President Mnangagwa Appoints Cabinet

HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Cabinet Ministers with immediate effect.

The appointments are as follows:

CABINET MINISTERS

1. Patrick Chinamasa – Minister of Finance and Economic Planning

2. Obert Mpofu – Minister of Home Affairs and Culture

3. Air Marshall Perence Shiri – Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement

4. Dr Lazarus Dokora – Minister of Primary and Secondary Education

5. Dr David Parirenyatwa – Minister of Health and Child Welfare

6. Kembo Mohadi – Minister of Defence, Security and War Veterans

7. Ziyambi Ziyambi – Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

8. Major General Sibusiso Moyo – Minister of Foreign Affairs

9. Kazembe Kazembe – Minister of Sports, Art and Recreation

10. Dr Mike Bimha – Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development

11. July Moyo – Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing

12. Sithembiso Nyoni – Minister of Women and Youth Affairs

13. Professor Amon Murirwa – Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development

14. Supa Mandiwanzira – Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security

15. Professor Clever Nyathi – Minister of Labour and Social Welfare

16. Dr Jorum Gumbo – Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development

17. Winston Chitando – Minister of Mines and Mining Development

18. Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri – Minister of Environment, Water and Climate

19. Priscah Mupfumira – Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry

20. Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo – Minister of Energy and Power Development

21. Chris Mutsvangwa – Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services

22. Simbarashe Mumbengegwi – Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring of Government Programmes

MINISTERS OF STATE FOR THE PROVINCES

1. Angeline Masuku – Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province

2. Miriam Rutendo Chikukwa – Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province

3. Monica Mutsvangwa – Minister of State for Manicaland Province

4. Martin Tafara Dinha – Minister of State for Mashonaland Central

5. Webster Shamu – Minister of State for Mashonaland West

6. David Musabayana – Minister of State for Mashonaland East

7. Cain Mathema – Minister of State for Matabeleland North

8. Abednico Ncube – Minister of State for Matabeleland South

9. Josiah Hungwe – Minister of State for Masvingo

10. Owen Ncube – Minister of State for Midlands

11. Dr Christopher Mushowe – Minister of State for Government Scholarships in the Presidents Office

DEPUTY MINISTERS

1. Terrence Mukupe – Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Development

2. Davis Marapira – Deputy Minister for Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement

3. Professor Paul Mavima – Deputy Minister for Primary and Secondary Education

4. Victor Matemadanda – Deputy Minister for War Veterans

5. Pupurayi Togarepi – Deputy Minister for Youth Affairs

6. Joshua Malinga – Deputy Minister for Social Welfare

Munangagwa’s Cabinet: What a big deflating and depressing fart

Obert Mpofu – Minister Of Home Affairs

President Munangagwa today appointed his cabinet which took all the gas out of the expectations of the children of Zimbabwe. The people had waited in anticipation hoping that Munangagwa who has been in government for 37 years would somehow inject new blood and bring a different impetus to the ailing country. Instead, he chose to stick with the old guard.

Patrick ChinamasaMinister Of Finance
Chinamasa has been an erstwhile ally of Munangagwa. They worked together at the Ministry of Justice, when Munangagwa was Minister and he was Attorney General. He has also been a Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Minister Of Justice and more recently a Minister Of Finance. He was recently demoted by Mugabe to Minister Of CyberSecurity and Threat Mitigation.

Obert Mpofu Minister Of Home AffairsFormer Governor of Matabeleland North Province, was appointed as Minister of Industry and International Trade in mid-April 2005. Mpofu has been at the center of the controversy involving the looting of Chiadzwa diamonds when he was Minister Of Mines. Many Zimbabweans have expressed their disdain at the amount of riches that he ammassed over the period.

Air Mashal Perence Shiri Minister Of Lands, Agriculture and Rural ResettlementHe has been the head of the Air Force Of Zimbabwe. From 1983 to 1984  he was commander of the notorious  Zimbabwean Fifth Brigade. The Fifth Brigade was trained by North Korea instructed and is infamous for brutal massacres of civilians in Matebeleland during that period. Mnangagwa was Minister Of State Security at the time.

Dr Lazarus DokoraMinister Of Health And Child Welfare. He is the incumbent and he has done a dismal job introducing policies that decreased morale withing the service. He also introduced a curriculum that many teachers believe will cause more harm to Zimbabwean students.

Dr David ParirenyatwaMinister Of Health And Child Welfare. He has been in goverment for more that 3 decades as a Deputy Minister and Minister Of Health. He has presided over the gross decline of health systems in the country. Under his watch more than 484 people died of cholera without any government assistance.

Kembo MohadiMinister Of Defence  Security and War Veterans. He has been in government as Deputy Minister of Local Government, Minister of Home Affairs and  Minister of National Security. He has nothing to show of it except that the police he led became more corrupt while the Central Intelligence Organisation that once tortured him have become more brutal.

Ziyambi ZiyambiMinister Of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Ziyambi Ziyambi is the former Deputy Minister of Home Affairs . This is his first full  ministerial appointment

Major General Sibusiso MoyoMinister Of Foreign Affairs. Many know Moyo as the face of the recent coup. He is the soldier who went on national television to annouce the takeover by the military. He was  promoted to Major General from Brigadier General by Mugabe in 2016. He was Chief of Staff Quartermaster of the Zimbabwe National Army.  It is alleged Moyo commanded the military operations in Midlands province during the bloody 2008 runoff period.

Kazembe KazembeMinister Of Sport, Arts and Recreation. Has been a member of ZANU PF  Mashonaland Central Provincial executive. He became popular for being chided by Grace Mugabe at a rally in Bindura.

Dr Mike BimhaMinister Of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development. Former Zimbabwe Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce. He is also previously a Board Chairman of Air Zimbabwe. Under his chairmanship Air Zimbabwe declined heavily after being saddled by debts.

July MoyoMinister Of Local Government, public Works and National Housing. He is a former Midlands Governor and politburo member. He was fired from ZANU PF after the infamous Tsholotsho Declaration collapse. He is a long time ally of Mnangagwa.

Sithembiso NyoniMinister Of Women and Youth Affairs. She has been in government for close to two decades now . She was appointed to  Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Development in 2000.  She has a diploma in rural and social development, an advanced diploma in adult education, and a M.A. in rural social development.

Prof Amon MurwiraMinister  Of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development. Nothing much is known of him but he appears to be a purely technocratic appointment.  He was educated in Netherlands where he specialized in GeoInformatics. He was a lecturer at University Of Zimbabwe. He doesn’t seem to have any known previous engagement in government.

Super MandiwanziraMinister Of ICT and Cyber Security. He is a former TV host.  Former Deputy Minister of Information and incumbent Minister Of ICT. He has been linked to a number scandals at Telecel, Zimpost and the awarding of radio licenses.

Oppah Muchinguri-KashiriTourism and Hospitality. She has been in government since  1980. She has been Minister of Environment, Water and Climate,  Minister of Higher Education and Minister of Women’s Affairs. She no accomplishment of note for all her time in government.

Simon Khaya Moyo – Minister Of Energy And Power Development. Has been an ambassador to South Africa. A ZANU PF chairperson and a  Minister Of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services.

Christopher MutsvangwaMinister Of Information Media and Broadcasting Services. One of the achitects of the coup as a former minister of War Veterans. He worked at ZBC and was also an ambassador to China. Eloquent but has no track record of execution.

  • Prof Clever NyathiLabour and Social Services
  • Dr jorum Gimbo Transport and Infrastructural Development
  • Winston ChitandoMines and Mining Development
  • Priscah MupfumiraMinister Of Tourism
  • Simbarashe MumbengegwiState for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring Of Government Programmes 

Tsvangirai Behind The Scenes Engagements With President Emmerson Mnangagwa Delaying New Cabinet

HARARE – MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is engaged in behind-the-scenes discussions with President Emmerson Mnangagwa over the formation of an inclusive Cabinet that could help unite the nation’s deeply-divided citizens.

Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai

According to MDC insiders, Tsvangirai has been in constant touch with emissaries from Mnangagwa, who is keen on having the former prime minister’s proxies in his Cabinet in a bid to refresh the poisoned political atmosphere fuelling the current economic malaise.

This could be contributing to the inordinate delays in the announcement of a new Cabinet — the first by Mnangagwa since he took the oath of office on Friday last week.

Currently, Mnangagwa is operating with an interim Cabinet comprising two ministers — Patrick Chinamasa (Finance) and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi (Foreign Affairs) — amid indications that a new team could be in place by Monday once the discussions have been finalised.

MDC legislator for Zengeza Simon Chidhakwa told the Daily News this week that Tsvangirai disclosed to his inner circle prospects of an inclusive arrangement but was left in a dilemma after he failed to get the buy-in from lieutenants.

“There were mixed feelings over the matter because some believe that it is not wise for us to involve ourselves because we risk losing value before elections. Others, however, think we can come in as long as we are guaranteed that far-reaching reforms around issues to do with elections and the people’s liberties, including civil and political are guaranteed,” said Chidhakwa — a close associate of Tsvangirai.

“In view of the mixed feelings expressed, the president said it was imperative that we prepare for elections hence he emphasised the need to escalate our voter registration drive.”

Tsvangirai was expected to escalate his consultations to the party’s national executive before the end of the week to get a cue on whether the MDC should be part of the inclusive arrangement, which does not seem to include opposition parties that have no representation in Parliament.

MDC insiders said Tsvangirai is under pressure from many quarters to work with Mnangagwa, including from his wife Elizabeth and the wife of the commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Constantino Chiwenga.

Marry Chiwenga and Elizabeth, who were not picking up their phones yesterday, are close friends and together played a major role when Tsvangirai was assisted by government to foot his medical bills last year.

Tsvangirai is now increasingly frail, having been diagnosed with cancer of the colon last year.

Due to his age and ill-health, the MDC leader appears to be amenable to an inclusive arrangement to enable him to fend for his family and pay for his medical costs.

Intelligence reports gleaned by Reuters revealed recently that Mnangagwa, a lawyer by profession, was as early as last year willing to work with the opposition and on that score he has support of the military, which propelled him to power.

At his inauguration last week, the president pledged to unite the country, which has been polarised for decades along political lines.

His unifying speech led many to speculate that time had come for the country’s major political parties, chiefly Zanu PF and the MDC, to work together to heal the wounds inflicted on the nation by Robert Mugabe’s ruinous rule that stretched over 37 years.

Although critics are sceptical about Mnangagwa’s sincerity towards the opposition amid suspicions that he could be a clone of his predecessor, having served Mugabe for nearly six decades, he has so far proved naysayers wrong.

Tsvangirai, who attended Mnangagwa’s inauguration last Friday, told Studio 7 on Monday night that he was willing to engage Zanu PF on the subject but expressed concern over the little time remaining before elections, which must be held before the end of August 2018.

“It was good for us to form a unity government but taking into consideration the time which is left before elections, it doesn’t make sense. He (Mnangagwa) must complete (the) few months which are left. It was good for us to work together and take our country forward but for now, it can be problematic because it will create division by picking certain people to be included in his government,” Tsvangirai was quoted saying.

The Daily News can report that in as much as Tsvangirai is willing to engage Mnangagwa on the issue, he has his work cut out as his party is divided right through the middle chiefly because of personal considerations.

Two schools of thought have emerged in the MDC.

On the one hand, there is a section which feels that Mnangagwa needs the MDC’s support to take the country forward following more than three decades of ruinous economic policies by Mugabe.

But this is being resisted by another group which feels that if Mnangagwa is to score on the economic front, it would weaken the MDC’s chances of forming the next government after the 2018 elections.

This group also feels strongly that going into bed with Mnangagwa’s administration would legitimise Zanu PF’s controversial electoral victories of the past and play into the hands of critics who have always accused the party of political flip-flopping.

The MDC has always protested that Zanu PF has been rigging previous elections and therefore was ruling illegitimately.

Those belonging to this school of thought were even against the idea of Tsvangirai attending Mnangagwa’s inauguration at the 60 000-seater National Sports Stadium as they feared that the MDC would be swallowed by Zanu PF without any gains of its own.

The MDC leader is currently at loggerheads with a number of senior party members who are against the idea of working with Mnangagwa.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu was yesterday emphatic against the establishment of a unity government, echoing misgivings shared by many in the country’s biggest opposition who feel that they will not be accommodated on “the gravy train”.

“Right now, we are more concerned with mobilising Zimbabweans to come out and register to vote during the ongoing biometric voter registration exercise. Our eyes are firmly on the elections that will be held next year. We are also busy pushing for the putting into place of electoral reforms that will guarantee an even playing field in order to produce a free and fair election,” said Gutu.

“Let me put it more bluntly: There are no talks for the formation of a GNU 2 or whatever you would like to call it. Elections will be held in the next few months and we are pretty confident of winning these elections and proceeding to form the next government if the elections are free and fair,” he added.

Ahead of Mnangagwa’s inauguration, Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs Chinamasa told the Daily News that the ruling party was not averse to a unity government.

“We can only achieve that when we work with everyone regardless of political affiliation because what government will do will affect everyone so there is need for consensus with stakeholders, including the opposition on fundamental issues of policy so that we can engage the outside world with one voice,” said Chinamasa who is the interim Finance minister.

Chinamasa said people had “wrongly” interpreted the statement he made two weeks ago at the end of the Zanu PF central committee meeting, which resolved to recall Mugabe from government.

“Those who portrayed a picture of us as Zanu PF saying we can do it all alone misquoted me because what I said then was that the processes underway in Zanu PF are an internal issue and I do not envisage how the opposition can help us in that regard not that we don’t need them in national development,” Chinamasa clarified.-Dailynews

Former President Mugabe Goes Into Farming At Rural Home

Former President Robert Mugabe is now looking forward to a new life of farming and staying at his rural home, his nephew Leo Mugabe said .

 

Leo Mugabe was quoted by the French news agency AFP as saying Mugabe, who resigned last Tuesday, was in good health and in a jovial mood.

“He is fine. I have been to see him, he is quite jovial,” he said.

“He is actually looking forward to his new life — farming and staying at the rural home. He has taken it well.”

Mugabe will be turning 94 in February and was forced to step down after the military intervened to stop “criminals” that had surrounded him from taking over.

Three top members of the G40 faction of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front that backed Mugabe and his wife Grace appeared in court yesterday.

Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo is facing corruption charges while youth leader Kudzanayi Chipanga is accused of publishing falsehoods.

They were remanded to tomorrow for bail application.

Innocent Hamandishe who was youth commissar was remanded to 8 December. He is facing several counts of kidnapping.

Mugabe was assured immunity against prosecution and a hefty severance package which some reports say entitles him to $150 000 a month.

Although Zimbabweans are rejoicing at the ousting of Mugabe, critics are now beginning to question the military intervention with some arguing that the military stepped in to serve their own interests rather than those of the people although the people also benefitted from the ousting of a dictator. – Insider

Jonathan Moyo Laughs At Himself

Jonathan Moyo, who was fired as a government minister on Monday when President Emmerson Mnangagwa dissolved ousted president Robert Mugabe’s last cabinet and expelled from Parliament yesterday, had time to laugh at himself yesterday quipping that “where there’s no laughter, the people perish!”

The subject that left him with cracked ribs was a picture of himself which he said had been forwarded to him by one of his “dope daughters”.

The picture was actually posted on his timeline by someone calling himself Kazembe Kazembe jnr following Moyo’s tweet that 25 soldiers had stormed Saviour Kasukuwere’s house where he and his family as well as that of Kasukuwere were inside.

“The life of a border jumper,” Kazembe wrote. “wakumbira ani kuchargisa foni.”

 

Jonathan Moyo Laughs At Himself

Jonathan Moyo, who was fired as a government minister on Monday when President Emmerson Mnangagwa dissolved ousted president Robert Mugabe’s last cabinet and expelled from Parliament yesterday, had time to laugh at himself yesterday quipping that “where there’s no laughter, the people perish!”

The subject that left him with cracked ribs was a picture of himself which he said had been forwarded to him by one of his “dope daughters”.

The picture was actually posted on his timeline by someone calling himself Kazembe Kazembe jnr following Moyo’s tweet that 25 soldiers had stormed Saviour Kasukuwere’s house where he and his family as well as that of Kasukuwere were inside.

“The life of a border jumper,” Kazembe wrote. “wakumbira ani kuchargisa foni.”

 

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr. Misheck Sibanda confirmed that Zimbabwe’s interim president is forming a new cabinet. Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s interim president, has dissolved Robert Mugabe’s cabinet and appointed Patrick Chinamasa to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, according to The Herald.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr. Misheck Sibanda, confirmed the reports, stating that the newly installed president has “dissolved cabinet, and is in the process of putting together a new team of cabinet members.”

He added that Mnangagwa is scheduled to hold meetings with heads of ministries (permanent secretaries) today.

President Mnangagwa was sworn in last Friday amid a military operation code-named “Operation Restore Legacy,” which saw long-time Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe resign from office. The military move, according to the new president, was aimed at preserving the ethos of the country’s “struggle against British colonialism,” which was led by Mugabe, the late Sally Hayfron Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo, Josiah Tongogara and many others.

The new head of state added that the “struggle for social and economic empowerment” now continues under his leadership.

 

Mugabe’s close friend and chaplain, Roman Catholic Church cleric Father Fidelis Mukonori, helped mediate between the former president and military officials during “Operation Restore Legacy.” Having help convinced Mugabe that it was best to resign with dignity, he said that he needed to “leave behind a good legacy to benefit future generations,” adding that “everything we do should be for future generations and prosperity for hundreds of years to come.”

One of the first measures taken by the new Zimbabwean government was to officially declare Feb. 21, the Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Holiday. “Mugabe’s immense contribution” to Zimbabwe should be recognized, Mnangagwa stated, adding that “he fought for our freedom … let us all accept and acknowledge his immense contribution to our nation.”

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr. Misheck Sibanda confirmed that Zimbabwe’s interim president is forming a new cabinet. Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s interim president, has dissolved Robert Mugabe’s cabinet and appointed Patrick Chinamasa to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, according to The Herald.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr. Misheck Sibanda, confirmed the reports, stating that the newly installed president has “dissolved cabinet, and is in the process of putting together a new team of cabinet members.”

He added that Mnangagwa is scheduled to hold meetings with heads of ministries (permanent secretaries) today.

President Mnangagwa was sworn in last Friday amid a military operation code-named “Operation Restore Legacy,” which saw long-time Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe resign from office. The military move, according to the new president, was aimed at preserving the ethos of the country’s “struggle against British colonialism,” which was led by Mugabe, the late Sally Hayfron Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo, Josiah Tongogara and many others.

The new head of state added that the “struggle for social and economic empowerment” now continues under his leadership.

 

Mugabe’s close friend and chaplain, Roman Catholic Church cleric Father Fidelis Mukonori, helped mediate between the former president and military officials during “Operation Restore Legacy.” Having help convinced Mugabe that it was best to resign with dignity, he said that he needed to “leave behind a good legacy to benefit future generations,” adding that “everything we do should be for future generations and prosperity for hundreds of years to come.”

One of the first measures taken by the new Zimbabwean government was to officially declare Feb. 21, the Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Holiday. “Mugabe’s immense contribution” to Zimbabwe should be recognized, Mnangagwa stated, adding that “he fought for our freedom … let us all accept and acknowledge his immense contribution to our nation.”

Grace Mugabe Detained In Secret Military Prison

GRACE Mugabe is being held by the military leaders who took control of Zimbabwe from her husband, officials claim.

There has been much speculation about the fate of Robert Mugabe’s unpopular wife since the army stormed the capital in a takeover that is thought to have taken place to stop her gaining power.

A military official said: “She was a bad influence on Mugabe while he was in power, and was a bad influence on him when we tried to negotiate a deal with him to stand down.”

It had been reported that she had fled to Namibia or was still living with the President but now it appears that she was seized by the military in the early stages of the coup.

The military takeover was partially inspired by Robert Mugabe to remove his longtime deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and pave the way for his wife to take over after the 93-year-old dies.

Now it has been revealed that Mrs Mugabe is being held by the rebels who she vowed to crush.

An official told the Daily Mail: “It’s best she is taken out of the picture and forgotten about for now – we will decide what to do with her later.

“She is a very rich lady and at some point we will want to find out all about how she made that money.”

She has reportedly been held across a number of different military detention centres where the President’s feared state security is said to have tortured people.

Grace Mugabe has been nicknamed “Gucci Grace” by her critics and is known for her lavish spending on luxury items.

Along with a “number of others” Grace will face charges, Zanu PF party officials have said.

She is accused of “preaching hate, divisiveness and assuming roles and powers not delegated to the office”. daily mail

Grace Mugabe Wants Divorce After Mugabe Offered To Send Grace To Exile In Order To Remain As President

Disgraced former Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe made a shocking divorce threat during negotiations that led to her husband’s resignation.

Sources close to Robert and Grace Mugabe confirm that openly told Mugabe that she would file for divorce after the ousted nonagenarian leader wept uncontrollably saying he misses late wife  Sally Hayfron and late son Nhamodzenyika.

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The South African born former typist and ex-wife of airforce officer Stanely Goreraza angrily voiced concerns over her marriage after Mugabe is reported to have offered to trade his wife in order to retain power.

“She’s been very upset ever since and has been losing a lot of weight,” said a woman close to the family. “She  thinks  she has been betrayed by her husband  and their marriage beyond repair.”

Mugabe agreed to step down after negotiations with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) which were mediated by Roman Catholic Priest, Father Fidelis Mukonori, among other people.

As part of the deal to step down, Mugabe was granted immunity for any crimes that he may have been committed while he was in office. Mugabe was also guaranteed that his family would be allowed to retain all its assets. Mugabe said that he wants to die in Zimbabwe and that he does not wish to go into exile.

NUST Technician Films Female Students’ Panties

A SUSPECTED pervert employed as a technician at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo installed cameras and mirrors facing strategic positions where he would allegedly film the undergarments of female students visiting his office.

As if that was not enough, he would then allegedly use mubobo to have sex with the students. Mubobo is a supernatural way in which a man uses muti to have sex remotely with a woman without her knowledge. The man, aged 35, has since been suspended but not before he had been engaged in his satanic behaviour since 2015.

Nust spokesperson, Mr Felix Moyo, confirmed that the technician had installed cameras to watch the students although he said he could not confirm on the allegations surrounding the use of mubobo as he was also not sure how it works. He, however, said the institution had to take an action as it did not tolerate perverted behaviours.

“He exhibited unacceptable behaviour which we didn’t expect from one of our professional staff. He was invading the privacy of female staff and we suspended him on that effect. The university keeps standards of professionalism, protects the rights of citizens and we want the environment to be conducive for everyone.

“Apparently, he had reconstructed his office desk and removed the panel which blocks vision from the user side of the office to that of the visitor. It was shocking to find out that he had inserted cameras and mirrors from which he viewed women’s thighs and their underwears,” he said.

Mr Moyo said the matter came to light after one of his 29 victims came forward and complained to the human resources department. He said some of the man’s victims complained that every time they visited his office, they would see unusual lights and movement under his desk. One of the investigating officers who requested anonymity said the technician was caught red-handed with the cameras and videos which showed the students’ undergarments.

“We went to his office and found him in the company of some women. We then asked him to step aside from his desk and also asked the women to excuse us. That’s when we confiscated gadgets which were inserted under his desk. We then took him to our office and asked him to unlock the phones and laptops, from which he showed us videos of women’s thighs and underwears.”

According to the investigators, the technician confessed that he had been doing the immoral act since 2015. He said he was deriving entertainment pleasures from watching the videos. Mr Moyo said what boggles the mind was that he was young and could propose to any woman of his choice but decided to do such an abnormal act.

“At 35 he is young, and was financially stable to get any woman he wants. I wonder why someone can use such immoral ways to access women or get sexual satisfaction. I guess it all points to one thing that some people are just perverts and there is nothing we can do about it,” he said.

The technician had been an employee at the university since 2013.-Sundaynews

Mnangagwa and Chiwenga PICTURED With SA Businessmen On Interpol Arrest Warrant

Pictures have emerged online showing new president Emmerson Mnangagwa and army general Constantino Chiwenga with a controversial businessman who had an arrest warrant issued by interpol. Mnangagwa and Chiwenga were pictured with Zunaid Moti, a South African businessman along with several other business associates named on the same arrest warrant.

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Chiwenga, Then Vice Pesident Emmerson Mnangagwa with Muslim Cleric Ismail ibn Musa Menk, Fanshawe Director Zunaid Moti and business associates

Sheikh Ismail ibn Musa Menk a powerful Zimbabwean-born Islamic scholar has been pictured on a number of ocassions with President Mnangagwa and General Constantine Chiwenga. Recently the Sheikh accompanied Mnangagwa , Chiwenga and other senior Zimbabwe ministers to inspect the Africa Chrome Fields plant in Kwekwe.

According to TimesLive, “in August this year Moti‚ along with his father‚ Abbas Aboo Baker Moti‚ and their business associates‚ Ashruf Kaka and Salim Bobat‚ were attempting to interdict President Jacob Zuma and his government and force them to hold off on an international arrest warrant issued in their names.”

Zunaid Moti in his home office in Joburg
Zunaid Moti in his home office in Joburg (Picture by TimesLive)

“All four are listed by Interpol as international fugitives. The men stand accused of defrauding an allegedly disgruntled business partner – Russian citizen Alibek Issaev – out of R6.6-million in an apparent bogus mining deal. The fraud allegedly took place in Lebanon in 2013.

“The men claim that they have never travelled to that country and that their arrest warrants were obtained on falsified information. Interpol issued red notices for the men in June. A red notice is issued when countries are unable to arrest suspects who have fled their policing jurisdictions.”

The four challenged their original arrest warrants in the Lebanese courts and were set to make submissions to Interpol in France to have the red notices overturned.

The Zimbabwe Independent in August this year reported how Mnangagwa was entangled in a multi-million dollar chrome deal “illegally granted permission to import fuel duty-free under the guise they are running a project with national status.”

According to the report Mnangagwa played an important role to facilitate for Africa Chrome Fields (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of South African mining company Fanshawe Mining Holdings (owned by Moti), to invest in a chrome mining and smelting project in Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe constituency.

The vice-president is said to be close to ACF director Zunaid Moti, a flashy car-loving tycoon arrested in 2012 over armed robbery and attempted murder allegations. Moti denied the allegations.

The Zimbabwe Independent reported that “Jonathan Moyo accused Mnangagwa of deceiving cabinet into lifting an export ban on raw chrome in 2015 for self-serving purposes. He said ACF was granted mining rights after Mnangagwa “wilfully misled” President Robert Mugabe into believing ACF investors had the latest technology to process chrome ore into ferrochrome.”

According to the report “Moyo said truckloads of chrome ore had been smuggled out, charging Mnangagwa’s business associates had in the process made over US$49 million.”

Responding to questions from the paper, ACF national project liaison director Ashruf Kaka said;

“At the risk of repeating ourselves in the media, we are in the business of mining and beneficiation and are not politicians and leave politics to the politicians.

“Having said that, we invested in Zimbabwe in the first quarter of 2014 prior to us having any interaction with the vice-president and our interaction with him commenced with the introduction to him of the aluminothermic technology during the latter part of 2014, and more particularly in the beginning of 2015. We had sought other investments in the chrome industry from 2012 with particular reference to ZimAlloys.

“The relationships that we have with all politicians and their respective departments are project-related and accordingly professional in nature. We do not delve into the realm of politics as our focus is and will always be beneficiation and all politicians, including the Honourable Vice-President Mnangagwa, have considered the project beneficial to Zimbabwe and the interest of Zimbabwe.”

Three Grace Mugabe Aides Left The Harare Magistrates Court In leg Irons

THREE former Zanu PF officials who were allegedly abducted by the army last week have appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court charged with various offences ranging from corruption, fraud, kidnapping and criminal abuse of office.
Former Finance Minister and Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatious Chombo, party secretary for youth Kudzai Chipanga and his secretary general Innocent Hamandishe appeared at the courts and claimed that were tortured while in the hands of the army.
Chombo and Chipanga were remanded in custody to 27 November 2017 for their bail applications while Hamandishe was remanded in custody to 8 December 2017.
Chombo appeared before Magistrate Elisha Singano facing charges of fraud, corruption and criminal abuse of office. The charges emanate from the alleged criminal activities that were done between 1997 and 2006.
He was charged with contravening sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act after he abused his office and sold a stand to an Alois Chimeri after conniving with seven other people in 1997 which resulted in the City of Harare losing $900 000.
The former mister was also charged with abusing his officer when he was still minister of Local Government after he corruptly apportioned a piece of land to a company he is a co-director for the development of cluster houses. The State say the piece of land was valued at US$2.7 million.
As a result of the alleged crimes, the total value of the property stolen, according to the State papers, is US$3.6 million.
Chipanga appeared before Magistrate Josephine Sande and was charged with violating the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) for allegedly publishing a false statement prejudicial to the State or causing disaffection among the police force or the defence forces. The charge arise from a press statement that he made at the party’s headquarters on 14 November 2017 where he is alleged to have insulted the Commander of the Defence Forces Constantino Chiwenga.
Hamandishe who is facing six counts of kidnapping and one count of communicating false information or causing disaffection among the security forces appeared before Regional Magistrate Hosea Mujaya who remanded him in custody to 8 December 2017.
His application for refusal of placement on remand on the grounds that he was over detained was dismissed by the magistrate.

Emmerson Mnangagwa set to be sworn in as new Zimbabwe president

Emmerson Mnangagwa was set to be sworn in as president on Friday, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover.

Mnangagwa, until recently one of Mugabe’s closest allies, will take the oath of office at the national sports stadium on the outskirts of Harare before thousands of supporters, dignitaries and foreign diplomats.

Mugabe, who ruled the southern African country for 37 autocratic years, was ousted from office when the military intervened after he had sacked Mnangagwa as vice president.

Mugabe, 93 and in increasingly frail health, had been positioning his wife Grace as his successor, but the army chiefs acted to halt the plan and usher in Mnangagwa.

“Come and be an eyewitness of history being made, the historic ushering in (of) a new era and better country,” said a statement from the ruling ZANU-PF party calling on people to attend the inauguration.

State television suggested that Mugabe may be present, but no official confirmed his participation.

Robert Mugabe kissing his wife and first lady Grace Mugabe during the country’s 37th Independence Day celebrations  CREDIT: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AP

Buses have been arranged to transport supporters to the 60,000-capacity stadium early on Friday.

Mnangagwa, 75, said this week that Zimbabweans were witnessing “a new and unfolding full democracy”, though critics say he is a ZANU-PF hardliner who gained power in a de facto military coup.

He is known as “The Crocodile” for his ruthlessness and is accused of overseeing ethnic massacres by the army in the 1980s and the 2008 election violence when Mugabe was at risk of losing the vote.

Ahead of the inauguration, the army warned that criminals had been impersonating soldiers since the crisis to extort money from the public and called on Zimbabweans to obey the law.

Britain, the former colonial power, said it was sending Africa Minister Rory Stewart to the ceremony.

Regional heavyweight South Africa said President Jacob Zuma would not be present as he was hosting a visit by Angola’s new head of state.

Zuma praised Mugabe, noting “his contribution to the liberation of the Southern African region and the decolonisation of the continent”.

Mugabe had ruled since Zimbabwean independence in 1980, exercising almost total authority to crush any sign of dissent.

The majority of Zimbabweans have only known life under Mugabe – the world’s oldest head of state – during a reign defined by brutality, rigged elections and international isolation.

His iron grip on power ended on Tuesday when his resignation letter was delivered to parliament, where MPs had convened to impeach him.

Mugabe was last seen in public on Friday and gave a defiant televised address on Sunday.

Neither he nor his wife Grace has been seen since, though they are expected to be given protection by the government.

The main opposition group, the Movement for Democratic Change, said it was “cautiously optimistic” that Mnangagwa would not be as “evil, corrupt, decadent” as Mugabe.

In the week before Mugabe resigned, military vehicles rolled down Harare’s streets, army generals made a TV address in the early hours and tens of thousands of Zimbabweans demonstrated against the veteran leader.

Zimbabwe’s once-promising economy collapsed under Mugabe’s rule, and many hope Mnangagwa will push through reforms to bring in investment.

Unemployment is over 90 percent, and in his first speech after being announced as the next president he promised “jobs, jobs, jobs!”

Exposed:Grace Mugabe Sleeping With Cabinet Ministers – Army

Ahead of his meeting with army officials to discuss his exit, Mugabe was ‘wailing profusely’ and saying that he wished he could speak to his dead wife, Sally Mugabe, and his late son, Michael Nhamodzenyika, who died from cerebral malaria in 1966 at the age of three.

‘He spends most of his time looking at an old photograph of Sally. It is terrible,’ the aide said of Mugabe’s first wife, who died of kidney failure in 1992.In 1996, Mugabe went on to marry his current wife, ‘Gucci’ Grace, who was also expelled from her role as head of the Zanu-PF Women’s League ‘forever’.

Rumor has it that the army’s intelligence chief announced to Mugabe that his wife, Grace Mugabe was sleeping around with the young ministers in Mugabe’s cabinet.

The frail dictator has been staging a hunger strike over his confinement under house arrest and is refusing to take regular baths or speak, the aide added.

The only person who has managed to get through to him was the Catholic cleric Father Fidelis Mukonori, who is mediating between Mr Mugabe and the generals, the aide added.

Images of the meeting showed Mugabe, who wore a black suit, white shirt, and red tie, with his hand to his head and deep in conversation with senior security officials, including army chief Constantino Chiwenga who led the military takeover earlier this week.

‘President Robert Mugabe this afternoon met with Zimbabwe Defence Forces Generals at State House,’ the Herald said on its Twitter feed, accompanied by photographs.

Impeaching the president is the next step when Parliament resumes, and lawmakers will ‘definitely’ put the process in motion, the main opposition’s parliamentary chief whip told The Associated Press.

Mnangagwa Sends A Chilling Reminder To His Enemies

Zimbabwe’s president designate Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived back in the country from a short stint in exile. He was welcomed at Manyame Airbase by supporters, friends and family.  Among them was the wife of the Commander Of The Zimbabwe Defence Forces Marry Chiwenga.

Elongated Motorcade

One of the things that has scratched Zimbabweans on the wrong side has been the length of Mugabe’s motorcade. On average Mugabe traveled with about  twenty to thirty cars. Today in the same fashion Mnangagwa’s motorcade had close to or more that what Mugabe used to travel with.

UnInspiring Speech

Mnangagwa headed for the ZANU PF headquarters in Harare where a throng of supporters awaited him. Amongst his  jubilant supporters were former ZANU PF members who had been chucked out of the party by Mugabe. Obert Mpofu – the ZANU PF Secretary For Finance introduced him to the crowd that was already in a frenzy shouting “Garwe Garwe Garwe!”. Garwe is Shona for crocodile which is Mnangagwa’s nickname that was derived from the notorious Crocodile Gang which was one of the early group of liberation war guerrillas to infiltrate Rhodesia in 1964.

Once on  the podium  he started with his trademarks slogan “Pasi nemhanduuuuuuu!” which roughly translates to “Down with traitors”. He then thanked his supporters and also ZANU PF leadership before chronicling the circumstances that led to his flight.

“I was informed about the plans to eliminate me.  Realizing that on the 12th of August this year I was subjected to poisoning, which resulted in my being airlifted to South Africa. Again I thank you the people of Zimbabwe for your prayers. This time I said I am not going to wait for the to eliminate me”

He then went on the offensive. “Vaenge vasingadi vachagara vachingovukura, chitima cheZANU PF chichingoinda chichingoinda, muchingotonga!” (Those who bark will continue to bark while the ruling ZANU PF train chugs along)

There was nothing in the speech to suggest that Mnangagwa will shift the trajectory of Zimbabwe politics from divisiveness to unity.

He will officially be sworn in on Friday.

TRUNCATED list of individuals who disappeared and/or were killed for saying Robert Mugabe is too old to rule, for asking him to step down or for being associated with those who said so. These people did not live to see this day

1. Itai Dzamara of Harare
2. Tonderai Ndira, of Mabvuku
3. Tapiwa Mubwanda of Hurungwe
4. Murunde Tembo of Mudzi
5. Tatenda Chibika, Chibeta Business Centre, Mutoko
6. Moses Bashitwayo of Wedza
7. Solomon Bote of ward 22 in Musikavanhu, Makoni South
8. Brighton Mabwera jnr, Manyika Viilage, Uzumba
9. Zvidzai Mapurisa of Village 21 in Gunikuni area in Masvingo south
10. Tabitha Marume of Makoni West in Manicaland
11. Tenos Manyimo of Mbire
11. Bigboy Zhuwawo of Mbire
12. Chrispen Chiutsi of Muzarabani in Mashonaland Central
13. Clemence Dube of Poshayi Village, Shurugwi, Midlands
14. Gilbert Nyagupe of Kotwa, Mudzi.
15. Catherine Makwenjere of Mwenezi
16. Tapiwa Meda
17. Joseph Madzuramhende
18. Alex Chiriseri
19. David Tachiwa Mapuranga
20. Arthur Matombo
21. Patson Mudzuramhende
22. Jeff Jemedze
23. Nelson Emmanuel of Harare south
24. Tonderai Zireni of Zimunya, Mutare
25. Isaac Danda of Gokwe Nembudziya
26. Musafare Mudimu of Manyika village in Uzumba
27. Karombe Benson Chipungu of Manyika village in Uzumba, Mashonaland East
28. R Gomwe, Gokwe Nembudziya
29. Ruth Mushayahembe of Chimbwanda village in Uzumba
30. Elias Madzivanzira, a headman in ward 8, Shamva North
31. Sam Kahari, from Chidembo village in Shamva North
32. Remember Kayembe of Mazowe
33. Abiya Nyakudya, a headman for Chaparira village, Mt Darwin East
34. Bright Mafuriro, Chaparira village in Mt Darwin East
35. Fischer Chirese Chaparira village in Mt Darwin East
36. Sairiro Kamufuto, Chaparira village in Mt Darwin East
37. Chaparira, a headman in Chaparira village in Mt Darwin East
38. Beta Chokururama, Chikwaka village, Mashonaland East.
39. Ken Nyevhe of Juru Growth point
40. Godfrey Kauzani of Juru Growth Point
41. Edson Zaya of Ward 9 in Shamva North
42. Choukuse Nyoka Mubango, Buhera West, Manicaland
43. Tafirenyika Kapfudza, a headman for Sanzu village in Uzumba
44. Rosemary Maramba, Nhakiwa village.
45. Manyuke Nyamukada of Manyika village in Uzumba
46. Shepherd Jani, Masonaland East
47. Taurai Matanda Murambinda in Buhera, Manicaland
48. Kidwell Zvavamwe of Ward 28, Shamva South
49. Washington Nyamwa
50. Chrison Mbano
51. Edson Ngwerume, Jerere Growth Point
52. Dadirai Chipiro of Chikowero village, Mhondoro Ngezi
53. Nyasha Mashoko
54. Pamela Pasvanai
55. Sofia Chingozho
56. Dumisani Hapazari of Chiredzi
57. Mabika Mudzinga
58. Leonard Mhete of Chigumisirwa village in Bikita East, Masvingo
59. Tiziro Moyo
60. Stanford Mapuranga
61. Mirai Zvidzai of Maranda in Mwenezi
62. Chengerai Kahari of Chireka village, Bindura South
63. Rodrick Mukova of Chimbudzi village in Mwenezi
64. Kennias Artwell Bvekerwa of Ward 7 Chipinge, Manicaland

Supporters comfort Chatunga Mugabe son after dad’s demise

Robert Mugabe’s son‚ Chatunga Bellarmine Mugabe‚ is undoubtedly licking his wounds on Wednesday after his father stepped down as president on Tuesday.

Until the very last moments‚ Chatunga seemed certain that his father would never relinquish power.

Chatunga took to his Facebook page on Wednesday morning to post a picture of a pensive-looking Mugabe.

Some took to the post to send positive messages to the Mugabe youngster.

“He will forever be celebrated by me! Iconic leader he was‚” said Blessing Mutyasira.

“He was our leader in his own league yet he was supposed to create more leaders other than himself not enemies hope you also learnt that everyone is vital in life‚” said Israel Zombo Gusalo.

“Much respect for you‚ Gushungo‚” said Kudzay Mhlanga.

“I will always salute you‚ my President! You will remain a hero and nothing can change that! Farewell‚” said Yolanda Chidziwo Washaya.

Others expressed their joy at Mugabe’s demise.

“Dad fell off the cash cow called Zanu-PF. No more champagne baths‚” wrote Thembani Elmon Jnr.

Cliff Baba Ethan Nhariswa showed no sympathy: “I’m sure they have enough to live for four more lifetimes‚ spending exactly the same.”

Natasha Kimberley wrote: “He has blood on his hands. Many died because of him. Many went missing … Houses destroyed‚ many became homeless.

He talks about unity and love and failed to love his nation … People are suffering‚ sleep without eating … and your heartless mother goes on a shopping spree.” – TimesLive

BREAKING NEWS:Grace Mugabe Ally Mashayamombe Arrested Outside Harare Hotel

ZANU PF legislator Harare South and close ally of Grace Mugabe, Shadreck Mashayamombe has just been picked up by “intelligence” officers outside the Miekles Hotel.

The three officers, a lady and two gentlemen, forced the MP into an unmarked Toyota double cab before taking off.

The ruling party’s political commissar for Harare Province openly cried as he was whisked away in the unmarked golden vehicle.

The arrest comes a week after the military seized power in a bid to arrest “criminals” around former president Robert Mugabe. number of senior Zanu PF MPs and officials have since fled the country and are in self-imposed exile.

The Harare City Council has been investigating the Harare South MP as it sought to know the amount of land the MP owned in the capital. Mashayamombe has in the past been accused of being a land baron in his Harare South constituency and other parts of the city while using his Zanu PF party card and his close links to grace Mugabe.

Wild Celebrations In Zimbabwe As Mugabe Resigns

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe Tuesday, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda told lawmakers, ending a 37-year rule defined by brutality and economic collapse.

“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation with immediate effect,” said speaker Mudenda, reading the letter.

Grace Mugabe And Other First Ladies Who Live In The Lap Of Luxury

As Robert Mugabe’s reign over Zimbabwe draws to a close, attention has turned to the role his wife — known for her extravagant spending — has played in his plunging popularity.

As Robert Mugabe’s reign over Zimbabwe draws to a close, attention has turned to the role his wife has played in his plunging popularity.

Grace Mugabe has spent the past few years positioning herself as her husband’s successor, much to the chagrin of senior leaders of Zanu-PF.

She enjoyed the support of some in the political party’s youth wing, but is deeply unpopular with the wider population, thanks in large part to her reputation for extravagant spending.

Known to many as “Gucci Grace” or Zimbabwe’s “First Shopper”, she’s believed to have spent tens of thousands of tax-payer dollars on luxury goods and shopping sprees in Paris.

But she’s not the first to make the position of first lady look lucrative.

The queen of shoes

Imelda Marcos was the wife of former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who is remembered for his corruption and brutality.

As first lady, Ms Marcos was known for her opulent lifestyle, in particular her love of shoes.

When her husband was finally ousted from office in 1986, more than 2,700 pairs of shoes were found in her wardrobe, many of which are now housed in a museum in Marikina.

The family fled and lived several years in exile. But when her husband died, Ms Marcos returned to the Philippines and to politics, winning a seat in the country’s House of Representatives four times.

One of the country’s richest politicians, she reportedly maintains an extensive collection of clothing, artwork and jewellery.

She’s also believed to have stashed millions of dollars in offshore bank accounts under the name “Jane Ryan” frustrating attempts by investigators to recover the cash.

‘Desert rose’

Asma al-Assad was something of a media darling before the start of the Syrian Civil War.

Born in Britain to Syrian parents, the wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is well-educated and was described by Vogue magazine as “glamorous and chic” in a 2011 profile.

As Syria became a war zone, and her husband stood accused of committing war crimes, Asma al-Assad was reported to have spent almost half-a-million dollars on furniture.

Emails obtained by Wikileaks reportedly contained to the details of orders for five chandeliers, 11 ottomans and a rug worth just under $20,000. She’s also believed to have a penchant for Louboutin shoes.

Her Instagram account is littered with photos of her looking calm and perfectly coiffed despite the war that’s raging in Syria and the desperate conditions faced by much of the population.

Mrs Gaddafi

The second wife of Muammar Gaddafi, Safia Farkash, kept a relatively low profile while her husband made headlines for his dictatorial rule in Libya.

She’s believed to have met the dictator while she was nursing him in hospital. They soon married and had several children, enjoying a lavish lifestyle while many in the country lived in poverty.

Reports of the exact nature of her wealth have varied, particularly since the 2011 Libyan uprising and Gaddafi’s death. But persistent rumours claim she’s the owner of 20 tonnes of gold along with a personal jet.

In 2012, The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates froze her bank accounts over alleged atrocities committed by her husband.

She’s now been allowed to return to Libya with members of her family, a move that stirred discontent among the population.

Grace Mugabe PhD Scandal Forces University of Zimbabwe Exams Suspension

THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) was yesterday forced to suspend examinations mid-stream after students demonstrated demanding that vice-chancellor Levi Nyagura explain the circumstances under which First Lady Grace Mugabe obtained her doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree three years ago.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA/TINOTENDA MUNYUKWI

The institution came under intense criticism following Grace’s graduation in 2014 amid claims that the university had been coerced to award her the degree by President Robert Mugabe. The university has kept her thesis a closely-guarded secret.

The revolt by the students came just a day after the ruling Zanu PF recalled Mugabe and expelled his wife from the party.

In a notice to students, authorities said the examinations had been deferred to the period January 8 to 24, 2018.

Grace was awarded a PhD in sociology three months after enrolment in what critics said was a “jealousy” move to equal then Vice-President Joice Mujuru who was also capped at the same time with her.

Yesterday, the UZ reportedly threatened to engage the Zimbabwe Defence Forces as invigilators for the suspended examinations as students vowed that they would only resume after Mugabe has resigned as chancellor of the university.

UZ Student Representative Council (SRC) president Tawanda Vhudzijena told journalists that the institution had given them two options, to write the examinations under the watchful eye of the military or defer everything to next year.

“We met with the university administration and we have been given two options, which are to write the exams under the supervision of the military or have them deferred to next year, but our position is firm, that until President Mugabe steps down, we will not write examinations, “ Vhudzijena said.

Mugabe, in power since majority rule from Britain 37 years ago, has found his grip on power slipping away after the military took charge last week to “pacify a degenerating political situation”.

Vhudzijena applauded the military action that has left Mugabe, Grace and some of his top aides under house arrest while others have been detained in barracks.

Zimbabwe National Students’ Union secretary-general Makomborero Haruzivishe said efforts were underway to mobilise all tertiary students across the nation to march against Mugabe today.-Newsday 

Grace Mugabe PhD Scandal Forces University of Zimbabwe Exams Suspension

THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) was yesterday forced to suspend examinations mid-stream after students demonstrated demanding that vice-chancellor Levi Nyagura explain the circumstances under which First Lady Grace Mugabe obtained her doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree three years ago.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA/TINOTENDA MUNYUKWI

The institution came under intense criticism following Grace’s graduation in 2014 amid claims that the university had been coerced to award her the degree by President Robert Mugabe. The university has kept her thesis a closely-guarded secret.

The revolt by the students came just a day after the ruling Zanu PF recalled Mugabe and expelled his wife from the party.

In a notice to students, authorities said the examinations had been deferred to the period January 8 to 24, 2018.

Grace was awarded a PhD in sociology three months after enrolment in what critics said was a “jealousy” move to equal then Vice-President Joice Mujuru who was also capped at the same time with her.

Yesterday, the UZ reportedly threatened to engage the Zimbabwe Defence Forces as invigilators for the suspended examinations as students vowed that they would only resume after Mugabe has resigned as chancellor of the university.

UZ Student Representative Council (SRC) president Tawanda Vhudzijena told journalists that the institution had given them two options, to write the examinations under the watchful eye of the military or defer everything to next year.

“We met with the university administration and we have been given two options, which are to write the exams under the supervision of the military or have them deferred to next year, but our position is firm, that until President Mugabe steps down, we will not write examinations, “ Vhudzijena said.

Mugabe, in power since majority rule from Britain 37 years ago, has found his grip on power slipping away after the military took charge last week to “pacify a degenerating political situation”.

Vhudzijena applauded the military action that has left Mugabe, Grace and some of his top aides under house arrest while others have been detained in barracks.

Zimbabwe National Students’ Union secretary-general Makomborero Haruzivishe said efforts were underway to mobilise all tertiary students across the nation to march against Mugabe today.-Newsday 

Former VP Mnangagwa Asks President Robert Mugabe to Resign

  • Mnangagwa says won’t return to nation unless he is safe
  • Parliament to resum today; lawmakers could impeach Mugabe
Emmerson MnangagwaPhotographer: Alexander Joe/AFP via Getty Images

The new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling party asked Robert Mugabe to resign as president of the southern African nation.

“The destiny of our country is in the hands of our people and his excellency must heed the call of the people to resign,” Emmerson Mnangagwa, who left the country after Mugabe fired him as deputy president earlier this month, said in an emailed statement Tuesday.

The ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front fired Mugabe, 93, on Nov. 19 and named Mnangagwa as its new leader. Mugabe has made contact with Mnangagwa, who says he won’t return to the country “until he is satisfied of his personal security,” the new party leader said.

Mugabe triggered his own downfall by firing Mnangagwa, a move that prompted the military to intervene and place him under house arrest. The nation’s parliament is due to reconvene on Tuesday and could impeach him should he remain steadfast in his refusal to resign.

Under Mugabe’s watch, the economy has imploded, leaving 95 percent of the workforce unemployed, according to Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions estimates, and forcing as many as 3 million people into exile. His swift and legal exit will enable the military to implement its plan to install a transitional government until elections can be held, without the risk of outside intervention.

Mugabe’s decision to fire his long-time ally could have paved the way for his 52-year-old wife Grace and her supporters from a Zanu-PF faction known as the G-40 to gain control of the nation. Nicknamed “Gucci Grace” in Zimbabwe for her extravagant lifestyle, she said on Nov. 5 that she would be prepared to succeed her husband. The party has now resolved that she should be expelled from its ranks.

Ex-Zambian Leader Kaunda Dispatched to Convince Mugabe to Give Up Power

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has sent former president Kenneth Kaunda to Harare to try to convince President Robert Mugabe to step down in a “dignified exit” after the military seized power last week.

Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, left, and former Zambian president, Kenneth Kaunda, attend the inauguration ceremony of the Patriotic Front’s Edgar Lungu, in Lusaka Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Lungu the candidate from the ruling Patriotic Front, has won Zambia’s presidential election called after President Michael Sata died in October, the acting chief justice announced late Saturday. (AP Photo/Moses Mwape)

The ruling party removed Mugabe as ZANU-PF president and first secretary on Sunday and lawmakers from the ruling party were due to meet at the party headquarters on Monday to discuss impeaching the 93-year-old leader.

“Dr Kaunda used the presidential jet and has already arrived in Harare,” a senior government source told Reuters. Kaunda is also 93 years old. Reuters

Zimbabwe Govt Should Function As Usual – Chief Secretary

The Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet  Dr Misheck Sibanda is advising all government ministers, permanent secretaries and civil servants in general that government machinery should continue to function as usual, notwithstanding the current state of affairs in the country.

In a statement, Dr Sibanda said all government ministers should continue to discharge their responsibilities in the usual manner and should operate from their offices in Harare.

All permanent secretaries are also advised to ensure that the departments under their purview continue to effectively discharge their mandates for the benefit of the citizens and other stakeholders.

Dr Sibanda said all cabinet ministers and heads of ministries must rely on official communication and not be distracted by statements coming through the social media.

He said cabinet will be informed of the date of the next cabinet meeting in the usual manner.

Mugabe Has Been Refusing To Eat Or Bath Since Wednesday, Misses Sally – Source

Robert Mugabe and First Wife Sally

A source close to Robert Mugabe’s aides revealed that Mugabe has been having a hard time coming to terms with the betrayal by his trusted lieutenants. He has not been taking regular meals or baths since Wednesday and it has taken the intervention of Father Fidelis Mukonori to get him to eat or take a shower.

On Thursday before he met the Generals he is said to have broken down and started crying. He was wailing profusely saying he wished his first wife Sally Mugabe was still around. He even invoked the name of his late son Nhamodzenyika.

Since the day he met the Generals at State House, he has cast a lonely figure. Only a few relatives are allowed to meet with him. He spends most of his time looking at an old photo of Sally.  It is terrible

Mugabe is known to have been an introvert and lonely figure from childhood. There are very few people that he can confide in. It looks as though currently he only trusts Catholic Church Archdiocese of Harare’s Father Fidelis Mukonori .

“He has been at his side trying to console him. He sees his lawyers but with them it is strictly business.” Added the source.

Happier times with a steady wife

Mandi Chimene Flees To China ?

SPECULATION was this week rife that the Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene, had fled the country after the military this week rounded up what it described as criminals around President Mugabe. Cde Chimene has been one of the vocal figures in calling for the purging of axed Vice-President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF politicians linked to the former VP.

However, it has since turned out that the Provincial Affairs minister is in China on the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association business. When contacted yesterday, she said there was no need for her to flee the country as she had not committed any criminal offence.

“I will be back on Wednesday, November 23. Why should I skip the country I fought for? I have not committed any crime at all. I am a Zimbabwean and I am coming back home soonest. What exactly is happening? I am with the Manicaland delegation on the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association business,” she said.

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces announced early Wednesday morning that they had taken action to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in the country which if left unchecked would have resulted in violent conflict. The ZDF said the intervention was not a coup, but corrective action targeted at criminals around President Mugabe. The director in Cde Chimene’s office, Mr Kennedy Mugarisanwa, also confirmed the China trip and said it was a Government-sponsored trip.

Mr Magirisanwa said: “As you are aware, Cde Chimene is the chairperson of the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association, she was invited on official business. They usually go there annually and the time was due. Her delegation includes personnel from local authorities, the business community and other sectors. I am not sure of the actual number of her delegation. You can check with her secretary on the trip’s schedule. I know that the trip was being co-ordinated by Mutasa Rural District Council chief executive officer, Mr George Bandure. It was a Government-sponsored trip,” he said.

General Chiwenga

Addressing the nation on ZBCTV early Tuesday morning, ZDF spokesperson, Major General Sibusiso Busi Moyo, who was flanked by Air Vice-Marshall Jacob Nzvede urged people to go about their normal business, but limit unnecessary movement.

“To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of Government. What the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country which if not addressed may result in violent conflict,” Maj-Gen Moyo said.

At the Forbes Border Post, there has been heavy presence of military personnel since Wednesday morning. Forbes Border post is Zimbabwe’s gateway to neighbouring Mozambique through Mutare,  the country’s fourth largest city. A check by The Manica Post showed that although business is being conducted as usual with haulage trucks coming in and out of the country through the border post, heavily armed soldiers in combat regalia are milling around the vicinity of the border post with two security check points – less than 300 metres apart – on the tarmac leading to the border post.

The security check points are manned by uniformed soldiers. Soldiers at the security check points are asking for identity documents and purpose of visit from passers-by before being allowed to progress. A small group of about six police officers seen near the border post on Wednesday were clearly not concentrating with goings-on around the soldiers, seemingly discussing their own issues.

In Mutare city and all parts of Manicaland, it was business as usual, with all operations being at normal. Commuters were busy with their daily chores, businesses were open, while students, both at schools and tertiary being busy with their examinations that there would be no disruptions of everyday operations.

Maj-Gen Moyo said: “To the generality of the people of Zimbabwe, we urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movement. However, we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activities as usual.

“Our wish is that you enjoy your rights and freedoms and that we return our country to a dispensation that allows for investment, development and prosperity that we all fought for and for which many of our citizens paid the supreme sacrifice,” he added.

Maj-Gen Moyo assured other arms of the State that their actions were meant to protect their independence. “To the civil servants, as you are aware, there is a plan by the same individuals to influence the current purging which is place in the political sphere to the civil service. We are against that act of injustice and we intend to protect every one of you against that.”

Meanwhile, Zanu-PF national youth league secretary, Cde Kudzanai Chipanga, has apologised to ZDF Commander, General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga and the ZDF hierarchy for his Tuesday’s remarks in which he denigrated them. Cde Chipanga has since distanced himself as the author of the statement and said it was handed over to him by one Rodney Dangarembizi.

Cde Chipanga had slammed Gen Chiwenga and ZDF saying: “All those in the security sector fatigues who wish to engage in politics are free to throw their hats in the ring and not hide behind the barrel of the gun.”