Day: August 2, 2017

Informer challenges charge from incriminating evidence

The legal battle for immunity to prosecution by an informer who exposed criminal activities by members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and senior police officers has been referred to the Constitutional Court. The informer, Delish Nguwaya is accusing the police of deceiving him into giving self incriminating evidence on the grounds of immunity. The police allegedly used the information to charge him together with three others. Regional magistrate, Mr Themba Kuwanda ruled that the court was not in dispute that the information supplied by Nguwaya was used against him. He said the information caused the set up of...

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‘Awareness campaigns key to curbing piracy’

Dissemination of information on intellectual property and rights to people has been described as key in curbing all forms of piracy. Piracy is one key factor that has been affecting the book, visual arts and music industries in Zimbabwe. Speaking to the ZBC News on the sidelines of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF) in Harare today, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora said they are disseminating information to school heads and procurement heads on the law that criminalises photocopying of books. This year’s 33rd edition of the ZIBF comes on the backdrop of the...

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Expedite economic reform process, govt urged

Proposals have been put forward for the government to expedite the economic reform process, take lessons from other countries which have walked the industrialization route and enhance the competiveness of the local industry. Developments on the economic front, in particular the strong performance by the agricultural sector, improved capacity utilisation level on the manufacturing sector, the narrowing of the trade deficit and new investments have brought about a sense of optimism among the domestic business community. Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) CEO, Mr Richard Mubaiwa said the fast improving government – private sector relationship should be commended, and called for...

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Mat North heroes acre needs facelift

Residents of Matabeleland North Province have called on the government to avail funds to ensure that the state of the provincial heroes acre in Lupane is given a facelift and protected as it is currently exposed to vandalism. The state of heroes acre has been of concern over the past years as vandalism continues to be rampant at the shrine where sons and daughters of the soil of the liberation struggle are laid. A call has thus been made by the public for the government to release funds for fencing and other facilities required at the provincial shrine. With...

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100 farmers to benefit from empowerment trust

100 tobacco farmers will benefit from the BAT Zimbabwe Tobacco Empowerment Trust which will see indigenous small scale farmers in tobacco regions being capacitated with best agricultural techniques. The farmers at Mashayamombe Vocational Training Centre in Mashonaland West Province will benefit from the trust, which is a availed partnership between BAT, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB), the Tobacco Research Board  and the Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment. The farmers will undergo a 12-day course which will see them being capacitated with the best farming skills to improve the quality of tobacco. Speaking in Ngezi...

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Mining firm empowers Bubi community

A local gold mining company, Damba-10 has set up an economic empowerment programme through allocating eight gold mining claims to different groups in the Dromoland community in Bubi, Matabeleland North Province. After getting nine claims to extract gold in Dromoland, Damba-10 gold mine gave the traditional leadership, school development committees of ward 8, Zanu PF youths, Zanu PF Women`s League, Water and Sanitation Committee, Zanu PF main wing and the local councilor a claim each. The mining company has assisted the beneficiaries with obtaining certificates from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development and an event is being organised...

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Re-industrialisation hindrances bemoaned

Various challenges continue to hinder the full attainment of Zimbabwe’s re-industrialisation agenda, which is in line with SADC drive. High costs of doing business, low foreign direct investment, legislative loopholes and uncompetitiveness of local products have been cited as the major challenges. In a bid to promote productivity of the local industry, Zimbabwe embarked on the re-industrialisation agenda way before SADC had introduced the concept to member states. However, stakeholders say despite a number of policy measures that government has come up with, there a number of constraints which are working against the attainment of full industrialisation process. “The...

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RBZ to release $300m bond notes

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) says will add $300 million worth of bond notes from Afreximbank under the Standby Liquidity Support Scheme and ruled out the introduction of higher denominations of bond notes in future. RBZ Governor, Dr John Mangudya said the bond notes will be introduced on a drip-feed basis in order to boost production and inculcate discipline within the local economy. Presenting the Mid-Term Monetary Policy Statement in Harare today, Dr Mangudya said the central bank has come up with a cocktail of measures under the theme: ‘Produce and Create Value.’ Some of the measures include...

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Call for DNA evidence in rape cases

The Council for the Welfare of Children says DNA evidence must be considered in cases involving minors and all vulnerable groups. The sentiments follow a report highlighted by the ZBC News on an 11-year old mentally challenged girl who was allegedly raped, with the council calling for an urgent review of the rape case. Incoherent and inconsistent statements are some of the characteristics of people who suffer from mental challenges. The 11-year old mentally challenged Seke victim of rape is not an exception to such attributes. Unfortunately, the law does not provide provisions to deal with such cases. Council...

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SADC, FAO meet over avian flue

The confirmed outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in Southern Africa has prompted a regional meeting by SADC and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to assess the preparedness by member states to fight the disease. The meeting kicked off today in South Africa and will end on Friday 4 August. The disease has so far been reported in the DRC, South Africa and Zimbabwe. FAO Sub Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa, David Phiri said they are working with governments in order to control the situation. The outbreak challenges the preparedness and response capacities of countries and trigger...

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