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, 1 February 2015

CHOMBO : REMOVE VENDORS FROM STREETS

Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo yesterday pushed for the removal of vendors from the streets with immediate effect arguing they were compromising health standards.


He was addressing mayors and council chairpersons at the 73rd Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ) annual general meeting in Bulawayo.

“The role of the informal sector in our economy, the upsurge of indiscriminate vending in urban areas has acutely affected the ambience of our environs while compromising the health of the residents,” Chombo said, adding that “vendors are selling their wares from everywhere including on pavements, open spaces and in front of shops.”

The minister’s verdict comes hard on the heels of disparaging statements made by Vice President  Phelekezeka Mphoko recently decrying “able-bodied people sitting down to sell tomatoes” on pavements instead of doing something worthwhile in urban centres wracked by unemployment.
The new Zanu PF deputy suggested vending should be a preserve of the disabled.

Chombo said vendors operating at undesignated areas in the cities and rural districts should be sacrificed for urban neatness.

“All local authorities are therefore required to immediately take necessary measures to remove the vendors from undesignated sites to alternative planned vending points,” he said.

This comes at a time when Zimbabwe's economy has been falling apart each passing day with several companies shutting down forcing many to resort to vending.

In her “meet-the-people” tours, First Lady Grace Mugabe last year ordered police to stop victimising struggling vendors.

Chombo, on the other hand, says local authorities should engage all stakeholders to ensure the streets are cleaned of subsistence traders who have become a permanent feature on most of the city’s streets and pavements.

He urged the city fathers to collaborate with the Small and Medium Enterprises ministry, security agencies and other relevant arms of government to ensure sanity is restored in the urban centres.

Turning to the issue of housing, the minister warned resurgent land barons against illegal disposal of State land.

“On a related note, uncontrollable urban sprawl has worsened the situation through sprouting of illegal settlements, especially in large cities and municipals,” he said.
“At the centre of these illicit developments are resurgent land barons who have been indiscriminately parcelling out land for personal benefit. Some of these people have resorted to use political rhetoric to promote and protect their interests,” Chombo added.

He said his ministry was not going to its fold hands and allow the situation to get out hand as culprits “will face the full wrath of the law.”

“All unsanctioned housing developments should be halted while those who are championing such activities must be reported to the police for prosecution,” Chombo said.
He said his ministry was working with the Lands and Rural Resettlement ministry to acquire land for urban housing development in all areas.

“The bulk of this land will be allocated to the local authorities for the necessary planning servicing and allocation to the needy.

“There is therefore no reason why unscrupulous persons should be allowed to turn our urban centres into a jungle in the name of redressing housing shortages,” he said. daily news

DESPERATE TSVANGIRAI SEEKS RELEVANCE

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has over the past few weeks been “visiting” suburbs in Harare where Zanu PF is known to be perpetrating violence in what analysts say could be a bid to reinvent himself.


Since losing the election to President Robert Mugabe, all has not been well for MDC-T with the party facing the second split in 10 years after former secretary-general Tendai Biti and deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma left to form their own party.

In three of his visits, in Budiriro, Hopley Farm and Epworth, Tsvangirai has proved that he still has the support of the people despite losing to Zanu PF’s Mugabe in the last election that he claims were rigged.

On all these visits, Tsvangirai exposed the amount of fear caused by Zanu PF in suburbs.
The MDC-T leader also came face-to-face with the poverty the people are grappling with. In Epworth, he expressed shock at the huge number of young people that came to attend his rallies during working hours when they should be at work.

“The question that I ask is: What is this whole group of people doing here on a weekday when you are supposed to be at work?” Tsvangirai asked rhetorically.
 

His message remained the same, however, throughout most of his visits, that Mugabe’s time to rule Zimbabwe was over and that he must now go.  “Zanu PF has failed. We now need a new direction that comes with the MDC programme,” Tsvangirai said.
 

In Budiriro, Tsvangirai attracted huge followers who chanted his name as he toured the markets past a Zanu PF terror base where he was verbally abused by Zanu PF youths. From there, he went to Hopley Farm, a disorderly settlement on the southern periphery of Harare.

There, he questioned medical staff at a local clinic over allegations that they discriminated against known MDC-T supporters. His latest visit was in Epworth where he addressed party supporters whom he urged to remain strong and continue working for change, which he said was definitely coming and in a peaceful manner.


Tsvangirai’s tours have, however, sparked debate over their usefulness, given that he had lost a lot of political mileage since his defeat in polls by Mugabe in the 2013 elections.


Political analyst Takura Zhangazha said that like any politician, Tsvangirai was right to engage the poor people who were in the majority, but said it was not enough to engage in “meet the people tours” without a clear message and plan. standard

CABS CUTS DEPOSITS DEMAND

CABS has reduced by 50% the deposit payment requirement for its Budiriro houses as part of measures to encourage their purchase in the wake of poor response by prospective homeowners who have failed to raise the required deposit.


CABS acting managing director Simon Hammond told Standardbusiness that as at January 16 this year 332 houses had been allocated to successful beneficiaries from a total of 2 700 units.
“The Budiriro housing project is targeted at low-income, first- time homeowners. Given the economic environment and the need to grant quality credit, it has been found that some of the targeted client base has been failing to meet the deposit obligation which was 25% of the total cost. To mitigate this, CABS has since reduced the deposit from 25% to a more favourable 10%,” Hammond said. 

Initially, two-roomed CABS houses in Budiriro cost $22 000 and the deposit was $5 874, while the four-roomed houses cost $27 000 with a deposit requirement of $7 258. Prospective homeowners had raised concern that the deposit required was out of reach for the majority of locals given the state of the economy. 

Hammond said the bank would this year focus on increasing the uptake of the Budiriro housing project and to stimulate the purchase of high and low-density housing.

“At this moment we continue to engage the multilateral organisations for credit lines to augment our domestic savings pool,” Hammond said.

In 2013, CABS signed a memorandum of understanding with Harare City Council to set up a $15 million housing fund that would result in the construction of 3 000 low-cost housing units.
CABS has also increased the tenure of mortgage loans to 20 years from 10 years to stimulate the provision of accommodation. 

The country has a housing backlog of over 1,2 million units. According to the new economic blueprint, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic transformation (Zim Asset), government plans to construct 125 000 housing units by 2018.

This would be attained through the provision of housing stands, strengthening of public private sector partnerships and recapitalisation of the National Housing and National Guarantee Fund, among others.standard

ZIMPLATS PREFERS WHITE FIRMS FOR TENDERS

Platinum miner Zimplats is allegedly parcelling out ultra-lucrative jobs to white-owned firms while side-lining indigenous companies.


Sources said the subsidiary of South African giant Implats was “paying lip service” to indigenisation and economic empowerment through its contracting procedures. Zimplats chief executive officer Mr Alex Mhembere denied the allegations, saying tenders were awarded by a committee that looked at several factors; including capacity, efficiency and the laws of the land.

At the eye of the storm is a US$142 million open pit contract awarded to JR Goddard Contracting and another valued at US$36 million for drilling and blasting that went to KW Blasting.
Sources said four white-owned companies were privately invited to submit bids for the open pit job: JR Goddard, Kinsey, R Davies and Dairyhill.

Mr Mhembere justified this saying at the time Zimplats was under pressure to produce ore after the collapse of its Bimha Mine on July 18, 2014.

“We selectively invited the four we knew had capacity to do the work. There is a committee that deals with awarding of contracts, which I’m not in any way involved in,” said Mr Mhembere.
However, it appears neither JR Goddard nor KW Blasting had capacity at the time as they needed advance payments of US$3 million and 1,4 million euros, respectively, to acquire the requisite equipment.
Insiders said other indigenous companies favoured with such advance payments would also have acquired that equipment within the same timeframe as JR Goddard and KW Blasting eventually did.

“The equipment was transported through Beitbridge Border Post and only arrived on site at Ngezi on January 2 (2015), about six weeks after the contract had been awarded. The same is true for KW Blasting who only took delivery of two new drill rigs from Sandvik (of Sweden) after Zimplats had paid directly for the machinery on KW Blasting’s behalf.

“Three more drill rigs are still to be delivered from Sandvik for the same contract,” a source said.
Another source added: “Any black contractor empowered with such massive advance funding would have just as easily procured the same equipment from shop floors in South Africa and landed it in the exact timeframes as the preferred white compatriots.

“So, the excuse that the white contractors have existing capacity in terms of equipment is not valid at all.”

Zimplats has the prerogative to spell out its own tender processes, but corporate governance expectations are that major jobs be parcelled out via tendering to ensure transparency and value to stakeholders.

Further, within the letter and spirit of Government’s indigenisation and economic empowerment thrust, companies are expected to invest in indigenous capacity. sunday mail

NUDE DANCERS THE TOAST OF HARARE

“Kunobviswa zvese here?” has become the new buzz-phrase in Harare. Dancers who take off their clothes on stage are more popular than ever in bars and nightclubs.


While some dancers have not engaged in sexual activities with patrons on stage, they have done so in dark corners or “private” areas of some clubs. Quotations for the illegal activities are furtively dished to patrons when they join the dancers on stage.

But what is even more disturbing is the age of some of the dancers who appear to be barely in their teens. The groups have become popular not for their dance but as rich hunting grounds for perverts and paedophiles.

Dancers’ Association of Zimbabwe (DAZ) board chairperson Paddington Japajapa said he was aware of the “wicked” developments within the dance group industry. He was, however, quick to point out that most of the “unholy” acts were being committed by unregistered dancers.

Reigning promoter of the year and club proprietor Biggie Chinoperekwei believes moral decadence in nightclubs and bars is being promoted by unscrupulous ladies of the night.

“Prostitutes masquerading as dancers are creating challenges in this industry. It is against this background that I feel club owners should only engage registered people. It’s highly unlikely that registered groups or individuals will misbehave since there is a known punishment for offenders. DAZ conducts workshops for its members and they do help regulate the dance industry,” he noted.
Chinoperekwei added that the Censorship Board should also have a separate licence for venues.

“Ordinary dance groups and the striptease dancers need to perform in venues that are designed for that. Most clubs are not designed for dancers or strippers; they lack even a simple stage. When there is a stage – it is not up to the required standards, for instance, the height, distance between stage and patrons, changing rooms, etcetera. When a club has no proper facilities it means automatically there is contact with clients either during performances or after. I believe that clubs should be vetted as well to ensure total compliance,” said Chinoperekwei.

Another top promoter, Partson “Chipaz” Chimbodza, said the spirit of profiteering was destroying the dance industry. He noted that most promoters are not paying proper value for dancers’ services resulting in the entertainers coming up with uncouth money-generating measures.

“. . . some of the dancers’ behaviour has become a cause for concern, but I think venue owners and our (promoters) payment systems are partly to blame. We should make sure that dancers get enough money to sustain their groups by looking at viability at both sides. Imagine giving a group of seven dancers US$60 for a gig. They obviously will find other means to earn extra cash and create the kind of problems we now have,” said Chipaz.

The chairman of the Censorship Board, Herbert Malaba, said the dancers knew exactly what is expected of them and thus the police inspectorate department was not supposed to show mercy to offenders.

Beverly “Bev” Sibanda and fellow pole dancer Zoey Sifelani have more than once been arrested on allegations of public indecency after contravening the Censorship Act but escaped with nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

“Every registered dance group has recommended laws behind their licence certificates and the police inspectorate department should arrest those flouting the provisions of their certificates of performance. We are and will continue working with relevant groups in the arts industry to promote purity,” he said.

The Sunday Mail spoke to a number of registered dance group members, who understandably refused to be named for fear of retribution by fellow members or being pursued by the law enforcement agents.

Both male and female dancers cited economic hardships in the country and tight competition in the dance industry for the rot that is prevailing in the country.

“No city or town is spared – everyone is doing it all over the country, be it in Zvishavane, Chipinge or Guruve. We get paid between $40 and $120, but our groups are made up of upwards of eight people – honestly how do we make ends meet with that kind of money?

“Patrons and promoters know that we do not earn much and we know that they are attracted to us – it’s a win-win situati on,” said Clarice, not her real name. sunday mail

CHEATING HUBBY SAYS I'M SCRUFFY

Up until now I trusted my husband and loved him wholeheartedly. For the past fortnight he was leaving his phone at home saying he was too busy with auditors and I believed him. A few days ago his parents came home to see our baby. I am on maternity leave.

 I pleaded with them to stay overnight so as to get a chance to see their son after work, but they said no because kumusha kune basa. I drove them to Mbare to catch the bus; unfortunately we missed the only bus that passes close to our home. I then suggested that we pass through my husband’s office so that he sees his parents, ini ndobva ndavamhanyisa kumusha nemota yangu. I got the shock of my life when I was told that he was on leave, kunyara kunokunda kufa.

His boss was equally shocked and promised to talk to him. After this I was so upset I couldn’t drive. I then suggested that we go back to Highfield. When he came back the three of us cornered him, my in-laws are so good, Mai Chisamba. Mai vaitoda kumurova.

He confessed he was cheating on me and was spending time with another woman. His reason for this was that I was driving him away because I had become dirty and scruffy. He even said “wachembera nevana two chete, hapana order pamba pano kana iwe wangoti bvuu”.

I respect my mother-in-law, we talked after the confrontation and she echoed the same sentiments but in a very motherly way. We are already working on our dented relationship, but how do I improve myself
MAI CHISAMBA RESPONDS
Ndinofara, wakadii hako? To say the least I am sorry about what you went through and most of it was uncalled for. I don’t want to rub salt on old wounds since you are already working on your dented relationship as you rightfully said. I am very impressed by the way you relate with your in-laws, makorokoto!

They are just as good as your own parents, if not better.
Your husband did not need to cheat on you first then tell you kuti tsvina ndiyo iri kumudzinga, that’s a terrible weakness. He should be advised not to play silly games because he risks ending up with HIV and AIDS or STIs, it’s not good for you as a couple. You have a lot of potential; you should protect one another at all costs.

I agree bvu bvu haiite, asi wabvunza, zvinoratidza chido nekuzvininipisa. Your last question almost made me cry, after all this humiliation you simply say how do I improve myself? You can phone me for details of where you can go for grooming. Looking good is not just for your spouse, it should be for your inner person first.

Remember the clothes and hairstyles you wear play a pivotal role in your life. Kunyange kubika, kukudza vana zvakanaka nekuchengata mumba zvinoda kuramba zvichivandudzwa, zvinodzidzwa.

DIASPORA NO LONGER WORTH THE SACRIFICES

Many of our Zimbabwean-based readers might have noticed that this past festive season, fewer people from the Diaspora than usual made it back home to celebrate with friends and family.


Though figures might not be easy to come by, the most noticeable absentees were our South African-based brothers and sisters, who are usually very conspicuous when they come; either through the easy-to-recognise vehicle number plates, the accompanying high levels of decibels emitting from the same, and the unmistakable fashion often influenced by Jozi trends.

Whereas the South Africa-based Zimbabweans are easy to notice because of their vehicle registration numbers (whether these vehicles would have been hired or bought on hire purchase is something else), those coming in from the United Kingdom, the States, Canada and Australia are not easy to recognise. Most often they sneak in, hire cars, fly out to local destinations, spend nights and weeks in hotels and then return.

But bottom line is, there was subdued activity between Zimbabwe and her Diaspora-based offspring.
There could have been a number of reasons for this, from the weakening rand to that Zimbabwe is no longer using a local currency but the international ones. Previously, someone coming from the UK would bring a thousand pounds and exchange it on the black market – and the whole village would feast to no end.

Ditto for the brother travelling from Wenera, a R5 000 festive holiday allowance would have made him royal. Not anymore. R5 000 is just US$500, if not even less.
And by Zimbabwean standards US$500 is a measly sum to budget for festive spending. The guys in Harare usually blow those sick amounts of money per night.

In years gone by, Diasporans would come home for the festive season and join in the fun. Remember we were a nation used to many zeros and we would spend by the zeros.
Diasporans, wanting to match Zimbabwean standards, often had to seek bus fares to go back “home”. Those flying were usually saved by having bought a return ticket.

The long and short of it all is that life in the Diaspora is no longer the same it was a decade or so back. Worse when it comes to South Africa-based Zimbabweans, they are no better than Zimbabweans in Zimbabwe.

In South Africa, there are a number of issues to contend with, from the high levels of crime, being over-qualified for a job (many degree-holders are waiters and waitresses) to power cuts which are now rampant there.

What the South Africa-based Zimbabweans might boast of, that which we don’t have in Zimbabwe, could only be McDonalds.

Outside of that, we could be living the same kind of lifestyle, if not better, given that we are at home, where we don’t run away from our shadows.

Besides, we are able to attend family events as and when we want. It could be birthdays, weddings, funerals, memorials, bride price-paying ceremonies, etc.

I had the occasion to attend a funeral recently, whose wake took almost a week, because the family was waiting for someone in the Diaspora (the colder parts of this earth) and thus the burial could not proceed.

When the said Diasporan arrived, a majority of mourners were shocked as to why they had been made to wait for a week. The guy brought not much difference, nor deference.

 I would like to bring to your attention the sad story of little Andrea, who was run over by a vehicle in the United Kingdom just before Christmas, killing her.
Her parents have been trying since Christmas to have their relatives travel to the UK for little Andrea’s funeral. The British, in typical fashion, have been snobbish, alleging that Andrea’s grandparents had never been out of Zimbabwe their entire lives, and there is a greater risk that they might grow into thin air once they get into the UK.
For their part, Wellington and Charity, Andrea’s parents, have even offered that their parents, Andrea’s grandparents, can wear electronic tracking devices so that the British Home Office can monitor their movements once they land in the United Kingdom, and that upon Andrea’s burial, the grandparents would return to Zimbabwe.

An online petition has since been launched to force British prime minister David Cameroon to intervene in the visa saga and allow the grandparents to travel to the United Kingdom.
£5 000 has been raised so far, so that the grandparents travel for the funeral and burial. By the time of writing this, the child was yet to be buried.

Honestly, how low can one sink? I am not privy to the reasons why the Gadas would want their child interred in the UK, but I am not sure if I am the only one who has been smoking a different brand, to notice that there is something wrong in opting to have your parents tagged. Just for the sake of a burial.

Honestly, honestly, how low can one sink?
Can you hate your country, and its kinsmen, that much? To the extent that you would rather have your parents tagged, instead of you taking the child for burial back in Zimbabwe.
I am not sure if I am the one missing the point or not, but with £5 000 already raised, isn’t it prudent to fly the little girl back and be buried here? Or is it the Gada’s have forsaken Zimbabwe that much, that they wouldn’t want their children to be buried here?
What has happened to their Zimbabwean-ness?

There could be reasons which are informing their decision to hold on to the burial of the little girl for close to seven weeks now but rationale would have let them bury their little child.
In their petition, they cite religious and cultural beliefs as holding them back from burying the little one, in the absence of their parents.

Really? If the cultural beliefs are so strong, then why not fly the little girl and bury her within the midst of her ilk? This is the same Diaspora that Jimmy has packed his bags to go to, from where they would not want to come back to bury their relatives. I am not sure if Jimmy has also reached that stage, where he despises Zimbabwe such that he would not even want to have anything more to do with the country.

The Gadas who are battling to have their parents join them in the United Kingdom for the funeral and burial of their loved little daughter, the many Diasporans who failed to come back this past festive, the many other Diasporans who fail to make it to the funerals and burials – and even memorial services -of their loved ones, are all part of the reasons why the Diaspora, once the envy of many a decade or so ago, no longer has the same attractiveness. How many of your readers have made appointments with your relatives and friends in neighbouring South Africa, that you might be visiting and might need a place to sleep overnight, and they promise you that it won’t be much of a hassle, getting you somewhere to lay your head for a night or two.

Get to Park Station or OR Tambo terminal, whichever suits your pocket, and the relative’s number, all of a sudden, becomes unreachable.

Either they don’t have the said place for you to lay your head for a night or two, or that the stories that they tell when they come here, are long tales.

To those who have not had the chance to travel to some of the so-called greener destinations, you really can’t fault their perceptions that the grass might be greener there, but to those who have had the opportunity to, will readily tell of the discomfort of travelling with your passport in your pocket all the time (that it is better to lose your money than your passport), will tell you how safe it is in Harare, how it feels so free to go and braai on a Saturday afternoon and link up with family the following Sunday.

Admittedly, we have different aspirations in life. There are those who go to the Diaspora to make the quick buck, and be able to buy a house, a nice car and come back (which the rational ones have done).

Must I also add that they are also coming back now in their dozens and droves. Then there are those who are finding it overwhelming to come back – but because they have nothing to show for the so-many years in the Diaspora – have been putting their coming back on hold.
Until such a time they have acquired something to prove that they were, indeed, in the Diaspora.

Then there is that class, that has acquired properties all over Zimbabwe and are still staying in the Diaspora, still slogging out long shift hours to what end?

Why not come back and enjoy the fruits of your toiling? Why have tenants (and at times relatives) enjoy your sweat whilst you brave the snowy graveyard shifts and less than three months of sunshine per year? Garikai Mazara Sunday Mail

N'ANGA IMPREGNATED BY MARRIED CLIENT

A GWANDA woman has been granted a peace order against her husband’s pregnant lover who is a traditional healer and has been harassing her.


Margaret Chihono of Zindere Resettlement in Gwanda District told magistrate Mr Arafat Kozanai that her husband’s lover, Fungai Mhuri, was disturbing peace at her homestead.
The court heard that Mhuri, who has been staying at Chihono’s homestead since February last year, had been impregnated by her client, Peter Chihono.

“I’m legally married to Peter but now he is engaged in an adulterous relationship with the respondent (Mhuri). I no longer have peace at my homestead and I am living in fear because of death threats I get from my husband and her lover despite that I am always unwell.

“I want Mhuri out of my homestead because she is causing me great distress. She insults me even in the presence of my husband but he does nothing to stop her. I have been degraded as a wife,” said Chihono.

However, Mhuri denied threatening or insulting Chihono. She said her stay at the homestead and relationship with Chihono’s husband, Peter, had been done with the applicant’s blessings.

“When I came to their homestead, the applicant was ill, she could not do any work and I am the one who was helping her out. She is the one who even told me that her husband, Peter, had failed to satisfy her sexual needs.

“We then agreed that I engage in a sexual relationship with her husband. I did not know that the two are legally married,” Mhuri said.

Mr Kozanai said Mhuri should never insult or threaten Chihono. Mhuri was also ordered to vacate Chihono’s homestead.

Chihono was also granted a protection order against her abusive husband who also threatened to kill her.

She said Peter had on several occasions threatened to stab her to death with a spear, allegations which he dismissed as false. sunday news

MUGABE : I'M NOT BOTHERED

Addis Ababa - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday shrugged off concerns that his appointment as new African Union chair would harm relations between the pan-African bloc and the West.

"What the West will say or do is not my business," Mugabe told a news conference at the close of two-day African Union summit held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

"My business is to ensure the decisions we take here are implemented. My concern is on uplifting the life of our people, giving them something that will raise their standard of living," he said.

"For more that 10 years I have been under sanctions, my country has been sanctions. If they want to continue it's up to them but these sanctions are wrong," the president said.

"If Europe comes in the spirit to cooperate and not the spirit to control us and control our ways, they will be very welcome," he added.

Mugabe, Africa's oldest president at 90, took over the rotating post of African Union chair on Friday, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Mugabe, a former liberation war hero who is Africa's third-longest serving leader, is viewed with deep respect by many on the continent.

But he is also subject to travel bans from both the United States and European Union in protest over political violence and intimidation.

Last year Mugabe boycotted an EU-Africa Summit in Brussels after he was given a rare invitation - but his wife was still denied a visa.

Mugabe also spoke on his attitude towards the empowerment of women.

"We are different," he told reporters. "There are certain things men can do and that women can't do. And there are things women can do that men cannot do. You can't bear babies in your tummy, can you? Even the gay ones cannot."

"But what we have done in Zimbabwe is that our women can become ministers, judges, farmers, pilots. We have three pilots," he added.

- AFP

MPHOKO : USELESS ARDA BOARD MUST BE DISSOLVED

THE Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (Arda) board must be dissolved for sabotaging the agricultural sector, Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko said yesterday.


VP Mphoko said this after touring an idle multi-million dollar tomato canning plant at Arda Balu Estate in Umguza district. The project is the brain child of late Vice-President Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo that never took off.
“Why do we have a board that gets paid for absolutely nothing when there is no production at this place? These people clearly should not be here, they need to also explain clearly why after such a long time equipment is lying idle and yet they are supposed to be the leaders,” he said.
VP Mphoko said what was unfair is that the board responsible for the estate has clearly shown that they undermine the legacy of revolutionaries such as the late Father Zimbabwe and President Mugabe.
“It is unfair for someone who had the opportunity to run Arda property to leave it in this state; it is clear sabotage to the development of the people. What kind of board runs this place?” he questioned.
He said that it was difficult to retain Zimbabwe’s bread basket status in the Sadc region when there are ineffective leaders who can abandon a project of such multitude.
According to war veteran Cde George Mlala, Dr Nkomo sourced the equipment which was meant to be for a tomato and fruit juice canning project soon after independence.
“VP Nkomo started this project just after 1980 and his vision was to can tomatoes and other juices so that these could be sold to both local and outside markets but unfortunately it never took off and very few people have tried to get it to function over the years, to no avail,” he said.
“His intention was to have local farmers grow the tomatoes on the estate and then process them there as there is a large dam that is there that was going to supply water to the project.”

He said the late VP Joseph Msika also made attempts to seek investors who would see to it that the project took off.
Dr Nkomo’s dream was to also build a factory which would do all the processing and canning of fruit, with the factory housing machinery which he had sourced from Italy.
Machinery that is still to be used after 30 years includes electric motors, storage tanks, piping material, steamers, mixers and various farming implements like tractors, harvesters and sorting machines.
VP Mphoko was at pains to explain the situation at Balu Estates, saying it is a reversal of the gains of the land reform programme.
“I do not know what to say. What can be done here? This is such a waste of good machinery and land. President Mugabe is one of Africa’s resented leaders over the land reform project. He is heavily criticised in Western media over the land issue and then someone decides to sit on their job. No, this is worrisome,” he lamented.
During the tour it was also revealed that all Arda farms and irrigation schemes in Matabeleland are not functioning with machinery now obsolute and most of it vandalised.
VP Mphoko said countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia once relied on Arda for technological and expert advice from Zimbabwe after independence but the authority has since lost relevance as they cannot run home grown projects.
“This is not a sanctions issue, it is pure lack of discipline and corruption too, people who were responsible failed to utilise this machinery such that it has been lying idle for years. There were over 500 cattle that were part of the dairy project here but no one knows what happened to them or where they died if ever they did,” he said.
VP Mphoko said he is going to see to it that there is resuscitation of the 260 hectare estate. sunday news

I WOULD RATHER DIE

“I would rather sit at home and wait to die in pain from these chronic headaches as I cannot afford medical fees that Mpilo Central Hospital is demanding. I would rather save for a decent burial.”

These are the heart-rending words of 56-year-old Ms Zondie Moyo of Lobengula in Bulawayo who for the past two years has been failing to secure at least $500 that is needed for a CT scan. She has perennial headaches and pus oozes from her nose as the pain intensifies.


Ms Moyo’s problems started in 2013 when she developed a headache and she assumed it would soon fade away. “I started getting serious headaches in 2013 and I dismissed them as just normal headaches but I realised they were getting worse each day. I tried getting tablets for pain but the situation didn’t change,” said Ms Moyo.

“As time moved when the headaches would come they would be accompanied by pus oozing out of my nose and I visited the hospital where I was told to go for an X-ray of the head.”
Ms Moyo then went to Mpilo Central Hospital where she was told she needed to do a CT scan of the head so as to ascertain the cause of the headaches and the pus. She was told that the scan would cost $500.

Ms Moyo told the Sunday News that her condition was tantamount to torture as she could smell rotten meat with every breath.

“Right now the smell inside my mouth and nose is that of rotten meat. I can taste it in my mouth and I always want to vomit because the smell is so awful. It is then accompanied by thick pus that flows out, something inside my head is rotting and I am worried,” she said.
Ms Moyo said one of her neighbours never used to understand her condition until one day she called her to see for herself.

“I asked my neighbour if she was strong enough to take a look at the pus that comes out of my nose and she agreed. After seeing everything she was then convinced that I have a serious problem that needs attention,” she said.

She said people seldom understand when she tells them she has pus oozing out of her nose when she is attacked by a chronic headache. She said it was especially worse when she swallowed the pus that flowed into her throat.

“It is so nauseating when I swallow it. I once decided to start taking umdombo (snuff) so that my nose would run and the pus flows out but this hasn’t worked at all,” she said.
To add on to Ms Moyo’s problems is the fact that no one is employed at her home.

“No one is employed here, some of my children stay here and they do not work so it is difficult to feed them, again my husband died over 20 years ago so no one can assist me. I also stay with my daughter-in-law who has a young baby,” she said.

She said it was very difficult to put food on the table or even purchase medicines. Ms Moyo has over the months been trying to nurse some fruit trees and sell them to eke out a living. She also said she was hoping to get cow hides for resale.

“I asked someone who stays at Fatima Mission to collect some cow hides for me so that I can sell them. I hear the market is there so I am hoping I will get some so that I can feed the family and also buy medicines,” she said.

A part of Ms Moyo femininity has been robbed from her as she cannot do the duties usually performed by a mother.

“I cannot bend on the sink and wash dishes, clothes or even clean the house because my head aches all the time and when I bend it just gets worse. When I do get the strength, I sit on the floor and wash dishes and ask my daughter-in-law to finish off,” she sobbed.

The challenge faced by Ms Moyo is not unique to her alone as thousands of people in the city are failing to access health care due to the unavailability and also high costs of services. Most health services are beyond the reach of the average person, making several people resorting to living with their untreated chronic illnesses.

Services such as kidney dialysis, CT scanning, chemotherapy just to name a few, are very expensive for many people coupled with the fact that a majority of the citizens are not on medical aid meaning that they have to pay cash for services.

In Bulawayo CT scans are available in private practices at high costs with some going for as much $1 000. Many Government hospitals have obsolete machinery that is supposed to service the general public at a subsidised cost.

“Right now I can safely wait for death because I have no clue when I will be able to do a scan to ascertain the problem. I thought I could negotiate for treatment then I pay later but this has failed,” she lamented.

A local doctor said Ms Moyo might have a type of brain tumor that is cancerous and could be rotting from inside, hence the foul smelling pus that comes out of her nose regularly. sunday news

Saturday, 31 January 2015

UN CHIEF ON MUGABE : ITS AFRICANS' CHOICE

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says he respects the will of the African leaders who elected President Robert Mugabe the new African Union chair.


Speaking to journalists at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the sidelines of the African Union Summit Mr. Ban said, “This is what the African Union member states have decided. I know that they have their own procedures and practices [for] electing their leadership, the President of the African Union. That’s what I know and I respect the will and decision of the African Union. I am ready to cooperate closely with the African Union leadership.”

He also reiterated his remarks that African leaders should always respect the will of the people. “I urge leaders in Africa and around the world to respect constitutional and legal limits on their terms of office. I call on them to listen to their people and respect their wishes and aspirations, expressed through the democratic process.”

Asked to clarify these remarks following complaints by some African diplomats that he should not tell African leaders what to do in their own nations, Mr. Ban said there should be no misunderstanding on what I have said Friday when he addressed the heads of states and governments.

“As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have very important responsibilities legitimate right to implement the basic principles of human rights and democracy in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. What I said yesterday (Friday) is based on my personal observations and assessment during my experience in the last eight years as Secretary-General. I did not mean that it was focused only in Africa -- I said the leaders around the world.

“We have seen many such cases and have experienced difficult situations caused by the unconstitutional changes and extending the term limits of leadership, whether it is presidency or whatever highest responsibility of government.”


He said it is very important that these constitutions should also be respected and preserved and implemented in good faith. “Of course, it may be argued that it is their national mandate but sometimes these national issues become regional issues and cause a lot of human rights violation and even costing the lives of human beings.”

Mr. Ban said, “Therefore it has been the source of concerns on many occasions. That is why I have been consistently sending messages in the past – during the last eight years – that leaders should very attentively and carefully listen to the voices of the people, what their challenges, what their aspirations are. There should always be inclusive dialogue, respecting highly human rights and human dignity. My statement yesterday (Friday) was based on my own conviction.” VOA

I WAS ONLY PLEASURING MYSELF

A VICTORIA Falls man who is facing a rape charge shocked the court on Wednesday when he denied raping his teenage neighbour claiming that she walked in on him while masturbating and inappropriately touched her before ejaculating on her in the process.

Justice Ncube from Mkhosana appeared in court for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl in the bathroom.

“Your worship, I did not have sexual intercourse with the complainant whether consensual or otherwise. The complainant entered the bathroom where I was masturbating and I grabbed her inappropriately and in the process ejaculated onto her skirt,” said Ncube through his lawyer Givemore Muvhiringi.
 
It is alleged by the State led by Mr Tawanda Sigauke that on 28 November last year at around 10am, the teen was in the bathroom where she was bathing when Ncube locked the main door.
 
After bathing the complainant discovered that the main door was locked before Ncube appeared from his room stark naked, after hearing some noise. 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 were in vain as Ncube continued on his quest.
 
After the act it is further alleged that Ncube went on to dress while the complainant told him that she was going to tell her mother but he remained silent before leaving the room. The complainant took a bath, washed her underwear and skirt before going to her mother’s workplace where she reported the matter who in turn accompanied her to the police.
 
Ncube was granted bail in the sum of $400 when he appeared before Regional magistrate for the Western Region Mrs Dambudzo Malunga. The trial continues.

CUTHBERT DUBE : HANDIENDE

Embattled Zimbabwe Football Association president Cuthbert Dube says only football stakeholders who voted him into office can vote him out of office and not people from the streets.

A defiant Dube emerged from the marathon meeting held at the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) offices and vowed to continue his tenure of office despite intensified calls for him and his board to step down from office.

Flanked by his despondent vice Omega Sibanda, Dube refused to discuss what the indaba with the SRC board centred on.


“All they want is my money but they do not want me...only the people who voted me into office can remove me. There is need for more dialogue between the board and the media,” said Dube.


Sports, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Tabetha Kanengoni-Malinga this week called on football stakeholders who voted Dube into office to rescind their decision because he had failed the local game.


Speaking during the question and answer session in parliament, Kanengoni-Malinga said it was better to be suspended by FIFA for the ultimate good of the local game.


SRC board chairman Edward Siwela gave the journalists a brief on the meeting with the entire ZIFA board saying they were on a mission to explore the state of football in Zimbabwe before making a report to the ministry.


“The issue of financial challenges, marketing strategy, general governance and transparency in football had been discussed as well as the structure of the board whether it is coherent as unit, does it have the right skills mix? And are they up to task of running the business of football?” Siwela said.


Dube’s administration has come under increased pressure to step down following the demise of the country’s number one sport in recent times.


Zimbabwe’s national team has failed to qualify for three successive Africa Cup of Nations finals and the 2014 FIFA World Cup during Dube’s reign at 53 Livingstone Avenue.


At the same time, ZIFA’s debt, which stood at $700 000 when the wealthy businessman came into office, is now at a staggering $6 million.


To worsen matters, most of the association’s property was auctioned off last year as bailiffs constantly knocked on the ZIFA door at the instruction of creditors owed varying amounts.


Dube, however, remains steadfast that he will not step down from his post, arguing that he deserves respect and appreciation for pouring his personal fortune into the game.

MAN CATCHES WIFE IN BED WITH LOVER'S BROTHER

A Mberengwa businessman tried to kill himself after he caught his wife in bed with his girlfriend’s brother.

The businessman reportedly attempted suicide by drinking cyanide. The incident happened last Saturday and the businessman, who later recuperated at Mberengwa Hospital operates at Neta Business Centre.

The heartbroken businessman caught his wife busy between the sheets after a tip off from his girlfriend that his wife was having an extra marital affair with her brother.

After being busted, the wife reportedly showed no signs of remorse when she allegedly begged for another session from her boyfriend in the presence of her husband as punishment for sexually starving her.

The wife accused her husband of disturbing her as she was having the best sex of her life.

“For a two-timing man I think it was a bad turn which deserves another when he found his wife in bed with his girlfriend’s brother. From the look of things, it was the small house who tipped him that his wife was going out with her brother.

“The move was probably meant to have him divorce his wife so that she could move in with him as the two are madly in love. After being tipped of his wife’s illicit relationship he quickly rushed home. Upon arrival he could not believe his eyes when he found the lovebirds busy making love on their matrimonial bed.

“In a bid to probably fix her philandering husband, she asked her boyfriend to have another session in the presence of the businessman claiming that he was sexually starving her. This did not go down well with the businessman who quickly took cyanide in a bid to kill himself,” said a source who chose to remain anonymous.

The source further said after the embarrassing incident, the businessman was no longer a common sight at the business centre as his younger brother was now running the show.

After allegedly messing up her marital bliss, the businessman’s wife is believed to have fled to South Africa. b metro

MUTASA HEARING ON WITH OR WITHOUT HIM

Pupurayi Togarepi, the Zanu PF youth league chairperson, insists former party bigwig Didymus Mutasa’s proposed disciplinary hearing will proceed whether he turns up or not.
Togarepi, who is one of the six-member disciplinary committee set up by President Robert Mugabe to deal with Mutasa’s alleged misdemeanours, said the committee’s verdict would not be dependent on whether Mutasa attends the hearing.

 The other members of the committee chaired by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko are Patrick Chinamasa, secretary for legal affairs; Savior Kasukuwere, political commissar; Kembo Mohadi, secretary for security; and Mugabe’s wife Grace, chairperson of the Women’s League.

The mooted hearing comes amid calls by some party hawks such as Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Kasukuwere to have Mutasa expelled from the party forthwith.
“The process will not stop whether Mutasa comes or not as it is his constitutional right not to attend.  It is his own business if he does not come as he is claiming and it will not change anything as we will go ahead and sit as a committee.

“Zanu PF is bigger than an individual and Mutasa has been part of the process for his entire life. He knows how it works,” Togarepi said.

He said he would not predict the outcome of the hearing before the sitting. I can refer you to the chairperson, vice president Mphoko on that matter but we are waiting for him to set the date and time for the hearing. We are all looking forward to it,” Togarepi said.

Mutasa has dismissed the hearing which wants to question him for his remarks describing Zanu PF’s damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare in December last year as “null and void”.

He has also threatened to take legal action against Zanu PF’s leadership, seeking to nullify the appointments made by Mugabe at the disputed congress.
He has also written to Sadc leaders asking them to mediate in the political discord within Zanu PF.

Mutasa is adamant that the party’s December congress was illegal, and has gone on to implore Mugabe to “listen to the voice of the majority” in the ruling party and ignore the advice of Mafikizolos (Johnny-come-latelies) who his group says have hijacked the party and are leading the nonagenarian down the garden path.

Mutasa courted the wrath of his erstwhile Zanu PF comrades when he recently signed a damning statement which was provocatively written in his former capacity as the ruling party’s secretary for administration.

The no-holds-barred statement also called for the nullification of all “purported constitutional amendments drafted and rail-roaded immediately before this so-called congress”, as well as the restoration of the “elective dignity of congress and the one-man one-vote principle as enunciated by our armed struggle and constitution”. daily news

GRACE FIGHT PAYS OFF FOR VILLAGERS

FIVE of the 200 villagers, who recently took government to court in a bid to stop their eviction from Manzou Estate in Mazowe to pave way for First Lady Grace Mugabe’s private wildlife sanctuary, have been allocated alternative land outside the disputed property.


Two weeks ago, the five — Aspinas Makufa, Daaisi Musekiwa, George Musa, Costa Chirimba and Gift Chikowore — won an interim interdict order compelling government to stop their evictions and on Thursday won another court order directing the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) to guard their animals and ensure the beasts did not graze on the villagers’ crops.

The villagers’ lawyer Gift Mtisi said his clients had been issued with offer letters and were set to be shown their pieces of land measuring four hectares each on Monday next week.

“Our clients have been given offer letters. We want our clients to be allowed to harvest their crops before they vacate the farm. However, we are still negotiating on the terms of settlement,” Mtisi said.

“On Monday they (the villagers) will go to the Ministry of Lands offices to be shown their pieces of land.” 


Part of the offer letters that were authored and signed by Mashonaland Central chief lands officer, identified as G I Chirapa, read: “The Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement has the pleasure in informing you that your application for land under model A1 has been successful. You are offered sub-division (it spells out 13-17) of Nyandirwi Farm, Mazowe District of Mashonaland Central Province.”

However, Mtisi said the offer letters were only issued to the five who were cited as applicants in the raging court case.

The five recently filed contempt of court charges against Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi, Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora, Environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Zimparks and trustees of the board of National Museums and Monuments. 

This was after police destroyed their homes in December in a bid to force them out of Manzou Estate in defiance of an order stopping the evictions issued by the High Court last year.
The High Court then ruled that the villagers could only be evicted on the condition government allocated them alternative pieces of land.

The villagers then obtained a second High Court order this year with the same condition.

Soon after the court ruling, Zimparks offloaded about 200 zebras on the estate in an apparent bid to force the villagers out of the farm. newsday

DAUGHTER (18) SEEKS MAINTENANCE FROM DAD

AN 18-year-old girl from Chitungwiza on Thursday took her father to the civil court accusing him of neglecting his family.

Farai Chivandire was demanding $200 monthly maintenance from her father James Chivandire whom she accused of failing to take care of her younger brother in Form Two and herself.

She told the court that since the departure of her mother to seek greener pastures in South Africa a few years ago, she had been forced to scrounge for food and other basic needs as her father who survives on part-time teaching jobs was not providing for them.

However, Chivandire told presiding magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa that he could only afford to give $40 to his underage son, saying he could not maintain his daughter as she was now a major.

“She is turning 19 in a few days and I don’t get much from my pension fund. I am not well and have medical expenses and I also acquired some loans,” Chivandire said.

“I am no longer teaching and I am a student at Bindura University. I am actually failing to pay for my tuition”, he fumed.

However, the court ordered him to pay $140 for the upkeep of his two children with effect from this month end and asked his daughter to file for a garnishee order should her father fail to deposit the money into her account. newsday

TWO COPS TAKE TURNS TO RAPE TEEN THIEF

Two police officers who allegedly took turns to rape a theft suspect five times at a police base in Cowdray Park appeared in court yesterday.Norman Njaya, 29, and Constantine Musetwa, 27, would reapetedly swap the 19-year-old woman after ordering her to wash up with each session.

They allegedly raped the teenager claiming that they would help clear her of the theft charges she was facing. Njaya allegedly raped the teenager three times while Musetwa allegedly abused her twice.

The two were not asked to plead when they appeared before provincial magistrate Willard Maphios Moyo facing five counts of rape.

They were remanded out of custody to February 13 on $100 bail each. Moyo ordered Njaya and Musetwa to continue residing at Luveve Police Camp and report at the police station every Friday.

They are not to leave Bulawayo for more than 24 hours without the consent of the courts and should not interfere with state witnesses.

Prosecuting, Mitchelle Chiboiwa told the court that Njaya and Musetwa were on duty on Sunday around 11AM  at the Cowdray Park Police Base when they had  in their custody a 19-year-old woman who was facing allegations of having stolen clothes from her guardian.

Chiboiwa said the woman was taken into an unused wooden room at the police base where she was interviewed by Njaya. During the interviews, the young woman told him that the person whom she had allegedly stolen clothes from had taken her shoes and panty that she was wearing.
Njaya promised to assist the woman on condition that she had sexual intercourse with him and his colleague Musetwa, the court heard.

Chiboiwa said Njaya then took the complainant into another room where he spread a blanket which was rolled at the corner of the room while Musetwa stood guard at the entrance.

She said Njaya ordered the woman to lift her dress and allegedly raped her. After raping her, he instructed her to go and bath in the toilet which was about 10 metres from the building.
The court heard that the woman complied.

Chiboiwa told the court that Njaya instructed woman to return to the room and wait for Musetwa. She said when Musetwa came, he told the complainant that they did not have any condoms with them.

He gave the woman his trousers to use as a pillow before he went on to rape her, the court heard. Chiboiwa said the two would alternate in raping the woman. She said they would instruct her to go and bath each time they raped her.

When it was Musetwa’s turn to rape her for the third time, the court heard, the woman escaped. She boarded a kombi that was parked at a local terminus. Chiboiwa said while in the kombi, she was spotted by the driver crying.

She said the driver asked her why she was crying but the complainant did not answer.
Chiboiwa said the woman finally opened up and disclosed that she had been raped after a Sergeant Zivemba, who was in the same kombi, identified himself as a police officer.

She said Sgt Zivemba then phoned ZRP Luveve and reported the case. The Luveve police officers went to Cowdray Park Police Base and found the rape suspects busy looking for the woman.
Chiboiwa said the two were summoned to Luveve Police Station where they were arrested while the woman was taken to Mpilo Central Hospital. chronicle