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Fame, fortune fail to save Kereke, Gumbura 15 October 2017 HARARE - If fame and fortune could buy freedom, then the likes of former Zanu PF Bikita West MP Munyaradzi Kereke and Independent End Time Message church founder Robert Martin Gumbura would be walking scot-free today. Their incarceration, however, has changed the face of prison, which is domin...
Makwiro loses forests as miners ravage land 8 October 2017 HARARE - African sages say if a snake suddenly hurtles in front of you, it smacks of a bad omen. This was the case with a Daily News on Sunday crew that went on an ambitious exploratory sojourn in the mineral-rich Makwiro area of Mashonaland West Province recently; where indiscriminate chrome ...
The kneeling brigade's swelling numbers 2 October 2017 HARARE - It's not known how many times prominent personalities, Zanu PF Members of Parliament and ministers in President Robert Mugabe's Cabinet  kneel before divinity to ask for forgiveness for their sins as they retire to bed at night. What is known though is that they do not have any qualms...
'Big Five' massacred, driven to extinction 18 September 2017 HARARE – Zimbabwe is home to some of the world's most iconic wild animals, but rampant poaching might wipe them out forever. Authorities have often been caught napping as poachers take advantage of the dry period from September to December when watering holes dry up, forcing animals to congreg...
Fatal accidents raise safety concerns 10 September 2017 HARARE - After three horror traffic accidents that claimed 24 lives in just three days last month, road traffic safety is once again taking centre stage, with public transport users and experts questioning authorities and transport operators' sincerity in tackling road carnage. Tragedy struck ...
Rich, famous drown in maintenance debt 3 September 2017 HARARE - Responsibility is one thing that several people are afraid of in life, which has seen many men including popular figures being dragged before the courts for failing to pay maintenance towards the upkeep of their children. Politicians, business people, pastors, musicians and ordinary c...
Kumafulatsi: Amidst the ugly, dirty 23 August 2017 HARARE - Kumafulatsi; By Wonder Guchu, Arts Initiates, 2015. 134 Pages Filth, debauchery, drunkenness, prostitution, child abuse, eroded moral fabric, false prophets, blackmail, homosexuality, poverty, petty thefts among others are all part and parcel of Wonder Guchu’s exciting play, Kumafulat...
Requiem for Advocate Chris Andersen 21 August 2017 HARARE - Chris Andersen, who practiced as an advocate for over half a century, died on July 12, 2017.  He was 81.   He gave his all in the cause of those he had been instructed to represent.  He joined the Bar in the early 60s, when its members included many Queens Counsel of star-studded q...
'Mugabe should name successor' 20 August 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe should name his successor and manage the transition while in office to avoid events being controlled by circumstances beyond his control, analysts contend. First Lady Grace Mugabe recently waded into the Zanu PF succession when she urged her ageing husband to a...
'Jail did not strip their voting rights' 20 August 2017 HARARE - Since the attainment of independence, Zimbabwean prisoners — who have the same rights to decide on their next leader as every other Zimbabwean citizen — have never been accorded the right to vote. But according to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, all citizens of Zimbabwe who are aged 18 ...
Dry spell hits Zvishavane 20 August 2017 ZVISHAVANE - With the 2016/2017 agricultural season having been characterised by above normal rainfall and flash floods across the country, surprisingly Zvishavane which is in the agricultural ecological regions four and five suffered a dry spell. A visit to the small mining area showed dry ri...
Still in the game...but left out 13 August 2017 HARARE - Elderly people — aged 50 years and above — have for long been regarded as disinterested and lacking desire for sex. The notion has particularly been associated with women. But contrary to the belief, the age group is very much still in the game and feels left out and discriminated ...
37 years no toilets, clean water 31 July 2017 SIAKOBVU - Fairly abundant vegetation in Siakobvu area in Kariba — about 500km north-west of Harare deep in Mashonaland West province — does not only serve as wind break or source of cheap fuel in this part of the country but also as ‘‘ablution facilities’’ to villagers. This has seen the area...
The 'curse' of autism 23 July 2017 HARARE - Autism has remained a mysterious condition many Zimbabweans do not understand, with most associating it with superstition. The lack of awareness, coupled with government's apparent neglect, has seen many families with autistic children desperate on how to deal with it. As a result,...
Mzembi has big dreams, no regrets 16 July 2017 HARARE - To those who know him, Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi is a big dreamer, so much that some of his ideas have set him on a collision course with his colleagues in government. “I am very forthright and not easily intimidated,” Mzembi said of himself. In accepting...
The story of second hand clothes - bhero 12 July 2017 PANIPAT - Ever wonder where your clothes go after you discard them? In Western countries, when you donate clothing to charities via shops, collection bags, or clothing banks many are given to those in need or sold in charity shops to raise funds. But what happens to torn or damaged clothes,...
Tomana's rise and fall 2 July 2017 HARARE - Former Prosecutor-General (PG) Johannes Tomana, who could have things done just by the click of his fingers, has fallen from grace, with criminal charges hanging above his head. His rise to power was quite phenomenal, with many accusing him of being a beneficiary of the Zanu PF's patr...
I no longer have time for golf - Chitiga 18 June 2017 HARARE - From this Sunday, the Daily News on Sunday will be publishing this new column that celebrates women in top positions. In our ground-breaking instalment, deputy Business Editor Ndakaziva Majaka caught up with the National Social Security Authority (Nssa) general manager, Elizabeth Chit...
Political interests impede value of inquests 16 June 2017 HARARE – This week, the State ordered an inquest into the suspicious death of former Cabinet minister and diplomat, Amos Midzi, who was found lifeless at the back of his car two years ago at his Marirangwe farm, a few kilometres outside the capital. His death came after he had been suspended f...
Women turn robbers, murderers 4 June 2017 HARARE - Call it changing times. Unlike yester years, Zimbabweans have come to witness more and more women being arrested and prosecuted for committing third schedule offences which were previously common with their male counterparts. Pre-meditated murders, armed robberies, attempted murders a...
Whither the grand coalition? 21 May 2017 HARARE - No love lost is an old adage too tiring to hear but which refuses to go in Zimbabwe's polarised political theatre. There is MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, People's Democratic Party front man Tendai Biti, newcomer Joice Mujuru and smaller MDC formation leader Welshman Ncube — their coll...
Imprisoned before being found guilty 14 May 2017 HARARE - Pension Murema has been awaiting trial for the past 11 years, and the years he has lost in Harare Remand Prison engaging with a sluggish justice system has impacted him adversely. Murema’s murder trial had either not begun or had been delayed because of a mix of things — jail authorit...
Life on the margins in Epworth 14 May 2017 HARARE - Maggots feast on faecal matter in Epworth as children play close by, apparently oblivious of the health implications. Elsewhere in this dirt-poor place, a toilet collapses with a resident inside, while a shallow well also caves in while people are fetching water. All these incident...
'Friendship Bench' tackles Zim's mental health crisis 14 May 2017 HARARE - Friendship Benches — located in the grounds of health clinics around Harare and in Gweru and Chitungwiza — are helping patients with depression or anxiety with problem-solving therapy. The practitioners, who operate from simple wooden seats, are lay health workers known as “Community ...
CEOZ assesses road workers have traversed 7 May 2017 HARARE - Creative Economic Outlook Zim (CEOZ) holds the notion that without this critical national, regional and global asset – workers - it is impossible for our respective societies to reach their full potential in the various spheres that defines the human race. Accordingly, the 2017 commem...