THE MILITARY

As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.

THE MILITARY

As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.

PROPHET WALTER MAGAYA

He is a controversial prophet who continues to draw large crowds with his promise of miracles. But as his popularity soars he faces all sorts of allegations. So far he has survived.

TSVANGIRAI THE SURVIVOR

Two secretary generals tried to topple him but failed. His wife walked out but returned home. Now MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is plotting his way to State House.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

PASUWA : WE ARE READY FOR SENEGAL

WARRIORS coach Callisto Pasuwa remained bullish yesterday that his charges will progress from Group B of the 2017 AFCON finals here as they brace to face Senegal at the Stade de Franceville tonight. The match gets underway at 9pm.


The Senegalese brushed aside Tunisia 2-0 in their opener, although they rode a lot of their luck in the second half in which the North Africans were the dominant team and if the Lions of Teranga win tonight, they will virtually secure their place in the quarter-finals.

However, Pasuwa says the draw against Algeria was no fluke and his charges have since grown in confidence although they will miss talismanic forward Knowledge Musona, who is only expected be back in the final group game against Tunisia.

“We, as Zimbabwe, have prepared very well to face Senegal. I think the draw (against Algeria) has given us confidence considering that in our last games at AFCON, we were getting defeats,” said Pasuwa at a Press conference yesterday.

“And for us, getting a draw in our first match means a plus. This has given the boys better motivation to go and play against Senegal.

“When playing against a team like Senegal, you have to be very brave on the ball and very aggressive. We will not let them play their normal game.

“On the passing game, you know our boys are small, so if we resort to long balls it will be against them. As you, know some of our boys are small. We need as much as we can to keep ball possession for us to be able to get in their attacking third.”

Pasuwa said it was important that he exudes confidence so that he also inspires his men who are battling against the odds at this tournament.

“If a coach goes to his players (and says) that we are not confident we will beat Senegal; we are defeated already. I have to tell them we will be on top and that is the confidence in our camp,” said Pasuwa.

“Having that confidence from the people that have been watching us, it gives us a boost. Now I hope the boys will go an extra mile. When we plan for Senegal, we plan for how Senegal play.”
Pasuwa also talked about Musona’s injury.
“Knowledge Musona picked a hamstring injury, but it is not as bad as we thought. He will miss the game against Senegal and then perhaps come in for the Tunisia game,” he said.

“He will play again in the group stages and we hope everything will be okay for him.”
Khama Billiat, who had been affected by a fever after the Algeria game, is said to be fine to start tonight.

“It is not very serious. Just a cough,” said Pasuwa. Herald

MUGABE DEATH PASTOR IN COURT

Kariba pastor Phillip Mugadza appeared before the Harare Magistrates’ Courts and sought immediate release claiming that he was over-detained.

Mugadza (46) prophesied that President Mugabe would die in October.
He is facing charges of causing offence to persons of a particular race, religion, tribe, colour, creed as defined in Section 42 (2) of the Criminal Law and Codification Act [Chapter 9:23].
Mugadza, who appeared before a Harare magistrate Ms Vongai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro, said he was detained beyond the stipulated 48 hours.

Through his lawyers Messrs Gift Mtisi, Jeremiah Bamu and Obey Shava, Mugadza said his arrest and charge were illegal.
They said Mugadza’s rights were violated as he was detained for more than 48 hours.
“We have a preliminary complaint, that the accused’s rights were infringed as he was arrested on Monday at 9am and was brought to court at 10:12am yesterday,” said Mr Mtisi.

“Furthermore, upon arrest, he was told the charge of undermining the authority of the President. When he arrived at the station, he was charged with criminal nuisance and when he came to court, he was charged with causing offence to persons of a particular race, religion or tribe, alternatively criminal nuisance.”

The prosecutor, Ms Audrey Chogumaira, said they were delayed at the National Prosecuting Authority.

“I can confirm the 9am arrest, we are still to check with the investigating officer the time of release and coming to court. I hear they were delayed at the National Prosecuting Authority,” said Ms Chogumaira.

Ms Chogumaira told the court that on January 12, Mugadza was interviewed and said President Mugabe was to die in October according to his prophecy. In the interview, Mugadza caused an offence and insulted the Christian religion and African tradition.

Ms Muchuchuti-Guwuriro remanded him for ruling today.

MORE RAIN ON THE WAY

ZIMBABWE is expected to continue receiving rains up to the weekend, albeit in lower volumes compared to last week, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has said.
According to a statement issued by MSD senior forecaster Mr Tich Zinyemba yesterday, several provinces will receive light showers.

“In Mashonaland Central and West provinces, Harare Metropolitan Province, north of Midlands Province as well north of Matabeleland Province; it is forecast that these areas should be cloudy and cold with light rain,” he said.

Mr Zinyemba said the greater part of Zimbabwe should expect warmer conditions.
“The rest of the country is expected to experience cloudy weather with drizzle in the mornings and later in the afternoon, there should be sunny outbreaks resulting in slightly warmer conditions,” he said.

Meanwhile, the condition of crops in many areas has begun to deteriorate due to excessive rainfall.
Tobacco farmers are having challenges with false ripening due to the heavy rains. The farmers are forced to reap the crop and this is putting pressure on curing facilities, especially for farmers with few barns.

In most areas, the maize crop is beginning to show signs of leaching. According to the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union director, Mr Jeremiah Tevera, in areas with sandy soils, the maize crop is leaching.

He said this could be because of leaching or lack of top dressing fertilisers. “The heavy rains have resulted in leaching especially in sandy soils. Tobacco farmers are also affected.

“Farmers should be careful when applying fertiliser to avoid the nutrients from being washed away by the rains,” he said.

He said the livestock condition had improved in all areas but advised farmers to increase dipping and protect cattle from tick borne diseases.

The Civil Protection Unit continues to warn the public against seeking shelter under trees when it is raining, because the death toll of people struck by lightning continue to rise.
MSD has urged the public to regularly follow weather forecasts on television and radio. Herald

WHY I RAPED A FOUR YEAR-OLD GIRL

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy from Hwange has told a magistrate that he raped a four-year-old girl from a neighbouring house due to the influence of watching pornographic material.
Hwange regional magistrate Mrs Dambudzo Malunga lashed out at the boy’s parents for failing to guide and discipline the boy.

A probation officer’s report availed in court stated that the boy, whose name has been withheld for legal reasons, was in the habit of watching pornographic material in the absence of his parents.

His father, an ex-soldier, is always away from home and his mother spends most of her time outside the country as a cross border trader.
The report stated that the boy lacked supervision.  “You will raise a monster if you continue with such parenting skills where you don’t monitor your children. The next time he appears before me facing similar charges I will send him to jail,” the magistrate said.
The boy had pleaded guilty to one count of rape.

Mrs Malunga sentenced him to receive two strokes with a rattan cane.  The magistrate also slapped him with a two-year jail term that was suspended on condition of good behaviour for the next five years.

Prosecuting, Mr Tomupei Mbiza said the girl was left by her mother at her attacker’s place as she went to the girl’s school for consultation.

The girl is an Early Childhood Development pupil at a local school. “On September 16 last year at 12 noon, the complainant was left at the accused’s place of residence by her mother as she went for consultation at her school. The little girl was playing in the yard with other children and she entered a bedroom whereupon the accused followed her,” said Mr Mbiza.

He said the boy undressed and raped the girl once in the presence of her younger brother.
The matter came to light when the complainant’s younger brother told their father what had happened. Chronicle

WE WILL OUST JAMMEH : SENEGAL



Senegal has moved troops towards the Gambian border in an effort to force President Yahya Jammeh to accept electoral defeat and step down.

Senegal is leading the operation, which is supported by Nigeria and other states in the region.

"We are ready and are awaiting the deadline at midnight. If no political solution is found, we will step in," said Colonel Abdou Ndiaye, speaking for the Senegalese army.
Mr Jammeh has been told to leave office by the end of Wednesday and hand over to last month's election winner, Adama Barrow, who is currently in Senegal.

Mr Jammeh has ruled The Gambia since taking power in a coup in 1994. Wednesday was meant to be his last day in office but parliament granted him three more months in the post.

Garba Shehu, official spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, said Mr Barrow was preparing to be sworn in as president "on Gambian soil" on Thursday.

At least 26,000 Gambians, fearful that violence could erupt, sought refuge in Senegal this week.

Meanwhile, thousands of UK and Dutch tourists are being evacuated from the tiny West African state, which is popular with European holidaymakers because of its beaches.
Ecowas, the Economic Community of West African States, mandated Senegal because it almost surrounds The Gambia.

Col Abdou Ndiaye, a spokesman for the Senegalese military, said Ecowas had decided on the deadline to try to achieve a diplomatic solution.

"Things are getting into place and Ecowas forces are ready to intervene if needed after midnight if we can't find a diplomatic solution to the Gambian crisis," he said.

BRIBE COPS NAILED BY ECOCASH

THREE Bulawayo police officers who allegedly solicited a $200 bribe from a man they accused of producing fake Ordinary Level certificates have appeared in court after confirmation from EcoCash that the money was transferred to one of them.

Pedzisai Mugombwi (30) who is stationed at Magwegwe police station, Tanatswa Mortion Prince Jabangwe (25) and Jotham Wangani (28) who are both stationed at Nkulumane police station, appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu facing extortion charges.

Jabangwe, who resides in Southwold and Mugombwi and Wangani, who both live in Tshabalala, pleaded not guilty.  They were remanded out of custody to January 26 for continuation of trial.

An EcoCash money transfer confirmation for part of the funds sent to one of the police officers was produced in court as evidence.
Jabangwe who allegedly received $50 via EcoCash allegedly sent the money back through the same platform when he was arrested.

Prosecuting, Mr Busani Moyo said the three approached Mr Brian Shiridzinonwa at his home in Cowdray Park.

“On June 2, 2016, at around 5PM, the accused persons approached the complainant at his place of residence and told him they were CID officers from Bulawayo Central. They told him that he was under arrest for producing fake Ordinary Level certificates,” said Mr Moyo.

He said the police officers allegedly searched Mr Shiridzinonwa’s computer for the fake certificates, but did not find them. “They took the complainant’s computer with them and advised him that they wanted to continue searching. They then loaded the computer into their car,” Mr Moyo said.

He said Mr Shiridzinonwa refused to hand over the Central Processing Unit, saying he had some work to do. The cops then allegedly demanded $200 for his freedom and for them to give him back his CPU.

Mr Shiridzinonwa was allegedly arrested after he told the cops that he only had $5 on him.
He then started phoning his friends looking for money and was allegedly given $50 by a friend, Lovemore Ruwocha. Mr Shiridzinonwa allegedly handed over the money to the cops, who, however, demanded more.

“He received another $50 via EcoCash from his girlfriend, and he sent it to accused person two’s (Jabangwe) EcoCash wallet,” said Mr Moyo.

An EcoCash print-out showing that $50 was transferred to Jabangwe’s account was produced in court.

The trio, who were driving around with Mr Shiridzinonwa, allegedly handed him back his computer but confiscated a card reader, stapler and a pair of scissors. On June 6, Mr Shiridzinonwa went to Bulawayo Central CID offices to get his property back only to be told that the three did not work there.

He then phoned Jabangwe demanding his money back but he denied knowing the complainant.

“It is the State’s case that the accused persons acted in common purpose and their conduct was unlawful,” said Mr Moyo.
Mugombwi was represented by Mr Kholwani Nyathi of TJ Mabhikwa and Partners legal practitioners.

In his defence, through his lawyer, he said he did not participate in the extortion.
“On the day in question, my client was requested by Jabangwe to accompany him to Cowdray Park where he wanted to collect some money from someone.

My client never introduced himself as a member of CID (Bulawayo Central) and neither did he tell the complainant that he was under arrest. He also denies ever searching the accused person’s computer.”

Wangani and Jabangwe did not have any legal representation, but they denied the allegations.

The former also said he was asked by Jabangwe to accompany him to Cowdray Park to collect his money from someone. He also said he remained in the car with Mugombwi as the latter went to meet the person whom he had said owed him some money. “I only got out of the car to ask for the use of a toilet. I deny receiving any money or exerting any pressure on the complainant,” he said.

Jabangwe told the court that he did not solicit a bribe but Mr Shiridzinonwa owed him $100 he had failed to pay since January last year. But Mr Shiridzinonwa insisted in court that the cops demanded money from him. chronicle

VOTE FOR THIS LADY, MUGABE BEGS BIKITA WEST

Zanu-PF has a number of programmes lined up to enhance people’s livelihoods, and as such, the electorate should not be swayed to vote for opposition political parties as they have nothing to offer, Acting President Phelekezela Mphoko has said.

Addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters who braved the rains to attend a star rally at Gwindingwi Secondary School near Nyika Growth Point in Bikita West yesterday, the Acting President it was vital to bag the constituency.

The rally was meant to garner support for Zanu-PF candidate for the Bikita West parliamentary by-elections set for this Saturday, Cde Beauty Chabaya.

She will square off with Mr Kudakwashe Gopo of ZimPF, erstwhile MDC-T legislator and independent candidate, Mr Heya Shoko, NCA’s Mr Murdock Chivasa, Terrence Makumbo (Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe) and another independent candidate, Mr Innocent Muzvimbiri.

“I do not have much to say but to relay a message from President Mugabe asking you to vote for this lady (Cde Chabaya),” said Acting President Mphoko.

“He is pleading with you and not forcing you. So, when we are asked by our seniors, we do exactly that. It will be disappointing if you vote for Mujuru and (Dzikamai) Mavhaire (ZimPF senior official) anovhaira nekutuka vakuru.

“Mavhaire ndiye akatanga kutuka vakuru. Those who were with us during the liberation struggle know that Mujuru akatuka baba VaMuzenda (Late Vice President). Then akazotuka VaNkomo (Dr Joshua) in Bulawayo.

“Surely, you can’t vote for someone without manners. Mujuru has nothing to offer. We worked with her for a long time, she was Vice President for more than 10 years, but she did nothing except being evil,” the Acting President said.
Acting President Mphoko said winning the by-election on Saturday would consolidate Zanu-PF leadership of the country.
He said it was therefore, important that the revolutionary party wins the election.
Earlier, Zanu-PF secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzanai Chipanga, had urged the electorate to vote for Cde Chabaya so that the win can be dedicated to President Mugabe as his 93rd birthday present next month when the party Youth League hosts the 21st February Movement celebrations in Matopos, Matabeleland South.
Acting President Mphoko said it was incumbent upon every Zanu-PF cadre to ensure Cde Chabaya wins.

“The most important message was said by ED (VP Mnangagwa) when he came here when he launched the campaign that we have to win 21st January elections.
“I am here also supporting what VP Mnangagwa said, adding that the President is asking you to vote for her (Cde Chabaya). If you can achieve that as Chipanga said, this will be a birthday present for President Mugabe.

“When we win the elections, we will do a number of things. Let’s win the election, then we will do a lot of things here. Let’s not embarrass our President.

“We have a number of programmes that we have lined up for you here. In other areas particularly in Matabeleland, in Bulawayo we have done a number of projects where we have given chicks, but we will come to other provinces,” said Acting President Mphoko.

“I have offered Cde Chabaya two incubators so that she can give to women in this constituency. They can get into groups of 10 per incubator.

“Also there are mines in this constituency, so people here should benefit. These mines should help the community. Do not fight them, but they should contribute to community development. Even biblically, we know people are expected to pay tithes while in mafia, there is protection fee.

“Therefore, these mines should emulate other mines that they uplift the communities where they operate. The other mines like the one in Mutoko that is into granite, helped the community a lot,” said Acting President Mphoko.

He pledged to address a number of challenges that people in the area raised saying Zanu-PF was in charge of Government, as such, they would do everything possible to help the people. Herald

GOVT LIFTS SECOND HAND CLOTHES IMPORT BAN

Government is moving to address bottlenecks impeding investment in the motor industry by crafting a motor vehicle policy that will reorganise the sector.
 
This comes amid reports that Government has relaxed its position on the importation of second-hand clothes to allow for the resuscitation and reorganisation of the textile and clothing industry before the policy can be enforced.

Investors have been reluctant to invest in the motor industry owing to ambiguities related to policy on the importation of second hand vehicles.
Several suitors indicated willingness to invest in the sector, but remained on the sidelines owing to the absence of a motor vehicle policy.

Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Mike Bimha yesterday said most countries had well defined policies on vehicle assembly and manufacturing which made it easier for investors to make decisions.

“We have many investors willing to invest in motor vehicle manufacturing and assembly in it’s various forms but they have been unable to do so because we do not have a motor vehicle policy in place.

“Investors would like to know if there are any guarantees that they will have a market, because if we are to continue importing vehicles say from Japan, there is need to come up with an acceptable arrangement that guarantees return on investment. The industry is capital intensive.”

Dr Bimha said a lot of ground had been covered and what was left was to finalise the policy which is expected to be merged with the conformity assessment on second-hand motor vehicles.

The conformity assessment policy looks at setting minimum standards that imported vehicles have to meet.

The policy will look at how other ancillary sectors such as small and medium enterprises will relate with the companies.

This means there is a possibility of some SMEs providing components such as mats and windows, among others. It will also put in place safeguards against conflict between the various players in the sectors.

Zimbabwe has several motor vehicle assembly companies, but the sector has not registered significant growth owing to competition from grey imports.
Minister Bimha said consultations with vehicle importers and others were underway.
“This calls for extensive consultations so that we do not come up with a policy that will say imports will no longer be allowed or something that will cause conflict among the various players in the industry,” he said.
South Africa does not allow the importation of second-hand vehicles to protect its robust motor vehicle industry where major brands have assembly and manufacturing plants.
Minister Bimha said the policy on banning second-hand clothes was there, but cannot be enforced at present.
“It’s a policy that was made with the hope that when we begin to enforce it, we will have improved local production. We cannot ban something when we do not have an alternative. People need to have an alternative if we are to say you cannot bring in clothes,” he said.
“We can only enforce when we believe that we have the capacity to make more or less the same as what we are importing. If we can’t, we might as well continue importing.”
He said Government now has to revisit the textile and clothing industry to ramp production so that it is able to make quality clothes at reasonable prices.
He gave an example of Ethiopia, which has an industrial park designated a special economic zone for clothing, and employs thousands of people as a template that needs to be followed.

“When you have such an organised set-up which produces quality clothes at reasonable prices, then you can talk of banning,” he said.

Minister Bimha said there was a drive to turn cotton into clothing, which hinges on the resuscitation to textile companies such as David Whitehead.

Government has hit the ground running with major investments into cotton production, which are expected to provide raw materials for the clothing and textile industry, which used to employ thousands in areas such as Chegutu, Kadoma and Bulawayo.

This will come as a relief to dealers of second hand clothes who, apart from providing livelihoods to their families, have also provided a cheaper alternative to mostly low income earners with cheaper clothes.

The fashion-conscious have also not been left out as they target good quality clothes at low prices.

Second hand clothes have set up a countrywide network where clothes are paraded on the sidewalks and flea markets with items going for as little as a dollar.

Dealers have argued that Government’s decision to ban second hand clothes was premised on the wrong assumption, as industry that was being protected was also importing clothes from South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania.

Government banned the importation of second hand clothes and shoes in 2015 to allow the local industry to grow as it was being choked by cheap imports.
The ban caused an outcry as people wanted cheaper alternatives while others defended their source of livelihood. Herald
 

MADZIBABA : MUGABE ORDAINED TO DIE IN OFFICE

A leader of Johanne Masowe eChishanu Apostolic Sect, Madzibaba Benjman, has reiterated that President Mugabe would be life President of Zimbabwe as prophesied by Mudzidzi Wimbo many years ago.


Zanu PF secretary for Administration Cde Ignatius Chombo also insisted that President Mugabe would be the revolutionary party’s candidate, while those who harbour ambitions to represent zanu-pf at next year’s elections would have to wait for the party’s congress in 2019 to contest and get a ticket to represent zanu-pf in the 2023 harmonised elections.

Madzibaba Benjman and Cde Chombo made these remarks at a star rally in support of zanu-pf candidate for the Bikita West by-election, Cde Beauty Chabaya, at Gwindingwi High School near Nyika Growth Point yesterday.

Acting President Phelekezela Mphoko addressed the rally that drew thousands of Zanu-pf supporters from the constituency, leaders from Masvingo Province and other provinces.
Madzibaba Benjman said all the opposition parties were wasting time contesting President Mugabe as he would never lose.

“President Mugabe was prophesied by an angel of God to lead the country until his death,” said Madzibaba Benjman.

“Therefore there is no need for you to waste the country’s resources campaigning, leave him to lead. No one will remove him.”

Introducing Acting President Mphoko, Cde Chombo said Madzibaba Benjman’s words were in sync with the zanu-pf position that President Mugabe would represent the party.’
“As Zanu PF, the person we elected as our leader at the last congress is our party candidate for 2018. President Mugabe is our candidate.

“Whoever wants to stand as our party candidate can wait and challenge at the 2019 congress for the elections in 2023,” said Cde Chombo.

Zanu-PF national political commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere hailed Masvingo province for their unity on issues they would have agreed on.

“Even when Vice President Mnangagwa came here, people came in their numbers. I have learnt that people of Masvingo, when they agree on something, they move in one direction. We have no doubt that we will win the by-election.

“We had so many people contesting (party primary elections) but people voted for Cde Chabaya and all the candidates have agreed to support her.”

He said no opposition party, including former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru’s party could win an election against the Zanu-PF machinery.

The rally was attended by Cabinet Ministers and Politburo members among them, Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Shuvai Mahofa, Minister of State for Liaising in Psychomotor Activities in Education Josaya Hungwe, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made, Deputy Ministers of Lands and Resettlement Berita Chikwama, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development responsible for Livestock Davis Marapira, Matthew Tongofa (Youth, Indigenisation and Irrigation Development) and Zanu-PF chief whip, Cde Lovemore Matuke.

Also in attendance was Zanu-PF secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzanai Chipanga and legislators from other constituencies in the province.

Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East and Manicaland party leaderships as well as MPs from these provinces were also in attendance. herald

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SA MINISTER ON ZIM PERMITS : I'M THINKING ABOUT IT

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said that at the appropriate moment, he would announce the fate of almost 200 000 Zimbabweans residing and working in South Africa on the basis of the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP), which expires this year.

“When we look at what to do with the ZSP, we will take into consideration all of the factors that are necessary. I don’t want, right now, to be dragged into the conversation because it has not been properly processed by myself, and it has not been canvassed with my Cabinet colleagues,” Gigaba told reporters at a media briefing in Pretoria.

“We will do that during the course of the year. We are mindful of the fact that people are anxious about the time lapsing. They have established their lives, and some of them have established families.”

Gigaba, however, said he has been urging holders of the ZSP to apply for mainstream permits, outside the special dispensation.

“The ZSP, by its nature, is a ministerial discretionary permit — that’s why we don’t call it a Visa. It’s given to categories of people on the basis of special circumstances. It cannot qualify for permanent residence or even naturalisation afterwards. It is offered, and it must lapse,” Gigaba said.

“Once it lapses, to continue offering temporary permits establishes a precedence of permanence. People can take us to court and say they have been in South Africa on this special permit for many years, and they now deserve permanent residence [permits]. To offer 190 000 [ZSP holders] people at one go would be unprecedented. It’s unheard of. It’s drastic.”

Gigaba said he needs to apply his mind on the matter without being put under pressure.
“I need to be allowed to exercise my mind fully on the matter without being put under pressure. I’m quite considerate of the anxieties of the individuals concerned and their families,” he said.

Under a special dispensation granted by Pretoria in 2014, Zimbabweans who had previously being granted permits under the Dispensation for Zimbabweans Project were allowed to reregister for the three-year ZSP.

Zimbabweans have been flocking to South Africa following widespread political violence in the wake of disputed presidential elections and a rundown economy.
– African News Agency

ASSAULTED NCA CANDIDATE SPEAKS



National Constitutional Assembly Bikita West, Madock Chivasa has spoken out after he was assaulted at Nyika Growth Point.

Chivasa said that Zanu PF youths who were travelling in a green Ford Everest vehicle that had no number plates, had trailed them during the day as they were doing their campaigns.

Around 10pm as they were about to depart Nyika Growth point, 10 Zanu PF youths ambushed them armed with guns and started assaulting them accusing them of being “sell-outs”. Chivasa was assaulted by a gun in the face and also sustained a broken arm while his agent, Mudzamiri sustained broken ribs. The assault took place in full glare of people present at the growth point.

The Zanu PF youths also accused Chivasa of trying to influence people in Bikita to vote against the ruling party. The matter has been reported at Bikita police station but no arrests have been made. The attack comes hardly a few weeks after Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) member Melody Muganhiri was assaulted by Zanu PF Chairperson Mhurai Jecha on 29 December 2016 during a food distribution exercise at Gangarahwe ward centre in ward 22.Ms Muganhiri was assaulted for supporting ZPF.