Key Questions answered about corruption in Africa (Zimbabwe), factional politics and the powerful cartel (Oligarchy) controlling Diamond, Gold, Fuel, Grain (Command Agriculture), Basic Commodities and Foreign Currency trading. 1. Who is Queen Bee?-Queen Bee is colloquial name for the most powerful oligarchy/cartel in Zimbabwe. The group is heavily connected to senior politicians, the army, intelligence, the judiciary, permanent secretaries and directors in government, commercial parastatals including RBZ, MMCZ, NOCZIM, ZIMRA & ZESA. It has links at AFREXIMBANK too. The cartel controls imports of foreign currency and its allocation by RBZ. It controls imports of key commodities such as Fuel, Wheat & Maize and their subsequent distribution in Zimbabwe. It also controls Gold and Diamond marketing. 2. Who is in this cartel or oligarchy?-The most powerful bosses in the cartel are Chiwenga, John Bredenkamp and Billy Reutenbach. Their front man is Kuda Tagwirei. Silent partners include Simon Rudland, Obert Mpofu, Nic Van Hoogstraten, Happyton Bonyongwe,Ozias Bvute, Supa Mandiwanzira, Joram Gumbo, SB Moyo, Perrence Shiri, Elson Moyo and Anselem Sanyatwe. Other prominent members include Frank Buyanga,John Mangudya, Mirirai Chiremba, Norman Mataruka, Gresham Muradzikwa, Azvinandava Saburi, Genius Kadungure, Wicknel Chivhayo, Aaron Chinhara (Glow Petroleum), Farai Munyawarara (Kreamorn Investments),Phillip Chiyangwa, Derrick Chikore, Francis Gudyanga, Willard Manungo & Tafadzwa Musarara (Grain Millers). Lebanese, Indian, Chinese & Israeli Business moguls in Zimbabwe are also involved through mineral exports. 3. When did this cartel start?-The origins of this powerful cartel dates as far back as 1998 when Zimbabwe intervened in the DRC War. The rationale behind the intervention was to shield Diamond & Cobalt Mines controlled by the cartel front man John Bredenkamp & Billy Reutenbach. The rich white moguls roped in Vitalis Zvinavashe, Emerson Mnangagwa, Solomon Mujuru, Constantine Chiwenga, Perrence Shiri and SB Moyo among others giving them contracts to supply goods and services to the Zimbabwean Army during the war. Mugabe too was in the grouping for personal reasons. From that time, the army has played a key role in the Zimbabwean economy in transport, mining, arms deals, foreign currency, loans and connections to foreign investors. Their hand was strengthened when they saved Mugabe after losing to Tsvangirai in the 2008 elections. The cartel pushed behind the scenes to get their men in key positions in government, parastatals, cabinet and intelligence gradually becoming influential. The army became a ZANU PF extension and coined the phrase, “Chinhu Chedu” meaning a self-enrichment system of power and business deals. 4. Who was behind the November 2017 Coup?-The power behind the coup was not ED but this cartel including prominent business tycoons (white & black) fronted by Chiwenga, SB Moyo, P. Shiri & Elson Moyo. They could not have one of their own to take over as it would show the world that it was a real coup de tat so they chose Emerson Mnangagwa (civilian face) to lead the country. The coup was planned as far back as 2004 through ZANU PF structures, then 2007 through the Presidential Guard and after Mugabe unilaterally merged diamonds in Chiadzwa through Minister Chidhakwa (His cousin) in 2015. The cartel tried to get Mugabe to hand over power to ED in return for business deals. Their plans were thrown off the rail when Mugabe went after Bredenkamp in 2007 on flimsy passport charges. The nail was hit when Mugabe sent intelligence to kill Chiwenga in September 2017. When it failed, Mugabe fired ED from government and planned to fire Chiwenga as Army General after his China trip. The coup was initiated as the last resort to save the oligarchy. Furthermore Mugabe had shown no signs over time of giving power to their man (ED). Intelligence showed Mugabe wanted to hand over power to Sydney Sekeramayi who was to be deputized by Grace and Mphoko. The balance of power was shifting towards Grace and a few loyalists close to Mugabe and his family who were deemed hostile to the cartel’s business ideology in Diamond Mining, Gold and Fuel. The group composed of young Turks in ZANU PF who were starting to get favourable treatment from Mugabe at the expense of the cartel. The cartel tried to recruit Grace but realized Mugabe had spies around her because of her infidelity past. They sponsored various trips to China and other intelligence meetings behind the doors among other donations to ZANU PF. The cartel was shocked after Mugabe fired ED in a show of force and it pushed Chiwenga to voice their displeasure to Mugabe. The ZANU PF central committee was captured to push for impeachment in case Mugabe did not resign. The cartel used public anger for Mugabe to push people in the streets of Harare in support of their cause. They had found a common goal with opposition leaders too. That is why the coup was quickly sanitized. 5. Why did they not kill Mugabe?-They could not kill Mugabe as it would show the world it was a power grab. Moreover the information could leak on their identity as Mugabe had a lot of loyalists within the ZANU PF party, in government, intelligence and internationally. ED however, promised to reach out to Mugabe for them and ensure peace. 6. Is ED in control of the country?-Like Mugabe who lost elections in 2008 but was kept in power by the military in 2008. ED is under the influence of this cartel because they funded over $300 million to sponsor his campaign in the July 2018 elections. He is their product promoted to lead the country and he was involved in their deals through command agriculture as VP in 2016-17. He was further weakened after losing the July elections where again the cartel reversed the popular vote in his favour for their business interests. 7. Why is ED failing to control price increases, fight corruption or push for reforms?-The cartel that installed him as president survives on tenders and underhand deals with Parastatals in a closed economy. Any transparency or audit into government deals cuts off their revenue supply. Price increases are a show of power that the cartel controls the economy and can sabotage ED’s plan for economic growth. Reforms being pushed by Mthuli Ncube such as 2% tax, civil service and government expenditure cuts including command agriculture will be shot down because the cartel is still to cash in on its 2018 elections donations. Mthuli is supposed to be alienated in his policy thrust or be captured slowly, if he resists capture the cartel will push for his resignation from cabinet on corruption charges. 8. Why is Mutsvangwa exposing Kuda Tagwirei and the cartel?-Mutsvangwa felt that ED was pushed not to support him publicly in the Norton elections. He realized the cartel had a hand in his loss to Mliswa. However Mutsvangwa is fronting for a company from South Africa called MOGS which intends to build a Fuel pipeline linking Botswana and Mozambique through Harare which has the capacity to carry 5 times more fuel than the Trafigura/NOCZIM pipeline. It’s a personal fight. He is the brains behind Lumumba leaks 9. Why was Mutsvangwa not appointed Minister?-The cartel knew of his MOU with MOGS, his dislike for Chiwenga and abrasive behavior through the War Vets. Hence they pushed ED not to appoint him in cabinet. The push came through Mupamhanga and Charamba (Cartel inside men in ED’s office). ED reasoned with Mutsvangwa and appointed his wife instead to appease his former advisor. 10. Who is controlling government right now?-Chiwenga is the man running the show in government for the cartel since his appointment. They want him to take over as president in 2023, then hand over to SB Moyo in 2028. They have a succession plan for any eventuality even impeachment for ED or death. 11. Why did ED invite observers despite Army warnings that he would lose the elections?-ED wanted to create a centre of power around himself and a few of his loyalists who were chased from ZANU PF by Mugabe. He too wanted to get rich but without outside influence as he had seen on Mugabe. He wanted credibility and control as his own man to break away from the past. His plan was to invite technocrats and skilled Zimbabweans in Diaspora to run government so as to open lines of credit and investment. His plan fell after he lost to Nelson Chamisa in the July 30 elections. 12. How did the cartel capture ZEC & the judiciary?-At 3am on July 31, army intelligence had gathered through Provincial Presiding Officers that Chamisa of MDC had crossed the 2 million mark and was set to win by at least 56% of the presidential vote according to ZEC voter turnout figures. The cartel met and discussed plans with Chiwenga. It was agreed that it was easier to get ED in and eliminate him midway through his term than to get opposition in power. Chiwenga ordered ZEC to stop displaying V11 forms outside polling stations for all strategic constituencies deemed ZANU PF strongholds and those remaining polling stations which were over 25% of the total polling stations of the election. The army took over ZEC by threatening Chigumba and falsifying V11 forms. The cartel then offered huge perks to at least 5 judges of the Constitutional court who sat on the case bench to get ED sworn in. 13. Did ED want a GNU?-After losing the elections, ED was briefed by PV Sibanda that it was ideal to get in a GNU as the public favoured it. He warned ED of the power behind Chiwenga and his motives. The plan would involve negotiations with opposition figures which PV Sibanda was willing to do. ED advisers in the OPC also warmed up to the idea as it guaranteed them safety. The cartel rejected this idea outright and threatened PV Sibanda. 14. Who was behind the White City bombing?-The cartel felt that ED was sabotaging them by inviting international observers to an election he was likely to loose. He was also crushing Chiwenga on various pronouncements which included the firing of CIOs loyal to Mugabe, Police chiefs and allowing opposition a free reign in campaigning. They felt ED was becoming too soft to a dangerous opposition and poverty stricken public which would create room for an uprising similar to the Arab events. The decoy was to apportion blame to Grace Mugabe or G40 remnants. It was an inside job to injure or eliminate ED and Mohadi. 15. How did ED sideline some cartel members or dump them in the new cabinet?-The cartel had long suspected that some of its beneficiaries and members were spying to Mugabe against Chiwenga and ED. They quietly pushed ED to wield the axe on a few figures including Mandiwanzira and Mpofu but these would get ministerial packages, contracts and business through the cartel as they would in government even if deployed to ZANU offices. However the cartel crossed swords with ED after the failed to give posts to its members who were on Chiwenga’s list of cabinet candidates. The list included the likes of Bvute (Local government), Chiwenga (on Defense), Rugeje (Transport) and Tagwirei (On energy) among other retired generals. ED flexed his muscle and appointed his friends from Lacoste era who helped him fight in ZANU PF during tough times such as July Moyo, Biggie Matiza, Mohadi, Muchinguri & Matemadanda. This was to the displeasure of the cartel and it warned him of serious consequences economically and socially. ED had to improve his security detail and is living on the knife edge fearing from his life while trying to save the economy from collapsing under his watch. The rift was widened by the revelations that ED wanted Chiwenga dead despite the fact that he saved ED during elections. The Lumumba leaks were the tip of the iceberg to the power and business politics in Zimbabwe. So it’s game on while the Povo suffers!!!!
A 20 year-old Gokwe woman died after she drank a poisonous concoction administered on her by a traditional healer while trying to cure barrenness, police have confirmed.
Acting Midlands Police Spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende confirmed the incident which occurred on Saturday last week when Atalia Ndlovu of Chrispen Ben village under Chief Mkoka in Gokwe died after drinking a concoction prescribed by a traditional healer from Chipinge only identified as Sigauke.
Asst Insp Mukwende said Atalia and her husband, Mr Morgan Ndlovu (30) of the same village had failed to sire a baby and decided to approach a traditional healer.
She said the two sought the assistance of a traditional healer from Chipinge who was operating in their area only known as Sigauke.
Asst Insp Mukwende said on the said date and time, the two went to Sigauke’s place and sought his assistance to which he agreed.
“I can confirm that 20 year old woman from Gokwe died after he took a concoction administered on her by a traditional healer. It is alleged that Atalia Ndlovu aged 20 and her husband Morgan Ndlovu approached a traditional healer to assist them over barrenness. The traditional healer only identified as Sigauke administered a concoction on Atalia. After a while she fell seek and had abdominal disorder and she started vomiting and had diarrhoea. Her condition deteriorated and she later died,” she said.
Asst Insp Mukwende said the matter was then reported to the police. She said Sigauke fled when he realised that he had poisoned Atalia.
“When Atalia died the matter was reported to the police. The suspect is on the run. We are appealing to anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect to make use of the suggestion boxes or report to the nearest police station. We also appeal to the public to seek assistance from mainstream and registered health practitioners whenever they have a medical problem,” she said
Kombi driver impregnates form two pupil commits suicide
Munyaradzi Musiiwa, Midlands Correspondent
A 28-year-old kombi driver from Gweru committed suicide by downing poison in an attempt to evade arrest after impregnating a 14-year-old form two pupil.
Acting Midlands police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende confirmed the incident which occurred on 14 September in Mkoba 9 when Godknows Zambezi of Mkoba 10 took a pesticide in a bushy area near Mkoba 9.
“I can confirm that we are investigating a case of sudden death where a male adult committed suicide by drinking a pesticide. It is suspected that the now deceased Godknows Zambezi committed suicide by drinking a pesticide in a bushy area near Mkoba 9 high density suburb. He was rescued by his brother who called an ambulance and was taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital. He later died on 14 September around 5 PM.
We suspect that he must have had personal problems,” she said.
Asst Insp Mukwende could neither deny nor confirm that Zambezi had impregnated a form two pupil.
She said it is suspected that Zambezi had personal issues.
Asst Insp Mukwende appeared to the public to seek counselling whenever they have challenges and avoid committing suicide.
A source however alleged that Zambezi had allegedly impregnated a form two pupil.
“What happened is that Zambezi had impregnated a form two school pupil who he used to offer lift going to school. When the girl informed him that she was pregnant he panicked and decided to commit suicide. He took a pesticide and went to a bushy area near Mkoba 9 and committed suicide. He was spotted by his brother who immediately followed him and managed to rescue him. This incident occurred on September 13 but he later died on September 14,” said the source.
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A St John’s College teacher in Harare stunned the whole school when he stood up during assembly and told students:
Neal Novelmeier said he had made the decision to publicly declare his se_xuality in the hope that it would “curb homophobic behaviour” at the school located in the plush neighbourhood of Borrowdale.
“I simply feel and believe that as an educator I will be able to better address and advance this issue if I am prepared to be fully open and transparent about it myself,” he said in a letter, addressed to parents, .
The school’s headmaster, Cavaliere Corrado Trinci, deputy headmaster Andrew Sakala and Charles N. Msipa, the chairman of the school’s board of governors have been very supportive towards Novelmeier.
Homose_xuality is banned in Zimbabwe. Former President Robert Mugabe once said gays were “worse than pigs and dogs”, and new President Emmerson Mnangagwa told CNN in an interview in January that “in our constitution, it is banned and it is my duty to obey my constitution” as he refused to state what his personal opinion was on the matter.
Gweru City Council’s blitz against illegal vending has extended to unregistered money changers, with the local authority threatening to confiscate their cash if they resist.
Municipal police, in conjunction with the Joint Operations Command last month launched an operation to remove illegal vendors off the streets following the outbreak of typhoid in the city that has so far claimed eight lives and infected more than 1 500 people.
The city is also on high cholera alert after the disease broke out in Harare and spread to other parts of the country.
The outbreak, which has so far killed 30 people and infected over 5 000 people, was declared a national emergency by government last week.
The Midlands capital, like most cities in the country has witnessed the proliferation of money changers who are making a brisk business trading the inflation-prone bond note against the US dollar and other stable currencies.
Town Clerk, Elizabeth Gwatipedza said the council wanted vendors to move to designated sites.
“We are saying vendors should go to designated sites while those who want market stalls should come and register with council,” said Gwatipedza.
In addition to money changers, the council confiscated cooking utensils and food from illegal fast-food vendors.
A KOMBI driver suspected to be unlicensed yesterday lost control of his vehicle, rammed into and seriously injured four vendors in the Bulawayo Central Business District.
The incident occurred at about 4PM at the highly congested Lobengula Street and 6th Avenue Extension.
Bulawayo Chief Fire Officer, Mr Richard Peterson, said the city’s ambulance service attended the accident scene and rushed the injured to a local hospital. “A commuter omnibus driver who is suspected to be 26-years-old lost control of a kombi he was driving and rammed into four vendors who were selling their wares by the side of the road. The accident occurred along Lobengula Street and 6th Avenue Extension. Four vendors were injured in the process, with two of them sustaining serious injuries,” said Mr Peterson.
He said the four vendors were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital for treatment.
“One of male vendors sustained head injuries and suffered fractures, while the other complained of severe pain on the right side of his upper body. Two other vendors were women aged 22 and 23 years respectively who were also injured in the process,” Mr Peterson said.
He said it is not clear how the driver lost control of the vehicle but there are suspicions that he could be unlicensed.
“The driver was not injured but a lot of people were claiming that he could have been unlicensed. For further details you should contact the police who attended the accident scene,” said Mr Peterson.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Chief Inspector Precious Simango said investigations on the matter were underway. “We continue to appeal to motorists to exercise caution on the roads. Although no life was lost in this accident, those involved suffered life threatening injuries unnecessarily,” she said.
The accident occurred at a time when police have launched a national blitz against rowdy motorists who are causing untold suffering to citizens through their recklessness on the roads.
Recently, a kombi driver ran over and killed a Grade Three pupil from Bulawayo’s Pumula North suburb as he was on his way to school. The pupil’s family called for the reintroduction of police controlled roadblocks.
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Former First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe’s sister, Junior Shuvai Gumbochuma, yesterday appeared in court facing three counts of fraud after she allegedly misrepresented to the Government, her capacity to develop land into residential stands but later sold the land at a huge profit, albeit without making any developments.
Gumbochuma appeared before magistrate Mr Elisha Singano and was released on $500 bail.
She was remanded to October 23.
As part of her bail conditions, Gumbochuma was ordered to surrender her passport and report twice a week at Concession Police Station.
She was also ordered to continue residing at her address, Kachere Farm in Bindura, and not to interfere with witnesses and evidence.
It is the State’s case that sometime in August 2014, stands number 139 and 140 Gillingham Estate in Dzivaresekwa were available for sale to deserving and capable developers who could subdivide them into high-density residential stands.
Gumbochuma misrepresented to the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing that she had the capacity to develop the land.
On March 27, 2015, she was offered the land and was asked to pay $424 426 to the ministry.
Gumbochuma, the State alleges, who had neither the capacity to pay the intrinsic land value nor to develop it then formed and registered a company called Scanlen (Pvt) Ltd as a vehicle to effect her fraudulent transaction.
Between August and October 2017, Gumbochuma sold the land to N-Frasys for $2 060 000-00 without paying for the land. She made a profit of $1 636 574 without doing anything.
N-Frasys then paid the intrinsic land value to the ministry and paid the balance to Gumbochuma, the court heard.
According to the State, the conduct of Gumbochuma was prejudicial to the good administration of the ministry as Gumbochuma profiteered from State land thereby distorting the market value of the land from a mere $424 426 to an inflated value of $2 060 000 without making any developments.
On the second charge, it is alleged that in February 2016, Gumbochuma misrepresented that Rodonior (Pvt) Ltd was a registered company capable of contracting as a legal persona.
As such, she made an application for land under the unregistered company and the ministry acting upon the misrepresentation allocated 150 hectares of land in Good Hope to Rodonior (Pvt) Ltd.
On the third charge in August of the same year, Gumbochuma again used the same company and made an application for allocation of land in Chishawasha B Goromonzi.
A few days later, the ministry acting upon the misrepresentation allocated 20 hectares of land to Gumbochuma, it is alleged.
Checks made with the registrar of deeds and companies confirmed that Rodonior Pvt Ltd was not registered.
Messrs Michael Reza and Sebastian Mutizirwa represented the State while Professor Lovemore Madhuku and Mr Shingirai Ushewokunze acted on behalf of Gumbochuma.
Harare has been hit by a second major cholera outbreak in a decade although this time the emergency was declared within a couple of days of the Government finding out and resources — national, local and private — are being mobilised.
But it should not have happened and the Harare City Council needs to take steps to prevent future outbreaks. There will probably be the odd case as people travel around and bring the disease into their community.
Preventing cholera is simple. You keep sewage and water supplies separate, avoid consuming infected water and food and ensure that any infection does not spread beyond a single household.
Zimbabwe’s second city, Bulawayo, provides the great example. Even when the 2008 epidemic was ranging across the country, the province with easily the lowest number of cases was Bulawayo. And while it is taking precautions this time around, it again expects that it can contain any problem that a sick visitor may bring into the city.
This is because Bulawayo, a poorer city than Harare and one with far less water per resident, has had a culture for many decades, stretching right back into colonial times, of expecting that its municipal officials are the best in Zimbabwe and that city councils, good and bad, will listen very carefully to recommendations from these officials and be very reluctant to overrule them.
So the policy is to ensure that everyone has access to clean and safe water and that when rationing is necessary, this is done fairly without any person or area getting a better deal and without anyone being left out. So when a drought hits Matabeleland, Bulawayo moves into gear and ensures that every household, regardless of where they live or how rich or poor they are, gets water supplies every other day, with the days and times fixed in advance and well publicised.
So even in the worst drought and water shortage, everyone in the city has adequate access to clean and safe water. And pipe bursts and blocked sewers are attended to promptly.
The other potential health danger and public nuisance, vending, has also been sorted out. Bulawayo City Council recognised the social need for many to scratch a living in the informal sector, but also recognised the dangers.
So it commanded its pool of expert officials to come up with a working scheme. They did. Bulawayo must have as many vendors in proportion to its population as Harare, but every single one is licensed. Licences are neither difficult to obtain nor expensive.
But a licensed vendor is assigned a patch and conditions are set, including critically keeping that same patch clean and using an assigned near-by public lavatory. In those central business district blocks where a high density of vendors are permitted, extra public toilets were built.
Vendors can sell just about anything legal, except food. While food vendors are not banned there are a raft of extra-stringent conditions including health tests that very few even try to qualify. So health risks are almost eliminated, the nuisance is minor and a lot of families have a basic income.
Contrast this to Harare. Limited water supplies are distributed very unfairly. Some have continuous supplies, some have intermittent supplies, but without a proper scheme of set days and times and many get nothing. Pipe bursts can take weeks to repair and it was a blocked sewer in Glen View discharging filth for weeks that contaminated even underground water supplies and triggered this latest cholera outbreak.
Harare vendors are either permitted to operate in a free-for-all, although some self-regulation helps, or are blitzed as some sort of commercial evil, or are promised in some never-defined future that they will all be moved to some open space far from customers and toilets.
And a significant minority are food vendors who operate without checks and with the only control being the good sense of them and their customers. And some people do not have good sense.
As Harare has not totally collapsed, there must be a core of municipal officials who know what they are doing. The city council needs to listen to this core, ask the right questions, take their advice and implement processes that work.
Even smarter would be to ask and beg if necessary, Bulawayo City Council to second a couple of senior officials with the right experience and background to come to Harare and supervise the setting up of similar schemes to their own.
Bulawayo could spare them for a month or two as in one of the aspects of that culture of competence most critical senior staff are backed up by a high-quality subordinate who can take over instantly in the event of retirement, illness, death, vacation or, in this case, a long trip to Harare.
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HIGHLANDERS coach Madinda Ndlovu was livid with the way this match was handled and slammed the match officials after his team slumped to a shock defeat at the hands of their relegation-threatened opponents.
Mutare City’s ageless forward Evans Chikwaikwai scored the only goal of the match at Vengere yesterday after he was introduced as a substitute in the second half.
“I have nothing to say to you. You can get a better comment from the referees,” said Madinda.
“The referees will have a comprehensive comment for you. This was pathetic match officiating.”
Bosso, who thrashed Dynamos 3-0 in their last match at Barbourfields and had only one day to prepare for yesterday’s encounter, were their own worst enemies as they had chances to win this match.
They became the latest giants to fall at the hands of the Mutare side who have beaten Ngezi Platinum and CAPS United.
Coach Ndega Matsika said his team deserved their victory.
“I think we played well and deserved to win this game.
“We actually missed a lot of chances and our opponents also fluffed a number of good opportunities.
“However, I am happy that at the end of it all, it was my team that got the important goal.
“We are now looking forward to the match against Black Rhinos and hope to collect more points as we fight relegation.
“We still have a chance to survive and that is what we are targeting,” said Matsika.