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Aggrieved Mphoko disowns Gukurahundi 26 January 2015 BULAWAYO - Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has denied persistent charges by his critics that he participated in the massacre of an estimated 20 000 innocent civilians in the early 1980s, mainly in Matabeleland and the Midlands, during the infamous Gukurahundi offensive in the region by the army...
Police stamp out Gukurahundi prayer 26 January 2015 BULAWAYO - Police on Saturday swooped on members of the public who had gathered at Stanley Hall to conduct a memorial prayer for the victims of the Gukurahundi atrocities. This is the third time in a row that police  have suppressed efforts by the pressure group Ibhetshu Likazulu to remember a...
Publicise Interfin's $100m abuse report, RBZ urged 26 January 2015 HARARE - Interfin Bank Limited (Interfin)'s ex-employees are pushing for the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to publicise a forensic report outlining the abuse of $100 million. This comes as the apex bank last month refused to extend Interfin's curatorship after potential investors baulked to i...
Zambia polls free, fair: Mugabe 26 January 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has congratulated Zambia for conducting “free and fair elections.” Defence and Justice minister Edgar Lungu, 58, won by a 48,3 percent majority, the Zambia election commission said, after an election race marred by delays. His rival, Hakainde Hichilema of th...
'Mugabe, we don't want you in Zambia' 25 January 2015 HARARE - Zambians have mounted a demonstration against President Robert Mugabe after the nonagenarian flew to Lusaka on Friday for the expected inauguration of the country's new president, although counting of votes was still in progress last night. Edgar Lungu, who enjoys a close relationship...
Wedding bells for Oppah 25 January 2015 HARARE - After a four-year relationship that has spawned rumour in Manicaland, wedding bells are finally tolling for Higher and Tertiary Education minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Pentecostal preacher Bishop Anthony Kashiri. The lovebirds, who first met in church, will tie the knot in Mut...
Fresh Zanu PF purges loom 25 January 2015 HARARE - With President Robert Mugabe back from his long and costly State-funded holiday in the Far East, fear has gripped his ruling party, amid talk that a new round of savage purges targeted at Cabinet ministers, service chiefs and senior civil servants perceived to be loyal to former Vice Pre...
Grace Mugabe's animals wreak havoc 25 January 2015 HARARE - Wild animals released into Manzou Farm in Mazowe — that has been appropriated by First Lady Grace Mugabe, are giving villagers a torrid time, with lawyers representing the poor families filing High Court papers last week to force the government to have the animals removed within 48 hours...
Mujuru ally's offices bombed 25 January 2015 HARARE - The Chiredzi offices of a prominent Zanu PF official linked to former Vice President Joice Mujuru were petrol-bombed on Thursday night, as the ruling party’s factional and succession wars get nastier by the day — amid renewed fears that the ructions could soon claim lives. Admore Hwar...
Anti-Mujuru crusade 'gets dirty' 25 January 2015 HARARE - The plot to embarrass — and possibly arrest ex-vice president Joice Mujuru — has thickened amid revelations that her Zanu PF enemies are even preparing to use a variety of dirty tricks to nail her. While insiders say party hardliners are frustrated at the snail pace of police investig...
'Give women options to stem baby dumping' 25 January 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe should consider coming up with strong support mechanisms to reduce cases of baby dumping, gender experts have said. Memory Kachambwa, a gender and development consultant, said government needs to come up with policies that support women in such situations. “The reason why ...
'Grace is ill' 23 January 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe flew back from his long and controversial holiday in the Far East yesterday afternoon, and promptly made a surprise disclosure that he had left his increasingly influential wife Grace there due to illness. The nonagenarian said Grace was recuperating after havi...
Mutasa a stupid fool — Mugabe 23 January 2015 HARARE - An angry President Robert Mugabe slated former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa on his return from his long holiday in the Far East yesterday, branding his erstwhile lieutenant as “deranged, mad, little-brained” and “a stupid fool”. The nonagenarian was particularly scathi...
Met Dept issues floods warning 23 January 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe's Meteorological Services Department has warned of flooding in Muzarabani in Mashonaland Central due to the heavy rains that pounded Malawi and Mozambique recently. Flooding in Malawi has killed more than 176 people, displaced at least 200 000, left homes and schools submerge...
'Energy Mutodi has case to answer' 23 January 2015 HARARE - Energy Mutodi — accused of swindling home-seekers of over $500 000 — has a case to answer and should be put to his defence, a prosecutor said yesterday. Prosecutor Michael Reza quashed Mutodi’s attempt to seek discharge on the grounds that allegations being levelled against him were c...
'No political will to reform media laws' 23 January 2015 HARARE - While Zimbabwe’s new Constitution guarantees freedom of expression, freedom of the media and access to information,  the operating environment is still littered with legal and extra-legal hindrances that affect media operations, a Press freedom group has said. Media Institute of South...
Rotary surgeons to perform 1 000 Zim operations 23 January 2015 HARARE - A three-member delegation of Rotarians is in Zimbabwe to assess Manicaland’s health needs in preparation for a 10-day medical mission targeting at least 1 000 patients this May. The team, which is part of an international network of people in charity work, revealed that the surgeries ...
'A' Level results out 23 January 2015 HARARE - The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) “A” Level results are out. At least 82 percent of those who sat for the examinations passed. Zimsec said the November 2014 examination results would be ready for collection beginning today. “The total number of school candidates ...
CFU seeks to halt fresh land evictions 23 January 2015 HARARE - The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) yesterday said it was seeking an urgent meeting with Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora over renewed government threats to evict the few remaining white commercial farmers in Zimbabwe. Hendrik Olivier, the CFU director, told the Daily News yesterday t...
Magaya blasts Vapositori 22 January 2015 HARARE - A storm is brewing between Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries founder Walter Magaya and the country's Apostolic churches after the celebrity preacher controversially described the latter as “marine spirits from the dark kingdom”. In response, Apostolic Christian Counci...
'Mutasa recall decision final' 22 January 2015 HARARE - Zanu PF Manicaland says there is no going back on its recent resolution to expel former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa from the ruling party, adding that the province is now waiting for President Robert Mugabe to endorse the decision on his return from his Far East jaunt. ...
'Zanu PF vitriol betrays its panic' 22 January 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF appears to be in panic mode as liberation struggle stalwarts prepare to mount a landmark legal challenge in the High Court against the tearing of the party’s rule book. Analysts told the Daily News yesterday that the escalating and vitriolic attacks o...
Mnangagwa's wife Auxillia unopposed in primaries 22 January 2015 GWERU - Two Chirimhanzu-Zibagwe Zanu PF candidates have pulled out of the by-election race, leaving Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife Auxillia without internal challenge. The Nomination Court is scheduled to sit on January 29, with the by-election slated for March 27. The withdrawal ...
Govt to seize remaining white-owned farms 21 January 2015 MARONDERA - Amid an aura of calculated menace, Joel Biggie Matiza, State minister for Mashonaland East, announced today government's intention to press ahead with plans to seize Zimbabwe's remaining white-owned commercial farms. “We have invited all the chiefs in the province to this ceremony ...
Telecel hangs in the balance 21 January 2015 HARARE - Telecel Zimbabwe (Private) Limited (Telecel)'s operations are hanging in the balance as the country's mobile regulator has threatened to withdraw its licence due to non-compliance with empowerment laws. This comes as the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz) had ...