MDC WAR

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.

MACHESO'S NHOVA TREATMENT

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.

OBSCENE SALARIES POSTERBOY

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.

ZANU PF WARS

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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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

SIX ZAKA PUPILS KILL CLASSMATE OVER $40

Six pupils from Jichidza High School in Zaka have appeared in court charged with murder after they allegedly killed a fellow pupil  accusing him of stealing $40.

The six, Obey Munyanyiwa (19), Jonathan Murandu (18), William Tozivei (19), Munyaradzi Madenyika (18), Rodrick Masvanganyi (19) and another , all doing Form Six appeared before Zaka Resident Magistrate Constance Mutandwa.

Terrence Mataruse (16) who is a Form Four pupil was severely assaulted last Wednesday evening before fleeing early Thursday morning to his rural home in Muserenyeki B under Chief Bota in Zaka where he reported the issue to his sister.

 Mataruse who was accused by the other boys of stealing their friend's $40 died on Friday morning in his sleep while he was still at home. It is alleged Mataruse surrendered $20 of his pocket money to compensate the assailants and promised to give them another $20 the next morning. When he realised that he could not raise the money, he then sneaked out of school and ran home.

 Mataruse is said to have denied ever stealing the money but the six assaulted him with fists and booted feet. He sustained internal injuries and his ear was bleeding. The school head boy is said to have tried but without success to restrain the aggressors from beating up the boy.

The six were not asked to plead and Magistrate Mutandwa remanded them out of custody on $50 bail each and ordered them to reside at their given addresses and to appear in court on August 4, 2014 for routine remand. mirror

GRANNY CONS SISTER

A Harare lawyer appeared in court recently facing allegations of aiding a 61-year-old woman to forge her young sister’s affidavit and signature in a bid to make her executor of their late father’s estate.

The lawyer, Tawanda Katsuro (27), and Kumbirayi Kudenga (61) appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing fraud charges. Katsuro denied the charges while Kudenga pleaded guilty.

She was fined US$200 or 30 days in prison. Furthermore, four months in prison were suspended on condition that she does not commit a similar offence.

Ms Mugwagwa strongly cautioned Kudenga that at her age, she should desist from conning people.

“At your age stop being a con-woman. Go and behave,” she said. The complainant in the matter is Kudenga’s sister Julie (42). herald

THREE COPS ON THE RUN

Four police officers allegedly demanded US$20 bribe from a kombi crew they arrested for picking up passengers at an undesignated area.

Bion Ndiridza (31), who is based at ZRP Chikurubi Rural Support Unit, recently appeared in court charged with extortion.His accomplices are still at large. Magistrate Mr Donald Ndirowei remanded him to August 14 on US$50 bail.

Prosecutor Mr Farai Gatsi alleged that on July 14 around 3pm at Seke flyover, Ndiridza and three accomplices arrested the kombi crew for picking up commuters on an undesignated area. They ordered the crew to drive to Harare City council central stores under the pretext the vehicle had been impounded.

Ndiridza and his accomplices allegedly demanded money from the kombi crew for their release. The crew had US$10 meant for refuelling. Ndiridza ordered the crew to make a U-turn and drive back to town. On the way back to town the cops demanded US$20 but were given US$15 by the driver, Shadreck Chivasa.

Ndiridza’s accomplices later got off the kombi, leaving him behind. Chivasa demanded that Ndiridza produce his police identity card but he failed.

The kombi crew then drove towards Harare Central Police Station with Ndiridza on board but ran out of fuel along the way. The Kombi crew reported Ndiridza to a policeman who was passing by, leading to his arrest. herald

AFZ PARACHUTE INSTRUCTOR DIES IN JUMPING ACCIDENT

A senior Air Force of Zimbabwe parachute jumping instructor died on Sunday after he was involved in a parachute accident at Charles Prince Airport.

AFZ public relations officer Squadron Leader Donovan Muroyiwa said Flight Lieutenant Anesu Kabinara died during a routine jumping exercise with the Mashonaland Skydiving Club. “The officer suffered severe injuries on the right arm and the right leg, and the AFZ medical team immediately rushed him to Parirenyatwa Hospital where he was attended to by medical specialists,” he said.
He said Kabinara was pronounced dead a few hours after admission.

“The Commander Air Force of Zimbabwe, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, in a condolence message to the family said ‘Flight Lieutenant Kabinara was such a promising officer, who at a time when many of his peers shunned the challenge of being parachutists, took it up without fear and was a vital cog in ensuring operational readiness within the parachuting department’.

His void shall be difficult to fill,” said Squadron Leader Muroyiwa. He said Kabinara had more than a hundred jumps under his belt and showcased his skills at regional air shows and various national celebrations.

He is survived by wife, Priscilla Tapiwa Jinjika, and two children. Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

MPOFU ON THE BACK FOOT IN COURT

FORMER Mines and Mining Development Minister Obert Mpofu once single-handedly ran the affairs of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation after dissolving its board and held several meetings with investors for which he did not take minutes. Minister Mpofu said this at the High Court yesterday under cross examination in the US$2 billion fraud case involving former ZMDC chief executive Dominic Mubaiwa and Core Mining director Lovemore Kurotwi.

Minister Mpofu said at times his officials would take notes, while he also scribbled on a piece of paper during the meetings. The minister said he did not have minutes of the meetings, including four which he held with Kurotwi who is accusing him of demanding a US$10 million bribe.

Asked whether he kept minutes of the meetings with potential in vestors for the four months that ZMDC operated without a board, Minister Mpofu said: “No”.

 “We do not keep minutes in the ministry, but notes of what the investors would have come for.”  The minister said he was not obliged to show the notes to Kurotwi’s lawyer Mrs Beatrice Mtetwa.

“Most people I met would be simply inquiring and at times officials would take notes,” he said.  “I have some notes, but I am not obliged to give them to you.”

The court heard from Mrs Mtetwa that Minister Mpofu single-handedly ran the affairs of ZMDC between February 20, 2009 and June 13, 2009 when the ZMDC board had been dissolved.

But Minister Mpofu dismissed the claims, saying it was actually the ministry that took over, and not him as an individual.

Asked whether it was lawful for the ministry to run the affairs of parastatals in the absence of the board, Minister Mpofu said: “That is an unfair question because I am a layman . . . I am not a lawyer.”

Minister Mpofu said his first meeting with Kurotwi over the diamonds mining deal was in Bulawayo when he travelled with two “white men” that he introduced to him as his partners.
Minister Mpofu said he went alone for the meeting in Bulawayo, but they met on three other occasions in his office in Harare.

Asked whether or not he invited ZMDC senior management for the meetings with investors, Minister Mpofu said at times they would be present. He dismissed allegations that he sidelined his former permanent secretary from the affairs of ZMDC during the four months when the board was not in existence.

“The secretary is the chief executive of the ministry and if he allows himself to be sidelined, then it shows he is not worth his salt. That is false and there was no way that could have happened.”

The trial took a new twist with the court admitting the production of Mubaiwa’s statement in which he was nailing his alleged accomplice Kurotwi.

 Mubaiwa and Kurotwi stand accused of misrepresenting to Government that Core Mining was a special purpose vehicle for an internationally-recognised mining giant BSGR Group, prompting ZMDC to sign a joint-venture agreement with the company.

A joint venture company, Canadile Miners, was formed but the operations were shortlived after Core Mining failed to meet its obligations to fund the projects and Government discovered that BSGR had nothing to do with the deal.

To that end, Government claims it suffered potential prejudice of US$2 billion through the alleged misrepresentation. Mubaiwa’s statement was produced as exhibit 34 in the trial and it alleged that Kurotwi and his colleague called Yehuda Litchi duped ZMDC into signing the agreement on the understanding that Core Mining was truly a special purpose vehicle for BSGR.

Prior to the production of the statement, Kurotwi’s lawyer Mrs Beatrice Mtetwa had tried to block it, arguing that the document was a fake affidavit.

Justice Chinembiri Bhunu dismissed the request, arguing that Mubaiwa did not dispute the contents of the statement and that the contents were in line with his defence. herald

GONO SET FOR PARLY

Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr Gideon Gono’s elevation to Manicaland Senator now appears imminent after Parliament passed the Electoral Amendment Bill. The Bill was sent to President Mugabe recently for his assent. It outlines how vacant parliamentary seats are supposed to be filled following the expiry of the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act in December last year.

The temporary measures were used to conduct harmonised elections on July 31, resoundingly won by Zanu-PF. The Politburo approved recommendations by the party’s Manicaland provincial executive to have Dr Gono replace the late national hero Cde Kumbirai Kangai, who died in August last year.

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.

In an interview yesterday, Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo said the party’s nomination of Dr Gono to replace Cde Kangai still stands. “We have not made any changes on that. The proposal to have Dr Gono is still on the table. We are just waiting for the legal processes to take their course,” Cde Gumbo said.

The Electoral Amendment Bill sailed through Parliament in May this year without amendments.
Parliament has since submitted the Bill to the President for his assent. Senate President Cde Edna Madzongwe made an announcement that she had submitted the Bill to President Mugabe in the Government Gazette last week.


The passage of the Bill is part of Government efforts to align laws with the new Constitution.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Rita Makarau is on record saying the electoral body was waiting for the passage of the Bill before they could confirm Dr Gono to replace Cde Kangai.


She said the expiry of the legal instrument created a vacuum on how ZEC would handle replacement of deceased legislators under the party list system. Section 15 of the Bill empowers a party holding a seat in respect of party-list members to nominate a “qualified” person to fill a vacancy that might have occurred.

The party list has members that a political party would have submitted to ZEC to represent it in a given province ahead of a general election.  The names are listed in terms of preference.
ZEC would in turn publish the name in a Government Gazette inviting objection, if any, before confirming the member.

Section 15 (3)(b) reads as follows: “ 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 countersignatures).” herald
 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

MP CARJACKED IN MUTARE, CAR DUMPED IN GWERU

A vehicle belonging to Mutasa South legislator Irene Zindi which was stolen from her by armed robbers last Friday has been found abandoned in Gweru.
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba told ZBC News that the vehicle was found abandoned in front of a block of flats in Gweru. Zindi was robbed by three men at her Mutare farm last week. The robbers lied to the MP that they were investigating the Baba Jukwa case and were coming from Harare.

The robbers are said to have forced Zindi into her motor vehicle a Ford Everest Gold, licence number ACY 3316 and forced her to drive towards Harare during which one of the robbers took control of the vehicle.

In the process, the robbers told her that they were not police officers, but robbers forcing her out of the vehicle. Police say investigations are in full swing to identify the robbers and are still calling for more information

SA BANKS FREEZE ZIMBAS ACCOUNTS

ZIMBABWE Community in South Africa (ZCSA) has claimed that South African banks have allegedly started freezing bank accounts of Zimbabweans whose permits have expired.

Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi is scheduled to engage the ZCSA representatives in Pretoria South Africa today on the emotive permits issue after South Africa indicated that a firm decision would be announced early August. The ZCSA is an organisation assisting Zimbabweans to comply with the new South African permit system. ZCSA yesterday said they are pleased that Mohadi agreed to meet them.

“The leadership of the Zimbabwe Community In South Africa will tomorrow (today) meet with the Zimbabwe Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Kembo Mohadi. This meeting comes as a result of concerns raised by our members over the last few days since our meeting in Hillbrow on Saturday.“

Some of the concerns raised include permits (that) have already expired and this makes it difficult for people to travel to Zimbabwe on family business, some banks have already frozen some accounts following the expiry of permit and the reported arrests of Zimbabweans in Cape Town in the last few days,” said ZCSA.

“Following some of these complaints, the leadership of the Zimbabwe Community had no choice but to seek a meeting with Hon Mohadi. We are pleased that Hon Mohadi has agreed to meet us for the second time.As the ZCSA, we are committed in addressing issues that affect Zimbabwe nationals in South Africa. We would also want to thank those that have come forward with financial support and hope that others will do the same”.An estimated 250 000 Zimbabweans were given work permits under a special dispensation by the South African government a few years ago.

South African Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has said his ministry would not extend special permits granted to Zimbabweans under the Zimbabwe Document Project by a year saying there would be an influx of permanent residence applications. Radio dialogue

OBAMA IN AWE OF YOUNG ZIMBABWEAN

US President Barack Obama on Monday paid tribute to Abbigail Muleya, a young woman from Binga who is part of the 2014 Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) fellows who are in Washington DC.

Obama singled out the great spirit of Muleya whom he said had several bus rides from Binga to Harare to attend the YALI fellowship interviews that culminated in her being selected as part of the 30 recipients who travelled to the US.

"We want to help you give these women and girls the future they want and the dignity every woman deserves.

"One of the best measures of whether a country succeeds or not is how it treats its women," Obama said.

Muleya, who spent six weeks at Tulane University in New Orleans as part of the fellowship program is an African Language and Culture graduate at Midlands State University.

She has worked as a community volunteer in Binga before her formal employment as Projects Officer at Zubo Trust, a women's empowerment organization working with Tonga speaking women. - See more at: http://www.bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-51353.html#sthash.LxaOV4CH.dpuf
US President Barack Obama on Monday paid tribute to Abigail Muleya, a young woman from Binga who is part of the 2014 Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) fellows who are in Washington DC.

Obama singled out the great spirit of Muleya whom he said had several bus rides from Binga to Harare to attend the YALI fellowship interviews that culminated in her being selected as part of the 30 recipients who travelled to the US.

"We want to help you give these women and girls the future they want and the dignity every woman deserves.

"One of the best measures of whether a country succeeds or not is how it treats its women," Obama said.

Muleya, who spent six weeks at Tulane University in New Orleans as part of the fellowship programme is an African Language and Culture graduate at Midlands State University.


YOU ARE MENSTRUATING, DOCS TELL MAN

A 44-year-old Chinese man went to the doctor complaining of a stomach ache only to discover that he has a full female reproductive system.

The married man, Mr Chen from Zhejiang province, was shocked when doctors told him that his stomach ache and the blood in his urine was actually because he was experiencing his menstrual cycle and had been a woman all along.

He also has a penis and told doctors he has had an active sex life with his wife of ten years. They found that his genitals were different from other men and he had no Adam’s apple, reported Mail Online.

Mr Chen knew something was wrong with him as he often found himself fatigued and constantly had blood in his urine. A CT scan taken at the hospital showed that he had ovaries and a uterus in addition to male genitals.

 

THE COLOUR IS ORANGE

The Tendai Biti-led rebels have officially adopted the orange colour as the party’s official colour.

Jacob Mafume, spokesperson for the renewal team, told a news conference after a national working committee meeting at the weekend, that his party has adopted the orange colour.

“A lot of issues were discussed by the national working committee and among those was the adoption of a new colour. We agreed on the need of rebranding and we adopted orange,” Mafume said.

“Orange is the colour of social democrats all over the world. It signals the renewal of things or ripening of a process. It signifies the dawn of a new era.”

Mafume claimed Zimbabweans have warmly welcomed the four-month-old movement.

“We held successful meetings in Midlands, Harare and Bulawayo,” he said.

“On Sunday, we will be in Mutare and from there on, we are going to Matabeleland North as we engage with the structures and see who is still with us.

“We now have structures in UK, Canada, Australia and USA. Many people are interested in the renewal agenda.” The renewal team spokesperson said the committee reviewed negotiations for a grand coalition.

“Negotiations are currently underway and I can’t disclose anything at the moment,” Mafume said.

MOHADI : I WANT TO BE VP

ZANU-PF politburo member and Home Affairs Minister Cde Kembo Mohadi yesterday said he was ready to take up the Zanu-PF Vice Presidency if nominated by the people at the party’s elective congress in December.Cde Mohadi who is also Beitbridge East legislator said Zanu-PF was a democratic party and the people’s wishes would prevail at the party’s indaba.

“That is up to the congress to choose. Those who want to contest will indicate but what I can say is that the vacancy is there,” Cde Mohadi said. Pressed if his response meant he was not interested in the position, Cde Mohadi said, “I can’t say I am not interested but the decision comes from the people, if they select me then its fine.

“Zanu-PF is a democratic party and the people will decide. I know a lot of people have been saying a lot of things about this matter but it doesn’t work. The congress will decide on who takes up the post, what is true is that there is a vacancy.”

Zanu-PF Matabeleland South provincial chairman Cde Andrew Langa on Sunday defended Politburo member Cde Abedinico Ncube’s bold support for national chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo to land the vice-presidency in the December elective congress saying he also shares the same sentiments.
 
Cde Ncube torched a storm last weekend when he said Matabeleland South was behind Cde Khaya Moyo’s candidature prompting accusations from some senior party members in the province who accused him of “jumping the gun”.

Fellow politburo members Cde Naison Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu and Cde Richard Ndlovu said it was wrong to declare preferred candidates before the party had set the ball in motion.

Cde Langa told Chronicle on the sidelines of a provincial co-ordinating committee meeting in Gwanda that his province was confident the former ambassador to South Africa would land the  VP post.

Several ex-Zipra cadres have expressed divergent views over the VP issue.
Former Matabeleland South provincial war veterans’ association chairman Cde Jabulani Phetshu Sibanda last week said no one should be barred from discussing the issue of the Vice presidency.
He added that it was already a foregone conclusion that the post would go to Cde Khaya Moyo as former PF-Zapu members met in the Midlands last year and backed him.

The VP post fell vacant in January last year following the death of Cde Landa John Nkomo.
Outgoing Zimbabwean Ambassador to South Africa Cde Phelekezela Mphoko and Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri have said they are considering whether or not to go for the post.
Cde Khaya Moyo is considered the front runner in the race by virtue of seniority and precedence. chronicle

NAKED SHOCK AT MANDELA STATUE

In what was a rare and strange occurrence on Mandela square in Sandton; a woman was seen stripping naked and embracing the statue of the late statesman in broad daylight.

The woman attracted a lot of attention with many taking out their phones to 'capture the madness'

"unbelievable scenes at Mandela Square, a naked woman talking to Mandela statue, I'm talking completely naked. Ba moromile ole," @iTsietsi wrote

@Bontle_S_Makgwa: Woman strips naked at Sandton Square next to Mandela statue. @TimModise I'm still a bit shocked. sowetan

MUCHECHETERE APPLICATION THROWN OUT

A Harare Magistrate has dismissed former ZBC Holdings  boss, Happison Muchechetere’s application for exception, arguing that the state broadcaster is a procurement authority.
Magistrate Aidonia Masawi, however, granted the accused person time to submit an application for referral to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).

“Having studied all the submissions from both parties, l have come to the conclusion that section 35 resonates with the Procurement Act and is not ultra vires the new constitution,” he said.
“The Act does give the minister power to create an offence and can enact regulations that create an offence. The court do hereby dismisses the exception.”

Masawi set a tentative trial date to October 1, pending outcome of the ConCourt hearing,
“We hope, by then, the ConCourt would have given us direction to take (on the matter),” he said.
The former ZBC Holdings chief is facing charges of contravening the Procurement Act.
The accused’s legal representative, Advocate Thabani Mpofu, had filed an application for exception to the charges, citing that the state case was frivolous and vexatious.

In his written submissions early this month, Mpofu questioned the validity of the Procurement Act in relation to the matter, as well as other  constitutional issues that needed to be looked at.
“The accused person takes the point that the legislation under which he is charged is constitutionally invalid, and (therefore) no valid proceedings can depend thereon. The charge names an entity which does not exist by operation of law,” said Mpofu.

He also filed an application for the matter to be referred to the Constitutional Court.
“I advise the court to refer this matter to the Constitutional Court for consideration in terms of validity of the provisions. The court has failed to deal with critical aspects of the matter,” said Mpofu.
“The Act is vague, wide and so encompassing to be meaningless, it does not clearly state the offence the accused is being charged (with).

Muchechetere is facing charges of contravening the Procurement Act after he purchased an audio Outside Broadcasting (OB) van from a Chinese company on behalf of the state broadcaster.
According to the state, on 18 January 2013, Muchechetere, without going to tender, entered into a procurement deal with a Chinese company to purchase an audio outside broadcasting van (OB van) at a price of $1, 05 million.

In the agreement Muchechetere represented the state broadcaster as the accounting officer for the corporation. The court further heard that the accused concluded the deal alone on June 28 2013, leading to the issuing of a commercial invoice by the supplier. The OB van was subsequently delivered by the Chinese company on August 8.

The offence was discovered after the suspension of the accused in November last year when preliminary ZBC Holdings investigations established that the accused had flouted company regulations.

In his initial court appearance, the ex-ZBC Holdings boss was charged with defrauding the state broadcaster of $800 000, before the charges were altered. Zimbabwe mail

PICS : TSVANGIRAI UK MEETINGS

MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has today met with Frances O' Grady, the secretary-general of the Trade Union Congress of the UK. They discussed labour issues and the monumental crisis in Zimbabwe.



Mr and Mrs Tsvangirai with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, councillor Shafique Sha. The MDC leader and the Lord mayor held a meeting discussing various areas of co-operation between the city of Birmingham and our own cities in Zimbabwe.

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D DAY FOR SA PERMITS

Zimbabweans working in South Africa whose work permits expire in December will know of their fate on Thursday after Pretoria invited Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi for a meeting over the matter.An estimated 250 000 Zimbabweans were given work permits under a special dispensation by the South African government a few years ago.

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Minister Mohadi said they had not received official correspondence from South Africa relating to the expiry of the permits.

He said the issue had drawn anxiety among ordinary Zimbabweans and the media, prompting him to seek audience with the South African authorities.

He said the South Africans agreed to meet him next Thursday. “We as a ministry have not received any correspondence from the South African Government that our permits have expired,” he said.
“They have not communicated to us on those lines. It is through the media and other quarters that the permits are going to expire and they are not going to be renewed and that the dispensation that we have entered into with the South Africans is coming to an end.”

“Because we are pro-people, when we heard about that we decided to go and see the South Africans.”

STAMPEDE TO ENDORSE GRACE

Zanu-PF provincial youth leagues have thrown their weight behind the appointment of the First Lady Grace Mugabe as Secretary for the Women’s League at the party congress slated for December.The Women’s League last week recommended her appointment to the position and Matabeleland North and South are also supporting the proposal.

In separate interviews yesterday, youths leaders in various provinces confirmed their support. Manicaland provincial youth chairperson Cde Kelvin Manyengavana said he respected the Women’s League decision.

“I respect the Women’s League and as the party’s league they are free to make any decision they want,” he said. “Whatever decision they make we rally behind them all the way in full support.”
Cde Godwin Gomwe, the Zanu-pf Harare provincial youth chairperson, paid tribute to those who proposed the idea.

“It was very thoughtful and I am proud to say that we support it,” said Cde Gomwe.
Matabeleland South provincial youth leader Cde Washington Nkomo said they are fully aware of the roles played by the First Lady in nation building.

“We are in full support of her as the youth,” he said. “She has been exemplary and we are confident that she has already proved that she befits the position.” Midlands provincial Youth League chairperson Cde Edmore Samambwa said the First Lady could be trusted with the position given the role she is playing in taking care of the President.

“We believe she can handle the task and can be entrusted with that position,” he said.
Another youth leader from Mashonaland Central Cde Godfrey Tsenengamu said: “As a mother figure she has played her role extremely well and as her children we will be by her side.”

MUGABE (90) MEETS NEW FRELIMO LEADER (55)

President Mugabe yesterday said Zanu-PF supports Mozambique’s ruling party, Frelimo’s presidential candidate Mr Jacinto Filipe Nyusi in that country’s elections pencilled for October 15.The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces expressed confidence that Frelimo would romp to victory, the same way Zanu-PF did in last year’s July 31 harmonised elections.

He said this at State House after holding an hour long meeting with Mr Nyusi, who had paid a courtesy call on him.

“Zanu-PF and Frelimo are one, so their candidate is our candidate,” said President Mugabe. “We will also support them. We wish him well. We wish him success.”

“We will not say anything because we know that people will always chose those who have their interest at heart. You have Renamo there which is like MDC and you know what happened last year on July 31. That is what is going to happen on 15 October (in Mozambique’s election). We say victory is certain. Aluta continua.”

Mr Nyusi said his objective would be to improve the bilateral relations that exist between Harare and Maputo.

“My objective will be to improve the relationship between Zanu-PF and Frelimo, but now I am running for election as President for the Republic of Mozambique,” he said. “It means improving our relationship between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, mainly in the economic area.”

Mr Nyusi said his discussions with President Mugabe centred on how to explore areas of mutual interest and how each country could benefit from each other.

“Our discussion was around how to improve our relationship mainly in the economic area,” he said. “And also your experience in agriculture, how to manage the mineral resources because we are now running out (of resources) in Mozambique. We need to do more than political relationships.”
Frelimo elected the 55-year-old Mr Nyusi, the country’s Defence Minister, as its presidential candidate in March this year.

Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, who took over from Mr Joaquim Chissano in January 2005 is due to step down this year after two terms, the maximum allowed by the constitution. Frelimo has been the ruling party in Mozambique since independence in 1975. herald

AIRFORCE WING COMMANDER DIES

Air Force of Zimbabwe Wing Commander Juliana Choto has died.  She was 58.Wing Comm Choto died on Saturday at West End Hospital after a short illness.

Addressing mourners at a funeral parade held at Manyame Airbase yesterday, Air Commodore Selebale Masera, said the death of Wing Comm Choto was a loss to the Air Force of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and the nation as a whole.

“It was indeed shocking and disheartening to learn that such a hard working, loyal and experienced officer could be taken away from our midst when her services were still critically required in the Air Force of Zimbabwe, the ZDF and the nation as a whole,” he said.

“Wing Comm Choto was a dedicated, reliable and courageous senior officer who took service before self. She was a rare kind of an officer who had the enviable gift of the ability to mix freely at all levels both in her social and business life.”

Air Commodore Masera said Wing Comm Choto contributed during the Mozambique campaign as she was among the first few black nurses in the Air Force of Zimbabwe who managed to provide medical cover to the fighting forces both at the front and at the rear.

“Her efforts together, with her colleagues ensured that the Renamo bandits who had become a menace with their evil intention of strangling Zimbabwe’s lifeline to the port of Beira in Mozambique were soundly repulsed by the ZDF applying the Air Force of Zimbabwe air power,” he said.
“Without these sterling efforts by the late wing commander and colleagues, Zimbabwe’s hard won independence would have been futile.”

He said Wing Comm Choto was also instrumental during the operation Sovereign Legitimacy in the DRC as her leadership and management skills ensured that the young nurses under her command were able to remain resolute in providing medical services to fighting forces.

Wing Commander Choto will be buried today in Ascot, Gweru. herald

AMMUNITION HAUL : CHINESE GETS BAIL

A 51-YEAR-OLD Chinese man, Wencai Huo, who was nabbed last week after he was found in possession of 33 000 rounds of ammunition at his Harare home, was yesterday granted $2 000 bail and remanded to August 26 for trial.

Presiding magistrate Donald Ndirowei also ordered him to pay $100 000 surety, surrender his passport and report twice every week at the Criminal Investigation Department at Harare Central Police Station until finalisation of the matter.

Wenchai, who operates a gold mine trading as Lebanmon Investments, was arrested on July 22 after police raided his Msasa Park residence and recovered large quantities of assorted ammunition which he allegedly could not account for.

He now faces charges of contravening the Firearms Act, Gold Trade Act and Parks and Wildlife Act after police also recovered two bars of suspected gold bullion, one cone of suspected bullion, two small pieces of suspected smelted gold buttons and gold granules as well as 32 pieces of Chinese chess ivory.

The court also heard that among the findings were three unregistered firearms, a CZ pistol and two FN Browning shotguns.