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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Sunday, 26 October 2014


LIFE for a 31-year-old man from Mberengwa has turned into living hell after the spirit of a neighbour he allegedly killed three years ago started haunting him and terrorising his family.
The man, Munyaradzi Mutsvene of Mhere Village under Chief Mbosi is said to be haunted by the spirit of Nyasha Shereni whom he allegedly fatally stabbed in the abdomen on 9 January 2011 following a misunderstanding.

Mutsvene and Shereni are said to have had an altercation which degenerated into a fight, resulting in the former stabbing the latter several times in the process ripping open his stomach.

Shereni died instantly as a result of the attack. It is understood that Mutsvene fled to South Africa after committing the crime in a bid to evade arrest.

A source said Mutsvene started having misfortunes in South Africa while at the same time he would see the image of Shereni demanding compensation for allegedly killing him and instructing him to confess.

“When Mutsvene went to South Africa, the spirit of Shereni started haunting him. His family was also being haunted by the spirit which was threatening to cause perennial deaths to the family if Mutsvene refused to confess,” said the source.

Mutsvene, the source added, returned to Zimbabwe this year and handed himself over to the police last week on Tuesday.

“The spirit of Shereni forced Mutsvene to return home and confessed to his relatives that he had killed their relative and offered to pay compensation in the form of cattle and money. Mutsvene also handed himself to the police,” said the source.

Meanwhile, Mutsvene appeared before Mberengwa magistrate, Mr Christopher Maturure, on Friday facing a murder charge.

He was not asked to plead and remanded in custody to Friday. Mutsvene was also advised to apply for bail at the High Court.

For the State, Mr Munyaradzi Ncube alleged that Mutsvene murdered his neighbour, Shereni, following a heated dispute.

Mr Ncube said Mutsvene stabbed Shereni in the abdomen and ripped his stomach open before fleeing.

He said Mutsvene was on the run for three years before handing himself to the police last Tuesday.


A bull suspected to be for traditional rites, which had been stolen together with four other beasts, sold out a Mberengwa cattle thief after it returned to its owner, almost a year after it was stolen.
The bull which belongs to Kokerai Chebani from Chief Mazvihwa’s area in Zvishavane, later led him to Mberengwa where he found his four other cattle which had also gone missing on the same day as the bull.

The cattle had been stolen by Godfrey Tapera (42) of Village One under Chief Mataruse in Mberengwa.

Tapera appeared before Zvishavane magistrate, Mr Story Rushambwa, on Thursday last week facing charges of stocktheft as defined in section 114 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act chapter 9:23.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge, but was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Tapera will, however, serve an effective 12 years after six years were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

For the State, Mr Stanley Ncube, told the court that on 3 November 2013 Chebani drove his five cattle to a grazing area near his homestead and left them there unattended.

When Chebani later returned to where he had left his cattle, he could not find them and made a police report.

Frantic efforts to find the cattle yielded nothing, leading to Chebani resigning to the fate that his cattle had been stolen.

However, sometime in August this year, one of his stolen beasts, a bull named after one of Chebani’s ancestors in accordance with his tradition, returned home much to Chebani’s surprise.

The bull had been re-branded with a new JC brand, which is the cattle brand for Mberengwa district, but still had some ear marks, Chebani’s unique brand, which he then used to positively identify the bull as his.

After the bull’s return, Mr Chebani closely monitored its movements daily, and one day the animal took off to Mberengwa, where he followed it and was led to Tapera’s homestead.

On arrival at Tapera’s homestead, Chebani was directed to Brookland Dip Tank where everyone in the area was dipping their cattle.

At the dip tank he found his other four beasts being dipped by Tapera who had registered the cattle in his name under cattle ticket number 416693D.

The matter was reported to the police and further investigations established that Tapera had four other stolen beasts which he again had registered in his name under the same ticket number.

This led to Tapera’s arrest, subsequent appearance in court and sentencing. sunday news


AMERICAN Embassy officials have been trying to get Members of Parliament to pass a vote of no confidence in President Mugabe, it has emerged.
Investigations show that this was part of a double-pronged strategy that included challenging President Mugabe’s incumbency at the Zanu-PF Congress in December.

As such, President Mugabe would have first lost control of Zanu-PF, and then lost the State presidency via Parliamentary procedures hinged on Section 97 (Removal of President or Vice President from office) of the Constitution.

This ties in with revelations last Thursday by First Lady and Zanu-PF Women’s League Secretary-elect Grace Mugabe that Vice-President Mujuru, working with other party officials and their private sector financiers, were pushing for President Mugabe’s ouster just a year after he resoundingly won the 31 July election.

War veterans who met the First Lady supported her for fearlessly speaking against attempts to push out Cde Mugabe as Zanu-PF First Secretary and President, and National President.

Section 97 of the Constitution reads: “(1) The Senate and the National Assembly, by a joint resolution passed by at least one-half of their total membership, may resolve that the question whether or not the President or a Vice President should be removed from office for —“(a) serious misconduct; (b) failure to obey, uphold or defend this Constitution; (c) wilful violation of this Constitution; or (d) inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity; should be investigated in terms of this section.

“(2) Upon the passing of a resolution in terms of subsection (1), the Committee of Standing Rules and Orders must appoint a joint committee of the Senate and the National Assembly consisting of nine members reflecting the political composition of Parliament, to investigate the removal from office of the President or Vice President as the case may be.

“(3) If — (a) the joint committee appointed in terms of subsection (2) recommends the removal from office of the President or Vice President; and (b) the Senate and the National Assembly, by a joint resolution passed by at least two-thirds of their total membership, resolve that the President or Vice President, as the case may be, should be removed from office; the President or Vice President thereupon ceases to hold office.”

Zanu-PF sources last week said the initial attempts started under the old Constitution with the US Embassy exploring if MPs would impeach President Mugabe during the inclusive Government era (2008 to 2013).

The plan involved securing key parliamentary posts including that of Leader of the House (House of Assembly) to rally Zanu-PF and MDC legislators to collaborate on the scheme.

In 2009, Vice President Mujuru reportedly met MDC-T women’s assembly chair Mrs Theresa Makone to catapult Goromonzi West National Assembly Member Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga to the helm of the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus despite Zanu-PF having chosen Cde Monica Mutsvangwa.

Cde Mutsvangwa — who beat Cde Nyamupinga in the party primaries — would have landed the post, courtesy of a “gentlemen’s agreement” between the Zanu-PF and MDC-T women’s caucuses to endorse elected candidates without resorting to polls.

However, a poll was uncharacteristically conducted and MDC-T parliamentarians helped secure Cde Nyamupinga’s ascension following VP Mujuru’s meeting with Mrs Makone.

Cde Mutsvangwa told our Harare Bureau last Friday: “I am not a guru on that (vote of no confidence scheme), but the way she fought me is not surprising. From the time we returned from the liberation struggle, we had never had any quarrels.

“I was shocked. I had respect for her, but she decided to sacrifice me. I got 17 votes and Biata got three in the primary. The Vice President said, ‘No, that’s not what I want.’ So she ordered a redo. She said we should vote as MDC-T and Zanu-PF. She had discussed with Makone.” Investigations show that the Americans then tried to build support for a vote of no confidence when the new Constitution was enacted in May 2013, a year-and-a-half after VP Mujuru met former US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Charles Ray secretly on the outskirts of Harare. CIA spy Mr Eric Ryan Little was posted to the US Embassy in July 2013 under the cover of second secretary (parliamentary affairs) ostensibly to recruit as many legislators to the plan.

Since arriving, Mr Little has attended numerous parliamentary sessions to “talent spot” Zanu-PF and MDC MPs likely to divulge party secrets and has met those he identified, promising them funding under the US Ambassador’s Self Help Fund which disburses between $5 000 and $25 000 to selected community projects.

He attended Zanu-PF’s 2013 Annual People’s Conference in Chinhoyi and State events which he used as cover to further engage his targets and link up with other MPs.

Mr Little has met Cdes Beatrice Nyamupinga, Temba Mliswa, Amos Midzi, Simbaneuta Mudarikwa, Paul Mavhima, Enias Damani Diamonds Mumvuri, Daniel Mackenzie Ncube, Joseph Mapiki, Tapera Machingauta, Ladislus Ndoro, Tendai Makunde, David Butau, Byton Mike Musaka and Christopher Mutematsaka. He also met MDC-T legislators James Maridadi, Eddie Cross, Willas Madzimure and Reggie Moyo.

In his meetings with Zanu-PF MPs, Mr Little shuttled between development assistance and national governance issues, and inquired whether President Mugabe would be challenged at the party’s elective National Congress in December and about the succession matrix.

Though the legislators’ co-operation could not be immediately determined, a Zanu-PF provincial chair closely linked to Mr Little told our Harare Bureau that senior party officials wanted to unseat President Mugabe at Congress and replace him with VP Mujuru.

The chair — who indicated that US funding for the project was already available — revealed that he and some of his fellow provincial leaders have been canvassing grassroots support to constitute an Electoral College to oust Cde Mugabe.

Amai Mugabe disclosed the plot, in part, during her countrywide “Meet the People” rallies when she castigated the VP and provincial leaderships of Mashonaland Central, East and West as well as Masvingo, Manicaland, Bulawayo and Harare.

She openly criticised Mashonaland East provincial chair Cde Ray Kaukonde for funding factional activities.

Our source said: “While Amai Mugabe is busy drumming up support for the removal of VP Mujuru, the Electoral College is eyeing to remove the President at Congress.

“The provincial leaders and senior Politburo members in other provinces are uniting behind Amai Mujuru.”

According to the provincial chair, the conspirators expected President Mugabe to sack VP Mujuru and Zanu-PF secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa on his return from Italy last week.

In that case, the VP and her backers would have teamed up with opposition parties such as MDC-T, MDC Renewal and Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, all of which sprang to Cde Mujuru’s defence last week while attacking the First Lady for retracing their formation to the VP’s house.

The provincial chair said since President Mugabe has not fired his deputy, the second option was for VP Mujuru to resign before Congress and leave the party alongside her backers.

“We are ready to pull out of Zanu-PF with the VP. As provincial leaders, we are young radicals. He (the President) forgets that we have the people in the provinces and we can sway them to our direction. We can get funding from the Americans and we can emerge a stronger party after the collapse of Zanu-PF.

“There is backing from senior Politburo members who felt belittled by Amai Mugabe during her rallies.”

Another Zanu-PF source told our Harare Bureau: “The Americans tried to infiltrate by funding Parliamentary programmes. They then sought MPs’ support to remove the President using Constitutional provisions.

“We have always been aware of the plot, which began in 2008. Their idea was to use institutions like Parliament and also work from within the party.”

US Embassy officials have declined to comment, saying they do not discuss “diplomatic activities” in the media. sunday mail

Saturday, 25 October 2014


The First Lady Grace Mugabe has called upon schools to offer quality education that stimulates development of broad-based capabilities and employment creation.

Grace, who was represented by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Cde Didymus Mutasa, said this at Kriste Mambo High School in Rusape at the institution’s golden jubilee and prize giving ceremony.
Grace said there is need to continue emphasising the entrepreneurial role in all sectors for the country to realise investment and innovation for national growth and prosperity.

The First Lady said the government has come up with the new economic blue print the ZIM ASSET to turn around the country’s economic fortunes, adding that education should be relevant in order for the set objectives to be attained.

Grace commended Kristen Mambo for championing girl child empowerment noting that the new constitution has also given more emphasis to the upliftment of the girl child.

She commended the school for being a leader in academic excellence and for the establishing world class infrastructure.

Speaking at the same occasion, the Provincial Education Director Mr Edward Shumba said schools should equip students with good morale elements for them to be molded into upright future leaders.

The school head for Kriste Mambo Mr Andrew Mvere said the school had gone through a major transformation which has seen a marked improvement in enrolment and the pass rate.

The school which was established 50 years ago by the Dutch Sisters of Charity with an initial enrolment of 50 students has seen the enrolment pattern increasing up to 557 borders and 40 day scholars.

Students who excelled in different subjects were presented with certificates, trophies and cash prizes at a colourful ceremony which was attended by stakeholders from different sectors of the economy.

The First Lady is a product of Kriste Mambo, having passed through the institution in the early 80s.


Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru says with the sacrifices she made in liberating the country there is no way she can be said to be selling out by dining with neo-colonialists.

Dr Mujuru made the remarks during her graduation party held at Dotito High School in Mt Darwin following her recent graduation with a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

This is the first time the Vice President has spoken publicly since the First Lady Grace Mugabe accused her of being corrupt, divisive and linking her to the formation of opposition parties - MDC and Mavambo.

Dr Mujuru said her ambition is to see unity prevail in Zanu PF party, adding that it is disheartening that some party members are wasting time on petty issues.

"Tirikutora nguva yakawanda, yakawandisisa tichiita zvisina mubhadharo. Aiwa, aiwa inini chandavekuda ndakuudzai kuti ndakukwana 60 years, i lucky. Ndine vakoma nevanin'ina vakapatadza.

"Ndirikufunga kuti chandinofanira kuita ndisati ndafa chinoratidza kuti vaMugabe vakadyara mhodzi ino yakabuda yakaita zvibereko, kubatanidza vana vemusangano.

(We are wasting time on useless issues in the party. I am nearing 60 years and I am thinking that before I die I should be able to show that the seed President Mugabe planted in me has germinated and produced fruits through uniting party members)," she said.

She said she remains committed to safeguarding the country’s sovereignty.

Dr Mujuru revealed that she was inspired by President Robert Mugabe to further her education at independence and hailed him for spearheading the country’s education policy that enabled the nation to achieve the best literacy rate in Africa.

"Ndoda kuti (VaMugabe) vaone kuti dzidzo yavakandipa yashanda. Handidi kuvashaisa hope...Dzidzo inofanira kundibatsira kuunganidza nyangwe vasingandifarire hazvimbondirwadza kuti havandide asi pane acha-benefita panezvandakupa ariseri kwako.

(I need to show him (President Mugabe) that the education he imparted in me has been worthwhile. I do not want to give him a headache. Education must help me to unite even with those who might not like me)," said Dr Mujuru.

Speaking at the same occasion, Mashonaland Central Zanu PF Vice Chairman Cde Sydney Chidamba and Zanu PF Politburo member Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu said they are proud of Dr Mujuru’s achievements both as a politician and academic.

The graduation party was attended by several Politburo members who included Cdes Rugare Gumbo, Webster Shamu, Munacho Mutezo, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube and Cde Alice Chimbudzi, Cde Sylvester Nguni, Cde Amos Midzi, Cde Christopher Chigumba, and Cde Fortune Chasi, among other senior party and government officials. zbc



After being savaged by First Lady Grace Mugabe, Vice President Joice Mujuru says she will not fight anyone in Zanu PF.
She denied that she was corrupt but admitted that :”I am not perfect but people should not accuse me of crimes I did not commit.”
Mujuru said her loyalty to President Mugabe was unquestionable. “My commitment and loyalty to President Mugabe is the reason I was assigned various posts (over the years) .There's need for unity in Zanu-PF. We should not insult each other if we want people to vote for us in 2018”

Live updates from Newsday
Mujuru: “Kudzidza hakusi kwekuvhaira nako.”

14:31: Over 12 MPs from the province are present.
14:27: VP calls her O level teacher Mr Matanda and relates how he helped her pass her accounts. Calls her driver and tells of how she told him to speed up to the exam centre when she had forgotten she was due to write an exam. The crowd erupts!
14:25: VP Mujuru explains her war history and says it was Mugabe that encouraged him to join the liberation struggle.
14:19: Mujuru: “I grew up in a family of a lot of girls and my father didn’t believe that a woman can go far. My father’s brother vaivaseka kuti waita musana wakaipa. It is only when he went to the clinic and saw staff were mostly women when he started to believing in taking his girls to school.”
14:16: Readers have been asking if Didymus Mutasa is here. We can confirm that he has not been able to attend but is in a meeting in Nyanga in which he is reading a prepared speech by First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe. Ironical? Yes we are also shocked.
14:07: Prof Chanetsa was her supervisor. Introduces her supervisor heads of research in her department and says they will tell you how I did it. She chants: “Pamberi nekubatana, pamberi nedzidzo. A woman’s first husband chitupa chefundo.”
14:05: VP Mujuru has stands up to speak after dancing with traditional dancers. She invites all with PHDs to join her on the podium.
14:03: Sikhanyiso takes the mic and congratulate VP for being awarded her PHD. He says Mugabe is the forerunner of education and the VP is a product of that.  13:18: Zanu PF Vice Chair of Mashonaland Central: “Hatidi madhonza anoisa ndove pachain. We are proud of her (Mai Mujuru).” Someone shouts: “Havasi stepmother and havasi vetyping school.”
The Vice Chair equates Mai Mujuru to Mbuya Nehanda.

12:36: Mbare Chimurenga choir present.
12:32: New slogans here: Kana Gamatox ichiuraya zvipfukuto pamberi nayo. Manicaland youths singing: “Tengesa uone.” Mai Shamu chants pasi nezvipfukuto and the crowd erupts. Interesting times in Zanu PF indeed.
12:24: Youths from Harare saying nhasi ndezvedu in reference to VP’s PHD qualification.
12:23: Fortune Chasi adds: “Pasi nemazvake mazvake”. Crowd cheers and Midzi takes mic repeats the slogan and the crowd is ecstatic.
12:22: Gloves are off here as the long awaited slogan has been done much to the joy of the swelling crowd. “Pasi nezvipfukuto pasi ne MDC.”
12:15: Women dancing and the MC says: “Nhasi harisi zuva remusangano izuva rekupembera. Tinoda kuita maslogan chaiwo kwete emumusoro medu.” Introductions are being made.
12:09: VP invited children to sit with her at her tent in true Amai fashion, as the Compère shouts “VaMugabe woye, Pasi ne MDC zvese nevazukuru vayo. VP smiles and seems to be in an ecstatic mood.
12:08: Slogans: Pamberi ne Zanu PF, pasi ne vasingade kubatana nevamwe. Pastor gives prayer and thanks God for the VP’s presence.
12:07: Webster Shamu and Wife arrives.
12:04: Sylvester Nguni and Fortune Chasi are present.
12:02: VP Joice Mujuru arrives to a cheering crowd that is chanting President Robert Mugabe. She seems to be in a good mood as women singing: “Tinofamba namai kuti nganga navo hatidzokere shure.”

11:30: Rugare Gumbo, Elias Musakwa, Chinx Chingaira, Amos Midzi and Christopher Chigumba arrives.

11:26: Police band playing Chinx Chingaira’s song, VaMugabe vakanganisa here kupavanhu minda
11:24: Women wearing Mugabe t-shirts from July 31 election campaign

11:23: A Crowd of about 1500 people including schoolchildren and villagers are here to witness the graduation ceremony
11:22: Graduation party for Mai Mujuru live updated from Dotito gvt school Mt Darwin


THE teacher from Roman Catholic-run Embakwe High School who is facing allegations of bedding his wife’s Grade 6 niece has been suspended for three months pending investigations.

His counterpart also from the Roman Catholic-run Empandeni High, Ntandoyenkosi Ndlovu, who impregnated a Lower Sixth pupil at the school, is waiting for a verdict from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

Matabeleland South Provincial Education Director, Tumisang Thabela, confirmed that a hearing for the teachers had been held.

“The two teachers have appeared for disciplinary hearing and we’re still waiting for a feedback from the head office in Harare. Our office was responsible for carrying out the investigations and compiling a report which we sent to the head office as they’re responsible for coming up with the verdict,” she said.

Nhlanhla Nyoni, the Embakwe High School teacher, was due for a disciplinary hearing recently but it failed to kick off as he appealed for legal representation. He is due for another disciplinary hearing early next month.

Nyoni would allegedly take advantage of his wife’s absence to sleep with her Grade 6 niece who was staying with them while learning at Embakwe Primary  School.
Nyoni is reported to have proposed love to the minor who “consented” to having sexual intercourse with him during her aunt’s absence. The girl is reported to have posted several nude pictures of herself to her uncle during the time of their “love affair”.

Nyoni was exposed after the girl ran away from home to another teacher’s home one night and reported the matter while Ndlovu was exposed after the girl’s school mates told school officials about the secret love affair.

A source close to the investigations, who cannot be named for professional reasons, said: “Ndlovu had denied having impregnated the girl during the disciplinary hearing despite overwhelming evidence which was presented.”

The source said the 17-year-old girl testified that she and the teacher were sexually active resulting in her falling pregnant while her peers testified that their friend was in a relationship with the teacher.

The girl who was supposed to write her final A-Level examinations this year dropped out of the school because of the pregnancy. According to the source, the girl explained during the hearing that Ndlovu sent her to his rural home in order to conceal the pregnancy.

“The girl, who was staying at the school with her mother who is also a teacher, said she and her teacher lover took advantage of the fact that she was not staying at the girls’ hostels to meet at his house in secret,” said the source.

“Ndlovu took the lower sixth pupil and hid her at his rural home in Kezi for two months in a bid to conceal the pregnancy from school officials and his wife who stays in Bulawayo. He convinced her to relocate after promising to marry her.” chronicle


A Bulawayo magistrate on Friday blasted the prosecutor and the detectives who handled the case involving 42-year-old Nicky Richardson, convicted for stealing from the First Family owned Alpha and Omega premises in Thorngrove this month, for doing a shoddy job.

Richardson of Sauerstown was sentenced to an effective 17 years for two counts of armed robbery by Magistrate Trinos Wutawashe at the Bulawayo Regional Court.

Yesterday, Wutawashe criticised the police and the state, while responding to an application by the prosecutor Robin Mukura, for the court to effect three years that were suspended from Richardson’s sentence for a similar crime of armed robbery in 2005.

Mukura tendered a record in court indicating that Richardson was previously sentenced to 18 years in prison for two counts of armed robbery. Three years were suspended from the sentence for a period of five years on condition that he did not commit a similar crime.

After admitting to the extract from the conviction that was read by the prosecutor in court, Richardson pleaded with the court to be lenient.

“If a man has been slaughtered, it would be too harsh to slaughter him again. I pleaded guilty to the charges; I am requesting to be given a chance to restitute the total amount deprived from the complainant, so I can reunite with my family soon,” he pleaded.

Wutawashe had no kind words for the prosecutor and the detectives who overlooked Richardson’s previous conviction. He said the High Court had already approved the sentence of 17 years.

“The state and the police failed in their job. It was the duty of the state and the prosecutor to search for the accused’s previous convictions. The CID did a shoddy job when they compiled the docket. This was a simple docket, I don’t know why the police were in such a hurry to bring it to the prosecutor,” said the magistrate.

He, however, said the sentence given to Richardson was appropriate enough to induce  shock and deter would-be offenders.

“I considered that the accused had pleaded guilty and that he had been co-operative with the police. I feel he deserved to be treated fairly. His sentence has already been confirmed by the High Court,” he said.

Richardson was jailed for stealing $1 035 from Alpha and Omega, which sells a range of dairy products. He committed the crime with his alleged accomplice, Khumbulani Mpofu, who is still at large.

The pair pounced on the First Family’s warehouse on September 30 2014, after committing  another robbery at a city businessperson, Tonderai Chingonzo’s house nine days earlier. zimbabwe mail


Urban local authorities want some churches to pay commercial rates arguing they were operating like businesses and are generating high revenue. The local authorities under the Zimbabwe Local Government Association Urban inconclusively discussed the matter at an executive committee meeting recently. The issue would be further digested at a meeting of the Zilga executive next month. A source within the Zilga Urban executive said it was time for councils to derive meaningful benefits from the business like operations of some churches.

“What we discussed as urban councils was that we have seen that prime areas and even buildings in our towns have been turned into churches. Even in the industrial areas, they have taken over. We are supposed to get meaningful revenue from the prime areas. If you have turned an industrial area into a church that does not change the element that it is an industrial area”, the source said.
Added the Zilga Urban executive official: “A number of buildings in town are now churches. What is happening there?

“They are making a killing. Are we still in the business of praying or we are manufacturing cash under the banner of worshipping? The thinking is that areas that are supposed to be prime are supposed to generate revenue for council. Let them pay commercial rates.” Zilga Urban held its meeting at the beginning of this month.

It is meeting again next month to finalise on this and other matters. Zilga Urban acting secretary-general Mr Tserayi Machinda confirmed the development.

“The item is going to be discussed further by the Zilga executive committee for us to arrive at a decision. We are meeting in November. We decided we could include that in the local government bill. All churches that are business-like must be taxed by councils (unit tax)”, Mr Machinda said.
Out-going Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denomination chairperson and Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe president Dr Goodwill Shana said funds collected by churches were meant to cater for their activities and it would be unfair to charge them commercial rates or any tax.


Premier Service Medical Aid Society has pulled out of the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe over the latter’s resistance to implement a Government directive on new medical tariffs, it has been learnt.

PSMAS is currently under the management of a curator, Dr Gibson Mhlanga, who is also director for Curative Services in the Ministry of Health and Child Care and is mandated to implement Government directives.

Although it is agreed that the current tariffs were unsustainable, PSMAS indicated it was not going to defy Government.

“I represent Government in Premier (Service Medical Aid Society) and there is no way I can be there and at the same time go against resolutions that are made by Government.
“My job there is to implement directives,” said Dr Mhlanga.

“The official position is that we are implementing the gazetted tariffs but when it comes to practice, because the money is not there we are paying what we are able to.”
Dr Mhlanga said specifically for that reason, PSMAS had to pull out of AHFoZ for now as it could not be in an association which goes against its position.
He said since they were in agreement that the gazetted tariffs were too high, PSMAS has also started its negotiations with service providers with a “viable” tariff proposal. “We are in full agreement that the new gazetted tariffs are unsustainable and they will lead to the collapse of the entire medical aid industry in Zimbabwe,” he said.

Dr Mhlanga said PSMAS’ financial status had also improved, particularly with regards to clearing the debt owed to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority. PSMAS had now reduced its debt to ZIMRA by half to US$50 million.

A 100 percent penalty interest had been charged. The institution would continue negotiations to enter into a contra arrangement with the Ministry of Finance, which owed the society about US$80 million in unpaid member subscriptions.

“I am happy to say that through negotiations, we have managed to reduce the penalty amount. Its no longer 100 percent for PSMAS, it has been reduced to 15 percent and for PSMI the penalty has been reduced to 20 percent. That has significantly reduced the amount of money that we owe ZIMRA,” he said.

“Our major hurdle will be to see how to service what we owe service providers,” he said. Problems at PSMAS started when the organisation’s top management remuneration structure was exposed, showing that the former group chief executive Dr Cuthbert Dube earned an average of US$500 000 a month.

This happened at a time PSMAS failed to pay up service providers, resulting in its members failing to access healthcare. Following the disclosures, Dr Dube and the society’s chairman were forced to step down. Subsequently, the whole board of directors resigned.
Government then appointed a management team led by Dr Mhlanga to run the society’s affairs in the interim. herald


The Chitungwiza Civil Court has granted Alick Macheso’s daughter Sharon a provisional order against her husband Kudakwashe Munetsi.
The pair have only been married for two months but the union has collapsed due to violence and constant bickering. The provisional order granted by Chitungwiza Civil Court magistrate Ms Marehwanazvo Gofa on Monday, will be confirmed next Friday.

“Take note that on October 31 application will be made for the confirmation of the provisional order granted on 20 October,” reads part of the order. Sharon approached the courts seeking recourse after she and Munetsi were embroiled in a bitter domestic dispute.
“Barely a month into the marriage the conduct of the respondent (Munetsi) has been hostile towards me in that he has on several occasions perpetrated acts of physical violence as well as verbal assault on my person,” Sharon said. She said Munetsi’s actions were a result of alcohol and drug abuse.

“He has a penchant for drinking broncleer, he also smokes cannabis and abuses amtriplin pills,” she said.

“After taking these drugs, he becomes violent, unco-operative and acts in an unbecoming manner.” She said the last incident took place on October 12 after Munetsi spent most of the day drinking and verbally abused her after she censured his behaviour.

“He then went on to physically assault me using open palms, fists . . . while I lay helplessly on the floor.

“The most despicable thing is that he directed his assault on my abdomen when he fully knows that I am pregnant,” she said. The assault case is on-going at the Harare Magistrates’ Court.

Munetsi has said Sharon infected him with an STI and was also violent.

Friday, 24 October 2014


President Mugabe has jokingly told Secretary for Women’s League Cde Oppah Muchinguri to manage the situation with regards to the First Lady savage attacks of VP Mujuru.

“Ndimi makativambira mashoko kaimi kumadzimai?…apokaapo the fire is on, manage it,” said President Mugabe to Cde Muchinguri before he moved on to greet Cdes Gumbo, Nicholas Goche and Webster Shamu.

Cde Muchinguri, the outgoing leader of the Women’s League, recently announced the position taken by the organ that the First lady become its secretary. Grace Mugabe then made some insights into the unacceptable behaviour of VP Mujuru which included incompetence and undermining the authority of the President before asking her to resign or risk being fired at the National People’s Congress in December.

Cde Muchinguri was expected to table a report on the First Lady’s rallies in the country’s 10 provinces, but had requested for postponement to next week just before the power blackout.
It was during the debate that VP Mujuru’s shananigans were to be discussed.

Expectations were high that the issue would be discussed in the meeting, with an unprecedented high number of journalists arriving at the Zanu-PF headquarters by mid-morning. VP Mujuru was there by 9am.

Politburo members are known to arrive just when the meeting is about to start, but VP Mujuru chose to break with tradition and arrive almost six hours before it started. President Mugabe arrived around midday and expressed surprise at the high number of journalists before he proceeded to his office.

He then went to the main boardroom where Politburo meetings are held at around 3pm and exchanged pleasantries with a number of Politburo members and jokingly told Cde Muchinguri that she had to manage the fires she had started.

He then moved to the top table where he greeted Cde Mutasa, VP Mujuru and Cde Khaya Moyo.


The Zanu-PF Politburo yesterday upheld the dismissal of Mashonaland West provincial chairman Temba Mliswa and appointed his deputy Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi as the acting chairperson.

Politburo sources said it was concluded that the no-confidence vote passed on Cde Mliswa by the provincial committee recently be upheld.

“The matter involving Cde Mliswa came up for discussion and President Mugabe said the no-confidence vote should stand and that deputy provincial chairperson Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi be the acting chairperson of the province,” said the source.

But party spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo said the matter was still to be finalised.
“President Mugabe inquired about the issue and was told that the matter was supposed to have been discussed in the morning (yesterday), but the disciplinary committee could not proceed with the matter because some documents related to the matter were missing,” he said.

“So, the matter will be handled in the coming few days by Cde SK Moyo and Cde Mnangagwa and we expect a report on the issue during Wednesday’s Politburo meeting.”
However, sources said Cde Gumbo was not being sincere.

The Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial executive passed a vote of no-confidence in Cde Mliswa early this month, with 27 out of 48 members attending the meeting which surpassed the 26-member quorum required in the case.

Thereafter, the executive members signed a petition which they took to national chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo and secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa.
Cde Mliswa was booted out mainly for disrespecting the party leadership through statements in the media and involvement with the American spy agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, one of whose operatives he took to his constituency to meet village heads.

Cde Mliswa was recently named among 12 Zanu-PF legislators who received funds and leaked intelligence information to US embassy official Mr Eric Little in exchange for funding. herald


The Zanu PF politburo meeting ended prematurely after the Zanu PF headquarters was plunged into darkness after a power outage in Harare.

Party spokesman, Rugare Gumbo said "it was a normal Politburo meeting." Explosive allegations against Vice President Joice Mujuru were not discussed. First Lady, Grace Mugabe had said her husband should sack Mujuru because she was corrupt and incompetent.

But many had cautioned that as with previous politburo meetings which promised a lot but delivered little, the Politiburo meeting might see President Mugabe bottling it. He is not known for firing his team. 

 Gumbo said the Mujuru issue might be on the agenda next week. "We did not discuss that issue. We await the report from the Secretary for the Women's League. That will open the debate on the rallies," Gumbo said.

During the meeting, the Politburo was informed that the party had so far raised US$3 million against a target of US$8 million needed for the successful holding of the congress.

The 6th Zanu PF elective congress will now be held from the 2nd to the 7th of December.

"We were looking at preparations for the congress. Cde S.K Moyo gave his report and everything seems to be on course. We also looked at the venue, it's the City Sports Centre open grounds. The dates have been changed - our congress will start on the 2nd to the 7th of December. The theme for the congress is: 'Accelerated Implementation of ZIM ASSET," said Gumbo.


War veterans have passed a vote of no confidence in their national chairman Jabulani Sibanda, accusing him of making the association dysfunctional.

The war veterans elders said the non-participation of Sibanda in the war veterans meeting with Grace Mugabe at Mazowe on Thursday and at previous rallies countrywide shows that he sympathises with those being condemned by the First Lady for deviating from the principles of the party and destroying it from within.

The group included Patrick Nyaruwata from Harare Province, George Mlala of Bulawayo Province, Nelson Chadamoyo of Mashonaland Central, George Matenda and Victor Matemadanda, both from the Midlands.

The group of war veterans said Sibanda’s leadership has rendered the war veterans association dysfunctional in all important national issues, adding that he cannot claim to love the President without embracing the First Lady.

They alleged that Sibanda has forgotten the mandate he was given to stand up for the welfare of war veterans among others.

Among some of the accusations against Sibanda are his failure to address issues about lack of medical aid facilities and non-payment of fees for their children and access to land.

The war veterans’ elders also implored the President to go ahead with the appointment of the two vice presidents in accordance with the terms of the Unity Accord of 1987.

They said Cde Mugabe should choose a leader who is principled and upright and not those who use their privileges to undermine him.


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MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s woes continue to mount amid reports the former premier is broke and failing to maintain the plush government Highlands mansion in which he has been living since being appointed prime minister in the unity government which ended last year, while he faces eviction.

Sources close to the former premier said this week he is struggling to maintain the house, although he is desperate to keep it. When the Zimbabwe Independent visited the premises yesterday, reporters observed the property is now deteriorating.

The lawn and some of the vegetation outside the house were in a bad state because of the summer heat, lack of water and neglect.

The property has no borehole and Tsvangirai is reportedly struggling to buy bulk water to water flowers and the lawn, whereas during the inclusive government era, government maintained the mansion.

Tsvangirai’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka, however, said the state of the house was not important, but rather focus should be on the state of the economy.

“The house has nothing to do with the national crisis Zimbabwe finds itself in. Government is failing to pay civil servants on time and Zimbabweans are struggling to put food on the table; so it does not matter much if someone visits and says you did not sweep the floor or water the gardens especially when Zanu PF has no solution to the economic malaise affecting this country,” he said.

Tsvangirai has reportedly sought meetings with Mugabe several times to encourage government to sell the house to him, but Mugabe has turned down requests for meetings, initially citing Tsvangirai’s failure to acknowledge his July 31 general elections last year.

Top official sources said Tsvangirai has been calling Munhumutapa and State House seeking an appointment with Mugabe, but to no avail.

“He is becoming increasingly concerned with acquiring the Highlands mansion,” said a source. “He is living in suspense because government has not made it clear whether it intends to evict him or sell the house to him. There is clearly psychological warfare here.”

Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba said the house remained government property which could be allocated at any given time, fuelling Tsvangirai’s insecurity as a sitting tenant.

“It is not the president who does not want Tsvangirai to have that house,” Charamba said. “Some time last year when this issue was raised in government, Tsvangirai indicated that he will not be bribed by a house so as to accept that he lost elections to Mugabe; so if anyone applies for that house through the government house scheme, Tsvangirai will surely be evicted.”

Tamborinyoka denied that his boss is trying to meet Mugabe over the Highlands home.

“There is nothing like that. The house still remains a state house until everything is sorted out. As of now, no talks concerning it have taken place,” Tamborinyoka said.

The house was bought by the state at a time Tsvangirai was serving as the country’s premier under a shaky coalition arrangement sponsored by regional power broker Sadc following a sham presidential poll run-off in June 2008.

The purchase of the house was mired in controversy amid claims the MDC-T leader “double-dipped” after receiving money from Treasury and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to purchase the property.

At the expiry of the inclusive government, the house was not included in his exit package although there was an agreement that he could purchase it if he so wished. independent


Information showing President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace — who was last month controversially conferred a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) qualification — finished her undergraduate degree in 2011 and had not registered for a PhD by June 2012 all but confirms she was irregularly awarded the doctorate by the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) recently.

In an interview which Grace had with the state-controlled Sunday Mail in June 2012, the First Lady revealed she had enrolled to study the Chinese language (Mandarin) with the People’s (Renmin) University of China in 2007 on a four-year programme, which means she completed her degree in 2011.

She admitted that even after finishing the degree she was not proficient in Chinese.

Supposing she actually studied for her doctorate soon after the interview, it would mean that Grace completed her studies in one-and-half years given that it takes up to six months to do a proposal for a PhD.

In terms of UZ requirements, a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) candidate requires a good master’s degree, which Grace does not have. A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) student who excels can, however, have his or her studies upgraded to a PhD. But this only happens in exceptional circumstances where the student is distinguished.

Even then, the minimum study period for a DPhil full-time student is three years — four years for part-time studies.

If Grace had registered in 2013 as a part-time student, she should have at least finished her PhD in 2017.

In the interview, Grace revealed she had been travelling to and from China on a regular basis before doing her studies locally when she learnt of the Confucius Institute at UZ.

The Chinese embassy assisted in her studies by providing professors to teach her daily.

“I enrolled at the People’s University of China. It was just the Chinese language I wanted to study because I wanted to understand the Chinese people. I have a lot of respect for them. They are hard workers and big achievers,” she said in the interview published in the Sunday Mail on June 10, 2012, after being asked if she was studying.

“I had the opportunity to visit China before it was as developed as it is today. I felt the only way to understand them was to learn their culture, traditions, history and geography, among other aspects. I appreciate the opportunity I got. I enrolled in 2007 for a four-year stint, of course.”

Grace, who spoke glowingly of the Chinese, said the decision to study Mandarin was good because everyone was looking East.
She said her husband was a visionary as he was the “first person” to speak about the Look East policy.

“Even those in the Western world who were looking down on China are now looking up to them in terms of development. I said to myself I must be well-versed with the issues that are taking place there if this is what is happening in that part of the world. I have gained a lot from interacting with the Chinese,” she said, before revealing that the Chinese friends she made while studying in the Asian country assisted in building her Mazowe orphanage.

Grace also said she would spend up to two months studying in China before she started studying locally.

“I would attend school and then come back here. But, later, I took advantage of the Confucius College (Institute) that was established here. I arranged with the Chinese Embassy and they would send some professors to teach me every day,” she said. “It was very difficult, quite exacting for me because the Chinese language is a very difficult language to learn, moreso for an adult like me; an old woman like me having to learn a language from scratch. It was not easy, but, I suppose, I have a passion for languages.”

According to information on the UZ website, the Confucius Institute was integrated into the university’s academic structures and has provided the bridge for the establishment of linkages and exchange between the UZ and Chinese universities.

The UZ has been offering Chinese Language and Cultural Studies at a Bachelor of Arts degree level since 2007.

Grace said in the interview that Mugabe believes she is fluent in Chinese although she says she is not fluent, but can communicate.
“I do not need an interpreter. I can read of course, but some of the characters I cannot identify. Unlike in Shona or English where we use an alphabet with fewer letters, each Chinese word is represented by a character,” she said.

“So, you have to know four, five, six, eight thousand characters.
They expect you to be able to identify four to five thousand characters by the time you graduate. This, I can do: writing is difficult. It requires someone with the passion for studying the language.”

Grace said she studied under a lot of pressure as she had to make the sacrifice of leaving her children and husband in Zimbabwe while studying in China. She said her orphanage was also built while she was studying, hence she had to study while also ensuring that work was done at the orphanage.

“However, I must say, it was worthwhile to study the language and mingle with the Chinese, get ideas from them,” she said.

There has been confusion on when Grace did her first degree while there were also question marks on whether she had a master’s degree. But given the short timeframe between the time she completed her first degree and the time she received her doctorate, it becomes clear her sociology PhD is practically a fraud.

It is now beyond doubt Grace was conferred the doctorate without following the required academic procedures. A number of academics on the 15-member academic committee, which awards PhDs and other degrees, have confirmed to the Independent in a series of interviews the committee never met over her controversial PhD, which makes it fraudulent and thus a nullity. independent