Govt, Residents, Business Owe Gweru $295m

By Staff Reporter THE Midlands capital city, Gweru has disclosed it is failing to fulfill its service delivery obligations because its coffers are running dry as debtors, who include residents, government ministries and businesses collectively owe it $295 million. The debt is owed to the municipality as at December 31, 2020. It rose by $45

New Headache For Chitungwiza As Illegal Settlements Mushroom

By Ndatenda Njanike HUNDREDS of desperate home seekers have occupied land where Chitungwiza Town borders with the Manyame Rural Council hoping their illegal structures would soon be regularised by the council. Last month, the government said it would formalise all illegal housing settlements not built on unsuitable land like wetlands as the state moves in

Gweru Residents Go Without Water Supplies While Dams Overflow

By Staff Reporter  THE Gweru City Council will continue maintaining a tight water shedding regimen despite the city’s three major dams overflowing, mayor Josiah Makombe has confirmed. Addressing journalists in the city last week, Makombe said the reasons for continued water shedding were due to a plethora of challenges currently besetting the local authority. “Current

500 Students Tested Covid-19 Positive In 2020

By Bulawayo Correspondent AT LEAST 500 students across the country in 2020 tested Covid -19, figures released by the Education Ministry confirm. However, none of the pupils succumbed to the deadly respiratory disease. In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com Sunday, Taungana Ndoro, the communications director in the Education Ministry, said statistics availed to government from across

Binga Man (61) Caught Having Sex With Cow, Kills Self In Shame

Sunday News A MAN from Binga could not stomach the shame of being caught by his wife while committing bestiality with a cow and later committed suicide while the hapless wife watched in horror. So traumatised was the man’s wife after her husband left her in the blankets early in morning, only to quench his

Rev. Jairos Mafondokoto (left) joins women in Bikita in celebrating new homes built with funds from the the United Methodist Church for survivors of Cyclone Idai

Joy As Cyclone Idai Survivors Receive New Homes

UM News NEARLY two years ago, Tropical Cyclone Idai, one of the worst cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere, left catastrophic damage and a humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi. More than 1,300 people died, millions were affected and many families were left homeless. Thanks to aid from The United

Potraz DG Gift Machengete

POTRAZ Fumes Over Research Showing Zim Has Highest Data Costs

By Alois Vinga POSTAL and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has dismissed research findings done by an international research company, howmuch.net, that costs US$75 per 1 gigabyte were one of the highest in Africa. However, POTRAZ said the findings were outdated and unrealistic. In a statement, POTRAZ director general, Gift Machengete slammed the researchers

Minister Amon Murwira

Science, Technology To Shape Africa’s Growth – Minister Murwira

By Staff Reporter THE industrial and economic growth of Africa will be shaped by an educational system design based on science, technology and innovation (STI) studies in the continent’s higher education learning institutions. These were remarks made by the Higher Education Minister Amon Murwira at the third Africa Regional Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (ARSTI2021).

Frederick Shava

ZEC Paves Way For Shava’s Appointment As Foreign Minister

By Staff Reporter THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Friday gazetted the nomination of top diplomat, Frederick Shava as Senator for Midlands province to pave his way for taking oath as the new Foreign Minister. Most Zimbabweans were recently shocked when Shava, who is currently serving as Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the United Nations, was appointed Foreign

Nurses ‘Reluctant’ To Take Covid Vaccine – Union

AFP MEDICAL workers have been reluctant to take Covid-19 vaccinations in Zimbabwe, the nurses’ union said Friday, citing a lack of clarity over whether it protects against a virus variant that emerged in neighbouring South Africa. Zimbabwe started its inoculation campaign on February 18 with doses developed by China’s Sinopharm, becoming the first nation in

President Mnangagwa

No Vaccination, No Job – Mnangagwa

New York Times WHILE many governments are undertaking ambitious campaigns to persuade people to get vaccinated against Covid, Zimbabwe’s president has gone a step further, threatening to punish those who do not take offered doses. “You are not going to be forced to be vaccinated, but the time shall come when those who are not

NAC CEO Madzima (left) handing over the special masks to the deaf community

NAC Procures 5 000 Special Face Masks For Deaf Community

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE National AIDS Council (NAC) Friday handed over 5 000 special user-friendly face masks to the deaf community. The face masks enable wearers to lip read, which is essential in sign language communication. NAC chief executive Bernard Madzima said the special face masks will be helpful in facilitating and ease of communication

US$3b Needed To Rehabilitate Masvingo Province Roads

Construction Review AN estimated US$3 billion is needed to rehabilitate key roads across Masvingo Province after they were extensively damaged by heavy rains being experienced in the country. According to provincial roads engineer Robert Mukome preliminary calculations indicate the province will need the amount to improve trafficability in the short term and also upgrade the

From the left, Elton Chibhebhe (23) and Shingirai Musekiwa (32) of Langa, Cape Town

SA-Based Zim Gay Couple Demand Rights Back Home

GroundUP SHINGIRAI Musekiwa and Elton Chibhebhe fled Zimbabwe to come to South Africa because they are gay. Now based in Langa, the activist couple is fighting for the human rights of Zimbabwean homosexuals and the repeal of section 73 of the Zimbabwean Constitution which criminalises homosexuality. They’ve dubbed their movement Zimbabwe LGBTQ+ Crusader and say

Govt Allocates $535m For Ambitious Gwayi-Shangani Water Pipeline

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE government has allocated $535 million towards the construction of the long awaited 245km long Gwayi-Shangani pipeline which will seek to end Bulawayo’s perennial water challenges. The pipeline is set for completion in December next year. Speaking at the commissioning of the Epping Forest boreholes in Nyamandlovu, Matabeleland North province Thursday, President

Japan Avails US$4.5 million To Alleviate Hunger In Female-Headed Households

By Robert Tapfumaneyi JAPAN Thursday announced it has committed US$4.5 million for emergency food assistance in response to the critical humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe targeting 56 000 vulnerable people. The assistance provided through World Food Programme (WFP) will reach the most vulnerable and food insecure households in urban areas. It will focus especially on women-led

Gweru Mayor Josiah Makombe

Heads To Roll In Gweru If ZACC Implicates Officials – Mayor

By Staff Reporter  HEADS are set to roll at the Gweru City Council if a report on the financial health of the municipality recently carried out by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) implicates any official for graft. This was announced by the city’s mayor Josiah Makombe during a press conference Thursday. Makombe said the council