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Zimbabwe Govt Scrambles To Save U.S.$1 Billion Chinese Deals

Zimbabwe Govt Scrambles To Save U.S.$1 Billion Chinese Deals

Government officials were this week nervously scrambling to salvage three big Chinese-funded infrastructural projects totalling US$1,324 billion, which are on the verge of collapse after US$10 million was raided by authorities from an escrow account held at a local commercial bank, considerably testing the Zimbabwe-Sino relations. The affected infrastructural projects are the US$1,1 billion Hwange […]

Doctors In Zimbabwe Launch Crowd Funding Initiative To Replace Salaries

Doctors In Zimbabwe Launch Crowd Funding Initiative To Replace Salaries

Striking doctors have set up a crowd funding initiative appealing for donations from the public after government denied them their October salaries. The health workers, who are pressing on with their job action which commenced over six weeks ago, on Thursday launched the initiative that they said will go some way to help the desperate […]

U.S.$400m Deal Divides Ministers In Zimbabwe

U.S.$400m Deal Divides  Ministers In Zimbabwe

Cabinet’s shock decision this week to cancel the US$400 million National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) recapitalisation deal won by the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) and South African rail, ports and pipeline utility, Transnet, has sharply divided government and sucked in the military, as the battle to control one of Zimbabwe’s largest parastatals intensifies. Informed […]

Women Bear Brunt of Power, Water Shortages In Zimbabwe

Women Bear Brunt of Power, Water Shortages In Zimbabwe

Mrs Thokozile Mphala (44) is a housewife and lives in the sprawling suburb of Mucheke in Zimbabwe’s ancient city, Masvingo. On a daily basis, she is caught in between preparing her children’s breakfast before they go to school and getting water from a distant borehole. She wakes up at around 3 am, when most people […]

Zimbabwe Electricity Price Shoots Up By 320%

Zimbabwe Electricity Price Shoots Up By 320%

Zimbabwe’s power regulator has increased the average electricity price by 320%. The decision was taken to allow it to ramp up production and improve supplies amid daily power cuts. Essentially, the electricity company needs more money to pay for things like diesel to power the generators. Zimbabwe is grappling with the worst economic crisis since […]

Water Barons Cash In On Shortages

Water Barons Cash In On Shortages

Some corrupt individuals are taking advantage of the current water shortages being experienced in most urban councils and have taken control of boreholes where they charge a fee for residents to draw water. A fact sheet released by the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) at the weekend said the situation was rampant in Chitungwiza and Epworth […]

UN Probes Zimbabwe

UN Probes Zimbabwe

UNITED Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the Rights of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Clement Voule this week flew into a storm as his visit coincided with the reported abduction of the acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association Peter Magombeyi amid worsening human rights violations. Civil society groups say more than 50 people have […]

Women Face Assault On Zimbabwe’s Public Buses

Women Face Assault On Zimbabwe’s Public Buses

When Zimbabwe’s government started running a bus system earlier this year with fares on average one-third lower than those of private bus companies, Thandekile Gama was excited. The 33-year-old hairdresser had grown tired of paying up to 3 Zimbabwe dollars (less than 10 U.S. cents) every time she took a trip within Bulawayo, the country’s […]

African Development Bank Launches $96.7 Million Post-Cyclone Idai Recovery Projects

African Development Bank Launches $96.7 Million Post-Cyclone Idai Recovery Projects

The African Development Bank, with the World Bank and the government of Zimbabwe on 2 September 2019 launched post-cyclone Idai recovery projects totalling $96.7 million to restore livelihoods and rehabilitate infrastructure in areas most hit by the disaster this year. The World Bank has provided $72 million to finance its Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP), […]

Former President Robert Mugabe Dies, Aged 95

Former President Robert Mugabe Dies, Aged 95

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has died. He was 95. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has posted on Twitter: “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe”. A second tweet in the thread says: “Cde Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who […]