Zanu PF rejects amendment to block Chamisa

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF party has rejected a proposal from its affiliate, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), to raise the age limit for presidential aspirants to 52 years. BY RICHARD CHIDZA War veterans, with support from the women’s league, wanted Zanu PF to use its two-thirds majority in Parliament to amend the national Constitution in what critics have argued is a move to block 40-year-old opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa from contesting the 2023 presidential poll. Chamisa came close to upsetting Mnangagwa in a bruising…

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Clear arrears first, IMF tells Mnangagwa

By Mugove Tafirenyika President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration has put in place a viable plan to turn around Zimbabwe’s economic fortunes, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said, but called on the country to quickly clear its foreign arrears first. Emmerson Mnangagwa at the World Economic Forum in Davos The IMF said it was in talks with Zimbabwe to start monitoring the country’s programmes. If Zimbabwe secures the deal to enter the so-called staff monitored programme, it would mark a major step towards normalising relations with the IMF, which suspended its voting…

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Mnangagwa exposes Muchinguri-Kashiri lie over Kembo Mohadi’s illness

ESIGODINI – President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday embarrassed Zanu PF chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri after she attempted to spin a yarn over Vice President Kembo Mohadi’s absence from the Zanu PF conference. Muchinguri-Kashiri told 6,000 Zanu PF officials gathered at Mzingwane High School in Esigodini that Mohadi, whose Matabeleland South province is hosting the conference, was away on assignment. But Mnangagwa, taking to the podium, said Mohadi had stayed away due to ill health. “(Vice President Mohadi) is not here. The chairperson has said we sent him on assignment, no, that’s…

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Judge rejects magistrate’s bid to reverse live streaming of Biti trial

HARARE – A High Court judge has thrown out an application for review by a magistrate who said she may have erred in allowing the live streaming of MDC MP Tendai Biti’s trial. Justice Elias Musakwa said he had not seen “any provision that empowers a magistrate who thinks that he or she has erred to refer such matters for review by a High Court judge before the proceedings have been concluded.” “Where a magistrate errs or blunders, he or she must live with that error unless one of the…

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Vice President Mohadi taken ill

On Dec 15, 2018 46,570 0 By Robin Muchetu President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said Vice President Kembo Mohadi was unable to attend the 17th Zanu-PF Annual National People Conference as he is unwell. Vice President Kembo Mohadi (Picture by AFP) Mohadi and his wife are absent from the conference that is underway at Umzingwane High School, Esigodini as the Vice President was being attended to in Harare. The Chairperson for Zanu-PF Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri had announced that the VP was away on assignment but it was later clarified by the President.…

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Security sector reform back on the agenda

HUMAN rights groups have reignited debate around security sector reforms and want it concluded in the wake of the August 1 post-election violence and subsequent use of force by the army that left at least six people dead. BY RICHARD CHIDZA Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum’s Blessing Gorejena told a Southern African Political and Economic Series (Sapes) discussion on Thursday that Zimbabwe’s military remains the “elephant in the room” as regards the country’s continued efforts to create a truly democratic State. Gorejena said Zimbabwe’s army has consistently been found guilty…

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Govt scoffs at SA ConCourt ruling

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is unfazed by a damning judgment delivered by the South African Constitutional Court early this week that could signal the resuscitation of the Sadc Tribunal, Information deputy minister Energy Mutodi said yesterday. BY RICHARD CHIDZA Created as a court of last resort for the region in August 2000, the tribunal made a ruling against Zimbabwe’s land expropriation policy in 2008, a move which triggered a chain of events which led to regional leaders disbanding it in 2014 and creating a separate protocol to only deal with…

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Biti case: Magistrate in trouble

HARARE regional magistrate Gloria Takundwa, who is presiding over the trial of MDC deputy chairperson Tendai Biti, has landed herself in a messy situation after she unsuccessfully tried to recant her earlier ruling allowing for media livestreaming of the trial, saying she had made the decision in “error”. BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE Takundwa, who this week was labelled “very stupid or very brave or both” by a senior prosecutor for allowing livestreaming of the case before consulting her boss, filed for a review of her decision before the High Court, saying…

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Nothing beats dialogue: US

THE United States government has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to show his statesmanship by urgently engaging his political nemesis MDC leader Nelson Chamisa for reforms needed to restore political stability and rescue the country’s free-falling economy. BY NQOBANI NDLOVU/ SHARON SIBINDI/ OBEY MANAYITI/ ANDREW KUNAMBURAUS ambassador to Zimbabwe, Brian A Nichols told NewsDay Weekender in Bulawayo on Wednesday ahead of the Zanu PF national conference in Esigodini that Mnangagwa stood to gain more international respect if he initiated dialogue on reforms with the youthful opposition leader. “I hope that…

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