Day: March 14, 2017

Cde Marange laid to rest

The late Zanu PF Manicaland provincial Secretary for gender and culture, Cde Gilbert Marange who was declared a provincial hero has been buried in the sacred Chinyauzvare Mountain in Marange, Mutare district. Hundreds of people thronged the homestead of the late Cde Marange to give him a befitting send off. Traditional leaders, Zanu PF provincial leadership, war veterans, members of the Johanne Marange Apostolic Church and legislators all came in their numbers to console the Marange family following the untimely death of Cde Marange. Family representative Mr Fungai Marange saluted the government for according provincial hero status to the late Cde Marange. Zanu PF Politburo member, who is also the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Dr Chris Mushohwe said the party has been robbed of a dedicated and hard working cadre who selflessly executed his duties diligently. He said due to his unwavering commitment to party business, President Robert Mugabe saw it fit to accord the late Cde Marange a liberation war hero status. Acting Manicaland provincial administrator Mr Edgars Seenza who stood in on behalf of the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Mandi Chimene said the death of Cde Marange was a big loss not only to the Marange family but to the traditional leaders and the party as a whole. Born on the 14th of June in 1968 in Nyachityu village under Chief...

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Zim braces for ATU Triathlon African Cup

Zimbabwe is busy making final preparations ahead of the biggest event on the local triathlon calendar the 2017 Bonaqua Troutbeck ATU Triathlon African Cup and Zimbabwe National championships kicks off on the first of April. Already there is excitement building up following a Zimbabwe team of youths and junior athletes which travelled to Bloemfontein, South Africa to compete in the ATU Triathlon Africa championships recently while a media workshop is set for next Wednesday. Zimbabwe Triathlon is busy preparing to host a contingent of more than 60 elite/professional, veterans, seniors, juniors and kids triathletes during the event. The event, the biggest on the local triathlon calendar where several top European, South Africans, Egyptians, Morrocans and Mauritians participate in this cup in bid to qualify for the world championships since it is an Olympic qualifying event. This year Zimbabwe Triathlon are introducing aquathlon to the programme of events, a race which is open to individuals and teams in addition to the Troutbeck mile open water swim. The course will be a quarter distance comprising of a 2.25km run, 375m open water swim and 2.25km run. The open water swim course record times were set in 2012, for the ladies 1 500m swim was set by Kirsty Coventry (20:50) while the late Zimbabwean Nicholas Burnett hold the men’s 1 500m at 20 minutes 39 minutes. The ladies 750m was won by...

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Communal farmers rebuild cattle herd in Mwenezi

After losing over 16 000 cattle at the peak of drought last year, communal farmers in Masvingo  are hopeful of rebuilding their herd following the current wet spell which has ensured there is plenty of grazing land for livestock. Mwenez i district in Masvingo Province often boasts of having the country`s largest herd of cattle with the livelihoods of communities there hinged on cattle production. The severe drought experienced last year saw villagers losing their cattle in large numbers, some sold off their cattle for less than us$100 per animal as they tried to mitigate the effects of drought. Masvingo provincial livestock production and development officer Mr Aaron Muchazivepi said over 16 000 cattle were lost due to drought last year. However, some farmers are beginning to recover from their losses given that the rains have been good. Chief Neshuro said most families in Mwenezi would boast of a herd of 20 cattle, but the numbers had dwindled to between 3 and 5 per household. He however said they are happy with the current state of their livestock since the onset of the rains. At the peak of the drought, villagers in Mwenezi were digging up a wild bulb called ‘zombwe’, which they would feed the...

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Zim, Pakistan co-host air power seminar

Zimbabwe and Pakistan are co-hosting an air power seminar at the National Defence College aimed at providing practical information and building skills in effective use of air assets in modern warfare. The purpose of the seminar is to transfer knowledge to the participants on the modern concepts of air power, its evolution and effectiveness. Commandant of the National Defence College Air Vice Marshal Michael Tedzani Moyo said Pakistan and Zimbabwe have a lot of experiences to share in air power strategies and their relevance to national security. Pakistan Karachi Air War College Commandant Air Vice Marshal Pirzada Kamaluddini outlined how the seminar is important in the exchange of knowledge on air power between Zimbabwe and Pakistan. The seminar, which is running under the theme, ‘Air Power, the Weapon of First Choice’ will enable participants to appreciate the dynamics of air power and its contribution to national security and successful outcome of a military...

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Govt moves to bring sanity in chrome mining

The government is moving in to bring sanity in the allocation of 22 700 hectares of chrome claims to small scale miners and chrome smelters as a way of boosting production of the mineral. The chrome claims released to government by Zimasco in February had created confusion within the mining sector following the disregard of procedures by some unscrupulous miners who had grabbed most part of the claims. This has forced government to swiftly intervene considering that miners were supposed to get 10 000 hectares, with eight smelting firms expected to get 7 000 hectares while government will hold 5 700 hectares for future development. According to sources within the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development, instead of getting their 10 000 hectares allocation miners are believed to have grabbed all the 22 700 hectares of chrome claims shutting out government and smelting companies at the same time defeating the whole process. The allocation of chrome mining claims without evicting miners has become the ministry of mines and mining development officials’ major headache. Sources say among the eight smelters set to benefit from the chrome claims, two firms have already imported the smelting equipment which is expected anytime into the country. Smelting firms will be allocated claims according to their contribution to overall mineral output for last year to ensure transparency. Zimbabwe has the second largest chrome deposits in...

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Dr Dhlamini-Zuma hands over AU Commission reins

Outgoing African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma has handed over the reins to the new chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat at a function held at the Nelson Mandela Hall at AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa this Tuesday. In her farewell message Dr Dhlamini-Zuma thanked all AU Commission staff, member states and partners for their contribution and support during her tenure as chairperson of the commission. The distinguished activist for women’s empowerment said she was satisfied with the strong foundation that has been put in place for the realisation Africa’s agenda 2063. She left a mark with her contribution regarding gender equality and empowerment of women. Another major highlight of her career in the commission was the launch of the campaign to end child marriages in Africa. Dr Dhlamini-Zuma’s tenure was extended last year in June by African heads of states and government. She had a fruitful working relationship with President Mugabe during his tenure as AU chairperson in 2015 and the following year in 2016 when Cde Mugabe was elected rapporteur of the AU bureau. Incoming AU Commission chairperson Mr Mahamat, a former Foreign Minister in his country Chad, also served as the nation’s Prime Minister. He was elected by AU member states during the 28th AU Summit of heads of state and government in January this year. Mr Mahamat has pledged to make peace and security...

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ZRP officers removed from remand

A Bulawayo regional magistrate has removed from remand seven Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers accused of defrauding their employer of over US$200 000. Magistrate Tinashe Tashaya agreed with the defence council application for refusal of further remand, saying the state had taken too long to come up with a trial date. He advised the state to proceed by way of summons wants it puts its house in order. The accused are: Chief Superintendent Rosum Shonhiwa, Officer in Charge Sibonginkosi Dube, Superintendent Farai Chikonamombe, Acting Finance Clerk Fidelis Chivavava, Assistant Inspector Oswald Mushonga, Kelvin Moyo and Tafadzwa Sibanda, all stationed at Ntabazinduna Training Depot. The seven were accused for conniving to prejudice the police of funds amounting to $206 048.47 which has not been recovered. The officers were unable to account for the funds that were missing during an internal audit in 2015. They allegedly transferred funds from the ZRP account into personal accounts. Acting Finance Clerk Fidelis Chivavava was granted US$200 bail, while the other officers were granted $50 bail. Due to delays by the Bulawayo Provincial Court to set a trial date, the officers have been removed from remand and the state will only proceed by way of...

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VP Mnangagwa arrives in Geneva

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived in Geneva, Switzerland for the United Nations Human Rights Periodic Review meeting where Zimbabwe is expected to appear before a full Human Rights Council on Thursday for the adoption of its 2016 review. Cde Mnangagwa, who is also the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, the Permanent Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mrs Virginia Mabhiza and other senior government officials were welcomed at the Geneva International Airport  by Zimbabwe’s Permanent Representative to the UN and World Trade Organisation (WTO),  Ambassador Taonga Mushayavanhu. After his arrival, the ambassador briefed the Vice...

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Stakeholders speak on command agric success

The success of the Command Agriculture Programme has generated enthusiasm within the public and private sectors of the possibility of the country reclaiming the bread basket status. Fertilizer shortages which characterised the planting phase and the armyworm outbreak emerged as the biggest threats to a promising 2016/17 agricultural season. While the country managed to survive the setbacks with a bumper harvest expected, agriculture experts have highlighted the need for a grand plan and team-work approach in re-positioning the country as a bread basket of the region. “Now that all the players are motivated enough, there is need to craft a long term grand plan that focuses on resource mobilisation and availability of inputs,” Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) Director, Mr Paul Zakariya said. The country whose trade deficit stood at around US$2 billion in 2016 is confident the improved maize output will result in reduction in imports, revival of agriculture value chain and overall economic performance. “Going forward, the country should strengthen partnerships among seed manufacturers, fertiliser firms, packaging industry and the financial sector,” ARDA Board Chairperson, Mr Basil Nyabadza said. Former Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) Board Chairperson, Dr Nigel Chanakira said given the history of agriculture financing challenges and delays in the payments to farmers, there is need for long term funding to the sector. While the country can afford to celebrate given the anticipated increased maize output, the...

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Muvhami releases debut gospel album

Upcoming gospel musician, Blessing Muvhami has ushered himself into the entertainment industry with his debut album titled Anenyasha, an offering that challenges Christians to live an exemplary life. Muvhami said his debut 8-track album has power to inspire and influence behaviour change among Christians with the song Paongororei urging Christians to reflect on their life, whilst the track Jehovah Sharma is a prayer song. Some of the songs on the new album include Namatai, Ngetani and Hapana Chandinoshaiwa. Two tracks, Tinomutenda and Ndaizokupupurira features musician, Arnold Mlalazi. Muvhami believes that Christians should be like a light shining for all to see as he seeks to preach the word of God through...

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