By James Muonwa I Mashonaland West Correspondent
A CHINHOYI family is in mourning after losing their newly-born in the hands of an allegedly negligent nurse, who ignored pleas from an expectant mother crying out for help while in labour.
September 19, 2022 was supposed to be a joyous day for the Mutizira family after a heavily pregnant Portia (nee Dzinzi) was admitted at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital to deliver her new baby, who was to be her third child.
But alas, the 36-year-old mother underwent a horrific experience at the referral institution, with an unidentified female nurse leaving her unattended while in excruciating labour without rendering any professional assistance.
The hospital’s maternity ward has lately become notorious for unexplained neo-natal deaths.
Narrating his wife’s ordeal to NewZimbabwe.com, Tellmore Komboni Mutizira expressed anger over the negligent and unprofessional conduct.
“It was a dark day in my life. I came face to face with cruelty and negligence of the worst form,” he said.
“My wife was pregnant and I took her to Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital when she started complaining of labour pains. We got there around 5 O’clock in the morning, and she was admitted in the labour ward.
“She spent the whole day there waiting for the big moment. I left her around 12 noon and when I returned around 7pm, I found her in great pain meaning her time was almost up.
“She was crying out in agony and I called the nurse who was present, but she told me that my wife wasn’t due but was being too dramatic.”
Mutizira said in less than 20 minutes, the child started emerging, prompting him to call the nurse again.
“The nurse came and told my wife not to push further as she was not wearing gloves,” he said.
“The baby was half way out by that time and the nurse was not in any hurry until the baby fell off without any assistance from her.
“l could see my baby lying there with a careless nurse showing no urgency at all.
“Later she picked my daughter and wrapped her and left without even uttering a word to us about the baby, but simply ordered my wife to clean herself.
“I left the hospital around 10pm a dejected man. The following day at 2pm my family was discharged and I took them home and we spent the night with the new baby struggling to feed.
Appeal to healthcare professionals
“The next morning, we took her back to the hospital. On arrival at the hospital my baby girl was pronounced dead and the cause of death was that she gulped some fluids upon birth. That was my loss.”
The distraught couple, who did not lodge a formal complaint with the hospital authorities, appealed to health workers to remain committed to the “Hippocratic Oath” they pledged upon training as nurses and doctors to avoid further deaths which have become prevalent at the hospital’s maternity ward.
“I beg you in the strongest terms, doctors and nurses, please better be absent from work than to be catalysts for human losses. She was not just someone, but my baby,” said Mutizira.
Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital medical superintendent, Dr Collet Mawire confirmed getting wind of the child’s death through social media.
“I got it on social media, but what we expect when such incidents happen is that the complainant must come forward and talk to management and lodge a formal complaint, then we conduct an investigation,” said Mawire.
“However, that did not happen, but we are going to carry out our investigation to establish what really happened.”
Zimbabwe’s neonatal mortality rate, due to a myriad of causes, was at the level of 25, 7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2020, down from 26, 2 deaths per 1 000 live births the previous year, translating to a decline of 1,91%.
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By Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE ended their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup campaign on a high by securing a nine-run victory against higher-ranked Thailand to secure a creditable third-place finish in the eight-team qualifying competition.
The Lady Chevrons went into the match eager to salvage some pride after their agonising loss to Ireland in the semi-finals last Friday which ultimately cost them a place at next year’s World Cup to be played in South Africa.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, Zimbabwe’s top four got starts, but couldn’t go big as they posted a below-par total on board.
Openers Sharne Mayers and Kelis Ndhlovu put on an impressive opening stand of 46 runs before the former was dismissed.
Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano gave Zimbabwe some much-needed acceleration with a 27-ball 39 as the Lady Chevrons laboured to a modest 118 for six.
In the run chase, Thailand appeared on course to successfully chase down the target after putting on a 76-run opening stand courtesy of the duo of Nannapat Koncharoenkai and Natthakan Chantham.
Zimbabwe however, hit back through spinner Ndhlovu, who dismissed Chantham, and added two more wickets to her tally to put pressure on Thailand on 92 for four.
After losing four wickets for just 16 runs, Thailand would have still been confident of getting over the line, with the onus was on skipper Naruemol Chaiwai to take her team home with the required run rate soaring.
In the end, the target proved to be a bit away as Zimbabwe won by seven runs after a good final over from Nomvelo Sibanda.
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By Alois Vinga
MONTHLY inflation rate for September 2022 eased to 3,5% on the back of easing exchange rates on both the parallel and official markets, Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) reported Monday.
The development comes on the back of a raft of measures implemented by monetary authorities for most part of the year to stem volatility in the economy.
These measures have seen the official exchange rate has deteriorated to around US1:ZW$600 maintaining a close gap to the parallel market exchange rate which now stands at US$1:ZW$700.
The latest data from Zimstat show that the monthly inflation rate significantly reduced, sustaining a downward trend since around August 2022.
“The month-on-month inflation rate in September 2022 was 3,5% shedding 8,9% on the August 2022 rate of 12,4%,” the government agency said Monday.
“This means that prices as measured by the all items Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by an average rate of 3,5% percent from August 2022 to September 2022.”
Monthly inflation reached alarming levels 30,7 % in January 2022.
“The yearly inflation rate for the month of September 2022 as measured by the all items Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 280,4%. This marks a decline from 285% recorded in August 2022,” said Zimstat.
The Total Consumption Poverty Line (TCPL) which sums up the required amount to purchase both non-food and food items for Zimbabwe stood at $27,297.53 per person in September 2022.
ZIMSTAT produces the official Poverty Datum Lines which are not comparable to cost of living indicators produced by other players in the market.
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By Reason Razao
INVICTUS Energy says it has commenced its maiden Cabora Bassa oil and gas exploration in the country with the first well expected to produce about 4,3 billion barrels of oil.
The project is the first oil mining expedition in Zimbabwe.
Invictus is an independent upstream oil and gas company headquartered and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with offices in Harare.
The energy utility company in a statement said the drilling at the Mukuyu-1 exploration well commenced last Friday.
Following success in drilling of the first oil rig, the energy group said they had set their eyes on the Baobab-1 well, which will test an independent play along the basin margin in the Exclusive Prospecting Orders (EPO) and take approximately 30 to 40 days to complete.
An EPO confers exclusive rights to prospect for specified minerals in any identified location within Zimbabwe.
According to the statement, Mukuyu is one of the largest oil and gas exploration prospects to be drilled globally in 2022, targeting a combined prospective resource potential of 20 trillion cubic feet and 845 million barrels of conventional gas condensate, or about 4.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent on a gross mean unrisked basis.
“Mukuyu-1 will be drilled to a projected depth of 3,500 metres. Drilling and evaluation of the well is prognosed to take approximately 50 to 60 days to complete.
“Mukuyu-1 will be drilled to a projected depth of 3,500 metres. Drilling and evaluation of the well is prognosed to take approximately 50 to 60 days to complete,” read the statement.
According to Invictus Baobab-1 well will target stacked Cretaceous and younger sandstones, within four-way and three-way dip closures, against the southern basin bounding rift fault.
The energy utility Managing Director Scott Macmillan said following years of preparations, the commencement of their drilling campaign was a significant milestone.
“This is an exciting and long-anticipated moment for Invictus and our shareholders.
“Invictus, together with our partners, have methodically de-risked and matured the Mukuyu prospect and our Cabora Bassa acreage over the last several years and the commencement of our drilling campaign is a significant milestone.
“Mukuyu-1 is a world-class, basin opening well which, if successful, could be transformative for the Company and Zimbabwe,” MacMillan said.
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By Staff Reporter
THE High Court has stopped Chipinge Rural District Council (CRDC) from seizing communal land belonging to Kondo villagers for urbanisation.
High Court Judge, Justice Jester Helena Charewa, interdicted the local authority from expropriating the land, ruling that council had not followed due process.
According to Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), the villagers argued that council did not consult them before undertaking the urbanisation process and their concerns were not considered in violation of the Communal Lands Act.
The villagers then filed an application at Mutare High Court on May 16, 2022 seeking an order to stop the breach of several of their Constitutional rights, including their right to property, administrative justice and information.
“The villagers argued that urbanisation of their land has the effect of reducing the size of the land which they are in occupation of and asked the High Court to halt the process.
“The Kondo villagers stated that they have inhabited Kondo Communal Lands since time immemorial, where they lead a communal way of life and rely on and carry out subsistence farming as a source of livelihood and hence it would be cumbersome to survive in an urban setup as they have no capacity or the means to cope with the urban way of life.
The High court upheld their application interdicting the CRDC from urbanising Kondo Communal Lands.
CRDC and some officials from the department of Physical Planning, had already started surveying and pegging the residential stands in Kondo Communal Lands since the end of last year without informing the villagers.
The villagers were represented by Tariro Tazvitya of ZLHR.
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- Campaigning for Nigeria’s 2023 elections officially begins on Wednesday.
- Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso are the leading presidential hopefuls.
- President Muhammadu Buhari steps down after two terms in power.
With Nigeria’s economy struggling and insecurity rife, four top presidential candidates start campaigning this week for next February’s election in an open race to replace President Muhammadu Buhari.
Less than five months before the ballot, no clear frontrunner has emerged with major candidates all confronting challenges on their path to the top political seat in Africa’s most populous country.
After two terms, Buhari steps down with Nigeria battling high inflation, oil production at record lows and security forces battling jihadists, separatist gunmen and criminal gangs across the country.
Top candidates lining up are Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos governor and stalwart of the ruling All Progressives Congress or APC and opposition Peoples Democratic Party or PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president on his sixth bid.
Two other candidates are challenging the dominance of the APC and PDP: Peter Obi, a former state governor generating a following among young Nigerians and another ex-state governor and former minister Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Campaigning starts officially on Wednesday, but five months is an unusually long time for Nigeria, analysts say, increasing risks that party infighting and the north-south ethnic and religious divides will complicate the election buildup.
Since returning to democracy after military rule in 1999, Nigerian elections have been marked by violence, delays, fraud claims and court challenges.
Voter turnout has also been generally low in Nigeria — 33 percent in 2019 — and the two main parties have fielded older candidates seen by many younger Nigerians as offering little change.
That has left room for third party candidates to tap into growing anti-establishment feeling in what analysts see as a highly competitive electoral race.
There are 18 presidential candidates, including one woman. Voters will also elect Senate and Congress lawmakers in the February 25 ballot.
“Unlike the previous six election cycles, the 2023 vote is not likely to be the usual two-horse race,” said Dapo Thomas, history and political science teacher at Lagos university.
Divisions and splits
Nigeria’s constitution requires candidates to win a simple majority and 25 percent of the vote in two-thirds of the country, a nod to the ethnic and religious makeup.
North Nigeria is predominantly Muslim, the south is mostly Christain and there are more than 200 ethnicities, the largest being Yoruba, Hausa/Fulani and Igbo.
In an unwritten, power-sharing agreement known as “zoning”, the presidency has also traditionally rotated between north and south.
After two terms under Buhari, a Muslim from the northwest, it was widely expected major parties would select a presidential candidate from the south.
But the PDP broke with zoning by naming Abubakar, a northern Muslim. APC also broke with practice by going with a Muslim-Muslim ticket. Tinubu is a southern Muslim and his vice president candidate Kashim Shettima is also a Muslim.
The APC says Tinubu’s time as Lagos governor shows his political experience. But the ruling party must contend with discontent over management of the economy and tensions over its Muslim-only candidates.
“Strong anti-establishment sentiment will lend opposition candidates Atiku and Obi strong momentum at the start,” Eurasia Group said in a research note.
Eurasia added:But divisions among the opposition, incumbency advantages for the ruling party and strong campaign messaging by Tinubu will likely give the ruling party a boost.
PDP’s team says Abubakar has the public office experience and the business acumen to tackle Nigeria’s economy.
But the PDP is struggling with a major split. Abubakar’s victory has upset a core part of southern supporters, including Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike, an influential PDP stakeholder who has broken ranks.
PDP and APC “are dealing with quasi existential issues of their own, and important political and vote mobilisation blocks which are disaffected,” SBM Intelligence analyst Ikemesit Effiong said.
Obi’s campaign hopes their candidate can keep up his early momentum as an alternative. But his Labour Party does not have the political structure to match the APC and PDP nationwide.
“The 2023 general election will be a really difficult but seminal point in Nigeria’s evolving experiment with democracy,” SBM’s Effiong said.
“It has the hallmarks of ending well or ending really badly.”
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By Staff Reporter
WATER challenges continue to rock Sally Mugabe Central Hospital (formerly Harare Hospital) in a development emblematic of the wider crisis in the country’s healthcare sector.
NewZimbabwe.com is reliably informed that the country’s second largest referral hospital sometimes goes for days without tap or even borehole water.
“Today (Saturday) we have water, but we sometimes go for several days without supplies,” said a woman caring for a child who has been admitted at the hospital.
“I have been around for some time with my child who is admitted here and the situation is not good.
“We go for days without water; not even borehole water, and we do not know what the problem is.
She added, “Once in a while we get water from the doctors’ residences.
“Patients who are able walk have to go to get themselves water from the doctors’ residence.”
Harare Central Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Pasi, said he was not sure about the situation on the ground since he is currently out of the country.
“I am not really sure about the situation on the ground because I am currently out of the country and will only be able to confirm when I get back,” he said.
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“Anyways, the water challenge has always been there. It’s a perennial issue and sometimes it is not about us but the Harare City Council.”
When this publication visited the hospital, one of the doctors confirmed that patients were often provided buckets to fetch their own water.
“We have not had water for several weeks now, and most of the women who gave birth here are given containers to get water to use and also to bath their infants,” he said.
The hospital has been grappling with other various challenges, including the shortage of equipment and medicines.
Healthcare workers have also gone on strike this year, protesting the erosion of their salaries by hyperinflation and the fall in value of the Zimbabwe dollar.
Zimbabwe’s healthcare sector has struggled for years due to under funding and the flight abroad of doctors and nurses in search of better salaries.
Experts say the health crisis has its roots in the country’s wider economic collapse which is blamed on mismanagement by the Zanu PF government and rampant corruption.
“Government has continuously failed to invest in the health and other social sectors for decades, leaving many people dying of treatable diseases and a visit to some public clinics and hospitals confirms the deplorable state of the institutions,” said Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZ) in a recent statement.
“In some instances, there are no bandages, gloves, and syringes available and there are situations where patients are forced to wash and reuse bandages, increasing the risk of further infection.
“Most of the equipment at the public health institutions is archaic and has broken down after years of neglect of the sector.”
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By Erica Jecha
A manager with Harare City council was Monday dragged to court charged with attempted murder after he reportedly shot a patron at a city sports club.
Leonard Dahwa (54) appeared before Harare Magistrate Taurai Manuwere, who remanded him in custody to October 12.
He was advised to seek bail at the High Court after the State opposed bail, arguing Dahwa faced serious charges and was a flight risk.
According to court papers, the incident occurred on September 21 as Dahwa was drinking beer at Nyangani Night Club, Warren Park One.
He then had an altercation with the victim whose identity has not been revealed.
In a fit of rage, Dahwa rushed to his vehicle and armed himself with a gun which he fired at the victim three times hitting his neck and cheek.
He then got into his vehicle and sped off.
According to court papers, the victim was rushed to hospital by his friends.
He is currently admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital, where his condition was said to be critical.
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By Alois Vinga
CRISIS in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) has called on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to scale up the struggle for democracy as the Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO) bill nears enactment into law.
Government has defended the move to place the NGOs under scrutiny, arguing that the majority are meddling in the country’s politics and in some instances diverting donor funds for personal use.
In a recent update, legal watchdog Veritas said records show the Speaker’s ruling in parliament on the PVO Bill delivered on Tuesday 20th September, cleared the way for the Bill to be passed through the Third Reading Stage which will pave the way for the document to be sent to the Senate.
Tracking progress this past week, Veritas said the Bill was not dealt with on Wednesday and Thursday.
“The delay may have been caused by the need to produce a consolidated version of the Bill, with the extensive amendments made by a depleted National Assembly on 26th July.
“Whatever the explanation for the delay, the Bill remains on the next National Assembly Order Paper, for Tuesday 27th September,” said Veritas.
The legal watchdog said in both the National Assembly and the Senate, the Third Reading of a Bill is usually a formality.
Speaking exclusively to NewZimbabwe.com CiZC chairman, Peter Mutasa called on other NGOs to escalate the fight against the bill, warning that all the post-independence democracy gains risk being recalled.
He said CSOs are aware that the authoritarian regime is determined to pull the nation back into totalitarian rule reminiscent of the Rhodesian colonial rule.
“The regime is aware that it no longer enjoys any ideological hegemony and only relies on coercion for it to stay in power.
“There is no option for Zimbabwean citizens than to scale up the struggle for democracy. This Bill is an attack on everyone, the many people who benefited from NGOs’ work. These are the most vulnerable sectors of society too,” he said.
Mutasa said it is therefore important for citizens to unite against the dictatorship and ensure that democracy is realised soon.
“Colonial rule ended, apartheid rule ended and surely the dictatorship shall also end. On our part, we will continue with our work and objective of seeking a democratic developmental Zimbabwe,” he added.
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Bar owner jailed for murdering rowdy imbiber and stage managing suicide; body found hanging from pub ceiling
By Staff Reporter
HARARE: A pub owner was recently caged for an effective 15 years following conviction for strangling his customer to death over rowdy behaviour.
Talent Nyamombe was jailed by High Court judge Justice Moses Foroma after a full trial during which he denied killing his client Benjamin Chandimhara, insisting that the latter committed suicide.
Chandimhara was found hanging from the ceiling in Nyamombe’s bar on December 23 2016.
A postmortem confirmed that he did not die from strangulation, pointing to the fact that he was dead before before he was hanged.
The State proved that on 23 December 2016, the deceased Chandimhara went to Gute Nite Club in Ziko Dema after having left his house in over a week without notifying his wife of his whereabouts.
According to evidence presented in court by witnesses identified as Kurai Chota, Fradreck Muzoriwa and Nomsa Besa, before his death, the deceased conducted himself in a rowdy manner and got in various altercations in the bar.
It was Muzoriwa’s evidence that around the early hours of the morning, Chandimhara got into a physical altercation with some of the patrons in the bar.
It was during the fight that he threw a chair and missed the target, hitting a table which broke down.
Court heard this prompted Nyamombe to close the bar early, complaining that Chandimhara had damaged his property but refused to pay for the damaged.
Witnesses also said Nyamombe vowed that Chandimhara would not get away with what he had done.
Court heard Nyamombe dismissed everyone else from the club but forced Chandimhara to remain behind.
Chandimhara was found hanged the following day.
Court was convinced that Nyamombe killed Chandimhara.
“According to the pathologist’s testimony, the deceased did not die from strangulation, nor did he die from complete hanging.
“Accused prevented the deceased from leaving the bar and only the accused can explain what happened to the deceased after he remained in the bar which had been closed.
“The pathologist did not find evidence of self hanging in this case.
“Be that as it may, the accused’s story is not believable.In fact, it does not have any ring of truth and is self contradictory .
“The court finds that the accused’s defence is beyond doubt false and one which was fabricated in an effort to escape blame for the deceased’s death.”
Nyamombe, through his lawyer Fortune Murisi, has since filed an appeal against conviction and sentence at the Supreme Court.
He denied the version of events presented in court, claiming that Chandimhara had asked him for a place to sleep as he was afraid of being beaten by the people he had provoked.
He further claimed that he was also shocked to find Chandimhara hanging the following morning.
By Bulawayo Correspondent
YOUTHS from main political parties in Zimbabwe came together in Bulawayo Saturday to condemn political violence ahead of next year presidential elections.
Speaking at a peace-building meeting organised by a local non-governmental organisation, the youths pledged to shun political violence ahead of the crunch ballot.
Zanu PF national youth league executive member, Munashe Mtudza, commended the initiative.
“This initiative by 4H Zimbabwe is good because it involves young people in trying to address issues to deal with peace in the country especially now that we are nine months before next year’s elections which by all manner and purposes looks like there may be some instances of violence,” he said.
“…as we go towards 2023 we come together with an understanding that we are brothers before we become members from different political entities.
“We as Zanu PF youths, obviously follow in the lead from our President Emmerson Mnangagwa who has always said as we go for elections there is no room for violence politically or otherwise. We need to coexist regardless of political affiliation.”
MDC-T youth national spokesperson, Nqobizitha Mazibeli added; “Yes ,we can make a peace pledge here, if people decide to breach that there is nothing that happens after that.
“So, in future if we can have these pledges, let’s follow legal parameters and have these discussions binding so that it doesn’t become just a waste of time. Let’s have these issues also raised in parliament so that it all becomes binding.”
The initiative was also supported by Eric Gono from the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).
“This a very good initiative but it needs a bit of honesty in terms of implementation because more often we have heard these platforms where youths come and converge after that we see violence escalating,” he said.
“A lot needs to be done in terms of empowering youths because you realise that a lot of these youths involved in violence are not fighting for themselves but fighting for the elderly. So we need youths to be more focused instead of being used by others.”
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By Associated Press
GENEVA: The global soccer players’ union and the group representing domestic leagues around the world have teamed up to strengthen their voice in negotiations involving off-field politics such as the international match calendar.
The FIFPRO union and World Leagues Forum signed a new labor agreement at the United Nations’ International Labor Organization on Monday that they said will “stabilize the professional football environment by strengthening employer and employee representatives on a worldwide level and promoting fair conditions of employment in football.”
The ILO said it was “the first global agreement on working conditions and rights of professional football players.”
The move comes after years of tournament expansions and failed proposals for new competitions left many soccer officials feeling sidelined and active players saying their opinions were ignored.
Some of the failed proposals that have divided the soccer world include the European Super League, biennial World Cups, a $25 billion overhaul of FIFA competitions, adding more teams and co-hosts to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and a Champions League reform plan in 2019 that would have locked in some wealthy clubs to guaranteed entries.
FIFPRO and the domestic leagues have seats on FIFA’s stakeholder committee and UEFA’s strategy council, but the status of those panels has declined.
The aim of the new partnership is to “actively pursue equitable representation in international decision-making,” the 66-nation FIFPRO union said in a statement.
The ILO said it could be called upon to provide expert advice on how to implement the agreement.
“This agreement will promote more meaningful involvement for employer and employee representatives in international football governance,” ILO director general Guy Ryder said.
Under the banner of a “Global Labor Agreement,” an executive panel is expected to meet within weeks to discuss issues including the FIFA-managed calendar for national-team games.
The FIFA calendar mandates when clubs must release players to their national teams in an increasingly congested program of domestic and international competitions.
The current calendar expires in 2024 but the debate on its renewal became tangled up last year in FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s push to double the number of World Cups. French coaching great Arsene Wenger also worked on FIFA’s plan to restructure soccer for the 211 national members and favor more tournaments over qualifying games.
Other issues for the new labor panel to address in men’s and women’s soccer include employment standards, managing concussion and head injuries, tackling discrimination, racism and abuse on and off the field, and other forms of abuse, the Geneva-based ILO said.
“We are committed to supporting the ambitions of both organizations to implement fair working conditions and to promote social dialogue in professional football,” said Jerome Perlemuter, general secretary of the Zurich-based World Leagues Forum. It has 44 members including the top European leagues and Major League Soccer.
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By Associated Press
TALLINN: Long lines of cars on roads snaking to Russia’s border crossings with Georgia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, and similar queues at airports.
Angry demonstrations — not just in Moscow and St. Petersburg — but in the remote far north province of Yakutia and in the poor, southern region of Dagestan, with women chasing a police officer and shouting, “No to war!”
A gunman who opened fire in an enlistment office in a Siberian city and gravely wounded the military commandant, saying, “We will all go home now.”
Five days after President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization to call up hundreds of thousands of reservists to fight in Ukraine, the move has triggered outraged protests, a fearful exodus and acts of violence across the vast country.
“Panic. All the people I know are in panic,” said David, a Russian who gave only his first name out of fear of reprisals, in an interview with The Associated Press at a border crossing with Georgia. “We are running from the regime that kills people.”
While the Kremlin had wanted to promote its orchestrated referendums in occupied parts of Ukraine as a joyful event, with those regions expected to join Russia in a move similar to the annexation of Crimea in 2014, it instead is dealing with instability and chaos at home.
State-run rallies were held in Moscow and other cities celebrating the referendums even before the the conclusion of several days of balloting that has been denounced as pre-ordained, phony and illegitimate by Kyiv and the West.
In his address on Wednesday announcing the mobilization, Putin said the Kremlin would “support” the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson in their push to be incorporated into Russia.
But the mood in Russia has been anything but festive.
Fears are running high that Moscow might close the borders to men of fighting age after the referendums in Ukraine end, prompting long lines of cars at Russia’s frontiers. Telegram chats dedicated to some of these crossings swelled with thousands of new users.
The lines apparently persisted Monday. The online service Yandex Maps showed a 18-kilometre traffic jam on a road in Russia’s region of North Ossetia that leads up to the border with Georgia, and the regional branch of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, deployed an armoured red vehicle to the crossing.
Officials told Russia’s RBC news site that the action came “just in case the reservists want to break through the (border) checkpoint and leave the country without completing any border formalities,” promising not to restrict any exits.
“Call-up notices are being served to everyone. Nobody knows who will receive one tomorrow and therefore we decided with friends for the time being to rest in a beautiful country,” said Roman Isif, a Russian who crossed into Larsi, Georgia, in an interview with AP.
Long queues and crowds were reported Sunday in at least two of four Moscow airports. Tickets to destinations still available to Russians after the European Union halted all direct flights – such as Turkey, Armenia, Serbia and Dubai – have been sold out for days, despite exorbitant prices.
Although state television painted a rosy picture of the mobilization drive, with Russia 1 TV on Sunday showing crowds of eager men lining up to enlist “in almost every region,” the reality was different.
Enlistment offices and other administrative buildings have been set on fire since the start of the call-up. Although such incidents, usually involving Molotov cocktails, have been common during the 7-month-old invasion, they have grown in number and frequency after Putin’s speech.
Russian independent news outlets counted at least 17 such incidents in recent days, on top of 37 before the mobilization was announced.
A man walked into the enlistment office in the Siberian city of Ust-Ilimsk and opened fire, shooting the military commandant at close range.
Russian media reported the man, identified as Ruslan Zinin, 25, was upset that his best friend who didn’t have any combat experience was called up. Authorities have said such experience would be the main criteria for the mobilization.
Zinin, who was arrested, reportedly said, “No one will go fighting,” and “We will all go home now.” His victim was hospitalized in intensive care in an “extremely grave” condition, the reports said.
Also on Monday, a man at a bus station in Ryazan, a city about 200 kilometres southeast of Moscow, reportedly doused himself with a flammable liquid and set himself on fire, shouting he didn’t want to take part in Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine. He reportedly sustained minor injuries and was detained by police.
As troubling as these incidents are, it is the spread of protests to far-flung strongholds of Putin’s base of support that could be more concerning for the Kremlin, with women confronting authorities about “taking our sons.” Although the mobilization was said to total about 300,000 men, some media reports claim the authorities plan to muster more than 1 million, which Moscow denied.
Even though initial demonstrations against the mobilization were brutally suppressed by police, with hundreds detained shortly after it was announced, more have broken out in various regions. Over the weekend, women rallied against the call-up in the remote province of Yakutia in Russia’s far north.
In Mahachkala, the capital of the predominantly Muslim province of Dagestan, a crowd of women in headscarves gathered Sunday, chanting “No to war.” Some of them chased a police officer away from the protest, while others stood in front of a police car, preventing it from moving and demanding the release of detained protesters inside.
Protests in Dagestan continued Monday, with demonstrators clashing with police. Outrage also spilled into the streets of another North Caucasus region, Kabardino-Balkaria. Video showed a crowd of women surrounding a man in a suit, identified by the media as a local official, with one screaming: “Do you know where you’re sending him?” — an apparent reference to someone close to her being mobilized.
Putin is “risking a lot by announcing mobilization, he’s losing support, he’s creating a pre-revolutionary situation – protests, arson incidents at enlistment offices,” political analyst Abbas Gallyamov told AP.
Given the atmosphere of instability and Russia’s recent battlefield setbacks, the referendums in Ukraine are unlikely to have any influence on public opinion, he said.
“No one needs these referendums – not the Russian public, not even the patriots anymore,” Gallyamov added. aid.
Andrei Kolesnikov, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, pointed out that polls indicate about half the Russian people unconditionally support the war, with about a third whose backing comes with caveats.
The latter constitutes “a reservoir of doubt and discontent,” Kolesnikov told AP. “It is already clear that the mobilization is not partial, and if this becomes more and more obvious, then the mood may begin to change. Putin is taking a big risk.”
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By Associated Press
LONDON: The pound is taking a pounding.
The British currency has taken a plunge, sliding against the U.S. dollar to touch an all-time low. It’s a sign of the alarm in financial markets over new Prime Minister Liz Truss’ emergency budget measures unveiled last week aimed at jump-starting the ailing economy.
Investors are spooked by a sweeping package of tax cuts likely to cost tens of billions of pounds in extra government borrowing and amounts to a risky gamble to stave off a looming recession.
But that’s not all. The currency chaos is playing out against the wider backdrop of the dollar’s rally to a two-decade high.
Here’s a look at what it all means:
Many Britons are struggling amid soaring inflation driven by rising prices for food and energy, in a cost-of-living crisis that’s been dubbed the worst in a generation.
The pound’s slump threatens to make it even worse. One of the most visible ways is by feeding into the energy crisis because oil and natural gas is priced in dollars. The impact is being felt at the pump.
British drivers are paying 5 pounds ($5.45) more on average to fill up their cars since the beginning of the year as the pound has fallen, according to an analysis by motoring association AA. U.K. gas prices would be at least 9 pence per liter cheaper if the pound was still at its mid-February level of $1.35, compared with the now-outdated $1.14 level that the group used last week for its calculation.
“There’s every chance that a falling pound will make life more expensive,” said Sarah Coles, senior personal finance analyst at financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown. Anything bought from overseas — components, raw materials, supermarket staples and household basics — will be pricier.
“These rising costs will feed into higher prices, and push inflation even higher,” Coles said. “For anyone whose budget was already stretched to breaking point, this will mean even more pain at the tills.”
Finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng hopes that big tax cuts will spur economic growth and generate wealth, but the sliding pound raises the possibility that will be offset if the central bank steps in with bigger-than-expected interest rate increases.
Some analysts are speculating rates could rise as high as 6% by next spring, a sharp contrast to the near zero level they were at just a few years ago. Rising rates mean many homeowners face bigger monthly mortgage bills, leaving them less to spend on other goods and services.
HOW LOW CAN IT GO?
Fifteen years ago, 1 British pound was able to buy $2. Now, the pound is getting closer to parity with the greenback, a once-unthinkable event and a psychologically important milestone. The pound has tumbled more than 5% since the government outlined its economic plans Friday, dropping as low as $1.0373 early Monday, before bouncing back to above $1.06.
The markets are raising the prospect that the two currencies might soon reach equal footing. A lot of the decline has been driven by the strength of the dollar, which has climbed against a wide range of other currencies as the U.S. Federal Reserve aggressively raises rates, drawing interest from investors fleeing riskier assets.
The euro, for example, has been on a similar trajectory to the pound, having fallen below parity with the dollar recently and then hitting a fresh 20-year low Monday.
The pound has dropped more than most, though, because of local factors. Investors are alarmed at Kwarteng’s “lack of focus on fiscal prudence,” which outweighs any optimism about his pro-growth, anti-red tape agenda, said Victoria Scholar, head of investment at interactive investor.
“On top of being bullish towards the dollar, the international investor community is now also very bearish towards the pound amid fears about the UK’s economic outlook and investment case,” Scholar said.
TUG OF WAR
The plummeting pound highlights what analysts are calling a “tug of war” between Britain’s Treasury and the central bank, which has independence from the government to operate free of political influence.
The Truss government is gambling that slashing taxes and borrowing more to pay for it will kick-start economic growth as a recession looms.
That puts government officials at odds with the Bank of England, where policymakers are trying to rein in inflation that threatens financial stability by raising interest rates, with seven hikes so far this year and more in the pipeline.
The central bank said Monday that it wouldn’t hesitate to raise interest rates by as much as needed at its next meeting in November, which did little to soothe markets. An interim meeting to decide on an emergency rate hike could be needed, “though that would risk escalating tensions with the new government,” said Jeremy Lawson, chief economist at asset manager abrdn.
“There are no good options from here, just less bad ones, with the U.K.’s already struggling household and businesses left to pick up the pieces,” Lawson said.
IS THERE ANY UPSIDE?
British exports will be cheaper for buyers paying in dollars. But the economic impact is likely to be limited, given that the United Kingdom runs a trade deficit with the rest of the world by importing more than it exports.
It’ll be a lot cheaper for foreign visitors, especially Americans. Pub beers, theater tickets for shows in London’s West End, and hotel bills will be more affordable for tourists.
And for investors and wealthy people, the slumping pound makes it cheaper to buy real estate in Britain, especially in exclusive London neighborhoods that have long been favored by the global superrich.
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HARARE: The Chamber of Chinese Enterprises in Zimbabwe in partnership with Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe will host a job fair next month to give local youth the opportunity to find jobs within Chinese firms.
Dubbed the China-Stanbic Job Fair, the event will run on Oct. 14-15 at Stanbic Park in the leafy Borrowdale suburb of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.
“The China-Stanbic job fair is about giving our youth opportunities to find employment within Chinese-owned companies,” Stanbic Bank said in a notice. “The job fair will also allow the showcasing of different Chinese and Zimbabwean companies and what they have to offer.”
The Chamber of Chinese Enterprises in Zimbabwe is a grouping of Chinese-owned businesses operating in the country.
Last month, the China Africa Economic and Culture Exchange Research Center in Harare and Victory Milestone Recruitment also hosted an inaugural two-day Zimbabwe Job Fair to facilitate face-to-face interaction between local job seekers and potential employers.
Fifty companies, including 25 Chinese-run enterprises, attended the fair which also attracted high school students seeking career guidance ahead of tertiary education.
Victory Milestone Recruitment marketing director Donald Rushambwa said the fair presented employers with a platform through which they could tap into the vast human resources that the country offered.
Chinese investment in Zimbabwe has been growing over the years, underpinned by the cordial relations that exist between the two countries.
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By Times LiveZim government has sent a consular team to Limpopo to investigate and help repatriate the dead
The Zimbabwean government has expressed its dismay after three of its nationals were burnt beyond recognition in Chavani Village in Elim, Limpopo, on September 17.
The three men had been accused of stealing solar panels and electricity cables.
“The ministry is distressed with sad reports of the death of our three nationals in SA. We have since dispatched a consular team to Makhado, Limpopo. The team managed to visit Waterval police station. The police officers who were on the evening shift are said to have confirmed [the incident].
“The team will engage the investigating officer to establish the identities of the three victims. The bodies of the three individuals are at Elim government mortuary. Several Zimbabweans are said to have fled the Tshavhani Village to various unknown locations.”
Zimbabwean authorities said while the number of those who fled remains unknown, the team established that 10 people fled to a village called Mashamba Thema, where a SA family is said to have accommodated them.
“The team is working on establishing contacts with families of the deceased to assist with repatriation. Consultations are under way with local authorities relating to those who have camped at the police station,” read the statement.
The consular team also said it is engaging with civil society organisations Lawyers for Human Rights and Red Cross Society, who have been working with the victims since the disturbances started.
GroundUp reported that, more than 200 migrants had fled into the bush around Elim fearing for their lives. The group was reportedly prepared to leave SA but could not afford the cost.
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By Evening Standard (UK)The British-Zimbabwean comedian found social media superstardom on Instagram with his politically-sharp satirical skits. A million followers later, he’s breaking through into the mainstream. Serena Kutchinsky meets him
Munya Chawawa is an unlikely heartthrob. Best-known for his satirical skewering of everyone from politicians to celebrity chefs, the social media star is hot property. Having racked up millions of followers with his ability to turnaround hot takes in record time, he is on the brink of transitioning from viral sensation to household name.
Propelling him along is a winning combination of ambition, creativity and Big Eyebrow Energy. “They’re my furry calling card,” he explains, after I ask why he famously describes his eyebrows as “erotic” on his Instagram profile. “I get lots of DMs from people begging me to let them handle my ‘brows. I still haven’t figured out if they mean sexually or they just want to thread them.”
In person, Munya, 29, is magnetic. He talks fast and fizzes with energy. His clothes are bold and bright – a colourful shirt with psychedelic flowers and loose, patterned trousers. “I have so many ideas fireworking inside my brain – I have to let them out otherwise I get aggy,” he says.
This British Zimbabwean’s breakthrough moment came during the pandemic, when his parody of Matt Hancock’s rule-breaking, extramarital affair went massively viral. For the uninitiated, it’s a razor-sharp rework of Shaggy’s reggae hit, It Wasn’t Me, with lines like: ”How could I forget I wasn’t wearing any PPE, Though she hadn’t had her vaccination, She got a little prick from me.”
“That video was the perfect storm,” he says. “I woke up, planning a relaxing day and saw a blurry image of Hancock writhing against a wall. I opened Twitter and everyone was screaming at me in capital letters, ‘MUNYA WAKE UP’. The song and lyrics came perfectly and my editor worked on demon time, which means super speedy.”
The video was posted within hours of the story breaking, earning Munya the title of “fastest man on the internet”. He passed the million follower mark on Instagram in April and has a tight-knit circle of mates who test out his new material. He sends sneak previews of sketches in the group chat and expects instant feedback. “I’m the most demanding man on WhatsApp,” he laughs. “If you don’t answer me in three seconds, you will receive a bombardment of messages.”
After Hancock, the Partygate saga inspired several other viral hits. When Boris Johnson finally resigned, he turned an Outkast classic into the spicily titled Getta Outta Hey Ya by Kast-Out, which became one of his most-watched videos ever. The pace at which he puts out content is relentless, it looks exhausting from the outside. He’s been with his girlfriend, who reportedly works in music management, for six years. How does she feel about the increasing demands on his time and his new pin-up status? She, along with his family, has been “very patient”, he says.
“I think that’s what’s allowed me to put in the graft now,” he says. “I saw a clip of Lee Evans recently saying he’s going to step back to spend more time with his family. I think that’s nice… there’s definitely value in making time for the people who’ve invested in you.”
When I point out that Lee Evans is 58, which means his girlfriend is going to have to wait till he is a pensioner for him to slow down, he laughs. “Yeah, god knows, to be honest the eyebrows might take me to places and remits I never thought of,” he jokes, before correcting himself. “But no, I see the value in the people who were there from the start, and in having these long-term relationships where you can really build something.”
Nobody is safe from Munya, it seems, except the late Queen. Never one to hold back from sending-up the royal family in the past, he shied away from covering anything related to her death despite his followers sharing their frustrations with him about the closure of food banks and cancellation of hospital appointments. When we met, he said his “satirical cogs” were ticking but was still reluctant to go there. Is this a sign that in a bid for more mainstream success, Munya is losing his edge?
“I never knew what to expect from that situation,” he concedes. “But some of the twists and turns will definitely end up in a Netflix series. Charlie Booker is probably scrambling to his desk at this minute.” Doesn’t he want to beat the Black Mirror creator to it? After all, Munya is the master of the fast turnaround.
The Queen’s death left his online audience feeling conflicted, he explains, and there was no unifying mood in his “echo chamber”. “My job is to sit down and listen, and when I feel I’m able to convey how people are feeling and make them feel represented – that’s when I act,” he explains. As for the media’s treatment of Meghan and Harry, he’s covered that in the past and isn’t ready to revisit it but admits to feeling wound-up by the ongoing criticism of the couple. “On a scale of Meghan Markel holding hands with Prince Harry to people getting mad that the Little Mermaid isn’t white – the world is a bit confused right now.”
It’s Munya’s ability to translate that confusion into sketches that are clever, funny and painfully perceptive that has won him a legion of fans. Growing up, he was the head boy of every school he attended. Aged 11, he moved with his family from Zimbabwe to a posh Norfolk village. Dealing with the reactions of his classmates to, what he calls, “cultural differences,” honed his nascent comedic talent. “I was asked if I rode a lion to school,” he says, with a faint laugh. “I would just say, ‘yeah – the lion’s parked outside’ and ask them if they wanted to see it.” But shrugging off those comments at such a young age must have taken a toll?
“I don’t take offence easily,” he explains. ”I didn’t think people were trying to be malicious or that I was at school with a budding EDL mob. I just thought it was curiosity.” But there is the occasional flash of anger at those who underestimated him in his early career. There is a rumour that he has an actual hit list of those who have wronged him, like Arya Stark’s Kill List in Game of Thrones. He laughs off that idea but admits those early injustices are part of what drives him: “When I am taking on a new goal or challenge, I think about the people who would say – ‘bud this ain’t your thing’.”
He gives the example of an employer who fired him from a presenting job because he was too smart. Munya says he was let go because despite being “streetwise” he sounded like he was smart. The boss explained that the show’s audience couldn’t relate to a presenter who embodied both those qualities. “I thought, I will show you that you can be a personality who taps into trends and is street smart, but is also intelligent and articulate. Those are things that can coexist. I see those traits in all of my black peers.”
He references the YouTube series he made last year, Race Around Britain, as an example of how his work dissects the Black British experience. There are some eye-popping moments in the BAFTA-nominated show, like when he hosts a game of “microaggression bingo” in a Welsh village hall which ends with the winner shouting “I’m not a racist”. The aim was to use comedy to open people’s eyes without making them feel attacked. “Warmth and understanding are my weird superpowers,” he says.
That warmth seeps through into even his most unlikely parodies. His ability to transform into TV chef Nigella Lawson saved him from his first on-stage death at this year’s Latitude Festival. “I’d heard stories about what it takes to be a stand up and thought I needed that baptism of fire,” he says.
“So, I’m in front of this predominantly white middle-class crowd making jokes about durags and being from Zimbabwe, which for some reason aren’t resonating. My mouth is dry and in my mind if the whole crowd isn’t roaring it’s not going well. Towards the end of my set, I pull out my Nigella-shaped weapon – which happens to be a black t-shirt – put it on my head and suddenly everyone is in hysterics because I’m talking about making beans on toast in a sexual manner.”
In terms of the future, it’s hard to predict where Munya will go next. He is the epitome of the side-hustling millennial with presenting gigs (BAFTAs), comedy slots (Latitude, Reading) and serious acting roles (Netflix’s Sandman) already on his CV. This week he adds TV to the mix with his appearance in the new series of cult comedy show, Taskmaster. Does he feel the need to focus?
“My goal is to be known as a comedian and sell out arenas in five years time, although maybe entertainer is more fitting. I want to be uncontainble” he says. And his ambitions don’t stop there – his ten-year plan includes a world tour, conquering the US and hosting his own chat show. He could even be tempted into politics if Donald Trump threatens a bid for the 2024 US election. “I’m going to team up with The Rock in a joint presidential bid to take Trump down,” he jokes. “Which makes sense because we’re basically body doubles.”
When I point out that although his biceps aren’t as big as The Rock’s he is now officially a heartthrob, who my friends – specifically my mum’s WhatsApp group – were envious I was getting to share a sofa with, he falls silent. “Wow. Pin-up Munya Chawawa. When I was younger, I got so few matches on Tinder that I wrote to its developers to ask if there was a problem with my app. Going from that to hearing some mums find me remotely attractive, is a personal milestone.”
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By Staff Reporter
BUSINESSMAN, Gilad Shabtai embroiled in a nasty fight over control of Adlecraft Investments with his erstwhile partner Ofer Sivan says there is nothing for the latter to celebrate in winning a default judgment against him.
This follows a default judgment in favour of Sivan by High Court judge Justice Tawanda Chitapi last week.
Shabtai said the judgement was obtained without being determined on merits.
Through his lawyer Admire Rubaya Shabtai said they will be taking action to correct circumstances leading to a default judgement being entered against them.
“This is a judgment wherein the court has not dealt with the merits of the case. It is a technical judgment which was, in our view, granted in error, as we shall expose in due course.
“Our client asserts that the other party, Ofer Sivan, knows very well that our client has an unassailable defence that is why he has rushed to snatch a technical judgment wherein he did not endeavour to inform the other party of the set down of that matter for hearing,” he said.
“Now that there is an order granted in default we shall take the necessary steps to approach the court and rectify this error.
“We have realised that the other party has gone to town celebrating a technical judgment in circumstances where that party did not place before the court the whole gamut of circumstances relating to the matter,” Rubaya said.
Adlecraft Investments provides contract mining services as well as land clearing and land preparation for agriculture.
Sivan alleges fellow directors Shabtai and Gonyora whom he included into his company fraudulently took out US$1.3 million from the company after opening an account with a microfinance institution and laundered it.
He was however in court over similar allegations and a Harare magistrate refused further remand.
Sivan then approached the High Court citing Shabtai and Gonyora as respondents seeking the court to remove the two as directors of the company and to declare them to have committed acts of fraud against the company between March 2021 and August 2021.
He also sought the court to declare the two to have misappropriated funds for the company amounting to US$ 1,3 million and for them to reimburse the funds with interest at five percent per annum from the date of summons to the date of payment.
Shabtai and Gonyora entered an appearance to defend the claim and made a special plea challenging Sivan’s locus standi in the matter.
A default judgement was then delivered in his favour.
The High Court ordered Shabtai to pay back US$1,3 million, company funds he allegedly abused.
The judge in default also ruled that Shabtai and his other partner Munyaradzi Gonyora had “committed acts of fraud between March and August 2021.”
Shabtai and Gonyora however argue that Sivan is not a shareholder of the company for him to institute such an action.
“He is not a shareholder in, or a member of, the Second Plaintiff (Adlecraft) at all as required by section 61(3)(b) and (c) of the Companies and Other Business Entities Act (Chapter 24:31) to institute a derivative action.
“He does not hold at least ten (10) percent of the shareholding in the Second Plaintiff as required by section 61(3)(c) of the Companies and Other Business Entities Act (Chapter 24:31) to institute a derivative action.
“If the present action is not a derivative action the First Plaintiff (Sivan) cannot sue for wrongs done to the company as in all instances outside the derivative action, the proper Plaintiff for wrongs done to the company is the company itself.
The two also argue that a company cannot be a plaintiff in a derivative action to protect its rights as this defeats the purpose of the derivative action since the company will be able to sue to protect its rights and interests.
By Staff Reporter
THE High Court has stopped the trial of Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) members, Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri accused of faking their abduction before publishing falsehoods.
This has been done to allow the hearing of their application for review against a magistrate’s ruling dismissing the duo’s application for discharge.
They had applied for discharge on the basis that the evidence, which was provided by the State, did not establish a case against them, but Chief Magistrate Faith Mushure ruled the two had a case to answer.
High Court Judge, Justice Priscilla Munangati-Manongwa allowed the staying of their trial.
The application for review will be heard on November 17, 2022.
“The trial proceedings against the applicants in Case No. CRB ACC 45-46/20 in the Magistrates Court be and is hereby stayed pending the determination of the application for review in HC 6207/22.
“Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Revai Chimbiri shall file a complete transcript of the trial proceedings not later than 7 October 2022.
“Chief Magistrate and the State to file opposition papers in HC 6207/22 by 21 October 2022.
“Mamombe and Chimbiri shall file answering affidavits not later than 28 October 2022 and to file Heads of Arguments in the review matter by 4 November 2022 and the Chief Magistrate and the state to file Heads of Argument by 11 November 2022,”said the judge.
The two are being accused of faking their abduction in 2020 in a bid to soil President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration.
Mamombe and Chimbiri were arrested together with their friend, Netsai Marova, who is now in self-exile.
They insist they were arrested at a roadblock near Harare Show Grounds by suspected State security officers, who tortured them before dumping the trio at a shopping centre near Bindura.
Medical affidavits show they were brutally assaulted to an extent they were unable to walk, and spent several days in hospital, before their discharge.
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By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ally and former Affirmative Action Group (AAG) leader Mike Chimombe has been arrested on allegations of fraud.
Chimombe was picked up from his Borrowdale Brooke residency by Criminal Investigative Detectives on Monday after allegedly refusing to be arrested by uniformed Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers.
He is being accused of defrauding a Harare businessman Brian Marungamise of US$16, 900 in a botched transaction for a housing stand.
Chimombe allegedly sold a non-existent stand to Marungamise.
Marungamise is said to have paid US$16,900 for the stand in Tynwald, before discovering that he had been swindled.
Posting on twitter, the Zimbabwe Republic Police confirmed the arrest and said he was arrested together with his brother Steven Chimombe and Heymish Katsande.
“The ZRP confirms the arrest of Mike Chimombe (41) for fraudulent land deals which occurred between August 2020 and December 2021 in Harare where the complainant was duped US$16 900.
“The other suspects, Heymish Katsande (33) and Steven Chimombe (33) were arrested in July 2022 and have already appeared in court where the matter was remanded to 26 October 2022,” ZRP said.
Chimombe was recently in the eye of an adultery scandal after he allegedly impregnated his wife’s younger sister.
Back in 2021, he was also accused of attempted rape after he tried forcing a teenager girl to film him while he was having sex with his lover and also tried luring him to join them.