News in Brief

Black Market – Z$26.00

Interbank –  Z$17.47

Annual Inflation – 545%

SCORES of artisanal miners are feared dead in Kwekwe after Globe and Phoenix mine collapsed in the early hours of yesterday. Kwekwe district head of civil protection unit and district administrator, Fortune Mpungu told Southern Eye that the process of retrieving the dead bodies of people trapped was ongoing. “I can confirm that a section of the mine collapsed. We are told that a huge boulder collapsed and it trapped the artisanal miners who were inside. So far we have retrieved two bodies and some are still trapped inside,” he said. – Southern Eye

LUPANE State University (LSU) has reportedly gone for a month without internet access due to failure to pay their Internet Service Provider. Staffers at the institution said the internet blackout at the Bulawayo campus started at the beginning of January as the institution owed TelOne an undisclosed amount of money in debt. – Chronicle

BUSINESSMAN Genius Kadungure will spend another night in remand prison after the court today failed to deliver his bail ruling as the magistrate dealing with the matter was said to have been overwhelmed with work. Harare provincial magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti-Guriro said regional magistrate Crispen Mberewere, who heard Kadungure’s bail application, was tied up and could not make the ruling.– The Herald

COLD Storage Commission (CSC) employees have called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to step in and stop alleged asset stripping by a United Kingdom-based investor Boustead Beef (Pvt), claims that have been dismissed by the firm. In an open letter, the petitioners, who include retrenchees, pensioners and current workers, pleaded with government to investigate the investor.– NewsDay

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s move to remove two youth leaders after they called for an end to corruption has triggered a negative reaction from the public with accusations that he condones the vice. Youth league commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu and deputy secretary Lewis Matutu were Wednesday removed their positions and slapped with 12-month suspensions by Mnangagwa following an earlier politburo. The duo have vowed to carry on their campaign and will be holding a Press conference tomorrow where they will outline their plans.– NewZimbabwe

FORMER Zanu PF youth leaders Lewis Matutu and Godfrey Tsenengamu say they are ready to present the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) with evidence confirming their corruption allegations against businessman Kuda Tangwirei and others.-ZimMorningPost

A 15-year-old girl died in Bulawayo’s Nkulumane suburb on Tuesday night, while doing laundry in a bathroom, in a case of suspected electrocution. Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele said the deceased, a Form Three pupil at Nkulumane High School, was found lying unconscious in the bathroom with water running from the tap. She was later confirmed dead and some locals noticed that there were electric wires that were exposed in the house. – Chronicle

THE country is expected to experience a prolonged wet spell with a likelihood of violent storms and localised heavy falls starting tomorrow. Localised heavy downpours greater than 50mm in 24hours are highly likely and the storms may be violent in places. Because of the prolonged wet spell, some areas might experience flash flooding if they continue to receive heavy falls and river flooding remains highly probable. In a statement today, the Meteorological Services Department said the wet spell was expected to last until next Wednesday.– The Herald

THE Postal and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has warned of stiffer penalties on mobile network operators who increased tariffs without approval from the regulator. This follows an outcry from consumers after some mobile network operators announced an adjustment to their promotions that have affected their charges.– NewsDay

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