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Grace divisive, self-centred - Makoni 22 October 2014 HARARE - Opposition leader Simba Makoni has branded First Lady Grace Mugabe a liar for claiming that his Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) was formed at Vice President Joice Mujuru's house. “No, MKD was not formed in any person's house,” Makoni told a news conference yesterday. “It was formed in a ...
Mugabe must explain: Msipa 22 October 2014 HARARE - Respected Zanu PF elder Cephas Msipa is demanding answers from President Robert Mugabe following the recent vitriolic and sustained attacks on Vice President Joice Mujuru by the First Lady Grace Mugabe. Msipa, who has already indicated that he fears a split in the 51-year-old movement...
High Court frees jailed top cop 22 October 2014 HARARE - The High Court has set aside police assistant commissioner Gideon Baloyi’s nine-month jail term, after ruling that the magistrates’ court erred in convicting him. Baloyi was jailed after he was convicted for contravening the Police Act, following allegations that he facilitated the re...
Govt, doctors deadlocked 22 October 2014 HARARE - The Health Services Board (HSB) has said the meeting it convened with the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) last weekend was meant to straighten procedural issues and not to discuss a pay package. The HSB issued the clarification as doctors threatened to down tools on Monda...
Grace's blitz: 10 mad points 22 October 2014 HARARE - Like the feared tsunami, First Lady Grace Mugabe has left a trail of destruction around the country in the past few weeks, as she has shot from the hip and spewed bile at virtually all her “Meet the People” rallies. In these rallies, her message has been a mixture of a little good, pl...
Mozambique poll was free, fair — Makarau 21 October 2014 HARARE - A regional election observer mission headed by Zimbabwe has declared Mozambique's general elections generally “free, fair, and credible.” Rita Makarau, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson who led the 29-member Electoral Commission Forum of Sadc countries (ECF-Sadc)  observer...
'I feared for my life' 21 October 2014 HARARE - Daily News Senior Writer, Fungi Kwaramba gives a personal account of the day in Marondera that the First Lady Grace Mugabe instilled the fear of God in private media journalists. THE tense atmosphere at the rally was almost palpable, and the...
Matsaira's TSL acquitted 21 October 2014 HARARE - Tobacco Sales Limited Company (TSL), which was accused of fraudulently selling State land in Mazowe, has been acquitted. The company — which was charged with fraud — was represented by its chief executive Washington Matsaira. It was jointly charged with the firm’s managing director Ri...
Mugabe backs Mujuru attacks 20 October 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe apparently supports his wife Grace's recent public attacks on senior Zanu PF and government officials, including Vice President Joice Mujuru, it has emerged. Apart from the women's league boss'-designate's own remarks that the 90-year-old leader was “fed up wit...
Mash West trashes anti-Mliswa drive 20 October 2014 HARARE - The Mashonaland West Zanu PF provincial inter-district conference yesterday endorsed Temba Mliswa as the chairperson of the province. This follows a petition and vote-of-no-confidence against him that was passed by 26 members of the Zanu PF provincial executive committee last week. ...
5 highway patrol cops in soup 20 October 2014 HARARE - Five National Highway Patrol cops have been  arrested on charges of criminal abuse of office. The five allegedly received R100 from a delegation of Swaziland police officers that was attending an anti-stock theft workshop in Harare. They did not issue a receipt for the transaction. ...
Pay deal for doctors 20 October 2014 HARARE - The government offered doctors a revised deal on their pay demands on Saturday, but unions said they would consider if the proposals are enough to avert a national strike planned for today. Unions representing more than 400 State doctors have been locked in a dispute with the governme...
Grace creates chaos in Zanu PF 19 October 2014 HARARE - This week promises to be one of the biggest and most daunting in President Robert Mugabe's long political career as he battles to manage the massive fallout in Zanu PF resulting from his wife's reckless and relentless assaults of the past few weeks on the First Family's perceived enemies...
Manyame residents edgy over demolitions 19 October 2014 HARARE - The rainy season brings with it joy to most people. But for Mai Moyo, a widow whose immaculately built house lies on a wetland in Manyame suburb in Chitungwiza, the rains are a terrible reminder of her housing predicament. To her, and many others in the suburb, the spectre of havin...
Zimra impounds 46kgs of second-hand knickers 19 October 2014 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has seized a 46kg bale of second-hand underwear at Sango Border Post. It is forbidden to import into Zimbabwe second-hand undergarments of any type, form or description — whether purchased, donated or procured in any other manner. The hand-me-...
'Grace is a liar' 19 October 2014 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC and Simba Makoni’s Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) parties have both rejected accusations by First Lady Grace Mugabe that the opposition parties were formed at Vice President Joice Mujuru’s house. While MKD spokesperson Evans Sagomba strenuously denied the allegation...
Double gold for Daily News 19 October 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe's leading newspaper, the Daily News, once again scored big and dominated this year’s National Journalism and Media Awards (Njama) in Harare on Friday. Two of the popular paper’s staff writers conquered all in their beats, emerging as the top writers in their respective catego...
First Lady goes after Daily News 19 October 2014 HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday incited Zanu PF supporters against journalists from the Daily News, alleging that the country's leading newspaper was being used by factional leaders to wage a war against her. President Robert Mugabe's wife accused the top-selling independent daily —...
Mujuru backers say no to Grace 18 October 2014 HARARE - Supporters of Vice President Joice Mujuru yesterday started fighting back against attacks directed at the beleaguered widow and Zanu PF number two, that have lately been fronted by First Lady Grace Mugabe. In tense and volatile twists to the ugly factional wars currently ripping the r...
High Court nullifies MDC chairman nomination 18 October 2014 BULAWAYO - The High Court here has issued a provisional order nullifying the electoral nomination of Bulawayo deputy mayor Gift Banda to be provincial chairman two weeks ago. In his ruling yesterday, High Court Judge Justice Martin Makonese stopped Banda from assuming office. In an urgent c...
'Govt unaware of doctors' ultimatum' 18 October 2014 HARARE - Government claims it is unaware of a 14-day ultimatum to review salaries and allowances for medical doctors. The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) said it sent the ultimatum to the ministry of Health and Child Care 13 days ago. But a day before the lapse of the deadline,...
Grace confronts Mujuru allies 18 October 2014 HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe on Thursday confronted perceived Joice Mujuru loyalists ahead of her rally address and ordered them to end their fight against her or face a war that will terminate them, according to officials. Highly-placed sources who attended the closed-door meeting convene...
MLF member acquitted 18 October 2014 BULAWAYO - One of the members of the secessionist Matabeleland Liberation Front (MLF) trio, Charles Thomas, accused of trying to topple President Robert Mugabe’s government, has been acquitted. Former Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Nicholas Ndou freed Thomas after a three-year battle with t...
Dealer stabs doctor over girlfriend 18 October 2014 MUTARE - Alhaji Arubi, a local dealer, has been arrested for beating and stabbing a local medical doctor over a girlfriend. Arubi, 36, also faced a separate assault and theft charge when he appeared before magistrate Sekai Chiundura. He denied all three charges. It is the State’s case th...
Grace wants Mujuru out 17 October 2014 HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe shockingly declared yesterday that she would spearhead efforts to dump Vice President Joice Mujuru on the streets and that flies and dogs would resent her. The remarks, made at a rally during her ongoing Meet the People tour in Bindura are likely to further uns...