Day: September 5, 2017

ZACC gears for anti-corruption campaign

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) will this Wednesday launch an awareness campaign against corruption at the City Sports Centre in Harare. The campaign, which will be held under the theme: ‘You and I Against Corruption,’ is viewed as an opportunity for the commission to regain public confidence. Commissioner Farai Chinyani said the programme is expected to bring life to the commission by engaging the public to join in the fight against corruption. There are high expectations on the issues to be addressed by President Robert Mugabe who is set to officially launch the campaign. Anti-corruption activist, Mr Dumisani Mthombeni...

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COMESA harmonises seed regulations

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has launched the domestication of harmonised seed regulations. The initiative seeks to enhance regional entry of improved varieties of seed. The COMESA grouping, just like other regions, has fallen victim to threats and effects of climate change, prompting the grouping to seek concerted ways to combat the phenomenon. Comesa Representative, Mr Gizila Takavarasha said it is against this background that the domestication of harmonised seed regulations was launched to enable the movement of seed across borders. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Cde Ringson...

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Govt issues fire risk warning

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate has issued a warning to farmers to expedite their harvesting and for communities to set up fire guards and guard against threats of veld fire incidences due to the high fuel load created by the abundant rainfall in the 2016-17 season. In a statement read by the Permanent Secretary for Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Prince Mupazviriho in Harare today, environment authorities predicted that the fire risk in the season spanning from July to November is generally high to extreme for the greater part of the country. The ministry stated that a...

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Millers challenge mandatory food fortification

The Grain Millers Association has filed a High Court application challenging the mandatory food fortification programme by the Ministry of Health and Child Care. The mandatory food fortification was effected at the beginning of September. The association argues that there were no consultations carried out to establish the needs and expectations of the consumers before the programme was put in place. In terms of the provisions of the food fortification regulations, mealie meal, flour, cooking oil and sugar, among other basic products, must be added with some nutrients before packaging. The association is convinced that it will be a...

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Lesotho army commander shot dead

Lesotho Defence Forces Commander, Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso and two other senior army officers have been shot dead following a shootout in the army commander’s office at Ratjomose Barracks in the capital, Maseru. The Lesotho Ministry of Defence confirmed the death of at least three senior army officers but could not name them. Unconfirmed reports say Lt General Motsomotso was ambushed by two senior officials, Col Bulane Sechele and Lt Col Hashatsi, who were then killed in the shootout.  Eyewitnesses say Colonel Hashatsi and Colonel Sechele forced their way into Lieutenant General Motsomotso’s office and demanded to see him...

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Agric experts upbeat after 2017-18 rainfall outlook

Agriculture experts are confident of a good yield this year, despite the 2017-2018 rainfall outlook that forecasts erratic rains in some parts of the country for the period October to December 2017. However, to achieve the experts say farmers should be well prepared to deal with this changing climate phenomenon. With just a few months left before the onset of the 2017-2018 rainfall season, farmers are already making all the necessary preparations for a good output and hoping to build from the successes registered last season. While such preparedness is being undertaken, the case of the rainfall outlook for...

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Byo gears up for interface rally

The Zanu PF Bulawayo Provincial Youth League has started preparing for their turn to host the Presidential Youth Interface rally.  A meeting was held at the Minister of State, Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo’s offices, which proposed White City stadium as the suitable venue for the event. Bulawayo Metropolitan Province is expected to hold the 9th interface rally after Mashonaland Central Province, and is already stepping up preparations for the grand event with a meeting attended by almost all the subcommittees setting the ball rolling. Zanu PF Youth League Provincial Chairperson, Cde Anna Mokgohloa said the meeting saw the organising...

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Show genuine unity, Zanu PF leaders told

Zanu PF Central Committee members have called upon the party leadership to show genuine unity and fully support President Robert Mugabe in the forthcoming 2018 harmonised elections. Addressing thousands of Buhera South residents at Mutiusinazita Secondary School, Zanu PF Central Committee member, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa called for unity of purpose and genuine support of the party’s presidential candidate for next year’s polls. Fellow Central Committee member, Cde Mandi Chimene said Manicaland province stands solidly in support of President Mugabe and Zanu PF. Buhera South legislator, Cde Joseph Chinotimba said his constituency is one of the most united Zanu PF...

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BUSE hosts Science, Mathematics Conference

The third International Science and Mathematics Conference has been held at Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) in line with the government trust to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Over 300 delegates attended the conference, among them STEM teachers. The conference enabled delegates to share knowledge on modern trends in STEM education. Officially opening the conference, the Permanent Secretary of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Francis Gudyanga said the promotion of STEM education is key to ensuring sustainable socio-economic transformation. Bindura University of Science Education Vice Chancellor, Professor Eddie Mwenje reaffirmed his institution’s commitment to continue promoting STEM education in the country. The 3-day conference ran under the theme: ‘Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education for Sustainable Socio-Economic...

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Zim team returns from SADC Special Forces’ training

The Zimbabwean contingent to the SADC Special Forces’ training exercise in Tanzania has returned home after successfully completing the 44-day military programme codenamed Exercise Matumbawe in Tanzania.  The Special Forces’ training programme was focused on enhancing security of coastal member states from the threats of pirates. Head of the Zimbabwean delegation to the exercise, Colonel Philip Kupe told the ZBC News upon arrival in Chinhoyi that critical lessons were learnt from the Tanzanian experience, especially in terms of logistical organisation for vehicular and naval fleet management. Colonel Kupe also pointed out that the Tanzanian terrain is characterised with coral reefs where terrorists can take refuge for years before they can strike, and as such, the SADC Special Forces had to acquaint themselves with such realities. The SADC Special Forces are there to augment the stand-by brigade in enhancing security among the regional group’s member states. Regular exercises are conducted by the Special Forces every two years under a rotational basis by host countries, the idea being to harmonise military drills and have a common approach to specific threats. Zimbabwe hosted SADC Special Forces for a similar exercise in 2015, which was code named: ‘Exercise...

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