Delivering his first speech as Zimbabwe’s President on Friday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to deal with cash shortages which started last year.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa said:
In the immediate, the liquidity challenges which have bedevilled the economy must be tackled head on and must be dealt with as a matter of urgency.
People must be able to access their earnings as and when they need them. Read more
Addressing journalists in Mutare on Sunday, Supa Mandiwanzira said Zimbabwe’s mobile phone penetration had hit 95%.
He however said that the number was unreliable since a number of people have two or three mobile lines each.
Mandiwanzira also said that the previous Cabinet approved a project to build 650 telecommunication towers in remote areas using resources from the Universal Services Fund. Minister Mandiwanzira said:
I think it is important first to give a picture where we are going in terms of mobile penetration. Read more
The price of cryptocurrency, bitcoin, continues to rise in Zimbabwe as investors and the general public continue looking for means of preserving their wealth.
On Monday the price of Bitcoin reached a high of $17 875 on the local exchange, Golix.
This is almost double the highest price for Bitcoin on the US market (at the time of publishing) of $10 022. Read more
A Gambian military court on Monday charged 10 soldiers with treason and mutiny for plotting to overthrow the country’s newly elected government in July, and two more with helping a sergeant evade arrest.
Elements of The Gambia’s armed forces are known to have maintained support for former president Yahya Jammeh following his ouster from power after 22 years in January, but detailed evidence of a rumoured coup plot is only just emerging.
The 10 soldiers “prepared or endeavoured to overthrow the democratically elected government of The Gambia by unlawful means and thereby committed an offence,” a court document seen by AFP showed. Read more
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have today announced they are engaged and will marry early next year after days of feverish speculation they were planning a royal wedding.
They will appear on national TV in the UK this evening to discuss their engagement just 16 months after they got together having been introduced by a mutual friend in Toronto where she was filming Suits.
Harry, 33, who revealed they were an item a year ago after a four-month secret relationship, proposed to Meghan, 36, in London earlier this month, Kensington Palace has revealed. Read more
Former Minister of Health and Child Care Minister and health advisor to the President and Cabinet Dr Timothy Stamps has died. He was 81.
Dr David Parirenyatwa yesterday said Dr Stamps had succumbed to a lung infection at Borrowdale Trauma Centre. Dr Parirenyatwa said full details on funeral arrangements will be announced today.
Before Independence, Dr Stamps worked for the then Salisbury (now Harare) Municipality’s health department, where he rose to become the chief medical officer for the city. Read more
MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to fire Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri for corruption.
This comes after Chihuri was booed while pledging his allegiance to Mnangagwa at the National Sports Stadium on Friday. Cde Gutu said:
Chihuri must be fired and arrested for corruption, failing to cause the arrest of suspected criminals even when his juniors had prepared dockets. Instead, he would cause the arrest of complainants and abuse State resources protecting the real criminals.
Addressing a provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) meeting at Mutare Polytechnic yesterday, Zanu-PF Secretary for Transport and Welfare Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said that Robert Mugabe plotted his own downfall by allowing his wife Grace Mugabe to play an active role in politics.
Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri was quoted saying:
By allowing his wife to have an active role in politics, Cde Mugabe plotted his own downfall.
I think it was a lesson to all that we should not allow our spouses to dictate the pace in politics. Read more
Water Resources Development and Climate minister Oppah Muchinguri has responded to reports that she is eyeing to be President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Vice President.
Other ministers who are reportedly eyeing the post are; Kembo Mohadi (State Security) and Obert Mpofu (Home Affairs).
Speaking to NewsDay, Muchinguri dismissed the reports and said that she would be comfortable with any position that she is given by Mnangagwa. Cde Muchinguri said:
Well, it’s up to the President to identify areas where I could be of help or of assistance to him. If I remain in my position, I am comfortable with it as I have always been. Read more
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has claimed that disgraced former Zanu-PF National Political Commissar, Innocent Hamandishe has been a fugitive from justice since December 2015.
This is despite the fact, that Hamandishe as one of the Youth League leaders was always visible in the media as one of the organisers of the Million Man March and the Youth Interface Rallies.
Hamandishe also accompanied former President Robert Mugabe on these rallies and used to sit close to him. Read more