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China printing new Zimbabwe currency in exchange for oil and diamonds

COLOGNE – China has intensified it’s grip, control and access to Zimbabwe’s mineral wealth by reportedly demanding diamonds and oil drilling rights from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, as payment for printing and backing a new Zimbabwe currency, and the building of an opulent new capital city in Mount Hampden, Spotlight Zimbabwe has reported. The new Zimbabwe dollar is expected to ...

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US continues tangling in Zimbabwean politics

Problems of African development and integration with the world have continued to attract concern in the policy making within and beyond the shores of the continent as American hegemony continues to tangle in African politics. The call by the President Mnangagwa for reengagement and the country being open for business should by no means be mistaken for ignorance. Ever since ...

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US demands release of commission of inquiry findings

THE United States embassy has urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to publish findings of the commission of inquiry into the August 1 killings for the sake of transparency, the Zimbabwe Independent can report. This comes after presidential spokesperson George Charamba this week told the state media that the commission of inquiry report was for Mnangagwa’s eyes only and he was not ...

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Debate on Mnangagwa’s ‘billion-dollar mansion’ blocked

THE Speaker of Parliament last week blocked debate on the construction of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s claimed multi-billion-dollar private Harare mansion. The Zanu-PF leader also has a property in the prime Kwekwe farming area of Sherwood as well as a so-called ‘Village Castle’ in rural Zvishavane. Mnangagwa’s administration has introduced tough measures as part of an austerity regime he says is ...

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UK army to recruit from Commonwealth

Foreign nationals living abroad will be allowed to join Britain’s Armed Forces, the UK government is set to announce. Currently, citizens from Commonwealth countries can only join if they have lived in the UK for five years. But in a bid to recruit more servicemen and women to the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Ministry of Defence is lifting ...

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Zimbabweans can expect a big increase in their UK visa fees

The UK government recently announced a proposed increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge fee. Introduced in 2015, the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) allows non-EU nationals who have moved to the UK for longer than six months on a work, study or family visa access to its National Health Service (NHS). This means that thousands of non-EU nationals who are currently ...

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Mthuli Ncube heads for US over Zidera

Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube will soon be headed for the United States of America to engage Washington on the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act (Zidera) of 2018, the piece of legislation that appears to be the major hurdle blocking Harare’s efforts to unlock international funding. In as much as Government is leaving no stone ...

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Europe to crack down on ‘second passport schemes’

Europe’s security is being put at risk by golden passport schemes that have allowed states to sell citizenship or residency to potentially ‘dangerous’ individuals. This is according to EU justice commissioner, Věra Jourová, who has described the passports as ‘problematic’ and ‘unfair’ according to a report by The Guardian. The so-called golden passport or citizenship by investment schemes, may be ...

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Mnangagwa’s battle to win EU enemies far from over

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s battle to win the hearts and souls of his governing Zanu PF party’s erstwhile enemies in Europe looks to be far from over. This is despite a charm offensive the President has embarked on, preaching the mantra “Zimbabwe is open for business” following the release of a damning report by the European Union Election Observer Mission (EU ...

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Mnangagwa’s UN performance shames detractors

The hatched plan by the MDC-Alliance supporters in the United States to humiliate President Mnangagwa, through demonstrations during the just-ended 73rd Ordinary Session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States, miserably flopped. The MDC-Alliance’s US branch had slated their demonstrations for Saturday; three days after President Mnangagwa had delivered his maiden blast of a speech that attracted ...

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