Sudan army ‘will not attack protesters’

The head of Sudan’s military transitional council has told the BBC the army will not use force against protesters who want it to leave power. Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan said he would be willing to give up power in days (Picture by EPA) Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan spoke as African leaders extended their ultimatum for the military to organise a return to civilian rule. The army had warned it would remove protesters camped outside its headquarters in the capital, Khartoum. President Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power on…

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Sixty-six trauma counsellors deployed to the cyclone hit Chimanimani

By Idah Mhetu GOVERNMENT has deployed at least 66 trauma counsellors to the cyclone-ravaged Manicaland province’s Chimanimani district to provide services to victims of the natural disaster that ripped through the area last month. Authorities have indicated they are targeting some 236 volunteer counsellors to provide psycho-social support to survivors of the tragedy that killed nearly 400 people with hundreds still unaccounted for. Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa revealed the developments during a post cabinet briefing on Tuesday. Mutsvangwa told the media that the 66 volunteer counsellors have already finished their…

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Mnangagwa ignores tobacco farmers’ USD plea

By Leopold Munhende CABINET on Tuesday completely ignored pleas by tobacco farmers, to be paid in US dollars instead of a RTGS$, whose value is depreciating at an alarming rate on both the formal and informal market. Government abandoned the system in which farmers would be paid all their earnings in hard currencies, instead adopting one in which they would get only 30 percent in US dollars with the remaining 70 percent paid to farmers in RTGS$ at a prevailing interbank rate. The payouts are also subject to the two…

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Sri Lanka Easter bomb blasts were revenge for Christchurch attack – minister

By Sanjeev Miglani and Shihar Aneez |Reuters| Devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for attacks on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday, as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated blasts that killed 321 people. Sri Lanka Easter bomb blasts Islamic State’s claim, issued on its AMAQ news agency, came shortly after Sri Lanka said two domestic Islamist groups, with suspected links to foreign militants, were believed to have been behind the attacks at three churches and four hotels, which wounded about 500…

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‘I have a right to oversee congress’ – Chamisa

By Staff Reporter OPPOSITION MDC leader, Nelson Chamisa has dismissed criticism around his role in the ongoing party congress processes, arguing his predecessor the late Morgan Tsvangirai did the same at four elective indabas. In an interview with newzimbabwe.com, Chamisa gave the example of how he was “shut out” of the nomination process in Manicaland in the run-up to the 2014 congress, at which secretary general Douglas Mwonzora was eventually elected. “As president, it is my duty to oversee all the processes and make sure that they taking place according…

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A truly ‘new Zimbabwe’ should mean a free space for dissent

By Vongai Chikwanda As Zimbabwe celebrates 39 years of independence, its citizens still await evidence that the country truly has broken away from its repressive past. “I am your listening President, a servant leader. No one is above the law. This is a new Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe we all want.” At his inauguration on 26 August 2018, President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared that he would represent all Zimbabweans. This statement came after the killing of six people by security forces in the post-election violence of 1 August 2018, when people took…

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Negligent driving, Mwonzora off the hook

By Mary Taruvinga MDC secretary general Douglas Mwonzora who is accused of reckless driving has been removed from remand. Mwonzora stands accused of causing a road accident which resulted in the damage to one Onismo Muzhingi’s vehicle. Last week he walked out of court a free man after a witness failed to turn up for trial. Harare Magistrate Richard Ramaboa ruled that could proceed by way of summons if it so wished. “No prejiduce will be suffered,” ruled the Magistrate. Mwonzora is also being charged with failure to insure and…

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Magaya almost buys stolen property

By Staff Reporter SUSPECTED habitual thieves run out of luck after they were nabbed trying to sell stolen chairs to PHD ministries founded by clergyman Walter Magaya. The three who are employed as caretaker, gardener and mechanic allegedly connived and stole 13 000 chairs worth more than RTGS$100 000 from their employer who is in the events management business. Geselda Katema (35), James Chiuje (25) and Simbarashe Chiputu (39) had planned to sell their loot to unsuspecting clients including Magaya given their employer would not notice as she owns hundreds…

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Family punishment turns fatal, four in court for murder

23rd April 2019 Courts & Crime By Mary Taruvinga FOUR family members have been hauled before the courts facing murder charges after they allegedly teamed up to beat a sibling over an undisclosed dispute. The four are Tapera Alexander Chikosha (77), his wife Netsai Mamhare (40) and their children Panashe and Kudakwashe Chikosha aged 20 and 16. They appeared before Mbare magistrate Kudzai Have and were remanded out of custody on RTGS$100 bail each. The deceased is Peter Chikosha whose age has not been disclosed. According to the State on…

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Speeding cyclist kills pedestrian, convicted on won plea

23rd April 2019 Courts & Crime By Mary Taruvinga A 23 year old Domboshawa man, was on Tuesday hauled before the courts after he hit and killed a pedestrian with his bicycle Sydney Matope, of Matope village was appeared before Harare magistrate Richard Ramaboa facing culpable homicide charges. He pleaded guilty to riding with negligence and will be sentenced on Friday. The State is the complainant in the case in which Bothwell Kamuzinga (38) lost his life. According to Prosecutor, Isheunesu Mhiti the incident occurred on April 22 around 6pm. Matope…

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