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Murambatsvina victims still suffering

Harare, July 30, 2010 - Victims of operation Murambatsvina or operation restore order whose households and informal market places were demolished in 2005 at the instructions of the government, are still living in abject poverty and have been forgotten by the government, the Solidarity Peace Trust (SPT) said in its recent report. ... Full story

Sabina's heroine status, residents fume

BULAWAYO, July 31, 2010 - RESIDENTS in Bulawayo have angrily reacted to Zanu (PF) polititbro's hastily decision to confer the late President Robert Mugabe’s sister, Sabina Mugabe, who died on Thursday morning at the avenues clinic in Harare, with national heroine status. ... Full story

Sabina declared national heroine

HARARE, July 30, 2010 - THE late Sabina Mugabe (81), sister of President Robert Mugabe, has been declared a national heroine and will be buried at the National Heroes Acre on this Sunday, it has been established. ... Full story

Mliswa's case takes a new turn

HARARE, July 30, 2010 – The trial of incarcerated Zanu PF official and businessman Temba Mliswa took a fresh twist Thursday when a senior Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) called in to testify denied the state and police’s submissions that he was the complainant in the case. ... Full story

Zanu PF a terrorist group - Sikhala

HARARE, July 30, 2010 – Outspoken MDC 99 leader, Job Sikhala says President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party is a terrorist organization which should be treated the same way with Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda. ... Full story

Banks fail to meet requirements

HARARE, July 30, 2010—At least seven banks have failed to meet the prescribed minimum capital requirements set by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and have been directed to raise cash from shareholders or bring new partners, governor Gideon Gono said Thursday. ... Full story

Grace Mugabe fingered in diamonds looting

HARARE, July 30, 2010 - First Lady Grace Mugabe has been fingered as one of the biggest beneficiaries from the diamonds from the controversial Chiadzwa fields after it emerged she is a shareholder in Mbada Diamonds. ... Full story

Mugabe, Tsvangirai under attack

HARARE, July 30, 2010 - Deputy Prime Minister, Arthur Mutambara has accused his partners in Zimbabwe’s shaky coalition government of poor leadership and political grandstanding. ... Full story

ZMC issues media licences

HARARE, July 30 - FOUR new mass media providers are soon to hit the streets after the statutory Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) granted them licenses to operate. ... Full story

Rowdy youths threaten Deputy Minister

HARARE, July 27, 2010 - SEVERAL rowdy Zanu PF Youths threatened Deputy Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Matutu, saying he was pushing an MDC-T agenda and not working for them at all, Radio VOP can reveal. ... Full story

Tsvangirai's aide nabbed

HARARE, July 30, 2010 - POLICE on Wednesday arrested Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's top aid Morgan Komichi. ... Full story

Showdown over Nkomo's statue

BULAWAYO, July 28, 2010 - A showdown is looming between the government and Bulawayo political activists following revelations that the statue of the late Vice President Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, soon to be erected in the city was made in the Democratic Republic of Korea(DPRK). ... Full story

Newborn babies found buried in house, garden

FRANCE, July 29, 2010 - A couple have been arrested in northern France after eight newborn babies were discovered hidden in their house and buried in their garden. ... Full story

UNICEF targets the Apostolic sect

MARANGE, July 29, 2010 - THE United Nations Children’s Education Fund UNICEF has embarked on a massive persuasive drive in Marange targeting members of the Apostolic sect after it has emerged that 70% of area’s children were left out the National immunization program which was done in April. ... Full story

Lawyers accuse AG

HARARE, July 29, 2010 - Lawyers representing tormented Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) treasurer Roy Bennett on Wednesday accused officials in the Attorney General (AG) Office of persecuting him. ... Full story

Mugabe's sister dies

HARARE, July 30 - PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s sister, Sabina, has died. Sabina, the mother of of Leo Mugabe, Patrick and Robert Zhuwao, died today (Thursday) at around 3am at Harare’s Avenues Clinic where she had been admitted since last Friday after allegedly complaining of stomach pains, sources told Radio VOP. ... Full story

War vets now running school

CHIMANIMANI, July 28, 2010 -TEACHERS at Roy Bannett’s Charles wood farm primary school in Chimanimani have accused war veterans at the farm of interfering with the day to day running of the school. ... Full story

UNDP calls for democracy in Zimbabwe

HARARE, July 28, 2010 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director, Christine Umutoni said Zimbabwe was not to recover economically if the inclusive government adopts ZANU-PF administration’s dictatorial behavior of non-citizen’s participation on developmental issues. ... Full story

Corrupt Zimra officers arrested

HARARE, July 27, 2010 - THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has arrested all its officers manning the Forbes Border Post, Gershom Pasi, Commissioner General, has revealed. ... Full story

War vets attack Monitors

INSIZA, 27 July 2010 - War veterans in Insiza attacked monitors observing the constitutional making process over the weekend as the crack down on monitors reached alarming levels. The incident in Insiza north is the worst since COPAC teams begun an outreach programme a month ago to gather peoples views on a new constitution. ... Full story

NCA shuns donor funds

HARARE, July 27, 2010 - The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) which has vowed to campaign for a 'NO' vote when the country embarks on the referendum on whether to adopt a new constitution said they will not blindly support the current constitution making process in fear that donors will shun their organization. ... Full story

Journalists snub SECZ workshop

HARARE, July 27, 2010 -Business and financial journalists yesterday snubbed a workshop organised by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe (SECZ) as the fraternity took great exception against the body’s bid to register journalists. ... Full story

Musician's family to receive royalties

The Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (ZMURA) has identified the true beneficiaries of the late singer Paul Matavire's royalties, ending a long term dispute over the musician's benefits. ... Full story

Obama to host Zim Youth

HARARE, July 27,2010 - US President Barrack Obama will next week host young Africa leaders drawn from 120 countries. ... Full story

New charges for Maguwu

MUTARE, July 27, 2010 - Police have come up with fresh charges against Farai Maguwu, the diamond rights researcher, released on bail three weeks ago on allegations he passed false information on rights violations in Chiadzwa. ... Full story

ZIA approves projects worth US$120m

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) has approved projects worth US$120 million so far, Richard Mbaiwa, Chief Executive Officer, has confirmed. ... Full story

Buy Zanu (PF) membership cards, Church goers urged

BULAWAYO - Church leaders of the Johanne Marange Apostolic sect in Bulawayo have ordered all their church members to buy Zanu (PF) party cards or risk being sacked from the church. ... Full story

Mimosa FC still leading

ZVISHAVANE - Zvishavane-based side Mimosa FC clung on to top of the Central Region log despite drawing at home to Chrome Stars. ... Full story

EC gives Zim US$19,4m

HARARE - The European Commission (EC) has adopted a € 15 million (US$19, 4 million) aid package for Zimbabwe to address the ongoing humanitarian needs of the country. The money will be deployed towards the re-establishment of essential health and water supply services and to provide food assistance, short term food security and livelihood support in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

War vets defend propaganda jingles

HARARE - Zimbabwe war veterans said MDC-T leaders were not part of the liberation struggle that brought about independence and should therefore not frustrate them by protesting against ZANU-PF propaganda jingles currently being played on radio and television. ... Full story

Coaches demand change

HARARE - The chairman of the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association Bekimpilo Nyoni has called for the Zimbabwe Football Association to set up a technical committee for the appointment of national coaches. ... Full story

CIO bans Tsvangirai

HARARE - THE Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) stopped the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) members from meeting Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at the weekend. ... Full story

Prosecutors backtrack in Mliswa's case

HARARE - State prosecutors on Monday backtracked on an earlier undertaking to subpoena a senior Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) official to testify in the ongoing fraud case of controversial Harare businessman Temba Mliswa. ... Full story

Maguwu Freed

Tormented diamond rights researcher has been freed by the High Court after spending more than one month in detention. ... Full story