Byo demo bid: Residents wake up to heavy police, military deployment

Byo demo bid: Residents wake up to heavy police, military deployment 29

Staff Reporter/Agencies ANTI-RIOT police and army officers besieged Bulawayo’s CBD on Monday but there was nothing of the chaotic scenes witnessed in Harare Friday last week. After a ban on its Harare demonstration Friday, the MDC had turned to Bulawayo for another leg of its anti-government demonstration, part of a planned series to register growing discontent over poor national governance by Zanu PF with many now condemned into abject poverty. The protests, which were also planned for Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo were also spurred by a bid to President Mnangagwa…

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Eddie Cross on Zimbabwe: this situation simply cannot go on

Eddie Cross on Zimbabwe: this situation simply cannot go on 31

THIS is a message to those who currently hold power in Zimbabwe. I do not really care about how you got into this position but now that you are there we need to ask you what you are going to use that huge power and influence on? We as a Nation have been patient and forgiving, but what you are asking of us now is just too much and we simply cannot tolerate you continuing on the path that you seem to have chosen. We watched as the ruling elite…

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Poison-fears Mphoko on the run after high-speed escape from court, says ZACC

Poison-fears Mphoko on the run after high-speed escape from court, says ZACC 33

BULAWAYO – Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is on the run after avoiding arrest by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), an official said. Mphoko had been summoned to appear at the Bulawayo Magistrate’s Court on corruption allegations, and had given undertakings he would attend, said ZACC spokesman John Makamure. He is charged with obstruction of justice and criminal abuse of office over allegations be sprung free officials of the roads agency, ZINARA, from a police station in 2016 while he was Vice President. The former Vice President, ousted with former…

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Another blow for MDC as court upholds Bulawayo protest ban

Another blow for MDC as court upholds Bulawayo protest ban 35

By Bulawayo Correspondent A BULAWAYO magistrate Monday upheld a police ban imposed Sunday against an MDC demonstration which had been planned for the country’s second largest city on Monday. Police Officer Commanding Bulawayo District, Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Phiri on Sunday issued a prohibition order barring the main opposition from holding an anti-government protest in the city. Police cited, among other reasons, violence which erupted during the January demonstrations organised by the ZCTU. Following the ban, the MDC appealed the police’s decision with the matter heard at the magistrate’s court on…

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Khumalo, six MDC activists freed on $200 bail each

Khumalo, six MDC activists freed on $200 bail each 37

By Bulawayo Correspondent MDC national chair, Thabitha Khumalo (58) and six other party activists, who include Senator Helen Mpofu, were Monday each granted $200 bail by a Bulawayo magistrate. They were arrested on Saturday for distributing fliers which urged city residents to take part in Monday‘s banned anti-government demonstration which had been planned for the second largest city. Among their bail conditions, magistrate Tinashe Tashaya also ordered the seven to report at Bulawayo Central police station’s Law and Order division every Friday. Tashaya also ordered the accused not to interfere…

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ZUJ-China in awards partnership

ZUJ-China in awards partnership 39

By Richard Chidza THE China-Africa Economic & Culture Exchange and Research Centre (CAICERCZIM) in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Union of Journalist (ZUJ) to launch new media awards that are aimed at improving coverage of relations between Zimbabwe and China. CAICERCZIM project manager Edgar Sanyanga told delegates to the official launch at the weekend who included journalists from across the media houses that the awards with will be part of the National Journalism and Media Awards (NJAMA) will encourage journalists to explore the growing relations between the Asian economic behemoth and…

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Patrick Zhuwao: Mnangagwa’s persecution of Chief Ndiweni shuts down Bulawayo

Patrick Zhuwao: Mnangagwa’s persecution of Chief Ndiweni shuts down Bulawayo 41

By Patrick Zhuwao Emmerson Mnangagwa’s persecution of Chief Ndiweni inadvertently turned the MDC demonstration scheduled for Bulawayo on Monday 19th August 2019 into an effective shut down of the City of Kings. Patrick Zhuwao Mnangagwa’s Kwekwe based cabal is persecuting the Matabeleland region’s entire leadership across the political divide. Despite assurances in July 2019 by Vice President Mohadi that magistrates would stop summoning chiefs (who are an extension of the judiciary), Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Felix Ndiweni was jailed for an effective 18 months on Friday 16th August 2019. Related Articles On…

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MDC Bulawayo deputy Mayor Kambarami ‘abducted’

MDC Bulawayo deputy Mayor Kambarami ‘abducted’ 42

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE MDC Monday claimed Bulawayo Deputy Mayor and top party official Tinashe Kambarami and two other party officials were abducted by suspected State agents in the city on Monday. This follows tension in the city which saw an unprecedented heavy deployment of soldiers and police officers ahead of the banned demonstrations in the city on Monday. Addressing journalists at the Tredgold Magistrate Courts where the party had filed a challenge against the protest ban, MDC national spokesperson Daniel Molokele said Kambarami, who is also party provincial youth…

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Mphoko in dramatic escape from Zacc officials

Mphoko in dramatic escape from Zacc officials 44

By Bulawayo Correspondent FORMER Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko on Monday staged a gangster style escape from Bulawayo’s Tredgold Magistrates Court when he heard of his imminent arrest by some Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zaac) officials who were in the court building. The once influential former government official faces allegations of abuse of office during his short lived tenure as one of former President Robert Mugabe’s deputies. It was not immediately clear what had brought him to the court building in the first place. NewZimbabwe.com witnessed Mphoko being driven off at high…

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Police, soldiers patrol Bulawayo as opposition protest thwarted

Police, soldiers patrol Bulawayo as opposition protest thwarted 46

By Philemon Bulawayo | Reuters | Hundreds of police backed by soldiers and army helicopters deployed in Zimbabwe’s second city on Monday, in a show of force that stopped the main opposition party from launching an anti-government protest movement for the second time in four days. Police man a roadblock in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Few people turned up for an opposition protest Monday in the Zimbabwe’s second city as armed police maintained a heavy presence on the streets. (AP Photo/Mpofu) The street march in Bulawayo was called…

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