Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist, dies at 76 International News 

Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist, dies at 76

World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said. The British scientist was famed for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. At the age of 22 Prof Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease. The illness left him in a wheelchair and largely unable to…

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Former Minister Walter Chidhakwa and Prof Francis Gudyanga arrive at Gweru Magistrates’ Court Featured News Politics 

Zanu-PF bans Chidhakwa

Zanu-PF Mashonaland West Province has served the former Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa with a 14 day prohibition order barring him from carrying out any party activities. In a letter to Chidhakwa dated March 12, 2018, Mashonaland West Province Disciplinary Committee chairperson Keith Guzah said Chidhakwa was engaging the “G40 cabal” and working to undermine the President Mnangagwa led administration. “You are hereby served with a prohibition order for 14 days. You should cease forthwith carrying out any party activities. A list of charges related to your misconduct…

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Former Agricultural Minister Joseph Made. (Picture by Shepherd Tozvireva for Mail & Guardian) Featured News Politics 

GMB scandal sucks in ex-minister Dr Joseph Made

Grain Marketing Board chairperson (GMB) Mr Charles Chikaura and his deputy Mr Basillio Sandamu are together demanding over $70 000 in unpaid dues after they were unprocedurally imposed to occupy managerial positions at GMB by former Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made. Messrs Chikaura and Sandamu worked at the parastatal for 18 months, before reverting to their board positions. Appearing before the committee on Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement chaired by Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Mayor Justice Wadyajena, Mr Sandamu, who was being evasive in his responses, only admitted…

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Zimbabwe elections Elections Featured News Politics 

Command Elections – Former soldier who helped rig 2008 election takes over as acting chief elections officer

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has appointed former Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Major Utoile Silaigwana as the acting chief elections officer taking over from Mrs Constance Chigwamba. Chigwamba has since returned to the Public Service Commission. The appointment of Mr Silaigwana is effective from the beginning of this month. Silaigwana was a major with the Army Education Corps and a serving soldier when he was first appointed to Zec. In a statement yesterday, ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba confirmed the appointment. “The ZEC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Utoile Silaigwana as the…

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Olinda Chapel Featured News Showbiz 

Tytan, Olinda wedding on

Musician Tytan Skhokho, real name Njabulo Nkomo, and his United Kingdom-based partner Olinda Chapel are openly speaking about their marriage plans and it’s widely believed that their wedding is on the horizon. The couple has said they are set to wed in the UK “soon”, sparking speculation when the big day might take place. “I want to cling to your shirt and bury my face in the curve of your neck… Then never let go, I love you. @tytantheone #21daystogo,” Chapel wrote on Instagram three days ago. They have hired…

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Mr Desire Mutize Sibanda Education Featured Local News 

MSU slashes tuition fees for interns

Midlands State University (MSU) has heeded Government’s directive to reduce tuition fees for students on work-related learning by 40 percent. In an interview, MSU information and public relations director Mrs Mirirai Mawere said the institution had already implemented the decision, which was made by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development. “As a State university, we are obliged to adhere to Government directives,” she said. “We have taken heed of the directive and our students on attachment will now be paying 60 percent of the tuition…

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Minister Kagonye Featured Local News Opinion Politics 

Govt takes care of repatriated children

Government yesterday said it was taking care of eight children recently repatriated from South Africa after they were smuggled into that country by an illegal transporter based in Chitungwiza. The children were repatriated on Tuesday last week. They were received at the Robert Mugabe International Airport by officials from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. In a statement, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Petronella Kagonye said the children would be reunited with their families when investigations were complete. “The children, whose ages range from three-fourteen years were repatriated by…

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Then Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe flanked by his then deputy Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa Featured News Politics 

Bitter Robert Mugabe goes after Mnangagwa

The country’s sulking former leader, Robert Mugabe — together with his restless wife, Grace — is said to be stepping up his efforts to get back at his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, despite last week’s reports that a number of people and organisations are working hard behind the scenes to try and reconcile the two men. At the same time, analysts have savaged Mugabe for being a shameless hypocrite after more of his skeletons were revealed by State media at the weekend — showing that far from being a principled…

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Russia’s President Putin Elections International News Politics 

Russia’s President Putin ordered plane to be downed in 2014

Russia’s President Putin ordered the shooting down of a passenger plane that was reportedly carrying a bomb and targeting the opening of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, he says in a new film. In the two-hour film, posted online, Mr Putin says he was told a plane from Ukraine to Turkey had been hijacked as the Games were about to start. It was found to be a false alarm, he says. The plane was not shot down. The film comes ahead of an election he is expected to win on…

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Madzibaba (left) with Alick Macheso Entertainment News Showbiz 

Alick Macheso fulfils aborted concert

Sungura kingpin and Zimbabwe Red Cross Society humanitarian ambassador Alick Macheso, who failed to perform at Gatsi Sports Bar in Chegutu in February due to a cholera outbreak, will fulfil the concert on Saturday. This time around, he will share the stage with Beverly “Bev” Sibanda and her Sexy Angels. The February concert was cancelled by the Civil Protection Unit as they feared the disease might be fuelled by the presence of a large crowds under one roof. Chegutu District Administrator Taririo Tomu confirmed all is now well in Chegutu.…

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