Day: May 30, 2017

President Mugabe mourns Cde Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu

President Robert Mugabe has described the death of veteran nationalist, Cde Naison Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu as a terrible loss to the entire nation. The former Zanu PF Politburo member, Cde Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu, died in Bulawayo yesterday at the age of 86 after a long battle with cancer. In his condolence message, President Mugabe said he learnt with a deep sense of shock and sorrow of the death Cde Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu. “While he has not been well for quite some time, we prayed all along for his speedy recovery. His untimely death is a terrible loss to his family, his party...

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Indian Embassy to host International Day of Yoga festival

The Embassy of India in Zimbabwe will hold the International Day of Yoga festival in different provinces of the country next month. The day will see participants engaging in different forms of body postures to create unity of the mind and the body for healthy living. Speaking to the ZBC News, Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ransui Masakui said with the current trend of lifestyles, Yoga is relevant in the prevention of and management of stress induced and other lifestyle related disorders. Ambassador Masakui said a number of activities have been lined up from the 10th to the 24th of June for the festival. The draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly and endorsed by 175 member...

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Mash Central provincial fire campaign launched

A provincial fire awareness campaign has been launched in Mashonaland Central amid calls for combined efforts in combating veld fires. This comes as the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has started rolling out fire awareness campaigns as the fire season, which starts from the 1st of July to the 31st of    October approaches. Officially launching the fire awareness campaign at Munhenga Primary School in Muzarabani, the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Advocate Martin Dinha expressed concern over the increase in veld fire incidences in the province. Mashonaland Central Provincial Environmental Manager, Robert Rwafa appealed for    deterrent punishment against violators...

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International firms bid to partner NRZ

Over 53 international firms have shown interests in partnering the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) after they graced the bulk carrier’s pre-bid conference which set the tone for an open tender process that will close on the 4th of next month. The parastatal’s troubles could soon come to an end after government’s recent move to allow the national bulk carrier to find a private partner got a massive boost as international investors came in their numbers to outline their interests in the NRZ pre-budget conference. Speaking to the ZBC News on the sidelines of the pre-bid conference, the Permanent...

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Malawian traditional healer causes stir in Harare

A Malawian born Harare based traditional healer, Kamwelo Banda has caused a stir at his Cranborne shrine where surprisingly hundreds are flocking daily. The art of black magic and voodoo practices usually makes unbelievers of traditional medicinal practices cringe, but the promise of good fortune is luring many. As early as 0900hrs when the ZBC News visited Sekuru Kamwelo band shrine in Wilmington Park in Cranborne, scores of people, most of who however denied being captured on camera, were queuing up booking for an appointment. The shrine is replete with traditional medicine and hideous looking ornaments mainly red, black and white in colour. Sekuru Kamwelo through his assistant, Sambiri said he hails from Mangoli Katuli village in Malawi and confesses to have been refined in the traditional spiritual craft at Ghana’s Gemesa University for 4 years. He claimed that the profession of traditional medicine has been passed on in their family from generation to generation, hence his capability to converse with marine and ancestral spirits to solve people’s problems. While the claims are difficult to verify scientifically, the bizarre rituals have a following moreso with the traditional healer claiming that among his areas of specialisation is making thieves to return property to its rightful owners and reining in cheaters in relationships. Another shocking claim by the sorcerer is that some church leaders of different denominations book appointments to be...

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Sulumani in court for maintenance default

Sungura musician, Sulumani Chimbetu appeared before a Harare magistrate facing charges of failure to pay maintenance in violation of the Maintenance Act chapter 5:09 and he was granted US$50 bail. Chimbetu in April defaulted on his US$800 monthly obligation for the upkeep of his two minor children he sired with former wife, Marigold Rutendo Mutemasango, in violation of a court order granted on 19 December last year. Magistrate Anniah Ndiraya granted Chimbetu US$50 bail and remanded the matter to the 8th of...

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Masvingo Command Fisheries Programme launched

The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Cde Shuvai Mahofa has launched the Provincial Command Fisheries Programme at Tokwe Mukosi dam. The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has supplied the second batch of Nile bream fingerlings that will form the seed for other dams in the province. Speaking during handover ceremony, the authority’s Acting Director General, Mr Geoffrey Matipano said the target is to stock the dam with 1,5 million fingerlings. Cde Shuvai Mahofa highlighted that Tokwe Mukosi dam will be used as a fish production centre for Masvingo province. “The off springs from these fingerlings...

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Command livestock programme to increase beef exports

The introduction of command farming in livestock production could rekindle hope of reviving the lucrative beef exports for Zimbabwe and earn the country the much needed foreign currency. Zimbabwean beef, which used to have a huge quota on the European Union (EU) market, remains on high demand in that part of the world and other regions such as Asia, China and the Middle East. Interviews with beef dealers and livestock production specialists in Harare revealed that producers need to increase productivity and meet the required international hygienic standards, while ensuring competitiveness. It was also noted that farmers need to...

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20k cattle vaccinated against anthrax in Binga

The Veterinary Services Department has vaccinated more than 20 000 cattle as part of the move to reduce cases of anthrax in Matabeleland North Province. 8000 of these were vaccinated in Binga following the death of 20 hippos from the disease between the end of March and the beginning of April. The hippos shared the same grazing pastures with the livestock in the local community. According to Matabeleland North Provincial Veterinary Officer, Dr Polex Moyo, the programme was spread to areas such as Nkayi north, Tsholotsho, Lupane and parts of Binga, which are traditionally known to have an outbreak...

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Kuwadzana woman touches many lives

A 55-year-old Kuwadzana Extension woman has with minimal resources touched the lives of orphans and vulnerable people through an organisation founded nine years ago. A bird’s eye view would paint a picture of a mere shed possibly used as a store room in Harare’s Kuwadzana Extension. Further scrutiny however leads to the realisation that what appears to be a worthless shed is a centre dedicated to assist the needy such as orphans, the elderly and other vulnerable groups. Getrude Mapara, a family therapist and founder of Succeed Integrated People’s Organisation, said a burning desire to help the vulnerable groups in society has been the driving force of a grouping that has transformed the lives of many in the high density suburb. One of the members of the organisation, Clara Gombiro said the grouping has brought relief to many. Basic home based care skills training, counseling and taking care of orphans, the elderly and people living with disabilities have been some of the initiatives of an organisation that seeks to touch the lives of those in...

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