23 August 2015
AIR Zimbabwe Private Limited has reinstated jailed executive Grace Pfumbidzayi to her former position of acting managing director.
The reinstatement of Pfumbidzayi who is currently incarcerated, serving an effective seven year sentence at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, comes after the company rescinded her purported dismissal following an arbitrator’s ruling that it was un-procedural.
The reinstatement however appears merely technical since Pfumbidzayi is in jail serving time for criminal abuse of office in a $10 million insurance scam that rocked the national airline early this year.
Pfumbidzayi has however appealed at the High Court against both conviction and sentence.
The reinstatement was communicated to her in a letter dated August 4 2015 by the company’s acting manager in the airline’s human resources department, identified only as Munkhodya.
Pfumbidzayi’s reinstatement follows her dismissal which she challenged and won at an arbitration hearing which took place when she was already incarcerated.
“We make further reference to the Arbitral Award by T Zimudzana reinstating you to the position of Acting Managing Director,” Munkhodya wrote.
“Whilst Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited does not agree with the conclusion reached by the arbitrator, Air Zimbabwe has taken a decision to reinstate you to your former position as Acting Managing Director.”
He added: “You are hereby supposed to return back to work with immediate effect and we advise accordingly,and look forward to seeing you at work.”
Pfumbidzayi has not turned up for work as she is in prison. Her lawyer Gondai Sithole of Mawire and Associates confirmed the development.
“It’s true that Air Zimbabwe wrote to her reinstating her to her position but now we will be entering into discussion on how we will proceed as it is common cause that currently she is incarcerated,”Sithole said.
He added: “It now depends on her High Court appeal ruling, but for now her reinstatement means she is entitled to all benefits that accrued to her while dismissed as case law is clear that when one is reinstated, it’s assumed they were never dismissed.”
It could not be independently verified how much compensation Pfumbidzayi will receive for the period she was dismissed, but conservative estimates put it at above $100 000.
Air Zimbabwe public relations manager Shingai Dhliwayo could not immediately comment on the development, saying she needed a briefing from senior executives on the matter. However, by the time of going to print she had not yet responded.
A lawyer close to the matter who requested anonymity said the development was tricky for the airline as they may have reinstated her to dismiss her by termination of her contract on notice.
“It seems the airline now wants to use the Zuva ruling to put to finality Pfumbidzayi’s case. The only way they could do it was by first reinstating her to her position and then terminating her contract,”the lawyer said.
The airline dismissed 10 senior executives at the beginning of August using the Zuva ruling as it battled to remain afloat amidst spiraling debts and reduced revenue.
Air Zimbabwe workforce is still bloated and operating at a higher ration of flying planes to that of its employees.
International ratios are one plane to 85 workers, but the situation at the airline has over a thousand employees living off three planes.
Usain Bolt and the controversial Justin Gatlin will get the world championships off to an explosive start when they take their rivalry onto the Beijing track in the 100m heats on Saturday, AFP reports.
Bolt has dominated sprinting since he claimed a golden treble at the Beijing Olympics in the Bird’s Nest stadium, winning nine of 10 individual world and Olympic sprint titles since 2008 — his sole blip being the 100m at the Daegu worlds in 2011.
America’s Gatlin is the man in form but he cuts a contentious figure after serving two doping bans, latterly between 2006-2010 after a positive test for testosterone.
That suspension came after he had won Olympic 100m gold in 2004 and a world sprint double in Helsinki in 2005.
Since his return, he has won 2012 world 60m indoor gold, London Olympic 100m bronze and Moscow world silver, and at 33 is riding an unbeaten streak of 27 races dating back to August 2013.
Bolt leads the head-to-head against Gatlin 6-1, but the Jamaican insisted statistics, and the fact Gatlin was allowed to compete, were far from his thoughts.
“Competition is competition. It’s always about who’s in the best form and executes,” he said. “Rules are the rules, he’s served his ban and he can compete.
“I’m not worried. I never look at statistics. It’s track and field — you never know what’s going to happen.”
Bolt, who has held the 100m and 200m world records since 2009, said he had got over pelvic joint pain that had prevented him from employing enough flex to fully drive the power out of his long legs.
Last month he roared back from that early-season setback, which saw him miss six weeks of competitive action, with back-to-back 100m times of 9.87sec at the London Diamond League meeting.
“I would have liked more competitive races,” Bolt acknowledged. “But training is more important than competing.”
On 100m times recorded in 2015, Bolt is now ranked number six. Gatlin tops the list with a personal best of 9.74sec set in Doha in May, having also clocked 9.75 twice and 9.78.
“My body feels it’s like a 27-year-old instead of a 33-year-old who’s run those four years and feels tired,” Gatlin told AFP in an interview last month.
“My being away from the sport has been a gift and a curse in a way. For me it’s saddening I had to be away, but I’m able to have had adequate rest and sit back and see my opponents and their growth and use that to my advantage.”
Gatlin “is running very well, as far as I can see”, said Bolt’s team-mate Asafa Powell, who has clocked up more sub-10sec 100m runs than any other sprinter.”
The former world record-holder, however, has misfired on the biggest stage, but has looked in fine form this season.
“Definitely I’m ready to compete, that’s why I’m here,” said Powell, who is also captain of the Jamaican team.
“If my best is not as good as other guys, I just have to be happy I gave my best.”
Another veteran likely to be in the mix is American Tyson Gay, who has served a one-year doping ban and like Gatlin and Powell is also 33, while 20-year-old Canadian Andre De Grasse will also be sure to draw some attention.
Source: Jamaican Observer
A middle-aged woman, Soliat Adekojo, has asked a Nigerian Court sitting in Mapo, Ibadan South-East Local Government Area of Oyo State to dissolve her five years marriage to her husband, Musibau over his excessive sexual desire.
The complainant, a trader who resides at Amuloko Area of Ibadan told the court that he seduced her into marrying him five years ago and the union is blessed with a child.
Soliat said, “I wish to divorce my husband because he is fond of sex. All he knows in his life is sex and is not an ordinary desire, but a marathon sex. He used to have sexual intercourse with me, at least six days of the week and it may be twice a day. He does not give me rest of mind. He monitors me around.
“Whenever I refused to allow him, he would beat me mercilessly. I have told him on several occasions that I am not fit for marathon sex, but he refused to listen.
“On any occasion he had sexual intercourse with me, he uses his singlet and pant to clean my private part and whenever he did this, I would not be okay and may fall sick sometimes.
“On July 4, I told him I would not be able to continue to have marathon sex with him again because of my health; he panicked immediately and told me I will have to leave his house, and that before I leave,he would surely deal with me.
“I called my brother, Biodun Adebayo, to inform him about the situation of things, he came to my rescue and my husband’s mother told my brother that he should take me away from the plaintiff because she could not handle the situation.
“I later got to know through his mother that I am the plaintiff’s ninth wife.
“A week after I left his house, the plaintiff came with the police to arrest my brother, that I conspired with my brother to steal his N2.5 million.
“My brother was detained in police custody for three days but I was bailed the second day by one of the plaintiff’s daughters, Sakirat. Sakirat explained to the police that her father (the plaintiff) was lying about his claim of stolen money.
“Last year June, my husband’s friend, Alhaji Adebolu, called me to inform me that my husband had parked all my belongings to his house. He explained that he also told him that he did want to see me and his son again.
“I later went to his friend’s house to park my things. A week after, I fell sick to the extent that I was referred to a psychiatric hospital for a brain examination because they said I was always mentioning the plaintiff’s name during the sickness.
“My Lord, while passing through this sickness, the plaintiff did not for once ask after me or his only son.
“Early this year, the plaintiff arrested my brother again and he was detained at Agodi Prison for six days. He continuously threatened everyone around me with arrest.
“My Lord, I am fed up with this relationship. Please, separate us. I don’t want to die now.”
Responding to his wife’s allegation, Musibau who is an Alfa admitted to the claims but asked the court to allow him have custody of the child because his wife cannot cater for the child.
In his ruling, President of the court, Chief Agbaje Olasunkami averred, “Having observed the evidence given by both parties, the court rules thus: the divorce on repayment of bride price is hereby granted with immediate effect.”
Olasukanmi ordered that the child remain in custody of the plaintiff while the defendant must be paying a monthly sum of USD15.00 for the upkeep of the child until he is grown up.
20 August 2015
Nobuhle Ncube (27) from Sidombe in Lupane under Chief Mabhikwa was caught by her husband Tapson Ncube (30) busy like rabbits, having steamy sex, with the married woman screaming in sexual pleasure.
It is alleged that in the absence of Ncube, she invited the man to her house. However, the two ran out of luck when Ncube caught them when he went back home to collect a tool he had forgotten.
It is reported that the cheating woman was screaming far much more louder than she has ever done when having sex with her own husband.
During a family meeting to solve the matter, Nobuhle allegedly didn't show signs of remorse.
She plainly said she was paying off a debt of 20 kgs of maize because her husband could not fend for the family.
"My brother's wife did not seem to be bothered by the incident at all. She revealed to the family that she was paying off a debt because my brother could not take care of his own family," said Thulani Ncube.
But Malvin Ncube, who is Nobuhle's father-in-law said the family is yet to come up with a decision.
"We have not come to a conclusion as yet but we are still looking for a way forward," he said.
Tapson said he does not understand his wife's behaviour.
"I am saddened by my wife's behavior. I always take care of the family, I did not expect such from her. I don't think I can ever trust her," said Tapson.
Nobuhle refused to comment.
FORMER Miss Carnival Zimbabwe Dananai Chipunza is the latest nudist in the country after her high definition nude pictures were leaked on social media this week.
The model-cum-chef, in one of the pictures, which leave nothing to the imagination, is captured posing bare breasted while caressing her nipples.
In the other, the flawless beauty queen is on a bed with her legs astride, exposing her privates. The nudes were allegedly taken by Chipunza but it is not clear how they were leaked to the public.
She joins the bandwagon of other beauties that seem to have made it fashionable to take and share their nude pictures, which are later on leaked on social media.
The latest scandal comes months after the dust had just settled over the alleged leak of nude pictures of the dethroned Miss Zimbabwe 2015 Emily Kachote.
Models such as former Miss Zimbabwe’s Malaika Mushandu and Thabiso Phiri, finalist Catherine Kapakwa, fashionista Pokello Nare and former Studio 263 actress Tinopona Katsande, have also had either their nude pictures or sex tapes leaked on social networking sites.
Chipunza declined to shed more light on the nude pictures saying she had nothing to say to the media. “I’ve no comment,” she said.
18 August 2015
A POLICE sergeant based at Beitbridge Border Post has taken his boss, Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and two other top officers to court over ‘unfair’ criminal abuse of office charges levelled against him.
Sergeant Bongani Hlabangani filed an urgent High Court application against Chihuri, Senior Assistant Commissioner one M Tanyanywa and Chief Superintendent one T Nyamukoho seeking an interdict to stop the police from convening a disciplinary hearing against him.
Hlabangani, in his founding affidavit, accuses Chihuri, Tanyanywa and Nyamukoho of dragging him to a disciplinary hearing despite his acquittal at the Beitbridge Magistrates Court over the same charges.
This followed his arrest on April 18, last year at the border post on corruption charges. Hlabangani said despite his acquittal by the courts, the police force dragged him to a one-man disciplinary hearing on June 5, 2014. He was sentenced to 10 days in detention.
When he challenged the sentence, Chihuri allegedly dismissed the appeal.
Hlabangani said Chihuri later made him to sign a warning memorandum and instructed Tanyanywa and Nyamukoho to appoint a board of inquiry to convene a disciplinary hearing.
“If I was made to sign a memorandum of warning as per appeal outcome then a board of inquiry was not going to be convened against me as the memo stipulate that it cannot be convened against me for a particular time,” he said.
“I am aggrieved that despite the fact that I am a first offender and I was not charged with an offence involving dishonesty the respondents have gone ahead to convene a board of inquiry against me. This decision is unlawful as it is not provided for in the Police Act and contradicts the appeal judgment given by the 1st respondent (Chihuri).”
Hlabangani is seeking an interdict to stop the board of inquiry from convening, fearing an unfair hearing.
“I submit that I will suffer irreparable harm should the board be allowed to sit,” he submitted. Chihuri and his juniors are yet to respond to the application.
17 August 2015
Last week Kasukuwere suspended all 18 Gweru councillors including Kombayi accusing them of incompetence and abuse of office and council resources.
Kasukuwere had given councillors a 10-day ultimatum to liaise with the provincial administrator’s officer in the appointment of technical staff to head several departments, which were operating without substantive heads.
However, councillors were divided over the involvement of the provincial administrator in the recruitment process, leading to the delays.
“Kasukuwere is now suspending us and the major reason is because he wants to impose heads of departments on us,” Kombayi told journalists last Friday.
“We can’t dance to the whims of Tyson (Kasukuwere) to tell us how to recruit staff at council. Over the years, we have been writing to then Local Government minister, Ignatius Chombo that council needed to fill the posts but now Kasukuwere comes and says do it in 10 days.”
Kombayi said there were no charges laid against them as councillors and the suspension was vague with reference to “gross mismanagement, misconduct and incompetence in running the affairs at council.”
Kombayi said they would meet as a party (MDC-T) to map the way forward after the suspensions. But Kasukuwere yesterday dismissed Kombayi’s claims as “absurd”, adding that he would soon appoint a caretaker team to run the local authority’s affairs while a tribunal was being established to investigate the 18 councillors.
“They have no right to steal from the people. I will not be threatened from doing my work,” he said .
“There is no room for corruption, there are no scared cows. MDC should tell its councillors to stop stealing and abusing public funds. They can’t have it both ways, stealing with impunity.”
A "lonely" Zimbabwean husband in the UK has been caught with hardcore bestiality p.o.r.n film of a man having sex with "a large fish".
Other disturbing clips in Nelson Nazare's phone, seized by police after he began harassing his wife, showed women performing sex acts on dogs.
Nazare was said to be "pleading and desperate" following the break-up of his marriage and claims a friend sent the disgusting footage to cheer him up.
The 45-year-old, of St Neots, Cambridgeshire, pleaded guilty to possessing three extreme images and harassment at Cambridge Magistrates Court on Friday.
Kevin Warboys, defending, claimed Nazare had been sent the obscene videos by a friend "to distract and amuse him" because of his break-up.
He said: "One of Mr Nazare's friends, knowing how sad and upset he was, sent him three images in what seems to have been a misguided attempt at distracting and amusing him. There does not seem to be any content Mr Nazare might found arousing. He believed he had deleted them all. He had not kept them for any purpose that might be of greater concern."
Nazare had been sending his wife around 30 emotional text messages a day as well as approaching his wife on three occasions in June.
On the third occasion on June 21 Nazare's wife drove to her local police station after he approached her outside her home.
Reading a statement from the victim, Paul Brown, prosecuting, said: "I feel very worried and scared that Nelson now knows where I live. This makes me feel very unsafe as I do not know what he will do."
Mr Warboys said Nazare had been "desperately upset and worried" after his marriage break-up.
He said the text messages he sent to his wife were "sad, lonely, pleading and desperate" but not threatening.
Nazare was released on conditional bail to appear for sentencing at Huntingdon Magistrates' Court on August 25.
News of the shocking bestiality videos comes after a clip of a fish smoking a cigarette sparked fury online.
A Cowdray Park pastor allegedly turned a congregant, 16, into a sex slave and infected her with HIV and genital warts while claiming to be driving out a death demon that wanted to kill her father.
Greatness Tapfuma, 33, the founder of Kingdom Rulers International Church was recently acquitted of raping two other congregants. In the latest case, it is claimed that his emissaries attempted to bribe his victim with a house, a car or cash.
He pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape yesterday before regional magistrate Chrispen Mberewere. Tapfuma was later arrested together with his three congregants for manhandling a photographer from The Chronicle who had taken pictures of him.
In court, Tapfuma’s victim said she decided to speak out on the abuse after she was treated for genital warts early this year.
In court, Tapfuma’s victim said she decided to speak out on the abuse after she was treated for genital warts early this year.
“I used to attend his church with my parents and one day he told me that my family was haunted by evil spirits which would kill my father. He called me to his house and when I got there he proposed love to me and I turned him down,” said the girl.
“He then approached my father and asked if I could go to his home for prayers and my father agreed. I went to his house and he immediately said my father was going to die within that week if he didn’t pray for him.”
The girl added: “I started crying and begged him to pray and save my father from death as a prophet who could see the spirit. He then said I was supposed to fall in love with him if I needed any assistance from him in connection with blocking my father’s death”.
According to the girl, Tapfuma moved closer to her after she indicated that she desperately needed his assistance.
“He then started undressing me as I was crying over what he had just told me; that my father could die anytime, that day or even after a week. He then ordered me to lie facing upwards on the carpet, opened my legs and raped me. I tried resisting but he said if I failed to cooperate, my father would die,” she said.
The court also heard that Tapfuma ordered the girl to keep the sexual act a secret as divulging that would provoke the death spirit to kill her father immediately.
“I returned home and didn’t tell anyone as I feared for my father’s death and wanted Tapfuma’s prayers to work. From that day, he started asking to see me thrice a week and would rape me all the times. On a certain day in November, he had sex with me till I started bleeding and wiped my privates suggesting he would keep the towel he used.”
The girl said she started noticing some blisters on her privates and reported the matter to her mother.
“Again I noticed some blisters on my privates and we went to the hospital as they got worse in December. I tested HIV positive. That was when my mother asked how I got infected and I had to tell her what had been happening,” said the girl.
“We made a police report and changed churches and at that time, one of the elders came to me and tried enticing me. He said the church had raised thousands of dollars to give me if only I dropped the rape charges against the pastor. He said they were ready to give me a house or a car as long as I dropped the charges but I refused.”
Tapfuma, through his lawyer Bruce Israel Masamvu from Dube-Tachiona Tsvangirai Law Firm, told the court that the girl had connived with her parents and a rival pastor to fabricate the allegations.
“I’m a pastor who renders deliverance sessions, casting out demons and extricating victims of satanism. I’ve a video which shows this girl confessing that she is a satanist during an all-night prayer I conducted in my church,” said Tapfuma.
The Chronicle is in possession of that video.
The Chronicle is in possession of that video.
Mberewere remanded Tapfuma who is on $300 bail to today when more witnesses are expected to testify. Robin Mukura, for the State, said in October last year Tapfuma called the girl to his home and raped her in exchange for prayers for her father who was said to be facing death.
“Again on unknown dates but during October and November, Tapfuma raped the girl. The matter came to light when the girl sought medical attention after she noticed blisters on her privates,” said Mukura.
14 August 2015
Chiyangwa has long standing wishes to be made a clergyman.
He offloaded this desire to Hear The Word church founder Tom Deuschle who told him, "You need to be established in Christianity first," our source said.
During the series of events in which Chiyangwa repeatedly begged for the privileged uplift, he had spent a little over three weeks of regular church attendance.
The whole incident occurred around 1995 and the revelation comes as Mr Chiyangwa’s daughter, Stephanie started her own church organisation in the United Kingdom, soon after swindling UK residents of their hard earned money in November 2013 when she made people pay hundreds of pounds each for a function she claimed she was launching a book she had written and Econet boss Strive Masiyiwa would attend but it was all false.
She is also known for making threats on Zimbabweans in the UK telling them to watch their future. She has also fired threats at ZimEye journalists over a story which revealed how her father recently obtained a dodgy doctorate degree certificate in the Philippines. "You wrote an article saying my father … is a bogus person, why did you write that story? … You must care about your future," she randomly shouted a few days before her function held on the 2nd November 2013.
This time Stephanie has started her own church ministry calling it Stephanie Chiyangwa Ministries. On her website, she has a list of functions it says she will be preaching. In photos she is seen in gatherings "ministering" to small crowds. When confronted with criticism, Stephanie rushed to defend herself saying she has not started a church at all but has launched a para church.
"I am not starting a church," Stephanie who herself does not attend church, said in what has been alleged to be a frantic attempt to ward off negativity.
Meanwhile, in February 2013, Spirit Embassy founder Prophet Uebert Angel praised the flamboyant businessman Philip Chiyangwa for the instrumental role he played in his return to Zimbabwe from the United Kingdom where he had been staying as a penniless pastor. Chiyangwa had attended a Spirit Embassy church service as he celebrated his belated 54th birthday when he was showered with praises by Prophet Angel.
"Today, we have Dr Chiyangwa, he has chosen to celebrate his birthday with us, my wife and I have known him from when we were still in the United Kingdom and he has played a crucial role for our return to Zimbabwe," the now self-exiled prophet said then.
Former vice president, Joice Mujuru, has reportedly had her diplomatic passport revoked by government in a bid to curtail and subjugate her travelling arrangements abroad, The Telescope News, heard last night. According to senior foreign affairs officials, the move is bent on enfeebling Mujuru’s political activities, in the wake of fears inside President Robert Mugabe’s administration,
According to senior foreign affairs officials, the move is bent on enfeebling Mujuru’s political activities, in the wake of fears inside President Robert Mugabe’s administration, that the ousted Mujuru could be preparing for political fund-raising with foreign sympathisers for the People First party, she’s been linked to as leader.
“President Mugabe approved a list of all diplomatic beneficiaries last year, including parliamentarians and other notable Zimbabweans, but Mujuru’s name was deleted last month,” said one of the officials with knowledge about the new developments. “She no longer has the privileges of visa free movement, and has to apply for travelling visas like everyone else because she is no longer in government. This way the intelligence service can have a record of her itinerary in advance before she leaves the country on her personal or other business.”
A diplomatic passport is a passport which is issued to someone who must travel Internationally on official state business.
Members of the country’s presidency including Mugabe and his wife Grace hold diplomatic passports together with their family members. The same goes for the vice presidents, top ministers and their families.
Musician Oliver Mtukudzi, and swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry are among prominent Zimbabweans who have been granted diplomatic passports by Mugabe.
Some of the benefits and privileges of such a passport are:
- Red carpet treatment by International governments.
- Confidential movement and activity.
- When travelling, one may use the diplomatic channel at airports and will not be subject to time delaying and annoying customs checks.
12 August 2015
ISIS in Egypt have beheaded the Croatian hostage who they kidnapped on July 22nd in Cairo. The man, 30-year-old father of two Tomislav Salopek, was seen begging for his life in a chilling video message released last week by ISIS. ISIS had threatened to execute him unless 'all Muslim women' are freed from Egyptian jails. An ISIS supporter shared a photo of his body on Twitter today.
The gruesome image (which has been censored) shows Mr Salopek's severed head placed on his back and buried in the sand next to his bloodied corpse is the chilling black and white flag used by ISIS.
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