‘Young People Must Stop Blaming Gvt, For Their Economic Challenges ‘- Philip Chiyangwa

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Business man Philip Chiyangwa has said that young people in Zimbabwe must stop blaming the government for the economic challenges that they are experiencing.He said this whilst responding to a question asked by Zororo Makamba, where he appeared as a guest on the TV show, Tonight with Zororo.”How many educated people are around with degrees and what are they doing? Some of these things, you will just be blaming the government simply because you failed to make it in this type of environment; this is where you make the money”, Chiyangwa stated.During the interview Makamba also asked Chiyangwa what prompted him to start the now infamous selfie videos that have become a viral sensation on social media.The property tycoon also touched on politics and his rocky relationship with the media. Chiyangwa was one of two guests on the second episode of TWZ.ZBC news anchor Rumbidzai Takawira was also interviewed by the young media personality.

She spoke about the cost of fame, citing a loss of friends, who have found it difficult associating with her growing popularity.

“My (friends) seems to think that they can’t keep up and so they move away and it’s sad because they leave me lonely” she said. She admitted that in reaching her dreams she has to make sacrifices but when “life gives you lemons, make lemonade” she concluded. Takawira has impressed many with her skills as an anchor and her dream is to go international and represent Zimbabwe on a bigger stage.

The episode concluded with a performance by singer Shingi Mangoma who performed her hot single Handikusiye on the Coca-Cola sound stage. Tonight with Zororo is a new current affairs talk show that was released online this month. The collective views of episode one inclusive of the promos stands at 30 000. The show is released weekly on the show’s website. Source: TWZ

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Details About The Late Ret Gen Solomon Mujurus ‘Obscene Wealth Revealed’

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Details of the late Retired General Solomon Mujuru’s vast empire have started emerging despite concerted efforts by his widow, former Vice President Joice Mujuru, to conceal the riches.

Documents show that Rtd Gen Mujuru ranked among the richest people in the country. He had 100 percent shareholding in such companies as Kalmic Investments (Pvt) Ltd, Maidei Kumbirai (Pvt) Ltd, Rylance Farms, Tapfumaneyi Holdings, J and H Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd, Oriel Pharmacy (Pvt) Ltd and a 50 percent stake in Kupukile Resources (Pvt) Ltd.

Kupukile Resources (Pvt) Ltd was Rtd Gen Mujuru’s investment vehicle that had equity in River Ranch Diamond Mine in Beitbridge.

Rtd Gen Mujuru also had 100 percent shareholding in Thurlow and Company (Pvt) Ltd and Kumirinje Farms (Pvt) Ltd.

He had a million shares in hospitality firm Africa Sun, a stake in Ruwa Golf Resort Holdings, Merzig Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd, Zimbabwe Motor Assemblers and Distributors (Pvt) Ltd.

Source: The Herald
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Russian Firm ‘Glernaton’ Allegedly Mining Diamonds Along Mbembesi River For Past Two Years

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A RUSSIAN company Glernaton is reportedly mining diamonds along Mbembesi River in Bubi, Matabeleland North for the past two years.

Bubi district environmental officer Mr Sydney Muyambi confirmed  the development.

“There is a Russian company called Glernaton, which comes along Mbembesi river exploring for garnet, which is a rock which forms in an area where there are diamonds. Every year they come looking for that mineral,” Mr Muyambi said.

Garnet is a precious stone, but describes a group of several closely related minerals.

Garnets come in a variety of colours and have many different varieties. However, the most widely-known colour of garnet gemstones is dark red.
Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister told Sunday News that there were numerous kimberlite pipes in Bubi but said the distribution stretches up to Binga district.

“Of course there are kimberlites in Bubi which stretch up to Lupane and Binga, this is indicated by our traditional geological map. I am, however, not aware that there is a company that is mining for garnet but garnets are a host for diamonds,” Moyo said.
Source: Sunday News

How And Why Events In Greece Affect Us In Zimbabwe-By Ian Beddowes

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The internationalized banking system began to run out of control following the deregulation of the banks round about 1980 with the coming to power of Reagan in the United States and Thatcher in the United Kingdom. Deregulation means (among many other things) that money you put into the banks for safe-keeping can be used by bankers for speculation. If they win, you gain nothing. if they lose, you lose. It furher means no limits on interest charged. In the old days, including in Zimbabwe, we had the ‘duplum’ law. This means that even if compound interest builds up over a number of years, the most that a bank or other financial institution can charge is double the original amout borrowed: thus if you borrow $100 000, you cannot pay back more than $200 000. This law has fallen by the wayside and even where it exixts, is rarely being enforced.
The IMF and the World Bank were estabished after the Second World War to assist post-War construction. The person whose idea this was was the moderate capitalist economist John Maynard Keynes. He can be seen as the father of the social democratic system of welfare state capitalism which operated in Western Europe from 1945 until about 1980.
Those running the IMF and the World Bank today are of a different mould. they represent the predatory bankers who have made unprecedented profits at the expense of productive industry the working class and the poor, insisting on state owned assets being privatized and hived off to “business people”.
In Zimbabwe, this happened to us in 1991. The Rhodesians, for all their racism, set up a relatively independent national economy which Zimbabwe inherited in 1980. In the years between 1980 and 1991, Most of what we bought in Zimbabwe was made in Zimbabwe. There was state ownership of the commanding heights of the economy and Milk Marketing Board, Cotton Marketing Board were co-operatively run by producers. Our cotton was spun in Zimbabwe, woven into cloth in Zimbabwe and tailored into quality clothing in Zimbabwe.
Then came ESAP. A little later came the ‘indigenous’ banks. These banks which collapsed in 2004, were created at a time when productive industry was in decline. Old Mutual a financial institution owned by those who used it was ‘demutualized’.
We cannot have any meaningful development in Zimbabwe without control of the banking sector. We see how the ZANU(PF) government runs desperately from China to the West then to South Africa loooking for assistance. they do not know that money is meaningless without production. They have not learned the lessons of hyper-inflation.
The Zimbabwe Communist League is the only Zimbabwean political organization with a cohesive economic recovery plan designed to build a National Democratic Economy. We cannot carry out this plan without examining both our own banking system and our relationship to the international banking system. We therefore welcome the establishment of the BRICS New Development Bank and the establishment of a centre in Johannesburg. We do not think, by the way, that it is the perfect cure for all our ills. But it is a welcome alternative to the now completely predatory and ruinous Western banking system.
It is with our own problems in mind that we follow with keen interest developments in Greece and other countries and their relationship to the banking system. In doing so we continue to remind Zimbabweans that as much as we need to be clear about the banking system in Zimbabwe and the world as a whole, that PRODUCTION must always take precedence over money. By Ian Beddowes

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Bulawayo Council US$8 7Million Tender Irregularities, Revaluations, Extensions, Retenders, & Raised Contract Price.

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PROCUREMENT contracts with a combined value of about $8,7 million were re-tendered or extended after winning companies either disappeared or failed to complete works, a massive tender scandal that has been unearthed at Bulawayo City Council shows.

Investigations also reveal that defaulting companies were working in cahoots with senior council officials who play both tender adjudication and supervisory roles, creating fertile ground for collusion and manipulation in the bidding process.

According to documents at hand, tenders worth US$8 749 914,52 had serious irregularities and had to be either extended or re-tendered altogether, resulting in them exceeding the contract price.

The latest exposés come after it emerged that the local authority recently awarded a tender for the rehabilitation of filter beds and clarifiers to Tzircalle Brothers despite the same tender having been initially awarded to Consolidated Engineers and Merchants (CEM), a company which failed to complete the job after “disappearing” from site.

Although CEM won the job for a total cost of $4,5 million, the same works are now being projected to cost not more than $2,5 million.

“CEM were paid this money but did little or mediocre work necessitating the council to re-tender the works four years later in order to ensure clean and pure water is supplied to Bulawayo. The net effect of this mediocre job is that for the last five years Bulawayo water remained brownish despite the investment by BOWSER (Bulawayo Water and Sanitation Emergency Response project).

“The tender has been won this year by Tzircalle Brothers who have offered to re-do the works for only $100 000 (labour), council will provide materials at a cost no more than $300 000. This is a third of the price of CEM four years ago. The issue is said to be parked at council’s legal section with little urgency in recovering these public funds as CEM vanished,” reads a confidential council document leaked to Sunday News.

According to council sources, CEM won the $4,5 million tender funded by the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) for the rehabilitation of the systems at Ncema Waterworks Plant in 2011.

The company, however, failed to complete the project and BCC entered into a partnership with Australian Agency for International Development (Ausaid) and World Vision Australia (WVA) to rehabilitate the same water reticulation system under the Bowser programme.

“The company closed and failed to complete most of the projects which it was supposed to do. We understand the company belongs to a Mr Simon Ngwenya who is based in South Africa.

“Ironically, at the moment a new company Tzircalle Brothers, is doing the same project which is now being bankrolled by the city council to the tune of $2 500 000 in total. The council is also reportedly considering re-tendering some of the projects which CEM failed to complete,” said the source.

In one of the disputed tenders at Criterion Waterworks, the local authority initially awarded a tender for the rehabilitation of plant two to Hydroprojects (tender number C32/2010) but the contractor had only done the eastern side of the plant and failed to complete the western side, under unclear circumstances.

Other tenders which had gross irregularities include the servicing of 391 medium-density stands at Emhlangeni, servicing of 303 medium-density stands in Mahatshula North, 700 high-density stands in Pumula South Phase 3, the rehabilitation of dilapidated major collector roads in high-density suburbs, the development of 52 town houses in Selborne Brooke, the replacement of electro-mechanical equipment and the purchase of road construction equipment.

One of the irregular tenders, the servicing of 700 high-density stands in Pumula South Phase 3, almost claimed the scalp of a council engineer who refused to write a report to the State Procurement Board in support of time extension for the project.

“Unfortunately, due to his belief in ethics and principle this engineer was charged and victimised for refusing to write a report to the State Procurement Board supporting the contractor’s application for time extension,” a well-placed council source revealed.

Contacted for comment, BCC senior public relations officer, Mrs Nesisa Mpofu, confirmed the failure by some contractors to complete their jobs but claimed that the decision to re-tender the contracts was above board.

“Tender number C32/2010 was for the rehabilitation of Criterion Wate Works for Plant Two. The contractor had been awarded the tender for plant two for which they only managed to do the eastern side of the plant and not the western side.

“At Ncema Water Works — the rehabilitation of filters and clarifiers were not completed under the Bulawayo Water and Sanitation Emergency Response project (Bowser) project by the contractor CEM (Civil Engineers and Merchants), due to the incomplete works the contract was cancelled. The new tender awarded to Tzircalle is for the completion of outstanding works at Ncema,” said Mrs Mpofu.

State Procurement Board chairperson Mr Charles Kuwaza said councils were fully aware of how they should handle tenders and if there were any flaws in the process they could face prosecution.

“We sent circulars to the local authorities specifying on how these tenders should be handled. I should therefore warn them that if there is any irregularity they risk prosecution,” said Mr Kuwaza.

Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Saviour Kasukuwere also weighed in on the matter, saying one of his first assignments in the ministry would be to weed out corruption especially with regards to the handling of tenders.

“I know that most of these councils are being run corruptly. There is a lot of underhand dealings taking place. Well, they must be warned that they should immediately put their house in order because this is one of my first assignments in the ministry, that is weeding out any corrupt elements,” said Minister Kasukuwere.

Councillors who spoke on condition of anonymity said all the chaos was being caused by the fact that the councillors were now powerless in the handling of tenders after Government transferred this responsibility to the State Procurement Board, with smaller tenders now being handled by a special committee made up of council employees.
“This is something which has been happening for a number of years, actually ever since councillors were stripped of powers to handle tenders. We have tried on a number of occasions to question the process but most of the time they confuse us with the technical jargon,” said one councillor.
In 2012 Government barred all local authorities from handling tenders after a number of scandals that caught the councils offside, with council officials and councillors implicated in gross underhand dealings to influence the outcome of bids.

The directive saw the disbandment of municipal procurement boards and the formation of procurement committees mainly made up of council officials and led by the town clerks or chief executive officers to manage smaller procurements. by Vusumuzi Dube and Lungile TshumaSource: sundaynews

 

Zanu-PF To Strip Kudakwashe Bhasikiti Of Party Assets & Zanu PF Vehicle

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Expelled former Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Kudakwashe Bhasikiti is set to lose his assets including a party issued vehicle and farm after a resolution taken by the Zanu-PF Masvingo province leadership.Masvingo provincial acting chairman, Paradzai Chakona said plans were at an advanced stage to strip Bhasikiti of benefits and properties that he is not entitled to.Chakona said they intend to repossess a vehicle the former Politburo member received to campaign ahead of the 2013 general elections.

He also said the former Mwenezi East National Assembly member’s 400 hectare farm in Mwenezi would be subdivided to allocate to some landless people.
Source: chronicle

Private & State Companies Allegedly Coerced Into Bankrolling Grace Mugabe’s Lavish 50th Birthday

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HARARE – Some Zanu PF officials are moving around the country coercing stressed private sector and State-owned companies to allegedly bankroll a lavish 50th birthday bash for increasingly influential First Lady Grace Mugabe who reaches the significant milestone on July 23.

This is not the first time that controversy has been ignited in the country regarding birthday celebrations for members of the First Family.

Earlier this year, there was widespread unhappiness after the same modus operandi was used to raise funds for President Robert Mugabe’s 91st birthday that was held in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

But Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo would neither confirm nor deny the plans for the party, as well as the bona fides of the solicitors yesterday — referring questions from the Daily News to the party’s administration secretary, Ignatius Chombo and secretary for Finance, Patrick Chinamasa, who could not be reached.

“Can you check with the secretary for administration or the secretary for finance,” Khaya-Moyo said, adding, “surely this should be falling under the secretary for Finance”.

Spokesperson for the Zanu PF Women’s League, Monica Mutsvangwa, was also not taking calls from the Daily News.

But sources close to companies that had been approached by the people purporting to be fundraising for the birthday bash said they had been told that the organisers were hoping to raise “millions” from both State-owned and private companies — all of which are already heavily-weighed down by the country’s deepening economic crisis.

One of the sources close to a parastatal boss who had been approached said the solicitors had said they were planning “to host a dinner in honour of Dr Amai, demanding $100 000 for a table”.

The dinner is apparently scheduled to take place soon after Grace’s return from New York for the UN summit on Ebola where she accompanied her nonagenarian husband.

Grace, who has lately been flaunting her power and bragging about instructing senior government officials, was appointed head of Zanu PF’s powerful Women’s wing last December, giving her an automatic place on the ruling party’s politburo.

Two weeks ago, she caused huge embarrassment to the country’s two vice presidents, , when she boasted that they come to her to receive notes on how to run the country.

At the same time, Grace’s name has often been used by senior Zanu PF officials to extort money from unsuspecting individuals and companies, claiming falsely that they would have been sent by the controversial First Lady.

Former powerful Zanu PF youth leader in Harare, Godwin Gomwe, and a number of other party youths, are in court facing charges of extortion after being accused of using Grace’s name to forcibly take money from people.

A Harare province executive member was also suspended two months ago for going around collecting money from people claiming that it was Grace’s protection fees.

The youths soliciting for donations for her supposed birthday bash claim that the fundraising committee has set a  yet to be announced target for each of the country’s 10 provinces.

But the solicitors are stating very clearly  that they would like to host “a massive party in honour of the 50th birthday of the First Lady”.

Grace, née Marufu was born on 23 July 1965. She has been married to Mugabe since 1996. Previously, she was married to Stanley Goreraza, an air force pilot, now working in the Department of Foreign Affairs and serving overseas, reportedly in China.

Before her marriage to Mugabe, she was a typist in the president’s office where she met the nonagenarian and became his mistress.

In 2014, Grace was awarded a controversial doctorate in sociology by the University of Zimbabwe, allegedly only two months after registering at the university, with the degree widely described as fraudulent.

During Mugabe’s own 91st birthday celebrations, Zanu PF was mired in an embarrassing financial scandal after it emerged that companies were duped into depositing cash donations running into millions of dollars into a parallel 21st February Movement bank account for the nonagenarian’s lavish bash that was held in Victoria Falls.

It was suggested at the time that unsuspecting companies could have deposited as much as $13 million into the parallel account, which could not be accounted for.

Three suspects — a national women’s league executive member, a State residence employee and a businesswomen with powerful political connections based in the Midlands province — were sucked into the scandal. by Gift Phiri. source-zimbabwesituation

Vendors Living With Disabilities, Call for City Fathers To Be Sensitive To Their Plight

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AS the local authority battles to remove vendors operating in central Harare, people living with disabilities said the designated places being allocated which are on the outskirts of the city are not conducive to their needs. They called on the City Fathers to be sensitive to their plight, listen to their grievances and come up with solutions. Most of the disabled vendors said they went into informal trading because they were no longer accessing their $20-per-household social welfare fund, or any assistance from government. Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com, disabled vendors said their current working environment was bad as they crawl while some said they walked on bare feet into filthy public toilets. “We are even struggling to register with the city council, and it will become more difficult for us if we are pushed out of the CBD to where there are no facilities to cater for people like us,” said Mai Tinashe Chawatama. “They should leave us at places such as bus terminuses and street corners as some of us have been here for the last six years,” said one Tawanda. Farai Mukuta, regional technical advisor at HIV and AIDS Trust, said disabled people should be registered separately as they were not given prior education on the registration formalities. “We are calling on the city fathers to set aside a day for separate registration for people with disabilities because the able-bodied can run, hear, see and side line us, further disadvantaging people living with disabilities.” “That’s why we say the CBD should be allocated to people living with disabilities,” he added. However, Harare City Council communications officer Dorothy Mavolwane said disabled vendors were being registered together with all the others but the municipality was ensuring that they were allocated space in the CBD. “Although we are still compiling their numbers, as a city we are of the view that they will be allocated vending space because they are also trying to eke out an honest living,” she said. “All disabled vendors who responded to the call to register were assisted and they do not need to wait in the long queues but are registered immediately.” The National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped (Nascoh) says 870 of their members are operating as street vendors in Harare. source-newzimbabwe

SCOAN Reduction Of Church Services &Foreign Attraction Threatens 10 000 Hospitality Employees Jobs

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According to a report from Nigerian newspaper, ‘The Nation’, up to 10,000 hospitality workers in the Ikotun-Egbe suburb of Lagos State are faced with imminent unemployment.

The Pilgrims Hostels Operators Association of Nigeria (PHOAN) said their troubles in the region are connected to the collapse of a guest-house belonging to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) last year.

The chairman of the association, Prince Adekanbi Adedayo John, explained: “PHOAN is the biggest employer of labour in this area for over a decade. Our business thrived all these years because of SCOAN’s popularity, which attracted visitors from all over the world to the area. The church’s activities before the incident served as the economic livewire on which PHOAN and other smaller businesses relied on.”

However, since the incident last year, The SCOAN has reduced the number of its church services and no longer attracts the same numbers of foreigners.

To worsen matters, the church’s pastor T.B. Joshua has uncharacteristically been absent from church services and has not been seen in public since his crusade in Mexico in May 2015, fuelling suspicions he may be planning to relocate abroad.

A member of the group, Ozumba Sunny, lamented: “The chances of turning Nigeria into a religious tourist haven have been put on the line by the church’s predicament and this has brought hardship to the people, who earn a living as food vendors, drivers, mechanics etc.”

Their concerns were heightened when Joshua directed that his birthday celebrations last month, which attracted over 5,000 foreign pilgrims to Nigeria in 2014, should rather be held in South Africa and Ghana.

Several new hotels which have sprung up in the area due to the church’s popularity are now struggling to find customers.

The Chairman of the group’s Board of Trustees, c, added: “Many of us have been struggling to feed our families and pay school fees in the last one year yet we have huge bank loans hanging on our necks. We are on the verge of losing our investments and the only way this can be averted is if the fortunes of the church improve.”

However, Joshua’s supporters believe his recent absence is due to his being unjustly ‘persecuted’, especially over Nigeria’s handling of the inquest into the building collapse.

Chief Justice Komolafe controversially ruled that the disaster was due to structural defaults, a verdict The SCOAN aggressively denied, insisting it was ‘sabotage’.

“Nigeria, you have enjoyed this grace for too long but still tried to destroy it,” wrote a foreign fan on Facebook yesterday. “Your actions have released TB Joshua to the world. Nigeria will regret the decision of Komolafe for many years to come.”
Source: The Nation Newspaper, Nigeria

Ex Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union, ‘Lovemore Matombo’s’ Property Attached

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Former ZCTU president Lovemore Matombo(left) speaks to Deputy Messenger of Court Mr Farai Banga over the attachment of his property in Harare yesterday
There was drama at the residence of former Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions president Mr Lovemore Matombo in Greendale, Harare, yesterday when his wife locked in the Deputy Sheriff who sought to attach property to recover nearly $600 owed to Harare City Council for rates.After the Deputy Sheriff managed to unlock the door to the house, Matombo’s wife then locked the gate in a bid to prevent him from leaving.The Deputy Sheriff had to use a bolt cutter to dismantle the key to the gate.The resistance by Mr Matombo’s wife did not stop the Deputy Sheriff from attaching a Nissan X-Trail (registration number ADK 1962) that was parked at the house.

At first, the Deputy Sheriff had attached two refrigerators and eight doors, but later decided to attach the vehicle. A fuming Mr Matombo arrived at his house a few minutes later asking why his property was being attached, although he was aware that he had been served with summons concerning the matter.

Mr Matombo is said to be owing Harare City Council $578,57 for rates.

A writ of execution directing attachment of the movable property from Mr Matombo’s house in February 2015 under case 20764/14 was issued. Source: the herald

photo-Former ZCTU president Lovemore Matombo(left) speaks to Deputy Messenger of Court Mr Farai Banga over the attachment of his property in Harare yesterday

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