Day: February 20, 2018

Ban on kombis in Harare CBD slammed

The Harare City Council’s noble initiative to decongest the city centre by giving commuter omnibus operators an ultimatum to vacate the CBD is mired by operational and structural challenges due to poor planning and lack of consultation. The new order being spearheaded by the local authority is on course to bring operational inefficiencies and an extra financial burden to the commuting public. Commuter omnibus operators told the ZBC News that the city council should have made wide consultations before making such a decision because the move is likely to result in sprouting of unlicensed operators known as ‘mushikashikas’ as...

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E. Guinea congratulates Zim for peaceful transition

The government of Equatorial Guinea has commended Zimbabwe for the peaceful manner it handled political transition in November last year. A special envoy from Equatorial Guinea, Mr Gabriel Lima Dbiang met President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices this evening and delivered a special message from his Equatorial Guinea counterpart, President Teodore Obiang Nguema Mbasongo. Mr Dbiang was accompanied by the State Secretary of Treasury in Equatorial Guinea, Milagrosa Obona Angue and the West African country’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Jose Ela Ebang. Mr Dbiang said he has been sent to convey a congratulatory message to President Mnanangwa and the...

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Retired Justice Nare appointed NPRC Chairperson

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has with immediate effect appointed Retired Justice Selo Masole Nare as the Chairperson of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission. In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda  said the appointment of Retired Justice Nare was made after wide consultations and as per the provisions of Section 251 (1) (a) of the constitution of Zimbabwe. A seasoned legal expert, Retired Justice Nare served as a Senior Regional Magistrate in 1998, then as President of the Administrative Court in Harare and Bulawayo in 2001 and 2003 respectively.   He was later appointed judge of the Bulawayo Labour Court until his retirement in 2013. Retired Justice Nare is currently an elder in the Church of Christ Congregation in...

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Eliminate child marriages, Africa urged

A call has been made for African nations to prioritise the elimination of child marriages as they have overwhelming effects on both the girl child and economic development. A widespread violation of human rights, child marriage is a global challenge and an impediment to social and economic development. Predominantly in the west and Sub-Saharan Africa, poverty, culture, religion, and lack of education are some of the key drivers fuelling the menace. Girls make up the majority of children who are married below the age of 18 and they feel early marriage deprives them of their fundamental rights to health,...

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ZAMPS: ZBC leads the pack

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)’s television and radio stations are the leading brands in the Zimbabwe All Media Products Survey (ZAMPS) released by the Zimbabwe Advertising and Research Foundation (ZARF) today. Leading the pack in the radio segment is Radio Zimbabwe, which increased its listenership by 2% to 51% of market share. National FM gained 1% over the same period. “The two radio stations appeal to a cross section of their listeners by broadcasting their programmes in all the country’s vernacular languages,” ZBC Acting Head of Radio Services, Mr Albert Chekayi said. The main news bulletin remains one of...

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First Lady tours special obstetric fistula clinic

The First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa has toured the country’s only special obstetric fistula clinic at Chinhoyi General Hospital. Cde Mnangagwa had visited the province for the free cervical cancer screening programme when she toured the special clinic. Zimbabwe’s only obstetric fistula clinic has repaired and treated more than 600 women since its establishment two years ago. The First Lady visited patients in this specialised clinic to get first hand information on the services provided. Director – Family Health in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Bernard Madzima said the ministry is in the process of introducing another clinic in Bulawayo, adding that more than 800 women are awaiting the specialised treatment. The Minister of State for Mashonaland West Province, Cde Webster Shamu commended the First Lady for her charity work which has seen her launching the Angel of Hope Foundation. Cde Mnangagwa also toured the hospital kitchen before donating food stuffs. Her next port of call will be Mashonaland Central Province where she will visit Karanda Hospital in Mount Darwin with the same message of fighting cancer through free cervical and breast cancer...

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NPRC Bulawayo dialogue disrupted

Debate on the consultative dialogue by the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) had to be aborted in Bulawayo this afternoon after a group of people by the moniker, Mthwakazi disrupted proceedings, saying the composition of the commission is not reflective of the national outlook while others called for an international organisation to deal with disturbances of the past. NPRC commissioners had to be whisked away to a private boardroom after some rowdy youths under the moniker Mthwakazi threatened to deal with them if they failed to abort the meeting. Trouble started when the commissioners where introduced to the...

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AU Commission pledges support for polls

The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Dr Moussa Faki Mahamat has expressed satisfaction with Zimbabwe’s preparations for elections and has pledged to support the process by giving technical support and experts to work with the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC). Mr Mahamat said this while addressing journalists at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade offices in Harare this afternoon at the conclusion of his three day visit to see firsthand the state of things in the country following the change of political guard in the country and to assess the country’s preparedness for the 2018 harmonised elections. With...

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AU Commission, ACBF sign cooperation agreement

The African Union (AU) Commission has signed a cooperation agreement with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) that endorsed the organisation as a specialised agency of the continental body, in fulfilment of a resolution passed by the assembly last year. The ACBF was established 27 years ago and is now Africa’s leading organisation for capacity building. It also promotes institutional capacity for the continent’s sustainable development. In 2017 during the 28th AU Summit, the assembly resolved to grant the status of specialised agency to the ACBF and the Pan African Women’s Organisation. AU Commission Chairperson, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat...

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Ferrochrome, coal output growth projected

The Chamber of Mines is projecting robust growth in ferrochrome and coal output this year underlined by an improved operating environment as well as sound investments in these sectors. Being home to the second largest chrome deposits in the SADC region after South Africa, Zimbabwe is well positioned to benefit from the commodity through by value addition and beneficiation so as to export high carbon ferro-chrome to international markets.  In fact, the country derived more revenue from this initiative last year after exporting 140 000 tonnes of the commodity and earning $115 million. The overall target last year was...

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