Day: August 1, 2017

2 weeks to Heroes Day commemorations

On the 14th of August, Zimbabwe commemorates Heroes Day as the nation reflects on the role played by illustrious sons and daughters of the country who fought in the liberation struggle. The day comes as President Robert Mugabe recently called for the declaration of national hero status on the seven gallant fighters of the famous Chinhoyi Battle. On April 28, 1966, seven freedom fighters who had entered the country from Zambia were intercepted by Rhodesian Forces in Chinhoyi and a battle erupted. After bravely wadding off Rhodesian Forces for almost 10 hours, the seven comrades later succumbed to Rhodesia’s...

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ZSE opens month on high note

The industrial index continued in the positive trend, gaining 1.18 points to close at 204.43 points with the mining index advancing by 0.39 points to settle at 69.83 points in today’s trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) The stock market opened month on a positive note as CFI went up by 7.45 cents to trade at 44.70 cents, SEEDCO added 6.00 cents to 145.00 cents, while SIMBISA went up by 1.50 cents to end at 26.50 cents. MEIKLES advanced by 1.45 cents to settle at 20.00 cents, while HIPPO closed at 87.50 cents following a 0.50 cents gain....

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Minor’s rape case thrown out

Allegations of rape on an 11-year old mentally retarded girl could not stand the day as the court sought coherent narrative statements from the compromised victim. The case was thrown out by a Chitungwiza regional magistrate on the basis that the victim’s story had some inconsistencies. “She was waylaid on her way from school, taken to a nearby bush before being raped. After the act, the perpetrator is said to have produced white urine.” This is an account of the 11-year old girl who was allegedly raped in Seke. The 11-year-old victim is mentally challenged, her mother also suffers from partial mentally retardation, she is the guardian and parent supposed to protect the innocent child from all forms of abuse. A doctor’s report indicates that the child was abused and confirms that she is mentally challenged. The alleged rapist has been freed for lack of incriminating evidence and inconsistent narrative statements especially during cross examination. In her judgment the, the Chitungwiza regional magistrate gave the accused benefit of doubt for fear of convicting an innocent person. Despite the fact that the court found her statements inconsistent, she gave an account on the abuse by the now free alleged rapist. The child said she wants the perpetrator sent to prison and little did she know that he is now a free man. The child’s mother revealed that relatives of the...

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Training programme for Hwange livestock farmers

Villagers from Hwange’s Jambezi, Mwemba and Ndangababi communities have benefited from a training programme being implemented by the Veterinary Services Department and Environment Africa aimed at improving livestock production and creating a basis for the effective take-off of the National Command Livestock Programme. The training programme is targeting the lead farmers from the different communities under Hwange Rural District and seeks to equip the beneficiaries with relevant skills for viable livestock production in line with the country’s goal to boost livestock products exports and ensuring poverty alleviation. The programme is focused on disease control and prevention, breeding and appreciation...

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Christians, Muslims hold Interfaith Dialogue Forum

The Christian and Muslim communities have embarked on a 10 day Interfaith Dialogue Forum in Harare that seeks to promote religious cohesion, co-existence and tolerance, among the two distinct religions. Zimbabwe is a multi-faith society hence the need to build a certain level of tolerance between the different religious groupings that co -exist in the country. The Muslim and Christian community leaders in Zimbabwe converged to also deliberated on what these two have in common instead of what divides them. Students from various institutions, who are taking part in the initiative unanimously acknowledged that the dialogue is deeply rooted...

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Zim targets luring more airlines

The country’s aviation industry and tourism sector executives are looking forward to making use of the 2017 World Routes Forum scheduled for Barcelona, Spain to lure more airlines into the country’s skies and also market the country as an attractive destination. Zimbabwe’s dream of becoming the regional aviation hub continues to gather momentum with more attention placed on sprucing up the aviation infrastructure and marketing the destination. The country’s aviation and tourism industry stakeholders, who are set to take part at the 2017 World Routes Forum, are confident of attracting more airlines. Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) Director...

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Manicaland worst poverty-stricken province

A survey has revealed the Manicaland Province has the highest poverty prevalence rate with 70 percent of people living in abject poverty. According to the Zimbabwe Atlas of Poverty Survey released by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, (Zimstat), Manicaland Province, despite its abundant resources such as diamonds, has 70 percent of its population living in abject poverty. The Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Co-operatives Development, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni revealed this during the stakeholders workshop for the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Poverty Alleviation Project held in Mutare. She said the $7.6 million OPEC Fund for...

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Students return from Chinese exchange programme

University of Zimbabwe (UZ) level one and two students who attended the International Summer School this July at Renmin University of China are back home. Every year in July selected students attend summer school in China for Chinese proficiency courses and 20 students from UZ and Midlands Christian College attended this year’s event. The exchange programme is also expected to engage Renmin University of China to introduce the teaching of Shona language and Zimbabwean cultures to Chinese students in an effort to promote inter-cultural communication, and enhance international understanding. Zimbabwe continues to fortify mutual relations with the People’s Republic...

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UN hails Zim human trafficking fight

The United Nations (UN) says Zimbabwe has made great strides in addressing human trafficking by coming up with an enabling legal framework to curb cases of human trafficking. The world commemorations of the International Day Against Human Trafficking saw Zimbabwe also celebrating having put in place an enabling legal framework to deal with issues of human trafficking. UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Bishaw Parajuli commended Zimbabwe for the domestication of international treaties against human trafficking. Zimbabwe used to be a transit route for human trafficking, but the country suffered a major blow after several women fell victim to human trafficking...

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Manual hay bailer unveiled

Pushed by the need to value add the abundant grass countrywide in order to minimise veld fire incidences, Grasslands Research Institute in Marondera has invented the solution, a manual hay bailer for farmers. According to the research centre, the manual hay bailer is affordable to local farmers and is made using locally available resources. Grasslands Research Institute Chief Livestock Research Officer, Mr Accadius Tigere said the manual hay bailer presents the best option in reducing veld fires as farmers have the opportunity to use abundant grass which is the main cause of veld fires. “The manual hay bailer also...

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