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TENSIONS are rising in Zanu-PF as warring factions are plotting their strategies ahead of a crucial politiburo meeting tomorrow.

On top of the agenda is the push by a faction of the ruling party to force Vice-President Joice Mujuru to step down.

Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mngangagwa are said to be leading factions fighting to succeed 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

But the two have steadfastly denied that they are leading factions.

Zanu-PF sources told VOA

FUNCTIONARIES from opposition parties whose formation the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe traced to the house of Vice President Joice Mujuru have sprung to the VP's defence with gushing tributes which analysts said were not only unprecedented, but pointed to a hitherto unknown relationship between the VP and the opposition parties.

Addressing the last leg of her "Meet The People Tour" at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera last Friday, Amai Mugabe revealed that the opposition MDC and

At least 50 police recruits escaped death by a whisker after a tent they were using during training at Lowdale Training Centre in Shamva was struck by a bolt of lightning, injuring three of them last Thursday.

While official figures indicated that there were 50 recruits and three were injured, impeccable police sources at Morris Depot said there were 60 recruits and 15 of them were injured, eight seriously.

The sources said of the eight seriously injured, six were still admitted at

AN ambulance crew from Kwekwe recently made good their escape after learning that an emergency they had been summoned to involved a suspected case of Ebola while doctors in the city also refused to attend the patient fearing they would contract the disease, it has emerged.

The incident, which occurred in the Midlands city two weeks ago, revealed how ill-prepare the province was for any Ebola emergency, Provincial Medical Director, Dr Milton Chemhuru said.

The case involved a woman

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A 35 year old Harare man was last week arrested for illegal possession of and selling crocodile eggs.

The man whose name could not be ascertained was arrested at Joina City last weekend carrying 59 eggs stashed in a cooler box with the intention of selling them.

According to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority the man will appear in court for violating the Parks and Wildlife Act.

ZPWMA spokesperson Caroline Washaya Moyo said the man was selling the eggs at $6

President Robert Mugabe apparently supports his wife Grace's recent public attacks on senior Zanu PF and government officials, including Vice President Joice Mujuru, it has emerged.

Apart from the women's league boss'-designate's own remarks that the 90-year-old leader was "fed up with this faction leader", the Zanu PF leader's continued silence on the constant "badgering" has fanned suspicions that Mugabe was firmly behind these verbal assaults.

"Even Baba (Mugabe) is also fed up

Over forty imbibers of traditional beer from Dombodema under chief Mpini in Plumtree, were a few days ago left ruing they day they decided to go for a beer drink after two soiled napkins were discovered at the bottom of the drum that contained the brew.

The lovers of the wise waters were fuming with fury but the situation was beyond amelioration as over 95% of the traditional alcoholic drink, popularly known as 'umqombothi' had already been consumed. The imbibers took the traditional

MATHETSHANENI Primary School in Nkayi, Matabeleland North province has been temporarily shut down after teachers fled goblins terrorising and beating them.

The school was "shut-down" on Tuesday and the local traditional leadership met yesterday to try to find a solution, possibly to hire traditional healers to sniff out the creatures.

One of the teachers was reportedly hospitalised last week at the Nkayi District Hospital releasing froth from the mouth after being beaten by the

ZANU PF hawks pushing for the ouster of Vice-President Joice Mujuru at the party's elective congress in December are reportedly subtly preparing outgoing women's league boss, Oppah Muchinguri, to take over the hot seat.

Impeccable party sources said the plot had the blessings of the First Family, hence First Lady Grace Mugabe's verbal attacks on Mujuru during her countrywide "meet the people tours" over the past two weeks.

Sources added that Muchinguri agreed to the plot and gave

VICE-PRESIDENT Joice Mujuru is set to be challenged at the forthcoming Zanu PF elective congress in December amid suggestions First Lady Grace Mugabe could be encouraged to run for the post.

Gokwe-Nembudziya MP, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, told party supporters, traditional leaders and headmen at the weekend that no one is guaranteed a return to their current posts at the congress. Political observers said Mujuru could be the biggest casualty of the shake-up.

Wadyajena, who was

FOUR officials from the MDC-T and MDC respectively, were injured in separate accidents on Friday and Saturday night while travelling from Harare to Bulawayo.

MDC-T national chairman Mr Lovemore Moyo, his aide Mr Artwell Sibanda and an unidentified driver were seriously injured when a Mazda BT50 truck they were travelling in was involved in a head on collision with a truck along the Chivhu-Mvuma stretch of the Harare-Beitbridge highway on Saturday night.

MDC-T spokesperson Mr

Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC and Simba Makoni's Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) parties have both rejected accusations by First Lady Grace Mugabe that the opposition parties were formed at Vice President Joice Mujuru's house.

While MKD spokesperson Evans Sagomba strenuously denied the allegation saying the issue will be exhaustively clarified at a Tuesday press briefing by Makoni, MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said Grace was lying and should stop trying to rope the MDC into Zanu PF fights.

Deputy Health and Child Care minister, Paul Chimedza has admitted that there are loopholes in the country's Ebola prevention mechanisms, saying government is working on plugging them.

Speaking at a one-day provincial people's conference organised by ZimRights on Friday, Chimedza said the Wilkins Hospital Ebola scare provided an opportunity for the country to test its preparedness in dealing with the deadly disease, which has claimed over 4 500 lives in West Africa.

"The Wilkins

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has seized a 46kg bale of second-hand g-strings and thongs panties at Sango Border Post.

It is forbidden to import into Zimbabwe second-hand undergarments of any type, form or description — whether purchased, donated or procured in any other manner.

The used g-strings, thongs and 'parachute panties' were seized at the border control post for Mozambique and Zimbabwe, according to the latest government gazette.

Zimra commissioner-general

A 45-YEAR-OLD vegetable vendor from Figtree in Bulilima District, was raped at knife point by a bogus customer who went on to steal her money.

Khumbulani Ngwenya (32), who is also from the same area, appeared before Plumtree magistrate Mr Livard Philemon facing rape charges.

On the day of the incident, the complainant went to Hannavale Resettlement area to order vegetables for sale. On her way back she made several stops at homesteads selling her vegetables from door to door.

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