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


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


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


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


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Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Midlands State University is up in arms with 347 lecturers and staff members after the institution withheld their monthly contributions amounting to US$105 000 it was supposed to channel towards the purchase of residential stands.

The lecturers are now on the verge of losing their stands. The employees were beneficiaries of Hertfordshire and Woodlands housing schemes and the MSU allegedly garnished US$100 from the 347 workers’ salaries for three months which were supposed to be remitted to River Valley Properties for the servicing of the stands.

River Valley Properties has since filed a police report after efforts to recover the money were fruitless. MSU faces theft charges and contravening Section 113 (2) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9.23 under case number CR181/8/14.

MSU registrar Mr Erasmus Mupfiga confirmed that MSU withheld money which was supposed to be remitted to River Valley Properties. Mr Mupfiga said the project had attracted negative publicity following an ownership wrangle between the developer and the owner of land.

“The institution withheld US$100 365,00. The beneficiaries are contributing US$100 per month.The project had attracted negative publicity relating to the ownership of the land and the property developer was not forthcoming with a proper explanation,” he said.

“Beneficiaries have been withdrawing on a regular basis, from May 2014 and to date 93 beneficiaries have withdrawn and more are still withdrawing.”

 Mr Mupfiga dismissed reports that the MSU was summoned by the police over the matter.
River Valley Properties Director, Mrs Smelly Dube said the matter was likely to spill into the courts.
Efforts to get a comment from Midlands police were fruitless. herald


Alpha Omega Dairy expects to increase production of its Munandi Lacto four-fold to two million litres per month from next month following the arrival of new equipment to be commissioned “soon”.
Currently Alpha Omega’s Munandi Lacto is driving the company’s volumes pushing more than 500 000 litres per month. The original equipment could not cope with the local demand but the new equipment will help meet rising summer season demand, according to sales and marketing executive Mrs Juliet Chakara.

“The equipment is already in the country. We hope the new plant will be commissioned by the end of this month,” said Mrs Chakara in an interview yesterday.

 Munandi Lacto is currently contributing about 45 percent to the company’s annual turnover while the remaining 55 percent is coming from some of the company’s products.

“The company is just two years in the market and our customer support has been overwhelming so we are still in the growth phase of our business. We are planning to redesign the packaging of Munandi Lacto to make it more user friendly for people to be able to drink as opposed to the sachet,” Mrs Chakara said.

Alpha Omega has stepped up efforts to expand its market share through doubling its storeroom capacity at the Mazowe dairy plant to about 240 tonnes from the current 120 tonnes.
A new product introduced to the market two weeks ago, Froojoos, in line with its plan to produce dairy and non-dairy and fruit juices. Mrs Chakara said the company is looking at expanding its product portfolio to meet the local demand.

“Froojoos is the first non dairy product that we are producing as Alpha Omega and we are trying to increase and expand our cold room so that we can accommodate these new products that are being taken and selling like hot cakes on the market. The product has been on the market for the past two weeks now and the customers have received it very well,” said Mrs Chakara. herald


A Harare woman yesterday told the court that she would neither consent to advice to divorce nor accept a token of divorce from her husband because he infected her with HIV.
The woman disclosed this at the Harare Civil Court where she was summoned by her husband who claimed that she was breaching his peace.
The man told Harare Civil Court magistrate Ms Barbra Masinire that the woman was in the habit of causing violence each time she visits his workplace and home.

“This woman is very violent. I told her that our relationship was over but she is refusing to accept that. She is in the habit of coming to my workplace where she physically and verbally abuses me in front of my workmates,” he said.

The woman denied the allegations and accused the man of dumping her after he infected her with HIV.  She said the man promised to marry her after he infected her with HIV.
“When he infected me with HIV he promised me in front of my relatives that he was going to take care of me as his wife,” she said.

 The woman added that it would be difficult to find another husband because of her HIV status and that was why she had decided to live with the man forever.  Ms Masinire deferred the matter to tomorrow for ruling.

Meanwhile a jilted Epworth woman is facing attempted murder charges after she reportedly set ablaze a house in which her two biological children and a brother in-law were sleeping.

The accused is said to have doused the house with petrol and stood guard at the door, where she pelted whoever intended to escape with stones.  Tawanda Wilson (19), Lovejoy Wilson (8) and Lovely Wilson (4) escaped the inferno by a whisker.

Facts of the matter are that Mollen Zvandaziva (27) broke up with her husband Paul Wilson sometime in November last year.  She then packed her belongings leaving her two children Lovejoy and Lovely behind.

Zvandaziva yesterday appeared before Mr Tendai Mahwe facing charges of attempted murder and malicious damage to property.  She was remanded in custody to September 23 for trial.

Prosecutor Miss Sharon Mashavira alleged that Zvandaziva and Wilson ended their marriage sometime in November 2013, prompting the former to leave their matrimonial home. On July 2, Zvandaziva, the court heard, proceeded to Wilson’s place in Epworth at around 7pm.

 Upon arrival, it is alleged she asked for some money from her former husband who then gave her $2. This did not go down well with her and she suddenly grabbed Wilson’s mobile phone and started opening files. This incensed Wilson, leading to an altercation, it is alleged.

It is the State’s case that Zvandaziva suddenly became violent and started throwing bricks at Wilson’s house, shattering some panes.  The court heard that Wilson rushed to the police where he made a report and Zvandaziva disappeared from the scene only to resurface at around 9pm.

She allegedly went to the room where her children and her brother-in-law were sleeping and knocked but they refused to open. Zvandaziva, the State alleges, threw a plastic bottle filled with petrol into the room through the shattered window pane and set the house on fire.
The complainants tried to escape but Zvandaziva who stood guard at the door pelted whoever intended to escape with some stones and bricks.

 They screamed for help and upon noticing that the neighbours who had heard the screams were running towards the house, Zvandaziva fled the scene and the complainants managed to escape.

Property worth $1 410 was destroyed.


The Zanu PF National Chairman, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo says First Lady Grace Mugabe is being abused by some in Zanu PF.
He warned the party leadership to desist from using the media to abuse  Grace’s name for whatever reasons.

The call comes against a background where some party officials have been using the media to settle personal scores, claiming that they have been targeted for persecution through their support for the First Lady to lead the Women’s League.

Cde Khaya Moyo said this through a media statement after a routine meeting he held with the National Political Commissar, Webster Shamu and the party’s 10 provincial chairmen.

The meeting was meant to strengthen the party structures ahead of the elective congress set for December.

He said the First Family must be respected at all times, adding that Zanu PF is a party of discipline which must be reflected throughout its structures.

Cde Khaya Moyo said the meeting was also meant to ensure that the party’s registers are verifiable at all times.


Police in Harare violently dispersed a peaceful MDC-T demonstration leading to the injury of 18 members.

MDC-T Harare provincial spokesperson Obert Gutu said, "In typical Stalinist fashion, on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, the Police violently crashed a peaceful demonstration that had been organised by the MDC-T Harare Youth Assembly.

"At least 18 people have been badly injured after they were brutally set upon by baton stick wielding police officers as they marched to the Parliament building where they intended to present a petition to the Speaker of Parliament."

Guti said the petition calls upon Parliament to debate and enact legislation that enhances employment creation for young people.

"Eve Nyamadzavo, the MDC-T Harare Youth Assembly secretary for constitutional affairs has been badly hurt with several broken ribs and she has since been taken to the Avenues Clinic," said Gutu.

"Another youth official, Albert Chidakwa, was beaten with a baton stick on the head and he sustained a deep cut that required 8 stitches. This level of fascist police brutality can easily be equated to the barbarism and savagery of Boko Haram in Nigeria and ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

"We condemn, in the strongest terms, the alarming levels of intolerance and barbarism that the ZanuPF regime continues to display on a daily basis. What is certain is that this brutal dictatorship is fast approaching the end game. The people's victory is imminent." 


 A Bulawayo woman claimed that her relationship with her husband was now that of brother and sister, as the latter was allegedly failing to perform in the bedroom for the past two years after his girlfriend allegedly cast a "central locking" spell on him.

Liah Ndlovu from Old Magwegwe insisted that her husband fell victim to the spell which is colloquially referred as ulunyoka/runyoka which was cast on him by his girlfriend Judith Ncube.

She said the spell allegedly rendered him useless in the bedroom since he cannot have an erection whenever she wants to have sex with him or any other woman apart from Ncube.Ndlovu made the claims at the Bulawayo Civil Court where she was seeking a peace order against Ncube saying her sexual life was now dead after the latter allegedly administered juju on her husband's manhood making it useless whenever she wants to have sex with him.

She also claimed that Ncube was verbally abusing her over the phone – saying she would never have sex with her husband. "Judith performed traditional rituals on my husband's organ as we have not slept together for the past two years because he cannot get an erection. My husband told me that when he is with Judith his organ gets erect but whenever he is with me there is no erection. There is no doubt that Judith "locked" his manhood and now it is affecting us because he no longer performs in the bedroom."I am now seeking the court's protection so that Judith is barred from insulting me and seeing my husband," she said.

In response Ncube admitted that she was "madly" in love with Ndlovu's husband, adding that when she sent her insulting messages she was acting in revenge."It is true that I am in love with her husband and I sent her insulting messages but it was in revenge after she insulted me on the phone.

 She is also disturbing my peace by coming to my workplace at the United Refineries causing a lot of noise," responded Ncube. Nonetheless, magistrate Marylene Mtshina ordered both parties to observe peace between each other by not verbally and physically threatening each other."


A SENIOR police officer stationed in Zvishavane who allegedly stole 59 bags of maize from the police mess in Gweru and exchanged some of them with livestock was back in court yesterday for continuation of trial. However, the final hearing could not take place as Assistant Inspector Marowa Nyamande’s defence lawyer failed to attend trial due to illness and the matter was postponed indefinitely.

Nyamande, 39, of ZRP main camp in Gweru, is alleged to have committed the crime between July and December 2008. He appeared before magistrate Mildred Matuvi to answer to six charges of theft. The matter was still before the courts because the State was struggling to get state witnesses.

 Magistrate Matuvi had remanded Nyamande out of custody on free bail for continuation of trial when he last appeared in court in July.

State facts against Nyamande are that sometime during the month of July in 2008, he was working at ZRP Gweru City mess as a manager responsible for the procurement and issuing of foodstuffs.
The state alleged that on 22 July the same year, he took 11 50kg bags of maize from the canteen. He allegedly took four of the 11 bags and exchanged them for some goats and kept the animals for himself instead of slaughtering them for the canteen. The court heard that the goats were recovered in December of the same year.

Nyamande is alleged to have taken 10 more bags of maize from the canteen storeroom on August 6 to village 19 in Tokwe where he traded the maize with a cow which again he did not slaughter. He allegedly claimed the beast as his own. It is also alleged that on October 5 and 15 in 2008, the police officer took 10 and eight bags of maize respectively from the stores to Zhaugwe village in Shurugwi and Boulder Beacon Farm in Somabhula and exchanged them with a cow and an ox which were supposed to be slaughtered for consumption, but he kept the beasts.

On December 20, 2008, Nyamande was at it again as he allegedly stole 18 bags of maize from his employers, the ZRP. However, all the bags were recovered after information was leaked to his superiors by one of the junior officers engaged to load the maize on his behalf.

Nyamande at one time tried to shift the blame to the state witness, Rafael Muganhu, accusing him of stealing from him, the court was told.  However, Muganhu stood trial on an earlier date and was acquitted by the courts.

 Chipo Matshe is representing the state.


A BULAWAYO commuter omnibus conductor was yesterday sentenced to an effective eight years in jail for raping two minors aged four and six.

 Brendon Zolani Moyo, 21, of Old Pumula pleaded not guilty to rape charges but was convicted by Bulawayo regional magistrate Sikhumbuzo Nyathi.

Moyo was sentenced to 12 years in jail but four years were suspended for five years on condition that he does not within that period commit a similar crime. Moyo, who was convicted of one count of rape, has another pending.

“The six year-old victim is clearly intelligent judging by the way she gave her evidence. She knows how to count, she even listed the people who were present at the time she was raped by the accused. The girl knows Moyo very well and there is no question of mistaken identity. A medical report exhibited in court shows that the child was sexually abused,” said Nyathi

In passing the sentence, the magistrate noted that there was an increase in cases of child abuse hence the need to impose harsh and deterrent sentences.

“Cases of children being sexually abused are common before these courts and therefore the courts have to show disapproval of such behaviour in society by passing harsh and deterrent sentences.
“It is clear that the accused is an adult who betrayed the trust bestowed on him by the victims. It would appear Moyo was in the habit of luring the victims pretending to be a genuine friend yet he had a hidden motive of raping them. Surely we need to protect our children and a custodial sentence is justified given the circumstances surrounding this matter,” ruled Nyathi. In his defence Moyo, who said he was watching the children while they were playing at his house, alleged that the girl injured her private parts when she fell from a bicycle.

Prosecuting, Masimba Saruwaka narrated how on an unknown date but in April this year, eight children were playing a game in the verandah at Moyo’s home, pretending that they were at church when he spotted them.

He then went to rape the victims. However, Moyo argued in court, saying the said victims spent the day playing freely but he was surprised at sunset when he got a visit from people alleging that the children had been raped.

The six-year-old victim reported the matter to her mother and disclosed that Moyo had also raped her friend.  A police report was made leading to Moyo’s arrest.


A Harare man has been charged with operating a telecommunications system without a licence.

Emmanuel makumbe, 30, allegedly contravened the Postal and Telecommunications Act after he manipulated the International Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

It is alleged that Makumbe acquired two Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) gateways which allowed him to harness all international calls from around the world, manipulate the calls and make them appear as though they were being made locally.

It is alleged that the GSM has software to manipulate the calls and make them appear as local traffic originating from the local numbers, thereby by-passing the international gateway.
Makumbe’s actions, according to State papers, prejudiced the mobile operators of international termination traffic revenues.

According to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz), Makumbe is not licensed to operate such telecommunication services.

The offence came to light last Friday when detectives from CID Homicide received information from Lloyd Chirindo, a loss control officer at Telecel Zimbabwe. Chirindo told the police
officers that he had detected an irregularity of international traffic by-pass.

He advised the police that some international calls were being diverted into a sim box and appear as if they are local calls generated from Telecel sim cards. The police acted on the information, leading to Makumbe’s arrest.

Upon his arrest, Makumbe led police to a Potraz engineer’s office in Harare’s central business district, where the equipment he used to manipulate the system was found. The machine was disconnected.

Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe remanded Makumbe out of custody to September 9.



    First Lady Grace Mugabe is being betrayed by men in Zanu PF who are refusing to back her recent appointment, but she is not going away, Oppah Muchinguri, outgoing secretary for the Women’s league said yesterday.
    Male party officials are said to be refusing to endorse a First Lady they see as a “wretched” and “bossy woman.”

    While Muchinguri's nomination of Grace as the new secretary for Women's League may have been warmly received by the Mugabes and female voters in the party, it faces a more difficult — perhaps crippling — test at the hands of a powerful counter-force: the men, according to Muchinguri.

    The Women's League boss spoke to the Daily News as men in Zanu PF reacted quite negatively by ratcheting up resistance against the First Lady.  Muchinguri vowed yesterday that the men involved would never get rid of Grace.
    “We are not bothered by that,” Muchinguri she said adding :“As women, we are firmly behind Amai Mugabe and who is opposing this? That is the problem we are always talking about when we say men are meddling in the affairs of women.

    “Women’s affairs are for women and we do not want any interference. We do not want to be told what to do. It is the men who are interfering and they also use violence.”

    Muchinguri, who will step down at the December congress, said Grace would take over as Women’s League secretary despite mounting resistance. “There is no difference,” Muchinguri said.
    “She will be doing the normal duties of the secretary.”

    According to the Zanu PF constitution, the role of the Women’s League is to “promote the rights of women and remove all impediments to their development as full and equal members of our society.”

    Amid escalating dissent over the fast tracking of the First Lady, officials said she does not meet the minimum requirements of a person aspiring for that post. Others question why party rules, including the 15-year-rule, were being flagrantly violated to accommodate her.

    Anyone aspiring to hold a position such as secretary must have been in the party structures for a consecutive and mandatory 15 years. Her elevation is also viewed as a way to contain vice president Joice Mujuru who until recently was touted as the heir apparent.


    Tendai Biti says Morgan Tsvangirai's leaking tent which is full of hyenas and reptiles will soon collapse.
    “We are here to tell them that the political landscape has changed, and there is need to create political champions. Create a coalition of winners, and that is what we are working on. Not to be huddled together in a leaking tent that is neither big nor small, but full of hyenas, reptiles and such other unsavory animals that were lucky to be saved by Noah’s Ark,” Biti said on Monday.

    “They are also enmeshed by a crisis of winner take all mentality which in the Solomonic proverb they can only be compared to the woman who demands that they either get the baby or he is cut in half. As we said on April 26, we are building a coalition bound by values and in November we will hold a policy conference that will provide pointers and possible solutions to bring bread to Zimbabweans.”

    Tsvangirai last week appealed to his former trusted lieutenants to “come back home”.

    Responding to Tsvangirai’s olive branch extended last week to rejoin the party, Biti said: “You do not ask a girl out in the press, and they certainly know that because they are masters at that game.”

    Biti lashed out at Tsvangirai, accusing the ex-premier of being caught up in a time warp because of his past achievements as the leader of what was once Zimbabwe’s biggest opposition party, but now beset by internecine wrangling over leadership.

    “Their (Tsvangirai group) point of reference, as with Zanu PF, is takamborohwa, takambosungwa (we were once tortured and detained), it is in the past. Zimbabwe is where it is because of the politics of hubris, big egos, arrogance and personalisation,” he said.

    “Our erstwhile colleagues are suffering from a variety of afflictions, first is an over developed messianic complex in which they think they are the only ones anointed to save this country, and that is why they refer themselves as Moses in relation to the biblical prophet. There is also the feeling and belief of entitlement just because they have been arrested and tortured before.”

    The renewal group has since announced it would soon transform into a party with a different value system, ethos, colours and emblem. Its first congress is set for early 2015. Zimbabwe mail


    A ZIMBABWEAN woman died after being denied medical assistance while detained at a police station in Botswana. Nonhlanhla Ndebele, 21, was arrested on Wednesday last week for illegal migration. 
    She was critically ill at the time. Ndebele was on her way to her home area in Dombodema Resettlement area in Bulilima District, from the neighbouring country when she was arrested.
    Police detained her for four days and she later died after succumbing to chest pains and difficulties in breathing.

    Her father, Jabulani Ndebele, said Nonhlanhla could hardly walk at the time she was arrested.
    “I received a call from Nonhlanhla’s church mates from Botswana informing me that she was critically ill and was facing difficulties in breathing. She did not have a passport and two of her friends offered to bring her home illegally.

    “The arrangement we made was that they would accompany her to an illegal crossing point and we would collect her from there,’’ said Ndebele. “However we were informed by her church mates that they had been arrested as they were nearing the crossing point. Her church mates told me that they had each been fined P2,000 and were released but Nonhlanhla had remained at Masunga Police Station,’’ he said.
    Ndebele said he later received a phone call from the Botswana police on Saturday informing him of his daughter’s death.  Nonhlanhla’s grandmother, Dorothy Phiri, said her granddaughter had a chronic chest problem that had afflicted her at a tender age.

    “My granddaughter had chest pains and whenever they started she would have difficulties in breathing. She always needed medical attention to recover.

    “Her church mates told us that they tried to explain to the police that Nonhlanhla was not well and she needed medical attention urgently but they would not listen. Instead the police indicated that Nonhlanhla was an illegal immigrant and she had to be taken into custody regardless of her condition,’’ said Phiri.

    She said Nonhlanhla left for Botswana in March in search of employment.
    “My granddaughter only attended school up to Grade Seven as her father could not raise money for her school fees. It is only this year that she decided to travel to Botswana illegally in order to get a job. Poverty pushed her to do this because of the hardships that her family is facing,’’ Phiri said.

    She said she last spoke to her granddaughter on Wednesday morning and she was struggling to speak.
    Phiri said members of Ndebele’s church told her they were assisting her to return home as her condition was deteriorating.

    The family yesterday told Chronicle they had travelled to Botswana to collect Nonhlanhla’s body but were still waiting for a post mortem to be conducted.


    A 10-YEAR-OLD girl has been found hanged from a tree in Bulawayo’s Emganwini suburb. The body of Zwivhuya Buhle Mulaudzi, a Grade Five pupil at Senzangakhona Primary School in the same suburb, was found at 3:30PM yesterday by her elder sister. 

    Devastated sister, Sibonginkosi Mulaudzi, 20, told how she raced out of their house half-dressed after a neighbour told of her grisly find while she was having a bath.

     A devasted Sibonginkosi said the family was struggling to come to terms with young Buhle’s death as she did not seem troubled. “I had just started bathing and I heard one of our neighbours saying Buhle had hanged herself,” she tearfully told Chronicle yesterday.

    “In disbelief, I asked Mimi (her younger sister) to check on her. I called out for Mimi but she didn’t respond, then I had to dash out of the bathroom wrapped in just a towel to find Mimi untying her from a tree. Her body was still warm but I could feel that she was gone.”
    Sibonginkosi said her sister was “just playing and laughing with no sign of distress”.
    “We had just had our lunch and she ate hers without any problem. She asked for a chair which she took out of the house, and then came for a second but I stopped her,” she said.

    Her aunt, Pauline Tshabi, said she was in disbelief that a child so young could kill herself in that way, adding that she was a “happy girl”. Tshabi said she suspected foul play. “They said the rope was not even tight, the tree is very short she would not have used a chair to climb that tree.

    “The distance between the ground and the branch where she is supposed to have hanged herself is very short, shorter than her because she was tall,” said Tshabi.

    When the news crew visited the family’s house last night, the child’s body was still lying under the tree where she allegedly hanged herself.  Scores of shocked residents had started visiting the family to pay their respects.

    Police CID detectives arrived at the house shortly before 6PM to begin their investigations.


    President Mugabe has promoted seven Zimbabwe National Army officers from the rank of major to Lieutenant-Colonel.
    These are Mushando Chinhondo, Fikelephi Dube, Smart Clever Chapfika, Vuramayi Machaya, Murdered Musithu, Chakaipa Mukuna and Spiwe Tabitha-Nyangani. Their promotion is with effect from August 20.

    Addressing the officers yesterday, ZNA Brigadier-General (administration) Shailet Moyo said the seven were hard workers who diligently discharged their duties. ‘‘Let me therefore remind you that being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel is a sign of the trust and confidence that the organisation has seen in you.

    “As newly promoted Lieutenant-Colonels, let it be clear to you that your promotion will make you assume higher responsibilities and as such, the organisation expects your performance to be commensurate with your new status,” she said.

    Brig-Gen Moyo said the officers were expected to effectively and efficiently take care of all manpower and material resources under their command and control.

    “She said the officers’ behaviour and conduct should measure up to their new status. Being a Lieutenant-Colonel requires one’s behaviour to be exemplary.  You will be required to represent the army in various fora where your mere presence or words will be taken as official or the army’s position.

    “For this reason, you are expected to discharge your duties to the expectation of the organisation,” Brig-Gen Moyo said. One of the officers, Lt-Col Chinhondo, described the promotion as a great achievement.

    “We are quite aware of the new challenges and responsibilities commensurate with our new ranks, so please Madam, be assured of our undivided allegiance, loyalty and dedication to duty.
    “We have realised through this promotion that such efforts are recognised and rewarded,” he said.


    A Harare man yesterday told the court that his ex-girlfriend forged her son’s birth certificate to claim maintenance from him.
    Talent Zvinavashe made this claim at the Harare Civil Court where he was summoned by his ex-girlfriend, Evernice Chauruka, for not paying maintenance for the child they sired together. Chauruka was claiming US$100 per month for the upkeep of the minor child.

    She told Harare Civil Court magistrate Ms Gamuchirai Siwardi that Zvinavashe was neglecting his own child. “He is not paying anything towards the upkeep of his child and I am currently suffering alone,” she said.

    Chauruka pleaded with the court to grant her the US$100 maintenance order arguing that it would be adequate for taking care of the child’s needs.

    “I want him to give me US$100 per month for the upkeep of his child,” she said. Zvinavashe disowned the child insisting he was fathered by another man and not him.

    “How can I maintain another man’s child? When I first saw that child’s birth certificate it had another man’s surname but she decided to change it and put mine instead so that she could claim maintenance from me,” he  said.

    He asked Ms Siwardi to give him time to go for paternity tests so that he could ascertain whether the child was his or not.

    Ms Siwardi ordered Zvinavashe to pay US$70 per month for the upkeep of his child and to also pay for the paternity tests he had requested.


    RENOWNED Bulawayo water activist Arnold Payne has died.
     He was 76. Payne died at Mater Dei Hospital in the city on Monday night after being admitted at the institution last Friday.

    He had been in and out of hospital after suffering a stroke about 18 months ago. His younger brother pastor Leslie Payne said the family was saddened to lose their brother, who was the eldest out of six siblings and the first to die.

    “It’s very sad to lose him. He was like a rock to the family, like the Rock of Gibraltar. We will miss him,” said pastor Payne. His long-time friend and former Roman Catholic archbishop of Bulawayo Pius Ncube, who was among mourners at Payne’s Trenance home yesterday, said the outspoken activist was a hero, especially in his campaign for the people of Matabeleland to access water from the Zambezi River.

    “He walked from Victoria Falls to Bulawayo with a wheelbarrow containing a drum full of water from Zambezi River and people said he was just doing it for Matabeleland North, but he then proceeded to Gwanda where he emptied the drum,” said Ncube.

    “There was talk that he should present the issue to Parliament and he walked more than 400km to Harare pushing a wheelbarrow.

    “All this he did for the people and never got any cent for it. He is really a hero; a straight talker, who was not liked by politicians. Even up to now, politicians are still dragging their feet in providing water for Matabeleland and Bulawayo.

    “Although I am now living more than 300km from Bulawayo, I will continue pushing for this cause and encourage human rights defenders to pursue the issue until it comes to fruition,” Ncube said.
    Harare-based activist Hopewell Gumbo said he was pained by Payne’s death and described him as a fighter for the right to water for the poor and marginalised in Zimbabwe.

    “Payne lived the latter days of his life in trenches of the struggle to access water to dry Matabeleland,” he said. “While many will remember him for pushing a wheelbarrow to Harare from the Zambezi River, you needed to ask him what water meant to him in order to understand his struggle.

    “Payne leaves a legacy of consistency and show of dedication, one that could be misconstrued for insanity by those that do not share the values for social justice.”

    Payne pushed a wheelbarrow carrying 210lt of water from the Zambezi River to Bulawayo and then Gwanda in 1992 in a symbolic gesture to raise the urgency of the crisis to authorities to speed up implementation of the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project.

    Payne was born in the Mtshabezi area of Gwanda district on January 8 1938. Mourners are gathered at 7 Verbena Road, Trenance North.  Burial arrangements will be announced in due course. He is survived by his wife Sheila and six children. southern eye


    A SUSPECTED prostitute in the makorokoza (illegal panners)-infested Mberengwa Office 1 area lost the sight in her right eye after being severely bashed by a client for allegedly failing to satisfy his sexual desires. 
     Milton Chikwama (21) escaped a jail sentence after Mberengwa magistrate Christopher Maturure fined him $150 for assaulting sex worker Antonate Moyo (30). Chikwama told the court that he had beaten Moyo up for refusing to reimburse him his $2 after she failed to satisfy him sexually.

    “She was not good enough. She performed poorly yet I had paid for her services. I demanded my money back, but she refused so I had to do what I did to recover my money,” Chikwama told the court.

    It was the State’s case that on August 22, Chikwama and Moyo had drinks together until the early hours of the next morning.

    Chikwama then booked a room at a local brothel and paid Moyo $2 for sex. However, Chikwama demanded his money back expressing unhappiness with the service Moyo rendered, but she refused saying the services were worth the $2 he had paid.

    An argument ensued and Chikwama assaulted Moyo with clenched fists and a leather belt. Moyo lost sight on her right eye and sustained bruises all over her body due to the assault.

    The magistrate warned the public to desist from prostitution, saying it was illegal and aided the spread of HIV and Aids.

    “I do not know why people want prostitutes yet they can just marry and live a good life. Are you not aware of the deadly virus that has killed many people?” Maturure asked before sentencing Chikwama.


    FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe — whose recent “surprise entry” into the political arena has shaken corridors of power in Zanu PF — moved another rung yesterday when she was nominated to the Central Committee by the party’s Harare province.

    Grace, who is set to be confirmed as Zanu PF Women’s League boss at the party’s elective congress in December, had a Central Committee seat reserved for her by the heavily-discredited Amos Midzi-led Harare province in a move widely seen as meant to quell swirling speculation that the provincial executive was opposed to her political rise.

    With the Women’s League and Central Committee seats safely in her bag, the First Lady automatically becomes a major player in Zanu PF’s decision-making processes and key figure in deciding the party’s succession matrix.

    Addressing journalists and provincial party officials in Harare yesterday, Midzi said: “We are pleased to also announce that as a province, in addition to supporting Amai Grace Mugabe for the position of national secretary for women affairs, we have decided to reserve a Central Committee position for her.”

    His announcement was received with loud cheers, song and dance from the party officials who included provincial commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe (Harare South), Jaison Passade (MP Mt Pleasant), Melody Dziva ( MP Proportional Representation) and Politburo member Tendai Savanhu (MP Mbare ).

    “This afternoon, we have sat as the provincial elections directorate and have overwhelmingly reaffirmed the position as contained in the letter that we wrote on August 13 2014, as a province to the national chairman Cde SK Moyo, who is also chairman of the national elections directorate,” Midzi said.

    Grace’s latest political elevation comes as Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo today chairs a crisis meeting where the party’s 10 provincial chairpersons will deliberate on the internal tremors caused by her “surprise entry” into the ruling party’s top leadership.
    Several party provinces, including Harare, have been rocked by violent internal fights mainly stemming from her “unexpected” meteoric rise.

    Although the agenda for today’s meeting, which kicks off at 10am at the party’s headquarters in Harare, remained under wraps by the close of business yesterday, NewsDay is reliably informed that provincial party structures were in a quandary over how to handle the friction caused by Grace’s entry into politics.

    Khaya Moyo yesterday referred questions to Zanu PF national spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, who was not reachable for comment. But party insiders confirmed that the provincial chairpersons had been summoned to attend a crunch meeting.

    “Yes, there will be a meeting at the party headquarters of provincial chairpersons that will be convened at the behest of the national chairman. The meeting will start at 10am,” said a party insider who declined to be named.

    The source added: “Following last week’s developments in Harare province, fears are growing that Grace’s entry into politics, if not well managed, could destabilise the party resulting in the undermining of provincial structures.”

    According to the Zanu PF constitution, the Central Committee is the principal organ of the Congress and consists of 230 members drawn from the party’s 10 provinces.

    “It acts on behalf of Congress when it is not in session and, among other things, implements all policies, resolutions, directives, decisions, and programmes enunciated by Congress. The Central Committee meets once every three months.”

    The Politburo is the standing committee of the Central Committee and implements all decisions, directives, rules and regulations of the Central Committee. It meets at least once a month and is answerable to the Central Committee on all matters.

    Grace’s rise to power in Zanu PF has been viewed by observers as a way to get politically closer to her husband President Robert Mugabe and help him fight factionalism.

    Other analysts have viewed it as calculated to safeguard her family’s business interests in the post-Mugabe era while others still see it as a way to block Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s ambition to succeed Mugabe.

    Insiders said the First Lady had the backing of a faction led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also reportedly angling to take over the Presidency. In her acceptance speech after she was endorsed by the women and youth leagues at her Mazowe orphanage home last month, Grace threatened to crack the whip on faction leaders.


    THERE was chaos in Kadoma yesterday when a mob of Zanu PF supporters led by a war veteran disrupted a meeting called by the party’s Mashonaland West provincial chairman Temba Mliswa to address a raging land dispute.

    Sources said Mliswa was chased away by an angry mob unhappy with his “agenda”.
    “The members from Muzvezve constituency were rowdy and threatened to beat up Mliswa whom they accused of dividing the party in the province,” a party member privy to the developments said.

    Mliswa confirmed that the meeting ended prematurely after it was disrupted by a rowdy crowd. He said he called off the meeting after realising the situation was about to turn violent and insisted that the meeting was not political.

    Zanu PF National Consultative Assembly member Jimayi Muduwuri also denied that Mliswa had been chased away. Mliswa said he had organised the meeting to rein in on a war veteran only identified as Bonde and one Simon Solo who allegedly were conniving with the son of Muzvezve MP Peter Haritotis to block plans to reduce his farm size.

    Mliswa said he also decided to call off the meeting after the local leadership invited a suspended youth leader, Vengai Musengi, to the meeting. Meanwhile, Musengi was formally suspended from the party by the provincial executive committee on Monday.

    A letter dated August 20 and signed by Mashonaland West secretary for administration Kindness Paradza said Musengi would be barred from conducting party business until he appeared before a provincial disciplinary hearing on September 3. The meeting would be chaired by provincial vice-chairman Ziyambi Ziyambi.

    “Please be advised that with effect from yesterday Monday 25th August the provincial youth chairman Cde Vengai Musengi has been prohibited from carrying out any activities to do with the Youth League,” said part of Paradza’s letter.

    Musengi is accused of, among other things, insubordination after refusing to take orders not to open a youth bank account for the 21st February Movement. “Moreover, whilst acting alone, you parcelled out donated cash meant for the 21st February Movement — in excess of  $1 000 — to members of your executive without the express authority from either the provincial chairman or the provincial treasurer, who are your superiors,” Paradza wrote.

    According to the letter, Musengi leaked to the media a confidential letter by Mliswa to party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa on the welfare of party workers. Musengi is also accused of fleecing gold panners claiming he was surrendering the money to Zanu PF, which he did not do.
    But Musengi, however, claimed his suspension was instigated by Mliswa to weaken the youth wing in the province. newsday


    A GWANDA man was yesterday granted a protection order against his abusive wife who forced him out of their home after allegedly threatening, assaulting and insulting him.

    Lovemore Darawanda, 28, a geological technician trainee at Vumbachikwe mine, told magistrate Olivia Mashava Mashaire that his wife, Remoni Mlauzi disturbed his peace and made life difficult for him.

    He said Mlauzi, whose age was not given, spends some nights away from home drinking alcohol.

    “My wife is really troubling me because she assaults me and is also not a good mother to our two-year-old child as she sometimes fails to bathe or feed him.

    “She drinks beer and sometimes spend nights at the bar and threatens to ensure that I don’t complete my attachment if I ever beat her,” he said. Darawanda said his wife also chased him away from the mine’s house and subsequently denied him access to their child.

    However, Mlauzi opposed the application saying she had never threatened, assaulted or insulted her husband. “In fact, he is the one who has been assaulting me. All these allegations against me are lies. He left me and is now staying with his girlfriend,” she said.

    Darawanda admitted that he was now staying with his girlfriend. He was granted a protection order.

    “The court will rule in favour of the applicant so that you live in peace,” said the magistrate.