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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Tuesday, 22 May 2018




The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC has postponed primary elections in Harare and Chitungwiza provinces to this coming weekend ostensibly to allow formally employed people to vote.
MDC national chairperson Morgen Komichi claimed yesterday that most people in Harare and in the nearly dormitory city of Chitungwiza go to work and, therefore, it would be unfair to conduct polls when they are busy at work.

He said: “Primary elections for Harare and Chitungwiza will be held this coming weekend, as you know that most of the people in these two provinces go to work and we want to allow everyone to vote but there are some wards which voted over the weekend”.

Observers, however, say the move was aimed at quelling tempers and dealing with logistical nightmares encountered by the party over the weekend.

Out of the party’s 12 provinces, the MDC has completed primary elections in eight provinces and is only left with four, namely: Manicaland, Masvingo, Harare and Chitungwiza.
In 72 constituencies out of the 120 where the MDC will field prospective lawmakers, candidates were selected through consensus.

Primary elections are being held in the remaining 48 constituencies.
The other constituencies have been reserved for the other partners in the MDC Alliance.
“…we are happy that the elections are progressing on well,” Komichi told the Daily News.
Asked about the incidences of violence witnessed in various constituencies around the country, the MDC national chairperson said those found guilty of sponsoring mayhem would be disqualified.

“We heard some few cases but we are managing it; we don’t encourage violence, we are going to disqualify anyone found guilty of sponsoring violence. We want to stop this behaviour,” he said.

On Saturday, the party held elections in Bulawayo province, where four constituencies out of a possible 12 were hived-off to the other alliance partners, leaving it with eight. In Bulawayo Central, for example, Nicky Brown was confirmed by consensus to represent the MDC.

The sitting Member of Parliament for the area, Dorcas Sibanda, went through as the party’s proportional representative MP.

In Njube, Gift Banda won the consensus vote, and so did James Sithole (Makokoba), Jack Banda (Luveve) and Kunashe Muchemwa (Bulawayo South). Thabitha Khumalo, the sitting MP for Bulawayo East and acting MDC spokesperson, did not seek re-election after going through as a proportional representative MP.

Elections were, however, held for Magwegwe, Entumbane and Mpopoma. Voting in these elections started around midday, without incident. In Matabeleland South Province, the elections were held on Friday. Out of a total of 13 constituencies in Matabeleland South, six were to MDC Alliance partners, leaving Nelson Chamisa’s MDC-T party with seven.

Primary elections were held in only two constituencies, Umzingwane and Insiza North, which were won by Khumbulani Moyo and David Masuku, respectively.

In the other five constituencies, the candidates were selected through consensus.
The party will be represented in Bulilima East, Mangwe, Matobo South, Matobo North and Gwanda South by Solani Moyo, Vincent Sihlabo, Zanele Dube, Amos Ndlovu and Akim Moyo, respectively. Daily News


The MDC leadership has scrambled to save its relations with one of its long-serving MPs, Jessie Majome, who last week announced she would stand as an independent candidate in the forthcoming elections after citing manipulated party guidelines in choosing candidates for its primary elections.

Yesterday, Majome who insisted her decision to run as an independent candidate for Harare West constituency did not mean she was quitting the MDC, met the party’s president Nelson Chamisa to try and resolve the problem.

Majome told the Daily News that she had been told that MDC national chairperson Morgen Komichi had been tasked to handle the issue.

“I had a meeting with him (Chamisa); he agreed that the party will address the gross irregularities that caused me to withdraw. I am encouraged that the party leadership engaged me,” Majome said.

She, however, expressed shock that Chamisa had not received a letter of complaint she had penned to the MDC leadership highlighting the irregularities.

“He said he did not see my letter which I wrote complaining about irregularities even …Komichi said he did not receive the letter but I delivered the letter to the secretary-general, this issue disappointed me and I was surprised by this.

“I am willing to listen to the party. I really care about this party. The president told me that my issue is now being handled by… Komichi,” said Majome.
Komichi, who is in charge of the MDC internal elections, yesterday said he was scheduled to meet Majome today.

“We are engaging her (Majome). We are making progress on the issue; we are making effort to try and mend a relationship that has gone sour. I am going   to meet her on behalf of the party,” said Komichi.

However, Majome complained that the MDC is taking time to address irregularities in its selection of candidates.

“There was chaos in Harare West over the weekend. There was violence and it’s so sad, the party must address this issue before it is too late,” Majome warned.
Majome recently announced that she was withdrawing from the MDC primary race where she was set to lock horns with microbiologist and former student leader Joana Mamombe.

The veteran lawyer and former Women’s Affairs deputy minister in the short-lived inclusive government, had served Harare West for 10 years on an MDC ticket, and is widely respected for the decent work and engagement with residents in the constituency.

Her sudden withdrawal from the party primaries triggered outrage from the Harare Westerners, as the residents call themselves, who suspect their adored MP was being set up for defeat by the leadership’s preferred candidate, Mamombe. Daily News


Former vice president Joice Mujuru is at loggerheads with her step-children over a Borrowdale house, which the offspring of the late retired general Solomon Mujuru want to have a share of.

This emerged at a family meeting held on Friday at the Master of High Court, where the issue of the sprawling property in the leafy Hogerty Hill in Harare took centre stage.

Mujuru, one of the most decorated army generals to emerge in Zimbabwe, died under mysterious circumstances in an inferno at his Beatrice farm, about 60 kilometres south of Harare, in August 2011.

An inquest held thereafter ruled out foul play in his death.

The widowed former vice president is seeking to retain sole ownership of number 95/96 Powlett Drive, Hogerty Hill in Harare, as the surviving spouse of the late general. But her step-children are claiming this is not her matrimonial home and therefore they also deserve a share of it.

During the meeting, Joice was accompanied by her lawyer, Joyce Sithole, while her late husband’s four children — Tendai, Maidei, Bianca and Takunda — were in the company of their lawyer, Proud Mutuso.

Also present was the executor, Stern Mufara.

It emerged during the meeting that the house had been placed for sale by the executor in a bid to pay off creditors namely: Guy Watson Smith, who is owed $1 490 000, Bindura Municipality, owed $333 000 and Agribank, owed $7 111.

Sithole told the meeting that the Hogerty Hill house was the couple’s matrimonial home and should therefore be retained to her client.

“After her (Joice) appointment as the country’s vice president, a family decision was made for her to move to a much bigger place which would suit her stature and accommodate reception of dignitaries, which saw her moving to number 4 Springfield Road, Chisipite, Harare in 2005,” she said.

She said the house was bought under the name of a company called Snapton Properties (Private) Limited from MacDonald Chapfika and 95/96 Powlett Drive was leased to tenants.

Sithole said her client only left the matrimonial house temporarily and was supposed to be handed over the property as the surviving spouse following the death of her husband.

“She has the right to go back to the house,” Sithole said.

She gave an example of the former vice president Phelekezela Mphoko, who spent a long time staying at the Rainbow Towers in Harare before he moved out to live in a government house.

She said had Mphoko died while they were staying at Rainbow Towers, his wife had the right to retain their Bulawayo house as the surviving spouse.

She went further and also gave an example of the late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s scenario, where he moved to a State-owned house during the government of national unity, when he was prime minister.

Sithole said, the surviving spouse has the right to retain Tsvangirai’s Strathaven home, because it is the matrimonial house.

However, Mutuso, said the issue of the matrimonial home seemed to be an afterthought on Joice’s part, claiming she never raised the issue during the first phases, further questioning if the Chisipite home was also going to be treated as a matrimonial home.

Solomon’s child Tendai, said in terms of the law, a surviving spouse takes the home that she would be staying in at the time of her husband’s death.

Tendai said instead, during the time of Solomon’s death, Joice was staying at number 15 Coghlan Road, Chisipite, Harare and only moved to number 4 Springfield Road after Solomon’s death.

He also demanded cash flow statements on amounts paid in rentals from Solomon’s properties and a list of the movable and immovable assets.

While the Borrowdale house is now likely to be sold to pay off the creditors, Mufara said it was not his intention to have the property sold but to wind up the estate.

He said if the family was to come up with a distribution plan to the beneficiaries and the creditors, he would be glad.

He said if there were other means to pay off the creditors, he will suspend the sale of the house.

Sithole said Joice, had since spoken to Smith about the retirement of his debt, adding that the other creditors could be paid off as well.

But Mufara said he wanted confirmation from Smith on the agreement entered between the parties on how the $1,4 million was going to be paid off.

The next meeting will now be held today, to iron out issues regarding the estate. Daily News


THE MDC-T led by Nelson Chamisa is in trouble after failing to manage its primary elections, leaving most of those who lost in the elections accusing the party leadership of electoral fraud and favouritism.

MDC-T national women’s wing boss Lynette Karenyi, who lost the chaos-ridden Dangamvura/Chikanga constituency polls in Manicaland to former Musikavanhu legislator Prosper Mutseyami, has indicated that she could go it alone if the results are allowed to stand.

“I wish to announce that I will not be accepting any of the results or any means of trying to push me out of Chikanga-Dangamvura in an unfair way. The will of the people of Chikanga must prevail. Not the will of fraudulent people bent on party destruction,” she said.

Karenyi has the backing of party supporters as well as provincial chairman David Chimhini, who have accused Mutseyami of running away with ballot papers before counting.

Chimhini said he was not happy with Mutseyami’s behaviour.

“In ward 17, there was no facilities such as the electricity and the voting did not go well and we have Mutseyami, who put ballot papers in his car for counting. Have you ever heard about that, that a candidate will take ballot papers? It became highly questionable,’’ he said.

Mutseyami referred all the questions to provincial party spokesperson Trevor Saruwaka, who said he was yet to get a report.

In Harare, primary elections were postponed to later dates after supporters had been informed they would vote on Sunday.

In Marondera Central, Caston Matewo was declared winner in a chaos-marred poll, where voting was suspended in two wards at the weekend.

Matewo, who was based in the United Kingdom, beat three other candidates after polling 796 votes.

The primary election was marred by violence after one of the top officials was found in possession of ballot papers.

No voting took place in wards 4 and 5 in Marondera owing to violence.

MDC-T Marondera district chairperson Chengetai Murowa said Matewo was declared the winner and that the MDC Alliance was now campaigning for the candidate.

In Zhombe, former MP Rogers Tazviona, who lost to Zanu PF’s Daniel Mckenize Ncube in 2013 after serving one term, fell to little-known Datsun Mapfumo.

MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, however, said they would emerge stronger from the primary elections if the party does not ignore the complaints coming out of the polls.

“Nobody is against the primary elections. In fact, they are a test of democracy, it is how the elections are run, the rules of the game and if there are complaints, how they are dealt with becomes key. I can assure you that we will deal with every complaint transparently. We are working 24/7 to deliver a clean poll and we have not failed,” he said.

Youth secretary for security, James Chidhakwa said the challenge was that there were people in the party who felt as if being legislators was an entitlement.

“We have been in the party for the past 18 years as the youth wing supporting the same people who now believe that they are entitled to be Members of Parliament, that nobody but them. We are simply saying you have played your part let others takeover and they are crying its unfair,” he said.

Chidhakwa, who faces James Maridadi in Mabvuku, where primary elections were postponed, told NewsDay, the party and those who claim to care about it should allow for renewal and re-energising of MDC-T. Newsday



MHONDORO-Ngezi House of Assembly member Cde Mike Gava has died.
He was 38.

Cde Gava died at a Harare clinic where he was admitted recently.
Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi broke the news of Cde Gava’s death saying the province had lost a courageous and promising cadre.
“It is with sadness that I announce the passing on of one of our own, Honourable Mike Gava this morning.

“Our thoughts are with his family and we will forever cherish his contribution to our party and Parliament as MP for Mhondoro Ngezi. He was a promising young man, very courageous and a true son of the soil.”

Funeral arrangements are still being worked out. Herald


NATIONAL Vendors’ Union leader, Sten Zvorwadza, has been summoned to appear in court on June 1 for trial in a case where he stands accused of threatening to burn Rainbow Towers Hotel in protest over former Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s continued stay at the facility which he claimed burdened the taxpayers.

Zvorwadza, who is represented by Marufu Mandevere yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Francis Mapfumo charged with threats to commit malicious damage to property.
The same case was removed from remand in February last year after State witnesses declined to testify.

Allegations are that on June 26, 2016, Zvorwadza teamed up with three suspected journalists and four other accomplices, who are still at large and picketed in the hotel’s foyer, demanding Mphoko’s eviction.

The State alleges Zvorwadza refused to leave the hotel shouting: “You police are always disturbing my peace and abusing me. I am eating my money but you are after me.”

It is alleged that Zvorwadza closed the main entrance from inside demanding that Mphoko should check out as “he was wasting taxpayers’ money”.

It is alleged Zvorwadza threatened to burn the hotel if Mphoko did not check out by July 1.

Desire Chidanire appeared for the State. Newsday


Workers in the banking sector have issued a two-week ultimatum to their employers demanding a 60% salary increase or they will embark on a strike.

The workers, represented by the Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union (Zibawu) have already rejected a 3,46% increase.

“Following the conclusion of the collective bargaining session in our sector, wherein parties declared a deadlock, we write to serve you notice of our intention to resort to collective job action,” Zibawu secretary general, Peter Mutasa wrote in a letter dated May 18.

The letter, which was addressed to the Bankers Employers Association of Zimbabwe (BEAZ) chairman, Victor Kwezera, said the workers will embark on sit ins or demonstrate if their call for a 60% upward salary review is not conceded to.

“The 14 days’ notice is issued in terms of section 104 of the Labour Act (Chapter 28:01) as amended.

“Upon expiry of the 14 days’ notice and subject to other mandatory provisions of the law, our members will embark on sit ins, sit outs, demonstrations, call for boycotts and any other concerted actions.

“This action can be averted if you accede to our 60% salary increase demand or opening of negotiations for a respectable salary increase well above your 3,46% offer,” Mutasa said.
At least 3 700 non-managerial workers such as messengers, tellers, customer service officers, loan officers and exchange control clerks among others are set to embark on industrial action.

The Zimbabwe banking sector has a staff complement of about 4 000 workers.

Kwezera acknowledged receiving the letter, saying he was working flat out to deal with the issue.

“They actually wrote the letter to me as the BEAZ chairman,” he said.

“I am currently working on the response with my colleagues.”

Kwezera was not at liberty to comment on the issues raised by the employees, saying he was still consulting the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe.

“Remember, we are a committee that reports directly to the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Zibawu said the least paid bank worker gets $636 per month. Newsday


FORMER President Robert Mugabe’s family business, Alpha Omega Dairy (Pvt) Ltd, has been taken to court by a local property consultancy firm, Levgal Investments (Pvt) Ltd, over a $29 000 rental debt at its rented premises in Harare’s Southerton industrial area

According to summons issued last Friday, Levgal Investments, through its representative, Dawn Property Consultancy cited Mugabe’s firm Alpha Omega Dairy, two senior employees Stanley Nhari and Joseph Zirebwa as respondents.

The Mugabes are yet to enter appearance to defend the case. According to court papers, Nhari and Zirebwa allegedly signed a deed suretyship binding themselves as co-principal debtors to pay $442 every month for the former First Family’s business.

“On October 11, 2012, the plaintiff (Levgal Investments), and the first defendant (Alpha Omega Dairy) entered into a lease agreement. The terms of the agreement of the lease were inter alia that; the first defendant would lease from the plaintiff, immovable property known as Stand No. 3246 Salisbury Township, 30 Simon Mazorodze Road, Southerton, Harare, Zimbabwe,” the firm said in its declaration.

“….In addition to the basic monthly rental, first defendant would pay a monthly sum towards operating costs of the property.”

According to the terms of the lease, monthly rentals were supposed to be paid in advance to Dawn Property Consultancy, free of exchange and bank charges and without deduction whatsoever on or before the first day of every month”.

But, Mugabe’s family business allegedly failed to meet its contractual obligation, prompting the consultancy firm to approach the court for recourse.

“In compliance with the agreement, plaintiff gave vacant possession of the property to the defendant, which property first defendant remains in occupation of.

“In breach of the agreement, however, first defendant failed, refused and/or neglected to pay monthly rentals and operating costs timeously and to that end is in arrears to the plaintiff of the sum of $29 134, 22,” the firm said.

The consultancy firm is now seeking to recover the full amount owed and wants Mugabe’s company evicted from the property. Newsday 


 The security of Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) website, where prospective voters can check whether their names appear correctly on the voters’ register, is under the spotlight, as the platform used has low security and is susceptible to hacking.

The site,, is on what is known as a Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (http), which is used to transfer data from the server to the user’s browser using the internet.

As a result, the vulnerability of http to cyber attacks, later websites, especially those that carry personal information, now have what is known as a Secure Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (https).

According to; “https is the secure version of http the protocol …’s’ at the end of https stands for ‘secure’.

“It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.”

Browsers like Google Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox, the most preferred web browsers, now warn users of insecure websites.

The Verge, an ICT website, said: “https encryption protects the channel between your browser and the website you’re visiting, ensuring no one in the middle can tamper with the traffic or spy on what you’re doing.

“Without that encryption, someone with access to your router or internet service provider could intercept information sent to websites or inject malware into otherwise legitimate pages.”

The development comes as concerns have been raised over the security of voter registration information ahead of elections.

Opposition parties have raised the red flag over Zec’s failure to reveal where the servers keeping the information are located and the company contracted to manage the highly sensitive information, which, in the event it gets into the wrong hands could be manipulated.

Contacted for comment, Zec deputy chairperson, Emmanuel Magade said he was on a long phone call, and asked this reporter to call after 15 minutes.
Further attempts to contact him were fruitless, as his phone went unanswered.

The inspection of the provisional voters’ roll began on Saturday and prospective voters can check for their details using mobile phone USSD applications, the Zec website and going to inspection centres. Newsday