Prof Madhuku Denounces Rautenbach’s “Hooligans”

Professor Lovemore Madhuku has denounced security guards of Billy Rautenbach’s Greenfuel for destroying houses and unharvested crops in Chipinge describing them as hooligans. Madhuku is representing the villagers who are being evicted from Chinyamukwakwa Village in Chipinge south constituency by Rautenbach’s energy company. He speaks amid reports that the security guards on Thursday ploughed down crops and destroyed some houses as the land dispute rages on. Madhuku accused Greenfuel of dishonouring an agreement to allow villagers to finish their harvests by August before such evictions could take place. Madhuku said…

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CIO Implicated in the RG Mugabe Airport gold smuggling saga seeks bail

CIO Implicated in the RG Mugabe Airport gold smuggling saga seeks bail. Chamakandiona Nyahunda made a fresh bail application when appearing before Harare magistrate Mr Stanford Mambanje saying the State was failing to make progress in investigating his charges. The Central Intelligence Officer (CIO) accused of carrying gold worth US$783 000 round security checks at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport to pass to a smuggler Tashinga Masinire in the departure lounge has launched a fresh bail bid. He added that the present enhanced lockdowns in South Africa and Zimbabwe would…

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ANC slams violent KZN protests, warns of impact to economy

Durban -The ANC has condemned the violence in KwaZulu-Natal, warning that this would impact on the already waning economy. The ANC has also called on law enforcement agencies to take swift action against those behind the violent protests. ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said while they support the right to protest, they would not allow people to break the law. “We are concerned that the destruction of property and impeding the functioning of the economy will undermine efforts to create jobs and improve the lives of citizens,” said Mabe. “The ANC…

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Cop Busted With Six Bales Of Mbanje In Marondera

A police officer has been arrested after he was busted with six bales of mbanje. He was arrested on Friday morning near Marondera. According to sources who spoke to state media, the suspect whose name has not been released is in active service and holds the rank of constable. In fact, when he was arrested he was dressed in his police uniform. The police officer was arrested after his fellow law enforcement colleagues intercepted him with the bales of the drug. He was arrested after he failed to give satisfactory…

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10 000 Nyatsime families’ homes face demolition

Over 10 000 families who illegally settled on Chitungwiza’s Nyatsime area, or who built illegal structures after being legally assigned stands, now face eviction and demolition of their houses after the Administrative Court agreed this week that the council was acting correctly in demanding documentary evidence from residents that they were on the land legally. The court ruling only applies to the Chitungwiza Municipality’s demand for the documentary evidence that each resident was properly allocated the stand they occupy and that the buildings erected were built in accordance with the…

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Two Men Exchange Wives, Kids To Settle Differences

Two middle-aged men from Kenya are alleged to have mutually agreed to exchange their wives as a way of settling their differences. Josh Odour and Sakis from Busia County in western Kenya traded wives and their kids after Sakis and Odour’s wife made their secret affair public. KDRTV reports that Odour first heard rumours about the affair between his wife and Sakis. He later went to Sakis’ house where he found his wife cleaning the dishes. There, the wife told him she had moved on with the Boda Boda operator.…

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Biti Blasts “Naive” IMF Over Economic Growth Predictions

Former finance minister Tendai Biti has described the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a naïve and dishonest institution after it published a report forecasting a 7% growth in Zimbabwe’s economy. After the IMF staff team led by Dhaneshwar Ghura conducted a virtual staff visit with the Zimbabwe authorities during June 1–15, 2021 to discuss recent economic developments and the economic outlook, it released a press statement saying that economic recovery is underway in 2021. IMF also projected real GDP growth of 6 per cent, “reflecting a bumper agricultural output, increased…

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Rights bodies flag UN over Zim rights violations

GLOBAL and local human rights organisations have written to the United Nations to red-flag Zimbabwe for alleged continued persecution of human rights defenders. The organisations that include Committee to Protect Journalists, Robert F Kennedy Human Rights, Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights wrote to Mary Lawlor, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. In the letter, also sent to six other UN Special Rapporteurs, the rights defenders said Zimbabwe was under siege as citizens’ rights continue to be violated. UN…

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Another AFZ chopper crashes

AN Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) helicopter crash-landed near oil expresser Surface Wilmar in Chitungwiza on Thursday evening, but details of the accident have been kept under wraps. The chopper reportedly made a sudden U-turn just after crossing Chitungwiza Road into Unit J, and tried to land safely at a nearby aerodrome, but crashed before it could do so. A witness, Tendai Sauta, said other helicopters immediately flew to the scene to provide rescue operations. Details of fatalities or casualties were still sketchy at the time of going to print…

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$10 000 fine for touting

GOVERNMENT has introduced deterrent fines to push out touts from the central business districts where they have become a menace. Information permanent secretary Ndavaningi Mangwana said the fines range from $4 000 to $10 000. “The operation to remove mushika-shika is ongoing. A deterrent fine which ranges from $4 000 to $10 000 is being charged for touting,” Mangwana tweeted. “Touting? Not worth it,” he added. Touts have become a danger in the city centre, where they harass commuters while also engaging in other illegal activities such as public drinking.…

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