Month: June 2017

Harare pastor jailed 28 years for rape

A 39-year-old cleric for Harare based His Grace Ministries, Onbert Mapfumo, has been jailed 28 years for rape. Mapfumo made headlines when he admitted to rape in a live radio programme. After his conviction by Harare magistrate, Hoseah Mujaya, Mapfumo will for the next 22 years rue the day he swayed from the alter and opted to take advantage of one of his flock by raping her twice. Mapfumo was initially jailed for 28 years on both counts of rape before Mr Mujaya suspended six years on condition he does not commit a similar offence. Mr Mujaya also jailed...

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Parly Speaker slams ZHRC

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda has castigated the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) for failing to fully discharge its constitutional mandate. This came out at the celebration of a status accreditation of the organisation by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institution. Section 244 of the constitution of Zimbabwe mandates the ZHRC to follow up on cases of human rights abuse and ensure they are resolved. It is against this background that Advocate Mudenda reminded the commission to stand guided by the provisions of the constitution if the organisation is to gain public confidence....

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Warriors in quarter-finals after Seychelles massacre

Zimbabwe’s Warriors thumped Seychelles 6-nil in the COSAFA Castle Cup match played in South Africa to set quarterfinal date with Swaziland. Captain Ovidy Karuru scored a hat-trick and substitute, Ocean Mushure a brace to ensure Zimbabwe’s passage to the quarter-finals ahead of Madagascar, who settled for second place in Group A on goal difference after beating Mozambique 4-1. Needing a convincing win, Karuru grabbed two goals in quick succession to give a the Warriors a 2-nil half-time lead. Youngster Prince Dube grabbed the third for the Warriors just after the break before Karuru completed his hat-trick. Substitute, Mushure converted...

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Be enterprising, President urges youths

President Robert Mugabe has urged youths to be enterprising and not wait for employment opportunities to avail themselves while they are sitted. Addressing thousands of party youths who thronged Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo for a rally dubbed the ‘Presidential Youth Interface,’ Cde Mugabe said youths must not sit on their laurels and wait for others to work for them. “I don’t want to hear any one saying there is no employment or I am unemployed, those who say so bring them to me so that I can laugh at them. What do you want to do, mining? there is...

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More incentives under Special Economic Zones

The government says it is crafting additional tax and non-tax incentives for investors under the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) with a statutory instrument expected to be gazetted soon. Zimbabwe is mulling an incentive package for investors which is comparable to none with the newly established SEZ board of directors having been tasked to craft additional tax and non-tax incentives to be gazette soon. The Minister of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Dr Obert Mpofu told captains of industry, who graced the 2017 Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) congress that the government will also consult business on the proposed extra incentives. The government has already ensured that the Finance Act of 2017 and Statutory Instrument 59 of 2017 refer to some of the incentives that will apply in the SEZs. The captains of industry urged the government to adopt a coordinated approach in the implementation of the concept and prioritisation of local investors’ participation in the SPZs. Among some of the outlined incentives for SEZs include exemption from corporate income tax for the first five years and special initial allowance for capital goods. The government has identified three SPZ pilot projects which are Sunway City in Harare, Bulawayo industrial and the Victoria Falls tourism and financial...

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Govt focus on new infrastructure in resettlements

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government is now focusing on buttressing the success of the Land Reform Programme through establishing basic infrastructure and key services which include educational and health facilities, drinking water and good road network in resettlement areas. He said this during the handover of new state of the art classroom blocks at Batanai Primary School in Headlands constituency. The new state of the art classroom blocks which were constructed by the District Development Fund (DDF) in 2014 has transformed the learning environment of the 482 pupils who used to learn in make shift farm house classroom facilities. The new school infrastructure constructed to the tune of US$104 000 was made possible through community involvement with the DDF providing all the construction materials and the technocrats. Vice President Mnangagwa, who was represented by the Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Professor Paul Mavima said resettlement under the Land Reform Programme imposes a huge development responsibility and called on local authorities to take concrete measures towards development of public facilities. “The government has made huge investment in the education sector since 1980 and today the country takes pride in being recognised for that,” he said, adding that the new education curriculum will equip school leavers with entrepreneurial skills. Speaking at the same occasion, the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge said the government...

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LIVE: Masvingo Presidential Youth Interface

UPDATES BY: Thembinkosi Mangena, Josephine Mugiyo and Tawanda Chitete 16:44 – The Minister of State for Masvingo Province, Cde Shuval Mahofa gives a vote of thanks before Cde Chipanga announces that the next Presidential Interface rally is set for Matabeleland North Province on 14 July 2017. 16:38 – Cde Mugabe concludes his address by recalling the legacy of peace and unity left behind by former vice presidents; Dr Joshua Nkomo and Cde John Landa Nkomo. 16:27 – “When differences arise, sit down, discuss and refer them to us, and we don’t want fights,” President Mugabe. 16:26 – “Europe has...

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Caps preps in shambles ahead of Zamalek tie

The Caps United camp is putting up a brave face despite unfavourable fortunes in the CAF Champions League. A marathon meeting to resolve sticky issues was also held this morning. The turbulence has been rough for Caps United who just this Tuesday succumbed to a surprise 2-nil defeat to newboys Yadah FC let alone the disappointing losses in the champions league. A visit to the team’s training venue revealed the Green Machine engaged in a lengthy meeting in an effort to iron out issues with club chief executive officer, Cuthbert Chitima saying all grievances are being attended to. “I don’t  think the issue of salaries is something new to anyone living in Zimbabwe considering that we are talking about a one month salary while some have gone for some months without anything,” said Chitima. Chitima reiterated that coach Lloyd Chitembwe is there to stay and confirmed Dennis Dauda’s move to PSL newcomers Yadah. Caps United assistant coach Fungai Tostao Kwashi said the Green Machine is upbeat ahead of the Zamalek tie on Sunday. “Everyone is upbeat and we are optimistic we will progress to the next level,” he said. Kwashi also revealed that the trio of shot stopper Edmore Sibanda , Ronald Pfumbidzai and Tafadzwa Rusike have started  training. Makepekepe face Zamalek in a make-or-break encounter at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday. The Green Machine are at the...

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Zim challenged to promote provincial economies

The private sector has been called upon to join hands with the state in the establishment of vibrant provincial economies anchored on agriculture activities in line with the national goal of achieving inclusive as well as sustainable economic growth. Zimbabwe which is seeking to achieve improved competitiveness has been challenged to promote and harness provincial comparative advantages in the agriculture sector. This emerged at the ongoing 2017 Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) annual congress. Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Cde Paddy Zhanda told the gathering that key to unlocking the potential of the agriculture sector lies in the promotion of provincial economies anchored on the agro-related activities such as baking, milling and dairy farming. According to the cabinet minister, the support from the private sector has been disappointing and encouraged industry to increase funding towards the agriculture which is the source of most raw materials for the manufacturing industry. ARDA board chairperson, Mr Basil Nyabadza highlighted the need for a value chain approach and increased research in boosting productivity across the sector. Meanwhile, the government has assured the private sector of its sound policy interventions geared at stimulating increased activities in the agriculture sector and consolidating the gains registered to...

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FC Platinum unveil Chinyama

Premiership side FC Platinum has unveiled its new acquisition striker Takesure Chinyama who is expected to boost the teams strike-force. FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza has not hidden his disappointment of the goal drought in his team. The coach who just this week hinted his side will go on a shopping spree this window period confirmed this intention as FC Platinum unveiled the formidable Chinyama today. Mapeza also raised the red flag saying there is a national crisis of goals at the moment. Chinyama is expected to bolster the Zvishavane based side frontline. The striker known for his lethal instinct sais those who will judge him on his age, are making a grave mistake. The man who scored 26 goals in the just ended Polish season said he is Zimbabwe’s own Zlatan Ibrahimovich. Chinyama has previously plied his trade at local sides Dynamos, Monomotapa and at Orlando Pirates of South Africa as well as Polish division 3 club Plotorowk L.Z.K.S. Although there have been concerns over the bulky striker’s fitness, the 35  year old Chinyama insists he is fit enough to send shivers down the spines of many goalkeepers in the Castle Lager...

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