Day: November 24, 2017

Pistorius jail term increased

A South African court has increased Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’s jail sentence for killing his girlfriend to 13 years and five months. Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was “shockingly light”. Ms Steenkamp’s parents were “emotional” as they watched the ruling at home on TV, a spokeswoman said. “They feel there has been justice for Reeva. She can now rest in peace,” Tania Koen told Associated Press. “But at the same time, people think this is the end of the road for them… the fact is they still live with Reeva’s loss every day,” Ms...

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235 killed in Sinai mosque attack

235 people have been killed when militants launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was targeted during Friday (today) prayers. Reports say it is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in 2013. Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi vowed to respond with “brute force” after talks with security officials. No group has yet claimed the attack, but militants affiliated with so-called Islamic State (IS) have been responsible for scores of deadly attacks in the...

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Artists optimistic of good fortunes

Musicians who thronged the Giant National Sports Stadium for the inauguration of President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa are optimistic the political change will bring them fortunes. Music characterised the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s new President Cde Mnangagwa with the man of the moment Jah Prayzah leading from the front. Jah Prayzah said as an artist he is happy with the way his latest album “Kutonga Kwaro” has been received and has been used for the celebrations with Mutare based Joshua Sacco saying the coming in of a new leader will improve the music industry in Zimbabwe. Baba Mechanic Manyeruke was among...

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ZNA officers urged to uphold discipline

Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) officers have been reminded to uphold discipline in the execution of their duties as indiscipline will endanger the society they are supposed to protect. The need for members of the ZNA to uphold discipline was made at the pass-out parade of 88 of general squad drill and small arms course at 2.1 Reserve Force Battalion in Mt Darwin. Discipline is key for the force to execute their duties as the course was meant to inculcate that into officers, noted the reviewing officer Colonel Albert Malamu. 2.1 Reserve Force Battalion Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Kachingwe...

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Diplomatic community hails Zim new era

The diplomatic community resident in Zimbabwe has commended the peaceful transition and the swearing in of the new President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa. The foreign representatives and heads of multi-lateral institutions pledged to continue working with Zimbabwe.        The diplomatic community came out in full force to witness a new era in the history of Zimbabwe as Cde Mnangagwa was sworn in as the second Executive President of Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 to lead the country. Ambassadors and heads of key multilateral institutions interviewed by the ZBC News were unanimous in praising Zimbabwe for navigating the political terrain peacefully...

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Zimbabweans embrace Pres Mnangagwa’s inauguration

Zimbabweans across the political divide have embraced the inauguration of Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. The adage “where there’s a will there’s always a way” proved true for scores of people in all over the country who became part of the inauguration festivities through the small screens. Some residents of Bulawayo, who failed to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Mnangagwa in Harare today, took time off their busy schedules to witness proceedings live on the national television and are optimistic that the new president will live to his promises. As early...

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Britain pledges support for Zim

Britain says it is committed to re-engaging Zimbabwe and revive the country’s economy. The British envoy witnessed the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare today. The British envoy who is the Minister for Africa Mr Rory Stewart came for the inauguration of President Mnangagwa and paid a courtesy call on the President soon after his inauguration. Mr Steward said he is happy that President Mnangagwa spoke of economic reforms and his willingness to uphold the rule of law. On the issues of illegal sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy, Mr Stewart hinted on the possibility of lifting...

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18 Nov should be made public holiday: Zanu PF youths

Zanu PF Youth Harare Province says the 18th of November should be put on the calendar as public holiday to remember the solidarity march that ushered in the new government. Zanu PF Harare Province youths chairman Cde Godwin Gomwe told ZBC News that the 18th of November a day which saw millions of Zimbabweans march in solidarity to push the former president to resign should be declared national holiday. “As Harare Province youths we are prepared to continuously support Zimbabwe Defence Forces which mooted the peaceful march,” said Cde Gomwe. Currently the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe has...

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Young Warriors expected in camp next week

The Zimbabwe Young Warriors will troop into camp this Monday for an intensive week long training session ahead of the COSAFA showdown slated for Zambia from the 6th to the 16th of December. Indications have come through that most Premier Soccer League clubs will only release their players for national duty after the curtain comes down on the PSL this Saturday (tomorrow). The Young Warriors were seeded in Group C alongside Angola, Lesotho and Namibia while defending champions and hosts Zambia are in Group A together with Swaziland, Uganda and Malawi. 2016 runners up South Africa’s Amajita are in...

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Lupane residents applaud Pres Mnangagwa’s speech

For the better part of the morning, business came to a standstill in Lupane as people took time off to follow proceedings of the inauguration of Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa being sworn in as the President of Republic of Zimbabwe. Friday the 24th of November marks the beginning of a new page in the history of Zimbabwe, following the swearing in of Cde Mnangagwa as President. People from all walks of life were following the proceedings of the inauguration ceremony from a television set at a local shop here in Lupane. The President’s commitment to eradicate corruption, build good international...

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