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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Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has apologised for his involvement in a sex text scandal.

Radebe was in Port Elizabeth where he addressed ANC officials from the Sarah Baartman region about policy discussion documents‚ on Sunday.

Social media was abuzz after the Sunday Times reported that Radebe was in hot water for raunchy text and e-mail communication in which he asked for nude pictures of a 29-year-old Union Buildings staffer‚ Siyasanga Mbambani.

While Radebe‚ a 64-year-old minister‚ dodged questions about his messages‚ he referred all queries to his spokesman. His spokesman‚ Phillip Musekwa‚ said: “The minister deeply regrets that the exchanges took place in the first place.

“He is worried about the welfare of the woman who is implicated. She will take the social media pressure of what is now out there.” Musekwa said Radebe would like to apologise to the country‚ Mbambani‚ her family and his own wife and children. He said Radebe admitted the incident and said it was poor judgment on his part. times


NORTON MP Temba Mliswa (Independent) has filed an urgent High Court chamber application seeking to bar a local land developer from demolishing housing structures built at Kingsdale Farm in the sprawling town.

In his application, Mliswa cited the property developer, Maparahwe Properties (Pvt) Ltd, Norton Town Council, Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora and Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere as respondents.

The legislator said he made the application on behalf of the Norton Residents’ Development Trust.

“This is an urgent chamber application for an interdict staying evictions, eviction court proceedings instituted and the unlawful demolitions of properties belonging to Kingsdale Farm residents by the first respondent (Maparahwe Properties) pending the outcome of the application for compelling order and declaratuer which is pending in the Administrative Court,” Mliswa said in his founding affidavit.

“The 1st respondent is evicting and has unlawfully evicted legitimate residents in an act that grossly violates the order of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt). Several occupants have been served with summons and notices to plead by 1st respondent whose intention is to evict all residents who were awarded 140 hectares of the land in question in the ConCourt under CCZ43/15.”

In his submissions, Mliswa said Maparahwe Properties had been reluctant to enter into a deed of settlement with the Kingsdale Farm residents in terms of the ConCourt order and was instead making private sales of some stands already occupied by legitimate residents.

The legislator also accused the property developer of indiscriminately selling the stands, some at inflated prices in contravention of the ConCourt order.

“To date, over 370 stands allocated to the formed co-operative styled Kingsdale Housing Co-operative have been sold by the 1st respondent and there are various issues of double allocations causing clashes between members of the co-operative and other private purchasers,” Mliswa said.

“I humbly believe that this matter can only be resolved amicably if the 1st respondent respects the order of the ConCourt that allocated 140 hectares of land in question at the rate of $5 per square metre to the occupants upon acquisition together with the private purchasers and desist from selling stands occupied by the said residents.”

He added: “I further submit that the continued private sale of already occupied stands has caused mayhem and disharmony within my constituency as the private purchasers are being made to pay more than the ordered $5 per square metre proportionate to stand sizes and even other occupants who have been given agreements of sale by the 1st respondent are paying up to $27 per square metre.”

The matter is yet to be set down for hearing.


MANICALAND Provincial Affairs minister Mandiitawepi Chimene has claimed that she was on Saturday verbally abused by relatives of the late former High Court judge, Justice Simpson Mutambanengwe, who were protesting government’s failure to accord him a national hero’s status.

Chimene said tempers flared during Mutambanengwe’s burial at Dambakurimwa village near Mutare after she insinuated that the late top jurist could have been denied national hero’s status because he was inconsistent.

“Yesterday (Saturday), I went to bury someone, who was not declared a national hero. I told mourners that there might be something he did wrong, I was verbally assaulted for that,” she said, as she addressed a Zanu PF interdistrict youth meeting at Mary Mount Teachers’ College in Mutare on Sunday.

“I am urging you not to do that. You should always strive to be consistent.”
According to party officials who attended Mutambanengwe’s burial, family members and friends openly expressed their anger over the government’s decision not to accord him a hero’s status for the role he played during the liberation war.

Mutambanengwe succumbed to renal failure in Namibia almost two weeks ago. The Namibian government took care of the parlour expenses and flew the judge’s body from Windhoek to Zimbabwe, amid reports that the Zanu PF Manicaland provincial executive had approached the politburo recommending that Mutambanengwe be declared a national hero.

Meanwhile, Zanu PF Manicaland youth leader, Mubuso Chinguno told party supporters on Sunday that President Robert Mugabe “would clock 365 years, describing the veteran politician as the Biblical Abraham”, who outlived most people of his generation.

Mugabe, who turns 94 next year, has already been endorsed as the ruling party’s presidential candidate for the polls in 2018.

“We will continue supporting him regardless of his age because we agree with what President Robert Mugabe stands for and what he believes in,” Chinguno said.

But according to the Bible book of Genesis 25:7, Abraham died in 1843 BCE at the good old age of 175 years and was buried by his sons Isaac and Ishmael in the cave of Machpelah, while his wife Sarah died at the age of 127.

Zanu PF national youth leader, Kudzanai Chipanga told party supporters that Mugabe would address his 2018 maiden campaign rally at Sakubva Stadium on June 16, with Manicaland province expected to host his 94th birthday celebrations in February next year.