Peruvian jailed 10 years for cocaine possession

On Nov 13, 2018 25,687 3 By Shamiso Dzingire A Peruvian man who was caught with a kilogramme of cocaine at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in September has been slapped with a 10 year jail term. File picture of Harare Magistrates Court Wilmer Tarazona Aro was convicted on his own plea of guilty for unlawfully dealing in dangerous drugs by Harare magistrate Rumbidai Mugwagwa. Mugwagwa sentenced Aro to an effective 5-10 years jail term and ordered the cocaine to be destroyed. Related Articles Circumstances are that on September 18,…

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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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Parastatals incur huge losses

By Pauline Hurungudo There is material breakdown in government’s internal control financial systems and procedures, inadequate accounting processes, and significant weaknesses and misstatements of financial reports, Auditor-General (AG) Mildred Chiri has said. Auditor-General Midred Chiri (AFP Photo) In a report presented to Parliament, Chiri reported that government ministries failed to provide comprehensive financial information due to inefficient accounting systems, with some transactions grossly violating public funds use. She said there was a need for “extraordinary corrective measures” to be taken to rescue the situation in government finances. Related Articles Government…

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Air Zim wet leases aircraft in reconstruction drive

On Nov 13, 2018 17,693 1 By Pauline Hurungudo Air Zimbabwe is “wet leasing” one if its aircraft in a fundraising drive that is part of its reconstruction strategy. Air Zimbabwe A wet lease agreement is a contractual arrangement covering the hire and servicing of aircrafts, and the provision of a flight crew to the leaseholder. In a notice, the airline notified prospective bidders that it is wet leasing a Boeing 767-200ER registration Z-WPE. Related Articles “Bidders are free to witness the tender opening immediately after the closing time,” Air…

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Parched Masvingo goes for a week without water

On Nov 13, 2018 14,809 1 Masvingo has gone for a week without water because the municipality is failing to raise $4 000 for fixing a water pump. Lake Mutirikwi, formerly known as Lake Kyle, lies in south eastern Zimbabwe, south east of Masvingo. Masvingo Residents Trust (MRT) coordinator Ephraim Mutombeni has written to minister of State for Masvingo Province Ezra Chadzamira to facilitate the emergency allocation of the required forex from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. MRT warned the city was faced with the risk of a looming typhoid…

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Zim gets $3,6m cyber security grant

By Nokuthaba Nkomo Zimbabwe yesterday received a $3,6m grant for cyber security equipment to curb the increase in cyber crimes. Minister of ICT Kazembe Kazembe and Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube with the Japanese Ambassador Iwado at the Zimbabwe-Japan signing ceremony for the investment in new cyber security equipment for Zimbabwe by the Japanese government. The grant was inked by Finance minister Mthuli Ncube and Japan ambassador to Zimbabwe Toshiyuki Iwado at a signing ceremony at the ministry offices. Iwado said the main aim of the project was to improve the…

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Tendai Chabvuta: Remembering Zimbabwe’s 2017 coup….. Jonathan Moyo’s COMING out

By Tendai Chabvuta So, Jonathan Moyo finally “came out” in Alex Magaisa’s BSR on Sunday, 11 November. There have been mixed reactions with some applauding the interview and others castigating the former Minister for all sorts of reasons. Former Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo Mine is not to judge the BSR because I think Alex has an important role to play in terms of information dissemination and analysis of the Zimbabwe political arena. What I have issues with is the content of Jonathan Moyo’s responses. Crass, arrogant, seemingly invincible, unrepentant,…

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Tafi Mhaka: Are anti-gay witch hunts really protecting ‘African values’?

By Tafi Mhaka On October 29, governor of Tanzania’s largest city Dar-es-Salaam, Paul Makonda, announced that he formed an anti-gay unit to hunt down “suspected” homosexuals. Makonda is an ardent Christian and close ally of Tanzanian President John Magufuli, a traditionalist who believes “even cows disapprove of” homosexuality. An asylum seeker from Uganda poses as he marches with the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force during the Gay Pride Parade in Boston, Massachusetts June 8, 2013 [File: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters] The Tanzanian government distanced itself from Makonda’s latest anti-gay witch-hunt a full five days after it made headlines in local media,…

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Malusi Gigaba resigns as South Africa Home Affairs Minister

Last updated Nov 13, 2018 36,822 7 Eyewitness News has learnt that South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has resigned and has served his letter of resignation to the Presidency. Malusi Gigaba Gigaba has faced a difficult few weeks – with pressure mounting from opposition parties on him to step down. Two weeks ago the Constitutional Court rejected his application for leave to appeal a High Court ruling which that found he had lied under oath in the Fireblade Aviation matter. On 31 October 2018, the Public Protector found…

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Inflation races to 20.85 percent, highest since 2008

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s October inflation raced to its highest since 2008 following a surge in prices of cooking oil, flour and sugar, the statistical agency Zimstat said on Tuesday, as the country faces a dollar shortage. Zimbabwe adopted the U.S. dollar in 2009 after dumping its hyperinflation-wrecked currency, which saw inflation fall to single digits. Some businesses are now demanding cash U.S. dollars only and have raised prices by more than three times for the majority who pay in bond notes and RTGS. Inflation shot to 20.85 percent year-on-year in…

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