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New machines lying idle at State hospitals 26 June 2017 HARARE - Expensive medical equipment acquired by government for its struggling hospitals has been gathering dust for four years — forcing hundreds of patients to seek private services — because there are no technicians to install them. This was revealed by the Auditor-General (AG) Mildred Chir...
Bunking ministers stir Parly fury 26 June 2017 HARARE - Questions on the House of Assembly's Order Paper had to be deferred last week after several Cabinet ministers bunked the Question and Answer session, stirring opposition fury. The ministers were said to be tied up at the explosive politburo meeting to decide the fate of Local Governme...
'Govt stocking expired veterinary drugs' 26 June 2017 HARARE - State veterinarians are stocking expired drugs, posing a potential risk to animal health, an audit tabled in the National Assembly has revealed. The government internal audit stated that there was a risk that some of the nation's veterinarians could feed animals the expired antibiotic...
Zim's public debt rises to $11,6bn 26 June 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's economy remains fragile with a “precarious” level of public debt during the year to March rising to over $11 billion, the Parliament Budget Office said in its latest report. Zimbabwe's domestic debt rose 40 percent to $4,3 billion, with external debt standing at $7,5 billio...
Nkomo left revolutionary impression on history 26 June 2017 HARARE - The son of a wealthy preacher and a cattle rancher, Joshua Nkomo, turned his back on a life of privilege to lead a left-wing revolution in Rhodesia that endured for decades and was shaped by his political cunning and keen sense of destiny. Nkomo, who died of cancer on July 1, 1999 at ...
Mujuru links cost Cde Chinx 25 June 2017 HARARE - Late liberation stalwart and veteran musician, Dickson “Cde Chinx” Chingaira, became a victim of Zanu PF's internecine succession struggles after the party denied him the coveted national hero status on account of having been sympathetic to expelled former vice president Joice Mujuru, th...
Cancer deaths on the rise 25 June 2017 HARARE - The national death toll from cancer is rising sharply, forcing authorities to scale up cancer screening in both healthy and high-risk populations in order to tame the scourge. Latest statistics from the Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry indicate that a total of 7 018 new cancer cases ...
Confusion over police roadblocks 25 June 2017 HARARE - The Home Affairs ministry insists it is committed to the decision to limit roadblocks to 40 countrywide, but opposition and rights campaigners said the pronouncement was a half-hearted first step. Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni told senators on Thursday that they are goi...
Mugadza's marriage 'on the rocks' 25 June 2017 HARARE - There seems to be trouble in the paradise of Remnant Church cleric Patrick Philip Mugadza and his wife Thelma Masaka amid reports that they have been arguing a lot following his incarceration for predicting that President Robert Mugabe would die in October this year. The Daily News on...
'Mooted electronic voter register is illegal' 25 June 2017 HARARE - Attempts by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to introduce an electronic register of voters is illegal, analysts have said, with Zec urged to drop the plans even after acquiring the technology, raising fresh fears of election fraud. Presidential and parliamentary elections in 20...
Govt caught pants down 24 June 2017 HARARE - Government is bypassing the State Procurement Board (SPB) in its implementation of the hyped Command Agriculture initiative in violation of the law, which requires that all projects worth US$10 000 or above should go through formal tender to enable it to get the best money can buy. Th...
Zim faces birth control pill shortage 24 June 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is facing a serious shortage of birth control pills and government is seized with the matter to ensure the situation does not get out of hand. In short supply, particularly in the rural areas, is the Marvelon tablet — a type of hormonal oral contraceptive, commonly known as a...
Zanu PF bigwigs snub Cde Chinx's burial 24 June 2017 HARARE - The burial of the late liberation stalwart and musician Dick “Cde Chinx” Chingaira in Harare yesterday was most notable for the absence of senior Zanu PF and government officials. The 61-year-old Cde Chinx — who died in Harare last Friday after battling cancer — was interred at the Gl...
'Another debt write-off may hurt city' 24 June 2017 BULAWAYO - Government has strained Bulawayo City Council (BCC)’s public finances and undermined an already ailing municipality after a $46 million debt write-off for ratepayers and moves to do something similar ahead of next year’s general elections. Ahead of the 2013 election that gave Presid...
Zim sees tourist arrivals up 24 June 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe expects tourist arrivals to increase in 2017 to 2,2 million, Parliament’s Budget Office has said, helping the recovery of a fragile economy as the country enjoys a third straight record year for tourism boom. Tourism is an important component of the Zimbabwean economy and a k...
Female MPs demand more Parly seats 24 June 2017 HARARE - Women legislators across the political divide are demanding that the male-dominated Parliament approve a bill giving women a stronger political voice in this patriarchal country. The women are pushing for amendments to the Electoral Act so that it provides for half of the seats in Nat...
Health ministry faces legal action over debt 24 June 2017 HARARE - The Health and Child Care ministry is facing legal action over $70 million it owes to creditors, ramping up pressure on the indebted ministry whose finances are coming under intense scrutiny. Auditor-General Mildred Chiri urged government to rescue the stuttering ministry but the meas...
Dual citizenship: Mudede sued 24 June 2017 HARARE - Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede has been dragged to the High Court by a citizen who is being denied permission to renew her Zimbabwean passport because she is a holder of a British passport. Tessa Mary Ball cited Mudede and principal director of Immigration in their official capaciti...
Red flag over missing $2m Defence cash 24 June 2017 HARARE - The Defence ministry has failed to account for $2 million in the year ended December 2016, the Auditor-General (AG) has said. AG Mildred Chiri carried out the probe of the ministry in line with her fiduciary mandate to investigate all ministries' appropriation and finance accounts, re...
Explosive politburo as factions face off over Kasukuwere 23 June 2017 HARARE - Allies of Saviour Kasukuwere put up a spirited defence on Wednesday to prevent the politburo from referring the embattled Zanu PF national political commissar’s case for further investigations by State security agents who are seen as more sympathetic to their rivals, the Daily News heard...
Cde Chinx family opts for private cemetery 23 June 2017 HARARE - The family of the late liberation stalwart and musician Dick “Cde Chinx” Chingaira has passed on the chance to bury him at Harare Provincial Heroes Acre — instead opting to have him interred at the Glen Forest Cemetery — with his national hero status snub by Zanu PF spilling into Parliam...
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Cuthbert Dube's home seized over debt 23 June 2017 HARARE - African Banking Corporation is  foreclosing former Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube’s four-bed roomed home, seized after failing to settle bad debt. This comes amid a surge in foreclosures representing a new wave of distressed property ...
Harare rally examines Mujuru's credentials 23 June 2017 HARARE - Former Vice President and leader of the fledgling National People's Party (NPP) Joice Mujuru will have an idea of much work she has to do to convince her critics when she holds a rally in Harare's Kuwadzana high density suburb tomorrow -— amid widening rifts among her supporters in some ...
'Still no leads on missing Dzamara' 23 June 2017 HARARE - Police are still searching for abducted human rights activist Itai Dzamara, Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni has said. Mguni told senators yesterday that the police still have no leads on Dzamara's whereabouts. “Yes the police are still searching; they are giving us upd...