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Zanu PF rules out party split 18 September 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF has ruled out the possibility of the party splitting as a result of the current factional strife. Party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo was responding to assertions by Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, who raised the spectre of a palace coup when he said the...
Beer prices reduced 18 September 2014 HARARE - The retail price of beer has marginally gone down from between 5 cents and 20 cents across the whole portfolio since Monday, Delta Corporation (Delta) has said. According to the latest statement from the listed beer manufacturer, a 375ml pint of lager is now sold at a recommended reta...
Zanu PF fights: House bombed 18 September 2014 HARARE - A petrol bomb was thrown at the family home of a Zanu PF youth leader in Harare, fuelling speculation that the attack was faction-related. Penelope Makomeya, the Zanu PF Mbuya Nehanda district chairperson,  was yesterday targeted in a petrol bomb attack on her home in Highfield. Ma...
Biti mocks Grace's PhD 18 September 2014 HARARE - Former Finance minister Tendai Biti has said he would never study for a doctorate degree because it has lost its status. Subtly taking a dig at First Lady Grace Mugabe who has just been awarded a PhD after allegedly registering for the degree in July, Biti told a public meeting called...
Parly questions Antwerp diamond auction 18 September 2014 HARARE - Government has confirmed dispatching a team of lawyers to Belgium seeking  to recover $45 million seized at the Antwerp World Diamond Centre in Belgium last week. As first exclusively revealed by the Daily News this week, Amari Platinum Holdings Limited (Amari) won a temporary relief ...
'KFC sales encouraging' 18 September 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe's love for fried chickens has seen the recently opened KFC outlet recording encouraging business despite a decrease in disposable income for most locals. KFC marked its return in July after a five-year absence amid long queues, signalling increased competition in a fast food ...
Navistar bosses' trial postponed 18 September 2014 HARARE - The trial of three Navistar Insurance Brokers (Private) Limited (Navistar) bosses, whose insurance brokerage services were illegally acquired by Air Zimbabwe without seeking approval from the State Procurement Board, has been postponed to October 15. Givemore Nderere, 45, and Vukile H...
Magaya accuser chickens out 17 September 2014 HARARE - Walter Magaya, the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries leader,  has escaped a $500 000 adultery lawsuit after Denford Mutashu withdrew accusations that he committed adultery with his wife. After Mutashu sued for adultery damages, his wife Memory Nomsa Ruvazhe deposited ...
Mutamba to fight suppression of Tuku book 17 September 2014 HARARE - Shepherd Mutamba, a veteran journalist and Oliver Mutukudzi’s long-time publicist, has said he will enter an appearance to defend his explosive and controversial book, Tuku Backstage. Tuku has said he was mulling suing Mutamba over claims he made in his book that dwells on Mtukudzi an...
Zim contests $45m seizure 17 September 2014 HARARE - There was a flurry of meetings in government this week over the $45 million diamond cash debacle in Belgium, although Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa says they “are not worried” about the reported seizure, it emerged yesterday. This comes after Amari Platinum Holdings Limited (Amari) ...
AfrAsia Bank solvency challenges mount 17 September 2014 HARARE - AfrAsia Bank Limited (AfrAsia) depositors yesterday complained bitterly that they had failed to access cash from the bank. While AfrAsia was recently limiting withdrawals due to solvency challenges, matters came to a head yesterday when depositors spent the whole day at the bank's Gra...
Con-Court defers Gono, Kereke hearing 17 September 2014 HARARE - The Constitutional Court case between Bikita West Zanu PF MP Munyaradzi Kereke, who is seeking to push the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) to investigate retired Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono on corruption charges, will now be heard after two weeks to allow the consolidati...
Holland takes over MDC renewal team leadership 17 September 2014 HARARE - Senator Sekai Holland has been officially appointed the MDC renewal team’s interim president. Previously led by Tendai Biti, the MDC’s former Guardian Council chairperson told journalists yesterday at her home in Avondale, Harare, that she was now the interim president of the renewal ...
Vic Falls touriststo get bottled water 17 September 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe will hand out cold bottled water to international visitors at Victoria Falls Airport. The initiative, dubbed “Zimbabwean welcome”, is aimed at making visitors, who sometimes face long queues at immigration, more comfortable. Tour operator Blessing Munyenyiwa, who spearhead...
Zim, Russia ink $3bn platinum deal 17 September 2014 DARWENDALE - Zimbabwe and Russia yesterday signed several agreements which will culminate in a $3 billion platinum project in Darwandale, 70km north west of Harare. Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa told delegates at the official signing ceremony that the total investment was going to be $4,8 bi...
Mugabe nephew raises alarm 16 September 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao has raised alarm over a possible palace coup within Zanu PF if the party's factional fights are not put in check. The 47-year-old Zhuwao claimed in an opinion piece that appeared in the State media last weekend that factional fights in ...
Air Zim property attached 16 September 2014 HARARE - Air Zimbabwe (Private) Limited (Air Zimbabwe) is set to lose 29 cars, which were attached to recover a debt owed to one of the airline’s former employees. This comes after the Supreme Court dismissed the airline’s appeal yesterday. Air Zimbabwe had filed a Supreme Court appeal agai...
Woman jailed 20 years for sex with minors 16 September 2014 HARARE - An HIV positive Highfield woman who was paid by two teenage boys to have sex with them has been sentenced to 20 years in jail. Regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya handed Faith Gona, 38, a mandatory 10-year sentence for having sexual intercourse with a minor. According to evidence tend...
MSF introduces night HIV testing 16 September 2014 HARARE - Medicins Sans Frontières (MSF) has introduced a “night clinic” to provide HIV testing. “In order to beat HIV, it is necessary to put more people on treatment, and that has to start with detecting those who do not know they are HIV positive,” Kim Stambuli, MSF in Zimbabwe inter-section...
Zanu PF pestering us for economic advice — Chamisa 16 September 2014 MASVINGO - Nelson Chamisa, the MDC organising secretary, has said Zanu PF officials were pestering opposition officials in the corridors of Parliament, seeking advice on how to revive Zimbabwe’s collapsing economy. The former ICT minister told his party’s 15th anniversary at Mucheke Stadium on...
Judges quash MDC official's conviction 16 September 2014 HARARE - The High Court has quashed the conviction of MDC chairman for Kuwadzana 4 Kuyeli Muchaiyana, who was accused of aiding MDC supporters with utility bills to register as voters. Judges Felistas Chatukuta and Owen Tagu yesterday dropped the conviction, claiming that the trial magistrate ...
NetOne applies for datacasting licence 16 September 2014 HARARE - Mobile  telecommunications firm NetOne Cellular Limited (NetOne) has applied for a datacasting licence. This comes as the State-owned mobile telecommunications service provider recently secured a $290 million loan from China to be invested in expanding the mobile company’s network cov...
'Baba Jukwa' fined on firearms charge 16 September 2014 HARARE - Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe yesterday fined ex-Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi $150  for contravening the Firearms Act. If he fails to pay the fine, he will be jailed for four months. Kudzayi is also facing charges of insurgency, terrorism, banditry, sabotage, and attempting t...
$45m govt cash seized 15 September 2014 HARARE - About $45 million in diamond revenue was on Friday seized by a South African company in Belgium after it had been granted an interim order against President Robert Mugabe's cash-strapped government over a cancelled platinum concession, the Daily News can reveal. This comes after Amari...
Tsvangirai calls for demos 15 September 2014 MASVINGO - MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai has urged Zimbabweans to come out of their cocoons and engage in street protests against President Robert Mugabe’s 34-year-rule which has been characterised by suffering and abuse. Speaking during the party’s 15th anniversary celebrations at Mucheke S...