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.

Zimbabwe loses $30 million to Arab conmen in Diamonds

A company, commissioned to organise diamond sales in Dubai on behalf of Zimbabwe – Dubai Diamond Exchange is illegally holding on to US$30 million realised from the sale. Senior Government officials are concerned the money is being used for speculative purposes. diamonds The situation has severely affected Government and exporting mining firms which had earmarked the proceeds for key projects and operations. Last month, almost 400 000 carats were exported to the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) under a market-testing exercise. Government roped in a facilitator, Global Diamond Tenders, to link them with buyers. The diamonds were then sold at an average price of US$76 per carat, marking a 5, 4 percent improvement from the second Antwerp sale which attracted US$72 per carat. Of the US$30 million realised, US$4, 39 million was destined for Treasury while the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) and Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) were also entitled to a percentage. The remainder was to be shared between the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and the mining firms. In addition, the facilitator was entitled to four percent of total proceeds. Under normal circumstances, transactions should not take more than three days. However, over a month has lapsed. Experts say the delay goes against international law which compels a winning auction bidder to transfer money soon after closing a deal. It is understood some of the mining companies are grappling with sustaining daily operations due to the payment delays. Government projects earmarked to benefit are also now being stalled. Mbada Diamonds, Marange Resources, Gye Nyame, DMC, Kusena, Anjin and Jinan are the affected firms. Security guards manning Marange Resource premises besieged company offices last week, demanding their dues. They were then referred to the parent ministry, which, in turn, explained to them the state of affairs. Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa told The Sunday Mail last week that the DDE “have failed the test”. Minister Chinamasa said he looked forward to engaging his Mines and Mining Development counterpart, Mr Walter Chidhakwa. “Obviously, the delay is affecting us. We could have used that money to fund some of the projects awaiting completion. Naturally, the delay is crippling the mining companies that need the money to run operations. “I am not sure of the reason why it has taken this long for us to receive our money. I haven’t found the time to talk to Minister Chidhakwa to find out what is really happening, but I am eager to engage him so that I know what is happening. “Naturally, they (Dubai Diamond Exchange) have failed the test. Remember, when we went there we were testing the market. Why would we continue selling our diamonds in Dubai under such conditions?” Jinan managing director Mr Zack Ncube said his company’s plans to refocus operations have been adversely affected. “We are concerned that we have not received that money; we are still waiting. Obviously this has negatively affected our mining operations. Right now, we are refocusing on new areas at the mine. We need inputs such as equipment and diesel. “We also have creditors who need to be paid. So, we are hoping we will receive the money as soon as possible.” Anjin director Mr Munyaradzi Machacha said his firm awaited a comprehensive explanation from the parent ministry. He also pointed out that operations have suffered. Senior officials in the ministries of mines and finance were equally frustrated. A senior finance official, who preferred anonymity, said international law should guide such important transactions. “So, what was the point of auctioning the diamonds if it was going to take this long to receive the money? When a person bids, that means they have the money. “You can’t go to an auction without cash; this is a bidding regulation. You can’t be funny when it comes to an auction. This is unheard of. “I think these people had no money and expected to buy and then sell the diamonds to other buyers before giving us our money. It is also possible that they invested it in order to get massive returns.” Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister Fred Moyo said although Government was equally concerned, it was still premature “to condemn anyone”. He said some of the mining firms received payments directly through their bank accounts on Workers’ Day. “The Secretary (Professor Francis Gudyanga) is pushing hard for the organiser to transfer the money as soon as possible. Every delay is costing us money. The money must be transferred immediately. Service providers also want to be paid. “What gave us confidence (in the Dubai market) was the price. We cannot condemn anyone at the moment as we are still gathering what is happening. But obviously the delay will raise questions. “I do not think this has something to do with capacity, but maybe administration issues. We will get to the bottom of the matter, whether the delays were deliberate or not.”

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day nominated for campaign of the year

Steyn founded 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day in December 2013. Since then, the initiative has garnered thousands of supporters from around the world and over 4000 blankets have been collected for charity organisations in South Africa.

CAPTION: Grand handover for 67 blankets for Mandela Day. Picture Credit: sandtonchronicle.co.za

Knitting is now seen as a trendy and popular pastime thanks to Carolyn Steyn and her passionate bunch of knit-wits.

Steyn founded 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day in December 2013.  Since then, the initiative has garnered thousands of supporters from around the world and over 4000 blankets have been collected for charity organisations in South Africa.

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day was recently nominated for ANN7’s Campaign of the Year Award.

According to Steyn: “We are so humbled and honoured to be considered for this award.  We’re still in infancy and don’t even have a bank account – to be nominated alongside corporate giants like KFC and Coca-Cola is indeed a privilege!  67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day started out as a simple challenge and has become a global movement.

We were able to keep so many people warm this winter because of passion – passion for the cause, passion for making a difference and passion for Madiba’s legacy!  I would like to take this opportunity to thank and applaud all the knit-wits for embracing this initiative with such gusto and enthusiasm.”

Steyn’s next goal is to collect double the amount of blankets for distribution in the winter of 2015.  To keep the momentum alive, Steyn plans on having knit-a-thons, blanket handovers and even a “yarn-bomb” at the Nelson Mandela statue at the Union Buildings.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think that we would be able to collect thousands of blankets to hand out to those in need on Mandela Day.  In fact, I was aiming for a mere 67 blankets!  The power of intention is an incredible thing, as is making a difference – it’s contagious.  This Award nomination really means a lot to me and to the knit-wits because it acknowledges our efforts and shines a light on our hard work.  If this is what we were able to achieve in just seven months – the possibilities for next year are truly endless,” concludes Steyn.

To vote for 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, SMS CAMP 1 to 43043 or e-mail CAMP 1 to satyvoting@ann7.com . You can vote as many times as you like.

13 year old charged as an adult for offense due to big penis

A 13-year-old Ukrainian boy is facing hard time for stealing a cellphone – because he has a large penis and his teeth.

Tomas, a young boy from the Ukraine, was arrested for stealing a cellphone according to the Moscow Times.

This was only the start of his woes however, as when he was sent to prison he was subject to a medical examination.

The doctors concluded from the size of his penis and teeth that he was actually between 16 to 17 years old.

As a consequence when his case came before a Russian court, the judge ruled him old enough to be tried as an adult.

Meanwhile according to Tomas’ relatives and Ukrainian documentation he was only 12 at the time of his arrest.

The regional prison service has ordered a review of the boy’s case, the report said.
Source timeslive (SA)

Jacob”Munotidako” Moyana to appear in court tomorrow for stealing!

Controversial Sungura Star,Jacob Moyana, who hogged the limelight with his ambiguous but naughty songs such as Munotidako and Ngatimbomamira madhiri acho is in trouble with the long arm of the law and is set to appear in court tomorrow over allegations that he bought a stolen  public address (PA) system.

According to NewsDay, Moyana is alleged to have bought the PA system he used during a recent all-night show at Salaco Night Club in Mtapa, Gweru, from a night club worker.

Munotidako Hitmaker-Jacob Moyana

Munotidako Hitmaker-Jacob Moyana

According to police, Moyana was invited to perform at the show and he later allegedly connived with one of the club’s disc jockeys (DJs), identified as Godfrey Maposa, to steal three band speakers, three band twitters and three 50m electronic transmission cables that belonged to club owner Langton Nyashanu.

Jacob”Munotidako” Moyana to appear in court tomorrow for stealing!

Controversial Sungura Star,Jacob Moyana, who hogged the limelight with his ambiguous but naughty songs such as Munotidako and Ngatimbomamira madhiri acho is in trouble with the long arm of the law and is set to appear in court tomorrow over allegations that he bought a stolen  public address (PA) system.

According to NewsDay, Moyana is alleged to have bought the PA system he used during a recent all-night show at Salaco Night Club in Mtapa, Gweru, from a night club worker.

Munotidako Hitmaker-Jacob Moyana

Munotidako Hitmaker-Jacob Moyana

According to police, Moyana was invited to perform at the show and he later allegedly connived with one of the club’s disc jockeys (DJs), identified as Godfrey Maposa, to steal three band speakers, three band twitters and three 50m electronic transmission cables that belonged to club owner Langton Nyashanu.

Maposa handed the equipment to Moyana after the show and was allegedly paid for it.

The equipment was ferried to Redcliff where Moyana is currently based. On Monday morning, club supervisor Lawrence Mupuwi discovered that some equipment was missing and quizzed his security personnel, who fingered Maposa.

When Maposa was interrogated, he allegedly confessed to selling the equipment to Moyana. The matter was then reported to the police, leading to Maposa’s arrest.

Both Moyana and Maposa are set to appear at the Gweru Magistrates’ Court facing theft charges.

Source: iharare

 

Method in which Zimra calculates Duty for imported private vehicles

The duty to be paid on importation of motor vehicles into Zimbabwe is based on the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value plus other incidental charges and expenses incurred in the purchase of the vehicle and its subsequent transportation up to the first point of entry into Zimbabwe.

This CIF value and the other charges constitute what is known as the Value for Duty Purposes (VDP). Such other charges include, inter alia, and where applicable:
• Port handling charges, e.g. at Durban Port, Walvis Bay, Beira, Dar es Salaam;
• Storage charges; and
• Any other special handling fees, if not already included in the CIF Value.

The charges that are levied include Customs duty, Surtax and Value Added Tax (VAT). Surtax is only charged on passenger type motor vehicles that are more than five (5) years old at the time of importation. Please note that both Customs duty and Surtax (where applicable) are calculated on the Value for Duty Purposes (VDP). VAT is calculated on the total of VDP plus the calculated Customs duty payable. This value is known as the Value for Tax Purposes (VTP).

**NB: The rate of Customs duty on double cabs is 40% despite the payload. The rate of Customs duty for a Sedan/Station wagon is 25% if the cylinder capacity does not exceed 1500cc. If the cylinder capacity is above 1500cc the rate of Customs duty is 40%.

How Zimra calculates Duty for imported private vehicles

Written by ZIMRA

The duty to be paid on importation of motor vehicles into Zimbabwe is based on the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value plus other incidental charges and expenses incurred in the purchase of the vehicle and its subsequent transportation up to the first point of entry into Zimbabwe.

This CIF value and the other charges constitute what is known as the Value for Duty Purposes (VDP). Such other charges include, inter alia, and where applicable:
• Port handling charges, e.g. at Durban Port, Walvis Bay, Beira, Dar es Salaam;
• Storage charges; and
• Any other special handling fees, if not already included in the CIF Value.

The charges that are levied include Customs duty, Surtax and Value Added Tax (VAT). Surtax is only charged on passenger type motor vehicles that are more than five (5) years old at the time of importation. Please note that both Customs duty and Surtax (where applicable) are calculated on the Value for Duty Purposes (VDP). VAT is calculated on the total of VDP plus the calculated Customs duty payable. This value is known as the Value for Tax Purposes (VTP).

**NB: The rate of Customs duty on double cabs is 40% despite the payload. The rate of Customs duty for a Sedan/Station wagon is 25% if the cylinder capacity does not exceed 1500cc. If the cylinder capacity is above 1500cc the rate of Customs duty is 40%.

 

Below is a table showing examples of how to calculate duty payable on the most commonly imported motor vehicles using arbitrary CIF values:

**NB: All values are in USD

 

 

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More examples of how to calculate duty payable on the most commonly imported motor vehicles using arbitrary CIF values:

 

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A South African woman strips naked and caresses Nelson Mandela…

A woman caused a commotion when she undressed and car3ssed the statue of former president South africa Nelson Mandela in Sandton.

The Star newspaper reported that he woman was said to have walked around Nelson Mandela Square before undressing herself in full view of the public on Monday afternoon. The spectacle caused those working in nearby restaurants to get their orders wrong and one man was hit on the head by his wife for getting up for a closer look.

Social media was abuzz with people trying to find out who she was.

The woman

The woman

Some people were however not amused by the stunt.

Many called her actions distasteful and commented on whether her body was good enough to be shown in public.

Khotso Tladi, a chef at Baglios said: “She didn’t have a nice body, everything was saggy and she had hair. Afroman was better.”

Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square regional marketing manager Megan Meas told the paper that they were aware of the incident.

“This was an unauthorised incident conducted by a private citizen in her personal capacity on our property,” she said.

The woman was not charged and her whereabouts are unknown.

Article Source: Sapa

 

Sudanese Woman Condemned to Hang Flies to Italy: Report

A woman sentenced to death for marrying a Christian has flown to Italy, according to a report from the BBC.

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Meriem Ibrahim, 27, was sentenced to be flogged and hanged to death in Sudan for marrying a Christian and converting from the Muslim faith to Christianity. Ibrahim’s story drew outrage from people across the globe as her story went viral on social media under the “#savemeriam” hashtag and world leaders condemned the harsh sentence.

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Ibrahim, who was raised by her Christian mother, was eight months pregnant at the time of her sentence and has since given birth.

Ibrahim and her family flew on an Italian government plane, accompanied by Italian minister Lapo Pistelli, the BBC reports. Pistelli posted a photo to Facebook showing the group with the caption, “With Miriam, Maya, Martin and Daniel, in a few minutes of Rome. Mission accomplished.”

The “1 percent” are richer than you thought

The rich keep getting richer, and that apparently holds true when it comes to estimates of their wealth.

While the top 1 percent of U.S. earners had been thought to control 30 percent of the country’s total wealth, it turns out that might be a lowball estimate, according to a new working paper from a European Central Bank senior economist.

There may be a problem with that 30 percent figure, given that wealthier households are less likely to respond to surveys about their assets than lower-income families, writes economist Philip Vermeulen. By using data from Forbes’ billionaires lists in a new analysis, he estimates that share of wealth controlled by America’s top 1 percent is between 35 percent and 37 percent.

“Our knowledge of the wealth distribution is less than perfect,” Vermeulen wrote. “Our results clearly indicate that survey wealthy estimates are very likely to underestimate wealth at the top.”

An accurate grasp of the wealth distribution is important for both economic research and policy makers, given that it helps calibrate macroeconomic models and guides fiscal policy, he added.

The paper, which reflects the view of the author and doesn’t represent the views of the ECB, found wealth estimates for the top 1 percent in other countries also undercounted their assets.

In the Netherlands, for instance, the top 1 percent of earners are estimated to control 26 percent of the country’s wealth, but Vermeulen’s analysis boosted that to 28 percent to 35 percent.

The gap between rich and poor has reached “spectacular” heights in the U.S., bestselling economist Thomas Piketty told CBS MoneyWatch last month. The thesis of his “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” holds that the rate of return on capital, such as real estate, is outpacing the rate of economic growth, leading to wealth inequalities that are likely to continue.

Amid growing concern over rising wealth inequality, the Obama administration is championing a hike to the minimum wage, seeking to raise it to $10.10 an hour. For his part, Piketty has proposed remedies such as a global tax on wealth. (Vermeulen doesn’t include recommendations in his paper.)

Previous research has found that America’s income inequality is on the rise. The top 1 percent of Americans now takes home one-fifth of all pre-tax income, or more than double their share in 1980, according to report earlier this year from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. That report found that the level of income inequality is much worse than in other countries.

The richest Americans hold a far greater share of the country’s wealth than the richest citizens in nine other countries, according to Vermeulen’s research. The next two countries where the richest residents hold the biggest share of the pie were Austria, with 33 percent to 36 percent, and Germany, with 32 percent to 33 percent of wealth share.

Floyd Mayweather Admits He Had Sex With T.I.’s Wife: Did That Cause The Brawl?

Wait, what? The boxer allegedly admitted he had sex with T.I.’s wife, Tiny, at a press conference on July 18. Could that have been the main reason for Floyd and T.I.’s brawl on May 25?

Floyd Mayweather Jr., 37, just reignited his intense T.I., 33, feud with his shocking confession on July 18. The boxer admitted that he had sex with T.I.’s wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, at a press conference promoting his upcoming fight with Marcos Maidana. Did Floyd’s alleged indiscretion with Tiny cause the major brawl between Floyd and T.I.?

Floyd Mayweather Admits He Had Sex With T.I.’s Wife

If you thought things were simmering down in the Floyd Mayweather and T.I. feud, think again. Floyd make a jaw-dropping confession at a press conference on July 18.

When asked about T.I., Floyd replied, “I f***ed the bitch.”

His shocking claim didn’t end there. He went on to say, “I was f***king his b**ch.”
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Now that’s something we didn’t expect to hear at his press conference. This stunning confession comes nearly two months after Floyd and T.I. got into a intense brawl in Las Vegas on May 25. T.I. swung at Floyd first and the two erupted into a full-on fight.

It was suspected that the reason T.I. punched Floyd was after Tiny had posted an Instagram photo with Floyd’s daugher, Iyanna Mayweather. Rumors started swirling about Floyd and Tiny after Floyd yelled  “control your b**ch motherf***er” during the fight.
Floyd Mayweather: Did He Really Have Sex With T.I.’s Wife?

While it was reported that Floyd considered T.I. a friend and didn’t have any interest in Tiny, his words and actions say otherwise.

First, his reveal at the press conference definitely calls the true reason behind the brawl into question. Then, Floyd tried to catch Tiny’s attention at the BET Awards on June 29. However, Tiny completely ignored him, according to a video obtained by TMZ.

Well, it looks like this feud is far from over. Could Floyd just be blowing smoke to start something with T.I.? Or did he really have sex with Tiny, which was the cause of the Vegas fight between Floyd and T.I.?

UPDATE: Floyd has denied saying that he admitted to sleeping with T.I.’s wife. He posted a message on Instagram on July 19.

“At the press conference, I said “… he thinks I was f*cking his b*tch”. I DID NOT say “… I was f*cking his b*tch”. I’ve never been with Tiny sexually. I respect her situation and I thinks she’s a good person. I would never disrespect a marriage. #Mayhem on September 13th.”

HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Floyd’s shocking confession? Do you really think he had sex with T.I.’s wife? What do you think about his recent Instagram post? Let us know!

Story by – Avery Thompson