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LATEST: Gunmen pounce on Bustop TV actor Sharon Magi Chideu’s home



Bus Stop TV has reported that comedian Sharon Chideu (Magi) escaped abduction by a whisker in the wee hours of Thursday morning after gunmen arrived at her residence.

Magi had been moved to a safe place when the gunmen arrived.

It seems the season of abductions and torture of opposition members and innocent civilians is upon us again. This follows the abduction of Bustop comedienne Gonyeti who was dumped in Crowborough after being heavily tortured.



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JUST IN: Man found hanging from tree



AN unidentified Bulawayo man, suspected to be a vagrant, was on Thursday found hanging on a tree at Centenary Park next to a stream that flows between Eveline High School and the Bulawayo Theatre.

Police took down his body and transported it to the United Bulawayo Hospitals mortuary in a metal coffin at around 9AM.

More details to follow…


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MDC DEMO: Current situation in Mutare…As police maintain heavy presence in strategic points



ITS calm in Mutare with residents and entrepreneurs conducting their businesses unhindered.

Shops and banks are open. Public transport operators are ferrying commuters to and from the city centre.

No incidences of violence or demonstrations have been recorded so far as the police have maintained heavy presence along strategic points.

Interviewed residents said they were fed up in partaking in protests that yield nothing.

Some said they run informal businesses and boycotting going to their workplaces would worsen their economic well being.

Officer Commanding Mutare District Police Chief Superintendent Florence Marume said the situation was calm.

“We haven’t received any reports on the illegal protests. We have deployed our officers across the district to maintain law and order,” she said.

In the morning the High Court dismissed an urgent application that had been lodged by the MDC Alliance to nullify the prohibition of its planned demonstration.

The ruling meant that the demonstrations were illegal.

However, some defiant opposition supporters who gathered in Harare to demonstrate were dispersed by the police despite their own leaders calling off the protests in compliance with the court ruling.

— ManicaPost


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They forced her to remove all her clothes: New details emerge on Samantha Gonyeti Kureya’s abduction



TOP comedienne Samantha “Gonyeti” Kureya of Bustop TV was last night reportedly abducted from her home in Mufakose by armed masked men who broke the door to the house and beat up her family.

She is said to have been tortured before she was dropped off at Crowbrough North.

Bustop TV posted on their twitter account at 10:12pm: “Gonyeti has been taken by masked and armed men from her house. They beat up her family and broke doors.”

Gonyeti and her sidekick, Sharon “Maggie” Chideu have been a thorn in the flesh of the authorities because of their hilarious satirical pieces that have touched on sensitive political subjects.

See full thread below.

#struckbutnotdestroyed @bustoptv
They forced her to remove all her clothes & beat her up w weapons. She later walked around the Crowborough neighborhood seeking for clothes after she was abandoned. She only got assistance on the 6th house whose residents had to throw a dress through the window.Everyone was scared.

Her sister was beaten and they had guns pointed at her family including her sister’s kids.

Samantha/Gonyeti says they forced her to drink sewer water and threatened to kill her mother if she reports about her abduction.


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US dollar/Zimbabwe dollar official and black market rates today (22/08/2019)



The current bank exchange rates for the ZWL$ today are as follows

USD = ZWL$10.2447
ZWL$ = RAND1.4881
Data according to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe

Black Market Rates:

USD = ZWL$11.25 zimrates
USD = ZWL$11.20 zwl365
USD = ZWL$11.20 bluemari
USD = BOND80.00 zimrates

More: Marketwatch


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BREAKING NEWS: Former journalist and television personality Godfrey Majonga dies



Former journalist and television star Godfrey Majonga, who was now a sports director at Danhiko in Harare, has died.

While full details of his death are still sketchy, ZOOMZimbabwe is informed that Majonga died last night at 11pm.

Majonga allegedly took a jump through the window of the flat in Harare which led to injuries to his nervous system and spinal cord from blunt force trauma after landing on hard concrete.

He became paralysed and wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life.

Announcing his death, the Sports and Recreation Commission of Zimbabwe said on Tuesday morning: “We have learnt with a deep sense of sorrow and sadness the passing on of Godfrey Majonga, Danhiko Sports Director. Godfrey was a versatile Sports Administrator who undoubtedly and unquestionably championed Sport for People Living with a Disability with immeasurable passion and vigour.

Majonga with former First Lady Grace Mugabe

“The growth of the Danhiko Annual Paralympic Games was largely as a result of his immense contribution. Godfey was also a past Sports and Recreation Commission Board member and it was during his tenure that the idea of the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Games was consumated as a way of encouraging people living with a disability to actively participate participate in sporting activities of their choice.

“Godfrey was an easy going character who was dedicated to the development of Sport and more particularly Paralympic sports. His contribution to sport development will forever be cherished and engrained in our minds.

“On behalf of the Sports and Recreation Commission we would like to convey our deepest condolences to his family and the Paralympic Sport Movement for the sad loss of dear beloved one and a colleague whose contribution to sport was exceptional and unquestionable.

“May His Departed Soul rest and anchor in eternal peace.”

In September 2017, former President Robert Mugabe told a bumper crowd in Bindura that a 72-minute video presented in the Zanu PF politburo by then Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo on July 19 that year claimed current President Emmerson Mnangagwa almost killed and succeeded in ending the career of the then ZBC television star Majonga.

Mugabe claimed that Mnangagwa found Majonga in a flat of his girlfriend and, raging with fury, allegedly forced the soft-spoken media personality to choose between sitting on a red-hot stove or jumping to his death from the third floor of a downtown high rise building in the capital.

Majonga allegedly took the easy route of jumping through the window of the flat where the stand-off occurred, according to Mugabe.

The incident took place in 1987, the same year that Zanu and Zapu signed the Unity Accord to end the bloodletting in the Midlands and Matabeleland Province, through what became known as the Gukurahundi era.

Upon being contacted for comment two years ago following Mugabe’s revealing story, Majonga initially told the Daily News that he could not give details over the murky episode because he had not watched Mugabe’s speech at the Mashonaland Central youth interface meeting.

He said: “Handina chekutaura, madii kuvabvunza ivo? Handina kuzvinzwa ndanga ndiri kufuneral. (I have nothing to say, why don’t you ask the people making the allegations? Besides, I didn’t hear what the president said, I was attending a funeral).”

He went on: “The people who can help you is the person making the allegations. I have no comment.”

Majonga was a director of the Danhiko Project, established soon after Zimbabwe attained its independence to provide education and skills training as well as rehabilitation to ex-combatants who had abandoned their education midway in order to take part in the war of liberation.

While the first five year of the project were exclusive to ex-combatants, Danhiko now caters for all the disabled who want to attain skills in different trades.

Mugabe’s wife, Grace, was a long time patron of the Msasa-based institution until November 2017 when her husband was jettisoned from power by the military to be replaced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

— ZOOMZimbabwe


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POISON: Why former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko fled from Mnangagwa’s ZACC officers REVEALED!



Zimbabwe’s former vice president on Monday fled from anti-corruption questioning after he was summoned over alleged criminal abuse of office, officials said.

Phelekezela Mphoko, 79, who served under long-time ruler Robert Mugabe, was due at the police in Bulawayo, the country’s second city, to record a statement on the allegations.

Former Zimbabwe Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko

But he drove off as soon as officials from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) approached his car.

“We had agreed to meet at the police post at the magistrate’s court to record a warned-and-cautioned statement and have his fingerprints taken but when our officials approached his car, he drove away at high speed,” ZACC spokesman John Makamure told AFP.

“He is now a fugitive from justice,” the spokesman said, facing accusations of ordering the release from police custody of a chief executive officer and a non-executive director of the state-run roads authority.

Mphoko was, along with current president Emmerson Mnangagwa, one of two vice presidents at the time of the ouster by the military of Mugabe in November 2017.

He left the country as the coup unfolded but later returned.

ZACC tweeted Friday that it was “sad” that Mphoko had “refused to collaborate with the enforcement officers and unfortunate that he and those around him believe that they are above the law”.

Lawyer Zibusiso Ncube told AFP that they had an agreement with ZACC that on Monday he would sign a statement at the police “but when we got there they said they (the police) had instructions to detain him”.

“He drove away and is at home.”

The lawyer said the ex-vice president was prepared to appear in court to answer the charges, but “Mphoko claims he heard from impeccable sources that if he is detained, he will be injected with a poisonous substance”.

He is the second high ranking member of the ruling Zanu-PF party under probe by the recently reconstituted ZACC.

Prisca Mupfumira, who was fired as tourism minister earlier this month, became in July the first high profile official to be arrested and detained for alleged graft. She is still in remand prison after being denied bail.



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Bad news for civil servants as IMF warns Mnangagwa’s government against increasing their salaries



The International Monetary Fund cautioned Zimbabwe’s government against boosting wages for state workers after the introduction of a new currency pushed up inflation and reduced spending power to a 10th of what it was six months ago.

The warning puts the IMF at odds with Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube, who said in an interview he’s in favour of boosting wages in both the public and private sectors to restore living standards and create consumer demand. Ncube is looking for ways to revive an economy that’s forecast to contract this year for the first time in a decade.

In the six years to 2016, Zimbabwe boosted pay for its about 400 000 civil servants to a level that makes up more than 90% of tax revenue, compared with 40% in 2010, said Patrick Imam, the IMF’s resident representative.

“The government wage bill is now on a sustainable footing,” he said in response to questions. “Looking ahead, it is crucial that public wage growth be aligned with economic growth and government revenue.”

In February, the government said a quasi-currency known as bond notes, and RTGS$ in their electronic form, would no longer trade at parity with the US dollar and in June it reintroduced the Zimbabwe dollar, which it had abolished in 2009 after a bout of hyperinflation. It also banned the use of the American currency. The exchange rate is now about 10 to the US dollar and the price of goods bought by middle class workers, such as civil servants, has risen in tandem as these are mostly imported. Officially annual inflation is at 176%, but some analysts estimate it’s as high as 570%.

The resulting economic hardship has spawned calls by the opposition for protests against plunging living standards.

Police violently dispersed demonstrators in the capital, Harare, on Friday, while a second planned rally in the second-biggest city of Bulawayo on Monday was banned by the government. More protests are planned in other cities this week.

Having fired 3 000 workers from the public service, there’s limited room for the state to cut jobs further. Both the IMF and the government say that more health workers and teachers will be needed in coming years.

Austerity Measures

Ncube’s government has implemented harsh austerity measures, including regular hikes to fuel prices, in a bid to comply with an IMF Staff-Monitored Program seen as a precursor to getting debt relief that’s needed to restore the economy. It will also need to implement a series of political reforms to convince creditors to participate in any debt restructuring.

The IMF program is due to end in March, with a first review scheduled for next month.

“The Staff-Monitored Program is also intended to assist in resolving the long-standing arrears to external creditors and facilitate re-engagement with the international community,” Imam said. “Given the recent history of Zimbabwe, in particular the fact that the country has arrears to other international organizations, as well as bilateral arrears, the fund is not yet in a position to financially support the country.”

Zimbabwe’s economy collapsed after a wave of seizures of white-owned commercial farms that began in 2000 slashed export income. In November 2017, Robert Mugabe, who had led the country since 1980, was ousted as president in a coup and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa. Ncube was appointed about a year ago and tasked with putting the economy back on a sound footing.

— Bloomberg


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ED PFEE! Celebrations as President Emmerson Mnangagwa lands top SADC post



Zanu-PF secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, in a statement, said the party was grateful for the assumption of President Mnangagwa of his new SADC portfolio.

“This assumption of chairmanship by Zimbabwe testifies to the confidence and trust which the regional body exudes not only in the person of His Excellency, the President, but also in the country and its leadership.

“The Zanu-PF Politburo, Central Committee and the entire membership extends hearty congratulations to His Excellency, President ED Mnangagwa for the rectitude bestowed upon him and the great people of Zimbabwe. It is with no doubt that the assumption by Zimbabwe of this position shall steer greater advancement towards consolidation of regional peace and stability,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.

He said the party salutes with great pride and humility the SADC leadership, through the incoming chair, President of Tanzania Dr John Magufuli for standing shoulder to shoulder with Zimbabwe in the face of adversity from hostile forces and calling for the immediate removal of western-imposed “evil” sanctions.

On a special note, he said the party is eternally grateful and humbled by the SADC’s decision to dedicate the 25th of October 2019, as a day for collective expression of their displeasure at the continued imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe.

“The decision is indeed reminiscent of the solidarity exercised by the founding fathers of our region in fighting settler minority rule under the banner of the Front Line States, recasting the epitome of our regional sovereign superiority, dignity, and lasting interests.

“The gesture also demonstrates the further strengthening of regional ties under the engagement and re-engagement thrust being pursued by Zanu-PF under the stewardship of President Mnangagwa,” he said.

“These landmark developments put paid to attempts by the opposition and its external hostile handlers to scuttle the ascendancy of the President, through staging violent and illegal demonstrations in Harare on the eve of the summit.”

He said SADC saw through this guise and once again stood in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe and the Government.

“Zanu-PF notes with grave concern the involvement of some Western countries in the failed MDC-A demonstrations and their continued interference in the internal affairs of Zimbabwe.

“The party is aware of the MDC-A’s frantic engagements with hostile forces with a view to causing turmoil in the country thereby rendering it ungovernable so as to create false impression of a failed state.

“The people of Zimbabwe should take assurance, that the ruling revolutionary party Zanu-PF will employ every law towards fulfilment of their wishes and aspirations,’’ said Cde Khaya Moyo.

Meanwhile, the party’s secretary for Women’s Affairs Cde Mabel Chinomona, who is also president of the Senate and the entire Zanu-PF Women’s League congratulated President Mnangagwa on his appointment as Chair of the Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security Cooperation.

“We also wish to commend SADC countries for their continued support and solidarity with Zimbabwe and most importantly for declaring October 25, as solidarity day against illegal sanctions imposed on our country,” she said.

— Herald


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Battlelines Drawn: MDC Alliance vows to go ahead with Gweru demo with or without police clearance



THE opposition MDC has vowed to go ahead with its planned demonstration set for Gweru today, with or without the police clearance.

Takavafira Zhou, MDC Midlands spokesperson, said the position was taken at a meeting held on Saturday in Gweru by the opposition’s provincial leadership led by Josiah Makombe.

“The provincial executive of the Midlands province of the MDC, including all district chairpersons and national members, met in Gweru on August 17, 2019 and resolved that the planned Gweru demonstration would proceed as originally planned,” he said.

“The national leaders of the party will lead the demonstrations that are constitutional and an expression of the people’s anger due to the deteriorating political, economic and social conditions emanating from a crisis of legitimacy, bad governance and poverty caused by the Zanu PF leadership.”

Zhou said police were notified of the demonstration, but did not respond.

The Midlands is President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s home province.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi told Southern Eye that he was in a meeting and so could not comment on whether the law enforcement agents would okay or ban the demonstration.

Zhou, however, said the MDC was not concerned about whatever action the police would take.

“The police were notified in terms of the law. We expect them to act in a professional manner to compliment the MDC quest to ensure that the demonstration is peaceful. Our security is and would be on high alert to sniff out and discard infilltrators bent on causing chaos and disturbances in order to discredit the MDC,” the party official said.

“Peace marshals are already in place and would apprehend and hand over to the arresting authorities any infiltrators bent on disturbing peace, while attempts to put cameras along our route are at an advanced stage. All the 28 districts stretching from Gokwe to Mberengwa expressed their preparedness to participate in the demonstration and to mobilise their hard-earned resources to make the event a success.”

Last week, police ruthlessly crushed a similar demonstration in Harare and also rounded up MDC leaders who were mobilising for another one in Bulawayo.

Police also banned the Bulawayo protest yesterday.

— NewsDay


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Angry Zimbabweans tear down President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s posters



SOME of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s posters, erected on the eve of Heroes and Defences Forces holidays in Marondera, have been defaced and pulled down, in a development that has been linked to anger over the deepening economic crisis.

Posters along the Harare-Mutare Highway and Central Marondera were defaced.

The posters, inscribed “Vote ED”, were erected by some Zanu PF youth as a show of solidarity with the party leader, who is currently under pressure from the opposition MDC, which is rolling out anti-government protests across the country.

Efforts to get a comment from the party leadership were futile, with some saying they are not aware of the development.

A party youth, who preferred to remain anonymous, told NewsDay that the posters were put up to show solidarity with their leader.

“The posters were erected during the Heroes holidays as we joined the President in celebrating the lives of the fallen heroes as well as the Defence Forces Day. The posters have served their purpose, hence some are now torn,” the youth member said.

However, those pasted in the low-density suburbs have not been defaced.

During the January protests, two banners with Mngangagwa’s pictures along the same highway were brought down by protesters angered by the fuel price hike.

One of the billboards was brought down and some thieves went off with the steel frames.

The vandalism of ED banners irked Zanu PF provincial party members, who responded by visiting the area and condemning the culprits for disrespecting their leader.

— NewsDay


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Mphoko fears poison injection, Flees ED’s police movie style



FORMER Vice President, Phelekezela Mphoko, is on the run after dramatically fleeing from Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) officers who were set to arrest him in Bulawayo yesterday.

Sources say Mphoko decided to flee from ZACC police after being tipped off that if he is detained, he will be injected with a poisonous substance.

The former Vice President’s movie style escape follows attempts by Zacc officers to take him to Bulawayo Central Police Station to slap him with abuse of office charges for an offence he allegedly committed during his tenure in office.

Mphoko had initially agreed to surrender himself to the Zacc officers at the police station but made a U-turn and sped off, leaving the investigating officers shell-shocked.

Mphoko is being accused of criminal abuse of office after he unlawfully instructed some junior police officers to release from cells, former Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) acting chief executive, Moses Juma.

Juma was being charged with criminal abuse of office.

Mphoko, who reportedly resisted arrest on Friday at his home in Douglasdale, yesterday agreed to meet Zacc officers at Bulawayo Central Police Station.

His lawyers had gone to Zacc offices to submit his statement but the investigators demanded that he must appear before them.

That is when they agreed to meet at a neutral venue – a police station in the city.

Yesterday afternoon, Mphoko indicated that he was now on his way to the police station for recording of his warned and cautioned statement.

Upon arrival at the station, Mphoko then drove off at high speed.

Zacc spokesperson Commissioner John Makamure yesterday told The Chronicle that Mphoko was now a fugitive with anti-corruption officials pursuing him. 

“He (Mphoko) ran away and as we speak he is on the run and Zacc officials are on the ground looking for him. The officials went to court, but he ran away. In fact, they went to a police post after having indicated that he (Mphoko) was not comfortable with our investigators,” he said.

“When our officials got there, he ran away and he is a fugitive of justice and Zacc officials are on the ground hunting for him.”

However, Mphoko’s lawyer, Mr Zibusiso Ncube, yesterday denied that his client was a fugitive, insisting that he was ready to stand trial.

He said the attempt by Zacc officers to arrest his client was contrary to their initial agreement when the former VP was supposed to just come and sign his warned and cautioned statement at Tredgold Building. 

“My client is not a fugitive and he is actually prepared to have his day in court. My client had indicated that he wanted to have his warned and cautioned statement recorded at Tredgold Building where we then agreed to meet,” he said.

Mr Ncube said his client later raised fears of abduction in the event that they took him to the police station.

“If you look at the circumstances of the case, my client’s fears of being abducted seem to be confirmed in the sense that on Friday an official from Zacc called and I told him I was at a church camp meeting out of Bulawayo. I told him that I would be back on Sunday and we agreed to meet on Monday. 

“I was then later disappointed to learn that they stormed my client’s house and tried to arrest him contrary to what we had agreed on,” he said.

Mr Ncube said on arrival at Tredgold Building, they were accosted by two officials from Zacc. 

“When I went to Tredgold with my client we were accosted by two Zacc officials and they indicated to us that there was a change of plan and that we were now supposed to go to Bulawayo Central Police Station, which was a betrayal of sincerity,” he said. 

Mr Ncube said he is now in the process of writing a letter informing the Zacc chairperson Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo about what transpired.

“I am working on a letter addressed to the Zacc chairperson because social media is now awash with reports that my client is refusing to co-operate, which is wrong. He simply wants his safety guaranteed and my client is willing to be given a trial date depending on Zacc’s readiness,” he said. 

Allegations against Mr Mphoko are that in 2016, while he was still Vice President, he stormed Avondale Police Station to release Juma.

Mphoko, during that time, threatened to beat junior police officers at the station if they failed to comply with his demands.

Juma was later re-arrested and sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of abuse of office.

According to court papers, on May 6, 2016, Zacc received a report of allegations of fraud and criminal abuse of duty against Zinara officials.

Investigations that ensued resulted in the arrest of Davison Norupiri and Juma. The two were charged with criminal abuse of duty as defined in section 174 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act and their warned and cautioned statements were recorded on July 12, 2016.

After the arrest, Juma and Norupiri were taken to Avondale Police Station the following day pending their appearance in court.

On the same day at around 6PM, Mphoko, who was at the time the Acting President, stormed the police station and ordered the immediate release of Juma and Norupiri from lawful police custody. The officer-in-charge complied with Mphoko’s order and released the two men before  Mphoko drove away with them in his car.

It was stated that Mphoko acted in manner that was inconsistent with his duties as a public officer, which was in violation of section 106 of the constitution.

The ex-Vice President resisted arrest on Friday at his Douglasdale house after dramatically refusing to co-operate with Zacc arresting officers whilst his wife Laurinda and daughter Siduduzo ordered the officials out. 



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Chief Ndiweni, Mphoko, Khumalo arrests: ED taking us back to Gukurahundi?



Ed MnangagwaED Mnangagwa

Former Cabinet Minister and nephew to former President Robert Mugabe has said that Mnangagwa’s persecution of Matebeleland leaders Chief Ndiweni, Thabitha Khumalo and former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko will only result in a total shutdown of Bulawayo city.

Zhuwawo’s remarks come when Chief Ndiweni leader has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for allegedly vandalising property belonging to one of his subjects he had banished.

Ndiweni argues that his incarceration is politically motivated and he believes it was former cabinet minister Obert Mpofu’s way of punishing him for instituting a lawsuit against him earlier.

Zhuwawo claims that Mnangagwa personally authorised the arrest of Ndiweni because the traditional leader is a staunch critic of the ZANU PF boss.

He also claims that Ndiweni commands a huge following from across varying social groupings. He noted that this will result in the banned MDC demonstrations becoming total shutdown.

Zhuwawo also noted that the Chief’s arrest coincided with the arrest of several other political elites from Matebeleland including MDC chairperson, Thabitha Khumalo.

It also comes at a time when the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission is hunting former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko over alleged criminal abuse of office.

For him, the events are aligning together towards precipitation of total closure of the region which he said was still haunted by Matebeleland massacres that took place in the 1980s which were dubbed Gukurahundi.



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SADC leaders ignore cries for help by Zimbabweans



The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) summit has just ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the regional block completely ignoring human rights abuses by the Zimbabwean government, but only finding time to express concern over economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

However, while the call is a noble one, concerns have been raised over the region’s failure to denounce human rights abuses by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

The just ended summit came soon after the brutal beatings of protestors by the police, not only that, there has been a spat of abductions, torture of human rights activists and members of opposition parties.

In less than a week, about 162 human rights violations were recorded, according the MDC welfare department, videos and pictures of the violations are there for everyone to see, but SADC chose to look to the other side.

The Summit has since declared October 25 as solidarity day against sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

The regional leaders tasked the secretariat to lobby the African Union (AU), to raise the issue with the United Nations (UN) at the upcoming 74th UN General Assembly in September this year.

A communiqué of the 39th Summit of the Heads of State and Government read on Sunday by the SADC Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax said.

“Summit noted the adverse impact on the economy of Zimbabwe and the region at large of prolonged economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and expressed solidarity with Zimbabwe, and called for the immediate lifting of sanctions to facilitate socio-economic recovery in the country.”

But veteran journalist Hopewell Chin’ono said; “Shameless silence on acts of brutal police violence on defenceless citizens including women, makes your organization a laughing stock amongst Zimbabweans of a sane mind.

“Don’t you want us to live in a constitutional society? Why can’t you see our reality?” He asked.

He added that all that is needed for sanctions to be lifted is for Zimbabwe to respect and follow its constitution, as well as implementation of the various reforms in line with democratic ethos.

Prominent political analyst Elder Mabhunu has no kind words for the regional block and calls the current crop of SADC leaders a bunch of clowns.

“These lunatics should learn to tell one another the truth. They should tell Mnangagwa in the face; “Cde ED, if you want sanctions against your country lifted just shun human rights abuses, follow the Constitution, and implement political, media, economic, and various reforms that are in line with the demands of good governance.”

Meanwhile, this is not the first time, that the regional body has remained silence over human rights abuses by Zimbabwe. Not so long ago, the African Union (AU) and SADC came under fire for the same offence.

During the 32nd ordinary session of the AU held in Addis Ababa from 10 to 13 February 2019, the former Organisation of African Union completely ignored the crisis again, despite the meeting happening soon after the killings of civilians by the army and police.

This followed the killing of 12 protesters by the army and police a month before, after a three-day stay-away organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) turned violent.

Nearly 80 people sustained serious gunshot wounds.

The world, including the United Nations, also condemned the sad events in Zimbabwe and called on the authorities in Harare to use restraint is responding to protests, but the region remained silent.

As if reading from a script prepared by George Charamba or Nick Mangwana, the then chair Hage Geingob also only called for the removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by western nations, claiming these were negatively affecting the economy.

This invited a backlash on the regional grouping with analysts saying both AU and SADC were clearly out of touch with reality.

They said the issues affecting and dragging down Zimbabwe were well known, include massive violation of human rights and extra-judicial killings of citizens, beatings, breaking into homes by the security service, soldiers and police.

Adding that the regional block was losing its purpose and was only seeking to protect one of its own rather than dealing with the fundamental issues affecting the people.



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Human blood is precious: Pastor Ian Ndlovu reveals what God told him about Zimbabwe crisis (VIDEO)



Divine Kingdom Baptist Ministry Ian Ndlovu has issued a prophetic warning to the people of Zimbabwe saying there is no need to shed blood but leaders must pursue dialogue.

In a message on Sunday, Ndlovu said God told him that the blood of Zimbabweans is very precious and it must not be shed by any means.

Ndlovu has earned himself as a prophet whose words always come to pass.

Listen to the prophecy below:


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READ: Court ruling on Nelson Chamisa’s MDC Alliance Bulawayo protest ban challenge



Chamisa to visit Russia, China to ask help settling Zimbabwe’s political crisis

A BULAWAYO magistrate Monday upheld a police ban imposed Sunday against an MDC demonstration which had been planned for the country’s second largest city on Monday.

Police Officer Commanding Bulawayo District, Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Phiri on Sunday issued a prohibition order barring the main opposition from holding an anti-government protest in the city.

Police cited, among other reasons, violence which erupted during the January demonstrations organised by the ZCTU.

Following the ban, the MDC appealed the police’s decision with the matter heard at the magistrate’s court on Monday.

“The prohibition of the public gathering on grounds such as those cited by the first respondent is unlawfully and unconstitutional limitation on the right to freedom of assembly and a violation of the rights of members of the appellant enshrined inter-alia in Section 59 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” argued the MDC’s lawyer Tanaka Muganyi of Tanaka Law Chambers.

Muganyi also said the police prohibition order was not reasonable and legitimate.

“The issue of the prohibition notice therefore was not a reasonable or legitimate exercise of the power of the first respondent,” said Muganyi.

The lawyer said by assuming that there was going to be violence during the demonstrations, it was was like one banning all buses plying the Harare-Bulawayo route because there have been road accidents before.

Magistrate Tinashe Tishaya however dismissed the MDC appeal citing previous demonstrations which have turned into violence.

The State was represented by Rejoice Hove from the Attorney General’s office.

Phiri and the Police Commissioner General were cited as respondents.

Speaking to journalists soon after the court’s ruling, Innocent Gonese, MDC Secretary for Legal Affairs said the party will go ahead with planned demonstrations in other centres.

“We will go ahead with our planned demonstrations in Gweru tomorrow (Tuesday). We have notified the police as per the provisions of POSA,” said Gonese.

Asked what the party’s next move would be if police proceeded to issue another prohibition order in Gweru, Gonese said, “We will cross the Rubicon when we get there.”

The MDC had planned similar protests in Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo.

Police last Thursday banned the MDC’s Harare protest citing intelligence gathered that the anti-poverty demonstration was going to turn violent.

Violence erupted in Harare Friday when hordes of determined activists defied the ban, igniting angry clashes between them and law enforcement agents.

— NewZimbabwe


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‘My mom and grandmother hate my broke boyfriend, they want me to marry a rich old man’



Dear Aunty Lisa

I have never been the type to ask for advice on my problems. I’m usually able to handle things on my own. However, I’ve now found myself in a situation and I don’t know where to turn to.

I am 20 years old and living with my babyfather. We have been together for three years now, but I have only been living here for a year. He is a very sweet guy and he has never mistreated or neglected me.

My mother had no issue with me being with him until she found out that I was pregnant. After she found out, she started to show her true feelings towards him. She is saying that he is too poor and worthless to take care of me and our coming child. She has even been to a so-called tsikamutanda with my grandmother to try and ‘get rid’ of us and the baby. When that did not work, she said the only way she will help is if I come back home and live by their rules.

Aunty, my grandmother wants me to be with a rich old man in order to bring money into her hands, but I do not see myself doing so. I believe that you must only be with someone you love and intend to marry. My boyfriend doesn’t want to accept any help from them, and I agree with him. Am I wrong about that? They only dislike him because he is not rich and has no money to give them. The money he makes from work is to buy baby stuff and food for us to eat, but my family does not think that counts.

I love this man, Aunty, and my family has shunned me for it. I refuse to leave him based on their shallow reasons. He wants to be here for his baby and that is commendable to me. Please, help me, Aunty. I eagerly await your reply.



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JUST IN: Ex Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko flees after escaping from ZACC officers



FORMER Vice President Mr Phelekezela Mphoko is on the run as he escaped from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) officials who were set to arrest him today.

The former Vice President is being pursued for abuse of office crime which he allegedly committed during his tenure in office.

ZACC commissioner John Makamure on Monday afternoon confirmed that Mr Mphoko was now a fugitive from law and anti-corruption officials were after him.

More to follow…


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ZCTU leaders Peter Mutasa and Japhet Moyo receive death threatening messages (SEE SCARY MESSAGES)



LEADERS of the country’s biggest trade union group have received more death threats from anonymous individuals who are reportedly irked by their tough stance against poor wages and association with the opposition MDC.

This was revealed in a petition sent to Zimbabwean police by lawyers representing the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU).

In the letter, dated August 16 2019 and signed by Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni Legal Practitioners, the lawyers petitioned police to bring to book, people behind the continued issuance of death threats against their clients.

The petition was addressed to the Harare Central Police Station’s Officer in Charge.

“We write to bring to your attention and formally request you to cause an investigation into various threats of death received by our client on Thursday 15 August 2019 at 18:14 hrs, through an sms on his mobile phone which read as follows ‘IF YOU GO AND GIVE A SOLIDARITY MSG TOMORROW U ARE DEAD’. The message was sent using an Econet subscriber number263786645911,” says the letter in part.

The lawyers claimed that similar threats were issued to ZCTU president, Peter Mutasa from the same mobile number and on the same day at 21:26 hrs.

MDC protests which had been planned for last Friday in Harare were banned by police citing security concerns while a group of party supporters who defied the order were violently dispersed by police.


According to the legal representatives, the message was sent using an Econet mobile number +263777584972.

The lawyers further claim that at 21:37 hrs , Moyo received another phone call from an Econet subscriber mobile number +777584972 in which the same threats were repeated verbally.

“As a result,” the lawyers said, “Our client now fears for his life, especially in view of the recent spate of abductions involving Tatenda Mombeyarara, Blessing Kanotunga, Cosmas Mhashwa, Marlon Kanda and Councilor Makweza from Chitungwiza.

“All these matters have been reported to the police to the best of our client’s knowledge. We have reason to believe that these matters are related and are being perpetrated by the same persons or grouping of persons.”

Last month, the two senior ZCTU leaders reported that they had been sent death threatening letters with bullets inside by suspected State agents.

The unionists have caused all the discomfort for the Zanu PF led government through continuous demands for a wage review and better working conditions for hard-pressed Zimbabwean employees.

They have also been demanding the reversal of an order banning the use of the multi-currency system in the country.

Leaders of the country’s biggest worker representative group were January this year arrested and charged with a plot to overthrow the under-fire government through calls for protests which degenerated into an orgy of violence and civilian deaths in the hands of the military.

— NewZimbabwe


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The Highest Paid Sporting Events Worldwide



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Have you ever cast your doubts to soccer being the most in-demand sports in the world? Well, you should not. In order to make things simple, it’s the prize pool that makes it prestigious among other factors.

As the second annual Forbes list that follows the 10 highest-paying sporting events in the world, among the 4 listed down are taken by tournaments taking place in the world of soccer. Mind you, there has been no other sport that did this feat nor came close to its standards in terms of dominance.

As we constructed this list, the focus lies on the prize money that successfully made its way to the hands of winners. These winners either competed for a single event or a tournament. Do note that the competition’s total prize money was not included. Additionally, the competitions that went on for longer seasons also did not make it to the list, especially those which didn’t end in a competing playoff such as the Barclays Premier League.

Ready for the list? Check these top 3 sporting events that made the wealthiest revenue below:

UEFA European Football Championship

Sports: Soccer

Prize pool: $33 million

There are a number of people who believed that a tournament with a high calibre like this and incorporates only the best European national teams are at the same level with the World Cup. When it comes to money talks, this is better, albeit in a small degree only. Speaking of money, there are also fans in Betway sports betting who wage digital bets on their favorite teams. These aspiring bettors and fans focused on each gameplay to maximize their spread and get the best return from the winning teams.

Likewise, when Spain won in 2008, the succeeding tournaments pushed for the surge in total prize money amounting from $230 million in 2008 then shifted drastically to $246 million.

FIFA World Cup

Sports: Soccer

Prize pool: $31 million

Some of the fans would think that the most prestigious soccer event in the world would go out of its way to offer the highest prize money to the winning team. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Still, the stacks are still in favor of the teams since the prize pool of the FIFA World Cup are still commendable enough for competing soccer teams.

The World Series

Sports: Baseball

Prize pool: $14.8 million

Ever since the event where the St. Louis Cardinals clashed against the Texas Rangers and won their titles throughout the seven matches, each player bagged $323,169 for their remarkable efforts as individuals and as a team. The event happened last October.


Every sporting season, many fans aspire their winning teams to win. The competition is firm too since there are many icons who invest their heart and soul into playing the sports they love. As such, an online betting platform like Betway makes it possible for fans to put their undying passion for the teams and turn it into a lucrative hobby. Betway also lays out every team for fans to bet in an organized method.



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