Day: September 9, 2017

Govt reaffirms commitment to fight human trafficking

The government has reaffirmed its commitment in fighting the crime of human trafficking within Zimbabwe’s borders, in the Southern African region and internationally. The enactment of the Trafficking in Persons Act in 2014, which criminalised the process of human trafficking in the country, is part of the process of protecting citizens and as a result, an anti-trafficking inter-ministerial committee has since been established. This was said by the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Cde Obedingwa Mguni during the belated commemorations of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons that was held in Bulawayo. He said government has put in place structures to facilitate the repatriation of victims of trafficking and offer the much needed support which includes the provision of appropriate shelter, psycho-social services, rehabilitation and integration assistance. Addressing the same gathering, an official from the International Organisation for Migration, which is the United Nations Migration Agency, Mrs Lily Sanya said they deal with trafficking in persons on a daily basis involving kidnapping and selling of persons as people are forced into jobs against their will while in some instances victims are forced to give away a kidney and other vital organs. A UN official on drugs and crime for the regional office for Southern Africa, Mr Greenwell Lyempe said Zimbabwe got a rude awakening on trafficking in persons when over 200 women were reported as having been trafficked...

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War vets to elect new leadership: Sekeramayi

Zanu PF Secretary for War Veterans in the Politburo, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi says members of the war veterans association should start preparing to convene a conference to elect new leadership for the association. This follows a Politburo decision to fire the Chris Mutsvangwa led executive from the revolutionary Zanu PF party. Speaking during the Presidential Youth Interface rally in Bindura today, Dr Sekeramayi said the Mutsvangwa war veterans executive has no power to organise any meetings under the banner of Zanu PF and the war veterans as they have no respect for the President, Cde Robert Mugabe and the...

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I don’t lead G40: First Lady

The First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe has refuted claims that she leads a faction in the ruling Zanu PF party known by the name G40. Speaking at the Presidential Youth Interface rally in Bindura today, Dr Mugabe said knows that a faction named Lacoste exists, but there is nothing on the group pointing to a G40 faction. “I was pissed off yesterday, when Betty Mutero accused me of leading a faction in Zanu PF called G40. She also accused me of poisoning Vice President Mnangagwa, then pave way for Vice President Mphoko to take over power on an acting...

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Factionalism: President hammers both camps

President Robert Mugabe has slammed tribalism, personal differences and ambitions, which he said are causing problems in the revolutionary Zanu PF party. Addressing tens of thousands of youths and Zanu PF supporters at Chipadze Stadium in Bindura during the Presidential Youth Interface Rally, Cde Mugabe, also spoke of Lacoste and G40, presumed factions in the ruling party. Speaking on the problems of disunity in Masvingo, Cde Mugabe said they never attributed the problems to Lacoste. “After meetings with MPs from Masvingo, they said [the late Shuvai] Mahofa and [Josiah] Hungwe are the ones causing discord in the province,” he...

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LIVE UPDATES: Bindura Pres-Youth Interface rally

Updates by: Thembinkosi Mangena and Takawira Dururu   16:18 –  Zanu PF Mashonaland Central Chairman, Cde Dickson Mafios gives a vote of thanks, marking the end of our updates here. 16:12 –  He calls for unity by all party members, despite personal differences, saying the party’s interest are always paramount. He thanks the Youth League for leading by example through such rallies. 16:02 – President Mugabe now speaks on the need to consolidate the gains the recorded in the agricultural sector, and the need for miners to avoid environmental degradation. 15:57 – On the war veterans splinter group led...

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Two injured in Chinhoyi accident

Two people were injured when a Honda Fit vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road and jumped over a culvert before landing on its right side near Zuva Petroleum depot in the Gadzema area in Chinhoyi along the Chinhoyi Chegutu highway. The accident occured as the driver of the Honda Fit tried to overtake a vehicle which was apparently turning right at an intersection. Upon realising the vehicle ahead was turning right, the driver of the Honda Fit panicked and lost control of his car, which then veered off the road and narrowly missed falling into a...

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Country music giant, Don Williams dies

US country musician, Don Williams has died at the age of 78 after a short illness. Williams, who enjoyed great success with his easy-going singing style, began his solo career in 1971, amassing 17 number one country hits. Known as the gentle giant of country music, Williams’s hit songs include Gypsy Woman, Tulsa Time, You’re My Best Friend, I Believe in You and Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good. In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Another country star, Troy Gentry, also died on Friday in a helicopter...

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Constitution amendment passed into law

The constitutional amendment number one has been passed into law after assent by the President. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mrs Virginia Mabhiza confirmed the latest development. Under the new law, the President is empowered to select the Chief Justice, his deputy and the Judge President and these appointees will not be subjected to interviews in public as provided in the current provisions of the constitution. The subject on the selection procedure came on the spot light late last year when a High Court application was filed challenging section 180 of the constitution...

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Bosso’s Akbay gets support

Former Highlanders head coach, Bongani Mafu has come out guns blazing in defence of want away coach, Erol Akbay, saying there is no depth in the Bosso camp since the departure of key players who were not replaced. Mafu, who had a brief stint with the Bulawayo giants after the departure of Zambian expatriate, Kelvin Kaindu, said even if Highlanders get the coach from the moon they will never maintain consistent results due to systems at the club. “Systems at Bosso of not buying quality players will see an exodus of current key players,” he said, statements also echoed...

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