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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US$7 Billion Externalised Through Corruption, Money Laundering – ZACC

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) says it has identified an estimated US$7 billion worth of assets that were illicitly siphoned out of the country through corruption and money laundering. ZACC spokesperson Commissioner John Makamure told The Sunday Mail that the anti-graft body has activated links with several international agencies to recover the loot, some of which is salted away in offshore bank accounts and trust funds. Said Makamure: The assets which were identified to have been acquired illicitly and externalised through corruption and money laundering from Zimbabwe to foreign jurisdictions are estimated…

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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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Fresh controversy in Malaba saga

A case where a Zanu PF activist wants the Constitutional Court to overturn a High Court ruling on Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s continued stay in office will be heard on Wednesday amid mounting controversy over the suitability of the judges set to handle the matter. Three High Court judges ruled in May that Malaba ceased being a judge when he reached the retirement age of 70. President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended the top judge’s term using controversial constitutional amendments that raised the retirement age for judges to 75. Max Mupungu filed…

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Govt ‘pampers’ Mapostori

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration has been accused of favouritism after spearheading the tarring of at least 10km of the road in Mafararikwa leading to the main shrine of the Johanne Marange apostolic sect in Manicaland. The developments followed the uproar that greeted an alleged Passover meeting by the sect that was allowed to go on despite it being in violation of measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Speaking to The Standard, Mutare West MP Teedzayi Muchimwe, a ZANU PF and senior member of the Johane Marange sect, said he was…

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Doctors, Nurses Banned From Striking

The government has gazetted amendments to the Health Services Act which ban doctors and nurses working in public health institutions from going on strike for an uninterrupted period spanning more than three days. The amendments to the Act, which were gazetted on Friday, once passed, will also require doctors and nurses to give two days’ notice in writing before embarking on collective job action. In addition, all health care providers will be required by law to provide care to patients in a medical emergency or needing critical or intensive care…

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Mwonzora’s MDC-T Pushes For Indefinite Postponement Of By-elections

The Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T party has started pushing Parliament to ensure that pending by-elections are suspended indefinitely, claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to hold free and fair elections. It has emerged that MDC-T leaders introduced the proposal to delay the elections in Parliament’s peace and security thematic committee last week following a presentation by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). MDC-T chairperson Morgen Komichi confirmed to The Standard the Parliament process and defended the move, saying the coronavirus has made the playing field uneven and prevailing conditions are advantageous…

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Zimbabwe Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Update: 24 July 2021

Here is the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Situation Report or Update for Zimbabwe by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) on 24 July 2021: New cases:  1 591 Local Cases: 1 591 Returnees: 0 Deaths: 89 Lockdown Update: National Level 4 lockdown in place. Hotspot update: Hurungwe (38), Kariba (9), Chegutu (59) (Mash West), Bindura (12), Mazowe (13), (Mash Central) Mutoko (73) Seke(55 (Mash East), Chiredzi (18), Masvingo(17 {MasvingoProv} Harare (277), Northern Surburb (63), Nkulumane (29), Emakhandeni (46)(Bulawayo), Kwekwe (15) {Midlands). Vaccinations: 37 985 (first dose); 6 619 (second dose) Total Cumulative Vaccinations: 1 438 890 (first dose); 677 774 (second dose)…

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Lands Ministry Officials In Diaspora Land Scandal

Some provincial land officers in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement have been accused of selling peri-urban land that was earmarked for the diaspora community. This comes after the government has invited Zimbabweans living outside the country to apply for land. The completed forms would then be submitted to the Lands Ministry through a courier or an individual duly appointed to do so. The Provincial Land Committees have the mandate to screen the applicants in terms of set criteria and recommend to the Minister for allocation.…

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Mnangagwa fears US will use Covid-19 vaccines to topple him

The Zimbabwean government has accused the United States of trying to use COVID-19 vaccines to meddle in its internal political affairs. A senior government official recently claimed that Washington gave the country’s main opposition party, the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa, half a million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has so far refused to consider the approval of western manufactured COVID-19 vaccines, preferring those from China, Russia and India. Harare accuses countries such as the US of funding the opposition MDC Alliance to…

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