Harare Deputy Mayor ‘Thomas Muzuva’ (43) Succumbs To Cancer

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HARARE deputy mayor Thomas Muzuva died Wednesday morning after a long battle with colon cancer.

He was born in 1972.

MDC-T director of communications Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed the passing on of the Kambuzuma councillor, who breathed his last at Harare’s West End clinic.

“The deputy mayor for Harare, councillor Thomas Muzuva, has passed on at West End clinic in Harare where he was receiving treatment for cancer,” Tamborinyoka said in a statement.

“President Morgan Tsvangirai is greatly saddened by the news of the deputy mayor, whom he had occasion to visit in hospital where he was receiving treatment for the past one month.

“President Tsvangirai joins the Muzuva family, the city of Harare, the entire MDC family and the city’s residents in mourning this dedicated cadre who was committed to improving the lives of the residents of the capital city.”

Tamborinyoka said the MDC-T leader will this Wednesday evening visit the Muzuva family home in Kambuzuma “to mourn a committed stalwart in the struggle for democratic change in Zimbabwe”.

“President Tsvangirai and the entire MDC family are with the Muzuva family in this sad and dark hour. May his dear soul rest in eternal peace,” said Tamborinyoka.

In a Facebook posting, Harare mayor Benard Manyenyeni said he was saddened by the passing on of his deputy.

“So sad to share the news of the passing on of the Deputy Mayor of Harare Clr Thomas Muzuva today – a brave and inspiring fight cancer…eventually lost; What a soldier!” Manyenyeni said.

The MDC-T activist was elected councillor for Ward 14 during the 2013 harmonised elections and was subsequently elected Harare’s deputy mayor.

Muzuva is survived by his wife and four children.

Mourners are gathered at House number 9031, Kambuzuma 5. Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.source-newzimbabwe

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‘Mugabe Must declare His Assets First’ African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption

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THE African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption has reportedly demanded that President Robert Mugabe declare his assets first before making it mandatory for all public officials in Zimbabwe to do so.

This comes a week after Mugabe, 91, said his government will introduce a law in Zimbabwe’s Parliament that requires senior officials to declare assets as part of measures to tackle corruption.

The network works to involve all regional parliamentarians in the fight against corruption.

“The scourge of corruption continues to rear its ugly head at all levels of our society,” Mugabe was quoted as saying at the official opening of Parliament last week.

A code of conduct will be put in place, in terms of which all high-level public office holders shall be required to disclose their assets upon assumption of office or to declare their interests on matters that may create scope for conflict of interest,” Mugabe said.

Zimbabwe was ranked 156 out of 174 countries on last year’s Transparency International index, which measures public perceptions of corruption in public institutions.

According to reports, chairperson of the network Willias Madzimure said Mugabe must lead by example and declare his assets first as did his counterpart Namibian President Hage Geingob and wife Monica Geingob last year.

“This is just talk for publicity’s sake. Mugabe has been talking of corruption over and over again and issues of a code of conduct are not new… There is no seriousness to fight corruption and I can bet my last dollar that the National Code of Corporate Governance Bill will not be crafted by 2018,” Madzimure was quoted as saying.

Critics and the opposition accuse Mugabe of turning a blind eye to graft, especially among his close allies and ministers, and say endemic corruption is one of the reasons foreign companies are not investing in Zimbabwe.

Western media claims that the veteran leader is a billionaire, having creamed off the country’s coffers over the 34 years he has led Zimbabwe.

His wife, Grace, however, claims the nonagenarian is the world’s poorest leader.

Mugabe and his family own what is thought to be one of the largest integrated dairy enterprises in southern Africa.

They also own a $20m mansion in the posh Borrowdale suburb of Harare.

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Harare Businessman & 2Pretend ‘CIO Accomplices’, Deported Chinese Business partner

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A HARARE businessman connived with two accomplices who pretended to be state security agents to kidnap his Chinese partner in a local mining venture and “deport” him to China, a court heard Monday.

Leonard Chiteka, 36, director of Mashonaland Central-based gold processing company, TIMSITE (Pvt) Ltd, appeared in court jointly charged with Prosper Muchenje, 42, and Pardon Matanhire, 39.

They were accused of kidnapping co-company director, Cheng Minglei, and forcing him to return to China on allegations of smuggling gold and externalising cash.

Harare magistrate, Francis Mapfumo, released all three on $300 bail with stringent conditions.

Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa said, on July 26, the trio hatched the kidnap plan with two others who are still on the run.

They then went to Avondale Shopping Centre in an unregistered vehicle and approached Minglei. Chiteka introduced Muchenje to as a military officer and Matanhire as a CIO agent.

Muchenje and Matanhire did not produce any identification particulars but advised Minglei that he was under arrest for gold smuggling and externalisation of cash.

They allegedly informed him that he had been summoned to the Zimbabwean embassy in China for investigations and, further, demanded company documents which Minglei did not have at that time.

Court heard that the accused threatened to shoot Minglei if he failed to surrender his car keys.

The Chinese national complied and they drove him to his Avondale home in the capital where they allegedly confiscated his phones, office and house keys, company files and a laptop. They also took some money from Minglei, leaving him with just $300.

The court heard that Minglei was not given time to pack before being bundled into a vehicle and driven to Harare International Airport.

At the airport the accused produced an electronic air ticket which was booked on July 24 destined for Beijing. Chiteka allegedly accompanied him to make sure he got to China.

While at the airport Minglei refused to board a plane to Beijing but boarded another en-route Guangzhou resulting in Chiteka proceeding to Beijing alone.

Once he arrived, Minglei reported the matter to Chinese officials in Guangzhou, China leading to the arrest of the three.source-newzimbabwe

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Assistant, CIO Director ‘Innocent Chibaya’, Buried At Nharira In Chivhu

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The late assistant director of the Central Intelligence Organisation, Innocent Chibaya, has been described as a principled man whose death has robbed the nation of a dedicated cadre.

The Minister of State Security in The President’s Office, Kembo Mohadi, who spoke during the burial at Nharira in Chivhu, says the late Chibaya left a void that will be difficult to fill.

Family spokesperson, Fulton Chibaya, says the late was a philanthropist by nature, paying tuition fees for various relatives and assisting wholeheartedly when the need arose.

The late Chibaya was born on the 19th of November 1961 in Chikomba district, Mashonaland district.

In November 1978, he and other Ordinary Level graduates at St Francis of Assisi were requested to join the colonial regime as soldiers.

Chibaya refused to join the settler army, instead joining the liberation struggle as a war collaborator.

He was detained, escaped and received military training in the front at Musikavanhu Sector in 1979.

Chibaya, who joined the Zimbabwe National Army in 1981, then joined the President’s Department and with his wish to safeguard the gains of Zimbabwe’s independence.

Chibaya rose through the ranks up to the post of Assistant Director, a position he held until the time of his demise.source-ZBC
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‘Mugabe Has Created 2,2million Vendors’-MDC-T Deputy President Thokozani Khupe ,

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MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe today said President Mugabe has failed to spell out how many jobs his government will create saying his Presidential speech failed to speak on issues of hunger and poverty.

Speaking in Parliament today, Khupe said Mugabe has managed to create 2,2 million vendors.

The Third Session of the Eighth Parliament resumed today following the comic official opening of Parliament last week.

“Mugabe failed to say how employment will be created and instead of ZimAsset creating 2,2 million jobs, he created 2,2 million vendors” she said.

She also demanded results of previous land audits saying many of these audits were done but no implementation.

The Zanu PF regime has been promising to embark on lands audits but nothing has been done.

The land audit seeks to redress various issues, among them land disputes, cases of multiple farm ownership, account for land that is being under-utilised as well as investigate reports that some resettled farmers were leasing out their farms to white former commercial farmers.

Sometime last year, Lands and Rural Resettlement minister Douglas Mombeshora revealed that his ministry had secured $7 million from the European Union and United Nations Development Fund to carry out a two-year land audit programme.Source – Byo24News

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MDC Council Of Elders To Determine MP, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s Future

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THE Welshman Ncube led MDC has tasked its Council of Elders to consider if the party must heed growing calls for the ouster of its under fire MP, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

The former regional integration minister and, now, Matebeleland South proportional representation MP, is in the eye of the storm for allegedly fanning divisions in the party.

MDC youths, backed by party women, have in the past few days upped the campaign for the firebrand legislator to be withdrawn from parliament insisting she no longer represented the interests of the party.

But in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, MDC spokesperson Kurauone
Chihwayi said a council of elders has been tasked to show the way forward.

“The organ has been tasked by the presidency to gather facts and make constructive recommendations regarding allegations raised by the youths and the women of the MDC,” Chihwayi said.

The MDC spokesperson said the party will not summarily withdraw the embattled MP despite coming under pressure from party loyalists to have her recalled from the house.

“We cannot rush to disciplinary action against the Cde since all will depend on the recommendations of the council of elders,” he said.

“The MDC is a democratic party and believes in wide and thorough consultations before taking or recommending disciplinary action against a member of the party.

“The former secretary general of the party will obviously be approached and given an opportunity to clarify issues that have been raised by the two assemblies.”

The MDC council of elders is composed of at least three and not more than 12 senior members of the party whose chairperson is elected by congress.

It is an influential party organ that advises the MDC national council, national executive, national standing committee and the presidency when the need arises.

The past few months have turned too unbearable for Misihairabwi-Mushonga who was early this year forced to give up her post as party secretary general.

Agitated party members were accusing her of pursuing an ambitious underground campaign to land the position of secretary general in the long delayed merger with another MDC splinter group led by Tendai Biti.

If she had her way as was being alleged, that would have meant her President, Ncube, would have automatically surrendered his own pursuit for presidency as per arrangement. source-Newzimbabwe

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30 Years In Power, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, To Run Again Next Year

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UGANDA’s veteran president Yoweri Museveni got the formal go-ahead from his party to stand again in elections next year, setting him up for a possible tough confrontation with ally-turned-adversary, former prime minister Amama Mbabazi.

Museveni, 71, has already dominated the east African nation for nearly 30 years, with a rule bolstered by economic growth, an often divided opposition and control of the security services.

But analysts say Mbabazi – the ruling party’s former secretary general who is now hoping to stand as an opposition candidate – could be the president’s strongest challenger yet.

Mbabazi, who was seen as a kingmaker in Museveni’s government before he was sacked as prime minister in 2014, originally stood against Museveni to get the ruling National Resistance Movement’s presidential nomination.

But he dropped out of that race in July, accusing officials of frustrating his bid.

Mbabazi then joined an opposition coalition, The Democratic Alliance, where he is in a tight race with three-time presidential challenger Kizza Besigye to secure the alliance’s ticket.

The government media centre said Museveni had promised to improve living standards and “eradicate corruption in the country”, after securing his party’s nomination on Sunday.

Museveni, a key western ally, has been credited with returning economic stability to Uganda after years of turmoil.

But his critics have accused him of failing to check runaway corruption and of using security forces to harass opposition supporters during elections.

The opposition says it suspects Museveni is grooming his son, Kainerugaba Muhoozi, to succeed him.

The president regularly denies having any such intention and dismisses the other charges against him.

Presidential and parliamentary polls are scheduled between February and March next year.source-newzimbabwe

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Zimbabwe Has Lost Six Rhinos To Poachers Over The Last 15 Months

Zimbabwe has lost six rhinos to poachers in the last 15 months leading to calls for better strategies tin protecting endangered species.

Zimbabwe will this Tuesday join the rest of the world in commemorating World Rhino Day amid concerns over the increase in poaching activities.

The rhino is an endangered species but from June 2014 to date, Zimbabwe lost six rhinos to poachers.

Zimbabwe is now left with only 766 black and white rhinos.

“The low figures call for all Zimbabweans to be involved in creating better strategies to protect endangered species,” said Environment Africa Country Director, Mr Barnabus Mawire.

“The World Rhino Day is a day as a country we should raise awareness of the problem we have. We want less rhinos to die, the Zimbabwe has lost six rhinos to poachers in the last 15 months leading to calls for better strategies tin protecting endangered species.

Zimbabwe will this Tuesday join the rest of the world in commemorating World Rhino Day amid concerns over the increase in poaching activities.

The rhino is an endangered species but from June 2014 to date, Zimbabwe lost six rhinos to poachers.

Zimbabwe is now left with only 766 black and white rhinos.

“The low figures call for all Zimbabweans to be involved in creating better strategies to protect endangered species,” said Environment Africa Country Director, Mr Barnabus Mawire.

“The World Rhino Day is a day as a country we should raise awareness of the problem we have. We want less rhinos to die, the figures are alarming considering the number of animals in the country,” he added.

Under the campaign code named ‘Red Rhino Campaign,’ this year commemorations will be held on Tuesday 22 September in Chinhoyi and Zimbabweans have been called upon to wear red on the day.

Zimbabweans are expected to wear red and pledge a dollar for awareness campaigns and protection of the rhino.

The worst year in terms of poaching was in 2011 when the country lost 30 rhinos in private land and 5 rhinos in state land. Figures are alarming considering the number of animals in the country,” he added.

Under the campaign code named ‘Red Rhino Campaign,’ this year commemorations will be held on Tuesday 22 September in Chinhoyi and Zimbabweans have been called upon to wear red on the day.

Zimbabweans are expected to wear red and pledge a dollar for awareness campaigns and protection of the rhino.

The worst year in terms of poaching was in 2011 when the country lost 30 rhinos in private land and 5 rhinos in state land.Source – zbc
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‘Mugabe Retirement, Mnangagwa Take Over, Tsvangirai Deputy & 2018 Suspended’,..Coalition Again?

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The country’s ruling party, Zanu-PF, is reportedly plotting to suspend the watershed 2018 Presidential and Parliamentary elections from 2018 to 2021, in a bid to buy political time to allow the fractured former liberation movement to repair and recover from feared collapse owing to intensified factionalism, and President Robert Mugabe’s succession fight, which has already split the party between VP Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ousted predecessor Joice Mujuru, The Telescope News, has reported.

High level party insiders last week revealed that, a coterie of state security officials together with Mnangagwa’s inner circle in government and senior Zanu-PF functionaries want the vice president to engineer the necessary legal provisions, to suspend presidential elections to 2021, to give the party room to reboot, while also negotiating a safe landing for military generals said to be nervous about the likelihood of being hauled before the International Criminal Court (ICC), for crimes against humanity and political abuses committed during Mugabe’s three and a half decades in power.

“Confidential talks around the issue have already been made. The military brass is in favour of another coalition government, which they know is likely to be irresistible for Tsvangirai and his party. We are aware that VP Mnangagwa is reaching out to the opposition for the deal to be made, with the support of senior officials in the Politburo. The grand aim is to destroy Joice Mujuru’s threats of forming an alliance with Tsvangirai in 2018, while using the MDC-T to canvass for economic recovery and foreign investment from it’s Western allies,” said a Zanu-PF legislator from Mashonaland West.

The Telescope News, has already reported previously with sound authority, that Mnangagwa is set to take over power from Mugabe as the next President in 2016, amid disclosures that the latter is ready to call it a day citing his advanced age and personal health woes, which have also seriously affected his wife Grace, reported to be battling with colon cancer.

If all goes as planned, and in line with the intelligence received by this newspaper, Mnangagwa will come to power through an internal party process to finish off Mugabe’s term, which runs until 2018.

Our sources said Mnangagwa, is aware that the centre will not hold if he goes it alone and does not work with Tsvangirai, to improve things on the economic front, thus the VP intends to offer him the vice presidency in the new administration, which might resume office as early as August 2016.

“Tsvangirai might refuse a deal with Mnangagwa running to 2021, and instead opt to accept a role in a 2 year political arrangement (2016-2018) with Zanu-PF, for his own strategic reasons to prepare the MDC for presidential elections in 2018 and work with us,” said a former minister fired last year for supporting Mujuru.

According to Section 92(2) of the new Constitution, a presidential aspirant must select two other candidates for joint election with him or her, otherwise commonly known as running mates. The Section reads: “Every candidate for election as President must nominate two persons to stand for election jointly with him or her as Vice-Presidents, and must designate one of those persons as his or her candidate for first Vice-President and the other as his or her candidate for second Vice-President.”

Information at hand last night suggests that, Mnangagwa is reportedly considering to offer Tsvangirai the second vice presidency, alongside a few cabinet posts to deal with the economy.

The Telescope News, can also confirm that Mnangagwa is willing to rope other small opposition parties should Tsvangirai refuse joining him.

An MDC press officer dismissed knowledge of the deal offer by Mnangagwa, but confirmed that Zanu-PF has realised that it needs them on board to tackle the economic crisis.

Sections 101(1) and 100(1) of the new charter are also all in favour of Mnangagwa’s immediate take over, and read as thus below:

Section 101(1)
“If the President dies, resigns or is removed from office –
the first Vice-President assumes office as President until the expiry of the former President‘s term of office;…”

Section 100(1)
“Whenever the President is absent from Zimbabwe or is unable to exercise his or her official functions through illness or any other cause, those functions must be assumed and exercised—(a)by the first Vice-President;..”Source – The Telescope
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