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Soldiers assault Daily news staff 17 January 2019 HARARE - Gun-wielding members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) yesterday assaulted Daily News drivers who were distributing the country's leading independent paper in and around the capital city. The assaults were part of the vicious clampdown by both soldiers and riot police on ordinary ci...
Zim counts huge costs of stay-away 17 January 2019 HARARE - Zimbabwe lost millions of dollars after the country was brought to a virtual standstill by a highly successful mass stay-away engineered by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and social media group #ThisFlag. The protest brought the country to a total shutdown for three days...
ZETDC dismisses social media messages 17 January 2019 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has dismissed social media messages urging customers to buy electricity in large quantities to counter suspected electric faults. In a statement ZETDC said the messages are malicious as the authority has everything und...
ZRP heightens crackdown against criminals 17 January 2019 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has increased crackdown efforts on crime which has seemingly been rampant and on the rise in Zimbabwe. In a statement, ZRP Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba revealed that the police has since intensified patrols and intelligence gatherin...
'Internet shutdown draconian' 17 January 2019 HARARE - Information, Communication and Technology activists have blasted government for shutting down the Internet saying the arbitrary action was ultra vires the constitutionally enshrined right to information. The cyber activists said the draconian shutdown also precipitates a humanitarian ...
Rights groups slam State heavy-handedness 17 January 2019 HARARE - Civil society organisations and political parties have condemned State security agents for using high-handed tactics to put down protests. This comes after the so-called “shutdown” entered its third day yesterday, with workers and general members of the public demanding better living ...
Human Rights lawyers slam door-to-door raids 17 January 2019 HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Army and Zimbabwe Republic Police deployed heavily to contain anti-government protests, conducting door-to door-raids and brutally assaulting civilians in their homes, rights lawyers have said.  Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) condemned the illegal wanto...
Trial of 'Shut-down' protesters fast-tracked 17 January 2019 HARARE - Eight protestors — who allegedly burnt down a Zupco bus and a car belonging to former Information minister Webster Shamu's wife — have accused the State of practicing “Sharia law” after they were “hurriedly tried.” Miston Siriva, Charles Bengeza, Shylock Chihuri, Emmanuel Chari, cassi...
Dark clouds hang over Zimbabwe 17 January 2019 HARARE - Zimbabwe is now entering unchartered waters following several deaths of innocent people and arrests of pro-democracy activists and senior opposition figures by security agents in the on-going clampdown against those who participated in the fuel price hike demos.   [Adz] [GoogleA...
ED urged to hike public sector salaries 14 January 2019 HARARE - A Zimbabwean businessman has urged government to raise wages in a bid to prevent the meagre income of public sector workers becoming a source of anger for citizens. In a letter to President Emmerson Mnangagwa seen by the Daily News, businessman Frank Buyanga said the hike will preempt...
Bulawayo grinds to a halt 14 January 2019 BULAWAYO - Anti-riot police here had to be called to disperse hundreds of disgruntled protesters who heeded calls for a national shutdown protest against deepening economic crisis in the country. The protest was mooted by local activists and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) after P...
War veterans threaten businesses against price hikes 14 January 2019 HARARE - War veterans have threatened to "deal" with business people who are they alleged were making massive profits through “unjustifiable” increase of prices. This comes after President Emmerson Mnangagwa more than doubled the price of fuel, with the sharp hike triggering a wave of price in...
ED hikes fuel prices 13 January 2019 HARARE - In a panicky move which analysts described as an act of desperation — and which economic experts said would not resolve the country's debilitating fuel shortages — President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government sharply and immediately increased the prices of fuel last night. As a result, a...
Mugabe's ex-aide spills the beans 13 January 2019 HARARE - A former aide of ousted president Robert Mugabe has spilled the beans from his foreign base, saying Zanu PF has serious divisions that do not always play out in public. Lawrence Kamwi, who served as head of former first lady Grace Mugabe's office and principal private secretary to the...
'ED should act or Zim will burst' 13 January 2019 HARARE - Having started the year engulfed with a myriad of problems — from fuel shortages, soaring prices of goods and services, shortages of drugs to labour disputes — the Daily News on Sunday's Assistant Editor Maxwell Sibanda sought comments from a number of analysts just to find from them whe...
Call for media reforms intensify 13 January 2019 HARARE - Media practitioners in the country have high hopes for this year including the licensing of genuine community radio stations, among other reforms targeting the sector. At the heart of media reforms should be the uncompromised position that the media has a utility value in enhancing ci...
I wanted to be a soldier: Khupe 13 January 2019 HARARE - Our Staff Writer Tendayi Madhomu sits down for a wide-ranging interview with MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe. Find below excerpts of the interview. Q: Who is Thokozani Khupe; where and when was she born? A: Thokozani Khupe was born on November 18, 1963 at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo. ...
MDC meets over economic crisis 13 January 2019 HARARE - The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC will this week meet to discuss the way forward on how to put more pressure on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to solve the current economic crisis. MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that Chamisa will deliver an address on the...
ZCTU gives govt 7-day altimatum 13 January 2019 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is stepping up threats to lead a national strike, pressing for United States dollar (USD) wages. The warning follows massive price hikes that have affected almost every basic commodity, worsening the plight of the already struggling workers...
CVR grapples with number plates shortages 13 January 2019 HARARE - The Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) is grappling with a shortage of number plates following a delayed shipment that was expected to arrive mid-December. Last year, the CVR through the ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development placed an order for 400 000 blank plates from Ge...
'Utilise anticorruption courts' 13 January 2019 HARARE - The Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) has bemoaned the "underutilisation" of special anti-corruption courts especially in the prosecution of high-profile white-collar crimes. The special anti- corruption courts were set up by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in March last year in an ...
Ex-ally urges Mujuru to join MDC 13 January 2019 HARARE - Former vice president Joice Mujuru’s ex-ally Kudakwashe Bhasikiti has called on the National People’s Party (NPP) president to dissolve her party and join the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC. Bhasikiti is a former member of the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), which was led by Mujuru, before she l...
Zimbabwe facing foreign currency shortages, not fuel: ED 13 January 2019 HARARE - Our News Editor Gift Phiri sits down for a wide-ranging interview with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba about the stuttering economy and what government is doing to address the worsening crisis. Find below excerpts of the interview.  Q: President Mnangagw...
Use dollarised taxes to pay civil servants 13 January 2019 HARARE - Government must stop using foreign currency (forex) to finance lifestyles for elites and instead use dollarised taxes to pay civil servants in United States dollars, an official from Zimbabwe’s largest opposition party has said. MDC spokesman Jacob Mafume said Finance minister Mthuli ...
Majongwe regrets November coup 13 January 2019 HARARE - Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Raymond Majongwe regrets the ousting of former president Robert Mugabe in a November 2017 soft coup. He posted on social media how regretful citizens had become about the military-led change of government in November 2017 befo...
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