BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTER
A livid President Robert Mugabe yesterday fired his long-time ally Emmerson Mnangagwa from the position of Vice President of the country for, among other reasons, disloyalty and undermining his superiors.
Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo, made the announcement at a press conference at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare that was attended by journalists from both public and private media houses.
Reads the statement,"In accordance with the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Number 20 Act of 2013, Section 329, 6th Schedule, Paragraph 14, Sub-paragraph 2, His Excellency the President Cde R.G. Mugabe has exercised his powers to relieve Honourable Vice President E.D. Mnangagwa, of his position as Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect.
"It had become evident that his conduct in the discharge of his duties had become inconsistent with his official responsibilities. The Vice President has consistently and persistently exhibited traits of disloyalty, disrespect, deceitfulness and unreliability.
"He has also demonstrated little probity in the execution of his duties," Minister Khaya Moyo said in the statement.
Section 329, 6th Schedule, Paragraph 14, Sub-paragraph 2 of the Constitution says: "Without delay the person elected as President in any election referred to in Sub-paragraph (1) must appoint not more than two Vice-Presidents, who hold office at his or her pleasure.''
Mnangwagwa, however, remains a Zanu PF party member but various provinces have been calling for his ouster and that of his loyalists, who include Psychomotor minister and Masvingo political god-father, Josaya Hungwe, Water and Climate minister Oppah Muchinguri, who is Grace Mugabe's predecessor in the Zanu PF Women's League, party deputy Administration secretary July Moyo, ex-Labour minister Prisca Mupfumira, among a long list of Mnangagwa's perceived cronies.
Mugabe at the weekend said his deputy could go form his own political party. TOP NEWS
BY NEWSANCHOR CORRESPONDENT
Popular musician, Andy Muridzo had to sprint for dear life in a manner that would leave world sprint record-holder Usain Bolt green with envy after angry fans, mostly school pupils, manhandled and threw missiles at him for arriving late for a family show in Banket.
The incident happened on Saturday at Banket Primary School where the institution hosted a fundraising gala.
Muridzo, who was supposed to start performing at 12pm, only arrived at the venue after 3pm thereby courting the ire of his expectant fans who had patiently waited for their idol.
Muridzo's attempt for a grand entrance back-fired for the Dherira hitmaker after he went into the stadium where he wanted to greet his fans only to be met by angry followers who beat him up while others pelted him with objects that included empty bottles.
The dread-locked musician took to his heels with an angry mob in hot pursuit and had to seek refuge in the hostels.
Security personnel, who included ZRP officers, frantically tried to subdue the marauding crowd in a melee that lasted 30 minutes before sanity was restored.
Muridzo, however, made a bold decision to return to the stage where he played before the same crowd and performed to expectations playing his popular hits and cover versions.
In an interview with NewsAnchor after the show, Muridzo conceded he was to blame for the fracas.
"I was to blame for the incident. I arrived late since I encountered problems with transport logistics along the way," said the talented artist, who is part of award-winning contemporary musician Jah Prayzah's Military Touch Movement. Jah Prayzah was also recently assaulted at his former security aide Cris Nyemba's funeral for allegedly failing to buy beer and food for mourners.
Meanwhile, sungura music exponent, Peter Moyo had a fruitful outing playing at DT Voltage Nightclub in Banket on the same night despite a power outage that lasted almost 15 minutes that threatened to mar the show.
The blackout, sources said, was because proprietors of the venue had not 'juiced up' their pre-paid electricity.
The prepaid power ran out as the Young Igwe was in the midst of his act in the tiny venue. ENTERTAINMENT
BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTER
A Zanu PF politician, who is aspiring to stand as Banket Ward 23 councillor, is nursing injuries following a beating after being caught in a compromising position with a married woman.
Sources told NewsAnchor Justin Chimuzinga was recently fined $700 by a traditional court after confessing to committing adultery with Willard Magora's wife, whose name this publication could not obtain at the time of writing, after he was busted at a love nest.
Magora confirmed the incident, saying concerned residents tipped him of the illicit affair and instituted personal investigations to verify the 'allegations.'
On the day in question, Magora's wife phoned her husband who was in Harare whether he was returning to Banket that same day, but Magora misrepresented that he would not be coming home as he still had outstanding business in the capital.
It is alleged at dusk Magora's wife then left their matrimonial home at Number 1 Saxbee Newman Drive, Banket after lying to her neighbours she was going to attend an all-night prayer meeting at the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) Living To Praise assembly church in Kuwadzana but proceeded to Chimuzinga's house in the same township.
During the same night, Magora drove to Banket and found his wife not at home. Neighbours told him his wife she had gone to church, prompting Magora to hunt her down.
But to Magora's surprise there was no all-night prayer at the said church, further raising his suspicion. Magora, who was being tipped off, then budged at Chimuzinga's residence where he found the lovebirds inside leading to mayhem.
An irate Magora reportedly bashed the adulterous pair before bundling them into his car and drove them to AFM Pastor Reverend Devera's house where he narrated the story.
Magora later drove the two infidels to his house where he further meted instant justice, but his wife managed to escape.
Following the thorough bashing of the pair, Magora proceeded to Banket police where he told authorities what he had done, but was advised to release Chimuzinga whom he had locked at his house. He was warned his actions amounted to kidnapping.
It is said Chimuzinga's son, in the company of the accused's friend, went to report a case of kidnap but reportedly bolted out of the Charge Office after learning Magora was there earlier.
Magora's wife, with a swollen face, also lodged an assault report.
The matter was taken to the traditional court where Chimuzinga admitted to having an adulterous relationship with the married woman but defended himself saying his lover had lied to him that the couple was on separation.
Chief Chidziva fined Chimuzinga $700 after finding him guilty of the offence and bemoaned the high rate of divorces due to infidelity.
Ironically, Chimuzinga divorced his wife earlier this year on allegations of promiscuity. He vowed to appeal against both conviction and sentence. LOCAL NEWS
2 November 2017 – The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) a coalition of 32 Non-Governmental Organisations promoting democratic elections in Zimbabwe is observing the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise which commenced on 10 October 2017. The Network will deploy a total of 2000 observers to cover all the Four Phases of the BVR blitz, to date 938 observers have been deployed. With Phase 1 (One) having been concluded on 25 October 2017, ZESN observers under this Phase reported on a number of issues, including the intimidation of registrants and observers, inadequate voter education and mobilisation, challenges with services of Commissioners of Oath who were not always present at most registration centres.
Opening times and Registration procedures
ZESN observed that at 98% of registration centres where its observers were stationed, the voter registration process was conducted smoothly with registration officials duly following registration procedures. ZESN also observed that 98% of the registration centres opened and closed at stipulated times thereby affording potential registrants ample time to present themselves for registration. At 99% of registration centres where ZESN had observers, everyone who successfully registered had their fingerprints and facial photograph taken and was issued with a registration slip.
Challenges with BVR Kits
At most registration centres where ZESN observed, the BVR equipment functioned well, however there were reports of equipment failure at some centres. ZESN also received reports that the transition and transportation of BVR equipment from Phase 1 to Phase 2 did not proceed smoothly. As a result, a number of registration centres failed to register voters on commencement of phase 2 on 29 October due to the late arrival of registration officials as some of the BVR kits could not be immediately used because they were not charged. Examples of registration centres that experienced challenges of receiving kits that were not charged include at Nyaradzai Hall in Zvishavane Ward 8, Mberengwa East Wards 3 and 5, Mberengwa South Ward 27 and Nyanga South Ward 28 amongst others.
Pre-filling of Affidavit forms
Throughout the first Phase, ZESN received reports of political leaders including Members of Parliament, Ward Councillors and Traditional leaders distributing pre-signed affidavits to their supporters. This conduct is a criminal offence and violates Section 8 of the Justices of Peace and Commissioners of Oaths Act (Chapter 7:09), which provides that the person taking an oath must personally appear before a Commissioner of Oaths.
These disturbing reports of pre-filled affidavits need to be investigated by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) and corrective action should be taken against the offenders. It is critical that all potential registrants freely register in this important exercise. Thus ZESN is concerned by this practice which has fueled intimidation of registrants who are given the pre-filled affidavits on condition that after registering they submit serial numbers on their registration slips. These incidents have been reported in a number of areas for instance, in Ward 17 and 19 Murehwa South, Rushinga Ward 4, and at Iminyela Centre in Mpopoma.
Turnout and Voter Registration Statistics
ZESN observed a general low turnout amongst youths and persons with disabilities. The low turnout of persons with disabilities may be attributed to a number of issues such inadequate awareness programmes and challenges in accessing registration centres. Overally indications are that the Matebeleland region recorded the lowest turnout in Phase 1. ZESN observed that at Sinansengwe Business centre in Binga North ward 4 not a single person presented themselves at the registration centre on 19 October 2017. Low turnout figures were also recorded in Mashonaland East at Shamba Dip tank in Maramba Pfungwe Ward 6, only two people registered on 18 October, while at Kanzire Primary School in the same ward, only one person registered.
According to statistics provided by ZEC, approximately 1,2 million voters were registered under Phase 1. ZESN welcomes the provision of the statistics by ZEC and further appeals to the electoral Commission to provide registration statistics for the BVR process preferably in granular form, disaggregated by ward, sex and age. ZESN also calls upon ZEC to post daily reconciliations of registration statistics outside each registration centre and weekly updates on the ZEC website. Such information will help to enhance transparency and confidence among stakeholders in the process as well as inform civic and voter Education efforts by various stakeholders.
Turned away registrants
In all registration centres, ZESN observers reported a number of cases where some people were turned away for reasons that include having defaced identity documents, presenting photocopy IDs and driver's license as identity documents, not having IDs and appropriate proof of residence, being under age, having expired passports and alien status on IDs. At 100% of the voter registration centres, observers reported that all turned away registrants were duly requested to fill in the VR5 form for turned away voters. As of 31 October 2017, ZEC reported that a total of 32,849 potential registrants had been turned away representing approximately 2.3% of the total registered voters.
Role of Traditional Leaders
ZESN expresses concern over the recent public announcement by traditional leaders endorsing the ruling party for the forthcoming harmonised elections. ZESN notes that such pronouncements are in contravention of Section 281(2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which states that traditional leaders must not belong to any political party nor act in a partisan manner. ZESN observed, during the first phase that traditional leaders were issuing out proof of residence affidavits and letters stating that the registrants reside in areas under their jurisdiction. ZESN reiterates its previous calls for traditional leaders to play their leadership role in a non-partisan manner as this is critical to the creation of a conducive environment that allows for the enjoyment, by their subjects, of the right to register and freely participate in electoral processes.
Observers denied access to centres
Some accredited ZESN observers were denied access into registration centres by ZEC's Ward registration supervisors insisting that they first report at the ZEC district offices. Observers were denied access in Zvishavane at Nyaradzai Hall in Ward 8, Lundi Hospital in Ward 10 and Weleza in Ward 13, in Ward 10 of Mwenezi West, as well as at Thekwane High School in Bulilima East. ZESN through its member organisation the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights engaged ZEC resulting in the observers being allowed to observe. ZEC should ensure that its officers facilitate the observation of electoral processes including voter registration exercise as this is crucial for promoting transparency and credibility of electoral processes.
Intimidation of observers
Of concern to ZESN are incidents where accredited observers were intimidated for observing the BVR process. For instance in Chipinge Central, a ZESN observer was threatened and intimidated by the Ward councillor and his supporters resulting in the centre being closed by the registration officials who felt the situation was threatening to get out of hand. In Epworth Ward 2 at the Local Board offices, a physically challenged ZESN observer was forced out of a registration centre.
ZESN received disturbing reports of cases where potential registrants were being misinformed that the BVR system has the ability to reveal voters' preferences on voting day. There is need for ZEC and other electoral stakeholders to amplify civic and voter education efforts in order to demystify the BVR and ensure that voters receive accurate information which will allow them to make informed choices.
Creation of a conducive political environment
ZESN reiterates its calls for the establishment of a conducive political environment devoid of intimidation and violence during the registration exercise and during the period leading to the 2018 elections. ZESN urges ZEC to facilitate the creation of Multi-Party Liaison Committees (MPLCs). MPLCs would be an appropriate platform to elicit the support of politicians in adhering to the stipulated code of conduct for political parties in all electoral processes.
1. The ZHRC and ZEC must investigate the incidents of intimidation of registrants and the distribution of pre-filled affidavits by political parties and traditional leaders.
2. There is need for standardization of operations for all BVR Ward Supervisors with regards to how they relate with observers to ensure that there are no obstructions to the work of observers during the registration process.
3. Disaggregated Statistics of registered voters should be availed on a daily basis to observers and interested stakeholders as a way of enhancing transparency and accountability as well as to inform stakeholders involved in civic and voter education to make appropriate adjustment to voter education interventions.
4. ZEC should facilitate the creation of Multi-Party Liaison Committees that will discuss issues related to political parties, actors and supporters adherence to the stipulated code of conduct during the registration period.
5. ZEC should issue periodic updates and briefings to address deliberate misinformation by some political parties regarding the importance and purpose of the BVR exercise.
6. Recognising the important role that the media plays in electoral processes, ZESN calls upon the media to augment efforts by ZEC and CSOs in providing accurate information to demystify the BVR process and to encourage all eligible citizens to turnout in their numbers to register.
7. ZESN recommends that ZEC engages organisations working with people with disabilities in order to facilitate their registration and participation.
8. ZEC and CSOs should amplify voter education efforts to ensure that the public is well informed about the process and to further reduce the number of turned away potential registrants.
9. In view of the emerging challenges with regards to the proof of residence, ZESN reiterates its previous position for ZEC to put in place additional mechanisms to further ease the proof of residence requirement such as conferring voter registration officials with powers to commission affidavits. OPINION
BY NEWSANCHOR EDITOR
Hard-pressed Hararians have rubbished the Harare City Council's ambitious 2018 budget, pegged at a staggering $269 million amid a typhoid outbreak spawned by heaps of uncollected garbage and spewing raw sewerage, pot-holed roads, dry taps, among a litany of problems due to lack of efficient service delivery.
In a voluminous letter addressed to Harare mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni dated 1 November 2017, Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) chief executive officer Mfundo Mlilo, urged residents and ratepayers to reject the budget as it failed to capture the concerns of key stakeholders.
The budget was tabled before full council on 18 October by Finance committee chairperson, councillor Luckson Mukunguma for debate and adoption.
Mlilo said CHRA had reservations on the proposed budget as there was secrecy regards performance of the previous 2017 estimates.
"We would like to bring to your attention that our analysis remains very limited as we have failed to access income and expenditure statements to review the performance of 2017 budget. The Board and members of CHRA have resolved to reject the 2018 budget as it falls far short of addressing major concerns raised in the recently concluded 2018 budget consultations," he said.
In a supposed response in the media, councillor Mukunguma, representing mayor Bernard Manyenyeni, said there was need for residents to fund the budget, so that the local authority delivers as per the residents' expectations.
CHRA said it had completed its analysis of the 2018 budget and its basis to poo-poo the budget was on that the consultation process was flawed and did not meet the standards that allow for effective participation for the major stakeholder, the residents.
Further wrote Mlilo, "Many of the meetings were poorly attended, cancelled due to short notices and poor communication with communities. Consultations are the bedrock of budgeting for the local authorities. They are the single most important process of influencing the spending priorities of the city. If the consultations are faulty, this presents serious accountability issues that prevent the council from effective revenue management. We are of the view that many voices of the citizens remain uncaptured in the 2018 budget process. This is in violation of circular number 3 of 2012 issued by the Minister of Local Government, seeking to promote effective citizen participation."
CHRA also raised concern over council's bloated salaries and wages bill.
"We note with concern that the presented budget has failed to comply with the ministerial directive on the management of service delivery and administration costs, that is, the 70/30 principle. The budget proposes a salaries and admin budget of $116, 6million about 44 percent of the total budget. This is completely unacceptable considering the current state of service delivery. Considering that human resources costs are generally static and in consideration of current collection rates, this translates to about $9, 5 million a month against an average a monthly collection rate of $ 13million. Salaries and administration costs are gobbling a huge chunk of funds meant for development purposes. There are no clear proposals to deal with this sad situation. In the past, we have proposed a human resource audit which remains a proposal." LOCAL
Monrovia — The Supreme Court of Liberia has ordered the National Elections Commission (NEC) to stay any and all actions in the pending runoff election scheduled for 7 November 2017 in line with the Writ for Prohibition prayed for by the Liberty Party.
The Liberty Party requested the Writ of Prohibition and a rerun of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections, citing mass irregularities and fraud.
The ruling Unity Party, the All Liberian Party and the Alternative National Congress have all joined the Liberty Party's pursuit for a rerun of the October 10 polls.
Former soccer legend and Senator of Montserrado County, George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the Vice President for Republic of Liberia, Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the Unity Party are poised to contest the runoff election next Tuesday.
The Chief Justice and his associates were tight-lipped Tuesday evening after their deliberation, but Ambrose Nmah, communications director at the Temple of Justice told reporters that the bench had not come out with any decision yet.
"No decision has been reached yet; as you are aware some of the justices were not in the country, they only arrived today and came here straight from the airport to receive briefing on the case," he said.
However, a high placed source confided in this paper that Supreme Court late Tuesday evening issued the writ of prohibition prayed for by the Liberty Party which effectively puts a halt to the runoff election scheduled for next Tuesday until the Liberty Party's case and any appeal is exhausted.
"This means that the runoff will be scheduled after the whole matter, if LP loses. If LP wins, whole new elections could be ordered. This brings the possibility of an interim government which some have been pushing; Madam Sirleaf tenure ends on 18 January," the source hinted.
Part of the writ of prohibition reads: "You are commanded to instruct the respondents to stay any and all actions in respect to the pending run-off election scheduled for November 7, 2017, pending the disposition by the Supreme Court of the Petitioners Petition.
"You will further inform the parties that given the constitutional issues raised in the petition, coupled with the fact that election matters are to be expeditiously heard and determined, that upon service of this Writ and Returns thereto, the case is hereby docketed for the urgent disposition by the Bench en banc."
The National Elections Commission has also been ordered to file their returns by Thursday, 2 November 2017.
Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor and Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene G. Yuoh were out of the country, but rushed to the Temple of Justice directly from the airport upon their arrival on Tuesday.-Online. AROUND THE WORLD
BY NEWSANCHOR CORRESPONDENT
A 26-year-old man was found dead in Banket with mutilated body parts along a railway line, suggesting he could have been hit by a passing goods train.
The deceased, who was found dead last Friday, was identified as Ephraim Marowa.
A National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) guard, Tawanda Machobani, reportedly discovered the body, with an amputated right hand which was slit at the wrist and shoulder blade, at around 9am the following morning while conducting routine patrol duties before reporting the matter at Banket Police Station.
Mashonaland West provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara confirmed the incident.
On the fateful day the now deceased wanted to deliver his maize to Banket Grain Marketing Board depot using an unmarked vehicle but his maize was rejected around 1400hrs after it was deemed it contained foreign bodies such as stones.
"Marowa who was reportedly drunk sat outside the depot near the main entrance where he was vomiting whilst he continued drinking alcohol. At 1900hrs a GMB security guard Itai Tsurai found the now deceased asleep near the gate and told him to wake up before asking him to leave the premises and Marowa walked towards the railway line," said Mabgweazara.
A goods train passed through the area around the same time Marowa proceeded in that direction. Marowa's body was found with deep cuts at the back of head and mutilated right hand. His body was conveyed to Banket District Hospital for a post mortem.
Mabgweazara said investigations are still in progress and called for the public to identify and assist people with social problems as some of them would require pyscho-social help. LOCAL
BY ELVIS DUMBA
Former national men's football team, the Warriors players have called for a grassroots soccer development policy if Zimbabwe is to make any meaningful impact on the international scene and contribute players to major lucrative leagues.
The call was made by Tinashe 'Father' Nengomasha, who was flanked by Dickson Choto and Harlington Shereni, during a recent sports tournament held in Zvimba Ward 32, Mashonaland West province.
Nengomasha lamented the lack of viable grassroots programmes, which he said was a worrying trend that has seen some sporting disciplines fading away. He called for urgent resource injection in junior sports development.
"Our country has got a lot of untapped talent in sport which is going to waste as we are still to see meaningful resource availability to support and develop junior sports persons. If we are to make any meaningful impact on the international scene, there is need for resources to be channelled towards this," he told participants and spectators at the netball and soccer tourney.
Nengomasha said most soccer teams in the country don't have junior development policies preferring to rely on schools and said competitive platforms such as junior leagues will go a long way in developing the country's soccer talent.
Zvimba South legislator Walter Chidhakwa's wife, Chipo, who was guest of honour at the event, reiterated that sport was a lucrative industry which needed an equal measure of vibrancy regards financial and material support and resources mobilisation, particularly in marginalised communities.
"We can join hands and make the sport industry a multi-million making industry for both participants and supporters by coming up with clear policies and programmes that support grassroots sport development," she said.
Nengomasha, Choto and Shereni pledged to organise a Warriors legends team that will play as a guest team at a soon-to-be launched Zvimba South Sport Tournament whose patron is Mines and Mining Development minister, Walter Chidhakwa and bankrolled by popular cleric Prophet Walter Magaya of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance church, who has donated $5 000 towards the sports gala.
The MP's tournament will feature soccer and netball teams that would have emerged victors in various qualifying rounds in wards from Zvimba South constituency.
Nengomasha, a midfield maestro, plied his trade in the South African premiership featuring for Kaizer Chiefs, while Choto was a defender and took his footballing exploits to Poland and played for Legia Warsaw and got a Warriors call up for the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations finals. Locally Choto played for Darryn Textiles Africa United.
Shereni, also a midfielder, had an illustrious career that saw him play for Caps United and Dynamos locally before exporting his talent to France. He also featured in the Afcon finals squad before hanging up his boots in 2008. SPORTS
BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTERS
The Harare City Council has decommissioned at least three contaminated boreholes in the high density suburb of Mbare, Harare's oldest settlement, in the wake of the recent typhoid outbreak.
At least 30 people from the populous suburb were recently treated of typhoid, according to the Harare City Council's health department.
A snap survey in Mbare this week revealed that Harare Water had begun decommissioning work on three contaminated boreholes and other unsafe water sources blaming them for causing the recent outbreak.
Community Water Alliance programmes manager, Hardlife Mudzingwa implored the council to work on improving planning and delivery of quality of water and ensuring that potable water is accessible from taps.
"The decommissioning of several boreholes in Mbare should be accompanied by availing of alternative source of potable water," said Mudzingwa.
In a recent Facebook post Mudzingwa wrote, "Borehole contamination in Mbare. Those who are free to go to Chishawasha Flats and see for yourself, residents in Mbare are drinking glorified sewerage. Haasi ma vendor akukozera typhoid please (Vendors are not responsible for the outbreak)."
The recent outbreak of typhoid in Mbare, Epworth and Hopley has been blamed on poor hygiene issues including illegal vending.
Over 30 cases of typhoid were confirmed in Mbare as of this week, while three patients were still admitted at Beatrice Road Infectious Hospital after the setting up of a 24-hour clinic to manage the typhoid outbreak, City of Harare's Health Services director, Dr Prosper Chonzi, told journalists at a media briefing.
Chonzi said the city had managed to contain the outbreak as there were no confirmed deaths so far.
Suspected typhoid cases were 301 while the numbers of people coming through treatment camps at Matapi Hostels was decreasing, he said.
"As I speak, we have only three patients admitted at Beatrice Road Infectious Hospital where we admit our sick patients. This means that people are heeding our calls on safe hygienic practices," Chonzi said.
"Instead of the initial 160 patients that were coming for screening on a daily basis, the numbers have reduced to 50-60 per day. To date, suspected typhoid cases are 301. The ones that are confirmed to be having typhoid are over 30. We have not had any confirmed death from typhoid. In an outbreak situation, we carry out investigations and analysis to verify the cause of deaths."
Chonzi implored residents to practice good personal hygiene like washing hands after visiting ablution facilities, buying food from licensed premises as well as using aqua tablets to treat water.
Central government is obliged under Section 301(3) of the Constitution to allocate five percent of the national budget to local authorities for service delivery needs. TOP NEWS
BY NEWSANCHOR CORRESPONDENT
President Robert Mugabe's foray into Japan earlier in March to beg for alms has paid dividends following the donation of bituminous products by the Japenese government that would help rehabilitate the country's dilapidated roads, particularly in Mashonaland West province.
The cordial relations between the two countries has seen Zimbabwe benefitting in various sectors from financial and technical assistance from the Japan government.
Ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe, Toshiyuku Iwado said his government was committed to strengthening the long-standing bilateral relations by availing various forms of assistance through infrastructure development support.
Iwado told NewsAnchor on the sidelines of a handover ceremony of bituminous products to government, through the Transport and Infrastructural Development ministry in Chinhoyi recently, his administration would continue supporting the Zanu PF regime.
Iwado said over the years Japan has offered grants and technical assistance in the development of the country's infrastructure such as schools, boreholes and roads.
Iwado reiterated his country is offering technical training for local technicians who are currently in his country which will enable Zimbabwe to improve its construction and maintenance capacity.
"My country has cordial relationship with your country and the people of Japan are eager to support this country through various programmes for development. This is evidenced by the fruitful relationship of your President's visit to the Japanese government in March where various agreements were made between the two presidents, and today we have just witnessed some of the results of that visit," he said.
Some of the Zimbabwean technicians are currently in Japan where they are receiving training towards the construction of 12, 5km climbing lanes and widening on the Makuti-Hellsgate section along the Harare-Chirundu highway, which has gained notoriety for being one of the most dangerous routes to drive in the country.
Ministry of Finance permanent secretary, Willard Manungo said the support from Japan is making a huge impact on the successful implementation of the country's ZIMASSET economic blueprint as their support for infrastructural development is cross-cutting various sectors.
"Under the country assistance program the country's ZIMASSET programme is being helped to succeed in various sectors such as mining and farming," said Manungo. LOCAL
The Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ) says weekly surveys have shown an upward trajectory in the prices of basic commodities triggered by the September 23 panic buying, urging consumers to tighten their belts.
Prices of basic commodities shot up last month following social media messages warning Zimbabweans of a looming shortage reminiscent of the 2008 era.
CCZ executive director, Rosemary Siyachitema told delegates at the Buy Zimbabwe retailers and suppliers' conference recently that prices were going up despite denials.
"Now if someone can put a message on social media that causes havoc, it means there is confusion already. It just does not happen when people go filling up trolleys with goods. It's because people don't trust you already. This trust issue has always been a subject that is talked about and between you producers, retailers and manufacturers and the banking sector. So it means that things are not okay already. Then we say social media has been wrong it's not happening [prices are not going up], but prices have not gone back to the levels they were before September 23," Siyachitema said.
"They have stayed higher and they are still going up as we have been doing our price surveys every week. Years ago I was a student then and they were talking about International Monetary Fund Economic Structural Adjustment Programme (ESAP) and they said consumers tighten your belt. We have an ESAP and we tell consumers have to tighten your belts."
She blasted retailers for failing to reduce the price of meat even after the reversal of Statutory Instrument 20, which had promulgated tax on certain meat products.
"All the time when policies come out which always come when producers, retailers who has been sitting in harmony with ministers to say we want the following things. You say you want SI 20, when meat goes up from $4 to $8 per kg and there is a policy reversal and prices don't go back to where they were. You are the ones who are proffering these policies that don't seem to be solving your problem and what do you expect consumers to do," she said.
Siyachitema said there was no synergy between retailers and manufacturers, resulting in misinformation about the availability of certain products on the market.
"You talk about synergies between retailers and manufacturers; it's not there and there is a gap. We know that you are not producing what is demanded by the consumers. So September 23 happens and there is shortage of cooking oil in the shops and manufacturers come on television and this is not scientific, we relate to what we see. You show us all these boxes of cooking oil and you say they will last until December. Only a week or so after the 23rd, we are told again there is a shortage of cooking oil because manufacturers said they are not getting sufficient foreign currency. Where are those boxes that you showed us on television that were supposed to last until December. You know it's all very confusing," she said.
Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries president Sifelani Jabangwe, however, said only a few commodities have gone up adding that genuine retailers did not increase prices to astronomical levels.
"The majority of basic commodities have not gone up. When we did our survey at most the price increase was about 10-25%.The issue is sometimes it is a corner shop or a person is seeking to profiteer," he said.-Online. LOCAL
BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTERS
Zanu PF Mashonaland West Women's League members on Monday besieged the provincial headquarters in Chinhoyi where they demonstrated against their leadership for allegedly stealing chicks donated by First Lady Grace Mugabe for empowerment projects, among a litany of charges.
Targeted by the placard-waving mob were women's league acting provincial chairlady, Angeline Muchemenyi and administration secretary, Joice Makazhu, who stand accused of theft of day-old chicks, failing to administer the affairs of the league and taking instructions from beleaguered Zanu PF central committee member and Kadoma businessman Jimayi Muduvuri.
Muchemenyi was caught off-guard by the seeming spontaneous demonstration as she had called the meeting at the provincial head office to discuss the on-going biometric voter registration and the impending December congress. The meeting was attended by Provincial Affairs minister Webster Shamu and senior Zanu PF Mashonaland West members from all three wings, main board, women's league and youth.
Muchemenyi described the demonstration as a non-event.
"Their action is null and void because I remain the chairwoman of the province. Infact, I was the one who called this meeting to talk about the BVR exercise and preparations for the December congress. Those calling for my ouster belong to the Lacoste faction," she charged.
Muchemenyi accused her deputy, Mary Phiri of being ambitious and having orchestrated the demonstration in a bid to oust her from the post, so she takes over.
Some if the placards read : "Muduvuri is the chair of Mash West Women's League", "Jimayi stop funding confusion."
However, Phiri maintained a petition had been tendered to the provincial executive which had since endorsed it, a development that could culminate in Muchemenyi's removal from office.
Newly-appointed Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister Webster Shamu and provincial chairman Ephraim Chengeta attended the meeting but both declined to comment on the event.
But central committee member and Zvimba Senator Caroline Mugabe reiterated the meeting was convened to discuss the BVR exercise and the congress. She also declared nothing had changed as Muchemenyi remains the women's league boss. TOP NEWS
THE Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) has announced the names of athletes, who have been awarded the scholarships to enhance their preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The seven athletes are long-distance runners, Rutendo Nyahora and Pardon Ndlovu, sprinter, Ngonidzashe Makusha, equestrian, Camilla Kruger, rowers, Daniela du Toit and Stephen Cox and swimmer Peter Wetzlar.
ZOC said the scholarship, worth $252 000, funded by Olympic Solidarity, an arm of the International Olympic Committee, will assist the athletes in their preparation and qualification for the Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan, from July 24 to August 9, 2020.
"The Olympic scholarship programme offers national Olympic committees (NOC) the possibility to obtain financial and technical assistance for a limited number of elite athletes, who are training, and attempting to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games.The programme aims to promote universal representation at the Olympic Games, and consequently candidates from the NOCs that have traditionally sent small delegations to the Olympic Games are usually prioritised," ZOC said.
"Funds are distributed and accounted for quarterly, with athletes benefiting from items such as training facilities, specialised coaches, regular medical and scientific assistance, accident and insurance costs, pocket money and a fixed subsidy to offset travel costs to participate in the required international Olympic qualification competitions."
ZOC called for applications for the scholarships from disciplines on the Summer Olympic programme in April this year and 34 responses were received from six national associations.
Thereafter, the ZOC technical commission vetted the list, which they trimmed to 11 before submitting it to Olympic Solidarity for the final selection process.
ZOC said the criteria for the selected athletes considers among other things whether the athlete is practising an individual sport included on the Olympic programme, has a technically sound level of performance capable of qualifying for the Games, has limited access to alternative means of paying for the preparation such that the scholarship would make a significant difference to their training and is free from any doping offence.
"ZOC was delighted to receive the news of this athlete support grant, which will provide assistance to athletes over a three-year period and in the lead-up to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. ZOC greatly appreciates the support and confidence that Olympic Solidarity and the International Federations have placed in the prospective Zimbabwean athletes."
Scholarships awarded to athletes, who fail to qualify for the Games will be withdrawn, as of the date of their final qualification opportunity.
It can also be cancelled due to reasons such as doping offences and a medical reason that prevents the athlete from training.-Online. SPORTS
Faded textile giant company, David Whitehead Ltd is set to resume operations in the next two weeks after securing a $2 million loan facility from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. DWTL, which is currently under judicial management, stopped operations over a year ago due to working capital constraints.
"I can confirm that we have received a $2 million loan facility from the central bank and we are now doing everything possible to resume operations by mid-November," judicial manager Knowledge Hofisi told the media this week.
He added the company was expected to start draw-downs by end of this week. The company will begin with a shorter working capital turnaround route of converting yarn into fabrics, then dyeing, printing and finishing of the fabrics, said Hofisi.
Formerly listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, DWTL was placed under provisional judicial management in December 2010 before confirmation of the final order in March 2015. The delisting took place in 2009 after the acquisition of a controlling stake by Elgate Holdings, which has since been rescinded. It used to produce about 20 million metres of fabric per year while directly employing 3 000 workers and thousands in down and upstream industries. The company has appointed an oversight committee to be chaired by Retired Justice Leslie George Smith to provide a strategic direction and enhance governance issues, said Hofisi.
"We would want to have electricity restored immediately and we have an arrangement with Zesa that upon payment of the agreed amount, we will be reconnected," he said. Zimbabwe's textile sector used to be one of the country's major employers, providing jobs to about 51 000 people at its peak. By 2005 employment levels had reduced to 28 822 with 22 178 job losses recorded. Considering the clothing sub-sector alone, employment numbers sharply reduced from 13 500 in 2009 to 12 506 in 2010, then to 8 627 in 2011 and to a mere 4 748 in 2012, a report by Zeparu said. Job losses in the clothing industry between 2009 and 2012 totalled 8 752, or 65 percent after dollarisation. The textile industry fared even worse than the clothing industry during the same period with such giants as David Whitehead, once the sector's largest firm, Cone Textiles or Modzone, Merlin and Cotton Printers all collapsing. However, Zeparu noted that Zimbabwe has major competitive advantages over other textile manufacturing countries. These include proximity to the industry's primary raw material cotton in addition to skilled labour and a highly literate population.-Online. BUSINESS
Three suspects arrested for unlawfully exhuming a human corpse contrary to Sections 131 (b) and 404 of Malawi's Penal Code have been convicted by the Blantyre Magistrate's Court which was sitting at Muloza Magistrate's Court in Mulanje district .
Presiding senior resident magistrate, Viva Nyimba heard that between April and May this year, the three; Thomas Ndini (36) from Gladstone village, Enock Banda (26) from Manyamba village and Jonas Ogara (32) from Chibade village, connived to unearth Chosadziwa Kaunda's body. The deceased, a 16 year-old albino girl, died in 2016 due to natural causes.
Kaunda's remains were buried at Chibade village, Njema in the district.
Of the three suspects, Ndini and Banda confessed to conspiracy to unlawful exhuming the body, but all three convicts denied any involvement in the criminal act.
But prosecution evidence tendered in court suggested that on 30 May this year, the deceased's mother, Irene Moses, was notified by village head Chibade that unknown people had tampered with the concrete tomb of her late daughter's grave and that her body had been removed.
Chibade then instituted a manhunt for the suspects throughout the district in view of the then mass killings and violent acts against Malawians living with albinism over unfounded myths that the sale of albino body parts leads to huge financial gains.
However, the search proved futile and the village head reportedly ordered his subjects to rebury Kaunda's empty coffin.
According to police, the body has never been traced to date as the three still deny knowledge of its whereabouts.
Five witnesses including Chosadziwa's mother, Irene Moses, village head Chibade and Benson Maduka, who the three are alleged to have confided in of their plans to exhume the body, were summoned to court to prove the case.
Court documents established that prior to the exhumation, the convicts had made several attempts to persuade Maduka to be party to the plan, but he refused and later exposed the plot to Chibade who took the matter to Mulanje Police.
Nyimba observed that most of the evidence against the accused corroborated with Maduka's statement.
The magistrate, therefore, convicted them on a charge of conspiracy to exhume a dead body in accordance with Sections 259 and 260 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code.
Nyimba has since reserved his ruling to November 17 this year to allow both the prosecution and defence prepare for final submissions ahead of the sentencing.-Online. INTERNATIONAL
Limpopo police in South Africa have arrested a 34-year-old teacher for allegedly raping a 14-year old pupil‚ after scheming to meet her in private.
The suspect was scheduled to appear before the Lebowakgomo Magistrate's Court today on a charge of rape.
The SA Police Service said in a statement the pupil was told to clean the staff room on Monday. Later‚ she was sent to an office by a teacher‚ where she encountered the male educator.
He asked for her cellphone number‚ "under the false pretence that he wanted to assist her with school work after hours."
"In the evening of that day‚ the suspect called the victim on her cellphone and when she came‚ he then took her in his car to the nearby bushes and raped her."
Limpopo police commissioner‚ Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba‚ condemned "the prevalence of incidents of sexual offences perpetrated against minors especially girls in this province".
A medical doctor‚ a teacher in Ritavi‚ another teacher in Lebowakgomo and three pastors from Maake‚ Namakgale and Lulekani policing areas were also arrested recently for rape of minor children.
The SAPS said‚ "this is a serious worrying factor to us as the police and these incidents must be strongly condemned by all members of the community."-Online. EDUCATION
She had her first child at 15, and now at 22, Elizabeth Kampanza is a mother of six children. Had it not been for death which claimed one, Kampanza, who stays in the Ndama informal settlement at Rundu in Namibia would have had seven children.
The children are aged seven, four, two years and six months old. Kampanza had three sets of twins, and one other child. The child who died was a twin.
Although the unemployed mother is happy to have such a big family, poverty does not seem to be kind. The shack in which she lives is barely big enough for the children, herself and two others.
Kampanza lives in a structure made from black industrial plastic sheets, sticks and zinc sheets for the roof.
The family has no electricity, and they walk for about 30 minutes to fetch water at a nearby church, where Kampanza pays about N$100 per month for the service.
The household relies on the N$1 200 disability grant Kampanza's sister Felistus receives for a mental condition she suffers from. Kampanza said the father of her children is Joachim, an Angolan who has since returned to his country.
Joachim left when she was five months pregnant with the last set of twins.
With the father of the children gone, Kampanza said life is tough, and she does not want any more children.
Joachim used to provide for the family from the money he made from doing odd jobs, she added.
Rundu Urban constituency councillor Vicky Kauma has helped a few times, but most of the times, Kampanza hopes that the community would help too.
When times are hard, she has no choice but to breastfeed the four young children.
"They are my children, and I have to carry the burden of providing for them. They are not heavy."
Her worry now that the rains have come is the children's health because the shack cannot withstand heavy winds, and the roof leaks.
"I do not plan on having any more children anytime soon, even though I am not on contraceptives because I cannot access health facilities. But no more babies for me", she stressed.
Life was better when Kampanza's mother stayed with them before she moved to Windhoek to join her husband last month, she said.
Now, Kampanza hopes her mother will help with the younger children by taking them to Windhoek.
Their grandmother raised Kampanza and her sister in one of the remote villages of Divundu.
She said after her grandmother's death, they could not stay in the village because of misunderstandings with some of her uncles.
After this experience, she is philosophical: "I warn all young people about the dangers of having babies at a very young age."
If things were different, she would have wanted to become a nurse. Currently, Kampanza has no dreams, primarily because she never attended school.
She spends her day at the shack, or visiting friends.
"Surviving is difficult, but we make it from day to day," she lamented.
Some good Samaritans have contributed about 200 bricks for her to build a better shack, as well as given them blankets, clothes and food.
Her sister, Felistus, who is 16 years old, recently started attending school at the Panduleni Private School.
Felistus is now in Grade 2, and pays N$20 per month for school fees. She aspires to become a teacher after completing school.
Paulin (24), is a neighbour of the Kampanzas. She is also pregnant, and hangs around for some moral support and advice.
"I love Pamela (Elizabeth), and hang around when I am not at school. I love her company and sense of humour," she stated. Paulin is a part-time student at an agricultural college near Divundu.
The Namibian reported in 2012 about the high rate of teenage pregnancies in the Kavango region from a study conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). That study revealed that the teenage pregnancy rate in the Kavango region was double the national average, standing at 34 percent among the 15 to 19-year age group.
The national average teenage pregnancy rate is 15 percent.
Presenting the findings, USAID technical adviser on HIV-AIDS, Mbayi Kangudie, said in sub-Saharan Africa, the main drivers of teenage pregnancies were poverty and a lack of education.
According to last year's study, 91 percent of pregnancies among young women in the Kavango region were unwanted. The study found that 98 percent of young people were informed about contraceptives, but only 8,7 percent of them used them.
The majority of the men responsible for these pregnancies were schoolmates, teachers, construction workers, farm workers and Namibian Defence Force (NDF) members.
The negative attitudes of nurses, who allegedly victimise girls whenever they go to health centres seeking contraceptives, was also found to have contributed to the high number of teenage pregnancies in the region.-Online. INTERNATIONAL
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