By Staff Reporter PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent a message wishing UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson a speedy recovery and return to good health. Johnson was Monday moved into intensive care after his COVID-19 symptoms “worsened”. He was admitted to hospital in London with “persistent symptoms” Sunday. In a Twitter message Tuesday, Mnangagwa wrote: “On
Bloomberg Zimbabwe’s severe shortage of U.S. dollars is set to worsen as the coronavirus threatens the start of sales of tobacco, its second-biggest source of foreign exchange. “It’s the cash flow that’s the biggest concern for everyone,” Ben Gilpin, executive director of the Commercial Farmers Union, said by phone from the capital, Harare, on Tuesday.
By Staff Reporter THE MDC faction led by embattled politician, Nelson Chamisa, has dispelled as rumours, reports that Douglas Mwonzora and his cohorts had on Monday taken control of Harvest House, also known as Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House (MRT). Mwonzora confirmed to the media Monday that he was in firm control of the opposition party’s
By Staff Reporter MDC-T’s Douglas Mwonzora has claimed to have taken charge of the opposition party’s affairs as the secretary general and Monday afternoon locked up the party’s headquarters, Harvest House also known as Morgan Richard Tsvangirai (MRT) House. This followed a Supreme Court ruling that declared Thokozani Khupe the legitimate leader of the opposition
By Robert Tapfumaneyi DOUGLAS Mwonzora and Morgen Komichi cannot claim to be the leaders of the MDC-T as their terms of office expired in November 2019, MDC Alliance vice president Welshman Ncube has claimed. Senior MDC officials have been at each other’s throats as they seek to gain control of the party. This follows a
By Staff Reporter MAXWELL Shumba, a former chief strategist to the now late MDC founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai, has labelled senior MDC Alliance officials and their supporters a disappointment for dismissing a recent Supreme Court ruling declaring Nelson Chamisa’s leadership of the main opposition as illegitimate. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that MDC should
By Bulawayo Correspondent POLITICAL parties and civic organisations in Bulawayo have blasted government for failing to release funds towards the upgrade of Thorngrove Infectious Diseases Hospital so it could handle coronavirus cases in and outside the city. Local Government Minister July Moyo Saturday announced that all COVID-19 patients in the country’s second largest city would
AFP FREELANCE journalist Panashe Makufa “was beaten up by members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police” in Harare’s Kuwadzana township “while undertaking his professional duties,” the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe office said. Makufa told the media rights watchdog he was taking pictures Sunday of police as they dispersed people to enforce a stay-at-home
Al Jazeera OFF the open-air market in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city, armed soldiers and police controlled a modest queue of vegetable traders, scuttling people away as soon as they make their purchase. On a normal day, the marketplace would be a bustling hive of activity. But on Monday, as Zimbabwe entered its second week of
By Robert Tapfumaneyi PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has directed that Money Transfer Agencies (MTA) must reopen with immediate effect to address cash challenges as more people now depend of outside remittances after the closure of the informal sector during the 21 day national lockdown. “In view of the ongoing COVID-19-related national lockdown, and following concerns from
Reuters MALAWI’S president and cabinet will take a 10% salary cut and redirect the money towards the fight against coronavirus, President Peter Mutharika said on Saturday as he announced a stimulus package in an address on state television. Mutharika announced a number of measures aimed at cushioning small- and medium-sized businesses, including tax breaks, a
AFP MILLIONS of lost jobs, mounting debt woes and plunging remittances are among the economic hardships African countries can expect because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the African Union said in a study published Monday. “Nearly 20 million jobs, both in the formal and informal sectors, are threatened with destruction on the continent if the situation
By Staff Reporter THE Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has released 40 000 tonnes of maize initially reserved for non-essential services to help alleviate the shortage of the staple during the current government imposed 21-day national lockdown period. This comes as attempts to observe the social distancing requirement to avoid the spread of coronavirus
By Bulawayo Correspondent PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF has been accused of hijacking a government subsided mealie-meal facility and distributing the staple at selected shops and supermarkets in Bulawayo. Millers are buying grain from the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) at a government subsidised price of $242 per tonne. As such, milling beneficiaries of the facility
By Bulawayo Correspondent BULAWAYO is set to refer Covid-19 patients to Harare’s Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital as the council run Thorngrove Hospital has no capacity to handle the cases. This was revealed Saturday by Local Government Minister July Moyo while addressing journalists in the city. Bulawayo is yet to confirm a single case of coronavirus
BBC Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus, Downing Street has said. He was taken to a London hospital on Sunday evening with “persistent symptoms” – including a temperature. It is said to be a “precautionary step” taken on the advice of his doctor.
BBC Prominent Nigerian actress Funke Akindele has been widely criticised for holding a party during the lockdown imposed to tackle coronavirus. The party in her Lagos mansion was held to celebrate the birthday of her husband, producer JJC Skillz. Akindele has appeared in a Nigeria Centre for Disease Control video to raise awareness about coronavirus.
BBC Malawi’s president and all government ministers are taking a 10% wage cut for three months to raise money to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. President Peter Mutharika made the announcement as he set out a stimulus package to help cushion the economic impact of the disease. Malawi reported its first cases of the coronavirus on
By Leopold Munhende AFRICAN leaders have called on international financiers who include World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to either defer payment of debt or immediately suspend interest on loans as countries find themselves channelling unbudgeted resources towards fighting the Covid-19 scourge. This was agreed upon in a teleconference meeting of the African Union
By Anna Chibamu GOVERNMENT has begun decentralising health care operations in anticipation of more cases of COVID-19 in the upcoming winter season, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday. The President said more tests were being conducted in several established centres in most major hospitals. He was speaking in his state of the nation address in