Grace Mugabe Son’s Debt Collectors Abandon Mercedes Benz ML, & Flee For Their Livese

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TWO emissaries sent by First Lady Grace Mugabe’s son, Russell Goreraza, to collect his “dues” from Kadoma’s Telrose Mine, which is at the centre of an ownership wrangle between him and Jameson Rushwaya, had to flee for their lives leaving behind one of their vehicles last Thursday as the mine workers bayed for their blood.

According to the Newsday, Munyaradzi Kashambe and Mike Chimombe, who are Affirmative Action Group (AAG) provincial presidents for Mashonaland West and East respectively, reportedly fled in Kashambe’s car after the mine workers threatened to assault them.

The officials left Chimombe’s Mercedes Benz ML, registration number ADL8524, parked at the mine premises as the workers pursued them.

Rushwaya confirmed the fracas, although he said he was not around when the incident happened. – Source: newsday

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Cuthbert Dube Denied Canadian Visa To Watch Today’s Fifa Women’s World Cup final

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Troubled Zifa president Cuthbert Dube was denied a visa by the Canadian Embassy as he had  planned to travel and watch today’s Fifa Women’s World Cup final.

The Zifa boss has been absent from local football events, including Warriors matches, only to resurface at international occasions.

He was in Zurich in May for the 65th Fifa Congress where he expressed his love for embattled Fifa president Sepp Blatter in front of international media despite shunning the local press on many occasions.

But the Canadian Embassy refused to grant him permission to attend the Women’s World Cup final as well as the Fifa Women’s Football Symposium which ran on the sidelines of the competition, The Standard newspaper revealed.

Zimbabwe Women’s Football administrator Theresa Maguraushe had to travel alone.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze blamed the infighting at Zifa that has soiled Dube’s name for him being denied the visa.

“He failed to travel due to visa issues,” said Mashingaidze.

“It was very complex for him to obtain one because the Canadian Embassy was not willing. These shenanigans happening at Zifa are the cause and they complicated everything. At least there is Theresa and she is representing us well.” Source: The Standard

Legendary Mbaqanga Music ‘Soul Brother’s Lead Singer, ‘David Masondo Dies

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The 67-year-old died at Garden City Hospital in Mayfair, Joburg, this afternoon.  The soul brothers group has a large following in Zimbabwe especially in Matabeleland Region.

Soul Brothers manager Welcome Nzimande told Daily Sun: “We are shocked and saddened by the news of David’s death. We didn’t expect it so soon.   “His death has left a void in the mbaqanga music scene. He was one of the pioneers of the genre. May his soul rest in peace.”

Moses Ngwenya of Soul Brothers said he was very shocked by the news and he had lost a brother and a friend in the music industry.

Nkosinathi Ngwenya of Impumelelo said he couldn’t believe his father in music had died.

He said it was a great loss to music and the nation and he he was having trouble believing that David was truly gone.

David was admitted to hospital more than three weeks ago after getting very tired during a performance at Central Stadium in Uitenhage, Nelson Mandela Bay. At the time of his death, the Soul Brothers was busy recording their 39th album.

The album had planned collaborations with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Steve Kekana and Ihashi Elimhlophe.

Welcome urged fans to continue praying for David’s family to be strong during a very difficult time.

David was born in Hammarsdale, a suburb of Durban also known as Mpumalanga, in 1950. He started his music career doing gigs in the kasi with the Groovy Boys.

He later co-founded Soul Brothers, which popularised mbaqanga across South Africa. At the time of his death, he was the group’s lead vocalist.  Since the group was formed in 1974, Soul Brothers had recorded more than 30 albums.  Source: Daily Sun

Zanu PF Youths Invade Kudakwashe Bhasikiti’s Farm

 

Suspected Zanu PF supporters on Friday invaded former Politburo Member and Minister of Masvingo Provincial Affairs Kudakwashe Bhasikiti’s farm and stole fence running between the farm and neighbouring communal lands.

Bhasikiti accused Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Shuvai Mahofa and outgoing Mwenezi District Administrator Stanley Chamisa of instructing the supporters to carry out the invasion.

According to Masvingo Mirror, Bhasikiti said the act is criminal as they vandalized a private property.

“There are people who came into my Moria Farm and stole diamond mash wire which was 70m long. They had instructions from Mwenezi DA and Mahofa who said that Bhasikiti should remove his wire so that villagers can let in their cattle because their land is no longer able to feed their cattle.

“I wonder why they chose my farm because nearby Billy has over 300 000 hectares of land but they come to mine which is only 355 hectares. They have double standards,”  said Bhasikiti.

Bhasikiti said he reported the matter to the police as well as to the Minister of Lands.  He also advised government officials to respect the law of the country.

“I reported the matter to the Police and the Minister of Lands but no arrests have been made so far. We are yet to recover the wire. Senior government officials should know how Government operates. My farm is similar to those owned by Billy and Tongaat Hullet, it is a private property and those vandals should be prosecuted,” said Bhasikiti
Source: Masvingo Mirror

Mandatory Unleaded Petrol Blending Ratio Up From 10-15 Percent In Zimbabwe

Government has increased the mandatory blending ratio of unleaded petrol from 10 percent ethanol to 15 percent with immediate effect following significant improvement in supplies of ethanol from Green Fuel.

The move is likely to see a decrease in the pump price of the blend which is currently pegged between $1,46 and $1,53 per litre, depending on location.

Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Samuel Undenge announced the new ratios in a Government Gazette published yesterday.

“It is hereby notified that in terms of section 4(1) of the Petroleum (Mandatory Blending of Anhydrous Ethanol with Unleaded Petrol) Regulations, 2013, published in Statutory Instrument 17 of 2013, as amended by Statutory Instrument 81 of 2014, the Minister approves the current level of mandatory blending to 15 percent,” reads part of the gazette.

“The blending of ethanol and unleaded petrol at E15 is now sustainable because there is now adequate supply of ethanol to sustain blending at the 15 percent level.”

The blending ratio was reduced from 15 percent to five percent in December last year due to low sugar cane supplies from Green Fuel, which is the country’s sole ethanol supplier.

This was after the company faced challenges in harvesting the cane due to water clogging.

Green Fuel is a joint venture between the Government through arda and two private investors Macdom and Rating.

arda board chair Mr Basil Nyabadza is on record as saying the company was keen to reach 20 percent ratio before the end of this year.

Green Fuel initially projected that by 2018, it would have completed the construction of Kondo Dam, which is worth $300 million and also employ 36 500 people.

It is no longer certain if Green Fuel would be able to sustain the demand of ethanol after it emerged that there is a mass exodus of employees at the company due to erratic payment of salaries.

Sources said the company owes its employees salaries for the past six months.

As a stop gap measure, Government last year, contracted Triangle to temporarily supply ethanol after Green Fuel failed to meet the increasing demand on the market. by senior Reporter Tendai Mugabe. Source-herald

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Parastatals Board Members, Face Dismissal As Government Stems corruption’

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Board members of several parastatals face imminent dismissal as Government flexes its muscle to stem corruption through the National Code on Corporate Governance.

This week alone, board members from three parastatals were fired for corruption, gross abuse of financial resources and poor corporate governance.

The code, which came into effect in April, provides a framework for corporate conduct for both the public and private sectors focusing mainly on issues of corruption, corporate disclosure, communication and mechanisms for creating trust between shareholders, boards, management and employees.

Parastatals affected this week are the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) and the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (Potraz) whose board members gobbled $249 219 in travel expenses and per diems within nine months.

Corporate governance and legal experts yesterday hailed the enforcement of the code, but said Government should bring finality to the abuse of public funds by prosecuting culprits.

Sources said more parastatal boards were on the firing line as Government moves in to achieve economic targets enshrined in its economic blueprint, Zim-Asset.

“Now that there is a framework with provisions on what is expected of management and board members, ministers will not hesitate to fire offenders. There are more boards with reports of massive looting and they will soon face the music,” said one source.

One source cited the Rural Electrification Agency as one of the entities where there was massive financial indiscipline.

The Potraz board, according to Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister, Supa Mandiwanzira, made unnecessary travels to conferences and meetings, some which did not have anything to do with them.

The board was led by Mr Ishmael Chikwenere, who alone chewed up $90 000 in travel allowances in nine months and at one time last year spent 22 days in South Korea attending a telecommunications conference yet the relevant period was about five days.

On the other hand, Mr Nelson Mawema from the TSCZ and Dr Themba Nyoni from CAAZ were fired for, among other things, failing to control the operations of their entities.

Cooperate governance expert, Mr Canaan Dube, said if implemented by all Government ministries, the Code could bring visible changes that should steer the economy to greater heights.

“This is the way to go and I see a many being shown the door, especially in parastatals,” he said.

“Management and boards in parastatals should ensure viability as they contribute about 40 percent of the GDP. Those who are not competent should make way for the able to assist in the turnaround of the economy. Those diverting public funds to personal use should be jailed.”

Said Harare lawyer, Mr Terrence Hussein: “The Code is ideal but is not enough if culprits are not brought to book. Offenders must be prosecuted. The audits should be done by reputable companies.”

The Code came in the wake of corporate failures in the banking sector over the past decade, while the public sector was hurt by inadequate governance structures.

Legal expert, Mr Norman Mugiya, said only a penal effect would deter would-be offenders.

“The idea of the Code is exceptionally remarkable but it will set a dangerous precedence if the looters go scot free,” he said.

“The effects of their dismissal should be felt and where there is evidence of corruption, one should face jail otherwise people will continue looting in public entities knowing they will go peacefully.” by Felex Share Senior Reporter. source-herald. 

‘Zimbabwe must continue to fight poverty, unemployment & inequality ‘ Thomas Mapfumo (70)

THE people of Zimbabwe must continue to fight poverty, unemployment and inequality “to give meaning to the years of sacrifice during the liberation struggle”, exiled music guru Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo has said in a statement marking his 70th birthday.

The Lion of Zimbabwe, as Mapfumo is known by his legion of fans, has, since the days of the liberation struggle, used his music to highlight the injustice, corruption, grinding poverty, human rights violation and economic decline in the country.

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Almighty for taking me this far. It is indeed a blessing. I send special gratitude to my family, the people of Zimbabwe and our fans from across the globe for supporting our music all these years.

“It has been an odious journey but we have endured under difficult circumstances and we will continue giving our people hope as they struggle to survive in a very harsh political and economic environment,” said Mapfumo in a statement.

Mapfumo who is in self-imposed exile in America, said he would have wished to spend the occasion of his birthday in the country of his birth, Zimbabwe.

“It would have been my wish to celebrate these 70 years of life in my country of birth, Zimbabwe reconnecting with our legion of fans we have starved of live performances for close to a decade. My heart will forever be in Zimbabwe and I hope to return very soon.

“To the people of Zimbabwe, we must continue to fight poverty, unemployment and inequality to give meaning to the years of sacrifice during the liberation struggle.

“For us to achieve this we would have to take radical decisions in order to change the underlying systemic political and economic crisis Zimbabwe faces today,” he said.

Mapfumo said there was a lot of work to be done in the country to provide education, skills and decent work opportunities especially to the youths.

“We still have a long way to go to create the society for which we have dedicated our lives of struggle.”

Zanu PF, which has been on a collision course with Mukanya for many years due to the latter’s criticism of the ruling party’s leadership style, is under pressure to provide the two million jobs it promised while campaigning for the 2013 elections.

Meanwhile, Mapfumo also lamented the scourge of piracy after his latest album, Danger Zone, was affected and he appealed to government to act. by Showbiz correspondent-newzimbabwe

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Farmer Tendai Tidings Musasa In Court For Donating Stolen Elephant Carcass To Mugabe

A PROMINENT farmer who, in February this year, pledged to donate wild animals towards President Robert Mugabe’s birthday bash, has appeared in court for allegedly stealing an elephant carcass which he intended to give as a gift.

The carcass, weighing 950kg was given to Woodlands Farm Community by Parks and Wildlife Management Authority after they shot a problem elephant on February 25 but Tendai Tidings Musasa allegedly stole it and gave it to President Mugabe.

However, the donation was not accepted as it was deemed tainted after the community and conservationists complained.

Musasa, 39, appeared jointly charged with a villager Noah Zulu, 41 with whom he allegedly connived with to steal the jumbo carcass.

Victoria Falls magistrate Sharon Rosemani remanded the two out of custody to August 19. Namibian based Musasa was granted $400 bail while Zulu was released on $200.

The two are denying the crime, claiming they had the blessing of the Chief Mvuthu and Words of Advice board, a company formed by villagers, when they took away the carcass.

Musasa, is separately charged with a second crime of obstructing the course of justice, after he allegedly sent What’s App messages to Police Officer Commanding Victoria Falls District Chief Superintendent Jairos Chiwona threatening him.

In the messages, the court heard, Musasa claimed he had backing from the First Lady Grace Mugabe who he said would help him make sure the case would not proceed.

The magistrate remanded him on $100 bail to August 20 on the obstruction charge.

Prosecutor Listen Nare said on February 25, rangers shot and killed an elephant that had been reported as a problem animal and handed it over to village head Josphat Sipulila to give to villagers.

“Before the meat was shared, Zulu came to the scene driving Musasa’s tractor and loaded the carcass into the trailer.

He took it to Musasa’s homestead who then took the carcass and donated it to the 21st February Movement celebrations organising committee,” said Nare.

Matetsi National Park area manager Nomsa Moyo testified that no individual was allowed to donate the whole carcass unless he or she had a hunting quota.

Musasa and Zulu are being represented by Vuyile Mpofu, of Marondedze, Mukuku and Partners.

The carcass, worth $28,000, was recovered.

The conservancy situated outside Victoria Falls town, was taken over from its former white farmer who was chased away in 2000 at the height of Zimbabwe’s land reform.

It has been at the centre of an ownership wrangle between the 118 beneficiaries and Musasa and his mother Judith Maphosa as the farmers accused the family of misappropriating nearly $200 000 in proceeds from the game farm in 2013.

Most of the beneficiaries are war veterans, government officials and game rangers among other people. by Matebeleland North Correspondent.  source-newzimbabwe

Massive R4m (US$330 000) Ivory From Zimbabwe Seized At OR Tambo International Airport

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A SHIPMENT of ivory worth R4 million (US$330 000) was intercepted at Johannesburg airport on its way from Zimbabwe to Vietnam, South African officials said Friday, hailing it as one of the biggest recent finds.

The 267 kilogram haul was hidden in boxes wrapped in plastic and labelled as handicrafts.

“A full inspection of the boxes led to customs officials discovering ivory tusks amongst shredded paper,” the customs service said in a statement, valuing the ivory at four million rand ($330 000).

“No CITES (endangered species) permits were issued for the consignment, (it was) a clear attempt to smuggle the goods,” it said.

Officials gave no details on how many tusks were found in the seizure in the cargo area of OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday.

Zimbabwe has seen a spike in ivory poaching in recent years, with wildlife authorities in 2013 reporting that over 100 elephants had been killed by poisoning with cyanide in one month.

Elephant tusks and other body parts are prized in Asia and the Middle East for ornaments and use in traditional medicine.

The international trade in ivory, with rare exceptions, has been outlawed since 1989.

The population of African elephants has dropped from millions in the mid-20th century to about 600,000 now.

A case has been opened with the South African police for further investigation of the seized ivory. source-newzimbabwe

 

Fired workers accuse Green Fuel management ‘ Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant’ of racism

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THE white management at Green Fuel, popularly known as Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant, has been labelled ‘racist’ by workers who said they were fired without any salaries and benefits.

At a press conference held Thursday in Harare, dismissed drivers accused the management of instilling fear in workers and overworking them without salaries and benefits.

The 25 drivers said it was hell working for the company.

“I was a truck driver with Green Fuel since June, 2013 and drove a 30-40 tonne truck from Middle Sabi to Chisumbanje but I was unfairly dismissed from work without any notice.

“I have no salary and the management does not want any negotiations with employees,” said Felix Chimatira.

Chimatira added that one manager hates blacks to the extent that he did not want anyone to look straight into his eyes, lest one lost their job.

George Mohowo said he had worked for more than 4 years but was dismissed for voicing his grievances which included overtime allowances and salary arrears for six months.

“We were put on forced leave and the employer, instead, hired new workers without considering our grievances as we wanted to negotiate for better working conditions,” said an irate Mohowo.

As one driver put it, “the employer wants free, rather than, cheap labour.”

The workers said the harsh conditions they experienced at Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant were worsened by the heavy presents of police who they say patrolled the company premises 24/7, threatening workers and the surrounding communities.

In May, the workers alleged, police threw teargas at villagers and Takwirira Secondary school children were affected with some hospitalised.

They also alleged that white colleagues get full salaries and benefits while blacks were being paid 25% of their salaries per month.

“White employees get 5 times more than us black employees and this is not fair.

“Management also pays fees for its white staff while our children are languishing at home as we cannot pay their fees,” said one Abias Dziru.

Claris Madhuku, Platform for Youth Development Director, said the company does not allow people to form any workers’ committee or join any trade unions.

“Our concern as an organisation is the presence of state apparatus such as the police and soldiers.

“The working environment is not conducive for workers and the management sees employees (especially blacks) as a problem yet it is not willing to negotiate for better remuneration and working conditions,” said Madhuku.

“I am happy to say the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has been representing these workers in court and in most cases the workers have won their cases,” he added.

Madhuku said more than 700 workers have been dismissed or retrenched but the issue at stake involves their salaries and benefits which to-date is still outstanding.

Efforts to get a comment from Taurai Nhondowa, Green Fuel Human Resources Manager and other top management employees were fruitless as their phones went unanswered. source-newzimbabwe

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