Villagers live in fear as mermaids and crocodiles wreak havoc in man-made dam

VILLAGERS of Masiyandumbi Village in Gokwe are living in fear of crocodiles and mermaids that seem to have moulded a formidable combination to give villagers in the area torrid times. Nyawaya Dam in Masiyandumbi Village under Chief Chireya has become a…

VILLAGERS of Masiyandumbi Village in Gokwe are living in fear of crocodiles and mermaids that seem to have moulded a formidable combination to give villagers in the area torrid times. Nyawaya Dam in Masiyandumbi Village under Chief Chireya has become a haven of mermaids and crocodiles that have been devouring livestock willy-nilly. In folklore, a […]

Khupe defends ED dialogue initiatives

Source: Khupe defends ED dialogue initiatives | Newsday (News) BY NQOBANI NDLOVU The Thokozani Khupe-led MDC-T says it will only abandon dialogue with President Emmerson Mnangagwa if the Zanu PF leader proves insincere. MDC-T has been attending the national dialogue meetings called by Mnangagwa and boycotted by opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa and others, including […]

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Source: Khupe defends ED dialogue initiatives | Newsday (News)

BY NQOBANI NDLOVU

The Thokozani Khupe-led MDC-T says it will only abandon dialogue with President Emmerson Mnangagwa if the Zanu PF leader proves insincere.

MDC-T has been attending the national dialogue meetings called by Mnangagwa and boycotted by opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa and others, including former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

Chamisa’s party has put forward conditions to the talks, which include a neutral chair and a discussion on Mnangagwa’s legitimacy, a suggestion that has been shot down by Zanu PF.

MDC-T has been castigated for attending the talks, but party chairperson Abednico Bhebhe said they would continue engaging with government and would quit once convinced the President was insincere.

“There are some people that are saying we must pull out of the talks, but the whole idea is to find solutions to all the problems we face . . . We will only withdraw from the talks after we see that he (President) is not sincere; as for now, we can’t measure sincerity by withdrawing,” Bhebhe said.

Churches have also been in the forefront, offering to broker national dialogue amid reports that some regional and international groupings such as the South African-based organisation, In Transformation Initiative, which supports transitional processes in Africa, have also pledged technical support.

Organisations such as Zimbabwe Dialogues (ZD), a merger of the Peace Initiatives in Africa and the South Africa-based Zimbabwe Institute, have also been working with parliamentarians so that they position themselves in the national dialogue processes.

Reports also indicate that organisations such as the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), operating from Barcelona and Spain, have been coming in and out of Harare to explore possibilities of offering technical support to the proposed national dialogue.

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MDC Masvingo rubbishes Mwonzora endorsement claims

Source: MDC Masvingo rubbishes Mwonzora endorsement claims | Newsday (News) BY GARIKAI MAFIRAKUREVA/NQOBANI NDLOVU MDC’s Masvingo provincial spokesperson, Dusty Zivhave, has dismissed claims circulating on social media that the province has endorsed secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora’s candidacy for the party’s presidency at the elective congress to be held in May. Zivhave said the meeting held at […]

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Source: MDC Masvingo rubbishes Mwonzora endorsement claims | Newsday (News)

BY GARIKAI MAFIRAKUREVA/NQOBANI NDLOVU

MDC’s Masvingo provincial spokesperson, Dusty Zivhave, has dismissed claims circulating on social media that the province has endorsed secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora’s candidacy for the party’s presidency at the elective congress to be held in May.

Zivhave said the meeting held at the party offices in Masvingo on Wednesday did not discuss the nominations or endorsements of congress candidates.

“That is the work of our detractors who are peddling lies on social media, trying to sow seeds of discontent and division ahead of a crucial congress to be held in May this year. The claims are unfounded and silly, to say the least. Unless if there was another meeting held somewhere in town by State security agents or Zanu PF thugs who endorsed Mwonzora, which I doubt. The provincial assembly was held at our offices at number 132 Mukwa Street in Rhodene and we never discussed that issue,” he said.

“The truth is we were discussing issues to do with how the congress is going to be held and who is eligible to vote. We never talked about nominations or endorsements because this is not the time. The provincial members will hold meetings with district assemblies, who will in turn hold meetings with wards and so on.”

A bogus Facebook character known as Tirimusango Wenje claimed that Masvingo had endorsed Mwonzora, while a Simon Wezhira posted on Democracy Advocate Initiative page: “Dougie (Mwonzora) for office. We are tired of (the) immature leadership of Wamba.”

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa on Sunday said all party positions would be contested.

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New date for Magaya tax evasion case

Source: New date for Magaya tax evasion case | The Herald March 1, 2019 Walter Magaya Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter A representative of Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries appeared in court yesterday for trial on charges of the church evading paying tax on income amounting to more than $28 million. Magaya and […]

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Source: New date for Magaya tax evasion case | The Herald March 1, 2019

New date for Magaya tax evasion case
Walter Magaya

Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter
A representative of Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries appeared in court yesterday for trial on charges of the church evading paying tax on income amounting to more than $28 million.

Magaya and his wife Tendai also stand accused of drawing millions in salaries from the church account without paying Pay As You Earn (PAYE).

Before the trial could commence yesterday, defence lawyers made an application for more time to prepare their defence, arguing that they were served with the relevant papers on Wednesday.

Regional magistrate Mr Hoseah Mujaya acceded to the application and set March 21 as the new trial date. Mr Nelson Marimo was the church representative, while Mr Everson Chatambudza was the defence lawyer. Mr Chatambudza said he was served with the relevant papers on Wednesday by prosecutor Mr George Manokore, hence the need for additional time to prepare the defence. To support his application for postponement, Mr Chatambudza indicated that there were some issues they needed to verify and agree on with the State before the trial commenced.

Magaya’s church is being charged for breaching Value Added Tax (VAT) regulations on over $28 million realised from sale of church wares since 2013.

According to the State, the church raises revenue from selling church regalia, anointing oil, holy water and from its guest house. It is alleged that sometime in October last year, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) conducted tax investigations and recovered financial statements from PHD for the period extending from 2013 to 2017.

The court heard that ZIMRA recovered financial statements from the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe which were submitted by PHD for a loan application.

The statements showed that the church realised sales amounting to $28 706 040 between 2013 and 2017.

It is alleged that during that period, the church did not submit income tax returns to ZIMRA. The court heard that during the same period, PHD paid remuneration amounting to $950 522,99 to Magaya’s wife, Tendai, directly into her personal Stanbic Bank account.

PHD also transferred remuneration of US $2 403 658,24 to Magaya’s Stanbic Bank account and on both occasions, the church evaded tax by not paying Pay As You Earn.

It is the State case that Magaya’s church had no records of all  goods and services that it sells and purchases, in violation of the VAT Act.

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Boy (4) who disappeared 4 months ago is alive without tongue at witches’ house: Tsikamutandas reveal

SHOCK and bewilderment have seized Vukuzenzele 2 Village under Esikhoveni area in Esigodini District following gruesome revelations that a four-year-old boy who mysteriously disappeared four months ago, was alive and being taken care of by suspected wi…

SHOCK and bewilderment have seized Vukuzenzele 2 Village under Esikhoveni area in Esigodini District following gruesome revelations that a four-year-old boy who mysteriously disappeared four months ago, was alive and being taken care of by suspected witches who want to turn him into a tokoloshe. The chilling revelations were made by witch-hunters popularly known as […]

Lawyer declines to testify against Mugabe’s son-in-law

Source: Lawyer declines to testify against Mugabe’s son-in-law | Daily News A Harare lawyer has refused to testify against former president Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore as a State witness to establish an essential fact of the Zimbabwe Airways senior staff row as well as provide expert testimony saying she retains a contingent fee interest […]

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Source: Lawyer declines to testify against Mugabe's son-in-law | Daily News

A Harare lawyer has refused to testify against former president Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore as a State witness to establish an essential fact of the Zimbabwe Airways senior staff row as well as provide expert testimony saying she retains a contingent fee interest in the case.

Harare lawyer Phillipa Phillips was due to testify against Chikore in the trial but advised the court in a letter that there would be conflict of interest and had to seek consent first. Citing the need to honour lawyer-client privileges, Phillips declined to testify in the State’s case in which Chikore is accused of unlawfully detaining Zimbabwe Airways legal secretary Bertha Zakeyo from exiting the controversial airline’s offices after summarily firing her. Phillips is Zakeyo’s lawyer.

The State insisted that Phillips must testify.
The prohibition against lawyers serving as both counsel and witness in a trial proceeding has a long and complicated history, and the rule itself is riddled with exceptions  “She must come and testify and allow the court to make a determination on whether she should do so or not,” prosecutor Mirirai Shumba insisted yesterday.

“The investigating officer who went to her offices intending to subpoena her was informed that she had travelled to South Africa and on Tuesday this week. It is the State’s view that the witness must come and make the record straight. “In the letter, she also stated that she hadn’t been subpoenaed so was under no obligation to appear and testify in court.”

Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba urged the State to avail all remaining witness and avoid delaying the trial.
“The State is being warned to make available all its witnesses on the next date. Justice delayed is justice denied and all defaulting witnesses will be issued with warrants or risk having to close the State case,” Mashamba said.

Allegations are that Chikore — married to Mugabe’s daughter Bona — reportedly embarked on a purge of senior staff at Zimbabwe Airways he accused of being disloyal to the company.
According to Zakeyo, she received a letter from her boss Chikore, demanding that she responds to a battery of charges levelled against her.

The charges included holding unsanctioned meetings outside the company premises and trading sensitive information.
She later received an e-mail from Chikore demanding that she writes a report detailing her dealings with unnamed external parties.
In a docket opened at the Highlands Police Station, Zakeyo said Chikore — whom she accused of masquerading as a captain — kidnapped her for more than two hours and also denied her access to her lawyer, Phillips.

Trouble has been brewing at Zimbabwe Airways, which is under an opaque ownership that involves government, Chikore and some unnamed foreign nationals. Recently, the airline got delivery of its first bird, a Boeing 777 which was unveiled by President Emmerson Mnangagwa amid much pomp and fanfare.

It was, however, flown back to Malaysia after attracting unsustainable charges including steep parking fees.
The airline also failed to mobilise funds to hire pilots to fly the plane.

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Ginimbi gets passport back

Source: Ginimbi gets passport back | Herald (Africa) Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter Businessman Genius Kadungure, who is facing charges of tax evasion and money laundering, yesterday successfully applied for the temporary release of his passport to enable him to travel abroad for business. With the prosecution’s consent, magistrate Mrs Vongai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro granted the release of […]

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Source: Ginimbi gets passport back | Herald (Africa)

Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter
Businessman Genius Kadungure, who is facing charges of tax evasion and money laundering, yesterday successfully applied for the temporary release of his passport to enable him to travel abroad for business.

With the prosecution’s consent, magistrate Mrs Vongai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro granted the release of Kadungure’s passport from February 28 to March 18.

“Temporary release of passport is granted and to be returned on March 18,” she said.

“Reporting conditions for that period are hereby relaxed.”

Kadungure, through his lawyer Mr Jonathan Samukange, submitted a written application to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) seeking the release of his passport.

The NPA then granted the application.

When he made the same application in January, the State requested that it should be given Kadungure’s title deeds as surety.

He then complied.

Allegations against Kadungure are that between February 2009 and May 2016, his company Piko Trading Private Limited misrepresented to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) that it made total sales of $2 777 678, inclusive of Value Added Tax, when in actual fact the company had made sales amounting to $9 092 951.

To that end, Zimra suffered a prejudice of $417 940.

Kadungure is also being accused of evading tax, with Zimra suffering a total prejudice of $3 468 949.

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Guvamombe seeks High Court trial

Source: Guvamombe seeks High Court trial | Herald (Africa) Mishrod Guvamombe Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter Suspended chief magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe is seeking to have his case of criminal abuse of office moved to the High Court for trial. He told the court yesterday that he could not be tried at the magistrates’ court by his […]

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Source: Guvamombe seeks High Court trial | Herald (Africa)

Guvamombe seeks High Court trial
Mishrod Guvamombe

Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter
Suspended chief magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe is seeking to have his case of criminal abuse of office moved to the High Court for trial.

He told the court yesterday that he could not be tried at the magistrates’ court by his juniors.

Through his lawyer Mr Jonathan Samukange, Guvamombe told the court that he was in the process of making a formal application for the relief he is seeking.

In response, prosecutor Mr Zivanai Macharaga said he would respond to the application after they would have filed it.

Guvamombe appeared before regional magistrate Mr Morgan Nemadire for his routine remand. He indicated that he was also seeking for a temporary release of his passport to enable him to travel abroad for his child’s graduation.

Guvamombe said he had already submitted a written application for release of the passport to the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) and was now awaiting their response.

He was further remanded to March 18.

It is alleged that sometime in June 2017, magistrate Mr Elijah Makomo was assigned a criminal case in which Nathan Mnaba was the accused and Nighert Savania the complainant.

During the trial, numerous applications were allegedly made by the defence which were dismissed due to lack of merit.

This allegedly prompted the defence to approach Mr Makomo, who was presiding over the matter on June 26, 2017 demanding that he recuses himself from the case.

Mr Makomo is said to have turned down the request and advised them to file their application with the High Court or make a formal application with him.

Mr Makomo was later advised to report to Guvamombe’s office with Nathan’s court record and was told that he was mishandling the matter and as such he should recuse himself despite that there was no formal application from the defence for his recusal.

The court heard that Guvamombe went on to handle the complainant despite the fact that he had had a previous business relationship with Mnaba’s father.

Guvamombe is also accused of offering internship to former ministers Supa Mandiwanzira and Saviour Kasukuwere who are both studying law at the University of Zimbabwe, but are being tried for different offences within the same courts.

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Botswana offers Zim  US$95m loan facility

Source: Botswana offers Zim  US$95m loan facility | Daily News ZIMBABWE’s hopes of securing a $600 million loan facility from Botswana hit a snag as its neighbour could only offer US$95 million during a bi-national commission yesterday. After a week of diplomatic engagements, President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Botswana counterpart Mokgweetsi Masisi yesterday signed six […]

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Source: Botswana offers Zim  US$95m loan facility | Daily News

ZIMBABWE’s hopes of securing a $600 million loan facility from Botswana hit a snag as its neighbour could only offer US$95 million during a bi-national commission yesterday.

After a week of diplomatic engagements, President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Botswana counterpart Mokgweetsi Masisi yesterday signed six memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to enhance relations between their two countries.
Masisi told journalists that his country had extended a P1 billion (US$95 million) loan facility to its troubled neighbour.

“We agreed to a loan credit facility we increased it from P500 million to P1 billion,” said Masisi as he responded to questions from the selected media.Of late, Mnangagwa who enjoys a lot of goodwill from his African “brothers” has looked to the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) region for a financial bailout as his country struggles to clear its debts.

Thus the loan facility from Botswana is a huge boost for the troubled Zimbabwe which has been denied a similar rescue package from the region’s economic powerhouse South Africa.
Relations between Zimbabwe and Botswana are thawing following years of tensions when the countries were led by former Robert Mugabe and Ian Khama, respectively.

Last year Mnangagwa visited Botswana and expressed his desire to see enhanced cooperation between the two countries.
Unlike his predecessor, the Zanu PF leader is not burning bridges but his efforts to jumpstart the economy have until yesterday failed to bear any meaningful fruits.

On Tuesday, government officials had claimed that they had secured a $600 million loan from their neighbour – globally famous for its vast diamonds deposits. However, the permanent secretary to the President and Cabinet of Botswana Carter Morupisi issued a statement on Wednesday saying they were yet to give Zimbabwe anything or even to commit to the loan.

“The Office of the President wishes to inform members of the public that the government of the Republic of Botswana and the government of the Republic of Zimbabwe are currently holding discussions under the framework of bi-national commission which covers a wide range of issues which are mutually beneficial to the peoples of the two countries.

“As such, media reports that are currently circulating about the line of credit worth US$600 million that the government of Botswana has committed itself to extend to the Republic of Zimbabwe are unfounded. “We wish to advise members of the public that in accordance with international practice, a communiqué which summarises the outcome of the meeting will be issued following the Bi-National Commission,” reads part of the statement.

The visitors were indulged with VVIP treatment yesterday.
Police and soldiers sealed off roads leading to the venue of the meeting between Mnangagwa and his Botswana counterpart as the two countries inked six MoUs to enhance cooperation.
Although several heads of State and governments have visited the country in yesteryears, security was never as high as that offered for Masisi who temporarily brought business at an uptown hotel to a standstill.

Since assuming office through a soft coup in 2017, Mnangagwa has made drastic changes to his security and yesterday police and soldiers armed to the teeth were milling around the hotel while motorists had to use longer routes to access their workplaces.
It was also double accreditation for journalists who wanted to cover the critical meeting between the two leaders after years of frosty relations between the two countries.
• Hope for a bigger tranche falters
• Security tightened for the visitors

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Sparks fly within Chamisa’s MDC

Source: Sparks fly within Chamisa’s MDC | Daily News HARARE- With just under three months to go to the MDC’s eagerly-anticipated elective congress in May  where a new substantive party leader will be chosen — sparks are flying within the country’s main opposition outfit, the Daily News can report. Emotions have been further ventilated after mischievous Zanu […]

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Source: Sparks fly within Chamisa's MDC | Daily News

HARARE- With just under three months to go to the MDC’s eagerly-anticipated elective congress in May  where a new substantive party leader will be chosen — sparks are flying within the country’s main opposition outfit, the Daily News can report.

Emotions have been further ventilated after mischievous Zanu PF “agents provocateurs” backed the party’s well-regarded secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora to beat the current popular leader, Nelson Chamisa, in the fast-approaching polls. This comes as MDC’s senior leadership has openly accused the ruling party of working frantically to destabilise the opposition party again, ahead of its

May 24-26 congress where Mwonzora is expected to contest Chamisa. As a result, a lot of flak has been directed at Mwonzora — particularly following a mischievous tweet by Zanu PF deputy youth leader, Lewis Matutu, who “predicted” the fall of Chamisa come May.
MDC vice chairperson Tendai Biti, whom many are tipping to contest for one of the party’s vice president posts, angrily reacted to the suggestions that Mwonzora was likely to emerge as the new party leader after the May congress.

He said the party would not accept to be led by “a ruling party chosen half-wit”. “We will reject any nincompoop given to us by Zanu PF. We already have a candidate in … Chamisa. So, we will not tolerate that. “Our duty is to protect the legacy of our dear leader Morgan Tsvangirai and we know with Chamisa we will be able to do that,” Biti thundered.

A senior member of the MDC national standing committee, who refused to be named for fear of victimisation, told the Daily News yesterday that Mwonzora was thus likely to be rejected by party supporters as perceptions grew that he was allegedly a Zanu PF ‘Trojan Horse’. “This does not augur well for our SG (secretary-general) because he will now find it difficult to campaign in the structures as he is now being viewed as a Zanu PF project, which is very sad.

“He could even be booed at rallies, like what happened to (one of Chamisa’s deputies Elias) Mudzuri, as unfair as this will be because the SG is a man of impeccable integrity,” the party official said.
“There always existed a feeling in the party that Mwonzora is no longer with us after he apologised to Luke Malaba when he (Malaba) was booed in Parliament by MDC MPs … and so the Matutu issue is a kiss of death for him,” said another senior party official.

The MDC youth assembly also claimed that Zanu PF wanted a “weaker candidate” to emerge as the party’s leader in May “for obvious reasons” — vowing that this would not happen.
“It is saddening that Zanu PF wants to give us a leader and we know why. We are, however, clear as youths and other organs of the party that we have Chamisa as our leader and the decision is ours not Zanu PF’s,” said Lovemore Chinoputsa, the MDC youth assembly secretary-general.

Matutu threw the cat among the pigeons when he poisonously said Chamisa would receive a heavy shellacking from Mwonzora at the May congress, because “he did not have support in the MDC party structures”. “Mwonzora is likely to become the new MDC … president because the majority of Chamisa’s hooligans are not in the structures of their party and they don’t form part of the congress delegates,” Matutu said in his controversial tweet.
Matutu went on to defend his statement yesterday saying it was “an honest analysis” of what was happening in the country’s largest opposition party.

“What I said was not informed by my liking for Mwonzora, because I don’t like him as well as Chamisa. If I could have it my way, I would prefer Mudzuri. “I am saying this based on what I see. They also comment about Zanu PF saying bad things about our leaders, and so there is nothing wrong in us giving our views on them as well,” Matutu told the Daily News.

MDC Masvingo provincial chairperson, James Gumbi — who is thought to be backing Mwonzora — said there was nothing wrong with Zanu PF endorsing the Harare lawyer. “Does it really matter? I don’t know,” he said curtly. Meanwhile, political analysts have warned both Chamisa and Mwonzora to be wary of people seeking to cause divisions in the MDC, ahead of its crucial congress.

“While Zanu PF may have an interest in the MDC congress, it maybe far-fetched to suggest that Mwonzora is a Trojan Horse for Zanu PF,” rights lawyer and political analyst Dewa Mavhinga, said.
On Tuesday, Mwonzora hinted that he was ready to contest for the MDC’s highest position during an interview with the Daily News.
“I will be giving you a statement regarding what I will be standing for … there are key processes that must happen first and these include the nomination process.

“Within the MDC set-up, people are nominated by the structures. I want to emphasise that I am a full member with full rights including the right to contest any position,” he said.
Chamisa was last weekend given a huge boost ahead of the make-or-break congress when two provinces and key sections such as the youth and women’s assemblies endorsed his candidature.
Well-placed sources have said the result of the congress is likely to be “too close to call” given the profiles of both Chamisa and Mwonzora.

They said this was especially so given that Chamisa was defeated by Mwonzora in 2014 for the secretary-general’s post — who was, at the time, considered a rank outsider in those elections.
Chamisa then held the powerful post of MDC organising secretary, a position which was said to have given him the opportunity to revamp party structures in his favour — and which structures were expected to give him an overwhelming victory against Mwonzora who was the party spokesperson then.

Mwonzora scored a shock and unexpected crushing victory over Chamisa — which saw him getting 2 464 votes against his rival’s 1 756. This subsequently left Chamisa as an ordinary card-carrying member, before he was rescued by the party’s revered and now late leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, who appointed him to the MDC national executive as secretary for policy and research.

There were even unconfirmed suggestions at the time that a stunned Chamisa, unwilling to stomach the results of those internal polls, was even contemplating resigning from the MDC altogether — which never happened. In an ironic turn of fate, Chamisa was to later assume the reins of the country’s main opposition party ahead of his rivals following the death of Tsvangirai last year — albeit, under controversial circumstances.

A titanic leadership battle subsequently ensued in the party, which eventually led to Thokozani Khupe forming a breakaway faction which went on to perform dismally in last year’s elections.
Chamisa ultimately prevailed over his party competitors after a consultative meeting of the MDC, which was held at its Harare headquarters — and which was attended by 639 delegates from 210 party districts — endorsed him as Tsvangirai’s successor and the party’s presidential candidate in the 2018 poll

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