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'Palmer not to blame for Cecil the lion's death' 29 August 2015 HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe has said US dentist Walter Palmer cannot shoulder blame or be prosecuted for killing celebrity lion Cecil. Grace’s statement flies in the face of demands by Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, the Environment minister, that  Palmer be extradited to stand trial in Zimbabw...
MDC supporters protest against economic hardships 29 August 2015 CHIENDAMBUYA - Hundreds of villagers took to the streets of this rural outpost yesterday to protest against what they say is the government’s mishandling of the economy. The demonstration was organised by Zimbabwe’s biggest opposition party (MDC) and was the first protest here since President ...
Buns, drinks at Grace's rally 29 August 2015 HARARE - Zanu PF supporters were on Thursday treated to four buns and an Alpha Omega juice each at First Lady Grace Mugabe’s rally in Murombedzi. Alpha Omega is President Robert Mugabe’s family-owned company that produces liquid milk products, yoghurts and other dairy products. People queue...
All set for AFM centenary celebrations 28 August 2015 HARARE - Parishioners will unite to celebrate the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe's centenary  at Rufaro High School in Masvingo tomorrow. Apostolic Faith Mission traces its origin to the Pentecostal Revival which was started in 1901 at Bethel Bible School in Arkansas, Texas by Charles Par...
No one can stop me: Grace Mugabe 28 August 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s increasingly influential, but gaffe-prone wife, Grace, is flaunting her ambitions and political power more and more, boasting yet again yesterday that no one could stop her from aiming for the leadership of Zanu PF, and that even her husband had failed to silenc...
Airline challenges Wendall payout 28 August 2015 HARARE - An airline has appealed to the country’s highest court after failing in its latest attempt to block a $24 500 payout to former Big Brother Africa reality TV star Wendall Parson. The High Court sided with the Zimbabwean Big Brother Africa winner in his long-running legal battle with Nu...
Mangoma's case takes new twist 28 August 2015 HARARE - The alleged sex scandal in which Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe leader (RDZ) Elton Mangoma was accused of having a sexual affair with a married woman took a new twist yesterday after three of Mangoma’s bodyguards were hauled before the courts yesterday charged with assaulting the cuckolde...
Mphoko makes $50m claim against Daily News 27 August 2015 HARARE - Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), the publishers of the Daily News, has described as ridiculous Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko's demand for a staggering $50 million in compensation for alleged defamation regarding a story that the country's leading daily newspaper carried two m...
Famine plagues Zimbabwe: WFP 27 August 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe's food crisis is deepening rapidly, the United Nations World Food Programme warned this week, as President Robert Mugabe claimed in his state-of-the-nation address that farmers did better than what had been estimated. The grim WFP report comes just a day after Mugabe on Tuesd...
'We'll find Gen Mujuru killers' 27 August 2015 HARARE - With emotions boiling anew over the disputed circumstances surrounding the death of liberation struggle icon General Solomon Mujuru in a mysterious fire at his Beatrice farm in 2011, as well as the post-congress Zanu PF's continued desecration of his name, his family says they are determ...
UK upgrades ties with Zim 27 August 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has accepted confidence-building measures offered by the United Kingdom (UK) to improve diplomatic relations, including increasing the number of students sent on the Chevening Scholarship. British ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing told delegates at a send-o...
Chombo, Ziyambi named in poll violence 27 August 2015 HARARE - Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo and his deputy Ziyambi Ziyambi have been named in a damning long-awaited government report as being among those suspected of planning and financing by-election violence in Hurungwe West, where villagers were viciously tortured. If recommendations ...
Mugabe delivers hopeless State-of-the-Nation address 26 August 2015 HARARE - Long-suffering Zimbabweans yesterday united in criticising President Robert Mugabe’s State-of-the-Nation Address in Parliament, with the nonagenarian’s foes and supporters alike all variously describing the speech as “useless” and “hopeless” in light of the country’s accelerating economi...
'Kasukuwere summons 60 Zanu PF MPs' 26 August 2015 HARARE - Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere reportedly summoned all ruling party MPs for a “get together” at his farm in Mashonaland Central last weekend amid mounting concern the bellicose politician was consolidating his influence in the ruling party. With relations betw...
MDC heckles Mugabe in Parliament 26 August 2015 HARARE - Members of Parliament (MPs) from the main opposition party heckled and jeered President Robert Mugabe yesterday as he presented his State-of-the-Nation Address amid worsening economic hardships. Such scenes are unprecedented in Zimbabwe, which Mugabe has governed since 1980. MDC MP...
'Mugabe has no solution to crisis' 25 August 2015 HARARE - Zimbabweans have implored President Robert Mugabe, to at least commit himself to meaningful human rights and economic reforms if his State of the Nation address today is not to become a complete damp squib, and if the country is to be brought back from the edge of the precipice. The n...
8 Southlea Park 'land barons' arrested 25 August 2015 HARARE - At least eight more Ordar Consotium “land barons”, accused of illegally selling residential stands on land owned by businessman Phillip Chiyangwa’s Pinnacle Property Holdings (Pinnacle) were arrested yesterday as the crackdown on land scandals continued. National police spokesperson C...
Mugabe aide appeals against 90-day jail term 25 August 2015 HARARE - Deputy chief secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Ray Ndhlukula, has appealed in the Supreme Court against a High Court order directing his 90-day imprisonment for contemptuously defying an order to stop evicting a Figtree farmer. Ndhlukula prodded ahead with efforts ...
'We don't know what happened to Dzamara' 25 August 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s government insists it still has “no answers” on what happened to an activist who has been missing since March, fending off accusations the authorities masterminded his disappearance. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa claimed State security agents were looking...
Time to retire, Mugabe urged 24 August 2015 HARARE - As President Robert Mugabe prepares to give his State of the Nation address in Parliament tomorrow, analysts say only an unlikely announcement by the embattled nonagenarian that he will retire with immediate effect will help Zimbabwe and save the country's dying economy. Mugabe's addr...
Confusion over Mahachi's post 24 August 2015 HARARE - Following town clerk Tendai Mahachi's suspension in July, Harare City council has been plunged into a succession quandary with no appointment in sight. Mahachi who has been accused of misconduct at Town House, was suspended by mayor Bernard Manyenyeni for among other issues, failing t...
Mujuru ghost haunts Grace 24 August 2015 HARARE - After fronting the brutal purging of former Vice President Joice Mujuru and other stalwarts in the warring Zanu PF last year, and swiftly moving to become arguably the single most powerful person in the country, the political tide appears to be turning against controversial First Lady Gr...
AFM marks 100 years 24 August 2015 HARARE - An estimated 100 000 people will converge at Rufaro High School, Masvingo Province, for the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe centenary celebrations which come at a time when the church is expanding into Dubai and Canada. The church president Reverend Aspher Madziyire said the...
2018 polls defining for Tsvangirai 24 August 2015 HARARE - Political analysts believe the 2018 general elections will test Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai's resolve to break President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF's stranglehold on power since 1980. While some are of the belief that the 2018 elections would mark the ...
Land scam: Unpacking Southlea Park saga 24 August 2015 HARARE - In the past few weeks, the issue of land barons who have raked in millions of dollars illegally selling State and municipal land has dominated space in the media and in social circles as police move in to arrest the suspects. One of the main land disputes that has rocked the nation is...