Minister storms out of Parly over abductions

Minister storms out of Parly over abductions 1

By Veranda Langa THE main opposition MDC yesterday demanded that Home Affairs minister Cain Mathema should issue a ministerial statement in Parliament explaining all the cases of abductions and torture of persons that have happened in the country and tainted its human rights record. Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Cain Mathema Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya yesterday made the demands before deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Tsitsi Gezi. Mathema was present in the House as Chikwinya made his proposal, but before the opposition legislator was even halfway through, Mathema…

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Zanu PF youths turn Parly office into torture base

Zanu PF youths turn Parly office into torture base 2

On Aug 28, 2019 32,433 BY BRENNA MATENDERE A ZANU PF youth group known as Al Shabaab has grabbed Mbizo parliamentary constituency offices in Kwekwe amid reports that they are now using it as a torture base for opposition MDC supporters and for pushing drugs. File picture of Zanu PF youths invading Gweru bus terminus When a Southern Eye crew visited the offices in Mbizo 12 over the weekend, graffiti had been inscribed on the building walls with the words Vote Zanu PF 2023 ED#. Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya told…

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MDC blames Zanu PF youths after man murdered outside Kwekwe constituency office

MDC blames Zanu PF youths after man murdered outside Kwekwe constituency office 3

HARARE – Police are investigating after a man was killed outside a constituency office of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Kwekwe on Friday. Officers responded after reports of a man lying dead just meters from the MDC office, which the local MP says was illegally seized by Zanu PF youths who have been using it as a “terror base”. The identity of the victim was yet to be established but Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya told ZimLive that he believed the incident was politically-motivated. “They have literally besieged my…

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Auxillia Mnangagwa interference with civil servants spills into Parliament

Auxillia Mnangagwa interference with civil servants spills into Parliament 5

HARARE – First lady Auxillia Mnangagwa’s habit of storming government offices and giving directives to civil servants spilled into parliament on Wednesday, with Health Minister Obadiah Moyo inevitably leaping to her defence. Mnangagwa, with state media in tow, has arrived unannounced at hospitals around the country and demanded to see senior managers, terrifying staff. Last week, she was shown on ZBC standing inside the government drugs dispensary, NatPharm, declaring that she had demanded that before she leaves the warehouse staff should provide her an inventory of drugs that had been…

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MDC to lead Tsvangirai memorial vigil

MDC to lead Tsvangirai memorial vigil 7

By Blessed Mhlanga | NewsDay | Members of the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC will converge at the rural homestead of the late party founder, Morgan Tsvangirai, tomorrow night in party regalia to lead a vigil ahead of memorial service the following morning. The late President of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Morgan Tsvangirai addresses supporters during a demonstration by the opposition party in Harare on April 14, 2016 ©Jekesai Njikizana (AFP) Mbizo legislator Settlement Chikwinya said the party will headline the vigil in their party regalia, saying the family had…

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UK takes interest in Zim opposition court cases

UK takes interest in Zim opposition court cases 8

BY Everson Mushava THE United Kingdom says it is following closely how the Zimbabwean government is handling the various cases of opposition legislators and pro-democracy defenders arrested and charged for participating in January protests over fuel price hikes. This was disclosed by Britain’s minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, on social media on Wednesday after the arrest of another MDC official Chalton Hwende for attempting to overthrow a constitutionally-elected government. “It is essential that Zimbabwe upholds the rule of law and human rights,” Baldwin wrote on microblogging site, Twitter. “We are…

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MDC petitions Parliament over arrests

MDC petitions Parliament over arrests 10

The main opposition MDC has petitioned Parliament over what it described as unwarranted arrests and persecution of its Members of Parliament in the aftermath of the violent protests that rocked the country last week. Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda MDC Alliance legislators, Amos Chibaya of Mkoba, Livingstone Chimina (Chiundura), Lloyd Mukapiko (Redcliff) and Settlement Chikwinya (Mbizo) were arrested in a crackdown against the opposition following the recent stay-away. Several members of the party are said to be in hiding as they fear for their lives. In a letter to Speaker…

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Poor funding stymies digital TV switch

Poor funding stymies digital TV switch 11

Meagre budget allocations are delaying Zimbabwe’s switch to digital television from the traditional analogue signals. Settlement Chikwinya Settlement Chikwinya, the acting chairperson of the Parliamentary portfolio committee on Information, Publicity and Media Services said there was a shortfall of about $62 million in the ministry’s bid of $100 million for the completion of the digitalisation programme. The ministry was allocated about $38 million in the current national budget, which translates to 38 percent of the bid, which is not sufficient to complete the programme. “The implementation of this programme is…

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