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The United Family International Church (UFIC) is building a secondary school in Sunningdale, Harare, to cater for pupils in and around the suburb. The educational institution that is being built on an eight-hectare piece of land, will have Form 1 to Form 6 classes. It will be called Ruthdale High School and will have an enrolment of 1 080 pupils.

The enrolment for both boys and girls begins in January next year.

Speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony by Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa, UFIC spokesperson Pastor Prime Kufakunesu said it was critical for the church to build the school in Sunningdale to benefit residents.

“Currently, there are no secondary schools in Sunningdale, therefore this development will come as a huge relief to the residents of Sunningdale and Harare at large,” said Pastor Kufakunesu.

Pastor Kufakunesu added that UFIC valued education and the school was going to accommodate everyone.

  • - herald
  • GOVERNMENT departments, businesses and educational institutions in Gwanda yesterday resolved to shut down, fearing a disease outbreak after Zinwa cut off water supply to the town.

    The move came as Government has set up a seven-member commission of inquiry on the capacity of Gwanda and Beitbridge town councils’ capacity to take over water and waste water management from Zinwa.

    The resolution to bring Gwanda to a standstill was made at an all stakeholders meeting held at the council chambers chaired by the mayor, Councillor Knowledge Ndlovu yesterday.

    The stakeholders resolved that the environment was no longer conducive to continue operating. Stakeholders expressed anger at the way the water situation in Gwanda was being administered.

    They resolved to shut down business in Gwanda as it has become a health time bomb to continue working. All departments agreed they would inform their head offices about the shutdown.

    Meanwhile, a seven-member commission appointed by the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri to investigate Gwanda Town Council’s capacity to run the water and waste water management system, will begin work on Monday next week.

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  • Former Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi, waste water manager Simon Muserere and water director Christopher Zvobgo yesterday appeared in court facing charges of fraud involving $35 million.Muserere (47), who appeared on three separate records, was granted $1 300 bail, while Zvobgo (64), who is appearing on two records, was granted $800 bail. Mahachi (63) was granted $300 bail.

    It is alleged that Mahachi, Zvobgo and Muserere smuggled unregistered companies for the award of the contract for the Firle sewage works.

    Muserere and Zvobgo hand picked Energy Resources Africa Consortium (ERAC) for a contract valued at $13 816 117, 10. They manipulated the company name from Energy Resources Africa Consortium Trading to Portriver as a cover up.

    On March 22, 2011 they corruptly awarded a tender to Sidal Engineering (Pvt) Ltd to the tune of $18 121 125, 10. It is alleged that in early 2011, Muserere and Zvobgo prepared an unpriced bill of quantities for the work needed at Firle. The contract was valued at $18 121 125, 16 and they also awarded a tender to ERAC to the tune of $13 816 117, 10.

    On April 6, 2011, Sydney Hambara raised an invoice of $1 490 000 purporting that the work was complete when in actual fact nothing was done. In February 2010, Muserere initiated that a new sewer line of 2,8 kilometres be constructed to upgrade Highlands sewer system.

    He hand picked Showbyte Engineering (Pvt) Ltd, which was owned by his in-laws and gave it a tender worth $1 273 311, 28. Directors of the company were sisters to Muserere’s wife and she would withdraw money deposited by City of Harare. The company was awarded another tender worth $300 000.

    City of Harare lost $35 000 619, 54.

  • - herald
  • Tytan has been flaunting his “new love” on his Instagram page, @tytantheone. The other day, Tytan posted a picture of Olinda captioned, “My Woman Crush… #QueenMukoko”. A few days later, he posted another picture of Olinda captioned, “Beautiful inside and out. Thank you @leechapel”.

    A lot of Tytan’s followers responded to the post largely condemning him for being involved with a turbulent, volatile and possibly still fragile woman but his response was “she makes me happy”. One user @eddigovs commented, “Are you guys dating? This is getting exciting, but I won’t say much since I don’t know exactly what’s happening.”

    Some of his followers were supportive of the relationship with one @fifie7087 saying, “Make it solid, critics will always be there. Zari and Diamond have a bigger age gap but they are a couple to die for.”

    Tytan is scheduled to perform in the United Kingdom alongside Heavy K in August and Olinda already has plans to host a lavish High Tea for him in London.

    But the flourishing relationship has left the lines blurred. It is not clear whether Tytan is in a relationship with Olinda or if their “relationship” is purely a publicity stunt meant to boost Tytan’s career. The afro-pop musician recently released the track, Bho off the album Tytan EP which he will soon be launching and says is dedicated to Olinda.

    If Tytan plays his cards right, he will be getting a car from her but if he screws her over, she will be on social media again telling the world of how she made him.

  • - chronicle
  • STANDARD Bank Group says it has finalised a $120 million debt package with the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) for the rehabilitation of existing power generation infrastructure at Kariba South Hydro and Hwange Thermal Power Stations.

    The deal is set to help boost domestic generation capacity and avert power imports in the long term. Zimbabwe is presently grappling power shortages due to low domestic generation hovering around 1 000MW against average demand of 1 400MW and above.

    Acute cash shortages in the economy have also seen the power utility failing to service import arrears forcing South Africa’s Eskom recently to give ZESA up to the end of May to clear its $43m debt or risk losing 300MW daily supplies. The country also imports electricity from Mozambique.

    As lead arranger for the facility, Standard Bank said it has partnered the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (formerly PTA Bank) to deliver the financing.

  • - chronicle
  • A Man from Bulawayo drowned at Maleme Dam inside Matopo National Park while trying to take a selfie.The police sub aqua unit retrieved the body on Monday afternoon following the tragedy on Sunday.

    Sources said Tichawona Nyamande (26) of Gwabalanda suburb had gone on an outing with a group of friends.

    They allegedly started taking pictures with their cellphones at the scenic dam.“Tichawona stood on rocks near the edge of the dam and started taking selfies with the water as background.

    “He unfortunately slipped and fell into the dam,” said a witness who declined to be named. He hit his head on a rock, the source said, and lost consciousness.

    The source added that by the time Tichawona’s friends managed to cover about 20km to Matopo Police Station to report the drowning, it  was already dark.

    The sub aqua team only arrived at the dam on Monday morning and retrieved the body at around 2PM.

  • - chronicle
  • A BULAWAYO woman has been arrested for allegedly abusing her five step-children who had been placed in her custody.

    A court heard that the woman would assault the children with an electric cable and insult them using obscenities.

    State allegations are that the matter came to light after one of the children, a 14-year-old boy, took off to the streets.

    The woman (27), whose name has been withheld to protect the identity of the children, pleaded not guilty to a charge of ill-treating children.

    She told Magistrate Mr Lungile Ncube that the children were mischievous and were in the habit of searching her handbags for money.

    The magistrate remanded her out of custody to May 10.

  • - chronicle
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  • AFTER local soccer giants Caps United were crowned champions last season, some of the club’s management officials and players visited a fast-rising Mabvuku prophet thanking him for his prayers and prophecies during the season.

    Grace Harvest Ministries International founder Tawanda Bondera (30) is famed for predicting that the Green Machine team was going to win the championship, something which came true.

    Bondera’s prophecies have catapulted him to fame, with his ministry expanding rapidly in and outside the high density suburb. This paper established that the church that conducts its services near Kamunhu shopping centre has been hosting prominent people especially in the soccer and music fraternities who all come for prayers.

    Makepekepe’s forwards Leonard Tsipa and Simba Nhivi, and assistant coach Mark Mathe are some of the team’s personnel who visited the church after being crowned champions.

    NewsDay Weekender recently caught up with Bondera at the ministry’s offices in Mabvuku where he shed light on how God began using him is soccer-related prophecies.

    “I haven’t been interested in soccer since childhood. As people heard, last year, it came as a coincidence, soccer players heard of how God had been using me and they came. Fortunately, I gave them some prophetic words. The whole of last year all of them were coming to church, I led them, as a prophet God gave me the messages to give them and all the messages I gave them came to pass. This is until they got the championship,” Bondera said.

    Bondera said it is no secret that after Makepepe victory, a number of soccer players and other team officials visited him for prayers.

    “When they came, when I gave them some prophetic messages of what was going to happen, in fact, everything that I would speak to them it was to come to pass. They consistently came to the church, every time before a match I would pray for their uniforms, I would tell them what was going to happen.

    “By so doing, we started attracting many players from football clubs like Harare City and Dynamos and even up to today they are consistently coming,” he said.

    The soft-spoken man of the cloth said he has powers to predict scorelines and champions. He said he is currently praying to God that He reveals to him what will happen this season as far as soccer is concerned.

  • - newsday
  • IT probably needed the country’s biggest club to stop high-riding newboys Yadah Stars and give them a reality check on life in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

    After a storming start to their maiden season in the top-flight life Yadah had looked poised to continue with their fairy tale in which they had been unbeaten in five starts until Ocean Mushure’s first half strike ended that streak.

  • - chronicle
  • THE state-run Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) has been barred by the High Court from pillaging diamond ore which belongs to Mbada Diamonds (Pvt) Limited, in a new setback for government’s troubled mining project.

    Mbada has been granted an interdict stopping the ZCDC — formed last year through a forced merger of Marange Resources, Gye Nyame, Diamond Mining Corporation, and Kusena — from looting its ore dumps. Anjin, Jinan and Mbada rejected the consolidation process. This comes amid reports that since the end of Mbada operations on February 22 last year, illegal panners have breached security to loot more than 150 000 tonnes of diamond ore stockpiles that were ready for processing.

    ZCDC and the Zimbabwe Republic police have been defying the previous High Court order issued in February. Sources said due to poor production the ZCDC has been plundering Mbada’s ore to boost its waning fortunes. The High Court interdict, granted on Tuesday, bars the ZCDC from interfering with or taking ore belonging to Mbada.

  • - theindependent
  • The Democratic Alliance wants to report Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to the SA Human Rights Commission for the comments he made about former Zimbabwean soldiers illegally entering the country to rob and kill.

    DA Gauteng leader John Moodey said Mbalula’s comments were a consequence of bad leadership. He said the African National Congress government had forgotten its vision for a united Africa.

    “We believe that the comments promote hatred based on the grounds of origin, ethnicity and nationality, and infringe on the dignity of Zimbabwean citizens living and working in South Africa,” Moodey said.

    He said Mbalula should stop using blanket xenophobia as a justification for crime in South Africa’s streets and instead focus on securing the country’s borders.

  • - herald
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