China reportedly spied on activities at African Union headquarters for five years

China reportedly spied on activities at African Union headquarters for five years from 2012 to 2017In 2012, the African Union officially opened it shiny new headquarters, the magnificent structure was built and paid for by China as a gift to its “African friends”.

Unknown to African leaders, the Asian giant had left a secret backdoor in the computers which allowed it to snoop on their activities.

In January 2017, the information technology unit at the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa noticed something strange, according to a stunning investigation in French newspaper Le Monde. Read more

Army distances itself from any ZANU PF Associated electioneering

Image result for Lieutenant-Colonel Alphios MakotoreIn a statement yesterday, Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Public Relations Lieutenant-Colonel Alphios Makotore dismissed claims that they deployed soldiers in Nkayi, who were terrorising villagers.

Reference is hereby made to a story ‘Soldiers Causing Terror, Havoc in Nkayi’ which was published in an online edition on 23 January 2018.

In the story, it is stated that Zimbabwe National Army members have been accused of abusing villagers in Nkayi, Gwelutshena area ahead of this year’s elections. Read more

I am not running for any Political office – Emmerson Mnangagwa Junior

Image result for emmerson mnangagwa juniorEmmerson Mnangagwa Junior has denied reports that he wants to run for the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe parliamentary seat which is currently held by his mother and first lady Auxilia Mnangagwa.

He denied reports that the Mnangagwa family wants to establish a dynasty and said such news is only meant to tarnish his family’s image. Said Emmerson Jr:

The speculation about me eyeing a National Assembly seat is categorically false.

I am not planning, nor have ever planned, to run for a parliamentary seat, there is more to life than politics and occupying public office. Read more

MDC Coalition will adopt Rand Monetary Union if it wins election

Image result for tendai bitiThe coalition of opposition parties, the MDC Alliance has declared that it will scrap the bond notes and join the Rand monetary union instead in order to stabilize the economy. This was revealed by People`s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tendai Biti at an MDC Alliance rally in Mutare over the weekend.

Biti who was the minister of finance during the Government National Unity (GNU) told supporters,

We want to join Rand Monetary Union (RMU).We will use the Rand in the country and see where it will take us to. Read more

Social Welfare Minister sued by CBZ for Loan default

Image result for petronella kagonyeCBZ Bank Limited has taken Labour and Social Welfare minister Petronella Kagonye to the High Court in a bid to recover $400 000 borrowed by the legislator. The amount includes interest.

Cecilia Shingaidzo Midzi is also cited as a respondent after she allegedly signed for the loan as surety and core principal debtor. The bank alleges that despite several attempts Kagonye had failed to settle the claimed amount.

The matter is still pending before High Court judge, Justice Charles Hungwe and was brought last week for a pre-trial conference. Read more

We have 500 000 tonnes of maize in our strategic grain reserves – Minister

Image result for Davis MarapiraDeputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Davis Marapira said Zimbabwe has 500 000 tonnes of maize in its strategic grain reserve, which was enough to sustain the country almost up to next year.

While we acknowledge that we had below average rainfall so far this summer cropping season, people should not panic because we have more than 500 000 tonnes of maize in our strategic grain reserve.

This can sustain us for close to a year. Last year we had good rains and people had a bumper harvest. Read more

Trump Promised us $15b if we win the elections – Nelson Chamisa

Tendai Biti, Nelson Chamisa, Corey Baker US SenateMDC-T Vice President Nelson Chamisa has claimed that United States president Donald J Trump has promised the opposition party US$15 billion in the event it wins the 2018 harmonised elections.

The money, according to Chamisa is for reconstruction, he made the claim to his party’s supporters at a rally in Mutare on Sunday.

The promise was allegedly made, when Chamisa, Tendai Biti and Dewa Mavhinga travelled to the United States. Biti, Mavhinga and writer Peter Godwin also testified before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee. Read more

I support ED, but will not join ZANU PF – Themba Mliswa

Image result for temba mliswaNORTON legislator Temba Mliswa (Independent) has dismissed speculative reports that he was mulling rejoining the ruling Zanu PF, although he doesn’t hide his support for the party’s first secretary and President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mliswa (TM), who once served as Zanu PF Hurungwe West legislator and Mashonaland West provincial chairperson, last week told NewsDay (ND) senior parliamentary reporter Veneranda Langa that he will back Mnangagwa’s candidature in the upcoming presidential election.

ND: Is it true that you are considering re-joining Zanu PF? If not, which constituency will you contest during the upcoming elections?

TM: It is not true, I enjoy my independence. Read more

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