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ONE doctor is servicing up to 53 500 people in Matabeleland North, as a shortage of medical practitioners bites. The optimum number of doctors is one for 1 000 people according to the World Health Organisation, but Matabeleland North faces a critical shortage. ...

Legislators on Tuesday recommended that Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa introduce sin taxes on unhealthy sugary foods and an additional tax on swipe transactions in order to get additional funding for critical sectors such as health. ...

THE price of petrol and Diesel-50 has gone up by two cents to $1,41 per litre on the back of a rise in “free on board” (FOB) prices, a move that is expected to trigger another round of price increases of basic commodities. ...

Since February 2016, when then President Robert Mugabe announced that about $15bn was missing from diamond revenues from Chiadzwa, there has been controversy surrounding the matter, starting from ...

A POPULAR Mutare taxi driver has been arrested on allegations of kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old juvenile before threatening to kill her if she spilt the beans. ...

Disgruntled ex-Air Zimbabwe workers have forced the struggling airliner to cancel an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) audit which was due to start on Sunday, as they picketed at Robert Mugabe International Airport. ...

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration has lashed out at United States President Donald Trump for using derogatory remarks at African countries, El Salvador and Haiti, saying they expected better from the world’s most powerful leader. ...

Government has admitted buying snow graders, saying local authorities should work with what they have as proper equipment is on its way. ...

THE Midlands State University (MSU) has dismissed reports circulating on social media that its Zvishavane campus will close, following government’s announcement that it will revamp Shabanie-Mashaba Mine this year. ...

A MATABELELAND South youth empowerment group has petitioned Parliament and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s office, demanding that youth participation and engagement be institutionalised to combat the marginalisation of the young. ...

PARLIAMENT is set to debate on events during last year’s “military intervention” that led to the ouster of former President Robert Mugabe, as the legislature seeks to know all the details that ushered in President Emmerson Mnangagwa. ...

AN increase in cases filed with the Bulawayo High Court has prompted authorities to make a decision to expand the Bulawayo High Court and deploy more members of staff. ...

TRANSPORT and Infrastructure Development minister Joram Gumbo is seeking President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s approval to allow the urgent dispatch of railway equipment by Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) and South Africa’s Transnet. ...

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that he has discarded populist politics, but will make hard decisions to restore Zimbabwe’s lost economic glory. ...

Zanu PF infighting in Manicaland province is intensifying, with party stalwarts, among them provincial chairperson Mike Madiro, jostling to represent the party in various constituencies in the forthcoming elections. ...

The Election Resource Centre (ERC) has filed an urgent chamber application challenging a statement made by the Zimbabwe Chiefs’ Council urging traditional leaders to support Zanu PF and its presidential candidate in this year’s general elections. ERC, a think-tank and advocacy organisation, cited Chief Fortune Charumbira as Chiefs’ Council president and the Local Government minister July Moyo as the other respondents. ...

Transport minister Joram Gumbo has applauded Bulawayo for effectively utilising the Zimbabwe National Road Authority (Zinara) allocation in 2017 under the emergency road rehabilitation programme (ERRP) funds disbursed last year. ...

THE Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets number 5 of 2017 has decentralised the procurement of activities to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), empowering these bodies to do their own procurement. ...

BULAWAYO’s major water reservoirs have enough water to last three years despite insignificant inflows recorded so far and high evaporation rates, council has reported. ...

WARRING MDC-T factions come face-to-face today in a crunch national standing committee meeting, without party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, who is in neighbouring South Africa receiving treatment for colon cancer. ...

Civil society organisation, Women’s Institute for leadership development (WILD), has embarked on a biometric voter registration awareness campaign in Umzingwane, after the district recorded a low turnout. ...

A VICTORIA Falls man who kidnapped a Form 3 student at a night club has been sentenced to 15 months in jail. ...

GWERU mayor Charles Chikozho has assured residents that council will embark on a land audit, following revelations that some people had been allocated stands at undesignated areas. ...

SPORT, Arts and Recreation minister Kazembe Kazembe yesterday promised to facilitate the resuscitation and establishment of more arts centres around the country within the next three months. ...

RESIDENTS of Dangamvura high-density suburb in Mutare, who have endured decades of dry taps, have welcomed the resumption of the suburb’s water pipeline project, after the development partner accessed the required foreign currency needed to start the project. ...

Liberia’s ruling Unity Party has expelled the country’s outgoing president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is accused by party leaders of meddling in last year’s presidential elections in which its candidate suffered a bruising defeat. ...

CHIEF Justice Luke Malaba says the judiciary is ready for the impending elections set for later this year and urged all the participating political parties to uphold the rule of law. ...

THE Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is set to establish anti-corruption specialised courts in all the provinces in the country as the commission embarks on an exercise to fully deal with and curb the scourge of graft in the country, Chief Justice Luke Malaba said. ...

People living with disabilities might finally get their reprieve in terms of representation and meaningful participation following the appointment of a 17-member National Disability Board which will assist the Labour and Social Welfare ministry in the implementation of programmes specific for that group. ...

THE military and security sector is reportedly on high alert amid fears that G40 elements could be regrouping outside the country to counter the military intervention which saw ex-President Robert Mugabe lose power to his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa. ...