Day: May 4, 2017

VP Mnangagwa lauds late CJ Chidyausiku

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the late Retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku played an instrumental role in defending the country’s position to embark on the land reform programme. Retired Chief Justice Chidyausiku died from kidney and liver complications in South Africa yesterday, and his body is expected in the country on Saturday afternoon. Addressing mourners at the Chidyausiku residence in Highlands, Harare this Thursdays evening, Cde Mnangagwa said the late Retired Chief Justice was a committed cadre who had the interest of the nation at heart. “The land reform programme was going to be difficult without the support of...

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Presidents Mugabe, Zuma meet

South African President Jacob Zuma has held bilateral talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart, President Robert Mugabe, who is attending the 27th World Economic Forum for Africa in Durban, South Africa. President Zuma was accompanied by South African Minister of International Cooperation, Mrs Maite Nkoana Mashabane to the meeting, which took place at President Mugabe’s hotel room in Durban today. The two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest and bilateral cooperation. Zimbabwe and South Africa share common views on several regional and international issues. President Zuma said the two leaders should meet more and move together for the development of...

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Midlands intensifies mandatory on contagious abortion testing

Midlands Province has intensified its mandatory on contagious abortion testing of its dairy herd in an effort to ensure that milk produced in the province is clean and free from the bacteria. As the province continues to record a steady increase of milk production it has also intensified its mandatory testing of the highly contagious brucellosis on its dairy herd to ensure milk produced in the province is of quality and is free from the bacterial disease which can be easily transmitted to humans. Humans can contract the diseases which can affect reproductive system, liver, heart and central nervous system if they consume contaminated meat, milk and dairy products such as cheeses, butter and ice cream which come from infected animals. Provincial head for livestock production department Mrs Medeline Magwenzi stressed the importance of testing the dairy herd saying besides if the herd is infected by the disease it becomes an economic burden to both the farmer and government as contaminated milk cannot be sold to any market either local or export. The tested herd is issued with a certificate to prove that the animals are free from brucellosis. Without brucellosis certificate dairy farmers cannot take their dairy products to any market. Brucellosis is a high contagious and costly disease and the province is now carrying its mandatory testing exercise after every two to three years. This will ensure...

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Police, farmers clash at Tobacco Sales Floor

Business went to a halt this Thursday (today) at Tobacco Sales Floor as members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) fought endless battles with some farmers who were demanding their dues. The battle between which started around 10 in the morning saw serious clashes with some farmers and police details. It is alleged that the disgruntled farmers were complaining about their payments but their peaceful demonstration was later hijacked by individuals who were now fighting running battles with police. Farmers who spoke to the ZBC News said they wanted to be paid their money in time to cushion them...

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Govt secures US$1.2m for flood victims

The Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing says more than US$1.2 million has been raised to assist victims of floods and towards infrastructural development across the country. The declaration of the state of emergency by the government has resulted in positive responses from both the local and international community as more than US$1.2 million has been raised so far. Algeria becomes the latest nation to cheap in with US$100 000 adding on to other donations from different friendly countries. Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde Saviour Kasukuwere says US$200 million is required for...

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COSSASA games roar into life

The Confederation of Schools Sport Associations of Southern Africa (COSSASA) held a welcome reception for the visiting officials from Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Swaziland and Lesotho who are in the country for the May 3-6 athletics championships at the National Sports Stadium. The athletic championships have attracted six SADC countries who will compete in the track and field championships at the NSS from Thursday until Saturday. Zimbabwe are hosting the games again after 2015 for the ball games tournament. The championships get underway on Thursday morning and end on Saturday at the NSS. President of COSSASA Johnson Madhuku saluted the SADC member countries for their heavy investment in school sport and COSSASA. Madhuku said this is a wise and worthy cause because school sports form the bedrock and foundation of all sport developments and achievements programmes for any nation. City of Harare deputy Mayor Councillor Enock Mupambawome said sport for years has been a unifier, wealth creator contributing to the gross domestic product of countries and cities as well as entertainment. He said Harare is improving sporting facilities to ensure children take up sport seriously and afford them an opportunity to compete and earn a decent living. Cynthia Khumalo, chairperson of the local organising committee said COSSASA plays a critical role in the development of schools sports in the region. She said as the local organising committee, they are ready...

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BBA gears for upcoming elective congress

After successfully completing their season, the Bulawayo Basketball Association (BBA) has shifted focus to the upcoming elective congress and the awards night lined up for June. The recently concluded exciting season saw giants dislodging the past three years’ champions Southern Mavericks to claim the bragging rights in the men’s category. Southern Mavericks women’s side on the other hand was too good claiming top spot followed by Lakers in a season BBA once again ran without any sponsorship, only surviving from club subscriptions and donations by board members. The region’s representatives in the inter clubs championships found the going tough as defending women’s champions Mavericks surrendered their dominance. With the league action completed, focus now shifts to the awards ceremony set for the 9th of June with the major highlight being the elective congress slated for Saturday the 10th of June. According to the BBA secretary general, Howard Phangwana, indicated that it was a board resolution to ensure there is continuity hence a decision to have four of the current sitting members to be nominated for re-election. With all the mandatory constitutional requirements of announcement of notice and sending out of nomination forms already met, the fate of who will lead the league now lies on the 12 member electoral college that includes the 10 member clubs and representatives from National Association of Primary School Heads (NAPH) and National Association...

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Martial arts keep Bulawayo youths grounded

In a move aimed at keeping some youngsters away from streets and criminal activities, the sport of martial arts has been adopted by Bulawayo youths as a way of instilling discipline among themselves. Martial arts instructor Wellington Mangena who went to China in 2012 to learn more about the game and is now teaching young people from the Phelandaba/Mpopoma area. One of the trainees, Givemore Mangena, said martial arts has benefited him along with other young people as it has driven them away from being idle and keeps them mentally alert. The White City youth arena has become the hub of action in different spheres of sports with the programme receiving a lot of support from the...

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UZ fundraises for underprivileged students

The University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Arts has embarked on a fund raising campaign to assist gifted underprivileged students. The initiative comes at a time when some disadvantaged students are facing financial challenges in paying fees. Some gifted students fail to make it in life due to lack of financial resources. It is against this background that the UZ department of arts embarked on a fundraising campaign to help such students achieve their goals. Dean for arts department Professor Itai Muwati says they value academic development adding disadvantaged students must be accorded an opportunity to explore their knowledge. The campaign will be characterised by a sponsored walk this weekend among other activities. The government has set aside funds to assist disadvantaged students at tertiary institutions. However, the economic challenges has resulted in some students failing to access their academic results as well as failing to access their certificates. Such projects are expected to augment government efforts in giving free education to underprivileged...

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Chidyausiku described as firm, honest man

The late Retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has been described as an independent, firm and honest man who transformed the justice delivery in Zimbabwe through the implementation of the Judicial Service Commission Act. He died yesterday in South Africa where he was air lifted to receive medical treatment. Chief Justice Luke Malaba says his predecessor was a source of wisdom and a repository of institutional memory whose legacy will forever be cherished by the Judicial Service Commission. Senior lawyers who visited the Chidyausiku family in Highlands, Harare say the profession has lost an icon who contributed immensely to the justice delivery in Zimbabwe. The body of the late Retired Chief Justice is expected in the country this Friday (tomorrow). During his tenure as the head of judiciary, he increased the number of courts especially the magistrate courts which are now accessible at district level, also ensured the establishment of the country’s third high court in Masvingo a development which has improved justice delivery in the superior...

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