CHOMBO FAILS TO REPAY $30K

Agribank has approached the courts seeking to recover a
real time gross settlement of a (ZWR) $33 720 loan advanced to former Finance
minister Ignatius Chombo six years ago.

The former minister was issued with the court summons
recently and he is …

Agribank has approached the courts seeking to recover a real time gross settlement of a (ZWR) $33 720 loan advanced to former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo six years ago. The former minister was issued with the court summons recently and he is yet to respond to the litigation. According to Agribank, sometime in January 2013, Chombo applied for and was granted a loan facility of US$30

BREAKING: 7 mahwindi JAILED!

Seven of the 13 Chivhu men who were last week arrested for touting have been sentenced to five months in prison, while the other six were fined $100. The seven, who appeared before a Chivhu magistrate on Monday, will, however, serve an effective three-…

Seven of the 13 Chivhu men who were last week arrested for touting have been sentenced to five months in prison, while the other six were fined $100. The seven, who appeared before a Chivhu magistrate on Monday, will, however, serve an effective three-month jail term each, after two months were suspended on condition of […]

CHAMISA VISIT DIVIDED MDC

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa reportedly defied advice from his
security team and some of his party leaders who had advised him against
visiting Chimanimani and Chipinge districts, which were devastated by Cyclone
Idai early this week, highly-placed sour…

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa reportedly defied advice from his security team and some of his party leaders who had advised him against visiting Chimanimani and Chipinge districts, which were devastated by Cyclone Idai early this week, highly-placed sources said yesterday. The sources said following a meeting held at Richard Morgan Tsvangirai House (formerly Harvest House) on Saturday, MDC

BAD NEWS: Zimbabwe’s RTGS dollar plunges by 16 percent

ZIMBABWE’S local currency, the RTGS dollar, has plunged by as much as 16% since it was introduced last month. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe scrapped its discredited 1:1 dollar peg for surrogate bond notes and electronic dollars last month, merging them …

ZIMBABWE’S local currency, the RTGS dollar, has plunged by as much as 16% since it was introduced last month. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe scrapped its discredited 1:1 dollar peg for surrogate bond notes and electronic dollars last month, merging them into a lower-value transitional currency called the RTGS dollar as part of monetary policy […]

EBOLA SCARE AT HRE AIRPORT

Passengers aboard a fastjet Airways flight, which landed at
Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Wednesday went into a panic mode
after one of the passengers complained of a headache and body weakness,
symptoms synonymous with the dreaded E…

Passengers aboard a fastjet Airways flight, which landed at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Wednesday went into a panic mode after one of the passengers complained of a headache and body weakness, symptoms synonymous with the dreaded Ebola virus. The unidentified man, believed to be a cross-border truck driver, was coming home for his holiday when he suddenly fell ill.

Undenge in trouble over US$121k bank loan

Source: Undenge in trouble over US$121k bank loan | Newsday (News) BY CHARLES LAITON Former Energy minister Samuel Undenge has been taken to High Court by CBZ Bank Limited over a US$121 062 debt. The financial institution recently issued summons against the former minister, who is yet to respond to the litigation. According to the […]

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Source: Undenge in trouble over US$121k bank loan | Newsday (News)

BY CHARLES LAITON

Former Energy minister Samuel Undenge has been taken to High Court by CBZ Bank Limited over a US$121 062 debt.

The financial institution recently issued summons against the former minister, who is yet to respond to the litigation.

According to the bank, Undenge approached the financial institution on November 12, 2009 and was offered a loan facility which he duly accepted and utilised.

The bank said some of the terms of the offer letter for the loan facility, which Undenge accepted were that the granted amount would not exceed US$48 000 and that the working capital facility would expire on April 30, 2010 and the input facility on June 30, 2010.

As part of the agreement, the bank reserved the right to give notice of any alteration in the rates of interest and thereafter the bank would be entitled to charge such other rates as it may prescribe.

“That all interest payable in terms of any credit facilities provided by the bank to the borrower (Undenge) will be calculated on the balance outstanding each day at the close of business and the interest outstanding at the end of each calendar month shall be capitalised and interest thereafter, shall be charged on such increased capital,” the bank said.

“That all cost and other charges incurred by the bank and arising out of or by reason of the grant or recovery of the facilities, including legal costs on a legal practitioner/ client scale and collection charges which the bank may incur in taking action of the recovery of any amount due to it will be recoverable by the bank on demand, from the borrower.”

However, as of February 5, 2019, the bank said, the balance outstanding on Undenge’s account was US$121 062,79 and despite repeated demands, the ex-minister had failed and/or neglected to pay the bank prompting the latter to approach the court for recourse.

The matter is pending.

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‘Your penis does not function’: Drama as woman shames ‘rapist’ in court

A BULAWAYO woman left the court in stitches when she revealed that she escaped being raped by an accused because of his erectile dysfunction, after several attempts to penetrate her. The woman aged 49 had been offered transport by Shane Sibanda (20) at…

A BULAWAYO woman left the court in stitches when she revealed that she escaped being raped by an accused because of his erectile dysfunction, after several attempts to penetrate her. The woman aged 49 had been offered transport by Shane Sibanda (20) at around 4.15am and was promised to be dropped off at her intended […]

Judge rules on NPRC’s tenure

Source: Judge rules on NPRC’s tenure | The Herald March 22, 2019 From George Maponga in Masvingo A Masvingo High Court judge has ruled that the lifespan of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) will be 10 years from January 5 last year when it became operational after the enactment of a law to […]

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Source: Judge rules on NPRC’s tenure | The Herald March 22, 2019

Judge rules on NPRC’s tenure

From George Maponga in Masvingo
A Masvingo High Court judge has ruled that the lifespan of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) will be 10 years from January 5 last year when it became operational after the enactment of a law to operationalise it.

The ruling by Justice Joseph Mafusire means the NPRC will be operational until 2028.

The ruling came after MDC Alliance proportional representation legislator Mrs Concillia Chinanzvavana took Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi to the Masvingo High Court seeking an extension of the NPRC’s tenure.

Mrs Chinanzvavana, through her lawyers, argued that the Commission’s lifespan was supposed to be calculated to add up to 10 years from the time of its operationalisation through an Act of Parliament as per the Constitution.

The Commission, according to the legislator, was supposed to be operational on August 18, 2013 when former President Mr Robert Mugabe took his oath of office. Its tenure was supposed to run until August 19, 2023.

However, due to delays in operationalisation of the Commission via alignment of the requisite legislation with the Constitution, the NPRC only came into effect on January 5 last year.

Minister Ziyambi was the first respondent and Vice President Kembo Mohadi, who oversees the NPRC, was cited as the second respondent.

President Mnangagwa was the third respondent while the NPRC, Attorney- General Advocate Prince Machaya were the fourth and fifth respondents, respectively.

Justice Mafusire had on February 15  this year reserved judgment in the matter saying he would deliver judgment in motion and advise the parties of his ruling.

“The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission that is established in terms of Section 251 of the Constitution shall have tenure of life of 10 years deemed to have commenced on 5 January 2018 with the gazetting as law of the National Peace and Reconciliation Act, Capt 10:32.

“There shall be no order of costs,” said Justice Mafusire in his ruling.

Mr Kenias Chimiti from the Attorney-General’s Office opposed the application by Mrs Chinanzvavana saying the legislator was seeking an “incompetent and defective order at law”.

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Activist takes grenades to State House, nabbed

Source: Activist takes grenades to State House, nabbed | The Herald March 22, 2019 Zenzele Ndebele Bulawayo Bureau An  activist was yesterday arrested at the Bulawayo State House where President Mnangagwa was meeting Matabeleland civil society leaders after he was found in possession of items that looked like grenades. Police arrested one Zenzele Ndebele for […]

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Source: Activist takes grenades to State House, nabbed | The Herald March 22, 2019

Activist takes grenades to State House, nabbed
Zenzele Ndebele

Bulawayo Bureau
An  activist was yesterday arrested at the Bulawayo State House where President Mnangagwa was meeting Matabeleland civil society leaders after he was found in possession of items that looked like grenades.

Police arrested one Zenzele Ndebele for conduct likely to breach the maintenance of public peace, in an incident with a chilling reminder that President Mnangagwa was bombed at White City Stadium last year.

Details were sketchy last night, with authorities ascertaining the nature of the objects, but preliminary indications were that they could have been chemical weapon cannisters such as teargas, likely to be thrown in an offensive posture.

Sources said alert security officials recovered items that could threaten public peace as Ndebele drove into the State House.

Ndebele, who is said to be a journalist, is a director of Centre for Innovation and Technology (CITE), an online media organisation.

A security source said he was found with suspicious articles used by security agents, but could not elaborate further.

“(His arrest) it has to do with his conduct that was likely to breach the maintenance law and order. He was likely to breach maintenance of public peace considering that this was a public gathering. So he had no reason at all to go into that gathering carrying some items which in actual fact are items which are used by security services and he is not a member of the security services.”

Unconfirmed reports said Ndebele was allegedly found in possession of teargas cannisters in the restricted area in a city where President Mnangagwa escaped an assassination attempt in June last year.

The security source added: “The law is very clear no one should go into any public gathering carrying items which legally no one would be allowed to be in possession of. He had no reason at all to carry those items to the gathering. Whatever he was carrying he had no reason to be in possession of those items.”

He said Ndebele is likely to appear in court today.

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Parly ratifies African Charter on democracy, elections

Source: Parly ratifies African Charter on democracy, elections | Newsday (News) BY VENERANDA LANGA PARLIAMENT on Tuesday ratified the African Charter on Democracy and Elections and Governance, which, among other things, is meant to enhance the quality of elections in Africa, promote human rights, strengthen the rule of law and promote political, economic and social […]

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BY VENERANDA LANGA

PARLIAMENT on Tuesday ratified the African Charter on Democracy and Elections and Governance, which, among other things, is meant to enhance the quality of elections in Africa, promote human rights, strengthen the rule of law and promote political, economic and social governance.

The charter, which was brought for ratification in the National Assembly by Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, also addresses issues relating to unconstitutional changes of governments in Africa, and ensures that those that attempt to remove a constitutionally-elected government are dealt with in terms of the law.

Zimbabwe joins countries like Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Togo and Zambia to ratify the charter.

Zimbabwe now needs to sign the charter into law.

Ziyambi said the ratification of the charter means that the country must now have representative systems of government with separation of powers between branches, promote democracy, rule of law and basic human rights, ensure democratic rule and constitutional changes of power through free, fair and transparent elections, and respect ethnic cultural and religious diversity.

“The African Charter of Democracy, Elections and Governance was signed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on March 21, 2018 in Rwanda and the signing was ahead of our harmonised elections which were held on July 31, 2018,” Ziyambi said.

“The signing was so that we enhance the quality of our own elections, among other objectives. The charter binds State parties to promote democracy, rule of law and human rights. It obligates State parties to take necessary measures to promote constitutional transfer of power.

“It also binds State parties to guarantee rights of women, migrants, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and other vulnerable social groups.”
The Justice minister also said the charter also binds State parties to institutionalise constitutional civilian control over the armed and security forces to ensure consolidation of democracy and constitutional order.

“State parties are also obligated to take legislative and regulatory measures to ensure that those who attempt to remove an elected government are dealt with in accordance with the law. State parties are sanctioned by the Charter to commit to regular holding of transparent, free and fair elections in accordance with the union’s declaration on the principles governing democratic elections in Africa,” he said.

Nkulumane MP Kucaca Phulu said ratification of the charter will enable government to become more transparent in how it conducts elections and enable different stakeholders to know exactly what should happen and when elections are going to take place.

“We hope they do not take another two years before they present their articles of ratification to the relevant forum. It would be nice to hear some assurances from the minister that they will move quickly to ensure that it is ratified and we bring it back to this House for domestication,” Phulu said.

Ziyambi promised to speed up the process to ensure political and legislative reforms in areas of governance and electoral reforms.

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