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Veterinary dept declares Zim free of avian flu 15 February 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe has reported it was now free of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu that hit the country between May and August last year. Poultry producer Lanark, a commercial farm  25km south of the capital Harare, was hit with the outbreak on its farm, which was quarantined and the site a...
Diaspora vote ban challenge deferred 15 February 2018 HARARE - The Constitutional Court (Con-Court) yesterday deferred again to March 14 the hearing of the legal challenge to government's decision to bar expatriate Zimbabweans from voting from their foreign bases in the forthcoming key 2018 vote. Chief Justice Luke Malaba on January 18 gave the g...
Zim marks World Pangolin Day on Saturday 15 February 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe will on Saturday join the rest of the world in marking World Pangolin Day as wildlife authorities step up efforts to help save the endangered “scaly ant-eater” and  the world's most trafficked animal. In Zimbabwe, pangolins were placed on the Specially Protected Species Sched...
Former Zim PM Tsvangirai dies 15 February 2018 HARARE - Opposition MDC leader and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has died at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize successively in 2008 and 2009, the veteran leader died late afternoon yesterday surrounded by his family in the Wits D...
Chefs probed over Zim's missing $15 billion 14 February 2018 HARARE - Parliament has summoned Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu and other high-ranking bureaucrats who served under former president Robert Mugabe's administration as the legislative assembly continues to seek answers to the controversy surrounding the missing diamond revenue estimated at a st...
MDC factional fights escalate 14 February 2018 HARARE - The MDC crisis deepened yesterday when one of the vice presidents — Elias Mudzuri who was on Monday barred from entering the party's headquarters by angry party youths — snubbed a crucial meeting called to try and heal the rift threatening to split the country's largest opposition party....
Govt abandons Moyo's Stem route 14 February 2018 HARARE - Government has abandoned the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) drive as previously adopted by the regime of former president Robert Mugabe. Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development minister Amon Murwira issued a statement yesterday to the...
Mzembi mounts defence in graft trial 14 February 2018 HARARE - Former Cabinet minister Walter Mzembi has said the government cannot charge him with corruption over alleged loses incurred during the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly because the property belonged to the international body. Mzembi, 54, is jointl...
Opposition party appoints white VP 14 February 2018 HARARE - The Noah Manyika-led Build Zimbabwe Alliance has announced the appointment of William Pilbrough to be the party's vice president as the country hurtles towards the harmonised elections scheduled for July, this year. Speaking at a press conference held yesterday at Sapes Trust, Manyika...
Harare invites public input on water meters 14 February 2018 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) has started a public consultation on the draft smart water meter by-laws and invited the public to give feedback on the draft law. In a notice by the acting town clerk Hosea Chisango, the by-laws can be viewed at Rowan Martin building and all other HCC office...
Unregistered health institutions warned 14 February 2018 HARARE - The Health Professions Authority of Zimbabwe (HPAZ) has threatened to shut down unregistered health institutions, giving them up to March 1, to regularise their operations. HPAZ said it is an offence to operate an unregistered health facility under the Health Professions Act. “From...
Zimra lays down rules for trucks in transit 14 February 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has started implementing a programme to seal trucks in transit in a bid to curb and reduce incidents of fraud. According to a public notice issued by the tax agency, cargo passing through Zimbabwe must only take three days and these include weeke...
Zinara's $8m graders attract Parly scorn 14 February 2018 HARARE - The suitability and technical specifications of the six-year-old 80 motorised graders supplied to rural local authorities by the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) for the upgrading of roads was questioned in Parliament yesterday. While the issue has remained a source of ...
Hospitals lack sign language interpreters 14 February 2018 HARARE - The safety of deaf patients is being put at risk due to a lack of  hospital staff who know sign language and problems in accessing anti-retroviral drugs. The families of patients and staff not trained in sign language are being left to pass on health information, raising concerns of p...
SOUTHERN NEWS | Moyo disowns Khupe 14 February 2018 BULAWAYO - Mainstream MDC national chairperson Lovemore Moyo, who recently revealed his intention to quit politics, has dismissed reports of having any link with one of the party's factions allegedly led by deputy president Thokozani Khupe. Moyo, national organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe a...
Byo TC dares police 14 February 2018 BULAWAYO - Bulawayo town clerk Christopher Dube — who has been caught up in a corruption storm — yesterday dared police to arrest him, arguing he is clean. Dube said corruption charges laid against him only but tarnish Bulawayo and scare away much-needed capital to turn around the city once te...
Zapu, Zanu PF clash over voter slips 14 February 2018 BULAWAYO - Zanu PF and Zapu supporters here clashed last weekend over registration slips, with the latter disrupting the ruling party's meeting at Zhokwe village. The Zapu supporters accused Zanu PF officials in the district of allegedly forcing villagers to bring their voter registration slip...
Eddie Cross has failed, says rival 14 February 2018 BULAWAYO - Bulawayo South parliamentary aspirant Clayton Jones has taken a dig at the constituency’s incumbent legislator Eddie Cross, labelling him a failure. Jones, who has been allocated a seat for the constituency under the Joice Mujuru People’s Rainbow Coalition, has already hit the groun...
Church calls for reconciliation in MDC 14 February 2018 BULAWAYO - The head of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has urged MDC leaders to set aside their differences and put national interest ahead of their individual interest. This comes after the party’s three vice presidents Thokozani Khupe, Elias Mudzuri and Nelson Chamisa have been engage...
ED not as feared as Mugabe 14 February 2018 BULAWAYO - With a few months to go before the crunch harmonised elections, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has increasingly been under pressure to clear his name on the internationally-condemned Gukurahundi atrocities. His critics, particularly the civic society and opposition political parties, ...
US fights fall armyworm in Zim 14 February 2018 HARARE - The United States is partnering with 350 000 Zimbabwean farmers and other local experts to stop the spread of the fall armyworm. The caterpillar is native to North and South America, though it has already spread to other parts of Africa including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa...
Chefs probed over missing $15 billion 14 February 2018 HARARE - Parliament has summoned Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu and other high-ranking bureaucrats who served under former president Robert Mugabe’s administration as the legislative assembly continues to seek answers to the controversy surrounding the missing diamond revenue estimated at a st...
Wicknell spills the beans on deals 13 February 2018 HARARE - Controversial and high-living businessman, Wicknell Chivayo, yesterday told Parliament how former president Robert Mugabe's office and two ministers had used their influence to have him awarded multi-million-dollar power deals which are now under investigation by government. The burly...
Mudzuri barred from MDC offices 13 February 2018 HARARE - MDC youths yesterday sealed the party's Harvest House headquarters prompting one of the vice presidents — Elias Mudzuri, who is locked in a vicious succession tussle with two other colleagues — to cancel his scheduled address to senior officials as the infighting reached frightening leve...
Mujuru pushes for new coalition 13 February 2018 HARARE - Opposition National People's Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru has finally managed to push for a drop of the of the 'MDC' prefix in the 'MDC Alliance' name and the main opposition party's logo, as she moots a new grand coalition that would involve at least 84 parties. The former vice pr...