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$8m+ required for schools infrastructure

Prof Paul Mavhima Vincent Gono and Nozibelo Maphosa, Sunday News Reporters THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is seeking more than $8 million to repair classroom blocks and other related infrastructure that was damaged across the country by the rains...

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MUTUMA BACKER REVEALED

Longwe Ndlovu Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter AFTER weeks of speculation on the identity of the anonymous benefactor who provided Premiership football club, Highlanders, with funds to sign striker Roderick Mutuma, we can exclusively reveal that businessman...

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FIRED WORKERS TO BE REINSTATED

Dr Joseph Made Dumisani Nsingo, Senior Reporter THOUSANDS of workers who were retrenched when most companies embarked on massive job layoffs in the last two years are set to be re-engaged mainly in agro-processing companies that are gearing for increased productivity...

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Tsvangirai soars as 2018 beckons

HARARE – Former Finance minister and leader of Mavambo/Kusile Dawn (MKD) Simba Makoni yesterday became the latest prominent politician to throw his weight behind opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai heading the planned coalition alliance which will take on...

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Zim issues new malaria alert

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s stone-broke government is finding it increasingly difficult to contain disease outbreaks in the country, with health officials reporting 89 000 new cases of malaria and 151 malaria-related deaths in the past two months alone. This comes as...

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Broke govt offers MPs stands

HARARE – Government has offered MPs and senators residential stands in lieu of their outstanding allowances. Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere (pictured) confirmed the deal in Senate on Thursday, saying the ruling Zanu PF and opposition MDC chief...

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Doctors flush gems out of thief

MUTARE – Doctors have flushed out two diamond pieces from one of three Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) gem sorters on trial for swallowing the precious stones. The medical procedure was performed on 31-year-old Pfungwai Sithole, more than ten...

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Council defies mayor’s debt collectors order

HARARE – Harare City Council (HCC) executive has defied mayor Bernard Manyenyeni’s directive to terminate contracts of debt collectors who have been terrorising hard-pressed residents struggling to pay rates. The mayor, who issued the order last week,...

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‘Criminalise child marriages’

MUTARE – Former magistrate and current Chief Mutasa has said the constitutional edict outlawing the marriage of girls under 18 was an “empty threat” until there is criminal sanction at law. Speaking during a Plan International workshop on ending...

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Govt moves to enact Disabled Persons’ Act

HARARE – Government will soon enact a modern, clear and streamlined law to tackle discrimination of people living with disability, Social Welfare deputy minister Tapiwa Matangaidze has said. Currently, there are no legal regulations on Zimbabwe’s statutes...

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Recruitment freeze hits judiciary

HARARE – Government must consider lifting the freeze on magistrates’ recruitment as there is a serious shortage of staff in the judiciary, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) said. Speaking at a swearing in ceremony of three trainee magistrates at the...

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No State witness in Mkwananzi trial

HARARE – Anti-President Robert Mugabe activist Promise Mkwananzi yesterday notified the court of his intentions to file for further remand refusal because there are no State witnesses for trial to progress. He — together with 21 other activists —...

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DRC’s Kabila furious with TP Mazembe owner

LUSAKA – Democratic Republic of Congo protested over the presence of former Katanga governor Moise Katumbi Chapwe at the Under-20 Afcon semi-finals between Zambia and South Africa at Heroes Stadium last week. Accompanied by State House spokesperson Amos Chanda,...

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Raw sewer discharged into Marimba River

HARARE – A burst sewer pipe running across Marimba River has been discharging raw effluent into the water body which feeds into Lake Chivero. The pipe has been discharging the toxic sewer for more than a week, according residents of nearby Gracelands. Harare...

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Grace in fresh land grab

First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly renewed her bid to evict villagers at Arnold Farm in Mazowe to expand her business empire following disclosures that the Lands ministry officials this week started parcelling the farm to pave way for the First Family. By Xolisani...

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War vets outwit Mugabe

WAR veterans yesterday scored a major victory against President Robert Mugabe after the High Court sanctioned their holding of a meeting to discuss welfare issues of the ex-combatants following police attempts to block the indaba. BY CHARLES LAITON President Robert...

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Local Child abuse play traverses the world

HARARE – Veteran actress Getrude Munhamo has been pleasantly surprised by how her play, “Lamentations @ 12,” the first and only one she has written, is generating “unimaginable interest” in many diverse countries. The play, which puts the...

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Model Mkwebu inspired by art

BULAWAYO – When one talks about modeling and fashion in Zimbabwe’s second largest city, the name Lungani Mkwebu comes up often. The 25 year old male model has featured prominently at fashion and modeling events held in Bulawayo in recent years. Mkwebu told...

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Winky D, Tehn descend on Masvingo

HARARE – Zimdancehall legend Winky D and Zim hip-hop star Tehn Diamond will perform in Masvingo today and tomorrow respectively in what promises to be fun-packed shows for music fans in Zimbabwe’s oldest town. Winky D, who is also set to perform at Pagomba...

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Moto Republik gets reprieve

HARARE – The Harare City Council is ready to give arts centre Moto Republic, which was last week threatened with demolition, the opportunity to regularise its papers. “We have since invited the owners of the property for a discussion on the conditions...

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Masike to celebrate mbira queens

HARARE – Mbira princess Hope Masike will honour female musicians who have popularised the ancient music instrument at Jazz 24/7 in Harare tonight. In the show dubbed Gwenyambirakadzi Concert, Masike will present her own songs after which she will perform some of...

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Mnangagwa speaks on chief justice succession

AS the acrimonious debate over the appointment of the new chief justice rages on amid fierce clashes sparked by Zanu PF’s factional wars, and with the country on its knees as the economy continues to nosedive, Zimbabwe Independent political reporter Elias Mambo...

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Nssa bosses grilled over CBZ

White-collar crime investigating unit, the National Economic Conduct Inspectorate (Neci), recently grilled National Social Security Authority (Nssa) directors after they demanded from CBZ Holdings (CBZH) full financial disclosure on executive salaries and insider...

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Govt loses US$700 000 through fake payments

THE Labour Court has ordered the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to reinstate a senior Finance ministry official who was dismissed for allegedly authorising fake payments to the tune of US$700 000. By Hazel Ndebele Government was in the process prejudiced...

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Beitbridge Hotel to be turned into flats

THE National Social Security Authority (Nssa) is considering converting its US$49 million Beitbridge Hotel into residential apartments for civil servants who work at the border post after efforts to lease it out to hospitality industry players hit a snag, senior...

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Cabinet descends into ugly row

…as Mnangagwa says he is doing Mugabe’s bidding THE fight over the appointment of the next chief justice played out again in cabinet — with renewed intensity and fierce exchanges — last week as Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his backers...

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Diamond safe box disappears

A LOCKBOX containing gem-quality diamonds disappeared from a Mbada Diamonds sort house on the day government announced the closure of Chiadzwa mining activities to pave way for the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) in February last year, the Zimbabwe...

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Mbada Diamonds drowns in debt

MBADA Diamonds (Private) Limited, previously the largest producer of gems in the troubled Chiadzwa diamond fields, is drowning in massive debts accrued during its ill-fated mining stint. By Obey Manayiti/Elias Mambo Mbada Diamonds is contesting the government’s...

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Battle over ZB Bank escalates

ONE of the major shareholders in ZB Financial Holdings (ZBFH), Transnational Holdings Limited (THL), led by veteran banker Nicholas Vingirai, has rejected Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya’s demands over a series of corporate governance...

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Fresh elections: New Zanu PF headache

Fresh Zanu PF Masvingo provincial elections present a headache for the fractitous party rooting for former acting chairman Ezra Chadzamira to take over the party leadership ahead of President Robert Mugabe’s uncle – Mutero Masanganise. BY Xolisani...

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Beitbridge runs dry

Beitbridge town has run dry after the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) cut supplies, forcing the local district hospital to discharge maternity patients without a bath. By OWN CORRESPONDENT It is understood Zinwa wants a pre-payment of $3 million before...

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Mugabe fumes over donation

TOP Zanu PF politicians reportedly donated biscuits and children’s snacks to thousands of flood victims in Matabeleland North’s Tsholotsho district purporting the goods were coming from President Robert Mugabe raising public furore over the contributions,...

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PDP bags Mujuru, courts Tsvangirai

THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said an alliance with National People’s Party (NPP)leader Joice Mujuru was guaranteed, but the party was turning its attention to MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai as opposition parties coalesce ahead of the...

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State Liabilities Act invalid: High Court

High Court judge Justice Judith Mushore has delivered a landmark ruling invalidating the State Liabilities Act, saying it is being used by the government to evade settlement of debts and complying with the court orders. BY CHARLES LAITON Justice Mushore delivered the...

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Latest – Bosso, Dembare friendly called off

Emmett Ndlovu Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter THE proposed pre-season friendly match between the country’s biggest teams, Dynamos and Highlanders which had been scheduled for Sunday has been called off. Highlanders secretary general, Emmet Ndlovu said...

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Issa Hayatou ousted

ADDIS – Madagascar’s football chief Ahmad Ahmad has been elected president of the Confederation of African Football on Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office. Ahmad won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to...

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Univern in major traffic management deal

HARARE – Technology firm Univern Enterprises (Univern)’s stock continues to rise as it has been contracted by the Zimbabwean government to automate the country’s transport management systems, including vehicle registry and ensuring compliance with...

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‘Chefs plotting Mugabe ouster’

HARARE – In a sensational claim — as Zanu PF’s deadly tribal, factional and succession wars continue to escalate — the party’s youth league says it no longer trusts many of President Robert Mugabe’s top lieutenants, who it claims...

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Govt imports ban fuels smuggling: Bimha

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s ever-bumbling government is struggling to contain the rampant smuggling of imported basic consumer goods that it ill-advisedly banned last year, in a desperate bid to lower the country’s imports bill, shore up the State’s empty...

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Mutasa, Gumbo under fire over party name

HARARE – Little-known Zimbabwe First (ZimFirst) party leader Maxwell Zeb Shumba has threatened to take legal action against Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo accusing them of “stealing” his party’s name. Mutasa and Gumbo’s opposition party...

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‘Bribe money-swallowing’ cop trial opens

HARARE – The trial of the police officer who tried to swallow bribe cash after being busted kicked off yesterday, with a man who was used to deliver the trap money testifying that the accused reacted violently after realising that she had been cornered. Wilson...

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Gay jibe stirs drama in Parly

HARARE – There was drama in Parliament yesterday after Highfield West Zanu PF MP Psychology Maziwisa was accused of being gay by some MPs. The allegations were brought to the fore by Zanu PF Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba who rose on a point of order as...

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2017 budget implementation delayed

HARARE – Globetrotting President Robert Mugabe is yet to approve legislation authorising government to implement the 2017 National Budget. Already, the country’s 210-member National Assembly has since voted across the political divide to have the Finance...

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Chigwedere witchcraft saga takes new twist

HARARE – Former Education minister Aeneas Chigwedere’s witchcraft saga has taken a dramatic twist, with his son Mangwiza saying delays in hearing the case will result in more deaths at the hands of his father. Mangwiza accuses his father of bewitching and...

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‘Tich Mataz has case to answer’

HARARE – A Harare magistrate yesterday ruled that popular television and radio personality Tichafa Matambanadzo had a case to answer as he dismissed an application filed for discharge at the close of his tax evasion case. Matambanadzo is being charged with...

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‘Fears of e-voting unfounded’

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s election watchdogs have said fears that the bio-metric voter registration (BVR) and electronic voting system were vulnerable to computer hacking were unfounded. This comes after State media has hazarded that e-voting was vulnerable to...

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VIDEO – ZNA Charity Shield final set for Byo

[embedded content] THE Zimbabwe National Army has paid gratitude to the support they received from the Bulawayo community, who thronged Luveve stadium for the semi-final of the ZNA charity shield. The army has said it is because of this support that the final which...

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2018 polls hang in balance

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) could be forced to dump biometric voter registration (BVR) and revert to the old system, due to alleged security fears and meddling in the procurement of the voter kits for the 2018 polls, NewsDay has learnt. BY BLESSED...

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MDC-T backs Jonathan Moyo

MDC-T Bulawayo Province has come out in support of Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, over his criticism of government’s much-vaunted Command Agriculture programme fronted by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa. BY SILAS NKALA MDC – T leader Morgan...

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I am not going anywhere: Dabengwa vows

ZAPU leader, Dumiso Dabengwa yesterday reiterated that he will not “go anywhere” until he finishes his term in 2020, following reports of moves to oust him to pave way for secretary-general, Strike Mnkandla. By NQOBANI NDLOVU ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa...

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Sparks to fly as politburo meets

HARARE – Fireworks are expected when the warring ruling Zanu PF’s politburo meets in Harare today — to deal with last month’s hotly-contested party election results in Masvingo, as well as the ugly infighting which is ripping apart provincial...

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Minister Mpofu in trouble over $3m debt

HARARE – Macro-Economic Planning minister Obert Mpofu could lose his plush Glen Lorne property after he was dragged to the High Court by CBZ Bank over a long over-due debt of nearly $3 million. According to court documents, Mpofu’s now-defunct financial...

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Mwenezi East candidates in war of words

HARARE – The battle for the Mwenezi East seat is escalating, with Zanu PF and Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) candidates embroiled in a war of words ahead of the by-election. ZPF’s Kudakwashe Bhasikiti is accusing his former party, Zanu PF, of deploying the...

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‘Pharmacies inflating drugs prices’

HARARE – Pharmacies are inflating the prices of drugs particularly those for diabetes, making them unaffordable for most patients, the Zimbabwe Diabetic Association (ZDA) has said. Appealing to government through health advisor to President Robert Mugabe and...

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VIDEO: BOSSO STILL FAR FROM PERFECT

Highlanders coach Erol Akbay speaking on his current crop of Bosso players and a message to the Highlanders faithful. Watch Video (Courtesy of Thandazani Zimbwa) [embedded...

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TP Mazembe promise fireworks in Harare

HARARE – Stung by their failure to beat CAPS United in Sunday’s African Champions League qualifier in Lubumbashi, TP Mazembe have vowed to correct their mistakes in Harare this coming weekend. The first leg finished 1-1 after Abbas Amidu opened the scoring...

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Manyuchi out to make statement

HARARE – World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi, who is facing what could be a defining fight in his career, wants to send a message when he faces Qudratillo Abduqaxorov. Manyuchi, who was scheduled to arrive in Singapore this...

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Cosua to send Zim fans to Russia

HARARE – At least 50 local football fans will attend this year’s Fifa Confederations World Cup finals in Russia later in June, the Coalition of Supporters Unions of Africa (Cosua) founding president Sarfo Abebrese has revealed. Cosua is a pan-African...

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Cameroonian tries luck at DeMbare

HARARE – Cameroon international Ntouba Epoupa Christian Joel, who arrived in Harare on Monday, started training with Dynamos yesterday hoping to impress the club. The 23-year-old, who has had stints with his country’s U20, U23 sides and is capped once by...

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D-Day for Moto Republik

HARARE – Despite Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere’s last-ditch efforts to save Moto Republik from demolition, the Harare City Council (HCC) has vowed to tear down the arts centre today in line with an order they issued last week. HCC officials...

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WeUtonga to release singles

HARARE – Afro-Fusion artiste and renowned female bassist Edith WeUtonga will release a single every month from end of March until August as a strategy to promote her forthcoming third studio album. The famous female bassist, who took part in the City Sports Bar...

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Filmmaker lines up ambitious project

HARARE – Filmmaker, Duncan Frost, is currently directing what he has described as “Zimbabwe’s most ambitious film project in the last 20 years.” Frost, who worked with several film-making companies in South Africa, is convinced that his...

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Mungoshi Jr to launch poetry anthology

HARARE – Charles Mungoshi Junior will launch his first-ever poetry anthology titled Destroy the Box on Saturday during Pamberi Trust’s monthly House of Hunger Poetry Slam. The launch, to take place at On the Roof along Mazowe Street in Harare, will start...

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Zim human rights under scrutiny

ZIMBABWE’S commitment to respecting human rights will come under United Nations scrutiny this week when it gives its response to the 260 recommendations that were raised by the global community at last November’s universal periodic review. by PAIDAMOYO...

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Zanu PF row over Indian, Jewish businesspeople

A ROW has erupted between rival Zanu PF youth groups in Bulawayo over allegations of mistreatment of Indian and Jewish businesspeople in the city, it has emerged. BY SILAS NKALA Kudzanai Chipanga One of the groups currently engaged in intermittent protests to force...

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Mpofu to lose 50 properties over $2m debt

MACRO-ECONOMIC Planning and Investment Promotion minister and business tycoon Obert Mpofu is set to lose 50 properties he reportedly surrendered as surety to secure a $2 million loan from CBZ Bank after the financial institution approached the High Court seeking...

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Kuwait denies govt visas to rescue Zim women

FIFTY social welfare officers, deployed by the government to “clean up the mess” following the rescuing of several Zimbabwean women trafficked to Kuwait on the pretext they would get lucrative jobs, have been denied visas by the Gulf country. by VENERANDA...

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Biti appeals to Tsvangirai

HARARE – Former Finance minister and now leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tendai Biti, has made an impassioned plea to MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai to move decisively on the mooted grand opposition alliance — warning that any further...

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Anger over Mugabe cyclone donations

HARARE – There was much disappointment among many Zimbabweans when it emerged at the weekend that President Robert Mugabe had donated — of all things — biscuits and non-essential snacks to Cyclone Dineo victims in Tsholotsho who recently lost...

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Ministers are shameless thieves: Zanu PF MP

HARARE – Gokwe-Nembudziya Zanu PF MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena has sensationally claimed that some ministers in President Robert Mugabe’s Cabinet are corrupt, labelling them “shameless thieves”. This comes after the just-turned 93 years leader...

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Law firm probed after soliciting for Council business

MUTARE – Parliament is probing a law firm over possible illegal conduct after Mutare City Council (MCC) officials claimed it solicited for a debt collection contract — a violation of the Legal Practitioners’ Act. The august House’s Public...

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Incest, lack of sex education drive teen pregnancies

HARARE – Rape at the hands of relatives and lack of sex education are the major driving factors of teen pregnancies according to the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA). More than 700 girls aged between 10 and 19, and some as young as nine fall...

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