TSVANGIRAI IN $187K ‘FRAUD’…Gweru mayor, town clerk arrested

Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai

Munyaradzi Musiiwa/Elizabeth Tsuro Midlands Reporters—
GWERU mayor Hamutendi Kombayi and Town Clerk Daniel Matawu have been arrested for the alleged theft of $187,500 —part of which was used to pay for MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s stay in a Gweru hotel last year. Midlands police say Kombayi and Matawu caused the transfer of the money to pay Antelope Park and Regency Hotel Fairmile on March 5 last year.

Tsvangirai was in Gweru on that day, meeting street vendors and threatening mass demonstrations against the Zanu-PF government. Claiming the economy was “dead”, he added: “We’ve the capacity to mobilise and there’s no doubt that we’ve the capacity to exploit the current state of affairs.”

Police now say after his street show, Tsvangirai — whose party is broke — and his entourage treated themselves to leisure activities at Antelope Park, on the outskirts of Gweru, where visitors can walk with lions. When night fell, the MDC-T leader and his team — according to police — were accommodated at the Regency Hotel Fairmile, running up a massive bill.

Kombayi and Matawu — whose council was failing and is still struggling to pay its employees and deliver social services —allegedly picked up Tsvangirai’s bills using ratepayers’ money. The suspicious payments were uncovered by auditors sent in by Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who reacted to crippling strikes by unpaid council workers.

The minister, on the strength of the audit findings, later suspended Kombayi and 11 councillors.

Acting Midlands police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende told The Chronicle last night: “I can confirm that we’ve arrested suspended Gweru Mayor Hamutendi Kombayi and Town Clerk Daniel Matawu this afternoon. We’re preferring charges of theft, fraud and criminal abuse of office against the two.

“These allegations arose from a special audit that was carried at the council. I will furnish you with further details once investigations are completed. The two are still in police custody assisting with investigations. They will appear in court soon.”

Last night, Tsvangirai’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka said he needed more time to look into the claims, promising to give the former Prime Minister’s reaction today.

Kombayi and Matawu recently had their suspensions lifted by the Bulawayo High Court, which ruled that the Local Government Minister had no powers to suspend councillors.

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  • Ndaneta

    ko vanoita armtwist penniless parastatals to foot their lavish jamborees? and that’s public knowledge………surely there are laws for ‘us’ and for ‘them’

    • Abel Ntakana

      Mujuru “the vodooist” is alleged to have accepted 30 000 ltrs of fuel from ailing Zisco for use in her campaign when she was VP.

      • vusumuzi

        and not forget the Vic Falls bashes the Rulers always host , even using the broke NRZ trains to ferry “delegates”.

  • Abel Ntakana

    Not possible for Tsvangirai and his entourage to spend all that money in one day. The article is meant to cast a bad shadow on MDC. Can we have the actual figure spent on the trip as opposed to creating an an impression that all the money was spent in one day. I am sure less that $10k can be attributed to hosting the MDC entourage and the balance could be council wasteful spending on other issues. Poor service in council is entirely attributed to Chombo’s debt relief. Surely if people are encouraged not to pay by the government it affects service delivery. The police should arrest Chompo instead.

    • s

      true abel, they just dont know how to get the ghost of tsvangirai out of their way. he is still a thorn in the flesh for them although they say he is now in the political wilderness. come on editor tsvangirai is not your problem anymore. our problems are with zanu. no matter how much you have told us it is a good party, the fruits we see dont match that. so please start telling us the truth.

    • MakhosiXamu

      An MDC-T apologist with no shame.

      • Abel Ntakana

        Xamu kodwa nxa ukhangele uTsvangirai labosowabo angayiqeda yonke leyo mali ngelanga elilodwa? Let’s engage our minds fully and not let predispositions confuse us. I am being impartial on this issue as I support no one in Zimbabwe politics at the moment.

  • Concerned Citizen of Zimbabwe

    The person that needs to be arrested is Mr Mugabe for wasting taxpayers money on a trip to India, now he is saying it was part of his look east policy that has so far yielded no results instead the Chinese to us for a ride in Marange Diamonds mine. Zimbabweans are dying of hunger yet they keep following MDC T 36 years of country destruction you now come tell us UTHUVI thinking we will believe you. If Tswangirai is involved why not arrest him and stop telling us amanyala lana. I am glad God has answered our prayers there is Rain in some parts of the country. Mugabe is a destroyer period. We hate him with passion.

    • MakhosiXamu

      Tsvangirai the womaniser should not be arrested because he loves the Pink thugs of Europe. The MDC-T razed Chitungwiza to the ground and their need no arresting. Mujuru has been getting 10% of all Sales from Diamond and other mining companies and fuel from Zisco for her machinations- now this Concerned Citizen of Zimbabwe being a lunatic assumes that corruption is only Zanu(PF) related. Abanye abantu bale nhloko ezifileyo, shame. “WE” – after the fools having engaged in stupid discussions come to this platform and post delusional deductions.

      • MaGumede

        You are just dreaming. Where is the 15 billion in diamond revenue. Your masters started the looting so they should be prosecuted first. Lawe mister if you stole sizakhu bhamba eventually. In this case no bad deed will go unpunished. It is only a matter of time when we put the bracelets on you and your thieving comrades.

        • MakhosiXamu

          My dreams are better than yours. 15 billion ?. These are mere allegations coming from drunken lunatic. MT has been a thief since time immemorial. $187m being spent on MT and his women. Maybe you are one of MT’s concubines who benefited from the loot.

          • MaGumede

            Your insults don’t bother me. I think your mother might of been one of his concubines? Is that why you hate him? Because he did not claim you? You mother should have saved herself for marriage instead just dropping ibulgwe at the sight of money.

          • MakhosiXamu

            kikikikikiikiiiiiiiii. Your insults do not bother me either. Akula nto emangalisayo ngawe.

          • MaGumede

            Tell your mother to keep her pants on next time. We proper Africans pride ourselves on that. Especially us from my clan.

          • MakhosiXamu

            Izifeba zitholakala every where. Prostitution knows no tribe or race. Maybe abantwana olabo waba dhobha ezitaladeni.

          • MaGumede

            Mine are mine but yours are MT’s grandchildren.

      • Lunga

        Pigs droppings for brains..

        • MakhosiXamu

          You have lost sanity already. Kikikikikiikikiiiiiiiii

  • mtakamgabe

    lingazobheda la ukhulu spends far and worse more than that so chronicle if u hav run out of stories just write a post and say: NO HEADLINE TODAY) Bastards leave MDC leader alone and tell the pple how much khulu spent and is pending how much much is the country losing just because he is still alive.IRRITATED.

    • MakhosiXamu

      Tsvangirai took the money without authority. hatshi ubusela – the money used belonged to the Gweru residents. Nxa ugula ingqondo hambe eNgutsheni, period. Ngoba your MT being ubafazini as we know him used the money emathangazini abafazi, how shameful.

      • Lunga

        S**t for brains

      • Mtakamgabe

        uyimbuzi yomuntu wena yazi
        so uvumelana le headline engelanqodo we dnt care about peanuts spent by MT but abt millions spent by imbuzi engumgabe

        • MakhosiXamu

          Wenake uyini?. Igwababa elingela nhloni umuntu owadliswa ngama Bhunu njalo edonswa ngamakhala sanja. Tsvangirai stole over $3miliion from the RBZ , Biti knows it all. Now he has gone a gear up steals from Gweru Residents. His guys destroyed Chitungwiza. This is what has emerged, imagine what we don’t know. UTsvangirai ngumgaxa , inja engela boya , shame. If someone can behavior like this out of Govt…….eeeeeeheeee… pho nxa angabusa ……… lutsheko lodwa esizalubona.

  • MakhosiXamu

    Even the Daily lies uses old photos- kanti ulilema na?.

    • MaGumede

      Sukha lapha wena khanka. You are the daily lies. Daily you defend thieves. Why have you never criticized abo Chombo and co. Uyisisebenzi se Zanu so you sing for your supper.

      • MakhosiXamu

        Why are you always supporting uMT. He is just a thief like the ones you hate. Wena uyisisebenza sama Brishity – slaves and their masters.

        • MaGumede

          I don’t support anybody. Every time you on the retreat you mention the British. I am going to put you straight right now you silly boy. My father was a Zipra combatant and I was born in Zambia and was there as a child when the Rhodesians bombed. That does not mean to say that I am blindly go to agree with thieves because of my back round. My father died a sad man because of what he saw around him after the war. I will never stop until I see some thieves behind bars. Wena and your stupid British that you keep going on about. Uli lema. The funny thing I know exactly who you are you coward.

          • MakhosiXamu

            A daughter of a murderer – here by called a war veteran. Your father’s participation in the war is no mandate to bully others into your hogwash ideologies. Abantu nje did alot of good during the war as compared to your father who carried a gun. Many ordinary Zimbos lost clothes/cattle/lives supporting your father and his friends. Nobody forced your father to go to war. He did on his own accord. ungabo hlanya so early today.

          • MaGumede

            Wenakhe what have you done besides sing for your supper. If my father is a Mudererer and then you have just accused all those that fought in the liberation war murderers. It also stand to reason that if that is so and then you are bitter about those British people you think that my father murdered. Which is it GWALA. Come out and tell us.Are War vets murderers?

          • MakhosiXamu

            Yes they are. There is nothing special about war vets. No war vet could have succeed without the masses, period. Ukuthwala izikhali does not make them extra ordinary beings.

          • MaGumede

            Just because you ran away from the war. You did not even carry.

          • MakhosiXamu

            I was toooooooo young to be of any use to the Zipra/Zanla/ RF.

          • MaGumede

            You could have “carried” come on you just ducked and dived. Tell the truth.

          • Dudhuza (Ex Zipra)

            What you have just uttered is very disrespectful of all those who fell to regain this country. If you have any handlers with in your Party they would do well to make you Zip your mouth. You have been warned.

        • Lunga

          Kaka brains

  • DM

    At the end of it all, its the people who suffer. The same people who elected them into office. Somebody should answer to this. They is nobody bigger than the law.

    • MaGumede

      Somebody should answer for all the plunder that has been happening in this country. This is like a tear in the ocean compared to what Zanu pf members have done and continue to do. Tell us about the aborted Indian issue that Charamba is trying to say was fruit full after the press blundered and released the facts. At the end of the day the people have already suffered because of the looting that has happened in the past 36 years.

      • MakhosiXamu

        What suffering ?. You are sick in the head- an MDC-T followers who has a dead brain. This was an official visit and therefore no looting claims will hold water here.

        • MaGumede

          110% CORRECT. Legalized theft.

          • MakhosiXamu

            All things are done at law. Anything done outside the law is theft.

          • MaGumede

            You are a liar. Was it lawful for Mujuru to plunder when she was Zanu and suddenly it is no longer lawful because she left? You brains are are like scrambled eggs.

          • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

            MaGumede & MakhosiXamu please Spare us the Bullcrap. Stop behaving like huts on fire and show us some bit of maturity and respect.

          • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

            MaGumede & MakhosiXamu please Spare us the Bullcrap. Stop behaving like huts on fire and show us some bit of maturity and respect..

        • Lunga

          You have s**** for brains!

          • MakhosiXamu

            Thanks . I will take that as a compliment.

          • Lunga

            Good!!go f*** yourself

      • Lunga

        Thank you! !well said mate

  • blarazonke

    They could have used the money to upgrade the Gwenhoro water pumping station so that residence have a good supply of clean water. Now like ZANU pf, they abuse public funds for private trips and fun by their top honchos and their small houses. Nxaaaa..

    • MakhosiXamu

      I do agree. Corruption should not be condoned by anybody , be it by those in Govt. or outside it. When we view corruption through alliances it becomes a shameful act. Those who side with MT are doing as justification for their leaders’ wayward behaviour.

      • MaGumede

        You are going to get locked up. Now you are agreeing with Blarazonke that Zanu is also corrupt? You are a confused little boy. First you call War vets murderers now this? You are history.

        • MakhosiXamu

          …locked up ?. By who?.

          • MaGumede

            Your own will lock you up. Your mouth is getting loose. When they finished with you those that take over will do lock part 2. It is only a matter of time.

          • MakhosiXamu

            Eccentric views and wild imaginations including lies is acceptable constitutional – yours are no exception.

          • MaGumede

            That is what you might call them knowing you. But then again look how many that thought they were untouchable are now reeling and punch drunk after they were bitten by their own pet snake. You are one of those. Mark my words. What goes around comes around.

  • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

    MaGumede & MakhosiXamu please Spare us the Bullcrap. Stop behaving like huts on fire and show us some bit of maturity and respect.!!

    • MaGumede

      If that’s what you want why don’t you watch your language. What sort of respect do you display when you swear all the time and change your name like you change your socks. Stay out of this little boy.

      • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

        When I said stop behaving like a hut on fire I was being respectful and mature. Now that you’ve called me a little boy I’ll be direct and to the point like a little boy.

        Stop being angry as this is a sure sign of someone venting all her sexual frustrations on this forum, no one cares about your sexual deprivations and sexual deficiencies. Get yourself a man to be hammering on that “Punani”, that is if you don’t already have one. If you do have one, tell the sorry excuse of a man to improve his skills and stop walking around dangling his hairy balls for nothing. If all this doesn’t help, cheat on the fellow and have yourself hammered elsewhere.

        Mxxxxn, Deprived woman suffering from a serious case of sexual deficiency, busy thinking and hoping to ease her frustrations by ruffling people on the forum.

      • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

        I’m sorry about my words, everything that I said

  • MakhosiXamu

    You are a funny guy whose mental faculties have gone to the dogs. I will engage anybody , women or men. You are belittling women. Abafazi can not compete against men on societal or political matters?. Why?. You look down upon women using isiNtu , shame. Akula nto enjalo eMaNdebeleni. The constitution allows women to participate on equal terms with men. You are just a dated fellow whose view of women is so sickening. You treat women as sexual objects for the pleasure of men. mgodoyi.

    • MaGumede

      Funny you should be the one to say that. You are a male chauvinistic pig. If you think it is al right for you to say to me maybe I am MT’s concubine then you need your head read. Zuze I have a lot of respect for.

    • Zuze

      Jotham Ulilema. My mother is the one that was instrumental in making me what I am today. I have the utmost respect for women. I have however been taught even by my Dad not to insult and belittle women. MaGumede engaged you in a discussion and then you say she is a concubine? Ulilema Ndoda. She has bigger b**ls than you by far if you catch my drift.

    • vusumuzi

      are you still side-tracking people on discussions here ? something missing – izinhlamba zakho. woza nazo !!!. If MT looted/stole , what about iyihlo okhetha ukumfela instead of dying for Zimbabwe????

  • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

    Sexually starved woman leave me alone or worse still go and gently rub yourself down there. I’m sure that is bound to be more pleasurable and fulfilling than trying to have me started. Desist from what you are doing, you’ve been warned. Don’t get me started.

    • Dr Fayke PHD

      I thought you said that you regretted your past behaviour but it seems that you just deceive us and your true character is just this. If you think that this is funny using such language on an open forum like this then I pity you. Shame.

      • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

        I regret every word that I threw at MaGumede, but I can’t stand and watch someone verbally assaulting me. Not with me, I was taught to fight and defend myself. I will defend myself against anyone, you included. So if you see this as a perfect opportunity to spit all your frustrations against me that you’ve been harbouring all along. Please do so at your own PERIL.
        And never say you were not warned, this I’m reminding you!!

        • Dr Fayke PHD

          You know as well as I do I am not afraid of you. All I am saying is you go on about respect this respect that build our country and what do you do? Use profane language. What makes you think there are no kids that grace this platform?

          • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

            In life it’s not always that you do things that you enjoy doing. At times you’re pushed to the edge and in retaliation you can hit below the belt. “Iron Mike” delved into “Evander’s” ear and tore it to shreds when he was put under pressure.

          • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

            I will ignore that “I am not afraid of you”, nonsense. Your deliberate and desperate means of making me furious won’t work. I think you enjoy my rantings when I’m pissed off.

          • Dr Fayke PHD

            Not at all. I rather started enjoying your sensible debate. I’m not so sure now.

          • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

            Then tell that MaGumede senseless woman not to get me started. Actually I’m trying by all means to withhold what’s boiling inside of me. How could she say “little boy who’s mother never taught him better MAIROS”, no one talks about my mother like that. Who is she to talk about my mom. Does she know my mom. I will verbally tear apart that woman.

            Yo nahh one dares mention muh mother in a mad stupid senseless discussion. What so special ’boutMaGumede !!

          • Dr Fayke PHD

            I cannot tell her anything. The way she handled her self when she ripped Jotham apart tells me she is a tough lady. Seems to me she has achieved the same result with you. I doubt she’ll be bothered by anything you say. You see people know what they are and if you call a lady a w*ore and she knows she is not why would it bother her unless you were face to face. I liked Zuze’s attitude when he said to Dungeni “what you going to do? Hit me with your keyboard?” kikikikikikikikiki

  • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

    MakhosiXamu, grow up and be a mature person. If it wasn’t for your immaturity with MaGumede, I wouldn’t have said what I’ve said to MaGumede. You two have robbed me of my peace. I will keep quiet and maintain my peace.

  • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

    “little boy who’s mother never taught him better MAIROS”.
    No one talks about my mother, do you understand, I SAID NO ONE MENTIONS MY MOTHER!!!.

  • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

    Neither will I also respect a deprived woman, whose needs the husband has no time for.

    Please don’t make me tear apart your already tattered undergarments to reveal, that which is noticeably odorous and in dire need of being washed and vigorously occupied.

    • Dr Fayke PHD

      KiKiKi she won’t answer you.She most probably won’t even read your comment.

      • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

        kikikikiki, so what’s so amusing about my comment if I may ask. You’re enjoying seeing someone being teared apart by wild vicious words. That’s what I do, when I’m pushed.

        Not that I’m priding myself in this, no. I’m hurt more than she is by what I told her.

        • Dr Fayke PHD

          I actually thought you would be happy to see someone eating up Jotham but my friend what do you do? You disturb her meal. When someone is eating leave them to eat.

          • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

            I sincerely regret my behaviour my brother. I don’t know what happens to me at times. At times I may just be overcome by this anger and start writing nonsense, aimed at innocent people.

  • Dr Fayke PHD

    Relax my brother. She’s got you in knots. Take a walk outside and take a few deep breathes.

    • Inside the walls of Bangladesh

      It’s all thanks to you that I’m beginning to clam down. Kind of remind me of that “Hulk” character who would transform into a muscular beast when provoked but will be a normal person when he’s at peace.

      But then again why are you quick to speak for her and defend her??

      • Dr Fayke PHD

        I don’t defend her. I just admire anyone that can make Jotham dive under the rock he crawled out from.

  • Mahlaeya

    Did Morgan instruct Kombayi and colleague to foot his bill using council money? Where/how does Morgan get into council finances?

  • highly skilled in observation

    who are you, yes you who is typing at this hour

  • Nkosinathi

    Zimbabwe has scam leaders exploiting the mass. We should have reconciled with Britain instead of being black racists which accept killing another tribe was an act of madness

  • Nkosinathi

    In Africa and among us black Africans they has been no intellectual revolution. The industrial belt of Bulawayo is lying cold and dead now being converted into pentacostal money churches making schemes. How intelligent is my race? I put my head on the block let me be crucified but I forgive you all in advance. Unless we black people refuse to accept bad leadership who are tribal and racist we are all dead intelligently. Bulawayo railway network is a belt of scrap yard. In Mathebeleland we fought Smith and reconciled thinking we will join hands not to be black racist that accept dictatorship and the death of our city as it is today.

  • the condemned

    mbavha dzemugweru