Terror Reported as Mugabe Army Invades Gold War Zone

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  • Gold war victim (top), Mugabe.

Scores of people have been injured while many others have fled their homes in Zvishavane and Mberengwa amid claims of beatings and torture by Zimbabwean army soldiers deployed to end deadly fighting by informal miners over gold mining rights, Now Daily has learnt.

Comment was not immediately available from the defence ministry and the reports could not independently be verified.

However, witnesses said the random army violence was continuing.

“The soldiers came to our village and just started beating up everyone in sight, especially the youths. They accused us of attacking police officers,” claimed one informal miner who fled Mazvihwa village at the weekend and said he was headed for South Africa.

Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa recently said the army was being brought in to restore order after the regular police failed to do it. An unknown number of people have been killed and thousands injured as illegal miners fight for control of gold mines in the Midlands and Matabeleland South. Some have invaded government mines like Sabi, disrupting production.

Deputy minister and MP for the violence-ridden Zvishavane-Runde constituency Fred Moyo told the recent regional Minex conference that a cabinet committee chaired by home affairs minister Ignatius Chombo was looking into the problem which he described as ‘serious’. He said the continued occupation of Sabi mine by ‘poachers’ threatened to drive away investors who reopened the mine recently.

Moyo said the informal miners had recently entered Sabi mine illegally and threw home-made bombs at guards who confronted them, injuring three.

Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe recently started moving units of the country’s dreaded military into southern provinces affected by horrific communal violence which has seen hundreds killed and thousands injured by gangs wielding machetes, guns and home-made bombs.

“The soldiers came to our village and just started beating up everyone in sight, especially the youths. They accused us of attacking police officers,” claimed one informal miner who fled Mazvihwa village at the weekend and said he was headed for South Africa to seek refuge until the soldiers withdrew.

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  • Zim soldiers on terror mission in Chiadzwa.

Two female cops were hospitalized, according to witnesses, after being attacked at Mutambi while trying to arrest associates of a gangster known as Aveng, the so-called ‘gweja president’ who moves with dozens of bodyguards. The ‘gweja president’ could not be located but his lieutenant, Richo, was later apprehended by the ‘red berets’, a crack unit of the Zimbabwean military police. However, other wanted thugs, including Come See, Bothy and Jah Jali escaped, according to the sources.

The gwejas launched revenge attacks in Zvishavane on Independence Day, beating up patrons in bars, conducting door-to-door attacks on houses of prostitutes and demanding free sex. Armed riot police only responded to the attacks the following day, after the gwejas had left.

At least 10 army trucks carrying dozens of soldiers in uniform and civilian clothing were seen rolling into the southern town of Zvishavane weeks ago, according to witnesses. Other witnesses said they saw groups of soldiers in army vehicles arrive at the disused former 5th Brigade headquarters at Dadaya just outside Zvishavane.

The deployment came just days after illegal gold hunters known as gwejas threw petrol bombs, injuring three guards at the state’s Sabi Gold Mine. One of the gwejas was shot in the leg during the incident. Gunshots were later heard when police tried to stop random revenge attacks by other gwejas on patrons at a restaurant.

However, critics say the army involvement will just fuel tensions and not end inequities that are the root of the problem. Senior government officials have been fingered in illegal mining in the region. Experts also said the government should address issues of poverty triggered by mine closures and corruption among law enforcement officials.

Corruption within the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s minerals and border control unit is blamed for the failure by the authorities to stem the problem.

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Makandiwa Abandons Chitungwiza after False ‘Prophecies’

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* Smile, you’re on TV: Makandiwa and wife.

Multi-millionaire self-proclaimed ‘prophet’ Emmanuel Makandiwa has dumped the impoverished Chitungwiza congregation that brought him fame and fortune and relocated to the leafy northern suburbs, it emerged.

Makandiwa’s move came after a string of patently false ‘prophecies’ which caused many to doubt his powers as a ‘prophet’ who claimed to hear directly from God.

The prominent televangelist has riled followers by relocating his Zimbabwe headquarters from a dusty Chitungwiza ghetto to the upmarket Mt Hampden property development where he has raked in millions selling residential stands to members of his United Family International Church. Mt Hampden, just north of Harare, is being developed by government into the new Zimbabwean capital. Makandiwa’s massive Chitungwiza church building remains an uncompleted shell years after work started on it.

Sources said Makandiwa now lived in South Africa and sometimes flew to Zimbabwe on Sunday mornings for services but this was denied by his spokesman Prime Kufa. The sources said Makandiwa’s decision to leave Chitungwiza where his church started was taken after his takings from church offerings dropped due to the collapse of the Zimbabwean economy and the introduction of discredited bearer bonds by the government to replace the US dollar. At the peak of his movement, Makandiwa reportedly raked in at least $250 000 per week in offerings after instructing his tens of thousands of followers to each give him $20 at every service.

Makandiwa, a former pastor at AFM Zimbabwe, started UFIC on a humble note in Chitungwiza, asking his poor followers to donate their cellphones and personal effects to get things going. He lost credibility after some Ghanaian pastors accused him of committing human sacrifice, allegedly killing several people in the hope of boosting his ‘spiritual powers’. A fetish priest in the West African country claimed to have performed the sacrificial rituals for Makandiwa and several other pastors in Zimbabwe and southern Africa. The Ghanaian pastors wanted to visit Zimbabwe to ‘prove’ their claims but were denied visas by the Zanu PF government, which is accused of protecting the discredited clergyman.

Makandiwa also lost followers after making several ‘prophetic’ claims which did not materialize. He promised to ‘walk on water’ at Kariba dam, like the Biblical Jesus on the Sea of Galilee but backed down on the appointed date. He later claimed that the Zimbabwean economy would flourish and that diamonds and gold would “rain” on the country but this did not happen. Instead, the country’s economy has been on a downward slide since investors fled Zimbabwe with billions of dollars in the wake of the disputed 2013 election which many say was rigged by president Robert Mugabe and his party.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe has warned people to be wary of false prophets who take advantage of the desperate by making false promises. Apparently, many are turning to religion for answers as economic problems deepen.

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Chiyangwa Dumps ‘Best Friend’ Kasukuwere

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  • Better days: Kasukuwere (left) with Chiyangwa before the fallout.

Zanu PF central committee member Phillip Chiyangwa has abandoned his former ‘best friend’ and business partner, the beleaguered party political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere who is fighting for political survival after eight of the party’s ten provinces demanded his removal, it emerged.

Chiyangwa put the nail in Kasukuwere’s coffin at a decisive meeting of the party’s Mashonaland West executive Wednesday where a vote of no confidence was passed on the party commissar. Chiyangwa declared that his former close buddy should leave his position.

“We thank the province for a quick job, remember we are going for elections next year and those who do not perform like Kasukuwere should give way to those who are capable,” Chiyangwa said.

Chiyangwa belongs to vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Lacoste faction of Zanu PF while Kasukuwere is with first lady Grace Mugabe’s G40.

Mashonaland East and West provinces passed votes of no confidence Wednesday against Kasukuwere, a close ally of president Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace Mugabe and leading member of her G40 faction. Kasukuwere has been accused of abusing his powerful party position to promote the secret campaign by Grace Mugabe to succeed her ailing 93 year-old husband as president.

Kasukuwere faces charges of corruption involving the sale of land earmarked for party youths and tampering with party structures in an attempt to remove Mugabe from office through unconstitutional means.

Mugabe has failed to douse the political fires raging against ‘Tyson’, Kasukuwere’s nickname. The president recently scolded party members for mounting public demonstrations denouncing ‘Tyson’ in Midlands, Mnangagwa’s home province and Mashonaland Central, from where Kasukuwere hails.

Grace Mugabe is facing an uphill task against Mnangagwa, who enjoys the support of the military, intelligence service and the state media. Mugabe’s attempts to back his wife have been met with revulsion.

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Tsvangirai, Mujuru Seal Election Coalition Deal

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  • Coalition partners: Tsvangirai and Mujuru at Wednesday’s signing ceremony.

By MORGAN TSVANGIRAI

(MDC-T President)

Today is a historic day in many ways.

It is the first day of the 38th year of our independence but with the majority of Zimbabweans with nothing to show for it except dire poverty, extreme suffering, hunger and disease.
Yesterday, we had a leader who skirted the critical issues affecting the people during the commemoration of our independence, an important day that has now been privatized by a political party.

It is against this background that we have chosen this day to give hope to the people of Zimbabwe that indeed that there is a bright light at the end of this very dark tunnel.
We have chosen this day to take the first step to bring all Zimbabweans under one roof so that we can work together to remove this unmitigated repression and misgovernance that pervades our lives.

I am pleased to inform the nation that today we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. Joice Mujuru of the National people’s party to establish a pre-election alliance en route to the establishment of a coalition government which shall drive a comprehensive democratization and transformation agenda.

This is just the beginning of the building blocks towards establishing a broad alliance to confront Zanu PF between now and the next election in 2018. Similar arrangements will be entered into with other political formations and we will inform you as it happens, as we have done today.

While political parties have their role in nation-building, it must be understood that they are not the only stakeholders. We are in this together with other key stakeholders such as traditional leaders, the church, labour, vendors, war veterans, civic society, business and the generality of Zimbabweans.

This is our collective struggle and I call upon the people of Zimbabwe to join us in working together and in playing your part so that we can reclaim our country, our freedom and our dignity.

To the youth, the future belongs to you. Shape it and the first step in doing so is by registering to vote.

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Even at the over-ripe old age of 93, President Mugabe knows that the country’s crisis is unsustainable. Every Zimbabwean from every station of life knows it too. So we should all stand together in unison and say enough is enough. As President Mugabe enters the sunset of his life, it is incumbent upon all of us to pick the pieces and rebuild our country together.
I hope the understanding we reached today, and which we will reach with many others, will culminate in a solid political co-operation agreement that should usher in a new governance culture in our country.

Today, marks the beginning of Zimbabweans coming together in building an inclusive society that prides itself in leaving no one behind.

The future can only be bright for this country that we all love.

I thank you.

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Bungling CIO Assassin Dies

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  • Hitman: Chivamba.

Kizito Chivamba, the bungling Central Intelligence Organisation hitman who failed to kill former opposition politician Patrick Kombayi in a widely publicized assassination attempt, has died.

Chivamba, a strong ally of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, was recently appointed Zanu PF Midlands provincial vice chairman. Chivamba, the former Midlands chair, bounced back into the provincial structures after initially being sacked by party commissar and Mnangagwa rival Saviour Kasukuwere, who is now under pressure to leave his party and government positions.

Chivamba was assigned by former vice president Simon Muzenda to take out Kombayi, a hotelier and former Gweru mayor, during campaigning for parliamentary elections. His shot went wide and hit Kombayi in the genitals, causing him to spend months of treatment in a United Kingdom.

Midlands Zanu PF spokesperson Cornelius Mupereri said Chiamba (59), the MP for Chiwundura died at Gweru provincial Wednesday morning after a ‘short illness’. The nature of the illness was not disclosed.

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Ronia Bunjira Death Shocks MDC-T

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  • Tsvangirai speaks at Bunjira funeral.

The Movement for Democratic Change has been thrown into mourning following the death of Harare MP Ronia Bunjira.

Bunjira, the party’s Harare province women’s assembly chairperson will be remembered for her active role in organizing a protest by vendors which shook the regime of Robert Mugabe in 2015.

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Mnangagwa, Obert Mpofu Implicated in Gold Wars

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  • Smiling all the way to the bank: Mnangagwa.

Vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and economics minister Obert Mpofu have been named as the kingpins in the ongoing deadly fights for control of gold production by illegal miners in the Midlands and Matabeleland South.

According to underworld sources who spoke to Now Daily Wednesday, ‘Ngwena’, as Mnangagwa is known, had a gang of armed hustlers operating in his name called ‘Team Ra Mnangagwa’ who specialized in robbing informal gold miners.

“Team Ra Mnangagwa are a no-nonsense group. If they approach you and demand the gold that you have, just give it to them. Don’t ever try to negotiate and don’t wait for them to take out their guns because once they do that they’ll shoot someone,” said a source.

Mpofu, the Zanu PF treasurer, was said to have his own gang in Gwanda, while former sports deputy minister Andrew Langa had dangerous thugs working for him in the gold-rich Insiza district where he was MP before being sacked by Mugabe over claims he was affiliated to Joice Mujuru.

The government claims that it has set up a special cabinet committee chaired by home affairs minister Ignatius Chombo. However, the taskforce has not produced any results and has failed to fulfil its promises to have the army deployed in the Midlands and Matabeleland to curb the violence which has seen hundreds of people killed and thousands injured, mostly by machetes, the gold warrior’s favourite weapon.

Mining Workers Union of Zimbabwe national first vice president Peter Mudzviti said the “matter must be addressed and resolved urgently at a civilian level”.

“While the army may be involved in maintaining law and order in extreme cases, the regular police must be empowered to do their jobs effectively and the matter must be resolved with the involvement of the whole community,” Mudzviti told Now Daily.

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