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Of our VPS and their trophy wives



At some point, Mary Chiwenga thought she had arrived.

She was married to the country’s Army General who would later become the Vice President. She even gave herself the title, second lady when her husband was appointed the country’s second in command!

She had it all, opulence and power as she reportedly ordered the dismissal of her ‘enemies’ working in companies linked to the government.

In December her life came tumbling down like a deck of cards. She was arrested on charges of fraud, money laundering and attempted murder as she allegedly tried to kill her husband, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, while he was hospitalised in South Africa.

The last accusation has all the marks of a trumped up charge, but that is a story for another day.

What is also clear about the whole case is that the 64-year-old Vice President used the system to fix and humiliate his once trophy wife.

Mary was arrested a few days before Christmas and was denied bail up until last week when she was freed on $50, 000ZWL (P35, 000) bail.

The system, no doubt acting on orders from the VP, made sure the 34-year-old former model spent the festive season at the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Prison.

As if she had not suffered enough, when she was freed, Mary was barred from entering the family’s home located in Harare’s upmarket suburb, Borrowdale Brooke and from seeing her minor children.

It’s really hard to feel sorry for Mary, who some have labelled a gold digger who deserves all that’s coming her way.

She played with fire and the fire is now ruthlessly burning her fingers.

Some say to the Vice President, Mary was a trophy wife who was meant to play by the rules. After all, her husband is a former Army Commander who is used to barking out orders with no questions asked.

She may also have married the man more for his fat pocket than anything else.

But surely she must have been fully aware of the pros and cons of her decision.

By the way, those in the know say Mary’s biggest sin was to allegedly cheat on the VP, as the aging man is reportedly no longer strong enough to satisfy the young wife.

No wonder Chiwenga is behaving like a wounded buffalo as he continues to tighten screws on everything involving Mary.

And while Chiwenga continues to fight with Mary, a fight which is revealing just how wealthy these people are, there are reports that the other Vice President, Kembo Mohadi’s union with a young woman is also falling apart.

LOVEBIRDS: Mohadi and partner

Mohadi ‘introduced’ his young girlfriend to the public while his nasty divorce to his first wife was still playing out in the press.

The woman has reportedly eloped and the Vice President is allegedly having sleepless nights trying to locate her.

I am sure she did not leave empty-handed.

What is it with our leaders and these young women? Or maybe I should say, what’s with these young women and these old madalas?

Either way, it seems it never ends well for any of the parties involved!


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  1. Cheerful

    February 3, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Would be interesting to see How the continent deals with the Coronavirus that started in China while not really dealing with the corrupt at the top toassist those that may have the virus

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Elephant mortality in Okavango rises to 110, Anthrax ruled out



Wildlife and National Parks department has ruled out Anthrax as a killer disease for elephants along some villages in the Okavango delta.

As of Friday last week, at least 110 dead elephants were discovered in areas of Seronga, Gunotsoga and Eretsha in the past three weeks and were suspected to have died from Anthrax.

However the Anthrax laboratory tests have come back negative, leaving the government departments searching for more answers. 

“Laboratory results have ruled out Anthrax and we are awaiting more results,” explained regional Wildlife coordinator in Maun, Dimakatso Ntshebe.

Ntshebe said his department through the help of veterinary department services are still conducting further tests to find out whether or not this mysterious disease is not a result of poisoning.

The disease according to Ntshebe causes the giant’s front legs to weaken and therefore the unwell animal walks in uncoordinated manner and ultimately drops to its death.

“We don’t know what could be the cause of this disease but we are working around the clock to find out and hopefully work on the cure,” added Ntshebe.

Some samples are to be sent to South Africa for further testing. “We could have taken other samples to the neighbouring Zimbabwe, but because of COVID-19 that brought everything to almost a standstill, we could not send them,” Ntshebe explained before adding that, “before coronavirus outbreak, Botswana and Zimbabwe were in talks and have entered into some agreements including exportation and importation of certain medications, but we have not yet concluded the matter regarding samples, that is why we have not been able to send samples to Zimbabwe.”

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SADC Executive Secretary disturbed by obstacles in movement of goods



The Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stegomena Lawrence Tax, has cautioned member states that any lack of cooperation among then during the COVID19 era has potential to reverse the gains made in the last decades.

Addressing a virtual SADC Council of Ministers meeting this week, Lawrence Tax said that the regional ministers approved Guidelines on Harmonization and Facilitation of Movement of Essential Goods and Services across borders early April. 

She said that whilst the guidelines have played a critical role in facilitation of movement of essential goods, there are notable obstacles that have been noted by the Secretariat.

The obstacles include non-compliance/non recognition of regional legal frameworks; uncoordinated operations at the port of entry among border agencies; lack of harmonization and synchronization of policies and procedures among, and between member states; unilateral decisions outside agreed framework; as well as different approaches to deal with epidemiological challenges,” she said. 

She added that; “all these are resulting in increased cost of doing business, and negatively affecting the implementation of national and regional programmes”.

She advised that there is need to have measures, and coordinated approach in place since the region is in a post lockdown period since the transportation of non-essential goods and services will be resuming.

Lawrence Tax added that COVID19 is a global pandemic and that the SADC regional approach should expand to COMESA-EAC-SADC tripartite and eventually to other continental blocs.

“The Secretariat is already working with COMESA and EAC, specifically, in terms of harmonizing and synchronizing regulations and procedures for movement of goods and services under the Tripartite arrangement. We need to move in unison and avoid unilateral decisions, specifically with regards to cross border movement of goods and services,” she said.

According to the Executive Secretary, the regional office has already conducted a socio-economic impact analysis of COVID19 on the region and the results have shown that the pandemic will impact negatively across many socio and economic sectors.

“The decline in the global economy is projected to lead to a decline in commodity prices, increase in debt and significant contraction of the SADC economies in 2020. This will reverse the gains on industrial development and trade that the region has made in the last couple of years,” Lawrence Tax said.

On the flip side,  the region’s International Cooperating Partners have made pledges to mitigate the impact of COVID19 pandemic on its economy. 

“To date, the Secretariat has secured Euro 7.3 million from the German Government; Euro3.6million from European Union, Euro 190,000.00 under the GIZ/Africa Union Commission, whereas the African Development Bank (AfDB)  has considered a support UA 7 million. Engagements with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) are also at an advanced stage,” the Executive Secretary said.

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