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By  Retired Lt. Colonel Kudzai Mbudzi - 14 October 2014
- Just as we all thought that Amai was going to do the logical thing and take a neutral political stance in ZANU PF's fractious situation, and shame the divisive elements within the party, she has the most grotesque surprise in store for us.  She goes gullivanting across the length and breath of the country, ranting and raving about some people's alleged disloyalty towards her husband.
One would have thought that is was the onus of the party leader injured by the so called disloyalty to say it out himself. But alas, there goes our lady, spitting a bitter concoction of threats, vitriol and caustic diatribes at adversaries, real and or imagined; taking the opportunity at every turn to cast aspersions at shadows without let or hinderance.
I looked at the TV clip yaAmai yeku Chinhoyi, Bulawayo and Mutare, and also attended her rally in Masvingo. The common denominator of all her so-called "thank the people rallies" is kungopopotera vanhu vakuru veZANU PF – as if nyika ino yakavaresvera ivo nemhuri yavo. She forgets that all of us have supported her husband for the past 37 years since 1977 when he was appointed or selected to be the President of the Party, on the basis of respect for seniority in the Party.  (The same yardstick which VaMutasa is propagating for today in the Party's election and selection of leaders.)  For 37 long years the broad spectrum of ZANU PF members have shown President Mugabe individualized and undivided support.  For 37 years they have shown resolute and absolute loyalty; indeed in 37 years we have known no other leader other than her husband.
The generality of ZANU PF was solidly behind his programmes, political experiments, intimations, fears, anxieties and sided with him in any internal and external political battles for which he called for national support and comfort. She forgets that appreciative reciprocation is good leadership; to equally support those of your own who previously supported you as well. Indeed a good leader is one who equally submits himself to the leadership of other people.
Instead of all these rantings, Amai and her family should then know that it's now time to reciprocate, showing one's corresponding obligation to support the other in order to allow Zimbabwe to move forward.
But honestly I am yet to know the sources of so much hatred, bitterness and frustration in her. I am yet to know what grievious mistakes or wrongs we have committed to the first family to deserve such open ridicule.
I felt so pitiful and so sorry for the largely revolutionary leadership of Masvingo when after innocently mobilizing so many supporters to attend Amai's rally, using their own personal resources, they only got such chiding and were labeled traitors, "vatengesi", "vapanduki", in front of their junior ranks by a novice pseudo politician who is still to fully comprehend the real reasons for Zimbabwe's liberation struggle other than personal glory.
She insinuated that most of (ZANU PF) leaders, having been simply hand-picked by her husband, were therefore indebted to the first family. How do senior party leaders become so philanthropically and patronisingly indebted to one leader in a revolutionary party whose membership is the broad spectrum of the people and descendency or ascendency is guided by a constitutional elective process? How does the relationship between the same elected dear leader and the other comrades who elected him into power suddenly become that of an object and a subject, where the object has infinite powers and means to act willy nilly on his passive political subjects?
But on a more serious note, just where does Amai get the moral high ground from which to attack her perceived enemies in the party.  She imagines that political leaders appointed to positions in terms of the part's constitution must forever be beholden to her husband as a matter of patronage.  No it's not like that Amai! It is a matter of constitutional responsibility both on the part of the person who appoints and the person appointed and suggesting otherwise is either sheer unscholarly ignorance or condescendence of the sickening type.
In any event, to the best of my knowledge, Amai does not hold any office in the party, elected or appointed.  She is only waiting to be appointed.  And for sure, she will! But as we speak she is the proverbial ordinary card carrying member.  She knows too well that she is going to get it all on a silver platter, just like they say she did with the degree.
In light of the above, I then wonder where a mere party Cell member would derive all that power rokutuka, and discipline members of the Party's Central Committee or Politburo. I was equally appalled when she publicly stated that people like Mai Mahofa and sekuru Josiah Hungwe were her revered political mentors, while denigrating political luminaries such as Dzikamai Mavhaire, and by extrapolation, Dr. Mai Mujuru. Lamentably unknown to Amai, both Mbuya Mahofa and Sekuru Hungwe do not command that much clout and favour in Masvingo. They are in their present positions for manipulative hidden agendas best known to the first family.
During the liberation struggle I at one time happened to be the ZANLA Political Commissar and Instructor for all the ZANLA bases in Maputo. I never witnessed a situation where Sally Mugabe rebuked General Tongogara, vaMutasa – let alone any other ordinary member of the military wing on the basis of her familial relationship with  the Party President Cde. R.G. Mugabe. Never, never, never!
Indeed history has lost memory, and therefore has no known sane person free from some form of a psychological disorder of schizophrenia, even in its mildest form of neurotic psychosis, where a  simple card carrying member of an organisation without any substantive position, would perambulate and disdainfully move around the  main organisational constituency scolding and purportedly disciplining the general membership and its top leadership by mere cushion of one's conjugal relationship with the leader of the organisation.
But Amai, why are you trying to criminalise other members' political ambitions? You need  reminding of the existence of a section in the constitution on the rights of members and therefore that we are all equal members of the Party and as such, there is nothing wrong in one wanting to occupy any position within the Party, including that of the President. 
But alas, Amai speaks as if we are not allowed to be ambitious in our own right as long as her family still exists. This notion that it just has to be her own family alone taking centre stage and no one else, is not only a lamentable exposition of one's feeble mind, but a serious and perilous misdirected fantasy, embedded in thinking political naivety and mischief.

She speaks as if we live for her: as if all Party members are supposed to live to the service of the first family, or as if we are all slaves of the first family.
After all these years of, and in the struggle, why should a political luminary such as VaMutasa's political fate suddenly be in limbo simply because at his advanced age, he wants to finally fulfill his last political aspiration of being the Chairman of the Party which Amai might not approve of?
I am not sure where this confusion is emanating from maybe -: from mix – up formulas in one of the quantitative Chinese modules, as to any other normal person, it does not add up that if VaMutasa aspires and then goes on to burn the midnight candle to be ZANU PF chairman, then he is automatically plotting against VaMugabe. 

How do you plot against a 91 year old who supposedly is simply scripting some conclusive remarks to his political career? Amai, must also have the wisdom to  know that zera remurume wavo harisiri rekutukira vanhu. Aging is a grace from the Almighty and is a natural process quite independent of anybody's will, hence not instigated by midnight candle burners or any faction within the party. 
Indeed is this really my beloved ZANU PF where each member is supposed to have equal rights equal chances and enjoy equal opportunities?
Amai should be better enlightened that Zimbabwe did not go to the liberation struggle to just please the political enchantments and aggrandisement of the heart of the first family.
In good protocol, normally shallow minded people should never be allowed to be near a public address system without a written script in their left hand, lest they embarrass themselves and all those innocent souls who might have been tempted and cheated into believing their wild claims of possessing erternal enormous political muscle power. And sometimes you have to forgive the all too obvious delusions of grandeur.
Knowing my dear leader Bob as much as I do, he should never have allowed this embarrassment to his own personal and private family, thereby exposing his own family to political ridicule for a very long time to come; even well after he is gone. Truly, Amai should be wise enough to know that Bob will not be in that position in the not too distant a future – obviously owing to his age. Certainly without the shield of his power, she would not withstand any political contestation with all these guys whom she today is arrogantly denigrating and parading as traitors and political quislings.
Amai by the look of things, seems to me to be too individualistic, immature, "vane bapu", is uncalculative and purely opportunistic, and rather poor in mental construction of reality. Dr Mai Joice Mujuru is her direct opposite: who is cool, calm, reserved, tolerant, objective and intelligently calculative of what is good or bad for Zimbabwe.  No wonder political crooks want her out sooner than later.  She will not in the not too distant future, tolerate their crooked ways.
There is no person as dangerous as the one who overestimates one's own capacities, abilities and intelligence. The worst stature of primitive foolishness is inability to adjust one's own behavior through the eyes of the whole world in which one frequents.
This naivety even leads people not to feel uncomfortable and unashamed in gracefully accepting such pseudo accolades with a cunningly deceptive humility, without any dissonance and some inner psychological discomfort which such a biblical Delela act should automatically trigger to an average human being.
People like Cde Oppah of the "chete chete" stable should better be reminded that Zimbabwe is not looking for a supervisor of a government departmental typing pool here: we are looking for transformational leadership to propel and catapult  the country into an orbit of sustainable competitiveness and economic prosperity after these long periods of the current economic lost decade.
I was equally appalled to see some haggard and sullen faced chiefs trying to bestow the heroic Mbuya Nehanda status on a person who does not even embrace the political value-consensus of the ethos and objectives for the first and second chimurenga liberation struggles.
They should be reminded that Amai is but just an opportunistic admirer of the fruits of the liberation struggle which have suddenly become so abundant to her after a miserable life in a government typing pool.It was a lamentable lack of social intelligence for chiefs then to urge Amai to aim higher than her most suited current position of a house wife, a position she has thus far proven very capable in.
By such a much vibed and forceful entry into Zimbabwe's political landscape, I do not know what gap she says she is trying to fill or what problems she purports to be trying to solve in the politico-economic landscape of the current Zimbabwe.
I am not sure also how homeboy Ngwena will benefit with anticipated fall of Dr. Mai.  To me, Ngwena is better off with Dr Mai than to seruptiously try to manoeuvre from Amai's corner.news

Hwarare to step down as CSFA chairman





Morris Bishi - CHIREDZI
– Admore Hwarare, the chairman of the Commercial Sugarcane Farmers' Association will step down from the helm of the organisation when it holds its Annual General Meeting on October 18, 2014.
 Hwarare told The Mirror last Friday that he will not seek re-election at the meeting to be held in Triangle.
"I called for the Annual General Meeting next weekend and the main purpose of the meeting is to hold elections and to look for a new executive and as chairperson of the Association I will not seek re-election.
"I served the association for the past seven years and we achieved a lot of which include sourcing 75 tractors for farmers, constructing an upstairs building for administration purposes, mobilising financial assistance for farmers in the form of a $30m facility supported by Bank ABC, said Hwarare.
Hwarare however, said there are obstacles which farmers are still
facing which include low sugar cane prices and high transport costs.
"ZIMRA has just started garnishing some of our farmers' accounts and I say that is backstabbing us since we don't process sugar and I have just launched a High Court interdict today to protect our farmers", he said.
Hwarare said he was campaigning for his deputy Tawanda Mafurutu to become the new chairman of the association.
 "I will be available to assist the new leadership whenever they need me" he said. business news

Save Molly Gala to rock Masvingo





Mirror Reporter - MASVINGO
- Saturday October 18, 2014 is sure to leave Masvingo rocked.
Six of the country's top musicians, Sulumani Chimbetu, Mathias Mhere, Somandhla Ndebele,Sebastian Magacha, Tocky Vibes and Zoey will perform at the Caravan Park in Masvingo in a charity show to raise funds for surgery to be carried out on Mollen Ndanatsei, a Masvingo resident diagnosed with a kidney problem.
Ndanatsei needs $25 000 to go for kidney transplant in India. Her sister Tendai Makoni will be donating the kidney.
Chivi Rural district Council chairman, Killer Zivhu has organised the gala and the musicians are performing for free. The Mirror, the southern region's biggest newspaper has been making the appeals on behalf of Molly.
Zivhu has already donated three air tickets for Molly and two other people accompanying her to India.
The entry fee into the show is an unbelievable $1 for kids and adults.
"We want people to come and support Molly to raise money to go to India. She is living in perpetual pain and going for dialysis every week.
"Well wishers are coming in for just a dollar but our appeal is for people to come in and make bigger donations either at the gate or at various desks within Caravan Park. We are one family as Masvingo and we should always spare a moment for each other.
"We are inviting our politicians, particularly our MPS, Ministers business people and those with a big heart to come on stage and make their donations public. The gate takings are not much but the pledge that comes from the heart is what we will be counting on.
"We are trying to restore our Shona culture particularly here in Masvingo where the tradition is that people live for each other. That is why we are saying Wezhira Ndionewo," said Zivhu.
The show starts at 8am and goes on until late.
Those who want to be sell goods inside Caravan Park should contact The Mirror General Manager Nkulumani Mlambo.news



Zaka RDC reinstates suspended workers




Morris Bishi - ZAKA
- Zaka Rural District Council has re-enstated nine security guards it had suspended on allegations of fraud.
The move will see council paying in full the workers' salaries for the period of seven months which they were not at work. The reinstatements were effected last Monday after council lawyers advised management to do so.
Confirming the latest development, Council Chairman, Sebastian Chavarika Musundire told The Mirror that the nine workers concerned are back at work.
"There is a procedure which needs to be sorted out which was ommitted by council.
 "There was a hearing which was supposed to be convened by Council while the case was continuing at the courts. We will have to find a way forward since that process was not taken care of in the first place", he said.
 Councilor Musundire refused to shed light on what council will do with the salaries of the nine but one of the employees said they were given three months salaries on Friday and the balance will be paid in phases.
 The nine are Andrew Jekese (39), Nhopi Nyika (44), Magwede Cosmas (54), Rusosa Charles (43), Mutsago Edmore (44), Shamiso Mapuranga (39), Davy Leornard Masikati (59), Tichaona Chikondori and Michael Guvuriro. Allegations against the employees are that, they used to receipt recommended charge of $6 for buses after removing carbon papers and write $1 on carbon, pocketing the difference while on duties to collect revenue on behalf of council at Jerera Bus Terminus.
Their case has failed to go for trial for the past seven months after court officials at Zaka recused themself.news

Senior Council managers’ stands scheme raises stink





Garikai Mafirakureva - MASVINGO –
Five senior managers from Masvingo City Council have allocated each other free stands with a minimum surface area of 2 000 square metres in the leafy suburb of Rhodhene in what analysts have described as a scandal.
The stands were given in recognition of 10-year long service to council although The Mirror gathered that the five most senior managers have varying years of service ranging from below 10 to above 10 years.
The prices of the stands range from $18 000 to $30 000. The awards are despite the fact that senior council employees in Masvingo have declined to disclose their packages in the face of demands by the rate payers who pay their salaries to so.
According to a letter in the hands of The Mirror, beneficiaries include Town Clerk Aldolf Gusha who got stand number 9675, director of housing Levison Nzvura had stand number 9676, Director of public health Zvakavapano Munganasa got stand number 9684, the head of finance Thandiwe Dube, stand number 9677 while Human Resources officer Victor Shonhai got stand 9678.
The deal has sparked an outcry with Masvingo Urban Residents Ratepayers  Association (MURRA) and Masvingo Residents Trust (MRT) challenged the council to reveal their salaries to the public.
However, Gusha defended the awarding of the stands and said this is a condition of service provided for in senior managers' contracts. Senior managers have vehemently refused to disclose their conditions of service.
 "The stands are for senior management only and they are in the employees' conditions of service. These conditions were put after council employees left councils en-mass in search of greener pastures. If you still remember we had a situation when there was no city treasurer or town engineer," said Gusha.
MURRA programmes coordinator Anoziva Muguti had no kind words for the City Council's senior management which he said was looting council resources.
"If these are conditions of service I feel they are too much. These stands are being parceled out on top of the obscene salaries that they failed to reveal to the public. We can only describe this as looting," said Muguti.
Prosper Tiringindi, the information officer for MTR also castigated the allocation of stands and said, "if this was part of the conditions of service why is it being done in secrecy?
"We feel there is something amiss here, why should they do their things secretly? We know Shonhai is yet to reach 10 years at the City Council and yet he is being given recognitions for 10 years service. This is scandalous. The other employees reached 10 years a long time ago," said Tiringindi. news

McDowell’s creditors to hold final claims meeting next week




Garikai Mafirakureva - HARARE
- McDowell's International creditors are going to meet in Harare on October 22, 2014 for the final claims meeting, according to the judicial manager, Evans Militala.
Militila said he had to stop the liquidation of Lees' Inn after Member Chipamba and Linda Dewa who are the directors of McDowell's challenged the liquidation of McDowell's. This left the judicial manager with just Lees Inn Hotel, a company that has no property except bed linen and other small utensils to liquidate.
He said the liquidation process would go ahead once the High Court has given its ruling.
 "Yes, we are going to have a meeting in Harare next week with the creditors to have the final claims from creditors. I had to stop the liquidation of Lees' Inn because it only owns a few utensils, bedding linen and furniture while the buildings they are operating from are under McDowell's.
"So I thought it would realize a few dollars if we decided to liquidate the goodwill only. Now as a judicial manager I am just waiting for the High Court to hear our case and we can start the liquidation," said Militala.
The McDowell's licence was revoked after the company started taking deposits and running money pyramids.
"As a provisional judicial manager my role was to turn back the fortunes of the company so that it can pay back its creditors. But in this case I had to recommend liquidation of the company because I felt the company had gone down on its knees and will never be able to repay its creditors," said Militala .news

Mozambican who terrorised Ngundu to hang





Patience Magora - MASVINGO
– Isaac Mlambo, a Mozambican citizen who terrorised Ngundu residents at Christmas last year by shooting into cash vendors and killing one was last Thursday sentenced to death by High Court Judge, Justice Francis Bere who was on circuit in Masvingo.
Justice Bere passed the death penalty after Mlambo was convicted of shooting at and killing Witness Chibaya.
He also seriously injured Samuel Gwanhema, Justin Moyo and Kudakwashe Nyamayevhu at around 7:30am as he and his accomplice, Mike Sithole, a Zimbabwean who is still at large attempted to rob the cash vendors.
Justice Bere described the murder of Chibaya as intended and callous.
He said Mlambo shot several times and killed Chibaya despite that Chibaya had surrendered all the money that he had to the accused.
"Why did you shoot him when he had given you everything that you wanted? He gave you the purse that had the money and went on to give you all the money that was in his pockets but you still shot him dead," said Justice Bere when he delivered judgment.
He also said that Chibaya had not wronged Mlambo in any way and it was therefore callous to kill an innocent man.
Justice Bere advised Mlambo to appeal to the higher Court if he was not satisfied with the ruling. He said a final decision on his hanging lay with the executive which has the discretion to commute the death sentence to life in prison.
Mlambo's lawyer, Charles Ndlovu of Hwacha, Ndlovu and Partners had earlier appealed for a lighter sentence arguing that his client was a Mozambican who was hoodwinked by a Zimbabwean and brought to Ngundu to commit the crime.
However, the State Prosecutor Elson Chavarika argued that Zimbabweans have a right to get protection from the State and particularly against foreigners like Mlambo. He said death sentence was the most appropriate in the circumstances.news
 

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