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South Africa issues warrant of arrest for Zimbabwe former first lady 

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Wednesday that it has issued a warrant of arrest for Zimbabwe’s former First Lady for allegedly attacking a model in Johannesburg last year.

National police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo told Xinhua that the warrant for Grace Mugabe was granted last Thursday.

“We will be working with Interpol to have her extradited here.”

This comes after the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg set aside the decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity for assaulting the model.

It is alleged that Mugabe assaulted model Gabriella Engels and two other women in an upmarket Sandton hotel in August last year. Engels sustained severe facial injuries due to the assault.

It is reported that Mugabe assaulted them after she had found them in the company of her young sons who are university students.

Engels also laid a criminal charge of assault against Mugabe with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Mugabe was granted immunity and allowed to leave the country after the incident.

However, opposition party Democratic Alliance and NGO Afriforum took the matter to court to invoke the immunity.

South Gauteng High Court ruled that the decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity was inconsistency with the Constitution. It means that Mugabe is likely to be arrested if she visits South Africa.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Zimbabwe central bank assures nation of
adequate fuel supplies during festive season

HARARE  Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya on Thursday urged citizens not to panic, saying the country has enough fuel for the festive season.

He told the parliamentary portfolio committee on energy that the central bank had put in place financing facilities worth 197.2 million U.S. dollars for importation of the commodity that is currently in short supply due to ongoing foreign currency shortages.

“We have put in place a number of long-term financing facilities to ensure that Zimbabwe’s supply of fuel is stable and sustainable,” the governor said.

“We are here to assure you that the facilities that we have put in place are continuous and we are going to continue having fuel being delivered to the service stations,” he said.

He said the country’s fuel consumption had drastically increased during the year due to increased number of vehicles in the country, particularly in the capital Harare.

“What we are seeing is that demand for fuel has gone up significantly. The number of vehicles on our roads has increased and we have got vehicles in the range of between 1.6-1.8 million vehicles on our roads, an increase of about 50 percent a year ago,” he said.

He said the increase in the vehicles was being shown by the traffic jams that have become a common feature on the country’s roads, particularly in Harare.

“There are now traffic jams on our roads, wherever you drive. That shows us that the fuel situation is not as bad as it is shown by the queues because if the situation is so acute we would not have such traffic jams at the same time we have fuel queues,” he said.

He said the fuel shortages were a passing phase.

Zimbabwe consumes 4 million liters of diesel and 3 million liters of petrol per day, the governor said, adding the country had imported 1.146 billion dollars worth of fuel since January 2018. 

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Zimbabwe central bank assures nation of
adequate fuel supplies during festive season

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya on Thursday urged citizens not to panic, saying the country has enough fuel for the festive season.

He told the parliamentary portfolio committee on energy that the central bank had put in place financing facilities worth 197.2 million U.S. dollars for importation of the commodity that is currently in short supply due to ongoing foreign currency shortages.

“We have put in place a number of long-term financing facilities to ensure that Zimbabwe’s supply of fuel is stable and sustainable,” the governor said.

“We are here to assure you that the facilities that we have put in place are continuous and we are going to continue having fuel being delivered to the service stations,” he said.

He said the country’s fuel consumption had drastically increased during the year due to increased number of vehicles in the country, particularly in the capital Harare.

“What we are seeing is that demand for fuel has gone up significantly. The number of vehicles on our roads has increased and we have got vehicles in the range of between 1.6-1.8 million vehicles on our roads, an increase of about 50 percent a year ago,” he said.

He said the increase in the vehicles was being shown by the traffic jams that have become a common feature on the country’s roads, particularly in Harare.

“There are now traffic jams on our roads, wherever you drive. That shows us that the fuel situation is not as bad as it is shown by the queues because if the situation is so acute we would not have such traffic jams at the same time we have fuel queues,” he said.

He said the fuel shortages were a passing phase.

Zimbabwe consumes 4 million liters of diesel and 3 million liters of petrol per day, the governor said, adding the country had imported 1.146 billion dollars worth of fuel since January 2018.

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Zimbabwean government warns it will evict illegal farm occupiers

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwean government said Wednesday it will evict 500 illegal settlers on farms across the country, as it moves to bring finality to the land reform program which it started at the turn of the millennium.

Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrence Shiri told a post-cabinet media briefing that Cabinet had resolved to evict the illegal settlers to ensure stability on the farms, state news agency New Ziana reported.

“The illegal settlers are found throughout the farming areas so basically you find them in all the provinces. We have identified where they are and we are proceeding with the evictions,” he said.

“We expect that they shall go back to where they came from. If they have got any challenges, well we have got the social department which can look into that, but our task is to ensure there is total stability on the farms,” said the minister.

Zimbabwe embarked on the land reform program to correct colonial land imbalances which favored the white minority.

However, the program resulted in some people settling themselves unlawfully on pieces of land, a situation which the government is now trying to correct.

The government is in the process of conducting a land audit to assess utilization patterns to open up under-utilized land for other interested citizens.  (Xinhua) -- The  HARARE, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwean government said Wednesday it will evict 500 illegal settlers on farms across the country, as it moves to bring finality to the land reform program which it started at the turn of the millennium.

Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrence Shiri told a post-cabinet media briefing that Cabinet had resolved to evict the illegal settlers to ensure stability on the farms, state news agency New Ziana reported.

“The illegal settlers are found throughout the farming areas so basically you find them in all the provinces. We have identified where they are and we are proceeding with the evictions,” he said.

“We expect that they shall go back to where they came from. If they have got any challenges, well we have got the social department which can look into that, but our task is to ensure there is total stability on the farms,” said the minister.

Zimbabwe embarked on the land reform program to correct colonial land imbalances which favored the white minority.

However, the program resulted in some people settling themselves unlawfully on pieces of land, a situation which the government is now trying to correct.

The government is in the process of conducting a land audit to assess utilization patterns to open up under-utilized land for other interested citizens. an government said Wednesday it will evict 500 illegal settlers on farms across the country, as it moves to bring finality to the land reform program which it started at the turn of the millennium.

Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrence Shiri told a post-cabinet media briefing that Cabinet had resolved to evict the illegal settlers to ensure stability on the farms, state news agency New Ziana reported.

“The illegal settlers are found throughout the farming areas so basically you find them in all the provinces. We have identified where they are and we are proceeding with the evictions,” he said.

“We expect that they shall go back to where they came from. If they have got any challenges, well we have got the social department which can look into that, but our task is to ensure there is total stability on the farms,” said the minister.

Zimbabwe embarked on the land reform program to correct colonial land imbalances which favored the white minority.

However, the program resulted in some people settling themselves unlawfully on pieces of land, a situation which the government is now trying to correct.

The government is in the process of conducting a land audit to assess utilization patterns to open up under-utilized land for other interested citizens.

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Zimbabwe fast food chain starts charging in hard currency as forex shortages bite

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s listed leading fast food chain, Simbisa Brands, said Wednesday it is now charging its products at a discount in U.S. dollars as a way to raise foreign currency to sustain its operations.

The company said in a statement that the ongoing foreign currency shortage was affecting its operations as it was failing to meet outstanding foreign obligations for raw materials and franchise fees.

It runs popular brands such as Chicken Inn, Creamy Inn, Pizza Inn, Fish Inn, Nando’s and Steers.

The company said it requires foreign currency to meet franchise fee obligations and to import franchise-related raw materials, which cannot be sustained locally due to intellectual property agreements on some of its brands.

It said it also settles import duties and taxes on imported raw materials in foreign currency.

In addition, the firm said due to the prevailing national circumstances, its bankers were failing to provide it with the foreign currency at the regulated exchange rate of 1:1 between the U.S. dollar and local dollars.

“For us to remain in business and continue to serve you your favorite meals, we have resolved to discount our prices to below cost where payable in U.S. dollars so that we start generating the foreign currency we desperately need,” the company said.

“We continue to accept Real Time Gross Settlement, local cards, mobile money and bond notes as valid modes of payment. Our customers will therefore continue to have the option to purchase their favorite meals using any of these payment methods,” it added.

The company currently employs 4,000 workers and serves at least 4.5 million customers every month.

It could not be immediately ascertained whether the company had obtained approval from regulatory authorities to charge its products in foreign currency.

The government has warned firms against charging in foreign currency, especially pharmacies, arguing that the hard currency was scarce and ordinary citizens cannot access it.

             

 

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