Day: September 17, 2017

LLB graduate, Chief Murinye an inspiration

Chief Murinye, who graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree last Friday at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), has set a positive example that must be emulated and embraced by other progressive leaders. Traditional leaders have a big role to play in the justice delivery system in Zimbabwe. They are empowered under the constitution to be custodians of traditional courts. It is against this background that Chief Murinye saw if fit to study LLB with UZ for better understanding of legal issues. Legal expert, Advocate Canaan Dube welcomed Chief Murinye to the legal profession, saying the development must...

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Give children’s issues prominence, media urged

The media has been challenged to give more prominence to children’s issues as they are often restricted to the periphery of the news agenda. This comes as children continue to fall victim to a number of issues in communities which include rape, abuse, poverty, neglect and victimisation, among many. Speaking at a media briefing in Harare, Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative Programmes Officer, Mr David Gwasira said the media, though often accused of sensationalising children’s issues, has an important role of raising awareness on the importance of protecting children’s rights. “The well being of children should be at the centre...

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Govt crafts national fitness and wellness policy

The Ministry of Sport and Recreation is now at an advanced stage in the crafting of a national fitness and wellness policy that will further enhance mainstream sport and recreation. Addressing stakeholders who gathered at Sakubva Stadium for the 2017 edition of the Mutare City Sports Festival, which featured over 40 teams in different sport codes, the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane said through the establishment of the national fitness and wellness policy and the community sport and recreation club system, the ministry intends to lay a firm foundation for development of sport and recreation at grassroots...

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Veld Fires: EMA ropes in communities

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has distributed more than 300 sickles in Lupane to aid residents in the cutting of grass as the fight against veld fires scales up in Matabeleland North province. Incidents of veld fires are becoming more frequent in the province with the Gwayi area and those along the Hwange-Victoria Falls highway having presented the latest fire cases. Although the cause of the veld fires is still under investigation, EMA has identified areas that are prone to veld fires outside the forestry and parks estates. A total of 300 sickles have thus been distributed in Lupane and are mostly used by women and youths to cut grass for thatching purposes. EMA Matabeleland North Provincial Manager, Mrs Chipo Mpofu Zuze said the cutting of grass is expected to result in reduced incidents of veld fires in the province. “As a province, we ensured that we intensify on programmes that reduce biomass considering that last year we had a lot of heavy rains. So far roughly we had some 6000 hay bales and 3000 thatching bundles, so we can safely say the community engagements are very important,” Mrs Zuze said.  With temperatures soaring in the province, most areas are now more prone to veld fires. EMA is still engaging the communities that share borders with the forestry and parks estates, while it continues to search for more effective...

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Local agency embarks on waste management campaign

A local agency, Envisions Environmentalist Care Trust has embarked on a waste management campaign, educating residents on the process of waste separation. This comes at a time illegal dumping and littering in urban areas have left local authorities struggling to manage waste. Waste can be categorized as paper, plastic, metals, k- lite, glass and organic, among others.  As an initial step towards making waste re-usable, Envisions Environmentalist Care Trust has rolled out a waste separation campaign starting in Harare. Environs Environmentalist Care Trust Founder and Director, Mr Fadziso Dupwa said there is need for households to have separate bins...

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Macadamia nuts farmers appeal for incentives

Macadamia nuts farmers in Chipinge have appealed to the government to extend export incentives to them as they play an important role in boosting the country’s foreign currency receipts. Macadamia nuts, which are mainly grown in Chipinge, are an emerging source of foreign currency for the country as the bulk are being exported. Growers of the nuts said they should be the primary beneficiaries of government support initiative rather than to have the middlemen who buy macademia nuts from them and re-sell for export benefitting. Macademia Nuts Farmers Association Secretary General, Mr James Maisiri and farmer, Cde Joseph Chinotimba noted that lack of export incentives together with the low prices being given by middlemen are a disadvantage that has disheartened most farmers. Zimbabweans are not exporting macademia nuts directly to the international market due to sanctions, giving middlemen a monopoly to export the popular produce on behalf of the farmers and the country, a situation that disadvantages both the farmers and the country in terms of foreign currency earnings. Currently, the local buyers are buying the nuts at an average price of between $1.20 and $3.00 per kg, while international prices currently range between $12 and $16 per...

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Diasporans cannot chart Zim’s destiny

By Tafara Shumba While growing up in the mountainous area of Manicaland, the Shona elders would school youngsters on social propriety. That was great, and products that came out of such schooling would be socially perfect.  Gone are such days when youngsters would be told that, no matter what, family issues are not to be exposed to the world. In Shona, they say haufukuri hapwa panevanhu. In light of that, there are Zimbabweans domiciled in the US, most of them enslaving themselves in menial jobs, who seem to have skipped such schooling. This unschooled gang is demonstrating against President...

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Pres Mugabe arrives in New York for UNGA

President Robert Mugabe has arrived in New York, US, to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He was met at the JFK International Airport by the Zimbabwean representative to the UN, Ambassador Fredrick Shava and embassy staff. Cde Mugabe is accompanied by the First Lady Amai Dr Grace Mugabe, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Industry and Commerce Minister Cde Mike Bimha and other government officials. Zimbabwe has on several fora voiced its concerns in light of the Ezulwini Consensus for the democratisation of the UN system, and has also condemned illegal western...

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Mighty Warriors suffer blow

Zimbabwe’s Mighty Warriors missed out on an automatic qualification to the semi-finals of the COSAFA Women’s Championships after a 3-all draw with Malawi, while Zambia thumped Madagascar 7-1 in Bulawayo this afternoon. Rutendo Makore’s hattrick was cancelled out by Malawi as the Mighty Warriors finished as runners up to Zambia, who qualify as group A winners. With five points and a goal difference of +4 from their group, Zimbabwe now wait for tomorrow’s Group B matches to see if they can snatch the fourth semi-final slot allocated to the best runners up from all the three groups. In Group...

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Russia denies attacking Syrian rebels

Reports say Russia’s defence ministry has denied allegations its planes struck US-backed fighters in Syria on Saturday. The ministry said its air force only targeted Islamic State militants. It was responding to claims by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab groups, that six of its fighters were wounded in Russian strikes in eastern Syria. The SDF is moving towards the city of Deir al-Zour, which pro-government forces, backed by Russian forces, are trying to recapture from IS. Reports further say on Saturday, the SDF claimed that their forces east of the Euphrates River were...

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