A Zimbabwean man identified as Mr Davies Chitagu is currently nursing his wounds after his temperamental wife poured hot water on him for failing to pick her from church.
Mr Davies Chitagu reportedly returned home around 10pm and and his wife picked up a fight with him not picking her up earlier in the morning. After the argument, he went to bed only to be bathed with hot water by his wife.
A family member told Chronicle that the lady ignored her husband’s plea while pouring the hot water on him.
“When she feared that he would die on their matrimonial bed, she helped him into their car and went to dump him at a surgery in the city before telling his relatives that he was in hospital,” the family source said.
It was learnt that a police report had to be made before Mr Chitagu could be treated.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident and he said an investigation has already been launched.
“I can confirm that we are dealing with a case of domestic violence where a woman scalded her husband with boiling water following a domestic dispute. Further investigations into the matter are underway,” said Inspector Ncube.
Mr Chitagu has since been discharged from the hospital but still has bandages on almost all parts of the body
On 16 August 2019, Zimbabwe police cracked down on protestors who had thronged to the streets of Harare to demonstrate against deteriorating state of affairs. The demonstrations had been called by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change led by advocate Nelson Chamisa. Scores of protestors, including women and girls, were left nursing wounds. We present below some photos showing police’s unrestrained force on women.
In a bid to defend its fledgeling new currency against black market speculation, Zimbabwe‘s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has outlawed the use of the US dollar and a host of other foreign currencies in local transactions.
In 2009, Zimbabwe allowed the US dollar and other foreign currencies to be used as legal tender in the country after hyperinflation decimated the value of the Zimbabwean dollar.
Earlier this year, to pave the way towards ending so-called “dollarisation”, the country laid the foundations for a new Zimbabwean dollar by introducing an interim currency, the Real Time Gross Settlement dollar (RTGS) or “zollar”.
But since its launch in February, the RTGS has struggled amid black market speculation that has seen its value slide sharply against the US dollar.
Monday’s government decree values the RTGS at par with the Zimbabwe dollar and mandates it be used as the country’s sole legal tender for local transactions with immediate effect.
“The British pound, United States dollar, South African rand, Botswana pula and any other foreign currency whatsoever shall no longer be legal tender alongside the Zimbabwe dollar in any transactions in Zimbabwe,” read the decree.
But some believe the measure will not arrest the decline of the RTGS.
“I think its ridiculous measure,” said Eddie Cross, an economist and founding member of the Movement for Democratic Change, the main opposition party in Zimbabwe.
“The exchange rate will run and this is completely out of sync. For heaven’s sake, this is economic sabotage. I hope people will not go on the street tomorrow. This is just catastrophic,” Cross told Al Jazeera.
Independent economist Victor Bhoroma said businesses with debts denominated in foreign currencies could see the cost of servicing those obligations soar.
“It means that all debts contracted in USD are now payable in the local currency,” Bhoromoa told Al Jazeera.” All products and services that were being indexed in USD (ie, insurance and property) since it was legal tender will now be indexed in local Zimbabwean dollar.”
Bhoroma warned that this could trigger a spate of defaults and litigation against both businesses and the government. He added that businesses are unlikely to use the official exchange rate to price their products, “which negatively impact supply as producers adopt a wait and see attitude”.
Since taking over as finance minister, Ncube has hinted at currency reforms and the introduction of a full-fledged currency.
Monday’s decree is believed to be part of those reform efforts. But some economists are sceptical whether it can stop the country from gravitating back towards foreign currencies.
“Definitely, it is an attempt to stop redollarisation,” said Bhoromoa. “However dollarisation has many levels. Zimbabwe will still be in de-facto dollarisation as long as inflation levels for the Zimbabwean dollar are very high and in the absence of confidence in government institutions.”
A 33-year-old Zimbabwean cameraman and producer was shot and killed in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain, in the Western Cape on Wednesday night.
Ray Ceeh was reportedly dropping off colleagues who had been shooting a music video with him.
Ceeh moved to SA from Zimbabwe several years ago and was a former employee of Muslim praise television channel Deen TV.
“He was the life of our office and brought smiles to the faces of many. He was determined and a hard worker. He always wanted to be someone in life, and his life was unfortunately cut short,” said Deen TV CEO Fayzel Sayed.
“He came to SA from Zimbabwe as a very talented person,” he said. “He always wanted to help his mother. He produced music, he sang very well.
“I haven’t been able to work all morning, we are all shattered by the news.”
Sayed said that Ceeh’s death was “unjustified”.
“There is no justification,” he said. “He saw SA as an outlet for him to be somebody and make a future here … it’s a disgrace that his life was taken here.”
“He was not a gangster, I promise you that,” he said. “He wasn’t going to attack anyone, he didn’t have it in him.”
No arrests have been made.
“A case of murder has been opened following a shooting incident last night about 22.43pm in Maartbloom Street, Lentegeur, where a 33-year-old man was shot and fatally wounded,” said police spokesperson Siyabulela Malo.
“Lentegeur SAPS members responded to a complaint and upon their arrival noticed a white vehicle that had driven into the wall at the mentioned address,” he said.
“It is apparent that the victim was about to drop passengers in the area when three unknown men approach his vehicle and fired one shot to his neck and he totally lost control of his vehicle,” he said.
“Police are following up on leads in order to bring the perpetrators to book,” he said.
Ceeh wrote and produced his own music, and released his first video this year.
Heart Entertainment Magazine published his video, and wrote that he “his vision is to speak through his music and impact change in the communities and society we live in”.
“Ray Ceeh started his career in a gospel recording outfit Solid Praise and rubbed shoulders with a lot of Zimbabwe-based musicians,” they said.
“Based in South Africa, Ray Ceeh started with video filming and producing several music videos and TV shows before embarking on a solo music career.”
“His latest single Keep on Fighting, also available on iTunes and all online distribution platforms, has a message that stands on staying strong in life and not giving up.”
He also produced his own Instagram podcast, The Ray Show, with many commenting on his latest upload with messages of condolence.
A bit over a year ago my one-year-old daughter threw up all over both of us on a bus from London to Oxford.
We made a dripping, crying, unscheduled exit from the coach on the fringes of the university city, smelling strongly of banana puke. Passengers stared in unsympathetic horror as the bus pulled away for what would be a foul last stretch into town.
And I looked up and saw an enormous shark crashing into someone’s house. But, frankly, at that point I had other things to worry about.
Life went on. It lurked beneath the surface of my memory, this 8-metre-long shark smashing through a suburban home’s roof.
Then, the other day, in my Twitter feed came this: “Bill Heine, the man who in 1986 stuck a giant shark on the roof of his terraced house in Oxford, has died.”
And there was a picture of my spew shark, in all its spectacular enormity.
This ordinary, semi-detached house belonged to Heine, an American who studied law at Balliol, ran an independent cinema and presented on Radio Oxford.
The sculpture is by John Buckley, who explained its inspiration on his website: “[In] Spring 1986 planes were taking off from [an RAF base in nearby] Upper Heyford dropping their load from the clear blue sky on Libya,” Buckley wrote.
“Our fears and vulnerabilities come this time from above.”
And so the £10,000 fibreglass sculpture Untitled 1986 was installed, witnessed by a small gathering of friends, neighbours, press, and a concerned council inspector, on the 41st anniversary of the dropping of the atom bomb on Nagasaki.
Heine said the artwork was meant “to express someone feeling totally impotent and ripping a hole in their roof out of … anger and desperation. It is saying something about CND [nuclear disarmament], nuclear power, Chernobyl and Nagasaki”.
He had bought the house the day American bombs fell on Tripoli, and weeks before the Chernobyl meltdown.
“In both cases, ordinary houses that appeared safe and secure came under attack”, a council official later wrote.
“[Heine] wanted to ask people to look at just how safe they were, how isolated, how connected to each other … he wanted to encourage people to look at their hopes and fears.”
Heine’s son also reported his father wanted to “put up two fingers to bureaucracy and stand up for creativity”.
The local council hated it. First they sent engineers to check if it was safe (it was). They then ruled it in breach of planning laws and offered to put it in the local swimming pool.
Heine appealed all the way to Environment minister Michael Heseltine. The appeal rested largely on how dull Headington was, and explored the meaning and nature of art, taste and aesthetics, as you’d hope in an Oxford planning application.
It also cited precedent: a 1975 proposal to construct a 140m-high pyramid on Christ Church Meadow in the city centre. This was a construction that would have taken 3000 second-year undergraduates 24 years to build and required the Thames and Cherwell Rivers to be “frozen” for seven years. That application was refused.
The Secretary of State’s ruling, written on his behalf by a Miss A Gerry, is a masterpiece.
“[The] intention to shock people is irrelevant as far as planning issues are concerned,” she pointed out, going on to consider whether the shark’s “incongruity and lack of harmony” had harmed the visual amenity of the street.
“One must look at the relationship of the shark to the house,” Gerry said (tongue almost certainly in her cheek). “In the Secretary of State’s view, even though the shark is large, prominent and out of character with both the building and its surroundings, it is not gravely detrimental to visual amenity in this particular location.”
Quite the burn for poor old Headington.
But in the long run, of course, locals embraced the shark and its owner, an eccentric but lovable figure.
County and city councillor Roz Smith, who briefly lived opposite the shark and knew Heine for 20 years, said he was a “character” who would not be forgotten – not only for the shark but for his incisive journalistic skills on radio, and in his final years, chronicling his leukaemia in the local newspaper.
“He was a true one-off,” Smith said.
“He was witty, friendly and brilliant. It’s not going to be the same without him.”