Day: September 25, 2017

Sudden price hikes condemned

Captains of industry have condemned the recent price increase by unscrupulous businesses, describing it as an act of sabotage which calls for the government to act swiftly to reign in errant dealers. Manufacturers of various commodities assured the nation of enough stock to last beyond the festive season, hence no need for panic buying. The unprecedented price increases by rogue merchants that fuelled panic buying over the weekend were widely publicised on social media, raising alarm and despondency among consumers. Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) President, Mr Sifelani Jabangwe condemned such speculative tendencies, saying manufacturers have enough stocks. A...

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Advance electoral democracy, ZEC tells media

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has implored the media to help in advancing electoral democracy by reporting accurately on the electoral processes. Journalists   from across the media divide were taken through the processes and the regulations guiding the conduct of elections in Zimbabwe during a training workshop hosted for them by ZEC at ZIPAM in Darwendale. The electoral management board recognised the critical role played by the media in informing the electorate and in exercising its oversight role over electoral matters. ZEC’s Vice Chairperson, Mr Emmanuel Magade was however  quick to point out that while the media can help...

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Cervical cancer scare for Zimbabweans

Cervical cancer poses a huge health risk for women in Zimbabwe amid revelations that 1400 deaths are being recorded annually, while very few are being tested or know where to go for screening.  At 70 years, Mbuya Auxillia Pasipamire tested positive for cervical cancer, eventually undergoing successful treatment in 2014. She recounts the time when she like many fellow women who have been affected by this disease have to endure in a society where very little information is provided on this disease. This is the life shared by 36 year old, Alice Verera. She is lucky to survive, but there are many women who are silently  suffering from cervical cancer with figures from the 2015 Zimbabwe demographic health survey showing that although nationally, 79 percent of women had heard of cervical cancer, only 13 percent of them have had a test to screen for the disease. A survey in Masvingo Province revealed worrying statistics recorded at Chiredzi hospital which handled over 353 positive cases of cervical cancer last year. The latest figures also show an increase for the first quarter and these statistics could be more, according to Chiredzi District Medical Officer, Dr David Tarumbwa. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 2270 new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed annually in Zimbabwe and 1451 women are estimated to die of cervical cancer each year. Equally worrying statistics have been recorded...

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ZNA hosts Traditional Leaders Day

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) says it values the relationship it has with traditional leaders. This came out when the ZNA Artillery Brigade held a Traditional Leaders Day in Musana, Bindura. The event was attended by over 30 chiefs and headmen drawn from across Mashonaland Central Province. “The relationship between the military and traditional leaders dates back to time immemorial as the  two share one  similarity, that is working to ensure peace and tranquility prevail in the country ,” ZNA Chief of Staff: Quarter Master Staff, Major General Sibusiso Moyo. Mashonaland Central Provincial Chiefs’ Council Chairman, Chief Clemence Nembire...

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Gogo Msika declared national heroine

The widow of former Vice President Joseph Musika, Gogo Maria Msika, who died on Friday, has been declared a national heroine and will be buried at the national shrine on Thursday. The national heroine status bestowed on Gogo Msika was announced by Zanu PF Politburo member and Defence Minister, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi at the Msika residence in Borrowdale, Harare this evening. Earlier, the First Lady and Zanu PF Women’s League National Secretary, Dr Grace Mugabe had requested the party to consider conferring with the national heroine status to Gogo Msika. Speaking at the Harare International Airport soon after arrival...

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Zim, Angola relations to improve

Trade relations between Angola and Zimbabwe which were affected by the economic downturn experienced by both countries in the last decade are set to improve, with negotiations to foster the relations underway. For Zimbabwe the economic sanctions adversely affected the industry, while the civil war in Angola dealt a major blow to their economy. A joint commission to foster trade between the two countries was set up in 1992. Negotiations were however stalled due to economic challenges that affected both countries. Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Angola, Ambassador Ngoni Sengwe however said the negotiations have since resumed. Angola is currently importing farm machinery from Zimbabwe, as they revive their agriculture sector. The country also stands to benefit from Zimbabwe’s technical expertise in farming. Zimbabwe scrapped visa requirements for Angolans and Ambassador Sengwe revealed that Angola is also in the process of reciprocating the move, highlighting that this will further improve relations between the two...

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President condemns sudden price hikes

President Robert Mugabe has condemned businesses that are bent on derailing economic gains through unexplained price increases and profiteering. Addressing thousands of Zimbabweans who welcomed him at Harare International Airport after his visit to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the President implored the people not to worry as the government will soon resolve the issue of wanton price increases of basic commodities. He said the issue could have arisen as a result of some elements colluding with those who are bent on discrediting the ruling party Zanu PF in the face of the coming 2018...

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ZIFA sets time for Warriors coach appointment

ZIFA is set to appoint a new substantive Warriors coach by the end of the year. This was revealed by ZIFA President, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa on the sidelines of the unveiling of a new southern region league flag at the ZIFA Bulawayo offices. The Warriors have been under caretaker coaches, with Norman Mapeza in charge of the AFCON campaign while Sunday Chidzambwa took care of the CHAN and COSAFA competitions. Dr Chiyangwa could not be drawn into revealing the identity and nationality of the coach but emphasised that they will be a new substantive gaffer by year end. On...

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Byo braces for Presidential Youth Interface

Zanu PF Bulawayo has intensified preparations for the province’s Presidential Youth Interface rally meeting whose date is yet to be announced. The party has already selected White City Stadium as the venue while a number of committees have been set up to organise the event. These include Fundraising that is led by the Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, Ex-Detainees and Restrictees, who is also Makokoba legislator, Rtd. Col. Tshinga Dube; Transport and welfare that is chaired by the provincial treasurer Cde Butho Gadzi, and Information, Publicity and Entertainment whose chairperson is Pumula legislator, Cde Godfrey Malaba. In an interview, the chairperson of the local organising committee, Cde Absalom Sikhosana called upon Bulawayo residents to come in their thousands to attend the interface meeting. Cde Malaba revealed that preparations are on course and invited all people from across the political divide to attend the event. He was however quick to remind all that will attend to be disciplined and respecting all the leadership that will be present on the day. Zanu PF Youth League National Secretary for People with Disabilities, Cde Butholezwe Ngwenya revealed that Bulawayo youths were excited with the prospect of meeting President Robert Mugabe. The youth interface meetings have been a huge success with thousands attending them in the provinces that have hosted them and it is expected that the same will prevail when it...

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