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Mugabe rejects fresh polls 20 August 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has rejected opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's call for an early return to the polls,  rubbishing the demand as “ridiculous.” George Charamba, Mugabe’s official spokesperson, told the Daily News yesterday that Tsvangirai’s letter to Southern African Develop...
Mugabe is aware of farm invasions — Dabengwa 20 August 2014 BULAWAYO - Dumiso Dabengwa, the opposition Zapu president,  has said President Robert Mugabe is much aware of the on-going farm invasions in Matabeleland but for reasons best known to himself, is not doing anything. Dabengwa, whose Ruddy Farm in Nyamandlovu was recently invaded by Zanu PF yout...
Harare to impound overcharging kombis 20 August 2014 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) has warned that commuter operators charging $1 for a single trip risked having their vehicles impounded. HCC spokesperson Leslie Gwindi yesterday told journalists during a tour of the new Coventry Road Holding Bay that those found charging passengers $1 for a...
Mugabe recalls 6 ambassadors 20 August 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has recalled six ambassadors posted to foreign Zimbabwean missions. Joey Bimha, permanent secretary in the ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the Daily News yesterday in a telephone interview that the six diplomats had finished their tour of duty. The envoys ...
Serial car thief confesses to other charges 20 August 2014 HARARE - A man jailed for 18 years for robbing cars has pleaded guilty to another motor vehicle theft charge, before voluntarily implicating himself on two more counts. Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya yesterday deferred Blessings Makomborero Chiduke’s matter to today. The State is to m...
Gullivers Nite Club shuts down 20 August 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) president Hlanganiso Matangaidze was yesterday evicted from a Jairos Jiri Association-owned building after failing to pay rentals. The businessman failed to pay rentals for Gullivers, a popular night club in Mutare. Mutare magistrate Lan...
Gweru council to develop 6 000 residential stands 20 August 2014 GWERU - The Gweru City Council is set to engage private land developers to service 6 000 stands in the high density suburbs in an bid to alleviate a mounting housing crisis, a council official has said. Deputy town clerk Tapiwa Marerwa could not disclose the private land developers, but said s...
Provinces torn over presidium endorsement 20 August 2014 HARARE - All 10 provinces in Zanu PF are in a quandary over a key decision on whether to endorse President Robert Mugabe only or the whole presidium at the party’s crucial elective congress in December. While rival factions believed to be led by Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice minister...
'Zanu PF infighting blights economic recovery' 20 August 2014 HARARE - Political and economic experts have said dog fights for power have taken precedence in Zanu PF, while the ailing economy has been left unattended to. Recent events in the ruling Zanu PF’s Youth and Women’s League congresses, including kidnappings, vote buying, subplots and counter sub...
Council appoints Mahachi, Muzuva to Easipark board 20 August 2014 HARARE - Harare deputy mayor Thomas Muzuva and town clerk Tendai Mahachi were last week appointed Easipark Harare (Pvt) Ltd board members in the interim. The decision was recorded in the business committee minutes after it was noted that there was no longer a functional management committee at...
Zanu PF MP's trial kicks off 20 August 2014 KADOMA - The trial of Zanu PF legislator for Mhondoro Ngezi, Mike Gava, who allegedly went berserk and fired a volley of bullets in the sky before kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, will kick off here today. Kadoma magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba had postponed the trial after Gava’s docket was sent to...
'Let's have fresh polls' 19 August 2014 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has written to Sadc demanding fresh elections, claiming that last year's polls were rigged by President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF. In a damning letter to the Troika Organ on Politics, Defence and Security of the 15-member Southern African Development ...
Nepotism destroying Zanu PF: Sibanda 19 August 2014 HARARE - War veterans' leader Jabulani Sibanda says the ruling Zanu PF party has gone off the rails owing to endemic nepotism and corruption. In an interview with the Daily News last weekend, Sibanda said his party was no longer respecting the egalitarian principles of the liberation struggle ...
Ex-Air Zim bosses' trial opens 19 August 2014 HARARE - The trial of two ex-Air Zimbabwe (Private) Limited (Air Zimbabwe) bosses accused of acting inconsistently with their duties has begun at the Harare Magistrates’ Court. Peter Samanga Chikumba, Air Zimbabwe’s  former acting chief executive officer and Grace Nyaradzai Pfumbidzayi, who is...
Evicted farm workers stranded 19 August 2014 FIGTREE - Farm workers evicted here by deputy chief secretary in the office of the President and Cabinet Ray Ndhlukula have been left stranded. Dartnelly Farm, lying about 45km south west of Bulawayo, was invaded on August 1. The farm grows cabbages, tomatoes and rears cattleg. Ndhlukula...
Police break up MDC youth demo 19 August 2014 HARARE - Police yesterday clashed with MDC youths in Harare, battering the demonstrating opposition supporters who were demanding jobs. Six MDC youth activists were seriously injured and others were arrested as police violently clamped down on the peaceful protesters. The injured were rushe...
Divaris Makaharis lawyers warn Tapera 19 August 2014 HARARE - Divaris Makaharis School (Divaris)’s lawyers have told the school’s ex-head Christopher Tapera to stop his misinformation campaign about his alleged labour court win against the institution. This not only comes as the disgraced former Heritage School principal has claimed he had won a...
Unlicensed kombi driver hits cops 19 August 2014 HARARE - An unlicensed commuter omnibus driver hit two police officers while evading a roadblock, before pelting a police vehicle with stones, a Harare magistrate heard yesterday. Abraham Moyana, 23, has been charged with failure to comply with police instructions, two counts of attempted murd...
Harare deputy mayor refuses to share allowance 19 August 2014 HARARE - Harare deputy mayor Thomas Muzuva has refused to share with 45 other councillors a $1 500 allowance he earned from investigating the $144 million China-Exim bank loan facility that was allegedly abused by city fathers. An agitated Muzuva told a council meeting last week that it was un...
Mujuru post under threat 18 August 2014 HARARE - Zanu PF is falling apart with the party's rules being discarded as junior party officials — fronting factional interests — openly tear apart Vice President Joice Mujuru in a desperate bid to discredit her ahead of the party's elective congress in December. This development comes as it...
Makandiwa acquires gold mine 18 August 2014 HARARE - A business consortium believed to be led by popular preacher, Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa (pictured) has taken over a gold milling plant in Mutawatawa from a Chinese firm, Ming Chang. Close sources say the plant was acquired for over $1,3 million with the deal financed by a local bank....
War vets back Mujuru 18 August 2014 HARARE - War veterans have defended Vice President Joice Mujuru, saying she deserved to be the country's second in command despite reservations from a Zanu PF faction battling to succeed President Robert Mugabe. Jabulani Sibanda, the war veterans leader, told the Daily News at the weekend that...
'I'm a true African woman' 18 August 2014 HARARE -  Love or hate her, Justice Rita Makarau organised and presided over the 2013 elections which brought back President Robert Mugabe to power. It is no mean feat running elections in Zimbabwe where society is so polarised that the opposition accuses her Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) o...
Another Chitungwiza council workers' strike looms 18 August 2014 HARARE - Chitungwiza municipal employees have threatened another crippling industrial action today if their leaders suspended on allegations of leading an illegal strike last month are not immediately reinstated. About six Zimbabwe Urban Council Workers Union (ZUCWU) leaders who include Miriam...
Govt decentralises mining districts 18 August 2014 HARARE - Government on Friday gazetted a statutory instrument decentralising the country's mining districts, in a move meant to rationalise operations in the ministry. This comes as Mines and Mining Development deputy minister Fred Moyo recently announced that government had abolished the post...