‘Ramaphosa not too stupid to allow SA turn into a Zimbabwe’

‘Ramaphosa not too stupid to allow SA turn into a Zimbabwe’ 1

By Staff Reporter A TOP South African politician, businessman and peace consultant says President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be too “stupid” as to allow South Africa to regress into another Zimbabwe. Roelof Petrus “Roelf” Meyer was quoted in South African media while speaking at the Cape Town Press Club. “When it comes to the president (Ramaphosa),” said Meyer, “in my view, he is well-suited for the job for two reasons; one is he is a modellist and, second, he is a constitutionalist”. “What I mean when I say he is…

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ED crafts a law against unexplained wealth

ED crafts a law against unexplained wealth 3

By Idah Mhetu GOVERNMENT is in the process of crafting legislation that will allow it to go after people with “unexplained wealth” President Emmerson Mnangagwa revealed Friday. Mnangagwa told a Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) meeting at State House that the law will empower government to seize assets from people who fail to disclose the source of their wealth. “As soon as the unexplained wealth legislation that we are currently seized with comes on our statutes, criminality will never seize to be an attractive venue,” said Mnangagwa. Last year, the government…

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Court opera: Buyanga, baby mama legal fight rages with no end in sight

Court opera: Buyanga, baby mama legal fight rages with no end in sight 5

By Mary Taruvinga FIVE days, three cases all surrounding the bitter tussle for the custody of his minor child have not slowed down South African based business mogul Frank Buyanga. Buyanga, a flamboyant businessman with links to Zimbabwe’s establishment and in particular Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, has been in the courts literally everyday this week and in the end, won two of the cases, getting his ex-girlfriend Chantell Muteswa locked up for contempt and forcing her to surrender their child’s passport. Muteswa and Buyanga have shuttled between the Harare Magistrates…

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State-run station accused of protecting ED from public censure

State-run station accused of protecting ED from public censure 7

By Paidashe Mandivengerei and Costa Nkomo ZIMBABWEANS have expressed mixed feelings over President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s novel decision to take a live radio interview. While initially, reports had indicated Mnangagwa would take calls from ordinary Zimbabweans, the Zanu PF leader seemed to have chickened out at the last minute and his hosts turned to cherry-picking messages from the State owned radio station’s social media pages. A snap survey by NewZimbabwe.com on the streets of Harare found that most were not impressed by the responses the President gave on issues relating to…

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SA set tough conditions for Zim to join Rand Monetary Union

SA set tough conditions for Zim to join Rand Monetary Union 9

By Staff Reporter PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed that neighbouring South Africa imposed “unacceptable” conditions for Zimbabwe to join the Rand Monetary Union. In a live interview with a State controlled radio station Friday, Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe had sought to adopt the South African Rand as its currency in December 2008 after the local dollar collapsed. Responding to a question on why Zimbabwe has not adopted the Rand given the economic and in particular currency problems the country is facing, Mnangagwa said government has unsuccessfully tried this in the past.…

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ZAPU under siege, leaders allege being hunted by CIO, military

ZAPU under siege, leaders allege being hunted by CIO, military 11

By Leopold Munhende MTHULISI Hanana, the director of the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation is on the run, officials at Zapu have claimed. Hanana reportedly slipped out of the country after being tailed by suspected State security agents for days in the aftermath of the death of national hero and liberation war stalwart Dabengwa. Zapu spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa confirmed Hanana was on the run. “It is true that the director of DD Foundation has been a target of suspected state security agents, following his speech at DD’s memorial at White City. “While…

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MDC Senator: Give prisoners condoms to reduce HIV infections

MDC Senator: Give prisoners condoms to reduce HIV infections 13

By Anna Chibamu AN MDC Senator has called on government to accept the reality of rampant homosexuality in the country’s prisons and provide measures to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Thematic Committee on HIV/and AIDS chairperson Morgan Femai, after a visit to Chikirubi Maximum Prison, home to over 500 HIV positive inmates called on authorities to provide the prisoners with condoms in order to reduce prevalence and re-infections “The issue of condom distribution is very important. Inmates should be given condoms because they are…

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ED to Chamisa: You are not a special one

ED to Chamisa: You are not a special one 15

By Audience Mutema PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared he will not force MDC leader Nelson Chamisa to join the political dialogue he has convened or treat the youthful opposition leaders as a “the special one.” Mnangagwa told State radio station Friday, that if Chamisa wants dialogue the door is still open to join other parties. “I cannot get a bulldozer or a tractor to pull him out of his house for talks. I have made a call to all political parties in Zimbabwe that lets us come together. Is he…

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ED: I have refused to be a dictator

ED: I have refused to be a dictator 17

By Staff Reporter PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa claims he has rejected advice from some people to be a dictator. Mnangagwa told a local radio station Friday that at a meeting of political parties under the banner of the Political Actors Dialogue, one leader had told him he was too democratic. “One leader said to me ‘Mr President you are too democratic can you reduce a bit’. I said I don’t agree with you. I am saying this to show that people are free to express themselves. “I have been advised to…

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Govt austerity hits Chikurubi’s mental inmates

Govt austerity hits Chikurubi’s mental inmates 19

By Anna Chibamu FINANCE Minister, Mthuli Ncube’s austerity measures have not only affected ordinary people with the situation equally dire for the country’s prison inmates including those detained on mental grounds. The country’s biggest penal complex, Chikurubi Maximum Prison, is home to about 300 inmates with mental problems. A visit by the Thematic Committee on HIV/AIDS, Parliamentary Portfolio Committees on Health and Child Care, Justice as well as Gender, at the prison on Thursday, exposed the dire situation as prisoners complained of shortages of food and drugs with most of…

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