Month: August 2018

Thank you Zimbabwe! – ED

President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa has expressed gratitude to the people of Zimbabwe for voting resoundingly for him in the just ended 2018 harmonised elections. Posting on his official Twitter account at 0206 hours today soon after being declared the winner of the Presidential race, he said: “Thank you Zimbabwe! I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe. Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams.” The President-elect said this is a new beginning, urging all Zimbabweans to join hands, in peace, unity and love, to build a new...

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Retailers’ body congratulates President-elect

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) has congratulated President-elect Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa for being declared the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. In a statement, CZR President Denford Mutashu said the new administration should now implement public policy that stimulates sustainable economic development while eliminating barriers to sustainable business development. “As retailers, we believe that the top issue facing our great nation the day after the election is the same as it was the day before the election – the economy! It is therefore no surprise that the economy is top on the minds of consumers who are also...

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BREAKING: ED romps to victory

The Zanu PF presidential candidate in the just-ended 2018 harmonised elections, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, has been declared duly elected President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. He garnered 2 460 463 votes, beating his main rival Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance who got 2 147 436 votes. The result means Cde Mnangagwa won 50.8 percent of the total votes while Chamisa had 44.3 percent.   2018 PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS:   Serial Candidate Sex Party Result   1.        Busha Joseph Makamba M Free Zim congress 17 556 (0.4%) 2.        Chamisa Nelson M MDC Alliance 2 147 436 (44.3%) 3.     ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Death toll from Harare violence rises

The death toll from yesterday’s violence in Harare has risen to six, after three more people died from injuries sustained during the skirmishes. Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the development, adding that 14 people were injured. She said 26 suspects including 18 at the MDC headquarters in Harare have since been arrested including Shadreck Mashayamombe. Dismissing social media reports, the police spokesperson said they still require to interview Tendai Biti, but said the MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa is not on their wanted list. Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba noted that about 4000 MDC...

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Senators, women’s quota, provincial council members

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has named the senators elected in some of the country’s provinces, members of the National Assembly elected under the women’s quota system and provincial council members. These are: SENATORS Masvingo Province Maluleke Ottillia Muhlava (Female) – Zanu PF Matuke Lovemore (Male) – Zanu pf Shumba Clara (Female) – Zanu PF Hungwe Josaya Tumira (Male) – Zanu pf Rwambiwa Esnath (Female) – MDC alliance Mavetera Tichinani (Male) – MDC alliance   Matabeleland South Province Phuthi Meliwe (Female) – MDC alliance Mpofu Bekithemba (Female) – MDC alliance Mohadi Tambudzani (Female) – Zanu PF Moyo Simon Khaya...

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Calm in Harare

Harare is calm today following Wednesday’s violence by the opposition MDC Alliance supporters which left 3 people dead. A brief survey in Harare’s central business district (CBD) today showed that a few shops and banks were open, while others were still to decide whether to open or not. Others were counting their losses and picking up the pieces after Wednesday’s violence. A few vendors were also seen trying to spread their wares on their usual vending sites. At one fast food outlet which was damaged and looted yesterday, workers were busy at work with patrons inside. They however could...

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Tobacco sales rake in $711m

Tobacco sales from the country’s auction floors have grossed $711 million after the end of the 2018 marketing season, with revelations that the figure might increase on the back of the ongoing contract sales. The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) said the just ended 2018 marketing season has seen a total of 243 million kilogrammes of the commodity being sold compared to 187,9 million kilogrammes last year. Auction sales for this year are pegged at $711 million compared to $560 million achieved in 2017. TIMB Spokesperson, Mr Isheunesu Moyo said while contract sales are still in progress, paving...

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ZHRC releases elections report

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) says the 2018 harmonised elections were held in a peaceful environment despite yesterday’s post election violence.  The ZHRC, which deployed 23 teams across the country to observe the electoral process, today presented a preliminary report on its findings in Harare. ZHRC Chairperson, Dr Elasto Mugwadi said the pre-election environment was generally peaceful but noted the use of hate speech and songs carrying hate messages during some campaign rallies. “It was peaceful as compared to previous years as all political parties were given enough space to campaign freely,” he said. The commission also observed the process on voting day. “Some of the provinces reported case of general disorganisation on the part of the electoral management body [ZEC] with some polling stations missing and voters also missing in the voters roll,” said Dr Mugwadi. The ZHRC then noted with sadness the loss of lives during yesterday’s violence in Harare and called for a peaceful resolution to any grievances. “There is no need to use live ammunition on people. Rather there should be some restrictions and restraint,” he said. The commission also urged all political parties to desist from issuing out threats against...

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Zanu PF youths shocked by Harare violence

The Zanu PF Youth League Chairperson for Harare Province, Godwin Gomwe says they are shocked by the unruly behaviour of supporters of the opposition MDC Alliance given the fact that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had not yet announced all election results. Four vehicles were reduced to ashes at the ruling party’s offices, while an employee at the office was assaulted during yesterday’s violent protests. Addressing colleagues at the provincial headquarters in Harare this morning, Gomwe said they have communicated on all its members not to retaliate but to wait for the results so that they can celebrate the...

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Zanu PF wins Harare South

Zanu PF has won one of the three constituencies whose results were still pending in Harare. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced the last three outstanding National Assembly election results this morning, with Zanu PF’s Tongai Mnangagwa winning in Harare South, to take the ruling party’s parliamentary tally to 145 out of 210 seats. Vimbayi Java Tsvangirai, the daughter of the late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, and Susan Matsunga won for the MDC Alliance in Glenview South and Mufakose to take their tally to 63. The MDC Alliance fielded two candidates in Harare South and that backfired as votes were...

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