Month: August 2018

BREAKING NEWS: ED consoles families of violence victims

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday’s violence in Harare, and also wished those injured a speedy recovery. Three people were confirmed dead in the violence and President Mnangagwa took to his twitter account this morning to express his grief. I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday’s violence. All human life is sacred, and their deaths are a tragedy, irrespective of the circumstances. I would also like to wish a speedy recovery to all those injured in yesterday’s events. They, alongside the families...

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MDC receives widespread condemnation

Zimbabwean media personality and former Radio 2 presenter, Ezra Tshisa Sibanda has said late MDC founding fathers; Morgan Tsvangirai and Gibson Sibanda must be turning in their graves for seeing their party become such violent. Sibanda made these remarks on Facebook after MDC Alliance supporters went on rampage protesting against the results of Monday’s harmonised elections which saw the ruling party Zanu PF winning two thirds majority in parliament. “Morgan Tsvangirai & Gibson Sibanda must be turning in their graves for seeing their party MDC which was founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality,...

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US Embassy condemns Harare violence

The United States Embassy in Harare has condemned the acts of violence that broke out in Harare this afternoon. The Embassy Spokesperson, Dave McGuire told the ZBC News that they are concerned by events unfolding in Harare.  “We urge leaders of all parties to call for calm from members of their respective parties.  We further urge the Defense Forces of Zimbabwe to use restraint in dispersing protestors,” he said. McGuire added that Zimbabwe has a historic opportunity to move the country towards a brighter future for all its citizens, of which violence cannot be a part of that...

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ED blames MDC Alliance leaders for violence

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the MDC Alliance leadership is responsible for the disturbances that rocked Harare’s central business today. The party’s supporters today went on rampage, protesting against the results of Monday’s harmonised elections which saw Zanu PF winning two thirds majority in parliament. Speaking in Harare this evening, President Mnangagwa said the hooliganism and violence came as a surprise, adding that the opposition party leadership is to blame. “We hold the opposition MDC Alliance and its whole leadership responsible for this disturbance of national peace, which was meant to disrupt the electoral process. Equally, we hold the party...

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3 killed in Harare violence

Three people have died after today’s political violence rocked Harare as MDC Alliance supporters protested against the election results.   Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Chief Staff Officer – Press and Public Relations, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the sad development, saying the three are yet to be identified and are at Parirenyatwa Hospital mortuary. She warned the people against acts of hooliganism and vandalism which forced the security agents to intervene to calm things down. Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba also said the ZRP will arrest all perpetrators. “Let me warn those who were involved in setting ablaze vehicles, assaulting vendors taking their...

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Zanu PF wins 2/3 majority in parly

The ruling Zanu PF party has won two thirds majority in parliament, which will enable the party to make decisions in parliament even without the vote of the opposition National Assembly members. The latest batch of results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) took Zanu PF’s tally to over 140 out of 210 seats, with results in three constituencies of Harare Province outstanding. Zanu PF secured all the 18 parliamentary seats in Mashonaland Central Province, 21 out of 23 in Mashonaland East, and 25 out of 26 seats in Masvingo Province enroute to a landslide victory. The MDC...

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Drummer Vambe dies

Douglas Vambe (76), the popular drummer, whose beat is used on ZBC TV and radio news, has died. Vambe’s daughter, Pamela confirmed the sad development and said mourners are gathered at 28 Kasipiti, Rujeko in...

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Observer missions give thumbs up to Zim polls

Several observer missions to Zimbabwe’s 2018 harmonised elections have given thumbs up to the polls and made some recommendations on how the country can improve the process in the future. The observer missions, led by the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM), SADC Parliamentary Forum, the African Union Observation Mission and COMESA, among others, gave their preliminary reports in Harare this mid-morning. The missions concurred that the elections met their guidelines although there are areas that need improvement, urging Zimbabweans to move forward in peace and unity. “The 2018 elections in Zimbabwe marked an important moment for political transition,” AU...

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Youth Games headache as typhoid hits Gweru

The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has instructed all the Provincial Teams to be on standby and high alert on whether the Zimbabwe National Youth and Paralympic Games set for Gweru next week will proceed or not following the outbreak of Typhoid in the city. SRC Corporate Communications Officer, Tirivashe Nheweyembwa confirmed the development, adding that the commission is currently consulting with the Government and a more clearer and definite position regarding the Games will be communicated tomorrow (Friday). He said that in the event that the Games are postponed, the commission will urgently convene a stakeholders meeting to discuss the next possible date which will be convenient to all the...

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UPDATED: Zanu PF attains parly majority

Zanu PF has already secured a parliamentary majority with the results of 57 seats yet to be announced. With the  Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) having announced results for 153 out of 210 costituencies so far, Zanu PF has won 110 seats, while the MDC Alliance has 41 seats, the National Patriotic Front (NPF) one seat, and an independent candidate, Temba Mliswa claimed a seat in Norton. The electoral body’s first batch of results saw Zanu PF winning in Hwedza South [Tinoda Machakaire], Masvingo South [Cloudious Maronge], Masvingo West [Chadzamira Ezra], Chiredzi East [Denford Masiya], Marondera West [Mukunyaidze Sipiwe Elizabeth],...

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