MDC WAR

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

MACHESO'S NHOVA TREATMENT

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

OBSCENE SALARIES POSTERBOY

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

ZANU PF WARS

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

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Friday, 19 September 2014

MDC COUNCIL DECIDES : ALL POSTS UP FOR GRABS

The MDC national council met today to deliberate on preparations of the upcoming party Congress to be held at the end of October 2014.

Today's meeting of the National Council follows the meeting of the National Executive, which met for 11 and half hours until midnight yesterday. The executive met and debated on the rep
orts of two Committees, one on Institutional Reform and the other on Constitutional Reforms. These committees were set up to seek members views on how the party can further refine its Constitution and enhance institutional transformation in line with our values as a democratic party.

Basing on the reports of these committees the National Executive made far reaching recommendations that were further debated by the National Council today.

Among the key resolutions made after protracted debate in line with our democratic tradition are:

(a) the 14 Standing Committee members, including the President, will be directly elected by the people at Congress.

(b) the Standing Committee has been expanded to include the position of the deputy secretary for Information and Publicity.

(c) the secretary for elections, once the selection criteria is finalised, will also sit in the Standing Committee.

(d) The party will respect gender parity in line with its Constitution and will strive to ensure equal gender representation in the organs of the party.

Our Congress preparations are going on very well and Provincial Congresses begin tomorrow with Harare province, which province will further make its own nominations for office bearers of the Standing Committee and other members of the national executive. We are gearing for our Congress where the key business will be more than just elections, even though elections are important because we are a democratic party.

The National Council also observed a minute of silence in honour and remembrance of Mr Ndanga, the provincial secretary for Mashonaland West province who perished in the disaster when a guest house collapsed at the Synagogue Church Of All Nations led by prophet TB Joshua. The party also honoured and remembered two other members who perished in an accident on their way from the party's anniversary celebrations in Masvingo last week

MAN MASTURBATES TO DEATH IN SPERM BANK

In 2012 23-year-old Chinese medical student Zheng Gang died of a heart-attack while masturbating in a Hubei sperm bank.
According to the International Business Times, it was the fourth time he had donated that week, and his family blamed the bank for his demise.

Zheng was found dead in one of the clinic's stalls when staff noticed he had been in there for two hours. Although medics tried to revive the student, he was eventually declared dead due to a heart attack.

The family apparently blamed the sperm bank for the Gang's death, and sought $648,545 compensation in a lawsuit claiming the sperm bank forced him to sign up as a sperm donor and pressured him to make frequent donations of his seed.

The court didn't agree with this - and they only got 5% of their compensation claim to cover funeral cost. The family appealed and lost.

The courts figured this guy was 23-years-old, it was his own fault he signed up as a donor and besides he was encouraging his male friends to sign up too.

Hardly signs that he needed pressuring into his frequent dates with Rosy Palms and her five daughters.

PARALLELS BETWEEN DRS GRACE AND ELENA CEAUSESCU

LIKE the dictator couple of Romania, Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu, President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace have built a pervasive personality cult around themselves.

Not only did Mugabe and Ceausescu — awarded Freedom of the City of Harare in 1983 for training Zipra and Zanla freedom fighters during the liberation struggle — enjoy warm relations, but there are striking parallels on how their wives manoeuvred and wormed their way to the top.
 
The most interesting similarity is how both obtained PhD degrees under controversial circumstances, while enjoying saturation propaganda coverage from the state media to boost their egos and profiles.
Parallels can be drawn between the rise of Elena, executed in 1989 together with her dictator husband, with Grace, whose unexpected plunge into active Zanu PF politics has created a conflicting wave of support and opposition.


From humble beginnings, Elena, like Grace ended being involved in the matrix of power, although that was ill-fated in the case of Romanian dictator’s wife.

Like Elena, Grace emerged from nowhere in July as the Women’s League’s preferred boss.
In a political move that shook Zanu PF ahead of the party’s elective congress in December, senior female party officials nominated Grace for the powerful position of secretary for Women’s Affairs in the politburo, which was endorsed by the women at their conference last month.

It is thought Grace would end up as a Zanu PF central committee member, politburo official and cabinet minister, while she might also enter the succession race to replce her 90-year-old husband and build a political dynasty.

Last week Grace pulled another shocker when she was controversially awarded a PhD by the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). As with Elena’s doctorate, questions have been raised about Grace’s PhD.

Grace’s graduation last week has raised a furore among academics at the UZ who are questioning her doctorate, which they say was obtained more through political patronage than academic merit.
Acquiring a doctoral degree is a long process which takes between three to six years.

Questions are also being asked if Grace will emerge as Zimbabwe’s own Elena, who became an ex-officio member of the cabinet in 1979 through her chairmanship of the National Council of Science and Technology.

By 1980 she was deputy premier, second in command to Nicolae himself. According to a research paper, titled The Personality Cult of Elena Ceausescu by Carl Anderson, who was post-graduate student at the University of San Diego in the US, the period between 1970 and 1989 illustrates the gradual creation of Elena’s public personality through the intervention of her husband and propaganda as her publicists sought to portray her as an embodiment of the party’s ideal type of a communist woman.

Elena’s personality cult was deceitfully built around a dubious PhD in chemistry, party involvement, central committee positions and propaganda even though she had a poor education background as she barely finished elementary school.

However, after her execution in 1989, a former teacher exposed her. At age 14, Elena dropped out of school after failing everything but needlework, singing and gymnastics, and then went to stay with her brother in Bucharest where she started working. She then met her soon-to-be husband, Nicolae at meetings of the Young Communists’ League.

While Nicolae was beginning his rise in the Romanian Communist Party (PCR) hierarchy, Elena worked as a secretary — Grace was also a secretary in Mugabe’s office — at the Foreign Affairs ministry, but due to her incompetence, she was fired.

Elena then began attending chemistry night courses at the Bucharest Municipal Adult Education Institute, but during an exam she was caught cheating and was expelled. Grace was deregistered in 2004 by University of London for repeatedly failing exams.

Nevertheless, by 1960 Elena had obtained a PhD after defending her thesis on the Stereospecific Polymerisation of Isoprene on the Stabilisation of Synthetic Rubbers and Copolymerisation.
However, there was no record of her ever obtaining a chemistry degree in advance of her doctorate.
Like Elena, what is known about Grace’s academic record is also disastrous.

In 1998, she failed all three subjects she was tested for at the University of London where she was studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

She failed Explorations in Literature (I) as she got 9%, Explorations in Literature II (18%) and Renaissance Comedy: Shakespeare and Jonson (17%). The following year she repeated the three subjects, but again failed Explorations in Literature (I) 31%, Renaissance Comedy: Shakespeare and Jonson 29%.

She, however, salvaged a dumped down pass in Explorations in Literature (II) with a 42% mark. In the same year, she attempted an additional subject, Approaches to Text, but failed with a lowly 7% mark.

Also like Grace, Elena not satisfied with a false PhD; she also wanted political status. As Nicolae became the general secretary of the PCR in 1965 and president of Romania in 1967, Elena wanted to become more than just a “scientist”, and thus her political life and personality cult commenced.
Two years after her husband assumed power, Elena was elected member of the Communist Party’s Bucharest Municipal Committee, and it would not take long before more important appointments.
The personality cult that rapidly grew along with her scientific and political career had as its major outcome to promote her as mother, scientist and political woman.

On July 19 1972, at the national conference of the PCR, Elena was elected a full member of the central committee and from that moment on, she was nominated to many other important positions.
In 1973 she became a member of the party’s executive committee

In 1979, she was appointed an-ex officio member of the cabinet and by 1980 she was first deputy prime minister and the most powerful figure in Romania after Nicolae himself.
The question now is: Could Grace be gradually following in Elena’s footsteps? independent

INSURANCE COVER FOR MPs CARS SUSPENDED

CBZ Life has suspended insurance cover for Members of Parliament’s vehicles after government failed to pay full comprehensive cover for the 370 vehicles.

MPs and senators were given Ford Ranger vehicles from Croco Motors on loan two months ago under Section 1.2 of the Addendum to the Parliamentary Vehicle Loan Scheme.

The comprehensive cover for the motor vehicle was supposed to run for a period of 12 months.

The lawmakers were advanced a $35 000 vehicle loan by Treasury to purchase the vehicles.

While government had entered into an agreement with CBZ to pay Croco Motors the $35 000 per vehicle, they were supposed to pay directly for the vehicles’ insurance, estimated to be about $790 per vehicle. But government has however failed to pay.

On July 18, 2014, CBZ Life wrote to MPs to inform them that it had suspended cover on all policies.

The situation has prompted Austin Zvoma, the clerk of Parliament, to write to the MPs and the Finance ministry registering his displeasure that government was not sticking to its  contractual obligations.

“The regrettable situation is contrary to the letter and spirit of the agreement entered into,” Zvoma said in a letter.

“The administration of Parliament has requested both the ministry of Finance and CBZ to expeditiously resolve the impasse so the members are not duly disadvantaged and will provided feedback on any development on this matter.”

In its earlier correspondence to the legislators, CBZ Life had informed them that according to the bank’s policy, their vehicles remain uninsured until the first premium has been paid.

“We therefore confirm that cover on this policy has been suspended with effect from the date it was given and that no claim under this policy will be entertained by CBZ,” wrote Norbert Mureriwa, the CBZ Life managing director.

CBZ Life Limited was established in 2010 and licensed to transact long term insurance business. CBZ Holdings has 100 percent shareholding in the company.

The MPs Ford Ranger vehicles, which cost about $12 million, were purchased at a time government is struggling to pay civil servants’ salaries on time.

The purchase of the off-road vehicles has further rocked the boat for a government accused of profligate spending on perks for ministers and government officials while turning a blind eye to the plight of lowly paid civil servants.

Government also reportedly spent about $6 million recently to buy 100 fuel-guzzling vehicles for ministers. daily news

PRICES OF LOCAL PRODUCTS ON THE RISE

Prices of locally produced goods are seen rising as manufacturers pass the cost for excise duty on fuel to consumers, analysts have warned.

“Our view is that the revenue measures, from Treasury, paint a murky picture of Zimbabwe in the short to medium term. The increase in excise duty on fuel will likely increase the cost burden for most companies. Companies, under normal circumstances, will have to pass that cost to consumers in a bid to maintain profitable margins. In Zimbabwe, however, consumers are already reeling under falling disposable incomes, hence presenting challenges for companies to increase their selling prices,” MMC Capital says in its weekly market report.

“In an environment where companies are already reducing prices to encourage sales, the rise in fuel cost will result in a further squeeze in margins.” Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa presented his mid-term fiscal policy statement last week and hiked excise duty on fuel, drawing criticism form economists.

Analysts say that a more sustainable model would be for the government to intensify its efforts in implementing investment friendly policies.

“These measures will be key in opening up the economy to capital and trade flows. As a potential source of funds, foreign investment can break the vicious cycle of low income, low domestic savings, and low investments. Foreign investment can occur in two ways,” the report says.

Foreign companies can invest directly in a domestic economy via foreign direct investments by building or buying property, plant and equipment or indirectly through domestic economy by purchasing securities such as equity and fixed income issued by domestic companies.

These forms of foreign investment will potentially increase Zimbabwe’s capital stock, leading to higher productivity, employment and wages, and even increased domestic savings.
The recent deals with China and Russia are good starting points and a lot still needs to be done to ensure they actually take off.


An analyst with a local bank said the excise duty hike would squeeze consumers and corporates alike, warning government revenues would plunge.

“In addition, some of the measures, such as the excise duty hike on fuel, may only squeeze the consumer and corporates leading to an overall reduction in revenue. Consumption by households and investments by corporates are critical pieces in growing national output,” the analyst said. “Yet the increase in excise duty on fuel may adversely fuel cost-push inflation in an environment characterised by company closures, an increase in unemployment and static and/or declining disposable incomes.”

He said cost-push inflation would result in higher prices to consumers, reducing consumption.

“This has for the past months seen most consumers now preferring basics ahead of luxuries. For businesses this increases their cost of production and may lead to consumers resorting even more to imported goods. Hence further reduction in demand and profitability. There is thus a need for policymakers to find sustainable ways of reviving demand which will ultimately lead to an increase in job creation, increased investment and profits ultimately increasing money in government coffers,” he said. independent

CHIWENGA'S FABULOUS WEALTH REVEALED

JUDGEMENT in the divorce case between Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander Constantine Chiwenga and his former wife Jocelyn has exposed the amount of wealth which the Chiwengas have acquired over years, underlined by impressive real estate in Harare’s affluent suburbs.

Proceedings of the case cannot be published as it was held in camera, under case number HC 1200/12. In judgment number 463/14 the High Court granted the Chiwengas divorce after both parties conceded that their marriage had irretrievably broken down.

The court also adjudicated on how the couples should share their matrimonial property, among them real estate, companies, top of the range motor vehicles, jewelry, furniture and clothes exposing their vast wealth in the process.

Most of the couples’ properties were registered in the name of companies. The couple owned Blue Chip Stamp Company (Pvt) Ltd which owned a property at 5 Rosary Close, Quinnington, Borrowdale measuring 5 701 square metres.

They also owned Lighthouse Investments (Pvt) Ltd which owned four industrial units in Willowvale, with each unit measuring  3 850 square metres and Liversay Investments (Pvt) Ltd which owns a property at 614 Prince Drive in Borrowdale Brook measuring 4 817 square metres.

In addition, the Chiwengas owned Hidcote Investment (Pvt) Ltd which owns a property at 79 Follyjon Crescent measuring 4 955 square metres and Grandi Lodge Sixty One (Pvt) which owns a house on a 1 692 square metres stand in Borrowdale Brooke.

They also owned Ouacker Investments, which owns stand 103 Shawasha Hills residential estate.
The Chiwengas owned Yolsac Safaris (Pvt) ltd which trades as Kazungula Wildlife Safaris as well as Ventilux (Pvt) Ltd, which has since folded.

The couple also owned an apartment in Malaysia and a house at 9 Msasa Drive in Msasa Park.
In addition, the couple owned Dokson Investments which spearheaded operations at their farm in Goromonzi. Chiwenga was allocated the farm under the government’s land reform programme.
They also own stand 539 Borrowdale Brooke measuring 1 456 metres squared as well as Dominicus Investments (Pvt) Ltd which owns an industrial stand in Marondera.


The couple owned a property at 34 Lythan Drive in Glen Lorne and a vacant piece of land at Mermaids Pool about 42 kilometres from Harare.

Apart from the properties, the couple also owned motor vehicles, among them, a Prado, Jeep, Toyota land Cruiser V8, Mercedes Benz C180, Land Rover Defender and a Land Rover Discovery 4.
They had an impressive list of jewelry, among them, gold bracelets encrusted with diamonds, gold rings encrusted with diamonds, four gold watches with 36 carat diamond, three gold chains with diamond pendants, gold choker with centre diamond and two gold bangles encrusted with diamonds.

The Chiwengas had 40 gold watches, white gold rings, four white gold chokers, choker Jackie Kennedy pearls and bracelet pearls, 10 gold anlelet, an emerald ring, pearl ring encrusted with 24 carat diamond, forty eight gold broaches and a set of gold earings and chain with diamonds.

They also had 45 sets of diamond earrings, diamond tiara, blue diamond ring, diamond and emerald necklace, emerald cocktail ring, yellow diamond ring, diamond engagement rings, emerald rings and men’s rolex watches.

The court awarded most of the immovable property to Chiwenga including property at 5 Rosary Close, Quinnington, 79 Follyjon Crescent, stand 332 Borrowdale Brooke, Ventilux (Pvt) Ltd, Chakoma Farm, Marondera Industrial stand and part of Mermaids Pool, 3 850 square metre stand where Ventilux operated from on stand 181 in Willowvale and similar stand where C&J (Pvt) Ltd operated from.

He was given 85% share of 614 Price Drive, the couple’s matrimonial home, and stand 103 Chishawasha Hills, weapons and several hunting trophies. Jocelyn was awarded the house in Glen Lorne and a second house on stand 332 Borrowdale Brooke which she had already disposed of.
She also got the 3 850 square metre stand from where her company Zimsafe operated from and a similar industrial unit which the couple was leasing. She also received two properties in Borrowdale Brooke.


She was given most of the property in the master bedroom, five bedrooms, kitchen and master bathroom at their matrimonial home.

She was also awarded seven vehicles among them a jeep, Toyota Land cruiser V8, two Mercedes Benz, Land Rover Defender, Land Rover Discovery and a Toyota Hiace. independent

MARRIED WOMAN CRIED RAPE AFTER CLIENT FAILED TO PAY $10

A MARRIED Chinotimba woman in Victoria Falls on Wednesday admitted making rape claims against her regular client after he had failed to pay $10 for services rendered.

This emerged when Stephen Moyo (24) of Chinotimba appeared before Victoria Falls resident magistrate Sharon Rosemani where he pleaded not guilty to rape.

It is was the State’s case that one night in March 2013, Moyo was drinking beer at Sona Ncube beer hall in Monde village with the 49-year-old woman. The woman left the bar to rest and Moyo allegedly followed her some hours later.

It was alleged that Moyo forcibly opened the bedroom door where she was sleeping to gain entry, undressed and sneaked into her bed.  He allegedly put on a condom and raped her once while she was fast asleep.

The State said the woman woke up and discovered Moyo sleeping next to her naked and still wearing a condom and he bolted out leaving his trousers in her bedroom. However, Moyo told the court that he was a regular client of the woman and things only became sour after he failed to pay $10 for a previous sexual encounter.

“The intercourse was consensual and she had ordered me to pay $10, but l did not have it at that time and as a regular client she had said l would pay when l got the money,” he said.
“We usually drink together, but she is married and the day we had sexual intercourse her husband was out of town.

“In December, we met at a drinking spot in Chinotimba and she removed the pants that I was wearing demanding her $10 for March and that is the trousers she is producing as evidence.
“On Sunday last week, I went to her house because of my sexual cravings and she let me in,” Moyo added.

“As we were about to start, she screamed calling the neighbours saying I was attempting to rape her, leading to my immediate arrest, but both of us know the truth.”

Asked by Rosemani why she had not reported the previous alleged rape, the woman responded: “I was afraid that my husband would divorce me and I wanted him to give me the money that he owed me because he had begged me not to report him.”

Rosemani remanded Moyo in custody to September 30 for continuation of trial. southern eye

EBOLA : SICK PAIR TESTS NEGATIVE

HEALTH and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa yesterday said the two suspected cases of Ebola at Chitungwiza SouthMed Hospital and Wilkins Hospital in Harare were not related to the virus as tests had proved negative.

Parirenyatwa yesterday issued a ministerial statement in the National Assembly where he urged Zimbabweans not to panic amid rumours that suspected cases of Ebola virus had been recorded in the country.

“At Wilkins Hospital, the patient who caused alarm was brought in an ambulance by two doctors with special training in Ebola management and the two were satisfied it was not Ebola,” Parirenyatwa said.

“The first rumour happened at South Medical Hospital in Chitungwiza and the national response team visited the site to get more information, and he was a male aged 27 who was admitted and diagnosed with urinary tract infection, meningitis and renal failure, including diarrhoea, vomiting and difficulties in swallowing and people said he had been in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when his relatives said he had never been there and had no passport.”

Parirenyatwa said specimens of blood were sent for tests to South Africa and the results which came back on Wednesday showed the Chitungwiza patient was negative of Ebola virus.
He said the second alarm was of a man (50) who worked in Mozambique and was married to a woman from the DRC.

Parirenyatwa said when the man was brought to Parirenyatwa Hospital, he was confused, had a very high temperature, and was later referred to Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital on a drip where he was diagnosed of cerebral malaria and typhoid.

He said while the man was on a drip, he pulled out the drip because of confusion and it caused blood to spurt out, resulting in nurses panicking and suspecting it was a case of Ebola.
“We do not have cases of Ebola in Zimbabwe for now and we will continue to strengthen our surveillance systems and people should not panic because of rumours on social media,” he said.
Parirenyatwa also encouraged Zimbabweans to desist from the practice of handshakes and hugs as Ebola was transmitted mainly through body contact.

Chegutu West MP Dextor Nduna (Zanu PF) asked Parirenyatwa to explain how he was going to control contact between food vendors and truck drivers from other countries.
Gokwe MP Dorothy Mhangami (Zanu PF) said the minister should explain whether second-hand clothes could transmit Ebola.

Musikavanhu MP Prosper Mutseyami (MDC-T) said the minister should explain how effective were the tests at borders as immigration officials simply asked a few questions before allowing travellers to pass.

MP for Goromonzi West Biata Nyamupinga (Zanu PF) said the minister should explain the measures he had taken to ensure cross-border traders did not expose people to Ebola virus.
Nyanga North MP Magadzire Nyanhongo (Zanu PF) said three wards in his constituency had been hit by typhoid, adding the Health and Child Care ministry should send staff to ascertain that it was not Ebola.

Parirenyatwa said his ministry would flight adverts on Ebola. “Second-hand clothes can be a problem if the virus is still fresh as it stays for four hours after contact with fresh bodily fluids. Let us ensure our people know which countries are affected, but it does not mean we should segregate or avoid people from affected countries. We need to give protective clothing at airports and points of entry,” he said.

The minister said in the Sadc region, only South Africa had laboratories to test for Ebola.
Meanwhile, Trauma Centre chief executive officer Vivek Solanki yesterday held an Ebola awareness meeting with hospital staff where he said the country should be alert for the virus. He said the country should also not be in denial and end up having an outbreak, just like the 2008 cholera pandemic which killed over 4 500 people.

“There is no Ebola yet in the country, but if we receive patients who present symptoms like those of Ebola, don’t panic, just be prepared for it,” Solanki said.

“We should not be panicking; we should take the lead as health workers and work on any case we receive. When there is a suspected case let us follow the Ministry of Health and Child Care procedures.”

Solanki said if health workers panic, it would cause alarm. He said the hospital had already acquired all the protective equipment needed for the frontline health workers. newsday

EXPELLED 'O' LEVEL STUDENT GOES TO COURT

AN Ordinary Level student from Mutambara High School, Aleksei Bvute, who was expelled from the school on allegations of masterminding a strike at the boarding institution in July this year, has filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court challenging his dismissal.

According to the school authorities in their court papers, Bvute’s alleged mischievousness led to the assault of the school’s security guards and property damage.

In the urgent chamber application, Bvute cited the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora, the Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education, acting provincial education director for Manicaland Forgiveness Chawarerwa and Mutambara High School as respondents.
Bvute, who is being represented by Harare lawyer Sharon Hofisi, was suspended from the school in July this year, following violence that erupted at the boarding institution pitting Form 4 and Form 6 students.

In his application, Bvute told the court that the incident that resulted in his expulsion began in June this year when he was at the school premises during a soccer match.

He said he was having arguments with his friends and in the process made noise, prompting a security guard to chase him and his friends away. Bvute further said he was then assaulted by the security guard, but did not fight back.

Instead, Bvute said, he was later taken to the boarding master and while he was speaking to him, some of the students attacked one of the security guards with stones and chased him out of the hostels.

He argued he was not part of the students that were involved in the fracas.  Bvute said the disturbances caused the suspension of lessons the following day and the subsequent fight between Form 4 and Form 6 students.

He said he was eventually served with a suspension letter on July 7. “I reiterate that I had not participated in the strike which forms the basis of the exclusion. I was served with the suspension letter which did not have allegations of masterminding and inciting a strike,” Bvute said.

“I am satisfied that I have demonstrated that there will be a miscarriage of justice as the respondents are arbitrarily interfering with my constitutional right to education.”
The matter is set to be heard soon. newsday

GUN-TOTING MP TRIAL ABORTED

The trial of Mhondoro-Ngezi lawmaker Mike Gava (32), facing charges of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and four other charges of violating the Firearms Act, was yesterday aborted after the prosecutor handling the matter was recused from the case.

Yesterday, Chegutu prosecutor-in-charge Allan Chifokoyo assumed responsibility over the matter taking over from Regis Chavora who was removed from the case for unspecified reasons.
Addressing presiding magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba in court, Chifokoyo said he had received instructions from the National Prosecuting Authority in Harare to take over the matter, but did not give reasons.

Chifokoyo then immediately made an application for postponement of the trial to October 3 to allow him time to familiarise with the docket, which was granted. Steve Murambashiri of Jarvis and Palferman law firm representing Gava requested for relaxation of reporting conditions to which the State did not oppose.

Gava, who was reporting to police every Friday, would now report once a month. The trial involving the Zanu PF lawmaker has failed to start on three occasions. The last scheduled date was August 20 where State witnesses did not show up forcing an adjournment of the matter to yesterday.

 The trial had previously failed to kick-off as scheduled as the State had sent the docket for perusal at the Prosecutor-General’s Office.  The State had also sought more time to adduce evidence from various witnesses, including a ballistics report compiled by forensic experts.

Allegations against Gava are that on April 17 this year at around 2300hours and at Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre casino, he pointed a Taurus revolver at two hotel employees, Charmaine Nyamadzawo and Rudo Marima.

The legislator, the State further alleges, was in a drunken stupor and acting rowdily, and fired one shot from the pistol resulting in a bullet shattering a window pane before it hit a wall.
The firearm is unlicensed, the State alleges. It was further averred at around 2330hrs Gava left the hotel casino and proceeded to the car park where he met his former lover, Thandeka Chitombo (21).
He allegedly told her he wanted to have sex with her and have a child with her. Gava, while still wielding the gun, force-marched Chitombo to his car and drove to his Mayfair Farm situated on the outskirts of the city.

The lawmaker, it was heard, assaulted the complainant after she tried to flee.  Chitombo was reportedly left for dead while Gava fled the scene. She was rescued by strangers and a police report was later made leading to accused’s arrest. newsday

PUPIL GIVES BIRTH IN SCHOOL TOILET

A FORM Three pupil at Sobukhazi High School in Bulawayo’s Mzilikazi suburb yesterday gave birth in the school’s toilet and tried to hide the baby behind the same toilet.

The pupil, 17, was rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital after a teacher discovered that she had just given birth.

The girl had earlier told her teacher during a lesson that she was not feeling well and was excused to go to the toilet. The pupil’s parents are now late and she lives with her aunt.

The aunt, Sithembiso Ndlovu, yesterday said she once suspected that the teenager was pregnant, but she denied it.

She said she was still in shock as she had trusted her niece whom she described as a quiet child whose performance at school was average.

“The teacher heard cries of a new-born baby and interrogated the pupil (name supplied) who was standing at the door.  She finally admitted that the baby was hers,” said Ndlovu.

“Earlier during the lesson, she had told her teacher that she was having stomach cramps. She was allowed to go to the toilet where she then gave birth.”

Ndlovu said school authorities rushed the girl to Mpilo Hospital adding that the pupil told her teacher that the baby’s father was in Nkayi.

She said she would not ask the girl about the matter alone and was waiting for her grandmother.

“She always denied being pregnant to me and her grandmother and whenever asked she would cry. She had gained weight but her stomach never had any noticeable changes and I never bothered her again,” said Ndlovu.

“The father of the baby is said to be in Nkayi, at the family’s rural home where she usually goes for holidays and I hope it’s not a herdboy because there are no young boys around except these herdboys.”

No comment could be obtained from the school’s headmaster. chronicle

 

 

BULAWAYO WILL BE REVIVED, SAYS MUGABE

PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday said Bulawayo was chosen to host the forthcoming 6th edition of the African Union Sports Council Region Five Under-20 Youth Games as part of plans to revive the industrial capacity of the country’s second largest city. 

The President said this when he lit the torch for the Games at State House in Harare.
“I wanted it done for Bulawayo. Bulawayo, of all our cities, is the one which has suffered the most from sanctions, because in the olden days it was established as the industrial city before the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. 

“It was the centre and is still the centre, the capital of our railway systems and of course for some of us who have lived around there and whose parents also worked that side, have that much sentiment within us, an undying sentiment for Bulawayo.

So there it is now, this is it now along with other activities, socio-economic activities are also taking place, reviving the city, reviving the industries gradually, the railways system, the transport systems,” he said. 

President Mugabe said even former Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture David Coltart, had attempted to have the Games moved from Bulawayo to Harare citing shortages of funds. 

The President said during Cabinet meetings then, it appeared most ministers shared the same view with Coltart. “It appeared the view in Cabinet was becoming acquiescent and I said are you becoming spineless Mr Coltart, come on, strengthen your spine, Games will be held in Bulawayo. It jolted him a bit and he said well, we will try and he went on coming to Cabinet time, reporting progress here, the lack of it elsewhere, especially in regard to the funding of the programme and right up to the day we had our elections, July 31,” he said. 

President Mugabe said he was surprised to hear that the secretary general of AUSC, Mvuzo Mbebe, had also tried to have the Games moved from Bulawayo by approaching Vice President Joice Mujuru. 

“But I am glad that there has been success, but I didn’t know there was another attempt and why should they have gone to the Vice- President? 

“So if the VP can say yes, she will be the right person to go the President with the strong view, what’s that? Tinoenda kunambuya kuti shoko risvike kunanamai nanababa (We go through an intermediary for a message to be relayed to the elders), you see. I would never have accepted it and I am glad she rebuffed him and said no. 

“Well, these are some of those things. It is when the challenge is there that we say do we do it or just drop it? And you say no, we just have to do it and you have timed the issue. You have funds, lack of them and it appears that no, the impediments overweigh the positive and you say no, impediments yes but we can do it and there you are, we are doing it.”

President Mugabe said government wanted to stem the migration of people from Bulawayo to Harare or South Africa, saying that was why government was committed to reviving the industrial capacity of Bulawayo. herald

 

FORMER MINISTER'S SANCTIONS CASE DISMISSED

The European Court of Justice on Thursday rejected the complaint of former Deputy Minister and businessman Aguy Georgias, who was placed on Zimbabwe’s targeted sanctions list before being briefly detained and deported at a British airport in 2007.

The ruling has poured cold water on another high profile case before the same court brought by Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana who is also challenging the legality of the sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle by the European Union (EU) in 2002.

But senior officials in the prosecutor general’s office told VOA Studio 7 that they remain confident that the court will rule in their favour as they feel they had compelling evidence. Tomana’s line of argument was that sanctions violate the universal declaration of human rights. The judgement in this case is expected this month.

The EU imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on Georgias, owner of Trinity Engineering in April 2007, after he was appointed deputy minister for economic development. The sanctions against him were only lifted in 2011.

Georgias filed a case demanding compensation for the detention. He argued that his health had suffered under the stress caused by the sanctions. He sought repayment for medical bills, legal fees and business losses suffered by his companies. His British lawyer, Hugh Mercer, said the sanctions on Zimbabwe were not dissimilar to U.S action at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba where the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is alleged to have been using rendition on prisoners of war.

But the EU top court found that the reasons for the EU sanctions imposed on any member of the Zimbabwean government at the time were valid saying “a person who wished to participate in the democratic mechanisms of his country ought not to become a member of a government responsible for serious human rights violations.”

In addition, they said the decision to detain Georgias at Heathrow Airport had been taken by British authorities, and therefore any claim for damages must be handled by them. Efforts to get a comment from Georgias were futile. Human rights lawyer Jeremiah Bamu said he is not surprised by the ruling.

ZANU PF IN TURMOIL OVER US FUNDING

At 12 Zanu PF MPs who accepted funding from the US government for community projects have come under attack. 

A Zanu-PF Senator privy to the developments described the party’s legislators involved in the project as “the dirty dozen’’ saying even the US itself would neither allow its Congressmen nor Senators to receive funding from hostile governments. 

“This is a dirty dozen, disciples of regime change, MPs who shamelessly accepted 30 filthy pieces of silver from the very same Uncle Sam who takes pride in having imposed illegal and evil sanctions that have devastated the livelihoods of ordinary Zimbabweans across the country. 

The US Embassy on Friday last week gave $90 000 in grants to six organisations from the country’s four provinces under the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Programme to enhance community projects. The US ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Bruce Wharton, officially handed over the grant at a signing ceremony held in Harare. 

The MPs invited to the event are; Paul Mavhima (Gokwe Sengwa), Walter Kanhanga (Guruve North), Adam Chimwamurombe (Chipinge West), Chriswell Mutematsaka (Guruve South), MP Cde Batsirayi Pemhanayi (Mutare North), Enock Porusingazi (Chipinge West), Tapiwanashe Matangaidze (Shurugwi South), Temba Mliswa (Hurungwe West), Kindness Paradza (Makonde) David Butau (Mbire), Simbaneuta Mudarikwa (Uzumba) and another one from Masvingo province whose identity could not be ascertained. 

Those who attended the signing ceremony are Kanhanga, Chimwamurombe and Mutematsaka while the other nine did not attend the event. 

According to sources said: “The nine allegedly felt the venue-US Embassy complex was not a good venue because of too many cameras and spying happening there.”

 In an interview yesterday, Cde Kanhanga confirmed that he accepted the invitation and attended the signing ceremony because one of the NGO, Farmer’s Association of Community Self-Help Groups (FACHIG), which received a grant operated in his constituency. 

He said FACHIG received $15 000 for community initiatives after it successfully applied for the grant following an advert flighted by the US Embassy in the media inviting those into community projects to apply for funding. He said the $15 000 would be shared among the 36 people living with HIV and Aids that were selected from the constituency for poultry projects.

Cde Kanhanga denied that the funding of the community initiatives was political motivated and dismissed as cheap politics claims that he was part of the Zanu-PF legislators allegedly working with the US government.

“Everyone is entitled to his opinion,” said Cde Kanhanga adding, “Ndokunonzi kupenga ikoko, that is b****t.”  He said he was invited to the launch of the grant on the grounds that he was the MP for the constituency.

Cde Mutematsaka, who also attended the handover ceremony, said the grant had nothing to do with politics. 

 “A grant of $15 000 was given to a local NGO to do with the improvement of people living with HIV and Aids called FACHIG,” said Cde Mutematsaka.

He said claims that they were working with US government for regime change agenda were unfounded. “These are unfounded allegations being peddled by people without correct information,” he said.

He said there were actually 12 Constituencies that have organisations benefiting from the US Embassy grants to steer their community projects. Cde Porusingazi said although he was invited he did not attend the signing ceremony. 

“My constituency had no link with the community projects the Americans are funding,” said Cde Porusingazi.

“The other reason why I did not want to go to the embassy, I wanted to be sure about the intention and purpose linked to the invitation since these people had no activity in my constituency.”

Cde Porusingazi added: “Unless they are working with some implementing partners such as Christian Care, World Vision, Plan International that operate in my constituency I have no business with them (US Embassy). Cde Chimwamurombe confirmed attending the meeting, adding he did not see anything wrong in participating in the event. 

 “Two groups in my constituency received the money. Tongogara group through Christian Care received $24 000 and they are going to buy sewing machines, sponsor HIV and AIDS programmes and food security programmes. Musabayana village also received $13 000 and they are buying grinding mills where they will charge Rand 5 per bucket and they want to start a community garden where they will be drying some vegetables for sell,” he said. 

He dismissed claims that he was working with the Americans to effect regime change from within. He said it was pleasing that some NGOs had realised that Zanu-PF was in power and there was need to work local structures.

 Cde Mavhima was also invited but did not attend the ceremony. He said he only saw the invitation on Tuesday because he was out of Harare part of last week on government business. 

“I did not go there because my priority is on Government business. Why would I go when I have more pressing Government business,” he said. Cde Mavhima also questioned how an invitation would prove that one was working with somebody. “It does not make any sense. Whoever is saying that is desperate to tarnish other people’s names and would want to urge such people to do a proper homework before they start making such unfounded, baseless and malicious allegations.” herald

 

MARANGE OWES TAXMAN $10M, BANK ACCOUNT GARNISHED

Marange Resources owes the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority $10 million. The taxman has since issued a garnishee order to a local bank against the bank account of the firm. 

Documents in the possession of The Herald Business show that the State owned diamond miner owes the taxman $10 million arising from Pay-As-You-Earn arrears, interest and penalty charges for unsettled obligations. 

Zimra claims that Marange Resources owes a principal amount of $5,8 million, $1,1 million interest liability and $2,9 million penalty for  failure to settle the dues on time.“Whereas the above named, believed to be entitled to certain income from or to have money deposited with your bank, is indebted for income tax as stated,” said Zimra.“You are hereby appointed agent for the debtor under the provisions of the income tax and VAT Act,” Zimra added. 

The garnishee order by Zimra indicated that if the bank parted with any of the money that comes through it, it would become liable (protanto) for the tax liability.“Full indemnity is afforded the agent against any action by the taxpayer for recovery of the amount paid to me hereunder,” Zimra said in the garnishee statement. 

The taxman has issued garnishee orders against many entities that failed to meet their tax obligations due to challenges sweeping across the entire economy.

Several of the companies have since filed cases with the fiscal Court of Appeal to contest the revenue collector’s garnishee orders and these include Zimbabwe Leaf Tobacco, Steelmakers and Blanket Mine. 

RMC Hospital, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Zimplats, Mayor Logistics and Harare City Council also filed notices of their intention to contest the orders.Zimra’s commissioner general may declare any person to be the agent of another person to pay amount due from monies in any current account, fixed account, fixed deposit account, savings account or any other account.This includes pensions, salaries or any other remuneration they may hold for or due by them to the person the agency would have been declared to be. 

Such agents include banks, building society or savings club, a partnership, any officer in public service. Tax includes interest payable by virtue of provisions of subsection (2) sections seventy of the Income Tax Act. According to the income Tax Act, every representative taxpayer who pays tax shall be entitled to recover from the person on whose behalf the money is paid, or retain monies that may be in their possession, as required, to indemnify themselves for the payment. A representative taxpayer shall be liable for any tax payable by him as a representative if they alienate, charge or dispose of the income for which tax is chargeable. 

The same rule will apply if the representative disposes of or parts with any funds or money in their possession or come to them after the tax is payable, when the tax could have been paid from such funds or money. According to Zimra, the commissioner general has the same remedies in as full and ample manner, against all property under the control of any agent or trustee, as he has against the property of anyone liable to pay tax.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

FACTION WARS : HOUSE BOMBED

A petrol bomb was thrown at the family home of a Zanu PF youth leader in Harare, fuelling speculation that the attack was faction-related.

Penelope Makomeya, the Zanu PF Mbuya Nehanda district chairperson,  was yesterday targeted in a petrol bomb attack on her home in Highfield.

Makomeya, one of the youths beaten up during a meeting last month called by politburo member Cleveria Chimeza where politburo member Tendai Savanhu and Harare chairman Amos Midzi were accused of attempting to block the ascendancy of the first lady Grace Mugabe, said the petrol bomb was thrown at the house in the early hours of Sunday afternoon.

The attack follows a series of denials against reports that the Harare Province was opposed to Grace’s ascendancy and amid fears that heads could roll at the forthcoming Zanu PF congress in December.
The Harare leadership has rejected accusations that it was against Grace's ascendancy, and offered the first lady a seat in the party central committee.

The  Zanu PF Harare provincial executive — consisting of Midzi, Savanhu, provincial political commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe, Women’s League boss Angeline Matambanadzo, former youth chair Jim Kunaka and other Central Committee members — yesterday visited the house.
Makomeya told the Harare leadership that there was extensive damage to the bedroom after the afternoon bombing.  The attack happened while she had gone to the shops. She said she was alerted by neighbours that her house was on fire.

After touring the bombed room,  Savanhu said the incident was most unfortunate. “I have seen the room that was bombed and this is very bad,” Savanhu said.

“But there is one thing that bothers me. If you remember some few weeks ago, the chairperson was one of the youths beaten during a certain meeting and now her house has been bombed.”
Savanhu said the bombing was a bid to tempt Makomeya.

“This shows me that there are people who want to test and tempt you. Even Christians are tempted. In politics this always happens but I want to encourage you."

Savanhu said he did not want to speculate who was behind the bombing but said he would be guided by the police report. Midzi was more philosophical.

“The truth is the truth and we walk the truth,” he said. “The truth will set you free.” Mashayamombe said the party would assist Makomeya recover all her lost property. Makomeya said party members should learn to solve problems amicably. daily news

BITI MOCKS DR GRACE

Former Finance minister Tendai Biti has said he would never study for a doctorate degree because it has lost its status.
Subtly taking a dig at First Lady Grace Mugabe who has just been awarded a PhD after allegedly registering for the degree in July, Biti told a public meeting called to critique the midterm fiscal policy on Wednesday evening, that he was no longer keen to read towards a PhD.
“These are the doctors (Tapiwa) Mashakada and (Godfrey) Kanyeze, I was telling them before we came here that, ‘gentlemen, today I want to state publicly that I will never ever have a PhD for obvious reasons.’ You know what happened,” Biti said to uproarious laughter from the gallery.
Grace’s doctorate from the flagship University of Zimbabwe was in sociology and she studied the case of children’s homes in Zimbabwe, a subject that comes as no surprise, since she runs an orphanage in Mazowe, north of Harare.

 Biti said “doctorates or no doctorates”,  Mugabe’s Zanu PF was no longer up to task in addressing challenges blighting the national economy. “The ruling party is tired, old and fragile,” he said.

“It is now torn apart by deep structural divisions which are now playing out in the government where we have ministers openly clashing. Zanu PF is clueless and tired and that party will never move us forward.”

The former Finance minister also rubbished the midterm fiscal policy presented by his successor Patrick Chinamasa as “unsound.”

“Minister (Patrick) Chinamasa doesn’t understand that we are in a U-shaped recession and if it’s not controlled, it will lead to a depression,” Biti said.

“To observe the signs of recession, you look at number one, the levels of inflation and during this year we have had persistent deflation and persistent decline in month-on-month inflation.
“Now, because all Zimbabweans have lived in a hyper inflation era, you think that the reduction of prices is positive, it is not positive because it is caused by that we do not have money and there is no aggregate demand, we are not spending. Because we are not spending, there is disinflation and deflation kills business.”

He said the political crisis emanating from rigged elections needs to be addressed. “We need to deal with politics because without that, we can’t move forward —this economy is subordinated by politics,” he said. daily news

WE BONKED IN THE BUSH, SAYS MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING BROTHER'S WIFE

A 30-year-old Ruwa man standing trial for allegedly raping his brother’s wife, left the court gallery in stitches on Wednesday, after claiming that the story was a hoax since the two had consensual sex in the bush, on numerous occasions.

The accused, George Masvaure of Dunstan farm in Ruwa, made the claim while cross-examining Lita Jumbi (22), who is the complainant in the matter. Regional magistrate Noel Mupeiwa presided over the matter.

“It is not true that l raped her, the complainant would come out of her house around 2000hrs, only wrapped in a cloth, while wearing nothing underneath,” said Masvaure.

“We would then proceed to a near-by bush where she would remove the cloth so we can have sex,” he said.

Masvaure also quizzed the complainant on why she never raised alarm on the day of the alleged incident.

“I did not think of anything at that particular moment (the day of the alleged rape), as l was not expecting it. I am currently six months pregnant as a result of the rape,” replied Jumbi.

The state, represented by prosecutor Tinashe Kanyemba, alleged that on an unknown date, sometime in December last year, the pair started having an intimate affair.

As the illicit relationship gathered momentum, the accused person alleged that the complainant ‘fixed’ him with traditional medicine so he could become impotent when with his wife.

After that, Jumbi subsequently told Masvaure that their affair was over.

The court further heard that, sometime in February this year, the accused then raped the complainant who was alone in her house.

The matter was later reported to police, leading to his arrest.