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THE opposition MDC Alliance yesterday said it was unfazed by threats and discouragement over today’s street protest while the police warned “some elements are planning to cause violence, ...

THE opposition MDC yesterday said it was unfazed by threats and discouragement over today’s street protest while the police warned “some elements are planning to cause violence, disrupt the smooth flow and the peaceful environment”. ...

FINANCE minister Mthuli Ncube yesterday revealed that the Defence ministry is failing to feed and clothe its personnel and that the soldiers living in the barracks were surviving on two meals a day, while having to content with one uniform. ...

THE milling industry has raised concern over the omission by Finance minister Mthuli Ncube of long-term credit facilities for importation of wheat, rice and salt, which they say are key in averting food shortages in the country, in the 2019 National Budget. ...

FINANCE minister Mthuli Ncube says government has started paying bonuses for civil servants after recording a primary budget surplus of $29 million in October, a first in decades for the southern African nation, which has been battling the effects of unsustainable levels of excessive debt and a widening current account deficit. ...

BULAWAYO police yesterday foiled a march to the High Court by Gukurahundi survivors who intended to petition for the setting up of a special commission to address the 1980’s mass killings. The march was supposed to start at Bulawayo City Hall car park ending at the High Court where the petition was to be delivered. The City Hall was, however, teeming with anti-riot police officers and others in plain clothes, forcing the organisers to abandon the march fearing arrest. ...

THE Human Rights NGO Forum yesterday raised a red flag over the way the Kgalema Motlanthe-led commission of inquiry into the August 1 shootings has been conducting its work, alleging there was lack of clarity in the way the commission was handling evidence. ...

TWO suspected robbers linked to a spate of violent armed robberies and rape in Mutare appeared in court on Tuesday, facing 24 counts of robbery. ...

A CARETAKER at Mucherengi Secondary in Guruve was on Tuesday convicted for statutory rape after he sexually abused a Form 3 pupil twice. ...

A GURUVE man was taken to court yesterday for severely assaulting his wife after she allegedly refused to sleep on their matrimonial bed, where he had trysts with his girlfriends. ...

BULAWAYO High Court has dismissed an application by a faction of the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe (AFM) leadership in Bulawayo West aligned to Amon Madawo to bar rivals from the church premises. ...

THERE is a sharp drop in pre-owned vehicle imports, mostly from Japan that have been coming into the country through Beitbridge Border Post with seven cars having been imported on November 23, from a daily average of 400. ...

HEALTH officials in Mashonaland Central province have raised concern over the increase in cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among youths in Rushinga district. ...

THE Beitbridge municipality has invited commercial sex workers to submit project proposals so that they can get assistance from the local authority and turn away from the world’s oldest profession. ...

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) is gravely concerned by the lack of clarity regarding acknowledgement or feedback on evidence submitted before the Commission of Inquiry and the absence of mechanisms to ensure the safety of witnesses. ...

Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, who admitted in Parliament yesterday to selective application of the law by members of the police force, said they required at least $3,6 million for rigorous training and rebranding for them to shed off their image as a brute and corrupt force. ...

THE Zanu PF youth league yesterday described the protest against the worsening economic situation in the country by the opposition as “frivolous” and accused the MDC of being responsible for the deteriorating situation. ...

ZANU PF secretary for administration and former Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu yesterday told the commission of inquiry investigating the post-election violence of August 1 that the soldiers who allegedly shot and killed six civilians in the capital were deployed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. ...

SPEAKER of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda on Monday evening called on Parliament to craft punitive penalties for perpetrators of gender-based violence (GBV) as he officiated at a ceremony to officially launch the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV. ...

REGISTRAR-GENERAL (RG) Clemence Masango yesterday said his department had a backlog of 170 000 passports, which has accumulated since May, and requires additional foreign currency to speed up the processing of the documents. ...

A CHITUNGWIZA youth accused of insulting Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Priscilla Chigumba by retweeting a message from a spoof account created in her name was yesterday removed from remand after the judge failed to appear in court for the third time. ...

Mutoko South legislator Herbert Shumbamhini (Zanu PF) has been taken to the High Court by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), over an unpaid electricity bill of $54 857. ...

GOVERNMENT is yet to honour its pledge to pay medical staff hired at Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital in Harare specifically to fight a cholera outbreak, which claimed 54 lives in September this year. ...

A ZIMBABWEAN academic has been confirmed as the founding chairperson of an African geographical research institution — the International Geographical Union (IGU) commission on African Studies — the first of its kind on the continent. ...

GOVERNMENT yesterday said it had registered considerable progress in the reform of over 43 public enterprises that it has earmarked for restructuring. ...

A 37-YEAR-OLD Mushumbi Pools man appeared before Guruve magistrate yesterday over illegal possession of 6kg of ivory worth $1 500. ...

POLICE in Gweru on Monday evening fired teargas to disperse crowds in the city’s central business district after violent clashes with vendors who were resisting confiscation of their wares. ...

CHIREDZI Town Council chairperson Gibson Hwende has shot down recommendations by the municipality’s management to demolish illegal tuckshops in residential areas and to turn public ablution facilities into pay toilets. ...

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Loice Banda (not her real name) joined other pregnant mothers for an afternoon prayer at Nyanga District Hospital. It is not her bulging tummy that catches the eye, but her youthful look. ...

POLICE in Mutawatawa have arrested a 34-year-old Maramba woman, who allegedly killed her husband following an altercation over their child’s graduation fees. ...