Tsvangirai Had Sex with Joice Mujuru: Claim

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  • BED-MATES? Morgan Tsvangirai and Joice Mujuru.

Fired former vice president Joice Mujuru and ex-prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai had sex during the inclusive government from 2009 to 2013, according to leaked intelligence files.

The scandal is being used by Zanu PF in a massive ‘whispering campaign’ to discredit the two opposition leaders who have announced plans to  put together an electoral coalition to challenge President Robert Mugabe in 2018.

“Joice Mujuru and Morgan Tsvangirai are known to have had sex at a beach house in South Africa. They both bought houses in the same area for the purpose of their clandestine meetings,” said a high-level source.

The sex scandal is said to have happened while Mujuru’s husband, General Solomon Mujuru was alive.

No comment was available from Mujuru or Tsvangirai.

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Adultery Senator Drags Journalist to Court on Flimsy Charge

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COMBATIVE: ‘Timveos’ Mpofu.

On Thursday, September 29 2016, three detectives from the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s notoriously brutal Central Investigations Department (CID) came to our house in Zvishavane where I was on special assignment investigating the horrific killing and dismemberment of a local MDC-T member allegedly by a fugitive man said to be linked to Midlands senator Lilian ‘Timveos’ Mpofu.

The moment the three of them walked in I knew this could only mean trouble.

“Do we know each other?” one of the cops said, sizing me up, menace in his voice.

“No,” I said.

“We are the police. We need you to accompany us to the police station,” one of the cops, who introduced himself as sergeant Mabwe, said. The others did not introduce themselves, making it difficult in future to file any possible charges against them.

Before we left, I asked what it was about this time. I have been arrested twelve times on assignment in Zimbabwe and each of those experiences left me traumatized, injured or both, one way or the other, which is the real intention of the state authorities here when they put you through the paces.

“It’s about a complaint from senator Timveous,” the cop said.

It struck me as odd that as 200 or more gwejas – illegal gold hunters – had taken siege of the government’s Sabi gold mine where they were hacking people to death with machetes and dumping their bodies in mine shafts, such senior cops could be deployed to hunt down an innocent journalist with no chance of hurting anyone in a thousand years. Exposing adultery, corruption and political scandals which damage the country’s difficult transition to democracy is entirely within our rights. If Zimbabwe is to transition from a banana republic despised by the entire universe it is fundamental that we get on the template of good governance, accountability and abiding by just rules and not hop from one hegemony to yet another brutal dictatorship.

Our coverage related to Senator Mpofu, known variously as Senator Timveos or Senator Timveous is not unique. The draft order says we must not publish “false statements on the alleged criminal, adultery and on the immoral activities”. We have no intention of publishing false statements about anyone and we are waiting anxiously for the High Court to announce the court date so that we can provide the evidence related to each of the stories under contention.

But no, Sen ‘Timveos’ Mpofu wants me to be punished. She wants me to suffer whichever way. She wrongly assumes that I am behind all the bad press she is getting from newspapers and websites as diverse as the Mirror and Shabanie Dot Coms, which first exposed her illegal Marange diamond deals and the Kandodo ‘ritual’ killing, respectively. So, she instigates my arrest to divert attention and assure her skeptical party associates and family members that I was behind all the ‘rumours’ about her. These are not just rumours. Selling parliament fuel coupons on the black market is called fraud, for which the senator would go to jail if we were in a more democratic dispensation. Selling state security and national health secrets to West African criminals when you are a member of parliament’s Peace and Security Committee and chair of a health committee is the height of treason. Registering yourself for accreditation at Parliament under a name other than the one appearing on your passport is clearly illegal. These are not “false statements”. Hiding behind the law will not absolve Sen ‘Timveos’ Mpofu.

Why did the Senator’s attorneys not raise the contempt issue as a point of objection when the trial begins, or make a special application to the High Court that the defendant is in breach of a lawful order?

‘Timveos’ Mpofu does not want justice. She wants to punish John Chimunhu, disrupt his work and ensure that there are no further leakages.

Later, one of my informants inside her camp told me to be “very careful”.

“Senator ‘Timveos’ has set up a ‘special team’ of detectives and others to ‘deal’ with you,” the informant said.


I was led to an unmarked car. Images of Itai Dzamara flashed through my mind. Was I being kidnapped, never to be seen again by family and friends, or to be found dumped somewhere with worms crawling out of my mouth? I had every reason to be alarmed. After all, none of these men in civilian clothes had shown me any form of identification or anything official to confirm that they were ‘dikaz’, the local equivalent of undercover ‘cop’.

We drove to the CID offices at Zvishavane police station. I noticed that the brown prefab wooden structures had not changed since the 1990s when I used to frequent the place scouring for news as the Chronicle’s then local correspondent. I remembered Chief Inspector John Mkhize, one of the most media-friendly cops I have met in my entire life. Mkhize was helpful, to the extent of visiting our farm once and – after assessing our security needs – recommending that I carry a firearm on the range to protect from marauding

I was led into an office where a man sat pensively at a desk, as if on the phone, but deep in thought. I sat on a bench. After a long silence the man greeted me.

There was a shuffle, people getting in and out. The boss chatted about football with the others. He seemed happy that Highlanders had won and showed this to others on the mobile phone. It gave me a small boost. Even cops were on the internet! I think about modern Africa being a huge virtual chat room where even the small people

Then the harassment began. There were four detectives in the room, three facing me and one seated next to me. I was shown a bunch of papers making up the docket but was not allowed to read them, except for the ‘provisional order’, which formed the basis of the charges. I was given a minute or two to browse through the ‘order’. Naturally, it is impossible to read and fully comprehend a High Court order with ten or so points in just a minute, under circumstances where you are too busy wondering what will come next.

I pointed out to the police that the complainant listed as Lilian Timveous was unknown to me. Information at hand showed that the woman going around calling herself Lilian Timveos or Lilian Timveous was actually Lilian Mpofu. (Name: Lilian Mpofu, AKA Lilian Timveos, AKA Lilian Timveous, AKA Lilian Acropol, AKA Lilian Adams, AKA Lilian Sibanda; passport number BN 259762, national ID number 67-080131 KK 58; date of birth: 04 April 1973; nationality: Zimbabwean; addresses 383 Prince Street, Zvishavane, 37 Brooke Village, Borrowdale Brooke, Harare; e-mail: lilimikoro@gmail.com; mobile numbers – keeps changing lines, registering new ones under false aliases or names of others: 263 773 894 366, 263 779 701 082. Title: Senator, Midlands province; education: Vainona High School – O’Level).

The police refused to entertain my request for them to verify the complainant’s identity. This is crucial to the case because whichever way it goes, someone will have to bear penalties. I’m countersuing this senator for substantial damages for tarnishing my reputation by spreading and publishing false stories and to my life generally as she hunts me down like this. That is why it’s important for us to be sure who we are dealing with.

I realized then that perhaps there were other forces at play here. I told the cops that I would need a lawyer before I responded to the charges. That seemed to upset them.

“What’s so difficult to understand about such a simple charge? Just make a statement and we’ll let you go,” one of the cops said, exasperated, thumbing through a tattered copy of the Zim cop’s favourite law, the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act.

“This is a case in which someone is claiming two and half million from me. I can’t just sign statements without being sure what this means,” I said.

After hours of haggling I was tired and I’m sure they expected that. The ‘boss’ ordered one of the men to take me outside while they conversed in secret. I was glad for some air. It was well after 6 pm and getting dark.

“You are the most stupid journalist I have ever seen,” the cop told me as soon as we got outside. He was being deliberately rude, but obviously acting the good cop, the guy who’s willing to help you, to give you a way out of the hole that you just dug yourself into. I looked at the prospect of spending “forty-eight hours, which can be extended by a magistrate”, as one of them had said while reading me my ‘rights’.

“I wonder, are you really a journalist? Damn you are so dumb. Just sign the statement and go home. You know, if you had come in for something like robbery we could have tortured you and you’d have confessed everything and signed that statement by now. Look, I’m your friend. You drink at Escrow and that’s where I drink too. Tell them you need time to look for a lawyer, sign the statement and go home,” the man said as others trooped out of the station to go home.


How far would you go to tell the truth? That is the rhetorical question asked in ‘Silenced’, a riveting documentary by James Spione on the fate of three whistleblowers who exposed torture, mass surveillance and government waste. I found myself asking the same question this week as I considered the future of my media interests in Zimbabwe in light of the present attacks on the media generally from state authorities there.

On Monday October 8, 2016 I have been summoned to appear before a magistrate’s court to answer charges that I published something offensive about a state senator in violation of a court order.

I find the whole affair disgusting. First of all, I was not served with the relevant court order. This was a simple attempt by Mwonzora and Associates, senator Lilian ‘Timveos’ Mpofu’s lawyers, to prevent us from challenging the so-called provisional order and to entrap us into violating an order we are not aware of.

If this is the last letter that I ever write to you or, if one of these coming days I disappear without trace like my colleague and friend Itai Dzamara, just know that I tried to protect the truth in a dangerous environment where ignoring it or simply lying low is more convenient and even lucrative for some. How this system works is that after tagging you like this – they know your name, home address and even your mother’s phone number – they can then come and kidnap you to send you to heaven. Ask Itai Dzamara.

I am not under any illusion that the current onslaught by high-level state agents using this senator will end well. So far, the process is fraught with irregularities. It has neither been just nor fair to me, violating my constitutional right to safety and to be treated as innocent until proven guilty.

The threats have not only taken the form of judicial harassment that discredited African politicians are expert at. Death threats and physical attacks have often prevented me from doing my legitimate work as a journalist. Recently, I was filming a residents’ meeting at Mandava hall when Senator ‘Timveos’ Mpofu arrived in a mini-bus normally used to ferry kids to and from her pre-school. She unleashed thugs on the meeting and some of them tried first to stop me shooting a video of the event and when that failed, to make me delete my files.

If you can, call or the following people and ask them why their party, the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai are trying to destroy the media by harassing John Chimunhu and disrupting Now Daily website:

Morgan Tsvangirai, MDC-T president – 263 774 427 581; Douglas Mwonzora – MDC-T secretary-general – 263 774 148 461; Lilian ‘Timveos’ Mpofu – MDC-T senator – 263 773 894 366, 263 779 701 082, 263 775 938 041; Michael Timveos – 263 775 368 830; Detective Sergeant Mabwe (Wasu)– ZRP CID Zvishavane – 263 51 2584, 263 773 443 813.


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Editor Arrested Over Tsvangirai Sex Scandal

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TERMINATOR: Tsvangirai’s girlfriend Lilian ‘Timveos’ Mpofu.

Now Daily boss John Chimunhu has been arrested on the orders of former prime minister Morgan Tsangirai’s alleged married lover Lilian ‘Timveos’ Mpofu. .

Chimunhu was held by Zimbabwe Republic Police Central Investigations Department detectives who grilled him for hours about stories published by the United States-based Now Daily.

Chimunhu has since been summoned to appear at the Zvishavane magistrates court on Monday October 10 2016 to answer charges of contempt of court.

“The process is fraught with injustice. Up to now, Mr Chimunhu has not been served with the so-called provisional order, the said offending articles and other important court papers. It’s Friday, five pm and how do you prepare for a case like this. This is shameful and disgraceful,” Chimunhu’s attorney said.

Media Repression Deepens in Zimbabwe


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The High Court case against Now Daily and I should be viewed in the context of ongoing severe media repression in Zimbabwe.

Defamation or insult laws are tools that state officials in Zimbabwe use frequently to silence the probing media. University of Zimbabwe law professor, Geoff Feltoe wrote: “Investigative reporting can be a very hazardous business under the present Zimbabwean law.”

Journalists facing such charges are often put under a wave of intrusive surveillance and intimidation. In my case, this has meant regular visits from Senator Lilian Timveos Mpofu’s henchmen and women, threatening me with death, deprivation and prison. Sometimes, the messengers urge me to ‘talk’ to the senator. However, from experience as an editor dealing with corrupt officials like herself, I know that such meetings are usually turned into a stage for violent attacks against the journalist or are used to tag him/her so that they can be followed and attacked. Such meetings are often characterized by offers of bribes, which always degenerate into false charges of blackmail against the journalist. The best is to talk in public, in court.


Truly independent broadcasting and publishing are banned in Zimbabwe, except for those with strong ties to the dictatorial regime of Robert Mugabe. People rely on a growing number of foreign-based radio and TV stations, websites and online publications run by Zimbabweans and others for news about what is going on in the country. This is a very volatile time for the media. Arbitrary arrests are common. So are violent attacks on journalists by both Mugabe’s governing Zanu PF party and the main opposition MDC-T led by Morgan Tsvangirai. Journalists cannot go about their work without being harassed, monitored, disrupted or maligned.

Zimbabwe is a brutal dictatorship. President Mugabe has been described by the United States-based Foreign Policy think tank as the second most brutal dictator in the world after the late Kim Jong Il of North Korea. Former US president George W. Bush described Zimbabwe under Mugabe as an “outpost of tyranny”. Political murder and repression are entrenched in the state system. Corruption, seizure of businesses and properties by the ruling oligarchs is a daily business, but without a free media, all these heinous crimes are often swept under the carpet. This is the context in which we operate.

Journalists are watched constantly by the regime’s extensive and brutal security apparatus. They keep tabs on me for the time when I say or do something ‘wrong’. The surveillance is intrusive and sometimes overt. They use my news sources, opposition officials, diplomats, business associates and even family members to gather information on me and interfere with my legitimate media work and generally to hurt me. A lot of my colleagues are dead, exiled or out of practice. I have only survived by taking extreme precautions and constant training by experts.


Blogging, online video and rapid text messaging platforms such as WhatsApp are technologies that have become widely used in Zimbabwe. Media censorship has been official government policy since ex-guerilla leader Mugabe came to power at independence from Britain in 1980. The government centralized broadcasting in official hands. Efforts to liberalize and democratize the Zimbabwean media in the 1990s, under pressure from IMF and the World Bank, were quickly abandoned when the independent media started exposing the regime’s corruption.

With the arrival of the internet and easy availability of text, audio and video distribution channels that are almost free, government’s hold on the media came to be challenged. For $50 – the cost of a smartphone – practically everyone can blog. Services such as Facebook Live have made digital defiance not only possible but safe and affordable to many activists. Many of the images of repression and resistance published and broadcast are amateurish, done by ordinary citizens using cheap phones, but clear enough to shock audiences into open revulsion.

When I set out to publish Now Daily in 2012, I had every intention to assert my United Nations-guaranteed rights to freedom of expression and freedom to transmit and receive information, rights that I had been denied since I was born. Blogging and website hosting opened a new avenue for oppressed journalists like myself to expose dishonesty, corruption and the gross human rights violations that Zimbabweans experience every day. I founded Now Daily with the hope of helping audiences to assert their rights as well. The absence of credible, unfettered data from all angles has been a great impediment to the struggle for democracy and a better life for all Zimbabweans. People’s choices are limited by the quality of information they have. In a situation where there are tensions and regular open warfare, it is usually only the well-informed who survive.

With regard to the outrageous $2.5 million lawsuit from the MDC-T senator who was sensationally caught selling Parliament fuel coupons on the black market, we were entirely justified to publish that story. Our duty is to inform the public. As Professor Feltoe said, “access to information is of pivotal importance to the proper working of a participatory democracy”. We took reasonable steps to verify the extent of this corruption and the evidence is there. I saw it with my own eyes!

Honesty for a public officer is of critical importance, particularly an elected one. It is wholly justified and in the public interest for people to know that their elected representatives are abusing public office for private profit. Anywhere else in the world, a scandal of this magnitude would force MPs to resign. Not in graft-ridden Zimbabwe, where corrupt officials add insult to injury to the public trust by dragging us to the courts on frivolous charges, using dubious processes.

I am the founder and administrator of the African Media Bloggers Association, a platform for mostly Zimbabwean bloggers to market their work and deal with their issues. To date, more than 2 000 bloggers have joined this forum. Hundreds of active new blogs have been established in the past year, much to the annoyance of state authorities and corrupt opposition leaders.


In December 2014, the ruling party Zanu PF, led by the dictator Robert Mugabe resolved to ban the use of the internet by Zimbabweans to prevent them accessing accurate information about what was going on in the country. The deepening political and economic crisis in the country has made people desperate for life-saving information about safety, health and other crucial issues. But internet shops are ordered to slow down users. This was partially achieved by ordering mobile communications companies to slow down internet speeds, according to a recent report by Freedom House. The same report condemns the opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai for declaring a ban on party members expressing themselves on the internet. All these measures by politicians have failed to stem the tide of Zimbabweans asserting their rights by engaging on social media and other online platforms. The government has announced that it will ‘regulate’ online media, which can only mean censorship. The opposition party has gone further by launching lawsuits against journalists and mounting violent attacks to prevent them recording and reporting evidence of corruption and abuse of office.

Having failed to stop people from accessing digital media, the authorities and corrupt opposition politicians have now taken to attacking journalists and digital media content providers such as myself.

The government and corrupt opposition politicians are out to crush me personally and I know why. I am the agitator who has mobilized thousands of Zimbabweans to take their freedom to communicate by setting up independent websites to express their views. Thousands of people are now members of AMBA, representing hundreds of new blogs. This has rattled the authorities. First, they tried to coopt us by making us part of a discredited journalists’ trade union whose leader regularly sings Mugabe’s praises. When that failed, they went on the attack, targeting individual bloggers like myself. They have used smear campaigns online and off in an attempt to take away my audience. They have threatened members of my family and media associates with death and other punishments if they continue supporting me. I have suffered other attacks, including being poisoned, followed and monitored. Having failed to stop my work, they have turned to another trusted tool: judicial harassment accompanied by potent threats of imprisonment and heavy financial penalties if I do not toe the line.

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Tortured Tajamuka Leader in Hospital

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Tortured activist group Tajamuka’s spokesman Silvanos ‘Banditi’ Mudzvova remained in hospital Friday after being tortured by suspected state agents this week.

Mudzvova was abducted by six armed men at midnight on September 13 and brutally tortured.

Tajamuka has rattled the regime of dictator Robert Mugabe by mounting public protests that have sometimes turned violent.

The group is seen as being more militant than the MDC-T although state security agents have stated that it is connected to the opposition party.

Another confrontational activist group, Occupy Africa Unity Square has lost its leader Itai Dzamara, who was abducted in March 2015 and has not been seen ever since.

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Tsvangirai Barred

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Movement for Democratic-Tsvangirai leader Morgan Tsvangirai (in cap, above) was on Friday barred from visiting inmates at Chikurubi maximum security prison. The ban however gave dictator Robert Mugabe’s strongest rival an unexpected boost as it sparked a flood of sympathetic comments on social media. Several pro-democracy activists are detained at the prison following a series of anti-government demonstrations.

Tsvangirai’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed the incident.

“When he insisted on using his ID as ordinary visitor to Chikurubi Maximum prison early this morning, the prison officers insisted President Morgan Tsvangirai was ‘not an ordinary citizen’. They said he had to get clearance from head office,” Tamborinyoka said.

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Mujuru Seizes Black Man’s Farm

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Former vice president and leader of the upstart Zimbabwe People First party Joice Mujuru is under pressure to surrender a farm she seized from a black man without compensation, it emerged.

Mujuru seized the farm belonging to Dr Masuku in Beatrice in 2014, just before she was sacked by president Robert Mugabe for allegedly plotting a military coup and using ‘juju’ against him.

Masuku, who bought the farm from its white owner before the fast-track land reform programme, was evicted and moved to a resettlement village where he is living in abject poverty, sources said. Mujuru then took over the farm adjacent to another one her former army commander husband General Solomon Mujuru seized violently from a white farmer.

“Joice Mujuru is a disgrace. How can she seize a farm belonging to a fellow black when the land reform programme was targeting the whites? She should just return the farm to its owner or stop lying that she is an opposition leader who respects human rights,” said a war veteran in the area.

Mujuru and her late husband went on a rampage at the height of the farm seizures that were launched by Zanu PF in 2000, grabbing dozens of choice properties around Zimbabwe. The militant couple also seized several mines and demanded shares in private businesses. Mujuru was one of the looters of the disputed Marange diamonds and still illegally occupies a lucrative concession area known as “munda wa Mai Mujuru”.

Comment was not immediately available from Mujuru.

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