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A family member of Kelvin Tinashe Choto reacts, during his funeral in Chitungwiza on Saturday

‘I’ve been robbed by the state:’ Family mourns 22-year-old shot in the head as Zim in chaos

By Associated Press HARARE: Before the family of Kelvin Tinashe Choto knew he had been killed, social media in Zimbabwe was circulating a photo of his battered body lying on the reception counter of a local police station. Angry protesters had left him there. The 22-year-old was shot in the head, one of at least

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

Peter Mutasa

ZCTU boss goes into hiding as CIOs raid home, beat up brother

By Alois Vinga ZIMBABWE Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president, Peter Mutasa has gone into hiding after being linked to week’s violent anti-government protests that left three dead and a trail of destruction countrywide. Suspected state security agents Tuesday raided Mutasa’s Harare home and beat up his 19-year-old brother who had professed ignorance over the

President Emmerson Mnangagwa was in Belarus on Thursday

Govt orders second full internet shutdown as Mnangagwa eats cake with ‘Europe’s last dictator’

By Gilbert Nyambabvu THE government ordered another nationwide internet shutdown Thursday – the second this week – ignoring local and global condemnation of its brutal crackdown against protestors and the adverse impact of the cyber-censorship on an already tanking economy. And as his regime yet again abridged Zimbabweans’ “constitutional right to freedom of expression”, President

UK's Minister of State for Africa Harriett Baldwin

EU blasts Harare’s crackdown as UK summons Zim’s London ambassador

By Gilbert Nyambabvu THE European Union (EU) condemned disproportionate use of force by the Zimbabwe government Thursday while Britain summoned Harare’s ambassador to London as pressure against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration increased. In London, the Minister of State for Africa Harriett Baldwin revealed that she had “summoned the Zimbabwean Ambassador to the United Kingdom to

Webster Shamu (left) and his wife attended the court hearing

MONDAY VIOLENCE: Zanu PF supporters in court for burning ZUPCO bus, torching ex-minister’s car

By Mary Taruvinga  ZANU PF supporters were apparently involved in the deadly violence and looting which rocked Zimbabwe earlier this week, a case before the Harare magistrate’s courts has revealed. Scores of people were killed between Monday and Tuesday and dozens of others injured as the security forces cracked down on angry Zimbabweans protesting the

Acting President Constantino Chiwenga linked to freeze

Govt restores internet, maintains freeze on Facebook, Twitter

By Nkosana Dlamini ZIMBABWE’S paranoid government Wednesday restored the internet but kept social media sites blocked as tensions remained high in a country that has seen violent protests past three days. This was revealed in messages sent to subscribers by mobile telecoms provider, Econet Thursday, following three days of internet blackout at government’s directive. “Dear

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

INTERNET BACK ON; Mnangagwa says understands ‘pain and frustration’

By UK Bureau THE government restored internet services late Wednesday afternoon, ending a widely condemned two-day blockade as President Emmerson Mnangagwa told Zimbabweans that he understood “the pain and frustration that many of you are feeling”. State security minister Owen Ncube on Tuesday morning ordered telecoms companies to shut down “internet services and related applications

UK: Activists storm Zimbabwe’s London embassy

By UK Bureau ACTIVISTS stormed Zimbabwe’s embassy in the London Wednesday protesting against the Harare regime’s crackdown against anti-government protestors back home. The embassy siege by a handful of protestors followed calls by the opposition for diaspora demonstrations at Zimbabwe’s embassies after the government shut down the internet over the past two days. Internet services

President Emmerson Mnangagwa with Russian Counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday

Tone deaf Mnangagwa says protests ‘fizzling out’; but UK & US politicians join outrage against his govt

By UK Bureau PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday showed little concern about the deadly unrest back home as he continued his widely criticised state visit to Russia and met counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Ahead of the meeting with Putin, Mnangagwa told RIA Novosti news agency that he would be looking for financial support from

Econet Wireless founder Strive Masiyiwa

Econet confirms govt directive to block internet; Masiyiwa says opposition could have repealed law during GNU

By UK Bureau THE country’s largest telecoms company Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, confirmed Tuesday that the government ordered suspension of the internet across all networks after violent protests against the embattled administration. “This morning I was informed that the authorities in Zimbabwe have directed that all Internet services be shut down,” Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa revealed

Police used teargas to disperse protestors in Bulawayo Tuesday

PROTESTS DAY 2: Govt shuts down internet as towns & cities deserted

By Staff Reporter & Agencies HARARE and Bulawayo were largely deserted Tuesday as the country-wide protest called by labour unions and anti-government activist entered its second day after a violent start Monday. “Today it’s day two of the Shutdown. We urge workers and citizens everywhere to stay at home,” tweeted the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade

MDC presidential spokesman Nkululeko Sibanda

MDC’s harvest house HQ bombed; lawyers say soldiers in midnight raids against civilians

By UK Bureau THE opposition MDC party’s head office in Harare was firebombed Monday night as unrest continued in the capital following a day of countrywide anti-government protests. The attack on Morgan Tsvangirai House came as human rights lawyers accused the security services of carrying out brutal reprisal attacks against protestors in night raids across

A woman with a wounded leg during clashes between protestors and police, is transported in a wheelbarrow, during protests over fuel hikes in Harare

13 injured as govt deploys military against protestors

By Associated Press HARARE: Soldiers were Monday deployed in some urban areas where police clashed with protesters over fuel hikes, deepening the sense of crisis in a country whose economy is rapidly deteriorating. At least 13 people were injured by gunfire and 12 were arrested, human rights lawyers and doctors said. An Associated Press journalist

Protestors gather on the streets during demonstrations over the hike in fuel prices in Harare on Monday

Angry protesters burn tyres, block buses from carrying passengers

By AFP Commuters were stranded in Zimbabwe’s two main cities on Monday as angry protesters reacting to the weekend more than doubling of fuel prices, burned tyres and used rocks to barricade roads and blocked buses from carrying passengers. President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday announced a more than 100% rise in the price of petrol

Riotous scenes rock Harare, Bulawayo as angry citizens respond to shutdown call

By Nkosana Dlamini and Correspondents ANGRY mobs barricaded roads in Harare’s residential areas while many failed to go to work and school as Zimbabweans reacted bitterly to worsening hardship triggered by a weekend hike in fuel prices by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. The situation was also said to be tense in Bulawayo as police

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Fuel price shock! Zim’s petrol price to more than double

TimesLive Fuel prices in Zimbabwe will more than double on Sunday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced late on Saturday evening. This was the first time Mnangagwa addressed the nation on the growing crisis around persistent fuel shortages and Zimbabwe’s worsening economic environment. Mnangagwa is officially on leave but has been seen executing his daily duties. “With

Govt offers $41 pay increase for civil servants; strike looms as unions reject deal

By Anna Chibamu GOVERNMENT has offered civil servants 10 percent pay increment across the board beginning this April but this was immediately rejected by its workforce which still insists on a planned strike in two weeks’ time. This was revealed at a press briefing by APEX Council chairperson, Cecilia Alexander following a round of wage