GRACE MUGABE : FROM TYPIST TO KINGMAKER

First Lady's entry into politics has shaken Zanu PF to the core. Will she grab the throne?

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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Sunday, 29 March 2015

MWONZORA FIRM FACES EVICTION

The law firm of MDC-T secretary-general Mr Douglas Mwonzora had property attached over outstanding rent arrears to the tune of $34 000.


Mwonzora and Associates also faces eviction from Fidelity Life Centre along Raleigh Street in Harare after defaulting on rent due to Zimre Properties.

The Sheriff of the High Court on February 20 this year attached office furniture on the instructions of Zimre’s lawyers Mhishi Legal Practice.

Last week, officers from the Sheriff stormed Mwonzora and Associates’ offices to remove the attached property and to eject the law firm but the process was stopped by Zimre’s lawyers to allow for a settlement.

Some of the property had been taken outside the building when the process was put on hold. The attached property includes, a desktop computer, five desks, Fridge Master refrigerator, two filing cabinets and a set of four blue reception sofas.

The Sheriff is also armed with a writ to eject Mwonzora and associates from the 4th floor of the building.
The ejection and attachment process was effected after High Court judge Justice Amy Tsanga issued a consent order to that effect.

Justice Tsanga’s order dated January 13 2015 reads:“It is ordered by consent that the lease agreement between the parties be and is hereby terminated and to this end, the first defendant (Mwonzora and Associates) shall vacate immovable property, 4th Floor, Fidelity Life Centre, Number 5 Raleigh Street on February 28 2015, failing which the deputy sheriff be and is hereby authorised to eject the first defendant.

“First defendant be and is hereby ordered to pay plaintiff the sum of $33 294,43 . . . ”
In terms of the order, Mwonzora and Associates was supposed to pay $5 000 by February 28.

Thereafter monthly instalments of $2 500 until clearance of the debt. Payment, according to Justice Tsanga, should have been paid at the first day of every month.

However, the law firm did not comply with the order resulting in Mhishi Legal Practice through Mr Harrison Nkomo obtaining a writ of execution and a writ of eviction.

TENDER BOARD BOSS IN $1M TAXE ARREARS

THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority has garnished the State Procurement Board’s bank account to recover over $1 million owed by the board in PAYE for its chairperson Mr Charles Kuwaza.

SPB has not been remitting PAYE on Mr Kuwaza’s earnings since 2009 and last week Zimra garnished the SPB’s CBZ account in a bid to recover the tax arrears.
All the other employees of the SPB have had their earnings taxed and the PAYE sent to Zimra. The Herald last year published Mr Kuwaza’s mega perks, excluding salary, which gobbled about $210 000 in 2014 alone.

Zimra has been demanding that Mr Kuwaza settle his tax arrears, but his reluctance has led to the garnishing of the SPB account, a development that could affect the board’s operations.

Zimra has since last year taken steps to ensure that all due taxes are paid following the unravelling of the “salarygate” scandal where top executives at some State enterprises gave themselves huge untaxed allowances.

Correspondence seen by The Herald shows that Zimra garnished the SPB account after Mr Kuwaza refused to comply with a request from the tax collector to provide a payment plan.
In a letter written to CBZ last Friday, a Zimra official Mr Shelton Chigumira ordered the bank to send Zimra $1, 019, 251.90 from the SBP accounts.

“CBZ could not pay the money to Zimra since there was a balance of about $230 000 in its two accounts.

Sources said Zimra early this month gave the SPB two weeks to come up with a payment plan. But Mr Kuwaza wrote to Zimra Commissioner Investigations and International Affairs Mrs A. Mutombodzi two weeks ago complaining why The Herald published a story about his tax liabilities last year.

“As you recall, the alleged Tax Liability for 2014 was published in The Herald in circumstances which were designed to denigrate my person,” said Mr Kuwaza.
“Unfortunately, certain officers in this office appear to have worked in cahoots with The Herald. The Director of Finance, Mrs S Thodhlana, explained that the soft copy of the PAYE Bill was sent to us via e-mail without any encryption.
“I asked her why this sensitive detail was dispatched in that manner, but she had no credible response. I concluded that certain persons had been hired to assassinate my character. I have yet to see Zimra taking The Herald to task for publishing our alleged liabilities in contravention of the Income Tax Act.”

In an emailed response to The Herald last week, Mr Kuwaza said tax matters were confidential.

“Your continued publication of any such details is illegal as it violates provisions of the Income Tax Act,” he said. “Could you verify the facts with the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet who administers the Procurement Act.”

But sources at the SPB said Mr Kuwaza was reluctant to pay tax since dollarisation, claiming that his contract was signed by the President.

“Kuwaza told the (SPB) director of Finance that he wants all his money that is not taxed because his contract is with the President,” said the source.

“As it stands, all of us except him, pay tax. There are high chances that we are not going to have salaries this month because of the garnishee order. The challenge now is that SPB will be forced to pay for his tax liabilities.”

Another source added: “Kuwaza is using all the company cars, he has a company house, he had repairs to the company house in excess of $200 000 that are taxable. He is also claiming board fees when he is on salary, increasing his tax obligation.

“In that case, Zimra needs to audit the source of the tax arrears to avoid prejudicing staff who were religiously paying their tax dues.”

A procurement expert who spoke to The Herald on condition she is not named said Mr Kuwaza was in breach of good corporate governance.

“In terms of the Income Tax Act, only public service benefits processed by SSB are essential service exempted from tax according to the Office of the President and Cabinet,” she said.
“SPB salaries and benefits are from revenues collected using administration fees as per Statutory Instrument 171 of 2012 and are therefore liable for tax. The board chairperson must just pay his tax dues without wasting time.

“However, the State should be vigilant to ensure public funds are then not abused to settle an individual’s liabilities.” herald

FUEL PRICES RISE IN ZIM

The gradual upward drift in Zimbabwean fuel prices, with blend now $1,51 a litre at many service stations, is the result of the jump in crude oil prices, according to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority.


Zera chief executive Engineer Gloria Magombo said last week: “The price changes in the country are a reflection of the movement of the Brent crude oil prices in the international fuels market.”
Crude oil has since mid-January sold as low as $40 a barrel of 159 litres. Recently, crude oil prices have started to rise.

According to Nasdaq.com a barrel of Brent crude oil was selling at $59,07 as of last week. The Brent price is one of the major yardsticks for international oil trade.

Eng Magombo said Zera conducted weekly price surveillance in major cities to ensure compliance by fuel dealers with the provisions of Statutory Instrument 20 of 2015 which determines maximum petroleum prices.

Some Zimbabwean fuel dealers say the rises are worsened because some international companies are almost monopolising the cheap pipelines from Beira through Feruka to Msasa by paying transport fees as much as two years in advance forcing others to resort to the more expensive road transport.

“Government has introduced a new policy that anyone who wants to use the pipeline should pay pipeline levies in advance and these companies are taking advantage of that to congest the pipeline,” said a local fuel dealer who refused to be named.

“Local dealers do not have cash to pay upfront and foreign companies are aware of the liquidity crunch facing our Government and they are paying pipeline fees well in advance for up to two years which means that they now literally own the pipeline.

“Although the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority reserves the right to set the maximum prices of fuel in the country, these companies have a lot of influence in the process because they have the largest stocks of fuel.”
However, Zera said liberalisation of the sector was a Government policy and currently over 30 companies were licensed to procure fuel.

“The participation of foreign companies in Zimbabwe is sanctioned by Government through relevant laws and bodies which deal with competition, investment authorisation and policy,” said Zera chief executive Engineer Magombo.

“Zera will ensure that the playing field in terms of regulations which guides operations in the sector is level in terms of standards of fuel and infrastructure among others.”

Local fuel prices have been hiked six times during the period between January and March this year.
The latest hike was effected last Monday, with blended fuel now selling at many service stations at $1,51 a litre up from $1,49.

According to figures released by Zera, fuel prices only slumped twice during the period under review.

Zimbabwean fuel is now amongst the most expensive in the region as a result of taxes and expensive distribution costs.

As of March 23, Angola was selling unleaded petrol at 83c and diesel at 56c. Angola is a major roducer. Zambia’s unleaded petrol was selling at $1,07 while diesel cost 93 cents while Botswana was selling both at 72c. South Africa was selling unleaded petrol at 94c while diesel sold for 84c. Mozambique was selling unleaded petrol at $1,33 and diesel at $1,04 with Malawi selling at $1,52 and $1,53 respectively.

Econometer head of research Mr Takunda Mugaga blamed Zera for failing to protect fuel consumers.“It seems we have failed to get support from Zera. They always support fuel companies even when it is clear that our economy cannot sustain some of these prices,” he said.

Mr Mugaga said the fuel industry was being dominated by a few players — pushing out any competitors.

“The fuel industry in Zimbabwe is oligopolistic in nature and you realise that there are three or four players who are setting the pace for price and output,” he said.

“It is a market which is prone to collusion where you see new entrants finding it difficult to survive.”

TSVANGIRAI : KASUKUWERE IS A CONFUSED WEEVIL

MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has described Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere as a “confused weevil” following his claims that the former premier was a ruling party functionary.

Kasukuwere on Friday told journalists in Mt Darwin that Tsvangirai was a Zanu PF political commissar, his own position, because of his decision to recall 21 MDC-T MPs from Parliament and the subsequent resolution by his party to boycott by-elections for the seats.

Tsvangirai, through his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka yesterday said Kasukuwere seemed desperate to have the MDC-T participate in the by-elections for the 14 seats that are up for grabs.
“Saviour Kasukuwere is a confused weevil. He appears desperate for us to participate in this cheap fraud,” said Tamborinyoka.

“The by-elections and any elections for that matter taking place in the absence of reforms is a circus and being part of any circus has never been our favourite pastime because we are a serious party. We are so serious that we take seriously the party’s highest decision making body; congress which resolved that the party would not take part in any election in the absence of reforms.”

Tamborinyoka added: “You will see us abstaining from an election of a burial society committee leadership because the credibility of that election is not guaranteed. The problem is that the weevils have already eaten into this by-election.”

He said the MDC-T national executive and national council would meet soon and expose the shenanigans around the by-elections.
 

Tamborinyoka said the MDC-T congress in November last year adopted a road map to legitimacy and participating in already rigged elections was not among the four sign posts of the road map.

“We are concentrating on dealing with a bigger picture of the national electoral environment and in the meantime we will not sanitise petty theft disguised as elections so Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC T are sticking to the decision of congress, but we understand Zanu PF is desperate for a competent political commissar that is why Kasukuwere wishes MT [Tsvangirai] were in their team,” he said. standard

JONATHAN MOYO FOR TSHOLOTSHO BY ELECTION

Zanu PF Matabeleland North province has unanimously agreed to have the party’s Secretary for Science and Technology, Professor Jonathan Moyo as the party`s candidate for Tsholotsho North constituency in by-elections set for the 10th of June.

The decision was announced at the Zanu PF Provincial Co-ordinating Committee meeting held in Lupane and it effectively means that the revolutionary party will not conduct primary elections in Tsholotsho North.

Professor Moyo expressed gratitude to the province for showing confidence in him, saying this is a correction of what went wrong in the constituency in July 2013 elections.

“In the case of Tsholotsho, the expelled previous incumbent did not even say one word in Parliament. I mean the whole purpose of being in Parliament is so that you represent the community that has elected, and to spend 18 or 20 months in complete silence is a betrayal of the community. So this is a wonderful opportunity to correct that,” said Professor Moyo.

Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere and the party’s Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo told the party leadership to play its roles and remain united to ensure that party objectives are realised.

Professor Moyo will be among the Zanu PF candidates who will be representing the party when the country holds by-elections on the 10th of June, following the expulsion of 21 MDC-T legislators from parliament.

ZANU PF GANG OF FOUR SPLITS

It never rains but pours for President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu PF, with well-placed sources telling the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that two of the nonagenarian’s most trusted lieutenants are at each other’s throats over the selection of party candidates for forthcoming by-elections, among other differences.


The sources said the new fissures had generated “unwelcome tension” in a party that is already reeling from an ugly internal rebellion and deadly factionalism that have seen many senior officials, including former vice president Joice Mujuru and her allies, being purged ruthlessly.

In the new hara-kiri, former allies and alleged members of the powerful Gang of Four — Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Saviour Kasukuwere — have apparently crossed swords over candidates to participate in the forthcoming Headlands by-elections.

The two senior politburo members worked together in support of controversial First Lady Grace Mugabe and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the run-up to Zanu PF’s disputed congress that was held in Harare last December, which is now a subject of court action by Mujuru’s allies, including former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa.

Kasukuwere holds the influential politburo post of political commissar and is driving the party’s divisive restructuring exercise which has put him at odds with rival groups who suspect he could be quietly cultivating his way to the presidency in 2023 or even 2018.

The party insiders who spoke to the Daily News On Sunday yesterday also said Muchinguri-Kashiri was miffed by Mnangagwa’s apparent lack of “appetite” to reward her for the role she had played in Mujuru’s ouster, and that she was desperately trying to reach out again to the party strongman after falling out with Kasukuwere.

Kasukuwere, the sources claimed, was leading a party faction calling itself Generation 40 (G40), comprising mainly young, but ambitious politicians angling to position themselves for higher office in future.

It is further claimed that Information, Media and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo and Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwawo are members of the G40 — even though Moyo is way older than the other members of the group.

What had particularly irked some of Kasukuwere’s party detractors was that many G40 members affectionately, but inappropriately — in Zanu PF parlance — referred to him as Obama, comparing him to the sitting American president, Barrack Obama, and inferring that he was a future Zimbabwean president in the making.

“It is this suspicion that is at the centre of the bickering which has been amplified by the short-listing of candidates for by-elections and the deployment of politburo members to oversee Zanu PF’s restructuring exercise,” one of the sources said.

The source added that Muchinguri-Kashiri’s recent claims that there were still people campaigning for Mugabe and Mnangagwa’s ouster were a result of “her tiff with Kasukuwere”.

“Her allegations are aimed at Kasukuwere and Moyo who are pushing hard for their candidates in the by-elections, taking advantage of Kasukuwere’s strategic position in the party. She is saying those things just to please ED (Mnangagwa) after realising that she no longer has a place in the G40.
“She feels terribly used by Moyo and Kasukuwere,” another insider told the Daily News on Sunday.
On the other hand, Kasukuwere’s camp was apparently accusing Muchinguri-Kashiri of seeking to block their candidates from contesting in the crucial by-elections.

One of Headlands’ by-election candidates, Dakarai Mapuranga, has since been barred from contesting the poll, despite being in the Manicaland provincial youth league executive.
The sources said Mapuranga was being blocked on the basis that when he transferred from Harare to Manicaland he had not been cleared by his former district.

Mapuranga, who is believed to be aligned to the Kasukuwere camp, has since written to the party’s national elections directorate appealing against the decision to bar him from the election.
Kasukuwere declined to comment on Muchinguri-Kashiri’s statements yesterday, as well as their alleged fall-out.

“Why do you ask me about what Muchinguri said as if you do not have her number? Ask her, she will tell you,” Kasukuwere said. Muchinguri-Kashiri was said to be in a meeting most of the day yesterday.

Hesitant party spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo referred questions on Mapuranga’s issue to Kasukuwere. But another well-placed source said Kasukuwere was set to reverse the decision to bar Mapuranga from the election tomorrow.

“He (Kasukuwere) wants to ensure that he has total control of the process of choosing candidates in these by-elections because Mnangagwa’s group is also pushing for its own candidates.

“If it has nothing to do with the seemingly unending struggle for mastery in the party, then how do you explain the fact that Mapuranga is allowed to sit in the provincial executive but cannot contest for a position in the same province,” said an executive member from Manicaland Province.

Mnangagwa’s camp on the other hand is reportedly livid that most of the politburo members deployed to oversee the party’s restructuring exercise in the provinces were sympathetic to the G40 camp.

“Kasukuwere made sure that the exercise left out party supporters known to be loyal to Mnangagwa. The matter was even raised at a recent meeting at the party’s Midlands provincial headquarters. The war is not over,” said a Mnangagwa loyalist.

Last week former party spokesman, Rugare Gumbo — who was sacked from Zanu PF in the run-up to the shambolic December congress — revealed that his group, which includes Mutasa, had made overtures to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and join hands with them in an endeavour to extricate Zimbabwe from its current economic and political crises.

Mujuru, while not known to be publicly involved in Mutasa’s and Gumbo’s overtures, recently told of her bitterness for having been used by Mugabe for 42 years.

All this has attracted some veiled threats from Zanu PF against the camp, through shadowy but well-informed Herald columnist — Nathaniel Manheru — who is widely believed to be Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba.

MAN FONDLES MINOR'S BOOBS TELLING HER : YOU BETTER THAN YOUR MUM

A HWANGE man landed himself in trouble when he caressed the breasts of his girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter before telling her that she was better than her mother and he wanted to marry her instead. The man from Madumabisa Village was lucky to be slapped with a four-month jail term which was wholly suspended on condition that he performs 140 hours community service when he appeared before Hwange Provincial magistrate Mrs Portia Mhlanga on Friday.

He maintained his innocence during the trial, arguing that he was nowhere near the area saying he was being framed by his enemies before switching his defence, admitting to being at the house.

The court heard that on an unknown date but between 19 and 23 January the man proceeded to his girlfriend’s home in G-West squatter camp where he found her daughter sitting on the doorway.
When he inquired of her mother the Grade Five pupil informed him that she was alone as her mother had gone out.

After learning this, he told the complainant that he would be better off with her than her mother before caressing her breasts with a promise of marriage.


She stood up to avoid his moves but he followed her into the house resulting in her screaming for help, attracting the attention of neighbours who came to investigate before effecting a citizen’s arrest.

ZIMBAS SMOKE 10M CIGARETTES A DAY

Zimbabweans are smoking at least 10 million cigarettes a day amid indications that the habit is expected to increase in the near future.

Statistics from British American Tobacco Zimbabwe (BAT Zimbabwe) and Savanna Tobacco (Savanna) show that the two companies produced two billion sticks each in 2014, translating to 10 million cigarettes per day.

BAT Zimbabwe finance director Peter Doona recently told The Daily News on Sunday that his company — whose portfolio of products includes such brands as Dunhill, Newbury, Madison, Everest, Kingsgate and Berkeley — would want to increase its cigarette production.

“Last year we produced about two billion sticks and 1,357 billion sticks were sold,” he said adding that the company does not export any cigarettes. “It is our wish that the target would grow but people here don’t smoke as much,” added Doona.

On the other hand, Zimbabwe’s second largest cigarette producer, Savanna produces nearly four billion sticks annually with two billion being consumed locally while the rest is exported into the region.

Gerald Gumbo, the Head of Marketing at Savanna, holders of the Pacific brand which comes in three flavours — Storm, Mist, Breeze and Blue, noted that the company aims to increase production and “be Africa’s second largest cigarette manufacturer by 2020”.
“We are renowned for our experience in delivering quality, innovative brands that are tailored for the unique needs and requirements of our Zimbabwean and African consumers,” said Gumbo.

The latest increase in smoking comes at a time when a recent World Health Organisation (WHO)survey revealed that at least 21 percent of men in Zimbabwe — which has a population of 13 million — smoke cigarettes.

The study, which aims at providing comprehensive estimates of recent trends in tobacco smoking worldwide, and to make projections for future tobacco smoking trends in order to provide estimates of the probabilities of achieving the reduction targets set by United Nation agencies,  predicted a rapid tobacco smoking increase in Africa for men.

This also comes hard on the heels of increased lobbying by anti-tobacco activists to reduce smoking through the enactment of laws that ban branded cigarette packets.
Early this month Ireland became the first country in Europe to pass laws banning branded cigarette packets.

Following the example set by Australia, all tobacco products sold in Ireland will be in a standard dark-coloured wrapper emblazoned with large health warnings and images of disease.

Slim boxes of cigarettes, in lipstick-style shapes, will also be illegal under the reform.
Brand names will be small and use similar fonts on all packets in the marketing clampdown which is likely to be challenged in the courts, either in Ireland or under European rules.
Zimbabwean companies are, however, fiercely opposed to a ban on tobacco branded cigarettes and the country has joined as a third party to what is the largest challenge that has been lodged at the World Trade Organisation against Australia’s Plain Packaging decision.

“We are strongly opposed to plain packaging for our products because it doesn’t respect our minimum guaranteed rights on trade mark protection,” said Shingai Koti, the BAT Zimbabwe spokesperson.

She added that there was no credible evidence that plain packaging will stop children from taking up smoking or encourage current smokers to quit.

“On the contrary, Australia introduced plain packaging two years ago and the experiment has failed — legal volumes are up, illicit trade has significantly increased and the historic reduction in smoking rates has eased. The conclusion that plain packaging is an effective measure for public health defies logic,” said Koti.  

Meanwhile, Gumbo said it was critical to question the real motives behind the recent escalation in anti-cigarette lobbying groups in Zimbabwe.
“Tobacco is Zimbabwe’s most important crop, bringing over $600 million into the economy every year. There is a 10 times value multiplier between the tobacco we export today and cigarettes,” he said.

“When our cigarette manufacturing industry reaches its full sales and exports potential, the $650 million in exports increases ten-fold to $6,5 billion. This is even before we quantify the multiplier effect on downstream employment creation and empowerment,” said Gumbo.
He argued that from the look of things, anti-tobacco lobbyists had no plan to replace the lost national revenues and employment.

“It appears that there is no consistent, logical and transparent policy statement from these lobbyists regarding their objectives, their position on national economic development without tobacco, their plans for replacing the jobs lost through their lobbying and their interventions in other industries.

“Until such time as these issues are clarified, the Zimbabwean public will rightly look upon these lobbying efforts as the same war Africans have been fighting for years. Any industry is acceptable to the West until Africans start taking it over,” said Gumbo. daily news

MINOR WALKED ON ME WHILE MASTURBATING

A VICTORIA Falls man, who shocked the courts at the onset of his trial by claiming that he ejaculated on a minor because she walked in on him while he was masturbating, will pay a $400 fine. 

The 38-year-old man was last month dragged to court on allegations of raping a 15-year-old fellow tenant. Regional magistrate for the Western Region Mrs Dambudzo Malunga found him guilty of indecent assault after the State failed to prove that the minor was raped.

She slapped him with a $400 fine (or four months imprisonment). “Your worship, I didn’t have sexual intercourse with complainant whether consensual or otherwise. She entered the bathroom where I was masturbating and I grabbed her inappropriately, in the process ejaculating on her skirt,” said the accused through his lawyer Mr Givemore Muvhiringi.


State prosecutor Mr Tawanda Sigauke alleged that on 28 November last year at around 10am, the teen was in the bathroom when the accused locked the main door. When she finished bathing, she discovered that the main door was locked before the accused appeared from his room stark naked. He grabbed her and pulled her to his room where he pushed her onto the bed before raping her once. The court heard that the teen’s screams for help were of no use as the accused continued to rape the young girl.

After the act, it is further alleged that he went on to dress while the girl watched and she told him that she was going to tell her mother but he remained quiet before leaving the room. The minor took a bath and washed the clothes she was wearing before going to her mother’s workplace where she reported the matter.

Her mother accompanied her to the police. sunday news

MY WIFE IS ALWAYS AT FUNERALS

I am a 50-year-old man and my wife is 49. We have three children, all boys and in their teens.

I don’t know whether my wife akupenga here or she just has too much time on her hands. Havabve panhamo whether dzekuchurch, dzenharaunda or dzehukama. She will go out of her way just to attend a funeral. If we do not have money she will either borrow or catch a lift with other mourners.

She hardly spends a fortnight at home.
Our church has a very big congregation but vaakutozivikanwa kuti kana kumamisha ndivo vanotoperekedza vanhu. Some of my family members said asi mukadzi wako muroyi here kana kuti anokara kudya?

Surely this did not go down well with me. I may not be very rich but I provide for my family. Izvi zvehuroyi I don’t know, but this got me really upset. We hardly have any quality family time now.

I tried to talk to her, akandichenamira, then I just kept quiet. To be honest I am not amused by all this nonsense. I am just fed up.

Should I set her free so that anyatsofamba munhamo or talk to my in-laws about this? If it is about the church I can even stop going there.

MAI CHISAMBA RESPONDS
I am very well, thank you for asking and thank you for writing in. Maiwee zvangu, what a letter! It seems you and your wife are extremists. I agree your wife has too much time on her hands.

It’s a good gesture kuchema nevanochema but for someone to be always away from home I think it’s a bit too much. Instead of attending most of these funerals she can assist in cash or kind depending on the situation.

From your ages I can safely say you are a mature couple and you should take advantage of discussing amicably. Please when you get upset don’t forget about your children, your marriage vows and how much you have invested in your marriage.
I think what some of your family members are saying about your wife is really mean and you should not allow that. In Zimbabwe it’s a crime to call someone a witch or even to imply as in this case.

About kudya I don’t understand because munhamo kazhinji hamuwanike nguva yekubika zvakanaka pamusana pekuwanda kwevanhu. I don’t think it’s a good idea to involve your in-laws in this issue because you will make a big storm in a tea cup.

Remember, your wife is already being called nasty names by some members of your family. This may not go down well with her parents.
I suggest you seek professional advice; the advantage is they are trained and they don’t take sides.

Last but not least, I don’t think you know why you go to church: it’s not about your wife, it’s about your relationship with God.
Kuchurch kwakasiyana nekubhora kunoperekedzanwa, kunamata idungamunhu. Fifty and forty-nine, surely you can sort out this amicably. All the best.

MUJURU'S ELABORATE ASSETS STRIPPING

Dr Joice Mujuru allegedly doctored deeds and nominally changed ownership of her late husband General Solomon Mujuru’s assets to prevent other bona fide beneficiaries – including an estimated 90 children – from accessing his vast estate, a family member has charged. It is alleged that the sacked Vice-President started tampering with the estate soon after Gen Mujuru’s death when she realised that his will left an estimated 70 percent of the estate to his children.

Gen Mujuru, who died in an accidental inferno at his house in August 2011, left behind many children – and a huge estate that has torched a fierce legal battle with potential heirs taking Dr Mujuru to court.

The courts last week heard that Dr Mujuru has been holding onto the will since 2011, prompting the judiciary to appoint an executor to assess the extent of the estate and to identify beneficiaries.

She was supposed to have lodged the will with the courts no more than 14 days after General Mujuru’s death. Dr Mujuru did not answer her cellphone when The Sunday Mail tried to seek her comment yesterday.

Investigations point to large multinational investments in mining, real estate, agriculture and tourism made by the late Army Commander. His interests covered River Ranch Diamond Mine, Zimbabwe Mining and Smelting Company, Marange Diamonds, Trojan Mine, Kulmic Investments and Ruzira Properties.

He also held stakes in hotels and lodges in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique.
In addition, he is said to have owned farms, including Ruzambo in Beatrice where he left over 1 000 head of cattle and wildlife worth millions of United States dollars.


The investigations show that at the time of his death, Gen Mujuru had 100 hectares of prime land at 72 Lunar Road, Borrowdale, Harare. Independent valuators told this paper that this holding alone was worth up to US$60 million.

There are also houses and blocks of residential apartments in Harare, houses and business complexes in Bindura and Shamva, properties in Marondera, as well as a shopping complex in Warren Park D in the capital.

Family members also speak of unquantified investments in money markets. Barely a week after the general’s death, Dr Mujuru, it is alleged, sold over 600 prime Brahman beasts worth about US$800 000 that formed part of Gen Mujuru’s cattle stock. A lot of these cattle were bought by the wife of a local telecommunications guru.
And it was this alleged sale of the beasts so soon after the death, family members say, that raised their suspicions that Dr Mujuru was not keen to abide by a will that they knew existed.
One of Gen Mujuru’s children accused Dr Mujuru of going on a systematic spree to change property ownership before execution of the estate.

“Furthermore, I have strong reason to believe that my father left behind more than 20 children. There could be as many as 90 of us from different women. Amai Mujuru has four daughters and no son, so this puts her at a disadvantage because the old man (Gen Mujuru) was a traditionalist who believed in keeping his wealth in the hands of the Mujurus through his sons instead of losing it to married daughters.


“Mai Mujuru saw the will, and we have heard that it leaves about 70 percent of the estate to his children, especially the males, and she took it upon herself to hide the will for four years. To make things worse, she is even demanding a paternity test for Gen Mujuru’s eldest son, Tendai even though she practically raised him in the household.

“It is Tendai who took her head-on. He wants the estate distributed because other children are living miserable lives.”

The Sunday Mail caught up with Tendai Mujuru – born to Gen Mujuru’s second wife, Ms Faith Juta – during the course of its investigations. Ms Juta and the general married in 1981 and separated in 1993, only to reconcile in 2008.


Tendai said they had now approached four people who were close to Gen Mujuru to compile a list of all assets. That process will start this week, he said.

“I can’t say much at the moment as it is still work in progress. Pretty soon, all the shenanigans of trying to hide properties and businesses will be revealed.” Asked who was hiding properties, he said he had “no comment”.

Another son, who preferred anonymity, said: “My dad had huge investments in various businesses but one of his wives seems determined not to let us benefit from this. We don’t know. All we know is that she is being unfair and what she is doing, in our view and that of our lawyers, is illegal. “I have been told that about 70 percent of the estate is to be divided among the children. It looks like if this woman gets her way the children will get 70 percent of nothing.” sunday mail

MAGAYA : WHY I HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR HOOKERS

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance PHD) ministries leader, Walter Magaya, has revealed that he dishes out money to sex workers and runs projects for them.

Magaya told journalists during his Ladies All Night Prayer on Friday night that on a daily basis he assisted hundreds of sex workers with various projects. 

“I give prostitutes money here on a daily basis to assist them get out of that thing. As a church we run projects for them so that they change their lives,” he said.

The all-night prayer, which sought to tackle anti-marriage spirits and deliver women from demons that affect their marital lives, attracted thousands of women who filled the church’s premises in Waterfalls. 

Magaya said his church was the “turning point” for ladies of the night who ended up meeting with their salvation. But his stance has resulted in him being linked to various women, which has attracted negative attention for the youthful prophet.

Magaya told journalists that his church had also helped gays and lesbians transform their lives, describing homosexuality as a “spirit which was anti-God”.

“As a church we are fortunate to be operating in a country where we have a President who has a stance against gays and lesbians. But as a church, we have helped quite a number of gays who manifest here,” he said. 

“I personally view it as a spirit that needs to be addressed and it’s anti- God. I know that in other countries such as South Africa, it is allowed, but we are going there to deal with it on May 30-31. I will show that this is a spirit which needs God’s intervention.” 

President Robert Mugabe has repeatedly described gays and lesbians as worse than dogs and pigs. Magaya’s all-night prayer was broadcast live on the national television, the church’s Yadah TV and also attracted coverage from South Africa.

Gospel diva, Fungisai Zvaka-vapano Mashavave and Amai Olivia Charamba thrilled the all night prayer with breath-taking performances which drove the women into the spiritual world.

Mashavave belted out her all-time hits such as Zvikomberero which had the fully packed blue shed church and it’s overflow singing along. Amai Charamba, one of the country’s top female musicians, put up a top-notch performance which included her hit songs such as Daily Bread and Mafuta among others. standard

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ANOTHER WOMAN STRIPPED, BEATEN IN HARARE

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A 'prostitute' has been undresssed and harangued by other women in a video that is now said to be circulating on social media.

Police are appealing for information on the identity of women harassing and assaulting the woman. The police say they are looking for information leading to the arrest of the women featured in the video where an alleged prostitute is undressed and asked to dance before the women and other observers, beat her privates with a stick before pouring salt inside.

Police have also called for the victim to come forward. The 7-minute video is in Shona and one Amai Munashe is called by the woman who is recording the video.

Members of the public with information on the said video can contact the National Complaints Desk on (04) 703631 or any nearest police station.

I USE JUJU TO SLEEP WITH MARRIED MEN

A married Zaka woman stunned fellow villagers when she confessed that she routinely uses mubobobo to enjoy sex with scores of men in the village.
Ndakaitei Mutuma told a traditional court presided by Chief Ndanga after being accused of having juju which was making married men to stalk her for sex.

Mutuma also boasted that she has muti that enable her to mysteriously remove a man's sexual organ and allegedly 'enjoy it in the comfort of her bedroom and return it after pleasuring herself'.

Mutuma was in court after her husband Albert Mutama told the court that he caught her red-handed engaging in sex with another man, identified as Joseph Chrindo in their bedroom hut.

Chief Ndanga said "In my life and experience as a Chief I had never heard or presided over a case like the one involving one of my subjects Ndakaitei Mutuma.

"She confessed before a packed court that she was using juju to sleep with scores of married men in the village.

"What she does is that she goes to the wife of a man she desires and gives her a cloth which she is always moving around with. After giving her that cloth smeared with juju that's woman's husband will immediately look for her or go after her.

"Even if the victim's wife discovers the affair, she would not do anything and when she dares confront her she will become powerless the moment she start questioning her" said the chief. b metro

MUDZI WEST MP DIES

Mudzi West member of the National Assembly, Cde Acquillina Katsande has died. She was 55.

Cde Katsande died at West End Clinic Saturday morning after a long battle with kidney and heart ailment.

Cde Katsande’s son George Katsande confirmed the death of his mother and said she will be buried in Mudzi on Monday.


Cde Katsande became Member of Parliament for Mudzi West from 2005 up to the time of her untimely death.


She was also elected Secretary for Administration for Mashonaland East Zanu PF Women’s League in 2008 before taking over as Chairperson in 2013 after the death of Cde Keresenzia Nyakudya before a vote of no confidence was passed on her late last year.

She lives behind five children and 12 grandchildren.
Mourners are gathered at Plot Number 15, Glen Forest farm in Goromonzi.

BONKING PRIEST AND NUN CLEARED



THE Roman Catholic Church Mutare Diocese this week concluded investigations in the alleged illicit affair between a priest and a sister at St Charles Lwanga in Chimanimani and said no evidence incriminating the two was adduced.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the diocese's Bishop Alexio Muchabaiwa said their investigations showed that there was no evidence that confirmed the alleged affair between Fr Taurai Oswold Saunyama and Sr Rukudzo Nyamugunduru.

"The priest in question, Reverend Father Taurai Owold Saunyama, and Sister Rosemary Rukudzo Nyamugunduru both took the vow of celibacy and know what it means.

"There are allegations that the two, both staying at St Charles Lwanga in Chimanimani, had an illicit affair by sleeping with each other and after thorough investigations, we did not get enough evidence beyond reasonable doubt that the said allegations are true.

"Please let us remember that a false witness will not go unpunished and the liar will perish. Proverbs 19.9," said Bishop Muchabaiwa.

Fr Saunyama and Sr Rukudzo's alleged affair was allegedly unearthed by a pair of sisters who decided to inform the Sisters' Council of their discovery. Investigations were commissioned to look into the allegations.

"It is indeed common knowledge that Catholic priests and sisters take the vow of celibacy. The vow of celibacy means a priest is forbidden to marry and a nun is forbidden to be married. Any attempt to marry whether civilly or customarily is forbidden by this law. Not only that the vow of celibacy obliges the priests, brothers or sisters to live a chaste life free from all forms of immorality.

Canon 277.1 states that: 'Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. They are therefore bound to celibacy. Celibacy is a special gift of God by which sacred ministers can more easily remain close to Christ with an undivided heart, and can dedicate themselves more freely to the services of God and their neighbour. Clerics are to behave with due prudence in relation to persons whose company can be a danger to their obligation of preserving continence or can lead to scandal of the faithful," said Bishop Muchabaiwa.

He took time to warn people to be wary of the emerging technology which can be used either to build or destroy individuals.

"Let us be cautious because in these days of cellphones, whatsapp and modern technological advancement, one can make up a story so that it can appear as true when in fact it is a fabrication of his or her fertile imagination. This is why our elders have and idiom which says: "mbavha haibatwi". We have also noticed that the police through experience do not believe that a person has committed suicide if they see him or her hanging.

"This is because a person can be killed first before his murderers hang him or her to give an impression that a person has killed himself or herself.

"For those who think that the Catholic Church's stance on celibacy is too difficult and the church must therefore review it, let me advise them to read the following passages from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 5: 1-13; 1 Corinthians 6: 12-20; 1 Corinthians 7: 1-40. Almost in every age there are people who produce reasons to try to persuade the Latin Church to make celibacy 'optional' as they call it. Each time, the church has said no and for good reasons. Matthew 19:11-12," said Bishop Muchabaiwa.

ZANU PF IS ROTTEN, SAYS JABULANI SIBANDA

Outspoken former war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda says a glaring lack of government accountability coupled with gross corruption by many Zanu PF bigwigs was at the heart of Zimbabwe’s continuing political and economic crisis.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, the brutally candid Sibanda said Zanu PF was solely to blame for the myriad challenges facing the country, and not opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and the targeted sanctions imposed by the West, as President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party liked to claim.

Sibanda was controversially booted out of Zanu PF last year after he threatened to mobilise war veterans to seek audience with Mugabe over the party’s deadly infighting, as well the many challenges that war veterans continued to experience 35 years after Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain in April 1980.

Before that, he had also colourfully pronounced that he was not going to allow “any coup both in the boardroom  and in the bedroom” at the height of the party’s anarchy last year that was fronted by First Lady Grace Mugabe — as it became increasingly clear that she had become the power behind the throne in the run-up to Zanu PF’s disputed December congress.

The utterances subsequently resulted in Sibanda being incarcerated on charges of breaching the country’s controversial slander laws — insulting or undermining the authority of the president. The matter is still before the courts.

In the interview with the Daily News yesterday, Sibanda said Zanu PF’s claims that Tsvangirai had invited sanctions to Zimbabwe and its leadership were now “clearly tired”.
“Before we accuse Tsvangirai or any foreigner of hurting our country let us look at ourselves. We have failed as a government and we are now even failing as a party, and as a result the revolution is being liquidated in the process,” Sibanda charged.

He also accused Mugabe of “listening to misleading voices” in Zanu PF party and of “feigning surprise” when the president had been informed about how corrupt most of his ministers were.
Sibanda added pointedly that this was the “real reason” why the country was in the mess it was in, and why its resources such as diamonds were being plundered by foreign companies working in cahoots with some ruling party elements.

“During the Zanu PF conference in 2012 Mugabe asked where our diamonds were going. It was a rhetoric question of course because he knows everything. “He went on to tell the nation that a Cabinet minister had demanded a $70 000 bribe from an investor, but did we see the minister being arrested?” Sibanda asked.

He also alleged that Mugabe had inexplicably allowed the Zimbabwe National Army to be registered as a mining entity in the Chiadzwa diamond fields, without remitting any proceeds to Treasury.
“We have a president who is misled by people who are surrounding him, because he is on record in Parliament naming people in corruption scandals involving diamonds, only to turn around and exonerate those people.

“This means that there are two people here, one who informed him about the corruption and the other who protected the accused. That is where the problem is. He allows himself to be misled.”
Confirming the long-held view that the army had committed crimes against humanity in the Chiadzwa diamond fields when they were deployed there, ostensibly to drive out illegal miners, Sibanda said the military had also killed two sons of war veterans.

“The army is now a mining entity in a joint venture with Anjin, yet they are salaried from the Treasury. They even committed crimes in the mining fields and we have a record of two sons of war veterans who were actually killed in that operation,” he claimed.
However, Sibanda expressed the hope that the country’s economic crisis, presided over by Zanu PF, could still be overcome.

“I am pleased that the problems we face are still within the reach of Zimbabweans. We need to have a combination of patience and courage to face our situation and God will be on our side. We will triumph,” he said thoughtfully.

Sibanda’s assessment of the problems afflicting the country dovetail with what the Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, said in December last year.
Mudenda told MPs during a post-budget seminar which was held in Harare that the ruling party should stop blaming their failure to recalibrate the national economy on sanctions, since Western countries had now lifted them.

He added that sanctions could no longer be a scapegoat for failure to get industries functioning, blaming this on a lack of political will on the part of Zanu PF to implement much-needed policies meant to kick-start the economy.
“They have removed the sanctions and there is an opportunity that we must now hold onto and implement.
“Doors have opened and let us invite those who have money from Europe to bring in that money here in Zimbabwe under Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZimCodd) and see whether they will refuse,” Mudenda said.

Tsvangirai’s MDC earlier this week called on Mugabe and Zanu PF to quit government and make way for a transitional administrative government if thousands of Zimbabweans were not to starve.
This came after last weekend’s revelations Mugabe at Kutama Mission’s centenary celebrations where the president stunned the gathered crowd by saying that he was feeling increasingly tired and troubled.

Among some of the problems bedevilling the nonagenarian leader are his advanced age, an ailing Grace, Zimbabwe’s worsening economic problems and political tensions in both his party and the country.

In a statement, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said the biggest challenge facing Zimbabwe today was a “lack of political legitimacy stemming from a renegade and corrupt regime that is driving the country into a socio-economic and political hell-hole”.

“The people of Zimbabwe are living in virtual political and socio-economic bondage as a direct result of the ruinous economic and political trajectory that Zimbabwe has taken over the past 35 years, with Mugabe at the helm,” Gutu said.

He said the majority of people were living in abject poverty because of Zanu PF’s misrule, adding that the country’s erratic rain season also meant that millions of Zimbabweans would need food relief.

Gutu said the Zanu PF government was bankrupt and would not be able to raise funds to import maize to avert mass starvation.

“While the economy continues to nosedive and the public health delivery system has literally gone to the dogs, we have a president who is now permanently domiciled aboard an Air Zimbabwe jet as he hops from one foreign destination. daily news

NIGERIANS VOTE IN TIGHT ELECTION



Nigerians headed to the polls Saturday to elect a new president in the most closely fought election since independence, framed by Boko Haram violence, economic woes and endemic corruption in Africa's most populous nation.

From megacity Lagos and the oil hub of Port Harcourt in the south to Kano and Maiduguri in the restive north, polling stations opened at 07:00, to begin accreditation for voting proper from 12:30.

The late arrival of election officials and materials delayed the process at some polling stations, where thousands of people had begun queueing from the early hours and some slept overnight, AFP reporters said.

Handheld technology to read biometric voter identity cards is being used for the first time, which the country's electoral commission hopes will cut voter fraud.

But confusion arose immediately over the card readers as President Goodluck Jonathan was kept waiting for more than 15 minutes in his hometown because of an apparent malfunction.

Jonathan, wearing his trademark fedora and black suit, stood at a polling station with his wife Patience and his mother in Utuoke, southern Bayelsa state, as officials sought to resolve the problem.

His ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has voiced concerns at the technology, calling it untested, while the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has backed its use.
APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari, turned up in a white robe with a traditional Muslim cap at a polling station in his hometown of Daura, in northern Katsina state and acknowledged that the accreditation process went smoothly.

Fourteen candidates in all are contesting the presidential poll, while 2,537 candidates from 28 parties are vying for 469 seats in the National Assembly at the same time.
Jonathan's PDP has been in power since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999 but the result is far from clear this time, with the opposition in its strongest position ever.
The president's inability to tackle Boko Haram - until recently - has dominated his tenure and although Nigeria became Africa's largest economy on his watch, global oil shocks have hit the country hard.

"I cannot recall an election more important than this in the history of our nation," Jonathan said on Thursday.

Chidi Odinkalu, chairman of Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission, said although the election campaign was far from perfect, there were encouraging signs for democracy.
"You cannot sit down now and say General Buhari will win, or President Jonathan will win," he told AFP.

"We are going to have to sit this out and wait and have butterflies in our stomach... and that I think is a wonderful thing."

There was clear evidence of traditional support along regional lines, with Buhari hailing from the mainly Muslim north and Jonathan a son of the largely Christian south.
But political analysts say such backing is far from guaranteed at the election.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said the stakes were high.

"The international community has high expectations that Nigeria will provide leadership in setting a high standard for this election," Ban said.

The UN team is one of several teams of international observers in Nigeria to ensure a transparent contest after previous polls were marred by widespread rigging and deadly violence.

Security was tight nationwide, with fears running high of Boko Haram attacks on polling stations and a repeat of poll-related violence that in 2011 saw some 1,000 people killed.
In Lagos - notorious for its gridlocked traffic - the streets were all but deserted except for pedestrians as an eight-hour restriction on vehicles kicked in.

Armed soldiers manned checkpoints of tyres and bollards. Not a single vehicle was seen on the 12-kilometre Third Mainland Bridge. Shops and businesses were shuttered.
The capital Abuja resembled a ghost town as military helicopters flew overhead.
In the northeast, blighted by six years of Boko Haram violence that has left more than 13,000 people dead and 1.5 million homeless, voting was taking place in and around camps for the displaced.

Civilian vigilantes swept voters in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, with hand-held metal detectors as a precaution, after a string of suicide attacks on "soft" targets in recent weeks.
Many of the thousands of voters were women widowed by the violence or separated from their husbands.

"I am ready to cast my vote at whatever cost," said Tandalami Balami, who fled the recently liberated town of Gwoza to a camp in Maiduguri. Khamis Amir, a refugee from Marte on the shores of Lake Chad, added: "I trekked 11 kilometres from Njimtilo to vote."