Biti demands prosecutor’s recusal

By Shamiso Dzingire MDC deputy national chairperson Tendai Biti has demanded that chief law officer Michael Reza be recused from prosecuting him saying his judicial independence was in question. Tendai Biti arrives at the magistrates courts in Harare, Thursday Aug. 9, 2018. Biti was deported to Zimbabwe following his arrest in Zambia after his asylum bid was rejected. Biti’s plight has raised concerns about a wave of repression against the opposition by the government of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) Reza was appointed by the Prosecutor-General (PG) as…

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Army denies killing civilians on August 1

By Tendayi Madhomu Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has outrightly denied that soldiers are responsible for the killing of six civilians on August 1, implying that there could be a second hand responsible for the shootings. A soldier fires shots towards demonstrators, on August 1 2018, in Harare, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. (AFP PHOTO / Zinyange AUNTONY Testifying before the Kgalema Montlanthe-led commission, both Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Valerio Sibanda and Brigadier General Anselem Sanyatwe denied that soldiers shot at the civilians.…

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War vets corner Mnangagwa

By Fungi Kwaramba Veterans of the country’s liberation struggle last Saturday met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and demanded that he fires Zanu PF’s secretary for administration Obert Mpofu who they allege faces a litany of corruption charges. Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary general Victor Matemadanda War veterans’ chairpersons drawn from the country’s 10 provinces petitioned Mnangagwa in this regard, demanding the removal of Mpofu and several Zanu PF top ranking officials. The move by war veterans to confront Mnangagwa comes as the political future of the former Cabinet…

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MDC fears for Chamisa’s life

By Mugove Tafirenyika The MDC yesterday said it feared for the life of its leader Nelson Chamisa, whom it claimed had narrowly escaped kidnapping by suspected State security agents over the weekend. Dramatic moment agents from the CIO allegedly tried to abduct a member of Nelson Chamisa’s convoy But the government has robustly dismissed the Saturday incident as nothing more than “a mere road rage” matter. Addressing journalists at the party’s headquarters in Harare yesterday, MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of harbouring intentions to eliminate Chamisa…

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MDC MP arrested for providing false address to Zec

On Nov 13, 2018 28,924 2 By Shamiso Dzingire Mount Pleasant MDC Member of Parliament Samuel Banda was yesterday arraigned in court over allegations of presenting a false residential address to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec). Samuel Takudzwa Banda Banda allegedly provided the false address during the National Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise in December last year. Using the alleged false address, Banda contested for the Mt Pleasant House of Assembly seat and won. Related Articles He is being charged with” making a false statement or fact in any claim…

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Fresh storm hits Zanu PF

By Blessings Mashaya Zanu PF’s notorious succession demons have resurfaced, with the party’s senior officials locking horns over who should take over from President Emmerson Mnangagwa — a few months after the 76-year-old strongman won a hotly-disputed five-year mandate to lead the country. President Emmerson Mnangagwa with Zanu PF spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo at State House The fresh fissures in the former liberation movement come as Mnangagwa has recently called his restless lieutenants to order, insisting that they focus on unity and rebuilding the country’s wobbly economy — rather than…

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Madhuku gets vote of confidence

Zimbabweans from all walks of life have marvelled at the astute way that Commissioner Professor Lovemore Madhuku has been acquitting himself during the August 1 Inquiries. Veteran journalist Gift Phiri said, “I doff my hat to Prof Lovemore Madhuku’s star performance at the Motlanthe Commission of inquiry. Perhaps because of his legal background and the commission s stated motive to fight against impunity, Madhuku ruled the interviews of service chiefs, posing the right questions and critically following up on the answers, and displayed amazing knowledge interest that set the agenda…

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Succession divides ZANU PF

Zanu-PF’s notorious succession demons have resurfaced, with the party’s senior officials locking horns over who should take over from President Emmerson Mnangagwa – a few months after the 76-year-old strongman won a hotly-disputed five-year mandate to lead the country. The fresh fissures in the former liberation movement come as Mnangagwa has recently called his restless lieutenants to order, insisting that they focus on unity and rebuilding the country’s wobbly economy – rather than be fixated on politics, as they tend to be. The new party cracks also come as Zanu-PF…

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Jonathan Moyo explains Chiwenga fall-out

EMMERSON Mnangagwa manipulated his way to become vice president at the Zanu-PF congress in 2014, deceitfully side-lining party stalwart Oppah Muchinguri, a former cabinet minister has claimed. Exiled former higher education minister Jonathan Moyo insisted that Mnangagwa and vice president Constantino Chiwenga were still “baying for my head … that is still their plan to this day”. Moyo lifted the lid on some of the Zanu-PF treachery leading up to the November 2017 coup in a weekend interview with UK-based academic Alex Magaisa. The former cabinet minister revealed that he…

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One year after coup, Zimbabweans ask: what has changed?

HARARE – One year ago the unthinkable happened in Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe fell from power. Tanks rolled in the streets of the capital, Harare, on November 14, 2017, and the military put Mugabe under house arrest, in reaction to Mugabe’s firing of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans danced in the streets to celebrate the end of Mugabe’s repressive rule that had brought ruin to the once prosperous economy. Mugabe, then 92, soon resigned, ending his 37-year rule. A year later Zimbabwe’s economic problems have worsened and…

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