Zimbabwe crackdown challenged in court, opposition leaders in hiding

Zimbabwe crackdown challenged in court, opposition leaders in hiding 1

By MacDonald Dzirutwe | Reuters | Legal challenges to a brutal clampdown on dissent by Zimbabwe’s government were set in motion on Monday, as fears that the country is veering back towards authoritarian rule drove some leaders of the main opposition party into hiding. Pastor and activist Evan Mawarire, right, arrives handcuffed at the magistrates courts in Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have said in a statement that Mawarire who is among the more than 600 people arrested this week has been charged with…

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Mnangagwa, Chiwenga responsible for looting, shootings and terrorism – Chamisa spokesman

Mnangagwa, Chiwenga responsible for looting, shootings and terrorism – Chamisa spokesman 2

By Dr Nkululeko Sibanda It is with profound sadness that all the reports that are now coming through to us, NGOs, churches, the courts, among other areas suggest that President Emmerson Mnangagwa and General Constantino Chiwenga carefully coordinated an attack on Zimbabwe in the last 3 days. Dr Nkululeko Sibanda (left) seen here with opposition leader Nelson Chamisa (right) They organised 3 distinct groups under 3 different commanders who reported directly to General Chiwenga. Their actions were contrary to the oaths that are taken under the Constitution of Zimbabwe and are…

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Health ministry apologises for loss of lives

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On Jan 12, 2019 19,141 9 By Tendayi Madhomu The Health and Child Care ministry has issued a public apology for the loss of lives and suffering during the just-ended doctors’ strike. Health and Child Care Ministry Obadiah Moyo (left) In a statement published in the press, the ministry expressed appreciation for the citizens’ endurance during the crisis. “The ministry of Health and Child Care would like to notify the public that the doctors who had embarked on strike from December 1, have now agreed to resume duties at their…

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Zimbabwe government simply can’t afford US dollar salaries – here’s why

Zimbabwe government simply can’t afford US dollar salaries – here’s why 4

For the ordinary man on the street, however, the rationale given by government does not make sense. “This is a political statement meant to discourage us. It’s in the same vein as the billion-dollar mega deals we were told about during the run-up to the presidential elections. Where are they? It’s hot air!” said a mathematics teacher, who preferred not to be named. “When dollarisation started, we were all paid a flat fee of $100. From there on, the money was increased. Government should tell us how and why within…

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‘Chiwenga is midwife of new dispensation’

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On Jan 7, 2019 49,254 3 By Jeffrey Muvundusi Family of God Church founder and leader Andrew Wutawunashe has described Vice President Constantino Chiwenga as the midwife of the new dispensation. Family of God (FOG) founder and current leader Apostle Andrew Wutawunashe Chiwenga, 62, led the military takeover in Zimbabwe in November 2017 that toppled long-ruling despot Robert Mugabe. Introducing Chiwenga at a national prayer at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds in Bulawayo last weekend, Wutawunashe was gushing in his praise for Chiwenga. Related Articles “God brings salvation. God…

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Mugabe: The second coming

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By Fungi Kwaramba With a clenched fist punching the air in a marquee-filled to capacity with men and women dressed in colourful Zanu PF attire, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga declared that they would be no challengers to his principal, President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Then Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe flanked by his then deputy Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa One would have been forgiven to think that the country’s ruling party is going for an election anytime soon, but alas, elections are far off the horizon — almost five years away. Regardless, the praise…

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Doctors blast ‘misled’ Chiwenga

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By Pauline Hurungudo Doctors yesterday came out guns blazing, telling Acting President Constantino Chiwenga that government did not spend a single cent in educating them. Vice President Constantino Chiwenga They said their parents, guardians and family actually sent them to school adding they are qualified doctors who hold degrees from accredited institutions. The doctors said those around Chiwenga fed him with wrong information. Related Articles This comes after Chiwenga, on Thursday, threatened the striking doctors whom he said were ‘unqualified’ and currently under internship. He also said the doctors were under…

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Mnangagwa goes on leave

Mnangagwa goes on leave 9

On Dec 29, 2018 37,088 70 President Emmerson Mnangagwa has gone on leave, his spokesperson George Charamba announced yesterday. Mnangagwa’s deputy, Constantino Chiwenga is the acting president. President Emmerson Mnangagwa converses with Vice Presidents General Constantino Chiwenga (Retired) and Kembo Mohadi on his arrival at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare from the 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly. Looking on are Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Phillip Valerio Sibanda and Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu. — (Picture by Believe Nyakudjara) “He started his leave last Friday but he…

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Chiwenga escalates govt, doctors’ fight

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By Blessings Mashaya Acting President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday warned that government will soon introduce a new law regulating the hiring of doctors after he came face-to-face with the dire situation at one of the hospitals affected by the on-going industrial action by disgruntled medical practitioners. Acting President Constantino Chiwenga and Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo (right) are led on a tour of NatPharm Warehouse in Harare yesterday by Natpharm Stores Pharmacist Rumbidzai Matambanadzo. — (Picture by Justin Mutenda) Chiwenga made the remarks after visiting the country’s biggest referral hospital…

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Mnangagwa fumes over R5 million bribe

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By Mugove Tafirenyika President Emmerson Mnangagwa, blew his gasket on Wednesday and put his ministers on notice, after he received damaging reports that some of them were demanding bribes from investors to facilitate meetings with him and deputy president Constantino Chiwenga. President Emmerson Mnangagwa So rampant was the corruption by his lieutenants that Mnangagwa told stunned Zanu PF bigwigs during the party’s central committee meeting in Harare that in one of the more egregious cases, a Cabinet minister had demanded a whopping R5 million bribe from a foreign investor to…

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