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JUST IN: Sikhala’s Bail Hearing Postponed to Wednesday

MDC Alliance Vice Chairperson Job Sikhala will remain detained at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison after Justice Chitapi postponed hearing of his bail appeal to Wednesday. Sikhala’s lawyers led by Harrison Nkomo had earlier protested before Justice Chitapi that the legislator has been brought to court while shackled in leg irons. Justice Chitapi took prison officers […]

Nick Mangwana Apologizes Over ‘Medical Assassins’ Remarks

Information Secretary Ndabaningi Mangwana has withdrawn reckless remarks he made on Twitter yesterday where he insinuated that ‘medical assassins’ hiding behind medical qualifications were working to eliminate Zanu PF aligned politicians. Posting on Twitter, Mangwana said “This is what’s leading to the unfortunate conspiracy theory that there are certain political players being eliminated in hospitals […]

South African scientists who discovered new COVID-19 variant share what they know

Willem Hanekom, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Tulio de Oliveira, University of KwaZulu-Natal Late last year the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) identified a rapidly spreading new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The new variant, called 501Y.V2, raises critical questions […]

Zimbabwe set to host Pakistan in women’s one-day, T20 series

The Zimbabwe senior women’s cricket team are set to host their Pakistan counterparts in three one-dayers and two T20 matches next month. The proposed tour, which is subject to approval from the government of Zimbabwe due to the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, will be held in a bio-secure bubble with no spectators allowed at […]

If I Die In Chukurubi, Remember Me: Job Sikhala

Incarcerated MDC Alliance vice chairperson, Job Sikhala has vowed to soldier on, saying he will not be broken down by his incarceration which he said is a reflection of the suffering Zimbabweans have been going through under the Zanu PF administration. In a letter from Chikurubi maximum prison, Sikhala insisted that he did not commit […]

ZimThrive relaunches campaign ahead of inaugural event in December

ZimThrive has announced plans for its inaugural event, scheduled for December 2021 in Zimbabwe. The month-long event, initially planned for April 2020, to coincide with Zimbabwe’s 40th independence celebrations, was postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. On the apolitical platform’s weekly show Thrive Time, co-founder Mike Tashaya said they are not changing what […]

Cheating Scandal Forces Pastor Shingie Munyeza’s Step Down

Popular cleric, businessman and political activist, Shingi Munyeza has stepped down from his pastoral duties after his infidelity issues were laid bare to the public yesterday. Munyeza, a pastor at Faith Ministries, was yesterday called out by his daughter, Nomsa for portraying ‘fake love’ to his wife on social when in actual fact he is […]

Blanket Mine Posts Record Gold Production In 2020

Caledonia Mining Corporation has recorded an unprecedented total of 57,899 ounces of gold production at its Blanket Mine in the year ended 31 December 2020. This is despite setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which saw Zimbabwe effecting a total lockdown to try and curb the spread of the disease. Speaking on the announcement, Caledonia […]

Chitungwiza Municipality Closes St. Mary’s Clinic

Chitungwiza Municipality has with immediate effect partially closed St. Mary’s Clinic after a surge in COVID-19 cases left many of the dormitory town’s clinics understaffed. In a statement, Chitungwiza Town Clerk, Dr Tonderai Kasu indicated that the clinic will remain open for emergency cases only while non-emergency cases have been referred to Zengeza Clinic. “Over […]