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


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


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


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


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Saturday, 6 February 2016


Zanu-PF will dump – without fear or favour – factionalists seeking to undermine President Mugabe’s authority, a senior official has said.

When the Politburo meets this Wednesday, said Zanu-PF spokesperson Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo in an interview with The Sunday Mail, factional battles would be on the agenda. This follows a rabid attempt by some officials in the ruling party, using the private Press and via frenzied tweeting on social media, to demean President Mugabe’s appointment of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as well as attempts to play the VP against First Lady and Zanu-PF Women’s League boss Grace Mugabe.

There have been direct attacks on Mr George Charamba after he – in his capacity as Presidential spokesperson – made it clear that the President would not tolerate factionalist and successionist machinations.

War Veterans Minister Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa has also been targeted.
Ambassador Khaya Moyo said, “We are still alarmed that this notorious practice is still going on. The President himself has condemned it, but it would appear that factions still exist.

“I cannot pre-empt what will happen in due course, but believe me that at our next Politburo meeting, these matters will be brought up with seriousness of purpose.

“We cannot go on with this disease called factionalism. It does not help us to attract investment and bring stability in the party unity, peace and development which is our motto as a party. It must be weeded out and those responsible must be dealt with without fear or favour.”
Ambassador Khaya Moyo added that the President’s position was uncontestable as he was the only leader elected at Congress.

“The person who is at the centre of all party activities is, naturally, the President. He is the head of the party, the centre of power; the reason being that he is the only one, in terms of our amended constitution, who is elected at Congress.

“The rest of the people, including the VPs and the Politburo, are appointed by the President from elected Central Committee members.

“Given that scenario, naturally, he is the centre of power. This is why some of us have always been bewildered and surprised when we hear that there are factions in the party.

“A faction obviously has a leader, and if you are a leader of a faction, it means you are also a centre of power. This is totally unacceptable and abominable.”

In 2014, the Zanu-PF National People’s Congress unanimously picked the revolutionary establishment’s First Secretary and President as its sole candidate for the next Presidential election, constitutionally due in 2018.

This was after President Mugabe led Zanu-PF to a resounding electoral victory in 2013.
His position as the party’s numero uno was endorsed by the 2015 National People’s Conference.
However, successionists within Zanu-PF have been working against these outcomes, rapidly pushing towards subverting the party constitution, Congress and Conference.

Congress is Zanu-PF’s highest decision-making body whose selected functions can be carried out by Conference.

As stated by party Secretary for Administration Dr Ignatius Chombo in his convocation at the December 2015 indaba, Section 33(3) of Article 6 of Zanu-PF’s Constitution says the powers and functions of the National People’s Conference shall be “to declare the President of the Party elected at Congress as the State presidential candidate of the party”.

Ambassador Khaya Moyo also said President Mugabe and Zanu-PF’s position against abuse of social media platforms to attack fellow party members remained unchanged.

But yesterday Zanu-PF National Political Commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere was quoted in The Herald saying the Politburo was unlikely to discuss social media abuses.

Lately, Politburo member (science and technology) Professor Jonathan Moyo has been involved in bitter exchanges with Ambassador Mutsvangwa on Twitter. Ambassador Mutsvangwa has subsequently questioned Prof Moyo’s loyalties.

Yesterday, the War Veterans leader said Prof Moyo was “an aspiring tinpot dictator”.
“Professor (Moyo) extols Rambo, the celluloid American war hero shooting to smithereens lesser human minions. This is a minister from a land that produces immortal modern warriors like legendary General Tongogara.

“Clearly, a stranger to the history of a country he waxes lyrical about and aspires to emerge as its tinpot dictator. The scorn and irreverence of Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde professor has paradoxically served to arouse the Spirit of Chimurenga and he better pay heed.”

Ambassador Mutsvangwa went on: “I have a modus vivendi with both Kasukuwere and (Youth Minister Patrick) Zhuwao. I am impressed by the youthful energy, and their zeal.

“I pray hard that it makes recourse to all the rich history of the party that has achieved so much. Jonathan Moyo is a different kettle of fish. A war deserter with a chameleon modus operandi, he is the Gregori Rasputin ghost of Zimbabwe politics and governance.

“He long ago sold his soul to the right wing regime change operatives of Uncle Sam. As a revolutionary cadre, I have no truck at all with such a life of compelling treachery.

“These stand out by refusing to submit to discipline by defying His Excellency’s strictures as enunciated through his spokesman. On social media, while it is understandable to set party guidelines, the real focus should be on weeding out planted agents and foreign spies.”


Management at the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) has been accused of flouting tender procedures, mismanagement, nepotism and corruption.
Details obtained by The Sunday Mail indicate the parastatal’s woes could be due to gross mismanagement as the company fails to pay duty for 33 buses imported from China in May 2015 despite one of Zupco’s bank accounts holding US$680 282 as at January 26, 2016.

Documents at hand show that things came to a head on January 26, 2016 when Zupco failed to dispatch a single one of its 150 buses in Harare because “there was no fuel”. This led to the suspension without pay of divisional operations manager Mr Jonathan Chandaengerwa.
Mr Chandaengerwa declined to comment saying “the matter was before a Zupco disciplinary hearing committee”.

One the documents in our possession reads, “On (January 26, 2016) it was said there was no money to buy fuel for northern division buses yet US$520 282 was sitting in a recapitalisation account. The buses needed only a minimum of US$10 000 to get on the road.” Zupco’s policy is that 30 percent of gross revenue goes to the recapitalisation account daily.

Despite sitting on huge cash reserves, Zupco has failed to dispatch buses citing lack of fuel, and has 33 units grounded at its Belvedere, Harare yard after failing to pay import duty since May 2015.
Workers’ salaries have been delayed since July 2015, added a source.

Zupco’s top management is also accused of refurbishing at unjustifiable costs.
For instance, bus number FF41 was refurbished for US$38 000 when a new FAW engine costs around US$15 000.

And bus FF41 broke down after travelling just 12km. Zupco CEO Mr Clifford Muwoni said there was nothing amiss with the bus breaking down soon after refurbishment.

“Even a brand new bus can break down after five kilometres. It’s normal,” he said. “The buses were not grounded on January 26, 2016; we just reduced the number of buses because of low commuter numbers.”

However, Mr Muwoni wrote a letter to Mr Chandaengerwa on January 27, 2016 saying the company lost about US$10 000 in daily revenue while “passengers were left stranded because there were no buses”.

Mr Muwoni also dismissed as “nonsensical” allegations that Zupco was flouting tender procedures when buying buses, trucks and trailers.

The CEO has also been accused of nepotism after his son, Mr Kevin Muwoni, was appointed a divisional risk officer, raising questions among workers if Kevin would investigate allegations of wrongdoing against his father.

Mr Muwoni defended his son’s appointment saying: “Kevin has been with Zupco since 2007 so there is no nepotism. Nepotism is when someone is not qualified for the job.”


Electricity tariffs are likely to increase by February 29, 2016 — the deadline the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority has given itself to approve new charges.

Zera is also wrapping up modalities to ban energy inefficient household equipment come March. In 2015, Zesa Holdings sought the Authority’s approval to increase tariffs from USc9/kWh to USc14/kWh, a proposal tailored to cushion the parastatal against massive losses occasioned by emergency power imports.

Zesa has spent more than US$236 million on electricity from Eskom (South Africa) at USc13/kWh but selling it at USc9/kWh locally.

Zimbabwe is importing power from South Africa (300MW) and Mozambique (50MW) following reduced production at Kariba Hydro Power Station induced by low water levels.
Zera has been consulting consumers and Government, and has resolved to make a determination this month.

There are indications the new tariff will be USc12/kWh. South Africa and Zambia charge USc8/kWh and USc10,35/kWh respectively.

Responding to inquiries by The Sunday Mail last week, Zera acting CEO Engineer Gloria Magombo said, “Zera expects to make a determination on the required electricity tariff increase by end of February 2016.”

Consumer Council of Zimbabwe deputy executive director Mrs Rosemary Mpofu said: “Customers should choose between using the costly power from Zesa or alternatives like solar and gas.

“We have always advocated alternatives in the face of rising costs. However, seeing that Zesa is the main source of energy, they need to ensure every customer is on pre-paid metering so that they can manage their consumption.”

Economic analyst Mr Kingstone Kanyile weighed in: “Electricity forms part of the cost of production. If tariffs increase from 9c/kWh to 12c/kWh, we are likely to have a 33,3 percent increase in the cost of production.

“This will have an inflationary effect on the economy as manufacturers and service providers attempt to adjust. On the flipside, if manufacturers are to raise their prices indiscriminately, we will witness a situation where consumers will prefer cheaper imports.”

Eng Magombo said energy inefficient conventional light bulbs will be banned before March 2016 is out. According to Zera, replacing five million incandescent light bulbs will save Zimbabwe over 300MW at any given time, enough to power the country’s second-largest city, Bulawayo.

Energy-saving light bulbs use 80 percent less electricity, lasting more than six times longer than ordinary filament lamps.

Under the Minimum Energy Performance Standards Regulations, domestic and industrial users will be required to use energy-saving alternatives like compact fluorescent lamps and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

MEPS is a performance requirement specification for electrical devices like stoves, geysers, dishwashers, washing machines and pool pumps.
“These regulations are currently at the Ministry of Energy and Power Development (as per the Government promulgation process) and are expected to become a statutory instrument during the first quarter of 2016,” said Eng Magombo.

“Importers of lighting products will be required to register with Zera in terms of the regulations. Zera inspectors shall, from time to time, perform random checks on premises of importers, wholesalers, retailers, consulting engineers and contractors/installers of lighting products for compliance to the MEPS regulations.

“In addition, Government signed a consignment-based conformity (CBCA) contract with a French global company, Bureau Veritas which has an independent and accredited testing laboratory.”

Bureau Veritas provides pre-shipment services of listed products in the country of export, and conformity certificates are issued only if the products tally with European and International standards and regulations.

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority will demand LED gadget importers to produce such certificates for their product to be allowed into the country.


I married a woman who is 24 and I am 25. We started fighting on our honeymoon.

My wife complained bitterly about how poor my people were and the gifts they gave at our wedding.

Her people brought more but to me what was important was I had married the love of my life. My parents had gone an extra mile, they gave us a lounge suite and a deep freezer. My parents had to part with two mombe dzavo to assist with the wedding.

My wife wanted a Hollywood-style wedding and we paid dearly for most of the things. People danced and ululated when my parents brought their gifts ipapo my wife spoke into my ear and said “nhai vakanovezesa kupiko zvisofa izvi?”

I was hurt but I controlled myself. On my honeymoon night I reminded her that the gifts should not tear us apart. She bragged about her parents and her background. Her parents had given us the five-star honeymoon hotel voucher and many more.

I could see that we had started on a wrong note. We have been married for 18 months but I do not think I can take it any longer.

She is so artificial and complains about almost everyone and everything. In her mind kuri right chete kumba kwavo. She is three months pregnant.

Mai Chisamba, do you think such a person can ever change because hupenyu hunongotenderera paari iye chete? I want a happy life. We both work. I have an executive job and she is a receptionist but she forgets this when it comes to budgeting. She loves zve competition all the time. I regret marrying this woman. Please assist.


It makes me sad to read such a letter. You have been married for only 18 months and you cannot take it any longer – oh! God forbid. How on Earth can you start fighting on your honeymoon night? This was supposed to be one of the most memorable days of your marriage. Did you think the honeymoon night was for taking account of your wedding gifts? Nhai maiwe kani!

When you are given something always remember that the thought behind the gift is greater than the actual gift.

Your wife should learn to appreciate other people. In your case your parents sacrificed their cows just to make the wedding a success. They did it out of love. It is wrong for couples to compare their backgrounds, life is not about that. I wonder why people with such attitudes marry.

The fact that one gets married shows that you have decided to build your own home with your spouse, zvekumba kwenyu zvasara.

I can see that you did not take enough time to know your woman during the courtship phase of your relationship.

Now we have to map a way forward. I suggest you engage a professional counsellor who will work with you as a couple. Baby is already on the way so you have to make sure the environment is conducive for the upbringing of a child.

The counsellor will also help your wife to find her true self not the artificial outward person you are talking about.

You should start operating as one entity and seeing people from both your families as part of one big family. Wedding gifts are for both of you because muwanano hapana ane chake ega.

You should be geared to work for your life. Yes, your wife has a chance of changing and becoming less superficial if you go through professional counselling but she also needs to make an effort. You too should stop regretting about what happened and look at the bright side of life.

In marriage the executive boss and receptionist are reduced to one component – muri nyama imwe. Kakushamisira kamwe chiratidzo chehudofo nehubharanzi zvinoda polishing up.

Embrace each other and work on your marriage and make it a success. Respect your families. Pray for your family. There is immense power in prayer. I wish you all the best.



Government has rejected 2016 budget proposals from 26 urban councils that wanted to prioritise salaries ahead of service delivery.

Eighteen of these — among them Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Masvingo and Gweru — were ordered to revise their figures, while the rest were rejected outright.

Only Beitbridge, Chipinge, Gokwe, Kwekwe, Mvurwi and Rusape’s budgets got the nod.
In 2015, the Local Government, Public Service and National Housing Ministry prescribed a salary-service ratio of 30:70, setting an income ceiling of US$10 000 for town clerks.
However, many of Zimbabwe’s 32 councils tipped the scale in favour of salaries, and must now re-do their budgets.

The Sunday Mail understands that Chitungwiza, Ruwa, Plumtree, Norton, Hwange, Gwanda, Chiredzi and Chegutu are already redoing their plans. Harare presented a US$343 million budget, with salaries and allowances accounting for US$114,3 million for its 9 270-strong workforce.

US$2,7 million would go to replacing refuse collection vehicles, US$20 million to road maintenance equipment and US$24 million to water distribution network upgrades.
The city also proposed to spend US$5,5 million on developing landfill sites, US$470 000 on customer care training and US$400 000 on refurbishing polyclinics in Mabvuku, Highlands, Waterfalls and Kuwadzana.

US$900 000 had been earmarked for construction of district and sub-offices in Dzivaresekwa and Budiriro, with the Highfield District Office being renovated.
Town House also wants to build home industries worth US$6 million. Bulawayo projected US$153 million expenditure, US$40 million of which would be channelled to salaries.

It had budgeted US$8,25 million for road, bridge and storm water drainage maintenance, and US$6,93 million for solid waste management, refuse disposal and public conveniences.
Chitungwiza’s US$35 million budget respected the 30:70 ratio, but lacked justification and excluded new commuter omnibus operating fees.

Local Government Deputy Minister Christopher Chingosho said that residents “should get value for money”.

“The submission deadline for urban council budgets was October 2015, but 18 local authorities met it. Anyhow, we have approved the budgets of six local authorities, rejected eight and 18 are still being reviewed.

“For years, the ministry has been objecting to budgets, some of which were not in line with the 30:70 principle. The checklist we are using will ensure all councils comply with the salary rationalisation exercise.”

Urban and rural planning expert Mr Percy Toriro said this would protect public interests.
“Councils exist to provide services. Government supervises them, thus it is only proper for Government to protect residents’ interests by ensuring quality service.”
Service delivery has deteriorated over the years due to strained budgets occasioned by astronomical wage bills.

Harare’s former town clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi took home US$27 000 monthly, excluding vehicle, housing, airtime and workshop allowances, with grades 1-3 executives earning not less than US$14 000.

The city’s monthly wage bill was US$8 million against revenue of US$11 million.
In 2015, Chitungwiza Town Council’s monthly revenue declined to around US$700 000, though the wage bill remained US$1,4 million.

Residents took council to court for “failing to deliver quality service”. The matter is still to be heard. In Gweru, monthly revenue and salary costs are at US$1,2 million apiece.


A South African man says he has found a way of scaring crocodiles away – he flashes his naked bum at them.

Million Gume of Limpopo calls it bum swimming.

“I’m the king of the bum swim,” he laughs and demonstrates by diving into the water and sticking his naked bum in the air.

Million told the Daily Sun that he has been swimming in the Luvuvhu River for five years. The rivers in the area are known to have many crocodiles and many locals have lost their lives in the dark water.

“The crocodiles are scared of me! When I jump into the water and realise that the crocodiles want to attack me, I just show them my bum and they move away.  I then carry on with my famous bum swim.”

He said people who come to the river enjoy watching him.

George Matiyani, headman of the Mhinga Tribal Authority, said Million must watch out.

“The crocodiles aren’t scared of his bum.  They will drag his bum into the deep waters and chew him up,” he said.


A Zimbabwean lawyer has asked the country's highest court to order an investigation to determine President Robert Mugabe's fitness to hold office, after a series of blunders that prompted speculation about his health.

The papers filed by lawyer Tinomuda Chinoka seek to order the Speaker of Parliament and the president of the senate to conduct the investigation.

"Having a president that may lack capacity to carry out the job threatens democracy, undermines the constitution and puts in jeopardy the very foundation, security and future of the nation," read the papers filed with the Constitutional Court.

Chinoka listed a number of incidents casting doubt on Mugabe's ability to rule, including his tumble on a red carpet at Harare International Airport in February 2015.
They also referred to a gaffe last year when he read the wrong speech at the opening of parliament.

"Any person with their mental alertness intact would have recognised a speech that they have read only three weeks previously," said the papers.

Mugabe, who turns 92 later this month, has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980. His health has been the subject of speculation in recent years.
In January he returned from his annual month-long holiday during which rumours flared that he had collapsed and died in Asia. news24


A COUPLE allegedly fleeing unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been arrested with its eight minor children, one of them aged one year.
The eldest child is aged 14 years old. Kasambule Ebondo, 40, and wife Mumba Kayeye, 32, of Lubumbashi, told Victoria Falls magistrate

Rangarai Gakanje that they escaped from their country last week and chose to come to Zimbabwe to seek refuge. Prosecutors charged the couple with illegally entering the country.

The minors could be seen playing outside the courtroom while their parents were being tried. Ebondo and Kayeye pleaded guilty to the charge and were sentenced to four months in prison which was wholly suspended for five years on condition they don’t commit a similar offence within that period.

The magistrate also ordered that they be deported. “You should have sought to have travel documents before thinking of travelling instead of entering the country illegally,” said Gakanje.

Ebondo burst into tears as he explained to the court why he and his family fled the DRC.
“There is unrest in our country where people are being killed on a daily basis. We fear for our lives and that of our children because some of our relatives were axed to death recently. We will be having elections soon and that is what is sparking political disputes. We didn’t get a chance to obtain any travelling documents because of the unrest,” he said.

Prosecuting, Listen Nare told the court that the couple illegally crossed into the country from Zambia on Tuesday.

“The accused proceeded to Chinotimba suburb to seek refuge. Police detectives received information that there were illegal immigrants in the country. At around 4AM police found the eight children sleeping outside a shop,” the prosecutor said.

The court heard that when they were questioned, it was discovered that they were Congolese citizens who illegally entered the country. Ebondo and Kayeye failed to produce their travelling documents leading to their immediate arrest.


Government is not obliged to consult anyone when taking measures on civil servants’ conditions of service and has discretion to withdraw vacation leave and reset it for another day.

Any civil servant aggrieved by lawful directives should follow the “grievance procedure” as provided for by the Public Service Commission regulations, the Government said.
This emerged in a case in which the Zimbabwe Teachers Association took Government to court challenging the deferment of vacation leave for all teachers.

The union, together with two of its members Samson Chinowoneka and Axilia Musekiwa, made an urgent chamber application at the Labour Court seeking to stop their recall from vacation leave this school term.

The educators argued that the move by Government was unfair labour practice and unlawful, as it violated labour rights enshrined in Section 65 of the Constitution.
They cited the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, the Ministry’s permanent secretary, the Civil Service Commission and the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare as respondents.

Labour Court judge Justice Bridget Chivizhe this week declared the matter was not urgent and should be set on the ordinary roll.

In its response to the court papers filed by the union, Government, through the Public Service Commission, said the decision to scrap vacation leave for teachers was justified and it was guided by Section 58 of the PSC regulations which allowed for the heads of Ministry to suspend the operations of a working rule.

In any case, the PSC argued, there was no provision that made it mandatory for them to consult members before deferring the vacation leave.

The Commission said the teachers were not denied their leave, but had “simply” been recalled until a proper policy had been adopted.

“Section 20 (2) of the Public Service Act clearly states that conditions of service fixed shall not be invalid solely on the ground that there were no consultations done prior to the fixing of such,” read the PSC response.

“There is no provision that stipulates that the respondents must give the applicant an opportunity to be heard before the decision could be taken. There has not been any violation of labour rights. The applicants failed to realise that in as much as leave is a right, the employer reserves the right to call one from leave in times of a crisis in this case.”
In their application, the teachers said they would suffer “material economic harm” of reporting to work urgently against their plans and those of their families, including travelling expenses.

They argued that they would suffer irreparably as their vacation leave had a school term’s duration which could only be applied for after seven years’ service of accrual of such leave days.

Responded the PSC: “There is no reasonable economic harm that can be suffered by the applicant in the matter. In any event, most members have reported for duty and its business as usual without any prejudice suffered.

“Vacation days for the applicants have not been forfeited and could be then used after a sustainable policy has been passed. The vacation days have no limit on accrual, but only that there is a maximum cap on the number of days one takes for their vacation leave. In essence, the members’ days will continue to accrue beyond 132 days.”

The PSC said the decision to delay commencement of vacation leave was a measure adopted to address current fiscal constraints.

This school term, 2 000 teachers wanted to go on vacation leave and it meant Government engaging a similar number of relief educators at a cost of $2,5 million for the three months substantive teachers would be away.

The relief teachers draw full salaries and allowances, a habit which a Government audit carried out last year recommended should be stopped.

The rest of the civil service, outside the education sector, do not bring any financial burden to Government if they go on vacation leave because they are not replaced.


WAR veterans are demanding allowances above the poverty datum line (PDL), which currently stands at around $500.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda told a local radio station this week that the ex-freedom fighters were, however, cognisant of the country’s precarious financial position.

“We were paid a gratuity already unless if you say an increment. The war veteran that was there in 1980 is not the war veteran you are talking to today,” he said.

 We know the country’s financial position and will not make unnecessary demands. We would want to have an allowance that is at least on the poverty datum line or above, because what we have is far below, but we understand that the current situation may not allow for an adjustment.”

He added: “But should the situation improve, yes, we would want to see that allowance increased to a reasonable level. We have war veterans who are disabled and cannot fend for themselves. However, we will not be blind to the prevailing economic conditions in as much as we might want these things”.

In Bulawayo, War Veterans ministry secretary Walter Tapfumaneyi told participants at a Centre for Applied Legal Resources-organised workshop on re-alignment of laws that the department’s “coffers are dry”.

Tapfumaneyi said lack of funding had resulted in programmes such as the on-going vetting process of war collaborators being hampered.

“The ministry’s coffers are dry and are absolutely not in relationship with our plan for the year ahead. We are expected to perform as a ministry and if we do not, then we can be sent to the village, but we can only perform when we have resources. At the moment, war veterans are suffering. If you go to the street and see a person who is suffering, it’s a war vet, but the State is unable to take care of us,” he said.

“We are saying that we want mining claims or land as our benefits, but what we see in practice is different. We talk to the ministers daily on this,” he said, adding the War Vets ministry required no less than $300 million for its programmes.

Tapfumaneyi said Zimbabwe has at least 34 053 former fighters, who have 33 441 children requiring school fees as well as about 9 558 widows “bringing the total number of beneficiaries under the allocation of War Veterans Fund to 77 052”.

He added that an estimated 200 000 war collaborators were set to be vetted with 47 000 widows and 400 000 children.

Treasury, according to Tapfumaneyi, recently released $6 million towards war veterans’ children school fees, but said this was “only 7% of the budget”.

President Robert Mugabe’s government doled out unbudgeted millions at the turn of the century as gratuities to the former fighters, that critics argue led to the current economic mess. newsday


MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has revealed that many diplomats were of the view that Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa is a pragmatist and reformist who can take the country forward if he succeeds President Robert Mugabe.

But Tsvangirai told journalists in Harare yesterday that Mnangagwa’s statements supporting the barring of the United Nations from monitoring elections could be confirmation he was a hardliner.

“I was with one of the ambassadors who was talking about Mnangagwa being a pragmatist, but I said he is a pragmatist on other issues, but a hardliner on issues of governance and democracy,” he said.

“Mnangagwa’s statement confirms that he is a hardliner, he has always been and not the reformist and pragmatist that some in the diplomatic community have begun to think he is.”

Although the former Premier did not divulge the names of the diplomats who now have confidence in Mnangagwa, sources said the Chinese and Western countries were now preparing for a possible Mnangagwa-led Zimbabwe government.

Tsvangirai also said Mugabe was serious when he told last week’s African Union (AU) Summit in Ethiopia that he would die in office.

“We in the MDC have no intention to join in their debate as the man declared at the recent AU summit that he will die in office. So we all know that instead of fighting for succession, let’s wait until he dies,” Tsvangirai said.

“That’s what he said. He said I am going to die in office, it’s no longer a secret, it’s no longer speculation, he has made a declaration.”

Asked why his party would participate in elections after Mugabe’s declaration, Tsvangirai said: “Our issue is not whether he is dead or alive, but having conditions for free and fair elections. That’s our yardstick. I don’t believe it’s fair to wish someone to die.

“People think things will be well if Mugabe dies, but it is a system and that is what we need to transform or we have more of the same whether it’s Mnangagwa or (former Vice-President Joice) Mujuru.”

Tsvangirai said currently there were no talks of a coalition with Mujuru as she was yet to form a party. newsday


PROSECUTORS have charged a 19-year-old domestic worker with aggravated indecent assault after she allegedly forced her boss’ 14-year-old son to have sex with her.

The boy’s elder sister allegedly caught the two having sex in their parents’ bedroom hut.
Lindiwe Kahila, from Chief Mvuthu area outside Victoria Falls town, was not asked to plead to the charge when she appeared before Victoria Falls magistrate Rangarirai Gakanje yesterday.

Kahila was remanded in custody to February 15 when her case is set to be transferred to Hwange Regional Court.

Prosecuting, Takunda Ndovorwi said the alleged crime was committed on January 13 at the boy’s parents’ homestead where Kahila was employed.

“The accused invited the 14-year-old boy to sleep on the same blankets with her and covered him with a blanket.

“Kahila removed her clothes and became completely naked before she went on to unzip the complainant’s trousers,” the prosecutor said.

The court heard that Kahila ordered the Form One boy to lie on top of her and then had sex with him. Kahila grabbed the complainant’s privates and inserted his manhood into her privates.

“She ordered the boy to make some movements while on top of her and as a result she had sexual intercourse with the minor without his consent,” Ndovorwi said.

The two were busted by the boy’s sister who responded to sounds emanating from the bedroom hut and found the two having sexual intercourse. Upon questioning, the juvenile told his sister that Kahila forced herself on him leading to her arrest.

The boy was taken to hospital where he was examined.

Friday, 5 February 2016


Premier Service Medical Investments (PSMI) has disbanded its 13 subsidiaries, which will now operate under the parent company in four divisions, in a move meant to prevent the ballooning of debts and save at least $2 million per month.

The four new divisions for the firm are hospitals division, healthcare division, retail division and diagnostics division. Premier Service Clinical Laboratories and Premier Service Radiology will now be under the diagnostics division, Premier Service Dentals Clinics, Premier Service Medical Healthcare and Premier Rehabilitation Service under the healthcare division, while Premier Optometry Services and Premier Service Pharmaceuticals will be under the retail division

Premier Service West End Hospitals, Premier Service Shashi Hospital, Premier Service Hillside Hospital, Premier Service Chiredzi Hospital, Parkview Haemodialysis which is part of Parkview Hospital and EMRAS Ambulances will be under the hospitals division.

“Premier Service Medical Investments (PSMI) was previously operating with 13 companies, which resulted in operational and service inefficiencies manifesting as high cost structures and failure to optimise on internal synergies,” said PSMI director corporate services Mr Victor Chaipa in a statement yesterday.

“These inefficiencies impacted negatively on the organisation’s operations. PSMI wishes to inform its stakeholders and members of the public that it is undergoing organisational and processes redesign, which resulted in the merging of its 13 companies into one company with divisions under it.”
Mr Chaipa revealed that the processes would also result in a reduction of operational costs and save the company millions.

“It is anticipated that the realigning and re-organisation of PSMI will save the company more than $2 million monthly and these resources will be channelled towards improving service to the patients,” he said.

Mr Chaipa said the restructuring exercise would ensure that exorbitant salaries were cut across the board to reduce the organisation’s wage bill.

“During the re-organisation process and to achieve maximum benefit, PSMI decided to restructure salaries for all employees, including management and all legal processes were followed,” he said.

“The works council, which represents both management and general staff, agreed to the exercise and fully endorsed the salary restructuring process as a way to preserve jobs and improve our cash flows.”

Mr Chaipa bemoaned failure by its medical funders to pay providers in time.
“It should be noted that medical funders are failing to pay providers on time, so, cash flows have gone down by more than 50 percent, resulting in the company streamlining all cost structures to align with the obtaining cash flow trends,” he said.

“In the same vein, PSMI has instituted other measures to improve cash flows, including introducing a marginal co-payment to members of medical funders defaulting on payments to PSMI.”

“This will result in improvement in service by way of making sure drugs and consumables are available at all times. These measures and the restructuring exercise have been put in place to make sure PSMI does not retrench workers, like what most companies in the country have and continue to do.”

Mr Chaipa said patients should expect a huge and sustainable improvement in service provision, which would compare favourably with other private sector healthcare service providers in the country.

PSMI is a subsidiary of Premier Service Medical Aid Society, which is putting its house in order after alleged mismanagement by previous managers. herald


Zimbabwe People’s Front political party leader Owen Kuchata, who was arrested while trying to petrol-bomb the First Family’s Alpha Omega Dairy farm in Mazowe, yesterday admitted that he indeed wanted to bomb the dairy, and that it was his idea to commit the offence.

Kuchata (34), who does not have legal representation, is jointly charged with Borman Ngwenya (30) on charges of insurgency, sabotage banditry or terrorism.

Their other accomplices Solomon Makumbe (29) and Silas Pfupa (37) were discharged on the charges at the behest of Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana, but are jointly charged with treason emanating from their actions.

Tomana has since been arrested for acting unlawfully by releasing the duo and is on $1 000 bail with stringent conditions. Kuchata is facing an additional charge of money laundering for terrorism purposes.

He appeared before regional magistrate Mr Hoseah Mujaya for plea recording yesterday and pleaded guilty to trying to petrol-bomb the First Family’s dairy.

Mr Mujaya asked if he had the right to do so and Kuchata in response said, “Since I am representing the rights of other Zimbabweans, I had the right to bomb his private property because Robert Mugabe is causing disorder and problems in this country.”
He said he is the one who gave Ngwenya $36 to purchase the materials for making the petrol bombs.

Kuchata later excepted to the charge of terrorism, arguing that Alpha Omega Dairy was not a Government property, but President Mugabe’s private property, hence the terrorism charge did not stick.
“Your Worship, I have a question, ‘Is Gushungo Dairy the property of the Government of Zimbabwe or the property of Robert Mugabe as an individual?’” he asked.
Prosecutor Mr Michael Reza maintained that terrorism charges were appropriate, saying the attack was not targeted at the dairy as an outfit, but at the office of the Presidency of Zimbabwe.

Kuchata said if that was the case then he was denying the charges and this prompted Mr Mujaya to change the plea to not guilty. His trial date has been set for February 24. Kuchata and his alleged accomplices Ngwenya, Makumbe and Pfupa are facing another serious charge of treason after further investigations revealed that they sought to overthrow the Government through unconstitutional means.

Treason charges emerged after it was discovered that the quartet established a militia training base in Mapinga, Mashonaland West, where they planned to commit terror acts, sabotage and banditry.

It is alleged that they proceeded to President Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba where they carried investigations identifying suitable vulnerable points to sabotage.

On the terrorism charge, Makumbe and Pfupa were released before plea under the instructions of Tomana who is said to have unilaterally suggested that the two be treated as witnesses.
It is alleged that last week police received a tip-off that Kuchata, Ngwenya, Makumbe and Pfupa were planning to bomb Alpha Omega Dairy’s processing plant and tuck shop during the night.

The dairy’s processing plant and tuck shop are located at Gushungo Dairy Estate, Jumbo Road in Mazowe. Acting on the tip-off, the police proceeded to the farm and laid an ambush about 100 metres from the quartet’s target.

Around 10pm, the detectives saw the men approaching the dairy’s processing plant and immediately arrested them. They searched them and recovered four Molotov cocktails (bombs) made of petrol, ammonium nitrate, nails and sand in 750 millilitres Chateau brand empty bottles. herald


Zimbabwe has stepped up the fight against corruption, with stakeholders in the justice delivery system launching an anti-corruption green card that will be distributed to the public to promote the culture of whistle-blowing.

 The card was launched at the anti-corruption campaign dubbed “Against Corruption Together” in Harare yesterday.

Officiating at the event, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa — who oversees the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry — castigated corrupt legal officials, saying not a single day passes without him receiving complaints against them.

“This difficulty stems from the numerous complaints that are lodged at my office against your offices regarding allegations of corruption.

“Not even a day passes without receiving one or two complaints against members of the legal profession, the bench particularly at the lower courts, the sheriffs and even the Messengers of Court.”

VP Mnangagwa urged the legal profession to stand up and share the responsibility of combating corruption.
“Corruption will be hard to beat and could even become more widespread if the legal profession maintains a business as usual mindset towards it. Corruption is not just a character problem or wrong behaviour, but it is both an economic crime and crime against humanity,” he said.

He said the launch was a turning point and also urged the media to play a key role in creating a culture of hatred against corruption in the society.

“Corruption can be fought off when all of the players and stakeholders share the same commitment. Without such concerted efforts, we will not be able to eradicate the contagious disease of corruption,” the VP said.

The card is inscribed “O % NO CORRUPTION” and has contact numbers of eight stakeholders namely, Attorney General’s Office, Judicial Service Commission, Law Society of Zimbabwe and Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

Also involved is the National Prosecuting Authority, Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services and the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
Judicial Service Commission acting secretary, Justice Rita Makarau said the public can access the cards from the stakeholders’ offices or at courts of law country wide.

If asked for a bribe, a member of the public will flash the card on the perpetrator’s face before calling the numbers provided.

Justice Makarau said it was everyone’s responsibility to fight corruption adding that justice was for free and no one should pay for it.

Speaking at the same occasion, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku urged members of the public to shun corruption.

He said the public should report all incidents of corruption and avoid participating in bribery issues.

“In my view, certainty of detection and arrest for corruption will go a long way in curbing corruption. If every person who wishes to commit the crime of corruption were convinced that the chances of detection and arrest are nine out 10, the probabilities are that he or she will step back or think twice before going ahead in committing the offence. In this regard we are looking up to the police and members of the public generally to provide leadership in assuring that this is achieved,” he said. herald


ZANU-PF national political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday said Zanu-PF had no time discussing social media issues in its Politburo meetings, accusing the media of trying to craft the agenda for the ruling party.

 Speaking to journalists after meeting the party’s provincial chairpersons and some members of its affiliate organisations in Harare yesterday, Cde Kasukuwere said Zanu-PF had serious issues to discuss.

His remarks differ from party spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo’s assertion that the abuse of social media by some party members was cause for concern and might be up for discussion at the Politburo meeting set for next Wednesday.

Organs of the party such as the Youth League have also expressed grave concern over the abuse of social media, while the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, which is an affiliate organisation, also registered displeasure on the same issue with the police weighing saying social .

The concerns came in the wake of frenzied tweeting by Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, who has been attacking fellow Zanu-PF members on social media.

Said Cde Kasukuwere: “I am actually surprised that you make social media an issue. It’s not an issue and we hear you telling us about the Zanu-PF Politburo agenda. You think we meet here to talk about WhatsApp?

“We meet here to discuss serious business, so stop dragging us into your small issues of the social media. We have much more serious work to do. We have much more serious things to worry about. That kind of directionlessness will not be part of what Zanu-PF stands for.

“We are surprised that you have already crafted an agenda for the Politburo when it meets. That agenda is approved by His Excellency and the secretary for administration. They are the ones who work on what the party will discuss and I want to say please no to agenda setting.
“We don’t discuss what you want us to discuss. We discuss issues that affect the generality of our party membership and how to assist the people of Zimbabwe.”
Cde Kasukuwere said social media was not an issue to the party.

“I want to say to the Press please, please don’t misquote us and don’t turn around and make social media an issue,” he said. “It’s not an issue for us here. If it is an issue to you, let it be to you, but for Zanu-PF we are clear on what we stand for.”

When asked that President Mugabe in his official capacity as the First Secretary of Zanu-PF once implored party members from abusing social media, Cde Kasukuwere interjected and said: “Don’t create problems to say Kasukuwere has gone against ah, ah no, no, please I have said don’t agenda set for the party.

“Please let the party do its work. If we are to discuss anything of that nature, can’t you allow us to discuss it quietly in our confines as a party?

“Why does it have to be the President said this, the President said this. Aah, aah, please when the President speaks we all listen to him, but don’t then go overboard and try and blow things out of proportion. The party is intact.”

Without elaborating, Cde Kasukuwere said in a few days there would be some action to show support and loyalty to President Mugabe.

Cde Kasukuwere said the party was ready for the 2018 elections and next week the commissariat department would be meeting provincial structures, starting with Matabeleland South.

He said he was not happy with the kind of reportage coming from the public media.
“We want to call upon our State-owned newspapers to help build the party,” he said. ‘’Like I said, let us not allow individual desires to become national desires. We have a country, we have a party, we have a leadership.

“I am appealing to the Press, please tone down the volume. We are not excited at all with the amount of noise that continues to occupy the front pages of this country. We deserve better news. We deserve better stories that unite, develop and move our nation forward. We are making a genuine appeal to all the leadership in the media that let us build our nation.”

Cde Kasukuwere said the party leadership should disseminate developmental information on Zim-Asset and how the party and Government were dealing with challenges confronting the country. herald


Pyschomotor Activities in Education and Vocational Training Minister Josaya Hungwe yesterday challenged schools and other learning institutions to seriously shift towards the development of practical skills.

He said such a shift would produce graduates capable of helping the nation to achieve its Zim-Asset goals. Minister Hungwe was speaking at Maringire Primary School in Chivi during the commissioning of an administration block that was refurbished by the district’s council chairman Councillor Killer Zivhu.

He said excellence in theoretical education only would not take the country forward and Government wanted to promote the teaching of practical skills in schools.

“At this moment in time, in the history of our country, we want people that we call “doers’’ who make things happen through their active participation to achieve the desired results,” said Minister Hungwe.

“We need a new breed of graduates who are equipped with practical skills and are able to do something on their own using their hands, feet or minds. We do not need people who are only good at theory, but cannot do anything that will take our country forward.”
Minister Hungwe paid tribute to Clr Zivhu for his spirited commitment to transforming the socio-economic face of Chivi District and beyond, through massive investments in the development of education and upgrading the living standards of ordinary people.

‘’He is a true hero and champion of development not only for the people of Chivi and Masvingo, but Zimbabwe at large,” he said.

“Clr Zivhu exemplifies practical individuals who are always ready to provide solutions in the quest to improve the way people live.

“We want to applaud him for his sterling contribution to engender development, especially in Chivi district.”

In his address, Clr Zivhu, who is also the Zanu-PF Provincial secretary for Finance said every Zimbabwean was supposed to play a role in making sure Zim-Asset goals were achieved.

He said President Mugabe needed the support and active participation of every Zimbabwean for socio-economic transformation that will extricate the majority of people out of poverty.

“President Mugabe and his contemporaries fought the war and they managed to bring political independence and went a step further to begin the struggle for economic independence,” said Clr Zivhu.

“Today’s struggle to create a prosperous Zimbabwe needs a new breed of soldiers who are able to build on what President Mugabe and other founding fathers of our nation did for us.”
Clr Zivhu pledged to continue assisting in the development of schools and other infrastructure.
He announced his donation of $10 000 towards the 21st February Movement celebrations to be held in Masvingo on February 27.

He also donated a further 50 bags of cement to continue the refurbishment works at Maringire Primary School. herald


As ZANU PF’s mindless bloodletting reaches fever pitch, amid ping-pong claims among its warring factions that their party foes are working with former Vice President Joice Mujuru, former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa says People First prefers to work with the MDC than any of the “childish” ruling party factions.

Commenting on the on-going ruling party counter-claims, including recent assertions by under-fire presidential spokesperson George Charamba that the G40 faction was working with the still-to-be launched People First, Mutasa said all Zanu PF factions were the same and “beyond reform”.

“Charamba always talks rubbish and that is shocking coming from an official who should speak for the president. We are not working with any Zanu PF faction. In fact, we are not working with the entirety of Zanu PF,” he said.

Asked about the possibility of People First ever joining hands with Zanu PF, he said only “reformed people from the ruling party” would be accommodated in the Mujuru-led outfit.

“For me ... mwana wenyoka inyoka (all Zanu PF factions can’t be trusted). If you are expelled from Zanu PF, you are expelled from the entirety of that organisation and not from a faction.

“So, from that point I don’t see the possibility of us working with either of the two main factions. We would rather work with the MDC, who we are in fact working with,” Mutasa said.

Regarding reports that People First was “poaching” supporters from all of the country’s established parties, including the MDC, he disputed the claim.

“There have been complaints because we are working with them (MDC) ...

I do not see why they should complain because in the end we are going to form a grand coalition,” Mutasa said.

And in a jab aimed at embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his supporters, Mutasa bemoaned the fact that his erstwhile comrades in Zanu PF “appear to enjoy childish nicknames that take them on self-fulfilling ego trips”.

“What has been happening in Zanu PF is very childish. You give yourself names like Lacoste and garwe (crocodile)? Why don’t you just keep quiet if you have nothing useful to say to the nation,” Mutasa said mockingly.

In their quest to have their Midlands godfather succeed Mugabe, the VP’s allies are identifying themselves as Team Lacoste, going to the extent of wearing T-shirts emblazoned with a crocodile which depicts Mnangagwa’s nickname.


WITH the Zanu PF faction behind embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa feeling the heat of the ruling party’s seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars, the camp is now reaching out to followers of former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

Zanu PF insiders told the Daily News yesterday that so “squeezed” was the Mnangagwa faction feeling at the moment, that it was desperately trying to lure back into the ruling party some liberation struggle stalwarts who had been purged from President Robert Mugabe’s party on allegations of working with Mujuru.

“The wheel is turning. Who would have anticipated that Team Lacoste would one day wish that Gamatox was still within the family fold (Zanu PF). But that is precisely what is happening now as they are desperate to augment their forces,” a party bigwig said.

The Daily News was also separately told authoritatively that among the resolutions that were made at the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association’s (ZNLWVA’s) meeting that was controversially held at the Presidential Guard military barracks in Harare’s Dzivaresekwa high density suburb last week was a decision to approach all war veterans who are now working with other political movements such as People First.

ZNLWVA secretary-general, Victor Matemadanda later confirmed this.

“We resolved to follow up on war veterans who left Zanu PF to join other parties for various reasons, especially those who have gone to People First. We want to reorganise ourselves under the leadership of President Mugabe,” Matemadanda said.

Apart from resolving to bring back those who were expelled from Zanu PF on yet-to-be proven charges of plotting to overthrow and assassinate Mugabe, the war veterans apparently also reiterated their plans to block Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo from attending forthcoming politburo meetings.

While Matemadanda was reluctant to give the names of the war veterans that the pro-Mnangagwa ZNLWVA were hoping to bring back within its fold, there is apparently a growing belief within both camps of the Zanu PF war that the former VP and her allies are “better devils” than their present party opponents.

But former ZNLWVA leader, Jabulani Sibanda, who was expelled from Zanu PF after he threatened to march to State House after rejecting what he called was a bedroom coup at State House, is sceptical about the overtures that are being made.

“What they say is not what they are doing. I think they should first do something before we respond to them,” Sibanda said.

All this is happening as insiders say Mugabe is in a pickle over how to handle and end the ruling party’s internal wars, pointing to his “tepid” statement when he returned from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last weekend where he handed over the chairmanship of the African Union.

Well-placed ruling party sources told the Daily News that  Mugabe was caught “between a rock and a hard place” as both of the two main factions brawling for supremacy in the former liberation movement boasted of having some of his most trusted lieutenants within their ranks.

“I don’t envy his position at all as he is being asked to choose between a faction linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom he has known for five decades, and the other which appears to enjoy the backing of Dr Amai (his wife Grace) and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko.

“Clearly, therefore, Gushungo is caught between a rock and a hard place and hence his unusually tepid speech on the worsening fights in the party when he returned from Addis Ababa. I suspect that things will get worse before they get better,” a politburo member said resignedly.

Speaking at Harare International Airport on his return home, Mugabe appeared to tread a careful, middle road as he lashed the escalating factionalism that is devouring his party.

“We need unity in the country, province by province. Not to have a province which says we stand for this and our leaders are so and so.

“There are no other leaders other than the ones we were given by the central committee.

“Leaders are chosen at the congress, that is where we drop those we do not need,” the increasingly-frail nonagenarian said.

Analysts who spoke to the Daily News said Mugabe, who turns 92 in three weeks’ time, was in a quandary about the infighting and had chosen to “sit on the fence” as his strategy to save his party from imploding completely.

Respected University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer Eldred Masunungure said if the Zanu PF leader got tempted to take sides in the party’s brutal wars, this would expedite its implosion.

“If he has a preference, he is keeping it in his heart. The moment he pronounces a successor, as some are urging him to do, that would be the last nail in the party’s coffin as this will not unify the party but in fact deepen the succession wars,” he said.

But Afghanistan-based analyst Maxwell Saungweme said it would be difficult for Mugabe not to side with his wife’s faction given what had happened over the past 18 months.

“He obviously backs his wife’s faction but at the same time he can’t also fire all his key lieutenants such as (his spokesperson George) Charamba and Lacoste (Mnangagwa). He is in a big fix.

“But I think he deserves what he is facing as this is a direct result of him overstaying in power and not having a succession plan.

“It’s sad for Zimbabwe that we subject our elders to that torture by allowing them to overstay in power. Great grandpas like him should be resting and sharing ngano (folktales) with their grandchildren,” Saungweme added.

At the same time, analysts say it is clear that the centre can no longer hold in the ruling party as Zimbabwe teeters on the verge of total collapse, amid fears that the country could soon plunge into unprecedented chaos.