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Sunday, 31 August 2014


The Zanu-PF Mashonaland West Provincial Youth League executive yesterday suspended its chair, Cde Vengai Musengi, on allegations of misusing party funds — though the youth leader immediately dismissed the decision as unconstitutional.

Cde Musengi and his deputy, Cde Joseph Nyariri, were suspended after the executive met in Chinhoyi and agreed with the main provincial committee led by Cde Temba Mliswa that the two were also behind leaking a classified letter to the media.

The executive immediately co-opted Cdes Dominic Muza and Malvin Kanhamo as substantive chair and deputy, respectively.

However, there were indications from Politburo members in the province that the youths did not form a quorum until they “co-opted” new executives and thus the whole procedure breached Zanu-PF’s constitution. Cde Musengi also said the meeting did not constitute a quorum.

He said Cde Mliswa hastily organised the “improperly constituted” gathering to bar him from briefing President Mugabe on the goings-on in Mashonaland West when the First Secretary returns from his State visit to China.

Describing the suspension as “null and void”, Cde Musengi vowed to press on with exposing alleged wrongs in how the province was being run.

Last week, Cde Musengi said he was being victimised for supporting First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe’s nomination to the post of Women’s League Chair after the main provincial executive suspended him a fortnight ago.

But in a statement last night, Zanu-PF Mashonaland West youth spokesperson Cde Mernard Waneke said yesterday’s meeting constituted a quorum.

He said Cde Musengi had wrongly accused the province of not supporting Amai Mugabe, adding that the meeting had endorsed President Mugabe as Zanu-PF Life President and First Secretary. “Contrary to media reports, please be advised that at a meeting of the Mashonaland West Provincial Youth League Executive Committee, herein referred to as ‘the committee’, convened on Saturday 30th August 2014 at the Zanu-PF office in Chinhoyi which lasted close to six hours, the committee, constituting a quorum of twenty-two (22) members of the thirty-seven (37) it composes; two (2) having been ascended to National and the other one (1) being Cde Musengi, resolved the following: “To uphold the suspension of the Provincial Youth League Chairperson, Cde V. Musengi pending the outcome of his disciplinary hearing with the realisation that one is innocent until proven guilty.”

Cde Musengi said the suspension was calculated to bar him from briefing President Mugabe.
“All this is the work of Temba Mliswa. He does not want us to meet the President because we want to brief him on the problems affecting the party in the province. The meeting was unconstitutional because out of 36 youth league executive members from the province, only 15 attended, yet a quorum should be made up of 22 people. The other people who attended are not executive members from the province and some of them are the same people who were co-opted into positions to make the quorum.”

Efforts to get a comment from Cde Mliswa were fruitless last night. The recent Youth and Women’s League conferences were reportedly blighted by infighting pertaining to Amai Mugabe’s pending ascension to ruling party office. In Harare, the provincial youth chair, Cde Godwin Gomwe, has said senior party officials are tearing Zanu-PF apart by opposing Amai Mugabe’s ascendency.

He named Politburo members Cde Tendai Savanhu, national Secretary for Administration Cde Didymus Mutasa, Central Committee member Cde Noah Mangondo and provincial chairman Cde Amos Midzi as using money to create confusion in the party.

The fallout has also resulted in intra-party violence, which has been reported to the police though it could not be ascertained by last night if any arrests had been made yet.


A 46-YEAR-OLD school headmaster from Gweru committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a moving bus while running away from his wife, following a misunderstanding over his transfer to a new school in Lower Gweru.

The man, Jabulani Hove of 4850 Mkoba Village 9 high density suburb, who was a headmaster at a local school, allegedly committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a moving bus owned by Sino Cement Company, which was being driven by Mr Movern Kadzombe, while his wife was giving chase following an altercation.

Midlands police spokesperson, Inspector Joel Goko confirmed the incident which occurred two weeks ago at around 6am at Mkoba Village 12 turn-off along Hamutyinei road in Gweru.

“I can confirm that we are investigating a case in which a 46-year-old man from Mkoba was knocked down by a bus owned by Sino Cement Company on 12 August this year at around 6 am.

“Circumstances are that Hove was hit by a bus at Mkoba Village 12 turn-off along Hamutyinei road. He sustained a fractured skull and a broken leg as a result of the accident and he died on the spot,” he said.

However, sources close to the family alleged that Hove and his wife had an altercation in the morning after the man allegedly refused to go to Lower Gweru where he was supposed to assume duty as the new headmaster at a school there.

“Hove was recently transferred to Lower Gweru where he was supposed to assume duty as a headmaster at a local school. He, however, refused after he heard that the previous two headmasters at the school had died under unclear circumstances,” said the source.

It is alleged that Hove and his wife had a misunderstanding over the matter resulting in the now deceased leaving the house before running towards the main road.

She chased after him and the two had a little scuffle while she was trying to stop him.
Hove allegedly threw himself in front of a moving bus. He had earlier attempted to throw himself in front of a moving car which avoided him before the bus, which was behind the vehicle, knocked him down.

“She tried to chase after him but failed to catch up. Hove was then knocked down by a bus and he died instantly,” said the source.

Hove, the source added, had suicidal tendencies and his wife suspected that he wanted to commit suicide resulting in her chasing after him. sunday news


SIX Americans cheated death yesterday after a helicopter that was supposed to fly them above the Victoria Falls had a false start and crash-landed barely thirty metres from where it had taken off.
Janice Mitchel, Elizabeth Hamilton, William Leur, Elizabeth Benevides, Debbie Lonechamps and Stephanie Black all walked from the crash site unaided.

Of the six, four were whisked away to their hotels soon after receiving first aid, while two others had to be taken to a private hospital where they were checked and discharged.

According to a Press statement released by Zambezi Helicopter Company public relations manager Mr Clement Mukwasi, the helicopter performed a hard-landing immediately after take-off and the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe is investigating the cause of the accident. “At approximately 11.30am this morning, one of the helicopters operated by the Zambezi Helicopter Company REG: ZSCA performed a hard-landing.

“All six passengers and the pilot walked safely away from the landing unaided. Two have gone to Medicare Private Clinic for further assessment.

“The helicopter has sustained some damage, and all relevant authorities are currently investigating the cause of the accident. Flight operations will commence on 31 August,” the statement reads.

The Flight of Angels is the most popular activity in Victoria Falls and enables tourists to view the falls from above in the special rules aviation area which is shared between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe has two companies that offer the activity while Zambia has three.


SIX people died on the spot yesterday when a Mazda Bongo lorry they were travelling in collided head-on with a Kukura Kurerwa bus along Gweru-Shurugwi Road near Guinea Fowl High School on the outskirts of Gweru.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident which occurred at the 13km peg along Gweru-Shurugwi road at around 11.30am.

Chief Supt Nyathi said the Gweru-bound lorry had six people on board, while the Chiredzi-bound bus had 65 passengers when the accident occurred.

“I can confirm that six people died in an accident when a Mazda Bongo lorry they were travelling in collided head-on with a bus along Gweru-Shurugwi Road.

“Circumstances are that the driver of the lorry lost control of the vehicle on approaching the 13km peg and he encroached into the right in front of an oncoming bus resulting in the head-on collision.

“One person who was in the bus sustained minor injuries and was taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital where he was treated and discharged,” he said.

Chief Supt Nyathi said the bodies of the victims were taken to the same hospital awaiting postmortem. He appealed to motorists to abide by the road speed limits as well as ensuring that their vehicles were roadworthy.

A witness, Mr Charles Chisi, said on approaching the 13km peg, the driver of the lorry tried to overtake a commuter omnibus and encroached into the lane in front of an oncoming bus.

“The driver could have been exceeding the road speed limits because he had just overtaken another vehicle before he tried to overtake a kombi.

“The driver of the lorry, who was coming from Shurugwi direction, tried to overtake a kombi but realised that there was an oncoming bus. He tried to get back to his lane but the vehicle veered off the road.

“He then tried to control the vehicle back into the road but he lost control of the lorry resulting in the head-on collision,” he said. sunday news


Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr Gideon Gono says he does not belong to any faction in Zanu PF.

“I did not come here as a member of a certain faction. Hapana mafactions pano. VaGono havasi vefaction. (There are no factions here. Gono is not about factionalism.) I have been longing to speak publicly; the last time I spoke publicly was when I was still the RBZ Governor and I want to emphasise that I belong only to President Mugabe’s faction and Zanu-PF political party in its totality.

“Hatina kuuya pano tichiti uyu ndeuyu achazorwisa uyu; ngatiite zvinhu zvinovaka (we have not gathered to prepare for fights, let us focus on development),” said Dr Gono, whose second term at the central bank expired last November.

Dr Gono openly expressed his desire to be Buhera Senator, but said he would respect  party procedure on the matter.

“It is not yet ripe for me to become your leader, let us wait for all the necessary procedures to be completed. We need to follow the party protocol until such a time the party leadership confirms me.”

Didymus Mutasa while speaking at the memorial service of national hero Cde Kumbirai Kangai in Glen Forest, Harare, yesterday, voiced his support for Dr Gono and declared he would not rest until he was confirmed a Senator.

“We are fully behind you VaGono; the people of Buhera need you. Pane makwikwi ari mumusangano mazuva ano (there is contestation in the party today), with some throwing spanners along the way but we will not rest until you is ready for political office and is prepared to lead the people of Buhera if all relevant procedures to facilitate his entry into the Senate are completed.

Zanu PF spokesman, Rugare Gumbo weighed in: “Cde Kangai knew the party protocol. Chaakutinetsa ikozvino ndaana mafikizolo vasingazive gwara remusangano; munhu anongobuda achingoropota asingazive kuti vakuru vemusangano ndaanani, uye vanobatwa sei. (The problem we have is that of newcomers who do not know how the party works; people who just emerge and talk a lot without knowing who are the leaders of the party and how they should be treated).

“During the struggle we learnt that as leaders we should not put personal interests in front. Instead, we should extend the interests of the masses.”


The 1987 National Unity Accord does not reserve the Zanu-PF National Chairmanship for a former Zapu member inasmuch as the President’s post is not solely for ex-Zanu stalwarts, a senior Government and ruling party official has said.

Zanu-PF is scheduled to hold its elective National Congress in December, with all posts up for grabs.
This has seen party bosses jostling for positions, with some senior officials saying the Unity Accord reserved one of the two Vice-President’s posts and that of National Chair for officials who belonged to Zapu.

The Unity Accord brought together Zanu and Zapu under Zanu-PF. In an interview with The Sunday Mail, Government spokesperson and Zanu-PF Politburo member Professor Jonathan Moyo — who is Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister — said the Unity Accord did not cater for transient personal ambitions.

He also said while the President’s post was similarly not reserved, it was “folly” to think President Mugabe would be unseated at Congress as the electorate had just given him an overwhelming mandate to lead Zimbabwe until 2018.

“Anyone who over the years has had audience with key architects of the Unity Accord, including President Mugabe, would be aware of the actual position regarding the current four top posts in the Zanu-PF Central Committee, namely those of President and First Secretary, two Vice-Presidents and Second Secretaries and National Chair.

“The actual position is that the post of President and First Secretary was and is not reserved for either former Zanu or former Zapu but is open to be filled by the best candidate from either side.

“On the two Vice-Presidents and Second Secretaries, the fact of having a provision for two VPs meant that they could not both be from one side.

“Like that of the President and First Secretary, the post of National Chair was — as it still is — open to be filled by the best candidate and not reserved for either side.”

Prof Moyo said late national heroes Cdes Joseph Msika and John Landa Nkomo rose to National Chair, and later to VP, on merit — not because they were ex-Zapu.

“The same goes for President Mugabe. He has filled the post of President and First Secretary of Zanu-PF not because the post is reserved for former Zanu but because he is the best to fill the post on the basis of his leadership in the nationalist movement, liberation struggle and Government since our independence on the basis of the electoral mandate he has received in accordance with our Constitution.

“It would be absurd to claim or believe that, as some kind of gentleman’s agreement or understanding, the Unity Accord permanently consigned the nationalist leadership who were formerly in Zapu to second fiddle roles in Zanu-PF by reserving for them only the posts of one VP and National Chair, while permanently preserving for the nationalist leadership who were formerly in Zanu the posts of President and First Secretary and of the other Vice- President.” Prof Moyo said it was “unfortunate” that some people were interpreting the Unity Accord “in terms of the political identity of the occupant of this or that leadership position in the party or Government in relation to their status in the former Zapu or former Zanu”.

“This is unfortunate because the Unity Accord was less about two or four positions and more about the enduring values and principles that should unite and govern our nation as a gain of the liberation struggle that was led by Zapu and Zanu which are now united as Zanu-PF.

“It must be understood that the Unity Accord was not a personal agreement to benefit individuals nor was it an inter-party deal just to benefit two political parties, nor a tribal pact to benefit this or that tribe or region . . .

“This is why the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo was not Father Zapu or Father Matabeleland but Father Zimbabwe, as the founding nationalist leader of our Second Chimurenga. As such, the Unity Accord was not meant to be a temporary agreement to address issues only limited to the personal interests of some individuals or concerns of the moment without any bearing on the stability and prosperity of our republic in terms of its permanent human, security and economic interests.”

He said some people gunning for leadership at the Congress were making “outlandish” claims relating to the Unity Accord to further their campaigns.

On a possible challenge to President Mugabe’s position at the helm of the ruling party in December, Prof Moyo said: “It would be extreme folly for anybody in Zanu-PF or anywhere else to imagine they can even contemplate using the forthcoming party’s Congress to one way or another, directly or indirectly, undo the five-year mandate that the electorate — not Zanu-PF but the electorate — gave President Mugabe on 31 July 2013 to lead and govern our country until 2018.

“Until then, President Mugabe has work to do to lead the turnaround of the economy which he pledged to do under the banner of indigenisation and economic empowerment whose implementation is now fully under way to improve the livelihoods of Zimbabweans.”

He said any expectation of dislodging the President outside of an election was a “pie in the sky” and those of such a perspective were better off “eating humble pie”.

Saturday, 30 August 2014


The prime minister of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho has fled to South Africa, alleging a coup by the army and saying his life is in danger.

Speaking to the BBC, Thomas Thabane said he would return from South Africa, which surrounds Lesotho, "as soon as I know I am not going to get killed".

Reports say the capital, Maseru, is now calm after soldiers seized buildings. The army denied staging a coup. Lesotho has seen a series of military coups since independence in 1966.
Mr Thabane has headed a unity government since, but suspended parliament sessions in June amid feuding in his coalition. He denied accusations that his actions had undermined his government.
Mr Thabane said the army had rendered the government "dysfunctional", an action that amounted to a coup.

"I have been removed from control not by the people but by the armed forces, and that is illegal," he said. "I came into South Africa this morning and I will return as soon as my life is not in danger. I will not go back to Lesotho to get killed." 
Residents and diplomats said that heavily-armed soldiers had surrounded State House and also occupied the main headquarters of the police force, which is loyal to Prime Minister Thabane.
The diplomats said that the army was mostly loyal to Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, who had vowed to form a new coalition that would oust Thabane, who in June suspended parliament to avoid a no-confidence vote.

Giving its version of events, the Lesotho Defence Force denied attempting a coup against Thabane, saying it had moved against police elements suspected of planning to arm a political faction, an army spokesman said.

"There is nothing like that, the situation has returned to normalcy ... the military has returned to their barracks," Major Ntlele Ntoi told Reuters. He added the military "supports the democratically-elected government of the day."
Ntoi said one soldier and four police had been injured during the army action.
Diplomatic sources said the army made its move after the prime minister had fired the army commander, Lt.-Gen. Kennedy Tlali Kamoli. The army spokesman said Kamoli was still in charge of the military.
Residents said the streets of the capital were calm, although some shops remained closed.
South Africa and regional grouping SADC were expected to issue a call for calm and warn the Lesotho political rivals that no unconstitutional change of government would be tolerated.




Starford Machirori (47), a State security agent based in Masvingo has been sentenced to six months in prison after he pleaded guilty to negligent driving that killed George Matirinye.
Magistrate Tafadzwa Mhlanga slapped Machirori with an effective three-month sentence after suspending another three months.

It is the State case that on May 11, 2014; Machirori was driving his Toyota Chaser along Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe Highway at an excessive speed when he knocked down Matirinye who was riding a bicycle in the same direction with Machirori.

The accident happened at the 10km peg and Matirinye died on the spot. Prosecutor Shamiso Masukume told the court that it was because of the excessive speed that Machirori failed to control his vehicle.

Colleen Maboke of Ruvengo and Maboke Legal Practitioners who pleaded for a more lenient sentence told the magistrate that there were several cases of that nature where offenders were asked to pay fines by the courts or cautioned and discharged.

Maboke also argued that Machirori showed a lot of remorse for the death when he helped with funeral expenses as a way of sympathising with the family.

However, Magistrate Mhlanga pointed out that taking away someone's life due to negligent driving was a serious offence and said an effective jail sentence should be given. mirror


A 12-year-old boy in Mabvengwa Village in Marange area who insulted an elderly woman is now living a nightmare as he is being peltedwith stones and feels like someone is strangling him.
The Grade 5 pupil and his grandmother have since sought refuge at an apostolic sect shrine about 40km away from their home in Mabvengwa.
Villagers say trouble started when the boy scolded an elderly woman in the community and she told him ‘uchazviona’  . . .  ‘You shall see.’
 “It started about two weeks ago and it is painful. I sometimes fall after being pelted unawares. At times, I am strangled by the neck and freed later when almost giving up,” the boy said.
Although efforts to get a comment from the boy’s father who is understood to be based in East London, South Africa, were fruitless, his granny was at a loss for words in describing her grandchild’s condition.
Mbuya Janet Muchaonyerwa nee Kambarami said the situation had improved since they visited the church shrine, but expressed fear that the unseen assailants might torment the young boy once they return home.
“I have never seen anything like this in my whole life. It is frightening and disgusting. Since we came here, things have improved as it only happened once last Friday, but we fear that the moment we get back home, it will start again,” she said.
Asked on whether they knew the reason the young boy had suddenly gone through this nasty experience, Mbuya Muchaonyerwa insisted that this must have come as a result of ‘issues’ in the family.
She does not buy the notion that her grandson’s condition came after he scolded an elderly lady in the community and the lady told him that ‘uchazviona’ (you shall see!).
“Well, I do not think it is proper for anyone to say this condition came as a result of the young boy scolding an elderly woman. In fact, the confession by the boy that he scolded a certain elderly lady came under duress. They (male elders in the family) threatened him until the child said he scolded a certain old lady who then told him ‘uchazviona’ .
“As a daughter-in-law in this family it is really difficult for me to point fingers at people, but I am convinced that it is within the family.
“This is something that came as a result of an elderly person in the family who must have used juju or goblins in his life.
“In fact, the babamukuru you met at the homestead will have his home cleansed in weeks to come. At one point he refused to have traditional healers or apostolic church prophets cleanse his home, but this time he agreed to have them visit his home,” she said.
The eldest grandfather in the family, John Muchaonyerwa, said the condition must have come as a result of the young boy scolding an elderly lady.
“We know from way back in this area that young men would end up with swelling tummies each time they got out to steal honey. They would not be helped until they said out the truth. I think this is the same with my grandson. He actually confessed that he scolded a certain lady and was warned uchazviona.
“It is unfortunate that I cannot divulge the identity of the lady in question because that will be tantamount to accusing someone of witchcraft. There are normal procedures that we follow and I hope we will be able to do that in time.
“It is also unfortunate that when you are the eldest remaining family member people are quick to say that you are aware of what is going on.
“They forget that at some point they will also become the oldest in the family. As a family we have our properties and my children are well educated with one of them a professor.
“Naturally, people would want to point fingers simply because we have achieved more in life. However, it might be true that someone could have done something, but my hands are clean. With quite a number of learned sons with many degrees, one might not be sure whether these degrees were attained in a legitimate manner. In fact, when I went to check on the young boy’s condition yesterday I also gathered that some people think the boy’s own father has something to do with his son’s condition.
“So it is a tricky situation that needs to be handled maturely,” he said.
Asked whether there have not been any other calamities in the family, the 66-year-old Sekuru Muchaonyerwa said all had been well despite himself having lost two wives.
“Well, we all know that people die and I have even lost two wives, but that is only natural. We have never had ill-omens in our family,” he added.


ZANU-PF legislator for Mhondoro-Ngezi Mike Gava’s wife allegedly assaulted a woman she suspects to be in an adulterous relationship with him after spotting her wearing her golden watch.The MP’s wife Tendai Wenyika suspected that the legislator took her watch and allegedly gave it to his mistress Belinda Cele.
This emerged yesterday at the Harare Civil Court where Cele was seeking a peace order against the MP’s wife  whom she said physically abused her at the just-ended Zanu-PF Youth League conference  after accusing her of having an affair with the MP.

According to her application filed at the Harare Civil Court, Cele said she was verbally attacked by Wenyika and her gang at the Zanu-PF Youth League conference. “I was verbally attacked and almost physically violated by Wenyika at the just-ended Zanu-PF Youth League conference.

She approached the vehicle I was in and started accusing me of having an affair with her husband,” reads part of Cele’s application. Cele said Wenyika threatened to beat and kill her for sleeping with her husband.

“She further went on to call her two friends who assisted her in physically abusing me to teach me a lesson”. Cele said Wenyika also threatened to kill her.

“I am well informed that she has a relative working at Econet who assisted her in gaining access to my personal contact number which she is using to harass me continuously,” reads Cele’s application.
Wenyika denied the allegations and accused Cele of being in an affair with her husband.
According to her opposing affidavit, Wenyika said the matter should be struck off the court’s roll as the applicant was approaching it with dirty hands since she was having an adulterous relationship with her husband.

“The complainant has approached this honourable court with dirty hands seeking a peace order from me yet she is the one who is in an adulterous relationship with my husband to whom I am legally married,” reads part of the opposing affidavit.

Wenyika said on the day in question at the youth league conference, she saw Cele wearing her wrist watch – a white and gold swatch watch that she had purchased in South Africa for R5,800, which her husband had taken from her three weeks back.

“To my mind it could not have been a mere coincidence that his girlfriend would have an identical replica of a watch with the same brand that appeared exactly like mine. I asked Miss Cele civilly while we were still at HICC as she was seated behind me where she had bought her watch and she told me in Dubai. We did not discuss further as she hastily changed seats,” reads Wenyika’s opposing affidavit.

 Wenyika said while outside the HICC, she saw Cele seating in her husband’s car. “I went over and I asked her why she was intent on wrecking my marriage, making public appearances in my husband’s car and furthermore why she would wear another woman’s watch.

“It is true I called a friend to come and confirm that the watch was mine and we requested to have the watch back and she surrendered it voluntarily and at no point did we manhandle Miss Cele neither did we make threats to her in any way,” reads Wenyika’s opposing affidavit.

Harare Civil Court magistrate Babra Masinire deferred the matter to Tuesday next week for ruling.


THE skeletal remains of a Bulawayo man who went missing four years ago have been found in a cave by tourists visiting the Matopos National Park. The group rushed to inform police of their grisly find last week.

The police used the man’s cellphone that was found at the spot where the remains were located to trace his relatives.

What could have happened to the man remains a mystery but police are investigating the matter.
His family told Chronicle yesterday that Bazara Bayana, 67, who is a father of 11, went missing on December 20, 2010.

On January, 24, 2011 Chronicle published an appeal the family made to help locate him.
Yesterday, Bayana’s two wives – Gertrude and Eva — said their husband was last seen at Retreat Shopping Centre along Matopos Road four years ago.

Gertrude narrated her shock and grief when on Friday last week, police called her asking if she knew a cell number that later turned out to be her late husband’s.
“I could not believe it. I thought someone was playing a cruel joke on me because my husband had been missing for four years,” she said.

“I then demanded the name of the caller and told him that my husband has been missing for more than four years. That’s when he told me that he was a policeman and wanted us to come and identify a body that had been found in a cave”.

An emotional Gertrude said the discovery of her husband’s body evoked mixed feelings in her.
“I prayed everyday that we at least get something that would give us closure. So even though I’m mourning my husband, I am relieved and happy that the Almighty has answered my prayers,” she said.

His second wife Eva said police were investigating circumstances surrounding his death.
“We are not yet clear as to what exactly transpired. Police are still doing their work,” she said.
Eva said they were making preparations to bury the remains.

“He was a good husband and father. He never smoked or drank beer and was always thinking about providing for his family,” she said.

 Other family members said they positively identified Bayana’s clothes at the United Bulawayo Hospitals on Wednesday and were making arrangements to bury him.

“We identified the jacket and shoes. I did not see  the cellphone but I understand the police used the sim card to dial the last dialled numbers,” said one of Bayana’s sisters.

Matabeleland South Police spokesperson Philisani Ndebele could not be reached for comment.
In May this year, an Entumbane man reportedly went missing and his decomposing body was found floating in Mazayi River a month later.


Losing Zanu-PF candidate for Hatfield constituency Acie Lumumba yesterday appeared in court on allegation of assaulting a reveller at a city bar.

 Lumumba (26) of No. 16 Westminister, corner Sixth Street and Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Nomsa Sabarauta facing assault charges.Lumumba was remanded to September 11 on US$100 bail. As part of his bail conditions, Lumumba was ordered to reside at the given address and not to interfere with State witnesses until the matter is finalised. Complainant in the matter is Norman Bvikwa (31).

Prosecutor Shambadzeni Fungura alleged that on July 11 this year Bvikwa was drinking beer at King Bar located at corner Sixth Street and Kwame Nkrumah. While enjoying himself inside the bar, Bvikwa was informed that his young brother was in a brawl with other people outside the bar, it is alleged.

The court heard that Bvikwa went outside to investigate but failed to locate his brother.
It is alleged that he decided to go back in the bar and on his way back he was approached by Lumumba who was in the company of three people.

Lumumba accused Bvikwa of being the colleague of the person who had caused trouble outside the bar. Lumumba allegedly introduced himself before slapping Bvikwa. It is alleged that Lumumba’s accomplices joined in and started punching and kicking Bvikwa.

Bvikwa allegedly sustained injuries and was rushed to hospital. He dropped his cell phone at the scene and it was picked by one of the accused. Lumumba was arrested on August 4 and the court is in possession of Bvikwa’s medical affidavit.


MDC-T is struggling to raise money for its congress set for October and has extended the begging bowl to international well-wishers.

Sources said potential financiers have not been forthcoming. MDC-T is broke after it was dumped by traditional Western donors after a humiliating defeat by Zanu-PF in last year’s harmonised elections.

MDC-T spokesperson, Mr Douglas Mwonzora, on Thursday said the failure by Treasury to release money to political parties under the Political Parties Finance Act, put their preparations in disarray. He declined to disclose how much the MDC-T required for congress.

Another party senior executive member, Mr Charlton Hwende, said they would appeal to international well wishers through some money transfer agencies to finance the congress.
“Treasury has not given us money so we are relying on subscriptions and other ways of fundraising,” he said. “That has affected us big time. We must be doing certain things now and even accommodation for our delegates we have to look for another plan because we could not afford certain standards of accommodation.

“But I can assure you that the delegates will be accommodated.” Mr Hwende confirmed on his Facebook page that his party’s accounts were in red.

“We are left with just 70 days before our historic congress without the rebels and in line with our new approach of funding our own struggle, we will soon be launching an appeal for cash donations and in kind towards the congress,” he said.

“We are busy finalising the pay pal, EcoCash and platforms. Those who would like to pledge in kind inbox me so that we can link you with the treasurer-general Mai Theresa Makone.”
Mr Mwonzora confirmed the congress would amend the party’s constitution, a move viewed by critics as a ploy by the party’s leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai to centralise power in his office.
Mr Mwonzora said the amendments were aimed at democratising the constitution and making it more workable.

He said a committee set up to gather public views on the proposed amendments had concluded its consultations and would table them to the national council soon. Mr Mwonzora said the party was already conducting elections at grassroots level while nominations for elected positions would be held early October.

“We have completed all branch congresses countrywide and we are now doing ward congresses after which districts will follow,” he said. “Provincial congresses will be completed in September followed by nominations for elected positions in October.”

The MDC-T congress is scheduled for Harare from October 29 to 31. herald


Members of Parliament are stealing from each other important and sensitive documents right inside the august House, a Zanu PF senator has sensationally alleged.

Damian Diamonds Mumvuri, who is Mashonaland Central Senator, made the claims while contributing to debate in Senate on Wednesday on the Report on the First Africa Legislative Summit which took place in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2013.

While debating on the motion, Mumvuri said there was need for the Parliament of Zimbabwe to bring back Parliamentary Constituency Information Centres (PCICs) or even provide offices for each legislator because of the prevalence of “stealing” at the MPs’ pigeonholes.

Most Parliaments worldwide have pigeonholes which are small open-fronted compartments (like letter boxes) in a wall cabinet where deliveries of individual MPs’ letters, documents, papers, notices and even other small items are made.

“Madam President, there is need to resuscitate the PCICs for all MPs and these offices have to be fully equipped and manned by staff paid by Parliament in full,” said Mumvuri.

“Even in this Parliament building, we should have offices, and not only pigeonholes which are not safe to keep our vital information sometimes because
people steal from each other’s pigeonholes.”

Mumvuri added: “This is informal (sic), but it is happening. You find things missing there.”

He was asked by the President of the Senate Edna Madzongwe to withdraw his statements that “MPs steal”, and he complied and withdrew it opting to use the words “ things go missing”.

When NewsDay later asked Mumvuri to further clarify the allegations, he said the “thieving” at pigeonholes was not related to stealing of each other’s valuables, but that some MPs had complained of missing important documents or files that would have been placed in pigeonholes.

Mumvuri said at one time he missed “sensitive” important documents from his pigeonhole.

“It is an allegation, and I have heard some MPs complaining that they have missed their important sensitive documents, Bills and even files that would be put in their pigeonholes,” he said.

“The problem is that these pigeonholes are open and any MP who misplaces their documents or files might be tempted to then take those files from other MPs’ pigeonholes. Maybe lockers or offices for individual MPs are the way to go instead of open pigeonholes.”

Masvingo Senator Misheck Marava (MDC-T), however, said there were no strong cases of valuables that had been stolen from pigeonholes. He said it was impossible for MPs to place valuables there since they were open spaces without lock and key.

“I have heard talk that people take documents from each other’s pigeonholes. However, when a document is missing from a pigeonhole, it is difficult to prove whether it has been stolen or if it was omitted and nothing was placed in that particular pigeonhole in the first place.

“What I can say is that perhaps the incidents where documents might go missing call for security where MPs must have pigeonholes that can be locked so that they can maintain their privacy. The best way to approach this issue is security and maybe the pigeonholes can be designed in a manner that there is a small opening where Parliament orderlies can place the documents inside the locked pigeonhole,” Marava said.

MPs in Zimbabwe used to have PCICs, but these were suspended a few years ago due to financial constraints.

Mumvuri said PCICs were imperative because they enabled Parliament to be accessible to the people as stipulated in Section 141 of the Constitution.

He said a Centre of Parliamentary Studies was necessary as other countries like Nigeria had established such an institution where MPs, staff of Parliament and journalists could be capacitated with information about Parliament.

“In respect of capacitating Members of the Senate and National Assembly, the concept of the Constituency Development Fund should be revived and be fully resourced. It should be accessed by both Senators and Members of the National Assembly and not biased for one person only.” newsday


THE eight women from Robert Martin Gumbura’s (RMG) Independent End Time Message Church, who were early this year charged with possessing pornographic materials, yesterday gave the State notice of their intention to apply for refusal of remand at the next court hearing date.

Through their lawyer Rekai Maposa, the women, some of whom are Gumbura’s wives, told provincial magistrate Tendai Mahwe that the State was reluctant to file heads of arguments in response to their application for a review of their court’s proceedings filed at the High Court five months ago.

The women’s trial was adjourned midway after Maposa cited irregularities in the manner the trial was being conducted and sought to have the matter referred to the High Court for the judges to make a determination.

“The record is before the High Court for review where it was sent five months ago. So far nothing has been done by the State to ensure that the matter is heard at the High Court where the State is yet to file its heads of arguments,” Maposa said.

“Continuously remanding the accused persons when the State has not yet made any efforts to ensure the matter is placed before the judge for hearing is prejudicial to the accused persons. Therefore if the State fails to provide the notice of setdown on the next court date we will apply for refusal of further remand.”

After the application, Mahwe remanded the women to September 30 this year and told the State to ensure something would have been done by that date.

The accused persons Choice Neganye (32), Amadeus Mutakwa (32), Rutendo Sekai Mandiya (28), Pamela Mkandawire (27), Runyararo Musvovi (27), Veronica Mbanga (27), Tendai Kwatara (34) and Moreblessing Takawira (35) are all being charged with contravening the Censorship Act.

However, in their defence outlines, they claimed the allegations against them were instrumented by Gumbura’s adversaries, who were eager to make sure that he was incarcerated with his wives.
According to State papers, the women were allegedly found in possession of 16 pornographic DVDs and 57 photographs of the women posing nude, following a police raid.

The women were arrested after police officers received information claiming incidents of alleged child abuse at their house in Marlborough, Harare. Gumbura is serving a 40-year effective jail term for rape. newsday


A CHITUNGWIZA woman has told the court that her husband bashed her after she demanded that he should stop having sexual intercourse with his new wife as the three were sleeping in the same room.

Stephen Samson (32), who resides in Zengeza 5 with is two wives, pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Musaiona Shotgame this week facing charges of contravening the Domestic Violence Act.

In his defence outline, Samson said his first wife Mary Zulu (17) was jealous of his new wife and was the one who perpetrated violence on him as she was demanding to also have sexual intercourse with him.

“She reported the issue out of anger and because she is jealous of my other wife, I never assaulted her with booted feet or clenched fists,” Samson said in court.

“I wanted the three of us to share the same bed, but she (Mary) could not hear of it, so I slept on the floor with my second wife and she woke us up saying that I should come sleep on the bed as it was now her time to have sexual intercourse with me.”

Prosecutor Wilson Matsika told the court that on August 25 this year at around 0100 hours at the house in Rockview, Zengeza 5, a dispute arose between the accused and his first wife (complainant).

The complainant asked the accused why he was having sexual intercourse with his second wife, Patience Marufu (17), whilst she was sleeping in the same room. This did not go down well with accused person who then allegedly brutally assaulted the complainant using clenched fists and booted feet on her abdomen and back.

Zulu reported the matter to the police, leading to her husband’s arrest. Magistrate Shotgame remanded the matter to another day for judgment. newsday


GRADE 6 pupil at Makuzeze Primary School in Mangwe District stabbed his school mate with an  Okapi knife on the arm following a dispute over a 12-year-old girl. Mbongiseni Tshuma, 13, intervened when he found Alfred Nkomo, 14, fighting his cousin, Thabani Ncube, over a Grade 5 girl.

Mbongiseni ended up on the receiving end and in defence, drew an Okapi knife and stabbed Alfred on the right arm. The incident occurred last Friday.

Mbongiseni, who is expected to appear in court soon, later told his grandmother that he owned the knife and carried it everywhere, including when going to school, for safety reasons. Mbongiseni’s grandmother, Sanali Makombe, told Chronicle that she started looking after the boy when his father passed away some years ago and his mother deserted him while he was eight years old.

She added that she settled Alfred’s medical bill after he was treated at a local clinic. Makombe said she was shocked to learn that Mbongiseni owned an Okapi knife.

She alleged that bad blood between the boys developed last term over a Grade 5 pupil at the same school who is alleged to be Thabani’s girlfriend.

“Alfred who is my neighbour’s son and Thabani, who is my other grandson, had a misunderstanding last term after Thabani received information that Alfred was going after his girl who also learns at the school. They did not fight on that day but I received a report that they were  seen quarrelling and they made promises to deal with  each other.

“Following the incident I talked to my grandson and warned him against being involved with girls at his age. I also made it clear that I did not want to receive any report of him fighting with Alfred over that issue,” she said.

Makombe said she later received a report last week on Friday informing her that Mbongiseni had stabbed Alfred while trying to defend his cousin.

She said she was worried that her grandson was turning into a criminal at a tender age and added that she was devastated by the incident as she struggles to put food on the table or pay her grandsons’ school fees.

“I sent Thabani and Mbongiseni to Ngwanyana Business Centre and the next thing I heard was that they had been taken to the police station after stabbing Alfred. When I asked the two boys what had happened they told me that they met Alfred on their way and he started quarrelling with them.

“This time around their quarrel led to a fight. Mbongiseni said he tried to stop Alfred from beating up his cousin but instead he got a beating himself. That  was when he pulled out an Okapi knife and stabbed his school mate on the arm,” said Makombe. chronicle


THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said yesterday it will not consider party lists for senatorial vacancies submitted before the harmonised elections last year, paving way for former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr Gideon Gono to assume the seat left vacant by the late Cde Kumbirai Kangai.

Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said in response to written questions from our Harare Bureau that they were waiting for fresh nominations from political parties following changes to laws governing party lists.

She said since the Presidential Powers Temporary Measures (Amendment of Electoral Act) Regulations 2013 under which last year’s harmonised elections were held expired in December last year, any vacancies arising thereafter should be filled by fresh nominations.

The Presidential Powers Temporary Measures (Amendment of Electoral Act) Regulations provided for replacement of vacant seats in the Senate and have since been replaced by the Electoral Amendment Act which has been signed into law by President Mugabe.

“The Commission is not as of now able to comment on the eligibility or otherwise of Dr Gono in replacing the late Kumbirai Manyika Kangai in the Senate because it is yet to receive fresh nominations of candidates to fill the vacancy,” said Justice Makarau.

“As you may be aware, all previous nominations and procedures undertaken lapsed with the expiry of the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) (Amendment of Electoral Act) Regulations, 2013 in December 2013.”

The Zanu-PF Politburo approved recommendations by the party’s Manicaland provincial executive to have Dr Gono replace Cde Kangai.

Dr Gono could not take up the seat because the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act that gave legal effect to fill vacant parliamentary seats had expired after their six-month mandatory lifespan.

Section 15 of the Electoral Amendment Act empowers the party holding a seat in respect of party-list members to nominate a “qualified” person to fill a vacancy that might have occurred.

Apart from Cde Kangai, the Zanu-PF party list for Manicaland had Cde Monica Mutsvangwa, Cde Judith Mawire and Cde Mike Nyambuya who all took up their seats.

The remaining two on the party list who failed to make it after two seats went to MDC-T were Cde Shadreck Chipanga and Cde Evelyn Mtetwa, with Cde Chipanga next in line to take up any vacancy.

Section 15 (3)(b) of the Electoral Amendment Act reads: “In the event of a vacancy occurring among the party-list members of the Senate or of the National Assembly, otherwise than through a dissolution of Parliament, the President of the Senate or the Speaker, as the case may be, shall notify the Commission of the vacancy, in writing, as soon as possible after he or she becomes aware of it.

“Upon being notified of a vacancy in terms of subsection (3), the Commission shall without delay — invite the political party in writing to submit the name of a qualified person to fill the vacancy, for which purpose the political party must lodge with the Commission a nomination paper in the prescribed form referred to in section 45E(2), countersigned by any two of the designated national office-bearers of the party referred to in section 38A(1)(a) (or by such other two office-bearers of the political party whom the Commission is satisfied are duly authorised to make the required counter signatures).”


Two of the four prisoners who escaped from Chikurubi Farm Prison early this month after attacking and stripping a prison guard naked were yesterday slapped with a one-year jail term each.Success Chavhakaipa (32) and Nelson Mlambo (21) pleaded guilty to charges of escaping from lawful custody. They appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Vongai Muchuchuti, who sentenced the pair to 12 months each.

In passing sentence Ms Muchuchuti considered that the pair was tortured by prison officers after being apprehended. “The assault was another form of punishment although it is unlawful,” she said.

Ms Muchuchuti ordered Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services officials to ensure that the pair gets medical treatment. In aggravation, prosecutor Mr Desire Chidanire urged the court to impose a custodial sentence.

“Community service is not good enough for the pair. They ran away from prison, what more at community service? The offence was premeditated and a prison term would be a lesson to would-be offenders,” he said. The complainant in the matter is Chikurubi Farm Prison represented by its prison officer Mr Prosper Guni. Mr Chidanire told the court that Chavhakaipa and Mlambo are serving at Chikuribi Farm Prison for a motor vehicle theft offence.

The court heard that on August 4 this year around 7am, Guni booked Chavhakaipa and Mlambo together with two others to cut down trees at Chikurubi Farm.

While the four were busy cutting down trees, one of them grabbed Guni by the neck and three others joined in. They tied Guni’s legs and arms and threatened to kill him if he screamed. The quartet undressed Guni and threw his uniform in the bush. They gagged his mouth with a piece of cloth before escaping.

Other prison officers rushed to the scene and chased the quartet. Chavhakaira and Mlambo were caught hiding in the bush with Chavhakaira already clad in Guni’s uniform. The pair were taken to Chikurubi Farm Prison while the other two are still at large.