New Zimbabwe

Abbonamento a feed New Zimbabwe
The Zimbabwe News You Trust
Aggiornato: 1 settimana 3 giorni fa

Mudha Was Fired For Defying Mnangagwa, Violence

Mar, 11/01/2022 - 06:05

By Andrew Kunambura

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa fired his hitherto close lieutenant Owen Mudha Ncube from his position as State Security Minister because he had defied his orders to refrain from jostling for a Zanu PF leadership position in the Midlands province, NewZimbabwe.com has established.

Sources said Mnangagwa had become frustrated by Mudha’s ‘violent tendencies’ and crossing paths with his influential wife, Auxilia.

Mudha, as he is more popularly known, was fired Monday afternoon, with chief secretary to the President and Cabinet Mischeck Sibanda simply stating in a press statement he had displayed “conduct inappropriate for a minister of government”.

NewZimbabwe.com spoke to multiple Zanu PF and government official sources who said the perennially grim-faced politician was fired after his decision to impose himself as Zanu PF Midlands provincial chairman triggered violent scenes which resulted in Saturday’s Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting being aborted.

The violence erupted after some senior officials vehemently opposed his decision, which went against Mnangagwa’s earlier injunction.

The meeting was held at the splendorous provincial party headquarters in Gweru.

In addition to imposing himself as vice chairman, which he allegedly did, leveraging on the authority derived from commanding state spooks, Mudha also reportedly tried to smuggle his friends into the provincial executive.

At the height of the competition for Zanu PF provincial leadership positions in October last year, NewZimbabwe.com exclusively reported Mnangagwa had threatened to fire Ncube as minister following his involvement in factional battles which ravaged the province.

As we reported it, Mnangagwa at the time summoned Mudha and gave him two options: to withdraw from the race for the chairmanship and keep the ministerial job or to go for the chairmanship and lose it.

“He opted to keep the ministerial job and pulled out of the race, only to turn around last Saturday and claim he was now the vice-chairman of the province,” a highly placed Zanu PF source said.

Mudha was then fighting to wrest the provincial chairmanship from then incumbent, Daniel Mackenzie-Ncube.

His bid was being supported by Local Government Minister July Moyo, who considers himself as the province’s godfather.

Sources told NewZimbabwe.com Monday that violent clashes emerged during the Gweru PCC leading to the suspension of the elections to fill the vacant executive provincial posts.

The elections were cancelled after party members vigorously opposed the imposition of candidates.

“He imposed himself as provincial vice-chair. Voting failed to take place as they were violent clashes at the venue. It’s not known when they will be held,” the source said.

Another source said Mnangagwa had been aiming to fire Mudha for some time because of his violent tendencies, defiance, and also because of the bad blood between him and first lady Auxilia Mnangagwa.

A leader of a vigilante group in Midlands, Alshabaab, Mudha during last weekend’s Zanu PF meeting to fill the provincial executive, brought at least two commuter omnibuses with party youths wielding machetes.

“Some party members immediately left the event before the programme ended as they feared for their safety. The meeting had to be aborted without the provincial executive being fully constituted,” sources said.

Mudha is said to have overridden Larry Mavhima, the newly elected Zanu PF Midlands chairperson, as he gave himself the overseer role during the aborted PCC meeting.

According to sources: “Mavhima was reduced to an ordinary card-carrying member as Mudha sat at the top table dictating during the proceedings. Even Politburo present had to take instructions from him. If that situation had persisted then the President was going to lose the 2023 election as people were disgruntled with how Mudha was dividing the province.

“It has been going on for a long time now. The president had warned him a few times over his conduct and last Saturday’s events were the spark that ignite the fuse to his dismissal. He proved to be defiant and has crossed paths with the first lady over security issues. Either way, he was going down,” a source said.

As NewZimbabwe.com reported back in October, Mnangagwa warned Mudha that unless he renounced his bid for the party provincial chairmanship, he would be left with no option but to fire him from the lucrative ministerial job.

Mudha then opted to retain the ministerial post and bowed out of the race, preferring instead to throw his weight behind another claimant, Edson Chiherenge Chakanyuka.

Mnangagwa also asked Midlands province heavyweights to propose three names of potential candidates for the Zanu PF chairmanship and they submitted only the name of Mavima, who is also the Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, thereby leaving Chakanyuka in the cold.

Mavima was elected provincial chairperson unopposed at the end of last December.

“The real reason why Mudha dropped out of the chairmanship’s race is that he was summoned by the president and told in plain terms that if he continued on that path, he would have to be fired,” a Zanu PF Politburo source said at the time.

“He was given two options, either to focus on the chairmanship and lose the ministerial position or to renounce his interest in the chair and keep the job. The president’s concern was that he holds a very demanding official job which, cannot be double-crossed with an equally demanding party position. So he has since decided he wants the ministerial post more,” the source said.

“After that, we were all called in by the president and told to come up with three names who will contest for the chairmanship. However, the leadership overwhelmingly endorsed Larry Mavima. No other name was submitted, which means Chiherenge was omitted,” the source added.

The post Mudha Was Fired For Defying Mnangagwa, Violence appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Warriors suffer injury-time heartbreak against Senegal

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 17:01

By Sports Reporter

Senegal …(0) 1

Zimbabwe…(0) 0

AN injury-time penalty by Liverpool star Sadio Mane denied the Warriors a famous point against Africa’s top-ranked nation after they succumbed to a morale-sapping defeat against Senegal.

They were playing in their first match in Group B of the African Cup of Nations Monday.

After gallantly keeping the star-studded Senegalese side at bay for 90 minutes and four minutes of injury time, the Warriors appeared on course for a famous draw against one of the pre-tournament favourites at the Stade Kouekong in the Cameroonian city of Bafoussam.

However, all their hard work was undone on the stroke of full-time when Kelvin Madzongwe handled the ball inside the box resulting in Senegal being awarded a spot-kick right.

The mistake allowed Mane, who had cut a lone figure for long periods in the match after wasting a couple of good chances in the first half, to step up and send Petros Mhari the wrong way.

The penalty was a cruel finish to the match for the Warriors and particularly for Mhari, who appeared to have done everything to win the man-of-the-match award after a brilliant performance in front of the goal.

Mhari was impressive in the first half where he almost single-handedly kept the Warriors in the match.

The Warriors got off to a rather jittery start, playing second fiddle to Senegal, who dominated possession and created better clear-cut opportunities.

Mane came close to opening the scoring with a trademark bust into the box from the left, but his low, somewhat scuffed shot was well saved by Mhari. Earlier Bayern Munich star Bouna Sarr had almost opened the scoring with a long-range from outside the box

Zimbabwe had to wait until the 20th minute to get their first shot with skipper Knowledge Musona’s long-range shot not troubling the goalkeeper.

Saar, however, almost scored from the very next move with his shot from an acute angle narrowly missing the inside of Mhari’s left post.

Zimbabwe, however, grew in confidence towards the end of the match and had a good opportunity to score when they were awarded a free-kick just outside the Senegal box, but they failed to utilise the chance when Musona his chipped effort went over the bar.

After a jittery opening 30 minutes, Zimbabwe started to find their feet towards the end of the opening half with both Kundai Benyu and Bruce Kangwa creating good opportunities before the break.

Just like the first half Senegal started strongly and almost broke the deadlock when Pape Abou Cisserises headed wide after rising to meet a cross from a corner kick.

Mhari was again the hero, producing a brilliant save to cut off a dangerous low cross that would have left Mane with a tap in after a counter-attacking move.

Zimbabwe could have Zimbabwe had a golden opportunity in the 85th minute when Wadi directed Musona’s cross from a free-kick straight at the Senegal goalkeeper.

With a precious point seemingly in sight for the Warriors, they conceded a penalty in injury time.

The post Warriors suffer injury-time heartbreak against Senegal appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

‘Lack Of Funding Exposes Judiciary To Capture’: Malaba

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 15:22

By Mary Taruvinga

CHIEF Justice Luke Malaba has bemoaned the lack of funding in the Judiciary Services Commission (JSC) by the Treasury saying this exposed it to judiciary capture.

Malaba added due to poor funding the JSC is losing experienced employees unhappy over poor remuneration.

He was speaking during the State of the Judiciary Address (SOJA) in Harare Monday.

The chief justice begged the government to ensure that judicial officers were well paid to avoid corruption.

“It is, therefore, important that the government should constantly review the salaries of the workers so that they remain relevant to the prevailing economic situation. The JSC witnessed a high staff turnover in the year under review because of low salaries,” he said.

In 2021, according to Malaba, the JSC lost a total of 88 members of staff through resignations. At least 18 were magistrates.

Malaba said human capital is the most important resource in the success of any organisation as such must be prioritised.

“To stem the high turnover of professionally competent and skilled employees, an employer, whether public or private, must ensure that it has in place attractive and competitive conditions of service.

“It is no exaggeration to say that justice suffers when judicial officers are underpaid,” he said.

According to Malaba, the JSC experienced the challenge of inadequate funding in 2021.

He said they were unable to make developments due to lack of funding and had to rely on the support of development partners or was forced to cut down some of its operations.

Malaba said the judiciary in terms of the Constitution must retain its independence from the other organs as it was unhealthy to seek funding from outsiders because of Treasury’s failure to disburse enough funding.

“On account of the comity expected from it due to the principle of separation of powers, the judiciary ought not to be put in a situation in which it has to actively petition for funding from the Executive; nor should it be demanding the release of funds allocated to it thereby risking compromising the said comity,” he said.

“The judiciary is unable to actively fundraise. A Judiciary that knocks on several doors begging for funding or that engages in commercial activities for the generation of income undermines the public’s perception of its ability to adjudicate on disputes impartially.

“It is hoped that the Treasury will consider the implementation of the system of block release of adequate funds to the judiciary from its appropriated budget funds to pre-empt the frequent visits to it by officers from the JSC pleading for money for its operational needs,” he said.

The post ‘Lack Of Funding Exposes Judiciary To Capture’: Malaba appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Mnangagwa Fires State Security Minister Ncube For Inappropriate Conduct

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 14:45

By Staff Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked State Security Minister Owen Mudha Ncube for “conduct inappropriate” for a Cabinet Minister.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda confirmed the dismissal.

“The President Cde ED Mnangagwa has in terms of section 340, subsection (1) paragraph (f), as read with section 104, subsection (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe removed Owen Ncube from Office of Cabinet Minister with immediate effect for conduct inappropriate for a Minister of Government.

However, earlier the presidential spokesperson George Charamba had indicated he was not aware of the development and proceeded to dismiss the NewZimbabwe.com story on Twitter as fake, only for him to post another tweet confirming Mudha’s sacking.

“I am not aware of that. I will check and update you,” he said.

Ncube was appointed State Security Minister in September 2018.

As Minister of State, Ncube ordered a crackdown against demonstrators protesting against a 150% fuel hike in January 2019. At least 12 people were killed while over 600 were arrested. Ncube also ordered an internet blackout as the police and army responded to quell the demonstrations.

Following the protests, Ncube was the US and the UK imposed a travel ban and freezing of assets.

The post Mnangagwa Fires State Security Minister Ncube For Inappropriate Conduct appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Kundai Benyu Ready To Make Zimbabwe Go ‘Crazy’At AFCON

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 13:59

Mail Online

KUNDAI Benyu cuts a relaxed figure as he speaks from the rest area of Zimbabwe’s training camp. Swapping the freezing temperatures of an Icelandic winter for the warmer climes of Cameroon is not an issue for the 24-year-old. He’s used to dealing in extremes.

A look at the midfielder’s c.v. tells you as much – having swapped Champions League nights at a sold-out Celtic Park for weeknights in front of empty stands in the National League.

It is why the prospect of going from having no club to lining up this afternoon against Senegal and Sadio Mane – all in the space of just 18 months – brings excitement, not trepidation.

Benyu is right where he wants to be. He’s part of a Zimbabwe side preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations and has been given a new lease of life on the pitch by Vestri Isafjordur in the Icelandic second tier after a stint at Wealdstone.

It is miles away, literally and figuratively, from where he found himself in July 2020 after his contract with Celtic came to an end.

Without a club at the beginning of a global pandemic, like many footballers in a similar position, Benyu struggled.

‘I found it difficult at the start because it was quite raw leaving Celtic,’ he tells Sportsmail. ‘That was always on my mind. At the start of the pandemic I didn’t want to know about football. I found it quite hard to get out of bed, found hard to eat, sleep, everything.

‘I’d left, I had no club, was just sitting at home every day, waiting for a phone call. I had nowhere to train, just trying to go on runs by myself in the park or whatever. There’s only so much you can do before it starts to get frustrating and messes with your mind a little bit. You start thinking you’re not good enough, no one wants you.’

What certainly didn’t help was the manner of his departure from Celtic.

His arrival in Glasgow had been the stuff of dreams for a teenage footballer – a phone call from Brendan Rodgers while on holiday convincing him to ignore interest from the likes of Tottenham, West Ham and Aston Villa and move north after leaving Ipswich Town.

Loan spells largely characterised his Celtic stay, including a brief union with Hoops legend Henrik Larsson at Helsingborg.

‘He was always in contact with me,’ Benyu says. ‘He was a fair and honest gaffer, no beating around the bush.’

On his return from Sweden, Benyu found Rodgers gone and Neil Lennon in his place. Initial meetings with the new manager were productive and he was brought back into the first-team fold as talks over a new deal continued. Then came the part he still struggles to get his head around.

‘How do I explain it?’ he laughs.

‘The way I found out wasn’t the best of ways to be honest. It wasn’t even Neil that told me. It was two guys that I’d never met before in my whole life at Celtic. To this day I still don’t know who they are or what they do at the club.

‘They just came in and told me you’re going to have to train with the kids until this is all resolved.

‘They didn’t mean the reserves as well. Literally kids: Under 14s, Under 15s. As you could imagine that was my last day ever going into Lennoxtown.’

It was a jarring end to what Benyu himself still regards as the most exciting period of his career to date, even if it did amount to just four first-team appearances in green and white.

‘It was crazy,’ he beams when thinking back to his early Parkhead days. ‘It was probably the best moment of my footballing life on the pitch when I came on against Linfield in the Champions League qualifiers.

I played the last 20 minutes. I looked around as I was coming on and I just saw every seat filled. It was pretty special to get on the pitch. It’s the best atmosphere I’ve ever been involved in.’

The experience stands him in good stead for this month as he prepares to take to the stage at one of football’s biggest international tournaments.

Born in Camden in central London before moving out to Essex as a young child, Benyu qualifies through his father Ronnie and mother Shingi, who both moved across to the UK from Zimbabwe.

The eldest of four, Benyu’s upbringing ensured he never forgot his roots – his first language as a toddler was Shona, the national dialect of Zimbabwe, until nursery brought about the necessity of learning English. Zimbabwean cuisine was a staple at dinner time, too, in the Benyu household.

The original euphoria of his AFCON call-up – ‘I could’ve cried’ – has made way for a deep desire to prove himself and do his country, and his family, proud.

That much has been clear in his preparation. Benyu has been working with Manchester-based fitness specialist Wayne Richardson, an individual that has helped the likes of Jessie Lingard regain his extra edge.

It is a chance to repay all that have shown faith during these challenging times, from Vestri and their chairman Samuel Sigurjon Samuelsson to his national team coach Norman Mapeza.

‘I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m feeling everything right now. I’m eager to impress,’ he says.

‘Zimbabwe as a nation, we’ve qualified quite a few times but we’ve never gotten out of the group stages. It would be a massive achievement if we could. The boys are all positive. We’re all in agreement, we’re not here just to take part.

‘If we could get out the group stages I think Zimbabwe would riot to be honest. I think it’ll be crazy over there.’

It would be a fitting finale to Benyu’s remarkable redemption.

The post Kundai Benyu Ready To Make Zimbabwe Go ‘Crazy’At AFCON appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Isidingo’s Makgotso Cast In The Woman King

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 12:56

By Paidashe Mandivengerei

FORMER Isidingo actress, Makgotso Monyemorathoe has scored a role in The Woman King cast alongside her friend, Hollywood breakout star, Thuso Mbedu.

Makgotso played Kamogelo Tsotetsi in SABC’s Isidingo and Onika in Muvhango.

The Woman King, a star studded historical drama also stars Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Lashana Lynch, and John Boyega.

The epic film premiering on September 16 is written by Dana Stevens and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Viola Davis is producing the TriStar Pictures project alongside Cathy Schulman, Julius Tennon and Maria Bello.

The Woman King is based on real life events of The Kingdom of Dahomey, an 18th century West African state. It follows the story of Nanisca (Davis) general of an all-female military unit and Nawi (Thuso Mbedu) fighting enemies who violated them and enslaved their people.

Schulman’s one of the story’s originators said “The Woman King will tell one of history’s greatest forgotten stories from the real world in which we live, where an army of African warrior women staved off slavery, colonialism and inter-tribal warfare to unify a nation.”

Makgotso becomes the second South African to join the cast and will be playing one of King Ghezo’s (John Boyega) wives.

Thuso Mbedu who had been credited with securing Makgotso’s role applauded her work saying: “Mak got a brief. She auditioned and got the role. I am very proud of umngani wami because she deserves all that’s good that the world has to offer. All credit goes to her. No ladders here.”

 

 

 

The post Isidingo’s Makgotso Cast In The Woman King appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Comedian Bob Saget Dies

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 10:18

By Paidashe Mandivengerei

POPULAR American stand up comedian, television host and actor, Bob has died Sunday aged 65.

Saget became a household name after his role as Danny Tanner in the American sitcom, ‘Full House’ playing a widower raising three young daughters following his wife’s death.

He was found dead in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Florida. The cause of his death has not been determined yet but the Sheriff’s office has ruled out foul play and drug abuse.

Saget was in Florida as part of his comedy tour.

His family confirmed his passing and asked for privacy in a statement which reads: “We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today. He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter. Though we ask for privacy at this time, we invite you to join us in remembering the love and laughter that Bob brought to the world.”

Comedians and actors have paid tribute to him on social media platforms.

Jim Carrey wrote: “Beautiful Bob Saget passed away today at 65. He had a big, big heart and a wonderfully warped comic mind. He gave the world a lot of joy and lived his life for goodness’ sake.”

Josh Radnor who played Ted Mosby in How I Met Your Mother whose narration Saget voiced said he was a “mensch among mensches” and “the kindest, loveliest, funniest, most supportive man, easiest person to be around.”

Actor Jason Alexander described him as “kind and dear and cared about people deeply” and was “the definition of “a good egg”. “

 

The post Comedian Bob Saget Dies appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

‘Severe Lockdowns No Longer Tool To Contain Covid-19’: Africa CDC

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 07:00

Reuters

AFRICA’S top public health official said on Thursday that severe lockdowns were no longer the best way to contain Covid-19, praising SA for adopting that approach when responding to its latest infection wave driven by the Omicron variant.

“We are very encouraged with what we saw in SA during this period where they look at the data in terms of severity (of infections),” John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), told a news conference.

“The period where we are using severe lockdowns as a tool is over. We should actually be looking at how we use public health and social measures more carefully and in a balanced way as the vaccination increases.”

SA experienced a steep rise in Covid-19 infections from late November, around the time it alerted the world to Omicron, with new infections peaking in mid-December at a record.

But new cases have since fallen back, and the government did not resort to strict restrictions as it did during previous infection waves given early signs that the bulk of Omicron infections had been mild. It even loosened rules before New Year’s Eve.

Nkengasong added that he feared that Covid-19 could become endemic on the continent given the slow pace of vaccination — a prospect many global scientists already talk of as a given.

“Unless … by the end of this year the continent actually scales up its vaccination to above 70% or 80%, my worry is that we might … be into a scenario where Covid-19 becomes endemic,” he said.

Experts believe Covid-19 cannot be eliminated and will likely become endemic, meaning it will always be present in the population to some degree, such as the flu or chickenpox.

Less than 10% of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the latest Africa CDC figures show, with many countries initially struggling to access sufficient shots and later battling to get them into arms.

There has been a 36% average increase in new cases reported in Africa over the last 4 weeks, with an 8% average increase in new deaths.

The post ‘Severe Lockdowns No Longer Tool To Contain Covid-19’: Africa CDC appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Tears After The Rain: The Legacy Of The Gukurahundi Genocide

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 06:48

Organisation of World Peace

IN 1983, Robert Mugabe, then Prime Minister and leader of Zanu F (Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front), launched the final phase of his plan to turn Zimbabwe into a one-party state. He sent the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade (called “Gukurahundi” in Shona) into Matabeleland to exterminate “dissidents.”

What arguably began as an assault to pacify ZAPU’s (Zimbabwe African People’s Union) electoral base quickly degenerated into a four-year ethnic cleansing spree against the Ndebele minority.

By December 1987, according to the International Association of Genocide Scholars, approximately 20,000 people had been killed.

Diplomats in Harare, fearing that Mugabe would cut ties with the West and pledge allegiance to the Soviet Union or Communist China if they condemned him too vigorously, turned a blind eye to barbaric crimes taking place in Matabeleland.

Historian Hazel Cameron amply demonstrated that the British High Commissioner and British military advisors, despite having access to mounds of information about what was really going on the ground, consistently minimised or ignored the gravity of Fifth Brigade atrocities.

Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government was much too invested in protecting London’s vast economic interests in Zimbabwe.

The Canadian embassy, which compiled reports describing the “military repression, beatings, murders, and widespread hunger” in the region never lifted a finger in protest.

Timothy Scarnecchia says South African officials were also well informed but looked the other way and even collaborated with the supposedly anti-apartheid Mugabe to prevent the ANC (African National Congress) from setting up rebel bases in Zimbabwe.

United States ambassador Robert Keeley proved exceptional. He quietly warned Mugabe that Congress would stop sending millions in foreign aid to Zimbabwe if extreme violence persisted in Matabeleland.

This feeble intervention forced the Fifth Brigade to change tactics in 1984. Rather than indiscriminately slaughtering hundreds of innocent Ndebele or ZAPU veterans, soldiers began terrorising, arbitrarily detaining, torturing, and raping them into submission instead, according to historian Stuart Doran.

The ZNA (Zimbabwe National Army) soon erected the Bhalagwe concentration camp near a village in southern Matabeleland. Human rights activist Thandekile Moyo claims that inhabitants vividly remember hearing inmates scream all day. The brigadiers set out to make victims infertile.

Men had their testicles crushed or electrocuted while women had guns inserted into their genitalia. Torture was deliberately “designed to have devastating effects meant to last for generations.”

Soldiers infected women with sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS and traumatised Ndebele men by forcing them to commit incest. This horrific abuse destroyed countless marriages, families, and sanities.

Survivors and witnesses relayed these painful experiences to their descendants in private. Dumisani Ngwenya, director of the Grace to Heal peacebuilding NGO in Bulawayo, is concerned that young Ndebele are suffering from acute transgenerational trauma.

This condition, as psychoanalyst Ilany Kogan explains, sees children feeling “compelled to deal with the shame, rage, helplessness, and guilt that the parents have been unable to work through for themselves.”

Historian Jocelyn Alexander argues that hardly anyone in Zimbabwe dared speak freely in public for years about what happened in Matabeleland.

The brave few who did were silenced or arrested. Commemorations and memorials at mass graves are still closely monitored at best and desecrated or torn down at worst.

Perpetrators like President Emmerson “The Crocodile” Mnangagwa, who led the CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) as it provided intelligence to the Fifth Brigade for targeted atrocities, as Stuart Doran notes, have no interest in initiating a genuine truth and reconciliation process.

Victims never had the chance until recently to safely “work through” past horrors. As a result, young Ndebele today have taken it upon themselves to avenge their parents or grandparents—and aggressively if necessary.

Ngwenya noticed an ominous trend: many marginalised Ndebele profess a profound hatred for the Shona majority. Some are quite prone to fantasising about violent retribution or revolution. A raging desire for vengeance is fuelling the rise of the separatist MRP (Mthwakazi Republic Party), which intends to create a fully independent Ndebele Kingdom in Matabeleland.

The genocide poisoned lives in the Zimbabwean diaspora as well. Scholar Duduzile Ndlovu says that thousands of uneducated Ndebele youths had no choice but to leave Matabeleland for neighbouring South Africa or Botswana in the eighties to avoid certain death, persecution, institutional discrimination, or unemployment.

Immigrants like Tshengi are scarred by wounds “that can never be healed.” Three soldiers raped her when she was only a teenager. Tshengi became pregnant, dropped out of boarding school, left the child with her mother, and fled to South Africa. Ndebele living and working in Johannesburg are haunted by memories of the brutal murder or humiliation their parents endured.

Moreover, the children of Gukurahundi exiles are trapped in poorly paid service sector jobs and rarely pursue studies beyond secondary school because they lack the documentation required to attend South African universities.

Yet exiles, despite dealing with rampant xenophobia and deeply hostile bureaucracies, often have no desire to return home. Mugabe and his successors have, in their view, largely succeeded in transforming Zimbabwe into an intolerant and authoritarian Shona supremacist nation.

The Ndebele, among many others, dread that Mnangagwa might inherit his predecessor’s penchant for ruthlessly dismantling any opposition to Zanu PF domination. These fears are not unfounded. Mugabe used the Gukurahundi’s savage methods as a blueprint for suppressing dissent throughout his decades-long reign in power.

Journalists like Kenneth Good and Peter Godwin revealed how Mugabe wreaked terrible vengeance on Zimbabweans who did not vote for Zanu PF. In 2005, after losing control of urban areas in parliamentary elections, Mugabe instigated Operation “Drive Out Rubbish”: a quasi-military endeavour masquerading as a massive slum eviction and demolition project.

Its real objective was to punish the poor for disobeying the chief. UN reports and envoys concluded that “hundreds of thousands…were made homeless, without access to food, water and sanitation, or health care” and “the total population directly and indirectly affected… [was] about 2.4 million.”

Three years after the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) posed a serious electoral challenge to Zanu PF hegemony, the Joint Operations Command (chaired by Mnangagwa) unleashed another nationwide terror campaign to harass, intimidate, or eliminate MDC members.

The shadow of the Fifth Brigade’s butchery loomed large as armed militias, police, and Bush War veterans threatened to harm or kill people that backed MDC candidates. Hundreds of militia bases held MDC activists captive and, according to Aids-Free World, Zanu PF-affiliated youths raped numerous women and children with impunity.

One should expect more Gukurahundi-style operations to occur if Mnangagwa faces substantial political or grassroots pressure in future. The Matabeleland massacres continue to fester “at the heart of everything” in contemporary Zimbabwe, as Godwin poignantly observed.

What must be done to prevent the tragic legacies of the Gukurahundi genocide from tearing Zimbabwe apart? If President Mnangagwa is still unwilling to establish a meaningful reconciliation commission, he should consider altering Zimbabwe’s constitution to accommodate growing demands for Ndebele autonomy.

Transitional Justice expert Khanyisela Moyo suggests that Zimbabwean legislators and human rights advocates look to the South African constitution for inspiration.

In the early nineties, while the ANC aimed to construct a centralised constitutional framework, white Afrikaners and the Zulu Inkatha Freedom Party agitated for territorial autonomy either within or outside South African borders.

To appease potential secessionists and preserve a hard-won peace process, lawmakers inserted amendments into the Interim Constitution which guaranteed “the right to self-determination by any community sharing a common language and cultural heritage.”

This compromise could diffuse insurrectionary tendencies in the MRP or PUMA (Patriotic Union of Mandebeleland) and keep instability at bay in Zimbabwe.

Furthermore, removing crippling economic sanctions is needed to alleviate chronic destitution in Matabeleland and will hopefully stop young Ndebele from indulging in retaliatory violence.

Rural development researcher Brighton Taruberekera argues that the standard narrative about economic sanctions—that they only penalise specific individuals or institutions and therefore have no bearing on ordinary Zimbabweans—is misleading and conceals their catastrophic effects on the broader population.

Zimbabweans are frequently excluded from life-changing opportunities like jobs, awards, scholarships, or fellowships because their country has been blacklisted.

Conducting routine transactions is a perilous task for Zimbabweans abroad. American banks are renowned for blocking or delaying private funds belonging to citizens with no connections to sanctioned individuals.

Strive Masiyiwa, founder of telecom company Econet Wireless, recalled that “When sanctions hit the country, every credit line disappeared. You could not talk to anyone, they were shutting down…getting payments from foreign clients means having to jump through hoops.”

The international community, especially the U.S. and European Union, must acknowledge the fact that sanctions accomplished nothing apart from precipitating the collapse of an already impoverished nation.

Alena Douhan, UN Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures, admitted earlier this year that sanctions had a disastrous impact “on the enjoyment of fundamental human rights” in Zimbabwe.

Lifting restrictions on state enterprises and investment could ease Harare’s siege mentality and gradually improve living conditions in poverty-stricken Matabeleland.

Prosperity cannot make amends for the Gukurahundi genocide, but it can mollify extremist sentiments and give the Ndebele time, space, and resources to peacefully pursue their quest for justice and compensation.

The post Tears After The Rain: The Legacy Of The Gukurahundi Genocide appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Gonarezhou Game Park To Receive US$15m From New Wildlife Fund

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 06:38

AFP

ONE of Zimbabwe’s biggest wildlife reserves is to receive US$1 million annually from a brand-new fund to help sustain its operations and fight poaching, German conservationists said.

The money, which will extend for at least 15 years, will help pay for ranger patrols, equipment maintenance and other everyday needs, the park’s partner, the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), told AFP by email.

Zimbabwe’s second largest reserve, the Gonarezhou National Park covers 5,000 square kilometres (2,000 square miles) in the country’s remote southeast.

It is home to at least 11,000 elephants — its name means “the place of the elephant” in the local ChiShona language — as well as to black rhinos, whose numbers are kept secret for security reasons.

The money will come from the Legacy Landscapes Fund (LLF), a brand-new international initiative that provides funds to help wildlife havens in poor countries.

“The idea of the Legacy Landscapes Fund is to provide a reliable funding for basic operations in a protected area,” said the FZS’s head of communications, Dagmar Andres-Bruemmer.

The donation to Gonarezhou is “funding ‘to keep the lights on’ in difficult times, so to say,” she said in response to questions emailed by AFP.

National parks that depend on tourism income have suffered during the coronavirus pandemic, she noted.

“In some parks in Africa, even basic work such as ranger patrols could not be done due to budget cuts. So poaching picked up significantly.”

The LLF, set up in 2021, is a public-private fund established as a charity under German law to help close the funding gap for biodiversity conservation.

Participants include the French and German governments, Germany’s KfW Development Bank, France’s Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

“Protected and wild areas remain the mainstay of biodiversity conservation and our best tool at mitigating climate change across the globe,” said Hugo Van der Westhuizen, director of Gonarezhou Conservation Trust.

“Managing these areas effectively requires long-term commitment in funding.”

The post Gonarezhou Game Park To Receive US$15m From New Wildlife Fund appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Bulawayo Suburbs To Go For Four Days Without Water

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 06:32

By Bulawayo Correspondent

THE BULAWAYO City Council has announced a four-day water supply disconnection for some low-density suburbs in the city starting this Sunday.

The city’s town clerk, Christopher Dube said the move had been necessitated by routine maintenance work on the water pipeline which supplies the affected suburbs.

“The City of Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public that there will be interruption on water supplies to areas fed by Tuli reservoir from Sunday, 9 January 2022 at 3 pm to Wednesday, 12 January 2022 at 3 pm,” he said.

“This interruption will allow for the inspection of cracks and soundness of the clear water reservoir at Ncema that feeds into the Tuli reservoir.”

Dube added the affected suburbs include Esigodini, Imbizo, Matshemuhlope, Parklands,  Kumalo, Sunninghill, Riverside and Waterford.

He also apologised to the affected residents.

“Bulawayo City Council wishes to apologise to its valued consumers for the inconvenience likely to be caused and assures the affected residents that supplies will be restored once the treatment and subsequent pumping resumes at Ncema Water Works.”

The post Bulawayo Suburbs To Go For Four Days Without Water appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Violence Rocks New Zanu PF Mash West PCC

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 06:20

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent

VIOLENCE dominated the new Zanu PF provincial joint council of the main wing, women’s and youth leagues’ inaugural meeting held in Chinhoyi Saturday.

The meeting was meant to officially hand over the reins of power to newly-elected chairpersons of the three-party organs voted during recent shambolic elections characterised by rigging allegations.

Mashonaland West Provincial Minister, Mary Mliswa-Chikoka won the chairmanship ahead of Information Deputy Minister Kindness Paradza, former Zanu PF Mashonaland West youth league leader Vengai Musengi and ex-Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) chief executive Happison Muchechetere.

In the women’s league polls, Constance Shamu came out victorious, while Tapiwa Masenda clinched the chairperson post of the youth league.

However, an ill-fated Indaba held at Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) gym hall started off later than scheduled, before violence broke out just as proceedings were about to start.

This was after Mliswa-Chikoka had instructed party security and police officers to allow only listed “winners” from the recent elections and bar the rest of party members.

Timothy Masviba from Chegutu district, who later on had his car tyres deflated by opponents, sparked the chaos insisting all participants of the polls, losers included, were eligible to attend the meeting.

Haggling and mudslinging ensued for close to 20 minutes as security details struggled to fend off resistance from Masviba and hordes of other members who wanted to bulldoze into the venue.

Guest-of-honour at the function, Ambassador Zenzo Nsimbi, who was standing in for Politburo secretary for security Lovemore Matuke, watched helplessly from the top table as the melee ensued.

A visibly agitated Mliswa-Chikoka had to personally intervene to cool down tempers after it became apparent the meeting would not proceed and ordered police to close the door.

The meeting went ahead amid numerous complaints about the list of winners, the highlight being an objection by Agriculture Deputy Minister Vangelis Haritatos questioning the ‘ghost’ identity of one Jessie Banda, who was listed as having won in Muzvezve constituency.

Haritatos said: “With all due respect, on the list of winners that you have just read out, there is a character called Jessie Banda who is said to have won in Muzvezve. We don’t know a person called Jessie Banda and where they come from. We recently convened a meeting of chairpersons from Muzvezve and no one said they knew this Jessie Banda, we are baffled where that name came from, it needs to be replaced by someone identifiable we know won in the elections,” he said.

The chaos continued during the allocation of other posts that constitute the provincial executive membership, with Mliswa-Chikoka taking the flak for trying to impose her preferred candidates.

One Tsitsi of Kadoma district, who had been elected as the women’s league commissar, had her joy cut short after Rosemary Goteka was unilaterally thrust into the position as Mliswa-Chikoka flexed her muscle altering the line-up.

Tsitsi did not take it lightly causing a scene as she remonstrated against her shunting to a less influential post of information secretary.

The chaotic meeting ended late at night way after some members from far away districts had left.

The appointees to the Zanu PF Mashonaland West main board are; Tavengwa Mukhuhlani (vice-chairperson), Misheck Nyarubero (administration secretary), Gilbert Chibayamagora (finance), John Yotam (commissariat), Alexio Mutyambizi (security), Vangelis Haritatos (transport), Godknows Murambiwa (information), among others.

The PCC, which will transform into an elections directorate, is reportedly set to meet soon to endorse or nullify the appointments as well as deliberate on complaints from the just-ended provincial polls, particularly from Chakari and Makonde districts.

 

The post Violence Rocks New Zanu PF Mash West PCC appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

‘They Want To Remove Us And Take The Rock’: Mutoko Villagers

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 06:04

The Guardian

AS COMPANIES extract wealth, villagers say they see little benefit and are instead exploited in quarries, live in homes damaged by blasts and are unable to farm polluted land

A convoy of trucks laden with huge black granite rocks trundles along the dusty pathway as a group of villagers look on grimly.

Every day more than 60 trucks take granite for export, along this rugged road through Nyamakope village in the district of Mutoko, 90 miles east of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.

The air reverberates with blasts and heavy machinery noises as the mountain above the village is slowly reduced, slab by slab. Quarrying has been happening here since the 1980s.

Mutoko stone is sought after for its lustre. It is a popular material for tombstones. An extension to the Danish royal library in Copenhagen, known as the Black Diamond, is clad in Mutoko granite.

The Buja people who live here say that as mining companies extract wealth from the mountain, they leave behind a trail of damaged roads and bridges, hazardous pollutants and dirty air. Cracks can be seen on houses and blast debris is everywhere.

Now 50 families in the village have been told by a Chinese mining company that they will have to leave their homes and land. People in four other villages in the district fear they will also lose their ancestral lands.

Two families, including an 82-year-old villager and his wife, have already been relocated by Jinding mining company, which wants to build a polishing plant.

“The 82-year-old man collapsed when he heard the news because he never anticipated it. He was later resuscitated at the hospital. This is how bad things are here,” says Claudine Mupereri*, 38.

She says the man was told his house was within the area licensed to the mining company by the government. Zimbabwe’s Communal Areas Act gives the president power to decide the use of an area that makes up 40% of the country’s land, home to about 70% of the population.

“These companies do not respect communities. If the government does not protect us, then where will we get the protection we need?” says Mupereri.

Two other families were given $2,500 (£1,840) to rebuild their homes, but community leaders say this is insufficient.

“There is uncertainty around this village. Right now, we do not have anyone willing to help us because our councillor does not want to help us. Anyone who dares to speak out is threatened. Whether they remove us or not, we are already scared to speak out,” says Anesu Nyamuzuwe*.

The 40-year-old father of four fears losing five hectares (12 acres) of land, his only source of income.

“I have a good farm with fertile soil. My farming always meets my household requirements. I had built a good home and I am close to Mutoko centre, so I am not sure if I will ever get such a piece of land again,” he says.

“What is more important, investors or the villagers? We should have the right to reject these people from entering our community.”

Jinding mining company in China could not be reached for comment.

A manager and interpreter at the company’s plant in Mutoko says families who live within the 500 hectares the company is licensed to mine will be relocated, but adds: “the people who are giving out the claims [to mining companies] have a problem. Why are they giving them [companies] so much land? This land is almost 500 hectares, I am sure they already know that people live in this place.”

Zimbabwe has enjoyed a close relationship with China for decades. But the bond between the two countries solidified when western states imposed economic sanctions on Robert Mugabe’s government.

As credit and investments dried up, China stepped in.

In 2018, Zimbabwe-Chinese relations were elevated from “all-weather friends” to strategic partners, paving the way for Chinese investors to pour money into the country, particularly in the extractive industries, where they have been accused of paying little attention to environmental damage by environmental and human rights activists.

Those living near granite mines say companies are failing to restore the land after extraction. Open pits are left uncovered, endangering children and wildlife.

Zimbabwe’s government has been accused of turning a blind eye to complaints because, critics say, it doesn’t want to anger its biggest investor.

Mineworkers speak of poor working conditions. At another mine in Mutoko, workers give accounts of beatings and poor pay.

“Imagine going to work every day for over 12 hours and getting $50 at the end of it all. When I get home I am tired. My home knows no peace,” one worker tells the Guardian.

“My friend was beaten with a steel rod and another 17-year-old boy had his arm broken after coming to work late. He was given $250 as compensation after villagers complained.”

In 2020, two workers were shot and wounded in Gweru, central Zimbabwe, allegedly by a Chinese miner after a quarrel over salaries.

Evelyn Kutyauripo, a paralegal with the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (Zela), who has been rallying villagers in Mutoko to resist evictions, says local officials need to protect people.

“I blame the headmen and the councillors because they are working with the Chinese. They should stand with the community,” she says, adding that companies were taking from communities and not helping them develop.

“They are not developing anything in the community. They should have a strong corporate social responsibility because they are killing our environment. We are suffering, our houses are cracking and there is pollution. The government should come to see what is happening.”

Another Chinese mining company, Shanghau Haoying Mining Investments, is also causing unease among Nyamaropa villagers.

Last year, the company was reportedly given a government licence to mine granite on tracts of land belonging to local people.

“I hear they want to remove us so that they take the rock, which is underneath, but the people do not want to. They will have to use guns to remove us here,” says Gladman Murape*, 34.

Shanghau could not be reached for comment.

Richard Ncube, a legal officer at Zela, says people in Mutoko were “extremely worried” about evictions. “The major challenge is they are living in the dark, and they are not sure what is going to happen.”

He said people were too scared to challenge the company. “We have gathered that most of the communities [in Mutoko] are afraid to come forward and take these matters to court due to intimidation and fear of being victimised,” says Ncube.

Attempts to challenge the mining companies elsewhere in Zimbabwe have had mixed results.

In November, Heijin mining company lost its mining licence in Murehwa, a district about 55 miles from Harare, after local leaders complained to the government that the company planned to evict locals.

In 2020, Zela was involved in the successful fight to overturn licences to mine coal in Hwange national park, the country’s largest national park, home to 40,000 elephants. Following protests, the government banned mining in all its national parks.

However, in September, hundreds of people in Chikomba district, 80 miles south of the capital, were evicted from their ancestral homes to make way for a $1bn iron and steel mining project.

The Zimbabwe government says it has not received any reports of abuse of workers in Chinese-owned mines, but it did encourage workers to report any incidents.

Deputy mines minister, Polite Kambamura, urged villagers to approach the ministry if they had problems.

“We haven’t heard of any Chinese company which has relocated people in Mutoko. If villagers are not happy, they may approach our provincial mining office in Marondera or come directly to the ministry,” he says.

“We understand that if ever there is a company that wants to relocate the people, they should engage the community, to buy that social licence from the community.”

Kambamura adds that an environmental impact assessment – to ensure the environmental, social, economic and cultural issues related to any mining project are considered before it begins – must also be conducted by the company and should address any concerns.

The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe did not respond to numerous requests for comment. Mutoko leaders were also approached for comment.

Names have been changed

The post ‘They Want To Remove Us And Take The Rock’: Mutoko Villagers appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

‘Vote For People-Centred Parties’: ED

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 05:46

By Staff Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged voters to vote for local council and parliamentary representatives who have the interests of the people at heart in the coming by-elections.

Speaking during a clean-up campaign in Kwekwe, last Friday Mnangagwa urged the electorate to vote in representatives who will prioritise service delivery.

“As we prepare for the by-elections, which will be held on 26 March I call upon our people to vote into office political parties and individuals who are committed to wholeheartedly serving the people and improving their quality of life,” Mnangagwa said.

Zimbabwe will hold by-elections in March following mass recalls of parliamentarians and councillors by MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora who was scoring political goals with his nemesis MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.

Meanwhile, turning to the clean-up campaign Mnangagwa said his administration was going to coordinate outcomes of the national clean-up programmes.

“So that it becomes an avenue to accelerate the promotion of recycling initiatives in line with targets set in the National Development Strategy 1.

“Over and above this I invite increased financial material infrastructure and technological investments in the recycling industry which is taking shape,” he said.

He urged local authorities to create an enabling environment which, supports sustainable solid waste management and refuse collection modalities.

“I urge local authorities to play their part for the programme to be a success. This must include providing residents with access to basic infrastructure such as refuse bins and the establishment of waste transfer institutions which, promote recycling such as waste management committees.

“The current status quo whereby, refuse and waste within our communities and towns is going uncollected for months on end is not acceptable,” he said.

Mnangagwa said it is disheartening that investment proposals for the conversion of waste energy, presented to some local authorities had not been approved for years.

The post ‘Vote For People-Centred Parties’: ED appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

‘Mat North’s Cleanliness Attracting Investment’: Mohadi

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 05:45

By Matabeleland North Correspondent

LUPANE: Former Vice President Kembo Mohadi says Matabeleland North province is favoured by the government because of its cleanliness which helps attract investment.

Speaking in the provincial capital, Lupane Friday, Mohadi who led a clean-up exercise in the provincial capital urged other provinces
to emulate Matabeleland North in maintaining cleanliness.

“Matabeleland North is the hub to some of Zimbabwe’s most beautiful sites for tourism and commercial activities. Even the most cultural of our people are found here. Even the Big Five (wild animals) are found here. That is how rich this province is,” said Mohadi.

He said a clean environment is a fountain of life and prosperity.

“Matabeleland North is attracting a lion’s share of investments
because you are generally a clean province.

“Nobody can invest in a dirty country. Nobody will travel to a dirty country for holiday making. I doubt. Even those who are dirty, naturally crave a clean environment,” Mohadi, who is now Zanu PF Vice President, said while addressing the local community and government officials.

The national clean-up was launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2018.

Mohadi said the clean-up campaign was part of an inspiring history of the country.

“At the very early stages of his leadership, our (Zanu PF) First Secretary (Mnangagwa) was very clear about the relationship between a clean environment and economic transformation.

“He thus initiated a vigorous clean-up campaign only to be slowed down by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. In his foresight, the president realised that without a clean environment there would be no real economy or politics to talk
about,” he said.

Matabeleland North Provincial Minister Richard Moyo said the province was clean because it had been participating in the
national clean-up since its launch.

“I am proud to highlight that a number of centres in the province have graduated in terms of cleanliness. As the tourism hub of Zimbabwe we are fully committed to the province to grow the cleanliness agenda as we drive our beloved country towards Vision 2030,” he said.

“It remains the mandate of each and one of us to make sure that our surroundings are ever clean.”

Environment Deputy Minister Barbara Rwodzi said the focus should be on promoting recycling and improving management of solid waste to promote a clean, safe and healthy environment.

The post ‘Mat North’s Cleanliness Attracting Investment’: Mohadi appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

 Ex-MDC MP Khumalo Dies

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 05:43

By Bulawayo Correspondent

MDC founder member and former MP Jefret Bafana Khumalo died Wednesday last week at his Riverside home in Bulawayo following a short illness.

He was 83.

The MDC Alliance Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Swithern Chirowodza confirmed Khumalo’s death.

“I confirm the death of one of our longest-serving elders in the party, Jefret Khumalo. His death was just sudden. As a party, we would like to convey our condolences to his family. If all things were equal, Khumalo was supposed to be declared a national hero because he fought for the liberation of this country,” Chirowodza said in an interview with Newzimbabwe.com.

The late Khumalo will be buried Tuesday in Bulawayo.

Khumalo was born in 1938. Before joining politics, he worked in the furniture-making industry where he was involved in trade unionism.

During the liberation war, Khumalo and other youths used to supply freedom fighters with clothes and shoes which led to his imprisonment in 1973.

He was detained at Whawha Detention Camp in Gweru with his friends, Norma Zikhali, Sidney Malunga, and others. On his release from prison, Khumalo went to England to join his wife.

When he returned to Zimbabwe in 1981, he joined ZAPU and worked closely with the late Vice President John Nkomo, and Malunga.

Khumalo worked as a district education officer for Tsholotsho during the 1980s before joining the government as a labour officer at Mhlahlandlela government offices in Bulawayo.

He later left the government and joined Radar Metal as a labour officer. He joined the MDC when it was formed in 1999. In 2000, he was elected the party’s Mpopoma/Pelandaba constituency MP.

The post  Ex-MDC MP Khumalo Dies appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Clean Bill For Warriors In Final Covid-19 Tests

Lun, 10/01/2022 - 05:33

By Sports Reporter

THE Warriors have been handed a huge morale booster ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations Group B opening clash against Senegal Monday after all the players tested negative in the mandatory pre-match Covid-19 tests conducted Saturday.

ZIFA confirmed the good news in a statement.

“There were no positive cases recorded from Covid-19 PCR tests conducted on the Zimbabwe players yesterday (Saturday),” ZIFA said.

“All 22 Warriors are available for our match against Senegal tomorrow (Monday) at 2 pm [GMT+1] (3 pm Zimbabwe time). Jordan Zemura is out of this one. He is still expected to join the team once he is cleared to travel.”

With the exception of the unavailability of England-based rising star Zemura, who is set to miss the opening match after a delayed arrival in Cameroon, all the other 22 players in camp will be available for selection.

The clean bill of health in the Warriors camp is in stark contrast to the dire situation in the Senegal camp after three of their key players tested Covid-19 positive during the tests conducted Sunday.

Senegal, Africa’s top-ranked team, delayed their departure for the tournament by a day earlier this week after three players and six staff members returned positive tests.

The squad left without the three players who were placed in quarantine.

CAF has said teams will have to play their matches even if they only have 11 players available. An outfield player must go in goal if there is no recognised goalkeeper.

Any team that is unable to fulfill a fixture will forfeit the match 2-0.

CAF officials said in “exceptional cases” the tournament organisers “will take the appropriate decision”.

The post Clean Bill For Warriors In Final Covid-19 Tests appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Cops Hunt For Musengezi For Questioning Mnangagwa’s Leadership Legitimacy

Dom, 09/01/2022 - 18:55

VOA

POLICE in Zimbabwe are looking for Sybeth Musengezi, who filed a High Court application seeking an order for the removal of President Emmerson Mnangagwa from the post of Zanu PF first secretary, claiming that he was not properly elected in 2017.

Musengezi’s lawyers, Ncube Attorneys, have written a letter to the officer-in-charge of the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Harare Central Law and Order Section, informing him that Nqobani Sithole will be representing him in this case after unknown people visited his in-laws looking for the ruling party activist.

The letter reads in part, “We have been advised by our client that your offices made a visit to our client’s in-laws in Budiriro, Harare, on the 5th of January, 2022, and indicated that they were looking for our client over some undisclosed allegations. The officers were led by Detective Assistant Inspector Nyazama.

“Our client is obviously worried about such a visit taking into consideration that there is a pending matter where he has approached the High Court of Zimbabwe over the legitimacy of the incumbent president who doubles up as the president of Zanu PF and it’s 1st secretary.”

In the letter dated January 7, 2022, the attorneys also indicated that “it is in the light of this background that we are being retained to enquire into the nature of the visit, in particular, whether there are any criminal allegations, so that we arrange that our Sithole who is in Bulawayo accompanies client on the pre-agreed date as to ensure that his legal rights are duly observed in whatever process is intended.”

Musengezi’s lawyers also want the police to inform them about the purpose of their visit to his in-laws’ house in Harare.

“From the above, we request that you favour us with information regarding your visit and that you advise if we need to avail our client, and if so, when and where. Our Mr. Sithole would be amenable to travel from Bulawayo to Harare to attend to client’s matter on any of these dates: the 26th January 2022, 27th January 2022 and the 28th January, 2022.”

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi was unreachable for comment as he was not responding to calls on his mobile phone. VOA Zimbabwe Service was also unable to reach Mnangagwa’s lawyers for comment.

Mnangagwa lawyers are allegedly pressing Musengezi to withdraw the High Court application in which he is challenging the legitimacy of the president’s leadership of the ruling Zanu PF party.

The lawyers say they will sue Musengezi’s attorneys if they don’t withdraw the case. They have also claimed that he is not a ruling party member.

But Musengezi holds a current Zanu PF membership card. He argues that Mnangagwa was not properly elected when the party’s Central Committee held a meeting in 2017, a few days before the late former President Robert Mugabe was toppled in a de facto military coup.

 

The post Cops Hunt For Musengezi For Questioning Mnangagwa’s Leadership Legitimacy appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

90 000 Zim Border Jumpers Arrested In SA, Deported

Dom, 09/01/2022 - 18:26

eNCA

OUR warnings to South Africa about Zimbabwe’s economic and political crisis were ignored.

So say Zimbabwe labour unions, civic society groups and human rights activists.

And now this has resulted in thousands of Zimbabweans flocking into neighbouring South Africa and Botswana in search of jobs and better lives.

More than 89,000 illegal immigrants have already been arrested or deported.

“We have been talking about these issues as labour, as human rights activists that SADC and AU have to take a progressive and practical position on Zimbabwe crisis, we have got a crisis. SADC has to resolve this crisis before it degenerates and now it has degenerated. So SADC, South Africa and other Africa countries have to agree that Zimbabwe has got crisis,” said Peter Mutasa, former president Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.

Peter adds that this is a regional humanitarian crisis and deportation is not a solution.

“This problem has now caused humanitarian crisis it is not enough for South Africans to just push Zimbabweans back where they cannot get livelihoods and to where they can starve, 61 percent in here are food insecure so all those people are looking for food,” said Peter

Political analysts say illegal immigrants flocking into South Africa is confirmation that the Emmerson Mnangagwa government has failed.

“That’s a symptomatic of the failure to govern ZanuPF government in Zimbabwe, it has been failing to provide Zimbabweans with jobs. Jobs are basic needs of Zimbabweans, so that they can earn their legitimate lives. There no jobs in Zimbabwe this is why you are witnessing colonies of Zimbabweans crossing the Limpopo,” said political analyst, Wurayayi Zembe.

The Zimbabwe government has remained mum over this latest mass exodus of citizens seeking to survi

The post 90 000 Zim Border Jumpers Arrested In SA, Deported appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe

Pastor T Freddy’s Lawyers Question Alleged Rape Victim’s Audio Tape

Dom, 09/01/2022 - 14:27

By Staff Reporter

PASTOR Tapiwa Freddy’s lawyers have challenged the admissibility of a recording played in court as evidence implicating their client.

When T Freddy’s trial commenced on Thursday, the state played a recording between him and Makuti after visiting her aunt who wanted to understand the nature of the relationship between the pastor and the broadcaster.

In the recording, Makuti accused T Freddy of raping her.

But T Freddy’s lead lawyer Everson Chatambudza argued that the hour long recording was inadmissible as it did not meet requirements of the law to be tendered as evidence.

He argued that the recording was not in its original form as the phone which recorded it was not the one used to play it in court.

He said an expert witness should have come to court to certify that the recording was not tempered with.

Magistrate Gloria Takundwa, however allowed the recording to be tendered as evidence for the purpose of the trial.

She also ruled the court would consider the weight of the recording when making its deliberations and also call the police officer who extracted it from Makuti’s phone to testify.

Under cross examination Chatambudza queried why Makuti had denied in court that she had a consensual relationship with T Freddy when in the recording she told her aunt she planned having sex with the pastor a year after the passing on of her husband as per tradition.

“Well, when I said that to her I was trying to say we were courting but not dating.It was a courtship and not a relationship,” Makuti responded.

Chatambudza asked Makuti why she had told her aunt that she loved T Freddy very much.

“I never said that I loved him very much.I just recall saying I used to love and respect him that is all,” replied the radio presenter.

T Freddy’s lawyer questioned why she did not leave her bedroom when she saw the pastor lying on her bed on the November 2020 night she claimed she was raped, despite alleging he always pestered her about having sex with her since October the same year.

“I thought T Freddy had understood that I was not ready for sex because he seemed understanding whenever I rejected him that is why I never thought of leaving the room,” she replied.

Asked why she did not tell the police that T Freddy had a pistol on that night, Makuti said the pastor never used it to threaten her, so she saw no need to include it in her statement.

“There are a lot of things you said here in court, but left out in your statement to the police which is material information, why were you concealing information from the same people who are suppose to investigate your case?” Chatambudza asked.

Makuti answered “I can not possibly say everything to the police, if I said everything the statement would have been too long,infact there are other things I wanted to tell the court but restrained myself because of time.”

At the close of his cross examination for the day, Chatambudza played a recording between T Freddy and Makuti where the pastor confronted the radio presenter on her claims that every time they had sex she would bleed the following day and would have scars on her thighs.

In the recording, Makuti is heard saying : “I am sorry about that statement where I said I always bleed and have scars on my thighs whenever we have sex, I did that out of spite and wanted to hurt you,”

When asked to comment on that, Makuti said T Freddy invited her to his car in the presence of his lawyer and bodyguard and forced her to make the recorded apology.

The trial shall continues on January 13 with Chatambudza set to further question for Makuti.

T Freddy is being accused of raping the radio presenter twice on different occasions as well as physically assaulting her at Moja Shopping Centre.

The post Pastor T Freddy’s Lawyers Question Alleged Rape Victim’s Audio Tape appeared first on NewZimbabwe.com.

Categorie: Zimbawe