Day: July 15, 2017

Sport round up

Women Football Black Rhinos Queens 15 -0 Masvingo Queens (F.T) Weerams 1-1 Zvishavane Pirates Swallows 11-0 ZRP Harare Inline 1-0 Correctional New Orleans 5-1 Mufakose   International...

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Man beheads sister, two bodies decompose in huts

A 20-year old man from Mashonga village in Zvipani beheaded his blood sister yesterday in a ritual murder. Police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident. Isaac Mashonga is said to have been promised US$4000 by a local businessman if he brought a human’s head with which he wanted to boost his business. Mushonga then chopped off his sister’s head after killing her with an axe at around on Friday. He later used an axe and a knife to decapitate the head. He delivered the head to the businessman who first kept it in a parked car...

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Reticulated water for Chegutu’s Dombwe community

The Dombwe community in Musengezi, Chegutu now enjoys reticulated water, 58 years after the establishment of the settlement. Dombwe is a semi-urban settlement in the Musengezi  purchase area and the township has been relying on bush pump boreholes and wells for water since 1959. Through a US$143 000 water and sanitation grant provided to Chegutu rural district council by the Australian government, the area now has reticulated borehole water. A senior citizen who has stayed at Dombwe since 1959, Mr Andrew Kanyepa, said the community has been relying on wells for the past 58 years. Officially commissioning the piped...

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Kuwadzana Ext women in humanitarian work

A group of women in Kuwadzana Extension in Harare has taken it upon itself to help the vulnerable and less privileged members of society by engaging in some income generating projects like detergent making, beverage manufacturing and embroidery. The community group, Succeed Integrated People’s Organisation, is made up of elderly women and is helping the elderly, orphans and other less privileged members of the community. Theirs is a different humanitarian initiative as the women themselves are involved in various community projects in order to raise funds to support their cause. The make shift shed they use as their offices is also being used by orphans of school going age who often come to study for free. The passionate caregivers, however, cited lack of capital as their major challenge while encouraging other women to strive towards the development of their...

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Mat South Command Fisheries Programme launched

Communities in Umzingwane have been assured that meaningful socio-economic benefits will soon be derived from Mtshabezi Dam. This came out during the provincial launch of the command fisheries programme at the dam, whose construction in 1997 was meant to augment water supplies for the city of Bulawayo and Gwanda town. Umzingwane legislator, Cde William Dewa said the command fisheries programme that has been launched at Mtshabezi Dam is among the many projects that the government will implement to ensure that the district benefits from the water body. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Acting Director General, Mr Geofrey...

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Miss World Zim finalists unveiled

Miss Zimbabwe Trust has unveiled 16 contestants who made it to the finals of the Miss World Zimbabwe pageant scheduled for the 22 of this month at Borrowdale Race Course. Unveiling the contestants at a ceremony in Harare last night, the trust’s chairperson, Mrs Mary Chiwenga said they are confident of coming up with a perfect candidate to represent the country at the Miss World pageant in November. Mrs Chiwenga disassociated the pageant from scandals, saying contestants discredit themselves through misconduct. The 16 shortlisted contestants have been in a boot camp for the past two weeks and will spend...

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ZNA welcomes corporate support

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has saluted the corporate world for the continued support towards various fundraising activities aimed at sustaining the uniformed forces` charity works. The Commander ZNA Executive Interaction Initiative Harare chapter on Friday night held the 2017 Harare Metropolitan Ball in the capital. Patron of the charity, Lieutenant Colonel Hurdson Muchemwa saluted the business world for the constant support, highlighting that more still needs to be done to cater for the welfare of the disadvantaged. Chairman of the ZNA Interaction Initiative Harare Metropolitan chapter, Mr Franklin Mukarakate challenged the country’s citizens to work together in creating a better future for the disadvantaged. Close to US$15000 was raised in both cash and kind during the fundraising event. The ZNA has five charities namely: Widows and Orphans Trust Fund, ZNA Patients Welfare Trust Fund, ZNA Benevolent Fund and the ZNA Schools and Welfare...

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People with disabilities demand empowerment

People living with disabilities have challenged the government to come up with policies that empower address their needs. This came out at the launch of a market gardening project in Dzivarasekwa, Harare on Friday, where people living with disabilities presented their concerns. Nyasha Ndlovu and Terrence Nyamazana, who are steering the market gardening project, challenged the government to put in place measures that incorporate people living disabilities in all projects so as to improve their lives. Guest speaker, Senator Annah Shiri said it is disheartening to note that people living with disabilities are often sidelined in government projects and currently there is no funding meant for them. Others raised concern that most public facilities in the country do not accommodate them. The Dzivarasekwa market gardening project is a brain child of locals with the support of the Harare City Council and a local church. The project is run by disabled people who appealed to the corporate world for financial support so as at to drill a borehole for the success of the...

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Accident victim cries foul

A road accident victim has called for the review of laws to ensure that errant drivers are punished. This comes as the government has come up with the Road Accident Fund to assist accident victims. 38-year old Dorika John sustained serious injuries in an accident and had to folk out US$3700 for a hip operation. Now required to raise another US$4000 to complete the procedure, Dorika is appealing for assistance to cater for her medical bills. Speaking to the ZBC News, Dorika said it is sad that accident victims like her continue to suffer at the hands of errant drivers who often go scot free. “The driver in my case was fined just US$20 and such a fine is a mockery to justice,” she said. The accident occurred on the 28th of April in 2014 after the driver of the commuter omnibus she was travelling negligently caused the accident. Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) continues to urge all motorist to observe the rules and regulations of the road so as to reduce carnage on the roads. The establishment of the Road Accident Fund will see accident victims getting...

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Zim’s donor dependency for family planning bemoaned

Zimbabwe’s heavy dependency on donor support for family planning methods remains a key issue of concern despite the country recording phenomenal success on contraceptive prevalence. Evidence shows that the bulk of contraceptive methods such as condoms are entirely supported by USAID. Pills are also supported by partners such the Department for International Development (DFID), UNFPA and the Dutch government. Deliberations at a national family planning symposium held in Harare yesterday identified   the importance of crafting domestic financing mechanisms, with the Principal Director – Preventive Services in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Gibson Mhlanga admitting that budget allocations towards family health have been far from impressive. While there are opportunities to fund the procurement of oral contraceptives, such avenues have not been utilised, according to the National AIDS Council (NAC) Operations Director, Mr Raymond Yekeye. With global trends showing that the donor community is shifting priorities to focus on other emerging issues, partners recommend that the country should critically look into re-allocation of resources towards the supply side  of contraceptives. At a recent meeting held in London, the UK, on the 11th of this month and attended by the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa, the government reaffirmed its commitment to reduce the unmet national need for family planning from 13% to 6.5% by 2020, reduce the unmet national need for family planning among...

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