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'Mnangagwa is unelectable' 4 May 2016 HARARE - The boycott by workers of the government-organised Workers' Day rally in Harare on Monday, at which embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was the guest of honour, has opened the Midlands godfather to fresh attacks from his Zanu PF enemies. Ruling party officials linked to Zanu P...
MDC upholds poll boycott stance 4 May 2016 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says it will continue boycotting all elections until sticking points have been resolved and far-reaching electoral reforms enacted. This comes as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is finalising preparations for ...
Civil society in talks to end election conflicts 4 May 2016 HARARE - Representatives of African civil society groups are attending an international conference in Harare on ways to end election conflicts, formulate democracy education and monitoring of human rights violations. Zimbabwe, Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda will share their experiences on elections ...
Govt bullying workers in NJNC' 4 May 2016 HARARE - Workers have accused the government of bullying them in the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC). Apex Council chairperson Cecilia Alexander said government was not listening to workers and had adopted a “take-it-or-leave-it approach” at the negotiating table. “The current NJN...
Police ban first demo against national pledge 4 May 2016 BULAWAYO - Police here banned the first anti-national pledge demonstration by the Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) yesterday, saying it had not been sanctioned by authorities and therefore, illegal. Anti-riot police broke up the march by the far-left protesters in the city as they sought to demo...
Mnangagwa embarrassed 3 May 2016 HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday suffered the indignity of addressing a virtually empty Rufaro Stadium in Harare, after the government ill-advisedly sought to hijack and use for its own ends this year's Workers' Day commemorations. Despite committed efforts by lapdog State ...
War vets to boycott million-man march 3 May 2016 HARARE - War veterans have threatened to boycott the controversial “million-man” march to support President Robert Mugabe against machinations  by pro-VP Emmerson Mnangagwa supporters who want the Midlands godfather to take over from the 92-year-old before the 2018 elections. War veterans said...
Zim thanks Russia for 2008 UN veto 3 May 2016 HARARE - Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi has thanked Russia for shielding Zimbabwe from international sanctions over an opposition crackdown that followed President Robert Mugabe's controversial 2008 poll run-off victory against his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, who pulled out citi...
'Align media laws with Constitution' 3 May 2016 HARARE - Media practitioners have urged policymakers to urgently align media legislation with the current constitution to promote free journalistic enterprise, journalism safety and professionalism. Zimbabweans approved a new Constitution in 2013 that explicitly provides for citizens’ right to...
Parly to grill Jinan 3 May 2016 HARARE - Chinese diamond mining firm, Jinan Mining Limited (Jinan), has been summoned to appear before Parliament this Thursday to clarify how it handled the controversial community share ownership schemes, a part of the government’s empowerment programme. According to a parliamentary circular...
Beekeeping offers rich pickings for villagers 3 May 2016 MUTASA - As the country grapples with one of the worst droughts in years, farmers here have found an escape route — beekeeping. Apiculture is fast supplanting all other agricultural activities in the remote and poverty-ravaged Mutasa District after United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organis...
Harare gears up for Zanu PF wars 2 May 2016 HARARE - Zanu PF youths linked to opponents of embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa gave notice yesterday that their controversial “million-man march” in Harare — which is taking place as the ruling party's seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars continue to escalate — was immi...
Plot to push out Makandiwa 2 May 2016 HARARE - Some top Harare City Council officials are plotting to stop prosperity gospel preacher Emmanuel Makandiwa and his United Family International Church (UFIC) from holding services at the City Sports Centre in Harare claiming that he was monopolising the venue. In a letter addressed to U...
We don't eat slogans: Workers 2 May 2016 HARARE - With Zimbabweans joining the rest of the world in marking Workers Day, the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU) — which is closely linked to Zanu PF — says workers do not eat political slogans but rather want government to offer solutions to revive the dying industries. In a sta...
MDC women open to Mujuru coalition 2 May 2016 HARARE - Amid desperate efforts by Zanu PF to derail any prospects of a grand coalition between opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru, the MDC women's assembly says it is ready to work with any like-minded people to end President Robert Mugabe's rule. In a...
Habitual thief jailed four years 2 May 2016 MUTARE - A habitual Mutare thief has been jailed four years after he was convicted of stealing $300 worth of household goods. Saidi Bwanali, 37, of Dangamvura, was convicted on his own plea of guilt on two counts of unlawful entry. Magistrate Sekai Chiundura sentenced Bwanali to 18 months o...
'Schools national pledge, misplaced priority' 2 May 2016 HARARE - Progressive Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has criticised government for prioritising the controversial national pledge at the expense of improving teachers' working conditions. In a statement, PTUZ said their association has unanimously agreed to reject the national pledge as it ...
Govt reluctant to license community radios 2 May 2016 HARARE - Although the Broadcasting Services Act of 2001 provides for community broadcasting, no community radio station has been licensed yet as those in power feel having the citizens speak and own a radio station is a threat to their rule, media analysts contend. The analysts said as a resul...
Victory certain - Tsvangirai 1 May 2016 BULAWAYO - Opposition leader and former prime minister in the government of national unity, Morgan Tsvangirai, says if long-suffering Zimbabweans continue to fight determinedly for what is right and theirs, it will only be a matter of time before they attain real and meaningful democracy. Addr...
'Nothing to celebrate for workers' 1 May 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe marks this year's International Workers' Day with a dark cloud of uncertainty hanging over the few remaining workers' heads as banks struggle to provide cash while more and more companies continue to shut down. Workers' Day is a global annual commemoration that is celebrated ...
I will not persecute gays: Tsvangirai 1 May 2016 BULAWAYO - Opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he will not persecute gays if he assumes power in the forthcoming elections. Briefing journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club on Friday, Tsvangirai said while he does not subscribe to homosexuality, he will not temper with their freedom as...
Zim pins hope on Batoka power project 1 May 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is pinning its hopes to reduce the incessant load-shedding on the construction of the 2 400 megawatts (MW) Batoka project. The country, currently producing an average of 1 200MW against a daily demand of 2 200MW resulting in acute load shedding to fill the 1 000MW gap, is exp...
Drug abuse rampant in colleges 1 May 2016 HARARE - Touched by the rampant abuse of drugs and other substances in the country’s tertiary institutions which has led to addictions, crime, serious social, health and moral problems, the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) student affairs chaplaincy will hold an awareness campaign workshop to sensitis...
World press freedom: Misa-Zim's challenges, successes 1 May 2016 HARARE - This week as we celebrate World Press Freedom Day, we will be publishing articles on the media landscape in Zimbabwe and to kick-start the articles today, we look at Media Institute in Southern Africa (Misa) Zimbabwe’s challenges and successes over the years. OVER the past years, Misa...
Female overseas job seekers warned 1 May 2016 HARARE - Desperate women seeking job opportunities overseas should do their homework before accepting “lucrative” offers which look suspicious as has happened to over 200 Zimbabwean women stranded in the Middle East country of Kuwait. The Zimbabwean women were lured to Kuwait to work as housem...