Mnangagwa skips 1st rally since deadly unrest

Mnangagwa skips 1st rally since deadly unrest 1

By Farai Mutsaka | Associated Press | President Emmerson Mnangagwa skipped his first political rally since last month’s deadly military crackdown on protests so he could explain the unrest to fellow African leaders, a spokesman said. A seat reserved for Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa remains unoccupied at a rally in Mount Darwin about 200 Kilometres north of Harare, Saturday, Feb, 2, 2019. A spokesman says Zimbabwe’s president has skipped his first political rally since last month’s deadly military crackdown on protests so he could explain the unrest to fellow African…

Read More

Mnangagwa aides in turf war

Mnangagwa aides in turf war 2

By Fungi Kwaramba A war of words that erupted between President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s propagandists could be indicative of a major turf war among key actors in his administration. Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa addresses editors while flanked by her deputy Energy Mutodi (left) and permanent secretary Mr Nick Mangwana at her Munhumutapa Offices in Harare. — Picture by Innocent Makawa Last week, Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba took a dig at officials in the ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services for insinuating that his boss was ready to…

Read More

Zimbabwe crackdown a taste of things to come, president’s spokesman warns

Zimbabwe crackdown a taste of things to come, president’s spokesman warns 3

By MacDonald Dzirutwe | Reuters | A crackdown last week on protests in Zimbabwe is a foretaste of how the government will respond to future unrest, the president’s spokesman was quoted saying on Sunday, fuelling concerns that the southern African country is reverting to authoritarian rule. George Charamba Police say three people died during demonstrations that turned violent in the capital Harare and second city Bulawayo. But human rights groups say evidence suggests at least a dozen were killed, scores were treated for gunshot wounds and hundreds were detained. “(The)…

Read More

Government issues license to buy ethanol from Triangle Ltd

Government issues license to buy ethanol from Triangle Ltd 4

By Gift Phiri Zimbabwe’s state oil company has issued a license to buy ethanol from the Zimbabwe unit of South African firm Tongaat Hulett to be blended with petrol, weeks after President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for higher use of the sugarcane by-product to help stem a worsening fuel crisis. Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Zera) has decreed that every litre of fuel sold must be mixed with a percentage of cleaner-burning ethanol, though only about 15 percent blending is done now. Presidential spokesman George Charamba confirmed to…

Read More