Day: April 10, 2018

Mighty Warriors debacle raises concern

The impasse between the Mighty Warriors and the football governing mother body, ZIFA over unpaid winning bonuses and allowances for the 2019 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers against Namibia entered day two with no solution in sight. The stand-off between the Mighty Warriors and the football governing mother-body ZIFA continues with players still holed up at the ZIFA Village in Mt Hampden waiting to have their allowance addressed by the football authorities. The victorious Mighty Warriors are understood to have been given and $5 each for those from Harare and $20 for those from out of town as...

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Zuckerberg testifies before US Senators

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told US Senators his company is in a constant battle with Russian operators seeking to exploit the social network. “This is an arms race. They’re going to keep getting better,” he said. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Mr Zuckerberg was answering questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data collection scandal. He also revealed Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, had interviewed Facebook staff. Zuckerberg said that Facebook has been served with subpoenas by special counsel Mueller’s office but then backs off and said that Facebook is...

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‘Dr Nkomo’s “intonga” remains under family custody’

The ‘intonga kamdala wethu’ (walking stick) of the late vice president Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo, is safe and secure under the custody of the family with no plans to give it to the MDC-T leader Advocate Nelson Chamisa.  Following revelations by the Advocate Chamisa that on his visit to the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo museum in Bulawayo, he was promised the traditional walking stick of umdala, family member and son to the late Father Zimbabwe, Mr Sibangiliwze Nkomo said the ‘intonga kamdala’ is sacred and remains in the custody of the family with no intentions to give it to...

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Strides towards re-orienting ‘amakorokoza’

The Mberengwa-Zvishavane Miners Association says it wants a re-orientation of artisanal miners who must appreciate the changing dynamics of the industry. Artisanal miners are generally known as amakorokoza. Over the years they have been known more as a menace than in positive light. However, efforts to decriminalise artisanal mining seem to be yielding fruit. More gold deliveries to Fidelity Printers and Refiners have been witnessed. The Mberengwa -Zvishavane Miners Association however said there is still some bad practices such as environmental damage and relations with communities that still need redressing. The perception in most cases is that the miners...

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ZERA unveils $13m construction project

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has unveiled a $13 million construction project of its head office in Mt Pleasant business park, a project expected to be completed by December 2019. The ground breaking ceremony was officiated by the Minister of Energy and Power Development Ambassador Simon Khaya-Moyo who was ably represented by the Permanent Secretary Mr Patson Mbiriri who highlighted the importance of state enterprises having their own properties notwithstanding the exemplary role that the regulatory authority has taken. Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Mrs Miriam Chikukwa noted that...

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SADC countries urged to protect children’s rights

In the face of increasing cases of child rights violation worsened by the advent of the social media, a call has been made for Southern African countries to implement legal frameworks that protect and promote children’s rights. As children continue to fall victim to a number of vices including sexual abuse, child marriages, poverty, victimisation and negligence, SADC countries have been called upon to come up with mechanisms that ensure children’s rights are protected at all levels. Speaking on the sidelines of the East and Southern African child rights conference held in the capital, chairperson of Child Rights Network for Southern Africa Desmond Mhango said many SADC countries have policies that protect children’s rights, however they need to be effectively implemented. It is important for civil society organisations to work together with governments in mobilising resources to ensure children’s rights to health, education and other social needs are fulfilled. The three day conference is running under the theme, “Towards a SADC Protocol for Children and Young...

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Some hospitals defy govt’s user fee policy

Despite the introduction of the user fee policy by the government, some local hospitals and clinics in Bulawayo have not been complying with the government’s directive. The user fee policy is an approach that is meant to improve maternal health outcomes by reducing barriers to accessing maternal health services, such as non registration fees among other related fees for expecting mothers. Women in Bulawayo say despite the scraping of these fees, local hospitals have not been complying with the government’s policy which is prohibiting them from doing regular visits to doctors. “There is no such thing as such non-payment we still pay when we are expecting,” said some of the women. Speaking during a public hearing conducted by the Women and Youth Affairs Committee, the committee’s chairperson Honourable Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said residents do not have enough knowledge that can enable them to claim their rights for free services in clinics and hospitals. “As a committee we are just hearing of such things and people do not have much knowledge about this policy which has so many bad implications to both mothers and children as they grow,” she said. Another issue of importance that was raised is that of health effects of hormonal contraceptives for women. The clinical director for Mpilo Hospital Dr Solwayo Ngwenya asserted that women are educated on the effects before prescription of proper contraceptives. “Women are...

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Former sportspersons form new association

The Zimbabwe Sports Legends and Friends, an association of former sports persons has been constituted with an aim of making a positive impact to those that have entertained spectators through different sport codes. Sportspersons have in the past made efforts to come together and form an organisation that could stand for their concerns but have always failed to take the first step. The Zimbabwe Sports Legends and Friends (ZSLF) has come as good news to the stakeholders as it has managed to come up with structures locally, in South Africa, Canada, USA and the United Kingdom. While with a quest to ensure that insurance of former players is recognised, retaining of interest in sport by its members is also a prime target according to the interim secretary in-charge of the secretariat and finance, former Highlanders defender, Sikhumbuzo Ndebele. “The reason why we are coming together is to keep the love of the game and sport alive. A lot of us sometimes give up, maybe due to frustration and everything else. We end up not getting involved either through grassroots or any developmental contact. So we have decided to come together, basically to keep our passion that has given us some names in society,” he said. Among other sport codes embodied by this new organisation are swimming, football and athletics, with the likes of Peter Ndlovu, Benjani Mwaruwari, Stanley Chirambadare,...

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Govt moves to improve investment processing time

Government is roping in expertise from Rwanda to develop its investment processing turn-over under a development that may result to intense rationalisation of duplicated duties at both ministerial and institution level. Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba said the current drive towards an open business policy should be well translated across all levels describing the current set up as worrisome. For this reason, top officials of the Rwanda Development Board comprising the chief executive officer Ms Claire Akamanzi and the chief operations officer Mr Emmanuel Hategeka will be arriving in the country tomorrow ahead of critical engagements with officials in...

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Local cafe embraces concept of rebranding

When the concept of rebranding was crafted, no one thought that it would be taken up by a rural cafe and bar. One can only imagine the impression given when a local cafe and bar is named “Mthandazafe”. Before independence, a cafe and bar Mtshayazafe was popular, but the name gave an impression that someone must be hit until they die. Whoever the person to be hit was, is a story for another day. However, the name just needed to be changed somehow and for years after independence no one was concerned until the recent years when the provincial...

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