The NetOne board has terminated the contracts of all the managers who were part of the alleged corporate malfeasance at the parastatal, which saw the Government-owned mobile operator losing millions of dollars through illicit dealings by management particularly in procurement. Price Waterhouse Coopers conducted a forensic audit at the instigation of the Auditor-General’s Office early this year and found a number of irregularities.

NetOne board chairperson, Mr Alex Marufu confirmed the termination of contracts for all the managers who were on forced leave since March this year. He said the terminations were done in the last two weeks.

The top executives who were on forced leave are chief executive officer Mr Reward Kangai, Mrs Memory Mandiya Ndoro (executive public relations and special projects), Mr Prosper Muvengwa (executive retail and sales), Mr Lindon Nkomo (legal executive) and Mr Rafael Mushanawani (chief information officer).

“They were all (contracts of employment) terminated with two weeks’ notice in line with the law,” said Mr Marufu. “Despite the findings (of the audit) against them, the board chose not to go the route of protracted hearings and possible court proceedings.

“A few are challenging the decision but the majority have accepted their fate and the company is in the process of paying them off. I cannot reveal the names at this moment in time.” It is understood that Mr Kangai is one of the employees challenging their expulsion. Mr Marufu said the board was yet to come up with a decision on a number of long overdue debts by management.

One of the controversial issues at the parastatal is that management, led by Mr Kangai owned Firstel Cellular in their individual capacities but do not want to pay the $11 million that they owe the mobile operator.

NetOne and Firstel Cellular entered a service provider agreement in which Firstel was mandated to find clients for NetOne contract lines and then remit the money collected from the subscribers to the service provider, less its commission.

However, the company did not remit the proceeds resulting in NetOne approaching the courts with the High Court and Supreme Court ruling that Firstel was supposed to pay the mobile operator the debt of about $8,3 million in January last year. But the debt has since ballooned to about $11 million.
Some of the irregularities found by the auditors include breach of standing company procedures by management, breach of sound corporate governance principles by management, conflict of interest in some of the transactions between the company and employees; and the failure of duty of care and prudence in company expenditure by management in acquisition and or service provision agreement.
The other findings were failure by management to adopt, follow or comply with best practice guides in terms of the National Code on Corporate Governance and Corporate Governance Framework for State Enterprises and Parastatals. herald


TWO top police officers, who did not succeed in the preliminary judgment writing exercise, lost the opportunity to be appointed High Court judges after they failed to attend public interviews in Harare yesterday. Commissioner Solomon Mubatapasango and Senior Assistant Commissioner Benjamin Mhiripiri, who are lawyers for the Zimbabwe Republic Police, did not turn up for the interviews together with three other candidates despite being on the list of interviewees for the day.

Ms Sethulwe Ncube, Mrs Olivia Zvedi and Ms Benhilda Manyowa also did not attend the interviews yesterday. The five’s absence left the total number of candidates who have chickened out so far at 11.

The withdrawal or non-attendance of the 11 followed the announcement of their pre-interview test on judgment writing. According to Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, only 14 out of 43 candidates passed the judgment writing test.

The head of the Judiciary, in his speech opening the five-day public interviews exercise on Monday, indicated that judgment writing was the core of the judgeship and that it was not an easy task for the Commission to recommend to President Mugabe someone who had proved that he or she cannot write a judgment.

Chief Justice Chidyausiku gave those who flunked an opportunity to decide whether or not to proceed to the public interviews with such bad results. Yesterday 10 candidates were lined up to be interviewed, but only five attended.

The first interviewee for the day was University of Zimbabwe Law lecturer and Women and Law Southern Africa (WLSA) director Ms Slyvia Chirawu. Ms Chirawu eloquently responded to the questions put to her to the public’s applause.

Those sitting in the public gallery, for the first time, had to clap hands after Ms Chirawu had impressively articulated issues during the interview session. She was followed by Advocate Choice Damiso who was composed and responded to questions put to her without any hiccup. Adv Damiso once worked for the Parliament of Zimbabwe and is currently with the United Nations.

Mr Samuel Deme from the Attorney-General’s Office, who is visually impaired, stole the attention of many as he explained how he would overcome the challenge of not being able to see and assess the demeanour of witnesses as they testify before him.

“Observing witnesses as they give evidence is important but I can design best ways of evaluating such conduct. “After all, observing the witness’s demeanour constitute a small percentage in assessing the outcome of the case. What the witness says is the most important,” he said.

Asked how he will record the evidence of the witnesses in court, Mr Deme said: “I will use my specialised computer to write down questions and answers during the proceedings.” Mrs Noriah Shumba and Ms Sheila Nyagumbo also appeared before the eight member panel despite having failed the preliminary test.

They argued that they could write better judgments given a second chance and that the Commission must not judge them on the poor performance in the pre-interview test alone. herald


SUSPENDED Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Commissioner-General Gershem Pasi has been ordered to surrender official vehicles and any other Zimra assets in his possession ahead of a disciplinary hearing set for next Tuesday. Comm-Gen Pasi is expected to answer to at least 40 counts of misconduct including vehicle importation scams and other charges dating back to 2009.

The charges include signing a $14 million contract with a company called AVIC International for the supply of uniforms and tollgate equipment without following tender procedures. He also stands accused of failure to investgate the alleged fraudulent importation of vehicles by Zimra executives, authorising his daughter to use the authority’s vehicle and approving salary increments without the board’s blessings.
Comm-Gen Pasi will also answer to the allegations of allocating himself excessive vehicle allowances to an extent of getting $374 451 between 2014 and May 2016. He is also accused of allocating himself excessive holiday allowances and drew $205 000 from the authority between 2014 and May 2016.
Comm-Gen Pasi is alleged to have received unexplained salaries to the tune of $121 926 in a year. Zimra in March this year sent Comm-Gen Pasi and five other managers on forced leave over an alleged vehicle importation scam.
On Friday Comm-Gen Pasi was officially suspended from duty without pay. He was summoned to appear for a disciplinary hearing set for November 1, in terms of the Zimra code of conduct.
Comm-Gen Pasi, who is represented by Mr Tazorora Musarurwa and Mr Alex Mambosasa of Mambosasa Legal Practitioners, filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court seeking to block the November 1 hearing. He also seeks to have the suspension nullified.
In the application, Zimra and its chairperson Mrs Willia Bonyongwe were listed as respondents. Comm-Gen Pasi’s lawyers argued that the suspension was illegal and must be nullified. “The purported suspension was an illegality, as according to first respondent (Mrs Bonyongwe), it was in terms of the Zimra code of conduct.
“This is contrary to the clear provisions of the applicant’s contract of service signed between applicant and first respondent, which provide that all matters to do with grievances and disciplinary proceedings are to be governed by Statutory Instrument 15 of 2006,” reads part of the certificate of urgency.
It is also being argued that the planned disciplinary hearing was an illegality because it was being conducted in terms of the ZIMRA code of conduct instead of SI 15 of 2006. The forensic audit relied upon by ZIMRA in charging Mr Pasi, he argued, was done in violation of the regulations governing the authority.
“The basis of suspension was also an illegality as it was premised on a forensic audit which is not provided for in any of the statutes that regulate the second respondent and which was instituted by the first respondent.
The only official endowed with the power to institute any form of audit into the affairs of the second respondent is the Minister of Finance and Economic Development,” reads the certificate.
On the merits of the case, Comm-Gen Pasi indicated that he was denying all the allegations levelled against him. “I must mention that at any rate, all the allegations levelled against me are frivolous and vexatious with no basis whatsoever in fact, law or evidence.
“I categorically deny all the allegations and I am more than ready to defend myself in a proper forum of law. The entire allegations are baseless as they arise out of either non-existent facts or concocted allegations that are diametrically opposed to the incontrovertible evidence that proves the falsity of the allegations.”
Comm-Gen Pasi said his absence from duty through forced leave or suspension was negatively impacting on the nation at large.
“The unlawful suspension and the events preceding the suspension have led to a significant failure to meet national revenue collection targets. As it stands, the financial state of the nation is in a mess as the second respondent is unable to properly execute its mandate due to the fact that there is no leader,”
Meanwhile, Zimra is also investigating three senior officials — Mr Robert Mangwiro, Mr Shadreck Dimingo and Mrs Truenia Dimingo — who were suspended this week after being implicated for misconduct in a recent audit report. Zimra spokesperson Ms Florence Jambwa confirmed the suspension of the trio but refused to shed more light. herald


FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru has lashed out at her successor, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, describing him as a male chauvinist and unelectable because of his alleged role in the Gukurahundi massacres.

Mujuru – who now heads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) following her expulsion from the ruling party last year on allegations of plotting to dethrone President Robert Mugabe – made the remarks in an interview with The Africa Report during her European tour early this month to drum up Diaspora support for her party.

The former Vice-President insinuated the two had clashed over who was more senior in the party prior to independence and this could have poisoned their relations after 1980.

“I’m sure his problem is male ego. When he came to join this struggle in 1978, I was already a member of the (Zanu) central committee and national executive. But he wants to bring in what he was in the 1960s, which never had an impact, because he was arrested before he could do anything and jailed by Ian Smith,” she said.

“And his parents came and demanded (his release because) he was underage and he was Zambian.”

Mujuru further intimated Mnangagwa was a war deserter and could not lead the country.

“He went to Zambia, he went into hiding and carried on with his education. Some of our commanders approached him when he was at the University of Zambia … and he refused,” she said.

“But he is unelectable simply because during Gukurahundi (1980s mass killings in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces), he was the right-hand man of Mugabe in this Fifth Brigade, which was not part of the army.”

An estimated 20 000 civilians were killed during Gukurahundi after the Zanu PF government deployed the Fifth Brigade in rural Matabeleland and Midlands to hunt down suspected PF-Zapu dissidents.

Mnangagwa, then State Security minister, was allegedly deeply involved in plotting the massacres.

The VP, who until recently was touted as Mugabe’s heir apparent, now faces fierce resistance from Zanu PF’s G40 faction, which is reportedly backing First Lady Grace Mugabe to succeed her 92-year-old husband.

Although Mnangagwa and Grace have publicly denied harbouring presidential ambitions, their supporters insist that the two remain the ruling party’s front runners for the post.

Mujuru — whose party is currently involved in coalition talks with other opposition parties with the aim of fielding one presidential candidate to challenge Mugabe in the 2018 elections — indicated she was prepared to work with MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, barring the existing mistrust issues between the two parties.

“As People First, we respect Tsvangirai. He helped us because our fear and our respect (for Mugabe) really damaged us,” she said.

“We could not be bold the way. Tsvangirai was, I respect him for that. We know the strengths and weaknesses of each party. Tsvangirai’s strength resonates with you outsiders, not with Zimbabweans … but with (our strength), they have now seen that it’s Zimbabwean. The war veterans understand what was missing in Tsvangirai’s outfit … (we are) now mapping out which areas and what we can start working on together.

“So the confidence is there, but we are now saying let’s move on and give each other trust, and this trust has to be built slowly, but surely.”

The two politicians, however, appear headed for a confrontation, as their parties are divided over which candidate to back.

Although Mujuru brings liberation fighter and street credibility to the opposition, her three decades of service to the ruling party under Mugabe make her suspect in the eyes of many opposition activists, The Africa Report said.

MDC-T supporters strongly believe Tsvangirai is the suitable candidate to lead the coalition, despite his lack of liberation war credentials and losing to Mugabe in three successive elections.

On the other hand, Mujuru supporters are of the view that she has the pedigree to woo the Zanu PF electorate to her side and challenge Mugabe in the election ring.

In the interview, Mujuru denied that her Zanu PF background would dent her candidature, insisting that she always opposed Mugabe’s use of violence to win elections.

“Beating and killing – that’s not right. And I’ve been complaining about that – even when I was in Zanu PF,” she said. “Being a freedom fighter, we treasured good relationships with the masses, the very same masses that we fought for. You need to educate them so that they understand your principles. And discuss differences. I am different from Zanu PF because I tolerate,” she said. newsday



LOCAL Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday said he welcomed any scrutiny of the Zimunya-Marange Community Share Ownership Trust (CSOT) and was ready to answer any queries.

A damning report presented in the National Assembly on Tuesday by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, accused the Zanu PF political commissar of deceiving President Robert Mugabe that $50 million had been pledged for the Zimunya-Marange CSOT.

The report by the committee, led by Kasukuwere’a long-time nemesis, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, also recommended that the former Indigenisation minister be investigated for possible criminal abuse of office.

The committee alleges Kasukuwere misled Mugabe, who presented a dummy $1,5m cheque to the Zimunya-Marange CSOT, putting his name into disrepute.

But Kasukuwere yesterday tweeted: “Marange: Past, present and future conduct scrutiny welcome. $1,5 million, I will answer.”

Asked to clarify his tweet and whether his statement implied that he was ready to defend himself, he said: “Yes, I have to dispel the malice.”

Kasukuwere is believed to be a key member of the G40 faction that is battling a rival group linked to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa dubbed Team Lacoste.

He and Wadyajena, believed to be in Mnangagwa’s faction, have faced off on various occasions over the Zimunya-Marange CSOT, and observers are clear that the antagonism is factional.

But Centre for Research and Development director, Farai Maguwu said as along as the committee’s report did not state how the military and other senior Zanu PF officials looted diamond revenue, then it was “nonsense”.

“As Zimbabweans, we risk being dragged into the internal Zanu PF factional fights and lose focus of making sure that this government accounts for the missing diamond money. Targeting an individual like Kasukuwere is misleading the people of Zimbabwe,” he said.

“We need to know the involvement of the military in the Marange mining fields. It is unfortunate that we, as Zimbabweans, are falling into the Zanu PF factional trap and abetting them to carry on their own contradictions and internal squabbles.”

Maguwu said the current so-called anti-corruption fight was not genuine.

“We want an independent commission to look into the Marange scandal and not this faction-driven so-called probe. We are more worried about the people that looted our money and not their factional fights being disguised as an anti-corruption probe,” he said.

Recently, Wadyajena set his sights on Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, another G40 member, targeting him for grilling in Parliament over the alleged abuse of over $400 000 belonging to the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund.

Yesterday, expelled Zanu PF youth leader, Godfrey Tsenengamu said he was now looking forward to a by-election in Mt Darwin, as he believed the Local Government minister deserved sacking over the CSOT scandal. newsday


A BULAWAYO woman has taken the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) to court over her late husband’s outstanding salaries and terminal benefits amounting to about $25 000.
Mrs Ethel Lukama whose husband, the late Sakuwa, was a senior engineman, has filed summons at the Bulawayo High Court demanding $25 587, 21 in parked salary, terminal benefits and outstanding salaries from NRZ.

In papers before the court, she cited NRZ as the defendant. Mrs Lukama, through her lawyers Mesdames, Vundhla-Phulu and Partners said NRZ has despite acknowledging the debt continuously failed or neglected to pay.

She said NRZ only paid her $3 000 and remained with $25 587,21. “The defendant owed my husband outstanding salaries, terminal benefits and parked salary and there is memorandum to confirm that.
“NZR has paid $3 000 towards the outstanding amount,” said Mrs Lukama. She wants an order directing NRZ to pay the money and the legal costs.

“Wherefore plaintiff claim against the defendant is for an order for the payment of $25 587,21 being the balance for outstanding salaries, terminal benefits and parked salary,” said Mrs Lukama.

NRZ has not yet filed opposing papers. The struggling parastatal which is teetering on the brink of collapse has failed to pay its workers for several months.

The workers, who are owed thousands of dollars in unpaid transport allowances, in May staged nationwide protests aimed at forcing management to pay them their outstanding salaries.

The disgruntled workers across the country recently downed tools, bringing to a halt operations, including the transportation of imported wheat and drought relief maize.
NRZ is struggling to attract investment from the private sector, a situation which has seen it failing to stem its ballooning salary debt.

The parastatal’s salary arrears continue to increase as the organisation’s fortunes continue to take a knock due to a subdued market. Chronicle


Four men, including jailed Zimbabwe People’s Front president Owen Kuchata, suspected of plotting to bomb the First Family’s dairy farm in Mazowe yesterday refused further remand following the State’s failure to indict them for trial at the High Court. Kuchata is serving nine years for banditry and money laundering.In their application for refusal of further remand the quartet said State was trampling on their constitutional right to a fair and public trial.

“Section 69 of the Constitution guarantees a right to a fair trial within a reasonable time,” said lawyer Mrs Gamuchira Dzitiro. “The administrative conduct of State should be prompt and efficient. On August 18 State undertook to indict the accused during the third term of the High Court.

“Now they are indicating that the accused will be indicted next year during the first term of the High Court. “Clearly, State has failed to indict the accused. We apply that the court remove them on remand and State will proceed when they are ready.”
Prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa said he would respond to the application tomorrow. Harare magistrate Ms Bianca Makwande will make a ruling on October 31.
Kuchata is jointly charged with Borman Ngwenya, a soldier attached to military intelligence; Ngwenya Solomon Makumbe (29), also a Zimbabwe National Army corporal; and Silas Pfupa (37) an ex-soldier. They are facing treason charges. Makumbe and Pfupa are represented by Mrs Dzitiro while Ngwenya is represented by Mr Exactly Mangezi.

Kuchata is a self actor. The quartet allegedly established a militia training base in Mapinga, Mashonaland West province, where they planned to commit terror acts, sabotage and banditry.

Mr Mutizirwa alleged that on January 1, this year, they allegedly proceeded to President Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba where they carried out reconnaissance identifying suitable vulnerable points to sabotage.

It is alleged the four held several meetings at Queen’s Hotel in Harare mapping strategies on how they would strike. Acting on a tip-off, the police proceeded to the farm and laid an ambush about 100 metres from the quartet’s target.

At around 10pm, the detectives saw the men approaching the processing plant and immediately arrested them. herald


SCUFFLE erupted yesterday in the National Assembly between MDC-T legislators and the Zimbabwe Republic Police after law enforcement agents moved into the chamber to enforce a directive by Deputy Speaker Cde Mabel Chinomona to eject a legislator who was not properly dressed.

MDC-T MPs ganged up to resist a directive by Cde Chinomona to have Budiriro MP Mr Costa Machingauta leave the chamber to go and  dress properly after he came into the august House donning a jacket made of national flag colours.

This was after Zvishavane-Ngezi MP Mr John Holder (Zanu-PF) rose on a point of order saying Mr Machingauta’s dressing was not consistent with parliamentary decorum.
Cde Chinomona directed Mr Machingauta to leave and return when he was properly dressed.

Mr Machingauta initially responded by protesting that last week Cde Chinomana had allowed Bindura South MP Cde Remigious Matangira (Zanu-PF) in the chamber while donning a safari suit.

Other MDC-T MPs joined to resist the directive resulting in the Sergeant At Arms, Mr Nicholas Marufu, moving in to eject Mr Machingauta who was resisting.

Mr Marufu then called ZRP officers who came numbering 10, setting the stage for a full fledged scuffle and commotion in full view of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other Cabinet Ministers.

MDC-MPs, who included Trevor Saruwaka (Mutasa South), Alexio Musundire (Zengeza East), Godfrey Sithole (Chitungwiza North), Prince Sibanda (Binga North), Prosper Mutseyami (Musikavanhu), among others created a shield around Mr Machingauta who had by then lay on the seat as part of a way to resist being pushed out of the chamber.
ZRP officers struggled to break the barrier as they were subdued, resulting in more details joining in, thereby creating chaotic scenes characterised by pushing and shoving resulting in damage to some microphone electrical gadgets in the process.

The commotion, reminiscent of a wrestling match, degenerated into a free for all as more MDC-T MPs joined to protect Mr Machingauta, by either creating a shield around him or pushing and shoving police details in scenes that lasted about 20 minutes.

As police called for reinforcements, they eventually broke the barrier and dragged Mr Machingauta out of the chamber.

After the ejection, Cde Chinomona said in terms of the rules, it was an offence where a legislator could be suspended for disrupting the business of the House.

The commotion ate into Question time that was supposed to commence at 3.15pm as it lasted about one-and-a-half hours.

Legislators from across the divide then traded accusations, with Zvimba East MP Cde Francis Mukwangwariwa (Zanu-PF) alleging that two police officers had been assaulted by Binga North MP Mr Sibanda and Binga South MP Mr Gabbuza Joel Gabbuza.
MDC-T Proportional Representation MP Mrs Susan Matsunga alleged that some police officers had fondled her breasts.

“I’m not a whore but some police officer fondled my breasts,” said Mrs Matsunga, amid sobbing, drawing the attention of legislators.

Bulawayo Metropolitan MP Ms Lwazi Sibanda (MDC-T) complained that her clothes had been torn.

Cde Chinomona said Parliament leadership would study video evidence to establish what transpired and take corrective action.

Kuwadzana East MP Mr Nelson Chamisa said there was no legal provision that warranted the use of police to enforce a directive. “MPs are supposed to be respected and the issue of dressing cannot be cured by summoning police officers. Until we get an explanation, we’re unlikely to co-operate with the chair. Why were police officers brought here violently and yet we know that there are criminals out there including ministers?

We will not allow you to make a ruling that ousts the rules,” said Mr Chamisa.
The MDC-T MPs eventually left the chamber en masse, leaving Zanu-PF legislators to conduct Question Time.


UK-based Zimbabwean and former sports journalist Clemence Marijeni (43) and his 10 accomplices have been jailed a total of 52 years and six months after they were found guilty of facilitating and participating in sham marriages between European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and non-EEA nationals in that country.UK Press reports say the 11 people were involved in one of the biggest sham marriage rings to be uncovered in the West Midlands. The media reports say, on September 7, 2013, a marriage was disrupted in Stoke between two individuals who later admitted that it was a sham.

A police investigation identified Olatunji George (41), Clemence Marijeni (43), and Donald Nwachukwu (42), as the key facilitators of the sham marriage. They would create packs for individuals that contained forged passports, wage slips and bills. They would then charge between £2 500 and £3 500 for each pack.

The trio would then submit residence card applications to the Home Office based on “paper” relationships and marriages. Following three trials, the 11 including Marijeni were found guilty and last Friday were sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

The three men, regarded as the driving forces behind the racket that involved at least 45 fake relationships, received the longest sentences. Nwachukwu, senior pastor at the Kingdom of Godfire Church in Bilston, was jailed for eight years.

He used his position to identify West Africans who were in the UK illegally who paid up to £6 500 for permission to stay on the bogus grounds of being married to, or in a long-term relationship with, a person from the European Union living and working in the UK.
About £153 000 worth of credits passed through bank accounts run by the pastor under a false name before he was arrested at his home in Titford Road, Oldbury. Marijeni, from Weston Road, Bilston, was the master forger who created the fake documents to support the spurious applications for EEA residents’ cards that allowed the holder to stay in the UK and claim benefits.

He was jailed for 10 years. The graphics expert created fake histories for the West Africans and their supposed long-term lovers – mainly Czech or Slovakian -and promised up to £1 800 each to take part in the scm which ran from January 2012 to March last year.

False utility bills, rent books, payslips and employment records backed the bogus claim of a legitimate marriage or lasting relationship. Some included pictures of the pair – who were complete strangers – side by side in bed, fully clothed or shopping together.

Olatunji George (44) – a law student who had completed a module on immigration law – administered the operation and also got 10 years behind bars. He claimed to be paid up to £1 000 a time to prepare packages of the correct documents and fill in the necessary paperwork for the bogus resident’s card applications.

Jozef Puzo (28) of St Paul’s Road, Smethwick, was jailed for five years. He provided the final piece of the jigsaw by earning up to £750-a-time finding women and men from the Czech and Slovakian communities prepared to take part in the scam.

Both he and George are now on the run after fleeing during their trial but were convicted and sentenced in their absence. Aishatu Ibrahim (25) from Oxford has also gone missing but was given three and a half years and another defendant – Idris Agia, 31, of Hodnet Grove, Highgate – was arrested moments before flying out of the country to Nigeria just a few days ago.

He was jailed for three and a half years. The other five defendants were each jailed for between two and three and a half years. All defendants were found guilty of immigration offences.


More than 3 000 families were left homeless yesterday after their houses built on land belonging to BAK Storage Company along Harare-Masvingo Road were razed to the ground by the Sheriff following a High Court order to evict the illegal occupiers.

 The houses were built on 70 hectares of land belonging to the storage company.Heart rending scenes were the order of the day as hapless residents watched their houses being pulled down to the ground. Those that delayed removing their property were counting their loses yesterday afternoon as bulldozers knocked down the structures along with their contents.

 Some of the residents were seen hastily removing some valuables such as doors, door frames and roofing sheets before the bulldozers flattened the structures.
Household property such as beds, blankets, stoves and wardrobes was strewn all over as watchful policemen monitored the Sheriff on duty.

According to the court order TSL Limited and HGP Vostermans (Pvt) Limited were cited as the first and second plaintiffs while Tirivepano Housing Cooperative, Nyashadzamwari Housing Cooperative, Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Commissioner-General of Police were cited as the first, second, third, fourth and fifth respondents.

“The Sheriff for Zimbabwe, his deputy or his duly authorised agent with the assistance of the police if necessary, be and hereby ordered to demolish any structures erected by the first and second respondent, their members and associated third parties on the land and to remove the rubble thereof from the land. The first and second respondents shall pay the cost of suit,” reads part of the court order.
When The Herald visited the area yesterday, police had been deployed to maintain law and order while excavators were destroying the structures. There were reports of violence with the affected people blaming some politicians for their predicament. Those with resources hired trucks to ferry their belongings to unknown destinations.

In an interview, a representative of Tirivepano Housing Cooperative, Mr Obert Musindo, said the housing cooperative was started in 2000 and most people started building their houses in 2012. He said they were shocked yesterday to receive information that they were going to be evicted from the area.

“There are more than 3 000 families here and we still don’t know what they are going to do or where they would go. The matter was still before the courts and we are still shocked that we have been evicted,” Mr Musindo said.

BAK Storage property manager Mr Lovemore Chivaura, said the company sympathised with innocent home seekers who might have been duped by land barons into participating in illegal settlements.

“This has become widespread of late and we can only urge home seekers to take precautions before committing their investments into the hands of untested agents,” he said.

Mr Chivaura said the area where these people had built their houses, was a container park that comprised of warehousing infrastructure and goods worth millions of dollars for import and export. There are also millions of kilogrammes of tobacco, grain, beans and groceries in the area. Herald


Higher Education minister, Jonathan Moyo, has warned “factionalists” who are “corruptly using public and State institutions” that they will soon be caught, exposed and face the consequences.

His statements come as he is facing allegations of corruption after siphoning over $400 000 from the State-controlled Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef).

He has claimed that the allegations being levelled against him were a political plot, apparently being pushed by a Zanu PF faction reportedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa — popularly known as Team Lacoste.

“Sooner or later the capture and corrupt use of public and State institutions to enable a factional power grab will be exposed with consequences!” Moyo wrote on his Twitter account.

He went on to retweet a tweet from one of his followers, Nduku Nduna, which read, “Team Lacoste is busy wasting resources fighting Prof (professor) Moyo instead of fighting poverty”.

Zanu PF is embroiled in factional fights pitting Team Lacoste and Generation 40 (G40), and Moyo is alleged to be a key member of the latter.

Moyo, who is jointly accused with his deputy Godfrey Gandawa in the Zimdef corruption case, is facing serious fraud, money laundering and criminal abuse of office charges following donations — including bicycles he gave to his Tsholotsho North constituency — which the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) alleges was not done above board.
But Moyo has blamed his political rivals in the factional torn Zanu PF of trying to silence him.

At one point, the former Information minister took to Twitter to plead his case and equated himself to the legendary Robin Hood, who robbed the rich to give to the poor.

In an interview with the Daily News recently, soon after the corruption allegations emerged, Moyo said he had done nothing unlawful, claiming everything was above board.

And in a thinly-disguised attack on Mnangagwa, whom he clearly believes is behind the attempts by authorities to arrest him on the charges, Moyo also said he was “sick and tired of Gukurahundi politicians and their mouthpieces poking their dirty noses over what we can and cannot have in our communities, as if we ever poke our noses into their communities”. Daily news


Concerned by the simmering tension within some ranks of the opposition — which has the potential of getting in the way of the mooted grand coalition — former vice president and now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, is doubling her efforts to keep her relations with former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai warm.
Well-placed ZPF sources told the Daily News yesterday that Mujuru had become “acutely aware” of heightened Zanu PF machinations to divide the opposition and disorient their planned alliance, which has spooked the ruling party, ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

This comes as the proposed opposition grand coalition is facing challenges amid reports of premature differences over who should lead such a pact, which is widely seen as the best prospect of ending President Robert Mugabe’s and Zanu PF’s long stay in power.

Both MDC and ZPF officials have variously made divisive statements about who should lead the coalition, even though opposition parties coalescing under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) are yet to firm up the idea of the coalition and pronounce on their leadership principles.

Contacted for comment yesterday, ZPF spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire also fingered Zanu PF for “trying to destabilise opposition parties”, to avoid the formation of a grand coalition.

“The coalition is on course and as parties we have chosen not to do our negotiations in public. As ZPF, we know there are people desperate to scuttle the proposed coalition of political parties and part of the strategy is straining relationships among the top leaders of the parties involved.

“However, we know that the will of the people, which is to see a united opposition in 2018, will be respected and is on firm ground. It can never be derailed by contrived statements cooked by enemies of the people who mischievously attribute the same statements to our leaders,” he said.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka also told the Daily News that coalition talks were ongoing, and that through platforms such as Nera, all parties interested in the alliance were “slowly finding each other”.

“Our position has not changed. Positions are not the issue here but conditions. We are ready to work with others in dealing with the crisis in the country. For now, we are coalescing around issues. The electoral reform agenda is the issue we are coalescing around as political parties.

“For us it (the coalition) is about conditions and not positions. Norton is a prime example of what happens when people work together. So, we are getting there as Zimbabweans,” he said.

Analysts say a united opposition fighting with one purpose would bring to an end Mugabe’s long rule, especially at this time that the country’s economy is dying and the increasingly frail nonagenarian is fighting to keep his warring Zanu PF united.

Mujuru and Tsvangirai signalled their intent to work together last August, in a move which analysts described as “very significant”, when they took part in a massive demonstration in Gweru.

Describing the scenes then as “heart-warming” Tsvangirai showered praises on Mujuru for joining the MDC in its protest and public rally.

“Did anyone ever dream of Mujuru becoming a part of the opposition? I want to congratulate her together with the ZPF leadership for seeing it necessary for us to have this joint programme. It’s not by accident that the MDC and ZPF are here together.

“I know that there will be a lot of talk, especially from Mugabe because he is afraid of the people, and by the end of the day he will even be afraid of leading Zimbabwe. We in the MDC respect Mujuru for the contribution she has made to this country. Mujuru is not the enemy,” he said.

The renewed efforts to unite the opposition comes as newly-elected Norton legislator, Temba Mliswa, has said a grand opposition coalition led by Tsvangirai, and including war veterans, would definitely beat Mugabe and his warring Zanu PF in the 2018 national elections.

Speaking to the Daily News on Wednesday, the gutsy Mliswa said among the lessons that long-suffering Zimbabweans and the country’s brutalised opposition could learn from his stunning victory last Saturday, was that they could once again defeat Mugabe and Zanu PF, just as Tsvangirai and the MDC had done in 2008 — as the ruling party was “nothing” without the backing of war veterans.

Indeed, and despite battering and bribing voters with residential stands, as well as printing and distributing fake MDC flyers to confuse the people of Norton, Zanu PF was given a royal hiding in last weekend’s keenly-followed by-election in the constituency which was resoundingly won by the former ruling party bigwig.

Mliswa blew out of the water Zanu PF’s little-known Ronald Chindedza to win the Norton by-election, which came about following the expulsion of former war veterans’ leader and Cabinet minister Christopher Mutsvangwa from the ruling party — which is being devoured by its seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars.

He polled 8 927 votes to Chindedza’s 6 192, to deliver a hammer blow to Zanu PF which was bidding to avoid defeat in Mugabe’s own backyard, as well as preventing disgruntled war veterans who campaigned for Mliswa from gaining a measure of revenge on Mugabe and his former liberation movement, following their recent hounding out of the party.

This was also despite the fact that the Norton by-election had been marked by violence, the controversial parcelling out of residential stands and mega rallies by vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, among other prominent Zanu PF politicians, as they drummed up support for Chindedza.

“To be honest and truthful, I wouldn’t have won this seat had it not been for Morgan Tsvangirai. He promised to support me to make sure that I win the election and true to his word he came to the party. He dispatched his team and MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa was actually on the ground campaigning for me.

“Even when Zanu PF unleashed violence on us, Chamisa was caught in the crossfire and inhaled teargas just like all of us. It’s a fact of life that Tsvangirai has the people. It took him just to advise his structures to work with me and victory was delivered.

“The war veterans also played a crucial role in my victory. That is why it is important for Tsvangirai to lead the planned opposition grand coalition in 2018 which will involve everyone including war veterans,” Mliswa said.

“If Tsvangirai decides to accommodate Mai Mujuru, then so be it, but that man is not only popular and genuine, he is also a natural leader and a father figure. The people of Zimbabwe like him and we can’t take that away from him.

“The problem with many of the country’s leadership is that they only think about themselves and not the people. I am grateful for the support I received from Tsvangirai and the MDC, as well as war veterans and the PDP (People’s Democratic Party),” he added.

Elaborating further on the possible role that Mujuru could take in the mooted coalition, Mliswa said “the problem with People First is that it has relegated the founders to the terraces”, after “she was invited to the party”.

“My concern is that Mujuru is trying to relegate people like (former State Security minister Didymus) Mutasa and (former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare) Gumbo when they are the founders of the party. Those people principally suffered for Mujuru.

“In Norton, we stood up against the brutal Zanu PF regime. The election was testing the coalition and electoral reforms and I don’t have to be a member of the MDC to support Tsvangirai. Zanu PF rigs elections but without war veterans they are nothing.

“People should also realise that both Mujuru and (vice president) Emmerson Mnangagwa were hand-picked by Mugabe while Tsvangirai has his own massive constituency. So let’s all back Tsvangirai for 2018,” he said. daily news


There was drama in Parliament this afternoon when cops were summoned to eject an MDC MP, Costa Machingauta who was wearing a jacket with national colours. MDC MPs insisted that cops cannot eject an honourable member under any circumstance. But police moved in and removed him. The other MDC MPs then walked out in protest.


The MDC is one of the more than twenty opposition political parties that are participating under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) 
Likewise, members of our party leadership have been seconded to represent the party in all NERA deliberations and meetings. Whilst we are very pleased that Temba Mliswa won the Parliamentary by – election that was recently held in Norton, the MDC remains acutely aware of the fact that the electoral playing field is far from even. Although Mliswa emerged the winner by more than 2600 votes, the by – election itself was neither free nor fair.

Incidents of politically motivated violence were witnessed in Norton just a few days before the by – election was held. A group of Zanu PF thugs and hooligans were let loose in Norton during the campaign period for the by–election and indeed, many opposition supporters were badly assaulted by these marauding Zanu PF hoodlums.

In addition, more than 5000 unserviced residential stands were abruptly and illegally dished out to Zanu PF supporters in and around Norton during the build up to the hotly contested by – election. This was a brazen vote – buying gimmick by the panicking Zanu PF regime after they had gathered intelligence to the effect that the ruling party was heading for a humiliating and crushing defeat.

As seasoned and experienced campaigners for peaceful, democratic change, the MDC will never, ever sit on its laurels and believe that the electoral playing field is now even simply because Temba Mliswa won the Norton by– election. Far from it. If anything, we have decided to up the ante and ensure that our fight for the adoption of electoral reforms goes a gear up. We are dealing with a morbidly recalcitrant and stubborn dictatorship in the form of the Robert Mugabe led Zanu PF regime. This is a dictatorship that will stop at nothing to make sure that it remains in power so that they can continue to loot and cannibalise the little that is now left of our national economy.

NERA remains a beacon of hope for millions of Zimbabweans who are clamouring for the urgent adoption of electoral reforms that will guarantee the holding of free and fair elections in Zimbabwe. It is, of course, apparent that the Zanu PF regime has been rocked to the very core by their humiliating defeat in the Norton by–election. As such, we expect the regime to sharpen its tools of oppression and suppression against all organisations that are peacefully and lawfully fighting for the establishment of a democratic dispensation in our motherland.

The MDC, as usual, shall remain alert and vigilant. On April 14, 2016 in Harare, the MDC set the tone for staging mass demonstrations by embarking upon the ‘mother of all demonstrations.’ Thereafter, millions of Zimbabweans, both within the country and in the Diaspora, realised that peaceful demonstrations can actually be executed against the faction–ridden, fragmented, bankrupt and crumbling Zanu PF regime.

We are also aware of the fact that the crumbling regime has decided to ring fence all rural areas as they strategise to rig the forthcoming harmonised elections. Villagers are being forced to attend Zanu PF meetings throughout the rural areas and traditional leaders have been ordered to draw up lists of all known and suspected opposition political party supporters.

The MDC would like to re–assure the suffering and toiling masses of Zimbabwe that we are now approaching the end game. We are the government–in-waiting and of course, we are poised to form the new political dispensation that will be governing the nation in 2018 if not even earlier.The charismatic and indefatigable Morgan Tsvangirai, continues to guide us with his usual wisdom and vision as we enter the homestretch.

Freedom is beckoning. Indeed, freedom is coming. No amount of oppression and suppression can stop an idea whose time has arrived.The struggle continues unabated.

Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson


CHIREDZI West legislator Darlington Chiwa (Zanu PF) has accused Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Shuvai Mahova and her Lands counterpart, Douglas Mombeshora of defying President Robert Mugabe’s directive to drive out the 213 Zanu PF bigwigs, who grabbed sugarcane plots at Tongaat Hulett in June this year.

Addressing hundreds of protesting Tongaat Hulett workers, who were demanding the return of their company’s 4 000 hectares of land, Chiwa yesterday accused Mombeshora and Mahofa of sabotaging Zanu PF’s job creation programmes.

“When we campaigned in 2013, the Zanu PF manifesto emphasised on job creation, yet Mombeshora wants to destroy the few jobs that are already there. Some of the officials taking land cannot grow sugarcane and are planting maize,” he said.

In June, 213 Zanu PF members, securocrats and civil servants got offer letters to take the land from Tongaat Hulett, a move that forced President Robert Mugabe to hold back-to-back meetings with party members in Harare and Chiredzi in a bid to persuade them to leave the land.

Chiwa said Mugabe had ordered the officials off the land, but Mahofa allegedly defied the directive.
“Mahofa took over all directors and senior officials in government departments and silenced them from writing adverse reports against them. The whole province was shut out,” he said.

“Workers were blocked from demonstrating for four times and today they gave us the go-ahead, but said we should do it inside Chitsanga Hall after we had threatened to approach the High Court for an interdict.”

Chiwa said most of the land from the sugar-growing giant was being given to cronies, leaving out deserving people.

Sugar Plantations and Milling Workers’ Union in Zimbabwe president, Ishmael Muzuru said: “It is the workers who suffer. It is not Tongaat land that would have been taken, but our jobs. We will be ejected from both work and company homes. We should build our country and create employment.”

Mahofa and Mombeshora could not be reached for comment yesterday.


NEWLY-elected Norton constituency legislator, Temba Mliswa has become the latest frontier in the continuing internal wrangling within the opposition MDC-T, it has been established.

While the MDC-T, led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, did not officially endorse Mliswa’s candidature in the run-up to the by-election,secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora yesterday said his party should get credit for the independent candidate’s victory.

“The MDC should actually get credit. We campaigned for Mliswa and our youths were on the ground with him urging people to vote,” he said.

Mwonzora claimed that although the party’s policy was to boycott elections until the introduction of electoral reforms, the MDC-T supported Mliswa to test the waters.
“We also wanted to use the Norton election as a barometer to see whether there has been movement on the part of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in terms of how it manages elections. We have drawn lessons,” he said without elaborating.

Mwonzora alleged the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) had also tried to soil the MDC-T by circulating fliers urging people not to take part in the poll.

“The fliers were not from the MDC, that was the work of the CIO,” he said.
Mwonzora was referring to fliers that circulated in Norton prior to the election last weekend some written in vernacular instructing MDC-T supporters against voting and actually warning its members there would be disciplinary action against those seen taking part.

However, insiders told NewsDay that different factions within the opposition party had sent out opposing signals.

“The party did not officially endorse Mliswa, but individuals were supporting him. There are dynamics that go beyond the party and are linked to a faction led by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Zanu PF,” NewsDay heard.

But, Mliswa was adamant the MDC-T, among other parties, had supported his campaign.
“The MDC-T was there on the ground with me. That is why you saw its vice-president, Nelson Chamisa. The People’s Democratic Party led by Tendai Biti also supported me and I am grateful. But Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) did not take a position. ZimPF elder Didymus Mutasa was there as the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) convener, not on behalf of his party,” he said.

Another source said a faction of the MDC-T was behind the fliers.
“In fact, that faction was communicating the real party position, but then politically it was going to be wrong for them to openly oppose when a senior member, such as the VP (Chamisa), claimed had been seen campaigning for Mliswa,” an insider claimed. Newsday


OPPOSITION political parties appear to have lost the momentum to stage demonstrations against President Robert Mugabe’s rule following the expiry of the ban on protests in Harare nine days ago.

Analysts said the temporary police ban had taken the sting out of the protests and allowed Mugabe to strengthen his grip on power.

Social commentator, Rashweat Mukundu said although the ban had taken the momentum from the demonstrations, the ultimate answer lay in the government addressing the problems that would lead citizens to protest.
“The ban took the sting and momentum out. The protest movement needs to identify new issues and repackage old issues to rebuild the protests. But, ultimately the end of the protests is premised on the government addressing root causes, including a collapsing economy and corruption,” he said.

Political analyst, Alexander Rusero said the opposition was now chasing shadows, as it failed to mount any meaningful demonstration against Mugabe after the ban.
“They have run out of steam. In fact, the opposition has not been doing anything meaningful other than hijacking protests by some individual groupings. If they are to succeed, Zanu PF should be kept on its toes,” he said.
Kwekwe-based human rights lawyer, Caroline Mugabe said it was not only the ban that had taken out the steam from demonstrations, but police brutality and incarcerations.
“You can’t take away that police brutality generally rendered demonstrations very risky and unattractive to the ordinary citizen. They ought to hold the police accountable to avoid repetition of the gross abuse,” she said.
However, National Electoral Reforms Agenda (Nera) legal secretary, Douglas Mwonzora denied that they had lost momentum, saying they had been focusing their energies elsewhere in the past weeks or so.
“It’s only nine days after the demonstration ban expired and Nera has made it clear it will resume demonstrations.

Currently, Nera is concentrating on the parliamentary public hearings on electoral reforms. I can assure you we will be back on the streets soon,” he said.
Mwonzora warned the government not to have a false sense of readiness to brutally crush the demonstrations.
“The thinking that police have managed to regroup and will effectively crush demonstrations is premised on the assumption that we don’t think. But we are fully aware of that and we promise our demonstrations will have more quality,” he said. Newsday


HIGHER and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo (pictured) has picked a fresh fight with top army bosses, challenging them to account for the missing $15 billion diamond revenue, which President Robert Mugabe has claimed could not be accounted for.

Moyo, on Twitter, yesterday challenged Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba to help unravel the mystery surrounding the missing diamond money, after the latter told Parliament on Monday that corruption by senior government officials was a security threat.

“Nyikayaramba said corruption is a major security threat. Unravel and recover missing $15 billion,” Moyo tweeted.

The minister’s statement insinuated that top army officers could know more about the missing revenue, as the military was heavily involved in diamond mining activities in Marange. Nyikayaramba’s remarks were also widely believed to be aimed at Moyo and members of Zanu PF’s G40 faction, who have been accused of being involved in corruption.

Moyo and his deputy, Godfrey Gandawa, are currently under investigation for allegedly defrauding the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) of over $400 000.

The military has been accused of supporting Team Lacoste, a Zanu PF faction allegedly linked to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, which has of late been sharpening its daggers against Moyo.

Both the military and Mnangagwa have repeatedly denied any links to any faction.
Moyo was quizzed on why he was now admitting there was looting in Chiadzwa, yet he claimed Mugabe was misquoted when he disclosed early this year that government could not account for the $15bn diamond revenue.

But Moyo retorted: “. . . agreeing on one specific issue was no pact to agree on everything forever.
“The specific quantum is not known, but that Chiadzwa diamonds were looted big time through rampant corruption is common sense.”

Nyikayaramba’s utterances and Moyo’s defence immediately triggered a Twitter frenzy, with most people saying, while it was good for corruption to be exposed, the army general was least qualified to threaten action, as the military was allegedly heavily involved in the Chiadzwa plunder.

Political analyst, Pedzisai Ruhanya dismissed Nyikayaramba’s utterances, accusing him of siding with Mnangagwa’s faction that is “rubbing its hands in glee over Moyo’s (perceived) Waterloo”.
“Were military activities in Chiadzwa in the presidential election run-off in 2008 not the worst corrupt activities, Nyikayaramba?” he queried.

Political activist, Vivid Gweshe said if Zanu PF factionalism would force the exposure of corrupt activities in the ruling party, it would be a welcome development.

Zimbabwe Liberators’ Platform executive director, Wilson Nharingo said corruption was in Zanu PF’s DNA, and that included the military.

Another political analyst, Simukai Tinhu, said Nyikayaramba’s comments were directed at Mugabe, whom some in the party thought was protecting Moyo.

Nyikayaramba also seemed to be subtly accusing Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere of building a mansion with money he could not account for, although the minister has previously denied those allegations.

Ruhanya argued Moyo and Kasukuwere were the targets of Nyikayaramba’s accusations.
“This is a clear message to the G40 faction leadership equivalent to the infamous ‘straitjacket’ statement issued by the military in the run-up to the 2002 elections,” he said.

“The difference is that in 2002, the message was meant for the opposition. This is aimed at internal enemies. Elite incoherence in the apparatus of the State is undesirable and the issue of the military dabbling in civilian affairs is not only unconstitutional, but dangerous.”

Ruhanya said the military remained an ace in the pack for Mnangagwa and those associated with the liberation struggle in the succession dog-fight.

“The military factor in the Zanu PF succession conundrum will be decisive. One thing for sure is that it will be naïve for us to see the Zimbabwean army as an ordinary military comprised of professional soldiers. These are people who operated as the Zanu commissariat department during the war and now they have clearly aligned themselves to a particular ideological faction within Zanu PF,” he said.

“They have a clear position to support Mnangagwa, but traversing a thin line not to upset Mugabe. This, they are doing by talking his language. Mugabe has made pronouncements to the effect that sanctions and corruption are the country’s twin evils.” newsday


FOREIGN currencies in bank accounts will not be converted to bond notes when they are finally introduced, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya has said. In a telephone interview yesterday, Dr Mangudya said there was no need for bankers to panic as their money would remain in the currencies it was in before the introduction of bond notes.

Dr Mangudya’s assurance comes amid reports that some shops were no longer accepting plastic money for fear that their money would be converted to bond notes when they are introduced in due course.

It is understood that some shops and service providers are now accepting cash payments only. But Dr Mangudya implored the media to play their role in educating people about bond notes.
“There is no relationship between plastic money and bond notes. “The two are, instead, alternatives. It is the role of the media to also clarify that there would be no notes accounts and there would be no conversion. Any money in the accounts can be spent through plastic money.” Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) chief executive, Mr Christopher Mugaga said there was a lot skepticism about the bond notes.

“It is for that reason that as ZNCC we are hosting a breakfast meeting with Dr Mangudya tomorrow so that he can explain the position on bond notes,” he said. “If you look at the bank transactions at the moment, about 4 percent only at any branch are deposits, which goes to show that there is a serious problem. If people cannot deposit, it means that even the issue of plastic money comes into question.

“Dr Mangudya will have an opportunity to explain to people so that they understand. As we speak, people are moving their cash outside the country because they have not understood what the bond notes seek to achieve. He just has to be clear to business that he will not tamper with people’s money to restore confidence.” Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries president, Mr Busisa Moyo said refusal by retailers to accept plastic money would impact negatively on their clients.

“We have not really heard confirmed reports on that, but what I can say is that there should be no restrictions on payments. If there are such restrictions, they will also have a back stream impact on us. Our point is that we need all the payment options available.

“To be restricted, will negate all the progress we have made in terms of the Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016,” said Mr Moyo. Dr Mangudya at the weekend said introduction of bond notes early next month was still on course with massive educational national awareness campaigns expected to start on October 31 countrywide.

He said the bank was in the process of importing more US dollars, but warned the people not to abuse the money. The notes, with a value of $75 million, will be introduced in $2 and $5 denominations. herald


The Health Services Board has embarked on a nationwide headcount of all its employees as it seeks to rationalise the Government wage bill in the health sector, in line with the civil service audit.In an interview yesterday, HSB executive director Ms Ruth Kaseke said the exercise which started last Wednesday was expected to run for up to six weeks, culminating in submission of a comprehensive report before the end of the year.

Ms Kaseke said the exercise would be carried out at all levels of health care including mission and rural district institutions where employees are on Government payroll.

“The exercise follows a Cabinet approval of the Civil Service Audit report on 17 November 2015 in which all other Commissions, including the HSB were directed to implement measures to rationalise the Government Wage Bill. “The HSB is therefore conducting a head count within the same framework,” said Ms Kaseke.

She said HSB had dispatched eight teams to all provinces, central hospitals and other public health sector institutions to carry out the exercise. Ms Kaseke said all public health sector workers were expected to be at work for physical verification of their employment.
She, however, said employees who are officially on manpower development leave especially those studying out of the country did not necessarily have to return to work as the teams would also review internal records to establish approval of their absence.

“We appreciate that there are some workers whom we have allowed to further their education through our system some who may not be able to return to work during the head count and we have put measures in place to ensure that they are counted during the exercise,” she said.

Ms Kaseke said the exercise was not meant to retrench employees, but was a way of accounting for Government resources.

“When people hear about rationalisation they quickly think they are going to be fired, but that is not the case. The audit is meant to account for where our resources are going,” said Ms Kaseke.

She said through this exercise, the HSB was hoping to gather appropriate and accurate information that would aid in planning human resources for health.

She said its results would also assist the Ministry of Health and Child Care to plan effectively for the health service delivery and provision. The head counts are in line with the Zim-Asset Public Administration, Governance and Performance Management sub-cluster which is guided by the Results Based Management System and focuses on budgeting and resourcing, public sector modernisation and civil service reform, fostering good governance and building capacities for public sector institutions. Herald


At least four Zimbabwean embassies abroad have been taken to court in their accredited foreign countries for failing to pay rentals as Treasury battles a $7 million debt over accommodation for its diplomats in 45 missions, legislators heard yesterday.

Foreign Affairs secretary, Ambassador Joey Bimha said Government has since slashed allowances for its diplomats while some ambassadors have since abandoned their official residences for rented accommodation because they were no longer habitable while others left as part of measures to contain arrears over rentals that continued to escalate.

Ambassador Bimha was giving oral evidence before a Parliamentary portfolio committee on Foreign Affairs chaired by Makonde MP Cde Kindness Paradza (Zanu-PF) on the ministry’s budget priorities.

“As we talk, we have four embassies that have been taken to court. We have had our diplomatic immunity revoked and taken to court,” said Ambassador Bimha.
Although he could not immediately give a figure, some of the embassies being sued were in Hong Kong, London and New York and another one that he could not readily remember. He said while the portfolio committee had recommended that embassies such as Ethiopia and Botswana among others that legislators had visited needed immediate intervention to salvage the country’s image, the situation was worse off compared to what MPs had observed during their fact finding mission.

“In some missions, ambassadors in the afore-mentioned capitals have had to abandon official residences because they were no longer habitable,” said Ambassador Bimha.
On salaries of diplomats, Ambassador Bimha said the decision by Government to put them on the Salary Service Bureau payroll to ensure uninterrupted payment of salaries while commendable, had created another bigger challenge.

He said the old system would enable staff, upon receipt of monies for their salaries and other expenses, agreed to pay themselves a fraction of their remuneration and commit the remainder to other pressing operational obligations like rentals.

“We are now in worse problems than what we have solved. Rentals are no longer being paid. That decision (to put diplomats on SSB platform) was wrong,” said Ambassador Bimha.

Cde Paradza asked whether the decision to reduce salaries and allowances for diplomats was lawful. Warren Park MP Engineer Elias Mudzuri asked why the decision appeared arbitrary and whether there was concurrence with Treasury. Ambassador Bimha said the decision was made after they got a lot of pressure from the employer, the Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare, adding that they had reduced their allowances.
Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe MP Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa (Zanu-PF) asked whether it was not possible to reduce staff members.

He said they had already reduced staff in most embassies “to the bone” so that only basic human capital remained. He said as part of cost cutting measures, Government had requested their diplomats to send their children to domestic schools as opposed to international schools because they were cheaper, Treasury was still struggling to pay the school fees. Herald


A FOREIGN currency dealer commonly known as usiphatheleni allegedly bribed a 17-year-old girl with $150 to steal an 18-month-old baby for her, a magistrate heard yesterday.

Bulawayo regional magistrate Chrispen Mberewere heard this when Rose Chivima (37) of Old Pumula suburb and her teenage accomplice who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before him facing kidnapping charges.

Chivima allegedly connived with the girl to kidnap an 18-month-old baby and offered her $150. Chivima is denying the charge while her accomplice pleaded guilty. They were both remanded out of custody to today.

Prosecuting, Mr Simbarashe Manyiwa said on February 12 this year at about 1PM, the teenage girl approached Ms Moreblessings Dube and asked to take her two minor children to the shops to buy them drinks. The court heard that after about an hour, one of Ms Dube’s children returned home alone.

Ms Dube quizzed her daughter on the whereabouts of her sibling and she revealed that she had boarded a kombi with the teenager.

The complainant became suspicious and reported the matter to the police. When the teenager was apprehended, she implicated Chivima who was also arrested.
When the teenage girl took to the witness stand, she said Chivima gave her $150 in exchange for the stolen baby. She told the court that she did not know what Chivima intended to do with the stolen baby.

Ms Dube, in her testimony, said the teenager was communicating with Chivima on WhatsApp while they were on their way to the police station.

“It looks like the accused persons had planned this whole thing with precision. I suspect Chivima decided to take my baby to the police station after she was tipped off by her co-accused since they were communicating via WhatsApp,” said Ms Dube.
Chivima, in her defence, said the teenager left the baby with her as “surety” after she gave her $150.

“My co-accused approached me under the pretext that she was sent by her mother who wanted to change R2 000 into US dollars. She then hoodwinked me into believing that she was a genuine client and I gave her $150. She offered to leave the baby with me on the understanding that she was going to collect R2 000 from her mother,” said Chivima.

She told the court that she became suspicious when her co-accused took long to return.
“I got worried when my co-accused was nowhere to be seen. I then decided to go to the police station together with the baby and reported the matter to the police, but to my surprise they detained me on allegations of kidnapping,” said Chivima.

“I’m a single mother of five and why would I kidnap someone’s child, especially a stranger for that matter? This is a fabricated story by my co-accused who wants to cover up for defrauding me of my money.” Chronicle


Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, who is under fire over allegations of abusing $450 000 from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) said the police were not ready to arrest him and the courts have no jurisdiction to order his arrest.

Opposing an application by a Harare vendor, Mr Hardlife Mudzingwa to have him arrested on corruption charges, Prof Moyo deposed an affidavit stating that Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, who was cited in his official capacity as third respondent, had indicated that he was not ready to arrest him.

To that end, Prof Moyo said no one else had the discretionary power to have him arrested.
“The first member of the ZRP is before the court as the third respondent. The third respondent has filed an affidavit and is not ‘ready’ to arrest me.

It is not the eagerness of anyone that brings anyone or places anything before a court of law. The procedure that attends to how a criminal process may be activated does not involve that.

“If the police have no cause to believe reasonably that one has committed a crime, then that is the end of the matter. It renders the suspicion of everyone else, including fourth respondent (Zacc) and applicant’s , unreasonable. No arrest ensues,” said Prof Moyo.

He said the High Court has no jurisdiction to compel such arrests.
“This court has no role to play in the determination of whether or not there is a reasonable suspicion that I have committed an offence. That is the sole constitutional prerogative of the third respondent (Commissioner-General of Police), who may be directed to investigate by the fourth respondent.
“Whether I should be arrested or not, is a discretionary matter within the province of the third respondent, which discretion must be judiciously exercised within strict constitutional guidelines. It is not a matter upon which this court can give direction.”

Prof Moyo said Mr Mudzingwa’s application was more of a political war waged against him under the guise of an urgent chamber application.

“He has abused the process of court to launch a sponsored political war against me solely to harass and annoy me in the perpetuation of a malicious political agenda against me.
“I am a victim — his victim and his sponsors. I reserve the right to secure legal recompense for this unjustified abuse,” reads Prof Moyo’s affidavit.

He denied the allegations levelled against him.

“I must state at the outset that I deny each and every allegation of impropriety levelled against me in the discharge of my constitutional mandate as a delegate of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. I specifically reiterate that I have at all material times faithfully adhered to my oath of office as a public servant. I have loyally and faithfully discharged my constitutional obligations as a law-abiding citizen,” the affidavit reads.
Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo yesterday deferred the hearing of the matter to Friday to allow 
 Mr Mudzingwa’s lawyers to file an answering affidavit and other papers relevant to the case.

In the urgent chamber application, Mr Mudzingwa listed Prof Moyo, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Commissioner-General of Police Dr Augustine Chihuri and the 
Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) as respondents.

“Pending the confirmation or discharge of the provisional order, an interim relief is hereby 
granted on the following terms — that third respondent (Dr Chihuri) be and is hereby ordered and directed to bring first respondent (Minister Moyo) before a court of law on the various publicised criminal allegations that he is facing and shall, to the extent that it is necessary, effect his arrest,” read part of the draft of the interim order sought.

In his papers, Mr Mudzingwa said it was his constitutional right as a Zimbabwean citizen to have Minister Moyo “brought before equity”. Herald


THE Government has started working on a massive low and medium income housing scheme that will benefit thousands of civil servants.

At a meeting between Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and civil servants’ representatives yesterday, a technical team was set up to start working on the scheme that will provide decent accommodation for the Government workers.

Minister Kasukuwere said the Government recognises the importance of availing housing schemes to civil servants who are an important asset to the country.

“I met the civil servants representatives today and we discussed issues to do with accommodation for all Government workers. I’m happy that we agreed to come up with an innovative scheme that will see the civil servants owning houses.

“We’re working on setting up a technical team that is led by Apex Council president Mrs Cecilia Alexander and Urban Development Corporation (Udcorp) to make sure that the scheme is well designed for the benefit of the civil servants,” said Minister Kasukuwere.
He said the technical team will also ensure that civil servants are not fleeced of their hard earned money while trying to acquire accommodation.
“Civil servants are a very important group of people that have displayed maximum dedication in their work. We have managed to achieve a lot as a country through their hard work.
“The Government therefore has taken into consideration the need to uplift them and make sure that they are comfortable wherever they are. The scheme will accommodate low and medium earners. We’re also considering high rise buildings so that all the civil servants are catered for,” said Minister Kasukuwere.

Apex Council secretary Mr David Dzatsunga said he was optimistic about the project.
“We’re happy that the Government has pledged commitment to providing houses to civil servants. The minister promised that the Government will roll out programmes that will provide access to houses for civil servants,” said Mr Dzatsunga.

“The process has started and we hope that the Government will finally deliver because the issue of housing for civil servants has been outstanding for too long.”
Zimbabwe Teachers Association president Mr Richard Gundane said:

“Accommodation for teachers has been a long-standing demand and it’s imperative that the Government delivers on this mandate. Decent accommodation is not a status symbol but a right for the teachers.  Government should therefore set aside land and provide guarantees and access to mortgages to all grades of educators so that they own houses.

“We welcome facilities such as the National Building Society and we hope that they will quickly respond to the high demand for houses.”

He said providing civil servants with houses is a way of incentivising them and improving their lives. Herald


Gospel musician and fashion designer Joyce Simeti has died. She was 42. Simeti succumbed to a heart problem yesterday afternoon at Arcadia Medical Centre
in Braeside. 

The musician’s husband Stanley said she once suffered a heart problem few months ago but she had recovered.

“At one time she had a heart problem but she recovered. I took her to work today (yesterday). She called me around 10 saying she needed to rest and we went home,” he said.

He said her condition was stable until in the afternoon when she had to be rushed to hospital. “We rushed her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival,” he said.
The musician has been in the music business for the past 12 years and has seven albums to her name. Her first “Tose Takadanwa” was released in 2002 but it was her third album 
“Akusiya Haakurasi” from 2006, carrying hit “Kudza Baba Na Mai” that cemented her as a force on the local gospel scene.

“Vana Vanokosha” from 2007 had a title track with the same name that proved relevant at the time when she was advocating for children’s rights while assisting at orphanages.
“Mudzimai Akanaka” from “Ndichamupa Mbiri” (2009) was a favourite amongst women as it touched on the topical domestic issues that affects them on a daily basis.

In 2011 she also released “Ndakanga Ndisipo”. She last made a public appearance at Sinach show last week. At the time of her death, she was an active musician at United Family International Church (UFIC). Mourners are gathered at number 27 Ambelside Road, Braeside. She is survived by her husband and three children.


A Nyazura mathematics private tutor who allegedly raped a mentally challenged 12-year- old girl, has appeared in court charged with sexual abuse. The 23-year- old tutor, Isaac Mtetwa of Dekeya Village under Chief Makoni, is represented by Rusape lawyer Mr Maxwell Chiwanza of Chiwanza and Associates.

He pleaded not guilty to the offence. Rusape district public prosecutor, Mr Tirivanhu 
Mutyasira told the court that the suspect is a private maths tutor to a house-maid who stays with the complainant.

“On a date unknown to the prosecutor, but between July and August 2016 at a primary school in Nyazura, the accused person proceeded to the complainant’s homestead to do extra lessons with the maid. The complainant was sleeping in her blankets when the accused person sneaked in and raped her.
“She cried but no one came to her rescue. After the act, the accused went away and the complainant discovered that she was bleeding. She told the maid  that she was bleeding and was instructed to bath and wore a pant. The girl told no one of the case until on August 3, when her sister was informed by other teachers that the accused person came for extra lessons,” said Mr Mutyasira.

The sister questioned the complainant and she revealed the rape. A report was made to the police leading to the arrest of the suspect. Rusape regional magistrate, Mr Livingstone Chipadza, postponed the matter to Thursday 27 October for continuation of trial. manica post


The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment has recommended criminal proceedings against the former Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Saviour Kasukuwere, accusing him of criminal abuse of office.

The 30-member committee told the National Assembly today that Kasukuwere, who is now the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, was involved in deception and criminal abuse of office in the Zimunya Marange Community Share Ownership Scheme when a mining company presented dummy cheques to President Robert Mugabe.

Presenting a report on the share ownership trust, Youth Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Justice Mayor Wadyajena recommended a 14 day ultimatum on Minister Kasukuwere to be charged by the police and investigated by the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission and the Auditor General.

The Committee also recommended that President Mugabe establish a commission of inquiry led by a judge or any other suitable candidate to investigate what it calls 'an intricate web of deceit, corruption and fraud,' in the establishment of the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust.

Prior to the presentation of the report, there was drama when members of parliament alleged the chair was colluding with the Clerk of Parliament to block the tabling of the findings. The Deputy Speaker, Mabel Chinomona however refuted the claims and acceded to the presentation of the report.
The report also alleges that Jinan, a mining company in Marange Zimunya, externalised US$500 million. 

It also accuses Minister Kasukuwere of seeking to exert influence in the Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment even after being reassigned, while also misleading the nation that mining companies pledged US$10 million each to the community share ownership trust.


MDC secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora, has told People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president, Tendai Biti, to “follow his sheep” after more members of his party defected over the weekend.

Biti’s party members defected to the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC. PDP activists — Don Mavhudzi and Brian Kanzunzuma — turned up at an MDC rally on Sunday announcing they had made the decision to cross the floor.

Mwonzora said the continued defections by PDP members to the MDC were proof that the party was more “credible” and the only plausible route to eclipse President Robert Mugabe in the approaching 2018 elections.

“We have had several members of other parties, including Zanu PF, who have defected to the MDC. We are welcoming them back,” Mwonzora said while addressing a rally in Msasa on Sunday.

“I also want to give this message to my friend. He knows himself. We went to school together,” he said in clear reference to Biti.

“You left the party but your sheep have seen the light and are now flocking back home. My friend, follow your sheep. We will welcome you back,” Mwonzora said.

In recent days, PDP has lost the party’s vice president Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, deputy national chairman Watchy Sibanda and deputy secretary-general Tongai Matutu.
Other former PDP bigwigs that have left the party include former deputy organising secretary Gift Mabhena and Gladys Mathe.

On his part, Biti is on record saying he will “never” re-join MDC.
In reaction to the defections, Biti said what Zimbabwe needs is a “strong converged opposition and not another large awkward Zanu (PF) oligopoly infiltrated by pseudo democrats”.

He added that although PDP was disappointed to have “lost courageous and esteemed comrades”, the embattled party would not hold their decision to dump those against them.
The former Finance minister said “the biggest enemy of democracy was Zanu PF which was plotting how to make Zimbabweans suffer more” and “it needed to be fought by a coalition as it would never reform itself out of power”. Daily news


Newly-elected Norton legislator Temba Mliswa says a grand opposition coalition led by indomitable MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and including war veterans, will beat President Robert Mugabe and his warring Zanu PF hands down in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, the gutsy Mliswa said among the lessons that long-suffering Zimbabweans and the country’s brutalised opposition could learn from his stunning victory last Saturday, was that they could once again defeat Mugabe and Zanu PF, just as Tsvangirai and the MDC had done in 2008 — as the ruling party was “nothing” without the backing of war veterans.

Indeed, and despite battering and bribing voters with residential stands, as well as printing and distributing fake MDC flyers to confuse the people of Norton, Zanu PF was given a royal hiding in last weekend’s keenly-followed by-election in the constituency which was resoundingly won by the former ruling party bigwig.

Mliswa blew out of the water Zanu PF’s little-known Ronald Chindedza to win the Norton by-election, which came about following the expulsion of former war veterans’ leader and Cabinet minister Christopher Mutsvangwa from the ruling party — which is being devoured by its seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars.

He polled 8 927 votes to Chindedza’s 6 192, to deliver a hammer blow to Zanu PF which was bidding to avoid defeat in Mugabe’s own backyard, as well as preventing disgruntled war veterans who campaigned for Mliswa from gaining a measure of revenge on Mugabe and his former liberation movement, following their recent hounding out of the party.

This was also despite the fact that the Norton by-election had been marked by violence, the controversial parcelling out of residential stands and mega rallies by vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, among other prominent Zanu PF politicians, as they drummed up support for Chindedza.

Analysts and opposition officials who spoke to the Daily News at the weekend also said Mliswa’s unexpected victory had raised optimism among both pro-democracy groups and the ranks of the opposition that the 2018 national elections could be up for the taking.

Speaking yesterday, Mliswa said the support that he had received from Tsvangirai and the MDC, war veterans, village heads and ordinary Zimbabweans, among many other people, was both “amazing and critical”, and a sign-post to what would happen in 2018 if “like-minded people come together”.
“To be honest and truthful, I wouldn’t have won this seat had it not been for Morgan Tsvangirai. He promised to support me to make sure that I win the election and true to his word, he came to the party. He dispatched his team and MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa was actually on the ground campaigning for me.

“Even when Zanu PF unleashed violence on us, Chamisa was caught in the crossfire and inhaled teargas just like all of us. It’s a fact of life that Tsvangirai has the people. It took him just to advise his structures to work with me and victory was delivered.

“The war veterans also played a crucial role in my victory. That is why it is important for Tsvangirai to lead the planned opposition grand coalition in 2018 which will involve everyone, including war veterans,” Mliswa said.

“If Tsvangirai decides to accommodate Mai Mujuru, then so be it, but that man is not only popular and genuine, he is also a natural leader and a father figure. The people of Zimbabwe like him and we can’t take that away from him.

“The problem with many of the country’s leadership is that they only think about themselves and not the people. I am grateful for the support I received from Tsvangirai and the MDC, as well as war veterans and the PDP (People’s Democratic Party),” he added.

Elaborating further on the possible role that Mujuru could take in the mooted coalition, Mliswa said “the problem with People First is that it has relegated the founders to the terraces”, after “she was invited to the party”.

“My concern is that Mujuru is trying to relegate people like (former State Security minister Didymus) Mutasa and (former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare) Gumbo when they are the founders of the party. Those people principally suffered for Mujuru.

“In Norton, we stood up against the brutal Zanu PF regime. The election was testing the coalition and electoral reforms and I don’t have to be a member of the MDC to support Tsvangirai. Zanu PF rigs elections but without war veterans they are nothing.

“People should also realise that both Mujuru and (vice president) Emmerson Mnangagwa were hand-picked by Mugabe while Tsvangirai has his own massive constituency. So let’s all back Tsvangirai for 2018,” he said.

Mliswa’s Norton victory has put the burning Zanu PF in more turmoil, amid divisive accusations and counter accusations of internal sabotage by warring factions angling to take-over the reigns from Mugabe.

Meanwhile, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu told the Daily News yesterday that Mliswa’s victory offered the opposition “a launch pad” for the proposed grand coalition.

“This is very good news that creates the possibility of having a grand coalition to confront the Zanu PF regime in 2018. United we are stronger and divided we are weaker. The people of Zimbabwe can rest assured that the coalition is coming. The Zanu PF regime will be history come the next elections,” he said.

Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire said any attempts to derail the mooted grand coalition would not prevail.

“As ZPF, we know there are people desperate to scuttle the proposed coalition of opposition political parties and part of the strategy is straining relationships among the top leaders of the parties involved.
“However, we know that the will of the people, which is to see a united opposition in 2018, will be respected and is on firm ground. It can never be derailed by contrived statements cooked by enemies of the people and mischievously attributed to our leaders,” he said.

Speaking at the weekend, political analyst and former civic leader, Gladys Hlatywayo, urged the opposition to build on Mliswa’s victory which she said had been made necessary by a united approach.

“Lessons learnt here are that a united front of the opposition  coupled with lack of elite cohesion in the ruling party, can be lethal to Zanu PF. The opposition needs to be crafty going forward, especially on the reform agenda, to ensure that the election process is democratic and immune to the electoral shenanigans of yesteryear.

“The united front forged by the opposition was crucial. The war veterans ditched the ruling party and supported Mliswa. Having been part of the ruling party himself, Mliswa was able to withstand Zanu PF’s intimidation and violence and fought for the seat.

“The manner in which (Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour) Kasukuwere conceded defeat also signals a willingness to re-strategise on Zanu PF’s part and the opposition must equally up its game,” Hlatywayo said.

University of Zimbabwe politics professor, Eldred Masunungure, said while it was too early to read “too much” into Mliswa’s shock victory, Zanu PF could expect more shocks in the 2018 polls.
“One swallow does not make a summer and this is only one victory out of dozens other by-elections since 2013. In addition, Norton has traditionally been an MDC seat and the 2013 result was rather weird.

“Nonetheless it is a cardinal lesson for Zanu PF that patronage has its limits. You can dole out 9 000 stands but still get 6 000 votes. This is also so, considering the amount of effort that was put in by Zanu PF, with two vice presidents going there to try and persuade and force the electorate, or both.

“It is a lesson for 2018 that they can expect to see repeated. They are reaping what they are sowing through the partisan distribution of food aid and other electoral ills,” Masunungure said.

Zanu PF insiders also told the Daily News that Mliswa’s victory was a significant blow to the ruling party, adding that disaffected party bigwigs and war veterans, who had a stunning fall out with Mugabe earlier this year, had vigorously campaigned to ensure that Zanu PF did not win the seat.
The ex-combatants served Mugabe with divorce papers in July to end a long relationship which dated back to the days of the 1970s liberation struggle. This was after the war veterans’ executive issued a damning communiqué in which they said churlishly that the nonagenarian was now “a hard sell” for the 2018 national elections. daily news


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s security on Friday reportedly confiscated ball point pens from students and visitors who were attending a graduation ceremony at the Lupane State University.
According to students, police searched everyone, including journalists, who wanted to gain entry into the ceremonial hall where the university’s seventh graduation ceremony was being held and took away their pens citing “security” reasons.
“They thoroughly searched us and took away our pens. This was the first time I learnt that pens were not allowed at a graduation ceremony,” said one student who requested anonymity.
Students, however, said the police did not confiscate their cell phones and cameras which are often loathed more where security concerns are high.
Journalists, it is further said, had to approach university authorities so that they could be allowed to use their pens during the ceremony.
Although there were no reasons given for the strange security formality, some said authorities feared a repeat of last month’s University of Zimbabwe (UZ) incident where some students wrote placards denouncing the President. Radio vop
Five UZ students who were led by former Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) president, Tonderai Dombo, raised placards demanding jobs, as Mugabe, also UZ chancellor, was preparing to cap more than 3 000 students.
The five were reportedly charged by the tertiary institution for misconduct.
Mugabe capped 642 graduands at LSU.
Among the graduands, 20 received masters’ degrees in development studies, while 60% were females