THE MILITARY

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

THE MILITARY

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

PROPHET WALTER MAGAYA

He is a controversial prophet who continues to draw large crowds with his promise of miracles. But as his popularity soars he faces all sorts of allegations. So far he has survived.

TSVANGIRAI THE SURVIVOR

Two secretary generals tried to topple him but failed. His wife walked out but returned home. Now MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is plotting his way to State House.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

VAPOSITORI BASH THIEVES AT SHRINE

APOSTOLIC church members attacked two men who were caught stealing vehicle parts at their shrine along Seke Road last Friday.


The two thieves, who identified themselves as Admire Desire Masiiwa and Chenjerai Nyabonde of Magaba, pleaded with church elders for forgiveness after men of cloth took turns to beat them.

“Vanoda kurohwa kwete zvekuvaendesa kumapurisa, nhasi munopfidza kana manga muchiti mapositori akapusa.

“We always lose our shoes and vehicle wheel covers here and you are the thieves,” one of the church members was heard saying as he pounced on one of the two with clenched fists.
“They are serial thieves. We caught them when we went under cover,” added one of the church members.

“We were caught unscrewing vehicle wheel covers but this is our first time here; we wanted to take them to Siyaso,” said Admire bleeding from the mouth and nose.

MPs SELLING COUPONS TO SURVIVE

Members of Parliament (MPs) have turned to selling their fuel coupons allocation and livestock in a desperate bid to “maintain the lifestyle of a legislator.”

The lawmakers across the political divide who are owed $15 million in outstanding sitting allowances brought the National Assembly to a standstill on Thursday refusing to debate until their welfare issues were addressed.

They went on to delay the pre-budget briefing seminar on Friday demanding that National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda addresses them on the payment of their sitting allowances.

Earlier on Thursday it had irked Norton Member of Parliament Temba Mliswas that Mudenda and the Senate President Edna Madzongwe were on annual leave paid by Parliament.

“So, they are getting their welfare taken care of going on holiday, but we are here.  So what are you to say about that?  There are packages they are getting.  On annual leave, the Speaker goes on holiday spending money, but we are here suffering,” decried Mliswa.

“So, why then should our leader go on annual leave while his children are suffering?  How can a father be eating well while the children are suffering?  To me, he must be fighting for us, which means we are standing up like this because no one is fighting for us.

“…We cannot go to our constituencies because we are being accused of not doing our job when we have no funding. MPs are selling fuel coupons in order to get money. Our dignity and integrity is no longer there and therefore, we cannot go back to our constituencies. Ministers are being given coupons, pay and new cars, but we have nothing.”
Zanu PF MP for Mutasa South, Irene Zindi was perturbed by the unavailability of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

She also complained that due to outstanding allowances she was failing to service her top-of-the- range vehicle that costs a hefty $600 to service.

“I took my car for service and they want $600. I am only paid $1 000 per month, so where do I get that money from?

“When people die in our constituencies, the bereaved families expect you to sympathise and mourn with them and not only that, when parents have no money to pay school fees for their children, they expect you to assist with payment of fees and the list is endless.

“At our party, whenever a meeting is called, as members of Parliament, we are expected to ferry our respective supporters to and from the meeting venue. When there is a march being held in Harare, we are expected to hire buses and fuel them to ferry our constituents to and from Harare to attend the march.

“As MPs, we are also expected to cater for the welfare of all the people whom you will have brought.  Should you fail in carrying out that duty of ferrying and feeding your constituents, they will not vote for you in the next election.

“Some of us are now paupers because in order to sustain the life-style of being an MP, we end up selling our livestock and other properties hence all our funds are depleted. We are now paupers.

“When you compare yourself to ministers, they have ministries, they are given fuel coupons in Parliament and fuel allowances by both their respective ministries and parastatals they also have drivers who are paid by the State.  Their cars are serviced by the State but MPs have to service their own vehicles.

“…Madam Speaker, there is no CDF and so, this issue should be taken to our leaders that we are tired.  Tomorrow, there is the pre-budget where we will be just given food and we stay in hotels.  We are tired of just eating and staying in hotels.  We want our money and our Ipads so that we can see what we can do.”

Zanu PF MP for Harare South Shadreck Mashayamombe gave a frank assessment of his tenure as a lawmaker saying he has failed to do anything tangible for his constituency which may not see him being re-elected, albeit placing the blame on failure to access the CDF.

“Thank you Madam Speaker.  I understand that you saw me discussing with my colleagues and we were talking about the Constituency Development Fund. We know that if the president was to hear that I was mourning for CDF, he would be very much worried.
“Since I came into this Parliament in 2013, I have never received anything and it pains us a lot,” he said.




“We promised our constituencies that we were going to carry out some developmental projects, but to date I have not been able to carry out any developmental projects. We need these CDF so that we develop our constituencies.” Daily News

ZANU PF BEGS FOR $8 MILLION FOR CONGRESS

The Zanu PF National Fundraising Committee has launched an $8 million fundraising bid towards the holding of the 2017 extra ordinary congress scheduled for December in Harare.

Members of the National Fundraising Committee launched the appeal at the party headquarters today, with the Zanu PF secretary for finance who is also the chairman of the National Fundraising Committee, Obert Mpofu appealing to the corporate world and well wishers to contribute towards the successful hosting of the extra ordinary congress.

Each province has been tasked to raise $100 000 and adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure that funds and donations are accounted for, noted Dr Mpofu.

The command agriculture programme managed to surpass  initial expectations with this year’s harvest expected to exceed the projected two million tonnes and Zanu PF deputy secretary for finance, Cde Charles Tawengwa implored beneficiaries of the programme to support the fundraising initiative.

Members of the National Fundraising Committee and provincial chairman attended the launch.

Other events lined up to mobilise resources for the extra ordinary congress include a fundraising dinner, contributions from proceeds raised from the sale of party cards, donations from well wishers as well as contributions raised from businesses that will exhibit at the business expo that will run concurrently with the extra ordinary congress.
The Zanu PF extra ordinary congress which had initially been pencilled for Gwanda in Matabeleland South Province has since been moved to Harare.

CHARAMBA : WHO NEVER APPOINTED MUGABE AMBASSADOR

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba says the whole story of the World Health Organisation (WHO) rescinding its goodwill ambassadorial appointment to President Robert Mugabe is a non event because the President was never appointed to be a goodwill ambassador of the UN agency.

In an interview with ZBC News in Harare today,Charamba said nothing was ever communicated to the President and the whole furore about the WHO rescinding the appointment is a nullity.

Charamba said there is a formality that has to be followed when one is appointed by an agency of the United Nations and none of that was ever followed in the non-existent appointment that has been awash in the media.

The Presidential spokesperson said the whole saga is a creation of the non-governmental organisations that do not like Mugabe.

Charamba who spoke to the President this afternoon said Mugabe said even if he had been requested to be goodwill ambassador for the WHO, he would not have taken the offer because the UN agency is at the forefront of the anti-tobacco lobby.

Zimbabwe is a leading producer of the golden leaf which is a major foreign currency earner for the country. Charamba went on to explain that there is no way that non-governmental organisations could have influenced the decision on the so called rescinding of the ambassadorial position as the NGOs have no platform to vote or veto like the intergovernmental UN body.

2018 ELECTIONS : THE DISENFRACHISED

As Zimbabwe fast approaches the 2018 elections there are fears among pro democracy groups, civil and political activists, and opposition political parties that the ruling Zanu PF government will not put in place mechanisms to allow special groups like prisoners and those living in the Diaspora to vote based on technical operational arguments rather than the legality point of view.

Apart from the Diaporans and the prisoners, thousands of Zimbabweans who are blind will 
have to be assisted to vote in 2018 because Zimbabwe’s voting system does not provide for Braille ballot papers.

The Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that all citizens of Zimbabwe have got the right to vote; essentially meaning that even those Zimbabweans who live in the Diaspora and prisoners have the right to vote.

Ironically, ideals of democracy like “one man, one vote,” were at the core of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle and motivated young men and women who abandoned everything to cross the borders to fight for a better Zimbabwe for all.

Therefore the right for Zimbabwean citizens to vote is a basic principle of electoral democracy which must not be subject to unreasonable restrictions.
Denying prisoners and those in Diaspora the right to vote when the Constitution allows them is illegal, unjust and an act of rigging. 
Diaspora Vote
There are an estimated three million people living in the Diaspora who will not be able to vote, most of these who were displaced by political violence while others are seeking economic opportunities abroad after the failure of the national economy.

Since all these Zimbabweans were forced out of the country by Zanu PF’s policies, chances are that in the event of any election they will vote for opposition political parties.
The ruling government, cognizant of this fact, has made it difficult for the Diaspora vote citing various flimsy logistical problems.

While there is no law in Zimbabwe that prohibits those living outside the country from voting, the ruling government has been giving excuses and only allowing those working at their embassies that right.

They vote through what they call the postal vote which they cast at local embassies/consulates and ballots are then posted to Zimbabwe.

Three million voters would be a big game changer in Zimbabwe’s politics and the ruling Zanu PF knows that because the party announced that in preparation for the 2018 elections, it is ambitiously targeting at least five million potential voters for registration.
In the 2013 elections a total of 3,4 million Zimbabweans cast their vote with the ruling party garnering just over two million while the opposition got more than one million. The Diaspora voters did not take part.

So the Diaspora vote can easily twist any elections in Zimbabwe in favour of the opposition and the ruling Zanu PF has over the years barred this block from casting their votes.
It is also a double-faced act that while the Zimbabwean government is disenfranchising those in the Diaspora of their right to vote, the Zimbabwean economy is propelled by financing from their remittances. In 2016 those living in the Diaspora remitted $1 billion.

Prisoners Vote
Another group that will not vote and that has not been allowed to vote since independence are the prisoners.
According to the Justice ministry, currently they are more than 19 000 prisoners in Zimbabwe and these are not allowed to vote although again, like the Diaspora voters, there is no law in the country that bars them from casting their vote.

Zimbabwe Election Commission, a government body that runs elections in the country has given flimsy reasons as to why they cannot allow prisoners to vote. But democracy provides that all people in Zimbabwe must freely exercise and enjoy their constitutional rights to freedom of association.

The prison conditions in Zimbabwe are so bad, rough and food is scarce that the ruling Zanu PF knows fully well that this voting bloc will vote for the opposition political parties.
Zimbabwean prisoners are citizens too, going through rehabilitation and have a right to vote.

They are not disenfranchised by the Constitution because Section 86 of the Constitution provides that “fundamental rights and liberties may only be limited in terms of a law of general application and to the extent that the limitation is fair, reasonable, necessary and justifiable in a democratic society.”

Essentially, therefore, it is unreasonable and unjustifiable to deny prisoners the right to vote. In the recent elections that were held in Kenya, prisoners were allowed to vote while in South Africa, in recent years prisoners have been voting after winning that right through a Constitutional Court ruling.

The Blind
A total of 125 000 people in Zimbabwe are registered as blind and twice that number are visually impaired.

Government has over the years deliberately made life difficult for the blind because of the absence of Braille on election related material. In fact, right from political campaigns to the day of voting there is absolutely no literature in Braille.

Political parties in Zimbabwe have also ignored the blind’s concerns; hence this block has to rely on others to read for them any election information.

Because of the absence of Braille ballot papers, the electoral law says blind voters are assisted to vote by officers presiding over polling stations, in the presence of a police officer and agents of contesting political parties.

But opposition parties and election monitoring bodies have in the past accused the ruling Zanu PF of using assisted voters to steal votes.

While Zimbabwe is considered among the most literate countries in Africa with a literacy rate of more than 90 percent, in 2013 elections the African Union observers noted a worryingly "high number of assisted voters in many polling stations nationwide".
While it is not only the blind who can be assisted as assisted voting is intended to also help the illiterate or the infirm cast their ballots, suspiciously, at least
200 000 most of them claiming to be illiterate were assisted to vote in the 2013 poll.
Election experts have called on Parliament and Zimbabwe Election Commission to push for a change of laws governing casting of assisted votes, following a large number of assisted votes in the 2013 general elections.

They want authorities to amend constitutional provisions relating to assisted voting ahead of the 2018 elections, as the current ones are prone to abuse.

Conclusion
Since Zimbabwe adopted a new Constitution in 2013, the government has refused to align the Electoral Act with the Constitution.

This year concerned stakeholders and fellow civil society petitioned the Parliament of Zimbabwe over administrative lethargy in Government and the piecemeal approach to the review of the Electoral Law.

But even with the petitioners beseeching the Parliament demanding that Zimbabwe’s Electoral Law be reviewed in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution and that a legal framework is put in place that guarantees an undisputed electoral process, nothing has been action.

The challenge in Zimbabwe is that there is absolutely no political will from the authorities to remove unreasonable limitations to voting rights and yet the essence of the liberation struggle was to break down these barriers on the basis of the mantra of 'one man one vote' to enable everyone to participate in the public affairs of their country.

The rules for Zimbabwean elections are so skewed against free and fair participation; those running the elections are controlled by those running for election. The environment in which elections are conducted is often characterized by suppression of free will.

Always as Zimbabweans approach elections they are reminded of that which inspired the waging of a war of liberation in the 70s; that which compelled young people then, to take up arms and determine their destiny.

There is no doubt that part of struggle of independence was for self-determination through an equal suffrage.
The belief then was that the struggle, if won, would guarantee one man one vote, something which is not happening today.

While the right to vote is recognised in the Constitution of Zimbabwe, the Electoral Law has not ensured that the right is enjoyed by Zimbabweans in prisons, at home and abroad. daily news

GRACE POWER : CHIKOMBA NOW HAS MORE MINISTERS THAN MASVINGO

In a show of power and influence, Chikomba which is home to First Lady Grace Mugabe and one of the smallest districts in the country got more posts in Cabinet compared to the whole of Masvingo Province following the latest Cabinet reshuffle.

Chikomba which had one Cabinet Minister, Mike Bimha who is the first Lady's cousin now has two after the appointment of Edgar Mbwembwe as the new Minister of Tourism, Environment and Hospitality Industry.

Chikomba has three seats in Parliament and Felix Mhona who is the MP for Chikomba Central is the only one who is not a Minister.

The district flexed its power and influence at an education and development celebration function hosted by Mike Bimha at Parugare Safaris and Lodges and attended by thousands of villagers just outside Chivhu on Saturday.

Among people from Mash East present at the function were the First Lady who told the crowd that Mike Bimha was her cousin as their late fathers were brothers, Minister of Defence Sydney Sekeramayi and the Minister of State for Mash East, Brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri.

Masvingo Province which has over the years had the least number of Cabinet Ministers now has only one full Cabinet Minister, Walter Mzembi who was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs at the reshuffle. Masvingo Province has 26 MPs compared to Chikomba's three.

Josiah Hungwe, the only other Minister is a Minister of the less fashionable Psychomotor which for all intends and purpose is a department.


Gutu, Masvingo's most populous district with five constituencies does not have a single Cabinet Minister so is Zaka, Bikita and Chiredzi districts which are all bigger than Chikomba. masvingo mirror

SOLUSI UNI ROCKED BY PROTESTS

STUDENTS at Solusi University on the outskirts of Bulawayo last week boycotted lectures in protest over the university’s fees increase after the institution introduced a $90 development levy.

The new levy was introduced without the knowledge of the students at the Seventh Day Adventist Church run institution.
There is an impasse between the students and the university management over the fees issue with university authorities allegedly intimidating students.

The students on Thursday demanded an audience with the university’s management led by its Vice Chancellor Professor Joel Musvosvi who allegedly did not address the students concerns.

Instead of addressing the students, the university’s management allegedly called the anti-riot police who came and dispersed the protesting students.

The fees at the university are pegged at $900 for students studying humanities and commercials while those studying science courses pay close to $1 000.
In a statement, Prof Musvosvi confirmed that the university increased its fees by $90 but said this was the university council’s decision.

“The fee structure for 2017 was placed on the University website but there was no written communication sent to the students. Thus when students saw the charge on their statements of accounts there was surprise and consternation. As a result we held a meeting in the Cafeteria with the whole student body in which attempts were made to answer questions. It was stated that the fee structure is a creation of Council and cannot be changed by administration,” said  Prof Musvosvi.
He said the university noted its mistake and apologised to the students for not communicating the fees increase.

The students who spoke to The Chronicle on Thursday said the levy was not justified.
The students said the university was now resorting to intimidating students trying to force them into writing reports implicating themselves for causing the chaos.

“The protest is a result of the students’ bottled up frustrations caused by management. The university smuggled a $90 levy which we don’t understand why it was imposed. Our fees are very high but it seems the university authorities do not appreciate this fact,” said one of the students.

He said on Thursday the university authorities called police to disperse them yet they were not violent.

Another student said the university was even charging them medical aid fees yet it does not offer any medical aid facility.

Other students said it was mind boggling why the university was intimidating them instead of addressing their concerns.

“Why are they calling the anti-riot police when we are demonstrating peacefully? The university wants to employ intimidating tactics. Today it is forcing some students to write reports stating that they are the ones inciting other students to riot,” said another student.
Zimbabwe Congress of Students’ Union (Zicosu) secretary general Cde Godknows Mdhari condemned victimisation of students saying the university was violating students’ rights. Chronicle

MAPECCA KILLER DENIED BAIL

THE High Court has rejected Bulawayo businessman Oricious Moyo’s application for bail pending his trial for allegedly shooting and killing his lover’s husband.

Oricious is facing a murder charge in connection with the death of Tawanda “MaPecca” Moyo, a former member of Siyaya Arts Group.
He was initially charged with attempted murder until his victim died last month.
Oricious, through his lawyer, Mr Robert Ndlovu, filed his application for bail pending trial at the Bulawayo High Court citing the State as the respondent.

Oricious said he was a proper candidate for bail, arguing that he was a successful businessman looking after his seven children hence he harboured no thoughts of fleeing despite the seriousness of the alleged offence.

“The accused person contends that he is a suitable candidate for bail. There are no compelling reasons to deny him bail because he is a businessman who employs 22 people. He did not flee even after he learnt of the deceased’s death,” said Mr Ndlovu.

He said his client was also a cross-border transport operator who holds a valid passport and also owns a house in Emganwini suburb.

The State, which was represented by Ms Nokuthaba Ngwenya, opposed the application. She argued that due to the gravity of the offence, there was no guarantee that if granted bail, Oricious would not abscond given that he has links in South Africa since he is a cross-border transport operator.
In dismissing the application, Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Nokuthula Moyo ruled that Oricious was a flight risk.

“The applicant (Oricious) has means to travel across the border and can easily go to South Africa and disappear. This is being juxtaposed with the strength of the State case and the seriousness of the charges,” she said.

The judge said the State case is prima facie strong.
“The charges are serious and I have also found that the State case is prima facie strong. I have also found that the penalties are heavy with a possibility of the death sentence,” said Justice Moyo. “Accordingly, I find that the applicant cannot be held to be a suitable candidate for bail as there is a real risk that he may interfere with his employees who are witnesses in this matter and even more weighty being the fact that he is a flight risk. I will therefore not exercise my discretion in applicant’s favour and the application is accordingly dismissed,” ruled the judge.

The court heard that on July 25 at around 10PM, Oricious parked his motor vehicle at his residence waiting for the gate to be opened.

He was in the company of Jacqueline Moyo, with whom he was allegedly having an extra-marital affair. Jacqueline is also an employee at Fish and Chicken City owned by Oricious. While still parked at the gate, the now deceased confronted the pair and enquired about their relationship, the court heard.

At that moment Oricious started his car in an attempt to flee but Tawanda clung to the front passenger’s door. This prompted Oricious to produce a pistol and shot Tawanda once on the right side of the ribcage. Tawanda fell to the ground and the two who were still in the car sped off.

Oricious later reported the incident to the police accusing Tawanda of trying to rob him. Police attended the scene and summoned an ambulance which rushed Tawanda to Mpilo Central Hospital.

On August 28, an operation was conducted on Tawanda who still had a bullet lodged in his body near the spinal cord.

After the operation, Tawanda’s condition deteriorated and he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit where he died the following day.

Tawanda’s post mortem report shows that he died due to septic shock, septic laceration, gunshot wounds and assault. chronicle

DRAMA IN VOLATILE ZANU PF MASVINGO PROVINCE

Zanu PF Masvingo province has held its shortest ever Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) and Provincial Co-ordinating Committee (PCC) meetings both of which lasted less than 10 minutes with the province endorsing a resolution for President Robert Mugabe to call for an extra-ordinary congress in December this year.

Led by Zanu PF Masvingo provincial chairperson Ezra Chadzamira, the PEC only endorsed the mooted extra ordinary congress resolution but the meeting ended abruptly to give time to the PCC which also resolved that President Mugabe should call for extra ordinary congress.

"As the PEC we have resolved that we should support the call to have an extra ordinary congress in December to endorse President Mugabe as our candidate for 2018 elections," said Chadzamira amid ululations of agreement from the floor.

The PCC meeting then ended abruptly without any further deliberations.
Both meetings were led mainly by the Team Lacoste faction which is known for supporting Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over from President Mugabe.

The faction members who led the proceedings did not give any chance to their rivals in the Generation 40 (G40) faction who had planned to smuggle in other resolutions like constitutional amendments to allow the inclusion of a woman in the presidium.

Members of the G40 faction, which is said to be pushing for Grace Mugabe to succeed her husband President Mugabe, were caught unawares by their rivals as both the PEC and PCC meetings ended before they entered the venue.

It emerged that G40 members wanted to copy and paste the Mashonaland West resolutions that included constitutional amendments and the reservation of space for a female figure in the presidium as part of the resolutions. On the other hand, Team Lacoste, which is fighting for Mnangagwa's survival, insisted that Masvingo should only endorse Mugabe to call for an extra ordinary congress and nothing more.

Coming to the PCC, G40 wanted to deliver a punch to Team Lacoste faction by axing its members from the provincial executive on anticipation that they would refuse to endorse the congress.

To back up their move, G40 bused in youths who would support the move but the plan failed to come into fruition after Team Lacoste agreed to endorse the December congress.
Outside the venue, Zanu PF youths could be heard singing songs of praise to alleged G40 kingpins in the province among them newly-appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Engineer Walter Mzembi, Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Dr Paul Chimedza and provincial political commissar Jeppy Jaboon.

Zanu PF chief whip and alleged Team Lacoste follower Lovemore Matuke could be heard arguing with Dr Chimedza whom he was accusing of bussing the youths. Matuke told Dr Chimedza that he was too young to stand against him.

The visibly drunk Zanu PF youths sang songs saying Chimedza, Jaboon and Mzembi could walk on top of water without sinking. They even carried the trio aloft and threw them into the sky as a sign of support.

The PCC meeting which normally stretch for hours only took about ten minutes before members caucused outside the venue.

Mzembi, who arrived at the venue in time for the PCC but never disembarked from his car choosing to simply wait until the meeting was over, later joined the caucus meetings that pushed to edit the resolutions.

When the PCC meeting was over, Jaboon read a WhatsApp message from Mashonaland West province which outlined how they had presented their resolutions regarding the extra-ordinary congress but Team Lacoste members shot it down saying they write their own resolutions.

"We follow instructions from the top and not from other provinces. That is what they (Mash West) agreed on and not what we agreed on here today. What you are reading is not a benchmark which we should all follow so we will write what we ourselves agree on," said Chadzamira.

A visibly infuriated and sweating Jaboon responded saying he did not care what people who push other agendas say but will use the Mashonaland West resolution as a template to pen down Masvingo's own resolutions.

"We need a template to see how other provinces presented their resolutions so I do not see why you are not happy about it," said Jaboon to which Chadzamira responded saying he would not sign the resolutions if Jaboon did not take the views of Masvingo as agreed in the shortest ever PCC.

Another member queried why people kept on saying they wanted to endorse Mugabe at the December congress when they had already done so in 2014.

"We have other issues which are more important than to just say we want to endorse the President. How many times should we endorse him? Didn't we endorse him in 2014? There are other more important issues that should top the agenda," said the irritated party member.

Button-stick armed police had to be called in to maintain order as there were fears that the situation could implode.


Team Lacoste fears that if the congress is allowed to realign the party structures and amend the constitution, Mnangagwa would be booted out and replaced by Grace. Tellzimbabwe news

ZANU PF YOUTHS BRUTALISE MDC OFFICIAL

The MDC-T Chitungwiza South District Organizing Secretary was brutalised by a gang of Zanu PF youths in Unit M last night. Mr Delmar was among a group of activists that were conducting a voter mobilization programme in the town. He is at Chitungwiza Hospital seeking treatment as they hacked his legs with pangas.

MBARE HIT BY TYPHOID OUTBREAK

HARARE City Council’s battle with waterborne diseases continues unabated with a fresh outbreak reported in Mbare’s Matapi flats at the weekend, raising fears that the disease could blow out of control if it is not contained before the onset of the rainy season.

The latest outbreak, confirmed by council spokesperson Michael Chideme yesterday, has been blamed on water shortages, raw sewer spillages and uncollected garbage in the city’s populous high-density suburb.

“There is typhoid scare in the Mbare suburb and our medical team is on the ground attending to the suspected cases,” Chideme said.
He referred further questions to council’s health services director Prosper Chonzi, who was not immediately available for comment.
When NewsDay visited Matapi Clinic, patients with suspected symptoms of typhoid were frequenting the health centre after almost every 10 minutes.

At least six people are reported to have succumbed to typhoid and other related diseases since last year in Harare from some 83 cases recorded.

There were a total of 2 531 suspected typhoid cases throughout the country.

Over 4 000 people died of cholera in 2008 and since then, Harare has continued to struggle with bouts of tropical disease outbreaks.

Harare’s old sewerage reticulation system was installed by the Rhodesian government over 50 years ago and was initially meant to cater for a far smaller population than the estimated four million inhabitants currently in the capital.

Interference by central government has made the task harder for city fathers to deal with service delivery issues such as piling garbage as well as lack of running water, some of the biggest threats to health in Harare.


Meanwhile, local health institutions were recently urged to switch to anti-biotics such as Ceftriaxone and Azithromycin to treat typhoid amid reports of an emerging antimicrobial resistance strain of the tropical disease to first line drugs such as Ciprofloxacin. newsday

CHAOS AT CHIBABA SHOW

DANCEHALL chanter Soul Jah Love’s album launch on Saturday night nearly degenerated into a fiasco when fans turned violent shortly after a guest performance by Silent Killer and saw fans running for life in the near-stampede at Mbare Netball Complex.

Soul Jah Love, who was launching the album, Ndofirapo, however, lived up to his billing with an electric performance that lasted nearly an hour during which fans danced along to the music.

The Pamamonya Ipapo hitmaker was accompanied by his wife and fellow dancehall musician, Bounty Lisa, for whom he recently paid lobola.

He dished out songs from his previous albums, with his crew mesmerising fans with their dancing prowess, but it was the monster track, Pamamonya Ipapo, that brought the house down.

The show started around midnight with performances by Empress Massina whose hits — Havasati Vandiziva, Mangoma and Mukwende — went down well with fans.

She also performed Panhongonya alongside television personality, Oscar Pambuka, who is featured in the song.

Fellow dancehall chanter Kinnah, popularly known as Mr Mbare — offered a top drawer performance that had fans yelling, “Mr Mbare! Mr Mbare!”

Nutty O, Freeman, Jah Signal and Silent Killer also gave good accounts of themselves before paving way for emerging chanters, torching the fans anger.

The fans started throwing bottles onto the stage around 3am to express their anger, as they had anticipated more performances from the popular artistes.


The album launch saw several fans opening new bank accounts with POSB and getting a $2 discount into the show whose charge was $5. Some lucky fans won POSB T-shirts, bottle drinks and umbrellas. Newsday