Day: May 14, 2017

VP Mnangagwa consoles Charamba family

Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and several top government officials visited Cde George Charamba’s residence in Alexander Park, Harare to pay their condolences following the death of Mrs Idaishe Olivia Charamba wife to the Presidential spokesperson and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services today. Cde Mnangagwa, ministers, services chiefs, several senior government officials, media practitioners, friends and relatives paid their condolences to Cde Charamba and the Chengu family. The Vice President urged the family to remain strong as death is the will of God. The Commander Defence Forces, General Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga and the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Ignatious Chombo said the death of Mrs Charamba calls for all progressive Zimbabweans to stand by the bereaved family during this dark hour. Mrs Charamba who succumbed to liver complications will be buried in Rafingora on Tuesday. Mourners are gathered at number two Helsdon road in Alexander Park,...

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China avails US$124bn for ‘Belt, Road Initiative’

The Chinese government is investing tens of billions of dollars as part of an ambitious economic plan to rebuild ports, roads and rail networks. China’s president Xi Jinping has pledged US$124 billion for the scheme, known as the Belt and Road Initiative adding that trade is the important engine of economic development. The plan, which aims to expand trade links between Asia, Africa, Europe and beyond, was first unveiled in 2013. Part of the massive funding boost, which is aimed at strengthening China’s links with its trading partners, includes 60 billion yuan in aid to developing countries and international institutions that form part of the belt and road project. Mr Xi used his speech to assure western diplomats that the plan, described as the ‘new silk road’, was not simply an attempt to promote Chinese influence globally. He said that in advancing the belt and road, they will not re-tread the old path of games between foes but instead create a new model of co-operation and mutual benefit....

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Tunisians protest against proposed amnesty bill

More than 2 000 Tunisians marched in the country’s capital Tunis protesting a proposed amnesty bill that would see businessmen accused of corruption under ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali walk free. At the demonstration against the economic reconciliation bill yesterday, the protesters claimed the bill would contradict the spirit of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution that ousted Ben Ali. Government officials said a pardon would be a way for the businessmen to inject their fraudulent money back into the country’s economy. Waving flags and banners that read “no to forgiveness” and “enough corruption”, the protesters, accompanied by opposition party leaders and activists, marched through Tunis’ central avenue. There are no exact figures but initial estimates say approximately US$3 billion could find their way into the legally taxed economy. The draft bill was proposed by Tunisia president Beji Caid Essebsi, a former Ben Ali official, but it has been stuck in parliament for the last two years....

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Soldiers block Bouaké city in Cote d’Ivoire

Angry soldiers have blocked off access to Bouaké, the second largest city in the Cote d’Ivoire, as a revolt over a pay dispute continues. According to Reuters news agency, Sergeant Seydou Koné said they did not want to negotiate with anyone. The unrest began after a spokesman for the soldiers announced on Thursday that they had dropped their pay demands. In January, they forced the government into paying them about US$8 000 each in bonuses to end a rebellion. They were due to receive a further payment this month and about 8 000 mutineers are unhappy that they were not consulted ahead of Thursday’s televised announcement. Sergeant Koné added that three former rebels from the country’s civil war era were wounded yesterday after the mutinous soldiers opened fire in Bouaké to stop them staging their own protest. The mutineers have also taken control of the city of Odienne, in the north, reports say....

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Mwenezi RDC under fire for missing funds

The parliamentary public accounts committee on parastatals and state enterprises has given the Mwenezi Rural District Council (RDC) one week to present a report accounting for missing funds amounting to US$43 208 which were disbursed to the authority for road maintenance by ZINARA in 2012. The parliamentary public accounts committee on parastatals and state enterprises was in Masvingo this weekend to conduct hearings with personnel from Zvishavane, Chiredzi and Mwenezi RDCs based on the Auditor General`s report on the performance of the enterprises. The Mwenezi RDC came under fire from members of the committee after the report indicated that ZINARA disbursed a total of US$107 898 to the RDC in 2012 for road  maintenance purposes, with the Mwenezi RDC insisting that it only received US$64 690. The RDC’s acting chief executive officer, Mr Albert Chivanga told the legislators that he only assumed office in March this year, highlighting that his team will launch an investigation into the unaccounted funds. The chairperson of the parliamentary public accounts committee, Ms Paurina Mpariwa said they were not happy with the answers given by the Mwenezi RDC, concerning the missing funds citing that they have given the RDC until Friday next week to present a report on the issue. “This process we are carrying out today comes after a report by the Auditor General that RDC’s are not performing according to the laid...

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Dr Mushohwe consoles Cde Charamba

The Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Dr Chris Mushohwe who is on duty in Geneva Switzerland has sent a message of condolence to Cde George Charamba following the passing on of his wife. In a statement to the ZBC News, Dr Mushohwe said; “I have learnt with shock and disbelief of the painful and untimely death of Idaishe Olivia Charamba the late dear wife of Cde Charamba the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services and Presidential spokesperson”. “Cde Charamba you have done everything humanly possible for your dear and precious wife but her creator God has called her home,” said Dr Mushohwe. Dr Mushowe said; “The entire Ministry on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, her parastatals and public enterprises and indeed my family and I convey our profound condolences to Cde Charamba, the children and the entire Charamba family. May her soul rest in...

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Cde Charamba’s wife, Olivia dies

Presidential spokesperson and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Cde George Charamba has lost his wife Mrs Idaishe Olivia Charamba who died at Westend Hospital in Harare today. Mrs Charamba who was a lawyer by profession succumbed to liver complications. She was 45. Family spokesperson, Mr Tinayeshe Mutazu says Mrs Charamba’s body will be taken to Rafingora tomorrow for burial on Tuesday. Cde Charamba who was at pain to narrate the difficult time his late wife went through described the death of Mrs Charamba as a huge loss to his family. Mourners including top government officials, media practitioners, friends and relatives are gathered at number 2 Helsdon road Alexander Park in Harare. Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation board has paid its condolences to the Charamba family on the sad loss of Mrs Idaishe Olivia...

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Power FM, Spar raise US$16k for Childline

It was a fun packed family day filled with colour, laughter and games all in aid of children’s rights at the Spar Rainbow Run held in partnership with ZBC’s Power FM in aid of Childline Zimbabwe. The Spar Rainbow Run started with a five and ten kilometre road race for all age groups. There were also games to keep the whole family entertained. Speaking to ZBC News the managing director of Spar Zimbabwe, Terence Yeatman highlighted the importance of promoting children’s rights. ZBC’s Power FM also partnered with Spar Zimbabwe to make the event a success. The event managed to raise US$16 000 towards the purchasing of vehicles for Childline Zimbabwe. The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Prisca Mupfumira saluted the organisers and all those who took part in the event. Childline Zimbabwe is a child rights, private voluntary organisation which employs a rights-based approach throughout its activities addressing sexual and gender-based violence as well as sexual and reproductive health...

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Headman Nyamangara buried

The late Headman, Nyamangara who died in an accident last week in Banket has been laid to rest at his rural homestead in Zvimba. Headman Stanly Kurovahufa Nyamangara died following a head on collision involving his Nissan Saloon vehicle and a Nissan Vannette, in Banket last week. He was Headman since 2006 and was under Chief Zvimba. Addressing mourners ahead of burial, Chief Zvimba described the late Headman as a traditional leader who was forthright and a man of good moral standing who desired to see unity within the Gushungo clan. Minister of Home Affairs and Zvimba North legislator, Dr Ignatius Chombo said he worked with the late Headman for 20 years and admired his zeal to embrace and implement government policies. Dr Chombo however called on the Ministry of Transport to put up speed regulations compelling motorists to slow down in Banket, saying many lives have been lost at the same spot where Headman Nyamangara was involved in the fatal accident. The late Headman Nyamangara is survived by his wife, 10 children, 25 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was...

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Govt warns artisanal miners

Government has warned that it will take stern measures against those causing violent disturbances within the informal mining sector. The warning follows recent violent battles at Etna Mine near Kadoma where scores of artisanal miners were seriously injured following clashes between two rival groups fighting over control of shafts. Mines and Mining Development Minister, Cde Walter Chidhakwa said the violent clashes in the informal mining sector are a threat to national security and will not be allowed to continue unchecked. He said mining is about peaceful extraction of mineral resources for the benefit of individuals and the country, adding...

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