News – NewsDay Zimbabwe https://www.newsday.co.zw Everyday News for Everyday People Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:29:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 Confidant of Israel’s Netanyahu turns state’s witness in corruption case https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/confidant-israels-netanyahu-turns-states-witness-corruption-case/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/confidant-israels-netanyahu-turns-states-witness-corruption-case/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:29:50 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985891 Confidant of Israel’s Netanyahu turns state’s witness in corruption case

A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state about alleged corrupt dealings between the government and the country’s biggest telecoms group, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. TimesLive Shlomo Filber, who was arrested this week along with top executives at Bezeq Telecom, had been a personal appointment of Netanyahu’s to head the Communications Ministry. Police now suspect Bezeq received regulatory benefits, and in return, Netanyahu received favourable media coverage on a popular news website that is also controlled by Bezeq’s former chairman. The Bezeq executives have denied the allegations. Israel’s Ynet news website reported that Filber has now agreed to testify for the state in the case, a development that could further complicate things for Netanyahu as he battles mounting corruption allegations. Israeli authorities were not immediately available to confirm that a deal with Filber had been reached. On Tuesday, police alleged that Netanyahu’s former spokesman tried to bribe a judge to drop a fraud case against Netanyahu’s wife. Netanyahu himself is suspect in two other investigations. The right-wing leader, in office for 12 years since 1996, has denied wrongdoing in any of the cases, calling them a political “witch hunt”.

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Confidant of Israel’s Netanyahu turns state’s witness in corruption case

A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state about alleged corrupt dealings between the government and the country’s biggest telecoms group, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

TimesLive

Shlomo Filber, who was arrested this week along with top executives at Bezeq Telecom, had been a personal appointment of Netanyahu’s to head the Communications Ministry.

Police now suspect Bezeq received regulatory benefits, and in return, Netanyahu received favourable media coverage on a popular news website that is also controlled by Bezeq’s former chairman.

The Bezeq executives have denied the allegations.

Israel’s Ynet news website reported that Filber has now agreed to testify for the state in the case, a development that could further complicate things for Netanyahu as he battles mounting corruption allegations.

Israeli authorities were not immediately available to confirm that a deal with Filber had been reached.

On Tuesday, police alleged that Netanyahu’s former spokesman tried to bribe a judge to drop a fraud case against Netanyahu’s wife.

Netanyahu himself is suspect in two other investigations.

The right-wing leader, in office for 12 years since 1996, has denied wrongdoing in any of the cases, calling them a political “witch hunt”.

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Nigeria Boko Haram: Some missing girls ‘rescued’ after school attack https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/nigeria-boko-haram-missing-girls-rescued-school-attack/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/nigeria-boko-haram-missing-girls-rescued-school-attack/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:05:40 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985881 Nigeria Boko Haram: Some missing girls ‘rescued’ after school attack

Some of the schoolgirls missing after a militant attack on a boarding school in northern Nigeria have been rescued by the military, officials say. About 100 children were believed to be missing after pupils and teachers fled into bush outside the town of Dapchi during the attack. BBC Parents told the BBC they had seen girls being taken away in trucks. The attack comes four years after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 girls from a school in the town of Chibok. In a statement, the Yobe state government said an unspecified number of girls had been rescued from the “terrorists who abducted them” and were now with the army. Reuters news agency quoted parents and a government official as saying that 76 girls had been rescued and at least 13 were still missing Two girls had been found dead, Reuters said, without specifying how they had died. Yobe state officials had previously said there was no information to suggest any of the girls had been kidnapped. Dapchi is about 275km (170 miles) north-west of Chibok. The jihadists entered the town firing guns and letting off explosives, causing students and teachers to flee into the surrounding bush. Residents say that Nigeria’s security forces – backed by military jets – later repelled the attack. Locals living near the school told the BBC that many of the girls who had fled had been found after hiding in surrounding villages – some up to 30km away. Yobe’s police minister said that 815 of the school’s 926 students had later returned to the school. The minister was speaking before news that more girls had been rescued by the military. What has happened to the Chibok girls? Last September, a group of more than 100 of the Chibok girls were reunited with their families at a party in Abuja. Most of the group were released in May as part of a controversial prisoner swap deal with the Nigerian government that saw five Boko Haram commanders released. But more than 100 schoolgirls are still being held by Boko Haram, and their whereabouts are unknown. Boko Haram militants have been fighting a long insurgency in their quest for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. The conflict is estimated to have killed tens of thousands of people. The Chibok girls represent a fraction of the women captured by the militant group, which has kidnapped thousands during its eight-year insurgency in northern Nigeria.

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Nigeria Boko Haram: Some missing girls ‘rescued’ after school attack

Some of the schoolgirls missing after a militant attack on a boarding school in northern Nigeria have been rescued by the military, officials say.

About 100 children were believed to be missing after pupils and teachers fled into bush outside the town of Dapchi during the attack.

BBC

Parents told the BBC they had seen girls being taken away in trucks.

The attack comes four years after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 girls from a school in the town of Chibok.

In a statement, the Yobe state government said an unspecified number of girls had been rescued from the “terrorists who abducted them” and were now with the army.

Reuters news agency quoted parents and a government official as saying that 76 girls had been rescued and at least 13 were still missing
Two girls had been found dead, Reuters said, without specifying how they had died.

Yobe state officials had previously said there was no information to suggest any of the girls had been kidnapped.

Dapchi is about 275km (170 miles) north-west of Chibok.

The jihadists entered the town firing guns and letting off explosives, causing students and teachers to flee into the surrounding bush.

Residents say that Nigeria’s security forces – backed by military jets – later repelled the attack.

Locals living near the school told the BBC that many of the girls who had fled had been found after hiding in surrounding villages – some up to 30km away.

Yobe’s police minister said that 815 of the school’s 926 students had later returned to the school.

The minister was speaking before news that more girls had been rescued by the military.

What has happened to the Chibok girls?

Last September, a group of more than 100 of the Chibok girls were reunited with their families at a party in Abuja.

Most of the group were released in May as part of a controversial prisoner swap deal with the Nigerian government that saw five Boko Haram commanders released.

But more than 100 schoolgirls are still being held by Boko Haram, and their whereabouts are unknown.

Boko Haram militants have been fighting a long insurgency in their quest for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

The conflict is estimated to have killed tens of thousands of people.

The Chibok girls represent a fraction of the women captured by the militant group, which has kidnapped thousands during its eight-year insurgency in northern Nigeria.

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Police killings no longer a matter for police only‚ but for society as a whole – ANC https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/police-killings-no-longer-matter-police-society-whole-anc/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/police-killings-no-longer-matter-police-society-whole-anc/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:40:03 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985875 Police killings no longer a matter for police only‚ but for society as a whole – ANC

As condolences are pouring in for the families of the slain police officers in Engcobo‚ Eastern Cape‚ the ANC leadership in the province say that the incident indicates that the continued spate of police killings means that this is no longer a matter for police only‚ but for society as a whole. TimesLive The party reacted to the murder of five police officials and an off-duty soldier in a police station in the small town between Mtata and Komani. On Wednesday morning Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni said that gunmen stormed the police station and stole weapons. ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukaitobi said that an intervention by the police’s national office was essential. “We condemn the continued killing of members of the South African Police Service (Saps) – men and women in uniform who risk their lives daily to ensure the safety of all South African citizens‚” Ngcukaitobi said. She said that communities in and around Engcobo municipality must report anyone or anything that could lead to arrests of the perpetrators to the police. “We also call upon the police management across the country to ensure that our police officers are properly armed and well-resourced to defend themselves and innocent citizens. We shall not sit back and watch our country being hijacked by these criminal elements who continue to turn our children into orphans‚” he said. National police commissioner General Khehla Sithole condemned the killings‚ saying that he has deployed a team of Saps and Hawks officers to hunt the killers. “I am appalled and deeply saddened by the cold and callous attack on our colleagues this morning‚” said General Sithole.

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Police killings no longer a matter for police only‚ but for society as a whole – ANC

As condolences are pouring in for the families of the slain police officers in Engcobo‚ Eastern Cape‚ the ANC leadership in the province say that the incident indicates that the continued spate of police killings means that this is no longer a matter for police only‚ but for society as a whole.

TimesLive

The party reacted to the murder of five police officials and an off-duty soldier in a police station in the small town between Mtata and Komani.

On Wednesday morning Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni said that gunmen stormed the police station and stole weapons.

ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukaitobi said that an intervention by the police’s national office was essential.

“We condemn the continued killing of members of the South African Police Service (Saps) – men and women in uniform who risk their lives daily to ensure the safety of all South African citizens‚” Ngcukaitobi said.

She said that communities in and around Engcobo municipality must report anyone or anything that could lead to arrests of the perpetrators to the police.

“We also call upon the police management across the country to ensure that our police officers are properly armed and well-resourced to defend themselves and innocent citizens.

We shall not sit back and watch our country being hijacked by these criminal elements who continue to turn our children into orphans‚” he said.

National police commissioner General Khehla Sithole condemned the killings‚ saying that he has deployed a team of Saps and Hawks officers to hunt the killers.

“I am appalled and deeply saddened by the cold and callous attack on our colleagues this morning‚” said General Sithole.

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Mabuza looks set for role as deputy president https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mabuza-looks-set-role-deputy-president/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mabuza-looks-set-role-deputy-president/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:29:08 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985872 Mabuza looks set for role as deputy president

Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza has told his provincial cabinet that he will be vacating his office soon because of his new responsibilities as ANC deputy president. TimesLive According to a report in Business Day, sources who attended a cabinet lekgotla in the province last week that Mabuza indicated he could be departing as early as next week. This is the strongest indication yet that Mabuza might be headed for the Union Buildings to take up the position of deputy president of the country, with a cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the cards. Mabuza’s comments to his cabinet in Mpumalanga were made at the lekgotla held in preparation for his state of the province address on Friday. The premier’s spokesman, Zibonele Mncwango, said that “it was true that Mabuza indicated the possibility of his vacating his office in the province to his cabinet colleagues”.

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Mabuza looks set for role as deputy president

Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza has told his provincial cabinet that he will be vacating his office soon because of his new responsibilities as ANC deputy president.

TimesLive

According to a report in Business Day, sources who attended a cabinet lekgotla in the province last week that Mabuza indicated he could be departing as early as next week.

This is the strongest indication yet that Mabuza might be headed for the Union Buildings to take up the position of deputy president of the country, with a cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the cards.

Mabuza’s comments to his cabinet in Mpumalanga were made at the lekgotla held in preparation for his state of the province address on Friday.

The premier’s spokesman, Zibonele Mncwango, said that “it was true that Mabuza indicated the possibility of his vacating his office in the province to his cabinet colleagues”.

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Soldier loses service pistol in nightclub https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/soldier-loses-service-pistol-nightclub/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/soldier-loses-service-pistol-nightclub/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:23:24 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985817 Soldier loses service pistol in nightclub

A MUTARE-BASED soldier recently lost his service pistol to a suspected thief in a bar.

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Soldier loses service pistol in nightclub

A MUTARE-BASED soldier recently lost his service pistol to a suspected thief in a bar.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

The suspect, Leonard Machaka, appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe on Monday facing charges of stealing a firearm and was remanded in custody to March 5.

Prosecutor Fletcher Karombe told the court that on February 7, the complainant, who was not named in State papers, was on duty with his service pistol loaded with seven rounds.

The complainant went into a night club in Mutare and lost his service pistol and wallet to Machaka.

Machaka was arrested on February 17 following recovery of the firearm from him.

Its magazine had, however, been emptied.

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‘Zacc cops’ kidnap Mutoko RDC boss, demand ransom https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/zacc-cops-kidnap-mutoko-rdc-boss-demand-ransom/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/zacc-cops-kidnap-mutoko-rdc-boss-demand-ransom/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:11:21 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985806 ‘Zacc cops’ kidnap Mutoko RDC boss, demand ransom

FOUR former police officers posed as Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) investigators and allegedly kidnapped Mutoko Rural District Council chief executive officer, Peter Sigauke, accusing him of corruption before demanding $3 000 for his freedom.

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‘Zacc cops’ kidnap Mutoko RDC boss, demand ransom

FOUR former police officers posed as Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) investigators and allegedly kidnapped Mutoko Rural District Council chief executive officer, Peter Sigauke, accusing him of corruption before demanding $3 000 for his freedom.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

One of the accused, Cosmas Matambudziko Vheremu (47), has approached the High Court, seeking bail after a Mutoko magistrate refused to entertain his freedom bid.

Allegations are that Vheremu, who is represented by Tawanda Takaindisa, went to Mutoko on February 7 this year together with his accomplices Moses Nyavanhu, Dentist Chimanga and Trymore Bondamakara, who are still at large.

It is alleged the quartet went to Sigauke’s home and ordered him to accompany them outside the premise, where their Toyota RunX vehicle was parked. The gang introduced themselves by showing Sigauke blue identity cards inscribed, “Anti-Corruption.”

The State alleges the gang told Sigauke he was under arrest for corrupt activities, emanating from numerous anonymous letters “their office” had received.

It is alleged they then introduced themselves to Sigauke’s wife and gave her their contact details, saying they were from Zacc Mashonaland East provincial office.

The gang confiscated Sigauke’s mobile phones and drove towards Harare despite his plea to pass through Mutoko Police Station.

While on their way to Harare, the gang demanded $10 000 to facilitate his freedom, but Sigauke insisted on going to their offices.

They parked their motor vehicle at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. Sensing danger, Sigauke requested his mobile phones and contacted his wife, whom he advised to deposit $1 000 into the suspects’ three mobile money platforms. But Sigauke’s wife went to the police station to report before depositing the money.

After completing the transaction, the four drove to Samora Machel Avenue and Fifth Street before dumping Sigauke and gave him $5.

Mutoko detectives made a follow up on the case and arrested Vheremu, who was found in possession of Sigauke’s mobile phones.

He was questioned and he denied the allegations.

The detectives then went to Farm and City Horticulture Trade, where Vheremu had purchased some items using the mobile money transfer account number allegedly used to extort money from Sigauke.

Vheremu was allegedly captured on the shop’s closed circuit television monitor conducting transactions using the same mobile account number.

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Zesa builds $7,5m plant for Beitbridge https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/zesa-builds-75m-plant-beitbridge/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/zesa-builds-75m-plant-beitbridge/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:44:26 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985834 Zesa builds $7,5m plant for Beitbridge

THE Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZEDTC) is building a $7,5 million sub-station to meet Beitbridge high’s demand for power and about 25 000 residents are expected to benefit from the plant.

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Zesa builds $7,5m plant for Beitbridge

THE Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZEDTC) is building a $7,5 million sub-station to meet Beitbridge high’s demand for power and about 25 000 residents are expected to benefit from the plant.

By own correspondent

The power utility is also lobbying the government to have electricity installation as part of servicing of stands to accelerate distribution of power and remedy the discord caused by late power installations to completed houses.

If successful, all new residential, commercial and industrial stands will be allocated as a complete package with roads, water, sewer and electricity, a senior ZEDTC official said yesterday.

Speaking to about 300 Beitbridge residents at a consumer education meeting yesterday Western region ZEDTC manager Lloyd Jaji said: “We are saying when a person is getting their stand, electricity should be part of the services.”

“Details will be in our client charter, which should be launched in the first six months of this year.”

He said close to 25 000 people from about 5 000 Dulivhadzimo housing units are expected to benefit from the 2,5 MVA power sub-station, whose construction will start soon.

The new substation is almost twice the size of the one currently in Beitbridge and should cater for the town’s rapid growth.

“We have been allocated a stand and this unit will answer Beitbridge’s power shortages,” he said adding they hoped completing the facility next year.

“I cannot say this year. It’s a huge project. We will soon start the civil works because the transformers are here now,” Jaji said during a question and answer session.

A resident said she has gone for eight years waiting for electricity installation.

A large section of Dulivhadzimo high and medium-density suburbs is in the dark and is also without water and sewer reticulation systems. The area has a high crime rate.

She related how thousands of home owners in Dulivhadzimu North had spent thousands of dollars on solar installations, as they awaited power supplies.
“We could have pooled our money to buy the transformers for the sub-station because each household has spent so much,” she said. Jaji told residents that his organisation had accelerated the acquisition of electricity meters to meet a demand of 130 000 units currently required.

“We have engaged 17 companies to help us acquire the meters and consumers can buy the meters from these companies,” he said.

During the meeting, facilitators from Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) educated consumers on proper usage of electricity and urged them to explore other forms of energy like gas. A Zera official, Tobias Mudzingwa said the use of gas had increased from five million kilogrammes in 2016 to 35 million kilogrammes in 2017.

Consumer Council of Zimbabwe executive director, Roselyn Siyachitema urged residents to unite and resist unfair pricing.

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Warrant of arrest for bribe cop https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/warrant-arrest-bribe-cop/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/warrant-arrest-bribe-cop/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:39:52 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985831 Warrant of arrest for bribe cop

A GWERU police officer, who allegedly received a $1 320 bribe to facilitate the recruitment of three prospective police officers, was yesterday issued with a warrant of arrest after he failed to turn up at court.

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Warrant of arrest for bribe cop

A GWERU police officer, who allegedly received a $1 320 bribe to facilitate the recruitment of three prospective police officers, was yesterday issued with a warrant of arrest after he failed to turn up at court.

BY STEPHEN CHADENGA

Arnold Garikayi Matara (32), a constable attached to the Midlands Professional Updating Centre (PUC), who is on $100 bail, was supposed to appear before provincial magistrate Pathekile Msipa to answer to fraud charges.

Msipa issued Matara with a warrant of arrest after his lawyer said he had failed to locate the cop.

It is the State’s case is that in March 2016, the first complainant Rebecca Muchairi did her pre-entry test for joining the force and was advised to approach Matara for help since she was almost 30 years of age.

Matara allegedly assured Muchairi that her request would be sent to Morris Depot Recruitment for consideration and in July last year she paid $520 to the accused to facilitate the process.

In November last year, Muchairi learnt that there was recruitment and applicants were at Midlands PUC en route to Harare and when she approached accused he told her that they were recruiting senior officers.

The complainant later inquired with her brother, who is also a police officer who told her there was no such recruitment and a report was made to the police leading to accused’s arrest. The court further heard that in September last year, two siblings, Joshua and Last Mugwagwa also did police pre-entry tests.

In November, their father Afoius Mugwagwa approached Matara, who allegedly demanded $400 each for the two brothers, saying it was to purchase police uniforms.

The accused was allegedly paid $700 and $100 was transferred into his account.

In the same month, Joshua and Last phoned Morris Depot and learnt that the police force provided uniforms for free. When the accused was approached to reimburse the money, he gave back $400.

The Mugwagwas also made a police report, leading to the subsequent arrest of accused.

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Govt dumps striking Hwange employees’ spouses https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/govt-dumps-striking-hwange-employees-spouses/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/govt-dumps-striking-hwange-employees-spouses/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:38:14 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985829 Govt dumps striking Hwange employees’ spouses

GOVERNMENT has pulled out of the salary wrangle involving Hwange Colliery Company Limited and workers’ spouses, who have been demonstrating at the company premises for the past 26 days demanding their husbands’ outstanding dues.

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Govt dumps striking Hwange employees’ spouses

GOVERNMENT has pulled out of the salary wrangle involving Hwange Colliery Company Limited and workers’ spouses, who have been demonstrating at the company premises for the past 26 days demanding their husbands’ outstanding dues.

By Nokuthaba Dlamini

Home Affairs minister who told Southern Eye on Monday that the government chose to stay out of the dispute after the striking women roped in the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU).

Mpofu told Southern Eye that the women were not negotiating in good faith and had been misled by ZCTU, which is now guiding them when they are not registered members.

“Those people were not negotiating in good faith. I went there when President Emmerson Mnangagwa sent me to engage the workers and we had tentatively agreed that they should hold their sit-in until their issues are addressed. But just as I left, ZCTU came in and started giving them instructions, which government was not happy with and we said if they believe in ZCTU, yet they are not even members, let them deal with the issues,” he said.

“Government cannot work under duress. They seem to be more inclined to listening to ZCTU than their government so we cannot deal with the matter. Just before I reported to the President, they were already coming up with new positions and also threatening management on the instructions of ZCTU and also demanding that everyone should be given $5 000 before February 15.

Mpofu said when he went to negotiate with the women, ZCTU officials were in charge of the proceedings and he cautioned them.

ZCTU president, Peter Mutasa said the union is there to address social problems affecting its members.

“ZCTU has got an obligation to address social problems affecting people including people in Hwange, so we are very disappointed by the stance if that is the position of the government, but I do want to believe that. What I know is that Mpofu has got interests in the matter. He was the Minister of Mines and the board that was there he was involved in appointing that body so whatever is happening there he also has a hand in it, so I don’t think he is the right person to address that matter to start with.”

Mutasa said ignoring the plight of the Hwange women would be a serious indictment on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s leadership.

“We have written to the government and we don’t want to take Mpofu’s decision as the voice of the government,” he said.

Mutasa said the families’ living conditions also need to be addressed. He said as many as 60 households share one toilet and bathroom and there is no running water, and government should ensure that people are living in dignity.

Armed police officers are guarding company premises amid fears of vandalism.

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More than 224 electrocuted between 2009 and 2016 https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/224-electrocuted-2009-2016/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/224-electrocuted-2009-2016/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:33:17 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985823 More than 224 electrocuted between 2009 and 2016

About 224 people died due to electricity mishaps, including Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) employees, between 2009 and 2016.
Of these 15 were Zesa employees, while the rest were victims of the power utility’s infrastructure collapse, victims of unsafe practices and thieves attempting to steal copper cables or oils.

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More than 224 electrocuted between 2009 and 2016

About 224 people died due to electricity mishaps, including Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) employees, between 2009 and 2016.
Of these 15 were Zesa employees, while the rest were victims of the power utility’s infrastructure collapse, victims of unsafe practices and thieves attempting to steal copper cables or oils.

By Own Correspondent

An official of the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera), Tobias Mangwiro on Tuesday said 46% of the people killed in electricity mishaps were victims of collapsing infrastructure.

“Then we have those killed due to unsafe practices particularly in resettlement areas,” he said.

Mangwiro was speaking at a consumer education function in Beitbridge.

Some people in resettlement areas independently made electrical installations at times using barbed wire and wet poles.

Mangwiro said another 13%, who died were workers unfamiliar with electricity use and used unsafe practices.

“The other 7% are thieves trying to steal from our installations,” he said.

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Aspiring nurses sue Parirenyatwa over training https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/aspiring-nurses-sue-parirenyatwa-training/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/aspiring-nurses-sue-parirenyatwa-training/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:19:09 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985813 Aspiring nurses sue Parirenyatwa over training

TWENTY aspiring nurses from Bonda Mission Hospital in Manicaland Province have taken Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa to court challenging his decision to nullify their training programme at the institution.

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Aspiring nurses sue Parirenyatwa over training

TWENTY aspiring nurses from Bonda Mission Hospital in Manicaland Province have taken Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa to court challenging his decision to nullify their training programme at the institution.

BY CHARLES LAITON

Regina Mutasa and 19 others filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court last Friday after hospital officials abruptly terminated their training programme under “unclear circumstances”.

In the application, the aspiring nurses cited Parirenyatwa, Bonda Mission Hospital and Manicaland Province medical director, Patron Mafaune, as respondents. The matter is yet to be set down for hearing.

“This is an urgent chamber application to have the purported cancellation/termination of recruitment for registered general nurse training with the respondents set aside and the first, second and third respondents ordered to reinstate the applicants and stop interfering with applicants’ recruitment and studies, which commenced on January 18, 2018,” the students said.

“The applicants are also seeking to stop the first respondent (Parirenyatwa) from advertising and recruiting new trainees in their place as is happening now.

“The sudden cancellation of our contracts without giving any reasons or notice or allowing us to make representations is a clear and blatant violation of the Administration of Justice Act. The decision to cancel was itself grossly unreasonable and negates our legitimate expectations and natural justice. It is also a breach of the Labour Act as well as Section 56 (1) and (5) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.”

In her founding affidavit Mutasa and her co-students said they went through interviews in July 2016, before being successfully admitted to the institution for studies that were scheduled to start on January 8, this year.

She said they all paid fees in terms of the demands listed by the institution.

“Our admission and studies were, however, suddenly, unexpectedly, unilaterally and unlawfully terminated by the first and third respondents without justifiable reasons or explanations … the purported cancellation was done without proper procedure being followed. I maintain that our admission was above board. Even if the respondents were to claim that our admissions were not above board, which is denied, it is submitted that as we had been admitted and already commenced our training programme, we were entitled to be heard regarding any decision affecting our continued training,” Mutasa said.

The aspiring nurses also said Mafaune indicated to them that without her influence, power and input their efforts would be a waste of time.

“We have no other readily available meaningful remedy considering the circumstances of the matter. For reasons best known to the first respondent, he has shrugged off any talks with us or an approach from us,” Mutasa said, adding they had already lost time and resources as a result of the inconvenience.

“We, hereby, approach this honourable court to have the cancellation of our training as nurses be set aside and that we be forthwith reinstated unconditionally.”

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Women in mining demand protection https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/women-mining-demand-protection/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/women-mining-demand-protection/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:16:45 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985811 Women in mining demand protection

WOMEN in mining are experiencing a myriad of problems such as victimisation, dispossession of their claims by men, and gender based violence.
Representative of the sub-committee on Women in Mining in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy, Fanny Chirisa told NewsDay yesterday that women in areas such as Gwanda and Shamva pleaded with MPs to put in place a legal framework to protect them.

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Women in mining demand protection

WOMEN in mining are experiencing a myriad of problems such as victimisation, dispossession of their claims by men, and gender based violence.
Representative of the sub-committee on Women in Mining in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy, Fanny Chirisa told NewsDay yesterday that women in areas such as Gwanda and Shamva pleaded with MPs to put in place a legal framework to protect them.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

“Women in mining, particularly in the gold mining sector, are experiencing a number of challenges such as victimisation by male miners, dispossession of their claims, and various other forms of gender-based violence, resulting in many women fearing to venture into mining,” she said.

“After the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy visited Shamva and Gwanda to speak to the affected women, it was recommended that there is need to appoint a gender focal person to address the gender related issues in the mining sector.”

Chirisa said there was also need for the Mines ministry to set up a department that would specifically look at concerns of artisanal and small scale miners in the country.

She said it was imperative to have more women in mining so that they were economically-empowered as mining is one of the lucrative business ventures in the country.

“Government must invest more in women in mining and link them with strategic partners. There is also need to ensure mining laws resolve issues of gender discrepancies in the mining sector,” Chirisa said.

She said there was need for women to get mining education so that they can understand mapping, the mining environment, and quality control so that they improve the quality and quantity of their mined products.

“Women in mining must be able to come up with plans and proposals that would attract investors, as well as look for partnerships which would assist their businesses to grow into big mining projects,” Chirisa said.

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Council in operation to clean up CBD https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/council-operation-clean-cbd/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/council-operation-clean-cbd/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:13:58 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985808 Council in operation to clean up CBD

HARARE City Council has roped in political leaders and the military in a fresh joint operation to assist flush out pirate taxis and commuter omnibuses from the central business district to pave way for shuttle buses.

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Council in operation to clean up CBD

HARARE City Council has roped in political leaders and the military in a fresh joint operation to assist flush out pirate taxis and commuter omnibuses from the central business district to pave way for shuttle buses.

by XOLISANI NCUBE

Council spokesperson, Michael Chideme, confirmed yesterday council executives met senior military and police bosses on how to launch Operation Restore Order.

“We are having a meeting with guys from the army, police and the entire city management on this issue,” he said.

This comes as organisations representing commuter omnibus operators have vowed to defy council directives to vacate the CBD.

Greater Harare Transport Association secretary-general, Ngoni Katsvairo said council unilaterally imposed the ban on kombis without engaging them.

“Who is providing the conventional shuttle buses, how much, at what time table? Are they not the same conventional buses that left when things were hard and now they are bringing them behind our backs with no consultation at all,” he said.

The council on Monday ordered commuter omnibus crews to relocate to new ranks located outside the CBD.

The new ranks include the one at Seke and Dieppe roads (Coca-Cola), which will accommodate kombis that used Charge Office. Kombis that used Copa Cabana and Market Square are being moved to Coventry Road and Rotten Row ranks.

Chideme said the council would only allow shuttle services into the CBD using specific routes.

“Shuttle services in and out of the CBD will be provided from the new ranks and the buses will follow specific routes,” he said.

But the operators have questioned the motive behind the move.

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Mugabe rejects birthday bash offer https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mugabe-rejects-birthday-bash-offer/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mugabe-rejects-birthday-bash-offer/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:59:03 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985800 Mugabe rejects birthday bash offer

Former President Robert Mugabe yesterday reportedly turned down a public birthday bash organised for him by the Zanu PF youth league, opting to privately celebrate his 94th anniversary with his close family members.

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Mugabe rejects birthday bash offer

Former President Robert Mugabe yesterday reportedly turned down a public birthday bash organised for him by the Zanu PF youth league, opting to privately celebrate his 94th anniversary with his close family members.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE/ DESMOND CHINGARANDE

The Zanu PF youth league had approached his family with a proposal to have a mini-party for its former leader, who was removed from power in November last year following a military intervention.

According to sources, Mugabe refused to be treated to a mini-bash by the Zanu PF youth league due to the manner his party and the military treated him before his resignation.

“He wants to be with his family and those who love him genuinely and not those who want to abuse his name for political gains,” a close family member, said.

“The family would want to hold the birthday party for our old man, as a private event. But critically, what business does the party have for a man they removed in the manner they did?”

Born on February 21, 1924, Mugabe trained as a teacher and taught in then Rhodesia and Ghana before returning home to join the guerrilla war against white-minority rule.

He became prime minister after Zimbabwe attained independence from Britain in 1980. He later became president in 1987.

Zanu PF youth secretary, Pupurai Togarepi, confirmed yesterday that there was no bash at Mugabe’s residence, as they had anticipated. Togarepi said instead, the youth would still celebrate their former leaders’ legacy through charitable works.

“We are only celebrating Robert Mugabe Youth Day. As for a birthday celebration, it’s a private function, which is confidential for me to give you a programme,” he said. The youth league last week indicated a delegation would visit Mugabe at his private residence in Borrowdale Brooke to give a birthday treat to the 94-year-old icon.

Had it not been for the military action in November, this year’s birthday bash for Mugabe would have been held in Nyanga, hosted under the auspices of the 21st February Movement.

The Zanu PF youth league, then under the leadership of Kudzanayi Chipanga, who has since been expelled, was already mobilising resources when Mugabe was forced to resign.

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MDC-T vows to descend on party hooligans https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mdc-t-vows-descend-party-hooligans/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mdc-t-vows-descend-party-hooligans/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:53:32 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985797 MDC-T vows to descend on party hooligans

MDC-T top leaders have pledged to investigate the violent scenes that characterised the burial of party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai at his rural home in Buhera on Tuesday.

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MDC-T vows to descend on party hooligans

MDC-T top leaders have pledged to investigate the violent scenes that characterised the burial of party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai at his rural home in Buhera on Tuesday.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Presidential spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, in a statement yesterday, said MDC-T interim leader, Nelson Chamisa, had tasked the party’s security team to smoke out the suspected youth, who physically assaulted vice-president, Thokozani Khupe, secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora and organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe at Humanikwa village in Buhera.

This comes amid reports that the youth allegedly threatened to torch a hut the trio had sought refugee in and deflate their vehicle tyres.

“Acting president, (Nelson Chamisa) has ordered the security and intelligence department of the party to investigate the violence and harassment of the senior members of the party and submit a report to him in the next 24 hours,” Tamborinyoka said.

Chamisa said stern action would be taken against perpetrators, adding violence was not part of the MDC-T character.

Mwonzora said the party would convene an urgent meeting to deal with the matter.

“It was humiliating to the leaders involved. We cannot accept a situation, where a leader of Khupe’s stature is being subjected to tribal rants and hate speech. I am the secretary-general and I will advise the leaders of the standing committee meeting,” he said.

MDC-T youth assembly secretary-general, Lovemore Chinoputsa said: “We take with great exception whenever people fail to find each other, they always want to blame the youth assembly. They don’t want to introspect, but rather they want to always push the blame on young people, which is sad.”

MDC-T chairman, Lovemore Moyo, acknowledged that the scourge violence was growing within the party.

“Normally, there is no formula for dealing with a human mind that has all of a sudden decided to go wild and exhibit itself as a violent mind. As a leadership, we always preach non-violence because those are the foundations of this movement, those are the guiding principles of this movement and MDC-T is known for a non-violent approach to our political approach,” he said.

Bhebhe said what was happening on the ground might be a mirror of the calibre of leadership they would be when in government.

But MDC-T deputy treasurer-general, Charlton Hwende, a Chamisa ally, denied reports that the party was in a crisis.

“Khupe and company have been boycotting meetings, where these issues were discussed and now they go everywhere to disparage the party,” he said.

“The situation must be contained and allow the party to move forward and prepare for elections.”

He said there was no turning back on the current leadership and those calling for an extra-ordinary congress to choose Tsvangirai’s successor were out of order.

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Tsvangirai succession bombshell https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/tsvangirai-succession-bombshell/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/tsvangirai-succession-bombshell/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:45:57 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985795 Tsvangirai  succession bombshell

THE late MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, has said he will soon release audio recordings of the late former prime minister speaking on his succession, as tempers continue to soar in the opposition party.

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Tsvangirai  succession bombshell

THE late MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, has said he will soon release audio recordings of the late former prime minister speaking on his succession, as tempers continue to soar in the opposition party.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Tamborinyoka, in an exclusive opinion piece published elsewhere in today’s NewsDay, said it was disappointing that Tsvangirai agonised in his last days after he was barred from meeting his preferred successor.

“I will be relaying to you Morgan Tsvangirai, in his own voice, divulging the succession permutations and his succession preferences,” he said.

“That revelation will put paid to any doubts about the satisfaction of Morgan Tsvangirai’s spirit at what is about to unravel.

“That revelation is a function I promised him I would posthumously execute as a valediction to my role as his spokesperson.”

Tamborinyoka said Tsvangirai died a frustrated man, as he was barred from seeing the people he loved.

“I know he died a frustrated man by being precluded from seeing and talking to those he loved – those he wanted around him in his final hours,” he said.
“For the record – and without going into details – I know this because he told me himself.”

There are reports that Tsvangirai’s widow was stopped from visiting the late MDC-T leader in hospital, although it is not clear whether Tamborinyoka was referring to this incident.

Tsvangirai died in South Africa last week after a long battle with cancer of the colon, and his death has triggered fierce succession fights among his three deputies – Thokozani Khupe, Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri.

Khupe is on record saying as per the party constitution, she is the one that must lead the party, and not Chamisa.

On the other hand, Mudzuri claimed he was called to South Africa by Tsvangirai and was ordained to lead the party in an acting capacity.

Chamisa had earlier reportedly travelled to South Africa to meet Tsvangirai, but was barred by close family members sympathetic to Mudzuri.

Meanwhile, party spokesperson, Obert Gutu yesterday insinuated he will quit MDC-T in protest over violence meted against Khupe, secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora and organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe at Tsvangirai’s burial in Buhera on Tuesday.

“Big announcement, I’m not going to continue associating myself with an organisation that advocates for violence and thuggery,” he said.

“I’m a principled politician and professional.

“I’m not quitting politics. I’m going to contest in Harare East constituency in the 2018 elections.”

According to the MDC Alliance, Harare East has been reserved for People’s Democratic Party and Gutu could either be willing to go against MDC-T or quit the party.

In a follow-up interview with NewsDay, Gutu said he was not leaving the party.

“My tweet is very self-explanatory. I am not adding or subtracting anything on my tweet,” he said.

“A person, who quits, resigns and I am not resigning.”

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TM to pay fired line managers https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/tm-pay-fired-line-managers/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/tm-pay-fired-line-managers/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:36:44 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985827 TM to pay fired line managers

The Labour Court has ordered TM Supermarket to pay two line managers, who were fired in 2016 over $1 100 as a pro rata commission for 10 months, which the parties had agreed before the two were dismissed for alleged misconduct.

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TM to pay fired line managers

The Labour Court has ordered TM Supermarket to pay two line managers, who were fired in 2016 over $1 100 as a pro rata commission for 10 months, which the parties had agreed before the two were dismissed for alleged misconduct.

BY SILAS NKALA

Former TM Supermarket line managers – Thembinkosi Nyathi and Itayi Nkomo – approached the Bulawayo labour officer, Chitsengambanje Forbes for an arbitration award to be paid commission, which was agreed on if they met the target in sales for 10 months, between March 2016 and March 2017.

The labour officer had upheld their appeal that they be paid the promised commission. The supermarket then filed an application at the Labour Court seeking an order confirming Forbes’ draft order for the employer to meet its contractual obligation.

Bulawayo Labour Court judge, Justice Mercy Moya-Matshanga ruled that TM Supermarket must pay the former employees their commission.

“It is, therefore, accordingly ordered that TM Supermarkets/Pick N Pay Lobengula branch pay Nkomo and Nyathi outstanding amounts of $1 128,46 and $1 113,51 as a pro rata commission for the 10 months for the financial year beginning March 2016 to March 2017. The payments are to be made within 30 days of the granting of this order. Respondents are to pay costs of the application,” she ruled.

Moya-Matshanga said the 33,3% commission was contractual and must be paid on the annual salary of 2016 in the present currency for 10 months.

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Khupe attack draws fire https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/khupe-attack-draws-fire/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/khupe-attack-draws-fire/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:26:07 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985819 Khupe attack draws fire

POLITICAL parties and civic society organisations in Matabeleland have blasted rowdy MDC-T activists, who allegedly physically assaulted the party’s vice-president, Thokozani Khupe, secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora and organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe at the burial of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Buhera on Wednesday.

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Khupe attack draws fire

POLITICAL parties and civic society organisations in Matabeleland have blasted rowdy MDC-T activists, who allegedly physically assaulted the party’s vice-president, Thokozani Khupe, secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora and organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe at the burial of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Buhera on Wednesday.

BY SILAS NKALA

The trio and Chamisa are locked in in a vicious fight to succeed Tsvangirai.

Khupe, Mwonzora and Bhebhe reportedly sought refuge at Maxwell Hapanyengwi’s homestead as over 150 MDC-T youths bayed for their blood.

The youths were reportedly chanting slurs such as: “Khupe go back to Matabeleland. We will not be led by a woman.”

“Some people have to learn it the hard way. They did the same to Welshman Ncube sometime ago and maybe they are yet to repeat it again since he has gone to them thinking they have repented, these people never repent,” Mthwakazi Republic activist, Hlonipani Ncube said.

“Why do our people subject themselves to be used like a chewing gum. It’s clear Khupe has been used and she is no longer needed. They are now bringing Ncube to lure the gullible people of Matabeleland.”

Ibhetshu likaZulu secretary-general, Mbuso Fuzwayo condemned the attack.

“Ibhetshu likaZulu condemns violence in the strongest term. It’s so sad that the MDC-T which was supposed to be preaching change leaning towards peace, seems to be identified with violence,” he said.

“A lesson is that those that are previous beneficiaries of violence have now become victims, thus, it’s a lesson that we must all the times condemn it as it comes to haunt in future.”

The Zimbabwe Peace Project also condemned the intra-party violence.

Zapu spokesperson, Iphithule Maphosa said the attack was testimony to how tribalism was entrenched in MDC-T.

“It’s a cancer that (former President Robert) Mugabe and Zanu PF infected our society with and MDC-T, just like any other offspring, is taking after the father. They are simple tribalists,” he said.

“Also, this speaks to the issue of succession, which Tsvangirai failed to handle properly, while still alive. Instead of approaching it soberly, he gave in to the tribalistic temptation and became a divisive leader, cherry picking those from his tribe to usurp political functions of a democratically elected Khupe.’

Zipra Veterans Association secretary-general, Petros Sibanda said although he did not condone violence, Khupe was a beneficiary of MDC-T violence in 2005.

“But violence cannot be condoned especially when there are tribal undertones. Khupe is nationally right, but politically fighting a losing battle, she will die for nothing,” he said. Interim MDC-T leader, Nelson Chamisa told VOA that the violence was unacceptable and it would be dealt with, although he claimed the instigators could be provocateurs deployed to cause noise.

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Small Chinese condoms irk Zim men https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/small-chinese-condoms-irk-zim-men/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/small-chinese-condoms-irk-zim-men/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:21:49 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985815 Small Chinese condoms irk Zim men

HEALTH and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa, has challenged local companies to venture into condom manufacture to save on foreign currency and address concerns over the size of condoms imported from China.

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Small Chinese condoms irk Zim men

HEALTH and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa, has challenged local companies to venture into condom manufacture to save on foreign currency and address concerns over the size of condoms imported from China.

By Tinotenda Munyukwi

Speaking at the launch of the Zimbabwe Private Sector HIV and Aids and Wellness (ZIPSHAW) co-ordinating board, Parirenyatwa said the private sector should come on board in the fight against HIV and start manufacturing drugs together with condoms, which are suitable for the Zimbabwean people.

“We are promoting condoms, both male and female and the youth have now got a particular condom they like, but we do not manufacture them.

“If you want to be a big business (private sector), please manufacture condoms (because) you import condoms from China, and some people complain they are too small, so you need to be able to have your own condoms,” he said.

Parirenyatwa said the government was committed to prioritising the manufacturing of drugs.

He said the fight against HIV and Aids cannot be won unless private companies fully come on board and create an environment in which the pandemic is confronted at all levels, in a bid to achieve a zero prevalence rate by 2030.

“Yes, I agree, let’s make drug manufacturing a key component of this government, so that they can be manufactured here. We have very big companies here, Caps, which used to export 48 products, has shrunk and we are looking for partners. We have Datlabs and we have Varichem, these could be expanded,” he said.

National Aids Council chief executive officer, Tapuwa Magure said the fight against HIV and Aids was the responsibility of the whole society and co-operation with the private sector would reinforce efforts in eliminating the spread of the virus.

“HIV and Aids has had devastating effects on all sectors and the private sector has not been spared. This co-ordinating structure (ZIPSHAW) will ensure a more effective and efficient private sector response to HIV and wellness in Zimbabwe,” he said.

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Mpofu faces Parly grilling over missing $15 billion https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mpofu-faces-parly-grilling-missing-15-billion/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mpofu-faces-parly-grilling-missing-15-billion/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:09:36 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985804 Mpofu faces Parly grilling over missing $15 billion

HOME Affairs minister Obert Mpofu will today appear before the Temba Mliswa-led Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines to give his side of the story over the $15 billion missing diamond revenue, which went unaccounted for during his tenure as Mines minister.

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Mpofu faces Parly grilling over missing $15 billion

HOME Affairs minister Obert Mpofu will today appear before the Temba Mliswa-led Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines to give his side of the story over the $15 billion missing diamond revenue, which went unaccounted for during his tenure as Mines minister.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

A notice from Parliament shows that Mpofu will give oral evidence before the committee soon after a similar presentation by Harare businessman, Lovemore Kurotwi.

The meeting promises to be explosive after Kurotwi recently wrote to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, accusing Mpofu of forcing him out of Chiadzwa diamond fields after refusing to pay a $10 million bribe.

Kurotwi said his company, Canadile Miners, lost close to $20 million in cash, equipment and diamonds.

Mliswa told NewsDay that several bigwigs, among them ministers and former President Robert Mugabe, will be grilled over the missing $15 billion.

“There are no sacred cows in terms of the oversight role of Parliament, and there is nothing that even stops us from calling Mugabe, who first mentioned the issue of the $15 billion, from appearing before Parliament and asking him how he came to know about that,” Mliswa said, without specifically mentioning when Mugabe would be summoned.

Meanwhile, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa told Senate last week that Zimbabwe has no cent in the sovereign wealth fund, adding the country has no capacity to mobilise resources for the fund.

The sovereign wealth fund is supposed to be financed through money from royalties on minerals.

A sovereign wealth fund is a savings account that must accumulate over time and be used to meet future developmental needs.

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Doctors give govt 21-day ultimatum https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/doctors-give-govt-21-day-ultimatum/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/doctors-give-govt-21-day-ultimatum/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:30:41 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985821 Doctors give govt 21-day ultimatum

DOCTORS at public hospitals have given the government a 21-day ultimatum to address their grievances over poor working conditions, or they will down tools.

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Doctors give govt 21-day ultimatum

DOCTORS at public hospitals have given the government a 21-day ultimatum to address their grievances over poor working conditions, or they will down tools.

By SINDISO DUBE

In a letter dated February 5 and addressed to Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association (ZHDA) demanded an improvement in their working conditions as part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government’s 100-day rapid results programme.

ZDHA has more than 3 000 members.

“This follow-up letter is to inform the minister and other health stakeholders that doctors at various institutions nationwide will be incapacitated to discharge their normal duties after 21 days from today (February 5) if the following work conditions, in no particular order of importance, are not effected to our satisfaction,” the letter read.

Among other demands, the doctors want the government to provide adequate hospital equipment and essential medicines to allow them to provide quality service to patients at both district and central hospitals.

Doctors also called for the uplifting of a blanket freeze on recruitment of doctors and other health workers with immediate effect.

This includes creation of posts to absorb the current interns at central and district hospitals and government officers, to curb service under-staffing nationwide.

“Resolving these issues will go a long way in rebuilding our health sector and will ensure quality service delivery at our institutions.

“We look forward to working hand in glove with the ministry to achieve a state that has renowned health system, for it is the tax payer’s right to receive adequate and appropriate health car,” the letter read.

Last year, the government was forced to deploy army medics to major public hospitals following a strike by junior doctors, who were demanding an increase in call allowances and a duty-free car import facility.

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Disabled granny burnt to death https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/disabled-granny-burnt-death/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/disabled-granny-burnt-death/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:59:22 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985683 Disabled granny burnt to death

A 65-YEAR-OLD disabled Mutoko woman was burnt to death last Friday after her grass-thatched bedroom hut went up in flames during the night.

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Disabled granny burnt to death

A 65-YEAR-OLD disabled Mutoko woman was burnt to death last Friday after her grass-thatched bedroom hut went up in flames during the night.

By Jairos Saunyama

Juliet Mukucha of Mahumba village, under Chief Mutoko, is believed to have left the candle burning, resulting in the accident.

Mashonaland East acting provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed the incident.

“I confirm that a Mutoko woman was burnt to death after her hut caught fire. We suspect that the cause of the fire was a candle that she forgot to put out before she retired to bed. The woman is disabled and moves around with the aid of a wheelchair. I urge the public to exercise maximum caution when using candles and paraffin lamps. Those in custody of disabled persons should also look after them and ensure that they are safe all the time,” he said.

A neighbour noticed that the hut was ablaze and alerted other villagers, who teamed up and put out the fire, but by then, Mukucha was already dead.

The matter was reported to the police, who took the body to Mutoko District Hospital for a post-mortem.

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Breaking: Obert Gutu quits MDC-T https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/obert-gutu-quits-mdc-t/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/obert-gutu-quits-mdc-t/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:14:35 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985793 Breaking: Obert Gutu quits MDC-T

MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu has quit the opposition party and will contest the Harare East constituency which had been reserved for PDP leader, Tendai Biti under the MDC Alliance. Online In a post on his Twitter account, Gutu said he is a principled and professional politician. “I am not going to continue associating myself with an organisation that advocates for violence and thuggery,” he said. MDC-T has been rocked by serious succession fights after party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai succumbed to a two year battle with cancer of the colon. More details to follow

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Breaking: Obert Gutu quits MDC-T

MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu has quit the opposition party and will contest the Harare East constituency which had been reserved for PDP leader, Tendai Biti under the MDC Alliance.

Online

In a post on his Twitter account, Gutu said he is a principled and professional politician.

“I am not going to continue associating myself with an organisation that advocates for violence and thuggery,” he said.

MDC-T has been rocked by serious succession fights after party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai succumbed to a two year battle with cancer of the colon.

More details to follow

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Former President Mugabe mourns Tsvangirai https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/former-president-mugabe-mourns-tsvangirai/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/former-president-mugabe-mourns-tsvangirai/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:00:25 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985729 Former President Mugabe mourns Tsvangirai

FORMER President Robert Mugabe has sent a message of condolences to the family of his long-time political arch-enemy Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of colon cancer last week.

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Former President Mugabe mourns Tsvangirai

FORMER President Robert Mugabe has sent a message of condolences to the family of his long-time political arch-enemy Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of colon cancer last week.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Acting MDC-T leader, Nelson Chamisa confirmed Mugabe’s message during Tsvangirai’s burial yesterday.

“We have received a letter from Mugabe and (former First Lady) Grace,” Chamisa announced to rapturous applause.

However, the details of the message were not made public.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has already condoled the Tsvangirai family and was yesterday represented by Zanu PF national chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri at the burial.

“I have come to represent President Mnangagwa. We are here to assure you that the government will fulfil it’s promises to the family. We worked together when Tsvangirai began organising workers while working with us in government,” she said before she was drowned out by whistles and cat-calls from the partisan crowd.

It took Chamisa’s intervention to pacify the crowd, as Muchinguri stood there motionless, but seemingly undeterred.

“Please allow her to speak. We are a democratic party and should be tolerant. We cannot behave like Zanu PF when we are fighting to change our governance and political system,” he said.

“You are very courageous people. If you see sheep walking into a lion’s den, you should stand up and take notice. You have earned my respect along with (Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister) Monica Mutsvangwa.”

Muchinguri showed she has a thick political skin by picking up from where she left.

“His (Tsvangirai’s) record speaks for itself. The thousands of people gathered here is testament to Tsvangirai’s greatness.

“He put his country first and made sure the rights of others are respected before his. We worked with Tsvangirai at the most difficult time during the Government of National Unity. He was passionate about creating opportunities for all Zimbabweans and women empowerment. Women must celebrate this man,” Muchinguri saidm ironically to applause from the same crowd that had booed her earlier.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, who also attended the funeral, was blunt in his speech, accusing Zanu PF of having brutalised and killed Tsvangirai.

“We are mourning a great Zimbabwean, a great African. He had courage, he walked a hard road. He was arrested, harassed and brutalised by (former President) Robert Mugabe’s administration. There are Zanu PF people here, they killed Tsvangirai,” he said.

“We take the lesson of service and sacrifice from this icon. Zimbabweans must be brave and we learn this from Tsvangirai. We must not deny ourselves and be determined.”

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MDC-T trio survives mob attack https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mdc-t-trio-survives-mob-attack/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mdc-t-trio-survives-mob-attack/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:50:19 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985725 MDC-T trio survives mob attack

EMBATTLED MDC-T deputy president, Thokozani Khupe, party secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora and national organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe reportedly survived an attempt on their lives yesterday after a mob of activists attacked them on arrival at former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s funeral in Buhera yesterday.

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MDC-T trio survives mob attack

EMBATTLED MDC-T deputy president, Thokozani Khupe, party secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora and national organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe reportedly survived an attempt on their lives yesterday after a mob of activists attacked them on arrival at former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s funeral in Buhera yesterday.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Khupe and Mwonzora are locked in a vicious power struggle with acting MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa, who wrested the opposition movement hours after Tsvangirai died of colon cancer in South Africa last week.

Bhebhe seemed to have gotten over the ordeal, but Khupe sobbed as she sat at the top table, while Mwonzora stood motionless, even when Chamisa made reference to him in his speech.

A villager, Maxwell Hapanyengwi, in whose house the trio sought refuge, expressed shock after the incident.

“It was a shocking experience. I could not believe it. It was a mob of over 150 people chanting death threats against the three,” he said.

“They threatened to burn down the hut, but the police and other activists worked hard to protect them.”

Mwonzora confirmed the incident.

“It was the three of us. Initially, 10 activists attacked us, but they were warded off by our security,” he said.

“However, they went and regrouped and came with over 100 others. They were chanting slurs like ‘Khupe go back to Matabeleland. We will not be led by a woman’. It was wrong.”

Mwonzora also confirmed the mob had tried to set the hut on fire.

Asked why he thought they were being targeted, Mwonzora pointed straight to the leadership scrap in the party.

“It’s clear, they were chanting Chamisa, Chamisa, Chamisa. They were accusing me and Khupe of pushing for the extraordinary congress. They demanded that we respect the leadership chosen by the national council,” the former Nyanga North lawmaker said.

Efforts to get a comment from Khupe and Chamisa were fruitless.

Mwonzora said Khupe was shaken, but remained strong.

“She was shaken, but remains strong. As for me, I will not be intimidated by people who are scared of constitutionalism,” he said.

“I confronted Chamisa about the issue and he denied being responsible. He feigned surprise.

“We were saved by the police and our youth as well as the negotiation skills by Isaac Maphosa, of the Zimbabwe Institute, and Father Francis, from the Counselling Services Unit. We were surprised that those in the leadership did not find time to help.

“Chamisa, however, tried to address the issue, but generalised things rather than being specific to the shocking incident that had just happened.”

Khupe and Mwonzora did not attend the actual burial.

Mwonzora claimed they had been warned of a plot to puncture Khupe’s car and attack her.

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MDC-T Mash East mourns Tsvangirai in style https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mdc-t-mash-east-mourns-tsvangirai-style/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/mdc-t-mash-east-mourns-tsvangirai-style/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:45:38 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985678 MDC-T Mash East mourns Tsvangirai in style

OPPOSITION MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s death last week temporarily brought business to a halt in Marondera as scores of party supporters thronged the streets celebrating his life.

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MDC-T Mash East mourns Tsvangirai in style

OPPOSITION MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s death last week temporarily brought business to a halt in Marondera as scores of party supporters thronged the streets celebrating his life.

By Jairos Saunyama

Clad in party regalia and singing songs, the supporters, who had no police escort, peacefully marched along streets in the high-density suburbs of Cherima, Dombotombo, Yellow City, Ruaware and Ruvimbo before conducting a memorial service at the MDC-T provincial headquarters offices in Morningside.

Tsvangirai succumbed to colon cancer in South Africa last Wednesday and was buried at his rural home in Buhera yesterday.

Addressing the crowd, People’s Democratic Party local governance secretary and former Marondera mayor, Farai Nyandoro said Marondera Central constituency should honour Tsvangirai through reclaiming all the wards under Zanu PF in the forthcoming elections.

“The death of our founding president Tsvangirai has robbed us of a visionary, a pillar of strength, a unifier, father and fighter for democracy.

Everyone, including Zanu PF, is now heaping praises on our hero. Had it not been for Tsvangirai, (former President Robert) Mugabe could have been in power. He was the first person to say ‘Mugabe must go’,” he said.

“It is no longer time to mourn, but to celebrate a life well-lived by emulating the good things he did. A seed dies to bring out many. Likewise, his death should bring out the best in this area so that we win the election resoundingly. The MDC Alliance is Tsvangirai’s vision and this is a legacy we all need to carry forward.”

The event was attended by MDC-T councillors, residents and alliance partners.

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Chinese, local business partner lose $14k to robbers https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/chinese-local-business-partner-lose-14k-robbers/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/chinese-local-business-partner-lose-14k-robbers/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:40:18 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985727 Chinese, local business partner lose $14k to robbers

A CHINESE national and a local business partner on Monday lost $14 500 to armed robbers who intercepted them along the Mutare-Harare highway before they accosted them to their residence, where they stole more money.

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Chinese, local business partner lose $14k to robbers

A CHINESE national and a local business partner on Monday lost $14 500 to armed robbers who intercepted them along the Mutare-Harare highway before they accosted them to their residence, where they stole more money.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Initially, the armed robbers had stolen $8 500 when they hijacked the vehicle in which the pair was travelling.

Police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, the gang shot at the Toyota Quantum in which the victims were travelling.

“A Chinese national and his local partner were intercepted by armed criminals, who shot at their vehicle, a Toyota Quantum, and stole $8 500 (bond notes). The criminals forcibly took control of the complaint’s vehicle and drove to Harare, with armed robbers in pursuit with their vehicle, a Toyota Wish,” she said.

“On arrival at the complainant’s residence, the complainants were force-marched into the house where the robbers stole US$6 000, which was in the house.”

According to the police, a shootout ensued after police reacted to a distress call, as the robbers were reportedly firing indiscriminately.

Two people, a motorist and a passer-by, were caught in the cross fire.

They were rushed to a local hospital, where they are being treated.

Police said they had arrested one of the criminals involved, who is assisting them with investigations.

They also warned members of the public to desist from keeping large sums of money, in their homes, as it can attract robbers

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Kaseke, ministry official clash over Mzembi https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/kaseke-ministry-official-clash-mzembi/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/kaseke-ministry-official-clash-mzembi/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:20:47 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985736 Kaseke, ministry official clash over Mzembi

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive officer, Karikoga Kaseke yesterday clashed with ministry director, Rudo Faranisi over the conduct of former Tourism minister Walter Mzembi.

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Kaseke, ministry official clash over Mzembi

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive officer, Karikoga Kaseke yesterday clashed with ministry director, Rudo Faranisi over the conduct of former Tourism minister Walter Mzembi.

BY OWN CORRESPONDENT

Speaking at a national tourism sector strategy consultative workshop in Mutare, Kaseke said Mzembi did not accept advice, claiming he formulated a tourism sector vision without consultation from other stakeholders.

“The tourism sector does not have a vision and only that the other vision was only crafted by the former minister and two officials from his ministry without consultation,” Kaseke claimed.

“We were never consulted. Mzembi did not listen to advice on the tourism vision. I even said this yesterday in his home area.’’

Soon after Kaseke’s presentation, Faranisi took to the podium and shot back at the ZTA boss, defending Mzembi.

“The former minister was open to discussions and Kaseke was the adviser to the minister. He is still the adviser to the current minister,’’ he said.

Kaseke immediately interjected Faranisi’s speech, saying: “No, no, the minister was not advisable and you also were not advisable. Mzembi could not listen to my advice and the current minister (Priscila Mupfumira) is open to advice and is willing to work with all sectors.’’
“For over the years the government did not have the tourism vision.

“Honestly speaking, the government did not provide the needed leadership because the former minister Mzembi, who was supposed to provide that leadership did not do that,” he said.

“In fact, what he did for the ministry was only for his personal glory. We should now move with times and be focused to our future. It is sad that we still have people in the (Tourism) ministry and my department (ZTA), who are still leaving in the old era. We have a new dispensation led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa that seeks to deliver. If some people do not want to achieve his goals and objectives they must ship in or ship out.

There was bad blood between Kaseke and Mzembi, who reportedly wanted the ZTA boss fired. The two also belonged to different Zanu PF factions.

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Former ZimParks boss has case to answer, court told https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/former-zimparks-boss-case-answer-court-told/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/former-zimparks-boss-case-answer-court-told/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:17:46 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985733 Former ZimParks boss has case to answer, court told

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) chairperson, Enias Tichafa Mundangepfupfu told the court yesterday that former director-general, Edson Chidziya had a case to answer in a matter where he was accused of concealing an audit showing missing 56 rhino horns.
While testifying in court before regional magistrate, Elijah Makomo, Mundangepfupfu said Chidziya intentionally failed to order an audit of rhino horns as was customary.

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Former ZimParks boss has case to answer, court told

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) chairperson, Enias Tichafa Mundangepfupfu told the court yesterday that former director-general, Edson Chidziya had a case to answer in a matter where he was accused of concealing an audit showing missing 56 rhino horns.
While testifying in court before regional magistrate, Elijah Makomo, Mundangepfupfu said Chidziya intentionally failed to order an audit of rhino horns as was customary.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

“There was no stock take and audit showing the statistics of the rhino horns. The keys to the strong room were exchanged without a proper handover and takeover,” Mundangepfupfu said.

He further told court that after receiving the audit report showing the missing 56 horns Chidziya never reported the matter to the board or to the permanent secretary.

“When asked by the board why he did not report the matter, Chidziya told us that he wanted to get a second opinion to authenticate the quantities of the horns before making a report,” Mundangepfupfu said.

In his defence, Chidziya accused the State of inflating the value of the 56 rhino horns to sensationalise the issue. But Mundangepfupfu told court that as the rhino horns are prohibited by the Convention on Trade In Endangered Species of 1990 to be sold on any open market it was difficult to come up with a market value for stolen rhino horns. He said the South East Asia illegal market was selling rhino horns for $60 000 per kilogramme.

Makomo postponed the trial to tomorrow for continuation.

Chidziya, together with ZimParks wildlife officer, Padgewell Mazoyo (37), audit manager, Gift Kuwora (51) and former security officer, Munyaradzi Nhira (32) and are being charged with theft of trust property.

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I resigned for peace’s sake: Mugabe https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/resigned-peaces-sake-mugabe/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/02/resigned-peaces-sake-mugabe/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:15:14 +0000 https://www.newsday.co.zw/?p=3096224743985731 I resigned for peace’s sake: Mugabe

FORMER President Robert Mugabe told visiting African Union (AU) chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat on Monday that he resigned on his own for the sake of “peace and development” following a military intervention in November last year.

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I resigned for peace’s sake: Mugabe

FORMER President Robert Mugabe told visiting African Union (AU) chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat on Monday that he resigned on his own for the sake of “peace and development” following a military intervention in November last year.

BY Everson Mushava/Kudzai Muchenjekwa

Addressing journalists in Harare after a three-day working visit, Mahamat said his mission was to get first-hand information regarding the military’s role in Mugabe’s ouster.

“I met him (Mugabe), we exchanged views, and he also explained why he resigned. It was for peace and development of the country. And we appreciated that very much,” he said.

“This was the first time I was visiting the country. I could not go without meeting him. Since President Mugabe forms part of the heroes of who fought for the independence of Zimbabwe and the continent, he is a common heritage for us.”

But sources claimed that the veteran politician spilled the beans and told the AU envoy that he was pushed out by the military, which imposed Mnangagwa as his successor.

The AU has since endorsed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s takeover as Mugabe’s successor.

Well-placed sources told NewsDay Mugabe disclosed to the AU envoy that he was forced to resign by the military that now controls the ruling Zanu PF and government structures. He reportedly said the process that removed him from power was a coup.

Mahamat reportedly visited Mugabe in the company of AU commissioner for political affairs, Minata Samate Cessouma, Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu, chief secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda and former Zimbabwe ambassador to Namibia, Chipo Zindoga.

Mahamat said Africa was satisfied that the transition was peaceful and “it is the responsibility of the AU to support and accompany countries in such situation in order to make sure that there is peace and stability in the country and all others have to respect the sovereignty of the country.”

“If there is any unconstitutional change of government, then we have our own instruments, we have rules that apply in the case. We are here to support the country in the transition and this transition has been publicly supported by the people of Zimbabwe,” Mahamat added.

Mpofu refused to comment, saying it was a foreign affairs issue.

Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo was unreachable for comment, as his mobile phone went unanswered.

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