POLITICS 

Chamisa Endorses, To Join 31 July Anti-Govt Mass Protests

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has confirmed his opposition party will support and join mass protests to end what he called an authoritarian pandemic in Zimbabwe. Chamisa was addressing party supporters during an online rally themed: “Fight For Better Livelihoods” Sunday. “I have seen protests being organised. We say every Zimbabwean who organises any protest against Zanu PF, we will definitely join,” Chamisa said. “So we will support all democratic forces, all progressive citizens shall be supported. This year action is inevitable and this action will be done according to…

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POLITICS 

MDC-T Demands Share Of Chamisa’s 2.1m 2018 Presidential Votes.

MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora says his party should get a share of the 2.1 million votes that MDC Alliance president, Nelson Chamisa garnered in the 2018 presidential elections. Chamisa narrowly lost the 2018 presidential election to President Emmerson Mnangagwa while reinstated MDC-T president, Thokozani Khupe got 45 000 votes when she contested under her smaller MDC-T which she has since disbanded. However, Chamisa continues to disregard the result claiming the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) rigged the results in favour of Mnangagwa. In an interview with the SABC over the…

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BUSINESS NEWS 

Tagwirei-linked Landela Takes Over 4 State-Owned Gold Mines

Zimbabwe’s Landela Mining Venture is slated to take over four idle state-owned gold mines after reaching agreements with the state. The mines were put up for sale in 2018 but the government cancelled the process last year without giving a reason. The unlisted Landela which is majority-owned by Kudakwashe Tagwirei, an adviser to President Emmerson Mnangagwa is also said to be in talks to buy more assets from a privately-owned bullion producer. The development was confirmed on Friday by the company’s chief executive David Brown, who told Reuters that Landela’s…

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POLITICS 

Bring It On! Sikhala Says His Arrest Will Trigger Revolution

MDC Alliance vice-chairperson Job Sikhala said he is not afraid of the threats issued by the Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri on Tuesday that the government net is closing in on “coup mongers”. Sikhala, preacher Talent Chiwenga and some media organisations were recently accused by the government of spreading rumours of an imminent coup. The firebrand Zengeza West MP said the “idiots governing our country should take responsibility for their failures” instead of trying to use other people as scapegoats. Sikhala said in a statement: Let me…

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HEALTH 

Masiyiwa Donates 120 000 Test Kits And Border Laboratories To Zimbabwe

UK-based Econet founder and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa, who also serves as AU Special Envoy for COVID-19, has donated 120 000 Test Kits to Zimbabwe, along with Mobile Test Laboratories to be used at the country’s border posts. The donation of Test Kits also includes 50 000 of the highly accurate PCR type Test, used by the government. A spokesman for Higherlife Foundation (HLF) announced that some of these Kits will be handed directly to the government, to help them in their national efforts to combat the epidemic. HLF is undertaking…

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POLITICS 

‘Tortured Zimbabwe abductees’ may face prosecution

Zimbabwe’s justice minister has threatened to prosecute three female opposition members who allege they were arrested and then abducted from police custody and sexually assaulted. They say they were beaten and forced to drink each other’s urine.The three, including an MP, are being treated in hospital for their injuries.Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said the women made up the story to divert attention from the fact that they broke lockdown rules by attending a protest.They should be arrested for violating rules aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus, he said. “I…

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POLITICS 

4 MDC lawmakers kicked out of parliament take fight to High Court

HARARE – Four lawmakers from the MDC Alliance have gone to court challenging their removal as MPs in an ongoing battle for the control of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party. Members of Parliament Charlton Hwende, Prosper Mutseyami, Thabitha Khumalo and Senator Lilian Timveos are arguing in court that the Speaker of Parliament and President of the Senate erred in removing them as lawmakers on the basis of a letter written by Douglas Mwonzora, signing off as secretary general of the MDC-T party. Mwonzora acted on April’s Supreme Court judgement on the…

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POLITICS 

3 MDC activists suffered horrific sex abuse, Chamisa blames Mnangagwa

HARARE – Three MDC Alliance activists including an MP who disappeared on Wednesday, before being found “badly tortured” on Thursday night suffered horrific sexual abuse, MDC leader Nelson Chamisa said on Friday. Chamisa spoke after visiting Netsai Marova, Cecilia Chimbiri and Harare West MP Joana Mamombe at Parktown Hospital in Harare. The MDC accuses police of being complicit in the abduction of the trio who have told their lawyers that they were arrested at a police checkpoint following a “flash demonstration” in Warren Park on Wednesday. The women said they…

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POLITICS 

Three (3) MDC-Alliance Youth assembly leaders alleged to have been abducted found in bad injured

HARARE – Three female MDC Alliance activists who were missing a day after taking part in a protest over food shortages were found “badly beaten” and “tortured” on Thursday night, the party and its lawyers said on Friday. Netsai Marova and Cecilia Chimbiri and Harare West MP Joana Mamombe were taken to a private hospital in Harare for treatment early Friday after being found near Bindura, with their clothes torn, the MDC said. “The three cadres are in bad shape. Honourable Mamombe and Marova are having difficulties walking. Chimbiri is…

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