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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Friday, 29 April 2016


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace have reportedly warned loud-mouthed and controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo – who has a criminal reecord – to stop abusing his association with them following the pictures he posted having dinner with the First Lady in Dubai earlier this month, it has surfaced.

Mugabe and his wife were said to have been seriously angered by pictures posted on social networking website, Facebook by Chivayo showing the businessman having dinner with Grace and her son Robert Jr in Dubai.

“Had dinner in Dubai yesterday with my mother (Grace) and my little brother (Robert Jr) … I love my parents … Team Bob for life, there is nothing you can do to me,” he childishly boasted on his Facebook page.

The post came after Chivayo, a convicted fraudster making money through dodgy Zimbabwe Power company multi-dollar deals, lashed out at Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo for joining many other Zimbabweans in suggesting that the Zimbabwe Football Association needs corporate sponsorship rather than individual benefactors. Moyo’s comments came after Chivayo had withdrawn sponsorship to the national team following the state-controlled weekly Sunday Mail’s report he had gone two months without paying national soccer team coach Kalisto Pasuwa.

“Following those photos posted on Facebook, the First Family recently dispatched senior state operators to tell him to shut up and stop abusing his association with them,” informed sources revealed. “They indicated that the President’s family was very unhappy with the pictures he had posted in the aftermath of the purported dinner he had with the First Lady. They also made it very clear that the issue was not up for discussion. It was the conveyance of a strong message from them that Chivayo must stop his antics forthwith.” Contacted for comment this week, Chivayo denied he had been warned against abusing his association with the First Family.

“I understand it is everyone’s dream to stand next to royalty. The dinner was a gesture to me from the First Lady for my support of football,” Chivayo said. “The issue of how people want to misinterpret the pictures out of context is subjective. That I was posting them was clearly testimony of how simply enthused I was. Honouring your leadership even in a foreign country is commendable and should be inspirational.”

This is not the first time Chivayo has posted pictures with members of the First Family.

In 2014, he posted pictures with Mugabe at State House alongside a comment which read: “Long live my hero, my role model, the most valuable gift from God to the people of Zimbabwe, the man of principles, a sincere and loving father, incorruptible revolutionary. I had a wonderful meeting with the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces yesterday. For him and only him I had to wear a suit, for any other president I’ll wear shorts instead. ZimAsset was the main topic of the conversation.” independent


A soldier who was part of a gang that was allegedly caught attempting to bomb President Robert Mugabe’s Alpha Omega Dairies will receive his judgment on May 10, after failing to have his accomplices testify in his favour.

Borman Ngwenya had said that he would have Solomon Makumbe, an army corporal and Silas Pfupa, an ex-soldier  testify for the defence but notified the court that he was going to stand by his evidence alone.

Harare regional magistrate Fadzai Mthombeni will hand down the ruling.

During the initial court appearance Ngwenya appeared jointly charged with Zimbabwe People’s Front political party leader, Owen Kuchata, 34, — who is currently serving nine years for the crime, Pfupa, 37, and Makumbe, 29.

However, Pfupa and Makumbe’s case spilled into the Constitutional Court after the presiding magistrate conceded that the lower courts needed guidance from superior courts over the issue.

Ngwenya, 30, denied the charges and claimed that he got involved under the instruction of one Major Mashava.

The quartet is alleged to have travelled to Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba and Chinese Embassy as part of their mission to spot sites that would hurt Mugabe the most if destroyed.

Ngwenya also claimed that Mashava was reliably informed of their movement and gave them authority to play along.

Prosecutor Michael Reza alleged that sometime in August last year, the accused persons held several meetings at Queens Hotel in Harare and planned to subvert a constitutionally elected government.

Pursuant to their plan, the quartet went to Mapinga in Mashonaland West Province and formed a camp from which their members would be trained and operate.

On January 1, they went to Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba and carried out surveillances to identify suitable vulnerable points to carry out the sabotage.

They later met on January 19, at Queens Hotel and resolved that they would use fertilizer bombs to fulfil their mission.

On January 22, at around 4pm police received a tip off that the quartet were planning to bomb Alpha and Omega dairies processing plant and tuck-shop during the night.

Police detectives proceeded to the farm and laid an ambush about 100m from the quartet’s target.

Around 10pm detectives saw the quartet approaching the dairies processing plant and immediately arrested them. daily news



 PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is reportedly still shocked and bruised by the fierce resistance which the military, the pillar of his strength, put up by using war veterans to protest the fierce crackdown by the Zanu PF faction coalesced around his wife Grace against her rival Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s camp in the ruling party’s relentless succession battle.

This came amid reports Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) commander Lieutenant-General Phillip Valerio Sibanda has reportedly thrown Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko, who presides over the security sector in government, under the bus after he rejected his attempts to recruit him to support Grace’s ambitious Generation 40 (G40) project.

Instead, Sibanda is said to have reported the matter to Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander General Constantine Chiwenga before escalating it to Mugabe, the ZDF Commander-in-Chief.

Top military commanders who spoke to the Zimbabwe Independent this week said in the run-up to the tense April 7 meeting between Mugabe and the war veterans in Harare, Mphoko approached Sibanda, his junior in Zipra, for a meeting to discuss the current political dynamics and alignments within Zanu PF, but the ZNA chief was not impressed as he apparently retorted that he only serves the government of the day in terms of the constitution and the law, while loyal to his bosses not any other people. It is said that is why he then escalated the matter to his superiors.

Senior army officers said Mugabe’s meeting in Harare with war veterans has proved to be a watershed event, amid the intensifying succession conflict which poses the gravest danger to the Zanu PF regime yet.

While Chiwenga’s future remains uncertain as Mugabe, who brushed aside war veterans’ main demands despite being shaken by the army resistance, wanted to remove him for backing Mnangagwa, it now appears the April 7 meeting gave him a reprieve.

Although some army sources say his contract is about to or has expired and will not be renewed, Chiwenga’s close aides say it was renewed in June last year and is now open-ended, meaning he is just “serving at the pleasure of the Commander-in-Chief”.

Sibanda could not be reached for comment as his phone was unreachable the whole day, while Chiwenga refused to answer questions yesterday, referring queries to the ZNA public relations department.

“I am not going to comment on anything because I am not the army’s public relations officer. Ask those in the public relations department to give you a comment,” Chiwenga said.

Army spokesman Alphios Makotore was said to be in Bulawayo preparing for the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair official opening ceremony today. Mphoko was also unreachable.

This development also came against the backdrop of dramatic another incident in which Chiwenga was said to have told Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi, who was associated with G40 before he started drifting away due to military pressure, at the Zimbabwe Defence College in Harare on February 19 during a visit by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, who gave a lecture at the military institution, that politicians “must put their house in order, or else…”

This was exactly the same day the Independent, in a lead story headlined Grace angers army chiefs, had reported that the First Lady had ruffled the feathers of senior ZDF commanders by her stinging direct attacks on Mnangangwa and military service chiefs, accusing them of plotting to oust Mugabe and to kill her son Bellarmine, at a time tensions were running high within the security forces over Mugabe’s succession combat.

Mkapa, Tanzania’s third president between 1995 and 2005, visited Zimbabwe on February 15 and toured the Mugabe family’s Alpha Omega Dairy, Grace’s school and a children’s home at their Mazowe business empire. Mkapa also officiated a Southern African Research and Documentation event and delivered a lecture at the Zimbabwe Defence College during his visit.

Sekeramayi was not answering his mobile phone yesterday. He also did not respond to text messages sent to him for a comment.

After Chiwenga’s chilling warning that politicians must put their house in order and pressure on him at Defence House, Sekeramayi seems to have subsequently turned his back on the G40 faction, which had been frantically trying to recruit him as the heavyweight candidate to challenge Mnangagwa on its ticket, military sources say.

Sekeramayi — who survived purging by a whisker during the acrimonious 2014 Zanu PF congress — as reported by the Independent on April 15 asked Mugabe to rein in the Zanu PF commissariat department led by G40 heavyweight Saviour Kasukuwere during a closed door briefing ahead of his meeting with war veterans.

G40 has been courting Sekeramayi to lead the faction as they sought a big-hitter with liberation war credentials, experience in government and links to the state security apparatus, qualities which are critical in the succession and power matrix.

Tensions between Mugabe and ZDF bosses rose after he attacked them at the Zanu PF annual conference in Victoria Falls for meddling in his succession politics.

In an unexpected charge, Mugabe on December 11 last year warned army, police and intelligence bosses against interfering in Zanu PF’s seemingly inexorable factional and succession wars.

During the evening of that day, army commanders met with Mugabe in the country’s the prime resort town to discuss the tense situation. Since then tensions have been rising within the military and war veteran ranks.

Military sources said Mugabe also met with army chiefs on February 4 in Harare to discuss the problem, fuelled by Grace’s attacks against Mnangagwa and army bosses at a rally in Chiweshe, Mashonaland Central province, on February 12. The sources at the time said in security briefings during that week army chiefs expressed anger at Grace’s remarks and her earlier attacks on war veterans at a gathering at Chimhanda Secondary School in Rushinga, Mashonaland Central, on October 14 last year.

Some senior army commanders and war veteran leaders then joined forces to back Mnangagwa and bombard Grace’s camp in a bid to halt the G40 political tsunami.

Searing rhetoric and a blitz by War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa and ex-combatants leaders led by Victor Matematanda and Francis Zimuto against Grace and her allies showed the gloves were off, precipitating the April 7 meeting. The situation had been exacerbated by police shelling war veterans with water at high pressure from cannons and teargas to thwart protests against Grace and her camp on February 18, the day before Chiwenga’s ominous remarks to Sekeramayi.

The police crackdown on war veterans forced Mugabe on February 19 — again the very same day Chiwenga had reportedly confronted Sekeramayi at the Zimbabwe Defence College and the Independent had reported about the mounting tensions in the army — to address the nation after a meeting with Mnangagwa and Mphoko at State House to avert a looming crisis triggered by agitation within the army and war veterans ranks. Prior to that, Mugabe also on Valentine’s Day — February 14 — held a meeting with Grace, Mnangagwa and Mphoko who had poured fuel to the already raging succession fires by saying after ethnic Zezurus it does not mean Karangas are ordained to rule. The meeting was held at State House in the capital.

As a result of these events, there has been an inevitable a move towards brinkmanship as power struggles intensify and leadership positions come under threat, while testing Mugabe’s resolve and his regime’s durability. independent



The full bench of the High Court in Pretoria has set aside a decision to discontinue the prosecution of President Jacob Zuma taken in April 2009.

The court held that the decision of 1 April 2009‚ taken by Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe to drop 783 charges‚ related to the arms deal‚ against Zuma was irrational and should be reviewed and set aside.

Mpshe dropped the charges because he believed Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy had manipulated the timing of when to serve the indictment against Zuma.

Mpshe relied on intercepted conversations between McCarthy and former NPA boss Bulelani Ngcuka - commonly referred to as the Spy Tapes.

In these conversations‚ Ngcuka and McCarthy discussed whether then President Thabo Mbeki’s prospects to be re-elected as ANC president would be strengthened if the indictment against Zuma were to be served before‚ during or after the ANC’s elective conference in Polokwane in December 2007.

Zuma‚ who was elected ANC president‚ was eventually charged after the conference on December 28‚ 2007.

“It is not indicated how serving the indictment after the conference would have been tool to influence the outcome of the (ANC) elections‚” the court said on Friday in a judgment read by Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba.

Ledwaba said there was no rational link between conduct of McCarthy and Mpshe's decision to discontinue the prosecution. times


As internal strife continues to rip apart Zanu PF, former deputy minister of Energy Munacho Mutezo (pictured) has now officially left the burning governing party to join the fledgling Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) led by former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

Since 2014 — when Zanu PF charged Mujuru with treason, witchcraft and corruption, several top officials have been ditching the deeply divided ruling party — and insiders say more are lining to jump ship “as they have realised that the ruling party will not take Zimbabwe anywhere”.

Zanu PF central committee member and minister of State for Manicaland province Mandi Chimene confirmed to the Daily News that Mutezo had formally told the province that he was joining Mujuru.

“Mutezo is now a People First member, after he told us that he was leaving Zanu PF. All that we did as a province was to follow the normal procedure that follows after someone has decided to join another party,” Chimene said.

While Mutezo was not immediately available to substantiate the development, ZPF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that the former Energy deputy minister had indeed joined them.

“We have been working with him for quite some time now and he has been taking part in many of our programmes attending meetings. I do not know what you want to call that. You can get in touch with him and hear it from the horse’s mouth,” Gumbo said.

Gumbo’s deputy, Kudzai Mbudzi, had earlier told this paper that ZPF had since lost count of the number of Zanu PF officials crossing the floor.

“I do not think that we can still refer to ZPF as an opposition party because all the people who were previously Zanu PF have joined us so it is them who are now in opposition if numbers are anything to go by. We are now in the majority with many having joined us physically while others have joined spiritually. They are flocking every day and we cannot keep track anymore,” Mudzi said.

While Zanu PF has adopted a “carrot and stick” approach towards officials deemed sympathetic to Mujuru, readmitting some who had been suspended for up to three years on allegations of flirting with ZPF, insiders in the governing party told the Daily News that Mutezo’s fate was sealed when “he committed the cardinal sin of turning down president Robert Mugabe’s overtures to woo him back”.

Mutezo, the insiders say, was offered an opportunity to return to Zanu PF but he had made his decision which prompted the Manicaland party leadership to recommend his expulsion.

“Mutezo went wrong when he refused the offer to return to the fold with the promise of being re-appointed minister in the future,” the source said.

Last month Mutezo — who was serving a three-year suspension — had his case referred back to the Zanu PF provincial disciplinary committee by the Zanu PF national disciplinary committee — something insiders say was an attempt to lure him back into the governing party. daily news



A HIGH Court judge yesterday ordered prominent Matabeleland South commercial white farmer David Connolly to vacate Centenary Farm and blasted the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Paddy Zhanda for allegedly shielding him.

 Connolly, through his company, JC Connolly and Sons (Pvt) Ltd, has since 2014 been locked in a protracted legal wrangle with the Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Ray Ndhlukula, over the ownership of the farm.

The ruling by Justice Joseph Musakwa of the Harare High Court follows an application by Connolly who sought the confirmation of a provisional order which was granted in his favour in 2014.

The order, by a Bulawayo High Court judge, barred Ndhlukula from evicting Connolly from Centenary Farm. The order also interdicted Ndhlukula from occupying the farm and bringing in his cattle into the disputed piece of land pending the finalisation of the matter.
Justice Musakwa said Connolly was in occupation of gazetted land, which was compulsorily acquired by the state in 2000.

In discharging the provisional order, Justice Musakwa said although Connolly has not been charged for unlawful occupation of the disputed farm, he had no right to remain on the property.
“The applicant has no legal right to the land in question and the elements of a clear right as a requirement for the interdict hasn’t been met. In my final analysis, the provisional order is hereby discharged with costs,” ruled Justice Musakwa.

The judge also blasted government officials, among them the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Paddy Zhanda, for “legitimising” Connolly’s occupation of the farm through their frequent visits to encourage him to continue with his farming activities. “It matters not that the applicant has received covert encouragement from government officials. In fact, it was duplicitous of those government officials to have given the applicant such false hope without ensuring he’s issued with a legal permit to remain on the land,” said Justice Musakwa.

Connolly, through his lawyers Webb Low and Barry, argued that since the acquisition of the farm he has been in peaceful and undisturbed occupation of the property and productively utilising the land.

Ndhlukula, through his lawyer Gerald Mlotshwa of GN Mlotshwa and Company, said Connolly failed to establish a clear right to the land. He said the farm belonged to him, arguing that he had an offer letter from the Lands and Rural Settlement Minister Douglas Mombeshora.

In March last year, Connolly celebrated a short-lived victory after the Bulawayo High Court ordered Ndhlukula off the farm and subsequently sentenced him to a suspended 90-day jail term on condition that he complied with the order issued in 2014 within 14 days.


Workers have very little to celebrate at this year’s Workers’ Day commemorations on Sunday as the Zanu PF government has run down the economy, with the majority of able-bodied people now vendors and loafers, opposition political parties and analysts have said.

 Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T — born in 1999 out of the labour movement — said Zimbabwe should actually rebrand Workers’ Day to Vendors’ Day.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said on Wednesday there was really nothing to celebrate or commemorate other than taking note of the depressing scenario that the Zanu PF regime had reneged on its promise to create 2,2 million jobs.

“Already, the regime has successfully managed to create two million vendors and loafers,” he said.
“The situation is not looking good. In fact, the labour market is very gloomy and depressed.”
Gutu called on people to join the MDC-T in demanding the two million jobs President Robert Mugabe promised ahead of the July 2013 elections that ended a coalition government with the labour-backed party.

Several companies closed shop after the polls, throwing many workers out of employment.
The situation was later exacerbated by a Supreme Court ruling last July allowing companies to fire workers on three months’ notice without further obligations.

Early this month, Tsvangirai led a demonstration against Mugabe’s failure to create the jobs and widespread corruption.

Statistics show that Zimbabwe’s workforce has been reduced over time from three million in 2000 to less than 300 000. People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said this year’s commemorations come at a time millions of Zimbabweans were victims of a crumbling economy.

“The nation is facing insurmountable challenges underlined by a decaying economy, high unemployment and total collapse of service delivery, a ravaging drought and general hopelessness among the generality of the people,” he said.

“About 98% of youths are in the informal sector, 60% of the industries which we had operating in 2010 have shut down, 83% of our people live on less than $1 a day and our women still die while giving birth because our hospitals lack basic facilities and medicines.”
Political analyst Vivid Gwede said Workers’ Day had become a sad reminder to workers of their terrible plight.

“It is a day of mourning the death of many good things for workers.
“It’s either they are mourning a job loss, inadequate pay, months without salaries, industrial collapse, or bonuses still to be given well into the new year. It is one day which brings out the whole tale of what has gone wrong in the country.”

Another political analyst, Takura Zhangazha, said the country would always have a reason to celebrate and commemorate the day despite the myriad of economic challenges. newsday


 OPPOSITION parties, political analysts and civic society organisations yesterday lashed out at government for failing to raise money to bring back home 32 of the over 200 Zimbabwean women stranded in Kuwait, saying it only shows that President Robert Mugabe’s administration had misguided priorities.

Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi on Wednesday said government had no money to bring back the women stranded in Kuwait after falling victim of human trafficking, leaving businessman Wicknell Chivayo to pay $58 000 from his own pocket for their air fares.

The MDC-T said the failure by government to prioritise its citizens stranded in a foreign land was an embarrassment to the country, and showed the extent to which Mugabe’s government did not care about its people. 

“Only a few days ago, Mugabe blew more than $3 million to attend a very low-key conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York, but the same Zanu PF regime says it doesn’t have a mere $58 000 that was needed to buy air tickets for our stranded women in Kuwait!” MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said.

“This is a circus, really! It also just goes to show that Mugabe only cares about himself and nobody else.” People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said it was ironic the government had no money to bring back its stranded citizens, but could afford to have Mugabe’s daughter give birth in the Middle East in “five-star hospitals”.

Mugabe early this month disclosed that his daughter, Bona, chose to give birth in the Middle East ahead of ahead of local hospitals.

Zimbabwe People First Harare provincial spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire said: “A government that cannot help its citizens, especially women and children in dire circumstances, is not worth another day in office.

“It’s surprising that the same government has always managed to raise money for Mugabe and his huge entourage to fly to useless overseas gatherings like some arts festival.”

Mawarire said the coming-in of Chivayo to take over a duty government was supposed to perform showed that government operated through proxies who benefit from it through “tenderenuership”.
“These are the same people who will fund Zanu PF electoral malfeasance and other attendant shenanigans like ‘meet-the-people’ rallies,” he added.

Welshman Ncube’s MDC said the decision by government not to fund the women’s travel back home was shameful.

“Surely if government can afford to blow $20 million in less than six months on President Mugabe’s wasteful and useless trips abroad, it can afford to set aside $12 000 for a worthwhile cause to bring back the women stranded in Kuwait,” Kurauone Chihwayi, the party spokesperson, said.

Political analyst Alexander Rusero said: “It is a constitutional necessity and mandatory, unless we say that the government has become a dictatorship, for dictators don’t care for anyone apart from themselves.”

Another political analyst, Vivid Gwede, said government had a clear role to play to protect its citizens.

“The government has to accept its own culpability at least because lack of opportunities in Zimbabwe is behind the desperate migration by Zimbabweans, who then fall into these evil human trafficking nets in search of jobs. So, evacuating victims will be a way of saying sorry for failing to create jobs for people back home,” he said.

Zimbabwe Women in Politics Alliance chairperson Lynnette Tendayi Mudehwe, whose organisation led a protest march against Kuwait early this month over the trafficked women, said government did not care for its citizens.

“For a government that can afford to sponsor more than a hundred security personnel to accompany the President on foreign trips with obscene allowances to say it can’t afford to fly our girls from Kuwait, is a bad joke,” she said. newsday


Harare councillors yesterday boycotted an Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ) meeting in Bulawayo after former NMBZ chief executive Mr James Mushore made a surprise appearance to represent the city as its town clerk. Councillors said when they got to Bulawayo City Council, the venue of the meeting, they found Mr Mushore already seated in the venue and they inquired what he was doing in the meeting since Mrs Josephine Ncube was representing the city at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.

“Mr Mushore said he was the city’s town clerk and he attended the meeting in that capacity. This prompted councillors to request that he be ejected from the meeting, but UCAZ officials said we should go outside together with Mushore and put our house in order.”

“Outside the venue, we told him we did not know him as he was still to go under the recruitment processes and his case was still pending in the courts. “Mushore said he was instructed by suspended Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni to attend the meeting and declined to leave. He went into the meeting and we decided to boycott,” said a councillor.

The councillor said when UCAZ officials realised that the councillors had not returned to the meeting Mr Mushore was also asked to leave. The councillors said they would now seek the help of party leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai.

Mr Mushore confirmed the development and accused acting mayor Clr Christopher Mbanga of “making an unnecessary scene.”

“He stood up in the meeting and said the Harare delegation did not recognise me. UCAZ officials asked us to go outside and resolve the issue.
“Once outside, I told him that I was still going to attend as the town clerk as I can only be dismissed by a council resolution. I went back into the meeting immediately and again Clr Mbanga made the same remarks and we were told to leave the meeting,” he said.

He said it was his constitutional right to report to work and will only stop doing so if the court or council rules otherwise. Clr Mbanga refused to comment. Meanwhile, the Harare Residents Trust claims that most councillors said they had no idea of the contents of the contract that the suspended Mayor Manyenyeni gave to Mr Mushore.

“Councillors in the Human Resources Committee have also not seen the contract.
“If this is true, then the same secrecy that followed the former town clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi will also follow the office of senior council managers whose working conditions and contracts are shrouded in secrecy, resulting in a secret executive payroll being used. There is need for transparency and accountability in the employment of public officials,” said HRT

Councillors are also in the dark and do not know whether finance director Mr Justin Mandizha signed a contract of employment after his contract extension lapsed three months ago. Responding to HRT Clr Manyenyeni said: “I am restrained because I am not in office now. Allay your fears — rest assured that it will not happen. All your questions have answers.”

Government rescinded the appointment of Mr Mushore soon after a council meeting that announced his appointment, saying council flouted procedures of appointing a town clerk as outlined in the Urban Councils Act and the Local Government Board.

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere had told the city that the appointment of the former banker was illegal, but the defiant council proceeded to give Mr Mushore the job. herald


Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke yesterday said he never stole a cent from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and challenged anyone who lost even a goat to come forward. During cross-examination in his rape trial, Kereke said former RBZ Governor Gideon Gono did not know that he would be exposed because a thief can never anticipate. “Gono stole my $100 000 at my Renaissance Bank account when I was in Chiredzi. He is a thief,” said Kereke.

“I have never been convicted my entire life and if there is anyone who claims I stole his goat, let him come forward. I did not steal anything from the RBZ. Zero. Gono was an energetic governor who did a service to his country before venturing into stealing. Sometimes I would see bags of cash, him stealing.”

Asked how a person he advised ended up stealing while he watched and built his own state-of-the-art hospital, Kereke said he reported Gono’s $40 million fraud and borrowed millions from banks through his companies to build the hospital.

Kereke added that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission bosses who were recently fired were also bribed by Gono.
The private prosecutor told Kereke that he was a violent person who was convicted in 2007 in Masvingo after firing at his ex-wife accusing her of infidelity.

“I am a peace-loving Christian. Those allegations were generated by the Daily News whom I sued for lying. The gun accidentally discharged while I was removing it from its holster at Flamboyant Hotel. It is false that I threatened to kill Joseline Mukarati and caused damage to the hotel.”

Mr Warara asked Kereke to explain the connection between Gono and the children that they could make serious allegations of rape.

“When I declined the girls’ plea for $8 000 help, they openly stated that they will fix me. This is where David Butau and the complainant’s mother came in and made my enemies know that there was an opportunity,” replied Kerere.

Mr Warara asked Kereke to show the court immigration stamps showing him exiting to United States of America in March and his return. “Some of the stamps are not legible but Zimbabwe stamps showing my exit and entry confirms that I was out of the country,” said Kereke.

Mr Warara said the only stamp on the passport shows Kereke entering USA but no stamp on his exit. Meaning he is still in USA. The private prosecutor added that stamps can be forged and demanded to see the original stamp of Kereke exiting USA.

In his defence Kereke claimed he was out of the country in March when one of the girls alleged to have been fondled and kissed. Kereke is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in 2010 and indecently assaulting her sister who was 15 years at the time. herald


The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) is losing millions of dollars to a syndicate of dealers who process counterfeit undervalued import documents to smuggle vehicles and other products into the country. 

 Several people, some of them former Zimra employees, allegedly act as clearing agents and have been arrested for prejudicing the State of various amounts on money in separate incidents.

Senior Zimra officials who are supposed to be custodians of customs and excise laws, have reportedly used bogus clearing agents to import personal vehicles. Some of the offences were unearthed recently after the owners approached Zimra offices to check the authenticity of documents for their vehicles.
In one of the incidents, two Harare men were arrested on allegations of processing import documents to smuggle in six vehicles through Beitbridge Border Post, prejudicing the State of $157 500,24.

Timoth Simfukwe (39) and Liberty Tinashe Mahembe (30) this week appeared before Harare Magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe, who remanded them to May 27 on $500 bail each.

They are facing six counts of fraud for offences committed between June last year and January this year. Simfukwe is the director of Eftrade Ventures, while Mahembe is employed by Vonlet Trading Private Limited as a manager.

Prosecuting, Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa said on the first count, in June last year, Mr Charlton Chihuri, who is Zimra loss control director, received a $120 000 loan to buy a personal car, a Toyota Landcruiser 2015 model.
He approached Simfukwe to supply him with the vehicle. Simfukwe purchased the vehicle from Verve Auto Investments of South Africa for R1, 013 million and he later approached Mahembe, a clearing agent based at Beitbridge Border Post.

They hatched a plan to undervalue the car and prepared counterfeit import documents with a value of R260 000, which Mahembe presented to Zimra officials at the border post. It is alleged that acting on the counterfeit imports documents, Zimra officials carried out a valuation and assessed duty as $14 928,94.

The vehicle was delivered to Mr Chihuri in July already registered in his name. In a bid to ascertain the authenticity of the value of his motor vehicle, Mr Chihuri checked in the Zimra system and discovered that the vehicle was undervalued on importation.

Further checks revealed that all the paper work was fraudulently done and a report was made to police. The South Africa Revenue Services (SARS) indicated the actual value of the vehicle on export to Zimbabwe was $78 472. The state was prejudiced of $32 939,21.

In another case, Mr Chihuri is alleged to have approached Simfukwe in November 2015 wanting to buy the latest Toyota Landcruiser VX V8. It is alleged that in January this year, Simfukwe purchased the vehicle from Verve Auto Investments of South Africa for R1 170 000 and using the same modus operandi with Mahembe, they processed fake documents.

They paid $20 063,54 for duty after Zimra officials carried out a valuation and assessment. Mr Chihuri is alleged to have again checked the authenticity of his car and discovered the offences again. According to SARS, the actual value of the car was $65 754.

On the other four counts, Simfukwe and Mahembe purchased four vehicles on behalf of four other senior Zimra officials identified as Mrs Anna Mutombodzi (50) (Commissioner of Customs and Excise), Mr Tjiyapo Velempini (49) (director ICT and Infrastructural Development), Mr Clive Charles Majengwa (52) (director internal audit) and Mrs Thokozile Thembani Mrewa (47) (director human resources).

All of them had received loans ranging between $90 000 and $120 000 to purchase Toyota Land Cruiser and Toyota Prado vehicles. They all handed their money to Simfukwe on separate occasions last year who then used the same method of operation, conniving with Mahembe to process the fake documents.

Police are investigating other alleged such cases. herald


Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Dr John Mangudya has taken Government to the High Court challenging the compulsory acquisition of his farm in Rusape for resettlement. Dr Mangudya bought Inyamasitza Farm in Makoni District in December 2000 from a white farmer, but Government compulsorily acquired the farm in violation of the Constitution and the land reform policy, which protects indigenously-owned farms from acquisition. Under the land reform programme, four farmers were allocated the same piece of land.

In the application filed at the High Court on April 7 this year, Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement Dr Douglas Mombeshora was listed as a respondent. In his founding affidavit, Dr Mangudya said the acquisition of his farm was erroneous and that the court must order its immediate reversal.

“I am advised that it is contrary to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, Government’s land reform policy and first respondent’s (minister) policy on resettlement to acquire indigenous owned farms for purposes of agricultural resettlement.

“After various consultations with first respondent’s officials, I am further advised that the acquisition of applicant’s piece of land is not desirable by the State and was done in error, hence the need for this honourable court to issue an order reversing such acquisition,” he said.
Dr Mangudya said he was a serious farmer with a track record of productive farming for the development of the nation and that the court should rule in his favour. “As an indigenous Zimbabwean with a genuine track record of carrying out large scale farming activities in the national interest, I hereby appeal to this honourable court that an order be granted in terms of the draft,” he said.

The Attorney-General’s civil division filed a notice of opposition to Dr Mangudya’s application, but in a U-turn, Minister Mombeshora deposed an affidavit confirming Dr Mangudya as the legitimate owner of the farm. Minister Mombeshora admitted that Government had erroneously acquired the land.

“Consequently, such land was then acquired in error in violation of the policy aforesaid. “In the circumstances of this case, the first respondent considers that the land in question is indigenously owned by the applicant,” he said. He said he had no objection to the acquisition of the land being lifted.

“First respondent has no objection to the acquisition of the land in terms of section 16B (2) (a) of the former Constitution being lifted on the basis that at the time the farm was gazetted for acquisition, the acquisition was inconsistent with the purpose and intent of Se4ction 16A of the former Constitution, which sought to benefit indigenous people who had been previously disadvantaged under colonialism,” he said. The minister said the other four farmers who had been issued with offer letters for the farm, will be allocated alternative land elsewhere.

The court is yet to rule on the matter.  herald


VIOLENCE erupted at Mutare’s Sakubva high-density suburb on Tuesday morning after warring groups of touts clashed at various bus termini in the city’s oldest location.

The fracas, which resulted in the deployment of anti-riot police, saw the rank marshals, who were armed with knobkerries, machetes and home-made knives, trading blows.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that several people were injured in the melee, while quite a number of informal traders and vendors lost their wares as thieves took advantage of the chaos.

The violence spread into some houses close to Sakubva Musika market where property was destroyed in the running battle


KWEKWE City Council has disconnected water supplies to Redcliff town over a $9 million debt. Redcliff buys water from Kwekwe Municipality and its taps ran dry two weeks ago.

Kwekwe mayor Councillor Matenda Madzoke said they had resorted to the drastic measure after realising that Redcliff city fathers were not sincere. “Redcliff and the now defunct Zimbabwean Iron and Steel Company (Ziscosteel) owe us a combined $16,5 million.

Redcliff is paying us a paltry $1,000 per month towards settling the debt. At the same time, we owe Zesa $12 million and the matter was at the High Court which ordered that we pay the money,” he said.

“So we are in a fix here, we owe Zesa and Redcliff and Ziscosteel owe us. The only solution is disconnecting water supplies like what we have done in order to force them to pay us. So we will not restore water supplies until we get our money.”

Clr Madzoke said of the $12 million Zesa debt, $10, 6 million was from Dutchman pool water treatment plant.

“The Minister of Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere is aware that we have disconnected water to Redcliff and we will engage him on the way forward because our residents can’t keep buying water chemicals and settling Zesa bills for the water which is freely given to Redcliff,” he said.

Redcliff Mayor, Clr Fred Kapuya said his council was to blame for failing to settle the $9 million water debt.

“Residents are not paying for the water they use and as a result, we are also failing to settle our water debt with Kwekwe. Actually 95 percent of Redcliff residents are in serious arrears,” he said.
Clr Kapuya said residents were between 10 – 15 months in arrears.

He said they were currently negotiating with Kwekwe so that it avails water on certain days per week since they were failing to pay for the service.

Residents have urged the government to urgently resolve the town’s water problems


SCORES of vendors yesterday confronted Bulawayo Mayor, Councillor Martin Moyo, demanding that he comes out of his office to address them on the criteria used to allocate vending bays, amid claims of corruption.

The mayor did not come out and it could not be established if he had been at his offices at that time. A vendor, Magura Charumbira, said they were not happy with the way council was allocating vending bays along 5th Avenue and Jason Moyo.

“This crowd that you are seeing here initially registered with the council to acquire vending bays after they had been illegally operating on the site before it was marked.

They all registered last year so that when the market place would be marked they could legally operate there. Apparently, after marking was completed three weeks ago we are seeing new faces coming there to operate on that site,” he said.

He said the crowd was planning a demonstration against what he termed a corrupt system.
“Most of the vendors, who have been placed there, came from other vending sites which are being raided by council officials on a daily basis.

These people have revealed that they paid bribes to acquire those stands and the main culprit who initiates those bribes has tipped some vendors who are here to follow suit stating that they would never get those stands on a fair basis,” he said.

Three vendors, Sidumisile Sibanda, Sifiso Ndlovu and Zodwa Ndlovu say they were made to pay $40 each by three named council officials.

They all paid the money about three weeks ago on the promise that the next day we would be allocated permanent stands but, they say, to date the three officials are not reachable


THE Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), opens to the public today as President Robert Mugabe and his Togolese counterpart, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé arrive in Bulawayo.
Thousands of people are expected to troop into the giant exhibition centre — joining the business executives and foreign exhibitors to witness the official opening ceremony this afternoon.

First Lady Grace Mugabe is also expected to accompany the President while Vice Presidents, Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa, diplomats, Cabinet ministers and top government officials are already in the city awaiting the arrival of the top leadership.
President Gnassingbe, who arrived in Harare yesterday, will officially open the 57th edition of the ZITF this afternoon.

Today’s event is the pinnacle of the five-day trade deliberations that saw key economic figures, both local and international, engage in production, investment and trade talks since Tuesday.

Bulawayo, a strategic industrial hub in the country and a regional link, is host to the prestigious economic indaba that seeks to re-position the country as a favourable investment destination through strategic partnerships and market synergies between local and foreign players.

The annual event, being held under the theme “Innovate-Integrate-Industrialise” also exposes the local potential and its capacity to tap into the international market within the context of regional and global integration, which have become the buzzwords of modern economies.

Innovative industrialisation is at the heart of the Sadc industrialisation roadmap and the broader African Union vision that is anchored on leveraging natural resources for improved economies.

The drive was successfully pushed by President Mugabe during his tenure as chairman of the two regional bodies between 2014 and 2015.

The arrival of the two Presidents is expected to concretise on-going conversations on the re-industrialisation agenda in Bulawayo and the country as a whole while expanding markets for local firms, Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) president and United Refineries CEO, Busisa Moyo said.

“We look forward to conversations that the President has embarked on focusing on the 10-point plan of which 60 to 70 percent of it is about industrialisation, employment creation and regaining competitiveness.

“With Togo coming from West Africa we look forward to expanding export market there and other investment partnership opportunities in a win-win arrangement,” Moyo said.
“A return to the industrialisation and mechanisation agenda is critical. This is in line with the value-addition proposition and we’re certainly upbeat about that focus as the manufacturing industry.”

Moyo said a lot of positive deals were being sealed at the ZITF as the country gains momentum to rejuvenating its economy.

Organisers said today’s programme would be packed with the two Presidents set to conduct a tour, soon after arrival, of the exhibition stands and interact with exhibitors.
President Gnassingbé is also expected to inspect a guard of honour ahead of the official opening speech at around 2PM. He will present prizes to outstanding exhibitors.
Meanwhile, a packed entertainment schedule has been lined up for the grand event by different groups who include the police and the military band, drum majorettes and several arts groups.

A total of 401 direct exhibitors who include 34 foreign direct exhibitors are participating in this year’s showcase and have expressed excitement with the ongoing engagements and quality of exhibitions.

According to the ZITF Company total bookings stand at 45,556 square metres reflecting 95,68 percent of space made available for sale.

Nineteen nations are participating, among them Botswana, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

Economic experts have stressed the need to innovate as the cornerstone of industrialisation. Regaining market footing is critical for Zimbabwean firms who seek competitive leverage on the back of an influx of cheap imports.

The ZITF is also critical in projecting a positive international investment image as it allows exhibitors to view the country from a different perspective.

The ZITF began on Tuesday with major highlights being the International Business Conference that was officially opened by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
A joint inaugural ZITF/Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries manufacturing breakfast meeting was also held yesterday linking industry players and original equipment manufacturers from abroad. The trade fair ends tomorrow. chronicle


A public spat has erupted between two government ministers over the implementation of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative being driven by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.

Minister Lazarus Dokora leads the Primary and Secondary Education Ministry, while Professor Jonathan Moyo superintends over the Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Ministry.

Primary and Secondary Education Deputy Minister Professor Paul Mavhima this week launched an attack on his counterpart in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Godfrey Gandawa over the implementation of STEM.

Prof Mavhima was responding to an earlier article by Deputy Minister Gandawa in The Sunday Mail, where he unpacked STEM, detailing how it could help the country advance.

In his article, Prof Mavhima accused the Ministry of creating an impression that STEM implementation was a new phenomenon when the government had established several tertiary institutions to promote learning of sciences.

Prof Mavhima said funding A-level students studying science subjects as the Higher Education Ministry was doing was misplaced as such students would already have made a choice without school fees incentives.

He said STEM was skewed in favour of well-to-do schools, ignoring poorer learning centres in remote parts of the country which didn’t have laboratories and other science-related infrastructure.
Deputy Minister Gandawa reacted angrily yesterday to Prof Mavhima’s article, saying he should have used the right government forum. He said he would not have been worried if the article had been written by an ordinary member of the public and not a senior government official.

“I wouldn’t be happy to attack another government Minister or engage in a media war because we’ve platforms to discuss. My colleague has attacked me and the Ministry and I wonder which government he’s serving. If you go through my article I didn’t attack the Ministry at all but complemented their curriculum review. I’m perturbed and am beginning to suspect that he has an ulterior motive. Suffice to say that I’ve never been a member of the opposition party,” said Deputy Minister Gandawa.

He said his Ministry’s interest was on school leavers and that included those who would have written Ordinary Level. Suggestions that they should start earlier would mean them assuming the responsibilities of another Ministry.

In his article, Prof Mavhima said by assisting A-level students, the Higher Education Ministry was “missing the boat,” because such students would already have chosen to do sciences and suggested that STEM should start at infant level.

“So the current initiative is akin to a priest or pastor who is so content on maintaining their current flock of believers and does not bother to get out and convert new worshippers,” argued Prof Mavhima in his article.

He said poorer schools in remote areas would be left out in favour of mission, urban and Trust schools which could afford paying fees.

Prof Mavhima said the Higher Education Ministry had created an impression that STEM was a new discovery when the government had over the years set up universities and poly-technical colleges to teach sciences.

“What’s really surprising is that, by his simplistic definition, which essentially says it’s the teaching and learning of STEM, Zimbabwe has made considerable strides at both levels of education in promoting STEM,” he said.

Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education chairperson Professor Christopher Chetsanga, said ideally it would be good to begin implementation of STEM at O-Level although the government had found it prudent to start at A-Level because of financial challenges.

He said promotion of STEM was proper because the uptake of sciences at universities stood at 30 percent.

“Ideally, it should start at Ordinary Level. But it isn’t exciting to support Ordinary Level because the money can go to waste when people fail. That way it becomes expensive. As chairperson of ZIMCHE, we aren’t getting many students in sciences and technology at universities. Graduation of STEM degree students stood at 30 percent and universities like NUST end up taking arts students,” said Prof Chetsanga.

Engineering Council of Zimbabwe chairperson Engineer Martin Manuwa, said STEM implementation should be a value chain at all stages.

“It should start earlier at different levels and for different purposes. Even as we go up the ladder it can continue even after university level to suit certain needs. Both Deputy Ministers are correct. The problem is that we don’t have a policy on STEM,” said Eng Manuwa.

Eng Manuwa said fewer science students had been qualifying for local universities.
“Citing the recent statistics where only 13 percent of those who qualified for A-Level or 2,500 students were STEM qualified for admission into our universities in 2015, gives us sleepless nights. Zimbabwe will never be industrialised at this rate even if our economy miraculously recovers. We need to accelerate the appetite for development through STEM,” said Eng Manuwa.

“A matter of warning, STEM and innovation eco-systems shouldn’t be stand-alone processes but should be integrated into society through partnerships by creating strong links between science, policy and society.” chronicle

Thursday, 28 April 2016


A goblin, which is said to have claimed the lives of five people from the same family, has been seized by a man of cloth in Chitungwiza before being burnt in front of a sizeable crowd.
Much to the amusement of Unit O residents in Seke, Chitungwiza, Prophet Simabi Dongo clutched on to a blood oozing goblin which he allegedly the cause of five deaths in a family.
"This thing does not belong to the Magaya family, but was sent to cause havoc in their family," said Dongo.

After losing their family members, Mr and Mrs Magaya decided to seek spiritual intervention. In a movie style, Dongo had to remove his shirt and showed people his hands had nothing before charging at the goblin which was in a hip of clothes.

He then started wrestling with the horn-like looking creature.

Although the government of Zimbabwe does not recognise the existence of witchcraft, the majority of people believe otherwise.


 Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has suspended Zanu PF Marondera Urban ward 12 councillor Kennedy Muraicho, accusing him of being a land baron, among other charges.

Muraicho, who is a director at Swandev, a land developing company, owns part of Elmswood Farm, which Zanu PF promised to subdivide into residential stands for the benefit of its supporters ahead of last year’s by-election to replace Ray Kaukonde as Marondera Central MP.

Scores of people paid $511 each for residential stands last year, but up to now, council has not allocated a single stand, as Muraicho claimed ownership of the land that was targeted by the Zanu PF-led local authority.

Kasukuwere, in a letter dated April 20, 2016 and addressed to Muraicho, said the suspended councillor would be brought before a “competent authority” to answer the allegations.

“I wish to inform you that in terms of Section 114 (1) (d) (ii) of the Urban Councils Act, that you are hereby suspended from carrying out the functions of the office of the councillor,” he wrote.
“The grounds for your suspension are that you have acted in a manner prejudicial to your being a councillor in that you have put yourself forward as the owner of Elmswood when you are not, in fact, the owner and in direct conflict to the Municipality of Marondera.”

Kasukuwere said Muraicho had allowed the illegal sub-division of stands in Lendy Park village.

“You caused an illegal water connection to stand 2483 in Lendy Park village in prejudice to council. You sued Marondera Municipality despite having sworn an oath of loyalty to council.

“You will be brought before a competent authority to answer allegations above in due course. During the period of suspension, you shall not receive any allowance and you shall not carry out any council business within or outside council,” Kasukuwere wrote.

Muraicho, who is the local authority’s chairman for the staff committee, confirmed the suspension. He said the suspension was a result of the land he legally owned.

“For starters, I am a law-abiding citizen of Zimbabwe and before I even ventured into politics, I was, and am still the director of Swandev. Before I was sworn as the councillor for ward 12 in Marondera Central, I declared all my assets to the local authority. Swandev is into land development, water reticulation and transport services,” Muraicho said.

“The company wholly and legally owns Elmswood Farm, the land I believe is at the centre of my suspension. With all due respect to the powers that be, I will rather stand by my word, or rather the company’s stance that it legally owns the said piece of land.”  newsday
Efforts to get a comment from Marondera town clerk Josiah Musuwo and mayor Anthony Makwindi were fruitless yesterday as they were reportedly on a business trip in Bulawayo. newsday


Thousands of teachers were left a disappointed lot on Tuesday after failing to access their salaries at banks as the cash crisis persists.

 The lucky ones got a maximum of $200 from the financial institutions and in cash-backs from supermarkets.

Long, winding queues reminiscent of the infamous 2008 cash shortages formed along most banks as teachers jostled to get their salaries. By the end of day, the queues were still present at the banks’ automated teller machines, with clients saying they were told there was no cash or being offered the South African rand.

“At one time, the bank had run out of cash. So we were just waiting in the queue. But now, they say they have secured the money, although we are yet to get it,” a teacher based in the rural areas, who requested anonymity, said. There are about 20 000 qualified teachers in Masvingo province.

A number of teachers got a maximum of $50, according to Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe president Takavafira Zhou, who blamed the Salary Services Bureau (SSB) for failing to release money on time, leaving banks to rely on deposits.

“Teachers travelled from rural areas expecting to go to their work stations since schools are about to open, but they did not get money. We are informed there was no money released by the SSB,” he said.

“Imagine, teachers have not been paid last year’s bonuses and now, we doubt if we will get bonuses on April 30 given that the government is struggling to pay their salaries.”

Zhou said if teachers failed to get bonuses, “schools may open, but they will be as good as closed”.
Schools open for the second term on Tuesday.

Recently, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya said the cash shortage prevailing in the country had become a national issue and not a challenge for financial institutions alone. newsday