FORMER Foreign Affairs minister and Masvingo South MP Walter Mzembi yesterday said he had taken a sabbatical from politics to concentrate on private business.
Mzembi threw in the towel after he was recalled from Parliament together with 10 other MPs aligned to the G40 faction that was involved in a tussle for control of Zanu PF in the race to succeed former President Robert Mugabe who succumbed to military pressure last November.
Mzembi, however, said he would remain loyal to Zanu PF and President Emmerson Mnangagwa and pleaded for his support in his new corporate adventures.
“I wish to state that I have accepted the decision of the party in all instances and will notwithstanding continue to serve the interests of the party as its registered voter,” Mzembi said in a statement yesterday. Read more
Two Swedish investors, Mr Ulf Geogson of Wolfie Tough Holding AB and Mr Ake Hultqvist, who is the editor-in-chief and publisher of a tobacco magazine Tobak and Mer arrived in Harare yesterday to assess the business opportunities available in Zimbabwe.
I am here to improve the relations between Zimbabwe and Sweden. I am an international businessman for 40 years and I have been working for 40 years internationally.
So, I have come here to see opportunities that are here. We want to see if we can buy something here, if we can invest and there are a lot of different things that we could do to improve the relations between the two countries in terms of investment. Read more
Speaking at Chief Samuel Samambwa’s installation ceremony in Zhombe on Saturday, President of the Zimbabwe Council of Chiefs, Chief Fortune Charumbira said chiefs are unapologetic about the cars they received from President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Government recently handed over 52 vehicles to traditional leaders around the country with more to be delivered shortly. Charumbira said that they did not receive the vehicles for free but paid for them. Chief Charumbira was quoted saying:
We are unapologetic about the cars we received from President Mnangagwa recently. Those vehicles are necessary for the status, dignity and respect of the traditional leaders. If anything, we deserve those cars more than anyone else in this country. Read more
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is scheduled to leave Harare at 4:30 am today for Davos, Switzerland, for the 48th World Economic Forum annual meeting.
He is accompanied by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Lt. Gen (Rtd) Sibusiso Moyo, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development Mike Bimha, Head of Europe and Americas Ambassador Chitsaka Chipaziwa, Special Advisor to the President Chris Mutsvangwa, Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services George Charamba, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya, Zimbabwe Investment Authority CEO Richard Mbaiwa and other senior staffers in the President’s office. Read more
Former cabinet minister and Zanu-PF National Political Commissar Saviour Kasukuwere is reported to have begged President Emmerson Mnangagwa for forgiveness as well as permission to return home.
Kasukuwere fled into exile after the fall of former president Robert Mugabe together with fellow G40 Faction kingpin, Professor Jonathan Moyo.
Kasukuwere’s house was attacked by alleged Special Air Service (SAS) snipers when the Zimbabwe Defence Forces launched the military takeover of government which resulted in the fall of Mugabe. Read more
Zimbabwe national, Kingston Vhiya was stabbed to death in South Africa by one of his pupils, who accused him of failing him in school.
Vhiya, 42, from Masvingo was allegedly killed last week by the 15-year-old Grade Eight pupil, according to South African media reports.
Vhiya was a teacher at Bosele Middle School in Manyeding Village near Kuruman, Northern Cape,
According to a witness Mr Zeky Mangei, the pupil arrived at Vhiya’s house and started throwing stones, breaking all the windows with stones.
“The boy started by throwing stones, breaking windows at the house. He accused Kingston of failing him at school. Kingston told him that he could not blame him for failing and that he should speak to individual subject teachers,” Mr Mangei reportedly said. Read more
A student claims Premier League footballer Alexis Sanchez offered her £1,000 for sex and cheated with her four times in his Kensington flat behind his girlfriend’s back.
Paulina Sobierajska, 20, said Sanchez, who is set to earn £505,000 a week when he signs for Manchester United, first propositioned her in a bar.
Miss Sobierajska claims the football star, 29, took her back to his flat where he performed a striptease as they sipped on luxury champagne. Read more
At least one person has been killed in widespread protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where police have used teargas to disperse protesters.
They are demanding that President Joseph Kabila – whose expected term of office expired more than a year ago – should step down.
A number of people have been injured, and UN peacekeepers have reportedly been deployed in the capital.
Similar demonstrations three weeks ago led to a number of deaths.
Jean-Baptise Sondji, a former minister, told AFP a 16-year-old girl had died in the protests – but other reports said a man had been killed.
The widespread marches had been called for by the country’s Catholic Church, which appealed for a large but peaceful demonstration. Read more
President Emmerson Mnangagwa will next week review his ministers’ work since appointment late last year.
Ministers are undergoing e-governance and rapid results training ahead of the review that will focus on attainment of targets each of them put forward in December 2017.
The project-oriented targets have a 100-day time-line and fall under the ambit of President Mnangagwa’s vision of speedy economic turnaround.
The Transport and Infrastructure Development Ministry, for instance, aims to — among other targets — kickstart dualisation of the Chirundu-Harare-Beitbridge-Chirundu Highway and the US$400 million recapitalisation of the National Railways of Zimbabwe. Read more
Former US president, Barack Obama’s daughter, was spotted out and about with her rumoured British boyfriend.
Malia Obama and her rumored Harvard boyfriend Rory Farquharson were seen shopping in Soho, NYC on Saturday.