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Kenyans shop at Naivas supermarket in Kasarani, Nairobi, on October 25, 2017 ahead of the election. Most supermarkets recorded high sales.

BY JAMES KAHONGEH
Nairobi residents engaged in panic buying on Wednesday as the country prepared for Thursday's election.
Most supermarkets in the city and its environs recorded a high number of shoppers who were mostly stocking foodstuff and other essentials.
A spot check at various supermarkets showed the items Kenyans were buying in bulk: maize and wheat flour, cooking oil, sugar, rice, long-life milk, groceries, drinking water and toilet paper.
CUSTOMERS
Naivas and Powerstar supermarkets in Kasarani were teeming with shoppers.
"Most of our customers usually shop in the evening after work and during the weekend.
"But, today has been different as shoppers started coming in from as early as 8.30am when we opened.
"We have been stuffing the shelves since morning. We don't have more cooking oil stock besides what is in the shelves," an attendant at Powerstar Supermarket said.
PROFIT
There was also heightened shopping activity at Naivas supermarket with attendants saying they had sold more maize flour on Tuesday and Wednesday than they usually sell in two weeks on ordinary days.
Speaking to the Nation, Naivas Chief Operating Officer Willy Kimani confirmed the sudden boom in business.
He said the store had recorded almost a 40 per cent rise in sales this week, and attributed the scenario to the uncertainty surrounding Thursday's repeat presidential election.
"Most of our branches all over the country have reported high sales.
"Unlike in August when we were caught off-guard, this time around we had anticipated that Kenyans would engage in panic buying and, therefore, stocked adequately, especially basic commodities.
"Our branches will close only for a day (today) and reopen on Friday," Mr Kimani said.
PEACE
Ms Jane Njeri, a resident of Mwiki in Kasarani, said she was hopeful that there would be peace during and after the election.
"I do not anticipate instability after the election, but I have bought enough foodstuff for my family just in case things don't go well," she said.
At the Game store at Garden City mall, most shelves for fresh vegetables, bread, milk and water had been cleared by 4pm today.
FOOD
The management said they would have to restock most items after reopening later this week.
Tuskys supermarket branches on Tom Mboya Street and Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi recorded an equally high number of shoppers as Kenyans engaged in a last-minute shopping.
A section of Kenyans was buying foodstuff and other essentials as they prepared to leave the city for upcountry. POLITICS







 
​Progressive Innovative Movement of Zimbabwe president, Tendai Munyanduri

BY TENDAI MUNYANDURI
A scientifically literate Presidium is the panacea for solving problems in Zimbabwe, which include money shortages, food and water problems.
Companies and industries are basically science with commerce and arts being support services. In order to create employment and to industrialize, a Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) literate leadership and Presidium is key.
The reason why Zanu PF has failed to create employment is that it has an Arts-based leadership. Both the Zanu PF leadership and all the leaders of the three arms of government are lawyers. The problem with lawyers only leadership is that lawyers think everyone is a thief and they create jobs in the security sector which is a non-productive sector.
More jobs should be produced in productive sectors where there is something tangible produced after a period of time which is basically scientific.
Zanu PF has been ignoring the core qualifications of ministries in appointing ministers leading to gross misposting of talent. Refined scientific knowledge from below is corrupted by a scientifically illiterate Presidium. If the Presidium tries to be advised by subordinates they will have little knowledge of ministries under them. In English there is a proverb which says, 'Little knowledge is dangerous'. The ministers will literally be fish out of water if appointed to ministries/ portfolios for which they do not have core-qualifications.
In the three arms of government, the executive, legislature and judiciary, the President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers are the executive and have executive powers .
Scientific leadership is the missing link in Zimbabwe for job creation, solving money shortage problems, industrialize and therefore to achieve prosperity. A scientifically illiterate President has got no clue in directing the trajectory of industrial development and hence industry closures in Zimbabwe- a case of shooting in the dark.
If we are to borrow from international observations , the previous Chinese President was an electrical  engineer and it became the fastest growing economy in the world because the leader was scientifically literate. The current Chinese President is a hydraulic engineer and still scientifically literate. In United States of America and Europe where lawyers were Prime Ministers, there were unending recessions and it was reported that America owed billions and billions of dollars to China. Although America and Europe in general were bigger economies than China because of historical reasons, their rate of growth under lawyers were slower than that of China under scientific leadership of an electrical engineer.
It was reported that if the current trends persist, America will be overtaken by China in 20 years' time. Germany, with a President with a PhD in Physics, is also an industrial leader in Europe because the premier is scientifically literate.
Borrowing from African experience, Malawi  which was led by Kamuzu Banda, a medical doctor by training and, therefore, scientifically literate president,  never experienced a situation where you would put money in a wheel barrow to buy a loaf of bread as happened in Zambia and Zimbabwe where a trillion dollars could not buy even a sweet. Malawi whose revolution was led by a scientist never experienced massive deaths due to war as he was aware of persuasive sciences unlike in Zimbabwe.
Professions that emanate from the royal STEM 'O' and 'A' level science class are :-
(1)Doctors, pharmacists  and nurses. (2)Engineers, technicians and electricians. (3)mining engineers and geologists (3)crop scientists and agricultural extension officers. (4)metallurgists, fitters  and artisans. (5)computer scientists and knowledge engineers. (6)motor mechanics  and auto-electricians. (7)Veterinary scientists and animal science specialists (8) town planners and draftspersons, among many others up and downstream.
All the above professions which are key to industrial development and export rejuvenation, are vocations in which the current crop of Zanu PF leadership is totally illiterate.
All the heads of the three arms of government under Zanu PF are scientifically illiterate. They have no clue on how to improve the economy – a case of shooting in the dark.
All knowledge from the above professions will be corrupted by a STEM illiterate Presidium leading to massive unemployment, premature deaths in hospitals, poor roads networks and industry closures. What Zimbabwe needs for prosperity is scientific leadership, which can only be provided by a president from any of the above professions, especially engineering and medicine.
Zanu PF is leading a government that cannot even manufacture a spoon or a knife because it is specifically biased towards Law, or broadly arts-based. To Zanu PF, law is everything and the party has a blind spot for sciences and hence gross incompetence by the presidium leading to an economic meltdown and social service disruption.
What Zimbabweans need is the rule of prosperity and not the rule by law.
As part of voter education, we as PIMZ, urge Zimbabweans to register and vote for a scientifically literate president and scientifically literate Members of Parliament for technological development and economic growth to kick-start.
What Zimbabweans most need is  to STEMATIZE the Presidium through their vote if it is to industrialize and catch up with the rest of the developed world.
(The author is an electrical engineer with a State enterprise endowed with various qualifications, among them three Master of Sciences. He is president of opposition political party, the Progressive Innovative Movement of Zimbabwe and has contested for the Kadoma Urban seat in previous elections). OPINION



​Zimbabwe Republic Police logo 

BY VALENTINE MAPONGA
A Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)assistant commissioner and an inspector were this week sentenced to 24 months imprisonment after a Harare magistrate found them guilty of swindling $4 000 from the ZRP's Kuyedza Women's Club.
Harare magistrate, Josephine Sande convicted suspended police Assistant Commissioner Fortunate Chirara and Inspector John Madhuku of theft, before slapping them with imprisonment.
However, Chirara and Madhuku will effectively serve nine months jail term after the presiding magistrate suspended six months on condition of good behaviour and another nine months on condition they restitute the ZRP of $2 300 each.
The two denied the charges by singling out Commissioner Chengeta's wife, Mirriam Maidei, saying the latter incurred various costs at Kuyedza Women's Club, but her expenditure receipts were not presented to the audit team.
The convicts had further averred some receipts relating to Maidei and her driver, one Assistant Inspector Rusengo, who provided services at Bauffer Lodge on May 1 last year on Kuyedza's fund, were missing.
Chirara and Madhuku also told the court that the receipts for water, which was bought for guests at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, were deliberately not included in an effort to nail them, as were receipts for food bought at Chicken Inn in Bulawayo for all Kuyedza Club members.
During cross-examination of the State witness, Commissioner Chengeta denied that the money was withdrawn at the instance of Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri's wife, Isabel, saying Chirara acted in connivance with Madhuku to fleece the club.
Chirara was the senior staff officer in the club, while Madhuku was attached to the Kuyedza Women's Club and both were based at the Police General Headquarters.
Chirara's duties included overall supervision of all police officers attached to the club and overall coordination of the activities in the club. Madhuku was one of the signatories to the club's bank accout.
From 2015, the State, alleged that the two hatched a plan to steal from the club where they would convert various amounts of money to their own use each time they authorised purchases of goods.
As a result of their actions, the club lost $4 000 and nothing was recovered.
The club was established as an empowerment vehicle by the wives of the police officers residing in camps, through-out Zimbabwe, to help them with self-sustaining projects. TOP NEWS




The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition is deeply concerned with the disruption of a prayer meeting by the police that was scheduled for Bhalagwe on Saturday 21 October 2017 under the theme: 'Dispossessed in Life and Dishonored in Death: Bhalagwe Victims Remembered 2017.'
Bhalagwe is a mass grave where thousands of people were reportedly killed or buried alive by the North Korea-trained Fifth Brigade during Gukurahundi.
The prayer meeting was organised by Bulawayo-based CSO, Ibhetshu likaZulu, and was set to be a memorial service for victims of Gukurahundi massacres at Bhalagwe in Maphisa. The police have been notorious for cancelling similar events since 2011 and their actions continue to confirm that they are a captured institution.
As CiZC we contend that the practise of memorialization is one of the many avenues that seek to bring closure to victims and survivors of gross human rights abuses and survivors of genocide. The practise of memorialization is a global concept, with countries such as Rwanda annually holding memorials for victims of genocide while in Germany Holocaust denialism is a criminal offense.
In our view the foiled prayer meeting was not only legal but is in line with national principles of good governance enshrined in the Constitution that seek to foster national unity, peace and stability.  In the same vein we view actions of those that seek to deny justice for victims and survivors of the Gukurahundi genocide as criminal and infringing on individual and group rights to assemble and express themselves. The actions of the police can only be interpreted as expressing their support for the state sponsored inhumane killings of the 1980s.
The recent actions of the police under instruction from the state which continues to pay lip-service to the Gukurahundi massacres are deplorable and a grave concern for the justice order in Zimbabwe. We note that 30 years later, the Executive has not acknowledged these inhumane killings neither has it made a public apology to the affected families.
We are worried that the state and its agents have been consistent in intimidating already fragile and traumatized populations in the Matabeleland and Midlands regions by promising to unleash similar violence during electoral periods.
We are equally concerned that numerous public programmes meant to bring closure to the massacres continue to be foiled by the state, cases being the foiled Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration and currently the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, which has spent half of its 10 year tenure before being operationalized.
We call upon the government of Zimbabwe to immediately:
Develop through inclusive consultations and roll out a citizen centred National Healing and Reconciliation programme that should be built around: Transparency, Truth and Truth Telling, Justice, Respect for the constitution, human rights and rule of law
Outlaw Gukurahundi denialism and apply lustration on all past and present violators from holding positions of authority on the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission  
Restore the institutional integrity of the Zimbabwe Police Services through a Depoliticisation programme that is built on diversity and inclusion
Allow civil society to undertake initiatives that seek to foster reconciliation in our society and advocacy for the redress of past and current injustices.-CiZC. OPINION





BY MICAHEL MAGORONGA
A Form 1 pupil at Batanayi High School in Redcliff was arraigned in court last week facing murder charges after he murdered another man in a brawl involving a Sixth form female student.
The teenager (name withheld), appeared before Kwekwe magistrate, Story Rushambwa, for beating a 21-year-old accusing him of being in love with his girlfriend.
Prosecuting during the teenager's brief appearance in court, Nyasha Ndoro told the court that the incident took place over the weekend.
On the fateful day, Ndoro told the court, the teenager was in the company of the girl in question, whose name was not mentioned in court, when the now deceased arrived.
"The deceased arrived at the girl's place with the intention to inquire about his lover as per norm," said Ndoro.
Upon arrival, the court heard, the teenager starting shouting obscenities to the now deceased accusing him of dating his girlfriend.
The girl, a Lower Sixth student at Batanayi High School, tried to intervene but failed to calm the Form 1 pupil who continued seething. 
"He (the teenager) suddenly grabbed a chair before striking the man on the head and he fell unconscious," Ndoro narrated.
He was ferried to Kwekwe General Hospital before being transferred to Parirenyatwa Hospital where he died upon admission.
The teenager was remanded in custody to 30 October 2017. LOCAL




​Zanu PF Administration secretary, Ignatius Chombo

BY STAFF REPORTER
Government is going back to the drawing board to find a solution to challenges being experienced by potential voters as many people are unable to register for failing to produce proof of residence. 
Addressing the Zanu-PF leadership, which included Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa and party supporters at Fair Acres Arda Estate in Zhombe last week, Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration, Ignatius Chombo said reports on the ground indicated that people were facing difficulties to register under the new Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) system. He said many people were being turned away because they did not have proof of residence. 
"The voter registration programme is going on well, but there are some challenges facing the people, mainly to do with the issue of affidavits for proof of residence," he said.
"Some people have been turned away. So, we are going to sit down and look into the problem and see how that problem can be addressed." 
Chombo's call follows rampant reports of traditional leaders charging villagers in rural areas various amounts of up to $1 to facilitate getting a proof of residence affidavit. 
Chombo, who is also the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, said the voter registration programme was targeting 5,5 million people. He said the target was achievable if all citizens aged over 18 years registered.
Chombo said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) was starting afresh the process of registering voters, a development he said meant that even those who have been voting since 1980 should go and register a new. 
"This voter registration programme by ZEC means they are starting from scratch and we are targeting 5,5 million people over 18 years," he said.
"This means everyone should go and register since ZEC no longer has old names. Those who say they have been voting since 1980 should register because they will be disappointed when they find their names missing come election day." 
Chombo said patriotic Zimbabweans should take a leading role by registering. He said in two weeks' time, Zanu-PF provincial chairpersons will meet in Harare to give an update on the registration of party members.
"Zanu-PF should win the 2018 election by a landslide and it's only possible if the members go and register and vote," said Chombo.
"So, we call upon every party member to go and register and vote for President Mugabe and Zanu-PF. Provincial chairpersons are coming to Harare in two weeks to give reports on the current registration programme. We want positive results."
Various elections stakeholders have been calling on the scrapping of the proof of residence requirement, arguing it was not fullproof as nobody could verfy their authenticity, neither was it necessary.L OCAL




Harare City Council's proposal to hike water charges for domestic use has provoked a strong reaction from residents already struggling to settle their bills. In its $319, 5 million budget for 2018, council proposed to increase water charges for high-density suburbs to 70 cents from the current 25 cents for 1-10 cubic metres.
For 11-20 cubic meters, the charge rises to 80 cents from 50 cents and for water above 20 cubic metres council proposes an increase to a $1 from 75 cents. For low-density areas, council wants to raise water charges from the current 40 cents to 70 cents for 1-10 cubic metres, while for 11-20 cubic metres would rise from 80 cents to $1,20.
For 20 cubic metres council proposes an increase to $1,50 from $1. If the budget tabled last week is approved, it means turning on the tap in the capital will be more costly for already hard-pressed residents.
The proposed increases belie claims by Harare council, which announced last week that it would slash industrial and commercial fixed water charges to $25 from $50 and scrap fixed water charges for low and high-density areas if the $319, 5 million budget was approved.
Harare Residents Trust (HRT) said council wanted to deceive residents.
"The so-called scrapping of fixed water charges is a massive deception by the City of Harare," said HRT on its Facebook post. They propose to actually increase the cost of water."
HRT director, Precious Shumba warned residents not to be fooled by council's proposal to cut fixed water charges as the move did not make sense when the local council was raising water charges through the back door.
"The increases in the cost of water in my view is the back door privatisation of water services," said Shumba.
"The socio-economic impact of this increase will be felt shortly across the capital, and given the fragility of the economic situation, a lot of residents will sink in debt."
Harare public relations manager, Michael Chideme could not be reached for comment as he was reportedly out of the country.
Harare has proposed to scrap industrial and commercial fixed water charges to $25 from $50 and scrap fixed water charges for low and high-density areas in its $319, 5 million budget for 2018.
Fixed charges are currently $9 and $4 for low-density and high density areas respectively. 
Presenting the budget at Town House last week, finance and development committee chairman, Councillor Luckson Mukunguma, said the city expected to realise $269,3 million, from which salaries and allowances will chew up $114,8 million.
The remaining $154,5 million would go towards service delivery. Much of the revenues are expected from increased water sales and enforcement of property tax payments for domestic, industrial and commercial stands and buildings. HCC also plans to expand refuse collection to areas that were not covered before.
Harare is proposing to float international tenders for the procurement of imported water treatment chemicals. There are also plans to buy locally manufactured water treatment chemicals and other goods and services direct from the manufacturers.
Last year, the city had proposed a $448 million budget for 2017 which Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing minister, Saviour Kasukuwere rejected, saying it was too high.
He then approved a revised budget of $328,2 million after the local authority trimmed it by more than $100 million.- Online. LOCAL

 
A 33-year-old Mberengwa man was arrested for allegedly raping his 15-year-old sister-in-law in the bush and later locking her in his bedroom. The man, from Dabula Village under Chief Muposi in Mberengwa, appeared before Mberengwa resident magistrate Evia Matura last week, facing one count of rape.
He pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody to 28 October for trial. 
In his defence, the man told the court that he had engaged in consensual sex with his sister-in-law in the bush.
"I had consensual sexual intercourse with the complainant, she knew what we were getting to when we started playing together," he said.
Prosecuting, Wadzanayi Shayanewako told the court that on August 15 last year around 5pm, the accused and the complainant were on their way home from a local business centre.
"While on the way, the accused person dragged his sister-in-law into a nearby bush, ordered her to undress and threatened to hit her with a wooden log if she did not comply," she said.
"In fear, she complied and the accused person tripped her and she fell down facing upwards."
The accused person allegedly raped her once.
The court heard that after raping the complainant, the accused took her to his homestead and locked her in his bedroom. It was not stated in court why the accused locked the complainant and for how long.- By Correspondent. LOCAL




​JSC secretary Rita Makarau

 The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has requested government to upgrade a circuit court at Mutasa, Manicaland province, to a permanent resident magistrate's court station in its quest to bring justice to the people. 
This followed a week-long tour of the province's six court stations by JSC Secretary Justice Rita Makarau and her entourage recently to assess the performance of the courts, challenges facing the stations and to immediately intervene when possible.
The team visited the circuit court premises and discovered that it had all that was needed for a stand-alone permanent court station. JSC deputy secretary Mr Munamato Mutevedzi said Mutasa deserved higher status and the Commission had since made a recommendation to the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
"Mutasa is a Circuit Court with a difference," he said. "It has a state-of-the art court house. It is one of the few courts in the country with witnesses' quarters and arguably the second cleanest premises in Manicaland. The Secretary noted the undesirability of the modern infrastructure at Mutasa turning into a white elephant. We have since sent a memorandum to the ministry justifying why we seek resident court status for Mutasa."
Mutasa is a Circuit Court for Nyanga Magistrates' Court. Magistrates travel to Mutasa once a week to deal with criminal and civil cases. If granted Resident Magistrate Court status, Mutasa will be the seventh permanent court in Manicaland. 
Provincial Affairs Minister for Manicaland, Mandi Chimene has hailed the development, saying it will bring justice to the people. Minister Chimene said the court station, if established, will cut the distance travelled by litigants to Mutare or Nyanga for some cases.
"We welcome the development in our province," she said. "That is set to mitigate on costs associated with the travel of litigants to either Mutare or Nyanga for some court cases. That is good for us and it will bring justice to the people." 
Justice Makarau's tour of Manicaland saw six stations in the province receiving office furniture and equipment as part of JSC's drive to standardise furniture at all courts.
Magistrates' Courts in Rusape, Chipinge, Mutare (Civil and Criminal), Murambinda and Nyanga benefited from the visits. The Commission delivered identical lounge suites for the offices of residents magistrates, photocopiers and visitors chairs. 
Justice Makarau is expected to visit court stations in other provinces. LOCAL


The Local Government Board has appointed Solomon Gabaza as the substantive Rusape Town Council secretary following a gruelling selection process.  Gabaza (47) has been the front runner for the job after the departure of former secretary, Joshua Maligwa, who joined Mutare City Council in April as its town clerk.
Former Mvurwi and Chinhoyi town clerk, Mungororo Mazai and Chitungwiza audit manager, Jimmy Chiundura were the other candidates interviewed by the board.  Gabaza, who was the town treasurer, was unanimously endorsed by the nine councillors present at a special full council meeting held this week. The letter from the Local Government Board was not debated, as the councillors said they were in full agreement with the appointment.
Gabaza has been with Rusape council for the past seven years during which he held key positions such as administration officer, treasurer and acting town secretary. Before joining Rusape, Gabaza worked as a teacher, auditor at the then Auditor and Comptroller-General's office, OK Zimbabwe and Spar Zimbabwe. He holds various qualifications such as BComm Accounting, Masters of Business Administration and is still furthering his education.  Gabaza is also a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 
Rusape Town Council chairman Alderman Amon Chawasarira said they were happy that the candidate they had placed first during interviews was appointed. He said Mr Gabaza was a dynamic team builder and a strategic administrator, who can propel Rusape to greater heights.
"We are relieved that the ministry and the board concurred with us that Gabaza is the best person to lead this town, said Ald Chawasarira.
"We have full confidence that he can take this town to the next level because he has qualities of a competent leader. In the past we used to get secretaries from other towns, but this time we have a home grown person. We hope he will use his experience and knowledge of Rusape to drive this town forward.
"He is an expert in finance and he demonstrated this well when he was the treasurer. He is a good communicator and we want him to help to maintain good relations with all our stakeholders. We call upon residents to rally behind him by paying their rates so that he has no challenges in delivering quality service."  Gabaza said he was humbled to be given the opportunity to be at the helm of the town and would work extra hard to deliver. Rusape Residents Trust chairman, Martin Chaburumunda also welcomed the appointment of Gabaza. LOCAL


​Akon
American singer, Aliaune Thiam Damala, better known as Akon, in partnership with the Mozambican association Machel Fidus, has agreed to inject US$50 million into a project to electrify rural areas in the central provinces of Manica and Sofala through solar power.
Machel Fidus describes itself as "a Mozambican non-profit organization, led by a strong-willed, sharp-minded, motivated and dynamic young team of entrepreneurs, which aims to promote and implement long lasting sustainable social development projects in Mozambique".
Its founder and chairperson is Malenga Machel, the youngest son of the country's first President, Samora Machel. Mozambique is the first southern African country to establish a partnership with Akon in the continent-wide project known as Akon Lighting Africa.
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Leticia Klemens, launched the project in Maputo on 12 October. She stressed, "health, education and water supply systems need electricity, if they are to function, and the lack of electricity brings a low level of development".
Akon himself, who is of Senegalese origin, told the launch ceremony that Mozambique, like other African countries, needs a system of renewable energies, particularly in the countryside, which can create opportunities for young people.
Akon Lighting Africa is already being implemented in 11 countries, including Kenta, Senegal, Mali, Gabon and Guinea-Conakry.-Agency. ENTERTAINMENT






BY VALENTINE MAPONGA
The trial of an army soldier, who was arrested last month on allegations of violating the Parks and Wildlife Act after he was allegedly found in possession of two elephant tusks, has resumed at the Harare Magistrates' Court with the State calling its first witness.
The soldier, Dispace Mukono, who is based at the Zimbabwe Staff College KG-VI, pleaded not guilty to the offence before provincial magistrate, Nomsa Sabarauta.
In denying the allegations Mukono, through his lawyer Twanda Takaendesa, told the court he was offered a lift by an unnamed white man from Mbare suburb to the city centre via Long Chen Mall, where the driver intended to drop off one of the passengers who was aboard.
He said while parked at the Long Chen Mall, a group of police officer arrived and announced that all the occupants in the car were under arrest. After searching the car, according to Takaendesa, that is when the police discovered the said ivory.
 "My client was surprised to see a docket being opened against him alone leaving the white man who was the owner of the car. He is of the view that the police officers are trying to protect the white man. We, therefore, pray that he be acquitted," said Takaendesa.
The trial was adjourned since the exhibits officer was not available and trial will continue on 1 November 2017.
 Francesca Mukumbiri appeared on behalf of the State.
 If convicted of the offence, Mukono is likely to get the mandatory nine-year jail term without an option of a fine.
 It is the State's case that on September 17 this year, detectives from the Minerals and Border Control Unit received information that Mukono was in possession of two elephant tusks and was at the Long Cheng Plaza shopping complex intending to sell them.
The State alleges the detectives went there, purported to be buyers and approached Mukono, who at the time, was waiting for the 'buyers' at the mall's car park.
The State further alleges the detectives then identified themselves as police officers before searching his bag, which he was holding, from where they recovered the contraband wrapped in a plastic bag.
Mukono was asked to produce a licence, but failed to do so, leading to his arrest. The recovered tusks weighed 3,67kg and were valued at $623, 90. LOCAL




BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
A Zanu PF district chairlady from Banket tried to commit suicide by drinking an overdose of pills following an altercation with her son, allegedly employed by the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), who pointed a gun demanding that she reveals the 'real' identity of his biological father.
The woman, identified as Kaseke, who refused to give her first name, tried to end her life after her son, Ricardo Washeni, threatened to kill her, accusing her of lying on his father's identity.
Kaseke was recently rushed to Banket District Hospital where she was discharged a day later.
According to close friends and relatives, Washeni had all along been made to believe that the now deceased man only identified as Timothy from next door was, infact, his biological father.
But to his shock, Washeni recently discovered that the said neighbour, who had had an illicit love relationship with Kaseke many years ago, was actually not his father.
Washeni, who is a government spy working in China's Zimbabwe Consulate, only discovered the "truth" after his mother tried to sneak his name in the estate of the late neighbour in a bid to get a part of the deceased's inheritance as she was reportedly targeting the house.
It is reported that after sensing Kaseke's ill-intentions, Timothy's relatives spilled the beans to Washeni over his paternity and that he was not part of their family.
"They told him to ask his mother, whom they said had had an affair with the late man when she was already pregnant with Ricardo who is now in his early 30s," a source told NewsAnchor.
"What happened is that Ricardo got angry after he discovered that the man he was made to believe was his father was in fact merely his mother's boyfriend. This was after Kaseke tried to get her son to be part of the estate of her former lover claiming that Ricardo was supposed to get the house, to which the relatives of the deceased objected. They knew all along his real father and challenged Washeni to confront his mother over the real identity of his dad," the source said.
Ironically, Washeni, who was recently in Zimbabwe had reportedly just bought his mother a house in one of Harare's leafy suburbs which he intended to hand over to her before returning to his China base.
Washeni is said to have sneaked out of the country immediately after threatening his mother with death by pointing a gun at her, leading to her attempting suicide and being hospitalised.
A close relative said Washeni got to know about his biological father whilst he was still in secondary school at  Kuwadzana High until the time his mother tried to force him to demand a part of the estate belonging to her deceased next-door lover.
Washeni declined to comment on the issue saying it was a family matter that did not warrant media attention.
Washeni gained notoriety for allegedly causing the arrest of opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) members accused of recruiting candidates destined for military training in Botswana. The group included Concilia Chinhanzvavana, who is currently a proportional representation Member of Parliament, her husband and their son, then aged 2-years-old.
 "That is what happened. If you teach your own child to kill innocent people, actually they will one day be capable of killing their own mother. This shows that the regime can turn you into a murderer," said Eliot Jim, a relative of slain MDC activist, Joshua Bakacheza, who was reportedly sold out at his hideout by Washeni after he managed to 'sweet-talk' his younger brother, who was also his friend, to reveal Bakacheza's whereabouts. LOCAL





BY ALFRED TEMBO in Lusaka
Africa's home grown television network, Kwese TV has resolved to unpack another trendy tech-product which is expected to cement its brand in Zambia.
Kwese TV general manager, Kapa Kaumba told the media in Lusaka that her company was launching a tailored service to suit consumers' fast changing needs hence bringing Kwese TV to the front line as the only Pan African brand and market leader in pay-television services.
 Kaumba said, "Because Kwese is digital, it means it is accessible everywhere and this quality content is accessible now. Very soon we are launching Kwese Play, allowing consumers with access to optic fibre connection and data to stream as many channels as possible and watch TV on the move from mobile phone at any time."
 As a true African brand Kwese is taking advantage of the rising number of smart phone users to deliver unique content and programming to consumers on their terms.
 Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) reported that in 2012, internet users increased from 2, 3 million to five million in 2015 with majority users being through mobile cellular networks, accounting for 99 percent. And the increase represents a 32, 2 percent rise in 2015 compared to 17, 3 percent in 2012. During the same period Zambia recorded significant increase in the number of mobile phone subscribers from 2, 6 million in 2007 to 10, 9 million in 2015.
In the report, ZICTA attributes improvement in service penetration across Zambia from 22, 5 percent in 2007 to 70, 3 percent in 2015, to meet services demand for over 14 million in the country.-BUSINESS





BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
A local businessman is contemplating suing the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings for negligence and dereliction of duty following the electrocution of his two cattle valued at $2 000.
Charles Mugabe, who breeds and fattens cattle for his butchery business in Banket, says his two beasts succumbed to shock after they got into contact with fallen overhead pylons at his Northern Banket farm on 17 October 2017.
Mugabe told NewsAnchor he lodged a report of fallen power lines with ZESA's subsidiary, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), in March this year and technicians attended the scene but promised to return to fix the poles which had fallen.
"The workmen said they would come back and put new poles after the rains had stopped but never returned. The power cables were dangling and as the rains persisted they continued to go down until they fell to the ground.
"Last week, that's six months later, my cattle came into contact with the live power cables and were electrocuted to death. Again, I reported the incident to ZESA which dispatched technicians who merely disconnected power, but did not bother to rectify the problem. This incident could have been avoided had ZESA acted on time," narrated the distraught farmer-cum-butchery owner.
The matter was reported at Banket Police Station who confirmed the incident.
When contacted for comment officials at ZESA Northern Region headquarters in Chinhoyi said they were still compiling "a detailed report" on the matter, before promising to furnish this newspaper with further information which they never did.
Efforts to get comment from ZESA Holdings spokesperson, Fullard Gwasira, were fruitless at the time of writing.
Mugabe said he was going to take legal action against the power utility if it continues playing hard ball.
"I am thinking of suing ZESA for causing this huge loss to my business concern due to their negligence and dereliction of duty. They should own up and compensate me for the loss than play ignorant," he said. LOCAL







​Cristiano (2nd right) seats besides son, while Messi and wife follow proceedings

LONDON (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA's best player award.
The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the year on Monday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theatre attended by runner-up Messi and third-placed Neymar.
A second successive honour for Ronaldo was expected after a season in which the Portuguese eclipsed his award counterparts in the trophy stakes.
As well as Spanish league and Spanish Super Cup success, Ronaldo scored twice in the Champions League final against Juventus to win European soccer's elite competition for the third time in four seasons.
Ronaldo's coach at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, was crowned coach of the year.
FIFA has shifted its award ceremony from its usual January slot to October so players are judged across a season — based on the typical European schedule — rather than the calendar year.
The women's award honoured the Netherlands' success at the European Championship in August. Lieke Martens, who scored in the final win over Denmark, won the player's award and Sarina Wiegman collected the coaching accolade.
The Puskas Award for best goal went to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for a scorpion-style kick. The Puskas Award-winning goal from an overhead back-heeled strike came on New Year's Day in Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.
Pic Caption: Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant). SPORT





​Outgoing CBZ chief executive Never Nyemudzo

Group chief executive officer of CBZ Holdings Never Nyemudzo is now on leave pending his retirement on December 31, 2017. 
In a statement Monday, CBZ said Peter Zimunya, who is the managing director of CBZ Bank, will take over as acting CEO with immediate effect. 
"The CBZ Holdings Limited Board of Directors announces that Never Nyemudzo will be retiring from the Group with effect from 31 December 2017, after three years as Group Chief Executive Officer," said the firm.
"In the meantime and with immediate effect, Never Nyemudzo will proceed on leave and Peter Zimunya will assume the role of Acting Group Chief Executive Officer. Peter Zimunya is currently the Managing Director for CBZ Bank Limited.
"The Board acknowledges Never's leadership and service to the Group, having joined the Group in 2008 as the Group Finance Director and his subsequent appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Never created immense value as he continued with the growth of the Company to its current position of being the leading financial institution in Zimbabwe."
Nyemudzo, who takes a bow three years after taking up the post, replaced former CEO Dr John Mangudya who was appointed Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor on May 1, 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from University of Zimbabwe.
 CBZ Holdings in the country's biggest financial institution by assets.-Online. BUSINESS







​The blaze that ravaged Mufumbwe police post

Mufumbwe villagers set alight Mufumbwe Police Station following attempts by police to stop what is locally called "chikondo", a traditional belief meaning "a moving coffin" from taking place after the death of Martha Mingochi of Kakilufya area of Mufumbwe district, a Grade 11 pupil at a local secondary school who died recently.
When police advised the villagers to stop the procession, the angry mob threw stones at officers, prompting them to retreat and seek shelter at the station. However, the marauding crowd pursued the officers and burnt the premises and in the process, two vehicles and office materials were also gutted.
The mob was hunting down a suspected wizard whom they accused of having caused the death of the deceased but by the time of the incident, they had not yet found him.
Some police officers were injured in the melee and were identified as Constable Kamwengo, Sergeant Tembo and Reserve Constable Munangandu.
Two cars, a Canter belonging to Inspector Kalunyange and a Toyota Noa , property of Nkinke Nelson which was parked at the station by Court Bailiffs were also burnt.
Police spokesperson, Esther Katongo expressed her disappointment over the incident.
"As Zambia police, we register our disappointment at the continued behaviour by members of the public of venting their anger on public property in instances where they feel aggrieved. Such practices are detrimental to the wellbeing of the economy and as police we will not allow people to disregard the law with impunity," Katongo said.
"The matter will fully be investigated and anyone that will be found wanting will not be spared but arrested and prosecuted. Destroying of police stations does not disadvantage police officers but the same members of the public who instigate or take part in destroying the infrastructure."
She warned, "We will not leave any stone unturned in our investigations until all those that played a role in this matter are brought to book."-Online. INTERNATIONAL






BY NHLALO NDABA
When ugly is the new cool‚ be assured Zimbabwe will have a representative at the inaugural Mr Ugly Africa pageant to be hosted by South Africa next year.
Zimbabwe pioneered the competition‚ which celebrates "ugly men"‚ and on 25 November this year‚ 13 male contestants will compete for the unique title.
"The winner must have something that goes beyond looks. A good character is one of the key elements we are looking for‚" said pageant organiser, David Machowa.
The competition started off as a local town contest in 2009 and Machowa saw the potential and made it a national event in 2012. He believes the competition has legs and hopes that it will spread even further.
"Next year‚ if things are possible‚ we could have Mr Ugly World‚" said Machowa.
The outgoing Mr Ugly Zimbabwe is Mison Sere (42‚ a then unemployed father of three. He beat three time winner, William Masvinu who came in as the first prince.
"There is no limit to how many times one can enter or win the contest as long as they are the ugliest dude around‚" added Machowa.
Past winners include a traditional healer‚ night club bouncer and a rank tout.
The winners will compete in an African version of the event in SA in 2018. ENTERTAINMENT






Botswana President Ian Khama welcomed at
airport by Zambian President Edgar Lungu

Several Heads of State and Government have sent messages of congratulations to President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Zambians on the occasion marking the country's 53rd Independence anniversary which fell Tuesday.
United States of America (USA) President Donald Trump, in his congratulatory message to President Lungu, said the United States looks forward to deepening the strong partnership between Zambia and the US in the years ahead, as the two countries work together on democratic governance, the rule of law, and economic prosperity for all Zambians.
"Best wishes to you and the people of Zambia on the 53rd anniversary of your independence. On behalf of the American people, l wish you and the Zambian people peace and prosperity," President Donald J. Trump said.
And Ethiopia's President Dr. Mulatu Teshome expressed confidence that the close friendly relations that exist between Zambia and Ethiopia will continue to be further strengthened and developed for the mutual interest of the two peoples.
"On behalf of the people and Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and that of my own l would like to extend to your Excellency and through you, to the brotherly people and Government of the Republic of Zambia my warmest congratulations on the occasion marking the 53rd anniversary of your country's Independence Day."
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in his message reaffirmed his Government's desire to strengthen the excellent bonds of friendship that exist between South Africa and Zambia.
"May l take this opportunity not only to wish Your Excellency's good health, but also to reaffirm our desire to strengthen the excellent bonds of friendship that exist between our sister countries."
President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in his message observed that in Zambia's five decades of its independence, it has established impressive traditions of democracy and the rule of law adding that these must now be maintained and developed through political and social dialogue conducted in a respectful manner. President Steinmeier assured that Germany will stand by Zambia's side when it comes to tackling the tasks that lie ahead and that his country has keen interest to further consolidate and expand the close and amicable partnership that has grown over the decades between the two countries.
"On the occasion of Independence Day in the Republic of Zambia, allow me to offer you and the people of your country my sincere congratulations and those of my fellow Germans. I wish you a sure hand and every success as you strive to further develop your country and enhance the population's prospects for the future," President Steinmeier said.
In other messages, India's President Ram Nath Kovind, said the partnership between the two countries is anchored on shared values and perspectives hence Zambia and India are working together to enhance their development cooperation in education, health, information technology and connectivity.
 "India looks forward to further strengthening the existing warm bonds of friendship with Zambia to ensure greater prosperity of our peoples.
"On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, l extend warm greetings and felicitations to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of the Republic of Zambia on the occasion of your Independence Day. Please accept, Excellency my best wishes for your continued good health and well-being as well as for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of the Republic of Zambia," President Ram Nath Kovind said.
Czech Republic's President Miloš Zeman expressed confidence that as a result of his country opening and embassy in Zambia this year the excellent relations that have existed for many years between Zambia and that country will deepen in the political, economic and development cooperation areas for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
"May l extend to you my heartfelt congratulations on the National Day of your country commemorated on 24th October."
Sierra Leone President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma said, "I wish to extend on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Sierra Leone and on my own behalf warmest felicitations to your Excellency and through you, the Government and the people of the Republic of Zambia, on the occasion of your country's Independence Day Anniversary."
And Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove in his congratulatory message hailed relations between Zambia and Australia noting that the positive bilateral relationship at Government to Government level reflects the shared democratic traditions and history of the two countries as members of the Commonwealth.
"On the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Zambia, I wish to convey to you and the Government and the people of Zambia my warmest wishes, together with those of the Australia Government and people," Sir Cosgrove said.
United Mexican States President, Enrique Peña Nieto said he reaffirmed his firm commitment to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between the peoples of Zambia and Mexico in order to favour mutual development and wellbeing of the two countries."On behalf of the people of Mexico, it is an honour to express my warmest congratulations as you commemorate one more anniversary of the National Day of the Republic of Zambia. I hereby extend cordial greeting and seize this opportunity to express the assurances of my distinguished consideration," President Enrique Peña Nieto said.
Other Presidents who have conveyed their messages include Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz.
"On the occasion of the Fifty-third Anniversary of the Republic of Zambia's proclamation of independence, I warmly congratulate you," President Ruz said.
Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas hailed the historic friendly relations between Zambia and Palestine.
"We are pleased to extend to your Excellency on behalf of the State of Palestine and its people on my own behalf and through you to your esteemed Government and to your friendly people our warm and heartfelt congratulation."
In his message Ireland's President Michael Higgins said, "The people of Ireland join with me in conveying to Your Excellency our sincere congratulations and warmest greetings on the occasion of your National Day."
Meanwhile, their Royal Highnesses have joined World leaders in congratulating President Lungu and the Zambian people. His Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan wished the President and the people of Zambia happiness and prosperity. "On the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Zambia, I have great pleasure in sending Your Excellency my heartfelt congratulations and sincere good wishes for your happiness and for the prosperity of the people of your country," Emperor Akihito said.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco expressed satisfaction with the steadily developing cooperation between Zambia and Morocco and looked forward to continue working with the President to strengthen ties and transform them into a special partnership that would stand as a model f4164or a successful relationship between the two countries. "As the Republic of Zambia celebrates Independence Day, it gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency my warmest congratulations, together with my best wishes for good health and happiness. I also wish the Zambian people continued progress and prosperity under your wise leadership," King Mohammed said.
This is contained in a statement issued to media by President Edgar Lungu's special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda.-Online. INTERNATIONAL



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