Namibia Arrests About 40 Zimbabwean Apostolic Faith Illegals At Bush Shrines

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ABOUT 40 Zimbabweans practicing various apostolic sects are set to be deported back from Namibia after being rounded off while conducting services in the bushes, Namibian press reported Tuesday.

The 39 were among people who were arrested at different shrines on Sunday after a crack team comprising of police and the Namibian immigration officials raided foreign-owned churches in Windhoek.

Nineteen babies and children were arrested alongside their mothers.

Inspector Christina van Dunem Fonsech, who led the raid, said the majority of those arrested had no passports. Some of them had passports that had expired.

“Some of them even started working as domestic workers,” she said.

Chief Inspector George Mahoney from the local police’s legal department said it is not illegal for churches to conduct their services in the bush but that they need permission from the municipality or private owners of the land on which they practise their ceremonies.

“Did the municipality give them the right? That is not clear. We need clarity on that,” said Mahoney.

“Even if the churches say they are worshiping do they have permits? In terms of carrying out their functions as pastors, is the church registered? Where is it registered?

“Ultimately we need to have control. We have churches here and they are registered.”

Most apostolic sects religious crusades are conducted outdoors in the bush, in some of the impoverished areas, a situation which aroused the suspicion of the Namibian police, the paper said.

Fonsech told New Era newspaper that the arrested were being housed at a government shelter while awaiting deportation.

She said it raises suspicion when a group of people assemble in the bush and when their activities are unknown.

Apostolic sects that conduct religious services have proliferated in Zimbabwe where they claim they can cure all manner of illnesses and conduct prayers to enhance the fortunes of followers.

“Most churches are misleading society and are the reason why some neighbors aren’t talking to each other,” she said, adding that the police are aware of several unusual activities conducted by churches in Namibia.

New Era said during the operation in Kilimanjaro area, some members of the Johane Masowe Chimwectechete congregation fled into the mountains when the police approached them.

Another group of more than 30 were found in the veld in the Northern Industrial Area. When the police approached them they continued singing and worshiping. The majority, who are Zimbabweans, wore white long garments and were bare footed.

The group initially said their church’s name is Johane Masowe but later changed it to John Friday Apostolic, reported New Era.

An elder from the church, Lucknodge Moyo, told the paper that the place they occupy was appointed by the Holy Spirit. Moyo also claimed that City Police authorized them to operate from there.

“If you do prayers here, they will be answered,” Moyo responded to the police when asked why they chose to conduct their services in the bush.

A church member said they also pray for people with different problems such as those suffering “bad luck” or sleepless nights, among others.

Johane Masowe Chimwechete leader Agnes Makanza said they chose the mountains because it is far from everyone. “We pray to God. We worship in the forest,” said Makanza to the paper. source-newzimbabwe

MDC-T Vehicles Attached , In Labour Dispute Vs 13 Employees

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Vehicles belonging to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) have been attached by the Sheriff of Zimbabwe in a labour dispute involving close to half a million dollars.

The MDC-T party represented by Morgan Tsvangirai in his capacity as the president of the party, owes 13 employees varying amounts of money ranging from US$38000 to US$48000.

The sheriff and his officers arrived at Number 49 and 51 Kew Drive in Highlands, Morgan Tsvangirai’s house in the morning and attached some vehicles before proceeding to Harvest House where 10 more vehicles were attached.

Justice Priscilla Chigumba ordered that Tsvangirai must pay a five percent interest on the varying amounts awarded to the employees and further meet the legal costs incurred by the applicants.
‘The writ of execution is against both movable and immovable property and the sheriff has been directed to attach Tsvangirai’s house in Strathaven and other pieces of land in Goromonzi and Seke belonging to the respondent.

In 2013, the 13 employees were reinstated with full benefits with effect from 30 August 2010 when their contracts were terminated.

Since 2013, Tsvangirai and his party have failed to honour the award.

The MDC-T leader rose from the labour movement where he was secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions. – Source-bulawayo24

Legendary Toni Braxton & Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds To Perform In Zim & S.Africa

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Legendary R&B superstars Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will be performing in Zimbabwe and South Africa between August and September.

Known for their chart-topping radio classics, both singer/songwriters shaped the sound of R&B throughout the 90s both as individual superstars and collaborators.

Eleven time Grammy award winning Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has to his name no less than 130 Top 10 R&B and Pop hits, 43 number 1 R&B hits and 55 Top 10 Pop hits.

Braxton has earned a total of seven Grammy Awards and sold over 66 million records worldwide in her career.

She has received nine Billboard Music Awards and seven American Music Awards and been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, among her achievements.

Fans will be treated to a double bill as Braxton and Edmonds each perform their own sets on the same stage.

Harare, Zimbabwe: Borrowdale Racecourse – 28 August 2015
Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium – 30 August 2015
Cape Town: Grand Arena, Grandwest – 1 September 2015
Johannesburg: The Ticketpro Dome – 3 September 2015

Tickets will be available on the 21st of July via www.ticketpro.co.za and start at R450 each.
Source: Times LIVE

Only 1Passenger, Chess Grandmaster Nigel Short , On Air Zimbabwe , SA to Vic Falls

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AIR Zimbabwe recorded another aviation record as it flew one passenger from Johannesburg to Victoria on a 105-seater plane.

The Boeing 737 plane has 12 business and 93 economy class seats.

The lone passenger chess grandmaster Nigel Short went on micro blogging site, Twitter, announcing to the world as the troubled airline continued breaking aviation records, but for the wrong reasons.

“I am not saying they are losing money, but I was the sole passenger on the Air Zimbabwe 737 from Jo’burg-Victoria Falls,” Short tweeted last week.

The message was re-tweeted 41 times meaning that it reached a wider audience, a bad advertisement for the airline whose turnaround strategy was premised on conquering the skies.

AirZim confirmed in written responses that it had flown one passenger.

“Please be advised that the aircraft in question operated Victoria Falls-Bulawayo then Johannesburg and it became necessary for operational reasons to position the aircraft to Victoria Falls to operate a scheduled flight Victoria Falls-Harare. The flight had therefore been rescheduled and some of the booked passengers had opted for other earlier flights,” acting CEO Edmund Makona’s personal assistant Emma Benhura said.

In September 2011, the airline  flew one passenger from Victoria Falls to Harare. In 2006, the troubled airline also flew one passenger from Dubai to Harare. Source: NewsDay

‘Zimbabwe Now Imports Water &Toothpicks’: Mike Bimha -Industry & Commerce Minister

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Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha has said Zimbabwe is now importing water and toothpicks.

“How can we, as a nation import water, toothpicks, plastics to mention but a few? Surely, we can do better than this,” Bimha on Friday told a meeting of retailers and wholesalers.

Bimha said his ministry had toured different retail and wholesale outlets to observe the percentage of shelve space occupied by local products as compared to imports.

The tour showed that the average space allocated to local products in wholesale shops was 70% and 49% in retail shops.

“In our visits around we found that there were differences. In some wholesalers or supermarkets there is more of imports than locally-produced goods, you go to the next one and it is the opposite you find more of local products than imports,” Bimha said.

“The issue is why and that is because it is a management decision that is made so the issue of imports or not is a question of management.”

“We have set up a committee that comprises of ministry officials and representatives of the private sector which will be evaluating applications for imports before recommending the same to us for approval,” Bimha said.  by Thobekile Zhou. Source: Byo24News

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Masvingo Cop Battles For Life After Falling Off Fleeeing Commuter Taxi Bonnet

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A Bulawayo-based policeman deployed for highway patrol duties in Masvingo is battling for life in hospital after he fell from a pirate taxi’s bonnet which he was holding onto in a bid to stop the unlicensed driver from evading arrest, police confirmed.

Sergeant Proud Nyenge’s condition was said to be critical with reports saying he suffered several injuries on the head as he fell head first into a ditch.

Acting Masvingo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nkululeko Nduna said the incident occurred on Tuesday around 2pm and the suspect, Alex Nemuhambe (22), was arrested and is now assisting police with investigations.
He is expected to appear in court facing charges of kidnapping and attempted murder.

According to a resident, Sgt Nyenge (54) and other policemen were manning a roadblock in Mucheke suburb near Mucheke Stadium when Nemuhambe arrived driving a Toyota Vitz that he was using as a pirate taxi.

Sgt Nyenge signalled him to stop and he complied but changed his mind when asked to produce a drivers’ licence.

Nemuhambe allegedly started to drive away and upon realising this, Sgt Nyenge is said to have jumped onto the bonnet.

“Undeterred, Nemuhambe sped off while Sgt Nyenge was clinging onto the bonnet. Nemuhambe drove for about four kilometres before swerving his car, leading to Sgt Nyenge falling headlong into a ditch. He sustained head and body injuries,” said Mr Patrick Sibanda, a Mucheke suburb resident.

A policeman who was driving his own car saw that a colleague was hanging from the bonnet of a speeding Toyota Vitz and blocked it but not before Sgt Nyenge was thrown into a ditch.

He was rushed to Masvingo General Hospital where his condition was said to be critical.
Nemuhambe was then arrested for the offence.

Asst Insp Nduna urged motorists to obey road traffic regulations and to have valid drivers’ licences as failure to hold one remained a serious criminal offence.

Last year in Bulawayo a police officer fatally fell from the door of a speeding pirate taxi as he tried to arrest the driver for flouting traffic regulations. by Walter Mswazie
Source: sundaynews

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A1 Taxis To Provide High Volume Buses To Replace Harare Commuter Kombis: Roll On Zupco!

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Harare City Council will in the coming weeks introduce high-volume buses to service various routes in the capital, imminently displacing commuter omnibuses.

Latest full council minutes show that the local authority made the resolution on June 8, 2015, setting itself a target to introduce the buses “without any further delay”.

A1 Taxi Company will supply the buses following its successful pilot project on the City-Mabvuku/Tafara route.

This public transport system overhaul stems from Government’s plan to de-congest major urban centres by phasing out commuter omnibuses by 2016. It is expected to result in efficient and affordable transportation.

Town House and A1 Taxi Company are winding up their Memorandum of Agreement, with bus timetables, electronic ticketing and a viable pricing model being fine-tuned.

The minutes read, in part, “The Town Clerk reported that a study was carried out for the period January 2015 to April 2015 using a demo bus service provided by Scania on the Tafara and Mabvuku route to study the profitability of the bus vis-a-vis the current road infrastructure and concluded the project was viable.

“The committee appreciated the proposal as it would result in the decongestion of the city through the reduction of kombis in the city centre. The committee further underscored the need to ensure that the proposal was implemented without any further delay and mandated the Town Clerk to conclude the Memorandum of Agreement within a period of (60) sixty days from the date of approval by council.”

An official from the Transport and Infrastructure Development Ministry told The Sunday Mail that last week, international consultants discussed the National Transport Master Plan with Town House authorities.

The consultants were hired by Government to determine the plan’s roll-out, which incorporates the transport frameworks of various urban councils.

The official would not be drawn into giving further details, though indications are that the imminent introduction of high volume buses and road infrastructure informed discussions.

“We contracted an international company for the study of our national transport system and this study has already begun with urban councils being consulted,” said the official.

“Last week, the consultants met senior officials from Harare City Council and Chitungwiza Town Council over the plan we want to implement.”

Commuter omnibuses were introduced in the 1990s to temporarily complement the services of the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company whose fleet was depleted at the time.

They were to be phased out gradually with Zupco’s anticipated resurgence.

However, as the parastatal’s viability problems persisted, omnibuses have become the de facto mass transport mode, leading to congestion and chaos in major urban centres.

Harare’s 2012 Urban Planning Report states that the city has over 4 500 registered commuter omnibus operators.

And the National Transport Policy states that the design of most roads in urban areas does not conform to the rapid increase in traffic volumes.

Other road-related problems — the policy adds – include inadequate parking space; lack of maintenance and room for future expansion and vandalised or lack of proper shelter and lighting at bus stops and termini.

It proposes by-passes; ring roads and truck-inns in major areas to cater for through traffic as an alternative to radial roads that start from the Central Business District.

Further, the policy promotes “the use of high capacity transport modes such as trains/articulated buses which economically and efficiently use road space and gradually phasing out capacity less than 26 seats”.

The authorities are also working on banning omnibus imports.

University of Zimbabwe urban planning lecturer, Mr Smart Dumba said, “Government needs to implement regulatory laws that protect the metro buses from other private players in the industry.

“A deregulatory exercise on the urban mass transportation system was done in 1993 and this was one of the recommendations of the Economic Structural Adjustment Programme, Esap. If the situation is not rectified, the high volume bus system will not survive.

“There is also need to identify viable routes since not all routes are viable. For example, the City-Marlborough route might not be as profitable as the Chitungwiza–Harare route.”
Source: sundaymail

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Leading Economist Says Street Vending Is An African Problem Of Bad Governance

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HARARE: Street vending is not exclusive to Zimbabwe but is an African problem which speaks to poor governance of resources by both domestic and external actors, a local economist has said.

In an interview with Newzimbabwe.com, Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SARST) executive director John Makamure said Africa’s resources are not contributing to the development of the region as the resources were being exploited by both domestic and external investors.

Makamure said corruption played a big part in the decline of African economies.

“Vending is not just a problem of Zimbabwe alone, but Africa as a whole. The situation has risen due to poor governance and lack of transparency in the way institutions are managed,” he said.

He said inequality continued to grow among citizens, the poor becoming poorer and the rich becoming richer, a scenario which he described as “disturbing”.

“With the way countries are governed, proceeds go to the few and poverty worsens,” Makamure said.

On the Zimbabwean situation, the economist deplored the cat and mouse game being played by vendors and local authorities.

Makamure said it is the government’s responsibility to provide a lasting solution to the vendors issue without depriving them of their livelihoods.

“While local government is right in trying to restore normalcy in the CBD it should also consider the fact Zimbabwean economy is now largely characterised by the informal sector,” he said.

African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) Research Officer, Caroline Dhanah concurred.

She said: “The hardworking nature of Zimbabweans is proof enough that they abide by the law and take pride in what they produce.”

“They should be respected for their attitude towards life and be treated humanely,” Dhanah added.

Dhanah said the government should tap into the informal sector which now occupies a larger portion of the economy by formalising vendors’ activities through provision of proper selling points and introduce taxes.

This week, a visiting Gambian Town Clerk of Banjul City said the problem of vendors in Africa should be solved amicably through negotiations.

Ustafa Bachili said most African countries lack infrastructure to accommodate vendors. source-newzimbabwe

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R.Malope, S.Ncwane,Lusanda , D. Fraser, H. Mhlaba In ‘August, Gwanda Music Show ‘

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South Africa queen of gospel music Rebecca Malope is making her way to the forgotten Matabeleland South capital of Gwanda at the end of August.

Malope undoubtedly the biggest name in contemporary gospel music on the continent posted on her Twitter account that she will be performing at Gwanda stadium on the 28th and 29th of August 2015. This will be the first time that Malope will be performing in the town in her over 20 years in the music industry.

South African based sources close to the international star confirmed that the queen of gospel will indeed be performing at Gwanda Stadium at the end of August. The sources said that Malope will share the stage with four other award winning South African gospel outfits Lusanda Spiritual Group, Deborah Fraser, Hlengiwe Mhlaba and Sifiso Ncwane.

According to the sources the two nights concert is being organised to officially open a newly built Gwanda Brethren of Christ Church. The church which is arguably set to be the biggest single worship centre in the Matabeleland South is said to have been built at a cost about a million United States dollars.

The sources further revealed that the artists are already busy rehearsing for the tour of Gwanda with the first contingent of technical staff having already visited the town to set up the logistics if what is bound to be the biggest event to hit the small town of Gwanda.

According to the sources who would not be mentioned at this stage, the artists have been fully paid by the Zimbabwean church to the tune of over R5 million. The crew is expected to bring to the country the biggest musical equipment yet seen in the country with back up generators and lighting all imported from South Africa.

A contingent of about 100 crew and support staff will be accompanying the gospel artists. The crew are expected to arrive in the country two weeks before the dates if the concert.

Efforts to get comments from the local organisers of the show were fruitless as the pastor in charge of the Brethren Of Christ Church in Gwanda was said to be out of the country at the time of going to press. Information made available by sources at the church however confirmed that the artists will indeed be visiting the church for the official opening ceremony of the church. The sources claimed that there will be no charges to gain entry into the two night concerts as these will be part of the events to present the church to the people of Gwanda.

An official at the Arts Council in Bulawayo confirmed to the media that the mentioned artists have been cleared by the Council to perform in Gwanda at the of August. The official would however not confirm if the artists will indeed be performing at no charge to the audience.

“I can’t confirm if the shows will indeed be free to members of the public or will be charged and if so at how much,” said the official. “If the shows will indeed be free then the organisers must make very stringent preparations for the huge crowd that is expected to attend an event of this magnitude,” he added. Source: Byo24News

A Harare Man In Court On Charges Of Murdering Three People In One Night

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A Harare man has appeared in court facing allegations of murdering three people in one night in Chinamhora.

Peter Dirai, who was on the run, allegedly committed the crime in the company of Blessing Kunaka and Joshua Chibondo who have since appeared in court facing murder, attempted murder and robbery charges.

Dirai aka Chobhobhoribho was on the police wanted list in connection with the infamous Chinamhora killings in Domboshawa.

Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa told the court that Dirai committed the offences during the night of September 7, 2012.

According to state papers, Dirai committed, Kunaka and Chibondo allegedly went to Chinamhora, Mverechena Shopping Centre on the day in question at around 8.pm, with Chibondo armed with a 19-ring chain in his satchel, while Dirai was armed with a knife.

The trio allegedly waylaid and killed Wilson Mateyu and Clemence Johanes in a space of five hours, while Charles Dhewa succumbed to the injuries and died the following day at Harare Central Hospital.

When asked to plead by Magistrate Mahwe, Dirai said he was forced to admit to the charge after police tried to shoot him.

Magistrate Mahwe remanded him in custody to the 28th of July for trial.

Meanwhile, under-fire Zanu PF Harare Provincial Youth Chairman, Godwin Gomwe’s insult and breach of Telecommunication Act trial continued this Wednesday with the witness, Faith Potsai Jogi testifying in court.

Jogi said Gomwe insulted Winnie Madekufamba at the Zanu PF December 2014 congress and said she is still aggrieved by Gomwe’s conduct.

Harare provincial magistrate Takunda Mtetwa remanded the matter to the 27th of July for continuation of the trial.  Source: zbc

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