1 December 2015
A WOMAN from Avoca in Filabusi under Chief Maduna has been locked up in remand cells, pending trial for attempted murder after she allegedly dumped her baby in a pit latrine, claiming she was not able to sustain him since she was unemployed.
The woman, Perceive Musariwa (20), was not asked to plead to the charge of attempted murder, when she appeared before Filabusi resident magistrate Mzingaye Moyo on Friday.
The magistrate remanded her in custody to December 11, to appear before Gwanda provincial magistrate for trial.
She was advised to apply to the High Court for bail.
Prosecutor Smart Tafireyi told the court that on the night of last Tuesday, Musariwa went to the Washington co-operative garden, at Sidzibe in Filabusi with her child.
She then threw the naked baby into a pit latrine with the intention to kill him.
She went back home unnoticed.
The child was discovered by other villagers, who went to the garden the following day and they heard him crying in the pit latrine.
With the assistance of the neighbourhood watch committee members, they jointly retrieved the baby who was smeared with human waste all over the body.
Further investigations were made and Musariwa was interrogated, as she was the only person in the village who had given birth recently.
It was later discovered that she no longer had the child and could not explain the child’s whereabouts.
This led to her arrest.
30 November 2015
A MWENEZI man, who was caught having sex with a donkey, left a court in stitches when he said the donkey was his only partner as he did not have a girlfriend.
“I resorted to bestiality to quench my sexual appetite because I don’t have a girlfriend,” said Munyaradzi Chidhani, 24, drawing guffaws from the gallery.
Mwenezi resident Magistrate Honest Musiiwa convicted Chidhani of Magodhonge Village under Chief Chitanga, on his own plea of guilty to bestiality.
He sentenced him to 12 months in jail for the offence and suspended four months for five years on condition of good behaviour.
The magistrate commuted the remaining eight months to 280 hours of community service.
Prosecuting, Willard Chasi said early this month, Chidhani found a female donkey grazing in a field and took it for a wife.
“On November, 8, Chidhani who was alone found a female donkey in the fields. He tied a rope around its neck before tying it to a mopani tree nearby,” said Chasi.
The court heard that Chidhani became intimate with the animal.
A villager, Benjamin Sendeke, who was checking a boundary fence on his plot found Chidhani in the act.
“Chidhani attempted to run away after realising that Sendeke had seen him.
“Sendeke gave chase, caught him and took him to the owner of the donkey, Tsungirirai Nyoni,” he said.
Nyoni took Chidhani to the police leading to his arrest.
The rope he used to tie the donkey together with a stone he was standing on to reach the animal’s back were available in court as exhibits.
Source: The Chronicle
Three members of the Johane Marange Apostolic Church were killed by lightning while at their church gathering in Munetsi Village under Chief Nyamukoho in Mudzi on Sunday.
Rachel Magasu (22), Emmanuel Magasu (2) and Cathrine Mavhengera (24), had gone to worship at a place popularly known as Masowe, when they were struck by a bolt of lightning while in the tent hiding from heavy rains that pounded the area on the fateful day.
29 November 2015
First Lady Grace Mugabe’s growing involvement in the goings-on in the ruling Zanu PF belie both her higher leadership ambitions despite her protestations to the contrary, as well as her anxiety about a future without President Robert Mugabe, analysts say.
Speaking to the Daily News on Sunday yesterday in the wake of Zanu PF’s worsening factional and succession wars, as well as the party’s tumultuous politburo meeting last Wednesday — where she clashed with Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri — the analysts said her ongoing countrywide rallies were also meant to shore up her power in the former liberation movement.
“It seems Grace may be driven by both ambition and fear of a post-Mugabe era, and she probably believes the best way to secure her future is to succeed her husband. But that is a huge political gamble that could backfire massively,” senior Africa researcher at the New York-based Human Rights Watch, Dewa Mavhinga, said.
“To understand what is happening in Zanu PF and Grace’s political plans it is not necessary to listen to what she says because it can easily be misleading. People must observe what she is doing and what Zanu PF is doing in order to see the real direction of things.
“All the rallies and meet-the-people campaigns, and her so-called donations are meant to create a certain image and prepare people for the inevitable announcement of her grand political ambitions.
“Whoever says there is no bigger plan behind Grace’s whirlwind campaigns across the country is lying with a straight face. This could very well be the establishment of a Mugabe dynasty, if the people of Zimbabwe allow it,” Mavhinga added.
The first lady’s vociferous band of supporters have for some time now been using custom labels, stickers on buses and cars, bottled water and T-shirts emblazoned with her face to boost her political standing in the ruling party.
In addition, they have also lately been preaching about and spreading the controversial slogan “Munhu wese kunaAmai” (everyone must follow Grace) as they seek to present her as a worthy and viable Mugabe successor.
UK-based analyst and former advisor to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Alex Magaisa, said even though Grace was denying harbouring any presidential ambitions, it was clear that she was campaigning for a top political position.
“She is using her current role to raise her profile in the hope of launching a bid in future. She is building the nest and this is a good time to do it while she has access to State resources. Whether this will remain the case if Mugabe is gone is debatable,” Magaisa said.
South Africa-based analyst Taurai Mabhachi also said it was clear that Grace was pushing to succeed her husband.
“The Zanu PF president, who is her husband, has reached the twilight of his political life. Ordinarily, this kind of a scenario sees people positioning themselves to succeed him.
“It is also a verifiable truth that Mugabe has tacitly endorsed his wife to succeed him, given the fact that many Cabinet ministers attend rallies organised by his wife.
“The mere fact that she is visiting provinces where the political power lies is a clear demonstration that she has already thrown her hat in the succession battle,” he said.
He added that the fact that Grace was also distributing farming inputs sourced by the government was a ploy by her and her supporters to curry favour with the electorate.
“She would want to win the hearts of Zanu PF supporters prior to seeking support outside the party,” Mabhachi said, adding that Grace had now effectively usurped the power of government officials.
University of Zimbabwe political scientist, Shakespear Hamauswa, said the prevailing political situation showed that Zanu PF was in a succession crisis, in which Grace had become an important player.
“What is clear and undeniable is that Grace is being used as a pawn in a chess game. She has become influential but the influence will last as long as Mugabe lives. So, she will likely be a king maker,” he said.
“The process of succession is now a mess and anything is possible. We can be guided possibly by the consistency and or lack of it in her statements.
“We can see that in Mberengwa she was diplomatic, coming out in what seemed to be an endorsement for Mnangagwa. But unfortunately, the following day she was singing a different song,” Hamauswa added.
Well-placed sources who spoke to the Daily News on Sunday’s sister paper, the Daily News said so explosive was Zanu PF’s politburo meeting last week that Muchinguri-Kashiri — a perceived staunch ally of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, allegedly wept uncontrollably in the meeting, amid fierce factional fighting — and as a stunned Mugabe apparently watched the farce in stony silence.
This came after the politburo had endorsed the suspension and expulsion of many perceived supporters of the embattled VP, amid claims that more senior party officials loyal to him were set to face the chop in the next few months, as the post-congress Zanu PF’s factional and succession wars continue to escalate.
Mnangagwa himself is said to have not personally attempted to either oppose or stop Wednesday’s suspensions and expulsions during the politburo’s deliberations, appearing instead to “look up to president Mugabe for direction and help, but Gushungo (Mugabe) never said a thing”.
Muchinguri-Kashiri — who is allegedly aligned to the VP and has recently been locked in a vicious power struggle with Grace’s supporters in Manicaland — is alleged to have started the fight with the first lady whom she accused of fuelling infighting in the troubled province.
The Water minister, according to insiders, allegedly told Grace that she was the most senior party official in the province and thus always needed to be consulted on important decisions impacting on the region — apparently further insinuating that Grace had so far failed to run the women’s league properly.
“This angered Amai (Grace) and as she spoke, she got angrier and angrier saying ‘wakabvira kare uchindijairira ... (You have never respected me)”— apparently going on to give Muchinguri-Kashiri a severe tongue-lashing which resulted in Muchinguri-Kashiri crying.
Ironically, the two women were buddies only last year when they worked together to oust former Vice President Joice Mujuru from power. In addition, Muchinguri-Kashiri relinquished her post as women’s league secretary to make way for Grace.
Mugabe is said to have avoided joining the bust-up, only speaking much later when he appeared to admonish both Muchinguri-Kashiri and War veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa for often flaunting their liberation war credentials to get special treatment in the party.
“The president acknowledged the important role the war veterans had played, and continued to play, but warned that their continued deification could divide Zanu PF,” another source said.
Three boys from Mudzi who allegedly rolled two big stones into the middle of the Harare-Nyamapanda highway, causing the road traffic accident that killed 15 people last week, have been arrested.
The accused minors who are aged 12, 14 and 16 from Chief Nyamukoho’s area, were arrested by police in Kotwa after one of them reportedly confessed to causing the accident.
Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi yesterday confirmed the development, saying investigations were in progress.
“We are investigating accusations being levelled against the three minors,” said Nyathi.
However, according to a reliable source, the matter came to light after intensive awareness campaigns by police who engaged the community on the dangers of putting dangerous objects on the roads.
It is alleged that the boys had accompanied a relative to a bus station on the fateful Friday night when they rolled two rocks to the middle of the road.
The Mudzi accident happened at around 11:20pm at the 205km peg along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway.
According to police, 23 members of the African Apostolic Sect (Mwazha) sect were on board a Mazda Bongo vehicle when the driver lost control after hitting two big stones in his lane and swerved into the opposite lane where it collided head on with a bus which had 16 passengers on board.
Police said 13 people including the driver of the Mazda Bongo died on the spot.
Twenty-two people were injured and rushed to Kotwa Hospital where two others died while being transferred to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare. Four people escaped the accident unhurt.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is coming to Zimbabwe next week on a two-day State visit. The visit is expected to give impetus to the mega deals that were sealed during President Mugabe’s State visit to China in August last year. Major infrastructure projects that cover electricity, transport and irrigation were top of Zimbabwe’s priority list. A Chinese company, Sinohydro, is currently implementing those deals, like the Kariba South Power Station expansion while a financial closure for Hwange Thermal Power Station is set to be sealed next week during President Xi’ visit. Our senior reporter, Lloyd Gumbo (LG) talks to Sinohydro Zimbabwe senior administrator Mr Noel Gonah (NG) about these and other issues.
LG: President Xi is coming to Zimbabwe next week after almost 20 years since a Chinese president last visited us. It has been called an historic visit. What is the significance of this visit to Zimbabwe and China in general and Sinohydro in particular?
NG: I think the State visit by President Xi will reinforce the existing close relationship between Zimbabwe and China. The details I do not know much, but I am confident that China and Zimbabwe are brothers and we support each other. The visit will be “historic” for Zimbabwe in the sense that it will unlock the opportunities for Chinese investors to consider forging wide-ranging partnerships with Zimbabweans to bring into the country much-needed foreign investment and jobs.
LG: I understand the chairperson of your parent company, Power China, will also be here during President Xi’s visit. What brings him here?
NG: As the parent group of Sinohydro, Power China is the largest contractor in the power sector in China. So the chairman of Power China is coming at the end of November to sign an investment agreement with the Ministry of Energy for Hwange 7 and 8.
LG: Does it mean Sinohydro will become a shareholder in Hwange Thermal Power Station? If so, what does it mean to your company?
NG: Such an investment with an amount of $176 million means a lot to Sinohydro. Previously Sinohydro was a contractor only. We are used to do our construction and we deliver the project. But we all know the financial situation that Zimbabwe has. In order to implement this project as soon as possible, in order to help the Government and Zimbabwe Power Company to raise enough equity to let the bank disburse the loan quickly, Sinohydro decided to invest its money in the project.
This is the largest investment in Africa which Sinohydro has made. It is a milestone for our company and we are confident that on the basis of the strong relationship between the two countries, on the basis of the positive co-operation and support from the Zimbabwean Government and the Ministry of Energy, that this project can be implemented successfully and also the economic return of the project will reach the requirement of investment. Sinohydro will transfer its shares to ZPC over a certain period step by step.
LG: What percentage are you looking at from your investment?
NG: The accurate percentage is not yet fixed. We are still in negotiations. It should be more than 15 percent but less than 50 percent. It is according to the equities by Sinohydro and ZPC. The equity to be contributed by these two companies. Besides the investment, Sinohydro will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the power plant.
LG: The whole power plant or for Hwange 7 and 8?
NG: For units 7 and 8 because you know the equipment, the boilers and the generators are coming from China and in order to make this plant run well, Sinohydro would like to share its own experience in China for the operation and the maintenance. Sinohydro will transfer skills to Zimbabwe and will jointly with the Zimbabwean side, operate this power plant. Chinese experts will come to work together with Zimbabwe engineers and after a certain period, like five years, they will step out gradually.
LG: There are indications that the financial closure for Hwange expansion project will be sealed during President Xi’ State visit as well. Has the funding been secured and what are the costs involved?
NG: I understand that the Zimbabwean Government has approached the Chinese government and its policy bank for financing support. I believe a great deal of progress has been made and the results will be announced shortly. Besides the Chinese loan and Sinohydro’s investment, the balance of about $300 million will be raised by ZPC as the equity.
LG: The funding for Hwange 7 and 8 is one of the deals that was raised when President Mugabe visited China last year. Could this be the beginning of the implementation of those deals?
NG: Yes! During the State visit of August 2014, when President Mugabe went to China, the Zimbabwe Government mentioned this project saying Hwange 7 and 8 would be a high priority project for the nation. After that, the Chinese government began supporting this project and now we are going to see some significant progress.
LG: Turning to the Kariba South expansion where you are said to have completed about 30 percent of the work, are you still on schedule?
NG: Yes. All the work is on schedule and the funding from China Exim Bank is also disbursed on time. The civil works are going on well and the machinery like turbines and generators are under manufacture in China. ZPC is sending their delegation to China next month to inspect progress. So for Kariba South, everything is on schedule and we are still very confident it can be commissioned in early 2018.
LG: Some people say when Chinese companies come here they bring Chinese workers instead of employing locals. At the Kariba South project what’s the ratio, Zimbabweans and the Chinese?
NG: Currently at Kariba South, Sinohydro has 150 Chinese technicians and engineers and almost 700 Zimbabwean technicians and labourers. But you know with Kariba South, this is an expansion project. The dam wall is there, the blasting is very close to the dam wall and the technical requirement is a bit high. It is very sensitive and the construction period is very tight. The Zimbabwe Government requires us to speed up the construction. So we had to mobilise more experienced engineers to make sure the project goes on schedule and to keep the dam wall and the existing powerhouse safe. So that’s why we have 150 Chinese technicians here. Theoretically, it should be less than that. But even that ratio I think it is okay.
LG: Now Sinohydro is working on Kariba South and if the financial closure for Hwange 7 and 8 is going to be sealed next week, how are you going to manage both projects?
NG: Sinohydro has 200 000 employees and has 467 projects under construction around the world. In Africa, we have 300 projects under construction at the same time. We have 18 construction bureaus and also we have other special construction teams for solar power, hydro power and other construction works. So we have enough capacity to execute these two projects at the same time. We have no problem. We have got enough resources and enough capacity. So there is nothing to worry about.
LG: If the financial closure is to be sealed next week and all things being equal, when are we likely to see work start at Hwange 7 and 8?
NG: As a procedure, normally after a loan agreement is signed, the bank will give a list of CPs, (Conditions of Precedents). They require the ZPC’s equity to be ready, they require project company to open an escrow account and other things. A lot of conditions need to be satisfied. According to the experience of the Kariba South, it took almost a year. But for Hwange 7 and 8, all the documentation is similar to the Kariba one and all the parties already have experience coming from the Kariba South. So we believe the time should be much shorter than Kariba South. Our estimate is that, it will take six or seven months after the agreement is signed and then we can get disbursement. Then we can officially commence the project.
But before the official commencement, Sinohydro is already mobilising its resources for the project. For example, we had begun the topographic survey and the geological investigation of the site. We have also started the project design in China even before the bank releases the fund. Once the fund is secured, we can start construction in mid-2016, and we are very optimistic that the project can be commissioned by 2020.
LG: What is the significance of these projects to Zimbabwe?
NG: The benefit is very obvious because we all see the power shortage in the countryside and people suffering from the load- shedding. First of all, after we complete the Kariba South and Hwange 7 and 8, it will contribute 900 megawatts to the country grid, ensuring a stable power supply to households and industries. In addition, more than 2 000 jobs will be created during the construction of these two projects. After they are commissioned, I can say that there will be no more power cuts.
LG: Are there any challenges that you have experienced at Kariba South?
NG: There certainly are some challenges because this is something new to Zimbabwe. For the past 20 or so years, the country did not have other large infrastructure projects done in EPC contract. So relevant departments and agencies of the Government need time to familiarise with the internationally accepted game rules for EPC projects, particularly in terms of taxation. For a national project like this, taxes, duties, and VAT covered by the EPC contract should be exempted.
But according to Zimbabwe’s tax laws, we need to pay VAT and duties for consumable materials. For us, the project developer, and the employer ZPC, we both bear additional financial burdens.
LG: So who shoulders the cost?
NG: Some should be taken by Sinohydro and some by ZPC. But, we are still trying to convince the Government to follow the most commonly used practice of tax exemption, for a project with such significance to the country’s development and the people’s well-being. So I believe after some discussions and explanation, the Zimbabwean Government and relevant stakeholders will accept our proposal.
A prisoner at a Hurungwe prison in Makuti, Stancelot Mashayamombe, was last week slapped with life imprisonment for the murder of a prison officer, Bessy Mutandwa Majuru.
High Court judge Justice Garainesu Mawadze convicted Mashayamombe of killing the officer in cold blood after escaping from jail.
At the time the murder was committed, Mashayamombe was already serving a 40-month jail term for an attempted murder case.
When he appeared before Justice Mawadze, Mashayamombe refused to say anything in his defence, electing to exercise his constitutional right to silence.
Prosecutor Albert Masamha presented that sometime in August last year, Mashayamombe was at Hurungwe Prison Farm in Makuti where he had been placed in prison class “A” as he was about to complete his jail term for attempted murder.
On the day in question, the court heard, at around 6pm, Mashayamombe went into hiding within the farm and at around 8pm he proceeded to the now deceased, Majuru’s house.
When he got to Majuru’s house, Mashayamombe used an unknown object to break the spare bedroom windowpane and gained entry.
While inside the house, the court heard, the prisoner removed his prison garb, a blue work-suit trouser inscribed “A” and a white T-shirt, leaving them on the bed before proceeding to the main bedroom where Majuru was sleeping alone.
He forcibly grabbed Majuru, tied her around the neck with a shoe lace and a lady’s pants, gagged her with a neck tie and tied her hands with a rope before tearing off her underpants and raping her.
Majuru struggled for breath and eventually succumbed to strangulation, after which Mashayamombe covered her lifeless body with a blanket.
28 November 2015
Zimbabwean policymakers have revealed plans to pump $6 million worth of bond coins into the national economy, triggering widespread cheer.
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya introduced the new "bond coins" in December last year.
They are named after a $50 million bond that was floated to mint and import them from neighbouring South Africa.
The coins have retained the same denominations and value as US cents but can only be used in Zimbabwe.
Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said in the 2016 national budget statement on Thursday that the Central Bank would inject more bond coins into the financial system, in a bid to boost a silver-coin market in the grip of an unprecedented supply squeeze as Zimbabweans reject Rand coins over weakening value.
"To date, the bank has issued about $13,567 million worth of bond coins in various small denominations and more coins will be provided in line with demand developments," Chinamasa said.
"Already, additional coins worth $6 million have been ordered."
Government introduced bond coins to replace the lollipops, chewing gum and pens that were now being used in lieu of change for transactions in shops.
"The bond coins have proved popular, and have resulted in the reduction of prices, particularly in the lower end retail sectors," Chinamasa said.
Demand for bond coins has also been rising, following the continued depreciation of the South African rand, whose coins had dominated lower-end transactions since the adoption of multiple currency system in 2009.
The public accesses bond coins from the Central Bank through banks.
"In order to improve distribution, the Reserve Bank will announce in its monetary policy statement arrangements to broaden the interface to also embrace other bulk customers, to include retailers, transport operators, among others," he said, adding that this was set to eliminate the current scenario where the travelling public often resorts to purchase bond coins from street "money vendors.".
Peter Haritatos is a businessman of Greek descent. Haritatos is the only white person among the 158 MPs from Mugabe's Zanu-PF party who remained in power.
Haritatos was born in Greece and relocated to Zimbabwe in the 1950's, at a time that European immigrants still faced discrimination from the white Rhodesian settlers.
His father was a master baker who settled in Kadoma, where his son now runs the Central Bakery and Confectionery, continuing the family tradition.
He also operates a gold mine near his home for the international conglomerate Rio Tinto and elevated himself into a business leader and power broker in the country.
Haritatos was appointed to the Senate by Mugabe, in 2005 to represent Zimbabwe's white minority even though the President had earlier seized farms owned by whites that were productive and given them to black Zimbabweans who didn’t know how to run them and they went fallow.
In the previous elections, the Greek MP increased the number of votes to 18,832 from 7742 he had received the previous time although opponents said the votes were rigged to benefit Mugabe and his chosen. Haritatos' supporters pointed out that he is a man who has genuine interest towards the community, and who has either built or refurbished the public toilets and shower blocks in his constituency.
Haritatos is used as proof that Zanu-PF was not racist although the other 157 MP's are black..
Peace Security Company (Private) Limited (Peace Security) has filed a $186 000 High Court lawsuit demanding the cash from Pioneer Transport (Private) Limited (Pioneer Transport).
The two parties entered into an agreement in November 2008 for Peace Security, formerly known as Comburry Investments (Private) Limited, to provide security services to Pioneer Transport (Private) Limited.
The court heard that Peace Security professionally and diligently provided security services to Pioneer Transport between 2008 until the end of January last year.
The agreement was terminated after Pioneer Transport allegedly failed to pay for services rendered.
"It was a fundamental term of the said service agreement that the agreed security fees shall be payable each and every month of the tenure of the contract and where there is failure on the part of the hirer (Pioneer Transport) to so pay, all amounts overdue shall…attract interest at prevailing bank rate…," the court heard.
The security firm told the court that Pioneer Transport failed to pay $186 022, 82.
"Despite several demands by the plaintiff (Peace Security) to the defendants for payment of the said long-standing amount of $186 022, 82, defendant has ignored, failed, refused and neglected to pay the said amounts," the court heard.
Pioneer Transport has responded through a special plea.
It argued that the issue being raised by the security firm had already been dealt with in a previous High Court case.
"Wherefore, the defendant prays that the plaintiff's claim be dismissed with costs on a higher scale," the transport company argued.
The matter is still to be finalised before the High Court..
Two police officers and a suspected poacher have been shot dead in the Nafferton Area, which falls under Chief Mutemaan in Chipinge.
Nafferton is approximately 15 kilometres from Chipinge town to the West and is area adjacent to Chipinge Safari.
On the 23rd of November 2015 at around 1700 hours, 45-year-old Thomas Simango, of plot 34 Nafferton Farm, Chipinge informed Chief Inspector Mapfumo, the Officer In Charge through a text message that he suspected that one Chaita Simango was in possession of a firearm.
Thomas alleged that Chaita uses it for poaching in the Safari and Chipangayi game reserves. Apparently the two, Thomas and Chaita are not related although they reside in the same area.
On the 24th of November 2015 at around 0900 hours, Chief Inspector Mapfumo assigned three police officers from PISI section who proceeded to the area to gather intelligence in respect of the supplied information.
The team went to the scene unarmed and located the informer at Nafferton Primary school. The informer directed the three police officers to Chaita's homestead.
The police officers proceeded to Chaita's homestead where they found him sitting outside in the yard with his wife Yudith Makwecheredze aged 19 and his friend Blessing Jenya also aged 19 of the same village.
The Police officers interviewed the trio and managed to identify their culprit Chaita among the three people. They dismissed Blessing Jenya and remained with Chaita and his wife.
The police officers identified themselves and handcuffed Chaita advising him that he was under arrest for poaching in Chipinge Safari area. They did not want to alert him about the issue of the firearm.
The police told him that they were keen to search his house for game meat. He led the police officers into his hut without informing them about the presence of an unknown man.
This unknown man was reported to have arrived at the homestead on the 22nd November 2015 and Chaita referred to him as his elder brother.
Whilst inside the hut the unknown person who was lying on the bed saw Chaita who was in front handcuffed and he jumped up and got under the bed to reach for the firearm which was under the bed.
Sgt Mazhara who did not realise that the man was going for a firearm also dived in an effort to arrest him but the person grabbed the firearm which is suspected to have been corked and on rapid. He started firing towards the Police officers and Chaita and the trio died instantly from gunshot wounds.
Cst Madenga who was at the door step managed to escape leaving the four including the accused inside the hut. Yudith also fled from the scene upon hearing gun shots.
Cst Madenga phoned to inform Assistant Inspector Tarwira about the shooting incident.
Duty Uniform Branch, CID Chipinge and Support Unit Golf troop reacted and proceeded to the scene.
Sgt Shumba was found lying dead outside the hut with multiple gunshot wounds on the chest and fractured left leg.
Sgt Mazhara was also lying dead inside the hut with multiple gunshot wounds on the head and fractures on both legs.
Chaita was lying dead on the doorstep with intestines protruding, multiple fractures on both arms and legs
A search was conducted and police recovered 8 spent cartridges inside the hut and 13 spent cartridges scattered in the yard. The spent cartridge are of 7,62 x 39 mm calibre used on AK rifles and one green trousers recovered from a tree where it was hanging. The trousers is suspected to be part of parks and wildlife uniform.
Three cell phones and two ZNA camouflage jackets were recovered from underneath the bed.
The direction of flight for the accused could not be established as there were was no trail detected due to rocky and bushy area.
Blessing Jenya who is likely to assist in the identification of this accused was followed up but could not be located from his home and is suspected to have fled from the area. Yudith Makocheredze is currently assisting police with investigations.
The bodies of the deceased were taken to Chipinge District hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem..
TWO Chinhoyi tsikamutandas were caught red-handed while planting a live snake at a Rusape homestead in an attempt to hood-wink the family which had hired them to conduct a cleansing ceremony.
They were arrested and arraigned before the courts.
The two, Senator (28) and Tinashe Tendaupenyu (22) of Number 24, Lions’ Den, Chinhoyi are being charged under section 136 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act which criminalises fraud and they are also facing an alternate charge of engaging in practices commonly associated with witchcraft.
The two, who are not represented and are denying the charges, were granted $30 bail by Rusape provincial magistrate, Mr Shingi Mutiro. Prosecuting, Mr Thomas Tumbare, told the court that the two allegedly masqueraded as traditional healers in an attempt to dupe an Inyati Mine family of their beast.
“On October 29, 2015, the accused persons went to Enia Kundishora’s homestead purporting to be traditional healers. “Senator told Kundishora that her family was being haunted by evil spirits and he wanted to cleanse them.
“He told them he wanted a beast as payment for the cleansing ceremony and Kundishora gave them the nod to continue with the cleansing ceremony.
“Senator instructed Kundishora and her family to enter the house with Tinashe.
“The cleansing ceremony started and Tinashe gave Kundishora some medicine to splash in all the other houses. This meant that Tinashe was to be left alone in the bedroom.
“Kundishora began to suspect that the accused persons wanted to play some tricks.
“She ordered her son Tenson Chibanda to monitor Tinashe through an open window.
“Tinashe then rose from where he was sitting and walked to Kundishora’s wardrobe. He then retrieved a small dark blue bag and placed it on top of the wardrobe.
“Tenson Chibanda asked Tinashe what he was doing and he told him it was part of the ceremony and doors were now supposed to be locked and no one was allowed to enter the house until he cast out evil spirits tormenting the family.
“Senator left and went to another homestead. Chibanda later defied the accused’s instruction and entered the house. He took the bag and noticed some movement in it.
“The bag was opened and a brownish grey live snake about 0.7cm long came out. Tinashe confessed that he was not a traditional healer.
“The snake was killed by villagers who had gathered to witness the cleansing ceremony,” said Mr Tumbare.
Mr Mutiro postponed the matter to December 10 for continuation of trial.
26 November 2015
The Obama's Thanksgiving celebrations had to be cut short after a man draped in the American flag jumped the fence of the White House.
President Obama and his family were tucking into their turkey dinner when they were put on lockdown so the Secret Service could conduct a sweep of the grounds following the security breach.
CNN reports that Joseph Caputo - who was wearing a baseball shirt, gloves and the flag as a cape when he hopped the fence - was immediately taken into custody. He also appeared to have a binder in between his teeth as he climbed the metal railings.
Joseph Caputo scaled a fence on the North Lawn at 2:45 p.m., according to Secret Service spokesperson Robert Hoback. The jumper was immediately apprehended and taken into custody.
According to two CNN photojournalists who witnessed the incident, the men was carrying an envelope, had on a blue shirt and white pants and was cloaked in an American flag. They said the officers who detained him had their guns drawn and were accompanied by K-9 units.
Vanessa Pena, an intern on Capitol Hill, was playing tourist with her twin sister who was in town for Thanksgiving. "We were just standing there and the man came up behind us," she told CNN. "I heard him take a deep breath and say, 'All right, let's do this.'"
Pena said the man "ran through" she and her sister before he jumped over a barricade, and then the fence.
Though the White House issued an official "all clear" about two hours after the episode began, the north and south fence lines remained temporarily closed Thursday evening.
A French military aircraft which crash-landed at Masvingo Airport on Saturday night after developing a technical fault, was coming from South Africa and wanted to refuel in Harare, where the officials also intended to drop some items at their embassy, sources told NewsDay.
Sceptics had questioned the motive as to why it passed through Zimbabwe from South Africa en route to Zambia.
The 10 military personnel from France—including one woman—aboard the flight, were not injured after one of the aircraft’s engines and a gearbox developed faults.
They had to spend the night holed up in Masvingo before engineers, who were aboard the plane, fixed the problem and they proceeded to Harare at around 11am.
Diplomatic sources said the plane was scheduled to refuel in Harare where they also wanted to leave “something” for the French embassy.
Military sources said the plane was cleared to use Zimbabwe’s airspace.
The captain of the plane, whose name could not be established, also had a diplomatic passport.
MUTARE – A Penhalonga hooker has been fined for attacking a client for pestering her for more s.ex than he had paid for.
Gamuchirai Chikata was slapped with a $20 fine or an alternative 20-day jail term. She allegedly stabbed her client on the chest and slashed his left arm with a broken bottle. She appeared before magistrate Sekai Chiundura.
She was convicted on her own plea of guilt. Her injured client Simon Chimuchenga was not medically examined.
It was the State’s case that the two met on November 21 at Doreen’s Shops at Penhalonga Business Centre.
Chikata, who had her three months old baby strapped to her back, was approached by Chimuchenga who she charged $3 for a “short time”.
The hooker had to breastfeed her infant first to put her to sleep.
The couple then engaged in s.ex.
Chikata was to snap when Chimuchenga demanded more time. Enraged, she picked up a soft drink bottle, broke it and stabbed him on the chest and left hand.
Fletcher Kabenzi was prosecuting.
22 November 2015
THE government is battling to settle a $138 debt to Bulawayo City Council (BCC), for the use of a mobile toilet the municipality provided during the funeral wake of the late national hero, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu.
This comes amid stunning revelations that the government was also struggling to pay $414 for the same facility provided during the funeral wake of the late Vice-President John Nkomo two years ago.
According to a council report, the Public Works Department requested council to provide a mobile toilet during the funeral wake, pledging to make payment during the process.
However, the Public Works Department is now said to be “non-committal in honouring payment’.
“The director of health services reported (October 22, 2015) that on September 16, 2015 an application from the provincial public works director had been received for an application for the funeral wake of the late Sikhanyiso Ndlovu,” reads part of the confidential report.
“Due to time constraints, the applicant had requested for the mobile toilet to be released while they were processing payment. The mobile toilet had been released on September 17 to the applicant, after consultation with the acting town clerk on the understanding that payment was going to be made within a few days.
“Despite several inquiries, the Department of Public Works had been non-committal in honouring payment of $138 for the two days that they had been using the mobile toilet.”
According to records, the local authority and Public Works Department have a love-and-hate relationship when it comes to mobile toilets used at State functions.
The department is yet to pay another $414 for mobile toilets used at Nkomo’s funeral wake in 2013.
“It was pertinent to point out that a toilet released under similar circumstances for the funeral wake of the late Vice-President John Nkomo from January 18 to 23, 2013 has not been paid for to date, an amount of $414,” the report said.
During this year’s Heroes’ Day commemorations, council reluctantly provided mobile toilets despite objections from a councillor, who asked for the government to pay for the services first.
Bulawayo metropolitan provincial administrator, Khonzani Ncube, had requested free use of water bowsers and VVIP/VIP mobile toilets. According to the confidential report, councillors expressed concerns over the “lack of consistency” in handling of such issues.
“More often than not political interference took the upper hand resulting in embarrassment and disruption of the normal flow of council’s work, procedures and regulations,” read the report.
“There was, therefore, need for clear policy guidelines on such matters particularly with regard to the treatment of perceived high profile personal/individuals in society vis-à-vis provision of council services”.
Councillors, however, later agreed in the event of bereavement or other incident involving high profile individuals, provision of councils services shall be facilitated on credit as appropriate pending eventual clearance by council where necessary.
Ndlovu died and was laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre in September this year.
A 48-YEAR-OLD man from Gokwe has set tongues wagging after he impregnated and started cohabiting with his 15-year-old daughter after withdrawing her from school.
The man (name withheld to protect the identity of girl) from Mapfungautsi high-density suburb in Gokwe Town is said to have demanded sex from his biological daughter who was doing Form Three at Ganye Secondary School.
The girl who is now pregnant has since dropped out of school and is now living with her parents as his father’s second wife.
When our source visited the family, the girl was manning her father’s market stall while he was said to have gone to a local primary school where he was preparing for Early Childhood Development graduation ceremony held on Thursday last week.
Chief Njelele also confirmed that the man who works as a traditional food and vegetable vendor at Craft Centre in Gokwe had an incestuous relationship with his daughter and she has since dropped out of school after her stepmother spilled the beans.
“I heard about the case. I am still to get the finer details to the matter but in our culture that is unacceptable. You cannot marry your own daughter, that is taboo,” said an emotional Chief Njelele.
It is, however, understood that the incestuous relationship started early this year until the girl fell pregnant.
The stepmother allegedly spilled the beans after she failed to stomach sharing a man with her stepdaughter and reported the matter to the police.
According to neighbours, the man severely assaulted his wife and broke her leg after she reported the matter to the police.
However, the man was not taken to court but instead was fined $50 and released by the police.
“My market stall is next to his. They are so in love that they show their affection in public. The two are always together and the girl has since dropped out of school. She was doing Form Three at Ganye Secondary School here in Gokwe.
“The matter was once reported to the police but he only paid a fine and was released,” said a fellow vendor only identified as Madzibaba Mashame.
Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko could neither deny nor confirm the matter.
“I am not aware of such an incident. I will have to check with the responsible station to see if they handled such a case. I will furnish you with any details related to that if they come across them in their records,” he said.
Meanwhile, a 45-year-old man from Zhombe has been slapped with a 20-year jail sentence after he raped his 12-year-old daughter while his wife was away.
The man (name withheld) from Gweru Village under Chief Samambwa in Zhombe appeared before Gokwe regional magistrate Mr Amos Mbobo facing rape charges.
He pleaded not guilty but was, however, convicted after a contested trial and sentenced to an effective 20 years.
In passing the sentence Mr Mbobo said the cases of involving rape were on the increase and the court does not condone rape especially from relatives considering that the children look up to them for protection.
The State’s case was that on 8 August this year, the man found his three daughters working in the fields and asked the other two to go fetch firewood from the nearby bush and he was left with the complainant.
The court heard that the man forced the juvenile to bend over and he raped her once before he was caught in the act by a neighbour, Trust Zvidzai who reported the matter to the village head.
The matter was then reported to the police leading to the man’s arrest.
Mr Robert Ndlala appeared for the State.
A Nigerian doctor named Anthony Nwafor, has been accused of corruption and illegal immigration by the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa. Nwafor, a family physician was arrested two weeks ago with 14 of his family’s passports. The department of Home affairs in its report said Nwafor was arrested for unlawfully being in possession of those passports which were South African and Nigerian and had tried to bribe an officer investigating him with 50,000 rand.
Nwafor's wife, Amara, who is a practicing pharmacist, was initially arrested alongside her husband, but was later released as charges against her were dropped while her Nigerian passport is yet to be released.
Amara Nwafor has condemned the allegations against her husband,
“I see what is going on here as xenophobic prosecution and I also see it as white collar xenophobia,” she said. Nwafor subsequently appeared at a bail hearing in Limpopo province over charges level against him.
In cross-examining, the prosecuting counsel questioned the different spelling of the doctor’s name on his documents seized and prayed the court not to grant him bail, stressing that the court was not sure who it was releasing.
Nwafor’s legal representative believed that the errors in the spelling of his client’s name by the department should not cost him a denied bail, insisting that his identity cannot be questioned in a country where he studied and has practiced for 14 years. The presiding judge adjourned the case and asked for more time to study the arguments of both parties and the evidences presented to him.
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