICE armed with truncheons were yesterday seen milling around Zanu PF district offices in Gweru as delegates were busy with accreditation for the party’s sixth national congress.

This is the second time police were seen at the ruling party’s offices after heavily armed anti-riot police manned the offices to thwart a planned demonstration by party members sympathetic to a faction led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru a fortnight ago.

Provincial delegates went about their accreditation peacefully while the cops watched from across the road opposite the offices. Last Friday, State media reported alleged irregularities with the accreditation process in the provinces with the factions trying to elbow each other out of the process.

Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko could not be drawn to comment on the presence of the police.

However, a source at the accreditation venue said police were only maintaining “routine peace and order” to ensure that the process was smooth.

“When there are people gathering at any given time, there can be commotion and Zanu PF accreditation cannot be an exception,” the source said. Zanu PF provincial secretary for information and publicity, Cornelius Mpereri, however, said police were doing their duty
of maintaining order and the accreditation process was going smoothly.


“As you know, where there is a gathering of people there could be commotion and police are just doing their duty,” he said. “But I can inform you by midday we had finished accrediting those from Kwekwe and we are dealing with Chirumanzu.”

Mpereri said only Gokwe North and Shurugwi were absent from the accreditation as they had pending central committee elections being held yesterday. Zanu PF goes to its congress, which runs from December 2 to 7 with the party divided along factional lines.

NEW NAME FOR BITI, NCUBE PARTY

THE two MDC breakaway formations led by Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti will from today operate under a new name — Democratic Union (UD) — until they hold their inaugural joint elective congress next year, NewsDay can reveal.

The formations have been holding reunification meetings since October as the parties restructure ahead of the 2018 polls pursuant to the opposition’s dismal performance in last year’s general elections.

The new name is contained in the Reunification Agreement that will be signed today at Old Georgians Sports Club at a joint sitting of the formations’ national executive committees.
“Subject to the new constitution which will be adopted by the reunification congress, the United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC) shall be known as the Democratic Union (UD),” clause 6.1 of the agreement says.

The new party will in the interim be led jointly by the leadership of the founding parties, Ncube and a nominee of the Renewal Team. This is the first reunification of formations that split from the original MDC founded in 1999. 

Since its formation the party split twice in 2005 and 2014 over policy disagreements among the top leadership.

FORMER SCHOOL HEAD DRUGS, RAPES WOMAN

A 61-YEAR-OLD former headmaster at a Harare school appeared in court yesterday over allegations of drugging and subsequently raping a female student.


Ephraim Makomere was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Milton Serima. He was remanded out of custody to December 17 2014 on US$50 bail. Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that on November 18, Makomere called the woman, who is now employed at a hospital in Belvedere, and asked her to go on a date and she agreed. He then went to pick her up at around 1630hrs.

It is further alleged that the accused told her that he would first take her to his workplace and then they would take a stroll in the central business district afterwards.The court heard that Makomere bought food for the woman and then drove to Fife Avenue shopping centre where he purchased soft drinks and a bottle of brandy which they shared before driving to a lodge where he allegedly raped her while she was in a state of intoxication.

The woman allegedly woke up at around 1900hrs and discovered that she was back home, but had no recollection of how she got there.It is alleged that she noticed she was wearing her panties inside out and there was some white discharge indicating that sexual intercourse had taken place.

She allegedly started laughing while holding the bottle of brandy. This prompted her uncle and sister to take her to Harare Central Hospital. A police report was made, leading to the accused person’s arrest.

MUDENDA TIPPED FOR ZANU PF CHAIRMANSHIP

SPEAKER of Parliament Jacob Mudenda has emerged as a dark horse to land the post of Zanu PF chairperson, while former ambassador to South Africa Phelekezela Mphoko is favourite to land the Vice-Presidency.


While it was increasingly clear that Vice-President Joice Mujuru was living on borrowed time, speculation is on who would replace her, with Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa expected to succeed her.

Sources revealed that Mphoko, who has been a Zanu PF central committee member for Nkayi in Matabeleland North, moved to Bulawayo so that when President Robert Mugabe appoints the presidium, he would not pick two people from the same province. Mudenda is considered a key Mnangagwa ally.

Following a purge of perceived Mujuru allies, Simon Khaya Moyo, the party’s chairman, who was seen as a front runner, finds himself in an unenviable position, where some provinces are distancing themselves from the endorsement he received last year.

While the route has seemingly been cleared for Mnangagwa and his backers, it has also been established that Mudenda faces opposition from Matabeleland North, his home province.

Just over a week ago, Zanu PF members in the province demonstrated against the Speaker of Parliament, allegedly at the instigation of a senior party member.

Mudenda declined to comment yesterday. “I have no comment,” he said. “I do not want to comment on that.”

In a previous interview with the Chronicle, Mudenda said he had not campaigned for the post, but if he was nominated, he would “see how it goes”, although he said he was happy as Speaker of Parliament.

On the perceived hostilities in Matabeleland North and plans to block Mudenda, another politburo member, Obert Mpofu — who recently boasted that his province was the most united — declined to comment.

“Talk to Mudenda, I am not aware of that,” he said. Mphoko has long openly expressed his desire to be Mugabe’s deputy, saying he is the right candidate for the position as he was a former senior Zapu leader.

As per tradition, one vice-president and the chairman come from former Zapu members, this again could work against Mudenda, as he defected to Zanu before the 1987 Unity Accord.
However, the planned presidium, as revealed by sources, does not include any women, an omission that could raise a few eyebrows.

First Lady Grace Mugabe has already hinted that a man might be appointed to replace Mujuru, a complete negation of Zanu PF’s gender empowerment plans it mooted when the present Vice-President landed the post.

A number of names have been suggested as to who would succeed Mujuru if, as expected, she loses her post, with outgoing Zanu PF Women’s League leader Oppah Muchinguri and Senate President Edna Madzongwe also tipped for the post.

Zanu PF holds its congress next week, where Mugabe is expected to pick his deputies.newsday

MUJURU IN COVER UP AFTER UNLICENCED DAUGHTER KILLED TWO

VICE President Joice Mujuru has been sucked into a scandal involving abuse of office and obstruction of justice after her daughter Chipo Mujuru-Makoni was involved in a fatal road accident which claimed two lives along Enterprise Road in Harare. The accident — which occurred on December 10, 2012 — claimed the life of the two-month-old son of an Iranian doctor Dr Amin Hamidzadeh and a Zimbabwean, Joseph Ngonji, who was driving Dr Hamidzadeh’s wife, daughter and two sons.

 Dr Hamidzadeh is assigned to the Iranian Red Crescent Clinic at Number 8 Cameron Street, Harare.
Chipo Mujuru Makoni, then an unlicensed driver, was behind the wheel of a Toyota Land Cruiser VX registration number AAT 9900 registered to Vice President Mujuru when she rammed the Toyota Corolla sedan with the Hamidzadehs on the side.

The impact sent the corolla flying onto the side of the road and the Hamidzadeh’s youngest son, aged two months, was thrown from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries 30 minutes after admission at Parirenyatwa Hospital.

The driver died on the spot, while Chipo was whisked from the scene by a security team, ostensibly acting on the instructions of her mother who was in Dubai at the time.

The accident occurred near the Harare Central Remand Prison entrance along Enterprise Road.
Police officers from Highlands Police Station attended the scene and recorded the accident the normal way noting the driver as Chipo Mujuru Makoni, and the owner of the offending vehicle as VP Mujuru.

Chipo failed to produce a driver’s licence, only to bring one two weeks later which is suspected to have been expeditiously acquired in the intervening period.

When the Hamidzadehs made a follow-up at Highlands police, they discovered that the accident report had been significantly altered with the driver now listed as Chipo Makoni only, while the ownership of the vehicle had been changed to Government, a clear attempt to remove any link to the Mujuru name.

Highlands police told Dr Hamidzadeh, who was always in the company of the then Iranian ambassador HE Rasoul Momeni, that his case was now being handled by Mabvuku traffic, and he reportedly made over 30 trips to Mabvuku Police Station and found no joy as the officers there became very evasive.

The Red Crescent Society Clinic wrote several correspondences to the police registering their concern over the manner the force was handling their case.
In a letter of complaint by a Mr C Shoriwa from the society the organisation complained that while the case was straightforward the police were not keen to finalise it.

“We sadly, submit that on 10th of December 2012, this organization unnecessarily lost two innocent human lives, vehicle and three people were injured and still on cost full medication from a road traffic accident attended and recorded under CR Number 49/02/13 by ZRP Mabvuku Traffic section,” said Mr Shoriwa.

“It is very disturbing to note that the first police report bears utmost true and correct details of parties to the accident but the second one is totally defective and misleading.
“Until now no one from the police has managed to clarify to us why.”

Mr Shoriwa continued: “Efforts to have the case brought to court in the interest of justice are all being doomed to failure. Verbal responses from investigating officers at ZRP Mabvuku appear as if their hands are tied since the accused hereto is alleged to be a daughter of a high profile person hence the delay herewith.
‘’it is our strong submission to you that justice delayed is justice denied. What pains a lot in this case is that it is a clear and straighforward case and does not need a rocket scientist descent (sic) how the course of justice is being obstructed in connection herewith.

‘’Furthermore no single condolence has been received from accused herewith.
‘’Given the above circumstances, it is our heartfelt position that we are being denied the right to justice as required by the Constitution and laws of Zimbabwe wherefore the only hope will be that of external appeal.’’

It was after Dr Hamidzadeh threatened to appeal outside Zimbabwe for justice, that the police wrote to him on June 20 this year informing him that the matter was resolved on May 14 this year.
In a letter signed by Senior Assistant Commissioner Simon Nyathi advised Dr Hamidzadeh that the driver who they did not name was charged with culpable homicide and fined US$800 for the offence.
“Investigations were carried out and I wish to advise that the matter has since been finalized. The accused in the road accident, appeared before a Harare magistrate court on 14 May 2014,” said Senior Asst Comm. Nyathi.

“She was convicted on two counts of contravening section 49 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9: 23 “Culpable Homicide. Accused was sentenced to US$800 or 12 months imprisonment with labour for each count. In addition accused was prohibited from driving for 6 months. In view of the above the matter is now finalized.”

But sources close to the case said Dr Hamidzadeh believes the matter was finalised and the letter by Snr Asst Comm Nyathi was a ploy to silence them.
The aggrieved family, the sources said, believed that if the case went to court they were supposed to have been called as witnesses.

The conduct of the police appeared to mask the identity of VP Mujuru and her daughter.
Since the accident two years ago, Dr Hamidzadeh has visited Mabvuku police station over 30 times.
The aggrieved family also visited Highlands’s police station several times over the matter. In all the cases the aggrieved family did not get joy from the police.

Police officers at Mabvuku police station would allegedly run away from Dr Hamidzadeh saying the case involved a child of a high-profile person.
A worker at the society who was also following up on the matter with police ran into trouble for pestering them inquiring about the case.

He ended up being locked up for three days without being charged. During the same time, Dr Hamidzadeh’s house was broken into and the burglar took away his computer.
There was no sign of break and entry which implied a professional job. To date Dr Hamidzadeh has not received any messages of condolences from the Mujurus and he believes his family did not get the justice that they want. The family had written several letters to the police complaining.

Two years after the accident on December 10, 2012, Dr Hamidzadeh is battling to get justice after police failed to bring VP Mujuru’s daughter to court for justice.

After strenuous efforts by Dr Hamidzadeh, on May 2 2013, Chipo Mujuru Makoni paid $7500 to Kantharia Insurance Brokers towards meeting the replacement of the Toyota Corolla that was written off in the accident.

But even then Dr Hamidzadeh did not get any joy as part of the money was converted to personal use by the Insurance Company that only remitted $5500 to him.
Dr Hamidzadeh refused to comment on the matter last night saying he would need to seek permission from the Iranian ambassador for him to talk to the Press. Police could also not be reached for comment last night. herald

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

MUJURU, MZEMBI OUT OF CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Under fire Vice President, Dr Joice Mujuru is leading a host of Zanu PF bigwigs who have fallen by the wayside after losing in Central Committee elections held in various provinces.
Joining Dr Mujuru are several cabinet ministers, among them Cdes Lazarus Dokora, Nicholas Goche, Cde Dzikamai Mavhaire, Walter Mzembi, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Flora Bhuka and Francis Nhema, who all lost their Central Committee membership.

In Mashonaland Central Province, Dr Mujuru and Cde Dokora had their CVs rejected by the Provincial Executive Council, which met in Bindura at the weekend while Cde Goche withdraw his nomination amid allegations that he was at the forefront of an assassination plot against President Robert Mugabe and for fanning factionalism.

Others who lost in the province are Cde Alice Chimbudzi and Cde Stefan Mukusha, with the former not submitting her CV.

Cde Mukusha failed to garner enough votes in Muzarabani where Cde Edward Raradza retained his seat and was joined by Cde Hillary Mombeshora, Cde Isaiah Musona and Cde Veronica Chiweshe.


In Bulawayo Province, Cdes Angeline Masuku, Absolom Sikhosana, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu and Molly Mpofu have failed to make it into the Central Committee.

Cde Masuku lost to two candidates from Area 5- Cde Charles Chiponda and Phelekezela Mphoko.

In Area 4, Alderman David Ndlovu edged Cde Absalom Sikhosana, while Cde Killian Sibanda got the Central Committee post unopposed.

Cde Ndlovu also lost in Area 3 to Cde Joseph Chuma and Cde Migan Sikhosana, while Cde Mpofu lost the elections in the women’s quota in Area 1 where there were seven candidates.

Cde Joshua Malinga Dube and Emmanuel Kanjoma made it into the Central Committee in Area 2.

Ten candidates have battled it out with Cde Godfrey Malaba and Anna Moyo emerging the winners.

The Deputy National Secretary for the Women’s League, Cde Eunice Moyo said the election was free and fair and held in a peaceful environment.

She challenged the new team to work hard so that Bulawayo wins the 2018 elections. As if that was not enough, more shocking results were recorded in the Midlands Province, where political heavy weights Cde Nhema, Cde Mumbengegwi and Cde Buka lost.

Cde Nhema polled 61 votes to lose to Cde Emmanuel Fundira who polled 105.

Cde Mumbengegwi also fell by the wayside losing to Cde Thomas Gandire by 81 to 50 votes.

In Gokwe North, the former Secretary for Administration in the Women’s League, Cde Flora Bhuka lost her central committee seat to Cde Leonard Chikomba who got 169 votes.

Cde Buka garnered 74 votes.

The central committee elections were initially postponed pending disciplinary hearing in the two districts of Gokwe North and Shurugwi.

Provincial party spokesperson, Cde Cornellious Mupereri said the elections were held following a directive by the Politburo for the suspended members to participate in the process.

In Mashonaland East, Politburo member and former cabinet minister, Dr Herbert Murerwa is the biggest casualty after he lost in Goromonzi to Cde Paddy Zhanda, Cde Golden Mujawo, Cde Malvern Matimura and Cde Felix Zhangazha.

Another senior politician from the province, who will not be in the Central Committee, is Marondera West legislator, Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri who did not seek re-election.

Retaining their seats are Cde Sidney Sekerakayi, Cde David Parirenyatwa and Cde Joel Biggie Matiza, while new entrants include the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Cde Marbel Chinimona, Cde Edgar Mbwembwe, Cde Mike Bimha and Cde Jerry Gotora.

Former Mashonaland East Provincial member, Cde Lawrence Katsiru has bounced back after winning the elections in Marondera district.


In Matabeleland North province, Politburo member Cde Samuel Mugandi of Binga is the only major casualty after a clean defeat by Cde Joshua Muzamba in the polls.

Matabeleland North provincial chairman Cde Richard Moyo said the elections were peaceful, free and fair in all the seven districts of the province.

The rest of the party big wigs Professor Jonathan Moyo of Tsholotsho, Secretary For Economic Affairs Dr Obert Mpofu of Umguza, Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda of Hwange, Deputy Secretary for Information And Publicity Ambassador Cain Mathema of Tsholotsho, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu of Hwange and Cde Sithembiso Nyoni of Nkayi were all elected unopposed.

FOREIGN INVESTORS CAN PROSPER IN ZIM, SAYS CHINAMASA

FINANCE and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa says foreign investment can prosper in Zimbabwe contrary to reports that say otherwise. Minister Chinamasa said investors should, without delay, grab abundant investment opportunities in the country, as this was the right time to do so as Government now wanted to do a number of things differently.
Addressing over 300 delegates during The Herald Business Zimbabwe Trade and Investment breakfast meeting in Sandton, South Africa, last Friday, Minister Chinamasa said opportunities were enormous.

“Take them, this is the time to do it.”
“Please, we are open to any ideas, which produce wealth and contribute to our economic growth. We want to do things differently. People still think about us as in the past; that we are still mired in the trenches. We are out of the trenches,” Minister Chinamasa said.

Zimbabwe was rocked by a decade long economic meltdown, characterised by rampaging inflation, which decimated half the country’s gross domestic product and precipitated the collapse of several companies.

The meeting was punctuated by repeated calls from the minister, South African firm Get Bucks chief executive Dave van Niekerk, Canadian firm Caledonia director Stefan Hayden and SA hotelier Legacy Group Holdings,chairman Bart Dorrestein, for long-term, not short-term positions in Zimbabwe.

The executives, while citing indigenisation as an issue, generally agreed that Zimbabwe was open for investment and offered attractive opportunities.

“If Qatar can work, then I tell you that Zimbabwe can work a hundred times better,” said Mr Dorrestein, whose firm is hunting for assets in tourism. He hailed Zimbabwe’s human resources as a huge plus for the country.

Minister Chinamasa said Government was keen to improve the doing business environment and relied on investors to point out challenges they faced to help the authorities to assess how they were doing on policy matters.
“We rely on you to be predictable and consistent. Come to us with the challenges because they help us to improve the business environment,” he said.

“We will offer a predictable, clear and consistent policy environment in which you can come to invest and prosper,” Minister Chinamasa told the delegates.

The policy environment, said the minister, will be anchored on the multi-currency regime, predominantly characterised by the United States dollar. Importantly, the minister said Government will respect property rights.

Minister Chinamasa said a number of initiatives, including re-engaging bilateral and multilateral lenders, addressing doing business constraints, capacity issues of the central bank, issues plaguing banks and rigidities in the labour market among others were being pursued to enhance confidence.

Further, the Finance Minister said efforts were underway to establish special economic zones and ensure policy clarity, especially the country’s equity laws, which the majority of investors are have raised over the years.

Speaking at the same event, Reserve Bank Governor Dr John Mangudya said Zimbabwe was an excellent investment destination with good climate, open economy, huge resources, good human capital and is poised for take-off.

The RBZ chief said there was a lot of goodwill for Zimbabwe across the world and said the country needed to ride on the vibe to attract investment.

“The country is not about to collapse, the huge import bill should be seen as an opportunity because it shows the country has capacity to pay its obligations.

“The banking sector is sound; we have nine foreign and 12 indigenous banks. This shows that Zimbabwe is open to investment in the financial sector,” he said, adding foreign investors were free to repatriate 100 percent dividends.

Responding to journalists after the meeting, Minister Chinamasa also indicated that Government was cognisant of the fact that the country had numerous taxes that were affecting viability of most business. He said that Government was working hard to address the tax burden.

But he reckoned that businesses in Zimbabwe carried the hyperinflationary mentality post dollarisation, which raised the cost of doing business.

Minister Chinamasa said opportunities existed in various sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure, mining, ICTs and social services while investors could also partner Government, especially in resources. herald

COP RAPES TEEN MAID

A policeman has been arrested on allegations of raping an 18-year-old maid who had turned down his love proposal. The teenager was on her way from church when she was raped. The offence was committed in August this year. Mike Daster Muzimba (30) of Zimbabwe Republic Police New Camp in Highfield, Harare, was not formally charged when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Milton Serima.
He is facing rape charges as defined in the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act chapter 9:23 and was remanded out of custody to December 9 on US$50 bail.
The prosecutor, Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa, told the court that the teenage housemaid had turned down the policeman’s love proposal. It is alleged that on August 1 this year, the woman left home at around 7pm and proceeded to church in Waterfalls.

The court heard that while on her way back home she met Muzimba, who was standing by the side of the path. Muzimba allegedly greeted the woman before asking for a hug. When she refused he grabbed her and tripped her to the ground before raping her. She made a report to the police, leading to Muzimba’s arrest.

PARTY NAME STALLS BITI, NCUBE MERGER

Disagreements over the party name and colours are threatening to scupper the union of the Welshman Ncube-led MDC and Tendai Biti’s renewal team, insiders have said.

 The parties are set to officially sign a “unity accord” tomorrow to become one political party and start preparing for a joint congress. While most of the modalities for the merger are in place, insiders from both the Ncube and Biti sides say there still remain grey areas.

The insiders, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Biti’s side was keen on having the new party using the “Renewal” while the Ncube side wants to retain their name. The name of the party would thus be called “MDC renewal” if the proposal is adopted.

However, Ncube is said to have realised that he would be the biggest loser amid fears his party will be “swallowed” given that  the Biti’s camp has been calling itself the MDC renewal team.
To counter the move, Ncube is said to have proposed that the new party adopts green colours to retain his MDC identity, a development insiders say Biti’s camp is uncomfortable with.

“There is a real war raging on over the issues of party colours and name because each side is determined to keep their identities,” said a top official from the Ncube side.

“The renewal guys would want us to think that by using the name MDC we will benefit as if it is not also theirs yet we know they are called MDC renewal so if we allow them to keep that, it is us who would have been swallowed so our green colour must be retained.”

Solomon Madzore, a top official from the Biti side, confirmed that there were issues to do with the name of the party and the colours which are yet to be finalised. Madzore however, claimed there were no disagreements, adding that the issues will be decided at their inaugural congress next year.

“For now the party will be called the United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC)  but come next year when we have our congress, the issue of name and party colours will be decided by the people,” Madzore said.

“We will use both our orange and the MDC guys’ green colours simultaneously  to accommodate everyone until then because there is no need to rush these things now.” The other issue that has allegedly strained relations and threatens to scupper the merger is allocation of influential posts in the party’s, lower structures.

The renewal side is said to have called for a structure audit of both parties from ward level to determine who has the highest numbers. The group with the highest numbers in their respective structures would be tasked with allocating positions for the united party, a situation the Ncube-led MDC is reported to be unhappy with as they literally have no structures in Mashonaland provinces.

“We will likely take most of the district and provincial chairpersons posts because we have more numbers as our structures are almost full while the MDC side probably only has structures in Bulawayo,” said a renewal official.

“That gives us an advantage if we manage to push through this method of uniting structures because we also have full structures in Bulawayo as well.” Ncube’s group  broke ranks with the mainstream MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai in 2005 over differences on whether or not to participate in that year’s senatorial elections.

The MDC further split in April after Biti and Elton Mangoma unsuccessfully attempted a palace coup on Morgan Tsvangirai, ostensibly to give the party new impetus after the 2013 electoral defeat to Zanu PF. daily news

MUTSVANGWA'S CENTRAL COMMITTEE HUMILIATION

Newly-elected war veterans’ leader Christopher Mutsvangwa has failed to secure a nomination into Zanu PF’s central committee.


Mutsvangwa failed to garner a nomination at the Zanu PF Mashonaland West inter district meeting held on Sunday. Party insiders who attended the meeting said the vociferous war veterans leader styling himself as part of the “critical mass generation” that prosecuted Zimbabwe’s liberation war against white-minority rule was not nominated.

“Mutsvangwa lost,” one source said. “It seems he did not garner enough support to get a nomination from his district. Everyone thought he would be nominated and we were surprised.”

Mutsvangwa, who is also Foreign Affairs deputy minister, will only attend the December congress as the war veterans leader. The central committee is Zanu PF’s most powerful organ outside congress and consists of members drawn from the party’s 10 provinces.
It acts on behalf of congress when it is not in session and among other things implements all policies, resolutions, directives, decisions, and programmes enunciated by congress. It meets once in three months.

Temba Mliswa, the ousted provincial chairman, was blocked from seeking nomination into the party’s central committee. Mliswa had won the right to represent Hurungwe district but the provincial leadership said he could not represent the province as a central committee member following his suspension as party chairman last month.

Ignatius Chombo, Local Government minister and head of the congress coordinating committee in the province, said anyone who has been brought before the party’s disciplinary committee over the past five years could not be allowed to get into the central committee.
He said even though the province had allowed some names to be seconded for the central committee, the politburo had the final say after a thorough vetting process.

Businessman Philip Chiyangwa bounced back after receiving a nomination for a central committee seat from Makonde district. daily news

CHINESE BUSINESSMAN TRAPS ZANU PF FRAUDSTER

A WARRANT of arrest has been issued against one of the two Zanu-PF youth members in Bulawayo who allegedly   forged the party’s letterheads to defraud a Chinese businessman of $70 which they claimed were for a Provincial Youth Conference. 

Magistrate Evelyn Mashavuke issued the warrant of arrest against Blessed Mashando, 24, after he failed to turn up for continuation of trial yesterday in which he and an accomplice are facing charges of fraud.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges on their initial appearances two weeks ago.
Andrew Manjoro, 26, of Famona suburb in Bulawayo and Mashando are being accused of swindling Davy Huang, 32, owner of China City Wholesale using documents they said were from Bulawayo Zanu-PF headquarters.
Prosecuting, Sibusiso Mthombeni alleges that on September 30 the two men connived and wrote a letter with a Zanu-PF letterhead appealing for donations to host a Provincial Youth Conference from October 2 to 5 this year.

“On the same day the duo approached China City Wholesale situated at Lobengula Street and 10th Avenue, Bulawayo and presented the donation letter to Davy Huang owner of the shop,” said Mthombeni.

Huang instructed them to come on the following day to collect the money. He instructed one of his employers’ to call the phone number on the letter to confirm if Manjoro and Mashando had indeed been sent by Zanu-PF.

The court heard that it emerged the letter did not emanate from the Zanu-PF Bulawayo Provincial headquarters and there was no Provincial Youth Conference on the cards.
A trap was set by detectives and Manjoro and Mashando were arrested at the scene and $70 was recovered. chronicle

GRADE 7 BOY ACQUITTED OF SODOMY

A grade seven pupil from Old Luveve in Bulawayo who was facing charges of sodomising a nine-year-old boy from Gwabalanda on two occasions has been acquitted.
The 13-year-old boy appeared before Magistrate Sikhumbuzo Nyathi in a victim friendly court at the Bulawayo Regional Courts on Monday. Nyathi dismissed the matter after ruling that the state had failed to prove its case and that the witnesses’ evidence was not credible.

The complainant, who was emotional when he gave his testimony in court, claimed that the teenager held him at ransom at Luveve Park where he sodomised him for two weeks. He claimed that he missed school during the period and adhered to the accused’ s instructions that he should wait for him at the Luveve Park daily.

The nine-year-old also alleged that he was bullied by the teenager who also made it a habit to confiscate his lunch box. For the state, Masimba Saruwaka alleged that the accused had sodomised the Grade Five boy on two occasions at Luveve Park between June 20 and 21 last year.

The complainant reportedly revealed the matter to a house maid at his home after she queried why he had returned from school earlier than expected. A report was made to the police after the boy’s grandmother questioned him about the alleged sexual abuse. zimbabwe mail

MP TO PROVIDE BANK STATEMENT

Zanu PF Gokwe-Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena’s maintenance case was on Monday postponed to December 10 after the legislator volunteered to furnish the civil court with a bank statement to prove that he cannot afford to pay $1 500 monthly.

 The youthful MP is currently embroiled in a maintenance saga with his ex-lover Wadzanai Mudare. Mudare last year filed a claim in the civil court, seeking that the MP pay $11 600 towards the upkeep of their 10-year-old daughter.

However, the civil court dismissed the claim and ruled that Wadyajena pay $1 500. Wadyejena last month appealed to the High Court, arguing that the claim be reviewed as he could not afford it.
High Court judges of Appeal, justices Amie Tsanga and Alphias Chitakunye, subsequently quashed the lower court’s ruling and submitted that the civil court make a fresh determination in the matter.
The two judges ruled that the civil court magistrate had misdirected himself by ignoring relevant issues such as the legislator’s monthly income.

The matter failed to be determined yesterday at the civil court in Harare, after the legislator, whose bank accounts were  recently garnished by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority over unpaid taxes, offered to provide the court with his bank statement  as  evidence that he cannot pay Mudare’s claim.
Wadyajena wants the maintenance claim reduced to $200 as he was earning $2 500 a month.

However, Mudare is dismissing the legislator’s claim arguing that he owns six top of the range vehicles which have personalised number plates. She also submitted that Wadyajena owns a number of haulage trucks and resided at Borrowdale Brooke – an indication that he could afford to pay the maintenance claim. zimbabwe mail

DELOITTE : POLITICS GREATEST RISK IN ZIM

Political risk is the biggest obstacle to business in Zimbabwe, according to findings of a chief financial officers (CFOs) survey by auditing and financial advisory firm Deloitte.
The Deloitte 2014 CFOs study indicated that most businesspeople were wary of operating in the country’s current political environment.

“The political landscape was named by the majority of Zimbabwean CFOs as the biggest risk to business performance,” said Roy Campbell, a partner with Deloitte, as he presented the survey in Harare today.

He said “this could be linked to the on-going nationalisation debate in Zimbabwe following President Robert Mugabe’s victory…” “One of the election promises was a stepped-up debate and implementation of local ownership through the indigenisation programme,” the report also mentioned.

A poor credit monitoring and management process was the next major risk factor identified by the Zimbabwean professionals. It was followed by margin deterioration due to pricing inflexibility, the threat of nationalisation and protecting market share.

The Deloitte report further noted that the Zimbabwean CFOs exhibited mixed reactions when questioned about expectations of company performance for the current year.
“No less than 19 percent of respondents predict a significant deterioration in company performance in 2014, with a further 8 percent expecting a slight deterioration and 27 percent opting for a continuation of the status quo,” Campbell said.

The remaining 46 percent reportedly expected slight to significant improvement.
According to Campbell, the CFOs identified the financial health of primary customers as the top industry concern, totalling 54 percent.

“This is a reflection of the poor state of Zimbabwe’s economy. Retail sales in Zimbabwe slumped 30 percent in February, compared to the previous month, while 15 factories in the metals and engineering industries closed in the period, according to the country’s government,” he said.
Thirty-nine percent of respondents identified government regulation as one of the top five industry concerns.

This comes as the Lynton-Edwards Stockbrokers (Les)’s latest Investor Alert report noted that the on-going succession battles in the ruling President Robert Mugabe-led Zanu PF have taken a toll on the economy, with the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) extending losses.

According to the Les report, the bourse experienced its worst performance in October after it tumbled by -8,89 percent, surpassing the year’s record loss of -7,13 percent registered in March.