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Harare to scrap fixed water charges | The
Nyemudzai Kakore Herald Correspondent. Harare City Council is set to slash industrial and commercial fixed water charges to $25 from $50 and scrap fixed water charges for low and high-density areas if the $319,5 million budget that was tabled yesterday is approved. Charges are currently pegged at $9 and $4 for low-density and high density areas, respectively. But while hospital fees for adults and children at $10 and $5 correspondingly are not going to be reviewed, patients will have to fork out $150 for a Caesarean operation   Read More ...
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MFIs non-performing loans decline | The
Rumbidzayi Zinyuke Manicaland Bureau. MICRO Finance Institutions (MFIs) in Manicaland have registered a reduction in the rate of non-performing loans due to tighter lending methods implemented by the sector following the reduction of interest rates by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe last year. The Central Bank directed MFIs to reduce their lending rates to a maximum of 10 percent with effect from October 1, 2016 after realising that high costs of traditional MFI loans were limiting their effectiveness as developmental and poverty-reduction tools   Read More ...
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Grace Mugabe goes to court over diamond ring
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has gone to court in an attempt to seize assets of a Lebanese businessman who allegedly failed to deliver to her a diamond ring worth more than $1.35 million dollars. Grace Mugabe said in court papers this week that in 2015 she paid in advance for the delivery of an "at least 100 carat" diamond ring for her wedding anniversary celebrations, but instead was offered a diamond ring worth $30,000   Read More ...
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Grace Mugabe goes to court over diamond ring
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has gone to court in an attempt to seize assets of a Lebanese businessman who allegedly failed to deliver to her a diamond ring worth more than $1.35 million dollars. Grace Mugabe said in court papers this week that in 2015 she paid in advance for the delivery of an "at least 100 carat" diamond ring for her wedding anniversary celebrations, but instead was offered a diamond ring worth $30,000   Read More ...
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Hangman's job in Zimbabwe gets 'flood' of applications
HARARE, Zimbabwe – The job of hangman used to be unpopular in Zimbabwe. Now the government says more than 50 people have applied to be the state's executioner in a country where employment is hard to find. Virginia Mabhiza, permanent secretary in the justice ministry, said Thursday that there had been a "flood" of applications in recent months for a job that was vacant for more than a decade because of lack of interest   Read More ...
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Hangman's job in Zimbabwe gets 'flood' of applications
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The job of hangman used to be unpopular in Zimbabwe. Now the government says more than 50 people have applied to be the state's executioner in a country where employment is hard to find. Virginia Mabhiza, permanent secretary in the justice ministry, said Thursday that there had been a "flood" of applications in recent months for a job that was vacant for more than a decade because of lack of interest   Read More ...
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'Mugabe's economic vandalism unpardonable'
STAFF WRITER • 18 October 2017 2:02PM • HARARE - The myriad of challenges bedevilling Zimbabwe today are essentially man-made, a senior Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) official has said. Addressing a press conference on the state of Zimbabwean economy in Harare yesterday, TZ president Jacob Ngarivhume said the cash crisis, vendors, unfriendly laws and policies, obsolete infrastructure and the rampant greed and looting are products of continued Zanu PF misrule and could be easily done away with once President Robert Mugabe and his party are voted out of office in 2018   Read More ...
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Council wary of houses turning into brothels
Helen Kadirire • 18 October 2017 2:25PM • HARARE - Harare City Council has begun to reject the change of use of residential properties into lodges after complaints that the houses are being used as brothels. This comes as council is receiving more than 10 applications of change of use every month. Acting director of works Priscilla Charumbira said council had noticed that more residential properties had begun to apply for use of houses as lodges, a move which neighbours were rejecting   Read More ...
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Tsvangirai fights $50k lawsuit
Tendai Kamhungira • 18 October 2017 2:34PM • HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has applied for rescission of judgment following a High Court order for him to pay $50 000 to Moreprecision Muzadzi, a man who claimed to have offered coalition consultancy services to the veteran politician ahead of the 2013 elections. Muzadzi told the court he entered into a verbal agreement with Tsvangirai and his co-defendants, Manatsa, who is the MDC leader’s brother and the party’s deputy national chairperson Morgen Komichi, for him to negotiate with other opposition party leaders to form a coalition with Tsvangirai   Read More ...
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Grace Mugabe sues in dispute over $1.35 million ring - state media
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace has sued a Belgium-based businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35 million ring she ordered for a wedding anniversary, state media reported on Wednesday. Grace, 52, an influential figure in Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party and seen as a potential successor to her husband, is nicknamed "Gucci Grace" for her reputed dedication to shopping. But she and her 93-year-old husband have kept their assets under wraps despite frequent local private media reports on Grace buying properties in Zimbabwe and South Africa   Read More ...
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Framing succession in Zimbabwe, SA | The
Tichaona Zindoga Political Editor. In their essay, “Framing, Agenda Setting, and Priming: The Evolution of Three Media Effects Models”, (Journal of Communication 57, 2007), Dietram A Scheufele and David Tewksbury discuss what they term a paradigm shift in political communication research and analyse how these elements — framing, agenda setting and priming — are deployed by the mass media to influence audiences   Read More ...
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DeMbare fans wondering after unglamorous show | The
Eddie Chikamhi Senior Sports Reporter. Dynamos . . . . . . . . . .(1) 1. Tsholotsho .. . . . . . . (1) 1. THE debate about Dynamos’ capacity to win the Castle Lager Premiership title exploded yet again yesterday after the Glamour Boys wilted under pressure at the National Sports Stadium with one of their worst performances this season as they dropped two points against a resilient Tsholotsho   Read More ...
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'Champion of land redistribution' Mugabe honoured by youths in Russia - report
Sochi – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, is reportedly set to be honoured by African youths and students attending the 19th youth festival held in Sochi, Russia for "championing the fight against imperialism". According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, African youths at the festival had set aside a day to celebrate Mugabe "for his determined stand against imperialism". The event, said the report, would run under the theme: "President Robert Mugabe: The champion of land redistribution and total restoration of natural resources from imperialists to the African masses"   Read More ...
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Zimbabwe First Lady sues in dispute over $1.35 million ring - state media
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace has sued a Belgium-based businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35 million (1 million pounds) ring she ordered for a wedding anniversary, state media reported on Wednesday. Grace, 52, an influential figure in Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party and seen as a potential successor to her husband, is nicknamed "Gucci Grace" for her reputed dedication to shopping   Read More ...
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Zimbabwe First Lady sues in dispute over $1.35 million ring: state media
Grace, 52, an influential figure in Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party and seen as a potential successor to her husband, is nicknamed “Gucci Grace” for her reputed dedication to shopping. But she and her 93-year-old husband have kept their assets under wraps despite frequent local private media reports on Grace buying properties in Zimbabwe and South Africa. The Herald, a government-controlled newspaper, reported that Grace was suing businessman Jamal Hamed after a deal to have Hamed supply the First Lady with a diamond ring turned sour   Read More ...
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Million-dollar ring saga: Zim First Lady Grace Mugabe goes to court
Harare - Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe is still battling to be repaid more than a million US dollars she claims to have lost to a Lebanese businessman in a botched diamond ring deal. The First Lady's lawyers filed papers at the Harare High Court on Tuesday, according to state media. An 'inferior ring' Grace Mugabe claims to have paid Lebanese businessman, Jamal Joseph Ahmed $1   Read More ...
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Govt unveils guidelines for radiotherapy
Bridget Mananavire • 17 October 2017 1:59PM • HARARE - Zimbabwe has unveiled guidelines for administering radiotherapy during cancer treatment. Health and Child Care ministry permanent secretary Gerald Gwinji said the guidelines would establish standards in the care of cancer patients in need of radiotherapy. “The guidelines seek to bring standardisation into the process, so if you walk in there and you are a new person, recently qualified, they are guidelines you need to follow, there are certain protocols that then emanate from those guidelines   Read More ...
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War veterans oppose December congress
Fungi Kwaramba and Jeffrey Muvundusi • 17 October 2017 2:23PM • HARARE - War Veterans loyal to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa have said there is no need for a December special congress for Zanu PF, and said President Robert Mugabe must rein-in his wife. This comes as Zanu PF will now hold an extra-ordinary congress instead of the usual congress to give Mugabe a fresh five-year mandate as party leader, strengthening his hand as rivals plot to succeed him and to consider constitutional amendments to create a vice president post for First Lady Grace Mugabe   Read More ...
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Panic as cooking oil shortage hits Zim
Farayi Machamire • 17 October 2017 2:29PM • HARARE - There is once again growing uneasiness in the market as the country has been hit by another shortage of cooking oil, which retailers blame on oil manufacturing companies — who are said to be selectively supplying a few “favoured” outlets. At the same time, the Oil Expressers Association of Zimbabwe (OEAZ) — a grouping of seven producers who supply 95 percent of the country’s edible oils — has in return accused retailers of unjustifiably increasing the price of cooking oil to consumers   Read More ...
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The Amazing Race lights up Harare
Dakarai Mashava • 17 October 2017 4:37PM • HARARE - The Amazing Race, widely regarded as the greatest reality television competition show of all time, came to Harare yesterday. Now in its 30th season, the competition requires contestants to, among other tasks, interact with locals in various countries. Yesterday in the Harare Gardens, six teams of two were tasked to sing “Pasi Pano Pane Zviedzo,” a 1988 hit by the legendary Four Brothers   Read More ...
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Bribe-swallowing cop's discharge bid flops
Tarisai Machakaire • 17 October 2017 2:14PM • HARARE - A Harare magistrate yesterday dismissed an application for discharge filed by an exhibit officer based at CID Vehicle Theft Squad who reportedly swallowed $10 bribe money. Grace Tsingano, 35, is answering to criminal abuse of office charges before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande. She had applied for discharge at the close of the State case arguing that no prima facie case had been established against her   Read More ...
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Record temperatures expected in Zim
Farayi Machamire • 17 October 2017 2:12PM • HARARE - Record high temperatures are expected in parts of Zimbabwe today and tomorrow, prompting safety warnings. The heat wave, brought on by a high-pressure system, was expected to raise Tuesday’s high temperature to a record 43 degree celsius, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) said. “The MSD wishes to advise the public of very hot weather to be expected on Tuesday, October 17, 2017,” reads the statement   Read More ...
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Zanu PF wars will end badly: Mutasa
Fungi Kwaramba • 17 October 2017 2:32PM • HARARE - As Zanu PF’s succession wars reach a deadly climax, former State Security minister, Didymus Mutasa — who was for decades one of President Robert Mugabe’s closest confidants — has warned that things “could end very badly” for his longtime boss, the ruling party and the country as a whole if they are not carefully managed   Read More ...
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AHFoZ hits out at drug price increase | The
The association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) yesterday hit out at pharmacies for the recent arbitrary increase in drug prices by between 30 and 70 percent. Late last month, Zimbabweans, mainly in the capital Harare and other cities and towns, went into panic mode after social media messages went viral alleging the country was going to face serious shortages of basic commodities and fuel, reminiscent of the 2008 hyperinflation era   Read More ...
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Know your insurance rights, duties | The
Approach the Insurance and Pensions Commission for complaint resolution on condition you are;i) Beneficiary of an insurance policy. ii) A third party seeking compensation. iii) Registered insurance stakeholder e.g. insurance company, agent, broker, assessor or surveyor. When you buy an insurance policy: Fill the proposal form yourself correctly and truthfully. You will be responsible for any information in this document as it bears your signature   Read More ...
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Key players back for Zim | The Herald
FORMER captain Brendan Taylor and bowler Kyle Jarvis have both been included in the Zimbabwe Test cricket squad for the first time after lengthy absences when a 16-man party was named yesterday for the two-Test series at home to the West Indies. Taylor and Jarvis had opted to play county cricket in England under Kolpak contracts, which meant they could no longer play for Zimbabwe, but have since been convinced to return to the team   Read More ...
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Zifa to meet over Warriors coach | The
Petros Kausiyo Deputy Sports Editor. ZIFA are set to take a huge step towards settling for a substantive coach for the Warriors when the Association’s executive meets in the capital on Friday to deliberate on the senior national team’s technical department. The Warriors have had a unique set-up in which FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza has been in charge of their African Cup of Nations campaign while veteran gaffer Sunday Chidzambwa of ZPC Kariba presided over the COSAFA Castle Cup and the CHAN assignments   Read More ...
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Don’t politicise blitz on vendors, says Chikukwa | The
Innocent Ruwende Senior Reporter. Government will not be deterred by individuals and organisations that are trying to politicise the current blitz to rid the city of illegal vendors and pirate taxis, Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs Miriam Chikukwa has said. Speaking during a tour of the city with Joint Operations Command (JOC) members and Harare City Council officials, Minister Chikukwa warned police officers who either own or operate pirate taxis that they, too, will not be spared   Read More ...
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Taylor, Jarvis return to Zimbabwe squad for Tests against Windies
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC) — Former captain Brendan Taylor and all-rounder Kyle Jarvis have been recalled, boosting Zimbabwe for their two-test series against West Indies, starting on Saturday at the Queen's Sports Club in Zimbabwe. This follows a long lay-off from the five-day format for the two players, as the hosts made seven changes to the squad from their last Test against Sri Lanka three months ago   Read More ...
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50 apply for hangman job in Zimbabwe
At least 50 people want to become Zimbabwe's hangman, a job that fell vacant over a decade ago, officials said Tuesday, stressing that applicants were "very interested" in the role. The country, which has an unemployment rate of more than 90% by some measures, last executed a prisoner in 2005, after which the serving hangman retired. "The response has been overwhelming and the applications have been from both men and women," justice ministry secretary Virginia Mabhiza told the NewsDay newspaper   Read More ...
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Former captain Taylor returns for Zimbabwe
Bulawayo: Former captain Brendan Taylor and bowler Kyle Jarvis were both included in the Zimbabwe Test squad for the first time after lengthy absences when a 16-man party was named on Tuesday for the two-test series at home to the West Indies. Taylor and Jarvis had opted to play county cricket in England under Kolpak contracts, which meant they could no longer play for Zimbabwe, but have since been convinced to return to the team   Read More ...
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Zim students in Russia 'starving', begging for immediate help – report
Moscow – Zimbabwean students in Russia have reportedly begged Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo for assistance as they claimed to be "starving" after being abandoned by President Robert Mugabe’s government. According to New Zimbabwe.com, a student leader in Russia said nothing had come of representations to Department of Scholarship Minister Christopher Mushohwe. In a note sent to Moyo, the student leader, Hubert Nyabadza, has accused Mushohwe of doing nothing while the students’ situation was desperate and in need of immediate intervention   Read More ...
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Former captain Brendan Taylor back to strengthen Zimbabwe team
Former captain Brendan Taylor and bowler Kyle Jarvis were both included in the Zimbabwe test squad for the first time after lengthy absences when a 16-man party was named on Tuesday for the two-test series at home to the West Indies. Taylor and Jarvis had opted to play county cricket in England under Kolpak contracts, which meant they could no longer play for Zimbabwe, but have since been convinced to return to the team   Read More ...
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Panic over Zanu PF congress
Andrew Kunambura • 16 October 2017 2:55PM • HARARE - The dog-eat-dog war between the two major Zanu PF factions angling to influence President Robert Mugabe’s hotly-contested succession is set to get nastier after the ruling party decided to cancel its annual conference in December and replace it with a special congress. Insiders told the Daily News yesterday that the decision to cancel the conference, which was scheduled to be held in Gwanda this year, had escalated the deadly battle for the control of the party and its structures in the burning former liberation movement   Read More ...
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Council shuts Mbare terminus
Andrew Kunambura • 16 October 2017 2:11PM • HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) will temporarily close the iconic Mbare bus terminus for two days from today to allow for renovations. The closure will also allow council to fence menacing touts off the terminus. In a statement yesterday, HCC corporate communications manager Michael Chideme said the move was aimed at making sure council maximises on revenue collection   Read More ...
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Mugadza eyes Parly seat
Tarisai Machakaire • 16 October 2017 2:40PM • HARARE - Anti-President Robert Mugabe cleric, Philip Mugadza, has said he is going to run for the Gutu South parliamentary seat in next year’s elections. Mugadza — famed for prophesying that Mugabe would die on October 17 this year — said he was tired and becoming a “professional complainer” by making countless petitions, which were ignored   Read More ...
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Zim introduces better ARV drug
Bridget Mananavire • 16 October 2017 2:50PM • HARARE - Zimbabwe has introduced a new user-friendly Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ARV) drug which experts say has fewer side effects on users, and also increases adherence to treatment. The new combination drug called Tenofovir, Lamivudine, Efavirenz — also known as TLE400 — is said to be the current treatment of choice globally in the first line treatment of HIV/Aids   Read More ...
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Kanu tips Weah for Liberian Presidency | The
Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter. TWO-TIME African Player of the Year Nwankwo Kanu believes football will be the biggest winner should former star George Weah clinch the Liberian Presidency in next month’s run-off. Weah, the only African to win the Ballon d’Or award, is headed for a run-off with Liberian Vice-President Joseph Boakai following last Tuesday’s election in the West African country   Read More ...
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$400m NRZ deal gets Cabinet nod | The
Darlington Musarurwa Deputy News Editor— THE National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ)’s $400 million deal with a consortium led by the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) and South Africa’s Transnet is now back on the rails after Cabinet gave a nod to the proposed tie-up. Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo confirmed the new development last night. It ultimately leads to the last leg of negotiations before the deal takes off   Read More ...
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President leaves for Uruguay | The
Takunda Maodza News Editor— PRESIDENT Mugabe left Harare yesterday for Uruguay where he will join other Heads of State and Government attending the World Health Organisation (WHO) conference on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). He was seen off at Harare International Airport by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, service chiefs and senior Government officials. VP Mnangagwa is Acting President. The conference is running under the theme “Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining Strategic Development Goal target 3   Read More ...
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