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MP wants jobs programme for ex-convicts 11 December 2017 HARARE - A Zanu PF MP is pushing a new programme through Parliament intended at helping those with criminal records gain employment. Fani Phiri, the Zanu PF MP for Kadoma Central, said government was making it tough for offenders to put their past behind them and the present policies left them...
Minister clears air on Rimuka Post Office 11 December 2017 HARARE - Rimuka Post Office in Kadoma is actually operating as an off-counter for the Kadoma Post Office contrary to claims that it has been shut down, the minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security Supa Mandiwanzira has said.  The minister was responding to a question...
Zim now a military State: MDC 11 December 2017 HARARE - Our senior staff writer Mugove Tafirenyika sits down for an interview with MDC national organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe. Find below excerpts of the interview. Q: There was talk of an inclusive government prior to the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa following former p...
Moyo accuses Charamba of 'bootlicking idiocy' 11 December 2017 HARARE - Former Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo — who is in self-imposed exile — has hit back at Media, Information and Broadcasting Services ministry permanent secretary George Charamba after the presidential spokesperson lifted the lid on the real brains behind a legacy ins...
Teachers renew vacation leave demand 11 December 2017 HARARE - Teachers have demanded from the new Primary and Education minister Paul Mavima reinstatement of vacation leave. Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) secretary-general Robson Chere said Mavima's predecessor Lazarus Dokora had unjustly scrapped vacation leave. Laz...
MP, Council clash in Norton, again! 11 December 2017 NORTON - Norton Residence Development Trust (NRDT) will today stage a protest against the Precious Mufahore-led Norton Town Council (NTC) dubbed “Operation Restore Legacy.” It is just the latest in a series of protests to rock the town amid accusations and counter-accusations. Today’s prote...
Chivayo feels heat over Zesa projects 10 December 2017 HARARE - Controversial  Harare businessman, Wicknell Chivayo, is staring down the barrel of a gun as the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) and Parliament turn the heat on him in a bid to have his power deals cancelled. This comes as Zesa Holdings chief executive, Josh Chifamba, conf...
'Zanu PF spooks infiltrated NPP' 10 December 2017 HARARE - Joice Mujuru’s  National People’s Party (NPP) has claimed that its party has been infiltrated at all levels by the ruling party in a bid to weaken it head of the key 2018 elections. Mujuru, who was expelled from Zanu PF in 2014 after being accused of plotting to topple former presiden...
ED steals opposition thunder 10 December 2017 HARARE - After the budget presentation by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa that amended the indigenisation law to reassure investors, re-engaged with global lenders and curbed profligate spending — all issues on the top of the opposition wish-list — analysts said the opposition strategists must...
Govt decides hospitals renovation plan 10 December 2017 HARARE - Government has decided on a plan of works to restore health centres and major hospitals, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said. The government will also construct a number of rural health centres across the country. “The capital expenditure provision of $26,7 million will foc...
'Government can't employ ECD teachers' 10 December 2017 HARARE - Government cannot afford to employ teachers for Early Childhood Development (ECD), Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said. “Government recognises the complementary role that parents play in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programmes. However, the takeover of management and ...
Zim women endure harassment: Survey 10 December 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is the fifth among 10 countries surveyed where women endure public harassment ranging from staring, insults and wolf-whistling to being followed, groped or even raped, a survey by the charity ActionAid UK has revealed. The report comes at a time when the world is marking 16 D...
Victim of police brutality speaks out 10 December 2017 HARARE - Washington Gezana, a professional driver, was the innocent victim of police brutality last March that saw him lose his eye. In an exclusive interview with the Daily News on Sunday about the horror experience,  he said the scars will last forever. He has been fired from his job as a dr...
Chamisa in whistle-stop voter registration drive 10 December 2017 HARARE - With under seven months to go until the 2018 general election, the first bus tour to convert the growing number of unregistered voters in Kuwadzana East in Harare is underway led by the local MDC MP Nelson Chamisa.  The whistle-stop tour is using open vans blaring Zimdancehall and dig...
Suspicions as Makarau quits 10 December 2017 HARARE - The shock resignation by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Rita Makarau — a mere eight months before the country holds its make-or-break national elections next year — has cast a huge shadow on the eagerly-awaited polls, which a fearful opposition want to be monitored by in...
ED appoints new CIO boss 9 December 2017   HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa last night began the re-configuration of the security sector when he appointed Zimbabwe Ambassador to South Africa and Lesotho Isaac Moyo as the new director-general of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO). Moyo replaces Happyton Bonyongwe who ...
Chombo pays $5k bail, goes home 9 December 2017 HARARE - Former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo yesterday formally paid $5 000 bail before he was finally released from Chikurubi Maximum Prison where he had been on remand for nearly two weeks. Chombo was ordered to pay $5 000 bail by the High Court on Thursday to end his hell in remand pris...
National Budget pie in the sky: MDC Alliance 9 December 2017 HARARE - The MDC Alliance, a coalition of seven opposition political parties, has said the national budget presented by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa on Thursday is not feasible, adding that the projected four percent growth is pie in the sky. MDC Alliance policy committee chairperson Ten...
US scribe seeks refusal of further remand 9 December 2017 HARARE - American journalist Martha O’Donovan, facing charges of subversion and insulting former president Robert Mugabe on social media, yesterday slammed the State for infringing on her rights by seeking continuous postponements. O’Donovan’s lawyer Obey Shava sought refusal of further remand...
ZRP sets up cameras around road junctions 9 December 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean police are setting up safety cameras in high risk locations in Harare where smash and grabs from vehicles have been rife. Offenders will be snapped at selected intersections, with the CCTV system already installed at a hotspot around Avondale. “We are live and rolling ou...
NGOs offer kombis to ferry voters to BVR centres 9 December 2017 HARARE - The ongoing voter registration mobilisation campaign by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) and the Election Resource Centre (ERC) has moved a notch up as minibuses have been ferrying prospective registrants to nearby registration centres. During the door-to-door campaig...
Nothing in budget for workers: ZCTU 9 December 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe’s largest trade union federation yesterday said the national budget presented by the Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa had nothing for the working people to celebrate. The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) said the budget was pro-capital and workers should brace for h...
Chinamasa made right calls: Economists 9 December 2017 HARARE - Economists have said Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa made the right calls on some key elements of fiscal policy on one of the harshest budgets in a generation on Thursday, slashing spending, re-engaging with international lenders and attracting foreign investors. Bond markets ralli...
Minister under fire for brushing devolution aside 9 December 2017 HARARE - Government is backtracking on the promised devolution of power which partially found expression in the new Constitution. In his national budget on Thursday Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said the idea was not sustainable. The new Constitution created eight provincial councils w...
Intense jostling for top Zanu PF posts 9 December 2017 HARARE - Jostling for posts has reached fever pitch ahead of Zanu PF's extraordinary congress next week with the resurgent liberation war fighters going all out to reclaim positions that had fallen to former president Robert Mugabe's allies. Having turned the tables on their rivals with the he...