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'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...
Media commemorates World Press Freedom Day 7 May 2017 HARARE - Media industry in Zimbabwe last week commemorated World Press Freedom Day, on May 3, with various organisations converging at the Harare Polytechnic where Information minister Chris Mushowe gave an address. The gathering saw deliberations and presentations on the media landscape by va...
When Zanu PF forgets its own 7 May 2017 HARARE - A deathly silence engulfs Takeley Drive in Harare’s medium density suburb of Sentosa, Mabelreign as Dick “Chinx” Chingaira is helped out of an Isuzu Bighorn and onto a wheelchair. Frail and barely able to speak, the man whose liberation war songs turned farmers into soldiers struggles...
Farmers left to rot at auction floors 7 May 2017 HARARE - Tapiwa Kadzura travelled all the way from Karoi, he had his tobacco bales and hoped to make a kill at the auction floors — but reality is different. He sleeps in a toilet and scrounges for food as he and other farmers are told there is no money to pay them now. Last week, Kadzura a...
Worker's Day: Zim mourns death of industry 4 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe this week joined the rest of the world in commemorating Workers’ Day celebrated worldwide on May 1 as unemployment in the country hovers at a staggering 90 percent. When Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980, the new leadership inherited a vibrant industry that employed millio...
Victims recount politically-motivated sexual assaults 30 April 2017 HARARE - She is sick, and sits leaning on the wall of her hut. She shifts her small frame, peers into the distance and in a voice laden with anguish, she recounts: “I was raped.” It is hard to digest the words from the tall 46-year-old mother of seven. She is one of the few people in Maramb...
Leadership crisis source of imbalances 27 April 2017 HARARE - Perhaps the starting point when examining this invaluable addition to African scholarship would be exploring the series editors’ comments on the book. “The author combines the African philosophy of Ubuntu or humanness, the cornerstone of African thought and life, with the concept of I...
'It's time to pass the baton' 21 April 2017 HARARE - While Zimbabweans acknowledge the political liberation and the land bequeathed to us by our elders, the baton stick should not end with them but must of necessity be passed on. Today 37 years on, we celebrate their sterling efforts in giving us black majority rule. Our elders disch...
Red Cross transforms dry Muzarabani 19 April 2017 MUZARABANI - About 300km from Harare into Mashonaland Central Province lies a dry and remote area called Muzarabani where people somehow manage to scratch a living despite both natural and man-made disasters including extreme whether temperatures. The area falls under the natural farming regio...