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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…

‘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…

Zim continues to rely on donor funds

A TOUGH and agonising year is an apt description of 2016 when it comes to health service delivery. Wongai Zhangazha Zimbabwe this year experienced one…

TelOne reels under US$378m debts

HEADS could roll at the state-owned fixed line operator TelOne over the company’s US$378 million negative legacy loans, accusations of mismanagement and inflated cost structure…

Govt mortgages gold to pay loan

ZIMBABWE has mortgaged its gold reserves and production to guarantee a syndicated long-term loan arranged by the African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) and American…

Bond notes introduction hit by lack of confidence

When Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe mooted the idea of a promissory bond currency in May, it was a hard sell. By Taurai Mangudhla It was…

Cash crisis cripples Zanu PF operations

THE deepening liquidity crunch and cash crisis affecting the country has crippled the ruling Zanu PF party, which has liabilities of US$19 million and is…

How Marange diamonds looting started

THIS week the Zimbabwe Independent — which last week started publishing fresh stories based on its recent investigation into the Marange alluvial diamonds discovery and…

Ministers in fierce row over chief justice

THE battle over the succession of Chief Justice (CJ) Godfrey Chidyausiku continues to deepen following clashes in cabinet for the second time running this week…

AirZim kicked out of global aviation body

TROUBLED national carrier Air Zimbabwe’s plan to engage a turnaround strategic partner could have suffered a setback while its safety record also came under scrutiny…

‘I have not dumped the opposition’

LAST week, the Zimbabwe Independent carried the first part of an interview by deputy editor Faith Zaba (FZ) with British Ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing…

Grace’s ring case postponed

FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe’s case, in which she was dragged to court for allegedly invading three upmarket houses in Harare belonging to a businessman in…

Ministers clash over chief justice

FIERCE clashes among ministers rocked cabinet chaired by President Robert Mugabe on Monday as the succession-driven fight over who will replace outgoing Chief Justice Godfrey…

Next big challenge: Ending HIV stigma

Tanya Raisi is a 10-year-old girl who, like any other little girl, should envy playing outdoor games with her friends in the high-density suburb of…

Kariba Dam wall a ticking time bomb

… urgent repairs needed to avert regional disaster KARIBA Dam has become a ticking time bomb that could cost lives and plunge the southern African…

Zanu PF factions square up ahead of conference

TENSION is simmering in Zanu PF ahead of the ruling party’s annual conference scheduled for Masvingo next week, amid reports that plots and counter plots…

Harare-Beitbridge Highway project raises eyebrows

THE construction of the Airport Road, known as the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Expressway, in Harare, which was plagued by inflated cost structures, incompetence and unprofessional…

Zim to sweat for new cash: British envoy

The Zimbabwe government is pulling out all the stops to rescue and revive its Lima Plan arrears clearance strategy, as the debt-ridden country seeks to…

‘Civil service wage bill to gobble 91% of revenues’

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday painted a gloomy picture of the economy amid revelations that the cash-strapped government will next year spend US$3 billion on…

Grace in US$1,4m diamond ring row

FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe has been dragged to court after allegedly invading three upmarket houses in Harare belonging to a businessman in a dispute over…

Labour disputes rock BancABC

BANCABC Bank Limited is embroiled in legal disputes with former employees over unfair labour practices that have in the past resulted in the banking sector…

Zim misses out on essential $600m AfDB bridge facility

ZIMBABWE will not access the US$600 million African Development Bank (AfDB) bridge facility to clear its arrears this year as it will miss the December…

G40 faces new uphill struggle

ZANU PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere faces an uphill task ahead of the party’s annual conference in Masvingo in his bid to push through a…

Govt engages five airlines for AirZim revival

GOVERNMENT has engaged five international carriers from Kenya, Ethiopia, Singapore, Turkey and Malaysia to partner the troubled Air Zimbabwe with hopes of turning around the…

Mixed reaction to bond notes

INDUSTRY and consumers have greeted the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)’s bond notes with mixed feelings as the promissory notes rattle the market. By Taurai…

British bank rescues Mugabe

…offers US$262 million bailout package BRITISH multinational banking and financial services group Standard Chartered Bank Plc — previously embroiled in controversial sanctions investigations in the…

Bond notes launch stirs market apprehensions

A FALSE start in the introduction of bond notes and inconsistencies behind the message around the promissory currency were laid bare this week, dampening market…

China cagey on $5bn deals

THERE are renewed doubts over China’s commitment to fund US$5 billion agriculture and housing projects that were proposed recently as well as deals that President…

US$2,7bn road project unsustainable — report

DESPITE this week’s launch of the framework for the start of the dualisation of the Harare-Beitbridge highway, a study by the government shows that Zimbabwe’s…

Controversy rocks economic zones

ZIMBABWE’S broke government has created more confusion on its controversial indigenisation law by cherry-picking countries that will receive preferential treatment under the newly designated Special…

Court throws out Zimra bosses suit

THE High Court has for the second time in just over a month thrown out an urgent application by suspended Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) executive…

BancABC reels from a US$11m exposure

Ferrochrome producer Zimasco, to which BancABC is exposed to the tune of US$11,7 million, could take five years to pay off its creditors, sources in…

Race to succeed Chidyausiku takes a factional dimension

THE race to succeed the soon-to-retire Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has taken a new dimension as warring Zanu PF factions prop up their preferred candidates…

Western embassies lobby against Zim arrears plan

“Western embassies will not support Zimbabwe except the British who want the Harare issue to be rolled over to 2017,” a source said, adding: “The…

Soldiers go on the rampage

A CRACK unit of the military working with other wings of the security apparatus is going on a rampage in Harare’s high-density suburbs, targeting civilians…

Zim digs $2,7bn fiscal hole

THE US$2,7 billion Beitbridge–Chirundu road construction project will plunge Zimbabwe into a deep financial hole from which it could take decades to come out due…

British Government partners with private grain traders

THE United Kingdom (UK) government has partnered with Zimbabwe’s commercial grain traders through a facility to assist in importing 55 000 metric tonnes of white…

Govt presides over parastatal rot

GOVERNMENT has maintained a slipshod management style over loss-making state-owned enterprises — most of which are technically insolvent — that are dogged by maladministration, brazen…

Chiwenga moves to calm soldiers

Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander General Constantino Chiwenga has moved in to calm the nerves of soldiers ahead of the introduction of bond notes amid…

Envoys grill Mangudya on bond notes

A SEVERE cash shortage has made life difficult for Zimbabweans, forcing them to devise all manner of survival tactics to access the elusive United States…

OPC clashes with Zacc

AS hostility intensifies towards the divided Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc), which has targeted several government ministers and permanent secretaries on corruption charges, the Office of…

Zanu PF in corrupt food-for-votes deal

THE ruling Zanu PF has entered into a secret arrangement with the Grain Millers’ Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) over a corrupt food-for-votes deal that will…

Refurbished Victoria Falls airport set for commissioning

THE Victoria Falls International Airport, refurbished at a cost of US$150 million, will finally be commissioned by President Robert Mugabe today, after almost a year’s…

Prosecutor-General in a fix

THE controversial appointment of Acting Prosecutor-General (PG) Ray Goba came under further scrutiny this week with the constitutionality of his handpicking for the job being…

Over 5m people in Zim in need of food aid

Over five million people in Zimbabwe will require food aid by March 2017, as the southern African country faces its worst drought in two decades,…

Bond notes a complete disaster for Zim: Hanke

ZIMBABWE Independent business writer Taurai Mangudhla (TM) interviewed world-renowned currency expert Steve Hanke (SH), a professor of Applied Economics and co-director of the Institute for…

Zanu PF succession battle rocks cabinet

ZANU PF factional and succession power struggles are now spilling into government business with ministers crossing swords in cabinet last week as the internal strife…

Uncertainty in Zim over Trump win

ZIMBABWEANS living in the United States say they hope the election of Republican Party maverick Donald Trump as president of the world’s sole superpower —…

Military key in Zim political matrix, says UK think-tank

AS Zimbabwe’s multi-faceted crisis worsens with no solutions in sight, Chatham House, a leading think-tank close to the British establishment, has played up the role…

Mugabe gives Tsvangirai cash

DESPITE long-standing rivalry with President Robert Mugabe, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, currently battling cancer of the colon, received a shot in the arm from an…

Govt frantic to get US$600m

…as AfDB board meets LESS than two months before the window for accessing the African Development Bank (AfDB) bridge facility closes, Zimbabwe is frantically scrambling…