TWO men identified as Douglas Musekiwa and John Zulu have been charged for the bombing at a Zanu PF rally that left two people dead and nearly 50 others including Vice President Kembo Mohadi injured.
They are both from Bulawayo a contrast from president Mnangagwa’s claims that his would be assassins were from outside the province.
This was revealed in police documents in which authorities were Saturday seeking legal authority for the two’s further detention.
According to the application made by one Chief Superintendent P R Moyo of Bulawayo Central Police Station, Musekiwa and Zulu are being charged with insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism.
“Douglas Musekiwa arrested without a warrant and that from information available to me there are reasonable grounds of suspicion to the effect that he has committed the offence of c/s 23(c) (i) (ii) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23. Insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism and thus apply for a warrant for his further detention,” the police said.
A warrant for further detention is issued under Section 37 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act.
Reports from Bulawayo claimed Musekiwa and Zulu were being held by the Military Intelligence Department in the country’s second largest city and are now due to appear in court on Monday after the warrant for further detention was granted by a magistrate Gladmore Mushove behind closed doors at the Western Commonage Courts.
Western Commonage is precisely a stone’s throw from the White City Stadium where the blast occurred.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government was left reeling after a grenade explosion launched from a crowd he had just addressed exploded as he and his top lieutenants including Mohadi, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Water Minister Oppah Muchinguri were leaving the stadium.
The grenade missed Mnangagwa by seconds but Mohadi, Chiwenga’s wife Mary and Muchinguri as well as scores of aides and hangers on were not so lucky.
Two aides died of their wounds last week with Mnangagwa pointing fingers at his adversaries in the Generation 40 faction of Zanu PF as the perpetrators however admitting he had no evidence as yet.
The G40 faction was known to be led by former president Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace. Among its top members were or are former ministers Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere and Patrick Zhuwao.
Mnangagwa came to power on the back of a military coup in November last year that forced Mugabe to dramatically resign under duress from the army then led by Chiwenga.
Makhadzi set to perform in Harare tonight
Popular South African musician, Makhadzi, real name Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona is set to perform in Harare for the first time.
Makhadzi’s performance comes a day after the government announced further relaxation of lockdown regulations allowing bars and nightclubs to re-open to vaccinated patrons only.
Makhadzi has been trending on social media in the past few days after pictures of her dark inner thighs were shared online.
A photographer shared the pictures after the Matorokisi hitmaker’s star performance in Malawi over the weekend.
She was forced to apoligise to her fans after trolls used the pictures to bully her.
Makhadzi’s performance in Harare can be expected to be lit as it will be one of the first shows after the easing of the lockdown.
On social media, hyped Zimbabwean fans could not hide their joy of finally having to witness the energetic performer live.
IZIM was not able to obtain the details of the venue of her show.
Zimbwabwe And Ghana In Double Header Swim Or Sink Battle
The warriors World Cup 2022 campaign reaches a climax this coming weekend with back to back clashes with Ghana.
Zimbabwe is playing catch up having managed only a single point in a draw against South Africa. The warriors went on to lose 1-0 to Ethiopia leaving them with 1 from a possible 6 points.
Ghana scrapped past Ethiopia in their first game in Cape Coast last month and despite collecting three points courtesy of a 1-0 triumph, football analysts in the West African country were critical of the team’s performance nonetheless.
In their second game, the Black Stars lost 1-0 to Bafana Bafana.
Interestingly, both Ghana and Zimbabwe, with new coaches Milovan Rajevac and Norman Mapeza respectively, do battle in a sink or swim double-header header next week.
The first match is on Saturday at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana, before the two sides clash at the National Sports Stadium three days later.
The question of everyone’s lips, with less than a week before battle lines drawn in Cape Coast is; can Mapeza’s Warriors get the job done and revive their World Cup qualifying campaign?
Qualification for the global showpiece has eluded this football-crazy nation for 41 years and defeats in both games next week will not even pave way for the over-used and somewhat meaningless cliché “so near and yet so far.”
These are the two games which are likely to decide whether or not qualification for the World Cup won’t be, just like for the past four decades, just a pipe-dream.
Historically though, Ghana have always had an upper-hand in the fixture, which justifies the Warriors’ underdog tag.
A well-oiled Ghana machine, on its way to the FIFA World Cup in 2006 in Germany, was stopped in its tracks by Charles Mhlauri’s Warriors at the AFCON finals in Egypt, when Cephas Chimedza and Benjani scored in a 2-1 victory. Regardless of how impressive and monumental that victory was, it is the only time in history, Zimbabwe has defeated the Black Stars.
The two sides first met in an international friendly in 1996, which ended in a 1-1 stalemate, before they met again a year later, on January 26 in AFCON qualifier, which ended goalless.
They met again in July 1997, in an AFCON qualifier, which the Black Stars triumphed at home 2-1.
Ghana thumped Zimbabwe in a AFCON qualifier in October 2000, 4-1 before beating them again at the National Sports Stadium in June 2001, 2-1.
Put simply, the Warriors have beaten Ghana only once in six meetings, that famous win at the AFCON finals in 2006, which was the last meeting between the two sides.
Jikwa Refuses To Share Cell With Other Men
Bujy Jikwa, accused of hitting Boity Thulo with a beer glass at a hotel in Waterfall, allegedly caused a scene at Midrand Police Station refusing to share a cell with male detainees.
The former Metro FM deejay Bujy Bikwa is charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm following the attack on rapper Thulo.
The police eventually put Bujy in a single cell since they could also not let him share a cell with females.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said Bikwa appeared at the Midrand Magistrate’s Court on Friday and was denied bail.
“The case was postponed to Wednesday. The accused is in custody and was charged with assault,” Mjonondwane said.
Bikwa allegedly threw a bottle of alcohol at Thulo and cut her on the face during an argument at the Courtyard Hotel while they were out with friends.
Thulo allegedly sustained serious injuries and had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance for treatment.
Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo said Thulo had opened a case at Midrand Police Station on the night of the incident.
Yesterday morning, Bikwa’s phone was answered by a woman who declined to comment.
Thulo confirmed the incident in a statement released yesterday:
It is with deep sadness to state that I was indeed an unfortunate victim of a vicious assault and that I have since opened a case against the culprit, which I am following with keen interest. I do not wish to comment on this matter any further. I respectfully request some space as I try to find a way to heal both physically and emotionally from this traumatic experience. I have faith in our criminal justice system and implore everyone to stand firmly against gender-based violence.
“They were busy drinking and talking about sangomas and ancestors before an argument started. I am not sure who started it, but they were screaming at each other and swearing before they started fighting,” one eyewitness said.
Another said: “Bujy really beat that girl up badly … Boity was wearing a white shirt and her shirt was red with blood stains. Her face was also bad.”