An Avoca (Filabusi) businessman who was arrested at a cattle sale and later detained for five days before being released without being charged was awarded $3 000 when he sued the police officer and the Minister of Home Affairs for unlawful and unjustified detention.
At a time when cars, like wine, are maturing with age instead of depreciating in value, the Harare City Council was ordered to sell a Mazda 1600 for only $6 500 when it had received an offer three times that amount but did not consider it because it had withdrawn the van from sale.
Some Gweru residents and council officials are baffled with the way their council donated beer and a band towards the wedding of Defence Minister, Richard Hove, towards the end of last year.
Despite the criticism levelled here against Zambian President Frederick Chiluba’s statement that his country will now open trade with South Africa, Zimbabwe is, in fact, South Africa’s biggest trading partner outside the Southern African Customs Union which covers Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa itself.
Agriculture minister, Witness Mangwende, is reported to be under pressure from the World Bank which is said to have openly indicated to him that he is being “leaned on” to implement agricultural liberalisation.