Monthly Archives: January 2016

Opposition Parties Dismiss Mugabe’s Anti-West Rant As Absurd, Say Zim Strongman Not Fit to Accuse Others

New 31 January 2016 OPPOSITION parties have dismissed President Robert Mugabe’s rant aimed at western nations particularly the United Nations Security Council composition, saying the veteran leader had better look at himself in the mirror first. Addressing the 26th African Union summit in Ethiopia at the weekend, Mugabe lashed out at the west, saying […]

Four Arrested in Zimbabwe Bomb Plot

News24 Wire 26 January 2016 Police in Zimbabwe have arrested four men, including two soldiers, on charges of plotting to bomb President Robert Mugabe’s dairy outside Harare, according to reports on Tuesday. The four appeared under heavy police guard at the Harare Magistrates’ Court on Monday on charges of “possession of weaponry for sabotage and […]

Starvation stalks Matabeleland North schoolchildren

The Standard By Nqobani Ndlovu and Mthandazo Nyoni 24 January 2016 SIBUSISIWE Dube from Nyamandlovu in Matabeleland North becomes animated when she talks about the effects of the El Niño-induced drought ravaging the usually food sufficient area near Bulawayo. Dube, from Ward 6, believes she is not only a victim of the devastating weather phenomenon, […]

Rights Groups Hail ConCourt Ban On Child Brides

Radio VOP 21 January 2016 By Professor Matodzi Harare, January 21, 2016 – Human rights campaigners have described as revolutionary and bold, Wednesday’s ban on early child marriages imposed by the country’s Constitutional Court. The apex court outlawed the marriage of children below 18 and ruled that Section 22 (1) of the Marriage Act Chapter […]

“Zimbabwe police officers allegedly detained over Whatsapp chat”

The Zimbabwe Mail 12 January 2016 Harare – Twenty police officers were taken in for questioning last week in cash-starved Zimbabwe for complaining over WhatsApp that they hadn’t been paid, it was reported Monday. whatsapp The state-controlled Chronicle and Herald newspapers said three officers were still assisting police with investigations. The officers, from Bindura in […]

ZANU PF, War Vets savage Coltart over Mugabe apology

The Chronicle 11 January 2016 ZIMBABWE – ZANU-PF and war veterans yesterday blasted MDC senior member David Coltart for his “reckless” utterances that President Robert Mugabe must apologise for the Gukurahundi disturbances. Coltart told the Daily News yesterday that President Mugabe must apologise as Zimbabweans were a forgiving people. His sentiments torched a storm among […]

Ask for forgiveness, Mugabe advised

The Daily News on Sunday By Jeffrey Muvundusi 10 January 2016 BULAWAYO – President Robert Mugabe has been advised to apologise for the Gukurahundi massacres of the early 1980s that left an estimated 20 000 people dead mainly in Matabeleland and the Midlands. Speaking in an interview with the Daily News on Sunday at the […]

Declare a national emergency, pleads Coltart

The Standard Op-Ed By David Coltart 3 January 2016 While I cannot speak with authority regarding the rest of the country, Matabeleland is in the grips of one of the worst droughts we have suffered since 1991/1992. Aside from the poor rainfall, temperatures have soared. Whatever crops were planted after early rains have frazzled and […]

Despair as ‘worst’ drought stalks Masvingo, Matabeleland farmers

The Standard By Tatenda Chitagu 3 January 2016 On New Year’s Eve, Regai Mutunhu paced up and down her maize field aimlessly in the scorching heat, looking up to the skies, hoping for a miracle. Mutunhu has been praying that the rains may fall in the next few days to save her knee-level crop that […]