Day: December 4, 2017

Insolvency Bill: Public has no idea

Low turnout characterised the public hearings on the Electoral Amendment Bill and the Insolvency Bill by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs at Mbuya Nehanda Hall in Marondera. The few, who turned up, however, feel there is need for the independence of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Diaspora vote, and safety of people during the registration and election period and the role of the media while there appeared very little understanding of the Insolvency Bill. Others, however, confused the public hearings with ZEC meetings as they started airing their grievances and challenges of the BVR programme. Moses Chibaya of the election resource centre said there is need to come up with a clear roadmap for electoral reforms. The meeting was chaired by acting chairperson of the committee CDE Lawrence Katsiru of Zanu PF, who is also Marondera Central legislator. Meanwhile, in Masvingo communities say bills should be presented to them in time before parliamentary portfolio committees move around to consult the public on their views. With regards to the Electoral Bill, some called for policies that ensure that individuals in hospitals are given an opportunity to register to vote and cast their ballots.   While those who attended the public hearing had general information on the Electoral Reform Bill, most said they knew nothing about the Insolvency Bill. Cde Katsiru acknowledged that the public were...

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Lakers tourney: Improved quality lauded    

The sixth edition of the Lakers Foundation basketball tournament that recorded an increased participation saw exciting action being showcased by the teams. Saturday saw the pinnacle of the action taking place at Khanyisile Sports Complex with Harare side JBC and Bulawayo-based Southern Mavericks being crowned the champions in the men and women’s categories respectively. While noting that the tournament’s future looks bright, Lakers Foundation director Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu was left a satisfied man with the quality exhibited. JBC managed to upstage city neighbours Raiders 57-47 in a tightly contested men’s final while in the women’s final it was a ‘Battle...

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Don’t harass the public, army told

The Commander Zimbabwe National Army Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda has called on the national army to be disciplined and to desist from harassing citizens. Lieutenant General Sibanda was addressing a pass out parade of 590 recruits at Battlefields in Mhondoro Ngezi. Discipline and patriotism are very essential in the military because of the extreme duties that the armed forces carry out. Lieutenant General Sibanda implored army graduands to be disciplined and to desist from harassing fellow citizens. He said soldiers are important members of society who should instead strive to work towards the betterment and well-being of communities...

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Support colleges, private sector urged

The private sector has a critical role to play in ensuring that institutions of higher learning produce quality graduates required by industry through supporting the education sector. Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic College’s department of horticulture has once again become the biggest beneficiary of Beitbridge Juicing Company’s corporate social responsibility programme after the organisation donated state of-the-art irrigation equipment to the institution of higher learning. The gesture by the company follows the realisation that there is need to revitalise the horticulture sector which was once the second largest foreign currency earner after tobacco. The government commended the company for investing...

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Rutendo Makore plays first match in Spain    

Black Rhinos Queens and Mighty Warriors Striker Rutendo “Mazvimavi” Makore who is on a six month loan spell at Spanish club Sporting Huelva played her first match at the weekend. Donning the Number 11 shirt, Makore featured for her club in a two goal win. Although she did not score in her debut match, she made some important assists and received some raving reviews from the Spanish media. Makore appears to have settled in very well at her new club in Spain where she is on a 6-months loan.  She was scouted during the COSAFA senior women’s tournament held...

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Tales of a GBV survivor

As the country continues to observe 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, victims of sexual violence are opening up on how they were abused. One survivor was raped by an 80-year old man at the age of 3 and this is one of several stories that require urgent address. Some are abused by close relatives while others fall prey to strangers. One gory incident involved a three year old girl who was continuously raped by an 80 year old HIV positive man. The survivor who is now 19 years old, reveals how her aunt took her from...

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Pres Mnangagwa swears-in new cabinet ministers    

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sworn in members of the new cabinet at State House in Harare today. First to take the oath of office were cabinet ministers, followed by Dr Christopher Mushohwe, who is the who is the Minister of State for Government Scholarships in the President’s Office, ministers of state for provincial affairs and then deputy ministers. The President on Thursday announced a leaner cabinet to avoid duplication of duties and to cut on expenses. On Saturday, President Mnangagwa made some ministerial adjustments to the appointments he had previously made, to ensure compliance with the constitution and considerations...

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LIVE UPDATES: Cabinet swearing-in ceremony

UPDATES : Wadzanai Mhombera (Assistant Online Editor) 1040: Programme ends and that concludes our updates. 1037: The PG takes oath of office 1036: President Mnangagwa now swearing-in the Prosecutor- General Advocate Ray Goba 1035: Next Cde Davis Marapira, Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement.  1035: First is Cde Terrence Mukupe, Finance and Economic Planning 1033: President Mnangagwa now swearing-in Deputy Ministers. Deputy Ministers take oath of office 1032: Advocate Martin Dinha, Mashonaland Central 1031: Cde Webster Shamu, Mashonaland West 1031: Abednico Ncube, Mat South 1030: Cde Angeline Masuku, Bulawayo 1029: Cde Owen Ncube, Midlands 1028: Cde David Musabayana, Mash East...

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