There are whispers in Zanu (PF) corridors that President Robert Mugabe no longer trusts his wife's political capabilities and may retain Joice Mujuru as Vice President and the party's second secretary, UK-based newspaper, The Zimbabwean, has alleged.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said this week that the current mudslinging and character assassination was just political and would end with congress. Party insiders say he would not have said this without instructions from

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is moving with speed to avoid a split of his troubled party by keeping his outgoing number two, Joice Mujuru, in the Politburo as strategists behind her catastrophic demise work out ways to push Zimbabwe's first female Vice President from government.

Vice President Mujuru's star has come crushing down in the past two months. From being the country's second citizen, Mujuru has been reduced to a bystander — unable to play any role in the organisation of the party's

A Harare man shocked the gallery recently when he told the court that his wife was a well-known prostitute in their neighbourhood and at her workplace.

Petros Chikonya claimed his wife Shupikai Mandlazi was in the habit of bringing boyfriends into their matrimonial bedroom. Chikonya had been dragged to the Harare Civil Court by his wife Mandlazi who was seeking a protection order against him.

She was accusing him of inserting a bottle into her private parts.

"He is undergoing

SHARON Macheso's estranged husband Kudakwashe Munetsi was yesterday ordered to pay $220 after a warrant of arrest was issued against him over his failure to pay the $200 fine set by the court following his recent conviction of assaulting his erstwhile wife.

Munetsi was at the risk of being jailed when he appeared before Harare magistrate Takunda Mutetwa before his lawyer Abisha Muzvaba assured the court they had the money.

Muzvaba applied for the cancellation of the warrant of

ZANU PF has expelled suspended former spokesperson Rugare Gumbo for his continued attacks on President Robert Mugabe.

Addressing the media after the central committee meeting Wednesday evening, national chairman, Simon Khaya Moyo said Gumbo had been expelled for bringing the name of the liberation movement into disrepute.

"Suspended spokesperson, Cde Rugare Gumbo has been expelled from the party by the central committee," said Khaya Moyo.

Gumbo was suspended for five years

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe revealed on Wednesday that under fire Vice President Joice Mujuru's faction believed he would die in September and started plotting a coup after hopes that his biological clock would stop ticking were dashed.

The veteran leader was addressing members of the Zanu PF central committee in Harare at the ruling party's ongoing elective congress where he effectively ruled out retirement, insisting he would only be removed from office by election defeat.

"Power

Mpandawana woke up to a bizarre incident on Wednesday morning when a mentally challenged woman, Esther Katandawa (27) used an axe to kill a 29-year-old man and thereafter started eating his cerebral cortex (the brain tissue) as fear-stricken residents watched from a distance.

Katandawa found Simon Muzenda in a bush cutting down firewood at around 9am. She went for Muzenda, overpowered him and took over the axe which she then used to attack him.

Masvingo province Police

A named minister, widely seen as a chief strategist in the faction led by Emmerson Mnangagwa, attacked transport minister Obert Mpofu calling him a "thief"  as Zanu-PF's last politburo meeting ahead of the crucial congress degenerated into personal attacks.

NewZimbabwe.com Politburo sources said Mpofu received a bashing from a well-known master of venom as the party bigwigs took personal attacks to unprecedented levels Tuesday.

Mpofu's attack emanated from allegations that he

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Tough-talking Zimbabwe securocrat Emmerson Mnangagwa - dubbed "Ngwena" or "the crocodile" - is likely to emerge from this week on as Robert Mugabe's vice president and heir apparent.

It's been a very long wait to the top for 68-year-old Mnangagwa, but the timing could not be better.

President Mugabe has been in power for 34 years, and although he will be reaffirmed as ZANU-PF's leader this week, people now openly discuss "life after Bob."

A purge of current vice president

Vice President Joice Mujuru skipped the Zanu PF politburo meeting that was held in Harare yesterday, amid suggestions that she was considering boycotting altogether the party's damp squib congress that starts in earnest tomorrow.

Well-placed sources last night said the embattled VP feared for her life following serious and ongoing threats against her, as well as other senior officials perceived to be loyal to her by her hardline party enemies.

Mujuru's untenable standing in the

Vanquished Vice President, Joice Mujuru, is allegedly on the verge of being arrested for an array of serious charges, largely believed to be trumped-up, which include treason, espionage and corruption, in a bid to end her political career by Zanu PF foes backing the first family's power retention at the ongoing party congress in Harare, The Telescope News, has gathered.

Although Mujuru seemed to have initially survived charges of allegedly plotting to assassinate President Robert

HARARE – The embattled Vice-President President Joice Mujuru and "her cabal" had virtually hijacked foreign diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe, Junior Foreign Affairs Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa said on Tuesday.

Mutsvangwa said Mujuru and top members of the faction she allegedly leads had for a long time been misleading foreign mission in Harare that President Robert Mugabe "is senile and does not comprehend issues any longer".

"We now gather that Mujuru and her group had been

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ZANU PF Women's League national secretary Shuvai Mahofa yesterday collapsed after spending two hours singing and dancing together with other top party officials while waiting for First Lady Grace Mugabe to show up at the party's congress venue in Harare.

Mahofa later told party members that she had succumbed to the sweltering heat inside the tents.

Grace was initially scheduled to inspect the venue at 1:30pm, but only arrived two hours later.

During the tour, the First Lady

CANADA has lifted a ten-year moratorium on deportations to Zimbabwe saying conditions in the country had improved and there was no longer a generalised risk to the civilian population.

The development, confirmed Tuesday by Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, means some 300 Zimbabweans could now be removed and sent back to Harare.

"Canada is one of the most generous countries in the world, and we have extended that generosity for over 10 years to Zimbabweans by allowing them to

VICE President Joice Mujuru yesterday was nowhere to be found at the opening day of zanu-pf's 6th National People's Congress that kicked off with the sitting of the Politburo at the party's headquarters.

It is the second time in as many weeks that the embattled Vice President has missed the Politburo, having failed to attend last week's session.

Apart from the missing VP Mujuru, secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa and secretary for transport and welfare Cde Nicholas

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