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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Monday, 29 August 2016


TEACHERS at Matopo High School in Matabeleland South face expulsion following allegations that they are demanding sex from pupils.

Officials at the school who spoke on condition of anonymity last week, said girls now lived in fear as male teachers constantly pestered them for sex.

“Recently one teacher was taken to court for bedding a pupil. The teacher was charged for sexually harassing pupils and fired,” said an official.

Matabeleland South Provincial Education Director, Mrs Tumisang Thabela confirmed receiving reports about teachers asking for sex from school children.

She said investigations were underway but could only be completed when pupils returned from the holiday.

“We have received that information and have visited the school to find out what is going on. Unfortunately, the fact that schools are closed has crippled our investigations.

“We would have wanted a scenario where we find pupils in the school and we talk to them directly. In the meantime, I must say we have assigned a team from the district to immediately start investigations,” said Mrs Thabela.
Umthunywa lifted the lid on the sex scam last week.

It was reported in the paper that Matopo High School headmaster, Mr Gardson Sibanda, exposed the issue of teachers abusing pupils in a staff meeting.

Mr Sibanda demanded that the matter should be immediately investigated.
Sources have revealed that three pupils who were abused last term reported the matter but school officials swept it under the carpet.

“A librarian is reported to have asked for sex from a Form Three pupil during that period of a strike claiming that no one would see them. In another incident, it is also said that before the end of last term, an Advanced Level teacher also asked for a sexual encounter with a student.

“The student reported the matter to the headmaster’s office and the teacher was given a warning but it ended there.”
Sources said a lot has been happening in the school but it was being concealed with no action being taken. Chronicle


 The opposition MDC-T in Zimbabwe has rubbished claims that it is training terror squads to destabilise the country, saying it was a lawful and peace-loving social democratic party.

In a statement issued on Monday, the party, led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, said reports in the government-controlled Sunday Mail were not only untrue but extremely offensive and disturbing and should be dismissed with contempt and disdain.
“The MDC would like to call upon the Zanu PF-controlled media to immediately desist from peddling lies and falsehoods that are wickedly meant to portray the MDC as a violent, terrorist organisation.
As the fourth estate, the media should, at all times, report facts and desist from fabricating malicious, false and defamatory stories against President Morgan Tsvangirai in particular, and other opposition political leaders in general,” the party said in a statement.
The party said it had been the victim of sustained state-sponsored violence, thuggery and banditry over the last few years, with its leader, Tsvangirai, and other opposition political parties being brutally assaulted by rogue intelligence officers and the police.

The party said it had no intention to remove the current government through unconstitutional means, adding that the MDC-T was in agreement with President Robert Mugabe that there would not be an Arab spring in Zimbabwe.
“It is not the intention of the MDC and its leader, President Morgan Tsvangirai, to violently and unconstitutionally overthrow the Zanu PF regime. Of late, it is the Zanu PF regime itself that has been unleashing wanton violence and brutal physical force on peaceful demonstrators.
On Wednesday, August 25, 2016, the Zimbabwe Republic Police embarked on an orgy of violence in downtown Harare, beating up and vandalising innocent and peaceful demonstrators who had been embarking on a lawful march led by the MDC Youth Assembly,” it said.
The MDC-T blamed Zanu PF for burning two vehicles, belonging to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, during demonstrations by the party’s youths last Wednesday.

“In the process, some Zanu PF thugs and CIO agents set alight two motor vehicles belonging to the ZRP and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. These Zanu PF thugs also looted several city shops, including Choppies supermarket that is partly owned by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko,” the party claimed.


 Gweru City Council commissioner, Mark Choga was on Monday convicted by a local magistrate’s court for assaulting a resident during a meeting which had been called this year for residents by the caretaker administration.
This is after Choga, who is Commissioner in charge of finance, had assaulted Frank Muzorera all over the body resulting in the latter sustaining injuries on theneck and shoulder.
The assault emanated from a disagreement between the two over the implementation of a government audit report and allowances paid to commissioners who were imposed on residents at the expense of the MDC-T led elected council by Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
The court heard that on February 18 this year, Muzorera and Choga attended a meeting between residents and commissioners at the mayor's parlour.
"During the course of the meeting the complainant asked the accused person how much they (commissioners) earn as their allowances and whythey were not implementing the outcome of the audit report," according to state papers.
 "The accused person refused to answer the questions posed by the complainant and a misunderstanding arose and the accused proceeded to where the complainant was and hit him from behind once on the shoulder and neck."
The court further heard that Muzorera fell down and Choga kicked him all over the body with booted foot.
 Residents and municipal police however restrained Choga from further assaulting Muzorera.
A report was made to the police leading to Choga's arrest.
For the offence, Gweru magistrate Florence Nago fined Choga $150 or a three month in jail term if he defaulted on paying the amount.
Nago said Choga was a first offender and needed to be given a chance to reform without necessarily getting a custodial sentence.
As Choga heard his fate, a group of residents demonstrated outside the courts after Choga was convicted.
They said they did not want boxers for city fathers. Radio Vop


Tajamuka Sesijikile leader Promise Mkwananzi, freelance journalist James Jemwa and 68 other activists were arraigned before a Harare magistrate today.
Mkwananzi and Bruce Usvisvo were charged in connection with the torching of a police vehicle and another one belonging to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation during protests held last Thursday that were organised by the youth wing of the MDC led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
Mkwananzi has been denied bail while hearing for the others was postponed to tomorrow.
Mkwananzi will return to court on September 12.
Defense teams complained that their clients were not treated properly by the police.
They claimed that Mkwananzi's mobile phone was perused without his consent in violation of the constitution.
Jeremiah Bhamu, who represented Jemwa and others, complained that the journalist's phone, press card and video camera were confiscated from him by suspected Zanu PF activists who seized him during the protests while he was on duty, forcibly took him to the ruling party's headquarters where they allegedly severely assaulted him before handing him over to the police.
Jemwa's face was swollen and his hand was completely dysfunctional, Bhamu told the magistrate.
Bhamu said most of the arrests were tantamount to kidnapping. Other activists were allegedly arrested in the same way while some were picked up from their various work stations in what the defense team described as dragnet arrests.
The court also heard that some elderly suspects were ordered by the police to have sex in the full glare of other accused and were severely assaulted when they refused. 


The bail application for Promise Mkwananzi and 74 other protestors is now set to be heard this afternoon. Three people protesting outside Rotten Row have been arrested by riot cops who have blocked entry into the courtroom.


Social financial network MMM Global Zimbabwe is a fraudulent investment scheme and people have no legal recourse if they lose their money, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has warned.

The online investment pyramid scheme, effectively a Ponzi scheme relying on an accelerating number of new members to pay off the old, is simply referred to as Triple M and has in the past months seen thousands of Zimbabweans joining in a bid “to get rich quickly”.

There are now reports that thousands of Zimbabweans who joined the scheme have been put on hold until September 15 and cannot do any transactions. In any case, the affected members have nowhere to claim back their investments.

Ponzi schemes benefit their creators, as there is a seemingly endless pipeline of potential new members, but very soon the number of new members at each step has to exceed the population of the Earth, so most who join never see any money.

The scheme advertises itself as a mutual aid fund under which recruited members contribute money to assist others and are promised investment returns of 30 percent per month.

MMM stands for Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox and takes its name from its founder, Sergei Panteleevich Mavrodi of Russia.

He founded MMM in 1989 and the scheme was declared bankrupt three years later leading to the disappearance of Mavrodi until his arrest in 2003.
The RBZ on Thursday urged the public against investing in Ponzi and pyramid schemes.
“It has come to the attention of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe that MMM Global, whose founder was once convicted and jailed in Russia for defrauding thousands of investors in a Ponzi scheme, has established a local chapter calling itself MMM Global Zimbabwe,” the central bank said.

“MMM Global Zimbabwe is not a registered or regulated entity in the country. It advertises its operations through a website and through recruiting agents operating in various centres of the country. It has no official offices or office bearers.”

The RBZ added: “Testimonies by the privileged early members who would have benefited from the scheme, are often used to lure new recruits. Ponzi and pyramid schemes are not sustainable because, eventually and inevitably, they run out of new recruits leading to their collapse, with most contributors losing their funds. This has already happened in a number of countries where MMM Global has chapters.

“Since it is not registered under any law and its activities are not regulated or supervised by any authority in Zimbabwe, members of the public are advised against putting their hard-earned money in this or similarly structured schemes. Those who invest in such schemes do so at their own risk and may find themselves without legal recourse when they lose their funds.”

The RBZ said such schemes were fraudulent in every aspect.
“They are fraudulent investment schemes under which existing investors are paid returns, not from genuine market investment of their funds, but from contributions made by new investors, until a point when the scheme can no longer attract new investors,” RBZ said.

“The participants are made aware that they make their money by recruiting new members who in turn must recruit more members.”

In 2013, business people and civil servants were left stranded when their payments worth millions of dollars disappeared after the collapse of Geozing Pawnbrokers, Perfect Shot Investments and McDowells. herald


THE Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has embarked on a massive redeployment of magistrates across the country, with eight regional magistrates having been transferred so far.

A substantial reshuffle for provincial and senior magistrates is also looming.

Chief Magistrate Mr Mishrod Guvamombe said the exercise was routine to enhance operations. “We have redeployed regional magistrates to various stations across the country and all the transfers are with effect from September 1. This is a routine exercise to enhance our operations and we are considering redeploying the rest of other magistrates in about a month’s time,” he said.

Bulawayo regional magistrate Mr Mark Dzira has swapped with Mr Joseph Mabeza from Gwanda while Mrs Fadzai Mthombeni has been moved from Harare to Chivhu.

Mrs Mthombeni was at the Bulawayo Regional Court prior to her transfer to Harare.
Mr Amos Mbobo has been transferred from Gokwe to Chinhoyi and he will be replaced by Mr Solomon Jenya who was stationed at Chivhu Regional Court.

Ms Sandra Mpindu has been redeployed from Harare to Bindura. Mutare Provincial Magistrate Ms Lucy Mungwari and Mr Elijah Makomo, formerly a Harare magistrate, have been elevated to regional magistrates to replace Ms Mthombeni and Ms Mpindu


ZIMBABWEANS should respect and pray for President Robert Mugabe (pictured) amid the rolling protests in the country meant to force him to step down over the country’s socio-economic crisis, a Cabinet minister said.

 Development, Preservation of Culture and Heritage minister Abednico Ncube, said Zimbabweans should pray “for our leaders” hard pressed for solutions to the country’s economic problems.

Ncube was addressing thousands of people who attended the Gwanda Gospel Show on Friday.

“Let us pray for our leaders in the country in these economic difficulties because even the Bible says that we should respect and pray for our leaders,” Ncube told thousands attending the gospel gala at Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda.

The gala was graced by award-winning South African artistes Rebecca Malope, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Lusanda Mcinga who leads Lusanda Spiritual Group, Dumi Mkokstad, Bethuseli Mcinga and Andile Majola among others.

Local artistes who made the line-up included Judith Moyo, Charles and Olivia Charamba and ZimPraise, among others.

The country is witnessing rolling protests over the worsening economic crisis and government’s plans to introduce bond notes amid calls for Mugabe to step down.
Mugabe has declared he was not going anywhere, while State security organs have resorted to the use of brute force to crush the protests.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri preached peace during his sermon at the Gwanda gospel gala on Friday.

Tourism minister Walter Mzembi, who also graced the occasion weighed in saying God “will hear our prayers and bless Zimbabwe.”

“We are thankful that Gwanda welcomed us for this gospel show, and our prayers have been heard and the economy of our country will be revived,” he said.

South African businessman Justice Maphosa co-sponsored the event together with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.

Maphosa is the chief executive officer of Big Time Strategies Consultants, a company with interests in the ICT world ranging from sales, retail, corporate and aviation in South Africa. Newsday


FIRST LADY Grace Mugabe’s Manicaland ally, Letina Undenge’s bid to contest the Chimanimani parliamentary seat on a Zanu PF ticket went up in smoke at the weekend when she was walloped by Nokuthula Matsikenyere who entered the party primary elections as an underdog.

Matsikenyere romped to victory after garnering 2 881 votes, while Undenge got 1 204 votes. Other parliamentary aspirants Taisen Dube and John Gwatidzo got 553 and 87 votes respectively.

The seat fell vacant after ex-minister Munacho Mutezo was axed from Zanu PF and Parliament for reportedly supping with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s opposition Zimbabwe People First.

Although Manicaland provincial chairperson Samuel Undenge was not reachable for comment yesterday, sources said his wife Letina, who is Women’s League secretary for administration, was planning to travel to Harare to challenge the results. Sources said Letina lost because of her dictatorial tendencies.

“Under normal circumstances she was supposed to win the election considering that her husband is the chairman of the province. People voted against her because, of late, she has personalised First Lady Grace Mugabe (G40)’s Cashel Valley irrigation project,’’ the source said.
“She was acting like party chairman of the province. She wants to run everything from main wing and most G40 supporters just decided to vote against her because almost three quarters of the provincial women’s league are not happy with Letina’s conduct.’


Opposition political parties have raised concern that President Robert Mugabe could soon declare a state of emergency in a bid to thwart increasing violent protests, NewsDay has established.

A shadowy State media columnist Nathaniel Manheru — widely believed to be presidential spokesperson George Charamba — at the weekend insinuated that Mugabe’s government could throw out the Constitution and declare a state of emergency to deal with the persistent protests.
“The line has been crossed. From now onwards, it shall be another country. This caring world can go hang. We have a country to protect. And govern. After all, we have hit the bottom. We can’t fall,” Manheru wrote.

Manheru, in his column, urged Mugabe to ruthlessly and decisively crush protests in the same manner Syrian President Bashar Hafez al Assad moved to suppress dissent in his country.
“Assad moved in decisively to crush it . . . Assad may have lost peace, lost development, but saved a country . . . and don’t waste time to decide is to govern, unless you want to capitulate anarchy disguised as democracy,” he wrote.

But MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said his party took the threats seriously and feared that they pointed to plans by government to trash the Constitution in an endeavour to suppress human rights.
“Of course, it is a public secret that Charamba writes the Manheru column in The Herald newspaper. Whatever Manheru writes, therefore, essentially discloses what Mugabe himself will be planning and thinking,” Gutu said.

He added: “The MDC-T is acutely aware of the fact that the Zanu PF regime is keen on declaring a state of emergency in Zimbabwe so that they can unleash a violent and brutal clampdown on the activities of opposition political parties. In this respect, therefore, we take Manheru’s threats very seriously.”

Political parties accused Mugabe, who left for Kenya while the country was burning, of fretting over a strong opposition which has ganged up against him over the past few weeks.

“He is a dictator. He is intolerant and when cornered, he becomes mean and dangerous. This is the main reason why the MDC-T is calling upon Sadc to urgently intervene in the Zimbabwean political crisis,” Gutu said.

Peoples’ Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume dismissed Charamba’s narrative, saying as a member of a Zanu PF faction, they had failed to deal with party officials — Sarah Mahoka and Manicaland minister of State, Mandiitawepi Chimene who have repeatedly embarrassed Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He, however, was quick to say due to the pressure Mugabe was going through, from Zanu PF and the opposition, he could declare a state of emergency as a way to thwart dissenting voices.
“They are desperate and cornered, they can do anything, but it will not work. The people are united and determined and they will win,” he said

Zimbabwe People First spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire said although Charamba’s writings could not be representative of the entire Zanu PF party, for long he has been advocating for anarchy in Zimbabwe.

“There is no justification really for Mugabe and anarchists like Manheru to declare a state of emergency, but you must understand that for long, this man has been pushing for that. He wants to have the army to get involved in civilian affairs and as ZimPF, we believe he is setting a tone for that. Each time there is a misunderstanding with the State and Zanu PF, Manheru believes the army should be the last hope, something democracy abhors,” Mawarire said.

Home Affairs minister, who is also Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo refused to comment, saying he had not read Manheru’s piece.

“Let me first read what Manheru wrote and I will come back to you,” Chombo said.
Contacted for comment over the possibility of government declaring a state of emergency, Information minister Christopher Mushohwe said: “The Herald is not government, so don’t listen to them. When government deems it fit to declare a state of emergency, we will communicate accordingly. Currently, we don’t intend to because it is not necessary. But, we are worried about the violence being orchestrated by the opposition.”

Political analyst Ibbo Mandaza said he would not be surprised if Mugabe called for a state of emergency.

“I wouldn’t be surprised because it’s a state under siege. But, if they do call for the state of emergency, it will only exacerbate the situation and it will also be an admission of failure by the State,” he said.

Another analyst, Alexander Rusero said: “Manheru is more of an agenda setter and we have seen some of the things he writes about come to materialise. He reads Mugabe’s mind since he is his spokesperson, but in this case, it’s more than agenda setting. It exposes the panic in the corridors of power. They have been opposed for their lack of ability to deal with such protests, it’s more of shock than action. I, however, don’t see a state of emergency being called in Zimbabwe because it would expose the efficacy of the security and would bring to question the sovereign credentials of the country.”


Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Walter Mzembi has blasted opposition activists for staging violent demonstrations in Harare last week saying their activities are affecting local tourism.

Addressing gospel music lovers at the Gospel Music Festival in Gwanda on Saturday at Phelandaba Stadium, Minister Mzembi said his ministry’s efforts to market the country were being plunged into the drain because of the violent protests.

“After a good day’s work, month or years as has been the case with tourism, people have chosen to reverse our work by their actions. Recent events and protests have hurt tourism and Zimbabwe badly.

“Tourism cannot package and sell conflict. We’ve succeeded to date in repositioning Brand Zimbabwe, largely because despite national differences, they’ve not translated into public conflict to the extent where it constitutes a security threat warranting travel advisories, which we successfully negotiated away in 2009. Anyone who seeks to govern one day, or form alternative government must invest in peace. We should all roundly reject violence of any shade as a means of expression of our Zimbabweaness!

“We fought for democracy to make the ballot box the theatre of change, not street fighting. So anyone who aspires to govern must invest in peace, dialogue and superior ideas. So let’s get off the streets, exercise mutual tolerance for our diverse positions and meet in conference rooms like the educated and enlightened people we are and design the Zimbabwe we want.”

According to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) 2014 tourism overview report, tourism receipts recorded a marginal three percent decline from US$856 million to US$827 million.
Tourist arrivals increased by about 2.6 percent after vigorous marketing and proof the country was a safe international destination.
There were about 1,61 million tourist arrivals from African countries, 137 465 from Europe and 66 826 from America that year.
The country also recorded 42 798 and 26 031 tourist arrivals from Asia and Oceania respectively. chronicle


Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday blasted “spineless” opposition party leaders for covertly abusing youths to commit criminal acts under the cover of street protests.

His remarks follow last week’s orgy of violence in Harare unleashed by opposition parties under the banner, National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera). The opposition parties’ thugs also stoned police officers and deflated a police vehicle.

Vice President Mphoko said the youths who are being used by craven opposition parties to commit acts of criminality were mainly targeting the ordinary citizenry.

“At times people do unimaginable things under the cover of so-called peaceful demonstrations. People who are mostly being attacked by these rowdy youths during these violent protests are ordinary men and women selling tomatoes in the streets,” he said.

The Vice President questioned the rationale behind shop lootings and acts of violence, yet the organisers of the demonstrations claimed the protests were peaceful.
“They are saying these are peaceful demonstrations, but they are busy barricading roads using stones and burning tyres. So how peaceful is that when you go on to loot shops and steal alcoholic beverages?” he asked.

Political leaders behind the violent protests, he said, were cowards who had clearly run out of political survival ideas.

“What is that? Is it politics? In fact, that is daylight robbery and theft and whoever is leading these protests should re-examine himself or herself because this is laughable. You cannot call that politics, and I believe a politician should be a politician. A real politician deals with real political issues not criminal issues to survive in politics,” the Vice President said.

According to weekend media reports, the opposition MDC-T began plotting to destabilise the country last month and had members of its youth wing trained in paramilitary tactics and urban violence outside the country.

Information gathered suggests senior MDC-T figures began plotting when shadowy elements, going by the hashtags “tajamuka and thisflag” sparked civil disturbances in Harare, Bulawayo and Beitbridge, threatening to make the opposition party a sideshow.

President Mugabe, on Friday last week, blasted the country’s detractors sponsoring opposition parties to unleash violence on peace-loving Zimbabweans, and warned that the Government will not tolerate the “stupidly” organised protests.

The President called on Zimbabweans to remain calm and united against anti-democratic forces bent on reversing the economic fortunes of the country.

President Mugabe also warned the embattled MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai against trying to unseat a constitutionally elected Government through violence. chronicle


The judicial manager for Zimbabwe’s largest ferrochrome producer, Zimasco has ordered a forensic audit of the company to trace the whereabouts of funds generated by the company since its takeover by Chinese shareholders amid unconfirmed allegations of externalisation.

Zimasco, a unit of China’s Sinosteel Corporation was put under provisional judicial management in June this year after the company’s indebtedness to banks and creditors had gradually increased to about $65 million in 2015 from $38 million in 2009.

Mr Reggie Saruchera was appointed the provisional judicial manager for the ferochrome miner.

“Since the company was placed under judicial management, we have now opened bank accounts to separate pre and post judicial management transactions. We want to carry out a forensic investigation on all the funds that were generated by the company.

“Obviously the funds must have gone somewhere and we want to ascertain that because money has a tendency of leaving a trail wherever it goes. Our aim is to have a fresh start on the company because we believe that there is potential in reviving it,” said Mr Saruchera.

The company has been struggling since its takeover by the Chinese shareholder due to depressed ferrochrome prices and increasing high operational costs.

The situation saw Sinosteel Corporation converting outstanding loans of $99 million into redeemable preference shares at the option of the company and out of profits.

This resulted in Zimasco saving approximately $6 million per annum in interest charges. The loans had been provided partly to finance working capital with $22 million funding the rebuilding of furnace 2.
Mr Saruchera said there is staff from Grant Thornton on site at the moment overseeing the operations of the company while an officer from the Environmental Management Agency is also stationed at the plant.

“We have made sure that some of our staff are on site to oversee the operations of the company and make sure that everything is being done in a transparent manner. The aim is to get rid of any bottlenecks that may arise,” said Mr Saruchera.

On financial performance, the company’s revenue declined by 38 percent to $120 million by the end of 2015 from $194 million recorded in 2011.

He said the depressed ferrochrome prices negatively affected contributions from the company’s furnaces due to the fixed nature of costs of production.
Due to persistent losses, the company suffered from an acute shortage of working capital. The working capital gap deteriorated from a positive $71,3 million to a negative of $2,9 million in 2015.

Mr Saruchera said ever since he inherited the company’s operations, operational costs have significantly gone down to match the current status of the company.

The judicial management implemented measures which saw the company negotiating reduction in contract prices for production of concentrates by approximately 37 percent.

“We also negotiated reduction in contract prices for metal recovery by approximately 29 percent and reduced salaries of staff (excluding NEC workers) by 50 percent,” said Mr Saruchera.

He said the Government ban on the export of chrome ores limited the company’s options for source of revenue. Zimasco has, however, secured an export licence that will see the company exporting 240 000 metric tonnes per annum.  herald

Sunday, 28 August 2016


The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission should stop being an “armchair critic” and have an appreciation of the situation on the ground before rushing to make conclusions, political analysts and legal experts said yesterday.

This comes after the human rights body yesterday issued a statement — via the private media — condemning the police for thwarting violent protests being propelled by the MDC-T and its cronies.
Observers said by issuing a partisan statement, the Commission was acting in a partial manner and pushing the interests of opposition political parties.

This, analysts said, was in violation of Section 236 of the Constitution which demands that independent commissions should not “act in a partisan manner, further the interests of any political party or cause/violate the fundamental rights or freedoms of any person.”

The violent demonstrations have seen property worth hundreds of thousands of dollars being destroyed and burnt, shops looted, cars stoned and innocent people attacked.
The police have not been spared with officers on duty being attacked and having their cars deflated and burnt.

Despite being provoked, the law enforcement agents managed to maintain law and order.
Scores of hooligans, mostly from the MDC-T and Dr Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First, were arrested.

Most of them were arrested last Friday after opposition parties’ goons under the banner National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) unleashed an orgy of violence under the guise of a peaceful demonstration for “electoral reforms”.

Surprisingly, in its statement, ZHRC shifted the blame on the police.
“It is noted with great concern that police did violate the fundamental rights of the people as evidenced by facts gathered on the ground,” the constitutional body said.

“The ZHRC is, therefore, extremely concerned about the recent violent conduct of the ZRP. The ZHRC has received complaints on allegations of police brutality and our on-going investigations have revealed unbecoming and violent conduct on the part of the police.”

Analysts said the statement showed that the Commission was “off the mark” and completely divorced from the situation on the ground.

“The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission should conduct its business in an open and transparent manner, inviting submissions and collecting evidence in a translucent manner,” said Harare lawyer Mr Terrence Hussein.

“It should not use the short-cuts of reading newspaper reports and then issue statements.
“What people want is thorough investigations so that the outcomes and reports are credible and assist in the upholding of human rights.”

A legal expert who preferred anonymity said it was clear investigations were not done.
“We are talking about events on Wednesday and Friday,” said the lawyer.
“Saturday was not a working day and then on Sunday a statement is released by a commission which purports to have gathered facts, which, in its statement also uses the term ‘ongoing’ investigations and more importantly, ends up inviting injured parties to approach it and make submissions. Essentially, there were no investigations done by virtue of time and wording of the statement. If you look at Section 59 of the Constitution, it stipulates that one has a right to demonstrate peacefully, on section 219, the same Constitution gives certain duties to the police to protect lives and property and after looking at the general objectives of the Commissions and their specific provisions all that tells you how important it is to investigate thoroughly. You can not investigate thoroughly only for two working days, one of which was affected by further demonstrations.”

Added the legal expert: “They are not supposed to act in a partisan manner that rushes to conclude favoured parties involved in the demonstrations. They have called into question their non-partisan approach. Whether knowingly or unknowingly, they have furthered the interests of political parties.”
The expert said freedoms and rights of citizens should be protected at all levels.

“Has the Commission sought to ensure respect for human rights at all levels of society or they are being selective?

“How does a commission, which is required to investigate, proceed to invite submissions after a judgement? It amounts to putting the cart before the horse.”

ZHRC said: “The ZHRC is also concerned by the indiscriminate teargasing of centres occupied by people some of whom may not be involved in the demonstration. This should stop and we call for due diligence and care to ensure that the rights and freedoms of innocent citizens are respected and protected.”

Mr Elasto Mugwadi chairs the human rights body. Political analyst Mr Goodwine Mureriwa defended the police saying they were responding to the obtaining situation.

“Zimbabwe is a constitutional democracy and no constitution will give an individual or an individual group rights that overrides the collective interests of the people,” he said.

“If the opposition want rule of law, it has to be rule of law for the people.
“Police cannot watch violation of human rights and people hiding under a finger yet they have nefarious intentions to overthrow a constitutionally-elected Government.”

The ZHRC, established in terms of 242 of the Constitution, has the mandate to promote, protect and enforce human rights, including the right to administrative justice.
Being an independent commission, ZHRC should as provided for by Section 233 of the Constitution protect the sovereignty and interests of the people, promote constitutionalism and ensure that injustices are remedied. herald


The Zimbabwe human rights commission has issued a strong statement saying police violated peoples' rights during recent protests.

There has been condemnation after pictures emerged of police teargasing protesters and in one case kicking an elderly woman.

The human rights commission is state-funded and has previously been accused of being ineffective.

“It is noted with great concern that police did violate the fundamental rights of the people as evidenced by facts gathered on the ground,” the constitutional body said.

“The ZHRC is, therefore, extremely concerned about the recent violent conduct of the ZRP. The ZHRC has received complaints on allegations of police brutality and our on-going investigations have revealed unbecoming and violent conduct on the part of the police.”

“The ZHRC is also concerned by the indiscriminate teargasing of centres occupied by people some of whom may not be involved in the demonstration. This should stop and we call for due diligence and care to ensure that the rights and freedoms of innocent citizens are respected and protected.”

Mr Elasto Mugwadi chairs the human rights body.So this strong statement will be seen as a positive move by many in the rights sector.

The commission does not single out any protest in particular but it says police have at times indiscriminately used teargas on people who weren't involved in street protests.

The body says there is evidence that police violated the fundamental rights of Zimbabweans and it says reports should be made to the body by those who feel they were unjustly treated.

Police stopped top opposition leaders from leading a march on Friday but they say they'll try to march again this week.


The Zanu-PF Youth League leadership yesterday urged its membership to remain calm and vigilant in the wake of violent demonstrations by opposition parties last week that left a trail of destruction on property and looting in several shops in Harare.

Addressing thousands of Zanu-PF youth at party headquarters, deputy secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzai Chipanga urged youths to remain peaceful, but immediately warned rogue elements in the opposition that they should respect a constitutionally-elected Government.

“Opposition parties must stop what they are doing, this madness of destroying property and looting from shops must stop with immediate effect,” he said.

“You talk of building the country yet you are destroying it. Why are you looting from a fellow citizen who is selling his/her wares at their market stalls? This is uncalled for and must come to an end.”

“Zanu-PF is a peace loving party which abides by the law. That is the reason we are not 
fighting you. By not retaliating, it does not mean that we are fools. No! We are guided by the law and the principles of the party.”

Cde Chipanga added that the opposition parties should wait for the 2018 general elections instead of going on a rampage, destroying property, hoping that it would bring “change.”
“If you think you are a strong party and you have a following, why not wait for the 2018 general elections?
“What you are doing is a clear indication that you are just there to disturb peace in the country,” he said.

He urged citizens to be on high alert for hooligans saying they should effect citizens’ arrests whenever they come across opposition “thugs” breaking the law.
He further urged party supporters to maintain peace in their wards.

“As we go back to our homes, our duty is to preach the gospel of peace in our respective wards.

“We say no to violence. Tell them that the country they are destroying is ours. “You are calling yourselves ‘Tajamuka’ but haujamuke uchitorera vendor zvinhu zvake,” he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, the revolutionary party’s Harare provincial youth chairperson Cde Edson Takataka urged supporters to shun violence.

He denounced the violent protests that rocked the capital last week.
“We do not want violence in this country. The people who are fuelling hooliganism are doing this because they realise that 2018 is now around the corner and have not done anything for the people while Zanu-PF has done a lot on the ground,” he said.

“We held our One Million Men march recently but there was never any single incident of violence. We marched around the capital but we did not take anything from anyone. Not even a match stick!”

He added that the MDC-T should find a better way of sourcing funds from their donors without causing havoc in the country.

Harare South MP Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe said people should be allowed to do their day to day businesses peacefully without any disturbances.

He also urged the party supporters to unite and guard the ethos of the revolutionary party.
The Youth League convened yesterday’s gathering to do a clean-up exercise of the city but did not proceed for security reasons. herald


President Robert Mugabe has been slammed over his decision to fly to Kenya amid deadly protests that have rocked the country.

Mugabe left for Nairobi on Friday to attend the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad).

Prior to his departure, there were running battles between police and protestors — who were participating in the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) mega demonstration demanding that Mugabe and his government fix the ailing economy and effect electoral reforms before the 2018 elections. Nera is a grouping of 13 opposition parties.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tendai Biti said 92-year-old Mugabe was “divorced from reality” and probably the only president in the world who would have the audacity to leave the country under the present circumstances.

“Zimbabweans live in their own world different to Mugabe’s which only exists in his mind. He doesn’t quite comprehend the fact that Zimbabweans are protesting because they are angry,” Biti told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday.

“Those in the medical fraternity will tell you that the condition is called reality distorted field. It is a condition in which one is divorced from the reality around him and Mugabe is now in that condition where he does not even understand the seriousness of the protesters and that Zimbabweans are angry hence there is a need to subject him to medical examination,” the former Finance minister said.

Joice Mujuru-led Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) spokesperson, Jealous Mawarire, described Mugabe as a selfish leader.

“We have observed in the past two years or so that Mugabe uses foreign travel as some form of escapism . . . meant to give him a break from the harsh realities emanating from his evidently failed administration,” he said.

He added that Mugabe’s penchant for foreign travel at a time his presence is most needed in the country has led to conclusions that “the trips are now part of the looting routes that the regime has devised for its president and his acolytes”.

“Why is it that at a time civil servants’ salaries are erratically paid, the only consistently funded government expenditure relates to the president’s foreign travel, even when the travels have absolutely no benefit to our bilateral relations with the visited States or investment opportunities derived from the same?”

Before leaving the country, Mugabe insisted that his government had not done anything wrong, heaping the blame for the country’s economic situation at the door step of Western countries instead.

“Even if our economy is not doing well, do you have to go in the streets and even burn some of those very little shops that people are depending on? Burn their cars in the streets, burn their shops, do you have to do that? To gain what? To gain power?” Mugabe asked rhetorically during a press briefing before his departure.

Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said Mugabe and his Zanu PF party seemingly contemptuous attitude towards the grievances of Zimbabweans was because “the regime is in denial”.

“Change is here and the earlier they smell the coffee the better. Otherwise they will go the way many such regimes have gone,” he said. daily news



Acting President Phelekezela Mphoko and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa have condemned violence and looting that occurred in Harare last week and called on protestors to respect other people’s rights and property.

Speaking in separate interviews, the two leaders said the protests demonstrate political immaturity and abuse of the constitution which provides for peaceful demonstrations.

"What happened in Harare was not a political demonstration but a group of thugs who wanted to loot people’s shops and a shameless ploy to impoverish informal traders whose wares were also looted," Cde Mphoko said while in Bulawayo.

He added that Zimbabwe is a democratic nation that allows people to express themselves in a peaceful manner but will not allow the same political parties to impoverish people who are fending for their families as well as the destruction of public property.

Speaking to the ZBC News on the sidelines of a Methodist Church district convention for women in Gweru where he had gone to witness his wife, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa receive confirmation into the church’s Ruwadzano group, Vice President Mnangagwa said although the new constitution allows people to demonstrate, the same constitution does not allow people to trample on other people’s rights.

"Protestors must refrain from violence, looting and destruction of property. Zimbabweans should not be associated with demonstrations and violence," he said.

He said the country can only move forward if people learn to listen and respect each other's divergent views.

Many people have condemned the recent violence, looting and destruction of property in Harare by MDC-T members working in cahoots with other opposition parties.

The protests left a trail of destruction in Harare and a police and ZBC vehicles were burnt, while Choppies Supermarket was one of the shops looted.

The two leaders called on all Zimbabweans to respect property and life and not to allow themselves to be used by political elements who prey on people’s emotions.


Three hundred and fifty newly deployed Beitbridge police officers are living in offices at the border town’s main station with their bosses appealing to the community for accommodation.

Accommodation in police camps is still occupied by families of transferred officers who are yet to make arrangements to move them due to financial constraints.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has not assisted with the transportation of transferred officers’ property and no explanation has been given.

“We are expected to find our own transport but if the government has no money where are we expected to find it?” asked an affected officer.

This comes amid revelations that there was no proper handover-takeover between outgoing and incoming cops. New policemen are not familiar with faces on the wanted list and residents feared the development would see the return of criminals who fled the area when police that knew them left.

Home Affairs minister Ignatious Chombo was not picking his phone yesterday when comment was sought about the situation in Beitbridge.

There is no stationery, furniture and other equipment like computers or typewriters, the transferred police officers took the resources with them.

“We took our computers, chairs and took other things we sourced from well-wishers because we were willing to work,” said one officer.

He said the government was busy buying spy cameras instead of furniture or paying the workers on time. Government recently bought 196 cameras that were installed at the border post to monitor officers accused of lining their pockets at the expense of the State coffers.

Sources close to the police said there was mayhem at the station with the newcomers at sea at every front. “They sleep in humiliating conditions like people in a waiting room and when they go to work they have no stationery which is frustrating,” said the sources.

Villagers wishing to clear cattle for slaughter complained of slow service and being asked to come the next day. A family whose relative died in suspicious circumstances said police did not have forms to request a postmortem.

People with a variety of issues that need police attention complained of long waiting hours at the station where the situation showed confusion.

Passages at Beitbridge Central Police Station have been turned into bedrooms while some senior officers sleep in offices.

The station resembles an airport, train station or a bus terminal departure lounge with hundreds of bags, mostly big shopping bags commonly referred to as “Tshangani” bags popular with cross-border shoppers, lying everywhere.

“We are living at the police station and looking for accommodation. We are stranded because we don’t have cash, we were not prepared for this,” said one policeman from Harare.

Hunger stalks many officers who are still to find their feet in the border town.  Last week the administration at Beitbridge police station sent an SOS to local community leaders appealing for 350 rooms to rent.

The appeal was also sent to churches asking those who may have rooms to let to contact the police administration.

The ZRP a fortnight ago transferred its entire force of over 600 officers from Beitbridge in a major shake-up suspected to have been triggered by their alleged involvement in corrupt activities and failure to contain the July 1 riots involving cross-border traders.

It is understood police bosses were not amused when their intelligence failed to get wind of the looming demonstrations where cross-border traders torched a Zimra warehouse in protest against a ban on imports of basic goods from South Africa.

“If it was a punishment for those officers, it is affecting us the replacements as well,” said the police officer. He said all new arrivals had gone through polygraph tests and those who failed would be sent back to their previous stations.

An unknown number of officers frustrated by the blanket transfers had opted out of the force, saying they could not tolerate the child’s play.

“Now there have been riots in Harare, so are they going to transfer police from Harare? This decision was bad,” said one officer. standard