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


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


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


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


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Tuesday, 13 October 2015


The government will unveil the 2016 national budget on November 26 this year, as the economic situation gets worse in the country.

Government revenue has collapsed while expenditure has remained high. The 91-year-old leader, President Mugabe has been roundly attacked as having no clue as to how to revive the economy. His ministers are at each other throats as they position themselves for an eventual takeover from the old man.

But he is now pushing for his wife, Grace to seize power, to guarantee his family's business empire. Meanwhile thousands of Zimbabweans have been thrown off work with no hope of getting any jobs as industries have collapsed.

Many Zimbabweans expect little to come out of the budget. But Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) Harare Chairman, Mr Mike Juru says the budget should focus on business confidence policies.

"It is a matter of policies that can help unlock growth in this volatile economy,” he said. An entrepreneur, Mrs Juliet Mutonhori said industry has agreed to work with the government on the 2016 national budget.

"It is an important toll and as business we are committed to it,” she said.

The government unveiled a US$4,1 billion budget for 2015 against an anticipated revenue inflow projection of at least US$3,5 billion.


Negotiations for former Harare Town Clerk, Dr Tendai Mahachi’s exit package have reached a deadlock.
Dr Mahachi is demanding US$1 million but the government is said to have offered him US$100 000.

Highly placed sources within Town House say Dr Mahachi, who had initially demanded US$3 million, has revised his package down to US$1 million, a figure which the city fathers rejected and reduced by half to US$500 000.

It is alleged that the council then forwarded the package to Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Permanent Secretary, Engineer George Mlilo, who further slashed the amount to US$100 000.

The deadlock has seen the three parties failing to agree on the exit package, stalling the appointment of a new town clerk.

Meanwhile, the jostling for the top council post continues with Acting Town Clerk, Mrs Josephine Ncube strategically positioning herself while Human Capital Director, Dr Cainos Chingombe is also eyeing the top post.

Some insiders say the jostling is beginning to cost council business as the Acting Town Clerk is appointing juniors to act in her position when she is away, sidelining directors who are senior.


A pupil in Gwanda drowned in Mtshabezi River on Sunday while his parents were fetching water.

Mncedisi Ndlovu, who was 12 years old, of Spitzkop North Extension drowned at around 4pm on Sunday and his body was retrieved yesterday morning by members of the Bulawayo police sub-aqua unit.

Gwanda deputy mayor Albert Ndlovu, who was present when the body was retrieved, acknowledged the water crisis adding the incident was regrettable.

“We are very sorry that a life has been lost. As the local authority, we will consider fencing this area so that lives are not lost. I also urge parents to keep an eye on their children when they are in dangerous places like these. We are also in the process of reopening our swimming pool so that our children are equipped with swimming skills,” Ndlovu said.

The incident comes almost a year after a police constable, Marshall Gwanzura, drowned while swimming in the same river.


HIGHER and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has rapped “overzealous” Treasury officials for unilaterally cutting government salary grants for staff at State universities by 50% before the two ministries had reached an agreement.

The decision to slash tertiary institutions grants came into effect at the beginning of August, but was reversed after President Robert Mugabe ordered Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa to do so.

Moyo said the government had initially agreed to cut on salary obligations to State universities by 30% before moving the figure to 50%.

He said when the Finance ministry went on to implement the decision, he approached Mugabe with the issue adding that the President had since reversed the move.

“I had engaged the Minister of Finance (Patrick Chinamasa) over the issue and he said we should put our case in a scientific way,” Moyo told officials at Midlands State University last week, where he had gone for a working visit.

“We managed to put our case before the ministry, but apparently when they received our submissions, the finance people decided to keep quiet, but nevertheless proceeded to implement their decision.”

Moyo said although his ministry and that of Finance had agreed to put the issue on hold, he was surprised when the latter went ahead to effect the 50% cut.

He accused officials from Chinamasa’s ministry of acting in bad faith.

“They got too carried away and became overzealous. Although the paper trail indicated a 30% reduction, they went on to reduce the grant to State universities by 50%, which in this business is a no, no,” Moyo said.

Moyo said because of that decision, Treasury last Tuesday released 50% grants to higher education institutions, but assured that the Finance ministry was reprogramming to disburse the remaining amount, although he said it would take some time.

In May this year, Moyo’s predecessor Oppah Muchinguri advised vice-chancellors at State universities that they should start focusing on income-generating projects, as the government could not afford to continue financing some of their obligations.


One local and about two Chinese companies have been given the tender to produce 300 megawatts (MW) of solar power in Gwanda, Insukamini and Munyati — nearly three years after the original plan was unveiled.

The State Procurement Board (SPB) and its accounting officer, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC)’s award comes as the nation grapples with acute power cuts, and Energy minister Samuel Undenge had recently said he was seeking government intervention in the evaluation of the long-drawn process.

Although State officials, including SPB executive chairman Charles Kuwaza, would not be drawn into comment yesterday, sources said Intratrek Zimbabwe (Private) Limited (Intratrek), ZTE Corporation and another Beijing-linked company Number 17 Metallurgical Construction (Number 17) had been selected for the multi-million dollar project.

“Without a doubt, the tender has been given to ZTE, which will build Insukamini at a cost of $162 million, Gwanda’s Intratrek site at $202,1 million and Number 17 will develop Munyati at a cost of $197 million,” they said.

“The accounting officer (ZPC)’s recommendations for the award were based on the principle of the best advantage (and) taking into consideration cost differentials.”

While the original tender was flighted in November 2012 and had attracted up to six bids, the tender was twice cancelled as Kuwaza demanded a “more rigorous testing and evaluation process of the complex project”.

In all, Noah Gwariro’s company will pay about $561,5 million for the build-operate-transfer projects, whose turnaround time can be just under a year.

While the likes of China Jiangsu for International Corporation had made it to the preliminary list of potential contractors by virtue of matching the SPB’s technical specifications, it would seem they have fallen by the wayside based on financial considerations.

However, the government’s soon-to-be-expected announcement of the tender will come as a relief for many hard-pressed households and Zimbabwean industrial power consumers, who have been enduring up to 36 hours of power black outs.

In the meantime, Intratrek managing director Wicknell Chivayo said he had “no official communication to that effect”, but if they had to be awarded “history would have repeated itself”.

“With the hard work and determination invested (in this tender), such a result can only be inevitable. The SPB is not only fair… but consists of level-headed and incorruptible fellows with unique credentials, and of unquestionable integrity.

“As a nation… let’s all remain focused … to achieve the ZimAsset goals (and) transform the economy from its current quagmire..,” said the flamboyant young businessman yesterday.


Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment minister Patrick Zhuwao yesterday warned his Cabinet colleagues “who dine and wine at embassies” that their endeavours to block his proposed indigenisation levy were bound to fail.

Addressing a Zanu PF provincial co-ordinating committee meeting in Chinhoyi, Zhuwao took a swipe at some unnamed ministers for allegedly sending wrong signals to the world concerning the country’s indigenisation policy.

“Those are ignorant utterances from some high-level government officials including ministers, who promise to review the policy . . . That will not happen in my tenure as minister unless the people of Zimbabwe reverse that,” said Zhuwao, who is President Robert Robert Mugabe’s nephew.

He said he had directed all provincial and district youth officers around the country to work hand-in-hand with Zanu PF and all people regardless of their political affiliation.
Zhuwao has in the past accused Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa of stifling his programmes and threatening to retrench over 10 000 youth officers employed in the civil service.


A 15-YEAR-OLD school girl from Mpekema village in Gokwe allegedly gave birth to a baby boy sired by her own biological father who raped her twice, a court has heard.

 Appearing before Provincial Magistrate Sithabile Zungula facing two counts of rape was the 44-year-old man whose name we are withholding to protect the identity of the girl. He was not asked to plead when he briefly appeared before Zungula on Friday last week.

The man was remanded in custody to October 23 for plea recording. Prosecuting, Mary Chapinda, told the court that on October 6 last year, the man sneaked into his daughter’s bedroom hut at night and raped her once without using protection.
The court heard that after raping his daughter, the man threatened her with death before sneaking out of the bedroom hut. The girl, the court heard, kept the ordeal to herself.

Chapinda said sometime in December last year, the man sneaked into his daughter’s bedroom hut and raped her again. The court heard that the girl fell pregnant but still did not tell anyone about the abuse.
Chapinda told the court all hell broke loose when the girl gave birth.

“The girl gave birth to a baby boy on August 5 this year. Upon being asked who the father of the baby was, the girl revealed the abuse she suffered at her father’s hands,” said Chapinda.

The court heard she revealed that her father raped her twice and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
The prosecutor said the matter was reported to the police leading to the man’s arrest.


NATIONAL University of Science and Technology lecturer Lawton Hikwa, who died in Bulawayo on Sunday, will be cremated in line with his expressed wish, his family has said. Hikwa, 50, died hours after admission to Mater Dei Hospital following respiratory complications.

His brother and family spokesperson, Oliver Hikwa, said it was the late lecturer’s wish to be cremated. “We all know that he said he wanted to be cremated when he dies. We’re following his will. Even our mother who is still alive knows that. We’ll do exactly as he said,” said Oliver.

He could not immediately comment on where the ashes would be kept but said members of the public will have an opportunity to pay their last respects at a funeral service that will be held at St Jones Anglican Church in the city tomorrow at 4PM.“Everything for the public will be done at St Jones Anglican Church. After that it will be left for us the family,” Oliver said adding that Hikwa’s death had left a huge gap in the family.

He said even though Hikwa was the youngest in a family of five, he was the leader and the face of the family who on many occasions became its spokesperson as he was very eloquent.
“He was the last born in a family of five. He was quite intelligent right from the start. That’s why he achieved all those things in his life. As young as he was, he was a unifier who quickly came up with solutions whenever we had problems as a family,” said Oliver.

Yesterday, academics mourned Hikwa.
Nust vice-chancellor Professor Lindela Ndlovu said the university would be poorer without him.
“Dr Hikwa was an intellectual and a good administrator. He had been dean of communication for quite some time. He was meticulous in everything he did.

“The results he presented before the academic board were always perfect,” said Prof Ndlovu.
He said Hikwa was behind several developmental projects for the improvement of the Faculty of Communication and Information Science.

“Because of his experience, he is irreplaceable. They might get another dean but they’ll not get a dean with his level of experience,” said Prof Ndlovu.

He said Hikwa was known not only in academia but also in political circles.
Prof Ndlovu said it was unfortunate that Hikwa died at a time when he was in the process of writing a book.

Lupane State University’s librarian, Sheilla Ndlovu, said the information and library science sector had lost a great mentor who was always available to share his knowledge. “He was an epitome of professionalism, an excellent librarian, a great mentor who was always ready to share his knowledge with younger librarians in the field of library and information sciences,” said Ndlovu.

Zanu PF spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday sent a message of condolence to Hikwa’s family, describing him as a pronounced academic.

“Dr Hikwa was a man of purpose endowed with impressive intellectual skills, immense humility, a luminary and indeed a man of destiny. He has departed too early just as his colleague Dr McClean Bhala, the then Vice-Chancellor of Lupane State University, not long ago. Bukalanga Gonda (the Kalanga has gone),” said Cde Khaya-Moyo.

He said Hikwa would be missed for his witty character that he used to tackle tribal and regional issues. “Besides his sense of humour, he put his pen to good use by articulating the values of unity, peace and development and the scourge of tribalism and regionalism. He belonged to all humanity and Zimbabwe is poorer with his absence,” he said.

Hikwa is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Mourners are gathered at number 6 Ivegil Road, Morningside, Bulawayo.


WOMEN Affairs minister Nyasha Chikwinya last Saturday brewed a shocker as she distributed sex-enhancing tablets at a Zanu PF campaign rally in Gokwe-Nembudziya, where she emphasised on increased “sexual activity” among couples.

Chikwinya, who was the guest of honour at the rally, ordered youths to leave the meeting after her address and started distributing the pills to elderly men and women. “I want all youths to leave. What I want to say now is an issue for the elders,” she said. 

After giving them instructions for use, Chikwinya started distributing the blue pills with the help of Gokwe-Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena.
The pills proved quite popular, with virtually all the men stampeding to get at least one of the libido-enhancing tablets.Others could be seen begging Wadyajena for more of the pills and pleading with him that when he returned, he should bring more.

While Chikwinya and Wadyajena freely distributed the drugs, investigations revealed that pharmacies need a prescription before dispensing the pill sold under the brand name Sildanefil.

A pharmacist also pointed out that in most cases, the drug was readily available on the black market, but warned that it could have nasty side effects and advised doctors’ prescription before taking the blue pill.
It could not be ascertained where Chikwinya got the drug.

Chikwinya, in her address, warned men to stop abusing women and girls, saying they would rot in jail.
“We will not hesitate to deal with those who find pleasure in abusing young girls. That should change and I am not going to tolerate it,” she said.

Chikwinya also spoke about various income-generating projects to help uplift the lives of rural women.
“All those who abuse women deserve to be in jail. The MP (Wadyajena) told me that some women here do not have passports, l will have them out even in one day. You cannot be a modern woman without a passport and yet you are saying you want to start businesses,” she said.

The previous day, Chikwinya had addressed a reception for visiting United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) deputy director and assistant secretary-general of the UN Kate Gilmore, who expressed disgust at men who abused young girls. 

Gilmore said she would assist Zimbabwe on maternal health issues.
“Over the next programme cycle, UNFPA Zimbabwe will strengthen its focus on development using a rights-centred approach around pregnant women, young girls and other vulnerable populations in Zimbabwe,” she said. 

“What I have seen and heard has touched and inspired me greatly. Zimbabwe is a young country, doing great things. 

“I have deep respect for the young professionals working with UNFPA and elsewhere in government and the City of Harare, who give me a sense of assurance that the support from UNFPA is making a difference in the lives of women, adolescents and children.” newsday


POLICE in Bulawayo have arrested four Sixth Form Foundation College pupils in connection with the murder of a man from Nkulumane suburb who they allegedly pounded with a brick, fracturing his skull.

 Tsepo Phosa, 19, Zangelo Thebe, 20, Donald Musona, 21 and Mthulisi Sibanda, 21, were arrested on Sunday for the gruesome killing of Vengai Clayton Muza, 27. Muza died on the spot while his friend Brannon Moyo, 29, was left unconscious following the brutal attack allegedly by the high school boys.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango yesterday said one of the four pupils dropped his cellphone at the scene and it was used to trace them.

“One of the suspects dropped his cellphone at the scene where the deceased’s (Muza) body was. We used his cellphone to track and arrest them,” said Insp Simango.

The police spokesperson bemoaned the increased involvement of school going children in criminal activities. “These are young people who should have not been out at almost midnight. They are in Upper Six and were supposed to be studying.
“It’s unfortunate that they were out and ended up attacking someone,” she said. Insp Simango urged parents to take a keen interest in their children’s activities. “I strongly urge parents to closely monitor their children’s activities.

“At a time they were supposed to be preparing for their examinations, they were busy partying and getting drunk,” she said. Insp Simango said the pupils would appear in court soon. Police sources said a fight broke out between Muza, his friend Moyo and the pupils over passage through a bridge in the neighbourhood.

The pupils, said a police source, were coming from one direction while Muza and his friend were going in the opposite direction and they met over a bridge where a misunderstanding ensued over the alleged blocking of a footbridge by one group.

It is claimed that Muza instigated the fight. A number of pupils have been arrested this year after committing various crimes. Recently, a 16-year-old boy from Pumula South suburb allegedly killed his aunt in cold blood in a dispute over a cellphone which contained pornographic material.

In August, more than 250 pupils were arrested for conducting a vuzu party at Umguza Rest Camp. Addressing pupils last week during a high schools debate on crime awareness, the Western division chief public prosecutor, Martha Cheda, urged youths to shun crime as it ruins their future.

“No matter how good your academic performance is, no one would be willing to employ you and for those who may have excelled in their O- and A-Levels and stand a chance of getting a scholarship, that criminal record may prevent you from getting it,” said Cheda.


The proposed Criminal Procedure and Evidence Amendment Bill will allow law enforcement agents to shoot to kill suspects which is in contravention of the new Constitution, parliamentarians have said. According to the new Constitution, every human being has a right to life with the exception of people convicted of murder committed in aggravating circumstances.

 As such, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs said allowing law enforcements agents to use lethal force in certain specified conditions breached the Constitution. “Your committee took exception and was concerned gravely with what appears to be a reintroduction of the death penalty by the Bill,” committee chairperson 
Jessie Majome reported in the National Assembly last week.

“Section 48 (2) of the Constitution effectively outlaws the death penalty and provides that Parliament itself may enact a law to permit the death penalty. This means that the Constitution outlaws the death penalty.

“Madam Speaker, your committee found that Clause 15 sets out the circumstances in which force may be used to arrest people. However, it unconstitutionally goes on to permit the use of lethal force in certain specified conditions.

“This is despite the fact that Section 86 (3) of the Constitution provides that the right to life is sacrosanct. As such, no law may limit it except the execution of criminals who would have been sentenced to death in accordance with Section 48 of the Constitution. All people, even a police officer, may violate that right.”
The committee recommended Government to repeal Section 42 (2) of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act that allows the use of lethal force to reflect the sacrosanct status of the right to life under the Constitution. The section permits the killing of persons who resist arrest or attempt to escape arrest.

But responding to the report, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is in charge of the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, said the Constitution did not abolish the death penalty.

“It has been restricted in application, that is what is there and we have no intention of tampering with the current restrictions. Personally, I am against the death penalty and that is a different issue altogether. The law is what we are articulating and not my personal views,” he said.

The committee also raised concern with Clause 12 of the Bill that it said empowered the police to restrain people who they think are drunk or insane and detain them in a police station for up to 24 hours without charging them. “Your committee feels that this particular provision has no business being in the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Amendment Act because it has nothing to do with criminality.

“Seriously, your committee found that this provision to detain people who are suspected to be drunk or whom the police suspect to be insane, unlawfully discriminates against persons with mental disabilities as it would allow for their detention in facilities that are not appropriate for their condition.

“There are also circumstances where the police are not qualified psychiatrists or psychologists and are incapable of determining a person’s state of mind and this would prejudice the people,” said the committee. VP Mnangagwa said some of the recommendations would be looked at during the committee stage where amendments may be effected.


THE Zimbabwe National Army is a professional force with impeccable integrity and will not fiddle in civilian politics, a top army official said yesterday. Slating reports attributed to him on alleged military threats to ousted former Vice-President Dr Joice Mujuru, the Commander of Zimbabwe’s Presidential Guard, Brigadier-General Anselem Sanyatwe, denied ever making such inflammatory statements against the former VP. Brig-Gen Sanyatwe’s response comes in the wake of the People First’s statement at the weekend warning the military against making inflammatory statements that it claimed could spark civil unrest.

 “Nothing of that sort was ever said,” said Brig-Gen Sanyatwe. “When, as military leaders, we address our officers, we operate within the strict confines of military rulebooks. It is not like we are at a rally. We do not address rallies.” A local weekly paper, The Zimbabwe Independent, reported last week quoting sources that Brig-Gen Sanyatwe, threatened to annihilate Dr Mujuru and her followers ahead of the 2018 election.

Brig-Gen Sanyatwe, according to the paper, is said to have made the statements while addressing about 500 officers of the Presidential Guard on September 2 at the Presidential Guard Barracks in Dzivarasekwa, Harare during his brief to mark the end of the year.
Acting on the alleged remarks, the People First, through its spokesperson, Mr Rugare Gumbo, condemned the utterances yesterday. Mr Gumbo said Brig Gen Sanyatwe’s statement could not go unchallenged.

“We were shocked to learn that such a senior officer in the army could publicly call for the annihilation of former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her supporters just because of their legitimate political activities in search of a lasting solution to the challenges facing the country,” said Mr Gumbo.

He said the statement blatantly contravened Sections 208, 211 and 218 of the national constitution, which define the security service including the defence forces.
According to section 211 of the Constitution, Mr Gumbo said, “the defence forces must respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all persons and be non-partisan, national in character, patriotic, professional and subordinate to civilians as established in the Constitution.”

Mr Gumbo said it was surprising that their leader was a target of Brig Gen Sanyatwe’s alleged reckless and unconstitutional threats when she had not made any statement that could be regarded as subversive or that could be construed as posing any threat to national security. herald


A Form Three pupil from a school in Matabeleland South yesterday withdrew rape charges against her alleged rapist who impregnated her. In an affidavit submitted before regional magistrate Chrispen Mberewere, the girl’s grandmother asked the prosecution, led by Trust Muduma, to drop the rape charges against Notice Ndlovu, a herdsman.
 The girl reportedly implicated Ndlovu when her grandparents noticed her bulging tummy, leading to his arrest. “I wish to withdraw charges against Notice Ndlovu because he promised to take care of my granddaughter. He also promised to support his child by buying preparatory clothes before delivery,” said the woman.

The grandmother begged the court to consider her reasons and withdraw the charges. “He also apologised for what he did to my child and I pray the court understands these are the reasons that led me to withdraw the charges.” Muduma consented to the application.
Magistrate Mberewere, however, warned Ndlovu to stop committing sexual offences. “The fact that this matter has been withdrawn does not give you a licence to go around having sexual intercourse without consent. You spent months in custody and I hope that will deter you from committing sexual crimes,” he said.

Muduma said sometime in March, Ndlovu was left alone with the girl who was performing domestic chores while her grandmother was attending a meeting at a school. “At around 2:30pm, the two were resting in their bedrooms and Ndlovu called the girl to his room and the girl complied. He then inquired about the whereabouts of his catapult and the girl professed ignorance,” said Muduma.

Ndlovu allegedly asked the girl to enter his bedroom and when she refused, he grabbed her and threatened to assault her if she made any noise. “Ndlovu then raped the girl once and gave her 60 rand. The matter came to light when the girl’s grandmother discovered that she was pregnant leading to Ndlovu’s arrest.”

Monday, 12 October 2015


ZESA Holdings group chief executive Engineer Josh Chifamba yesterday exonerated former Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Steers Mangoma in the case he is accused of flouting tender procedures saying he was a straight forward minister who resisted corruption. However, Eng Chifamba nailed ZESA Holdings managing director Mr Julian Chinembiri for a job failure.

Eng Chifamba told the court during cross-examination that Chinembiri, as the accounting officer, jumped the gun in appointing OK Zimbabwe and is responsible for flouting tender procedures. “I don’t have the legal mind but in my layman understanding, I see that in the appointment of OK Zimbabwe Chinembriri jumped the gun,” said Eng Chifamba.

“I expected Chinembiri to follow procedure and he should have done things the proper way. The fault squarely falls on him. It was not the first time that a tender was cancelled but he should have sought the SPB’s authority before appointing OK Zimbabwe.”
Asked by Mangoma’s lawyer Ms Beatrice Mtetwa if there was any criminal intent on the part of the former minister, Eng Chifamba said Mangoma never accepted corruption. “I remember when we wanted to buy a switch at an exorbitant price and Mangoma advised us against it saying it might cause problems in the future.

“How Mangoma wanted things done was also what we wanted. It’s only that the architecture was different. There are many ways to kill a cat.” Prosecutor Mr Michael Reza closed the State case. Ms Mtetwa undertook to submit her written application. for discharge at the close of the State’s case by Wednesday.

Mr Reza will respond next Monday and Harare magistrate Mr Hoseah Mujaya will give his ruling the following Wednesday. Mangoma (54) is facing charges of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer . Mr Reza alleged that in August 2012, ZETDC floated tender number ZETDC 13/2012 for the appointment of third party pre-paid electricity vending.

The closing date was October 2 the same year. It is alleged that on September 17, 2012 Mangoma, contrary to or inconsistent with his duties, directed ZETDC accounting officer, Chinembiri to cancel the tender. Furthermore, Mangoma allegedly ordered Chinembiri to hand-pick OK Zimbabwe without going to tender. herald


Government has not yet issued offer letters to white farmers who were recommended by provinces to stay on their farms as they will first be subjected to strict vetting before receiving security of tenure documents. Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora revealed that his ministry had received recommendations from some provinces to issue offer letters to white farmers considered to be strategic in those regions.

He, however, said his ministry was still to issue even a single offer letter to a white farmer as strict vetting needed to be carried out first. “We have not yet issued any offer letter to a white farmer although we have received recommendations from most provinces to issue certain white farmers with offer letters. It is not a one-day exercise, because there are a lot of things that need to be done before we issue them with offer letters,’’ he said.

“As Government, we need to look at each of the white farmers one by one to establish whose interests they represent because we have some instances where the white farmers will have been recommended to get an offer letter on the basis of being linked to a powerful person. We need to unravel things like that and get satisfied that the white farmer in question is really committed to Zimbabwe,’’ he said.
The Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement has received recommendations from provinces around the country to issue offer letter to scores of white farmers considered to run operations of strategic economic importance. Among the white farmers recommended were those specialising in areas such as dairy farming, poultry and hybrid bull production.

Dr Mombeshora said white farmers with loyalty to powerful individuals will not get offer letters as the most important qualification to get that document was loyalty to the interests of all Zimbabweans. “We are still studying the recommendations from the provinces and we will act after carrying out thorough vetting of the white farmers. Provinces do not have the power to issue offer letters. They can only make recommendations and we (Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement) act on the advice of those recommendations,’’ he added.

In Masvingo, the provincial lands committee has recommended that six white farmers be issued with offer letters after their operations were classified as being of strategic economic importance to the province. The white farmers are involved in sugar cane farming in Chiredzi, dairy farming in Gutu and Masvingo districts, hybrid bull production in Mwenezi and poultry production.

Among those recommended is Ms Hellen Mitchell, who produces 100 000 day-old chicks a week at her Barquest Farm, about 20km east of Masvingo on the shores of Lake Mutirikwi. Part of Mrs Mitchell’s 367-hectare farm had been gazetted for acquisition under the land reform programme. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi had been given an offer letter to take over part of the farm.

However, the Masvingo provincial leadership, led by provincial affairs Minister Senator Shuvai Mahofa, blocked the move saying Ms Mitchell’s operations were of strategic importance to Masvingo province’s economy.


Zesa Holdings has switched off the country’s sole Ammonium Nitrate manufacturer, Sable Chemicals, rendering about 500 people jobless. This follows an announcement by Energy and Power Development Minister Samuel Undenge last week that 40 Megawatts that had been dedicated to the firm would be diverted to residential areas.

Sable Chemicals chief executive Mr Jack Murehwa confirmed the development yesterday. “We are off already. Zesa has switched us off. We have closed our plant. This has affected about 500 workers. “There is nothing we can do. We have been engaging Zesa, but it failed. We will, however, engage Government and see if we can reach common ground.”

Mr Murehwa said the withdrawal of electricity meant they would stop manufacturing fertiliser because they had no alternative source of power. He said he had been locked up in several meetings over the weekend trying to persuade Zesa, but failed. The decision to stop operations was likely to dent agricultural production as farmers would have to do with the available AN on the market.

Mr Murehwa, however, said the company, a joint venture between Chemplex Corporation and TA Holdings’ feasibility studies of adopting new technology, which would use Coal Bed Methane had been successfully completed. CBM is a method of extracting methane from a coal deposit through a process called steam reforming.

Methane absorbed into a solid coal matrix, will be released if the coal seam is depressurised and hydrogen will be extracted. CBM, which will generate electricity once commissioned and will be fed in the national grid unlike the current electrolysis plant, which was set up in 1972 that has become expensive to run due to antiquated machinery.

Mr Murehwa said the company was now looking for funding, believed to be around $600 million to construct a pipeline to transport gas from Lupane gas fields to Sable Chemicals plant near Kwekwe. When Sable Chemicals is operating at full capacity it requires 115 MW to produce 240 000 tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate Fertiliser per year.
This year, the company was geared towards producing 100 000 tonnes ahead of the summer cropping season. The firm was in September 2009, forced to suspend operations as it could not pay for the high electricity tariffs charged by ZESA. Government had to intervene by appointing a special Cabinet committee to map the way forward. Production resumed two months later after an internal arrangement between the Government and ZESA.

The country has, during the past few years, been forced to import fertiliser as the local companies were failing to meet demand. The low yields recorded by farmers over the same period were largely as a result of either shortage of the fertiliser or late delivery of the commodity to farmers. The decision to switch off Sable Chemicals was among a cocktail of drastic measures announced by Government last week.

Minister Undenge said major mining companies and other heavy power consumers such as Sable Chemicals, had to reduce consumption by up to 25 percent. The decision to withdraw power supplies to Sable Chemicals, which consumes 40 Mega watts of electricity saw the Midlands-based firm pressing the panic button saying it will result in the loss of 500 jobs.

Security cantonments have also been asked to load-shed non-essential areas as part of measures adopted by Government to reduce the impact of the massive power cuts being experienced across the country. This is expected to save about 25MW, said Minister Undenge.
Sable Chemicals, which consumes 40MW of electricity and owes $150 million in unpaid bills to the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), would be weaned off the national grid and its supplies channelled to domestic consumption. He told Parliament last week that Government had engaged Mozambique to increase electricity supply.

“We usually import 50 megawatts of electricity from Mozambique but we are engaged in talks with them to increase the supply. Zambia is also experiencing worse challenges than us as a result of shortage of electricity. Not only Zambia but the whole Sadc region is being affected by electricity shortages,” said Minister Undenge while fielding questions in the National Assembly. herald


Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor, Dr Gideon Gono has lost in his bid to avoid paying a US$240 000 debt to Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) for sales of shares of a printing company.

High Court judge, Justice Amie Tsanga dismissed Gono’s counter application against AMH on the basis that it had no merit.

The ex-RBZ chief is being sued by AMH for refusing to settle his debt after entering into an agreement to purchase the printing firm called Tunatemore Printers.

The debt arose sometime in 2009 when AMH sold 25 off its shares held in the printing company to Gono’s firm, Globe Flowers for US$640 000.

Gono allegedly paid US$428 000 before backtracking and demanding a refund claiming he was no longer interested in the deal.

After receiving summons from AMH, Gono made a counter-claim, arguing AMH had not in the initial agreement told him the truth as he thought he had bought 100 percent shares, an assertion AMH dismissed as unfounded.

Through his lawyer, Advocate Thembinkosi Magwaliba, Gono insisted that he had a claim for a refund against AMH, but his efforts went up in smoke after AMH lawyer, Advocate Thabani Mpofu, made an application before the court that Gono’s claim, if at all it ever existed, had expired in terms of the law.

After hearing submissions from both parties, Justice Tsanga, upheld Mpofu’s special plea and ruled that Gono’s cross-claim had expired in terms of the law and must defend himself against the AMH claim.

Gono’s lawyer, however, indicated that he would appeal to the Supreme Court against Justice Tsanga’s judgement.


Zimbabwe will not charge American dentist Walter Palmer for killing a prized lion in July because he had obtained legal authority to conduct the hunt, a cabinet minister has said.

“We approached the police and then the prosecutor general, and it turned out that Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order,” the environment minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, told reporters, adding that the American could not be charged.

Palmer, from Minnesota, has always maintained that he believes he acted legally. Last month he told the Associated Press that he was stunned to find out his hunting party had killed one of Zimbabwe’s treasured animals.

“If I had known this lion had a name and was important to the country or a study obviously I wouldn’t have taken it,” Palmer said. “Nobody in our hunting party knew before or after the name of this lion.”

Palmer, who has several big-game kills to his name, reportedly paid thousands of dollars for the guided hunt




War Veterans deputy minister and Makokoba MP Tshinga Dube has proposed installation of chiefs in cities to help police in handling crime and settling domestic disputes.

Dube told members of his constituency last Saturday that chiefs would bring dignity to communities and enforce cultural practices and values.

“I am a strong advocate for traditional chiefs to be installed in cities. It’s an effective system, ” he said.

“There should be chiefs in Makokoba, Njube, Nguboyenja and other areas to deal with same issues as those in rural areas.

“Those chiefs will deal with family problems and I don’t see the reason for someone to report to the police that his or her daughter has been impregnated. Those are issues for the chiefs and they won’t interfere with the law.

“The same chiefs would also deal with people facing starvation.”

Meanwhile, Dube said he had handed over residents’ complaints over the sacking of nearly all Ndebele programme producers at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s (ZBC) Radio Zimbabwe to the relevant authorities.

“I have handed over the ZBC report containing grievances from residents over the outcry following sacking of Ndebele producers.

“I gave VP [Phelekezela] Mphoko and [Information] minister [Christopher] Mushowe the report,” Dube said.

During the meeting, residents threatened to demonstrate demanding reinstatement of the producers.




ABOUT 300 placard-waving MDC-T supporters drawn from Headlands in Manicaland province last Friday stormed Headlands business centre in protest against Zanu PF “misgovernance and the poor state of the economy”.

The demonstrators were led by MDC-T Makoni North aspiring MP David Tekeshe with anti-riot monitoring the protests from a distance. Tekeshe has organised several demonstrations against the ruling party.

Tekeshe, who is also the party’s provincial deputy treasurer said while “Zanu PF claims to be strong in the rural areas, we want to tell them that we are suffering the most”.

“Zanu PF claims to have educated leaders, but they need to have wisdom to find success, they can do what they want but our spirit will not die, we are ready to fight for our democracy,’’ he said.

“Mugabe is only number one in being feared. If you rule without the people’s mandate you will not be successful, we need jobs Zanu PF promised us, they should deliver.’’

MDC-T provincial chairman David Chimhini said that some of the leaders lack guts to organise demonstrations.

“This kind of thing needs a strong leader like Tekeshe because there is still lot of intimidation… I use Tekeshe as a good example of what needs to be done,” he said.

The party’s provincial youth secretary, Benevolence Taisekwa, said they were planning to march to State House, unless the ruling party reforms.

“We are giving them an ultimatum up to the December 1, we are going to march to State House unless they give us 2,2 million jobs they promised us. And we want to assure them that we are not going to participate in any elections unless they reform,’’ he said.