Matebeleland North Provincial minister, MP Cain Mathema (67) on Thusday married a 23 year old Midlands State University (MSU) graduate

 

Matebeleland North Provincial minister, MP Cain Mathema (67) on Thusday married a 23 year old  Midlands State University (MSU) graduate.  Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister Obert Mpofu said Mathema was a lonely person.

“Cde Mathema has finally found a partner, a life partner after a long spell of loneliness. I personally used to feel pity for him because he needed a partner, least did I know that he was looking for the right partner and this ceremony we have witnessed is a wonderful union of my brother Mathema with his wife which I feel is a lifelong union”.

Mathema divorced his wife, Musa of 19 years in 2008.

In court, Mathema said his marriage had irretrievably broken down saying he had not had sex with his wife in two years – although they lived in the same house.

“For the past two years, we have never shared the bed although we stay under the same roof. We are just staying like two lodgers in the house,” Mathema said then.

Musa had been  Mathema’s second wife’s maid before she was impregnated by the government official at 20. Source – Byo24News

Mwenezi East Member of Parliament Cde Joshua Moyo (zanu-pf) has died

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Mwenezi East Member of Parliament Cde Joshua Moyo (zanu-pf) has died.

Cde Moyo died on Thursday at Masvingo General Hospital where he was receiving treatment.

The legislator had of late been in and out of hospital and those close to him said he was wheelchair bound owing to ill-health.

It was not immediately clear what ailment he was suffering from.

Cde Moyo became legislator after winning a by-election replacing Mr Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, who was expelled from the ruling party and subsequently from Parliament for his links with Zimbabwe People First leader Dr Joice Mujuru.

The National Assembly observed a minute of silence yesterday when it briefly sat yesterday morning.

zanu-pf chief whip Cde Lovemore Matuke said Parliament had granted leave of absence to Cde Moyo after he had written to the august House that he was unwell. He described Cde Moyo as humble.

“Honourable Moyo has not been well for the past six or so months. He was a person who was humble and determined to develop his constituency.

“Although he was new, he discharged his parliamentary duties well. He was very willing to be whipped and take instructions from his superiors,” said Cde Matuke.

Cde Moyo won Mwenezi East unopposed after no other candidate submitted nomination papers in July last when the Nomination Court sat in Masvingo. This was after he had shrugged off a challenge from two other candidates during zanu-pf primary elections.

Cde Moyo, who was also a war collaborator, was once a councillor for Ward 13 in Mwenezi Rural District Council.

He polled 1 203 votes ahead of first and second runners-up Cdes Marvellous Chifumuro and Webster Muzara, who registered 893 and 812 votes respectively. source-herald

‘The blood of 20 000 Gukurahundi victims was not shed in vain , perpetrators are slowly starting to point fingers at each other’- Dabengwa ,

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Zapu leader, Dumiso Dabengwa , has said the blood of the 20 000 people who were killed during the Gukurahundi era was not shed in vain as the perpetrators of the genocide are slowly starting to point fingers at each other.

Dabengwa was speaking at the Gukurahundi commemorations organised by pressure group, Ibhetshu LikaZulu, at Stanley Hall on Wednesday.

The former Zipra leader, who was jailed during Gukurahundi, said recent claims by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa that he was not responsible for the genocide could be a precursor of many more revelations to come.

“We are living in strange times. Just look at how the perpetrators are now pointing fingers at each other,” he said.

Dabengwa was speaking at the Gukurahundi commemorations organised by pressure group, Ibhetshu LikaZulu, at Stanley Hall on Wednesday.

The former Zipra leader, who was jailed during Gukurahundi, said recent claims by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa that he was not responsible for the genocide could be a precursor of many more revelations to come.

“We are living in strange times. Just look at how the perpetrators are now pointing fingers at each other,” he said.

“They have started to expose each other; the evil ones are now exposing each other. This is going to trouble them for a long time to come. The blood of 20 000 people was not shed in vain. They will tell us everything.”

Dabengwa said the truth of Gukurahundi must come out so that the nation can move forward.

“The Chihambakwe Commission report has not been made public. I have every reason to believe that that report is explosive. When I was released from prison I met some people who told me how they fearlessly told the commissioners about their experiences,” he said.

“We can see that those who had a hand in this genocide have now started exposing each other.

Mnangagwa has said he is not responsible for the killings as he was only involved in intelligence work.

He has pointed to [President] Robert Mugabe, [Defence minister] Sydney Sekeramayi and [Air Force Commander Air Marshal] Perrance Shiri.

I am sure the ears of these three are not closed. They heard him. They will respond. The people of Matabeleland should just keep pushing for the truth.”

Dabengwa said the Ibhetshu LikaZulu-organised commemorations have made him understand what could be the value of paying attention to December 22, as a holiday.

“I have never understood what this day means, but today I understand deeply,” he said. “As Zapu, we are quick to dismiss the day and say there is no unity in Zimbabwe. But gathering here today has brought another dimension to my understanding of this day.”

He added: “I have learnt that this is a day to mourn. We will be happy if this pressure group can lead us in teaching the whole nation that on this day everyone must mourn by putting on black. We will see those who are not interested in mourning the 20 000.”

The Ibhetshu LikaZulu secretary-general, Mbuso Fuzwayo, who won a last minute High Court ruling to use the historic Stanley Hall for the meeting, said it was callous of Zanu PF to force everyone to celebrate unity they were not part of.

“Uniting Zanu PF and PF Zapu is something else, and stopping the killing of the people of Matabeleland is another,” he said. “This is no ordinary holiday. It was not brought about by [the late Vice-President] Joshua Nkomo and Mugabe lifting each other’s hands up, but by the blood of the people of Matabeleland and Midlands.

This is not a day for weddings and fun, it is a day of mourning.”

Post-Independence Survival Trust leader Felix Mafa Sibanda said the Unity Day was a non-event to most Zimbabweans.

“It reminds the rest of us genocide, trauma caused by the 5 Brigade/Gukurahundi, where over 20 000 Zimbabweans were butchered in cold blood by the Zanu PF administration. We hold Zanu PF accountable for that dark era and it should never be repeated in a free Zimbabwe,” Sibanda said. source-newsday

“I’ll never, on my own, resign. If I did, I would be surrendering to the white monopoly.”-President Jacob Zuma

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Durban — President Jacob Zuma said he would not resign on his own during a speech at the African National Congress Youth League Economic Freedom Lecture at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Wednesday.

The president said there were calls for him to resign, including from “a chamber from outside”.

“I’ll never, on my own, resign. If I did, I would be surrendering to the white monopoly.”

He also relived Nenegate, saying the nation wasn’t really aware of what was happening at the time.

“They called it the Nene disaster. But is the nation really aware of what is happening?” he said to a packed crowd of more than 2 000 people.

He said in December last year, he took the decision to appoint a new minister.

“The monopoly capital and their stooges attacked me,” he said.

Zuma was referring to the reshuffling of his Cabinet last year where he removed then-finance minister Nhlanhla Nene with the lesser-known Des van Rooyen. Van Rooyen remained in the position for two days amid a growing public backlash. He was then replaced with Pravin Gordhan who had served in the position in previous years.

During the two days that Van Rooyen was in the position, the rand fell to an almost-record low.

Speaking about economic transformation, he said those that control the economy, control everything —even the media.

“They can paint you black, even if you are not,” he said.

Those with economic power also had the power to buy people and those people would not refuse, Zuma added.

Zuma said the party was being hit hard, which in turn was “bringing doubt” to the voters. This was why they chose to boycott the municipal elections earlier this year, he said.

He said it was not wrong for the youth to call for economic freedom and challenged them to build the country. Zuma was referring to an earlier speech by ANCYL President Colin Maine. — Huffington Post

POLICE launch manhunt for Bikita man who wife with a machete and killed his 12- year-old stepdaughter with the weapon

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POLICE have launched a manhunt for a Bikita man who struck his wife with a machete and left her for dead and killed his 12- year-old stepdaughter with the weapon after accusing his wife of  infidelity.

Police said Crispen Mukozho of Mugorogodoi Village under Chief Mukanganwi attacked his family in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

Villagers said he acted like he was possessed as he grabbed a machete and frenziedly struck his wife Ms Margaret Mutikizizi (39) repeatedly on the neck, chest and back.

Mukozho, they said, left his wife for dead and rushed into a bedroom hut where his stepdaughter was sleeping with her nine-year-old brother.

He allegedly struck the girl on the chest with the machete and she died on admission to Silveira Mission Hospital hours after the attack.

Acting Masvingo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dehwa said the police had stepped up investigations.

He said the girl’s body is at the hospital mortuary awaiting a post-mortem while the mother is admitted to the same hospital where her condition is said to be critical.

“We’ve received a report of murder from Bikita where a man killed his stepdaughter after an argument with his wife,” said Asst Insp Dehwa.

He said on Monday at around 8:30 PM the family retired to bed.

Villagers said in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, Mukozho started accusing Ms Mutikizizi of infidelity saying he doubted he was the father of the couple’s son.

They said a heated argument that could be heard at neighbouring homesteads ensued.

They said the noise died down briefly before Mukozho attacked his wife.

Mr Rafael Moyo, from a nearby homestead, said Ms Mutikizizi sustained a broken right arm, deep cuts on the neck, back and chest.

He said the woman screamed for help thereby attracting the attention of the couple’s nine-year-old son who rushed to the scene only to find his mother lying in a pool of blood, groaning in pain.

Unfazed, he said, the emotionally charged Mukozho stormed into the children’s bedroom hut still armed with the machete.

“The girl who had remained sleeping screamed but Mukozho was undeterred and struck her on the chest.

“Sensing more danger, the girl fled but collapsed about 100 metres from the homestead.

“The boy rushed to inform a neighbour Mr Dambudzo Janyure (40) who came to the scene and found the victims in pools of blood but Mukozho had disappeared,” said Mr Moyo.  By walter Mswazie. source-chronicle

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Justice Hungwe condemns Judicial Service Commission’s decision to hold interviews for the new Chief Justice’s post

HIGH Court judge Justice Charles Hungwe has slammed the Judicial Service Commission’s decision to hold interviews for the new Chief Justice’s post when it was aware Government had initiated a process to amend the Constitution and that the selection process was being contested in court.

In his ruling in a case in which a University of Zimbabwe student, Romeo Taombera Zibani, wants the President to directly appoint a Chief Justice instead of appointment by interview, Justice Hungwe said Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who oversees the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, must be allowed to steer the changes to the Constitution.

In his urgent application, Zibani challenged the interviewing of judges by the JSC saying it was inappropriate in the search for a Chief Justice.

Of the candidates eyeing the Chief Justice’s position, which falls vacant in February next year when Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku retires, are two commissioners of the JSC.

The third is Secretary of the JSC.

The fourth is only a senior member of the bench.

Justice Hungwe concurred with Zibani that the whole process was inappropriate.

“It occurs to me that where a lawful process leads to an absurd result in the sense that colleagues select each other for entitlement to public office, as argued by the applicant, it cannot be sanctioned on the ground that it is provided for in the law. Such an approach is irrational. I therefore dismiss the challenge to locus standi on that basis,” he said.

“The applicant points to the root of his complaint in the founding affidavit this way. The fifth respondent (Justice Luke Malaba) and eighth respondent (Judge President George Chiweshe) are part of the commission, the JSC, which is the first respondent. The sixth respondent (Justice Rita Makarau) is its secretary as well as judge of appeal in the Supreme Court where the seventh respondent (Justice Paddington Garwe) also sits as judge of appeal.

He continued, “The eighth respondent, as Judge President, reports to the Chief Justice (Chidyausiku) who will chair the interviewing panel as prescribed by Section 180. The applicant contends that over time, relationships have formed between and amongst these individuals which may result in either prejudicial bias or favourable bias between and amongst them. He describes their relationship as incestuous. He complains that in the public perception, such situation offends the integrity of the whole process thereby striking at the heart of the values of the Constitution.”

Justice Hungwe said this explained why VP Mnangagwa, in his capacity as the overseer of Justice and Legal Affairs Ministry, should be allowed to correct the anomaly via amendment of the Constitution.

“The third respondent (VP Mnangagwa) has decided to correct the situation through a proposed amendment to Section 180. Clearly, the third respondent ought to be allowed to steer that process in the interest of the integrity of the process. How this correction is to be achieved becomes a policy issue which the third respondent is eminently equipped to address,” he said.

Justice Hungwe said courts ought to take notice of such intentions by the policy-makers.

“In this vein, I consider that when the policy-maker indicates an intention to make provision for an hitherto unforeseen eventuality, the courts would play their role by taking notice of such intention, and allow the people’s elected representatives to initiate such processes as would facilitate that journey on the development road.

“A slavish adherence by the judiciary to provisions which will clearly produce unintended consequences can only serve to arm the enemy of judicial independence to the detriment of our liberal constitutional values and objectives.”

The lawyer representing the JSC, Mr Addington Chinake had posited that the Constitution recognised judicial independence as a key pillar to separation of powers.

He said the commission was mandated to fill vacancies in the courts whenever they occur.

“That far I agree. However, this argument implies that once a process has been started, no one can stop it, not even this court, because it is a lawful process. In the scheme of similar documents, I regard our Constitution as a transformative charter which underscores the need for an independent judiciary.”

He said while the courts jealously guarded judicial independence, the judiciary owed it to the public to be accountable politically, decisionally and behaviourally.

“In this regard therefore I disagree that there should be slavish adherence to the separation of powers doctrine as Mr Chinake seems to suggest in his submission. Just as the autonomy of independent commission is important, their accountability is also crucial given that accountability is a core pre-condition for legitimacy of all State institutions. As with judges, the issue of accountability arises because of their autonomy,” said Justice Hungwe.

He said independent commissions risked being hijacked for obscure reasons.

“As is now widely accepted worldwide, there may be the possibility that the independent commissions may engage in corruption or pursue partisan interests rather than the public interest. This speaks to the need for oversight over independent commissions given the reality that when any State organ is left unchecked it can run amok and perpetrate the very ills it is mandated to curb. There is also need for political accountability in the form of accountability to the elected representatives of the people. In a democracy all parts of Government ought to be accountable to the people.”

Justice Hungwe partly agreed with Mr Chinake that a draft memorandum addressed to Cabinet by VP Mnangagwa highlighting principles of the proposed amendment to the Constitution do not constitute part of the law.

This was after Mr Chinake argued that the JSC could not be stopped from executing its constitutional mandate on the basis of the draft amendment.

Justice Hungwe, however, highlighted that it was improper for the JSC to press ahead with the interviews, which it later held basing on an appeal it had noted.

“If this argument is seriously made then it reflects poorly on the first respondent’s (JSC) perception of its role, which would be unfortunate because it suggests that even in the face of a clear intention of the policy-makers, the first respondent (JSC) is bent on proceeding with a process which the applicant is challenging and which challenge appears to have caught the attention of the policy-maker.

“It does not need a rocket scientist to see the genesis of a possible but hardly unnecessary conflict between the two arms of the State. Once a court is briefed on the intention of the policy-maker, as in the present case, where the court is seized with an application by a private citizen regarding the probable infringement of a prima facie right, it would be remiss of the court to disregard that advice when deciding whether to grant the relief sought or not,” he said.

Justice Hungwe noted that Zibani’s fears had been vindicated by the JSC’s behaviour.

“The applicant’s fears are quite clearly vindicated by the first respondent, who appears quite determined to achieve, for some obscure motive of its own, a fulfillment of its constitutional obligation against opposition,” said Justice Hungwe.

“As an example, Mr Chinake had the temerity to instill the fear of a constitutional crisis should the process be stayed. This crisis probably resides in his client’s imagination only because the Constitution clearly provides that in the absence of the Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice acts in his stead. It also states that in the absence of the Deputy Chief Justice, then the next senior judge acts as Chief Justice and so on. I am not persuaded that any crisis will envelop this country should the process be stayed pending the determination of the matter.”

He also dismissed Mr Chinake’s claim that Zibani had sued the wrong parties.

Zibani cites as respondents the JSC, President Mugabe, VP Mnangagwa, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba, Justice Rita Makarau, Justice Paddington Garwe and Judge President Justice George Chiweshe in that order.

Said Justice Hungwe, “In his penultimate objections, Mr Chinake contends that the applicant sued the wrong party. The converse of this argument is that the applicant has not cited the correct parties. In Mr Chinake’s estimation, since the first respondent (JSC) does not enact laws of this country, the applicant must lobby for a change in the law in the right quarters and leave the first respondent to execute its mandate as set out in the Constitution…The first respondent needs to enjoy its independence as much as the law presently provided can allow. This argument, if I understood counsel correctly, which I believe I did, boils down to a claim that the order sought will compromise the first respondent’s independence.

“Again I find myself in respectful disagreement with the argument. Whilst the first respondent is constitutionally mandated to administer the affairs of the judiciary in Zimbabwe, it does not do so in a vacuum. The fact that the first respondent is an independent commission is given in the Constitution…

“However, while the first respondent is one of the many independent commissions under the Constitution, it needs the co-operation of the other two arms of the State, in the spirit of comity between different branches of Government. The first respondent is the principal duty-bearer in ensuring that the intention of the law-giver; Parliament and the Executive and ultimately, the people of Zimbabwe, are subjected to good governance,” he said.

He ruled that VP Mnangagwa was naturally bound to have interest in the matter.

“As the Minister responsible for the administration of justice and in his capacity as Leader of the House, any matter which he deems appropriate for further scrutiny in the public interest and in the furtherance of due proper administration of justice and the law in Zimbabwe ought to concern him.

“In this regard, it will be clear that when he expresses an intention to bring for public debate, the other arms of the State ought to take notice and respond on the basis of that reality,” he said.

“In this regard the third respondent (VP Mnangagwa) indicates appropriately through his agent, that he has recommended to the ultimate authority that there may need to amend Section 180 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe depending of course on whatever the public may input during the necessary processes. This is as it should be. I am therefore unable to accept that objection that the applicant cited the wrong parties or that the correct parties were not cited.”

Justice Hungwe also dismissed the JSC’s contention that Zibani’s application was not urgent.

For those reasons, he granted Zibani’s application.

The judgment was released on December 12.Takunda Maodza, source-chronicle

XENOPHOBIA:Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, recently blamed crime in Johannesburg on foreigners, saying they are all illegal immigrants.

DISGRUNTLED Zimbabweans among other foreigners under the banner of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) marched to the office of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba in protest over his alleged xenophobic utterances.

Mr Mashaba drew the ire of many when he recently blamed crime in Johannesburg on foreigners, saying they are all illegal immigrants.

He said all foreigners from African countries should leave the city because they were criminals.

ADF on Monday hit out at Mr Mashaba, saying his remarks were likely to reignite a fresh wave of xenophobic violence.

They said Mr Mashaba’s comments were anti-migrants and reckless and urged the South Africa government to intervene.

ADF, which represents 21 African countries, is a non-profit making organisation that was formed soon after the 2008 xenophobic attacks.

“Many migrants are struggling to get their permits,” said Ivorian community leader Mr Marc Gbaffou on behalf of the ADF outside the Johannesburg Civic Centre, where he handed over a petition to the member of the mayoral committee for community development, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.

“What we know is that when somebody is a visitor in your country, and after five years you are not able to provide him with proper documentation, you must tell yourself that your system is faulty and you must give yourself time to fix that system. You don’t use your faulty system and blame it on your visitor,” said Gbaffou.

Mr Mashaba was not in office and Clr Sifumba received the petition on his behalf.

The forum said migrants contribute positively to the economic growth of Johannesburg and South Africa as a country.

“Not all migrants are criminals. Crime doesn’t have a nationality. Stop stereotyping. If a mayor catches a criminal, he or she must be taken to the responsible authorities. The media is not the platform or place for parading criminals,” said the forum in its petition.

“You know, when people know the borders are open, people will cross them. In other countries people are saying they will build a wall. We don’t expect that; what we expect South Africa to do is to be able to control its borders because it’s not the duty of the visitor to control the border. Our mothers and sisters are selling mealie meal on the streets here, they just need to be managed by the mayor; they don’t want to be treated as criminals, because they are not,” read part of the ADF petition.

The Zimbabwean Government has since engaged South African authorities over Mr Mashaba’s  remarks.

Zimbabwe’s Consul-General, Batiraishe Henry Mukonoweshuro said the Embassy raised a red flag over Mr Mashaba’s “reckless” utterances.

Mr Mashaba at the beginning of the month stated in his 100 days in office address that illegal foreigners living in Johannesburg must be treated as criminals since they had come to South Africa illegally and they should leave the city.

South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, in response, condemned the mayor’s remarks, saying his ministry was disturbed by Mr Mashaba’s utterances, which are likely to fan xenophobia.

The Minister said the government viewed the comments as unfortunate. Mr Gigaba last week met the mayor and discussed the government’s policy and interventions in relation to the management of international migration.

Mr Mashaba however, stuck to his guns, saying he has no regrets about his remarks.

During the meeting, Mr Gigaba defended the immigrants, saying they contributed meaningfully to the country’s economy.

Efforts to contact the chairperson of Zimbabwe Community in South Africa, Mr Ngqabutho Mabhena were fruitless as he was unreachable on his mobile. Mashudu Netsianda, source-chronicle

 

 

AG Advocate Machaya claims Adv Ray Goba post as Zim Acting PG with his conviction in Namibia does not warrant his removal from office.

ATTORNEY General Advocate Prince Machaya has defended the appointment of Adv Ray Goba as Acting Prosecutor-General, saying his previous conviction in Namibia was petty and does not warrant his removal from office.
 
Adv Goba was found guilty of attempting to defeat the course of justice in Namibia when he was Deputy Government Attorney for that country years back.
 
He was fined N$2 000 or imprisonment for a period of six months for the offence.
 
The High Court of Namibia confirmed his conviction and an attempt to appeal to the Supreme Court failed after his application for leave to appeal was thrown out.
 
On behalf of Adv Machaya who was out of the country on business, Deputy AG in charge of Legal Drafting, Mr Nelson Dias said the appointment of Adv Goba was above board and any attempts by critics to sue the Government was a waste of time and resources.
 
Mr Dias stated Government’s position on the issue while responding to a letter by Mtetwa and Nyambirai Legal Practitioners that was written on behalf of a client Mr Majoni Utete.
 
The lawyers sought the position of the AG and the Judicial Service Commission on the constitutionality of the Acting PG’s post.
 
The lawyers argued that Adv Goba has a criminal record that disqualifies him from holding the esteemed position.
 
It was also argued that the Constitution of Zimbabwe does not provide for the appointment of an Acting PG.
 
The lawyers threatened to take Government to court over the appointment that they viewed as unconstitutional.
 
Mr Dias indicated that Adv Goba’s conviction was not of a serious nature and that it does not affect him professionally.
 
“As to Mr Utete’s worries about Mr Goba’s conviction in Namibia, please inform him that the conviction was not regarded in Namibia as being serious enough to justify his removal from office as Deputy Government Attorney for Namibia.
 
“In any event, it is on record that after the incident, he was promoted to the post of Acting Government Attorney of Namibia and then as Director of Legal Services and International Affairs,” said Mr Dias.
 
Mr Dias indicated in his response that as long as Mr Johannes Tomana was on suspension, no other substantive PG can be appointed.
 
“You are also reminded that the appointment of Acting PG and of the tribunal to enquire into Mr Tomana’s conduct was done simultaneously.
 
“If Mr Tomana is absolved by the tribunal, he remains. source-chronicle 
photo-Attorney General Advocate Prince Machaya

FIVE YEARS JAIL for Self -styled prophetess of the Johane MasoweYechishanu over death of 6 children who drowned during baptism

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Two of the four Chikomba suspects who were implicated in the death of six children who drowned during baptism in Muriwo Village under Headman Mutengwa in June this year have been slapped with five years sentence each.
 
Maud Dzvuke (31) a self -styled prophet of the Johane MasoweYechishanu Apostolic Sect was sentenced to five years by Regional Magistrate Fadzai Mtombeni after she pleaded guilty to the charge of culpable homicide.
 
Five years were wholly suspended on condition that she does not commit the same offence in five years. The remaining one year was suspended on condition she performs community service at a nearby school in Sadza.
 
Jane Ruvinga who is seven months pregnant was sentenced to five years wholly suspended for five years on condition of good behavior and that she does not commit a similar offense.
 
The six children all drowned in Mutorahuku while they were being baptised. The other two accused, Tony Tafadzwa Kondo (17) and Naume Dzvuke pleaded not guilty.
 
 
Prosecutor, Nicholas Mabvongodze told the court that on June 7, 2016 at around 6am, the four took their children for a cleansing baptism at Mutorahuku stream.
Dzvuke took her four children, Chido Dzvuke (11), Patience Pfumbidza (9), Shamiso Pfumbidza (4), and Mercy Pfumbidza (2). Ruvinga brought along two of her children, Tafadzwa Dzvuke (5) and Tinotenda Dzvuke (3).
 
Kondo had no child and Naume Dzvuke took her child, Blessed Muvadi (1). When they arrived at the stream, Maud got into the water and baptised the children starting with her own.
 
During baptism, Maud submerged the children’s heads in the water, pressing their foreheads and pushing their heads into the water.
 
The children lost consciousness and six of them died. A post mortem revealed that the kids died due to asphyxia.
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