Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa

Govt says ZUPCO to launch mass $1/trip urban transport services Monday; insists crippled operator has enough buses

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE state-owned ZUPCO will launch nationwide $1/trip urban transport services beginning Monday to complement existing commuting systems, government has revealed. Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa confirmed the development at press conference held at her Harare offices Saturday evening. This comes after privately-owned operators massively hiked fares last week following a more than doubling

ZRP national spokesperson Charity Charamba

After global outrage, Zim army & police blame deserters for killings; MDC scoffs at ‘stupid’ cover-up bid

By Leopold Munhende THE country’s under-fire security services claimed Saturday that deserters and criminals in stolen military uniforms were behind this past week’s murderous mayhem as international outrage increased over the government’s brutal crackdown against protestors. Army and police spokespersons called a press conference in Harare where they claimed that criminals robbed ZRP stations last

Redcliff MP Lloyd Mukapiko

2 MDC legislators charged with treason; refused bail

By Staff Reporter  TWO MDC legislators accused of subverting a constitutionally elected government were Saturday denied bail by Kwekwe Magistrate Vimbai Mutukwa. Redcliff MP Lloyd Mukapiko and Mbizo counterpart Settlement Chikwinya appeared in court Saturday following their arrest the previous day. They were refused bail and remanded in custody to 24 January 2018. According to

Shoppers left stranded as internet shutdown takes toll on supermarkets

By Robert Tapfumaneyi MANY shoppers in Harare were Friday left stranded when they failed to purchase goods using electronic systems of exchange as a government freeze on the internet this week took a toll on business. Government ordered the blocking of the internet and social media platforms following three days on intense rioting by locals

Noah Manyika

Manyika urges ED to dump tour, come and deal with unrest

By Staff Reporter OPPOSITION Build Zimbabwe Alliance (BAZ) leader, Noah Manyika says President Emmerson Mnangagwa should abandon his foreign tour and return home to personally deal with citizen unrest that has elicited a ruthless military reaction resulting in civilian deaths. Manyika, who contested the July 30 presidential election, said in a letter penned to the

Settlement Chikwinya

Two more MDC MPs arrested over anti-government protests

By Staff Reporter POLICE have arrested two more Kwekwe MDC legislators they accuse of inciting this week’s angry citizen protests over recent fuel price increases by government. Redcliff MP, Lloyd Mukapiko and Settlement Chikwinya of Mbizo Friday became the latest party lawmakers to be formally accused of public violence. The MPs’ lawyer Brian Dube confirmed

Buyanga’s AMG offers a humanitarian helping hand to victims of Zim chaos

By African News Agency JOHANNESBURG: Businessman Frank Buyanga, founder of African Medallion Group (AMG), on Friday announced that he has launched a humanitarian programme to help victims of violence in Zimbabwe. Security forces carried out a brutal clampdown on Monday’s protests, which had been planned for three days, that left nine people dead and doctors

Zimbabwe crisis could spill into neighbouring countries: Human Rights Watch

While 2018 saw new leadership being announced in key southern African countries, the region’s leaders have failed to live up to the expectations of their electorates. This is according to Human Rights Watch, which on Thursday launched its World Report 2019 in Johannesburg. “The new crop of leaders across southern Africa should recognise that their citizens are

29 dragged to court over violent anti-govt protests in Bulawayo

By Bulawayo Correspondent A total of 29 suspects have so far appeared in different courts in Bulawayo in connection with the deadly protests which rocked the city following a recent fuel price hike by government. Twenty-five suspects appeared separately at the Tredgold and Western Commonage magistrates’ courts on Wednesday. Four other suspects appeared before Bulawayo

22 protesters in court for invading, looting police station

By Mashonaland East Correspondent Marondera: Twenty-two Marondera residents Thursday appeared before a town magistrate facing charges of storming Dombotombo police station, destroying and looting property during violent anti-government protests early this week. The countrywide protests were torched by a government decision to hike fuel prices by more than double. During their court appearance, the State

Jacob Mafume

MDC blames Zanu PF for arson attack on HQ

By Anna Chibamu MDC has blamed rivals Zanu PF for Monday night’s attack and burning of the party’s main headquarters in Harare. Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume told journalists this week that Zanu PF was also responsible for the beating and injury of three of its security personnel who were manning the newly rechristened Morgan Richard

Low business in Harare as most shops fail to open on Thursday (more images)

By Anna Chibamu BUSINESS in Harare remained low on Thursday as cautious locals chose to remain at home following a tempestuous three-day national job stay away to protest government’s hike in fuel prices. The stay away was called for Monday to Wednesday by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), NGOs and individuals but seemed

Kirsty Coventry

Kirsty Coventry ‘under pressure to resign’

Timeslive.co.za Zimbabwe sports minister Kirsty Coventry is allegedly under pressure from some close family members and citizens to resign from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration. This follows the brutalisation of people during this week’s three-day stayaway, and subsequent protest action. Social media was awash with rumours on Thursday of Coventry’s resignation from government. However, there has

Evan Mawarire

Evan Mawarire faces subversion charge amid economic unrest

Associated Press A prominent Zimbabwe pastor and activist who faces a possible 20 years in prison on a subversion charge said Thursday it is “heartbreaking” to see the new government acting like that of former leader Robert Mugabe, as alarm grew about a violent crackdown on people protesting a dramatic rise in fuel prices. “We

Activist accused of video tapping airport officials

By Mary Taruvinga FIERCE government critic Makomborero Haruzivishe (26) spent a night in police cells following his arrest for secretly recording and posting on social media, a video of his conversation with Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport officials concerning four foreign activists who were being deported. He was on Monday hauled before Harare magistrate, Ruramai

Zvishavane duo nabbed after series of armed robberies

By Mary Taruvinga TWO armed robbery suspects from Zvishavane were arrested in Harare weekend leading to the recovery of seven stolen motor vehicles. Patson Nyamande (23) and Dean Bwanawasa (24) early this week appeared before Harare magistrate, Ruramai Chitumbura facing seven robbery counts against motorists. They were advised to apply for bail at the High

Civilians beaten and abducted in major Zimbabwe crackdown

The Guardian Police and military have launched a massive crackdown in Zimbabwe after what appears to be have been a widespread breakdown of public order linked to food and fuel shortages in the impoverished country. Access to the internet and social media was shut off for most of Wednesday, and armed soldiers were patrolling the

Pastor Evan Mawaraire (yellow top) is taken away by the police

IMAGES: Arrested Mawarire in court Thursday: Lawyer quips ‘Of course this is the New Dispensation’

By Robert Tapfumaneyi ACTIVIST cleric pastor Evan Mawarire is due to appear in court Thursday morning following his arrest on charges of inciting public violence. Mawarire, leader of the #ThisFlag protest activist movement, was arrested Wednesday morning at his Avondale home in the presence of his lawyers Beatrice Mtetwa and Douglas Coltart. Heavily armed police