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Council blames Chombo for outstanding bills

The Bulawayo City Council has piled blame on Local Governance, Rural and Urban Development Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo for costing the local authority $6 million which it is owed to them by defaulters. Addressing residents during a consultative meeting on the amendment of the Urban ... Read More »

Bulawayo council urged to build more schools

Emganwini residents in Bulawayo have called upon the city council to build more primary schools in the high density suburb following reports that the only school in the area, Senzangakhona Primary is overcrowded. Organising Secretary of the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) Ambrose Sibindi told ... Read More »

Urban Councils Act amendment long overdue-MP

Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Dr Ignatius Chombo has been blasted for using the Urban Councils Act to turn himself into a “demi god.” Addressing Bulawayo residents at the Small City Hall onFriday, MP for Buhera Central Tangwara Matimba said Dr Chombo ... Read More »

MDC-T condemns police raids on party leadership

The MDC-T Bulawayo province has rapped police for their continued intimidation on its senior leadership ahead of the crucial general elections later this year. This follows reports that about seven police officers in plain clothes ransacked MDC-T legislator Reggie Moyo’s residence in Gwabalanda,reportedly searching for illegal military radio ... Read More »

Gukurahundi factor to affect referendum-civic group

Gukurahundi atrocities will affect the 16 March referendum, the umbrella body for civic organisations, Zimbabwe Crisis Coalition said yesterday. Government scrapped the use of the voters’ roll in the forthcoming referendum but instead prospective voters will be required to only produce their national identification particulars ... Read More »

Kezi schools withhold results, pupils stranded

Some schools in Kezi, Matabeleland South, are reportedly withholding results of owing Grade 7 and Form 4 pupils who wrote their examinations in 2012 creating a barrier for them to secure Form One and Lower Six places respectively. Parents from Kezi are accusing schools such ... Read More »

National IDs only for referendum-Minister Matinenga

Government has scrapped the use of the voters’ roll in the forthcoming referendum but instead prospective voters will be required to only produce their national identification particulars to cast the ballot. Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga confirmed the development which is likely to ... Read More »

Vatican considers early vote for next pope

BBC-The Vatican is studying calls from cardinals to hold a papal conclave earlier than planned, after Pope Benedict XVI steps down on 28 February. Under current rules, the election can be held on 15 March at the earliest, to allow cardinals enough time to travel ... Read More »

Africa's economic growth prospects

by Calestous Juma Belfer Centre-Africa’s economic growth outlook has come into sharp focus recently. Some analysts have argued that claims about “Africa Rising” are a myth. Others argue that Africa’s growth is underestimated. These contrasting views, however, pay little attention to major trends that are ... Read More »

Mugabe's Presidential Scholarship Program collapses

The Zanu-PF administered Presidential Scholarship Programme is facing collapse following reports that the search of prospective beneficiaries has not taken place for the second year in a row. The scholarship benefits nearly 4 000 Zimbabwean students annually who are given a chance to study at ... Read More »