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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...
Council cop fined over use of spikes 7 December 2017 MUTARE - Mutare Magistrates’ Court has convicted and fined a municipal traffic officer for using spikes on a city motorist who filed criminal charges after his car was damaged during the incident. Ehud Murasiranwa, 50, of Mutare was convicted of malicious damage to property after a trial by ...
Gunshots fired at Chihuri's home 7 December 2017 HARARE – Heavily armed soldiers were yesterday dispatched to the home of police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri following a surprise shootout between police officers guarding his home in Greystone Park, Harare. Chihuri was not at home at the time of the incident as he joined other servi...
Zim endures 5-hour Internet blackout 6 December 2017 HARARE – Internet users suffered nearly six hours of downtime yesterday after service providers suffered a major fibre outage. The country is estimated to have lost millions of United States dollars in revenue, as a result, since most of the communication is now being done through the Internet...
State House renovations stall ED occupation 6 December 2017 HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa is yet to move into the residential side of State House as it is undergoing renovations, a top government official has said. Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba told the Daily News yesterday that the State House had been deserted and left to degenerat...
Cabinet boob spills into Parly 6 December 2017 HARARE - Parliamentarians yesterday castigated President Emmerson Mnangagwa for dropping two of his Cabinet ministers barely 48 hours after their appointment. At the weekend,  Mnangagwa dropped two men he had originally named to his Cabinet in the face of public opposition: Lazarus Dokora, the...
'Dissolve Pawadyira commission' 6 December 2017 HARARE - Chitungwiza residents have called on the new Local Government minister July Moyo to urgently dissolve the Madzudzo Pawadyira-led commission. Moyo —  who was sworn in on Monday  — has been asked to probe the “unsubstantiated” allegations of gross abuse of office and corruption that for...
Geiger at risk of contempt over highway 6 December 2017 HARARE - A chairperson of Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure committee has warned Austrian firm Geiger International to appear in front of his select committee within days or face the prospect of being held to be guilty of contempt of Parliament. Dexter Nduna said the Geiger officials n...
Consumer goods prices continue to soar 6 December 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe consumer prices are surging as basics mark their fastest rise this year, with experts blaming the rise on profiteering by retailers. The price of beef soared month-on-month to $7,50 per kg this month from an average of $4,50 in October 2016. The price of table eggs surge...
BCCW saga: ED asked to step in 6 December 2017 BULAWAYO - A former employee of Bulk Cash and Carry Wholesale (BCCW) involved in a dispute with his employers has petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa to launch a probe into alleged cases of externalisation at the firm. The allegations, constitute a serious crime in Zimbabwe under the Money...
Police brutality victim freed 6 December 2017 BULAWAYO – Esigodini magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa has freed a suspected Mberengwa gold dealer who was allegedly beaten by police while in custody at Esigodini police base. Muchemwa last month ordered the accused, Siziba Bvute, 35, to be taken to hospital after police had brought him to court wh...
Zapu steps up campaign against Zanu PF 6 December 2017 BULAWAYO – Opposition party Zapu says the fall of former president Robert Mugabe was a reason to celebrate but removing Zanu PF at next year’s elections remains the goal of ordinary citizens and progressive movements. Zapu is lead by former Home Affairs minister Dumiso Dabengwa who was tipped ...
'Help us on Gukurahundi' 6 December 2017 BULAWAYO – Popular pressure group Ibhetshu Likazulu, which for years has been fighting a somewhat losing battle to have the Gukurahundi atrocities nationally recognised under former president Robert Mugabe's regime, has pinned hope on new President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Ibhetshu's secretary-gene...
Gweru residents take aim at city fathers 6 December 2017 BULAWAYO – Gweru residents have taken aim at the city fathers who they accuse of running down the local authority through the implementation of poor policies and decision-making. This, they said was as a result of the calibre of the councillors the local authority has. Gweru Residence Forum...
Mike Harris faces multiple fraud charges 6 December 2017 HARARE – A Harare magistrate yesterday granted $200 bail to businessman Mike Harris Divaris Chiyangwa who is facing multiple counts of fraud. Chiyangwa appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande. As part of bail conditions, he was ordered to continue residing at his present address a...
Vivo Energy, Engen in share swap deal 6 December 2017 HARARE – Malaysia-based firm Engen Holdings (Engen) has agreed to sell shares in one of its subsidiaries to fuel retailer Vivo Energy in exchange for a stake and a “possible” cash element. Upon completion of this transaction, nine new countries and over 300 Engen-branded service stations will ...
Security sector shake-up looms 6 December 2017 HARARE - A roots-and-branch shake-up is in the offing in the security sector as President Emmerson Mnangagwa moves to fill in the vacancies occasioned by the elevation of top service chiefs before and after the dramatic exit of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe. In the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZD...
Generals promise big things 5 December 2017 HARARE – The two former army chiefs who landed Cabinet appointments last week have promised fireworks in President Emmerson Mnangagwa's new government. In what came as surprise appointments for many, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri of the Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) and Zimbabwe National Army Major...