Stunner in near fist fight over wife

Rapper Stunner flew into a rage after he suspected that a drunk Charles Mungoshi Jr had touched his wife, Olinda at the Zimbabwe Hip Hop Awards.

The confrontation started when Stunner`s manager Brandon Vokal Bakasa ordered Mungoshi to keep a distance from Olinda, a request which Mungoshi refused to honour. Stunner started pushing Mungoshi saying the young author had touched his wife indecently.

An infuriated Stunner went on to hurl obscenities at Mungoshi, threatening to beat him up for not respecting his spouse. The heated verbal confrontation had to be stopped by part of Stunner`s entourage who created a barrier between the two who seemed eager to exchange blows.

“Why did you touch my wife? You do not know how much I paid for her bride price. You have no right to be touching my wife. I bet you do not even have half of the money I paid for her and you want to touch my wife,” Stunner shouted as members of his struggled to restrain him. Bystanders in the VIP section had to intervene to keep Mungoshi and Stunner away from each other since the two looked eager to trade blows.

With tempers flaring, Stunner`s wife calmed the situation by asking her husband to overlook the misunderstanding, dragging outside the venue.

“The guy, I don’t know who he is but he touched my wife and that is being disrespectful. People who disrespect other people`s wives need to be dealt with,” Stunner said.

Source: Online

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Grace Mugabe buys $4m mansion

First Lady, Grace Mugabe, has splashed $4 million mansion next to her Blue Roof in Borrowdale.

The Independent reports that Mugabe recently paid more than $4m for a property of about 48.5 hectares in the heart of Borrowdale, close to the mansion which the First Family built for about $10m, and where they choose to
live rather than in the smaller, colonial era State House.

The Teede family who sold their Borrowdale property to a company controlled by Mugabe did not want to discuss the sale of their land.

Jan Teede said the cash from the sale had been paid into the trust fund of the estate agent who concluded the “long” and “difficult” deal. “I do not want to discuss this,” he said.

Another resident, who asked not to be named,said: “The Teedes probably decided to sell their home and land to Grace Mugabe because they feared she would take it if they refused. We understand Grace Mugabe wants this property to develop many upmarket homes in a security estate.”

Source: Online

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Govt officials demand special treatment at toll gates

HARARE – Senior government officials are demanding special treatment at tollgates saying they are not comfortable having their exemption certificates scanned before they pass through.

Instead, the officials want a Number Plate Recognition System (NPRS), which scans their vehicle’s plate numbers as they approach the tollgate and automatically lifts the boom gate to let them through.

“They just want to come and pass with very minimum delay that has been our main reason for pushing for the NPRS,” Intertoll country operations manager Joseph Mafanuke told a parliamentary panel on Transport yesterday.

Source: Daily News

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Mugabe no longer in danger over bond notes

HARARE – Bond notes — which have so far held their value against the US dollar — no longer pose an existential threat to President Robert Mugabe’s ruling regime, a research group has said, even though the cash-strapped country’s liquidity struggles continue.

This comes as stressed banks have continued to be plagued by long queues in and around their premises, as depositors continue to rush to withdraw the new currency, with many still struggling to access money from automatic teller machines (ATMs) .

BMI Research — a firm that provides macroeconomic, industry and financial market analysis covering 24 industries and 200 global markets — said the introduction of so-called bond notes was no longer likely to threaten the survival of Mugabe’s ailing government.

“We do not believe that the political unrest likely to follow from the introduction of so-called bond notes will be sufficient to topple Mugabe’s ailing government, unless perceptions of unmanaged inflation become the norm,” the report said.

“We believe the government will look to prioritise dollar access for those that are most crucial in preserving its hold on power, namely the military. This should be sufficient to prevent the ongoing protests from escalating into an existential threat to the Mugabe regime.”

Zimbabwe launched a “bond notes” currency on November 28 amid fears it could stock hyperinflation and possibly bring down Mugabe and his government.

The vivid green bond notes — ushered in by the central bank to incentivise exporters and relieve a scarcity of dollars — have so far been widely accepted by most businesses and black market traders.

Zimbabweans’ sentiment on the bond notes was also improving and worries around the surrogate currency had receded.

Following the May announcement on the plans to introduce the promissory notes through force of diktat to stem constant cash shortages and shore up declining US dollars that have traded as the main legal tender over the past seven years, there was an unprecedented run on banks.

The bank run was also an ugly reminder for Zimbabweans of a domestic financial crisis in 2008 when hyperinflation clocked 500 billion percent and Mugabe lost his first ever election after forcing bearer cheques into circulation.

The security establishment was also edgy that if the new currency crashes, it could draw to a close the 92-year-old leader’s 36-year rule.

But Charity Jinya, president of the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe (Baz), said in a recent bond notes distribution update that the surrogate currency has been well received.

“All banks have witnessed an encouraging uptake of bond notes since their introduction on Monday 28th November 2016,” Jinya said.

The RBZ released an initial $10m worth of bond notes and subsequently $7 million — guaranteed by the Cairo-based Africa Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) — in small denominations of $2, with more cash to be gradually made available in the coming weeks and months, with $5 bond notes to be released into the market in due course.

This brings the total amount of bond notes disbursed so far to $17 million against a value of $70 million payable to exporters of goods and services under the Export Incentive Scheme.

Many have suggested that the central bank inject more capital in the form of bond notes into financial institutions. It was not immediately clear how much capital would be needed to shore up the stuttering banks, but the RBZ has indicated it was ready to inject more capital.

RBZ governor John Mangudya has said the apex bank would release bond notes “on a measured or drip-feed basis”.

BMI Research’s report noted that Zimbabweans were “highly sensitive” to the prospect of a return to hyperinflation after the rapid depreciation of the local dollar about 10 years ago.

But Mangudya noted that the current economic fundamentals are different from those of the 2008 hyperinflationary period when domestic production was almost non-existent and any new money that was injected into the economy became inflationary.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai had called on Zimbabweans to reject the version of the US dollar, warning that the country would “return again to the empty shops” of 2008.

Rejecting claims by the central bank governor that the new bank notes were merely meant to encourage exports; Tsvangirai had said “these bond notes are an attempt to rig the economy.”

Former Finance minister Tendai Biti and opposition PDP leader had also ominously warned that the bond notes will have “cataleptic consequences” to the remaining constructs of Zimbabwe’s pseudo economy and engineer a fresh wave of externalisation, under banking, tax avoidance and evasion.

But BMI Research said the introduction of the notes will be insufficient to topple Mugabe’s government, saying the key risk was the succession of Mugabe, which threatens to turn violent if plans are not put in place and set in motion prior to his departure, as competing vested interests struggle to fill the power vacuum left in his wake.

Source: Daily News

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Prof Lindela’s son on his father’s death:

THE son of late former National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Vice Chancellor Professor Lindela Rowland Ndlovu yesterday dismissed claims that university officials stressed his father into an early grave.

Speaking at the first Prof Ndlovu’s memorial at Nust yesterday, one of his children said his father was not killed but his time was up.

Prof Ndlovu died last year in November with tempers flaring as his family led by his cousin and former Nust council vice chairman Mr Alvord Mabena, accused university officials of stressing him resulting in his death.

The confrontation saw former Nust council chairman Mr Mike Ndubiwa being chased away from Ndlovu’s funeral wake.

Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, dismissed Mr Mabena’s claims saying he wanted to use Prof Ndlovu’s death to settle personal scores.

His son Mr Likhwa Sifiso Ndlovu, told scores of people who had come to celebrate his father’s life during a commemoration at Nust that his father died a natural death.

He said it was pointless to blame other people for the tragedy.

“We are Christians. When someone passes on it is simply because their time has come. God has a plan for all of us and when His will is done we should not find fault among ourselves. That should be the case with our dad. For the record, Nust did not kill our dad. We were deeply saddened by the misinformation and rumours during such a tragic event,” said Mr Ndlovu.

He said to ensure that Prof Ndlovu’s legacy is upheld the family will set up a trust and a school to perpetuate his name.

“In particular I would like to thank my grandfather Sir Johnson Majele Sibanda, who in honour of dad’s efforts and contributions to education has dedicated one of the schools at Denver Township (in Umguza) to be named after Prof Lindela Rowland Ndlovu,” he said.

“This will be a high school with an emphasis on excellence in science just like dad championed science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Matabeleland and the nation. In memory of my father, the Ndlovu family are establishing a Lindela Ndlovu Trust, which will host an annual lecture in his name where all his former students can continue his legacy.”

The commemoration, which is going to be an annual event, was attended by academics, captains of industry and the general public. Ndlovu was credited for the National University of Science and Technology Schools Enrichment Programme (Nustsep) which teaches children from Matabeleland and Midlands region STEM subjects after realising that they could not enrol at the local university as they were failing the subjects.

Source: Chronicle

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December 27 a public holiday

Next Tuesday, December 27, will be a public holiday following the celebration of Boxing Day on Monday, according to the law governing such public holidays.

In terms of Section 2(1) (ii) of the Public Holidays and Prohibition of Business Act, when Boxing Day falls on a Monday, the following day becomes a public holiday.

“When the 26th of December falls on a Monday, the Tuesday following shall be public holiday,” reads the Act. The Herald newsroom has this week been inundated with calls from people inquiring on the status of December 27.

Some workers and their employers have been arguing over the status of the date, with the employees seeking to be excused from work on December 27. The same applies for January 2 next year, which automatically becomes a public holiday because New Year will be celebrated on a Sunday.

Section 2(1) (i) of the Public Holidays and Prohibition of Business Act, which also supports the position reads: “When a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following shall be a public holiday.”

Meanwhile, Government has urged motorists to drive responsibly to reduce road carnage this festive season. Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said in a statement that Government will not hesitate to cancel route authorities for public transporters whose employees drive recklessly.

He said public transport operators should comply with the law after being given an operator’s licence and route authority. Dr Gumbo urged drivers to stick to the regulated speed limits.

He said road users were discouraged from using cellphones while driving or walking and crossing the road. Dr Gumbo encouraged the public to make this Christmas and New Year holidays accident-free, by exercising extreme caution on the road and adhere to all the traffic laws.

Source: Herald

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Bev loses dance crown in SA

Popular raunchy dancer, Bev Sibanda has lost her African Dance Queen Award she won last year.
The contest held in Johannesburg, South Africa was won by Queen Tokyo who walked away with R50 000. Bev won R25 000 last year.

Source: Online

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