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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Friday, 28 August 2015


Coconuts, supposedly robed in the privileges of democracy, are now "behaving badly".

Instead of becoming the trusted go-betweens between black and white, we are turning to conceptions of blackness and mobilising our anger at the very idea of the Rainbow Nation.
The fantasy of a colour-blind, post-race South Africa has been projected onto Coconuts but our lived experiences are far from free of racism.
A "coconut" is described as a person who is black on the outside but white on the inside. At best, non-white. At worst, Uncle Toms or agents of whiteness.
I use the term to refer to an experience of socialisation into what my fellow Coconut Eusebius McKaiser, a commentator and author, termed "white grammar" by virtue of having been educated at a formerly white or a private school. According to Coconut McKaiser, knowledge of "white grammar" is how you would know that, for example, a "sarmie" is a sandwich or that "bru" and "oke" are white-speak for "mfwethu".
That Coconuts are unthinking dupes of whiteness is patently not true. Many Coconuts , or the so-called "native elite" - think Rolihlahla Mandela, Mangaliso Sobukwe, Bantu Biko - refused co-option.
I choose to appropriate the term Coconut and identify myself as one because it offers an opportunity for refusal, and this very refusal allows for radical anti-racist politics to emerge. (It is an act of considering myself as part of the black middle class that is supposedly a buffer against more radical elements. And I recognise that someone like me "who speaks so well" and "is not like other black people" can be easily co-opted into maintaining the inequalities of post-apartheid South Africa.)
A Coconut's almost-but-not-quite-intimate relationship with whiteness allows us to begin to critique it in ways that are not as easy to do when on the "outside".
African American scholar WEB Du Bois argues that certain pivotal life experiences jolt black people into "double-consciousness", where an individual's identity is divided into several faces - "two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body".
There wasn't one moment but rather a series of moments that "woke me up" - when invitations to "the farm" from white childhood friends started to disappear in high school, and how we tacitly accepted that we didn't date each other.
Through this, the myth of meritocracy- that if we worked hard enough and spoke well enough we would have the same opportunities - was revealed.
Much of this racism was not recognised or articulated until I found the anti-racist vocabulary with which to name it.
In my matric year, I encountered books by African authors. On page after page, I began to read about and, most importantly, feel just how alienated I was from myself as an African.
The question that stuck in my mind was: "What would I have been like had it not been for colonialism?" Why was it that I not only articulated myself better in English but, painfully, that I actually thought and dreamt in it, too?
So years later when poo hit the statue of Cecil John Rhodes it struck a deep emotional chord within me. The Rhodes Must Fall protests resonated so strongly with the experiences of black students at historically white universities that other campus movements, such as the Black Students Movement at Rhodes University, Open Stellenbosch and Transform Wits, were rejuvenated and formed.
The idea that black youth were politically apathetic was quickly dispelled as students began calling for the "decolonising of the university" and, by implication, of the Rainbow Nation.
Although the movements are predominantly led by black working-class students and are driven by their concerns, there are Coconuts among them.
The question is why are these Coconuts behaving so badly?
For Wits student Vuyani Pambo taking a taxi every day between Soweto and the elite St David's College in Sandton led to what he calls a "'bipolaric" experience.
"You move around with a permanent sense of exile . You don't belong . in your neighbourhood [or] at school . you try and negotiate two worlds which don't come together, set apart geographically, economically, in a way that they never meet ."
Even when the demographics of schools shifted from being mostly white pupils to being predominantly black, they retained the form and culture of white schools.
Coconuts' engagement with the rules and policies that police blackness, for example hair regulations at school, makes them more conscious.
But through their privileged experience Coconuts have gained power and now, with an arsenal of words and knowledge, can more clearly and readily articulate the ubiquitous disdain for the Rainbow Nation. One described it as "a gloss ... a palimpsest, painting over racism as opposed to eradicating it".
Coconuts identify as black as a way to find agency. It allows us to mobilise with others with similar experiences.
Former model C and private schools include(d) black children without differentiating them, despite the different names, despite the different bodies, despite the different hair, despite the different socioeconomic backgrounds. This is symbolic of the wider Rainbow Nation project: include blacks but don't dare touch the underlying structures of inequality that rely on racism.
But "conscious Coconuts" are clearly disrupting that model.
The experiences of "inclusive" whiteness that can never truly accommodate our fullness as black people is what forces us to realise that, no matter how hard we work or how well we speak, we remain black. That is what forces Coconuts to become conscious. And in the end, that is what forces us Coconuts to join the call for Rhodes to Fall.
  • Panashe Chigumadzi is the 2015 Ruth First Fellow



PARASTATALS and local authorities continue to defy President Robert Mugabe’s directive on exorbitant remuneration for their executives by refusing to slash astronomical salaries and allowances — widely deemed “obscene” — showing his control is now shaky.

In March last year, government imposed a salary cap of US$6 000 for top earners in parastatals and local authorities after it emerged that quasi-government entities were paying senior employees mega-salaries despite failing to meet their national mandates while workers went for months or even years without pay .

Most parastatals are technically insolvent and a perennial drain on the struggling fiscus due to mismanagement, poor corporate governance and corruption, among other vices.

Despite government’s directive, state enterprises and municipal executives have continued to draw huge salaries in what could be viewed as evidence that Mugabe has lost his grip on power as his word is no longer law.

Presenting his state of the nation address in parliament on Tuesday, Mugabe confirmed most state enterprises had ignored his directive although he said government would continue to push for good corporate governance to be observed, efforts which have met little success in the past.

“In the interim, however, and as an important parallel process, government has also turned the spotlight on corporate governance throughout the public sector on, including across all parastatals, state enterprises and local authorities. It is very clear that, over many years and due to a variety of reasons, the level of compliance with corporate governance principles at many, if not most our parastatals, has fallen well below what might be regarded as even minimally acceptable,” Mugabe bemoaned.

“The extravagance of the remuneration packages and associated benefits, which boards and management have blithely awarded themselves, borders on the obscene reflecting avarice and greed, instead of the commitment to serve we expect, indeed demand of those appointed to such strategic positions.”

Official documents listing the perks of 90 parastatal heads and 91 municipal executives showed that executives at parastatals such as Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings, NetOne, Marange Resources, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, Grain Marketing Board, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe and Allied Timbers, among many others, are still earning way above the salary cap set by government.

The most shocking revelation however was that of Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) former chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube who was taking home US$535 000 per month, broken down as US$230 000 as a salary and US$305 499 as allowances.

Despite Mugabe’s directive, some state entities are still paying executives more than US$40 000, while the Harare City Council is paying its directors in excess of US$20 000. financial gazette


SOUTH Africa is prepared to enter into investment arrangements with Zimbabwe instead of providing convenient rescue packages or bailouts which President Robert Mugabe desperately needs.

This comes as it emerges South African President Jacob Zuma has been behind-the-scenes encouraging the state-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to fund projects in Zimbabwe to help the country’s economic recovery, while also promoting his country’s investment agenda.

Senior South African government officials told the Zimbabwe Independent this week Zuma believes Zimbabwe should be assisted to recover, but does not think giving Mugabe a rescue package is the way to go as it would not address real issues.

Officials say Zuma’s government is also worried about Zimbabwe’s country, political and sovereign risk, as well as poor credit rating, among other issues, hence its reluctance to give it a bailout.

“Zuma believes South Africa can help fund viable infrastructural projects where returns on investments are also guaranteed. As a result, his government is encouraging the DBSA to look into funding Zimbabwean projects as part of an attempt to help the country recover and ensure internal stability,” said the official.

DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini confirmed this week that his bank was working on modalities to fund more projects in Zimbabwe.

“We are working on modalities to continue funding projects in Zimbabwe to promote intra-regional trade,” Dlamini said. “Zimbabwe is amongst countries which we will continue funding and we are engaging the Ministry of Finance and our political principals to support that.”

DBSA is a South African state-owned development bank focused on funding infrastructure to address capacity constraints and bottlenecks in order to optimise economic growth potential. It prioritises water, energy, transport and ICT as its key focus areas.

Dlamini said DBSA was specifically interested in infrastructure projects in areas such as rail, road and energy.
DBSA funded the rehabilitation of the Plumtree-Bulawayo-Harare-Mutare highway after extending a US$206,6 million loan to Infralink, a joint venture between the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) and a South African company Group 5 Limited.

One of the conditions for the loan was that Infralink, where Zinara was the majority shareholder, would fund a debt service reserve account (DSRA) with two quarterly loan instalments during a two-year capital grace period.

Thereafter all surplus cash generated by Infralink was to be directed to a maintenance reserve account which would be used to fund periodic as well as major maintenance interventions.

Mugabe, who has been travelling around seeking a financial bailout, went to South Africa in April — his first state visit in 20 years — where he asked for a rescue package to revive the moribund economy.

In briefings with South African government officials, a candid Mugabe reportedly painted a bleak picture of the economy.

Other than South Africa, Mugabe has also sought financial rescue packages from China, Russia and multi-lateral institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, but his efforts have been futile as the countries and financial institutions insist that he should first pay arrears, while also creating an enabling business environment for investors to come to Zimbabwe.

The IMF and other financial institutions insist Zimbabwe should clear its debts, respect the rule of law, including property rights, while also crafting clear and progressive investment policies, as well as clarifying its controversial indigenisation policy. Zimbabwe is grappling with a severe liquidity crunch and is saddled with an unsustainable US$10-billion debt overhang and arrears.

Officials say South Africa believes it will be mutually beneficial to fund infrastructural projects as this will boost regional trade and stabilise Zimbabwe, stemming the wave of immigrants into its borders.

There are reportedly millions of Zimbabweans living in South Africa. As company closures and job losses intensity in Zimbabwe, more people are crossing the Limpopo River in droves to seek to refugee there. Pretoria believes helping Harare to stabilise the economy is the best way to stop the wave of immigration to its shores.

Since 1994, South Africa has been growing its business portfolio and partnerships northwards to sub-Saharan African countries as part of its expansion across the continent. Good road and rail infrastructure in Zimbabwe will enable the speedy movement of goods throughout the region and into Africa interior where South African companies are investing billions.

South Africa is facing an energy shortage and would want Zimbabwe to sell it electricity if it funds its power projects. In addition, DBSA is also looking at funding water projects as South Africa also needs water.
DBSA officials visited Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam when they attended a water conference in Harare in June as they sought to assist the government to finish building the dam as part of a deal for South Africa to import water from Zimbabwe. South Africa is currently importing water from Lesotho.

“DBSA will fund Zimbabwe using taxpayers’ money, therefore it is only fair that South Africa also benefits from the projects such as energy and water generation,” a senior South African government official said this week.

“When the DBSA delegation came to Zimbabwe for the water conference in June, it toured places like Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam to assess the situation.”

DBSA officials discussed funding the project with then Water minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who has since moved to the Local Government ministry. They also engaged then Zimbabwe National Water Authority chairman Michael Ndoro, who has since resigned.

South Africa’s approach is similar to that of other countries such as Russia and China which have also sought to fund infrastructural projects rather than bail out the government through budget support. independent


TWO Bulawayo men allegedly ganged up to brutally murder a man who was having an affair with one of the duo’s girlfriend. Ndodana Moyo, 26, and Meli Ncube, 20, allegedly continuously punched Bhekisipho Ncube, whose age was not given in court, and banged his head against a tarred road in Iminyela suburb on Monday.

A court heard yesterday how Meli discovered he was sharing a girlfriend with Bhekisipho. He allegedly flew into a rage and enlisted Moyo’s aid to beat up his rival suitor. The court heard how the duo used an argument over the Shona language to start a fight with Bhekisipho. Moyo and Meli appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Sibongile Msipa- Marondedze facing a murder charge.
The magistrate did not ask them to plead as she remanded them in custody to September 10.She advised the duo to apply for bail at the High Court.Prosecuting, Maria John said on August 24 at around 8PM, the three were at Mabuthweni shopping centre in Iminyela suburb. She said there was a misunderstanding over the use of Shona by one of the accused persons and a girlfriend who Meli and Bhekisipho shared. “They assaulted Bhekisipho with fists several times on the face and hit his head against the tarmac,” John said. Ncube went on to slap Bhekisipho several times and hurled stones at him.

Bhekisipho’s alleged murder comes amid concern by police that there has been a sharp increase in murder cases in the country.On Tuesday police issued a statement saying there was an upward trend in unnecessary loss of life due to domestic violence, adultery and misunderstandings. National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba was recently quoted in the media urging the public not to resort to violence to resolve disputes. chronicle


First Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday said no one in Zanu PF including President Robert Mugabe can stop her from doing whatever she wants.

Grace, who was in a combative mood at a rally at Murombedzi Growth Point in Zvimba, said ousted former Vice-President Joice Mujuru “fooled herself” thinking that Mugabe was going to stop her from attacking the ex-VP in the run up to Zanu PF’s December congress.

She warned ambitious ruling party bigwigs angling to topple her husband that they would also fall by the wayside.
At the rally, Hurungwe East MP and Women’s League secretary for finance Sarah Mahoka stunned the crowd when she chanted slogans denouncing people who were against the idea of Grace ruling the country.

“Pasi nevasingade kuti Amai (Grace) vatonge (Down with those who do not want Amai (Grace) to rule) . . . Pasi nevanoti Eva (in reference to the Biblical first woman, Eve) haatongi (down with those who say that Eve can’t rule),” Mahoka chanted during introductions.

While Mahoka’s slogan received a resounding applause from the rank and file, most officials at the top table among them Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo, Mines minister Walter Chidakwa and Senate president Edna Madzongwe appeared stunned.

Grace was instrumental in destroying Mujuru’s colourful political career last year after leading a spirited campaign against her through making various allegations ranging from corruption, witchcraft incompetence and plotting to assassinate Mugabe.

She said whether one participated in the liberation struggle or not, any party member was free to take up leadership positions in Zanu PF.

“When I went around country late last year denouncing the demon of factionalism they thought I was joking and that the President (Mugabe) was going to stop me. . . but alas, he didn’t, he kept quiet . . . and as an independent mature woman I spoke my mind because Zanu PF is my party and if I want to participate in its affairs no one can stop me,” Grace said.

The First Lady is now considered the second most powerful politician in the country and commands respect within the rank and file and the Zanu PF leadership, with the two Vice-Presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko reportedly consulting and taking notes from her on a regular basis. newsday


AT exactly 2:35PM yesterday, football legend Willard Mashinkila Khumalo’s coffin was lowered into the grave at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo before thousands of mourners.

Khumalo was buried next to well-known Bulawayo lawyer and former footballer Joseph James after several emotional graveside eulogies. Khumalo died at the United Bulawayo Hospitals in the early hours of Sunday after a long battle with diabetes.Mourners started gathering at McDonald Hall in Mzilikazi as early as 6:30AM for the funeral that started just after 8AM when Khumalo’s coffin was brought into the hall.The hall could not accommodate all the mourners and hundreds stood outside following procedures through speakers mounted outside the hall.
Addressing mourners, Football Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Paul Gundani called for the establishment of a sports industry pension fund that players could fall back on when they hang up their boots.“I want to say this to the honourable Minister of Sports (Andrew Langa); is it sufficient to honour us when we are dead? Can’t the government come in and assist us to improve our welfare as players and coaches? We need a fund that will specifically cater for players when their playing days are over because honestly we are dying. Let’s fight for the welfare of players,” said Gundani.
Zifa vice-president Omega Sibanda also said there was need to come up with a pension fund for players to turn to when their careers are over.“Willard, just like his other colleagues, was a brand for the Highlanders and national teams, but as a person, was he a brand? Why are we celebrating his life when he is dead? Players need to have a pension just like other workers,” said Sibanda.Minister Langa concurred saying the government will start treating sport as an industry and not just mere entertainment.
“We need to take sport as a business so that after your playing days you can be able to look after yourself and family. So I challenge the Premier Soccer League and Zifa to come up with laws that will see to it that our players are protected when they retire from football,” said Minister Langa.
Khumalo’s close friends Rahman Gumbo, Madinda Ndlovu and Sydney Zimunya delivered emotional eulogies that left hundreds in tears. “To me, Willard has rested because what he went through in the last three years was hell. I remember at one time at Luveve Stadium, I greeted Ernest Maphepha and I could not even recognise Willard. That’s how bad it was, so this is why I’m saying he has truly rested,” said Ndlovu. Former Bosso goalkeeper, Zimunya delivered the most emotional tribute when he told mourners that he was now the only surviving member of the “Bushwackers”, a trio comprising Khumalo, Mercedes “Rambo” Sibanda and him.
“I stand before you ladies and gentleman with a sad heart as the only surviving member of the Bushwackers. All my friends are now gone,” said Zimunya before breaking down. From McDonald Hall, Khumalo’s body was taken to Barbourfields Stadium before the funeral cortege headed to Lady Stanley Cemetery in the afternoon. Former Highlanders players took turns to be pallbearers as they bade farewell to their former teammate and coach. Among the mourners were former Highlanders chairmen Silas Ndlovu, Roger Muhlwa and Kennedy Ndebele as well as the entire Highlanders executive committee and board members.

A number of Highlanders’ past and present players, among them Chibuku Trophy winners Billy Sibanda and Edward Dzowa and ex-coaches Cosmos Zulu and Barry Daka. There was also a heavy presence of football legends that played alongside Khumalo in the national team such as Agent Sawu, Moses Chunga, Carlos Max, Misheck Chidzambwa, Standford “Stix” Mutizwa, Albert “Dalala” Mabika, Norman Mapeza and Lloyd Mutasa. Also present was High Court Judge Justice Nicholas Mathonsi, Zimbabwe’s iron lady of football Hentrieta Rushwaya, PSL president Twine Phiri, Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze, former Zifa administrator Lazarus Mhurushomana, Senators Angeline Masuku and Matson Hlalo, MPs Joe Tshuma (Mpopoma) and Godfrey Malaba (Pumula) as well the Dynamos Bulawayo Supporters’ Chapter. chronicle


A GOROMONZI white commercial farmer, Martin Grobbler, has filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court seeking to retain his Buena Farm, which was allegedly seized by members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) last week.

The matter, which was supposed to be heard yesterday before High Court judge Justice Happious Zhou, was deferred to Monday next week after one of the defendants, Ivy Rupanda, failed to attend the hearing.

In his application filed under case number HC7924/15, Grobbler said he had sought refuge at his neighbours’ farm after the alleged CIO’s Shorai Kudzai Muchemwa and Rupanda, invaded the farm last Friday while in the company of Mashonaland East chief lands officer one Motsi and district lands officer Abigail Mangwiro.

“I was given 48 hours to vacate the farm and take my dogs with me as that was the only gift I could be offered. The 1st respondent (Muchemwa) proceeded to change locks to the rest of my building except my kitchen and bedroom where she said I could collect some few items,” Grobbler said.

“My family has since sought refuge from a nearby farm owned by a colleague as the respondents appeared serious and demonstrated nothing will stop them from their objective.”
The farmer said initially, the group had visited on Wednesday last week and told him they had come to subdivide his farm to make way for some other persons that had been allocated the same land, but it later turned out that the persons referred to were the CIOs.

“On the 21st of August 2015, the first to fourth respondent came again and told me that I should vacate the farm and that he had brought some members of the CIO with him to deal with me if I wanted to be arrogant,” Grobbler said. “I pleaded with them that I was not being arrogant, but had only thought that our courts should have the final say, but I was told to shut up . . . the third respondent (Motsi) told me that he will have nothing of that argument since he was merely doing his duty and that the High Court will not tell him what to do as he was not employed by the High Court.”

Grobbler, who says is a holder of an offer letter of the said farm, further said although he explained to the government officials that he was a bona-fide holder of an offer letter and a Zimbabwean citizen, his claims were scoffed at by Mangwiro who said Muchemwa and Rupanda were more Zimbabweans than he was.

“The fourth respondent (Mangwiro) said that the first and second respondents Muchemwa and Rupanda had offer letters to the farm too and that because they were more Zimbabwean than I was to take over the farm. I was left speechless,” Globbler said.

The farmer further said the group then proceeded to enter his house, ransacked all over, but only allowed him to take his clothes and leave everything else including kitchen utensils which Rupanda said she wanted to use the following day upon taking over the farm.

I would possibly understand the respondents if I was a foreigner and if I was staying at the farm illegally. I am advised which advice I believe to be true that Gazetted Land Act protects me since I am at the farm through lawful authority,” Grobbler said. newsday


ZANU PF deputy director for information Psychology Maziwisa yesterday said President Robert Mugabe’s speech in Parliament where he promised a brighter economic future for all Zimbabweans and urged people to uphold peace was exciting news.

Maziwisa said this in an interview with NewsDay, where he described Mugabe’s State of the Nation Address as “spot on”.

In his State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, Mugabe unveiled a 10-point economic revival plan covering essential pillars of the economy such as agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and tourism, among others.  He said the country’s economy was poised for a giant take-off that was essential for economic growth.

“We wish to congratulate Mugabe for his timely, progressive and economic growth-oriented State of the Nation Address which set the tone for inevitable economic growth in the country,” Maziwisa said.

“He detailed a 10-point plan which covered essential economic pillars like agriculture, value addition and beneficiation, foreign direct investment, parastatal reform and an anti-corruption thrust that is consistent with the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation, and our determination as a party to improve the welfare of the Zimbabwean people.”

Maziwisa said Zanu PF was delighted that Mugabe had directed the government to embark on a rapid implementation drive of the 10-point plan to maintain the momentum that had seen “the massive execution of infrastructural development in the transport and energy sectors such as the recent completion of the rehabilitation of the Plumtree-Mutare Highway.”

He also hailed what he said was “imminent dualisation of the Beitbridge-Harare Highway as well as the on-going work at Kariba and Hwange Power stations”.

Other analysts have, however, blasted Mugabe’s address, with opposition parties, and political and economic analysts saying Mugabe’s party was clueless in addressing the country’s free-falling economy.

Zimbabwe is currently facing a serious deflation that has witnessed company closures and massive job cuts.


Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe president, Mr Elton Steers Mangoma’s three bodyguards appeared in court yesterday for allegedly assaulting an MDC-Renewal Team activist who accused their leader of snatching his wife. 

Nelson Mukwenha (34), Rekai Toto (29) and Pardon Maingehama (36) appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Blessing Murwisi facing assault charges.They allegedly assaulted a Renewal team activist Believe Tevera (25) of No. 5426 73 Crescent in Harare who accused Mangoma of snatching his wise, Yemurai Maravanyika. The trio is expected in court on Tuesday for trial. Prosecutor Ms Tariro Gwatidzo alleged that on May 26 this year around 11 am the trio approached Tevera at Eastlea Shopping Centre.

It is alleged that Tevera was coming out of No. 21 Midlothian Drive, Eastlea, Harare, where he delivered a letter at an MDC-Renewal party management meeting. The letter was in relation to an alleged love affair between Mangoma and Tevera’s wife. Tevera had also confronted Mangoma for causing the publication of the love affair in newspapers.

Upon realising that the bodyguards were coming after him Tevera hid in a parked taxi belonging to Tiki Mangara. However, they caught up with him and dragged him out of the vehicle. They started assaulting him using a chain, feet and fists. 

Tevera went to Harare Hospital for treatment and the medical report is held as exhibit. Mangoma was the first to drag Tevera to court accusing him of assault over the adulterous affair.

However, Tevera was removed from remand by Harare magistrate Mrs Tildah Mutambanashe after key witnesses refused to testify in the matter.

Thursday, 27 August 2015


MYSTERY surrounds the whereabouts of Dr Tendai Mahachi’s contract of employment as town clerk, with Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni yesterday saying no one at Town House has ever had sight of the document. This has raised questions about how council was paying Dr Mahachi in the absence of a contract of employment.

Harare council’s human resources and general purpose committee took a decision at a meeting on Tuesday to terminate Dr Mahachi’s contract on three months’ notice in line with a July 17 Supreme Court ruling on common law contracts of employment. The decision is, however, subject to full council approval. The decision followed Dr Mahachi’s demand for a $3 million golden handshake from council as a pre-condition for him to quit.

In an interview with The Herald yesterday, Clr Manyenyeni said Dr Mahachi’s contract of employment was missing. “The contract is missing. The whole file, I have never seen it. No one knows where it is,” he said. When pressed on whether that was possible, Clr Manyenyeni said: “When I demanded it from him, he said it was at his house and that he was going to bring it.

“He never did. He later changed, saying it was with the Local Government Board, yet if there is one file that has to be in the mayor’s office, it is the town clerk’s.” Clr Manyenyeni said if Dr Mahachi’s contract of employment was not in his office, it should have been at least in other offices at Town House. “It should be somewhere else, either with the chamber secretary or human capital director, but those two do not have it. I do not have it either,” he said.

Clr Manyenyeni said he had written to Dr Mahachi’s lawyers demanding the contract but found no joy. Yesterday Dr Mahachi’s lawyer, Mr Chenjerai Daitai of Magwaliba and Kwirira Legal Practitioners, said he had not received any request from council for Dr Mahachi’s contract of employment as alleged by Clr Manyenyeni.

“We have also not received any communication on the decision to terminate his contract of employment. We are merely reading it in newspapers,” he said. He said they were still waiting for council’s response to their request for mutual termination of employment. Dr Mahachi presented council with 22 demands worth millions of dollars as an exit package, which was met with a termination of employment notice.

The demands include $100 000 for every year served, a mansion in Belvedere and two luxury vehicles. He joined council in 2007. Trouble for Dr Mahachi started when he was sent on forced leave with council accusing him of stalling the city’s succession plan and rationalisation of executive salaries, among other issues.


AN ANNOUNCEMENT by President Mugabe on Tuesday that Government would introduce laws that attract investment should see Chinese investors flocking to Harare, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Lin Lin has said. 

President Mugabe made the remarks in his State of the Nation Address in Parliament. Speaking to the media after bidding farewell to Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare yesterday, Ambassador Lin said relations between Zimbabwe and China were set to blossom.

“We noted that the President in his State of the Nation Address said Zimbabwe will implement policies that improve the business environment and promote and attract both domestic and foreign investment,” said Ambassador Lin. “I believe that this will give more confidence to foreign investors including Chinese investors. Definitely, there will be more Chinese businesspeople coming here to find new opportunities for co-operation. I do believe there is a great future for our bilateral co-operation.”

Ambassador Lin, who will be leaving the country at the end of next month after a three-year tenure, said mega-deals signed by President Mugabe and his Chinese counterpart during the State visit to Beijing last year should start bearing fruit soon. He said in the meeting with VP Mphoko they talked about the opportunities that the mega-deals presented for Bulawayo industries.

“We also talked with the VP about cooperation between China and Bulawayo because in my understanding, the Vice President comes from that part of the country and he really gives a lot of attention to the development of that part of the country,” Mr Lin said.

“So we believe that there is still great potential for the revival and development of Bulawayo. It used to be the industrial centre of this country and the infrastructure is still there. The National Reform and Development Commission of China had the delegation here last month. They actually paid a visit to Bulawayo.

“They are trying to see if they can find Chinese enterprises who have interest in carrying out cooperation with some enterprises in Bulawayo.” Ambassador Lin said he assured VP Mphoko that China would do its best to assist Zimbabwe achieve economic recovery.


Chitungwiza Town Council yesterday sacked 236 employees based on the July 17 Supreme Court ruling, which allows employers to terminate workers’ contracts on three months’ notice. The termination of contracts came two days after President Mugabe signed into law the Labour Amendment Act following its passing in Parliament last week, with the new law coming into force with immediate effect.

The law was crafted to cushion employees following the Supreme Court ruling. Chitungwiza town clerk Mr George Makunde confirmed the development saying this was in line with the council’s resolution of offloading the overstaffed municipality. He said 388 more employees will be dismissed soon as the council intends to retrench 624 in line with its resolution.

“It is true that we have given letters to 236 workers. From the 236, 204 were employees found guilty during our 2011 investigations of participating in fraudulent activities while the remainder are from our liquor bars, which we have closed,” said Mr Makunde. Asked if Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde Saviour Kasukuwere will not overturn the decision and reinstate all the affected employees, Mr Makunde said: “I can’t speak on behalf of the minister, because council has made the decision based on the limited budget.”

Urban and Rural Workers’ Union (ZURCWU) secretary Mr Bernard Dhanda said this was shocking after the President had just signed the amendments made to the Labour Bill. “How can the municipality do that under the new labour law which has been signed by the President to protect the workers? The workers are in arrears of a year’s salary and as a union we are going to demonstrate together with the workers until Government intervenes,” he said.

Chitungwiza Progressive Residents Association Mr Admire Zaya, however, said the firing was justified as the council was overstaffed. “We are not against the council laying off employees as the revenue being collected is not enough to cater for the huge workforce. “Our concern is on the salaries being awarded to senior staffers at the expense of other employees and service delivery,” said Mr Zaya. The sacking of the Chitungwiza employees comes as Chinhoyi Municipality reinstated the fired 124 workers under the direction of Minister Kasukuwere.


President Mugabe has slammed corrupt judges whom he accused of abusing their professional independence to make biased decisions in pursuit of certain political agendas. In a speech read on his behalf by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the opening of the Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum conference here yesterday, the President rapped judges who behave like politicians.

The five-day conference is running under the theme; “Guaranteeing the Right to Fair Trial in Africa: Showing Best Practices”. Chief justices from 13 countries in Southern Africa and several judges are attending the conference. “Judicial independence, as a concept, is noble when used appropriately to uphold the separation of powers. It is, however, sometimes abused by some judicial officers to mystify and stem criticism of untenable court decisions,” President Mugabe said.

“We respect judicial independence, appropriately raised, but deplore judicial officers, who are in essence politicians, hiding behind the cloak of judicial independence, to mask their political inclinations,” he said. The President urged chief justices in Southern Africa to establish mechanisms to curb corruption and bribery in the judiciary, saying rich, but guilty people were being let scot free by the courts.

“If we all accept the depiction of justice as blind or blindfolded, then why do some judges appear to see and recognise the status, title and money that the litigants, who appear before them, have? “If we accept that justice wields a scale in one hand to weigh the evidence that each party places before the court, how then does it appear, sometimes, that the scale tilts heavily in favour of the party who has produced very little or no evidence at all? asked the President.

“If justice wields a sword in the other hand, why does that sword never fall when all other reasonable people expect it to fall and the guilty are set free? “Sadly, we receive reports that some judicial officers may not be exhibiting the levels of integrity that the office demands,” said President Mugabe.
Chief justices, President Mugabe said, had a duty to come up with strategies to curb graft. “Judicial corruption erodes any confidence that the populace and we politicians have in the judiciary. “It is my hope that you, honourable chief justices from the region, will take charge and play a leading role in eradicating corruption wherever it may rear its ugly head,” he said.

“Corruption completely negates one of the fundamentals of having three separate arms of State and destroys the delicate balance upon which State power is distributed amongst the three arms of State. “The three pillars of the State are based on the premise that the judiciary is independent not only of the executive and the legislature, but of all unlawful extraneous influence, including bribery.”

He said if the judiciary was compromised its checks and balances on other arms would be questionable. “If, therefore, the judiciary is compromised, then the checks and balances it seeks to exercise on the other two arms of the State, is skewed, not in favour of the interests of the State, but in some other interest, which remains unarticulated and therefore, unknown,” he said.

President Mugabe said Government respected the judiciary and accepted its judgments and interpretation of the law although it also had powers to modify the law where necessary. “We have always and will always respect the judiciary and its pronouncements on the law, even when its interpretation of the law and our understanding of the same do not coincide and sometimes, I admit, we have voiced our incredulity at such rulings, perhaps too loudly and perhaps too publicly,” he said.
“Respecting the role of the judiciary and their pronouncements on the law does not mean that we then abdicate our role to govern. “Where appropriate, we modify the law to suit out policies and allow the courts to interpret that new law,” said President Mugabe. The crafting of the Judicial Service Act in 2006, which separates the judiciary from the Civil Service, was another giant stride in promoting judicial independence, President Mugabe observed.

“Under the Act, we have created a Judicial Service, separate and distinct from the Civil Service and we have charged the Chief Justice as chairman of the Judicial Service Commission with the responsibility of administering that service,” he said. “I am not sure where he is finding the time to administer the Judicial Service and at the same time hand down judgments from the Supreme and Constitutional courts, some of which have been dubbed ‘landmark’ by the local press, and have drastically changed our thinking as the Government of the day, on certain issues.”

Inordinate delays in handing down judgments, the President said, was rather judicial “indolence” than independence. “We often have horrific accounts of persons staying in prison for years, while waiting for the courts to hand down judgment. “I have doubted that this is caused by the independence of the judiciary, but, with greatest respect to all honourable judges here present, this to me smacks more of judicial indolence, rather than judicial independence.

“To my thinking, one’s conscience must tell one that he or she is not serving the interests of justice, or of anyone else for that matter, by delaying the handing down of judgment in that manner. We do not encourage that in our courts,” he said.


THE MDC Renewal Team is set for a major identify shift at its inaugural congress set for next month, which will see the party changing its name and other distinct features.
This paper has it on good authority that the party will adopt the name People’s Democratic Party at the congress to run from September 9 to 11.

The party had initially planned to hold its congress last week but was forced to postpone the event after police turned down their request to use the Harare City Sports Centre as the venue for the elective congress because it had already been booked for another function.

Insiders within the MDC Renewal Team said there has been overwhelming support for the idea of coming up with a completely different name, party symbol and unveiling a new headquarters, although the party will maintain its orange colour. The party will also introduce new slogans.

Party’s spokesman, Jacob Mafume, confirmed the developments this week saying they have decided to abandon the MDC acronym as a way of creating a distinct identity.
All the political formations that have emerged from the main MDC, which has split several times, have retained the MDC acronym, adopted at the party’s formation in 1999.

With more than five MDC formations fighting for political space in Zimbabwe, it has been a torturous exercise for the voter to make a distinction among them at the polling station.
“We are abandoning that,” said Mafume.

“We felt we needed to put people at the centre of what we are doing. You cannot claim to be different from something when you are known by the same name. We need to define ourselves by our own brand which we are confident will be able to restore the dignity of Zimbabwe and its citizens. The other parties have become so personalised that you have to dig deep to tell the difference between them and their presidents.”
At the convention, the opposition party will elect its new substantive national leadership after having gone for over a year with executives in acting capacities.
Former Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) secretary-general, Tendai Biti, is widely tipped to become the party’s president after his closest rival, Elton Mangoma, left the party to lead his own political outfit called Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe. He is currently the party’s secretary-general.

Former State enterprises minister, Gorden Moyo, is set to fight it out with prominent Masvingo lawyer and Member of Parliament, Tongai Matutu for the position of secretary-general. Moyo currently heads the international relations committee.

Former Kuwadzana West legislator, Lucia Matibenga is tipped for the position of national chairperson while former Dzivaresekwa MP Solomon Madzore, Last Maengahama and former Kambuzuma MP, Willias Madzimure will battle it out for the organising secretary’s post.

Former MDC-T Manicaland chairperson, Julius Magarangoma, is believed to be eyeing the treasurer-general post, where he will do battle with one Benson Ntini. Financial gazette
Former water minister, Samuel Sipepa Nkomo is tipped to land the party’s vice presidency.
The MDC Renewal Team broke ranks with the MDC-T led by Morgan Tsvangirai in April last year.

Party officials say their vision is to form the next government, come 2018 general elections.
The congress will be held under the theme: Reclaiming Zimbabwe through formulation and implementation of sound people-centric policies.


The government is in the process of reorganising urban state land management to avert the continued mushrooming of illegal settlements that have been fueled by land barons.
Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Savior Kasukuwere said this in Mutare during a two-day workshop attended by local government practitioners from the 10 provinces.

Cde Kasukuwere said a 'Pay For Your Own Home' scheme is being put in place to accelerate housing delivery.

He challenged officials from his ministry to play an active role in ensuring that the sustainable development goals are translated into tangible action towards the socio economic transformation of communities as espoused under the ZIMASSET.

Speaking at the same occasion, the Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Cde Ray Ndhukula said despite the major successes that have been achieved under the millennium development goals, the government was grappling to address socio-economic challenges.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli said there is need for government to embrace the private sector to attain sustainable development goals.

The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Manicaland, Cde Mandi Chimene said there is need to capacitate all local government departments to ensure that they cascade government programmes down to the grassroots.

The two-day workshop was convened by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing in partnership with UN agencies.

It is meant to ensure the localisation of sustainable development goals and identification of the requisite competencies and capabilities in local government.

It is being attended by ministers of states, provincial administrators and district administrators.


The NewsDay team is at Murombedzi Growth Point where the First Lady Grace Mugabe is addressing supporters at her Women’s League rally. The First Lady is touring the Women’s League ‘s Districts.

13:22: Grace Mugabe explains the four clusters of ZimAsset

“A Chinese firm is ready to help our youths in diamond cutting and polishing”

“We are able to deliver 2 million jobs if we look sector by sector. It’s unfortunate that in the past we have seen job cuts.O ur government is going to meet promises made to its people. We must continue to build confidence so that we are able to attract foreign investment.”

“Yes there are some among us who are corrupt, they are some who think that when I am a minister I should get rich. No we must be considerate to our people…You STOP IT!…Let us work hard for our people.”

13:21: Grace Mugabe says second hand clothes have got health implications and destroy the economy as the cotton industry is down.

She says she has engaged the foreign firms to help women do their ‘small businesses’

Amai Mugabe also says “ZimAsset is being implemented but at a slow pace”

She asks supporters not to be “mislead by the MDC who want to gain mileage.I t might be slow but something is happening.”
13:17: She urges vendors to use designated points and clarifies her stance on the issue of vending,”I never said do your business at any point but I said I support vending.”

“You must always be hygienic as vendors, we must keep our cities clean.”

13:14: The First Lady says people should not buy second hand clothes as “issue of bringing second hand clothes destroys our economy.”

13:07: Grace Mugabe finishes her tirade against Mujuru and discusses the challenges women face

“I know The challenges that as women you are going through. I know that you want land. I spoke to Mombeshora”

13:03: A certain newspaper was paid two million by Mujuru to write bad about me, I accept criticism but it must be constructive criticism. Don’t criticize me because you hate my husband.Time will come when President Mugabe is gone, you will regret and wish that the President was around.

“He is an honest man, he demonstrates probity.”

When I blew the whistle, me as a linesman the referee gave her(Mujuru) a red card”

Be warned when I blow the whistle you will be gone!”

12:58 : Grace threatens “If you make a mistake I will blow the whistle”

She further attacks Joice Mujuru when she says”When I went to Mashonaland East , the demon that I was talking about is Mai Mujuru. Mujuru thought that Robert Mugabe was going to stop me ,but i have my own weight as a member of Zanu PF.I know that she is a war veteran but that does not mean being a war veteran to make noise.”

12:53 : The Women’s League boss says she did not want to expose Mujuru in public.

12:51: Grace Mugabe says she went to Bindura during her rallies,Former Vice President Joice Mujuru hired people to disrespect her.

12:51: Grace Mugabe now narrates how she became the Women’s League Boss.
12: 44 The First Lady says “Look at what the whites did to Libya , they killed the president of that country ”
Our economy is down because of sanctions imposed on us..

“But Zanu PF is a party that cares for its people. Whether they like it or not Zanu Pf will continue to rule , Despite prophets of doom saying what they want to say , we are resilient people”

12:42: The First Lady takes a swipe at the whites concerned about Cecil the Lion saying “I don’t like hypocrisy being exhibited by the whites. The whites are more concerned about Cecil the Lion

“For me this dentist was not aware of the importance of Cecil but the people allowed him to come and hunt , they are wrong!”

“I said the dentist who killed the lion must be left alone but the skulls of our ancestors must come back”

“I don’t want to hear demonstrations of Americans over the death of Cecil the Lion but instead they must demonstrate against the sanctions imposed on the people not against the dentist who knew nothing”

12:36: “We must reclaim that seat from MDC, they have nothing to offer you!”

“We hear that some of our people disrespecting our heroes…the dead heroes did not enjoy the freedom that we have.”

12:31: Grace Mugabe says ” This is a function of the women’s League and we appreciate the support we are getting from the Youth League.

Zanu PF is what it is today because of the two wings, Youth and Women’s League.

To us Zanu PF this month is a very important month because it is when we go to Heroes Acre to honour our war heroes.

We must not forget the history of Zimbabwe and how we gained our independence, so our school children must be told our history. Our colonisers want us to forget our history.”

12:22: Edna Madzongwe has given a long history of the First Lady and the First Lady is now addressing the crowd.

12:13: The President of Senate Edna Madzongwe is introducing the First Lady, for her to address the rally.

12:06: The Murombedzi Stadium is packed to capacity , almost 3 000 supporters have gathered for the rally.

11:53: Currently the people are introducing themselves to the First Lady. Among the slogans that are being chanted here include “Pasi nevanhu vanoti Eva haatongi”

The First Lady Grace Mugabe is dressed in party regalia.


THE clock is ticking for second-hand clothes traders who are now pondering their next move following a ban on the sale of the clothing that comes into effect on September.

Presenting the mid-term budget review last month, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Patrick Chinamasa, said from next week Wednesday, the sale of second-hand clothing would be illegal.

Second-hand clothes traders who spoke to The Chronicle in Bulawayo yesterday urged the government to review its position, especially considering the sacking of more workers following a recent landmark Supreme Court ruling that allowed employers to send home employees on three months’ notice, empty handed.

Caleb Shumba said there must be a ban on selected second-hand clothes, not a blanket one. He said the government must only ban the sale of second hand undergarments. “They can ban the selling of used towels, panties, bras and stockings. They pose a health hazard to people but I’m against the idea of banning all second-hand clothes,” said Shumba.

“The clothes don’t just benefit us who are selling but the general public who can’t afford to buy clothes from the formal sector. I’m here because I’ve to do everything to feed my family.” Irene Murwira, a widow from Queens Park suburb, said the government must take into cognisance the fact that some families were being sustained by the trade.

“As old as I am do you think I enjoy having running battles with the police. I’ve school going children I’m fending for. One is at university and two are in high school. We strongly call on the government to allow us to continue selling our wares,” said Murwira.

Sihle Mauka, a Pumula North suburb resident, said her husband was among the 200 Zimpost workers who lost their jobs following the Supreme Court ruling. She is now the only bread-winner and the ban spells doom for her family.

Delivering the state of the nation address in Parliament on Tuesday, President Mugabe said challenges in the Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) would be addressed as the industry is pivotal to the country’s economy.

“Following the closure of large corporations, Small to Medium Enterprises have become prominent in the Zimbabwean economy.

“Although the SMEs sector has steadily become the main source of livelihood for many, the youth, retrenches and the unemployed, among them, the sector is experiencing several challenges,” said President Mugabe.

“Government will need to address SMEs operating infrastructure, such as construction of vendor marts and factory shells, and the provision of human power training.”


GOVERNMENT has abandoned its populist indigenisation policy in a desperate attempt to lure offshore capital required to revive the country’s disintegrating economy, the Financial Gazette can report.

The move is meant to bailout a sick and struggling economy, which has suffered from widespread company closures and job losses, estimated to have pushed the unemployment rate to over 90 percent.

 Foreign-owned companies had been given ultimatums to comply with the law before the end of this year or risk nationalisation.  But indications are that this has been abandoned.
The indigenisation policy, which gained traction following the promulgation of the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act in 2008, has been widely blamed for the country’s failure to attract foreign direct investment, amid sagging economic fortunes.
Highly placed sources in the Executive said government was now convinced the contentious policy had to be abandoned in order to pull the country’s economy from the brink of collapse.

 The indigenisation law compels foreign-owned companies to cede at least 51 percent of their shareholding in locally-based companies to blacks or specific entities designated by government.

 An official within the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment said government has shifted significantly from the indigenisation policy, by softening its hard-line stance with regards to its application.

 President Robert Mugabe has since instructed line ministries to directly handle all acquisitions and transactions linked to their portfolios to circumvent the onerous requirements of the indigenisation law.

 More recently, his Cabinet has sanctioned transactions by foreign investors that are far in excess of the thresholds set in the Act.  For example, Blue Ribbon Industries is to be taken-over by Tanzanian firm, Bakhresa Group, which is to inject US$40 million into the business in exchange for a 100 percent shareholding.

 The deal was handled by Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha with Cabinet’s express approval, despite the law clearly proscribing such ownership thresholds by foreign companies.

  Other recent transactions confirming the paradigm shift in government’s earlier position is the 63,25 percent takeover of Astra Holdings by Tokyo-listed paint manufacturing giant, Kansai Plascon.

 President Mugabe appeared to reiterate government’s latest position when he addressed the nation on Heroes Day a fortnight ago, saying: “Being a country that observes and respects the rights of investors, as government, we are prepared to listen to all investor concerns and address them”.

 And on Tuesday, he reinforced the position in his State of the nation address.
He said: “In order to buttress the positive economic gains recorded to date, government will implement policies that will improve the business environment, and promote, and attract both domestic and foreign investment”.

 Bimha is already taking President Mugabe’s word to foreign investors.
While in Dubai for the Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe Winter School, the Industry Minister confirmed that government had softened its stance but said this was backed by the indigenisation law.

 He said except for resource-based operations such as mines and land ownership, investors in other sectors of the economy were not compelled to comply with the indigenisation law.
He said: “We have (foreign) companies that are coming saying, yes, this is the position but we are prepared to go this way (own more than 49 percent) because we are bringing technology, we are bringing capital, we are bringing a lot of things.

“And in each of those cases we have had, we have had no problem. For example, I have dealt personally with the case of Blue Ribbon Industries and others. I have been really involved and in each and every case, proposals have been coming from investors themselves.

 “So I say, the flexibilities are there within the law. Also, we have to ensure we support the investor in terms of what exactly the investor wants, depending on his or her circumstances.”

 He said Cabinet ministers insisting on 51 percent local shareholding for foreign-owned companies were ignorant of the law.  “The interes
ting thing is that some of the ministers are not even conversant with the law,” said Bimha.

“We are very ignorant about this Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act. And what we have been doing, which is a wrong thing to do, is just to talk about this 51/49 percent and yet the Act has got a plethora of possibilities,” said Bimha.

 “It’s not a question of flexibilities when you talk to the minister but it’s a flexibility contained within the law itself.

“The issue of credits that are allowed, people don’t talk about it, but the emphasis has been more on 51/49 percent ownership. The clarity is that when we are talking about 51/49 percent, we are talking about it in terms of mineral resources and land ownership but in other areas, there are flexibilities that depend on what the investor wants,” Bimha reiterated.
“We say here is the menu, choose what suits you and we engage. There is no problem. The number of cases that I have dealt with, we have never came to where we say you (investors) have to do this.

“So, we believe that the mere fact of now saying you (investor) engage line ministries first is actually more of an attempt to ensure we give support to the investor because the ministry understands the circumstances of the investor.