DEFENCE MINISTER SEKERAMAYI issues directive to all shops to stop selling military attire as it is illegal

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DEFENCE Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi has issued a directive to all shop-owners to stop selling military attire as it is illegal.

Dr Sekeramayi’s statement follows increasing numbers of people who are being arrested for either selling or wearing military regalia.

The Defence Minister said wearing military regalia was criminalised as some people were engaging in criminal activities such as robbery, murder and rape disguising themselves as military personnel.

Responding to a question in the Senate on Thursday, Dr Sekeramayi said it was illegal to put on military attire in Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwe and other countries are saying it is illegal for any civilian to wear military attire or some look alike fashion army regalia if you are not in the military.

“We know it had become fashionable to wear look alike fashion army attire and people would even be showing off in that attire. We prohibit this because some people who were wearing that regalia yet they did not belong to the military were engaging in illegal activities such as rape, corruption, murder and armed robbery and innocent civilians would then end up blaming the military,” he said.

“That is why we are saying it is illegal for anybody to wear military regalia or anything camouflage.”

Dr Sekeramayi warned shop owners against selling military attire saying they risked being arrested.

“Now this is a directive to shop owners and retailers that it is illegal to sell this type of regalia. This should also serve as a warning to civilians that it is illegal for you to wear fashionable look alike military regalia.

We do not want to end up prosecuting people unnecessarily. Hence I am pleading with honourable Senators and Members of Parliament to go and advise shop owners, retailers and hawkers in your respective constituencies to stop selling fashionable look alike military regalia because it is illegal,” he said.

“So people who continue putting on such attire should stand warned that it is illegal and whosoever is found in future to be abrogating this law may find themselves being arrested and prosecuted. Putting on military attire, fatigue or camouflage is illegal.”

Midlands Senator Lillian Timveos (MDC-T) asked Dr Sekeramayi if the policy applied to musicians such as Jah Prayzah as well and he responded that the musician was declared a military ambassador and thus, he was allowed to put on military regalia.

“We are saying members of the Jah Prayzah musical group are known; even their physique and sizes are well known by the military. As of now, they were given permission to wear that uniform as long as they are performing on stage.

“We are yet to hear of members of the group abusing the facility. Let me warn civilians that should we find copy cats who are emulating Jah Prayzah and his band — we will get a way of resolving that problem,” he said.

“We know there are people who when they see Jah Prayzah performing become overzealous because he is a real entertainer and man of the moment, hence he has authority to wear that uniform. He was also declared Zimbabwe’s military ambassador.”
Auxilia Kanongomara source chronicle.

HOLLYWOOD STAR WILL SMITH VISITS VICTORIA FALLS

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HOLLYWOOD A-lister Will Smith made a surprise visit to the resort town of Victoria Falls yesterday.

It is not clear how he sneaked unnoticed into the country, but the word on the street is that the Men in Black star is sleeping over in Zambia.

Smith, who has been on an African tour in the past days with his family, has flown to Egypt, Tanzania, and Morocco in his private plane.

It remains unclear how long he has been in Zimbabwe but he took loads of pictures with excited fans in Victoria Falls before and after he bungee jumped off the world famous Victoria Falls Bridge.

The movie star and successful rapper joins a list of notable stars in the world of entertainment and politics who have also sampled the magic of Victoria Falls.

Professional wrestler, Shawn Michaels, movie star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the late pop icon Michael Jackson, RnB singer Joe Thomas and the legendary R Kelly have visited the Victoria Falls and gone on game drives to see wild animals in their natural habitat. source-chronicle

 

Chivayo gives police a warned and cautioned stament for insulting Sunday Mail Editor Garikai Mazara

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Businessman Wicknell Chivayo accused of insulting Sunday Mail Features and Opinions Editor Garikai Mazara yesterday handed himself over to Harare Central Police Station on his return from London. Chivayo, who was accompanied by his lawyers Advocate Thabani Mpofu and Advocate Sylvester Hashiti, denied the charges levelled against him and signed a warned and cautioned statement before being discharged. The businessman yesterday confirmed handing himself over saying he had nothing against the Sunday Mail staffer.

“As a law-abiding citizen who is not above the law I had to hand myself in as soon as I got back from London on Monday. I have nothing against Mr Mazara. My lawyers are handling the matter,” he said.

The matter was reported under case number CR 2607/2/2017 at Harare Central Police Station last week.

Reports say on Tuesday February 14, 2017 at 13.52 hours, Mazara sent a set of questions to Chivayo inquiring about progress of the Gwanda national solar project that his company, Intratek, is implementing.

Chivayo then referred Mazara to his project manager.

Mazara proceeded to write a story, which was published on February 19, under the headline, “Chivayo explains progress”, in which the project manager outlined work so far carried out on the project.

In some WhatsApp massages revealed to The Herald, Chivayo hurled insults and obscenities at Mazara.

“Urimbwa, unofa uchishupika. (You are a dog and you will die poor),” read one of the messages.

He went on to critique Mazara’s profile picture insinuating that he was HIV positive.

“On your profile picture muromo wakafunuka. I’m sure inzara and mapundu ese ayo, asi une Aids?” reads one of the messages.

Some of the messages contain unprintable vulgar language.

SOUTH AFRICA based Zimbabwean fashion model and philanthropist has died.

South Africa-based Zimbabwean fashion model and philanthropist – Rumbidzai Erin Cleopatra Feremenga has died.
 
She was 32 years-old.
 
Rumbidzai’s death dealt a big blow to the fashion industry and charity in both South Africa and Zimbabwe.
 
She was one of the sought-after fashion models to emerge from Zimbabwe having participated in a number of professional contests such as the MultiChoice Face of Africa with the likes of Priscilla Chigariro as well as Zim Sun Supermodel.
 
She also rose to prominence as an actress and the face of Protector Plus Condoms.
 
She said the funeral will be held in Harare this Thursday.
Source – gemnation

‘Singer George Michael (53) has died’

British Singer George Michael has died at the age of 53.

His publicist broke the news in a statement issued and George Michael is said to have  “passed away peacefully at home.”

The statement said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time.

“There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT.

Police say there were no suspicious circumstances.

The star launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer.

Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London, sold more than 100m albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades. Bulawayo24-source – BBC

Condemned to hell for use of a toy gun-The Ryan Nush Story

On the 26th of April 2005 the Nation was heart stricken when they heard from radio, tv and newspaper head-lines that Ryan Nush, Cast and Crew members were arrested for use of toy guns, yet the true matter of the story goes deeper than just use of toy guns.

One would ask why I chose to tell my story now, yet for so long I have been quit. I’m sure it doesn’t make sense to many, but as you will read along, you will understand why I prolonged time to narrate the hectic unhuman experience I went through under the hands of our brutal Law and Force Order. It’s a disgrace that our so beloved Country of Zimbabwe can turn against its own young innovative people. It’s pitiful and a disgrace to have a Government that is ignorant to facts that are plain and can choose to go against what can help and feed the nation.  It’s sad that our Countries political system is unscrupulous and corrupt and before I embarked on Nothing To Wait For journey in 2005, I had spent six years of writing, having sleepless nights and doing international research.

My greatest inspiration came years back in the 90’s before working with Mark Mandishona  on his project, City of Dreams were I set as one of the Executive Producers. I should say I was very young by then, no wonder Government also had their speculations because it’s rare for young people to think and execute big giant ideas without someone using them to play front, “according to our Government”. Beginning of 2005, we then decided to take this project to a trial, our first approach was the newspaper media who did not take us serious. Refusing obstacles, I approached a team of young guys with unlike minds including my very own best friend. We printed A4 posters calling for auditions and in just three to five days our message went viral and our small office space became one of the busiest in town. Cutting the long story short, I will give you the account of what transpired.

NOTHING TO WAIT FOR was dubbed first local and African action feature film in 2005. Whilst shooting one of the action flick scenes in Marbelreign, just outside Calvary Baptist Church, just next to a Police Post, a team of un-uniformed Police force came ambushed us from our progressing shoot. We were taken inside the police post the sixteen of us and those that survived the ambush were ladies who were busy doing rehearsal shoots in one of the church’s auditorium, about nine in total.

The Charge
We anxiously waited to hear why we were ambushed and the junior officers had no clue as well. We waited for almost six hours and that made us to start panicking. I was finally called with the Officer in Charge who told me that he was instructed to put us in a holding cell and wait to get directive from the Head Office. The sixteen of us we were put in a holding cell and the youngest was seventeen by then. I witnessed people in tears, no one had an idea of what was taking place behind the scenes. Some started doing their last prayers with no hope of what tomorrow was going to be like. I kept encouraging them the whole evening, we did not sleep, I had no choice but to be the bolder one. This was drastic and brutal thing to do, even after we explained several times that we had clearance to film they simply brushed us off. Everything looked like a set-up, and a well-coordinated thing.

The night wasn’t pleasant, the young boy cried all night. As the pioneer of the project, I had more fears. We had no charges attached to us yet we were arrested, this really worrisome, “what was going to happen to us?” I worried so much, I was afraid; and I didn’t know what the parents of these innocent kids were thinking of me! The following day, we were taken to Harare Central Police Station with two white trucks which carried no number plate. Who knew where we were being taken to? We were manhandled like we committed some crime. We arrived at the Central Police Station and handed over to Law and Order and Government Central Intelligent (CIO). We were split apart, and they took me for intense interrogations, surrounded by six tough man. I panicked in fear; I could feel my heart beating unstoppable. The men were rude and many times wanted to beat me up. Several times, after walking out of the interrogation room, I saw my Assistant Director crying. It was a very emotional time, we all needed each other.

The Allegations
Shooting of p*rnography; this did not make any sense at all. We were taken, whilst filming and rehearsing outside the church, just few meters close to the police station. How stupid and ignorant of us to even think or wanting to shoot a p*rnography in such a set-up. Besides, one thing the press never mentioned is that they were also woman, eight of them, inside the church premise, who were rehearsing for their prison scene. Shame, these women could have been arrested together with us but they escaped by an inch.

Use of toy guns without a license; and they placed a demand to see the licensing. After showing them the two set of cheap China toy guns, they looked like stupid zombies lacking blood. In denial they remained stupid, insisting that I should give them real guns, and they went to raid my office. All my back-ups, cameras, scripts, equipment, and computers were confiscated.Tarnishing the Country’s image; really, serious! The Country’s image is long gone tarnished!

They alleged that I wanted to expose Government officials. My justification to that allegation was that there was no way our story could reflect tarnishing the Country, we had very good media follow up, support and coverage from both the government press and the independent presses. Sadly they were not aware of it; they heavily handcuffed me and took me to all media houses to collect the press clippings. In order to avoid publicity, they made sure I was un-cuffed before entering media house buildings. I was also forced to act normal as if everything was going on well.

British funded; in my own quest, if our own local government cannot fund good initiatives, then why get mad when one decides to source funds from outside the Country? Besides, our own government has bad tendency of wanting to take over anything that draws huge crowd. Trying to imagine that a guy of my age by then was capable of running such a big project without foreign funding and/or foreign aid, did not make sense for them. But I stack to my story that I was only making a teaser that I intended to use for local corporate funding. They asked me why I turned down Zanu Pf offer to fund the whole project if we really needed. This awaken me, and I immediately remembered two Zanu-PF officials coming with a proposal to partner and take care of the needed budget and put it as one of their youth imitative project, by so accepting, they said they needed to be allowed to change certain parts of the script since they were gearing for elections. This proposal I turned it down three times. I told my advisor by then, Novell Zwangendaba and warned me to watch my back.

Assassinate the President; intention was to charge me like they did the opposition leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, “I guess”. Why would they threaten me with treason? I immediately requested that they needed to go through the script and identify the scenes that highlights killing of the President, besides, let’s say there was, to me it would have just been a story! We explained we had nothing to do with politics; we were non-partisan and hence only unfair for a political party to approach us with intentions of changing our story line so that it best suits their personal political agenda. I informed them that we needed enough time to prepare our act without interference. We were doing the project for the pride of our own Country hence all we needed was support and not life threatening charges being brushed on our innocent faces.

From the Supreme Court, the script was ordered clean and a release order was passed on. They boldly told me that I was going to rot in prison; they would not let me go until they find what they were looking for. They kept instilling fear in me that treason charges were going to stick on me somehow. Thank God to three Journalists, from local and South Africa who were around waiting to dub the whole story. They called me a sell out and a coward who seek only bad things for his own Country. During the entire period of the detention, we were reporting to Central Intelligent Law and Order Department from 7am and only to be released around 10pm and/or 11pm with no lunch breaks. The last day of our detention, after they failed to find pressing charges against myself and my team, they simply made us sit and wait. At about 11am they decided to send us for court hearing.

My mentor and advisor by then, the late Novell Zwangendaba contacted the former Deputy Minister of Media and Information, Mr Bright Matonga who then ordered release in less than 24hours, as the Supreme Court had ordered. It took them six more hours to finally let us go. The Head of Central Intelligent and Director of Law and Order then called me to his office where he had two more top officials, they told me that whatever I was pursuing was officially banned and that they were going to put me on a 24/7 surveillance. I was threatened that they will make me disappear if I try to go ahead with production. They took all my details, were I stay, my phone lines and three close peoples contact. I was warned not to talk to the media about the incident. I stopped the production out of fear of further victimization. In November 2008 I received a strange call from one of the monitoring CIO’s who told me all my moves and to make matters worse, were I stayed, my friends and who I stayed with. What a way of intimidating!

In a television interview, I mentioned that if our Country chooses not to support us, then we were going to be forced to take the project out of the Country. It’s now ten years of waiting in exile hoping one day the Government will seize power and we return to re-build our vision and make film industry better. After the incident, I invested seven more years of writing and updating the screen play to become better and more interesting. I am ready to go on production in 2017, anticipating viewers can be on the lookout for a SEACH, which is a rebrand of NOTHING TO WAIT FOR. The story’s main focus is still on fighting for legal justice and I can assure my followers that they now have a better story “in waiting” to watch. Original footage for the teaser project was confiscated, what we have in hand is the rehearsal footage edited into a shot film, and a documentary. Source – by Ryan Nush

Vabati VaJehovah releases fifth DVD album titled Nguva Yakanakisa

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POPULAR apostolic choral outfit Vabati VaJehovah’s fifth DVD album is out. Titled Nguva Yakanakisa, the album consists of nine video tracks drawn from the group’s two previous albums, Zororo Kumatenga and Ndimi Baba

Richard Magaya, one of the leaders of the group, said the DVD album — produced at Laktam Studios in Harare — came after demands from their legion of fans who had been starved for a long time.

“Our latest DVD album is out. The song selection came from our fans hence we dedicate this album to them. We had to listen to their demands. We thank God that we are still able to do his work of preaching through music,” Magaya said.

“We took songs from both our previous albums as requested by the fans. The response is overwhelming. Apostolic choral music is here to stay and we are now working on our 16th album to be released early next year.”
The videos on the album include Makazodzwa, Hongu Ishe and Munoita Minana.

The group have released other DVD albums in the past including The Journey So Far, The Package, Handikusiyei and The Journey Continues.

Vabati VaJehovah, well-known for pioneering recorded apostolic choral music, has released 16 albums since 1999. Their music is simple acapella coupled with the clapping of hands and rattles.

The emergence of Vabati VaJehovah was followed by several groups like Vaparidzi Veshoko, Vabati Vevhangeri and Chiedza Chevatendi who successfully advocated for the rise of the popular genre. By Jairos Saunyama. source-newsday

Public memorial service held at Ellis Park today, in honour of the late Mduduzi “Mandoza” Tshabalala

 

FANS and supporters of late kwaito superstar Mduduzi “Mandoza” Tshabalala will get a chance to honour him at a public memorial service at Ellis Park today.

The 38-year-old died on Sunday after a year-long battle with brain cancer.

The kwaito legend discovered his cancer had re-occurred seven weeks ago and he started chemotherapy last week.

His manager Kevin Ntaopane says the musician fought till the end.

“He was a soldier. He died in the battlefield, he was a fighter. Thank you so much my brother, may your soul rest in peace.”

Mandoza will be buried on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mandoza’s family says he died an honourable death. The family held a briefing at the Soweto Theatre on Monday.

The Nkalakatha hit maker died upon arrival in hospital on Sunday.

Speaking to TMG Entertainment at the press briefing on Monday, family spokesperson Mohlomola Kekana said they wanted to send a clear message, before rumours and speculation surrounding Mandoza’s financial affairs started doing the rounds.

Mohlomola said that ‘broke reports’ have been known to follow the death of well-known personalities, and they wanted to set the record straight from the onset.

“Mandoza is not a pauper. He is not a charity case- he is a husband, a father and a friend. And his family are taking care of all of his funeral arrangements,” he said.

Mohlomola went on to say that Mandoza was a “decent man” who worked hard all his life and he will be given a proper send-off by his family.

It was also announced at the press briefing that a public memorial service will be held in Mandoza’s honour this afternoon at 12 noon at Ellis Park.

Mandoza died on Sunday afternoon just days after his family issued a statement confirming that doctors had detected a tumour in his brain. The Nkalakatha hitmaker was first diagnosed with cancer in May last year but was given a clean bill of health after undergoing chemotherapy.
–    Ewn/Times Live

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt , reportedly in high profile US$300 million divorce case

 

ANGELINA JOLIE ( 41) and BRAD PITT who began dating in 2004 and later married in August 2014 have, shocked the public now, after deciding to end a 12 year love story with a highly publicised, potential US$300 million divorce case.

Angelina is reportedly seeking custody of the couples six children amid claims that the actress is said to be upset with her husband’s parenting methods.

Brad Pitt  (52) reportedly fell for Angelina Jolie (41) while he was still married to his  ex wife Jennifer Aniston (47) however Jennifer took the news of Brad and Angelina’s breakup in a dignified manner and has desisted from any celebratory attitude over it. More news to follow,….by Sibusiso Ngwenya

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‘Kenya Deports Koffi For Kicking One Of His Dancers’

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The Kenyan authorities have deported one of Africa’s biggest musicians, Koffi Olomide, after he was filmed kicking a woman. Footage of the incident at Nairobi’s international airport was posted online and sparked outrage on social media. Olomide, from Democratic Republic of Congo, denied assaulting anyone but was arrested hours after arriving in Kenya for a concert.

He was deported to the DRC capital, Kinshasa, with three of his dancers. Olomide, 60, was accused of kicking one of the women dancers but, speaking to the BBC, he denied kicking anyone and said he had tried to “stop” a “girl who wanted to fight the dancers I came with”. source-herald

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