Robert Mugabe Admits to Lying After Selfish Solomon Mujuru Set Geneva Hotel On Fire

Former President Robert Mugabe responding to questions regarding the mysterious death of Solomon Mujuru revealed that he lied to save him from arrest.

In an interview with the Independent, responding to a suggestion that   General Mujuru was killed by the military intelligence he said “No. Ah, he was a terrible guy. Very selfish. And a smoker. A smoker, I think this is what killed him. In Geneva (Switzerland), we burnt down a hotel and it was Mujuru again. Well, we managed to avoid trial, but it was his smoking that almost got us killed in a hotel. He was a careless smoker. An investigation established that the fire started in his room. But we denied it and said no no”

This paper will in due course try to establish the Hotel in question and get a statement.

Robert Mugabe Finally Speaks On Solomon Mujuru’s Death

In an interview with The Zimbabwe Independent former President Robert Mugabe responded to questions regarding the mysterious death of Solomon Mujuru.

Mugabe revealed that the late Mujuru was fed up with him because he was preventing them from benefitting from companies. He attributes the 2008 election loss to Mujuru and his associates which he said wanted to get rid of him. Below is a excerpt of the interview:

Q: Which brings us to General Solomon Mujuru’s death. People think it had something to do with Zanu PF succession issues.

A: It was just a case of someone dying. He just died. And what is fortunate for the party is that it happened away, on his farm.

Q: So you think his death was an accident?

A: Some say some Israeli (business associates) who had issues with him.

Q: Oxford researcher Miles Tendi says General Mujuru was killed by military intelligence.

A: No. Ah, he was a terrible guy. Very selfish. And a smoker. A smoker, I think this is what killed him. In Geneva (Switzerland), we burnt down a hotel and it was Mujuru again. Well, we managed to avoid trial, but it was his smoking that almost got us killed in a hotel. He was a careless smoker. An investigation established that the fire started in his room. But we denied it and said no no.

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PRESIDENT Mnangagwa Has At Least 41 children Says Professor Jonathan Moyo

Zimbabwe’s self exiled former minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Jonathan Moyo has revealed that the country’s first citizen, ED Mnangagwa sired 41 children hence his claims that he has only 9 children are lies.

  • Mnangagwa In Shocking Family Disclosure

The claims by Moyo come in the wake of the launch of a website by Mnangagwa where he revealed his family.


“Well in the spirit of the so called new dispensation allegedly based on truths and transparency, the public awaits confirmation of whispers that Emmerson has at least 41 children,” tweeted Moyo, who is a close ally of former President and his wife, Robert and Grace Mugabe and belongs to Zanu Pf’s G40 cabal.

According to a story run in a local newspaper, The Daily News, Mnangagwa set the record straight about his family on his recently launched, Head of State website, revealing how many children and grandchildren he has including when and how he married his late wife Jayne Matarise, with whom he sired 6 children.

Mnangagwa however did not disclose the exact year he married the first lady Auxilia Mnangagwa, only revealing to the world that the couple has 3 children.

Moyo, however took to twitter and claimed that Mnangagwa has at least 41 children, but he did not disclose with whom those children were sired, their names or whereabouts.-oNLINE

Mnangagwa In Shocking Family Disclosure

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has released details about his family that seem to suggest that he had children with First Lady Auxillia when he was still married to his first wife, Jayne, who died in 2002.

Auxillia Mnangagwa

Auxillia Mnangagwa

Mnangagwa, who became president in November after a soft military coup triggered by his sacking from Zanu PF and government, married his first wife Jayne Matarise in September 1973, according to the Head of State’s website launched yesterday.

During this time, Jayne was living with her first cousin Josiah Magama Tongogara, the former supreme military commander of Zanu, the liberation movement that waged a bitter liberation struggle that ushered in independence in 1980.

Tongogara was killed in a mysterious car crash in Mozambique, six days after the Lancaster Agreement was signed.

Jayne’s mother and Tongogara’s mother were sisters.

She died on January 31, 2002 after a long battle with cervical cancer.

The couple was blessed with six children, Farai, Tasiwa, Vimbayi, Tapiwa, Tariro and Emmerson (junior) Tanaka, according to the website.

While the website seems to claim that Mnangagwa married Auxillia after the death of Jayne, it does not state when Mnangagwa married her.

It is, however, unlikely that it was after Jayne’s passing because they had their first child 18 years before Jayne’s death.

Mnangagwa and Auxillia have been blessed with three children, according to the portal, namely Emmerson (junior), Sean and Collins.

Going for instance by the age of Emmerson Junior — he was born on December 20, 1984 — which means that Mnangagwa started his relationship with Auxillia while still married to Jayne.

It is unclear if Jayne was aware of his relationship with Auxillia.

Mnangagwa and Auxillia’s first son, Emmerson Jnr, started studying for his degree in Australia in 2004, two years after his step-mum’s death, majoring in business finance and marketing but was subsequently deported in 2007 due to pressure from the opposition.

After completing his studies, he tied the knot with Leya (nee Travis) at a ceremony attended by the country’s business and political elites.

The president’s portal describes him as “a father and family man, ED Mnangagwa is dedicated to the education of his family, and has educated all of his children without exception”.

“Most are now employed or run their own businesses and are independent of their father, with degrees ranging from diplomacy, business studies, marketing, law, sound engineering, nursing, creative advertising design, psychology and actuarial science. He has more than a dozen grandchildren and he is very close to all of them.

“He is known as a unifier in the immediate and extended family, a humble man with a keen sense of humour, he always has time for the children. He is dedicated to his family and to the wider family that is his country, Zimbabwe.”

Mnangagwa’s first wife was born in Shurugwi, the fifth child in a family of eight boys and two girls.

Emmerson and Jayne had their first child, Farai in 1976 just when the final phase of the armed liberation struggle was gathering momentum, according to the publicly availed information.

In 1977, the couple was blessed with their second daughter Tasiwa.

Emmerson soon took up his post in Mozambique as the special assistant to the president, while Jayne remained in Zambia taking care of the budding family.

She later joined him in Mozambique with the two young children.

After independence, Jayne continued to look after the family, choosing to support her husband’s political and public life by focusing on running the family farm, and her own business right up to her death, according to information gleaned from the portal.

She was known for her “dignified reserve and her devotion to her husband and children,” according to the portal, featuring beautiful colour palettes and brilliant layout and typography.

Zimbabwe’s new first lady, Auxillia, is a politician in her own right, as well as a trained State security operative and member of Zanu PF’s central committee.

She holds an MBA from Midlands State University and is currently pursuing a PhD. Her predecessor, Grace Mugabe, is currently mired in a storm over a dodgy PhD she was awarded by the University of Zimbabwe.

Until the enthronement of her husband, she had lived quietly but not in seclusion, working hard for her Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency, a seat left vacant by her husband after he was appointed vice president.

Before she became first lady, she spent a lot of time in her constituency, where she launched a women’s bank and several other empowerment projects to help the community.

As first lady since November 24, 2017, Auxillia has possessed a mysterious authority, which has compelled people to do her bidding.

The soft-spoken and seemingly intelligent first lady, who seems to have a knack for attention, attracted overwhelming support from the corporate sector and charismatic churches when she launched last month her foundation, Angel of Hope, to support cancer patients and bring awareness to the need to combat cervical cancer.

United Family International Church leader Emmanuel Makandiwa hogged headlines after he donated $300 000 to the first lady’s foundation.

It was not made clear by the first lady if this foundation was mooted in honour of Jayne, who died of cervical cancer.

Auxillia told the eighth leg of her national cancer awareness campaign in Marondera last month that men must “be content with their wives and desist from extra-marital affairs that force women to resort to using herbs on their privates to lure their husbands back”.

She has spent many hours visiting rural folk, the sick in hospitals, indigent children, the elderly, and the emotionally and physically handicapped. These people seem to interest her as first lady, with her philanthropic work largely hailed as “commendable”.

But critics have said it seems she is being thrust upon Zimbabweans for a national narrative that seems to be a reversal of the post-2014 Grace Mugabe image.-Dailynews

Sleepy Mnangagwa Returns to Zimbabwe

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has returned home from Kigali last night after attending the African Union Extraordinary Summit on the launching of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Speaking to ZBC News at the Robert Mugabe International Airport, President Mnangagwa described the launch which saw some 44 African countries signing and others appending their signatures to the Kigali declaration of intend as a positive development for the continent.

“The African Continental Free Trade Area has been launched today and out of 55 countries 44 have signed, then there was also the protocol of free movement of Africans in Africa and of the 44 out of 55 that signed, Zimbabwe is one of those that signed; then with relation to free movement of persons in Africa  43 countries signed and Zimbabwe is one of them, then there is the Kigali Declaration which means the AU members states are committing themselves to the AfCFTA even if they have not signed now, again we have signed that one and also went further and signed the agreement.

“Beyond that as Zimbabwe we have signed the AU Charter on the conduct of democratic elections and guidelines and lastly, we signed another protocol relating to the Pan African Parliament – most member states of the AU have done so and for some reason Zimbabwe had not done so. So we have put those things behind us and we are now a progressive member of the AU,” said President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa said the continent is now moving to a stage where African economies have to talk to each other, and promoting trade amongst African countries.

He said African countries have committed themselves to reducing tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade and each country has committed itself to implementing 90 percent of these agreements.

Mnangagwa Says Elderly Mugabe Has Dementia ,Must Not Be Listened to As He Is Forgetful

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Wednesday he is not bothered by former President Robert Mugabe’s negative comments about his presidency.

Mnangagwa, who is in Rwanda attending an extraordinary summit of the African Union, said the 94-year-old Mugabe is now forgetful due to advanced age and should not be taken seriously, state-run news agency New Ziana reported.

Mnangagwa was responding to a question on media claims that Mugabe may not vote for him in elections set for mid year.

“The former president is our founding father, we respect him. He is now 94 and he is bound to forget what he says,” Mnangagwa said.

“If you ask him again, he will tell you I will support ED (Mnangagwa’s initials),” he said.

Mugabe last week granted a media interview in which he complained that he was forced out of power through a “military coup.”

In the televised interview, his first since his resignation last November, Mugabe claimed Mnangagwa’s administration was illegitimate and indicated his willingness to meet with the new president to resolve the matter.

Mnangagwa responded to Mugabe’s claims, saying the nation had “moved on” and was now preoccupied with preparations for polls.

There have been media reports also linking Mugabe to the newly formed opposition National Patriotic Front, which is believed to comprise members mainly from the so-called G40 faction fronted by the former first lady Grace Mugabe.

Zimbabwe President ED Mnangagwa Releases Thousands From Prison

ED Mnangagwa is commuting death sentences for some prisoners and releasing thousands of people from prison, including most women and everyone under age 18.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announcement Wednesday is an effort to ease overcrowded prisons. He has said he is against the death penalty because he once survived hanging when the southern African nation was still colonial Rhodesia.

Nearly 100 people are on death row in the country of 13 million. Those on it for at least a decade are having their sentences commuted to life in prison.

Zimbabwe’s last execution was in 2005, partly because no one was willing to be the hangman.

All women except those serving life sentences are being freed. Also freed are prisoners who are disabled or terminally ill and those sentenced to life before Feb. 28, 1998.

About 3,000 prisoners are expected to benefit, said prison deputy commissioner-general Alford Mashango Dube. He said the current prison population is about 20,000 and capacity is 17,000.

Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe in November said he was considering resuming executions. But weeks later Mnangagwa took power with the military’s assistance after factional fighting within the ruling party.

Shock As Mnangagwa Appoints Serving Soldier Who Killed MDC-T Members In 2008 As Senior Principal Director In Chiwenga’s Office

President Emmerson Mnangagwa ‘s decision to appoint a serving  Major-General Grey Mashava as the Senior Principal Director in the Office of Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga and Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs has set tongues wagging raising suspicion ahead of a crucial July poll.

By Gift Kugara

Mashava, in 2008 was among military personnel deployed to lead and run ZANU-PF election campaigns where opposition members were brutally killed. He was based in Chiredzi West

The move by Mnangagwa is seen as rewarding the military that ushered him to power following a coup de at in November 2017.



Mnangagwa appointed Chiwenga, who led the military takeover that helped end ex-president Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, as one of the country two vice presidents in December.

On March 20, Mnangagwa promoted 21 Army officers, 20 were promoted on February 27 and 6 were promoted on 18  January 2018 taking his tally to 47 senior officers in less than 6 months in Office.

Zimbabweans reacted angrily on social media .

When Tsvangirai And Elizabeth Macheka Exchanged Blows

RELATIVES of the late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai are challenging the legality of Ms Elizabeth Macheka’s marriage to the politician, accusing the widow of fraudulently leaving out five houses and 17 vehicles in the inventory of properties filed at the Master of High Court’s office.

The Tsvangirai family members have instructed prominent Harare lawyer Mr Jonathan Samukange of Venturas & Samukange Legal Practitioners to request a meeting with all the interested parties before the Master to discuss the matter.

Mr Samkange has since written to the Master registering the family’s complaints.

Here is the background strory published in 2015 by the state media

MORGAN Tsvangirai’s wife, Elizabeth, has demanded to be “set free” from her marriage to the MDC-T leader after accusing him of cheating on her with two women.In sensational audio tapes obtained by The Herald, Elizabeth, nee Macheka, also accuses the former Prime Minister of suffering from erectile dysfunction which has prevented them from being intimate since their marriage in 2012.

Macheka, close sources say, had accepted the problem quietly but is livid that Tsvangirai is cheating on her with two other women -Leah Mhundwa, and a Bulawayo woman only named as Nobuhle.


Mhundwa is the young sister to Tsvangirai’s late wife, Susan, who died in a car accident in March 2009.

So volatile is the relationship between Tsvangirai and Macheka that at times they exchange blows.

Tsvangirai blames Macheka for the bedroom woes. He has told her that he does not experience the same problem when he sleeps with other women.

The tapes reveal that on one occasion, Tsvangirai told Macheka that he did not experience erectile dysfunction after romping with Nobuhle, sparking a huge row.

Nobuhle is said to have been in Harare recently and spent three days with Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai and Macheka have not been staying together for months.

Tsvangirai briefly stayed with Macheka at their home in Borrowdale but was chucked out after his wife discovered he was cheating on her with Nobuhle and other women. The MDC-T leader is now staying at the Highlands Government house bought and upgraded for him at a cost of $3 million during his stint as Prime Minister, which ended in July 2013.

Macheka rejects Tsvangirai’s claims she is the cause of his sexual failings, and feels betrayed by the MDC-T leader who is “ungrateful” that she has stuck with him even when there is no fire in their bedroom.

Macheka, in meetings with family members, told how Nobuhle and other women call Tsvangirai in the middle of the night while she is sleeping beside him. The rows sparked by the phone calls usually degenerate into fist-fights.

After reports of a split emerged last year, Tsvangirai invited a newspaper to their Highlands home and disputed a report by The Herald that they were on separation.

At one time, Tsvangirai sent Macheka back to her parents as he believed it was her who brought him the misfortune.

He has also gone as far as Nigeria where he sought spiritual healing from Prophet TB Joshua without success.

Close relatives have held marathon meetings to resolve the impasse between Tsvangirai and Macheka.

In one meeting, held in line with Shona culture, Tsvangirai and Macheka met with his nephew during which she poured her heart out about their problems.

“Last week on Thursday the Machekas summoned Tsvangirai and his relatives to a meeting after Elizabeth told her parents that she could not continue living alone. She also highlighted that she has never been intimate with Tsvangirai since their marriage and wants to move on with her life,” a source said.

Macheka wanted Tsvangirai “to set her free”.

“She told relatives that if Tsvangirai believes that she was the source of his bedroom problems, then he must set her free,” the source said.
Yesterday, Tsvangirai and his wife claimed all was well with them.

“We’re staying together. We’re happy. We’ve no problems at all,” claimed Macheka.

Tsvangirai, through his spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said: “We can understand the fixation that The Herald has with the brand and person of Morgan Tsvangirai. The truth of the matter is that there is bliss in their marriage. Mr and Mrs Tsvangirai are at No. 45 Kew Drive, Highlands.

“We understand the incessant pursuit and concoction of stories around the life and marriage of Morgan Tsvangirai for political reasons.”
Earlier, Tamborinyoka had tried to persuade this reporter to reveal the source of the story and the evidence.

Tsvangirai customarily married Macheka in 2012, but the civil union was stopped after a court challenge from his ex-lover from South Africa, one Nozipho Shilubane.


Zimbabwe REGISTRAR General Tobaiwa Mudede Refuses to Reveal Age

REGISTRAR General, Mr Tobaiwa Mudede, yesterday declined to divulge his age before legislators and questioned why out of all civil servants he was targeted to disclose when he was born.

This comes as Mr Mudede told MPs that 10,6 million people above 18 years were registered in his office database.

The figure showed that at least 4,5 million prospective voters were not yet registered given the fact that last month the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said it had registered 5,3 million voters under its Biometric Voter Registration blitz.

Mr Mudede said this while giving oral evidence before a Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Defence and Home Affairs chaired by Makokoba MP Cde Tshinga Dube (Zanu-PF) on issuance of primary documents.

Budiriro MP, Mr Costa Machingauta, had asked Mr Mudede to tell the committee his age with Musikavanhu legislator, Mr Prosper Mutseyami (both MDC-T) weighing in to say the nation was entitled to know his age since he was a civil servant.

“It is a highly personalised question. If you want to know the age of the RG, you might as well go to the whole Government. The RG is highly competent to the extent that the African Union has come to get information on our system, even the United Nations has come to my office,” said Mr Mudede who showed signs of agitation.

Mr Mudede said he had been elected to chair an association of registrar generals in Africa.

“That speaks volume of the RG. If you want to know the competence of the RG, just visit my office. It is not about age. It is my right and I do not need to answer that question. The fact that I am an RG and not an MP does not mean that I should be put in an awkward position,” he said.

Mr Mutseyami said an array of challenges that were found in his office could be as a result of his old age which might warrant his retirement.

On issuance of identity documents, Mr Mudede said they had registered 5,4 million women above 18 years and 5,2 million males giving a total of 10,6 million who were registered and above 18 years old.

He said at least 1,7 million had died since the last election in 2013.

Legislators bemoaned the stringent conditions required for one to acquire national documents like birth certificates.

They said in some remote areas, a whole generation did not have birth certificates owing to stringent conditions particularly related to distance and in circumstances where one parent or both were not available.

Legislators implored Mr Mudede’s office to consider relaxing some of the “stringent” requirements.

In response, Mr Mudede said there was need to interview people who seek birth certificates when they were already adults lest they risked registering foreigners.

He said once a person is registered he or she assumed all rights including the right to become President of a country hence the need to be thorough.

Robert Mugabe Pleading Poverty, Says He Is Broke

Robert Mugabe is reportedly pleading poverty, claiming that he had to declare all his assets outside the country.

This comes after the former Zimbabwe president was summoned to return funds that were sent out of the country illegally.

Current Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced an amnesty in November last year.

Mugabe reportedly claimed that following this call, he is left with only two properties, one in South Africa and one in Hong Kong.

Mugabe and his wife told reporters at their Harare mansion that they adhered to the amnesty, according to Times Live.

The former president claimed to have no money outside of the country, saying that he is an honest person.

However, according to Mnangagwa, only R3 billion was returned to Zimbabwe during the amnesty which is a far call compared to the R15.6 billion that was allegedly sent out of the country during Mugabe’s presidency, reported Times Live.

Meanwhile, individuals are wondering how Mugabe’s family could afford lavish clothing and luxury motor vehicles.

The 93 year old former president also claimed that he owns only one farm which he bought with his own money.


Mnangagwa said on Friday that Zimbabwe “has moved on” after Mugabe’s exit.

In a statement, the president said he “noted recent remarks made to the media” by Mugabe who spoke to foreign journalists at a location in Harare on Thursday.

It was Mugabe’s first public statement since his resignation last year. “I say it was a coup d’etat — some people have refused to call it a coup d’etat,” Mugabe told South Africa’s SABC broadcaster, referring to the brief army takeover which led to Mnangagwa assuming power after Mugabe’s resignation.”We must undo this disgrace which we have imposed on ourselves, we don’t deserve it… Zimbabwe doesn’t deserve it.”

Mnangagwa responded on his official Twitter account, saying: Mugabe “is entitled to express himself freely, as is the case for any private citizen”.”The nation has moved on. Our focus at this time shall remain on preparing for free, fair and credible elections in 2018.”

Meanwhile, Mnangagwa said on Saturday that Zimbabwe is expected to hold its first parliamentary elections since Mugabe’s rule, in July. The polls will also be the first without Mugabe’s name on the ballot since independence from Britain in 1980.”As a nation, party and government, we are looking forward to very peaceful, transparent and harmonised elections in July this year,” Mnangagwa told reporters after a meeting with South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday night.

Grace Mugabe Gets A New Baby Grand Daughter

Former First Lady Grace Mugabe and her estranged former husband Stanley Goreraza have been blessed with a grand daughter to their son Russell’s ditched South African girlfriend Dineo Gwendoline.

Dineo who recently hit headlines claiming that Russell impregnated her and was denigrating on the pregnancy announced on Facebook that she had given birth to the bouncing baby girl in South Africa last week.

At the time, Dineo claimed that Russell had insisted on her aborting the pregnancy as he was not prepared to have a baby. The young lady refused to terminate the pregnancy leading to Russell leaving South Africa in a huff back home escaping responsibility of the pregnancy.

Russell Goreraza (33) was at the same time going through a nusty divorce with her Zimbabwean wife and mother of his two other children, Gladys Chiedza Chiwaya over his infidelity and luxurious life.

Russel spent R70 million (approx USD 5.3 million) on a Rolls-Royces Ghost (four-door) and a Rolls Royce Dawn (convertible) and was at one time fined $800 for culpable homicide when he killed a pedestrian while driving recklessly in Harare.

When the model Dineo posted about her baby on social media several of her followers asked about the whereabouts of the baby’s father Russell Goreraza and Dineo responded sarcasticaly saying “unfortunately he died from cancer last month.”

Khupe to Expel Chamisa From the Party As Feud Turns Nasty

Movement for Democratic Change vice-president Thokozani Khupe is to hold a meeting in Bulawayo today where she is expected to expel party leader Nelson Chamisa from the party and declare herself president.

Chamisa was endorsed as the party leader by the party’s national council but Khupe did not recognise this.

The national council gave Khupe seven days to accept Chamisa’s leadership or face expulsion but that deadline elapsed and no action was taken.

Chamisa gave her another three days and that too elapsed.

According to the Standard a faction led by Khupe is holding a meeting today at which it will endorse Khupe as the party leader and expel Chamisa on the allegations that he is fanning violence, usurping power and violating the party constitution.

This could be the final straw that might force Chamisa to expel Khupe from the party and thus result in a formal split of the MDC-T, the fourth major split since its formation 19 years ago.

Robert Mugabe Admits to Having Jonathan Moyo , Kasukuwere’s Wives But Asked Husbands to Go Away After Grace Saved Duo From Death

FORMER cabinet ministers Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere were saved from death by Grace who sent her security personnel to rescue them from an attack by the military during the coup, ousted Robert Mugabe has said.

The former president was speaking in his first interview since the coup at his Blue Roof mansion.

He said his aides are still being harassed everyday by soldiers who are asking them of the whereabouts of Moyo, Kasukuwere and Patrick Zhuwawo, another member of the Zanu PF G40 faction who was Labour Minister in Mugabe’s last cabinet.

“Those young men and women are being called one by one and asked silly questions; where is Kasukuwere, where is Jonathan Moyo, where is Zhuwawo,” said Mugabe.

“They should know these are just workers, gardeners, maids and grounds men. You don’t expect them to know; ask me I don’t even know where they are,” he added.

“Yes once upon a time we (Moyo et al) assisted them. Guns were being fired on their houses and a cry came; mama please help them.”

“It was my wife; she organised some of her security and said go and save them and what happens to you I don’t know, you may die,” he said.

According to Mugabe, Grace deployed cars and personnel who brought the two ministers and their families to the Blue Roof.

“We said to them we will keep your families but you go where you can,” he said.

Moyo, who has been hyper-active on social media attacking the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa for ousting Mugabe, told the BBC in an interview recently that he had left the country with the help of “angels” who saved his life but refused to name them.

Mugabe Denial Of Responsibility for the 1980s Gukurahundi Angers ZAPU

DUMISO Dabengwa’s Zapu has taken issue with former President Robert Mugabe (pictured) after he blamed the party and Zipra, its military wing during the armed struggle, for instigating Gukurahundi massacres.


Mugabe on Thursday denied responsibility for the 1980s mass killings, arguing “Zapu and Zipra are also to blame”.

The former President also questioned the 20 000 deaths resulting from the mass killings.

“Mugabe does not at all surprise us as Zapu. He remains the same unrepentant blood-dripping monster who hid behind a thin finger of ‘madness’ when he killed hundreds of thousands during Gukurahundi. He is trying by all means to justify himself on the genocidal atrocities. We, however, are alive to the events and conspiracies that surrounded the genocide.

“We would rather remind Mugabe that the arms caches in Zipra properties were a deliberate and covert operation by the State secret service under Emmerson Mnangagwa, who himself remarked that they had to create a story and reason to justify the atrocities that followed the discovery,” Zapu spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa said yesterday.
Mugabe had unleashed a North Korean-trained military unit to crack down dissent to his rule in Matabeleland and Midlands, resulting in the death of over 20 000 civilians, according to the Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice (CCJP).

The former President once described Gukurahundi as a “moment of madness”, and also dispatched a government probe team, the Chihambakwe Commission, to investigate the emotive issue. Its report was never made public.

“Mugabe’s denial of the genocide is in sharp contradiction with his statement at [Vice-President Joshua] Nkomo’s burial where he admitted that it was a moment of madness. His denial of the 20 000 deaths shows he really is mindful and aware of the magnitude of this madness and he surely knows that the number is for deaths in only two districts of Matobo and Tsholotsho.

“Mugabe is fully aware that these 20 000 are direct deaths at the hands of the Fifth Brigade, the number does not include curfew induced deaths of children, the elderly and the sick from malnutrition, hunger and disease,” Maphosa said.

“Mugabe fully knows that Gukurahundi deaths run into hundreds of thousands, hence his refusal to acknowledge the mere 20 000 that was given by the CCJP, whose survey or investigations only cover Matobo and Tsholotsho.”

The massacres began after the government discovered around 60 arms caches in Matabeleland, half of them at Gwayi, Zipra’s main base, and another 30 at a farm owned by a company connected to Zapu.

Mnangagwa Tells Mugabe It’s Time to Move On

Zimbabwe “has moved on”, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said in a statement after his predecessor Robert Mugabe called the change in power a “disgrace” which “must be undone”.



Speaking publicly for the first time since he left office in November last year, Mr Mugabe criticised President Mnangagwa yesterday for “turning against him”:

President Mnagagwa responded today in a statement which he also tweeted, saying the former president “is entitled to express himself freely, as is the case for any private citizen”.

It continues: “The nation has moved on.

Our focus at this time shall remain on preparing for free, fair and credible elections in 2018”.

Video: Robert Mugabe Speaking Out To SABC News, Says It Was A Coup D’Etat

Former President Robert Mugabe recounts how he was removed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the Military Takeover of November 2017 which he calls a military coup d’ Etat. The Interview starts at 3 minutes 15 seconds.

There are two versions.  The shorter version which is 15 minutes long and the full version which is 1 hour 43 minutes long.


Long Version (1 Hour 43 Minutes)

Video Credit: SABC Digital News

Furious Mnangagwa Removes Mugabes Rural Homestead And Farm Workers From Govt Payroll As Tension Escalates

Former president Robert Mugabe’s workers who were employed at his rural homestead in Zvimba and at his Highfield Farm in Norton have been fired by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration. A significant number of the people who worked at Mugabe’s Zvimba residence were his relatives and used to be paid by the government. Mnangagwa is reported to have also reduced Mugabe’s personal security and totally removed former first lady Grace Mugabe’s security.

A high ranking source who spoke to the weekly publication, the Zimbabwe Independent, said,

A number of workers at Mugabe’s home in Zvimba who were being paid by government were fired from their jobs. Most of them stay in Zvimba…The same applies to labourers at his Highfield farm. They were also fired from their jobs.

Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Ray Ndhukula referred all questions to Mugabe saying,

The best person to comment on that matter would be the former president.

This comes at a time Mugabe has launched a major offensive against his successor saying that Mnangagwa is illegitimate as he came to power through a military coup.

More: The Independent

Robert Mugabe Wants Mnangagwa On International Sanctions , Tried At ICC For Human Rights Abuses In Zimbabwe

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has called for the international community not to recognise the new administration led by his longtime trusted friend Emmerson Mnangagwa saying he was removed illegally and he is illegitimate.

So bitter is Mugabe, 94 that he even suggested that Mnangagwa should be placed on international sanctions, arrested and tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC)  based in The Hague,  the world’s only permanent international tribunal that looks into war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Mugabe said members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) were bashed by members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA). He said some members of the CIO are missing to this day, suggesting that the army abducted or killed them. Said, Mugabe:

The army made sure that the other organs of State were nuetralised. Completely nuetralised. They nuetralised the Central Intelligence Organisation. Many of whose members were bashed with heads cracked and this is not an exaggeration. Some of them are missing to this day. Their guns were taken away from them. The police had their armory completely emptied. Their guns had gone, disappeared. Who had taken them?-The army. And then in our environment, rolled what we never knew we hadsome tanks. If we had these tanks I was told they are ancient ones. 1914 to 1918 tanks. T63 or 60-something. There they were rolling, amoured cars running and people not allowed to move from one place to another unless they got the permission of the army. Searches were taking place left, right and center. Persons being arrested. It was truly a military takeover. There was no movement permissible unless that movement was checked and allowed by the army. That is what it was. I would not know what you would want to call it.

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He went on to say: “ED says he wants me to endorse him, what will I be endorsing? Hypocrisy? Brutality against the people?

“The killing and battering of children (CIO and police officers) who worked with me? No, no, no; I’m not an idiot.

“The political and illegal arrests must stop if the military regime is true to its claims that it is about upholding the legacy of the president. Why is it doing these injustices?”

Mugabe said he never thought Mnangagwa would turn against him and denounced Mnangagwa’s move to oust him last year as a coup, in an interview broadcast on Thursday.

Robert Mugabe In a Series Of Interviews With Foreign Journalists

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Mugabe, speaking for the first time since November coup, today held a series of interviews with foreign journalists.

SABC got the TV interview, while the Times of London and SA Sunday Times got the newspaper interviews.

Three Robbers Who Pounced On Bona Mugabe To Be Jailed Today

HARARE – Three armed robbers who stormed into former president Robert Mugabe’s daughter Bona’s Umwinsdale mansion and allegedly stole construction material were convicted yesterday.

Robson Kandenga, Peter Mangwiro and Brighton Chisiko were found guilty of first degree robbery when they appeared before Harare magistrate Tilda Mazhande. They pleaded guilty to the offence.

They were remanded in custody pending passing of their sentence today.

They had no legal representation.

Prosecutor Linda Gadzikwa proved that on December 31 around 1am, Kandenga and his gang went to 154 Lunar Road, Umwinsdale in Harare and found a security guard manning the premises, which is under construction.

The trio pretended to be looking for directions to a certain destination and the security guard got out of the guardroom to assist.

Kandenga then disarmed the security guard of his AK 47 rifle before his team began assaulting him with iron bars and feet.

One of the robbers picked a wire at the site and used it to tie the security guard’s hands and legs before they searched him and took identification particulars, $15, two cellphones and 80 wooden construction boards.

The gang guarded the complainant while sourcing for transport to ferry the wooden boards from the site.

After a while, Shadreck Chivambe arrived at the scene driving a truck. He had been hired to carry the stolen goods.

The stolen property was loaded into the truck and they sped from the scene.

The wooden boards were delivered at Siyaso in Magaba, Mbare in Harare. Only one board was recovered.

It was positively identified by Howard Karima of Hualong Construction Company because of its uniqueness since it was imported.

President Mnangagwa In $2 Million Extortion Lawsuit Involving Command Agriculture Sponsor

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been named as a witness in a High Court case in which Zanu-PF MP for Gokwe-Nembudziya, Justice Mayor Wadyajena is suing his former business partner demanding $2 million.

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: Bloomberg

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: Bloomberg



Wadyajena’s former business partner, Kudakwashe Tagwirei the owner of Sakunda Holdings has challenged the lawsuit saying that the legislator had forced him to agree to a settlement through threats of extortion.

When the two former business partners fell out Wadyajena initially filed a $7 million lawsuit against Tagwirei. However, while the case was still pending at the Supreme Court, Tagwirei is alleged to have approached Mnangagwa, who was a vice president then, to mediate. As a result of Mnangagwa’s efforts, the two came to an agreement in which the Supreme Court appeal was withdrawn in return for Wadyajena receiving $2, 6 million. Tagwirei later paid Wadyejena $616 334 but reneged on paying the remaining $2 million resulting in Wadyejena’s latest lawsuit.

Tagwirei is refusing to pay the $2 million and has challenged the lawsuit saying that he had entered into the agreement under duress as there were threats of extortion. Part of Tagwirei’s response reads,

Whilst the fact of the purported agreement is conceded, defendants aver that the agreement was entered into as a direct result and only because of threats of extortion.

The contract was illegal and void, or alternatively voidable – a product of extortion and or duress.

However, Wadyajena is disputing that there was any extortion and has told the court that the president is willing to come to court and to give evidence of his mediation efforts and the subsequent verbal contract.

More: Daily News

Morgan Tsvangirai Estate : Elizabeth Macheka Accused Of Leaving Out 5 Houses and 17 Vehicles

RELATIVES of the late MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai are challenging the legality of Ms Elizabeth Macheka’s marriage to the politician and accusing her of fraudulently leaving out five houses and 17 vehicles in the inventory of properties filed at the Master of the High Court’s office.

The Tsvangirai family members have instructed prominent Harare lawyer Mr Jonathan Samukange of Venturas & Samukange Legal Practitioners to request for a meeting with all the interested parties before the Master to discuss the matter.

Mr Samkange has since written to the Master registering the family’s complaints.

He has also asked the Master to invite all the interested parties for a roundtable meeting.

“We have instructions to challenge Elizabeth Macheka as the deceased’s surviving spouse and the inventory that she lodged with yourselves. The inventory left out several properties and it is our firm belief that this was done fraudulently”.

The family members contend that Ms Macheka deliberately under-declared the properties left behind by the late politician.

Ms Macheka rushed to register the estate of the late politician indicating that she was the only surviving spouse.

She went on to declare only one house in Strathaven, Harare, as the only immovable property that the late politician owned.

She listed six vehicles, a herd of 45 cattle in Kwekwe and others in Buhera as the only property forming the estate.

The vehicles were listed as follows:

Mercedes Benz S350         (ABI 6365)
Mercedes Benz GL        (ADV 9705)
Toyota Prado             (ADQ 1536)
Isuzu KB300            (ACG 6324)
Isuzu KB250            (ACB 8661)
Isuzu KB250            (ACB 8559)

Mr Samukange, in a letter dated March 8 2018, informed the Master of High Court that the following immovable properties were fraudulently left out by Ms Macheka:

Highlands house
Borrowdale house
Philadelphia house
Number 16 Kent Road house
A farm in Mazowe

The following vehicles, according to the relatives, were also left out on the inventory: three Mercedes Benz vehicles, a Range Rover, Nissan Navara, three Toyota Prado vehicles, a Toyota Vitz, a Toyota Hilux, five Isuzu trucks, a BMW X5 (at Gwanda Police Station) and a Toyota Land Cruiser (at CMED).

The Master of High Court is yet to respond to the request.

Meanwhile, Ms Macheka has also requested for an edict meeting to appoint an executor dative to the estate it has since been set for March 27 this year.

Nine children—one minor and eight majors—were also listed as the children of the late Tsvangirai.

The names are; Edwin, Vimbai, Millicent, Miriro, Ethen, Garikai, Rumbidzai, Vincent and Richard.

Tsvangirai died on February 14 in South Africa after battling cancer of the colon at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre.

He was accorded a State assisted funeral and he was buried at his rural home at Humanikwa Village in Buhera.

Apparently, Ms Macheka has been accused of kicking out children of the late MDC-T leader from the majestic Highlands mansion anticipating that the Government will honour its promise and grant the property to her as the surviving spouse.

President Mnangagwa is on record undertaking to fulfil all the promises that the Government made on the late Mr Tsvangirai, including transfer of ownership of the State mansion into his name.

The mansion was the matrimonial home for the late politician and his widow.

Morgan Tsvangirai Death : Remembering Zimbabwe’s Legend Amongst Men One Month On

Morgan Tsvangirai, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought Robert Mugabe’s regime for many years, died on Wednesday  14 February after battling against cancer and today marks exactly one month since he left .

His death at the age of 65 threw uncertainty over his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party less than three months after the army ousted 93-year-old foe from the presidency.

Mr Tsvangirai, who founded the MDC in 1999, was among the most prominent critics of Mugabe, the long-time authoritarian leader who was ousted from power in November.

Elections are due within the next six months and Tsvangirai’s illness and now death left his party in disarray, to the advantage of the ruling ZANU-PF party, now led by former Mugabe deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“It is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy,” Elias Mudzuri, one of the vice-presidents of the MDC, said on Twitter.


Mr Mugabe’s government detained him on numerous occasions over his vocal criticism of the regime.

Security forces swooped on Mr Tsvangirai in 1989 after he bluntly warned about the rising tide of political repression in the country.

Mr Tsvangirai also claimed to have been the target of four assassination attempts – including one in 1997 in which he said attackers attempted to throw him out of his office window.

Mr Tsvangirai took his furtive first steps on the country’s complex and sometimes violent political scene as a trade union activist in the 1980s.

He went on to form a unity government with Mugabe after disputed elections in 2008 in which he beat the veteran autocrat – now 93 years old – in the first round of the vote.

But violence against Mr Tsvangirai’s supporters, which he claimed cost 200 lives, prompted him to pull out of the run-off.

Only outside mediation helped put the lid back on Zimbabwe’s fractious politics and usher in a period of power sharing and relative calm.

But Tsvangirai was quickly relegated to junior partner in the coalition and excluded from all major economic and foreign policy decisions, as well as from any debate over the role of the security services.

He faced off against Mugabe three times at the ballot box and had been expected to oppose him once again in presidential elections set for 2018.

A non-smoker from Zimbabwe’s majority Shona community, Mr Tsvangirai had widely been seen as the best hope for reviving Zimbabwe’s divided politics and moribund economy and was a forceful anti-corruption advocate.

Mr Tsvangirai was recognised on several occasions for his commitment to political change, and was widely thought to have been shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In 2009, just three weeks after becoming prime minister in Zimbabwe’s first post-independence power-sharing government, his wife Susan was killed in a car crash that also left him injured.

But some commentators suggested that it was his crushing defeat in fraud-riddled elections in 2013 that he was never able to recover from.

And in 2016 he announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy to treat colon cancer.

Mr Tsvangirai and Mnangagwa enjoyed a cordial relationship with the opposition veteran attending the new president’s inauguration.

Mr Tsvangirai is survived by his second wife Elizabeth Macheka.

Robert Mugabe’s Notorious Son Chatunga Parks Car In Disabled Bay

Former Zimbabwe President  Robert Mugabe’s notorious son Chatunga who was in 2012  expelled from a top private school for gross indiscipline is at it again.

Bellarmine Chatunga was kicked out of  St George’s College after a history of run-ins with authorities and a week-long suspension for bad behaviour last year but this time, he is seen parking his car on a disabled bay in South Africa.

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Chivayo $5m Fraud Drags Four Former Ministers Including Elton Mangoma Into The Mud

Wicknell Chivayo, the managing director of Intratek, a company that was awarded the tender to build a $200 million solar power project in Gwanda and was advanced more than $5 million is likely to drag four former cabinet ministers down with him.

The Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Energy was told yesterday that former Energy Ministers Elton Mangoma, Samuel Undenge and Dzikamai Mavhaire , and former deputy Energy Minister Munacho Mutezo, all played different roles in awarding the tender to Chivayo.

Chivayo was paid an advance of $5.6 million by the Zimbabwe Power Company yet he did not have a bank guarantee for the project and is also an ex-convict.

According to Newsday a ZPC board member Thandiwe Mlobane told the committee that Mangoma, Undenge, Mavhaire and Mutezo issued ministerial directives to suspended ZPC managing director, Noah Gwariro, to award the tender to Chivayo and to pay him $5.6 million without a bank guarantee.

“Gwariro was involved in a very serious accident, which left him unable to move or speak, but we knew there was political pressure on Gwariro to pay Chivayo the $5.6 million without the bank guarantee, but we wanted to hear it from Gwariro and it was until December (2017), when he got better when we pointed out to him that the Labour Act would have protected him from listening to political pressure from the ministers,” she said.

“Even for Intratek to be awarded the contract in 2013, it was political and even the deputy Energy minister Mutezo gave a go-ahead that he must be awarded.

“Mangoma gave a go-ahead for the feasibility study and Intratek even sought the assistance of Mutezo, and Mavhaire awarded the contract, while the pressure for the money to be paid without a bank guarantee came from Undenge,” she said.-Insider

‘Pastor Nelson Chamisa Gets Third Anointment From Njelele Shrine Spirit Mediums’

MDC president, Welshman Ncube, has bizarrely claimed that MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa’s appointment had been endorsed by spirit mediums at Njelele shrine as evidenced by the rains that poured during his campaign rally in Plumtree on Sunday.


Addressing opposition supporters at the rally, Ncube, who doubles as MDC Alliance spokesperson, dismissed reports that a special congress being pushed for by MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe could reverse Chamisa’s appointment.

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“We hear newspapers reporting about Chamisa, that he grabbed power. There are three things that you must know.

When (late MDC-T leader, Morgan)Tsvangirai gave me advice on January 6 before he went to South Africa, he called me to his house and said ‘I want this young man (Chamisa) to stand in my place’,” he said.

“I told him that he must call Chamisa and tell him when he is there so that he hears what he (Tsvangirai) was saying. This I tell you so that you know that this young man was anointed by Tsvangirai before he died.”

Ncube said the MDC-T national council also acted within the confines of the party’s constitution in appointing Chamisa as party president following Tsvangirai’s death last month.

“This was the second anointing. For the third time we met as alliance principals of all seven political parties and we agreed that Chamisa will be the one to give President (Emmerson) Mnangagwa problems in this year’s election. You, who do not get satisfied by this, what do you want? Here, the King of Matabeleland South, who oversees the Njelele shrine, has brought rains today. We know that when rains come in such circumstances, God has agreed that he is a leader,” Ncube said to the crowd’s delight.

In his campaign speech, Chamisa, who amused and excited the supporters through quite a lengthy Ndebele address, said the aim of the alliance would be to address the problems of marginalisation and suppression of people in the region.

The rally was attended by alliance members, who include People’s Democratic Party leader, Tendai Biti and Jacob Ngarivhume of Transform Zimbabwe.

The Alliance team will be in the Midlands next weekend. – NewsDay

UK: Bath Student Fights Deportation to Native Zimbabwe

UNITED Kingdom: A 19-year-old student from Bath faces deportation to Zimbabwe despite living in the city for the past seven years.

  • 2500 Zimbabweans In UK to Be Deported

Mudiwa Madzima has set up a fundraising campaign to cover her legal costs so she can fight the decision – saying she has no family in Zimbabwe and would fear for her safety there.

Madzima moved to Bath from Zimbabwe with her mother when she was 12-years-old.

She joined Hayesfield Girls School in Oldfield Park and was recently given a place to study politics with international relations at the University of Nottingham.

But after applying for her student loan, her application was rejected and she was told by the authorities that she didn’t have enough time left on her visa.

In January, she was told she would be deported to Zimbabwe, despite having no family connections there.

Madzima, along with her mother and with help from a local solicitor, has now launched a fundraising campaign so she can fight the decision.

“I’m really scared,” she said. “England is my home, where my family and friends are and the only country with which I have a connection.

“I was born in Zimbabwe, but my only family live in England.

“I need urgent help because time is running out before I will be forced to leave the only place I know.

“Zimbabwe is a deeply hostile environment for anyone to face, due to political and economic chaos, much more so to a 19-year-old girl with no connections.

“In England I look forward to pursing my passions by continuing to contribute to society.

“In Zimbabwe there will be no way to fund my higher education and I will face a 90 per cent unemployment rate.”

Madzima’s mother, who works as a nurse in Bath, married an English man and has two young children with him. This means her family all have UK citizenship and her mother is unable to move back to Zimbabwe.


Amanda Noyce, a solicitor for Royds Withy King in Bath, has helped Madzima and her mother set up the campaign and put her in touch with immigration lawyers in London.

Noyce’s daughter is friends with Madzima and the solicitor said she could not sit back and watch it happen.

“Zimbabwe has 90 per cent unemployment and 100 girls a day are raped in the country according to various reports available on the internet,” she said.

“Mudiwa would be in a very frightening situation.

“This is to raise a fund to help with legal fees and if, heaven forbid, she is deported, she will need some money to cope when she arrives at the airport with nowhere to go.”

Madzima has raised £2,000 so far, which has been spent on lodging and appeal. If the appeal goes ahead, she would need around £5,000 more.

Noyce added: “The solicitor and barrister concerned are doing this for a minimal fee as it is.

“They are really committed humanitarian lawyers. The case is very urgent.”

Noyce fears that if Madzima is sent back to Zimbabwe, she will have a bleak future and might never see her family again.

Bath MP Wera Hobhouse has also said she will help where she can and will liaise with the solicitor to see what she can do, but Madzima needs to raise enough money to cover the legal costs.

Hobhouse told the Chronicle: “I have the deepest sympathy for Mudiwa and her family, who approached my office last week for help.

“I am waiting to talk to their solicitor on Monday.

“I want to be on exactly the same page as her counsel before taking the next steps to help her, so the legal process is not compromised.”

If you want to help Madzima, her GoFundMe page can be found here.

General Chiwenga Bans Wife From Social Media

Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s wife, Marry has made a stunning revelation that her hubby banned her from social media.

When asked during an interview with Daily News whether she uses social media she said ” I don’t go on social media, I’m not on Facebook, I used to be on Instagram my husband told me to close it and I did. I’m not on Twitter, I’m not on anything, my husband said to me “If you want to be happy, stay away from searching yourself on the Internet, don’t go on social media you will live a happy life.” So I am living a happy life with none of those things”


General Chiwenga Fell and Badly Hurt His Hand After Missing a Step At Party HQ

HARARE – Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was rushed to hospital after suffering a dramatic fall at the Zanu PF headquarters — forcing him to cancel his politburo attendance, last week.

The 61-year-old tripped and fell and badly hurt his hand just after arriving for yesterday’s conclave, whose agenda included election preparations, mobilisation of voters, party regalia and the threat of defections ahead of the crucial mid-year general election.

The former commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces reportedly missed a step and slipped, before injuring his hand.

He sustained a mild sprain that could limit his function for a few days.

Chiwenga was mobbed by concerned staffers and colleagues at the Zanu PF headquarters foyer, who commiserated with him as he was being rushed to hospital.

He was whisked away in his Range Rover, escorted by the police.

“We were all worried when he slipped and hurt his hand but, as you saw, he is a fighter. He just had to be excused earlier to get his hand looked at,” said a staffer at the ruling party offices.

The politburo continued with its deliberations without Chiwenga who, along with Vice President Kembo Mohadi, flank party leader and President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the top table.

Chiwenga is not the first high-profile official to fall in public under varying circumstances.

Former president Robert Mugabe became the butt of jokes and mimicry in February 2015 when he missed a step and tumbled off the podium at the then Harare International Airport moments after arriving from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The incident caused a witch-hunt within Mugabe’s inner circle, resulting in the removal of some of his close aides from the security team.

In May 2014, former police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri collapsed at a parade at Morris Depot soon after Mugabe had addressed graduates.

He was quickly wheeled off on a stretcher.

He later attributed his blackout to working long hours and a mix-up in the shoes he wore for the occasion.

“I have been working overnight for quite some time. The situation has been exacerbated or worsened by the fact that there was a mix-up of my shoes. The right shoe was mixed up with the left one. The right shoe is a bit small and it is an old shoe so my toes were burning because of the tightness of the shoe and there was no circulation (of blood) in that leg that caused me to be dizzy and then fell down.

“I had this small blackout because of what I have explained, lack of circulation but checked the blood pressure is ok you can ask Dr Mombeshora, he also checked the sugar levels, they are fine and that coupled with the heat and the type of clothing and what I also had inside because in the morning it was a bit chilly, so I had put on some T-shirt as you can see so that caused that (collapse),” he said.-Dailynews