Day: September 20, 2017

UN committed to support Zim

The United Nations (UN) has reiterated its commitment towards supporting Zimbabwe’s development priorities under the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF). In a statement, UN Communications Specialist in Zimbabwe, Sirak Gebrehiwot said his organisation continues to support the country’s initiatives towards poverty reduction, good governance, gender equality, and enhancing service delivery in education, health, water and sanitation, protection, and food and nutrition security. Mr Gebrehiwot also noted the UN and other partners’ support towards poverty reduction. “When Zimbabwe was faced with two consecutive years of severe drought (2015-2016), the United Nations heeded the Government’s call for assistance....

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Cde Nyaruwata takes over war vets leadership

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) which was selected on 16th of November 2014 has announced to the media that it is taking over the leadership of the association as a committee that will lead the former fighters until the congress to elect new leadership. At a news conference in Harare this Wednesday evening, Cde Patrick Nyaruwata said he is replacing Christopher Mutsvangwa as chairperson while the rest of the Masvingo elected executive remains the same. Making the announcement at a local hotel in Harare, a member of the Masvingo selected executive, Cde Nyaruwata and Deputy Chairman...

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Zanu PF women receive chicken rearing training

Members of the Zanu PF Women’s League from Mashonaland East Province have received training in chicken rearing in a programme being sponsored by the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe. It was back to school for the Women’s League members as they underwent training held in partnership with poultry producers, Irvines and conducted by the company’s representative, Mr John Mukota. Zanu PF Women’s League Secretary for Administration, Cde Letina Undenge told the women to shun factionalism and concentrate on empowerment programmes being spearheaded by Dr Mugabe. Zanu PF Politburo member, Cde Lilian Zemura and Central Committee member, Cde Marble Nkatazo...

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Vic Falls agric show begins

Dubbed the people’s show, the 2017 edition of the Victoria Falls Agricultural Show has roared into life, with expectations that the platform will contribute to the empowerment of small holder farmers with requisite modern farming methods. The Victoria Falls Agricultural Show Society is hosting the second edition of the fair with this year’s exhibition focusing of strategies to revolutionalise rural economies through agro-innovations. There were few activities on day one with most exhibitors setting up their exhibition stands. There are expectations that serious business will begin on Thursday. Small holder farmers and other exhibitors are hopeful of meaningful business...

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Budget consultations to begin next month

The 2018 national budget consultations will begin early next month, with a view to cover a lot of ground considering the challenges facing the economy. The consultations are critical in informing fiscal authorities on what businesses, local authorities, social sectors and the population at large require to be included especially the allocation of funds for capital projects. It is against this background that the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Budget and Finance will embark on wide consultations across the country to tap into the views from the various sectors, according to the committee chairman, Cde David Chapfika. Traditionally, the national...

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Cancer death toll continues to rise

While the government has put on hold plans to introduce a cancer levy, the national death toll from cancer related cases continues to rise, amid revelations that an average of 5000 new cases are being recorded every year. Statistics from the Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry indicate that a total of 7018 new cancer cases were recorded in a single year in 2014. Mrs Mercy Mutanda from Chiredzi, Daniel Zibuke from Chipinge and Gogo Lucy Nyamukondiwa from Mutare are some of the cancer patients who are either undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment at Parirenyatwa Hospital. The trio has found relief...

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Nation remembers Dr Mzee

Almost a decade and half after his passing on, the mention of the name Dr Simon Muzenda brings smiles on the faces of many whose minds are reminded of the selfless man who loved to see others smiling. Dr Muzenda died on this day, the 20th of September, in 2003. The popular adage goes: ‘A picture tells a thousand stories,’ and indeed many stories can be told about the late Dr Mzee through the pictures which are on display at his house where he last resided before joining the liberation struggle. Now popularly known as KwaVaMuzenda, the house is...

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RG Mugabe Int. Airport: Zimbabweans have spoken

By Tafara Shumba While a few rouge protestors, not exceeding 20 to be precise, are demonstrating against President Mugabe at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, US, the generality of Zimbabweans have agreed to profoundly show their veneration for the same President through renaming the country’s biggest airport after his name. Thus, with effect from 9 November 2017, Harare International Airport will be called R.G Mugabe International Airport. The Americans, who are the host of UNGA, know what it means to name an airport after a person’s name, for they have over eight airports that they...

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Massive retrenchment looms at Chinhoyi municipality

A massive retrenchment exercise looms at the Chinhoyi Municipality following revelations that the authority intends to reduce staff levels by over 50 percent. The municipality says the move has been necessitated by the need to maintain the 30-70 percent ratio for salaries and service delivery respectively. The local authority’s salary bill hovers around $380 000 monthly against monthly revenue inflows of around $300 000. Chinhoyi Chamber Secretary, Mr Abel Gotora told a strategic plan review meeting in Kadoma that the current financial situation is untenable and moves are being made to borrow to fund the retrenchment exercise once the...

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Govt seeks partnerships for LSU

The Ministry of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Cooperative Development is seeking partnerships with Lupane State University (LSU) to promote skills development among communal farmers so as to boost business in the SMEs sector. LSU will impart knowledge through training workshops and send agriculture students on attachment in various parts of Matabeleland North province, where they will spend time assisting communal farmers with practical solutions in agricultural activities. SMEs and Cooperatives Development Minister, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni said once communal farmers have acquired relevant skills, they will be able to embark on projects such as bee-keeping, poultry and horticulture...

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