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SUSPECTED security agents allegedly abducted and tortured Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) leader Obert Masaraure for leading a teachers’ strike, dealing a blow to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s bid to re-engage with the European Union (EU). ...
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Columnists Opinion & Editorials
WHEN two people who haven’t been in talking terms for nearly two decades somehow, by some stroke of fate, decide to meet for a chit-chat, it would be most gratifying if the two are sincere. ...
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A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4 billion is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions. ...
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Cyclone Idai, the worst tropical cyclone to hit Southern Africa in recent times, was characterised by heavy rains and flooding including mudslides in some parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. It left more than 750 dead, with thousands marooned in remote rural areas, while others are still unaccounted for. ...
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Battery manufacturer, Chloride, says it is planning to expand its smelting plant to nearly double the firm’s manufacturing capacity. ...
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Sport
Harare — A busy, and pivotal week lies in wait for Africa’s women, as they will do battle for the coveted ICC Women’s World Cup and Women’s T20 World Cup qualifier slots in Harare. ...
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Soccer Sport
CAPE TOWN — Hosts South Africa will tackle Botswana in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Cosafa Cup after the draw was made for the prestigious regional tournament to be staged in Durban from May 25 to June 8. ...
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it will speed up implementation of a Staff-Monitored Programme (SMP) with Zimbabwe in order to protect vulnerable communities in the wake of Cyclone Idai which left a trail of destruction mostly in the eastern parts of the country. ...
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ZIMBABWE were last night handed what appears a fair draw after they were drawn in Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals. ...
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The $95-million credit line to Zimbabwe is earmarked for the private sector and revival of struggling industries. ...
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Columnists Opinion & Editorials
Africa is a continent endowed with resources, but we have failed to effectively use them. But why have leaders failed us? ...
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Business Opinion & Editorials
GOVERNMENT is on an overdrive to attract investment to stimulate socio-economic development. Since Zimbabwe is endowed with mineral resource wealth, mining is the heart-beat of the “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra. ...
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Harare - Some Zimbabwean teachers stayed at home while others went slow on the job as a strike at state schools got off to a patchy start amid fears of further intimidation by security forces who cracked down hard on last month's protests. ...
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Comment & Analysis
“THE welfare of the people is the highest law,” goes a popular Latin maxim by Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero – who lived in the period 106BC to 43BC – that has been adopted by several cities and towns in the United Kingdom and the United States, and emblazoned on their crests. ...
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TWO Zvishavane men last week appeared in court on allegations of causing the death of a woman, who they assaulted and threw into a disused mine shaft. ...
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National News
The United Nations has expressed deep concern at reports of people being raped and tortured in the ongoing crackdown against dissent in Zimbabwe and demanded President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to act to end the impunity. ...
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News
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa dismissed reports of a rift with his deputy, which have circulated since he promised action in response to a brutal security service crackdown that began last month while he was abroad. ...
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Opinion & Editorials
RUN-AWAY inflation, a wave of strikes, a disaffected public service, a worthless currency and political tension on the streets around the country in the heels of a “legitimate” election. 2008 anyone? But this is 2019. The President is 76-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa and not Robert Mugabe, who was 84 at the time. The rest of the scenario is eerily similar. Inflation is at a 10-year high of 42,09%. A chronic shortage of dollars that started in 2016 has worsened; the local currency, the surrogate bond note is officially equal to the United States dollar, but trades at four times that on the black market. Price increases have become a weekly expectation and are winning the race against wages. The civil service is up in arms with its employer over poor remuneration and most workers are citing “incapacitation”, technospeak for “we cannot afford the bus fare any more”. In typical Mugabe style, Mnangagwa has rail-roaded the sickly Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) into providing cheap transport to spite the pesky kombis who had the cheek to raise fares in response to a 150% increase in fuel costs! Zupco, of course, does not have the numbers to meet the need so it hired buses from other public transporters in an exercise that will dent the public purse despite the widely talked about austerity measures, but that is a topic for another day. Zimbabwe was once one of Africa’s most prosperous economies, the bread basket of Africa, but under Mugabe became a basket case. The theme has continued under Mnangagwa. On December 7, 2008, CNN reported that the price of a loaf of bread jumped to Z$35 million. Currently, officially it is at $1,40 but is not available. Where it is gettable, the price can be as high as $4. The government’s 305 000 workers are demanding wage rises in US dollars and teachers, who form the bulk of the civil service, have announced a strike action from February 5. The situation is rapidly unravelling. In 2008, Zimbabwe held a disputed election, which Mugabe won after a run-off, and was sworn-in for a five-year term. As the economy collapsed before him, and with regional intervention, he talked to the opposition. According to many analysts, the subsequent government of national unity saved the country from total collapse. Fast-forward to 2019, Zimbabwe held a disputed election last year, which Mnangagwa won, but the political and economic situation in the country has unravelled. Analysts and the international community have said only talks between Mnangagwa and his adversary, Nelson Chamisa of the opposition MDC party, can rescue the situation. Mnangagwa told journalists this week that he has no basis for talking to Chamisa until the MDC leader acknowledges him as the electoral victor. How about if you engage as leaders of political parties? How about as politicians with a common love interest – Zimbabwe? This country, its people are plenty of basis so will you get off your high horse and put them first? ...
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BULAWAYO residents have declared war on illegal drug dealers and called on police to arrest all known dealers who are ruining lives of youths in the city. ...
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OPPOSITION political parties and civic groups have called on the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and the African Union (AU) to drop brotherhood approach which is preventing them from effectively dealing with threats to peace and security in Zimbabwe. ...
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Sekai Hwangwa was asleep when soldiers carrying guns burst into her home in Zimbabwe’s capital during a deadly crackdown on anti-government protests this month, raping and beating her up. ...
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THE Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) yesterday bemoaned the serious economic hardships facing Zimbabweans, where over 80% of households are now believed to be earning less than $600 per month. ...
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Johannesburg - Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF has thanked its South African counterpart, the African National Congress (ANC) for the "bold standing in calling for unconditional removal of sanctions" imposed on that country by "Britain and her Western allies". ...
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Harare - Sekai Hwangwa was asleep when soldiers carrying guns burst into her home in Zimbabwe's capital during a deadly crackdown on anti-government protests this month and beat and raped her. ...
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Zimbabwe’s high court on Tuesday ordered the release on bail of activist pastor Evan Mawarire, who was arrested on charges of subversion amid violent anti-government protests. ...
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Former deputy prime minister of Zimbabwe, Professor Arthur Mutambara, whose country is in an economic meltdown, has told a British audience that the mooted "ever closer African Union" was "despicable" and instead suggested that a "United States of Africa" would be more beneficial to Africans. ...
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Columnists Opinion & Editorials
During a December 20, 2018 appearance before a parliamentary committee, central bank governor John Mangudya was asked if it was sustainable for government to continue subsidising fuel. “Why not let all fuel retailers sell in forex?” one lawmaker asked. ...
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SALARY negotiations between civil servants and government yesterday ended prematurely after some workers’ union representatives stormed out of the meeting, accusing their employer of not being committed to improving their welfare. ...
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A special report by Skynews on the situation in Zimbabwe the past weeks. ...
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