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Mugabe left behind $10 mln and properties but no will

The late former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe reportedly left behind $10 million in his bank account together with other properties. State media Herald newspaper on Tuesday published the list of Mugabe’s estate but indicated there was no will to distribute the properties. The newspaper listed some of the properties left behind to include: four houses, 10 cars, one farm, his rural home and an orchard. Mugabe’s daughter Bona Chikowore in October wrote to the Master of High Court seeking to register her father’s estate. Since there was no will,…

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Sacked Zimbabwe doctors reject deal to return to work

The Union that represents Zimbabwe state doctors has rejected a deal that would have seen hundreds of doctors sacked recently return to work. The doctors on Friday rejected an offer from the government to get them back to work. In September, over one thousand of state doctors went on strike. When they refused to call off their strike, the government decided to sack them in November. The doctors have been on strike for months demanding better working conditions as some earn as low as $100 a month. Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors…

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60% of Zimbabweans are without enough food

The United Nations has said that millions of Zimbabweans are struggling to access food. Hilal Elver, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food who disclosed this said “The people of Zimbabwe are slowly getting to a point of suffering a man-made starvation.” Elver made the statement in Harare after after a 10-day visit to the country. In a statement she said that 60% of the country’s 14 million people were not getting enough food to meet their basic needs. “Many of the people I spoke to in Harare…

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Zimbabwe: Renaming of streets after Mnangagwa sparks outrage

Zimbabwe has announced plans to rename some streets across the country after President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The said plan was approved by the country’s cabinet and forms part of proposed new names for streets and buildings. The Herald reports that the new names will affect “roads, places and Government buildings in Harare, Bulawayo and other towns across the country. It further reported that it is part of a “deliberate effort to foster unity, while reflecting on the country’s history and identity.” Other people to be honoured include Botswana’s former President Sir…

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China ‘angry’ with Zimbabwe for understating financial support

China has said that Zimbabwe has been understating its financial help to the southern African nation. Zimbabwe’s recently released budget figures ranked China poorly when it comes to foreign countries  supporting it. The country’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said in a budget statement last week that the country received $194m from bilateral donors between January and September this year. Out of that figure Ncube said China provided $3.6m, a figure that was considered meager due to the publicized relations between China and Zimbabwe. But the Chinese embassy in Harare has…

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Zimbabwe sacks hundreds of doctors over strike action

Zimbabwe has sacked over 200 out of the 1,601 of doctors who work in public health institutions. A third of its workforce of doctors who provide health care in public hospitals are currently facing the sack. The decision to sack these doctors is based on their refusal to call off their strike and return to work. Doctors have been on strike for months now demanding better working conditions. But the government continues to hold disciplinary hearings for the doctors who defied a Labour Court ruling to return to work. So…

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Nurses in Zimbabwe embark on strike

Nurses at all council clinics in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare have abandoned work compounding the health crisis in the country. The nurses declared strike on Monday citing incapacitation, according to local media reporting. Harare city Health director Dr Prosper Chonzi told Herald Newspaper that the latest development was a big blow to health sector. “As you know, most patients were now receiving treatment from clinics because of the current industrial action at central hospitals. This development will leave more patients stranded and with no alternatives to care,” said Dr Chonzi. Doctors…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa ally arrested over $3.7m corrupt deal

An ally of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been arrested for criminal abuse of office. Officials of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) have confirmed the arrest Joram Gumbo who is a former Transport Minister. Spokesperson for the anti-corruption commission,  Commissioner John Makamure told the Herald Newspaper that “I can confirm he has been arrested. He is facing criminal abuse of office.” Gumbo is facing charges relating to the Zimbabwe Airways deal which resulted in the government losing millions of dollars. His action relating to the Zimbabwe Airways deal was carried out…

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Africa’s biggest waterfall at risk from drought

The flow at the Africa’s biggest waterfall is at its lowest since 1995, highlighting the threat posed by a drought to tourism and electricity generation in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Flow has slumped to 109 cubic meters-per-second (3,850 cubic feet) at Victoria Falls, a 1.7-kilometer (1.1 mile) curtain of falling water at the peak of a normal wet season, according to the Zambezi River Authority. The falls on the Zambezi river straddle the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and the flow of the watercourse fills the Kariba Dam, the site of…

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Zimbabwe to roll out new bank notes in November

Zimbabwe’s central bank has said that the country’s new bank notes and coins will be in circulation in November this year. The Zimbabwe dollar currency was re-introduced this year after the country abandoned the US dollar as its official currency. This was to stabilize Zimbabwe’s economy which is still struggling to survive and currently in crisis. Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa in June said his country needed another new currency by end of year. He argued that this would help stabilise prices and inflation. Zimbabwe’s central bank governor John Mangudya told…

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