Day: September 14, 2017

NUST lecturers strike

Some lecturers at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) have gone on strike over an array of issues, accusing the management of pampering themselves with huge benefits at the expense of the service delivery. When the ZBC News visited the campus in Bulawayo, it was business unusual as lecturers have reportedly downed tools over an array of issues chief among them being outstanding allowances. Though the executive of the NUST Education Association (NUSTEDA) were not at liberty to unpack their grievances to the media at this stage, ZBC News is reliably informed that the union is not...

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26 ZBC licence inspectors graduate

26 ZBC license inspectors have received certificates at a pass out parade held at Morris Depot in Harare this Thursday afternoon. The licence officers underwent an intensive training on the requisite knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the national broadcaster’s mission. Speaking to the ZBC News on the sidelines of the pass out parade, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Senior Assistant Commissioner Elias Mvere said this event is a milestone in the development of licensing at ZBC. ZBC CEO, Mr Patrick Mavhura also said training of the officers will improve their public relations skills. Out of the 26...

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Govt reads riot act to ailing parastatals

The Office of the President and Cabinet has read a riot act on state enterprises, parastatals and their line ministries for poor performance and greediness. This comes as the Public Entities Corporate Governance Bill is on the cards to transform operations of these institutions. The role of state enterprises and parastatals is of great concern to the government as some continue to make losses instead of attracting investments. The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said the net is closing in on these entities together with their line ministries. He said the provisions of the proposed public entities corporate governance law clearly spells out criminal liability for maladministration and incompetency. The Minister of Policy Coordination and Socio-Economic Ventures in the Office of the President, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said the government will be left with no option but to take radical measures at ailing parastatals which continue to milk state coffers. The Public Entities Corporate Governance Bill is among other provisions expected to criminalise failure to abide by corporate governance. The line ministries are expected to monitor operations of the parastatals and at the same time refrain from unnecessary interference. A legal expert, Advocate Canaan Dube went through the bill and advised accounting officers to familiarise with the provisions of the proposed...

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Chikozho widows evicted from family home

Four widows of the late businessman, Takawira Chikozho are contesting the sale of their matrimonial home, which they allege was disposed by the executor of the estate without their consent. Allegations are that the four widows and their children were evicted from their matrimonial home by a buyer cited in the court papers as Jephias Matunhu. It is alleged that Matunhu bought the house through the executor of the estate who disposed the property without the consent and knowledge of the beneficiaries.   At the time of the sale, there was a tenant leasing the main house and the family...

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RDCs improve attractiveness

Rural district councils (RDCs) have recorded impressive strides to improve the ease of doing business on policy and legislation under the first 100 days of the rapid results approach. This comes as the government’s thrust to improve the ease of doing business continues to bear fruit. The rapid results initiative, which was extended to rural district councils in May this year, has recorded progress to improve some impeding bottlenecks that made rural councils unattractive for investment as reflected in the first 100 days review presented in Harare this Thursday. The national dashboard for local authorities that outlines the goals...

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President Mugabe launches BVR

President Robert Mugabe has launched the bio-metric voter registration (BVR), marking the commencement of the voter registration process ahead of the 2018 elections. The launch, at State House, Harare this Thursday, was officiated by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau with several government ministers and ZEC officials in attendance. The development is in accordance with a proclamation issued on the 8th of this month ordering the conduct of a new registration of voters. The proclamation fixed 14 September as the date for commencement of the voter registration exercise and 15 January next year as the last day...

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Warriors fall in Warriors rankings

Zimbabwe’s national soccer team, the Warriors have fallen four places down the latest FIFA rankings released today. The Warriors are now ranked number 27 on the continent and 105 globally. Germany overtook Brazil to claim to spot on the world rankings and Portugal, Argentina and Belgium complete the top 5 most ranked nations globally. In Africa, Egypt, followed by Tunisia, Senegal, DR Congo and Nigeria are the top 5. Zimbabwe’s fall on the rankings is attributed to their 4-5 penalty shoot-out loss to Namibia in a CHAN Qualifier in July....

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Mushandike farmers eye good wheat yield

Despite isolated cases of quelea birds outbreak and rodents which affected some of the crop at Mushandike irrigation scheme in Masvingo, farmers remain optimistic of a good harvest. 309 hectares are under wheat at Mushandike irrigation scheme and despite the rodents and quelea birds challenges, the situation is under control with farmers at the irrigation hopeful of harvesting at least 3 tonnes per hectare. “Tinedambudziko resenzi, rinoita kunge gozho asi ihombe kudarika gozho. Ririkucheka gorosi asi tovimba kuti nyangwe zvakadaro tichawana gowo rakanaka,” said one farmer. “Makozho akambotivhiringa but zvave nani, akupera,” another farmer said. Masvingo Provincial Crop and...

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Prisoners hail rehab, integration programmes

Inmates at Mutare farm and remand prison have commended the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) for the rehabilitation and integration programmes which have positioned them for a fresh start. The 2017 edition of the ZPCS Open Prison Day celebrations once again brought an opportunity for incarcerated inmates to mingle with the public and their relatives as part of the broader rehabilitation programme. This year’s commemorations, which were running under the theme: ‘Closing the Gap on New HIV Infections,’ saw inmates undergoing voluntary HIV testing and counselling services as well as male circumcision. In an interview, inmates appreciated the rehabilitation and new empowerment skills, saying they are now better positioned to jump-start their lives after completing the prison term. Moses Mazurunga, an HIV positive inmate, appreciated the quality health care he is receiving behind bars. Some however called upon society to give them another chance, revealing that they have learnt that crime does not pay. Guest of honour at the occasion, the Deputy Officer Commanding ZPCS Manicaland, Assistant Commissioner Kenny Ndebele said there is need for concerted efforts among the stakeholders to work towards reducing new HIV infections in prisons. During the Open Prison Day, it was a rare moment for inmates to test their short liberty as they mingled with their loved ones, sharing meals and exchanging information in an open...

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By-elections: Zanu PF eyes Norton council seats

Zanu PF hopes to clinch the two Norton council seats in by-elections set for this Saturday. The by-elections will see Zanu PF’s Tinotenda Mafusire locking horns with independent candidate Eager Takawira and Melissa Muzuva of NCA in ward 11, while Flavia Charumbira (Zanu PF) will battle it out with Francis Deka, an independent candidate. The ruling party intensified its campaign in the two wards with party Secretary for Administration, Dr Ignatius Chombo telling the electorate to take this opportunity to correct past mistakes which saw voters casting ballots in favour of the MDC which he said has run down...

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