Articles tagged 'protests'

Boy (16) in court over demo 3 October 2017 HARARE - A 16-year-old boy has been arraigned before the courts on allegations of participating in a demonstration that rocked Harare city centre last Friday. Thomas Chihuri, 16, was jointly charged with Gibson Mavhunga, 48, when he appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande. The duo...
State's case against Evan Mawarire collapses 29 September 2017 HARARE - Evan Mawarire's lawyer Harrison Nkomo yesterday trashed the State case during cross examination of the first witness in a trial in which the cleric is charged with attempting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe's government. Witness Edmore Muchineripi Runganga, who is the investigati...
Mawarire freed on fresh subversion charge 27 September 2017 HARARE - Activist pastor, Evan Mawarire, accused of attempting to subvert the government following a Facebook live post sledging President Robert Mugabe’s “appalling handling” of the economy was freed by the courts yesterday because he had been over detained. Mawarire of  #ThisFlag movement wa...
Mawarire trial opens 26 September 2017 HARARE - Cleric and #ThisFlag campaign leader pastor Evan Mawarire's trial in a matter in which he is accused of attempting to overthrow the President Robert Mugabe-led government opened yesterday in the High Court. Mawarire, who is facing an alternative charge of incitement to commit public v...
I will run for office: Mawarire 10 September 2017 BULAWAYO - Evan Mawarire, the controversial cleric who popularised the #ThisFlag movement on Friday visited the City of Kings to lead the Zimbabwe prayer Night of Hope at Harvest House International Church. After the church service, the Daily News on Sunday's Letwin Nyambayo caught up with him...
I miss my wife: Mawarire 7 September 2017 HARARE - Activist clergyman Evan Mawarire says he misses his wife and kids he left behind in the United States when he made a surprise return to Zimbabwe early this year after his self-imposed exile. Mawarire shot to prominence last year in July when thousands of workers heeded his call to sta...
No political will to solve Dzamara's disappearance 31 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has shown no political will to solve the mystery surrounding the abduction of a prominent journalist-turned activist in Harare demanding that President Robert Mugabe resigns, rights lawyers said yesterday as the world commemorated the United Nations International Day of the Vict...
Anti-Mugabe cleric evicted from one-room lodging 13 August 2017 HARARE - Woes continue to mount for activist cleric Phillip Mugadza — who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die on October 17 this year — as he has been evicted from his one-room lodgings in the high density suburb of Glen View. Following his controversial prophecy and consequent i...
Church condemns police brutality 15 July 2017 HARARE - The Church has condemned the police for its use of force in crushing Wednesday’s demonstration by the MDC youths describing its heavy-handedness as irrational and bad for upholding national peace and democracy at large. Zimbabwe Divine Destiny (ZDD) leader Bishop Ancelimo Magaya had n...
Police ruthlessly crush MDC demo 13 July 2017 HARARE - Harare was turned into a war zone yesterday as police fought running battles with angry MDC youths who had gathered in the capital to demonstrate against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)'s alleged failure to implement electoral reforms. Yesterday's trouble started after MDC you...
PICS: MDC youths, police clash 12 July 2017 HARARE - Protesting MDC youths clash with riot police in the Harare CBD on Wednesday.
Police 'unaware' of MDC demo 12 July 2017 HARARE - Police yesterday said they had not cleared today's planned demonstration by MDC youths — setting up a potentially explosive confrontation with the organisers who said they will resist any attempts to stop them from holding their protest march. “I don't know about the demonstration, we...
Rights group condemns use of tear gas 4 July 2017 HARARE - A rights group has condemned the use of tear gas by police against ordinary citizens in Harare's Central Business District (CBD) last week and said such action was “reckless and dangerous”. Dozens were choked when police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds as they tried to dis...
UZ students, police clash 27 June 2017 HARARE - University of Zimbabwe (UZ) security clashed with medical students at the UZ campus yesterday when a demonstration against fees hike turned violent. Security replied with batons as hooded students threw missiles during the march by medical learners. Police later pitched up and arre...
'Mooted electronic voter register is illegal' 25 June 2017 HARARE - Attempts by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to introduce an electronic register of voters is illegal, analysts have said, with Zec urged to drop the plans even after acquiring the technology, raising fresh fears of election fraud. Presidential and parliamentary elections in 20...
Tajamuka threatens fresh mass protests 6 June 2017 HARARE - Radical pressure group Tajamuka/Sesijikle has warned that it is planning mega protests — similar to the highly-supported shutdown of last year — to force President Robert Mugabe and his government to act on the country's worsening economic rot. Tajamuka/Sesijikile said yesterday that ...
Chihuri, Chombo deny cops bashed granny 5 June 2017 HARARE - Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo and police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri have denied deploying riot police to the Harare Magistrates' Court, where they allegedly brutally assaulted a 63-year-old Chitungwiza woman during a protest last year. In their response to a High C...
Mugadza stages another one-man demo 1 June 2017 HARARE - Activist cleric Phillip Mugadza, who is being charged for predicting that President Robert Mugabe would die on October 17 this year, yesterday staged another one-man anti-government demo in Harare. With a wooden yoke around his neck and waving a placard inscribed “Nahum 1:13”, Mugadza...
Chingwizi villagers seek to quash jail term 24 May 2017 HARARE - Four Chingwizi villagers who were jailed five years each for burning police cars during a 2015 protest have approached the High Court seeking to have the jail term quashed. The quartet — Mike Mudyanembwa, Patrick Chinounda Changwesha, Samuel Mubaiwa and Nyengeterai Tagwirei — argue th...
MDC fingers Zec in BVR 'chicanery' 17 May 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC says it has gathered “overwhelming information” that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) wants to disenfranchise voters in their urban strongholds by increasing voter registration points in rural areas. This comes as Zec is going ahead ful...
Police attack on tobacco farmers condemned 8 May 2017 HARARE - Police should stop using heavy-handed methods when dealing with Zimbabweans who would be peacefully demanding their dues such as was the case with tobacco farmers last week, Heal Zimbabwe (HZT) has said. In a statement, the peace building organisation said the way police beat up and t...
Pressure groups take gvt head-on 3 May 2017 HARARE - Pressure groups yesterday put President Robert Mugabe and his warring ruling Zanu PF on notice, saying they would combine forces and embark on mega protests to force the government to stem Zimbabwe’s worsening political and economic rot. Led by prominent activist clergyman, Evan Mawar...
Nera to toyi-toyi over BVR security 1 May 2017 HARARE - A fresh row has erupted over the contentious matter of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits — with opposition parties now planning protests to force the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to guarantee the security of data gathered during voter registration exercises. This comes as...
Zim steps up rights activists' arrests 1 May 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s government has escalated its clampdown on human rights defenders, with police arresting more of the activists in 2016, compared to the previous year, a latest Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) report has revealed. In its recently released 2016 annual s...
Anti-Zuma protests across South Africa 7 April 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Protesters are gathering in major South African cities calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down after the sacking of a respected finance minister. Crowds are building ahead of demonstrations in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and the capital, Pretoria. Mr Zuma's sacking ...