After Prophet Walter Magaya, Mugabe also attacks the Apostolic Faith

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President Robert Mugabe has attacked members of the Vapositori (apostolic sect members), for refusing to take their children to school and hospitals, citing it as one of the country’s major draw backs.

Speaking at a ceremony for the official opening of the junior Parliament and the swearing in of the junior president in Harare yesterday, Mugabe said that members of the Vapositori were not forthcoming on the issue of education and medical treatment.

“Yes then, you will also have church dzimwe dzevapositori dzisingadi kuti vana vadzidze, (that do not allow children to go to school) but we have managed to convince others semutumwa wekwaMarange,” Mugabe said.

He said thousands of the church’s denominations gather for the pass over ceremony every year.

“….and at those meetings it’s not always easy to persuade people that to go without education is disastrous in their lives, when they have their bible, their tenets and the principles of their  religious group,” he said.

He told the gathering at Parliament building that government had only managed to convince one leader in Marange to send his members’ children to school. He said the Vapositori in that area had taken heed of the call and managed to build schools.

“But that’s only one community, what about the others?” Mugabe queried.

He also attacked Vapositori on their adamant denial to go to hospitals.

“They do not believe also that when a person gets ill he should go to hospital and be treated medically.  Vane mvura yavo yavanoti yakanatswa nemutungamiri, ndoyanongonwa. Havamboda kubata kana piritsi rimwe chete, havadi, saka (they drink holy water from their leader. They do not want to take even a single tablet, so) we should do a lot of teaching.

“Kwamutumwa kwatakaenda (with mutumwa) we have succeeded in education but we haven’t succeeded on the other one, yehealth. Those are some of the things that draw us back,” he said.

He added, “We are therefore urging chiefs, traditional and spiritual leaders and other community leaders to sensitise their communities and to encourage our young people to stay in school. We should put the interest of our children first.”

Mugabe’s attack on Vapositori comes following another scathing attack from Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministries founder Walter Magaya on the way the Vapositori handle spiritual issues.

Magaya alleged that Vapositori were powered by the underworld of the marine kingdom, an allegation they did not take lightly.

One of the Vapositori’s controversial beliefs include child marriages. However, Mugabe yesterday said the government was mulling aligning the country’s laws relating to marriages to forbid the marriage of young people below the age of 18.

“This alignment is in sync with our Constitution,” he said.

He said early marriages had robbed children the valuable experience of childhood, adding that some were being forced into early marriages because they could not proceed with their education due to lack of funds.

“The Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (Mics 2014) reports that 24, 5 percent of girls aged between 15 to 19 years, are currently married or in union, while only 1, 7 percent of boys in the same age group are married or in union.

“The Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS) 2010 to 2011 also reported that 33 percent of women aged 20 to 49, were married before reaching the age of 18,” Mugabe said.

He said that it was clear that there was need to do more to ensure that the society allows young women to grow and reach their fullest potential.

Yesterday’s swearing in ceremony was conducted as the country also commemorated the Day of the African Child, which is celebrated every year on June 16.
Samuel Nyarenda, a form three student at Mazowe Boys High School in Mashonaland Central was sworn-in as the child president after amassing 48 votes, beating nine other contestants.

The Day of the African Child is celebrated in honour of school children who lost their lives on June 16, 1976, during the Soweto uprising in apartheid South Africa. Source: dailynews

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Dzikamai Mavhaire & Olivia Muchena booted out of Senate in more Zanu-PF purges

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FORMER Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire and ex- Higher Education minister Olivia Muchena have been booted out of the Senate as Zanu-PF continues its purges against allies of ousted former Vice-President Joice Mujuru, The Standard reported.Mavhaire and Muchena’s recall from Parliament was announced by President of the Senate Edna Madzongwe.

“I would like to inform the Senate that on June 11, I was notified by Zanu-PF that both Calisto Dzikamai Mavhaire [Masvingo Province senator] and Olivia Nyembezi Muchena [Mashonaland East Province senator] have ceased to be members of the Zanu-PF party, and therefore, no longer represent the interests of the party in Parliament,” Madzongwe said.

“Consequently, vacancies have arisen in Masvingo and Mashonaland East provinces by operation of the law, and the necessary administrative measures will be taken to inform the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of the existence of the vacancies in line with Section 39 (3) of the Electoral Act as amended.”

She said the two had been affected by provisions of Section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution which provided that the seat of an MP becomes vacant if the member ceased to belong to Parliament and after a written notification by the political party concerned.

The expulsion of the former Zanu-PF Masvingo political godfather and Muchena brought to seven the number of Zanu-PF MPs so far fired this year for their alleged links to Mujuru.
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Triangle, woman pregnant by disapora hubby’s brother, buried newborn baby alive

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CHIREDZI: A Triangle woman was made pregnant by her husband’s brother and then killed the newly born baby by burying her alive to conceal the adulterous relationship, a local court heard last week.

Josephine Tambudzai, 27, from Triangle, pleaded guilty to infanticide when she appeared before Magistrate Geraldine Muto.

She was sentenced to 24 months in prison but 15 months were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

Prosecutor Doubt Phiri told the court that on June 2 this year, Tambudzai gave birth to a baby girl and soon after delivering the infant she carried it to a river which is some 200m from her homestead where she buried her alive.

Neighbours who knew that Tambudzai was pregnant noticed that she was no longer in that condition and yet she did not have a baby.

A report was made to the police leading to her arrest.

Tambudzai confessed burying the baby alive and led the police to the river where the baby was found dead.

She told the court that her husband was in South Africa and that during his absence she had a sexual affair with the hubby’s younger brother which resulted in her failing pregnant.

She said she committed the crime because she had no support for the baby since her husband’s younger brother had died soon after she had fallen pregnant.

“I was afraid of getting divorced by my husband since I got pregnant while he was in South Africa; he was bound to know that the baby was not his and I wanted to save my marriage,” she told the court. source-newzimbabwe

 

Kasukuwere awarded Brainworks gvt advisory, $100m deal , without tender

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PRIVATE equity group, Brainworks Capital, expected  to earn a healthy $100 million when it was contracted to advise the government in its bid to force foreign mining companies to comply with the country’s indigenisation laws.

The company was awarded the deal by a department in the empowerment ministry then headed by Saviour Kasukuwere without going to tender.

“It’s not our duty to know whether there was supposed to be tenders or not,” Brainworks’ chief executive, George Manyere, told a parliamentary committee probing the deal last week.

Brainworks was contracted by the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment board (NIEEB), a government department whose boss was ultimately Kasukuwere as the then indigenisation minister.

At the time Kasukuwere doggedly led the charge, against vociferous criticism from within and outside Zanu PF, to force the platinum mining firms to cede 51 percent equity to locals and donate millions of cash to community development schemes in line with Zimbabwe’s indigenisation laws.

Before he was moved from the ministry, Kasukuwere claimed success in the mining sector and was vowing to target foreign banks next, resulting in public spats with then central bank governor Gideon Gono.

But Manyere told legislators that, contrary to Kasukuwere’s claims, all the major mining deals were never concluded and that his firm did not earn the $100 million it had expected.

Manyere admitted that the contract was not put to tender, but said that was not Brainworks’ problem.

“That is the baby of NIEEB. Us, as Brainworks, we can only talk about our mandate and whether we executed it properly or not,” he said.

The company was contracted to advise NIEEB on the indigenisation compliance of platinum miners  and gold producer Blanket Mine as well as South Africa-owned Pretoria Portland Cement.

Brainworks expected to pocket not less than $17 million from the Zimplats deal and over $10 million from the Mimosa contract.

Curiously however, NIEEB asked the miners to pay Brainworks when it was the government department which had been advised by Manyere’s firm.

The mining firms refused to pay Brainworks’ invoices, referring the company back to government.

In the end, the $100 million windfall did not materialise either, Manyere admitted.

“The negotiations were abandoned midway through and as a firm, we decided not to bill our client,” Manyere said.

Only the Blanket Mine indigenisation was concluded and Brainworks is thought to have been paid about $360,000 for that deal.

But Zanu PF MP for Gokwe Nembudziya, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, who chairs the parliamentary committee, was incredulous that the company did not receive payment for work done on the aborted deals.

Kudzanai Chipanga, MP for Makoni West, also asked Manyere: “So could it be correct to say you were doing a community service?”

In response the CEO said: “We have done so many services to government without billing it. We are Zimbabweans and we did all we could in the best interest of the country.”

Still, Wadyajena said the probe was not over, adding his committee would summon NIEEB to explain how Brainworks was engaged.

Not terribly bothered, Manyere said his company was chosen because they “have the knowledge and expertise NIEEB needed.” source-newzimbabwe

Two Zanu-PF, Matebeleland MPs, fight Plumtree businessman over mine

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TWO Zanu-PF legislators in Matabeleland South are fighting to reverse a ruling barring them from conducting mining operations at Ndabankulu Mine in Kezi after the High Court ordered them to suspend mining activities after businessman and Plumtree Chiefs Football Club director Lovemore Sibanda accused them of grabbing the mining claims while he was in the process of registering them.

MPs Madodana Sibanda of Gwanda North and Soul Ncube of Matobo South and their supporters are part of Ndabankulu Mining Syndicate that is being accused of wresting Ndabankulu Mine from Sibanda’s Qalo Syndicate which had reportedly pegged the claim first and submitted papers for registration with the Bulawayo mining commissioner.

The legislators were alleged to be working in cahoots with the mining commissioner in grabbing the claim from Sibanda.

Sibanda then approached the Bulawayo High Court seeking recourse.

In February last year, Bulawayo judge Justice Maxwell Takuva ordered the syndicate to stop mining until Sibanda’s application for review of the awarding of the claim to the Zanu-PF group was concluded.

However, the Zanu-PF syndicate failed to file heads of argument opposing the matter, leading to a default judgment being granted by the same judge, granting the right to Sibanda.

The syndicate then rushed back to the court seeking rescission of the default judgment and also applied to have their late filing of opposing papers condoned arguing that there was a communication breakdown between them and their lawyers and was not in willful default.

In an affidavit filed by their representative, Ethel Linda Ndlovu, the group said they were not aware that they were in default.

“On the 17th of March 2014, we duly filed and served our notice of opposition to the application for review by the 1st respondent (Qalo Mining Syndicate) under case number HC441/14. We were advised by our legal practitioners and our then representative, Thulani Ndlovu that we would be advised of when the matter would be going to court,” said Ndlovu.

“It appears from the perusal of the record that the 1st respondent served our then legal practitioner with their answering affidavit as well as heads of argument on the 20th of March. From the record we did not file any heads of argument in opposition and on the 17th of April, the Honourable Mr Justice Takuva granted an order in default in favour of the 1st respondent.”

She said they were not aware firstly that they were in default and secondly that there was already a default judgment.

“We only became aware of the default judgment on the 22nd of April 2014. We were not in wilful default in the matter. As stated there are a number of members in our syndicate and at the time this dispute arose we chose Mr Thulani Ndlovu to be our representative in this matter where we were called upon to contribute for our lawyers’ fees for the opposition which we duly did,” she said.

“At all material times we believed that the matter was opposed and we happily awaited our day in court for the hearing of the matter. We only knew that the legal fees were not paid during the days for filing heads of argument had expired and the applicants had already been barred for want of filing of head of arguments and a default judgment had already been issued against them.”

The group asked the court to reverse the judgment and also allow them to file their opposing papers late.

However, Sibanda has opposed the application which he described as improperly before the court.

The matter is still to be set down for hearing where the Zanu-PF syndicate is being represented by Dube-Banda, Nzarayapenga and Partners while Sibanda is being represented by Job Sibanda and Associates.

In his founding affidavit, the businessman Sibanda, on behalf of his Qalo Mining Syndicate, said on January 31 last year using his prospecting licence he identified the claim and pegged it before he went to register it on February 3.

Sibanda said he was surprised at a meeting of miners in Bulawayo with officials from the mines ministry on 14 February to learn that the claim had been given to Ndabankulu Mining Syndicate.
Sibanda then approached the court for redress arguing that claims were registered on a first-come first-serve basis, hence the claim was supposed to be registered to him.

However, the Zanu-PF officials, through their syndicate, have filed opposing papers to Sibanda’s application through their lawyer Solomon Mguni arguing that their certificate was not obtained through misrepresentation of facts or fraud, but after having satisfied the  requirements of the mining commissioner. by Richard Muponde. Source: sundaynews

Mugabe, Jonathan Moyo pressure Tomana over marriage to 12 year olds utterances

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President Robert Mugabe has piled pressure on under fire Prosecutor-General Johannes Tomana who suggested that  girls as young as nine could consent to sex and married at 12.

Mugabe said child marriages cause irreparable damage to the growth of young people.

Last week, Tomana sparked outrage when he said girls as young as nine could consent to sex and married at 12.

On Saturday, Mugabe said government could soon outlaw any marriage with a person below the age of 18.

“Government is considering aligning our laws relating to marriages to forbid the marriage of young people below the age of 18. I don’t know whether we can succeed (but) I think the family, the parents will succeed much more than the Government by teaching usefulness of education to their children; that after Form Four, do some course. It’s not just going to university which is the possible route to higher development.

The Marriage Act (Chapter 5:07) provides that a girl between the age of 16 and 18 may, with the joint consent of her mother and father, enter a civil marriage. The Act prohibits marriage of girls below the age of 16.

However, court rulings have allowed girls as young as 12 to get married, a situation that has triggered widespread opposition and calls for realignment of all necessary legislation to ensure child marriages are stopped.

However, Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo was not diplomatic in his criticism on Saturday evening  when  said only “depraved and corrupt elements” think children under the age of 16 can consent to sex.

“Of particular concern are widespread reports that even children as young as 12 years or even as nine can be in economic or cultural, or whatever, circumstances where they can consent to sex.

“These development must ring alarm bells in the tourism sector. There’s a clear and present danger that some depraved and corrupt elements in our midst can exploit the situation to create or promote a child sex industry in the country under the cover of tourism,” he said.

Moyo said it was “outrageous” to even suggest there could be an excuse to allow young children to consent to sex, adding that laws should be amended to outlaw paedophilia if they were not presently sufficient to combat the scourge. Source: Byo24News

’15 foreign trips since January-Mugabe runs Zimbabwe via social media’-Chamisa

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Opposition MDC-T MP Nelson Chamisa has claimed that President Robert Mugabe is running the country through WiFi.

Mugabe has made 15 foreign trips since he returned home from a one-month vacation in the Far East in January.

Chamisa said Mugabe’s travels are worrying.

“In as much as we have to be techno savvy as a nation embracing ITCs, it is unacceptable to have a Wi-Fi government governed by WhatsApp and Twitter hoping to deliver services by Bluetooth”. by Thobekile Zhou. Source: Byo24News

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‘South Africa’s Constitutional Court legalises adultery’

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Johannesburg – For many years, if you cheated on your spouse in South Africa, you could end up being sued by the innocent partner. Not anymore.

The Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that adultery was no longer part of South African law.

The judges ruled unanimously that a wronged spouse could no longer sue for damages, reasoning that marriage was based on the concept of two willing parties and it did not seem appropriate in this day and age to have the law intervene in personal affairs.

The court said you could not attach a monetary value to marital fidelity and the third party involved in the infidelity could not be sued for damages.

In a unanimous judgment written by Judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga, the highest court in the land said it “recognised that, when developing the common law, courts must have regard to societal values which are based on constitutional norms. The central question in this case, then, was whether society would still regard it as legally unacceptable for a third party to commit adultery with someone’s spouse.”

The judgment found that the global trend was moving towards the abolition of civil claims based on adultery. “Even in South Africa, it is clear that attitudes towards the legal sanction of adultery have been softening.

“Marriages are founded on love and respect, which are not legal rules, and are the responsibility of the spouses themselves.

“In the present case, the breakdown of the marriage was as a result of a failure by the spouses themselves to sustain their marriage and thus it would be inappropriate for the courts to intervene.

“In contrast, maintaining the claim in our law would infringe on various rights of adulterous spouses and the third parties, including the rights to dignity and privacy. Accordingly, adultery should no longer be punished through a civil damages claim against a third party,” the judgment said.

A concurring judgment by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and Justice Edwin Cameron (concurring) emphasised that marriage hinged on the commitment by the parties to sustain it, rather than the continued existence of a claim for damages for adultery by an “innocent spouse”.

When a similar announcement was made in South Korea, the share price surged in the country’s biggest condom maker, Unidus.

Author and professional marriage counsellor Dr Buti Makwakwa said the precedent set by the Constitutional Court was a can of worms, opened to destabilise the sanctity of a marital union.

“The court is permitting adultery to be fashionable outside the ambit of our justice system. The court no longer has jurisdiction pertaining to perpetrators who forcefully and intentionally aim at breaking marriages,” said Makwakwa.

“We need to stand as a radical army of God in enforcing marriage to reflect the sacredness of the holy matrimonial union as God intended it to be in the garden of Eden.”

Former Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi, who was involved in an extramarital affair with a junior staff member, is allegedly being threatened by Jacqueline Phooko and her husband, who want R2 million for their silence.

Vavi has laid charges of extortion against Phooko, who he claimed was his lover.
Phooko’s husband, who was the innocent spouse, demanded the money as compensation.

The late South African boxing world champion, Baby Jake Matlala, was in a similar situation and allegedly paid nearly R1m to the husband of a mistress. Source: The Sunday Independent

For Zimbabweans, ‘Insulting Grace is more dangerous than taunting Mugabe’

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AT least 70% of politically motivated violence cases experienced since January emanated from Zanu-PF supporters’ intolerance for the public’s opinion on Grace Mugabe, a local human rights watch dog has said.

The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) siad Saturday that although it was “dangerous” in the yester-years to publicly denounce President Robert Mugabe this has not been the case since the beginning of the year.

Instead, and in most cases, people reported being assaulted by Zanu-PF activists for their “unfavourable” views on the First Lady, Zanu-PF in fighting and the state of the economy.

“The cases that ZPP recorded of alleged ‘insults’ were not necessarily words said against President Mugabe but included anything said which was supposedly disparaging Zanu-PF, the First Lady Grace Mugabe, factionalism within the party or even the prevailing economic situation in the country,” said ZPP in a statement.

Grace Mugabe came into the political arena last year ahead of Zanu-PF’s December congress when she was campaigning to be head of the party’s Women’s League.

During her campaigns, Grace lashed out at senior party officials including the former vice president Joice Mujuru whom she accused of plotting to assassinate her husband.

Her behavior resulted in most vulnerable party members bootlicking as a way of securing protection from the axe which she was and continues to wield.

ZPP cited several incidents in Chegutu, Bindura, Binga, Gweru and Bulawayo where ordinary people were assaulted by suspected Zanu-PF activists for uttering statements like “Zanu-PF yaora (Zanu-PF is rotten)”, “government is failing to pay civil servants” and “the country is suffering because of the “greediness” of the First Family”.

“In all the documented cases it would appear that citizens are not free to discuss issues relating to the current economic environment which has a bearing on their wellbeing .What is clear however is that Zimbabweans are intolerant of other people’s opinions,” noted ZPP.

The country’s constitution (section 61) guarantees freedom of expression which includes freedom to seek, receive and communicate ideas and information. Source: newzimbabwe

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‘MDC-T’s proportional MPs will not be kicked out,’ says VP Emmerson Mnangagwa

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VICE President Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has allayed fears some MDC-T MPs and senators elected to the house through proportional representation in 2013 may lose their seats.This comes as the main opposition’s legislative representation continues to be whittled down through by-elections.

According to the new Constitution, 60 national assembly seats are reserved for women, 60 senatorial and 10 persons on each provincial council, elected on the basis of proportional representation.

Of the 60 seats reserved for women and 60 senatorial seats, six came from each of the country’s 10 provinces.

The MDC-T, which has vowed to boycott current and future polls claiming rigging by Zanu-PF, has since lost 14 seats to its rivals.

The loss has all but altered its winning margins of 2013, meaning those who claim the right to make the current legislature based on those margins now occupy the seats by default.

But Mnangagwa, who is also Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister, told Parliament last week that the MPs will not be dislodged from the house on that basis.

“Proportional representation, as stated in our Constitution and also as it applies in the Electoral Act, means that whatever happened in the 2013 elections also determined the proportional representation, not the by-elections…” Mnangagwa said.

He added: “… and it was through those votes which made us allocate the seats according to the proportions garnered by each individual party. That is why such seats were elected.

“Therefore, in the general elections in 2013, each political party was allocated seats on the basis of the general election. So, what this means is there is no change to that, according to these by-elections.”

Mnangagwa was responding to a question by Buhera MP Joseph Chinotimba who asked if Zanu-PF was also “going to take the proportional seats” now under the MDC control as per the 2013 outcome?

Under the political Parties Finance Act, parties that garner at least five percent of the national vote are also entitled to some funding from the state, and, the more the votes, the bigger the government disbursement.

Mnangagwa said the dwindling parliamentary representation by their rivals will not affect the quota which the party is entitled to under the Act. Source: newzimbabwe

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