Day: March 15, 2017

Zanu PF happy with state of party, agric sector

By Judith Makwanya The 307th ordinary session of the Zanu PF Politburo has ended at the party headquarters in Harare with members expressing satisfaction with the state of agriculture, the party, and the manner in which the 21st February Movement celebrations were held. Briefing journalists after the meeting, Zanu PF Secretary for Administration, Cde Ignatius Chombo said the party also discussed preparations for the 2017 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), in which the party will participate under the theme: ‘Offering Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Development’. In the commissariat report, the party’s National Political Commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said Zanu...

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Govt to launch command content creation

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr George Charamba says the government will soon launch the command content creation (CCC) programme similar to command agriculture which will be key to the success of the digitalisation programme. Addressing content producers from Mashonaland East Province in Marondera, Mr Charamba said the CCC concept is meant to empower content producers as market for their content will be guaranteed. He said the government is also set to introduce a uniformed forces channel under the digitalisation programme which will be dedicated to content produced by security forces. Acting...

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Footballer, Timbenawo dies

By Josh Munthali Former Caps United and Black Rhinos midfielder, Bernard Timbenawo has died after a short illness. The late Timbenawo played for Glens Strikers and moved to Caps and later Black Rhinos. He was recruited by the late coach, Ashton ‘Papa’ Nyazika together with the likes of Maronga ‘Bomber’ Nyangela, Stanford ‘Stix’ Mtizwa, the late Shakeman ‘Mr Goals’ Tauro, Joel ‘Jubilee’ Shambo, Adam Samkange and Anthony Kambani who was his schoolmate at Chitsere Primary School in Mbare. He was in his late fifties. Mourners are gathered in Mbare at the corner of Dumbutshena and Runyararo streets. Funeral arrangements are yet to be...

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Sanganai/Hlanganani not cancelled: Govt

By Rugare Dhobbie The Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry has dismissed reports that the Sanganai/Hlanganani tourism fair has been cancelled, insisting that the fair will be held as planned as resources to make it possible will be made available in due course. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Chief Executive, Mr Karikoga Kaseke issued a statement last week to the effect that this year’s edition of Sanganai/Hlanganani Travel Expo has been cancelled citing lack of adequate funding from fiscus. However, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Cde Anastancia Ndlovu said there is no way the event can be shelved. “The government is aware that the Sanganai/Hlanganani travel expo has grown to become the second most popular tourism fair on the continent after Indaba Travel Expo in South Africa and thus there is no way that it can be shelved,” she said. The expo has become an annual premier tourism fair....

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Zim to host ESA region HIV prevention meeting

By John Nhandara Fifteen countries from the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) region will next week attend an experts meeting on ways to validate HIV prevention targets, which will be hosted by Zimbabwe. The meeting is part of a series of events aimed at promoting and driving the regional agenda on revitalising HIV combination prevention in the Eastern and Southern African region. Speaking in Harare on the sidelines of a consultative stakeholders` preparatory meeting for the conference, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said Zimbabwe as a country has made huge strides in meeting HIV prevention targets as evidenced by the marginal decrease in the HIV prevalence rate. “The experts meeting to be held in Victoria Falls and will among other issues seek to validate national HIV prevention targets as part of the implementation of the 2016 political declaration by countries in order to fast track HIV prevention response along with treatment,” Dr Parirenyatwa also said. The Eastern and Southern African region continues to be the hardest hit by the HIV epidemic, accounting for 46 percent of the world’s new HIV infection and 42 percent of global AIDS related deaths in...

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Apostolic sects embrace gender equality

Members of the Apostolic church say they have made great strides in ensuring the rights of women and children are upheld. A number of Apostolic church sects have in the past hogged the limelight for denying their children the right to education and health and engaging in child marriages. However, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) President, Archbishop Johannes Ndanga said efforts are being made to sensitise their membership on the need to be gender sensitive as well as to uphold the rights of women and children. In light of the work the ACCZ is doing in bridging the gender gap, the organisation has been invited to the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61) meeting, being held in New York (USA). The review for theme CSW61 is: ‘Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and...

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Africa receives EU grant for earth observation

By Rugare Dhobbie The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa Programme has received a major boost in form of a grant from the European Union (EU) for earth observation, satellite communication and early warning systems. This was revealed at a two-day meeting in Harare meant to call for proposals from African countries to take advantage of the funds by Europe to Africa. African Union  (AU) Commission representative, Dr Tidiane Quattara said EU and AU signed an agreement on global earth observation which culminated in a US$17,5 million grant with special focus on water and satellite communication. SADC representative, Bradwell Garanganga and Director of Research and Technology in the local Department of Higher and Tertiary Education, Mrs Rungano Karimanzira concurred that the meeting and funding came at an opportune time when Zimbabwe is faced with floods. For floods or drought early warning systems, Zimbabwe is currently using satellite information from the University of Zimbabwe flood warning system and Meteorological Services Department automatic weather stations, forecasting systems and satellite...

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BEAM fees not paid for over 2 years

By Mhlomuli Ncube The government says the late disbursement of funds by treasury has resulted in a backlog where mainstream schools are owed fees from 2014 third term to 2016 under the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM). Responding to a report by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Deputy Minister Tapiwa Matangaidze said the BEAM programme has been hard hit by shortage of resources. A statement tabled in parliament by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education emphasised that due to its national coverage, BEAM must be adequately funded and well administered. The ministerial response comes after legislators demanded that BEAM focuses on addressing other conditions such as the learning environment and uniforms which affect school children besides just concentrating in paying school...

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Dzapasi assembly point declared national monument

By Spren Mutiwi – Manicaland Bureau Chief   The government has declared Dzapasi Assembly in Makuvise village in Buhera a national monument, with the National Museums and Monuments already developing the site management plan which will lead to the upgrading of the site. The National Museums and Monuments is also engaging traditional leaders and other stakeholders in sensitizing them about the national recognition bestowed upon the monument. The proclamation of the national monument is part of the on-going national process by the National Museums and Monuments to come up with liberation war heritage sites. Traditional leaders appreciated the gesture, saying it will go a long way in safeguarding the liberation war history. National Museums and Monuments Eastern Region Director, Dr Paul Mpira said more needs to be done despite great strides having been made in terms of preserving liberation war heritage sites. There were 15 assembly points established during the liberation struggle and Dzapasi was one of them and it was one of the biggest with over 5 000 former freedom...

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Land Developers Bill on the cards

By Maria Nyamaropa   Expectations are high that the crafting of the Land Developers Bill will bring sanity in the housing sector which has seen several home seekers losing money to unscrupulous land barons throughout the country. The Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement, Dr Douglas Mombeshora confirmed that the government is in the process of crafting the law aimed at curbing the unscrupulous sale of state land to home seekers. “The Land Developers Bill will provide a framework under which land developers will operate, and we hope this will restore sanity in the housing sector,” he said. Dr Mombeshora added that land barons are taking advantage of the growing demand for housing to dupe desperate home seekers by parceling out state land in towns and cities. Minister Mombeshora also warned people who illegally convert state land reserved for grazing into residential areas to stop the...

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