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Police, vendors clash in typhoid crackdown 22 January 2017 HARARE - Vendor Tapiwa Gumande quickly gathers her tomatoes and onions from the pavement and throws them in a box as she takes to her heels, fleeing from a joint taskforce of State and municipal police. In the process, about five of her tomatoes spill to the ground, but she does not look back ...
'Aborted data fees increase suspicious' 15 January 2017 HARARE - While Communication Technologies minister, Supa Mandiwanzira this week suspended the new floor prices of data services which had been introduced by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz) on January 9 until he resumes work end of this month, analysts are worried a...
Cries from prison: Ex-prisoner's tale 15 January 2017 HARARE - An exhausted Robson Jack mills around Harare Magistrates’ Courts, his socks filled with handwritten letters — cries from prisoners requesting food aid, legal assistance and pleas for prayers. He calmly approaches bystanders, pleading if they know one of the inmates’ relatives who was ...
'Moyo keen to divide Mugabe, Mnangagwa' 15 January 2017 HARARE - Maverick businessman-cum-politician Energy Mutodi is refusing to hold back his withering criticism of President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF and here he speaks to The Daily News On Sunday Deputy Chief Writer, Tendai Kamhungira, about his views on the rumbling succession issue and the storm ...
2017 poses challenges for Zim scribes 13 January 2017 HARARE - As with any other campaign year, 2017 will be a difficult year for Zimbabwean journalists who will face the prospects of being victimised by political activists and security agencies, national director of MISA-Zimbabwe Nhlanhla Ngwenya told the Daily News recently. Ngwenya said last y...
Knife-crime spree sweeps Zim 8 January 2017 HARARE - Another stabbing in the Epworth neighbourhood, not with an axe, but a knife. The jacaranda was in bloom and the residents were going about their innocent business. At 3pm, a terrible screaming was heard coming from a nearby home and when police arrived, they found a man lying bleed...
Black fungi destroys giant baobab trees 1 January 2017 CHIMANIMANI - A mysterious  black fungi epidemic threatens to wipe the giant baobab trees particularly in Nyanyadzi, Chimanimani district. Forestry Commission Provincial Manager Phillip Tomu said his organisation was concerned and conducting studies on the impact the bacteria could have on bao...
Where to book a table for a memorable New Year 30 December 2016 HARARE - Though many will be trekking to the rural areas for New Year's Day, there is no shortage of fantastic restaurants to try if you have opted to spend your holiday break in the capital, Harare. If you are forgoing home cooking and are looking for somewhere incredible to share a meal on J...
Unmasking the man behind the JSC dispute 18 December 2016 HARARE - Romeo Zibani is not your conventional university student who rolls to school in a high-end vehicle and can afford to splash cash on frivolities. If anything, his friends say, he struggles to get by. Some suggest that were it not for a scholarship from a top Harare lawyer (name withhel...
Zim's human rights take sharp decline 11 December 2016 HARARE - As Zimbabwe yesterday joined the rest of the world in commemorating International Human Rights Day, the Daily News on Sunday spoke to a number of political and social analysts who all agreed the year 2016 witnessed the worst in terms of human rights abuses. Political commentator Mcdon...
Domestic violence trails women, girls 11 December 2016 HARARE - Pamela Phiri,47, and Dorika Banzi, 53, were lucky to be released from serving 20 and 17-year sentences respectively for murdering their husbands. Phiri, a teacher by profession had hacked her husband while Banzi slit the throat of her live-in lover with a fish paring knife. The two...
HIV infection rise among adolescents 11 December 2016 HARARE - While the country has made enormous strides in reducing the HIV prevalence, gains made thus far could be reduced by a spike in infections among adolescents, the Health and Child Care ministry warned recently. Last year alone nearly 14 000 girls and young women, between the ages of 15 ...
Gender based violence is rife 8 December 2016 HARARE - It is time for action to end gender-based violence and men should not be inevitable to speak out against the violence, Parliamentary Portfolio Committee chairperson on gender and Goromonzi MP Biata Nyamupinga has said. Gender based violence is rife-and it is getting worse-according to...
Sorcery and witchcraft in Zim 4 December 2016 HARARE - Unlike the British-American Harry Potter books and film series that paint witchcraft with a rainbow brush, the practice is widely frowned upon in Zimbabwe. Disapproval for the practise is so widespread that “witch hunters” — believed to have been making a killing duping local villager...
'My mom despised police work' 1 December 2016 HARARE - When she joined the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) at the age of 23, there were howls of disapproval from family and friends. But today, national police spokesperson Charity Charamba looks back with pride. Recently, she graduated with a masters' degree in International Relations wi...
No justice behind bars 1 December 2016 HARARE - A masculine Jacob Harineki is easily recognisable as he strolls into the prison yard with his jail garb boldly emblazoned LIFE. Branded, Harineki knows that unless something extraordinary happens — an amnesty perhaps — then he is in prison to stay. The hands of time are slower and eve...
Bak Storage demolitions: Nowhere to call home 20 November 2016 HARARE - The image of a wailing mother flinging her arms in grief while her child tries in vain to console her has not been easily forgotten by onlookers who stood motionless as bulldozers razed down structures along Harare-Masvingo road. It's been close to a month since that episode left more...
Spar SA escapes Zim's doom, gloom 19 November 2016 HARARE - Since the 1960s when it entered the Zimbabwean market, South African retailer and wholesaler Spar had become a dominant group, getting a lot of attention across the country for being a good trader, probably the best in class. A long-time supermarket chain here, it was more aligned wit...
'Scavengers' return to Pomona 14 November 2016 HARARE - Petros Mauri pokes through piles of smoldering garbage — the remains of a fierce fire that engulfed Pomona dumpsite and raged on for the better part of a week. The Epworth resident, who is one of the plus 200 people who work in this makeshift community, has made the 46-kilometre journ...
Poor service delivery costs women, girls 6 November 2016 HARARE - As the water crisis seems to have no possible solution in sight and rationing regimes have been introduced in cities and towns across the country, women and girls are most affected due to gender roles placed on them by society and culture. Care giving, a role mostly given to women has...
Zim runs dry 16 October 2016 HARARE - The devastating effects of the El Nino-induced drought are now being felt across the country with residents and officials warning of a potential national disaster if the critical water situation is not dealt with. There are fears that Zimbabwe could slide back to the 2008/2009 period ...
Zim risks losing war on Aids 10 October 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is still in danger of losing the war on HIV/Aids despite major medical advances and more than 25 years of effort, if latest statistics are anything to go by. According to the United Nations, Zimbabwe ranks fifth among countries with the highest HIV/Aids prevalence in sub-Saha...
Plundering the life out of Chimanimani 10 October 2016 CHIMANIMANI - Illegal artisanal gold miners who have retained a stranglehold on government-owned Allied Timber's Tarka Forest Reserve — a commercial pine tree plantation in Chimanimani — may just have become overly aggressive. With the area having been worked and reworked for nearly two decade...
'Feeding on baboons common' 25 September 2016 HARARE - Deep in the arid Masvingo Province lies the remote district of Mwenezi where villagers have resorted to feeding on baboons, shockingly claiming its not out of hunger. The area, which falls under the country's natural farming region five — characterised by high temperatures and low rai...
Zim: From drought to floods 25 September 2016 HARARE - As Zimbabwe moves from El Nino to La Nina, the number of food insecure Zimbabweans will rise to nearly six million by January 2017 from 4,1 million. El Nino, a climatic condition characterised by droughts which ravaged the country in the 2015/2016 agricultural season, is likely to be ...