Agribank Sues Chombo Over $33 000 Loan

Agribank has approached the courts seeking to recover a real time gross settlement of a (ZWR) $33 720 loan advanced to former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo six years ago. The former minister was issued with the court summons recently and he is yet to respond to the litigation. According to Agribank, sometime in January 2013, Chombo applied for and was granted a loan facility of US$30 000 by the bank and in terms of the facility agreement he was supposed to settle the debt by October 31, 2013. “In terms…

Mnangagwa’s reason for using expensive jets revealed

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a name for himself as a lover of expensive jets which he uses to travel within and outside the country. In January he hired an expensive jet on a round trip to EuroAsia. That was just a few months after he hired an expensive jet for the former First Lady Grace Mugabe from Singapore. On Thursday he was reported to have flown to Bulawayo in a private jet to hired from Durban.   Political analysts say the widely condemned expensive hiring of jets is a…

500 Still Missing As Rescue Efforts Continue in Chimanimani

MORE than 500 people are still missing in Rusitu Valley in Chimanimani District as rescue efforts are being hampered by damaged roads, 3 Infantry Brigade commander Major-General Joe Muzvidziwa, who is leading the army rescue mission, has said. Efforts to rescue victims of Cyclone Idai are still underway, with the military yesterday being assisted by a privately-owned helicopter that was ferrying the critically injured from some of the affected areas to Mutambara Hospital and Skyline Help Centre. Helicopters could not fly into the area since Sunday owing to bad weather.…

‘China Poised To Become A Leading 5G Market’

China is poised to become one of 5G’s leading markets, enabled in large part by the volume and density of the 4G network that the country has already built out. The country had almost 2 million cell sites in early 2018; this compares with about 200,000 in the United States. That is according to Deloitte’s 18th edition of Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions, which also stated that in 2019 China is likely to have over 330 million full-fibre connections, representing about 70% of the world’s total, as well as almost 5…

Zimbabwe NGO Challenges Suspension

A MASVINGO-BASED youth Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD), whose operations in the province were suspended last week by the district administrator, has approached the High Court challenging the ban. The government accused COTRAD, formed in 2012 and largely involved in peace-building and national healing, of involvement in the January disturbances following the fuel price hike protests. In a letter written by assistant Masvingo district administrator Nyaradzo Tongofa dated March 11, 2019 and addressed to COTRAD, government ordered that all COTRAD activities in Masvingo district be…

Andy Muridzo Promises New Album

AFRO Fusion singer Andy Muridzo affectionately known as baba Keketso by his legions of fans promised his Mvurwi fans a new album set to be unleashed soon. Muridzo who gave a massive performance at Mzansi night club in Mvurwi on Saturday sampled a few tracks from the coming album entitled Shiri yamambo. Speaking to Bulawayo24.com on the side-lines of the show Muridzo said he is polishing up the new album and is not yet talking about it to the media. “We are busy polishing up the new album as of…

Zim, SA To Set-Up A One-Stop Border

Zimbabwe and South Africa have agreed on the establishment of the Beitbridge One-Stop Border Post as a way of addressing challenges faced by travellers between the two countries at the border post. This came out of the Third Session of the Bi-national Commission Summit of the two countries which ended in Harare on Tuesday. The Commission was informed that a joint technical committee was already in place. The joint commission, which was set up after the second session of the BNC last year, formed legal, procedures, ICT, infrastructure and human…

Zimuto Needs To Focus: Mashusha

ZIMBABWEAN actress and choreographer Enisia Mashusha, who is based in the United Kingdom, yesterday said songstress Vimbai Zimuto — who has been in a social media meltdown after splashing her nude pictures on the internet — should now refocus on her career. The Netherlands-based Zimuto, who defended her nudity as art, has divided opinion — with her nudes that have left some salivating and others shocked. After doing a lot of work in fighting sexual abuse and the portrayal of women as sex objects in entertainment, Mashusha said it was…

ED Sued Over Currency

Harare businessman and University of Zimbabwe (UZ) lecturer, Shakespear Hamauswa, has petitioned the High Court seeking a court order to declare unconstitutional the Presidential (Temporary Measures) Act, which President Emmerson Mnangagwa evoked as legal basis to introduce the RTGS$. Hamauswa also said he was seeking another court order declaring null and void the Presidential (Temporal Measures) Act, amendment of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Act (SI33/2019), through which the RTGS$ was issued. “In the regulations, gazetted on February 22, 2019, the first respondent (Mnangagwa) purported to amend section 44…

Ethiopian Airlines Plane Smoked, Shuddered Before Deadly Plunge

ARA-BOKKA, ETHIOPIA:  The Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed killing 157 people was making a strange rattling noise and trailed smoke and debris as it swerved above a field of panicked cows before hitting earth, according to witnesses. Flight 302 took off from the Ethiopian capital on Sunday morning bound for Nairobi with passengers from more than 30 countries. All on board the Boeing 737 MAX 8 died. The pilot had requested permission to return, saying he was having problems – but it was too late. Half a dozen witnesses interviewed…