Author Archives: Staff Reporter

Undenge warns extortionist traditional leaders

ZANU Manicaland provincial chairman Samuel Undenge has warned local traditional leaders against ripping off poor villagers by demanding $1 for each copy of proof of residence they would have processed under the ongoing biometric voter registration exercise. BY KENNETH NYANGANI Addressing a provincial coordinating committee meeting in Mutare on Sunday, Undenge railed against the practice which he said was likely

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Chipanga chides Mugabe bootlickers

OUTSPOKEN musician and staunch Zanu PF critic Hosiah Chipanga has criticised some church leaders for bootlicking President Robert Mugabe instead of holding him accountable for his government’s gross human rights abuses and corruption. BY CLAYTON MASEKESA Chipanga told NewsDay in Mutare yesterday that it was wrong for church leaders to act as political commissars of certain parties. “It is sad

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Lands officials, Zanu PF councillor in court for criminal abuse of office

SEVEN officials from the Lands and Rural Settlement ministry and a Zanu PF councillor from Mutare North appeared in court last Friday on allegations of criminal abuse of office and illegally parcelling out pieces of land to desperate home seekers in return for bribes. BY KENNETH NYANGANI Mutare North ward 1 councillor, Luxton Zorodzai Mawanga appeared before magistrate Innocent Bepura

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Grace takes charge of Zanu PF congress

FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe’s G40 allies have reportedly taken charge of preparations for Zanu PF’s proposed December extraordinary congress where she is expected to force through a constitutional amendment allowing for her appointment as the party’s second female vice-president, NewsDay has learnt. BY RICHARD CHIDZA Impeccable sources yesterday said President Robert Mugabe had, after last week’s tense politburo meeting, immediately

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SkyzMetro FM launches awards

BULAWAYO commercial radio station SkyzMetro FM will hold the inaugural SkyzMetro Music Awards on December 21 to honour trailblazing players in the music industry. BY ARTS CORRESPONDENT The radio station will host an awards nomination party on November 24. Station manager Godwin Phiri last week said the awards will be held annually to support the creative arts industry in Bulawayo.

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Zim to access cheap chemotherapy drugs

ZIMBABWE will soon benefit from cheap chemotherapy drugs sourced from reputable pharmaceutical companies, permanent secretary for the Health and Child Care ministry Gerald Gwinji has said. BY MUNESU NYAKUDYA He said this yesterday in Harare at the official opening of a training course on establishing clinical guidelines for use in radiography. Gwinji said the cheap medicines would come after Zimbabwe

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Govt departments owe Zinwa $48 million

THE Defence ministry has failed to pay off its $19 million water bills to the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) since last year threatening the parastatal’s viability, Parliament heard yesterday. BY VENERANDA LANGA Defence ministry secretary Martin Rushwaya acknowledged the debt and told the Wonder Mashange-led Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment that the arrears had accumulated at a rate of

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