Day: July 12, 2017

Provincial hero, Cde Vela buried

Provincial liberation hero, Cde Japhter Vela, who died last Saturday, has been buried at the Harare Provincial Heroes Acre at Warren Hills cemetery. Hundreds thronged the heroes acre to bid farewell to Cde Vela. Representing Harare Minister of State Cde Miriam Chikukwa, the Deputy Director in her office, Mr Ignatius Mungure described the late Cde Vela as a devoted and hardworking man who was loyal and worked for his country until his time of death Friends, relatives and workmates chronicled the enormous contribution that Cde vela made in the liberation of Zimbabwe as well as in the corporate world. Cde Vela, whose Chimurenga name was Nevson Mbedzi, joined the liberation struggle in 1976. After independence, Cde Vela work in many capacities in the security sector before retiring to become an A2 farmer in Mashonaland West Province. He is survived by wife, Claris and 6 children and 5 grandchildren...

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Govt works on DNA evidence legislation

Stakeholder consultations on the development of legislation to help regulate the application of DNA evidence in both civil and criminal matters have began in Harare. The use of DNA evidence is an established science that has proved to be a useful tool in the investigation of both civil and criminal cases. Acting Prosecutor General, Advocate Ray Goba said prosecution of complex cases is affected by lack of evidence and DNA evidence legislation is very critical for justice to prevail. Africa Institute of Bio-Medical Science and Technology DNA Testing Centre Chief Scientist, Professor Colleen Masimirembwa said the new bill will motivate the government to build capacity on forensic technology. “The law will be critical in the investigation of crimes where DNA profiles will assist the criminal justice system,” he said. Analysts believe that the DNA bill  will transform the justice delivery system. A DNA sample is an extract from biological samples such as blood, saliva, hair, tissue or seminal fluids and no two individuals have the same DNA...

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Major boost for radioactive material disposal

Zimbabwe is set to have a state of the art disposal facility for radioactive material following an injection of $350 000 by the government, amid moves to improve human and environmental protection. The construction of a modern waste management facility for disused radioactive sources is set to commence following the funding to the Radiation Protection Agency of Zimbabwe. Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony for the facility, the Minister of Policy Coordination and Promotion of Socio-Economic Ventures in the President’s Office, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said safeguarding nuclear and radioactive sources is important as the materials can cause serious environmental...

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Zanu PF braces for Chiwundura by-election

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged thousands of Zanu PF supporters in Chiwundura to rally behind Cde Brown Ndlovu, the party’s candidate for the Chiwundura by-election set for this Saturday. Thousands of Zanu PF supporters flocked to Muchakata business centre for the party’s star rally. As early as 7.am hordes of supporters could be seen streaming into the venue with others arriving in lorries and buses. Revolutionary party songs and dances entertained the crowd as they waited for the address by Cde Mnangagwa, who was in the company of the party’s National Political Commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere. Cde Mnangagwa...

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Protests not way to go: ZEC

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says political parties must desist from engaging in protests as they will not change any democratic electoral processes in the country. ZEC Chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau said while it is political parties’ democratic right to demonstrate, protests over electoral reforms or any other issues are not the option to solve matters as dialogue can achieve that. She expressed disappointment that after all the dialogue it had extended to the political parties, the MDC-T saw the option of protests as a measure of redress. Attempts by the MDC-T youth league to stage an unsanctioned demonstration...

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Don’t rely on govt funding, sport associations told

National associations and the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) should not just look to treasury for funding but engage corporates and the private sector for partnerships. This was said by the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane during a press conference to celebrate outstanding performances of various national sport teams. The Minister implored sports associations to look at resource mobilisation seriously and consider seeking partnerships and not wait for donations alone. He said as a ministry, they were discussing a lot of funding models for the development of sport and recreation in the country. Hlongwane promised to reward...

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Sables Trust launched

The Zimbabwe senior men’s rugby team, the Sables have partnered Titan Law, who through a trust independent of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) will support the national team during the current Africa Gold Cup campaign in their quest to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in Japan. The trust has already paid for all the air tickets and other transport costs for the players called up for national duty around the world as well as accommodation, meals and will also pay the players’ match and camp allowances related to the Africa Gold Cup campaign. Zimbabwe needs to stay in its group this year and win the group next year if they are to automatically qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Major contributors to the trust have been Titan Law, Portnex International and Zeuttew Resources, and have underwritten travel, food, kit, accommodation and related expenses nearing US$100 000. Other sponsors and donors have also indicated their willingness to support the Sables’ cause. The trust will have an independent bank account and external auditors to account to those well-wishers and sponsors seeking to support the sables quest to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Zimbabwe last qualified for the Rugby World Cup in 1991. They travel to Namibia this Wednesday evening for a weekend match, host Kenya on the 22nd of July in Bulawayo and Tunisia in...

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Myths behind vasectomy

In the traditional Zimbabwean set up, the practice of family planning is always the prerogative of the woman. While men can also adopt family planning methods such as the use of vasectomy, just the mention of the idea raises a fierce debate among men. Marriage is a partnership of two people and decisions are made in unison. While most families agree on the numbers of children they want, it appears it is the woman’s burden to ensure that the agreement is adhered to. For most men, the assumption is that that they want to remain with potency. Women thus have to take up the family planning initiatives, yet men too can, once satisfied with the numbers of children, they can use the permanent family planning method of vasectomy. The suggestion of ever considering vasectomy prompts most men to put on their religious coats as they argue that their fertility can only be terminated by God. Times have changed and while vasectomy may be a modern family planning method, just how did men of yester-year managed issues of family planning. Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception. Traditionally, most African countries do not permit permanent sterilization as it is deemed to be against the cultural tradition. They say it takes two to tango, but when it comes to contraceptives, it is certainly a woman’s...

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Vic Falls old people’s home appeals for assistance

Chinotimba Old People’s Home in Victoria Falls is seeking well-wishers’ support in the renovations of some facilities, provision of medical services and construction of the matron’s quarters. Home to 15 old people from different countries including Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi, Chinotimba has made a passionate plea for well-wishers’ support in completion of renovation works and the construction of matron’s quarters. Chinotimba Association of Destitutes and the Aged (CHADA) Chairperson, Mr Goodbye Chikwengeya said access of health services for the elderly remains a major challenge and highlighted the organisation’s desire to have a matron at the centre to look after the old people. Gogo Esther Mpofu, who joined the centre a few years ago, said she is grateful for the support that the institution has received over the years particularly from the tourism players in the resort town but appealed for more food stuffs and access to better health services. Some well-wishers were able to facilitate the installation of a 5000 litre water tank at the centre, while the Office of the President and Cabinet also donated chairs which are being used by the residents. One of the employees at the centre, Rebecca Msimanga said apart from getting assistance from the donors, the organisation has on its part been instrumental in coming up with some income generating projects including a vegetable garden. Registered in 1979, the centre has the capacity...

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Chipinge records 15k malaria cases

Chipinge district has recorded an alarming 15 000 cases of Malaria so far this year with at least 20 people having died from the disease. Chipinge District Hospital Medical Officer, Dr Brain Makumbe said 2017 has been a bad year in terms of malaria control with Chipinge district recording an abnormal increase in malaria cases. Dr Makumbe added that some of the main risk factors that have resulted in the increase of cases include increased mobility of people following the Renamo disturbances in Mozambique,  weather conditions and reluctance by the community to take precautionary measures, among other factors. He said control of malaria remains everyone’s responsibility and urged the community to utilise mosquito nets provided by health institutions as well as allowing the spraying of their houses to control malaria. Zimbabwe is among countries in the region that are battling to reduce malaria...

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