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​(File pic) Farm labourers at work 

BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTER
Over 400 farm labourers, who had lost their jobs following the eviction of a white commercial farmer, got relief after government overturned the decision to give the land to new small-scale indigenous farmers.
The development allows the unidentified original owner to return to the property immediately.
Zvimba district administrator, Andrew Tizora, said the new administration led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa had swiftly moved to resolve the "erroneous allocation" of land to new indigenous farmers at Fairhill farm in Banket, Mashonaland West province.
He said the Lands ministry had withdrawn offer letters to a group of A1 farmers who had quickly moved-in and sub-divided the vast maize and wheat farm.
The new tenants disrupted operations at the farm, prompting the unnamed original owner to flee from his property. This rendered over 400 farm workers jobless.
"The challenges at Fairhill farm have been resolved. Government has ordered the owner who had left the country to come back and continue operations. We guarantee his safety," said Tizora.
The 'invaders' had descended on the farm armed with offer letters from the Lands ministry, but the district administrator said the letters had 'erroneously' indicated that they settle at Fairhill farm when, infact, the available land was at Fairhill extension.
Tizora was speaking during a re-engagement meeting with white commercial farmers at Trelawney Training Centre, Zvimba South, recently.


Tizora said the white commercial farmers should embrace the new dispensation and join "the bandwagon of progress."
He also hailed them for contributing to the development and rehabilitation of infrastructure such as roads in the area.
Jan Strydom of Nzira farm said farmers were committed to the development of the country. He urged his colleagues to vote Zanu PF in the upcoming elections as the new government had shown zeal to improve the economy and livelihoods of the general citizenry amid peace and stability.
Robert Miller of Cloverly farm echoed Strydom's sentiments saying farmers were willing to partner government to ensure the success of the command agriculture programme.
Zanu PF Zvimba South constituency parliamentary candidate, Phillip Chiyangwa, while addressing the same gathering, reiterated farmers' investments in the country were protected and urged them to work for the betterment of all Zimbabweans regardless of colour, creed or tribe.
The businessman-cum-politician pledged to help farmers, who have not yet received their 99-year leases, to acquire them. LOCAL NEWS.



​Phillip Chiyangwa


BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTER

Zanu PF Zvimba South aspiring legislator, Phillip Chiyangwa brew a shocker when he told parents struggling to pay tuition fees for their children not to bother paying the monies.

The politician-cum-businessman was speaking during a mini-rally to drum up support in Banket this week ahead of Monday's crunch harmonised elections in which he faces, among others, former Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa, who is the constituency's outgoing lawmaker.

Chiyangwa was not done yet and went on to name-drop, claiming his pronouncement had the backing of Vice President Constatino Chiwenga, who had since endorsed the 'policy'.

"I know some of you are having problems in paying school fees. It's not a crime not to have money. Yesterday, I was in Zvimba North with VP Chiwenga and we talked about it...

"If you can't pay, just don't," he said amid cheers from the predominantly female crowd.

VP Chiwenga recently made headlines when he urged urban dwellers to ignore paying council bills, alleging some local authorities collected revenue but failed to deliver essential municipal services.

Chiyangwa's recent remarks have drawn criticism from educationists who warned the country's education sector risked collapse if parents heeded the politician's call.

A senior official in the Mashonaland West Education ministry's secretariat, who requested anonymity, condemned Chiyangwa saying politicians should distinguish 'politics' from 'policies'.

"It's unfortunate that a politician is announcing such a dangerous position and actually drags the VP's name into it. You cannot simply tell parents to stop paying fees because they are finding it hard. What if everyone stops paying, the sector will collapse. Yes, the economy is facing challenges and people don't have money but they should make payment plans to settle the fees arrears if there are any," he opined. LOCAL NEWS.
​(File pic): Farm labourers at work.

BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTER
Over 400 farm labourers who had lost their jobs following the eviction of a white commercial farmer, got relief after government overturned the decision to give the land to new small-scale indigenous farmers.
The development allows the unidentified original owner to return to the property immediately.
Zvimba district administrator, Andrew Tizora, said the new administration led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa had swiftly moved to resolve the "erroneous allocation" of land to new indigenous farmers at Fairhill farm in Banket, Mashonaland West province.
He said the Lands ministry had withdrawn offer letters to a group of A1 farmers who had quickly moved-in and sub-divided the vast maize and wheat farm.
The new tenants disrupted operations at the farm, prompting the unnamed original owner to flee from his property. This rendered over 400 farm workers jobless.
"The challenges at Fairhill farm have been resolved. Government has ordered the owner who had left the country to come back and continue operations. We guarantee his safety," said Tizora.
The 'invaders' had descended on the farm armed with offer letters from the Lands ministry, but the district administrator said the letters had 'erroneously' indicated that they settle at Fairhill farm when, infact, the available land was at Fairhill extension.
Tizora was speaking during a re-engagement meeting with white commercial farmers at Trelawney Training Centre, Zvimba South, recently.


Tizora said the white commercial farmers should embrace the new dispensation and join "the bandwagon of progress."
He also hailed them for contributing to the development and rehabilitation of infrastructure such as roads in the area.
Jan Strydom of Nzira farm said farmers were committed to the development of the country. He urged his colleagues to vote Zanu PF in the upcoming elections as the new government had shown zeal to improve the economy and livelihoods of the general citizenry amid peace and stability.
Robert Miller of Cloverly farm echoed Strydom's sentiments saying farmers were willing to partner government to ensure the success of the command agriculture programme.
Zanu PF Zvimba South constituency parliamentary candidate, Phillip Chiyangwa, while addressing the same gathering, reiterated farmers' investments in the country were protected and urged them to work for the betterment of all Zimbabweans regardless of colour, creed or tribe.
The businessman-cum-politician pledged to help farmers, who have not yet received their 99-year leases, to acquire them. LOCAL NEWS.


​Taurai Clifford Nhamburo

BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTER
Battle lines have been drawn between two MDC Alliance parliamentary candidates who both claim to represent the coalition for the Goromonzi West seat in next Monday's watershed harmonised elections.
Former ward councillor and aspiring legislator Taurai Clifford Nhamburo and the late MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirayi's spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka both successfully filed their papers at the Nomination Court as MDC Alliance candidates.
Tamborinyoka claims Nhamburo was expelled from the party following his decision to contest in the constituency after being barred by the party's top brass.
The development has seen a defiant Nhamburo going into over-drive on a sustained campaign trail that is drawing huge crowds as opposed to Tamborinyoka who is finding the going tough.
At the weekend Nhamburo attracted a big turnout during a rally held at an open space at Mungate Village, Domboshava, which is about 25 kilometres from Harare.
The soft-spoken politician vowed to shame his detractors with a resounding victory in the 30 July polls.
Nhamburo, who evidently connects with the electorate, pledged to lobby for the regularisation of settlement of people in Domboshava, where some land barons are accused of having sold land illegally to unsuspecting home-owners. As a result, settlement is haphazard.
Nhamburo also promised to push for the electrification of households.
"If voted into office, I will ensure that Domboshava, due to its proximity to Harare, gets electricity in every household and improve the standards of living of residents to match that being enjoyed by those in the capital city," Nhamburo told supporters, who were wearing T-shirts emblazoned with his portrait and inscribed MDC Alliance.
Women empowerment programmes and the elevation of females to influential political posts should be high on the agenda of the next government, he said.
Nhamburo and Tamborinyoka are currently locked in a court fight where the latter is facing charges of defacing his rival's campaign posters.
In his defence, Tamborinyoka averred Nhamburo was fired from the party after he forged the signature of the party's national chairperson, Morgan Komichi, so that he could lodge his papers at the Nomination Court.
The former spin-doctor submitted a letter in court supposedly authored by Komichi certifying that Nhamburo was expelled from MDC led by Nelson Chamisa.
"Despite my previous communication to you about the official party position regarding the Goromonzi West parliamentary candidature, I also note that you continue to disparage the official candidate with loud hailers across the constituency and that you are holding meetings and pasting posters masquerading as the MDC Alliance parliamentary candidate in contravention of the official party position, which has since been communicated to you," read part of the letter of expulsion purportedly sent to Nhamburo.
The letter further stated that the party had since reported Nhamburo at Marondera Police Station over his conduct, but Nhamburo insisted that he was still the MDC Alliance candidate for the constituency.
"It is a lie that I was expelled from the party," he told the court during the on-going trial.
"I'm still a lawful candidate for the party and the one who wins the elections between us (him and Tamborinyoka) will be the legislator for the constituency."
Other candidates contesting the Goromonzi West seat include, among others, Energy Mutodi (Zanu PF) and former Zanu MP for the area Beatrice Nyamupinga who now contesting as an independent following her ouster from the revolutionary party for aligning with the G40 faction loyal to ex-first lady Grace Mugabe and opposed to the ascendancy of Emmerson Mnangagwa to the presidency. LOCAL NEWS.


​Head of mission, former Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemarian Desalegn Boshe,

ONLINE: The African Union Election Observer Mission has said it will be professional and impartial in the discharge of its duties in assessing harmonised elections on Monday next week.
In a statement outlining its mandate and objective, the mission that is headed by former Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemarian Desalegn Boshe, said it would maintain its presence in the country until August 14, to assess the post-election period.
"Since its involvement in election observation activities, the AU election observation methodology has seen a shift from the heavily diplomatic and political missions of the early 1990s to a more professional and technically rigorous approach based on the electoral cycle," said the observer mission.
The passage of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance in 2007 and its coming into force in 2012, lends further impetus to this growing focus on professional approach to election observation on the continent.
"Thus, the AU currently engages in member States' electoral processes through a five-pronged approach, which includes pre-election assessment missions, high-level political missions, long-term observation missions, short-term observation missions, and post-election follow-up missions."
The mission said their delegates to Zimbabwe comprised long-term and short-term election observers.
The short term observer mission was comprised of 50 members.
"The long-term observation mission consists of four core team analysts who arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe on 2 July 2018, and 10 long-term observers who arrived on 5 July," said the observer mission. "Both the core team analysts and long term observers will remain in Zimbabwe until 14 August 2018.
"The core team analyses the political, electoral, legal, media and gender issues related to the electoral process, while the long term mission observe the process at local level in all the 10 provinces in Zimbabwe and report regularly to the core team who are based in Harare."


The observer mission said since their deployment, both the core team and long term observers have been meeting regularly with Government officials, representatives of Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, political parties and civil society organisations.
The teams' first weekly report to the African Union Commission was submitted on Monday last week.
"The Mission will include 50 short-term observers, who will be deployed on 23-24 July 2018 to observe the conduct of election day operations, including opening, voting, closing and counting of ballots," said the observer mission.
The short term will comprise members of the Permanent Representatives Committee of the AU, the Pap-African Parliamentarians, African election management bodies, civil society organisations, think tanks, academia and independent experts. LOCAL NEWS.



Joseph Chinotimba 

BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTER
Outgoing Member of Parliament for Buhera South, Joseph Chinotimba has lashed out at some 'greedy and unscrupulous' traditional leaders, who are abandoning the traditional roles, instead dabbling in partisan politics that is hurting development initiatives.
The outspoken legislator, who is the Zanu PF candidate for Buhera South in the upcoming elections on 30 July, singled out Chief Chamutsa of Buhera for attack, describing him as a "full-time politician."
Under the country's Constitution, Chiefs and other traditional leaders such as headmen are not allowed to engage in nationalistic politics. However, the traditional leaders have been accused by the opposition parties of playing political commissars for the ruling Zanu PF in rural areas.
Chinotimba hit out at the chief Tuesday during the commissioning of Nyadi Bridge in Buhera South officiated by Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister, Monica Mutsvangwa.
"There is one of our chiefs who is troubling us here in Buhera," he said.
"This chief has turned himself in to a full-time politician. His name is Chief Chamutsa. I have tried several times to engage him, but to avail. He is the only chief from Buhera who has been giving us problems."
Chinotimba said there were some 'greedy' and 'unscrupulous' village heads who were dabbling in politics, and alleged they were receiving incentives from powerful politicians for them to influence their subjects to endorse certain political positions and decisions.
Government should withdraw incentives to all traditional leaders fingered in political squabbles, the affable and popular lawmaker said.
"We know there are some village heads who have since joined politics. They should stop executing their traditional roles.
"I think those who are being involved in politics should stop receiving their incentives from the government. This is because they are getting something from politics and they should not also receive what others who are not actively participating in politics get."
Meanwhile, Chief Fortune Charumbira of Masvingo province was this week re-elected president of the Zimbabwe Chiefs Council while and his deputy Chief Mtshane (Matebeleland North) was also retained uncontested.
The two automatically become Senators. The election was conducted by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officials at Mkwati Building in Harare ahead of the 30 July harmonised elections. TOP NEWS.

​(File picture).

BY NGONI MUWONWA
The FIFA World Cup 2018 edition comes to a close this Sunday. Football pundits, and fans alike, have been taken on a football bonanza that hasn't been short of disappointments, upsets, surprises and drama.
In this article, l will take time to reflect on what has transpired and why football lovers are considering the 2018 soccer exposition as the best edition ever.
Disappointments
The major disappointments have been African teams. Outside Senegal, no single team from the continent seemed to have come to the party.
The likes of Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco or even Nigeria did not exhibit any flair or tenacity that is required at this world stage. Our continental representatives lacked the desire to win and failed to justify their presence. If we were to rank the World Cup in terms of continents, Asian and Caribbean nations were a mile ahead of African teams. This is despite Africa boasting to be a football mad continent!
African teams once again failed to progress beyond the group stages, bringing to the fore questions of their lack of talent and depth, both on and off the field of play. Some have argued that the World Cups always expose the lack of talent among African players, let alone technical astuteness on the part of coaches required to compete at this level. Of course, we need to celebrate Senegal and their manager, who represented the continent well, only to be eliminated by a technicality, increasing the pain to African fans who had hoped for a repeat of the France '98 Senegalese feat.
Upsets
Well, the World Cup provided enough upsets as well. All the pre-tournament favourites were sent packing in the early stages of the showcase.
Germany, Spain, Portugal and Brazil were sent home in that order. It wasn't much of an upset for Brazil who faced a strong and resurgent Belgium side, which was improving with each game. With rising stars like Lukaku and De Brugue, Belgium progressed throughout the tournament with consistency and form. They played and outclassed their opponents on the back of coordinated team play. Unlike the pre-tournament favourites who boast of big names, Belgium always produced team effort, which trumps individual talent.
Of course, the biggest upset were Germany, going into the history books twice: for failing to defend their title and failing to progress beyond the group stages as defending champions. Don't take that for granted, as they are not easy feats to escape from! Not much can be said of Portugal and Spain, they always carry the pre-tournament favourite tag, but they never rise to the occasion, to prove why!
Surprises
We have already talked about Belgium. A huge surprise and playing a brand of football that we last saw in the early '90. Fluid team play.
Of course, the biggest surprise have been the hosts. Russia surprised everyone including themselves. They built their confidence with each game only to be ousted through a penalty shoot out. How cruel! Buoyed by home advantage, the Russians played good football and made sure the tournament lit the hearts of the locals, who on a normal day are apathetic to football issues. That is what World Cup hosts should do, unlike when South Africa were eliminated in 2010 in the group stages.
England have also surprised many for progressing beyond to the quarter finals for the first time in 28 years. England have always been a huge disappointment at the World Cup, especially because most people equate the class exhibited in the English Premier League with the English national team. We forget that most players who entertain us during the Premier League are not locals! Nonetheless, England played very well at this World Cup, confidently scoring, even breaking their spot kick jinx. They have surely achieved more than the David Beckham generation.
Drama
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) must go down as the major addition to the World Cup that increased the drama. We are surely in the digital age. The VAR played a pivotal role at the World Cup, increasing the number of penalties from 18 to 28 in the group stages as compared to other editions. The introduction of the technology has resulted in players being penalised for shirt-pulling and grappling inside the box, offenses which used to go unnoticed. Undeniably, VAR increased drama, suspense and intrigue.
This being the second time the technology has been used at the World Cup, the 2018 edition became the first time the technology became overtly decisive in turning games and even groups on their heads. What drama! And that is why some are calling it the best World Cup tourney ever, even before we witness the finals pitting which-ever teams that emerge victorious in the semi-finals!
May the best team win this best ever World Cup! SPORTS.



​ZDF director of public relations and spokesperson, Overson Mugwisi

BY NEWSANCVHOR REPORTERS
The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) has all but confirmed it is ambivalent of what action it would take in the event of an opposition politician winning the upcoming 2018 presidential election ahead of sitting  President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose incumbency was propped by a soft coup by the military code-named 'Operation Restore Legacy' last November that saw the ouster of long-serving former president Robert Mugabe.
ZDF spokesperson, Colonel Overson Mugwisi, Wednesday had a torrid time trying to skirt answering  questions from journalists whom he had invited to Defence House in the capital to outline the role of the military before, during and after the watershed harmonised polls slated for July 30.
Asked whether the army, long accused of being complicit in the ruling party Zanu PF politics, would allow for smooth transfer of power in the event of a victory by an opposition presidential candidate, say front-runner Nelson Chamisa (MDC Alliance), Mugwisi ambiguously retorted "the military would be guided by the Constitution."
ZDF said it would respect the outcome of the July 30 harmonised elections as its conduct is guided by the Constitution. Mugwisi said ZDF members, like any other citizen, were free to vote for a political party of their choice.
He refused to declare that the military would recognise a presidential winner without liberation war credentials, saying he had no brief to tackle such issues.
Further pressed to make a public declaration on whether the army would salute an opposition victor if he happens to win the presidential race ahead of Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugwisi said: "I think I have made myself very clear. It was the same question asked and I don't think it will be necessary to repeat the response."
Mugwisi also avoided answering questions on who deployed the military to invade the streets and key State institutions ahead of Mugabe's unceremonious departure last November.
"Unfortunately, we continue to drift away from what we set ourselves to discuss here. I think this is outside what we are discussing here. I thought I made myself very clear from the onset here that I am putting across the role of the ZDF, before, during and before the forthcoming harmonised elections. For now, leave some of those other issues, if they are meant to be media queries, we can handle those outside this fora," Mugwisi said.
He also skirted over questions regarding the involvement of the military in Zanu PF elections where military helicopters were used to dispatch Zanu PF ballot papers for primary elections in Gokwe and Mberengwa in a move that was roundly condemned by opposition political players and even Mnangagwa himself.
"I think the position of the ZDF is clear that we are not participating in any political campaigning that you are accusing us of. I think that was made very clear," he said.
The military spokesperson, however, said soldiers were allowed to vote for any party of their choice, but could not dabble in partisan politics while on duty. The military, Mugwisi said, would assist the police in maintaining law and order and would also provide logistical support to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) when need arises.
Mugwisi denied reports that the army had deployed its members into the rural areas to campaign for the ruling Zanu PF.
"If some serving members are participating in the ongoing political campaigns, they will be doing so illegally and not as a result of an instruction from their commanders. Those with information on such misconduct should provide us with full details of such individuals to enable appropriate disciplinary action to be taken against them," he said.
He said ZDF had no direct role in the upcoming polls, but remained ready to support the police in maintaining law and order.
"We also remain ready to assist the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) with transport where necessary," Col Mugwisi said.
He said ZDF members at rallies attended by VIPs should not be misconstrued to be participating in political activities "as these are some of our official duties".
He said members on military commitments away from where they registered would vote using the postal ballot.
"Members who will be afforded the postal ballot include troops on training commitments at the all Arms Battle School in Nyanga, regular officer cadets training at Zimbabwe Military Academy in Gweru, members proceeding to the Russian military games and some deployed on border control operations.
"In this regard, we are disturbed by false reports already circulating on social media alleging that the ZDF is going to be used by Zanu-PF to rig the elections through postal ballot. These malicious reports should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve." LOCAL NEWS.


Aspiring Zvimba South MP Phillip Chiyangwa​


BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTERS
Aspiring Zanu PF parliamentary candidate for Zvimba South, Philip Chiyangwa, this week embarked on a door-to-door campaign to woo prospective voters in Banket.
The affluent businessman-cum-politician, who won the right to represent the revolutionary party amid controversial primary polls marred by alleged vote buying and rigging, implored Banket residents to rally behind his candidature and that of President Emmerson Mnangagwa to ensure development comes to the constituency.    
Chiyangwa called upon the electorate to vote for Mnangagwa inorder to give him the mandate to fulfil the gains of the military action 'Operation Restore Legacy' that saw the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe, whom he accused of surrounding himself with counter-productive individuals.
The flamboyant politician said the opposition must be trounced and buried once and for all by overwhelmingly voting ZANU PF in the forthcoming elections.
Chiyangwa, a known introvert, came off his high horse to mix and mingle with ordinary people around Kuwadzana township's Wards 22 and 23, where he also interacted with vendors.
Said Chiyangwa, "When we vote on 30 July we are not just seeking victory for Zanu PF but restoring legitimate power and authority to economically empower our people. This had been usurped by a clique around former president Mugabe that was out to self-enrich. Now let's go and give our President ED total power to lead us to empowerment in all areas. Let us give President Mnangagwa ammunition to complete the November Operation Restore Legacy to empower people from the grassroots.
"Our country used to be the best economy in SADC but selfish people were slowly destroying it. Our president is now busy rectifying it and he needs your vote to totally unlock investment potential from around the world so that we can fully revive our economy again."
The aspiring Parly returnee, who once served as Chinhoyi MP, was accompanied by his wife and two local authority candidates, Never Hutepasi and Richard Muganhiri.
Chiyangwa pledged to sink six boreholes in Banket town which is perennially experiencing water shortages. He also promised to create a revolving fund for vendors to access affordable loans and said vendors should not be chased away from their stalls, but council should allocate them designated vending areas before such action.
As a show of his commitment to improving the livelihoods of the Banket electorate, the maverick tycoon paid a $400 water bill for second-hand clothes vendors, who had their water supply cut off by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) over non-payment of dues.
Chiyangwa, who hails from the Zvimba area, took pot-shots at former Mines minister and incumbent Zvimba South MP, Walter Chidhakwa, who was expelled from the party for contesting for the legislative seat as an independent.
"Don't waste your time with rebels like Chidhakwa. I was once expelled from Zanu PF, but I continued to be faithful to the party until I was readmitted. Why is he refusing to be disciplined? Therefore, don't have anything to do with him."
Chidhakwa was barred from contesting in the Zanu PF primaries following accusations he was a G40 cabalist, a grouping of politicians loyal to deposed former president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, resulting in him registering to contest as an independent candidate. Chidhakwa is Mugabe's close relative.
Chiyangwa, who is also an international football administrator, faces six other aspirants, who include Chidhakwa, Ishmail Walker Gombingo (ZIPP), Christopher Jamu (Independent), Innocent Takawira Makuyana (NPF), Alloys Nyamadzawo (MDC Alliance) and Nelson Shayamano (PRC). LOCAL NEWS.



​A scene following the bomb blast at White City Stadium recently.

BY NEWSANCHOR REPORTERS
A massive explosion has rocked a busy shopping centre, heightening fears among Chinhoyi residents who suspect a bomber was out to kill unsuspecting revellers and shoppers in the farming town.
A suspected bomb was detonated at Gadzema Shopping Centre, near the popular Varsity Blues Night Club and Wainera Bottle Store, at around 9pm Sunday night by an unidentified person.
So far, indications are that noone was injured in the incident.
The blast left several shop windows shattered while revellers at the two popular drinking joints reportedly scurried for cover.
When our news crew visited the scene Monday morning, police had cordoned off the area awaiting forensic experts to comb the place for possible leads to unpack the mysterious blast.
Tichaona Mtetwa, an eyewitness and proprietor of one of the affected shops, said he heard a loud blast coming from the centre of the road that separates the two blocks of shops.
"I was shocked to hear such loud noise which emanated from the middle of the road and windows shattering from the impact. Within seconds, my shop was engulfed in a cloud of smoke while revellers ran to safety in all directions.
"When I went outside to find out what had happened, I saw people scurrying in different directions but failed to establish what had exploded. We are clueless," said Mtetwa.
Another eyewitness, Sheperd Chitehwe said he heard an explosion near a parked vehicle after an object was thrown by an unknown assailant who immediately fled the scene following the blast.
Chitehwe said he was not sure if the car was the target of the explosive.
Mashonaland West provincial spokesperson, Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara could not shed more light on the suspected bomb blast, saying investigations into the matter were still underway.
The Chinhoyi blast follows hard on the heels of another explosion that shook White City Stadium in Bulawayo soon after President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressed a rally. The Zanu PF administration has blamed the Bulawayo blast on 'spoliers' who want to paint a picture of a destabilised country not ready to hold free, fair and credible elections slated for July 30.
Mnangagwa said members of the G40 faction loyal to ex-president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace were responsible for the explosion that left two security aides dead and scores of others injured and hospitalised. TOP NEWS.


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