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Zimbabwe’s political crisis: Who are the main players?

Succession Race: Mujuru battles it out with Mnangagwa
by admin - 28 November 2014

Peta Thornycroft in Harare and Aislinn Laing in Johannesburg |The Telegraph (UK) | As the country’s vice-president is ousted after allegations she wanted to kill Robert Mugabe’s wife, who are the key political figures in Zimbabwe’s latest crisis? Joice Mujuru, Zimbabwe’s long-serving...


Bid to stop Zanu PF congress

Joice Mujuru vs Emmerson Mnangagwa

By Fungi Kwaramba HARARE – Some war veterans and youths sympathetic to embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru are apparently considering dragging President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF to court in a bid to stop the party’s forthcoming congress. The mooted legal action is anchored on a litany of “unprocedural” amendments to the party’s constitution, the Daily News has been told. A source...


Zimbabwe’s baby elephants getting sold to China zoos

Zimbabwe's baby elephants getting sold to China zoos

Animals are getting stolen from Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, and are ending up in China’s zoos according to The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. The group says that they first highlighted this issue when they encountered an Australian and Zimbabwean looking to earmark elephants in Hwange for Chinese zoos. Now they claim that tourists are witnessing blatant live captures of baby elephants....


What are Mujuru’s legal options?

Alex Magaisa

By Alex T. Magaisa I was asked for a legal opinion by a journalist this afternoon over the legality of Zanu PF’s constitutional amendments passed by the Politburo at its most recent meeting this week. The State media reported that the Politburo, Zanu PF’s executive arm, had adopted the constitutional amendments. In giving my opinion, I have looked at the Zanu PF Constitution and the national...

Crimes & Courts

Sangoma sues family for failing to pay $600… huge snake emerges during cleansing ceremony

The sangoma: Ephraim Mlaphisane

BULAWAYO – In probably one of the strangest lawsuits, a sangoma from Gwabalanda suburb in Bulawayo sued a local family for failing to pay him $600 he had charged them after performing a cleansing ritual at their house following the death of their daughter. The sangoma, Ephraim Mlaphisane, claimed that he decided to take the legal route against Rhodwell Ncube and his wife Molline Dube from Nkulumane...


Customs Warehouse at Beitbridge Border Post on fire (Citizen Pictures)

Customs Warehouse at Beitbridge Border Post on fire (Picture by Nehanda Citizen Reporters)

Several Nehanda Citizen Reporters have sent us pictures of what they say is a Customs Warehouse which is on fire at the Beitbridge Border Post. Many travellers are watching helplessly as the gigantic building comes down. Witnesses said efforts by Beitbridge Town Council and Noczim fire brigades to put out the fire were fruitless as there were reportedly no fire hydrants around the area. The border...


DRC-Zambia border truck inferno kills two Zimbabweans

Picture by Nehanda Citizen Reporter

Four people who include two Zimbabweans, a Zambian, and a Tanzanian were killed and 10 others injured in a huge fire that occurred Monday night on the border between the DRC and Zambia. Reports say the tragedy occurred at customs parking in the Congolese border town of Kasumbalesa about 90 kilometres south of Lubumbashi, Congo’s second largest city and capital of the mining province of Katanga. The...


Uganda ‘monster maid’ speaks out

Uganda maid tortures toddler

Jolly Tumuhirwe, a Ugandan nanny who has been dubbed the ‘monster maid’, has spoken out about the events around the tragic beating of the child she was supposed to take care of, 18-month-old Arnella. (Watch Video Here) Tumuhirwe held up a pink t-shirt spotted with blood and according to Ugandan, she was not aware there was a video camera in the house. She was apparently shocked...


Maphala in fist fight . . . gets physical with teen over hubby

Lorraine Maphala Phiri

BULAWAYO – Vivacious former Miss Zimbabwe Lorraine Maphala Phiri recently turned physical in a bid to defend her marriage from alleged home wreckers. The rumour mill in Bulawayo was overdrive this week that the former beauty queen, a down to earth character on most occasions, blew the top and was involved in a fight with 17-year-old Tanya Ngwenya at the up-market Zonkizizwe Shopping Mall in...


Brazil legend Pele ‘improving’ but remains in intensive care

Brazil President Lula and Pelé in commemoration for 50 years since the first World Cup title won by Brazil in 1958, at the Palácio do Planalto, 2008

Brazil legend Pele is improving but remains in intensive care having been admitted to hospital with a urinary infection earlier this week. It follows a tweet from his account on Thursday  that said the three-time World Cup winner was “doing fine” in Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital. The 74-year-old’s personal assistant Jose Fornos also played down the news. But the hospital...