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Chiwenga instigated cancelation of Beitbridge-Harare highway tender

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s decision to cancel Geiger International contract to dualise the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway was instigated by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s “serious protestations” over delays on the $2 billion project. The development also comes as Transport minister Jorum Gumbo – has come under fire for his shoddy handling of affairs under his portfolio while analysts say the latest events point ...

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Zimbabwe Airways saga deepens

In a dramatic development which further shines the spotlight on Zimbabwe Airways – an opaque new airline which was suspected to have close links with former president Robert Mugabe’s family – the government said yesterday that it owned the controversial airline which has acquired four wide-bodied planes from Malaysia. The surprising claim contradicts Transport minister Joram Gumbo who has consistently ...

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Why Zanu-PF’s confidence is worrying

On the eve of elections in 1980, then Zanu-PF leader, Robert Mugabe seemed uncharacteristically confident. The run up to the elections had been fraught with violence and intimidation, with the colonial power, Britain, at one point, toying with the idea of postponing elections in some areas because the conditions were not conducive to free and fair polls. There was a ...

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Presidential candidate seeks ZDF disbandment, delayed polls

Little-known Complete Knock Down of Establishment (CKD) party leader, Gastaff Kativu has approached the High Court, seeking several court orders among them, an extension of the election date, the disbandment of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and another compelling both the State and private media to give equal coverage to all political parties contesting in this year’s general elections. Kativu ...

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‘Mnangagwa never promised to end cash shortages in 100 days’

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa never promised the nation that cash shortages will end in his first 100 days in office after Operation Restore Legacy, Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi told Parliament yesterday. Ziyambi had been asked by Glen View North MP, Fani Munengami (MDC-T) to explain why Zimbabweans were still sleeping in bank queues, yet the new government had promised to deliver ...

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Chinamasa accused of intimidating candidates

FINANCE minister Patrick Chinamasa’s allies in Makoni Central constituency have been accused of intimidating two other aspiring Zanu-PF candidates, NewsDay reported. These are retired army official Shadreck Mavhunduse and Cleopas Mugomba. Mugomba claimed he had encountered challenges in submitting his CV for consideration to contest in the primary elections set for May 5. The disgruntled Mugomba said he had to ...

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Drama at court as state refuses to withdraw Lumumba’s fraud case

THERE was drama at the Harare Magistrates Court yesterday when the State refused to withdraw fraud allegations levelled against Viva Zimbabwe leader, William Gerald Mutumanje, after the complainant offered to withdraw the case. Tempers flared as Mutumanje’s lawyer, Webster Chinamhora accused prosecutor, Patience Chimusaru of pursuing a personal vendetta against his client and insisting that the trial should proceed, even ...

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MDC-T in candidates dilemma

THE MDC-T elections directorate is reportedly struggling to finalise its candidate selection process and has already missed its Tuesday deadline to complete the exercise. This comes amid reports that some sitting MPs were refusing to have their seats contested. MDC-T spokesperson, Thabitha Khumalo chose to downplay the matter yesterday, saying the vetting of potential candidates was an ongoing exercise and ...

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Zimbabwe independence celebrations without Mugabe

A South African think tank, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has said that Zimbabwe’s independence celebrations on April 18 are likely to differ from those held over the past years, following the ouster of former president Robert Mugabe. In an interview with News24, Senior researcher at ISS, Derek Matyszak, said he believed the country’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa had ...

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Chamisa tells Mnangagwa not to monopolise Independence Day

MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa against monopolising national events saying those days are over as this time around, they will share the platform during the Independence Day celebrations. Zanu-PF has in the past turned such events as Independence Day and Heroes Day into Zanu-PF events, making it impossible for opposition parties to take part. ...

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