Zimbabwe

  1. Building My New Face

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    Video caption: Nine-year-old Rodwell Nkomazana was attacked by a hyena outside his church in Zimbabwe.

    Nine-year-old Rodwell Nkomazana was attacked by a hyena earlier this year while sleeping outside his church in Zimbabwe. He suffered life-threatening injuries.

  2. Zimbabwe opposition leader's convoy attacked

    Zimbabwean opposition leader's convoy came under attack on Monday during a tour in the eastern city of Mutare, his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party says.

    The party blames members of the ruling Zanu PF party for the Monday evening attack. It says they were armed with guns and knives.

    But a body of Zanu PF has dismissed the incident as "childish antics".

    The opposition party has termed the attack as an attempt on the life of its leader Nelson Chamisa.

    It has tweeted a video and pictures of the incident:

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  3. Tsitsi Dangarembga – Writer and activist

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    Video caption: Zeinab Badawi interviews Tsitsi Dangarembga, Zimbabwean writer and activist.

    What are the prospects for better days in Zimbabwe when every day is a struggle? Zeinab Badawi interviews Tsitsi Dangarembga, one of Zimbabwe’s most influential cultural figures.

  4. UN envoy in Zimbabwe to assess impact of sanctions

    UN Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan has arrived in Zimbabwe to assess the impact of sanctions imposed on the country by the US and European Union.

    The sanctions were imposed in 2002 when Robert Mugabe was president. They target companies and specific individuals both within the Zimbabwean government and those associated with it.

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa blames them for crippling development in the country, but the US and EU sanctions have previously said the restrictions had no impact on the economy.

    Ms Douhan is expected to be in the country for 10 days and is scheduled to meet government officials, civil society organisations, representatives from the private sector and opposition parties, according to the state-owned Herald site.

    Zimbabwe's ministry of information has tweeted photos of her meeting with President Mnangagwa:

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  5. Apple juice recalled from seven African countries

    Ceres juice packets
    Image caption: Ceres juices are distributed in different countries

    Apple juice made by South African firm Ceres has been recalled from seven African countries over high levels of patulin that can cause vomiting and nausea.

    Patulin is a mycotoxin produced by a variety of moulds found in apples and apple products.

    Laboratory tests showed that Ceres juice contained levels higher than the legally allowed 50 microgrammes per litre.

    The juice is sold in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Seychelles and Mauritius.

    The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) competition commission urged consumers to return batches packed between 14 and 30 June 2021.

  6. Zimbabwe police deny violence towards opposition

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    Police in Zimbabwe have denied reports that a violent attack took place against supporters of the main opposition party in the south-eastern region on Monday.

    A video posted on social media video by The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) appeared to show their vehicle convoy surrounded by scores of people waving placards denouncing the opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

    The politician is in the Masvingo province to meet supporters.

    The MDC also posted pictures of injured supporters and damaged vehicles with broken windows.

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    MDC spokesperson Fadazyi Mahere has told the BBC five people were treated for injuries as a result of the alleged attack. Mr Chamisa was unharmed.

    "Police participated in stopping our meetings and were present when the attacks happened," Ms Mahere said.

    Police spokesman Paul Nyathi told the BBC that no report had been made about the violence. He denied that officers had stopped any meetings from taking place.

    "It's difficult to verify anything posted on social media. I implore anyone who is making the claims to go to the police with evidence to substantiate the claims," he said.

    The opposition has long accused the ruling Zanu-PF party of using violence with impunity and of abusing state institutions to clamp down on its activities.

  7. Zimbabwe opposition leader's convoy attacked

    Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa's convoy has been attacked with "burning logs" at a village in south-eastern Masvingo province, his party, the MDC Alliance, has tweeted.

    Members of his entourage were taken to hospital after being badly injured in the attack by "hired thugs", it said.

    "Burning logs were used to beat up the delegation and block the road to Charumbira Village," the party added.

    It did not say who exactly was behind the violence.

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    Meanwhile, a privately owned newspaper has reported that armed riot police have blocked an attempt by Mr Chamisa to hold a meeting with provincial party leaders at a private home in Masvingo city.

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    The authorities have not yet commented on the allegations.

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    Video caption: Attacked by a hyena: My advice for a fellow victim

    Nine-year-old Rodwell Nkomazana lost an eye, his nose, and his upper lip when he was mauled by a hyena.

  9. Zimbabwe mine manager killed and gold stolen - report

    Police in Zimbabwe are probing the killing of a mine manager and the theft of 20 tonnes of gold, the government-owned Herald newspaper reports.

    Explosives were also reportedly stolen from the mine in the Saruwe area, of Mashonaland West.

    The owner of the site lives in neighbouring South Africa, according to the Herald.

    Mine disagreements are common in Zimbabwe.

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    Video caption: Belfast lord mayor meets city's African community

    Belfast's African community holds an event to celebrate the city's Zimbabwe-born lord mayor.

  11. Zimbabwe's unvaccinated barred from work

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    An elderly man is administered a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine at a local hospital
    Image caption: About two million people have been vaccinated

    Zimbabwe has barred unvaccinated civil servants from going to work with immediate effect.

    Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the government had given its workers "ample time" to get Covid-19 vaccines.

    The authorities say about 90% of the people admitted to hospital for Covid are unvaccinated.

    The country is averaging 145 new cases a day and reported seven deaths on Tuesday.

    Close to two million Zimbabweans, about 12% of the population are now fully inoculated.

    It’s not clear how many civil servants are affected by the cabinet’s decision and whether they will continue to receive their salaries or be able to work from home.

    The government is the country’s largest employer and the directive could also affect services such as health care delivery and education.

    The majority of public school teachers are not vaccinated.

    After Covid infection numbers declined this month; gyms, restaurants and churches were allowed to reopen but workers and patrons had to be fully vaccinated.

    Trade unions have already taken several companies to court for allegedly discriminating against workers who haven’t received the jab.

  12. British American Tobacco fails to address Mugabe bribe

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    Late Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe
    Image caption: Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for decades

    One of Britain’s biggest companies has responded after BBC Panorama found evidence suggesting it paid a bribe to the former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.

    The statement from British American Tobacco (BAT) is similar to one sent to the programme pre-transmission, saying it is committed to "acting responsibly and with integrity". The company has yet to deny paying a bribe to Mugabe.

    The investigation, carried out in conjunction with the Bureau​​​ of Investigative Journalism and the University of Bath, had access to thousands of leaked documents. The documents show how​ BAT funded a network of almost 200 secret informants and used illegal surveillance methods to gather information on its rivals in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

    BAT has said it was helping the South African government tackle illicit cigarettes and its work in this field has been mischaracterised - but evidence strongly suggests it used security companies to undermine competitors with bribes, phone taps and tracking devices.

    Evidence also suggests the company was involved in negotiations to pay between $300,000 and $500,000 to Mugabe's Zanu-PF party in 2013.

    Campaigning organisation Transparency International has called for the UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to investigate the tobacco giant in light of the BBC Panorama film.

    BAT said it fully cooperated with a previous SFO investigation, which ended earlier this year and resulted in no action being taken.

    The BBC understands the Serious Fraud Office investigation did not exonerate BAT of wrongdoing. And that in the event new evidence comes to light, the SFO could reopen their investigation into the tobacco company.

    The SFO's investigation was launched following Panorama's revelations in 2015 that BAT had made secret payments to public officials and politicians in east Africa in an attempt to undermine anti-smoking legislation.

    Watch BBC Panorama: Dirty Secrets of the Cigarette Business on iPlayer in the UK, or BBC World on Saturday 18 September 02:30GMT and 15:30 GMT, and Sunday 19 at 09:30 GMT and 21:30GMT.

  13. Court rules Mugabe's body can be exhumed

    Soldier looking at portrait of Mugabe
    Image caption: Robert Mugabe died in 2019 - two years after being overthrown

    A magistrate in Zimbabwe has said that the body of former President Robert Mugabe can be exhumed after a traditional leader said that his burial had violated cultural practices.

    Mugabe, who died aged 95 in 2019, was buried in a courtyard of his family homestead. But after a local court hearing in May, the traditional leader said the internment broke local custom, the Reuters news agency reported at the time.

    "I give powers to those who are permitted by law to exhume the late Robert Mugabe's remains from Kutama and rebury them at the National Heroes Acre in Harare," a copy of the ruling in the local Shona language quoted by Reuters said.

    Mugabe's family challenged that ruling, but a magistrate has dismissed the challenge.

    The family is likely to appeal to the High Court, the BBC's Shingai Nyoka says.

    Mugabe led Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 to 2017, when he was overthrown.

    His family says he remained bitter after being ousted from power and did not want to be buried at the national shrine.

  14. Zimbabwe asks state employees to take a jab or quit

    Rhoda Odhiambo

    BBC News

    health worker gets her first shot of the Covaxin Covid-19 vaccine at a Hospital on May 12, 2021 in Harare, Zimbabwe
    Image caption: All Zimbabwe government employees have to take a jab

    The government in Zimbabwe is asking its employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or resign.

    It says the move is aimed at reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

    In an interview with a local radio station, Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says that employees who think they have a right to choose whether or not they can be vaccinated have it all wrong,

    The government previously introduced a new regulation for churches and restaurants to only allow people with a vaccination card inside their premises.

    The aim is to tackle vaccine hesitancy within the population.

    The southern African country has been able to fully vaccinate 1.7 million people, about 12% of its population. About 3% of the people in Africa have been fully vaccinated.

    No country in Africa has introduced legislation to make a Covid vaccine mandatory to the population.

    However, some experts are of the opinion that a case can be made for such policies to be introduced as a way of tackling the pandemic and its threat to public health.

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    Video caption: Jah Prayzah: 'Mbira is part of Zimbabwean culture'

    Zimbabwean musician Jah Prayzah maintains his passion for traditional music despite being an Afrobeats star.

  16. Zimbabwe VP impostor charged after getting free treatment

    Constantino Chiwenga holds the Holy Bible as he takes his oath of office as Zimbabwe's new Vice-President during a swearing-in ceremony at the State House in Harare on August 30, 2018
    Image caption: The alleged fraudster is accused of pretending he was Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, seen here at his swearing-in ceremony in 2018

    A Zimbabwean man has been charged with fraud after trying to pass himself off as the country's vice-president to receive free medical treatment.

    A court in the capital, Harare, heard that Marlon Katiyo, 35, visited two hospitals on several occasions last month to get treatment for his headaches saying that he was, among other people, Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga.

    The vice-president is 65 years old.

    Mr Katiyo, who has not commented on the charges, was given free treatment.

    His bail application is expected to be heard on Friday.