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White rebel cricketers called to Zimbabwe squad

HARARE-Two white national team cricketers, who were axed by Zimbabwe Cricket in 2004 for rebelling against what they claimed was intimidation and racial bias in selection have been named in the Zimbabwe team to tour West Indies. ... Full story

Chaos at Zanu PF victory celebrations

MASVINGO- January 31, 2010- It was Zanu PF versus Zanu PF on Saturday at Masvingo polytechnic college when rivalry factions in the party clashed at Masvingo Senator Maina Mandava’s belated victory celebrations. ... Full story

Zimbabwe has 'poor' investor protection policies - World Bank

HARARE, Friday, January 29, 2010 - ZIMBABWE has very poor investment protection policies says a report published by the Washington-DC-based World Bank. ... Full story

Masvingo MDC-T mayor expelled from party

MASVINGO, JANUARY 29, 2010-The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party under Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has expelled Masvingo city mayor, Alderman Femius Chakabuda from the party for alleged corruption, insurbodination and switching political allegiance. ... Full story

Mugabe's son fails exams shows off skills in basketball

Chatunga Bellarmine, President Robert Mugabe’s youngest son dismally failed his Grade 7 examinations, Radio VOP can exclusively reveal. ... Full story

Masvingo governor held hostage

MASVINGO- January 30, 2010- Masvingo Governor and Resident Minister Titus Maluleke was held hostage in his office for more than four hours by irate war veterans who wanted to mete out instant justice on him for refusing them to rebury their colleagues who died during the liberation war. ... Full story

Farmers spend weekend in custody

Two commercial farmers Trevor Gifford, the immediate past president of the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) and Dawie Joubert who were arrested last Thursday in Chipinge will spend the weekend in police custody. ... Full story

Zimbabwe's Constituition Process A Circus

National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) chairman Lovemore Madhuku on Thursday slammed and labeled the constitution making process as a circus. ... Full story

Mugabe's Security Man Critically Injured In Motorcade Acccident

HARARE – One of President Robert Mugabe’s security men was critically injured when his motor bike collided with a truck near Sam Levy’s Village in Borrowdale on Thursday evening. ... Full story

White Farmers Refuse To Leave Their Farms

HARARE - January 28, 2010 - A Chipinge Magistrate has issued warrant of arrest orders against four white commercial farmers in the area totally disregarding a High Court order blocking their evictions. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Warriors Need Fresh Inspiration

Zimbabwe Warriors comprehensive 3-0 humiliation at the hands of an experimental South African side speaks volumes of the depths of how low the Zimbabwean game has sunk. ... Full story

MDC/Zanu PF Marriage In Tatters

HARARE - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) must intervene urgently in Zimbabwe to save the fragile transitional government from collapse or the country must brace for fresh elections, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has announced. ... Full story

Double delight for Cara Black

There was double delight for Zimbabwe's Cara Black on Wednesday when she reached the semi finals of both the doubles and the mixed doubles at the ongoing Australian Open. ... Full story

Ministers faces trial for role in abductions

The High Court has set down dates for a pre-trial conference in cases in which 17 political and human rights activists are suing four government ministers in damages for their roles in their abduction, torture and prosecution in 2008. ... Full story

GPA Talks Suspended Over Sanctions

Harare, January 27, 2010 - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party on Wednesday said they have instructed their party negotiators to suspend making any concessions until sanctions imposed by the West are removed. ... Full story

Court orders white farmers to vacate land

CHIPINGE, 27 January 2010 – A Chipinge Magistrates on Tuesday found four white farmers guilty of refusing to vacate their farms gazetted by the government under President Robert Mugabe’s controversial land reform programme. ... Full story

ZBC Presenter Implicated In Abdcution Case

Chinhoyi -Text messages sent to a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) radio presenter by a ZANU PF councilor have resulted in the prosecution of two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) councilors for Banket. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Warriors Face Bafana Bafana

Harare, January 27, 2010 - Zimbabwe's Warriors left for South Africa on Tuesday to face South Africa's Bafana Bafana on Wednesday at the new Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban after departing without training. ... Full story

Chief Rallies Behind Bennett

Chimanimani - Chief Ringisai Chikukwa of Chikukwa communal lands in Chimanimani is leading a group of traditional leaders in the area who are pushing for the return of MDC Deputy Agriculture Minister –Designate Roy Bennett at his Pachedu farm in the area. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Gets Hong Kong Sevens Rugby Invite

Harare – The Zimbabwe Sevens Rugby team has been invited for the first time to the prestigious Hong Kong tournament to be held in March. ... Full story

Cameroon Needs Win To Reach Last Eight Of Nations Cup

Benguela, Angola - Four-time winners Cameroon need to beat Tunisia in Lubango on Thursday to make sure of progressing past the opening phase of the African Nations Cup finals in Angola. ... Full story

African Leaders Protect Pals

Nairobi - African leaders have sent their people an alarming message by siding with Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir over his victims, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its annual report on Wednesday. ... Full story

South Africa Complains Over Farm Invasions

Harare – The South African Government has made a formal complaint to the Zimbabwean government over farm invasions of farms owned by South Africans. ... Full story

Leo Mugabe In Messy Divorce Wrangle

Harare - President Robert Mugabe’s nephew Leo Mugabe is embroiled in a messy divorce wrangle which has exposed that he owns multiple farms, against the spirit of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) which brought about the new unity government. ... Full story

Measles Kills Ten In Masvingo

Bikita - Ten infants have died of measles in the past five days, health authorities here told Radio VOP on Wednesday. ... Full story

Zimbabwe’s Tsvangirai Frustrated But Hopeful

Harare - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says there have been frustrations in the unity government but he is hopeful that 2010 is a year of delivery. ... Full story

Women Hold Urgent Talks As Petition on Constitution Is Dismissed

Harare - Zimbabwean women will hold urgent talks to decide their participation in the constitution writing process in which they are seeking equal representation. ... Full story

Surprise Package Angola Targeting Final

LUANDA - Hosts Angola are not satisfied with reaching the knockout phase of the African Nations Cup and have targeted a place in the final. ... Full story

Guinea Junta Appoints Dore As Prime Minister

OUAGADOUGOU - Guinea's ruling military junta has appointed veteran opposition politician Jean-Marie Dore as prime minister, a source close to the junta said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Haiti Aid Picks Up, Doctors Fear Disease Risk

PORT-AU-PRINCE - The pace of food and medical aid deliveries picked up in earthquake-shattered Haiti, providing some hope to desperate survivors, but doctors worried disease would be the next big challenge for the tens of thousands left injured and homeless a week ago. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Seeks HIPC Status For Debt Cancellation

Harare - Zimbabwe will seek highly indebted poor country status to have its $6 billion international debt cancelled to help spur economic growth, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said on Monday. ... Full story

MDC Provincial Chair Arrested

Masvingo - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) provincial chairman for Masvingo Wilstaff Sitimere was arrested on Tuesday morning for yet unknown charges, although family members speculated that it could be as a result of the rally he addressed over the weekend where he told supporters that President Robert Mugabe must not be allowed to cheat the people again. ... Full story

Minister's Son In Car Scandal

Chiredzi - Zanu PF Minister of Infrastructure and Communication, Nicholas Goche's son, Kudzai (25) on Monday appeared before a Chiredzi magistrate on allegations of defrauding a sugar processing concern Hippo Valley of almost USD 4 000. ... Full story

A Quarter of Zimbabweans Still Support Mugabe - US Poll

Harare - Only a quarter of Zimbabweans still support President Robert Mugabe, a top US poll has revealed. ... Full story

Woza Members Arrested

Harare - Three members of Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) including a journalist were on Monday arrested in Harare after marching to the Ministry of Education to hand over their report on the education system in Zimbabwe entitled – Looking Back to look Forward. ... Full story

Foreign Investors Welcome Only As Partners - Mugabe

Harare - President Robert Mugabe on Monday said Zimbabwe is willing to have foreign investors in the country to invest and develop the country but only as "partners." ... Full story

Cameroon Strike Late To See Off Zambia

LUBANGO - Substitute Mohamadou Idrissou scored a late goal to earn Cameroon a 3-2 victory over Zambia on Sunday and their first points of the African Nations Cup finals. ... Full story

"I am South African At Heart", Zimbabwe Rugby Player

Durban - Zimbabwean born-Springbok rugby player, Tendai Mtawarira says he is South African and would like to keep on playing for that country. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Long Jumper Books Place At London Olympics

Harare - Long jumper Ngoni Makusha has become the first Zimbabwean athlete to book a ticket to the 2012 London Olympic Games. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Plays Bafana

Durban - Bafana Bafana will play Zimbabwe in an international friendly on January 27 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. ... Full story

Zimbabwe's Mighty Warriors Massacred

Harare - Zimbabwe's Mighty Warriors received their heaviest beating since Zimbabwe was admitted to international sport in 1980 with a 7-0 massacre against Nigeria's Falconets at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday. ... Full story

Zim Soccer Players Fail To Attract SA Clubs

Harare - Premier Soccer League side CAPS United quartert of Lionel Mtizwa, Nyasha Mushekwi, Method Mwanjali and Tafadzwa Rusike have failed to make the grade two South Africa glamour clubs Supersport and Mamelodi Sundowns respectively. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Music Stars To Show Off Soccer Skills

Harare - Zimbabwe music fans will on January 31 have the opportunity to watch their music stars in action both on the field of soccer and on the stage. ... Full story

U.S. Tour Pays Off For Zimbabwe Musicians

Harare - A four month tour of the United States last year has paid off for local musical group, Mbira dze Muninga, after they successfully produced five albums which will be launched Thursday. ... Full story

Flamboyant Chiyangwa Shows Off Cars

Harare - Flamboyant Harare businessman Philip Chiyangwa took advantage of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings' Top 50 Videos of the Year competition to show off his assortment of top of the range cars in the Harare city centre. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Journalist Flees After Death Threat

Harare - Artist for Democracy in Zimbabwe Trust (ADZT) director and senior freelance journalist Stanley Kwenda last week fled the country after he was allegedly phoned and threatened with death by a known senior police officer. ... Full story

Late Veteran's Widow To Be Buried At National Shrine

Harare - The widow of the late veteran nationalist and Zanu-PF founding vice president Cde Leopold Takawira, Amai Sunny Ntombiyelanga Takawira is scheduled to be buried at the National Heroes’ Acre on Monday. ... Full story

Muchinguri Booed

Masvingo - ZANU PF representative in the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC), Oppah Muchinguri, was booed at a meeting held here Sunday after she said Zimbabwe did not need foreign intervention into its affairs. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Union Leaders Sue Police Commissioner

Harare - Zimbabwe police chief Augustine Chihuri faces a US$5 million lawsuit from five trade union officials who are claiming damages for unlawful arrest and detention. ... Full story

Chaos Rocks ZIFA

Harare - Chaos has rocked the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) with the former Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa refusing to step down until he has been paid his outstanding salary while the senior national team went on a trip to Thailand that was not sanctioned. ... Full story

Senegal Offers Land To Haitians

Dakar, January 17, 2010 - A spokesperson for Senegal's president says the country is ready to offer land to Haitians who want to “return to their origins”. ... Full story

SADC Leaders Urge World To Shun Madagascar Leader

Johannesburg - Southern African leaders urged the international community on Thursday to reject plans by Madagascar's military-backed Andry Rajoelina to ignore power-sharing talks and hold an election. ... Full story

Mozambique President Sworn In

Maputo - Mozambican President Armando Guebuza was sworn-in for a second five-year term Thursday after he and the ruling party Frelimo won a landslide election victory last year. ... Full story

Thousands Die In Haiti Earthquake

PORT-AU-PRINCE - Tens of thousands of people were feared dead on Wednesday in Haiti's catastrophic earthquake, buried beneath demolished schools, hospitals and homes, as traumatized citizens milled in streets strewn with rubble and scattered bodies. ... Full story

Civil Rights Group To Sue Zimbabwe Over Farms

Pretoria - Civil rights group AfriForum on Wednesday won a court bid to sue Zimbabwe over its "cruel" and "revengeful" possession of South African owned farms. ... Full story

Zimbabwean Ripped Apart By Shark

Cape Town - "It came from below and grabbed the man. Part of his body was gone," said a woman who watched in horror as a shark ripped apart a tourist in Fish Hoek here. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Women Claim Economic Reforms Made Them 'Poorer'

Harare - Zimbabwe's women claim that the Short Term Emergency Recovery programme (STERP), aimed at improving the economy, actually made them "poorer", Radio VOP can reveal. ... Full story

Zimbabwe's Farm Invasions Scaring Potential Investors

Harare - Continued farm invasions as well as human and property rights abuse by Zanu PF officials and their sympathisers are frustrating international investors to Zimbabwe said the Commercial farmers Union. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Diamond Sale Controversy

Harare - A London-based diamond company, African Consolidated Resources (ACR), has accused the Zimbabwe government of trading in stolen diamonds as it commences auction of the controversial gemstones from Marange in the Eastern Border of Manicaland. ... Full story

Zimbabwean Man Kills Girlfriend For Using Birth Control

Johannesburg - Police are looking for a Zimbabwean citizen who allegedly beat his girlfriend to death after finding out she was using birth control medication. ... Full story

Anti MDC Pastor Sparks Storm At Church

Harare - The head of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe (PAOZ), Bishop Trevor Manhanga has sparked a storm at his church following his refusal to renew the credentials for some pastors perceived to be close to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leadership. ... Full story

Zuma Pushing For Zimbabwe Elections In 2011

Harare - The facilitator in the inter-party dialogue between Zanu PF and the two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), South African President Jacob Zuma is reportedly now pushing for the holding of fresh elections as the only way out of continuous disagreements by parties in Zimbabwe’s inclusive government. ... Full story

Zimbabwean Students Told To Emulate Martin Luther King

Harare - The United States Ambassador Charles A. Ray on Friday addressed over 150 high school students from four different schools at Prince Edward School in Harare on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968). ... Full story

Zuma Calls On Tsvangirai To Be Flexible

Cape Town - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai must be flexible in demanding the removal of some officials to help talks aimed at saving a power-sharing accord with President Robert Mugabe, South African President Jacob Zuma said. ... Full story

MDC To Stand By Bennett

Harare – The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has vowed it will not give up on the fight to have its treasurer general Roy Bennett sworn in as Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Teachers On Go Slow

Harare - Teachers in Harare's schools were on Friday reportedly not conducting any lessons despite this week giving government a notice, through their unions, of intention to strike in 16 days if their salaries deadlock is not resolved. ... Full story

Alarming Zimbabwe Measles Deaths

Harare - The death toll of children belonging to members of the Johanne Apostolic Church members in Manicaland Zimbabwe has reached alarming proportions with 35 children dead so far as parents deny them treatment on religious grounds. ... Full story

Zanu PF Militia To Serve Five Years

Chiredzi, January 15, 2010 -Three Zanu PF PF militia who terrorized a female Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party supporter during the run-up to the 2008 bloody June 27 run-off elections were put behind bars for five years each. ... Full story