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Tsvangirai meets British Africa minister 30 July 2014 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai met yesterday with Britain's Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds in London to try to push forward an internationally-brokered initiative to resolve the deepening economic crisis in Zimbabwe. Simmonds, who is also secretary in the Foreign and  Commonwe...
Conspiracy against Makandiwa? 30 July 2014 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) yesterday denied that it was pursuing Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa's United Family International Church's (UFIC) incomes following reports that officers from the revenue authority wanted to garnish the church's account. Reports indicated yesterday ...
ZMC snubs Moyo's Impi 30 July 2014 HARARE - In a surprising turn of events, the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has become the latest body to snipe at and query the need for Information minister Jonathan Moyo's Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (Impi) set up in December to promote high journalism standards in the country. ...
Kadungure seeks relaxed bail conditions 30 July 2014 HARARE - Harare  business tycoon Genius Kadungure, who is facing R1,5 million fraud charges, is applying for relaxation of stringent bail conditions imposed during his initial court appearance in May. Kadungure, famed for holding glitzy all-white parties, was granted $1 500 bail, coupled with ...
Bubi River crash victims identified 30 July 2014 HARARE - Police have named 16 people killed in a fatal road accident  near Bubi River on Monday morning when a minibus collided with a truck. The fatal accident happened at the 206 km peg along the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway. Police spokesman chief superintendent Paul Nyathi said on Tuesday...
Legislators exempted from tollgate fees 30 July 2014 HARARE - Legislators have been exempted from paying tollgate fees. This follows a request tabled by parliamentarians seeking an exemption ostensibly because they would be performing parliamentary duties. Transport minister Obert Mpofu told legislators recently that they should submit number...
Govt recalls 3 000 teachers 30 July 2014 HARARE - Government is reinstating 3 000 qualified teachers who quit their jobs at the height of the economic meltdown in 2008. The teachers are being redeployed to rural areas on renewable one-year contracts. This comes as the ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has reported a crit...
Minister Mpofu refutes $10m bribery claim 29 July 2014 HARARE - Obert Mpofu, the Transport minister, has denied claims that he demanded a $10 million bribe to facilitate a joint venture agreement between the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and Lovemore Kurotwi's Core Mining and Minerals (Private) Limited. The former Mines minister y...
16 perish in minibus-truck crash 29 July 2014 MASVINGO - Sixteen people were killed and 11 others were injured in a mishap near Bubi River on Monday morning when a minibus collided with a truck. The fatal accident happened at the 206 km peg along the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway. “ZRP would like to confirm that 16 people have died in a ...
Brita files restraining order against ex-hubby 29 July 2014 HARARE - Mining consultant Tarirai Mnangagwa has been accused of assaulting his wife ex-Miss Malaika Brita Masalethulini. The former Miss Zimbabwe has filed a temporary protective order against her ex-husband after he allegedly hit her during several recent arguments. Court documents showed...
Civic leader warns Tsvangirai, Biti 29 July 2014 HARARE - Rights defender and civic society leader, Dewa Mavinga, has warned the MDC that it risks losing relevance if does not quickly rectify problems engulfing the party. Mavhinga's warning comes amid a messy fallout over leadership renewal. “The people's respect and trust is earned on th...
'Sadc chair post reward for Mugabe' 29 July 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's ascension to the chair of (Southern African Development Community) Sadc was a reward for staging a violence-free poll and a show of solidarity among African leaders, analysts have said. Mugabe's assumption of the Sadc chair comes amidst opposition disquiet ov...
MDC rebels unveil signature party colour 29 July 2014 HARARE - The Tendai Biti-led rebels have officially adopted the orange colour as the party's official colour. Jacob Mafume, spokesperson for the renewal team, told a news conference after a national working committee meeting at the weekend, that his party has adopted the orange colour. “A l...
Ministries hobbling realignment of Acts of Parly 29 July 2014 HARARE - Virginia Mabhiza, permanent secretary in the Justice ministry, has bemoaned lack of support from other line ministries in the alignment of the 400 Acts of Parliament to the new Constitution. “Other ministries have not been forthcoming with their Acts that we must review before realign...
Russian journalist fined 29 July 2014 BULAWAYO - A Russian journalist who works for National Geographic Channel escaped jail after he was fined $600 for three different charges by Victoria Falls magistrate Sharon Rosemani. Daniil Nikolev, 32, was fined $600 in lieu of spending a year-and-a-half in prison. He faced charges of makin...
Chinese national freed after fire arms rap 29 July 2014 HARARE - A Harare magistrate yesterday granted $2 000 bail to a Chinese national who is being charged of contravening the Fire Arms Act. Magistrate Donald Ndirowei ordered Wencai Huo, 51, to also deposit $100 000 surety before his release. Huo, who is the proprietor of Lebanmon Investments,...
Lawyer remanded in custody over $56k fraud 29 July 2014 HARARE - A Harare lawyer has been remanded in prison after magistrate Donald Ndirowei yesterday advised him to apply for bail at the High Court over $56 800 fraud charges. Edmore Machuwaire, 43, who is senior partner at Machuwaire Law Firm, is jointly charged with Francisco Chatyoka, 23, Peter...
Fulfill election promises, Zanu PF told 29 July 2014 BULAWAYO - The Welshman Ncube-led MDC says it is irked by the manner in which the Zanu PF government has failed to deliver on its election promises, almost a year after it romped into a resounding election victory. MDC national spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube said the party’s national standing comm...
Grace Mugabe: Mutasa speaks 28 July 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF says the formal endorsement of First Lady Grace Mugabe to take over the leadership of the party's Women's League, signifying her first high-profile public foray into elective politics, has nothing to do with succession politics or factionalism. Amid r...
Gender Commission Bill gazetted 28 July 2014 HARARE - Government has gazetted the Zimbabwe Gender Commission Bill, paving the way for the statute to be brought before the National Assembly for debate. The bill, which was carried in the Government Gazette published on Friday, seeks to establish a nine-member commission whose primary role ...
We will never concede defeat — Tsvangirai 28 July 2014 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Saturday told Zimbabweans at a rally in Birmingham that the solution in Zimbabwe was unconditional dialogue. He rejected outright the Zanu PF precondition that the MDC must first concede defeat in the July 31, 2013 elections. “If they think I ...
Top female shootist in love with guns 28 July 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe top shooter Olivia Kachamaedza is a tough, independent woman. For her, being tough and independent is not about being angry, it is not about rebelling against the status quo but rather about being confident in herself and her actions. A chief prison officer, Kachamaedza says ...
Mugabe's opportunity to salvage legacy 28 July 2014 HARARE -  As Zimbabwe prepares to host the Sadc summit next month, local civic society groups who have been at loggerheads with President Robert Mugabe and his administration over alleged gross human rights violations, wish to see the veteran Zanu PF leader use his chairmanship to correct past wr...
EU inaugurates $4m Zim trade deal 28 July 2014 HARARE - The European Union will inaugurate the newly-established Zimbabwe-EU Business Information Centre (Zim-EBIC), on August 1 in Harare, a top EU diplomat has said. Zim-EBIC is an information hotspot that will allow Zimbabwean businesses to easily and conveniently access information about ...
Will Grace succeed husband? 27 July 2014 HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe's formal endorsement to take over the leadership of the Zanu PF Women's League, is widely viewed as a first step towards succeeding husband President Robert Mugabe if he decides to quit. While some analysts say she is seeking political power for herself amid qu...