Deal with your corrupt top aides, ED told

Civic society yesterday implored President Emmerson Mnangagwa to deal with rising corruption among his top aides in government in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament today. They claimed that the country was losing billions of dollars to corruption through illicit financial flows. Mnangagwa is today also expected to officially open the Fourth Session of the Ninth Parliament and lay out a new legislative agenda. The Third Session of the Ninth Parliament was adjourned in September. Analysts told NewsDay that Mnangagwa should map a new plan to deal with rampant…

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WHO warns of catastrophic COVID-19 4th wave

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the risk of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is high, owing to significant reduction in adherence to public health and social measures to curb the spread of the virus. Speaking during a Harare provincial virtual workshop on safe management of funerals, WHO health experts said relaxed behaviour among members of the public and lack of adherence to COVID-19 health protocols were putting the Zimbabwean population at risk of being affected by the fourth wave of the global pandemic. WHO Zimbabwe…

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Violence: Zanu PF in pole position

THE ruling Zanu PF party has emerged as the leading perpetrator of human rights violations following intra-party violence during its internal elections that left some of its members hospitalised, a latest report released by the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) yesterday has shown. According to the ZPP report titled It’s Politricks All Over, the ruling party accounted for 37% of the human rights violations that occurred in the month of September and claimed the life of one person. In the report, 195 human rights violations which include assault, displacement, sexual harassment and…

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ED should ratify democracy laws

THE continued delay by President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s government to ratify the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) despite signing it three years ago is as  concerning as it is mindboggling. Zimbabwe signed ACDEG on March 21, 2018, but has not yet ratified it, according to the African Union (AU) status list for the charter which is on its website. In March 2019, Parliament passed a resolution approving the charter after Mnangagwa signed it at his first AU Summit of Heads of State and Government in Kigali, Rwanda. The…

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Army, police jam Harare

ARMED military and police officers yesterday cordoned off Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) headquarters and jammed streets in Harare to prevent a possible MDC Alliance protest over the commission’s move to exclude the opposition party from talks on electoral reforms. Zec yesterday left out the MDC Alliance from its provincial stakeholder meetings, with a leaked internal memo showing that it was taking orders from an unnamed external authority. The commission is holding discussions on, among other issues, the electoral concerns, the legal framework, the electoral cycle, voter registration, delimitation and the…

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Biti Parly return blocked

The readmission of MDC Alliance vice-president Tendai Biti and five other recalled People’s Democratic Party (PDP) MPs to Parliament has been blocked again after their political adversary Benjamin Rukanda appealed the High Court judgment that reinstated the MPs at the Supreme Court. Last week, High Court judge Justice Joseph Mafusire ordered that Biti and his five colleagues be readmitted as MPs, describing Rukanda, who had recalled them purporting to be the PDP secretary-general, as a hired gun. Justice Mafusire said Rukanda had no basis to recall the MPs that include…

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Sir Wicknell bribery trial commences

A WITNESS in the trial of Wicknell Chivhayo yesterday told the court that the US$10 000 payment made by the Intratrek Zimbabwe boss to Zimbabwe Power Company board chairperson Stanley Kazhanje was above board. Chivhayo is being accused of bribing Kazhanje in order to clinch the US$5 million Gwanda solar project tender in 2016 ahead of other bidders. A witness, Isaac Farai Mupotsa, told Harare magistrate Ngoni Nduna that the payment to Kazhanje was normal. Mupotsa was responding to questions from State prosecutor Cecilia Mashingaidze who had asked him to…

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Zec biases exposed

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has excluded the opposition MDC Alliance from its provisional consultations in provinces meant to discuss electoral developments at the behest of “powers that be”, a development critics say exposes its lack of independence. The commission is rolling out programmes to discuss, among other issues, the electoral concerns, the legal framework, the electoral cycle, voter registration, delimitation and the polling process in preparation for future elections. It has invited other political parties, including the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T. News Flash Zim Updates Silent Group Links: https://chat.whatsapp.com/CsyogpadVqO2xHpr3FQwYD An…

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Chamisa chides ED over displacements

OPPOSITION MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has chided President Emmerson Mnangagwa for allegedly aiding the seizure of communal land by Asian capitalists, resulting in mass displacement of villagers to pave way for Chinese mining projects. Chamisa told NewsDay that the pattern of displacements in the country was disturbing, especially the fact that government had been backing capitalists embarking on mining and other projects. His comments came shortly after a Chinese miner bragged that it had authority to displace the villagers because they had no title deeds to the land they…

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Zimbabwe Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Update: 07 September 2021

Here is the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Situation Report or Update for Zimbabwe by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) on 07 September 2021: New cases: 125 Local Cases: 125 Returnees: 0 Deaths: 10 Vaccinations: 20 726 (first dose); 13 844 (second dose) Total Cumulative Vaccinations: 2 750 681  (first dose); 1 742 641 (second dose) Tests: 3 700 (Positivity today was 3.4%) Recoveries: 420; National Recovery Rate: 93% Active Cases: 3 837 Total Cumulative Cases: 125 796 Total Recoveries: 117 456 Total Deaths: 4 503 Province PCR Tests +Ag Cum Cases (New) Recovered Cases (New) Active Cases Deaths (New) Bulawayo 368 12 933(9) 12 035(5)…

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