Produced by Columbus Mavhunga
May 29, 2023
Zimbabwe Called Out for Cholera Outbreak
Health experts have called out Zimbabwean authorities over a recent cholera outbreak that has taken several lives due to the consumption of unsanitary water – a development that has pushed government to urge citizens to practice good hygiene to contain the waterborne disease. For more, VOA correspondent Columbus Mavhunga speaks to experts and authorities.
May 17, 2023
Zimbabwe Uses Gold Digital Currency to Save Economy
Zimbabwean analysts are calling on the Southern African nation’s central bank to address economic challenges triggered by the government-controlled foreign-exchange market. This, before resorting to the recently launched gold-backed digital currency, which authorities hope will reduce the demand for U.S. dollars and strengthen the continuously devaluing local currency. For more, VOA’s Columbus Mavhunga speaks to experts and authorities from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
April 22, 2023
Zimbabwe President, World Bank Differ on Economic Reality
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said this week the country’s economy is improving. But a World Bank report released this month said that while Zimbabwe's poverty levels are declining, they remain elevated. Columbus Mavhunga reports.
April 14, 2023
Zimbabwean Cancer Patient Rallies for Support
Zimbabwean actress Tinopona Katsande, battling cervical cancer, is making a clarion call to wealthy Zimbabweans to support those dealing with the disease in a country where the cost of treatment is high and the population has very limited knowledge of the illness. Katsande has been receiving treatment from a private hospital because state-run hospitals lack a working radiotherapy machine needed to complete treatment. ''We've got to come together to buy at least one radiotherapy machine,'' she said adding ''you cannot holistically treat cancer without a full treatment. And one important part of it is the radiotherapy without the machine. That cannot be done,'' she told VOA's Columbus Mavhunga in Harare. The number of new cancer cases has more than doubled to 7,800 from 2009 to 2019, according to Zimbabwe's latest figures. The health ministry did not confirm or deny that state-run hospitals lack working radiotherapy machines and declined a VOA interview on this issue.
April 06, 2023
Alleged Gold Smugglers Welcome Zimbabwe’s ‘Gold Mafia’ Probe
Zimbabwean officials mentioned in an Al Jazeera documentary titled “Gold Mafia,” allegedly linking some officials in that Southern African nation to gold smuggling and money laundering, are welcoming a government plan to probe the matter. Despite the probe by authorities, critics doubt that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration will crack down on internal corruption and arrest authorities linked to the alleged scheme, as recently announced by Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa. For more, VOA’s Columbus Mavhunga reports from Harare, Zimbabwe.
April 01, 2023
Zimbabweans Turning to Small Grains to Beat Climate Change
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has hailed Zimbabwe's efforts to move to climate-resistant grains such as millet to improve food security. A FAO team is in Zimbabwe to promote the grains and celebrate the International Year of Millets. Columbus Mavhunga has this report from Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Camera: Blessing Chigwenhembe.
March 13, 2023
Zambia Cashes in on Zimbabwe’s Land Seizures
Zambian authorities report that their nation is cashing in on Zimbabwean farmers that left their nation after former President Robert Mugabe’s administration instituted land seizures for redistribution two decades ago. Authorities add that the farmers are now exporting food to Zimbabwe amid struggles with food insecurity which experts say traces back to the redistribution program. For more, VOA’s Columbus Mavhunga speaks to farmers and authorities from Chisamba, Zambia.
March 07, 2023
‘Floods Have Left Over 400,000 Homeless’: Zambian Authorities
Zambian authorities say recent floods they call the worst witnessed by the Southern African nation in half a century have left at least 400,000 people homeless and nearly 109 hectares of land with crops have been submerged resulting from the heavy rains that have pushed people into living in makeshift shelters. For more, VOA’s Columbus Mavhunga speaks to locals and authorities from the capital, Lusaka.
February 25, 2023
Low Water Levels Cause Power Cuts in Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambians and Zimbabweans have been suffering long hours of power loss since water levels at the Kariba hydropower dam plunged to an all-time low in December. Columbus Mavhunga reports from Zambia, which plans to build a $2 billion solar power project to address the situation.
February 23, 2023
Zimbabweans Flood Zambian Hospitals for Medical Care
Zimbabweans living on the border with Zambia are increasingly taking advantage of their neighbor's superior health care. But Zambian officials say they are also draining resources as nearly one-third of patients in some clinics and hospitals are Zimbabweans. From Lusaka, Columbus Mavhunga reports that many are hopeful that Zimbabwe improves its public health system so that its citizens do not die abroad seeking medication.
February 04, 2023
Zimbabwe to Build $60 Billion 'Cyber City'
Zimbabwe plans to build "Zim Cyber City," a modern capital expected to cost up to $60 billion and include new government buildings and a presidential palace. Critics are blasting the plan as wasteful when more than half the population lives in poverty and the government has let the current capital, Harare, fall apart. Columbus Mavhunga reports from Mount Hampden in the Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe.
February 02, 2023
Zimbabwe, Belarus Speak out on US Sanctions
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko this week visited Zimbabwe where he met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to discuss how the two nations can partner to bolster the southern African nation’s agricultural sector. While addressing reporters, both Lukashenko and Mnangagwa spoke against the U.S. sanctions placed on entities and citizens of their nations and added that it wasn't "surprising to see victims of sanctions cooperating.” For more on the partnership between the two nations, VOA’s Columbus Mavhunga speaks to farmers, analysts and authorities from the capital city, Harare.
December 01, 2022
Zimbabwe Makes Strides in Fight Against HIV
Several Zimbabweans living with HIV say they are eagerly waiting for an opportunity to take the recently approved and groundbreaking Cabotegravir shot, an injectable prevention drug that curbs the contraction of the life-threatening virus. For more, VOA’s Columbus Mavhunga spoke to health authorities and persons living with HIV.
November 26, 2022
Food Insecurity Stalks Zimbabwe Despite Harvest
Despite a bumper wheat harvest, Zimbabwe’s government says the number of people facing food insecurity in the country is growing fast. Authorities released figures this month showing the number of food insecure is set to double to 3.8 million by the next harvest. Columbus Mavhunga reports from Buhera, Zimbabwe.
November 05, 2022
Zimbabwean Turns Plastic into “Gold”
Qinisani Ndlovu, a Zimbabwean entrepreneur reports using personal resources to turn waste into valuable recyclable goods and aims to use his project to address the waste challenges faced by residents of the capital Harare. VOA’s Columbus Mavhunga has more on Ndlovu’s project.
October 29, 2022
Zimbabwe Displays Oldest Dinosaur in Africa
Zimbabwean authorities say a local museum has on display the remains of what scientists have identified as the oldest known dinosaur discovered in Africa which walked the earth approximately 230 million years ago. VOA’s Columbus Mavhunga has more.