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


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


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.


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


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Sunday, 29 November 2015


A GRADE Five pupil in Binga left villagers shell-shocked on Tuesday after he threw a stone which killed a fellow pupil during break time.

The boy (12) from Samende Village under Chief Sikalenge and whose name cannot be published for legal reasons, is alleged to have been playing with his friends when he attacked the deceased pupil.

Sources who spoke to Sunday News gave a detailed account of the events which led to the death of the minor.

They said the pupils were playing during break time when one of the children picked a stone and threw it towards a group of fellow pupils, hitting one of the pupils on the back of the head.

“After threatening his friends saying anyone who caused a stir was going to get a beating,” said a source, “the boy allegedly threw a stone and hit the deceased on the back of the head leading to his death on the spot.”

According to sources, teachers were called to the scene but it was too late as the boy’s condition had already reached a critical state.

“School authorities could not help the deceased since he lost his breath in a short space of time,” said a source. The source said the matter was immediately reported to the police.

However, Matabeleland North provincial spokesperson Assistant Inspector Eglon Nkala, said the police had not received the information.

“I’m currently not in the office but will look into the matter when I get there,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Sikalenge confirmed the incident. He said the children were playing but the situation ended badly when one of them “hit a friend on the wrong part of the body”.

“We received some disturbing news about a boy who killed his friend,” said Chief Sikalenge.

“The children were playing when the victim was hit by a stone on the head and collapsed. He died before receiving any treatment.”

The body of the deceased was taken to Binga District Hospital mortuary and his family was by yesterday still making burial arrangements.


Zanu PF’s expulsion of suspected loyalists of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru is coming at a big cost to the fiscus as the government is compelled to hold by-elections for legislators recalled by the party, analysts say.

The ruling party last week resolved to expel two Members of Parliament — Sylvester Nguni (Mhondoro-Mubaira) and Chriswell Mutemasaka (Guruve South) — on allegations that they were working with Mujuru.

Zimbabwe has held a series of by-elections since the 2013 elections and most of them were triggered by infighting in Zanu PF and MDC-T.

The highest number of by-elections held in one day was on June 10 when voters in 14 constituencies chose new MPs after MDC-T fired legislators that had demanded the resignation of party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Zanu PF has already triggered 12 by-elections and the number could continue to rise as the infighting in the party has not abated.

According to a budget presented by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) early this year, each by-election requires no less than $2 million to be conducted.

Political analyst, Alexander Rusero said President Robert Mugabe was to blame for the unending by-elections.
“As long as the succession issue is not resolved, because it is the source of infighting in Zanu PF, and there is intolerance in the party, we will witness more by-elections emanating from the purging in that party,” Rusero said.
“The way the succession issue is being handled has opened room for competitors to plot against each other and in the process cause purging of one faction by the other.

“By-elections are a democratic process unavoidable when there is no political stability in any country and in this case, due to infighting in Zanu PF, it is unavoidable.”

At least eight by-elections have been held to replace dismissed Zanu PF MPs, or those who have died due to circumstances surrounding the political environment in the ruling party since December last year.

The first by-elections to be held were those to fill vacancies created by the removal of Mujuru from office and the subsequent elevation of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Auxillia Mnangagwa was elected to replace her husband in Chirumanzu-Zibagwe and Barnwell Seremwa took over from Mujuru in Mt Darwin.

After that, two more elections were necessitated by the ouster of former Zanu PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa and his nephew, Temba Mliswa.

Epworth MP Amos Midzi committed suicide after being suspended and removed from his Zanu PF post for allegedly working with Mujuru.

Also, Aquiline Katsande, the ex-Mashonaland East provincial women’s league boss, died after a short illness, with party members alleging that she suffered hypertension due to the manner in which she was kicked out of the party on allegations of working with Mujuru, resulting in a by-election in Mudzi West.

Ex-deputy Environment minister, Simon Mushanhu collapsed at his Harare home and died at a time when he was being investigated within Zanu PF for his alleged links to the Mujuru camp, causing another by-election in his Hwedza North Constituency.

More elections were held to replace Marondera Central MP, Ray Kaukonde and Mbire legislator, David Butau — also accused of supporting Mujuru.

Political analyst, Ernest Mudzengi said as long as political parties were intolerant, the country would remain in election mode until the next general election slated for 2018.
“Some of these costs could be avoided but because of intolerance and refusal to engage in succession talks by all the major parties, by-elections will remain with us,” Mudzengi said.
“As a country, we need to respect divergent views and learn to appreciate that we are Zimbabweans in our different political understandings.
“Political parties ought to understand that intra-party democracy is about respecting divergent views and appreciating that we are people that see things differently.”
Opposition parties have been boycotting the elections demanding electoral reforms. standard


FIRST LADY Grace Mugabe’s declaration that a special wheelchair will be made for President Robert Mugabe to enable him to rule even when he reached 100 years old has sparked outrage.

Opposition parties and analysts say such a move would be resisted at all cost.  Grace told thousands of Zanu PF party supporters in Murewa last week that Mugabe would continue to rule even from a wheelchair, or if he got blind.

“I said we will make a special wheelchair for Mugabe such that when he can’t walk, we will push him to rallies,” she said.

“We have travelled a lot [around the world] and we have seen that happening. Other leaders are blind and if Mugabe turns blind, who cares, he is our choice.”

Mugabe is struggling with old age and ill-health and has been captured on several occasions struggling to walk, amplifying calls from the opposition for the 91- year-old veteran leader to step down.

But Zanu PF provinces have already endorsed him as their sole 2018 presidential candidate when he will be 94 to serve another five-year term that will see him ruling until 2023 when he would be 99.

MDC spokesperson, Kurauone Chihwayi said Zimbabweans will resist a “home-based care” leader.

“Zimbabweans, including politically blind Zanu PF supporters, will never allow Mugabe to rule from a wheelchair,” said Chihwayi.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said the wheelchair statement was a crude insult to the people.

“The infamous wheelchair statement is a gross and crude insult to all right-thinking and patriotic Zimbabweans,” he said.

“She thinks we are trash. This woman will very soon be surprised by the resilience as well as the brilliance of Zimbabweans.”

Political analyst Takura Zhangazha said Grace’s statement showed a “semblance of desperation.”

“I think the statement was made in a ‘populist moment’ in order to demonstrate that anyone harbouring ambitions to succeed her husband is involved in an exercise in futility,” Zhangazha said.

“It, however, has a double meaning, that of a semblance of desperation to make the point that her husband is not leaving office anytime soon, indicating that indeed there are those that harbour those said ambitions.”

Another commentator, commenting on social media identifying himself as Mokwena, said it was now evident a Zanu PF faction was desperate to block Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa from succeeding Mugabe.

“It clearly underlines the thinking behind G40 that the longer Mugabe stays, the slimmer are the chances for Mnangagwa, who by the time Mugabe gets to 100 as per his wife’s wish, will be above 80 years,” he wrote.

Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust executive director Gladys Hlatywayo said there was an “obvious futile attempt to defy the force of nature” by those trying to prolong Mugabe’s rule.

“Ageing is a natural process that every person goes through. When someone is ageing, faculties start to deteriorate and they are advised to rest. It is evil and insensitive to encourage old people to perform duties meant for the young and energetic,” Hlatywayo said.


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s order to ministers to remove over 200 families, mostly Zanu PF supporters in Harare South, from an illegal settlement near the Harare International Airport has invited scorn from the settlers.

The residents, who have been given until Tuesday to relocate after Mugabe raised objections to their settlement, told The Standard yesterday they were ready for a battle with authorities to protect their properties which they claim to have bought from government.
Mugabe last week ordered his Cabinet ministers to clear off the area, saying the settlement was an eyesore and situated in an area meant for airport expansion.

But the residents were defiant and some were yesterday still building their houses, some of them so big they could be classified as mansions.

Titus Runesu is building a medium-sized house which is now at roof level about 200m away from the airport road.
Runesu said while Mugabe might have a genuine concern about the developments, his government was to blame as they allowed them to build the houses and even approved their building plans when they were aware that the land on which they were settled was not suitable.

“We did not allocate ourselves this piece of land. Government in 2005 gave us this land and we have been here since then; so for them to come today and want to remove us is surely an injustice,” he said.

“We did not build these houses overnight. We have been building slowly and they were quiet, but today they want us to go just like that, surely we are not slaves in our country.”

On Friday, government dispatched Miriam Chikukwa (Harare Provincial Affairs minister) who was in the company of Harare South MP Shadreck Mashayamombe to engage the people so they could be relocated to Retreat Farm in accordance with Mugabe’s directive last week.

The settlement is being administered by Nyikavanhu Housing Cooperative.

While there are many proper houses that have been constructed or are under construction, the site gives a view of a haphazard “squatter camp” as it is largely composed of makeshift structures.

Mugabe, who was cutting the ribbon to officially open the first phase of the Harare International Airport Road last week, looked at the settlement and was not impressed. He said the settlement tarnished the image of the country and the settlers should be immediately relocated.

Mashayamombe said the settlers have until Tuesday to start moving their properties and raze down their structures before being resettled at Retreat farm in Waterfalls.

“They will move. We are engaging them and we are hopeful that they will go to a suitable place which is convenient for them as well as government. This is a directive from the president and we can’t ignore it,” Mashayamombe said.

“We have identified land for relocation and they have Monday and Tuesday to start moving from that area.

“We went there with the minister for Harare province Cde Chikukwa and agreed with them that they should vacate the area as directed by the president.”

Although some of the settlers are genuine members of the housing cooperative, Mashayamombe said there were many others who were illegal occupants. He said most of these had just moved onto the farm from Epworth.

But the residents in question said; “today we are illegal but during election time we were important”.

The Airport Road settlers are among many other Zimbabweans who have been duped by Zanu PF officials and land barons taking advantage of their desperation especially during election times.

When The Standard visited the area on Friday afternoon, most of the settlers looked unsettled and worried.

The government officials, including the provincial minister and local MP had come to address and advise them of their impending relocation.

“It’s tricky my brother that we have to leave this area considering circumstances that surrounds our stay here.
“We came here because of Zanu PF but we are now being told to leave the area by the same people. Anyway I can’t say much to you guys.

“We will see how to handle the situation,” said one Petros Kavhukatema as he walked out of the meeting that had been addressed by Chikukwa.

Some of the settlers, especially those that had just put up makeshift structures could be seen pulling down their ‘houses’ while others declared they were determined to fight.

As The Standard news crew drove through the settlement in the afternoon yesterday, grief stricken settlers appeared suspicious of strangers and refused to give interviews.

One of the women leaning against the wall of her hut asked the motive of the news crew.

“What are looking for here? This is not a playing ground my brother, there is no through road near my house go back and use the other road,” the woman shouted in anger.

Zanu PF linked housing cooperatives control most of the new settlements around Harare and some of the so-called land barons were arrested early this year. standard


Three boys from Mudzi who allegedly rolled two big stones into the middle of the Harare-Nyamapanda highway, causing the road traffic accident that killed 15 people last week, have been arrested.

The accused minors who are aged 12, 14 and 16 from Chief Nyamukoho’s area, were arrested by police in Kotwa after one of them reportedly confessed to causing the accident.
Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi yesterday confirmed the development, saying investigations were in progress.

“We are investigating accusations being levelled against the three minors,” said Nyathi.

However, according to a reliable source, the matter came to light after intensive awareness campaigns by police who engaged the community on the dangers of putting dangerous objects on the roads.

It is alleged that the boys had accompanied a relative to a bus station on the fateful Friday night when they rolled two rocks to the middle of the road.

The Mudzi accident happened at around 11:20pm at the 205km peg along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway.

According to police, 23 members of the African Apostolic Sect (Mwazha) sect were on board a Mazda Bongo vehicle when the driver lost control after hitting two big stones in his lane and swerved into the opposite lane where it collided head on with a bus which had 16 passengers on board.

Police said 13 people including the driver of the Mazda Bongo died on the spot.

Twenty-two people were injured and rushed to Kotwa Hospital where two others died while being transferred to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare. Four people escaped the accident unhurt.


 SECOND-HAND motor vehicle imports have plunged by about 70 percent over the past five years, a development economic analysts have attributed to a number of factors, chief being increases in customs duty on imported cars.

Finance Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa, in his 2016 National Budget Statement, on Thursday revealed that the value of motor vehicle imports had gone down sharply over the period 2009 to September 2015.

He attributed the decline to “modest protection on a selected range of motor vehicles” availed by Government.

In 2009, motor vehicles worth $428 million were imported into the country and the figure shot up by more than double to $1 billion in 2010.

The value of motor vehicle imports remained constant around $1 billion in 2011 and 2012 before it fell to $717 million in 2013. In 2014 the figures went further down to $542 million.

The period between January and September this year saw motor vehicles worth $316 million being imported, a drastic decline from 2010 when motor vehicle import values peaked.

“Mr Speaker Sir, in support of the local motor vehicle industry, Government availed modest protection on a selected range of motor vehicles. These include double cabs, buses, passenger and light commercial motor vehicles. Consequently, there has been a decline in importation, particularly of passenger motor vehicles,” said Cde Chinamasa.

Economic analyst Mr Trust Chikohora said the decline in motor vehicle import volumes was due to a number of factors, among them increases in customs duty on imported cars and the liquidity crunch biting the country’s economy.

He said the decline in motor vehicle import volumes is likely going to affect prices of second hand cars on the local market.

“The issue has to do mainly with increased import duty on cars over the past years, which has obviously discouraged a lot of people from importing cars. The liquidity crunch that we are experiencing is also another factor. A lot of people don’t have enough disposable income to be able to buy cars, which has seen less and less cars coming into the country. You also can’t ignore the possibility of market saturation affecting demand. Maybe there are enough cars in the country now such that less and less people need to import cars,” he said.

Added Mr Chikohora: “The decline does not have any bearing on the local motor vehicle manufacturing industry. This is because of limited brands assembled locally and most of those brands are beyond the reach of many people.

“The car retail industry, that is the car sales and so on, is the one that will be affected. The prices of local second hand cars may go up a little because importation has become more expensive for most people.”

A local car dealer, Mr Hlanganani Msimanga, acknowledged declining car sale business over the years, concurring with Mr Chokohora on major causal factors.

“It’s mainly to do with the import duty charged at the borders and of course the fact that people no longer have enough disposable income. Business has been going down especially on importation of cars as more and more people are now turning to local second hand cars,” he said.

The Finance Minister, in his 2016 National Budget Statement, also announced measures to protect the local motor vehicle manufacturing industry from unfair competition from subsidised imports.

He acknowledged that the local automobile industry had potential to manufacture light commercial vehicles and buses and meet local demand but has, however, been impeded by limited access to working capital and antiquated machinery among other challenges.

Cde Chinamasa proposed to remove selected motor vehicles and buses imported by Government and School Development Associations from the Duty Free Certificate Facility, “in order to facilitate implementation of the Cabinet Circular and also empower the local motor industry”.

This takes effect from 1 January 2016. He also proposed to increase duty on imported canopies and drop side panels from 10 percent to 40 percent, with effect from 1 January 2016.


Former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa made a surprise appearance in public on Thursday evening at the launch of veteran nationalist and former Midlands Provincial Governor Cephas Msipa’s book In Pursuit of Freedom and Justice: A Memoir in Harare on Thursday evening.

Mutasa, who was fired, along with former Vice President Joice Mujuru from both his government and party posts late last year on allegations of plotting to assassinate and oust President Robert Mugabe, was last seen in public when he attended Parliament way back in February.

That was before Zanu PF wrote to Parliament withdrawing all legislators it had fired from the party.

The former Zanu PF secretary for administration has of late been associated with People First, an outfit led by Mujuru.

Mutasa, for years a confidant of President Robert Mugabe, has openly said the fact that the post-congress Zanu PF was bitterly divided could be blamed on both Mugabe’s failure to name a successor, as well as his “choice to listen to liars”.

The former Headlands legislator’s People First is mooting a coalition with the Morgan Tsvangirai-led Movement of Democratic Change which has rattled Mugabe and the post-congress Zanu PF. The ruling party has failed to find solutions that will “extricate crisis-weary Zimbabweans from the jaws of poverty that they have been placed in by Zanu PF’s rotten policies”.

“We are in a very sad state and it is really worse for people in the rural areas who have no dollar to buy bread. They are placed in the worst economic conditions imaginable.

“There is nothing these people can expect from this government but to wait for the rain, and even when the rains come, few have the seed. I would like the government to announce something that gives people hope, but they are just fighting among themselves. The situation is untenable,” Mutasa said recently.

Resultantly and obviously so, Mutasa said, Zimbabwe — formerly viewed as the bread basket of southern African — was now a basket case and a net importer of food, with at least 1,5 million people in dire need of food aid.

Also in attendance at the event were luminaries from the literary arts sector, politicians — among them ex-Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, former diplomat and renowned academic George Payne Kahari — Angeline Kamba, wife of the first black vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe the late Walter Kamba, among many others. daily news


CIVIL servants must not panic over Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa’s silence on their bonuses in his 2016 National Budget Statement, as Government’s position on the 13th cheque remains unchanged, a Cabinet Minister has said.

Cde Chinamasa presented the 2016 National Budget Statement on Thursday but was mum on the issue of civil servants bonuses and the tax-free bonus threshold, sparking concerns among workers. He could not be contacted to give clarity on the matter. Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Cde Prisca Mupfumira, however, said workers should not be worried as the silence on the matter implied that the tax-free bonus threshold had not changed from last year.
“Well the fact that he didn’t say anything about it implies that the tax-free bonus threshold remains unchanged. You may want to get in touch with him so that he gives you a clearer position. In any case he is better placed to comment on that matter,” she said.
On payment of civil servants bonuses, Cde Mupfumira said Government’s position had not changed and her ministry was only waiting for Treasury to announce the payment dates.
“We are just waiting for the dates. The Minister (Chinamasa) is the one who is going to announce the dates to us. Nothing has changed from our initial position and nothing will change. Civil servants will get their bonuses,” said Minister Mupfumira.
The Government is likely to stagger the payments for civil servants. Last year Government had promised to pay civil servants bonuses at once but ended up staggering the payments due to cash flow challenges. Some Government workers received their 13th cheque as late as June this year.

President Mugabe, in April, dismissed plans by Minister Chinamasa to suspend civil servants’ bonuses for two years due to dwindling revenues. Civil servants hailed President Mugabe for his stance.


My mother-in-law is very forward she has a problem of wanting to be in charge wherever she goes. She loves kuronga ronga even with the things that do not belong to her. She is bad news havaite. We got married two years ago and were blessed with a baby boy. I have a live-in maid because I go to work and so does my husband.
 We stay in the ghetto where we only rent two rooms inside a full house. This type of accommodation is not the best but that’s what we can afford at the moment. My husband has other siblings in the same city but I do not want to talk about them because they are minding their own business. My problem is when she visits she does not come alone and she overstays.

A few weeks ago she was here and this time she came with tete’s son, muzukuru wavo who is 21 years old. The arrangement she made was for me to leave my bedroom so the male muzukuru could share the room with my hubby ini, ivo, maid and baby torara in the other room haina kundifadza. Sleeping on the floor made me suffer in my own space.

This is not the first time she has inconvenienced me this way. I cannot take it anymore, my husband cannot lift a finger against his mother. My father-in-law is a gentleman havadaro. The landlord has a big family you can imagine people queuing to get into the toilet and bathroom. I am not saying she must not visit but she should be sensible. How do I come out of this? I cannot take it anymore please help.
Thank you for reading my column and for writing in. In most homes when you are overwhelmed with too many visitors it’s usually the woman who suffers. Amai being a woman should know this. I do not understand why she comes with other people when she is aware of your accommodation crisis.

She should have respect for a married couple’s space its unAfrican to have so many other people sharing your bedroom every now and then. This can be done if you cannot avoid the situation, for instance, murufu nemuurwere, she is really pushing you against the wall. She must learn to be considerate. I do not think the landlord is amused by these types of visits. Be careful you may lose your lodgings. What amai is doing is not good, especially the bit of asking you to leave your bedroom, how come hapana akambovaudza kuti hazvisi right why? We should never take anything for granted maybe in her mind she does not see anything wrong in males sharing a room and women doing likewise.

All you need to do is go as a couple and speak to amai and baba about this; they know it’s not your place so it’s no big deal. If there is need for them to come then they should tell you in advance so that you organise alternative sleeping accommodation.

Do not let trivial issues like this tear you apart, kungonzwisisana chete kunopodza zvakawanda, you are family you need each other. I agree that amai should not impose herself but please do not write her off and call her bad news, ndivo amai you cannot change that. I would want to hear from you again. I wish you all the best.

Saturday, 28 November 2015


Ex-Premier Service Medical Aid Society group CEO Dr Cuthbert Dube and his management team will be forced to return US$22 million-plus they allegedly siphoned out of the institution between 2009 and 2013, The Sunday Mail has gathered.

This includes cash Dr Dube used on Zimbabwe Football Association missions during his stint as the soccer body’s president, and loans extended to his daughter and son-in-law.

The payback encompasses executives – both former and serving – who evaded tax and “enriched themselves unjustly” following a forensic audit by Ernst & Young. A Government panel is working on the matter and will soon spell out the restitution procedures.

The panel’s guiding document, “Additional Recommendations from the Forensic Audit Findings”, demands “full cash recovery”.

It reads: “All loans and cash paid for trips not on PSMAS business, for example, Zifa, paid to Dr Dube and his executive managers should be repaid. All loans and cash payments (through transfer) which were paid to Dr Dube and executive management must be recovered in full.

“Any monies paid to people other than PSMAS employees, for example Dr Dube’s daughter and son-in-law and other extended family members should be recovered in full.”

The document also says, “Even for those who have since left the employment of PSMAS who unjustly enriched themselves should be followed up and the amounts owed recovered.
“Tax owed to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority by PSMAS and any staff who benefited without paying tax should be reimbursed to Zimra.”

The 2014-15 forensic audit discovered gross maladministration and abuse of funds at PSMAS. The audit said 11 executives raked in US$22, 8 million in allowances dispensed outside the official payroll.

At least 390 employees, it emerged, were paid salaries amounting to US$126 million between January 2009 and December 2013. At the time, PSMAS did not have a policy for salary increases.

Salaries were paid on a 40:60 ratio between PSMAS and its unit, Premier Service Medical Investments, from July to October 2012.
Employees received “100 percent salaries” from both PSMAS and PSMI, meaning they received two pay cheques monthly, according to the audit.

PSMAS executive incomes topped US$85 million between January 2009 and December 2013, with bonuses accounting for US$7 million in 2013.

All salary and allowance adjustments, according to auditors, were approved by Dr Dube, who allegedly awarded himself an income that came to some US$500 000 monthly. sunday mail


A TOUT in Bulawayo allegedly raped a 22-year-old prostitute after throttling her until she fainted, a court heard.

 Calisto Sayi, 35, who pleaded not guilty to a rape charge, told regional magistrate Mark Dzira that he had consensual sex with Shantel Moyo.

“I met her at Maisonic Bar where we were introduced by a friend. After we had a few drinks we spoke about having sexual intercourse and she charged me $5,” said Sayi.
He said Moyo actually pressed him to hurry saying she had other clients to attend to.
“We went to my home and had sexual intercourse in the car.

“I had two condoms and gave them to her and she put one on me herself,” said Sayi.
He said Moyo asked him to hurry as $5 was not enough for the time he had spent with her.

“I then forked out R50 for extra time but she refused and said we were done,” Sayi said.
Moyo said Sayi forced himself on her after she fainted when he attempted to strangle her.
“We met at a bar where I was having a castle lite beer. I was introduced to him by a friend,” said Moyo.

“As we were drinking he asked me if I wanted more beer and I said yes. He then asked me to accompany him to his house to get money.”

“When we got to his gate I refused to enter and he grabbed me. Inside the gate, he handed me to a man who I did not recognise in the dark.”

She said Sayi wrapped his hands around her neck and started choking her until she lost consciousness.

Moyo, the court heard, regained consciousness to find herself naked with Sayi, who was also naked and on top of her.

She said Sayi ordered her to leave through a broken window on the car after which she reported him to the police. Dzira remanded Sayi out custody to Monday for continuation of trial.
Tinashe Dzipe prosecuted.


Government could soon take over management of Premier Service Medical Aid Society to restore viability and ensure members benefit optimally.

Cabinet recommended the take over in early November 2015, and the Attorney-General’s Office is exploring modalities under a five-stage plan.

The Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Ministry, according to the proposal, will assume oversight and administrative functions, with the Health and Child Care Ministry retaining its regulatory and licencing mandate.

PSMAS board appointments will become the State’s prerogative.  Documents seen by The Sunday Mail show that Step 1 entails publishing findings and recommendations contained in the latest forensic audit report on the health insurer to “highlight that continued schisms at PSMAS” have aggravated its default position.

A default medical aid society is one in a precarious financial position and operating ultra vires good administrative and accounting practices.

The institution will have also failed to comply with prescribed minimum financial requirements.
Step 2 sees the Secretary for Health announcing this default position, with PSMAS’ registration cancelled and an interim manager appointed in Step 3.

In Step 4, Government amends the law to empower the Health Ministry to demand and enforce good corporate governance at all medical aid societies based on international best practices.

The fifth stage will see the interim manager tweak PSMAS’ constitution and implementing the forensic auditor’s recommendations.

Public Service Minister Prisca Mupfumira said, “We have submitted our proposal on this possible take-over to the Attorney-General’s Office. Cabinet made this recommendation, and we are now seeking guidance from the AG’s Office on how it can be enforced legally.

“What we are concerned about is that PSMAS members are bearing the brunt of the poor corporate governance of a group of people with selfish interests. The squabbles at PSMAS have gone on for too long. The executives continue to play dirty tricks to ensure they remain in office.”

She continued: “Implementation of programmes like Zim-Asset is at risk because PSMAS carries with it the dependents of most primary members who also contribute to the country’s economy.

“We are concerned that PSMAS does not seem to take medical insurance as a priority. For example, they allocate 60 percent of what they get to Premier Service Medical Investments, which is an investment arm, and allocate less to their core business of medical insurance.”
Human resources expert Mr Memory Nguwi said the plan “would be the best way forward if it is done according to the book”.

“I do not see any problem with such a take-over. It may actually be the best solution. However, it should be done according to the law. Proper procedures must be followed so that Government does not send wrong signals.

“In addition, the owners of PSMAS – civil servants – have to be consulted since they form the largest component of Psmas membership.”

Mr Sifiso Ndlovu – a member of the Apex Council, an umbrella body comprising all civil service representatives – said, “We are worried that our voice is not being heard on issues relating to PSMAS. Firstly, the PSMAS board is not engaging us.

“There are various platforms like workshops and seminars where they can interact with us and map the way forward together. Therefore, we feel wide consultations should be done before any Government take-over.”

PSMAS has been in turmoil since it emerged in 2013 that the previous Dr Cuthbert Dube-led management was earning huge salaries and allowances. As group CEO, Dr Dube was taking home some US$500 000 monthly, even as service delivery declined.

PSMAS has roughly 900 000 members, mainly civil servants, and many are turned away by health service providers over non-payment of claims.


A travelling escort agency operating in eMalahleni, South Africa offered home delivery on Facebook according to a report.
 he Witbank News reports that the service offered users "ebony" or "coloured" girls - with Ebony as the cheaper option.

According to the service's price list coloured girls cost R300 for a quickie, while ebony girls cost R200.

Similarly, while ebony girls cost R300 an hour, coloured girls cost R400.

The Witbank news took screenshots of the Facebook Page - which appears to have been taken down since they first reported on the story.

Carmen Greyvenstein, the Facebook page's owner, has apparently had some issues with wives and girlfriends.

“Please all married in relationship guys, block the number for our service and unblock when needed. Crazy wives and girlfriends causing my number to be blocked on whatsapp are causing major financial loss to the business,” she wrote in a post.



A BUHERA man has been jailed 18 years for raping a 22-year-old mental health patient. Kudakwashe Bhiza (33) of Tangwena Village under Chief Nyashanu was convicted by Rusape regional magistrate, Mr Livingstone Chipadza who suspended three years of the sentence on condition of good behaviour. Bhiza, a married man, pleaded guilty to the offence telling the court that he was prepared to marry his victim.

Public prosecutor, Mr Tafara Chawatama, told the court that Bhiza proposed love to the woman and later raped her. At law, a mental patient cannot consent to sexual intercourse.

“On July 15, 2015 around 9am, the accused was selling his wares and he found the complainant alone at her homestead. Bhiza proposed love to the complainant and she accepted. After the proposal Bhiza went away. On the same day at around 3pm the accused person returned to the complainant and he asked her to accompany her to Mvurachena River and she complied.

“Upon arrival Bhiza proceeded to rape her. The matter came to light when a relative of the woman heard about the case. A police report was made leading to Bhiza’s arrest,” said Mr Chawatama. manica post


A prominent businessman has been linked to a spate of housebreakings that took place in Beitbridge where mostly electronic goods were stolen from houses.

Police have bust the syndicate of cheeky housebreakers who stole from any home including those belonging to senior police officers. The value of stolen goods is estimated at $10 000 and cops are appealing to members of the public to come and identify stolen goods.
Matabeleland South Police spokesperson Thabani Mkwananzi confirmed the development but declined to disclose the names of the arrested suspects for fear of prejudicing investigations which are still going on.

  "These thieves concentrated on electrical goods including televisions, mobile phones and laptops in a burglary streak that started in July," said Mkwananzi. He appealed to Beitbridge residents who had lost their property to burglary to visit the Criminal investigations Department at Beitbridge and identify some of the goods police had recovered.

  Recovery by the Police took them to Harare, Masvingo and Nyika. The businessman is suspected to have been providing a ready market for the stolen goods. The thieves struck 12 times, in some cases revisiting their victims to steal again. One senior police officer lost a television set and a laptop to the thieves.

In one house, they suspects allegedly had time to prepare a meal and even poured themselves refreshments before making away with electrical goods including latest televisions, sound boosters, audio-speakers.

The thieves also stole mobile phones that were placed on chargers and clothing and most of the goods stolen were moved to Masvingo and Harare for resale. The syndicate was busted during an attempt to sell a laptop and an alert buyer led to their arrest after noticing some information in the laptop belonging to a cop. The net is said to be closing in on the businessman. mirror


MOTORISTS must now think twice before committing traffic offences following an upward review of traffic fines by the government with effect from January next year.

Announcing the 2016 National Budget on Thursday, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa outlined the new fines structure in a move he said was meant to instil a sense of discipline among motorists and reduce carnage on the roads.

The Minister said the current scale of fines was not deterrent enough for motorists to adhere to the country’s traffic rules and regulations.

He said motorists will now pay a $100 fine for offences that were attracting a $20 fine. These include proceeding through a red robot, overtaking over a solid white line, driving without a driver’s licence or driving a vehicle without a functioning foot brake.

The Minister said for failing to signal slowing down, stopping or turning right or left, cutting a corner, encroaching over white lines at a robot, proceeding against amber robot and abusive behaviour, offenders will now pay $20 up from $10.

He said for double parking, leaks of fuel and oil, discarding rubbish from vehicles or spitting in or from vehicles, offenders will pay $10 up from $5.

“High levels of carnage continue to be witnessed on the country’s roads. Most of the carnage is a result of human error arising from failure to observe road traffic regulations. Some motorists, particularly, commuter omnibus and ‘mshika-shika’ (pirate taxi) drivers, continue to risk the lives of passengers and other motorists due to negligent driving,” said Minister Chinamasa.

“Road traffic fines are meant to be a deterrent for criminal behaviour. The current standard scale of fines which was last reviewed in 2009, doesn’t however, promote safety and discipline on the roads. The traffic fines are generally lower than those obtaining in the region. I, therefore, propose to review the level of road traffic fines to begin from level 2 and end at level 4 of the standard scale of fines, with effect from January 1, 2016.”

He said the most common offences committed by motorists include proceeding against red robots, overtaking against white solid lines, driving on the wrong side of the road, dropping passengers at undesignated points and failing to stop when instructed to do so by the police, among others.
According to a recent transport parliamentary committee report, nearly 30,000 people were killed in road accidents between 1997 and 2013, with nearly 288,000 being injured over the same period.
Eighty five percent of the accidents were blamed on human error.

Drunken driving, fatigue, use of cell phones when driving and going through red robots were cited amongst the causes of accidents. Bad roads, stray animals, inadequate road signage and markings were also cited.


TWO police officers stationed at Lupane Police Station have been arrested for negligent driving and driving without a licence after a vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road and hit a pedestrian.
Constable Abraham Chokera was driving the vehicle belonging to Constable Ernest Mahoko when the accident occurred on May 7 this year. The two were travelling with their girlfriends Charity Sibanda and Brenda Ndlovu.

Constables Chokera and Mahoko appeared before Lupane magistrate Ndumo Masuku yesterday charged with negligent driving and driving without a licence. Both cops had no valid driver’s licences.

The duo, represented by Tonderai Mukuku of Marondedze, Mukuku and Partners and Emmanuel Mlalazi of Dube-Banda Nzarayapenga Legal practitioners, pleaded not guilty.
Const Mahoko was found not guilty after witnesses told the court that Const Chokera is the one who was driving the car.

Const Chokera had his plea of not guilty altered to guilty after consultation with his lawyer.
He was fined $300 for driving without a valid licence and was remanded to a later date for sentencing on the negligent driving charge.

Prosecuting, Sanders Sibanda said the car was speeding. “On May 7, Const Chokera was given car keys by Const Mahoko to drive the vehicle belonging to the later. Const Chokera drove from the police camp to Lupane centre and later on the same day Const Mahoko joined him,” said Sibanda.
“The two drove to Lupane Beer Garden where they picked their girlfriends Charity Sibanda and Brenda Ndlovu. They proceeded to Downtown Shopping Centre. When they approached a curve at the 1km peg due east along the Lupane-Nkayi road, the car veered off the road to the right and hit a pedestrian Mgcini Ndlovu.”

He said the car only stopped after hitting a tree. Ndlovu sustained bruises on the face and a fractured pelvic bone while their girlfriends sustained some injuries. The State said the cops were driving at an excessive speed and hence they failed to stop when an accident seemed imminent.


A BULAWAYO man who was hit by a speeding vehicle in the city centre on Thursday afternoon has died. Lloyd Mdhluli of Paddonhurst suburb was hit by a Mercedes Benz E320 along 9th Avenue, directly opposite The Chronicle offices.
Motorist holds his head in his hands

He died yesterday — 18 hours after the accident — at the United Bulawayo Hospitals where he had been admitted. His brother, Ray Mdhluli, confirmed his death.
He said Mdhluli died at 11AM.
“Lloyd fought for his life throughout Thursday night in the Intensive Care Unit at the United Bulawayo Hospitals but unfortunately, he didn’t make it,” Ray said. He was hit by a driver, Rodrick Zhou, 35, of Romney Park who was travelling with two unidentified women.

Zhou told The Chronicle that he had been rushing to pick up some friends when he hit Mdhluli.
“I was rushing to Bulawayo Centre to pick up some guys and we were going for soccer practice at AmaZulu Sports Club. I really can’t say what happened but I wanted to overtake a vehicle that was ahead of me when suddenly I saw two men in front of me and the next thing I had hit one of them,” he said.
Zhou, who looked confused, said he regretted driving at excessive speed in the middle of the city as it had resulted in an accident. An airtime vendor who witnessed the incident said he saw two men crossing the road and suddenly the speeding Mercedes Benz tried to overtake another vehicle. Mdhluli, who had no identity particulars, was quickly identified by a friend who was about 100 metres away from the spot.
He was a popular cellphone technician at the Bulawayo Centre and a Victory Fellowship Church member.
Three nurses in uniform, who were on their way from work, battled to stem the blood loss after they found passersby trying to apply first aid to him. They bought needles and drip from a pharmacy nearby to try and stabilise Mdhluli before an ambulance arrived some 15 minutes later to ferry him to hospital.


FORMER Midlands governor Cephas Msipa has said President Robert Mugabe is central to the factional wars playing out in the Zanu PF party and the fights will not end without an orderly and predictable plan to transfer authority.

The observations are contained in Msipa’s memoirs titled In Pursuit of Freedom and Justice launched on Thursday in the capital.

Mugabe, in power since Independence in 1980, has already been endorsed by sections in Zanu PF as the ruling party’s candidate for the 2018 elections despite his growing age and increasing frailty.

“I, therefore, maintain that the people of Zimbabwe deserve better institutional arrangements than are currently on offer. The Zanu PF constitution is a document of national interest that must be amended to allow for an orderly and predictable transfer of authority,” Msipa, who served as a Cabinet minister in different portfolios before quitting active politics, said.

“In all this, Robert Mugabe has the power to remove causes of factionalism in Zanu PF. That has been my call and it will remain my call.”

He said it was not clear how the party would judge if one has unbridled ambition to take over power from Mugabe, an accusation that caused the sacking of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru and other senior officials, including Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa, from both government and the party.

“Meanwhile, the party’s own methods are not crystal clear. For instance, how does one measure the extent of unbridled ambition when attempts by ambitious aspirants to position themselves strategically for the eventual succession are met with hostility?
“We need to find a way to reduce the tension in Zanu PF succession politics as well as in our body politic,” the sharp-tongued Msipa added.

He described the sudden fall of Mujuru and her allies as a bizarre replay of her dramatic ascendency to the position of VP in 2004.

Msipa, who at one point claimed to have talked to Mugabe to consider identifying a successor, also wrote about several other issues, including the genesis of the indigenisation concept, his upbringing and contribution to the country’s development and the political conflict in Matabeleland region that claimed almost 20 000 lives, among others. He also bemoaned the involvement of the military in elections where they threatened villagers so that they voted for Zanu PF.

Speaker after speaker spoke glowingly about the courage exhibited by Msipa in penning a frank account of his life.

“Dr Msipa’s book provides us politicians, policymakers, academics, students of history and committed Zimbabweans with a reflective mirror to review the moments that have defined the evolution of our nation’s political, economic and social realities over the past five decades,” Midlands State University lecturer Terrence Mashingaidze said.

Rugare Gumbo, spokesperson of People First, said Msipa was a well-respected politician whose title summed up the struggle that Zimbabweans were still going through 35 years after independence.

“We are happy that he sat down to write a book. He is honest and a respected person, unlike other corrupt politicians. I want to urge all our liberation fighters that they have a responsibility to tell Zimbabweans the truthful account of the liberation war,” he said.

“There is a lot of misinformation where someone, who was in her nappies by that time will try to tell us about the struggle. You can’t fool around saying all sorts of things about the struggle.”



Friday, 27 November 2015


A self-styled traditional healer who was accused of raping his client claiming that he wanted to remove a growth on her genitals has been acquitted. Ngonidzashe Hakata (27) was yesterday acquitted of rape charges at the close of the State’s case when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Adonija Masawi.

Mr Masawi said the victim, Fadzi Manyengavana (23), did not voluntarily report the matter to the police, but was forced to do so by her husband, Victor Mudube.

He said if it was true that Manyengavana was raped, she was supposed to report the matter on time rather than wait for two months.

“The State failed to prove its case against the accused,” he said. Allegations are that sometime in September this year Manyengavana went to Hakata’s place of residence to seek spiritual healing.

Upon arrival, it is alleged that Manyengavana joined a queue of people who had come for spiritual healing. When her turn came, she went into the room where Hakata was.
The court heard that Manyengavana informed Hakata that she had a growth on her genitals and she was given holy water to bath.

When she came back into the house, Hakata allegedly told her that she needed to have sexual intercourse with a man other than her husband. It is the State’s case that Manyengavana told Hakata that she did not have a boyfriend.

This, the court heard, prompted Hakata to offer himself to have sexual intercourse with her purporting that he would remove the growth. It is alleged that Manyengavana agreed and they had sexual intercourse. After that it is alleged that Hakata gave Manyengavana some concoctions to use on her genitals.

The court heard that sometime in October Mudube fell ill and on the 20th of that month he went to clinic with Manyengavana where they were both found to be suffering from a sexually transmitted disease.

It is alleged that Mudube questioned Manyengavana about the cause of the illness.
At first she did not reveal the truth, only to tell her husband the truth on October 23d through a note.
The court heard that Manyengavana reported the matter to the police leading to Hakata’s arrest. herald