Day: December 4, 2017

Consultations on electoral law underway

Consultations on the Electoral Act and Insolvency Act amendment bills are underway, with the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Parliamentary Portfolio Committee moving around the country to gather the views of the public on the two proposed laws. The Electoral Act Amendment Bill primarily seeks to give legal effect to the new electoral reforms, particularly the adoption of the biometric voter registration (BVR) system which will replace the old voters’ roll which did not capture an individual’s features like finger prints. The amendments have to be instituted as soon as possible. The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs acting chairman Cde Lawrence Katsiru explained that the ongoing BVR registration has to be governed by the proposed law. Members of the public hailed the proposed changes, saying they will provide enjoyment of political rights and rid the voters’ roll of ghost voters. They also indicated their desire to see political parties getting equal measure of television coverage and to have election results announced at most 24 hours after completion of vote counting. Turning to the Insolvency Act Amendment Aill, the committee explained that the proposed changes to the law seek to provide solutions to issues related to bankruptcy and to safeguard heavily indebted companies from total collapse and in the process ensure investors’ monies are protected. Once amended, the law will also compel parties to disputes to...

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Newly appointed ministers raring to go

The newly established cabinet has been described by Zimbabweans as a mixture of old and new faces for continuity of programmes while some new blood has been pumped in to enhance professionalism and results. Some of the new ministers who spoke to ZBC News said they are ready to run with their tasks and ensure the government meets set targets according to the President’s brief of turning around the country’s economic fortunes. Newly appointed Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Air Marshal Perrance Shiri said he is more than ready to exchange his gun for the plough, another...

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Marc Duvillard slams PSL teams

Aces Youth Soccer Academy (AYSA) co-founder Marc Duvillard has condemned Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League teams for turning a blind eye to young talent but rather focusing on older players. Domestic premiership teams have come under fire for a reluctance to give young players an opportunity of showcasing their talent in the Zimbabwean topflight league. Duvillard says local academies have a huge talent base which is ready to excel in the PSL but topflight teams are not willing to give young players a chance. The AYSA co-founder made the remarks at the Arcadia Vision 2020 tournament held in the capital...

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Byo community urged to plant more trees

The Bulawayo community has been challenged to enforce environmental protection measures by planting more trees as part of the national strategy to promote the green economy. The Forestry Commission donated 60 indigenous trees to the United College of Education in Bulawayo as part of the commemoration of the National Tree Planting Day. Speaking on behalf of the Provincial Affairs Minister for Bulawayo, Cde Angeline Masuku , the Bulawayo District Administrator Mrs Elisa Chauke said  the nation has lost over 300 000 hectares of land where trees  have been lost creating the need to plant more. The flagship tree of...

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Zim’s economic recovery pinned on agric

Tentative signs point towards a positive direction for the country’s economy going forward with industry leaders advising that this trajectory can be benchmarked on key sectors such as agriculture and mining. Agriculture remains a key pillar within the country’s economy representing between 15 -19 percent contribution to the gross domestic product. Given that when agriculture performs extremely well the rest of the economy responds positively, the expected good yield from this season represents quick returns for the economy hence the need to benchmark recovery on this sector. Sustaining productivity within this industry is of essence and this should stretch...

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Manicaland SMEs optimistic

There is optimism by small to medium enterprises in Mutare that the economy can indeed be set on the recovery path. The small to medium enterprises (SMEs) sector in Manicaland said the country’s economy can recover as a result of positive indicators that are there within the economy. Policies President Emmerson Mnangagwa has spelt out such as support for entrepreneurs’ as well engaging capital from outside the country can propel the country forward said chairman of the Manicaland Chamber of SMEs, Mr Moses Mwagura. Entrepreneur, Mr Silas Kaja said Manicaland Province has numerous offerings such as prime agricultural land...

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Calls for clear sexual harassment policies

A call has been made for tertiary institutions to adopt policies that guide them in dealing with sexual harassment which continue to be on the increase, emphasizing on the need for proactive measures. As the country commemorates the 16 days of activism against gender based violence, a call has been made for tertiary institutions to adopt clear sexual harassment policies that protect students from the vice which continues to be on increase. Female Students Network Trust executive director Ms Evernice Munando said sexual harassment in tertiary institutions is a reality worsened by economic challenges. There is need for more awareness campaigns and proper engagements to ensure sexual harassment cases are reported at all levels. According to the female students network report to parliament, in February this year an average of 74 percent of female students experience sexual harassment in universities in...

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ZSE opens week in red

Trading on the local bourse opened the week on a back foot with the main stream index pulling off 8.04 points as losses were recorded in heavy weight counters. Investors continue to adopt a cautious approach to trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. Market capitalisation has remained within the US$10 billion mark with turnover far from being impressive as it closed at slightly over US$715 000. Industrials continued with their losses shedding 8.04 points to end at 365.93 points with a decrease in the trading volumes. Trading southwards was Delta down 15.09 cents to trade at 180.14, Simbisa eased...

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ZDF to rename barracks

The Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks will be commissioned on Wednesday this week.     Currently, the barracks are known as KG6. As a result, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) is informing members of the public that Borrowdale road will be closed between intersections at Borrowdale road and Pauling road turn-off and Borrowdale road and Churchill Avenue. In a statement to ZBC News, the ZDF said access to Borrowdale road through Sandringham Drive and Falmouth will also be closed to allow safe conduct of an official military parade at the KG6 north gate. During the ceremony, a 21 gun salute will be...

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ARDA PPPs move a gear up

New investors courted by the Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA) have unveiled new agricultural technology and have started planting vast tracks of maize and soya beans  at ARDA Nijo Estate on the outskirts of Harare. The public private partnerships (PPPs) between ARDA and investors have moved a gear up with foreign and local companies jostling for land to kick start agricultural projects. Some of the investors who were sitting on the fence have jumped in full force with Agric-Alliance being one of the companies to start business at ARDA Nijo Estate, thanks to the new political dispensation which ARDA...

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