THE MDC Renewal Team yesterday announced that it had converged with the United Movement for Democracy (UMD) led by exiled businessman Mutumwa Mawere to form a formidable grand coalition of opposition parties ahead of the 2018 elections.

Renewal Team spokesperson Jacob Mafume told party members in Mutare that the deal was concluded last Friday, adding that negotiations with other opposition parties were still on course.

The Renewal Team broke ranks with the mainstream MDC-T led by

THE MDC Renewal Team led by Tendai Biti yesterday appointed its National Executive Committee members and various working committees as the faction moves to evolve into a fully-fledged political party.

The Renewal Team has been calling on MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai to step down accusing him of leadership failure that has resulted in successive electoral losses to Zanu-PF.

The National Executive Committee will be made up of 16 working committees tasked with various activities.

Over 2 000 bottles of anointing oil are distributed on a daily basis by Prophet Walter Magaya's Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries.

Prophet Magaya speaking through the church administrator Talent Mango said on a normal day at least 2 000 bottles of anointing oil are distributed while on big Sundays the figure surges to at least 40 000.

"Anointing oil represents the Holy Spirit and the power of God," he said.

Mango said the church procures ordinary olive oil in the


Controversial radio presenter, actress and DJ, Tinopona Katsande (Tintin) has blasted people who encroached her personal space.

Tintin says she does not have regrets about her leaked sex tape that went viral on social networks.

"People say oh she is so strong, but I feel violated, have I dealt with it? People came into my space, into my bedroom, it is a perpetual violation. These were two consenting adults, me and my boyfriend. I do not know why I should try and justify what I did

POLICE are reportedly going to 'interrogate' everyone who was recently mentioned by The Sunday Mail Editor Edmund Kudzayi, who is accused of being behind the faceless Facebook character Baba Jukwa.

Sources close to the investigations said they were still questioning Lieutenant-Colonel Kembo and Herbert Huruba who are assisting the investigations.

"It's not a witch-hunting exercise, but what we just want is to ascertain what was happening. We will and we are going to interview all


THE Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (Zimche) has warned high-profile people who were awarded honorary doctorates by the International Institute of Philanthropy (IIP) to desist from using the title doctor as the awarding institution was not registered or authorised to award degrees to anyone in the country.

A Zimche notice published in weekly yesterday reads: "Zimche wishes to inform all stakeholders in higher education that the IIP is not authorised to award degrees to anyone in

THE government is planning to introduce a raft of new taxes targeting every Zimbabwean whether formally employed, self-employed or not employed, in a bid to fund the proposed compulsory health insurance scheme.

Under the proposals, every Zimbabwean, regardless of age, would be taxed for consuming anything or even using their mobile phones.

For example, the more one tops up airtime, the more they contribute to the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI).

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MDC-T renewal faction leader Tendai Biti yesterday hit out at Zanu PF for seeking to elevate President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, to head the party's women's league.

The Zanu PF women's league last Friday said it was endorsing Grace to succeed Oppah Muchinguri as secretary-general, in what has been interpreted as Mugabe's attempts to elevate his wife into a top political office.

Biti told scores of MDC-T supporters in Mutare that Grace's elevation would not be good for the


Bulawayo residents have accused Bulawayo based Zimpapers publication, Chronicle, of being insensitive to readers in Matabeleland after the paper published two stories in the front page of its Saturday edition, full of quotes written in Shona without translation.

The lead story titled Big Post for First Lady had more than 50 percent of its content written in Shona.
The same applied to the second story that anchored the page with the headline Livid Muchinguri Fires Salvo.


An Alabama man has filed a lawsuit in which he claims he went for a circumcision and woke up to find his penis had been removed.

Johnny Lee Banks Jnr claims he went in for a routine circumcision at Princeton Baptist Medical Center and his penis was mistakenly amputated by surgeons.

The lawsuit, which Banks filed with his wife Zelda, says that the man was never provided with an explanation as to why his penis was removed and was not warned that the circumcision procedure could

DC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday told Zimbabweans at a rally in Birmingham that the solution in Zimbabwe was unconditional dialogue and rejected outright the Zanu PF precondition that the MDC must first concede defeat in the elections of 2013.

"If they think I will concede defeat, they are deluding themselves because everyone knows last year's election was stolen. I will not do it. Everyone knows that election was stolen," Tsvangirai told a rapturous crowd.

He said

Controversial former St Mary's MDC-T Member of Parliament Job Sikhala says his prediction on the "arrest" of Information Media and Broadcasting Services Jonathan Moyo in connection with the Baba Jukwa investigations was confirmed last week when the Zanu PF politburo member was summoned by police.

Moyo was summoned by police on Thursday as part of their ongoing investigations on the Baba Jukwa saga.

Environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere was also summoned by police.

"Let the

The mystery that shrouded mbira queen Chiwoniso Maraire's burial continues to stalk her, a year after her death.

Following the strange burial arrangements, which saw her coffin being denied entry into the family's Bluff Hill home where she lived and the failure by family, friends and fans to conduct body-viewing, one would think all would be well by now, a year later.

But, alas, a year after the revered traditional music queen passed on after a short illness, a memorial service is

MINISTRY of Health and Child Care has called on the law enforcers to descend on public smoking offenders as the ministry intensifies its crackdown on citizens reluctant to comply with the Public Health Act (Tobacco Control) Regulation 264 of 2002 which prohibits public smoking, deputy director for the department of mental health services and susbtance abuse, Mrs Dorcas Sithole has said.

Mrs Sithole told Sunday News that the ministry had engaged the Ministry of Home Affairs to descend on

ENVIRONMENT, Water and Climate Minister Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, yesterday met police investigating the Baba Jukwa case after being subpoenaed last Friday.  He described the meeting as testimony to the fact that "the rule of law is alive and well in our constitutional democracy".

In a statement issued yesterday evening, Cde Kasukuwere said he tendered a sworn affidavit at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Harare which will assist the police with their

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