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Shoppers stampede for cooking oil 19 October 2018 HARARE - Police were yesterday called to restore order at some of Harare's leading retailers when desperate shoppers caused commotion after the outlets had received deliveries of cooking oil. One of the big supermarkets involved had to close shop after disorderly customers stampeded for the oi...
Price hikes, inflation haunt Zim again 19 October 2018 HARARE - Prices have suddenly shot up in Zimbabwe following a slowdown in annual inflation during the first half of the year, a leading financial research firm has said. The latest data from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) shows that annual consumer price index (CPI) inflatio...
AFM saga rages on 19 October 2018 HARARE - Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe (AFM) church president Aspher Madziyire, has filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court seeking permission to be allowed to file papers in response to an application in  which some church members are contesting his presidency. Madziyire a...
2 percent tax sparks confusion 19 October 2018 HARARE - There is confusion in the market over the two percent tax introduced by Finance minister Mthuli Ncube. Part of the confusion emanated from an EcoCash message sent to customers stating that whilst their mobile tariffs remain unchanged, all applicable EcoCash transactions now attract tw...
ZCTU turns to ILO over workers' rights violations 19 October 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's main labour union has appealed to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to probe President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration for violating freedom of association and workers' rights to organise. This comes after police arrested several members of the Zimbabwe Congre...
Outrage ensues over 'erosion' of workers' rights 19 October 2018 HARARE - International labour unions have expressed outrage over the alleged erosion of worker rights in Zimbabwe under the “new dispensation.” In a flurry of angry letters to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, international labour unions strongly condemned the government's heavy–handedness in resp...
Zera reads riot act to service stations 19 October 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) has warned service stations against hiking fuel prices or withholding its sale for speculative reasons and threatened to cancel licences of service stations engaged in the rent-seeking behaviour. This comes amid imbalanced supply of fuel whi...
'Ruling to open floodgates of demos' 19 October 2018 HARARE - The landmark Constitutional Court (Con-Court) ruling declaring unconstitutional the draconian Public Order and Security Act (Posa) is likely to open floodgates of protests, as agitated Zimbabweans are itching to get into the streets to express their discontent over the increasingly faili...
'Diesel demand strikingly increasing' 19 October 2018 HARARE - Diesel demand has been strikingly increasing over the last few months, a leading financial research firm has said. The government has said the gain is due to regional truckers taking advantage of the lower cost of fuel in Zimbabwe relative to the region when the RTGS to USD parallel e...
Gold exports decline by 21 percent 19 October 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's gold mining firms exported $130 million worth of bullion in August, a decline of 21 percent on the prior month. Gold is the single largest export earner in the southern African country, whose economy is flat lining as a result of lack of investment, electricity shortages an...
'Chigumba tweet' saga: Court okays Shadaya retrial 19 October 2018 HARARE - A Harare magistrate has ordered the retrial of a former Midlands State University student accused of retweeting a message denigrating Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba. Night Tawona Shadaya, 25, initially pleaded guilty after he was charged with crimin...
Village Inn exonerates Mandiwanzira 19 October 2018 HARARE - Lawyers representing Village Inn, a hotel in Nyanga, and judicial manager Shepherd Chimutanda have denied allegations of a forceful take-over of the hotel by Tatipano Properties, a firm linked to Nyanga South member of the National Assembly Supa Mandiwanzira. The lawyers say the acqui...
Man sues Tsvangirai estate 19 October 2018 HARARE - The late MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai's estate has been hauled before the High Court over the late founding leader's alleged failure to pay a man who claims to have helped the opposition leader stitch a coalition deal for the 2013 general elections. Initially, Moreprecision Muzadzi...
Zim slips in Wef's rankings 19 October 2018 HARARE - The US remains the world's most competitive economy, whilst Zimbabwe has fallen from 124th to the 128th, according to the World Economic Forum (Wef)'s annual rankings issued this week. The Wef said Zimbabwe slipped in the ranking due to worsening infrastructure, a weakening of the cou...
Post-election violence probe hots up 19 October 2018 HARARE - After a near-farcical start, temperatures rose a notch up yesterday at the government's commission of inquiry into the August 1 post-election violence — which ended up with the army killing at least six civilians — when the probe team was challenged to name the person who deployed soldie...
Major blow for ED govt: Con-Court rules Posa unconstitutional 18 October 2018 HARARE - The Constitutional Court (Con-Court) yesterday delivered a landmark ruling which has far-reaching implications for the policing of public gatherings and protests in the country. It said the draconian Public Order and Security Act (Posa) — which was a favourite weapon of former leader ...
Fresh turmoil rocks Zanu PF 18 October 2018 HARARE - Trouble is brewing in Zanu PF, with some militant war veterans pushing for former Cabinet ministers now stationed at the party's Harare headquarters to be expelled from the former liberation movement for alleged corruption and undermining President Emmerson Mnangagwa. This comes as Mn...
Man jailed for crashing into Chiwenga motorcade 18 October 2018 HARARE - An unlicensed kombi driver has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for crashing into Vice President Constantino Chiwenga's motorcade. Silent Hungwe, 30, was yesterday jailed by Harare Magistrate Barbra Mateku who also banned him for life from driving Class One vehicles. Mateku in...
Gumbo lifts jerry can ban 18 October 2018 HARARE - Energy and Power Development minister Joram Gumbo yesterday lifted a ban on the use of jerry cans and other metal containers at fuel service stations after the edict sparked outrage. The directive to stop using tanks, drums and jerry cans and all forms of metal containers at fuel stat...
Chamisa, Khupe feud resumes 18 October 2018 HARARE - The feud between MDC leader Nelson Chamisa and MDC T president Thokozani Khupe resumed yesterday, after the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) heard the matter in which the ex-Bulawayo Metropolitan Province MP is challenging her expulsion from Parliament. Khupe, who participated in the ...
EASTERN NEWS | Council must improve its accountability: Residents 18 October 2018 MUTARE - City Council must audit its accounts, organise residents and create community feedback platforms in order to improve its accountability to residents which will mend the obtaining frosty relations with ratepayers. United Mutare Residents and Rate Payers official Eddie Dube told a Trans...
Imprisoned GBV offenders to receive special rehab 18 October 2018 MUTARE - Imprisoned gender-based violence offenders will soon be targeted for specialised rehabilitation in new interventions meant to rid the country of the vice, a UN agency has revealed. UNFPA gender coordinator Verena Bruno told a media advocacy workshop in Mutare this week that while inte...
Citizens urged to nurture Zim's democracy, media 18 October 2018 MUTARE - Media advocacy group Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) has urged public participation in the strengthening of the country's fledgling democracy as well as supporting journalists with relevant and credible information to improve their watchdog role. Misa Manicaland advocacy com...
MDC ordered to pay sacked employee $25k 18 October 2018 HARARE - Nelson Chamisa's MDC is set to lose property worth $25 000 to a former employee who successfully sued the opposition party over unfair dismissal. Alec Tabe petitioned the High Court demanding that his former employer pays him his money as well as damages for the loss of employment. ...
Biti seeks stay of prosecution 18 October 2018 HARARE - MDC Alliance deputy chairperson Tendai Biti wants proceedings in a case he is charged on “trumped-up charges” of allegedly declaring opposition leader Nelson Chamisa the winner of the presidential election in alleged contravention of electoral laws stayed until the High Court hears his a...