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, 3 September 2014

TYPEWRITER WINS CHIVI BY-ELECTION

ZANU-PF’s Cde Typewriter Chiuswa has won Chivi ward 14 by-election uncontested after MDC-T candidate Tawanda Chitanga withdrew from the race.

 Other opposition parties failed to field candidates.  Cde Chiuswa replaces Alderman Strove Tarukwasha, who died at United Bulawayo Hospitals in June this year after succumbing to kidney failure.

In a statement yesterday, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said the by-election that was set for September 6 has now been cancelled.

“It is hereby notified, in terms of Section 126(2) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13), that Chitanga Tawanda of the MDC-T party withdrew his candidature for election in ward 14 of Chivi Rural District Council.

“It is further notified that Chiuswa Typewriter of Zanu-PF party was declared the duly elected councillor for ward 14 of Chivi Rural District Council as he was the only candidate remaining following Chitanga Tawanda’s withdrawal,” said ZEC.

In April this year Zanu-PF candidate Enock Gurumba won the Makonde Ward 8 by-election uncontested after the MDC-T and other opposition parties failed to field candidates.
During the same month, the ruling party won Mkoba ward 12 Gweru by-election with its candidate Cde Charles Simbi polling 556 votes while Richard Ndlovu of the National Constitutional Assembly got 65 votes.

Fortunate Chiokoyo of MDC-T got 486 votes. In June Zanu-PF won the Chegutu Rural District Council ward 11 by-election after its candidate Cde Taurai Sengu secured 1 103 votes against 45 for MDC-T’s Didlane Walaza.

The by-election followed the death of ward 11 Councillor Nickson Mubatapasango.
Zanu-PF’s victories consolidate the party’s dominance in local authorities throughout the country.

It is now in control of 1 502 wards against the MDC-T’s 442.

PRISON ESCAPEE KILLS FEMALE OFFICER

A prisoner escaped from Hurungwe Prison farm on Saturday and the next day broke into a prison officer’s house and stabbed and killed the woman prison officer, who was alone at the time.
Stancelous Mashayamombe (30) was arrested the same day while selling beans he had stolen. He broke loose with only just over six months of his 30-month sentence for attempted murder still to run.

Mrs Besty Tapiwa-Mujuru, a Grade Two prison officer, was alone in the house at the time since her husband, Superintendent Mujuru of the same station, was attending a management training course at Ntabazinduna near Bulawayo.

Mashayamombe, after stabbing and killing Mrs Tapiwa-Mujuru, stole her husband’s clothes, dumping his prison garb in the house, and stole her Nissan car.

 When the body was discovered, the discarded prison garb identified the likely killer.
Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service spokesperson Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Banda said Mashayamombe was re-arrested 5km from Maumbe Shops, while selling beans in Magunje and was being kept in Karoi.

“The only thing that helped us to arrest him was after the discovery of his garb he had left at the scene of the crime,” she said.

MAN KIDNAPS WIFE'S LOVER

A 24-year-old Chitungwiza man yesterday appeared in court for severely assaulting and kidnapping his wife’s 31-year-old boyfriend.

Tawanda Njengezana of Zengeza 3 admitted to assaulting Samuel Chiposi of the same suburb, but denied kidnapping him. Njengezana appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Mr Musaiona Shortgame and was remanded to tomorrow for continuation of trial.

Chiposi told the court that he met Njengezana’s second wife Chenai at a local night club on August 27 where they started drinking beer together before proceeding to her house. Chenai was staying at a separate house in the same suburb, while Njengezana was staying with the first wife.

The prosecutor, Mr Norman Koropi, told the court that at around 2am the following day, Njengezana went to Chenai’s house where he wanted to collect his child. He was accusing Chenai of leaving the child alone while she went out to pubs.

Njengezana came in the company of four other men, who are still at large, and violently knocked on the door demanding to see his son.

 Chenai opened the door whereupon Njengezana and his gang entered the room and took turns to punch and kick Chiposi. They allegedly dragged him into a commuter omnibus and drove to an unknown destination where they further assaulted him. herald

BEV : I WAS IN LOVE WITH A PROPHET

Raunchy dancer Beverly Sibanda alleges that one of the leading prophets offered her a car and a house for marriage.

Speaking on Star FM’s popular programme “Zvirimugango” Bev said she turned down a leading prophet’s proposal for marriage after discovering that he was already married.“I will not name him but I fell in love with a prophet and he offered me everything for marriage but I later realised that he was married and I left him,” he said.

“He was unfortunate that I found it inhuman to marry him knowing that he has a wife. Don’t get it wrong please I have never mentioned any name but the truth is when they called me to their church I thought it was genuine,” she said.

She said she would rather  go to Masowe (apostolic sect) than to go to some prophets who are after money. “May be you don’t know that I go to Masowe because these so called big churches are something else,” she said.

She said she was relieved that she has finally said it out. “I had no peace in my mind but now I have said it I am now able to sleep,” she said.

The dancer made headlines when he joined the Prophetic Deliverance Ministries lead by Walter Magaya and dumped the church after making many allegations. Recently she alleged that Magaya had offered to buy her a car if she returns to his church.

RUNNING BATTLES IN HRE SOUTH OVER GRACE

AT least 14 demonstrators were reportedly arrested at Ushewokunze Housing Co-operative in Harare South yesterday morning and released in the evening.

This followed skirmishes between demonstrators against Harare South National Assembly member Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe, who is reported to have approached Politburo member Cde Patrick Zhuwao — who is nephew to the First Family — asking him to find a political home for the First Lady in Mashonaland West Province.

 The demonstrators were allegedly dispersed by riot police and youths aligned to the legislator who said Harare South was their territory. Efforts to get a comment from the police were fruitless last night as police Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi referred all questions to Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba whose mobile phone was not reachable.

Cde Mashayamombe denied the allegations saying there were people out to tarnish his image.
“You were there and why do you want to be fed some lies,” he said. “I never assaulted anyone and all these are machinations by people who want to use Amai Mugabe to tarnish my image.


 “We actually wrote to the National Chair Cde Simon Khaya confirming that Amai Mugabe is a member of the Harare province.” Cde Mashayamombe said he was a victim of negative media reports aimed at killing his political career.

Some of the people who were part of the demo told The Herald that one person Cde Norman Sibanda was beaten up by Cde Mashayamombe before tearing his T-shirt emblazoned with President Mugabe’s image. A docket was opened at Waterfalls Police Station.

 The demonstrators said Cde Mashayamombe also hired people who were deployed in various areas to thwart the demo. Cde Mashayamombe’s supporters had running battles with the protesters at Granville cemetery where they even beat up mourners.

Cde Tonderai Nkomo who is a resident in Harare South, said the demonstrations were aimed at dissociating themselves from Cde Mashayamombe’s claims that Amai Mugabe was not a member of Harare province.

He exonerated Harare provincial youth chair Cde Godwin Gomwe from organising the demo.  Cde Nkomo said there were several deep seated problems in Harare South that prompted the demo.

“The people of Harare South do not even have support from the provincial leadership,” he said. “We are aware that the Politburo is meeting tomorrow so we wanted the leadership to know that we are not represented that we are not part and parcel of Cde Mashayamombe’s remarks that Amai Mugabe is not a member of Harare province.”

Cde Nkomo said some of the challenges in Harare South included corruption in housing co-operatives among others. Another resident from Harare South Cde Trust Rutsvara, accused Cde Mashayamombe of causing confusion in housing co-operatives in the constituency.
He said Cde Mashayamombe bragged that he was untouchable and even if you reported him at Waterfalls Police Station no action could be taken.

 Another victim of Cde Mashayamombe’s rampage was Cde Muchineripi Mupindu who was assaulted at Mbudzi. Cde Mupindu said he lost US$1, 700 during the attack and he reported the matter at Waterfalls Police Station where a docket was also opened.

BABA JUKWA : KUDZAYI'S APPLICATION DISMISSED

A Harare magistrate yesterday dismissed an application for refusal of further remand by Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Philip who are accused of subversion and undermining the authority of the President through the Baba Jukwa Facebook account.
Both Edmund (28) and Philip (29) are suspected to be the administrators of the Baba Jukwa account.
The pair yesterday appeared before magistrate Mr Milton Serima who ruled that they should remain on remand pending their trial at the High Court.

Through their lawyer Mr Admire Rubaya, the two made an application for further remand refusal arguing that they have been on remand for a long time with the State failing to provide them with a trial date.

On the other hand, prosecutor Miss Sharon Mashavira opposed the application on the basis that the pair’s application was misplaced considering that they were only arrested on June 24 and they have been on remand for only two months.

After hearing submissions from both counsels, Mr Serima concurred with the State and dismissed the application. “The accused have been on remand for a reasonable period of time and considering the complexity of the matter, State should be afforded more time to complete its investigations,” he said.

Mr Serima remanded the pair to October 3 for their routine remand and for purposes of trial, their docket is going to be married with that of 20-year-old University of Zimbabwe student Romeo Musemburi.

Musemburi is facing similar charges. On Monday the court heard that a team of detectives is expected to leave for the United States to meet social networks and search engine providers to aid the State case against the trio.

It is the State’s case that sometime in April 2013, Edmund hatched a plan with Philip to overthrow the Government through unconstitutional means.  It is alleged that he created a Gmail account, babajukwa2013@gmail.com using a mobile phone line registered in Philip’s name, but used by Edmund.

The two allegedly formed two separate groups called the Gunda Nleya Brigade and the Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army with the purpose of overthrowing the Government.
Edmund is alleged to have posted articles on the Baba Jukwa Facebook page which encouraged rebellion against Government if the July 31 harmonised elections “were stolen”. herald

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

DONGO : WHY ZANU PF WILL ALWAYS HAVE FACTIONS

Margaret Dongo says Zanu-PF will always have factions because the party does not want to talk about a successor to President Mugabe. She said the party should openly discuss the succession issue if it is to have any chance of stamping out factionalism.

She said reports of factionalism in Zanu-PF were inevitable in view of the coming congress.

 “The issue of factions in Zanu-PF cannot be resolved before resolving the issue of succession,” she said. “The factions are normal because they test the strength of democracy in the party,” she said.

“Zanu-PF should go back to the drawing board and see where they have gone wrong.”

The Zanu-PF Politburo is meeting in Harare today for an emergency session convened by President Mugabe to discuss challenges afflicting the party ahead of its elective Sixth National People’s Congress in December.

Though the agenda of the meeting had not been made public by last night, the President hinted on his arrival from China early Sunday morning that the meeting would, among other things, look at reports of vote-buying, intimidation and other irregularities that characterised the Women’s and Youth League conferences last month where several senior Politburo and Central Committee members as well as six of the party’s 10 provincial chairpersons were implicated in vote manipulation and vote-buying that marred, particularly, the Youth League conference.

All those implicated in vote  buying, the analysts said, should face the music otherwise Zanu-PF would keep going around in circles. Some analysts even suggested that the party should annul the results of the Youth’s League conference, which they argued was fraught with glaring irregularities.
Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo, confirmed the meeting yesterday although he refused to disclose its agenda.

“Yes, we are having a Politburo meeting tomorrow (today),” he said. “The agenda is prepared by Secretary for Administration Cde Didymus Mutasa so I am not aware of it,” he said though a source close to developments said the minute had one agenda item, a post-mortem of developments in the party.

LESOTHO IMPASSE RESOLVED

Sadc, under the leadership of President Mugabe, has resolved a potentially explosive situation in Lesotho after an attempted coup by that country’s expelled army commander Lieutenant-General Kennedy Kamoli last week.President Mugabe, who assumed reins of the regional body last month, dispatched a delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi on Sunday to be part of the Troika meeting that resolved the matter in South Africa.

Other members of the Zimbabwe delegation included Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga and Foreign Affairs Secretary Ambassador Joey Bimha. The Sadc Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation (Troika) is chaired by South Africa and its other members are Namibia and Lesotho.

However, Lesotho was not part of the Troika because it was on the agenda of the meeting.
Impeccable sources which attended the Pretoria meeting said it was agreed that Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his delegation that included the police chief who had fled Maseru for South Africa should return home by today.

He said the PM Thabane and his deputy Mothetjoa Metsing also met Troika Chair and South African President Jacob Zuma and committed to work together as a  coalition. “The Zimbabwean delegation and other Troika members met PM Thabane and his delegation to review the situation in Lesotho on Sunday,” said the source.

“The following day PM Thabane and his deputy met Troika chairperson President Zuma.”
It is understood that after the meeting, PM Thabane and DPM Metsing produced a joint statement where they said they were happy to work together as a coalition and expect King Letsie III to also issue a statement.

“It was further agreed that PM Thabane and his delegation should be in Maseru by 3rd of September,” said the source. PM Thabane and DPM Metsing agreed to come up with a roadmap to normalise the situation in their country.

In the statement, the source said, it was indicated that DPM Metsing was highly unlikely to call for a vote of no confidence in PM Thabane. The source added that a team of defence chiefs was dispatched to review the situation in Lesotho on Tuesday.

The defence chiefs, the source said, reported that the situation was calm and Lt Gen Kamoli said he was willing to step down. “The defence chiefs also reported that Lt Gen Kamoli said he was not contemplating any coup,” said the source.

Another source said a Sadc observer team would soon be dispatched to Lesotho to monitor the situation and the implementation of agreed issues.

The team would comprise of members from defence, police, diplomats and a civilian component.
Minister Mumbengewi was expected to brief President Mugabe of the latest developments as Sadc chair and it was not clear whether he had done so by late yesterday.

The world focus was on President Mugabe as the new chair of the regional bloc on how he was going to deal with the matter. herald

MLISWA CORRUPTION COMMENTS RILE MPs

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment has come out guns blazing against Hurungwe East legislator, Cde Themba Mliswa for alleging that the committee and some parliamentarians have been corrupted by ethanol producer, Green Fuels’ shareholder, Mr Billy Rautenbach.

In his submissions to the National Assembly, the portfolio committee chairperson, Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena implored the Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda to make a ruling on allegations made by Cde Mliswa.

 Cde Wadyajena said his committee is concerned with statements made by Cde Mliswa to the Herald on April 3, 2014. An extract of the interview Cde Mliswa gave to the Herald reads, “Billy has also got into parliament and already has corrupted some members of parliament. You were there when that whole committee was held of indigenisation, there were members of parliament who were paid to hackle the chairman, even asked the chairman to stand up, and can’t you see that? But some of us are not moved by that.”

Cde Wadyajena said the members of the Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Portfolio Committee take exception to the allegations which they feel have potential to create deep suspicion amongst them, thus dividing the committee. The Gokwe Nembudziya legislator also argued that the utterances by Cde Mliswa also have potential to undermine the integrity and image of the committee and parliament itself and may compromise the ability of members to execute their mandate and functions.

He therefore called on the Cde Mliswa to substantiate his allegations by providing parliament with evidence.Cde Wadyajena also said if Cde Mliswa does not substantiate claims he made in the Herald interview, there could be a prima facie breach of the Privileges and Powers of Parliament Act chapter 2;08.  The Speaker of Parliament said he will make a ruling in due course on the matter.

PIC : IN HIS OWN HANDWRITING

This is what President Mugabe wrote in a visitors book in China



MAN DIVORCES SEX HUNGRY WIFE

An Indian man was granted a divorce on the grounds that his wife had an "insatiable appetite for sex," reports said Monday.

The man filed for divorce in a Mumbai court in January saying his wife was "aggressive and autocratic," and had harassed him over sex demands since their marriage in April 2012, the Deccan Chronicle reported.

The judge dissolved the marriage, saying the woman did not respond to a summons ordering her to appear in court, the Daily News and Analysis reported.

The man said his wife forced him to have medicines to increase his sexual stamina, and he claimed that he had been hospitalised once because of her demands.

"It is intolerable for him and he cannot bear anymore atrocities at the hands of the respondent (woman)," the petition said.

"He apprehends danger to his life and limb. The respondent has made his life horrible by her cruel behaviour."

BITI'S RENEWALS' EMPOWERMENT DRIVE

The MDC-T Renewal Team recently distributed over 1,000 chickens and stock-feed to women of ward 7, Headlands, under a programme aimed at empowering rural communities.



Mangoma told the beneficiaries that the project was part of the party’s response to Zanu (PF)’s failure to provide jobs and uplifting communities despite its promises during the 2013 election campaign.

 “Victims of political violence across the country whose houses and livelihoods were destroyed by Zanu (PF) since 1999 would benefit from the scheme,” said Mangoma.

Mangoma revealed that the diversified project would assist with school fees, uniforms for affected children and building material.

Assistance towards acquiring identification documents would also be provided. According to Mangoma, beneficiaries would be drawn from across the political divide.

It is important that communities form small livelihood projects, Mangoma noted, since Zanu (PF) had shown leadership failure by failing to provide employment, uplifting the livelihoods of the ordinary people and assisting as government of the day victims of political violence.

Mangoma bemoaned the ‘ongoing shutting down of companies resulting in people failing to cope since the economy is not performing’. The beneficiaries promised to do their best and make the project a success.

Jacob Mafume, the MDC-T Renewal Team spokesperson, said thousands members of his party were business and working people willing to share their earnings with the marginalised.

Tendai Biti, interim leader of the Renewal Team, last June said: “We have mobilised financial aid for all victims of political violence.”

Zanu (PF) was blamed for the political violence which left hundreds of suspected MDC supporters dead, maimed, displaced or homeless.  zimbabwean

SIPEPA NKOMO'S FIRM FACES LIQUIDATION

(The Source) – Bulawayo-based timber processing firm, Mukusi Products, has two months to find a new investor willing to inject $2 million or face liquidation, the judiciary manager said on Monday.

The company belongs to the former water minister, Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, and was put under judicial management in 2011 after he took over in August of the previous year.

The company owes creditors in excess of $2 million and owes its 235 workforce over $200,000 in unpaid wages. Judicial manager Phillip Ndlovu told The Source that the company has to get new investors within two months or be liquidated despite having a solid asset base.

“We are still waiting for investors (which would) save the company from liquidation. The company’s assets far exceed what is owed,” said Ndlovu.

Mukusi is part of Khami Enterprises, which has under its wing companies in tourism and wildlife, property, renewable energy and agriculture sectors and owns a sawmill in Tsholotsho in Matabeleland North.

It manufactures teak products and its sales are mainly in southern Africa. About 10 Bulawayo companies have either been liquidated or placed under judicial management between January and June this year.

Lasker Brothers, Trade Power and Wenbrough were put under liquidation after they have failed to service their debts. Other companies, Chakata Resources Zimbabwe, Tagarira Brothers, Setsail Equipment, Observant Enterprises, Hadad Enterprises, Willsgrove and Savanna Wood were placed under judicial management.

PASTOR LOSES $10K ADULTERY APPEAL

JOHANE Marange (Simon branch) leader, Clement Momberume who bedded his nephew’s wife will pay him $10,000 for adultery after the High Court upheld a decision by a lower court.
Bulawayo Magistrate Victor Mpofu had earlier ordered Momberume to pay Jasper Dhliwayo $10,000, for the adultery, but the church leader through his lawyer Sindiso Mazibisa applied to the High Court and the appeal was dismissed.


In his $10,000 lawsuit, Dhliwayo said his uncle who is the leader of an apostolic church with 500 members resides in Mutare, but occasionally comes to Bulawayo bedded his wife in 2012.
“In August 2012 he came and I met with him as usual and introduced him to my wife. He immediately asked for her number and took a picture of her. He then started communicating with my wife whenever he was in Bulawayo,” he said.

He also said Momberume then arranged with his wife, Mavis Sungayi Vilakazi to spend time at a Bulawayo hotel.

“He bought wine for my wife and bottled water for himself and told my wife about me as if he was prophesying. He told her I was responsible for the three miscarriages she has had. He said I have sex with her for ritual purposes and claimed I am on ARVs. Momberume also told my wife that when she is having sex with me she would be sleeping with a baboon,” Dhliwayo claimed in the lawsuit.
 
Momberume appealed for dismissal of the adultery claim saying that Dhliwayo’s marriage to Vilakazi is not legally binding.  He argued that the man has no right to claim any adultery damages against anyone as he is only customarily married to Vilakazi.

Customary marriages were only recognised for specific purposes like custody and rights of children, guardianship or for distribution of assets, Momberume’s lawyer added.

“Dhliwayo has no cause for action. His basis is that he is customarily married to Vilakazi but that marriage clearly does not conform to the Marriage Act 5.07. In other words the marriage is not solemnised in terms of Section 3 (5) of the Customary Marriage Act,” said Mazibisa.
“Whoever engages in any sexual relations with Dhliwayo’s wife cannot be sued because he has no rights therefrom,” he said.

 Dhliwayo objected to Mazibisa’s appeal saying Momberume had sexual intercourse with his wife when they were and are still married. Magistrate Mpofu ordered Momberume to pay Dhliwayo $10,000. chronicle

MUM LOCKS BABY IN A ROOM FOR 7 HOURS

POLICE had to break down a door at a house in Nkulumane to rescue a crying one year five months old baby who was left  in a locked room for hours by her mother who was later arrested for neglecting the child.

 Spiwe Ngwenya, 23, left her home last Friday at around 9AM leaving the minor asleep in a locked room, only to return after 4PM.

 Ngwenya appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Tancy Dube charged with ill-treating or neglecting a child.She pleaded guilty.

The woman claimed that she had gone to look for food for her baby after her husband deserted them and there was no-one she could have left her with.  Magistrate Dube remanded her in custody to September 4 for sentencing.

Prosecuting Sibekithemba Dube said Ngwenya left her minor child in a room that was locked in a manner likely to cause the child unnecessary suffering. “Ngwenya locked and left her child in a room for the whole day claiming that she had gone out to look for food and soap to feed and wash her baby,” she said.

Neighbours heard the child crying for a long time and reported to the police, who visited the house and broke down the door to gain entry.  Ngwenya, who came back after seven hours, was arrested police and the baby taken to her maternal aunt.

“The baby’s father deserted us and I had no-one to leave the child with. I had gone out to look for soap to wash my baby’s clothes and food to feed the baby. I don’t have money to take care of the baby. Please forgive me, Your Worship,” she said.

THE PICTURE THAT TELLS IT ALL

Action speaks louder than words. President Mugabe and his wife have their clenched fists up in the air but the Joice Mujuru faction, Didymus Mutasa and S K Moyo's arms are folded. Mugabe has sneaked in his wife into the Politburo to thwart Joice's bid to succeed him. This picture captures the real drama going on in the ruling party.

WIFE NUMBER 14 FOR MSWATI

Mbabane - Tens of thousands of Swazi girls danced before King Mswati on Monday in the annual Reed Dance, and a newspaper owned by the royal conglomerate used the occasion to announce that the king had wed his 14th wife, who he had selected from among the maidens at last year’s reed dance.

The new queen was seated among some of Mswati’s other wives. By wearing traditional attire reserved for royal wives, she signalled a wedding ceremony had taken place.
 
The wedding has not been publicised and confusion over the number of Mswati’s wives has had some palace observers numbering the new Queen LaFogiyane as Mswati’s 15th wife.
But Monday belonged to Swazi maidens, one of whom may become the next queen.
The palace announced that more than 80 000 had danced, but observers said the number was probably less than half that.
 
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, who was in the country for the weekend, and expected to attend the Reed Dance, had suggested that schools in KwaZulu/Natal be closed to maximise participation at the Zulu Reed Dance.
 
In Swaziland, all schools were closed for the dance, and the day was declared a national holiday.
Topless, the girls wore little more than beaded belts that concealed their frontal private parts but left their buttocks exposed.
 
Strict enforcement of photography was observed and one photographer who tried to take pictures from a low angle to show the girls’ frontal nakedness was ejected from the ceremony.
While no speeches were made at Ludzdidzini royal residence, 20km east of Mbabane, both King Mswati and King Zwelithini had given speeches at the weekend at a trade fair in Manzini.
 
Zwelithini, a frequent guest of Mswati, has two Swazi wives. He spoke strongly in support of Mswati’s absolute monarchy and condemned South Africa’s labour union activities.
Cosatu is strongly critical of Mswati’s autocratic style of government and is an ally of the Swazi union and political opposition.
 
In a speech broadcast live on the country’s only TV station, which is run by the government, Zwelithini warned that Swazis would destroy their country if they followed South Africa’s example.
“Do not burn your country, because investors will run away if you do so. Strike actions do not bring money into a household. Strikes bring hunger and suffering. I have seen this happening in my country,” Zwelithini said.

GRACE'S NEMESIS : YOUTHS NOT GROOMED TO LEAD IN ZIM

Deputy Justice minister Fortune Chasi who stood up to Grace Mugabe, earning her wrath says Zimbabwe's youths are not nurtured as future leaders.

“Normally, when people hear the word leadership, it conjures different images of lots of big powerful people in big cars, military commanders or corporate leaders. Our young people are not identified with leading and are not defined as leadership material,” the deputy minister at a Chevening function to see off the latest group of beneficiaries of the fund administered by the British Embassy in Harare. said.

“We are grateful to the Chevening scholarship of which I am an alumni, having studied International Human Rights Law. I cannot over emphasise the fact that you are going to study and come back to apply the knowledge and expertise for the benefit of Zimbabwe. The future of Zimbabwe is going to be determined by young people like yourselves,” said Chasi.

He said while Zimbabwe’s education system was globally renowned, the country’s youths were not normally associated with leadership.

“We all have roles, we have people that fought for our country but there are others who must take over and champion the same cause, and drive Zimbabwe to even greater heights. Mbuya Nehanda was a human rights activist in her own way and our constitution now has a lot of rights, it is the basic law of the country and it is the law that we will want observed. It provides very strongly the rights to our people, including the freedoms to go about their businesses without molestation or coercion, but it needs young leaders to push for its adherence,” Chasi told the beneficiaries, adding the constitution adopted at a referendum last year was a melting pot of Zimbabwean interests.

This year’s beneficiaries are Rumbidzayi Zengeya, Masimba Nyamanhindi, Ronald Chari and Tendai Zihove.

BUSINESSMAN'S DEATH SPARKS PROPERTY FIGHT

The death of prominent Masvingo businessman, Christie Diedricks probably one of the city's wealthiest man has set in motion serious legal battles as powerful politicians and business entities are claiming shares and ownership to his vast estate.

Diedricks who died on Thursday last week owned a 208-hectare farm at the fringes of Masvingo some 4km from the city centre along Masvingo Beitbridge Road. He also owned land near the Masvingo Showgrounds and a massive retail business empire.

Former MDC T councillor for Masvingo Urban, Misheck Gapare this week claimed that he was in charge of the 208 hectare piece of land including stands that are being developed near Wimpy outside Masvingo. Boniface Musara who is allegedly fronting powerful Zanu PF politicians in the province is also making claim to the land and stands being serviced near Wimpy.

However, a lawyer who declined to be named said the said land was gazetted and taken over by the State and there is no private individual who has any claim to it.

When asked for a comment, Gapare said his company Labourhold properties (Pvt) Ltd was the only company with a legally binding power of Attorney to run the affairs at Lot 2 Clipsham Farm including low density stands that are being developed there, adding that he would soon be taking to Court anyone claiming ownership of the land.

 "Labourhold is the only company which is legally involved in the daily running of Lot 2 Clipsham Farm and we have a power of Attorney authorizing us to do so. I am not aware of other people. I know Musara is trying to use his political muscle to wrestle away that piece of land but I am going to approach the High Court to seek redress," said Gapare. 

Gapare produced documents showing that he indeed was granted power of attorney over the property by Diedricks.

The Mirror however, also has documents in which Diedricks signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Musara of Gorge Safaris on January 15, 2011 intending to create individual exclusive low density residential units that meet the needs of the high class urbanites at Lot 2 Clipsham Farm.

  According to the agreement Gorge Safaris was supposed to retain 51% stake of the value of the whole project once completed and Diedricks would get 49%. The 51% was to be calculated after the developer has been remunerated 30% of the whole project.

  Asked for comment, Musara said he had an agreement with the Ministry of Local Government, Public Construction, Rural and Urban Development where he is to develop stands in Clipsham and he would get 90 percent as the developer and the Ministry would get 10 percent.

Documents in the hands of The Mirror also show that Diedricks through his late wife Alison Jean Diedricks signed a 25 year lease agreement on June 1 1991 with Shell Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd and Kudauana Estates trading as Shell City, relating to a filling station and Lot 2 of Clipsham Farm, popularly known as Wimpy, during which Shell City was supposed to sell a total of 180 million litres of blend and gas oil with a clause that stated they shall continue to do so until they had sold such litres.

  Representative of Shell City or Shell Zimbabwe were not available to comment as their phones were not reachable.

Other documents indicate that Diedricks applied for the incorporation of Lot 2 of Clipsham into the municipal commonage for the purpose of development of one hectare residential plots and donated 69 hectares of the 208 hectare farm to Masvingo city council and the application was granted by the Public Works and Planning Committee at its meeting held on August 17 2010.

  Masvingo Mayor Hubert Fidze said he could not comment on the issue because it was done before he was in office but was quick to say he will ask the responsible department about the agreement.
"I cannot comment on that issue because I was not in office at that time. Actually, I have to talk to the responsible department," said Fidze.


  When contacted for comment over Deidricks' properties his current wife Alleta Cornelea  referred all the questions to Musara.

"You can talk to Bonface Musara, he will be able to put you in the picture. That Gapare guy is talking nosense. Don't write the story otherwise I will take you to court ," said Alleta before cutting off. mirror

PROPHET RAPES EMPLOYEE

A GWANDA businessman, who is also a prophet popularly known as “Maketane”, allegedly raped one of his female employees in the presence of a workmate whom he ordered to face the other way, a court has heard.

 Muzi Ngwenya, 40, of Mawaza area who owns shops in the district, on Friday made an initial appearance before Gwanda magistrate Arafat Kozanai charged with rape.

 He was not asked to plead and was advised to apply for bail at the High Court before being remanded in custody to September 12.

Allegations by the state represented by Mncedisi Dube are that on August 25 this year, Ngwenya raped one of his employees who cannot be named (to protect her dignity) while at one of his shops in the presence of another female employee.
 
The court heard how Ngwenya committed the alleged offence. “The accused person assaulted the complainant and her workmate accusing them of not sleeping at the shop where they work. “He then locked the two in a room and asked the complainant to demonstrate what she did with her boyfriend,” Dube told the court.

 He said Ngwenya allegedly forced himself on the complainant after ordering her colleague to face a direction where she could not see them.

“The complainant lay down to demonstrate and Ngwenya took the opportunity to rape her once, after telling her workmate to face the other way,” Dube told the court. The matter was reported to the police leading to Ngwenya’s arrest.