First Lady's entry into politics has shaken Zanu PF to the core. Will she grab the throne?


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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Tuesday, 26 May 2015


A young family in Glen View, Harare, has fallen apart after MDC-Renewal treasurer-general Mr Elton Mangoma reportedly snatched the wife of a member of the party’s provincial executive.
The former Energy and Power Development Minister allegedly took advantage of MDC-Renewal Team’s activities to lure Mr Believe Tevera’s wife, Ms Yemurai Maravanyika, into the extramarital affair.

Mr Tevera — an MDC-Renewal Team provincial member — had been married to Ms Maravanyika for two-and-a-half years and they have a one-year-old son.
Ms Maravanyika is only 20-years-old, four years younger than Mr Mangoma’s last born child.

Mr Mangoma reportedly met Ms Maravanyika in Glen View 3 during an MDC-Renewal Team mass mobilisation programme which targeted women whom the party earmarked for empowerment projects.

He lured the youthful mother into an extramarital affair, which resulted in her running away from home, leaving behind the child in the care of her husband.
The Herald is reliably informed that Ms Maravanyika is now renting a flat at the Civic Centre in Marlborough, courtesy of Mr Mangoma.

Mr Tevera has since taken the child to live with his mother in the rural areas.
Mr Mangoma and Ms Maravanyika, it is alleged, frequented a Harare hotel which they used as a love nest.

A furious Mr Tevera confirmed the development yesterday in an  interview with The Herald.
“My wife was taken away by Mangoma. He financed my wife to run away from home, leaving behind a one-year-old son Jaydn Tevera. Mangoma is now renting a flat for her in Marlborough.”
Mr Tevera, a Midlands State University graduate, is not formally employed.

“Mr Mangoma used to call my wife during odd hours. When I asked my wife about it, she said it was about the skills development training programme that the party was holding targeting women. When I asked Mangoma, he was evasive. Later he said he was not aware that she was my wife.”

Mr Tevera said Mr Mangoma no longer picks up his phone calls, but The Herald is in possession of some WhatsApp chats he sent to him.
One of the chats reads: “You did a good thing you took my wife away from me. It is a war comrade. Yemurai is my wife and I now have information yekuti ndimi murikumupa mari VaMangoma. Saka zvawatora mai vacho unoti mwana uyu anogara nani? I saw you as a father. I have lost all respect I had for you.”

Mr Mangoma did not respond to Mr Tevera’s messages and when contacted for comment yesterday, he vehemently denied the allegations. “It is not true,” he said before suggesting a meeting with this reporter at 2pm yesterday, but was later evasive.

Ms Maravanyika all but confirmed the relationship when The Herald contacted her for her side of the story. She said: “Handisikuda kunzwa zvisina basa. Handisikuda kutongeswa nezvehupenyu hwangu. Ndinoita zvandinoda nehupenyu hwangu (I do not want to be quizzed about the way I lead my life. I live the way I want).”

Ms Maravanyika had earlier phoned Mr Tevera and threatened to fix him through Mr Mangoma.
“Mangoma achakunyudza chete (Mangoma will make you suffer),” she boasted.

Mr Tevera said he now feared for his life and expressed disappointment at the Renewal Team.
“It appears the Renewal Team is not a safe place for women, for our mothers, our daughters and our wives,” he said. “The leaders are sex mongers who sleep with young girls.”
Ms Maravanyika’s close friends yesterday confirmed that she was having a relationship with Mr Mangoma.

“We tried to counsel Yemurai against cheating on her husband with Mangoma, but she would not listen,” said one of the closet friends.
“Mangoma would give her huge amounts of money and she liked it. As we speak they have separated after Yemurai’s husband confronted Mangoma over the matter. They would book at Jameson Hotel and Yemurai would boast about it.” herald

Monday, 25 May 2015


Eight suspects accused of masterminding a foiled jailbreak at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison recently are accusing prison officers of gross torture.

They said one of them defecated as a result of the torture and was ordered to eat his excrement. In the application of request for referral to the Constitutional Court filed at the Magistrates’ Court, Thulani Chizema said he was forced to eat his faeces.

The eight suspects through their lawyer Mr David Hofisi, are seeking permanent stay of proceedings at the Constitutional Court due to the torture.
The eight are Lucky Matambanadzo (39), Blessing Chauke (25), Lucky Mhungu (38), Taurai Dodzo (47), Thomas Chacha (37), Thulani Chizema (32), Jacob Sibanda (28) and Elijah Vhumbunu (38).

“The torture of the accused has a direct impact on the ability to hold a fair hearing,” said Mr Hofisi. Their rights as enunciated in Section 69 (1) of the Constitution are likely to be violated if prosecution is allowed to proceed.”

The eight said the State could not legitimately conduct a prosecution when it had violated their fundamental constitutional rights.
“Following the events of March 13 this year, all accused persons were moved to FB10, which is solitary confinement,” reads the application.

“They were only allowed access to two litres of water a day, which was later changed to just a bucket a day. “This same bucket contains water for purposes of drinking as well as cleaning after bowel movement.”

In their application, Mr Hofisi added that Chizema was beaten to the point of defecating and was ordered to eat his faeces.

“Thomas Chacha was also assaulted with open palms, fists and batons to the point of defecation,” he said. “Elijah Vhumbunu was kicked on the scrotum and passed out. This caused excruciating pain to his testicles which in fact receded.”

Mr Hofisi added that the accused were tortured to confess information relating to the events of the alleged jailbreak.

“Lucky Matambanadzo was ordered to run on a slippery floor, fell and injured his knee in the process,” he said.

“Taurai Dodzo was assaulted with batons, clenched fists and iron rods on the head, back and buttocks whilst handcuffed and in leg irons.”

Mr Hofisi said the attack was reckless, indiscriminate and sadistic.
The prosecutor Mr Michael Reza will respond on Friday this week.
The eight’s accomplice and alleged mastermind of the foiled jail break Robert Martin Gumbura was not part of the application. herald


MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai says Ghana’s founding president Dr Kwame Nkrumah was wrong for urging nationalists to first seek political independence.

 Dr Nkrumah is known for his famous statement, “Seek ye first political kingdom and all else shall be added unto you.” Addressing MDC-T supporters in Kuwadzana, Mr Tsvangirai said : “Is that true?” Mr Tsvangirai questioned. “Is that prophetic? Was Nkrumah right or was he wrong? He was very wrong. Because akaseta vision yakaipa (he set a wrong vision.)

“How can you say we should just seek political freedom. Munhu haadyi flag, haadyi national anthem. Anodya basa.”

Turning to the by-elections in 16 constituencies on June 10, Mr Tsvangirai urged his party supporters not to cast their votes or to go to the polls and spoil ballot papers.

“A first division team does not compete with fourth division. If they give me Mnangagwa in 2018, I will ask (Blessing) Chebundo to stand,” said Mr Tsvangirai.

Before delivering his main speech, Mr Tsvangirai threatened to ban all formalities of introductions, saying they were eating into his time. “You are wasting time doing introductions,” he said. “Tichazvibhana zvekuintroducer izvi.”


ZANU-PF reacted angrily yesterday after a newspaper claimed President Mugabe owed businessman Ray Kaukonde $30 million. NewsDay, which is published by Alpha Media Holdings, claimed the President told the party’s Politburo meeting in Harare last Thursday that they “must not be shocked that Kaukonde might drag him to court over the $30 million debt which he gave the First Family years back.”

Citing faceless “impeccable sources”, NewsDay claimed President Mugabe — speaking shortly after Kaukonde was expelled from the party — said the debt “was accumulated by the First Lady Grace Mugabe before the multi-currency regime era.”

President Mugabe, claimed the paper, “indicated that he would settle the debt soon.”
Yesterday, zanu-pf Politburo members lined up to trash the NewsDay report.
Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, the party’s spokesperson, said: “Somebody must be daydreaming somewhere because I was in the Politburo the entire time and the President never said such a thing. It’s absolute hogwash. Whoever is propagating these lies is not in their right senses.”

Fumed Zanu-pf political commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere: “From where we stand, that’s a fabricated and malicious story. It’s absolute nonsense. Whoever made up that story, that’s very irresponsible.”
Cde Joshua Malinga, the party’s secretary for the disabled, said: “The President never said that. To my knowledge, the President never said what’s being
Fellow Zanu-PF politburo member and Information Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo confronted Alpha Media owner, Trevor Ncube, and his editor in chief, Vincent Kahiya, on Twitter yesterday.
“This story is false in a big and damaging way. You make my work impossible! To begin with, has Kaukonde ever had this kind of money?” Prof Moyo asked.

Ncube responded to Prof Moyo saying: “Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’ve asked the team to follow up and get back.” Cdes Malinga and Kasukuwere said the NewsDay “fabrication” was a clear abuse of press freedom.

“I know that this is your profession, but one should never take everything they read in the newspapers for fact unless they confirm it with the subject of the story,” he said. NewsDay said “repeated efforts to contact Kaukonde were fruitless” and that “presidential spokesperson George Charamba and Zanu-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo’s mobile phones went unanswered throughout the day yesterday [Sunday].”

Blasted Cde Kasukuwere: “That’s very terrible and people should not try to play these stupid games to undermine the President. We need to investigate this matter and get to the bottom of it. In as much as we respect press freedom, we can’t allow such irresponsible reporting. We’ll never allow people to make disparaging statements about the country’s leadership.” herald


The MDC, stung by a withering attack on its leader by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has come out guns blazing declaring it will scupper his presidential bid.
Mnangagwa taunted the MDC and Morgan Tsvangirai for their defeat in the 2008 elections and latest boycott of the impending by-elections.

But MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu yesterday dismissed the Zanu PF strongman’s jibe and characterised him as a brutal man.

“It simply proves that the man should never ever become president of Zimbabwe. He is intolerant, brutal and a threat to national unity and cohesion,” Gutu told the Daily News.
“We pray to God the Almighty that he should never ever take that man anywhere near the State house. Otherwise Zimbabwe will be totally doomed. You don’t expect those kinds of comments from a man who aspires to be head of State.

“We have total confidence in our ‘no reforms, no elections’ political campaign. The thousands of people who continue to attend our rallies are a clear testimony of the fact that the majority of the people of Zimbabwe appreciate the logic and reasoning behind our campaign. Why should we continue to sanitise Zanu PF’s electoral thievery?”

Mnangagwa, on Saturday bragged at a rally in Harare, that God was allegedly on Zanu PF’s side. The Zanu PF strongman, who is sometimes referred to as the Son of God or Son of Man by his staunch supporters — among them Psychomotor minister Josiah Hungwe  claimed that his party was in God’s heart.

“Let me tell you this, God loves Zanu PF,” he said. “God gave us countries and we were given Zimbabwe. “When we had won our independence, the British funded the MDC to remove us from power.

“In 2008, they almost removed us from power but God refused and said no,” Mnangagwa told party supporters in Harare’s Dzivaresekwa high density suburb.
“God intervened and we are still ruling. Look now we are going to win by-elections. God indeed loves Zanu PF.”

The MDC came within a whisker of forming the next government after winning the hotly-contested 2008 elections in which Tsvangirai beat President Robert Mugabe in the first round of the presidential poll.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) withheld the results of the ballot for six weeks, raising suspicions that the inordinate delay had allowed Zanu PF to manipulate the poll and deny Tsvangirai victory.

Tsvangirai subsequently pulled out of the ensuing run-off ballot, citing violence and massive intimidation, which left Mugabe to participate alone in a widely discredited election.
But Mnangagwa appeared oblivious to all this, going on to heap praise on God for having ‘‘intervened’’ and saving Zanu PF.

He tore into Tsvangirai for having refused to participate in the pending June 10, by-elections which came after the MDC withdrew its MPs from parliament after they joined a breakaway faction now known as the renewal team.

“Tsvangirai is going around saying ‘no reforms, no elections’. I wish to thank him for that. Let him boycott while we rule.

“I say let him continue boycotting while we rule. Continue with your ‘no elections, no reforms programme’ and we will continue ruling,” the VP said.
Mnangagwa continued with his mockery of the MDC, adding that the party had a penchant for splitting.

“There is one major difference between Zanu PF and MDC. Zanu PF fires while the MDC splits. Look now we have about five MDCs, MDC Tsvangirai, MDC Mutambara, MDC 99, and MDC Biti. So MDC splits and Zanu PF fires.

“We have remained intact but we fire rogue elements. And now look, the split in MDC has given us a chance to increase our numbers in Parliament,” he said. daily news


Embattled ministers Walter Mzembi and David  Parirenyatwa — lived to see another day after surviving the brutal Zanu PF night of long knives on Thursday.

The pair, together with former ministers for Indigenisation, Francis Nhema, Information Communication Technology’s Webster Shamu, and Health and Child Care deputy Paul Chimedza, were heavily tipped to be axed last week when hounds in the faction-ridden ruling party had put in motion their demise.

Mzembi, especially, had come under severe pressure in his province of Masvingo which wanted him fired for supporting sacked former Vice President Joice Mujuru but the benevolence of President Robert Mugabe saved him from the guillotine that claimed seven bigwigs, including former Cabinet ministers.

Ahead of the party’s politburo meeting — many inside Zanu PF had written him off but Mzembi survived. Mzembi, who does not have a seat in the party’s politburo, has been on the ropes for a while now amid accusations of clandestine dealings and associating with former VP Mujuru.

Nicholas Goche, who stands accused of travelling to Israel to look for support to remove Mugabe, was suspended for five years along with hordes of other party heavyweights.
Zanu PF expelled seven party bigwigs: former Zanu PF Mashonaland East chairperson Ray Kaukonde, former Cabinet minister Olivia Muchena, former Masvingo resident minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, prominent Mujuru ally David Butau, former Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire, Kudakwashe Gopo and former Central Committee member Claudius Makova from the party.

The National Disciplinary Committee chaired by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko led the politburo discussions.

While there was no confirmation on whether those who survived had apologised to the party bigwigs or not, lickspittle State media columnist Nathaniel Manheru hinted so.
Manheru is believed to be Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba.

“This is how the latest round of expulsions and suspensions speaks more to those in the party than those facing chastisement, than those affected by them. Let the lesson be read well, so smug complacency gives was to self- introspection. No one, big or small, should imagine their misdeed in the gamatox era went unknown, unnoticed, nay, unrecorded,” said Manheru.

“The conspiracy was too grave to invite languid attention. The guilty ones who have transited to post-congress Zanu PF, who seem to have survived the chop, simply have been allowed to do so. They are creatures of tender mercies, never heroes at dissembling. Their survival owes nothing to their cleverness. Which is why they should mend their ways,” he said.

However, Zanu PF is expected to release the names of those who were suspended from holding any party positions for at least two years.
The Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) had recommended the expulsion of party heavyweights like Mavhaire, Bhasikiti, Chimedza, former provincial chairperson Killian Gwanetsa and Makova over allegations that they were supporting Mujuru.

And it had suggested that Mzembi be axed or suspended for at least five years, together with other legislators; Ephraim Gwanongodza, (Chivi Central) Tongai Muzenda (Gutu North), Denford Masiya (Chiredzi East) and Darlington Chiwa (Chiredzi West).
Shylet Uyoyo, Ellias Musakwa, former Chivi North legislator Tranos Huruva and his young brother Oliver are also on the expulsion list.

Those from Mashonaland West, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South and Bulawayo who were also on the chop list are yet to meet their fate as verdicts are still to be made on their cases. daily news


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe last Thursday reportedly told his party’s politburo meeting that he borrowed $30 million from Marondera Central MP and ousted ex-Zanu PF Mashonaland East Provincial chairman Ray Kaukonde to fund his family business in 2008, NewsDay can reveal.

Mugabe, however, reportedly said he would soon settle the ballooning debt.
Impeccable sources told NewsDay over the weekend that Mugabe made the disclosure soon after the politburo upheld the decision to expel Kaukonde and six other top party officials.

Several others were suspended for varying periods of between two to five years during which period they were not allowed to hold any leadership positions in the ruling party.
Although repeated efforts to contact Kaukonde were fruitless, sources said Mugabe disclosed the matter soon after the decision to expel Kaukonde was made.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba and Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo’s mobile phones went unanswered throughout the day yesterday.

“The President briefed us that we must not be shocked that Kaukonde might drag him to court over the $30 million debt which he gave the First Family years back,” the officials said.
“The debt, we hear, was accumulated by the First Lady (Grace Mugabe) before the multi-currency regime era. He (Mugabe), however, indicated that he would settle the debt soon.”
It is understood that Mugabe anticipated Kaukonde would drag him to court following his dismissal from the party, but indicated that he would soon settle the debt.

Kaukonde lost the Zanu PF provincial chairmanship at the end of last year following allegations of funding former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s alleged plot to topple Mugabe.
At the height of the anti-Mujuru campaign, Grace publicly lampooned Kaukonde, accusing him of bankrolling the Mujuru cabal.

Sometime in November last year, war veterans in Marondera demonstrated against Kaukonde, accusing him of “moving around falsely claiming that Mugabe owed him some money”.

Addressing the demonstrators last November, Zanu PF chairperson for the Women’s League in Marondera district, Ellis Rangwana, chronicled Kaukonde and his executive’s indiscretions and called for a vote of no confidence in their leadership.

“He (Kaukonde) is also going around claiming that the President owes him money, saying he can’t do anything to him because of that, but we are saying how much are you owed so that we can pay you back?” Rangwana said.

It is reported that at the same politburo meeting, Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko saved national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere after tempers flared over his recent attack on war veterans and alleged imposition of candidates for the June 10 by-elections.
War Veterans’ minister Christopher Mutsvangwa reportedly led the attack, pleading with the politburo to call Kasukuwere to order over his “war veterans are drunkards” slur.

“Mutsvangwa was breathing fire, claiming that if Kasukuwere described the war veterans as drunkards, he had also implied that, as the leader of the group, he was also a drunkard,” the sources said. 

“The President had developed an interest in the matter and asked Mutsvangwa to explain what had happened, but VP Mphoko immediately rescued Kasukuwere. He said the war veterans also had an obligation to respect party leadership.”

Mutsvangwa could not be reached for comment yesterday as he was reportedly in a meeting, while Kasukuwere’s mobile phone went unanswered.
Kasukuwere recently described the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) leaders as “drunkards” after the former fighters accused him of imposing candidates and loyalists at critical party posts.

The former fighters accused Kasukuwere and a group of Zanu PF senior members of plotting to oust Mugabe.
According to the politburo sources, another politburo member, Cleveria Chizema, also lampooned Kasukuwere for allegedly imposing career banker Terrence Mukupe as the party’s Harare East parliamentary candidate.

Chizema’s allegations reportedly forced Mugabe to climb down on his earlier consent to Kasukuwere’s request to dissolve the Godwills Masimirembwa-led Harare executive that he had accused of acting in a “thuggish manner” and throwing the name of the party into disrepute.

Mugabe had initially reportedly acceded to Kasukuwere’s request to have Masimirembwa and youth leader Godwin Gomwe fired, but later instructed that they should only be warned after listening to Chizema’s submissions.

“Chizema said Masimirembwa and Gomwe were only being punished for resisting Kasukuwere’s orders. Once again, President Mugabe took a special interest in the matter before he later ordered Cde Kasukuwere to resolve the chaos in the Harare province. The President then withdrew his earlier order to have the executive dissolved.”

Mugabe was also said to have saved former politburo member Flora Buka, former Health deputy minister Paul Chimedza and Midlands Provincial Affairs minister Jason Machaya from expulsion in a wave of purges that saw seven members being booted out.
The expulsions were announced by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa who briefly chaired the meeting after Mugabe had taken a break.

Mnangagwa briefed the President that Buka was among those who had been fired, but Mugabe ordered that Kaukonde, who had been slapped with a five-year suspension, be expelled from the party.

“President Mugabe said Buka, Chimedza and Machaya had potential to repent and reversed harsh sentences which had earlier been imposed on them. He said they should be given another chance. Some were suspended for two years, while the majority were slapped with five-year suspensions,” the sources said.

Former Indigenisation minister Francis Nhema survived the purge, although he was drafted among those the province had wanted fired. 

“MPs would be assessed individually, even those who have been suspended. Some of them will be booted out as it has been discovered that they were no longer advancing the interests of the party, with Chikomba MP Felix Mhona being named as an example,” the source added. newsday


FORMER Finance minister Tendai Biti and ex-MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti (TB) has attacked MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai for allegedly stifling democracy and failing to lead the opposition movement on its mission to dislodge President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF government. 

Biti, who is now MDC Renewal Team secretary-general, told NewsDay (ND) reporter Richard Chidza in a wide-ranging interview yesterday that the opposition movements required a “fresh face” to take them to the “promised land”, adding that the current crop of opposition leaders had dismally betrayed the electorate. In the interview, he also explains the purpose of his recent trip to the United States.

Below are the excerpts of the interview:
ND: What is your appreciation of the country’s political, economic and social set-up at the moment?
TB: I think that the heart of every democrat, any person interested in the upliftment of the people must be bleeding. Never since 1891 has this country experienced the kind of cataleptic cobweb of failure and deceit, exclusion and failure such as the one we are experiencing.

Zanu PF has taken our country to bottomless depths of despair and delegitimisation. It has redefined failure we have to find new lexicon and I hope someone will bring the party to book one day because no one has the right to impose such unmitigated suffering on another.

ND: The decision to break-away from Tsvangirai, do you still think it was the correct one?
TB: The decision to part ways with Tsvangirai was the correct one. Tsvangirai has become the albatross to the forces of change and democratisation of our country. The opposition needs a fundamental paradigm shift, the opposition needs a smart approach and new levers of tackling the sobriquet called Zanu PF. We have to create a new narrative and find a new face for the democratic struggle and new actors. 

We have to create coalitions of champions and winners who will fight this battle and struggle on a much higher platform than a “Mugabe must go” mantra which has failed us in the past 15 years and recycling it will not change the status quo.

ND: But the opposition is equally culpable in the mess, don’t you agree?
TB: The opposition has been a disaster. The opposition owes an apology to the people of Zimbabwe. They have been impotent, divisive, divided and hubristic. But the people of Zimbabwe too must shoulder the responsibility; you are as good as the opposition or the government you get. The people of Zimbabwe have not asserted their space, and their right to protest and protect themselves against the insanity of Zanu PF and the mediocrity of the opposition.

ND: What is it that whoever will come in has to do to fix the economy?
TB: It is not just about fixing the economy, everything is broken in this country. The legacy of Mugabe is a massive graveyard of failed dreams, failed institutions, economy and a people with broken spirits, millions who against their will are hiding in the Diaspora and spending hours on social media thanks to Mugabe. So Zanu PF has been carnage of failure and the rot of the past 35 years is self-evident. So the agenda which has to be put on the table is the agenda of rebuilding Zimbabwe.

 The rebuilding of Zimbabwe must start with Zimbabweans finding themselves again, liberating themselves from the toxicity and politics of exclusion that is dominating the political landscape today.
You shudder to open any newspaper because it is exclusion, hatred and more hatred. The idioms of exclusion are intoxicating the national psyche and we are drunk with exclusion and intolerance. So we need to move to the centre, find a new centre ideologically and otherwise in which we discard the erstwhile vicious cycles of exclusion and craft virtuous circles of inclusion. We need national healing, the toxicity is too much. We need to address the economy.

Where you have a country churning out 300 000 graduates a year which it cannot absorb, where you have a country with 65% of its population being young and unemployed, you have a recipe for disaster and social dis-cohesion. The three ingredients that caused the Rwandan genocide in 1994 were a culture of poisoned politics and exclusion, economic failure and unemployment and a political leadership that had long ago vacated common sense and love for its people. In Zimbabwe those three ingredients are there, so the happenings in Zanu PF, the omissions in the opposition, the indifference of civic society will lead to one thing a chaotic implosion of this country.

In short, we are suffering a crisis of leadership. Mugabe is a visiting president, his Cabinet is tearing each other to pieces, there is no agenda for progress, but there is an agenda for cannibalism. No country has ever sustained itself on the agenda of cannibalism.

ND: How far are we from a coalition?

TB: A coalition is very difficult as long as the culture in the opposition is an exact replica of the same predatory culture in Zanu PF. So as long as you have big egos, false big-tent mentality and mediocrity, crafting a coalition would be very difficult. My submission is that fresh actors are required, fresh actors will be found and there will be a coalition in 2018.

ND: There has been talk of a new party by disgruntled ex-Zanu PF leaders. Are you in talks with them?
TB: Even if we were talking to them, I cannot tell you, I cannot disclose strategy. But at a theoretical level, it is important to create a now narrative by bringing like-minded democrats together with a fresh face and fresh ideas, ideas that can create a sustainable Zimbabwe.

The democratisation movement needs components of the liberation struggle. We have been dilegitimised for the past 15 years on the basis that we were not part of the liberation struggle. So in Africa wherever you have had democratic change it has been fought on the basis of a coalition between the forces of the liberation element and forces of the post-liberation element. One of the reasons of the failure of the MDC was that we did not have the liberation component. So the emergence of a liberation component in opposition politics must be applauded because it has been the missing link.

ND: Do you think your absence seems to have caused some kind of dislocation within the Renewal movement?
TB: I disagree. The biggest challenge I am facing right now is that I have certain skills that can be used by a much wider audience than Zimbabwe.
Particularly, the challenges on the African continent, areas around poverty alleviation, development, fragility and nation building. So the dilemma I have right now is that there is a calling and obligation to serve a bigger audience than Zimbabwe, but at the same time the business of Zimbabwe remains unfinished. It is a dilemma I am facing and one that sooner or later I will be forced to answer, but I will postpone to that date.

ND: The recall of MPs, including yourself and the Constitutional Court ruling, do you think your lawyers ill-advised you?

TB: I do not agree at all. The Constitutional Court was wrong.

ND: How so?
TB: The issue was not about us challenging as the Speaker of Parliament had correctly stated in his letters of May and November. The Speaker could only act on the basis of a court judgment giving legitimacy to one of the political sides and that judgment was not there. So the Speaker could not recognise one of the factions of the MDC without a court order. The Constitutional Court judgment was wrong.

ND: So do you think it was a political judgment?
TB: I did not say that.

ND: Are there any regrets among your members?
TB: There is regret that, of course, people were fired from Parliament. But the inane act is Tsvangirai writing to the Speaker and allowing Zanu PF to enter into MDC strongholds and then next minute advising people to destroy their votes when you know that Zanu PF will have its consistent members. The best advice would be to let people vote independents.

ND: Where to now for Zimbabwe and Renewal?
TB: I want to repeat that Zanu PF must be held to account, they have no right to abuse Zimbabweans in the manner they are doing now, like the abuse of the rule of law, the mismanagement of the economy and murders. 

No political party or leader has the right to abuse another group of people in the manner Zanu PF has done. Equally, it will be very foolish for ordinary Zimbabweans to assume that a Moses will emerge from somewhere or to call an idiot a Moses. We have to be our own Messiahs, unless we are prepared to confront this regime in the streets then we are wasting our time. We need the courage to confront this regime.

There is need to craft a new dimension of politics that is beyond Mugabe. The last 15 years we have spent our politics locked in a binary of Mugabe must go, Mugabe must stay which has manifested itself in a Mugabe versus Tsvangirai. That narrative is false and we have to go beyond that as they are ultimate failures in Zimbabwe’s political discourse — that means a new face and a new narrative for the democratic struggle.

We also have to deal with electoral reform. It is fundamental. There must be a brand new voters’ roll, we must use technology like biometric system to insulate ourselves from electoral theft. The securocracts must not be seen anywhere near elections. We cannot trust ourselves to run elections, we cannot trust ZEC (the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission), and so there is need for a trustee to run the elections.

ND: Do you have mechanisms to effect this?
TB: Writing little letters to Zanu PF is not going to be the answer. We failed to effect electoral reform when we were State actors in the Government of National Unity. It will be foolhardy to think that a little rally will make Zanu PF accede to electoral reforms. Zanu PF will not give electoral reforms because it will be political suicide. We have to demand, we have to go into the streets to demand reforms, they will have to kill us and imprison us, and then they will start listening.

ND: Are you ready to lead from the front?
TB: No one can question my commitment to the struggle and the fact that I am far from being neither Zanu PF nor anyone. All throughout my life I have been fighting Zanu PF. I have been arrested countless times and tortured. I have been in demonstrations throughout my life from my days at Goromonzi to the University of Zimbabwe. So the issue is not about leadership, but do the collective mass of Zimbabweans, hiding in fruit markets, selling underwear and in churches — are we as a collective prepared to march against this regime. The Constitution gives us that right, but are we prepared to exercise that right.

ND: At 91 Mugabe is still in power and set to contest the 2018 elections if his supporters have their way. What do you think of this?
TB: One of the values of African culture is that we respect our elders and part of this is that we should not place them into a situation where they will cause embarrassment to themselves and indeed to the country. Mugabe’s stewardship of the African Union and Sadc, as well as the remarks he has made around the Kalangas and South Africa are putting Zimbabwe into disrepute. 

I think the lesson from this is that there must be an upper age limit in the Constitution barring people over 75 years from being President because doing so is disrespecting the elderly. We should do the right thing and allow the old man to rest and to ensure that never will we embarrass another old man. We should put an upper age limit so that we do not punish another old man.newsday


Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday revealed that former war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda was once arrested in Angola for allegedly sodomising a fellow combatant during the country’s liberation struggle.

Addressing a rally in Bulawayo’s Cowdray Park suburb to drum up support for Zanu-PF’s candidate for Luveve, Cde Ntando Mlilo ahead of the June 10 parliamentary by-elections, VP Mphoko said Sibanda escaped prosecution because of the change of government at independence.

“JB (Jabulani Sibanda) while in Angola sodomised another comrade during the liberation struggle and he was arrested and detained there. He was supposed to be prosecuted but luckily for him on returning home Zimbabwe had just gained independence and that’s how he escaped prosecution,” said VP Mphoko.

Describing Sibanda as a small boy, VP Mphoko said the ousted war veterans’ leader, was for 11 years, given a chance by the revolutionary party to lead, but blew it.

“That young man (Sibanda) was given a chance by Zanu-PF to prove his mettle for 11 years, but sadly he blew that chance. He’s a blatant liar who is destroying people. JB, then a small boy from Tsholotsho, would follow freedom fighters wherever they held meetings with the masses,” said VP Mphoko.

Sibanda was expelled from Zanu-PF late last year for undermining President Mugabe and threatening to mobilise war veterans, youths and women to march to State House to confront the President.

He has since been charged under Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act which criminalises undermining the authority of the President.
In October last year, Sibanda declared that he would boycott the First Lady’s popular “Meet the People” rallies held in all the country’s 10 provinces.

He firmly sided with ousted former Vice President Joice Mujuru, who plotted to overthrow the President and also faces a string of corruption allegations.

VP Mphoko expressed disappointment at the departure of Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa from Zanu-PF, saying the former Zipra intelligence supremo had soiled his illustrious liberation history.

The VP said he and Dabengwa, among other veterans of the struggle, went through difficult times during the war.

He reiterated that during the Sipolilo operation at the height of the liberation struggle, he, Dabengwa, Joe Modise of the ANC and other fighters had to drink their own urine as they had run out of water.

“Dumiso didn’t join Zipra, we formed it. I operated with him in Sipolilo. We drank our own urine in one of the operations when we had travelled for more than 60 kilometres to a place where there was no water. We opened our water bottles, shot into them and waited for the acids to evaporate. We then ate Russian chocolate and drank our own urine. Now I’m really disappointed with Dabengwa. I really don’t know what got into him and there’s no doubt that today he could have been the Vice-President,” he said.

He urged youths to emulate their leaders and carry on with the legacy of the late Vice-Presidents Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo and Landa John Nkomo.

“Youths shouldn’t undermine their leaders and they shouldn’t despise them because we’re grooming them so that they become good leaders and take over from us,” said VP Mphoko.
He pledged to play a leading role in reviving Bulawayo’s industry and create employment for the people.

“Give me a chance to lead you as your Vice-President so that we carry on with the legacy of the late Vice-Presidents Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo and Landa John Nkomo. We’re trying to revive industries in Bulawayo so that our people get employed,” he said.chronicle


SUSPECTED robber, fleeing a crime scene, drowned in a 30-metre unprotected water well on Saturday night while his teenage accomplice escaped death by spreading his legs and hands and clinging to the wall of the well.

He was then rescued by Blessed Manyika, 30, the person they had robbed, who had chased them in a bid to recover his property. As they ran, Busani Ncube, 30, and Mthokozisi Sibanda, 18, fell into the well near Sunnyside suburb in Bulawayo.

Ncube’s body was only pulled out of the well yesterday, nearly 22 hours later, while Sibanda was rescued by his victim and taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals. Sibanda was later discharged from the hospital and is now in police custody.

Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo confirmed the incident. “Yes we’re investigating the case where the robbers who, after robbing their victim, fell into a well. One drowned and the one who survived is going to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

All for the love of a quick buck, Sibanda, and Ncube, allegedly pounced on an unsuspecting Manyika of Romney Park, robbing him of his cellphone and a wallet containing $13.
Manyika had just disembarked from a commuter omnibus coming from the city centre at a Zuva Service Station around 6PM on his way home. He bravely gave chase forcing the duo to run into a bushy area between Sunnyside and Paddonhurst in the hope of getting away with the loot.

The Chronicle arrived at the well at around 4PM yesterday and witnessed members of the police sub aqua unit, Bulawayo City Council Fire Brigade and How Mine Rescue Team pulling the body to the surface.

BCC Fire Brigade Senior Divisional Officer, Linos Phiri said they were called to the scene on Saturday evening around 6:30PM and when they arrived Sibanda had already been rescued.

He said efforts to recover Ncube’s body on Saturday evening were in vain and they left at around 11PM. Phiri said they returned on Sunday morning and had to use a submersible water pump to drain water out of the flooded well before they pulled out the body.
“When we got here, residents had rescued Sibanda and we tried to rescue Ncube to no avail. We aborted the rescue mission which we commenced in the morning (yesterday) before we finally pulled out his body around 4:30PM,” said Phiri.

A shaken Manyika told a Chronicle news crew that he was walking home when the two approached him. They attacked him and robbed him of his wallet which had $13 cash, his cell phone and his particulars.

He said he realised that one of them was a young man and decided to give chase in the hope of getting his property back.

“I chased them and they ran into this bushy area. I could see them in front of me but before I knew it, I heard a splash, a sound of an object falling into water,” said Manyika.
He said he went close and heard a voice screaming for help. Manyika said he then realised that it was a well and that the two robbers had fallen into it.

“I went closer and one of them who was looking up saw me and pleaded with me to assist them. He even apologised for having stolen my things,” he said.
Manyika said he then went to Shepard Dere’s house, which is close to the bush and asked for assistance to rescue the duo.

Dere said as they were watching football with his friends on Saturday night, Manyika came knocking at his house telling them that some people had fallen into a well.
He said they took some electric cords and headed to the area where they found Sibanda hanging on all fours on the sides of the well.

Dere said the teenager had not fallen very far from the opening of the well.
“We found Sibanda hanging on like Superman (the movie character). He was holding on with his hands and legs spread out clinging on to the wall of the well. So we threw in the cords and rescued him before we handed him over to the police,” he said. chronicle


ZANU-PF Politburo member, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday questioned MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s sanity following the opposition politican’s campaign urging voters to spoil ballot papers in the June 10 by-elections.

 Addressing Zanu PF supporters at Jimila Business centre in Tsholotsho as part of a series of campaign rallies for Tsholotsho North party candidate Professor Jonathan Moyo, Cde Khaya Moyo said Tsvangirai and his party were always going to lose in the polls.

The Zanu PF secretary for information and publicity said the by-election was an opportunity presented by God for the people of Tsholotsho North to get proper representation.
“God has his ways. We didn’t know that we would be voting on June 10. We heard that some person came here and told the people not to go and vote and that they should go and spoil the votes. Is he normal?

“He wants people to wake up and queue all for the purpose of spoiling votes. They know that even if they contested, they were going to lose so they started this futile campaign.”
Tsvangirai last Sunday took his “no reforms no votes” campaign to Tsholotsho but locals snubbed him.

The beleaguered MDC-T leader addressed a small crowd of people mostly bussed from outside Tsholotsho. He urged them to go and spoil ballot papers on June 10.
Cde Khaya Moyo also said the former legislator Roselyn Nkomo disappeared after being voted into Parliament.

“We want development and Prof Moyo is a development oriented person. I was hearing now that he renovated Jimila Clinic, these are the kind of leaders we want,” he said.
He narrated a story of a British MP who never contributed in Parliament for his entire term and the only words he uttered was when he asked a colleague to open a window.

“You can’t vote a person who’ll only open their mouth asking someone to open a window. We know that Prof Moyo won’t be saying open the window. He will follow up on projects for the development of the people. A leader should know how his people live,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.

“Stop listening to false promises from the opposition. Don’t vote for people you don’t know but come to where we were left by Joshua Nkomo.”

Cde Khaya Moyo said he was in the area to thank the people of Tsholotsho in advance as he was confident that the party would win in the polls. He said the job however did not end there as the party needed to work to ensure that it wins back all seats in the 2018 elections.
“We must sweep everything and not leave anything for these opposition parties. I want to commend you also for the good job you’re doing in building structures. I heard that this ward has 40 cells which is very commendable,” he said.

After the rally Cde Khaya Moyo briefly toured Jimila Clinic that was renovated by Prof Moyo.
The Chronicle also established that Prof Moyo had facilitated connection of electricity to the homesteads of Chief Mathuphula and Chief Tategulu. chronicle

Sunday, 24 May 2015


MOBILE network operator, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, says it has remitted $1 billion to the fiscus in taxes, fees and other levies since the dollarisation of the economy in 2009.

Econet said that this contribution and that from other operators in the sector reflects the importance of the telecoms industry to the recovery and growth of the domestic economy.
“Through supportive policies, the sector has immense potential to continue to contribute to national development and complement Government efforts in economic development,” the company said in its financial results for the full year to February 28, 2015.

The performance for the period under review showed a 41 percent dip in after tax profit to $70,2 million, which Econet attributed to the introduction of a 5 percent levy on airtime sales, 25 percent duty on handsets and 35 percent tariff reduction on voice calls.

Because of this the company, one of the largest employers in the country, said it has had to stop employment creation and was worried about job losses that now look inevitable due to the challenges.

Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile network operator, with over 9 million customers, said it had invested a staggering $1,2 billion into infrastructure over the last five years, partly the reason why it is resisting Government calls to unconditionally share its infrastructure with competitors that have invested less.

Econet said network investment reached $125 million during the last financial period in what it said contributed to maintaining its relevance and dominance on a technologically dynamic market.

The investment sustains the jobs of over 2 000 direct employees and over 35 000 indirect jobs and has given the network capacity to carry an additional 2 million users.
“More than 20 000 small businesses across the country, particularly in rural areas, receive regular income from selling airtime and transacting for EcoCash,” Econet said.

Commenting on its performance for the financial year to February, Econet said that revenue was little changed at $746 million, representing less than one percent decline.
The mobile network operators generated a total of $907,3 million in 2014. This represents 17,9 percent decline in revenue from $1,1 billion recorded the previous year.

Econet has, however, been able to hold its revenue steady and prevent significant decline through innovation, sweating its expansive infrastructure for new revenue streams.
“Despite the changes, challenges and increasing complexity of the operating environment, the business continues to introduce new innovations that address the needs of its customers while also diversifying its sources of revenue,” the company said.

New innovations it has brought to ride on its infrastructure include EcoCash, EcoSure, EcoHealth, EcoFarmer and connected car vehicle tracking. It said while the services have taken time to yield the desired results and the returns thus far have been encouraging.
The services contributed $72,7 million in the period to February 2015, which represents 65 percent growth on prior year while broad generated $103 million, 42,3 percent jump.
Its associate, Liquid Telecom has built more than 7 000 kilometres of fibre in the country, deemed the most extensive optic fibre network in the region, including South Africa.


TWELVE workers who were unlawfully fired by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority for allegedly possessing pornographic material will now get their outstanding salaries and benefits to the tune of $414 362 after the High Court registered their two arbitral awards.
In a judgment availed on Wednesday, Justice Joseph Mafusire ruled that the workers were entitled to their benefits.

“The arbitral awards dated June 4 2013 and 28 February 2014 by George Nasho and a P. Mutsinze, respectively be and are hereby registered as orders of this court.
“In terms of those awards, the respondent (Zimra) shall pay the applicants the sum of four hundred and fourteen thousand three hundred and sixty-two dollars and fifty two cents ($141 362,52).

“The costs of this application shall be borne by the respondent,” Justice Mafusire ruled.
The workers were fired for allegedly sending each other pornographic material using Zimra computers, which the authority deemed to be misconduct.

Zimra fired the 12 in 2011, but an arbitrator quashed the decision and ordered the reinstatement of the workers. Arbitrator Mr Nasho ruled that the allegations were concocted with the intention to victimise the employees who were members of the workers’ union.
Labour lawyer Mr Rodgers Matsikidze of Matsikidze and Mucheche law firm represented the 13 workers while Sinyoro and Partners acted for Zimra.

Zimra noted an appeal out of time, but pleaded with the Labour Court to condone their delay. Dismissing the application for condonation recently, Labour Court judge Justice Emilia Muchawa said the delay was caused by Zimra lawyers who should have a better appreciation of the rules of the court.

She also held that Zimra had no prospects of success on an appeal.
The workers argued that Zimra’s information department planted the emails with the pornographic material and that they had never sent each other such mat- erial.
The second arbitral award quantified the benefits and outstanding salaries for the 12 as $414 362. herald


A local firm X Research and Intelligence has released a list of Zimbabwe’s Top 50 richest personalities. On top of the pile is telecommunications guru Mr Strive Masiyiwa, followed by business magnate Mr Philip Chiyangwa, Mr Shingai Mutasa, Mr Moses Chingwena and Televangelist Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa.

It is also claimed that the first top ten individuals account for the first multi-million dollar citizens in an independent Zimbabwe.

1. Mr Strive Masiyiwa
Mr Strive Masiyiwa is the executive chairman and founder of the Econet Group — a privately held diversified telecommunications group with operations and investments in Africa, Europe, South America, North America and the East Asia Pacific Rim. Its local unit is Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (EWZ) whose market capitalisation was US$455 million by the end of last week.

Although the 54-year-old businessman’s exact holding in EWZ is not known, last week the businessman indicated on his Facebook post that he held less than 50 percent of the mobile telephone company.

“When we listed the company (1998), I only had a direct interest of about 35 percent. Out of the 60 percent, that I held in my personal company 25 percent was held by friends who had helped me. Within a few years they had sold their shares and moved on.
“I never sold shares, except at the beginning, to help build the largest church in the country. Over the years I just continued to buy whenever I had some cash. Even today I still hold less than 50 percent of that particular business. The public hold the majority,” he said.
Assuming that he holds between 30 percent and 40 percent, his value in Econet could be more than US$159 million.

Mr Masiyiwa also has other business interests that include renewable energy, water treatment, Coca-Cola bottling, financial services and hospitality.
He sits on a number of international boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College and the Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize Jury.

Last year, Forbes estimated that his net worth could be more than US$600 million. It ranked him as number 43rd richest person on the continent.

2. Philip Chiyangwa
The extent of the maverick businessman’s riches is not known, but his decision to venture into real estate and property development seems to be paying dividends.
Estimates suggest that Chiyangwa holds in excess of 12 000 hectares around the country. Most tellingly, Government and the Harare City Council decided to return to him contested land in and around Harare. Ordar Farm, which had been taken over by Ordar Housing Development Consortium made up of 56 companies, is home to more than 20 000 families.
Assuming that they decide to compensate Chiyangwa US$4 per square metre — a fee that has mostly recently been hinted — the 56-year-old tycoon stands to have a US$20 million payday.
In addition, he has more than 40 companies, with engineering firm Zeco Holdings being the only listed firm.
5. Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa
At the age of 37, what the televangelist has achieved is nothing short of phenomenal. It also shows the shifting local business landscape.
Some have since termed the phenomenon where men of the cloth increasingly tussle it out for rich pickings in the business world as gospreneurship.

Though much of his investments are under the cloak, so to speak, it is believed that Prophet Makandiwa has a controlling stake in Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed Radar Holdings (Private) Limited among other multi-million dollar businesses.
He also owns a huge stake in entertainment giant, Ster Kinekor’s franchise both in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Estimates suggest that he also draws more than 50 000 congregants at his church services per week.
Below is the full list
1.Strive Masiyiwa
2. Philip Chiyangwa
3. Shingi Mutasa
4. Moses Chingwena
5. Emmanuel Makandiwa
6. Dr Guramutunhu
7. Honour Mukushi
8. Ezekiel Guti
9. Adam Motsi
10. Doug Munatsi
11. James Makamba
12. Shingi Munyeza
13. Alex Jongwe
14. Dr John Mangudya
15. Esau Mupfumi
16. Tawanda Mutyebere
17. Tawanda Nyambirai
18. Farai Matsika
19. Philip Mataranyika
20. Farai Rwodzi
21. Edwin Manikai
22. Addington Chinake
23. Prophet Walter Magaya
24. Kenny Mubaiwa
25. Kuda Tagwirei
26. Tafadzwa Chigumbu
27. George Manyere
28. Walter Kambwanji
29. Richard Murimi
30. Sam Jena
31. Supa Mandiwanzira
32. Gideon Gono
33. John Mushayavanhu
34. Frank Buyanga
35. Exodus Makumbe
36. Farai Mutangamira
37. Emmanuel Fundira
38. Francis Nhema
39. Ms Zodwa Mtunzi
40. Ms Divine Ndhlukula
41. Jane Mutasa
42. Ms Pindy Nyandoro
43. Happymore Mapara
44. Cuthbert Dube
45. Bernard Wekare
46. Sylvester Nguni
47. Godfrey Manhambara
48. Chamu Chiwanza
49. Nick Vingirai
50. Albert Nhau