Day: March 18, 2017

President Mugabe back home from SADC summit

The President Cde Robert Mugabe returned home this Saturday (today) night after attending a SADC extra ordinary summit on industrialisation and integration in Swaziland. Cde Mugabe was received at the Harare International Airport by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Cde Miriam Chikukwa, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Cde Christopher Mushowe, Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Retired Colonel Christian Katsande, service chiefs led by Commander Defence Forces Dr General Constantino Chiwenga and Commander Air Force of Zimbabwe Air Marshal Perence Shiri, several foreign affairs officials and senior government ministers. The SADC summit’s main focus was industrialisation and regional integration which stresses the region to value add its raw materials and get value for their products. The extraordinary summit approved the costed plan of action for SADC industrialisation strategy and roadmap. During the summit, discussions also explored the issue of the proposed SADC Transformation University which should be housed in Swaziland and the criteria for selecting...

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Shingirirai School crowned Harare tag rugby champions

Mbare’s Shingirirai Primary School were on Saturday (today) crowned Harare tag rugby community league champions for primary schools. Tag rugby which is on the growth path in the country is spearheading Zimbabwe’s grassroots rugby development. The Tag Rugby Trust now has leagues for junior school kids running in Harare, which was the pilot project and has spread to Bulawayo, Hwange and Victoria Falls. Harare’s tag rugby community league has the highest number of teams 18. The final was played at David Livingstone and won by Mbare’s Shingirai Primary while other leagues in Bulawayo, Hwange and Victoria Falls are also now in place. The Tag Rugby Trust (TRT) of Zimbabwe says the sport is being met with enthusiasm even in areas where rugby was previously unheard of and has started to spread like wildfire. Tinashe ‘TJ’ Shamu the country director for TRT in Zimbabwe says the sport has taken off in primary schools and is being well received across the country. The tag rugby community league for Harare primary schools has been a success with different centres taking turns to host matches. Tag rugby is a non-contact version of the sport which girls and boys can play together on an equal basis. The game follows the rules of the full-contact version of rugby, but instead of tackling each other, players grab a fabric tag that is attached to the body...

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EMA to be accredited to UN Adaptation Fund

The Environmental Management Agency  (EMA) is set to be accredited to the United Nations Adaptation Fund so that it becomes the national implementing entity. This was revealed at the South to South Adaptation Fund high level inception meeting between Kenya and Zimbabwe which took place in the capital. The adaptation fund contributes critical elements to the climate finance landscape. Having a national institution that is accredited to this fund allows government and other stakeholders to directly access climate finance. Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting the Acting Permanent Secretary in the  Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate Ms Catherine Maveneka underscored the importance of EMA’s accreditation to the adaptation fund. Kenya has been appointed to mentor Zimbabwe throughout the process. The delegation from Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is being headed by the principal secretary Mr Charles Sunkulu. The adaptation fund is aimed at assisting developing countries to build resilience and adapt to climate...

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Twin Rivers Junior Chess tourney hailed

Organisers of the Twin Rivers Junior Chess championships have hailed the event saying the tournament was a success given the number of participants which turned out for the event. The Twin Rivers Junior Chess championships saw over 272 players from across the country showcasing their talents at the youthful event held in the capital this Saturday. For the organising team, the tournament was a success given the number of participants this year compared to previous events. Some of the participants who include the newly crowned 11 year old Woman Candidate Master Rumbidzai Mawire were overjoyed saying the tournament gave them a platform to expose their talents. Meanwhile, Keyla Mugomba  came first in the under 9 category while Tawananyasha Kunaka dominated the under 10 and 11 category with Tafadzwa Butete winning the under 12...

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Abusive parents jailed

A Mutorashanga couple who confined their disabled 13 year old daughter to a fowl run for six months has been handed an 18 month effective jail term each. 13 year old Esther Kazambaza, who is deaf and disabled was confined to a fowl run for about 6 months by her 40 year old father Last Kazambaza and 28 year old step mother, Beauty Kadzuramera. She was deprived of love and was treated like a sub-human being all because she is disabled. She would use the fowl run as  her lodging and toilet and  would share her food with chickens as she had no capacity to chase away the birds due to her disability. Esther ’s father Last and her step mother Beauty have since been slapped with an 18 month effective jail term each by Chinhoyi Magistrate Letwin Rwodzi for child abuse. Prosecutor Trust Mukarati advocated for a harsher sentence, arguing the child was deprived of love and other basic human rights such as the right to shelter, education and food. The abused child is at Chinhoyi Hospital awaiting transfer to an orphanage to be determined by the social welfare...

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SDA youths donate blood in Bulawayo

As part of celebrations to mark the Seventh Day Adventist Church’s Global Youth Day, youths from the church donated blood at the City Hall in Bulawayo. The day’s activities included street marches, lifestyle and health lessons on diabetes, nutrition and cancer awareness presentations. With the commemorations running under the theme ‘Blood Drive’, the youths sought to reach the target of 500 pints of blood with expectations of surpassing the target high according to organisers of the event. National Blood Service Zimbabwe’s (NBSZ) southern region public relations officer Mr Sifundo Ngwenya said the donation of blood by youths will help save many lives and is most welcome ahead of the upcoming Easter holiday that is usually characterised by increased demand for blood owing to a rise in road traffic accidents. In his address to the youths that had thronged the Large City Hall, the Southern African division youth director for the SDA, Pastor Busi Khumalo highlighted the power that the youths possess in making a positive impact to the world. Churches are among some of the easily accessible and organised platforms for the harvesting of blood and the general development of...

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Makokoba residents receive free medical treatment

Residents of Makokoba suburb and surrounding areas got a rare opportunity to access free medical treatment following a partnership between the local member of parliament and the Chamber of Chinese Enterprises in Zimbabwe (CCEZ). ‘If Mohammed cannot go to the mountains, then the mountains will come to Mohammed’ is what they say, and such is the story as hundreds of people, mainly the elderly thronged Efusini in Makokoba to seek free specialist medical attention during the two day event with indications some came as early as 4am in order to ensure they are attended to. A total of 20 medical doctors, with 6 of them Chinese and 20 nurses volunteered their services while medication was also freely distributed through the CCEZ. In an interview after going through a check-up, himself house of assembly representative for the constituency, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube revealed that the idea to hold the programme came about after the realisation of the plight of residents especially the elderly who could not afford to seek medical attention at hospitals. Executive vice chairperson for the CCEZ Mr Wang Yong revealed that their funding of the event was part of the Chinese businesses in Zimbabwe’s way of paying back to the locals for their support. Head of the Chinese medical team, Dr Tan Yijing whose team has been in the country for the past two years revealed that...

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Ngezi bow out of CAF Confederation Cup

Zimbabwe’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup Ngezi Platinum Stars are out of the after a nil all draw against Club Recreativo Esportive do (C.R.D) Libolo of Angola at the National Sports Stadium (NSS) this Saturday. Ngezi Platinum lost  2-1 in the reverse fixture in Lubumbashi last week before being held to a nil-all draw this afternoon. The platinum miners have themselves to blame after wasting good scoring opportunities in either half of their second leg  match against the visitors. Ngezi succumbed to a 2-1 defeat in Angola after a goal by Admire Dzukamanja was disallowed, missed several chances...

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Govt to find ways to reduce communication tariffs

Government says it is looking into the operations of telecommunications firms in the country with a view to find out how to make services offered accessible to the majority of Zimbabweans. The Minister of Information, Communication Technology (ICT), Postal and Sourier Services Cde Supa Mandiwanzira says there is consensus by both the telecommunications companies and the regulator, to ensure that services are affordable. He says considerable start up costs by the operators have been cited as one of the reasons driving up the costs of products offered, at a time subscribers in neighbouring countries are enjoying lower tariffs. Early this year, there was an outcry by subscribers over voice and data floor prices which were cited as unjustifiably high against the current drive by government to reduce the cost of doing business in the...

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Zimbabweans urged to shun away from drugs

Zimbabweans have been urged to shun away from drugs as they have long term implications, many of which can lead to death. Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) recently held a health expo and community dialogue where people had the opportunity to interface with health care providers. The event highlighted growing fears that Zimbabwe could turn from being a transit point for dangerous drugs to becoming a fully-fledged consumer if corrective measures are not taken immediately. Many people abusing drugs do not realise that this has an effect on their health, with complications of abuse of substances such as broncleer leading to kidney failure says the spokesperson of the pharmacists against drug abuse, Mr Arnold Pinias. However, for those who want a new lease in life, rehabilitation for addicts is available. ZIMA president Dr Agnes Mahomva says it is critical that Zimbaweans have sufficient information, particularly on healthy lifestyles. Statistics show that abuse of a combination of alcohol, cannabis, cocaine and other substances such as broncleer, histalix d and maragado tablets is on the...

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