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Striking teachers continue 275km Mutare-Harare march

By Leopold Munhende & William Milasi TEACHERS from the country’s rural areas are continuing with their 275 km protests march from Mutare to Harare, demanding to be paid in United States dollars and reinstatement of their bonuses. The march, which started on Sunday with around 40 people, is growing in numbers as it has been

MUTARE: Mozambican faces 24 counts for armed robbery and rape; refused bail

By Staff Reporter A Mozambican national believed to be part of an armed gang that terrorised the affluent suburbs of Mutare will spend Christmas in remand prison after a city magistrate refused him bail this Tuesday. Domingo Luis Zuze, 29, of Bairo Vumba, Manica in Mozambique was this Tuesday remanded in custody to December 27

ZBC apologises after guest claims albinism caused by witchcraft

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has apologised after a guest ‘insulted’ people living with albinism during a television programme aired on Monday. The apology comes followed an outcry from viewers and human rights activists, most accusing the national broadcaster of promoting hate against people living with albinism. Director of productions and television

Psychology Maziwisa

Jailed Maziwisa, Pambuka granted bail pending appeal

By Court Reporter JAILED former Zanu PF legislator, Psychology Maziwisa and ZBC broadcaster, Oscar Pambuka were Wednesday granted bail $800 by the same magistrate who took them to jail last week. The two were caged six years by Harare magistrate Lazini Ncube who found them guilty for defrauding Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) of $12000 after

Celebrations end in tragedy; footballer dies as independence war footbridge collapses

By Staff Reporter MUTASA: Victory celebrations by a local soccer team ended in tragedy after one player died while several others were injured after a footbridge over Pungwe River in Honde Valley collapsed. The tragedy occurred as the players were singing and dancing as they crossed the bridge on their way home. Police confirmed the

Registrar General Clemence Masango

Top officials covering up sex abuse in the civil service; pressure mounts on accused Registrar General

By Audience Mutema  SENIOR government officials have been accused of protecting perpetrators of sexual abuse in the civil service as pressure mounts on new Registrar General (RG) Clemence Masango. Masango was appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in September last year, despite being at the centre of a storm over workplace sexual harassment while still a

Forex crunch hits passports production; backlog reaches 117,000

By Staff Reporter MUTARE: Zimbabwe’s biting forex crunch is also affecting the production of passports with the backlog currently at 117,000 applications, officials have revealed. The country has battled a serious forex crunch for years with the problem lately affecting fuel imports resulting in locals spending hours in queues at filling stations, including overnight. Processing

ZAPU women stage protests against austerity, worsening economy

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE ZAPU women’s union last week staged a protest in Bulawayo against the worsening economic situation characterised by rampant price hikes at a time when incomes are stagnant and getting wasted by inflation. Wielding placards condemning government, the opposition supporters presented a petition to Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Judith Ncube‘s offices at

Barbara van Hellemond

Dutch ambassador urges government release of violence probe report

By Idah Mhetu NETHERLANDS ambassador to Zimbabwe, Barbara van Hellemond has urged the Zimbabwean government to release the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into the country’s post-election violence of August 1. The disturbances saw six civilians gunned down by what is widely believed to be members of the national army deployed into central Harare

Supa Mandiwanzira

Supa Mandiwanzira trial in false start

By Court Reporter THE trial of former Information Communication Technology (ICT) minister Supa Mandiwanzira failed to take off Monday after he was “ambushed” with state papers minutes before his trial. The Zanu PF legislator for Nyanga South complained over the state’s “inefficiency” and successfully applied for postponement through his lawyer, Advocate Brian Hungwe. Hungwe told

Samuel Undenge

Ex-Minister Undenge acquitted in Wicknell Chivayo’s Intratrek scandal

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER Energy Minister, Samuel Undenge could not hide his relief after he was Monday acquitted in a case in which he was accused of favouring controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo with a $200 million tender for a solar plant project. Harare magistrate, Barbara Chimboza ruled that the ex-minister did not commit any offence

The late Hapson Ncube

Ex-soldier-turned-firebrand anti-Zanu PF activist dies

By Bulawayo Correspondent FIREBRAND MDC activist and Cowdry Park councillor, Hapson Ncube died on Sunday after a long illness. The MDC confirmed the death of the former Zimbabwe National Army serviceman who was in his early 30s. “It is with utmost heartfelt condolences that we learnt of the passing on of Cllr Ncube. The entire

Ex-President Robert Mugabe

Karoi woman in trouble for insulting ex-President Mugabe

By Staff Reporter POLICE have summoned for trial, a 46-year-old Karoi woman on charges of undermining the authority of then President Robert Mugabe five years ago. Flora Karosi is said to have committed the crime sometime in July of 2013. According to the summons, Karosi undermined and insulted Mugabe after she allegedly uttered an abusive,

Fear, jubilation as Zanu PF terror commander released from prison

By Staff Reporter Masvingo: A Zanu PF activist has been released from prison after serving a 14 year jail sentence for the murder of an MDC official in Zaka district. There were wild celebrations by members of his party while welcoming him from prison. Eddie Munjanja was released from prison last week and the family,