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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Tuesday, 25 October 2016


The Health Services Board has embarked on a nationwide headcount of all its employees as it seeks to rationalise the Government wage bill in the health sector, in line with the civil service audit.In an interview yesterday, HSB executive director Ms Ruth Kaseke said the exercise which started last Wednesday was expected to run for up to six weeks, culminating in submission of a comprehensive report before the end of the year.

Ms Kaseke said the exercise would be carried out at all levels of health care including mission and rural district institutions where employees are on Government payroll.

“The exercise follows a Cabinet approval of the Civil Service Audit report on 17 November 2015 in which all other Commissions, including the HSB were directed to implement measures to rationalise the Government Wage Bill. “The HSB is therefore conducting a head count within the same framework,” said Ms Kaseke.

She said HSB had dispatched eight teams to all provinces, central hospitals and other public health sector institutions to carry out the exercise. Ms Kaseke said all public health sector workers were expected to be at work for physical verification of their employment.
She, however, said employees who are officially on manpower development leave especially those studying out of the country did not necessarily have to return to work as the teams would also review internal records to establish approval of their absence.

“We appreciate that there are some workers whom we have allowed to further their education through our system some who may not be able to return to work during the head count and we have put measures in place to ensure that they are counted during the exercise,” she said.

Ms Kaseke said the exercise was not meant to retrench employees, but was a way of accounting for Government resources.

“When people hear about rationalisation they quickly think they are going to be fired, but that is not the case. The audit is meant to account for where our resources are going,” said Ms Kaseke.

She said through this exercise, the HSB was hoping to gather appropriate and accurate information that would aid in planning human resources for health.

She said its results would also assist the Ministry of Health and Child Care to plan effectively for the health service delivery and provision. The head counts are in line with the Zim-Asset Public Administration, Governance and Performance Management sub-cluster which is guided by the Results Based Management System and focuses on budgeting and resourcing, public sector modernisation and civil service reform, fostering good governance and building capacities for public sector institutions. Herald


At least four Zimbabwean embassies abroad have been taken to court in their accredited foreign countries for failing to pay rentals as Treasury battles a $7 million debt over accommodation for its diplomats in 45 missions, legislators heard yesterday.

Foreign Affairs secretary, Ambassador Joey Bimha said Government has since slashed allowances for its diplomats while some ambassadors have since abandoned their official residences for rented accommodation because they were no longer habitable while others left as part of measures to contain arrears over rentals that continued to escalate.

Ambassador Bimha was giving oral evidence before a Parliamentary portfolio committee on Foreign Affairs chaired by Makonde MP Cde Kindness Paradza (Zanu-PF) on the ministry’s budget priorities.

“As we talk, we have four embassies that have been taken to court. We have had our diplomatic immunity revoked and taken to court,” said Ambassador Bimha.
Although he could not immediately give a figure, some of the embassies being sued were in Hong Kong, London and New York and another one that he could not readily remember. He said while the portfolio committee had recommended that embassies such as Ethiopia and Botswana among others that legislators had visited needed immediate intervention to salvage the country’s image, the situation was worse off compared to what MPs had observed during their fact finding mission.

“In some missions, ambassadors in the afore-mentioned capitals have had to abandon official residences because they were no longer habitable,” said Ambassador Bimha.
On salaries of diplomats, Ambassador Bimha said the decision by Government to put them on the Salary Service Bureau payroll to ensure uninterrupted payment of salaries while commendable, had created another bigger challenge.

He said the old system would enable staff, upon receipt of monies for their salaries and other expenses, agreed to pay themselves a fraction of their remuneration and commit the remainder to other pressing operational obligations like rentals.

“We are now in worse problems than what we have solved. Rentals are no longer being paid. That decision (to put diplomats on SSB platform) was wrong,” said Ambassador Bimha.

Cde Paradza asked whether the decision to reduce salaries and allowances for diplomats was lawful. Warren Park MP Engineer Elias Mudzuri asked why the decision appeared arbitrary and whether there was concurrence with Treasury. Ambassador Bimha said the decision was made after they got a lot of pressure from the employer, the Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare, adding that they had reduced their allowances.
Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe MP Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa (Zanu-PF) asked whether it was not possible to reduce staff members.

He said they had already reduced staff in most embassies “to the bone” so that only basic human capital remained. He said as part of cost cutting measures, Government had requested their diplomats to send their children to domestic schools as opposed to international schools because they were cheaper, Treasury was still struggling to pay the school fees. Herald


A FOREIGN currency dealer commonly known as usiphatheleni allegedly bribed a 17-year-old girl with $150 to steal an 18-month-old baby for her, a magistrate heard yesterday.

Bulawayo regional magistrate Chrispen Mberewere heard this when Rose Chivima (37) of Old Pumula suburb and her teenage accomplice who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before him facing kidnapping charges.

Chivima allegedly connived with the girl to kidnap an 18-month-old baby and offered her $150. Chivima is denying the charge while her accomplice pleaded guilty. They were both remanded out of custody to today.

Prosecuting, Mr Simbarashe Manyiwa said on February 12 this year at about 1PM, the teenage girl approached Ms Moreblessings Dube and asked to take her two minor children to the shops to buy them drinks. The court heard that after about an hour, one of Ms Dube’s children returned home alone.

Ms Dube quizzed her daughter on the whereabouts of her sibling and she revealed that she had boarded a kombi with the teenager.

The complainant became suspicious and reported the matter to the police. When the teenager was apprehended, she implicated Chivima who was also arrested.
When the teenage girl took to the witness stand, she said Chivima gave her $150 in exchange for the stolen baby. She told the court that she did not know what Chivima intended to do with the stolen baby.

Ms Dube, in her testimony, said the teenager was communicating with Chivima on WhatsApp while they were on their way to the police station.

“It looks like the accused persons had planned this whole thing with precision. I suspect Chivima decided to take my baby to the police station after she was tipped off by her co-accused since they were communicating via WhatsApp,” said Ms Dube.
Chivima, in her defence, said the teenager left the baby with her as “surety” after she gave her $150.

“My co-accused approached me under the pretext that she was sent by her mother who wanted to change R2 000 into US dollars. She then hoodwinked me into believing that she was a genuine client and I gave her $150. She offered to leave the baby with me on the understanding that she was going to collect R2 000 from her mother,” said Chivima.

She told the court that she became suspicious when her co-accused took long to return.
“I got worried when my co-accused was nowhere to be seen. I then decided to go to the police station together with the baby and reported the matter to the police, but to my surprise they detained me on allegations of kidnapping,” said Chivima.

“I’m a single mother of five and why would I kidnap someone’s child, especially a stranger for that matter? This is a fabricated story by my co-accused who wants to cover up for defrauding me of my money.” Chronicle


Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, who is under fire over allegations of abusing $450 000 from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) said the police were not ready to arrest him and the courts have no jurisdiction to order his arrest.

Opposing an application by a Harare vendor, Mr Hardlife Mudzingwa to have him arrested on corruption charges, Prof Moyo deposed an affidavit stating that Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, who was cited in his official capacity as third respondent, had indicated that he was not ready to arrest him.

To that end, Prof Moyo said no one else had the discretionary power to have him arrested.
“The first member of the ZRP is before the court as the third respondent. The third respondent has filed an affidavit and is not ‘ready’ to arrest me.

It is not the eagerness of anyone that brings anyone or places anything before a court of law. The procedure that attends to how a criminal process may be activated does not involve that.

“If the police have no cause to believe reasonably that one has committed a crime, then that is the end of the matter. It renders the suspicion of everyone else, including fourth respondent (Zacc) and applicant’s , unreasonable. No arrest ensues,” said Prof Moyo.

He said the High Court has no jurisdiction to compel such arrests.
“This court has no role to play in the determination of whether or not there is a reasonable suspicion that I have committed an offence. That is the sole constitutional prerogative of the third respondent (Commissioner-General of Police), who may be directed to investigate by the fourth respondent.
“Whether I should be arrested or not, is a discretionary matter within the province of the third respondent, which discretion must be judiciously exercised within strict constitutional guidelines. It is not a matter upon which this court can give direction.”

Prof Moyo said Mr Mudzingwa’s application was more of a political war waged against him under the guise of an urgent chamber application.

“He has abused the process of court to launch a sponsored political war against me solely to harass and annoy me in the perpetuation of a malicious political agenda against me.
“I am a victim — his victim and his sponsors. I reserve the right to secure legal recompense for this unjustified abuse,” reads Prof Moyo’s affidavit.

He denied the allegations levelled against him.

“I must state at the outset that I deny each and every allegation of impropriety levelled against me in the discharge of my constitutional mandate as a delegate of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. I specifically reiterate that I have at all material times faithfully adhered to my oath of office as a public servant. I have loyally and faithfully discharged my constitutional obligations as a law-abiding citizen,” the affidavit reads.
Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo yesterday deferred the hearing of the matter to Friday to allow 
 Mr Mudzingwa’s lawyers to file an answering affidavit and other papers relevant to the case.

In the urgent chamber application, Mr Mudzingwa listed Prof Moyo, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Commissioner-General of Police Dr Augustine Chihuri and the 
Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) as respondents.

“Pending the confirmation or discharge of the provisional order, an interim relief is hereby 
granted on the following terms — that third respondent (Dr Chihuri) be and is hereby ordered and directed to bring first respondent (Minister Moyo) before a court of law on the various publicised criminal allegations that he is facing and shall, to the extent that it is necessary, effect his arrest,” read part of the draft of the interim order sought.

In his papers, Mr Mudzingwa said it was his constitutional right as a Zimbabwean citizen to have Minister Moyo “brought before equity”. Herald


THE Government has started working on a massive low and medium income housing scheme that will benefit thousands of civil servants.

At a meeting between Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and civil servants’ representatives yesterday, a technical team was set up to start working on the scheme that will provide decent accommodation for the Government workers.

Minister Kasukuwere said the Government recognises the importance of availing housing schemes to civil servants who are an important asset to the country.

“I met the civil servants representatives today and we discussed issues to do with accommodation for all Government workers. I’m happy that we agreed to come up with an innovative scheme that will see the civil servants owning houses.

“We’re working on setting up a technical team that is led by Apex Council president Mrs Cecilia Alexander and Urban Development Corporation (Udcorp) to make sure that the scheme is well designed for the benefit of the civil servants,” said Minister Kasukuwere.
He said the technical team will also ensure that civil servants are not fleeced of their hard earned money while trying to acquire accommodation.
“Civil servants are a very important group of people that have displayed maximum dedication in their work. We have managed to achieve a lot as a country through their hard work.
“The Government therefore has taken into consideration the need to uplift them and make sure that they are comfortable wherever they are. The scheme will accommodate low and medium earners. We’re also considering high rise buildings so that all the civil servants are catered for,” said Minister Kasukuwere.

Apex Council secretary Mr David Dzatsunga said he was optimistic about the project.
“We’re happy that the Government has pledged commitment to providing houses to civil servants. The minister promised that the Government will roll out programmes that will provide access to houses for civil servants,” said Mr Dzatsunga.

“The process has started and we hope that the Government will finally deliver because the issue of housing for civil servants has been outstanding for too long.”
Zimbabwe Teachers Association president Mr Richard Gundane said:

“Accommodation for teachers has been a long-standing demand and it’s imperative that the Government delivers on this mandate. Decent accommodation is not a status symbol but a right for the teachers.  Government should therefore set aside land and provide guarantees and access to mortgages to all grades of educators so that they own houses.

“We welcome facilities such as the National Building Society and we hope that they will quickly respond to the high demand for houses.”

He said providing civil servants with houses is a way of incentivising them and improving their lives. Herald


Gospel musician and fashion designer Joyce Simeti has died. She was 42. Simeti succumbed to a heart problem yesterday afternoon at Arcadia Medical Centre
in Braeside. 

The musician’s husband Stanley said she once suffered a heart problem few months ago but she had recovered.

“At one time she had a heart problem but she recovered. I took her to work today (yesterday). She called me around 10 saying she needed to rest and we went home,” he said.

He said her condition was stable until in the afternoon when she had to be rushed to hospital. “We rushed her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival,” he said.
The musician has been in the music business for the past 12 years and has seven albums to her name. Her first “Tose Takadanwa” was released in 2002 but it was her third album 
“Akusiya Haakurasi” from 2006, carrying hit “Kudza Baba Na Mai” that cemented her as a force on the local gospel scene.

“Vana Vanokosha” from 2007 had a title track with the same name that proved relevant at the time when she was advocating for children’s rights while assisting at orphanages.
“Mudzimai Akanaka” from “Ndichamupa Mbiri” (2009) was a favourite amongst women as it touched on the topical domestic issues that affects them on a daily basis.

In 2011 she also released “Ndakanga Ndisipo”. She last made a public appearance at Sinach show last week. At the time of her death, she was an active musician at United Family International Church (UFIC). Mourners are gathered at number 27 Ambelside Road, Braeside. She is survived by her husband and three children.


A Nyazura mathematics private tutor who allegedly raped a mentally challenged 12-year- old girl, has appeared in court charged with sexual abuse. The 23-year- old tutor, Isaac Mtetwa of Dekeya Village under Chief Makoni, is represented by Rusape lawyer Mr Maxwell Chiwanza of Chiwanza and Associates.

He pleaded not guilty to the offence. Rusape district public prosecutor, Mr Tirivanhu 
Mutyasira told the court that the suspect is a private maths tutor to a house-maid who stays with the complainant.

“On a date unknown to the prosecutor, but between July and August 2016 at a primary school in Nyazura, the accused person proceeded to the complainant’s homestead to do extra lessons with the maid. The complainant was sleeping in her blankets when the accused person sneaked in and raped her.
“She cried but no one came to her rescue. After the act, the accused went away and the complainant discovered that she was bleeding. She told the maid  that she was bleeding and was instructed to bath and wore a pant. The girl told no one of the case until on August 3, when her sister was informed by other teachers that the accused person came for extra lessons,” said Mr Mutyasira.

The sister questioned the complainant and she revealed the rape. A report was made to the police leading to the arrest of the suspect. Rusape regional magistrate, Mr Livingstone Chipadza, postponed the matter to Thursday 27 October for continuation of trial. manica post


The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment has recommended criminal proceedings against the former Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Saviour Kasukuwere, accusing him of criminal abuse of office.

The 30-member committee told the National Assembly today that Kasukuwere, who is now the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, was involved in deception and criminal abuse of office in the Zimunya Marange Community Share Ownership Scheme when a mining company presented dummy cheques to President Robert Mugabe.

Presenting a report on the share ownership trust, Youth Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Justice Mayor Wadyajena recommended a 14 day ultimatum on Minister Kasukuwere to be charged by the police and investigated by the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission and the Auditor General.

The Committee also recommended that President Mugabe establish a commission of inquiry led by a judge or any other suitable candidate to investigate what it calls 'an intricate web of deceit, corruption and fraud,' in the establishment of the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust.

Prior to the presentation of the report, there was drama when members of parliament alleged the chair was colluding with the Clerk of Parliament to block the tabling of the findings. The Deputy Speaker, Mabel Chinomona however refuted the claims and acceded to the presentation of the report.
The report also alleges that Jinan, a mining company in Marange Zimunya, externalised US$500 million. 

It also accuses Minister Kasukuwere of seeking to exert influence in the Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment even after being reassigned, while also misleading the nation that mining companies pledged US$10 million each to the community share ownership trust.


MDC secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora, has told People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president, Tendai Biti, to “follow his sheep” after more members of his party defected over the weekend.

Biti’s party members defected to the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC. PDP activists — Don Mavhudzi and Brian Kanzunzuma — turned up at an MDC rally on Sunday announcing they had made the decision to cross the floor.

Mwonzora said the continued defections by PDP members to the MDC were proof that the party was more “credible” and the only plausible route to eclipse President Robert Mugabe in the approaching 2018 elections.

“We have had several members of other parties, including Zanu PF, who have defected to the MDC. We are welcoming them back,” Mwonzora said while addressing a rally in Msasa on Sunday.

“I also want to give this message to my friend. He knows himself. We went to school together,” he said in clear reference to Biti.

“You left the party but your sheep have seen the light and are now flocking back home. My friend, follow your sheep. We will welcome you back,” Mwonzora said.

In recent days, PDP has lost the party’s vice president Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, deputy national chairman Watchy Sibanda and deputy secretary-general Tongai Matutu.
Other former PDP bigwigs that have left the party include former deputy organising secretary Gift Mabhena and Gladys Mathe.

On his part, Biti is on record saying he will “never” re-join MDC.
In reaction to the defections, Biti said what Zimbabwe needs is a “strong converged opposition and not another large awkward Zanu (PF) oligopoly infiltrated by pseudo democrats”.

He added that although PDP was disappointed to have “lost courageous and esteemed comrades”, the embattled party would not hold their decision to dump those against them.
The former Finance minister said “the biggest enemy of democracy was Zanu PF which was plotting how to make Zimbabweans suffer more” and “it needed to be fought by a coalition as it would never reform itself out of power”. Daily news


Newly-elected Norton legislator Temba Mliswa says a grand opposition coalition led by indomitable MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and including war veterans, will beat President Robert Mugabe and his warring Zanu PF hands down in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, the gutsy Mliswa said among the lessons that long-suffering Zimbabweans and the country’s brutalised opposition could learn from his stunning victory last Saturday, was that they could once again defeat Mugabe and Zanu PF, just as Tsvangirai and the MDC had done in 2008 — as the ruling party was “nothing” without the backing of war veterans.

Indeed, and despite battering and bribing voters with residential stands, as well as printing and distributing fake MDC flyers to confuse the people of Norton, Zanu PF was given a royal hiding in last weekend’s keenly-followed by-election in the constituency which was resoundingly won by the former ruling party bigwig.

Mliswa blew out of the water Zanu PF’s little-known Ronald Chindedza to win the Norton by-election, which came about following the expulsion of former war veterans’ leader and Cabinet minister Christopher Mutsvangwa from the ruling party — which is being devoured by its seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars.

He polled 8 927 votes to Chindedza’s 6 192, to deliver a hammer blow to Zanu PF which was bidding to avoid defeat in Mugabe’s own backyard, as well as preventing disgruntled war veterans who campaigned for Mliswa from gaining a measure of revenge on Mugabe and his former liberation movement, following their recent hounding out of the party.

This was also despite the fact that the Norton by-election had been marked by violence, the controversial parcelling out of residential stands and mega rallies by vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, among other prominent Zanu PF politicians, as they drummed up support for Chindedza.

Analysts and opposition officials who spoke to the Daily News at the weekend also said Mliswa’s unexpected victory had raised optimism among both pro-democracy groups and the ranks of the opposition that the 2018 national elections could be up for the taking.

Speaking yesterday, Mliswa said the support that he had received from Tsvangirai and the MDC, war veterans, village heads and ordinary Zimbabweans, among many other people, was both “amazing and critical”, and a sign-post to what would happen in 2018 if “like-minded people come together”.
“To be honest and truthful, I wouldn’t have won this seat had it not been for Morgan Tsvangirai. He promised to support me to make sure that I win the election and true to his word, he came to the party. He dispatched his team and MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa was actually on the ground campaigning for me.

“Even when Zanu PF unleashed violence on us, Chamisa was caught in the crossfire and inhaled teargas just like all of us. It’s a fact of life that Tsvangirai has the people. It took him just to advise his structures to work with me and victory was delivered.

“The war veterans also played a crucial role in my victory. That is why it is important for Tsvangirai to lead the planned opposition grand coalition in 2018 which will involve everyone, including war veterans,” Mliswa said.

“If Tsvangirai decides to accommodate Mai Mujuru, then so be it, but that man is not only popular and genuine, he is also a natural leader and a father figure. The people of Zimbabwe like him and we can’t take that away from him.

“The problem with many of the country’s leadership is that they only think about themselves and not the people. I am grateful for the support I received from Tsvangirai and the MDC, as well as war veterans and the PDP (People’s Democratic Party),” he added.

Elaborating further on the possible role that Mujuru could take in the mooted coalition, Mliswa said “the problem with People First is that it has relegated the founders to the terraces”, after “she was invited to the party”.

“My concern is that Mujuru is trying to relegate people like (former State Security minister Didymus) Mutasa and (former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare) Gumbo when they are the founders of the party. Those people principally suffered for Mujuru.

“In Norton, we stood up against the brutal Zanu PF regime. The election was testing the coalition and electoral reforms and I don’t have to be a member of the MDC to support Tsvangirai. Zanu PF rigs elections but without war veterans they are nothing.

“People should also realise that both Mujuru and (vice president) Emmerson Mnangagwa were hand-picked by Mugabe while Tsvangirai has his own massive constituency. So let’s all back Tsvangirai for 2018,” he said.

Mliswa’s Norton victory has put the burning Zanu PF in more turmoil, amid divisive accusations and counter accusations of internal sabotage by warring factions angling to take-over the reigns from Mugabe.

Meanwhile, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu told the Daily News yesterday that Mliswa’s victory offered the opposition “a launch pad” for the proposed grand coalition.

“This is very good news that creates the possibility of having a grand coalition to confront the Zanu PF regime in 2018. United we are stronger and divided we are weaker. The people of Zimbabwe can rest assured that the coalition is coming. The Zanu PF regime will be history come the next elections,” he said.

Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire said any attempts to derail the mooted grand coalition would not prevail.

“As ZPF, we know there are people desperate to scuttle the proposed coalition of opposition political parties and part of the strategy is straining relationships among the top leaders of the parties involved.
“However, we know that the will of the people, which is to see a united opposition in 2018, will be respected and is on firm ground. It can never be derailed by contrived statements cooked by enemies of the people and mischievously attributed to our leaders,” he said.

Speaking at the weekend, political analyst and former civic leader, Gladys Hlatywayo, urged the opposition to build on Mliswa’s victory which she said had been made necessary by a united approach.

“Lessons learnt here are that a united front of the opposition  coupled with lack of elite cohesion in the ruling party, can be lethal to Zanu PF. The opposition needs to be crafty going forward, especially on the reform agenda, to ensure that the election process is democratic and immune to the electoral shenanigans of yesteryear.

“The united front forged by the opposition was crucial. The war veterans ditched the ruling party and supported Mliswa. Having been part of the ruling party himself, Mliswa was able to withstand Zanu PF’s intimidation and violence and fought for the seat.

“The manner in which (Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour) Kasukuwere conceded defeat also signals a willingness to re-strategise on Zanu PF’s part and the opposition must equally up its game,” Hlatywayo said.

University of Zimbabwe politics professor, Eldred Masunungure, said while it was too early to read “too much” into Mliswa’s shock victory, Zanu PF could expect more shocks in the 2018 polls.
“One swallow does not make a summer and this is only one victory out of dozens other by-elections since 2013. In addition, Norton has traditionally been an MDC seat and the 2013 result was rather weird.

“Nonetheless it is a cardinal lesson for Zanu PF that patronage has its limits. You can dole out 9 000 stands but still get 6 000 votes. This is also so, considering the amount of effort that was put in by Zanu PF, with two vice presidents going there to try and persuade and force the electorate, or both.

“It is a lesson for 2018 that they can expect to see repeated. They are reaping what they are sowing through the partisan distribution of food aid and other electoral ills,” Masunungure said.

Zanu PF insiders also told the Daily News that Mliswa’s victory was a significant blow to the ruling party, adding that disaffected party bigwigs and war veterans, who had a stunning fall out with Mugabe earlier this year, had vigorously campaigned to ensure that Zanu PF did not win the seat.
The ex-combatants served Mugabe with divorce papers in July to end a long relationship which dated back to the days of the 1970s liberation struggle. This was after the war veterans’ executive issued a damning communiqué in which they said churlishly that the nonagenarian was now “a hard sell” for the 2018 national elections. daily news


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s security on Friday reportedly confiscated ball point pens from students and visitors who were attending a graduation ceremony at the Lupane State University.
According to students, police searched everyone, including journalists, who wanted to gain entry into the ceremonial hall where the university’s seventh graduation ceremony was being held and took away their pens citing “security” reasons.
“They thoroughly searched us and took away our pens. This was the first time I learnt that pens were not allowed at a graduation ceremony,” said one student who requested anonymity.
Students, however, said the police did not confiscate their cell phones and cameras which are often loathed more where security concerns are high.
Journalists, it is further said, had to approach university authorities so that they could be allowed to use their pens during the ceremony.
Although there were no reasons given for the strange security formality, some said authorities feared a repeat of last month’s University of Zimbabwe (UZ) incident where some students wrote placards denouncing the President. Radio vop
Five UZ students who were led by former Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) president, Tonderai Dombo, raised placards demanding jobs, as Mugabe, also UZ chancellor, was preparing to cap more than 3 000 students.
The five were reportedly charged by the tertiary institution for misconduct.
Mugabe capped 642 graduands at LSU.
Among the graduands, 20 received masters’ degrees in development studies, while 60% were females


A 30-year-old landlord who stabbed his tenant with a knife over non-payment of utility bills was yesterday sentenced to three years in jail. Timothy Mhurushomana pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges, but the court convicted him due to overwhelming evidence. Regional magistrate Mr Temba Kuwanda sentenced Mhurushomana to six years. However, three years were conditionally suspended.

In his defence, Mhurushomana told the court that his tenant, Cephas Katanha, had provoked him. “A heated argument degenerated into a fist-fight after Katanha had provoked me,” he said.

“I injured him during the fight while trying to ward him off. I did not use a knife and I had no intention of killing him but I was just acting in self-defence.” In aggravation, the prosecutor, Ms Rufaro Mhandu, said the doctor who attended to Katanha told the court that he had lost a lot of blood and his life was hanging in the balance.

“There was no provocation warranting Mhurushomana to act in the manner that he did. He could have pursued his claim through the Civil Court instead of taking the law into his own hands.”
Ms Mhandu told the court that on June 2, this year at around 11pm, Katanha returned from work and discovered that Mhurushomana had disconnected electricity in his room. The court heard that Katanha had not paid water and electricity bills.

Katanha confronted Mhurushomana and a heated argument ensued. Two days later Mhurushomana called Katanha demanding a meeting over the unpaid bills. Katanha returned home around 11pm and retired to his room since it was late.

Before he fell asleep, Mhurushomana knocked on his door demanding to see him. Mhurushomana was in the company of his cousin, Brian Dzuro, and demanded to know why Katanha had not yet paid his bills and rent.

He asked Katanha if he was moving out and he said “yes”. This angered Mhurushomana who challenged him to a fight and Katanha told him that he was not afraid. Dzuro tried to intervene but Mhurushomana stabbed Katanha on the right thigh before punching him.
Katanga picked up a chair and flung it at Mhurushomana in a bid to stop him. However, Mhurushomana stabbed him again in the chest and he started bleeding profusely. He was rushed to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. Herald



A SIX-weeks-old infant from Mtapa Suburb in Gweru died hours after being immunised against life threatening illnesses for children less than five-years-old.

According to the summary of death (form 43), Lincon Madhubeko died on Saturday morning at Gweru Provincial hospital upon admission after reacting to the immunisation drugs which include Pneumococcal injection, Rotavirus oral, and Pentavalent injection.

A brief summary of facts said the boy never suffered from stomach complaints until his death.

“He was injected with an immunisation injection of six weeks olds at Mtapa Clinic in Gweru. He started refusing to be breastfed and his legs swelled up,” reads the summary.
Lincon’s father, Morris, said his son died on Saturday morning upon being admitted to Gweru Provincial Hospital after suffering pain from swollen legs.
He said he did not suspect foul play and asked the Provincial Magistrate, Mrs Phathekile Msipa, to waive postmortem.

“My child passed away due to natural causes and I suspect no foul play, therefore I apply for post mortem to be waived,” said the father.

However, Mrs Msipa refused to waive the postmortem and the body of the deceased will be taken to Bulawayo tomorrow for post mortem. She said the cause of the infant’s death needed to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, a 16-year-old girl allegedly drowned while swimming with two other girls in Shambanebanga River, Chief Chirumanzu area.

Pamela Machena drowned on Sunday around 4.30PM while she swam with the girls aged three and twelve.

“Her father Aleck Machena retrieved her body yesterday,” read a police report.
Mrs Msipa waived postmortem. chronicle


Zimbabwean gospel music stars Mechanic Manyeruke, Mathias Mhere and Bethany Pasinawako will make a two-show tour of the United Kingdom (UK) in December.

The three gospel artistes will share the stage with UK-based Timothy Ngwenya and Rhoda “Mai Tongogara” Masawi at the second edition of the annual Explosion of Praise Concert which will take place at the Salvation Army Church in Leicester on December 9 before moving to the International Life Centre in Wolverhampton a day later.

Explosion of Praise founder Tongogara told the Daily News yesterday that the event was created to unite gospel musicians in Zimbabwe and the Diaspora.

“The first annual Explosion of Praise Concert was held last year in Manchester .I performed alongside Reverend Chivaviro and several UK-based artistes who included, Kingdom Praise, Timothy Ngwenya, Linda Chikomo and Marty Makoni,” said Tongogara.

The Explosion of Praise founder, whose 2014 debut album featured Mathias Mhere, has just completed her second album.

“In July this year I recorded my third album which features Bethany Pasinawako which I will be launching officially on December 10,” said Tongogara.
Pasinawako, who will be touring the UK for the first, is looking forward to performing alongside Tongogara, Mhere and gospel veteran Manyeruke.

“I collaborated with Mai Tongogara and we will definitely perform our duet. I am promising my fans in the UK a day to remember, a day filled with heavenly Joy. I will also take the opportunity to shoot some videos while there,” said the Ndinzverei hit-maker.

As for Mhere, the tour will present an opportunity for him to promote his latest album and DVD.
“It is yet another chance for us to go and preach the word outside. I will also be promoting my latest album Double Double as well the Double Double DVD.

“I am also looking forward to performing on stage with Bethany. This important for me because I will be working with her on my next project,” he said. Daily news


Zimbabwe's imports ban has created opportunities for the local manufacturing industries to boost their production capacity, a consumer pressure group has said.

This was after the government in June imposed an imports ban Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 (SI64) on a number of basic goods, the majority of which pass through South Africa. At the time, industry officials warned that the ban would fuel smuggling.

However, Buy Zimbabwe feels that the imports ban will see industry — currently operating at 34,3 manufacturing capacity — up their game and meet the rising demand created by the SI.

“Statistics from Zimstat show that over 40 percent of imports into Zimbabwe are mainly consumer goods which are not productive in nature,” the pressure group said.

“The introduction of the SI64 has created opportunities in which manufactures and retailers need to take advantage of in order to restore the traditional economic system, where commerce act to support the industry in a system of interrelated and interdependent elements as partners in business,” Buy Zimbabwe added.

Market watchers, however, said the imports ban was President Robert Mugabe’s desperate attempt to alleviate the economic crisis in the country, which imports not less than 75 percent of all its industrial, manufacturing, agricultural and food requirements.

Most Zimbabweans earn a living from the informal sector, as the country battles with unemployment rates higher than 80 percent.

In June, the country added more products to its list of around 100 goods prohibited from entering the country — to promote and protect local industries.

These include: bottled water, cereals, salad cream, baked beans, potato crisps, peanut butter, jams, canned fruits, dairy products (salad cream, coffee creamers, yogurts), cigarettes, clothing, cooking oil, coffee creamers, pizza base, yogurts, mayonnaise, petroleum jellies, toothpaste, detergents and body creams.

Building materials (such as wheelbarrows, steel products and structures, rods, tubes, corrugated steel roofing sheets and plastic tubes) have also been added to the long list of restricted goods, which also includes furniture (beds, wardrobes), fabrics of cotton, second hand tyres, shoe polish and synthetic hair products.

The ban sparked violent demonstrations at border crossings and in Zimbabwe’s main cities, and in August, neighbouring South Africa urged the authorities to either revoke or renegotiate the ban on a number of goods from South Africa, or face consequences.
Industry minister Mike Bimha, who has previously blamed the smuggling of these goods on rampant corruption at the country’s borders, recently claimed transit truckers were the biggest culprits responsible for significant volumes of smuggled goods entering Zimbabwe.
“We are highly concerned with reports that goods have been filtering in the country despite the import ban we put,” he said.

“It can only mean one thing, our borders are porous and we need to do something as soon as possible to put an end to this. As government we came up with the SI to protect local industries and local products, but there has been rampant smuggling of the same products that we put on restriction list, into the country which leaves a lot to be desired,” Bimha added.

According to Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association secretary-general Augustine Tawanda’s assessment, truck drivers smuggle goods by pretending that their cargo is meant for other destinations other than Zimbabwe when they cross border posts.
According to the government, these smuggled goods are cheaper than those produced locally, and flows cost the country $1 billion in 2015.

“We have discovered that much of the smuggling is done through transit cargo, where people tell us, for example, that a consignment is meant for Democratic Republic Congo when in fact whatever they are carrying is really meant for Zimbabwe,” Bimha said.

The government has for years tried to put in place stringent regulations in order to control the importation of goods that are manufactured locally.

In 2012, the State banned the importation of second-hand underwear claiming they were a health hazard and had killed local industry.

In an effort to find a solution to those challenges, Buy Zimbabwe will on Wednesday host the fourth edition of the Retailers and Suppliers Conference and Expo in Harare. Daily news


INFORMATION minister Christopher Mushowe disclosed yesterday that the government had no plans to quit the United Nations (UN), although President Robert Mugabe is on record threatening Africa’s withdrawal from the world body.

Mushowe told NewsDay on the sidelines of the UN 71st birthday celebrations in Harare yesterday that Mugabe had been quoted out of context, saying the Zanu PF leader was merely expressing African countries’ reservations over the composition of the UN Security Council. 

“The President did not threaten to pull out of the UN, but merely outlined the concerns of the African Union over the composition of the Security Council. There needs to be reforms, which will see Africa getting a permanent seat and if Africa pulls out, it can’t be called the UN,” he said.

Mugabe, on his arrival from the 71st session of the UN General Assembly last month, told his Zanu PF supporters that he would mobilise other Africa States to pull out of the world body in protest.
The pull-out threat was made at a time the government is heavily dependent on UN and other multilateral donors for its infrastructural development, poverty and hunger alleviation in the face of a serious drought. 

According to UN country coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, the world body had raised over $200 million to feed more than 1,5 million food-insecure people in Zimbabwe.

Parajuli said they were targeting to mobilise at least $352 million from the USA, France, China and Russia, among other donors, to help feed the 4,1 million Zimbabweans, who face hunger.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Human Rights Association director, Okay Machisa, yesterday said human rights groups had gathered evidence of government’s alleged partisan distribution of food aid to benefit Zanu PF supporters.

Machisa was addressing a stakeholders’ meeting attended by several civic organisations and Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Prisca Mupfumira. 

“We have empirical evidence in as far as the partisan distribution of food is concerned. We have on record court issues that are running in Manicaland, with regard to discrimination when it comes to food aid,” he said.

In response, Mupfumira said: “On a distributing note, we have noted with concern the increased allegations by various media houses that the government food deficit mitigation programme is being run on partisan lines.” 


ZANU PF’s introspection following the party’s electoral defeat in the Norton constituency by-election on Saturday has stirred fresh debate over the expulsion of war veterans from the ruling party.

Independent candidate, Temba Mliswa trounced Zanu PF’s Ronald Chindedza, with the ruling party’s political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere (pictured), now coming under the spotlight.
“Kasukuwere failed the party and there is now internal talk that Zanu PF made a huge blunder in sacking war veterans,” a source claimed.

“There is a move to push for an aggregate resolution by provinces for a national commissar, who is a war veteran.” But Kasukuwere took the defeat on the chin, saying the blame should be shared equally by all party structures.

“(War veterans’ leader, Christopher) Mutsvangwa and his group must shut up. He lost Norton in 2008 because of his vengeful policies, including covering up boreholes we had sunk for the people. He must just shut up,” Kasukuwere said.

“We slipped in Norton and, as always, the party will do a post-mortem to see where we went wrong. We take decisions together, we did our best and we now look to the future to reclaim that seat.
“This is only one seat we lost out of 30 by-elections we won. That, by any measure, cannot be called failure.”

Mutsvangwa hit back, accusing Kasukuwere of riding roughshod over party procedures against the people’s choice.

“I went on to a redeeming win in 2013 and the people embraced me. He used party skulduggery to rob the people of their constitutional choice. They paid him back with a thorough drubbing of his G40-imposed candidate last Sunday,” he said.

“He must be reminded that I deftly avoided being in the election and the loss is his alone.”
In April this year, following a meeting with President Robert Mugabe, war veterans demanded that Kasukuwere be relieved of his duties as the party’s chief organiser.
Mugabe has not given in to the demand.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya yesterday twisted the knife.

“After Norton, war veterans want all Zimbabweans united for true democracy and the impartial, transparent rule of law that does not protect thievery and corruption,” he said.

“We need business-centred policies that will grow the economy, so that factories are revived and new industries are opened up. We engender economic prosperity through encouraging local capital, while going all out to attract foreign direct investment.

“We must jettison the G40 economic gimmickry of doling out urban stands to motley youths, whose stark poverty denies them a decent meal or a pair of shoes. 

“Full employment in global class industrial activity delivers jobs that beget wages, which in turn sustain house mortgages. That is the way it is done. Not the charade and mirage of G40 self-serving stand allocations that mask crony land barons.”

Asked if the war veterans would consider an offer to return to Zanu PF, Mahiya, one of five leading former freedom fighters facing trial in connection with the stinging July communique calling on Mugabe to step down, was guarded about their plans.

“Our present legal and political situation has taught us a bitter lesson. Once bitten, twice shy,” he said cryptically. We now have to hedge our bets accordingly. Never again shall we be sitting ducks for another blow from the likes of (Zanu PF politburo member) Jonathan Moyo, Kasukuwere and G40 types.” 

War veterans have openly declared their support for Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the fight to take over from 92-year-old Mugabe, but the G40 faction is said to be opposed to that. Newsday


Paying lip service to fighting corruption is a serious national security threat with potential to force civilians to protest the State’s inaction, a Zimbabwe National Army general has said. Giving oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Security in Harare yesterday, Chief of Staff Administration Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba said the country’s economy was not growing and was bleeding because of corruption by some senior Government officials.

 “Corruption is a cancer, which is taking the nation backwards, thereby causing insecurity to the nation. It is now a security threat because it is causing people to create mafias or alliances where if one is accused of being corrupt, he quickly asks for the help of other big names to protect him or her.

“The ordinary citizens expect authorities to address these issues, but then if they see nothing happening to the alleged criminals, they will end up being ungovernable and creating problems for the defence forces. Development is being derailed so that individuals can benefit at the expense of the whole nation.

“The Defence budget we were allocated is too paltry compared to what we need and this is mainly because as a nation, we continue to ignore critical issues that will bring stability and confidence to investors who would want to bring their business to this country,” he said.

Maj Gen Nyikayaramba said there should be legislation that prohibits influential people from owning businesses, adding that this was another source of corruption. He said it was disheartening that ordinary people, who presented business proposals and investment ideas to politicians to help them secure funding, had their ideas stolen.
Maj Gen Nyikayaramba said under normal circumstances, the Zimbabwe National Army required $554,56 million, enough to cater for all logistical, administrative and training needs of the army and ensuring that members were properly catered.

He said this helped to boost the troops’ morale, dedication and loyalty. However, Maj Gen Nyikayaramba said the money allocated to the army was making him have nightmares on how he was going to distribute it among all the army’s needs, which ranged from food to medical, equipment procurement and training.

He said the law was supposed to take its course on corrupt bigwigs because if left unattended, ordinary citizens would feel let down by the authorities. “Do not look at the face of individuals or their positions when dealing with corruption because that will lead to disaster.

“If ordinary people see that nothing is being done to corrupt individuals, that will lead to disgruntlement and eventually instability. “Most of the people who are building mansions in mountains of posh suburbs in this country are evading tax, which is charged on capital gains, thus they find it easy to splash ill-gotten money on buildings with 50 or so bedrooms. If there are strict capital gains tax laws, people will not just splash money they will use it productively like starting companies, which will employ people and thereby benefiting the whole nation.

“The system should make it a policy that everyone should own a single house in the city so as to give fair opportunities to all the citizens. People are splashing money, which they get corruptly on flashy commodities while others are wallowing in poverty,” he said.

Air Force of Zimbabwe Air Vice Marshal Jacob Nzvede, also said the forecast weather disasters such as the impending La Nina floods forecast by the Meteorological Services Department, would be difficult to contain if the Airforce budget was not sufficient.

He said like the army, the Air Force of Zimbabwe required a bigger budget so that it could fully serve its mandate of protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation. Of late there have been cases of senior Government officials who have been implicated in abusing state resources. herald

Monday, 24 October 2016


ABOUT $1, 7 million owed to Gweru Provincial Hospital by patients and medical aid societies is crippling operations at the health institution.

The hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Fabian Mashingaidze, told The Chronicle yesterday the hospital was struggling to procure essential medication for patients.

He said the debt has been ballooning over the past years because as a government institution, the hospital does not chase patients who do not have admission fees.

“Last year the debt was $1, 1 million. This year it has increased to about $1, 7 million. This is money owed to us by individual patients and those coming through the medical aid societies who accessed our services with promises of settling their medical bills later on.

“This is now resulting in us failing to replenish medical supplies and other equipment,” said Dr Mashingaidze.

“PSMAS owes us about $700 000 and we still accept their clients in the hope that they will settle their debt soon.”

In terms of drugs availability at the institution, Dr Mashingaidze said they had 41,5 percent of vital drugs, 29,3 percent of essential drugs and five percent of necessary drugs.

“Vital drugs are those that must be there always in case of emergency while essential drugs are not as critical as vital and necessary drugs are supposed to be there but if they are out of stock, there is no harm to the patient,” he said.

In the past, the hospital has engaged debt collectors albeit with little success as the government is against such a move.

The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa has in the past discouraged health institutions from taking defaulting patients to debt collectors urging them to look at alternative ways of recovering their money.