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


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


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


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


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Monday, 21 August 2017


10 people died while 13 were injured when two commuter omnibuses collided at the 59km peg along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway just before Musami Cross business centre.

Four people died on the spot, two who were transferred to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare were pronounced dead upon arrival while four others were pronounced dead upon arrival at Musami Mission Hospital in Murewa.

Eyewitnesses said one of the kombis which was travelling from Murewa to Harare encroached onto the lane of another vehicle in a bid to overtake resulting in a head-on collision.

Of the injured, eight were transferred to Parirenyatwa, three to Murewa Hospital and two to Musami Mission Hospital.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner, Charity Charamba confirmed the incident and warned public transport operators to abide by the road rules and regulations and always be cautious on the roads.


President Jacob Zuma’s wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, accused of poisoning him, said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) should charge her or leave her alone.

MaNtuli has been at the centre of the allegations since 2015. The Sunday Times revealed in 2015 that Ntuli-Zuma had been booted out of the Nkandla homestead after being accused of trying to kill her husband the previous year. Last year, the Sunday Times also revealed that the National Prosecuting Authority had identified MaNtuli as a chief suspect and was considering formally charging her.

Her lawyer, Ulrich Roux, was informed on Thursday that the NPA's Advocate Torie Pretorius had been assigned to the case. Now MaNtuli has dared NPA head Shaun Abrahams to charge her or to leave her alone.

President Jacob Zuma and his estranged wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, are still communicating regularly despite a continuing investigation into ...

It is not clear if the NPA's sudden decision was prompted by Zuma's public comments on the alleged poison plot. Zuma claimed he was targeted because South Africa had joined Brics under his leadership.

Addressing an ANC gathering in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, last Sunday, Zuma said: "I was poisoned by witches who were trying to finish me off in broad daylight. If I didn't have friends overseas, today you would be saying there was a man from Nkandla but he died."

The delays have angered MaNtuli, and Zuma's estranged fourth wife is considering going to court. "My client is frustrated about the delay in the investigation and she was considering her options pertaining to approaching the High Court of South Africa for a declaratory order directing the NPA to make a decision on whether they are proceeding with a prosecution or not," Roux said.

In October last year, Abrahams told MaNtuli she was a suspect in an alleged plot to kill her husband, but there were no further developments until this week.

Zuma's alleged poisoning apparently took place in June 2014. It was reportedly picked up during his trip to the US in August 2014.

NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said the head of the Priority Crimes Litigation Unit had received the docket. times


 A daring Mbare couple has left a Kuwadzana man heart-broken and ruined after they connived to fake being brother and sister before luring him to fall in love with the supposed sister.

The Harare man went on to pay lobola amounting to $3 000 after a year of dating while the supposed brother, who was in fact the husband, presided over the marriage process.

The couple who fled with the lobola and other benefits accrued from their sham activities appeared before Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba facing charges of fraud.
Brain Nhkhatazo Mathe, 30, and Lydia Mathe, 22, were denied bail when they appeared before Harare magistrate Mashamba facing charges of fraud.

It is the State’s case that sometime in February 2016 the Mbare pair hatched a plan to steal from the complainant, Nyakanyaka Msipani of Kuwadzana.

The wife, using the alias Stephenie Pullen, is said to have opened a Facebook account which she used to lure the complainant to fall in love with her.

“The accused person later met with the complainant. Accused number two (Pullen) then introduced accused number one (Mathe) as her brother,” said prosecutor Audrey Chogumai.
“The complainant was told by the accused that their parents had passed on some years back and only her brother who is accused number one could stand in the position of the in-laws.”

The complainant is said to have then proceeded to pay lobola amounting to $3 000 to the said brother through a bank transfer in March 2017 with Mathe presiding over the marriage process.

Mathe promised to escort his wife to her new husband after a week, the court heard.
“After two weeks of waiting the complainant’s wife did not show up and instead he received a phone call advising him that his wife had fallen ill and was in urgent need of medical attention,” Chogumai said.

The court further heard that the complainant subsequently sent his ATM card with his pin number with his instructions to withdraw $100 only but the accused went to withdraw $589.
It is further alleged that the accused were said to have then requested for groceries from the complainant who obliged but was to regret it as the accused “disappeared” with the complainant’s ATM card which had a balance of $440.

“The accused person then switched off their cellphones which they had used to communicate with the complainant,” Chogumai said.

“The complainant later came across Mathe in Harare central business district and he ran away from him and that is when he realised that he had been defrauded ...”
He later made a police report leading to the duo’s arrest. daily news


GWERU has 3 500 self-confessed prostitutes and up to 60 percent of them are HIV positive, a National Aids Council (Nac) official has revealed.

Nac Gweru District coordinator Mr Murari Hwingwiri said out of the sex workers operating in the urban centre, between 55 and 60 percent are living positively with HIV, a development that he said was worrisome.

“The figures are quite disturbing if we look at the national statistics, only 15 percent of the prostitutes on our national database are HIV positive. In Gweru between 55 to 60 percent of the 3 500 ladies of the night on our database are HIV positive,” he said.

Mr Hwingwiri said they are still to find the reasons behind the disturbing figures in the city.
“As Nac we are still looking for the reasons why the numbers of sex workers living positively are still so high in Gweru unlike other cities,” he said.

Mr Hwingwiri urged men to go for HIV testing as most of them are still shunning HIV and testing services as compared to women.

“Most men in general have a poor health-seeking behaviour meaning they shun HIV testing. They are not aware of their HIV status. When they are sick they prefer herbs first and if they are at the point of death that is when they are likely to prefer to use health institutions and get to know their HIV status,” said Mr Hwingwiri.

He, however, said on a positive note most people in Gweru who are HIV positive are now on anti- retroviral therapy.

“While we are admitting that there is an increase in the number of people who are HIV positive mostly sex workers, we also want to take this as a positive step.  It shows that people are no longer shunning health facilities.

“This is quite encouraging as people are now receiving treatment and in turn reducing the mortality rate,” Mr Hwingwiri said. Chronicle 


A BULAWAYO cancer patient who was found in possession of dagga has told a local court that he uses the drug to treat the disease.

Daniel Phiri (43) pleaded guilty to possessing dagga before Magistrate Mr Lungile Ncube last Friday.

Mr Ncube remanded Phiri out of custody to today for sentencing.
Phiri told the court that he applies mbanje on his privates, which have allegedly been affected by the cancer.

“I was told by someone that mbanje helps cure cancer, so I have been rubbing it on my manhood for quite some time,” said Phiri.

Prosecuting Mrs Memory Ndlovu said Phiri was last Thursday found in possession of 40 grammes of dagga, which has an estimated street value of $40.
“On August 17, detectives from Western Commonage CID received information that the accused had dagga at his home. Detectives proceeded to house number 3700 Magwegwe North and searched the house, leading to the recovery of 20 twists of mbanje in a small container and the arrest of the accused,” said Mrs Ndlovu.
She said Phiri was taken to CID Bulawayo, where the dagga was weighed in his presence.

A number of small studies of smoked marijuana found that it can be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy.

Others have also found that inhaled marijuana can be helpful treatment of neuropathic pain, which pain is caused by damaged nerves.

Other studies suggest that smoked marijuana has also helped improve food intake in HIV positive patients.

Last month the Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister Dr Obert 
Mpofu said the Government was considering legalising mbanje for health reasons. chronicle


OPPOSITION National People’s Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru has reportedly stood her ground and refused to deputise MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the envisaged coalition pact to challenge President Robert Mugabe in elections next year, NewsDay has learnt.

NPP secretary-general Gift Nyandoro yesterday acknowledged that there were sticking issues delaying the signing of a pact between Mujuru and Tsvangirai, adding that the former Vice-President had not yet agreed to deputise the MDC-T leader in the MDC Alliance.

“No amount of mischief is ever going to railroad NPP into public disclosure of what are the key outstanding issues before both parties so agree to announce,” he said.
Both Tsvangirai and Mujuru were reportedly fighting over the leadership of the alliance.

“Regrettably political prophets of doom and soothsayers have sought to parade and manufacture falsehoods on social media to the effect of NPP having concluded the noble talks with MDC-T and Dr Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru having accepted the position of vice-presidency of the MDC Alliance.

“Such falsehoods are scandalous and simply put; are a hallmark of political desperation by political opportunists and midgets who want to ensure that our engagement with MDC-T collapses,” he said.

“The party leadership of both sides and their teams (are) working flat out to ensure finality to this noble cause. Engagements of such a noble cause are never a matter to be driven by duress or external occurrences or happenings in other political formations,” Nyandoro said, adding “working together is a matter no-longer for debate but it’s just a question of implementation”.

With Tsvangirai having already been endorsed as presidential candidate for the MDC Alliance comprising of seven opposition parties, leaving Mujuru clutching at straws, Nyandoro was quick to slam doomsayers.

Mujuru did not attend a rally convened by members of the MDC Alliance at which Tsvangirai’s candidature was confirmed, drawing criticism from critics and supporters alike. The coalition process, however, has been beset by problems after violence broke out between rival MDC-T factions leaving leading figures among them party vice-president Thokozani Khupe, national chairman Lovemore Moyo and organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe assaulted by party youths. newsday


THE late national heroine and Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Shuvai Mahofa succumbed to high blood pressure after she reportedly received reports of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s alleged food poisoning, a close family member has claimed.

Mahofa’s daughter, Nyengeterai, told NewsDay last week that her mother “cried for two hours” fearing for Mnangagwa’s life.

“She (Mahofa) was stressed when she learnt that the VP (Mnangagwa) had been poisoned. She was stressed greatly and cried for two hours. Her blood pressure rose dramatically, she then collapsed before we took her to hospital where she was pronounced dead,” Nyengeterai said.

“We are not interested in what people really said or did not say. We are accepting this as the way that was chosen for her to go.”

Mahofa, long labelled as a Mnangagwa ally, passed away on Thursday after reportedly battling a litany of ailments that her associates in the ruling party said had been exacerbated by “poison” she reportedly ingested at the Zanu PF annual conference held in Victoria Falls in December 2015.

Both Mahofa and Mnangagwa stand accused of turning Masvingo province into their personal fiefdom and blocking top Zanu PF officials from invading sugarcane plots in the Lowveld.
Other sources claimed that shortly before her death, Mahofa had an altercation with a senior Zanu PF official over the phone.

“Late last Sunday, Cde Mahofa realised she had missed 10 calls from (name withheld). When she returned the call, they had a verbal altercation for some two-and-a-half hours,” NewsDay heard.

“The person at the other end of the line lashed out at Mahofa, accusing the resident minister of blocking her access to Tongaat Hulett sugarcane farms.”

Three weeks ago, First Lady and Zanu PF women’s league chairperson, Grace Mugabe, implored her husband President Robert Mugabe to push the Lands ministry to act decisively on Tongaat Hulett.

Yesterday, chaos marred Mahofa’s burial at the National Heroes’ Acre, as her supporters occasionally disrupted the proceedings by singing and chanting slogans denouncing their rivals, while scores walked out on Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko, who presided over the event.

Mphoko had been roped in to stand on behalf of Mugabe, who stayed away from the burial although he had arrived in the country a few hours earlier from a Sadc Summit in South Africa.

Attended by a few mourners, the burial was tense, with Zanu PF youths, suspected to have been planted to humiliate the VP, singing and chanting their slogans without paying attention to the formal proceedings.

Anticipating trouble, officials dispatched police, soldiers, State security operatives to try and calm the crowd, but with little success.
Mahofa was widely believed to be in the Zanu PF faction pushing for Mnangagwa to take over from Mugabe.

The Mnangagwa bid is, however, being fiercely contested by a rival faction led by Grace.

Initially, there were reports that the Mahofa family and her supporters did not want Mphoko to preside at her burial, citing factional differences.

All hell broke loose when some operatives were deployed to fish out troublemakers during the time Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo was introducing Mphoko.

“We can’t be treated like we are criminals when we came here all the way from Masvingo to bid farewell to our mother and these guys, because they are in suits, want to beat us up for singing, we sing at funerals,” one of the youths who had been attacked said.

Police had to be deployed to seal out exits to save Mphoko the embarrassment of addressing an empty arena.

The law enforcement agents had a torrid time in controlling the crowd as droves of party supporters walked out in protest over their alleged harassment by State security agents.

However, Mphoko seemed unfazed and continued with his prepared speech. newsday


TWENTY percent of males who were sexually abused in the country’s rural provinces were violated by female relatives, according to a survey.

The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) Rural Livelihood Assessment of 2017 on domestic violence also says nearly 24 percent of women were also raped by their male relatives.

It was worrying, the survey notes, that although less than one percent of males in rural areas are abused sexually, most of their attackers were their female relatives.

Most of the sexual violence cases against men were recorded in Mashonaland Central and Matabeleland South provinces at one percent and 0,8 percent respectively.
Masvingo is the only province which did not record any sexual assault case against men by female relatives. On the other hand, Manicaland recorded the highest number of the sexual violence cases against women at 1,6 percent while Matabeleland South had the least sexual assaults at 0,2 percent.

“The highest proportion of men that experienced sexual violence was in Mashonaland Central (one percent) and that of women was in Manicaland (1,6 percent). Of concern were incidents of sexual violence in both males and females that were mostly perpetrated by other relatives (19,6 percent and 24,4 respectively),” reads the ZimVAC report.
It also notes that spousal abuse is rife in the country.
“Spouses were reported as the perpetrators by 35,8 percent of the females and 19 percent of the males who had experienced physical violence,” reads the report.

ZimVAC however noted that the country recorded more physical abuse cases than sexual violations.

“Nationally, about 4,2 percent of women reported having experienced spousal violence.
Manicaland had the highest reports of spousal violence among both women and men (5,7 percent and 3 percent respectively),” reads the ZimVAC report.

Enkundleni/Padare’s Men’s Forum Bulawayo programmes officer Mr Ziphongezipho Ndebele said most men do not open up about sexual abuse.

He said his organisation has not dealt with any man who has confessed to being sexually abused.

“It seems men are reluctant to report about sexual abuse. We have seen reports through the media that men are being abused, but no one has approached us for counselling. This could be happening to boys but the challenge is that even these young boys are not coming up in the open. Most of the times the boys don’t suffer any bruises and they can even brag about having sexual encounters,” he said.

Mr Ndebele expressed concern over men’s attitudes, saying their macho character was exposing them to sexually transmitted diseases.

“Although men might be willing to engage in sexual encounters with these women they overlook the dangers posed. We hope awareness campaigns can be done to educate men and even boys because there are sexually transmitted infections and HIV they can contract in the process,” said Mr Ndebele. chronicle


NOW that the push by the Zanu PF youth wing has yielded results after government declared President Robert Mugabe’s February 21 date of birth a national holiday, multitudes of them may be asking themselves the question, then what?

When Home Affairs minister and Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo made the announcement on Friday, Zimbabweans may not have wondered because the country has entered a season of madness.

Madness because every top government appointee now realises that one has to appease Mugabe and his family to remain in the gravy train, while the rest of the population continues to wallow in abject poverty. To be precise, every minister wants to be politically correct.

Indeed, the idea of a youth day is not alien to Zimbabwe, given that each year, we celebrate the Day of the African Child and International Youth Day.

But what this day must accomplish is what is missing in the Zanu PF-run regime’s agenda.

It is our contention that the national youth day should never be owned by any political outfit like what Zanu PF has done with Independence Day, Heroes Day and others.

We have no doubt that Mugabe has run his marathon, but certainly, there is no need for the man to be immortalised as if he is the country’s sole saviour.

If anything, the youths have suffered the most under Mugabe’s Zanu PF regime, which uses them as merchants of violence against the opposition for his selfish means.

Where some countries have come up with youth days, indeed they have collectively been celebrated. It is, therefore, important for government to ensure the youth day has a defining goal — that of creating a better world, driven by peace and the understanding of others.

The day should encourage young people to take charge of their lives and use opportunities available to them. The concept should also create opportunities for young people to learn, gain vital skills and to have the confidence necessary to become productive and successful adults.

The youths should be encouraged to desist from being used as “dogs of war” in the Zanu PF politics, where they are forced to engage in violence on behalf of party bigwigs.

But again, we believe that for the youth day to gain momentum, the economy must start improving. The youth day must be celebrated by all youths regardless of which political formations they belong.

Given the current state of the economy, we have no doubt that youths will never really realise the importance of their day, except after being used by the Zanu PF machinery.

The timing of the declaration of the day also raises suspicion that Zanu PF would want to take advantage of the country’s youths by unleashing them on the countryside to coerce people to vote for the ruling party on the promise that they will be rewarded handsomely afterwards.

This is what must be discouraged by right-thinking Zimbabweans. A national youth day is for all Zimbabwean youths, and it should benefit all of them. Newsday Editorial


FRESH details have emerged that South African doctors — who performed a minor surgery on Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa (pictured) last Wednesday — reportedly detected traces of palladium poison which had partly damaged part of his liver, NewsDay has learnt.

The latest information was revealed on Mnangagwa’s return after he was airlifted to South Africa, following a food poisoning scare at a Zanu PF youth interface rally in Gwanda on August 11.

Highly-placed sources close to Mnangagwa told NewsDay at the weekend, that South African doctors discovered that the Vice-President consumed non-radioactive poison which could require a systems flush out over the next two months.

“The VP ingested potent, non-radioactive poison which has low quality palladium substances which caused minor liver damage and he had to undergo surgery last Wednesday,” the source said.

Mnangagwa, tipped to succeed President Robert Mugabe, was believed to have been poisoned by his Zanu PF rivals as the succession issue turns nasty.

Zanu PF has two distinct factions —Team Lacoste which is reportedly sympathetic to Mnangagwa and the G40 whose kingpins were reportedly Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and party commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, which is rooting for First Lady Grace Mugabe to take over from her ailing 93-year-old husband.

The Vice-President was airlifted to South Africa following a severe bout of abdominal discomfort, vomiting and diarrhoea as his allies strongly suspected that he had been poisoned in the succession fights.

But, Information minister Christopher Mushohwe ruled out the “poisoning” narrative, saying Mnangagwa could have been upset by “stale food”.

“What the doctors think happened is that perhaps he ate some stale food, which then means it is really not poison in the sense that the people are trying to allege,” Mushohwe said at the weekend.

“I don’t know about that palladium, go to your sources, our official statement stands.”

Mushohwe refused to explain why Mnangagwa would be flown to South Africa for treatment due to contamination through eating stale food.

The latest incident came following a series of incidents where Mnangagwa has been publicly chided by Grace and some women’s league officials, who accused him of plotting to unseat Mugabe.

It also followed a chain of events which has blighted Mnangagwa’s political path from the time he was appointed Vice-President in 2014.

Mnangagwa’s offices — despite having high profile security — have been broken into a record six times, in the past years but the perpetrators are yet to be nabbed.

In 2014, his Justice ministry’s office was broken into by unknown persons, and again, shortly before Mnangagwa was appointed Vice-President.

In another incident, cyanide was allegedly sprinkled in his Zanu PF headquarters office, leaving his private secretary battling for her life.

Police then set up a special task force to investigate the mysterious break-ins and attempt to poison Mnangagwa but the findings were never made public.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, could not shed light on what the investigations have yielded so far.

“I am not yet aware of the update on the investigations. I will have to find out,” she said.

Mnangagwa in 2014 also escaped unhurt after being involved in a road accident along Herbert Chitepo Avenue in Harare near the US Embassy.

Then Justice Minister, Mnangagwa was reportedly driving alone when a minibus crashed into his Mercedes Benz vehicle. Newsday

Sunday, 20 August 2017


A woman has appeared before a Karoi magistrate charged with the murder of her grandson whom she alleged had been sired by her husband. 

The magistrate Mr Sam Chitumwa remanded Susan Madeko (62) of Tanhara Village under Chief Dandawa to August 31, after advising her to apply for bail at the High Court. The prosecutor — Mr Gerald Dhamusi — alleged that on August 10, Madeko allegedly went to her son Divine Rapayi’s homestead fuming over the paternity of Tawanda Rapayi (Divine’s now deceased son).

Madeko, it is alleged, claimed that Divine was not the true father to the minor since the child’s mother — Yvonne Tichareva — was having an extra-marital affair with Divine’s father, Jethro Rapayi.

It is further alleged Madeko also claimed that it was taboo for a daughter-in-law in the Rapayi family to give birth to a male first born child.
On that day, it is believed Madeko and her son later resolved their dispute amicably.
At about 9am on Sunday, Madeko, it is also alleged, approached a Toyota Hiace kombi which was parked at her homestead.

In the kombi was her son Divine and his friend Lameck Matenga, who was holding the child.
The two were charging their cellphones in the vehicle as they prepared to go to a Heroes Day soccer tournament organised by Magunje MP Dr Godfrey Gandawa.

Madeko proceeded to the back of the vehicle shouting “Ndoda ropa rangu!”(I want my blood!) before charging back to the driver’s seat where she snatched the child from Matenga.

The State alleged that Madeko tossed the toddler into the air before knocking him to the ground.

The child bled profusely from the nose and was pronounced dead on arrival at Karoi Hospital, where the parents had rushed him for medical attention. Herald


Gospel musician Elias Musakwa has been issued with a warrant of arrest by a Harare magistrate for failing to appear in court to answer to allegations of threatening to shoot a neighbour over a dispute. Ms Barbara Mateko issued the warrant last week.

Musakwa (48) failed to appear in court to answer for the charges levelled against him by Kennedy Mudukuti (28).

The musician threatened to shoot his neighbour after he was asked to lower the volume of his radio.

Allegations are that in September 2016, Mudukuti lodged a complaint with Ruwa Police to the effect that Musakwa was causing a lot of noise during a function which was held at his house.
The police approached Musakwa and cautioned him for the offence. This did not go well with Musakwa. The court heard that on October 19, Mudukuti was at his gate when Musakwa approached him.

It is alleged that Musakwa verbally threatened Mudukuti. “Ndikakuuraya I will come nababa vako ukapota uchidisturber mafunctions angu, ndinokupfura nepfuti, hamundizive uye hamuzivi vanhu vanondiziva, ivhu rangu iri rawakatsika,” the musician was recorded as saying.

The threats did not go well with Mudukuti who lodged a complaint with the police, leading to the arrest of Musakwa.

Musakwa is being charged with contravening section 186 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. herald