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Chidyausiku fights back on CJ choice 17 January 2017 HARARE - Outgoing Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku yesterday made revealing comments about the ongoing controversy surrounding the holding of public interviews to find his successor — saying President Robert Mugabe never directed that the interviews be stopped. Chidyausiku's revelation came a...
Mphoko keeps fighting Daily News in court 17 January 2017 HARARE - Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, pictured, who has twice lost a staggering $50 million lawsuit in the High Court against Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) — the publishers of the Daily News, the Daily News on Sunday and the Weekend Post — has now filed an appeal in the same matte...
War vets in dramatic U-turn 17 January 2017 HARARE - War veterans aligned to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday made a dramatic U-turn, insisting that they remain members of the ruling Zanu PF party. Following the expulsion of Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa and ...
Judge slams corruption 17 January 2017 BULAWAYO - Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba has said Zimbabwe must immediately initiate reforms in the judiciary in order to successfully tackle corruption. In his speech during the official opening of the 2017 legal year, Malaba said the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) was committed to nipp...
More floods loom 17 January 2017 HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has forecast countrywide flooding, as heavy rains continue to pound the country. So far, the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) has confirmed that areas that have been hit by flash floods include parts of Guruve, Mt Darwin, Chitungwiza, Marange, B...
Poll violence fear grips Zim 17 January 2017 HARARE - Fear of violence hangs over Zimbabwe as the country heads to polls next year. In the election, President Robert Mugabe is likely to face his former deputy Joice Mujuru and his long-time nemesis Morgan Tsvangirai, among several other opposition figures. But in a country with the tra...
'Govt must urgently fund voter registration' 17 January 2017 HARARE - Government must urgently fund the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to enable it to conduct polling station-based biometric voter registration (BVR), the Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network (Zesn) said. The independent observer group expressed worry that the forthcoming 2018 election...
Vendors threaten havoc over ban 17 January 2017 HARARE - Vendors have threatened to cause mayhem if the Harare City Council (HCC) goes ahead with plans to forcibly remove them from the streets. In a bid to curb a typhoid outbreak — which has so far claimed two lives — council has banned the sale of cooked and uncooked food while it has also...
Dozens stranded as floods hit Budiriro 16 January 2017 HARARE - Dozens of people were left stranded on Friday after flash floods flooded their homes in Harare's Budiriro suburb. The homes which were built on a wetland adjacent to a river in Budiriro 5 have not been spared by the incessant rains that have also flooded other high density areas as we...
Name successor and save country, Mugabe told 16 January 2017 HARARE - With Zanu PF's ugly succession wars now the major talking point in Zimbabwe, as the ruling party's two major factions go relentlessly at each other hammer and tongs, angry war veterans say President Robert Mugabe must choose his successor now to save the country. This comes...
Bikita poll vital for opposition: Mujuru 16 January 2017 HARARE - Former vice president and now leader of the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party, Joice Mujuru, says this week's by-election will go a long way in assuring long-suffering Zimbabweans that their future lies with the opposition. Mujuru's fledgling party will be participating in its first e...
Harare water quality frightens residents 16 January 2017 HARARE - While attention has been turned towards the spreading waterborne diseases, residents in Harare are now raising concerns over the quality of water being supplied by the Harare City Council (HCC). While health services director Prosper Chonzi claims the city's water is safe to drink, it...
Airlines slash prices to woo passengers 16 January 2017 HARARE - The year 2017 has opened with heavy discounts on air tickets, bordering on a fare war of sorts, to woo passengers back to flying. Average fares have fallen by 50 percent as airlines cut prices to boost market share amid intensifying competition. The cuts come as budget airlines are...
Call for involvement of people living with HIV 16 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Network for People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) says people living with the virus including those from key populations must be involved at all stages in the fight against the disease in order to achieve the 90-90-90 targets by 2030. Under the ambitious HIV treatment target 90-90-9...
Man up or sink: Backers tell VP 15 January 2017 HARARE - As Zanu PF's seemingly intractable tribal, factional and succession wars approach a deadly climax, worried allies of under fire Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa have warned that the VP now risks being “drowned” by his party enemies if he doesn't declare his ambitions soon and start “fig...
Mandiwanzira is a liar: Econet 15 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's largest mobile network operator, Econet, took the gloves off at the weekend, savaging embattled Information Communication Technology (ICT) minister Supa Mandiwanzira and bluntly accusing him of peddling barefaced lies regarding last week's Internet data fiasco. The unusuall...
Are ANC, Zanu PF ready for female presidents? 15 January 2017 HARARE - Recent political developments in neighbouring South Africa where president Jacob Zuma has said the governing African National Congress (ANC) party is ready for its first female leader, days after his former wife was named by the party's influential women's league as its choice to succeed...
Hospitals run out of crucial drug 15 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's collapsing public health sector was yesterday hit with another dose of bad news after it was revealed the country's major hospitals are only left with two weeks' supply of a major drug used during surgical operations. The unsettling news comes as President Robert Mugabe's m...
Zanu PF women in explosive fight 14 January 2017 HARARE - Fresh factional fighting has broken out in President Robert Mugabe's home province of Mashonaland West, with the regional women's league moving to “dump” one of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's fiercest critics, Sarah Mahoka, over allegations of causing chaos in the ruling party. S...
'Zanu PF bigwigs cowards' 14 January 2017 HARARE - Analysts say Zanu PF bigs are “too docile” to ever contemplate challenging President Robert Mugabe or move to force the nonagenarian to retire. The sentiments come despite the growing pressure from some supporters of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa that the ruling party holds an ext...
Tsvangirai's 2002 election petition ruling still pending 14 January 2017 HARARE - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai (pictured) has said he is still waiting for judgment for his 2002 presidential election petition. In 2002, President Robert Mugabe was pronounced winner of the presidential election in extremely controversial circumstances....
Speed up biometric voter registration 14 January 2017 BULAWAYO - The delay in the commencement of biometric voter registration is likely to compromise the quality and integrity of the new voters' roll, a consortium of organisations running a new campaign, iVote2018, has said. As the country prepares for the new polling station-based and biometric...
Mujuru's Bikita West rally blocked 14 January 2017 HARARE - Opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) president Joice Mujuru was left devastated when her Bikita West rally was cancelled so Zanu PF could hold its assembly. ZPF organised the event over the past month but was told by the police that they were cancelling her rally because of double-b...
'Zanu PF politicising food aid distribution' 14 January 2017 CHIMANIMANI - MDC women’s assembly chairperson Lynette Karenyi has slammed government for partisan food distribution. This comes after five of MDC supporters were briefly detained by police for protesting against the politicisation of aid. Karenyi said the five were arrested at Hot Springs ...
Chitungwiza refurbishes water system 14 January 2017 CHITUNGWIZA - Chitungwiza has started replacing water and sewer pipes in the dormitory town after accessing a $2,5 million loan from the Africa Development Bank (AfDB). Mayor Philip Mutoti said pipe replacement was overdue as the town was grappling with burst sewer pipes. Mutoti said the di...