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Crumbling health sector leaves trail of broken lives

THICK dark clouds enveloping one of Harare’s oldest suburbs Mabvuku on a humid Tuesday afternoon appeared to reflect a sombre mood along Busi Street as…

Zim urgently requires new economic model: RBZ boss

ZIMBABWE is facing its worst economic turmoil since dollarisation in 2009. Long-winding queues have become a common feature at banking halls as the United States…

Diamond magnate speaks out

THIS week the Zimbabwe Independent — which in December last year began publishing fresh stories based on a ground-breaking investigation into the Marange alluvial diamonds…

Grace’s ring saga: Ahmed’s lawyer complains to JSC

LAWYERS representing Lebanese businessman Jamal Ahmed in a US$1,35 million diamond ring dispute with Grace Mugabe have accused the Sheriff’s Office of breaching the constitution…

Steward Bank swindled

STEWARD Bank has been prejudiced of more than US$200 000 through a scam suspected to involve the financial institution’s employees who electronically approved point-of-sale (POS) transactions…

NSSA besieges CBZ executives

THE National Social Security Authority (Nssa) has besieged CBZ Holdings (CBZH) executives demanding to know their remuneration packages and more financial disclosures against the backdrop…

Will Mujuru survive political upheavals?

ON March 1 2016 hundreds of people thronged a five-star hotel in Harare to meet former vice-president Joice Mujuru as she announced the launch of…

Electoral cost assessment — Zimbabwe (2017-2018)

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) submitted a budget to the Parliament of Zimbabwe for consideration in the 2017 national budget in November 2016. It is…

Mnangagwa in NPA abuse of office row

A STORM is brewing in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) over ongoing amendments to the law governing the body’s operations and a demand that its…

More workers thrown into the streets

MORE than 260 workers could lose their jobs, with more than a quarter of them coming from parastatals, if retrenchment applications made by companies from…

Tsvangirai, Ncube bury the hatchet

… as bitter rivals edge towards a coalition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his fierce splinter rival MDC boss Welshman Ncube have all but clinched…

How Mbada joined the diamond rush

THIS week the Zimbabwe Independent — which in December last year began publishing fresh stories based on our ground-breaking investigation into the Marange alluvial diamonds…

Mugabe to name new chief justice

THE Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has re-submitted the names of judges who underwent public interviews for the post of chief justice to President Robert Mugabe…

Chiadzwa atrocities: Security opens up

THIS week the Zimbabwe Independent — which in December last year began publishing fresh stories based on our ground-breaking investigation into the Marange alluvial diamonds…

VAT: Consumer power prevails

AS Tapera Muza entered a butchery in Harare’s city centre on Monday, his eyes were firmly fixed on the appetising meat displayed in the refrigerators.…

Incompetent govt chasing shadows

Zimbabwe has once again hit the international headlines — for all the wrong reasons — after the authorities arrested and detained pro-democracy activists in circumstances…

Controversy rocks Econet meeting

THERE was drama at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM) when state-run National Social Security Authority (Nssa), together with other shareholders and proxies, took…

Psmas demands Dube reimburse US$1,2m

PREMIER Services Medical Aid Society (Psmas) has demanded to be reimbursed US$1,2 million by former chief executive Cuthbert Dube for money he allegedly drew from…

Conservancy owner appeals to Mnangagwa over threats

THE owner of Mananje Conservancy in Beitbridge, Ian Ferguson, has yet again reached out to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa after being subjected to racist threats and…

‘Chidhakwa misled MPs on gold saga’

MINES minister Walter Chidhakwa (pictured) misled parliament in November last year when he alleged that he had engaged Townsend Enterprises on how government and the…

Scared judges pull out of nasty battle

FIVE Supreme Court judges have controversially recused themselves from an appeal hearing in which the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is challenging High Court Justice Charles…

Bond notes fuel market distortions

THE introduction of bond notes has led to price distortions and rent-seeking activities as consumers continue to bear the brunt of economic implosion and ineffective…

Grace Mugabe overhauls security

FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe has overhauled her entire security team amid growing suspicion and insecurity caused by Zanu PF factional tensions and endless intra-party squabbling…

PPC Zim cement volumes up 9%

Cement manufacturer, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), says sales at its Zimbabwe unit rose by 9% in the nine months to December 2016 after commissioning a…

Standard Chartered cancels Visa card use as cash crunch bites

Standard Chartered’s Zimbabwe-based unit has cancelled the use of Visa cards outside the country as Zimbabwe continues to grapple with dollar shortages. In a notice…

Blood diamonds: How army killed my brother

THIS week the Zimbabwe Independent — which in December last year began publishing fresh stories based on our ground-breaking investigation into the Marange alluvial diamonds…

PSMI retrenchments hit 300 employees

PREMIER Services Medical Health Investments (PSMI) has embarked on a massive restructuring exercise, affecting more than 300 employees, with the bulk having been retrenched.PSMI is…

Julius Malema’s rant: History repeating itself

ZANU PF officials were left seething with anger when South African opposition leader Julius Malema mocked Zimbabwe’s ruling party members for failing to show longtime…

Zim misses AfDB arrears deadline

Zimbabwe is now pinning its hopes on the African Development Bank (AfDB) board to meet and deliberate over the country’s eligibility to US$600 million bridge…

Mugabe ponders cabinet reshuffle

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, who effectively started work on Wednesday this week when he chaired a cabinet meeting, is mulling a reshuffle that might see Vice-President…

Zanu PF mulls special congress

ZANU PF is likely to hold an extraordinary congress this year which will either confirm President Robert Mugabe as the party’s candidate in next year’s…

Zim fails to raise deposit to secure US$ 1,2bn loan

ZIMBABWE has failed to raise the requisite US$350 million deposit to secure a US$1,2 billion loan facility from the Export-Import Bank of China for the…

Zim fails to raise deposit to secure US$ 1,2bn loan

ZIMBABWE has failed to raise the requisite US$350 million deposit to secure a US$1,2 billion loan facility from the Export-Import Bank of China for the…

Chief Justice race plunges into chaos

THE race to succeed Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku was plunged into chaos this week after Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said one of the three aspiring…

Chief Justice race plunges into chaos

THE race to succeed Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku was plunged into chaos this week after Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said one of the three aspiring…

Mawarire faces Zim flag insult charges

SOCIAL movement activist and cleric Evan Mawarire, who was arrested on Wednesday by security agents immediately upon arrival at the Harare International Airport after six…

Zimbabwe’s Pastor Evan Mawarire: ‘I’m coming home, and I don’t know what is going to happen’

Just prior to returning to Zimbabwe, Pastor Evan Mawarire spoke to Simon Allison of the Daily Maverick about why he iss going home, what he…

Zimra misses its 2016 revenue collection target

Zimbabwe’s economic implosion, highlighted by massive deindustrialisation and company closures, has seen the country missing its modest 2016 revenue collection target by US$145 million, signifying…

Marange: Raw brutality of Operation Hakudzokwi inflicted lasting scars

THIS week the Zimbabwe Independent — which last month began publishing fresh stories based on our ground-breaking investigation into the Marange alluvial diamonds discovery and…

Torrential rains in Zim inflict untold misery on residents

BAGS full of sand are piled in front of gates of houses on the entire Rovambira Street in Zengeza 2, a residential area in the…

Mugabes’ opulent lifestyle an insult to suffering Zim

“THIS ultra-exclusive, ultra-private neighbourhood boasts huge mansion-like villas, each unique in layout and design. Enveloped in lush, tasteful landscaping, many properties enjoy views over the…

Gumbo fumes at Caaz over books

The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) board is under fire from Transport minister Joram Gumbo over its failure to provide up-to-date financials after submitting…

Which direction will Mangudya take?

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya will in the next few days present his Monetary Policy Statement. Zimbabwe Independent Editor With his policy statement,…

Zimbabwe sugar farmers get dam 50 years after proposal

Zimbabwe is reaching the end of construction on its US$300 million Tokwe-Mukosi Dam, a project first proposed about five decades ago, which will supply water…

Govt collaborated with illegal panners at Marange

THIS week the Zimbabwe Independent — which last month began publishing fresh stories based on our ground-breaking investigation into the Marange alluvial diamonds discovery and…

Money, politics and data wars in Zim

THE start of Zimbabwe’s New Year has been dominated by serious controversy over new prices for mobile data, the main channel by which most Zimbabweans…

‘Mugabe renting $500K Dubai villa’

THE legal dispute over the botched purchase of a US$1,35 million diamond ring between the First Lady Grace Mugabe and Lebanese businessman Jamal Ahmed, has…

Zim mobile networks plot WhatsApp ban

ZIMBABWE’S mobile phone operators initially colluded to push for a ban on over-the-top (OTT) services including the most popular instant messaging application for smartphones WhatsApp…

Chidyausiku forced into retiring early

CHIEF Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku was a few months ago forced by the Ministry of Justice — overseen by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa — to go on…

Govt full of thieves: Mphoko

VICE-PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko stunned President Robert Mugabe and senior government officials at a high-level meeting when he said cabinet was full of thieves while also…

Rains scupper agric projection

GOVERNMENT’S projected growth of 12% in agriculture this year is likely to be missed as major crops such as maize and tobacco are being affected…

Property rights: Government indicating right, turning left

THE alleged grabbing of five houses by the First Lady Grace Mugabe has once again brought to the fore the concerns over the violation of…

Marange security crackdown, violent death amid illicit deals

THIS week the Zimbabwe Independent — which last month began publishing fresh stories based on our ground-breaking investigation into the Marange alluvial diamonds discovery and…

Inadequate funding cripples operations of commissions

It is not enough. We would have welcomed a little bit more for our daily budget. The allocation is not the election budget. There are…

Zanu PF factions battle it out for chief justice post

The intense battle over the appointment of Chief Justice (CJ) Godfrey Chidyausiku’s successor is taking an increasingly factional dimension as the warring Zanu PF camps…

Lawyer exposes Grace, police

LAWYERS representing Lebanese businessman Jamal Ahmed insist that First Lady Grace Mugabe invaded their client’s private property and is now using “rogue elements in the…

China demands property rights

CHINA this week urged the Zimbabwean government to respect property rights, address concerns over policy inconsistency and clarify its indigenisation policy to attract much-needed investment…

‘New mobile data tariffs counter-productive’

In a move widely seen as an attempt to clampdown on social media use, government has resorted to controversial tactics, including steep increases on data…

Opposition political parties squabble over 2018 coalition

THAT a coalition of opposition political parties and movements is seen as a formidable force to end President Robert Mugabe’s prolonged rule appears to be…

Zim doomed as corruption festers

PROSPECTS of economic growth in 2017 will remain a pipedream if the scourge of corruption, which has resulted in the country losing billions of dollars…

Cyber-snoop Bill horror: 20 yrs for ‘computer terrorism’

GOVERNMENT has amended the Computer Crime and Cybercrime Bill by introducing a section, which establishes a Computer and Cybercrime Management Centre meant to allow security…

Investors shun debt-ridden NRZ

THE National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ), saddled with a US$200 million debt, is struggling to clean its balance sheet to attract investors to revive the…

Chiadzwa diamond looting: Victims recount their ordeals

THIS week the Zimbabwe Independent — which last month began publishing fresh stories based on our ground-breaking investigation into the Marange alluvial diamonds discovery and…

Mugabe trips gobble US$36m

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s globetrotting has seen him splurge US$36 million on foreign and domestic travel in the first 10 months of 2016, piling pressure on…

#TBT: Zim’s road network now death trap

In our Throwback Thursday article on the Zimbabwe Independent, we publish a June 2016 article by Wongai Zhangazha about Zim’s road network. Sadly, the situation…

Government ministries

The year 2016 was bad for Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped government, while the ruling Zanu PF’s factional fights spilled into government operations as seen by sharp differences…