Lockdown: Bulawayo police ordered to stop buying mealie-meal in uniform

By Staff Writer Bulawayo Province Police chief has ordered members of the force to stop joining mealie queues while in uniform as the country face shortages of the staple food during the national lockdown. Zimbabwe last year experienced one of its worst droughts in decades prompting the government to rely on imports which include GMOs …

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Lockdown: Cabinet mulls price freeze on basic commodities

By Staff Writer The government has announced that it is considering a price freeze on selected basic commodities during the ongoing national lockdown after it noted that the reemergence of the three-tier pricing system resulted in price hikes. Local retailers are now demanding payment of goods and services in United States dollars, Zimbabwe dollar and …

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Enter the new type of vendors, as Harare defy COVID-19 lockdown

By Staff Writer It’s 7 o’clock in the morning and many people are already queuing outside OK Supermarket in Avonlea waiting for the shop to open. After enduring the first 21-day lockdown, many are now accustomed to the drill-while queuing stay a metre apart, get your body temperature checked and the shop assistant sprays hand …

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From Ethiopian Airline cabin to a rundown dormitory

By Staff Writer Its 09:25 am Addis Ababa time and Ethiopian Airways takes off for Harare. For 65 Zimbabweans aboard the aircraft, this is the final leg before they arrive home to meet with their loved ones. After all, the United Kingdom has become a place that many would think twice to get to as …

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Lockdown could result in high cases of mental health, Govt warned

By Staff Writer The Women University in Africa (WUA) has warned that the outbreak of COVID-19 could lead to a rise in mental health problems in Zimbabwe. With many families in living beyond the poverty datum line of ZW$5,400, experts warn that the ongoing lockdown could take a huge strain on families. President Emmerson Mnangagwa …

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Govt decentalises tobacco selling to minimise spread of COVID-19

By Staff Writer Government has decentralised the selling of tobacco as part of measures to decongest traditional buying centres in Harare as cases of confirmed COVID-19 increase in the country. Tobacco is Zimbabwe’s second-largest foreign currency earner after gold. The marketing season of the crop was set to start from mid-April but following restrictions announced …

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Mnangagwa extends lockdown by 14 days, exempts mining sector

By Staff Writer President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended the lockdown period by another two weeks while at the same time relaxing measures for the mining sector as the country steps up efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 In his speech, President Mnangagwa said “Government has decided to extend with immediate effect the national lockdown …

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Govt running out of time to make decision on lockdown extension

Legal and Parliamentary watchdog Veritas Zimbabwe says the government is running short of time to announce a decision on whether or not they will extend the current lockdown, adding that people need to know in advance if they will be free to leave their homes. The government imposed a 21-day national lockdown in a bid …

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Zanu PF’s skill was to liberate us, running the economy is not theirs, says Busha

Freezim Congress president Joseph Makamba Busha has said Zanu PF has no capacity to run the country’s economy, adding that their only role was to liberate the country. In 1980 when Zimbabwe got its independence from the late Ian Smith following a protracted liberation struggle, the economy is said to have been the best in …

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Flopped march was not about numbers: Zanu PF

By Own Correspondent  Zanu PF activist Alex Gakanje has said the flopped anti-sanctions march held on Friday was not about numbers but about sending a clear message to America and the European Union (EU). The march a brainchild of SADC was meant to put out a united message by the region against sanctions on Zimbabwe …

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