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‘Land invaders criminals’

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Cde Mpofu

Nduduzo Tshuma Senior Political Reporter
ZANU-PF politburo member Dr Obert Mpofu yesterday said people who have been invading land using the name of the ruling party are criminals as the party did not sanction their lawless activities.Dr Mpofu was responding to a participant’s question during the Chronicle breakfast meeting held at the B...

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Zim to auction diamonds locally

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Minister Walter Chidhakwa

Minister Walter Chidhakwa

Harare Bureau
ZIMBABWE is expected to start auctioning its diamonds locally in November as the government moves to plug leakages and maximise revenue accruing to treasury.This was said by the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Walter Chidhakwa, in response to questions on why government continued to auction diamonds...

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Military active in regional training activities: Mnangagwa

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Emmerson-Mnangagwa

Minister Mnangagwa

Midlands Reporter
ACTING Minister of Defence, Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said Zimbabwe and other Sadc countries have made great strides in improving their military proficiency through joint training programmes to help the bloc deal effectively with possible challenges.Addressing members of the Air Forces of Zimbabwe and Namibia...

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$3,6m mbanje man in court

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Victor Ndlovu

Mashudu Netsianda Senior Court Reporter
POLICE have been given more time to question a Bulawayo man who was arrested on Monday and found with 510 kilogrammes of cannabis (mbanje) with a street value of $3,6 million.Detectives asked for a further 24 hours to carry out investigations in South Africa and Zimbabwe to establish how the...

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Cop fingered in kombi crash

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Loc5Oswell Moyo Chronicle Reporter
SEVERAL passengers were injured on Tuesday after a commuter omnibus  driver lost control of his vehicle after he was allegedly assaulted, while blindfolded,  by a police officer who was trying to arrest him.The vehicle rammed into another commuter bus that was giving way to a train at the Cowdray Park railway...

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Man stabbed 12 times, survives

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Midlands Reporter
A MAN from Chiundura, Midlands Province, allegedly knifed a fellow villager 12 times and left him for dead while fighting over an undisclosed sum of money.Innocent Sibanda, 23, Admire Tete, 27, and their yet-to-be identified friend who is at large, all from Chimurenga Village under Chief Chiundura, attacked Trymore Shoko while...

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Visually impaired man faces contempt of court charges

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Plaxcedes Hove Court Reporter A 63-YEAR-OLD blind man has been charged with contempt of court after defaulting on maintenance payments for his three minor children.Ernest Gumede pleaded not guilty and was remanded out of custody to September 24 for trial by Western Commonage magistrate Willard Moyo.

Prosecuting Kingstone Mkanganwi alleged Gumede...

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Vendor to pay $12 maintenance

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Lethokuhle Moyo Court Reporter
A SWEETS street vendor was yesterday ordered to pay $12 in child support per month after his wife took him to court.
Sydine Mahonde told Bulawayo magistrate Vivian Ndlovu that he earns between R18 and R20 per day, and thus he could not afford the $80 his wife, Rosemary Shoriwa, was demanding.

Mahonde told the court...

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Dog bites alarm SPCA

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Nokusa Masuku Chronicle Reporter
THE Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says it is concerned by the increasing number of people being bitten by dogs in Bulawayo, with statistics indicating that about twenty cases are reported each month. SPCA animal inspector Dumisani Sibanda said the latest statistics show that there were 153...

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Early Intwasa performance for Women in Theatre

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Showbiz Reporter
WOMEN in Theatre (WIT) will have an early Intwasa Arts Festival performance of their play Mothers as the actresses prepare to attend another festival in South Africa.WIT actresses Sarah Mpofu-Sibanda and Musa Sibanda, who star in Mothers, are expected to represent WIT at the Cape Town fringe festival from September 25 to October...

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Latest: Govt, private sector to close ranks

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Latest: Govt, private sector to close ranks

Meeting halfway: JR Goddard, (on the right), pictured with United Refineries CEO Busisa Moyo, says private sector needs support of public sector

Charity Ruzvidzo, Business Reporter

THE public and private sectors should close ranks and support each other in finding solutions for industrial growth in order achieve the desired economic turnaround,...

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Latest: Russia keen to fund Zimbabwe

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Russian Flag on map of Russia

Oliver Kazunga, Senior Business Reporter

THE Russian government is keen to facilitate technical support and lines of credit through the country’s banking system to support the revival of industry, a Cabinet Minister has said.

Industry and Commerce Minister Cde Mike Bimha told a fully packed business breakfast meeting...

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Latest: Govt to review pricing model

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Latest: Govt to review pricing model

Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha

Business Reporter

THE government is reviewing the country’s pricing model to align it with the regional trends as it moves to enhance industrial competitiveness with the matter set for discussion in Cabinet, an official said.

Contributing during a Chronicle business breakfast meeting in Bulawayo in the...

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In Pictures: Chronicle successfully hosts Business Breakfast Meeting

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Herbert Nkala

Herbert Nkala

Online Reporter

CHRONICLE successful hosted its highly subscribed Business Breakfast Meeting at a Bulawayo hotel this morning. The guests of honour at the lively meeting were Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha and Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Dr Obert Mpofu.

Below are a few selected pictures of the...

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Breakfast indaba to unlock Byo’s potential

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Breakfast indaba to unlock Byo’s potential

Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha

Prosper Ndlovu Business Editor
TODAY Chronicle hosts Cabinet ministers and captains of industry in a major business breakfast meeting in Bulawayo set to unlock the city’s economic potential and benefits likely to accrue from President Mugabe’s recent visit to China and investment agreements he signed on...

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TB Joshua building collapse: Death toll still rising

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LAGOS —The death toll from a collapsed guesthouse at a mega-church in Nigeria’s financial capital Lagos hit 57 yesterday, rescuers said, as they held out hopes that more survivors would be found.
Eight bodies were pulled overnight from the rubble of a collapsed guesthouse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos’ Ikotun...

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Obama to deploy 3,000 troops as Ebola crisis worsens

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THE United States announced yesterday it will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan, including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control.
The US response to the crisis, to be formally unveiled later by President Barack Obama, includes plans to build...

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Fuel, airtime charges up

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Charity Ruzvidzo Business Reporter
SERVICE stations in Bulawayo have increased fuel prices by an average of six cents per litre following the government’s move to raise excise duty on diesel and petrol.
Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa last week announced an increase in excise duty on diesel and petrol from 25 and 30...

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Bulawayo rejects RBZ debt, demands audit

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Bulawayo rejects RBZ debt, demands audit

Members of the public follow proceedings during a public hearing on RBZ debt relief in Bulawayo yesterday

Oliver Kazunga and Mpumelelo Nyoni Business Reporters
BULAWAYO residents yesterday demanded a thorough audit of the $1,35 billion Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) debt to promote accountability and establish how the money was used.
Cabinet...

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Editorial Comment: Speed up cervical cancer vaccination

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Zimbabwe has once again shown that it is a trendsetter when it comes to promoting the health of its citizens.
When other countries were scratching their heads pondering how to respond to the emerging HIV and Aids pandemic in the 1990s, the government of Zimbabwe took the bold step of introducing the Aids Levy under which workers and employers are...

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Mugabe a legend — Lavrov

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President Mugabe

President Mugabe

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
VISITING Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, yesterday hailed President Mugabe as an African legend and historical figure as he re-affirmed his country’s support for the recognition of Africa’s voice in world politics.
Lavrov said this at the launch of a $3 billion platinum mining concern...

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Magaya lawsuit withdrawn

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Prophet Walter Magaya

Prophet Walter Magaya

Harare Bureau
Food World general manager Denford Mutashu has withdrawn the $500,000 adultery suit against Prophetic Healing Deliverance Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya.
Mutashu was suing Prophet Magaya for allegedly having an adulterous relationship with his wife Nomsa Mutashu.
At the time of withdrawal of the matter,...

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Destitute mental patient ‘thrown out of hospital’, dies

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Destitute mental patient ‘thrown out of hospital’, dies

Gweru Provincial Hospital Superintendent Dr Fabian Mashingaidze

Midlands Reporter
A destitute was found dead outside Gweru Provincial Hospital after allegedly being turned away by security guards when he came seeking treatment.
Taxi drivers who witnessed the tragic event said the incident occurred on Monday at around 5PM.
“This is terrible. Around 5...

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$3bn platinum project commissioned

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$3bn platinum project commissioned

President Mugabe shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Darwendale yesterday

Felex Share and Conrad Mwanawashe Harare Bureau
ZIMBABWE and Russia yesterday commissioned a historic $3 billion platinum mining project in Darwendale that is expected to stimulate growth in various sectors of the economy over the next few years.
This...

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TB Joshua building collapses, kills 40

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Prophet TB Joshua

Prophet TB Joshua

LAGOS — The number of people killed in the collapse of a guest house under construction at the Lagos headquarters of one of Nigeria’s best-known Christian evangelical pastors rose to 41 yesterday, rescuers said, as they worked to clear the wreckage.
The five-storey building in the Ikotun neighbourhood of Lagos collapsed on Friday,...

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Shebaab bombers held, Uganda attacks foiled

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KAMPALA — Ugandan police said yesterday that suspected Islamist al-Shebaab insurgents arrested in weekend raids had planned to carry out bomb attacks, as the US embassy said the immediate threat had been “countered”.
Police raids on Saturday came two weeks after Ugandan troops, fighting in Somalia, reportedly provided intelligence that helped US...

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Too risky to arrest Lesotho coup leader — report

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Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli

Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli

MASERU — Lesotho’s renegade army chief Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli has resurfaced in the country’s capital despite facing treason charges. However, he has not been detained as police say it is too risky to arrest him.
According to the Sunday Times, Kamoli, who was holed up in the surrounding mountains following...

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British PM vows justice after ‘act of pure evil’

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LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron said this weekend that the apparent beheading of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State militants was an “act of pure evil” and vowed to “hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice.”
Cameron made the comments late Saturday after a video emerged online released by ISIL or ISIS of a...

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Mphoko canvasses support

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Mphoko canvasses support

Cde Phelekezela Mphoko

Nduduzo Tshuma Senior Political Reporter
THE race for the second vice-president’s post is hotting up with one of the aspirants Cde Phelekezela Mphoko on Saturday rallying party supporters to back his bid ahead of the Zanu-PF elective congress in December.
Cde Mphoko however, yesterday said the meeting held at Matobo Sailing...

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Call on chiefs to champion Zim-Asset initiatives

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Cde Khaya Moyo

Cde Khaya Moyo

Nduduzo Tshuma Senior  Political Reporter
The Senior Minister of State in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, has called on traditional leaders to work with the government towards the implementation of the Zim-Asset economic blueprint.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the annual chiefs’ conference in G...

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Chiwenga speaks on Zanu-PF power struggles

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Gen Chiwenga

Gen Chiwenga

From Lovemore Chikova in Victoria Falls
SENIOR Zanu-PF officials fighting for top posts at the party’s elective National People’s Congress in December, must stop dragging everyone into their smear campaigns, including the military, Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga said yesterday.
Speaking in an interview...

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Widower razes lover’s home, hangs self

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Widower razes lover’s home, hangs self

Thandekile Sibanda, the late Tsemi Natala’s lover (left). Sithembile Msema shows the damage to the homestead

Marvelous Moyo Gwanda Correspondent
A 54-year-old Gwanda man ran amok, torched his lover’s homestead and hung himself, angry that she had left him sleeping in the kitchen hut.
Tsemi Natala, a widower, had visited his lover Thandekile...

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Ministers billed for Chronicle breakfast indaba

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Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha

Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha

Nduduzo Tshuma Senior Political Reporter
THE Chronicle on Wednesday hosts a major breakfast meeting where two government ministers will outline potential benefits to the southern region from deals brokered with China by President Robert Mugabe earlier this month.
Transport and Infrastructural Development...

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Editorial Comment: Name, shame diamonds scam culprits

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If it’s true that some miners at Chiadzwa are declaring poor quality diamonds for public auctions and sneaking out high quality gems into the underworld for personal profit, then we have a scandal of frightening proportions.
It would mean that the high public expectations that Chiadzwa would provide revenue for immediate economic turnaround and...

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Lesotho leaders dance close to the flame

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Lesotho leaders dance close to the flame

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and Lieutenant-General Tlali Kamoli

T’oeu Petlane
More than a week has now passed since the ostensible coup attempt of August 29 in Lesotho.
This was sold officially as an operation to neutralise elements within the Lesotho Mounted Police Service who were colluding with government supporters to disrupt a protest march...

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TelOne plans pre-paid service

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teloneHarare Bureau
TELONE is negotiating a $98 million investment deal with a Chinese firm which if concluded would see it launching a pre-paid platform for landline telephone charges by July 2015.
Secretary for Information Communication and Technology, Postal and Courier Services Engineer Sam Kundishora said the negotiations with the Chinese firm for...

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ZTA meets Egyptair over Harare route

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Sugar Chagonda

Sugar Chagonda

Charity Ruzvidzo Business Reporter
EGYPTIAN airline Egyptair is considering maintaining its Harare -Dar es Salaam – Cairo route, an apparent about turn after announcing plans to terminate the service by the end of this month.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) spokesperson Sugar Chagonda on Friday said the country has engaged...

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China firm angles for $1.2bn power plant

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China firm angles for $1.2bn power plant

A typical emergency power generation plant

Golden Sibanda Harare Bureau
CHINESE construction and engineering group China Gezhouba Group Corporation, in partnership with a local private firm, has expressed interest to invest in a $1.2 billion diesel and gas emergency power project in Mutare.
The Chinese construction giant has already submitted an...

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Chief attacks police, magistrates for undermining traditional courts

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FORTUNE CHARUMBIRA

FORTUNE CHARUMBIRA

Kamangeni Phiri Midlands Bureau
PRESIDENT of the Zimbabwe Council of Chiefs, Chief Fortune Charumbira, has unleashed a scathing attack on the courts, magistrates and the police blaming them for the moral decadence affecting today’s communities.
Addressing chiefs at their annual conference in Gweru on Thursday, Chief Charumbira...

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Defiant companies warned

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President Mugabe

President Mugabe

Kamangeni Phiri Midlands Bureau Chief
PRESIDENT Mugabe has warned companies that are unwilling to participate in the government initiated community share ownership trust programmes saying they risked facing the wrath of the law.
Community share ownership schemes are a brainchild of President Mugabe designed to develop rural...

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NSSA pours $50 million in housing

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NSSA BREAKFAST MATIZA (1)Prosper Ndlovu Business Editor
THE National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has set aside $50 million for housing development nationally and will soon re-engage the Bulawayo City Council for partnership in the provision of shelter after the local authority rejected its moves to inject $6,5 million in a stands project two years ago.
Saddled with a...

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First Lady, VP Mujuru graduate

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First Lady, VP Mujuru graduate

The First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe and Vice-President Cde Joice Mujuru yesterday graduated with Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the 59th University of Zimbabwe graduation ceremony at which President Mugabe capped a total of 3,274 graduands in various disciplines. In the picture collage, President Mugabe caps the First Lady (above) and congratulates

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Man kills wife over food l Spends night in bed with body l Woman’s family demands 15 head of cattle

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Sukai Chiutsi  and Paul Chiumba

Sukai Chiutsi and Paul Chiumba

Walter Mswazie Masvingo Correspondent
A 40-year-old man from Gokomere in Masvingo allegedly beat up and strangled his wife, angry that she had served him isitshwala with vegetables.
Paul Chiumba on Sunday allegedly flew off the handle and battered his wife, Sukai Chiutsi, 39, and throttled her, spent the night in bed...

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EDITORIAL COMMENT: Budgetary support for car assemblers plausible

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chronicleWe must brace ourselves for tougher times, with price increases likely, not only on luxuries, but also on basics after Finance and Economic Development Minister, Cde Patrick Chinamasa reviewed some taxes on Thursday.
Presenting the mid-term fiscal review statement, Cde Chinamasa also gave a deserved boost for the furniture and food manufacturing...

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Three illicit loves

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ebola3Perspective Stephen Mpofu
ARE perilous times here at long last, marking the approaching end to an ailing age doodling on crutches? God’s holy scriptures immortalise immutable evidence of end-times and this pen is persuaded that the Ebola virus now  on  a deadly rampage through West and Central African countries is a pestilence that posits J-Day...

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MDC-T to blame for company closures, retrenchments

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tsvangirai

Opinion Cuthbert Mavheko
It is over a year now since President Mugabe and Zanu- PF registered a resounding victory over Morgan Tsvangirai and his Western-sponsored party in the 2013 harmonised elections. The new government that emerged from those watershed elections immediately launched a new economic blueprint-Zim-Asset, which is an...

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It’s politics, stupid

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PRESIDENT MUGABE

PRESIDENT MUGABE

Joram Nyathi
It’s politics, stupid. And it is politics that determines a nation’s destiny, right or wrong. Some of the decisions can have the unintended consequences of ruining a huge legacy, a legacy unprecedented on the continent. Zimbabwe’s education is in danger.
Like the US ambassador warned Kenyans before their general...

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Albinism: a genetically inherited condition not a curse

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SALIF KEITA

SALIF KEITA

Vaidah Mashangwa
Albinism is a genetically inherited condition which is rare as it affects at least 1 person in every 17,000 people. However, it is quite common in sub-Saharan Africa. Both parents who may or may not be albinos must carry the gene if it is to be passed to the child. It is common in both male and female and does not occur...

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FUEL PRICES TO GO UP…

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FUEL PRICES TO GO UP…

Minister Patrick Chinamasa

Happiness Zengeni Harare Bureau—
THE cost of living is about to go up after the government introduced a raft of measures aimed at boosting revenue collection to help meet its expenditure obligations. With effect from today, excise duty on diesel and petrol will be increased to 30 and 35 cents per litre from 25 and...

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Zim women blow $13m on fake hair

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hairPeter Matambanadzo Harare Bureau—
ZIMBABWEAN women blew $13 million on fake hair and hair care products between January last year and July this year, according to shock new statistics. The products include hair extensions such as braids, complete synthetic wigs, hair pieces, human and animal hair. Women also splashed on hair lacquers or hair...

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