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Stressed Air Zim plumbs new lows 28 April 2017 HARARE - Struggling national carrier Air Zimbabwe this week sunk to new lows after it resorted to issuing handwritten boarding passes — triggering a torrent of bad jokes from travellers expressing their shock at the extent of the rot devouring the airline. This comes as the debt-ridden flag ca...
'Tyson' fires Chitungwiza councillors 28 April 2017 HARARE - Embattled Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday fired all the 25 Chitungwiza councillors over corruption allegations. MDC organising secretary for Chitungwiza Rangarirai Mutingwende alleged the move was a part of a bigger plot to enable the cornered Zanu PF national p...
Tsvangirai goes digital 28 April 2017 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has embraced technology by launching an online campaign to rally support ahead of the crucial 2018 election. The long-time President Robert Mugabe rival's digital campaign includes a website — votemorgan.org — and a mobile application called “Morgan” that ...
Outrage over Mbalula remarks escalates 28 April 2017 HARARE - Scores of Zimbabweans have reacted angrily to South Africa (SA)'s Police minister Fikile Mbalula's statement that Zimbabwean soldiers were the ones perpetrating most crimes in his country. Politicians and the generality of the people fear Mbalula's remarks could trigger xenophobic att...
Notorious 'gang robbers' nabbed 28 April 2017 HARARE - Five suspected thieves who allegedly robbed a string of supermarkets were dragged to the Harare Magistrates’ Courts yesterday facing six counts of unlawful entry, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Joakim Vheremu, 46, Emmanuel Kansemo, 39, Benias Sambo, 23, William Chikilivau, ...
MDC backs rand adoption 28 April 2017 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC has said it backs the adoption of the South African rand as the primary currency. In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, MDC shadow finance minister Tapiwa Mashakada said since 50 percent to 60 percent of Zimbabwe's total trade is with South Africa, the...
Tsvangirai raps Mugabe's economic stewardship 28 April 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said President Robert Mugabe’s administration has failed to match up to his economic stewardship during the inclusive government era amid mounting economic woes. Tsvangirai told eNCA that Mugabe’s “poor leadership” had reversed much of the progr...
'They've launched a terror campaign' 27 April 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC says Zanu PF has launched a terror campaign in the volatile Mashonaland East province, threatening villagers against attending meetings and sharing their horror experiences of the violent 2008 polls. This comes just weeks after Tsvangirai visi...
Chaos, tension at Tyson inquest 27 April 2017 BINDURA - A deadly cocktail of tension and chaos reigned at yesterday’s Zanu PF Mashonaland Central provincial meeting, as rival factions jockeyed for the attention of a high-level team that was dispatched here to look into grievances against the party’s embattled national political commissar, Sa...
Women's league has 'no issue' with Kasukuwere 27 April 2017 HARARE - Zanu PF women's league has said it holds no grudge against the party's beleaguered national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere. The powerful wing, which is led by President Robert Mugabe's influential wife, Grace, has broken ranks with other branches of the fractured Zanu PF party...
Brace for biting winter: Met 27 April 2017 HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (Met) has warned of a harsh and biting winter this year. In a forecast yesterday, meteorologist Chenai Sithole advised that those travelling must be weather alert in order to protect themselves from vagaries of the weather. “Mornings and eveni...
NPA withdraws fraud charges against Kadungure 27 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's State prosecutor has dropped fraud charges against Genius Kadungure, in a new twist to the R1,5 million scam that had rattled the South Africa-based businessman. The self-styled cooking gas tycoon was due to return to court this week for allegedly swindling Chegutu West Zan...
Court gives govt diamond miner ultimatum 27 April 2017 HARARE - The High Court has given the government-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) an ultimatum to comply with an order stopping it from looting Grandwell Holdings (Grandwell)'s mining ore in the Chiadzwa mining fields. This comes after Grandwell, which owns 50 percent shareho...
Tsvangirai aide request granted 27 April 2017 HARARE - High Court judge Hlekani Mwayera yesterday granted MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai's spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka's application for an amendment of his claim into United States dollars. Tamborinyoka — demanding $200 000 compensation from the State after he was allegedly brutally attack...
Albinos cancer deaths rise 27 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has seen a significant rise in deaths of people living with albinism because of skin cancer, as many are unable to afford sunscreens. The Zimbabwe Albino Association (Zimas) has recorded at least 17 deaths of its members from skin cancer in four months. With little or no m...
Zanu PF wars changing gear 26 April 2017 HARARE - Zanu PF's deadly but fluid politics is witnessing yet another dramatic realignment of forces, with the warring former liberation movement now said to be courting youth leaders who were expelled two years ago on fuzzy charges of undermining President Robert Mugabe and his powerful wife Gr...
Coalition talks ongoing: MDC 26 April 2017 HARARE - The main opposition MDC reiterated yesterday that it would not be stampeded into signing electoral pacts with other prospective partners, in a development which could fuel anxiety among prominent politicians hoping to be part of the mooted grand coalition to take on Zanu PF in next year'...
'War vets must sign new covenant with people' 26 April 2017 HARARE - War veterans must re-engage with the people if they want to be respected again, MDC deputy secretary-general Tapiwa Mashakada has said. The veterans have been President Robert Mugabe's core loyalists since the country's 1970s liberation war against white rule, often using violence to ...
Tsvangirai aide torture case on today 26 April 2017 HARARE - The High Court is today set to hear an appeal by MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, who says he was tortured while in police custody. Tamborinyoka is seeking to have police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri and other officials held accountable. He ...
Ailing Cde Chinx gets State assistance 26 April 2017 HARARE - Ailing veteran musician Dickson “Cde Chinx” Chingaira — reportedly battling leukaemia — is getting financial assistance from the Office of the President, a family member revealed. The revolutionary musician was admitted at West End Hospital in Harare nearly a week ago after unknowingl...
Parly committee rejects Land Commission Bill 26 April 2017 HARARE - Parliament’s Legal Committee (PLC) has rejected the Land Commission Bill, arguing that its attempts to give chiefs authority over agricultural land were ultra vires the new Constitution. This was revealed in a PLC report released last week by Parliament. Early this month, Senate pr...
Mugabe asked me to choose ministry: Hungwe 26 April 2017 HARARE - Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education Josiah Hungwe has claimed that President Robert Mugabe asked him to choose a ministry of his choice in his Cabinet after the ruling Zanu PF party's controversial 2013 poll win. Speaking at the signing ceremony of a ...
Delta 'snared' in Buyanga disputes 26 April 2017 HARARE - DeltaTA Beverages (Delta) has been caught up in businessman Frank Buyanga’s property wrangles after retail trader Lawrence Muteswa registered two bonds — as surety for his obligations with the drinks maker — on a Borrowdale property previously sold to Hamilton Property Holdings (Hamilton...
Council to name, shame bigwig debtors 26 April 2017 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) is considering naming and shaming prominent residents who are not settling their ballooning rates and rentals arrears. This comes as the local authority is owed $600 million-plus by residents, industry and the government. In the latest council minutes, HCC...
Row over Borrowdale property spills into court 26 April 2017 HARARE - Harare businessman Bernard Mutanga has been dragged to court for refusing to facilitate the transfer of a Borrowdale property he sold a decade ago. Mutanga, who is cited together with the registrar of deeds, was taken to the High Court by Celestino Chenjerai Kanyekanye over the August...