News

VPs mocked 4 July 2015 HARARE - Ever since controversial First Lady Grace Mugabe revealed that the country’s vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko take instructions from her, the two Zanu PF “strongmen” have become the butt of bad jokes at dinner tables and on social media. And yesterday, stalwar...
Nkomo turning in his grave: Jabulani 4 July 2015 HARARE - Former war veterans leader, Jabulani Sibanda — also a former aide to the late “Father Zimbabwe”, Joshua Nkomo — says the respected nationalist is “probably turning in his grave” as President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF presides over “debilitating divisions in the country and a collaps...
Jailed ex-Air Zim boss optimistic 4 July 2015 HARARE - Jailed former Air Zimbabwe boss, Peter Chikumba, has high prospects of succeeding in his bail application pending appeal, his lawyer Admire Rubaya has said. Rubaya claimed his client’s accomplice Grace Pfumbidzayi was a dangerous witness who implicated Chikumba in the Air Zimbabwe fra...
Botswana pastors need not worry: Magaya 4 July 2015 GABORONE - Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries founder Walter Magaya yesterday assured Botswana pastors that they should not feel threatened by his presence. Magaya, who has attracted tens of thousands of people to Batlokwa Development Trust Stadium where he is conducting his ma...
Is Grace in charge now? 3 July 2015 HARARE - Analysts and opposition parties yesterday accused First Lady Grace Mugabe of reinforcing negative perceptions that there had been “a bedroom coup” at State House and that her nonagenarian husband, President Robert Mugabe, was no longer in charge of the country's levers of power. This ...
'Courts can't review Mugabe's decision' 3 July 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s lawyer Terence Hussein has said that courts cannot review the decision by the head of State and Zanu PF to expel the former Masvingo Provincial minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti from the ruling party. Hussein was making submissions in an application filed by Bhas...
Mnangagwa boot-licks Grace 3 July 2015 HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was in obsequious boot-licking mood on Wednesday, claiming that First Lady Grace Mugabe is a “queen” and the mother of Sadc and Africa. Introducing Grace in Kadoma during a ceremony to unveil a housing cooperative, Mnangagwa engaged in obsequious grov...
Police batter photojournalist 3 July 2015 BULAWAYO - About 11 police officers on Wednesday evening ganged up to assault photojournalist Crispen Ndlovu for taking photos of them assaulting a suspected thief in an alley. Ndlovu said the police beat him after noticing that they had been caught in the act. “It’s the female police offic...
Coal miner Hwange plans $10m capex 2 July 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe’s largest coal producer, Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL), is finalising plans for a $10 million capital expenditure towards its underground operations, the group’s top executive has said. The tri-listed coal miner has been battling to access funding for working capital...
Grace flexes her muscles 2 July 2015 HARARE - Gaffe-prone First Lady, Grace Mugabe, flaunted her unassailable political influence in the country yesterday, humiliating vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko publicly in the process by revealing that the two Zanu PF strongmen took instructions from her. Speaking ...
'Mnangagwa not Justice minister' 2 July 2015 HARARE - In a view that could have far-reaching implications, the country’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, said yesterday that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was not Justice minister as it was not admissible at law for him to hold the two offices at the same time. “Who says he (Mn...
MDC to contest 2018 polls 2 July 2015 MUTASA - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has said it will not boycott the 2018 general elections because they would have long forced the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and President Robert Mugabe Zanu PF to effect requisite electoral reforms. Speaking on the sidelines of the burial of former Muta...
'Dzamara's disappearance blow to rule of law' 2 July 2015 HARARE - Itai Dzamara’s continued disappearance is a blow to Zimbabwe’s integrity, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has said. Dzamara, a journalist and human rights activist, was abducted nearly four months ago. His whereabouts remain unknown. Elasto Mugwadi, ZHRC chair, told the...
Fire destroys Gono's property 1 July 2015 HARARE - Property worth thousands of dollars went up in smoke today at retired Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, Gideon Gono's house in Borrowdale. A double storey house worth more than $200 000 was razed to the ground and only the intervention of the Harare Fire Brigade service prevented fur...
Axed minister tackles Mugabe 1 July 2015 HARARE - The High Court hearing of an application by former Masvingo Provincial minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti in which he has dragged President Robert Mugabe to court challenging his expulsion from the ruling party was yesterday deferred to today. High Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu, who is hand...
Mujuru allies under siege 1 July 2015 HARARE - As Zanu PF’s factional and succession wars continue to rage relentlessly, the party’s hardliners are ratcheting up the pressure on former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her perceived allies in a ruthless and renewed bid to defeat them once and for all ahead of the eagerly anticipated 20...
One-year-old sues Chihuri, Mohadi 1 July 2015 MASVINGO - A one-year-old child, Precious Mapanzure, is among 35 Chingwizi villagers who are suing Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi and police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri for violating their rights while in police detention. The villagers, who are being represented by Zimbabwe Law...
Mutodi's property to be auctioned 1 July 2015 HARARE - A bailiff will start auctioning off household property of beleaguered musician-cum-businessman Energy Mutodi over unpaid debts. Revelations Auctioneers made a list of over 10 items, including generators and household equipment. Mutodi’s goods will be put on public display before au...
'Mugabe's Zanu PF fails to rig economy' 30 June 2015 HARARE - Analysts have warned that Zimbabwe is facing an imminent economic implosion due to chronic mismanagement by President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu PF, that is being exacerbated by the former liberation movement's seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars. At the same time, th...
Zanu PF must admit failure - Biti 30 June 2015 HARARE - Reversing the tide of Zimbabwe’s rapid de-industrialisation is now an urgent imperative demanding that President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF accepts failure and allow the set up of a National Technical Transitional Council (NTTC) to staunch the economic haemorrhage, former Finance min...
Judge recuses self from Chikumba's bail hearing 30 June 2015 HARARE - High Court judge Garainesu Mawadze has recused himself from hearing a bail application filed by jailed former Air Zimbabwe boss Peter Chikumba, who is challenging his conviction and seven-year prison term. Mawadze said he had handled the matter before when Chikumba and his co-accused ...
Cop flees rowdy Zanu PF youths 30 June 2015 GWERU - Youths aligned to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party nearly manhandled a female police officer who had allegedly demanded a $20 bribe from the driver of a minibus they were travelling in on Sunday. The youths were en-route to Bulawayo from the party’s meeting held in Harare last w...
Mugabe confirms Zanu PF in chaos 29 June 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has finally admitted that his brutal purging of former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her perceived allies on untested allegations of plotting to oust him from power has neither dampened Zanu PF's deadly factional and succession wars, nor mitigated endemic corrup...
Mutodi murder claim draws fire 29 June 2015 HARARE - Analysts say the time may have come for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to publicly distance himself from controversial musician-cum-politician Energy Mutodi, whose social media postings are getting wackier by the day. At the same time, there are increasing questions about Mutodi’s ...
I'm prepared to work with Mujuru: Tsvangirai 28 June 2015 HARARE - A buyount opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, yesterday promised his supporters “better” times ahead, while coming out clearly for the first time that he was prepared to work with the Zanu PF formation linked to former Vice President Joice Mujuru. Speaking to his supporters after to...