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Call to overhaul electoral laws 5 December 2017 BULAWAYO – There are growing calls for comprehensive electoral reforms to allow the national elections management body — the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) — to carry its mandate without alleged Executive interference. These calls were repeated in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces at th...
Former bigwigs eye Zanu PF return 5 December 2017 HARARE – The fall of Zimbabwe's long-serving president, Robert Mugabe, appears to have given hope to sacked former Zanu PF stalwarts who are now retracing their footsteps back to the former liberation movement. There is renewed hope among the former Zanu PF senior officials since the appointme...
Honeymoon over for Mnangagwa 5 December 2017 HARARE – The honeymoon is over for President Emmerson Mnangagwa as he is under pressure to put in place significant social, economic and political reforms ahead of next year's elections to set himself apart from his predecessor, Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa came into power following the resignatio...
General Chiwenga for Vice President 4 December 2017 HARARE – Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, is seen standing a good chance of being elevated straight from the barracks to become one of the two vice presidents at Zanu PF's extraordinary congress scheduled for this month, the Daily News can report. At the s...
21 perish in horror crash 4 December 2017 HARARE – Twenty-one officials from the ministry of Health and Child Care died on Saturday night when a truck they were travelling in overturned at a sharp curve in Jimila, Matabeleland North Province. Fifteen of the officials died on the spot while six others died on admission at Tsholotsho Di...
CIO informer case takes new twist 4 December 2017 HARARE – The case of a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) informer Delish Nguwaya, who is accused of extorting $15 000 from a local businessman has taken a new twist after one of the State witnesses, a police inspector, told the court that he was forced to nail the suspect, failure of which ...
Operation restore legacy: Army, police target vendors 4 December 2017 HARARE - A massive joint army, police and council blitz under Operation Restore Legacy will today ignite a possible confrontation with vendors and illegal foreign currency dealers who have trickled back into Harare's CBD. The message was delivered jointly by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP),...
Politicians, traditional leaders misleading people on BVR 4 December 2017 GWERU – Gweru residents have called for the criminalisation of politicians who are misleading prospective voters in next year’s elections by telling them that pictures taken during the ongoing BVR exercise will be used to trace their vote. Speaking during a Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affa...
Mutare businessman petitions AG 4 December 2017 HARARE – Mutare businessman, Tendai Blessing Mangwiro, who has been fighting to recover over $1,5 million seized by police in 2008, has written a letter to Attorney-General of Zimbabwe (AG) Prince Machaya, complaining about the State’s position challenging his bid to garnish police accounts. A...
Zim's short-lived govt ministers 4 December 2017 HARARE – If there was someone queer enough to apply to Guinness Book of World Records to have the title “shortest lived government ministers” added to their database, the category will certainly not be short of takers. Among the frontrunners would be South Africa’s former Finance minister Des ...
It's time for a political sabbatical, says Mzembi 4 December 2017 HARARE – Walter Mzembi was the last Foreign Affairs minister to serve under former president Robert Mugabe. Although his tenure was brief, for it was during his stint that the Mugabe’s regime fell, it was an event-packed period that has not been recorded. Our News Editor Gift Phiri had an o...
'Former VP Mphoko arrested' 3 December 2017 HARARE - Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of former vice president Phelekezela Mphoko who arrived in the country on Friday through Plumtree Border Post amid reports that he might have been detained upon his entry in the country from Botswana. Former Higher and Tertiary Education minister, Jon...
Confusion hits ED's new govt 3 December 2017 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a sudden U-turn on some of his Cabinet appointments to avoid falling afoul of the supreme law of the land. In terms of section 104(3) of the national charter, the president can only appoint a maximum of five Cabinet ministers outside Parliament, b...
'Gukurahundi was a collective decision' 3 December 2017 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa remains a closed book for most people. Some say he is cruel while others say he is as soft as wool. The Daily News on Sunday's chief writer Fungi Kwaramba sat down with former Zanu PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, who has known the Zanu PF ...
'ED's choices compromised by allegiances' 3 December 2017 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa's new Cabinet announced late on Thursday night remains a chauvinistic and ''old people's home'' where there is no space for youth, women and progressive technocrats, social and political analysts contend. Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) said they were...
USAid bows out of maternal health scheme 3 December 2017 HARARE - As external support for health programmes in Zimbabwe continues to shrink, the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) has bowed out from another strategic programme which was contributing much towards maternal health. In 2014, USAid and the Health and Child Care mi...
Chombo pleads with ED 3 December 2017 HARARE - Former Finance minister, Ignatius Chombo, wrote to President Emmerson Mnangagwa two days after he had been sworn into office offering to work for him in any capacity. In a passionate congratulatory message to Mnangagwa, Chombo wrote from his hospital bed pledging he would be unwaverin...
Chombo's case to open can of worms 3 December 2017 HARARE - The ongoing trial of former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo on corruption and fraud charges is likely to open a can of worms as it continues to suck in more and more people every week. Chombo was arrested recently following the seizure of government by the army, which claimed to be t...
Legislators renew their demands 2 December 2017 HARARE – Members of Parliament (MPs)have urged the new government led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to honour most of the undertakings made by the previous government. Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba said they want the new president to make sure that all legislators get diplomatic passport...
Command Agric flaws exposed 2 December 2017 HARARE – The parliamentary committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development has exposed flaws on the Command Agriculture programme. Presenting a report in the National Assembly on Thursday, the committee chairperson Christopher Chitindi said most farmers did not get in...
Women Funds benefits the connected 2 December 2017 HARARE – Women Development Funds (WDF) disbursed by the Women ministry is benefiting well-connected groups, the parliamentary committee on Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development has revealed. Presenting a report in the National Assembly this week, the committee chairperson Beatrice Ny...
'Grant Zim Grounds monument status' 2 December 2017 HARARE – Harare councillor Luckson Mukunguma has moved a motion to have the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield a declared national monument status. During a full council meeting on Thursday, Mukunguma said the ground had served two historic gatherings which have shaped the country’s history. “Th...
Community leaders urged to drive BVR 2 December 2017 HARARE – Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) recently held meetings with leaders of community-based organisations in Kadoma and villagers in Zhombe, encouraging them to register as voters as well as mobilise others. ZimRights senior programmes officer, Leo Chamahwinya, addressing vil...
'With or without Mugabe, Zanu PF the same' 2 December 2017 BULAWAYO – Zimbabweans in the City of Kings yesterday woke up to a shock new Cabinet announcement by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The sentiments expressed in the streets here were that of clear disapproval, hence confidence in the prospects of recovery has been eroded. This comes after peo...
Mnangagwa reinstates PG Goba 2 December 2017 HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has moved to gazette the reinstatement of fired Prosecutor-General (PG) Ray Goba. This follows a decision by the High Court stopping the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) from removing or interfering with his appointment without following procedures outli...