Rugare Gumbo, a former  Zanu PF stalwart, who was one of the first key figures to fall, in the ruthless Zanu PF purge of December 2014, has declared that Zanu PF can keep their heroes acre to themselves as long as they intend to to use the honour of burial at the heroes acre as  symbolic of or a   reward for loyalty to Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.

Rugare Gumbo’s outburst was triggered by Mugabe and his Zanu PF’s  failure to honour  the late Zanu PF stalwart Amos Midzi, who died recently, and who was buried at Glen Forest Cemetery in Harare on Saturday.

Rugare Gumbo stated that he is not bothered  about being denied a hero status as he  owns his own land, thus has his own heroes acre, family and friends and  did not participate in the armed struggle for  heroes status but rather to free the people of Zimbabwe from colonial oppression. Sibusiso Ngwenya.





Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe has, unsurprisingly come out in full defiance to the  the two-term limit imposed upon African leaders, at a time when he is serving his seventh term in office at the helm of Zimbabwe’s politics.

Robert Mugabe was addressing delegates at the opening session of the African Union, as the Chairman of the African Union (AU)  in Sandton on Sunday afternoon Mugabe, stating  “we [in Africa] put a rope around our own neck and say leaders must only have two terms”.

“It is a democracy, if people want a leader to continue, let him continue,” he said, adding that two terms could feel as short as two weeks.

In sharp contrast to his suggestion, Mugabe went on to say, that heads of state should  be  warned against causing instability by seeking more than two terms, typically goading  Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza, attempt to seek a third term in office.


Mugabe also spoke out against leaders seeking retaliation. “Then there are fights.

What will  obviously come across as the mother of all shockers to the discerning eye, was Mugabe’s uncharacteristic call for principled leadership in order not to trouble one’s subjects, stating “Let’s be brotherly, principled and avoid causing problems to our people, because then our people become refugees.”



However, he had actually already summarised to listeners, the simple fact that two terms is not enough which is probably why he is more of a life time president after serving seven consecutive terms in Zimbabwe. Sibusiso Ngwenya.


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Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir has arrived in Sudan  within the last hour having flown out of South Africa from Waterkloof Airbase, despite an outstanding warrant of arrest issued by ICC and a court order to bar his departure from South Africa whilst a decision was being made on whether or not to arrest him.

President Omar al-Bashir, arrived in South Africa to attend the  African Union, (AU) Summit  despite the ICC warrant of arrest for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

The high Court in South Africa had issued a court order barring Omar Al bashir’s departure from South Africa whilst a decision was being made on whether or not to arrest him today and all ports wre reportedly alerted about this , including the Waterkloof Military Airbase from which he safely  departed from.

Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir has arrived safely in Sudan, whilst South Africa’s high court has now found itself in conflict with the Executive over the government’s failure to observe the court’s orders to ensure that President Omar Al-Bashir did not leave South Africa whilst a decision was being made.

It is evident that South Africa’s government may have taken advantage of  a technicality in the law to undermine or circumvent  the High court order thus affording  al-Bashir to escape arrest, by departing from a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) air base.



The Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) had managed to obtain a court interim order barring his departure from South Africa pending arrest on the ICC warrant of arrest, and because South Africa  is a signatory to the Rome Statute ,  it is duty bound to enforce the warrant. Sibusiso Ngwenya.


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The exiled Snowden reportedly downloaded as much as 1,7 million secret files but now; arising from this, Britain has withdrawn its spies from foreign missions after Russia and China, reportedly deciphered Snowdens files.

The fears are that while no agents have been harmed, for years Russia and China will be sifting through the records which identify and locate their whereabouts thereby endangering them and so, primarily for safety, this step had been neccessitated. Sibusiso Ngwenya.




The Sudanese President obviusly rues the day he decided to fly to South Africa to attend the recently ended African Union (AU) summit after civil rights groups took the South African government to court to force them to serve the outstanding warrant of arrest against Omar for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

South Africa is signatory to the Rome convention which established the ICC and its High Court has ordered President Omar AL- Bashir to remain in South Africa and that all efforts must be made to prevent his
departure whilst the Court considers
whether or not to arrest Omar and hand him over to the ICC for trial at the Hague.
If President Omar AL-Bashir is sucessfully indicted then a whole can of worms will open up with Civil Rights groups and oppressed African nationals demanding more arrests of African dictators with endless lists of brutality, genocide pepetrated while in office, case in point, the current African Union chairman, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe. This would truely be a people’s victory for Democracy, Transparency and Accountability on the African holds 20 of the longest serving heads of state, who are accused of not holding the interest of their own people at heart.

The African Union, a body which has been in place since 1963, is generally considered not fit for purpose and whilst its leaders clamour for African solutions to African leaders and are against external interference by former colonial western powers, it is considered to now face a huge challenge with China making inroads into influencing African politics especially after China invested US$50 million into the construction of the AU head quarters building in Addis Ababa. By Sibusiso Ngwenya.

RESERVE BANK OF ZIMBABWE RATE S$ $175, 000, 000, 000,000, 000 to US$ 5

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Zimbabweans who lost savings at the height of the hyperinflation in 2009 which saw the collapse of the Z$ and unofficial adoption of a multi currency system with the use of the South African Rand and US$ will be able to exchange their Z$ account balances from Monday until September 2015 at a rate of Z$175 quadrillion to US$5.

This exercise was pre empted by the intriduction of Bond coins into circulation valued at US$10million or £6,4 million but the coins have not been embraced by the Zimbabwean consumers as they fear this is a ploy to bring back the worthless Zimbabwe dollar by Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF regime.

Mugabe’s government corruption and mismanagement of the economy fuelled the hyper inflation even though Mugabe and his state propaganda machinery have always sought to blame the west.

Many Zimbabweans will rush to do the trade tomorrow but be warned that many will go back home on foot as what they will receive will not be adequate to cover transport costs. Sibusiso Ngwenya.




A Khami Prison inmate has claimed that he was ordered to escape from jail by a prison officer and gave him $300 for transport.

Innocent Chihuri told Bulawayo magistrate that a prison officer identified as Maindeyi hatched the plan to let him escape as he wanted to expose certain corrupt senior prison officers.

But his freedom was short lived and very costly.

The court heard that sometime in December last year, during a roll call it was discovered that Chihuri was missing.

A search was conducted and discovered that Chihuri had not returned after the day’s duties.

In court Chihuri revealed that he was assisted to escape.
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Godwin Gomwe, the suspended Zanu PF youth chairperson, who has been in court on allegations of extortion, certainly breathed a deep sigh of relief when recently he was released on US$1, 000 bail with stringent attached conditions , which included , that he must reside at his house in Budiriro, and twice weekly report to a Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Station, surrender his passport to the clerk of court and should abstain completely from interfering with any individual associated with the case before the courts.

On trial, Godwin Gomwe and his alleged accomplices Fidelis Ndaradza, Haruwandi Munyaviri, Muchinerepi Mpindu, Humphrey Madenyika, Josephine Hadziende, Norah Torongo faced three counts of extortion involving $46 000, in which they
allegedly, successfully used, the President Robert Mugabe’s wife, First Lady Grace Mugabe’s name to demand protection fees from housing co-operatives in Harare.

Gomwe , is a man who, reportedly overstepped his bounds within his Zanu PF office as, he had infuriated senior Zanu PF stalwarts and as aresult, it came as no surprise when his new found freedom was short lived as he was immediately rearrested after his release on bail and sent back into custody on fresh charges of assault and contravening the Telecommunications Act.

That indeed has the hallmarks of Mugabe and his Zanu PF, who are well known for bringing down an individual and stripping him or her of everything, down to an ordinary street person or better yet, missing or dead and buried. Sibusiso Ngwenya.
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Govt orders schools audit


Government has deployed hundreds of auditors to almost all schools countrywide amid reports that headmasters and School Development Committees have embezzled millions of dollars meant for fees and levies.

The audits, which started 10 days ago, will cover over 80 percent of the 8 179 schools in the country, of which 5 805 are primary schools, while 2 374 are secondary schools.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora announced the audits at the official handover of refurbished classroom blocks by the Zimbabwe National Army at Harare High School last Friday.

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He said most headmasters and SDCs had appointed themselves as procurement officers for the schools with the aim of abusing funds.

Minister Dokora said parents were willing to cooperate with schools in paying fees and levies, but headmasters and SDCs were not transparent.“We want that 82 percent of the schools should be audited this year so that we enhance the levy collection process because we must account for what we get from the parents even if it is $1,” he said.

“When there is transparency, parents are quick to note that there is and they will cooperate. So, we have deployed hundreds of our auditors across the country.

“They (auditors) have been in the field for more than 10 days already, but most of the schools were not aware of the audits.”

Minister Dokora said headmasters and SDCs abusing funds were tarnishing the image of the education sector.

“It is very rare that I get invited to witness a fine piece of work like what has been demonstrated here at Harare High School where there is a drive for development.

“Where we go very often there would have been a problem where you are called for a meeting on allegations of misuse of school funds either by the headmaster who would have appointed himself as the procurement chairperson and the overall approval authority for the school or the SDC chairperson and his committee.”

Minister Dokora said there was need for proper accounting of money that would have been used to ensure that no one abuses fees. The audits are expected to expose the massive abuse of the funds, leading to the prosecution

of those who will be found on the wrong side of the law.

Most school heads and SDCs have been discovered not to follow normal procedures when buying certain products.

Some of them loot funds by generating invoices with inflated prices of goods and learning materials they buy, while in some cases the school administrators use fake quotations.

Others work jointly with suppliers who pay them the difference after schools make their payments and some of the companies that schools purport to be dealing with are briefcase firms.

The National Association of Primary School Heads once called for school heads to undergo financial management courses to improve their capacity to handle school funds.

This was envisaged to curb the increasing cases of abuse of funds at most schools.

At Harare High School, Minister Dokora applauded the efforts by ZNA to create a conducive environment for learners, saying the refurbishment of the school blocks will go a long way in improving the education sector.

Under its community service programme, 30 ZNA artisans refurbished buildings at the school, including repairing of collapsed ceilings, flooring classrooms and attended to boreholes, all within five months.

Speaking at the same occasion, ZNA Chief of Staff Major General Sibusiso Moyo said it was the duty of the army to bring national security and develop the community.

“Education is important and our children are the future, so we should safeguard it,” he said. “The army is involved in various areas.

“When this school approached us we saw it fit to help them with our artisans for free. They just supplied us with the equipment needed and the work was done within a short space of time.”

Harare High School headmistress Mrs Priscilla Satande thanked the ZNA for the assistance. source-newsday


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Zimbabwe has the highest condom usage in the world and this has contributed to a reduction in HIV infections, the state-run National Aids Council (NAC) has revealed.

According to News24, NAC’s Director of Monitoring and Evaluating, Amon Mpofu, said according to the latest data indicated that Zimbabwe now tops in terms of condom usage with over 109 million condoms distributed in 2014 alone.

Data was collected in partnership with the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA).

“We are the highest consumers of condoms in the world currently, that is why we have realised a reduction in HIV infection rates. We had 104 million male condoms and 5.2 million female condoms distributed in 2014 alone,” he said.
Mpofu also encouraged Zimbabwean men to go for HIV/Aids screenings, insisting that “a recent study has also revealed that most men in this country are afraid to go for HIV testing”.

The reduction in infection rate is good news for Zimbabwe, with just over 1.4 million people who are now living with the virus

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