Day: October 1, 2017

‘Hundreds hurt’ as Catalonia votes

Catalan emergency officials say 761 people have been injured as police used force to try to block voting in Catalonia’s independence referendum. The Spanish government has pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country’s constitutional court. Police officers prevented some people from voting, and seized ballot papers and boxes at polling stations. In the regional capital Barcelona, police used batons and fired rubber bullets during pro-referendum protests. The deadline for voting was 2000 hours (18:00 GMT), but a Catalan government spokesman said that anyone in the queue at that time would be allowed to vote....

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Air France jet engine fails in transit

An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make a sudden diversion when it lost part of an engine over the Atlantic. One of the four engines on the airbus A380 failed west of Greenland yesterday. No one was injured in the incident, but passengers remained on board hours after the landing. The plane flew for about an hour on three engines before it reached Goose Bay Airport in Labrador, Eastern Canada. An Air France spokesperson said the plane was carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew members at the time. He said passengers were being...

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Two killed at a train station in Marseille

A knife-wielding man killed at least two women today at the St Charles train station in Marseille, France before police killed the suspect. The prosecutor’s office reported that the incident is being treated as a terror attack and has been handed over to a special prosecutor in Paris. Authorities are investigating whether he had links to terror organisations. The St Charles station is the same one where four Americans studying abroad fell victim to acid attacks month. The Boston College students, three of whom were studying in Paris and one in Copenhagen, were treated for burns and released. Police...

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ZCC congregants urged to register to vote

Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has urged his congregants and members of other churches to register to vote under the new biometric voter registration (BVR) system. He was speaking at a special service held at ZCC at Mutendi to celebrate his birthday. People across the country are in the process of registering to vote under the new BVR in preparation for the 2018 general elections.  While various platforms are being used to educate the public and make them aware that the process has started in some remote communities, information is still lacking. The church has...

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ACCZ welcomes new act of parliament

Christian denominations under the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) say they support the enactment of an act of parliament governing church operations to deal with conflicts affecting some denominations among other challenges. ACCZ moderator Archbishop Johannes Ndanga said the crafting of an act of parliament governing the operations of the church is being well received by most denominations especially in the work of conflicts and divisions affecting their operations. Archbishop Ndanga said there is consensus within the ACCZ that the patron of all denominations be President Robert Mugabe. He was speaking at the St Luke Apostolic Ejwel Jekenisheni...

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Seven clinics set for Mutare West

Seven clinics are expected to be completed soon in Mutare West constituency bringing relief to the rural communities who were walking long distances to access health provision. The seven health facilities that are at various stages of construction are being bankrolled by Mutare West legislator who is also Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Dr Chris Mushohwe. A ground breaking ceremony of Muperere Clinic in Fungirai village ward 29 was held with villagers expressing gratitude to the legislator for facilitating the construction of the clinics. Dr Mushohwe said after constructing 15 advanced level schools in the constituency focus...

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Nationalists meet in Chipinge

War veterans, nationalists, detainees and war collaborators had a rare opportunity to mix and mingle at a get together function organised by Chipinge East legislator Cde Win Mlambo at his Wintrade Farm in Chipinge as they shared bitter memories of the liberation struggle. Some of the nationalists were detained together with President Robert Mugabe during the liberation struggle. Convener of the get together meeting Dr Mlambo who is also Deputy Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services said it is important for nationalists and senior veterans of the struggle to meet regularly and preserve and document the liberation history of the country. Voluntary researcher and political coordinator Raymond Mazorodze said the historic and rare meeting of nationalists that include Cdes Joseph Kapeta, Solomon Everisto Marembo, Edson Sithole, Paul Changwa Ziki and Solomon Gwitira among others who stayed with the President in Sikombela is an important step towards updating the history of the liberation struggle. The 16 war veterans, nationalists, detainees and war collaborators who met in Chipinge said the meeting helped them to reflect on their...

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VP Mphoko takes a swipe at ZACC

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko says there is need for the country to reconstitute the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) and appoint people who can serve the nation diligently. Cde Mphoko told journalists in Bulawayo that the nation is currently not benefiting from ZACC given that it is not serving the nation but paying allegiance to some individuals in the government. He said while there has been rampant looting of precious minerals such as gold, diamonds and chrome, the anti corruption body is only obsessed about wanting to prosecute some individuals in government and some parastatals. Cde Mphoko said the...

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Organic, Natural Food Festival held

The Zimbabwe seed sovereignty programme an initiative that is aimed at spearheading the revitalisation of traditional methods of small grains and other indigenous crop preservation to enhance food security this Saturday (yesterday) held the annual Organic and Natural Food Festival in the capital. The world over a significant growth in demand for organic produce has been witnessed over the years as people are paying more attention to their food and are now mindful of how it is produced. Zimbabwe’s best and tastiest organic and traditional foods, drinks and seeds were showcased this yesterday at the annual Organic and Natural...

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Travellers dominate at Chibuku Road to Fame

Midlands based upcoming musical outfit, Travellers won the Chibuku Road to Fame first prize in the National finals competition held in Harare at the Glamis Arena in the capital this Saturday (yesterday). It was a tough competition at this year’s Chibuku Road to Fame competition where the Midlands based group, Travellers beat nine other contenders to clinch the top gong at national level and walk away with US$7 000 in prize money. The second prize went to the Bulawayo based African Tribe and the third prize went to Knights Sounds of Mashonaland Central. The two groups went away with...

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