Day: October 22, 2017

‘WHO biggest loser after Pres Mugabe decision’

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Walter Mzembi says Zimbabwe respects decision by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to revoke the appointment of President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Africa but said the global body is the biggest loser. President Mugabe was appointed to the position during a high-level meeting on NCDs in Uruguay on Wednesday, but WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today backtracked on his decision under pressure from Western forces. “We respect the WHO decision as much as we respected their initial decision to honour our President,” said Dr Mzembi in...

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Church hailed for preaching peace

The church in Zimbabwe has been commended for instilling high moral values among the people and for fostering unity, peace and development through supporting government initiatives. The Highfield Uniting Presbyterian Church celebrated its 75th anniversary this Saturday where Highfield West legislator, Cde Psychology Maziwisa was guest of honor. Cde Maziwisa said the church plays a crucial role in molding societies as well as promoting peace and development. Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa Moderator, Reverend Tinashe Chimvumi said the role of the church is to complement government efforts in developing the nation. The church has played a crucial role...

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Xeroderma charity concert staged

A local pageant, Miss Legacy Zimbabwe, together with some local artists hosted a charity concert at the Theatre in the Park this Saturday to raise funds for children who suffer from a rare but severe skin cancer called Xeroderma Pigmentosum. Trevor Dongo and Taurai Mandebvu, are some of the artists who voluntarily took turns to treat scores of people at the charity event. Dongo and Mandebu said their participation at the concert is a gesture of love to raise awareness on the disease. Founder of the Miss Legacy Zimbabwe, Pauline Mapuvire said the funds attained from the concert will...

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Govt calls for division of labour in agric

The government has called for division of labour among government departments in the forthcoming summer cropping season to maximise productivity and ensure the smooth flow of the production value chain.  The call follows the expansion of the Presidential Inputs Scheme to 1.8 million households and the introduction of soya bean cropping under the programme. Speaking on the sidelines of the Zimbabwe National Farmers Union (ZNFU) annual general meeting, the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made said government departments should be on standby to assist farmers so that crop production is smooth.  “No one should interfere...

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Entrepreneurship incubation programme launched

The National Business Council of Zimbabwe has launched an entrepreneurship incubation programme for women and youths in partnership with a religious organisation to drive the broad-based economic empowerment agenda. Under the programme, women and youths will undergo entrepreneurship training to equip them with business skills, thereby ensuring that they become active participants in the economy and contribute to the national development agenda. National Business Council of Zimbabwe President, Mr Langton Mabhanga said the entrepreneurship programme is in line with the national thrust of ensuring an empowered society and a growing economy. A business entrepreneur, Professor Mufaro Gunduza hailed the partnership between the business organisation and the Great Restoration and Deliverance International Ministries as critical in ensuring that women and youths become leading entrepreneurs. Women and youths constitute the majority of the population in the country and the government is advocating various demographic groups to tap into the entrepreneurship programme to ensure that citizens actively participate in the...

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Sport, arts jamboree kicks-off in Chegutu

A sport and arts jamboree, featuring a diverse range of sport codes, has roared into life in Chegutu. The Chegutu municipality mobilised resources from various well wishers to bankroll the tournament, held at various venues depending on a particular sport code. Participants included schools and community teams as well as individuals. Athletes applauded the move, saying it gives them an opportunity to interact, nurture talent and keep themselves physically fit. Chegutu Mayor, Councilor Leo Ggwanzura said lessons have been learnt from the tournament especially regarding the need to develop requisite sports infrastructure. For Chegutu West legislator, Cde Dexter Nduna, sport and arts festivals are key in fostering unity in the community. Due to lack of requisite facilities, some activities such as badminton had to be dropped although they were on...

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Stigmatisation of people autism slammed

Parents of children living with autism in Zimbabwe have appealed to society to be more tolerant in the face of great stigmatisation.  Life for Martha Mutekwa has not been rosy since her son, Samuel Howard (12) years was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), also called autism. Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people. Virginia Njunjira said her husband even abandoned her because of her daughter’s condition, and appealed to the government to be sensitive to the plight of people with autism. A campaign has now been initiated to raise awareness on autism to lessen stigma attached to the condition. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about one in every 160 children has autism but it is the level of the disorder which differs. Some of the famous personalities considered to have lived with the condition include the late Austrian music composer, Wolfgang Mozart; the late German physicist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Albert Einstein and Microsoft founder, Bill...

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Call for support towards kick-boxing

Tokado Kickboxing Organisation says the country has great potential to be a kickboxing power house if more support is channeled towards the sport. The organisation held a kickboxing grading ceremony in Chipinge and gave seven kick boxers certificates after excelling in their training. The grading ceremony saw Cosmas Mutizamhepo being given first dan black belt, while were given yellow and red belts. Tokado Kickboxing Organisation Director for Manicaland Province, Gift Muchikwa Murinda said the grading system is an important step towards promoting the growth of the sport in the country. He urged more people to join the sport, saying as an ordained priest with the Anglican Church and a Chaplain engaged by the Zimbabwe National Army, his duties have not affected him from representing the country at a number of kickboxing events. Cosmas Mutizamhepo, who now holds a first dan black belt, said lack of sponsorship is affecting the growth of the sport in Chipinge district. Tokado has introduced kickboxing in only three provinces in the country and the organisation is working on promoting kickboxing in the other seven...

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Enhance health research, Africa urged

World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Zimbabwe, Dr David Okello has called upon African countries to enhance research development and innovations in order to provide solutions to diseases affecting people in many countries. The annual Medical Research Day, which was held in Harare, brought together representatives of organisations and tertiary institutions to interact and compare notes with policy makers. In an interview, Dr Okello said the biggest challenge in many countries is funding, hence the need to come up with innovative ways of mobilising resources. Health and Child Care Permanent Secretary, Dr Gerald Gwinji said the annual Medical Research...

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Zim netball team set to regroup

The Zimbabwe Netball Association is working on the selection of a 25 member squad expected to troop into camp early December ahead of the World Cup qualifiers and the Pent Series scheduled for early 2017. The Zimbabwe Netball Association national executive led by Ms Leticia Chipandu indicated that they are going to engage more coaches to perfect the ladies in critical areas of goal attacking and goal shooting. Meanwhile, the Chipandu executive has dismissed recent media reports suggesting that players on national assignments were not being paid allowances and that they have neglected and abandoned sick players doing national duty. The Gems played well in 2017, and were declared champions at the Pent Series in Namibia, as well as moving up one position to number 15 on the international log...

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