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Supa Mandiwanzira

Nyanga South legislator and former Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security Supa Mandiwanzira was today arrested on allegations of criminal abuse of office.

Mandiwanzira handed himself to police soon after his return from an overseas trip. He is facing two counts of criminal abuse of office as a public officer during his tenure as a Cabinet minister.

National Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest. Mandiwanzira will spend the night at Matapi Police Station and is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

“The ZRP confirms the arrest of Nyanga South Member of Parliament and former Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security Cde Supa Mandiwanzira in connection with two counts of contravening section 174 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, chapter 9:23 ‘criminal abuse of office’,” he said.

Mandiwanzira allegedly engaged Megawatt Company to do consultancy work for NetOne without going to tender, before directing NetOne to pay $5 million to the said company.

“This is in connection with audit an contract awarded to Megawatt Company without going to tender, an entity in which Cde Mandiwanzira had interests and subsequent directive by him for NetOne to pay $4 million for the service and $1 million for consultancy,” he said.

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Francisca Murapata
A Gweru school teacher at one of the primary schools has been accused of sexually molesting young kids for juju rituals.

The female teacher named as Francisca Murapata stands accused of abusing her primary school students for juju purposes.

The Gweru teacher is said to purport to be a devout Christian but her actions have been said to be more satanic and criminal.

The tough economic times in Zimbabwe have seen an increase in people resorting to juju and witchcraft to try and create wealth.

The abuse of spiritual and cultural belief systems in Zimbabwe has proved a deadly and effective control mechanism for those seeking to make money through juju (witchcraft). This has seen an increase in teachers involved in the recruitment of young children in schools, being initiated into witchcraft or used by some school teachers in juju rituals and appeasements.

“For some evil people schools have become a source of fresh blood for the hugely profitable and well-organised criminal industry and evil enterprise. These evil doers are taking advantage of young innocent kids to fulfill their evil and sadistic acts.” Said one expert who spoke to this publication.

“It is a sad reality that those who practice witchcraft and dabble in the use of juju to try to enrich themselves are using innocent children and more and more cases of teachers taking advantage of school kids are on the rise in Zimbabwe. I do hope that this case of this Gweru teacher is highlighted and parents are made aware of such things because they trust that teachers are taking care of their children and not exposing them to evil worse still initiating them into witchcraft. What makes it worse is that this is a female teacher.”

Don’t get me wrong because social and cultural norms dictate that women are often viewed as nurturers and carers, “the fairer sex” and therefore not capable of sexual aggression but this is witchcraft inspired by love of money so we are seeing women doing the unthinkable.”

The expert went on to say, “Generally women involved in this type of teacher-pupil case do not fit the mould of what many consider a “predatory paedophile”, in that unlike other sex offenders they do not specifically enter their professions to access children. Instead research has found that many (though not all) of these women appear to abuse because of their own unmet intimacy needs resulting from relationship problems and feelings of loneliness for example.

But when juju rituals and the hand of witchcraft is involved it changes the dynamics. The love of money is indeed the root of all evil.” Said the expert.

What is commonly reported in the Zimbabwean Media with regards sexual abuse in schools mainly involves male teachers taking advantage of female students. However, it is now worrying that more women are abusing young children for juju purposes.

These women are also different from other female sex offenders in that they are generally older, more affluent, have better social skills and less issues with substance abuse. Their behaviour is also to some extent influenced by the very situations they are working in. And so one can only suppose that the economic situation in the country is forcing some of these teachers into witchcraft. Many, though not all, appear to abuse as a result of their own greed and love of money they want wealth by whatever means. Thus, even the use of juju and witchcraft involving young and innocent school kids is on the rise.”

The rumour mill is said to be in full swing in and around Gweru with regards the allegations that point to Francisca Murapata whom it has been alleged is at the centre of abusing and recruiting innocent kids into witchcraft. Thusly, many parents are shocked and worried about these developments and revelations.

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Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa

Zimbabwe is to have six or more television stations as the Ministry of Information wants viewers to have a wide variety as well as competition in the industry which is currently monopolised by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

This was said by Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa in response to a question by Senator Jane Chifamba who wanted to know why Zimbabwe did not have a multiplicity of players.

“As the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, in the next 100 days our mandate is to issue out licences to private television operators or players,” she said.

“We are looking forward to about 6 more television stations coming on board so that we give our viewers variety and that there is competition in that industry which will culminate in quality viewing and content that helps our people in learning a lot of things.  It is an issue that we are seriously looking at in the second republic so that we open up our airwaves.”

Asked if the television operators are going to be independent and not be under ZBC, Mutsvangwa said: “I would like to tell Hon. Chifamba that at present our Ministry is not interfering with what is occurring at ZBC.  We only give policy which guides them. There are editors who ensure that the type of news that comes through ZBC is in line with the policy.  It is not the duty of government to force television stations to broadcast what government wants, but to broadcast what the people of Zimbabwe want.”

Q &A:

*HON. SEN. CHIFAMBA:  Thank you Madam President.  May the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services inform us as to why Zimbabwe as a country that became independent in 1980, has a single television station.  Why do we not have a multiplicity of television players?  I thank you.

*THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION, PUBLICITY AND BROADCASTING SERVICES (HON. SEN. MUTSVANGWA):  Thank you Madam President.  I believe if she once read, she might have observed that as the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, in the next 100 days our mandate is to issue out licences to private television operators or players.  We are looking forward to about 6 more television stations coming on board so that we give our viewers variety and that there is competition in that industry which will culminate in quality viewing and content that helps our people in learning a lot of things.  It is an issue that we are seriously looking at in the second republic so that we open up our airwaves.  I thank you.

*HON. SEN. CHIFAMBA:   Are these television operators going to be independent and not be under ZBC, that they will be free to air their own programming.

*HON. SEN. MUTSVANGWA:  I would like to tell Hon. Chifamba that at present our Ministry is not interfering with what is occurring at ZBC.  We only give policy which guides them.  There are editors who ensure that the type of news that comes through ZBC is in line with the policy.  It is not the duty of Government to force television stations to broadcast what Government wants, but to broadcast what the people of Zimbabwe want.  I thank you. – Insider

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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

Zimbabwe and India today signed six signed agreements, including on mining, Information and communications technology (ICT), visa waiver and traditional medicine as Vice President Venkaiah Naidu met Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Kembo Mohadi and held wide-ranging talks here.

Naidu arrived in Zimbabwe last night on the second leg of his six-day three-nation tour to Africa, which aims at deepening India’s strategic cooperation with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

During a delegation-level talks held between Naidu and his Zimbabwean counterpart, five memorandums of understanding (MoUs), including on mining, visa waiver, traditional medicine, broadcasting, and one action plan on ICT were signed.

“MoUs were signed between the two countries on cooperation in the field of arts, culture and heritage; traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy,” India’s secretary for economic relations in the Ministry of External Affairs TS Tirumurti said.

India also accepted Zimbabwe’s request to supply 10 ambulances to the African nation.

“India will also give life-saving drugs to Zimbabwe,” Tirumurti said.

The Prasar Bharati and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation signed an MoU on “cooperation and collaboration in broadcasting”.

The two sides also signed an MoU in “geology, mining and mineral resources”.

“An agreement was signed between India and Zimbabwe on the reciprocal exemption of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic passports,” Tirumurti said.

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

“The two countries also signed an action plan for cooperation in Information and Communication Technology (ICT),” he added.

The leaders of the two countries also discussed on a wide range of areas, including defence, security, mining, capacity building, health and agriculture, the Vice President’s office tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Naidu also met Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa and discussed bilateral cooperation on all fronts.

Mnangagwa said Naidu’s visit will take India-Zimbabwe relations to the next level.

The President thanked India for being “supportive during Zimbabwe’s period of isolation” and lauded the Asian nation for “refusing to join other countries in imposing sanctions” against it, Tirumurti said.

According to Indian Embassy in Harare, there are about 9 000 Zimbabweans of Indian origin, who are predominantly from the province of Gujarat.

The expatriate Indian community in Zimbabwe is very small numbering around 500 members. Some of them are on long term business or work permits, while most are professionals engaged in IT, accountancy and banking sector.- PTI

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa has been making a lot of reckless pronouncements over the past few weeks which, in my opinion, shows that we are indeed under a new dispensation.

I was watching the video of the MDC’s 19th anniversary celebrations and listening to what speaker after speaker said, I realised that Zimbabwe was really under a new dispensation because under President Robert Mugabe most of them would not have gone to Sunday church services like Chamisa did.

I am talking about the freedom of speech that the speakers exercised.

Of course everyone talked about winning the 30 July elections. I totally disagree in the absence of proof. But more importantly, if you go to court, you must respect the judiciary, more so when you have a dozen or more lawyers as senior members of the party.

However, I totally agree with Chamisa when he says the President must not be the chancellor of any university. Universities must be autonomous.

I think President Emmerson Mnangagwa must take heed of this if he is a listening President as he says.

In the first place, what is really the reason? This was implemented when the country had only one university, now almost every province has a State university, in some cases, two.

Let us not put our academic institutions under undue pressure.

Right now Levi Nyagura is being accused of granting former first Lady Grace Mugabe a doctorate?

With her husband as President of the country and chancellor of the university, who really would have denied her the degree?

Most people would say they would, but let us be honest and practical. – Insider

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Levi Nyagura

SUSPENDED University of Zimbabwe (UZ) vice-chancellor Levi Nyagura yesterday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts facing 27 fresh counts of criminal abuse of office for allegedly awarding a tree-cutting tender to three different companies owned by one person.

Nyagura (72), who is being charged along with UZ director of works Lazarus Mabvura (42) and James Chipendo (36), appeared before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, who granted them $500 bail each.

The complainant is the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, represented by chief executive officer Nyasha Chizu.

Allegations are that UZ, through Mabvura, requested for quotations for procuring the services of cutting down five trees in front of the northern wing of Manfred Hodson compound.

It is alleged on August 23, 2015, three companies, namely Frenzy Investments, Tynwald Sawmills and Bright Tree Cutters, responded by submitting quotations to Mabvura.

The State, represented by Sebastian Mutizirwa, alleges Frenzy Investments and Tynwald Sawmills are owned by the same directors, namely Morgan Manyemba, Ruzisai Nechipani and Florence Mukundu, while Bright Tree Cutter is not registered.

The prosecution said on November 6, 2015, Mabvura connived with Nyagura and awarded the services to Tynwald Sawmills without soliciting for quotations from at least three competitive bidders.

The court heard that five days later, the company was paid $9 950 for cutting down the five trees.

Mutizirwa said on August 27, 2015, Tynwald Sawmills was awarded another contract to cut down five trees worth $18 000, which is above the competitive bidding threshold.

The same companies were awarded more than 27 contracts from 2015 to 2018 which were worth thousands of dollars.

The State alleged the trio allegedly acted contrary to their duties as public officers by inviting quotations from either unregistered companies or those owned by the same directors.

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Walter Magaya

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance leader Walter Magaya last Sunday claimed that he had found a cure for HIV Aids and cancer. It was called Aguma.

He had kept this secret for two years because he wanted it to be chemically and scientifically proven.

“Prophetically I discovered the plant,” he told his audience which included an assortment of “journalists” from across Africa.

“The world may deny but they will eventually agree. You can never fight with facts and win,” he said.

“I have tested it fully on human beings and a lot of these human beings have gone negative. If you take Aguma, in 14 days we carry the first test, your CD count must improve by 200 percent.”

Magaya said Aguma was 100 percent organic and did not have any side effects.

He said he had the intellectual rights to the plant and had patented it so no one could steal it from him.

He was not however going to divulge the name of the plant. Ibn fact an American company had offered him $56 million to tell them the name of the plant but he had refused.

“AIDS,” he said, “was an African problem, so people had been waiting for an African solution.”

A day after his announcement Magaya was under fire from doctors and from the government and he apologized for his excitement in rushing to announce “the cure”.

But when he was arrested and police searched his premises, reports said police allegedly recovered unregistered prescription preparatory medicines, drug manufacturing, packaging machines and drug manufacturing raw materials and 20 bags containing empty capsules, plastic containers and plastic container lids.

When he appeared in court, the State said Magaya allegedly destroyed some of the exhibits by flushing them down his office toilets and burning some of the containers which were, however, recovered half burnt. Several Aguma sachets and torn sachets were also recovered in an office bin next to the church’s call centre office.

One wonders what had gone wrong considering the confidence Magaya had when he addressed the media and his audience!

Why did he destroy evidence when he had said anyone was free to test his “cure”?

Was it really a “cure”? If so why did Magaya not capitalise on proving its efficacy as he had said.

If it was not, what con was the Man of God trying to play?

Magaya was remanded to 29 November on $300 bail.

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Temba Mliswa

INDEPENDENT legislator for Norton, Temba Mliswa, who once rejected a car under parliament’s loan scheme, this week took the lead in demanding his own vehicle and those of opposition MPs.

This was after Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube had told MPs government was delaying purchase of their cars and those of Ministers to allow scarce funds to be channelled towards the country’s priority areas.

Mliswa was quick to challenge the Minister saying Ncube erroneously tried to put Ministers and MPs in the same bracket when it was the case that legislators needed their cars more as they have constituency duty to discharge almost immediately.

“Those are two different departments and Members of Parliament have a mandate to ensure that the effective running of the country comes from them. How can they be under-resourced?” Mliswa said.

“…We are only entitled to one car, yet they have got a 4 X 4, Mercedes Benz and they are also entitled to cars from parastatals.

“So, can the honourable Minister justify why Members of Parliament are put in the same category when we are expected to perform?”

Ncube said cars for MPs were going to be bought “in the fullness of time” but Mliswa shot back saying MPs could not work according to the Minister’s schedule.

“They have a mandate, when are they going to get their cars?” he said.

“Zanu PF members were given cars before the elections and the opposition, including myself do not have cars.

“We cannot have a situation where there was money spent by the ruling party to buy the cars and members of the opposition do not have cars – so it is not balanced.”

When he became Zanu PF MP for Hurungwe West 2013, Mliswa said most MPs already owned vehicles and should not have been considered ahead of their constituency needs.

“Some of my colleagues might need a car, but I certainly do not,” he said then.

“We have not yet received the Constituency Development Fund and this should have been an opportunity for us to be given an option of helping our constituencies with that money.

“We should have had options instead of a car. I would have liked to use my money to renovate a school or a clinic in my constituency. In fact, why should MPs with cars be offered cars? Why should cattle without ticks be taken to a dip tank?” – NewZimbabwe