Day: March 13, 2017

VP Mnangagwa leaves for Geneva

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has left the country for Geneva, Switzerland this Monday evening, leading a delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council periodic review meeting. In Geneva, Zimbabwe is expected to appear before the UN Human Rights Council for the consideration and adoption of the 2016 human rights review which was carried out in November last year. Cde Mnangagwa is accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mrs Virginia Mabhiza; Principal Director in the Vice President’s Office, Mr Nharo Gwatidzo and other senior government...

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Cde Marange to be buried tomorrow

The late Zanu PF Manicaland provincial secretary for gender and culture, Cde Gilbert Marange who died yesterday morning after a short illness will be buried at Nyachityu village near Marange Clinic at 12:30pm tomorrow. Cde Marange who has since been accorded a liberation hero status leaves behind nine wives and 30 children. Meanwhile, the Zanu PF Politburo member Dr Chris Mushohwe who worked with the late Cde Marange in Zimunya district and Manicaland Province for many years, expressed shock over the untimely death of Cde Marange. He described the former Chief Marange as a strong cadre, who rose through the ranks right from the cell to the province. Born on the 14th of June 1968 in Nyachityu village under Chief Marange, the late Cde Gilbert Marange held several positions in the Zanu PF Manicaland provincial executive and was once Acting Chief Marange for many years and during his tenure he spearheaded the establishment of many clinics, dip tanks and boarding schools in Zimunya, Marange...

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New curriculum will benefit all: Min Dokora

The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora says the new curriculum will not in any way disadvantage rural school children. The parliamentarians went through a workshop aimed at educating them on the new curriculum framework for primary and secondary education. Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda said the workshop has been an eye opener to the parliamentarians. National Assembly member for Chegutu West, Cde Dexter Nduna said the workshop gave the legislators the opportunity to ask questions related to the curriculum, which were addressed. The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education which rolled out a new curriculum for primary and secondary education in Zimbabwe shared some guidelines on subjects set for ordinary level students. The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education indicated that the government had set 10 subjects as the maximum number that students would be required to sit for with 7 of them set as compulsory subjects. All students will have to sit for maths, english language, general science, indigenous languages, agriculture, physical education, sport and mass display and heritage...

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Ex-employee sells orphanage properties in Norton

A former employee of an orphan care centre in Norton is allegedly to have sold two safe houses without approval of relevant authorities. Tsungirirai Orphan Care Home is a child drop-in centre that provides resources including food to orphaned and vulnerable children in Norton. The care centre is however reeling under a heavy debt due to withdrawal of donor funding and has lost two safe houses to a former employee who allegedly sold them without approval from the board who runs the institution. Tsungirirai board vice chairman Reverend Wilson Ganyiwa revealed that as a result of the challenges besetting the centre, they have reduced the number of children accessing supplementary feeding from 500 to 200. Norton legislator Mr Temba Mliswa said he will look into the issue behind the sale of the orphan care centre’s houses. Meanwhile, the centre received groceries from Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Cde Prisca...

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ZSE industrial index on the rebound

The industrial index registered a rebound of 0.07 points to close at 135.43 points while the resources index recorded 2.40 points to settle at 56.06 points. CFI added 1.45 cents to trade at 12.00 cents, ZB Holdings gained 1.28 cents to end at 7.68 cents while PPC increased by 1.00 cents to 61.25 cents. Three counters lost ground including Colcom which shed 0.25 cents to close at 36.50 cents, Econet dropped 0.13 cents to trade at 13.00 cents as Ariston was 0.05 cents weaker at 0.37 cents. The mining index gained 2.40 points to settle at 56.06 points. Bindura was up by 0.30 cents to close at 3.30 cents, Falgold and Hwange remained unchanged at previous trading levels at 1.00 cents and 3.00 cents in that order. RioZim inched up 0.05 cents to close at 33.60...

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Tobacco bookings commence at auction floors

Auction floors have commenced bookings of tobacco in preparation for the opening 2017 marketing season set for this Wednesday. The stage is now set for 2017 tobacco marketing with tobacco bales now trickling in at the three auction floors. Contract buyers will commence on the 16th of March and farmers are required to follow the proper processes and grading standards in order to fetch good prices for their golden leaf, says Ethical Leaf Tobacco chief executive Mr David Machingaidze. This year tobacco will be sold under a new e-marketing system with expectations high that the model which has been successfully used in India will bring efficiency and weed out corruption which has rocked the tobacco industry over the...

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Mutorashanga couple keeps disabled daughter in fowl run

In a case smacking of utmost discrimination of disabled persons and one of child abuse and neglect, a Mutorashanga couple confined its deaf and disabled child to the fowl run, which she used as both a lodging and toilet. A 13-year old disabled girl has a horrendous experience to share with the world after being inhumanely treated by her father and step-mother who confined her to a fowl run for months. Not only was the fowl run her lodging, it was also her toilet and dining room. She also had no proper bedding as she used a bed made of grass. That was the unfortunate girl’s fate from September last year to early this month. Her 40-year old father, Last Kazambaza and her 28-year old stepmother, Beauty Kadzuramera have since been convicted by Chinhoyi Magistrate, Letwin Rwodzi who remanded the pair in custody to the 16th of March when she will deliver sentence. Prosecutor Trust Mukarati represented the...

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New strategy to tackle rural under-development

The National Rural Development Strategy, which will be completed in three months, is expected to change the state of under development in rural areas and economically empower the rural populace. The policy formulation process is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage. Under the development strategy, rural people will have equal access to basic health, education and other social amenities like their urban counterparts. In an interview on the sidelines of a two-day strategy formulation workshop in Mutare, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion...

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Tour company donates bus to parks authority

A local tour and adventure company has donated a school bus to the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to enable it to safely transport school children from Zambezi National Park to their respective schools. School children residing at Zambezi National Park in Victoria Falls were being ferried to school on a tractor drawn trailer that had become very risky, and a Toyota Coaster bus donation from Wild Horizon is most welcome. In addition to the bus, the company also donated rangers` tents and has adopted some of the school children for whom school fees will be paid. “We would like to add to these worthy initiatives by donating this Toyota Coaster bus to the national parks, so that the children of the Zambezi camp can be safely transported to and from school. We could not sit back and continue to watch the children being taken to school on the back of a tractor drawn trailer,” Wild Horizon Executive Director, Ms Barbara Murasiranwa said. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Acting Board Chairperson, Mrs Idah Mupamhanga expressed gratitude to the local company for the gesture and warned parks authorities not abuse the bus on errands it is not meant for. “Do not abuse the bus, it is for school children and school children alone and it is clearly marked school bus, not funeral bus, not wedding bus,...

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Consumers bemoan cost of digital services

Zimbabwe will mark World Consumer Rights Day this Wednesday, amid concern over the high cost of digital services. High internet service charges, slow speeds, limited infrastructure and unfair contract terms will feature on the agenda for the World Consumer Rights Day set for this Wednesday. Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ) Executive Director, Ms Rosemary Siyachitema said the digital world is evolving fast but consumer protection is always lagging behind. “Our concern and focus are issues to do with internet connectivity and all things digital. We need digital networks which are accessible, affordable, reliable and safe,” she said. The consumer rights celebrations are held globally on the 15th of March each year and draw attention to consumers’ concerns in different service sectors. This year’s commemorations are running under the theme: ‘Building Digital World Consumers Can...

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