Day: February 12, 2018

Matanga appointed ZRP Commissioner General

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Cde Tandabantu Godwin Matanga as the substantive Commissioner General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). In a statement, Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, Dr Mariyawanda Nzuwah said the appointment is in terms of section 221(1) and 2 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment number 20 as read with section 340 (1). Cde Matanga holds several professional qualifications in active field artillery management and financial management. He was appointed Acting Commissioner General last December after the retirement of Commissioner General Augustine...

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Shot in the arm for Lukosi hospital

The health service delivery is expected to improve remarkably at Lukosi Hospital in Hwange following a donation of medical equipment worth $150 000 by a United States based organisation, ‘Matter’ in conjunction with a local company ‘Love for Africa’. The donation is meant to compliment efforts by the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa in equipping public hospitals with various equipment across the country. Lukosi Hospital in Hwange has been operating like any other district hospital, with limited equipment which cannot service the majority of the population. A Victoria Falls based organisation Love for Africa teamed up with a United...

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Matandara stands test of time in Chipinge

Matandara also known as Zvigugu housing and storage structures have remained important historical structures in rural Chipinge which serves multipurposes. African civilisation has undergone massive evolution but Matandara are part of architectural technology that has stood the test of time in Chipinge were they have remained a common feature especially among the Ndau and Shangani tribes.  The two tier buildings constructed mainly with wood and mud speak of the origins of modern day high rising buildings and here the dandara serves multipurposes as a house and as a food storage facility. Sekuru Thabukani Petros Parafini and his four wives and 32 children reside in Chibuwe and their dandara is strategically situated at the centre of his homestead and he said it holds the supplies which he distributes to his wives once their rations run out. Sekuru Shupai Mabika and Mbuya Shorai Fafa noted dandara or chigugu are important in preserving food and seed while also acting as a safe haven for people from wild animals. Historian Sifelani Tonje said dandara or chigugu is proof that Africans had their own ways of preserving seed and grain even before colonisation. The functions and historical significance of matandara makes them an important structure in an African rural set up and are still very popular among the Ndau and Shangani...

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4 killed as house collapses

Four members of the same family in Chidawa village under Chief Nyajinya in Uzumba died after their house collapsed due to incessant rains and trapped them inside during the early hours of Sunday. Three other members of the same family who were in the house were retrieved by fellow villagers. Mashonaland East Acting Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed the incident and said a local villager discovered the collapsed house in the morning and alerted other villagers who rushed to the scene and found the deceased and the injured trapped under the rubble. The injured, who are all juveniles, were taken to Mtawatawa Hospital for treatment. The deceased have been identified as Fadzisai Florence Chikuyeni (58), Ngonidzaishe Kalambandewo (4), Precious Kalambandewo (2) and Rutendo Madande...

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CZI pushes for CSC revival

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) Masvingo chapter says the government should prioritise the recapitalisation of the Cold Storage Commission (CSC) as many downstream industries stand to benefit from this. At its peak, the CSC in Masvingo used to employ over 2000 people.      Not only workers directly employed by the commission were affected as some downstream industries were also hard hit by its closure. The CZI is lobbying the government for the recapitalisation of the company. “We have engaged the Deputy Minister of Agriculture on the reopening of CSC. They need about $15 million to start both the plant...

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China pledges increased cooperation

China has pledged to continue increasing cooperation with the government of Zimbabwe in various fields as part of efforts to strengthen the existing bilateral partnerships. The commitment was made by the Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Huang Ping when he paid a courtesy call on Acting President Kembo Mohadi today. The two discussed various issues ranging from the current trade, social, political and economic relationships including a review of deals already signed and proposed future arrangements. “The meeting reflected commitment by the two countries in forging ahead with their ties while also focusing on new methods of enhancing cooperation,” Cde Mohadi said. “We have great optimism of increased cooperation with Zimbabwe to consolidate gains that have been achieved in the past few years,” Ambassador Huang said. Zimbabwe’s bilateral relationship with China dates back to the days of the liberation struggle where the Asian nation provided support to freedom fighters leading to the attainment of independence in...

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Landmark ruling on demolished houses

The High Court has ordered Harare City Council to provide adequate restitution to members of Harare South Housing Apex Cooperative Society Limited whose homes at Eyerstone Farm they unlawfully demolished. The order was handed down by Justice Edith Mushore, who also interdicted the local authority from evicting the applicants until the matter is finalised. Members of the cooperative approached the High Court under case number HC9616/17 after the Harare City Council demolished their homes in the absence of a court order. The affected members welcomed the court order, saying it brings sanity to lawlessness exhibited by Harare City Council....

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Manicaland organises investment conference

In a bid to step up efforts in luring investors to Manicaland Province, an investment conference is being organised to showcase the Eastern Highlands’ unique offerings. The buzzword in Zimbabwe has been of luring investment into the country with President Emmerson Mnangagwa having gone on a number of trips outside the country, notably, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland with the message that Zimbabwe is open for business. Manicaland Province has decided to ride on the wave of seeking fresh capital with an investment conference slated for the 3rd of March in order to put its unique selling...

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Winemaker eyes investment in Zim

Diasporans are showing willingness to invest back home weeks after President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s visit to South Africa where he stated that Zimbabwe is now open for business. A tough economic environment was marked by a mass exodus of Zimbabweans to neighbouring South Africa and several other countries across the globe. Several Zimbabwean entrepreneurs honed their skills abroad and a recent visit of South Africa by President Mnangagwa served to stimulate Zimbabweans abroad to return home and invest in different sectors of the economy. Southern based Godfrey Madanhire, who is in involved in wine making, is one of many Zimbabweans poised to capitalise on an improving business environment existing in the country. Madanhire told the ZBC News of plans to set up a wine making plant and has met with stakeholders on modalities of embarking in wine making locally. Madanhire is also a motivational speaker and is involved in book writing and the hospitality industry in South...

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Invest in forensic science, govt urged

Resourcing the Forensic Department of the Zimbabwe Republic Police has been cited as key in the investigation of crimes as well as providing conclusive evidence for prosecution. The official opening of the legal year for Mutare circuit court saw judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe, Mr Joseph Musakwa calling for investment in forensic science by law enforcement agents to quickly bring criminals to book. Mr Musakwa noted that as a result of not employing forensic science, a number of crimes may go undetected as evidence gathered may be prove inconclusive in a court of law. The backlog of cases at Mutare High Court stands at 63 with some dating back to 2003 as a result of accused persons being unaccounted for. The completion of a court complex, expected in the first quarter of the year, as well as the deployment of judges will also see the city of Mutare being the next to host the High Court on a permanent...

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