FOUR expecting mothers at St Joseph’s Mission Hospital in Maphisa cheated death on Sunday after a hailstorm destroyed part of the hospital.

Two heavily pregnant women were injured as they tried to flee from their ward, while two others safely hid under a bed in the waiting mothers’ home.

St Joseph’s Mission Hospital, St Joseph’s Mission Primary school, a number of homes, and four shops had roofs blown away by strong winds that also uprooted trees at around

LOCAL Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere is not in contempt of court over his handling of the matter involving suspended Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi and other 11 councillors, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

Responding to a parliamentary question by Mkoba MP, Amos Chibaya, if the government had plans to discipline Kasukuwere over his alleged contempt of court, Mnangagwa said Kasukuwere’s hands were clean.

“The question by the Hon Member stems from the

A NATIONAL Railways of Zimbabwe employee almost plunged into the Zambezi River after he fell off the Victoria Falls Bridge.

Tafi Shava was painting the bridge’s railings when he slipped. He suffered a broken spine after landing on some steel poles on the bridge’s arc — breaking a 111 metre plunge which would have almost certainly killed him.

Shava, whose age could not be readily established but is believed to be in his 40’s, was rushed to Mpilo Central

OWEN Kuchata, leader of a fringe political party, the Zimbabwe People’s Front, faces a lengthy jail term after admitting a plot to bomb a plant of Alpha Omega Dairy — a business owned by President Robert Mugabe and the First Lady.

Kuchata, 34, made a dramatic change of plea to the charge of terrorism before Harare magistrate Hoseah Mujaya last Friday.

He will be sentenced today, and could face life in jail.

Kuchata and alleged accomplice Borman Ngwenya, 30, face

ZANU-PF Deputy National Secretary for Science and Technology Cde Patrick Zhuwao has refuted claims by war veterans leader Cde Chris Mutsvangwa that he has agreed to differ with him on their divergent political positions.

Minister Zhuwao, flanked by Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Cde Ephraim Chengeta and his deputy Cde Keith Guza, told a media briefing yesterday that he has no “modus vivendi” with Cde Mutsvangwa.

He said this was impossible, especially

HARARE - The ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has dispelled reports that it will be slashing salaries of teachers who fail to produce good results.

A fortnight ago, State media reported that government will resort to cutting salaries in order to improve the country’s quality of education.

The media reports also added that the measures would be put into effect immediately with teachers who record less than 50 percent pass rates at all examination classes to forfeit

HARARE - A campaign to prop up Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to replace  President Robert Mugabe started way back in 2014 and under-fire permanent secretary in the Information ministry George Charamba brought the subject into the public domain in June last year.

Charamba, who is accused by the Generation 40 faction and former Zanu PF leading lights such as Didymus Mutasa of leaning towards  Mnangagwa in the brutal succession wars has of late been accusing some senior

HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa is walking a tightrope as he is under pressure to fulfil President Robert Mugabe’s civil servants bonus pledge, against a demanding wage bill, drought and the government’s external debts commitment.

According to reports, Chinamasa announced that civil servants will start receiving their 2015 bonuses beginning this month.

The payments will be staggered until May.

However, government has been struggling to pay civil

HARARE - Amid stunning revelations that the Zanu PF faction behind President Robert Mugabe’s embattled deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is reaching out to former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her followers, the widow of the late liberation struggle icon, General Solomon Mujuru, says the idea is “a non-starter”.

Addressing the leadership of her movement, People First, from Matabeleland South province last week, Mujuru vowed that she would never go back to Zanu PF

A reportedly dead Highfield prostitute only identified as Memory is said to have been using faeces as juju to lure clients. The juju faeces were discovered by Memory’s roommate last Friday who curiously opened the bucket which she had been told not to open.

Memory was said to be in Hwedza when the bucket was opened by her friend last Friday and reports are that the opening of the bucket is related to her death.

According to an H-Metro mole,Memory, populary known as Shorty

PARLIAMENT of Zimbabwe’s website was last week hacked by cyber attackers identifying themselves Anonplus Anonymous.

Speaker of the House of Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, yesterday confirmed the attack, which happened last week, saying investigations were underway to identify the culprits and their motives.

“We cannot divulge too much information at the moment as this is a matter under investigation,” he said.

The hackers left a screen grab message which read

THE saga surrounding the recent demolition of hundreds of illegal structures along Airport Road in Harare has taken a new twist, with the Zanu PF government admitting, in writing, that it sanctioned the illegal settlement way back in 2006 to achieve certain unspecified goals.

Former Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo has revealed in a letter dated November 28, 2012, addressed to the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda.

In the letter, Chombo

ZIMBABWE African People’s Union (Zapu) vice-president Emilia Mukaratirwa has resigned from the party due to institutional challenges. Mukaratirwa said she had resigned both from her position and the party, but had not been forced out by anyone in the party led by Dumiso Dabengwa. “The leadership as well as the generality of the members wished we could continue. There’s no such thing as being forced out or a fall-out,” she said.

“During my term of office

HERALD columnist, Nathaniel Manheru, strongly believed to be President Robert Mugabe’s aide, George Charamba, has warned of a looming Zanu PF split, if the shadowy Generation 40 (G40) faction is left unchecked.

“The idea is to have successive breakaways that would leave Zanu PF anaemic and softened for defeat. Expect more exfoliation,” Manheru wrote in his weekly column published on Saturday.

The ruling party is currently engaged in nasty internecine factional

Following months of speculation and evasive talk, the government has finally conceded Masvingo State Minister Shuvai Ben Mahofa is seriously ill and will “not report for duty anytime soon”.

The Masvingo Provincial Admistrator, Felix Chikovo last week said Mahofa has not reported for duty over nearly two months, because she was not feeling well adding he did not know when the minister would resume her duties.

The development comes after she was reportedly poisoned nearly

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