4 sisters murder,wife speaks out

A Gokwe woman whose husband allegedly killed her four siblings, said she regrets leaving her sisters at his mercy.

Ms Priviledge Dlomo (24) of Chirima Village in Gokwe spoke to The Chronicle news crew at her aunt’s homestead in Insiza district where she now resides.

Ms Dlomo fled from her matrimonial home in Nkayi to her parents in Gokwe after her husband, Dingilizwe Dube (38), who was in South Africa threatened to kill her.

Dube was bitter that she was brewing traditional beer for sale in his absence.

Ms Dlomo resorted to the business of brewing beer to raise money to fend for her three children because Dube was not sending money.

When she told her in-laws about her plight and that of her children as a result of Dube’s neglect, they gave her sorghum and advised her to brew beer for sale.

Ms Dlomo’s other child is from another marriage.

After her escape, Dube allegedly followed her to her parents’ home and she fled again to Insiza where her aunt lives.

Dube allegedly vented his anger on Ms Dlomo’s four siblings who were burnt to death after he allegedly torched the hut they were sleeping in last month.

He is in custdoy awaiting trial for four counts of murder.

The Dlomo family is demanding 48 beasts from Dube’s family as compensation for the deaths of their children.

“I regret fleeing from my husband because he ended up venting his anger on my sisters. They had nothing to do with our problems yet they paid with their lives,” said a tearful Ms Dlomo.

She said her life is now empty as she now has no siblings as they were just five girls in their family.

“I am failing to come to terms with this tragedy and I have no idea what my mother is going through following the death of her four children in one fell swoop,” she said.

Ms Dlomo said at one point her parents warned her against marrying Dube.

She said Dube started physically abusing her when she was three months pregnant with the first child of their marriage. She said at one time when she was under attack, she fled into her mother’s bedroom but he followed and attacked her there.

Ms Dlomo said Dube was fined a beast by a traditional court for entering his in-laws bedroom and the beast he paid was among the nine beasts belonging to the Dlomo family that he axed after the attack on the four siblings.

Six beasts died in the attack.

Dube was last week convicted of arson and malicious damage to property by a Gokwe magistrate and was sentenced to an effective 12 months in prison.
He was further ordered to restitute the Dlomos $1 800 or six beasts.

Dube’s family has since compensated the Dlomo family for the lost beasts.



Emergency passport suspended

Members of the public who are seeking the emergency travelling documents are forced to apply for the ‘normal’ passport, which costs $53 and is now being released after about two months as a result of the backlog. Normally, the passport is released within three weeks of application.

An emergency passport, which takes 24 hours to be released costs $318, while the one released in three days costs $253. In an interview yesterday, Registrar-General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede said his office was trying to clear the passport backlog, hence the need to temporarily reject new applications for emergency passports.

“We have a backlog of nearly 2 000 passports and that’s a lot,” he said. “We have not suspended issuing passports, there is a backlog that we are trying to clear. This thing is temporary. We don’t force situations.

“If you want to use the word we have ‘slowed down’ in accepting applications, that’s the right language to use. We will start accepting applications for emergency passports once we clear the backlog.”

Mr Mudede said it will not make sense for his office to continue accepting new applicants for emergency passports when his officers were battling to clear the backlog. He said his office did not want to find itself being persecuted publicly for failing to deliver, hence the need to slow down in taking people’s money.

“We must deal with the backlog and finish before we open again for new applications,” said Mr Mudede. “To accept new applications and just park them is not the right thing to do. You wouldn’t like that, you will say ‘no no why have you accepted my money when you cannot deliver’,” he said.

Many people who applied for normal passports, some as far back as May this year, are yet to receive them and this has been blamed on the reduced numbers being processed by the RG’s office. The applicants said they were in the dark as to what had caused the delays given that in the past it was just a three-weeks wait for a normal passport.

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Government issues IDs,birth certificates for free

The Registrar General’s office will from tomorrow start issuing birth certificates and national identification cards for free for a period of 90 days.

The Minister of Homes Affairs, Dr Ignatius Chombo confirmed the development, saying it follows a public outcry from people who are failing to raise the funds needed to acquire the two documents.

The 90-day window period applies to both those who lost their birth certificates and national identity cards as well as those who want to obtain them for the first time.

The move to issue the two documents for free follows a voter registration proclamation period by President Robert Mugabe which will end in January next year.

Dr Chombo added that the move by government will assist in promoting democratic processes and systems as Zimbabweans will be able to acquire the necessary documentation for voter registration which will start soon.

The Minister said those in need of these services can visit the Registrar General’s offices in their respective areas or mobile units set up country wide.

Country music legend Don Williams dies

Country music singer Don Williams, one of the biggest stars of the 1970s and 1980s, died on Friday at the age of 78, his publicist said.

Williams, known as "the Gentle Giant" because of his 6-foot, 1-inch frame, mellow voice and low-key profile, had hits with Tulsa Time, I Believe in You and It Must Be Love over the course of a 50-year career.

He died on the same day as Troy Gentry, one half of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, who was killed in a helicopter crash in New Jersey.

"2 legends lost at once. Troy Gentry and Don Williams will be missed so much. Praying for their families and may they rest in peace," country-pop band Big & Rich wrote on Twitter.

The statement announcing his passing said Williams died of an undisclosed illness but gave no further details.

Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and released his last studio album, "Reflections," in 2014.

Two years later, he announced his retirement from touring, saying it was "time to hang up my hat and enjoy some quiet time at home."

Williams was a big influence on other musicians, spanning country to rock. Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend were among those who have recorded his music.

In 2016, a tribute album, "Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams," was released featuring performances by Alison Krauss, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks and many others.

Nemangwe woman feeds newborn baby to dogs

A Gokwe woman let dogs feast on her newly born baby in a bid to save her marriage, after being impregnated by her husband’s uncle, while the husband was working in South Africa.

Svodai Murwisi (30) of Maritini Village under Chief Nemangwe was this week sentenced to 245 hours of community service, failure of which she will serve seven months in prison.

Gokwe magistrate Christopher Maturure considered that Murwisi was a first offender who did not waste the court’s time by immediately pleading guilty.

The agreed facts are that Murwisi gave birth to a baby while alone at home without the knowledge of her husband and decided to conceal

She placed the child under the cooking shed and proceeded to her bedroom hut to sleep, knowing there were dogs around. Murwisi’s neighbour, Sylvester Ziumbwa stumbled on a dog feasting on a baby skull the following morning outside her homestead.

Murwisi told the court that she wanted to conceal the birth from her husband.

“Your worship, I deeply regret my actions but the truth is I wanted to save my marriage since I had been impregnated by another man. I left the baby in the shed to die,” said Murwisi.

Tineyi Tirigo prosecuted.

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New rules for ZSP applications for Zimbabweans in South Africa

The South African government has announced new regulations for the new four-year, non-renewable permit for nearly 200 000 Zimbabweans working and studying in South Africa.

The new permits, known as the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP), will replace the current Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP), the Department of Home Affairs announced on Friday.

The initial Special Dispensation for Zimbabweans was approved in April 2009 to document Zimbabwean nationals, who were in South Africa illegally. The ZSP allowed applications from Zimbabweans with a valid Zimbabwean passport, evidence of employment, business or accredited study and a clear criminal record. Successful applicants were granted permits to stay and work, study or run a business in South Africa.

The permits expire on 31 December 2017 for the 197 941 approved permit holders.

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize on Friday said the application process for ZEP opens on 15 September and will close on 30 November 2017.

The ZEP is open for valid ZSP holders only.

Terms and conditions of ZEP

Minister Mkhize said the conditions for the new permit entitle the holder to work, study or conduct business in the country.

The ZEP permits will be issued for a maximum period of four years, effective from 1 January 2018 and expiring on 31 December 2021.

According to the Minister, the conditions of the ZEP stand as follows:
•Entitles the holder to work/study and/or conduct business.
•Does not entitle the holder the right to apply for permanent residence, irrespective of the period of stay in the Republic of South Africa.
•Will not be renewable/extendable.
•Does not allow a holder to change conditions of his/her permit while in South Africa.
•ZSP permit holders, who wish to convert their status to any other mainstream visa, should apply timeously for such visa from within SA, provided they meet all the requirements for that visa.
•A ZSP applicant will be allowed to travel using the ZEP receipt and the expired ZSP permit until such time as the ZEP permit is issued, without being declared undesirable.

The Department of Home Affairs has advised prospective applicants to submit applications online from 15 September 2017 through the VFS website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/ZEP/SouthAfrica.com.

They will be charged an administration fee of R1 090. Thereafter, applicants will be allocated appointments for the required submission of fingerprints and supporting documents to VFS from 1 October 2017 at its offices across the country.

The applicant will be required to bring the following supporting documents:
•A valid Zimbabwean passport.
•Evidence of employment, in case of an application for work rights.
•Evidence of business, in case of application for business rights.
•Evidence of an admission letter from a recognised learning institution for study rights.

Managing labour and migration

Minister Mkhize said the dispensation will greatly assist in advancing the objectives of the National Development Plan Vision 2030, particularly in respect of the economy and attracting critical skills into the country. It will also assist in addressing the flows of labour within the SADC region.

“We believe that migrants play an important role in respect [of] economic development [and] enriching social and cultural life,” she said.

The dispensation, the Minister said, will assist in enhancing national security and orderly management of migration.

“This process adds to our goal of developing a new national identity system, which will require that, through a secure population register, we know for certain who is in the country. This will help government in dealing with issues of irregular migration,” Minister Mkhize said.

Hope for change

Minister Mkhize said hopefully by the time the ZE permits expire in 2021, there will be tangible economic development.

“We trust that the ZEP will go a long way in assisting Zimbabweans to rebuild their lives as they prepare to work in business and in educational institutions, for their final return to their sovereign state in the near future.”

Zimbabwean Embassy representative, Robert Moranga, welcomed the new process and its terms.

“We thank the government of South Africa for this generous offer to thousands of Zimbabweans. This is an act of solidarity, an act of good neighbourliness.”

Moranga called on fellow Zimbabweans, who hold ZSPs, to come forward and apply for the new ZEP as soon as applications open to avoid the last-minute rush.

“It’s important to take heed of the call to come forward and submit applications so that they can live and work legally in South Africa,” said Moranga. – SAnews.gov.za

BREAKING:Kwese wins court court case

Information that Techzim has received is that Dr Dish, the licence holders of the broadcasting licence for the Strive Masiyiwa owned initiative Kwese TV, have won their urgent court application against the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.

This effectively means that Kwese Tv will be going back live on air any time now, as the cancellation has been revoked.

Techzim has independently confirmed that the court case was won and will share the ruling in due course.

Kwese TV has been wanting to get into the Zimbabwean airway for some time now and has faced a couple of hiccups, first with ZBC and then most recently the Dr. Dish saga.

Interestingly, though the name ‘Kwese’ has a Zimbabwean feel to it, ‘kwese’ means everywhere in Zimbabwe’s native language Shona, it has taken only to launch locally, while other countries have had the privilege of enjoying the service.

Below is a Facebook post, the lawyer in the matter, Tawanda Nyambirai, posted soon after receiving the ruling.