Zanu PF rejects amendment to block Chamisa

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF party has rejected a proposal from its affiliate, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), to raise the age limit for presidential aspirants to 52 years. BY RICHARD CHIDZA War veterans, with support from the women’s league, wanted Zanu PF to use its two-thirds majority in Parliament to amend the national Constitution in what critics have argued is a move to block 40-year-old opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa from contesting the 2023 presidential poll. Chamisa came close to upsetting Mnangagwa in a bruising…

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Zanu PF splurges $3,5m on conference

THE ruling Zanu PF splurged $3,5 million on the just-ended 17th annual people’s jamboree held at Umzingwane High School in the farming town of Esigodini, while the party received $23,5 million in donations this year. By Obey Manayiti/Richard Muponde Zanu PF also got slightly above $5 million in a grant from government. According to a central committee report, the $3,5 million was mainly used for transport, accommodation and catering. The largest chunk of Zanu PF’s 2018 revenue was used to fund election-related expenses — with $26 million used to acquire…

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Artisanal mining activities: An environmental time-bomb

ENVIRONMENTAL protection activities and action plans have become a cause for concern for artisan miners and some small-scale miners alike. The largely unregulated mining activities taking place throughout the country have left footprints of destruction, including plunder of the physical features, siltation of life-lines like streams, rivers and dams. guest column: Peter Makwanya If large-scale mining concerns are failing to implement simple and sustainable mining procedures, then what more do we expect from the unskilled, ill-resourced and under-equipped, so called artisan miners. This is in the public domain, coupled with…

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AFM global backs Madawo faction

THE Apostolic Faith Mission’s global body (AFM International) has thrown its weight behind the leadership of Amon Madawo as the church’s leadership wrangle took another turn. BY RICHARD CHIDZA AFM International president Reverend Frank Chikane told a media briefing in Harare yesterday that he had met the warring groups including a breakaway faction led by Madawo’s rival, Cossum Chiyangwa. “We came here at the invitation of Reverend Madawo to unite the different groups. We do not want to lose any member and even those whose actions are technically unconstitutional we…

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Security sector reform back on the agenda

HUMAN rights groups have reignited debate around security sector reforms and want it concluded in the wake of the August 1 post-election violence and subsequent use of force by the army that left at least six people dead. BY RICHARD CHIDZA Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum’s Blessing Gorejena told a Southern African Political and Economic Series (Sapes) discussion on Thursday that Zimbabwe’s military remains the “elephant in the room” as regards the country’s continued efforts to create a truly democratic State. Gorejena said Zimbabwe’s army has consistently been found guilty…

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Govt scoffs at SA ConCourt ruling

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is unfazed by a damning judgment delivered by the South African Constitutional Court early this week that could signal the resuscitation of the Sadc Tribunal, Information deputy minister Energy Mutodi said yesterday. BY RICHARD CHIDZA Created as a court of last resort for the region in August 2000, the tribunal made a ruling against Zimbabwe’s land expropriation policy in 2008, a move which triggered a chain of events which led to regional leaders disbanding it in 2014 and creating a separate protocol to only deal with…

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Biti case: Magistrate in trouble

HARARE regional magistrate Gloria Takundwa, who is presiding over the trial of MDC deputy chairperson Tendai Biti, has landed herself in a messy situation after she unsuccessfully tried to recant her earlier ruling allowing for media livestreaming of the trial, saying she had made the decision in “error”. BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE Takundwa, who this week was labelled “very stupid or very brave or both” by a senior prosecutor for allowing livestreaming of the case before consulting her boss, filed for a review of her decision before the High Court, saying…

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Suspended Zesa bosses seek removal from remand

THREE suspended Zesa Holdings bosses accused of criminal abuse of office after they allegedly swindled their employer of $11 million in a suspected botched tender scam yesterday approached the court seeking to be removed from remand, citing the State’s failure to furnish them with a trial date. BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE Group chief executive officer Joshua Chifamba, managing director Julian Chinembiri and finance director Thokozani Dhliwayo filed their notice before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, who ordered the State to provide the trial date on the next remand date or the court would…

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Nothing beats dialogue: US

THE United States government has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to show his statesmanship by urgently engaging his political nemesis MDC leader Nelson Chamisa for reforms needed to restore political stability and rescue the country’s free-falling economy. BY NQOBANI NDLOVU/ SHARON SIBINDI/ OBEY MANAYITI/ ANDREW KUNAMBURAUS ambassador to Zimbabwe, Brian A Nichols told NewsDay Weekender in Bulawayo on Wednesday ahead of the Zanu PF national conference in Esigodini that Mnangagwa stood to gain more international respect if he initiated dialogue on reforms with the youthful opposition leader. “I hope that…

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Mnangagwa top aide demands R5m bribe

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed that one of his top aides demanded R5 million from a prospective South African investor, reflecting the challenge he faces to rid his administration of graft that had become endemic under his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.Mnangagwa made the stunning disclosure while addressing central committee members on Wednesday. BY EVERSON MUSHAVA He said his “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra has been appealing to foreign investors because it sends a message that things have changed, but corrupt activities have spiked, with some party and government officials charging…

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