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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Saturday, 23 July 2016

MUGABE FINISHED WITHOUT WAR VETS

This week’s nasty and public fall-out between President Robert Mugabe and restless war veterans probably marks the beginning of the end for the increasingly frail nonagenarian’s long tenure in power — analysts, opposition parties and ordinary Zimbabweans say.
In a stunning development on Thursday, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) virtually served divorce papers on Mugabe — marking the end of a political relationship that dates back to 1975 when freedom fighters catapulted the 92-year-old to the leadership of the governing party.

Until now, war veterans have served as Mugabe’s and Zanu PF’s political power dynamos, playing particularly significant roles to keep the nonagenarian on the throne in the hotly disputed 2000 and 2008 national elections which were both marred by serious violence and the murder of hundreds of opposition supporters.

But to the utter disbelief of many Zimbabweans, the liberation struggle fighters said pointedly on Thursday that Mugabe’s continued stay in power was now a stumbling block to the country’s development, adding almost maliciously that the nonagenarian would also be “a hard-sell” if he contested the watershed 2018 presidential elections.

“We are saying this country will only go up when Mugabe steps aside because his management is no longer respected by anyone, including his own ministers,” war veterans’ political commissar, Francis Nhando, told journalists during a media briefing in Harare.
“If he announces his retirement date now, the economy will improve because there is nobody who will invest his money where the future is uncertain. Nobody will lend money to a 92-year-old and if he does not step aside, 2018 will be the most difficult year to campaign for us as war veterans.

“How do you campaign for someone you do not like and who does not like you either? The relationship between us as war veterans and the president has broken down, he and the party don’t like us anymore,” he added.

And yesterday analysts and opposition parties piled in the pressure, telling the Daily News that the fall-out between Mugabe and war veterans was significant, as it could spell the end of the nonagenarian’s rule.

“The political and historical significance of this moment cannot be overstated. It represents a major turning point in the long relationship between Mugabe and the war veterans.
“The war veterans were one of the most critical elements in Mugabe’s political campaign for survival when he faced his sternest test from (opposition leader Morgan) Tsvangirai.
“When the Mugabe government lost the vote for a new constitution that they were promoting in February 2000, the war veterans stepped in to lead Mugabe’s political campaign, which began with the violent takeovers of commercial farms.

“When white judges were purged from the Zimbabwean bench, it was the war veterans who led the campaign. On one occasion, Joseph Chinotimba, who is now an MP, invaded the Supreme Court along with a gang of veterans and danced on the tables, shouting at judges,” United Kingdom based lawyer and academic, Alex Magaisa, said.
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Tendai Biti, hailed the war veterans for finally standing up to Mugabe, but quickly also warned that the fall-out could have dire consequences for the country.

He said in Africa, when founding leaders either left office under a cloud or died, it was often difficult for such states to recover quickly.

“This is a reflection of the intense contradiction and intense devaluation of the instrument of cohesion that Mugabe has controlled for such a long time.
“What this means is that there is a serious infraction and conflict inside the state. What this also means is that we have the basis of real physical confrontation being laid down,” Biti told the Daily News.

The former finance minister said what was particularly unsettling about the war veterans’ and Mugabe’s fall-out was that the sentiment by the former freedom fighters had the “explicit blessing” of some senior army officers.

On its part, the MDC said the stance by war veterans was indicative of “a consensus” across the political divide that Mugabe was the problem in Zimbabwe and that he had overstayed in power.

“We are very pleased that the war veterans have finally seen the light. We would like to applaud them for fearlessly calling upon Mugabe to step down. The war veterans have now realised that all along Mugabe had been using and abusing them for his own selfish design of creating a one-man dictatorship.

“We don’t hate Mugabe as a person but we have consistently condemned his misgovernance and misrule. After 36 years of Mugabe’s iron-fisted and authoritarian rule, Zimbabwe has been reduced into a failed State with poverty and destitution ravaging more than 90 percent of the population,” party spokesman Obert Gutu said.

War veteran and Zimbabweans United for Democracy (Zunde) president, Farai Mbira, said the decision taken by the ex-combatants was long over-due.

“What we must all understand is that Mugabe is the most illiterate in terms of freedom. He does not understand freedom and is a possible case of psychological dichotomy. He spent the whole of his youth fighting against oppression but spends the rest of his presidency perfecting it,” Mbira said.

The fall-out between Mugabe and his storm troopers also comes as the 92-year-old is battling rising public anger against him and Zanu PF, which has seen strikes hurting the already dying economy.

Earlier this month teachers, nurses and doctors went on strike after the government failed to pay them their June salaries on time.

There are also growing doubts about the capacity of Mugabe’s cash-strapped government to pay civil servants their July salaries on time, although it yesterday released what it said were proposed dates for this month’s salaries.

The military will now get their salaries on Monday — two weeks after the government failed to pay them on due date.

Worried analysts and opposition political parties say the government’s continued failure to pay its workers on time, particularly soldiers, could spark serious disturbances, including violent riots.

Amid all this, tension is rising in the country as fed up Zimbabweans join hands to demand change and an end to Mugabe’s and Zanu PF’s rule, which they say has been catastrophic. daily news

MUGABE RUNNING SCARED, SAYS EX TOP SOLDIER

Former military bigwig and ambassador, Brigadier Agrippah Mutambara, has become the latest erstwhile trusted aide of President Robert Mugabe to give the long-ruling Zimbabwean leader a vote of no confidence. 

The prominent war veteran also observed that Mugabe was running scared because of the growing public anger against him, as Zimbabwe’s economy continues to die due to Zanu PF’s misrule of the past 36 years.

“The president is frightened, the war veterans have deserted him and there is a growing convergence of thinking among comrades. No one is going to pretend anymore (about Mugabe’s immortality),” Mutambara told the Daily News yesterday.

“What is most hurting is that he cannot influence the events anymore. The people that he relies on have their own ambitions as well and are abusing his advanced age. And with inner knowledge of the state of his health, they are now relying on the youths to push their agenda,” the fearless former freedom fighter, who recently ditched the brawling ruling Zanu PF to join former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), added.

“Mugabe cannot reform. What is worrying him now is that he has always been able to have his way and now there is resistance from everywhere and the fact that we formed a political party in the form of the Zimbabwe People First makes him realise that people are no longer scared of him.

“This is no longer a government with the interests of the people at heart, but one that is pushing its own agenda,” Mutambara said.

The war veteran spoke at a time that Mugabe and his government are fighting myriad problems — including the country’s dying economy, fast depleting State coffers, worsening cash shortages and an increasingly restless populace.

In recent weeks, Zimbabwe has witnessed growing protests and riots as citizens’ frustrations have sometimes boiled over into violent disturbances.
Mutambara’s words dovetail with what former State Security minister, Didymus Mutasa, said last week during a meeting of opposition political parties.

Mutasa, a former longtime friend and confidante of Mugabe, also appealed for more peaceful protests then, which he said would force the nonagenarian to quit power.
“We need to work together. We need to be united as Zimbabweans so that we will achieve our objectives. Our objective is to take away from us the yoke of poverty and slavery.
“It is important for us as African people, as people of Zimbabwe particularly, to start to walk away from Egypt to Canaan. I would say there is need for an overhaul of all the processes in Zimbabwe, there is need for change in Zimbabwe,” Mutasa said. daily news

PICS : MUJURU RALLY

Zim People First leader, Joice Mujuru is in Marondera where she addressed her supporters. She said President Mugabe at 92 was now a spirit.




REVENGE PORN : THE DEBATE

THERE is growing discontent over moves to criminalise non-consensual distribution of sex tapes on social media and even in the mainstream media with some sections of the public questioning why the tapes are made in the first place.

This week pressure group, Katswe Sistahood, presented Parliament with a petition saying they were concerned by the growing use of explicit images and film footage meant to humiliate intimidate, dehumanise and degrade people’s lives in general and women’s lives and livelihoods in particular.

They implored the National Assembly to enact a law which prohibits the distribution of privately-captured sexually explicit material without the subjects’ consent.

Such a law, they argued would, seek to protect people from having their nude photos or videos leaked (usually by an ex) on the Internet or social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook where such material easily goes viral.

The emergence of the Internet, in particular social media, and the proliferation of smart phones with sophisticated photographic and film recording capabilities, had given rise to a new form of sexual victimisation, colloquially referred to as “revenge porn”.

Revenge pornography, which is synonymous with jilted or scorned lovers seeking retribution, has become so popular it is almost a normal practice. The more graphic it is, the most hits it will get on various social media platforms.

“Some of the images are taken in privacy and are shared between intimate partners while others are taken without the knowledge of one of the parties using laptops and phones,” Katswe Sistahood legal and advocacy officer Debra Mwase said.

She pointed out that this invasion of privacy had led to women losing their dignity and often times their livelihoods.

“Revenge pornography affects women and girls more than boys and men and has far more serious consequences for them,” she said.

However, as the debate rages, another section of society is now questioning the motive of making the sex tapes in the first place.

Washington Garwe, a preacher at Anointed Gospel Assemblies based in Harare’s Rugare suburb, said these were the end time signs.

“We recently held a youth conference in Epworth and I challenged young people to flee from this demonic practice,” he said.

The man of the cloth said the moral decay in society was the root cause with young people now defiling their bodies with pre-marital sex and adultery.

He said: “I have not seen any of these nonsensical tapes and pictures, but what I can tell you is that this issue can not be solved by setting up legislation. For what?”
Many celebrities have fallen prey to this new phenomenon and who can forget Zimbabwean Big Brother housemate Pokello Nare’s sleazy sex tape with musician Stunner. The leak marked a new era for the conservative society of Zimbabwe and the tape went viral overnight.


Although many said it launched Pokello into stardom with some even suggesting that it was a stunt aimed at garnering votes for the socialite who was still in the Big Brother house, it opened floodgates of a vice that Zimbabwe is still grappling with.

Former TV personality Tinopona Katsande was also a “victim” of infamous sex tapes and since then has been fronting campaigns to influence criminalisation of nonconsensual distribution of sexually explicit material.

This week, along with Katswe Sistahood, she submitted that she had not found any joy with the police when she made a report after her ex-lover leaked their sex tape.
The leaked tape cost Tino her career and attracted a lot of negative publicity and malicious comments.


“I symphathise with the so-called victims, but they were willing actors and actresses. Sex is a sacred act between two people, period,” said Martha Guriro, a vendor from Graniteside.

Lawyer and founder of Culture Trust, Nqobile Munzara, said many young people were pressured into these experimental activities.

“Young people have higher expectations when they are in a relationship and want to feel wanted and accepted,” she said.

Munzara said people were now desensitised when it comes to values and posing nude was now a “normal” thing.

“There is competition among high school students on who is sexiest and you can imagine how this is determined,” Munzara said.

Meanwhile, as the social conversations rage on Acting Prosecutor-General (PG) Advocate Ray Goba has said current legislation is adequate to deal with the mischief.

He warned couples who recorded sex tapes, saying they could be prosecuted in terms of the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act.

Deputy PG Florence Ziyambi advised that if any complainant was not satisfied with the response from the police, the PG’s Office was more than willing to address their concerns.
However, the Katswe Sistahood maintains that the current laws are inadequate.


“The Postal and Telecommunications Act (Chapter 12:05) was promulgated in 16 years ago in 2000 and the relevant section relating to sending obscene messages on the telephone (s88) has never been amended,” Mwase said.

Cyber-based crimes are also provided in chapter VIII of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23) which was promulgated in 2004, but the relevant sections are yet to be amended.

WIMBO'S DAUGHTERS WEEP IN FRONT OF MINISTERS

Abducted Johane Masowe Vadzidzi Vajesu Church founder Aaron Mhukuta Gomo’s daughters broke down in tears before a Cabinet committee appointed by President Robert Mugabe to look into a bitter internal dispute in the church.

Gomo (94), popularly known as Mudzidzi Wimbo, was allegedly abducted by his church aides last year and since then, his children have not accessed him.

After a closed-door meeting with the committee, led by State Security minister Kembo Mohadi at Wimbo’s home in Madziwa on Thursday, the Gomo family had hoped their father would be released.

“Are you leaving before we can see our father?” one of the wailing daughters asked Mohadi as other female church members joined in the weeping, with the place resembling a funeral.

Mohadi’s team that included Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo, Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi, Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Mashonaland Central Provincial minister Martin Dinha said it had only come on a fact-finding mission and report back to Mugabe who would decide on the way forward.

They then offered to take them to the shrine to see their father, but they declined. The family members said they would only see their father once he was brought home.

The Gomo family held an hour-long meeting with Mohadi and his team where they chronicled the events leading to the alleged abduction of their father.

They accused Ishmael Magodi, Zex Pamacheche, Shepherd Chingwena and Edison Mukuhwa, who are on remand over a murder charge, of abducting Wimbo and holding him against his will.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Mudzidzi Obenesia claimed that the four were not family members, but joined the family after being treated by Wimbo of mental sickness.
“The problem started when they killed Jacob


Zifungo in 2014, a prophet from Gwanda accusing him of resisting the introduction of Chinese herbs under the Tians programme. They killed him in
Zvisokwe River. They were arrested, and are on remand and are still terrorising people at the shrine,” he said.


“After the incident, we the Gomo family, church members and the local traditional leadership agreed to send them back to their families because we could not stay with murderers. After a few months, they came back and abducted Mudzidzi to the shrine under the guise that they were taking him to the Chihuri family for a visit.”

They also accused the church aides of misappropriating over $120 000 raised by the church to buy a new vehicle for Wimbo.

Since then, Obenesia said, the family members were being denied access to their father. An effort by one of his sons, Gadjwet Gomo, who is a police chief superintendent, ended in violence when he was assaulted together with his sisters, church members and one of Wimbo’s eldest wives.

“The assault has been done with the help of soldiers who are now camped a few kilometres from here. We are now living in fear. They are always firing guns in the air to intimidate us. At one time, a helicopter came. We don’t know who set up the camp and also ordered the training of youth under the Border Gezi programme,” Obenesia added.

“We have tried all we can, including visiting the office of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, to have our father released, but it has not helped. Instead, VP Mnangagwa came to the shrine and did not order his release.”

Mugabe early this month also visited Wimbo’s shrine and promised to set up the Mohadi-led ministerial committee.

The family members said they strongly believe Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba, the Zimbabwe National Army Chief of Staff, was behind the heavy military presence.
“He has actually married one of the daughters of one of the four who abducted our father,” he alleged.


“Nyikayaramba told the President that he did not know how those soldiers came, but we have evidence that he is commanding them.” newsday

WAR VETS BOMBSHELL RATTLES ZANU PF

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF was left groping for answers after war veterans on Thursday dropped a bombshell and demanded that the veteran ruler leaves office for the good of the country.

Senior leaders in the former guerilla movement yesterday remained tight-lipped unsure of how to react to one of the most dramatic events since Mugabe assumed power 36 years ago, following the first all-race elections in March 1980.

With Mugabe having already been declared as the Zanu PF candidate in the 2018 elections, the ex-combatants also withdrew their support for Mugabe accusing him of dictatorship, running the economy aground and nepotism, among other misdemeanours.

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo was not immediately available, while party political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere refused to comment what could turn out to be a political hot-potato for the ruling party.

“I have not heard anything about that issue. In any case, ask (Defence minister Sydney) Sekeramayi, he is the leader of war veterans,” Kasukuwere said, apparently treading carefully on an issue that even the State media steered clear of.

Sekeramayi, who is the secretary for war veterans in the Zanu PF politburo, was not available for comment.

Youth league deputy secretary Kudzai Chipanga also refused to comment and claimed he was yet to hear anything regarding the war veterans’ bombshell.

“I am yet to hear anything about that. Let me find out, then I will call you,” he said.

Chipanga has previously clashed with the former fighters daring them to a physical fight and apparently got support from Mugabe himself.

During celebrations to mark Mugabe’s 92nd birthday in Masvingo, the President praised Chipanga for his work in the party days after his foul-mouthed rant at the ex-fighters.

Secretary for the War Veterans ministry Walter Asher Tapfumaneyi could also not be drawn into commenting on the matter.

“My mandate is technical. I would rather you get in touch with the minister (Tshinga Dube). I cannot comment on political matters,” Tapfumaneyi said.

Dube was not available for comment with his mobile phone unreachable all day.

But, political commentator Pedzisai Ruhanya described the declaration by the war veterans as a historical epoch for Zimbabwe.

“The war veterans are attempting a Second Mgagao,” Ruhanya said, referring to a wartime document that catapulted Mugabe to the helm of the then nationalist movement penned in Tanzania.

“However, Mugabe controls the coercive arms of the State and the military is now caught between. If they support the war veterans, it will be nothing short of a mutiny against Mugabe. The party-State conflation also favours Mugabe rather than the war veterans.”

Another political commentator, Austin Chakaodza, said the communiqué by the war veterans was further cementing that Mugabe’s power was ebbing away.

With Mugabe having early this year indicated he would resign if Zimbabweans asked him to, Chakaodza said it was time he listened, but was unlikely to do so.

“It was a telling indication of how sections of society, very large sections, are now fed up with Mugabe and ready to tell him to leave office. It is a milestone given the relationship Mugabe has had with war veterans and how they have helped him retain power over the years,” Chakaodza said.

“However, it is important to note that the security services are the ones that persuaded Mugabe to stay in power following his loss in 2008, heads of these groups could do the country a favour by telling him it’s time up.” newsday

KEREKE APPEALS AGAINST CONVICTION

CONVICTED rapist and former Bikita West Member of Parliament Munyaradzi Kereke is appealing against both conviction and the 14-year imprisonment imposed on him for raping his 11-year-old niece.

Kereke’s case had to proceed through private prosecution after the suspended Prosecutor-General Johannes Tomana declined to prosecute him, arguing there was no incriminating evidence against the legislator.

Kereke’s lawyers Mutandiro, Chitsanga and Associates have hired Advocate Sylvester Hashiti to argue the matter on appeal.

In the notice of appeal filed in the High Court on Thursday, Kereke argues that the lower court grossly misdirected itself in turning a blind eye to the inconsistencies in the State witnesses’ evidence.

“The appellant did not have sexual intercourse with complainant and no physical evidence to support such proposition beyond reasonable doubt was led in contradistinction,” read part of the notice.

“The medical affidavit adduced did not prove or show whether there had been penile, digital or instrumental penetration and whether such was appellant’s hand and conclusively so.”
Kereke also accused the lower court of misdirecting itself in disregarding his defence that he was neither present at the scene nor present in the vicinity of the scene in question to have committed the offence.

“The court erred in treating the defence of alibi as one that required appellant to prove, it being trite law that the State bears the onus to disprove the appellant person’s alibi,” he said.

The lower court, Kereke argues, misapplied the burden of proof in the matter and shifted it instead to him as opposed to the complainant who had an obligation to, yet failed to prove it beyond reasonable doubt.

“The court a quo erred and misdirected itself in disregarding direct evidence to the effect that appellant did not have possession of a gun and could not have used same to procure the complainant’s subjugation.”

On the sentence imposed on him, Kereke argues that it is manifestly excessive on an allegation of a single count and single occurrence of rape to an extent it is not in conformity with the law and induces a sense of shock.

Kereke who feels that he was wrongly convicted, is now refusing to pay legal costs incurred during his rape trial arguing that Tomana was accountable.

He denied delaying prosecution saying he had no power to stop the legal process against him. Private prosecutor Mr Charles Warara applied for compensation of legal costs and other expenses incurred during the five years before Kereke finally met justice. herald

LUMUMBA INSULTS MUGABE AGAIN

FORMER Zanu-PF activist William Mutumanje, also known as Acie Lumumba, who is facing charges of undermining the authority of President Mugabe, yesterday claimed that the context in which he said the “F” word was not insulting.

However, a defiant Lumumba went on to insult the President again.
“So if me calling him out is insulting him, then I believe the President has been “f*******” us for 36 years,” he said.

He said this while making oral submissions for referral of his matter to the Constitutional Court.

Lumumba’s lawyer Mr Arshiel Mugiya, asked if his rights as enshrined in the new Constitution were being violated and in response he said: “The Constitution that empowers the State to put me where I am today is the same Constitution that protects my freedom of speech and expression. The same Constitution allows me to be a citizen of this country who can disapprove of a person who I believe works for me.
“Yes, my constitutional rights as enshrined in the new Constitution are being infringed.”
In his written submissions, Lumumba said in terms of Section 56 (1) of the constitution all citizens where equal before the law.

“Everyone is subjected to protection of the law, the constitution does not discriminate anyone from such equality in other words the President in the eyes of the law enjoys no better rights than another citizen of Zimbabwe,” he said.

“The same constitution grants immunity to the President from being sued or charged with a criminal offence during his term of office in terms of Section 98 of the Constitution, it is my humble submission that the same immunity does not extend to him being protected from criticism or sceptic from the general public.”

Harare provincial magistrate Mr Vakayi Chikwekwe deffered the matter to Tuesday next week when prosecutor Mr George Manokore assisted by Ms Leonella Chitanda is expected to cross-examine and respond to Lumumba’s application.

It is the State’s case that on June 30, Lumumba, who was addressing people during the launch of his political party, said: “Mr President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, f*** you. I am drawing the red line, our kids are in trouble so it is a red line I know and my name is Lumumba, Lumumba Lumumba.” herald

MANHERU : WHY KHUPE, GUTU AND MWONZORA ARE UNHAPPY

Zvasekuru vangu VaTsvangirai vakomana? Kungozvitsvagira mabombodzi nemarehwarehwa padunhu! I don’t know what went behind the MDC-T scenes, leading to the appointment of two other vice presidents, over and above Thokozani Khupe, the pots and pans vice president. I am not curious to know, for that concerns their party and their members. Come to think of it, the two new appointees are likeable characters, educated ones too, who have acquired quite some profile in national politics.

True, one may be young, too young perhaps, but in terms of party politics, he seems the proverbial chick that will grow into a sprite cock. Mudzuri on the other hand kept his cool amidst repeated adversities, all of them wrought by a hostile leadership.

Frankly, I have a very dim view of Thokozani Khupe. She has not been able to be the glue to hold together Bulawayo, only small Bulawayo. How is she expected to be the glue that kneads a whole party? And when Tsvangirai was away on sick leave, her rolling addresses were a little lower than pedestrian, thick dour unable to rouse even the most excitable. You cannot present her as a national figure, let alone pit her against Robert Mugabe, the Zanu-PF 2018 presidential candidate.

Between-sheets dirt
Good management of party politics includes guarding against public flare-ups such as we have seen in MDC-T. Good management of party politics means keeping conflicts under control, subterranean. For it is in the nature of political fallouts to be nasty, very nasty, feeling a whole wash-line with between-sheets dirt. This is what is happening now in MDC-T, and the party’s opponents are busy studying the fault lines for strategic decisions.

Clearly Khupe is unhappy, very unhappy to have colleagues in the second echelon of leadership. She would rather she was alone, becoming a presumptive successor to Tsvangirai thereby. Too daft to see, that unhappiness suggests she looks forward to Tsvangirai’s demise, feeling the new appointments amount to snatching a succulent piece of meat from her salivating mouth. She is now receding into tribal and gender arguments, further alienating an already fractured Bulawayo and national vote. Already fractured by her and her divisive leadership qualities.

Obert Gutu is unhappy, very unhappy given that Chamisa, his bete noire, has ran past him by administrative fiat, emerging as his boss. The rivalry between the two Masvingo home boys is legendary, with Chamisa joining the law school to prove that what Gutu and Mwonzora can do, he can do better. For the two had ganged up, inviting a brutal comeuppance on Chamisa in the last congress.

Like a good politician, Chamisa did not go or tumble down; he descended to grassroots levels where the people are, leaving his two lawyer-opponents flying high, higher, airy but rootless. As I write, he has a stranglehold on the MDC-T youth wing, and enjoys good chemistry with the general membership, he and Mudzuri.

By contrast, Gutu and Mwonzora are patrician politicians, only needed after activist police arrests, or when a monological expletive against Mugabe has to be summoned, composed and bleated. They lack grounding on terra firma, the way Chamisa and Mudzuri do. Both Mwonzora and Gutu are unhappy, and have been bad-mouthing Tsvangirai through deep media throats. And given their unimaginative communication skills, you can trace their footprints. That is the trouble with people with a limited vocabulary.

The legal challenge against the appointments purportedly done by “ordinary members of the party” amount to too obvious and open a trick to fool anyone. The two have sponsored it. But it also invites the courts into what is supposed to be in-house party matters. Hardly a clever way of solving problems, or building public confidence in readiness for 2018. And in quite some cold, cruel calculation, Welshman Ncube, every inch a spent force, chooses to pass by Save, asking how he has woken up! It heightens the leadership angst, does it not? herald

70 PERCENT FAIL MATHS

GOVERNMENT says 70 percent of pupils who sit for Ordinary Level examinations fail to garner five subjects, including Mathematics, Science and English making it necessary to adopt a skills-based training system as a way of creating employment for them.
 
Addressing a graduation ceremony at Mupfure Self-Help College in Chegutu recently, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Jonathan Moyo said the figure of those that fail basic education was worrying.

“Our country is proud as we have always ensured that we are in the first position (in Africa) as far as literacy is concerned. We have never run below 92 percent most of the time and our literacy rate has hovered around 96 percent,” he said.

“Many thanks to our excellent system of basic education in our country, but good as it is, it is also true that at least 70 percent of Ordinary Levels do not achieve a minimum of five ‘O’ levels with English, Science and Mathematics to be able to proceed to tertiary and higher education.

“That is a very significant part of our population. Ordinarily, not less than 310 000 students sit for the examinations and 70 percent of that number does not proceed for tertiary and higher education.
“It is that significant number which we should all worry about and in particular, industrial colleges like Mupfure should be worried about it and develop programmes which have the kind of skills and competencies, but our artisans must have to meet the requirements for our country’s new thrust for industrialisation and modernisation,” he said.

Prof Moyo said it was against this background that his ministry was considering the transformation of more colleges into industrial training centres. He said this would ensure the education sector meets the country’s quest for industrialisation and modernisation.

He said three colleges, namely Danhiko, St Peter’s Kubatana and Mupfure Self-Help College, would be transformed into industrial training and trade testing centres.
They join the two existing industrial training centres — which are the Msasa Industrial Training Centre in Harare and the Westgate Industrial Training Centre in Bulawayo.

Mupfure Self-Help College principal Mr Cletos Ncube said he was in full support of the move adopted by Government. He said Mupfure had already begun partnerships with industry.

“The college is engaged in partnerships with private and public sectors to enhance training and self-sufficiency. “The college is currently in partnership with Bata Shoe Company for the production of shoes which will be sold to Bata shops.

“I am pleased to announce that the college has made approximately 9 000 pairs of shoes for the year 2015 and raised an income of about $23 000,” he said.
Mr Ncube said other training partners were Talana Farm, T & G Vegetables and Botswana Okavango programme on which students from Botswana are trained at the institution. herald

Friday, 22 July 2016

BANKS SUSPEND INCOMING DOLLAR TRANSFERS

Thousands of locally based individuals receiving incoming US dollars via transnational wire transfers face hurdles as some local banks have now stopped the transactions.


Even though some banks are still allowing them, there are fears that the ban on incoming greenback international transfers could spread.

This would inconvenience several groups of individuals who depend on incoming US dollar transfers, among them expatriate workers, people depending on remittances for survival and solopreneurs whose personal businesses receive money from outside.

“If this turns out to be a sustained change in the banking sector in the coming weeks and months, this will be a great deal because most platforms that one can (use to) make money online mostly pay out in USD (greenbacks) because they are United States based.

“Local banks shutting down this avenue of getting paid will only reduce the options available and make things increasingly difficult for local individuals making a living online.

“It will also affect expatriate Zimbabweans who receive salaries in USD into local bank accounts,” noted Techzim, a blog focusing on information technology news, views and reviews.

Banks that are currently not accepting incoming US wire transfers include CABS, NMB Bank Limited, ZB Bank, Steward Bank and POSB.
In a 23 June email that was directed at clients, CABS managing director, Simon Hammond, wrote that incoming services would be stopped from 1 July.

“We will only be processing telegraphic transfers for individuals in ZAR (South African Rand) or in BWP (Botswana Pula).

“In light of this limitation, individual customers are advised to use the option of making payments to other SADC countries other than South Africa and Botswana, in ZAR, through the SADC Regional Electronic Settlement System (SIRESS),”said Hammond.

NMB took the same move some two months ago, says Techzim, with the bank advising customers to look for alternative services for incoming transfers.

However, according to Techzim, banks that have stopped inward transfers are still accepting incoming USD into corporate accounts.

Apparently, the financial institutions are accepting incoming transfers into individual accounts if they are in South African Rand (ZAR), Botswana Pula (BW) and Euro (EUR).

However, established banks mostly with international presence are still accepting incoming transfers in the greenback.

As of 15 July, these included Barclays Bank, MBCA, CBZ, Stanbic Bank, BancABC, FBC Bank, EcoBank and Standard Chartered, which has suspended new accounts.

GOVT RUBBISHES WAR VETS STATEMENT

The government has described the war vets statement which attacked President Mugabe as treasonous.

In a statement, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Welfare Services for the War Veterans, War Collaborators, former Political Detainees and Restrictees, Retired Brigadier General Asher Walter Tapfumaneyi claimed that  those who attended the meeting have distanced themselves from the document.
 
Retired Brigadier General Tapfumaneyi said all issues relating to the welfare of war veterans and their relationship with the ruling party were tabled in their meeting with their patron Robert Mugabe at the City Sports Centre in Harare in April this year.

He said both the Zanu PF politburo and Cabinet are seized with the resolution of the meeting as contained in the report that was released by the ministry on the 9th of May this year with a view to address as many issues as possible by April 2017 when another meeting will be held.  

The government described the communiqué, issued on Thursday as treasonous. Retired Brigadier General Tapfumaneyi called on all patriotic veterans of the liberation struggle to remain loyal to President Robert Mugabe and the party, adding that they should be wary of divisive machinations by Zimbabwe's detractors.  

Meanwhile, investigations are underway to establish the origins, authorship, ownership and purpose of the document.

 

OPEN LETTER TO MUGABE

Dear Mr President,
Since I came to your office to tender my resignation in 2001, you and I have not had any occasion to interact or communicate. I hope, however, you will still recall one of the observations I made about your legacy. I will not repeat it here because for me that remains a privileged conversation. I will, however, observe that I think you still have an opportunity to help create a foundation Zimbabweans can use to build a cohesive and successful nation.

What compels me to write this open letter is the current state of affairs in Zimbabwe that has led to among other things, phenomena such as that of Pastor Evan Mawarire. Before I delve into expressing my thoughts on this issue, I want to quote something President Nyusi said on the occasion of his inauguration, an inauguration I know you Mr President attended.
Among other things President Nyusi said “ I congratulate Mozambicans for their participation in the success of democracy. At present, our individual choices of faith or ideology, and political inclinations are of least significance. I take office as the President of all Mozambicans and I stand willing and available to listen to all segments of public opinion.”

When I read President Nyusi’s speech I felt a lot of hope for Africa. I proceeded to ask for his permission for my organization to post that speech on our website. By way of introducing his speech on our website I made the following observation.

“The way he (President Nyusi) frames his speech, in many respects speaks to, and challenges the way many Africans have experienced the nation state. African Heads of State have, by and large, institutionalized states with at least two classes of citizens, the first class being those citizens who also happen to be members of the ruling party and the rest who chose other associations different from the ruling party having a defacto status of second-class citizens! If President Nyusi achieves what he has articulated, his approach would be a major departure from the two classes of citizenship experienced by most Africans to date.”

Mr President, I watched your reaction to Pastor Mawarire’s #ThisFlag citizens’ movement and was intrigued. So I then took the time to listen to as much of what the pastor has said as I could lay my hands on and I was then really puzzled. Firstly, the pastor acknowledges your government. He has not said anything to imply he does not recognize your government, so he is not about regime change. Secondly he is appealing to his government, i.e. the government you lead, to heed the suffering of the population and do something about it. Thirdly, he clearly states that he is against citizens taking the law into their own hands and getting violent and destroying property.

I just learnt that Zanu youths demonstrated against Pastor Evan Mawarire and in support of The President and the Government. I further learnt that the police did not beat anyone during the Zanu youth demonstration. In contrast, a lot of the citizens who came out to support Pastor Mawarire were beaten by the police and Mawarire himself was arrested.

Leaving aside that I am not sure what demonstrating against Pastor Mawarire means given no one can dispute the fact that the Zimbabwean economy is in meltdown, I would observe that the contrast between how Pastor Mawarire and the Zanu youth demonstrators have been treated is a very clear illustration of my observation about two classes of citizenship. In itself, it is good that Zanu youth can demonstrate when they have a cause to demonstrate about. What is clearly wrong and I dare say quite dangerous for the country’s well being is that the rights accorded Zanu youths are not accorded other Zimbabwean citizens.

Moving beyond the Zanu youth issue, I would like to pose a simple question. How can it be that when Zimbabwean citizens have cause to disagree with their government they are labeled as “not part of us” at a national level? I understand that they are not part of Zanu, but I cannot understand that their different views merit their not being considered to have a right to live in Zimbabwe and enjoy the rights of other citizens, as is their constitutional right. Who are ‘us’? Members of Zanu or Zimbabweans at large? Does it mean citizenship can be withdrawn on the basis of holding different views from the governing party? Is this not a very slippery slope indeed? Where are we headed if we go down this kind of thinking and practice? Is this not the kind of thinking that has led to genocide in other societies?

Mr President, unless I am missing something in this situation, I believe that it would be good for the country if you, as head of our government, engaged with the situation that citizens are trying to bring to your attention. Citizens are crying for help. They are not fighting you. They are asking for accountability and competency in the management of the affairs of their country as I believe is their right and obligation.

There is no amount of outside intervention, support or assistance that will make Zimbabwe prosper unless Zimbabweans are united internally. I would like to persuade you to take to heart the suffering of the citizens rather than push back at them as if their pleas are not founded on the reality of a dying economy. Zimbabwe is blessed with amazingly industrious people. People, who are very focused, disciplined, hungry for education and very aspirational. We are also lucky in that we have a country, which is well endowed with natural resources.

It would not take a cohesive Zimbabwe very long to bounce back and become again the envy of the continent. To harness the energy, imagination and innovativeness of the nation, we have to have a better tolerance and capacity for challenge, pushback and inclusiveness. We have to cultivate the capacity for synthesizing other people’s views into our own to get synergistic multipliers in the national developmental effort.

Nkosana Moyo is the Founder and Executive Chair of The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS). He has served in senior positions in the IFC of the World Bank Group; Actis LLP, a British Private Equity Firm; The African Development Bank. He is currently a Non Executive Director on the boards of Old Mutual PLC and Impala Platinum. Dr Moyo also served as Minister for Industry and International Trade in Zimbabwe under President Mugabe. Mail & Guardian

MDC SALUTES WAR VETS

The MDC would like to whole-heartedly thank and salute war veterans for publicly acknowledging that Robert Mugabe has outlived his relevance and as such, he should immediately proceed to resign.

As a social democratic political party, the MDC has always applauded the patriotic and selfless role that was played by thousands of gallant sons and daughters of the soil in fighting the racist colonial settler regime ultimately leading to our independence as a sovereign republic on April 18, 1980.

Our peaceful and democratic fight against the excesses of the Robert Mugabe - led Zanu PF dictatorship has always been informed by our understanding and appreciation of the role that genuine war veterans played in creating and establishing our nationhood. The political and socio-economic crisis that is presently bedeviling our beloved motherland cuts across the political, religious, ethnic and racial
divide.


The majority of Zimbabweans have been reduced to beggars and touts as a direct result of decades of unprecedented economic mismanagement, rampant corruption and deep - rooted misgovernance which has been the hallmark of Mugabe's reign. No less than four million Zimbabweans have since escaped into the Diaspora seeking both political and economic refuge. The brain drain that Zimbabwe has suffered, particularly since the year 2000 going upwards, is simply catastrophic.

We now call upon Mugabe to take heed of the very clear advice that he has been freely given by his erstwhile comrades, the war veterans. Mugabe remains the single biggest threat to Zimbabwe's national political stability as well as economic prosperity. It is not too late for him to proceed to step down immediately so that the country can be in a position to move forward. Zimbabweans are now united in their quest for a fresh start, a new beginning. Of course, in the new scheme of things, Robert Mugabe is not part of the solution but in fact, he has become part of the problem.

As the country enters the homestretch in our peaceful and democratic fight for the establishment of a New Zimbabwe, we truly hope and trust that all Zimbabweans will appreciate the need to immediately retire the incompetent and clueless Zanu PF regime, warts and all. The regime is damaged goods and no amount of political spin can successfully camouflage the underlying rot and decay that pervades all facets of the Zanu PF regime.

Obert Chaurura Gutu

MDC National Spokesperson

 

MPHOKO'S EXTORTIONATE LOAN DEAL STILL ON

DESPITE moves by President Robert Mugabe to block the costly US$350 million loan deal between the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) and Botswana’s Capital Management Africa (CMA) brokered by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko, the equity firm has reportedly approached the Botswana Public Officer Pension Fund with a proposal seeking a recapitalisation loan on behalf of the local power utility, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt.

Mphoko, whose son Siqokoqela is a CMA shareholder, wants the power company to access the US$350 million loan at a usurious 20% per annum interest rate. The power utility is in a serious financial crisis as it is owed close to US$1 billion. It is also struggling due to mismanagement and corruption.

Zesa will be required to export power to Botswana as part of the deal.

In January, China offered Zesa a loan of US$1,2 billion to refurbish the Hwange Thermal Power Station.
The Chinese loan, however, requires that government raises a substantial guarantee of at least 15% before accessing the facility, hence efforts to raise the US$350 million.


Reports from Botswana indicate that CMA is on the market looking for funding to finance Zesa.

CMA is an equity company which seeks and provides financial services to businesses that seek recapitalisation. It is one of the leading asset management companies in Botswana.

The company has approached the Botswana Public Officer Pension Fund to access funds.

Boitumelo Molefe, chief executive of Botswana Public Officer Pension Fund, told Botswana’s Business Weekly after the Independent’s exclusive story, that CMA had submitted a proposal asking the pension fund to finance the Zimbabwe credit and power purchase deal.

“We do not have a say as to where they (CMA) invest the money as long as we get our returns. They say they will be managing a power project and the proposal is currently under consideration,” she said.

In terms of an agreement signed in Harare last October, CMA would provide upfront funding of up to US$350 million to help Zimbabwe Power Company refurbish the Hwange Power Station.

The deal also involved a power supply agreement with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) importing up to 100 megawatts per month of the power generated from the revived station.

BPC spokesperson Dineo Seleke said CMA had approached them with a proposal to help with the importation of power from Zimbabwe but said no agreement had been signed.

Government officials last month told Independent that Mugabe expressed concern over the punitive interest rate and also questioned Mphoko’s role in the deal.

Despite Mugabe’s concern, it however appears the deal is still on the cards.

In April Zesa secured cabinet authority to send four people to Botswana to negotiate the deal.

Government sources said the loan payment was supposed to be done through Siqokoqela’s offshore account in Mauritius, which raised eyebrows in government.

Apart from holding a 5% stake in CMA, Siqokoqela also worked as the head of business development at the company from January 2008 to August 2013.

He started when his father was Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Botswana.

Questions are still been raised as to whether Mphoko abused his position as ambassador in Botswana between 2002 and 2005 moonlighting to cut deals for himself and his family as he emerged as a partner in that country’s biggest supermarket chain Choppies.

Mphoko, last month, dismissed the corruption reports, saying it was a mudslinging campaign by his detractors. He, however, failed to address substantative issues raised about him.

CHAMISA ELEVETION WILL COST MDC, SAYS CHINAMASA

FINANCE minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday predicted the MDC-T will lose the 2018 elections following the decision by its leader Morgan Tsvangirai to appoint Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri as his two new additional vice-presidents.


Chinamasa said this while answering a question in the Senate by Manicaland Senator Keresencia Chabuka (MDC-T), who wanted to know when the next elections would be held in view of the spiralling economic crisis which President Robert Mugabe’s government was failing to control.

“You started well when you asked about the economy, but you lost it when you started talking about politics because when we discuss economics, we don’t want to talk of things that divide us Zimbabweans,” he said.

“You know that elections will be in 2018 and I am surprised you want elections because with the way your party MDC-T is divided, you cannot be sure of winning. You now have three VPs, which is outside your constitution and it was done by one person without going to congress, and do not be surprised when one day you have MDC with four different hyphens, MDC-T, MDC-K, MDC-M and MDC-C.”
Chinamasa, as expected, blamed sanctions for the economic crisis. The Finance minister said he was, however, courting the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and African Development Bank on Zimbabwe’s crippling foreign debt.

Asked by Manicaland Senator David Chimhini (MDC-T) to explain why civil servants now have to negotiate their salary dates, Chinamasa conceded government was facing problems in paying government workers.

“You are abusing the word ‘negotiating’ because civil servants have a right to salaries. Circumstances are such that now we are unable to meet salary obligations on time and we merely explain to them that we can pay when resources have been mobilised,” he said.

Chinamasa said the fact that the formal sector was not performing well was affecting revenue collection to pay salaries for government workers.

“At the end of the day, no one has gone without salaries. We have been able to pay,” he said.

Masvingo Senator Misheck Marava (MDC-T) asked Chinamasa to explain government’s policy regarding invasions of sugar estates like Tongaat Hullet where 2 000 jobs were at risk.
Chinamasa said that was not acceptable, adding government policy stipulated there must not be invasions of plantations and dairies.


“Plantations and dairies cannot be put under land reform because the fiscus will lose on exports of sugar yet what we are crying for is more production,” Chinamasa said. newsday

DRUNK ZHUWAO THROWN OUT OF PARLY

YOUTH, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment minister Patrick Zhuwao was yesterday kicked out of Parliament on suspicion that he was drunk after he queried MPs’ line of questioning, continuously giggled and exchanged harsh words with Youth and Indigenisation Parliamentary portfolio committee chairperson Justice Mayor Wadyajena.

Zhuwao was being quizzed by the committee on allegations that he clandestinely engaged Thandi Ngwenya’s Triple Bottom Line Consultancy to craft an economic empowerment strategy.

Ngwenya then allegedly invoiced the ministry $28 000, but permanent secretary George Magosvongwe refused to pay because the understanding was that Ngwenya was offering free services.

A defiant Zhuwao alleged the Wadyajena-led committee was on a witchhunt and seemed confused as to whether they were monitoring, investigating or making an inquiry on the issue.

“I want to understand whether there is a specific issue that the committee needs to understand and whether the committee is on a witchhunt,” Zhuwao retorted as soon as the committee requested him to make his presentation on Triple Bottom Consultancy, his relationship with Ngwenya and the reasons why Magosvongwe said he had nothing to do with the engagement of Triple Bottom Consultancy.

But Wadyajena said: “We do not hunt witches here and we do not see you as a witch, please be serious, minister, and allow us to do our job as a committee.”

Zhuwao told the committee members that they did not know what they were doing, arguing answers to their questions were already on the economic empowerment strategy or had been provided by Magosvongwe.

When called to order and told to be serious, Zhuwao responded giggling: “I am very serious and the fact that I am smiling does not mean I am not serious. I am Patrick Zhuwao and will answer questions in a manner unique to Patrick Zhuwao.”

Nketa MP Phelela Masuku (MDC-T) then asked Zhuwao to explain his relationship with Ngwenya.

Zhuwao said they shared the same totem while insisting Ngwenya offered free services to the ministry. He angered MPs when he asked them their totems.

Chitungwiza North MP Godfrey Sithole (MDC-T) then asked Zhuwao to confirm if Ngwenya gave the ministry an invoice after her company offered services. But Zhuwao challenged MPs to prove the existence of an invoice while also objecting to the manner of their questioning.

“That is exactly what happens when there is a witchhunt. If the committee was serious in getting what exactly transpired, they would have interrogated evidence before it. Is there an invoice?” Zhuwao queried laughing. MPs could not take it anymore, and Chiredzi North MP Darlington Chiwa (Zanu PF) supported by Mkoba MP Amos Chibaya (MDC-T), then suggested the minister must be chucked out on suspicion that he was drunk and was going round and round in his answers.

“The minister is drunk and he can come back sober,” Chibaya said.

Zhuwao replied: “On a point of order, one of the MPs has cast aspersions that I am not sober. Is it the position of the committee? It has no basis for an MP to accuse me of not being sober and you (Wadyajena) as chairman was laughing at that.”

Zanu PF Proportional Representation MP Nomsa Mhlanga said she had known Zhuwao since he was a toddler and was worried that his behaviour yesterday seemed unusual.

Wadyajena then kicked Zhuwao out of the committee hearing, saying he would be resummoned to appear when he was prepared to answer in a serious manner.

Speaking to journalists after the aborted hearing, Zhuwao said he was sober and serious.

MPHOKO RESCUES GRACE PALS

THE Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) officials, acting chief executive officer Engineer Moses Juma and non-executive director Davison Norupiri, who were unprocedurally released from police custody last week by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko after being arrested for allegedly defrauding the parastatal of US$1,3 million are close associates of the vice-president and First Lady Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe Independent has learnt.

Mphoko, who was acting President at the time, drove to Avondale Police Station in Harare on Wednesday evening and personally secured the release of the incarcerated duo on the grounds that they were his “boys”.

Government and police sources said Mphoko was so angry when he arrived at the police station that he took off his jacket and threatened to assault police officers after they refused to release the duo.

The Independent has gathered information that Juma and Norupira have been financing Grace and Mphoko’s political activities using Zinara funds.

Norupira, who is also Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) chairperson, is said to have played a key role in ensuring that Grace officiates at ZNCC’s national dinner and business awards in Victoria Falls three weeks ago.

Grace was the guest of honour at the event held under the theme Economic Transformation in a New Normal Economy, New Challenges, New Ideas.

Zinara and Juma in particular have been instrumental in sourcing goods, which the vice-president subsequently donated to various constituencies in Bulawayo and the Matabeleland provinces in a move aimed at propelling his political image.

Mphoko has been using donations reportedly in a quest to build his political profile and national social base after being appointed to the position almost out of the blue by President Robert Mugabe ahead of more experienced and well-known officials.

In May, Juma accompanied Mphoko and Bulawayo Provincial Affairs minister Eunice Sandi-Moyo to the vice-president’s former school Mzilikazi Primary School in Bulawayo where he donated computers sourced by Zinara.

“I went out and sourced the computers which I was given by Zinara. The acting chief executive officer, Moses Juma, is here today to witness that I don’t divert the gadgets,” Mphoko revealed.

Two weeks later, Grace and Mphoko teamed up to hand over 30 000 bricks and 300 bags of cement to Mpopoma High School, also in Bulawayo, for the construction of an Advanced Level classroom block.

The consignment was sourced by Zinara and at the handover ceremony, Mphoko openly commended the parastatal for assisting Grace with the donation.

“I want to thank the First Lady for taking note of the request by Mpopoma High School. I also want to thank Zinara for assisting the First Lady in fulfilling the wish of the school to commence their construction projects,” said Mphoko at the function tattended by several ministers, deputy ministers, senior government officials, legislators and senior Zinara executives.

Government officials also said Zinara has in the past provided large quantities of fuel to Grace and Mphoko for various meetings held countrywide.