GRACE MUGABE : FROM TYPIST TO KINGMAKER

First Lady's entry into politics has shaken Zanu PF to the core. Will she grab the throne?

THE MILITARY

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

PROPHET WALTER MAGAYA

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.

TSVANGIRAI THE SURVIVOR

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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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

COP CRACKDOWN AFTER DANCER SEX ON STAGE SHOCK

Harare police are threatening a crackdown on delinquent dancers and club-owners who promote “moral decadence”.

This follows the arrest of Shantel Chirimuta, a Chocolate Barbes dancing crew member who allegedly became intimate with a patron on stage. At a meeting on Friday with the dance sector’s stakeholders, police stressed the importance of maintaining morality in the clubs.

The meeting, which was closed to the media, was reportedly attended by several Harare club owners including Joy Centre, Club Red 32, Devine Assignments, Destiny, Players, Kule’s Bar, Jongwe Corner and DZ Sports Bar among others.

“It is a serious offence to hire unregistered dancers to perform at your joint, Dancers Association of Zimbabwe (Daz) and club owners mava kurasika (you are getting lost), you are failing to realise that we all have an obligation to keep our culture unpolluted,” said one police officer only identified as Garavaza.

“As police, we are now intensifying our operations in entertainment clubs to ensure that morality is restored.” It has been established that Chirimuta was not a registered dancer. Both Daz and the Censorship Board said she was not one of their members.

Chirimuta is being tried at Mbare Magistrates’ Courts for the alleged violation of Censorship and Entertainment Control Act which does not allow dancers to come into close contact with revellers while on stage.

In her defence, the raunchy dancer has said she could not do without sex, hence her behaviour on stage. The police also attacked some club owners in the capital for barring officers from entering their venues.

“If you keep on denying us access into the venues, we do not have problems with that but you will be surprised to find us inside without your approval,” he said.

Earlier on, Harpers Mapimhidze of Daz, told the Daily News that his organisation was striving to restore order in the industry.

“We are striving to fully professionalise the dance industry and the only way we can achieve that is through instilling discipline among the players,” he said.
Chirimuta is not the first female dancer to cross the paths with law enforcers. Raunchy dancer Beverly Sibanda and her close ally Zoey Sifelani have also been hauled before the courts for public indecency.
 

MAJORITY OF TEENS HAVING UNPROTECTED SEX

Zimbabwe needs to intensify age-specific interventions on sexual and reproductive health amid indications that the majority of young women are having unprotected sex, a women rights lobby group has said.

The sentiments follow 2014 research findings by Guttmacher Institute and University of Zimbabwe’s Centre for Population Studies which state that two thirds of sexually active women aged between 15 and 19 revealed they were having unprotected sex.

“Just one third of single 15-19-year-old women who reported having had sex in the past year used a condom with their most recent partner,” reads the research report. A far lower proportion of female than of male adolescents said they could get a condom on their own. Among married adolescents, condom use is far lower, at five percent, which leaves them vulnerable to HIV infection”.

Edinah Masiyiwa, Women’s Action Group (Wag) executive director, said discussion on sexual and reproductive health remains taboo in families. “How many of us talk about sex with their parents or vice-versa?” she asked yesterday at a stakeholders briefing in Harare.

“At the end of the day, adolescents are not aware of options, do not know where or are not confident of accessing these crucial services.

The report says fewer than half of adolescents in Zimbabwe have comprehensive knowledge about HIV and Aids and there is little difference by gender (42 percent of males and 46 percent of females)”.

Wag programme officer Olga Makoni said apart from opportunistic infections, a plethora of systematic barriers were also exposing a lot of young people to unwanted pregnancies. daily news

MT DARWIN REJECTS MUGABE

Analysts say the surprising outcome of Tuesday’s Zanu PF primary elections in Mt Darwin was ultimately a slap in the face of President Robert Mugabe himself and the fact that he could no longer take for granted his leadership of the party.

This sentiment followed the dramatic loss by perceived allies of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF’s new political commissar Savior Kasukuwere in the party’s keenly-anticipated primary elections in Mt Darwin — as the seemingly omnipresent ghost of ousted VP Joice Mujuru continues to haunt the ruling party.

The Mt Darwin West seat fell vacant after Mujuru (pictured) was appointed VP two years ago — following the disputed 2013 national elections, and the country is set to hold by-elections on March 27 not only for this constituency, but also for the Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe seat which fell vacant following the appointment of Mnangagwa as VP late last year after Mugabe sacked Mujuru from the position. Godfrey Tsenengamu — a perceived key ally of Mnangagwa and one of the youth leaders who led the crusade against Mujuru, clinging on the back of quarrelsome First Lady Grace Mugabe — surprisingly lost the Mt Darwin primary elections to businessman James Seremwe.

The analysts who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said the outcome of the poll was not just a slap in the face of Mnangagwa, but also an ominous warning to Mugabe, after the Mt Darwin villagers said “no” to the candidates of Zanu PF heavies.

They added that the stunning vanquishing of a candidate perceived to be close to Mnangagwa suggested that both Mugabe and Mnangagwa had their work cut out in their alleged quest to completely decimate Mujuru.

However, analyst Takura Zhangazha said the politburo still had the power to overturn Seremwe’s victory as candidates needed the approval of the party’s highest decision-making body to go forward and stand on a Zanu PF ticket, even though the people in Mt Darwin had spoken loudly.
Another analyst and civil rights activist, Gladys Hlatshwayo, said the Mt Darwin result clearly showed that the Zanu PF succession question was far from being resolved.

“Mnangagwa might be the second-in-command now and enjoying an upper hand but clearly the odds are against him.

“How can a candidate belonging to the faction of a deposed vice president win such an important primary election? No wonder why Mugabe did not want people to vote for their leaders at their congress in December.

“Unfortunately, due to the conflation of the State and Zanu PF, these fights have serious ramifications for Zimbabwe as a whole. The succession battle is likely to be messy if it continues on the current trajectory.

“This might be a case of an unpopular president-in-waiting (Mnangagwa)and a popular deposed leader (Mujuru). This is a clear affirmation from the ground for Joice,” Hlatshwayo told the Daily News.

Analyst Maxwell Saungweme said: “In politics, the more you victimise someone, the more you make them a hero. Heroes are created by unwanted brutality”.

Another analyst said it was clear that many Zanu PF supporters on the ground did not understand why their leaders such as Mujuru were being chased away from the party.

“This is ultimately a slap in the face of Mugabe himself. It also tells us how important it is for a party to engage in its activities and processes democratically, otherwise their actions will be rejected by the electorate,” he said. daily news

CHINGWIZI VILLAGERS JAILED FOR BEATING UP COPS

A court in Zimbabwe on Tuesday sentenced four villagers who were displaced by floods last year to five years in jail each for taking part in demonstrations that rocked the camp they and thousands of others were sheltering in.

Collen Maboke, a member of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, said he was surprised by the judgment handed down in a magistrate's court in the south-eastern town of Chiredzi.

"We are not satisfied with the judgment," Maboke told Sapa. "We are going to note an appeal as soon as possible."

Around 3 000 families lost their homes in floods in February 2014 in the Tokwe-Mukorsi basin near a new dam south of Masvingo city. A camp was set up at Chingwizi to provide temporary shelter to the displaced - but tempers ran high when officials tried to relocate the villagers.

Some alleged they were being blackmailed to work on farms linked to the ruling Zanu-PF party. Many said they had been promised independent plots and did not want to move until they had been compensated.

Two police vehicles were torched during a demonstration in August.
Initially 300 people were rounded up by police, but only 30 went on trial on charges of public violence in November. Twenty-six of them were acquitted at the close of the state's case, Maboke said.

"We proceeded to the defence case with four accused persons. They are the ones who've been convicted [and sentenced]," he said.

He said the four who had been convicted included a 42-year-old mother of two minor children and a 44-year-old father of seven children.
- SAPA

ZIMBAS STUCK AT LINDELA

South Africa’s Lindela Repatriation Centre, where illegal Zimbabwean migrants are held before deportation, is reportedly overcrowded after hundreds of asylum seekers were declined permission of staying in the neighbouring country.
The overcrowding at the Krugersdorp facility has been attributed to a temporary suspension of the deportation of failed asylum seekers since October last year.

The temporary suspension was enforced after the Zimbabwean government had reportedly agreed to foot the bill for the repatriation of its nationals locked up in the camp.
Overcrowding at Lindela Repatriation Centre has triggered concerns that inmates could be exposed to diseases.

National Administrator for the Migrant Workers’ Association South Africa (MWA-SA), Ezra Maplanka, said he received calls from some of the Zimbabweans who have been locked up at the camp since October last year owing to delays in the deportation process.
“Officials at the camp are saying that the Zimbabwean government promised to pay for the transportation of Zimbabweans held at the camp,” he said.

Maplanka said since the arrest of illegal immigrants in South Africa is done almost on a daily basis and when deportations are not done to empty the transit holding camps, which has a capacity of 4 004, the risk of disease outbreaks increases.

“Obviously there is over crowding considering the fact that Zimbabweans constitute a bigger number of the migrant community in South Africa,” said Maplanka.
“There is likelihood of diseases outbreak at the camp due to over crowding. However, we haven’t received any death reports yet.”

In 2005, 28 people reportedly died at the camp. There are reports that detainees are subjected to inhumane treatment.

Contacted for comment, Zimbabwe’s Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi dismissed the claims as lies indicating that the Zimbabwe government has never been responsible for transportation of the deportees.

“Those are claims by bogus organisations as that  has never been our responsibility, South Africa does that,” said Mohadi.

Last Year, The South African High cOurt ruled that the detention of migrants at the Lindela Repatriation centre is unlawful and unconstitutional. radio dialogue

COP NICKS A TENNER

A cop in Masvingo has ben arrested after he allegedly nicked a $10.


Sydney Munemo (26), a police officer at Masvingo Central Police station has been hauled before the Masvingo Provincial Courts on allegations of stealing $10 . It is the State case that on July 24, 2014 a fine of $10 was received in the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) National Traffic Book for dangerous parking.

The $10 along with the National Traffic Book were left at the charge office in the custody of Constable Langalanga who then handed it over to the accused who was on duty on the day in question.


On the same day at around 1 pm the accused handed over the National Traffic Book but did not hand  over  the money to the officer who was taking over from him.  The matter was postponed since the accused's lawyer did not turn up. The State is being represented by Joshua Mundondo before Magistrate Oliver Mudzongachiso. mirror

SA BASED MAN TRIES TO BED COUSIN (14) FOR A $1

A Zimbabwean man based in South Africa, popularly known as injiva, who tried to lure his 14-year-old cousin into bed using a dollar, yesterday appeared in court for fondling the minor.

Gift Dube (22) of Gungwe village under Chief Mathe pleaded guilty to indecent assault charges when he appeared before Gwanda magistrate Olivia Mashava Mashaire. He was remanded in custody to today for sentencing.

He told the court that he was “playing” with his Form 2 cousin after she held his neck. Dube further denied trying to lure the cousin using a dollar. However, it is the girl’s testimony that some time in December 2014 Dube called her and offered her R100 and asked to have sexual intercourse with her, but she spurned the overtures.

Prosecutor Getrude Zvidzai added that on an unknown date but in December 2014, Dube again called his cousin into her, bedroom and asked to have sexual intercourse with her and she refused.

He then started fondling her breasts.

“On January 22 this year, the accused person went into the complainants bedroom offered her $1 so that he could have sexual intercourse with her but she refused,” Zvidzai told the court.
The matter came to light when the girl’s mother got a tip-off that Dube was abusing her daughter.
The girl was taken to Gwanda hospital for medical examination and tests proved she had not been raped.

Zvidzai urged the court to pass a deterrent sentence on Dube that will send a message to the community that men who still habour cultural beliefs, of sleeping with their cousins, will not be tolerated.

Dube told the court that he works in South Africa and earns R1 600 per month.

WHAT TO DO WITH THE CHINESE?

Chinese firms operating in the Midlands capital are giving labour unions headaches through unsafe working conditions and other unfair labour practices, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) central region chairperson Martin Tazvivinga has said.


Speaking at a press briefing on the state of industries in the region last week, Tazvivinga said the union was facing hurdles in dealing with the Chinese, as they were not forthcoming in dealing with labour matters at their workplaces.

Since the advent of the Look East Policy in 2007 by the government, the country has witnessed an influx of Chinese companies in the economy. “You go to a Chinese-owned workplace and you want to speak on the working conditions workers there, they tell you they cannot understand English,” Tazvivinga said.

“But surprisingly when you want to inquire about doing business with them, they can communicate. “This is giving us headaches, as a labour union in dealing with them.”

He said that because of rampant unfair labour practices by the Chinese, the labour union had since approached the Chinese embassy in trying to come up with a lasting solution to the problem.

Tazvivinga said in most cases, workers work without safety clothing and in poor working conditions. According to the ZCTU report, new players in the industry, and Chinese owned companies in Gweru, like Jin An, Xin Yu and Nelson Holdings operate under pathetic working conditions.

“Workers are underpaid and the courts are choked with cases from these Chinese-owned companies,” the report notes. Analysts have slammed the Chinese for dubious deals and slave labour practices that have put the safety of workers under threat. southern eye

MAID FORCES EMPLOYER'S KIDS TO HAVE SEX AT KNIFEPOINT

A 16-year-old Rujeko maid allegedly sexually assaulted her employer’s four-year-old son before forcing him to be intimate with his five-year-old sister at knifepoint, police confirmed yesterday.Acting Masvingo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa said the incident happened on Monday at around 4PM.

“We can confirm receiving a report to that effect but we’re yet to get full details of what exactly  transpired. The suspect is expected to appear in court to answer charges of sexual assault,” said Asst Insp Dhewa.

The maid (name withheld to protect the minors) was left in the custody of two minors, a boy, 4, and his sister, 5, while their parents went to work. At around 4PM, the maid called the boy into the spare bedroom where she allegedly removed her panties before forcing him to be intimate with her.
“The maid was doing this in full view of the boy’s sister. After the ordeal, the maid called the two siblings before ordering them to be intimate. The two are said to have resisted but the maid allegedly threatened them with a kitchen knife forcing them to comply,” said a neighbour.

The neighbour who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she was attracted by the girl’s screams and went to investigate.

“I heard the girl screaming and went to investigate what the problem was. Upon arrival, I saw the boy mounting on top of her sister, with the maid standing aside holding a kitchen knife in her hands. I asked what she was doing but she couldn’t give me a satisfactory answer and I learnt later that she had earlier on abused the innocent boy.”

The neighbour said she left the scene and headed straight to Rujeko Police Post and reported the matter leading to the maid’s arrest.
“I reported the abuse at Rujeko Police Post and she was arrested. When police went to arrest the maid,  the children’s parents had returned from work and were also told what had happened,” she said. chronicle

AIRZIM ORDERED TO GIVE FIRED BOSS JOB BACK

NATIONAL airline Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) has been ordered to reinstate its dismissed acting managing director Grace Pfumbidzayi after a labour arbitrator ruled that she had been fired unprocedurally.

Pfumbadzayi was fired in February 2014 on charges of corruption and maladministration following an audit report commissioned by the airline. She, however, contested her dismissal and the matter was referred for arbitration. AirZim was represented by Mutangamira and Associates.

An arbitrator, identified as T Zimbudzana, presided over the matter on November 18 2014 and ruled in her favour.Part of the verdict released last Friday reads: “In view of the facts and arguments, I award the following: The claimant was unfairly dismissed and should, therefore, be reinstated from date of unfair dismissal without loss of salary and benefits.


“The matter is remitted to the respondent (Air Zimbabwe) for the procedural irregularities to be put right.” Neither AirZim spokesperson Shingai Taruvinga nor board chairman Eric Harid were immediately available for comment on the ruling.

Pfumbidzayi had argued that the hearing against her proceeded despite the fact that she could not attend as she was on sick leave and that AirZim had refused to furnish her with documentary evidence used at the hearing so that she could prepare her defence.

She also questioned why she had been fired by Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd when legally she worked for a different company called Air Zimbabwe Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. Pfumbidzayi is currently out on bail pending trial on a corruption charge where is alleged to have given Navistar Insurance Company the greenlight to provide insurance cover for the AirZim fleet without going to tender. 

She is jointly charged with former AirZim chief executive Peter Chikumba and the two are denying the charge. newsday

WHY THE FOUL LANGUAGE, CDE PRESIDENT?

CONSTITUTIONAL law expert Alex Magaisa has accused President Robert Mugabe of demeaning his office by using undignified language to scold his political foes knowing fully well that they cannot answer back.

Speaking to NewsDay from his United Kingdom base yesterday, Magaisa said: “If you look across the world, there is a manner which is dignified and respectful, by which holders of high office are expected to conduct themselves. Presidents do not go around using indecorous language against opponents.”

He added: “They might differ in their opinions, but they do not go around calling each other names and scolding each other in personal terms. They know that such conduct undermines their own image and makes them look petty and vindictive. Therefore, the first point is that such conduct has detrimental effects on the image of the President and the way others look at him.”

Magaisa’s remarks came in the wake of Mugabe’s recent vitriolic attacks on former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa, whom he described “as deranged, insane and a stray braying ass that cannot be corrected”.

Mutasa was last month relieved of both his government and party positions after he was linked to an alleged plot to unseat Mugabe in connivance with ousted former Vice-President Joice Mujuru and several other Zanu PF officials.

Mutasa later courted Mugabe’s anger when he released a damning statement denouncing the party’s congress held in December and calling for nullification of its resolutions, claiming the indaba was held unconstitutionally.

Magaisa said it was unfair for Mugabe to insult others and then hide behind an undemocratic law.
“It is obviously unfair that while the President can take liberties and castigate and insult others, he himself is shielded by the laws that make it criminal to insult the President,” he said.

“I would have thought the reason for shielding the President from insults is to protect the dignity of his office, but when the President himself is the author of the insults, surely, this also has a negative impact on the dignity of his office. Insults issued by the President are just as bad, if not worse, than insults issued against the President. You cannot criminalise one and say the other is legal and acceptable.”

He added: “The best solution would be to scrap the clearly undemocratic laws that essentially criminalise criticism of the President and protect free speech, which includes the freedom to insult. It makes no sense and it is patently unfair, to criminalise insults against the President, while condoning insults by the President.” 

Besides Mutasa, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo have also been on the receiving end of Mugabe’s insulting language.
MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu yesterday said his party had long resolved to ignore Mugabe’s foul language.

“As the MDC, we are not going to pay much attention to an old man who takes the uttering of hate language as a hobby. We feel sorry for him. He needs help. What do you expect from a man who has absolute contempt for his country’s Constitution?” Gutu asked.
Gumbo urged Mugabe to be tolerant and allow for divergent views. newsday

VIDEO : THIGH FOR MARKS AT UNIVERSITIES

Avril Bingare from the Bindura University of Science Education and Dzidzai Tshuma of Midlands State University talk about allegations of sexual harassment of female students at universities. The two were speaking at a function hosted by the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

DIASPORAN LOSES $50K RROPERTIES IN ZIM

A 36-year-old Chitungwiza woman allegedly processed an identity card and title deeds of houses and stands belonging to a United Kingdom-based woman before selling the properties and pocketing over US$50 000.


Vimbai Majoko reportedly approached various estate agents and gave them the mandate to sell the properties on her behalf while purporting to be Sally Anne Bvute.

She was also in possession of lease agreements between Chitungwiza Municipality and Bvute.
Majoko had been on the run since the arrest of her accomplice Tichaona Chabata, the managing director of Status Real Estate on November 25 last year.

Majoko yesterday appeared before Mr Milton Serima charged with fraud involving US$53 860.
The prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa, alleges that on September 25 last year, Majoko posing as Bvute and acting in connivance with Andrew Bidi who is still at large, went to Southbay Real Estate and advised the agents that they were selling a house in Zengeza 3 for US$25 800.
It is the State’s case that Bidi misrepresented that he was Bvute’s brother. The agents advertised the house and found a buyer who then paid US$25 830 and the agents took their commission and gave Majoko US$20 677.

The matter came to light when the person who had bought the house told tenants that they were now paying rentals to him.

Bvute’s relative who was responsible for collecting the rentals heard about the news and made a report to the police. Using the same method, Majoko and Bidi went to Gudwall Real Estate and asked them to sell the same house for US$15 000.

The house was sold to an interested buyer who then went to Chitungwiza Municipality to verify the title deeds. The buyer then met with the person who had bought the house first and they discovered that they had been duped, the State alleges.

Another house seeker who was looking for a stand went to Chabata’s Estate agent and was advised by Chabata that they were selling a stand in Crowhill on behalf of Bvute.
Chabata prepared an agreement of sale and the home-seeker paid US$13 200 and was given fake title deeds by Majoko.

Using the same modus operandi, the court heard that Majoko sold Bvute’s other stand for US$9 000.

I'M NOT A MUJURU ALLY

Zanu-PF candidate for Mt Darwin West Cde Barnwell Seremwe denies any links with former Vice President Joice Mujuru as reported yesterday.

Cde Seremwe said he could have challenged Cde Mujuru in the run-up to the 2013 elections, but stopped out of respect of her position then. He castigated her for failing to initiate meaningful development in the constituency during her tenure.

“The reports in some newspapers today (yesterday) are all lies. There is no way I am associated with Mai Mujuru. Even in 2013 during the primary elections I wanted to challenge (her), but only stopped as a way of respecting her seniority and what the party had said.

“She, however, failed to do anything that benefits the constituency despite her seniority and the influence. That is why I wanted to challenge (her).

“Most roads in the constituency are in a bad state and there is no indication that this was a constituency of a Vice President,” Cde Seremwe said.
He said if elected on March 27, he would work for the development of the constituency and fulfil the aspirations of its people.

Chirumanzu-Zibagwe candidate Cde Auxilia Mnangagwa also castigated Cde Mujuru saying she had failed the people of Mt Darwin West.

“What has come out in the newspapers is shocking because she never did anything for the constituency despite all her influence and wealth,” Cde Mnangagwa said. Cde Mnangagwa expressed confidence that Zanu-PF would retain the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe seat and pledged to do her utmost to develop the constituency.

“I promise that I will represent the people of the constituency well and I am certain that I will win so that I do not embarrass the party and President Mugabe,” she said.

Political Commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the two prospective candidates were nominated adding they now awaited final endorsement when the Politburo meets today. herald

MUJURU ALLIES CHEERED IN PARLY

Former ministers, some of whom had served in the executive for over 15 years, yesterday began life as ordinary Members of Parliament as they ceased occupying the front row reserved for ministers.


Both the Senate and the National Assembly reconvened yesterday after a month’s break.
Ironically, some of them, who had developed a penchant for snubbing Parliament during their tenure as ministers, showed up.

President Mugabe last month axed about 15 ministers and Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru from Government for failing to perform their mandate to expected standards.
In the Senate, former ministers who attended and sat at the benches reserved for backbenchers are Dr Olivia Muchena (Women’s Affairs Gender and Community Development), Dzikamai Mavhaire (Energy and Power Development) and Flora Buka (Minister of State for Presidential Affairs).
Webster Shamu (Information Communications Technology and Postal and Courier Services), Francis Nhema (Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment), and Simbaneuta Mudarikwa (Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs) scrambled for backbenchers’ seats in the National Assembly.
Former deputy ministers who also showed up in the National Assembly are Dr Paul Chimedza (Health and Child Care), Cde Tongai Muzenda (Public Service, Labour and Social Services), Tendai Savanhu (Lands and Rural Resettlement) and Fortune Chasi (Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs).

Backbenchers welcomed their new colleagues by greeting them and paving way for them. Dr Mujuru’s cabal was accused of expending their energy on factional activities to prop up her chances of toppling President Mugabe even through unprecedented means like assassination.

Interestingly, MDC-T legislators cheered all the former ministers when they walked into the National Assembly in the same manner they cheered former Vice President Dr Mujuru during the 2015 National Budget presentation in November last year. In the Senate, Cde Mavhaire and Dr Muchena appeared pre-occupied with what appeared like order papers as they kept perusing them while Cde Buka looked subdued.

In the National Assembly, Cde Mudarikwa appeared unfazed as he even debated as a backbencher to the extent of joking about his sacking as a minister.
“I was redeployed from the executive to Parliament,” said Cde Mudarikwa drawing laughter from the House.

While debating Chegutu West legislator, Cde Dexter Nduna’s motion on Special Economic Zones, Cde Mudarikwa urged ministers to attend Parliament during debate. Cde Shamu cut a lone figure as no one bothered to talk to him. herald

MUGABE BASH : ZANU PF YOUTHS ON THE PROWL

The Zanu-PF Youth League has advised those donating towards the hosting of this year’s 29th edition of the 21st February Movement celebrations to do so through approved and proper channels to avoid being swindled by unscrupulous individuals.


Speaking during the tour of the proposed venue for the celebrations in Victoria Falls in Matabeleland North over the weekend, youth league national secretary for administration Cde Lewis Mathuthu said there was need for people to be on the lookout for agents who wanted to put the party’s name into disrepute.

“No one should handle any funds except the league’s executive,” he said. “No fund raising activities shall be carried out towards this event without a directive from the youth leadership.
“We do not want bogus people to put the league’s name to shame.”
Cde Mathuthu said the celebrations were expected to be held at Elephant Hills Resort, while a musical gala would be held at Chinotimba Stadium, in the resort town’s high density suburb.
The Elephant Hills Resort played host to the 2014 sadc Summit as well as the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly meeting.

“This year’s theme proposals have been made, we are waiting for the Politburo to endorse them,” said Cde Mathuthu.

“In the meantime we want to urge people of Matabeleland North to work together so that the celebrations are a success.”

The tour was also undertaken by representatives from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, National Parks and Wildlife Management, Matabeleland North provincial leadership and Zanu-PF youth league leaders.

The event is organised by the party’s youths annually and last year’s celebrations were held in Marondera. The 21st February Movement commemorations were first held in 1986 and have become an annual event to encourage Zimbabweans, particularly the youths, to emulate President Mugabe’s revolutionary ideals, charismatic leadership and selfless dedication to the Zimbabwean and African cause.

The celebrations coincide with President Mugabe’s birthday on February 21. This year, President Mugabe turns 91. herald

MUTASA TO BE EXPELLED AS POLITBURO MEETS

THE fate of former Zanu-PF secretary for Administration Cde Didymus Mutasa is set to be sealed today when the Politburo is widely expected to endorse his expulsion from the party as recommended by his home province, Manicaland.


Zanu-PF secretary for the Commissariat Cde Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday confirmed that Cde Mutasa’s case would be discussed, adding there was little chance of survival given the manner in which he had brought the name of the party into disrepute.

Cde Kasukuwere dismissed yesterday’s Press reports that Zanu-PF had chickened out on disciplining Cde Mutasa and at least 100 parliamentarians perceived to be aligned to former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru.

Said Cde Kasukuwere: “Manicaland Province has made its recommendation on Cde Mutasa and it has to do with what he has been doing and what he has been saying and the party is not excited at all and we have said that before and I have said that I don’t see the Politburo coming in the way of what has been recommended by Manicaland. Why would it turn around and say withdraw it?
“The party is very straightforward and is very clear, if you cross the line and if you decide to behave in a way that is unbecoming and undermines the party, the party will not just stand and allow it to happen.

“We have to invoke discipline in the party, so the recommendation from Manicaland like I said, the highest decision-making body, the Politburo, will discuss it.”

Manicaland Province recommended that Cde Mutasa be expelled, citing a litany of allegations against him.

Some of the allegations include his attempt to involve Sadc and the AU in Zanu-PF internal matters, granting interviews to hostile private media denigrating the party and the outcome of the 6th National People’s Congress held in December.

He is threatening to challenge Zanu-PF’s constitutional amendments in court and the outcome of the congress that he claims to be a legal nullity.

His Headlands constituency also accused him of dictatorial tendencies, corruption in allocating farms and abuse of women and under-age girls among other ills.

On the alleged 100 legislators, Cde Kasukuwere said it was a myth that was being projected by some sections of the media.
“One hundred people who are supposed to be disciplined by the party, where are the charges? Who brought the charges to them? And there is this belief that Mai Mujuru has lots of people. Vapiko?
“MPs and those who support Zanu-PF are in the party. What we are saying is if anybody does not want to belong to Zanu-PF, they are free to resign, they are free to leave.
“Those who remain in the party know that they are members of the party and those that have been disciplined because of what they did and accepted that discipline, continue to be members of the party. The party expelled two people so far. We expelled Rugare Gumbo and we expelled Jabulani Sibanda and that is on record,” Cde Kasukuwere said.

He said Zanu-PF would not rely on rumours or pursue witchhunts in handling its internal affairs. He challenged the media to identify the so-called 100 MPs aligned to former VP Mujuru and her putschist cabal.

Cde Kasukuwere said Zanu-PF remained a strong and stable political party contrary to expectations in some quarters.

“This party is as strong as it is standing ready for 2018 that is where we are driving at,” he said. This thing (Zanu PF) is intact and if anyone makes a mistake they will be disciplined. We are running a very strong and stable party that is running this country. We went to all the 10 provinces and the membership is very solid and even those who went out making statements thinking they have followers are getting surprised.”

He added that Zanu-PF would soon accelerate its drive to attract new membership. herald

WHY SHOULD A FIT MAN SELL TOMATOES? : MPHOKO SLAMS VENDORS

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko set himself on a collision course with vendors after he said he did not understand why able-bodied people should engage in subsistence trading.

While addressing Zanu PF supporters at provincial party headquarters at Davies Hall on Sunday during his maiden “Meet the People” tour in Bulawayo, Mphoko went against the concept of self-help vending when he decried the practice which has become a last resort for the growing number of jobless people in towns and cities to eke out a living.

“I have got my own views regarding vending where you find an able-bodied man seated selling tomatoes. There are better things to do for someone who is fit except for those who are indisposed and physically-challenged,” the vice president said.

He was responding to a question by a woman only identified as Ma Sibanda who wanted to know of what help was the VP to the vendors in the city who have had several running battles with municipal police officers and law enforcers.

“You should wake up and see what you can do for a living. We cannot tolerate a man who is fit, sitting down and selling tomatoes. No, let’s do something better,” he said without suggesting an alternative. His utterances come at a time  when Zimbabwe has been virtually turned into an informal state as the once thriving industries have been turned into shells due to decades of political and economic mismanagement.

Currently, the country’s unemployment rate is estimated to be hovering above 90 percent. An estimated $400 million is needed if efforts to ensure a complete recovery of Bulawayo, once the hub of industry in Zimbabwe, are to achieve meaningful results.

Last year, during her “Meet the People” tour, First Lady Grace Mugabe became a darling of many after she came out guns blazing against law enforcers whom she ordered to stop harassing vendors. However, speaking on the revival of the second largest city, Mphoko said Bulawayo would rise again.

He said the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) should be booted out of the city if proper roads management has to be achieved. “As for Zinara, it should be there but it should go outside the city and leave Bulawayo alone,” Mphoko said.

“There used to be a Road Department which we grew up knowing. We now pay for vehicle licences at Zinara which is a national institute. Why not let Bulawayo maintain its own roads. We used to pay for vehicle licences at Revenue Hall and that money was used to maintain local roads.”
This comes after the Bulawayo City Council has challenged Zinara over its failure to allocate funds to the former for road maintenance.

Mphoko, who described Bulawayo as a stand-alone city, said it was time everything that belonged to the city should be returned.

This, he said included the Bulawayo Power Station which was compulsorily handed over to Zesa.
“Bulawayo must be Bulawayo again. The electricity generated at power stations here belongs to Bulawayo, therefore it should revert to its original owners as should electricity generated from power stations in Harare and that is the kind of efficiency we know,” Mphoko added. daily news

NETONE OVERTAKES TELECEL

State-owned NetOne’s active subscribers have surpassed Telecel Zimbabwe (Telecel)’s to become the country’s second largest mobile network operator, according to latest statistics from the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz).

In its report for the quarter to September 2014, the telecoms industry regulator said NetOne’s active subscribers went up 13,8 percent to 2 707 682 during the period from 2 379 285 registered in the previous quarter.

On the other hand, Potraz says Telecel’s active subscribers base dwindled by 7,8 percent to 2 223 724 from 2 400 729 recorded in prior period. “Due to the decline in active subscriptions, Telecel lost market share by 2,1 percent to reach 19,5 percent from 21,6 percent market share recorded in the second quarter of 2014. As a result, Telecel had the least market share in the third quarter of 2014,” Potraz said.

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (Econet) consolidated its position as the country’s leading mobile network operator, with its active subscriber base growing by 2,1 percent in the period under review to 6 472 382 from 6 339 945.

An active mobile subscriber is defined as a subscriber who has used the network at least once in the last three months for making or receiving a call or carrying out a non-voice activity such as sending or receiving an SMS or accessing the Internet.

During the quarter under review, Econet, NetOne and Telecel’s market shares stood at 56,8 percent, 23,7 percent and 19,5 percent respectively. The trio’s combined revenue surged by nine percent to $248 million in the period under review on the back on increased investment.

According to Potraz, the mobile operators recorded $227 million revenue in the previous quarter. “Total investment increased by 10 percent to reach $46 949 601 from $30 711 033 recorded in the second quarter of 2014,” Potraz said.

During the three months under review, Potraz said an additional 75 2G base stations were added onto the wireless networks, increasing the number of 2G base stations to 3 284 from 3 209. 3G base stations also increased from 1 260 to 1 300.

“The number of LTE base stations increased by only two base stations to reach 19 LTE base stations from 17 LTE base stations recorded in the previous quarter. All the 19 LTE base stations belong to Econet,” Potraz noted.

It added that mobile money transfer services subscribers increased by 16,3 percent to reach 4,9 million from 4,2 million while the total value of transfers and transactions on the platforms increased by 35,8 percent to $403,2 million from $296,8 million recorded in the previous quarter.

“The total number of active mobile subscribers increased by 2,6 percent to reach 11,4 million from 11,1 million subscribers recorded in the previous quarter,” Potraz said.
“Internet penetration rate increased by 0,5 percent to reach 47,5 percent from 47 percent recorded in the previous quarter.”

Going forward, Potraz noted that the telecommunications sector has undergone major phases in its growth and technological advancements over the period.
“With the sector continually innovating new services and products, there is no doubt that it will continue to expand.”

BANK CLOSURES NORMAL, SAYS GOVERNOR

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya says the numerous bank closures seen in recent years are normal in tough economic environments and insisted that the country’s banking sector remains “safe and sound”.

“This happens everywhere. In the United States, banks closed in 2008 (after a) financial crisis,” he said last week on the sidelines of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries 2015 economic outlook symposium, adding its “only that in Zimbabwe we tend to focus on the negative and this undermines investor confidence in the economy”.

However, analysts have warned that Zimbabwe’s banking industry remains fragile following the collapse of several institutions due to mismanagement, bad corporate governance, spiralling non-performing loans and an acute liquidity crisis.

Early this year, Transport minister Obert Mpofu’s Allied Bank voluntarily surrendered its banking licence, with about 245 employees set to lose their jobs upon liquidation. Other collapsed financial institutions include Interfin, Royal Bank and Genesis.

In the past few months, some banks have been unable to meet withdrawals, prompting calls for mergers and amalgamations to help the troubled institutions shore up their capital positions.
Last year, in his maiden Monetary Policy Statement, Mangudya said he was concerned about four banks — Metropolitan, Allied, AfrAsia and Tetrad — facing liquidity and solvency challenges due to macro and institution specific factors.

These banks commanded low market shares in terms of loans (8,8 percent), assets (7,2 percent) and deposits (6,7 percent) as at June 30, 2014. “Cognisant of the need to protect the interest of depositors and promote banking sector confidence, the Reserve Bank has been engaging these institutions to come up with credible plans to turnaround their waning financial condition,” he said at the time.

“In this regard, shareholders and boards of the distressed banks have been directed to finalise implementation of their turn around plans, failure of which the Reserve Bank will be left with no option but to intervene and institute appropriate supervisory action in terms of the Banking Act,” said Mangudya.

He conceded that the general slowdown in the performance of the domestic economy continued to pose challenges to the banking sector. “However, the banking sector has demonstrated resilience under the current macroeconomic environment and the sector has remained safe and sound,” he said.

“If you ask me, I am seeing an awakening giant. We have all the necessary resources at our disposal to take this economy forward,” he said.

Masimba Kuchera, an economic analyst concurred with Mangudya. The country’s banking system was “fairly stable”, he said. “There is a bit of vulnerability although the banking system is strong. There seems to be many banks for too few depositors at the moment,”said Kuchera.

Zimbabwe currently has 18 operational banks including foreign-owned Barclays, Standard Chartered, MBCA and Stanbic. daily news