Day: September 19, 2017

Cde Gumbo buried

War veteran and senior intelligence officer in the President’s Office Cde Charles Gumbo who passed away on Thursday and was declared a liberation war hero was buried at his farm in Chivhu yesterday. Friends, relatives and colleagues converged at the Gumbo farm in Chikomba for the burial of Cde Gumbo who died at Midlands Private Hospital after a long illness. Several speakers described Cde Gumbo as a dedicated son of the soil who sacrificed a lot for his motherland. Director Internal in the President’s Office Cde Walter Bhasopo, Major General Trust Mugoba and Acting Chikomba District Administrator Mr Billiart Tasarira said the death of Cde Gumbo has a left big void that will be difficult to fill. Born on the 24th of April 1954, Cde Gumbo whose Chimurenga name was Cde Jack Benz joined the liberation struggle in 1975 after quitting his job at the then Rhodesia Railways through Botswana at Selebi Pikwe before he was transferred to Zambia where upon arrival he together with his colleagues were taken to Kamwala Prison were most of the ZNUP cadres were kept after the death of Cde Herbet Chitepo. After release from prison Cde Gumbo was sent to Tanzania where he received training at Morogoro and later in China. He was assigned to Tanzania as an instructor at Nachingeya Camp. He joined the President’s Office as a security officer in 1987...

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2 school children drown at Masiye dam

Two children from Cyrene High School have drowned at Masiye dam in Matopo National Park this Tuesday (today) after a canoe they were travelling in capsized. The children, one a form one and another a form five student could not be named as their next of keen had not been notified. Matabeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Philisani Ndebele said he could not give details of the incident at the time of going to broadcast as he was waiting to be appraised of the circumstances surrounding the incident from Plumtree police station. According to an eyewitness who could not be...

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ZSE closes day in red

The industrial index lost 19.31 points to settle at 371.31 points while the mining index added 5.42 points to settle at 96.89 points. The industrial index continued on the downward trend with Delta easing 40.63 cents to 229.37 cents, Hippo shed 14.24 cents to 130.25 cents while Simbisa dropped 5.51 cents to trade at 74.00 cents. Meikles came off 2.00 cents to end at 38.00 cents and Dairiboard closed at $0.1450 following a 1.50 cents decrease. Old Mutual led the movers with a 49.50 cents increase to close at 729.50 cents and CBZ was up by 1.70 cents to...

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Calls for young girls to take active roles in business

A local young women empowerment agency “Queen Makers” is pushing for young girls to have an active role in the business sector in order to prepare them into becoming future economy drivers. Barriers such as gender discrimination, lack of confidence, low literacy and lack of time and money continue to prevent girls and young women from fully participating in the mainstream economy. It is against this backdrop that a local empowerment agency Queen Makers is directly supporting young women and girls who are in and out of school to reach their full potential through literacy and education training in...

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Rodents threaten wheat crop at Mushandike

Rodents continue to pose a threat to the wheat crop at Mushandike Irrigation Scheme. Farmers say the rats which had for sometime been under control are back on an increase threatening their yields. Over 300 hectares are under wheat at Mushandike Irrigation Scheme and farmers here expect to start harvesting their crop from mid October. While the issue of quelea birds was quickly brought under control, rodents continue to pose a headache for the farmers and they said this will adversely affect their yields. The farmers said rodents which include rats and the scavenger mammalian commonly referred to as...

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Presidential Inputs Scheme expanded

The Presidential Inputs Scheme funded to the tune of US$153 million will this season include distribution of soya bean seeds to 1.8 million households thereby complementing distribution of maize, cotton and small grain seeds. A soya bean seed package has been added to the Presidential Inputs Scheme as government widens the crop support base in a development that will complete the crop rotation cycle and enrich soils in small holder farming areas.  Minister of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made said the soya bean seed package will be accompanied with distribution of rhizobium which aids nitrogen fixation...

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Musicians urged to build up society

A call has been made for musicians to compose constructive music lyrics that build up the society. This comes at the backdrop of an era where some musicians are said to be composing what is termed “bubblegum music.” In a bid to address the nature of music and its role in building a nation, a philosopher who is the director for registry and accreditation for the Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education Dr Augustine Tirivangana urged artists to be conscious of how their products are packaged as it shapes the opinion of the public. Zimbabwe Music Rights Association executive director,...

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All set for NASH U20 basketball champs

It’s a schools’ basketball galore at Eveline High in Bulawayo this weekend as the National Association of Secondary School Heads (NASH) under 20 basketball championships explode. The titanic basketball contest pitting ten provincial champions in both the boys and girls category will light up the city of Bulawayo come Friday and Saturday. Defending NASH boys champions Churchill High enter the competition riding on a fine form which has seen them winning four tournaments pitting the majority of the participating teams. Churchill guided by the stubborn Harare City Hornets player, Tawanda Chitsinde believes their preparations for the tournament has been...

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DeMbare focused ahead of Chapungu tie

Dynamos head coach Lloyd Mutasa says the Glamour Boys are focused on sealing a positive result against Chapungu when the two sides meet in a replay fixture that will be played for only 34 minutes this Thursday at Ascot Stadium. In a first for Zimbabwean football that seeks to fulfill the demands of the PSL judgment on the abandoned tie between Chapungu and Dynamos, football fans will seat inside the Ascot Stadium to enjoy the last 34 minutes of the match which was stopped after a goalposts collapsed and efforts to have it restored failed in the 56th minute....

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KAZA TFCA embarks on resource mobilisation

The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) secretariat says it is engaging regional and international partners towards the mobilisation of the US$92 million required for the implementation of the integrated development plan aimed at strengthening trans-boundary conservation initiatives. Limited resources remain the biggest threat to regional efforts in establishing world-class conversation area. 12 months after the adoption of the KAZA TCFA integrated development plan, the secretariat is still to secure the required US$92 million for the implementation of the project. KAZA TFCA executive director, Dr Morris Mtsambiwa said the secretariat is currently in talks with regional and international...

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