Women's league secretary Mabel Chinomona

Zanu PF Women’s League: Mugabe must shut up and focus on playing with his grandkids!

By Idah Mhetu THE Zanu PF hit-back against former president Robert Mugabe continued Thursday with the Women’s League saying the nonagenarian should desist from political commentary and concentrate on playing with his grandchildren. “He (Mugabe) should stay at the blue roof quietly, playing with his grandkids, drinking tea and let others do their jobs,” said league

File image: Chamisa with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

Chamisa leaves for diplomatic offensive in secret African countries

By Robert Tapfumaneyi MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has left the country on a diplomatic offensive to undisclosed African countries in what his party says was meant to “sensitise the continent on the situation in Zimbabwe”. Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said, on strategic reasons, they were not ready to reveal the popular opposition leader’s itinerary. “Because

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya in Harare Wednesday

RBZ abandons 1:1 exchange rate; effectively introduces local currency

By Associated Press Zimbabwe, without its own currency for a decade, took steps to address its worsening economic crisis by allowing its surrogate currency, bond notes, and electronic funds to float freely against other major currencies, abandoning an official but artificial parity with the dollar. The country has not had a local currency since 2009

Fresh crackdown fears as army vows ‘snap search for uniforms’

By Kingston Ndabatei IN a move that could raise fears of a fresh crackdown, the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has said it will flush out “rogue members of society” using military regalia and other material that resembles army gear. In a statement Wednesday, the ZNA urged members of the public to surrender such material either to

RBZ governor John Mangudya

Govt Considering Devaluing Bond Notes, Official Says

THE central bank is considering devaluing its quasi-currency as part of a raft of reforms to the nation’s foreign-exchange system, according to a central bank official. Depreciating the so-called bond notes would be an acknowledgment that the official one-for-one exchange rate is no longer sustainable. It would also mark the second major overhaul to Zimbabwe’s

Mnangagwa visits Kwekwe farm, ignores nearby mine disaster scene

By Leopold Munhende PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa had time to visit his Sherwood farm in Kwekwe Sunday but could not spare a few moments to make a stop at the scene for last week’s tragic mine disaster in Kadoma where dozens of artisanal miners perished. A day before, Mnangagwa had told his followers during a ‘thank-you’

A man directs work at the pit head during the mine search and rescue operation

BATTLEFIELDS: 24 bodies retrieved from flooded gold mine

By AFP RESCUE workers retrieved 24 bodies and eight survivors Saturday from two flooded gold mines at Battlefields where officials fear dozens more illegal miners are still trapped, state television reported. “Eight of the trapped minors have been rescued … while 24 bodies have been retrieved to date as rescue efforts continue at Battlefields Mine,”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

JANUARY UNREST: ED vows to hunt down doctors who treated victims; admits unleashing murder and rape-accused military

By Staff Reporter PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has ominously vowed to go after doctors and nurses who treated victims of the brutal police and military crackdown against protestors last month. Addressing a rally at Rutenga in Masvingo Saturday, the Zanu PF leader claimed that doctors and nurses had been put on standby as part of preparations

Zanu PF MP Dexter Nduna (in brown town) assists in carrying bodies of miners

Five dead miners retrieved from Kadoma mine shaft, 20 more confirmed dead

By Leopold Munhende in Battlefields FIVE dead bodies of artisanal miners were Saturday retrieved from a disused mine shaft in Kadoma after they were trapped inside shafts Tuesday by floods. Twenty more are still underground and awaiting lifting to the surface. Officials from government’s Civil Protection Unit (CPU) Saturday combined forces with artisanal miners and

Nelson Chamisa

Chamisa says he asked Tsvangirai to leave Mudzuri as party leader

By Leopold Munhende MDC leader Nelson Chamisa says he was asked by his late predecessor, Morgan Tsvangirai to take over as leader of the main opposition but initially declined the offer saying this was going to put him in conflict with his co-vice presidents Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri. Addressing party followers in Harare during

Former finance minister Tendai Biti

Biti warns of Rwanda-scale genocide in Zimbabwe

By Matabeleland North Correspondent MDC deputy national chairman Tendai Biti has likened the recent brutalisation of civilians by the security forces to the Rwanda genocide of 1994 which claimed 800,000 lives. He was speaking during a panel discussion at the 6th CEO Africa Round Table underway in Victoria Falls on Wednesday. A lethal response by

US government deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino

US: Mnangagwa must allow neutral third-party mediator for Chamisa dialogue

By Kingston Ndabatei PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa must allow a neutral mediator to take over the convening of talks between him and the opposition as well as release all civil society activists arrest on allegations of taking part in violent protests last month. In a statement released late Tuesday, US government deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said the US

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and rival Nelson Chamisa (inset)

SADC backs Mnangagwa despite Zimbabwe crisis; support likely to anger opposition

By TimesLive THE Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Monday weighed in with support for Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa. The support by SADC for Mnangagwa, political observers said, was likely to anger the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) which had been hopeful of the censure of Mnangagwa by the regional bloc. The 76-year-old president