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Muckem Online Bookstore, a Timely Gift to Zimbabwean Authors and Book Lovers

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A recently launched online book store by a local SME, Muckem Investments, is set to create opportunities for local writers who were finding it difficult to upload and sell their books on some international online book shops.

It is also meant to bring convenience to book worms, book lovers and many other stakeholders in the world of literature who would want to use technology for various personal reasons including buying books from their favourite local authors.

An initiative by Donald Chada, the company’s CEO and his team, www.muckem.com, the book store is part of a larger online supermarket where people can sell any other products that are traditionally sold in brick and mortar shops.

Chada said that his company sought to bring a local touch and context to the online shopping business which is dominated by big corporations like Amazon.

With the Fourth industrial Revolution (4IR) taking over the world, technological advancements such online bookshops are a timely gift for people in Zimbabwe, especially local writers who can also use the platform to sell their books to people all over the world.

In spite of operational challenges such as a depressed economy, lack of tangible government support on entrepreneurship and an unstable foreign currency exchange rate, Chada also revealed that despite the lack of tertiary education, his team, with confidence, focus and creativity have managed to launch and start operations on an online shop.

zwnews24’s Brian Kazungu had an interview with Donald Chada to find out more about the Muckem online shop and bookstore.

zwnews24: Would you briefly describe the background, including ownership, nature and business mandate of Muckem and shed more light on your online book store project?

Muckem: Muckem Investments is a marketing and branding company located in the city of Kwekwe here in Zimbabwe. It was established in 2018, with four (4) directors namely: Donald Chada (CEO), Jealous Mudyanadzo (Finance Director), Wayne Mpisi (IT Director) and Bernard Marangwanda (Projects Director),

We have so far managed to successfully launch an online shop which is subdivided into two, with one section catering for all other goods and another operating as an online bookshop.

The team came up with the bookshop in order to promote literature and also provide writers with an avenue to earn a living. Quite a number of writers have already submitted their books, with titles such as Abortion Has Consequences, Dare, Dancing With The Wolf etc. now already on our bookstore.

zwnews24: In a market dominated by giants such as Amazon etc, what is the main motivation and major push for you to engage in this business?

Muckem: Businesses like Amazon are the ones who actually make it possible for us to believe that we can also do it. If you look at it, there is a great need for online stores especially that operate with a local touch. We also realised that even though we might have other online marketers and sellers, they are not really measuring up to market demands. As such, we saw that we have the capacity to chip in and participate towards helping in satisfying the needs and wants of our target market.

zwnews24: What services are you offering to both authors and book lovers on your bookstore? Would you describe what each of these services is all about and the intended benefit of each of these to your targeted and actual clients?

Muckem: To authors, we believe they want exposure and a platform to sell their creative work, as such; we are giving them exactly that. We are giving them an opportunity to market and sell their books even outside of the country to places like America, Dubai etc.

To readers and all other book lovers, we are bringing the bookshop into their homes, as long as they have internet access, and thus saving on time and money to go into the CBD to look for what they can easily get while relaxing in their places of residence.

zwnews24: How has the market responded to the book store initiative so far since inception and what can you attribute to such kind of a response?

Muckem: We are being approached by interested stakeholders from all directions and to us, this means the market is responding well. People are just too excited about project and we look forward to continue making them happy.

zwnews24: What is unique about yourself, your team and your services that set you apart and which helps you to stand out among various service providers who are in the same category with you?

Muckem: Confidence and hard work. We believe in what we do and we deliver on what we promise. This makes our stakeholders to believe in us also. Sometimes, we can even sacrifice to sleep late until our customers and partners get what they want from us and this has paid off for us.   

zwnews24: We understand that your online book store initiative is a bundling of technology and literature related services. Do you have any background in these fields that could have also helped you in identifying the business opportunities behind your entrepreneurial drive?

Muckem: Our only background in business is PASSION and the desire to solve problems. The highest level of education for us is A’ LEVEL but look at what we have managed to achieve.

zwnews24: What are you looking forward to be the major achievements of the Muckem book store and what do you believe can help you towards such achievements?

Muckem: We are looking forward to reach where Amazon is today, and more so, we are also looking forward to create more jobs and conveniences for our stakeholders. As Christians, we believe that God will help us achieve this.

zwnews24: In a world where most people, especially the youth are failing to start and run their own enterprises because of the lack of capital, how have you managed to launch and operate the Muckem initiative?

Muckem: Confidence, focus and creativity have enabled us to launch and start operations on our Muckem online shop. We made contributions from our own pockets and did much of the work ourselves. We even developed the website on our own. As such, my advice to unemployed youths is that they must realise their passion and then seek to get knowledge on how to pursue their dreams especially through entrepreneurship. 

zwnews24: It is a fact that the current economic situation in Zimbabwe is challenging. What is it that has helped you as a business to continue operating under such an environment?

Muckem: If you have only one dam in your area, you must learn to swim with the crocodiles. We cannot say we no longer swim just because there are crocodiles, but we must rather find the means to swim with them. You must learn survival tactics in life. 

zwnews24: What are and what has been some of the operational challenges that you have encountered so far in the pursuit of the Muckem vision?

Muckem: The biggest challenge is instability of our local currency. It changes every time and we still have problems in trading with foreign currency. More so, government support for entrepreneurship is very low and you know entrepreneurship goes well if your government supports it. However, we are still looking forward to government involvement towards promotion of SMEs.

zwnews24: What advice can you give to the unemployed youth and many other job seekers concerning entrepreneurship as a way of creating employment for themselves and others?

Muckem: Job seekers must firstly and quickly understand that quite often employment is the key to slavery. People must identify their passion and be creative enough in the pursuit of such. As Muckem, we are prepared to work with doers and dreamers by giving them a platform where they can market their products and services.

zwnews24: Where do you see Muckem in the future and what legacy do you want it to leave on earth? Why do you have such convictions?

Muckem: We see Muckem being the biggest online marketing place in Zimbabwe, in Africa and other continents just like what Amazon has managed to achieve.

zwnews24:  How do clients and other stakeholders engage your business? How do they get in touch?

Muckem: For more information and engagements, our stakeholders can visit our website as well as our social media pages. They can also contact us through email or get in touch with us through the phone via sms, phone calls and WhatsApp.

www.muckem.com /: info@muckem.com /+263773388035 /+263782661943

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IDC’s Tshepo Ramodibe Cornered

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In a remarkable development, IDC’s spokesperson, Mr. Tshepo Ramodibe, who was quoted in an article published by the Sunday World in relation to a judgement granted by Judge Motsamai Makume on 23 March 2022, in which he confirmed that, it was the IDC, a public institution, that had initiated the the litigation.

In a new twist, when Ramodibe was confronted to provide evidence that the litigation was authorized by the IDC and the use of public funds was justified, he threatened this publication, was evasive, abusive, refused and failed to provide the basis of the authority relied upon to prosecute the claim.

A dispute was registered as to whether a presiding judge could discuss a rescinding application without dealing with the challenge of IDC, Plaintiff’s authority to litigate in the case 13276/14.

The suit was instituted by IDC in the high court of South Africa South Gauteng Local Division. In relation to this challenge on authority, it would appear it has taken IDC eight years to furnish the resolution binding this public institution to this litigation.

Mr. Peter Smith said, “what is puzzling about this matter is that IDC commented about a judgement in which Mr. Tshepo Ramodibe could not supply the impugned resolution. This raises a question of how public funds can be used for litigating a matter without the public institution, obeying the law. Rule 7 (seven) is a rule of court that provides for a litigant to challenge authority and therefore place a bar or any next step be taken prior to a court of law granting leave or being satisfied that the challenging authority does exist. Having looked at the record of exchanges between the reporters of IniAfrica.com with Mr. Tshepo Ramodibe, the inescapable conclusion is that IDC and its attorneys Werksmans, clearly have no obligation to observe the law and rules of court because after seven years, IDC has failed, refused and neglected to play its part in complying with this requirement.”

Ms. Lara Geach said, she found the exchange between Mr. Tshepo Ramodibe and Mr. Peter Smith not only interesting, but thought provoking if not classic and below is the said exchange:

Tshepo RamodibeMon, 4 Apr, 17:47 (20 hours ago)
to editor@iniafrica.com, me, psmith@iniafrica.com, tmpasiri@iniafrica.com, lovemorec@gmail.com, alugumigiven@gmail.com, cleopas@dawnholdings.com, Media, Chimwemwe, Tebatso

Mr Smith,

Please note that I have no concerns about the call made which was intended to get clarity on what was unclear in the emailed responses. All that is on record is a summation of the court ruling that confirmed the ruling court against the applicant.

The media is well aware of the matter and related court rulings. I suggest that any further enquiries in this regard be directed to appropriate legal platforms. The Judge and court that made the ruling is best placed to address any queries you may have.

I take confidence in the responses furnished by the IDC, as a public institution. Our Legal team and attorneys in the matter will guide any further interactions with your publication.

Regards,
Tshepo

Tshepo RamodibeTshepoR@idc.co.za011 269 3106Head: Corporate Affairswww.idc.co.za0829910851Corporate Affairs





—–Original Message—–
From: editor@iniafrica.com <editor@iniafrica.com>
Sent: Monday, 04 April 2022 17:17
To: Tinashe Mpasiri <tmpasiri@gmail.com>
Cc: Tshepo Ramodibe <TshepoR@idc.co.za>; psmith@iniafrica.comtmpasiri@iniafrica.comlovemorec@gmail.comalugumigiven@gmail.comcleopas@dawnholdings.com; Media <Media@idc.co.za>; Chimwemwe Mwanza <ChimwemweM@idc.co.za>; Tebatso Mokgoro <TebatsoM@idc.co.za>
Subject: Re: [External Sender] Re: IDC V MAWERE & OTHERS

Dear Mr. Ramodibe,

Good afternoon,

I have been briefed by Mr. Mpasiri and I have listened to the audio of the conversation.
I am astonished that you refused to provide the required information for us to complete our work in the public interest.
Your comments are in the public domain about a judgment on a dispute that the IDC is being called upon to provide as required by the Constitution.
I need not remind you of the provisions of PAIA that provide for the open and unfettered disclosure of information in your possession when requested to provide it.
I need not remind you that s9(a) of PAIA gives effect to our constitutional right to access any information held by the State subject to the limitation in terms of s(9)(b)(i)(ii).
I am sure you will agree that s9(d) provides for the establishment and mandatory mechanisms or procedures to effect our right to access the requested information in a manner that enables our media platform to obtain access to records of a public body like the UDC swiftly, inexpensively and effortlessly as reasonably possible.
As you correctly stated, the judgment is in the public domain and such
s9(e) is instructive in that the requested information is beneficial to promote transparency, accountability, and effective government of public institutions by including but not limited to empowering the public and raising literacy on civics so that victims of injustice can exercise their rights in relation to public bodies like the IDC.
You will not doubt appreciate that our staff as citizens are under pressure to interpret the import of the judgment especially when regard is had to the fact that IDC does not advance credit to the retail public especially persons of foreign nationality.
We are at pains to understand the relationship between the IDC and the person of Mr. Mawere.
We also need to understand the functions and operation of IDC, especially with regard to the burning issue of authority so that the public can effectively scrutinize, and participate in, decision-making by public bodies like the IDC that affect their rights.
One of the questions that have been raised is whether persons of Zimbabwean heritage who are not eligible for BEE status can borrow from the IDC. This question is of significance because we have 28-year-old South Africans who were born in South Africa and are desirous of accessing credit facilities from development finance institutions.
Your tone in the conversation with Mr. Mpasiri was not only condescending but arrogance as if to suggest that a judgment granted in IDC’s favor should only be subjected to scrutiny in the courts when you were at liberty commending on the same.
I find it strange that when provided with the information regarding why Mr. Mawere could not have attended two hearings at the same time, you chose to attack Mr. Mpasiri’s bona fides and effectively the integrity of our platform.
I am writing this letter if you know where we are coming from as we believe in using the media to promote a culture of accountability and transparency.
I am still not sure why you called Mr. Mpasiri rather than respond to the questions that are critical for any reasonable person to establish whether the impugned judgment was tainted by fraud or not.
I have attached a letter addressed to Dr. Sanangaura dated 1 March 2021 seeking the same information that we sought from you today. Surely, logic dictates that it would not take more than a year for you to answer a simple question on behalf of a public body whether the IDC had authority to institute proceedings that relate to the Makume J judgment or not.

I look forward to your urgent response.

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President Mnangagwa exposed by Mupasiri

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On 17 December 2021, Mr. Tichaona Mupasiri, launched an application against President Mnangagwa, in his official capacity, alleging a breach of duty when he refused and failed to take any next steps when on 9 November 2021, he was informed of the existence of Mr. Manikai’s, his lawyer. malicious and scandalous allegations that he was knowingly and intentionally in the hijacking of SMM using the force of law to achieve this attack on the constitutional order.

Mr. Mupasiri said:

“My case is fundamentally premised on two foundational principles and values of our constitutional democracy – openness or transparency and accountability – as well as my quest as a citizen in terms of the provisions of s2(2) of the Constitution to play my party holding the powerful to account for their deeds.

My civic duty to speak truth to power is unfettered and not subject to instructions from anyone else.

It is trite that the ushering in of the 2013 Constitution introduced the role of the Constitutional Court in determining whether the failure and refusal of the President to investigate the serious allegations made by Manikai that the reconstruction of SMM was tainted corruption and fraud constitute a failure to fulfill his constitutional obligations.

For the last 43 years, concerns are galore on the lack of ethical state craftsmanship and our collective failure as citizens to ensure the existence of checks and balances that should underpin the institutionalization of good governance.

My application is also about the abuse of public power and funds with impunity.

It is my observation that the endemic corruption in Zimbabwe is a consequence of the systemic broken system whose effect has been an erosion of government integrity, transparency, and accountability that is necessary to provide the necessary checks and balances required for a functional and just system.

It is not in dispute that the President is bound by the supreme law of the country and is prohibited from exposing himself to any situation involving the risk of a conflict.

When I read the chat in the FOSMM group, I was shocked that President Mnangagwa, if he knew the legal and constitutional implications of what Manikai said his role was in the construction of the illegal reconstruction scheme, would still be close to him.

No one can doubt the reality of a conflict between President Mnangagwa’s official duties and his private interests to be the successor to the late President Mugabe.

Having had the opportunity to learn from the facts generously shared in the FOSMM group, I was compelled to take the steps that I have taken to ensure that the truth is told especially in relation to the facts and circumstances of the unfortunate decisions and actions that led to the introduction of the Reconstruction of State-Indebted Insolvent Companies Regulations and after the fact, the enactment of the Act.

The foundational values of openness and accountability demand that I discharge my duty to the constitution by demanding that the secrecy that has characterized the prosecution of the Reconstruction affairs in relation to juristic entities in Zimbabwe be exposed without favor or prejudice.

I was confident that President Mnangagwa would never refuse to account for his alleged actions but my confidence in his innocence in this matter has been dampened.

Clearly, the opportunity for both Manikai and President Ramaphosa has been squandered and is being wasted in the court processes when all I wanted was for Manikai to bring the nation to his confidence on what happened in relation to the bizarre manner in which state power was deployed to introduce and use the reconstruction regulations and act in relation to Zimbabwe’s corporate citizens.

The remarks that Manikai made and shared in the FOSMM groups confirm that the force of law was used to create the facts of state-indebtedness when no jurisdictional facts existed to support this allegation.

The misuse of public funds in prosecuting the reconstruction of SMM is unmistakable.

I am in receipt of correspondence from SMM’s UK registered shareholder, SMM Holdings Limited (SMMH), Dr. Cleopus Sanangura in relation to the prosecution of the SA litigation matters, and TAP director in relation to the theft of about $5 million from the company and the role of DMH in the heist which fortifies my position that either President Mnangagwa was misinformed or he is part of the illegal corporate coup.

I am encouraged that the media is beginning to understand the true nature of my application and urge citizens to vigorously interrogate the facts inherent in this matter as it is clear that the Constitutional Court by directing outside the court that the President has no duty to respond to my serious allegations that are informed with facts, the outcome of my application seems to have already been determined and disposed of.

It is the duty of every citizen to be vigilant and to ensure that the rule of law is protected and promoted.

As a citizen, I am determined more than ever to expose the rot in any sphere of government as empowered by the constitution of this country.

I am determined to see this matter to its conclusion and I reiterate my position that I will never abdicate my constitutional responsibilities.

President Mnangagwa’s ascendency to public office was steeped in fighting corruption. I did not expect him to suffer from the same inditement that his predecessor suffered when allegations were made against him that he was in truth and fact surrounded by a cabal of criminals.

President Mnangagwa must be held accountable for failing to report to law enforcement agencies the alleged plundering of public funds in the prosecution of the reconstruction affair and the unaccounted funds used in litigating matters related to the cause of divesting shareholders and directors of the control and management of their companies.

The Mnangagwa administration on the face of it appears to have a clear policy on fighting fraud and corruption. I was guided by this policy when I wrote the letter to him in November 2021 expecting him to join forces with me to make Manikai accountable for his remarks.

The people of Zimbabwe have legitimate expectations that the Constitutional Court will live up to its intended role in transforming this country especially having regard to the fact that even under Mugabe, the organs of state that could have stopped the attack on the rule of law were already captured by untouchable persons like Manikai.

I had to take it upon myself to ensure that all public funds that were used in the name of reconstruction accounted for to the cent allegedly spent on their behalf.”

The alleged role of President Mnangagwa in the demise of SMM has been in the public domain from the onset.

It is President Mnangagwa who has imported us to spare no effort in exposing corruption to permit another narrative that compels him to conceal it using the Court.

He says he first heard the recording of Ramaphosa on 20 December, when Parliament had closed for the festive season.

My application was triggered by President Mnangagwa’s refusal and failure to disclose what he knows when he knew, and from whom he knew about the affairs of SMM’s reconstruction affair especially against the backdrop of his denial that he was not in his current position at the material time when the corporate coup was conceived and born.

The existence and veracity of the chats that are in my possession have not been denied which means that the contents are genuine and were generated by Manikai and should be as good as oral evidence given in person.

It is Manikai who created the cloud that has hung over President Mnangagwa’s head since 2004 and his alleged role in the affairs of SMM is and has been in the public domain.

It is Manikai who has provided the link to him in a graphic and political context that ordinarily would be buried in secrecy.

Manikai in his answering affidavit does not dispute the authenticity of the utterances or the veracity of the serious allegations he made against President Mnangagwa.

Truth or integrity is after all at the heart of the Office of President of the Republic
particularly in relation to his or her constitutional obligations.”

“Deciding to present a version known to be untrue to an organ of State whose constitutional duty it is to strengthen our democracy is conduct that is inconsistent with that high office and the obligations that the incumbent has – to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as is happening in the Mupasiri case where the cause of complaint has been deliberately manipulated by the President’s lawyers, DMH, who have instructed Advocate Thabani Mpofu to argue the matter, exposes the reality of a broken system involving not just corrupt judges but lawyers,” said Mr. Frederick Kyle, a lawyer based in Finland who acted on one of the SA matters.

Mupasiri further stated that: “The impugned violation by the President is strictly limited to his refusal and failure, to tell the truth, and disclose his involvement in the birth and implementation of the Reconstruction Act and his true relationship with DMH, the law firm, and Manikai in particular in relation to the affairs of SMM and other related matters involving the application of a law that offends public policy.

It has nothing to do with the special and specific circumstances of SMM but it cannot be denied that what preceded the enactment of the Reconstruction Act was the hijacking of SMM using regulations that were extrajudicially introduced with no provision for parliament and the judiciary.”

This is what President Mnangagwa stated under oath in his answering affidavit dated 24 December 2021:

He further asserted as follows:

It is clear from the above that although on paragraph a(4) of his affidavit wherein he professed ignorance about the reconstruction of SMM, he confirms above that he was fully briefed without explaining in detail as to why, when, where, and by whom he was briefed. He fails to explain his interest in the matter at all to permit the alleged briefs.

It is against the above background that one can understand the context in which Advocate Thabani Mpofu concluded in his Heads of Argument as follows:

Below is the thread between Mupasiri and Mutanda that is a MUST TO READ:

MUPASIRI EXPOSES PRESIDENT MANGANGWA’S FAKE VERSION IN COURT – mmawere I Flip PDF Online | FlipBuilder

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