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Car crash robbed Catholic Diocese of Chinhoyi of 2 young priests


Fr Matonhodze just before ordination

2 Chinhoyi priests die in road accident

Disaster has struck. We have just lost 2 priests from the Diocese of Chinhoyi who died in a road accident at around 2am this morning.

The two are Fr Ignatius Kariati, who was ordained a priest on 07 September 2013, and Fr Alfred Matonhodze, ordained last year on 9 August 2014 in Karoi.

Frs Kariati and Matonhodze were involved in an accident whilst traveling from Bindura back to Mt Darwin, where they were stationed, as assistant priests to Fr Johannes Zevhito at Kriste Mambo parish.

Details of the accident that claimed the two young priests are still sketchy but information gathered is that their car – a Nissan Hardbody – veered of the road and hit a bridge along the Bindura –Mt Darwin road…

What a sad loss. Two young priests at once!

So far plans are there will be funeral Wake Mass at 17;30 on Monday 19 January, and the Requiem Mass on Tuesday 20 January at 10am. Both Masses will be at the Pastoral Centre in Chinhoyi.

Burial will be at Kutama after the Requiem Mass.

Our condolences to the bishop of Chinhoyi, and his whole diocese, and the families of the two late priests.

We pray for the repose of their souls.


Baba Jukwa suspect threatens Chihuri

Edmund Kudzayi

The Sunday Mail editor, Edmund Kudzayi, facing charges of attempting to subvert a constitutionally elected government, has written to Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri demanding the speeding up of investigations, failure to which will result in legal action.

Through his lawyer, Admire Rubaya of Rubaya and Chatambudza Law Firm, Kudzayi who has been linked to the shadowy Face Book character Baba Jukwa, accused the police of buying time and of not having carried out proper investigations prior to arresting him.

In a letter written on January 12, which was copied to Prosecutor-General Johannes Tomana and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Kudzayi accused the state of employing delaying tactics in his trial.

“It is common cause that our client was arrested in June 2014, where the state claimed it had ample evidence and would be ready for trial by July of the same year. Seven months have since passed,” said Rubaya.

“In the intervening period, our client has made a number of applications for further refusal of remand which have been opposed by the state on the basis of supposed extra territorial investigations which the state now claims is fundamental to the progress of the case.

“During an application for variation of bail conditions before the High Court, it became apparent that the responsible police officer, Assistant Commissioner Crispen Makedenge had made little progress apart from making a request for mutual legal assistance which was only done on October 3 2014.

“It was indicated in court that the American justice department had acknowledged receipt of the request and committed to respond within 60 days. The period in which the response was promised has since elapsed.”

Rubaya said his client would take legal action if he discovers that police were misleading the courts.

“We wish to put it on record that we will be taking appropriate legal actions if it later becomes apparent that the police were furnished with a response (perhaps unfavourable), but willfully misled the court at our last court appearance by claiming otherwise,” he said.

Rubaya said he doubted whether investigating officer Makedenge had travelled to the United States to carry out investigations.

Last year, Makedenge reportedly travelled to the US to meet with Google officials as part of his investigations.

“We have reason to believe that he (Makedenge) did not travel to America. If it is later proven that he was not part of the team that travelled, we will be taking appropriate  legal action.

In addition, this will raise serious questions about the motives of the police in misleading the nation about this important case,” said Rubaya.

Kudzayi was arrested following claims that he was linked to the shadowy Facebook character Baba Jukwa.

He is facing charges of attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected government, banditry, insurgency and demeaning the office of the president and is jointly charged with his brother


South Africa helicopter pilot who crushed and buried wreckage in Gwanda gets bail



The legal representative for a South African business tycoon, who concealed the wreckage of his crashed helicopter in Gwanda last year, has successfully applied for the relaxation of his client’s bail conditions.

Frederick Lutzkie was slapped with an effective 42 months imprisonment for concealing the wreckage of his helicopter that crashed in Gwanda on May 5 2014. The South African business mogul was charged for breaching various regulations of the country’s air space and immigration statutes.

However, Harare provincial magistrate Douglas Chikwekwe later granted Lutzie $2 000 bail, pending appeal against sentence at the High court. He was also ordered to surrender his passport with the clerk of court as part of his bail conditions.

Advocate Thabani Mpofu filed the application on Wednesday to enable Lutzkie have access to his passport until February 20 this year so that he travels to South Africa for a medical check up. The application that was not contested by the state was subsequently granted by magistrate Milton Serima.

The magistrate ordered Lutzkie to surrender back the passport with the clerk of court by February 20.

Circumstances of the matter were that Lutzkie came into the country without any clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) and also evaded the immigration authorities.

He flew his Hughes MD 500 helicopter registration ZS-RXZ to a lodge in Doddieburn Ranch in West Nicholson without clearance from Caaz.

While flying back to South Africa, his helicopter developed a mechanical fault and subsequently crashed four kilometres from the lodge, westwards of the Ranch.

The helicopter sustained damages due to the mishap, but Lutzkie escaped with minor injuries.

He then dug a 3,5 metre-deep pit using an excavator at the scene of crash before burying the wreckage to avoid detection.

The matter, however, later came to light leading to his arres

MSF breathes life into Gokwe North health system

When Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) arrived in Gweru in 2004, in a joint operation with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the effort brought amazing improvement in the city health delivery system.


Passengers push a truck along the muddy Nembudziya-Mashame road recently... The poor road network has immensely contributed to the demise of the health delivery system in Gokwe North.

The people of Gweru were happy with the new health services brought to them. Seven years down the line however, it depressingly dawned on the people that what they had believed to be a life-long health menu, was in fact a temporary meal ticket.

While the government was aware that it was a temporary health delivery arrangement, it failed to capitalise on the availability of the health expertise to impart knowledge to local personnel to enable the continuation of such a health delivery system at the expiry of the joint venture.

So, when the MSF Gweru contract came to an end in 2011, the inadequacy was exposed. Serious challenges in the treatment of HIV and Aids and tuberculosis (TB), especially drug-resistant TB (DR-TB), resurfaced.

MSF, which had by then moved on to Gokwe North, apparently noticed the problem that had befallen Gweru and were determined not to let the same thing happen at their next port of call.

“The strategy that we used in Gweru created gaps in the health delivery system after MSF had left,€ said Stambuli Kim, communications officer for MSF. €œOur objective in Gokwe North was then to reduce morbidity and mortality as a result of especially HIV and Aids and TB. We also ensured that activities would continue independently after MSF pulled out.

Zhomba Clinic

The international aid organisation wrapped up its operations in Gokwe North at the end of last year having breathed life into the district’s health delivery system.

Before then, the health delivery system in this part of the country had been a nightmare.

Elisha Chuma (33) from Kasavaya Village under Chief Chireya in Gokwe North battled with tuberculosis from 2008 until he got diagnosed with multi-drug resistant TB on February 14 2013 which was eventually treated in 2014.

During the five years, Chuma sought treatment from distant health care centres; at Gokwe South Hospital and Sanyati Baptist Mission Hospital in Mashonaland West, some 200 km away. He had to travel that far because the nearby health facility, Chireya Mission Hospital, had no capacity to treat TB.

Chuma, a father of six, was finally correctly diagnosed and treated thanks to the MSF supportive activity that came to his home district. He is one of the many people from Gokwe North who have benefitted from the MSF activity for HIV/TB/Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

Elisha Chuma

“If there wasn’t this MSF intervention programme I would have died,” Chuma said. “Before they came, I sought treatment from Sanyati Mission in Mashonaland West where I was diagnosed with TB. I had earlier visited the local Chireya Mission Hospital but couldn’t get any help.

The sorry state of the health delivery system in Gokwe North tends to confirm claims that government has grossly neglected this part of the country, home to about 250 000 people since independence in 1980.

“Besides inadequate medical facilities, there are also many cases where sick people have needlessly died because they could not access medical attention due to bad or nonexistent roads,€ said Edmond Kabarapate, the village head of Kafurambanje Village under Chief Chireya.

“Chireya Hospital has a large catchment area serving patients from as far afield as Zumba, Mashame, Madzivazvido and many other villages in Gokwe North. I am pleading with government and other organisations such as MSF to help our hospital with a high-terrain ambulance which suits our roads,” said the traditional leader.

Kabarapate hailed the partnership between MSF and the Health ministry, which he said had improved the health delivery system in the district.

“As traditional leaders, we learnt a lot on HIV, TB and GBV from MSF through their capacity building programmes. We have also seen our hospital receiving equipment and rendering services, which it could not do in the past,€ he said.

Kabarapate said the pulling out of MSF from Gokwe North was a huge blow to the district’s health delivery system.

Kafurambanje village head... Edmond Kabarapate

“I don’t think it was the right time for MSF to leave Gokwe North. They had been doing a splendid job for us here. Before 2012 people living with HIV and those suffering from TB travelled long distances to seek medical help, said Kabarapate.

Despite the challenges, health centres in Gokwe North are now dispensing ART to over 4 822 patients, courtesy of the MSF programme.

One patient, Pauline Siziba (52) from Magavhu village under Chief Makore, said she was happy that she was getting ART from a nearby health centre — Kuwirirana Clinic.

“I used to travel to Sanyati Hospital to collect my drugs and in most cases I would even sell livestock to get bus fare. I want to thank whoever brought this programme closer to home, said Siziba.

She also praised the professionalism of the health personnel at Kuwirirana Clinic.

“The nurses at the clinic are so jovial. I don’€™t have problems getting my ART and I have learnt a lot from the nurses here,€ she said.

Most of the health personnel at the 18 clinics in the district are now able to administer ART having gone through MSF capacity building programmes. Twelve clinics were also accredited as initiation sites while six are follow-up sites, a development that is likely to boost ART and Opportunistic Infection (OI) services in the district.

However, district medical officer for Gokwe North Mthokozisi Moyo said despite the MSF roll out programme; the district was still facing a lot of challenges.

“The district has few health centres €” 22 against a population of 250 000. Besides, we have critical staff shortages, shortage of medicines and surgical consumables,€ he said. €œThere is also no radiology service needed to help in the diagnosis of TB in Gokwe North.”

Moyo said poor transport and communication systems were also a challenge especially in areas like Mashame, Vumba, Gandavaroyi and Norah.

He hailed MSF for the three-year HIV, TB and SGBV programme in the district which he said had improved the health delivery system.

“MSF capacitated the district hospital with lab machines and backing power, on-the-job training for our nurses in integrated HIV management and drug-resistant TB management,”€ Moyo said.

“The ministry of health is now equipped with knowledge in management of HIV and TB and all clinics are now administering ART. We will miss MSF support as a ministry. We had established a good working relationship with them,” he said.

Acting provincial medical officer for Midlands, Brain Abel Maponga said the Ministry of Health and Child Care would now try to operate equally effectively without MSF support.

Zhomba Clinic... One of the health centres in the remote part of Gokwe North that administers ART

“They have been doing a good job during the three years they worked in Gokwe North. As a ministry, we will try to maintain this because they have capacitated our hospitals and trained our health personnel through capacity building programmes,” Maponga said.

He said MSF was welcome to roll out such programmes in other parts of the Midlands and called the international aid organisation to consider Mberengwa district for a similar project.

Mberengwa, Gokwe North and Gokwe South are the most populous but impoverished districts in the Midlands province.

MSF handed over the HIV/TB/SGBV programmes from 18 health facilities to the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

“All these health centres are providing quality HIV/TB care. Additional support was given to Burure and Zumba clinics,” said Kim.

Read more from the original source: The Standard

Relief for Mayor


 GOKWE-NEMBUDZIYA MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena (Zanu PF), whose $1 500 maintenance order was last year quashed by the High Court, yesterday breathed a sigh of relief after the figure was revised downwards to $450 per month.


Harare magistrate Tafadzwa Muvhami, however, warned the legislator that neglecting and failing to maintain his 10-year-old daughter child was in violation of the Maintenance Act.

The court ruled that Wadyajena’s former lover Wadzanai Mudare would cater for the child’s rent and transport to school since she had refused to let the child stay with her father.

During the last court hearing, Mudare accused Wadyajena of placing more value on his campaign billboard where he was paying $500 every month at the expense of his daughter’s upkeep where he offered to pay $200 per month. In October last year, Mudare filed an $11 600 maintenance claim against the MP.

But, Wadyajena urged the court to dismiss the claim arguing it was outrageous, “unfavourable and unsustainable” and offered to pay $200.