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Hectic Xmas for First Lady following visit to prison



First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa on Monday urged the public, including serving prison inmates, to avoid settling disputes through emotions as this would lead to incarceration, stalling progress in life.

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Addressing inmates at Chikurubi Female Prison in Harare after celebrating Christmas Day with the female inmates following her donation of groceries worth thousands of dollars, Amai Mnangagwa said it was not easy to be imprisoned as this separated inmates from the community as well as from their loved ones.

“Prison is not a favourable place that one wishes to be in. Let us avoid solving arguments when we are angry as we will live to regret it. You do not wish to be here as most of you are young mothers who have children and families to look after,” she said.

“This is a correctional facility which teaches you not to repeat the same mistakes. Upon your release, you should educate the outside world the norms and values that you learn here of living harmoniously in communities and desist from committing crimes.

“Today is the day where we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Most people plan on how they will spend the day but for me, l did not plan to visit you beginning January. I thought of it yesterday to spend and celebrate time with you on this special day.”

The First Lady was accompanied by Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi, Finance and Economic Development Deputy Minister Terrence Mukupe and Commissioner-General of Prisons and Correctional Services Rtd Major-General Paradzai Zimondi.

Amai Mnangagwa urged Government to renovate prison facilities which she had toured saying they were not favourable conditions for human habitation. She also called for a review of living conditions for mentally challenged prisoners.

The First Lady promised the inmates that she will convey the message to President Mnangagwa for their appeal for an amnesty as the prisoners said they have reformed.

Maj-Gen Zimondi (Rtd) thanked Amai Mnangagwa for her gesture saying this was the first visit by a First Lady since his appointment as the Commissioner General for Prisons.

Meanwhile, Amai Mnangagwa also visited Harare Children’s Home where she fed the children and donated goods worth thousands of dollars to 25 children’s homes as well as five foster homes.

She was accompanied by Harare Provincial Affairs Minister Miriam Chikukwa. She said her visits should not be regarded as a political stunt only reserved for the festive period but a continuous exercise as their plight had touched her heart.

“This visit comes at a time when my visits and subsequent interface with orphans and other disadvantaged groups in Bulawayo and its surrounding areas opened my eyes to the simple but difficult lives they live,” she said.

“We need to work hard in this new dispensation to improve the lives of our people. On a day when the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, l take pride in being not only with orphans and other disadvantaged people but in giving and sharing with them various goods as a symbol of love and care.”

Amai Mnangagwa also appealed to the corporate world to assist Government institutions in looking after the vulnerable groups.

The First Lady donated blankets, cases of rice, washing powder, soaps, sanitary wear, salt, beans, sugar and other necessities to Chikurubi Female Prison as well as the children’s homes.

Source: The Herald

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My wife Grace ‘is being harassed… she cries daily’, Mugabe tells AU



Harare – Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe says his wife is being harassed and cries daily, three months after he was forced to step down in the wake of a military takeover, a newspaper reported Friday.

Mugabe told the African Union’s Moussa Faki Mahamat during a courtesy call he made to the Mugabes’ Harare mansion this week that he doesn’t feel safe.

‘Wife persecuted’

“They told you I was safe, but how can I be in this environment?,” Mugabe reportedly told Faki, who is chairperson of the AU commission.

“My wife is crying daily. They are persecuting her… What am I without my wife and family? We are not safe,” the Zimbabwe Independent quoted Mugabe as saying, citing “detailed notes” supplied by officials who attended the meeting.

Mugabe said his wife was being harassed over her PhD from the University of Zimbabwe. Last week UZ Vice Chancellor Levi Nyagura was arrested for alleged abuse of office for awarding her the degree in 2014. Critics say her thesis is nowhere near PhD standard.

‘Ruling through guns’

Mugabe reportedly insisted to Faki the PhD was genuine: “I used to see her here working hard day and night. I would assist her here and there, so how can someone wake up and claim she didn’t work for it? This is harassment.”

According to the leaked notes, Mugabe told Faki that Mnangagwa’s appointment as president was illegal, and appealed to the AU to help restore democracy in the country.

“We want you to assist to restore normalcy and democracy in the country and stop this thing of ruling through guns,” he reportedly said.

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UK to deport at least 2 500 ‘illegal’ Zimbabweans



Harare – Britain has reportedly announced its intention to deport at least 2 500 Zimbabweans living illegally in that country.

According to New, British ambassador to Zimbabwe, Catriona Lang, recently told Zimbabwean Deputy President Kembo Mohadi that her government intended to deport illegal Zimbabweans in that country.

The announcement came as Theresa May said that her government was “determined to reduce the number of immigrants coming into the country by thousands”.

In his response, Mohadi said that the southern African country had no problem taking back its nationals but it needed to check them to ensure they were truly Zimbabweans.

“… We said we want to vet them before they leave the UK. We want to know whether or not they are Zimbabweans or if they are not fugitives who had run away from justice,” Mohadi was quoted as saying.

Britain was Zimbabwe’s former colonial ruler.

Around 20 000 British citizens lived in Zimbabwe while at least 112 000 Zimbabweans lived in Britain, according to an AFP report.

Britain provided around $114m in aid to Zimbabwe every year.

Relations between the two countries went rocky under ex-president Robert Mugabe, particularly over the controversial land reform programme.


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