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Malawi shoemakers suffer Chinese wear and tear

Collins Mtika Lilongwe—The Malawian government has reduced itself to a pretty disinterested onlooker as Chinese shoe business drowns local small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). The irony is that, some eight years ago, about 50 of the SMEs were trained through a Chinese...

The story behind Zimbabwean media’s coverage of China

Nkosana Dlamini Stereotype, polarisation and general inaccessibility of investors and related information are key factors that have tended to influence how the Zimbabwean media is framing Chinese investments, according to a recent survey. Reporting on Sino-Zimbabwean...

The pitfalls of the 2023 elections

Tawanda Majoni One thing that many people might not be seeing right now is that the 2023 general elections have already started. That’s for the simple reason that elections are not just about a few days before, during and a few days after vote casting, when the...

Zimbabwe risks sliding into surveillance state

BY Dumisani NdlelaTHE Freedom in the World Report 2022 categorised Zimbabwe as “not free”. This was a downgrade from last year’s report, which categorised the country as “partly free”. Rights activists fear Zimbabwe has taken a downward trajectory in terms of civil...

Kenya elections: Anti-graft activist John Githongo makes startling allegations in court affidavit

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 By Steve Otieno Reporter Nation Media Group Anti-graft crusader John Githongo has made hair-raising allegations in an affidavit about the fallibility of the technology used to support Kenya's electoral processes, calling into question...

Chinese ambassador says rogue companies in Zimbabwe must be monitored, prosecuted

Julia Ndlela CHINESE ambassador to Zimbabwe, Guo Shaochun, has called for the establishment of a compliance team composed of government officials, local councillors and community representatives to monitor activities of foreign companies, including firms from his...

Traffic Jungle

Police partly to blame for traffic accidents

Watch: Harare Residents vow to protest over Pomona deal

In a meeting organised by Harare Residents Trust (HRT) with support from Information for Development Trust (IDT), Harare residents threatened mass protests over Pomona deal. https://youtu.be/cSZBx5U3krg

Media body raps Chinese embassy over threats

Staff Reporter The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) has condemned threats against Information for Development Trust (IDT) and The Standard newspaper recently made by the Chinese embassy in Harare. Last week, the embassy published an angry two-page letter in The...

Mutoko villagers speak out on exploitation by Chinese miner

Mutoko villagers are not happy with the proliferating Chinese mining investments in their village and during a recent dialogue held by IDT in collaboration with YICD, they opened up on the issues affecting them due to these Chinese mining investments....

Residents threaten mass protests against Pomona deal

Gillian Chaka Harare residents have vowed to stop the Pomona waste-to-energy deal through mass protests and legal action. More than 70 community representatives gathered in the capital’s Glen Norah suburb last Friday to discuss the Pomona project, which has been...

Malawi’s unending fight against corruption

By Collins Mtika Mzuzu--Sixteen years ago, former Malawi president, Bakili Muluzi, was put on trial for alleged corruption but, as analysts say, his prosecution has gone hardly anywhere mainly because of lack of political will and red tape. Yet Muluzi’s trial is not...

The headache of extra lessons

Poorly remunerated teachers are increasingly resorting to extra lessons for extra income, but this is bringing challenges to parents and the learners https://youtu.be/HRLAMk_jOLs

Absolute corruption: from head to toe

Absolute corruption: from head to toe

Sikhala arrested over avenging spirits threats

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) recently arrested Job Sikhala, the lawyer representing Moreblessing Ali, an opposition activist who was slain in apparent politically motivated violence. Sikhala's arrest has been widely condemned as political persecution. His arrest...

The victims have nowhere to turn to

Tawanda Majoni The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe and its usual hangers-on within the local elite are always quick to dismiss criticism of businesses run by companies from the Asian nation as fake news and smear campaigns. It’s difficult to believe that they believe...

The Pomona culprits must face the music

Tawanda Majoni There are certain people and certain things that must just be collected and dumped at the Pomona dumpsite. If they are going to catch fire and fatally burn in the perennial infernos at the dumpsite, no worries. For the people involved, they would just...

It never rains for Zimbabwe’s schools

Tinevimbo Chibagidi and Brenna Matendere It has never rained—but poured—for Zimbabwe’s primary and secondary education. And the “weatherman” says it will take a long while for the downpour to subside, if ever. When the economy went on a free fall at the turn of the...

RBZ buckles, reverses loan ban

Tinevimbo Chibagidi The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) on Tuesday—17 May—made a U-turn and reversed a recent decree by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to suspend lending by banks. The central bank governor, John Mangudya, issued a brief statement in which he indicated...

Top cop accused of assaulting Zim journalist

Brenna Matendere Lawyers representing two journalists accused of taking photos at a polling station during Saturday’s by-election in Chitungwiza have filed a complainant of assault by a top police officer of one of the scribes. Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) reporters,...

Zimbabwe has become a Chinese outpost

Tawanda Majoni In 2016, a Zimbabwean pastor, Evan Mawarire, started the ThisFlag campaign and got into big trouble for his efforts. Using social media channels, he would appear in short videos complaining about how the ruling elite had run Zimbabwe to the ground, and...

Parly committee bemoans lack of action on AG reports

Brenna Matendere The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 3 May 2022, said it was concerned that the police and numerous government institutions were failing to act on submissions made by the auditor general’s office. The PAC chairperson and Gweru Urban member...

The army must act fast

Tawanda Majoni Picture any day, anytime, when a truckload of uniformed soldiers crawls into a busy shopping centre. Public reaction is predictable. People scatter in every direction. They peep at the truck from the alleys. They speak in hushed tones, asking why the...

 Parly pledges to probe alleged Mnangagwa ally

Brenna Matendere The Mines parliamentary portfolio committee has pledged to investigate gold leakages and environmental degradation allegedly caused by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s reported ally, Scott Sakupwanya, in Manicaland province’s Penhalonga district....

Doubt lingers over government’s capacity to sustain Chinese health upgrades

The charge sheet against Chinese investors is long. But, once in a while, Chinese investors also make positive investments. When Covid-19 hit Zimbabwe in early 2000, the public health system was in shambles and Chinese investors donated USD500 000 for the...

Mnangagwa sets up tribunal for “anti-chief justice” judge

Brenna Matendere President Emmerson Mnangagwa has set up a tribunal to investigate a High Court judge who was part of a panel that last year ruled that Chief Justice Luke Malaba must not continue in office after reaching 70. The directive to set up the tribunal to...

Mnangagwa under fire over Scott gold award

Brenna Matendere Civil society organisations have rapped President Emmerson Mnangagwa for officiating at a State House ceremony where he presented the Best Gold Buyer award for 2021 to a controversial gold dealer, Pedzisai Sakupwanya. They accused the president of...

ZEC sets up polling station at Zanu PF “torture camp”

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has set up a polling station at an alleged ruling Zanu PF torture base in Mbizo constituency, Kwekwe, ahead of the March 26 by-elections. There have been reports over the years of the Black Wadada base being...

Police bans CCC Epworth rally

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Wednesday opposed the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) rally scheduled for tomorrow in Epworth, a populous dormitory settlement outside Harare. Epworth is a known hotbed of opposition politics.   The ban...

ZEC rejects colour ballot paper

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has rejected a request by the opposition to print ballot papers for the March 26 by-elections that reflect the colours of party and candidates’ choice. On Monday (March 21) the commission invited all political...

Chinese scramble for chrome leaves a trail of destruction

A scramble for Zimbabwean chrome by Chinese miners has left a trail of destruction onthe environment along the Great Dyke where abandoned pits are posing a deadly threat tohuman life and livestock. Brenna Matendere Increasing demand for chrome on the international...

Forgotten and forsaken, diamond displacement victims start trekking back home

Kenneth Matimaire The curse of diamonds still trolls hundreds of families that were displaced from the Marange fields and resettled on Arda Transau, a desolate 12,000 hectare farm in Manicaland province. Government identified the farm for resettlement more than a...

Non-payment taking toll on exam markers: PTUZ

Brenna Matendere The non-payment of allowances to teachers marking Zimbabwe Examination Centre (ZIMSEC) papers has caused them excessive stress as a leading union claims at least one teacher has died. Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president, Takavafira...

Video: Zimbabwean youths speak on voter registration

On 16 February, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) published that the voter registration blitz has so far registered 25 603 registrants across the country, and as of 22 February the number has since risen to 49 363. Although this is an increase in the right...

Mnangagwa’s powers illegal—Biti

Brenna Matendere Legal expert, Tendai Biti, on Wednesday 2 February 2022 told the Constitutional Court that powers bestowed on President Emmerson Mnangagwa through amendments to the constitution were illegal. Biti argued the matter on behalf of legal think-tank...

Human rights commission condemns political violence ahead of by-elections

Tinevimbo Chibagidi The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has condemned cases of recently reported political violence. The statutory commission urged political parties and other relevant players to shun violence. A member of the newly formed Citizens Coalition...

Campaign season: The rules only apply on the opposition

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Two Sundays ago, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) held its maiden rally at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields. The turnout, as many had forecast, was huge. But—apparently to kill the optic of numbers—the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) had...

Zupco turns away CCC supporters

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco), a public enterprise enjoying a transport monopoly, on Sunday barred passengers wearing yellow regalia associated with the newly established Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). A day after, though, scores...

Artisanal gold mining threatens resettled farmers

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Resettled farmers in Penhalonga, Manicaland province, are worried that harmful practices by artisanal and illegal miners are adversely affecting the environment, crops, pastures and livestock. More than 300, 000 Zimbabweans received smallholder...

Penhalonga mine wrangle: Workers demand reversal of licence given to ED’s reported ally

Brenna Matendere Workers at Redwing Mining Company in Penhalonga, Manicaland province, have written a letter to the company’s authorities seeking reversal of a tribute agreement entered into with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s alleged ally, Scott Sakupwanya....

Nurses form united front to fight for better working conditions

Brenna Matendere Unions and associations of nurses have formed a single labour federation which the health workers believe will help them fight labour injustice in the sector, Grazers News has learnt. The federation was established on Sunday, 13 February 2022....

Authorities turn blind eye on Chinese tile manufacturer

NKOSANA DLAMINI Norton--Hugging Manyame River as you enter Norton, some 30km from Harare on the highway to Bulawayo, is Sunny Yi Feng Tiles Zimbabwe, a Chinese-owned billion-dollar ceramics venture. It was established by Shanxi Yang Fan Logistics—which is domiciled in...

ZACC arrests Mberengwa RDC CEO over US$155k abuse

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has arrested Mberengwa Rural District Council Chief executive officer, Thompson Mayeresera, over a corruption case involving US$155, 000, Grazers News has established. Chamunorwa Murava, the ZACC...

Banking sector faces crippling strikes

Brenna Matendere Bank employees have given their respective managements a 21-day ultimatum to restore salaries to the pre-2018 scales or face crippling industrial action, Grazers News has established. Tawanda Mutemi, the Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union...

Zimbabwe’s road rehabilitation scratching the surface, literally

Zimbabwe has a 98 000km road network, of which 89%--that is 78 200km- is unsurfaced gravel and earth roads while sealed roads which are mostly in urban areas constitute 18% or 17 846 km. According to Zimfact’s fact sheet on Zimbabwe’s road network target, 139,8...

Malaria cases shot up in 2020 as Africa battled Covid 19

Staff Reporter A recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that cases of malaria and deaths caused by the disease shot up in 2020 in Africa as the continent battled the Covid 19 scourge. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, revealed...

119 unregistered schools closed as Methodist centre proposes 400pc fees hike

Tinevimbo Chibagidi The ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has shut down 119 schools for defying a government order to regularise their operations, it has been established. Some 400 private schools in the capital alone were operating illegally, as indicated...

Video: The nightmare of Harare congestion

Almost every large city in the world has an efficient public transport system which has even those who own cars, leaving their vehicles at home and opting for public transport. This has an impact on the number of cars on the roads leading to reduced congestion....

Zimbabwe Union of Journalists Press Statement on the state of corrupt journalistic practice in the country.

The latest issue of the privately owned weekly newspaper, The Standard, published two articles alleging rampant corrupt journalistic practice in Zimbabwe. The main story, 'Corruption watch: This is how badjournalism has become' is a personal narration of unbridled...

Government steps up measures to curb littering

Staff Reporter Government is introducing measures to curb littering in major urban centres amid growing concerns that local authorities are failing to keep the towns clean Recently, Grazers News, the Information for Development (IDT) news platform, produced a video...

Face to face with brown envelope journalism

Nyaradzo Nyere* While working on a story about how tobacco farmers are getting a raw deal from tobacco contracting companies, l did not anticipate that my investigation would dramatically bring me face to face with corrupt media colleagues. I had managed, by November...

Brazilian coal miner leaves cloud of despair in western Mozambique

Estacio Valoi Moatize--Vale, a mega-million Brazilian multinational with interests in mining, logistics, steel-making and energy, insists its mission is “to transform natural resources to prosperity and sustainable development”. But that is certianly not the...

This is how low journalism has sunk!

Tawanda Majoni A few years ago, we were at a function in Harare. We broke for lunch and I sat at a table next to a senior politician. As we waited to be served, an editor from one of the local papers passed by and took his seat among colleagues, three tables away from...

Tobacco contractor short-changes farmers amid bribery scam involving scribes

Nyaradzo Nyere* Contract tobacco farming provides an allure to poorly resourced farmers in Zimbabwe, but then, contractors are short-changing thousands of them in more than one way. On such contractor, according to investigations carried out with support from...

Zimbabwe central bank governor ranking improves slightly

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya’s global ranking improved in 2021, even though he is still among the least-rated leading central bank chiefs in Africa. The New York-based Global Finance, a financial review magazine that...

Video: Top diplomats, senior army officers invade private conversancy

Two serving ambassadors, a retired diplomat and a high-ranking army officer are among numerous individuals who have been controversially settled on a private Midlands conservancy located in an area which President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife, respectively, once...

2023 Elections: Mnangagwa needs a generous miracle!

Tawanda Majoni Make no doubt about this, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had this hugely golden chance to become Zimbabwe’s political legend, post-coup. If he had done the right things after the removal of ex-president Robert Mugabe, people were definitely going to...

Mnangagwa namedropper kicked off gold mine

Brenna Matendere Pedzisai Scott Sakupwanya, a dealer considered close to the first family, has been kicked out of a gold mining venture in Penhalonga, Manicaland province. This comes hardly two months after George Charamba, the presidential spokesperson, warned shady...

Late MDC-A activist’s wife arrested and released

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Masvingo police on Tuesday arrested Mollen Banga—the wife of the recently murdered Movement for Democratic Movement Alliance (MDC-A) supporter, Nyasha Zhambe—according to media reports. She was released towards midnight on a case that apparently...

In central Harare, garbage remains an eyesore

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Harare residents have expressed anger at the Harare City Council’s failure to clear refuse from busy places in the central business district (CBD). Despite refuse collection being one of the pressing issues in the capital, it is not a new problem....
Malawi shoemakers suffer Chinese wear and tear

Malawi shoemakers suffer Chinese wear and tear

Collins Mtika Lilongwe—The Malawian government has reduced itself to a pretty disinterested onlooker as Chinese shoe business drowns local small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). The irony is that, some eight years ago, about 50 of the SMEs were trained through a Chinese...

The story behind Zimbabwean media’s coverage of China

The story behind Zimbabwean media’s coverage of China

Nkosana Dlamini Stereotype, polarisation and general inaccessibility of investors and related information are key factors that have tended to influence how the Zimbabwean media is framing Chinese investments, according to a recent survey. Reporting on Sino-Zimbabwean...

The pitfalls of the 2023 elections

The pitfalls of the 2023 elections

Tawanda Majoni One thing that many people might not be seeing right now is that the 2023 general elections have already started. That’s for the simple reason that elections are not just about a few days before, during and a few days after vote casting, when the...

Zimbabwe risks sliding into surveillance state

Zimbabwe risks sliding into surveillance state

BY Dumisani NdlelaTHE Freedom in the World Report 2022 categorised Zimbabwe as “not free”. This was a downgrade from last year’s report, which categorised the country as “partly free”. Rights activists fear Zimbabwe has taken a downward trajectory in terms of civil...

Media body raps Chinese embassy over threats

Media body raps Chinese embassy over threats

Staff Reporter The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) has condemned threats against Information for Development Trust (IDT) and The Standard newspaper recently made by the Chinese embassy in Harare. Last week, the embassy published an angry two-page letter in The...

Mutoko villagers speak out on exploitation by Chinese miner

Mutoko villagers are not happy with the proliferating Chinese mining investments in their village and during a recent dialogue held by IDT in collaboration with YICD, they opened up on the issues affecting them due to these Chinese mining investments....

Residents threaten mass protests against Pomona deal

Residents threaten mass protests against Pomona deal

Gillian Chaka Harare residents have vowed to stop the Pomona waste-to-energy deal through mass protests and legal action. More than 70 community representatives gathered in the capital’s Glen Norah suburb last Friday to discuss the Pomona project, which has been...

Malawi’s unending fight against corruption

Malawi’s unending fight against corruption

By Collins Mtika Mzuzu--Sixteen years ago, former Malawi president, Bakili Muluzi, was put on trial for alleged corruption but, as analysts say, his prosecution has gone hardly anywhere mainly because of lack of political will and red tape. Yet Muluzi’s trial is not...

The headache of extra lessons

The headache of extra lessons

Poorly remunerated teachers are increasingly resorting to extra lessons for extra income, but this is bringing challenges to parents and the learners https://youtu.be/HRLAMk_jOLs

Sikhala arrested over avenging spirits threats

Sikhala arrested over avenging spirits threats

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) recently arrested Job Sikhala, the lawyer representing Moreblessing Ali, an opposition activist who was slain in apparent politically motivated violence. Sikhala's arrest has been widely condemned as political persecution. His arrest...

The victims have nowhere to turn to

The victims have nowhere to turn to

Tawanda Majoni The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe and its usual hangers-on within the local elite are always quick to dismiss criticism of businesses run by companies from the Asian nation as fake news and smear campaigns. It’s difficult to believe that they believe...

The Pomona culprits must face the music

The Pomona culprits must face the music

Tawanda Majoni There are certain people and certain things that must just be collected and dumped at the Pomona dumpsite. If they are going to catch fire and fatally burn in the perennial infernos at the dumpsite, no worries. For the people involved, they would just...

The headache of extra lessons

It never rains for Zimbabwe’s schools

Tinevimbo Chibagidi and Brenna Matendere It has never rained—but poured—for Zimbabwe’s primary and secondary education. And the “weatherman” says it will take a long while for the downpour to subside, if ever. When the economy went on a free fall at the turn of the...

RBZ buckles, reverses loan ban

RBZ buckles, reverses loan ban

Tinevimbo Chibagidi The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) on Tuesday—17 May—made a U-turn and reversed a recent decree by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to suspend lending by banks. The central bank governor, John Mangudya, issued a brief statement in which he indicated...

Top cop accused of assaulting Zim journalist

Top cop accused of assaulting Zim journalist

Brenna Matendere Lawyers representing two journalists accused of taking photos at a polling station during Saturday’s by-election in Chitungwiza have filed a complainant of assault by a top police officer of one of the scribes. Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) reporters,...

Zimbabwe has become a Chinese outpost

Zimbabwe has become a Chinese outpost

Tawanda Majoni In 2016, a Zimbabwean pastor, Evan Mawarire, started the ThisFlag campaign and got into big trouble for his efforts. Using social media channels, he would appear in short videos complaining about how the ruling elite had run Zimbabwe to the ground, and...

Parly committee bemoans lack of action on AG reports

Parly committee bemoans lack of action on AG reports

Brenna Matendere The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 3 May 2022, said it was concerned that the police and numerous government institutions were failing to act on submissions made by the auditor general’s office. The PAC chairperson and Gweru Urban member...

CCC ruffling their feathers

The army must act fast

Tawanda Majoni Picture any day, anytime, when a truckload of uniformed soldiers crawls into a busy shopping centre. Public reaction is predictable. People scatter in every direction. They peep at the truck from the alleys. They speak in hushed tones, asking why the...

 Parly pledges to probe alleged Mnangagwa ally

 Parly pledges to probe alleged Mnangagwa ally

Brenna Matendere The Mines parliamentary portfolio committee has pledged to investigate gold leakages and environmental degradation allegedly caused by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s reported ally, Scott Sakupwanya, in Manicaland province’s Penhalonga district....

Mnangagwa sets up tribunal for “anti-chief justice” judge

Mnangagwa sets up tribunal for “anti-chief justice” judge

Brenna Matendere President Emmerson Mnangagwa has set up a tribunal to investigate a High Court judge who was part of a panel that last year ruled that Chief Justice Luke Malaba must not continue in office after reaching 70. The directive to set up the tribunal to...

Mnangagwa under fire over Scott gold award

Mnangagwa under fire over Scott gold award

Brenna Matendere Civil society organisations have rapped President Emmerson Mnangagwa for officiating at a State House ceremony where he presented the Best Gold Buyer award for 2021 to a controversial gold dealer, Pedzisai Sakupwanya. They accused the president of...

ZEC sets up polling station at Zanu PF “torture camp”

ZEC sets up polling station at Zanu PF “torture camp”

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has set up a polling station at an alleged ruling Zanu PF torture base in Mbizo constituency, Kwekwe, ahead of the March 26 by-elections. There have been reports over the years of the Black Wadada base being...

Police bans CCC Epworth rally

Police bans CCC Epworth rally

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Wednesday opposed the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) rally scheduled for tomorrow in Epworth, a populous dormitory settlement outside Harare. Epworth is a known hotbed of opposition politics.   The ban...

ZEC rejects colour ballot paper

ZEC rejects colour ballot paper

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has rejected a request by the opposition to print ballot papers for the March 26 by-elections that reflect the colours of party and candidates’ choice. On Monday (March 21) the commission invited all political...

Chinese scramble for chrome leaves a trail of destruction

Chinese scramble for chrome leaves a trail of destruction

A scramble for Zimbabwean chrome by Chinese miners has left a trail of destruction onthe environment along the Great Dyke where abandoned pits are posing a deadly threat tohuman life and livestock. Brenna Matendere Increasing demand for chrome on the international...

Non-payment taking toll on exam markers: PTUZ

Non-payment taking toll on exam markers: PTUZ

Brenna Matendere The non-payment of allowances to teachers marking Zimbabwe Examination Centre (ZIMSEC) papers has caused them excessive stress as a leading union claims at least one teacher has died. Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president, Takavafira...

Video: Zimbabwean youths speak on voter registration

Video: Zimbabwean youths speak on voter registration

On 16 February, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) published that the voter registration blitz has so far registered 25 603 registrants across the country, and as of 22 February the number has since risen to 49 363. Although this is an increase in the right...

Mnangagwa’s powers illegal—Biti

Mnangagwa’s powers illegal—Biti

Brenna Matendere Legal expert, Tendai Biti, on Wednesday 2 February 2022 told the Constitutional Court that powers bestowed on President Emmerson Mnangagwa through amendments to the constitution were illegal. Biti argued the matter on behalf of legal think-tank...

The government and ZUPCO have failed

Campaign season: The rules only apply on the opposition

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Two Sundays ago, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) held its maiden rally at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields. The turnout, as many had forecast, was huge. But—apparently to kill the optic of numbers—the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) had...

Zupco turns away CCC supporters

Zupco turns away CCC supporters

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco), a public enterprise enjoying a transport monopoly, on Sunday barred passengers wearing yellow regalia associated with the newly established Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). A day after, though, scores...

Artisanal gold mining threatens resettled farmers

Artisanal gold mining threatens resettled farmers

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Resettled farmers in Penhalonga, Manicaland province, are worried that harmful practices by artisanal and illegal miners are adversely affecting the environment, crops, pastures and livestock. More than 300, 000 Zimbabweans received smallholder...

Nurses form united front to fight for better working conditions

Nurses form united front to fight for better working conditions

Brenna Matendere Unions and associations of nurses have formed a single labour federation which the health workers believe will help them fight labour injustice in the sector, Grazers News has learnt. The federation was established on Sunday, 13 February 2022....

Authorities turn blind eye on Chinese tile manufacturer

Authorities turn blind eye on Chinese tile manufacturer

NKOSANA DLAMINI Norton--Hugging Manyame River as you enter Norton, some 30km from Harare on the highway to Bulawayo, is Sunny Yi Feng Tiles Zimbabwe, a Chinese-owned billion-dollar ceramics venture. It was established by Shanxi Yang Fan Logistics—which is domiciled in...

ZACC arrests Mberengwa RDC CEO over US$155k abuse

ZACC arrests Mberengwa RDC CEO over US$155k abuse

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has arrested Mberengwa Rural District Council Chief executive officer, Thompson Mayeresera, over a corruption case involving US$155, 000, Grazers News has established. Chamunorwa Murava, the ZACC...

Banking sector faces crippling strikes

Banking sector faces crippling strikes

Brenna Matendere Bank employees have given their respective managements a 21-day ultimatum to restore salaries to the pre-2018 scales or face crippling industrial action, Grazers News has established. Tawanda Mutemi, the Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union...

Zimbabwe’s road rehabilitation scratching the surface, literally

Zimbabwe’s road rehabilitation scratching the surface, literally

Zimbabwe has a 98 000km road network, of which 89%--that is 78 200km- is unsurfaced gravel and earth roads while sealed roads which are mostly in urban areas constitute 18% or 17 846 km. According to Zimfact’s fact sheet on Zimbabwe’s road network target, 139,8...

Malaria cases shot up in 2020 as Africa battled Covid 19

Malaria cases shot up in 2020 as Africa battled Covid 19

Staff Reporter A recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that cases of malaria and deaths caused by the disease shot up in 2020 in Africa as the continent battled the Covid 19 scourge. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, revealed...

Video: The nightmare of Harare congestion

Video: The nightmare of Harare congestion

Almost every large city in the world has an efficient public transport system which has even those who own cars, leaving their vehicles at home and opting for public transport. This has an impact on the number of cars on the roads leading to reduced congestion....

Government steps up measures to curb littering

Government steps up measures to curb littering

Staff Reporter Government is introducing measures to curb littering in major urban centres amid growing concerns that local authorities are failing to keep the towns clean Recently, Grazers News, the Information for Development (IDT) news platform, produced a video...

ZACC arrests Mberengwa RDC CEO over US$155k abuse

Face to face with brown envelope journalism

Nyaradzo Nyere* While working on a story about how tobacco farmers are getting a raw deal from tobacco contracting companies, l did not anticipate that my investigation would dramatically bring me face to face with corrupt media colleagues. I had managed, by November...

Brazilian coal miner leaves cloud of despair in western Mozambique

Brazilian coal miner leaves cloud of despair in western Mozambique

Estacio Valoi Moatize--Vale, a mega-million Brazilian multinational with interests in mining, logistics, steel-making and energy, insists its mission is “to transform natural resources to prosperity and sustainable development”. But that is certianly not the...

This is how low journalism has sunk!

This is how low journalism has sunk!

Tawanda Majoni A few years ago, we were at a function in Harare. We broke for lunch and I sat at a table next to a senior politician. As we waited to be served, an editor from one of the local papers passed by and took his seat among colleagues, three tables away from...

Zimbabwe central bank governor ranking improves slightly

Zimbabwe central bank governor ranking improves slightly

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya’s global ranking improved in 2021, even though he is still among the least-rated leading central bank chiefs in Africa. The New York-based Global Finance, a financial review magazine that...

2023 Elections: Mnangagwa needs a generous miracle!

2023 Elections: Mnangagwa needs a generous miracle!

Tawanda Majoni Make no doubt about this, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had this hugely golden chance to become Zimbabwe’s political legend, post-coup. If he had done the right things after the removal of ex-president Robert Mugabe, people were definitely going to...

Mnangagwa namedropper kicked off gold mine

Mnangagwa namedropper kicked off gold mine

Brenna Matendere Pedzisai Scott Sakupwanya, a dealer considered close to the first family, has been kicked out of a gold mining venture in Penhalonga, Manicaland province. This comes hardly two months after George Charamba, the presidential spokesperson, warned shady...

Late MDC-A activist’s wife arrested and released

Late MDC-A activist’s wife arrested and released

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Masvingo police on Tuesday arrested Mollen Banga—the wife of the recently murdered Movement for Democratic Movement Alliance (MDC-A) supporter, Nyasha Zhambe—according to media reports. She was released towards midnight on a case that apparently...

In central Harare, garbage remains an eyesore

In central Harare, garbage remains an eyesore

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Harare residents have expressed anger at the Harare City Council’s failure to clear refuse from busy places in the central business district (CBD). Despite refuse collection being one of the pressing issues in the capital, it is not a new problem....

Malawi shoemakers suffer Chinese wear and tear

Malawi shoemakers suffer Chinese wear and tear

Collins Mtika Lilongwe—The Malawian government has reduced itself to a pretty disinterested onlooker as Chinese shoe business drowns local small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). The irony is that, some eight years ago, about 50 of the SMEs were trained through a Chinese...

The story behind Zimbabwean media’s coverage of China

The story behind Zimbabwean media’s coverage of China

Nkosana Dlamini Stereotype, polarisation and general inaccessibility of investors and related information are key factors that have tended to influence how the Zimbabwean media is framing Chinese investments, according to a recent survey. Reporting on Sino-Zimbabwean...

The pitfalls of the 2023 elections

The pitfalls of the 2023 elections

Tawanda Majoni One thing that many people might not be seeing right now is that the 2023 general elections have already started. That’s for the simple reason that elections are not just about a few days before, during and a few days after vote casting, when the...

Zimbabwe risks sliding into surveillance state

Zimbabwe risks sliding into surveillance state

BY Dumisani NdlelaTHE Freedom in the World Report 2022 categorised Zimbabwe as “not free”. This was a downgrade from last year’s report, which categorised the country as “partly free”. Rights activists fear Zimbabwe has taken a downward trajectory in terms of civil...

Media body raps Chinese embassy over threats

Media body raps Chinese embassy over threats

Staff Reporter The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) has condemned threats against Information for Development Trust (IDT) and The Standard newspaper recently made by the Chinese embassy in Harare. Last week, the embassy published an angry two-page letter in The...

Mutoko villagers speak out on exploitation by Chinese miner

Mutoko villagers are not happy with the proliferating Chinese mining investments in their village and during a recent dialogue held by IDT in collaboration with YICD, they opened up on the issues affecting them due to these Chinese mining investments....

Residents threaten mass protests against Pomona deal

Residents threaten mass protests against Pomona deal

Gillian Chaka Harare residents have vowed to stop the Pomona waste-to-energy deal through mass protests and legal action. More than 70 community representatives gathered in the capital’s Glen Norah suburb last Friday to discuss the Pomona project, which has been...

Malawi’s unending fight against corruption

Malawi’s unending fight against corruption

By Collins Mtika Mzuzu--Sixteen years ago, former Malawi president, Bakili Muluzi, was put on trial for alleged corruption but, as analysts say, his prosecution has gone hardly anywhere mainly because of lack of political will and red tape. Yet Muluzi’s trial is not...

The headache of extra lessons

The headache of extra lessons

Poorly remunerated teachers are increasingly resorting to extra lessons for extra income, but this is bringing challenges to parents and the learners https://youtu.be/HRLAMk_jOLs

Sikhala arrested over avenging spirits threats

Sikhala arrested over avenging spirits threats

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) recently arrested Job Sikhala, the lawyer representing Moreblessing Ali, an opposition activist who was slain in apparent politically motivated violence. Sikhala's arrest has been widely condemned as political persecution. His arrest...

The victims have nowhere to turn to

The victims have nowhere to turn to

Tawanda Majoni The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe and its usual hangers-on within the local elite are always quick to dismiss criticism of businesses run by companies from the Asian nation as fake news and smear campaigns. It’s difficult to believe that they believe...

The Pomona culprits must face the music

The Pomona culprits must face the music

Tawanda Majoni There are certain people and certain things that must just be collected and dumped at the Pomona dumpsite. If they are going to catch fire and fatally burn in the perennial infernos at the dumpsite, no worries. For the people involved, they would just...

The headache of extra lessons

It never rains for Zimbabwe’s schools

Tinevimbo Chibagidi and Brenna Matendere It has never rained—but poured—for Zimbabwe’s primary and secondary education. And the “weatherman” says it will take a long while for the downpour to subside, if ever. When the economy went on a free fall at the turn of the...

RBZ buckles, reverses loan ban

RBZ buckles, reverses loan ban

Tinevimbo Chibagidi The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) on Tuesday—17 May—made a U-turn and reversed a recent decree by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to suspend lending by banks. The central bank governor, John Mangudya, issued a brief statement in which he indicated...

Top cop accused of assaulting Zim journalist

Top cop accused of assaulting Zim journalist

Brenna Matendere Lawyers representing two journalists accused of taking photos at a polling station during Saturday’s by-election in Chitungwiza have filed a complainant of assault by a top police officer of one of the scribes. Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) reporters,...

Zimbabwe has become a Chinese outpost

Zimbabwe has become a Chinese outpost

Tawanda Majoni In 2016, a Zimbabwean pastor, Evan Mawarire, started the ThisFlag campaign and got into big trouble for his efforts. Using social media channels, he would appear in short videos complaining about how the ruling elite had run Zimbabwe to the ground, and...

Parly committee bemoans lack of action on AG reports

Parly committee bemoans lack of action on AG reports

Brenna Matendere The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 3 May 2022, said it was concerned that the police and numerous government institutions were failing to act on submissions made by the auditor general’s office. The PAC chairperson and Gweru Urban member...

CCC ruffling their feathers

The army must act fast

Tawanda Majoni Picture any day, anytime, when a truckload of uniformed soldiers crawls into a busy shopping centre. Public reaction is predictable. People scatter in every direction. They peep at the truck from the alleys. They speak in hushed tones, asking why the...

 Parly pledges to probe alleged Mnangagwa ally

 Parly pledges to probe alleged Mnangagwa ally

Brenna Matendere The Mines parliamentary portfolio committee has pledged to investigate gold leakages and environmental degradation allegedly caused by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s reported ally, Scott Sakupwanya, in Manicaland province’s Penhalonga district....

Mnangagwa sets up tribunal for “anti-chief justice” judge

Mnangagwa sets up tribunal for “anti-chief justice” judge

Brenna Matendere President Emmerson Mnangagwa has set up a tribunal to investigate a High Court judge who was part of a panel that last year ruled that Chief Justice Luke Malaba must not continue in office after reaching 70. The directive to set up the tribunal to...

Mnangagwa under fire over Scott gold award

Mnangagwa under fire over Scott gold award

Brenna Matendere Civil society organisations have rapped President Emmerson Mnangagwa for officiating at a State House ceremony where he presented the Best Gold Buyer award for 2021 to a controversial gold dealer, Pedzisai Sakupwanya. They accused the president of...

ZEC sets up polling station at Zanu PF “torture camp”

ZEC sets up polling station at Zanu PF “torture camp”

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has set up a polling station at an alleged ruling Zanu PF torture base in Mbizo constituency, Kwekwe, ahead of the March 26 by-elections. There have been reports over the years of the Black Wadada base being...

Police bans CCC Epworth rally

Police bans CCC Epworth rally

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Wednesday opposed the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) rally scheduled for tomorrow in Epworth, a populous dormitory settlement outside Harare. Epworth is a known hotbed of opposition politics.   The ban...

ZEC rejects colour ballot paper

ZEC rejects colour ballot paper

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has rejected a request by the opposition to print ballot papers for the March 26 by-elections that reflect the colours of party and candidates’ choice. On Monday (March 21) the commission invited all political...

Chinese scramble for chrome leaves a trail of destruction

Chinese scramble for chrome leaves a trail of destruction

A scramble for Zimbabwean chrome by Chinese miners has left a trail of destruction onthe environment along the Great Dyke where abandoned pits are posing a deadly threat tohuman life and livestock. Brenna Matendere Increasing demand for chrome on the international...

Non-payment taking toll on exam markers: PTUZ

Non-payment taking toll on exam markers: PTUZ

Brenna Matendere The non-payment of allowances to teachers marking Zimbabwe Examination Centre (ZIMSEC) papers has caused them excessive stress as a leading union claims at least one teacher has died. Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president, Takavafira...

Video: Zimbabwean youths speak on voter registration

Video: Zimbabwean youths speak on voter registration

On 16 February, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) published that the voter registration blitz has so far registered 25 603 registrants across the country, and as of 22 February the number has since risen to 49 363. Although this is an increase in the right...

Mnangagwa’s powers illegal—Biti

Mnangagwa’s powers illegal—Biti

Brenna Matendere Legal expert, Tendai Biti, on Wednesday 2 February 2022 told the Constitutional Court that powers bestowed on President Emmerson Mnangagwa through amendments to the constitution were illegal. Biti argued the matter on behalf of legal think-tank...

The government and ZUPCO have failed

Campaign season: The rules only apply on the opposition

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Two Sundays ago, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) held its maiden rally at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields. The turnout, as many had forecast, was huge. But—apparently to kill the optic of numbers—the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) had...

Zupco turns away CCC supporters

Zupco turns away CCC supporters

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco), a public enterprise enjoying a transport monopoly, on Sunday barred passengers wearing yellow regalia associated with the newly established Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). A day after, though, scores...

Artisanal gold mining threatens resettled farmers

Artisanal gold mining threatens resettled farmers

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Resettled farmers in Penhalonga, Manicaland province, are worried that harmful practices by artisanal and illegal miners are adversely affecting the environment, crops, pastures and livestock. More than 300, 000 Zimbabweans received smallholder...

Nurses form united front to fight for better working conditions

Nurses form united front to fight for better working conditions

Brenna Matendere Unions and associations of nurses have formed a single labour federation which the health workers believe will help them fight labour injustice in the sector, Grazers News has learnt. The federation was established on Sunday, 13 February 2022....

Authorities turn blind eye on Chinese tile manufacturer

Authorities turn blind eye on Chinese tile manufacturer

NKOSANA DLAMINI Norton--Hugging Manyame River as you enter Norton, some 30km from Harare on the highway to Bulawayo, is Sunny Yi Feng Tiles Zimbabwe, a Chinese-owned billion-dollar ceramics venture. It was established by Shanxi Yang Fan Logistics—which is domiciled in...

ZACC arrests Mberengwa RDC CEO over US$155k abuse

ZACC arrests Mberengwa RDC CEO over US$155k abuse

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has arrested Mberengwa Rural District Council Chief executive officer, Thompson Mayeresera, over a corruption case involving US$155, 000, Grazers News has established. Chamunorwa Murava, the ZACC...

Banking sector faces crippling strikes

Banking sector faces crippling strikes

Brenna Matendere Bank employees have given their respective managements a 21-day ultimatum to restore salaries to the pre-2018 scales or face crippling industrial action, Grazers News has established. Tawanda Mutemi, the Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union...

Zimbabwe’s road rehabilitation scratching the surface, literally

Zimbabwe’s road rehabilitation scratching the surface, literally

Zimbabwe has a 98 000km road network, of which 89%--that is 78 200km- is unsurfaced gravel and earth roads while sealed roads which are mostly in urban areas constitute 18% or 17 846 km. According to Zimfact’s fact sheet on Zimbabwe’s road network target, 139,8...

Malaria cases shot up in 2020 as Africa battled Covid 19

Malaria cases shot up in 2020 as Africa battled Covid 19

Staff Reporter A recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that cases of malaria and deaths caused by the disease shot up in 2020 in Africa as the continent battled the Covid 19 scourge. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, revealed...

Video: The nightmare of Harare congestion

Video: The nightmare of Harare congestion

Almost every large city in the world has an efficient public transport system which has even those who own cars, leaving their vehicles at home and opting for public transport. This has an impact on the number of cars on the roads leading to reduced congestion....

Government steps up measures to curb littering

Government steps up measures to curb littering

Staff Reporter Government is introducing measures to curb littering in major urban centres amid growing concerns that local authorities are failing to keep the towns clean Recently, Grazers News, the Information for Development (IDT) news platform, produced a video...

ZACC arrests Mberengwa RDC CEO over US$155k abuse

Face to face with brown envelope journalism

Nyaradzo Nyere* While working on a story about how tobacco farmers are getting a raw deal from tobacco contracting companies, l did not anticipate that my investigation would dramatically bring me face to face with corrupt media colleagues. I had managed, by November...

Brazilian coal miner leaves cloud of despair in western Mozambique

Brazilian coal miner leaves cloud of despair in western Mozambique

Estacio Valoi Moatize--Vale, a mega-million Brazilian multinational with interests in mining, logistics, steel-making and energy, insists its mission is “to transform natural resources to prosperity and sustainable development”. But that is certianly not the...

This is how low journalism has sunk!

This is how low journalism has sunk!

Tawanda Majoni A few years ago, we were at a function in Harare. We broke for lunch and I sat at a table next to a senior politician. As we waited to be served, an editor from one of the local papers passed by and took his seat among colleagues, three tables away from...

Zimbabwe central bank governor ranking improves slightly

Zimbabwe central bank governor ranking improves slightly

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya’s global ranking improved in 2021, even though he is still among the least-rated leading central bank chiefs in Africa. The New York-based Global Finance, a financial review magazine that...

2023 Elections: Mnangagwa needs a generous miracle!

2023 Elections: Mnangagwa needs a generous miracle!

Tawanda Majoni Make no doubt about this, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had this hugely golden chance to become Zimbabwe’s political legend, post-coup. If he had done the right things after the removal of ex-president Robert Mugabe, people were definitely going to...

Mnangagwa namedropper kicked off gold mine

Mnangagwa namedropper kicked off gold mine

Brenna Matendere Pedzisai Scott Sakupwanya, a dealer considered close to the first family, has been kicked out of a gold mining venture in Penhalonga, Manicaland province. This comes hardly two months after George Charamba, the presidential spokesperson, warned shady...

Late MDC-A activist’s wife arrested and released

Late MDC-A activist’s wife arrested and released

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Masvingo police on Tuesday arrested Mollen Banga—the wife of the recently murdered Movement for Democratic Movement Alliance (MDC-A) supporter, Nyasha Zhambe—according to media reports. She was released towards midnight on a case that apparently...

In central Harare, garbage remains an eyesore

In central Harare, garbage remains an eyesore

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Harare residents have expressed anger at the Harare City Council’s failure to clear refuse from busy places in the central business district (CBD). Despite refuse collection being one of the pressing issues in the capital, it is not a new problem....

Malawi shoemakers suffer Chinese wear and tear

Collins Mtika Lilongwe—The Malawian government has reduced itself to a pretty disinterested onlooker as Chinese shoe business drowns local small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). The irony is that, some eight years ago, about 50 of the SMEs were trained through a Chinese...

The story behind Zimbabwean media’s coverage of China

Nkosana Dlamini Stereotype, polarisation and general inaccessibility of investors and related information are key factors that have tended to influence how the Zimbabwean media is framing Chinese investments, according to a recent survey. Reporting on Sino-Zimbabwean...

The pitfalls of the 2023 elections

Tawanda Majoni One thing that many people might not be seeing right now is that the 2023 general elections have already started. That’s for the simple reason that elections are not just about a few days before, during and a few days after vote casting, when the...

Zimbabwe risks sliding into surveillance state

BY Dumisani NdlelaTHE Freedom in the World Report 2022 categorised Zimbabwe as “not free”. This was a downgrade from last year’s report, which categorised the country as “partly free”. Rights activists fear Zimbabwe has taken a downward trajectory in terms of civil...

Media body raps Chinese embassy over threats

Staff Reporter The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) has condemned threats against Information for Development Trust (IDT) and The Standard newspaper recently made by the Chinese embassy in Harare. Last week, the embassy published an angry two-page letter in The...

Mutoko villagers speak out on exploitation by Chinese miner

Mutoko villagers are not happy with the proliferating Chinese mining investments in their village and during a recent dialogue held by IDT in collaboration with YICD, they opened up on the issues affecting them due to these Chinese mining investments....

Residents threaten mass protests against Pomona deal

Gillian Chaka Harare residents have vowed to stop the Pomona waste-to-energy deal through mass protests and legal action. More than 70 community representatives gathered in the capital’s Glen Norah suburb last Friday to discuss the Pomona project, which has been...

Malawi’s unending fight against corruption

By Collins Mtika Mzuzu--Sixteen years ago, former Malawi president, Bakili Muluzi, was put on trial for alleged corruption but, as analysts say, his prosecution has gone hardly anywhere mainly because of lack of political will and red tape. Yet Muluzi’s trial is not...

The headache of extra lessons

Poorly remunerated teachers are increasingly resorting to extra lessons for extra income, but this is bringing challenges to parents and the learners https://youtu.be/HRLAMk_jOLs

Sikhala arrested over avenging spirits threats

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) recently arrested Job Sikhala, the lawyer representing Moreblessing Ali, an opposition activist who was slain in apparent politically motivated violence. Sikhala's arrest has been widely condemned as political persecution. His arrest...

The victims have nowhere to turn to

Tawanda Majoni The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe and its usual hangers-on within the local elite are always quick to dismiss criticism of businesses run by companies from the Asian nation as fake news and smear campaigns. It’s difficult to believe that they believe...

The Pomona culprits must face the music

Tawanda Majoni There are certain people and certain things that must just be collected and dumped at the Pomona dumpsite. If they are going to catch fire and fatally burn in the perennial infernos at the dumpsite, no worries. For the people involved, they would just...

It never rains for Zimbabwe’s schools

Tinevimbo Chibagidi and Brenna Matendere It has never rained—but poured—for Zimbabwe’s primary and secondary education. And the “weatherman” says it will take a long while for the downpour to subside, if ever. When the economy went on a free fall at the turn of the...

RBZ buckles, reverses loan ban

Tinevimbo Chibagidi The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) on Tuesday—17 May—made a U-turn and reversed a recent decree by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to suspend lending by banks. The central bank governor, John Mangudya, issued a brief statement in which he indicated...

Top cop accused of assaulting Zim journalist

Brenna Matendere Lawyers representing two journalists accused of taking photos at a polling station during Saturday’s by-election in Chitungwiza have filed a complainant of assault by a top police officer of one of the scribes. Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) reporters,...

Zimbabwe has become a Chinese outpost

Tawanda Majoni In 2016, a Zimbabwean pastor, Evan Mawarire, started the ThisFlag campaign and got into big trouble for his efforts. Using social media channels, he would appear in short videos complaining about how the ruling elite had run Zimbabwe to the ground, and...

Parly committee bemoans lack of action on AG reports

Brenna Matendere The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 3 May 2022, said it was concerned that the police and numerous government institutions were failing to act on submissions made by the auditor general’s office. The PAC chairperson and Gweru Urban member...

The army must act fast

Tawanda Majoni Picture any day, anytime, when a truckload of uniformed soldiers crawls into a busy shopping centre. Public reaction is predictable. People scatter in every direction. They peep at the truck from the alleys. They speak in hushed tones, asking why the...

 Parly pledges to probe alleged Mnangagwa ally

Brenna Matendere The Mines parliamentary portfolio committee has pledged to investigate gold leakages and environmental degradation allegedly caused by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s reported ally, Scott Sakupwanya, in Manicaland province’s Penhalonga district....

Mnangagwa sets up tribunal for “anti-chief justice” judge

Brenna Matendere President Emmerson Mnangagwa has set up a tribunal to investigate a High Court judge who was part of a panel that last year ruled that Chief Justice Luke Malaba must not continue in office after reaching 70. The directive to set up the tribunal to...

Mnangagwa under fire over Scott gold award

Brenna Matendere Civil society organisations have rapped President Emmerson Mnangagwa for officiating at a State House ceremony where he presented the Best Gold Buyer award for 2021 to a controversial gold dealer, Pedzisai Sakupwanya. They accused the president of...

ZEC sets up polling station at Zanu PF “torture camp”

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has set up a polling station at an alleged ruling Zanu PF torture base in Mbizo constituency, Kwekwe, ahead of the March 26 by-elections. There have been reports over the years of the Black Wadada base being...

Police bans CCC Epworth rally

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Wednesday opposed the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) rally scheduled for tomorrow in Epworth, a populous dormitory settlement outside Harare. Epworth is a known hotbed of opposition politics.   The ban...

ZEC rejects colour ballot paper

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has rejected a request by the opposition to print ballot papers for the March 26 by-elections that reflect the colours of party and candidates’ choice. On Monday (March 21) the commission invited all political...

Chinese scramble for chrome leaves a trail of destruction

A scramble for Zimbabwean chrome by Chinese miners has left a trail of destruction onthe environment along the Great Dyke where abandoned pits are posing a deadly threat tohuman life and livestock. Brenna Matendere Increasing demand for chrome on the international...

Non-payment taking toll on exam markers: PTUZ

Brenna Matendere The non-payment of allowances to teachers marking Zimbabwe Examination Centre (ZIMSEC) papers has caused them excessive stress as a leading union claims at least one teacher has died. Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president, Takavafira...

Video: Zimbabwean youths speak on voter registration

On 16 February, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) published that the voter registration blitz has so far registered 25 603 registrants across the country, and as of 22 February the number has since risen to 49 363. Although this is an increase in the right...

Mnangagwa’s powers illegal—Biti

Brenna Matendere Legal expert, Tendai Biti, on Wednesday 2 February 2022 told the Constitutional Court that powers bestowed on President Emmerson Mnangagwa through amendments to the constitution were illegal. Biti argued the matter on behalf of legal think-tank...

Campaign season: The rules only apply on the opposition

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Two Sundays ago, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) held its maiden rally at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields. The turnout, as many had forecast, was huge. But—apparently to kill the optic of numbers—the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) had...

Zupco turns away CCC supporters

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco), a public enterprise enjoying a transport monopoly, on Sunday barred passengers wearing yellow regalia associated with the newly established Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). A day after, though, scores...

Artisanal gold mining threatens resettled farmers

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Resettled farmers in Penhalonga, Manicaland province, are worried that harmful practices by artisanal and illegal miners are adversely affecting the environment, crops, pastures and livestock. More than 300, 000 Zimbabweans received smallholder...

Nurses form united front to fight for better working conditions

Brenna Matendere Unions and associations of nurses have formed a single labour federation which the health workers believe will help them fight labour injustice in the sector, Grazers News has learnt. The federation was established on Sunday, 13 February 2022....

Authorities turn blind eye on Chinese tile manufacturer

NKOSANA DLAMINI Norton--Hugging Manyame River as you enter Norton, some 30km from Harare on the highway to Bulawayo, is Sunny Yi Feng Tiles Zimbabwe, a Chinese-owned billion-dollar ceramics venture. It was established by Shanxi Yang Fan Logistics—which is domiciled in...

ZACC arrests Mberengwa RDC CEO over US$155k abuse

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has arrested Mberengwa Rural District Council Chief executive officer, Thompson Mayeresera, over a corruption case involving US$155, 000, Grazers News has established. Chamunorwa Murava, the ZACC...

Banking sector faces crippling strikes

Brenna Matendere Bank employees have given their respective managements a 21-day ultimatum to restore salaries to the pre-2018 scales or face crippling industrial action, Grazers News has established. Tawanda Mutemi, the Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union...

Zimbabwe’s road rehabilitation scratching the surface, literally

Zimbabwe has a 98 000km road network, of which 89%--that is 78 200km- is unsurfaced gravel and earth roads while sealed roads which are mostly in urban areas constitute 18% or 17 846 km. According to Zimfact’s fact sheet on Zimbabwe’s road network target, 139,8...

Malaria cases shot up in 2020 as Africa battled Covid 19

Staff Reporter A recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that cases of malaria and deaths caused by the disease shot up in 2020 in Africa as the continent battled the Covid 19 scourge. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, revealed...

Video: The nightmare of Harare congestion

Almost every large city in the world has an efficient public transport system which has even those who own cars, leaving their vehicles at home and opting for public transport. This has an impact on the number of cars on the roads leading to reduced congestion....

Government steps up measures to curb littering

Staff Reporter Government is introducing measures to curb littering in major urban centres amid growing concerns that local authorities are failing to keep the towns clean Recently, Grazers News, the Information for Development (IDT) news platform, produced a video...

Face to face with brown envelope journalism

Nyaradzo Nyere* While working on a story about how tobacco farmers are getting a raw deal from tobacco contracting companies, l did not anticipate that my investigation would dramatically bring me face to face with corrupt media colleagues. I had managed, by November...

Brazilian coal miner leaves cloud of despair in western Mozambique

Estacio Valoi Moatize--Vale, a mega-million Brazilian multinational with interests in mining, logistics, steel-making and energy, insists its mission is “to transform natural resources to prosperity and sustainable development”. But that is certianly not the...

This is how low journalism has sunk!

Tawanda Majoni A few years ago, we were at a function in Harare. We broke for lunch and I sat at a table next to a senior politician. As we waited to be served, an editor from one of the local papers passed by and took his seat among colleagues, three tables away from...

Zimbabwe central bank governor ranking improves slightly

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya’s global ranking improved in 2021, even though he is still among the least-rated leading central bank chiefs in Africa. The New York-based Global Finance, a financial review magazine that...

2023 Elections: Mnangagwa needs a generous miracle!

Tawanda Majoni Make no doubt about this, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had this hugely golden chance to become Zimbabwe’s political legend, post-coup. If he had done the right things after the removal of ex-president Robert Mugabe, people were definitely going to...

Mnangagwa namedropper kicked off gold mine

Brenna Matendere Pedzisai Scott Sakupwanya, a dealer considered close to the first family, has been kicked out of a gold mining venture in Penhalonga, Manicaland province. This comes hardly two months after George Charamba, the presidential spokesperson, warned shady...

Late MDC-A activist’s wife arrested and released

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Masvingo police on Tuesday arrested Mollen Banga—the wife of the recently murdered Movement for Democratic Movement Alliance (MDC-A) supporter, Nyasha Zhambe—according to media reports. She was released towards midnight on a case that apparently...

In central Harare, garbage remains an eyesore

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Harare residents have expressed anger at the Harare City Council’s failure to clear refuse from busy places in the central business district (CBD). Despite refuse collection being one of the pressing issues in the capital, it is not a new problem....

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The story behind Zimbabwean media’s coverage of China

The story behind Zimbabwean media’s coverage of China

Nkosana Dlamini Stereotype, polarisation and general inaccessibility of investors and related information are key factors that have tended to influence how the Zimbabwean media is framing Chinese investments, according to a recent survey. Reporting on Sino-Zimbabwean...

Malawi shoemakers suffer Chinese wear and tear

Malawi shoemakers suffer Chinese wear and tear

Collins Mtika Lilongwe—The Malawian government has reduced itself to a pretty disinterested onlooker as Chinese shoe business drowns local small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). The irony is that, some eight years ago, about 50 of the SMEs were trained through a Chinese...

The pitfalls of the 2023 elections

The pitfalls of the 2023 elections

Tawanda Majoni One thing that many people might not be seeing right now is that the 2023 general elections have already started. That’s for the simple reason that elections are not just about a few days before, during and a few days after vote casting, when the...

Zimbabwe risks sliding into surveillance state

Zimbabwe risks sliding into surveillance state

BY Dumisani NdlelaTHE Freedom in the World Report 2022 categorised Zimbabwe as “not free”. This was a downgrade from last year’s report, which categorised the country as “partly free”. Rights activists fear Zimbabwe has taken a downward trajectory in terms of civil...

Media body raps Chinese embassy over threats

Media body raps Chinese embassy over threats

Staff Reporter The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) has condemned threats against Information for Development Trust (IDT) and The Standard newspaper recently made by the Chinese embassy in Harare. Last week, the embassy published an angry two-page letter in The...

Mutoko villagers speak out on exploitation by Chinese miner

Mutoko villagers are not happy with the proliferating Chinese mining investments in their village and during a recent dialogue held by IDT in collaboration with YICD, they opened up on the issues affecting them due to these Chinese mining investments....

Residents threaten mass protests against Pomona deal

Residents threaten mass protests against Pomona deal

Gillian Chaka Harare residents have vowed to stop the Pomona waste-to-energy deal through mass protests and legal action. More than 70 community representatives gathered in the capital’s Glen Norah suburb last Friday to discuss the Pomona project, which has been...

Malawi’s unending fight against corruption

Malawi’s unending fight against corruption

By Collins Mtika Mzuzu--Sixteen years ago, former Malawi president, Bakili Muluzi, was put on trial for alleged corruption but, as analysts say, his prosecution has gone hardly anywhere mainly because of lack of political will and red tape. Yet Muluzi’s trial is not...

The headache of extra lessons

The headache of extra lessons

Poorly remunerated teachers are increasingly resorting to extra lessons for extra income, but this is bringing challenges to parents and the learners https://youtu.be/HRLAMk_jOLs

Sikhala arrested over avenging spirits threats

Sikhala arrested over avenging spirits threats

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) recently arrested Job Sikhala, the lawyer representing Moreblessing Ali, an opposition activist who was slain in apparent politically motivated violence. Sikhala's arrest has been widely condemned as political persecution. His arrest...

The victims have nowhere to turn to

The victims have nowhere to turn to

Tawanda Majoni The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe and its usual hangers-on within the local elite are always quick to dismiss criticism of businesses run by companies from the Asian nation as fake news and smear campaigns. It’s difficult to believe that they believe...

The Pomona culprits must face the music

The Pomona culprits must face the music

Tawanda Majoni There are certain people and certain things that must just be collected and dumped at the Pomona dumpsite. If they are going to catch fire and fatally burn in the perennial infernos at the dumpsite, no worries. For the people involved, they would just...

It never rains for Zimbabwe’s schools

It never rains for Zimbabwe’s schools

Tinevimbo Chibagidi and Brenna Matendere It has never rained—but poured—for Zimbabwe’s primary and secondary education. And the “weatherman” says it will take a long while for the downpour to subside, if ever. When the economy went on a free fall at the turn of the...

RBZ buckles, reverses loan ban

RBZ buckles, reverses loan ban

Tinevimbo Chibagidi The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) on Tuesday—17 May—made a U-turn and reversed a recent decree by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to suspend lending by banks. The central bank governor, John Mangudya, issued a brief statement in which he indicated...

Top cop accused of assaulting Zim journalist

Top cop accused of assaulting Zim journalist

Brenna Matendere Lawyers representing two journalists accused of taking photos at a polling station during Saturday’s by-election in Chitungwiza have filed a complainant of assault by a top police officer of one of the scribes. Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) reporters,...

Zimbabwe has become a Chinese outpost

Zimbabwe has become a Chinese outpost

Tawanda Majoni In 2016, a Zimbabwean pastor, Evan Mawarire, started the ThisFlag campaign and got into big trouble for his efforts. Using social media channels, he would appear in short videos complaining about how the ruling elite had run Zimbabwe to the ground, and...

Parly committee bemoans lack of action on AG reports

Parly committee bemoans lack of action on AG reports

Brenna Matendere The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 3 May 2022, said it was concerned that the police and numerous government institutions were failing to act on submissions made by the auditor general’s office. The PAC chairperson and Gweru Urban member...

The army must act fast

The army must act fast

Tawanda Majoni Picture any day, anytime, when a truckload of uniformed soldiers crawls into a busy shopping centre. Public reaction is predictable. People scatter in every direction. They peep at the truck from the alleys. They speak in hushed tones, asking why the...

 Parly pledges to probe alleged Mnangagwa ally

 Parly pledges to probe alleged Mnangagwa ally

Brenna Matendere The Mines parliamentary portfolio committee has pledged to investigate gold leakages and environmental degradation allegedly caused by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s reported ally, Scott Sakupwanya, in Manicaland province’s Penhalonga district....

Mnangagwa sets up tribunal for “anti-chief justice” judge

Mnangagwa sets up tribunal for “anti-chief justice” judge

Brenna Matendere President Emmerson Mnangagwa has set up a tribunal to investigate a High Court judge who was part of a panel that last year ruled that Chief Justice Luke Malaba must not continue in office after reaching 70. The directive to set up the tribunal to...

Mnangagwa under fire over Scott gold award

Mnangagwa under fire over Scott gold award

Brenna Matendere Civil society organisations have rapped President Emmerson Mnangagwa for officiating at a State House ceremony where he presented the Best Gold Buyer award for 2021 to a controversial gold dealer, Pedzisai Sakupwanya. They accused the president of...

ZEC sets up polling station at Zanu PF “torture camp”

ZEC sets up polling station at Zanu PF “torture camp”

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has set up a polling station at an alleged ruling Zanu PF torture base in Mbizo constituency, Kwekwe, ahead of the March 26 by-elections. There have been reports over the years of the Black Wadada base being...

Police bans CCC Epworth rally

Police bans CCC Epworth rally

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Wednesday opposed the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) rally scheduled for tomorrow in Epworth, a populous dormitory settlement outside Harare. Epworth is a known hotbed of opposition politics.   The ban...

ZEC rejects colour ballot paper

ZEC rejects colour ballot paper

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has rejected a request by the opposition to print ballot papers for the March 26 by-elections that reflect the colours of party and candidates’ choice. On Monday (March 21) the commission invited all political...

Chinese scramble for chrome leaves a trail of destruction

Chinese scramble for chrome leaves a trail of destruction

A scramble for Zimbabwean chrome by Chinese miners has left a trail of destruction onthe environment along the Great Dyke where abandoned pits are posing a deadly threat tohuman life and livestock. Brenna Matendere Increasing demand for chrome on the international...

Non-payment taking toll on exam markers: PTUZ

Non-payment taking toll on exam markers: PTUZ

Brenna Matendere The non-payment of allowances to teachers marking Zimbabwe Examination Centre (ZIMSEC) papers has caused them excessive stress as a leading union claims at least one teacher has died. Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president, Takavafira...

Video: Zimbabwean youths speak on voter registration

Video: Zimbabwean youths speak on voter registration

On 16 February, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) published that the voter registration blitz has so far registered 25 603 registrants across the country, and as of 22 February the number has since risen to 49 363. Although this is an increase in the right...

Mnangagwa’s powers illegal—Biti

Mnangagwa’s powers illegal—Biti

Brenna Matendere Legal expert, Tendai Biti, on Wednesday 2 February 2022 told the Constitutional Court that powers bestowed on President Emmerson Mnangagwa through amendments to the constitution were illegal. Biti argued the matter on behalf of legal think-tank...

Campaign season: The rules only apply on the opposition

Campaign season: The rules only apply on the opposition

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Two Sundays ago, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) held its maiden rally at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields. The turnout, as many had forecast, was huge. But—apparently to kill the optic of numbers—the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) had...

Zupco turns away CCC supporters

Zupco turns away CCC supporters

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco), a public enterprise enjoying a transport monopoly, on Sunday barred passengers wearing yellow regalia associated with the newly established Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). A day after, though, scores...

Artisanal gold mining threatens resettled farmers

Artisanal gold mining threatens resettled farmers

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Resettled farmers in Penhalonga, Manicaland province, are worried that harmful practices by artisanal and illegal miners are adversely affecting the environment, crops, pastures and livestock. More than 300, 000 Zimbabweans received smallholder...

Nurses form united front to fight for better working conditions

Nurses form united front to fight for better working conditions

Brenna Matendere Unions and associations of nurses have formed a single labour federation which the health workers believe will help them fight labour injustice in the sector, Grazers News has learnt. The federation was established on Sunday, 13 February 2022....

Authorities turn blind eye on Chinese tile manufacturer

Authorities turn blind eye on Chinese tile manufacturer

NKOSANA DLAMINI Norton--Hugging Manyame River as you enter Norton, some 30km from Harare on the highway to Bulawayo, is Sunny Yi Feng Tiles Zimbabwe, a Chinese-owned billion-dollar ceramics venture. It was established by Shanxi Yang Fan Logistics—which is domiciled in...

ZACC arrests Mberengwa RDC CEO over US$155k abuse

ZACC arrests Mberengwa RDC CEO over US$155k abuse

Brenna Matendere The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has arrested Mberengwa Rural District Council Chief executive officer, Thompson Mayeresera, over a corruption case involving US$155, 000, Grazers News has established. Chamunorwa Murava, the ZACC...

Banking sector faces crippling strikes

Banking sector faces crippling strikes

Brenna Matendere Bank employees have given their respective managements a 21-day ultimatum to restore salaries to the pre-2018 scales or face crippling industrial action, Grazers News has established. Tawanda Mutemi, the Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union...

Zimbabwe’s road rehabilitation scratching the surface, literally

Zimbabwe’s road rehabilitation scratching the surface, literally

Zimbabwe has a 98 000km road network, of which 89%--that is 78 200km- is unsurfaced gravel and earth roads while sealed roads which are mostly in urban areas constitute 18% or 17 846 km. According to Zimfact’s fact sheet on Zimbabwe’s road network target, 139,8...

Malaria cases shot up in 2020 as Africa battled Covid 19

Malaria cases shot up in 2020 as Africa battled Covid 19

Staff Reporter A recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that cases of malaria and deaths caused by the disease shot up in 2020 in Africa as the continent battled the Covid 19 scourge. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, revealed...

Video: The nightmare of Harare congestion

Video: The nightmare of Harare congestion

Almost every large city in the world has an efficient public transport system which has even those who own cars, leaving their vehicles at home and opting for public transport. This has an impact on the number of cars on the roads leading to reduced congestion....

Government steps up measures to curb littering

Government steps up measures to curb littering

Staff Reporter Government is introducing measures to curb littering in major urban centres amid growing concerns that local authorities are failing to keep the towns clean Recently, Grazers News, the Information for Development (IDT) news platform, produced a video...

Face to face with brown envelope journalism

Face to face with brown envelope journalism

Nyaradzo Nyere* While working on a story about how tobacco farmers are getting a raw deal from tobacco contracting companies, l did not anticipate that my investigation would dramatically bring me face to face with corrupt media colleagues. I had managed, by November...

Brazilian coal miner leaves cloud of despair in western Mozambique

Brazilian coal miner leaves cloud of despair in western Mozambique

Estacio Valoi Moatize--Vale, a mega-million Brazilian multinational with interests in mining, logistics, steel-making and energy, insists its mission is “to transform natural resources to prosperity and sustainable development”. But that is certianly not the...

This is how low journalism has sunk!

This is how low journalism has sunk!

Tawanda Majoni A few years ago, we were at a function in Harare. We broke for lunch and I sat at a table next to a senior politician. As we waited to be served, an editor from one of the local papers passed by and took his seat among colleagues, three tables away from...

Zimbabwe central bank governor ranking improves slightly

Zimbabwe central bank governor ranking improves slightly

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya’s global ranking improved in 2021, even though he is still among the least-rated leading central bank chiefs in Africa. The New York-based Global Finance, a financial review magazine that...

2023 Elections: Mnangagwa needs a generous miracle!

2023 Elections: Mnangagwa needs a generous miracle!

Tawanda Majoni Make no doubt about this, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had this hugely golden chance to become Zimbabwe’s political legend, post-coup. If he had done the right things after the removal of ex-president Robert Mugabe, people were definitely going to...

Mnangagwa namedropper kicked off gold mine

Mnangagwa namedropper kicked off gold mine

Brenna Matendere Pedzisai Scott Sakupwanya, a dealer considered close to the first family, has been kicked out of a gold mining venture in Penhalonga, Manicaland province. This comes hardly two months after George Charamba, the presidential spokesperson, warned shady...

Late MDC-A activist’s wife arrested and released

Late MDC-A activist’s wife arrested and released

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Masvingo police on Tuesday arrested Mollen Banga—the wife of the recently murdered Movement for Democratic Movement Alliance (MDC-A) supporter, Nyasha Zhambe—according to media reports. She was released towards midnight on a case that apparently...

In central Harare, garbage remains an eyesore

In central Harare, garbage remains an eyesore

Tinevimbo Chibagidi Harare residents have expressed anger at the Harare City Council’s failure to clear refuse from busy places in the central business district (CBD). Despite refuse collection being one of the pressing issues in the capital, it is not a new problem....

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