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A fortnight after igniting a political brouhaha over his take of the Gukurahundi massacres of the early 1980s in Matabeleland and the Midlands, The Herald's columnist, Nathaniel Manheru — widely understood to be President Robert Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba — has stirred another controversy.

In his latest column in the Herald two days ago, Manheru claimed that the late liberation war icon, Solomon Mujuru — who was widely credited with installing Mugabe as leader of Zanu PF in

Police have released some names of those who died in yesterday's accident, which has since been declared a national disaster.

The accident, whose death toll has since risen to 26, occurred along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway yesterday and it involved a ZUPCO and Unifreight, now Pioneer, buses.

Those who perished in the accident are:

Nyaradzo Chihowa (32),
Sylvester Mudzengerere (14),
Belinda Mutize (18),
Lydia Nyakabau (17),
Patrick Mupemhi (30),
Nyasha Matika (45),

A Chitungwiza woman was arrested for allegedly pulling her husband's private parts accusing him of having extra marital affairs.

31-year-old Luckina Suwedi reportedly exploited her husband Jeremiah, Ruswa's sleep and attacked him.

She was arrested and charged with physical abuse in contravention of the domestic violence act.

It is said on January 3 the two went to bed together with their child. In the wee hours, the complainant was awoken by his wife who was seated on his

Disenchanted Zanu PF members are reportedly pilling pressure on former Vice President Joice Mujuru to form a political party and force an early election where she would challenge President Robert Mugabe.

Impeccable sources said plans to to launch a political party were at an advanced stage and there was serious lobbying among Mujuru loyalists to embrace the idea.

The party, the sources said, was likely to be launched before March this year.

Mujuru, who was Mugabe's second in

President Robert Mugabe's secret to a long life is simple: no cigarettes or alcohol and lots of exercise, his sister said in an interview published on Sunday.

Mugabe turns 91 next month and is one of Africa's longest-serving leaders.

"He has always known that things like alcohol and smoking are debilitating and degrade the body," Regina Gata, Mugabe's only surviving sister said in an interview with the Sunday Mail.

"Even up to now, he exercises a lot," Gata told the

ACTING President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday announced that government will soon intensify its land grab targeting the few remaining white farmers, multiple farm owners and reduce farm sizes, as Zanu-PF seeks to consolidate its land reform programme and ensure economic stability.

Addressing Zanu-PF supporters in his Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency, where he was bidding farewell following his elevation to the post of vice-president, Mnangagwa said after achieving political stability

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is set to fly into a storm as tensions are reaching boiling point in Zanu PF, with Didymus Mutasa insisting he is still a member of the party and cannot be expelled by an illegal structure.

Reports indicated that Mugabe was due to arrive in the country last Friday from his year-end holiday, but indications are that he is not yet back.

Mutasa upped the ante at the weekend, saying he expected a response from Mugabe to a letter he and other axed Zanu PF members


At least 25 people died while 46 others were seriously injured when a Zupco bus heading for Mutoko and a Pioneer bus travelling to Harare side-swiped along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway yesterday morning.

Of the 25 dead, 24 died on the spot while the other one – believed to be the driver of the Zupco bus – died a few hours later on his way to Parirenyatwa Hospital.

The Pioneer bus driver was among those who died on the spot in the accident which occurred near the 35-kilometre peg

Chinhoyi Diocese Catholic priests Father Ignatius Kariati and Father Alfred Matonhodze were killed in an accident on Friday night at Mupfure River Bridge in Mt Darwin, Mashonaland Central.

The two were travelling from Bindura to Mt Darwin Christ Mambo Parish where they were based. Father Aleni James yesterday confirmed the death of the priests.

"Yes, I can confirm the death of our two priests who died in Mt Darwin last night. The death has shocked the whole Diocese especially as

Zimbabwe's cash-strapped government has been forced to cut down on its recruitment of nurses and police officers following the freezing of posts five years ago.

Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa confirmed that government has made a drastic reduction in the number of nurses undergoing training due to lack of funds.

The reduction, he said, has been going on gradually over the years and according to sources at several nurses' training schools, tutors who have been made

A delegation from the Chinese International Cooperation Centre of National Development and Reform Commission (ICC-NDRC) jets in today for a seminar on cooperation between Zimbabwe and the Asian giant.

The delegation, headed by ICC-NDRC director general Cao Wenlian, will hold a seminar with their Zimbabwean counterparts on China-Zimbabwe cooperation starting tomorrow, the Chinese Embassy said.

The seminar will be organised by the Office of the President and Cabinet.


THE family of a Masvingo man whose lifeless body was found hanging from a tree near his in-law's homestead in Gutu early last year is demanding the exhumation of his body for a second postmortem as they suspect foul play.John Kanda (34), an airtime vendor, met his death when he had gone to see his wife, who was teaching in Gutu.

His mother Roselyn Kanda (65) told Sunday News recently that on 18 January 2014, Kanda travelled to Gutu to see his live-in girlfriend Ms Fortune Machakaire and

Former Zanu-PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa could be charged with abuse of office for the alleged illegal distribution of land to his associates and lovers during his stint at the National Security, Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement portfolio.

Mutasa is also accused of pocketing monthly rentals amounting to US$20,000 from tenants at eight properties in Rusape owned by Zanu-PF. Investigations by a committee established by Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Mandi

ACTING President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month allegedly ordered police officers to arrest a Kwekwe man who kept interjecting him while he was addressing disgruntled villagers gathered at his Precab Farm in Kwekwe in protest against his abusive neighbour Reverend Tititi Moyo.

The suspect, Farai Zivogara (28), appeared before Kwekwe resident magistrate Taurai Manwere on Thursday charged with disorderly conduct which had the effect of breaching peace.

It is the State case that on

NEW Manicaland provincial affairs minister, Mandi Chimene, was talking tough on Friday as she addressed companies digging up the reputed diamond riches in the province's Marange district.

"Mind your language and take care of your politics," Chimene told company executives who attended the meeting.

In case that was not clear enough, she added: "If you recruit people from the opposition we are at crossroads.

"....but if you employ youths from Zanu PF I will give you credit

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