Day: December 2, 2017

Concern over zero percent pass rates

  The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has expressed concern over zero percent pass rates at schools with highly qualified teachers. Speaking at the Wedza district merit awards held at Chemhanza High School, Mashonaland East Provincial Education Director, Mr Christopher Chihota questioned how schools are recoding zero percent pass rates while they have highly qualified teachers. Wedza North legislator and newly appointed Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde David Musabayana and Zanu PF Secretary for Education, Engineer Richard Parehwa told the students to concentrate on their studies for a bright future. Schools, teachers and pupils who excelled were rewarded for their outstanding performances ranging from best academic results at all levels, best infrastructural development and outstanding performance in sporting activities among...

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‘MDC-T to blame for new cabinet exclusion’

The Special Advisor to the President, Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa has revealed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended an olive branch to the MDC-T for cabinet appointments but had to withdraw the gesture after the opposition party’s leader made ‘untenable demands.’ Ambassador Mutsvangwa revealed this when he addressed the Zanu PF Mashonaland West Provincial Coordinating Committee in Chinhoyi. “President Mnangagwa wanted to pick some MDC-T members for ministerial posts, but held back after the party’s leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai threatened to expel from his party prospective appointees unless the opposition leader was himself given a post in the presidium,” he said. Cde Mutsvangwa also explained that the President...

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President Mnangagwa makes cabinet adjustments

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made some ministerial adjustments to the appointments made on Thursday to ensure compliance with the constitution and considerations on gender, demography and special needs. In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said Cde Petronella Kagonye has been appointed Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, while Professor Paul Mavima becomes the new Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, replacing Dr Lazarus Dokora. Further, Cde Mnangagwa has appointed Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa as Special Advisor to the President, Professor Clever Nyathi as Special Advisor in the Office of the President on...

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Stakeholders speak on Electoral Bill

Stakeholders in Gwanda say there is need to make changes on some the provisions of the Electoral Bill, which tend to hinder prospective voters from registering. This came out during public consultations on the Electoral Amendment Bill and Insolvency Bill conducted by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in Gwanda today. The Electoral Amendment Bill as well other issues pertaining to the electoral process dominated discussions during a public hearing. The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ms Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga began by unpacking the sections of the Electoral Act that seek to be amended. In their submissions, the participants noted that the requirement for prospective voters to produce proof of residents should be scrapped. Others highlighted the importance for all Zimbabweans within and outside the country  to be afforded the opportunity to vote. The stakeholders also discussed the repealing of Insolvency Act to pave way for a new piece of legislation that will promote the ease of doing business. Creating a condusive environment for investment is fully supported by all Zimbabweans, noted the participants. The public hearings that are being supported by the Southern African Support Trust are part of efforts by the parliament to ensure that Zimbabweans participate in the legislative...

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