Day: April 4, 2018

Zanu PF bigwigs pull out of primaries

Some senior Zanu PF leaders in Matabeleland North Province have withdrawn their curricula vitae for primary elections and instead pledged to support the candidates who will win on the 5th of May. The decision comes amid concerns by the party leadership that there are too many aspiring candidates for both council and National Assembly seats. Zanu PF Secretary for Administration, Dr Obert Mpofu who has also been serving as the legislator for Umguza constituency for more than 20 years will not contest for the position but will now focus on being a senator. The sitting legislator for Bubi Constituency,...

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Vic Falls receives US endorsement

The local tourism industry has hailed the nomination of Victoria Falls by a United State online publication as the only ‘must visit destination’ on the continent for April 2018, describing it as a major endorsement of the resort town as a safe and hospitable destination. American financial and business news website, Business Insider, which is also a top opinion shaper, recently nominated Victoria Falls as the only must visit destination in Africa for April 2018. The country’s premier tourists destination was also among the 13 best places to travel to as adjudged by the publication. Tourism players say the...

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Brick moulders leave trail of destruction

The growing business of brick moulding and selling in Mount Hampden has left environment officials in a catch 22 situation on what move to take to avoid continued degradation. It is business as usual in Mt Hampden where hundreds of people are employed in this brisk brick moulding business. A visit to the site saw men and women running up and down carrying moulding trays while others were already selling the finished products. In the process, a serious environmental degradation trail is left behind all in the search for income. An aerial view of the site paints a bleak...

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Begin harvest preps, farmers urged

Maize and wheat farmers have been urged to make adequate preparations as the harvest season fast approaches in order to mitigate post harvest losses. The harvest season is almost upon us as the early planted maize and early maturing varieties are drying, with farmers being urged to prepare on time. An agronomist, Mr Ivan Craig said it is time farmers particularly those with a large hectarage should ensure that combine harvesters are in good working order and storage facilities clean to minimise harvest delays and losses. He also urged wheat farmers to plan early for the season to avoid...

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School head in sodomy storm

An expelled student of Anderson school in Gweru has accused the headmaster at the school of sodomising him. The story which reads like a script ripped from a local drama series started with the expulsion of two form three boys who were caught in a compromising position at the school dormitories. A few weeks later, the story took a dramatic twist as one of the boys through his father accused the school headmaster at the prestigious Seventh Day Adventist school of sodomising him. The school head is now facing arrest and a disciplinary hearing by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. Midlands Provincial Education Director, Mrs Agnes Gudo confirmed that the ministry is still investigating the case. “The boy in question lives in Chiredzi and we were making frantic efforts to get in touch with him so that he could submit his own side of the story. Let me say we did not get full cooperation from the guardian or parents until two weeks ago. Our investigations are almost complete except that we are making efforts to get hold of the other pupil who was caught in a compromising position,” she said.  Police have also received a report from the alleged victim and instituted investigations over the matter. Midlands Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende confirmed that they investigated the Anderson school headmaster over accusations of abuse and...

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Harare to relocate Hopley residents

The Harare City Council says it will relocate thousands of Hopely residents who have been staying illegally in the area for 17 years. The sprawling suburb has no proper ablution facilities or tapped water and also lacks proper roads, hence the move to relocate the residents to a well planned residential area. This came out during a tour by the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Miriam Chikukwa and Harare City Council representatives. Harare City Council Acting Town Clerk, Engineer Hosiah Chisango said Hopley residents have been staying illegally in the area. “We are relocating them because...

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Gandawa, two others indicted

The former Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Godfrey Gandawa and former Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF) CEO, Fredrick Mandizvidza and ZIMDEF Principal Director – Finance, Nicholas Mapute have been indicted for trial at the High Court on the 21st of May. Harare magistrate, Tilda Mazhande presided over the proceedings which saw Dr Gandawa, Mandizvidza and Mapute indicted for trial at the high court over several charges of corruption and criminal abuse of office. Former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo, who is still at large...

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MDC-T happy with campaigns

MDC-T National Youth Chairperson, Happymore Chidziva says his party’s road to the 2018 harmonised polls has so far been smooth as they are campaigning freely and have not witnessed any inter-party violence. Zimbabwe has come ripe in its multi-party democracy, with 112 political parties having notified the electoral body of their intention to take part in the 2018 harmonised elections so far. Among these is the MDC-T, whose youth leader has revealed there have been freely undertaking their campaigns. Chidziva said as a party they are confident of reaping from the youth dividend.  While accusations of forced inspection of voter registration slips have made headlines, no political party has been brought forth as being the culprits. With President Emmerson Mnangagwa continuously emphasising on a free, fair, credible and violence free election, it appears political parties are heeding the...

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Rutenga accident kills 7

Seven people died in a road accident last night when a Mazda MPV vehicle and a Tombs bus trailer collided in Rutenga close to Avunga Secondary School, along the Masvingo – Beitbridge highway. The Tombs bus was travelling towards Masvingo when a trailer dislodged from the bus before colliding with the Mazda MPV travelling towards Beitbridge. Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) National Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said after the trailer got dislodged it encroached onto the oncoming traffic lane, resulting in the head on collision with the Mazda vehicle. The MPV had 8 people on board and only...

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Industry embraces new turnaround policies

Captains of industry and commerce are embracing business fresh turnaround policies in line with the new government’s thrust to ensure investor friendly policies. The Megafest Business Excellence Awards ceremony held recently in the capital saw captains of industry and commerce focusing on realigning their growth policies in light of the Zimbabwe is open for business mantra. Despite the production challenges affecting firms, resilience and thrust to retain profits on viable projects are key factors cited by some of the business people who won the outstanding awards as key to success. While there is a set tone for renewed business...

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