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Inflation rate hits 4% in 18 months

THE year-on-year inflation rate hit 4, 29 % in July 2018 from 2, 91% in June 2017, an increase of 47.48% in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures changes in the general price level, driven mainly by food and non-alcoholic beverages, according to the Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (ZimStat). …

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Police quiz Budiriro MDC Alliance MP-elect over August 1 violence

POLICE yesterday invited Budiriro MDC Alliance MP-elect Costa Machingauta for questioning in connection with the violence that rocked Harare on August 1. by OBEY MANAYITI His lawyer Tarisai Mutangi of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) confirmed the development. Mutangi said his client was released after police had recorded …

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Mash East leads MDC Alliance poll challenges

Mashonaland East province provides the largest number of seats being challenged by the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance party, which is seeking to reverse Zanu PF’s parliamentary majority in the just-ended July 30 watershed polls. BY Everson Mushava MDC Alliance secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, who is leading the party’s committee challenging parliamentary …

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Long wait for new Harare town clerk

HARARE residents will have to wait for a new government to get a substantive town clerk as the commission appointed to oversee council operations has no mandate to employ top council executives. By XOLISANI NCUBE The former council, led by ex-mayor Bernard Manyenyeni, had shortlisted acting town clerk, Hosiah Chisango, …

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Mat’land North bids Mathuthu farewell

MATABELELAND NORTH yesterday bade farewell to the late former Provincial Affairs minister and Zanu PF deputy secretary in the women’s league, Thokozile Angela Mathuthu who succumbed to cervical cancer on Monday. By Nokuthaba Dlamini Mathuthu’s body arrived mid- morning at Hwange Colliery Stadium from Nengasha Village where mourners including senior …

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‘Losing candidates running out of time’

LEGAL think-tank Veritas yesterday said National Assembly and local council candidates that believe the recent elections were flawed and that the results must be nullified now have limited options to get that overturned. BY VENERANDA LANGA In their recent Elections Watch publication, Veritas said losing candidates who might even want …

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Lovemore Moyo says not losing sleep over July 30 polls

United Movement for Devolution (UMD) leader and former Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo has said he was not losing sleep over his party’s poor showing in the July 30 elections, but would seek to consolidate the small electoral gains to grow the movement. By NQOBANI NDLOVU Moyo said he would …

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Biti’s lawyer grills ‘dumb-playing’ State witness

Beatrice Mtetwa, the lawyer representing MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti yesterday grilled State witness and investigating officer Chief Superintendent Jealous Nyabasa for allegedly playing dumb and professing ignorance over provisions of the Electoral Act which the State claims were violated by the opposition politician. BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE Beatrice Mtetwa Biti …

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Machaya’s co-accused have a case to answer: Court

Former Midlands provincial administrator, Cecilia Chitiyo and six other government officials who are being co-charged with ex-Provincial Affairs minister, Jason Machaya, for allege criminal abuse of office, had their application for refusal of remand dismissed by a Gweru magistrate on Wednesday. By Stephen Chadenga Magistrate Charity Maphosa remanded the seven …

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Gweru vendors face ’heavy-handed’ evictions over typhoid

Midlands Provincial Affairs minister, Owen Ncube yesterday revealed that government has engaged State security instruments to effect a combined blitz with municipal cops to flush out illegal vendors in a bid to avoid the spread of typhoid in the city, which has so far claimed seven lives. Stephen Chadenga Speaking …

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