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Harare City Council communications manager Michael Chideme

Harare City Council limps to water disaster: Threatens to shut down supplies

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE Harare City Council has threatened to switch off water supplies if no bail-out to procure water treatment chemicals is not found by Tuesday. In a statement Sunday council head of communications Michael Chideme said the city was also buying foreign currency on a volatile interbank market using a non-elastic budget. “Harare City Council

Zec chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba

Zanu PF retains Zaka East

By Tonderai Saharo A low voter turn out marred the Zaka East National Assembly by-election held Saturday with a half of the total registered voters casting their votes. The constituency had 38 polling stations and of the over 15 000 registered voters only 8 783 voters came out took part in the poll won by

Most hospital beds at Parirenyatwa were empty on Thursday

Doctors strike: No one to certify deaths at Parirenyatwa

By Idah Mhetu THE strike by medical practitioners over the abduction and disappearance of their colleague Peter Magombeyi has wrought untold suffering to a great many people. A visit to the country’s biggest referral health institution Parirenyatwa Hospital revealed a shocking sight and relatives of the sick telling horrific stories. NewZimbabwe.com heard that three people

Godfrey Kanyenze

Economists warn government against makeshift economic solutions

By Alois Vinga TOP economists have warned government against continuous use of temporary measures in resolving economic problems. Speaking to NewZim Business in seperate interviews at the weekend, economists Persistence Gwanyanya, Godfrey Kanyenze, John Robertson and Prosper Chitambara said such strategies will only complicate the problems. Gwanyanya argued that while the recent rate hikes were panic

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on doctors to return to work

Doctors strike on: Claim they are still incapacitated to report for work

By Anna Chibamu ZIMBABWE’s striking medical practitioners will still not return to work even after their colleague and Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association acting president Peter Magombeyi who had been reported abducted was finally found unharmed. Magombeyi was reportedly seized by suspected State security agents a week ago and resurfaced unhurt five days later. His colleagues

Namibia to auction 763 seized vehicles destined for Zimbabwe

Staff Reporter Namibian authorities are reported to have approved a proposal to auction at least 763 second-hand vehicles impounded in that country while destined for Zimbabwe. The vehicles were seized after the owners failed to pay import duty or used fraudulent papers to clear the cars. The proposal, which was recently approved at a Cabinet

Zimbabwe’s currency is collapsing

Aljazeera The Zimbabwean dollar is collapsing against the United States dollar on the country’s black market, as confidence in the local currency hits rock bottom. The Zimbabwean dollar or Zimdollar encompasses the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) dollar as well as bond notes and electronic money balances. On Friday morning, it took 20 Zimdollars to

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube

‘Zim-dollar switch costs Zesa US$4 billion in losses’

By Costa Nkomo CASH-STRAPPED power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Authority (Zesa) has been prejudiced of billions worth of potential revenue following the June abandonment of the multi-currency system by government. This was said Friday by Group Financial Director Elia Chikwenhere while giving oral evidence before parliament’s energy committee . Chikwenhere said the volatile USd-Zimdollar exchange rate

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Teenage job seeker dies in mine shaft

By Staff Reporter Mutare: A 19-year-old teenager died after he was trapped in a mine shaft for two days in Penhalonga, Manicaland while trying to help a worker to move out a water pump. Police confirmed the incident. Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa said the now deceased James Siyeri of Mpudzi Village under

Peter Magombeyi

Kidnappings and torture: Zimbabwe’s ‘witch-hunt’ against opponents

AFP On September 8, Zimbabwean union activist Dr Peter Magombeyi claimed he was receiving “death threats”. Six days later he disappeared. His last WhatsApp message said: “I have been kidnapped by 3 men”. Magombeyi was found on Thursday night, 30 kilometres from the capital Harare. He was alive and deeply traumatised. Around 50 political opponents

Worst-ever famine threatens Zimbabwe as economy collapses

Bloomberg The worst drought in almost four decades, cyclone-induced floods and an economic collapse have left Zimbabwe on the verge of its worst-ever famine. The southern African nation will probably run out of maize – its staple food – by January and about three out of five Zimbabweans won’t have enough to eat, according to

Nigerian army

Nigeria shuts Action Against Hunger aid group ‘for feeding militants’

BBC Nigeria’s army has stopped the work of international NGO Action Against Hunger accusing it of supplying a militant Islamist group with food and drugs. The army said it had warned the NGO against “aiding and abetting” Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria. Action Against Hunger, which denies the accusations, says its “life-saving assistance” to vulnerable