Nothing Unique About UK Deportations, Says Govt

The government says there is nothing strange about the deportation of 14 Zimbabwean nationals by the United Kingdom government. The deportees landed in Harare on Thursday following their forced removal from the UK for various crimes they committed in that country. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade acting spokesperson, Livit Mugejo, said the UK deportees were just a fraction of those being received from neighbouring countries. He said: There is nothing unique in the deportations. South Africa last week deported 220 Zimbabwean citizens, including some who were released from…

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Lithuanian Company To Produce National Identity Documents

The government has enlisted the services of a Lithuanian printing company, Garsu Pasaulis (GP), to produce national identity documents (IDs) to ease current shortages. Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe last week told parliamentarians that a progress report presented by GP to the Government last week indicates that the procurement of consumables used to produce IDs has begun. Said Kazembe: A private company was contracted to take over the production of IDs. This was necessitated by challenges our Government is facing with regards to foreign currency issues. As…

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Zim documents citizens in foreign lands

ZIMBABWE’s Foreign Affairs ministry claims it has begun a process of documenting the number of fellow citizens residing in foreign lands. There is no exact number of Zimbabweans in foreign lands as many have been fleeing the country since 2000, and before as economic and political refugees. The Zimbabwe diaspora is spread out mainly in neighbouring South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Australia and other countries. South Africa is estimated to have the bulk of Zimbabwe’s diaspora community, with some claims putting the unofficial…

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‘No vaccination, no by-elections’

ZIMBABWE will only hold by-elections if the country vaccinates about 10 million people, representing 60% of the population required to reach herd immunity, Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has said. In October last year, government through Vice-President and Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga ordered the suspension of by-elections citing COVID-19 fears. The by-elections were necessitated by the recall of MDC Alliance MPs by the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T and deaths of some MPs, which left about 26 seats vacant, according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec). Contributing to parliamentary debate on the Zec…

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Watchdog Reports “Wave After Wave” Of Post-Coup Rights Violations

The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), a human rights monitoring group, says the country’s democratic space has shrunk significantly since President Emmerson took over from the late Robert Mugabe in November 2017 through a popular military coup. In its monthly report for June 2021 titled “Wave after wave of human rights violations,” the ZPP said bad governance had dented the Mnangagwa government. It said: In post-coup Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) has continued to record wave after wave of human rights violations as the democratic space continues to narrow. Criticising the…

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Deported Zimbabweans Arrive, Whisked Away In ZUPCO Buses

Zimbabweans deported from the United Kingdom (UK) arrived this Thursday at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport only to be whisked away in ZUPCO buses.NewZimbabwe reports that government officials at the Airport took the deportees to an undisclosed location.The officials also denied journalists permission to interview, photograph or film their arrival.Zupco buses escorted by police officers lay in wait for the deportees, driving off once they had taken their seats.State broadcaster ZBC was the only one given access to film them. -New Zimbabwe

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Mbuya Nehanda Statue Accident Is Fake News – Police

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has dismissed social media reports claiming that there was an accident at the statue of Mbuya Nehanda in central Harare on Saturday night. Social media platforms were yesterday awash with pictures of a metal structure that collapsed on vehicles purported to be that of the liberation icon. In a statement last night, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the social media post is false. Asst Comm Nyathi said the police is investigating the origins of the fake social media post so that the…

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Private Schools Defy Lockdown

Two private schools in Bulawayo are reportedly conducting regular face to face lessons in contravention of COVID-19 regulations. Investigations by the Chronicle on Friday established that one of the schools that have been conducting lessons, Absorbent Minds Pre-School in Hillside suburb, is allegedly unregistered. Absorbent Minds caters for children aged from 13 months to five years. The other school which is defying the lockdown is Drummond Ranch in Burnside but it could not be established if the school is registered. An unsuspecting teacher who was monitoring children at Drummond Ranch openly admitted…

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Melfort demolitions: Victims troop back

DIAMOND Park residents in Melfort, just outside Marondera, whose houses were demolished last month, have trooped back to the area to rebuild the structures. Police last week descended on the area and ordered the residents to disperse. One of the residents whose house was demolished told NewsDay that he would not leave the area. “We are here trying to pick up the pieces and at least rebuild some structures. Some police officers from Goromonzi were deployed to chase us out of this land, some left and some are still here.…

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Chiredzi Residents Bail Out Broke ZRP With US$2 200

Chiredzi residents have pooled their meagre resources together to bail out a broke Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) with US$2 200 to repair an accident-damaged vehicle. The Lowveld Business Development Association (LOBDA) and Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association (CHRRA) raised the money and ensured that the police vehicle was repaired The development was confirmed by the LOBDA chairperson Venancio Kurauone in an interview with Masvingo Mirror. Chiredzi West legislator Farai Msikavanhu who is also a member of LOBDA said they made the donation in order to capacitate the police to perform its…

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