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Zim female rapists inspire Hollywood


STORIES of gangs of women abducting and raping men on Zimbabwe’s highways seemed incredible, when they broke. For a country that thrives on patriarchal attitudes and sometimes exaggerated machismo, it was stunning. Men in beerhalls and shebeens or kombis rubbished the claims as ‘impossible.’ How so? They asked. For many, the stories were the stuff of fiction or Hollywood. And ... Read More »

Zanu-PF in turmoil


A SIEGE mood has engulfed ZANU-PF ahead of its elective congress possibly in the third quarter of this year with the bitter succession contest, an erstwhile hot potato in the ruling party, assuming a life of its own despite attempts by President Robert Mugabe early this year to quash subtle manoeuvres to succeed him. Ever since President Mugabe spoke out ... Read More »

Mugabe to wield axe


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is mulling a roots and branch shake-up of his Cabinet, informed in part by the poor performance of some of his lieutenants and lately the apparent lack of self-restraint and indiscipline by some of the so-called young Turks, the Financial Gazette can exclusively reveal. Last September, the ZANU-PF leader appointed a 26-member Cabinet comprising allies from his ... Read More »

Firms sue ZESA, SPB

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SOME of the companies that had applied to sell prepaid electricity tokens to consumers have approached the Administrative Court contesting a decision taken by the State Procurement Board (SPB) to cancel the tender. This comes as Energy and Power Development Minister, Dzikamai Mavhaire (pictured blow), appointed Powertel Communications and its technical partner E-solutions to create distribution networks for the sale ... Read More »

Zim can increase exports: ZimTrade

BULAWAYO — Zimbabwe, grappling with a widening trade deficit, has significant potential to boost its export sector despite a declining economy, a study by the export promotion body, ZimTrade, has revealed. Zimbabwe, which used to export a diversified amount of products to the region, the European Union and other outside markets before its economy touched an unprecedented crisis precipitated by ... Read More »

Cabinet approves CAAZ unbundling


CABINET has approved a plan to unbundle the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) into two entities, a move which is expected to create a competitive regional aviation hub in the country. CAAZ, which is wholly-owned by government, is responsible for regulating and managing Zimbabwe’s airspace and airports and unbundling the authority would ensure good corporate governance and efficiency within ... Read More »

Criminalisation of homosexuality is futile

EDITOR — Your story “Africa should support Uganda’s stance on homosexuality” refers. Applauding  the further criminalisation of homosexuality is a futile and absurd concept. Despite the insistence by religions that it is unnatural or a dysfunction of some sort, the scientific facts on the subject tell an altogether different tale. The liberalisation of homosexuality in the Western world is not ... Read More »

UNWTO spurs tourism growth


THE Zimbabwe Council for Tourism (ZCT) says the country’s tourism industry significantly benefitted from hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly last year. Zimbabwe and Zambia co-hosted the prestigious global tourism event in August last year, with estimates indicating that the two countries could have spent over US$15 million to put together a high level conference that ... Read More »

Chiadzwa villagers battle malaria outbreak


MUTARE — A malaria outbreak is wreaking havoc on an already embattled Chiadzwa community around the Marange diamond fields with members of almost every household suffering from the disease. Numerous puddles of stagnant water caused by excessive rains that submerged the alluvial diamond mining pits which have not been rehabilitated have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, rendering the Chiadzwa villagers ... Read More »

Explore Mexican culinary delights

mexixo chilli

Cactus and corn, worms, grasshoppers, avocados and chillies. These are some of the tastes of Mexico. Maize is the staple, along with black beans, guacamole and quesilla, soft, chewy white cheese that appears in everything from stuffed peppers to quesadillas (a hot tortilla ‘sandwich’). Restaurant food is interesting and offered very different tastes for me — dark, thick chocolate moles, ... Read More »