Poison-fears Mphoko on the run after high-speed escape from court, says ZACC

Poison-fears Mphoko on the run after high-speed escape from court, says ZACC 1

BULAWAYO – Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is on the run after avoiding arrest by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), an official said. Mphoko had been summoned to appear at the Bulawayo Magistrate’s Court on corruption allegations, and had given undertakings he would attend, said ZACC spokesman John Makamure. He is charged with obstruction of justice and criminal abuse of office over allegations be sprung free officials of the roads agency, ZINARA, from a police station in 2016 while he was Vice President. The former Vice President, ousted with former…

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Police, soldiers patrol Bulawayo as opposition protest thwarted

Police, soldiers patrol Bulawayo as opposition protest thwarted 3

By Philemon Bulawayo | Reuters | Hundreds of police backed by soldiers and army helicopters deployed in Zimbabwe’s second city on Monday, in a show of force that stopped the main opposition party from launching an anti-government protest movement for the second time in four days. Police man a roadblock in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Few people turned up for an opposition protest Monday in the Zimbabwe’s second city as armed police maintained a heavy presence on the streets. (AP Photo/Mpofu) The street march in Bulawayo was called…

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Update on Bulawayo Situation

Update on Bulawayo Situation 4

The security sector is on high alert in Bulawayo as helicopters, armored vehicles and heavy security detail roam the streets in response to the planned series of protest by the MDC over the country’s deepening socio-economic crisis. Police man a roadblock in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Few people turned up for an opposition protest Monday in the Zimbabwe’s second city as armed police maintained a heavy presence on the streets. (AP Photo/Mpofu) The protests were banned by the High Court after receiving applications from the Zimbabwe Republic Police…

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Chamisa plans trips to Moscow, Beijing over deepening Zimbabwe crisis

Chamisa plans trips to Moscow, Beijing over deepening Zimbabwe crisis 5

MOSCOW – Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa intends to pay visits to Moscow and Beijing to seek help in settling the political and economic crisis gripping Zimbabwe, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported on Monday. The situation in Zimbabwe remains tense since July 2018 when Chamisa refused to concede defeat to Emmerson Mnangagwa in a closely-fought presidential race, claiming that the result was rigged. Zimbabwe’s economy has tanked, and economists say the country is not entering hyper-inflation after inflation peaked at 176 percent in July – the highest…

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Police, soldiers deploy in force to suppress MDC protests in Bulawayo

Police, soldiers deploy in force to suppress MDC protests in Bulawayo 7

BULAWAYO – Soldiers and police deployed in large numbers in Bulawayo on Monday to enforce a ban on an anti-government demonstration, as the MDC challenged that decision in court. The street march was the second called in four days by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) as it looks to rally support for nationwide protests against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, which it accuses of repression and blames for the country’s worst economic crisis in a decade. Authorities had also banned Friday’s gathering in Harare which the MDC then called off,…

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Full text: Ex-Vice President Mphoko issues statement on attempted arrest by ZACC

Full text: Ex-Vice President Mphoko issues statement on attempted arrest by ZACC 9

BULAWAYO – The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) on Saturday accused former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko of resisting arrest after he allegedly chased away its officers a day earlier. ZACC says it wants to question Mphoko over allegations he, while he was Vice President, threatened police officers and ordered them to release officials from the roads agency, ZINARA, who had been arrested on corruption allegations. Video released by Mphoko’s daughter, Siduduzo, last Friday showed two ZACC officials being ordered out of Mphoko’s Douglasdale home in Bulawayo after they were challenged to…

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Zimbabwe police ban opposition protest planned for Monday

Zimbabwe police ban opposition protest planned for Monday 11

By MacDonald Dzirutwe | Reuters| Zimbabwe police have banned an anti-government demonstration planned for Monday by the country’s main opposition party in the city of Bulawayo, saying it would likely result in “public disorder”. Armed riot police patrol the streets ahead of a planned protest in Harare, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Zimbabwe’s police patrolled the streets of the capital Friday morning while many residents stayed home fearing violence from an anti-government demonstration planned by the opposition. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) Police banned another demonstration planned by the Movement for Democratic Change…

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Zacc probes Mupfumira prison conditions

Zacc probes Mupfumira prison conditions 12

By Ruvimbo Muchenje | Zimbabwe Standard | The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) yesterday descended on Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison to investigate allegations that incarcerated former Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Priscah Mupfumira is getting preferential treatment. Former Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Priscah Mupfumira looks colourful as she makes her way into the Harare Magistrates’ Courts yesterday. — (Picture by Lee Maidza) Mupfumira’s lawyer, Charles Chinyama, confirmed that three Zacc commissioners were at Chikurubi to investigate the conditions under which the former top Zanu PF official was being held.…

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Anger over Ndiweni imprisonment

Anger over Ndiweni imprisonment 13

The imprisonment of prominent Ntabazinduna traditional leader, Chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni, has been described as a “political sham” amid indications that his lawyers are preparing for an appeal. Paramount Chief Nhlanhla Felix Ndiweni (Picture by GRAEME WILLIAMS FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE) Ndiweni, who is very vocal against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, was on Friday jailed 18 months by Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove for malicious damage to property. Twenty-three villagers that were charged alongside him were only sentenced to 525 hours of community service each. The chief and his subjects…

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Police ban MDC’s Bulawayo demonstration citing ‘public disorder’ fears

Police ban MDC’s Bulawayo demonstration citing ‘public disorder’ fears 14

HARARE- Police have banned an anti-government demonstration planned for Monday by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Bulawayo, saying it would likely result in “public disorder”. Police banned another demonstration in Harare on Friday, when they chased opposition supporters from the capital’s streets with tear gas and arrested dozens of people. The MDC, which accuses President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of repression and mismanagement, called for the protests over the country’s worst economic crisis in a decade. “Ordinary citizens in the country are experiencing hardships so any call for the…

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