Former Zimbabwe VP fears he will be poisoned if detained

Former Zimbabwe VP fears he will be poisoned if detained 1

Zimbabwe’s former Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko today fled from anti-corruption questioning after he was summoned over alleged criminal abuse of office, officials said. Mphoko, 79, who served under long-time ruler Robert Mugabe, was due at the police in Bulawayo, the country’s second city, to record a statement on the allegations. But he drove off as soon as officials from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) approached his car. “We had agreed to meet at the police post at the magistrate’s court to record a warned-and- cautioned statement and have his fingerprints taken…

Read More

Police pile more misery on MDC, ban Gweru demo

Police pile more misery on MDC, ban Gweru demo 3

By Midlands Correspondent POLICE on Monday banned the MDC’s Gweru demonstration, pilling more misery on a party that had seen similar protests in Harare and Bulawayo banned in quick succession. The MDC demonstration which the opposition party had set for this Tuesday, is among a series of planned anti-government protests the party had planned against massive poverty and desperation under the Zanu PF led administration. The first ban was issued against the Harare demonstration, igniting wild clashes between police and MDC supporters in the Harare CBD. The Bulawayo situation was…

Read More

Omar al-Bashir trial: Sudan’s ex-president ‘got millions from Saudis’

Omar al-Bashir trial: Sudan’s ex-president ‘got millions from Saudis’ 5

A detective has told a court in Sudan that former President Omar al-Bashir admitted to receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia. Omar al-Bashir appeared in court in a cage on Monday Mr Bashir appeared in court on Monday to face corruption charges, which his lawyers say are baseless. He was ousted in April after months of protests, bringing an end to his nearly 30 years in power. In June, prosecutors said a large hoard of foreign currency had been found in grain sacks at his home. Related Articles On…

Read More

Byo demo bid: Residents wake up to heavy police, military deployment

Byo demo bid: Residents wake up to heavy police, military deployment 6

Staff Reporter/Agencies ANTI-RIOT police and army officers besieged Bulawayo’s CBD on Monday but there was nothing of the chaotic scenes witnessed in Harare Friday last week. After a ban on its Harare demonstration Friday, the MDC had turned to Bulawayo for another leg of its anti-government demonstration, part of a planned series to register growing discontent over poor national governance by Zanu PF with many now condemned into abject poverty. The protests, which were also planned for Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo were also spurred by a bid to President Mnangagwa…

Read More

Another blow for MDC as court upholds Bulawayo protest ban

Another blow for MDC as court upholds Bulawayo protest ban 8

By Bulawayo Correspondent A BULAWAYO magistrate Monday upheld a police ban imposed Sunday against an MDC demonstration which had been planned for the country’s second largest city on Monday. Police Officer Commanding Bulawayo District, Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Phiri on Sunday issued a prohibition order barring the main opposition from holding an anti-government protest in the city. Police cited, among other reasons, violence which erupted during the January demonstrations organised by the ZCTU. Following the ban, the MDC appealed the police’s decision with the matter heard at the magistrate’s court on…

Read More

Khumalo, six MDC activists freed on $200 bail each

Khumalo, six MDC activists freed on $200 bail each 10

By Bulawayo Correspondent MDC national chair, Thabitha Khumalo (58) and six other party activists, who include Senator Helen Mpofu, were Monday each granted $200 bail by a Bulawayo magistrate. They were arrested on Saturday for distributing fliers which urged city residents to take part in Monday‘s banned anti-government demonstration which had been planned for the second largest city. Among their bail conditions, magistrate Tinashe Tashaya also ordered the seven to report at Bulawayo Central police station’s Law and Order division every Friday. Tashaya also ordered the accused not to interfere…

Read More

ZUJ-China in awards partnership

ZUJ-China in awards partnership 12

By Richard Chidza THE China-Africa Economic & Culture Exchange and Research Centre (CAICERCZIM) in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Union of Journalist (ZUJ) to launch new media awards that are aimed at improving coverage of relations between Zimbabwe and China. CAICERCZIM project manager Edgar Sanyanga told delegates to the official launch at the weekend who included journalists from across the media houses that the awards with will be part of the National Journalism and Media Awards (NJAMA) will encourage journalists to explore the growing relations between the Asian economic behemoth and…

Read More

MDC Bulawayo deputy Mayor Kambarami ‘abducted’

MDC Bulawayo deputy Mayor Kambarami ‘abducted’ 14

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE MDC Monday claimed Bulawayo Deputy Mayor and top party official Tinashe Kambarami and two other party officials were abducted by suspected State agents in the city on Monday. This follows tension in the city which saw an unprecedented heavy deployment of soldiers and police officers ahead of the banned demonstrations in the city on Monday. Addressing journalists at the Tredgold Magistrate Courts where the party had filed a challenge against the protest ban, MDC national spokesperson Daniel Molokele said Kambarami, who is also party provincial youth…

Read More

Mphoko in dramatic escape from Zacc officials

Mphoko in dramatic escape from Zacc officials 16

By Bulawayo Correspondent FORMER Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko on Monday staged a gangster style escape from Bulawayo’s Tredgold Magistrates Court when he heard of his imminent arrest by some Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zaac) officials who were in the court building. The once influential former government official faces allegations of abuse of office during his short lived tenure as one of former President Robert Mugabe’s deputies. It was not immediately clear what had brought him to the court building in the first place. NewZimbabwe.com witnessed Mphoko being driven off at high…

Read More

Four more months and its over- Mthuli Ncube

Four more months and its over- Mthuli Ncube 18

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube says Zimbabweans have to endure four more months of hardship after which the country will focus on jobs, growth, productivity and development. “The big macro-economic decisions should be complete by year-end,” Ncube told Bloomberg news network. “In December, everything stops in terms of the big decisions. Beyond that, we focus more on jobs, growth, productivity and development.” Ncube, who is being blamed for the current hardships with some people claiming that Zimbabwe was better off under former President Robert Mugabe, introduced austerity measures under the transitional…

Read More