TWENTY NINE DEAD including sixteen illegal Zimbabwe miners in South Africa mine explosion

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SIXTEEN of the 31 people who died after a mine shaft collapsed in South Africa have been identified as Zimbabweans.
Yesterday, The Chronicle reported that Zimbabweans were feared dead following a mine explosion that killed 29 people while 11 others were rescued.
The explosion occurred after suspected illegal miners blew up the defunct Harmony Gold mine shaft in Welkom, Free State, last week on Thursday and the disaster was discovered earlier this week.
It has since emerged that two more bodies have been retrieved as the rescue team is still searching for victims and survivors.
Zimbabwe Consul-General in South Africa Mr Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro said almost 50 percent of the retrieved bodies were of Zimbabweans.
“What we have gathered right now is that they have retrieved 31 bodies and 16 of them are Zimbabweans.
“They are still rescuing some more and we hope to get more details between tomorrow (today) and on Sunday,” said Mr Mukonoweshuro.
He said his team was on the ground getting finer details.
The victims are suspected to have died after inhaling dangerous gases after the mine collapsed.
Some Lesotho and Mozambique nationals are also suspected to have died in the same incident.
Mr Mukonoweshuro expressed concern that Zimbabweans were engaging in dangerous activities while trying to eke out a living.
In 2014, 27 Zimbabweans from Gokwe and Nkayi suffocated in a shaft at Roodepoort Mine in Johannesburg West, South Africa, after inhaling carbon monoxide. By Nqobile Tshili. chronicle

Zimbabwe Communist Party in Gauteng elects its top leadership in a meeting in Johannesburg


Today , the Zimbabwe Communist Party in Gauteng elected its top leadership in a meeting in Johannesburg to carry forward the struggle for socialism. The following comrades constitute the leadership : Secretary – Cde Takura Chipindura; Chairperson : Cde Tracy Mabhena ; Political Commissar ; Cde Nobuhle Ndlovu; Deputy Secretary ; Cde Minenhle Nyathi.
Cde Takura Chipindura is from the private sector; Cde Tracy Mabhena is an educator ; while Cde Nobuhle Ndlovu and Cde Minenhle are unionists.

#socialism in our life time!

‘OPPOSITION GRAND COALITION to hold primary elections to choose leader to contest 2018 ballot’-Joice Mujuru.

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The former Vice President to Zimbabwe, later the leader of the short lived Zimbabwe People First Party Joice Mujuru now the leader of the embattled National People Party (NPP), claims that a leader for the opposition grand coalition parties will be elected through primary elections.
Joice Mujuru announced yesterday that the chosen leader will then contest the position of Zimbabwe’s President as the grand coalition leader against the despot President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF in the 2018 ballot. In theory this resolves the political divisions between opposition forces and the divisions created amongst opposition supporters. DISCUSS! By Sibusiso Ngwenya

Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO – Zorro) Petition to the UN UN, UK, US and EU etc

Over 4million Zimbabweans, roughly a third of the population are living outside their home country. The exodus of millions was motivated by failing economic and political conditions. The diaspora sends millions of dollars in cash remittances to Zimbabwe. These remmitances have kept the country afloat, and the government has admitted that without this financial support, our country would be in a worse situation. The diaspora also provides support in skills and other non monetary investments.Image may contain: 1 person, standing and outdoor
The constitution: Section 67 (3) “Every Zimbabwean who is of or over the age of eighteen years of age has the right-(a)-to vote in all elections and referendums to which this constitution or any other law applies, and to do so in secret; and (b) to stand for public office, if elected to hold such office.Image may contain: 3 people, people standing and outdoor
As a result, we are asking that the government make provisions to allow external voting for the diaspora.
 Voting is our right, enshrined and protected in the highest and most important law of our country.Image may contain: 4 people, people standing, crowd and outdoor
To that end, in a united voice of millions, we ask that the government legalise external voter registration and voting at our embassies around the world.Image may contain: 3 people, people standing and outdoor
The newzimbabwevision editor in chief Sibusiso Ngwenya, was present to witness the submission of this great petition with over 7,000 signatures by Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO – Zorro), to the British Prime Minister , Theresa May’s office at No 10 Downing Street, London, UK on Saturday 20/05/2017.Image may contain: 6 people, people sitting
Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO – Zorro) were formed out of a desperate need to aid Zimbabwe, but additionally to support those in the UK going through an Asylum Process.
Zimbabwe is a beautiful country that has been brought down from its once glorius status of ‘Jewel of Africa’ onto its knees through the corrupt and ruinous activity of the 93 year old despot Robert Gabriel Mugabe and his Zanu pf.
Zimbabwe is on the verge of the much acclaimed 2018 General election marking thirty years of chaos, currently standing at 37 years of corruption and destruction by a heartless leader , the oppressive Robert Mugabe , the Zim 1 family, Zanu pf stalwarts and securocrats who monopolise wealth and power.
There is an overwhelming number of displaced Zimbabweans estimated at over 4million currently living in the diaspora. Some are in the diaspora by choice seeking a better life but many are in forced exile, while some seek temporary safety and respite from the brutal and murderous Mugabe and his Zanu pf regime.
It is fair to say that the diaspora is a treasure trove for Zimbabwe;s freedom if they are allowed to vote. This is so because if the diaspora voted, they are guaranteed to change the status quo because they are well informed and know and apprereciate the reason for their presence and struggles in the diaspora, emanating for Mugabe and his Zanu pf corruption coupled with the continued denial to a right to vote.
Mugabe is well aware that the diaspora is mainly made up of such people and therefore at least 4 million votes less or better yet, against Mugabe and his Zanu pf.
This is obviously an unwanted guranteed victory for the people in the fight for freedom, peace, justice, equality, accountability, democracy, good governance, constitutionalism, peace and prosperity for all as it literally spells the despot’s end.Image may contain: 1 person, standing and outdoor
I always remind people that voting is not about popularity but actually standing and being counted, so its imperative that the diaspora must vote if we need to establish a great future for our children and descendants, black, white, coloured, any race, any tribe, religion, race, sexual orientation and political support, including disillusioned Zanu pf.
It is known that Zanu pf are fighting hard to effect the next vote rig as hinted by the Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede who has suggested that the four year old New Constitution needs amendment to ban dual citizenship.
As soon as such a draconian act is passed it simply throws Zimbabweans into further turmoil as those born in the diaspora or those who now hold more than one national passport will not have the right to vote in the 2018 elections.
Out of this sad tale, developed a breath taking relief through the establishment of Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO – Zorro).
ZHRO is an organisation set amongst other things to help the motherland Zimbabwe while also assisting Zimbabweans living in the UK and under the at times complex and exhausting Asylum claim Process.
Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO – Zorro) objectives are:
“To promote human rights (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) throughout the world, but specifically Zimbabwe and its immediate neighbours [SADC: Southern African Development Community] by all or any of the following means:
• Monitoring of abuses of human rights – both by on the ground members, associate organisations; and those escaping and seeking asylum from such abuses;
• Obtaining redress for the victims of human rights abuses;
• Obtaining redress for those unfairly treated in the asylum process;
• Relieving need among the victims of human rights abuse; in Zimbabwe and the SADC region;
• Relieving need among the victims of human rights abuse; and in the general Zimbabwean Diaspora, and in particular those currently in the United Kingdom Asylum Process;
• Research into human rights issues and its interaction with the asylum process for all, and additionally, in particular for women within the asylum process;
• Educating the public about human rights;
• Educating the public on the particular flaws in the Asylum process for those from Zimbabwe and the SADC region;
• Providing technical advice to government and others on human rights and asylum matters;
• Contributing to the sound administration of human rights and asylum law;
• Commenting on proposed human rights and asylum legislation;
• Raising awareness of human rights and asylum issues in the SADC Nations;
• Promoting public support for human rights;
• Promoting respect for human rights among individuals and corporations;
• International advocacy of human rights;
• Eliminating infringements of human rights.

These objectives were obtained from Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO – Zorro).

Kingstone Jambawo, Louis (Security staff) elector Zvorwadza, Rashiwe Bayisirayi, Mable Kayiya and Shelton Mhlanga went in to deliver the petition with John Burke taking pictures and video.
Mary Muteyerwa, Salome Nkiwane and George Shambela led the drum and Percussion. By Sibusiso Ngwenya
photo-(L) Alfred Mukuvari, centre Sibusiso Ngwenya

Ex Finance Minister, People’s Democratic Party leader, Tendai Biti claims Mugabe blocked adoption of the Rand in 2010

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ZIMBABWE’S FORMER Finance minister then Movement of Democratic Change (MDC T) now People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Tendai Biti claims that President Robert Mugabe in 2010 actually blocked the use of neighbouring South Africa currency , the rand from being used as Zimbabwe’s official currency.
It is alleged that it was likely a concern that Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabed may become politically subservient to South African president, Jacob Zuma.
Zimbabwe’s current Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya,continuously been accused globally of deliberately blocking the use of the rand as a way of stemming the hyper inflation and stabilising current cash shortages, which brought in the hated bond notes.
The disclosure by Tendai Biti tends to absolve Chinamasa and Mangudya of any blame. It was also not a surprise to anyone when recently, Mugabe alleged that he didn’t know why Zimbabwe is not using the South African rand, strangely similar to how he claimed ‘innocence ‘ over the brutal gukurahundi genocide in which he butchered over 20,000 Ndebele’s and claimed it was simply a ‘moment of madness’. By Sibusiso Ngwenya
photo-Tendai Biti pictured with Zimvigil activist Alfred Mukuvari recently after addressing the commons about Zimbabwe’s situation. 18/04/1017

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BULAWAYO MAN (30) has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo on Sunday

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A court heard that Phillip Nsimbi (30) of Barbourfields suburb raped the woman who cannot be named for ethical reasons; about six hours after the Highlanders and Dynamos match that was abandoned just before half time due to crowd trouble.
Nsimbi appeared before magistrate Mr Tinashe Tashaya facing a charge of rape.
Mr Tashaya did not ask him to plead and remanded him in custody to June 1.
Prosecuting, Mr Nkathazo Dlodlo said Nsimbi allegedly raped the woman who resides in the same suburb.
Mr Dlodlo said Nsimbi proposed love to the woman on Friday last week when they were at Emagumeni Sports Bar in Barbourfields suburb having some drinks. She turned him down.
The prosecutor said this did not go down well with Nsimbi who strangled the woman until she sustained scratch wounds on her neck.
“On May 14, after a football match the complainant went to Emagumeni Sports Bar to have some drinks with her friends. She left the place and proceeded to her home at 23:30PM. All of a sudden the woman heard a whispering voice from her back saying ‘stop there prostitute’,” said Mr Dlodlo.
“The accused person grabbed the complainant by the collar, pushed her and dragged her to a Barboufields Stadium entry gate whilst she was screaming for help but it was fruitless since nobody responded.”
Mr Dlodlo said Nsimbi slapped the complainant several times on her face before raping her once without protection.
“During the act, the complainant heard people who were passing by and screamed but the accused person threatened to kill her if she continued. A man came by to rescue the complainant but he failed to catch the accused person because he ran away,” he said.
Mr Dlodlo said the woman met police officers who were on patrol when she was on her way to report the matter.
He said Constables Zhou and Taruvinga arrested Nsimbi and referred the woman to the hospital.
The court heard that a medical report will be produced in court as evidence. Cynthia Dube, Chronicle

Military helicopters. Chombo ,Chiwenga, Bonyongwe, Chihuri Shiri, Zimondi and other top military men in Mutorashanga at Mugabe’s spokesperson Charamba’s wife funeral

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THE usually sleepy chrome mining town of Mutorashanga came alive on Tuesday morning as powerful engines mounted on expensive and luxurious four-wheel-drive vehicles snaked into the area, for many a rare occasion and an unforgettable sight.
Top government officials in expensive suits, permanent secretaries, most of whom had never been to that sleepy village, came in their numbers to mourn together with one of Zimbabwe’s most powerful voices — President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba, who lost his wife, Idaishe Olivia Chengu-Charamba, last Sunday.
Charamba, who hails from Buhera, did what many thought was unusual in African culture, laying to rest his wife at his in-laws’ homestead, next to her father who died 10 years ago and buried on the same day as his daughter side-by-side.
In doing that, Charamba managed to bring the government machinery to the Chengu homestead, a powerful delegation behind the politics and power of Zimbabwe paying last their respects to little-known Olivia.In doing that, he also got people talking and questions were raised, with one such being: Was everything well between the Charambas and the Chengus?
Notebooks and pens were out in an effort to sniff out what had made Charamba — a powerful personality, who speaks on behalf of longtime veteran ruler and obviously has his ear — ditch cultural tradition.
Being the spokesperson he is, Charamba knew the question would come and quickly answered it before it was asked.
Outside his proximity to power, the brave voice that defends Zanu PF’s ruinous policies sometimes with high-sounding words best understood after use of a dictionary, is just human after all.
Charamba, feared by political foes, the giant that towers over the media industry and is trusted by Zimbabwe’s Commander-in-Chief, showed that he has a heart somewhere in his large frame.
“So, it was my personal decision that Idaishe should come and be buried here, so that it’s easier to all children.
I really wanted to maintain the unity of the family and that is basically the decision,” he said.
The death of his wife, apart from exposing Charamba, who is seen mostly in his official capacities, also revealed the power behind the man.
On a day Mugabe was supposedly addressing Cabinet, he released Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo to be the government representative at the funeral.
Accompanied by deputy ministers, Chombo appeared to be the loftiest personality in Mutorashanga, until just hours before the burial, the sound of military helicopters hovering about brought mourners to a temporary standstill.
Led by Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander-General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga, the country’s service chiefs arrived to pay their condolences.
Central Intelligence Organisation Director-General Happyton Bonyongwe, Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, Air Force Commander Perrance Shiri, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services head Paradzai Zimondi and other top military men accompanied by Psychomotor minister Josaya Hungwe, stole the show when they arrived.
This group of men is normally seen together in public as they attend burials of national heroes or national events.
Charamba acknowledged this rare visit by the securocrats in Mutorashanga as nothing, but a humbling moment in his life, yet beneath it showed that he was in the inner circle of the mighty and powerful.
“Idaishe was not a member of the military, but she was saluted by army generals at Nyaradzo funeral parlour as if she was one of them. I am humbled. Top army generals came to the funeral of mere George’s wife. Uuhmm, I am humbled,” he said.
Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, spent the better part of Sunday evening at the Charambas homestead, along with several ministers. Mnangagwa visited the Charambas twice within two days, while VP Phelekezela Mphoko also came to pay his condolences. Other top government officials at the burial included Priscah Mupfumira, Faber Chidarikire, Thokozile Mathuthu and Martin Dinha.
Those aligned to G40, the unde-fire Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, only made “cameo” appearances and left immediately after arriving.
Away from the grieving, pupils at Great Dyke School had an opportunity to get closer and view army helicopters, which landed on their football pitch.
Some of the kids sat by the roadside marvelling as top sport utility vehicles, most of them brand new, passed, belying the fact that Zimbabwe is reported to be hit hard by sanctions illegally imposed by Western countries.
The story of the dead speaks more about the living, that of Charamba’s wife invoked emotion, displaying the power matrix in government and Zanu PF. newsday
photo-Charamba’s sister Rosemary addresses mourners at his wife’s funeral

ZANU PF REJECT VICE-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s Bill to investigate past violence cases and create a platform for peace-building


VICE-President Phelekezela Mphoko was left with egg on the face on Tuesday after his proposed National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill was rejected by Zanu PF legislators, who argued that they could not pass a Bill which seeks to revisit atrocities most of which were committed by the ruling party.

Zanu PF legislators shot down the Bill when it was brought for the second reading and debate in Parliament, with Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba urging the Executive to sweep the matter under the carpet.

Mphoko sat stone-faced as ruling party legislators shredded the proposed Bill into pieces before he deferred debate on the Bill to next week, describing the lawmakers as “confused and noisemakers”.

“Thank you, Mr Speaker. We are not achieving anything. We are making so much noise. No! Confusion is not healthy.
Madam Speaker, I want to propose that this debate should be adjourned because it looks like people do not understand what we are supposed to be discussing,” Mphoko said as opposition MPs demanded that the Bill covers atrocities committed during the Gukurahundi era.

The Bill seeks to give powers to the commission to investigate past violence cases as well as create a platform for peace-building.

The Zanu PF lawmakers argued that the Bill would reopen old wounds, some of which were resolved with the signing of the 1987 Unity Accord.

“Thank you, Mr Speaker. I want to add a few words on this Bill. I am unhappy about this Bill or I can say I do not like it. I do not want the Bill to be there,” Chinotimba said before he was reprimanded by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, who explained that the Executive was guided by the Constitution, hence, the decision to table the Bill in the House.

Said Mudenda: “We have to be very careful about what we say. The Executive, in its wisdom as guided by the Constitution, has brought this Bill here. There is no way we can say the Constitution is wrong. To say the Executive is wrong in bringing this Bill, the Executive has complied with the constitutional provision. That is why the Bill is before us. There is no way you can say the Bill is not supposed to be here.”

But Chinotimba would have none of that, as he insisted the proposed law should not be entertained.

“If the Executive cannot see, clearly this Bill will destroy the country. I will not allow it. I thank you,” Chinotimba said as he received applause from Zanu PF MPs.

Zvishavane-Ngezi MP John Holder (Zanu PF) described the Bill as retrogressive, pleading with fellow lawmakers to reject it.

“Mr Speaker, we do not live in the past. Rivers never flow in reverse. Let us try to be like a river. Let us focus on the future. Let us always be positive,” Holder said.

Mudenda again had to reprimand Holder for his statement against the Bill, but the MP shouted at the Speaker, saying: “But this will not intimidate me.”

Mudenda then ordered him to withdraw the remarks and he complied.

Buhera West MP Oliver Mandipaka (Zanu PF) also expressed his misgivings on the Bill, saying it should leave out contentious issues such as Gukurahundi and the 2008 political violence, which left more than 200 opposition supporters maimed or dead.

On the other hand, opposition legislators pleaded with Mphoko to extend the lifespan of the commission from the initial 10 years, which lapses in 2023, to 2027 in order to compensate for the “wasted years”. newsday

Ex cop and Bob’s Office informer on fraud charges allege covering up crimes of high ranking police officers

A former police officer and an informer for the President’s Office facing fraud charges has turned the tables on the police accusing them of covering up for the crimes of high ranking police officers he had exposed and using him as a scapegoat for the charges he is facing.
Delish Nguwaya has applied for referral of his case to the con-court citing that his right to protection from the self incrimination has been infringed upon and he will not receive a fair trial.
Nguwaya was recently arrested for the possession of cocaine and extortion and spent a month and a half in custody.
His application placed before Harare Magistrate, Mr Themba Kuwanda accused the police of creating a side show by planting the drugs in his vehicle all in a bid to cover up for crimes committed by police Chief Superintendant, Nyaradzai Majachani and Superintendant, Shepherd Tachiona.
Whilst being led by his lawyer, Jonathan Samukange who jointly represents the accused with Admire Rubaya Nguwaya, Nguwaya said he was arrested in a joint operation to weed out rogue elements from the Zimbabwe Republic Police represented by Superintendant Vera and an officer from the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).
Nguwaya said after his arrest for allegedly extorting a Chinese national and businessman Baoning Guao and allegedly defrauding the businessman of US$20 000 together with Zanoi Vengayi, Clever Gadzikwa and Mbizo Nyathi he had been assured by the CIO and Vera to provide evidence and information pertaining to the case on the guarantee of immunity from prosecution.
Nguwaya informed his lawyers who then advised him to provide the truthful details of the issue in an affidavit which he did and supplied to the investigating team.
The case implicated Chief Superintendant Majachani and Superintendant Tachiveyi who personally received extortion money amounting to US$5 000 from the Chinese businessman.
Upon his release Nguwaya said he was shocked to be arrested a month later after some cocaine was planted in his car and he was arrested and assaulted by Majachani while in police custody and went to remand prison for a month and a half having been warned that he would never win the war he had waged against senior police officers.
He added that despite writing to the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Ignatious Chombo, Police Commissioner General, Dr Augustine Chihuri and the Director General CIO complaining against the dirty conduct of the senior cops and his continued harassment and unlawful arrests he has received no joy.
Meanwhile, expelled former Zanu PF Mashonaland Central youth chair, Godfrey Tsenengamu who was arrested yesterday for subverting a constitutional government following his address at a press conference in Harare between March and May last year where he urged President Mugabe to hold an extra ordinary congress and surrender leadership of the party to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa appeared in court with the state applying for his further detention. bulawayo24
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