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.”