Day: April 11, 2018

Zanu PF Mat South youths gears for elections

The Matabeleland South Zanu PF Youth League has pledged its unwavering support for the first secretary of the party President Emmerson Mnangagwa saying they will do everything in their power to see that he wins the coming polls. As part of efforts to drum up support for Zanu PF presidential candidate Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, members of the youth league in Matabeleland South Province have launched the #EDhasmyvote campaign punctuated by a colourful march from Phelandaba Stadium to JM Nkomo Polytechnical College. The provincial youth chairman Cde Washington Nkomo said despite the lack of adequate resources young people have gone...

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ZRP warns of armed robbers

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has paid tribute to members of the general public for alerting the ZRP about armed robbers who are terrorising people in some parts of the country. The ZRP Criminal Investigation Department said it will leave no stone unturned until a gang of armed robbers terrorising members of the public by stealing  money and valuables are brought to book. In a statement, ZRP CID detective Assistant Inspector Portia Chinho said they have managed to trap and arrest five robbers in Dema following a tip of from the public. The police has however urged the public to...

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International institutions keen to fund Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme

The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) says it is satisfied with the huge interests by international institutions to fund the $4 billion Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme which is expected to commence during the fourth quarter of 2019 and has prioritised stakeholders’ engagement in the implementation of the project. Zimbabwe and Zambia are considering several options to finance the 2 400 megawatt Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme including grants, equity and built operate and transfer model. The ZRA which is overseeing the roll out of the project is excited about the huge interest by financiers and developers from Europe, Asia,...

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Govt on drive to revamp local industry

Line ministries in the production chain say increased production is guaranteed as government is making strategic partnerships for economic growth. This comes amid concerns of foreign currency shortages affecting industrial growth. The shortage of foreign currency and the use of obsolete equipment will soon be a thing of the past as government is on a drive to revamp the local industry and attract investment. Finance and Economic Development Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa said addressing production problems will solve foreign currency shortages. Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Minister Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri said crops like soya beans and cotton will be included in the command agriculture, a move that is expected to reduce importation of raw materials for the oil processing industry. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development and the RBZ said they are playing their part to ensure economic growth. High production costs of inputs has seen the government subsidising farmers by buying maize and cotton at a higher price but this has resulted in increased cost of...

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Chirambadare set for Kaizer Chiefs exit

Former Chicken Inn and Kaizer Chiefs forward Edmore Chirambadare might be leaving Naturena, home of Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the Absa premiership season. Chirambadare’s future at Naturena is uncertain following the decision by coach Steve Komphela to let the speedy forward leave Amakhosi at the end of the Absa season. The enterprising forward confirmed the development to leave the club premises although saying he has not yet received offers so far from either Absa premiership sides or local PSL clubs. The former Tasholotsho FC gun-man joined Amakhosi in 2016 after stealing the limelight in Chicken Inn colours...

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Chevrons technical team will be in place soon: Makoni

Zimbabwe Cricket head of cricket affairs Givemore Makoni says a technical team will be in place by the time Zimbabwe hosts a triangular series involving Pakistan and Australia in June. The ZC head of cricket affairs also announced the resumption of the Logan Cup tournament, the Pro50 championship, preparations for the triangular series involving Pakistan and Australia, the Women’s Africa Cup and plans for the next academy session at a press conference in the capital. ZC sacked national team coach Heath Streak and his entire technical team of batting coach Lance Klusener, fielding coach Walter Chawaguta, bowling coach after...

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Concern over increased child abuse cases

The government has raised concern over increasing cases of child abuse, saying it will continue working towards strengthening child protection systems through collaborating with the civil society organisations and the media. Speaking at the Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children’s 50th anniversary and awards dinner, the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Petronella Kagonye said children are everyone’s responsibility and the future of the nation, hence the need to protect them. “We are working on addressing this challenge through aligning the Children’s Act and the Marriage Act to the new constitution, a process which is now...

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Improve service delivery, RDCs urged

The government has called upon rural local authorities to improve service delivery so that they attract potential investors in line with the government’s theme that Zimbabwe is open for business. Despite having been under the spotlight over allegations of corruption and poor service delivery, rural local authorities have been called upon to improve their service delivery and identify areas of potential investments to improve the lives of the rural population. Speaking at the second 100 days round up on the ease of doing business by rural district councils, the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde...

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ZNA farm voted best maize grower in Marondera

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has been commended for leading by example in the command agriculture programme after its farm in Marondera was judged the best maize grower in ward 25 of Marondera Rural District Council. Stakeholders who attended a command agriculture field day at the ZNA-owned Gabriel Farm in Marondera, commended the army for leading by example after having one of the best maize crops in the area. “It is evidence enough that institutions are capable of excelling in the farming business. I would like to encourage other government institutions to improve their performance and ensure they are in business,” said Cde Muchemwa Mugwisi, the Director in the Office of the Minister of State for Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs. “As a seed company, we are impressed by the level of production at this institution and we are going to partner them in improving productivity at this farm,” SEEDCO representative, John Bhasera said. The Deputy Commander 2 Brigade, Colonel Zitterson Sabeka paid tribute to the local Agritex and command agriculture programme for having supported their activities. “The support we received from our local Agritex and the command agriculture team was tremendous and we value it,” he said. The farm had 34 hectares of maize under command agriculture. Apart from the maize crop, the farm is also into horticulture, cattle production, goats and...

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Calls for legalisation of abortion

Concern has been raised over the inability of contraceptives to be 100 percent effective, with certain quarters calling for the country to consider allowing termination of unplanned pregnancies as a result of this gap. The reason why women use contraceptives is to prevent unplanned pregnancy but unfortunately these family planning methods are not 100 percent effective. In the event that one falls pregnant under those circumstances the country’s laws do not allow termination of the pregnancy. Gwanda Provincial Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr Pugie Chimberengwa told a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women and Youth Affairs that this has forced women to resort to back yard abortion which leads to health complications. “The law only allows us to terminate pregnancy under limited circumstances but some of these contraceptives have a high failure rate. Women then ask us to abort the pregnancy but we can’t and what do they do? They insert sticks inside their wombs and they are back here with complications. Managing such cases becomes even more costly to the health delivery system,” said Dr Chimberengwa. On the scrapping of user fees for pregnant mothers, stakeholders urged the government to fully support Gwanda Provincial Hospital which is poorly resourced, adding that women are sometimes forced to purchase medical consumables that should be provided by the institution. “Yes, we get services for free but at the end of the day, it...

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