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Anxiety over rights violations as Zimbabwe enforces lockdown

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – Off the open-air market in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city, armed soldiers and police controlled a modest queue of vegetable traders, scuttling people away as soon as they make their purchase. On a normal day, the marketplace would be a bustling hive of activity. But on Monday, as Zimbabwe entered its second week of a 21-day lockdown aimed at mitigating the spread of the new coronavirus, activity was sharply reduced. Standing near a neglected mass of open-air empty stalls covered in black sheeting is Mary Gumbo. The 69-year-old usually sells tomatoes here, but now she has to bundle her wares for resale in her neighbourhood. She complains the tight security and transport controls have reduced her earnings. “I had to get off the bus and walk to ...

WATCH: Pokello And Squad Slay ‘Don’t Rush’ Challenge

Pokello And Squad Slay ‘Don’t Rush’ Challenge Pokello And Squad Slay ‘Don’t Rush’ Challenge Social media personality and self-proclaimed queen of swag Pokello Nare seems to have taken the “Don’t Rush” challenge to a new level after she posted a video in which she was slaying with her squad. The popular TikTok challenge features participants from all over the world starting off dressed down then glowing up after “tossing” objects, such as a makeup brushes, from one to another to the sounds of Young T & Bugsey’s hit song “Don’t Rush.” Pokello Nare teamed up with London based beauty blogger, Chantelle Muneri, Travel Youtuber Naledi Makola, Charlene Roberts and Maxine Adams for the stellar video. What do you think? Below are some of the reactions to the challenge from  social media, T...

Fungibility suspension to ‘materially’ affect Old Mutual Zim share price

DIVERSIFIED financial services group, Old Mutual Limited (OML) has advised shareholders in the Zimbabwean unit that the fungibility suspension order on its shares would materially affect the share price. BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA Last month, to control the parallel market forex rate, Finance minister Mthuli Ncube placed a fungibility suspension order on Old Mutual, PPC Limited and Seed Co International Limited shares on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE). “The fungibility suspension order suspends every exchange control authority, directive or order granted by any exchange control authority allowing the fungibility of the company’s shares listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange until March 12, 2021. It does not affect transactions conducted on the ZSE on or before March 13, 2020 and in respect of wh...

Simbisa lays off contract workers

LOCAL companies are starting to feel the pinch of coronavirus, with Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE)-listed fast-foods concern Simbisa Brands announcing that it is laying off contract workers, putting employees on leave and freezing acting appointments, among other cost-cutting measures. — By Fidelity Mhlanga Zimbabwe is on its ninth day of the 21-day lockdown announced by authorities to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, which has nine cases including one death. Though Simbisa Brands falls under the essential services, which have been allowed to operate during the lockdown period, due to subdued business activity, the company said it was not generating sufficient revenue to pay salaries. In an internal memo seen by NewsDay Business, authorities at the fast-foods outlet entity ann...

Zahara Attacked After Showing A Different Side Of Herself

South African songstress Bulelwa Mkutukana who is known by most of her fans as Zahara seems to have developed a penchant for attracting social media criticism for almost anything. Most recently she was attacked on social media after revealing a side of herself that many people have never seen. According to reports reaching iHarare, the Loliwe hitmaker was trolled on social media after having gone on a live session on her official account on Instagram. During the live session, the seemingly shy musician expressed a different side of herself which most of her fans were not aware of. However, after a botched attempt at singing the country’s national anthem, some of her fans started suspecting that she might have had too much to drink. The suspicions follow shortly after reports...

Jackie Ngarande BREAKS Silence On Mthuli Ncube Affair Allegations

Jackie Ngarande BREAKS Silence On Mthuli Ncube Affair Allegations Model and socialite Jackie Ngarande has furiously denied allegations that she is having an adulterous affair with Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mthuli Ncube. Jackie has strenuously denied the allegations saying that she has never had nor does she have any sort of relationship with Mthuli Ncube. She has threatened to take legal action against the publications who claimed such. Below is the full statement from the socialite released on Monday, which iHarare is publishing in full: 06 April 2020 Ref: Jacqueline Tinovimbika Ngarande Press Statement For Immediate release. This press statement is with reference to news stories that widely circulated on social media and online publications concerning an alleged relati...

Jackie Ngarande Speaks Silence On Mthuli Ncube Affair Allegations

Jackie Ngarande BREAKS Silence On Mthuli Ncube Affair Allegations Model and socialite Jackie Ngarande has furiously denied allegations that she is having an adulterous affair with Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mthuli Ncube. Jackie has strenuously denied the allegations saying that she has never had nor does she have any sort of relationship with Mthuli Ncube. She has threatened to take legal action against the publications who claimed such. Below is the full statement from the socialite released on Monday, which iHarare is publishing in full: 06 April 2020 Ref: Jacqueline Tinovimbika Ngarande Press Statement For Immediate release. This press statement is with reference to news stories that widely circulated on social media and online publications concerning an alleged relati...

Govt mulls funding for SMEs, informal sector

GOVERNMENT is considering availing funding to cushion informal and small-scale enterprises that have not been spared by the global pandemic, COVID-19, NewsDay Business has established. — By Fidelity Mhlanga In a statement, the Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development ministry solicited a database from member associations for onward submission to government. “In view of the global outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent national shutdown to minimise the spread of the disease, government is considering a number of inventions to minimise the impact of the lockdown. One of the interventions is to assist people engaged in the SME and informal sector through providing assistance to cushion loss of income for subsistence,” the ministry said in circular dated April 1, 202...

Fuel price up 15%

GOVERNMENT has hiked fuel prices by 15% following a shift in the exchange rate and an increase in excise duty. BY FIDELITY MHLANGA This is happening at a time international oil prices have tumbled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Local petrol price went up from $18,28 to $21,77 and diesel rose from $18,66 to $21,52 according to new prices announced by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) at the weekend. Zera acting chief executive officer Addington Mazambani told NewsDay Business that the hike was prompted by the increase in fuel duty as well as shift in the exchange rate. “The main drivers for our fuel price increase are exchange rate increase from $18 to $25 and increase in duty from $4,26 to $5,82 for diesel and from $4,44 to $7,28 for blend,” he said . The global oil...

Neighbours Unleash Police On DJ Maphorisa Over Covid-19

Neighbours Unleash Police On DJ Maphorisa Neighbours Unleash Police On DJ Maphorisa Over Covid-19 (Photo: Music In Africa) Amapiano King DJ Maphorisa’s neighbours have unleashed “maphorisa” on him for allegedly breaking Covid-19 regulations in his residential complex. Sunday World can reveal that police descended on Maphorisa’s posh house in Breakfree residential complex in Midrand, over the past weekend after its homeowners’ association (HOA) complained that Maphorisa was violating regulations implemented in the complex to curb the spread of the highly contagious disease which, as of Friday, had infected 1 505 South Africans. Picture: Moeletsi Mabe/SundayTimes News that Maphorisa was wreaking havoc in the complex came to the fore when an HOA member wrote a letter of complaint to owners. T...

Mudiwa Hood’s Wife Seeks Divorce, Exposes His Adulterous Affair & How He Spends All His Time On Phone [UPDATE]

Mudiwa Hood’s Wife Seeks Divorce UPDATE: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that social media personality and gospel musician Mudiwa Hood’s marriage is at the brink of collapse following allegations that he cheated on his wife,  Angelica Colchèita-Hood. In the latest development that has come to iHarare’s attention, the reports published earlier which were based on Angelica’s social media post are, in fact, not true. This follows after she retracted the infidelity allegations and revealed that it was actually a prank.  Angelica claimed that she was carrying out an April Fools prank, even though the social media post was made on April 04, 2020. We deeply regret the misinformation. Below is the original article we published. Mudiwa Hood Senior and wife Angelica I...

Wadiwa Wepa Moyo: The Hit Breakout Series Everyone Is Talking About Renewed For Season 2

Wadiwa Wepa Moyo Gets Season 2 Wadiwa Wepa Moyo cast Online drama series Wadiwa Wepa Moyo has been a breakout hit since it premiered in February. Despite only airing online on the College Central channel on Youtube, the series has attracted a multitude of follows and garnered rave reviews. So good has been the following that the producers of the hit show have now committed to making another season.  Wadiwa Wepa Moyo has already aired 7 episodes and is expected to air three more episodes to complete the first season. The series chronicles, the aspirations, challenges and love lives of young people in ghettos. The series production manager, Kudakwashe Jani, said that the 21-day national lockdown has proved to be a blessing in disguise as it has resulted in the viewership of the show boo...