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SA threatens to cut Zim power supplies 5 March 2015 JOHANNESBURG - Electricity shortages in Zimbabwe could get worse after South Africa, which often supplies energy to its crisis-ridden northern neighbour, made it clear yesterday that it would now prioritise its own needs. South Africa's Public Enterprises minister Lynne Brown said Zimbabwe, wh...
Chikumba denies part in Air Zim fraud 5 March 2015 HARARE - Former Air Zimbabwe (Air Zim) legal secretary Grace Pfumbidzayi acted unilaterally in appointing Navistar Insurance Brokers, a Harare court heard yesterday. This was contrary to the company policy pertaining to signing of business contracts. Pfumbidzayi is jointly charged with Pete...
Chaos at tobacco auction floors 5 March 2015 HARARE - Farmers yesterday protested against “low” prices being offered by the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB), leading to the subsequent suspension of sales at the Boka Tobacco Auction Floors (Boka). The protests erupted just as the tobacco selling season kicked off yesterday. Busi...
Con-Court defers devolution hearing 5 March 2015 HARARE - The hearing of Samuel Sipepa Nkomo’s Constitutional Court application seeking to push the government to implement devolution of power, has been deferred after it emerged the respondents had not yet filed opposing papers. Nkomo, a former minister and member of the National Assembly for...
SA to halt maize exports to Zim 5 March 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe could be forced to source its maize imports elsewhere after South African producers have hinted on possible suspension of exports in case of a deficit. Grain SA chief executive Jannie de Villiers told South African media the country was faced with a maize deficit and exports ...
Mutasa, Gumbo sue Mugabe 4 March 2015 HARARE - Zanu PF’s deadly factionalism, as well as its ugly goings-on and secrets, will soon be laid bare in court after two liberation struggle stalwarts, Didymus Mutasa (pictured) and Rugare Gumbo, filed a High Court application yesterday seeking to nullify the ruling party’s disputed 2014 cong...
Spies arrested at Mujuru farm 4 March 2015 HARARE - As the savage assault on former vice president Joice Mujuru and her perceived allies intensifies and gets dirtier, six people, two of them  suspected to be members of the dreaded secret service, were allegedly caught snooping at her Beatrice farm last Friday. The Daily News was told b...
Speaker declares Mutasa, Mliswa seats vacant 4 March 2015 HARARE - Jacob Mudenda, the Speaker of  the National Assembly, yesterday declared Zanu PF MPs Didymus Mutasa and his nephew Temba Mliswa’s constituencies vacant. Mudenda informed the House that he had received a letter from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF that the Headlands MP Mutasa and Mli...
'$5bn for roads rehabilitation conservative' 4 March 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe's $5 billion budget for road construction and rehabilitation is a “conservative figure”, given the $1 million per-kilometre cost of building highways, analysts say. This comes as global studies have shown that bad roads were increasing the cost of delivered goods and Transpor...
More suspects in dock over Finance ministry swindle 4 March 2015 HARARE - Two Finance ministry employees and their eight accomplices, who were on the run following allegations of swindling the government of $700 000, appeared at the magistrates’ courts yesterday. Brian Nyazamba, 34, and Thomas Mawoyo, 35, employed as accountants in the ministry and their ac...
Mugabe claims false: Mujuru 3 March 2015 HARARE - Former vice president Joice Mujuru has dismissed as “outright lies” President Robert Mugabe's allegations over the weekend that she is dabbling in witchcraft in order to kill him and his wife Grace — emphasising further that her silence should not be confused for weakness. Mujuru, onc...
'Baba Jukwa' further remand refusal bid denied 3 March 2015 HARARE - A Harare magistrate yesterday dismissed suspended The Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi's application for refusal of further remand. Magistrate Milton Serima said the matter could not just be dropped because it was complex. He said the State's efforts to garner mutual legal assista...
80 million condoms distributed in 2014 3 March 2015 HARARE - At least 80 million condoms were distributed under the national programme last year, the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) has revealed. The condoms cost $25 million. ZNFPC, a parastatal mandated to coordinate, implement and monitor the provision of integrated sexual r...
Hwange Colliery production up, salary arrears below 12 months 3 March 2015 HARARE - Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL)'s contract with Portugal-based Mota Engil has continued to bear fruit, with the coal miner having ramped up production to 996 000 tonnes of coal since August 2014. With the arrangement expected to help the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed firm stab...
Rights lawyers wade into prepaid water meters furore 3 March 2015 BULAWAYO - Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has waded into the highly-controversial prepaid water meter wrangle by challenging the Bulawayo City Council to clarify its position on the matter. In a February 12 dated letter addressed to the city council’s chamber secretary, Sikhangele Zh...
Bentley purchase was above board, Angel's brother claims 3 March 2015 HARARE - Spirit Embassy founder Uebert Angel’s brother Limit Mudzanire yesterday told a Harare court that he bought the Bentley Continental sedan at the centre of a fraud scandal on his family’s behalf. Refuting claims by the complainant that the vehicle was seeded to the church and later conv...
Mugabe lying: Gumbo 2 March 2015 HARARE - Former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo says he is embarrassed for President Robert Mugabe for focusing on naked lies and pub talk instead of working to fix the country's comatose economy to alleviate the suffering of millions of Zimbabweans. Reacting to Mugabe's rumbling birthday sp...
I'm not afraid, says Gumbo 2 March 2015 HARARE - Revered war veteran and former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo has said he does not care and is not afraid of President Robert Mugabe's government keeping him under surveillance. During a televised interview to mark his 91st birthday anniversary, Mugabe said he was watching Gumbo an...
Mugabe blunders again 2 March 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe made another embarassing gaffe at the weekend when he claimed that this year's edition of the 21st February Movement held in Victoria Falls on Saturday had somehow coincided with his 21st birthday. The clanger, the latest in a long line of other recent faux pas...
Moyo on wrong end of cricket argument 2 March 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe's Information minister Jonathan Moyo was yesterday clean bowled after finding himself at the wrong end of a cricket argument. He incorrectly stated the Zimbabwe cricket team's score during their World Cup match against Pakistan in Brisbane, Australia.
'Mnangagwa lacks social base' 2 March 2015 HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is tipped to succeed President Robert Mugabe, will find the going tough against opposition parties as he lacks grassroots support and has no social base, analysts have said. With former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies ostracised from t...
Bulawayo defies Chombo decree 2 March 2015 BULAWAYO - The Bulawayo City Council says it is not going to be pushed to hurriedly implement the controversial directive by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo to flush out illegal vendors from the streets. Chombo courted controversy a month ago when he ordered all local authorities and...
Mujuru will rot in jail: Mugabe 2 March 2015 HARARE - In an ominous birthday speech yesterday, President Robert Mugabe said former Vice President Joice Mujuru (pictured) and her allies would rot in jail for allegedly pocketing funds donated by well-wishers for Zanu PF’s disputed congress that was held in Harare in December last year. Spe...
'Mujuru imported Nigerian n'angas' 2 March 2015 HARARE - In yet another underhanded swipe at ousted former Vice President Joice Mujuru, President Robert Mugabe yesterday claimed that the popular liberation war heroine was so desperate to topple and succeed him to the extent that she even consulted Nigerian “n’angas” (witch doctors). Address...
Zimbabweans blamed for Mugabe's stay in power 2 March 2015 BULAWAYO - The Welshman Ncube-led MDC has absolved President Robert Mugabe’s continued stay in power saying the problem was with Zimbabweans who are fixated with the nonagenarian’s age, instead of concentrating on his removal from power. Addressing journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club on Thu...