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

Zimbabwe crackdown a taste of things to come, president’s spokesman warns 1

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)…

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Government issues license to buy ethanol from Triangle Ltd

Government issues license to buy ethanol from Triangle Ltd 2

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…

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