A COUNCILLOR from Bulawayo has been arrested for allegedly sending sexually explicit messages on a community WhatsApp group.
Councillor Charles Moyo (36) of Ward 9, who is from the MDC-T party, yesterday appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Mr Lungile Ncube charged with sending a message that is grossly offensive, indecent or of an obscene nature through a cellphone.
The ward encompasses Mpopoma, Matshobana and Kelvin North 2. Mr Ncube remanded Moyo out of custody on free bail to today for trial, following his plea to seek legal representation.
Prosecuting, Ms Margaret Takawira said on July 14 Moyo sent obscene messages to the Mpopoma-Matshobana Residents Executive Committee WhatsApp group.
The group was set up to allow community members to communicate with their councillor on matters of development. The pornographic gutter language used in the messages is so crude that it cannot be printed in a family paper.
MDC-T thugs yesterday attacked an Additional Sheriff of the High Court in a bid to block him from serving their party leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai with summons in which he is being sued for failing to pay facilitators of his failed “grand coalition” in the run-up to the 2013 harmonised elections.
The thugs forcibly took away the court official’s file containing court processes that he intended to serve on other parties. The opposition leader’s home-boy, Mr Moreprecision Muzadzi last week filed summons at the High Court, claiming $80 000.
The Additional Sheriff Mr Respect Chimombe yesterday swung himself in harm’s way he visited Harvest House in Harare to serve Mr Tsvangirai and two others with the summons.
Mr Chimombe also sought to serve MDC-T with a notice of set down in a Labour Court case involving the opposition party, Toendepi Shonhe and others. He was kicked all over the body and pushed away by the violent youths.
Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident, saying investigations were underway.
FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru has unwittingly put herself on a possible collision course with MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai after she announced on Monday that she was angling to lead a proposed grand coalition of opposition parties.
Mujuru, who now heads the opposition National People’s Party, made the revelations while addressing the International Sheroes Forum in Ghana on Monday.
The former Vice-President said she believed she was the right candidate to lead the project, given her liberation war credentials and 34 years’ experience as a top government official and that she was the only female politician heading a political party.
Mujuru’s remarks come as Tsvangirai rapped opposition colleagues who were only in the coalition talks because they sought top positions.
Tsvangirai has signed memoranda of understanding with Mujuru and MDC leader Welshman Ncube to lay the foundations for the proposed coalition, whose leader has not yet been named.
Tsvangirai’s supporters have vowed to scuttle the coalition talks if he is not chosen as coalition leader.
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday cautioned fellow opposition leaders involved in coalition talks against jostling for key positions in the proposed grand coalition, but focus on crafting policies aimed at resuscitating the country’s comatose economy in the post-President Robert Mugabe era.
In a statement, Tsvangirai described fellow opposition leaders already jostling for influential positions before conclusion of the coalition talks as “small-minded opportunists” bent on selling out the people’s struggle.
“For some of us, the debate around the next election should never be about positions, but about conditions! Who holds what position in the new administration is a petty debate being foisted on the nation by small minds, opportunists and detractors of our people; the true sellouts of the people’s struggle.”
He threatened to clamp down on “unruly elements that seek to divide them” through fighting for leadership positions.
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MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has embraced technology by launching an online campaign to rally support ahead of the crucial 2018 election.
The long-time President Robert Mugabe rival’s digital campaign includes a website — www.votemorgan.org — and a mobile application called “Morgan” that can be downloaded on the Apple app and Google play stores.
On the website and application, also supported by social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, the former Prime Minister seeks to connect with his supporters through a live chat platform.
“As we progress to 2018, I want to assure you that I will be here to share my ideas and thoughts and engage with you as much as possible . . . the website . . . will herald the campaign we are getting into,” Tsvangirai said as he announced the campaign on his Facebook page. Mobile applications will be available to make sure that we keep in touch as much as often in this crucial season,” he said.
“You will be able to ask me questions . . . We are also looking for creatives, community organisers, tech-heads and policy experts who would like to volunteer to this campaign,” he added.
This comes as MDC has deployed its senior party officials to rural areas to consolidate its support base in the countryside communities, where the majority of people reside.
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.
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has dispatched members of his national standing committee, MPs and other party officials for a rural campaign blitz ahead of the watershed 2018 general elections.
Tsvangirai, who has been criticised for failing to harness the rural vote, has pushed his party machinery to penetrate Zanu PF strongholds with rallies being held in President Robert Mugabe’s rural Zvimba, led by secretary for elections Murisi Zwizwai.
Youth assembly leader Happymore Chidziva was in Chitekete, Gokwe, this week leading rallies and voter registration campaigns ahead of the compilation of a new biometric voter register (BVR).
“We are taking the campaigns to so-called Zanu PF strongholds to carry the message of hope and change. The most important part of our campaigns is to ensure that people register to vote, defend their vote and defeat a Zanu PF regime that has brought nothing, but suffering in their lives for 37 years,” Chidziva said.
Party presidential affairs secretary Sesil Zvidzai, who is leading campaigns in Midlands’ Vungu rural area, was also upbeat, saying the party was speaking with disgruntled war veterans who have been Mugabe’s vanguard declaring resettlement and rural areas no-go areas for opposition supporters.
MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu confirmed the new rural areas thrust, saying his party was ready to face the beast in the eye.
FORMER Finance minister, Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday gave the thumbs up to the proposed coalition of opposition parties to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF in next year’s elections.
PDP secretary-general, Gorden Moyo, made the remarks after MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai last week signed coalition deals with Welshman Ncube (MDC) and the Joice Mujuru (National People’s Party).
“PDP would have been worried if the current spate of memorandum of understandings (MoUs) was aimed at deconsolidating the political co-operation that is brewing in the country. But reading from the speeches presented at the signing ceremonies, PDP has no reason to believe that all these efforts will not lead to a truly inclusive political process come 2018,” he said in a statement.
“PDP will continue to lobby for an inclusive political arrangement that will see all political parties, pressure groups, faith-based organisations, civil society and members of academia to converge for the sole purpose of approaching 2018, as a collective rather than as fragments.
MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC counterpart, Welshman Ncube yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) ahead of next year’s elections, a development that ends a 12-year acrimonious relationship that followed the split of the original MDC in 2005.
In an unprecedented show, both Tsvangirai and Ncube apologised to Zimbabweans for causing the infamous split of 2005, which is believed to have contributed to the opposition parties’ successive election defeats by President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.
Addressing journalists after the signing ceremony, the two opposition leaders took responsibility for Mugabe’s successive victories in 2008 and 2013, saying had they remained together, Zanu PF would have long been thrown into the political dustbin.
“Today, we continue the journey that we started yesterday (Wednesday) with (National People’s Party [NPP] leader) Joice Mujuru; a journey, whose destination is a democratic, free and prosperous Zimbabwe under a caring government,” Tsvangirai said.
MDC-T will boycott a by-election expected in Bulawayo soon following the Government’s firing of Ward 23 councillor Thobani Ncube who was convicted of defrauding a home seeker of $12 000.
Last week, Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde Saviour Kasukuwere fired Ncube after he was sentenced to 36 months in prison which was conditionally commuted to 630 hours of community service.
In an interview yesterday, MDC-T Bulawayo provincial chairman Mr Gift Banda said the party will maintain its stance of boycotting by-elections.
“Our stand is that unless there are electoral reforms we will not participate in any elections but we will cross that bridge when we reach it. But I understand that he has filed an appeal,” said Mr Banda.
Ncube was reluctant to comment on the matter when contacted yesterday.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s National People’s Party have formed what they term a pre-election alliance ahead of Zimbabwe’s watershed 2018 general polls.
In a statement, the MDC-T said, “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.”