Harare’s Epworth has 95 male sex workers, says activist

By Robert Tapfumaneyi HARARE’S sprawling Epworth township has more than 95 registered men who offer sex services to other men for a living. This was said by gay and lesbian rights activist Precious Msindo, who is also coordinator of the Epworth based Spiring Of Life (SLZ) NGO. Msindo said the density of male sex workers

Obert Masaraure

Teachers to wear black every pay day to mourn death of “our salaries”

By Staff Reporter FIREBRAND teachers group, Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Unions of Zimbabwe ARTUZ, famed for embarking on a 275km march to press for improved wages, on Tuesday said they were now turning to wearing black during paydays to protest poor salaries. This was revealed by union president Obert Masaraure while talking to NewZimbabwe.com Tuesday. Masaraure

Foiled MDC demo: 25 suspects remain in custody

By Mary Taruvinga TWENTY-FIVE suspected MDC supporters arrested last Friday for staging a foiled protest against economic hardships under the Zanu PF led government will have more time to languish in remand prioson after they were Tuesday denied bail by a Harare Magistrates’ Court. The suspects stand accused of participating in a gathering with intent

Energy crisis takes toll on Zimbabwe church

umnews.org For up to 18 hours each day, there is no electricity in Zimbabwe, and for at least six of those hours, the country is plunged into total darkness. The daily power outages are taking a toll on The United Methodist Church and its related ministries, including hospitals and schools. The energy crisis began in

Rural councils want govt resources to deal with natural disasters

By Anna Chibamu Local authorities in Cyclone Idai affected districts of Chimanimani and Chipinge say government should capacitate them in terms of resources to save lives in times of disaster. Speaking during an Oxfam organised workshop in Harare on an analysis of the impact and review of the disaster, Chimanimani Rural District Council (RDC) CEO

Byo demo bid: Residents wake up to heavy police, military deployment

Staff Reporter/Agencies ANTI-RIOT police and army officers besieged Bulawayo’s CBD on Monday but there was nothing of the chaotic scenes witnessed in Harare Friday last week. After a ban on its Harare demonstration Friday, the MDC had turned to Bulawayo for another leg of its anti-government demonstration, part of a planned series to register growing

MDC national chairperson Thabitha Khumalo

Khumalo, six MDC activists freed on $200 bail each

By Bulawayo Correspondent MDC national chair, Thabitha Khumalo (58) and six other party activists, who include Senator Helen Mpofu, were Monday each granted $200 bail by a Bulawayo magistrate. They were arrested on Saturday for distributing fliers which urged city residents to take part in Monday‘s banned anti-government demonstration which had been planned for the

MDC Deputy Mayor Tinashe Kambarami

MDC Bulawayo deputy Mayor Kambarami ‘abducted’

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE MDC Monday claimed Bulawayo Deputy Mayor and top party official Tinashe Kambarami and two other party officials were abducted by suspected State agents in the city on Monday. This follows tension in the city which saw an unprecedented heavy deployment of soldiers and police officers ahead of the banned demonstrations in

Looming food insecurity in Zimbabwe

Fin24 Hardships due to Zimbabwe’s poor maize harvest are exacerbated by unstable economic conditions in the country, according to Wandile Sihlobo, chief economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz). Zimbabwe’s maize harvest is currently estimated at 800 000 tonnes, down by 53% from the previous year, according to data from the US

Images of Friday shutdown in Harare

By Idah Mhetu THE Harare CBD was Friday deserted as many business owners and residents stayed away from the chaos that rocked the city centre following a demonstration that had been planned by MDC. NewZimbabwe.com’s Idah Mhetu took time to capture images of shops closed and usually crowded bus termini deserted. Because of the police

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube

Zimbabwe has a plan to end 20-year standoff with creditors

Fin24 Zimbabwe’s government has said it’s ready to settle with global lenders, sell assets and make the difficult spending decisions needed for financial recovery. But with opposition protests against plunging living standards scheduled in cities nationwide, he’s in a race against time. In an exclusive interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube

Police drag a protestor during a foiled MDC demonstration in Harare on Friday

Renowned Kenyan lawyer blasts use of brute force against civilians

Matabeleland North Correspondent RENOWNED Kenyan political analyst, Professor Patrick Lumumba has warned African governments against using excessive force against unarmed citizens. Lumumba was speaking to NewZimbabwe.com in Victoria Falls at a recent Sadc Lawyers Association, just a few days before anti-riot police savaged horded of MDC supports who defied a police ban on a Friday

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been accused of dictatorship

UN envoy calls on govt to allow citizen right to demonstrate

By Audience Mutema UNITED Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Rupert Colville has urged the State to ensure people’s rights to demonstrate and express their views without intimidation. The UN official was speaking ahead of last Friday’s MDC organised demonstration which was later banned by the police in Harare. He urged the Senate to

Picture story: MDC demo ban triggers police clashes with supporters

By Idah Mhetu HARARE CBD was Friday reduced into a warzone when anti-riot police fought running battles with agitated MDC supporters angered by a police ban on a protest march the main opposition had planned to register growing discontent over poor handling of the national crisis by the Zanu PF administration. The near deserted city

Impact of prohibited MDC demo felt in Mutare

By Staff Reporter Mutare: The impact of the prohibited mass demonstration which was called by MDC Friday was felt in the eastern border as business slumped while transporters recorded low business. Police cancelled the anticipated mass demonstration which was called by the main opposition party at the last minute. The High Court in Harare later