Somalia president signs law extending his term

BBC Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has signed a law extending his mandate by two years. This follows parliament’s approval of a motion to extend the term over the dispute that’s caused a delay in conducting an election. “President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo officially signed the Special Electoral Law for Federal Election on Tuesday evening. The

FCB MD Ciaran McSharry

First Capital Bank Launches WhatsApp Banking Chatbot

By Alois Vinga LEADING financial services provider, First Capital Bank has launched Alisa, a WhatsApp Banking Chatbot taking their first step in the use of Artificial Intelligence. It will comprise machine learning and cognitive computing technologies to provide customers and clients with various banking services. The mobile banking application brings peace of mind with her

Intwasa Launches Short Stories Anthology 

By Paidashe Mandivengerei  BULAWAYO’s Intwasa Arts Festival, Saturday launched its first collection of short story anthology. The collection is titled Intwasa Short Stories: A Short Story Anthology. The book launch which was the festival’s first physical meeting this year was held at the National Gallery in Bulawayo. A virtual audience also tuned in on the

Industry Minister Sekai Nzenza

Revival Of Local Motor Industry Tops Government Priorities

By Staff Reporter The Zimbabwean government is determined to revive the once vibrant motor industry as part of its efforts to promote the consumption of local products. The move will also ensure value chain development, generate foreign currency and create employment. Tom Sarimana, General Manager of Quest Motors, a vehicle manufacturing company, recently said that

Minister Jenfan Muswere

Muswere, The Youngest Worst Performer In ICT Ministry

By Stephen Mapfumo While technology seems to favour the young and energetic, the story is not the same for one of the youngest cabinet ministers in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, Minister Jenfan Muswere, the Minister of ICT Postal and Courier Services. As the year came to an end, we review various government ministries, their performance,

Thokozani Khupe

All Set for Khupe’s MDC Congress

Foreign Brief ZIMBABWE’S main opposition group, the Movement for Democratic Change Tsvangirai (MDC-T), will hold its extraordinary congress today (Saturday) at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) to elect a new leader. The breakaway faction of the MDC-T is currently led by the 2018 presidential election candidate Thokozani Khupe. The MDC-T had previously represented a

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken a tough stance against critics of his government

Zimbabwe schoolteacher forced into hiding as security agents storm Gweru home

Staff Reporter A ZIMBABWEAN school teacher, Thando Khoza has gone into hiding amid reports she was being pursued by suspected state security agents for being part of a group of striking schoolteachers who have defied a government directive to resume teaching. Khoza (45), who teaches at a school in Lower Gweru is also an activist

The late Robert Mugabe

Bitter Anniversary A Year After Mugabe Died

AFP DESPONDENT and waiting in a long queue for daily food handouts from a well-wisher, Milka Mandimutsa gets nostalgic about Zimbabwe’s autocratic and longtime ex-leader Robert Mugabe, who died a year ago. Had Mugabe been still ruling Zimbabwe, “I don’t think it (life) would be like this,” said the woman, in her late 20s, waiting

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi: Barcelona legend to stay at club

BBC Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer Lionel Messi says he is staying because it is “impossible” for any team to pay his release clause and he does not want to face “the club I love” in court. The Argentine, 33, sent a fax to Barca last Tuesday saying he wanted to exercise a clause in his

Gabriel Nyoni

Gabriel Nyoni joins SA second tier club Cape Umoya

By Sports Reporter FORMER Highlanders and CAPS United forward Gabriel Nyoni has joined South African First Division side, Cape Umoya barely a week after officially parting ways with Absa Premiership side Maritzburg United. Nyoni moves to the second tier following a disappointing stint with modest Absa Premiership side Maritzburg United in his debut season in

Zimbabwe looking to salvage season with Pakistan tour

By Sport Reporter ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) are hoping to save its coronavirus-affected international season by getting government approval for the upcoming tour of Pakistan. After hosting Sri Lanka and touring Bangladesh early this year, the Chevrons was scheduled to tour Australia while the likes of Ireland, Afghanistan, Ireland and Netherlands were expected to visit the

Malawi Court Orders Arrest Of Police Behind Sexual Abuse

AFP A COURT in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe has ordered the arrest of police officers who raped and abused 18 women and girls during anti-government protests last year, as well as compensation payouts. “It is important that the officers … that sexually assaulted and raped the applicants and all other women and girls… be arrested and

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

UN warns Zimbabwe against using Covid-19 to clampdown on rights

AFP The UN’s high commissioner for human rights on Friday warned Zimbabwe against using the coronavirus pandemic as a pretext for restricting freedoms, after an investigative journalist and an opposition leader were arrested this week. Award-winning journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume, head of a small opposition party, were arrested on Monday

Cornered Masvingo council slashes rates

By Tonderai Saharo THE cornered Masvingo city council has given in to pressure by residents to slash its rate from a 700 percent increase unilaterally imposed by the under-fire authority to just 21 percent. The new rate regime was announced in a statement by the city’s acting town clerk Edward Mukaratirwa at the end of a

3 tons of food were burned in Zimbabwe by police trying to enforce social distancing

Business Insider While countries across the world enact social distancing measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, some countries across Africa are dealing with food shortages impacting their neediest populations, as farmers and aid workers are unable to travel to provide the food, the Associated Press reported. “Most Africans work in the informal

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Water Crisis Could Sabotage Zimbabwe’s Coronavirus Lockdown

By AFP BUCKETS and jerrycans in hand or in wheelbarrows, dozens of Zimbabweans stand close to each other in a long queue, patiently waiting at a borehole in Harare’s middle-class Mabelreign suburb to collect water. While this is a daily sight, this week things are different. The water-short southern African country is starting to enforce

Luke Malaba

The History Behind MDC Supreme Court Judgment

By Staff Reporter CHIEF JUSTICE Luke Malaba’s Supreme Court ruling today declaring Nelson Chamisa was not the legitimate President of the MDC, was an appeal made by the now dethroned opposition leader against a High Court ruling that had also confirmed that he was not the legitimate MDC president. The application was filed last year

Zimbabwe Offers White Farmers Land As Compensation For 800 Seized Farms

Reuters ZIMBABWE’S government will offer land as compensation for nearly 800 farms it seized under its land acquisition policy since 2000, according to regulations published on Thursday. Under former President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe took over some 5,000 farms, mostly from white farmers, saying the policy was meant to address colonial imbalances. But the land seizures triggered