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PM’s Maize Seed lands Bikita Family In arson Attacks

Masvingo, March 31-A 100 year old village chief from Mutikizizi, Bikita will rue the day he accepted maize seed donated by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai after it cost him his homestead that was torched by Zanu PF thugs in retributive violence last Thursday. ... Full story

Bus, Car Buried In Swiss Landslide

Geneva, March 31, 2012 - A bus and a car were buried by a landslide in eastern Switzerland's Graubunden, at a location close to the Austrian and Italian border, Swiss newswire ATS reported on Friday. ... Full story

US Advises Rebels To Step Down

Washington , March 31, 2012- The United States said Friday it was “very concerned” about rebel advances in Mali and urged soldiers who seized control of the African nation last week to step down. ... Full story

Gukurahundi Playwright Arrested in Lupane

Bulawayo March 31, 2012–Police in Lupane in Matabeleland North province on Friday defied a High Court order and arrested National Youth Development Trust (NYDT) senior programmes’ officer Bhekimusa Moyo. ... Full story

Draft Constitution Out in Ten Days

Harare - March 31, 2012 - The long overdue first draft of the new constitution for Zimbabwe will be out in ten days time, a senior COPAC official has revealed. ... Full story

Gwisai’s Appeal Thrown Out

Harare, March 31, 2012 --- A Zimbabwean magistrate on Friday threw out an application to suspend the sentence of a former legislator convicted of watching a video of last year’s Arab Spring. ... Full story

Zimbabwe soccer coaches’ boss Nyoni batters Zifa.

Harare, March 30, 2012 - The chairman of the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association Beki Nyoni on Thursday battered the Zimbabwe Football Association telling theParliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sports that the way football was being run by the federation left a lot to be desired. ... Full story

SA To Start Deportations For Zimbabweans Soon - Ambassador

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, March 30 2012 - The South Africa's Ambassador to Zimbabwe has disclosed that all those who did not apply for permits and criminals who fled from Zimbabwe will be flushed out of South Africa soon. ... Full story

Murdoch's Media Empire Strikes Back

London, March 30, 2012 - An angry Rupert Murdoch on Thursday declared war against "enemies" who have accused his pay-TV operation of sabotaging its rivals, denouncing them as "toffs and right wingers" stuck in the last century. ... Full story

Africa Leaders Scrap Mali Visit Mid-Flight On Violence

Bamako/Abidjan, March 30, 2012 - West African presidents scheduled to meet Mali's junta leaders on Thursday were forced to turn around mid-flight after reports of pro-junta protests at the airport and in the capital, sources said. ... Full story

Gono Profiteered - DRC Envoy

Harare, March 30, 2012 - The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mawapanga Mwana Nanga, believes Gideon Gono, Zimbabwe’s central bank governor Gideon Gono profiteered from his actions at the height of the country’s economic crisis because the things that he was doing did not make sense. ... Full story

I'm Not Too Old, Claims President Mugabe

Harare, March 29, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe had invited guests in stitches when he told them that he is not too old. ... Full story

Mugabe appeals to the EU to remove sanctions

Harare, March 29, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe on Thursday appealed to the European Union (EU) and the United States to remove sanctions on himself and close cronies arguing that the embargo is restricting the country's trade as a ministerial delegation is set to negotiate with the European trading block officials. ... Full story

Zimbabwe May Scrap Death Penalty

Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, 28 March 2012 - Zimbabwe may do away with the contentious issue of capital punishment after it has emerged that the Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (Copac)’s management committee has agreed to leave the death penalty out of the new constitution, reserving it only for aggravated murder cases. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Asks Britain To Remove Sanctions

Harare, March 29, 2012 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has asked British Prime Minister David Cameron to remove western imposed sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and his cronies. ... Full story

Thousands rally for Mali junta, Toure says free

Bamako, March 29, 2012 - Thousands of demonstrators chanted pro-junta slogans in Mali's capital on Wednesday, protesting against the threats of foreign powers to use sanctions to force the leaders of last week's military coup to step down. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Was Warned About Housing Deal

Harare, March 29, 2012 - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was warned not to accept the arrangement to acquire a house in Harare which is now the centre of a political storm in Harare, wiki leaks cables have revealed. ... Full story

MDC MP Drags Zanu (PF) Chief To Jomic

By Roy Chikara. Masvingo, March 29, 2012 - Masvingo central Member of Parliament for the mainstream Movement for Democratic change, Jefferson Chitando has dragged a self styled Zanu (PF) chief to Jomic accusing him of tormenting him while performing his duties in his constituency. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Summons Flight Crew

By Professor Matodzi Harare, March 29, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s ailing state-run airline, Air Zimbabwe has summoned all of its flight crew to attend refresher training courses so as to keep them in shape ahead of planned resumption of service. ... Full story

Zifa Sets Deadline For Asiagate Ethics Committee

Harare, March 29, 2012 -The Zimbabwe Football Association have set April 16 as the deadline the Zifa Ethics Committee should submit its report on the Asiagate scandal. ... Full story

Pope draws huge crowd in Havana, urges freedoms for Church

Havana, March 29, 2012 - Pope Benedict, speaking from Cuba's biggest stage, urged Cubans on Wednesday to search for "authentic freedom" and pressed the communist government to let the Catholic Church teach religion in schools and universities. ... Full story

Sugar, Mine Companies Risk Govt Take Over

Masvingo, March 28, 2012 - Zanu (PF) Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minster, Saviour Kasukuwere has set his eyes on foreign owned business here following revelations by a senior government official that his ministry had shortlisted four firms to cede 51% with immediate effect, under the controversial indigenisation laws. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Graft Body Probes Journalists

Harare, March 28, 2012 - The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has started investigating journalists who were involved in the match fixing scandal that saw the suspension of over 80 football players in January. ... Full story

Strauss-Kahn Lawyers Say Will Challenge New French Case

Paris, March 28, 2012 - Lawyers for embattled former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on Tuesday they would challenge a fresh official investigation into allegations he illegally participated in pimping in France. ... Full story

Mandela Archives, Letters And Notes Go Online

Johannesburg, March 28, 2012 - Thousands of letters, photographs and documents relating to former South African President Nelson Mandela went online on Tuesday in a project aimed at increasing access to the archives which detail his long walk to freedom. ... Full story

Zim Finance Minister Supports Regional Currency Idea

By Ngoni Chanakira Harare, March 28, 2012 - The Minister of Finance, Tendai Biti, says he strongly supports the idea of a regional currency rather than 'going back to the worthless Zimbabwe dollar'. ... Full story

MDC-T Is Good At Campaigning Not Governing –Bennett

Harare, March 28, 2012 - Roy Bennett, the exiled treasurer –general of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai believes his party is good at campaigning but it lacks the people who know how to run a government. ... Full story

Zim's Draft Constituition Ready By Mid-April - Matinenga

Harare, March 27, 2012 -Costitutional and Parliamentary Minister Eric Matinenga on Monday said drafters of the constitution making process will be through writing the first draft charter by mid-next month but a referendum will be held in September the earliest. ... Full story

Proposal For Parliament In Bulawayo Tabled

Nompumelelo Moyo - Bulawayo, March 27, 2012 - The Minister of Industry and Trade Welshman Ncube has said he has tabled his proposal to have a new parliament built in Bulawayo to the Minister of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Eric Matinenga. ... Full story

HIFA Mourns Andy Brown

Harare, March 27, 2012 - The Harare International Festival of Arts(HIFA) which roars into life from May 1 -6 has mourned the death of Zimbabwean musician Andy Brown who died of pneumonia and buried in Mberengwa last week saying the late musician was "exceptionally talented artist." ... Full story

Mobile Phone, Internet Use Increasing

Harare, March 27, 2012 – Zimbabwe’s cell phone penetration rate has surged to 72 percent this year, up from 13 percent in 2008 while the internet rate is now sitting at 22 percent. ... Full story

Zim's Russian Embassy Not Paying Rent, Faces Eviction

Professor Matodzi - Harare, March 27, 2012-A Zimbabwean man has asked the High Court to evict the Russian embassy from his premises, which he is leasing to the foreign mission after failing to pay rentals. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Suspends Bulawayo Chairman

Bulawayo, March 26, 2012 - Zanu (PF) Bulawayo Province chairman Isaac Dakamela was on Saturday suspended from the party on allegations of being stubborn and arrogant. ... Full story

Mugabe's Army Boss' Divorce Turns Nasty

By Professor Matodzi Harare, March 26, 2012 - Jocelyn Mauchaza Chiwenga, the vociferous and estranged wife of the commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), General Constantine Chiwenga, is demanding $40 million from the new spouse of the country’s army boss as damages for allegedly offending her feelings and cohabitating with her partner. ... Full story

Govt To Launch Industry Revival Blue-prints

Harare, March 26, 2012 — Government will launch two policy documents Thursday that are critical tools for the revival of the industry and commerce in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

Major Quake Rattles Chile But No Serious Damage

Santiago, March 26, 2012 - A major quake hit central Chile on Sunday, rattling buildings and temporarily triggering a coastal evacuation on fears of a tsunami, but there was no serious damage and big mines in the world's top copper producer were operating normally. ... Full story

"Senegal Wins" As President Admits Election Defeat

Dakar, March 26, 2012 - Senegal's long-serving leader Abdoulaye Wade admitted defeat in the presidential election, congratulating his rival Macky Sall, a move seen as bolstering the West African state's democratic credentials in a region fraught with political chaos. ... Full story

Defiant Miners Face Arrest : Kasukuwere

Gwanda, March 25, 2012 – Zimbabwe’s Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Savior Kasukuwere says bosses of foreign- owned mines who will fail to comply with the black empowerment program will face the full wrath of the law. ... Full story

Cosatu Blasts Govt Iran Climbdown

Johannesburg, March 25, 2012 - South Africa should stop bowing down to United States imperialism and partaking in blackmail sanctions against Iranian oil exports, the Congress of SA Trade Unions said on Saturday. ... Full story

Santorum Looking For Louisiana Win

Louisiana, March 25, 2012- Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum looks likely to win the Louisiana primary, racking up another victory in the Republican race to challenge President Barack Obama. ... Full story

Cheetahs Hit Rock in Hong Kong Sevens

Harare, March 25, 2012- Zimbabwe’s chances of qualifying for the expanded new look 15 team HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has hit a rock after the Cheetahs received a 19-5 thumping by Spain in Hong Kong Sevens tournament Friday. ... Full story

Mtukudzi Samples New Songs of Upcoming Album To Byo Fans

Bulawayo, March 25, 2012- Zimbabwe’s biggest selling artist and internationally renowned Oliver Mtukudzi on Friday night treated Bulawayo fans to new songs of his yet to be named upcoming 61st album. ... Full story

US Ambassador Condemns Selective Application of Law

Harare, March 25, 2012 –United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray has condemned the conviction of former Movement for Democratic Change legislator for Highfields Munyaradzi Gwisai and five others saying it shows the selective application of the law in the country. ... Full story

Lupane Police Stop Tsvangirai Peace Rally

Bulawayo, March 24, 2012- A peace rally organised by Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC T) led party has been banned by police in Lupane, Matabeleland North province. ... Full story

EU Slaps Travel Ban On Assad's Wife

Brussels, March 24, 2012 - The European Union (EU) agreed to sanction President Bashar Assad's British-born wife Asma, along with his mother, sister and sister-in-law as the bloc tightened the noose on the Syrian regime on Friday. ... Full story

Mali Govt Leaders Safe - Coup Leader

Bamako, March 24, 2012 - Mali's coup leader said on Friday that members of the government arrested by soldiers were safe and sound and would soon be handed over to the country's judicial system. ... Full story

Zanu PF Politicise Food Distribution

Harare, March 24, 2012 - MDC supporters in the Zanu PF dominated Mashonaland Central’s Muzarabani North district face starvation as it has emerged Zanu PF officials are distributing grain only to its supporters. ... Full story

Mugabe Should Clear Confusion On BAZ: MISA

Harare, March 24, 2012 - The Media Institute of Southern Africa Zimbabwe chapter has appealed to President Robert Mugabe to clarify the legal status of the controversial Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). ... Full story

Journo Paradza Set to Rejoin Zanu PF

Chinhoyi, March 24, 2012- Former Makonde Member of Parliament journalist turned politician is set to rejoin Zanu PF and fight Ray Risipa as divisions continue in former ruling party here. ... Full story

Bulawayo City Council Set To Establish A College

Bulawayo, March 23, 2012- Bulawayo City Council (BCC)has reached an advanced stage in setting up a Fire, Medical and Rescue College in the City of Kings that will cater for the SADC region or the entire African Continent with the help from Operation Florian, Aberdeen City Council , Lancashire Fire Rescue Services and University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). ... Full story

Zim Judiciary Extremely Polarised: Crisis Coalition

Trust Matsilele, Johannesburg, March 23, 2012- Leading human rights lawyer and acting director of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, Dewa Mavhinga described Zimbabwe’s judiciary system as highly compromised due to political involvement and direction from former ruling Zanu PF. ... Full story

US Soldier Faces 17 Murder Charges

Washington, March 23, 2012 - A US official says army staff sergeant Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder in the massacre of Afghan villagers. ... Full story

South Sudan Invites Bashir For Talks

Khartoum, March 23, 2012 - South Sudan on Thursday invited its “brother”, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, to an April summit to resolve outstanding issues that have pushed the two countries to the brink of war. ... Full story

Dynamos Breached SponsorshipDeal: NetOne

Harare, March 23, 2012 - NetOne mobile telecommunication company on Thursday said Dynamos Football Club breached a sponsorship agreement in the US$250,000 charity shield last weekend after the Mbare club refused to wear kit with NetOne logo opting for its club sponsorship kit with BancAbc logo, it has been established. ... Full story

Zim-SA to Hold Trade Investment Seminar

Harare, March 23, 2012 - Zimbabwe and its southern neighbour, South Africa will hold an investment and trade seminar in the country which will be attended by companies from the two countries. ... Full story

The Gentleman Test UK's Film Market

London, 22 March, 2012 The Zimbabwean film industry might be seeing its sunny day as the Gentleman enters the cradle of film with a ground-breaking premiere in the UK on Saturday. ... Full story

More than 40 aftershocks after Mexico quake

Mexico City, March 22, 2012 - More than 40 aftershocks shook the Mexican capital and southern areas after a long and powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake left 11 hurt and damaged dozens of buildings, officials said on Wednesday. ... Full story

Rebel Mali Troops Claim Control of Palace

Bamako, March 22, 2012 - Renegade Mali soldiers said on Thursday they had seized the presidential palace and arrested several ministers after a gunbattle, in an apparent coup bid in the west African nation. ... Full story

Sperm-hunting Women Prowl Zim Highways

Mashava, March 22, 2012 - Susan Dhliwayo was stunned when she pulled her car over recently to pick up a group of male hitchhikers and they refused to get in. The reason? They feared being raped. ... Full story

Israeli Pilot in Court for "Smuggling” Zim Diamonds

Harare, March 22, 2012 - An Israel pilot instructor appeared in a Zimbabwe magistrate court on Wednesday after being arrested for trying to smuggle over 8 000 carats of diamonds worth over $2 million. ... Full story

Gwisai Vows to Fight Dictatorship in Zimbabwe

Harare, March 22,2012 - Munyaradzi Gwisai, the former Highfield Member of Parliament and five activists convicted for plotting public violence aimed at following demonstrations similar to the Egyptian revolution vowed to fight "dictatorship" in the country. ... Full story

Zanu PF Youth Arrested Over Death Threats on Businessman

Bulawayo, March 22,2012—Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial youth member, Victor Chiponda was arrested Wednesday for threatening to kill a white businessman, whom he accused of having refused to release free fuel to transport a group of party youths to President Robert Mugabe’s 88th belated birthday music gala held in Chipinge on 03 March. ... Full story

Gwisai Fined US$500 and Community Service

Harare, March 21, 2012 - Former MDC legislator for Highfields Munyaradzi Gwisai and five of his co-accused were on Wednesday slapped with a fine of US$500 each plus 420 hours of performing community service each. ... Full story

Crisis Demands Release of Convicted Activists

Harare, March 21, 2012—Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition says local and international civil society should combine forces and demand the immediate release of six activists who were convicted on Monday on conspiracy to commit public violence. ... Full story

Journo Refutes Chipangano Links, Describes Reports as False and Malicious

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reporter, Tafara Chikumira has distanced himself from allegations reported by the Radio VOP that he was part of ZANU PF’s Chipangano group that disrupted an MDC-T meeting abandoned late last year. ... Full story

International Outrage Over Conviction of Activists

Harare, March 21, 2012 - The International Commission for Jurists (ICJ) has expressed grave concern at the conviction of six activists found watching videos of the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings last year as international outrage grows over the perceived persecution of human rights activists in Zimbabwe. ... Full story

French attack: Bodies flown to Israel

Paris, March 21, 2012 - An El Al plane left Paris for Israel early on Wednesday, with the bodies of three Jewish children and a rabbi gunned down in southern France, amid fears that a suspected serial killer will strike again. ... Full story

Botswana’s Khama Says Zimbabwe Instability Concern for Region

Botswana, March 21, 2012- President Robert Mugabe has threatened to force an election this year even without a new constitution and democratic reforms demanded by the Movement for Democratic Change. ... Full story

Radio Dialogue Denied Procession Clearance

Bulawayo, March 21, 2012 - The Bulawayo Central Police District has denied Radio Dialogue clearance to hold a free–the-airwaves procession. ... Full story

Zanu PF Using Empowerment Law As Vote Catching Gimmick: Admits Kasukuwere

Harare, March 21, 2012- Zanu PF politburo member and Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere says his Zanu PF party will use the controversial empowerment law to win the country’s next election. ... Full story

Update on the Zim ‘6’ By Dewa Mavhinga

From 2.15pm today until 3.50pm, State prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba addressed the court before magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini raising 'aggravation' and asking the court to impose the maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment on Munyaradzi Gwisai and his 5 colleagues. Lawyer for the six, Alec Muchadehama has asked for a fine of $500 for each person. ... Full story

Gwisai Pleads For Lighter Sentence

Harare, March 20, 2012 - Former MDC legislator for Highfields Munyaradzi Gwisai and five of his co-accused have implored a Harare magistrate’s court to spare them what seems like a looming jail term of up to 10 years ahead of their sentence Wednesday afternoon. ... Full story

Biti is The Best Finance Minister Ever: Mugabe

Harare, March 20, 2012 -While President Robert Mugabe publicly denigrates Finance Minister Tendai Biti accusing him of throwing spanners into the works it has now emerged the 88-year old former guerrilla leader secretly extols the robust MDC-T secretary general, as his best finance minister ever. ... Full story

SA Civic Groups Call for Gwisai’s Freedom

Johannesburg, March 20, 2012- A conglomeration of civic organisations operating under the banner of Democratic Left Front (DLF), called on President Robert Mugabe led government to acquit Munyaradzi Gwisai and five other activists convicted of conspiring to commit violence. ... Full story

MLF Leaders' Trial Opens, Key Witness Rebuffs Police Claims

Bulawayo,March 20, 2012 –The trial of three Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) leaders who are facing treason charges opened at the Bulawayo High Court yesterday (Monday) with one of the key state witnesses dismissing police claims. ... Full story

Gwisai Convicted On Charges of Conspiracy to Commit Violence

Harare, March 20, 2012 – Former MDC legislator for Highfields Munyaradzi Gwisai and five others were on Monday convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit public violence by Harare magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini. ... Full story

Another Veteran Journalist Orirando Manwere Dies

Bulawayo,March 20, 2012 ---Zimbabwe journalism fraternity has been robbed of yet another veteran journalist this year, following the death Orirando Manwere who passed way in Harare last night, (Monday night). ... Full story

Libya Wants Gaddafi Spy Chief Extradited

Nouakchott, March 20, 2012 - Libya's vice-premier said on Monday his country was determined to have Muammar Gaddafi’s ex-spy chief, also wanted by the International Criminal Court, extradited to stand trial on home soil. ... Full story

Clashes in Damascus, Annan Team Flies In

Beirut , March 20, 2012- Fierce clashes between rebel fighters and Syrian troops rocked a Damascus district bristling with security facilities on Monday, as experts sent by peace envoy Kofi Annan flew in to the capital. ... Full story

Media ‘Hangman’ Mahoso Threatens Media houses

Harare, March 19, 2012 - The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has threatened to charge media houses in Zimbabwe a heavy penalty if they do not pay part of their profits to the media regulatory body by end of March. ... Full story

The MDC Will Fire Unprofessional Police Once in Power : Bhebhe

Bulawayo, March 19, 2012- Over 100 police officers from the Matabeleland North province have been included in an MDC-T compilation of unprofessional officers to be prosecuted in future for human rights abuses , a senior party official has said. ... Full story

Dynamos Lifts NetOne Charity Shield

Harare, March 19, 2012- Dynamos got their 2012 soccer season on a perfect start after lifting the NetOne Charity Shield for the second year running by overcoming Motor Action 2-1 in a highly entertaining match at the National Sports Stadium Sunday. ... Full story

Libya Frees 2 Detained UK Journos

London, March 19, 2012 - The British government says two UK journalists detained by a militia group in Libya have been freed. ... Full story

World 'Mustn't Let Mugabe Rig Election'

London, March 19, 2012 - Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday urged the world not to allow President Robert Mugabe to steal any future elections, but insisted his country is open for business despite its problems. ... Full story

2012 White House Race 'Nastiest' Ever

Washington, March 19, 2012 - The Republican campaign to choose a candidate to take on President Barack Obama in November is "the nastiest" ever, presidential campaign veteran John McCain said on Sunday. ... Full story

Gono Unleashes Snipers on Kereke

Harare, March 18, 2012- The row between Gideon Gono, the Central Bank governor and his former advisor, Munyaradzi Kereke, has taken a malevolent twist after Gono allegedly unleashed hit-men to trail and attack Kereke. ... Full story

Residents Rubbishes Chombo's Team

Bulawayo, March 18, 2012-Bulawayo residents and civic organisations have rubbished a four –member team appointed by the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Ignatius Chombo to investigate the Bulawayo city council over allegations of corruption. ... Full story

Mbare, Zimbabwe's Riskiest Suburb - National Study

Harare, March 18, 2012 - THE high density and suburb, in the capital city, Harare, is Zimbabwe's riskiest suburb, a National Survey has revealed. ... Full story

Harare City Wins Case, Joins the Premiership

Harare, March 18, 2012- City of Harare sponsored football team, Harare City have won the right to play in the 16 team Castle Lager Premier Soccer League after the Zifa Northern Region Appeals Committee ruled in their favour in the promotion dispute with Dstv. ... Full story

Sanctions Hamper Zim's Weapons Purchases: Sekeramayi

Harare, March 17, 2012 - THE Minister of State Security, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, has admitted for the first time that international sanctions against Zimbabwe are seriously affecting the country's purchase of technology including weapons. ... Full story

Hague Prosecutor Seeks 30 Years For Congo warlord

The Hague, March 16, 2012 - Prosecutors at The Hague war crimes court said on Thursday after securing their first ever conviction that Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo must get close to the maximum 30 years in jail for sending children into battle. ... Full story

Bin Laden Ordered Obama Attack – Report

Washington - Before his death, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had ordered his followers in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of President Barack Obama, the Washington Post reported on Friday. ... Full story

Opposition MPs Plan to Impeach Museveni

Kampala, March 17, 2012 - Ugandan opposition lawmakers are planning to impeach Yoweri Museveni over corruption, but face an uphill task in removing the veteran president who has violently suppressed economic protests since early last year. ... Full story

Mujuru Inquest Results a Mockery: Family Lawyer

Harare, March 17, 2012 - The Mujuru family lawyer has described the results of the inquest in the death of former Army General Solomon Mujuru which has come out ruling that the late died of carbonation as a result of open fire as a mockery. ... Full story

Minister Shamu A Hindrance to Media Reforms: MDC-T

Harare, March 17, 2012 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has confronted the state controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) demanding air space and a stop in biased coverage by the public broadcaster, which is widely viewed as a Zanu PF mouthpiece. ... Full story

Andy Brown Dies

Harare, March 17, 2012- Prominent musician and once Zanu PF ally and regular performer at ‘Jonathan Moyo’s’ national galas Andy Brown has died. ... Full story

Suspended Warriors Coach Fired

Harare, March 16, 2012 - Norman Mapeza’s romance with the Zimbabwe senior national soccer team has ended after the Zimbabwe Football Association decided to terminate his contract. ... Full story

Ethiopian Troops Attack Rebels In Eritrea

Addis Ababa, March 16, 2012 - Ethiopia attacked rebel bases inside neighbouring Eritrea on Thursday, accusing its arch-foe of training fighters who have staged raids, including a January attack that killed five Western tourists. ... Full story

Zanu (PF) Double Standards Exposed, Launches Election Campaign On Twitter

By Professor Matodzi Harare, March 16, 2012 - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party has embraced the usage of social media platforms as it launched its election campaign. ... Full story

Attorney General Clears MDC T MP On Charges Of Embezzling Development Funds

Bulawayo, March 16, 2012- A Bulawayo legislator, Albert Mhlanga from Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC T) has been acquitted on charges of embezzling the US$50 000 Constituency Development Fund (CDF). ... Full story

Leave Foreign Banks Alone - Zim Reserve Bank Governor

Bulawayo, March 16, 2012 - Zimbabwe's Central Bank Governor, Gideon Gono has warned the government to stop the indigenisation of foreign owned banks. ... Full story

Zim Plans To Scrap Martenity Fees

Harare, March 15, 2012 - Zimbabwe in partnership with donors will scrap maternity fees for expecting mothers later in the year to prevent maternal deaths which are over 790 deaths per 100,000 expecting mothers. ... Full story

Only Queen of England Can Convince Mugabe To Change His Behaviour

Harare, March 15, 2012 - The Queen of England is the only international figure most likely to convince President Robert Mugabe to change his hard line policies, former US acting principal deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Bellamy was told. ... Full story

Implats Surrender Boosts Zimbabwe Zanu (PF) For Poll

Harare/Johannesburg, March 15, 2012 - A platinum miner's surrender to Zimbabwean demands for it to hand a majority stake in its local unit to black investors will embolden President Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) party to pressure other foreign companies before elections expected this year according to Reuters. ... Full story

Chisora Loses Boxing Licence

Harare, March 15, 2012 - The British Boxing Board of Control (BBC) has withdrawn Dereck Chisora's boxing licence following his altercation with David Haye in Munich, Germany, on February 5. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister To Launch Cancer Foundation

Harare, March 15, 2012 - Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khuphe, who recently underwent a medical operation for breast cancer in South Africa, has decided to launch a cancer foundation to educate mostly Zimbabwean women on the dangers of the disease and how to prevent it. ... Full story

Parents Fly To Identify Victims In Swiss Bus Crash

Sierre, Switzerland/HEVERLEE, Belgium, March 15, 2012 - Distraught parents flew to Switzerland on Wednesday after a bus carrying a Belgian school party home from a ski trip crashed into the wall of a Swiss tunnel, killing 22 children and six others. ... Full story

Why Make Kony Famous? Video Rubs Raw Uganda Scars

Lira, Uganda, March 15, 2011 - Few faces evoke more hatred and fear in northern Uganda than Joseph Kony, one of Africa's most wanted men whose army of child soldiers preyed on this town for years and whose brutal legacy has been thrust back into the spotlight by a hugely popular U.S. video. ... Full story

Afghan Govt Team Attacked, Taliban Fume Over Massacre

Kabul, March 14, 2012 - Suspected insurgents opened fire on Tuesday on senior Afghan investigators of the massacre of 16 civilians by a lone U.S. soldier, Afghan officials said, just hours after the Taliban threatened to behead American troops to avenge the killings. ... Full story

Media Rights Group Raps Angola For Newspaper Raid

Luanda, March 14, 2012 - An international media freedom watchdog on Tuesday condemned a raid by Angolan authorities on an independent newspaper that had lampooned President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and reported on government corruption. ... Full story

Zimplats Agrees To Give Away 51 Percent Shares To Government

Patrick Chikwande Harare, March 14, 2012 - Zimbabwe Platinum group (Zimplats) which is a subsidiary of South Africa's Impala Platinum mines on Tuesday submitted a plan to government to cede 51 percent shares to indigenous people, in order to meet the mandatory law that requires locals to own majority shares in all companies. ... Full story

Sponsorship Boost For Football

Harare, March 14, 2012 - The Premier Soccer League has received a $250 000 sponsorship boost from mobile phone company NetOne to bankroll the 2012 charity shield. ... Full story

Zim Journalists Kick Out From Parliament Thwarted

Patrick Chikwande Harare, March 13, 2012 - A bid by the Sergeant-At-Arms in parliament to evict photographers and video- graphers from the independent media to cover Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's monthly update in the parliamentary chamber hit a brick wall after the Movement for Democratic Challenge (MDC) chief whip Innocent Gonese intervened, Radio VOP witnessed Tuesday. ... Full story

Air Zimbabwe Management In the Dark About New Airline

By Professor Matodzi Harare, March 14, 2012 - Management at the state-run Air Zimbabwe is in the dark about the transformation of the airline, which was announced last week by Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development Minister, Minister Goche. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Dismisses Tomana Attempts to Protect Thieving MPs

By Nkosana Dlamini Harare, March 13, 2012 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has dismissed Attorney General Johannes Tomana's order to police to halt arrests of MPs accused of embezzling government’s Constituency Development Funds (CDF). ... Full story

Why Mugabe Cannot Fire Gono - Wiki Leaks

Harare, March 13, 2012 - Zimbabwe's Central Bank governor, Gideon Gono, accused of looting state resources, cannot be fired because he knows where President Robert Mugabe and Zanu (PF) skeletons are buried, a top United States diplomat has said. ... Full story

Massacre Makes Obama "More Determined" To Leave Afghanistan

Washington/Kandhar, March 13, 2012 - President Barack Obama said on Monday the massacre of 16 villagers by a U.S. soldier increases his determination to get American troops out of Afghanistan, while a U.S. official said the accused staff sergeant previously had suffered traumatic brain injury. ... Full story

Tribal Attacks Wrench South Sudan As Disarmament Starts

Khartoum, March 13, 2012 - Cattle raiders in South Sudan launched a major assault on a rival tribe, causing heavy loss of life, officials said on Monday, as the government began a disarmament plan to halt the tit-for-tat attacks that have torn the new nation. ... Full story

Sadomba Appears Before Zifa Ethics Committee

Harare, March 13, 2012 - Sudan based former Warriors striker Edward Sadomba has appeared before the Zifa Ethics Committee to explain his role in the Asiagate scandal. ... Full story

Govt Turns Down Application For Gukurahundi Monument

Bulawayo, March 13, 2012- The Government has turned down an application to erect a Gukurahundi memorial site at a camp in Matopo, Matabeleland South where hundreds of civilians were tortured and killed during the Matabeleland disturbances. ... Full story

Zim Youth Seek Two Million Signatures To Stop Elections

Harare, March 13, 2012 - A Midlands based youth group known as the Zimbabwe Organisation for Youth in Politics (ZOYIP) is seeking signatures of at least two million Zimbabweans to petition the United Nations to stop the holding of elections in the country before democratic reforms. ... Full story

Zimsec, ZTA Most Secretive Organisations - MISA

Harare, March 13, 2012 - The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) is one of the most secretive bodies with no website while the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) aimed at re-building Zimbabwe's battered image in the last decade hardly updates its website, according to a report by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe Chapter. ... Full story

Mugabe's Film Editor Wins Award

Gwanda, March 12, 2012 - An editor for a documentary that portrays Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as power hungry, canning and Africa’s devious leader has won an award for his outstanding role in the film Robert Mugabe – What Happened? ... Full story

Annan Ends Syria Visit With No Clear Progress

Beirut, March 12, 2012 - U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has ended talks with President Bashar al-Assad and left Syria with little sign of progress on halting the country's growing political bloodshed. ... Full story

S.Africa's Malema Pleads To Stay In ANC 'Family'

Johannesburg, March 12, 2012 - South Africa's ANC youth rebel Julius Malema pleaded on Sunday for the ruling party not to expel him and made a rare public apology to the movement's senior leadership which he has frequently criticised as too moderate in their policies. ... Full story

ARV Drugs Expiring While Thousands On Waiting List

Harare, March 12, 2012 - Some Zimbabwe hospitals are stocking expired HIV/AIDS drugs despite that more than 100 000 in need of Anti-Retroviral Drugs cannot access them. ... Full story

Econet Sues Tsvangirai's Brother Over Phone Bill

By Professor Matodzi Harare, March 12, 2012- Zimbabwe’s leading mobile telecoms provider, Econet, has hauled to court Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s brother, Casper, demanding payment of $1 272 for mobile telecommunication services provided to the Midlands based miner in 2010. ... Full story

Theatre Urges Zimbabwean People To Do An Arab Spring

Harare, 12 March, 2012 - A famous playwright once quipped: “Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.” ... Full story

More Woes For Former Reserve Bank Advisor

Harare, March 12, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s state run National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has added more misery to Munyaradzi Kereke, the former advisor to Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor Gideon Gono by dragging him to court demanding more than $17 000. ... Full story

Zimbabwe In Tough World Youth Trophy Group

Harare, March 12, 2012 - Zimbabwe has been drawn in the tougher of the two groups at the Junior World Rugby Trophy to be held in Salt Lake City, United States of America, starting June 18. ... Full story

Deadly Attack at Nairobi Bus Station

Nairobi , March 11, 2012 - A bomb attack at a bus station in Nairobi on Saturday killed at least three people and wounded more than 20 others, Kenya police said. ... Full story

Mugabe Will Never Die: Chivaura

Bulawayo, March 11, 2012---University of Zimbabwe lecturer and Zanu (PF) apologist, Vimbai Gukwe Chivaura said President Robert Mugabe is a “spirit medium” and will never die. ... Full story

Zanu-PF Youths in Court for Extortion

Bulawayo, March 11, 2012-Four Zanu (PF) Bulawayo provincial youth leaders on Friday appeared in court facing kidnap and extortion charges. ... Full story

Zimbabweans To Pay More for Satellite TV

Harare, March 11, 2012 -Zimbabwean satellite television viewers are set to pay more for quality viewing. ... Full story

Chiefs Are Corrupt: Nkomo

Bulawayo, March 11, 2012---Vice President John Nkomo Friday said some traditional chiefs are very corrupt and are looting the country mineral resources through government‘s Community Trust Fund. ... Full story

Afghanistan, US Sign Prisoner Handover Deal

Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2012 - The U.S. military and the Afghan government sealed an agreement Friday on the gradual transfer of control of the main U.S. prison in the country, a last-minute breakthrough that brings the first progress in months in contentious negotiations over a long-term partnership. ... Full story

Swaziland Lashes ANC Over Reform Pressure

Mbabane, March 10 , 2012 - Swaziland on Friday lashed out at the African National Congress, and the youth league in particular, over its pressure for democratic reforms in Africa's last absolute monarchy. ... Full story

Popular Book Cafe, Mannenburg to Reopen In Harare

HARARE, March 10, 2012 - THE popular Book Cafe Restaurant and The Mannenburg Restaurant will reopen at the end of this month, a spokesperson has confirmed. ... Full story

Chief Negomo To ‘Ambush’ Tsvangirai

Bulawayo, March 10, 2012---Controversial Chief Negomo said he wants to “ambush” Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai , and attach some of his property as fine for marrying in November and also described him as very rude and has no respect for traditional chiefs. ... Full story

AG Ordered to Reinstate Dismissed Prosecutors

Harare, March 10, 2012 - Attorney General (AG) Johannes Tomana was this week forced to eat humble pie when he was ordered to immediately reinstate five prosecutors he summarily fired last year for striking for better pay and working conditions. ... Full story

MDC-T Sets Pre-conditions For Zim Elections

Harare, March 9, 2012 - The mainstream Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has vowed to defy a push by President Robert Mugabe to hold elections this year without the necessary reforms that “will vaccinate the next election against the virus of 2008". ... Full story

Russia Says 15,000 Foreign "Terrorists" In Syria

Geneva, March 09, 2012 - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is battling al Qaeda-backed "terrorists" including at least 15,000 foreign fighters who will seize towns across Syria if government troops withdraw, a Russian diplomat said on Thursday. ... Full story

S.Africa Tells Nigeria Sorry Over Yellow Fever Row

Pretoria, March 09, 2012 - South Africa apologised to Nigeria on Thursday for deporting 125 Nigerians accused of trying to enter the country with fake vaccination certificates, seeking to defuse a growing dispute between Africa's two biggest economies. ... Full story

Implats dispute with Zimbabwe deepens

Johannesburg, March 09, 2012 - A war of words between South Africa's Impala Platinum and Zimbabwe intensified on Thursday, when the world's second-biggest platinum producer denied offering to hand over a stake in its local unit to the government. ... Full story

GPA Was Never About Writing A New Constitution: - Mugabe

Bulawayo, March 09, 2012- Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement (GPA) signed in 2008 was never about writing a new constitution but about holding fresh elections without violence before 2011, President Robert Mugabe has said. ... Full story

Alpha Media Holdings Applies For A Radio Licence

Harare, March 09, 2012 – Alpha Media Holdings Group (AMH), the owners of Newsday newspaper, the Zimbabwe Independent and The Standard newspapers has applied for a commercial radio licence to the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ), it has been established. ... Full story

Ncube Threatens To Stall Constitution Making Process

Harare, March 8, 2012 - The leader of the smaller faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Welshman Ncube says his party will not sign the final constitution draft produced by the parliamentary select committee, COPAC, if President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai continue to recognise Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Arthur Mutambara as a principal. ... Full story

Daily News Ban Must Be Investigated - MISA-Zimbabwe

Harare, March 08, 2012 – The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe has called on the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) to investigate the alleged banning of the privately owned Daily News in Mashonaland East province. ... Full story

500 000 Hectares Of Planted Maize Crop A Write Off - Made

Bulawayo, March 08, 2012- Zimbabwe faces serious hunger as 500 000 hectares of the planted maize crop during the 2011-2012 farming season is a write off, Agriculture and Mechanization Minister, Joseph Made has revealed. ... Full story

France Says Iran "Two-faced", Sceptical Talks Can Succeed

Paris, March 08, 2012 - France voiced scepticism on Wednesday that a revival of talks between six world powers and Iran would succeed, saying Tehran did still not seem sincerely willing to negotiate about the future of its nuclear programme. ... Full story

New Fighting In Sudan's Darfur Region

Khartoum, March 08, 2012 - Sudan's armed forces and a rebel group clashed in the Western Darfur region, both sides said on Wednesday, the latest violence in the troubled region. ... Full story

Nigeria, South Africa Feud Over Yellow Fever Jabs

Abuja, March 08, 2012 - South Africa and Nigeria are embroiled in a diplomatic spat after the authorities at Johannesburg airport deported 125 Nigerians, alleging their yellow fever vaccination certificates were fakes - the latest twist in a long-standing rivalry between Africa's two biggest economies. ... Full story

Buy Zimbabwe Campaign To Hold Conference And Expo

By Ngoni Chanakira Harare, March 8, 2012 - The Buy Zimbabwe Campaign is holding a Conference and Experimental Expo at the end of the month, the spokesman and Communications Manager, Robert Muganda, has said. ... Full story

Big Brother On The Hunt In Zimbabwe

Harare, March 08, 2012 - Thousands of people looking for instant fame and a fortune are expected to throng the Big Brother Africa (BBA) 7 open auditions/casting session which will run from March 9 to 11 at Meikles Hotel, Harare. ... Full story

Warriors crash heavily down the Fifa ladder

Harare, March 08, 2012 - Zimbabwe’s Warriors have paid heavily for the shock 2-1 defeat by lightweights Burundi and have slipped seven places down the latest Fifa CocaCola world rankings which were released by the world football governing body Wednesday. ... Full story

Police Roadblocks A Zanu (PF) Fundraising Programme - MDC

Harare, March 08, 2012 - Mainstream Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has alleged that numerous roadblocks set up by the police around the country's highways are a fundraising scheme for Zanu (PF). ... Full story

Church Applies For Community Radio Broadcasting Licence

Bulawayo, March 08, 2012 - The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church and a private company in Bulawayo have applied for a licence to operate community radio stations here. ... Full story

Mugabe Is King And Should Die In Office - Chief

Bulawayo, March 08, 2012 - Chief Musarurwa who is also the Mashonaland East provincial chairman for traditional chiefs has declared President Robert Mugabe as “King and who will die in office”. ... Full story

Elections To Go Ahead - Zanu (PF) Spokesman

Harare, March 07, 2012 - Zanu (PF) spokesman, Rugare Gumbo told the Associated Press on Tuesday that it was possible to put a new constitution to a referendum this year, followed by elections soon after. ... Full story

Dube Seeks 2nd Term As ZIFA Boss.

Harare, March 07, 2012 - Zimbabwe Football Association president Cuthbert Dube has expressed interest in seeking a second term as Zimbabwe football boss. ... Full story

Mugabe Portraits On Sale At Juru Growth Point

Juru, March 07, 2012- There is brisk business here with the selling of President Robert Mugabe portraits in what critics see as a fund raising campaign for the much talked about elections this year. ... Full story

Russian Protesters Fear Putin Will Get Tough

Moscow, March 07, 2012 - Russia's opposition said on Tuesday they feared Vladimir Putin had decided to use force to smother their protests after riot police detained hundreds of demonstrators challenging his presidential election victory. ... Full story

Senegal Sets Presidential Run-off For March 25

Dakar, March 07, 2012 - Senegal will hold a presidential run-off on March 25, the country's top legal body said on Tuesday. ... Full story

DR Congo Govt Resigns To Make Way For New Team

Kinshasa, March 07, 2012 - Democratic Republic of Congo's cabinet has resigned in a procedural move to allow President Joseph Kabila to form a new government following his re-election more than three months ago, a spokesman said on Tuesday. ... Full story

Zimbabwe Rejects Zimplats Call to Extend Date to Cede Stake

Johannesburg, March 07, 2012 - Zimbabwe rejected a request by Zimplats, a unit of Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. (IMP), to extend a deadline to hand over a 29.5 percent stake to the country, according to Bloomberg. ... Full story

South African Freelance Photojournalist Arrested In Zim

Mutare, March 07, 2012 - Internationally acclaimed freelance photojournalist Robin Hammond was arrested in Zimbabwe by police officers from Odzi Police Station on Monday near Kondozi Farm. ... Full story

Susan Tsvangirai Foundation To Commemorate Her Life

Harare, March 07, 2012 – The foundation formed in memory of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s late wife, Susan is commemorating her life three years after her tragic death in a fatal car accident that was survived by her husband and security aides’ weeks after the formation of the unity government in 2009. ... Full story

No Zim Polls Without Reforms, Says SA

Cape Town, March 06, 2012 - Zimbabwe's heavyweight neighbour South Africa on Monday dismissed a push by President Robert Mugabe for new polls without long-delayed reforms required by the country's unity deal. ... Full story

Tsvangirai Pained By Deaths Of His Senators and MPs

Bulawayo, March 06 2012 — Prime Minister and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he is “very pained” at the rate death of his Senators, Members of Parliament (MPs). ... Full story

NGOs To Tour Marange Diamond Mines

Harare, March 06, 2012 - The Zimbabwean government has granted permission to Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to tour the Marange diamond fields for the first time after soldiers and security personnel kicked out panners in 2008 to allow diamond firms to mine the precious gems in the eastern part of the country. ... Full story

Flora Veit Wild speaks Of Sex and Life With Dambudzo Marechera

Harare, March 07, 2012 - Dambudzo Marechera's troubled and turbulent life has been narrated by Flora Veit-Wild who shockingly revealed that she tested HIV positive after she discovered that the troubled author who she had an adulterous affair had been diagnosed with the disease. ... Full story

Tough Opposition For Zimbabwean Teams

Harare, March 06, 2012 - Zimbabwean football teams who were victorious in their respective international competitions will face more daunting tasks in the next rounds. ... Full story

Zimbabwe To Act On Implats Unit After Deadlock: Paper

Harare, March 06, 2012 - Zimbabwe is set to announce on Wednesday the fate of Impala Platinum's shareholding in its local unit after latest talks on black ownership ended in deadlock, the state-controlled Herald newspaper said. ... Full story

Hundreds Of Anti-Putin Protesters Detained In Russia

Moscow, March 06, 2012 - Russian riot police detained more than 500 protesters including opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday at rallies challenging the legitimacy of Vladimir Putin's victory in the presidential election. ... Full story

Netanyahu Tells Obama: No Israeli Decision On Iran Attack

Washington, March 06, 2012 - Benjamin Netanyahu assured President Barack Obama on Monday that Israel has not made any decision on attacking Iran's nuclear sites, sources close to the talks said, but the Israeli prime minister gave no sign of backing away from possible military action. ... Full story

Algeria Promises Libya It Will Rein In Gaddafi Family

Tripoli, March 06, 2012 - The most senior Algerian official to visit Libya since its revolution promised on Monday that members of Muammar Gaddafi's family given refuge on Algerian soil will not be allowed to meddle in Libyan affairs. ... Full story