Lobels Bread in Bulawayo has barred its employees from using cellphones within the factory in what sources say is a desperate attempt to cover up what they say could be a massive scandal involving money laundering, theft from the company and externalisation.
The arrest of pro-senate opposition leader Arthur Mutambara together with more than 50 of his party supporters, a day before the crucial Budiriro by-election in Harare, in what most people believed was a publicity stunt, failed to sway the electorate.
The prize-giving ceremony at Dinyane School in Tsholotsho on 18 November 2004 was supposed to be the final stage of Phase One of a “smart coup” that would have seen ZANU-PF chairman John Nkomo and vice-President Joseph Msika being kicked out with Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, former Speaker Emmerson Mnangagwa and women’s leader Tenjiwe Lesabe coming in, the High Court in Bulawayo heard this week.
Zimplats, the country’s largest platinum miner, is to go into full production this month following the commissioning of its fourth mining fleet, according to its quarterly report for the period ending March released this week.
The United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Christopher Dell, who irked the government last year when he blamed it for the current economic problems, yesterday said the country’s economic woes were likely to persist despite the introduction of a new economic recovery plan because there had been no policy shift by the government.
Indian tyre giant Apollo Tyres this week formally acquired Dunlop Tyres International, the parent company of Dunlop Zimbabwe, but there is likely to be no immediate relief for the beleaguered local manufacturer because its problems are largely internal.