SHOCKING:Soldiers on a robbery spree in Nembudzia

TWO soldiers and three civilian accomplices have been locked up in remand cells pending trial for allegedly arming themselves with logs and pouncing on three Gokwe residents’ homes and robbing them of cash amounting to $9 969.

Tinashe Muguti (27) of 5.3 Infantry Battalion Battle Fields in Kwekwe, Unity Mutsure (25) of 5.1 Infantry Battalion in Kwekwe, Junias Gandidze (25) a Sino Zim Cotton Company employee, Hebert Hakurotwi (43) of Amaveni in Kwekwe and Kevin Gous (33) of Chegutu were not asked to plead to robbery when they appeared before Gokwe resident magistrate Shepherd Mjanja, who remanded them in custody to August 6.

It was the State’s case that on July 10 at around 1.30pm, the five went to Copper Queen business centre in Gokwe North driving an Isuzu KB300 registration number AXC 5825 armed with logs and stones.

They went to Manwa Kudzanai’s house where they broke the doors down to gain entry before demanding cash from him. They robbed him of $5 550 and a Sumsung Galaxy phone.

They proceeded to Talent Makore’s house and allegedly robbed him of $2 288 before going on to rob Precious Chishumba of $1 154 at her house and then fled.

A report was made to the police and investigations led to the arrest of the five.

Source: Southern Eye

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Wadyajena,ZIMRA case far from over

Gokwe Nembudziya businessman Justice Mayor Wadyajena’s constitutional battle with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) over the payment of US$3 million in alleged tax arrears is far from over.

 

The constitutional application by the legislator will be heard before the Constitutional Court on a date to be announced.
In a ruling passed by Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba, the question of the validity of Section 36 of the Value Added Tax Act Chapter 23;02 and the Income Tax Act Chapter 23;06 which is the subject matter of the constitutional proceedings, will be decided from the constitutional view.
Meanwhile, judgement over Wadyajena’s appeal against ZIMRA’s quest to garnish US$3 million in alleged VAT arrears pending at the Fiscal Appeal Court is yet to be delivered.
Advocate Lewis Uriri who was present in Deputy Chief Justice Malaba’s chambers when the judgement was passed said the legal battle is far from being settled.
In a legal opinion attached in the main application by Wadyajena, Retired Justice Smith ruled ZIMRA offside and states that the businessman does not have any tax arrears according to the facts at hand.

Catholic Archbishop of Pretoria celebrates mass for Zimbabwean community in South Africa

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Zimbabwean community

Pictures by ZimCatholicSa

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Bishop Slattery with Fr Shant(left),Fr Lewis,(right) and Fr Victor in black jacket

PRETORIA -IT was a no ordinary mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Pretoria last Sunday when catholics in Gauteng  converged to celebrate mass with Archbishop William Slattery for the first time since the community was launched.Before mass Br Kudzai Tsondayi had a chance to tell the congregation about what the cathedral is and so important information about the church.

“A cathedral is not a building,a cathedral is the Bishop’s chair which is found in it,”Br Kudzie said.This was one of the thing which most people didn’t know.After mass most people went to him to thank him about the information which will help the understand their church.

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Bishop Slatery delivering his sermon

In his homily Archbishop reminded the congregation to give themselves only three minutes of their time to pray.He also reminded them to help each other in time of need back home.He said during his time when he was coming to Africa his first destination in Africa was Harare.

Archbishop Slattery posing for a photo with Zim community congregant

Archbishop Slattery posing for a photo with Zim community

Under the chaplainacy of Fr Lewis Tsuro,the Zimbabwe community meets every second week in Pretoria and every last week of the month in Joburg under the banner ZimCatholicSa.The community meets and make programs as the church do back home.From retreats to choir competitions,guilds also meet as they do back home.It successfully hosted a music course in June at St Patricks, La Rochelle,in Rossettenville.It as attended by over 500 music loving catholics.This showed that the community is growing.It was officially launched last year at their first congress which was attended by Archbishop Robert Ndlovu,Archbishop Willam Slattery and Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Archdiceses of Harare,Pretoria and Johannesburg respectively.

Pick n Pay comes to Gweru

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ONE of the country’s biggest retail chain groups, TM Supermarket, is set to close its Gweru Branch supermarket and reopen at another site under the Pick n Pay brand in the city.Pick n Pay, a South Africa-based retail giant, will open its doors in October at the corner of Robert Mugabe Way and Fifth Street, formerly Meikles Departmental Store in the city’s Central Business District.

The South African supermarket chain and Meikles Limited have shareholding in TM Supermarket with the latter having a 51 percent controlling stake while the South Africans own 49 percent.

As part of the arrangement, TM Supermarkets will be rebranded to Pick n Pay.

Refurbishment of the shop is in progress and is expected to be completed by the end of August.

TM Supermarket projects planning and development general manager, Lameck Kunjeku, said the retail chain group management would be meeting its Pick n Pay counterparts from South Africa this week to finalise on the opening of the new branch.

“I can confirm that TM will relocate and reopen its doors using the Pick n Pay brand. Refurbishment of the proposed supermarket is going well and if all goes according to plan the exercise should be completed by the end of August.

“We expect furnishing of the supermarket to take between two to three weeks and then the supermarket will open its doors to the public. However, let me hasten to say that TM management will meet its Pick n Pay counterparts from South Africa this week to thrash out issues such as the exact date on the opening of the shop and other issues,” he said.

Kunjeku said the present TM Supermarket would be leased to other players.

Employees of TM Supermarket at the Gweru branch will be absorbed by Pick n Pay.

Pick n Pay is the second largest retail chain group in South Africa after Shoprite and in recent years has spread its tentacles into the region.

The retailer now has supermarkets in Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and most recently Zimbabwe, among other Sadc countries.

Pick n Pay’s envisaged opening might have shaken other players in the market, among them the country’s biggest retailer OK Zimbabwe.

OK Zimbabwe has embarked on a hastily arranged refurbishment exercise of its Gweru branch.

The retailer last week was ordered to shut its doors to the public after Gweru City Council accused the supermarket of circumventing council procedures.

However, the retailer reopened its doors on Saturday.

Efforts to get a comment from Gweru City Council were fruitless as the assistant town clerk in charge of media, Tapiwa Marerwa, said he was locked in meetings yesterday.-ONLIN

Gweru accident claims 7

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SEVEN members of the same family died in an accident on Friday night when a Toyota Granvia they were travelling in collided head-on with a haulage truck at the 14km peg along the Gweru-Bulawayo highway. Police national spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, confirmed the accident which occurred at around 10.30pm when a Toyota Granvia collided with a haulage truck at Tree Top Shopping Centre on the outskirts of Gweru, killing seven members of the same family on the spot. Two of them were children.
Chief Supt Nyathi said the Shurugwi-bound Toyota Granvia had seven people on board when the accident occurred.

“I can confirm that seven people died in an accident yesterday along Gweru-Bulawayo road when the vehicle they were travelling in collided head-on with a haulage truck which was travelling towards Bulawayo.

“The driver of the Toyota Granvia, which was going towards Gweru, is said to have stopped and parked on the right side of the road and on trying to get back into the road, the vehicle was suddenly hit by a haulage truck. All the seven people aboard the Granvia died on the spot,” he said.

Chief Supt Nyathi said the bodies of the deceased were taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.
He said the names of the deceased would be announced once their next of kin were informed.

When Sunday News got to the scene, the haulage truck driver, Mr Misheck Mukono, was still assisting police with investigations and the wreckage was still to be removed.

Police had to search for the head of one of the accident victims after it was severed as a result of the accident.
Mr Mukono said the driver of the Toyota Granvia swerved to the right side and the vehicle veered off the road before swerving back into the road encroaching into the right lane resulting in the collision.

“On approaching the 14-km peg, the driver of the Toyota must have lost control of the vehicle which then swerved to the right side and veered off the road.

“However, the driver did not stop and tried to swerve the vehicle back into the road encroaching into my lane resulting in the collision. I tried to avoid him but he totally lost control of the vehicle. The car was then dragged off the road by the truck. All the seven people died on the spot,” he said.

Gokwe and Zvishavane have gone close to a decade without radio transmission

ZVISHAVANE and Gokwe, as well as areas surrounding the two towns in the Midlands Province, have gone for close to a decade without Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) radio and television transmission.

ZBC acquired this 12 channel OB van from China

Residents of the two towns, who spoke to Sunday News recently, said they had not been able to watch ZTV and sometimes could not listen to local radio stations as radio signal was erratic.

The residents said failure by Transmedia Corporation, the country’s television and radio signal carrier, to provide television signal had forced them to rely on satellite television which they, however, said lacked local news coverage.

Zvishavane has gone for 10 years without television transmission while Gokwe North and South districts, which last received television and radio transmission in 2006, have endured about eight years of electronic media blackout.

Chief Mapanzure of Zvishavane last week said his area last received ZBC radio and television transmission in 2004.

The traditional leader said lack of television and radio transmission in his area for the past decade had prejudiced people access to information.

He said most people in his areas had since turned to foreign television stations which they access via Digital Satellite Televison (DStv), while those who could not had been condemned to a complete electronic media blackout.

“If you take a walk around Zvishavane, whether the urban part of it or the rural areas you will observe that almost every household has a satellite dish. This is not because people don’t want to watch local television, but it’s because there has been no transmission.

“We have not had television transmission since 2004, the same with radio. I only get radio signal when I travel to Gweru or Shurugwi,” he said.

The traditional leader called on the relevant authorities to work towards restoring radio and TV transmission in Zvishavane to ensure that people in the district do not continue being left behind in accessing information that is relevant to them through local media outlets.

“Now people are watching news from other countries like South Africa, which may not benefit them in anyway. People should get news that is relevant to them, news about their country, now people in Zvishavane can’t enjoy such a service because of lack of transmission.

“Whoever is in charge of correcting the problem should do so soon enough because our people can’t continue being isolated from the rest of the country,” he said.

Chief Mapanzure’s sentiments where echoed by his Gokwe counterpart, Chief Nemangwe who said his area had not received both radio and television transmission since 2006.

“We have since bought satellite dishes because for the past five or so years we have not been able to tune into ZTV and watch local news and programmes, neither have we been able to listen to radio.

“Radio transmission is erratic, one day there is signal and the next there isn’t. Most of the time we do not have radio signal so what this effectively means is that we hardly listen to radio and are in the dark of what is happening out there,” he said.

Some residents of Gokwe town said what was irking them more about lack of transmission for ZBC’s radio and television stations was that they were still being compelled to pay radio and TV licences yet they were not accessing the service.

“What hurts us more is that we are still being asked to pay licences for radio and TV yet we have not been accessing the service for the past eight or so years. In my view this is not fair.

“We feel we should be exempted from paying licences because we don’t watch TV at all because of lack of transmission,” said Mrs Tambudzai Vingirai of Mapfungautsi suburb in Gokwe.

Transmedia Corporation acting chief operations officer Engineer Tinashe Zinyemba said people in Zvishavane and Gokwe would soon have radio services as the corporation was working on revamping radio transmission around the country.

On television transmission, Eng Zinyemba said most areas that were not receiving signal would be covered on completion of the national digitalisation process.

“We are in the process of revamping our radio transmission network and soon the people in those areas will be receiving radio transmission services. As we are in the process of digitalisation, we have a national roll-out plan that includes Zvishavane, Gokwe and surrounding areas. They will receive full transmission under this new plan,” he said.

Engineer Zinyemba said about 40 percent of the country’s television sites had so far been digitalised with the remainder expected to be covered as soon as the necessary funding was secured.

The television sites that have so far been digitalised are Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo, Mutare, Kamativi, Beitbridge, Victoria Falls, Plumtree and Kenmaur.

“Of the 24 television sites nation-wide, we have digitalised 10 of those sites, namely: Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo, Mutare, Kamativi, Beitbridge, Victoria Falls, Plumtree and Kenmaur.

“The other sites are yet to be digitised. However, we are currently in the process of acquiring the funds to purchase the necessary equipment for these sites,” Eng Zinyemba said.

Transmedia Corporation needs about $30 million to complete digitilisation of the country’s television broadcasting services by next year and meet the 2015 digitisation deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

ITU set 17 June 2015 as the deadline for all countries in the world, particularly Third World countries, to migrate from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). DTT reduces operational costs for broadcast and transmission, reduces use of spectrum and provides more capacity than analogue.

The technology also provides better quality picture. Sunday News

Man gets 21 years for killing brother

A GOKWE man has been sentenced to 21 years in jail for killing his brother. Enrod Mzira,43, had initially denied having killed his brother, William, 29, before Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Andrew Mutema sitting on circuit in Hwange.
But he made an about turn and confessed to the November, 5, 2012 murder.

“I did it because he wanted to drink some poison at my house saying I caused him to be assaulted at a beer drink. I then hit him on the back with a log as I thought I was chastising him not knowing I was injuring him,” he said.

Mzira of Matinyenya village along with co-accused Clifford Ngwenya, 44, and Visitor Moyo, 34, both from Ngwaladi area in Nkayi, had pleaded not guilty to the murder.

However, Justice Mutema with Elias Ndlovu and Elizabeth Chazanga as assessors, found him guilty and sentenced him to 21 years in prison and conditionally suspended five years.

Ngwenya and Moyo were each sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison for assaulting William of which six months were conditionally suspended for five years.

Mzira had denied ever assaulting his brother saying he only calmed him down after being assaulted by Ngwenya and Moyo.

Ngwenya said he only had a fist fight with William and did not use a log on him.

Moyo said he only intervened in the fight between William and Ngwenya by hitting the two with a log on their hands to stop them.

State prosecutor Namatirai Ngwasha told how on November, 5, 2012 at around 4PM, William and Ngwenya quarrelled over why the former drank the latter’s beer without his permission at Margaret Nyoni’s home in Mabhalabhala village, Nkayi.

Ngwenya then assaulted William several times all over the body using clenched fists and a log and Moyo joined in to beat up William on the hands with a log. Margaret intervened to stop the fight, the court heard.

Ngwasha said William suffered swollen hands and bled profusely from the nose and mouth.

He then left the scene and went to his brother’s home where upon arrival he blamed Mzira for setting Ngwenya and Moyo on him.

The court heard how Mzira went on to assault William all over the body several times using a log and booted feet causing him to sustain a fractured hand and bleed from the nose and mouth.

“William didn’t seek medical attention for lack of money following both assaults leading to his death on November 7, 2012 at his mother Annah Mzira’s home,” said Ngwasha.

State witnesses Brighton Mzira, a brother and Margaret, who brewed the beer, testified and corroborated the state case but Annah fingered Mzira, her stepson, as the sole culprit.

“I was preparing supper when William cried out while repeatedly calling my name. I proceeded to Mzira’s house, which is 70 metres away only to see him lying on the ground bleeding from the nose,” said Annah.

She said Mzira emerged and assaulted William all over the body several times with a log and booted feet below the abdomen until he became incapacitated.

“I lifted William to my house as he was unable to walk but had no money to seek medical assistance for him. He died two days later,” added Annah.

Justice Mutema said the murder was savage hence a deterrent sentence was needed.

“The cause of death was ascertained as cervical spinal injury, dislocation and assault. Savage excessive force was used. Your smart Aleck attitude must be punished severely and mercilessly as you have shown no remorse or regard for the sanctity of life,” said the judge.

Justice Mutema said Mzira shot himself in the foot with his bare denial whereas Annah’s testimony corroborated William’s injury in the post mortem.

Ngwenya was represented by Vuyile Mpofu of Marondedze and Mukuku Legal Practitioners and Moyo by Givemore Muvhiringi and Mzira by Thulani Nkala both of Dube and Partners.