Day: November 28, 2017

Chombo, Chipanga take bail appeal to High Court

A lawyer representing former Finance Minster, Dr Ignatius Chombo and former Zanu PF Secretary for Youth Affairs, Kudzanayi Chipanga, Professor Lovemore Madhuku is set to file an appeal for bail at the High Court. The duo was denied bail by the lower court on Monday. Meanwhile, Professor Madhuku said his clients are in good spirit and are in safe hands at Chikurubi Maximum Prison where they are detained. Dr Chombo and Chipanga were denied bail by two Harare magistrates; Mr Elisha Singano and Ms Josephine Sande on the grounds to protect them from the public and the possibility that...

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Adopt hybrid seed varieties, farmers urged

Agronomists say fresh produce farming can claim a higher stake in the agriculture trade industry if growers adopt hybrid seed varieties that produce higher yields and are more disease resistant compared to open pollinated varieties. While the market gardening sector has been growing exponentially owing to urban sprawl, farmers often have their fresh produce rejected by markets due to quality concerns. Farming experts, who hosted a fresh produce field day, urged farmers to take up more hybrid seed varieties to enhance quality and yields and subsequently business viability.  The field day which had a thrust on production of crops...

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Question marks over Gwayi Shangani project

Community benefits from the Gwayi Shangani project have become questionable with the project said to have employees from other regions at the expense of the local community. The first stage of the construction of the Gwayi Shangani Dam is expected to benefit the community through access to water for agricultural purposes, fisheries as well as employment opportunities. However, there have been concerns that the community is being sacrificed as the authorities are engaging labour from other areas. Chairperson of the Zambezi Water Project, Mr Donald Khumalo said while the involvement of the community is clear, it has not been...

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Masvingo dumps waste at condemned site

Masvingo City Council continues to dump waste at a site that was condemned four years ago, exposing residents in surrounding areas risk of diseases. The residents of Victoria Range are forced to stay with their windows closed at all times.  The residents said they are in a difficult predicament as the flies are a constant feature in their homes.  Their appeal is for council to decommission the dump site as they are being exposed to risk of contracting diseases. Currently, waste is being dumped right on the surface, following the filling up of the site. Masvingo Mayor, Councillor Hubert Fidze said while they condemned the site four years back, they have been facing difficulties in acquiring new land. “We have been hitting a stumbling block in our quest to acquire an alternative place to dispose the waste. We had been allocated land by their parent ministry but that same land was sold to someone else,” he said. Councillor Fidze said they are currently working on acquiring a new land fill, but he was quick to point out that this will not happen overnight as there are processes to be...

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ZOC in anti-doping campaign

The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) is on a mission to curb doping in sport through holding training workshops at grassroots level. A two-day anti-doping training workshop kicked off in Gwanda today and is targeting school teachers, local clubs and association representatives in Matabeleland South Province. ZOC board member, Mr Stephen Mudawarima said it is critical to curb issues of doping and cheating from the grassroots level so that athletes become disciplined sportsmen. The Ministry of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture concurred, with the Provincial Officer, Frank Baloyi saying the initiative will help produce professional athletes who are able to represent the country at high level tournaments. Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) Provincial Coordinator, Mr Lifa Mpofu said the workshop has been an eye opener while participants said they now have a better appreciation of the topic and the consequences of doping. Doping is as old as the organised sports as the stimulants and other prohibited substances have been used to enhance players’ performances. Zimbabwe has not been an exception with players like Devon Chafa having been suspended for using prohibited drugs in the...

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SANORD members confident of new govt

Southern African Nordic Centre (SANORD) members attending the annual universities network conference in Victoria Falls are optimistic that Zimbabwe’s new political dispensation will prioritise investment in higher education and support collaborations in research. The 2017 SANORD deliberations are focusing on the role of universities in research and technology transfer in improving livelihoods in Southern Africa. South African Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor highlighted the importance of strengthening the role of higher education in development agenda and expressed confidence that Zimbabwe’s new political dispensation will increase investment towards tertiary education for the realization of sustainable development. Gothenburg University...

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Zanu PF recalls G40 cabal from parly

Zanu PF has recalled five of its legislators from parliament. These are: Dr Ignatius Chombo (Zvimba North), Saviour Kasukuwere (Mt Darwin South), Professor Jonathan Moyo (Tsholotsho North), Kudzanayi Chipanga (Makoni West) and Mandi Chimene (Makoni South). Zanu PF Chief Whip, Cde Lovemore Matuke confirmed the development, saying the five were expelled from the party as they were no longer serving interests of the party. Cde Matuke also said they are not going to hold by-elections for the five but will replace them with shadow MPs as general elections are scheduled to be held next...

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Dr Stamps declared national hero

Former Health Minister, Dr Timothy, who died on Sunday, has been declared a national hero. Zanu PF Politburo members, Dr Obert Mpofu, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo and Dr David Parirenyatwa visited the Stamps home at Plot Number 6 Weston Road, off Hatcliffe, in Harare to deliver the message this afternoon. Dr Stamps’ widow, Cindy and eldest son, Kenyon welcomed the decision to confer the national hero’s status to their father and are consulting as a family and will inform the government on the way forward regarding burial arrangements. Dr Stamps is survived by his wife Cindy, three children and...

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President promises lean cabinet

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed that he will set up a leaner cabinet to remove functional duplications and contain unnecessary expenditures so as to enhance productivity and efficient service delivery. Cde Mnangagwa said this while addressing Permanent Secretaries of government ministries at the Munhumutapa boardroom today during a meeting meant for him to familiarise with key players in the government machinery and provide general direction for his administration. The President however assured the Permanent Secretaries that the merging of ministries will not result in retrenchment of workers. “I want to assure you that no one will be laid off, except...

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President Mnangagwa acts on externalisation

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says government has granted a three-month amnesty for the return of illegally externalised funds and assets, with no questions being asked or charges preferred against them. In a statement to ZBC News this afternoon, President Mnangagwa said the period of this amnesty stretches from the 1st of December 2017 to the end of February 2018. President Mnangagwa said: “As a first step towards the recovery of the illegally externalised funds and assets, the government is gazetting a 3-month moratorium within which those involved in the malpractice can bring back the funds and assets, with no questions...

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