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Zec, opposition in bitter fallout 22 March 2017 HARARE - The strained relationship between the country's distrustful opposition and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) sank to an all-time low yesterday when the parties called for the immediate resignation of its chairperson, Rita Makarau, as well as the disbandment of the elections managem...
Call for Mpofu wealth probe 22 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's Anti-Corruption Commission must investigate allegations that Macro-Economic Planning minister Obert Mpofu (pictured) allegedly siphoned diamonds money to amass his vast wealth, the Tendai Biti-led People's Democratic Party (PDP) said. This comes amid a case in which the for...
Tich Mataz convicted 22 March 2017 HARARE - Radio and TV personality Tichafa Matambanadzo — popularly known as Tich Mataz — was yesterday convicted of import duty evasion and smuggling clothes. He was fined $300 or serve two months in prison. The 48-year-old was facing charges of contravening Section 182 of the Excise and Co...
Prisoners face health risk 22 March 2017 HARARE - Scores of prisoners face a health risk after Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (Parirenyatwa) threatened to cut off medical services to Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) over a $567 000 debt. Parirenyatwa provides medical care to incarcerated people, including midwifery ...
Mugabe's office fails to account for $12k 22 March 2017 HARARE - The Office of the President and Cabinet has failed to account for over $12 000 in funds it had allocated to an unnamed official for travel to India. The financial improprieties in President Robert Mugabe's office Appropriation Account has been revealed by an auditor-general (AG) inves...
Big week for troubled Zim 21 March 2017 HARARE - The coming few days promise to be very tense starting tomorrow when the country's angry opposition holds a massive demonstration in Harare, after they were given the go-ahead by edgy security commanders yesterday. And on Thursday, disaffected war veterans will also gather in the capit...
Tsvangirai owes me, says Mujuru 21 March 2017 HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru says opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai owes her and her late revered husband, Solomon, a huge debt of gratitude for helping to engineer President Robert Mugabe's stunning defeat by the MDC president in the hotly-disputed 2008 polls. “Anyone who has...
I will run for president: Mzembi 21 March 2017 HARARE - Tourism minister Walter Mzembi has said he would run for presidency after President Robert Mugabe, if people chose him. Responding to the BBC's Sarah Montague in an interview in which he was asked if he would consider bidding for presidency when the recently-turned-93 leader is gone, ...
Zim ups flood aid appeal to $188m 21 March 2017 HARARE - The hard-pressed Zimbabwe government has revised upwards its floods relief appeal to $188 million from $100 million, as the situation of affected victims gets direr. While acting mpresident Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday made a plea for the extra $88 million, it was not immediately clea...
Zimra bungled: Tich Mataz 21 March 2017 HARARE - Radio and television personality Tichafa Matambanadzo — popularly known as Tich Mataz — yesterday claimed that Zimra bungled in calculating his duty bill, arguing the tax collector included his personal worn suits he had carried.  The flamboyant 48-year-old is accused of under-declari...
Mudenda hails State Liabilities Act repeal 21 March 2017 HARARE - National Assembly speaker Jacob Mudenda has hailed the High Court decision to invalidate the State Liabilities Act, which was being used by government to evade paying its dues. He said the development was “a major victory for the rule of law”. Last week, the High Court ruled that t...
Woman up for 49 counts of fraud 21 March 2017 BULAWAYO - A woman allegedly defrauded a non-governmental organisation she was working for of more than $80 000. Hazel Chawanda Matenga, 43, formerly employed by Child Care Ministries as its country co-ordinator, yesterday appeared before magistrate Tinashe Tashaya facing 49 counts of fraud. ...
'Zanu PF always wanted me dead' 20 March 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday told his supporters in Chitungwiza how he had survived numerous assassination attempts at the hands of Zanu PF goons — further assuring anxious Zimbabweans that change was inevitable after next year's eagerly-anticipated national elections. ...
Jostling for posts in Mujuru party 20 March 2017 HARARE - It is dog-eat-dog in Joice Mujuru's newly-formed National People's Party (NPP) as officials jostle for positions ahead of an elective convention next month. Mujuru — NPP's interim leader — will be uncontested as the party's presidential candidate. However, according to a list of ca...
Urban tolling a necessary evil: Kasukuwere 20 March 2017 HARARE - Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has insisted that urban tollgates “are a necessary evil”, vowing to go ahead with construction of the plazas, despite fierce resistance by motorists. This comes as Transport minister Jorum Gumbo has distanced himself from the proposed urban...
Nearly 5 000 children live on streets 20 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has an estimated 4 701 children living and working on the streets of the country's major cities — Harare, Mutare, Bulawayo and Beitbridge — the Social Welfare ministry has revealed. Without clarifying how recent the estimates were, last week Social Welfare deputy minister Tap...
Rival Zanu PF groups clash 20 March 2017 MUTARE - RivaI Zanu PF groups clashed at Checheche Growth Point on Friday, with police reportedly intervening to break the warring parties. Zanu PF Chipinge South MP Enoch Porusingazi blamed the skirmishes on fellow ruling party MP for Chipinge Central Win Mlambo, accusing him of trying to for...
Magistrates' 'undue' postponement of cases slammed 20 March 2017 HARARE - Chief magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe has castigated the “unjustified” unnecessary postponement of cases, saying it leads to delays in justice delivery. This comes as lawyers have often complained about endless and willy-nilly deferment of cases by the courts.  “Remanding and postponi...
Mugabe off to Mauritius 20 March 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday left for Mauritius to attend the African Economic Platform (AEP) conference, hours after his arrival from Swaziland where he was taking part in the Sadc extraordinary summit. The AEP was set to institutionalise a new annual platform for African leader...
Tension rises as 2018 looms 19 March 2017 HARARE - Security commanders have summoned opposition parties to a meeting in Harare tomorrow, ahead of Wednesday's planned mega demonstrations — amid fears by panicking authorities that the spirit of resistance which swept across the country last year is once again gathering steam ahead of next ...
Courts spotlighted as ANZ celebrates 19 March 2017 HARARE - As the Daily News celebrated six years yesterday, since it came back to the market on March 18, 2011, respected legal eye Alex Magaisa has described the influential newspaper's closure by the government in September 2003 as “not legally sound”. Writing on his Big Saturday Read blog, t...
'Mugabe afraid of being prosecuted' 19 March 2017 HARARE - Former Home Affairs minister and leader of Zapu, Dumiso Dabengwa, says President Robert Mugabe does not want to retire because he fears possible prosecution for the country’s dark past which is blamed on him and Zanu PF. Speaking to the Daily News On Sunday in an exclusive interview y...
I'm joining politics: Anti-Mugabe pastor 19 March 2017 HARARE - Following a six-week stint behind bars after being denied bail by the Harare Magistrates' Courts, Remnant Church pastor Phillip Mugadza (PM) became a talking point. He was subsequently granted bail by the High Court, but had to endure another weekend behind bars after a clerk at the c...
Mugabe scared of retiring: Dabengwa 19 March 2017 HARARE - Our Bulawayo reporter Jeffrey Muvundusi spoke to Zapu president and former Home Affairs minister Dumiso Dabengwa. Below are the excerpts of the interview. Q: You had congress late last year where you were re-elected president. What plans do you have taking Zapu forward? A: Since el...
'No going back on BVR' 19 March 2017 HARARE - Our production editor Eddie Zvinonzwa speaks to opposition Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) president Jacob Ngarivhume about Zimbabwe's political and economic terrain as the 2018 elections beckon. Below are excerpts of the interview. Q: Who is Jacob Ngarivhume? A: I grew up in the village, ...