A war has broken out within the MDC tent. Leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Secretary General Tendai Biti are at each other's throats. The only one smiling is ageing leader, President Robert Mugabe.
Musician Alick Macheso whos is divorcing his wife, Tafadzwa, could be in trouble after his treatment of nhova was exposed. The treatment could be seen as child abuse and Macheso could, possibly, face arrest.
Cuthbert Dube has been re-elected the boss of Zifa to a chorus of boos within the football fraternity. Dube said he was not bothered as the people who voted wanted him to lead Zifa again.
Open war has broken out in the ruling party with the two factions, one believed to be led by Joice Mujuru and another by Emmerson Mnangagwa squaring off. Mugabe is on his last five year term and succession is now on the cards.
Sunday, 26 October 2014
Government has responded by requesting that all health funders submit their salary schedules.
However, preliminary indications show that most executives are reluctant to release the schedules.
Health and Child Care Deputy Minister Dr Paul Chimedza told The Sunday Mail that his ministry sought to verify the financial status of medical aid societies following spirited resistance to new consultation fees.
“We have asked them to give us their salary schedules, but none of the medical aid societies has owned up,” said Dr Chimedza. “Health institutions, especially in the private sector, are folding due to insufficient tariffs being paid by the medical aid societies while the health funders’ bosses are earning between US$200 000 and US$500 000.
“I would rather have a medical aid institution collapse than a health institution because at the end of the day, the common person, who is the contributor, is the one that will suffer without viable health institutions,” he said.
Medical service providers and medical aid societies have been at loggerheads following the gazetting of new consultation fees. Government set the initial consultation fee for general practitioners at US$35, up from US$20, while specialist services were increased to an average of US$120 from US$80.
Ahfoz argues that the fees are too steep. Doctors, on the other hand, want the health funders to stick to the new tariffs. sunday mail
Only the food and beverages sector, which has grown tremendously this year, has shown the clearest indication that its employees will receive the 13th cheque.
Many companies are struggling because of working capital constraints, vicious competition from imports and a general high cost of doing business, with capacity utilisation at its lowest in five years.
The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries 2014 Manufacturing Sector Survey Report shows that industry capacity utilisation declined from 39,6 percent to 36,3 percent.
The report also states that 64 percent of industries are lying idle, forcing companies to shed jobs and adjust business models.
In addition, figures from the Retrenchment Board show that 4 172 people have lost their jobs since January. Business leaders told The Sunday Mail that under-performing companies will not pay bonuses.
Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe (Emcoz) director Mr John Mufukari said, “It is impossible to give a general answer, but the CZI Manufacturing Sector Survey Report gives a very good picture of which sectors of industry are likely to be giving bonuses this year.
“If they are to do they will have to borrow, which is almost inconceivable given the cost of borrowing in the country.”
CZI president Mr Charles Msipa said select companies in the tobacco, clothing and beverages sectors made profits and thus could afford bonuses.
He pointed out, though, that the private sector was not obliged to make the payout.
“It really depends on individual companies; the picture is mixed. It is not 100 percent doom and gloom in the manufacturing industry.
“Some are struggling to pay salaries and wages such that they may not be able to pay their employees bonuses this year. But for those doing well, they might afford.
“Overall, the manufacturing sector has lost competitiveness this year. But some sectors such as the tobacco, selected clothing and beverages sectors are doing better. I am not saying they can and should definitely give bonuses to their workers: I am saying they are in a better position to do so compared to other companies in other sectors in the industry.
“However, an important issue to note is that civil servants normally expect a 13th cheque at the end of the year, but for private companies, it is more of an incentive based on results produced at the end of the year.” sunday mail
The man, Munyaradzi Mutsvene of Mhere Village under Chief Mbosi is said to be haunted by the spirit of Nyasha Shereni whom he allegedly fatally stabbed in the abdomen on 9 January 2011 following a misunderstanding.
Mutsvene and Shereni are said to have had an altercation which degenerated into a fight, resulting in the former stabbing the latter several times in the process ripping open his stomach.
Shereni died instantly as a result of the attack. It is understood that Mutsvene fled to South Africa after committing the crime in a bid to evade arrest.
A source said Mutsvene started having misfortunes in South Africa while at the same time he would see the image of Shereni demanding compensation for allegedly killing him and instructing him to confess.
“When Mutsvene went to South Africa, the spirit of Shereni started haunting him. His family was also being haunted by the spirit which was threatening to cause perennial deaths to the family if Mutsvene refused to confess,” said the source.
Mutsvene, the source added, returned to Zimbabwe this year and handed himself over to the police last week on Tuesday.
“The spirit of Shereni forced Mutsvene to return home and confessed to his relatives that he had killed their relative and offered to pay compensation in the form of cattle and money. Mutsvene also handed himself to the police,” said the source.
Meanwhile, Mutsvene appeared before Mberengwa magistrate, Mr Christopher Maturure, on Friday facing a murder charge.
He was not asked to plead and remanded in custody to Friday. Mutsvene was also advised to apply for bail at the High Court.
For the State, Mr Munyaradzi Ncube alleged that Mutsvene murdered his neighbour, Shereni, following a heated dispute.
Mr Ncube said Mutsvene stabbed Shereni in the abdomen and ripped his stomach open before fleeing.
He said Mutsvene was on the run for three years before handing himself to the police last Tuesday.
The bull which belongs to Kokerai Chebani from Chief Mazvihwa’s area in Zvishavane, later led him to Mberengwa where he found his four other cattle which had also gone missing on the same day as the bull.
The cattle had been stolen by Godfrey Tapera (42) of Village One under Chief Mataruse in Mberengwa.
Tapera appeared before Zvishavane magistrate, Mr Story Rushambwa, on Thursday last week facing charges of stocktheft as defined in section 114 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act chapter 9:23.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge, but was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Tapera will, however, serve an effective 12 years after six years were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
For the State, Mr Stanley Ncube, told the court that on 3 November 2013 Chebani drove his five cattle to a grazing area near his homestead and left them there unattended.
When Chebani later returned to where he had left his cattle, he could not find them and made a police report.
Frantic efforts to find the cattle yielded nothing, leading to Chebani resigning to the fate that his cattle had been stolen.
However, sometime in August this year, one of his stolen beasts, a bull named after one of Chebani’s ancestors in accordance with his tradition, returned home much to Chebani’s surprise.
The bull had been re-branded with a new JC brand, which is the cattle brand for Mberengwa district, but still had some ear marks, Chebani’s unique brand, which he then used to positively identify the bull as his.
After the bull’s return, Mr Chebani closely monitored its movements daily, and one day the animal took off to Mberengwa, where he followed it and was led to Tapera’s homestead.
On arrival at Tapera’s homestead, Chebani was directed to Brookland Dip Tank where everyone in the area was dipping their cattle.
At the dip tank he found his other four beasts being dipped by Tapera who had registered the cattle in his name under cattle ticket number 416693D.
The matter was reported to the police and further investigations established that Tapera had four other stolen beasts which he again had registered in his name under the same ticket number.
This led to Tapera’s arrest, subsequent appearance in court and sentencing. sunday news
Investigations show that this was part of a double-pronged strategy that included challenging President Mugabe’s incumbency at the Zanu-PF Congress in December.
As such, President Mugabe would have first lost control of Zanu-PF, and then lost the State presidency via Parliamentary procedures hinged on Section 97 (Removal of President or Vice President from office) of the Constitution.
This ties in with revelations last Thursday by First Lady and Zanu-PF Women’s League Secretary-elect Grace Mugabe that Vice-President Mujuru, working with other party officials and their private sector financiers, were pushing for President Mugabe’s ouster just a year after he resoundingly won the 31 July election.
War veterans who met the First Lady supported her for fearlessly speaking against attempts to push out Cde Mugabe as Zanu-PF First Secretary and President, and National President.
Section 97 of the Constitution reads: “(1) The Senate and the National Assembly, by a joint resolution passed by at least one-half of their total membership, may resolve that the question whether or not the President or a Vice President should be removed from office for —“(a) serious misconduct; (b) failure to obey, uphold or defend this Constitution; (c) wilful violation of this Constitution; or (d) inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity; should be investigated in terms of this section.
“(2) Upon the passing of a resolution in terms of subsection (1), the Committee of Standing Rules and Orders must appoint a joint committee of the Senate and the National Assembly consisting of nine members reflecting the political composition of Parliament, to investigate the removal from office of the President or Vice President as the case may be.
“(3) If — (a) the joint committee appointed in terms of subsection (2) recommends the removal from office of the President or Vice President; and (b) the Senate and the National Assembly, by a joint resolution passed by at least two-thirds of their total membership, resolve that the President or Vice President, as the case may be, should be removed from office; the President or Vice President thereupon ceases to hold office.”
Zanu-PF sources last week said the initial attempts started under the old Constitution with the US Embassy exploring if MPs would impeach President Mugabe during the inclusive Government era (2008 to 2013).
The plan involved securing key parliamentary posts including that of Leader of the House (House of Assembly) to rally Zanu-PF and MDC legislators to collaborate on the scheme.
In 2009, Vice President Mujuru reportedly met MDC-T women’s assembly chair Mrs Theresa Makone to catapult Goromonzi West National Assembly Member Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga to the helm of the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus despite Zanu-PF having chosen Cde Monica Mutsvangwa.
Cde Mutsvangwa — who beat Cde Nyamupinga in the party primaries — would have landed the post, courtesy of a “gentlemen’s agreement” between the Zanu-PF and MDC-T women’s caucuses to endorse elected candidates without resorting to polls.
However, a poll was uncharacteristically conducted and MDC-T parliamentarians helped secure Cde Nyamupinga’s ascension following VP Mujuru’s meeting with Mrs Makone.
Cde Mutsvangwa told our Harare Bureau last Friday: “I am not a guru on that (vote of no confidence scheme), but the way she fought me is not surprising. From the time we returned from the liberation struggle, we had never had any quarrels.
“I was shocked. I had respect for her, but she decided to sacrifice me. I got 17 votes and Biata got three in the primary. The Vice President said, ‘No, that’s not what I want.’ So she ordered a redo. She said we should vote as MDC-T and Zanu-PF. She had discussed with Makone.” Investigations show that the Americans then tried to build support for a vote of no confidence when the new Constitution was enacted in May 2013, a year-and-a-half after VP Mujuru met former US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Charles Ray secretly on the outskirts of Harare. CIA spy Mr Eric Ryan Little was posted to the US Embassy in July 2013 under the cover of second secretary (parliamentary affairs) ostensibly to recruit as many legislators to the plan.
Since arriving, Mr Little has attended numerous parliamentary sessions to “talent spot” Zanu-PF and MDC MPs likely to divulge party secrets and has met those he identified, promising them funding under the US Ambassador’s Self Help Fund which disburses between $5 000 and $25 000 to selected community projects.
He attended Zanu-PF’s 2013 Annual People’s Conference in Chinhoyi and State events which he used as cover to further engage his targets and link up with other MPs.
Mr Little has met Cdes Beatrice Nyamupinga, Temba Mliswa, Amos Midzi, Simbaneuta Mudarikwa, Paul Mavhima, Enias Damani Diamonds Mumvuri, Daniel Mackenzie Ncube, Joseph Mapiki, Tapera Machingauta, Ladislus Ndoro, Tendai Makunde, David Butau, Byton Mike Musaka and Christopher Mutematsaka. He also met MDC-T legislators James Maridadi, Eddie Cross, Willas Madzimure and Reggie Moyo.
In his meetings with Zanu-PF MPs, Mr Little shuttled between development assistance and national governance issues, and inquired whether President Mugabe would be challenged at the party’s elective National Congress in December and about the succession matrix.
Though the legislators’ co-operation could not be immediately determined, a Zanu-PF provincial chair closely linked to Mr Little told our Harare Bureau that senior party officials wanted to unseat President Mugabe at Congress and replace him with VP Mujuru.
The chair — who indicated that US funding for the project was already available — revealed that he and some of his fellow provincial leaders have been canvassing grassroots support to constitute an Electoral College to oust Cde Mugabe.
Amai Mugabe disclosed the plot, in part, during her countrywide “Meet the People” rallies when she castigated the VP and provincial leaderships of Mashonaland Central, East and West as well as Masvingo, Manicaland, Bulawayo and Harare.
She openly criticised Mashonaland East provincial chair Cde Ray Kaukonde for funding factional activities.
Our source said: “While Amai Mugabe is busy drumming up support for the removal of VP Mujuru, the Electoral College is eyeing to remove the President at Congress.
“The provincial leaders and senior Politburo members in other provinces are uniting behind Amai Mujuru.”
According to the provincial chair, the conspirators expected President Mugabe to sack VP Mujuru and Zanu-PF secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa on his return from Italy last week.
In that case, the VP and her backers would have teamed up with opposition parties such as MDC-T, MDC Renewal and Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, all of which sprang to Cde Mujuru’s defence last week while attacking the First Lady for retracing their formation to the VP’s house.
The provincial chair said since President Mugabe has not fired his deputy, the second option was for VP Mujuru to resign before Congress and leave the party alongside her backers.
“We are ready to pull out of Zanu-PF with the VP. As provincial leaders, we are young radicals. He (the President) forgets that we have the people in the provinces and we can sway them to our direction. We can get funding from the Americans and we can emerge a stronger party after the collapse of Zanu-PF.
“There is backing from senior Politburo members who felt belittled by Amai Mugabe during her rallies.”
Another Zanu-PF source told our Harare Bureau: “The Americans tried to infiltrate by funding Parliamentary programmes. They then sought MPs’ support to remove the President using Constitutional provisions.
“We have always been aware of the plot, which began in 2008. Their idea was to use institutions like Parliament and also work from within the party.”
US Embassy officials have declined to comment, saying they do not discuss “diplomatic activities” in the media. sunday mail
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Grace, who was represented by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Cde Didymus Mutasa, said this at Kriste Mambo High School in Rusape at the institution’s golden jubilee and prize giving ceremony.
Grace said there is need to continue emphasising the entrepreneurial role in all sectors for the country to realise investment and innovation for national growth and prosperity.
The First Lady said the government has come up with the new economic blue print the ZIM ASSET to turn around the country’s economic fortunes, adding that education should be relevant in order for the set objectives to be attained.
Grace commended Kristen Mambo for championing girl child empowerment noting that the new constitution has also given more emphasis to the upliftment of the girl child.
She commended the school for being a leader in academic excellence and for the establishing world class infrastructure.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Provincial Education Director Mr Edward Shumba said schools should equip students with good morale elements for them to be molded into upright future leaders.
The school head for Kriste Mambo Mr Andrew Mvere said the school had gone through a major transformation which has seen a marked improvement in enrolment and the pass rate.
The school which was established 50 years ago by the Dutch Sisters of Charity with an initial enrolment of 50 students has seen the enrolment pattern increasing up to 557 borders and 40 day scholars.
Students who excelled in different subjects were presented with certificates, trophies and cash prizes at a colourful ceremony which was attended by stakeholders from different sectors of the economy.
The First Lady is a product of Kriste Mambo, having passed through the institution in the early 80s.
Dr Mujuru made the remarks during her graduation party held at Dotito High School in Mt Darwin following her recent graduation with a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
This is the first time the Vice President has spoken publicly since the First Lady Grace Mugabe accused her of being corrupt, divisive and linking her to the formation of opposition parties - MDC and Mavambo.
Dr Mujuru said her ambition is to see unity prevail in Zanu PF party, adding that it is disheartening that some party members are wasting time on petty issues.
"Tirikutora nguva yakawanda, yakawandisisa tichiita zvisina mubhadharo. Aiwa, aiwa inini chandavekuda ndakuudzai kuti ndakukwana 60 years, i lucky. Ndine vakoma nevanin'ina vakapatadza.
"Ndirikufunga kuti chandinofanira kuita ndisati ndafa chinoratidza kuti vaMugabe vakadyara mhodzi ino yakabuda yakaita zvibereko, kubatanidza vana vemusangano.
(We are wasting time on useless issues in the party. I am nearing 60 years and I am thinking that before I die I should be able to show that the seed President Mugabe planted in me has germinated and produced fruits through uniting party members)," she said.
She said she remains committed to safeguarding the country’s sovereignty.
Dr Mujuru revealed that she was inspired by President Robert Mugabe to further her education at independence and hailed him for spearheading the country’s education policy that enabled the nation to achieve the best literacy rate in Africa.
"Ndoda kuti (VaMugabe) vaone kuti dzidzo yavakandipa yashanda. Handidi kuvashaisa hope...Dzidzo inofanira kundibatsira kuunganidza nyangwe vasingandifarire hazvimbondirwadza kuti havandide asi pane acha-benefita panezvandakupa ariseri kwako.
(I need to show him (President Mugabe) that the education he imparted in me has been worthwhile. I do not want to give him a headache. Education must help me to unite even with those who might not like me)," said Dr Mujuru.
Speaking at the same occasion, Mashonaland Central Zanu PF Vice Chairman Cde Sydney Chidamba and Zanu PF Politburo member Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu said they are proud of Dr Mujuru’s achievements both as a politician and academic.
The graduation party was attended by several Politburo members who included Cdes Rugare Gumbo, Webster Shamu, Munacho Mutezo, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube and Cde Alice Chimbudzi, Cde Sylvester Nguni, Cde Amos Midzi, Cde Christopher Chigumba, and Cde Fortune Chasi, among other senior party and government officials. zbc
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Mujuru: “Kudzidza hakusi kwekuvhaira nako.”
14:31: Over 12 MPs from the province are present.
14:27: VP calls her O level teacher Mr Matanda and relates how he helped her pass her accounts. Calls her driver and tells of how she told him to speed up to the exam centre when she had forgotten she was due to write an exam. The crowd erupts!
14:25: VP Mujuru explains her war history and says it was Mugabe that encouraged him to join the liberation struggle.
14:19: Mujuru: “I grew up in a family of a lot of girls and my father didn’t believe that a woman can go far. My father’s brother vaivaseka kuti waita musana wakaipa. It is only when he went to the clinic and saw staff were mostly women when he started to believing in taking his girls to school.”
14:16: Readers have been asking if Didymus Mutasa is here. We can confirm that he has not been able to attend but is in a meeting in Nyanga in which he is reading a prepared speech by First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe. Ironical? Yes we are also shocked.
14:07: Prof Chanetsa was her supervisor. Introduces her supervisor heads of research in her department and says they will tell you how I did it. She chants: “Pamberi nekubatana, pamberi nedzidzo. A woman’s first husband chitupa chefundo.”
14:05: VP Mujuru has stands up to speak after dancing with traditional dancers. She invites all with PHDs to join her on the podium.
14:03: Sikhanyiso takes the mic and congratulate VP for being awarded her PHD. He says Mugabe is the forerunner of education and the VP is a product of that. 13:18: Zanu PF Vice Chair of Mashonaland Central: “Hatidi madhonza anoisa ndove pachain. We are proud of her (Mai Mujuru).” Someone shouts: “Havasi stepmother and havasi vetyping school.”
The Vice Chair equates Mai Mujuru to Mbuya Nehanda.
12:36: Mbare Chimurenga choir present.
12:32: New slogans here: Kana Gamatox ichiuraya zvipfukuto pamberi nayo. Manicaland youths singing: “Tengesa uone.” Mai Shamu chants pasi nezvipfukuto and the crowd erupts. Interesting times in Zanu PF indeed.
12:24: Youths from Harare saying nhasi ndezvedu in reference to VP’s PHD qualification.
12:23: Fortune Chasi adds: “Pasi nemazvake mazvake”. Crowd cheers and Midzi takes mic repeats the slogan and the crowd is ecstatic.
12:22: Gloves are off here as the long awaited slogan has been done much to the joy of the swelling crowd. “Pasi nezvipfukuto pasi ne MDC.”
12:15: Women dancing and the MC says: “Nhasi harisi zuva remusangano izuva rekupembera. Tinoda kuita maslogan chaiwo kwete emumusoro medu.” Introductions are being made.
12:09: VP invited children to sit with her at her tent in true Amai fashion, as the Compère shouts “VaMugabe woye, Pasi ne MDC zvese nevazukuru vayo.” VP smiles and seems to be in an ecstatic mood.
12:08: Slogans: Pamberi ne Zanu PF, pasi ne vasingade kubatana nevamwe. Pastor gives prayer and thanks God for the VP’s presence.
12:07: Webster Shamu and Wife arrives.
12:04: Sylvester Nguni and Fortune Chasi are present.
12:02: VP Joice Mujuru arrives to a cheering crowd that is chanting President Robert Mugabe. She seems to be in a good mood as women singing: “Tinofamba namai kuti nganga navo hatidzokere shure.”
11:30: Rugare Gumbo, Elias Musakwa, Chinx Chingaira, Amos Midzi and Christopher Chigumba arrives.
11:26: Police band playing Chinx Chingaira’s song, VaMugabe vakanganisa here kupavanhu minda
11:24: Women wearing Mugabe t-shirts from July 31 election campaign
11:23: A Crowd of about 1500 people including schoolchildren and villagers are here to witness the graduation ceremony
11:22: Graduation party for Mai Mujuru live updated from Dotito gvt school Mt Darwin
His counterpart also from the Roman Catholic-run Empandeni High, Ntandoyenkosi Ndlovu, who impregnated a Lower Sixth pupil at the school, is waiting for a verdict from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.
Matabeleland South Provincial Education Director, Tumisang Thabela, confirmed that a hearing for the teachers had been held.
“The two teachers have appeared for disciplinary hearing and we’re still waiting for a feedback from the head office in Harare. Our office was responsible for carrying out the investigations and compiling a report which we sent to the head office as they’re responsible for coming up with the verdict,” she said.
Nhlanhla Nyoni, the Embakwe High School teacher, was due for a disciplinary hearing recently but it failed to kick off as he appealed for legal representation. He is due for another disciplinary hearing early next month.
Nyoni would allegedly take advantage of his wife’s absence to sleep with her Grade 6 niece who was staying with them while learning at Embakwe Primary School.
Nyoni was exposed after the girl ran away from home to another teacher’s home one night and reported the matter while Ndlovu was exposed after the girl’s school mates told school officials about the secret love affair.
A source close to the investigations, who cannot be named for professional reasons, said: “Ndlovu had denied having impregnated the girl during the disciplinary hearing despite overwhelming evidence which was presented.”
The source said the 17-year-old girl testified that she and the teacher were sexually active resulting in her falling pregnant while her peers testified that their friend was in a relationship with the teacher.
The girl who was supposed to write her final A-Level examinations this year dropped out of the school because of the pregnancy. According to the source, the girl explained during the hearing that Ndlovu sent her to his rural home in order to conceal the pregnancy.
“The girl, who was staying at the school with her mother who is also a teacher, said she and her teacher lover took advantage of the fact that she was not staying at the girls’ hostels to meet at his house in secret,” said the source.
“Ndlovu took the lower sixth pupil and hid her at his rural home in Kezi for two months in a bid to conceal the pregnancy from school officials and his wife who stays in Bulawayo. He convinced her to relocate after promising to marry her.” chronicle
Richardson of Sauerstown was sentenced to an effective 17 years for two counts of armed robbery by Magistrate Trinos Wutawashe at the Bulawayo Regional Court.
Yesterday, Wutawashe criticised the police and the state, while responding to an application by the prosecutor Robin Mukura, for the court to effect three years that were suspended from Richardson’s sentence for a similar crime of armed robbery in 2005.
Mukura tendered a record in court indicating that Richardson was previously sentenced to 18 years in prison for two counts of armed robbery. Three years were suspended from the sentence for a period of five years on condition that he did not commit a similar crime.
After admitting to the extract from the conviction that was read by the prosecutor in court, Richardson pleaded with the court to be lenient.
“If a man has been slaughtered, it would be too harsh to slaughter him again. I pleaded guilty to the charges; I am requesting to be given a chance to restitute the total amount deprived from the complainant, so I can reunite with my family soon,” he pleaded.
Wutawashe had no kind words for the prosecutor and the detectives who overlooked Richardson’s previous conviction. He said the High Court had already approved the sentence of 17 years.
“The state and the police failed in their job. It was the duty of the state and the prosecutor to search for the accused’s previous convictions. The CID did a shoddy job when they compiled the docket. This was a simple docket, I don’t know why the police were in such a hurry to bring it to the prosecutor,” said the magistrate.
He, however, said the sentence given to Richardson was appropriate enough to induce shock and deter would-be offenders.
“I considered that the accused had pleaded guilty and that he had been co-operative with the police. I feel he deserved to be treated fairly. His sentence has already been confirmed by the High Court,” he said.
Richardson was jailed for stealing $1 035 from Alpha and Omega, which sells a range of dairy products. He committed the crime with his alleged accomplice, Khumbulani Mpofu, who is still at large.
The pair pounced on the First Family’s warehouse on September 30 2014, after committing another robbery at a city businessperson, Tonderai Chingonzo’s house nine days earlier. zimbabwe mail