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Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe’s economy is “dead”

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described his country’s economy as “dead” as he promises to bring it back to life. On Tuesday Mnangagwa told the country’s parliament that Zimbabweans will have to be patient with him whiles he works hard to bring the economy back from the “dead”. Zimbabwe is facing serious economic challenges with surging inflation and lack of physical cash for business transactions. After taking over from the late Robert Mugabe in 2017, many had hoped for better economy and significant transformation. But it has been tough moments…

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Zimbabwe bans mobile money cash transactions

Zimbabwe’s central bank has banned mobile money agencies from facilitating cash withdrawals or deposits. The southern African nation is struggling to deal with a worsening economic crisis and cash shortages. Only very few banks are able to provide depositors with physical cash. Zimbabweans have now resorted to mobile money agencies who are reportedly selling cash at a premium illegally. In  a statement the central bank said “Some economic agents are engaging in illegal activities, abusing the cash-in, cash-out and cash-back facilities thereby compromising the public interest objectives of national payment…

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Robert Mugabe finally buried in hometown of Kutama

Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe has been laid to rest in his hometown rural village of Kutama. The former President who died at the age of 95 was interred at his Kutama Mission homestead in Zvimba alongside his late mother, Bona, and brothers — Albert and Donato. The burial of Mugabe’s body delayed after a state funeral was held on September, 14 because of the row over his resting place. The Zimbabwean government had insisted that the remains of the ex-President be interred at the Heroes Acre – a national…

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe will now be buried in hometown

The family of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe has said he will now be buried in his hometown of Zvimba following a row with the government. The body of Mr. Mugabe aged 95 has not been buried after his funeral was held on September, 14 because of the row over his resting place. The Zimbabwean government had insisted that the remains of the ex-President be interred at the Heroes Acre – a national monument and burial ground. But the family has opposed the decision, insisting that was not the wish…

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Zimbabwe’s ex-President Mugabe died of cancer

The cause of death of Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe has been revealed by the current President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mugabe is reported to have died from cancer after his chemotherapy treatment was stopped. Local state-run Herald newspaper quoted his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa as saying that “In fact, when we discussed about the issue, it turned out that treatment had stopped. He told Zanu PF supporters in New York that “doctors had stopped treatment, chemotherapy, one, because of age and also because the cancer had spread and it was not helping…

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Zimbabwe: Abducted doctor found but disoriented

A leader of a doctors’ union in Zimbabwe, Peter Magombeyi who was abducted a few days ago has now been found. Local media reported that Peter Magombeyi was left near the capital by his abductors but in a disorientated state. He is however in good health, according to a doctor colleague who spoke to the BBC. His colleague doctors and other union officials had feared for his life. They had suspected he could have been abducted by the security forces. They staged a protest this week and stayed away from…

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Food donations for ‘hungry Zimbabweans left to rot’

Thousands of dollars worth of food donations have been left to rot in warehouses in Zimbabwe. According to reports, the food items were meant for victims of recent deadly Cyclone that ripped the country and others in Southern Africa. Herald newspaper reports that some of the items left to rot include flour, sugar beans and corn. They were donated when Cyclone Idai devastated parts of southern Africa earlier this year. Despite the country appealing for help to feed the thousands of hungry citizens, much of the donated food was never…

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Zimbabwe: Doctors on strike over the abduction of union leader

Doctors in Zimbabwe are on strike demanding the release of an abducted union leader. Peter Magombeyi who heads a doctor’s union disappeared on Saturday. His colleague doctors and other union officials fear that he could have been abducted by the security forces. Dr. Magombeyi has not been heard from since after sending a message on Saturday to his girlfriend saying he had been kidnapped by three men. Magombeyi reportedly organized a doctors’ strike demanding better working conditions. He had said the worsening economic conditions in Zimbabwe made it impossible for…

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Why Mugabe will be buried in 30 days

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe will be buried at Heroes’ Acre but his family says that will take place in 30 days. His nephew Leo Mugabe told journalists on Friday that chiefs in Mugabe’s village have agreed that he should be buried at the Heroes’ Acre. But the chiefs will need 30 days to perform rituals for his burial as a chief. “He is going to Zvimba so the people of Zvimba can pay their last respects,” said Leo Mugabe. Mugabe died at the age of 95 at a Singaporean…

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Photos: Mourners view Robert Mugabe’s body

Thousands of Zimbabweans have been viewing Robert Mugabe’s body ahead of state funeral before his burial. The former president of Zimbabwe died in Singapore at a hospital where he was undergoing medical treatment. He died aged 95 and has been declared a national hero by the government. A state funeral will take place at the national football stadium in Harare then he will be buried at the Heroes’ Acre national monument near the capital, Harare. During the week there was a stampede at the viewing of the body of Robert…

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