Daily Archives: March 1, 2014

South Africa: Govt to Deport Illegal Foreign Businesspeople

Pretoria — South Africa has to develop the capacity in immigration to be able to address illegal practices, Pandor said when asked about measures to deal with successful business people without business visas.

“We have allowed illegal migration, we have allowed persons to set up businesses without permits, we have allowed persons to get work permits fraudulently, employers are employing persons who do not have legal status; all of these things have to be attended to and addressed by strengthening immigration in South Africa because no country allows itself to have immigration laws abused and neglected in the way that, to some degree, South Africa has allowed things to happen.”

This is an area that the government has to give attention to, Pandor said, adding that any person who holds a permit that is going to expire has to apply for renewal in terms of the new regulations.

There have been mounting complaints about the difficulty in getting a South African business visa, work permit or even a visitor visa.


Zimbabwe: MDC-T On the Verge of Splitting

Hebert Zharare — Internal squabbles characterised by violence against senior officials are fomenting a split in MDC-T, the party’s Guardian Council has said. Council members – Mrs Sekai Holland, Dr Samuel Nkomo, Mr James Makore and Mr Cephas Makuyana – said this in a report dated February 5.

The council is mandated with offering guidance to the party.

“The seemingly over-reliance on emotions by national standing committee members when dealing with critical national issues is damaging the party image.

“They have not been honest with one another in the execution of their duties and with all party structures, leading to the current stalemate, where the national standing committee is taking the party on the path to destruction synonymous with the events leading to the October 12, 2005 split,” reads part of the report.

The report, which some senior MDC-T officials say party leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai was trying to block from being presented to the national standing committee and the national council, contains several issues deputy treasurer Mr Elton Mangoma has been raising.

Exactly 10 days after the report was prepared, Mr Mangoma, youth leader Mr Promise Mkwananzi and secretary-general Mr Tendai Biti were attacked at Harvest House, the party’s headquarters in Harare.

MDC-T spokesperson Mr Douglas Mwonzora on Thursday disowned the report.

“We have not received any document from the guardian council, either as standing committee, or the national council.

“The guardian council presents its document to us first. What we know is the national council is still carrying out consultations about the issues affecting the party. We do not know the authenticity of the document you have,” he said.

Given that Mr Tsvangirai was losing support in grassroots structures, the council recommended that all engagement with lower echelons of the party be immediately stopped for now.

“The visits and engagements with the structures be ceased forthwith until a decision has been made on these proposals to avoid discord during the delicate period.

“It is clear at this juncture, further engagement with structures will continue to polarise and perpetuate entrenched positions

and divisions.”

Mr Tsvangirai wanted a congress in 2016 as scheduled, but the council recommended that the elective meeting be held next year.

“All members of the national standing committee agreed that they did not believe that it was appropriate and prudent to follow the current schedule 2016 timetable for the next congress as the 2018 harmonised elections would be too close.

“Their view was that the constitutionally scheduled 2016 timetable would not grant sufficient time for campaigning and organising to win the 2018 elections,” the guardian council said.

To that effect, it was noted; “That the party holds an extra-ordinary congress where only the national standing leadership (national standing committee and national executive committee members) is included. That the early congress be held by 2015, constituting a party renewal process where positions will be contested, beginning with the branches to the national level, in terms of the party’s constitution.”

The guardian council said MDC-T had lost its grip of local, regional and international politics since its heavy loss to Zanu-PF on July 31, 2013.

“The party appears to have become dysfunctional, as there is neither open organised debate to define our perception of the July 31 election, nor has there been any inclusive party programme on the ground to take the party forward.”

The council said there was rampant violence, vote-buying, factionalism and manipulation of voting processes during internal polls.Meanwhile, Mr Mangoma has written another scathing letter to Mr Tsvangirai, in which he accuses his boss of violating several sections of the party’s constitution.

Mr Mangoma expressed his displeasure on how the meeting that culminated in his attack was conducted, and insisted Mr Tsvangirai set him up for the beating.

He noted that Mr Tsvangirai continued with his public ridiculing of Mr Mangoma the following day at a rally in Glen Norah, Harare.

Mr Mangoma’s lawyer Mr Jacob Mafume has since confirmed that the letter had been delivered to Mr Tsvangirai.

However, Mr Mwonzora said the letter had been written through the media.

“The issue of writing the letter to the president through the press is best known to Mangoma. He knows better why he is doing that. If he had issues, he was supposed to talk to the president,” he said.

Mrs Holland and Mr Nkomo could not be reached for a comment yesterday.

Zimbabwe: Gumbura Loses Freedom Bid

A fresh bid for freedom by jailed RMG Independent End Time Message church leader Robert Martin Gumbura yesterday hit a brick wall after a Harare magistrate said he did not have the jurisdiction to entertain his bail application pending appeal. Gumbura, who was jailed for an effective 40 years after he was found guilty on four counts of rape and one of possessing pornographic material, had approached the magistrates’ court seeking bail pending determination of his appeal against conviction and sentence at the High Court.

However, regional magistrate Mr Hoseah Mujaya dismissed the application for want of jurisdiction.

He said as a magistrate, he did not have jurisdiction to entertain bail issues on third schedule offences.

According to the law, once the State is opposing bail, the magistrates’ court has no jurisdiction for third schedule offences such as rape. So Gumbura is still at liberty to approach the High Court if he so wishes.

In his application for bail Gumbura, through his lawyer, Ms Rekai Maposa, argued that he was not a flight risk considering that he did not abscond court proceedings before his conviction.

Ms Maposa said that his client co-operated with the investigating officer during the investigations.

“The fact that he has been convicted and sentenced does not mean or imply that he will abscond. The court can minimise the chances of abscondment by imposing restrictive conditions,” she said.

She added: “Applicant concedes that the offence he was convicted of and sentenced is serious, but it is argued that the seriousness of an offence is not enough reason to deny him bail. In light of all these observations, the appeal court will quash the conviction and set it aside and replace the verdict that the accused is found not guilty and acquitted.”

In his response to the application, Harare area public prosecutor Mr Jonathan Murombedzi said Gumbura was likely to escape if granted bail.

He argued that the fact that Gumbura is yet to stand trial on another offence is sufficient inducement for him to abscond.

“In view of the lengthy custodial sentence that was imposed coupled with the fact that he is yet to stand another trial, will cause him to abscond once he is released.

“He has churches outside the country, in South Africa and United Kingdom, hence it is easy for him to escape and settle there since he has the means,” he said.

Mr Murombedzi said that no appeal court was likely to tamper with Gumbura’s sentence since it was rather on the lenient side.

Gumbura, who has 11 wives and 30 children, was facing nine counts of raping six women and one of possessing pornographic material.

Mr Mujaya cleared him of four counts relating to three other women because of lack of evidence.

Meanwhile, the High Court has stopped proceedings in the trial of three of Gumbura’s wives and their alleged five accomplices accused of photographing themselves in the nude.

Justice Priscilla Chigumba granted a stay of proceedings in the matter pending a review of proceedings which she said were marred by procedural irregularities.

This follows a urgent chamber application by the State led by Mr Michael Reza of a review of the court proceedings after provincial magistrate Mr Douglas Chikwekwe ruled that he would not allow the warned-and-cautioned statements to be produced in court because they were not credible.

Mr Reza argued that Mr Chikwekwe ordered a trial within a trial for a matter that didn’t require that.

He added that the magistrate went halfway with the trial within a trial before making his ruling.

On February 12, this year the trial reached fever pitch after the magistrate and prosecutor locked horns over a court ruling annulling police statements.

Mr Chikwekwe ruled that Detective Constable Tariro Rangwani was not a reliable witness.

“From the onset, the person who claims to be the investigating officer (Det Cst Tariro Rangwani) monitored proceedings. Her conduct was unethical and unorthodox for a police officer.

“She recorded her own statements after listening to the defence of the accused and the evidence of Detective Sengwe, that is doing investigative prosecution,” he said.

Although the matter proceeded to the main trial, Mr Reza and defence counsel Ms Rekai Maposa, squared off after the former attempted to produce evidence through the disputed investigating officer.

Mr Chikwekwe upheld Ms Maposa’s objection and told the State that he could produce his evidence through Det Cst Memory Zvenyika, whom the court believed was the investigating officer.

Mr Reza would not have any of that and communicated his intention to apply for a review of the proceedings.

Choice Neganje (32), Amadeus Mutakwa (32), Rutendo Sekai Mandiya (28), Pamera Kandawire (27), Runyararo Musvovi (27), Veronica Mbanga (27), Tendai Kwatara (34) and Moreblessing Takawira (35) are facing charges of contravening the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act.

The women disowned statements recorded by the police, the contents of the statements, the signatures, the police officer who recorded the statement and the lawyer, Mr Emmanuel Samundombe, who was alleged to be present.

The matter was remanded to March 28 pending review by the High Court.

Zambia/Cote d’Ivoire: Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia Reach Final Lap

Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia are two games away from qualification for the 2014 African Women’s Championship scheduled for Namibia in October.

The duo sealed their places after coming out unscathed in the second leg matches of the first round of the qualifiers. The Ivorians beat Mali 1-0 to complete a double over the latter whilst Zambia snatched a one-all draw against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.

‘Les Elephantes’, 4-0 winners in the first leg proved a mouthful for their Malian hosts in the encounter on Friday at the Modibo Keita Stadium in Bamako.

Ines Tia scored the only goal of the match on 60 minutes to send her side through to the final round 5-0 on aggregate. The West Africans are due to face reigning African champions, Equatorial Guinea at the next round.

Head coach of the Ivorians, Clementine Toure in a post-match interview said: “This is a well-deserved victory. My players were tactically superior and they put in so much effort to achieve the reward. However, we have to review our performance ahead of the next game.”

On his part, Abdramane Moussa Traore, head coach of the Malians observed “there is not much to say. We dominated possession but it was the opponent who scored. My regret is not scoring a goal.”

In Dar es Salaam, a late equalizer from Susan Banda proved vital for the Shepopolo to oust the Twiga Stars. The Tanzanians shot up into the lead on 39 minutes through Aisha Rashid but their hopes went dead eight minutes from time when Banda’s thunderbolt from a free-kick found its way into the net.

Zambia will face the winner of Zimbabwe-Botswana at the final round of the qualification series for the ninth edition of the flagship women’s football championship on the continent.

Seven teams will emerge from the qualifiers to join hosts Namibia for the final tournament from 11-24 October, also a qualifier for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada next year.

Zimbabwe: Finally, Gorowa Exploded and Labelled Mashingaidze a Serial Liar

WARRIORS coach Ian Gorowa branded Jonathan Mashingaidze a habitual liar on Wednesday. Knowledge Musona and his lawyer Misheck Hogwe will probably agree with this brutal assessment of the zifa chief executive.And so will Ovidy Karuru.

In that corner, where you find those who agree with Gorowa’s vicious assessment of Mashingaidze’s character, you can also include Klaus-Dieter Pagels, who had a short stint as Warriors caretaker coach where, in the final phase of his tenure, he found out the true colours of some of the people he reported to.

Elisha Vheremu is probably a forgotten man now, in our football circles, but eight years ago he used to work at zifa House as the accountant before his arrest, on trumped-up charges of defrauding the association and, when his day in court finally came, he found out the true colours of some of the people he called his superiors.

He was cleared by Harare magistrate Omega Mugumbate in January 2007, on four counts of stealing US$2 000 and Z$40 000 in 2004 and 2005, with the magistrate saying the evidence at hand did not link the accountant to the commission of the offence and his defence that the allegations were cooked up at zifa House to hide the incompetence of senior officials, had merit.

Mashingaidze had led the prosecution’s case against Vhermu, in his role as zifa chief executive, and as the case spectacularly disintegrated in the courtroom, every word used by the judge in its dismissal buttressed the accused’s claims that those who had laid charges against him had drawn up a giant web of lies to try and destroy him.

The officials who work in the Fifa Legal Affairs Division are also, in private conversations, likely to second that motion after they established in March last year that Mashingaidze had been selling them a dummy, since October 2012, that he had sent four parcels of documents, related to the Asiagate investigations, via DHL.

Challenged to provide a track record of the supplied documents, the zifa chief failed and, when the boxes finally arrived in Zurich, it was found out that they had only been sent in the final week of March 2013 from Harare — exactly five months after his initial claim that he had sent the stuff.

Millions of Zimbabwean football fans, who took Mashingaidze on his word when he announced in February last year that zifa were bringing in Manchester City or, in the event that fails, Manchester United, Liverpool, Juventus, Real Madrid or Nigeria, for their Golden Jubilee Celebrations, will, also probably agree with Dibango’s brutal assessment.

That City, United, Liverpool, Juventus, Madrid or Nigeria didn’t come to town, as Mashingaidze had made us believe, is now a matter of public record but what is probably disappointing, from a corporate ethics perspective, is that no one cared to come back to the same people, to tell them why this grand plan had collapsed and, as good managers do, apologise for falsely raising their hopes of a possible dance with the world’s finest football teams.

But, then, we are now into the second year, since Musona demanded an apology after Mashingaidze sensationally accused him of match-fixing because, in the zifa chief executive’s media briefing, he had been “seen entering the premises of people implicated in the Asiagate scam.”

Mashingaidze said they had referred the issue to fifa and a distraught Musona, with his image bruised by the allegations, called time on his international career with his lawyer Hogwe writing to the zifa chief executive to advise him of the developments.

“In subsequent publications, your good office was also quoted as having said the matter had been referred to Fifa. This was despite that nobody from your good office had bothered to afford our client any kind of audience whatsoever,” wrote Hogwe.

“Our client’s position is that the allegations were baseless and most unfortunate, but he will not pre-empt a due process. Our client has instructed us to advise your good office that he shall not be available for selection for duty with the Warriors pending ‘investigations’, which apparently have not commenced to date (since he has not been interviewed).

“In the event that our client is cleared by any investigation(s), he would only be available for national duty on the following conditions:

a) That your good office proffers an unequivocal apology and ensures that such apology is given equal or better prominence by the media; and

b) That your good office communicates in writing with fifa confirming our client’s clearance and furnish us with a copy of such communication.

“Our client has adopted the foregoing position on account of immeasurable and probably not so reparable damage the grave allegations will potentially have to his career advancement if the matter is not disposed of expeditiously.

“Our client will, therefore, expect your good office to move with speed in bringing the matter to finality.”

That was in July 2012.

Exactly 20 months down the line, Mashingaidze hasn’t substantiated his sensational allegations against Musona, even though he smeared his name right into the corridors of fifa, and across the globe in this world of technology, the investigations haven’t been concluded and, crucially, he hasn’t given the forward an apology.

Against that background, Musona, or in this case his lawyer Hogwe, would probably have justification if they tell us that they find substance in Gorowa’s sensational outburst that Mashingaidze is a “habitual liar”.

A National Game That Is Reeling

In January this year, Lawrence Moyo sat down with Patience Khumalo, the chief executive of the country’s biggest football sponsor, Mbada Diamonds, and in an exclusive wide-ranging interview, touched on the State Of The Game in this country.

Khumalo was refreshingly honest about where we stand right now, when it comes to our national game, where we coming from and where we are probably going.

“It’s a disaster. If I was CEO of any football entity I would resign,” she told Moyo who was covering the African Nations Championships for Zimpapers.

“As a Football Trust, if we are to be asked what have we done, what have we achieved? I can comfortably say NOTHING. Why? Because we’ve done exactly that. Why? Because zifa are still able to run parallel and generate expenses because the national team has plans that, as a Football Trust, are not aware of and these things are just moving forward.

“As a Football Trust we’ve got industry leaders but industry leaders with what agendas? That is the problem. You find that at the beginning we were good to go but our stumbling block was money.

“To be appointed to the Trust it’s an honour that you’ve got brains but surely every week we discuss the same topic without results? It’s still there the Football Trust but we’ve stopped meeting. We are still discussing what we discussed in the first meeting because we’ve poor communication, poor co-ordination.

“For starts when you have the zifa CEO coming in to the Football Trust meeting, you would expect him to be the one who will drive it by telling us zifa’s plans so that we distribute tasks to different committees of the Trust. But if (1) he is not present or (2) he is not talking — literary not talking it becomes a big problem because the CEO is the one who should drive but you can’t get that out.”

Given that this is coming from the country’s biggest football sponsor, one would have expected those in leadership structures at zifa to be jolted into action, because the assessment provided by the sponsor doesn’t make good reading, and try and find a way to change things going forward.

The first thing, from a football leadership that cares for the game it leads, let along the need to cultivate a long-term relationship with the sponsor, would have been to call for an urgent zifa board meeting to discuss this report card, take a good look at themselves in the mirror, acknowledge their shortcomings and try to find solutions.

Then, the second move would have been to engage the sponsor, if that sponsor happens to be one who bankrolls the country’s flagship knockout tournament whose winner gets a ticket to fly our flag in the caf Confederation Cup, happens to be the one who forked close to US$400 000 to foot the costs of the Warriors’ trip to their 2013 Nations Cup final qualifier against Angola in Luanda.

But, the fact that the association didn’t care to address this issue, suggests that they conceded that the game was in a mess and the fact that they didn’t respond to such a damning report gives an impression that they had no clue, whatsoever, as to what could be the solution to the challenges that were weighing down heavily on the national game.

The issue of the challenges facing the zifa secretariat, though, had been highlighted earlier, long before Moyo interviewed Khumalo in January, and we have to go back to June last year when zifa president, Cuthbert Dube, also gave a damning report on the team that is led by Mashingaidze, which should be the nerve centre of the organisation’s operations.

“We have done some retrenchment and small restructuring at Zifa and it is an ongoing exercise so don’t sit on your laurels, we want performance,” Dube told journalists.

“You are the people on the ground, zifa board members are not executives, they are purely a policy-making board and it is entirely up to (Jonathan)Mashingaidze as the CEO and your staff to make sure that you perform AND IF YOU DON’T, DOORS ARE SO MANY THAT YOU CAN EXIT FROM.

“It’s time now to have this British thing called Hard Talk. I think the stage has been reached for Hard Talk. I want you Mashingaidze and your secretariat to perform and if you don’t I may have to change you before the next elections.”

Of course, seven months later, the game’s biggest sponsor raised similar concerns, which means we can assume that nothing had changed and whatever Dube said fell on deaf ears, and she even took it a step further by saying that, if she was the chief executive of any football body in the country she would have quit her post.

Nine months later, the Warriors coach has even gone further, using language that would be deemed inappropriate in the corridors of corporate structures that sponsor football, and on Wednesday described Mashingaidze as a “habitual liar.”

Has This Become A Tradition Of Lying?

Zifa Extend Pagels Stay

The Herald, May 2, 2013

“I can confirm that zifa have sought permission from the authorities in terms of the period and we managed to get a facility for him to be able to be with us up to next year. In the meantime we are working on house-keeping issues considering that his contract will expire in September,” said Mashingaidze.

Pagels Set to Leave

The Herald, June 18, 2013

DIETER Klaus Pagels’ turbulent and short reign as Warriors coach ends on July 31 amid stunning revelations that zifa have not thrashed out a new deal for the German gaffer to extend his stay in this country.

Zifa have been giving a public impression that they have a deal in place to keep Pagels here longer than his original mandate, sponsored by the German government, to work here as a football development expert until the end of next month.

But The Herald can exclusively reveal today that there is nothing, right now, on the table for Pagels to stay a further one day in this country as the Warriors coach when his government-to-government programme runs out on July 31.

Although Pagels has assumed the role of Warriors coach, in the past few months, and guided the team in three World Cup qualifiers, the coach hasn’t signed a new deal to keep him here beyond July 31.

Pagels has been waiting, for months now, for Zifa to submit their contract so that he can put pen to paper, but nothing has been coming onto the table.

It’s all over for Pagels

The Herald, July 22, 2013

KLAUS Dieter Pagels’ eight-month romance as Warriors coach is over and the German gaffer leaves behind a nation torn in-between with one section embracing his tiki-taka revolution while another feels he remains hopelessly lightweight to be trusted with leadership of the national team.

“I leave on 31 July so I can only take charge of the first leg in Mauritius and I hope the next coach can continue with the philosophy that we have built in this team,” said Pagels

Gorowa offered contract

Chronicle, October 25, 2013

IN a show of confidence Zifa has offered the Zimbabwe Warriors coach Ian “Dibango” Gorowa a long-term contract whose details will be made public soon.

“We are done with his contract but we will make a public announcement on the details of the contract when the coach comes back from South Africa this weekend. He will be at Barbourfields for the big tie between Highlanders and Dynamos,” said the Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze.

He could not be drawn into discussing any further details about the contract but indications are that Gorowa will be in charge up to the 2018 World Cup finals that will be held in Russia.

“The contract is clear on what the board expects from him but all that will be made public sometime next week,” said Mashingaidze.

Mashingaidze is a habitual liar: Warriors coach Gorowa

Chronicle, February 27, 2014

ZIFA chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze has been described as a “habitual liar” by Warriors’ chan coach Ian Gorowa who refuted claims that he had been offered a contract.

Early this month the zifa head of secretariat told Chronicle Sport during a tour of the zifa Village that the football association had offered Gorowa a contract document and was now waiting for the coach to come back to them.

“The contract is already with him but he said he will come back to us after the finals (chan) so as an association we are waiting for him. If it takes long we might have to remind him,” said Mashingaidze then.

However, it has since emerged that no contract offer was extended to the former Black Rhinos and Dynamos player with Gorowa saying zifa should not try to look good in the eyes of the nation through manipulating his name.

“zifa has offered nothing up to now, they should desist from trying to look good in the eyes of the nation by manipulating my name,” said Gorowa.

Told that Mashingaidze said a contract had been given to him, Gorowa said: “That man is a habitual liar, tell him I said that and see what he does. I want to give back to my country but you can only do that to people who understand what football administration is all about.

Right now, even without a contract I have been engaging zifa to try and take advantage of the March 5 Fifa calendar day to have an international friendly but to no avail.”

Like David Moyes, The English Premiership Has Become A Joke

So poor Moyes, the Confused One became the first Manchester United manager to lose to Greek opposition as the Scotsman, in unfamiliar territory in the Last 16 of a Champions League, was ruthlessly exposed by Olympiakos, or whatever they call that team.

But while Moyes’ shortcomings have become as expected, as all the unfulfilled promises that have come from 53 Livingstone Avenue, what has come as a surprise is the gulf in quality that we have seen in the matches between Barcelona/Man City and Arsenal/Bayern.

When you have all the four English Champions League representatives, scoring only one goal in four matches in the Last 16, in a round where Real Madrid scored half-a-dozen goals in Germany, then you get a clear picture that quality football, and quality footballers, appear to have deserted the cold island of England.

You get a feeling the English Premiership qualifies to be called a “habitual liar”, seducing us every weekend with technically-flawed football, disguised and packaged as quality stuff, and when you have hopeless coaches like Moyes, being tasked with guiding the future of a club like Manchester United, then you understand why standards have plummeted so much.

To God Be The Glory!

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