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Moyo-Mahoka on the brink as Zanu PF Women’s league endorses ouster

HARARE – The turmoil in President Mugabe’s party took another twist yesterday when Zanu-PF Women’s League leadership reportedly endorsed the ouster of senior members Eunice Sandi Moyo and Sarah Mahoka yesterday, with the national executive meeting of the organ expected to confirm the decision today.

The wing’s top 10 met in Harare yesterday, but Sandi Moyo (deputy secretary for Women’s Affairs) and Mahoka (secretary for Finance) did not attend the meeting.

According to State media, there were indications that secretary for External Relations in the Women’s League, Tabeth Kanengoni-Malinga was also absent.

While efforts to get comment from Women’s League secretary for Information and Publicity, Thokozile Mathuthu were fruitless, it is understood that the leadership did not object to the calls by lower structures of the organ for the duo to be removed.

It was also not clear if the duo would be suspended or expelled from Zanu-PF.

Last week saw Women’s League members from the grassroots staging demonstrations against Sandi Moyo and Mahoka in all the country’s 10 provinces over a litany of allegations, principally undermining the chairperson of the wing and Grace Mugabe.

Sources said the top leadership yesterday deliberated on the demonstrations and accepted the concerns raised by party women.

“But it was agreed that the final decision would be made by the national executive when it meets in Harare tomorrow (today),” said a source.

“The (Women’s League) national executive is the one that must come up with the final say when it comes to disciplinary issues concerning the League.”

The Women’s League national executive is made up of top 40 members of the wing, with 20 heads and 20 deputies.

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Mahoka

It is understood that Women’s League provincial chairpersons were likely to present petitions from their respective provinces soon to the national executive.

During last Wednesday’s demonstrations, the organ’s lower structures presented petitions to the Women’s League provincial chairpersons for onward submission to the organ’s national executive.

The provincial chairpersons and members of the Youth League also joined members of the Women’s League and their provincial chairpersons in Bulawayo on Friday and reaffirmed calls for the duo’s ouster.

Charges against Sandi Moyo and Mahoka are that they were working against Amai Mugabe and President Mugabe.

Mahoka also stands accused of denigrating Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba early last year.

Apart from undermining the First Lady’s authority, Mahoka and Sandi-Moyo stand accused of embezzling funds sourced from local prophets, business people and corporates using Grace Mugabe’s name without her knowledge.

Some of the placards were inscribed: “Sandi and Mahoka handlers bhasopo!”, “Stealing Sisters bring back the money”, “Musangano hauputswe nenhiyo dzeGamatox”, “Sandi, the mother of tribalism”, “No to Sandi and Sarah parallel structures” and “We will cleanse the party of all Sandists.”

Sandi Moyo has already said she was not moved by the protests, but conceded that if the wing wanted her out, it was free to do so.

She claimed the demonstrations were being sponsored by people who wanted to create a wedge between her and the First Family.

Asked why she did not attend yesterday’s meeting, Sandi Moyo said: “Am I reporting to you now? No, I don’t report to you! I don’t talk to you about these things.”

Mahoka was not answering her phone yesterday.

Pastor’s wife disrupts church service

The Family of Christ International Church congregants and their pastor are reportedly worshipping in fear as their leader’s estranged wife is in the habit of pouncing unexpectedly just to disturb services as a way of fixing him.

The man of God, Rodwell Mavumahoko has been humiliated by his wife Beatrice Mupungu Mavumahoko forcing him to seek a protection order against her so he could have peace and regain his dignity.

Pastor Mavumahoko in his affidavit stated that his wife Mupungu who left their matrimonial home in November 2016 had developed a bad habit of coming to his church to disturb services.

“I am applying for a protection order against Beatrice Mupungu Mavumahoko. She should stop her habit of coming to my home and church to disturb services.

“She should stay away from church meetings and disrupting services,” he said.

Mavumahoko also stated that the woman should stop her threats of killing anyone resident at house number 6511 Nkulumane.

“She should not threaten to harm me, relatives, friends, church members and employees,” he said.

The man of cloth also stated that the protection order should stretch to derogatory abusive calls, texts, and threats to hit him, destroying property and burning down of the house.

He further recommended that his wife should only peacefully communicate with him for limited reasons and that she goes for anger management and counselling.

Mavumahoko also displayed that he was living in fear as he suggested that the woman must be prohibited from purchasing firearms.

However, the woman did not attend the court session and the presiding magistrate Tancy Dube granted the protection order in her absence. – B-Metro

MDCT Deputy Mayor for Harare forced to resign

HARARE – The beleaguered MDC-T Harare deputy mayor, Chris Mbanga, has resigned from his position with immediate effect citing incessant pressure to do so.

Mbanga is the councillor for Ward 8 which covers Highlands low density suburb.

In his resignation letter addressed to MDC-T secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora, Mbanga said he will now have more time to pay attention to the Ward he represents.

“You will recall that there has been incessant pressure and controversies surrounding my continued tenure as deputy mayor of the city and I was supposed to go for a hearing which never materialised.

“That is now water under the bridge,” said Mbanga.

He added, “In the meantime I will write and advise the Local Authorities to initiate my replacement in accordance with the Law.

“In view of the recent Council resolution to decentralise services, I will now concentrate on monitoring and paying closer attention to the needs and problems of my Ward.”

Mbanga stirred controversy in June 2016 when he was Harare acting mayor. At the time, he connived with Local Government Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, to defy his party’s directives at Town House.

The then acting mayor refused to recognise the appointment of James Mushore as Harare’s Town Clerk and was also thought to have caused the suspension of Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni.

During that time, Manyenyeni had been sent home by Kasukuwere on allegations of refusing to order an internal audit of the City Council.

When Mbanga assumed the mayoral position on an acting capacity, he immediately sent home Mushore which did not go down well with the MDC-T leadership.

Mushore was the opposition’s party’s preferred candidate for the position of Town Clerk.

Mbanga had been appointed the deputy mayor following the death of the late Thomas Muzuva. 

‘Money supply shortfall to trigger more bond notes’

Zimbabwe’s estimated money supply shortfall will force the authorities to push bond notes above the $200 million facility guaranteed by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), a leading research firm has said.

BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA

Bond notes were introduced on November 28 as an export incentive scheme.

In its latest report, BMI Research said the estimated money supply shortfall of $2,5 billion would force the country to go above the $200 million cap.

“Estimates on the shortfall in Zimbabwe’s money supply reach as high as $2,5 billion, which will continue to weigh on price growth even under a more rapid expansion of bond note issuance. We believe this will increase the likelihood of the government extending the bond note supply beyond current $200 million cap,” BMI Research said in a Africa Monitor Southern Africa newsletter issue 4 for April 2017.

“. . . there has been very little transparency on the terms under which it [bond notes] was issued. If the government is indeed printing the notes, rather than any third party, there is little to stop them from simply printing more than the $200 million value supposedly underwritten by Afreximbank to narrow the shortfall in the money supply.”

Monetary authorities have, in the past, said they would not print bond notes of more than the $200m Afreximbank facility.

BMI Research said the poor quality of the notes themselves begged the question whether they were being printed from a trustworthy source.

Currently, the bond notes in circulation are worth $102m.

The growth in bond notes has accelerated the disappearance of the United States dollar from the formal system, with companies resorting to the black market to raise the foreign currency required to finance the importation of critical raw materials.

Current withdrawal trends have shown banks giving depositors more bond notes than dollars.

In fact, some banks are giving clients their withdrawals entirely in bond notes in what appears to be banks desperately trying to hold onto the greenback.

BMI said fiscal pressures would play a role in influencing how large the bond note programme gets over the coming quarters.

“Deposits that had been made in US dollars face being withdrawn in bond notes, with the dollar deposits feeding depleted government revenues via the central bank,” the research firm said.

“With economic growth likely to remain weak in 2017, and an election campaign to fight in 2018, replacing the US dollars in peoples’ bank accounts with fiat money is an effective way of collecting revenue for imported goods and services, as well as paying off its arrears with various creditors.”

BMI Research said despite the pace of implementation of bond notes they did not anticipate a sufficient increase in the money supply to trigger a return to high levels of inflation.

The firm that provides macroeconomic, industry and financial market analysis, covering 24 industries and 200 global markets. – NewsDay

Robert Mugabe is heartless – Mujuru

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is being kept in power by “power-hungry looters”, hence Zimbabweans must take the chance to vote the 93-year-old leader out of office, former Vice-President Joice Mujuru said yesterday.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Mujuru, who is opposition National People’s Party (NPP) leader, said this while visiting party officials admitted at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals’ intensive care unit after being involved in a car accident on Saturday night.

The former VP – who served under Mugabe for over 34 years before she was unceremoniously kicked out of Zanu PF and government on allegations of plotting a coup – said the decay of Zimbabwe’s health delivery system was a sign the President cared less about the plight of citizens.

“At 93, what do you expect from him? He just does not care anymore and I doubt he still understands what is expected of him in terms of providing solutions to address the economic rot which is causing this decay of social service delivery,” Mujuru said.

She also blamed Zimbabweans for allowing Mugabe to hold them “hostage”.

“Mugabe has always said if Zimbabweans tell me to go, I will go, so he is there because we have not told him to go. I believe we should tell him to go … he is being kept in office by people who have looted this country and they think the only way to escape is by keeping the old man hostage in office,” the NPP leader said.

She accused top government officials of abandoning their posts to engage in political mudslinging and the power scrap currently engulfing Zanu PF.

Mugabe frequently flies out of the country mainly to the Far East for what officials claim “routine medical check-up”.

Reports indicate Mugabe was constantly receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment at the state-of-the-art Gleneagles medical facility in Singapore, renowned for specialist treatment, at taxpayers’ expense.

Early this month, Mugabe travelled for medical treatment leaving local health personnel on a strike, demanding better working conditions and pay.

Government this year allocated the Health and Child Care ministry a mere $281 million, with $222 million going to employment costs, leaving $55 million for infrastructure, medication and equipment.

In contrast, Mugabe’s office received $187 million with employment costs at $98 million, leaving his office with an unchecked budget of $89 million which funds mostly his travels and medical needs.

Mugabe’s expenditure is not subject to auditing and in the past few weeks he has been flying non-stop on a chartered plane with one trip to Singapore blowing over $1 million.

The former Vice-President came face-to-face with the deplorable conditions of service and health delivery after being told by accident victim and NPP Makonde chairperson, Levison Shumba, that nurses had encouraged him to seek treatment at a private hospital. “I fractured my leg in the accident and I need an operation, but nurses have told me that if I don’t get this done at a private hospital, it would take way over a month before I can be attended to,” Shumba told Mujuru.

Mujuru said Mugabe, whose sister Bridget spent no less than four years on life support at Parirenyatwa, was out of touch with reality.

“I don’t think he knows the state of this hospital, from the staff that is demoralised, the bed linen is not inspiring and service is absent, how can one have to wait for a month to be attended for multiple fractures on a leg? Does he know how things have changed since the last time he was here as a patient? I don’t think so,” the ex-VP queried.

Another NPP official and renowned surgeon, Samuel Mvurume, also admitted at Parirenyatwa, was injured in the freak accident while trying to help victims of a crash in Chinhoyi on Saturday night. – NewsDay

Coalition Will Create Bloated Govt, Warns Opposition Leader

Harare,– As Zimbabwe political parties coalesce to forge a grand coalition against President Robert Mugabe ahead of next year’s elections, a leader of a recently formed youthful opposition has lashed out at the proposed alliance saying it will create a bloated government.

Several opposition political parties are in talks to form a united front to challenge Mugabe and Zanu PF in polls tentatively set for July 2018.

The parties are in the meantime coalescing under the so-called National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) which comprises over a dozen parties pushing for key electoral reforms ahead of 2018.

Last week, at a rally called by Nera, a number of opposition leaders endorsed MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai as leader of the envisaged grand coalition of opposition forces.

But Blessing Kasiyamhuru, the president of the Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity (Zipp), told RadioVOP a coalition is not favourable to a multi-party democracy and the promotion of divergent views within the political landscape on Zimbabwe.

He said his party is not seeking change of leadership for the sake of change as advocated by proponents of a grand coalition.

“Our vision and mandate have been clear from the beginning. We are not seeking change of leadership for the sake of change. We are confident of our value proposition to fellow Zimbabweans. We shall not allow organisations to pollute our vision through coalitions.

“Coalitions defeat our aim of a lean government and ushers in patronage as parties try to accommodate different leaders in government thereby putting pressure on the taxpayer,” said Kasiyamhuru.

“With all due respect, our party does not aim to recycle leaders who have been in opposition or Zanu PF for the past 20 years. We believe Zimbabwe has produced enough young leaders who have already proven themselves in various leadership roles within and outside Zimbabwe. We seek that new generation of leaders take Zimbabwe into the new dispensation.”

He said Zipp respected the contribution of all the elders and young people in the current opposition.

“But unfortunately, we don’t share the same values of their organisations and we invite them as individuals to come partner us so that we can fully utilise the abundant human capital as the current generation,” he said.

If elected into power, his government would consist of 15 ministries, he said, adding that a bloated government has no place in the 21st century.

“A Zipp led government will adopt a service programme model in streamlining and optimising public service in Zimbabwe. The core of the will be e-government implementation. Zimbabwe can operate efficiently with only 15 ministries,” added Kasiyamhuru.

He dismissed assertions his party was a creation of Zanu PF meant to derail a united front against Mugabe.

“Everyone in Zimbabwe has links or would like to have with Zanu PF or Zapu because there are our main liberation parties. Zipp will not divorce themselves from the revolutionary agenda that our elders fought for until political independence in 1980.

“Jeremiah 23 talks of a righteous branch. A branch has come from a tree and that is the revolutionary blood that was spilled during the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe.

“Yes Zanu PF is part of our heritage because they are our fathers, brothers, mothers and sisters but we are not Zanu PF. It is time that our elders take a rest and give the business of government to the capable hands of a new generation of leaders. We are praying that President Mugabe lives to see what Zimbabwe can be within just five years of Zipp leadership.” – Radio VOP

6 killed in plane crash near Zimbabwe-Mozambique border

HARARE, Zimbabwe – A small plane crashed Monday near the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, killing all six people on board.

A Mozambican district police commander, Gelindo Vumbuca, said the crash occurred in the Machipanda mountain range, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported. However, a state-controlled newspaper in Zimbabwe, the Herald, said the plane crashed in the mountainous Vumba area on the Zimbabwean side of the border.

The victims included two crewmembers and four passengers, Lusa said.

The Mozambican plane was flying between the Mozambican port city of Beira and the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, according to AIM, the Mozambican news agency.

Kasukuwere last man to see General Mujuru alive; is he the killer?

The political clock seems to be ticking very negatively upon the G40 faction as the cabal’s apparatchiks Saviour Kasukuwere and Supa Mandiwanzira are now the top suspects in the mysterious death of General Solomon Mujuru, husband to the former Zimbabwean Vice president Joice Mujuru; that is if the information below is a true account of what happened moments before Mujuru died in a house inferno.

A facebook post by one activist Eliot Pfebve can be for now be used as incriminating evidence and a disturbing account of what could have caused Solomon Mujuru’s death.

The facebook post reads as follows, “Saviour Kasukuwere and Supa Mandiwanzira were the 2 people who last saw Gen Solomon Mujuru alive, I can reveal.

“Gen Solomon Mujuru was seen watching cricket between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh on Sunday 14 August 2011, 12 hours before he died. The Gen was drinking a glass of Whisky, at the same time Supa Mandiwanzira in the company of Saviour Kasukuwere was seen keeping an eye on the General, it has been learned.

“Kasukuwere approached Gen Mujuru at approximately 1530 hrs on Sunday 14 August 2011 at Harare Sports Club, and soon the two started talking to each other. Supa Mandiwanzira kept a distance, he neither talked to the Gen Mujuru nor greeted him, the motive was not known.

“Gen Mujuru is said to have left the Harare Sports Club at around 1600 hrs, after the said conversation with Saviour Kasukuwere. Both Supa Mandiwanzira and Saviour Kasukuwere left the Bar immediately after Gen Solomon Mujuru, it is not known whether Mujuru was trailed afterwards but what is known is that Gen Mujuru died within 12 hours after meeting both Mandiwanzira and Kasukuwere.

“Contrary to initial reports that the Gen Mujuru could have been too drunk on the day of the fire, I can reveal that Solomon Mujuru was not visibly drunk at the time he left for home after meeting Kusukuwere and Mandiwanzira.

“Gen Solomon Mujuru was pronounced dead in a mysterious fire on Monday morning of 15 August 2011, exactly less than 12 hours after his encounter with Kasukuwere.

“This fresh information is certainly bound to ignite a debate on what exactly happened to Gen Solomon Mujuru? Is it true that the most decorated Zimbabwean soldier of our time would be killed by inferno caused by a candle after surviving ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction during the liberation struggle?

“Is it by coincidence that Kusukuwere, who have been implicated in similar unexplained  murders, lately that of Chindori Chininga former Minister of Mines and other crimes against humanity would be the last person to talk to Gen Solomon Mujuru?

“Unless we name and shame the bad guys in our society, Zimbabweans will continue to be maimed, abducted, murdered and mysteriously disappear like Itai Dzamara and those before him too numerous to mention. Do you have further information to share with the Zimbabwean public regarding Itai Dzamara’s disappearance or the suspected murder of Gen Solomon Mujuru, and then contact me in confidence?” read Pfebve’s facebook post

Kasukuwere pummels rivals

HARARE – Zanu PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, says some ruling party bigwigs who are allegedly plotting to remove President Robert Mugabe from power have also now hijacked programmes of the former liberation movement’s women’s league to advance their “successionist” agendas.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Kasukuwere said he and other “committed and consistent” party cadres would not allow the unnamed successionists to succeed.

This comes as disgruntled war veterans have made it clear that Mugabe should not lead both Zanu PF and Zimbabwe anymore, adding that the nonagenarian will soon be removed from office in the same way that former national football team coach, Kalisto Pasuwa, was ousted from his position last month following the country’s exit from the continental soccer showpiece in Gabon.

Kasukuwere’s comments also come as a wave of protests have erupted across the country, as irate members of the powerful women’s league demonstrate against the wing’s embattled deputy chairperson, Eunice Sandi Moyo, and treasurer Sarah Mahoka — on charges of undermining the authority of powerful First Lady Grace Mugabe and embezzling party funds.

“What I would like to say is that the party stands 100 percent behind the president and the first lady. The first lady is the mother of the nation and thus the loyalty towards the two is beyond doubt, and that must be clear to all and sundry.

“The president and the first lady are the keys that hold the nation together and thus deserve the utmost respect … The party is strong and the (women’s league) demonstrations are disciplinary issues and purely women’s league issues that they will deal with.

“What we must ensure is that we do not have other players jumping in with their regime change agenda,” Kasukuwere said.

While the Local Government minister tried to paint a rosy picture of the party, the situation within the former liberation movement has been far from serene, as rival factions have escalated their ugly succession wars — amid fears that the party’s centre can no longer hold.

And with Mugabe getting older and increasingly frail, insiders say both the Team Lacoste faction, which is rallying behind Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the generation 40 (G40) camp — which is rabidly opposed to the Midlands godfather succeeding Mugabe — are pushing for an early party congress to resolve its thorny succession headache.

“We will not accept anyone who trivialises the president. We will make sure that the party leadership toes the line because we have discovered from the (women’s league) demonstrations that there are some people who are shedding crocodile tears,” Kasukuwere said yesterday.

Responding to allegations that he had tried to stop the demonstrations, he said what was pleasing to him was that the marches had shown “tremendous support” for Grace.

“We are happy at the support that has been shown by the women’s league to the first lady … the bottom line is that the party is solidly behind the president and the first lady.

“However, it is clear that there are some people who would want to hijack the programme (demonstrations) and bring their ideas to oppose the essence of the demonstrations and further their interests. This will be resisted.

“Let me reiterate that the women’s league is an arm of Zanu PF, with their own political commissar and they make independent decisions for their organ. I’m at national level and we will only deal with the issue when it comes to us, but for now allow the women to handle their issue,” he said. – Daily News

Moyo savages Mnangagwa as Zanu PF infighting escalates

HARARE – Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has laid into Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and appeared to accuse the Midlands Zanu PF godfather of orchestrating a dirty campaign against him using inaccurate command agriculture projections.

Moyo said while evidence on the ground shows that those participating in the programme will not produce bumper harvests, as being portrayed, he expressed worry that the project has been politicised in the deadly battle to succeed President Robert Mugabe.

Moyo said the bumper harvest expected will be from peasant farmers arguing that due to the good rains, it was inevitable that there was going to be good yields. He said he was worried that the programme had been taken over by “successionists.”

This comes after Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha reportedly told the State media, that Moyo was castigating command agriculture, yet he was a beneficiary of the programme.

On March 6, 2017, Prof Moyo tweeted: “Report by @Herald Zimbabwe that ‘Command agric exceeds target’ is at best premature & at worst needlessly false!”

This was after Mnangagwa projected a bumper harvest.

Blaming Mnangagwa for the stories that were published in the State media saying that he had benefited from the command agriculture initiative but was not criticising  it, Moyo said:

“In the afternoon of Friday March 24, 2017, I had a chance encounter at State House with vice president … Mnangagwa who had just returned from a command agriculture field day in Mt Darwin. As I greeted him, VP Mnangagwa immediately said he ‘did not know that I had one of the best maize crops at my farm in Mashonaland Central after receiving support from command agriculture’ and that he ‘had flown over the farm by helicopter and seen the excellent crop yet I was attacking the programme,” Moyo said in a statement released on his Twitter account.

“I advised the honourable VP that I had not attacked command agriculture anywhere but that, based on my first-hand knowledge in light of my family’s farming experience in Mazowe and the harsh experience of other farmers…,” he said.

Moyo said that he stood by what he had said about command agriculture as he was basing this on facts. Moyo added that the programme had taken a “factional and successionist agenda” and so was doomed to fail.

“Against this backdrop, and given the negative political fixation that successionists who control the public media have against me, it did not come as a surprise to see the scurrilously personalised Sunday Mail lead story alleging that I am a beneficiary of command agriculture and accusing me of behaving like an MDC activist only because I questioned the misrepresentation and exaggeration of command agriculture routinely published by Zimpapers.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I stand by everything I have said about unanswered and very serious questions about the poor implementation of command agriculture and about the folly of public media lies that the government has adopted a command economy.

“No amount of vilification will intimidate me to move from truth to lies,” Moyo said.

He said that the claim that he benefitted from command agriculture demonstrates the ideological bankruptcy of successionists, who do not know the intended beneficiaries of the programme.

He said the gospel that he benefitted from command agriculture was being peddled by “command liars who bask in folly wishful thinking just like their handlers”, whom he however, did not mention by name.

“In policy terms, command agriculture was designed as a ‘special maize programme for import substitution’ and this in fact is its technical or policy name.

“In other words, this is one contractual maize input scheme that is intended to benefit the nation by getting farmers to produce for the State to eliminate maize imports.

“Each contracted farmer is supposed to give the State five tonnes of maize per hectare,” Moyo said.

He said despite his family farm being acknowledged as one of the best in Mashonaland Central, “ the forces behind command agriculture could not hide their evil intentions to investigate this farm…”

“Very satanic. Nothing new. We have suffered this evil and cruelty before. Somebody should tell these evil command fellows that the whole deal is a contract governed in terms of contract law,” Moyo said.

He said too many farmers did not get all the required inputs and when they got some, it was not on time or the inputs were not sufficient as required in terms of the contract.

“Consequently, the targets were not met…,” he said, adding that the bumper harvest will come more from the presidential input scheme than from command agriculture, which he projected could yield between 600 000 and 750 000 tonnes. – Daily News

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