Day: July 8, 2017

Evicted farmers in a quandary

Over 150 families evicted from Stanely and Dorithmore farm in Chegutu about ten days ago are in a quandary as they remain homeless and are still camped by the road side. The families were evicted following an order granted by the High Court in favour of Mr Samuel Nhakaniso. Some of the evicted A1 farmers said they have been at the farm since 2007 while others claim to have been occupying the land since 2013. They said authorities in the district have for long been promising to grant them tenure documents, which were not forthcoming, leading to the crisis they now find themselves in. Among those evicted is Mr Oliver Bwititi who has a valid offer letter. The rest however do not have the tenure documents. The families have now sought shelter in a bush where they are staying in shacks without water, while the living conditions are not ideal for children, some of whom are sleeping in the open, enduring current low temperatures. According to the law, it is illegal to occupy state land for agricultural purposes without the express permission of land allocating...

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Zanu PF Manicaland leadership crisis resolved

The Zanu PF Manicaland provincial leadership has unanimously endorsed the Politburo recommendations that Dr Samuel Undenge is the bonafide provincial chairman of the party and that the vote of no confidence passed on him was null and void. The provincial leadership met in Mutare under the auspices of the provincial co-ordination committee meeting and deliberated on a number of issues. In an interview after the meeting, Zanu PF Manicaland provincial secretary for administration, Cde Kenneth Saruchera said the provincial leadership unanimously endorsed the politburo recommendations which resolved the provincial leadership crisis and set aside the vote of no confidence passed on provincial chairman, Dr Undenge. Speaking at the same occasion the Zanu PF Politiburo member and National Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Kudzi Chipanga said with the 2018 elections around the corner there is need for leadership to bury personal differences and work together for the party. Manicaland Minister of State, Cde Mandi Chimene briefed the delegates about the command agriculture programme and the Chimoio shrine visit scheduled for next month. The provincial co-ordination meeting was attended by Politburo, Central Committee, National Consultative Assembly members and other members of Zanu...

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Radio Zim shines in Chipinge

Business at Checheche growth point  temporarily came to a standstill as thousands of  listeners attended ZBC’s Radio Zimbabwe roadshow in Chipinge Manicaland Province. The listeners who were in a jovial mood had a chance to interact and dance as they celebrated​ the presence of the station in their area. The listeners who came from Chipinge district and nearby areas including Mozambique hailed the country’s leading station for affording them an opportunity to interact with their favourite radio personalities. Radio Zimbabwe presenters Patricia Jacob, Season Ndundu and Hazvinei Sakarombe thanked the fans for supporting the station and urged them to remain loyal to the station promising exciting and informative programmes. Radio Zimbabwe station manager, Albert Chekayi urged advertisers to take advantage of Radio Zimbabwe’s popularity to advertise their businesses as they are assured of good response from clients. The road shows by Radio Zimbabwe are now known for attracting thousands with the station scheduled to hold many shows to increase its interaction with...

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Salvation Army to build first school in Manicaland

The construction of the first ever Salvation Army School in Manicaland has begun and the primary school which is situated in Hobhouse in Mutare district is expected to open its doors for enrolment beginning 2018. The ground breaking ceremony of Sekuru Sunday Primary School in Hobhouse area in Mutare marks the commencement of the construction process of the first Salvation Army School in Manicaland Province. The Minister of State for Manicaland Province, Cde Mandi Chimene challenged religious organisations to forge strong ties with the government in championing development. Salvation Army territorial programme secretary, Colonel Trustmore Muzorori said the church is committed to promoting development through the establishment of schools. Under phase one four classroom blocks, teachers houses are expected to be completed by year...

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Zaka set to have an orphanage, half way house

Zaka is set to have an orphanage as well as a half way house that will cater for the less privileged while at the same time ensure the center is self sustained through various income generating projects. The initiative, which is being spearheaded by the Nhaka Yavatema Heritage Trust saw a fundraising dinner being held in the capital with calls for Zimbabweans to support the less privileged in the society. Nhaka Yavatema Heritage Trust founder, Bishop Tichaona Maume said while the country may be facing numerous difficulties, many people forget that those who may be in the rural and in many instances marginalised areas, may be facing greater difficulties and thus also require a helping hand. Bishop Maume also suggested the need to ensure that as a nation funds are pooled to ensure orphans and other vulnerable groups access education, healthcare, food, shelter as well as other needs. There have been increased calls that the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare also gets more funding in the national budget as the number of people requiring social services has also increased. Furthermore, programmes such as the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) also require...

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Suspected murderer remanded in custody

A 22 year old Gwanda man Honest Moyo suspected of murdering a mentally ill man for ritual purposes has appeared in court and denied the allegations levelled against him. Moyo who is accused murdering Mduna last month has disowned his warned and cautioned statement alleging that he was tortured by the police and crucial information had been omitted. Moyo of Mawane area in Guyu was in court before Gwanda magistrate, Mr Obedience Matare. In his earlier statement the accused said he had found the dead man whom he admitted to beheading and removing private parts, before burying  the mutilated body in a shallow grave. After the act Moyo said he went to look for one Cosmas Zhou at Geelong mine who had requested the parts promising to pay US$25 000. The initial statement further states that after failing to locate Zhou, the suspect took the head and private parts to his home in Mawane were he was arrested after his cousin saw him with the body parts. However, in the confirmation statement form, Moyo disowned the statement claiming that police left out crucial elements that he did not commit the offence but found some people killing the now deceased, Mduna. The killers whom the suspect claims to have seen are said to have run away. Moyo also claims to have made the statement under duress as he was allegedly...

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Sport critical in uniting society: VP Mnangagwa

Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has hailed sport for its power to unite society and mobilise much funds needed for charity. He was speaking at the 21st anniversary of the Republic Cup horse race in Harare today. Zimbabwe’s biggest charity horse race the Republic Cup turned 21 amid pomp and fanfare, with the business community being challenged to develop a strong will to give back to the less privileged members of society. Officiating at the event Vice President Mnangagwa said the young generation of Zimbabwe should develop a culture of giving to the underprivileged as demonstrated by the older...

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ZPCS Team Mashonaland targets SADC games

Three provinces battled it out in the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) tournament held in Harare today to come up with a team  that will represent the region at the Commissioner General of Police (CGP) sports week set for Ntabazinduna from the 25th to the 30th of this month. The team is however looking beyond the CGP sports week and is targeting the SADC games said Chief Correctional Services officer, Solomon Mutamba. Three provinces, Harare Metropolitan, Mashonaland Central and West participated in the ZPCS tournament competing in different sporting disciplines that include athletics, soccer, netball, chess, darts, tug of war, tennis, pool and volleyball. The sporting extravaganza has become an annual event aimed at having physically fit and alert prison...

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Judiciary officers urged to shun corruption

Chief magistrate, Mishrod Guvamombe has deplored corruption saying the practice should be nipped in the bud for effective justice delivery system in the country. The justice delivery system in the country is being hampered by corrupt elements within the system whose underhand dealings behind the scenes are compromising the country’s integrity on the judicial arm of government. Addressing delegates during the swearing in ceremony of a new magistrate, Miss Rachel Mukanga at the Bulawayo provincial magistrates, Mr Guvamombe said his department will take the necessary steps against corrupt elements. “Our stance against corruption is well documented. Never be tempted to make corrupt decisions. Any magistrate who engages in corruption is not worth to be a judiciary officer. If you are caught, all the years of toiling at university will come to naught,” said Mr Guvamombe. The law society will help government in the fight against corruption by continuing to deregister lawyers who engage in corrupt activities says a councillor of the organisation, Mr Godfrey Nyoni. The swearing-in of Miss Mukanga brings to 194 the number of magistrates country wide against the 250 needed for effective justice delivery in the...

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Mash West gears up for Presidential Youth Interface rally

The Zanu PF Mashonaland West Province is warming up to the impending Presidential Youth Interface rally and is making the necessary preparations for the big event, which is expected to attract 100 000 people. In his feedback report to the provincial coordinating committee on progress made so far towards preparing for the interface rally, Lands and Resettlement Minister, Dr Douglas Mombeshora said the event will be held at the Chinhoyi University of Technology sports grounds adding that a committee tasked to mobilise resources is already on ground. He said transport logistics are being arranged with 30 000 litres of fuel having already been secured while the National Railways of Zimbabwe will provide a train to ferry some of the youths who will attend the rally. Meanwhile, the Zanu PF Secretary for Administration, Dr Ignatius Chombo said the date for the rally will be announced in due course. He took the occasion to call on those who were once on suspension from carrying out party business, and are yet to know their fate to write to him so that their cases can be dealt with. He reminded party members to prepare themselves for next year’s elections but warned that interested candidates should not start campaigning now as the criteria for qualification is not yet set. Presidential Youth Interface rallies have been held in Mashonaland East, Manicaland and Masvingo...

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