Day: July 9, 2017

Shun mercenary attitude, war vets told

War veterans should shun being used as mercenaries by some people seeking to advance their own political interests, the Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Political Detainees and Restrictees, Cde Tshinga Dube has said. In an interview on the sidelines of the provincial conference of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Associations Manicaland Chapter, Cde Dube said there is no reason for former freedom fighters to be divided. He said the former freedom fighters must speak with one voice on matters of their welfare and empowerment. The national chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa said focus is to transform the lives of war veterans from welfare state to entrepreneurs who can contribute meaningfully to the country’s economic development. Turning to the 2018 harmonised elections, Ambassador Mutsvangwa said the former freedom fighters are determined to campaign for the ruling party Zanu PF saying war veterans are conscious about the need to retain political power. The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Manicaland Provincial Conference was attended by former freedom fighters from the eight political districts of...

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Chiwundura by-election campaign in full swing

Zanu PF Midlands Province campaign to retain the Chiwundura constituency is now in full swing with the provincial leadership confident of retaining the parliamentary seat. The party leadership is throwing its full weight behind the party’s candidate for the constituency Cde Brown Ndlovu. Thousands of Zanu PF supporters attended a campaign rally in Chaminuka district along Matopo road  where legislator for Chirumhanzu Zibagwe constituency, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa and Zanu PF national deputy secretary for administration, Cde July Moyo urged the electorate to vote for a tried and tested party that has a traceable record of empowering people. Zanu PF aspiring candidate for Chiwundura constituency, Cde Ndlovu who expressed optimism that he will win  the parliamentary seat promised development and to be accountable to the electorate. The by election to select a new member of parliament for Chiwundura constituency will be held on the 15th of this month. Candidates contesting in the by election are Takudzwa Kuzete – NCA, Brighton Mudzwiti – Free Zimbabwe Congress, Webster Zulu – Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe and Zanu PF’s Cde Ndlovu. The Chiwundura seat fell vacant following the death of Cde Kizito Chivamba in April this...

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Warriors lift 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup

The Zimbabwe Warriors posted a 3-1 win over old time rivals Zambia to be crowned champions of the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup tournament at the Royal Bafokeng Palace in South Africa today. Zimbabwe becomes the first team to lift the COSAFA Cup for a record fifth time. The fiercely contested encounter started off at a fair pace with Zambia dominating in the early stages. Zimbabwe slowly picked up and both teams created chances which they however failed to convert. Zimbabwe broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute when Knox Mutizwa headed home. The Warriors continued to pile on the...

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Govt optimistic Bubi tillage programme will improve yields

The Acting President Cde Phelekezela Mphoko has expressed optimism that the tillage programme which has kicked off in Bubi district will further improve food security in the country. He was speaking during a visit to Nkenyane village in the district, to assess the beginning of the tillage programme. As government continues to make efforts to improve agricultural activities in the country, the tillage programme has been rolled out and is targeted to be completed in four wards by the end of November this year. Four tractors have been provided for the programme and the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development is expected to supply four motor bikes that will be used by the Agritex officers operating in the four wards. The Acting President visited the district to assess the operations and called on those involved in the tillage programme to work together and ensure that no one vandalises or steals the equipment. “we want these tractors to last for as long as possible, even up to years. So let us work together and i can assure you that when we have prepared ourselves, we will surely reap a better harvest than what we got this year,” he said. The people involved in the tillage programme said communal farmers are satisfied with the government initiative, adding it will not only enhance food security but eradicate poverty in the country....

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Govt launches tillage programme

The government has launched the 2017 tillage programme which seeks to improve agricultural production among communal farmers during the 2017/2018 summer cropping season. The launch focused on four wards in Bubi district as a pilot project before it is rolled out to the rest of the country. The tillage programme was rolled out last year in Bubi district ward one covering 26 hectares which yielded 32.75 tonnes of maize. In ward ten, 147 hectares was covered which yielded 158.5 tonnes of maize while ward twelve harvested 90 tonnes from 44 hectares. Ward 14 had the largest returns of 186...

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Local authorities not meeting obligations: ZINWA

The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) says the failure by local authorities to pay for water is adversely affecting operations. Briefing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment, Water, Tourism and Hospitality Industry at Wenimbi dam in Mashonaland East, ZINWA director engineering and hydrological services, Engineer Taurai Maurukira said after supplying water to Marondera they are realising around US$1 800 monthly. Engineer Maurukira said they are supplying Marondera with around 13 mega litres daily with an unbalanced cost structure affecting operations. The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment, Water, Tourism and Hospitality Industry chairman, Cde Wonder Mashange said there is need for stakeholders to reach consensus on the issue, given the centrality water plays in people’s lives. As of the 31st of December 2016, ZINWA was owed more than US$146 million by various entities including local...

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Oriel, Vainona to represent Harare at Copa Coca Cola

Oriel Boys are back at the Copa Coca Cola national finals after winning the Harare Provincial finals held at Vainona yesterday. Oriel beat Malborough 1-0 in the final to book a place at the national finals set for Bindura on the 21st and 22nd of this month. Vainona will represent Harare Province in the girls category after a 2-0 victory over Glenview 1. Oriel Boys and Vainona will join other provincial finalists in the under 15  category who qualified yesterday. The two teams had to shrug off competition at the provincial tournament held in Harare which had nine teams in the boys category and nine teams in the girls category. The head in charge of football Harare Metropolitan Province, Ropafadzo Matemavi said the tournament is a platform to select a team that will represent the province at the national finals in Bindura.    ...

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Seven athletes set for IAAF World U18 championships

Seven Zimbabwean athletes are set to leave the country tomorrow for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World U18 championships scheduled for Kenya from the 12th to the 16th of this month at the Moi International Sports Centre. Coach Brian Nhubu said he is confident that the athletes are ready and geared to conquer the world at the tournament. 16 year old Mazoe High School student Tapiwa Makarau who is going to participate in the 200m race and Vimbai Masvoreva together with Arage Mutombo from Mashonaland West said despite it being the first time to be part of this prestigious tournament they are confident of bringing a gold medal back home. Former St George’s sprinter Alfred Chaonza who is now based in the USA together with South African based Donovan Mutariswa who scooped a gold medal at the just ended Africa Junior Championships in Algeria in a 400 * 100 metre relay will join the Zimbabwe team in Kenya. The 2017 edition will be the last edition of the IAAF World U18 championships after the IAAF council decided to discontinue the...

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Students fight against drug abuse

In an effort to fight against rising cases of drug abuse, early child marriages and pregnancies and HIV and AIDS, Nyameni High School has spearheaded the establishment of a Marondera district educational forum to come up with strategies to fight against the challenges. Nyameni High School head boy, Kundai Masache said the forum is meant to produce a learner who is disciplined, innovative and self reliant and free from drug abuse. An 18 member committee made up of students from Nyameni High, Nagle House, Corner Stone College, Cherutombo High, Mahusekwa High, Eagle Tanning, Rakodzi High, Marondera High and two members of staff was selected to lead the forum with Masache as the chairperson. The launch was also attended by the ZRP and Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community...

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22 statutory instruments under spotlight

ZimTrade is advocating for the review of 22 statutory instruments as a way of addressing the ease of doing export business in the country. In a bid to address the ease of doing export business, ZimTrade put in place two committees to spearhead the process with one doing export regulations, procedures and permits and the other one on export capacity. While progress has been made by the two thematic committees, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure all the impediments to exports business are addressed. In an interview ZimTrade chief executive officer,...

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