Day: October 24, 2017

Last-minute hearing for Kenya’s presidential run-off

Kenya’s Supreme Court will hold a last-minute hearing to decide whether the re-run of the presidential election can go ahead. The court will hear an urgent petition by human rights activists arguing Kenya is not ready for the vote. The election is due to take place tomorrow. The Supreme Court in September took the unprecedented decision to annul the presidential election and demand a re-run. This was the first time in Africa that an opposition court challenge against a presidential election had succeeded. However, the main opposition candidate Raila Odinga is boycotting the vote. President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is...

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Blantyre, Harare to strengthen working relations

A 13 member delegation comprising of councillors and officers from Blantyre City Council are in the country to exchange notes with Harare City Council on how they can achieve their shared vision of attaining best city status in Africa. Blantyre city shares the same vision with Harare city of attaining best city status in Africa in the next 10 to 15 years. A team from the Blantyre City Council led by their Deputy Mayor Mr Joseph Makwinja visited Harare this week to exchange notes on how to strengthen their working relations. Speaking to the ZBC News Mr Joseph Makwinja...

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29 years for 2 Bulawayo robbers

Two Bulawayo robbers have been sentenced to 29 years each for car theft after they pleaded guilty to two separate cases of car hijacking and assault. A Bulawayo regional magistrate Mrs Sibongile Msipa-Marondedze sentenced Brian Masawi (24) and Clement Moyo (21) to 29 years in imprisonment each today after their own plea of guilty. The state led by Miss Consy Moyo had argued that on the 28th of August this year, the car jackers hired a taxi driver Christopher Nsingo to Khumalo and promised to make a payment upon arrival at the said destination. On arrival, Moyo dropped off...

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AU to finalise on CFTA

At a time when the SADC region is finalising modalities on the tripartite free trade area, the African Union is working on the continental free trade agreement that is set to be signed in December this year. The continental free trade area (CFTA) that has been embraced by the entire 55 member states of the African Union has proposed that 90 percent of tradable products will be duty free a development that will overshadow the 60 to 85 percent that the tripartite free trade area is gunning for at this high level gathering. This was confirmed by the African...

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Dangamvura, Chikanga road network worrisome

Residents in Manicaland especially those in Dangamvura and Chikanga are failing to access transport in the evenings as transporters complain that the road network is poor. Mutare has felt the effects of some of its roads due to rains on the road network. For the residents of Dangamvura and Chikanga, the road network has become a cause for concern with some transporters shunning certain routes as a result of the poor state of roads. However, an exercise to rehabilitate the roads spearheaded by the constituency’s legislator, Cde Esau Mupfumi has commenced bringing hope to the once impassable roads. “There...

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BVR exercise spreads to Rushinga

Rushinga communities in Mashonaland Central have been urged to take advantage of the new biometric voting registration system and come in their numbers and register to vote in preparations for the 2018 harmonised general elections. The Rushinga electorate has been challenged to come in their numbers and register to vote in the new biometric voter registration (BVR) system in preparation for the 2018 harmonised general elections with those without proper documents being given a chance to fill in affidavit forms to acquire the necessary documents from the Registrar General’s offices for free. Addressing hundreds of Zanu PF supporters recently...

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Masvingo requires $25m for road rehab

100 km of the 257 km city road network in Masvingo is in bad shape with at least $25 million required to fix the roads. The council is failing to cope with the amount of work that needs to be done due to lack of finance. According to a roads condition survey done in 2016, 100 km of the Masvingo roads are in a poor state while 153 km are said to be in a fair state. Only 4km of the road network is reportedly in a good state and council is faced with the task of fixing the...

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Calls for strong strategic alliance towards reviving Air Zim

Experts say there is need for a holistic approach towards rebuilding the Zimbabwe national air-transport by forging strategic alliances with some strong international airlines and partnering with local travel agencies who have the expertise and strong links to aggressively market the new fleet of aeroplanes on the international arena. The procurement of a new fleet of aeroplanes by the government has been received as good news by travel agencies and experts who described the move as a giant step which will breathe life into the national air-carrier business and tourism at large. Traverze Agency chief executive Zodwa Mukandla said...

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Simbarashe Murimi appointed international chess arbiter

The recently held World Chess Federation (FIDE) congress in Turkey saw Zimbabwe’s Simbarashe Murimi appointed international arbiter. The last time Zimbabwe had the powerful post was in early 80s. Murimi’s appointment will come handy towards the development of the chess game. The recent visit by the FIDE president, Kirsan Illyumizhinov has opened a positive future for the Zimbabwean chess family with the appointment of Murimi as an international chess arbiter. Murimi said the appointment is a windfall to the chess fraternity as it has been the link they were lacking in equipping their chess officials. The arbiter post is...

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Chevrons lose to West Indies

West Indies clinched the first test match against Zimbabwe by 117 runs despite some flashes of an attempted spirited fight by the hosts The Zimbabwe Chevrons could not live up to the morning momentum, collapsing after the lunch break to hand the visitors a 1-nil lead in the two match series underway at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.  Going to the fourth day, West Indies were on 369 for 8, with the Chevrons trailing by 429 runs. Zimbabwe started the day brightly in pursuit of the audacious target as captain, Graeme Cremer took the wicket of Kemar roach for...

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