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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...
Zim drifts towards 2008 meltdown 26 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is drifting towards an economic crisis as severe as the 2008 economic meltdown which eventually led government to abandon the worthless Zimdollar after it was severely dented by hyperinflation, analysts contend. Banks are so short of cash that queuing has become a full-time o...
Chingwizi villager's battle against drug-resistant TB 26 March 2017 HARARE - Takura Chinguwo from Chingwizi holding camp in Mwenezi is fighting not only a war against a strain of drug-resistant TB, but also a battle to obtain a strictly regulated new medicine that could save his life. In February 2014 after the immense Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam basin flooded following...
Between a rock and hard place 19 March 2017 HARARE - “We will not go anywhere, this is where we belong.” This was the message by people who are living with disabilities at a Leonard Chishire home, as court officials threatened to kick them out of the only home they have known for over two decades. On March 10, the Sheriff of the High Co...
Corporal punishment ban: Is it long overdue, or interfering nanny State? 12 March 2017 HARARE - A High Court order outlawing corporal punishment in homes and schools spotlights the struggle between Zimbabwe's deeply-rooted attachment to spanking children and new laws that criminalise the infliction of bodily pain as a form of punishment. In most Zimbabwean homes, children have m...
Red Cross intervenes as floods affect livelihoods 7 March 2017 HARARE - Most rural families in Midlands, Masvingo and Matabeleland provinces have had their livelihoods seriously affected as they lost their goats, chicken and cattle due to heavy incessant rains induced by the Tropical depression Dineo. The ground is now saturated and can no longer absorb m...
Zim must just adopt rand 26 February 2017 HARARE - Since adoption of the multi-currency regime in 2009, following a multi-billion percent inflationary meltdown caused by rampant money-printing, spawning critical cash shortages —  debate has been raging on whether to adopt the rand or not. Discussions on this will certainly gain renewe...
CBD female vendors' plight raises concern 26 February 2017 HARARE - Tariro Zhangazha is at corner Leopold Takawira and Nelson Mandela in the Harare city centre selling bow ties when a riot police truck arrives at the scene and the officers begin to round up vendors. Her one-and-a-half-year-old baby is in a cardboard box. When she spots one of the poli...
Sleep disorders take serious toll on health 18 February 2017 HARARE - A sleep disorder is a condition that frequently impacts your ability to get enough quality sleep. While it's normal to occasionally experience difficulties in sleeping, it's not normal to regularly have problems getting to sleep at night, to wake up feeling exhausted, or to feel sleep...
How to quit smoking 15 February 2017 HARARE - For most tobacco users, tobacco cravings or urges to smoke can be powerful. But you're not at the mercy of these cravings. When an urge to use tobacco strikes, remember that although it may be intense, it will probably pass within five to 10 minutes whether or not you smoke a cigarett...
How to manage stress 15 February 2017 HARARE - Do you know anyone who isn't at times stressed out these days? The pace of modern life makes stress management a necessary skill for everyone. Many people juggle multiple responsibilities, work, home life, caregiving and relationships. Learning to identify problems and implement so...