India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

AP India’s coronavirus caseload has surpassed 150,000, with another single-day high of more than 6,000 reported on Wednesday. The spike comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government prepares a new set of guidelines, with the fourth phase of the two-month-old lockdown across the country set to end on Sunday. The Health Ministry reported 151,767 cases

Virus expands grip in many areas, as US nears 100,000 deaths

AFP South Korea reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections in weeks on Wednesday and India saw another record single-day jump of more than 6,000 cases, as the pandemic expanded its grip across much of the globe. Still, optimism over reopening economies from business shutdowns to fight the virus spurred a rally on Wall

Twitter calls Trump tweets ‘unsubstantiated’ for the first time

AFP Twitter labelled two Donald Trump tweets “unsubstantiated” and accused him of making false claims Tuesday, a first for the social network which has long resisted calls to censure the US president over truth-defying posts. The move drew a furious response from Trump, who used the platform to accuse Twitter of “interfering in the 2020

When charity begins next door...Chipo Mutasa

TelOne boss under fire for donating while workers starve

By Staff Reporter TELONE Managing Director Chipo Mutasa has come under fire from employees for making massive donations to the underprivileged in the country while company workers were starving. Employees with the country’s telecommunications giant said Mutasa, who is secretary to First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa’s philanthropic Angel of Hope Foundation, was neglecting workers’ welfare. “Our

Minister Monica Mutsvangwa

Schools, colleges quarantine stopped as govt prepares schools re-opening

By Anna Chibamu ZIMBABWEAN schools and colleges will nolonger be used as Covid-19 quarantine facilities as government prepares to reopen learning institutions beginning this June. This was announced by information minister Monica Mutsvangwa in a post-cabinet media briefing Tuesday. Government took the decision to place returning locals under compulsory quarantine after it emerged cases of

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube

Zimbabwe: IMF hammers country already on its knees

New African Magazine Mercifully, Zimbabwe’s infection and death rates from Covid-19 are so far very low but the economy, already labouring under the effects of drought, has been hit by the lockdowns. Worse, the IMF has decided it cannot advance any of the $50bn facility to help developing countries out of this crisis to Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe rakes in $64.4 million in tobacco sales

ANA Zimbabwe has raked in US$64.4 million from the sale of 28.2 million kilograms of tobacco in 16 days compared with last year, Zimbabwe media reported, citing statistics released by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB). According to a report in the state-run daily newspaper The Herald, an estimated 97% of the tobacco delivered

Philip Chiyangwa

Chiyangwa in Harare land ownership row

By Alois Vinga PROPERTY businessman, Phillip Chiyangwa’s Pinnacle Property Holdings company has been accused of selling land in Harare’s upmarket Borrowdale area despite losing rights to it. The company, according to the Grange Residents Association (GRA), surrendered rights to the land after losing a court case which centred on the ownership of the property. The

The now deceased Paul Munakopa

MP confronts police over fatal shooting of Bulawayo man

By Bulawayo Correspondent AN MDC-Alliance legislator has called on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) and the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) to speedily institute investigations into the fatal shooting of a Bulawayo man by police. Paul Munakopa (34) was shot and killed by police in Bulawayo Saturday night following a high-speed vehicle chase.

ECHO funded GOAL Zimbabwe nutrition programme targets 243,000 under-fives

By Robert Tapfumaneyi GOAL Zimbabwe has partnered the Health and Child Care ministry in launching a lifesaving nutrition programme set to benefit a quarter of a million children under the age of five over the next 12 months. The Nutrition Emergency Response for Early Detection and Treatment (NERET) project funded by Echo will roll out

Covid-19: Council health boss urges preparation for worst-case scenario

By Staff Reporter Mutare: A local health expert has warned residents to remain on their guard despite the recent easing of the country’s lockdown to phase 2, saying the current winter period demanded more vigilance against a possible heightened spread of Covid-19. City of Mutare Health Services director, Anthony Mutara said residents should know that

ZMC CEO Tafataona Mahoso

Online media group drags ZMC to court over new accreditation regime

Staff Reporter THE Zimbabwe Online Content Creators (ZOCC) has filed an urgent chamber application challenging government’s newly promulgated media accreditation criteria by the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC). The new regulations would see accreditation criteria altered and split into different categories. Basing on past experiences in which private media journalists have been blocked from covering some

King Mahommed VI

Morocco calls for unity in Africa

By Staff Reporter EMBASSY of the Kingdom of Morocco in Pretoria has called for the African Union to work towards uniting member states despite previous or ongoing differences. The remarks came on the occasion to Africa Day which was celebrated by all African countries. The embassy also said there is need for unity especially during

2,500 schools closed in Burkina Faso due to unrest- HRW

AFP Increase in jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso since 2017 has led to the closure of more than 2,000 schools, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday. Citing the Ministry of Education, the report says 2,500 schools have been closed, depriving nearly 350,000 students access to education. At least 222 education workers have

Frank Chikowore

Journalists Chikowore, Takawira freed on $500 bail each

By Costa Nkomo  JOURNALISTS Samuel Takawira and Frank Chikowore have each been granted $500 bail after spending four nights in police custody. The private media duo was arrested last week for conducting interviews on three hospitalised MDC Alliance activists at a Harare hospital. They are being accused of violating government’s lockdown regulations against the spread

Targeting activists around Chamisa?...Minister Sibusiso Moyo on abductions

Activists abductions: Govt wary of enemy attempts to soil its image – Moyo

By Robert Tapfumaneyi FOREIGN AFFAIRS minister Sibusiso Moyo says the alleged abduction and torture of MDC MP Joanna Mamombe and two party activists could not be divorced from an alleged pattern of stage-managed incidents orchestrated by government critics to hoodwink the world into the false belief the Zanu PF led administration violated human rights. Mamombe

Strive Masiyiwa

Masiyiwa completes 100kW solar mini-grid in Bulilima

ESI-Africa Pan-African philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa has completed a 100kW solar power project at Ndolwane in Bulilima district, through his ‘Re-Imagine Rural’ initiative. Masiyiwa broke the news on his Facebook blog, where he stated: “There is a place in rural Zimbabwe called Ndolwane. It is in a part of the country known as Matabeleland. We chose