Corruption: Chikurubi Rears & Slaughters Livestock- Prisoners Denied Meat (3Years)

TOP Prison officials at Chikurubi Maximum and prison farm are under fire from Commissioner General Paradzai Zimondi following reports that inmates at the institutions have gone for three years without eating meat.

It has emerged that Chikurubi actually rears and slaughters cattle and pigs regularly but the meat has not been accounted for, raising fears the inmates’ share is being looted.

Highly placed sources at the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services HQ in Harare told NewZimbabwe.com at the weekend that Assistant Commissioner Pambayi who is officer-in-charge at Chikurubi Maximum and Chief Superintendent and Chomurenga who heads Chikurubi Prison Farm were questioned by Zimondi.

“Zimondi wanted to know where the cattle and pigs which Chikurubi farm rears and slaughters regularly were going,” said a source.

“There are hundreds of cattle and pigs whose meat is meant for inmates and almost every week they are slaughtered and Zimondi was disturbed by the stories that inmates had gone for years without having meat.

“This is the reason why he summoned the two top officials for an explanation”.

Recently, parliamentary committee on defence, home affairs and security heard from senior prison officials during their tour to Chikurubi Maximum prison that, for the past three years, prisoners did not eat any meat.

The prison officials said the first taste of meat that the prisoners have had after a period was when the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority provided them  with 250kg of  game meat recently.

 

Lions Reintroduced Into Rwanda, Ever Since Being Wiped Out After 1994 genocide

Seven big cats transported from South Africa to Akagera national park, with park officials now working to reintroduce rhinos
Groggy on their paws after waking from tranquillisers, lions have returned to Rwanda for the first time since the endangered animal was wiped out following the country’s 1994 genocide.

The seven lions (two males and five females) were transported in a 30-hour journey from South Africa – first by air, then the final stretch by road – to Rwanda’s eastern Akagera national park.

Schoolgirls sang outside the park, a 112,000-hectare (276,800-acre) area bordering Tanzania, welcoming the predators as they ended their journey.

One by one, they were released into a giant pen, where they will stay for initial quarantine of about two weeks, before being allowed out into the wild of the park itself.

“It is a huge conservation milestone, it is the beginning of a fantastic chapter for lions in Rwanda,” Akagera park’s director, Jes Grüner, said.

Lions in Rwanda were wiped out in the years following the 1994 genocide, which left an estimated 800,000 people dead. Fleeing refugees and displaced people occupied part of the park, with the lions being driven out or killed as people tried to protect their livestock.
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“I still have the pictures of the last three lions that were poisoned … it was very sad,” said Tony Mudakikwa, a vet.

The return of lions symbolises more than a conservation success. “We are excited as a nation,” said Yamina Karitanyi, head of tourism and conservation at the Rwanda Development Board. “We are proud to welcome the lions.”

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About two hours by vehicle from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, Akagera is an important tourist destination, with 28,000 visitors in 2014, and it is hoped the return of the lions will attract more.

Much preparation was needed: the park is ringed with electric fencing, and the big cats are equipped with satellite collars to reduce the risk of them entering inhabited areas.

“Of course, a lion can kill a cow, but now that there is the fence there is less risk,” said Phocus Rukundo, a cattle herder. “The people can no longer kill the lions because they understand the importance of their conservation for tourism.”

But much work was still needed to persuade people living nearby that the return of the predator should be welcomed. “I am sure there are still people nervous about it,” said Sarah Hall, who is in charge of tourism at Akagera for African Parks, a conservation group which works across the continent.

Educational plays were put on for communities bordering the park, as well as a football tournament called The Lion King, Hall said, adding that 5% of park income in Rwanda was donated to community projects, such as funding schools or health centres.

The lion remains listed as vulnerable at a global level, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said last month in an update to its Red List of threatened species. The IUCN warns that trade in bones and other body parts for traditional medicine in Africa and Asia is a new and emerging threat to the species.

But Akagera offers a safe space, with plenty of food for lions, and is home to multiple antelope species, buffaloes, giraffes and zebras, as well as leopards and elephants.

Park officials are now working to reintroduce rhinos in Akagera. “Without the lions, it was as if I had just a hand with three fingers, now I have four,” said Eugene Mutangana, head of law enforcement at the park. “With rhinos, my hand is complete.” source-guardian.

photo-A plane containing seven lions transported from South Africa arrives in Kigali airport.- Photograph: Stephanie Aglietti

Grace Mugabe Son’s Debt Collectors Abandon Mercedes Benz ML, & Flee For Their Livese

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TWO emissaries sent by First Lady Grace Mugabe’s son, Russell Goreraza, to collect his “dues” from Kadoma’s Telrose Mine, which is at the centre of an ownership wrangle between him and Jameson Rushwaya, had to flee for their lives leaving behind one of their vehicles last Thursday as the mine workers bayed for their blood.

According to the Newsday, Munyaradzi Kashambe and Mike Chimombe, who are Affirmative Action Group (AAG) provincial presidents for Mashonaland West and East respectively, reportedly fled in Kashambe’s car after the mine workers threatened to assault them.

The officials left Chimombe’s Mercedes Benz ML, registration number ADL8524, parked at the mine premises as the workers pursued them.

Rushwaya confirmed the fracas, although he said he was not around when the incident happened. – Source: newsday

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Mugabe Rearranges Cabinet,.Reappoints Moyo- See Latest List Below.

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President Robert Mugabe has once again reshuffled cabinet and of note is that he has  reappointed Jonathan Moyo, into cabinet, once again. Reliable sources have informed ww.newzimbabwevision.com about the Ministerial portfolios to which the new ministers have been allocated as follows:
Higher Education: Prof Jonathan Moyo
Water & Climate: Oppah Muchinguri
Home Affairs: Ignatius Chombo (Mugabe’s cousin)
State Security: Kembo Mohadi
Women: Nyasha Chikwinya
The Information Ministry currently has no minister but an acting minister Mupfumira, which to the discerning mind, is a sign , the President is minded to turn it into a department in the President’s office again as a way of cementing absolute control in , what is arguably, a Zanu PF mouth piece and State Propaganda department. As more news reaches me from insiders, I will update you. by Sibusiso Ngwenya  www.newzimbabwevision.com.

Cuthbert Dube Denied Canadian Visa To Watch Today’s Fifa Women’s World Cup final

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Troubled Zifa president Cuthbert Dube was denied a visa by the Canadian Embassy as he had  planned to travel and watch today’s Fifa Women’s World Cup final.

The Zifa boss has been absent from local football events, including Warriors matches, only to resurface at international occasions.

He was in Zurich in May for the 65th Fifa Congress where he expressed his love for embattled Fifa president Sepp Blatter in front of international media despite shunning the local press on many occasions.

But the Canadian Embassy refused to grant him permission to attend the Women’s World Cup final as well as the Fifa Women’s Football Symposium which ran on the sidelines of the competition, The Standard newspaper revealed.

Zimbabwe Women’s Football administrator Theresa Maguraushe had to travel alone.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze blamed the infighting at Zifa that has soiled Dube’s name for him being denied the visa.

“He failed to travel due to visa issues,” said Mashingaidze.

“It was very complex for him to obtain one because the Canadian Embassy was not willing. These shenanigans happening at Zifa are the cause and they complicated everything. At least there is Theresa and she is representing us well.” Source: The Standard

Legendary Mbaqanga Music ‘Soul Brother’s Lead Singer, ‘David Masondo Dies

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The 67-year-old died at Garden City Hospital in Mayfair, Joburg, this afternoon.  The soul brothers group has a large following in Zimbabwe especially in Matabeleland Region.

Soul Brothers manager Welcome Nzimande told Daily Sun: “We are shocked and saddened by the news of David’s death. We didn’t expect it so soon.   “His death has left a void in the mbaqanga music scene. He was one of the pioneers of the genre. May his soul rest in peace.”

Moses Ngwenya of Soul Brothers said he was very shocked by the news and he had lost a brother and a friend in the music industry.

Nkosinathi Ngwenya of Impumelelo said he couldn’t believe his father in music had died.

He said it was a great loss to music and the nation and he he was having trouble believing that David was truly gone.

David was admitted to hospital more than three weeks ago after getting very tired during a performance at Central Stadium in Uitenhage, Nelson Mandela Bay. At the time of his death, the Soul Brothers was busy recording their 39th album.

The album had planned collaborations with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Steve Kekana and Ihashi Elimhlophe.

Welcome urged fans to continue praying for David’s family to be strong during a very difficult time.

David was born in Hammarsdale, a suburb of Durban also known as Mpumalanga, in 1950. He started his music career doing gigs in the kasi with the Groovy Boys.

He later co-founded Soul Brothers, which popularised mbaqanga across South Africa. At the time of his death, he was the group’s lead vocalist.  Since the group was formed in 1974, Soul Brothers had recorded more than 30 albums.  Source: Daily Sun

Broke Zimbabwe Gvt To Train 80% Less Nurses Due To Excess Unemployed Qualified Nurses

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“That is an administrative issue which is dealt with by the Ministry of Health and Child Care. I suggest you contact the permanent secretary, he will be the best person to give you an answer on those issues.”    THE Government is drastically trimming enrolment of student nurses by over 80 percent.

Government’s 15 training institutions on average admitted about 60 students per intake twice a year, but they have since been ordered to admit not more than 10 students per intake.

The order comes into effect from September when the nursing schools have their next intake.

This is due to  lack of funds as well as meant to contain the swelling number of unemployed qualified nurses.

“We have been told not to enrol more than 10 students because of lack of resources. The main reason is that Government cannot continue to train nurses who will be jobless at the end of the day. We cannot continue to train people so that they sit at home. So the idea is to train a few, while modalities on absorbing the jobless ones are worked on,” said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“The communication we got from head office is that qualified nurses who have not been practising for the past three years will also need to undergo training before they are employed. The assumption is that the nurses would have lost most of the skills due to redundancy”.
Health Services Board public relations executive Nyasha Maravanyika could neither confirm nor deny the latest developments on reduction of student nurse enrolment, referring the matter to the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Gerald Gwinji. by Thobekile Zhou. Source: Byo24New

‘Zimbabwe to send unemployed new nurses to South Sudan ‘ Mnangagwa

ZIMBABWE will soon start sending nurses to Sudan as part of efforts to ease growing unemployment within the profession, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed.

The move, Mnangagwa told parliament last Wednesday, followed government’s decision during the GNU tenure to freeze any further recruitment into the country’s bloated civil service, now estimated to be hovering above half a million.

Mnangagwa revealed the plan in Parliament while responding to a question by Proportional Representation MP Consilia Chinanzwavana who asked if government now had a solution for nursing graduates churned out annually from their training but fail to be absorbed into nursing jobs.

“We are aware that some have now been out of employment for perhaps a number of years but everything is being done now that we continuously take some on board as resources become available,” Mnangagwa said.

“Also, I am aware that there are discussions with countries which have approached us like Southern Sudan which has approached us to have nurses seconded to that country.

“I think that discussion is well advanced and, if the Minister of Health and Child Care was here, he would have been able to articulate that position. From that approach, some of them would be absorbed.”

Mnangagwa said although it was the country’s wish to benefit from its labour force, the move to export its idle personnel was unavoidable.

“At the end of day,” he said, “we would want that the products of our institutions be accommodated in our own economy so that we service our own nation. It does not mean that we do not need their services.

“We critically need their services but because of the constraints of resources in the country and the state of the economy, this is why we cannot absorb all of them.”

Zimbabwe’s economic decay continues to worsen with little by way of remedial action from the country’s rulers.

The now 15-year-old crisis is blamed on President Robert Mugabe’s controversial policies which critics blame for continued job losses.source-newzimbabwe

 

Zanu PF Circus as VP Mphoko, & Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo Fall Out”

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Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo have taken their fight to new levels.

Last week at Stanley Square in Bulawayo, Mpkhoko suddenly bunked Tshinga Dube’s victory celebration protesting that Khaya-Moyo was also invited.

“Khaya-Moyo arrived before Mphoko and when the vice president, then on his way to the function, was advised that the spokesperson was already there, he ordered his aides to make a u-turn and never came to the celebrations,” the Standard reported today quoting an unnamed source.

“It is that bad and this goes back to the fight for the vice presidency in which Mphoko was accused of being a Jonny-come-lately.”

“Mphoko obviously feels threatened by Khaya-Moyo while the spokesperson still thinks that despite his congress set back there is still a chance.”

Khaya-Moyo told the publication that it was ‘unfortunate’ if Mphoko indeed snubbed the event in protest of his presence. Source: The Standard

Zanu PF Youths Invade Kudakwashe Bhasikiti’s Farm

 

Suspected Zanu PF supporters on Friday invaded former Politburo Member and Minister of Masvingo Provincial Affairs Kudakwashe Bhasikiti’s farm and stole fence running between the farm and neighbouring communal lands.

Bhasikiti accused Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Shuvai Mahofa and outgoing Mwenezi District Administrator Stanley Chamisa of instructing the supporters to carry out the invasion.

According to Masvingo Mirror, Bhasikiti said the act is criminal as they vandalized a private property.

“There are people who came into my Moria Farm and stole diamond mash wire which was 70m long. They had instructions from Mwenezi DA and Mahofa who said that Bhasikiti should remove his wire so that villagers can let in their cattle because their land is no longer able to feed their cattle.

“I wonder why they chose my farm because nearby Billy has over 300 000 hectares of land but they come to mine which is only 355 hectares. They have double standards,”  said Bhasikiti.

Bhasikiti said he reported the matter to the police as well as to the Minister of Lands.  He also advised government officials to respect the law of the country.

“I reported the matter to the Police and the Minister of Lands but no arrests have been made so far. We are yet to recover the wire. Senior government officials should know how Government operates. My farm is similar to those owned by Billy and Tongaat Hullet, it is a private property and those vandals should be prosecuted,” said Bhasikiti
Source: Masvingo Mirror

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