Biti demands prosecutor’s recusal

By Shamiso Dzingire MDC deputy national chairperson Tendai Biti has demanded that chief law officer Michael Reza be recused from prosecuting him saying his judicial independence was in question. Tendai Biti arrives at the magistrates courts in Harare, Thursday Aug. 9, 2018. Biti was deported to Zimbabwe following his arrest in Zambia after his asylum bid was rejected. Biti’s plight has raised concerns about a wave of repression against the opposition by the government of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) Reza was appointed by the Prosecutor-General (PG) as…

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Army denies killing civilians on August 1

By Tendayi Madhomu Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has outrightly denied that soldiers are responsible for the killing of six civilians on August 1, implying that there could be a second hand responsible for the shootings. A soldier fires shots towards demonstrators, on August 1 2018, in Harare, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country’s election. (AFP PHOTO / Zinyange AUNTONY Testifying before the Kgalema Montlanthe-led commission, both Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Valerio Sibanda and Brigadier General Anselem Sanyatwe denied that soldiers shot at the civilians.…

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War vets corner Mnangagwa

By Fungi Kwaramba Veterans of the country’s liberation struggle last Saturday met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and demanded that he fires Zanu PF’s secretary for administration Obert Mpofu who they allege faces a litany of corruption charges. Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary general Victor Matemadanda War veterans’ chairpersons drawn from the country’s 10 provinces petitioned Mnangagwa in this regard, demanding the removal of Mpofu and several Zanu PF top ranking officials. The move by war veterans to confront Mnangagwa comes as the political future of the former Cabinet…

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MDC fears for Chamisa’s life

By Mugove Tafirenyika The MDC yesterday said it feared for the life of its leader Nelson Chamisa, whom it claimed had narrowly escaped kidnapping by suspected State security agents over the weekend. Dramatic moment agents from the CIO allegedly tried to abduct a member of Nelson Chamisa’s convoy But the government has robustly dismissed the Saturday incident as nothing more than “a mere road rage” matter. Addressing journalists at the party’s headquarters in Harare yesterday, MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of harbouring intentions to eliminate Chamisa…

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MDC MP arrested for providing false address to Zec

On Nov 13, 2018 28,924 2 By Shamiso Dzingire Mount Pleasant MDC Member of Parliament Samuel Banda was yesterday arraigned in court over allegations of presenting a false residential address to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec). Samuel Takudzwa Banda Banda allegedly provided the false address during the National Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise in December last year. Using the alleged false address, Banda contested for the Mt Pleasant House of Assembly seat and won. Related Articles He is being charged with” making a false statement or fact in any claim…

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Fresh storm hits Zanu PF

By Blessings Mashaya Zanu PF’s notorious succession demons have resurfaced, with the party’s senior officials locking horns over who should take over from President Emmerson Mnangagwa — a few months after the 76-year-old strongman won a hotly-disputed five-year mandate to lead the country. President Emmerson Mnangagwa with Zanu PF spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo at State House The fresh fissures in the former liberation movement come as Mnangagwa has recently called his restless lieutenants to order, insisting that they focus on unity and rebuilding the country’s wobbly economy — rather than…

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Chamisa belts rivals

By Mugove Tafirenyika MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has warned officials eyeing his position against working with Zanu PF to grab power from him saying he is firmly in charge of the country’s largest opposition party and would not tolerate dissent. MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa (centre) and Tendai Biti (Alliance principal) (centre) and Amos Chibaya (Organising Secretary) – right. Chamisa rose to the MDC presidency following the party’s founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai’s death in February this year. Tsvangirai’s death created an acrimonious power struggle between Chamisa, Thokozani Khupe and Elias…

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‘Only UN can deal with Gukurahundi’

On Nov 12, 2018 32,913 5 By Tendayi Madhomu The United Nations is the most suitable organ to bring the controversial Gukurahundi issue to finality as domestic instruments are not fit to address the issue, a United Kingdom conference recently heard. Former Minister in the Organ of National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, Moses Mzila Ndlovu (Picture by Southern Eye) Former MDC legislator and ex-minister of State in the Organ of National Healing in the Government of National Unity, Moses Mzila Ndlovu told delegates at the conference held in Luton, located…

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Mthuli Ncube under fire

By Mugove Tafirenyika Finance minister Mthuli Ncube has come under heavy fire after signalling his intention to acquire vehicles for the country’s lawmakers as well as paying the thirteenth cheque for government’s 550 000 strong civil service, the Daily News can report. Professor Mthuli Ncube While speaking on the state of the economy in Bulawayo last week at a pre-budget seminar for parliamentarians, Ncube promised to purchase vehicles for members of the National Assembly and Senate, who number up to 350. This could cost anything upwards of $50 million. Related…

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Commonwealth condemns July 30 elections

By Shamiso Dzingire The Commonwealth has refused to endorse the July 30 elections saying they failed to meet international standards. Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters attend a rally ahead of Zimbabwe’s general election on July 28, 2018. (© Alex McBride / AFP) The final report was released by the Commonwealth Observer Group to Zimbabwe which was chaired by former Ghana president John Dramani Mahama. In the report, Mahama expressed concern over two major issues which he said unfairly unlevelled the playing field in favour of the ruling Zanu…

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