China Donates More Vaccines to the Army

China has through its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) donated 100 000 more doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF). The latest delivery was received by the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and ZDF Commander General Phillip Valerio Sibanda were at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Monday afternoon. The consignment handed to Zimbabwean authorities by Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun, included 420 000 syringes. Speaking after receiving the consignment, Minister Muchinguri said the donation will aid in Zimbabwe’s quest…

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Zimbabwe’s chief justice Malaba ousted by High Court in stunning rebuke to Mnangagwa

HARARE – The term of office of Zimbabwe’s Chief Justice Luke Malaba ended when he turned 70 on midnight Saturday, three High Court judges ruled in a seismic judgement. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF party rushed constitutional amendments through parliament which allowed him to extend the term of office of senior judges of the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court by a further five years past retirement age. Justices Happias Zhou, Edith Mushore and Helena Charehwa – in a judgement hailed as a victory for constitutionalism – on Saturday ruled…

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EU Cautions ED Against Creating Laws That Suppress Citizens’ Rights

European Union (EU) ambassador to Zimbabwe, Timo Olkkonen has warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration against creating laws that undermine the citizens’ political liberties and freedom of speech. He was speaking at the 2021 Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe World Press Freedom Day commemorations, where, although he commended the government for the progress in access to information, and freedom of association, he warned other proposed new laws would, however, erode all the progress made.   On Friday, Mnangagwa signed into law, the Constitutional Amendment (No,2) Bill, with political opponents accusing…

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Man Fathers 151 Kids With 16 Wives, Says He’s Not Done Yet

A man from Mbire District, Mashonaland Central Province, has fathered 151 children with 16 wives and he is still going strong. Misheck Nyandoro, who married his first wife in 1983, told The Herald that polygamy is a project and he will not stop marrying and fathering children until he dies. He said: I am planning on taking in my 17th wife this winter and the formalities are already being worked on. I will tell you when she comes in. Nyandoro has 50 children who are still in school in Mbire, Harare, Mutare…

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ZimSwitch partners with Visa in ZImbabwe

Zimswitch, Zimbabwe’s designated national switch and clearing house, has announced that it has partnered with Visa to help enable more Zimbabweans and businesses to make and receive secure and seamless payments. Through the partnership, clients will be able to make both domestic and international transactions with one co-branded card, which means not only increased convenience for clients but also decreased costs. The cards will be EMV enabled, ensuring all transactions are conducted securely and will function across payment methods such as e-commerce, mobile payments, QR Code transactions and tokenisation. “Zimswitch…

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‘Zimbabwe diaspora remittances overtake foreign aid’

Diaspora remittances have overtaken foreign aid, as Zimbabweans abroad sent home over US$1 billion in 2020, the highest ever contribution made to the local economy, Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube said. The remittances surpassed the previous year’s amount of US$635.7 million, exceeding projections made by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe which had projected to receive US$940 million by year end. “It has gone very well for us in terms of remittances from our own Diaspora abroad. Whereas you know, last year, we received something like US$1 billion,…

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Registrar General’s Office New Strategy To Clear Passport Backlog

The Registrar General’s office has introduced night shifts as a strategy to clear the passport backlog that dates back to 2019. The office has been failing to clear the passport backlog which it attributed to the inadequacy of consumables required in the production of the travelling document. Resultantly, passport seekers had to sleep at the offices to be in front of the elongated queues while the most desperate would pay huge bribes to have the production of their passports quickened. It has also emerged that there are challenges in the…

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Zimbabwe human rights violations frequent during Covid-19: new report

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s government has frequently violated people’s basic rights and freedoms since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, human rights groups said in a new report Thursday. Titled “The Impact of Covid-19 on Socio-Economic Rights,” the report chronicles breaches by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime from March 2020 when the first lockdown was imposed, followed by strict enforcement by security agents who were accused of beating up people indiscriminately. Calvin Fambirai, executive director of Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights said the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the gap in medical…

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The Helicopter Crash Could’ve Been Avoided – Hwende

MDC Alliance Secretary-General, Chalton Hwende has said the Airforce of Zimbabwe helicopter crash that happened at Plot 2 of Gardner Road, Ward 16 in Goromonzi, Mashonaland East could have been avoided. The helicopter Agusta Bell 412 (AB 412) helicopter crashed into a house on Friday, caught fire, killed four people – two AFZ pilots, Flight- Lieutenant Annita Mapiye who is Zimbabwe’s first female helicopter fighter pilot and Wing Commander Tinashe Thomas Mapiye, an AFZ technician Flight Sergeant Chikamhi, and 18-month-old toddler – Jade Fenyere who was sleeping in the house…

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Govt, teachers standoff deepens

HARARE -TEACHERS have threatened to go on strike to force government to reverse its no-work no-salary policy against its workers who are claiming incapacitation. Labour unions representing teachers said the stayaway would force government to concede to their salary demands of a living wage of between US$520 and US$550 or the equivalent in local currency. The decision by teachers comes after government this week said it would start implementing a no-work no-pay policy for absentee workers in response to a decision by the labour unions to report to work two…

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