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.
photo-Godwin Gomwe,:nehandaradio

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




THE first time you take a glance at her you are likely to mistake her for a heavily pregnant woman, but wait until you hear her ordeal.

A granny from Mutiri Village in Mwenenzi is experiencing hell on earth after failing to get a remedy for her bulging stomach. She started suffering after “her snake” stopped supplying human flesh.

Rudo Mangezi (70) was last month allegedly found in possession of a snake which was supplying her with human flesh.

When the snake was taken away by Prophet Isaac Masuka, the woman’s health started deteriorating because she no longer ate human flesh, sources claimed.

The woman said she had been to various hospitals and spiritual healers to no avail, and pointed out that she did not own a snake or eat human flesh, and if ever she made the “confessions” as alleged, she could have been drunk at the time.

Nonetheless, Headman Lovemore Machipisa narrated how villagers believe the woman got to carry the painful burden.

“The leader of Zambuko Apostolic church Isaac Masuka was in the village for a cleansing ceremony. He revealed that there was an old woman in the village with a snake which was responsible for most deaths here.

“He led people to Mangezi’s homestead where upon arrival, he revealed that the snake was in a drum and opened it.

To everyone’s surprise, the snake came out. At first it appeared small, but then grew bigger,” said Machipisa.

The old woman allegedly confessed before villagers that the snake was hers and it provided her with human flesh.

“The prophet then led villagers to Ngundu business centre and police also attended the scene. Ambuya Mangezi made confessions before everyone.

“At the business centre, the snake tried to escape, but Prophet Masuka ordered the woman to call it back and he captured it using Mangezi’s wrapping cloth.

“The prophet then announced that he was not going to destroy the snake, but will take it to Harare to show other church elders what he had found,” said Machipisa.

He revealed that after Prophet Masuka had left the village, Mangezi’s health deteriorated with her stomach and feet starting to balloon.

B-Metro visited the bedridden Mangezi at her homestead.

“I cannot eat anything and my stomach is getting bigger each and every day. I have been to hospital and traditional healers, but did not get help.

“Traditional healers are saying the stomach is ballooning because of the human flesh which I once ate.”

However, Mangezi said when she confessed about the snake issue, she was drunk.
“I was not in my right senses when I made those confessions. I suspect that prophet is the one behind my illness,” she said.

Some villagers said they did not know what to believe as Mangezi turned tables after the prophet had left. by Nhlalwenhle Ncube.Source: b-metro

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