Gokwe Diocese has a new Bishop

MASVINGO – All roads lead to Gokwe on Saturday where Monsignor Rudolf Nyandoro was consecrated and becomes the third bishop of The Diocese of Gokwe.
The consecration held at St Paul School at Gokwe Centre. Monsignor Nyandoro replaces the Right Reverend Bishop Angelo M. Floro who has retired.
Monsignor Nyandoro who was the Chancellor of the Diocese of Masvingo and a Rector at Bondolfi Teachers’ College was consecrated by Bishop Michael Dixon Bhasera who is the principal consecrator during a programme that started at 10am on Saturday.
The Church’s other Consecrators who are called co-consecrators were Apostolic Nuncio Marek Zalewski and Bishop Floro.
Gokwe Diocese is one of the Roman Catholic Church’s eight dioceses in Zimbabwe and it was cut off from The Diocese of Hwange and erected on October 19, 1991. The Diocese comprises of civil districts of Gokwe North and Gokwe South, the area of Omay between Sengwa and Sanyati Rivers in the Kariba District and the area of Nkayi District , north of the Shangani River.
It is bounded on the North by the Kariba Lake, on the east by Kariba and Kadoma districts, on the South by Kwekwe and Nkayi districts and on the West by Lupane and Binga districts.
The Diocese has total population of 600 000 people and of those 76 284 or 12% are Catholics. It covers 26 000 square kilometres in total surface area. Bishop Dixon Bhasera was the first bishop of Gokwe before he moved to open Masvingo Diocese in 1999.
The other seven Catholic Dioceses are Harare, Chinhoyi, Gweru, Hwange, Mutare, Masvingo and Bulawayo. Monsignor Nyandoro who has a doctorate was born in Gutu 49 years ago.

Mbalula’s Zimbabwean soldiers remarks ignites diplomatic row

Tshwane – Zimbabwean Ambassador in South Africa, Isaac Moyo, on Wednesday visited the department of international relations to register "unhappiness" over Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s remarks to the effect that members of the Zimbabwe National Army, fleeing from the military service in their country, are engaging in violent crimes across South Africa.

Spokesperson for the department of international relations, Clayson Monyela confirmed to African News Agency (ANA) that Moyo had indeed been at the department in charge of South Africa’s foreign policy, headquartered at the OR Tambo building in Pretoria. "We can confirm that the ambassador of Zimbabwe did come to the department today. He came to register their unhappiness with the statements of Minister Mbalula," said Monyela.

He however said he had no information regarding claims that Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi has reportedly summoned South Africa’s ambassador Mphakama Mbete to clarify Mbalula’s remarks.

Monyela promised that he would check the veracity of those claims. On Tuesday, the new South African Police Minister, Mbalula told a media briefing in Pretoria that Zimbabwean ex-soldiers were wrecking havoc in the neighbouring country, committing violent crime including robberies.

“There are people who come here from Zimbabwe, and they cross the line here. They run away from the military in Zimbabwe and they come here and promote criminality here in South Africa. There are Zimbabwean ex-soldiers who are in this country, robbing banks and promoting criminality. They are running away from uncle Bob [Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe] there,” said Mbalula.

“In Zimbabwe once you are a soldier, you are a soldier for life. You can’t get out of it. So to get out of it they run to South Africa, then they come here and rob banks. They are on the payroll of criminals, and we can’t trace them. If a South African steals, it’s easy to trace them because I will find you somewhere in the forensics because I have your fingerprints. I’ve got you all covered, South Africans.” Mbalula said the Zimbabweans “enter the country illegally and they just come here not to promote goodwill”.

The minister however said his remarks were not xenophobic. “Zimbabweans are working for us in this country. Very good Zimbabweans. They are working in our kitchens, they are everything, highly educated people. If there is anything that President Mugabe did was to educate his people. The people working in your kitchens are doctors. They are more educated than you. They are from Zimbabwe,” said Mbalula.

“Then there is a group of these criminals who come from the army. They come into this country – they rob, they terrorise, and they kill. That’s what they do. So we arrest them. We have got them.” Mbalula urged members of the South African Police Service to toughen their stance against criminals in the country. “We will meet fire with fire. Within the prescripts of the law, we will shoot to defend the innocent. We will shoot to defend ourselves, the force and members of the SAPS to ensure that there is law and order in this country. Criminals will not reign,” he said.

“The TRT [the SAPS’s elite Tactical Response Unit] will remain and execute it’s job. They must be positioned to respond to dangerous criminals. I’m not saying use force recklessly. I’m against that. I’m against rogueness, the use of force recklessly and the use of force against unarmed civilians.”

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Zaoga takes Gokwe Town Council to court

The Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (Zaoga) yesterday filed an application at the High Court to interdict and force Gokwe Town Council to transfer land the church bought from the local authority.

The church approached the High Court after the council reneged on its promise to transfer five stands it bought.

It is alleged Zaoga was offered five stands sometime in 2013 and they were pegged at $60 000.

Zaoga accepted the offer and paid $15 000 on August 26, 2013 and a further $6 000 on October 9 of the same year.

It is alleged both parties then entered into an agreement, where Zaoga would pay the balance of $39 000 after the land was transferred to the church.

It is alleged on June 2015, the church was issued with the property confirmation certificate for the stands.

Since 2015, the church had been constantly reminding Gokwe Town Council to transfer the stands to Zaoga’s name or alternatively issue a legal document recognising it as the owner to give them “peaceful and undisturbed possession” of the stands.

They submitted that instead of fulfilling the agreement the council was now seeking to revalue the stands by revising the purchase price after accepting the part payment of the $60 000, which was agreed on.

Zaoga advised the High Court to grant the application and order Gokwe Town Council to transfer the said stands within five days of receiving the order.

They also pray that the High Court empowers the Sheriff of Zimbabwe to sign all necessary papers to effect the transfer of the stands into the church’s name.

The church also submitted that if the council failed to effect the transfer of the stands in five days, they would give it 30 days to allocate them alternative land commensurate to the $21 000 they paid using the valuation of land that was paid obtaining for that land.

Zimbabweans Arrested after Hyde Park Mall Robbery

Gauteng police have arrested five Zimbabwean nationals in connection with a robbery at the Hyde Park Corner mall this week.
The robbery occured when Zimbabwe Olymplic champion Kirsty Coventry was having coffee at the mall on Thursday morning.She tweeted about this just after the incident.

Six suspects allegedly robbed a boutique store on Thursday morning, fleeing with watches believed to be worth tens of thousands of rands.

Provincial Police Commissioner Deliwe De Lange says the suspects have already been linked to other mall robberies.

“They have already confessed to three mall robberies,” says De Lange.

The suspects are set to appear in court this week.


A mysterious fire has gutted household property in Mkoba 12, Gweru after an attempt to smoke out a cape file snake known as ‘ndara’ in Shona.

Narrating her ordeal, distraught Teckler Totamu said she saw the cape file snake slithering in her yard as she swept outside in the morning.

When neighbours and her husband came to her rescue the serpent had bolted into a nearby banana plant prompting people to set the plant on fire in the hope of smoking out the serpent.

However while they were still trying to find the snake a thick smoke was noticed coming out of one of the rooms.

Baffled by the unfolding events, people abandoned the search for the snake and rushed to the house in a bid to stop the blaze from spreading to other rooms.

Speaking to ZBC News, Ms Totamu who was still in a state of shock narrated how the drama unfolded.

Midlands fire sub officer responsible for operations Mr Ephraim Manzera said so far they have failed to ascertain the cause of the fire.

The fire destroyed a wardrobe, clothes, academic certificates and identification particulars.

Cape Town soldiers robbed at Army base

Cape Town – Six rifles have been stolen and soldiers held up during a robbery at a military base in Harare, Khayelitsha, early on Friday.

News24 understands that five armed suspects stormed the 9 South African Infantry Battalion Base, overpowering guards at the gate and stealing their R4 rifles and ammunition.

The robbers forced the guards inside the base and overpowered five more soldiers in the armoury guard room.

It is understood the robbers forced the soldiers to open a safe.

A total of six rifles were stolen during the robbery.

SA National Defence Force spokesperson Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi confirmed the robbery, saying no further details were available as officials were still at the scene.

Police could not be immediately reached for comment.

In August last year a group stole military equipment, assault rifles and hand grenades from the Simon’s Town Naval Base.

They were arrested.

One of the three taken into custody, Duncan Gouvias, was earlier in 2017 handed an effective 43 year jail sentence.

We are members of the ANC in a party political system,we will not vote against the ANC-General Secretary Gwede Mantashe

Johannesburg – The African National Congress has warned that party MPs risk being fired if they vote with the opposition in a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma in Parliament.

“There is no ANC member who will vote for an opposition motion, that will be uncharacteristic of the ANC,” secretary general Gwede Mantashe said.

The warning comes amid claims by opposition party leaders that ANC members had contacted them, claiming that they would support the Democratic Alliance motion for a vote of no confidence in Zuma.

Opposition parties have dared ANC leaders dissatisfied with Zuma to vote with their conscience, instead of toeing the party line.

Several senior leaders – including chief whip Jackson Mthembu, former tourism minister Derek Hanekom, and health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi – have called on Zuma to go.

READ: It’s final: the ANC won’t save SA from Zuma

The SACP – which has several MP’s in Parliament, including Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande – also called for Zuma to step down. This has been supported by other alliance member Cosatu.

Mantashe said there was no notion of voting with conscience in the ANC.

“Why do you think the ANC is, Father Christmas? I don’t know where this notion comes from that we are a collection of individuals who have conscience. We are members of ANC in a party political system.”

“No army in the world allows soldiers to be commanded by enemy general,” Mantashe said.

Zuma’s reasons accepted

He said the DA itself had fired its own councillors who did not follow the party line in a council vote.

Mantashe was addressing the media on Wednesday at party headquarters Luthuli House, in Johannesburg, following the party’s extended national working committee meeting on Tuesday.

“If you say we will recall Zuma because opposition say that, it won’t work,” Mantashe said.

He said the party had accepted Zuma’s reasons for firing Pravin Gordhan, and that it was a mistake for party officials to differ in public over the Cabinet reshuffle last week.

Mantashe, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and treasurer general Zweli Mkhize had publicly criticised Zuma’s decision to reshuffle his Cabinet, saying they had not been consulted.

The trio said the list was written “elsewhere”.

Mantashe told the media that Zuma had informed them in November 2016 that he was planning to fire Gordhan, but they persuaded him to wait.

Consulted on Gordhan axing

He said Zuma had only consulted them on replacing Gordhan, but not on the rest of the changes in his executive. Zuma appointed former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba in Gordhan’s place.

The SACP revealed that during a bilateral meeting, Zuma told them he wanted to replace Gordhan with newly sworn in MP and former Eskom boss Brian Molefe, which they rejected.

“The list was given to us, we didn’t discuss it, we don’t know where it was compiled, we didn’t discuss it, hence we raised the issue of not being consulted,” Mantashe said.

He said the party accepted that Zuma’s relationship with Gordhan breaking down was sufficient reason for firing him. Mantashe said it “made sense”, but added that speculation over Gordhan’s axing was complicated by the much condemned “intelligence report” that suggested Gordhan was holding secret meetings during his overseas investor road show to undermine Zuma.

Mantashe would, however, not give reasons for the “irretrievable relationship” between the two and compared it to a couple getting divorced. He said there were “tensions that made it difficult for the president and minister to work together”.

Robbers blew Cash-in-Transit Van In Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng police are calling for members of the public to come forward with information that can lead to the arrest of suspects following the cash-in-transit heist on the east rand on Saturday.

A gang of robbers blew a cash van up on the R24 near the Barbara Road off-ramp – fleeing with unknown amount of cash.

Two vehicles used in the robbery were recovered in Tembisa hours after the incident.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini says, “We are calling on members of the public who have got information to come forward. They can forward the information to Crime