Government gives civil servants a 76% pay rise

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23rd August 2019 Top Story By Anna Chibamu STICKY pay negotiations between government and civil servants representatives will be suspended for a while as the Apex Council consults its members after a 76% wage offer by the employer. The new offer will push the lowest paid government worker from about $500 to a little above $1000. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is facing a crippling job action by especially teachers who have threatened to withdraw their labour before school open for the third term a move that will disrupt national examinations.…

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Poland lightning strike kills four, injures 100, in Tatra mountains storm

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BBC BBC At least four people died and more than 100 were injured in lightning strikes during a thunderstorm in Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says. The worst bolt fell on a group of hikers at the summit of Giewont, a popular peak in the Tatra range in the south of the country. A fifth person was killed in neighbouring Slovakia. At least one of the victims was said to be a child. The storm is said to have descended suddenly after a sunny morning. “Nobody expected such a sudden…

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Why are Biti and Chamisa so desperate to join Mnangagwa’s illegitimate government?

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“Ten years ago, forming a unity government offered a political solution, albeit a temporary one, to the crisis of hyperinflation. A solution to today’s economic crisis must be similarly political,” writes Movement for Democratic Change vice-president Tendai Biti in Foreign Affairs. “More precisely, it must address the legitimacy deficit of the current administration, which stems from the military coup that brought it to power and the disputed election that kept it there.” Biti and his colleagues in the MDC claim they have a solution to Zimbabwe’s current problem, but that…

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Zimbabwe police arrest 10 union officials as clampdown deepens

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Zimbabwe police arrested 10 union officials today as they tried to petition the Finance Minister over low pay for teachers, witnesses said, extending a government clampdown on dissent that has hobbled the country’s main opposition. Police with batons bundled the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe officials into a truck outside the finance ministry. They also arrested the group’s lawyer, Douglas Coltart, and a journalist with online news outlet Newzimbabwe.com who was filming the arrest, the witnesses said. The union had been trying to present a petition to Finance Minister…

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NewZimbabwe.com reporter arrested while covering teachers demo

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23rd August 2019 Zimbabwe By Staff Reporter NEWZIMBABWE.COM  reporter Leopold Munhende was Friday morning arrested while covering a protests by the Amalgamated Teacher Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) in central Harare. Munhende was bundled into a truck along with hordes of protesting teachers and human rights lawyer Douglas Coltart. Coltart was involved in skirmishes with police officers before he was handcuffed. Charges had not been preferred and the group f about a dozen people was whisked off to Harare Central Police Station. Efforts to explain to police officers that Munhende was…

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NewZimbabwe.com reporter arrested while covering teachers demo

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23rd August 2019 Zimbabwe By Staff Reporter NEWZIMBABWE.COM  reporter Leopold Munhende was Friday morning arrested while covering a protests by the Amalgamated Teacher Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) in central Harare. Munhende was bundled into a truck along with hordes of protesting teachers and human rights lawyer Douglas Coltart. Coltart was involved in skirmishes with police officers before he was handcuffed. Charges had not been preferred and the group f about a dozen people was whisked off to Harare Central Police Station. Efforts to explain to police officers that Munhende was…

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MDC blames Zanu PF youths after man murdered outside Kwekwe constituency office

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HARARE – Police are investigating after a man was killed outside a constituency office of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Kwekwe on Friday. Officers responded after reports of a man lying dead just meters from the MDC office, which the local MP says was illegally seized by Zanu PF youths who have been using it as a “terror base”. The identity of the victim was yet to be established but Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya told ZimLive that he believed the incident was politically-motivated. “They have literally besieged my…

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Police hold MDC’s Chibaya over Harare protest as gunmen fire on Marondera MP’s house

Police hold MDC’s Chibaya over Harare protest as gunmen fire on Marondera MP’s house 45

HARARE – Police arrested the Movement for Democratic Change’s organising secretary and MP Amos Chibaya on Thursday on charges of failing to stop a banned protest last week in Harare, his lawyer said. Chibaya’s arrest came as police opened an investigation after the home of the MDC’s Marondera Central MP Caston Matewu was shot at early Thursday. The unidentified gunmen fired at the MP’s house, vehicle and a water tank in the 2.30AM raid. The MDC, which accuses President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of repression and economic mismanagement, called a demonstration…

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Tendai Biti sues First Mutual over shrinked $15 million retirement package

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HARARE – MDC vice president and former finance minister Tendai Biti is suing First Mutual Holdings Limited demanding his retirement package amounting to $15 million. The insurance company had said it would only pay him what was agreed upon attaining his retirement age of 60. Biti said in 1993, while he was a partner in the law firm called Honey and Blanckenberg, his pension contributions were with his consent converted by First Mutual into an annuity policy. “The annuitisation phase commenced with a payment of ZW$15,648.04 and the written projection…

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Journalist Kudzayi sues police, defence ministers for wrongful umbrella arrest

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HARARE – Journalist Edmund Kudzayi is suing Home Affairs and Defence ministers for $500,000 as compensation for his unlawful arrest over possession of a camouflage umbrella. The former Sunday Mail editor, through his lawyers, says that his arrest on February 22 this year, caused him great embarrassment and suffering. Kudzayi was acquitted at the close of the State’s case after prosecutors failed to prove an offence had been committed. The presiding magistrate, Victoria Mashamba, had no kind words against the State when she freed him. Police and prosecutors used a law…

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