THE MILITARY

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

THE MILITARY

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

PROPHET WALTER MAGAYA

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

TSVANGIRAI THE SURVIVOR

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

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

MUGABE MARCH USELESS : PEOPLE FIRST

OPPOSITION parties and civil society groups yesterday continued to pile pressure on Zanu PF to call off their planned million-man march in solidarity with President Robert Mugabe tomorrow, describing it as a senseless waste of resources. 

The march, expected to cost at least $600 000, comes at a time the national economy is on the brink, with banks facing crippling cash shortages.

The MDC-T said people should instead use the march to call on Mugabe and the government to immediately step down.

“lf anything, whoever is going to march on May 25 should be marching against poverty, joblessness, hunger, destitution and corruption. It is these ills that have been the
hallmark of Mugabe’s unparalleled mismanagement of the national economy over the past few decades,” MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu said.


Former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s newly-formed Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) described the event as devoid of any economic sense.

“The march is about creating an impression to the outside world that Zanu PF and its government, that is short of ideas on how to resuscitate an economy that is already on life support, should be trusted and supported,” ZimPF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo said yesterday.

In a statement, a civil society group, which identified itself as Tajamuka, said: “We urge you to abandon the march and direct all your efforts towards restoring sanity in this country.”

Meanwhile, by close of business yesterday, several Zanu PF provinces had reportedly not mobilised the 100 000 delegates required from each province due to lack of resources.

In Harare, youth league affiliate members, including the Zimbabwe Congress of Students’ Unions and organisations representing children of war veterans and collaborators, claimed they had been blocked from participating in the march, although former freedom fighters confirmed their participation.

“We went to the party headquarters for accreditation, but we were told it was not possible because some of our leaders were fired from the party. We were blocked by the security at the party office, but I don’t see the reason why they would do that because we all support the President,” claimed one of the senior members in one of the organisations, who refused to be named.

MUGABE RAPS KASUKUWERE

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe last Wednesday reportedly left Zanu PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere with egg on his face at a meeting with party provincial chairpersons, after he accused him of fuelling the chaos rocking the ruling party.


Impeccable sources told NewsDay yesterday that Mugabe called for the meeting, initially at the ruling party headquarters, before switching it to State House.

“Mugabe asked for a meeting with chairpersons that was organised by Kasukuwere to get a clear picture of what is going on across the country. The chairpersons had apparently been coached by the national commissar on what to say and to complain bitterly that they were being victimised by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s loyalists,” a Zanu PF insider said.

“However, the plot hit a snag because unbeknown to Kasukuwere, Mugabe also invited Mnangagwa and his counterpart Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko. The chairpersons stammered through the briefings and an angry Mugabe then snapped at Kasukuwere.”

Zanu PF Mashonaland provincial chairperson, Dickson Mafios confirmed the meeting, but declined to provide details of the discussions.

“It is true, we met the President. However, it was a confidential meeting and I cannot give details,” he said.

Kasukuwere said the meeting was “routine”, adding party secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo had also attended.

“It was a routine meeting and I have these meetings with chairpersons every week. We just wanted to apprise the President on the state of the party. And it is true the VPs also attended, but as for me being blamed for the chaos, it’s rubbish. Some people have also passed a no-confidence vote in me and one of the VPs, so I cannot be blamed for such things. I do not live in all the provinces,” he said.

For the better part of the last two years, Zanu PF has literally been on the edge, as senior party leaders position themselves for a post-Mugabe era, with Mnangagwa and First Lady Grace Mugabe reportedly eyeing the top post, although both have publicly denied harbouring such ambitions.

Insiders said Kasukuwere, who is linked to Grace’s camp, was also ordered to prioritise teamwork.

“He was ordered to work with Chombo and the VPs in whatever he does and stop pushing nefarious agendas,” the source said. newsday

WAR VETS : WHY WE ARE MARCHING FOR MUGABE

WAR veterans yesterday said they were “duty-bound” to attend tomorrow’s One Million-Man March and celebrate President Mugabe’s successes as a Statesman and leader of the revolutionary party, Zanu-PF. The march is being organised by the Zanu-PF Youth League.

 This comes as the preparatory committee of the Youth League held its last meeting yesterday with officials saying all was in place for the march.

Addressing journalists in Harare, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association secretary general Cde Victor Matemadanda said the agenda of the march had been specified to them and there was every reason for them to take part in the event.

“They have written to us, inviting us and the purpose has been clearly spelt out,” he said.
“Even if we were not invited, if it is clear that it is being done for the President, we are duty bound to attend. People had not been given information and there was a lot of speculation, but that has been rectified. We have been given information and there is no doubt it is in support of the President and we have no reason not to attend. We are going to attend effectively and actively.”
Cde Matemadanda added: “I know there has been a lot of talk regarding the march, its organisation and purpose, but we as leadership have said comrades must come. The march is not in support of any particular group or in the interest of any group, but is it for the President and him being our patron and Commander-in-chief, we are obliged to come and support. We are not only supporting, but taking leadership and giving direction on how it should be done. When I say direction, I am talking about war veterans being elders, the youths are our children and yes, they could have positions, but they remain our children. As parents we will not necessarily lead, but advise.”

He said war veterans with reservations about the event should first attend the march and the national executive would give an explanation later.

“War vets are soldiers and it’s like they are being called on parade and in the military if there is a misunderstanding or complaint it is done after the completion of the task. It is task first, explanation and complaints later,” Cde Matemadanda said. He said the freedom fighters should use any transport availed for the purposes of the march.

Churches, youths associations and students have also been invited. herald

BOY RAPES THREE PRIMARY SCHOOL GIRLS

A FORM Four pupil at Njube High School in Bulawayo has been arraigned for allegedly raping three primary school girls.

 The 16-year-old boy, whose name cannot be disclosed for legal reasons, allegedly raped the minors aged 8, 10 and 11 years on three different occasions.

The court heard that the three girls, who are not related, all live in Njube suburb. The boy yesterday appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Themba Chimiso facing three counts of rape. He was not asked to plead and remanded out of custody to June 6. The juvenile will be in the custody of his guardian until the matter is finalised, prosecutors said.

Prosecuting, Mufaro Mageza said the boy allegedly raped two of the girls this year and the other one last year. Mageza said in the first incident, the juvenile allegedly asked his 10-year-old victim to accompany him to the shops to buy electricity before he took advantage of her in January this year.
“On January 28, 2016 at around 2PM, the complainant was at her place of residence when the accused person arrived and asked her to accompany him to the grocery shops. The complainant agreed and while the two were walking, the accused person diverted to a certain house where he unlocked the door and got inside with the complainant,” said Mageza. “The accused locked the door and led the girl inside a bedroom where he forced her to lie down before he had sexual intercourse with her.”

He said the boy also lured an eight-year-old girl using mangoes earlier this year. “During the month of January 2016 at around 2PM, the complainant was playing with her friend when the accused person arrived at her place of residence. The accused person asked her to accompany him to run an errand at a house after promising to give her some mangoes and she complied,” said Mageza. “The accused led the girl to a house where they got inside and he locked the door. He then forcibly grabbed the girl and had sexual intercourse with the minor without her consent.”

He said in 2015, an 11-year-old girl was playing with her friends at her house when the juvenile joined them.

“The accused person lured the complainant into a room that is under construction and made her to lie down on the floor. He forcibly removed her clothes and lay on top of her where he had sexual intercourse with her” said Mageza. chronicle

Monday, 23 May 2016

LIFESTYLE AUDITS FOR MINISTERS LOOMS

Minister Kasukuwere's mansion
PARLIAMENT will soon institute a lifestyle audit for legislators including Cabinet Ministers that is expected to compel them to declare their assets in compliance with the provisions of the new Constitution and the House’s Standing Rules and Orders.

The regulations provide that public officials including parliamentarians must make regular disclosures of their assets.

Parliament’s Standing Rules and Orders Committee last month approved a draft Asset Declaration Register that spells out the kind of assets that MPs will be expected to declare.
The Clerk of Parliament, Kennedy Chokuda, said the development was meant to make MPs accountable to the public.

“This is within our Standing Rules and Orders that were approved way back during the Sixth Parliament,” he said.

“We’re now giving MPs an opportunity to make their input into the register. Remember MPs hold other people to account so this will also help members of the public to also hold them to account.

“But there are things that will be confidential and can only be made public with the approval of the Speaker of the National Assembly and the President of the Senate. So those who want that information would have to apply.”

Senate president Edna Madzongwe last week told Senators that MPs were requested “to consider and submit their views and recommendation on the Asset Declaration Register” for consideration by the committee on Standing Rules and Orders by May 31, 2016.

The draft document seen by our Harare Bureau indicates that legislators would be required to declare their assets, which include land, in and outside Zimbabwe, buildings, movable assets, financial assets and other assets such as jewellery worth more than $25,000.

The preamble of the register states that the development was in line with Section 198 of the Constitution that provides for regular disclosure of assets as well as Standing Orders 48 and 49 of the Senate and the National Assembly respectively that provides that, ‘Every member shall register all his/her financial interests in a book to be maintained under the direction of the Speaker and the President of the Senate and such registration shall be in a manner specified in the Code of Conduct’.

On land, legislators will be expected to state their address, category, year of purchase, area, percentage, type of acquisition and the owner.
The categories are farming land, forests, land inside localities, water surface and other categories of land outside localities if included in the civil circulation.

The MPs will be expected to state the owner’s name such as holder, spouse or child while on co-owned assets they were expected to clarify the owned percentage and names of co-owned assets.
On movable assets such as motor vehicles, tractors, farming machinery, boats and yachts and other means of transport that are subject to registration under the law, they were also supposed to declare them.

They will be expected to state the type of vehicle, brand, number of items, manufacture year and acquisition type.

On precious metals, jewellery, art and religious items, art collections and coins, items of the national or worldwide cultural heritage worth over $25,000, MPs will be expected to indicate all assets whether they are in Zimbabwe or outside the country.

They will be expected to give a brief description of the assets, year of acquisition and estimated value.

MPs will also be expected to declare movable assets worth over $15,000 and real estate alienated in the past year stating the type of the alienated asset, date of alienation, person the asset was alienated to, type of alienation and value of the asset.
On financial assets, MPs will be expected to declare bank accounts and deposits, investment funds, equivalent savings and investment forms if their total worth exceeds $25,000.

MPs will be expected to indicate those that are in banks and institutions outside the country stating the administrating institution and address, type, currency, opening year and updated balance or value.

Equivalent funds, including private pension funds or other savings systems as well as investments, bank deposit, placements or loans given worth over $25,000 as well as other net income generating assets that exceed a total annual equivalent of $25,000 are also subject to declaration.

Legislators will also be expected to declare their debts and liabilities outside the country including outstanding taxes, mortgages, warrantees issued for the benefit of a third party, leasing assets among others if their worth exceeds $25,000.

The draft declaration form also states that MPs must declare gifts, services or advantages free of charge or subject to subsidies as compared to the market value received from persons, organisations, companies, autonomous administrations, national companies or foreign public institutions, including scholarships, loans, warrantees, expense disbursements or the like of an individual worth over $4,500.

Under the provision, MPs will be expected to state whether it’s the MP, their spouse or children who generated the income, the source of the income, provided service or income generating item as well as collected annual income.

However, they will not be expected to state “usual gifts or treats received from relatives of first or second degree”.

MPs will also be expected to declare their stake in trading companies, national companies, credit institutions, economic groups as well as membership in associations, foundations or other non-governmental organisations where they will state name of the firm, position held, and number of shares as well as total value of shares.

By signing the declaration register, MPs commit to being held “responsible under the criminal laws and contempt of Parliament for any inaccuracy or the incomplete nature of the aforementioned information”.

The Clerk of Parliament will be expected to enter the register of declared assets. chronicle

MAN AXES WIFE, KILLS HIMSELF

A MAN from Pelandaba suburb in Bulawayo allegedly committed suicide after striking his wife with the back of an axe on the forehead, hours after the couple had visited a police station for counselling on their marital problems.

 Emmanuel Mapetero, 40, and his wife Tsitsi Kwindingwi allegedly sought counselling services at West Commonage Police Station before going home where they fought again on Saturday.

Mapetero was allegedly accusing his wife of infidelity and after attacking her, she escaped and headed to the police station.

When she returned home with some cops, her husband had already taken his life.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said it was sad that a life was lost after the couple had sought counselling.

“We’re investigating a sudden death by hanging. The deceased was having challenges with his wife and had earlier sought counselling services from the police,” said Insp Simango.
She urged members of the public not to resort to violence as this does not solve their problems.

Insp Simango said people should seek assistance from elders in their communities, church leaders, and the police among other people who can assist them to solve disputes.
A source said the incident occurred when Mapetero accused his wife of cheating resulting in the couple seeking counselling from the police.

But hours after returning from the police station, a fight erupted again resulting in Mapetero hanging himself.

“They were having marital problems. Mapetero was accusing his wife of infidelity. On Saturday they went to West Commonage Police station where they were counselled. But it seems they failed to understand each other so when they returned to their home they fought again,” said the source.

The source said Mapetero struck his wife with the back of an axe on the forehead but she managed to escape to safety.

“Kwindingwi escaped and went back to the police station where she reported the attack. She went back home in the company of two police officers and found her husband dead,” the source said.

“He had locked the gate and doors of the house. Police officers had to break the door of one of the rooms to gain entry. They found him hanging from the roof trusses in a corridor.” chronicle

GRACE ALLY : I WAS NOT POISONED

THE Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo yesterday refuted reports that she ate poisoned food at the weekend.

 Online media on Sunday reported that Cde Moyo fell ill after attending the Culture Week National Launch at Godlwayo Cultural Centre in Insiza’s Avoca, Matabeleland South.
Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko was guest of honour at the event on Saturday.

The false information spread through some social media platforms, resulting in the Minister’s friends, colleagues and relatives phoning her to inquire about her health.
Cde Moyo, who is also the Zanu-PF’s Women’s League Deputy Secretary, described the authors of the report as immoral and unreliable.
“It’s not true that I fell sick after eating food at the function. I enjoyed my day just like everybody else and the food we ate was first class. I never had any kind of illness and I never even visited the toilet in Insiza or along the way.

“This is the kind of unethical journalism that we don’t accept in our society. Nobody even called me to verify if this was true or not,” said Cde Moyo. She said she was shocked when her relatives and colleagues started calling her to find out if she was recovering.

“I’m really upset and I wonder what the motive was. I received information from my aide and my phone was inundated with calls from all over inquiring about my health. Everybody was concerned about me.

“If these people don’t respect my being as a person, they should at least respect Zimbabweans and stop telling lies.

“Whoever is responsible for that report must apologise to the people of Zimbabwe. The Culture Week launch was one of the most beautiful functions that I ever attended and the food was first class. It’s not fair for people to try and taint it,” said Cde Moyo. chronicle

DOCS REJECT ALL MEDICALS AID

PATIENTS will, from July 1 this year, pay cash upfront after doctors announced yesterday they will stop accepting medical aid. Doctors accuse the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) of taxing them for claims that have not yet been honoured by medical aid societies.
The doctors say patients must now pay cash upfront and claim reimbursements from medical aid societies.

 Dr Shingi Bopoto, the Zimbabwe Medical Association (Zima) secretary general, yesterday said doctors were being forced to borrow money to settle tax obligations for money that they have not received.

“Medical aid societies are breaking the law. They’re supposed to pay doctors for services rendered to their members. They’re also obligated by law to pay doctors at prescribed rates depending on their levels. A good number of insurers aren’t doing that and it’s seriously affecting doctors,” Dr Bopoto said.

“Zimra charges tax on money accrued to doctors, whether they’ve been paid or not. Due to non-payment by health insurers, doctors have to borrow money to pay their tax obligations. This isn’t a sustainable situation. No doctor or service provider can afford that.”
He said as from July 1, patients will pay cash to the doctors and take their receipts to their medical aid societies for re-imbursement.

“That will be the arrangement until the regulator, the Ministry of Health and Child Care, forces medical aid socities to pay doctors. Some health insurers force patients to use their clinics and charge shortfalls if they don’t. This is illegal. We’ve since taken the matter to the Competition and Tariff Commission.

“We’ve also taken the matter to Parliament and the Health Ministry and we hope it’ll be given due attention.”

The doctors say some medical schemes owe them money from as far back as 2009.
Both Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa and his Permanent Secretary Gerald Gwinji could not be reached for comment yesterday as they were said to be out of the country.

Recently, the government threatened to cancel licences for medical aid societies who were not meeting their obligations, giving them a June 30 deadline. Last year, PSMAS instructed more than 30 health providers to demand cash from its members.

PSMAS said then the move was aimed at preventing its debt to health service providers from ballooning and to avoid further litigation. As at May 2015, PSMAS was facing about $8 million in litigation, with some of the claims dating back to December 2014.

The health insurer’s problems have been largely blamed on huge salaries which were being awarded to ousted chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube and other executives.
Dube was taking more than $500,000 home in salary and allowances each month.

HARARE READIES FOR TOYI TOYING ZANU PF YOUTHS

With two days to go before commemorations of the 53rd Africa Day celebrations, preparations for the One Million-Man March which will run concurrently with the Africa Day celebrations are at an advanced stage with service providers installing tents and other facilities and sprucing up the Robert Mugabe Square in Harare, the venue for grand occasion.  
Accreditation of delegates has also begun at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare. The organising committee visited the venue to inspect progress made so far ahead of the bid day on Wednesday.


Zanu PF youth league deputy secretary, Kudzanai Chipanga, told the Daily News yesterday that all was set for the march in support of Mugabe, which he had no doubt would be a “resounding success”.

“It’s all systems go now because we have done what was supposed to be the most difficult part, that is mobilisation. Our provincial assembly points have been secured, with the National Sports Stadium reserved for all Matabeleland provinces as well as Midlands.
“Mashonaland West will assemble at Kensington Shopping Centre, and East 24 will host Manicaland and Mashonaland East. The host province (Harare) will assemble at Raylton Sports Club, with Rufaro Stadium hosting Masvingo. Mashonaland Central will be near the South African Embassy.

“The provinces will march from these points simultaneously to Robert Mugabe Square (which opposition parties refer to as Freedom Square), beginning at 9am and they will then be addressed by the president,” Chipanga said.

However, and in line with the debilitating divisions that are ravaging the former liberation movement, he made it clear that ousted Zanu PF national youth league secretary, Pupurai Togarepi — one of the alleged key Mnangagwa allies — was not, and would not be involved in organising the march.

On his part, Togarepi pooh-poohed claims that he and other supposed Mnangagwa loyalists were working around the clock to block the march, adding ominously that there were youths who were posting on social media that they would not be part of the march if Togarepi was barred from participating in the demonstration.

“I am fully behind the million-man march. Remember, I am actually the author of the first million-man march in 2007. Then, I invited Jabulani Sibanda, not the other way round.
“I am happy therefore if my youths have that zeal to use their energy to mobilise for the president. These activities create awareness and galvanise youths. I am therefore calling upon all Zanu PF youths and those affiliated to the party to participate.

“There is no misunderstanding or misgivings about what the march seeks to achieve, hence I am actually hiring buses using my personal resources,” Togarepi said.
But Chipanga countered saying he was not aware “which youths” his former boss wanted “to ferry with his buses”.

“It is sad Togarepi has some youths he refers to as his. He has no youths as they all belong to the party and he has no constitutional mandate to interact with the party structures until his case is finalised.

“We are therefore not working with him in preparing for this march and if he is going to be part of it, he is only doing it in his capacity as an ordinary member of Zanu PF. In fact, we as the youth league have not seen him since his suspension,” Chipanga charged.

Togarepi acknowledged that with Zanu PF divided along seemingly intractable factional lines, there were bound to be divisions as well in the ranks of the youth league.
“It must also be realised that these are people who have not developed that much politically and they tend to irritate each other and sometimes they are misdirected by other people with their own agendas.

“I know very well that people are saying they do not know which of the four or five factions in the party I belong to, but I am happy because I am in Zanu PF as a compact organisation led by one person (Mugabe) and directed by its constitution.

“I will remain focused behind the person who appointed me (Mugabe). I will not follow anybody else or be part of a faction,” he said further.

Music superstar, Oliver Mutukudzi, Douglas Chimbetu and various other sungura and dancehall artists are billed to provide entertainment on the day.

Every province is expected to mobilise 100 000 youths who will assembly at various designated places in Harare before they march to congregate at the Robert Mugabe Square where they will be addressed by the President.

TWO PEOPLE KILLED AS ZIMBAS AND BASOTHO CLASH IN SA

TWO people have been killed after Basotho and Zimbabwean nationals clashed in Garsfontein on Sunday afternoon, Gauteng police confirmed. 

“It is alleged that Basotho nationals were attacked by Zimbabweans today [Sunday] while playing soccer,” said Brooklyn police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach.

“The Basotho nationals responded and drove their attackers out of the camp.”

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said seven Basotho were treated for stab wounds and severe lacerations in Plastic View.
Six had minor to serious injuries, while one man was critically injured.The man later died in hospital.
“Reports from people at the squatter camp indicate that four others were killed further into the camp; however hostile community members with sticks and pangas refused the emergency service access to the camp,” Botha said.
Weilbach confirmed a second body was found in the informal settlement later in the evening.Their identities were not yet known.
Police were monitoring the situation while leaders from both sides were negotiating possible solutions.
The situation was calm and under control and surrounding suburbs were safe, she added.
No one had been arrested and police would investigate cases of murder and public violence. News 24

ACTING HRE MAYOR : HANDIENDE

Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has been dealt a blow by a leadership wrangle at Harare’s Town House.

Acting mayor Chris Mbanga, who took over as acting mayor in March after mayor Bernard Manyenyeni was suspended by government for insubordination, said he does not recognise a resolution that recalled him. This comes after he barred the new town clerk from doing his job.

MDC Harare provincial chairperson Eric Murai a fortnight ago said the party had recalled Mbanga and three councillors on allegations that they had been compromised by Zanu PF specifically on the contentious issue of the city’s town clerk.

But speaking in an interview with the Daily News over the weekend, Mbanga rubbished claims he had gone rogue.“The talk of being recalled, I think it’s premature,” Mbanga said.

“The (MDC Harare) provincial chairman and his executive have not followed due disciplinary processes that need to be taken to come to that conclusion.”

Mbanga said he did not happily accept and step in to fill the breach left by the suspension of his boss, but was bound by duty to do so.He said Kasukuwere “by no means granted” him the acting mayor position but it fell on him by virtue of being deputy mayor.

“I am still the acting mayor of the City of Harare by virtue of the fact that I am the deputy mayor. It’s not an appointment that was done by Kasukuwere. It’s given when you are deputy mayor and the mayor is not there, you act in his absence,” Mbanga said.

He said there was no need to doubt his loyalty to the MDC.
Mbanga also scoffed at claims he is now taking orders from Kasukuwere.

“Those are careless statements. I haven’t gone rogue. I’m a child of the MDC, ... Tsvangirai is my president. The MDC is my home. I’m not going anywhere,” he said.

Mbanga described his relationship with the Zanu PF political commissar as strictly “professional.”

“Our relationship has been misconstrued,” he said.

MDC : LETS MARCH AGAINST THIS DICTATOR

The African Union (AU), formerly the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), was formed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25,1963. Thus, May 25 is a very important and significant day on the African continent.

It is a day that the whole of Africa commemorates the formation of the Pan-Africanist continental organization, the AU. On Wednesday, May 25,2016, the MDC, as a patriotic, social democratic political party, will be joining the rest of Africa in commemorating the historic and sacrosanct 53rd anniversary of the formation of the AU.

It is very ironic and indeed, extremely disturbing, that on such a historic day, the faction-ridden and beleaguered Zanu PF regime intends to stage a so-called million men march in support of President Robert Mugabe, a man who has single-handedly destroyed and trashed the hopes of millions of Zimbabweans by running down Zimbabwe's economy as well as establishing a personality fiefdom in which the fundamental human rights and liberties of ordinary Zimbabweans are routinely disregarded and disrespected. Thanks to more than three decades of the Zanu PF dictatorship, Zimbabwe has virtually collapsed into a failed State in which more than 85% of the population are living in abject poverty and destitution. It is a notorious fact that the majority of Zimbabweans are living on less than US$2 per day. In the land of plenty, only a few thousand people, mainly members of the ruling Zanu PF elite, are enjoying the fruits of our hard won independence.

The MDC unreservedly and strenuously condemn the proposed Zanu PF so-called million men march that is supposed to take place on May 25, 2016. If anything, whoever is going to march on May 25 should be marching against poverty, joblessness, hunger, destitution and corruption.

It is these ills that have been the hallmark of Robert Mugabe's unparalleled mismanagement of the national economy over the past few decades. Instead of massaging the personal ego of the man who has caused the pauperisation of millions of Zimbabweans by staging a totally puerile, purposeless and wasteful so-called million men march, the Zanu PF regime or whichever of its factions is organizing and funding this thoroughly discredited march, should actually be staging a march to publicly apologise to Zimbabweans for ruining and destroying a country that used to be the bread basket of Southern Africa. They should also be staging a march to call upon Robert Mugabe and his clueless and corrupt regime to immediately step down from office in order to save the people of Zimbabwe from further suffering.

We know that peace-loving Zimbabweans are going to be commandeered and force-marched to join the so-called million men march that is essentially fascist and dictatorial in nature. The MDC would like to call upon Zimbabweans to resolutely refuse to be abused and enslaved by the collapsing Zanu PF regime. The people of Zimbabwe deserve to be governed by a legitimate, responsible, accountable and transparent government that will assume political power through free, fair and credible elections. The Zanu PF regime is essentially illegitimate after it unashamedly stole the people's vote and rigged the elections that were held on July 31,2013.This is a rogue and renegade regime that has neither the political nor moral authority to remain in power a day longer.

Zimbabweans should draw a line in the sand and thus proceed to resort to all lawful and constitutional means that will ensure that the morally repugnant and insipidly corrupt Zanu PF regime is send packing sooner rather than later.

Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson

ZIFM STATEMENT ON MUSARARA FIASCO


CHIHURI : WHY I REDEPLOYED ENTIRE MABVUKU STATION STAFF

POLICE Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, has defended his decision to redeploy the entire staff at Mabvuku Police Station, saying corruption levels at the station had reached unprecedented levels.

About 26 of the 37 police officers, who were suspended after being transferred to various police stations and posts dotted around the country, approached the High Court in November last year and thwarted the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s move to have them charged and dismissed by a suitability board.

Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese issued an order suspending the convening of the suitability board.

The officers then approached the High Court in Harare challenging their suspension and forced transfers.

But, Chihuri and ZRP chief staff officer Justice Chengeta insisted the transfers and suspensions of the officers were procedural, more so given the fact that there were allegations of corruption against them.

The top cops also said the officers’ application did not comply with the State Liabilities Act, which requires that notice must be given before suing the State or its officials.

“After receiving reports of corruption by officers at Mabvuku Police Station and the arrest of two of the plaintiffs on charges of corruption, the Commissioner General of Police (Chihuri) decided to transfer all the plaintiffs to facilitate investigations since the whole station was labelled as corrupt,” Chihuri and Chengeta said.

“All the police officers, who were at Mabvuku Police Station, were reported to be involved in corrupt activities, whereby they would go out in teams to carry out road block duties and each team would collect money from kombi drivers, which would be shared among all officers at the station.”

Chihuri also added: “Not all transfers are approved by the Commissioner General of Police. Further, the chief staff officer human resource administration is responsible for the transfer of members on a national level — it, therefore, follows that the transfers of the plaintiffs were done procedurally.”

One of the victims of the transfer, an Assistant Inspector Mhizha said he was shocked when he received a radio signal inviting him to appear at the Harare South district headquarters for the suitability board hearing.

In his founding affidavit, Mhizha, through his lawyer, Norman Mugiya, said no reasons had been given why the police force had decided to convene a board of suitability against him and the other police officers, contrary to the provisions of section 68(2) of the Constitution.

Last Wednesday, the matter appeared before High Court judge Justice Priscilla Chigumba where the officers were seeking confirmation of an order declaring that their transfers and suspensions were illegal, but the court asked the lawyer to provide more details.

“You must file heads indicating that the actions of the respondents were not supported by Police Act and regulations,” Chigumba ordered the officer’s lawyer before postponing the matter to June 1 this year.

MUGABE ON T-SHIRT DEAL : NOTHING TO DO WITH ME

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s office has refuted claims by South African businessman, Nagara Dharmesh, that the Zanu PF leader had contracted local businesswoman Patience Chivasa to supply Zanu PF women’s league campaign T-shirts and doeks for the December 2014 conference.


Last year, Dharmesh, who is director of Media Revolutions, a company which printed the T-shirts, approached the High Court, demanding payment of over $22 000 and claiming Chivasa had already been paid by Zanu PF and Mugabe’s office.

In her court papers, Chivasa attached a letter from the President’s Office distancing itself from the deal.

Part of the letter dated February 5, 2015 reads: “This serves to confirm that this office (President’s) did not give Patience Chivasa any monies towards the payment of the shirts for the Zanu PF December 2014 Congress. Ms Chivasa sources for the shirts and is responsible for the payment.”

In her affidavit, Chivasa said: “In terms of the averments on the respondent’s (Media Revolutions) declaration, it makes is clear that I acted as an agent on its transaction with Zanu PF, but it goes on further to pluck from the air that I received the funds to the tune of $2 046 from Zanu PF on its behalf.

“I am well able to bring in witnesses at trial to prove that the goods supplied and delivered by respondent to Zanu PF were never paid for through me if they were paid for at all.”

Chivasa claims Dharmesh allegedly used “a forged email document”, which was submitted to police, resulting in her being investigated for fraud.

Last month, Dharmesh obtained a default judgment of $22 046, while using a different company, Sebenza Marketing and Media Communications, which Chivasa said she never dealt with.

Chivasa has since approached the High Court and filed an application for rescission of judgment under case number HC5029/16 and the matter is now awaiting set down. newsday

BITI : GOVERNOR IS LYING

FORMER Finance minister Tendai Biti has accused his successor, Patrick Chinamasa and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor, John Mangudya of lying that the bond notes were meant to address the cash crunch, yet it was a clandestine way to replace the $1,8 billion illegally withdrawn from the central bank’s Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) balances to monetise government expenditure.

Biti, leader of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, told delegates at a Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition public meeting in Harare last week that the proposed $200 million bond notes were being introduced to cover the shortfall caused by the illegal
transaction.


“So what has happened is that given the shrinking revenue and the increasing appetite of expenditure, the government has had to look somewhere to finance its recurrent expenditure,” he said.

“The government has gone and raided the RTGs balances at the central bank, so when you want your money, the bank then orders that money from the RBZ, and when that happens the, central bank can’t give the bank your money because it’s physically not there, because someone has raided that money to finance recurrent expenditure. The government has raided banks for the $1,8 billion. This is why something that is dramatic must happen, which is to bring back the Zimdollar.

“Mid-term last year, Chinamasa revised the budget from $4,1 billion dollars to a budget of $3,5 billion. When he revised the revenue figures downwards, he did not also revise the expenditure figures downwards. Expenditure has actually increased in an expenditure budget to $5 billion.”

Biti said employment costs were now at 91% of total expenditure and President Robert Mugabe’s appetite to travel has put a strain on government recurrent expenditure and, therefore, forcing the liquidity crunch.

However, Mangudya yesterday dismissed Biti’s claims, saying the RTGS system was intact and no money was raided by government.

“There are no challenges with the movement of RTGS transactions in Zimbabwe. We actually encourage the banking public and businesses to make their payments using RTGS and plastic money and only use cash as an exception,” he said.

“I think the former Minister of Finance was misquoted on the RTGS figure of US$1,8 billion since there is no relationship between the cash shortages at some banks with RTGS balances of the banking sector, which stand at around US$750 million. Cash used in Zimbabwe is withdrawn from nostro accounts and not RTGS.”

Mangudya said due to the continuous withdrawal from the nostro accounts to meet high import and cash demands, it was essential that the country is transformed by encouraging more exports to replenish their nostro accounts.

“The statement attributed to the former minister seems to be a denial of the fact that the major reason for the cash shortage in the country is due to the haemorrhaging effect of hoarding and exernalisation of cash,” he said.

“What this means is that once cash is withdrawn by banks from their nostro accounts and imported into the country, that cash is not efficiently circulating within the national economy. It’s being drained from the economy by those hoarding or externalising it.” newsday

MUGABE MARCH TO GOBBLE $600K

THE Zanu PF youth league’s one million-man march, slated for this Wednesday in Harare to prop up President Robert Mugabe’s waning public support, is expected to gobble over $600 000, with the bulk of the money squeezed out of ailing parastatals, private firms and the few remaining white commercial farmers, NewsDay has heard.

Sources involved in mobilising resources for the political jamboree, which has been dismissed by opposition parties as a waste of resources, said they have agreed on a provisional budget of $600 000 to fund transport needs for all 10 provinces, food and accommodation for the delegates.

All the provinces have been ordered to transport at least 100 000 members, who would march to an open space next to the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare, where they would be addressed by Mugabe.

Youth league secretary for finance, Tongai Kasukuwere, said each province had been tasked to raise enough money to transport and feed its delegates, while the national executive would be responsible for hosting invited guests and printing solidarity T-shirts for the march.

“We don’t have a national fundraising team because we have assigned each province to mobilise its own money and see how they can fund their programmes. We will be receiving people here and, of course, we will take care of invited guests and other necessities,” he said.
In a letter soliciting donations, Bulawayo youth league secretary for finance, Davies Muhambi said they were targeting to spend at least $50 000 as a province.


“Our budget requirement for the event stands at $50 000,” he wrote.

“The amount will go towards meeting the requirements in the following categories: diesel — 26 000 litres, flour — six tonnes, juices — 5 000 litres, 100 buses and cash towards various payments.”

Loss-making parastatal, Zupco has also been ordered to release nearly 200 buses, while government and mission schools have been commandeered to donate their buses, lorries and small vans to ferry the youths from various provinces.

The host, Harare, has reportedly been tasked to raise $50 000 for printing of more than 200 000 T-Shirts, caps, bottled water and to feed senior party members.

Zanu PF deputy secretary for youth affairs, Kudzai Chipanga yesterday said: “All the provincial executives met at the weekend to finalise on modalities. Each and every province will carry its own people to and from Harare.

“Masvingo and part of Mashonaland provinces will assemble at Rufaro Stadium, Manicaland and the bulk of Mashonaland East and West provinces will be at East 24, Mashonaland Central at Cork Road close to South African Embassy, Harare, Matabeleland South and North and Bulawayo provinces will assemble at the National Sports Stadium.”

The Wednesday event comes against a backdrop of grinding poverty, where at least four million people need urgent food aid as the economy continues to nose dive.

But all this has not deterred Mugabe, who last month blew $2 million hosting over 10 000 war veterans during a meeting, which only lasted three hours.

Early this year, Mugabe shelled out $800 000 on his lavish 92nd birthday celebrations in drought-stricken Masvingo province.

This came shortly after his party, Zanu PF, had flown its entire central committee membership from Harare to Victoria Falls for the Zanu PF national people’s conference in December, blowing nearly $300 000 on travel alone and another $10 million in accommodation and food.

Former Finance minister Tendai Biti has claimed that Mugabe always withdrew $4 million from Treasury each time he travelled out of the country.

This year alone, the President has travelled more than 20 times, meaning he would have spent $80 million in travel alone if Biti’s projections were true.

Opposition parties and activists have also blasted government after it emerged that it was funding First Lady Grace Mugabe rallies at taxpayers’ expense. newsday

CHIMENE RIDICULES MUCHINGURI ZVIUTA BAN

OUTSPOKEN Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene has fired a salvo at her rival Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri, accusing her of using her ministerial position to confuse the nation over the domestication of quail birds after she banned the practice and immediately lifted the embargo.

Chimene made the remarks on Thursday at a hotel in Mutare, where she was addressing stakeholders at a proposed Zimbabwe interim poverty reduction strategy provincial consultative meeting hosted by the Ministry of Finance.

“People are asking me over the quail birds. They are asking what they should do with them and l keep saying continue keeping them. So don’t play games with the law. Don’t use your senior position to confuse people. These birds can be very helpful to the livelihhoods of many people in the country. So why should people stop?” she said.

Meanwhile, Chimene said she had proposed that substandard council houses in Mutare be demolished and replaced by modern spacious structures to address the city’s accommodation woes.

“When Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere visited the city, l accompanied him to some high-density suburbs owned by council. l wanted him to see how people are living. He did not like it and did not go near the toilets,” she said.

“So I have proposed to the government that dilapidated council houses be demolished for new ones. We are even proposing flats to save space.” newsday

GRACE KEY ALLY FACES THE BOOT

FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe’s ally and Zanu PF women’s league finance secretary, Sarah Mahoka, is reportedly sitting on a knife edge, as the women’s league executive in Mashonaland West is plotting to boot her out over allegations of interfering in provincial league matters.

Mahoka’s rivals have threatened to sign a petition to have her relieved of her party posts, following reports she was behind a foiled plot to remove provincial women’s league chairperson, Angeline Muchemeyi through a vote of no-confidence.

But her plans reportedly hit a brickwall when 28 out of 40 members signed a petition supporting Muchemeyi, leaving Mahoka with egg on face.

Muchemeyi yesterday confirmed Mahoka’s alleged shenanigans, saying she was being persecuted for attending a war veterans’ meeting in Chinhoyi a fortnight ago.

“That woman is evil. She wanted me removed for no apparent reason. She lied that I attended a war vets meeting where the President (Robert Mugabe) and the First Lady Amai (Grace) Mugabe were ridiculed and belittled. The other issue is Mahoka wanted me to suspend Munondo and Jennifer Mhlanga, which I refused,” she said.

But Mahoka yesterday played down the rift, saying the issue of Muchemeyi’s no-confidence vote was referred to the provincial women’s league by the provincial co-ordinating committee. newsday

ELECTRICITY DEMAND DOWN AS ECONOMY TANKS

DEMAND for electricity has significantly come down since 1999 owing to the slowdown in economic activity over the years, a Government official has said.

Energy and Power Development Secretary Partison Mbiriri said on Friday that the country is facing a deficit of 400MW against a demand of 1 400MW.

Mr Mbiriri said that contrary to reports that the country’s peak period demand for electricity stands at 2 200MW, demand has been coming down over the years. “The 2 200MW that is widely reported was for 1999, our demand is now around 1 400 MW.

“We are generating 1 000MW leaving a deficit of 400MW but on a good day we can go up to 1 200MW,” he said. Currently, Mr Mbiriri said, the country is importing between 50MW and 300MW from Eskom in South Africa to make up the deficit in demand for power.

“We are importing 50MW during the day and 300MW during the night,” he said.
He however, said that the country should be self-sufficient in terms of power by 2018 or at the latest by 2019 when several public and private led power projects are completed, including extension of Kariba South and Hwange.

“We hope that at that time we will be able to export,” he said. Mr Mbiriri recently said that demand for power from industry is much lower compared to last year, which has reduced pressure on the national grid.

Industrial capacity utilisation averages 34 percent due to a myriad of factors including lack of affordable funding, old and antiquated equipment.

Economic challenges have prevented several companies from increasing production or significant new investment going into industry and the economy.

Government is working on a number of new power projects including the expansion of 750MW Kariba South by 300MW and Hwange thermal station by 600MW.

Further, contracts have also been awarded for the re-powering of the country’s three small thermal power stations, which should boost power output.

These ongoing power generation capacity expansion projects will bring the country to excess generation by 2018 in line with the Zim-Asset targets.
The State-owned power generation firm, Zimbabwe Power Company, has also awarded contracts for 3 by 100MW solar power projects.

In addition, the Government also awarded Sakunda Holdings a tender to set up a 200MW diesel plant in Dema while various independent power producers have been awarded tenders to set up solar power plants across the country. herald