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Mugabe sacks 7 more ministers 22 December 2014 HARARE - As expected President Robert Mugabe yesterday fired seven more ministers as the purge against people aligned to former vice president Joice Mujuru continues. In a statement released by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda, the seven were sacked in terms of ...
Zim fallen off investors' radar - Biti 22 December 2014 WASHINGTON - Former Finance minister Tendai Biti says foreign investors are willing to open businesses in Zimbabwe if the political situation improves. Biti, who is currently in Washington DC as a visiting fellow at the Centre for Global Development, said investors are watching the unfolding p...
HIV-related deaths rise 22 December 2014 HARARE - HIV-related illnesses have been identified as one of the leading causes of deaths in Harare, the Harare City Council 2013 health report revealed. In a report presented to the health committee by health services director Prosper Chonzi, HCC noted that the number of deaths recorded in 2...
Climate change a reality 22 December 2014 HARARE - Climate change being experienced in Zimbabwe has affected farmers particularly those in communal lands who are now confused about when and what to farm given the erratic rainfall patterns characterised by long dry spells. The Daily News Community Affairs Editor Margaret Chinowaita (MC...
'Unity Accord losing meaning' 22 December 2014 HARARE - Former and current Zanu PF stalwarts say the Unity Accord signed between President Robert Mugabe and the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo in 1987 has lost significance owing to the debilitating political polarisation within the party. Since the signing of the accord, government has se...
Anger against Mugabe grows 21 December 2014 HARARE - There is an unprecedented groundswell of anger across the political and social divides in the country against President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF’s misrule, with analysts saying yesterday that this boded well for keenly-anticipated national elections scheduled for 2018. Among the prom...
Mphoko under fire over utterances 21 December 2014 HARARE - Some angry Zimbabweans have called on newly-appointed Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to either resign from his post or apologise profusely and unreservedly for his “thoughtless” views on the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres. This was after controversial utterances were attributed to Mph...
Zapu in talks with Zanu PF rebels 21 December 2014 BULAWAYO - Zapu President Dumiso Dabengwa says his party has since held meetings with expelled Zanu PF cadres in a move likely to usher Zimbabwe into a new political discourse. Addressing journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club on Friday, Dabengwa described the purging of former Vice President ...
MPs cry foul over budget 21 December 2014 HARARE - Parliamentarians have lamented the lack of  adequate funding towards key government ministries from Treasury in the budgetary allocations made recently. The 21 chairpersons of the various portfolio committees presented reports from the Parliamentary committees that have spent the last...
Zim's worst Xmas ever 21 December 2014 HARARE - Long-suffering Zimbabweans face another bleak Christmas next week, with both political and economic analysts fingering President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu PF party's continuing misrule as the genesis of the crisis. Analysts, corporates, trade unions and ordinary Zimbabweans ca...
Fearful Mnangagwa cancels celebrations 21 December 2014 HARARE - Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has cancelled round two of his victory celebrations that were scheduled to take place today at his Sherwood Farm, just outside Kwekwe. Sources told the Daily News yesterday that the secretive Zanu PF stalwart had apparently taken this unexpected dec...
Zimondi jailed 18 years for murder 21 December 2014 HARARE - Pritchard Zimondi, who brutally murdered his girlfriend in 2012 will leave jail aged 41, after High Court judge Hlekani Mwayera yesterday slapped him with an 18-year prison term. In passing sentence, Mwayera said the court had considered that Zimondi was a youthful offender, who was t...
Tribalism rocks warring Zanu PF 19 December 2014 HARARE - Tribalism and regionalism are threatening to rip apart the warring Zanu PF, with the once dominant Zezuru group in the party apparently angry that President Robert Mugabe overlooked them and affirmed Ndebeles and Karangas after the recent brutal purging of former Vice President Joice Muj...
VPs can also be ministers: Experts 19 December 2014 HARARE - Legal gurus say there is no constitutional impediment that precludes Zimbabwe's newly-appointed vice presidents from holding ministerial positions at the same time. This follows heated and ongoing public debates about whether vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko s...
Bond coins are necessary: Mangudya 19 December 2014 HARARE - The introduction of bond coins was a “confidence-building measure” after the hyper-inflationary and pre-dollarisation era's “financial trauma”, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya has said. The Central Bank boss was speaking at an Institute of Chartered Accountants Z...
Hillary Tandi seeks discharge 19 December 2014 HARARE - Former Studio 263 actor, Tafadzwa Gregory Hillary Tandi, who is accused of fleecing a couple of $23 500 after lying that he planned Bona Mugabe's wedding has applied for discharge. Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo will pass the ruling on December 24. In his defence, Tandi argues tha...
Shun corruption, police told 19 December 2014 HARARE - Police commissioner general Augustine Chihuri has expressed concern over the continued increase in rape-related crimes as well as armed robberies and vehicle theft. Speaking at the last police pass out parade of the year at Morris Depot in Harare yesterday, Chihuri said while there wa...
It's not over, says Mutasa 18 December 2014 HARARE - Former Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa says he and others who were recently ousted from the party for allegedly plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe from power and assassinate the nonagenarian will not be forced out of the party. At the same time, Zimbabwe...
Mugabe stole Xmas — Tsvangirai 18 December 2014 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday likened President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu PF party to the Grinch that stole Christmas. Delivering his end of year address at the party's Harvest House headquarters in Harare, the MDC leader said Zanu PF had failed dismally to del...
Students reject Muchinguri as Higher Education minister 18 December 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) has rejected the new Higher Education minister Oppah Muchinguri, saying she is not qualified to hold that post. Makomborero Haruzivishe, the Zinasu spokesperson, told the Daily News that the appointment of Muchinguri to replace Olivia Muchena,...
Doctors challenge docked salaries in High Court 18 December 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwean doctors are filing an urgent chamber application in the High Court challenging the deduction of cash from their meagre salaries after engaging in a two-week strike that paralysed the health sector. Through their representative board the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association...
Tsvangirai's end of year message 18 December 2014 Dear Zimbabweans, we have come to the end of yet another tempestuous year; a year in which our faith and belief in the capacity of government to stand by its word has been seriously betrayed. Zimbabweans are suffering. The carnival atmosphere synonymous with this time of the year is sorely abs...
Tokwe-Mukorsi documentary maker bags journalism gong 18 December 2014 HARARE - Terry Mutsvanga has been awarded the 2014 ZimRights Outstanding Journalist award in honour of his immense work in directing and producing a documentary about the Tokwe-Mukorsi flood basin disaster. The award ceremony is set to be held in Bulawayo  on Friday. The film, titled “Dhamu...
Mnangagwa camp fights over spoils 17 December 2014 HARARE - With former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies now brutally shunted out of the way, supporters of new VP Emmerson Mnangagwa are now turning on each other viciously as the mindless bloodletting within Zanu PF refuses to go away. The Daily News is reliably informed that the fact...
We were cheated — Cops 17 December 2014 HARARE - Some of the 700 police officers  deployed to the African Union Region V Youth Games in Bulawayo have said they only received a fifth of the earnings that were on offer during the 10-day event. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) reportedly slashed the cops' pot from $55 a day to $10, b...