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Businessman helps victims of brutal Zim crackdown 1 February 2019 HARARE - Businessman Frank Buyanga has visited the wounded victims of Zimbabwe's deadly fuel riots, which have left 12 people dead and hundreds of others injured, taking some to hospital for medical care. This comes after his African Medallion Group (AMG) has established a humanitarian departm...
'Our focus is on unity, reconciliation, healing' 13 January 2019 HARARE - The Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe has been going through turbulent times in the last couple of years, culminating in the emergence of two factions of the church following the stepping down of former president Aspher Madziyire who had been at the helm of the church for close t...
Gender role reversal shakes marriages 6 January 2019 HARARE - Since time immemorial marriage has always obligated a woman to move into theman's home, have children and stay at home while her husband provides for the family. This traditional concept of marriage is now under threat. Thanks to the reversal of gender roles, women are increasingly be...
Fare-thee-well Matan 6 January 2019 HARARE - For many years, it had become a tradition for me to pass through Wise Owl Motel for refreshments on my way to our service centre in the mountainous city of Mutare.  While staff at the motel has always been friendly and welcoming, my attachment to this beautiful facility — nestled in t...
Murewa cultural heritage soldiers on 30 December 2018 HARARE - A cloud of dust rises in the air, while young women and men ululate and clap hands, as the prime dancers shake their bodies energetically, dancing the night away. The young men and woman in the middle of the circle, formed by spectators and cheerers, dance in unison sensually, astonis...
A chef driven by passion 27 December 2018 HARARE - She is only 28 but Chef Bolivia Mabwe, the managing director of Bolivia Events operating as Bolivia Hire and Catering Services (BHCS) has set her sights on conquering not only Zimbabwe but the region and beyond. Driven by the desire to bring the oomph into all events and gatherings, B...
No place like home 24 December 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's worsening economic and political situation has over the years forced millions of skilled Zimbabweans to seek refuge in overseas countries.  Most of them are economic refugees seeking greener pastures, with some being members of opposition political parties who fled politica...
Internet now funeral agent for diasporans 23 December 2018 HARARE - There was a time when communication was sorely dependent on the availability of the postman to courier messages between individuals or groups. That period ended with the advent of the Internet, which made the brick and mortar post offices redundant. There was also a period when peo...
A perspective on Zim's health delivery system 23 December 2018 HARARE - Healthcare delivery system remains a major concern. Is healthcare affordable and accessible? Building a sustainable healthcare system that is within the reach of all is critical. Healthcare delivery involves access to health facilities, clean water, medicines and proper sanitation amo...
What's next for Zim? 18 December 2018 HARARE - The current political system in Zimbabwe under the ruling Zanu PF has failed to work for 38 years and it would be folly to think it can work now, political analysts contend. They also called for an urgent multi-sector dialogue that looks into the country's socio-economic and political...
Chief Ndiweni: Rebel with a cause 18 December 2018 BULAWAYO - Ever since Ntabazinduna traditional leader Chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni flew back from the United Kingdom after a 40-year stay to take-over the chieftainship following the death of his respected father, the young traditional leader has been loved and hated in equal measure by h...
ED's 100 days in office 17 December 2018 HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has led “the most failed first 100 days of any president,” analysts have said, citing the worsening plight of the long-suffering majority of Zimbabweans. Mnangagwa was installed president on August 26, after the Constitutional Court confirmed his disputed ...
'Devolution process taking too long' 17 December 2018 HARARE - Government should hasten and develop legislation to govern the overdue process of devolution, the Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) and the Harare Residents Trust (HRT) have said. The two organisations recently presented a joint paper to the local government, public ...
Open Heavens services end on a high note 11 November 2018 HARARE - Grace Abound Church's Open Heavens Services, which started in October, ended on a high note last week in Kwekwe. Moving under the guidance of Prophet Effort Maphosa, the church held three services under the banner of Open Heavens and ended with an all-night prayer. All the services...
Cash crunch hits Zim Aids patients 5 November 2018 HARARE - Dorothy Mudzamire of Siyakhovu in Kariba is afraid of dying. She is painfully thin. Mudzamire, 27, said she has been hit hard by the worsening economic hardships prevailing in the country. She has had to ration the little food she gets to survive — but this is particularly dange...
One year after soft coup 4 November 2018 HARARE - When Zimbabwe's army took power in a bloodless coup exactly one year ago, it promised to bring happiness back by ending social and economic suffering. The military said the coup was needed to “target criminals” around then president, Robert Mugabe and to stamp out corruption which had...
DZ pool of death claims another victim 21 October 2018   HARARE - A sombre atmosphere engulfed Dzivaresekwa last week as family, friends and relatives paid their last respects to 16-year-old boy Tinashe Mlambo — who drowned in a disused pit in the high density suburb last Sunday, the latest to be killed in what is now being dubbed the “pool of dea...
Sikhala stirs Zanu PF anger in Parly 8 October 2018 HARARE - Opposition Zengeza West MP Job “Wiwa” Sikhala has become well known in the National Assembly for his provocative and controversial statements. Wiwa, who is MP on the MDC Alliance ticket, sees politics as a bloodsport, and dedicates his time to wheeling out pure political aggression ag...
Chipinge farmers' cry for govt help 7 October 2018 CHIPINGE – The south-eastern parts of Zimbabwe have always been an oasis of agricultural activity from the sugar cane estates of Triangle, Hippo Valley, Mkwasine and parts of Chisumbanje to macadamia farms in Upper Chipinge. The farmers in Upper Chipinge who persevered against adversity follow...
Zim's 'enemy of the State' returns home 18 September 2018 HARARE - The last time I was at Harare airport I was leaving hastily in fear of my life having been arrested on a trumped up charge and locked up for a night in a filthy, overcrowded cell. I had endured a six-month-long trial and was finally acquitted by one of the country's few untainted magi...
Stories of Zim immigrants who just disappeared 26 August 2018 HARARE - Commemoration of International Day of the Disappeared on August 30, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Pretoria Regional Delegation is launching a photo exhibition highlighting the humanitarian needs of deceased migrants in southern Africa. International Day of the Di...
Polls not free in Uzumba 5 August 2018 HARARE - “We were told that if the MDC wins we are going to teach you a lesson,” an elderly man who owns a bottle store deep in Uzumba said between sips of opaque beer. He furtively looks around, afraid his tormentors maybe nearby. After some time he continues with his story. A story of pai...
Healthcare as an election agenda issue 29 July 2018 HARARE - Healthcare delivery is a top election agenda issue. This piece aims to evaluate the various party manifestos on their healthcare promises. There is a general lack of statistical and financial data to support these promises. In 1985, the World Health Organisation declared that our h...
Political violence survivors 'will make sure there's peace' in polls 23 July 2018 HARARE - On April 21, 2008, Florence Machinga lost everything. A mob of hundreds of people showed up at her house, demanded to see her — and, when she didn't materialise, burned it down. “They destroyed everything,” she says. “Cattle were slaughtered, the chickens were slaughtered.” She was...
Of Zim's crafty, sophisticated scammers 1 July 2018 HARARE - It all started with responding to a message that Maukbul Ahmed Mukadam thought he had received from a local satellite television service provider. Just 15 minutes later, Mukadam realised he had lost money. His bank card had been cloned, allegedly by late businessman James Chiyangwa...
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