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First Lady bars Daily News from event 31 July 2015 HARARE - A news reporting crew from the Daily News was barred from covering a function presided over by First Lady Grace Mugabe at her Mazowe business hub on Wednesday, in yet another glaring example of official intolerance of the independent media in the country. While the Daily News was ejec...
Car duty goes up, bale imports banned 30 July 2015 HARARE - The cash-strapped Zimbabwean government has increased import duty for second hand vehicles, banned the importation of second hand clothing and scrapped rebates on groceries as part of measures to revive the stagnating economy. In his mid-term fiscal presentation in Parliament yesterda...
Mujuru not missing war-torn Zanu PF 30 July 2015 HARARE - As the factional and succession wars devouring President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF get nastier and messier, two of its purged stalwarts — former Vice President Joice Mujuru and ex-Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa — say they are content watching “the sad circus from the t...
Kasukuwere faces prison 30 July 2015 HARARE - Parliament yesterday moved to have Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere arrested on charges of showing contempt for the august House, as the deadly factional and succession wars disembowelling Zanu PF continue to play out in public. Chairperson of the parliamentary committee...
Jehovah's Witnesses pupils, school fight over religion 30 July 2015 HARARE - The Constitutional Court has reserved ruling in a case in which four parents of Jehovah’s Witnesses pupils attending the Anglican Church-owned Arundel School are challenging the institution’s decision to compel every student to attend religious sessions at the school. Amos Makani, Mbi...
Zanu PF wants Mujuru back 29 July 2015 HARARE - Amid claims that President Robert Mugabe no longer believed that former Vice President Joice Mujuru had plotted to oust and assassinate him, it is now also being suggested that some post-congress Zanu PF bigwigs are actively working to lure her back to the warring party. Sources withi...
Mugabe ministers fear own shadows 29 July 2015 HARARE - As Zanu PF’s deadly factional and succession wars continue to escalate, it has been learnt that paranoid bigwigs are becoming increasingly suspicious of the aides that are seconded to them from the country’s dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO). A well-placed source told th...
Gumbura faces further rape charge 29 July 2015 HARARE - Incarcerated Independent End Time Message leader Robert Martin Gumbura’s lawyer yesterday slammed the state for conspiring to reopen his trial on a further rape charge. Gumbura is serving a 40-year jail term. He is represented in the latest case by Tapson Dzvetero, whose application f...
'Mugabe no longer believes Mujuru plotted against him' 28 July 2015 HARARE - Zanu PF insiders claim that President Robert Mugabe no longer buys into the “contrived narrative” that former Vice President Joice Mujuru had plotted to oust and assassinate him — as it apparently becomes increasingly clear to the First Family that some ambitious ruling party bigwigs exp...
Mugabe pleads with wayward son Chatunga 28 July 2015 HARARE - A seemingly exasperated President Robert Mugabe on Saturday pleaded with his errant and fun-loving last born, Bellarmine Chatunga, imploring him to grow up and take his studies seriously. Speaking at his wife Grace's lavish 50th birthday celebrations, that took place on Chatunga's 18t...
Workers' allowances not a right: Court 28 July 2015 HARARE - The Supreme Court has ruled that allowances are not a right for workers but was at companies’ discretion. The ruling was handed down following an appeal filed by the National Railways of Zimbabwe, which was challenging a Labour Court ruling and an arbitrator’s decision, granting the r...
Gossip caused Mujuru ouster! 27 July 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's increasingly influential wife, Grace, has now admitted openly that she plotted the ouster of former Vice President Joice Mujuru over petty gossip — an ill-advised move that has seen the warring ruling Zanu PF officially splitting into two bitterly-opposed format...
'Mutasa has seen the light' 27 July 2015 MAKONI - Opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has said were it not for the MDC's unwavering commitment to democratic change in the country, his party could have in the past taken up arms to liberate long-suffering Zimbabweans — a move that would have plunged the country into unprecedented violen...
Tsvangirai under Zanu PF siege 27 July 2015 HARARE - Analysts say President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu PF are once again waging yet another assault on opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's political career, ahead of the country's much-anticipated national elections in 2018. These sentiments come in the wake of successive, but ult...
Ex-PM savages Grace's lavish bash 27 July 2015 HONDE VALLEY - First Lady Grace Mugabe's lavish 50th birthday bash at the First Family's huge mansion in Harare last night has come under severe attack from opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai — who urged the nation not to “waste time and money talking about her non-event” birthday. Responding...
Mugabe tops salaries charts 25 July 2015 HARARE - Despite his assertions to the contrary, it has been revealed that President Robert Mugabe is in fact among the highest paid African leaders, coming in at a tidy number 11 on the continent in terms of his remuneration — and not withstanding the fact that a recent survey deemed Zimbabwe to...
Kasukuwere under fire over deals 25 July 2015 HARARE - Combative Local Government minister and Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere is in the dog box following stunning revelations in Parliament this week that he tried to force mining companies to pay consultancy firm Brainworks Capital millions of dollars. Appearing before the ...
Failure not an option in 2018: Tsvangirai 25 July 2015 HONDE VALLEY - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has warned the economy will be further doomed and hunger will worsen if Zimbabweans do not unite to kick out Zanu PF from power. Addressing more than 1 000 people at Hauna Business Centre in Mutasa North yesterday, Tsvangirai said while his leadershi...
Grace showcases her power at 50 24 July 2015 HARARE - The rising power and influence of President Robert Mugabe's controversial wife, Grace, has been on full public display this week — with politicians, business people and service chiefs among the noteworthy bigwigs who have gone into a bootlicking frenzy as the First Lady celebrates her 50...
Mugabe's top aide clings to grabbed farm 24 July 2015 HARARE - The on-going harassment of commercial farmer David Connolly, owner of Centenary Farm in Figtree, is impacting severely on his displaced workers and on agricultural production. Since June last year, Connolly has been embroiled in a fierce legal battle with  the deputy chief secretary t...
Mutare cops disrupt Tsvangirai meeting 24 July 2015 MUTARE - Belligerent police disrupted an MDC meeting at Queens Hall in Mutare yesterday when they insisted on sitting through the private deliberations of an internal party meeting — contrary to the provisions of the law. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, s...
'Public hospitals dispense expired ARVs' 24 July 2015 HARARE - Several boxes of expired anti-retroviral drugs were dispensed to patients by public hospitals, compromising the health of patients, the Auditor General has reported. In a recent audit report for the year ended December 31, 2014, the auditor general, Mildred Chiri, said hospitals were ...
Mujuru resurfaces 23 July 2015 HARARE - A thriller of epic proportions — if the political climate does not turn typically violent and even murderous — is on the cards in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections, after the Zanu PF formation that uses the slogan People First confirmed yesterday that former Vice President ...
Grace in rip-off dinner 23 July 2015 HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe’s much-talked about birthday Fundraising Dinner Dance — to be attended by most of Zimbabwe’s well-heeled and who’s who of politics and business — will be held on Saturday. And for the privilege of attending the 50th birthday dinner date with President Robert Mu...
MPs in near fist-fight in Parly 23 July 2015 HARARE - There was drama in Parliament yesterday as Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Member of Parliament (proportional representation) Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga almost engaged in a fist-fight with a Zanu PF legislator over alleged “sexual harassment”. Trouble started when Gokwe-Nemb...