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2013 promises haunt Zanu PF 26 March 2017 HARARE - As the watershed 2018 national polls beckon, President Robert Mugabe's warring ruling Zanu PF is in a big quandary about what to say on account of its dismal failure to deliver on any of its 2013 election promises. Among the promises that are coming back to bite Zanu PF are its utopia...
Student dies in freak accident 26 March 2017 HARARE - A University of Zimbabwe (UZ) student, Emmanuel Tsuro, who was on attachment at Premier Service Medical Investments (PSMI) on Friday died from severe burns suffered after a fire erupted when he was conducting a procedure at the company’s laboratory in Harare, the Daily News on Sunday has...
Defiant Zanu PF deepen 2018 poll row 26 March 2017 HARARE - The prospects for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe next year are remote without some concrete actions now to make that possible, including significant international involvement, a leading think-tank has said. Cape Town-based NKC African Economics said it is not just the potential f...
I don't stand for MPs' salary hike - Chamisa 26 March 2017 HARARE - Our news editor Gift Phiri talks to chairperson of Parliament's Legal and Procedural Affairs Committee, Kuwadzana East MP and opposition MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa. Below are excerpts of the interview. Q: You have stirred controversy by reportedly demanding a hike in MP salarie...
Harare drinking water condemned 26 March 2017 HARARE - The entire Manyame River — providing water to more than 3 million Harare residents is contaminated, a top official has warned. Upper Manyame Sub-Catchment Council (UMSCC) compliance assistant Susan Nyarugwe told commemorations of the UN World Water Day hosted by Wildlife and Environme...
No to command economy: Minister 26 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has no plans to introduce command economy, Information minister Chris Mushowe has said. This comes after recent reports indicated that government intends to introduce the Soviet-style model to revitalise the country's ailing economy and ease cash shortages. A command or pl...
Makarau 'backs down' 26 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Rita Makarau has backed down on her earlier  decision to shut the door on opposition parties committing to engage them in future discussions on elections, MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said. Last week, Makarau called off a meeti...
I am not white: Zanu PF MP 26 March 2017 HARARE - Three generations of Peter Haritatos' family have owned bakeries amid the rocky outcrops jutting up at the centre of the Kadoma mining area, which provides gold, copper and nickel here. He is popular in town, and speaks fluent Shona. Haritatos is just one of the locals, he even has...
Violence worries ahead of 2018 poll 25 March 2017 HARARE - Senators and chiefs have urged political parties to ensure the looming 2018 general elections are peaceful, amid a rise in violence that they blamed on ambitious politicians staking claims as candidates. This comes as critics and opponents say President Robert Mugabe has hung on to po...
'Bribe money-swallowing' cop trial deferred 25 March 2017 HARARE - The trial of a Mbare police officer-in-charge, who allegedly attempted to swallow bribe money after being trapped, has been deferred to April 6 because the magistrate was not available. Violet Sigauke is being charged with criminal abuse of office. Trial proceedings are before Hara...
Kuwaza admitted to bail in $1m fraud rap 25 March 2017 HARARE - A former State Procurement Board (SPB) chairperson, who fell seriously ill following an arrest over $1 million corruption charges, was granted $2 000 bail yesterday. Charles Kuwaza’s remand proceedings were first held at Metropolitan Clinic before Harare provincial magistrate Elisha S...
Govt moves to clear $62m varsities debt 25 March 2017 HARARE - Government is clearing its $62 million debt to tertiary institutions, paying $30 000 monthly, the National Assembly has been told. This comes as Tertiary Education deputy minister Godfrey Gandawa admitted that the multi-million debt was stifling the development of universities, which ...
Council deploys water bowsers to avert crisis 25 March 2017 HARARE - The on-going water shortages in Harare have forced municipal authorities to deploy water bowsers to parts of the city. This comes as residents of the densely populated Hatcliffe suburb, which receives water only twice a week — have blamed shortages of the precious commodity for causin...
Efforts to atone for Gukurahundi 25 March 2017 BULAWAYO - Former Magwegwe legislator Felix Mafa Sibanda — through his Post-Independent Survivors Trust (Pist) — is moving to pressure government to address Gukurahundi atrocities. The atrocities have become known as the country’s worst genocide. Thousands of men, women and children were sh...
Mlondolozi Prison refurbished 25 March 2017 BULAWAYO - More than 300 mental health patients and inmates at Mlondolozi Prison are living in better conditions after a refurbishment that created a conducive environment for psychiatric treatment, and social rehabilitation. The institution, situated in the outskirts of Bulawayo, caters for i...
'It's all over for Mahoka, Sandi' 25 March 2017 BULAWAYO - The political careers of embattled Zanu PF women's league heavyweights, Sarah Mahoka and Eunice Sandi Moyo, now appear dead in the water after the league's provincial chairpersons — supported by militant youths — staged yet another big demonstration against the duo in Bulawayo yesterda...
Mujuru dithers on opposition coalition 25 March 2017 HARARE - Some small opposition parties, including former Vice President Joice Mujuru's National People's Party (NPP), are not yet ready to endorse MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai as the leader of the country's mooted opposition alliance ahead of next year's much-anticipated national elections. ...
Tsvangirai divides Code 25 March 2017 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has divided opinion among opposition political parties coalescing to form a pact ahead of next year’s watershed elections, as more voices come in the open backing his candidacy to lead the alliance. While most leaders from Coalitions of Democrats (Code) an...
High Court blocks Mazowe evictions 25 March 2017 HARARE - High Court Judge Felistus Chatukuta has ordered the police to stop demolitions and eviction of several families occupying Arnold Farm in Mazowe. Chatukuta granted the order by consent yesterday after the occupants — through their lawyer Donsa Nkomo from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human ...
'Zim floods foul water supply' 25 March 2017 HARARE - Thousands of people are without water after heavy rains that struck Zimbabwe, United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has warned. Flooding triggered by heavy rains has overwhelmed the poor urban drainage system, contaminating the water supply. This comes as government is struggling...
Sandi fights fire with fire 24 March 2017 HARARE - Zanu PF women's league deputy secretary, Eunice Sandi Moyo, yesterday thumbed her nose at her fellow ruling party bigwigs who are pushing for her summary expulsion from the strife-torn former liberation movement. Addressing a hastily-arranged press conference yesterday, the emotional ...
'Mugabe will go the Pasuwa way' 24 March 2017 HARARE - Angry war veterans vowed yesterday to engineer President Robert Mugabe's ouster from power “the Kalisto Pasuwa way” in next year's eagerly-anticipated elections if the nonagenarian does not pass the leadership baton to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Addressing hundreds of former f...
'Heavy rains to continue' 24 March 2017 HARARE - The heavy rains that have been pounding most parts of Zimbabwe over the past weeks are set to continue, with most areas forecast to receive excesses of 30 millimetres (mm) per day. According to Meteorological Services Department (Met)’s forecaster, John Mupuro, “thunder showers are ex...
More Harare boreholes contaminated 24 March 2017 HARARE - Scores of Harare residents are exposed to deadly water-borne diseases — cholera and typhoid — after an Oxfam Zimbabwe (Oxfam) survey revealed that more boreholes in high density suburbs are “significantly contaminated”. This comes as Zimbabwe is battling to contain yet another cholera...
'Rogue' States back Zim at UN inquiry 24 March 2017 HARARE - Activist group United Nations Watch (UNW) has expressed disgust over the hailing of Zimbabwe's human rights record by “rogue” States — Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. While the three countries, with controversial governance records, praised Zimbabwe's “promotion and protection of hum...