Zuma says he will respond,not resign

President Jacob Zuma has given an undertaking to respond to a formal decision by the ANC’s national executive committee to recall him from office‚ but Zuma is expected to put up a fight.

A source close to the discussions said Zuma’s response is likely to be “controversial”‚ while another added that he will not go quietly. This was after Zuma last night dug in his heels as he rejected a plea by ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to resign from office.

Zuma said that he would respond in public to an official decision taken by the NEC‚ which should be communicated to him through a formal process‚ sources said.

‘There is no deal. He has to go’ – NEC gives Zuma deadline to step down

The ANC’s national executive committee has decided to recall President Jacob Zuma as head of state‚ with no deal and an ultimatum.
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At the time of the meeting‚ there was no firm decision that Zuma should be booted out – only a majority view that he should be recalled.

One source said Ramaphosa personally pleaded with Zuma to leave office but he responded “in no uncertain terms” that he will not resign.

ANC leaders believe that his demeanour last night showed a man who is not ready to relinquish power.

Once Ramaphosa and ANC secretary general Ace Magashule returned to the NEC‚ a debate over a final decision on Zuma’s fate ensued and the decision to recall him was taken around 2am on Tuesday morning.

The meeting undertook to write to Zuma to formally communicate the outcome to him.

Magashule is due to brief the media to give a formal update on Tuesday afternoon.

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Headman Mazinyo finally installed

70 years after being robbed of their title as traditional leaders by the Rhodesian regime, government has finally restored the Mazinyo traditional leadership in Gokwe’s Manoti area.

Officially installing headman Mazinyo the first in Gokwe’s St Hughes Primary School, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in the Midlands Province Owen Ncube said traditional leadership forms an important bedrock of national governance systems.

Mr Saka Ronald Mazinyo becomes the first headman who will hold the title since the family was dispossessed of its headmanship in 1938.

There are 37 kraal heads under headman Mazinyo who in turn serve under the jurisdiction of Chief Mkoka

A melting pot of tonga, karanga and ndebele cultures, the area serves different indigenous people of Zimbabwe.

A level results are out

The November 2017 Advanced Level examination results are out.

The results show that female students outshone their male counterparts.

49 494 candidates registered and set for the A’ Level examinations ranging from one to six subjects attaining a 82.6 percent pass rate.

Of the 49 494 candidates who sat for their 2017 A’Level November examinations, 40 394 were from formal schools while private candidates were 9 100.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavima said the nature of dedication the candidates had will help the country to go forward considering the fact that quite a number of students attained straight As doing 6 subjects despite their learning conditions.

Candidates who attained 30 points said only hard work and prayer got them the results.

The number of candidates who obtained grade E or better in one or more subjects was 39 874 translating into 86.6 percent pass rate.

Female candidates who wrote two or more subjects in 2017 were 18 137 and 1 122 passed translating to 89.6 pass rate in all the provinces.

Results will be due for collection as from tomorrow Friday the 19th of January.

Hollywood bound Gokwe band seeks funding

ZIMBABWE’S representatives at the forthcoming World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) Gokwe St Agnes primary school marimba band is extending their begging bowl appealing for $50 000, as they intend to travel to Hollywood, United States next year

The 12-member band won the sole ticket to represent the nation at the global talent show to be held from July 6 to 15 next year, after they outperformed 27 other groups from around the country during auditions held in Masvingo.

The WCOPA is an international performing arts talent competition and educational showcase held annually in the US and widely viewed as the Olympics of the performing arts.

In an interview with NewsDay, the band’s administrator, Jabulani Milwana said they were seeking donations to cover costs for costumes, airfares, accommodation and food for 12 days.

“We are calling upon business persons, the corporate world and well-wishers to assist us with travelling costs and other expenses which will be needed for our journey to represent the country at such a prestigious event,” Milwana said.

“The budget has been pegged at $70 000, but as a school we have for far raised $15 000 through the sports fund, civics days, fun days, musical shows and dinner dances.”

He said donations could be deposited in Gokwe Marimba Band account, Gokwe School Building fund, CBZ Bank account 01720391460028.

The band was formed in 2002 after the school purchased a set of marimba instruments and they have been performing at various events, which include the independence celebrations, Heroes Day celebrations and wedding events.

So far they have managed to clinch various local and international awards.

Woman raped, killed and dumped

A woman believed to be in her early 20s was raped and murdered before her body was dumped in a maize field in Ascot high density suburb in Gweru on Saturday.

The woman’s body was discovered in the wee hours of yesterday by a local resident.

It is understood that the woman who could not be identified was first raped and stabbed several times all over the body before her body was dumped in the maize field near Ascot High School.

The Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene at around 9AM and found police conducting investigations while scores of residents were gathered around trying to catch a glimpse of the body.

A police source said the woman’s undergarments had semen, an indication that she might have been raped before she was murdered.

“This woman had semen on her underwear. This shows that she must have been raped before she was stabbed. It also looks like she was using a pathway between Ascot and Mutasa high density suburb when the suspect pounced on her. We suspect that she was raped first and was later stabbed to death before her body was dragged into the maize field by the assailant.

“The suspect is still at large and we are still carrying out investigations,” said the police source.

Gweru Ward 8 Councillor Willard Ndaguta said the woman’s body was discovered yesterday morning without undergarments.

He said a plastic bag which had a loaf of bread, a bottle of juice and a picture of an unknown man was near the body.

“The woman must be 22 years or below because she looks young. Her body was discovered in the morning by a resident who was going about her morning chores. She then informed her neighbours who then called the police.

“We could not identify her which shows that she is not an Ascot resident. Her body had deep lacerations indicating that she was stabbed several times. We hope the culprit will be arrested because we are now living in fear,” he said.

Acting Midlands Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, a-19-year-old jilted Beitbridge man allegedly killed his wife who is also aged 19 in cold blood in the presence of her mother after she decided to end their marriage.

Doubt Mbedzi of Bandura village, under chief Sitaudze fled from the scene after committing the crime and is on the run.

His wife, Nomsa Moyo died on the spot after he stabbed her in the chest with a knife after she told him that she wanted to end their marriage.

The incident occurred at around 12noon when they were coming from a counselling session at one of their relative’s home in the same village last Wednesday.

The couple allegedly had a history of domestic disputes.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the murder.

He said investigations were underway.

“I can confirm we received a report of a murder case of a 19 year old woman who was killed by her husband after a marital dispute. Investigations are underway,” he said.

A relative to the now deceased who spoke on condition of anonymity said the couple had a history of domestic disputes.

“The couple had an outstanding history of disputes that they were failing to resolve. We constantly counselled them and on this day, they had gone for counselling.

“Moyo decided to end their marriage saying she could not take it anymore and was fed up of their endless disputes. This did not go down with Mbedzi who stormed out of the house before the counselling session was over,” said the relative.

He said Moyo left a few minutes later in the company of her mother.

“On their way back home, the pair met a furious Mbedzi who attacked them with fists. He wrestled with his wife and then produced a knife and stabbed her twice in the chest. She became unconscious falling to the ground.

“Her mother ran to some neighbours close to the scene to seek help but upon their return, they found Moyo already dead,” she said.

Woman raped,killed and dumped

A woman believed to be in her early 20s was raped and murdered before her body was dumped in a maize field in Ascot high density suburb in Gweru on Saturday.

The woman’s body was discovered in the wee hours of yesterday by a local resident.

It is understood that the woman who could not be identified was first raped and stabbed several times all over the body before her body was dumped in the maize field near Ascot High School.

The Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene at around 9AM and found police conducting investigations while scores of residents were gathered around trying to catch a glimpse of the body.

A police source said the woman’s undergarments had semen, an indication that she might have been raped before she was murdered.

“This woman had semen on her underwear. This shows that she must have been raped before she was stabbed. It also looks like she was using a pathway between Ascot and Mutasa high density suburb when the suspect pounced on her. We suspect that she was raped first and was later stabbed to death before her body was dragged into the maize field by the assailant.

“The suspect is still at large and we are still carrying out investigations,” said the police source.

Gweru Ward 8 Councillor Willard Ndaguta said the woman’s body was discovered yesterday morning without undergarments.

He said a plastic bag which had a loaf of bread, a bottle of juice and a picture of an unknown man was near the body.

“The woman must be 22 years or below because she looks young. Her body was discovered in the morning by a resident who was going about her morning chores. She then informed her neighbours who then called the police.

“We could not identify her which shows that she is not an Ascot resident. Her body had deep lacerations indicating that she was stabbed several times. We hope the culprit will be arrested because we are now living in fear,” he said.

Acting Midlands Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, a-19-year-old jilted Beitbridge man allegedly killed his wife who is also aged 19 in cold blood in the presence of her mother after she decided to end their marriage.

Doubt Mbedzi of Bandura village, under chief Sitaudze fled from the scene after committing the crime and is on the run.

His wife, Nomsa Moyo died on the spot after he stabbed her in the chest with a knife after she told him that she wanted to end their marriage.

The incident occurred at around 12noon when they were coming from a counselling session at one of their relative’s home in the same village last Wednesday.

The couple allegedly had a history of domestic disputes.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the murder.

He said investigations were underway.

“I can confirm we received a report of a murder case of a 19 year old woman who was killed by her husband after a marital dispute. Investigations are underway,” he said.

A relative to the now deceased who spoke on condition of anonymity said the couple had a history of domestic disputes.

“The couple had an outstanding history of disputes that they were failing to resolve. We constantly counselled them and on this day, they had gone for counselling.

“Moyo decided to end their marriage saying she could not take it anymore and was fed up of their endless disputes. This did not go down with Mbedzi who stormed out of the house before the counselling session was over,” said the relative.

He said Moyo left a few minutes later in the company of her mother.

“On their way back home, the pair met a furious Mbedzi who attacked them with fists. He wrestled with his wife and then produced a knife and stabbed her twice in the chest. She became unconscious falling to the ground.

“Her mother ran to some neighbours close to the scene to seek help but upon their return, they found Moyo already dead,” she said.

Gokwe Town councillors push for town secretary’s arrest over missing cash

GOKWE town councillors have threatened to report to the police and oust council chairperson Esther Senga after she refused to write a letter of resolution made during the full council meeting to suspend town secretary Melania Mandeya over the missing $491 811 from council coffers.

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Gokwe Town secretary commissioning first robbot (File photo)

Five councillors have threatened to report the alleged fraud and pass a vote of no confidence against Senga, saying she might have played part in the missing funds.

Zanu PF councillors, Davis Taruvinga, Duncan Nyamukasa, Fastimo Mapfunde, Manuel Mafa and MDC-T’s Jameson Mhlanga resolved to suspend the secretary after five attempts to convene the 106th full council meeting to discuss the shortfall were blocked.
UDCORP external auditors unearthed a shortfall of $491 811 and the councillors resolved that Mandeya be suspended to pave way for a forensic audit.

According to council finance committee member Taruvinga, for the past two months Senga and Mandeya had allegedly refused to hand over the 2015 audit report to the council audit committee for deliberations and recommendations.

“For the past two months the secretary and chairperson had been refusing to give us the audit report we had to engage the province to get it,” Taruvinga said.

“It is the norm when the audit report is out, (that) it is handed over to the committee to discuss the management response and then it will be presented to the next full council meeting and follow the dictates of the Urban Councils Act Chapter 29:15 section 307 (8).”

Nyamukasa said Senga’s refusal to suspend Mandeya could mean that she was involved in the disappearance of the council funds.

Efforts by Southern Eye to speak to Mandeya were futile as she was said to be locked in a meeting.

 

Mandeya and Senga, according to councillors, allegedly abused the levies through successive travelling around the country and abroad. They once clashed with the councillors in 2015 after they allegedly teamed up with the finance director and travelled to Gambia without council approval.