Magaya Speaks On Adultery Allegations

So apparently Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Walter Magaya has spoken out on that $500,000 lawsuit against claiming he had sex with someone’s wife.

Well he went at the media, saying that they were being used by the devil to stifle the spreading of the gospel he says. ‘Agencies of the devil’, ‘Pharisees and Sadducess’, you know, the usual condemnation that you would expect from that corner of the world.

We are not sure what Magaya expects the media to do really. If there are allegations, they must be explored. He says he wants to prove to the media that the ‘devil is a liar. To be honest we would rather he focused his attention Denford Mutashu and that case than the rest of us.

If it turns out that Mutashu is selling dreams in saying that there was an affair between Magaya and Nomsa Ruwazhe (Mutashu’s wife) then fair and fine, the media will happily report on that. As it stands it is just allegations from one side really isn’t it?

But if he has indeed stuck his unmentionables in another man’s wife’s holiest of holies, surely he can’t be mad at the media for exposing that.

*sips tea*… but that is none of our business.

Quick side-note: Pretty curious about how he plans to show every newspaper that the devil is a liar.

With information from The Herald Zimbabwe
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Missing man found dead, with body parts missing, eyes plucked out

MUTASA villagers were left weak-kneed following the recent discovery of the remains, minus some body parts, of a fellow villager who had mysteriously disappeared.

The body of Moses Nyamutata, which had a missing left palm while his eyes had been removed, was only discovered following the intervention of the men of cloth who were hired to unravel the mystery.

The Nyamutatas could not take the disappearance of their sibling lightly and vowed to leave no stone unturned to bring those suspected to be behind what they believed was a ritual murder to book. They are convinced that the people behind Moses’ murder were close to him.

What added more mystery to Moses’ disappearance was that the hat and other clothes he was wearing on the day he vanished were found dumped about 300 metres away from his remains.

Family members who were interviewed last Thursday claimed that they also discovered a 750ml bottle which contained sheep fat (mafuta ehwayi) as well as a feather besides Moses’ remains.

On the day he was last seen, Moses’ friend and fellow villager (name withheld) allegedly visited him and the two went for a beer drink at a bottle store at Domborutinhira Business Centre.

“They went for a beer drink with a friend, but that was the last time he was seen alive. His friend could not explain to us why he had left Moses behind, yet they had gone together to the bottle store. A herdboy, Munyaradzi Tangwena, later met Moses who was struggling to walk because of his ‘drunken stupor’ and tried to escort him home. He dismissed Munyaradzi saying he wanted to rest briefly before completing his journey home.

His hat was recovered about 300 metres away from where he was last seen,” said family spokesman and Moses’ brother, Munyaradzi (34).

He added: “We got worried and decided to consult Madzibaba Nyenyedzi church members and prophets over his whereabouts. That is when we discovered his body. His body was in an advanced state of decomposition. It  was about 5km away from the business centre. His left palm was missing and his head was bruised. His eyes were tampered with. It was a sorry sight.”

Munyaradzi, who was accompanied by his brother-in-law, Paddington Nemaunga and Moses Murowe during the interview, said they were suspecting foul play.

They laid blame on police officers from Mutasa, saying the law enforcers had put “zero effort” to bring the culprits to book, or at least assist them with possible leads surrounding the mysterious death.

“We have more questions than answers. We strongly feel that he was murdered. Someone killed him. Where is the missing palm and the eyes? The head was bruised. Just two days after his disappearance and he was found with missing body parts, that is strange. What of the container which had a strange concoction of sheep fat? What of the feather which was also near his body,” he said.

He said the prophets led by one Madzibaba Johane had promised to name and shame the hand behind their brother’s murder.

“We need the help of the police, traditional leaders and fellow villagers to unravel this mystery. We feel that we are alone in the quest. Police participation is next to zero and it is worrying. The prophets are, however, ready to tell us the person who murdered Moses,” said Nemaunga.

He said Moses’ mysterious death came barely two months after a baby from the same village disappeared on February 6.

In a typical Shona culture and belief that there is communication between the dead and the living especially when one dies in unclear circumstances, the family members said they were waiting for Moses’ spirit to “communicate” before they act.

Moses, who was not married, was laid to rest in Odzani on April 2.  But is there any affinity, whatsoever, between the feather and mixed concoction which were in a 750ml bottle as well as the missing palm and bruised head to Moses’ ritual killing?

When contacted for comment, assistant Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Muzondiwa Clean said they had not received the report.

Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers’ Association acting president Mr George Kandiero said there was a high possibility that Moses was killed for ritual purposes.

“The presence of sheep fat speaks a lot. That is normally used for rituals and exorcism. It is most likely that Moses was killed for ritual purposes,” said Kandiero.

Man killed by 4.5m crocodile in front of wife

A fisherman has been killed by a crocodile. File photo / Thinkstock

A fisherman has been killed by a crocodile. File photo / Thinkstock

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Police say a 57-year-old fisherman has been killed by a 4.5 metre crocodile in front of his wife while the couple fished in a northern Australian river notorious for the deadly predators.

Northern Territory Police Duty Superintendent Jo Foley says the man, whose name has not been released, entered the Adelaide River on Monday afternoon to unsnag his line when he was taken by the saltwater crocodile.

Foley says the woman did not see her husband taken, but heard “a scream and then turned around and saw a tail splashing in the water.”

The Adelaide River crocodiles are a major tourist attraction.

Police Senior Constable Travis Edwards says searchers in boats found the victim’s body on Monday night and shot the crocodile.

Police Superintendent Bob Harrison told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that the killer crocodile had regularly leapt for chickens dangled from the cruise ships and was well known to operators of the Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise.

Tour operators said the albino-headed crocodile was named Michael Jackson, and was “one in a million”.

“Michael Jackson was one in a million, and unfortunately being an albino would have been picked on by all the others, its a big pecking order,” said Rob Marchand, owner of Wallaroo Tours, which runs Jumping Croc cruises across the river from where the man was taken.

He told the ABC on Tuesday that the crocodile had been in that part of the river for several years, and that the crocodiles had been fighting a lot recently, jockeying for position and preparing to breed.

He said only the strongest and most aggressive crocodiles reached four metres or longer.

“The croc has only been doing what nature intends it to do, and that’s survive,” Mr Marchand said.

“They know how to do three major things: eat, reproduce and aggression … if you’re not going to look after yourself, you’ll find yourself being eaten.”

Crocodiles shouldn’t be blamed for their natural behaviour, he said, and rejected the suggestion that the Jumping Croc tours were encouraging predatory behaviour on the Adelaide River.

“I’m sure crocs knew how to eat people a long time before we come along,” he said.

The attack is the third this year, after a boy was taken at a billabong at Jabiru in January, and another fisherman was snatched off his boat as he emptied a bucket in a Kakadu River two months ago.

A crocodile was also shot on the Tiwi Islands two weeks ago, suspected to have killed a local man who disappeared and has yet to be found.

But tests on the organic matter found in its stomach haven’t yet produced a conclusive result.

Crocodile numbers have swelled across Australia’s tropical north since the species was protected by federal law in 1971. The crocodile population is densest in the Northern Territory.

Don Pardo dead at 96: TV and radio favorite was ‘Saturday Night Live’ announcer for 4 decades

'Saturday Night Live' announcer Don Pardo has died at 96 years old. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic ‘Saturday Night Live’ announcer Don Pardo has died at 96

Pardo’s booming baritone voice was part of game shows, newscasts and TV commercials for more than 60 years. In later years, he recorded his famous ‘SNL’ introductions from his home in Arizona, and he continued at the show through the end of last season, when he performed the introductions on the finale in May.

Thanks to “Saturday Night Live” and approximately four zillion other programs and commercials, Don Pardo may have had the most cherished voice in television history.

Pardo, who over seven decades was NBC’s official announcer for everything from quiz shows to the nightly news to station breaks, died in his sleep Monday at his Arizona home. He was 96.

He had moved to Arizona after officially retiring from NBC in 2004. But “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels wasn’t about to let him get away that easily, and Pardo continued announcing “SNL” to the end.

His only concession the last few years was recording his parts from a studio at his home.

Pardo’s voice became the thread that connected the whole run of “SNL,” back to the original cast in 1975. His last show was the May finale of the 2013-2014 season.

“Nothing is like the moment,” said Jimmy Fallon, “when Don Pardo says your name.”

Well-respected and much-admired in the business, Pardo was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2010.

He joined NBC in 1944 and rose to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s as the announcer for the iconic game shows “The Price is Right,” 1956-1963, and “Jeopardy!”, 1964-1975.

His rich baritone voice and the rhythm of his intonations proved perfect for both straight introductions and moments of game-show suspense.

He injected a subtle hint of self-aware bemusement that would later prove exactly what Michaels wanted for “Saturday Night Live.”

Pardo also introduced more serious productions, including “The NBC Nightly News” and the local newscast “NBC’s Live At Five.” He was the announcer who broke in on Nov, 22, 1963, to announce that President Kennedy had been shot.

He was the voice of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade until 1999 and the last announcer on the soap opera “Search for Tomorrow.”

For decades he was also a more routine anonymous presence through the NBC day, reminding viewers which advertiser had brought them that last segment of the show they were watching.

That role, known as “booth announcer,” was gradually phased out by all the networks, making Pardo one of its last practitioners.

Pardo said over the years that he paid careful attention to his voice. He semi-joked to the Associated Press in 1985 that besides being his meal ticket, it was also “my Achilles heel. When I get sick, it’s always my voice.”

He said he carried cough drops everywhere.

He also said that while his prominence surprised him a little, he was proud of it. He noted that for “Saturday Night Live,” he was standing in almost the exact place where Arturo Toscanini used to conduct live broadcasts of the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

Pardo, seen in 1945, began his vocal career in radio and then joined NBC, where he remained for decades. NBC via Getty Images Pardo, seen in 1945, began his vocal career in radio and then joined NBC, where he remained for decades.

Unlike many other voiceover announcers, Pardo was semi-frequently referenced and occasionally seen on camera.

Early “Jeopardy” broadcasts had the line, “Tell them what they’ve won, Don Pardo,” and he appeared on-camera a number of times for “Saturday Night Live.” To mark his 90th birthday, the show threw him an on-camera party.

He said he was more comfortable behind the scenes, though, noting that he filled in for Bill Cullen as the host of “The Price Is Right” one day and was “terrified.”

He appeared in Woody Allen’s movie “Radio Days,” playing a game show host, and can be heard on recordings by the late Frank Zappa and Weird Al Yankovic, in his “I Lost On Jeopardy” parody.

Born in Westfield, Mass., Pardo graduated from Emerson College in 1942.

He had developed an interest in theater, but took a job as a machinist to support himself and his wife, Catherine Lyons.

He quit to become a lower-paid announcer at radio station WJAR in Providence and in 1944 traveled to New York to see the NBC studios.

After a tour, he met Patrick J. Kelly, who was the supervisor of announcers, and was offered a job. He started on June 15, 1944, working the late shift and, among other things, doing wartime radio reports.

Pardo is seen on 'Saturday Night Live' in 1982. NBC via Getty Images Pardo is seen on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1982.

He became the voice for several NBC radio programs, including “Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator” and “Dimension X.”

As NBC moved into television, Pardo was tapped as one of the experimental announcers. He later recalled that he showed little skill as a baseball play-by-play man, but NBC liked his voice enough to use him for several of its first closed-circuit color trials in the early 1950s.

His voice was featured on such early TV hits as “Your Show of Shows,” “The Colgate Comedy Hour” and “The Arthur Murray Party.”

He eventually got a lifetime contract with NBC, officially retiring when he reached his 60th anniversary there.

“Saturday Night Live” tried to retire him once, after its sixth season, during one of the show’s regular personnel reshufflings.

But after doing the seventh season without him, Michaels decided that had been a mistake, and his gig there also turned out to be a lifetime contract.

His wife Catherine died in 1995. He is survived by five children, David, Michael, Paula, Dona and Katherine.

“Saturday Night Live” is expected to present a Pardo tribute when its new season launches in the fall.

Source – http://www.nydailynews.com

Supermarket Robbers Stash Explosives in a Loaf of Bread

Three South Africa-based Zimbabweans have been arrested after they were found in possession of explosives stashed in a loaf of bread which they allegedly wanted to use to blow-up safes and steal money at Mupandawana Growth Point.
Rosemary Hamadziripi (35), originally of Mbizo 4 in Kwekwe, Joachim Veremu (34) of Zvishavane and Nicole Isaac (19) of Riverside in Gweru were also found in possession of electrical codes, chisels, bolt cutters and a pair of gloves. They allegedly wanted to use the items to rob two big supermarket chains at the growth point.

The trio has since appeared before Gutu resident magistrate Mr Nyasha Vitorini facing charges of possessing articles for criminal use. Mr Vitorini last Friday remanded them in custody to today.

This was to give the State time to establish the type of explosives carried by the accused. It is alleged that last Thursday, the accused entered Mupandawana Growth Point from an unknown place in South Africa where they stay. They were allegedly in possession of an unknown type of explosives and other items such as bolt cutters, chisels and electrical codes.

Prosecutor Ms Beatrice Mukaro alleged that the three hid the explosives in a loaf of bread and milled around the growth point identifying supermarkets and shops that were recording brisk business on the eve of the Heroes Day and Zimbabwe Defence Forces holiday. It is believed they wanted to hit Nice Time and N-Richards supermarkets at the growth point and waited at a local motel to fine-tune their plans. Luck ran out of them after suspicious patrons at the motel alerted the police of the presence of strangers.

Upon interrogation by the police, the trio claimed they were coming to collect a girl named Nicole from school. They were arrested after being found in possession of chisels, bolt cutters, matches, gloves and electrical codes which they failed to explain. The three were taken to Gutu police station holding cells where police further discovered some explosives hidden in a loaf of bread carried by one of the accused.

- Source www.zimeye.com/

Anthrax in Durban, South Africa ??

Durban – Fifteen people, including five police officers, were treated in hospital on Wednesday for possible anthrax contamination after coming into contact with an envelope containing suspicious white powder.

The envelope, received by an unidentified business on Che Guevara (Moore) Road around midday, contained an ominous warning, according to a source: “You think you are clever, let’s see what you can do about this.”

The letter also had a thread leading out from the envelope.

Ten employees of the business – next door to a pre-school – and five uMbilo police officers had to be decontaminated, using special liquid, before being sent to hospital.

It was not clear if the envelope had been sealed, or who had delivered it.

Durban fire department divisional commander Owen Singh said one of the employees had taken the envelope to the uMbilo police station.

ND anthrax 2 2Provincial paramedics had put up bed sheets on the ambulance windows to give people using the decontamination area privacy.

 

Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said the employee had gone to the station commander’s office with the envelope.

“The man walked past the secretary and into the office. We are not sure who opened the envelope but a white powder substance fell onto the desk. Forensic experts and the bomb squad had been called in as a precaution. We are awaiting a report from forensics,” he said.

Police cordoned off and decontaminated the area around the police station, on Deodar Road. The road was closed for three hours while the bomb squad and forensic analysts combed the area.

Police also cordoned off Che Guevara Road between Cleaver Road and Bonamour Avenue. The cordon tape was lifted at about 7pm.

Speaking to the Daily News outside the business premises, Singh said that 10 people who had come into contact with the envelope at the business had to go through a decontamination cubicle.

“We followed emergency procedures and cordoned off the business premises as a precaution. Our biological chemical unit assisted. At this stage, I do not know what powder it was,” he said.

The pre-school was not affected.

When the Daily News arrived at the scene, a provincial ambulance was parked alongside the pavement in Che Guevara Road with sheets covering its windows. This was to shield the 10 people who had to strip naked before going through the decontamination shower.

Two blue bins in the cordoned-off area were believed to have been used to discard their clothes.

There have been several anthrax scares in Durban over the years, including two at the old Durban International Airport.

In January 2004, 15 people were quarantined in a special ward at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital after white powder was found in an envelope in the mail room.

In March 2004, the second scare at the airport led to the check-in area being cordoned off. Nine staff members were examined and cleared.

In 2001 former mayor Obed Mlaba called in the National Intelligence Agency to investigate anthrax scares that brought to a virtual standstill the Durban office of the provincial Department of Education, Durban central post office and the Umbilo post office. Forty-two people were examined and seven quarantined after they handled envelopes containing white powder, feared to be anthrax.

Anthrax is considered to be a potential agent for use in biological warfare. It has been implicated in a series of recent incidents in the US and elsewhere, apparently spread intentionally in the mail.

What to do

* Do not handle the letter or packet suspected of being contaminated.

* Unless already opened, do not open it.

* Do not sniff at it or get too close to it.

* Do not try to clean up any powder. Cover the spilled contents immediately with anything (clothing, paper dustbin/ wastepaper basket, etc) and do not remove this cover.

* Immediately contact the police. Report that you have received a packet in the mail that may contain dangerous biological or chemical substances.

* Make sure that damaged or suspicious-looking mail items are isolated and the immediate area cordoned off.

* Ensure that all people who have been in contact with the mail wash their hands with soap and water.

* Compile a list of all persons who have been in contact with the letter and/or envelope. Include contact information.

* Place all items worn when in contact with the suspect mail in plastic bags and keep these and have them available for the police.

* As soon as practical, shower with soap and water. Do not use bleach or other disinfectants on your skin.

* Seek medical advice immediately upon the onset of illness. - Source: Department of Agriculture

“I am Resigning in December 2014″ – Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe has announced that he is resigning in December 2014.

President Mugabe said all members of the Politburo and Central Committee, including himself, will resign ahead of the December elective congress.

Mugabe will, however, not be challenged by anyone as he seeks to maintain his grip on the party. He told the Women’s League conference that:”At the December Congress, all of us must resign so that new people are elected. The Politburo and the Central Committee – we must all resign.”

He castigated leaders who are engaged in vote-buying to influence the outcome of the congress.

“Some are already campaigning vigorously, dishing out loads of money and so they would want to see the Youth League, the Women’s League, producing people whom they think support them and will at Congress then combine in electing them.

“So it’s up to you – be vigilant. If you want to be used go ahead and accept their bribes. We want people to be free to elect whoever they want to represent them,” he said.

He said people have grouped themselves alongside faction lines, but those who aspire to be elected should be servants of the people whose focus is on implementing government policies on the ground.

“At the end of the day, good leadership is disciplined leadership. Do you respect the freedom of others and refrain from interfering with them? Are you yourself sufficiently disciplined in terms of how you conduct yourself? Or are you morally weak, sexually weak? You take this woman as your wife, you that that one…” -

He acknowledged the support women continue to give to him and to Zanu PF. “The women are the backbone. They have always been the backbone of the party. Without your support I am nobody. It is only when I have your support that I can say Zimbabwe will never be a colony again,” he said.

He said the black government, after independence, introduced deliberate measures to uplift the lives of women who had been down-trodden for many years.

“That is why some of us when independence came we decided we must respect women in terms of their status and regard them as equal to men. We passed laws; we changed the system we found in that it discriminated against women and we amended the laws in regard to the salaries of women.

“And because we saw how tough women were during the war, in the new government we changed the status quo – in respect to work
positions, remuneration etc, that is why we changed the laws.

He said today fathers are sending boys and girls to school on equal terms ecause there is no difference between the boy child and the girl child.

He added, “And I am glad that our system has now produced so many educated women. We still have to do more of course. And we are glad there are so many holding senior positions, not only in the public service, but also in the private sector.

“And we would want to see our women being given the necessary freedom to play their part in the community – whether in the public sector or the private sector – and we are sure that once the women are given something to do, in the majority of cases they are likely to perform better than men.”

source – www.zimeye.com

Woman (65) arrested for having sex with grandson (12)

A ZIMBABWEAN woman aged 65 has appeared in court charged with aggravated indecent sexual assault after she was allegedly caught bedding her 12-year-old grandson.

According to a State outline, during dusk on August 7, the woman from Mabika village under Chief Mapiravana, Mberengwa persuaded her grandson to scratch her back while in her bedroom where she allegedly had a plan to “rape” the juvenile to quench her sex appetite.

When the grandson entered the hut, the woman locked the door and undressed herself before asking the boy to scratch her back.

The juvenile obliged, but during the process the woman allegedly undressed her grandson saying she wanted to verify if he was circumcised like all the Lemba boys.

The woman allegedly became intimate with the boy once.

She reportedly threatened to disown him if he told anyone about the abuse.

However, the boy told a neighbour about the abuse, leading to the woman’s arrest.

The woman, who was the boy’s guardian following the death of his parents, was remanded out of custody to August 18 for trial – Southern Eye/Zimdiaspora.

Six Dynamos fans appear in court over Bosso murder

SIX suspected Dynamos Football Club supporters arrested in connection with the death of a Highlanders Football Club fan on Saturday are expected to appear in court today facing murder charges.

Thembelenkosini Hloli (24) of Sizinda was allegedly stabbed in the stomach at Renkini long-distance bus terminus after he was chased down by a Toyota Noah that had Dynamos supporters.

According to court papers seen by our correspondent, the suspects include a well-known Dynamos supporter who is a police officer based in Plumtree and two women.

The suspects were identified as Chamas Misiwo, Rodger Dye Trehcsen, Onisimo Maphosa, George Chapindura, Pretty Ndoro and Nady Nyoni.

Their lawyer, Lawrence Chikwakwa of Sansole and Senda Legal Practitioners confirmed that the six had been charged with murder. He said a post mortem had been conducted at the United Bulawayo Hospitals and the results were released yesterday.

“The post mortem results said he was stabbed with a sharp object,” Chikwakwa said.

“It does not specifically say he was stabbed with a screwdriver. However, it could be spikes or a screwdriver.

“They are all appearing in court tomorrow (today) morning.”

Hloli was allegedly walking with a group of Highlanders supporters when he was accused of stoning the car that had Dynamos fans following skirmishes after the final whistle at Barbourfields Stadium.

A family spokesperson, Themba Hloli, said the doctors told them his brother died of internal bleeding after he was stabbed in the stomach.

Two more suspects charged with malicious damage to property after they were fingered in the stoning of the car would appear in court today for plea recording.

They are currently held in remand prison – Southern Eye.

Harare prostitute rounded up under ‘Operation Zvanyanya’

The ongoing “Operation Zvanyanya,” a blitz by the Zimbabwe Republic Police against prostitutes that operate in Harare’s red-light districts, has been hailed by many people as it is meant to remove “undesirable elements” from the city centre ahead of the harmonised elections.

sexworkersAlleged commercial sex workers at Fife Avenue police post after a round-up

The watershed elections are slated for this Wednesday.

Although the operation restored sanity to some parts of the capital city, it also brought with it a lot of debate and controversy.

Parts of Section 81 (2) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, under which the alleged prostitutes were charged, were put under the microscope.

This Act makes it a criminal offence for women to loiter in public for the purposes of soliciting for prostitution.

A cross-section of people interviewed by The Sunday Mail In-Depth hailed the exercise and called upon the police to conduct similar operations on a regular basis.

However, a smaller section of those interviewed roundly condemned the operation with some people describing it as “unconstitutional and discriminatory”.

The exercise was, according to lawyers and human rights activists, a violation of human rights.

First to applaud the stance taken by the police is the Christian community, which welcomed the exercise a one that will rid the city of immorality.

“As a nation, we cannot stand aside and look whilst our capital city is turned into a Sodom and Gomorrah.

“We have visitors coming in for the elections and the prostitutes’ presence in the city centre was going to soil our image.

“We do not need these undesirable elements on our streets,” said Apostle Last Fundira of the Christian Aflame Ministries.

Pastor Fundira said that the police should, in future, also target homosexuals.

“There are places where gays and lesbians are known to frequent. I will be grateful if the law enforcement agents conduct a similar operation and flush them out. It is high time the Government acted on these people,” pastor Fundira added.

According to Harare provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tadius Chibanda, over 100 alleged prostitutes have been arrested as of July 10.

Interestingly, 35 men were also arrested and were charged with soliciting for purposes of prostitution.

“The ongoing operation has brought about the desired results. If one walks around the Avenues area, there is now order and the situation is normal,” Insp Chibanda said.

But while residents of the Avenues area were enjoying the unusual tranquillity that was brought about by the operation, some lawyers and human rights activists were crying foul, labelling the exercise illegal and discriminatory.

Jessie Majome, Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, joined the bandwagon, arguing that the operation violated residents’ rights to privacy.

“This operation is just something else and, worse still, the new Constitution has a provision for the protection of a person’s privacy,” Ms Majome said in an interview which was published in a local daily.

Others said that the law is discriminatory since men who were also soliciting for the services of the prostitutes were not arrested.

“It takes two to tango. Men who are caught seeking the services of prostitutes must also be brought to book.

“Otherwise such operations are not only discriminatory but also a waste of precious resources,” said Annabel Mutisi, a vendor who sells her wares in the Avenues.

Insp Chibanda, however, dismissed Mutisi’s allegation, saying that she was misinformed.

“Like I said earlier, 35 men were arrested as of July 10. Some people deliberately lied that men were not arrested in a bid to further their interests. Both men and women who were caught soliciting for the purposes of prostitution were arrested,” Insp Chibanda said.

The concerns have been raised over the failure to handle some of the alleged prostitutes’ cases properly, resulting in some alleged prostitutes spending days in remand prison.

Some of the key State witnesses have failed to attend court.The police officers who were set to give testimony failed to pitch up for the trial of alleged commercial sex workers, resulting in those who had paid fines and those who had failed to do so being set free.Defending the alleged prostitutes, lawyers Tawanda Zhuwarara and Kennedy Masiya argued that charges brought against their clients were unclear as the charge sheet did not specify where the women were found exactly and what they were actually doing.

Those that pleaded guilty were fined $100 whilst those that elected to fight the case in the courts were granted $200 bail.Some of the alleged sex workers spent time in remand prison after they had failed to pay the bail.The bail that the alleged prostitutes were required to pay was described by many to be “exorbitant.”

“I think US$200 was a bit too much. I know that fines are supposed to have a deterrent factor, but in this case, I think it was way too much” added Mutisi.

Although “Operation Zvanyanya” created a lot of controversy, the police still insist that it was necessary.

“The operation was instituted after a public outcry. We have managed to remove the undesirable elements that were, before the operation, conducting their dirty business in broad daylight,” Insp Chibanda said. He said residents of the Avenues area called for police intervention after the daring sex workers and their male clients.

“I know that the operation caused a lot of controversy. Members of the public should know that such operations are conducted only when the need arises. It is the mandate of the police to maintain law and order and, as such, we will strive to do our best,” concluded Insp Chibanda.