United States embassy condemns abduction, torture of rights activists

United States embassy condemns abduction, torture of rights activists 1

HARARE – The United States embassy in Harare on Wednesday voiced concern over the latest crackdown on pro-democracy activists by Zimbabwe’s security forces ahead of a series of planned opposition protests. Blessing Kanotunga, the Movement for Democratic Change’s youth chairman for Mufakose and Tatenda Mombeyarara, the coordinator of the Citizen’s Manifesto were dragged from their homes on Tuesday night by suspected state security agents and tortured before being dumped. Human rights lawyers said the two men were interrogated over anti-government protests planned for Harare on Friday. The US embassy called…

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August 1 shooting victim sues military as doctors warn of impending paralysis

August 1 shooting victim sues military as doctors warn of impending paralysis 4

HARARE – Doctors have told a Harare man he may never walk again if he does not undergo urgent surgery after he was shot in the buttocks by soldiers in Harare on August 1 last year. Loveday Munesi has been referred for surgery in India, but attempts to get the military and Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri to authorise the medical flight have failed. Now Munesi has approached the High Court demanding $492,500 in damages from Muchinguri-Kashiri and Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander General Philip Valerio Sibanda. Munesi says in court papers…

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Sundowns table huge offer to re-sign Khama Billiat

Sundowns table huge offer to re-sign Khama Billiat 6

By Sports Reporter SOUTH African football heavyweights Mamelodi Sundowns have raised the stakes in their quest to re-sign Zimbabwe international forward Khama Billiat from Kaizer Chiefs after reportedly tabling an initial offer of R15-million plus an unspecified number of players in exchange for his signature. The 28-year-old star’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in the South African media since last month with reports linking him with a return to Mamelodi Sundowns before the close of the transfer window at the end of August. Billiat is contracted to…

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Court hears of intense ZINARA boardroom fights as finance director’s trial starts

Court hears of intense ZINARA boardroom fights as finance director’s trial starts 8

HARARE – Boardroom fights at the government roads agency are so intense executives avoid talking to each other, a court heard on Wednesday. This emerged as the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) finance director Mudzingwa Simon Taranhike pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal abuse of office over allegations he pressured another executive to release 1,800 litres of petrol coupons to a journalist. Taranhike told Harare magistrate Hosea Mujaya at the start of his trial that the charges were fabricated by colleagues who are angling for the vacant chief executive…

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‘Bring out your whole family’ – Chief Ndiweni rallies Zimbabweans for protests

‘Bring out your whole family’ – Chief Ndiweni rallies Zimbabweans for protests 10

BULAWAYO – The outspoken traditional chief Nhanhla Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna rallied Zimbabweans on Wednesday to take part in a series of anti-government protests called by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Ndiweni, who has broken ranks with the largely pro-Zanu PF chiefs’ body, said the protests were “non-partisan” because the economic situation and political paralysis in the country was affecting everyone. “I’m hopeful that on this occasion these protests will be a family day. Bring out your whole family, let’s all come out on the day of protest; a…

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Chivayo draws fire after calling on Zimbabweans to boycott Aug. 16 protests

Chivayo draws fire after calling on Zimbabweans to boycott Aug. 16 protests 12

BULAWAYO – Controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo sparked internet fury on Wednesday after calling on Zimbabweans to boycott protests called by the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change. The renewable energy proponent claimed the protests were going to be violent and would not yield the MDC’s desired outcome of forcing Zanu PF out of power. “It’s definitely going to be violent. MDC leaders know very well that a peaceful protest won’t have an impact, they have already planned to unleash anarchy,” Chivayo wrote on Facebook, offering no evidence to support his…

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‘Married men’ database suggested to stop cheating

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On Aug 14, 2019 35,466 By Munira Hussein In Tanzania, the governor of Dar es Salaam has suggested the creation of a database of married men for single women to check as a way of stopping philandering. “Our main aim is to relieve pain from these women who are suffering from these cheaters – as a governor, I am not happy to lead women who are sad and heartbroken,” Paul Makonda said at a press conference on Monday. He said the idea came to him after meeting many women who…

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Emiliano Sala ‘exposed to carbon monoxide in plane crash’

Emiliano Sala ‘exposed to carbon monoxide in plane crash’ 15

Footballer Emiliano Sala was exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide prior to a fatal plane crash in the English Channel, a report has revealed. The wreckage of the plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala seen here in the English Channel Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson crashed on 21 January while travelling to Cardiff from Nantes in France. Toxicology tests on Sala’s body showed CO levels in his blood were so great it could have caused a seizure, unconsciousness or a heart attack. The Sala family’s lawyer said the…

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ASAP Rocky case: Rapper found guilty of assault

ASAP Rocky case: Rapper found guilty of assault 16

US rapper ASAP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, has been found guilty of assault during a Stockholm fight and given a two-year suspended sentence. ASAP Rocky case: Rapper found guilty of assault The 30-year-old has also been ordered to pay damages to the victim. ASAP Rocky spent nearly a month in custody after the assault, which happened at the end of June, before being released ahead of the verdict. Two members of ASAP Rocky’s entourage, Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, were found guilty of the same charge. Related Articles “The…

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ZIFA slaps football life ban on ex-boss Chiyangwa, disbands Warriors

ZIFA slaps football life ban on ex-boss Chiyangwa, disbands Warriors 17

By Sports Reporter THE nasty fallout between the Felton Kamambo-led ZIFA leadership and Philip Chiyangwa reached new levels Wednesday when the local football mother body imposed football life bans on former association president and his then deputy Omega Sibanda. ZIFA revealed that the decision to impose life bans on Chiyangwa and Sibanda was made during an executive committee meeting last Friday. The meeting resolved to disband the entire national men’s team from the technical team to the players after recommendations from its Technical and Development Committee. However, it is the…

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