Day: April 2, 2018

Agribank extend loans on 99 year leases 

State owned Agribank has mobilised $105 million for the 2018-2019 summer cropping season that will be extended to farmers on condition of meeting lending terms and 99 year leases. In the past few years financial institutions have been rejecting 99 year leases for new farmers claiming they were not transferable if a farmer defaults. However, following talks between the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, government and regulatory authorities, financial institutions have now agreed to accept the 99 year leases as financial security. Agribank chief executive officer Mr Sam Malaba said since the financial institution is now making profits to $7.9...

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Embrace technology to curb road accidents: Experts

Embracing information and communication technology (ICT) is said to be the best way in curbing road carnage. This comes as reports suggest that human error is the major cause of accidents in Zimbabwe and this Easter holiday has been the bloodiest when compared to last year. The use of technology in monitoring speed, fatigue and road worthiness of a vehicle is the way to go in reducing road accidents. An ICT expert Mr Brian Mkudzavhu said errant drivers will have to meet expenses as tickets can be issued electronically without contact between a police officer and the driver. This...

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Zanu PF Midlands receives primary election guidelines

Zanu PF Midlands Province has received its primary election guidelines at a provincial elections directorate meeting held at the weekend. Speaking on the sidelines of a provincial election directorate meeting in Gweru, the Zanu PF Midlands spokesperson Cde Cornelious Mupereri said the province has received the guidelines on how to conduct the party’s internal election process which is due on the fifth of next month. He said the guidelines also stipulate the requirements for aspiring candidates to be eligible to represent the party in the coming elections. Cde Mupereri noted that the guidelines however give the veterans of the struggle a special waiver on the election requirements. The primary election guidelines will soon cascade to all the districts in the province through inter district meetings to announce the guidelines to party members said Cde Mupereri. “Anybody who needs to qualify in the election has to have been in the district for five years. Veterans of the struggle are actually exempted from this requirement they can stand wherever they wish to stand. Members of the civil service need to resign from the service, this is constitutional. There are people who may not qualify who have served prison terms and those who have had convictions in the party, those people cannot qualify,” he said. The Zanu PF internal election process is being supervised by the party’s National Electoral...

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‘Lawlessness major cause for road traffic accidents’

The increase in road accidents in the country during the Easter holiday has been blamed on a number of factors including lawlessness, use of unregistered public service vehicles and the bad state of roads. Statistics from the Zimbabwe Republic Police show that more than 64 percent of vehicles involved in road accidents were privately owned compared to 23 percent of public service vehicles. Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) spokesperson Mr Tatenda Chinoda revealed that most accidents are a result of drivers who drive under the influence of alcohol. Although government is in the process of resurfacing some highways...

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Employment freeze for magistrates crippling justice delivery system

Chief Justice Luke Malaba has called on government to lift the freeze on recruitment of magistrates as the directive has affected operations of the justice delivery system in Zimbabwe. The freeze on recruitment of employees by the government is said to be affecting operations of strategic institutions. Chief Justice Malaba said the freeze is not consistent with the current trajectory shown by the leadership. “Magistrates are stretch to the limit and this affect work and expedience. I implore the government to lift the freeze so that justice is not compromised,” he said. The Judicial Service Commission is on record...

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Zanu PF primary elections preps gather momentum

Zanu PF aspiring candidates from Umguza constituency in the forthcoming primary elections have submitted their curriculum vitaes (CVs) as part of procedures leading to the selection of candidates who will represent the party in the general elections to be held in July. The submissions were made at the party district offices, this afternoon. Preparations for the Zanu PF primary elections are taking shape with all the districts in Matabeleland North, having met for the submission of CVs by members who wish to be senators, members of parliament, women’s quota and councillors among other positions. Umguza legislator Dr Obert Mpofu...

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Mighty Warriors ready for Namibia

The Zimbabwe senior women’s football side head coach Sithethelelwe “KwinjIe 15” Sibanda believes the Mighty Warriors will have to rely on their experience to grind a result this Thursday in the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) tie in Windhoek, Namibia. Sibanda whose troops began preparations last week played a single match against a men’s side as they prepared to face Namibia in Windhoek.  The Mighty Warriors who were last in action during the September 2017 senior women’s COSAFA Castle Cup face their first hurdle in a bid to qualify for the AWCON starting this Thursday. The Zimbabwe ladies...

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Calls for alignment of child rights laws

Civil society organisations are calling for government’s intervention on the alignment of various child rights laws to the constitution. Zimbabwe has a number of policies that are meant to protect the rights of children, however there is need for the government to align various pieces of legislation to the constitution and enhance implementation and monitoring. Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children (ZNCWC) project manager Mr Samuel Mandiwana noted that although there is progress on the Children’s Act, there are gaps in terms of implementation and monitoring of laws as well as the alignment of laws to the constitution. “There is need for the alignment of various laws to the constitution as well as work on finalising on the implementation of the recommendations of the African Charter,” he said. Meanwhile among other issues pertaining children, civil society organisations are calling on government to redress the birth registration requirements and conditions as some children are failing to get birth certificates. Programme manager ZNCWC Mr Maxim Murungweni said they are calling for government intervention and the registrar’s office to ensure they relax their conditions to allocate birth certificates to children. “Issues of birth registration, we are engaging the registrar’s office to make sure they relax their conditions to register children without birth certificates as it affects basic services like writing of examinations and going to school,” said Mr Murungweni. The...

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42 die, 246 injured in Easter holiday accidents

42 people died and 246 others were injured in separate road accidents across the country during the Easter holiday. The latest death toll is an increase from 22 people who were killed and 105 injured in accidents during the same period last year. Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said by Monday 338 accidents had been recorded countrywide with 25 of them being fatal. “Indeed the death toll is not all that entertaining and we hope for better movements of traffic in the future,” he said. The more than 50 percent rise in this year’s Easter death toll compared...

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BREAKING: Winnie Mandela dies

South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died aged 81, her personal assistant Zodwa Zwane said. Winnie, the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela died at Netcare Milpark Hospital in  Johannesburg, South Africa this afternoon. The couple – famously pictured hand-in-hand as Mr Mandela walked free from prison after 27 years – were a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle for nearly three decades. However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically. Family spokesman Victor Dlamini said in a statement; “Winnie died after a long illness, for which she had been in and...

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