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Zimbabwe borrows its way out of fuel crisis


Crippling petrol shortages have prompted Zimbabwe’s central bank to release over $40m (£31m) for the commodity, it says.

Petrol queues had stretched for several kilometres at some stations before fuel ran out.

Food prices have risen and essential goods are in short supply because of a foreign currency shortage. A $500m credit line will also be used to import fuel, medicines and wheat, as well as soya beans to address a shortage of cooking oil, authorities say.

Some see this as a sticking plaster. The bigger problem – Zimbabwe’s foreign currency shortage – can only be resolved when the country increases its exports.

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MP takes HIV test after Twitter ‘rumours’


An MP in Zimbabwe has taken a public HIV test to counter accusations made on social media that he had the virus.

Temba Mliswa, an independent legislator, tweeted a photo of a medical slip showing his negative result:

He said in a statement:

“ I do not usually respond to social media slurs. It has been been peddled that I have been in the habit of consorting with underage girls. I categorically deny such frivolous claims with the contempt they deserve”.

Mr Mliswa urged Zimbabweans to get tested and not to stigmatise those who have HIV.

Tunisia anger over Zimbabwe rugby team’s street sleeping


The Tunisian Rugby Union has said it “strongly deplores” the “anti-sports and unethical actions” of Zimbabwe’s national team after they slept on the streets before a World Cup qualifier.

Zimbabwe said they were were unhappy with the poor standard of their hotel in Beja, which is about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital, Tunis.

The Tunisian Rugby Union said Zimbabwe’s actions did not reflect their “strong ties of friendship”.

They added Zimbabwe “started complaining” as soon as they landed in the capital, Tunis.

The Tunisian union said a statement:

“The head of the Zimbabwean delegation expressed reservations about the state of the bathroom in one of the rooms, the lack of a swimming pool and the low internet speed.

He started talking about leaving the hotel on the pretext that it is not decent enough for his team.

He asked all the members of the delegation to take out their luggage, leave the hotel and spend the night outside on the ground.”

Bomb blast: Minister’s breast ripped off


Zimbabwe’s Minister of Environment, Climate and Water, Ms Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, has lost one of her breasts after the explosion that rocked the campaign rally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa last Saturday.

Muchinguri-Kashiri, who is also the National Chairperson of the ruling Zanu-PF, has been airlifted to South Africa for reconstruction surgery.

The Environment, Climate and Water minister was among 49 people injured at the rally.

She was first rushed to the Catholic-run Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo and then evacuated to Manyame Airbase Hospital along with other VIPs who sustained injuries during the explosion, in which Mnangagwa was lucky to escape unhurt.

The Daily News reports that the 59-year-old top Zanu PF official actually got one of her breasts ripped off.

“It’s actually the breast not chest,” a senior authoritative establishment official told the Daily News, while revealing she was airlifted to South Africa on Wednesday.

“It’ s not a small matter. Mai Muchinguri is in shock and in bad shape.”

David Parirenyatwa, the Health and Child Care minister, confirmed yesterday that she sustained injuries to her breast.”

Source: Daily Post

By John Owen Nwachukwu

Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth


Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth – 15 years after they left the group.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said she was delighted to receive a letter from Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, dated 15 May.

However, she added they would only return “when the conditions are right”.

President Mnangagwa, who came to power in November after long-time leader Robert Mugabe was ousted, has said repeatedly he wants to rebuild international ties.

In a statement released on the Commonwealth’s website, Baroness Scotland said:

“I whole-heartedly echo the sentiments of heads of government who have said twice, in 2009 and subsequently in 2011, that they very much look forward to Zimbabwe’s return when the conditions are right.

Zimbabwe’s eventual return to the Commonwealth, following a successful membership application, would be a momentous occasion, given our shared rich history.”

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Zambia library warns ‘half-naked’ female students


One of Zambia’s top universities has urged female students to stop visiting the library “half-naked” because it distracts male counterparts.

The University of Zambia – in the capital, Lusaka – has stuck up notices around its library telling them to dress more modestly.

The southern African country is culturally conservative.

But students at the university tend to dress more fashionably, says the BBC’s Kennedy Gondwe in Zambia.

“It has come to our attention that some female students dress half-naked as they use the library, a situation which is disturbing the male students,” the notice in the library reads.

“We therefore advise the female students to dress modestly as you use university facilities. Modest is the way to go!”.

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Zimbabwe is second African nation to license marijuana cultivation


Zimbabweans can now apply for licences to grow cannabis for medical and research purposes, the government has said in a legal notice, making the southern African nation the second country in Africa to legalise cultivation of the plant.

Lesotho last year announced the continent’s first licence to grow cannabis legally.

Until now, it has been illegal to grow, possess or use cannabis in Zimbabwe, with offenders facing up to 12 years in jail.

Health Minister David Parirenyatwa published new regulations, seen by Reuters on Saturday, allowing individuals and companies to be licenced to cultivate marijuana, known locally as mbanje.

The five-year renewable licences will allow growers to possess, transport and sell fresh and dried cannabis as well as cannabis oil.

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