President Robert Mugabe threw out an appeal by war veterans and the family of ex-freedom fighter Dickson "Cde Chinx" Chingaira yesterday to upgrade the late musician’s standing in death from the lesser liberation war hero status to a national hero, sparking outpouring anger from a cross-section of Zimbabweans.

Cde Chinx, who died in Harare last Friday, aged 61, was late on Tuesday declared a liberation war hero, after days of back-and-forth discussions in the

Yesterday, war veteran and Buhera South legislator, Joseph Chinotimba (Zanu PF), spent the better part of the day camped at the Zanu PF headquarters demanding audience with Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe to influence the politburo to upgrade Cde Chinx's hero status.

"I came here. I wanted to see the First Lady, they denied me access, I wanted to see the President, and they also denied me access," he said.

"Now, I am going to call the politburo members one by

With the mists of controversy swirling over the ‘hero’ status of Cde Chinx several versions of why he was denied a resting place at the national shrine are emerging.

One such rumor is that Cde Chinx was axed by the Zanu Pf politburo after he fraternized with the enemy. With the very public feud between the first lady Dr. Amai Grace Mugabe and Joyce Mujuru it seems comrade Chinx didn’t take to heart the saying ‘choose your friends wisely’.

Cde Chinx is

The integrity of next year’s elections is already in question, as it emerged that Israeli company, Nikuv International Project, could be roped in through the backdoor to manage, store and compile voters’ data ahead of the 2018 general elections, a development likely to raise eyebrows and questions about the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (Zec) much-hyped biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise.The fears arose after revelations that Zec was silent on how the data

THE National University of Science and Technology (Nust) and the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) allegedly suffered cyber attacks yesterday with the hackers demanding more than $6 billion to restore information to their websites.
HIT public relations officer Mr Tinashe Mutema confirmed the attack on the institution’s website.

Nust director of Information and publicity Mr Felix Moyo maintained there had been no attack but students and lecturers insisted they could

President Robert Mugabe has been left with egg on his face after the family of the late Dickson Chingaira, popularly known as Cde Chinx, spurned the provincial hero status bestowed on him demanding national hero status.

Zanu PF director of administration Dickson Dzora has confirmed the development, saying the family had appealed to the Zanu PF politburo to review its decision.
"It is true that the family has rejected the provincial hero status. They have appealed to the


There was drama yesterday when Cde Chinx’s second wife Ntombizodwa decided to 'revenge' in the best possible way within her means, when she walked out on First Lady Grace Mugabe at the funeral of the late musician.
Mugabe had joined mourners at the funeral of the late musician who died last Friday.
Speaking at the funeral wake of the late musician, Dickson Chingaira, popularly known as Cde Chinx, who succumbed to cancer at the

Members of the public had to assist the Bulawayo Fire Brigade in efforts to control a fire that had broken out at a building in Bulawayo around 3pm on Wednesday.

The building, which is suspected to have been abandoned, is located at the corner of 11th Avenue and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Street (formerly Bulawayo's Main Street), just next to Magnet House. A source who spoke to our news crew said six cars were burnt to ashes.

As the Fire Brigade Crew

NEWSDAY Editor, Wisdom Mdzungairi and chief reporter, Everson Mushava were yesterday summoned to CID Law and Order section at Harare Central Police Station for questioning over a story where former Zanu PF Mashonaland Central provincial youth leader Godfrey Tsenengamu early this year called for President Robert Mugabe’s resignation.
In the story, published on February 21, titled Mnangagwa ally savages Grace, Tsenengamu urged war veterans to push Mugabe to step down in favour of

UNDER-FIRE Zanu PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere has threatened a gloves off affair, as he takes his antagonists head-on in today’s politburo meeting, which is set to decide on his fate following accusations he had formed parallel structures to topple President Robert Mugabe.
Kasukuwere was left hanging by a thread last week after his issue was tabled before the politburo, but later deferred to today. In a video recorded in Mashonaland Central, Kasukuwere, at what

CHAOS rocked an MDC-T Matabeleland North provincial meeting in Hwange on Sunday, resulting in the cancellation of the indaba, as party members protested attempts to impose provincial vice-chairperson, Betty Thwala as interim leader following the death of Thembinkosi Sibindi two months ago.
The meeting was aborted after party members, who wanted Binga North legislator, Prince Dubeko Sibanda, to take over the post on an interim basis, disrupted the proceedings, accusing Thwala of

STAN PASSOH and his wife Hamu left Zimbabwe with a car, a few hundred dollars, a one-year-old child and his three-year-old sister in 2008 as the country’s economy collapsed.
Now living in Cape Town, they have jobs, a small business and their two children attend middle class Cape Town primary schools. But their seven-year visas are to expire soon so they may be forced to start their lives again. The Passohs started life in South Africa with four other families in a crowded house in

VETERAN musician and war veteran Cde Dickson Chingaira who died on Friday last week at a city hospital, has been declared a liberation war hero. zanu-PF secretary for administration Cde Ignatius Chombo, last night said in conferring Cde Chingaira liberation war hero status, the Politburo considered his contribution to the nation.
"Cde Dickson Chingaira has been declared a liberation war hero. He has earned this because of his works during the war and he remained consistent after

Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Saviour Kasukuwere has fumed at used condoms, bottles and other forms of litter that have accumulated at many of Harare’s illegal dumpsites.

Minister Kasukuwere said failure by the City Council to deal with litter is not acceptable. He came face to face with the litter in Glen Norah during his tour of Harare’s road rehabilitation programme.
"No, no mai Ncube, (acting town clerk) we cannot have this

An AFM church overseer is entangled in a g ay storm with a congregant who looked up to him as a father. The allegations have been exposed by 29 pages of whatsapp communication between AFM Chitungwiza West Overseer Collen Dandure and his congregant Frank Nyavaranda.
The shenanigans have been running for almost two years from 2015 to this year when Frank made a complaint to the church on the attempts to be violated by the man of cloth.

Overseer Dandure last Friday referred the

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