Tour operators dispatch helicopters, rafters to Chimanimani

Tour operators dispatch helicopters, rafters to Chimanimani 1

BY RICHARD MUPONDE/STEPHEN CHADENGA/BRENNA MATENDERE SHEARWATER Adventures and Chikopokopo Tour Operators in Victoria Falls have dispatched two six-seater long-range helicopters and water rafters to cyclone-ravaged Chimanimani to help in rescue operations. The Airforce of Zimbabwe and other private players are also on the ground conducting search and rescue operations in the area. Shearwater Adventures spokesperson Clement Mukwasi yesterday confirmed the development, adding that tourism players in the resort town came together to aid in the rescue operations. “Yes, it’s true we have dispatched two six-seater helicopters with pilots and engineers…

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Mnangagwa postpones Shurugwi rally. . . to focus on tragedy in Manicaland

Mnangagwa postpones Shurugwi rally. . . to focus on tragedy in Manicaland 3

By Tendai Kamhungira President Emmerson Mnangagwa, pictured, has cancelled a “thank you rally” that was scheduled for Saturday in Shurugwi, Midlands Province, following the deadly Cyclone Idai that left over 90 people dead and hundreds others missing. President Emmerson Mnangagwa visiting Cyclone Idai hit areas In a statement, Zanu PF Midlands provincial spokesperson Cornelius Mupereri said a new date would be announced in due course. “The department of Information and Publicity wishes to advise the province that our intended presidential meet the people rally which was scheduled for the 23rd…

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Cyclone brings out awesome power of Zim people

Cyclone brings out awesome power of Zim people 4

By Gift Phiri Zimbabweans — perceived to be hopelessly divided by race, class and politics — reached out to victims of Cyclone Idai in an unprecedented way as pictures of the storm-ravaged Manicaland overwhelmed living rooms and offices across the country. Cyclone Idai donations at the Presbyterian Church in Highlands, Harare (Picture via Povo News on Twitter) From churches to beer halls, radio stations to bus stations, efforts to help were underway, with both Zanu PF and MDC supporters, black people and white people, those at home and in the…

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‘Disprove claims of sexual relations’

‘Disprove claims of sexual relations’ 5

On Mar 16, 2019 39,019 1 By Tarisai Machakaire Ideal Zimbabwe opposition leader Tinashe Jonasi has challenged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to appear in court and disprove sensational claims he made against the Zanu PF front man. President Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) and his wife Auxillia are pictured at a campaign rally in Harare on July 28, 2018. (AFP) Jonasi said this while making a bail application before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa. He is being charged with undermining the authority of the president, after he accused him of having extra-marital affairs with…

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Chamisa goads ED’s supporters

Chamisa goads ED’s supporters 6

By Fungi Kwaramba In remarks that are certain to provoke a strong reaction from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s supporters, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has come to the defence of the country’s ousted former president, Robert Mugabe, saying those persecuting him should leave him alone, the Daily News can report. Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa This comes as the increasingly frail 95-year-old — who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for nearly four decades before he was ousted from power through a stunning military coup in November 2017 —…

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Parliament won’t prejudice MPs on vehicles

Parliament won’t prejudice MPs on vehicles 7

By Mugove Tafirenyika Parliament will not discriminate between Members of Parliament who hold positions in the august House and those who do not, in the allocation of resources meant for their car scheme. Clerk of Parliament Mr Kennedy Chokuda Responding to reports that legislators will be given their vehicles in accordance with a grading system that favours those with positions, Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda said this was not the case. He told the Daily News that the only difference in the remuneration of lawmakers is that those who hold…

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Campaign vehicles divide Zanu PF

Campaign vehicles divide Zanu PF 8

By Jeffrey Muvundusi Dozens of Zanu PF vehicles that were dished out to provinces ahead of the 2018 elections have become a bone of contention in the second largest city amid reports that those who were given the vehicles have personalised them ahead of party work, the Daily News can report. Obert Mpofu The President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led party acquired a fleet of Ford Fiestas, Ford Ranger trucks, and buses ahead of last year’s harmonised election. All members who contested as members of Parliament, were gifted with all-terrain vehicles, while position-…

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Power transition in Zimbabwe: From frying pan into fire?

Power transition in Zimbabwe: From frying pan into fire? 9

By Omolola Lipede A time comes when overwhelmed Africans desperately desire to see a change in leadership and don’t pay rapt attention to the details of the next leadership provided it is a new face. Then Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe flanked by his then deputy Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa This desperate measure for a change can’t be totally disdained, however, what is the need for a revolution without a resolution to be better than the previous administration? This is a disturbing attribute of Africans that must be addressed judiciously; a…

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Telling the truth in Africa an offence: Mapfumo

Telling the truth in Africa an offence: Mapfumo 10

By Blessing Masakadza Chimurenga music maestro Thomas ‘Mukanya’ Mapfumo has urged local musicians to rise up and speak the truth to those in power so as to rescue the country from further collapse.The ‘Corruption’ hit-maker told the Daily News on Sunday this week that the country has been reduced to ashes because people fear questioning decisions made by those in government. Thomas Mapfumo, holding a copy of a July 1984 edition of a magazine featuring his cover story. (Picture by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images) Famed for his forthright songs like “Matsotsi”…

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‘Scare tactics will not work’

‘Scare tactics will not work’ 11

By Maxwell Sibanda The continued clampdown and arbitrary arrest of civic leaders and opposition Members of Parliament in the aftermath of the January 14 to 16 stay-away called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) to protest escalating prices will strengthen the resolve of the intended targets and their supporters, analysts contend. Members of the Zimbabwe National Army during the November 2017 coup that toppled President Robert Mugabe (Picture by EPA) Police have targeted at least a dozen MDC MPs, political activities and leaders of labour unions accused of…

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