MDC WAR

A war has broken out within the MDC tent. Leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Secretary General Tendai Biti are at each other's throats. The only one smiling is ageing leader, President Robert Mugabe.

MACHESO'S NHOVA TREATMENT

Musician Alick Macheso whos is divorcing his wife, Tafadzwa, could be in trouble after his treatment of nhova was exposed. The treatment could be seen as child abuse and Macheso could, possibly, face arrest.

OBSCENE SALARIES POSTERBOY

Cuthbert Dube has been re-elected the boss of Zifa to a chorus of boos within the football fraternity. Dube said he was not bothered as the people who voted wanted him to lead Zifa again.

ZANU PF WARS

Open war has broken out in the ruling party with the two factions, one believed to be led by Joice Mujuru and another by Emmerson Mnangagwa squaring off. Mugabe is on his last five year term and succession is now on the cards.

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

VAPOSITORI DENY BEATING COPS

The trial of 37 members of the Johane Masowe sect who are facing charges of public violence kicked off in Harare with all the accused persons denying the charges.

Some of the church members made stunning allegations against leader of the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe Bishop Johannes Ndanga, accusing him of perpetrating violence.The vapositori, who are self actors, stood one by one giving a defence outline and all of them denied ever engaging in public violence or assaulting any member of the delegation who visited their shrine.

One of the members, Takavengwa Gwenzi asked the court to allow him to chronicle what transpired and he indicated that they had previous grudges with Ndanga, whom they accused of forcing them to join his organisation.

Gwenzi alleged that Ndanga wanted their support saying he indicated he will be representing the interests of all the vapositori if he becomes Zimbabwe’s Vice President.Gwenzi alleged that Ndanga said he had political muscles and had power to determine their future.

After giving the court evidence of their history, the man then denied participating in assaulting police officers and others who had visited their shrine. The matter has been postponed to next week for trial continuation.

JAIL THIS MAID WHO CRIED RAPE

The state is calling for a jail term for a maid who lied that she had been raped. The maid lied that Engineer Manhuwa had raped her.

Nyasha Vambe appeared at the Harare Magistrate Court facing charges of making a false police report. The state called for a custodial sentence to be imposed on Vambe, saying her crime of making a false report should not be taken lightly.The state further stated that Manhuwa suffered after he was incarcerated yet she knew she was lying against him and proposed a lengthy custodial sentence for her.

The state argued if Manhuwa was to be convicted, he could have been sentenced to a lengthy custodial sentence.  The controversial rape case was reported last week and the matter was withdrawn at the court after Vambe indicated that they were in love and she wanted to extort money from Manhuwa.

Vambe was then arrested for making a false report and the magistrate sent her for an assessment for a possible community service.

MALEMA DEMANDS TRIAL

EFF leader Julius Malema is ready to stand trial, he told hundreds of supporters in Polokwane following the postponement of his court case on Tuesday.

"I tried to plead with them that I should be separated... and tried alone," he said. "If others are not ready I am, the State must bring this case closer."

The trial against Malema and his co-accused was earlier postponed in the High Court in Polokwane to August 3, 2015 because not all counsel were available.

Malema, On-Point Engineering directors Lesiba Gwangwa and Kagisho Dichabe and two companies, On-Point Engineering and Gwama Properties, face charges of racketeering and 52 other counts, including fraud.

In March, corruption charges against Malema's business associates -- Selbie Manthatha, his wife Helen Moreroa and his brother Makgetsi Manthatha -- were dropped.

The two brothers and Moreroa were initially charged with Malema, Gwangwa and Dichabe in September 2012. They were accused of misrepresenting themselves to the Limpopo roads and transport department, leading to a R52 million contract being awarded to On-Point Engineering.

It is alleged in court papers that Malema had business ties with Gwangwa, and that Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point.

The State alleges Malema substantially benefited from the tender payment to On-Point, using it to buy a farm and a Mercedes-Benz.

Following his appearance on Tuesday, Malema walked up the road to where his supporters, who held a night vigil for him, were waiting.

The crowed cheered as he walked onto the stage erected in a car park across the road from the Polokwane police station.

He was accompanied by Economic Freedom Fighters MPs. EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi began chanting "Hands off our commander and chief, hands off".

The crowd, in red berets and EFF T-shirts, took up the chant. Ndlozi then led them in song.

People took pictures with cellphones as Malema, dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and red tie, danced on stage.

Malema told the crowd he was not afraid and had nothing to hide.

"We have nothing to fear. We want this case to be held as in yesterday because we have nothing to hide.

"If they had a case they would have trialled (sic) us long ago."

He said his lawyer had asked the judge to try Malema earlier but was told there was no sooner available date.

Malema took the opportunity to accuse Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo of interfering in matters which involved the EFF. He named a few cases including his own.

He warned Mlambo and said he would write to the Judicial Service Commission regarding his "conduct".

"They must never think we don't know what they up to. The State is against us... but don't be scared we will overcome."

Malema also took a swipe at the African National Congress and President Jacob Zuma.

He said the ANC was no longer relevant.

"My ambition is to show that there is life outside the ANC.

"They try by all means to isolate you and make sure you become irrelevant. We want to challenge the ANC and show society that the ANC has become irrelevant."

He said the governing party did not lead any discussions in society, unlike the EFF.

Malema said in future people would remember the ANC because of allegations of corruption.

"The ANC is at its weakest point in history."

EFF members had to submit themselves to parliamentary discipline but Malema said it was Zuma who should be facing a disciplinary hearing because he had "brought Parliament into disrepute".

However, "those who do right get punished and those who do wrong get celebrated", he said.

 

COPS ORDER : STRIP AND RUN

WOMEN were in shock and kids were talking about the size of the men manhoods. 

It happened when cops allegedly ordered some men to strip and run naked through Sophiatown zone 3 in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni on Friday. 

“The kids were saying one guy has a big thing and another one a small one,” Lucia Moshoeshoe (55) told Daily Sun. 

“We couldn’t believe what was happening.” Angry Thobane Mtungwa (24) said he was with his friends when Rabie Ridge cops raided his place. 

“They ordered us to lie down and we did what they wanted,” Thobane said. “They came looking for drugs but didn’t find anything. They told us to strip naked so they could see if we were hiding drugs in our bums. 

“When they couldn’t find drugs they told us to lie on top of each other. One cop said that’s how we rape women.” 

The police then allegedly told the men to run around completely naked. 

Thobane and his five friends, Mduduzi Sithole (23), Tshepang Qwabe (21), Nkosana Mahlangu (29), Xolani Masekwana (24) and Lucky Khumalo (18), said the cops should have arrested them if they did something wrong. 

Nkosana said: “The police humiliated us. People in the kasi no longer look at us in the same way. We tried to open a case of harassment but the same cops turned us away.”

Gauteng police spokesman Captain Kabelo Marumo advised the men to visit the station commander at Rabie Ridge to lay a formal grievance so that an investigation can be done into their claims. 

He added that the registration number provided by the men, is not part of the SAPS fleet. daily sun

 

MLISWA NOW CRAZY, SAYS KASUKUWERE

Saviour Kasukuwere who was branded a gay gangster by Themba Mliswa said he does not take the parliamentarian seriously.

“That one is now crazy, I don’t take him seriously,” he said before hanging up.

Mliswa had fired his broadside“The question… is whether the party has become a party of gay gangsters because it is not a secret that Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo are close.”

“It is a whole syndicate of gay people, otherwise what would you be doing shopping in New York with another man, leaving your wife behind and the man is excited about having to go shopping with you?” Mliswa asked rhetorically, adding that this was the reason why suspended Sunday Mail Editor Edmund Kudzayi, “a 29 year-old man without a wife” had been hired by Moyo.

Mliswa alleged that Moyo was behind a smear campaign against him, which was meant to mask his (Moyo’s) own links to the American spy agency.

Independent political analyst Blessing Vava says Zanu PF’s worsening infighting is threatening national security and development.

“The bad thing is that currently we have no opposition in the country taking advantage of the problem in Zanu PF,” said Vava.

“The infighting in Zanu PF means the cabinet ministers are focusing on taking over power and not concentrating on reviving the ailing economy and related issues.”

Factions in Zanu PF are battling to position themselves ahead of the elective congress. Deputy President Joice Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa are said to be fighting for vantage positions to take over from 90-year old President Robert Mugabe. Both have previously denied leading factions.

 

MAN PLIES SISTERS WITH BOOZE, RAPES THEM

A PLUMTREE man, who forced two sisters to drink opaque beer and raped them in their drunken stupor, will spent the next 20 years in jail. 
Pint-sized Zenzo Ndebele, 38, from Mayobodo area pounced on his neighbour’s two daughters aged 16 and 10 and raped them before he threatened to assault them if they reported the matter.

Ndebele, who pleaded not guilty to rape, was convicted by regional magistrate Sikhumbuzo Nyathi and sentenced to 30 years in jail. He will, however, serve 20 years in prison after 10 years were suspended for five years on condition that he does not within that period commit a similar crime.

Nyathi noted there was an increase in rape cases involving child victims. “I regard that Ndebele’s moral turpitude is high. He is a bad neighbour who pounced on two innocent girls while their parents were away. Rape cases are prevalent thus justifying deterrent sentences because rape is a serious crime,” said Nyathi.

“Ndebele exposed the victims to STIs and because they are unsophisticated rural people, they took long to report the crime thereby depriving the girls of benefiting from the window period to post exposure prophylaxis. In the circumstances, a lengthy prison term is justified,” ruled the magistrate.

Prosecuting, Dumisani Ndlovu told the court that on September 5 shortly after 5PM, Ndebele approached the girls while they were playing in their yard in the absence of their parents. He demanded sex from the eldest sister after sending her siblings, who included a 12-year-old brother, to a nearby homestead to buy opaque beer.

“Ndebele grabbed the girl, tripped her and laid her on the floor in the kitchen hut before raping her once without protection. The victim tried to scream but he closed her mouth while pinning her down by her neck,” said Ndlovu.

Ndebele also threatened to assault the girl, the court heard.

When the younger siblings came back with the opaque beer, Ndebele forced the three siblings to drink it threatening to beat them up if they refused.

“The eldest got drunk and fell asleep and Ndebele then asked the 10-year-old girl to accompany him to his homestead and the girl refused. He forcibly took the girl and placed her on his bicycle and travelled for about 75 metres into a bushy area where he ordered the girl to remove her clothes before raping her,” said Ndlovu.

Soon after committing the crime, the court was told, Ndebele fished out 10 condoms from his pockets and gave the victim so that she could play with them. In her evidence, the 10-year-old girl said Ndebele forced them to drink five litres of opaque beer.

“I left our home with my brother and Ndebele stayed behind with my elder sister. We came back with five litres of opaque beer and he forced the three of us to drink it,” said the girl.

“He got hold of me and put me on a bicycle carrier and pushed it for a distance before stopping. He raped me and gave me 10 condoms to play with.”

The girl said she screamed for help but no one heard her. When the girls’ parents returned two days later, the girls related their ordeal and Ndebele was arrested five days later.

 

 

NISSAN ZIMBABWE LOSES FRANCHISE

Nissan Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited has lost the franchise as the official distributor of Nissan vehicles in the country and is embarking on a clearance sale for its stock.

The clearance sale would see prices being reduced by between 5% and 22%. The biggest beneficiary of the clearance sale is the QASHQAI Crossover whose price has been reduced by 22% to $28 000.

A QASHQAI +2 vehicle will now be sold for $37 000 from $45 100. Prior to that, Nissan Zimbabwe was the intermediary between Nissan South Africa and local dealers.

It was responsible for the importation of vehicles and spare parts. The country has four officials Nissan dealers - Nissan Clover Leaf Motors, Croco Motors, Amtec and AMC.

The clearance sale of vehicles comes as Nissan Zimbabwe has also contracted Auction City to do a sale by tender of Nissan spares and accessories.

The tender would include the entire stockholding of new Nissan spares and accessories.  Viewing was done on Friday and Saturday.

The tender closed yesterday. newsday


 

HUBBY SLAPS 10 MONTHS SEX BAN

A 41-year-old man has refused to have sex with his wife for 10 months because he fears she might conceive and increase the number of children, escalating the burden of looking after them.

Jubert Tshuma and wife Prisca Saiti, 34, have two children aged eight and two. Tshuma was in April this year dragged to the Maintenance Court by Saiti for failing to provide for the children and was supposed to pay $60 per month for their upkeep.

He failed to pay. Saiti complained to Victoria Falls magistrate Sharon Rosemani in the Maintenance Court on Friday that her husband had refused to have sex with her for the past 10 months - his excuse being he feared he would impregnate her and have more children.

"For 10 months we have had no sex. He avoids me claiming if we sleep together we might have another child and he would not be able to provide for the child since he is struggling with the two we have," said Saiti who has two other children from her previous marriage.

Asked about the issue after court, Saiti said Tshuma would sometimes turn violent trying to force her out of their customary marriage.

"He says if he sleeps with me he might make me pregnant and he doesn't want that because he cannot afford to take care of many children," said Saiti.

"We have been married for 10 years but he did not pay lobola to my parents. I am just staying with him because we have children together but the problem now is his parents want him to marry another woman. His mother has always wanted me to leave and at some point my husband beat me up and fractured my arm trying to evict me over a girlfriend."

Saiti said she was willing to drop the maintenance case if her husband could change his behaviour and provide for the family or agree to move out from their lodgings at Mkhosana township.

Coming to court, Tshuma was charged with failure to pay maintenance after being ordered to pay $60 per month for the two children in April this year.

He failed to pay resulting in a warrant of arrest against him and he told the court that he could not afford the money since he only made $20 per month from his job as an assistant builder.

Rosemani sentenced him to two months which were commuted to 70 hours of community service at the Victoria Falls magistrates' courts starting yesterday.

"I would rather not sleep with her because if I do, we will have another child and I won't be able to provide for the child," Tshuma told the magistrate.

Outside court Tshuma said: "We are failing to agree on a number of issues. I am not working and at some point she came from the rural areas and dumped the children and went away. As for not sleeping with her, it could be true because she was in the rural areas for most of the time and you know sometimes that if you are stressed there are some things you cannot do. I am struggling so I am afraid of having more children." chronicle

SIBANDA WARNS TSVANGIRAI : DON'T DO IT

WAR veterans' leader Jabulani Sibanda has warned MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai to rethink his planned mass demonstrations against the government saying it was political suicide.

Tsvangirai and his supporters in civic society are calling on Zimbabweans to engage in mass action after his troubled party's congress next month.

Sibanda said Tsvangirai and his party had no sound policies to offer the country but were good at holding the nation to ransom through threats of disturbing peace.

"I don't understand why Tsvangirai thinks he can hold the country to ransom. He will be fiercely resisted by the people. If that is the thing he wants to do, the answer that he will get will be equal or more than what he is looking for. The whole thing will backfire," he said.

Sibanda said the problem was that Tsvangirai liked threatening the people of Zimbabwe adding: "Every time, he threatens the people.

The only thing he can do is threaten the people and disturb their peace."

"He is not driven by ideas to compare with what is being implemented in Zanu-PF. He wants to cause chaos and invite more sanctions. Zanu-PF is a grouping of people who want to empower their people and not violence. It is an ideas party and not a violent one."

Sibanda said when Tsvangirai threatens Zanu-PF, he threatens the nation as the party holds two thirds majority in parliament and a majority in Senate.

He said if Tsvangirai disagreed or had grievances with the government, that was not a reason to engage in actions that destabilised the nation.

"There are some things that I personally am not happy about like failure to deal with corrupt government officials but that does not mean that one has to destabilise the nation," he said.

"Such actions could be the starting point in bringing chaos that could lead to the destruction of the country. He is threatening the sovereignty of the people something that cannot be allowed. If I were him, I would sit and think, think, think and think again about what I was planning to do."

Prophetic Healing Deliverance Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya on Sunday urged Zimbabweans to take heed of God's word delivered through Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa last week that they should be peaceful and shun mass protests.


This followed a prophecy by the United Family International Church leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa that mass protests would result in bloodshed.

Prophet Magaya urged people to pray for the nation and its leadership as espoused in the Bible chronicle

DAD IMPREGNATES TEEN DAUGHTER

A 36-YEAR-OLD Chivi man appeared before Masvingo regional magistrate Collet Ncube last Friday facing incest and rape charges after he impregnated his 13-year-old daughter.

The man, from Tagwirei village under Chief Watumwa, was remanded in custody to October 3. The State alleges that in January, the man allegedly slept with his daughter on several occasions without anyone knowing and the probability of him threatening her not to reveal the abuse to anyone was high.

On September 15, the mother discovered that her daughter was pregnant and interrogated her to disclose the person responsible. The juvenile lied to her mother by implicating a schoolmate.

When the mother ordered her daughter to escort her to the responsible schoolmate, it was then that she revealed her father was responsible for the pregnancy, adding that she had had numerous sexual encounters with him.

The enraged woman then confronted her husband, who reacted angrily to the accusations and beat her up. The girl later informed her teacher, who immediately reported the matter to the police.

FRICTION IN MANICALAND OVER DR GRACE

FIERCE battle lines have been drawn between the Zanu PF Manicaland leadership and the party’s affiliate organisation, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Collaborators’ Association (Ziliwaco), after the latter allegedly unprocedurally invited First Lady Grace Mugabe to its conference next month.

Ziliwaco leaders are alleged to have invited the First Lady as their guest speaker at a conference to be held in Odzi next month. The matter raised tempers during a provincial meeting held in Mutare on Sunday with senior party officials accusing Ziliwaco leaders of defying protocol and side-stepping the party leadership.

“The provincial leadership was very unhappy with the way Ziliwaco is doing its business,” said a top Zanu PF official who requested anonymity.

“They are trying to call the First Lady to address their conference to be held at Odzi and they never told us. They are trying to paint a picture that we are not in support of the move that she (Grace) ascends to the top position of being chair of the Women’s League.”

The source added: “They want us to be seen as factional elements who are against the elevation of the First Lady at the elective congress and that is wrong. We are going to call the Ziliwaco leadership to come and explain to us why they want to tarnish us.”

However, Ziliwaco provincial chair Angeline Muponda yesterday shot back at the Zanu PF provincial leaders accusing them of “being trigger-happy”.

“We are going to have our celebrations for marking 18 years and the provincial leadership is pressing us on who is will be our guest of honour,” Muponda said. We are a Zanu PF affiliate organisation and we act as their watchdog. Their allegations are crazy, they are joking.”

Zanu PF provincial secretary for administration Kenneth Saruchera accused Ziliwaco leaders of defying party protocol. “The real issue is that if Ziliwaco wants to do anything that involves the party, they should follow protocol like what the war veterans do,” Saruchera said.

“We are getting a lot of complaints from our structures over their conduct that they are doing party business without consulting us. That is wrong,” he added. Since her entry into mainstream politics, the First Lady has been a source of fighting among ruling party members. newsday

LAWYERS CHALLENGE DEMOLITIONS

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has filed an urgent chamber application to stop local authorities in Harare and its metropolitan areas from demolishing homes and businesses they claim are built illegally.

The lawyers are seeking an order interdicting Epworth local board, local government, police commissioner general, home affairs minister and attorney general from demolishing houses belonging to some Epworth residents and to stop evicting them.

In Chitungwiza residents are filing papers in the High Court on Tuesday. Tensions are high in the two high density suburbs as government  intensifies the ongoing demolitions which started Friday night in Chitungwiza and Epworth. Thousands of people have been left homeless and scores have been injured.

On Sunday, police raided Epworth and fired bullets and teargas canisters on residents, assaulted them and arrested more than 20 residents who were released Monday after lawyers intervened. 

There have also been threats on the mayor of Chitungwiza Philip Mutoti and his family by angry residents. They blame the mayor for the demolitions.

In a sign that the demolitions are widening, the Harare City Council says it will demolish more than 300 illegal structures in the high density surburb of Glen Norah after serving settlers with 48 hour eviction notices. Council says the structures were built on wetland and recreational facilities.
The local authorities are claiming they have been instructed by the government to demolish "illegal structures." More than 14,000 residential stands allocated to home seekers in Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural District Council alone are said to be illegal and the government says it will demolish them.

An audit report by the Ministry of Local Government in December last year says some of the stands were “created on spaces reserved for clinics, churches, schools, cemeteries, recreational activities and roads, while others were created under high voltage electricity pylons.”

Speaking to VOA Studio 7 on Friday, Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo, said there is no going back on the demolition. Chombo said government is willing to relocate people to a farm in Nyatsime. But residents claim the stands are not enough.

Lawyer, Tonderai Bhatasara told VOA  Studio 7 that the demolitions are unconstitutional.

CHINESE TOURISTS SHUN ZIMBABWE

(Xinhua) -- Chinese tourist arrivals to Zimbabwe plunged in the first half of this year by 273 percent to 2,730 from 10,173 recorded during the same period last year, according to preliminary figures released by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Monday.

Overall, visitors from Asia during the period declined by 61 percent to 16,370 from 26,420 recorded during the same period last year. The ZTA attributed the sharp decline in arrivals from Asia to decreased arrivals from China, Japan, and South Korea which are the region's leading markets.
 
"This is contrary to the prevailing trend in which China is the leading outbound source market globally," the ZTA said in a report. Rigorous visa-applying procedure, poor air connectivity, and high costs are believed to be the main obstacles barring more Chinese to visit Zimbabwe.
 
Zimbabwe, with one of the world's top waterfall -- the Victoria Falls -- received 867, 163 tourists in the first half of 2014, rising by a marginal one percent from 860,995 tourists recorded during the same period last year.
 
The ZTA attributed the slight increase to increased arrivals from the Americas, Europe, Middle East and the Oceania.
 
Africa, although it recorded a one percent decline to 745,566, remains Zimbabwe's biggest tourist source market with an 86 percent market share, followed by Europe with 7 percent, America 4 percent, Asia 2 percent and the Oceania and Middle East with 1 percent each.
The ZTA also said that average hotel room occupancy rose by one percent in the first half of this year to 42 percent from 41 percent last year.
 
On the outlook, the ZTA said it hoped that arrivals will further pick up as the year progresses, but warned that growth in the performance of the accommodation

COURT BATTLE OVER EAGSLEVALE SCHOOLS

The battle for control of Eaglesvale High and Junior Schools was yesterday rekindled after the Supreme Court gave the board of governors of the schools the green light to contest the Dutch Reformed Church in Zimbabwe’s decision to dissolve the board and hand over the school trust to the church.

The board of governors for the church-run school was dissolved sometime in 2010 and the trust handed over to the church. Three years later the articles of association of Daisyfield Trust were altered to accommodate change of ownership through a special resolution resulting in the trust being renamed “The Reformed Church in Zimbabwe’s Daisyfield Trust”.This means the oversight of the school then moved to the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe who then became the trustees.

In a ruling handed down yesterday, Justice Vernanda Ziyambi allowed the appeal in part giving the governors a chance to take their case back to the High Court as a normal court application.

The High Court had dismissed the urgent chamber application on the basis that it was not urgent.  But on appeal Justice Ziyambi ruled the lower court should have simply removed the matter from the roll.“The appeal succeeds in part. The judgment of the court a quo (lower court) is altered to read…the matter is not urgent. It is struck off the roll,” said Justice Ziyambi.

The board of governors, who were being represented by Advocate Thabani Mpofu, argued that reason for the application in the lower court was that the new trustees were wreaking havoc and disrupting the management of the school. They also argued that the new trustees were abusing school funds and resources for personal gain.

It was further argued that the trustees had lifted the suspension of the headmaster, Mr Naison Tirivavi, on charges of misconduct that were still pending. But the church and Mr Tirivavi, who were being represented by Advocates Thembinkosi Magwaliba and Firoz Girach, opposed the appeal arguing that the lower court properly ruled that the matter was not urgent.They wanted the court to uphold the lower court’s decision.

 

Monday, 29 September 2014

FIVE COPS ARRESTED OVER BLOOD SCAM

Five senior police officers have been arrested on allegations of conniving with a private laboratory to take blood samples from civilians at the expense of the force’s hospital in Chikurubi and converting the money to their own use. The five are Support Unit Camp Hospital officer-in charge Chief Inspector Joshua Gambiza (44), Inspector Mercy Mberi (44), Inspector Alice Sibanda (42), Assistant Inspectors Shamiso Ziki (29) and Sydney Betera (34).

They were arrested after it was discovered that they were taking the blood samples to the private laboratories instead of Parirenyatwa Hospital or PSMAS for laboratory tests as per the hospital’s requirements. The five appeared in court before magistrate Mr Milton Serima charged with criminal abuse of office. They were remanded to October 31 on US$100 each.

As part of their bail conditions, they were ordered to surrender their passports and to report to CID Fraud squad once a week, among other conditions.

The prosecutor, Miss Sharon Mashavira, alleged that during the period extending from February to September this year, the five accused persons acting in connivance, entered into a private arrangement with private laboratories, where they would receive private clients referred from the said laboratories for blood samples.

The five, the court heard, would offer the services at the expense of the police and would not remit the payments to the force’s hospital. It is the State’s case that they would then refer them back to the laboratories and in turn they were paid for their services, but they neither receipted the payments, nor disclosed the nature of transaction to the police general headquarters. 

Their actions were contrary to the hospital requirements that all blood samples be sent to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals or PSMAS for laboratory tests.

 According to the State, the offence was discovered after a messenger from Greigestone laboratories, Vengai Janyamahwe, had gone to Support Unit camp hospital to deliver blood samples results and US$110 cash for the accused persons. Investigations revealed that the five had received US$505 from the laboratories as payment. herald

MLISWA SLAPPED BY ZHUWAWO'S WIFE : MEETING ABORTED

THERE was drama at a Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial executive committee meeting which ended prematurely yesterday afternoon after provincial chairman Temba Mliswa was slapped by Patrick Zhuwawo’s wife, Beauty. 

Mrs Zhuwawo was angry over the insults Mliswa was heaping on her husband who was not in the meeting. The fallout was reportedly sparked by alleged disparaging remarks made by Mliswa to the effect that Patrick Zhuwawo and his wife Beauty were a “disgrace to the First Family”. Zhuwawo does not sit in the provincial executive committee meeting. 

Sources said this did not go down well with Mrs Zhuwawo who confronted Cde Mliswa and slapped him right in the face, shouting angrily that she would do more harm to him as he had no right to talk about her husband who was not in the meeting. Earlier on, according to sources, Mrs Zhuwawo had thrown a bottle of water at Cde Mliswa which, however, missed the target. 

Sources said the meeting had shown simmering tensions from the onset. Some members wanted the US funding issue on the agenda. liswa, the sources said, was asked to recuse himself from chairing the meeting in the face of the allegations being levelled against him. 

According to the sources Mliswa also made corruption allegations against Mrs Florence Ziyambi, who is the deputy Attorney General and wife to Mashonaland West deputy provincial chairman Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi.

“He also accused Minister (Ignatius) Chombo of corruption and also said President Mugabe didn’t like Cde Patrick Zhuwawo,” the sources added. After the altercation, Mliswa went to the police station and The Herald caught up with him as he came out of the station.

He denied knowledge of the altercation and referred all questions to the provincial Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simbarashe Ziyambi.“I don’t know anything about the issue. Talk to the provincial secretary for Information and Publicity,” he said.
Cde Ziyambi would, however, not comment on the issue.

Makonde District police officer Superintendent Moyo, said police had not received a formal report. Mrs Zhuwawo referred questions to Cde Ziyambi. Cde Ziyambi confirmed the meeting was aborted after Cde Mliswa refused to recuse himself from chairing the meeting. 

“The meeting was aborted. People were dissatisfied by the conduct of the provincial chairman of taking Americans to the province. It then generated personalities with Cde Mliswa insulting me saying I was a corrupt and useless minister. He also insulted my wife, Minister Chombo and everyone. He said there was nothing wrong with Americans,” he said. 

Cde Ziyambi said they were going to take the matter to the Politburo. “We will compile a report and hand it over to the Politburo. Politburo who will then give us direction on whether he should continue as the provincial chairperson. If he is cleared, that is ok,” he said. herald

 

VIDEO: ZANU PF NOW IN THE HANDS OF GAY GANGSTERS, SAYS MLISWA




MDC CONDEMNS DEMOLITIONS

The MDC condemns the on-going demolition of people's homes and other property in Chitungwiza in blatant violation of the Constitution.

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed in the dormitory town by the Zanu PF government, leaving thousands of people homeless when the Constitution clearly identifies shelter as a basic human right.The current destruction of people's homes is a direct repetition of the infamous Murambatsvina of 2005 in which the Zanu PF government destroyed hundreds of thousands of people's homes and left millions homeless.

This was meant, among other things to decimate the MDC.A true people's government protects people's rights and does not violate the same rights it is supposed to protect in line with the country's Constitution. The new Constitution is very explicit that homes and property cannot be demolished in the absence of a court order.Consistent with its culture of impunity, the Zanu PF government has proceeded to destroy people's homes in the absence of an order of the court in blatant violation of the country's Constitution.

We wish to place it on record that the MDC council running Chitungwiza has nothing to do with the current unconstitutional act that will leave thousands homeless and that is a gross violation of human rights. It is the Zanu PF government that has taken it upon itself to violate the Constitution and to leave innocent citizens homeless. Zimbabweans cannot have faith in a government that violates the Constitution and has no regard to the importance of shelter in human lives.

We in the MDC believes in the supremacy of the Constitution and the sanctity of its verses and chapters particularly when it comes to issues like shelter which is a basic human right.

MZEMBI : I WILL TAKE US FUNDS

 Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi has defended Zanu-PF parliamentarians receiving funding from the United States government, saying the money was part of the wealth stolen from Africans.

His comments came as Gokwe Nembudziya legislator Cde Justice Wadyajena last Friday condemned the 12 Zanu-PF legislators who are now known as the "dirty dozen" for allegedly receiving the funding and leaking party's classified information to the Americans.

Speaking at celebrations to mark World Tourism Day at Matendera monuments in Buhera on Saturday, Minister Mzembi said there was nothing wrong with funding from the US."We started a programme countrywide to rehabilitate these ancient cities," he said. "Last week we were in Gweru to rehabilitate Nalatale Ruins at a cost of US$64 000 provided by the US embassy.

"There is nothing wrong in getting money from the US government as it constitutes part of the loot which was taken from us. Ini ndikaipihwa ndinoitora ndogadzirisa guta reMatendera, kwete kutuka maMPs (If I am offered the money I will take it and spruce up Matendera monuments. Not to scold MPs who received the money). They make mistakes here and there, vana vaduku but we must not politicise funds."

The US government has been working with some Zanu-PF MPs and has funded projects in their constituencies under the US ambassador Self Help Fund in a development that has raised concern in some quarters due to the frosty relations between Washington and Harare.Last week Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa condemned MPs who were receiving funding from the US government, saying all aid should come through Government.

ZANU PF NOW IN THE HANDS OF GAY GANGSTERS, SAYS MLISWA

Zanu PF Mash West chairman, Themba Mliswa has said that Zanu PF was now in the hands of "gay gangsters."

In an explosive press conference this morning Mliswa said he stood by his uncle, Didymus Mutasa who belongs to the Mujuru faction. "Some of us stand by our uncles through thick & thin, can you do the same?" Mliswa.

“Patrick Zhuwao lost his Zvimba East parliamentary seat and suddenly he has been running the Zhuwao Institute, charged Mliswa.
Mliswa also accused the media for being fed "flash disk" stories by media minister Prof Jonathan Moyo to attack certain individuals.
Asked if he is not afraid for his life, Mliswa said, "I know I am a marked man but it is God who put me here for a purpose."
He also lashed out at Environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere. “Saviour Kasukuwere sees himself as a kingmaker, Prof Moyo sees himself a kingmaker but these are kings without kingdoms or castles" Mliswa said. More to come