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2021-10-22
*Fresh Push For Banks To Pay Interest* Government says it is scaling up confidence-building measures to boost deposits into the country’s banking sector Giving a keynote address during last night’s 22nd edition of the Banks and Banking Survey, which was held virtually, Finance ministry permanent secretary George Guvamatanga said the process commenced with moves to introduce payment of interest on electronics balances Zimbabwe’s banking sector has paid the price of waning market confidence since the 2004/2005 financial crisis when operators collapsed under the weight of a corporate governance rot and financial mismanagement that triggered a depositor flight Zimbabwe’s banking sector has paid the price of waning market confidence since the 2004/2005 financial crisis when operators collapsed under the weight of a corporate governance rot and financial mismanagement that triggered a depositor flight

But Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya has significantly stabilised the sector since coming into office in 2013 However, confidence continues to be hammered by operators’ reluctance to pay interest on deposits, while charging punitive fees and commissions In August, the RBZ chief encouraged banks to pay interests on deposits, after negotiations with the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ) In August, the RBZ chief encouraged banks to pay interests on deposits, after negotiations with the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ)

Guvamatanga yesterday said at the survey award ceremony sponsored by First Capital Bank Zimbabwe (FCB) the government was determined to restore confidence in the sector “Government on its part is introducing policies to promote confidence in the financial sector such as the payment of interest on electronic balances, including those on mobile platforms, enhancing the operation of the Deposit Protection Corporation (DPC), among others,” he said “The depositors’ protection scheme has inspired confidence greatly as small depositors, who usually suffer the consequences of a bank failure, have been guaranteed protection by the existence of the scheme “The depositors’ protection scheme has inspired confidence greatly as small depositors, who usually suffer the consequences of a bank failure, have been guaranteed protection by the existence of the scheme

“Nonetheless, I also notice some of the challenges which need to be addressed, including gender equity on most boards” Guvamatanga’s declaration that digitalisation is the future of the sector dovetailed into the theme of this year’s survey theme, “Adapting to Market Disruption Through Digitalisation” While the outbreak of Covid-19 has brought challenges to the sector, the permanent secretary said it had also unlocked opportunities for banks While the outbreak of Covid-19 has brought challenges to the sector, the permanent secretary said it had also unlocked opportunities for banks

“To achieve this, the need for investment in Information Communication Technology market infrastructure cannot be overemphasised You have already witnessed that most banks have grown digitally with most services now available on e-services, improving convenience and accessibility of banking services Business disruptions which included job losses in the banking sector resulted in business being conducted virtually leading to the closure of many bank branches,” Guvamatanga added Business disruptions which included job losses in the banking sector resulted in business being conducted virtually leading to the closure of many bank branches,” Guvamatanga added

He said while digitalisation represented the future of the banking sector, mergers by sector players would allow them to develop critical mass and take advantage of economies of scale AMB Capital Limited executive director, Zenzo Lusengo, who was guest of honour at the awards ceremony, concurred that the pandemic could be a catalyst for the development of new banking sector products that unlock fresh opportunities “As someone with an innate curiosity, the hunger to explore new ventures and who appreciates the importance of reinvention, an interest question would be where I see opportunities in banking and financial sectors going forward: digital only banks — in South Africa we have seen new banks emerging like Discovery Bank, Tyme Bank and Bank Zero, in particular,” he said “As someone with an innate curiosity, the hunger to explore new ventures and who appreciates the importance of reinvention, an interest question would be where I see opportunities in banking and financial sectors going forward: digital only banks — in South Africa we have seen new banks emerging like Discovery Bank, Tyme Bank and Bank Zero, in particular,” he said

Lusengo added that in any disruption, “upstarts often end up eating the incumbent’s lunch, if the incumbents let them do so” FCB managing director Ciaran McSharry said while digitalisation brings significant progress within the banking sector, the downside to it is increased cyber security risks “We encourage everyone to use digital channels in a safe manner and to understand how they operate “We encourage everyone to use digital channels in a safe manner and to understand how they operate

Internally we have enhanced our security by partnering with Visa to bring the Visa 3D to secure functionality for all online payments,” he said “We have also embarked on a customer education journey on our digital channels across diverse platforms to ensure they have knowledge of our platforms Our aim is to do what we can to protect our customers funds” McSharry said the new normal characterised by digital solutions has become a reality Zimbabwe Independent editor Faith Zaba said despite: “Despite the headwinds stemming out of the Covid–19 pandemic, and disruptions to operations that have been brought by the rapid shift to digital platforms, the future appears bright as Zimbabwe banks continue to innovate and accelerate their digital transformation “I have no doubt in the ability of our banking industry to overcome, having seen how they emerged out of previous turbulences As has already been said, this year’s Banks & Banking Sector Survey has demonstrated how important it has become for economies to adapt to the “new normal”, and how banks are rolling out digitalisation and other innovations to make the banking experience easy and profitable” *ZimInd*

2021-10-22
*Dates For National Census Released* The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) which has upped its game towards conducting a pilot project test run for the population and housing census next month has released dates for the 2022 census The agency conducted a sensitisation meeting which was attended by various Government departments and other organisations in Chinhoyi on Thursday In his remarks, ZimStats Director-General, Taguma Mahonde said the digital and paperless national census has been scheduled for April next year with data expected to be released within six months In his remarks, ZimStats Director-General, Taguma Mahonde said the digital and paperless national census has been scheduled for April next year with data expected to be released within six months

The pilot project will be held on November 18 and 27, 2021 “We are carrying out a pilot census to test our system next month We will go into the field and back to the drawing board until it is perfected so that we test our logistical and general preparedness to conduct the enumeration using the new method during the census scheduled for 21-30 April, 2022,” he said We will go into the field and back to the drawing board until it is perfected so that we test our logistical and general preparedness to conduct the enumeration using the new method during the census scheduled for 21-30 April, 2022,” he said

*Herald*

2021-10-22
*Zec Blames Parly For Electoral Reforms Delay* The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) says the delay in electoral reforms is as a result of Parliament dragging its feet in aligning the Electoral Act to the 2013 constitution Zec spokesperson Joyce Kazembe told The NewsHawks that the commission had done its part by suggesting the sections that need to be changed and it is now up to Parliament to deal with the policy changes The main opposition Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance and civil groups have been pushing for the electoral reforms, which they believe will pave way for free, fair and credible elections in Zimbabwe The main opposition Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance and civil groups have been pushing for the electoral reforms, which they believe will pave way for free, fair and credible elections in Zimbabwe

This comes as the Electoral Bill is missing from the legislative agenda of the fourth session of the ninth Parliament opened by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week Kazembe said Zec submitted a paper to Parliament just after the constitution came into force in 2013 “Soon after the new constitution, which is not new anymore as we are getting to 10 years now, we constituted a group of what we would call the bright legal brains to look at the old constitution and the new constitution and pick out the areas that were not aligned to the new constitution “Soon after the new constitution, which is not new anymore as we are getting to 10 years now, we constituted a group of what we would call the bright legal brains to look at the old constitution and the new constitution and pick out the areas that were not aligned to the new constitution

We did that for three days while they were in a secluded place,” Kazembe said “They looked at that, they wrote a paper, we submitted that because every Zimbabwean has a right to go Parliament for the alignment of the constitution, we submitted that to Parliament However, it is also important for the media to highlight those areas that need alignment However, it is also important for the media to highlight those areas that need alignment

We did what we could do, we submitted a list of the areas that needed to be aligned to the new constitution; today, some of them we are still awaiting “I will give you an example, the subsection that governs media monitoring was passed in 2008 that is what we are still using, although we submitted a long time ago that it needed *NewsHawks* *NewsHawks*



2021-10-22
*UN Special Envoy Turns Down Zim Govt Security* United Nations (UN) special rapporteur Alena Douhan this week turned down offers by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to pamper her with executive luxuries as she began her 10-day mission in Zimbabwe to assess the impact of Western sanctions on Harare, the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal The UN Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights arrived in Zimbabwe on Monday, after which she met Mnangagwa As a top diplomat, Douhan is said to have been offered security details, police escort and a delegation of top civil servants to accompany her As a top diplomat, Douhan is said to have been offered security details, police escort and a delegation of top civil servants to accompany her

But the Belarusian is said to have indicated to her hosts that she was comfortable travelling with UN staff and a low-ranking staff from the Foreign Affairs ministry Her stance could have been a blow to Harare, which has been desperate to portray itself as a victim of international conspiracy by big powers that have stood in Zimbabwe’s way as it tries to tackle economic malaise following two decades of embargoes A top diplomatic source told the Independent this week that “she wants to assert her independence; so she has refused even security details or police escort services” A top diplomatic source told the Independent this week that “she wants to assert her independence; so she has refused even security details or police escort services”

The source went on: “Douhan is moving around with her own team, but is being accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as part of protocol arrangements” Foreign Affairs Deputy minister David Musabayana confirmed yesterday that the envoy turned down government offers “She said she doesn’t want anyone to be involved,” Musabayana told the Independent “She said she doesn’t want anyone to be involved,” Musabayana told the Independent

“We don’t even accompany her wherever she is going because she wants to have unfettered access or unlimited access to whoever she feels and thinks that they need to be consulted” Musabayana said while Mnangagwa and some cabinet ministers met her, there was an agreement that the government would not influence her movements “As a government, we are not even privy to whom she is going to meet “As a government, we are not even privy to whom she is going to meet

She just said non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civic society groups or any other interested groups would also be involved,” he said “As government, we have been asked to stay away from her We have not looked for her or phoned her We have not looked for her or phoned her

I don’t even know where she is and what she is doing because it is her independent research She has her own systems on how she is going to navigate, to get the leads and get the information that she needs” Musabayana said the government would be waiting for her final report” Musabayana said the government would be waiting for her final report

Her arrival, Musabayana said, proved the government’s readiness to go under any form of official scrutiny Previously, he said such visits had not been allowed He added that the fact that Zimbabwe allowed the mission to come indicated that Harare had nothing to hide He added that the fact that Zimbabwe allowed the mission to come indicated that Harare had nothing to hide

However, he fired a broadside at MDC for calling for sanctions against Zimbabwe The envoy arrived as skirmishes between MDC Alliance (MDC-A) and Zanu PF supporters entered their second week, with opposition leader Nelson Chamisa continuing his nationwide rallies The MDC-A leader’s vehicle was damaged during the first leg of his visit in Masvingo, where Zanu PF supporters accused him of seeking global attention as the envoy arrived But the MDC-A leader said he was on a genuine tour to assess Zimbabwe’s poverty-stricken rural communities, some of which Zanu PF says have been hardest hit by sanctions “This is our point of view (that the opposition invited sanctions) and it’s a reality because even the MDC acknowledges that There is video footage proving that they actually called for the sanctions for their own reasons, so it’s an open secret Even the MDC officials do not deny that,” Musabayana said “This is not the first time we are hosting a UN special rapporteur and her report could have influenced a follow-up on the effects of sanctions on the people of Zimbabwe” Two years ago, Zimbabwe hosted UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver “She was the first one to call for the removal of sanctions because the sanctions were now hurting the ordinary people of Zimbabwe,” he said “This after going around seeing and interviewing the people I believe this influenced the special rapporteur to come and follow up and see if that is true “It is not only the UN, South Africa also said they were doing their own research on the impact of sanctions on Zimbabwe because they still claim that they are targeted while others are saying they are not targeted Then in the US, some organisations are saying they are going to conduct some research on the impact of sanctions on Zimbabwe There is general consensus on the issue that people want to know how these sanctions have affected Zimbabwe” Douhan’s visit was expected to coincide with October 25, a day set aside by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) to campaign against the imposition of Western-imposed sanctions against Harare In 2013, Zanu PF estimated that sanctions had cost the southern African country up to US$42 billion between 2000 and 2013 But many observers have argued that corruption and economic mismanagement are behind economic crises that have rocked Harare since 2000 Even before the onset of the Covid–19 pandemic, the economic and climate shocks had caused extreme poverty and inequality to rise sharply, underpinned by a rapid rise in basic necessities and a decline in production Post-Covid-19, Zimbabwe has seen poverty levels worsen because of job losses and income shocks, mostly in non-farm family businesses and urban households The World Bank said poverty levels in Zimbabwe were higher than the African average Zimbabwe hoped to use the diplomat’s visit to highlight these and other problems and indicate that these were being fuelled by the sanctions MDC-A secretary for international affairs Gladys Hlatshwayo said the party would present its view to Douhan “Contrary to retrogressive elements’ claims, the souring of relations between Zanu PF and Western countries has nothing to do with us and everything to do with Zanu PF authoritarian tendencies, including human rights abuses, lawlessness, rigging of elections, impunity, among other grossly undemocratic shenanigans,” Hlatshwayo said *ZimInd*

2021-10-22
*EVENING NEWS* *Friday 22 October 2021* *HEADLINES:* *Zanu PF Tense As Factional Intrigue Overshadows Upcoming Conference* *UN Special Envoy Turns Down Zim Govt Security* *…As US Embassy Dispels Sanctions ‘Myth’* *Lifeline For Women Living With HIV* *Zanu PF Official Arrested Over Copper-Laden Trailers Hijacking* *Marry’s Doctors In No-Show* *Landlord Steals US$32 000, Jewellery From Tenant’s House* *Mandatory Vaccination Remains Illegal: Experts* *Oil Firms Fingered In Forex Scams* *Zupco Pays NRZ ZW$14m Monthly* *Ecobank Zim Crowned Best Bank* *Investors Shell Out US$24 Million Into Argus* *Eswatini Tells Mobile Operators To Suspend Facebook Access After Protests* *Ex-Cop’s Killing Spree Comes To An End As Court Finds Her Guilty Of Murder* *Biden Says US Will Defend Taiwan If China Attacks* *‘Mosquito’ Shepherds Youth* *No Chevrons At T20 World Cup, But Some Zim Influence* *MaForty Readies To Stage One-Man Shows* *Zim Events, Hatipfeke Junk Host Massive Fete* *Alec Baldwin Fatally Shoots Woman With Prop Gun On Movie Set* *STORIES IN DETAIL:* *Zanu PF Tense As Factional Intrigue Overshadows Upcoming Conference* President Emmerson Mnangagwa will preside over a potentially heated Zanu PF conference in Bindura next week amid bruising infighting in the Midlands and Masvingo, with the party leader expected to crack the whip on warring elements or contest the 2023 elections with a divided, faction-ridden political outfit This comes as Mnangagwa openly condemned intra-party violence in the provinces during a politburo meeting held on Wednesday this week at party headquarters “Those who wantonly violate and desecrate our party constitution, peaceful culture and values must be dealt with decisively without fear or favour,” Mnangagwa warned “Those who wantonly violate and desecrate our party constitution, peaceful culture and values must be dealt with decisively without fear or favour,” Mnangagwa warned

Factional fights among Mnangagwa’s loyalists Owen Mudha Ncube and incumbent Midlands chairperson Daniel Mckenzie Ncube have turned violent, as they jostle for leadership posts in the province This was the first time Mnangagwa addressed intra-party violence in his political citadel, although he did not single out the two, who claim to be his loyalists He warned warring elements, saying violence was alien to the party ethos He warned warring elements, saying violence was alien to the party ethos

“The party has no room for divisive elements who want positions at the expense of party discipline, unity, love, harmony and development It is alien for our party to fight for posts,” Mnangagwa told the party’s highest decision making body Heavy infighting has raged on for months, with both factions declaring their undying loyalty to the party leader Heavy infighting has raged on for months, with both factions declaring their undying loyalty to the party leader

Mnangagwa had until now remained tight-lipped with regards to the vicious infighting in the provinces Party insiders say Mnangagwa told the commissariat led by acting political commissar Patrick Chinamasa to rein in indiscipline within the party “Chinamasa was told to intervene in the provinces because the infighting is getting out of hand “Chinamasa was told to intervene in the provinces because the infighting is getting out of hand

Mnangagwa spoke strongly against warring factions and warned them of expulsion if it got out of hand He is very worried that his political base is cracking,” an insider told The NewsHawks *NewsHawks* *UN Special Envoy Turns Down Zim Govt Security* United Nations (UN) special rapporteur Alena Douhan this week turned down offers by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to pamper her with executive luxuries as she began her 10-day mission in Zimbabwe to assess the impact of Western sanctions on Harare, the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal *NewsHawks* *UN Special Envoy Turns Down Zim Govt Security* United Nations (UN) special rapporteur Alena Douhan this week turned down offers by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to pamper her with executive luxuries as she began her 10-day mission in Zimbabwe to assess the impact of Western sanctions on Harare, the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights arrived in Zimbabwe on Monday, after which she met Mnangagwa As a top diplomat, Douhan is said to have been offered security details, police escort and a delegation of top civil servants to accompany her But the Belarusian is said to have indicated to her hosts that she was comfortable travelling with UN staff and a low-ranking staff from the Foreign Affairs ministry But the Belarusian is said to have indicated to her hosts that she was comfortable travelling with UN staff and a low-ranking staff from the Foreign Affairs ministry

Her stance could have been a blow to Harare, which has been desperate to portray itself as a victim of international conspiracy by big powers that have stood in Zimbabwe’s way as it tries to tackle economic malaise following two decades of embargoes A top diplomatic source told the Independent this week that “she wants to assert her independence; so she has refused even security details or police escort services” The source went on: “Douhan is moving around with her own team, but is being accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as part of protocol arrangements The source went on: “Douhan is moving around with her own team, but is being accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as part of protocol arrangements

” Foreign Affairs Deputy minister David Musabayana confirmed yesterday that the envoy turned down government offers “She said she doesn’t want anyone to be involved,” Musabayana told the Independent *ZimInd* *…As US Embassy Dispels Sanctions ‘Myth’* The United States embassy in Harare this week met with United Nations special rapporteur on human rights Alena Douhan despite the American government’s reservations about the mandate of rapporteurs on unilateral coercive measures During the meeting, US embassy chargé d’affaires Thomas Hastings shared the American policy with Douhan and the friendship between the Zimbabwean people and America Douhan is in the country at the invitation of the Zimbabwean government on a 10-day mission from 18 October to assess the negative impact of sanctions on the enjoyment of human rights According to the embassy, Hastings underscored the “enduring friendship with the Zimbabwean people, dispelled some myths about sanctions”, and shared America’s efforts to deepen UZ-Zimbabwe trade ties During a 15 October Press briefing, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the economic ills in Zimbabwe were as a result of abuse of power by Zimbabwe’s leaders and not sanctions “… sanctions target human rights abusers and those who undermine democratic processes or facilitate corruption I want to be very clear that these sanctions do not target the Zimbabwean people Zimbabwe’s economic ills, we know, are caused by leaders, those leaders abusing power, not US sanctions Our sanctions target only 83 individuals and 37 entities We review our sanctions list regularly to acknowledge developments in Zimbabwe,” Price said “US sanctions do make it more difficult for targeted individuals and entities to access funds through the global financial infrastructure Sanctions do not target Zimbabwe’s banking sector, but rather ensure that sanctioned individuals and entities cannot use the US financial system to enjoy their ill-gotten gains To be very blunt, blaming US sanctions for Zimbabwe’s problems detracts from the core issues of better governance that are required in Zimbabwe and, to that end, Zimbabwe must make reforms consistent with its constitution, with its international obligations, and with its other commitments” The US government has previously rejected the premise of mandate for special rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures (UCMs) In a statement by the Delegation of the United States of America to the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2017, the US stated that it “categorically rejects the entire premise that underlies the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on UCMs” *NewsHawks* *Lifeline For Women Living With HIV* The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, UN Women and UNAids have rolled out a global toolkit for action on gendered response to HIV and Aids using film The screening of the film will initially target Harare, Bulawayo, Midlands, Manicaland, Mashonaland West and Masvingo provinces The film Making the HIV Response Work for Women Through Film: A Toolkit for Action, popularly known as the PILI Toolkit for Action, is about a woman living with HIV making difficult choices, fighting stigma, and building her agency The PILI Toolkit for Action helps to identify existing gaps in the HIV response, key issues women living with and affected by HIV face and actions that are required to address these challenges Launching the rollout programme in Bulawayo on Wednesday, UN Women country representative Delphine Serumaga said the programme sought solutions around HIV-related issues “PILI Toolkit rollout is meant to train facilitators across the country on how to use the film as a vehicle for generating discussion and propose solutions around HIV-related issues affecting women in communities,” Serumaga said “There is a need to link HIV-related issues affecting women to broader processes of change for gender equality and improving the HIV response” She said evoking sustainable accountability towards women living with HIV was important in making a worthwhile impact in improving the wellbeing and support to HIV positive women *NewsDay* *Zanu PF Official Arrested Over Copper-Laden Trailers Hijacking* A senior Zanu PF Filabusi district official has been arrested over the hijacking of two Zambian copper trucks in the Dete area in Matabeleland North province, which were later discovered parked at his plot in Matabeleland South region in a daring case of robbery, a police document says The document reveals that Arthur Nhliziyo, a Zanu PF chairman for Filabusi, is detained at Bulawayo Central Police Station, following his arrest over the theft of two trucks with 30 tonnes of copper and copper concentrate, whose value was not disclosed “Nhliziyo is currently in police detention He was arrested after two hijacked trucks were found on his plot; one of them had its cargo still in there, but the other no longer had the copper,” it says “The copper trucks had been hijacked in Dete An investigation led to their discovery and recovery in Filabusi” According to the police document, two Zambian nationals Talent Maoko (28) and Kelvin Simbisai (34), were hijacked by five unknown assailants on the Victoria Falls highway from Zambia On 18 October, a case was received in Bulawayo after it was opened in Lupane Criminal Investigation Department (CID) The complainants were Maoko and Simbisai “What happened was that on 13 October, I was driving a truck registration number AKB 2616, pulling a trailer registration number 9422T, while Simbisai was driving a truck registration number BAD 7419, towing a trailer registration number BAD 8313T,” the document says “All trucks belonging to Galo Trans 9 Logistics based in Lusaka, Zambia, were driving in a convoy with 30 tonnes of copper each When the trucks reached the Fatima area, Maoko pulled off after realising the other trucks had disappeared behind him A Honda Fit then parked close to him Two people, now the accused, disembarked from the car; one with a firearm which he aggressively pointed at him and robbed the truck driver Three other men remained the car The robbers then got into the truck and drove away After driving for a few kilometres, the police documents say the assailants stopped the truck and pulled off the road Noticing that the truck had pulled off, Simbisai stopped to offer assistance to his colleague, unaware that the truck had been hijacked *NewsHawks* *Marry’s Doctors In No-Show* Doctors examining Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s estranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa, failed to turn up in court yesterday to testify over her health condition Mubaiwa faces fraud charges after she was accused of attempting to obtain a marriage certificate at a time when Chiwenga was sick She also faces money-laundering and attempted murder charges Her doctors failed to turn up on Tuesday to ascertain her health condition for her trial to kick off Mubaiwa is suffering from lymphoedema, but the State wanted her trial to continue despite protests from her lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa This marked the third time that her doctors avoided testifying in court Prosecutor Michael Reza told magistrate Lazini Ncube that he called the doctor, but someone answered the phone and advised him that the doctor was in the theatre Reza said when he called again, the phone was not answered Mtetwa had warned the court her client’s doctors were living in fear of their boss, Chiwenga who is also Health minister Reza and Mtetwa then agreed that a clinical director at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals will provide a doctor who specialises in mental health to examine Mubaiwa before the trial *NewsDay* *Landlord Steals US$32 000, Jewellery From Tenant’s House* A Harare man has appeared in court on allegations of seizing house keys from his tenant’s maid before stealing US$32 000 and goods worth US$152 000 Kundai Muradzikwa (age not supplied) was facing theft charges when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Dennis Mangosi He was freed on free bail The court heard that on an unknown date to the prosecutor, Muradzikwa allegedly seized keys from the complainant Luminista Kimberly Jemwa’s maid and ordered her to vacate the place because her boss was delaying paying rent and electricity bills It is the State’s case that Muradzikwa unlawfully entered Jemwa’s house in her absence and stole money amounting to US$32 000, two watches and jewellery all valued at US$152 000 A report was made leading to Muradzikwa’s arrest *Herald* *Mandatory Vaccination Remains Illegal: Experts* Legal experts yesterday said the move by government to extend the deadline for civil servants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face expulsion was unconstitutional This follows promulgation of Statutory Instrument 234 of 2021 last month, which stipulated that all unvaccinated civil servants will be barred from reporting for duty Government, however, on Monday made a U-turn with Public Service minister Paul Mavima announcing that the unvaccinated civil servants would be given up to end of December to get the COVID-19 jab, while those who, without plausible reasons, refuse to get inoculated, would be fired Legal expert Freddy Masarirevu told NewsDay that extending the deadline was illegal and unconstitutional He said it was unfortunate that government continues to breach the Constitution “Section 56 of the Constitution frowns upon any form of discrimination You will also note that our Constitution guarantees freedom of conscience and the freedom of worship,” Masarirevu said “I have observed that many have said vaccination is against their conscience and their religion That has always been the case for apostolic sects There is clear breach of human rights and clear breach of the Constitution” He said government, like any other employer, was also bound by the Constitution and the Labour Act In a statement, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said by law, compulsory vaccination would only benefit the population if sufficiently proven to be critically necessary in the interest of public health and safety *NewsDay* *Oil Firms Fingered In Forex Scams* Fresh evidence of manipulation of the free-falling domestic currency emerged this week, with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) promising to launch an extensive probe into petroleum firms suspected of forex parallel market deals Millions of United States dollars are said to be exchanging hands between black market dealers and oil firms that have capitalised on market shortages to spin their foreign currency earnings before channelling them back to fuel imports The practice is said to have increased after the foreign currency auction system started struggling to release funds allotted to companies on the platform Zimbabwe industries, which require about US$40 million per week for their import requirements, have been forced to look for foreign currency on the black market, triggering rocketing demand that has attracted petroleum firms, whose liquidity has been boosted by the government’s decision last year that they can trade in foreign currency RBZ governor John Mangudya confirmed that monetary authorities will investigate the oil companies “That is why we are saying that arbitrage has now become an industry in Zimbabwe,” Mangudya told the Zimbabwe Independent “That is what you call rent-seeking behaviour People try to undermine policies to create a profit called ‘arbitrage’ “In a normal economy, and under normal circumstances, third party transactions are not permissible because they are the hive of money laundering throughout the whole world “That is why third-party transactions are not allowed You need to buy them (goods) using your ID and your card so that we know who has purchased the goods *ZimInd* *Zupco Pays NRZ ZW$14m Monthly* The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco), which partnered the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) in providing an urban commuter transport service, is paying the rail parastatal ZW$14 million (about US$150 538 using the official rate) a month for the arrangement, The NewsHawks has established According to an internal memo addressed to NRZ employees, Zupco says it pays ZW$24 000 per coach per day, translating to about ZW$14 million per month “NRZ and Zupco have partnered in providing urban commuter transport service in Harare and are expected to commence the service in Bulawayo soon,” the memo, dated 14 October 2021, reads in part “The partnership entails Zupco providing fuel, personal protective equipment and on-board staff whilst NRZ provides commuter trains and crews and in return paid ZW$24 000 per coach per day translating to about ZW$14 million per month,” it said The rail parastatal requires at least 40 more locomotives, 300 new and modern coaches and 300 wagons, for it to be able to meet some of the service requirements Currently, the NRZ has about 40 locomotives, but some of them are not functional, while others have outlived their lifespan of 25 years At its peak in the 1990s, the rail entity moved 144 million tonnes against an installed capacity of 18 million tonnes annually Currently, it moves about three million tonnes annually The rail entity has engaged in a restructuring exercise and is trimming the number of its executives from six to three, a process that will leave the parastatal with a general manager, chief operations officer and chief finance officer About 2 000 employees will lose their jobs Meanwhile, the memo revealed that the government has given a nod for NRZ to engage Turkish company Yapi Merkez in the rehabilitation of infrastructure and procurement of new locomotives and wagons, among others *NewsHawks* *Ecobank Zim Crowned Best Bank* Ecobank Zimbabwe was last night crowned the best bank in the country during the 22nd edition of the Banks and Banking Survey The survey is published by the Zimbabwe Independent, the country’s largest circulating business weekly, with support from the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed First Capital Bank Ecobank, which extended its footprint into the Zimbabwean market about a decade ago, has firmly established itself as one of the country’s most influential financial services providers The BBS’ high level adjudication panel said the pan-African bank outshined its peers because of its lean cost structure, competitive advantage in trade finance, international payments and funding, which have spurred it to the top echelon of banking in Zimbabwe “The bank has been pivotal in cushioning the economy, particularly in facilitation of international payments at a time the country faced scarcity of forex ensuring that critical supplies for the country are maintained,” lead adjudicator, Equity Axis managing director Respect Gwenzi said “In the period under review, the bank stood out for its ability to streamline and maintain a lean cost structure resulting in an unmatched profitability compared to other banks” Stanbic Bank was voted the first runner-up, while CBZ Bank came in as the second runner-up Admore Kandlela, chief executive officer at the mass-market focussed People’s Own Savings Bank (POSB), was capped Bank CEO of the Year *AMH* *Investors Shell Out US$24 Million Into Argus* Young Zimbabwe businessman Batsirai Joel Matiza has attracted the interest of international investors after spearheading successful acquisitions of Cobalt mining companies based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Matiza, using off-shore based Argus Group as the special purpose vehicle, has entered into deals which will see him partnering with international companies across the globe Investors have shelled out US$24M to Matiza’s Argus About US$5 million will be paid by year end, while the remainder – about US$20M will be paid in February 2023 Argus has taken a unique approach by accepting cryptocurrency investment in conjunction with fiat currency, shielding it’s investors from the spotlight Sulemain Habib, based in dubai, said the team has been pleased with Argus’s direction to date and looks forward to being welcomed to Zimbabwe in January 2023 by Matiza “We are happy to be working with him He is young but very aggressive That is what we need, especially in these unpredictable markets Unfortunately I am not in a position to disclose the finer details as these are private investments and Mr Matiza is now politically exposed” Batsirai who is the son of former Transport minister Biggie Matiza, has a strong finance background and network Matiza worked for Goldman Sachs in New York, the largest investment bank in the world, covering tech, media, and telecommunications companies in their prestigious Investment Banking Division A source that asked not to be named indicated that a majority of his international connections originate from his time at banking behemoth Goldman Sachs and stint at Blackstone Group, the world’s largest Private Equity firm “It is also known that Matiza has also received investment support from associates of the Kingdom Holding Company, a family investment group controlled by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal” he added *NewZim* *Eswatini Tells Mobile Operators To Suspend Facebook Access After Protests* Mobile operators in the kingdom of Eswatini have been told to suspend access to Facebook and its messenger app, the local unit of telecoms group MTN said, after protests against the king flared up MTN Eswatini said it had implemented the directive from the country’s communications commission to suspend Facebook access with immediate effect and until further notice It did not say what reason the commission gave for its order Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku told the state broadcaster that the Facebook suspension was aimed at protecting Swazis, and he confirmed Eswatini was expecting envoys from Southern African countries this week to address the crisis Anger against King Mswati III has been building for years It broke out into the open during demonstrations in June and July which the local authorities quashed with tear gas and water cannon, and another round of protests erupted in recent weeks South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed the envoys to Eswatini in his capacity as chair of regional bloc SADC’s organ on defence, politics and security cooperation, Ramaphosa’s office said in a statement The envoys include South Africa’s deputy foreign minister, a special adviser to Ramaphosa and a former South African cabinet minister, as well as representatives of Botswana and Namibia Campaigners say 53-year-old Mswati III has consistently ignored calls for reforms that would nudge Eswatini, which changed its name from Swaziland in 2018, in the direction of democracy The king denies accusations of autocratic rule and of using public money to fund a lavish lifestyle in the impoverished nation that borders South Africa In July he called protests against his rule “satanic” *Reuters* *Ex-Cop’s Killing Spree Comes To An End As Court Finds Her Guilty Of Murder* Former police officer Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu, who was accused of killing her lover, sister, cousin, niece and two nephews to cash out on life and funeral policies, was on Friday found guilty of murder of all six victims Ndlovu’s conviction was pronounced by judge Ramarumo Monama in the high court sitting in Palm Ridge after a three-month trial which dominated national headlines The 46-year-old ex-policewoman, who had been stationed at the Thembisa south police station, had pleaded not guilty to the string of charges against her, which included murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to murder On Friday, she was also found guilty of the attempted murder of her mother Maria Mushwana, guilty of defeating the ends of justice and fraud on Clientele, 1-life, Old Mutual and Assupol insurance companies On the conspiracy count, the court found the state had not proven its case beyond reasonable doubt This count was discharged Ndlovu’s spree of “killing for cash” was brought to a halt in March 2018 when a man who she had hired to kill her sister Joyce and Joyce’s five children turned to the police A sting operation was set up where an undercover police officer was brought under the guise of assisting this would-be hitman, Njabulo Kunene, and his friend in wiping out Joyce and her family During the undercover operation, Ndlovu was recorded on a hidden device, planted in the vehicle she and the three men were travelling in, detailing how she wanted Joyce and her five kids – the youngest was just five months old – to be burnt alive in their home *TimesLive* *Biden Says US Will Defend Taiwan If China Attacks* President Joe Biden said the US would defend Taiwan if China attacked, in an apparent departure from a long-held policy “Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” he said when asked during a townhall if the US would defend Taiwan But a White House spokesman later told some US media outlets that his remarks did not signify a change in policy Taiwan reacted by saying Biden’s statement would not change its own position with regards to China The US has long practised “strategic ambiguity” when it comes to the thorny issue of defending Taiwan This has meant the US has been deliberately ambiguous about what it would do if China were to attack the island China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province, one that it may take back by force one day if necessary, whereas Taiwan claims that it is a sovereign state The US has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but sells arms to it as part of its Taiwan Relations Act, which states that the US must help the island defend itself Taiwan’s presidential office responded to Biden’s statement by saying it would neither give in to pressure nor “rashly advance” when it gets support *BBC* *‘Mosquito’ Shepherds Youth* Beneath a corrugated iron roof in the crowded Harare suburb of Mbare, a group of boys darts back and forth across a smooth concrete floor, firing a series of rapid punches into the air A wiry older man, dressed in low-slung tracksuit bottoms and flip-flops, watches their moves, encouraging them to “Jab! Jab! Jab!” It is a long way from a glamorous black-tie occasion in Glasgow in January 1998, when Zvenyika Arifonso beat Scotland’s Paul Weir to take the Commonwealth flyweight title for Zimbabwe Nicknamed “Mosquito” — reflecting his 50kg fighting weight and his deadly skills — Arifonso is one of the country’s most successful boxers However, there is little to show for those early triumphs Now 45, Arifonso lives hand to mouth, hustling like so many others in a country where up to 90% of working-age adults are not formally employed When he is not struggling to put food on the table for his own family, he trains young people for nothing at the Mosquito Boxing School of Excellence “I grew up without anything — even now I don’t have anything, but I can share boxing with less privileged children,” says Arifonso, who is proud to have been born and raised in Mbare “The champions always come from the ghetto,” he says Three times a week, up to 20 young people — aged from eight to their early 20s — gather for fitness training and to develop their technical skills *ZimInd* *No Chevrons At T20 World Cup, But Some Zim Influence* The T20 World Cup began in Western Asia this week, minus Zimbabwe, who could not secure a place at the tournament due to a brief but costly ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) two years ago But despite cricket’s plunge in Zimbabwe over the past 17 years, the country’s rich heritage in the sport remains visible on the world stage, at least for now, and the 2021 T20 World Cup is no exception Andy Flower, the former Zimbabwe ace, is the most prominent person at the tournament with roots in this country The legendary Zimbabwean wicketkeeper-batsman, who enjoyed immense success as England’s coach, is working for Afghanistan at the World Cup in the role of team consultant Umpire Langton Rusere (pictured) is the other purebred Zimbabwean at the tournament, which is being held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman The 36-year-old umpire’s stock has been rising fast in recent years, and in April he made history by becoming the first black African to stand in a Test match Of the squad players in the 16-team tournament, the one with the strongest Zimbabwean link is England bowler Tom Curran The Cape Town-born son of the late former Zimbabwe star all-rounder Kevin Curran would have been joined by his English-born brother Sam, who was withdrawn from the squad after picking up an injury before the tournament The two brothers spent their early years in Zimbabwe when their locally-born father, who collapsed and died while jogging in Mutare in 2012, was the country’s head coach Then there are the coaches Two of the pre-tournament favourites at the World Cup – England and West Indies – are under the tutelage of men who launched their coaching careers in Zimbabwe *NewsHawks* *MaForty Readies To Stage One-Man Shows* Comedian MaForty is set to address issues that affect societies including depression and mental health when he stages two one-man shows dubbed “I Am Not Mad” The first show will be in Harare at the Jason Mphepo Little Theatre on Saturday From there, he will stage the second show in Bulawayo at the Zimbabwe Academy of Music next Saturday MaForty (real name Hubert Dumisani Mpofu) said the shows are meant to cement his prowess in the comedy industry while also entertaining and educating his fans “During the shows, I’m going to tackle a lot of issues that affect people on a daily basis in a comic way I hope people will come with open minds as the acts will be witty The plan is to start conversations that people fear to delve into,” he said MaForty said he is going to spring out a lot of things that people go through and cannot even express or say out loud as they fear being labelled as mad The comedian who commanded a full house at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo said he hopes people will attend the shows in their numbers as he will be going all out “I’m hoping to continue with the trend (of filling venues) The reason why I’m going to Harare is because I feel I owe the city a lot as I’ve never done a one-man show there despite having made my name as a comedian there in 2017” *Chronicle* *Zim Events, Hatipfeke Junk Host Massive Fete* Organisers of the Kariba October Festival, Zim Events in partnership with Hatipfeke Junk Clothing Label are set to host a massive bash this Saturday in the resort town The two-day fete kicks off today evening and is expected to resume tomorrow with a 10-hour boat cruise party and two-hour island braai party This year’s event will mark the third edition of the festival Top entertainers like Stunner, Bryan K, Merciless, MC Tatts and C Skillz are billed to perform at the event Popular Power FM Breakfast duo Tinashe Chikuse and Phathisani Sibanda as well as socialite Mwendaz weDrip are also expected at the event Speaking to H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle, event coordinator Allan “DJ Blaze” Mambo said: “We are celebrating our third anniversary and we are glad to be having tourists from Zambia gracing our event “It means a lot having several people from Zambia having already booked for the event “We seek to go regional and have people around the region attending this event *H-Metro* *Alec Baldwin Fatally Shoots Woman With Prop Gun On Movie Set* A woman has died and a man has been injured after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a New Mexico film set for the 19th Century western Rust Halyna Hutchins, 42, was shot while working on the set as director of photography She was flown to hospital by helicopter but died of her injuries The man, 48-year-old director Joel Souza, was taken from the scene at Bonanza Creek Ranch by ambulance Police said they were investigating and that no charges had been filed A spokesman for Mr Baldwin, best known for his role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock and for his portrayal of Donald Trump on sketch show Saturday Night Live, said the incident involved the misfiring of a prop gun with blanks In a statement to AFP news agency, a Santa Fe sheriff spokesman said Mr Baldwin had spoken to detectives “He came in voluntarily and he left the building after he finished his interviews,” the spokesman said Mr Baldwin is a co-producer of the film and plays its namesake, an outlaw whose 13-year-old grandson is convicted of manslaughter The eldest of four brothers, all actors, Mr Baldwin has starred in numerous TV and film roles since the 1980s *BBC*

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*EVENING NEWS* *Friday 22 October 2021* *HEADLINES:* *Zanu PF Tense As Factional Intrigue Overshadows Upcoming Conference* *UN Special Envoy Turns Down Zim Govt Security* *…As US Embassy Dispels Sanctions ‘Myth’* *Lifeline For Women Living With HIV* *Zanu PF Official Arrested Over Copper-Laden Trailers Hijacking* *Marry’s Doctors In No-Show* *Landlord Steals US$32 000, Jewellery From Tenant’s House* *Mandatory Vaccination Remains Illegal: Experts* *Oil Firms Fingered In Forex Scams* *Zupco Pays NRZ ZW$14m Monthly* *Ecobank Zim Crowned Best Bank* *Investors Shell Out US$24 Million Into Argus* *Eswatini Tells Mobile Operators To Suspend Facebook Access After Protests* *Ex-Cop’s Killing Spree Comes To An End As Court Finds Her Guilty Of Murder* *Biden Says US Will Defend Taiwan If China Attacks* *‘Mosquito’ Shepherds Youth* *No Chevrons At T20 World Cup, But Some Zim Influence* *MaForty Readies To Stage One-Man Shows* *Zim Events, Hatipfeke Junk Host Massive Fete* *Alec Baldwin Fatally Shoots Woman With Prop Gun On Movie Set* *STORIES IN DETAIL:* *Zanu PF Tense As Factional Intrigue Overshadows Upcoming Conference* President Emmerson Mnangagwa will preside over a potentially heated Zanu PF conference in Bindura next week amid bruising infighting in the Midlands and Masvingo, with the party leader expected to crack the whip on warring elements or contest the 2023 elections with a divided, faction-ridden political outfit This comes as Mnangagwa openly condemned intra-party violence in the provinces during a politburo meeting held on Wednesday this week at party headquarters “Those who wantonly violate and desecrate our party constitution, peaceful culture and values must be dealt with decisively without fear or favour,” Mnangagwa warned “Those who wantonly violate and desecrate our party constitution, peaceful culture and values must be dealt with decisively without fear or favour,” Mnangagwa warned

Factional fights among Mnangagwa’s loyalists Owen Mudha Ncube and incumbent Midlands chairperson Daniel Mckenzie Ncube have turned violent, as they jostle for leadership posts in the province This was the first time Mnangagwa addressed intra-party violence in his political citadel, although he did not single out the two, who claim to be his loyalists He warned warring elements, saying violence was alien to the party ethos He warned warring elements, saying violence was alien to the party ethos

“The party has no room for divisive elements who want positions at the expense of party discipline, unity, love, harmony and development It is alien for our party to fight for posts,” Mnangagwa told the party’s highest decision making body Heavy infighting has raged on for months, with both factions declaring their undying loyalty to the party leader Heavy infighting has raged on for months, with both factions declaring their undying loyalty to the party leader

Mnangagwa had until now remained tight-lipped with regards to the vicious infighting in the provinces Party insiders say Mnangagwa told the commissariat led by acting political commissar Patrick Chinamasa to rein in indiscipline within the party “Chinamasa was told to intervene in the provinces because the infighting is getting out of hand “Chinamasa was told to intervene in the provinces because the infighting is getting out of hand

Mnangagwa spoke strongly against warring factions and warned them of expulsion if it got out of hand He is very worried that his political base is cracking,” an insider told The NewsHawks *NewsHawks* *UN Special Envoy Turns Down Zim Govt Security* United Nations (UN) special rapporteur Alena Douhan this week turned down offers by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to pamper her with executive luxuries as she began her 10-day mission in Zimbabwe to assess the impact of Western sanctions on Harare, the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal *NewsHawks* *UN Special Envoy Turns Down Zim Govt Security* United Nations (UN) special rapporteur Alena Douhan this week turned down offers by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to pamper her with executive luxuries as she began her 10-day mission in Zimbabwe to assess the impact of Western sanctions on Harare, the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights arrived in Zimbabwe on Monday, after which she met Mnangagwa As a top diplomat, Douhan is said to have been offered security details, police escort and a delegation of top civil servants to accompany her But the Belarusian is said to have indicated to her hosts that she was comfortable travelling with UN staff and a low-ranking staff from the Foreign Affairs ministry But the Belarusian is said to have indicated to her hosts that she was comfortable travelling with UN staff and a low-ranking staff from the Foreign Affairs ministry

Her stance could have been a blow to Harare, which has been desperate to portray itself as a victim of international conspiracy by big powers that have stood in Zimbabwe’s way as it tries to tackle economic malaise following two decades of embargoes A top diplomatic source told the Independent this week that “she wants to assert her independence; so she has refused even security details or police escort services” The source went on: “Douhan is moving around with her own team, but is being accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as part of protocol arrangements The source went on: “Douhan is moving around with her own team, but is being accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as part of protocol arrangements

” Foreign Affairs Deputy minister David Musabayana confirmed yesterday that the envoy turned down government offers “She said she doesn’t want anyone to be involved,” Musabayana told the Independent *ZimInd* *…As US Embassy Dispels Sanctions ‘Myth’* The United States embassy in Harare this week met with United Nations special rapporteur on human rights Alena Douhan despite the American government’s reservations about the mandate of rapporteurs on unilateral coercive measures During the meeting, US embassy chargé d’affaires Thomas Hastings shared the American policy with Douhan and the friendship between the Zimbabwean people and America Douhan is in the country at the invitation of the Zimbabwean government on a 10-day mission from 18 October to assess the negative impact of sanctions on the enjoyment of human rights According to the embassy, Hastings underscored the “enduring friendship with the Zimbabwean people, dispelled some myths about sanctions”, and shared America’s efforts to deepen UZ-Zimbabwe trade ties During a 15 October Press briefing, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the economic ills in Zimbabwe were as a result of abuse of power by Zimbabwe’s leaders and not sanctions “… sanctions target human rights abusers and those who undermine democratic processes or facilitate corruption I want to be very clear that these sanctions do not target the Zimbabwean people Zimbabwe’s economic ills, we know, are caused by leaders, those leaders abusing power, not US sanctions Our sanctions target only 83 individuals and 37 entities We review our sanctions list regularly to acknowledge developments in Zimbabwe,” Price said “US sanctions do make it more difficult for targeted individuals and entities to access funds through the global financial infrastructure Sanctions do not target Zimbabwe’s banking sector, but rather ensure that sanctioned individuals and entities cannot use the US financial system to enjoy their ill-gotten gains To be very blunt, blaming US sanctions for Zimbabwe’s problems detracts from the core issues of better governance that are required in Zimbabwe and, to that end, Zimbabwe must make reforms consistent with its constitution, with its international obligations, and with its other commitments” The US government has previously rejected the premise of mandate for special rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures (UCMs) In a statement by the Delegation of the United States of America to the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2017, the US stated that it “categorically rejects the entire premise that underlies the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on UCMs” *NewsHawks* *Lifeline For Women Living With HIV* The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, UN Women and UNAids have rolled out a global toolkit for action on gendered response to HIV and Aids using film The screening of the film will initially target Harare, Bulawayo, Midlands, Manicaland, Mashonaland West and Masvingo provinces The film Making the HIV Response Work for Women Through Film: A Toolkit for Action, popularly known as the PILI Toolkit for Action, is about a woman living with HIV making difficult choices, fighting stigma, and building her agency The PILI Toolkit for Action helps to identify existing gaps in the HIV response, key issues women living with and affected by HIV face and actions that are required to address these challenges Launching the rollout programme in Bulawayo on Wednesday, UN Women country representative Delphine Serumaga said the programme sought solutions around HIV-related issues “PILI Toolkit rollout is meant to train facilitators across the country on how to use the film as a vehicle for generating discussion and propose solutions around HIV-related issues affecting women in communities,” Serumaga said “There is a need to link HIV-related issues affecting women to broader processes of change for gender equality and improving the HIV response” She said evoking sustainable accountability towards women living with HIV was important in making a worthwhile impact in improving the wellbeing and support to HIV positive women *NewsDay* *Zanu PF Official Arrested Over Copper-Laden Trailers Hijacking* A senior Zanu PF Filabusi district official has been arrested over the hijacking of two Zambian copper trucks in the Dete area in Matabeleland North province, which were later discovered parked at his plot in Matabeleland South region in a daring case of robbery, a police document says The document reveals that Arthur Nhliziyo, a Zanu PF chairman for Filabusi, is detained at Bulawayo Central Police Station, following his arrest over the theft of two trucks with 30 tonnes of copper and copper concentrate, whose value was not disclosed “Nhliziyo is currently in police detention He was arrested after two hijacked trucks were found on his plot; one of them had its cargo still in there, but the other no longer had the copper,” it says “The copper trucks had been hijacked in Dete An investigation led to their discovery and recovery in Filabusi” According to the police document, two Zambian nationals Talent Maoko (28) and Kelvin Simbisai (34), were hijacked by five unknown assailants on the Victoria Falls highway from Zambia On 18 October, a case was received in Bulawayo after it was opened in Lupane Criminal Investigation Department (CID) The complainants were Maoko and Simbisai “What happened was that on 13 October, I was driving a truck registration number AKB 2616, pulling a trailer registration number 9422T, while Simbisai was driving a truck registration number BAD 7419, towing a trailer registration number BAD 8313T,” the document says “All trucks belonging to Galo Trans 9 Logistics based in Lusaka, Zambia, were driving in a convoy with 30 tonnes of copper each When the trucks reached the Fatima area, Maoko pulled off after realising the other trucks had disappeared behind him A Honda Fit then parked close to him Two people, now the accused, disembarked from the car; one with a firearm which he aggressively pointed at him and robbed the truck driver Three other men remained the car The robbers then got into the truck and drove away After driving for a few kilometres, the police documents say the assailants stopped the truck and pulled off the road Noticing that the truck had pulled off, Simbisai stopped to offer assistance to his colleague, unaware that the truck had been hijacked *NewsHawks* *Marry’s Doctors In No-Show* Doctors examining Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s estranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa, failed to turn up in court yesterday to testify over her health condition Mubaiwa faces fraud charges after she was accused of attempting to obtain a marriage certificate at a time when Chiwenga was sick She also faces money-laundering and attempted murder charges Her doctors failed to turn up on Tuesday to ascertain her health condition for her trial to kick off Mubaiwa is suffering from lymphoedema, but the State wanted her trial to continue despite protests from her lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa This marked the third time that her doctors avoided testifying in court Prosecutor Michael Reza told magistrate Lazini Ncube that he called the doctor, but someone answered the phone and advised him that the doctor was in the theatre Reza said when he called again, the phone was not answered Mtetwa had warned the court her client’s doctors were living in fear of their boss, Chiwenga who is also Health minister Reza and Mtetwa then agreed that a clinical director at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals will provide a doctor who specialises in mental health to examine Mubaiwa before the trial *NewsDay* *Landlord Steals US$32 000, Jewellery From Tenant’s House* A Harare man has appeared in court on allegations of seizing house keys from his tenant’s maid before stealing US$32 000 and goods worth US$152 000 Kundai Muradzikwa (age not supplied) was facing theft charges when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Dennis Mangosi He was freed on free bail The court heard that on an unknown date to the prosecutor, Muradzikwa allegedly seized keys from the complainant Luminista Kimberly Jemwa’s maid and ordered her to vacate the place because her boss was delaying paying rent and electricity bills It is the State’s case that Muradzikwa unlawfully entered Jemwa’s house in her absence and stole money amounting to US$32 000, two watches and jewellery all valued at US$152 000 A report was made leading to Muradzikwa’s arrest *Herald* *Mandatory Vaccination Remains Illegal: Experts* Legal experts yesterday said the move by government to extend the deadline for civil servants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face expulsion was unconstitutional This follows promulgation of Statutory Instrument 234 of 2021 last month, which stipulated that all unvaccinated civil servants will be barred from reporting for duty Government, however, on Monday made a U-turn with Public Service minister Paul Mavima announcing that the unvaccinated civil servants would be given up to end of December to get the COVID-19 jab, while those who, without plausible reasons, refuse to get inoculated, would be fired Legal expert Freddy Masarirevu told NewsDay that extending the deadline was illegal and unconstitutional He said it was unfortunate that government continues to breach the Constitution “Section 56 of the Constitution frowns upon any form of discrimination You will also note that our Constitution guarantees freedom of conscience and the freedom of worship,” Masarirevu said “I have observed that many have said vaccination is against their conscience and their religion That has always been the case for apostolic sects There is clear breach of human rights and clear breach of the Constitution” He said government, like any other employer, was also bound by the Constitution and the Labour Act In a statement, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said by law, compulsory vaccination would only benefit the population if sufficiently proven to be critically necessary in the interest of public health and safety *NewsDay* *Oil Firms Fingered In Forex Scams* Fresh evidence of manipulation of the free-falling domestic currency emerged this week, with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) promising to launch an extensive probe into petroleum firms suspected of forex parallel market deals Millions of United States dollars are said to be exchanging hands between black market dealers and oil firms that have capitalised on market shortages to spin their foreign currency earnings before channelling them back to fuel imports The practice is said to have increased after the foreign currency auction system started struggling to release funds allotted to companies on the platform Zimbabwe industries, which require about US$40 million per week for their import requirements, have been forced to look for foreign currency on the black market, triggering rocketing demand that has attracted petroleum firms, whose liquidity has been boosted by the government’s decision last year that they can trade in foreign currency RBZ governor John Mangudya confirmed that monetary authorities will investigate the oil companies “That is why we are saying that arbitrage has now become an industry in Zimbabwe,” Mangudya told the Zimbabwe Independent “That is what you call rent-seeking behaviour People try to undermine policies to create a profit called ‘arbitrage’ “In a normal economy, and under normal circumstances, third party transactions are not permissible because they are the hive of money laundering throughout the whole world “That is why third-party transactions are not allowed You need to buy them (goods) using your ID and your card so that we know who has purchased the goods *ZimInd* *Zupco Pays NRZ ZW$14m Monthly* The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco), which partnered the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) in providing an urban commuter transport service, is paying the rail parastatal ZW$14 million (about US$150 538 using the official rate) a month for the arrangement, The NewsHawks has established According to an internal memo addressed to NRZ employees, Zupco says it pays ZW$24 000 per coach per day, translating to about ZW$14 million per month “NRZ and Zupco have partnered in providing urban commuter transport service in Harare and are expected to commence the service in Bulawayo soon,” the memo, dated 14 October 2021, reads in part “The partnership entails Zupco providing fuel, personal protective equipment and on-board staff whilst NRZ provides commuter trains and crews and in return paid ZW$24 000 per coach per day translating to about ZW$14 million per month,” it said The rail parastatal requires at least 40 more locomotives, 300 new and modern coaches and 300 wagons, for it to be able to meet some of the service requirements Currently, the NRZ has about 40 locomotives, but some of them are not functional, while others have outlived their lifespan of 25 years At its peak in the 1990s, the rail entity moved 144 million tonnes against an installed capacity of 18 million tonnes annually Currently, it moves about three million tonnes annually The rail entity has engaged in a restructuring exercise and is trimming the number of its executives from six to three, a process that will leave the parastatal with a general manager, chief operations officer and chief finance officer About 2 000 employees will lose their jobs Meanwhile, the memo revealed that the government has given a nod for NRZ to engage Turkish company Yapi Merkez in the rehabilitation of infrastructure and procurement of new locomotives and wagons, among others *NewsHawks* *Ecobank Zim Crowned Best Bank* Ecobank Zimbabwe was last night crowned the best bank in the country during the 22nd edition of the Banks and Banking Survey The survey is published by the Zimbabwe Independent, the country’s largest circulating business weekly, with support from the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed First Capital Bank Ecobank, which extended its footprint into the Zimbabwean market about a decade ago, has firmly established itself as one of the country’s most influential financial services providers The BBS’ high level adjudication panel said the pan-African bank outshined its peers because of its lean cost structure, competitive advantage in trade finance, international payments and funding, which have spurred it to the top echelon of banking in Zimbabwe “The bank has been pivotal in cushioning the economy, particularly in facilitation of international payments at a time the country faced scarcity of forex ensuring that critical supplies for the country are maintained,” lead adjudicator, Equity Axis managing director Respect Gwenzi said “In the period under review, the bank stood out for its ability to streamline and maintain a lean cost structure resulting in an unmatched profitability compared to other banks” Stanbic Bank was voted the first runner-up, while CBZ Bank came in as the second runner-up Admore Kandlela, chief executive officer at the mass-market focussed People’s Own Savings Bank (POSB), was capped Bank CEO of the Year *AMH* *Investors Shell Out US$24 Million Into Argus* Young Zimbabwe businessman Batsirai Joel Matiza has attracted the interest of international investors after spearheading successful acquisitions of Cobalt mining companies based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Matiza, using off-shore based Argus Group as the special purpose vehicle, has entered into deals which will see him partnering with international companies across the globe Investors have shelled out US$24M to Matiza’s Argus About US$5 million will be paid by year end, while the remainder – about US$20M will be paid in February 2023 Argus has taken a unique approach by accepting cryptocurrency investment in conjunction with fiat currency, shielding it’s investors from the spotlight Sulemain Habib, based in dubai, said the team has been pleased with Argus’s direction to date and looks forward to being welcomed to Zimbabwe in January 2023 by Matiza “We are happy to be working with him He is young but very aggressive That is what we need, especially in these unpredictable markets Unfortunately I am not in a position to disclose the finer details as these are private investments and Mr Matiza is now politically exposed” Batsirai who is the son of former Transport minister Biggie Matiza, has a strong finance background and network Matiza worked for Goldman Sachs in New York, the largest investment bank in the world, covering tech, media, and telecommunications companies in their prestigious Investment Banking Division A source that asked not to be named indicated that a majority of his international connections originate from his time at banking behemoth Goldman Sachs and stint at Blackstone Group, the world’s largest Private Equity firm “It is also known that Matiza has also received investment support from associates of the Kingdom Holding Company, a family investment group controlled by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal” he added *NewZim* *Eswatini Tells Mobile Operators To Suspend Facebook Access After Protests* Mobile operators in the kingdom of Eswatini have been told to suspend access to Facebook and its messenger app, the local unit of telecoms group MTN said, after protests against the king flared up MTN Eswatini said it had implemented the directive from the country’s communications commission to suspend Facebook access with immediate effect and until further notice It did not say what reason the commission gave for its order Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku told the state broadcaster that the Facebook suspension was aimed at protecting Swazis, and he confirmed Eswatini was expecting envoys from Southern African countries this week to address the crisis Anger against King Mswati III has been building for years It broke out into the open during demonstrations in June and July which the local authorities quashed with tear gas and water cannon, and another round of protests erupted in recent weeks South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed the envoys to Eswatini in his capacity as chair of regional bloc SADC’s organ on defence, politics and security cooperation, Ramaphosa’s office said in a statement The envoys include South Africa’s deputy foreign minister, a special adviser to Ramaphosa and a former South African cabinet minister, as well as representatives of Botswana and Namibia Campaigners say 53-year-old Mswati III has consistently ignored calls for reforms that would nudge Eswatini, which changed its name from Swaziland in 2018, in the direction of democracy The king denies accusations of autocratic rule and of using public money to fund a lavish lifestyle in the impoverished nation that borders South Africa In July he called protests against his rule “satanic” *Reuters* *Ex-Cop’s Killing Spree Comes To An End As Court Finds Her Guilty Of Murder* Former police officer Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu, who was accused of killing her lover, sister, cousin, niece and two nephews to cash out on life and funeral policies, was on Friday found guilty of murder of all six victims Ndlovu’s conviction was pronounced by judge Ramarumo Monama in the high court sitting in Palm Ridge after a three-month trial which dominated national headlines The 46-year-old ex-policewoman, who had been stationed at the Thembisa south police station, had pleaded not guilty to the string of charges against her, which included murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to murder On Friday, she was also found guilty of the attempted murder of her mother Maria Mushwana, guilty of defeating the ends of justice and fraud on Clientele, 1-life, Old Mutual and Assupol insurance companies On the conspiracy count, the court found the state had not proven its case beyond reasonable doubt This count was discharged Ndlovu’s spree of “killing for cash” was brought to a halt in March 2018 when a man who she had hired to kill her sister Joyce and Joyce’s five children turned to the police A sting operation was set up where an undercover police officer was brought under the guise of assisting this would-be hitman, Njabulo Kunene, and his friend in wiping out Joyce and her family During the undercover operation, Ndlovu was recorded on a hidden device, planted in the vehicle she and the three men were travelling in, detailing how she wanted Joyce and her five kids – the youngest was just five months old – to be burnt alive in their home *TimesLive* *Biden Says US Will Defend Taiwan If China Attacks* President Joe Biden said the US would defend Taiwan if China attacked, in an apparent departure from a long-held policy “Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” he said when asked during a townhall if the US would defend Taiwan But a White House spokesman later told some US media outlets that his remarks did not signify a change in policy Taiwan reacted by saying Biden’s statement would not change its own position with regards to China The US has long practised “strategic ambiguity” when it comes to the thorny issue of defending Taiwan This has meant the US has been deliberately ambiguous about what it would do if China were to attack the island China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province, one that it may take back by force one day if necessary, whereas Taiwan claims that it is a sovereign state The US has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but sells arms to it as part of its Taiwan Relations Act, which states that the US must help the island defend itself Taiwan’s presidential office responded to Biden’s statement by saying it would neither give in to pressure nor “rashly advance” when it gets support *BBC* *‘Mosquito’ Shepherds Youth* Beneath a corrugated iron roof in the crowded Harare suburb of Mbare, a group of boys darts back and forth across a smooth concrete floor, firing a series of rapid punches into the air A wiry older man, dressed in low-slung tracksuit bottoms and flip-flops, watches their moves, encouraging them to “Jab! Jab! Jab!” It is a long way from a glamorous black-tie occasion in Glasgow in January 1998, when Zvenyika Arifonso beat Scotland’s Paul Weir to take the Commonwealth flyweight title for Zimbabwe Nicknamed “Mosquito” — reflecting his 50kg fighting weight and his deadly skills — Arifonso is one of the country’s most successful boxers However, there is little to show for those early triumphs Now 45, Arifonso lives hand to mouth, hustling like so many others in a country where up to 90% of working-age adults are not formally employed When he is not struggling to put food on the table for his own family, he trains young people for nothing at the Mosquito Boxing School of Excellence “I grew up without anything — even now I don’t have anything, but I can share boxing with less privileged children,” says Arifonso, who is proud to have been born and raised in Mbare “The champions always come from the ghetto,” he says Three times a week, up to 20 young people — aged from eight to their early 20s — gather for fitness training and to develop their technical skills *ZimInd* *No Chevrons At T20 World Cup, But Some Zim Influence* The T20 World Cup began in Western Asia this week, minus Zimbabwe, who could not secure a place at the tournament due to a brief but costly ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) two years ago But despite cricket’s plunge in Zimbabwe over the past 17 years, the country’s rich heritage in the sport remains visible on the world stage, at least for now, and the 2021 T20 World Cup is no exception Andy Flower, the former Zimbabwe ace, is the most prominent person at the tournament with roots in this country The legendary Zimbabwean wicketkeeper-batsman, who enjoyed immense success as England’s coach, is working for Afghanistan at the World Cup in the role of team consultant Umpire Langton Rusere (pictured) is the other purebred Zimbabwean at the tournament, which is being held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman The 36-year-old umpire’s stock has been rising fast in recent years, and in April he made history by becoming the first black African to stand in a Test match Of the squad players in the 16-team tournament, the one with the strongest Zimbabwean link is England bowler Tom Curran The Cape Town-born son of the late former Zimbabwe star all-rounder Kevin Curran would have been joined by his English-born brother Sam, who was withdrawn from the squad after picking up an injury before the tournament The two brothers spent their early years in Zimbabwe when their locally-born father, who collapsed and died while jogging in Mutare in 2012, was the country’s head coach Then there are the coaches Two of the pre-tournament favourites at the World Cup – England and West Indies – are under the tutelage of men who launched their coaching careers in Zimbabwe *NewsHawks* *MaForty Readies To Stage One-Man Shows* Comedian MaForty is set to address issues that affect societies including depression and mental health when he stages two one-man shows dubbed “I Am Not Mad” The first show will be in Harare at the Jason Mphepo Little Theatre on Saturday From there, he will stage the second show in Bulawayo at the Zimbabwe Academy of Music next Saturday MaForty (real name Hubert Dumisani Mpofu) said the shows are meant to cement his prowess in the comedy industry while also entertaining and educating his fans “During the shows, I’m going to tackle a lot of issues that affect people on a daily basis in a comic way I hope people will come with open minds as the acts will be witty The plan is to start conversations that people fear to delve into,” he said MaForty said he is going to spring out a lot of things that people go through and cannot even express or say out loud as they fear being labelled as mad The comedian who commanded a full house at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo said he hopes people will attend the shows in their numbers as he will be going all out “I’m hoping to continue with the trend (of filling venues) The reason why I’m going to Harare is because I feel I owe the city a lot as I’ve never done a one-man show there despite having made my name as a comedian there in 2017” *Chronicle* *Zim Events, Hatipfeke Junk Host Massive Fete* Organisers of the Kariba October Festival, Zim Events in partnership with Hatipfeke Junk Clothing Label are set to host a massive bash this Saturday in the resort town The two-day fete kicks off today evening and is expected to resume tomorrow with a 10-hour boat cruise party and two-hour island braai party This year’s event will mark the third edition of the festival Top entertainers like Stunner, Bryan K, Merciless, MC Tatts and C Skillz are billed to perform at the event Popular Power FM Breakfast duo Tinashe Chikuse and Phathisani Sibanda as well as socialite Mwendaz weDrip are also expected at the event Speaking to H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle, event coordinator Allan “DJ Blaze” Mambo said: “We are celebrating our third anniversary and we are glad to be having tourists from Zambia gracing our event “It means a lot having several people from Zambia having already booked for the event “We seek to go regional and have people around the region attending this event *H-Metro* *Alec Baldwin Fatally Shoots Woman With Prop Gun On Movie Set* A woman has died and a man has been injured after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a New Mexico film set for the 19th Century western Rust Halyna Hutchins, 42, was shot while working on the set as director of photography She was flown to hospital by helicopter but died of her injuries The man, 48-year-old director Joel Souza, was taken from the scene at Bonanza Creek Ranch by ambulance Police said they were investigating and that no charges had been filed A spokesman for Mr Baldwin, best known for his role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock and for his portrayal of Donald Trump on sketch show Saturday Night Live, said the incident involved the misfiring of a prop gun with blanks In a statement to AFP news agency, a Santa Fe sheriff spokesman said Mr Baldwin had spoken to detectives “He came in voluntarily and he left the building after he finished his interviews,” the spokesman said Mr Baldwin is a co-producer of the film and plays its namesake, an outlaw whose 13-year-old grandson is convicted of manslaughter The eldest of four brothers, all actors, Mr Baldwin has starred in numerous TV and film roles since the 1980s *Chronicle*

2021-10-22
*Zimbabwe’s Older People: The Pandemic’s Silent Victims* Lunch is Angelica Chibiku’s favourite time At 12pm she sits on her neatly made bed waiting for her meal at the Society of the Destitute Aged (Soda) home for older people in Highfield, a township in south-west Harare Chibiku welcomes a helper into her room and cracks a few jokes Chibiku welcomes a helper into her room and cracks a few jokes

She loves to interact with those who bring her food and supplies Chibiku is paralysed on her left side, and for most of the day she is alone in her room “I suffered a stroke years ago, and I was worried about how I was going to survive, then ended up here “I suffered a stroke years ago, and I was worried about how I was going to survive, then ended up here

My health is worse, especially when it’s very cold,” says Chibiku We cannot dump our older persons in institutions, saying they are now a spent force Chibiku is always lonely Her vulnerability to Covid prevents her from going outside often and her children seldom visit Her vulnerability to Covid prevents her from going outside often and her children seldom visit

“I do not have any grandchildren and my children come to see me sometimes I am always depressed because I don’t have anyone to see me I used to do exercises, but now I cannot do that any more I used to do exercises, but now I cannot do that any more

I just spend my day sitting,” says Chibiku Chibiku misses talking to her friends “My condition depresses me so much that I sometimes lose my mind “My condition depresses me so much that I sometimes lose my mind

I am thankful that I am not on the streets,” she says Older people have become silent victims of the pandemic Zimbabwean communities used to pride themselves on looking after their ageing members, but poverty and high mortality rates among working-age men and women as well as unrelenting economic pressures on families have left older people isolated, poor and lonely Zimbabwean communities used to pride themselves on looking after their ageing members, but poverty and high mortality rates among working-age men and women as well as unrelenting economic pressures on families have left older people isolated, poor and lonely

While some have ended up sleeping rough, risking infection and starvation, the lucky ones like Chibiku are cared for in homes such as Soda Although it is often called “un-African” to send elderly people to institutions, the pandemic has led to a rise in demand for such facilities, says HelpAge Zimbabwe “Being in a pandemic is an emergency situation “Being in a pandemic is an emergency situation

Being in a pandemic, you find there are people who suffer and find themselves homeless and without food Due to family friction, some elderly people find themselves on the streets,” says Priscilla Gavi, HelpAge executive director “Some of the older people have been thrown out of their homes by their children, who request that they be taken into an institution,” she adds Gavi says a growing proportion of the country’s population of 15 million population are over 65, and fears this number will double over the next decade, increasing demand for care homes According to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, 80% of elderly people live in abject poverty Bothwell Sundire, a development expert based in Masvingo, a city in south-east Zimbabwe, says care homes have experienced a 60% increase in admissions since the first Covid-19 case was reported in March 2020 and the country’s 170 facilities for older people are now saturated Domingo Zakani, 86 and Samson Edwin, 81, are watching television and reminiscing in a lounge at the Soda care home Zakani, who migrated to Zimbabwe in 1958 from Mozambique to work for a tobacco firm, is unmarried and has no children Finding him homeless and begging for food, a “good Samaritan” brought him to the home five years ago “I would like to go back home, but all my relatives are gone; no one knows me any more I am just waiting for my day of death,” says Zakani Zakani, who has several ailments, including a knee problem, spends his day sitting in the courtyard or watching television His friends at the home also keep him company “I just sit all day I cannot do much This place is like a prison because I cannot move around any more My relatives used to come, but not any more, so it is very lonely here,” he says Edwin migrated to Zimbabwe several years ago after getting a job, but his employer died, leaving him without work and stranded far from home Edwin became destitute “I have been staying here for a year now Before that, I stayed at Stoddart Hall in Mbare [a Harare township] because I had lost my job A stranger took me to this place and I am really grateful for his love I am glad that I never get sick When I came from Malawi five years ago, I got a job in a white man’s shop that sells vehicle parts I then lost my job,” Edwin said Edwin misses his children and desperately wants to go back home “I have tried to go back home, but I could not get money to travel All my children are in Malawi We write letters to each other and it has been long since I saw them,” says Edwin But Soda, like the older people it supports, has itself fallen on hard times Lack of funding and a lack of government programmes to aimed at supporting older people have affected the running of the facility – which was once visited by Diana, Princess of Wales – and its 16 residents eat only mealie-meal porridge, beans and vegetables “We have well-wishers who are gracious enough to help with food and other items and we also mobilise resources Covid-19 has affected our resource mobilisation We rely on the industry when they have enough to spare It is hard to get support when the industry is depressed,” says director Emilia Mukaratirwa Mukaratirwa says the pandemic has forced the home to lock its gates, as elderly people are listed as vulnerable “It has been a love and hate relationship because they feel robbed of their freedoms The extension of the lockdown did not help matters They cannot go out there, but some do understand that we have to protect them We are lucky that we never had any positive cases,” says Mukaratirwa Older people saw their incomes and savings decimated by hyperinflation in 2008, face other pressures Many are caring for orphaned relatives such as grandchildren Gavi estimates more than 60% of orphans are cared for by older people Anyone 65 and older is entitled to free healthcare, but hospitals are depleted of supplies “We are advocating for a universal pension We are advocating that every elderly person gets something at the end of every month to cater for their daily needs Universal health insurance We are saying that as long as we don’t address these issues, the burden on the economy will be bigger,” Gavi says She believes older people deserve to live in a loving environment “We cannot dump our older persons in institutions, saying they are now a spent force,” says Gavi *TheGuardian*

2021-10-22
*Zanu PF Tense As Factional Intrigue Overshadows Upcoming Conference* President Emmerson Mnangagwa will preside over a potentially heated Zanu PF conference in Bindura next week amid bruising infighting in the Midlands and Masvingo, with the party leader expected to crack the whip on warring elements or contest the 2023 elections with a divided, faction-ridden political outfit This comes as Mnangagwa openly condemned intra-party violence in the provinces during a politburo meeting held on Wednesday this week at party headquarters “Those who wantonly violate and desecrate our party constitution, peaceful culture and values must be dealt with decisively without fear or favour,” Mnangagwa warned “Those who wantonly violate and desecrate our party constitution, peaceful culture and values must be dealt with decisively without fear or favour,” Mnangagwa warned

Factional fights among Mnangagwa’s loyalists Owen Mudha Ncube and incumbent Midlands chairperson Daniel Mckenzie Ncube have turned violent, as they jostle for leadership posts in the province This was the first time Mnangagwa addressed intra-party violence in his political citadel, although he did not single out the two, who claim to be his loyalists He warned warring elements, saying violence was alien to the party ethos He warned warring elements, saying violence was alien to the party ethos

“The party has no room for divisive elements who want positions at the expense of party discipline, unity, love, harmony and development It is alien for our party to fight for posts,” Mnangagwa told the party’s highest decision making body Heavy infighting has raged on for months, with both factions declaring their undying loyalty to the party leader Heavy infighting has raged on for months, with both factions declaring their undying loyalty to the party leader

Mnangagwa had until now remained tight-lipped with regards to the vicious infighting in the provinces Party insiders say Mnangagwa told the commissariat led by acting political commissar Patrick Chinamasa to rein in indiscipline within the party “Chinamasa was told to intervene in the provinces because the infighting is getting out of hand “Chinamasa was told to intervene in the provinces because the infighting is getting out of hand

Mnangagwa spoke strongly against warring factions and warned them of expulsion if it got out of hand He is very worried that his political base is cracking,” an insider told The NewsHawks “He also ordered party organs in charge of the provincial polls to desist from factionalism “He also ordered party organs in charge of the provincial polls to desist from factionalism

He believes the sabotage is deliberate and wants those elements fished out,” the insider added Factional tussles turned violent in the Midlands last week after senior officials exchanged blows in public, a matter which was reported to the police The party’s restructuring exercise from grassroots level has been marred by intimidation and violence as a faction aligned to Mudha Ncube and Mackenzie Ncube battle it out for Midlands leadership The party’s restructuring exercise from grassroots level has been marred by intimidation and violence as a faction aligned to Mudha Ncube and Mackenzie Ncube battle it out for Midlands leadership

According to party officials, Mackenzie Ncube has the backing of minister in the President’s Office Joram Gumbo, while Mudha Ncube’s allies include prominent figures like Local Government minister July Moyo A scramble for the Midlands provincial chairperson’s position has led to mud-slinging, open confrontation and smear campaigns on social media, sparking concern in Mnangagwa’s backyard Analysts say Mnangagwa’s failure to maintain a grip on structures and among his lieutenants could be detrimental to his rule ahead of 2023 Analysts say Mnangagwa’s failure to maintain a grip on structures and among his lieutenants could be detrimental to his rule ahead of 2023

This could also embolden his political rival, Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, in the provinces An investigation by The NewsHawks shows Mnangagwa’s biggest problem is that he is leading a divided party, which has an unresolved leadership issue, without a mandate from congress, Zanu PF’s supreme decision-making body During the politburo meeting, Mnangagwa urged party organs to finalise the district elections, which have been marred by violence Analysts say growing infighting in the provinces is testimony to weak leadership which has failed to stem the internal strife Mnangagwa is under growing pressure to deal with internal strife and present the party as a unified force in its quest to further entrench power beyond 2023 He is also under pressure from party bigwigs who recently questioned his mandate, while his political bases, namely the Midlands and Masvingo, are on fire, rocked by intense inter-factional fights Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Ezra Chadzamira is under fire over corruption charges, which have taken a factional dimension, as the Chiwenga camp now wants him out War veterans are leading the charge Chiwenga has previously been in the province, where he challenged Chadzamira’s leadership and associated decisions, especially on land distribution, which The NewsHawks has covered extensively Zanu PF officials say Chiwenga has been intervening in Masvingo and nationally through his key ally, former political commissar Engelbert Rugeje Although Zanu PF has perennially been plagued by grand factionalism, the current wave of squabbles, especially among Mnangagwa’s allies in the Midlands, has turned nasty While Mnangagwa had somewhat consolidated power within the top brass through purges of chief security officers involved in the 2017 coup and subsequent replacement with his loyalists, different dynamics are playing out at the grassroots Constant horse-trading led to the postponement of provincial elections following chaotic scenes fanned by factional intrigue, triggering frustration at grassroots level Mnangagwa’s weak control mechanisms have come under scrutiny as infighting in Masvingo and the Midlands spirals out of control, with analysts saying the President needs to rein in the warring factions if his bid for 2023 is to be successful Zanu PF’s acting spokesperson Mike Bimha confirmed that intra-party violence will be at the top of the agenda at the Bindura conference “We will discuss the state of the party The jostling for positions is normal because it is competition It is allowed, but what we do not want is violence,” Bimha told The NewsHawks Mnangagwa was forced to postpone provincial polls last month indefinitely after fights for positions turned nasty Horse-trading has forced delays in some provinces, including Harare and Manicaland, where protests against provincial chairperson Mike Madiro ended badly, with some party youths led by Danmore Mambondiyani bashed by the provincial leader’s backers In Harare, a fight between Godwin Gomwe and Godwills Masimirembwa ended in court Mnangagwa will also preside over the annual conference, amid a fresh bid to challenge his legitimacy when Zanu PF member Sybeth Musengezi on Wednesday filed a High Court application seeking nullification of the 19 November 2017 party central committee meeting which promoted him to power Musengezi is seeking a declaratur against Mnangagwa that the special session of the Zanu PF central committee on 19 November 2017 after the military coup at party headquarters in Harare from 10am to 4pm was ultra vires the constitution, unlawful and null and void He also wants the court to rule that all the resolutions of that special Zanu PF central committee meeting passed during the unlawful gathering on 19 November 2017 to install Mnangagwa party leader are “unlawful, invalid and are accordingly set aside” Further, Musengezi says former vice-president Phelekezela Mphoko should take over and preside over an extraordinary Zanu PF congress to regularise top leadership positions within three months of the court order to ensure the late Robert Mugabe’s successor is installed legally Mnangagwa’s legitimacy has been under scrutiny since taking over from Mugabe in a military coup and the fresh bid, coupled with other relentless bids by party bigwigs to subject the party’s first secretary to an elective congress, further puts pressure on his troubled leadership On top of the raging intra-party fights, Mnangagwa is also under pressure to solve Zimbabwe’s unrelenting economic woes Ahead of the party conference, the Zimdollar has dramatically lost ground to the US dollar, with the government cracking the whip on foreign currency dealers, who have been labelled “economic saboteurs” Bimha said the economy will also be top of the agenda, as the ruling party seeks to find solutions to runaway inflation stoking fears of the 2008 hyperinflationary era *NewsHawks*

2021-10-22
[16:20, 10/22/2021] Editor-G3n3ral DK🇿🇼: *Zanu PF Tense As Factional Intrigue Overshadows Upcoming Conference* President Emmerson Mnangagwa will preside over a potentially heated Zanu PF conference in Bindura next week amid bruising infighting in the Midlands and Masvingo, with the party leader expected to crack the whip on warring elements or contest the 2023 elections with a divided, faction-ridden political outfit This comes as Mnangagwa openly condemned intra-party violence in the provinces during a politburo meeting held on Wednesday this week at party headquarters “Those who wantonly violate and desecrate our party constitution, peaceful culture and values must be dealt with decisively without fear or favour,” Mnangagwa warned “Those who wantonly violate and desecrate our party constitution, peaceful culture and values must be dealt with decisively without fear or favour,” Mnangagwa warned

Factional fights among Mnangagwa’s loyalists Owen Mudha Ncube and incumbent Midlands chairperson Daniel Mckenzie Ncube have turned violent, as they jostle for leadership posts in the province This was the first time Mnangagwa addressed intra-party violence in his political citadel, although he did not single out the two, who claim to be his loyalists He warned warring elements, saying violence was alien to the party ethos He warned warring elements, saying violence was alien to the party ethos

“The party has no room for divisive elements who want positions at the expense of party discipline, unity, love, harmony and development It is alien for our party to fight for posts,” Mnangagwa told the party’s highest decision making body Heavy infighting has raged on for months, with both factions declaring their undying loyalty to the party leader Heavy infighting has raged on for months, with both factions declaring their undying loyalty to the party leader

Mnangagwa had until now remained tight-lipped with regards to the vicious infighting in the provinces Party insiders say Mnangagwa told the commissariat led by acting political commissar Patrick Chinamasa to rein in indiscipline within the party “Chinamasa was told to intervene in the provinces because the infighting is getting out of hand “Chinamasa was told to intervene in the provinces because the infighting is getting out of hand

Mnangagwa spoke strongly against warring factions and warned them of expulsion if it got out of hand He is very worried that his political base is cracking,” an insider told The NewsHawks “He also ordered party organs in charge of the provincial polls to desist from factionalism “He also ordered party organs in charge of the provincial polls to desist from factionalism

He believes the sabotage is deliberate and wants those elements fished out,” the insider added Factional tussles turned violent in the Midlands last week after senior officials exchanged blows in public, a matter which was reported to the police The party’s restructuring exercise from grassroots level has been marred by intimidation and violence as a faction aligned to Mudha Ncube and Mackenzie Ncube battle it out for Midlands leadership The party’s restructuring exercise from grassroots level has been marred by intimidation and violence as a faction aligned to Mudha Ncube and Mackenzie Ncube battle it out for Midlands leadership

According to party officials, Mackenzie Ncube has the backing of minister in the President’s Office Joram Gumbo, while Mudha Ncube’s allies include prominent figures like Local Government minister July Moyo A scramble for the Midlands provincial chairperson’s position has led to mud-slinging, open confrontation and smear campaigns on social media, sparking concern in Mnangagwa’s backyard Analysts say Mnangagwa’s failure to maintain a grip on structures and among his lieutenants could be detrimental to his rule ahead of 2023 Analysts say Mnangagwa’s failure to maintain a grip on structures and among his lieutenants could be detrimental to his rule ahead of 2023

This could also embolden his political rival, Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, in the provinces An investigation by The NewsHawks shows Mnangagwa’s biggest problem is that he is leading a divided party, which has an unresolved leadership issue, without a mandate from congress, Zanu PF’s supreme decision-making body During the politburo meeting, Mnangagwa urged party organs to finalise the district elections, which have been marred by violence Analysts say growing infighting in the provinces is testimony to weak leadership which has failed to stem the internal strife Mnangagwa is under growing pressure to deal with internal strife and present the party as a unified force in its quest to further entrench power beyond 2023 He is also under pressure from party bigwigs who recently questioned his mandate, while his political bases, namely the Midlands and Masvingo, are on fire, rocked by intense inter-factional fights Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Ezra Chadzamira is under fire over corruption charges, which have taken a factional dimension, as the Chiwenga camp now wants him out War veterans are leading the charge Chiwenga has previously been in the province, where he challenged Chadzamira’s leadership and associated decisions, especially on land distribution, which The NewsHawks has covered extensively Zanu PF officials say Chiwenga has been intervening in Masvingo and nationally through his key ally, former political commissar Engelbert Rugeje Although Zanu PF has perennially been plagued by grand factionalism, the current wave of squabbles, especially among Mnangagwa’s allies in the Midlands, has turned nasty While Mnangagwa had somewhat consolidated power within the top brass through purges of chief security officers involved in the 2017 coup and subsequent replacement with his loyalists, different dynamics are playing out at the grassroots Constant horse-trading led to the postponement of provincial elections following chaotic scenes fanned by factional intrigue, triggering frustration at grassroots level Mnangagwa’s weak control mechanisms have come under scrutiny as infighting in Masvingo and the Midlands spirals out of control, with analysts saying the President needs to rein in the warring factions if his bid for 2023 is to be successful Zanu PF’s acting spokesperson Mike Bimha confirmed that intra-party violence will be at the top of the agenda at the Bindura conference “We will discuss the state of the party The jostling for positions is normal because it is competition It is allowed, but what we do not want is violence,” Bimha told The NewsHawks Mnangagwa was forced to postpone provincial polls last month indefinitely after fights for positions turned nasty Horse-trading has forced delays in some provinces, including Harare and Manicaland, where protests against provincial chairperson Mike Madiro ended badly, with some party youths led by Danmore Mambondiyani bashed by the provincial leader’s backers In Harare, a fight between Godwin Gomwe and Godwills Masimirembwa ended in court Mnangagwa will also preside over the annual conference, amid a fresh bid to challenge his legitimacy when Zanu PF member Sybeth Musengezi on Wednesday filed a High Court application seeking nullification of the 19 November 2017 party central committee meeting which promoted him to power Musengezi is seeking a declaratur against Mnangagwa that the special session of the Zanu PF central committee on 19 November 2017 after the military coup at party headquarters in Harare from 10am to 4pm was ultra vires the constitution, unlawful and null and void He also wants the court to rule that all the resolutions of that special Zanu PF central committee meeting passed during the unlawful gathering on 19 November 2017 to install Mnangagwa party leader are “unlawful, invalid and are accordingly set aside” Further, Musengezi says former vice-president Phelekezela Mphoko should take over and preside over an extraordinary Zanu PF congress to regularise top leadership positions within three months of the court order to ensure the late Robert Mugabe’s successor is installed legally Mnangagwa’s legitimacy has been under scrutiny since taking over from Mugabe in a military coup and the fresh bid, coupled with other relentless bids by party bigwigs to subject the party’s first secretary to an elective congress, further puts pressure on his troubled leadership On top of the raging intra-party fights, Mnangagwa is also under pressure to solve Zimbabwe’s unrelenting economic woes Ahead of the party conference, the Zimdollar has dramatically lost ground to the US dollar, with the government cracking the whip on foreign currency dealers, who have been labelled “economic saboteurs” Bimha said the economy will also be top of the agenda, as the ruling party seeks to find solutions to runaway inflation stoking fears of the 2008 hyperinflationary era *NewsHawks*

2021-10-22
*Man Kills Wife, Hides Body On Mountain Top* A 60-year-old Macheke man has been arrested on allegations of beating his wife to death with a belt following a domestic dispute before hiding the body on top of a mountain near a farm in the area to conceal the crime Shingirai Chitate killed his wife, Joyce Mangani (50) last Thursday before her body was discovered two days later by some villagers in the area The incident occurred at Mount Pleasant Farm in Macheke The incident occurred at Mount Pleasant Farm in Macheke

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident and said investigations were underway “The ZRP confirms the arrest of Shingirai Chitate aged 60 who fatally assaulted his wife, Joyce Mangani aged 50 with a belt after a domestic dispute on October 14, 2021 at Mount Pleasant Farm, Macheke “The victim was found dead on top of a mountain near the farm on October 16, 2021,” he said “The victim was found dead on top of a mountain near the farm on October 16, 2021,” he said

Meanwhile, police in Chegutu are investigating a murder case in which Thembani Mangena (33) died upon admission at Chegutu Hospital on Saturday after seven suspects stabbed him on the chest with an unknown sharp object, at Gatsi Shopping Centre “The suspects had a misunderstanding with the victim while illegally panning for gold at Boka Mine The suspects also attacked the victim’s two brothers who tried to restrain them from assaulting the victim,” Asst Comm Nyathi said The suspects also attacked the victim’s two brothers who tried to restrain them from assaulting the victim,” Asst Comm Nyathi said

In a related case, police are appealing for information which may lead to the arrest of Henry Chaparadza, Danmore Taruvinga and Alois Chigure all of Chipiri Village in Chiweshe who are wanted in connection with a murder case in which they assaulted one, Jokonia Makumbe to death on Saturday at Goteka Village in Chiweshe The suspects had accused Makumbe of stealing a goat Murder cases emanating from disputes have been on the increase countrywide with some of the suspects arrested while others are still at large Murder cases emanating from disputes have been on the increase countrywide with some of the suspects arrested while others are still at large

Last Friday, a Chivi man allegedly discovered love messages in his wife’s cellphone and lured the boyfriend to a secluded place where he fatally stabbed him Laurey Tafirei (25) used the wife’s phone to chat with the man, inviting him to a hidden place near a community borehole in Madungwe Village, where he later killed him After the murder, Tafirei went into hiding After the murder, Tafirei went into hiding

Police have since launched a manhunt *Herald*