First Lady's entry into politics has shaken Zanu PF to the core. Will she grab the throne?


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 November 2014


I am just waking up now after my release from the hands of Robert Mugabe's evil securocrats who tormented me from yesterday in the morning to early hours of today trying to squeeze charges that I am plotting the tyrant's overthrow.

I told them that it is not only my desire to see Mugabe gone but it is the wish shared by millions of Zimbabweans both locally and in the diaspora including the majority in his own party. I told them though it is the wish of us millions, I haven't yet started plotting his downfall. Asking for evidence about the plot, they produced an inaudible voice recorder which makes the Ari Ben Menashe one the best recordings in the world. You can hardly hear anything. It must have been an attempt to create my voice from some stupid idiot from the street.

Even Aleck Muchadehama who led the entourage of lawyers who came to fight the battle laughed at them that they appeared stupid. There was nothing, nothing except the inaudible recording. They thought by endless interrogation I can incriminate myself not knowing I have gone through their stupid ways of interrogations even under their torture. Evilness failed to prevail. When Muchadehama challenged them whether they have found a charge against his client, they only blinked their eyes, clearly frustrated.

When he demanded for my immediate release they could not stop the inevitable. My dear brothers and sisters, when your conscience tells you that you are fighting for the good don't be afraid of these evil men and women among ourselves used to subject us into servitude. Dying fighting for a noble cause for generations to come is an honour. We should never get frustrated by these incarcerations but we must be embodied to fight for a just cause. There is no tomorrow in Mugabe and his crew. He has to go. The true people's' plot is coming. It's truly coming and it will be people driven. The country is pregnant with anger. I am also angry. Let's wait for the day.


SUSPENDED former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo says President Mugabe has lost it and must go.

“Mugabe has lost direction and he is being used by power hungry people. He has practically lost control of the party. He should not have allowed the First Lady to attack long-time comrades like that; and that on its own shows he is no longer in control. He has no vision. You cannot bulldoze amendments to the constitution so that it fits into what opportunists want.

“He has to respect the constitution. How can a leader who is in charge allow illegal purges of elected provincial executives like that. It means he is detached from the people. He is not the one controlling those provinces anymore and this should ring a bell that it’s time for change of leadership,” he told the Zimbabwe Independent.

 “We have a serious leadership crisis and the whole world is aware of that. We have a leadership that is disjointed, a leadership that has no focus on how to resolve major issues. We have a leadership that is power-hungry and will do anything to subvert the will of the people,” Gumbo said.

“They want to remain leaders forever at the expense of the suffering majority. It is an unfocused leadership that is concerned with its own interests, not addressing the concerns of the people.”

Gumbo, a prominent veteran of the liberation struggle, said Mugabe (almost 91) has virtually lost control of the party as he has allowed power-hungry opportunists to push for illegal party constitutional amendments and purges to accommodate themselves.

Before his suspension Gumbo demanded that congress must resolve the succession issue next week.

A fortnight ago Gumbo was suspended from Zanu PF and since then a number of party heavyweights aligned to Mujuru have been removed. Sources said the motion was moved after Mugabe went on a tirade attacking Gumbo, whom he accused of being the architect of a plot to remove him and internal upheavals.

However, Gumbo dismissed all the suspensions and removals as illegal and uncalled- for as the party prepares for its congress which he says will be a “sham”.

“Those suspensions and removals are illegal. They are unwarranted, they are unfair, uncalled for and they do not consider the contributions of those people to the struggle and development of this country. Zimbabweans want real issues to be resolved and not for us to remain as prisoners of fear. The succession issue is wreaking havoc with the turnaround of this economy. It cannot be ignored,” said Gumbo.


Johannesburg — Former president Thabo Mbeki has maintained that the 2002 Zimbabwe elections were free and fair despite the Khampepe report suggesting otherwise.

"The South African government did not pluck its views about the outcome of these elections out of thin air," Mbeki said in a letter published in the Mail & Guardian on Friday.

"South Africa sent two fully fledged missions to observe the 2002 Zimbabwe presidential elections. One of these was a multiparty South African Parliamentary Observer Mission (SAPOM), constituted and deployed by Parliament without any intervention by the South African government."

The other was the South African Observer Mission (SAOM), the larger of the two sent by the SA government and consisted of 50 members of civil society. It was led by ambassador Sam Motsuenyane.

The letter follows the public release of the Khampepe report. The report by two South African High Court judges found the elections not free or fair.

"These [Zimbabwe] elections [of 2002], in our view, cannot be considered to be free and fair," then high court judges Dikgang Moseneke and Sisi Khampepe said in the report.

In his letter, Mbeki indicated that the two-member judicial observer mission had a very limited mandate and only focused on the matters of the "legal framework" relevant to the elections.

They were to report their findings to the president of South Africa.

They were also required to assess whether "the Zimbabwean legal framework can ensure credible or substantially free and fair elections, and whether the elections have been conducted in substantial compliance with the legislative framework", he said.

Mbeki added that the findings of the other two missions revealed the elections were free and credible and their findings were similar to those of other organisations that observed the elections.

"It was on the basis of SAPOM, the SAOM, and the other African observer reports that the South African government accepted that the outcome of the elections represented the will of the people of Zimbabwe," he said.

"We owe and will make no apology to anybody whatsoever both about resisting the publication of the Khampepe report and respecting the determinations made by the SAPOM, the SAOM and the other African observer missions about the 2002 Zimbabwe presidential elections.


A TEACHER is being investigated over claims he detained a 16-year-old Form 3 pupil for 17 days during which they had sex. Education officials have been sent to Tambudzayi High School to begin investigations after concerns were raised about teacher, Crispen Mushoshoni.

Masvingo Deputy Education Director Andrew Chikwange said yesterday:“We’ve received the report and investigations are underway as we speak. We can only give a proper comment after the findings.”

Sources at the school said sometime last week, divorced Mushoshomi — whose alleged affair with the teenager started last year — took his “girlfriend” for a weekend at his house.
The girl refused to go back home fearing her parents’ wrath for sleeping out and camped at Mushoshomi’s house for almost three weeks, it is claimed.

Mushoshomi finally took the girl to her aunt’s home, a few kilometres from the school, where he offered to pay $40 in “damages” for cohabiting with their daughter and made a pledge to marry her. The girl has since dropped out of school and is suspected to be pregnant.

Mushoshomi declined to comment.


Mwenezi politician and Minister of State for Masvingo, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti has won elections to be the district's representative in the Zanu PF Central Committee despite spirited efforts by members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) to intimidate voters.

Bhasikiti, one of the few in the Mujuru camp who has stood up to the bullying in the party, beat Webster Muzara believed to be of the Mnangagwa faction by 73 votes to 69.
The Mirror is reliably informed that there was heavy intimidation at the elections where Colonel Hungwe and Major Moyo instructed delegates not to vote for Bhasikiti because he was allegedly linked to the assassination plot against President Robert Mugabe.

Bhasikiti confirmed the results but expressed his displeasure at the margin of victory and attributed this to the intimidation.

Asked whether there was no plot to clandestinely remove him from Central Committee after this election, Bhasikiti said there was a planned demo against him on Saturday but he dismissed it as nonsense.

"That is nonsense. No one from outside Mwenezi can tell people who to represent them. No one can tell lies," said Bhasikiti. mirror


Some war veterans and youths sympathetic to embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru are apparently considering dragging President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF to court in a bid to stop the party’s forthcoming congress.

The mooted legal action is anchored on a litany of “unprocedural” amendments to the party’s constitution, the Daily News has been told.

A source within the aggrieved group said they felt “morally bound” to try and stop the congress as the processes leading to what had been billed an “elective” meeting was “unprocedural”.

However, insiders said it was unlikely that such a move could succeed. But it has been established that according to the Zanu PF constitution, the party’s central committee, its highest decision-making body, is the one responsible for changing the constitution, not the politburo which has fronted the changes.

Prominent legal mind, Alex Magaisa confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that there were strong grounds for aggrieved parties to challenge the party’s constitutional amendments on the basis of the unprocedural process followed.

He also pointed out that there were gross anomalies in the way the votes of no confidence on at least nine party provincial chairpersons had been conducted, saying their axing needed the endorsement of the central committee, not the politburo.

Already dubbed a “damp squib congress” by many analysts because of the controversial amendments at the 11th hour in a bid to thwart Mujuru’s political ambitions, concerned cadres say they are considering making an urgent High Court application to stop it, to “save Zanu PF’s liberation values”.

This comes as some party members have voiced concern with Mugabe’s alleged “one-man rule” which has reportedly seen him impose on Zanu PF the controversial amendments.
This is also taking place as powerful allies of the beleaguered VP have either been sacked from the party or suspended, while some have controversially lost their bid to return to the party’s influential central committee, amid complaints of intimidation and manipulation of processes.

“Zanu PF has a constitution and it must be followed,” another source in the aggrieved camp said. We are going to take the case to the country’s constitutional court and stop this farce of a congress.”

Although it is not yet clear whether the widowed VP, who fondly calls Mugabe “father”, will sanction the court route, legal experts say any aggrieved member of Zanu PF can drag the ruling party to court.

“In terms of Section 253, the power to amend the constitution is vested in the central committee and not in the politburo,” the Kent University law lecturer said.
“Therefore, to the extent that the amendments have been done by the politburo, the Mujuru camp could argue that they are ultra vires, that is, that they are beyond the powers of the politburo and therefore unlawful.

“Secondly, Section 253 provides that while constitutional amendments are done by the central committee, such amendments are subject to ratification by congress.
“In this regards, 253(4) provides that all proposed amendments must be forwarded to the secretary for administration at least three months before the date of the meeting of the central committee at which the amendment is to be considered.

“Subsection (5) further provides that the proposed amendments must be circulated to the provinces at least two months before the date of meeting,” Magaisa added.
He said it was clear that the amendments Mugabe forced on the politburo at the instigation of his wife Grace did not follow constitutional procedure.

He said the timelines had not been satisfied, adding that unless there was an overriding provision elsewhere which gave them the power to act as they have done, it meant that the current amendments were unprocedural.

He added that Zimbabweans should understand that Section 68 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe protects the right to fair administrative conduct.
Section 68 states that, “Every person has a right to administrative conduct that is lawful, prompt, efficient, reasonable, proportionate, impartial and both substantively and procedurally fair.”

It goes further to state in subsection (2) that, “Any person whose right, freedom, interest or legitimate expectation has been adversely affected by administrative conduct has the right to be given promptly and in writing the reasons for the conduct.”
The constitutional law expert said persons who believed that their rights or legitimate expectations had been violated were entitled to seek constitutional protection in terms of the supreme law of the land. daily news


ZIMBABWE temporarily shut down its border with South Africa in Beitbridge yesterday after a Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) warehouse caught fire.

Impounded goods worth millions of dollars went up in flames in the inferno.
The blaze exposed Beitbridge’s lack of fire preparedness with officials having to ask South Africa to help. Beitbridge town has no fire engines.

The fire started shortly after 5PM and caused a power outage at the busy border post, Zimbabwe’s gateway to its biggest trade partner, South Africa.

The warehouse was used to keep smuggled goods such as television sets, electrical gadgets, blankets and groceries whose customs duty value was estimated at just over $1 million by the spokesperson for the Beitbridge Civil Protection Unit, Talent Munda.

Munda said the cause of the fire was yet to be established although it was suspected that it could have been caused by an electrical fault.

“The fire destroyed property worth $5 million and the cause is not known for now. When the incident occurred, there was no-one inside and it was locked. Most of the goods that went up in smoke were smuggled goods and those impounded by Zimra and nothing was recovered as everything was burnt to ashes,” said Munda.

Stanbreck Horita, a Harare truck driver who witnessed the incident, said the blaze resulted in border authorities temporarily suspending movement of travellers.
“I had parked my truck at the Zimra yard waiting for my vehicle to be cleared when fire started and everyone was scurrying for cover as the raging fire started spreading. It destroyed the entire building,” said Horita.

Another witness, Dumisani Mudau, a clearing agent, said: “I was busy processing papers for my clients when I heard people raising alarm and the next thing everyone was rushing to the scene where there was a huge fire at the Zimra warehouse. The fire was spreading fast such that even when fire fighters arrived at the scene they could not contain it.”

Buses carrying travellers who were bound for either South Africa or Zimbabwe were delayed as a result of the fire.

Beitbridge town secretary Loud Ramakgapola said they had to collaborate with the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (NOCZIM) who sent their fire trucks to the border post.
“We tried to send our tenders to the border post but unfortunately our fire fighters could not contain the fire because it was too strong. The other problem is that there are no fire hydrants at the border making it difficult to deal with such disasters,” said Ramakgapola.

Fire fighters from South Africa’s Musina Fire Station arrived shortly and teamed up with their local counterparts in trying to put out the fire to no avail.


THE present realignment of leadership in Zanu PF could see the historic Unity Accord, signed between PF Zapu and Zanu PF, going up in smoke.

Historically, President Robert Mugabe appointed the chairperson and vice-president from former PF Zapu members, but indications are that for the first time since the first congress, PF Zapu members are playing a second fiddle to their Zanu PF counterparts.

This has been exacerbated by the booting out of Matabeleland bigwigs — politburo member and Bulawayo political head Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, former Matabeleland South governor Angeline Masuku, youth chairperson Absolom Sikhosana and former deputy president of Senate, Naison Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu — who are senior Zapu members, but lost the Zanu PF central committee positions over the weekend.

Speculation that Mugabe intends to pick Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda as chairperson may also put paid to the façade of unity, considering that the former governor ditched Zapu before the signing of the Unity Accord.

Bulawayo Provincial Affairs minister Eunice Sandi Moyo, whose name has been bandied as a possible candidate for the vice-presidency, also ditched Zapu before the Unity Accord.

In an interview about the goings-on in Zanu PF, especially on the implications of the sidelining of the former Zapu members, Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa said the removal of the leaders had no effect on the Unity Accord since that pact died in 2009 when he and other members pulled out of Zanu PF.
“We pulled out of the Unity Accord in 2009,” he said.

“We wrote a letter to the president of Zanu PF (Mugabe) telling him that we were pulling out.
“Anyone who remained, we told him that they were remaining as individuals and former members of PF Zapu.”

Dabengwa said they pulled out of Zanu PF because the unity pact was no longer achieving what it was purposed to achieve and as far as he was concerned, the Unity Accord was dead in the water.
“So what is happening in Zanu PF has no bearing on the Unity Accord, because it is no longer there,” he said.

However, Ndlovu, one of the top Zapu leaders to bite the dust, said the removal of Zanu PF bigwigs from Matabeleland from the central committee did not herald the death of the pact which was signed in 1987 as it was “unquestionable”.

He said the newcomers would be taught the revolutionary way and PF Zapu principles so that they do not go astray.

“There is no tree without roots,” he philosophised. “What will we benefit by perpetually describing them as omafikozolo (newcomers)? “We ran around during the struggle and for 60 years have been on the forefront. So we should inculcate in them the revolutionary spirit.”

Ndlovu said the re-engineering of the party’s leadership was not an end to the Unity Accord.
He said they had always impressed on Mugabe to equally include former Zapu cadrés each time he formed a government.

“We are not underdogs,” he said. “Our people should get the fair share of the cake. We didn’t fight for Matabeleland only, PF Zapu was a national party and the principles of the revolution should be maintained at all costs.” southern eye


MDC-T says it is unfazed by the reunification of two formations of the MDC, describing the newly-created United Movement for Democratic Change as a coalition of “political dwarfs”, in what analysts view as sour grapes.

The MDC led by Welshman Ncube and the MDC Renewal, which split from the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC in 2005 and this year respectively, on Wednesday formally signed a unity pact, minus the founding leader of the opposition party.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu told Southern Eye that Tsvangirai was not losing sleep, claiming their party remained the most popular in Zimbabwe. “As the MDC, we are more concerned with pressing national issues such as the crippled economy as well as the collapsing health delivery system,” he said.

“We remain the largest and most popular political party in Zimbabwe by the sheer size of our enormous support base throughout Zimbabwe.

“We are unfazed by the coalition of political midgets and Lilliputians. It is not about us teaming up with political dwarfs, but rather, it is about the need to ensure that the collapsing political dinosaur called Zanu PF is permanently confined to the dustbin of history.”

But MDC-T critics say Gutu’s statement was nothing but sour grapes, saying Tsvangirai no longer has what it takes to take on Zanu PF.

UMDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume cautioned the MDC-T, saying the so-called dwarf would prove very powerful come 2018.

“We are not political dwarfs, but what we are clear about is that the people came in their numbers to celebrate the reunification of the people and not to hero-worship anyone, but to work as equals,” he said.

“We are not looking for a messianic figure, but we are sure the collective political will of the people of Zimbabwe, if harnessed properly, will overcome the dictatorship of (President) Robert Mugabe.”
The UMDC is co-led by Welshman Ncube and Sekai Holland until its inaugural elective congress, tentatively set for August next year. southern eye


HARARE City Council has given multi-million dollar golden handshake to three top council executives who left recently as part of an ongoing rationalisation exercise without requisite government approval, a move that has thrown the local authority in a quandary, it has been established.

NewsDay investigations have shown that Psychology Chiwanga (urban planning), Justin Chivavaya (housing) and Cosmas Zvikaramba (business development) were reportedly paid whopping reward of over $500 000 each as part of their retrenchment packages at a time the local authority was facing a debilitating financial squeeze that has seen service delivery plunge to an all-time low.

The matter has raised a storm as town clerk Tendai Mahachi processed the payments without seeking relevant approvals from Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo and Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa or even the City Fathers as required by Section 146 of the Urban Councils Act.
According to Urban Councils Act section 146 that deals with pension and other benefits on termination of service, Chombo in consultation with Chinamasa were required to approve the retirement or retrenchment pay packages before council could pay the executives.

The section reads: “Subject to such terms and conditions as the Local Government Board, in consultation with the minister and the minister responsible for finance may fix, a council may provide pecuniary benefits for its employees on their retirement, resignation, discharge or other termination of service or in the event of their sickness, injury or death, including the payment of the whole or part of any funeral and deathbed expenses, and for their dependants and for that purpose may effect policies of insurance, establish and maintain or contribute towards pension or provident funds or make such other provision as may be necessary to secure for such employees and their dependants any or all of the pecuniary benefits to which this subsection relates.”

The three directors all got in excess of $500 000 — two month salary for each year served in council according to the salary scale that subsisted before they left. But insiders castigated the move saying that was tantamount to bleeding council coffers at a time the national economy was hardly performing.

Human capital director Cainos Chingombe confirmed the payments yesterday saying that the local authority had finished paying perks for all directors but one.
Other directors went through normal retirement due to age while others were retrenched and received terminal benefits running into several thousands of dollars.

“On retrenchments, we have paid for Chiwanga director of urban planning, Chivavaya for housing department. We have agreed and paid in full,” Chingombe said.

He said on Zvikaramba, council had made part payment and was likely to make the full payment soon. On health services director Stanley Mungofa we disagreed on some issues and referred the matter to the retrenchment board,” Chingombe said.

On high perks demanded, he said “there is a difference between what one needs and what we offer”.
Chingombe said the directors were happy with what they got.
He said the process would make Harare save close to $1,2 million starting from the first quarter of next year.

Council officials yesterday added that Town House could lose millions of dollars more by paying officials, whose positions have been made redundant following the restructuring exercise, saying other executives were likely to demand more as they had set a precedent by not seeking government approval for the former directors. Speculation was rife that to date that the local authority had splashed more than $2 million in the retrenchment of the ex-council directors.

The officials include spokesperson Leslie Gwindi, finance and administration manager Paul Dhliwayo, waste management manager Emmanuel Muza and parks and cemetery manager Raymond Chiromo. Harare is undergoing a rationalisation programme following the abolition and streamlining of other departments and positions that has seen the number of directors being reduced from 16 to 6.
More than 2 000 workers have also been affected in the process.

Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni yesterday professed ignorance over how much exactly council had given to the directors who vacated Town House and promised to provide information today.

“I don’t have figures now. We don’t have anything to hide, it’s only that the town clerk (Mahachi) is not there and the chamber secretary (Josephine Ncube) was not there and I am out of office now,” he said.

Human resources committee chairperson Councillor Wellington Chikombo confirmed negotiations were underway with those on their way out, but declined to give the figures involved.

Chikombo said the move to streamline was inspired by the need to cut on the workforce and concentrate on improving service delivery in Harare.

“We want to reduce costs and improve on service delivery. It was an austerity measure so that we don’t bite more that we can chew. This is no policy point of view. The HR and the affected workers are currently involved in protracted negotiations for their exit packages,” Chikombo said.

Chikombo could not give figures, but sources said that some of the officials needed between $200 000 and $500 000 to leave.

The local authority has come under the spotlight ever since the revelation that Mahachi and his 18 executives were gobbling more than $500 000 a month in salaries and allowances. Harare is faced with serious financial challenges that have seen the local authority going for months without paying salaries for workers. newsday


PRIMARY and secondary schools in Harare and Bulawayo will close today, a week earlier than scheduled to accommodate thousands of delegates to attend the Zanu PF congress in the capital and the Region 5 Youth Games in Bulawayo respectively.

In a circular sent to all schools by the Ministry of Education, all schools in the two cities will close today, a development that put teachers’ plans for the year-end in disarray.
According to the Zimbabwe school calendar, primary and secondary schools are due to close their end of third term on December 4.

Most schools and colleges will be used to accommodate thousands of delegates to attend the Zanu PF indaba in the capital, while the same will happen in Bulawayo where schools will accommodate participants at the Youth Games.

Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu confirmed the development, but said the move was uncalled for and would jeopardise the teachers’ plans and proper transition by pupils into higher grades.

Though he was not clear why the dates were moved, Ndlovu suspected the move was meant to accommodate the Zanu PF congress delegates set for Harare next week and the national Youth Games for Bulawayo.

“I have not seen the circular, but I have heard about that. Schools in Harare and Bulawayo are closing tomorrow (today) instead of next week,” Ndlovu said.
“The reason in Bulawayo is because of the Youth Games, while in Harare, it is because of the major event next week.”

Colleges were also set to be affected by the development and students were also supposed to vacate the premises before Thursday next week.

“Technically, everyone is out. Polytechnics won’t be affected because the last exam was on November 24, but there is a directive that students should vacate before the congress,” a source at one of the colleges said.

Education minister Lazarus Dokora could not be reached for comment.
In an interview yesterday, Bulawayo provincial education director Dan Moyo said: “Schools in Bulawayo will close tomorrow, but other schools, nationally, will close on the exact closing date.”

Bulawayo is set to host 10 countries from the region with participants taking part in athletics, netball, swimming, basketball, football, tennis, boxing and judo from December 5 to 14.

The venues for the games include the National University of Science and Technology, Hillside Teachers’ College, Bulawayo Athletic Club,

Bulawayo City Pool, Barbourfields Stadium, Luveve Stadium and White City Stadium.
About 1 500 athletes and officials from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and the hosts, Zimbabwe, are expected to take part in the games and will be accommodated at Hillside Teachers’ College.

Thursday, 27 November 2014


AT least 55,000 workers have lost their jobs over the past three years after 4,610 companies closed shop countrywide, Finance and Economic Development Minister, Patrick Chinamasa said yesterday.

Presenting the 2015 national budget statement in Parliament yesterday Minister Chinamasa said urgent injection of fresh capital was critical towards resuscitating ailing industries whose capacity utilisation has dropped by three percent from 39 percent to 36 percent, according to the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) survey.

The minister reported that 2,130 firms closed shop in 2011 and left 19,121 workers stranded.
He said in 2012 a total of 1,468 companies also shut down and rendered about 20,825 workers jobless.

Last year 878 firms also collapsed and offloaded 14,499 workers. So far this year, said Minister Chinamasa, 134 companies have closed shop leaving 928 destitute. Altogether the minister said 4,610 companies have collapsed since 2011, leaving 55,443 workers stranded.

“Fresh capital injection is needed for retooling, overhaul of antiquated machinery and recapitalisation to ensure we rescuscitate our industry,” he said.
The minister said part of the measures to revive industry bordered around clarification of indigenisation regulations, removing bottlenecks around the ease of doing business, reviewing pricing and labour impediments and attracting increased foreign direct investment.

“In summary, the main areas frustrating potential investors and compromise the country’s competitiveness relate to licensing processes, multiplicity of levies, multiplicity of authorities and delays in utility connections,” said Minister Chinamasa.

“Starting a business in Zimbabwe is confronted with numerous and long licensing processes, which are primarily administrative.

“These relate to plan approvals, investment registration, permit and licence issuance, connection of utilities, such as water and power.”

He said formalities for setting up a typical formal housing delivery project in Zimbabwe, for instance, takes a minimum of 53 months (4,5 years), primarily reflecting bureaucracy and inefficiencies in national institutions and local authorities.

He cited the World Bank’s doing business indicators report, which indicates the average number of procedures for starting a business in Zimbabwe is nine against 7.8 in sub Saharan Africa and 4.8 for developed countries.

“The average time and cost for establishing a business in neighboring countries such as South Africa is 19 days, and 0.3 percent of income per capita and Mauritius, six days and 3.6 percent, respectively.
“This is against Zimbabwe’s average period of 90 days and 141.2 percent of income per capita,” said the minister.


A 32-YEAR-OLD teacher at Kwite Primary School in Mangwe is set to appear in court for bedding a 14-year-old former pupil at the school. Celestian Matsika allegedly proposed love to the juvenile last year when she was in Grade Seven. This year he took the relationship with the school dropout to another level as the girl frequently spent long hours at his house where they allegedly had sex.

The relationship which had remained a secret for more than a year came to light after the girl’s uncle, Zwelithini Vundla, found his niece who had gone missing from home, at the teacher’s house. Matsika, who was not willing to discuss the issue with Chronicle, said he was supposed to appear in court last week on Thursday but the matter had been postponed pending investigations.

He claimed he did not know that his lover was underage and referred further questions to his lawyer. An official at the school who preferred anonymity said Matsika who stays at the school would send pupils to invite the complainant to his house, so that he could have sex with her.

“Matsika was dating this girl who is a former pupil at the school and it appears that the relationship started during the time when she was learning at the school.
“Each time Matsika would send for the girl. Pupils would call her and she would proceed to the teacher’s house where they would have sexual intercourse. The girl would tell her parents that she was going to work at the family garden,” said the official.

He said there was pandemonium at the school on November 7 after the girl’s uncle found her at the teacher’s house. The official said on that day the girl proceeded to her lover’s home around 12PM after being summoned by pupils.

Said the official: “The 14-year-old told her uncle that she was going to repair a broken fence at the garden. Instead, she went to her lover’s home where they had sexual intercourse.”

He said the girl stayed at the teacher’s house until 8PM forcing her uncle to institute a search for her.

“Vundla was concerned that his niece had delayed coming home and he proceeded to the school. He approached us as officials at the school and we indicated that we had not seen the girl.

“He then decided to go after the girls that had summoned the 14-year-old girl from her homestead and learnt that they had been sent by Matsika. Vundla then proceeded to Matsika’s house where he found his niece,” said the school official.

A police report was made, leading to Matsika’s arrest.


Chairperson of the Zanu PF Harare province youth league, Godfrey Gomwe, has declared that youths will bar Vice-President Joice Mujuru – who has been accused of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe – from attending the party’s congress scheduled for next week.

Gomwe said the Zanu PF constitution stipulated that youths  were the party’s vanguard hence they should play their part in defending the interests of President Mugabe and the party at large.

“As we prepare for congress which is being hosted by our province next week, we are encouraging youths in Harare to rally behind the president and the First Lady Grace Mugabe,” Gomwe said.

“Those who have been accused of plotting to kill our president will not be allowed to attend or be part of the proceedings at the congress. According to the Zanu PF constitution Article 23 (186)(ii), as youths we have to defend the interests of the party and subsequently, it is our role to ensure that we bar those who have been plotting against the president from attending congress. Vice-president (Mujuru) must not waste her time in setting her foot near or at the congress unless  President Mugabe rules otherwise.”

Gomwe said opposition party leader Morgan Tsvangirai was far much better than Zanu PF members who had been implicated in a plot to assasinate the president.

“Tsvangirai is better than the so-called Zanu PF cadres who wine and dine with President Mugabe while plotting his ouster. Over 67% of the country’s population are youths and we would like to tell our president not to have sleepless nights for we are more than ready to defend him,” said Gomwe.
Zanu PF senior members, who include suspended former party spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, Labour and Social Welfare minister, Nicholas Goche, and secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa are among other officials facing accusations of plotting to eliminate President Mugabe from office through unorthodox means.

The three have denied the accusations. Earlier this week, Mujuru failed to submit his nomination papers in central committee elections in Bindura as she was barred by youths who accused her of the plot.

Goche was also forced to withdraw submitting his nomination papers while a number of cabinet ministers and top party officials aligned to Mujuru also lost their seats in the central committee.
Zanu PF is set to hold its congress next week where President Mugabe is expected to choose the new presidium. zimbabwe mail


Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche remains in critical condition in hospital. He was admitted on Tuesday. A doctor at the hospital who spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday said Minister Goche was still in the Intensive Care Unit.

“He has stabilised but he is still in the woods,” the doctor said. He is still in the ICU but we are monitoring him.” Doctors refused to disclose his ailment but it is understood Minister Goche is suffering from hypertension.

Minister Goche missed the last Zanu-PF Politburo meeting before Congress together with Vice President Joice Mujuru who was also reportedly sick on Wednesday.
The two were named as kingpins in the plot to assassinate President Mugabe.
A member of the same faction Cde Flora Buka was also reported to have collapsed in Nembudziya after losing in the Central Committee elections held at Mutora Growth Point in Nembudziya on Monday. 

However, VP Mujuru yesterday attended the Budget presentation in Parliament.
Cde Goche recently opened up at a meeting held at Wild Ox Club and Mteri Lodge in Chiredzi on September 7 where he told the Zimbabwe Sugar Cane Milling Union’s secretary-general Cde Edmore Hwarare that what was taking place in the sugar industry was not war as real war was coming in the run-up to the congress when guns would be fired and people he didn’t mention would be “flushed down the toilet”.

This was after Cde Hwarare had briefed him on the challenges they are facing in the sugar industry.
VP Mujuru is the patron of the Zimbabwe Sugar Cane Millers Union.


Chinamasa presenting his budget


GOVERNMENT has abolished the central role of the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment in determining indigenisation compliance as it is now the responsibility of line ministries to negotiate with investors on compliance plans.

While the 51-49 percent ownership structure would still apply across all sectors, it would be on the basis of the assessment by the line ministry responsible for the sector that the compliance certificate in respect of the investment proposal would be issued by the ministry responsible for indigenisation and economic empowerment.

Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa said this when he announced the 2015 National Budget yesterday. Previously, the Indigenisation ministry had sole responsibility of approving compliance on all investment proposals.
Analysts say line ministries are better positioned to understand the dynamics and challenges bedevilling their respective sectors and therefore are capable of making the appropriate compliance framework.

On new projects, Minister Chinamasa said such investment proposals would first be processed through the Zimbabwe Investment Authority. Thereafter, ZIA would forward the proposals to the line ministry responsible for the sector to make the assessment concerning compliance with the indigenisation and empowerment policy.

Similarly, the policy would apply to the existing or brown field investments and should be assessed for compliance by the line ministry without the need to pass through ZIA.
It would be on the basis of the assessment by the line ministry responsible for the sector or sub-sector that the compliance certificate in respect of the investment proposal would be issued by the ministry responsible for indigenisation and economic empowerment.

Minister Chinamasa said monitoring compliance with the laws was also the responsibility of line ministries while amendments to new position would be made through the Finance Bill.

The Minister said given the need to continue improving Zimbabwe’s investment climate in light of the need for both domestic and foreign investment, the Budget sought to further provide clarity on the indigenisation and empowerment framework.

“This will be in order to ensure consistency and predictability in Government’s engagement with stakeholders and investors,” said the Minister. “Accordingly, it is critical that we restate that the 51-49 percent ownership structure enshrined in the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act applies across all sectors of the economy. herald


If there is anything we should learn from the recent purges within its leadership ranks, it is that most Zanu PF leaders are actually tired of President Robert Mugabe and, like most of us, would like to see him go. What they have lacked are the scruples to unite and dismiss him.

And so it turns out that we have been right all this time, that Mugabe has been and remains the stumbling block on Zimbabwe’s progress. Even his minions, in surprisingly considerable numbers, no longer believe that he is relevant to the Zimbabwe we want to create.

The public display of tantrums which we have seen from First Lady Grace Mugabe should indicate to us the frustration of the First Family on their comprehension that they no longer have the full support of all within the Zanu PF leadership.

Mugabe will never deliver the Zimbabwe that we desperately want, including the Zimbabwe that those who legitimately fought in the struggle sought to achieve.

I am glad that this has now been revealed because for years, we have been saying that Zimbabwe’s potential can never be fully realised through a dictatorship. Mugabe is old and remains in the past. He can no longer lead us in creating the future we desperately desire.

What Mugabe has done is to use his wife, Grace, in order to flush out those who desire a leadership renewal, but this does not change the reality that it is time for him to go. The impulsive reaction of purging of his underlings will likely expedite his exit.

How exhilarating!

Let me be clear: I do not subscribe to the value system of Zanu PF and I have no respect for those who do. So in my view, all those who are now being purged are not innocent spectators or victims.

They have been complicit in supporting and benefiting from this tyranny while participating in the destruction of our country and its potential. They chose personal gain at the expense of national interest. Let them reap their harvest of sorrows.

All this must surely present a unique opportunity for our opposition political parties. However, I fear that they are not doing enough. It is time for the audacity of hope.

In my opinion, the MDC-T, despite their purported inadequacies, must now take the driver’s seat and lead.

If I were MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, I would certainly now consolidate and take a higher ground by being a unifying force of all democratic movements so that we may at last expunge the dictator once and for all.

This coming-together of democratic forces, in my view, cannot be conditional nor can it be based on egos, but must be based on putting Zimbabwe first. I would advise that Morgan goes all out to motivate all and sundry and be the selfless leader he claims to be; a leader who realises that this is no time for grudges.

If I were in his position, I would call an immediate conference for change that attracts all Zimbabweans to collectively demand the immediate stepping down of Mugabe and the take-over of the country’s affairs by an interim inclusive body so that we may arrest the decline and save Zimbabwe. We must move towards reforms and ultimately towards free and fair elections as soon as possible.

In this effort, I would ensure that nobody is left behind especially the moderates within Zanu PF, the army, the police and civic organisations including legitimate churches that see the rot in Zanu PF and would fully support a people-driven change agenda that must be implemented now.

This is no time for endless Press conferences that achieve little, but it is time to act in an inclusive and non-partisan manner.

If I were in Morgan’s position, I would definitely mobilise for mass action where all Zimbabweans, regardless of political affiliation, must for once make the bold statement that enough is enough and Mugabe must stand down.

This action must include all Zimbabweans, including our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora. Let January 2015 be the month of regime change led by Zimbabweans.

I would, with immediate effect, withdraw all councillors and Members of Parliament from government in protest of the revelations that South Africa hid the truth with regard to the 2002 elections which makes all other elections after that illegitimate.

I would not just issue a Press statement and ask for a mere apology on such a grave matter, but bring the South African government to account.

The recent ridiculous reaction by Mugabe’s minions that the 2002 Kampepe Report is a mere private opinion to be brushed off is not surprising and remains a ridiculous assertion that seeks to discount a grave historical and deliberate blunder affecting the rights of Zimbabweans.

I conjecture that were the opinion otherwise, I have no doubt the same minions would have rushed to claim victory and vindicate the dictator as legitimate. We must ignore their simple exuberant minds.

I think that Morgan must take this opportunity to motivate and encourage the masses and all opposition parties for a final push that will see the fall of the dictator who now has little support even within his ranks.

The emperor is naked.

Mugabe will not willingly go. If we sit by and dither, hoping for better times to come, we shall soon see Grace in State House as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe; God forbid.

My message to Morgan is, therefore, that Zanu PF, as we know it, is dead and if there is any opportunity to act decisively and shape a better future for Zimbabwe, it is now.

Let those who have ears hear.


The High Court has sentenced a Harare man to an effective 25 years in prison after convicting him of murdering his wife’s boyfriend. 

Neddy Kwatale from Harare’s Hatcliffe suburb will spend the next 25 years at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison complex after being sentenced by Justice Garainesu Mawadze.

Kwatale, who was married to Dudzai Tarakino and was working in Zambia, was convicted of stabbing to death Elias Munjoma on the 18th of August last year after he found him with his wife.

He had been charged for murder with actual intent of killing the deceased and attempted murder for stabbing his wife twice on the buttocks and on her hand causing serious injuries.

Justice Mawadze convicted him for the murder but, however, found him guilty of assault for the count of stabbing his wife.

He slapped him with an effective 25 years term of imprisonment for both offences.


Zimbabwe's finance minister Patrick Chinamasa announced on Thursday a US4.1 billion budget for 2015, but admitted most of the funds will go towards paying wages for civil servants.

Amid jeers of derision from MPs, Chinamasa said 81 percent of the budget would go towards employment costs. He said only US798 million would be left to fund government operations, service debts and undertake capital development projects.

"Basically what this means is that we are paying people to sit in their offices and not to undertake operations," he said.

Zimbabwe is reeling under an external debt of more than US8 billion, making the country a poor candidate for desperately needed international credit.

Zimbabwe's economy is to register only slight growth of 3.2 percent in 2015, the finance minister said.

Chinamasa said shortages of cash in the economy, low domestic savings and investment inflows and downward trending international commodity prices had "suppressed overall output".

Earlier this year Chinamasa had to revise Zimbabwe's economic output for 2014 down from 6.1 percent to 3.1 percent.


Reduces excise duty on clear beer to 40% from 45%.

Chinamasa introduces tobacco levy of 0.015 of each dollar of selling price on growers with effect from January 2015.

Chinamasa extends tax amnesty period from 6 months to 15 months.

Chinamasa increases tax free threshold to $300 from the current $250.