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.


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Tuesday, 21 October 2014


CBZ Bank Limited has taken Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairman Cde Temba Mliswa to court over a $2,7 million debt emanating from loans advanced to the politician’s tobacco company to buy the crop in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

The commercial bank lent Cde Mliswa’s Saltlakes Holdings money to buy tobacco from farmers and the politician bound himself as surety and co-principal debtor. Saltlakes did not pay back the loans as per agreement, resulting in the bank filing the lawsuit in which Cde Mliswa and Saltlakes are cited as defendants.

In the summons filed at the High Court on October 6 this year, CBZ argued that it released $2 million to Saltlakes to finance the company’s business of buying tobacco from farmers.
In terms of the agreement signed by the parties on February 17 2011, $1 million was released to Saltlakes, being a carry-over of facilities from the 2010 tobacco buying season.
Another $1 million was released to Saltlakes as working capital to finance the purchase of tobacco in the 2011 season.

According to the agreement, Saltlakes was obliged to pay back the first loan of $1 million by December 31 2011 and the second one expired on December 31 2012.
It was the parties’ agreement that Saltlakes would pay collection costs, bank charges and legal costs on an attorney and client scale in the event that the bank sued for non-payment of the debt.

The parties also agreed that interest would be charged on the figure. Saltlakes breached the agreement and, despite numerous demands, the company has not repaid the loan.
“The first and second defendants (Saltlakes and Cde Mliswa) breached the terms of the overdraft loan facility agreement by failing to repay the principal amount and interest fully and punctually when they fell due in terms of Clause 9 of agreement,” read the plaintiff’s declaration.

By October 6, interest had accrued and the debt had ballooned to $2 745 092,72.
CBZ wants the money to be paid back with interest calculated at the rate of 28 percent per annum from the date of issuance of summons to the date of final payment.

In a related case, Bak Storage Private Limited is suing Saltlakes for $94 272, being unpaid storage fees for bales of tobacco that were warehoused at Bak Storage’s premises.
In excess of 26 000 tobacco bales were taken to Bak Storage between October 31 2008 and June 2009 as per agreement.

Bak Storage offered some additional services like sewing of the bales, sorting of the bales, handling of the bales and others for a fee. It is Bak Storage’s argument that Saltlakes did not pay the bill despite demand.

That prompted Bak Storage to file summons claiming the money. In response, Saltlakes filed a counter-application demanding payment of $2 million, being compensation for tobacco bales damaged while in storage.

The case is yet to be heard at the High Court. herald


At least 50 police recruits escaped death by a whisker after a tent they were using during training at Lowdale Training Centre in Shamva was struck by a bolt of lightning, injuring three of them last Thursday.

While official figures indicated that there were 50 recruits and three were injured, impeccable police sources at Morris Depot said there were 60 recruits and 15 of them were injured, eight seriously.

The sources said of the eight seriously injured, six were still admitted at Morris Depot Camp Clinic by yesterday, while two were at Parirenyatwa Hospital. The sources said the bolt of lightning struck while the recruits were on a shooting training session.

But police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi yesterday said all the affected recruits had since resumed training. “Three recruits sustained minor injuries and were taken to Parirenyatwa Hospital for further management,” he said.

“They were admitted for two days and later discharged.” The incident involving recruits from Morris Depot occurred between 6pm and 7pm, while the 15 injured were all females.
The number of instructors who were accompanying the recruits could not be established, but seven of the recruits were examined and discharged after their degree of injuries was said to be minor.
Although details were still sketchy by yesterday, police sources said the recruits were conducting a shooting exercise at the farm as part of their training. They were struck by lightning following rains that were experienced in some of parts of the country last Thursday.
The Herald understands that recruits usually undergo one-week training sessions at the farm, conducting shooting exercises with FN rifles and other weapons as part of their training.

This was the first incident in which recruits and members of the police are struck by lightning during training in the country. Several people have been killed, while others were injured after being struck by lightning in recent months and years.

In February this year, several people were left homeless after five homesteads were struck by lightning in Muzarabani. Last year, 38 people were struck by lightning across the country during the rainy season.

Lightning is described by experts as a powerful sudden flow of electricity (an electrostatic discharge) accompanied by thunder that occurs during a storm.
The discharge will travel between the electrically charged regions within a thundercloud, or between a cloud and another cloud, or between a cloud and the ground.

The charged regions within the atmosphere temporarily equalise themselves through a lightning flash, commonly referred to as a strike if it hits an object on the ground.
There are three primary types of lightning: from a cloud to itself (intra-cloud or IC); from one cloud to another cloud (CC) and between a cloud and the ground (CG).

Although lightning is always accompanied by the sound of thunder, distant lightning may be seen, but may be too far away for the thunder to be heard.


Harare City Council has approved a shuttle bus service between the city’s four major bus ranks to improve convenience of the commuting public.

A group of minibus owners is operating the service.

In line with the policy to regulate the movement of public transport, council has designated six pick and drop points to be used by the shuttle service.

Ten minibuses that
clearly marked ‘Shuttle Service’ on the front and rear have been cleared to offer the service.

The shuttle service will pick and drop passengers along Fifth Street at the Fourth Street Bus Rank, Corner Fourth and Jason Moyo, Food world (between Angwa and Orr Street), Chinhoyi and Speke Avenue, Bute and Arbercon Street and at TM Supermarket along Kenneth Kaunda Street.

Drivers of the shuttle service are identifiable by reflector bibs written “Shuttle Service” on the back and front.

Meanwhile council has designated pick and drop points for commuter public transporters using the Bindura, Mazowe, Chiweshe, Shamva and Mvurwi routes.

They will pick and drop passengers at the corner of Sam Nujoma and Fife Avenue.

Commuters and transporters are urged to adhere to the designated pick and drop points to avoid contravening the city by-laws.


A former police officer appeared in court yesterday charged with extorting $5 000 from a Glen View medical doctor.

Basil Kichima (42) appeared before Harare magistrate Milton Serima and was remanded in custody to today when the magistrate is expected to make a bail ruling.

It is the state’s case that on October 9, at around 1600hrs, Kichima and his two accomplices still to be apprehended, allegedly confronted the complainant, Taziva Makata, at his Glen View surgery. They allegedly accused the complainant of buying stolen property.
Kichima and his alleged accomplices produced ‘fraudulent acquired’ ZRP identity cards, and told the medical doctor that they were police detectives stationed at Harare central police station.

They allegedly accused the complainant of purchasing stolen medical equipment, a suction machine for his surgery. After laying the charges, Kichima and his team allegedly ordered the complainant to accompany them to their motor vehicle.

At this juncture, the accused and his accomplices allegedly threatened Makata with unspecified action if he was to resist their demands.

Kichima and his alleged accomplices drove into the city centre with the complainant, and went on to demand an undisclosed sum of money from the medical doctor, for the matter to be swept under the carpet.

The court heard that the accused drove to Pomona food court where the complainant’s wife came with $4 000 that was subsequently given to the accused and his accomplices. After handing over the ‘bribe’, the accused and the complainant proceeded to Barclays bank where the doctor withdrew $1 000 and gave it to the ‘bogus cops’ as part of the bargain.
The complainant was later dropped at Jameson hotel, while the accused and his accomplices drove away.

Makata then reported the matter to the police. Upon arrest, Kichima was found in possession of a police identity card registered in somebody’s name. The state has lined up witnesses to testify in the matter. zimbabwe mail


MDC's Nelson Chamisa has turned to his God as tensions within the party rise ahead of congress.

He wrote :"Jesus Christ, I love you. I thank you Lord for teaching and enabling me to remain calm and silent in the circumstances of great storm and turbulence .I know that the battle is not mine but yours Jehovah.You carry me my Lord!"

Chamisa is said to have confronted MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai over the reported fisaco in Mutare.  He asked Tsvangirai what he had done wrong and if it was true that he (Tsvangirai) had been telling people that there was a near fist-fight between them in Mutare. Tsvangirai responded that there had never been a verbal altercation or finger-pointing but told Chamisa to his face that he had belittled him after refusing to be introduced during the nomination process,” said an insider.
“Chamisa remained stone-faced and the matter died a natural death.”
Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, tried to wriggle out of the issue when askedby the Zimbabwe Mail.

“The president has since dismissed those reports as rumours, he has said there was never an altercation. This is congress time and some people would like to invoke Tsvangirai’s name either to promote or demote certain interests but there is no rift between the two,” said Tamborinyoka without elaborating which platform Tsvangirai had used to express his feelings over the matter.

In a related matter, Tsvangirai yesterday moved quickly to pacify disgruntled ‘prodigal son’ Job Sikhala, whose bid to gate-crush into the top echelons of the party suffered a still birth at the weekend.

High level sources confirmed Tsvangirai had called Sikhala, moments after his MDC-T national executive resolved to confine Sikhala to the lower reaches of the party, “at least up to the national executive and not the standing committee”.

“Tsvangirai called Sikhala and assured him he would do all he can to get him to contest the position he has been nominated for (deputy organising secretary),” The Zimbabwe Mail heard yesterday.


THREE men who protested against the bussing of people to First Lady Grace Mugabe’s rally held in Gwanda last Monday have been spared imprisonment, but will perform community service for 30 days while the trial of a fourth man who refuted the claims began on Friday.

Blessed Sibanda (24), Dumisile Sibanda (18) and Clearance Sibanda (18), all pleaded guilty to charges of public violence when they appeared before Gwanda magistrate Sheila Nazombe.
The three brothers were each sentenced to 10 months behind bars, but were lucky to escape prison life after the magistrate suspended three months on condition that they each pay back the complainant $83 being the value of the damaged rear view mirror of a Toyota Hilux.

The remaining seven months were wholly suspended on condition that each of them completes 245 hours of community service at Makwe Clinic. In sentencing the three, the magistrate took into consideration that they had not wasted the court’s time by pleading guilty.

Prosecutor Edward Ndlovu said last Sunday at around 6pm the three were at Makwe business centre together with Phosani Sibanda who denies the charge, when they got into a scuffle with Sibongile Sibanda and her husband Morgan Sibanda who were organising transport to ferry Zanu PF supporters to Mugabe’s rally.

Sibongile, who claims Phosani is an MDC-T activist, is the chairperson of the United Women Miners’ Association, a shadowy small-scale miners grouping linked to Zanu PF.

“The accused persons, who were also at the business centre, started shouting, accusing Sibongile of organising transport to Grace’s rally and calling her (Sibongile) a prostitute,” the prosecutor said.
“The accused persons and others who are still at large started throwing stones indiscriminately and assaulting people and in the process assaulted Sibongile and Morgan using open hands, booted feet and stones, destroying a rear view mirror of their Toyota Hilux.”

Both Sibongile and Morgan suffered moderate injuries. Phosani told the court police and the army were sent to round up his siblings. He denied the charges saying they were fabricated. southern eye


A WIDOW from Bulawayo’s Pumula South suburb collapsed and later died in hospital after receiving a notice of intention to attach her property from the city council over unpaid bills amounting to $306.

Her family is now blaming the local authority for causing the death of their mother.
Patricia Mpofu, 57, a mother of six, died on Monday last week at Mpilo Central Hospital after council officials handed her a notice to attach her prized four-piece sofa set, four-plate stove and a steel kitchen cabinet.

A Chronicle news crew visited the family yesterday afternoon and found a handful of mourners and relatives who said the old woman was buried at West Park Cemetery on Friday.

Mpofu’s daughter, Siboneni, said her mother was deeply stressed by the notice and could not come to terms with the looming loss of her property, leading to her death. “We’ve been trying so hard to settle the debt and have been paying something every month. The debt would, however, rise each month due to interest.

“When she was informed that she would lose her property she would always say to us her sofas were worth more than $300,” said Siboneni who broke down during the interview.
She could not recall the exact date the notice was served but said it was on a Friday evening when she last conversed with her mother before she collapsed the following day.

“On Friday evening, we sat in the dining room and talked for about an hour, pondering on where we would get the money to save our property. She was so stressed and everyone could see that my mother wasn’t the same person.

“On Saturday afternoon, she said she was feeling hot and dizzy. She called out to me asking for water before collapsing,” recalled Siboneni. She said her mum was rushed to hospital and on Monday, a police officer visited the family, informing them of her death.
The news crew was shown the notice from a council debt collector dated August 13, 2014 with attached bills.

“This is to advise you that in the event of the above case, a warrant of execution/ejectment/delivery, has been issued at the instance of the judgment credit, represented by the plaintiff’s legal practitioners.

“Execution of this warrant will take place at 22232 Pumula South on 13/08/14,” read the notice.

Siboneni said after receiving the notice, her mother went to council offices to negotiate payment arrangements but the officials insisted they would come and seize her property. She said since then her mother’s condition had deteriorated.

Bulawayo Mayor Councillor Martin Moyo could not be reached for comment while the area councillor (Ward 27), Siboniso Khumalo said he was not aware of the incident.
“I’m not aware of the incident but it must be a very painful experience for the family. I’ll definitely visit them and pass my condolences,” said Khumalo.

Council has been widely criticised for attaching property worth more than the debt accrued by residents before auctioning it for a song.

The local authority resorted to dragging thousands of residents to court and attaching property to recover unpaid bills after the High Court ruled against water disconnections.
Some residents have complained about inaccurate meter readings by council, which they blamed for inflated bills. chronicle

Monday, 20 October 2014


A 12-YEAR-OLD boy from Emganwini suburb in Bulawayo allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his mother’s bedroom with a scarf over yet to be disclosed reasons yesterday.

Ferdinand Makonye, a Grade Seven pupil at Senzangakhona Primary School in the same suburb, was found dead in the room by his aunt, Mercy Faranai, who had come from a church service at around 1PM.

When a Chronicle news crew visited the family home at house number 1402, the boy’s body was still tied to a burglar bar with a scarf. Faranai could not respond to questions as she continuously wept.

However, a tenant at the house said Ferdinand was left alone in the house by Mercy around 10AM. “We all went to church leaving the boy alone. When Mercy arrived at about 1PM she went to the bedroom and called Fed twice but got no response,” said the tenant who requested anonymity.

“She then went close to him and noticed that Fed had hanged himself.” The tenant said Faranai came to her screaming and wailing that Fed had taken his life.

“When I went into the bedroom, Fed was hanging with his foot on top of the bed while his neck was tilted towards the curtain. He used a blue scarf to hang himself,” said the tenant.
The tenant could not explain the circumstances leading to the boy’s death.

A neighbour who declined to be named said Ferdinand was a happy boy who used to play with other children.

“I’m shocked and surprised by this incident. The distance between the ground and the burglar bar where he is supposed to have hanged himself is very short. He was a bit taller,” said the neighbour.

Ferdinand’s mother is reported to have visited her husband in Maphisa on Monday last week leaving the children under the care of Faranai and Ferdinand’s elder brother.
Scores of residents including Senzangakhona school teachers had yesterday started arriving at the family home to pass their condolences.

Police took the body to a city hospital mortuary. This is not the first time that a pupil at Senzangakhona Primary School, situated in Emganwini, has “committed suicide”.

In August this year, 10-year-old Zwivhuya Buhle Mlaudzi was found hanging from a tree at her family home. chronicle


A Victoria Falls-bound National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) passenger train derailed on Sunday night with some passengers escaping with minor injuries.

The accident occurred at Mpopoma Siding, a few kilometres from the main railway station. Sources who spoke to Radio Dialogue said they had a loud noises and went out to investigate. “The accident occurred at around 9pm. I was inside the house when I heard a loud noise and I rushed outside to investigate.

“When I got outside I realised the noise was coming from passengers of a passenger train who were scrambling to vacate two of the derailed passenger coaches. Some of the passengers sustained minor injuries,” said the source, who spoke on condition that he is not named. When a Radio Dialogue news crew visited the scene on Monday morning, NRZ workers were busy fixing the damaged rail and attempting to put back the two coaches back on the track.

Contacted for a comment, NRZ Public Relations Manager, Fanuel Masikati confirmed the accident. “The accident took place around 9pm on Sunday. It was a minor derailment, the coaches were later put back on the track. There were no injuries,” Masikati said. In August, 22 passengers escaped with injuries after a Harare-bound passenger train derailed at Heany Junction about 30 kilometres from Bulawayo. Some of the accidents incurred by the railway operator, are as a result of old locomotives that are almost obsolete. Most of NRZ’s locomotives are piling up at its workshops in Bulawayo, with few still on the rail. Radio dialogue


A career diplomat who served in Australia, Sweden, India and Nigeria, Mr Felix Nyamupinga, has died. He was 65.

He was born on 2 July 1949 in Kadoma.Mr Nyamupinga, who was married to Goromonzi East Member of Parliament Beatrice Nyamupinga, died last Thursday of heart attack in South Africa. A family spokesperson and niece, Ms Heather Takaendesa, said Mr Nyamupinga’s body is expected in the country early tomorrow morning. She said the body will lie in state at the family home before burial on Wednesday at Glen Forest Cemetery at 2pm.

Mr Nyamupinga served as a diplomat in Nigeria from 1982 to 1984 before he was posted to India from 1984 to 1987.In 1989 he was Zimbabwe's ambassador to Sweden where he served until 1993 and became the country's envoy to Australia from 2005 until 2012.

He leaves behind his wife, Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga and three children – Rutendo, Wadzanai and Gamuchirai.Mourners are gathered at Number 57, Harare Drive, Borrowdale in Harare.


Five National Highway Patrol cops have been  arrested on charges of criminal abuse of office.
The five allegedly received R100 from a delegation of Swaziland police officers that was attending an anti-stock theft workshop in Harare. They did not issue a receipt for the transaction.

Nyameni Willie,38, Rumbidzai Chahwanda, 34, Paidamoyo Chipinda, 26, Tongai Moyo, 32, and Tatenda Mudyiwa, 31, were remanded to October 26 on $100 bail each by magistrate Milton Serima.

It is the State’s case that on October 2, the five were deployed on the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway.

The group was issued with 20 Z69 (J) receipt books and a ZRP BMW vehicle from ZRP Beitbridge district headquarters. 

The law enforcement agencies did not issue speed trap machines at the time as they were not available.

Allegations are that ZRP received a complaint from the Swaziland delegation that they were arrested for a speeding offence and forced to pay R100 without being issued a receipt.

In carrying out their investigations, the ZRP instructed that the five surrender all the used Z69 (J) books immediately.

By October 10, the group of accused police officers surrendered only five of the 20 books requested by their superiors.

While investigations were being carried out at CID Serious Frauds Squad by Inspector Mhiripiri, one of the original copies of the Z69 receipt reflected a speeding offence but the carbon copy showed the offender was receipted  for failing to have a current vehicle licence.

Both receipts were allegedly issued to two different people.

In two other transactions, the original copy and the carbon copy were different, prompting the superiors to arrest them for tampering with receipts and bringing the name of the ZRP into disrepute.


The government offered doctors a revised deal on their pay demands on Saturday, but unions said they would consider if the proposals are enough to avert a national strike planned for today.

Unions representing more than 400 State doctors have been locked in a dispute with the government over demands to raise their salaries amid austerity measures being implemented by government to tackle a budget deficit.

Officials from the Health Services Board and the Health and Child Care ministry met union leaders on Saturday before announcing the offer.

It was not immediately clear what the offer included but the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) wanted government to increase their basic salary from $282 to $1 200 and slash government accommodation rentals from $250 to $37 for bachelor’s flats and $45 for one bed-roomed flats.

Fortune Nyamande, the ZHDA president, said: “They sought a formal meeting with our executive and therefore yesterday (Saturday) we met with the Health Services Board and a representative from the ministry.

“There were areas where we strongly differed and others where we were making headway but we have hope that we can resolve the issues amicably.”

ZHDA handed a 14-day ultimatum to the ministry of Health and Child Care two weeks ago, demanding a review of salaries and allowances.

Nyamande said ZHDA members at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Harare Central Hospital, United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH), Chitungwiza Central Hospital and Mpilo Central Hospital are reconvening today to discuss offers from the meeting.

The union said they would study the proposal pending further talks but the doctors wanted a deal that was enough to give workers confidence they would have decent pay.

“We will weigh what is on the table through our chapters this Monday (today),” Nyamande said.

“If they are happy, then we go ahead with sealing the process but if not, we cannot stop them from downing their tools.

“If any party backtracks, there is high likelihood the country will fall into a crisis”.

Over and above the pay review, the doctors also want at least 1.45 x hourly rate on-call allowance and the reinstatement of the duty-free facility which allows the doctors to import vehicles without paying duty.

The demands are coming at a time government is struggling to meet the wage bill for civil servants.

But Nyamande argues their conditions of service are among the worst in the sub region.

“We only have about 300 to 400 doctors serving the whole public sector,” he said.

“It means annually, government needs about $4,8 million to pay the professionals attending to the whole country. If we go regional, doctors are not earning anything less than $2 500.” daily news


President Robert Mugabe apparently supports his wife Grace’s recent public attacks on senior Zanu PF and government officials, including Vice President Joice Mujuru, it has emerged.

Apart from the women’s league boss’-designate’s own remarks that the 90-year-old leader was “fed up with this faction leader”, the Zanu PF leader’s continued silence on the constant “badgering” has fanned suspicions that Mugabe was firmly behind these verbal assaults.

“Even Baba (Mugabe) is also fed up with this person,” Grace said at one of her “meet-the-people” rallies in Bindura on Thursday.

“I heard that the demon of factionalism started in this province and spread to other provinces. I say from today, it should end. The moment of truth is coming.”

The State-run Bulawayo-based Chronicle, through an unnamed contributor believed to be a minister thought to be one of the brains behind Grace, confirmed that the First Lady was acting on behalf of Mugabe in her rabid assaults on Joice.

In a piece titled, first lady Grace Mugabe enters political arena with a bang, the writer said: “The first lady is carrying a message from the president.

“Anybody who thinks otherwise is a novice in politics. It is inconceivable that the openness and candidness with which she has delivered her speeches, could occur without the president’s blessing.

“She has come out as someone who is well-briefed regarding the long-term machinations of some people in the party.

“She has said that WE (meaning her and the president) know what is happening. The first family is aware of the efforts to subvert and trash the Mugabe legacy.”

In addition to this, the “glee” with which the State media has reported on Mujuru’s alleged humiliation at the Harare International Airport and when Mugabe was flying off to Italy on Friday has not helped matters, analysts say.

According to a report in the Sunday Mail yesterday, the nonagenarian “zoomed past” his Zanu PF number two after a chat with party national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo and after his high-minded wife Grace had also snubbed the embattled VP.

“The first lady shook hands with most dignitaries on the tarmac, but did not shake hands with VP Mujuru,” it reported.

“The first lady then waited for the president near the stairs into the plane.”

University of Zimbabwe political scientist Eldred Masunungure told the Daily News over the weekend that Mugabe as the leader of the party must come out in the open and explain what is transpiring in his party.

“Mugabe and his wife must come out and tell us what is really happening. The president ought to tell us whether he is the hand behind his wife’s vicious attacks,” Masunungure said.

“People need answers and I think it’s wise if Mugabe provides them.”

Masunungure said it was highly likely that Mugabe was the hand behind Grace’s vitriolic outbursts.

“In the absence of this, there is no harm in speculating that he is the one who sent her to do his dirty work. The trouble is that he has been silent and this has seen a groundswell of suspicion.

“His wife launched vicious attacks on senior party officials and government ministers that no ordinary person could have done.

“Currently, she is a mere card-carrying member and I am sure that other card-carrying members will not attack their seniors like what she did.

“The president himself is a smart politician and he rarely uses such language. This has further increased the suspicion that he hired his wife to do his dirty work.

“So I would say the suspicions are justified because how do you explain that Grace is acting as the head of government, de facto prime minister and vice president.”

Pedzisai Ruhanya, a democracy scholar and political analyst, raised suspicion that Mujuru angered the first family through utterances that Mugabe must go.

“We need to investigate deeper and go beyond her utterances. I believe there is something that we don’t know that upset the first family,” Ruhanya said.

“My suspicion is that Mujuru or her close associates insulted the first family. Mujuru must have said something to the effect of taking power.

“Whatever Mujuru or her associates did or uttered has rattled the first family and they no longer have trust in her. Grace needs to protect her political and economic interests because soon, her husband will be gone.” daily news


Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba has attacked war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda for not attending First Lady Grace Mugabe’s rallies.

He said it was unheard of that a chairman of ZNLWVA could afford not to attend such meetings without even giving reasons.

"That never happened during my tenure," he said.

"He (Cde Sibanda) is moving around talking rubbish instead of advancing the cause of war veterans. He’s known for commenting on anything about President Mugabe and Zanu-PF and now I can’t even comprehend why he’s this quiet."

Chinotimba said it was unfortunate that of all the organisations affiliated to Zanu-PF, it was only the ZNLWVA that had not publicly endorsed the First Lady.

Sibanda was conspicuous by his absence even from the three rallies held in Matabeleland North, South and Bulawayo provinces.

He said yesterday that he had his Zim-Asset programmes in universities and colleges that were running parallel with the First Lady’s rallies. Ironically the First Lady was quite scathing on the programmes that saw some party officials claim to be explaining Zim-Asset in the provinces to mask their factional activities.

Sibanda said he had his programme in universities and colleges known as the African Liberation Identity and Indigenisation in the Zimbabwean context which he rolled out before the First Lady’s rallies.

He said other programmes in the country should not stop because the First Lady is having rallies.

"Did you hear the First Lady complaining about my absence at her rallies? I was busy doing my programmes in colleges and universities and these are also party programmes. With this programme I’ve to follow the calendar of the colleges as and when they’re free with their students."

Sibanda said he did not even attend President Mugabe’s rallies during last year’s harmonised elections and queried why it was now an issue.

He said the party was aware of what he was doing, adding that his programmes complemented party programmes.

Former ZNLWVA national chairman, Patrick Nyaruwata said they were disappointed by the uncouth behaviour displayed by Sibanda and would be seized with the matter.

"You can’t say I love the husband and not the wife," he said.

"The wife of the President cannot be separated from the President. As war veterans we were supposed to be with the First Lady. We don’t expect such behaviour towards the First Lady because the President is our patron. 

"We’re expected to be seen supporting programmes of the First Family. The training that we got during the liberation war is that we should respect our leaders."

Nyaruwata said he was a senior liberation war fighter and would not tolerate such behaviour.

"We’re senior war veterans and don’t expect youngsters to behave like that," he said.

"As war veterans we’re very disappointed about that."

He said Sibanda was pushing for the formation of the War Veterans League — an equivalent of the Zanu-PF Women and Youth Leagues yet he was not respecting the leaders of the party.

"Amai Mugabe is our mother and now I hear some people are saying that they were angered by her speech but I say she’s our mother and we should not challenge her.

"If you were doing what she said then you’ve to stop it forthwith and I must say as war veterans we’re fully behind Amai Mugabe."



THE political circus in the Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial executive took another twist yesterday amid reports that two-thirds of the 311 districts met on Saturday and reversed the no-confidence vote passed earlier on against provincial chairman Temba Mliswa.

Provincial secretary for administration Kindness Paradza yesterday confirmed the development, saying the resolution to overturn the decision was made during a provincial inter-district conference which discussed party programmes and other matters referred to them by the party’s central committee.

Mliswa was booted out a fortnight ago in a vote of no-confidence at a meeting hastily organised by 28 other members of the 50-member provincial executive committee at Chinhoyi University Hotel.
“The decision to reinstate Mliswa was made by more than two thirds majority where out of 311 party districts in Mashonaland West 236 districts were represented and out of 933 district delegates more than 700 delegates attended and, therefore, we had more than a full quorum,” Paradza said.

“We made very important resolutions where the province endorsed President Robert Mugabe as the sole candidate and First Lady Grace Mugabe as the sole candidate to lead the Women’s League, and the conference also overturned the vote of no confidence on provincial chairman Mliswa,” he said.

“The conference delegates, who make the electoral college made a decision that no other organ below it should pass a vote of no confidence on the provincial chairman Mliswa, the provincial Women’s League chairperson Constance Shamhu and the provincial youth chairman Vengai Musengi.”

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo last night said he was unaware of the latest developments. newsday


ZANU PF hawks pushing for the ouster of Vice-President Joice Mujuru at the party’s elective congress in December are reportedly subtly preparing outgoing Women’s League boss, Oppah Muchinguri, to take over the hot seat.

Impeccable party sources said the plot had the blessings of the First Family, hence First Lady Grace Mugabe’s verbal attacks on Mujuru during her countrywide “Meet the People Tours” over the past two weeks.

Although she was not explicitly mentioning Mujuru by name, Grace inferred that the Vice-President was fuelling factionalism in the party in a bid to dethrone President Robert Mugabe.

Sources added that Muchinguri agreed to the plot and gave up her Women’s League post after being assured of the vice-presidency.

Calls for Mujuru’s ouster went a gear up last week when Grace accused the VP of having actively participated in the formation of the opposition MDC-T and Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn parties, which she claimed were both hatched at her house.

“Oppah [Muchinguri] will likely challenge Mujuru at the congress. Some are pushing for Grace to do that, but the idea now is to make sure Grace leads women, while Muchinguri takes the VP’s post,” the source said.

The source added: “It explains their close links and rallies held in the last two weeks where Oppah has been with the First Lady and it explains the open rebuke of Mujuru by Grace. It is a plan that will work for the [Justice minister Emmerson] Mnangagwa faction.”

During her controversial provincial rallies, Grace also accused Mujuru of being corrupt and divisive.

Although Information minister Jonathan Moyo initially denied reports that Grace’s attacks were directed at Mujuru, weekend State media reports confirmed that indeed the Vice-President was the target.

The State media reports added that Mujuru’s fate would likely be sealed at tomorrow’s politburo meeting as the party announces its election guidelines.

As if to confirm the bad blood that now exists between Grace and Mujuru, the two snubbed each other when they met at Harare International Airport on Saturday as Mugabe and his wife left for Rome.

A few months ago, Mugabe indicated that all politburo members and members of the Presidium, including himself, would have to step down on the eve of the congress and allow for fresh elections.

Analysts said the move could be part of a plot to dump the likes of Mujuru who have been accused of plotting to unseat the 90-year-old Zanu PF leader.

Last week, anonymous analysts quoted by the State media proposed that Mugabe should be given free rein to handpick members of the Presidium.

Grace also alluded to that line of thought during her rallies.

Some Zanu PF youths have also joined in the campaign to denounce Mujuru and members of her alleged faction, labelling them “Gammatox”, in apparent reference to a toxic fumigant used long back to protect grain against weevils.

Although Mujuru has remained mum following the attacks, her sympathisers have hit back, describing their rivals as weevils bent on destroying Zanu PF from within.

Gokwe-Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena over the weekend told hundreds of party supporters, that he supported the First Lady’s push for faction leaders to be exposed.

“She [First Lady] said the faction leader was a woman and from Mashonaland Central and a woman. It is tough where we are heading to. It’s time to tell the truth,” he said.

Party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said he would comment after the dust had settled. newsday


A naked woman who was filmed walking down the city centre surrounded by a curious crowd is mentally challenged, it has emerged.

The video is being shared on social media and is available on Youtube. Many had thought the woman was wearing a mini-skirt and had been stripped naked by touts. However, it turned out that Caroline Rusike (33) of Southlea Park, was never stripped as claimed. Rusike is before the courts on allegations of stealing a mobile phone from Regina Fainoza.

When she initially appeared in court three weeks ago, Rusike showed signs of mental instability, prompting the State led by Miss Sharon Mashavira, to make an application for her to be examined by two government medical doctors. While in holding cells, it is alleged Rusike removed her clothes.
Magistrate Mr Milton Serima remanded her in custody to October 24.

While Mr Serima was still talking, Rusike interjected saying, “Inini handisikuda madoctor enyu iyayo nekuti ndina psychiatrist wangu nekuti ndakambogara kupsychiatric unit.” Outside the courtroom, Fainoza could be heard talking to a relative saying, “Shuwa dai Mwari vandiregerera handina kuziva kuti anopenga. Her brother told me that she has a history of mental illness and I did not believe him. After seeing a video of her walking around naked I am now convinced and I will forgive her and withdraw the matter,” she said.

Rusike is facing theft charges. It is alleged that sometime in May last year, she went to Fainoza’s work place and sold a pair of shoes to her. She went away for a year and only returned on July 16 asking for payment. When Fainoza told her she had no money, it is alleged Rusike disappeared with her phone.

She was later arrested.


The Supreme Court is set to decide on whether children born out of wedlock are entitled to inheritance under the general law in a case in which 10 children are contesting a High Court ruling barring them from benefiting from the estate of their late father.
In an appeal brought to court by 10 children born out of wedlock to late Masvingo businessman Thomas Zawaira, who died in 2003, the court is being asked to overturn the lower court’s decision which bars them from the estate. The High Court ruled that the only lawful beneficiaries of the estate were children from Zawaira’s union with the late Mrs F Zawaira. This was the judge’s interpretation of the Marriages Act (Chapter 5: 11) under which Zawaira and his wife were married. They were married under the general law (Marriage Act) in 1958 and were blessed with six children.

The children are now adults. Zawaira also had 10 children born out of wedlock. These children want the court to give them equal protection before the law in terms of the Constitution, arguing the general law is discriminatory.

A three-judge panel led by Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba heard the appeal last week and reserved ruling after hearing arguments from both parties.

Mrs Priscillah Munangati-Manongwa of Mungati and Goneso law firm, assisted by Mr Sikhumbuzo Mpofu, represented the 10 children while Mr Hamios Mukonoweshuro appeared for Mr Robert Zawaira, who won the case in the lower court to elbow the 10 out of the estate.

Munangati-Manongwa argued that children born out of wedlock should also be accorded the protection of the law. “The effects of being born in or out of wedlock of the marriage of the parents should not affect the rights of children. Children do not choose parents and the marriage status of the parents,” she said.

Mrs Munangati-Manongwa also argued that the Administration of Estate Act provides a choice of law formula. In this case, she argued, the law creates only a presumption that if a person contracted marriage under the Marriage Act (Chapter 5:11) his or her estate is administered under the general law. herald


A woman last week summoned five of her relatives to the Harare Civil Court accusing them of threatening to kidnap and kill her over a house she inherited from her late uncle. 

Marbo Sunday, who was adopted at the age of three by the accused’s father’s elder brother, said the five — Wellington, Irene, Charles, Takesure and Tafadzwa — were forcing her to remove their surname from all her particulars so that they could kick her out of the house she inherited. She was seeking a protection order against the five saying they were breaching her peace.

“I am living in fear because the five are in the habit of visiting my place of residence threatening to kidnap me and killing me if I don’t change my surname,” she said. “I was adopted by my uncle at the age of three and he left his house in my name because we stayed together for 33 years before he died,” said Sunday.

She said the five never visited them while her uncle was alive, only to appear now because they wanted to kick her out of the house she inherited.

“I want the court to protect me because the five sometimes come to my house armed with knives threatening to stab me,” she said.

The five denied all the allegations against them by Sunday and accused her of lying to the court.

Magistrate, Ms Audrey Tarugarira granted the peace order in Sunday’s favour which bars the five from verbally and physically threatening her. She ordered the five to keep peace towards Sunday at all times. herald


Zanu-PF Politburo member Cde Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday accused some senior ruling party officials of clandestinely plotting to topple President Mugabe and dared them to come out in the open to challenge him. 

Cde Kasukuwere said it was disturbing that a certain group of senior Zanu-PF leaders had been tirelessly working to weaken the party prior to the 2008 harmonised elections when the revolutionary party fared badly due to divisions.

Addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at Bengura primary school in Bikita South during belated celebrations to mark Cde Jappy Jaboon’s electoral victory in Bikita South in last year’s harmonised polls, Cde Kasukuwere said those secretly plotting to oust the President would be trounced by the veteran leader in any contest.

Cde Kasukuwere, who is the secretary for Indigenisation and Economic Development added his voice to growing calls for President Mugabe to appoint his two deputies.

“There are some senior leaders who think we were not aware of their secret plots to remove President Mugabe from power on baseless grounds that he is old. It is better to have a wise old man as President than to be led by a foolish young person.”

He said a leader is not judged by his or her age, but by achievements and programmes that he or she implements to economically uplift the ordinary people.

“To those who are plotting against the President, I declare myself Tyson (Cde Kasukuwere) as the campaign chief of the President and I will stand behind him in any contest. Let those who want to challenge him come out in the open and do so. We will then see who will emerge victorious,’’ he said.

Cde Kasukuwere said President Mugabe got a fresh mandate for his Presidency from Zimbabweans last year and should be allowed to complete his people-oriented programmes that have earned him worldwide acclaim as a defender of the poor.
He said it was worrying that some senior leaders in Zanu-PF wanted to dump President Mugabe after all the sacrifice and hard work he did for Zimbabwe before and after the attainment of independence in 1980.
“It is really painful that President Mugabe, a veteran freedom fighter who sacrificed a lot for Zimbabwe to be where it is today, was humiliated because of the actions of some of colleagues in Zanu-PF and forced to sit down with Mutambara (former Deputy Prime Minister Athur) and Tsvangirai (former Prime Minister Morgan). He spent sleepless nights talking to these small boys to come up with an inclusive Government after Zanu-PF had performed poorly in the 2008 elections,’’ he added.

He blasted some senior Zanu-PF officials for allegedly blocking people-oriented programmes like the indigenisation of foreign companies in return for cash to line up their pockets.

He even said those officials blocked his attempts to indigenise big foreign companies in Masvingo such as sugar producer Tongaat Hullett and Bikita Minerals which produces lithium when he was still Minister of Indigenisation. Cde Kasukuwere said communities in Chiredzi could now be benefiting had his plans to indigenise Tongaat Hulett succeeded.
He vowed to press ahead and ensure that the sugar producer and lithium miner were indigenised to benefit the majority of people in Masvingo.

Speaking at the same event, secretary for Security in the Women’s League Cde Shuvai Mahofa called for new elections to choose the Zanu-PF executive in Masvingo alleging that the incumbent led by Retired Brigadier General Callisto Gwanetsa rigged its way into power.
Masvingo war veterans provincial chairman Cde Francis Nando attacked those who were plotting to remove President Mugabe from power saying some of the officials had a known record of rebelling against authority dating back to the liberation struggle. The celebrations were attended by senior Zanu-PF officials in Masvingo among them Politburo member Cde Josaya Hungwe, former Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial chairman Cde Lovemore Matuke, businessman Cde Philip Chiyangwa among others. herald