Day: April 20, 2017

Govt clarifies goats for school fees position

Government has clarified that the buzz around the goat payment as fees is a sign that most Zimbabweans failed to understand the context of the noble cause by the ministry which seeks to clear the parents debts to most schools since government adopted a stance that no school children should be chased away from school for failure to pay fees. Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora was recently quoted in the media saying government is formulating a policy framework where parents can settle their children’s fees by using goats as a form of payment triggering a serious...

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3 Zim players leave for world schools chess champs

Three primary school chess players have left the country for Romania this Thursday (today) ahead of the world schools chess championships scheduled for the 22nd to the 30th of this month. The current Africa U13 girls’ champion, Woman Candidate Master Refiloe Mudodo, Anotida Madamombe (U7) and Tinaye Madamombe (U9), will represent Zimbabwe at the world schools chess championships. Shortly before the team’s departure at the Harare International Airport, the players’ caretaker coach Tinaye Madamombe Senior said the team is now ready for the tournament and expects better results. The players however said despite the tough challenge which lies ahead, they are confident of raising the country’s flag high. Over 50 countries will be vying for honours at the world schools chess championships in Romania. The tourney which will run form the 22nd to the 30th of this month is one of the biggest on the world chess...

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Rally behind Mzembi in UNWTO polls, Africa urged

The African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson, Mr Kwese Quartey has called for greater unity and close cooperation among African countries, saying such collaborative approaches can be the solution to some of the challenges bedeviling the region. Mr Quartey made the call when he officially presented the AU candidate for the UNWTO Secretary General post, Dr Walter Mzembi, to representatives of the membership of the AU and other dignitaries at a glamorous ceremony held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today. The event was organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Ethiopia. “Africa has a lot of potential that...

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Govt launches maize lethal necrosis quarantine facility

The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made has officially opened the maize lethal necrosis quarantine facility in Mazowe, the first of its kind in the SADC region as part of  efforts to prevent  the spread of the deadly maize necrotic leave disease in the country and the entire SADC region. The quarantine facility is a joint initiative between the government of Zimbabwe and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). Maize lethal necrosis disease that was first detected in continents outside Africa has now spread to East Africa, raising fears that the disease might affect Zimbabwe and the entire SADC region, hence the opening of the maize lethal necrosis quarantine facility in the country. Officially launching the facility in Mazowe today, Dr Made said the country needs to prepare itself against deadly diseases and pests to ensure the country’s food security is not threatened. He also said the launch of the quarantine facility illustrates the strong relationship that has developed between government and CIMMYT since the signing of the first memorandum of understanding in 1985. Maize lethal necrosis is a devastating disease capable of causing huge economic losses wherever it occurs and is caused by a double infection by two viruses that are Maize Chlorotic Mottle Virus and Sugar Mosaic...

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Bosso foreign signings to wait a little longer

Highlanders’ new foreign signings have been granted work permits but the fans will have to wait a little longer before they see them in action as the rules governing the game say they can only play in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) a month after being granted the permits. Early last month, Bosso sought the services of the foreign trio of Tambwe Kalunga, Ebabali Yves and Manuel Esono and their permits have since been finalised but Esono is yet to be properly registered. Highlanders Acting Chairman, Morden Ngwenya told journalists that Amahlonyama will have to bank on the local players until the end of the month, in conformity with the league’s rules. “We actually got the permits of the three on 31 March. What this means is that they will only play on the 1st of next month,” he said. Bosso are banking on the services of the three foreigners as they seek to bolster their side which is reeling from injuries that saw nine of their players missing the Uhuru Cup final in Harare on Tuesday. Coach, Elroy Akbay said eight of their injured key players will miss Sunday’s encounter against ZPC Kariba, but will bank on the Tuesday Independence Cup final form that saw them come from behind to draw against DeMbare only to lose on penalties. After Sunday’s encounter, Bosso will travel to Beitbridge for a...

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Zim expects 1.2m diamond carats

Zimbabwe is anticipating to reach 1.2 million carats of diamonds per year once the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) begins activities in all the mining concessions. This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development, Professor Francis Gudyanga in Chiadzwa. “The diamond industry is poised for a major shift as ZCDC has now taken over most of the mining concessions, and we are happy that the consolidation of diamond mining operations will soon bear fruit. This will increase production capacity with focus to reach 1.2 million carats per year,” said Professor Gudyanga. Visiting Governor for Manica Province of Mozambique, Cde Alberto Ricardo Modlane, who was accompanied by the Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene toured a dairy farm project in Mutasa before visiting the diamond mining operations in Chiadzwa to have a better appreciation of the consolidated diamond scheme. Cde Modlane commended the government’s consolidation plan of diamonds, saying it has protected the natural resource base. ZCDC CEO, Dr Morris Bekezela Mpofu said ZCDC is working on a mining strategy that will increase production capacity and commended the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) for funding capital expenditure. Cde Chimene called upon the government to fully resource ZCDC and ensure that maximum production is back on line. The government last year took a deliberate decision to consolidate all diamond mining...

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Cde Chivamba declared liberation war hero

Zanu PF Midlands Provincial Deputy Chairperson, Cde Kizito Chivamba, who died on Tuesday morning, has been declared a liberation war hero. Cde Chivamba (59), who was the legislator for Chiwundura constituency died at Gweru Provincial Hospital after a short illness. Zanu PF Midlands Provincial Chairman, Engineer Mackenzie Ncube said the late Cde Chivamba would be buried at the Midlands Provincial Heroes Acre in Gweru over the weekend. He said they were still consulting with the family on the exact day but burial was is this weekend. Engineer Ncube said the province received communication from the Zanu PF national leadership...

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BVR kits site validation tests commence Friday

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will commence site validation tests of the biometric voter registration (BVR) equipment for the next five days, starting this Friday as part of the electoral body’s initiative to ensure stakeholder participation and to enhance transparency in the electoral processes. Stakeholders that included representatives from political parties, civil society organisations, faith based organisations as well as media houses attended an observers briefing held at the ZEC headquarters this Thursday in Harare. ZEC Chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau said companies that had submitted their bids to provide the BVR equipment were evaluated by a joint team of...

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Armed robbers pounce on ZAOGA church

Police in Marondera are hunting for four armed robbers who stormed ZAOGA provincial headquarters, kidnapped pastors and other members and blew off two safes before making off with more than US$4000 cash and mobile phones. The unknown suspects took resident Pastor Allias Jokota (31) and his family hostage before ransacking the premises. Mashonaland East Provincial  Acting Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed the incident. According to the police, on April 18 at around 2200hrs, Pastor Jokota was in his house sleeping when four unknown person forced open the door and gained entry into the house. Three of the accused entered the house while the other one remained at the door on guard. It is reported that while inside, the accused persons rounded up everyone, tied their hands using neck ties and clothes. They took two cellphones from Pastor Jokota’s family members. It is said that after hearing the noise and cries from the Pastor’s house, Edmore Makause (36), a caretaker at the church went to check, but upon reaching the veranda he met the three accused persons who were armed with beer bottles and iron bars. The accused then manhandled Makause and led him into the house where everyone was and had his hands tied with a neck tie. The three accused, then force-marched Pastor Jokota to the church secretary’s office where a money safe was located. They...

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Cheshire saga: First Lady urged to intervene

Disabled persons activist, Cde Jimayi Muduvuri has appealed to the patron of the disabled persons, First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe to intervene on the plight facing a group of disabled persons who were evicted from Cheshire flat in Harare. The victims, who were evicted yesterday and nowhere to go, endured the chilly weather and mosquito bites outside the flat last night, while their property is scattered all over. Today Cde Muduvuri and Senator Annah Shiri, who represents persons with disability,  visited the victims at the flat and appealed to Dr Mugabe and other responsible authorities to rescue the evicted...

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