‘If my prophecy that Mugabe will die on October 17 is unfulfilled and people say that I lied,I will ask them for forgiveness’-Pastor Phillip Mugadza

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It is exactly a month before a controversial prophet’s predicted President Robert Mugabe’s date of death.
 
Cleric Phillip Mugadza has a matter pending at the Constitutional Court after he was charged for undermining the authority of the president when he released the prophecy in December last year.
 
A month from now, the prophecy would be tested.
 
The Daily News caught up with him only to find that Mugadza is busy rallying Zimbabweans to pray for the prophecy to come to pass.
 
“I am very much expectant of his excellency’s death. It is going to be a bit surprising because when I first said this my tone was a bit different,” he said, oblivious of the fact that this is the same issue that took him behind bars for almost six weeks without being released on bail.
 
“What I was saying then was I don’t wish that he dies that is why when I was asked what the president could do I just said he had to pray to God to change His mind. I have prayed about it and sent a video asking people to pray from August 22 to 24 that he dies.”
 
Mugadza said Mugabe’s subsequent death would relieve Zimbabweans of their suffering and said the ballot would not remove the 93-year-old leader from power.
 
“The only thing left for us is to pray that God takes him. I know a lot of people who wish him dead who have been calling me saying ‘pastor we are counting down’.
 
“The so-called constitutional means of going through the electoral process has continuously given us the same results and suffering especially when we talk of 2008. From the way I see things, he is not ready to go.”
 
Quizzed if praying for someone else’s death did not compromise his Christian beliefs, Mugadza responded that there was nothing unusual about his conduct saying other great men of the Bible had done so before.
 
“If you read the book of Acts chapter five, it talks about the death of Ananias and Saphirra where Peter actually proclaimed that they would die because they had lied and it came to pass. A man had to be used to proclaim God’s judgment,” he said.
 
“…if people died because of telling lies what more can be said of a man who has caused so much suffering on the people of Zimbabwe? If we look at 2008 a lot of people died just for one to be in power and we cannot allow a repeat of that.”
 
Mugadza said he is going to be waiting patiently on the day and will not go in hiding, whatever the outcome.
 
“I am going to be around and if he doesn’t die and people may start saying that I lied all I can say is I will ask them for forgiveness because I understand that not many people appreciate how prophecy works.
 
“…I will continue praying, the nation of Zimbabwe should do the same.” Source – dailynews
Pastor Phillip Mugadza

The verbal spat between the two neighbouring countries’ political leaders puts many Zimbabweans residing in South Africa in fear of xenophobic attacks.

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The verbal spat between the two neighbouring countries’ political leaders puts many Zimbabweans residing in South Africa in fear of xenophobic attacks. There seems to be no end to the verbal war between the ANC and South Africa’s northern neighbour Zimbabwe’s Zanu PF.
 
The spat was sparked by utterances made by the 93-year-old Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, while addressing a rally in his country’s fourth largest city, Gweru.
 
In comments, spoken in Shona and translated on NewZimbabwe.com, Mugabe says, “What was the most important thing for (Mandela) was his release from prison and nothing else. He cherished that freedom more than anything else and forgot why he was put in jail.” He further states that even some cabinet ministers in the ANC government blame Mandela for leaving ‘everything with whites.’
 
The ANC responded through its Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Addressing; Mantashe says, he urged his Zanu PF counterparts to rein-in their president to refrain from denigrating the late former political leader. He says, “Your president is all over Madiba but the reality of the matter is that you have destroyed the economy in your country.”
 
However, the unrepentant Mugabe responded by saying Mantashe ‘stupidly reacted’ to criticism of Mandela. He says black South Africans are not as free as blacks in other SADC countries are. Quoted in Zimbabwean- state media, The Herald, Mugabe while addressing business leaders insists, “It is true, South Africa is not as free as other countries. There is greater freedom for the whites than there is for blacks. The whites have industries. They can pride themselves- this is my company that is my company, my farm. How far can the Africans go in doing the same in South Africa?”
 
In response to the salvo, Mantashe took to Twitter. “Zimbabwe should be very thankful to us. President Mugabe cannot insult us. We don’t research their crises; we meet it on the street.”
 
“What Mogabe has thought about Mandela being a sell-out might be true, but it does not concern them. The Secretary-General is doing the right thing by shielding the distinction of the late Tata Mandela over the Zanu PF leader.” Andile Zwane said. The MUT Financial Accounting student adds on saying Zanu PF has been silent the whole time until the prosecution of Grace Mugabe. We could say the Zimbabwean president is just bitter.
 
A South African citizen, Mzukisi Matinjwa believes that Mugabe is on point in this case. Matinjwa takes exception to the neighbouring president’s remarks. He believes that Mogabe is correct in saying ‘South Africa is not economically free’. Hence the is an economic gap between the poor and the elite who control the economy and the means of production. Even Mandela after his realise, just before he took office, once expressed his dissatisfaction with the state of the economy. The first black president placed blame on the rich, like Opreinheimers accusing them of monopolising the economy.
 
The tiff has however left some Zimbabweans living in South Africa worried. Clayton Simba, a teacher who works in Mthatha thinks the tension between the long time allies might lead to xenophobic attacks. The worst thing is Grace Mugabe attacked a South African model with an extension cord but was let off the hook.’
 
Will Zanu PF respond to Mantashe’s remarks? That is what some people are waiting to see. As it is, it seems the diplomatic gloves are off between the two liberation parties. Source – mynews24

A TEN-YEAR-OLD Rusape primary school pupil allegedly fatally assaulted his nine-year-old schoolmate over wild fruits last Thursday evening.

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A TEN-YEAR-OLD Rusape primary school pupil allegedly fatally assaulted his nine-year-old schoolmate over wild fruits last Thursday evening.

The pupils were on their way home from St Luke’s Primary School in Makoni Central, in the company of other schoolmates, when they fought over wild fruits.

The 10-year-old was not arrested because of his age, which under the law, is incapable of committing an offence and is currently in the custody of his parents at home.

Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa, confirmed the incident, saying the 10-year-old pupil assaulted the nine-year-old when he ate some wild from the former’s branch.

“On September 14 around 5pm, the late Denis Semu was coming from St Luke’s Primary School with the 10-year-old pupil in the company of three other pupils. They began picking some fruits from Muparatsenza tree. While picking the fruits, the 10-year-old pupil picked a branch of Muparatsenza tree. Denis picked fruits from the 10-year-old’s branch without his consent.

“As a result a fight ensued. The 10-year-old pupil attacked Denis with fists. He also kicked him, resulting in Denis falling down and he lost consciousness.

“Vivian Marumbwa (54), a teacher at the school heard the noise and went to investigate. She saw Denis lying down unconscious. She attempted to apply first aid assistance, but Denis did not gain consciousness,” said Insp Kakohwa. “Denis was rushed to Rusape General Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The 10-year-old pupil is in the custody of his parents at home and assisting police with investigations. We also encourage parents, guardians and teachers to educate juveniles on the need to resolve disputes in a non-violent manner.”

Source – Zimpapers.

Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) has threatened that it will not sit and watch while Mugabe’s ruling party Zanu-PF implements the 1979 grand plan in Matabeleland.

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Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) has threatened that it will not sit and watch while Mugabe’s ruling party Zanu-PF implements the 1979 grand plan in Matabeleland.

MRP also said it is worried about the provocative behaviour of the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Dr. Lazarus Dokora’s policies with reference to the schools around Tsholotsho, which comes at a period where the party’s followers are very tired about Shona rule.

Mthwakazi Republic Party Secretary General Hloniphani Ncube said they are reliable informed that, recently a number of teachers from Mashonaland came with offer letters from the so called National Office, under the auspices of the Public Service Commission were heavily deployed to Tsholotsho schools.

“The most disheartening aspect is that, these Shona mercenaries were deployed in the presence of the local teachers with similar qualifications. For how long shall we watch our enemies fighting us both sides,” he said.

“This exclusion of Mthwakazi teachers and segregation is a pure reflection of the Shona people’s agenda in Mthwakazi. The agenda is purely to dilute our culture and to cripple the local education as cited in the 1979 ZANU PF grand plan. The plan which was devised to suppress the people of Mthwakazi.”

He said these Shona teacher are trained by ZANU PF to impregnant and instil all manner of child abuse to the local students before completing their education.

“The agenda is to ensure that the Mthwakazi students become second class citizens through unveiling sub standard education. The truth is Mugabe and ZANU PF have not stopped the genocide. They want to completely destroy all aspects of Mthwakazi development. These are serious violations of Mthwakazi people’s rights. Such tendencies have been witnessed at Mlamuli, Tsheli and Matebeleland South Schools,” he said.

“We warn ZANU PF government that we will not watch them implementing the 1979 grand plan. As MRP we will improve our strategy of totally getting rid of all Shona teachers and public servants of the devilish government who are deployed in Mthwakazi. The special MRP National Executive Meeting would be convened to specifically work on tackling these issues. Dokora and his Shona teachers are becoming demons in Mthwakazi that have to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. MRP would not watch Mugabe or any other minister deploying his or her devilish people to destroy and infringe our fundamentally entitled rights.”

“We urge the Tsholotsho community and the traditional leaders to partner with their party of choice deployed trained officials to stop this Dokora nonsense. Once again the implementation of the 1979 grand plan would not be implemented without opposition. We will challenge this decision with any manner at our disposal.”

He said to the Mthwakazi people these developments must be a good lesson to get rid of shonalisation come 2018 general elections.

“Mthwakazi let us all register to vote in 2018. All above the age of 18 are encouraged to join the struggle. 2018 general elections are part of the struggle for self determination,” he said.Source – Byo24News

Woman seeks lost Zimbabwean Passport -Please see detail below.

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A Zimbabwean passport, number CN869944, belonging to Semukeliso Ncube and permit, were lost at OR Tambo airport in South Africa in the arrivals department on 19th June 2017. If anyone has found or knows the whereabouts of this document please contact 0277 39900868 or 0027 813590305. Thank you all for your assistance. Difa WaJapi Bango.

A Guruve woman assisted husband (70) to rape granddaughter (13) after forcing her to drink a concoction allegedly for weight gain.

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A 65-year-old Guruve woman is alleged to have teamed up with her 70-year-old husband whom she assisted to rape their 13-year-old granddaughter after forcing the minor to drink a concoction claiming it would make her gain weight.
 
The abuse allegedly started in February 2015 when the minor, after the death of her paternal grandfather, was invited by her maternal grandmother to stay with her in Guruve.
 
Prosecutors said on a certain day the teenager was invited into a room by her grandfather who allegedly forced her to drink traditional medicine saying it would make her gain weight.
 
The teenager was also forced to remove her clothes as her uncle applied some medicine on her skin while her grandmother was holding her hands at the back.
 
During the same month, the man is said to have proceeded to the girl’s bedroom where he again removed her clothes, applied the traditional medicine to her skin and also ordered her to drink the concoction.
 
He allegedly raped the victim as her grandmother held her hands and gagged her mouth to stop her from shouting for help.
 
Later that month, the girl fell ill and was taken back to her late parents’ home by her grandmother to go and stay with her other aunt.
 
However, the abuse was exposed in April this year when the girl developed some blisters on her thighs and was taken to hospital where she spilled the beans.
 
The two grandparents appeared at the High Court on Wednesday seeking to be granted bail but their matter was postponed to next week. Source – the standard

‘Acie Lumumba caught up’ in child sex scandal saga as fifty four girls are rescued from sexual exploitation and placed into statutory care’ after underage commercial sex work in Epworth,

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FIFTY-FOUR girls have been rescued from sexual exploitation and placed into statutory care following a prominent exposé of underage commercial sex work in Epworth, Hopley and Caledonia by Katswe Sistahood.
 
The sexual and reproductive health and rights advocacy group is calling on the government to swoop on and arrest paedophiles who are targeting poverty-ravaged young girls, raping and sexually exploiting them.
 
Talent Jumo, director of Katswe Sistahood, applauded the intervention by the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, whose Victim Friendly Unit officers and social workers were involved in the rescue and re-housing of the girls.
 
“We commend the ministry’s swift response to the plight of the girls and the helpful intervention they made to remove them from situations of sexual exploitation and getting them to safety,” Jumo said.
 
“Going forward, we recommend that government comes up with a national strategy to rescue and support more girls from across the country.
 
“This could be done through a multi-stakeholder coordinated process to draw up a long-term plan that also addresses underlying drivers of sexual exploitation of girls in the country.”
 
Katswe Sistahood also called on the ministry to invest in developing a database for vulnerable children in need of assistance.
This would enable the ministry to provide them with specific support that would improve their economic standing to ensure that they do not become targets of paedophiles who exploit their desperation.
 
The issue of rampant child sexual exploitation has caught the attention of the nation following a publicity campaign led by Katswe Sistahood, which involved an interview with the affected children on Star FM.
 
Zimbabweans in and out of the country responded to the news with shock and outrage, with many offering to provide financial support to the under-age girls being sexually exploited for survival.
 
However, Katswe Sistahood had to quickly abandon its efforts to coordinate the donations through a GoFundMe page following allegations catalysed by both online and mainstream media that their exposé was part of a ploy to raise funds for the organisation.
 
These allegations have largely been circulated on social media by prominent figures, such as political activist and Epworth native Acie Lumumba, who played a voice recording of a girl alleging that Katswe Sistahood had coerced the underage girls to say that they were sex workers in exchange for money.
 
However, Lumumba was challenged on Facebook about his apparent opportunism on the case by singer and girl child activist Nyari Mashayamombe.
 
In a Facebook live video, Lumumba had earlier claimed that the nine-year-old girl who was interviewed on StarFM did not exist.
Addressing Lumumba, Mashayamombe said: “When this story broke you bought it and ran with it…you then turned around and said it was a hoax and started attacking Katswe, and this we have on record.
 
“Now you’re back, you’ve seen the child, contrary to you accusing Katswe of making up the story…We need leaders that are truthful, leaders of consistency – we need people who own up and apologise.
 
“You can’t just continue changing colours, my dear brother. It hurts me to see how selfishly the stories of children are being played like this.
 
“Katswe together with many local NGOs do this work because they are absolutely touched and moved by these issues.”
To cap an eventful week for the organisation, Jumo was named among 40 “new generation family planning leaders” for 2017 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.
 
She received $1,000 from the Gates Institute to continue her work in family planning.
 
Katswe Sistahood will launch a new campaign to promote awareness of both short and long-term contraceptive methods, including emergency contraception and condoms.
 
“At Katswe we have the welfare of girls and women at heart, and we are humbled that our work has been recognised in this special way. Too many young women have hardly enough information on sex, sexuality, conception and contraception. We want everyone to use every opportunity they get to discuss these topics,” Jumo said.
 
Prostitution is one the rise in Zimbabwe because of increasing unemployment and poverty levels.
Source – the standard

A man who returned from the diaspora after 25 years, allegedly killed his wife then hanged himself at Cecil Kopje Game Park

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Barely a day after the burial of Mrs Victoria Murimba who was allegedly killed by her husband, Mr Elisha Murimba last week under unclear circumstances, the body of the husband has been found hanging in a tree in the Cecil Kopje Game Park.
 
Mr Murimba’s body was discovered hanging from a tree in Cecil Kopje Game Park, a few meters from his residence, by people believed to be second hand clothes smugglers.
 
The discovery of the body has extended the family’s mourning period after they laid to rest Mrs Murimba at Yeovil Cemetery on Saturday in an emotional send off.
 
Anger and grief are feelings the family is yet to fully come to terms with and the sight of the decomposing body of Mr Murimba torched these conflicting emotions.
 
Speaking during the burial of Mrs Murimba on Saturday, the Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs, Mandi Chimene said the government should put in place a strong legislative framework to protect women and the girl child.
 
Mrs Murimba was gruesomely murdered last week after the husband who had spent 25 years in the diaspora had returned home a month ago and the family was preparing to host a welcome party for him.
 
Mr Murimba is alleged to have slit his wife’s throat in unclear circumstances before disappearing.
Source – zbc

Tobacco farming causes deforestation, is highly detrimental to health and lowers food sustainability, and must be substituted immediately!

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Zimbabwe’s forcibly evicted white commercial farmers, some who were tobacco farmers and parcelled out land to peasant blacks from the year 2000 in one of the most disastrous land policies ever witnessed.

The farming of tobacco was sold to the unfortunate farmers as the golden leaf or magic wand to richness.

In reality, this was false as no one warned the poor farmers that they were only signing up to future difficulties.

The truth is that tobacco is now a liability as in less than half a century there will be almost no demand for tobacco products.

A typical example of what will happen , is the fact that the world in general is coming up with greater health conscious initiatives such as health policies that are squeezing the production, sale and use of the health hazard that is tobacco by people.

Tobacco is a known drain of national health budgets because of its addictive nature and high costs to poor family budgets in society. A country like Zimbabwe would rightly urge farmers to go into tobacco farming but the truth is that Tobacco contributes highly to Zimbabwe’s budget so unless and until the government seek alternative crop farming they will claim tobacco farming is great.

We all know that the growth of tobacco is highly detrimental to soil fertility where ever it is grown and tobacco massively contributes towards deforestation as land is continuously cleared for tobacco and massive amounts of firewood are used in tobacco processing.

The returns may be lucrative to the grower for now, but it contributes massively to a serious decline in health standards of tobacco products users, land degradation, deforestation and poor soil fertility, while by default leading to a major decline in food stability.

The government of Zimbabwe must look at sustainable alternatives for the future such as steering away from tobacco as a major contributor to the national budget, because the money is still chanelled towards the health budget to look after victims of tobacco health created crisis.

There are other serious health hazards such as pesticides used and risks to tobacco farm labourers.

The global climate is deteriorating and food sustainability is fast falling. so we should be ahead in seeking alternative crops to Tobacco. training farming communities in producing alternatives and teaching people about the health benefits of walking away from tobacco and looking at alternatives crops. I will go into detail soon and I speak with confidence on this as I spent three years at the University of Zimbabwe, majoring in economics and Agricultural extension and then became the Department of Agriculture and Technical Extension Specialist (AGRITEX) Training Specialist, responsible for staff and farmer literature , 1994 to 1996. In this role I travelled into the deepest and most remote areas corner to corner across Zimbabwe, throughout commercial and communal farming areas while I was responsible for producing and presenting a total of 7 Radio Programmes on ZBC National Radios 1, 2 and 4.

These programmes were, 1) Agritex Farm Diary on radio 1, 2)Tinokushevedzai varimi 3) Nhau Dzevarimi 4) Kuchengetedzwa kwezvipfuwo 5) Sibiza abalimi, 6) Ukugcinwa kwezifuyo and 7) Izindaba zabalimi. As a nation, we should now all be pushing for government to shut down tobacco production on health grounds and terminate the deforestation and other healthissues associated with it. We should think about the future,.all our children, coloured, black, white, any race or tribe,…it starts with you saying NO to Tobacco! The government must be pressed by the electorate to stop funding tobacco production, stop purchasing tobacco from farmers and legislate against the production of tobacco, if not criminalise tobacco production.

Tobacco farming is simply hazardous in every way one looks at it, be it health wise to those handling and being exposed to pesticides in the farming, a threat to climate change because of the deforestation caused by Tobacco. If the government could implement a 51% ownership scheme in favour of indegenous people where ever a foreign company wanted to invest in business, then they can easily enforce a punitive heavy farming tax on all tobacco growers, transporters, exporters and tobacco auction floors and any business activity linked to tobacco including shops selling tobacco products, banks funding tobacco farming and any sales related to farming implements, and agricultural chemicals targeted at tobacco farming.

The government must also look at heavy taxation and withdrawal of funding from agricultural institutions that farm tobacco, while also immediately withdrawing tobacco farming from all agricultural institutions,..simply ban tobacco by shutting down the crop and ensuring that it becomes non viable to associate one with tobacco. From primary school, children must be taught regularly and thouroughly about the long term and life changing health hazards associated with tobacco.

It would be helpful if the government can actually divert the proceeds from the heavy taxation on tobacco to the health system and let the tobacco farmers share the burden of treating patients who become ill as a result of tobacco whether by being smokers or indirectly through secondary intake of tobacco smoke. People’s lives must be put first before profits by those who have no thought about not only their welfare but that of all our children, future descendants of all race and colour. Opposition must make it clear to people how they will work towards resolving this mess.

The same principle is applicable in any system causing public health hazards and affecting the lives of the ordinary people who usually have limited or no choices in life. An example is sugar, starting from farming sugar cane as sugar is a source of diabetes and is simply not an affordable health bill on the government, medical aid societies and the people affected.

We can argue the same again in alcohol, a source of life destruction through accidents, fights, disputes and other. In that respect, punitive heavy farming tax on all sorghum growers who sell or use, transporters, exporters and alcohol producers and any business activity linked to alcohol, including shops selling alcohol, banks funding sorghum farming designed for any sales related to alcohol production.

The last twenty years of Zimbabwe’s entropy have left the nation heavily exposed to horrendous disasters which need a people oriented heavy handed turnaround, that puts the interests of the people first. It is not rocket science that everyone seeks a health life and safe environment and a great future for all out=r children, coloured, black, white and any race or tribe.

People need food from the land, not deforestation, not smoke hazard from tobacco,…no action or clearly set out manifesto on this and no vote,….The people don’t know their true power,..use it and bring the much needed change! Don’t give away your vote for no reason, no matter how much you love the leader. It is not the leader who matters but the manifesto and what the leader can lead his or her party to deliver for the people and change their lives positively.

We need to bring all leaders to account for their promises in the manifesto and if no delivery on the manifesto, then its goodbye to them,..no need to wait for their mandate to expire! The main reason why I touch on Agriculture is that it is an area that has been allowed to be lawless ever since the disastrous Zanu pf land reform programme of the early 2000. We need to restore order, shape the future by pushing for changes and policies that put the people’s interest at heart,..in our case, health and safety and the future of the planet.

Wake up Zimbabwe, have to all think about tomorrow,….DISCUSS! By Sibusiso Ngwenya

Mugabes, Foreign Affairs Minister and top Government officials have left for New York to attend the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly.

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President Robert Mugabe and the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe left Harare for New York yesterday evening to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
 
The Assembly will be held under the theme, “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and Decent Life for All on Sustainable Planet.”
 
Discussions will centre on making a difference in the lives of ordinary people, prevention and mediation for sustaining peace, climate change and human rights.
 
Accompanying the President was Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and several top Government officials.
 
President Mugabe was seen off at the Harare International Airport by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi,
 
Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo, Harare Metropolitan Province Minister Miriam Chikukwa and service chiefs.
 
VP Mnangangwa is the acting President.
Source – zimpapers
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