Mathema: 340 000 passports to be produced within 3 weeks

Mathema: 340 000 passports to be produced within 3 weeks 1

By Thandiwe Garusa A backlog of 340 000 passports will be cleared in the next three weeks, and passport fees will remain the same, Home Affairs Minister Cain Mathema said Friday. The announcement comes weeks after Zimbabwe reduced passport production to 60 a day triggering rampant corruption as citizens desperate to leave the country used every avenue to get travel documents. Mathema said the Registrar General’s department will begin to produce 3000 pass ports a day in a bid to clear the backlog. “I promised the President (Emmerson Mnangagwa) and…

Read More

Former Chiadzwa villagers still cry foul, 9 years after relocation

Former Chiadzwa villagers still cry foul, 9 years after relocation 3

By Idah Mhetu FAMILIES moved from the diamond-rich Chiadzwa area in Marange 2010 to pave way for diamond mining activities by selected firms have once again accused authorities of dumping them in inaccessible areas with no water and electricity. Nine years later, the place has not yet been developed despite assurances by government they were being relocated to places that were being upgraded. Clarah Magobeya, a villager, poured her heart out during a meeting organised by the Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers’ Association (Zela) in Harare on Thursday. Magobeya said ever since…

Read More

Ncube: Fuel price hike to increase suffering by the majority

Ncube: Fuel price hike to increase suffering by the majority 5

By Leopold Munhende MDC deputy president and ex-industry minister, Welshman Ncube says latest fuel price increases by government will add more suffering to the poor majority. Government, through the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) Tuesday announced a shock 50 percent increase in the price of the scarce commodity. The hike was the second in just four months, with the first 150 percent increase in January igniting fierce nationwide protests by locals. According to the new pump prices, petrol now costs RTGS$4.97, up from $3.36, representing a 47.6 percent increase. Diesel…

Read More

Harare Mayor talks tough, vows sacking on non-performing council employees

Harare Mayor talks tough, vows sacking on non-performing council employees 7

16th May 2019 Uncategorised By Audience Mutema HARARE Mayor Herbert Gomba on Thursday spoke tough about poor performance within the country’s biggest local authority as he went on to threaten dismissals on council employees who do not toe the line. Gomba was speaking at a launch ceremony of council’s 7th Phase of Rapid Results of the 100-day Plan at Town House. The MDC top official also chided his council colleagues for leasing out council cloak rooms in Mbare for just RTGS$800 per month when they could generate a massive $US15…

Read More

Army puts backers off multibillion-dollar Zim platinum mine

Army puts backers off multibillion-dollar Zim platinum mine 9

Bloomberg A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4 billion is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions. The African Export-Import Bank has the mandate to raise money for the mine, a joint venture between Russian and Zimbabwean investors. While the bank provided $192 million of its own funds, meetings in the past year with investors including South Africa’s Public Investment Corp., the continent’s biggest fund manager, failed to bring additional…

Read More

Mat South farmer’s eviction stirs hornet’s nest

Mat South farmer’s eviction stirs hornet’s nest 11

By Bulawayo Correspondent A government decision to kick-out local white commercial farmer, Jack Parsons off his Tabas Induna farm in Ntabazinduna in Matabeleland South, has irked the local traditional leaders. Parsons and his family, were ordered to vacate the property by 15 April, to pave way for one Floyd Ambrose who is reportedly linked to top Zanu PF officials. A spokesperson for the Parsons family, Buz Davies said they were served with the eviction notice on April 9. The move to evict the family from the farm has been condemned…

Read More

ERC piles more pressure on Zanu PF apologist Chief Charumbira

ERC piles more pressure on Zanu PF apologist Chief Charumbira 16

By Anna Chibamu POLL based NGO, Election Resource Centre (ERC) has piled more pressure on under fire Chiefs Council president Fortune Charumbira through demands the Zanu PF apologist should be charged for contempt of court. Charumbira is under fire for declaring just before the 2018 harmonised elections that traditional leaders were behind then Zanu PF presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa’s bid to keep his job in elections he later won. His utterances elicited a court challenge by ERC which demanded he retracted the statement arguing it was in violation of the…

Read More

World Remit cash inflows into Zimbabwe grow by 150 percent

World Remit cash inflows into Zimbabwe grow by 150 percent 18

By Alois Vinga ONLINE money transfer entity, WorldRemit says its cash inflows into Zimbabwe from various countries across the globe grew by almost 150 percent in a development signifying that the brand is gaining a considerable market share in the cash transmission sector. In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com Business, Thursday, WorldRemit country director for Zimbabwe, Pardon Mujakachi revealed that the entity’s aggressive strategy is reaping good results. “The volume of inflows into Zimbabwe for collection as cash grew by almost 150 percent last year mainly because we guarantee cash in…

Read More

Police bosses dressed down over dirty cells, suspect abuse

Police bosses dressed down over dirty cells, suspect abuse 20

By Anna Chibamu A GROUP of MPs from Zimbabwe’s parliament on Monday took time to dress down police bosses at Harare Central police for allegedly beating up and keeping suspects inside dirty cells. This is after the Senate Thematic Committee on Human Rights had visited the country’s busiest police station on a fact finding mission on conditions within the police facility. The legislators came face to face with the rot when they found inmates who are yet to appear in court being held beyond the stipulated 48 hour period police…

Read More