Day: April 19, 2017

Binga man dies from anthrax

One suspected human anthrax death has been recorded at Siansundu Rural Health Centre in Binga. The death occurred at around 1900hrs this Wednesday evening and was confirmed by officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Care. Matabeleland North Provincial Medical Director, Dr Nyasha Masuka said the victim is a 19 year old man. Dr Masuka said two more cases of human anthrax have been reported in the district, bringing to 11 the number of people who have been affected so far. A total of 58 people who ate the meat including three children are currently undergoing...

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Mash East endorses Kasukuwere ouster

Zanu PF Mashonaland East Province has endorsed calls for the ouster of National Political Commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere from his party position. The decision was reached at a Provincial Executive Council meeting held at the provincial party offices in Marondera. Provincial spokesperson, Cde Kenneth Mutiwekuziva said Cde kKasukuwere had caused a lot of confusion in the province by creating parallel structures and fanning factionalism, adding that the decision will be ratified by the Provincial Coordinating Committee on Friday. Zanu PF Central Committee member and Minister of State for Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs, Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri and provincial...

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Mkoba residents call for removal of staircases from reservoir

Residents of Mkoba 14 in Gweru are appealing to the local authority to remove staircases from the 30 metre water reservoir to deter children from going up the tank which has resulted in many injuries and deaths. The call follows the death of a 16 year old boy who committed suicide last week by plunging from the 30 metre water reservoir tank to the ground. Residents directed their anger towards the local authority for failing to remove the staircases which the children use to go up the reservoir tank. The deceased, who was in form three, allegedly committed suicide after being rebuked by his mother for engaging in sexual activities at home. According to a police report, the now deceased, who has since been buried, climbed on top of the tank and threw himself from a thirty metre height and died on the spot. Meanwhile, Midlands Police Spokesperson, Mrs Ethel Mukwende appealed to members of the public to seek other interventions to solve family...

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Uplift your communities, Zimbabweans urged

Zimbabweans in the diaspora and business people have been urged to join hands and come up with solutions to the socio-economic challenges facing communities as the government cannot do it alone. This was said by the CEO of Bigtime Strategic Group, Mr Justice Maphosa during the handover of two vehicles worth thousands of dollars to the Brethren in Christ Church in Gwanda. The South African based businessman, Mr Maphosa, whose company has been sponsoring the prestigious annual Gwanda Gospel Show, donated the two vehicles as part of his philanthropic projects. A Nissan Quatum will assist the church as well as the community in its various activities while an Audi a3 is a gift to Reverand Sipho Mizha of the Brethren in Christ Church. Mr Maphosa noted that most churches have not been spared by the current economic hardships, hence the intervention by his company. He implored business people and Zimbabweans in the diaspora to contribute towards the development of local communities. The church expressed its gratitude to the company for the kind gesture, saying it will go a long way in ensuring that it executes its duties effectively. The company has also donated 200 blankets to Gwanda Provincial Hospital and 800 blankets to Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospitals. A contingent of South African business people have in the past been brought into the country by the company to explore...

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Zim cities dirtier: EMA

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) says most of the country’s cities and towns are dirty compared to Zimbabwe ‘s neighbours that have managed to maintain cleaner environments. This came out during an anti-littering campaign held recently in Beitbridge, where 700 tonnes of litter is generated every month by locals and a daily transit population of 12 000 people. EMA Board member, Mr Felix Moyo said more needs to be done to address the high levels of littering and dumping of solid waste into the environment particularly in Beitbridge which is the preface of the country. As part of some of the recommendations to the Beitbridge local authority, EMA implored the town council to ensure that people do not develop stands in areas without proper sanitation facilities to avoid open defecation. The local authority that is failing to manage the amount of litter generated due to inadequate resources called on the corporate world to partner the town in improving its waste management systems. An anti-littering march was held from Mashakada Business Centre to the border post. In 2008, Beitbridge experienced a deadly cholera outbreak that claimed hundreds of lives and as such efforts are being made to avoid a repeat of the...

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Disabled people evicted from Harare flat

A group of disabled persons have been evicted from a flat run by the Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe Trust in the Avenues area in Harare after losing a legal battle that had spanned almost 18 years. After surviving an order to vacate the premises last month, the disabled people who had been served with a seizure and attachment order from the High Court, thought their woes were over only to be taken by surprise this Wednesday when the Sherriff pounced on them. Riot police accompanied the Messenger of Court and his team to enforce the writ of execution on...

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Cotton farmers urged to produce best grade

Thousands of farmers who ventured into cotton are poised to fetch lucrative prices of 55 cents per kg if they pick their cotton in a way that produces the best grade. A crop assessment by the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (COTTCO) revealed that the bulk of the cotton crop produced under the Presidential Inputs Scheme has reached ripening stage with some farmers in Gokwe now picking their white gold. The government has already indicated that farmers who produce the best quality will get not less than 55 cents per kg for their crop. COTTCO, which has been given the mandate to buy cotton sponsored by the state, assured farmers that adequate funds will be available to pay the producer price set to be announced soon. The crop assessment shows that the Presidential Inputs Scheme has managed to resuscitate cotton production in all the cotton greenbelts of Gokwe, Muzarabani, Mt Darwin, Chiredzi and others. Over 110 000 tonnes of cotton are expected this season, up from 28 000 tonnes produced last...

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Kwekwe faces collapse from gold panners

The Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Cde Walter Chidhakwa has expressed concern over illegal mining activities that are threatening the city of Kwekwe. The concerns come after the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing ordered the immediate evacuation of government departments that are housed at Kwekwe government complex amid fears that the building might collapse into disused tunnels that run underneath the city. Cde Chidhakwa said the government is concerned and is looking at ways of addressing the problem in Kwekwe before some buildings are swallowed by the weak ground. He said the illegal miners...

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Zanu PF official Cde Kizito Chivamba dies

Zanu PF Midlands Province Deputy Chairperson, Cde Kizito Chivamba has died. Cde Chivamba died at Gweru General Hospital on Tuesday evening after a short illness. Zanu PF Midlands Provincial Spokesperson, Cde Cornelius Mupereri said the province is saddened by the untimely death of Cde Chivamba. “Midlands and the nation at large have lost a dedicated cadre who worked tirelessly for the ruling party,” he said. Cde Mupereri said Midlands Province has since recommended that he be conferred with a status that befits his service to the party which stretches from the...

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Eating hippo meat backfires in Binga

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has recorded nine cases of suspected human anthrax from the individuals who ate meat from dead hippos at Mlibizi in Binga. The ministry has been carrying out investigations in Mlibizi from the 15th of this month and found that there are 58 villagers from Saba Village who ate meat from the dead hippos. The samples have been sent to the National Reference Laboratory in Harare for confirmation. An awareness programme has been held at Chief Saba Village with more than 400 villagers to sensitise them on the dangers of eating meat from animal carcasses whose cause of death is unknown. Matabeleland North provincial medical director Dr Nyasha Masuka says 1.5 kilogrammes of hippo meat was found mixed with 45 kilogrammes of goat meat on sale in a butchery at Binga Centre and has been destroyed to eliminate human contact with the infected meat. “The suspected cases were showing symptoms of what is called a cutenus form of anthrax which affects the skin and that one is not fatal but people can also get the gastro intestinal one that affects the gastro intestinal system which is your stomach and the intestines. “They can also get the pulmonary one which affects the lungs and they can also get what is called the meningial form which affects the brain and those three forms can be...

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