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Minister to testify in $2bn fraud case 23 July 2014 HARARE - Former Mines minister Obert Mpofu is today expected to testify in the ongoing trial of Core Mining and Minerals (Private) Limited director Lovemore Kurotwi, accused of defrauding the government of $2 billion. The matter was postponed two weeks ago to allow chief law officer Chris Muta...
Con-Court de-criminalises publishing falsehoods 23 July 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe’s highest court has ruled that a criminal defamation law which criminalises publishing falsehoods was unconstitutional. The judgment delivered yesterday by the full bench of the Constitutional Court declared the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 as ultra...
Zim education system outdated: Hungwe 23 July 2014 HARARE - Josia Hungwe, the minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education, yesterday in Senate said Zimbabwe’s education system is outdated because it emphasises scholars’ cognitive development at the expense of life skills. Hungwe told the thematic committee on Millenni...
'Mutodi can't access bank account' 23 July 2014 HARARE - The Harare Magistrates Court has granted an interim order barring businessman-cum-musician Energy Mutodi from accessing funds from his National Housing Development Trust (NHDT) bank account. Magistrate Brighton Pabwe granted the order following an application filed by Boniface Chikono...
'Economic rebound possible' 23 July 2014 HARARE - African Sun Limited chief executive officer, Shingi Munyeza says there is enough wealth in Zimbabwe to turn around the economy, currently on a downward spiral. The business executive, who heads one of the biggest hospitality groups in Sub-Saharan Africa, said this during a builders’ c...
Mugabe draws fire 22 July 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's claim that Zimbabwe was undergoing robust economic growth was yesterday questioned by economic and political analysts. Mugabe told delegates at the President's Medal Shoot prize-giving ceremony at Cleveland Rifle Range in Harare on Sunday that the economy was...
'No money to monetise Zim dollar' 22 July 2014 HARARE - Patrick Chinamasa, the Finance minister, yesterday said government was not yet ready to compensate depositors who lost their money held  in banks during the  change-over from local to the multiple currency system in 2009. Chinamasa told the parliamentary portfolio committee on Finance...
Tsvangirai heads to UK 22 July 2014 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is heading to the United Kingdom to deliver a keynote address at Chatham House, a leading political think tank. Tsvangirai will be the guest speaker on Friday at the British Royal Institute of International Affairs, better known as Chatham House. He...
Zimra marginally misses target 22 July 2014 HARARE - National tax collector, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra), collected $1,72 billion in taxes in the half year to June 2014, against a target of $1,74 billion, resulting in a negative variance of one percent. “An improvement in the economic outlook as envisaged under the economic b...
Media gagged in tax appeal cases 22 July 2014 HARARE - The High Court has barred journalists from covering the on-going tax appeal cases, with top South African lawyer Adrian de Bourbon threatening to sue a State-controlled newspaper over a report it carried in yesterday's edition. High Court judge Samuel Kudya yesterday asked journalists...
NGOs pull out of Chingwizi 22 July 2014 MASVINGO - A health disaster is looming at Chingwizi Transit Camp after non-governmental organisations offering sanitation assistance pulled out, a senior government official has warned. Felix Chikovo, the Masvingo provincial administrator, told a provincial development council meeting here th...
Man axed as farm invasions turn violent 22 July 2014 MASVINGO - A local farm owner is battling for life at Masvingo Provincial Hospital after he was struck by an axe on the head by marauding war veterans. The ex-liberation fighters were invading his farm in Masvingo East. Mufaro Mukaro of Mudspruit Farm is in a medical comma at the provincial...
Mugabe differs with the rest 21 July 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday shockingly said the economy is on a recovery path, despite his government struggling to foot the civil service wage bill and the continued suffering of the general populace. Speaking at this year's President's Medal Shoot prize giving ceremony at Clev...
Govt debt cripples fertiliser firms 21 July 2014 HARARE - Government's failure to pay local fertiliser companies is leading to sector stagnation in an industry which had been steadily growing since 2009, a recent study revealed. According to the latest report by the Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit (Zeparu), fertiliser proj...
I'm now a spirit medium: Shaba 21 July 2014 HARARE - Luta Shaba, is a women's rights advocate who bridged the gap between women at the community and national policy level by making them more conversant with the law and enhancing their participation. She also rose to prominence with the “women can do it campaign” which encouraged women t...
'Minerals' price slump affects economy' 21 July 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe’s economic growth may be affected by a slump in mineral prices as a result of an uncertain external environment, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned. The Bretton-Woods Institution recently said the country faces serious medium-term challenges and achieving sustainabl...
Harare needs $5m for computerisation: Official 21 July 2014 HARARE - Harare City Council needs approximately $5 million for wide network connection to have all its district offices connected to Rowan Martin. Acting finance director Tendai Kwenda told the Daily News the project has been on hold because of financial difficulties being experienced by the ...
'Let's die for change' 20 July 2014 BULAWAYO - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday rallied his supporters to make sacrifices for the party, saying liberation from oppressors is painful and sometimes involves people losing their lives. Speaking in Bulawayo yesterday during a meeting to present an election template to provinces...
Green Fuel to support sugarcane farmers 20 July 2014 HARARE - Ethanol producer Green Fuel will this season provide land to produce sugarcane to a hundred local farmers as the Billy Rautenbach-owned firm moves in to defuse tensions from villagers demanding compensation for lost land. This follows an emotionally-charged public hearing held with th...
7 perish in crash 20 July 2014 HARARE - Seven people died on the spot en-route to Bulawayo when their Toyota Granvia was hit by a haulage truck near Treetop shops on Friday. Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, the Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson, yesterday told the Daily News on Sunday that the accident happened around ...
Harare's wetlands under threat 20 July 2014 HARARE - With over 30 wetlands across Harare, these vast water holding bodies are now under threat. More than half of the capital is built on wetlands but soon there could be nothing left as development, urban agriculture and pollution  threatens their very existence. University of Zimbabwe...
Zim aims to boost tourism earnings 20 July 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe is set to make about $7,5 billion annually from Chinese tourists after the two countries signed a tourism Memorandum of Understanding (Mou), a cabinet minister said recently. Walter Mzembi, Tourism minister, told Parliament Wednesday the country was looking into signing an Mo...
We're now a country of vendors 20 July 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe has literally  been reduced to a country of vendors, as the economy continues on a downward spiral. From professionals to the unemployed youths in the ghetto, everyone is trying to sell something to survive. Around the streets of Harare, scores of young men and women are e...
Macheso's difficult upbringing inspires him 20 July 2014 HARARE - Sungura musician Alick Macheso said his early upbringing was very difficult, hence is pained when he meets under privileged people. “I still have bad memories of the difficult life that I lived as a child and hate seeing other children in marginalised communities going through my the ...
Business as usual at Bandama burial 20 July 2014 HARARE - Industries in the country might have grounded to a halt, thousands might be out of work but for hundreds of Zanu PF supporters who attended the burial of major general Eliah Bandama on Friday everything seemed perfectly normal. “Zim Asset, Zimbabwe at work”, read one of the banners, w...