MDC WAR

A war has broken out within the MDC tent. Leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Secretary General Tendai Biti are at each other's throats. The only one smiling is ageing leader, President Robert Mugabe.

MACHESO'S NHOVA TREATMENT

Musician Alick Macheso whos is divorcing his wife, Tafadzwa, could be in trouble after his treatment of nhova was exposed. The treatment could be seen as child abuse and Macheso could, possibly, face arrest.

OBSCENE SALARIES POSTERBOY

Cuthbert Dube has been re-elected the boss of Zifa to a chorus of boos within the football fraternity. Dube said he was not bothered as the people who voted wanted him to lead Zifa again.

ZANU PF WARS

Open war has broken out in the ruling party with the two factions, one believed to be led by Joice Mujuru and another by Emmerson Mnangagwa squaring off. Mugabe is on his last five year term and succession is now on the cards.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

MAN SETS DAUGHTERS ON FIRE AFTER AFFAIR WITH NEIGHBOUR'S WIFE IS RUMBLED

TWO minors were badly burnt and hospitalised after their father allegedly locked them in a hut and set it ablaze following a dispute with his wife over used condoms.The two girls aged seven and three years were taken to Zvishavane hospital, but one of them had to be transferred to Mpilo Central Hospital due to the severity of the burns.

Lovemore Shoko of Chisungo Village in Mplawani, Fort Rixon appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Sibongile Msipa yesterday facing two counts of attempted murder. He was remanded in custody to August 14 after he pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming he was not there when the incident occurred.
 
Shoko’s wife, Rumbidzai Madhuku reportedly discovered the used condoms in their bedroom hut and accused him of having an affair with a neighbour’s wife. Prosecuting, Dennmore Kasenza told the court that Madhuku called a meeting with Shoko’s parents after finding out about the alleged illicit affair.

“On July 13 Rumbidzai Madhuku found used condoms in their bedroom hut. She then learnt that Shoko had been having an affair with a neighbour’s wife,” said Kasenza.

The prosecutor said she called Shoko’s parents to reprimand him and this apparently did not go down well with him.

In a fit of rage, Shoko allegedly locked his  two daughters, Vision, 7 and Tambudzai, 3, in a thatched hut and set it on fire before fleeing from the scene.

“While Madhuku escorted Shoko’s parents back to their homestead, Shoko used the opportunity to lock the children in the hut and lit it. A passerby rescued the children who were taken to Zvishavane Hospital,” said Kasenza.

GRACE IS LIKE MOTHER THERESA, CLAIMS SIBANDA

THE stampede to endorse President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, as the new Zanu PF women’s league secretary-general hit a bizarre note yesterday with war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda describing her as Mother Theresa.

Sibanda said he saw no one better qualified to lead the Zanu PF women’s wing than the 49-year-old Grace. Zanu PF organs have been falling over each other to publicly endorse her to succeed Oppah Muchinguri at the party’s congress in December.

Muchinguri and some members of the women’s league set the ball rolling when they announced the endorsement in Mazowe last Friday. She said Grace was being rewarded for standing by her husband during tough times, including when he was hounded by the “paparazzi”.

Since Muchinguri’s request, various choruses of approval have been sung by Zanu PF’s organs, including those whose votes won’t be required to propel Grace to the politburo.

Sibanda was at pains to compare the First Lady to the late philanthropic Roman Catholic religious sister and founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Theresa. He said the First Lady was an excellent philanthropist like Mother Theresa.

“She has been kind to the people and cares for orphans. She is the only one in the world I know, besides Mother Teresa, who led an organisation,” Sibanda said.

“The First Lady is an ordinary citizen who used her own money to build an orphanage. She grew up a country girl and happened to get married to the president. She cares for orphans, both girls and boys.
“What touches me is that she also cares for children of women who are in prison. On the political front, she is the only woman who is on the sanctions list, not because she committed a crime, but because she stood dedicated to the ideology of the country; dedicated to an ideology of people who were enslaved inside and outside the country’s boundaries; dedicated to the ideology of a race, which fought a protracted war to get back its land,” he said.

“She suffered for that despite the fact that she was not in the (Zanu PF) central committee, women’ league or the politburo.” He said as war veterans they viewed Grace as the right person to work with since they shared the same ideology.

“I feel she’s not only a partner to the women’s league, but also to the war veterans as she fights for an ideology which we believe in,” Sibanda said. Zanu PF Bulawayo women’s league provincial chairperson Ever Bitu yesterday said her province had endorsed the First Lady’s leadership.

“We will not change our endorsement. We endorsed her in Mazowe as provinces and Bulawayo still endorses her. She’s a hard worker who has women issues at heart,” she said.

“We know that if she is close to us, our lives as women in politics will improve as she will be easily accessible. I am 100% behind her like women in this province. You saw what happened last year during election campaigns when women got kitchen utensils?

“She was the one who was telling the president that our women needed him.
“We are very happy to have her as our leader. Muchinguri was also good, but she did the right thing to offer her position to the First Lady.”

All the Zanu PF provincial structures have supported the proposal for her to lead the women’s league.
Zanu PF apologists have previously bordered on blasphemy by equating Mugabe to Jesus Christ saying he shared the same vision as the Lord.

Some have declared that Mugabe was God-ordained to rule Zimbabwe, while others said he was like the biblical Moses who would deliver Zimbabweans from oppression. southern eye

CUTHBERT DUBE IN BRIBERY STORM

Former Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube allegedly bribed two board members with posh cars to have his salary increased, the Labour Court has heard.

In an affidavit deposited with the Labour Court in response to Dube’s application demanding that he be paid his salary, a copy of  which The Zimbabwe Mail has in its possession, interim PSMAS head Gideon Mhlanga said the Zifa president’s actions bordered on criminality.

Mhlanga said after the December expose by the media of Dube’s staggering salary, investigations were carried out and that the results unearthed were shocking.

“It came as a shock to the respondent (PSMAS) that while applicant (Dube) was in receipt of $92 000 monthly from the respondent, he was also secretly taking $138 000 per month from one of the respondent’s subsidiaries.

“The total was, therefore, $230 000 per month that was reported in the press as part of what became known as the PSMAS salarygate scandal. The circumstances as unearthed, showed improper, if not criminal conduct on the part of the applicant (sic),” Mhlanga said.

Mhlanga also sensationally told the Labour Court that Dube bribed board members to get a salary increment.

“The respondent’s board discovered that the applicant had, while in office, purchased as a bribe or some other improper consideration, two brand new Mercedes Benz E300 vehicles for two board members who had secretly approved his scandalous salary as described above,” said Mhlanga. “The applicant had, without board approval, purchased for himself a house in Glen Lorne, Harare for a sum of $1 593 523, inclusive of renovations and tax payments.”

Mhlanga said contrary to assertions by Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba that the board then chaired by a Finance ministry’s senior bureaucrat, Meissie Nemasasu, had been forced to dissolve itself after government threatened to withhold civil servants’ contributions, the board had self-liquidated in shame.

In a supporting affidavit also seen by The Zimbabwe Mail, Luckson Zembe, who briefly served as interim chairperson following the dissolution of the then board, said Nemasasu had been forced off after revelations of abrogation of duty.

“When the respondent’s board got to know that the applicant, in collusion with the then board chairperson, unprocedurally had his salary raised to $230 000 per month before allowances it felt betrayed by the applicant and the board chairperson in that they both had abrogated their duty of care to the society in line with good corporate governance fiduciary responsibilities,” Zembe said. “The board resolved, among other things, to relieve the then board chairperson of her duties after it emerged she had betrayed the trust and confidence of the board in her capacity as chairperson by colluding with the applicant to approve his abnormal and unreasonable package without seeking approval by the full board aforesaid.”

Dube, according to Mhlanga, also in the course of a single year (2010), illegally accessed from PSMAS coffers $815 000, allegedly for medical treatment “without tendering any proof of such treatment”.

“Applicant irregularly gave Buymore Investments in which he has a controlling stake a contract to supply meat and meat products to respondent’s canteen, resulting in payments in excess of $245 000 being made to it,” averred Mhlanga.

Between April 2010 and September 2013, Mhlanga told the Labour Court that Dube accessed PSMAS funds totalling $285 000 “as travel and subsistence allowances” while conducting the business of Zifa, “which organisation has no links of any nature with the respondent”.

Under Dube’s watch, Mhlanga told the court that PSMAS accrued a tax debt of more than $60 million, a fact Dube kept away from the board.

“Other misdemeanours, both great and small, continue to be unearthed on a daily basis since applicant vacated office.

“When the issue of applicant’s scandalous salary was unearthed, he was engaged in talks and an agreement was reached to reduce his salary from $230 000, initially to $60 000 (January 2014) and ultimately to $43 000 (February 2014). There are witnesses to the deliberations and the agreement,” said Mhlanga, adding that Dube was a larger than life character in his own right who was paid his dues after the agreement and voluntary retirement.

Mhlanga averred that Dube had, by bringing the matter before the Labour Court, jumped the gun because the dispute “ought to have been referred to a Labour Officer in terms of Section 93 of the Labour Act for conciliation”.

“Only in the event of there being no settlement would the matter go to arbitration from which the matter could then come to the Labour Court on appeal on questions of law,” he added.
Dube has approached the Labour Court seeking relief for salary arrears owed him by PSMAS since his suspension. The matter is pending before the court. Zimbabwe mail

BUS-TRUCK CRASH VICTIMS NAMED

The death toll in the road accident involving a commuter omnibus and a truck along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway on Monday has risen to 19 after one more passenger died yesterday upon admission at United Bulawayo Hospitals. The death came as police had identified 16 of those who perished in the accident, while nine bodies had been collected from Neshuro Clinic by relatives yesterday.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said the 16 identified victims were Tawedzerwa Charumbira, 56, Stella Nyamutsanza, 34, Amos Zirima, 23, Moses Mutaurwa, 20, Fungisai Jefrey, 39, Loveness Masvanhire, 36, Cotney Nyasha Zinhanzva, 3, Tracy Zinhanzva, 5 months, Susan Gwese, 40, Simbarashe Manyapa, 25, Martha Muzenda, 36, Peter Nekate, 47, Ranganai Kudzokera, Mandingudza Shungu, Letwin Maugara (33) and Patience Maugara (33).  Most of the victims’ addresses were listed under streets in Masvingo city.

“We are concerned with the narrowness of Masvingo-Beitbridge Road and appeal to drivers to exercise caution on this road,” said Chief Supt Nyathi. The collection of the nine bodies by relatives brought relief to Neshuro Clinic which had been overwhelmed since it has the capacity to carry only 10 bodies.
 
Masvingo provincial medical director Dr Robert Mudyiradima said only six bodies remained at Neshuro.

“We had planned to transfer all the excess bodies from the Bubi accident to Ngomahuru Hospital today (yesterday) in the morning, but we cancelled the move because most of them have been collected, leaving enough space to secure the remaining bodies at Neshuro,’’ he said.

Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Kudakwashe Bhasikiti has since called on government to construct a bigger hospital near the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway, so that accident victims can quickly access medical attention.

He implored government to speed up the dualisation of the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway considering the high volume of vehicular traffic, especially haulage trucks, plying the route.
Acting Beitbridge district administrator, Peter Moyo said four other victims were still admitted at Beitbridge District Hospital and were in a stable condition.

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter commuter omnibus, which was heading to Musina in South Africa from Masvingo, had 28 passengers, while the truck had three occupants.
The incident which occurred at around 3am on Monday claimed 14 people on the spot, while another died upon admission at Neshuro Clinic.

STUDENTS FORCED TO ATTEND JABULANI SIBANDA LECTURE

WAR veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda last week descended on Bulawayo Polytechnic College where he made a passionate plea to students to be patriotic and “to look up to God”.

Sibanda visited the institution of higher learning on Wednesday afternoon for a three-hour “lecture” to students on the history of Zimbabwe, patriotism and the future of the country. All students were reportedly forced to attend the lecture and none were allowed to leave until Sibanda finished his talk. Sibanda yesterday confirmed to Southern Eye that he had engaged Bulawayo Polytechnic students on patriotism last week.

“This is an ongoing programme where freedom fighters try to meet with every Zimbabwean and discuss the history of this country and where it is going,” he said.

“There is nothing peculiar about my visit and lecture at the Polytechnic on Wednesday.
“We have been meeting people from all spheres of life. We are having meetings with students, civil servants, doctors, traditional leaders, village heads and everyone in Zimbabwe.

“Our message is simple, we need to know where we come from and where we are going.
“We are also saying now is the time to look up to God and into ourselves to guarantee a stable future for us as Africans.”

Bulawayo Polytechnic acting principal Gilbert Mabasa requested questions in writing when asked whether his institution had invited the war veterans leader for the lecture. Sibanda said he was on a mission to convince Zimbabweans to value their independence.

“We want Zimbabweans to take a stand and say they can do it on their own,” he said.
“We want everyone to take a stand to say that we are a sovereign country and the future rests in our hands.

“We want to look into ourselves and agree that we stand together with one ideology.
“It’s a discipline that we want to instil in the minds of our people that we need not wait or stand by the opinions of foreigners.”

Zimbabwe National Students Union national spokesperson Avoid Masiraha yesterday said war veterans should not be allowed anywhere near tertiary institutions to avoid the politicisation of education.

“It is not proper. War veterans should not be allowed anywhere near colleges to lecture students.
“We do not want our education to be politicised.  “They have no business to be there,” he said.
Sibanda was at the forefront of Zanu PF campaigns in rural areas before last year’s elections.
Opposition parties accused him of leading terror campaigns — a charge he denied by calling on his accusers to provide evidence.

Sibanda was also at the forefront of organising the “one million men march” in 2007 to mobilise supporters to endorse President Robert Mugabe as Zanu PF presidential candidate. southern eye

ORANGE CONFUSION

THE MDC Renewal Team yesterday said South Africa-based Zimbabwean businessman Mutumwa Mawere was not involved in the merger between the party and United Movement for Democracy (UMD).

MDC-T Renewal spokesman Jacob Mafume said the Biti led outfit merged with UMD after negotiations with its leader, Ashiri Mawere, and not Mutumwa Mawere.

“From where we stand, Mutumwa Mawere is a victim of poor economic policies. “He is a businessman who has done so much for himself and employed many. But the likes of Patrick Chinamasa [former Justice minister] decided to disregard the law and caused the fall of Shabanie and Mashaba Mines,” he said.

Mutumwa Mawere has persistently denied links to the UMD.

BABA JUKWA : STUDENT FACING PROBLEMS AT UZ

THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) is allegedly refusing to issue a new student identify card to a student, recently implicated in the Baba Jukwa case, it has emerged.

Romeo Musemburi, a third-year economics student is facing charges of attempting to subvert a constitutional government, said his identify card got lost at the time of his arrest. He was arrested on June 30 for allegedly authoring a subversive statement and posting it to the phantom Facebook character’s Gmail account.

According to his lawyer Tonderai Bhatasara, the university appeared reluctant to provide Musemburi with a replacement card to enable him to fully access academic resources and other services.
Bhatasara said his client was being sent from one office to another with one of the officials at the university saying his issue was “too big for him”.

“We are instructed as we hereby do to demand that our client be issued with a student ID card by end of business on Friday 25 July 2014,” Bhatasara said in his letter to the registrar.
“If demand is not met, we will file an urgent chamber application at Court to protect the interests of our client.”

“Our client is attending winter school at the moment, he has pending assignments and requires to access the library in order to adequately prepare in his studies. He is unable to access the library as he has no student ID.”

Bhatasara said his client had approached officials in his department to have the student ID replaced, but was referred to another faculty.

“On Monday 21 our client was referred to the records office where he was then advised by the head of the Records Office that his case was published in the newspaper so he has to be cleared by a (Jonathan) Lieto,” he said. “So he attended at the office of the Acting Deputy Registrar Academic, Lieto. He did not see Lieto, but was advised by his office that his case was in the newspaper so he has to wait until the case is finished.”

When NewsDay tried to contact him for comment, the registrar was said to be in a meeting while Lieto was out of the office.  Musemburi is out of custody on $100 bail. newsday

SIX ZAKA PUPILS KILL CLASSMATE OVER $40

Six pupils from Jichidza High School in Zaka have appeared in court charged with murder after they allegedly killed a fellow pupil  accusing him of stealing $40.

The six, Obey Munyanyiwa (19), Jonathan Murandu (18), William Tozivei (19), Munyaradzi Madenyika (18), Rodrick Masvanganyi (19) and another , all doing Form Six appeared before Zaka Resident Magistrate Constance Mutandwa.

Terrence Mataruse (16) who is a Form Four pupil was severely assaulted last Wednesday evening before fleeing early Thursday morning to his rural home in Muserenyeki B under Chief Bota in Zaka where he reported the issue to his sister.

 Mataruse who was accused by the other boys of stealing their friend's $40 died on Friday morning in his sleep while he was still at home. It is alleged Mataruse surrendered $20 of his pocket money to compensate the assailants and promised to give them another $20 the next morning. When he realised that he could not raise the money, he then sneaked out of school and ran home.

 Mataruse is said to have denied ever stealing the money but the six assaulted him with fists and booted feet. He sustained internal injuries and his ear was bleeding. The school head boy is said to have tried but without success to restrain the aggressors from beating up the boy.

The six were not asked to plead and Magistrate Mutandwa remanded them out of custody on $50 bail each and ordered them to reside at their given addresses and to appear in court on August 4, 2014 for routine remand. mirror

GRANNY CONS SISTER

A Harare lawyer appeared in court recently facing allegations of aiding a 61-year-old woman to forge her young sister’s affidavit and signature in a bid to make her executor of their late father’s estate.

The lawyer, Tawanda Katsuro (27), and Kumbirayi Kudenga (61) appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing fraud charges. Katsuro denied the charges while Kudenga pleaded guilty.

She was fined US$200 or 30 days in prison. Furthermore, four months in prison were suspended on condition that she does not commit a similar offence.

Ms Mugwagwa strongly cautioned Kudenga that at her age, she should desist from conning people.

“At your age stop being a con-woman. Go and behave,” she said. The complainant in the matter is Kudenga’s sister Julie (42). herald

THREE COPS ON THE RUN

Four police officers allegedly demanded US$20 bribe from a kombi crew they arrested for picking up passengers at an undesignated area.

Bion Ndiridza (31), who is based at ZRP Chikurubi Rural Support Unit, recently appeared in court charged with extortion.His accomplices are still at large. Magistrate Mr Donald Ndirowei remanded him to August 14 on US$50 bail.

Prosecutor Mr Farai Gatsi alleged that on July 14 around 3pm at Seke flyover, Ndiridza and three accomplices arrested the kombi crew for picking up commuters on an undesignated area. They ordered the crew to drive to Harare City council central stores under the pretext the vehicle had been impounded.

Ndiridza and his accomplices allegedly demanded money from the kombi crew for their release. The crew had US$10 meant for refuelling. Ndiridza ordered the crew to make a U-turn and drive back to town. On the way back to town the cops demanded US$20 but were given US$15 by the driver, Shadreck Chivasa.

Ndiridza’s accomplices later got off the kombi, leaving him behind. Chivasa demanded that Ndiridza produce his police identity card but he failed.

The kombi crew then drove towards Harare Central Police Station with Ndiridza on board but ran out of fuel along the way. The Kombi crew reported Ndiridza to a policeman who was passing by, leading to his arrest. herald

AFZ PARACHUTE INSTRUCTOR DIES IN JUMPING ACCIDENT

A senior Air Force of Zimbabwe parachute jumping instructor died on Sunday after he was involved in a parachute accident at Charles Prince Airport.

AFZ public relations officer Squadron Leader Donovan Muroyiwa said Flight Lieutenant Anesu Kabinara died during a routine jumping exercise with the Mashonaland Skydiving Club. “The officer suffered severe injuries on the right arm and the right leg, and the AFZ medical team immediately rushed him to Parirenyatwa Hospital where he was attended to by medical specialists,” he said.
He said Kabinara was pronounced dead a few hours after admission.

“The Commander Air Force of Zimbabwe, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, in a condolence message to the family said ‘Flight Lieutenant Kabinara was such a promising officer, who at a time when many of his peers shunned the challenge of being parachutists, took it up without fear and was a vital cog in ensuring operational readiness within the parachuting department’.

His void shall be difficult to fill,” said Squadron Leader Muroyiwa. He said Kabinara had more than a hundred jumps under his belt and showcased his skills at regional air shows and various national celebrations.

He is survived by wife, Priscilla Tapiwa Jinjika, and two children. Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

MPOFU ON THE BACK FOOT IN COURT

FORMER Mines and Mining Development Minister Obert Mpofu once single-handedly ran the affairs of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation after dissolving its board and held several meetings with investors for which he did not take minutes. Minister Mpofu said this at the High Court yesterday under cross examination in the US$2 billion fraud case involving former ZMDC chief executive Dominic Mubaiwa and Core Mining director Lovemore Kurotwi.

Minister Mpofu said at times his officials would take notes, while he also scribbled on a piece of paper during the meetings. The minister said he did not have minutes of the meetings, including four which he held with Kurotwi who is accusing him of demanding a US$10 million bribe.

Asked whether he kept minutes of the meetings with potential in vestors for the four months that ZMDC operated without a board, Minister Mpofu said: “No”.

 “We do not keep minutes in the ministry, but notes of what the investors would have come for.”  The minister said he was not obliged to show the notes to Kurotwi’s lawyer Mrs Beatrice Mtetwa.

“Most people I met would be simply inquiring and at times officials would take notes,” he said.  “I have some notes, but I am not obliged to give them to you.”

The court heard from Mrs Mtetwa that Minister Mpofu single-handedly ran the affairs of ZMDC between February 20, 2009 and June 13, 2009 when the ZMDC board had been dissolved.

But Minister Mpofu dismissed the claims, saying it was actually the ministry that took over, and not him as an individual.

Asked whether it was lawful for the ministry to run the affairs of parastatals in the absence of the board, Minister Mpofu said: “That is an unfair question because I am a layman . . . I am not a lawyer.”

Minister Mpofu said his first meeting with Kurotwi over the diamonds mining deal was in Bulawayo when he travelled with two “white men” that he introduced to him as his partners.
Minister Mpofu said he went alone for the meeting in Bulawayo, but they met on three other occasions in his office in Harare.

Asked whether or not he invited ZMDC senior management for the meetings with investors, Minister Mpofu said at times they would be present. He dismissed allegations that he sidelined his former permanent secretary from the affairs of ZMDC during the four months when the board was not in existence.

“The secretary is the chief executive of the ministry and if he allows himself to be sidelined, then it shows he is not worth his salt. That is false and there was no way that could have happened.”

The trial took a new twist with the court admitting the production of Mubaiwa’s statement in which he was nailing his alleged accomplice Kurotwi.

 Mubaiwa and Kurotwi stand accused of misrepresenting to Government that Core Mining was a special purpose vehicle for an internationally-recognised mining giant BSGR Group, prompting ZMDC to sign a joint-venture agreement with the company.

A joint venture company, Canadile Miners, was formed but the operations were shortlived after Core Mining failed to meet its obligations to fund the projects and Government discovered that BSGR had nothing to do with the deal.

To that end, Government claims it suffered potential prejudice of US$2 billion through the alleged misrepresentation. Mubaiwa’s statement was produced as exhibit 34 in the trial and it alleged that Kurotwi and his colleague called Yehuda Litchi duped ZMDC into signing the agreement on the understanding that Core Mining was truly a special purpose vehicle for BSGR.

Prior to the production of the statement, Kurotwi’s lawyer Mrs Beatrice Mtetwa had tried to block it, arguing that the document was a fake affidavit.

Justice Chinembiri Bhunu dismissed the request, arguing that Mubaiwa did not dispute the contents of the statement and that the contents were in line with his defence. herald

GONO SET FOR PARLY

Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr Gideon Gono’s elevation to Manicaland Senator now appears imminent after Parliament passed the Electoral Amendment Bill. The Bill was sent to President Mugabe recently for his assent. It outlines how vacant parliamentary seats are supposed to be filled following the expiry of the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act in December last year.

The temporary measures were used to conduct harmonised elections on July 31, resoundingly won by Zanu-PF. The Politburo approved recommendations by the party’s Manicaland provincial executive to have Dr Gono replace the late national hero Cde Kumbirai Kangai, who died in August last year.

Dr Gono could not take up the seat because the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act that gave legal effect to fill vacant parliamentary seats had expired after their six-month mandatory lifespan.

In an interview yesterday, Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo said the party’s nomination of Dr Gono to replace Cde Kangai still stands. “We have not made any changes on that. The proposal to have Dr Gono is still on the table. We are just waiting for the legal processes to take their course,” Cde Gumbo said.

The Electoral Amendment Bill sailed through Parliament in May this year without amendments.
Parliament has since submitted the Bill to the President for his assent. Senate President Cde Edna Madzongwe made an announcement that she had submitted the Bill to President Mugabe in the Government Gazette last week.


The passage of the Bill is part of Government efforts to align laws with the new Constitution.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Rita Makarau is on record saying the electoral body was waiting for the passage of the Bill before they could confirm Dr Gono to replace Cde Kangai.


She said the expiry of the legal instrument created a vacuum on how ZEC would handle replacement of deceased legislators under the party list system. Section 15 of the Bill empowers a party holding a seat in respect of party-list members to nominate a “qualified” person to fill a vacancy that might have occurred.

The party list has members that a political party would have submitted to ZEC to represent it in a given province ahead of a general election.  The names are listed in terms of preference.
ZEC would in turn publish the name in a Government Gazette inviting objection, if any, before confirming the member.

Section 15 (3)(b) reads as follows: “ In the event of a vacancy occurring among the party-list members of the Senate or of the National Assembly, otherwise than through a dissolution of Parliament, the president of the Senate or the Speaker, as the case may be, shall notify the Commission of the vacancy, in writing, as soon as possible after he or she becomes aware of it.
“Upon being notified of a vacancy in terms of subsection (3), the Commission shall without delay – invite the political party in writing to submit the name of a qualified person to fill the vacancy, for which purpose the political party must lodge with the Commission a nomination paper in the prescribed form referred to in section 45E(2), countersigned by any two of the designated national office-bearers of the party referred to in section 38A(1)(a) (or by such other two office-bearers of the political party whom the Commission is satisfied are duly authorised to make the required countersignatures).” herald
 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

MP CARJACKED IN MUTARE, CAR DUMPED IN GWERU

A vehicle belonging to Mutasa South legislator Irene Zindi which was stolen from her by armed robbers last Friday has been found abandoned in Gweru.
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba told ZBC News that the vehicle was found abandoned in front of a block of flats in Gweru. Zindi was robbed by three men at her Mutare farm last week. The robbers lied to the MP that they were investigating the Baba Jukwa case and were coming from Harare.

The robbers are said to have forced Zindi into her motor vehicle a Ford Everest Gold, licence number ACY 3316 and forced her to drive towards Harare during which one of the robbers took control of the vehicle.

In the process, the robbers told her that they were not police officers, but robbers forcing her out of the vehicle. Police say investigations are in full swing to identify the robbers and are still calling for more information

SA BANKS FREEZE ZIMBAS ACCOUNTS

ZIMBABWE Community in South Africa (ZCSA) has claimed that South African banks have allegedly started freezing bank accounts of Zimbabweans whose permits have expired.

Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi is scheduled to engage the ZCSA representatives in Pretoria South Africa today on the emotive permits issue after South Africa indicated that a firm decision would be announced early August. The ZCSA is an organisation assisting Zimbabweans to comply with the new South African permit system. ZCSA yesterday said they are pleased that Mohadi agreed to meet them.

“The leadership of the Zimbabwe Community In South Africa will tomorrow (today) meet with the Zimbabwe Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Kembo Mohadi. This meeting comes as a result of concerns raised by our members over the last few days since our meeting in Hillbrow on Saturday.“

Some of the concerns raised include permits (that) have already expired and this makes it difficult for people to travel to Zimbabwe on family business, some banks have already frozen some accounts following the expiry of permit and the reported arrests of Zimbabweans in Cape Town in the last few days,” said ZCSA.

“Following some of these complaints, the leadership of the Zimbabwe Community had no choice but to seek a meeting with Hon Mohadi. We are pleased that Hon Mohadi has agreed to meet us for the second time.As the ZCSA, we are committed in addressing issues that affect Zimbabwe nationals in South Africa. We would also want to thank those that have come forward with financial support and hope that others will do the same”.An estimated 250 000 Zimbabweans were given work permits under a special dispensation by the South African government a few years ago.

South African Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has said his ministry would not extend special permits granted to Zimbabweans under the Zimbabwe Document Project by a year saying there would be an influx of permanent residence applications. Radio dialogue

OBAMA IN AWE OF YOUNG ZIMBABWEAN

US President Barack Obama on Monday paid tribute to Abbigail Muleya, a young woman from Binga who is part of the 2014 Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) fellows who are in Washington DC.

Obama singled out the great spirit of Muleya whom he said had several bus rides from Binga to Harare to attend the YALI fellowship interviews that culminated in her being selected as part of the 30 recipients who travelled to the US.

"We want to help you give these women and girls the future they want and the dignity every woman deserves.

"One of the best measures of whether a country succeeds or not is how it treats its women," Obama said.

Muleya, who spent six weeks at Tulane University in New Orleans as part of the fellowship program is an African Language and Culture graduate at Midlands State University.

She has worked as a community volunteer in Binga before her formal employment as Projects Officer at Zubo Trust, a women's empowerment organization working with Tonga speaking women. - See more at: http://www.bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-51353.html#sthash.LxaOV4CH.dpuf
US President Barack Obama on Monday paid tribute to Abigail Muleya, a young woman from Binga who is part of the 2014 Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) fellows who are in Washington DC.

Obama singled out the great spirit of Muleya whom he said had several bus rides from Binga to Harare to attend the YALI fellowship interviews that culminated in her being selected as part of the 30 recipients who travelled to the US.

"We want to help you give these women and girls the future they want and the dignity every woman deserves.

"One of the best measures of whether a country succeeds or not is how it treats its women," Obama said.

Muleya, who spent six weeks at Tulane University in New Orleans as part of the fellowship programme is an African Language and Culture graduate at Midlands State University.


YOU ARE MENSTRUATING, DOCS TELL MAN

A 44-year-old Chinese man went to the doctor complaining of a stomach ache only to discover that he has a full female reproductive system.

The married man, Mr Chen from Zhejiang province, was shocked when doctors told him that his stomach ache and the blood in his urine was actually because he was experiencing his menstrual cycle and had been a woman all along.

He also has a penis and told doctors he has had an active sex life with his wife of ten years. They found that his genitals were different from other men and he had no Adam’s apple, reported Mail Online.

Mr Chen knew something was wrong with him as he often found himself fatigued and constantly had blood in his urine. A CT scan taken at the hospital showed that he had ovaries and a uterus in addition to male genitals.

 

THE COLOUR IS ORANGE

The Tendai Biti-led rebels have officially adopted the orange colour as the party’s official colour.

Jacob Mafume, spokesperson for the renewal team, told a news conference after a national working committee meeting at the weekend, that his party has adopted the orange colour.

“A lot of issues were discussed by the national working committee and among those was the adoption of a new colour. We agreed on the need of rebranding and we adopted orange,” Mafume said.

“Orange is the colour of social democrats all over the world. It signals the renewal of things or ripening of a process. It signifies the dawn of a new era.”

Mafume claimed Zimbabweans have warmly welcomed the four-month-old movement.

“We held successful meetings in Midlands, Harare and Bulawayo,” he said.

“On Sunday, we will be in Mutare and from there on, we are going to Matabeleland North as we engage with the structures and see who is still with us.

“We now have structures in UK, Canada, Australia and USA. Many people are interested in the renewal agenda.” The renewal team spokesperson said the committee reviewed negotiations for a grand coalition.

“Negotiations are currently underway and I can’t disclose anything at the moment,” Mafume said.

MOHADI : I WANT TO BE VP

ZANU-PF politburo member and Home Affairs Minister Cde Kembo Mohadi yesterday said he was ready to take up the Zanu-PF Vice Presidency if nominated by the people at the party’s elective congress in December.Cde Mohadi who is also Beitbridge East legislator said Zanu-PF was a democratic party and the people’s wishes would prevail at the party’s indaba.

“That is up to the congress to choose. Those who want to contest will indicate but what I can say is that the vacancy is there,” Cde Mohadi said. Pressed if his response meant he was not interested in the position, Cde Mohadi said, “I can’t say I am not interested but the decision comes from the people, if they select me then its fine.

“Zanu-PF is a democratic party and the people will decide. I know a lot of people have been saying a lot of things about this matter but it doesn’t work. The congress will decide on who takes up the post, what is true is that there is a vacancy.”

Zanu-PF Matabeleland South provincial chairman Cde Andrew Langa on Sunday defended Politburo member Cde Abedinico Ncube’s bold support for national chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo to land the vice-presidency in the December elective congress saying he also shares the same sentiments.
 
Cde Ncube torched a storm last weekend when he said Matabeleland South was behind Cde Khaya Moyo’s candidature prompting accusations from some senior party members in the province who accused him of “jumping the gun”.

Fellow politburo members Cde Naison Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu and Cde Richard Ndlovu said it was wrong to declare preferred candidates before the party had set the ball in motion.

Cde Langa told Chronicle on the sidelines of a provincial co-ordinating committee meeting in Gwanda that his province was confident the former ambassador to South Africa would land the  VP post.

Several ex-Zipra cadres have expressed divergent views over the VP issue.
Former Matabeleland South provincial war veterans’ association chairman Cde Jabulani Phetshu Sibanda last week said no one should be barred from discussing the issue of the Vice presidency.
He added that it was already a foregone conclusion that the post would go to Cde Khaya Moyo as former PF-Zapu members met in the Midlands last year and backed him.

The VP post fell vacant in January last year following the death of Cde Landa John Nkomo.
Outgoing Zimbabwean Ambassador to South Africa Cde Phelekezela Mphoko and Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri have said they are considering whether or not to go for the post.
Cde Khaya Moyo is considered the front runner in the race by virtue of seniority and precedence. chronicle

NAKED SHOCK AT MANDELA STATUE

In what was a rare and strange occurrence on Mandela square in Sandton; a woman was seen stripping naked and embracing the statue of the late statesman in broad daylight.

The woman attracted a lot of attention with many taking out their phones to 'capture the madness'

"unbelievable scenes at Mandela Square, a naked woman talking to Mandela statue, I'm talking completely naked. Ba moromile ole," @iTsietsi wrote

@Bontle_S_Makgwa: Woman strips naked at Sandton Square next to Mandela statue. @TimModise I'm still a bit shocked. sowetan