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Intense jostling for top Zanu PF posts 9 December 2017 HARARE - Jostling for posts has reached fever pitch ahead of Zanu PF's extraordinary congress next week with the resurgent liberation war fighters going all out to reclaim positions that had fallen to former president Robert Mugabe's allies. Having turned the tables on their rivals with the he...
2018 National Budget: Govt charts new path 8 December 2017 HARARE - Government is taking steps towards ending its economic isolation in its first budget since the end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year authoritarian rule with Treasury announcing a package of measures aimed at wooing international investors, including new curbs on laws that require firms to be 51...
Govt fires 3 700 'Green Bombers' 8 December 2017 HARARE – Government has cut loose 3 700 national youth service workers reinstated by former president Robert Mugabe in July after they had initially been fired by the ministry of Public Service. The move is meant to slash the wage bill by dropping the unqualified youths. “Cabinet decision t...
Govt to pay bonuses 8 December 2017 HARARE – Government yesterday said it would pay bonuses to its workers, but the thirteenth cheque would be staggered over the first half of next year. A bonus provision of $176 million has been set aside for the payment of the 2017 13th cheque, according to Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa. ...
Zim budget deficit balloons 8 December 2017 HARARE – The budget deficit has ballooned from $400 million to $1,7 billion, creating a major fiscal crisis for government. To plug the deficit, government is resorting to heavy borrowings. Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said yesterday central to the cash shortages is mismatch between t...
Govt avails $132m for 2018 polls 8 December 2017 HARARE – Government has set aside $132,2 million for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to successfully conduct the 2018 harmonised elections. The vote is a far-cry from the $274 million demanded by Zec. Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said the allocation was “over and above resourc...
Chihuri's home shooting: Suspect in court 8 December 2017 HARARE - A policeman who torched the house of police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri before exchanging fire with heavily armed soldiers appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court yesterday. Hardlife Maukazuva, 27, is facing charges of unlawful entry into Chihuri's property in aggravating ...
'Mudede won't be forced to retire' 8 December 2017 HARARE – Registrar General Tobaiwa Toneth Mudede will not be forced out of his job even though he has reached the compulsory age of retirement, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Petronella Kagonye has told the National Assembly. Kagonye's remarks fly in the face of President...
Election watchdogs step-up voter education 8 December 2017 HARARE – As the  country enters the homestretch of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) blitz,  Civic Society Organisations (CSOs) have upped their voter education campaigns. As of December 5, at least 3 599 459 had registered to vote, according to national elections management body Zimbabwe...
Matemadanda presidential insult case withdrawn 8 December 2017 HARARE - Prosecutors yesterday dropped charges of undermining the authority of the president against war veterans’ leader Victor Matemadanda, reflecting greater judicial independence under new President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Matemadanda — who was represented by leading rights attorney Beatrice M...
Mutambara proposes road-map for elections 8 December 2017 HARARE - Former deputy prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, pictured, has drawn up a proposed road-map for elections in Zimbabwe, amid high tension between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the opposition. There had been some expectation that Mnangagwa would bring in figures from outside Zanu PF, f...
Brace for Zimdollar return: Mutsvangwa 8 December 2017 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government will soon reintroduce the Zimbabwean dollar which will be anchored by international goodwill, Special Advisor to the President Chris Mutsvangwa has said. The revelation comes as economists have called for the bond notes to be demonetised in ...
Zinara apologises for long queues 8 December 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) has apologised for unusually long queues at Norton toll plaza due to the use of cashless payment methods. “Zinara and its partners have developed cashless solutions for paying toll fees as an innovative solution for the future. We are ple...
Zera bans importation of fuel by public 8 December 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) has banned the importation of fuel by members of the public. In a notice issued yesterday, Zera said the Statutory Instrument which allowed the public to procure fuel has been repealed. The move seems aimed at curbing an illegal but t...
Grace, ED tiff exposed 8 December 2017 HARARE – Presidential spokesman George Charamba has for the first time given insights into some of the factors that contributed to the frosty relationship between former president Robert Mugabe and his war time colleagues. In his last days in office, Mugabe had been cut off from the old guard ...
Spelling error angers Mnangagwa 7 December 2017 HARARE – Barely a fortnight after executing a smooth transfer of power in a soft, smart rebellion whose sophistication earned them global acclaim, the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) embarrassingly unveiled a plaque with a misspelt name of the country etched onto expensive granite. Instead of the...
Chombo, Chipanga fight for freedom 7 December 2017 HARARE – Former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo’s bail hearing in the High Court was postponed again to today. His hearing is being heard together with that of ex-Zanu PF youth chairperson, Kudzanai Chipanga, who is being charged with publishing falsehoods prejudicial to the State. Allegat...
Shumbayaonda new Airforce boss 7 December 2017 HARARE – Air Vice Marshal Shebba Shumbayaonda has replaced Perrance Shiri as Air Force boss on an acting basis, President Emerson Mnangagwa said at the unveiling of the name change of KG VI to Josiah Magama Tongogara barracks in Harare yesterday. Shiri is now Lands minister in President Mnanga...
Stamps waged tough fight against stroke 7 December 2017 HARARE – The late health advisor to the President and Cabinet Timothy Stamps passed away on Sunday at the age of 81, but his months-long battle with a stroke and broken neck showed how tough the fight was — and how unusual it is for people to survive with these ailments for long. His son narra...
'Scrap bond notes, attract investment, create jobs' 7 December 2017 HARARE - President Emerson Mnangagwa must pursue a package of comprehensive reforms aimed at underpinning the sea political change won in the military-led intervention with economic gains, economic experts said yesterday ahead of the National Budget presentation today. Scrapping bond notes, at...
UK Diaspora sends investment mission to Zim 7 December 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Diaspora Investment Group Limited (ZiDIG), a private equity investment consortium launched by Zimbabweans based in the UK, will lead an investment mission of Diaspora investors to Zimbabwe in January 2018. The Zimbabwe Diaspora Trade and Investment Mission, which will inc...
Opposition awakens from deep slumber 7 December 2017 HARARE – After being snubbed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa when he appointed his Cabinet, opposition parties are now ganging up against the new Zanu PF leader who has indicated that the country would go for elections in seven months time. Amid indications that MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai tu...
'Borehole water not safe' 7 December 2017 HARARE – Harare residents have been warned against drinking borehole water as it is heavily contaminated. Council spokesperson Michael Chideme said tests done by the city in the high density suburbs of Glen Norah and Budiriro showed that boreholes in the area had water unfit for consumption. ...
Fresh armyworm outbreak in Zim 7 December 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is battling to control a fresh outbreak of fall armyworm pests. Government has launched a new programme to combat the fall armyworm (FAW) in the country. The FAW is a trans-boundary pest that is difficult to manage and was first reported in southern Africa in late 2016. ...
Residents hail military operation 7 December 2017 MUTARE – The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) operation to restore sanity in the mountainous city has been hailed by residents after the military drove away thugs, rank marshals and touts operating at bus and commuter omnibus termini across the city. It was double victory for the military as some...