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

MDC blames Zanu PF youths after man murdered outside Kwekwe constituency office 1

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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Police hold MDC’s Chibaya over Harare protest as gunmen fire on Marondera MP’s house

Police hold MDC’s Chibaya over Harare protest as gunmen fire on Marondera MP’s house 3

HARARE – Police arrested the Movement for Democratic Change’s organising secretary and MP Amos Chibaya on Thursday on charges of failing to stop a banned protest last week in Harare, his lawyer said. Chibaya’s arrest came as police opened an investigation after the home of the MDC’s Marondera Central MP Caston Matewu was shot at early Thursday. The unidentified gunmen fired at the MP’s house, vehicle and a water tank in the 2.30AM raid. The MDC, which accuses President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of repression and economic mismanagement, called a demonstration…

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Tendai Biti sues First Mutual over shrinked $15 million retirement package

Tendai Biti sues First Mutual over shrinked $15 million retirement package 6

HARARE – MDC vice president and former finance minister Tendai Biti is suing First Mutual Holdings Limited demanding his retirement package amounting to $15 million. The insurance company had said it would only pay him what was agreed upon attaining his retirement age of 60. Biti said in 1993, while he was a partner in the law firm called Honey and Blanckenberg, his pension contributions were with his consent converted by First Mutual into an annuity policy. “The annuitisation phase commenced with a payment of ZW$15,648.04 and the written projection…

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Journalist Kudzayi sues police, defence ministers for wrongful umbrella arrest

Journalist Kudzayi sues police, defence ministers for wrongful umbrella arrest 8

HARARE – Journalist Edmund Kudzayi is suing Home Affairs and Defence ministers for $500,000 as compensation for his unlawful arrest over possession of a camouflage umbrella. The former Sunday Mail editor, through his lawyers, says that his arrest on February 22 this year, caused him great embarrassment and suffering. Kudzayi was acquitted at the close of the State’s case after prosecutors failed to prove an offence had been committed. The presiding magistrate, Victoria Mashamba, had no kind words against the State when she freed him. Police and prosecutors used a law…

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Judge berates magistrate, prosecutor as Kasukuwere charges thrown out

Judge berates magistrate, prosecutor as Kasukuwere charges thrown out 10

HARARE – The High Court halted former local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere’s trial on Wednesday after ruling that charges filed by prosecutors did not disclose an offence. A magistrate’s refusal to grant Kasukuwere’s exception to the charges on that basis was “wrong in law, common sense and logic,” said Justice Tawanda Chitapi. Kasukuwere was charged on two counts of criminal abuse of office relating to land allocations he allegedly made while he was minister, and another two counts relating to the appointment of Brainworks as advisors to the National Indigenisation…

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Zimbabwe’s Education Amendment Bill: What you need to know

Zimbabwe’s Education Amendment Bill: What you need to know 12

HARARE – The Education Amendment Bill is currently before Parliament. The proposed law introduces some important changes to the Education Act which governs education policy in Zimbabwe. Given the far-reaching, bipartisan nature of the Bill, every citizen must be familiar with some of the key changes that the law seeks to introduce. One major criticism is that the bill does not provide for the safety of students and teachers in circumstances where they may be subjected to political involvement. That said, there are progressive aspects of the bill, including the…

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Comedian Gonyeti ‘severely beaten’ after abduction by armed and masked men

Comedian Gonyeti ‘severely beaten’ after abduction by armed and masked men 14

HARARE – Comedian Samantha Kureya, popularly known as Gonyeti, was abducted by masked men from her home on Wednesday night, badly beaten and dumped, a media rights group said. The Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) said Gonyeti had been located in Crowbrough North in Harare early Thursday and had been taken to Marimba Police Station. “Unfortunately, she was severely beaten and the extent of injuries is yet to be ascertained. This unwarranted and illegal abduction is just shameful and totally uncalled for,” MISA said. Last week, rights groups and…

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Interpol declines Zimbabwe requests to arrest former Mugabe ministers

Interpol declines Zimbabwe requests to arrest former Mugabe ministers 16

BULAWAYO – Zimbabwean authorities’ attempts to employ Interpol to secure the return to Zimbabwe of former top officials of ousted president Robert Mugabe have hit a brick wall. In one such case, the international police organisation refused to cooperate in the apprehension and repatriation of the former local government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, who is believed to be in South Africa. In a letter seen by ZimLive to authorities in Zimbabwe, Interpol said all requests for a placement of an individual on a red notice are forwarded to its Notices and…

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Zimbabwe’s inflation accelerates to 230.41 percent in July

Zimbabwe’s inflation accelerates to 230.41 percent in July 18

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s month-on-month inflation rate fell to 21.04 percent in July compared to 32.96 percent the previous month as prices of basic goods increased at a slower pace, statistical agency ZIMSTAT said on Wednesday. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube on August 1 suspended the publication of year-on-year inflation figures until February 2020 because adoption of a new currency had impacted the base for calculating the consumer price index. Online financial media service platform Equity Access said it had obtained suppressed ZIMSTAT “implied” year-on-year inflation rate, which stood at 230.41 percent…

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Ex-VP Mphoko freed on bail after prosecutors charge him with corruption

Ex-VP Mphoko freed on bail after prosecutors charge him with corruption 20

HARARE – Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko was charged on Wednesday with criminal abuse of office, in the latest move by the reconstituted anti-corruption commission. Bulawayo magistrate-in-charge Enias Magate freed Mphoko on ZW$3,000 bail and remanded him to September 4. He denies all the charges, his lawyer Zibusiso Ncube said. The 79-year-old lost his vice-presidential post when a military coup forced former President Robert Mugabe to resign in 2017 after 37 years in power and led to presidential elections controversially won by Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had served with Mphoko as…

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