Day: August 9, 2017

President Mugabe back from Iran

President Robert Mugabe has arrived back home from Iran where he attended the swearing in ceremony of the country’s President Hassan Rouhani He was met at the Harare International Airport by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, cabinet ministers, service chiefs and senior government officials. In Iran, President Mugabe also held closed door meetings with his counterpart. Zimbabwe and Iran share cordial bilateral relations and several agreements have been signed, which are expected to turn around Zimbabwe’s economic fortunes. Both countries have been under illegal Western economic sanctions and have used every international forum to condemn the...

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Boy dies after drinking Blue Diamond

An 18 year-old boy and form 4 student at Kotwa High school in Mudzi, Crossby Moses has died after drinking two bottles of Blue Diamond spirit. Moses of Meza village under Chief Mukota in Mudzi died on Monday morning at Kotwa District Hospital where he had been admitted the previous night after a drinking spree. Circumstances leading to Moses’ death are that on 6 August, the now deceased was drinking with fellow villagers at Tichangoshaina Bottle store at Nyamiyaruka business centre when one, Gift Muguvamadzi (27) from the same village, reportedly entered the bottle store and offered to buy...

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ZRU board dissolved

The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) board has been dissolved. The ZRU board has been under fire following poor performances by the senior national team in the Africa Gold Cup in which the Sables only managed to survive relegation from group A1 after finishing a place above demoted Senegal. Acting Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) Director-General, Joseph Muchechetere announced the suspension in a statement to the media, saying an interim committee would run the affairs of rugby and would be accountable to the commission. “I write on behalf of the SRC board to inform the nation that at its business...

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ICC boss meets VP Mphoko

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman, Shashank Manohar today paid a courtesy call on Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko at his Munhumutapa offices. Manohar is in the country for a five-day official visit and today met Cde Mphoko at his Munhumutapa offices in the company of Sport and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane. A closed door meeting was held and the ICC chairman, who was accompanied by his wife, Vaisha Manohar said they had a constructive meeting which will help to develop the game in Zimbabwe. The ICC chairman said he is confident that Zimbabwe will do well in the 2018...

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Fuel marking key to curbing illicit dealings

Analysts say robust monitoring mechanisms and fuel marking are best possible solutions to curbing smuggling of the commodity. This comes on the back of reports of illicit dealings in the fuel industry, which include smuggling of the commodity. Experts said the fuel industry is one of the key enablers of the economy, hence the need to protect it through believe close monitoring and fuel marking to curb smuggling. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Mr Partson Mbiriri said the nation is moving towards regional development where studies indicate that fuel marking is the way...

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ZRP reiterates commitment to mandate

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has underscored its commitment to discharge its constitutional mandate and ensure that elections are held in a peaceful atmosphere. The ZRP also called for close collaboration between the police and public in fighting crime. Addressing stakeholders who converged at Murambinda B primary school in Buhera during the ZRP Manicaland Province Service Charter re-launch, ZRP Officer Commanding Manicaland, Senior Assistant Commissioner Dorothy Kupara said the organization is determined to execute its constitutional mandate and ensure that the coming elections are held in a peaceful and tranquil environment. ZRP Officer Commanding Rusape District, Chief Superintendent Garikai Gwangwawa said there is need for community involvement in fighting crime. From January to June this year, Rusape District recorded a one percent increase in theft cases, murder case went up by 14 percent, while rape of juveniles also shot by 20 percent. Cases of robbery declined by 35 percent, while unlawful entry cases went down by 22...

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Lending rates soften

Zimbabwe’s lending rates have softened to 11,64 percent since January as financial institutions comply with a central bank directive to maintain a low interest rate regime aimed at stimulating productive sectors. Information gathered by the ZBC News from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) indicates that lending rates from the banks, which were at 16,4 percent last year, are now hovering at an average of nine percent to 11,64 percent. The lending rates are however still high in comparison with other SADC economies where they are at five percent per year. However, banking insiders said although the softening of...

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TSCZ launches Heroes holiday campaign

The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) has launched the 2017 Heroes’ holiday campaign to reduce road carnage. The campaigns are expected to continue throughout the holiday with teams already deployed along major high ways. Transport operators, public transport drivers and the public were part of the crowd that witnessed the official launch of the TSCZ campaign against road accidents in Harare. TSCZ Managing Director, Mr Obio Chinyere said they are engaging drivers with a view to reduce accidents caused by human error. A representative of transporters, Mr Ngoni Mutsvairo encouraged other operators to ensure that their vehicles are...

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Exhibitors scramble for space at Harare Agric Show

Over 92 percent of the available exhibition space has already been occupied for this year’s edition of the Harare Agricultural Show. With some few days left for the show to commence, 67 891 square metres of exhibition space have been taken up and most exhibitors are almost done sprucing up their stands in preparation for the show. Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS) CEO, Dr Anxious Masuka said preparations of this year’s show are exciting given the preceding agricultural season and the show will create an interface for businesses with their customers. ZAS has increased its capacity by 60 percent and...

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Mat South ready to host President

Matabeleland South Province is now ready to host the sixth leg of the Presidential Youth Interface rally which will be held at Phelandaba Stadium in Gwanda this Saturday. The Zanu Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga and members of the party’s national youth executive today visited the host venue to access its state of preparedness. As preparations for the rally reach fever pitch, there are indications that the province which successfully hosted the 21st February Movement celebrations this year, will not disappoint. Giving a brief to members of the national youth executive after a tour of the stadium,...

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