Joshua Nkomo’s Walking Stick Is Safe Under Family Custody After Nelson Chamisa Claimed Ownership

The ‘intonga kamdala wethu’ (walking stick) of the late vice president Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo, is safe and secure under the custody of the family with no plans to give it to the MDC-T leader Advocate Nelson Chamisa. 

Following revelations by the Advocate Chamisa that on his visit to the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo museum in Bulawayo, he was promised the traditional walking stick of umdala, family member and son to the late Father Zimbabwe, Mr Sibangiliwze Nkomo said the ‘intonga kamdala’ is sacred and remains in the custody of the family with no intentions to give it to anyone.

He further stated that the MDC-T leader visited the museum at the invitation of its chief executive officer Mr Jabulani Hadebe, who is said to be eying the Nkayi South constituency under the MDC-T party.

Mr Nkomo calmed the nerves of many in the region who were shocked by revelations that Advocate Chamisa had been offered Dr Nkomo’s ‘intonga’ saying the family which lives in Phelandaba did not even meet the MDC-T leader as there was never such an arrangement.

The mention of umdala wethu’s intonga by Advocate Chamisa was viewed as a political ploy to gunner support in the Matabeleland region and an attempt to upstage his political rivalry Ms Thokozani Khuphe who is leading a splinter group of the MDC-T.-ZBC

Kasukuwere Put On His Bulletproof Vest, Fled To Blue Roof Without Informing Us: Moyo Reveals More Details

Former G40 mastermind Professor Jonathan Moyo has claimed that his  G40 compatriot Saviour Kasukuwere left him stranded when he fled to former president Robert Mugabe’s Blue Roof Mansion on the night of the military takeover. Moyo described how the two families were attacked by armed soldiers, who he alleges were Special Air Service (SAS) soldiers. The two had to call former first lady Grace Mugabe, crying out for her to save them.

  • Saved By Grace : How Jonathan Moyo Cried To Mugabe’s Wife

In an interview with The Standard, Moyo said,

I did not hide at President Mugabe’s house in the morning of November 15, 2017, when the coup happened. My family and I were with Cde Kasukuwere and his family when his house came under heavy gunfire from Chiwenga’s soldiers.

During that gunfire, I got a call from Amai Dr Grace Mugabe, who knew that my family and I had joined the Kasukuweres earlier in the night and she was checking on us after receiving reports of army shootings at Dr Ignatius Chombo’s house. When I answered the call, I told her we were under attack, asked for help to rescue the families, especially the children, who were in indescribable disbelief and shock that Chiwenga had sent soldiers to kill them.

Amai Mugabe could hear the heavy and continuous sound of gunfire as I spoke to her and she too became shocked beyond description before hanging up the call.  Some five or so minutes later, she called again and asked me how many we were in the Kasukuwere house. I told her that Cde Kasukuwere was with his wife and three children while I was with my wife and four children making a total of 11 of us.

Amai Mugabe called again after 10 or so minutes and by this time the gunfire had gone silent and she advised that two Landcruisers, one for each family, were on their way to take us to the Blue Roof, President Mugabe’s residence, where we could leave our terrified families. When the first Landcruiser arrived, Cde Kasukuwere put on his bulletproof vest and went outside the house and was driven to the Blue Roof.

We waited for Cde Kasukuwere to come back to advise us what was going on outside as we did not know then that he had already gone alone to the Blue Roof but when he did not return, after a little, we all started getting out of the house one by one but fearing that the soldiers were still in the vicinity. Then the second Landcruiser arrived and the 10 of us quickly jumped in and somehow managed to fit to our great surprise and relief.

Moyo and Kasukuwere fled the country after the military takeover and went into exile.  Their location is as yet undisclosed.

More: Read Full Interview In The Standard

Former Zimbabwe Speaker Forms Political Party

Former Zimbabwe Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo, who was also the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai national chairman until only a few weeks ago, has formed his own political party- the United Movement for Devolution.

Moyo who broke ranks over the succession of Morgan Tsvangirai, who died in February, had indicated that he was quitting politics and resigned from the MDC-T just before his colleagues Thokozani Khupe, Abednigo Bhebhe and Obert Gutu were expelled.

There were 112 registered political parties in Zimbabwe at the last count.

Moyo told the Sunday News that his party will initially anchor itself in the Matebeleland provinces of Matebeleland North and South and Bulawayo and valued the devolution of power.

He said the party will support any of its members that contests the coming elections.

Former Zimbabwe Speaker Forms Political Party

Former Zimbabwe Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo, who was also the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai national chairman until only a few weeks ago, has formed his own political party- the United Movement for Devolution.

Moyo who broke ranks over the succession of Morgan Tsvangirai, who died in February, had indicated that he was quitting politics and resigned from the MDC-T just before his colleagues Thokozani Khupe, Abednigo Bhebhe and Obert Gutu were expelled.

There were 112 registered political parties in Zimbabwe at the last count.

Moyo told the Sunday News that his party will initially anchor itself in the Matebeleland provinces of Matebeleland North and South and Bulawayo and valued the devolution of power.

He said the party will support any of its members that contests the coming elections.

Former Zimbabwe Speaker Forms Political Party

Former Zimbabwe Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo, who was also the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai national chairman until only a few weeks ago, has formed his own political party- the United Movement for Devolution.

Moyo who broke ranks over the succession of Morgan Tsvangirai, who died in February, had indicated that he was quitting politics and resigned from the MDC-T just before his colleagues Thokozani Khupe, Abednigo Bhebhe and Obert Gutu were expelled.

There were 112 registered political parties in Zimbabwe at the last count.

Moyo told the Sunday News that his party will initially anchor itself in the Matebeleland provinces of Matebeleland North and South and Bulawayo and valued the devolution of power.

He said the party will support any of its members that contests the coming elections.

Mnangagwa signs special postcard, stamp

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s just ended visit to China will remain imprinted for decades to come after he signed a special postcard and stamp which will be sold with the original one being kept at the museum in China.

President Mnangagwa’s visit to China has been described as historic as it elevated Zimbabwe’s relations from bilateral to all encompassing comprehensive strategic partnership and cooperation.

To seal this special visit and new found relation, President Mnangagwa had to sign a symbolic postcard and stamp which will be sold in China while the original postcard will be kept in the museum.

The President’s message on the special postcard reads, “I and the people of Zimbabwe greatly appreciate the escalation of the relations from the level of all weather friendship to the highest order of comprehensive strategic partnership and cooperation. H.E ED Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe”.

The card will go on sale as a souvenir to remind the populace of the visit by Cde Mnangagwa.

Saved By Grace : How Jonathan Moyo Cried To Mugabe’s Wife

Former Higher Education Minister, Prof Jonathan Moyo has confirmed that he begged former first lady, Grace Mugabe to help him and his family when soldiers moved in.

He told The Standard :”My family and I were with Cde Kasukuwere and his family when his house came under heavy gunfire from Chiwenga’s soldiers.

During that gunfire, I got a call from Amai Dr Grace Mugabe, who knew that my family and I had joined the Kasukuweres earlier in the night and she was checking on us after receiving reports of army shootings at Dr Ignatius Chombo’s house.

When I answered the call, I told her we were under attack, asked for help to rescue the families, especially the children, who were in indescribable disbelief and shock that Chiwenga had sent soldiers to kill them.

Amai Mugabe could hear the heavy and continuous sound of gunfire as I spoke to her and she too became shocked beyond description before hanging up the call.

Some five or so minutes later, she called again and asked me how many we were in the Kasukuwere house.

I told her that Cde Kasukuwere was with his wife and three children while I was with my wife and four children making a total of 11 of us.

Amai Mugabe called again after 10 or so minutes and by this time the gunfire had gone silent and she advised that two Landcruisers, one for each family, were on their way to take us to the Blue Roof, President Mugabe’s residence, where we could leave our terrified families.

When the first Landcruiser arrived, Cde Kasukuwere put on his bulletproof vest and went outside the house and was driven to the Blue Roof.

We waited for Cde Kasukuwere to come back to advise us what was going on outside as we did not know then that he had already gone alone to the Blue Roof but when he did not return, after a little, we all started getting out of the house one by one but fearing that the soldiers were still in the vicinity.

Then the second Landcruiser arrived and the 10 of us quickly jumped in and somehow managed to fit to our great surprise and relief.

Cde Kasukuwere and I left the Blue Roof after our arrival. Getting out of there was not much of an issue, but getting out of the country took the intervention of angels.

Prof Moyo said Mnangagwa as a disaster. “Mnangagwa is an unmitigated disaster. In constitutional terms, he is no better than [Abel] Muzorewa, whose illegal regime was shortlived and is now forgotten as an obscure footnote in history and a constitutional opprobrium.

Just like Muzorewa, Mnangagwa is illegal and supported by the military because he’s unpopular with the masses and is thus unelectable yet he has an exaggerated Muzorewa-like “huruyadzo” mentality.

Mandarins in the coup government know this and that’s why they are currently bent on unprecedented asset-stripping and looting of state resources; they know that they are in an illegal regime with legs made of clay as was Muzorewa’s regime.

What is striking about this is that as it was that Muzorewa emerged just before Zimbabwe’s frst republic ushered in by the critical election in 1980, Mnangagwa has emerged just before the country’s second republic to be ushered in by the critical election in 2018.

In historical terms, this means that we should expect a Muzorewa-like personality, which Mnangagwa is, to preface a critical election and a new republic.

So, like that of Muzorewa, Mnangagwa’s reign will be shortlived and all its unconstitutional appointments and excesses will be reversed.

JM: Well, I don’t know what you mean by “during the coup”. The coup is still on as we speak.

There’s a coup government in Zimbabwe. But no, I did not hide at President Mugabe’s house in the morning of November 15, 2017 when the coup happened.

Chamisa Exposed As Bused In MDC-T Supporters Are Caught Out

THE Advocate Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance, in a bid to fool the world that it commands a large following in the country, yesterday bused in thousands of supporters from as far as Chitungwiza and Harare to their “Siyanqoba” rally that was held at Bulawayo’s White City Stadium.

Rowdy MDC-T supporters barricade the road with burning tyres ahead of Advocate Nelson Chamisa’s rally at White City Stadium yesterday.

Rowdy MDC-T supporters barricade the road with burning tyres ahead of Advocate Nelson Chamisa’s rally at White City Stadium yesterday.

The rally, which was Mr Chamisa’s first ever in the country’s second largest city since he grabbed power while the party was morning its founding president Mr Morgan Tsvangirai in February, also began on an ugly note with the party’s unruly youths blocking parts of Hyde Park Road with burning tyres forcing motorists to divert and use Khami Road.

The unruly elements, who were visibly drunk, would only allow motorists going to the rally to pass through while singing songs with unprintable lyrics and continuously mocking motorists who were not interested in attending the rally. The party has previously been linked to a number of violent skirmishes with the latest being clashes between its supporters with members aligned to former MDC-T vice-president Dr Thokozani Khupe — at the party offices in Bulawayo.

Yesterday Sunday News saw more than 40 buses and commuter omnibuses from Chitungwiza, Gweru and Harare outside the venue and after the rally they were seen driving along Harare Road as they made their way back to their places of origin.

“We came here to support our president,” said a supporter inside a bus. The bus was part of 10 others from the same company which brought supporters from Chitungwiza and had a Unit N Seke address emblazoned on them.

Mr Chamisa also had to address smaller impromptu meetings around the city in a bid to convince people to attend the main rally. During the rally, Mr Chamisa attempted to ride on the legacy of the late Vice-President Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, a strategy that has been used by most opposition parties in an attempt to lure the Matabeleland vote.

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He told party supporters that before coming to the rally he had earlier visited Dr Nkomo’s house in Matsheumhlophe, which has since been turned into a museum in honour of the revolutionary icon. He claimed the Nkomo family had told him that he was the first “national leader” to visit the museum ever since Dr Nkomo’s death in 1999.

“I was so touched when I went to Dr Nkomo’s Matsheumhlophe house. I was going there to see the history of this nation. However, the family told me one thing, they said ever since the death of Dr Nkomo I am the first national leader to visit the house, they even offered to give me Dr Nkomo’s traditional knobkerrie. Our late leader, Morgan Tsvangirai represented what Dr Nkomo represented, this being unity, peace, tolerance and giving oneself to the people without being selfish. That is what President Tsvangirai represented, so I am walking in the footsteps of president Tsvangirai and VP Nkomo,” said Mr Chamisa.

He further claimed that he has since ordered Bulawayo City councillors, which is dominated by councillors from his MDC-T faction to pass a resolution that will see the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Foundation exempted from paying rates and rentals.

“When we get into power I promise you that we will build a whole shopping mall that will be in honour of Dr Nkomo, this mall will also have museums in honour of our late Vice-President and will be dedicated to his legacy. I have also instructed Bulawayo Mayor (Martin Moyo) and his deputy (Gift Banda) to ensure that they exempt the foundation from paying rates and rentals. We will also make provisions for a social grant for the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Foundation once in power as a means of honouring his leadership,” said Mr Chamisa.

The Alliance leader once again reiterated his absurd promise of bringing bullet trains and “spaghetti” roads once in power.

“There are a lot of things which my government will do which some think are impossible. We want Matopo, for example to be the centre of our cultural festivities so that every year there are festivals to celebrate our culture. We will build new cities, Matopos will be elevated to a city status, its possible, some might think it’s impossible but we will prove to you all that it is possible. We will help you see reality from our perspective, they can laugh on our vision for bullet trains and spaghetti roads, but it is very possible,” said Mr Chamisa.

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Mr Chamisa also took the opportunity to warn estranged former MDC-T deputy president, Dr Khupe not to mislead herself and her backers that they would use the party’s name saying they had already put in place mechanisms to block her from any attempts to do such.

Dr Khupe recently dissociated herself from the Chamisa-led faction insisting that she was the genuine acting president of the MDC-T.

“I know there are some people that have been going around claiming that they will be using the party name for their own unscrupulous agendas. I would like to state it clearly to you all that no one will be allowed to do such, we have in place all the mechanisms to prevent such hence they should just forget and find their own name,” he said.

Meanwhile, addressing the rally, MDC-T national chairperson Mr Morgan Komichi warned party members to stop allocating themselves constituencies saying that was still being discussed at alliance level.-Sundaynews

Thokozani Khupe In Car Accident

Thokozani Khupe, the leader of the breakaway MDC-T party suffered a head injury when her Isuzu twin cab truck was involved in an accident when it burst its rear tyre. The accident happened last Wednesday along the Gwanda-Bulawayo road, but there was no permanent damage. This was revealed by MDC proportional representation legislator Priscilla Musihairabwi-Mushonga at a Spiritual Solidarity Tea for Khupe in Bulawayo. Said Misihairabwi-Mushonga,

Thokozani Khupe was involved in an accident on her way here. So let’s give her time to rest. Her vehicle burst a tyre and she hit her head so it’s swollen a bit, but we thank God that she is here.

Khupe has vowed to run for president on the MDC-T ticket despite being kicked out of the party for failing to endorse the appointment of new party leader Nelson Chamisa.

More: Sunday News

Obert Gutu Claims MDC-T Spent $50 000 Bussing People To Bulawayo Rally

Former MDC-T national spokesperson Obert Gutu has claimed that his former party is practising delusional politics. Gutu has been taking potshots at his former comrades since he was expelled from the party together with former Vice President Thokozani Khupe.  The former spokesperson said that the results of the 2018 elections will prove that Nelson Chamisa’s party is into fake politics of bussing people to rallies. Writing on Twitter, Gutu said,

We believe in and practise Realpolitik…We don’t deceive ourselves by indulging in self – delusion and self – deception. Election 2018 results will confirm who are the FAKE politicians and who are the REAL politicians….

$50 000 spent on bussing people to Byo (Bulawayo)….We pursue Realpolitik….not self – delusion and self – deception.  Results of Election 2018 will confirm who are the FAKE and who are the REAL politicians…

We practise Realpolitik, not FAKE and DELUSIONAL politics.  Just get in touch with me when the results of the 2018 Presidential elections are announced.  Let’s see who will be mourning and complaining.

Shamed Robert And Grace Mugabe Start Removing Property From State House to Pave Way For New President Mnangagwa

The Mugabes have started moving their belongings from Zimbabwe House. This follows reports that former president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe are refusing to remove their belongings from the State House which has caused President Emmerson Mnangagwa to delay moving into the official residence of the president. 

While moving on Tuesday, the Mugabes are said to have discovered that 119 laptops and seven desktop computers from locked containers at the Polo Grounds adjacent to Zimbabwe House were missing. A source who spoke to NewsDay said the people who stole the laptops used bolt cutters to break into the containers. Former First Lady Grace Mugabe is said to have made a police report on Tuesday. NewsDay could not get hold of Police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba for a comment on the issue while Grace’s lawyer, Walter Chivore of Chivore and Partners law firm confirmed that the former First Lady had filed a police report.

Priscillah Misihairabwi says women should not wear underwear on voting day

Movement for Democratic Change legislator Priscillah Misihairabwi-Mushonga says women should not wear underwear on voting day to make sure that they vote for a woman candidate.

According to a video posted by the Voice of America, the outspoken legislator, who once took used panties to Parliament to press for the banning of the sale of used underwear, said: “When you are gripped by a demon that wants you to vote for a man, lift up your skirts and check your bottom and then you will know who to vote for.”

She insisted, however, that women should not wear their underwear only on voting day.

Women, across all political parties, are pressing for a 50-50 representation in Parliament.

The elections are due in three months and most parties have asked aspiring candidates to submit their CVs for consideration.

Zimbabwe currently has 60 reserved seats for women in the 270-member National Assembly.

Priscillah Misihairabwi says women should not wear underwear on voting day

Movement for Democratic Change legislator Priscillah Misihairabwi-Mushonga says women should not wear underwear on voting day to make sure that they vote for a woman candidate.

According to a video posted by the Voice of America, the outspoken legislator, who once took used panties to Parliament to press for the banning of the sale of used underwear, said: “When you are gripped by a demon that wants you to vote for a man, lift up your skirts and check your bottom and then you will know who to vote for.”

She insisted, however, that women should not wear their underwear only on voting day.

Women, across all political parties, are pressing for a 50-50 representation in Parliament.

The elections are due in three months and most parties have asked aspiring candidates to submit their CVs for consideration.

Zimbabwe currently has 60 reserved seats for women in the 270-member National Assembly.

Priscillah Misihairabwi says women should not wear underwear on voting day

Movement for Democratic Change legislator Priscillah Misihairabwi-Mushonga says women should not wear underwear on voting day to make sure that they vote for a woman candidate.

According to a video posted by the Voice of America, the outspoken legislator, who once took used panties to Parliament to press for the banning of the sale of used underwear, said: “When you are gripped by a demon that wants you to vote for a man, lift up your skirts and check your bottom and then you will know who to vote for.”

She insisted, however, that women should not wear their underwear only on voting day.

Women, across all political parties, are pressing for a 50-50 representation in Parliament.

The elections are due in three months and most parties have asked aspiring candidates to submit their CVs for consideration.

Zimbabwe currently has 60 reserved seats for women in the 270-member National Assembly.

Battle for Morgan Tsvangirai’s Estate Could Escalate As Another Wife Surfaces

The battle for the estate of the late Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai could escalate with reports that he was married to another woman Nobuhle Marylin Ndiweni.

Already two executors have been appointed to handle the estate after Tsvangirai’s brothers and children from his first wife Susan could not agree with his second wife Elizabeth.

According to the Herald Tsvangirai had a child named Joy with Ndiweni. He is also reported to have had another child named Ethan with Loreta Nyathi.

Tsvangirai had six children with Susan and two other children with an as yet unnamed woman.

Tsvangirai did not have any children with Elizabeth who seems to have the support of only two of Tsvangirai’s 10 children.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Anti-apartheid campaigner dies at 81

South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died aged 81, her personal assistant says.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela.

The couple – famously pictured hand-in-hand as Mr Mandela walked free from prison after 27 years – were a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle for nearly three decades.

However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically.

Family spokesman Victor Dlamini said Mrs Mandela “succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones” following a long illness, which had seen her go in and out of hospital since the start of the year.

Retired archbishop and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu praised her as a “defining symbol of the struggle against apartheid”.

“Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists,” he added.

Media captionThe BBC’s Mike Wooldridge watches as Nelson Mandela was released from prison

President Cyril Ramaphosa – who Mrs Madikizela-Mandela praised earlier this year – is expected to visit the family home this evening, African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Gwede Mantashe said.

He added: “With the departure of Mama Winnie, [we have lost]one of the very few who are left of our stalwarts and icons. She was one of those who would tell us exactly what is wrong and right, and we are going to be missing that guidance.”

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was born in 1936 in the Eastern Cape – then known as Transkei.

She was a trained social worker when she met her future husband in the 1950s. They were married for a total of 38 years, although for almost three decades of that time they were separated due to Mr Mandela’s imprisonment.

It was Mrs Madikizela-Mandela who took his baton after he was jailed for life, becoming an international symbol of resistance to apartheid and a rallying point for poor, black township residents who demanded their freedom.

Five years later, she too was jailed by the white minority government she was fighting against.

But Mrs Madikizela-Mandela – an icon of the struggle – also found herself mired in controversy.

She was heard backing the practice of “necklacing” – putting burning tyres around suspected informants’ necks – and was accused of conducting a virtual reign of terror in parts of Soweto by other members of the ANC in the late 1980s.

Winnie Mandela raises her fist in a black power salute after announcing that a massive pop concert will be held to mark the 70th birthday of her husband in 1988Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionMrs Madikizela-Mandela (pictured in 1988) became a symbol for the anti-apartheid movement in her own right

She was also found guilty of kidnapping and sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for her involvement in the death of 14-year-old township militant Stompie Seipei. She always denied the allegation, and the sentence was reduced to a fine.

Mr Mandela, who stood by her throughout the accusations, was finally released from prison in February 1990.

But two years later, their marriage crumbled. The couple divorced in 1996, but she kept his surname and maintained ties with him.-BBC

Home Affairs Minister Says Grace Mugabe Is Lying , Nothing Stolen From Her Orphanage

GOVERNMENT has dismissed claims by former First Lady Grace Mugabe that gold panners had invaded her citrus farm in Mazowe, saying instead, she was embroiled in a mining dispute with three mining syndicates.

By NQOBANI NDLOVU

Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu told journalists in Bulawayo yesterday that police could not intervene in the dispute, as the mining syndicates were armed with a High Court order barring police and law enforcement agents from interfering with their mining operations.

Grace on March 29 filed a report at Mazowe Police Station alleging that 400 illegal miners had invaded her farm, and vandalised irrigation equipment.

The following day, she filed another report claiming the panners had broken into her orphanage and stolen 31 laptops.

However, Mpofu yesterday disputed the claims and accused Grace of lying.

“The ZRP attended the scene on March 30 and 31, 2018 and established through interviews and physical checks that there were no illegal miners at the children’s home and lemon plantation,” Mpofu said.

“The enquiries revealed that there is a mining dispute between the former First Family and three mining syndicates, Mondo 3, led by Bright Maonga, Mondo 4 mining claim, led by Shepherd Nyazvingo, and Xmas 159, led by Mohammed Khan. The syndicates went to the High Court and obtained a provisional order which bars police and Gushungo Holdings from interfering with their mining operations, High Court order HC 293/18 refers.”

On the alleged theft of 31 laptops by the suspected illegal panners, Mpofu said eight laptops were stolen on March 2 by the former First Lady’s employees, who have since been arrested, dragged to court and sentenced.

“On March 2, 2018, the caretaker at Amai Mugabe School in Mazowe noticed that eight laptops were missing from the storeroom and informed the school administrator on March 6, 2018. A report was subsequently made to the police on March 8, 2018.

“Police officers attended the scene and established that there was no sign of physical break-in and indications were that duplicate keys had been used to gain entry. This showed that the offence was an inside job,” Mpofu said.

He added that Grace’s two employees, Amos Masimure (29) and Wilson Pomba (32), were arrested for unlawful entry and theft, leading to the recovery of six of the laptops.
Masimure appeared at Bindura Magistrates’ Court on March 14, was found guilty and sentenced to two-and-half years in jail.

He was also ordered to “restitute complainant a sum of $1 500 before 30 April”.

Pomba was granted $50 bail and further remanded to April 9 for trial.

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.

More: New Zimbabwe

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.

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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.

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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.”