‘I’m Not Afraid Of Prison To Defend Constitutional Rights Against Mugabe’s Gvt’-Jabulani Sibanda.


OUSTED Zanu-PF politicians and former war vet leader Jabulani Sibanda says is not afraid of going prison to defend his beliefs and constitutional rights against President Robert Mugabe’s government.

He said Zimbabweans owe it to themselves to remove Mugabe and Zanu-PF from power as life was getting harder and rougher for ordinary citizens.

Sibanda was part of an estimated 2,000 strong crowd that converged at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare to pray for abducted good governance activist Itai Dzamara’s safe return.

Sibanda took to the podium amid wild cheers from a predominantly MDC-T crowd and missed no opportunity to rail on President Mugabe and his regime.

“When leaders are elected into power, they forget where they came from; they forget their powers came from the people.

“They think power is now their personal and family property,” said the former war veterans’ leader.

Sibanda, who came as a representative of People First, the outfit comprising fired Zanu-PF rebels, received a standing ovation from the crowd when he spoke and called on the removal of the Mugabe government.

He was saluted by Morgan Tsvangirai who shook his hands after delivering his speech.
Source: dailynews

‘MP Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga ‘Allegedly Assaulted, Late Brother’s Wife At Funeral Parlour’


UMZINGWANE Member of Parliament and ardent women’s rights defender, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga allegedly teamed up with her sister to assault her late brother’s wife during a wake at a funeral parlour in Bulawayo.

Witnesses said Misihairabwi-Mushonga and her sister Sindisiwe Nkiwane beat up Irene Matekenya, 26, during the body viewing of her late husband Privilege Matekenya, 29.

Family members said Privilege committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train in Mahatshula suburb on Sunday last week allegedly after being ditched by his wife.

The source said Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s family had barred Irene and her relatives from attending the funeral.

A relative who was at the funeral said Irene viewed her husband’s body and collapsed.

“Sindisiwe appeared enraged and went on to kick and slap her accusing her of shedding crocodile tears,” said the source. The relative said Privilege had tried to kill himself on at least three occasions before separating with Irene.

According to a police report, Misihairabwi-Mushonga followed Irene outside and shoved her. She also allegedly tried to snatch her four-year-old son from her arms.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga confirmed Irene reported her for assault at Bulawayo Central Police Station.

“She lied to the police because I never laid a hand on her,” said Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

The MP said she was told there was a scuffle involving her sister, Irene and her brother during body viewing.

“It was actually her brother who kicked her while he was trying to kick Sindisiwe,” she said.

The legislator said she had intervened outside the parlour when she advised Irene and her family to go away as tempers were flaring.

She said they had actually advised Irene and her family to stay away because some relatives were angry following Privilege’s suicide.

“Some relatives think he killed himself because Irene ditched him. I’m told she told him in front of my others sisters that she was going out with someone else and was no longer interested in him, hours before his death,” said Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

She denied shoving Irene or trying to take her son from her.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga said there was someone filming the funeral and the truth would come out when the video became available.

“Unless I had lost it and gone mad, I would never do such a thing. I know the laws of this country. That would be the last thing I would do or wish to happen to someone because I’m also a victim of a similar issue,” she said.

Meanwhile, Supt Moyo has discouraged members of the public from resorting to violence to resolve disputes.

He said people should seek counselling or mediation from elders, the police or religious organisations to reach amicable solutions to misunderstandings.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Superintendent Mandlenkosi Moyo confirmed the incident which happened on Friday.

“We’ve received a case of assault involving the MP and the matter is under investigation,” said Supt Moyo. Source: chronicle

photo- MP Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga-radiodialogue

A Broke Zanu PF Govt To splash Out Over $1.1 million Purchasing Vehicles For New MPs


THE government will splash over $1 million in buying all-terrain vehicles for newly elected National Assembly members who got into Parliament through by-elections.

This comes as 290 members of the Eighth Parliament who received all-terrain Ford Ranger vehicles worth $35,000 each, are yet to start repaying the loans.

At least 30 new legislators will require the new vehicles this year after their entry into Parliament precipitated by the recalling of 21 legislators from the august House by the MDC and the sacking of five legislators by Zanu-PF.

Two other seats became vacant as a result of deaths while another two were necessitated by the elevation to the post of Vice President of Emmerson Mnangagwa and the expulsion of Joice Mujuru from Zanu-PF.

Already 19 by-elections have been held this year and four more are pending in Mbire, Mwenezi East, Marondera Central (September 19) and Mudzi West (July 24).

Seven go into Parliament via proportional representation based on the MDC-T’s share of the vote in the 2013 harmonised elections.

If Parliament is going to use its Vehicle Loan Scheme with a local motor vehicle dealer, Croco Motors, it means the 30 legislators will need not less than $1,1 million for the Ford Ranger vehicles.Source: chronicle

Musician Oliver Mtukudzi Ventures Into Fashion


Oliver Mtukudzi is set to make his debut on the fashion scene by showcase some of his designer stage outfits.

Mtukudzi would be participating at this year’s Zimbabwe Fashion Week (ZFW) that runs from September 3-6.

He will display selected outfits from his music career spanning from 1978 to 2014.

Said Mtukudzi: “Zimbabwe Fashion Week is our own, it is a home-grown platform at which we should shine and showcase our true creativity with pride.

“I am taking part in this year’s event to show my support and to encourage other Zimbabweans to do the same. There is a lot that we can showcase as Zimbabweans, let’s use this platform to promote ourselves and our identity.

“We need something to identify with in terms of fashion and this is a great starting point,” he told the Herald.

Mutukudzi, one of Zimbabwe’s most accomplished musicians with 63 music albums to his credit, designs his own stage gear.
“My stage outfits have been inspired by my music throughout my career.

“They are in tune with the beat and that differentiates me from other artistes”.
Source: Herald

Chivi Man (21) Punishes / ‘Roasts’ His 10 Month Old Twins, In Hot Wheelbarrow: 1Dead


A Chivi man, Lordshire Samanyanga, tortured his 10-months-old twin babies by placing them in a wheelbarrow with a hot surface resulting in one of them suffering fatal burns.Samanyanga allegedly left his two babies crying for help inside a hot wheelbarrow that had been in the sun for long.

The babies got third degree burns that saw one of them eventually dying.

Magistrate Collet Ncube of Masvingo sentenced Samanyanga to a fine of $500 or two years in prison.

According to Masvingo Mirror, at a date unknown to the prosecutor but during the month of April 2011, Samanyanga (21) of Rera Village, headman Madamombe in Chivi and his wife Catherine Gwarazimba had a misunderstanding leading to the wife fleeing the homestead.

She left her husband with the twins.

While Gwarazimba was away, the accused person allegedly went to the river to wash his clothes with the two children and the children  disappeared as their father was busy washing clothes.

Samanyanga searched for the children with anger, found them and negligently placed them in a hot wheelbarrow which had been exposed to the sun which resulted in them sustaining severe burns on their bodies. Both infants sustained blisters on the back of their bodies as a result of the contact they made with the hot wheelbarrow surface.

The deceased and her sibling cried out loud but the accused left them unattended.

Gwarazimba came back home the same month and discovered that her children had injuries.

The children were referred to Chivi District hospital where the deceased eventually died as a result of the injuries sustained and her twin sibling recovered. The deceased’s remains were ferried to Masvingo general hospital where a postmortem was conducted and concluded that the cause of death was severe dehydration and third degree burns.

The accused was represented by Dumisani Kufaruwenga of Dzimba, Jaravaza and Associates.

The accused person pleaded guilty and was convicted on his own plea.

On giving sentence, Ncube took into account that the accused person was a first offender and observed that he will suffer the stigma of having caused the death of his child for the rest of his life.Moreblessing Rusere prosecuted.  Source: Masvingo Mirror

Hammersdale Residents Give The Late, David Masondo A Moving Send Off


Residents of Hammersdale, a small town south of Durban say they will soon approach the Department of Culture and provincial leaders with a proposal to erect a statue of mbaqanga music icon, David Masondo.

Masondo died of renal failure in Johannesburg last week at the age of 67. The music genius was buried at his home in Hammersdale township of Mpumalanga.

The township, which is usually quiet and sleepy came alive on Sunday when thousands of residents, fellow musicians, political and community leaders descended on the local stadium to pay their last respects to the man who created a unique genre of mbaqanga in the late 70s.

That was the time Masondo, who was by then the leading vocalist and song writer for the Young Brothers  renamed the band Soul Brothers after incorporating artists like keyboard wizard, Moses Ngwenya and lead guitarist Maxwell Mngadi,Thuza Mthethwa,Zenzele Mchunu and others.

“What we want now is for Masondo’s work to be remembered not only here in KZN but throughout Africa. The government must honour him with a statue,name one of the major roads after him and keep his legacy alive for the younger generation,” said Mlungisi Magubane, a local resident.

Another resident of Hammersdale Thulani Sibiya said Masondo was a heroe and deserved to be honoured. Others showered the late singer with praises saying Masondo was always down to earth despite being successful and a celebrity.

“I remember when I met him at a local mall,Masondo stopped to greet me and I felt honoured,” Sibiya told me at the funeral.Among the mourners were Zimbabweans who work and live in Johannesburg.

There were wild cheers when the Soul Brothers took to the stage.The band members mesmerized the mourners with their dance moves.But everyone could feel the absence of Masondo’s soothing velvet voice and energetic dancing which kept fans crying for more during live shows.

The mourners went wild when the Soul Brothers performed some of their greatest hits of the 80s that included the hit singlenmama kaSibongile.The song forced even dignitaries and politicians off their chairs onto the dance floor.They were later joined by Masondo’s family members and his children.

The sounds of the 80s hits reverberated throughout the stadium.The Soul Brothers performance at the funeral was a moving send off for Masondo. It was also to assure concerned fans that the band will not die with Masondo but will continue performing and releasing albums.

Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli said the funeral was a celebration of Masondo’s life as oppossed to his death.Veteran musician Sipho’Hotsticks’Mabuse said when the Soul Brothers entered the music scene,many musicians panicked because their music was popular with fans.

“We were all worried of the Soul Brothers because we thought they would put us out of business,” said Mabuse.

During the 80s, the Soul Brothers, under Masondo’s leadership, toured German, England, France and Japan and sold millions of copies from their 40 albums. -By Thabo Kunene

Kuwait Introduces Mandatory DNA Testing For All Citizens And Local Based Expatriates


All citizens in Kuwait will be legally required to give a DNA sample to the country’s police force in an attempt to make it easier for security services to solve crimes in the country.
The new law, passed through by the Kuwaiti parliament, also includes expatriates living in the small Gulf State.
Anyone who refuses to give a DNA sample could face a year in prison and a hefty fine of as much as $33,000.
Any false samples could also lead to the perpetrator being sentenced for up to seven years in jail.
The new law for compulsory DNA samples appears to have come after 26 people were killed in a suicide bomber attack at a Shi’a mosque in Kuwait City

The new law for compulsory DNA samples appears to have come after 26 people were killed in a suicide bomber attack at a Shi’a mosque in Kuwait City

All citizens in Kuwait will be legally required to give a DNA sample to the country’s police force in an attempt to make it easier for security services to solve crimes in the country.
The new law, passed through by the Kuwaiti parliament, also includes expatriates living in the small Gulf State.
Anyone who refuses to give a DNA sample could face a year in prison and a hefty fine of as much as $33,000.
Any false samples could also lead to the perpetrator being sentenced for up to seven years in jail.
The new law for compulsory DNA samples appears to have come after 26 people were killed in a suicide bomber attack at a Shi’a mosque in Kuwait City

The new law for compulsory DNA samples appears to have come after 26 people were killed in a suicide bomber attack at a Shi’a mosque in Kuwait City. source-dailymail.

photo-Security forces are now on high alert in Kuwait following the deadly attack on the Shi’a mosque

‘Zimbabwe Women, Stop Wearing Trousers- They Contribute To Moral Decay!’- (Senator Jenia Manyeruke)

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Senator for Mashonalnd Central Jenia Manyeruke has ordered all women to stop wearing trousers claiming that they are contributing to moral decay.

She said it was strange as to why boys are not wearing dress but females are fond of putting on men’s wear.

She told the senate last week: “When you look at our children they walk half dressed and we just look at them even if they wear trousers.

“We feel that we have not come across boys who wear girls’ clothing. But the girls even their mothers are also putting on trousers which are for men.

“How can you show children the good ways when you have joined the way they have thrown away our culture. As women, I think there is something wrong with us” she told said.

She said female teachers should also not wear trousers.

She added that children were dying of HIV because of lack of guidance.

“May the dear Lord help us so that we become true women who look after the girl child properly.
“Many of our children are dying of AIDS because of lack of guidance. You will find that one girl would have five children all with different surnames and totems which is not good.”
Source: Byo24News

‘The Late Chenjerai Hove, Was A Talented, Fearless And Principled Writer’ -MDC


MDC has expressed sadness at the untimely death of acclaimed writer Chenjerai Hove on Sundayy 12 in Norway.

Born on February 9, 1956 in Mazvihwa near Zvishavane, Hove attended Kutama Mission and Marist Brothers Dete schools before studying at the University of South Africa and the University of Zimbabwe.

At the time of his death Hove was living in exile as the International Writers Project fellow in residence at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.

Below is the party’s condolence message,

The MDC has learnt with sadness the passing of renowned author Chenjerai Hove who succumbed to liver failure while in exile in Norway yesterday.

The country and literary community has lost a talented, fearless and principled writer who contributed immensely towards the education sector and the struggle for a free and fair Zimbabwe through his writings.

His literary works, particularly where he fearlessly exposed the evil and violent works of the Zanu-PF regime personified the saying, ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’. His outspokenness and courage in taking on the Zanu-PF government over its woeful policies of deceit, favouritism, corruption and gluttonous selfishness will forever be saluted.

The MDC  is pained that Hove had to die a painful death in far -away lands, away from his family and loved ones because of the evil Zanu-PF government.

We offer our deepest condolences to the Hove family and hope they find comfort in the Lord at this difficult time. May his dear soul rest in peace.
Mary Manyenje
MDC Secretary for Education by Thobekile Zhou
Source: Byo24News

photo-Award-winning Zimbabwean writer, poet and essayist Chenjerai Hove who died in Norway at the age of 59.

Zanu-PF Mashonaland West Acting Chair ‘ Ziyambi Ziyambi’ Is Booted Out

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Zanu PF  people  never seem to learn the first law of survival in the despot led party, which is  simply that you never cross Grace Mugabe’s path if you want to last long in the regime. The acting provincial chairman for Mashonaland West, Ziyambi Ziyambi  has learnt this the hard way as he  was reportedly  booted on charges of  ‘dishonesty and failure  to discharge his duties as prescribed in his job description.

News received shows that a vote of no confidence against the acting provincial chairman for Mashonaland West was passed by a total of 27 out of the possible 50 provincial executive members.

To put everything into perspective, Ziyambi Ziyambi, also said to Robert Mugabe’s cousin,  reportedly received a dressing down from  Grace Mugabe after allegedly  trying to  block her from presiding over the launch of a Kadoma housing scheme a couple of weeks ago he province.
Grace Mugabe was reportedly livid and acknowleged to him that she was aware Ziyambi Ziyambiis family, though, of course that made no difference as she still went on to give him a serious tongue lashing over his conduct which include accusations  of dishonesty, disloyalty and  failing to revamp structures in all the districts  in preparation for  provincial elections after the provincial structures collapsed when several  Zanu PF officials linked to the dismissed,  former Vice-President Joice Mujuru were ruthlessly purged following the Zanu PF annual December congress of 2014.
Ziyambi Ziyambi’s downfall seems to stem from the accusation of dishonesty by misrepresenting facts to First Lady,  also  Zanu-PF Women League boss Grace Mugabe about the situation on the ground  in the Mashonaland West  province.
The old adage ‘What goes around , comes around, comes to mind when the discerning mind, interestingly realises that  Ziyambi  Ziyambi, was the architect of the former provincial chairperson Temba Mliswa’s removal  from his post, arguably a similar scenario to what has now befallen him.  For now the people of Zimbabwe can only sit back and watch the free Zanu PF circus show as Zanu PF destroy themselves. By Sibusiso Ngwenya.

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