Zimbabwe

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. British American Tobacco fails to address Mugabe bribe

    BBC Panorama

    Investigative TV show

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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  9. 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.

  10. Zimbabwe venues to only allow vaccinated people

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    A health worker gets her first shot of the Covaxin Covid-19 vaccine at a Hospital on May 12, 2021 in Harare, Zimbabwe.
    Image caption: Only 16% of the targeted number of people have been fully vaccinated in Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe has announced a further easing of Covid restrictions in the sports and arts sectors, but access will only given to fully vaccinated people.

    It follows a reduction in new Covid-19 cases with 192 new cases and three deaths recorded on Tuesday.

    The authorities have also removed compulsory quarantine requirements for travellers from countries with a high prevalence of the Delta variant, despite the variant accounting for 98% of the country's cases.

    Businesses, including cinemas, art galleries and fitness centres, will reopen at half capacity.

    Workers' unions say the requirement for clients and workers to be full vaccinated is discriminatory.

    While Zimbabwe is one of Africa’s leaders in vaccinations, only 16% of the targeted number of people have been fully vaccinated.

    A million more people have slipped into extreme poverty in Zimbabwe since March last year as a result of lockdown measures, according to the World Bank.

  11. Generations face injustices after Zimbabwe massacre

    Thousands of people were killed in the Gukurahundi massacre
    Image caption: Zimbabwean troops killed an estimated 20,000 people mostly from the Ndebele community in the 1980s

    Children of Zimbabwean victims of a massacre decades ago are being subjected to further injustice by being deprived of citizenship rights, a study has found

    In the 1980s, Zimbabwe's then-leader Robert Mugabe initiated a brutal crackdown on a revolt in Matabeleland.

    The troops killed an estimated 20,000 people, mostly from the Ndebele minority, in what became known as the Gukurahundi massacres.

    Some of those killed disappeared and were not declared dead, meaning there were no death certificates issued by the government, the study by the Zimbabwe Peace Project noted.

    It says that children of these victims have suffered from statelessness as they cannot obtain identity documents - including a birth certificate and a passport.

    “Without a death certificate of a parent it’s not possible for a child to be able to get a birth certificate, and without a birth certificate a child cannot get an identity document,” Jestina Mukoko, the director of the project, told the BBC Newsday radio programme.

    She says there are a “huge number” of Zimbabwean people - the children and grandchildren of massacre victims - who have been deprived of their rights including the right to vote as a result.

    Ms Mukoko says some who cross into neighbouring countries in search of jobs have become stateless as they have no papers - which is in turn affecting their children.

    She told the BBC that while the state had an alternative mechanism where they could register, the process required them to travel with witnesses to areas far from their home and many could not afford to pay for it.

    Besides, the people also felt intimidated and afraid to go through the process, she said.

  12. Zimbabwe extends Covid lockdown

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    A nurse prepares a dose of the Sinopharm coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Wilkins Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe
    Image caption: So far more than 1.5 million people have been fully vaccinated in Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe has extended by two weeks a strict lockdown put in place to contain a deadly third wave of coronavirus.

    The lockdown has been in place since June to control the spread of the virus.

    A dusk-to-dawn curfew will remain in place and restaurants are still closed to sit-in customers.

    Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa acknowledged that while there had been notable decrease in infections, more needed to be done to reduce the numbers further.

    The government recorded 319 new cases and 27 deaths on Tuesday.

    There have been 123,320 infections and 4,320 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

    The third wave has been the deadliest so far, accounting for more than 60% of total deaths.

    The authorities have urged Zimbabweans to get vaccinated.

    So far more than 1.5 million people have been fully vaccinated against a target of 10 million, or 60% of the population.

  13. Zimbabwean union sues firms over Covid jabs order

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has sued several companies for ordering employees to receive Covid-19 vaccines or risk the sack.

    In an urgent court filing cited by privately-owned ZimLive website, ZCTU said the actions of the companies violated workers’ constitutional rights.

    “There is no law in Zimbabwe making vaccination compulsory. Each person, having fully considered the implications and effects of vaccination, is expected to make a personal decision on whether or not to get vaccinated,” ZCTU argues in the court application.

    Public Service Minister Paul Mavhima and Attorney General Prince Machaya are also enjoined in the case.

    The Zimbabwe government, which has ordered all civil servants to get vaccinated, is targeting to inoculate at least 10 million of its approximately 15 million citizens by the end of this year.

  14. Tamy Moyo - Zimbabwe's rising star of a star

    DJ Edu

    This Is Africa

    Tamy Moyo
    Image caption: Tamy Moyo says it has not always been easy working with her parents

    Zimbabwe’s Tamy Moyo is only 23 but she’s already had a long career in music.

    She started singing at the tender age of seven, and recorded her first album under her father’s supervision aged 13.

    She’s performed or collaborated with a roll call of big names including Oliver Mtukudzi and Burna Boy.

    Her father is Richard Kohola, a presenter at Zimbabwe’s Star FM, and he is her manager to this day along with her mother Doris Moyo.

    I asked Moyo what it was like growing up with such a well-known father:

    “It was awesome, he’s a great ball of energy, very creative, I consider him a music genius, my biggest critic and my biggest fan at the same time.

    "He’s always believed in me from day one and told me, ‘You’re gonna be a star’ - and till today he still affirms those things. You need somebody in your corner like that.”

    Lucky lady, and Moyo has not disappointed her father. She’s had a string of hits and in 2019 she was nominated in the category of best female artist from southern Africa at the All Africa Music Awards (Afrima).

    But Moyo admits it hasn’t always been easy working with her parents.

    “Trying to differentiate baby from artist wasn’t easy at all, especially with my Mum! I have to remind her and say, ‘Yo, we’re at work today!’”

    Moyo also says she became very dependent on the opinions of certain important people and needed to learn to trust her own judgement more. A big breakthrough for her was the song Kwandinobva.

    “I played the beat to my Dad because I trust him so much and he was like, 'No, it’s not the song.' I remember thinking, 'So what is the song, because I tried!'”

    Moyo went back to the drawing board, but after five months, she approached DJ Tamuka, the producer of the beat, again, and asked him to give it to her.

    She had the lyrics done and dusted in an hour. The song starts: “If I say that I like it, don’t you tell me any different…”

    The musician says: “I remember when it came out it was pure magic for me, because I’ve doubted myself for the longest time. And this is proof that if I put my mind to something and if something sits on my heart, obey that, listen to it.

    "I think to date it’s one of my best and my biggest songs.”

    You can hear my conversation with Tamy Moyo on This is Africa this Saturday, on BBC World Service radio and partner stations across Africa.

  15. Zimbabwe economy growing but benefits not yet felt

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    Zimbabwe’s economy is predicted to grow this year by 7.8%, which is slightly more than had been earlier forecast.

    Reviewing the government's budget, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube attributed the growth to, among other things, good rainfall which led to a strong agricultural season.

    Rising global commodity prices have also been a factor.

    Year-on-year inflation has dipped, from a staggering 837.5% in July 2020 to 56% 12 months later.

    While the government appears to be winning its war against inflation, this figure remains higher than the single-digit rate President Emmerson Mnangagwa inherited when he ousted his predecessor Robert Mugabe in 2017 with the help of the military.

    Analysts say the government is moving in the right direction, but most Zimbabweans have not seen an improvement in their living standards.

    The Consumer Council of Zimbabwe says an average family needs $470 (£335) a month to survive.

    The average public school teacher earns just under $300 a month at the official exchange rate.