Grace Mugabe Cries Foul As 400 Illegal Gold Panners Invade Mazowe Farm, Insult Her

Former first lady Grace Mugabe’s Smithfield Farm in Mazowe farm was yesterday invaded by an estimated 400 illegal gold panners, called “makorokoza” in vernacular. The farm also houses the former first lady’s orphanage. Grace initially asked the panners to leave because they were on private property, but the defiant panners told the former first lady that she could not do anything to them before breaking into song and singing Jah Prayzah’s hit song “Kutonga Kwaro.” This forced the former president’s wife to lodge a police report at Mazowe Police Station.

Part of her police report reads:

On the 29 march at around 1130 am I was touring my farm, Smithfield; when I arrived at Lemon Pool section, I was shocked to find a group of approximately 400 men illegally panning for gold.

I then asked them to stop their activities since I am the owner of the farm and I am the holder of a special grant for the whole area. However, the crowd, which was being led by one Nyazvigo, started to shout obscenities at me and continued with their unlawful activities.

The illegal activities have since destroyed my irrigation infrastructure which feeds the Lemon Pool section and there is massive land degradation.

The illegal activities also pose a threat to my children’s home as the illegal panners are also seen loitering inside the home at night.   I then proceeded to Mazowe police station and made a report.

It is ironic that Grace is now turning to the police for help when in the past she disregarded court orders. Before her husband’s fall last year, Grace Mugabe was alleged to have grabbed Mazowe Dam for herself and barred villagers from using. The former first lady also forcibly evicted villagers from Manzou and Arnold Farms in Mazowe despite High Court orders barring her from doing so.

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Zimbabwe Sets Up Anti-Corruption Courts as Grace Mugabe Faces Game Poaching Allegations

Zimbabwe has launched anti-corruption courts set to tackle high cases of corruption in the country, ranked 157 out of 185 on the World Corruption Index released recently by Transparency International.

Twelve magistrates are expected to be preside over cases of corruption in the five anti-corruption courts officially launched Thursday by Chief Justice Luke Malaba in Harare and Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo. Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says this is part of his 100-day Rapid Results Initiative, which he has to meet before April 10th.

In an effort to curb corruption, President Emmerson Mnangagwa last Monday released a list of individuals and companies who are alleged to have ignored his directive to return all illegally externalized funds, amounting to billions of dollars.

Critics are skeptical about the government’s move following indications that it is investigating former First Lady Grace Mugabe, linked to a new opposition political party, for allegedly attempting to smuggle an assortment of animal products, including elephant tusks to the United Arab Emirates, China and other nations.

Ziyambi said Zimbabwe needs to curb rampant corruption in order to register significant growth.

“We are sending a message to would-be people who want to be corrupt that it’s no longer business as usual. So, it’s a deterrent measure on its own when people are conscious that when I engage in corrupt activities there is an express route to prison … We mean business. We have to deal with corruption in order to turn around the economy.”

Some cabinet ministers in 1988 were involved in the illegal buying of vehicles using a state-sanctioned facility but some of them were not punished by the government. One of them, Maurice Nyagumbo, took his own life when investigations were in progress.

Several ministers and top government officials have been implicated in other scandals since independence from British rule in 1980.

Currently, the government is investigating Mrs. Mugabe for allegedly attempting to use a state facility to smuggle animal products to several nations. Her husband, former president Robert Mugabe, has been linked to the National Patriotic Front, which opposes his removal from power by the military and Mnangagwa last November.

Zimbabwe Sets Up Anti-Corruption Courts as Grace Mugabe Faces Game Poaching Allegations

Zimbabwe has launched anti-corruption courts set to tackle high cases of corruption in the country, ranked 157 out of 185 on the World Corruption Index released recently by Transparency International.

Twelve magistrates are expected to be preside over cases of corruption in the five anti-corruption courts officially launched Thursday by Chief Justice Luke Malaba in Harare and Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo. Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says this is part of his 100-day Rapid Results Initiative, which he has to meet before April 10th.

In an effort to curb corruption, President Emmerson Mnangagwa last Monday released a list of individuals and companies who are alleged to have ignored his directive to return all illegally externalized funds, amounting to billions of dollars.

Critics are skeptical about the government’s move following indications that it is investigating former First Lady Grace Mugabe, linked to a new opposition political party, for allegedly attempting to smuggle an assortment of animal products, including elephant tusks to the United Arab Emirates, China and other nations.

Ziyambi said Zimbabwe needs to curb rampant corruption in order to register significant growth.

“We are sending a message to would-be people who want to be corrupt that it’s no longer business as usual. So, it’s a deterrent measure on its own when people are conscious that when I engage in corrupt activities there is an express route to prison … We mean business. We have to deal with corruption in order to turn around the economy.”

Some cabinet ministers in 1988 were involved in the illegal buying of vehicles using a state-sanctioned facility but some of them were not punished by the government. One of them, Maurice Nyagumbo, took his own life when investigations were in progress.

Several ministers and top government officials have been implicated in other scandals since independence from British rule in 1980.

Currently, the government is investigating Mrs. Mugabe for allegedly attempting to use a state facility to smuggle animal products to several nations. Her husband, former president Robert Mugabe, has been linked to the National Patriotic Front, which opposes his removal from power by the military and Mnangagwa last November.

Mnangagwa ‘s Ambition to End Aids by 2030 Is Unrealistic, Says Expert

VISITING academic and former director of the United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids, Baron Peter Piot, has cast doubts over Zimbabwe’s ambition to achieve zero HIV infections by 2030, saying there was still a research gap to identify the root causes of new infections.

BY TINOTENDA MUNYUKWI

 

Piot, whose visit to the country has been necessitated by the Biomedical Research and Training Institute, said there was an impending bulge of an adolescence population and there was need to expedite research to effectively counter potential infections culminating from this group and not ride on ambitious fallacy that HIV can be eliminated by 2030.

“Do not believe anyone who tells you that Aids will be over by 2030, we have to change the strategy which for many years has focused exclusively on treatment which of cause we need, but neglecting prevention, because we have so many infections worldwide.

“We are not going to stop this epidemic by merely taking a pill, we need to go beyond that and see what really makes people get infected and if you are in research, the job is not finished and it is more important than ever,” Piot told journalists in Harare on Monday .

Government, through the National Aids Council, has set high targets of eliminating the HIV and Aids pandemic by 2030 and to date, an estimated 1,2 million out of a possible 1,4 million are on anti-retroviral therapy.

Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa said there was need to extend research on the disease to traditional medicines.

“We want a lot of research here, including traditional medical research which has lagged behind compared to other nations. We want it as operational research, done in a systematic manner. We need to look at it because maybe there is something big there,” Parirenyatwa said.

NO DIASPORA VOTE : President Mnangagwa Tells Zimbabweans Abroad to Come And Vote at Home Saying It Won’t Take 10 mins

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has shut the door on Zimbabweans based in the Diaspora, saying they will not be able to vote in this year’s elections because government does not have resources to set up polling stations in their host countries.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Addressing Zimbabweans staying in Rwanda early this week, Mnangagwa said: “We are not there yet in terms of resources, we do not have the resources to make sure that you vote from where you are. Voting won’t take you 10 minutes, so if you want to vote, just come home and in less than 10 minutes you will have finished voting and go back to your work.”

His remarks came shortly after the Constitutional Court made a landmark ruling allowing Diasporans to vote from their respective foreign bases.

MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora yesterday said Mnangagwa was offside, as his statements were unfair and nothing but an attempt to suppress the voice of the Diaspora.

“That is unfair, resources have to be availed to ensure Zimbabweans outside the country to vote. They are allowed by the Constitution to vote, fortunately a case has been argued in the courts on the Diaspora vote and we are waiting for a response,” he said.

Mwonzora said Mnangagwa had made a legal blunder commenting on a matter before the courts as Head of State.

“His statements have an effect of influencing the judgment and it also says even if the courts rule that they should vote his government has taken a stance,” he said.

Electoral watchdog Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (Zesn) said the government should act and show political will instead of crying rivers.

“It is imperative that the government avails adequate resources to Zec (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) in order for it to effectively discharge its constitutional mandate of running elections in Zimbabwe.

“Political will must also be demonstrated in establishing mechanisms to extend the right to vote to segments of Zimbabwean citizens in the Diaspora, those in prisoners and hospitals to ensure inclusion of all eligible citizens in electoral processes. Other countries such as Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa have made great strides in ensuring that those living in the Diaspora are given an opportunity to participate in electoral processes,” Zesn said.

The Elections Resources Centre said: “The credibility of the 2018 will be partially based on issues of enfranchisement. Dismissing the issue of the Diaspora vote, which already exists by the way, through postal voting by officials on government business outside the, flies in the face of assertions of full support for credible, free and fair elections.

“How can our elections be fair if there is segregation in allocating the right to vote. That not withstanding, it is exaggerated that their diaspora vote costs too much money. There are versions of diaspora like the currently existing one which is voting by post which does not require extensive resources.”

Nelson Chamisa To Appoint VPs, Spokesperson, Chairperson, Organising Secretary

MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa is expected to make key appointments to fill the vacancies of Deputy President, National Chairperson, Organising Secretary and National Chairperson. Some of the people who held the positions under former president Morgan Tsvangirai have since been expelled from the party or have voluntarily quit the party.

In an interview with NewsDay, party spokesperson Morgen Komichi said,

Our party constitution has got a clause in which the president has the prerogative or the powers to appoint a member of the standing committee and this is the same clause that was used by now late president Morgan Tsvangirai to appoint Chamisa and Mudzuri to become the two extra vice-presidents of the party.

…Remember, this was challenged in the courts and the court ruled in favour of president Tsvangirai and it was found that it was legitimate and within the constitution that he could do that.

…The president has to put a programme for the date and time to do that, but I am sure it will be very soon because we need leadership in Matabeleland and those key positions.

Remember the party has lost a vice-president, the national chairman has resigned on his own accord, the organising secretary was expelled from the party by the national council and the same with the secretary for information. We have a number of vacancies in the party and we need those vacancies to be filled and they will be filled by appointment.

Nelson Chamisa To Appoint VPs, Spokesperson, Chairperson, Organising Secretary

MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa is expected to make key appointments to fill the vacancies of Deputy President, National Chairperson, Organising Secretary and National Chairperson. Some of the people who held the positions under former president Morgan Tsvangirai have since been expelled from the party or have voluntarily quit the party.

In an interview with NewsDay, party spokesperson Morgen Komichi said,

Our party constitution has got a clause in which the president has the prerogative or the powers to appoint a member of the standing committee and this is the same clause that was used by now late president Morgan Tsvangirai to appoint Chamisa and Mudzuri to become the two extra vice-presidents of the party.

…Remember, this was challenged in the courts and the court ruled in favour of president Tsvangirai and it was found that it was legitimate and within the constitution that he could do that.

…The president has to put a programme for the date and time to do that, but I am sure it will be very soon because we need leadership in Matabeleland and those key positions.

Remember the party has lost a vice-president, the national chairman has resigned on his own accord, the organising secretary was expelled from the party by the national council and the same with the secretary for information. We have a number of vacancies in the party and we need those vacancies to be filled and they will be filled by appointment.

Nelson Chamisa In Shocking $1 000 Non-refundable Application Fee For MDC-T Ticket

MDC-T president Mr Nelson Chamisa faces rebellion from sitting Members of Parliament for imposing a $1 000 non-refundable application fee for sitting MPs, who want to be considered as candidates in the harmonised elections later this year.

Those who are not MPs will pay only $100.

The MPs accuse Mr Chamisa of deviating from an earlier pledge not to subject them to primary elections.

This was after the legislators supported Mr Chamisa’s power grab following the death of party leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai last month.

The MDC-T legislators view the punitive fee as a deliberate ploy by Mr Chamisa to eliminate them from the race.

They claim Mr Chamisa wants to replace them with his cronies with student activism background.

The MDC-T has since written a circular to party members inviting those interested to submit their curriculum vitaes.

“The national council is calling for applications from all eligible members of the party, who wish to be on the panel of candidates as per the attached template. These candidates are called upon to submit their CVs to their provincial committees,” read the circular.

According to the circular, candidate selection would start with those constituencies and wards that had no representation, which the party refer to as “orphaned” constituencies and council wards.

“Both applications for the national panel list and orphaned constituencies and wards shall attract the following fees. A councillor rural $10 and urban $50. Proportionate Representative $150 and sitting MPs 1 000. Please note that no provincial executive committee nor executive can disqualify an applicant,” reads the circular.

“We had agreed from the time when Mr Tsvangirai was alive that the party had no money for campaigns and sitting MPs should use their vehicles and resources to campaign in other constituencies in return for a free ticket to represent the party. The problem now is that Mr Chamisa wants to bring in his hangers on and cronies. This is happening at a time when we thought we will not be challenged and having spent our resources campaigning in other constituencies,” said one MP.

The MDC-T acting spokesperson Ms Thabitha Khumalo referred questions to the party’s national deputy chairperson Mr Morgan Komichi when contacted for a comment.

Mr Komichi was not reachable on his mobile phone

A standing committee member defended the decision.

“They have been in Parliament for five years and earning a salary in the region of $2 000 per month.

“The party is merely asking for $1 000 to oil party campaigns and that is not asking for too much,” said the senior party official.-Herald

Robert Mugabe Refuses to Jump From The Fourth Floor Of Geneva Hotel After Solomon Mujuru Started A Fire: Fay Chung Book Reveals Chilling Details

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe 94,  bravely opened up about Geneva Hotel Inferno.

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

The real story is narrated in a book by Fay Chung ,  Re-Living the Second Chimurenga. Memories from Zimbabwe’s Liberation Struggle.

“The Geneva conference was marked by a huge fire that engulfed the Royal Hotel, where the ZANU delegation was staying. The fire started in the room of Solomon Mujuru on the fourth floor and soon spread throughout the floor. I was on the third floor. I woke up in the middle of the night with smoke seeping into the room, and when I looked out the window, I saw the hotel was in flames.
My first reaction was that enemy agents had attempted to kill us by torching our hotel. Alternatively, I thought that perhaps the ZIPA hotheads had started the fire. I decided to telephone for the Geneva fire department. I managed to get through immediately, and they informed me that they already knew of the fire and the fire engines were en route. Meanwhile, Meyor Hurimbo was going from door to door checking to see if anyone was still asleep in the middle of the fire. Just as I put down the phone, Hurimbo was at the door warning me to evacuate. Simon Muzenda was also moving from floor to floor by elevator, checking on everyone’s safety. He was
not aware that elevators should not be used during a fire. In the crisis of the fire, Hurimbo and Muzenda’s strong sense of responsibility revealed itself spontaneously. When I looked out of my window, I saw Joe Taderera and Wilfred Mhanda outside, holding a blanket and shouting to me to jump. I had sufficient time to debate with myself whether it was necessary to jump or not. As the fire brigade was already on its way, I estimated that they would arrive within 10 minutes, as Geneva is not a very large city. There was no need for me to jump to save my life. However, I realised that I could perhaps play a more useful role outside. I decided to jump, and landed neatly in the middle of the blanket held by Taderera and Mhanda. They were standing on the roof of the ground floor building, so it was not a very long jump. I discovered that I was the only one with my shoes and coat on. It was the middle of the Swiss winter, and dozens of Zimbabweans were running about outside without shoes and in
their pyjamas.
I did indeed play an unexpectedly useful role. Taderera andMachingura were now shouting at Robert Mugabe to jump fr om the fourth floor. I realised that from that height he was likely to be seriously
injured if he did jump. Moreover, there was no need for him to jump as his room was far from the fire, and I knew that the fire engines would arrive any minute. I therefore shouted at him not to jump. In the confusion he did not jump, but instead threw down his files. Fortunately the fire engines arrived soon afterwards, bringing some order to the chaos. One of the older members of our delegation, Robert Marere, actually did jump from the fourth floor. One of the bones on his spine suffered a fracture, but he was lucky that his spine was not severed. He
spent some time in a Geneva hospital.
Meanwhile, other members of the delegation had found different solutions. Tongogara and Akim Mudende had locked themselves in the bathroom, closing the cracks with wet towels to prevent smoke entering the room. All of us felt that we had had a narrow escape from death. The question of who had set the hotel on fire occupied us for sometime. Within ZANU it was believed to have been caused by a Smith agent, a young over friendly lady with revolutionary pretensions who had somehow found her way to one of the commander’s rooms. However,
the Swiss authorities firmly asserted that it was an accident caused by someone leaving a cigarette alight. I believe the hotel would not have had insurance coverage if it had been sabotage. The fire had caused extensive damage to two floors of the large multi-storeyed building.”

Zanu PF Bigwigs Fight Over Posts

Several Zanu PF heavyweights who include Cabinet ministers could fall by the wayside in the party’s forthcoming blood and thunder primary elections, with the youth league cranking up the heat on senior officials by launching a nationwide campaign to propel more young people into Parliament.

This comes as the Zanu PF Women’s League is also agitating for 50-50 representation in both Parliament and other arms of government, in a bid to narrow the growing disparity in political and economic influence between men and women in the country.

At the same time, the looming make-or-break national elections have generated such interest among the country’s political parties that a number of opposition leaders are set to contest President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the presidential plebiscite.

The emergence of Nelson Chamisa in particular as the new MDC leader appears to have energised opposition supporters, especially the youths who see him as a viable alternative to Mnangagwa.

The polls themselves will be the first in the past two decades not to feature ousted former president Robert Mugabe and the late opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Although Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo maintained yesterday that the ruling party was yet to open campaigning by its  prospective candidates, the Daily News On Sunday has it on good authority that the jostling for positions in the party has reached fever-pitch, with members of the youth league going all out in the provinces to canvass for their candidates.

Among the youth league leaders who are agitating for more party representation by young people is youth league national political commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu.

“Young people who have been at district level in Zanu PF leadership for five years must seize this opportunity and run for MP positions,” he posted on social networking site Facebook on Friday.

Meanwhile, Tsenengamu himself has expressed interest in the Mt Darwin South constituency which was left vacant following the expulsion of former party national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, who is now living in self-imposed exile following the decimation of the Generation 40 faction in November last year.

The Mt Darwin South race is likely to be heavily contested, as businessman James Makamba and a reported 33 other contestants — who include two journalists from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Andrew Neshamba and Tendai Munengwa — are also said to be eyeing the constituency.

Apart from Tsenengamu, provincial youth chairpersons Godwin Gomwe, Vengai Musengi, Kumbulani Mpofu, Edmore Samambwa, Tamuka Nyoni and Washington Nkomo — who were re-instated in the party following the fall of Mugabe from power — are also eyeing legislative posts in their areas.

Musengi confirmed to the Daily News on Sunday that he was interested in contesting for the Chegutu East seat, which is currently occupied by Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister Webster Shamu.

“Yes, I am interested in the seat. If the party approves my candidature, I will definitely stand,” he said.

Gomwe, who is Harare Province youth chairperson, has his sights on the Budiriro constituency, although he declined to comment when contacted about his aspirations.

In the Midlands, Samambwa is said to be bidding to unseat provincial chairperson Daniel Mackenzie Ncube.

Deputy secretary for youth affairs Lewis Matutu is also apparently preparing to go toe-to-toe with John Holder for the Zvishavane-Ngezi constituency.

In Gutu South, Pupurai Togarepi — the Zanu PF secretary for youth affairs — is facing a serious challenge from the late Masvingo provincial affairs minister Shuvai Mahofa’s daughter, Nyengeterai.

Party officials from Masvingo said she stood a better chance against the Zanu PF politburo member, whom they claimed hardly ever visited his rural home.

Yeukai Simbanegavi, the Zanu PF national youth secretary for information and publicity, is reportedly taking on MP and local businessman, Ticharwa Madondo.

In addition, the Zanu PF Youth League is demanding that a certain number of parliamentary seats be reserved for its members, which could force the party to find ways of incorporating new blood into its ranks.

But Khaya Moyo insisted yesterday that no one was “allowed” to campaign yet.

“The dates for primary elections shall be announced soon. As such, members should desist from campaigning. Members intending to contest must wait till the pronouncement has been made for them to start campaigns,” he said.

A number of Cabinet ministers who were appointed into government as non-constituency MPs will also have to go through the primaries, to stand a chance of making it into government again, if Mnangagwa wins the polls.

Those who are apparently in most desperate situations include former military bosses. These include Agriculture and Lands minister Perrance Shiri and Foreign Affairs and International Trade minister Sibusiso Moyo.

Also likely to be affected are Higher and Tertiary Education minister Amon Murwira and Mines and Mining Development minister Winston Chitando, who got into government on the basis of their technical know-how.

The list also includes war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa, who had to be dropped as Information minister by Mnangagwa last year after Mnangagwa realised that he had appointed more non-constituent MPs than was permissible at law.

Mutsvangwa is seeking to bounce back in Norton where he recently clashed with sitting independent MP, Temba Mliswa.

The non-constituent MPs are said to be facing fierce resistance as perceived party minnows are refusing to cede their constituencies.

According to the Constitution, the president can only appoint a maximum of five ministers outside the legislative assembly.

Mnangagwa last year redeployed Shiri from Mashonaland East to Mashonaland Central where he owns a farm and made him the most senior politburo member there. This means that he will be contesting for Shamva North which is currently occupied by former Zanu PF politburo member, Nicholas Goche.

There are also indications that Sibusiso Moyo’s best bet could be Mberengwa South constituency, currently occupied by the out-of-favour Chiratidzo Mabuwa.

July Moyo has been earmarked to replace Makhosini Hlongwane as Mberengwa East legislator.

Zanu PF political commissar Engelbert Rugeje is said to be eyeing Bikita East constituency, formerly represented by the incarcerated Munyaradzi Kereke.

Another interesting case is that of deputy minister of War Veterans, Victor Matemadanda, who apparently wants to represent Gokwe Gumunyu constituency, whose sitting MP is Melania Mahiya.

According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), about 60 percent of the 5,3 million people who have registered to vote in the crucial polls are between the ages of 18 and 40 — statistics which have galvanised both opposition parties and the youths to dream higher.

Chamisa To Expose Mnangagwa Linked Companies That Are Externalising Forex

Addressing an MDC Alliance campaign rally at Murewa Growth Point on Saturday, MDC Alliance presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa threatened to confront President Emmerson Mnangagwa to discuss the Zanu PF leader’s alleged links to various companies that are externalising foreign currency.

Said Chamisa:

Mnangagwa recently released a list of companies accused of externalising foreign currency, but these were companies that had acquitted their imports and paid all dues to the government. (People’s Democratic Party leader, Tendai) Biti you must teach these people the law. But you should not worry, I have a list of companies that Mnangagwa is associated with. I am going to meet him and ask how he could be associated with these businesses, when he has always been in government.

Yesterday, Chamisa reiterated he had a list of companies connected to Mnangagwa and said:

We want accountable leadership. We have the names of companies that Mnangagwa is associated with. We want to know the extent of his association. Some of these companies include banks, as well as some in gold production and oil industry.

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Mugabe Blames Emmerson Mnangagwa For Gukurahundi Atrocities

Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has blamed the excesses of the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade on then intelligence chief Emmerson Mnangagwa and David Stannard, a top operative of the government spy network, the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO).

Mugabe, who set up an inquiry into the atrocities led by lawyer Simplicius Chihambakwe which was never made public, told the privately-owned Zimbabwe Independent newspaper that more people in his government were involved in the atrocities than Mnangagwa, Stannard and him.

“… You know he (Emmerson Mnangagwa or ED) was the minister of intelligence, he’s the one with Stannard, the two of them, who led that (arms caches findings) and who even led Gukurahundi. I know one of the vehicles, (then ZAPU/ZIPRA intelligence chief) Dabengwa’s vehicle, which they blasted, they said he’s carrying arms.”

Mugabe claimed that they deployed the Fifth Brigade in the Matabeleland and Midlands provinces because ZAPU then led by Joshua Nkomo wanted to topple his government as his party lost to ZANU in the 1980 elections.

He claimed that ZAPU sourced arms from Russia, which the party smuggled through Tanzania and Zambia and hid them in Hwange district where an elite ZIPRA force was waiting for them, ready to launch an armed insurrection against his government.

Nkomo dismissed these allegations as baseless and wishful thinking when he fled Zimbabwe after his house was attacked by the Fifth Brigade.

Mugabe further blamed Ndebeles for the Fifth Brigade atrocities, claiming that they wanted to unseat him.

“… lf we are to tell the truth, it’s the Ndebeles and Zapu and Zipra who should bear the blame. We had that election, in 1980, the first one, and we won, we had 57 seats and Zapu had 20. (Joshua) Nkomo actually wept dearly. They had operated in Angola – remember they had gone to Angola – they said let’s do in Zimbabwe what the MPLA has done; if we lose we will have Zero Hour. And they lost. So what happened?

“There was a ship of arms received by (the then Tanzanian president Julius) Nyerere in Dar es Salaam port, it came on Tazara (Tanzania-Zambia Railway). Because KK (the then Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda) preferred Nkomo to me, so KK passed on the arms, from the Soviet Union, to Zapu. But now after independence! So at Hwange Dumiso (Zipra intelligence supremo Dabengwa) had made arrangements underground to hide the arms.”

He claimed that when the second shipment came Nyerere called and asked him about the issue.

“Nyerere then called me and said ‘Robert, what’s this?’ This is a second ship. Then he said ‘ask KK’. I asked Kaunda, you know Kaunda is a very soft man. He said ‘ah, my brother, if I wronged you I did so because the arms addressed to Zapu were always going to Zapu from the Soviet Union. I said ‘but KK, we are now independent’. He said ‘yes I’m sorry and I won’t do it again’.

“But the ship came and it was received by Dumiso and once again the arms were hidden in Hwange. Zipra had pledged 12 000 war veterans to join the integrated army. They left out some of their experts and in their place, because they had promised 12 000, they put mujibhas (wartime runners) to fill in those places in the army. The mujibhas were trained and they started putting on uniforms and they started earning as trained soldiers. Nothing was happening to the well-trained ones who had been left out. And they saw the mujibhas take their place for a long time and they said ‘ah no we can’t continue like this’.”

He told the newspaper in an exclusive interview that some ZAPU and ZIPRA members informed his government about the arms caches. ZAPU also claimed that the arms were planted by Mugabe’s government.

But Mugabe insists they belonged to Nkomo’s party.

“So, some amongst them came to us, came to ED and reported that this is the arrangements we had, we put mujibhas in our place and we were left out. (They said) ‘we had arms, we hid arms here and there in Hwange’. So ED and (CIO director David) Stannard went and discovered these guns.

“That’s why Dumiso was arrested, that’s why he went to prison, that is why Dumiso and ED will never work together. So Dumiso was arrested. But they had already given a few weapons to some individuals who now said ‘ah is this what has happened, we have been discovered’. They started shooting in Matabeleland South and then we said okay we had a Fifth Brigade trained by North Koreans. So we said, fine, face them, you go into Matabeleland South.”

He regrets leading a government that killed an estimated 20,000 people in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces though, like Mnangagwa, is disputing the number of casualties.

On compensating relatives of Gukurahundi victims, Mugabe said, “Getting victims is a process which must be done thoroughly because many would come and claim.”

ZAPU and ZANU signed a unity agreement in 1987, which resulted in the end of the atrocities and Nkomo joining the Mugabe government as Vice President.

Mnangagwa toppled Mugabe in a military intervention last November in what the former Zimbabwean leader says was a coup.-VOA

Mugabe Blames Emmerson Mnangagwa For Gukurahundi Atrocities

Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has blamed the excesses of the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade on then intelligence chief Emmerson Mnangagwa and David Stannard, a top operative of the government spy network, the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO).

Mugabe, who set up an inquiry into the atrocities led by lawyer Simplicius Chihambakwe which was never made public, told the privately-owned Zimbabwe Independent newspaper that more people in his government were involved in the atrocities than Mnangagwa, Stannard and him.

“… You know he (Emmerson Mnangagwa or ED) was the minister of intelligence, he’s the one with Stannard, the two of them, who led that (arms caches findings) and who even led Gukurahundi. I know one of the vehicles, (then ZAPU/ZIPRA intelligence chief) Dabengwa’s vehicle, which they blasted, they said he’s carrying arms.”

Mugabe claimed that they deployed the Fifth Brigade in the Matabeleland and Midlands provinces because ZAPU then led by Joshua Nkomo wanted to topple his government as his party lost to ZANU in the 1980 elections.

He claimed that ZAPU sourced arms from Russia, which the party smuggled through Tanzania and Zambia and hid them in Hwange district where an elite ZIPRA force was waiting for them, ready to launch an armed insurrection against his government.

Nkomo dismissed these allegations as baseless and wishful thinking when he fled Zimbabwe after his house was attacked by the Fifth Brigade.

Mugabe further blamed Ndebeles for the Fifth Brigade atrocities, claiming that they wanted to unseat him.

“… lf we are to tell the truth, it’s the Ndebeles and Zapu and Zipra who should bear the blame. We had that election, in 1980, the first one, and we won, we had 57 seats and Zapu had 20. (Joshua) Nkomo actually wept dearly. They had operated in Angola – remember they had gone to Angola – they said let’s do in Zimbabwe what the MPLA has done; if we lose we will have Zero Hour. And they lost. So what happened?

“There was a ship of arms received by (the then Tanzanian president Julius) Nyerere in Dar es Salaam port, it came on Tazara (Tanzania-Zambia Railway). Because KK (the then Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda) preferred Nkomo to me, so KK passed on the arms, from the Soviet Union, to Zapu. But now after independence! So at Hwange Dumiso (Zipra intelligence supremo Dabengwa) had made arrangements underground to hide the arms.”

He claimed that when the second shipment came Nyerere called and asked him about the issue.

“Nyerere then called me and said ‘Robert, what’s this?’ This is a second ship. Then he said ‘ask KK’. I asked Kaunda, you know Kaunda is a very soft man. He said ‘ah, my brother, if I wronged you I did so because the arms addressed to Zapu were always going to Zapu from the Soviet Union. I said ‘but KK, we are now independent’. He said ‘yes I’m sorry and I won’t do it again’.

“But the ship came and it was received by Dumiso and once again the arms were hidden in Hwange. Zipra had pledged 12 000 war veterans to join the integrated army. They left out some of their experts and in their place, because they had promised 12 000, they put mujibhas (wartime runners) to fill in those places in the army. The mujibhas were trained and they started putting on uniforms and they started earning as trained soldiers. Nothing was happening to the well-trained ones who had been left out. And they saw the mujibhas take their place for a long time and they said ‘ah no we can’t continue like this’.”

He told the newspaper in an exclusive interview that some ZAPU and ZIPRA members informed his government about the arms caches. ZAPU also claimed that the arms were planted by Mugabe’s government.

But Mugabe insists they belonged to Nkomo’s party.

“So, some amongst them came to us, came to ED and reported that this is the arrangements we had, we put mujibhas in our place and we were left out. (They said) ‘we had arms, we hid arms here and there in Hwange’. So ED and (CIO director David) Stannard went and discovered these guns.

“That’s why Dumiso was arrested, that’s why he went to prison, that is why Dumiso and ED will never work together. So Dumiso was arrested. But they had already given a few weapons to some individuals who now said ‘ah is this what has happened, we have been discovered’. They started shooting in Matabeleland South and then we said okay we had a Fifth Brigade trained by North Koreans. So we said, fine, face them, you go into Matabeleland South.”

He regrets leading a government that killed an estimated 20,000 people in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces though, like Mnangagwa, is disputing the number of casualties.

On compensating relatives of Gukurahundi victims, Mugabe said, “Getting victims is a process which must be done thoroughly because many would come and claim.”

ZAPU and ZANU signed a unity agreement in 1987, which resulted in the end of the atrocities and Nkomo joining the Mugabe government as Vice President.

Mnangagwa toppled Mugabe in a military intervention last November in what the former Zimbabwean leader says was a coup.-VOA

WATCH: How Undercover Photographer Nailed Grace Mugabe In Ivory Smuggling Ring

Zimbabwe has launched an investigation into the country’s former first lady, Grace Mugabe, over her alleged involvement in an ivory smuggling ring.

Grace Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, waves on arrival for the opening of the summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Johannesburg, August 16, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA)

The probe was opened after a three-month undercover mission by Australian wildlife photographer Adrian Steirn.

Speaking exclusively to Al Jazeera, Steirn said he uncovered the poaching and smuggling syndicate when he began looking into the illegal ivory trade in December.

“Ivory was being sourced either from the national park’s vault, being thieved or pilfered, or from live elephants being killed by poaching syndicates. The syndicate would then sell to Grace Mugabe’s clientele,” he said.

Watch the Al Jazeera report here.

“She would then be able to pack that and send it out through the airport. Anything through that airport, that was the property of the first lady, was not searched or scanned in any way.”

Steirn has gathered documents, undercover videos and testimonies, which he showed to Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. They expose the syndicate and the former first lady’s involvement in ivory smuggling, he said.

Controlled ivory trade is allowed in Zimbabwe, but its export is not permitted.

In a written statement to Al Jazeera, Christopher Mutsvangwa, a special adviser to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, said Zimbabwe’s government “will seek answers from all parties including former First Lady Grace Mugabe … about their knowledge of the illegal export of prohibited items from our country.”

 

Two alleged smugglers have been charged with possession of ivory.

Al Jazeera contacted Grace Mugabe’s staff, lawyers and relatives for comment, but they did not respond.

During the presidency of her husband, Robert, she was a controversial figure, earning the nickname “Gucci Grace” for her extravagant shopping sprees.

Her hopes of succeeding him were dashed when the army forced Mugabe from power in November, and Mnangagwa took over.

That was when Steirn saw an opening to investigate, going undercover as an ivory buyer.

Three weeks later, in December, authorities in Zimbabwe seized an illegal shipment of 200 kilograms of ivory destined for Malaysia at Harare’s Robert Mugabe International Airport.

Steirn said the evidence he gathered connects that shipment to Grace Mugabe and the smuggling syndicate.

Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb, reporting from Johannesburg, said Mnangagwa’s government was eager “to clean up its international image after decades of Mugabe rule”.

“The poaching and smuggling investigation is the first major challenge to the Mugabe family dynasty since the change of power,” he said.

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

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

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

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

Robert Mugabe Finally Speaks On Solomon Mujuru’s Death

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

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

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

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

Q: So you think his death was an accident?

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

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

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

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PRESIDENT Mnangagwa Has At Least 41 children Says Professor Jonathan Moyo

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

  • Mnangagwa In Shocking Family Disclosure

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

 

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

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

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

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

Mnangagwa In Shocking Family Disclosure

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

Auxillia Mnangagwa

Auxillia Mnangagwa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sleepy Mnangagwa Returns to Zimbabwe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zimbabwe President ED Mnangagwa Releases Thousands From Prison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Gift Kugara

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

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

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

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

Zimbabweans reacted angrily on social media .

When Tsvangirai And Elizabeth Macheka Exchanged Blows

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macheka wanted Tsvangirai “to set her free”.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Zimbabwe REGISTRAR General Tobaiwa Mudede Refuses to Reveal Age

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Mugabe Pleading Poverty, Says He Is Broke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Grace Mugabe Gets A New Baby Grand Daughter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Khupe to Expel Chamisa From the Party As Feud Turns Nasty

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

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

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

Chamisa gave her another three days and that too elapsed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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