Day: April 13, 2018

Father kills 5 children with petrol bomb

Five children were burnt to death at Churu farm on the outskirts of Harare on Wednesday night when their father who separated from their mother petrol bombed the house in which they were sleeping. The children’s mother and her relative are hospitalised after being injured in the incident. Police confirmed the incident, saying 44 year old Steven Majovha burnt the children aged 10, 9, 6, 4 and 2 years. Majovha is also alleged to have raped a 12 year old girl at the house. Meanwhile, police have shot and wounded four armed robbers in Harare’s Marlbrough suburb while one of them escaped.  Police spokesperson, Chief Superintendant Paul Nyathi also confirmed the...

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CUT research on tubers for stock feed

Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) is concluding research on two tubers which are regarded as highly nutritious as stock feed. CUT Animal Production and Technology Research Unit academic, Dr Chrispen Murungweni said progress research so far carried by the institution has shown beyond doubt that the two unnamed types of tubers have high nutritional and medicinal properties as stock feed for cattle. He said the tubers have since been grown in different climatic regions to ascertain the conditions under which they grow better. Each of the tubers can attain a weight of up to 45 kgs and a minimum...

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National Health Ageing Strategic Plan launched

The Ministry of Health and Child Care today joined hands with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in launching the National Health Ageing Strategic Plan during commemorations to mark World Health Day for the elderly. In an interview on the sidelines of the launch of the strategic plan, the Principal Director – Prevention Services in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Gibson Mhlanga said the government is committed to meeting the requirements of the elderly to improve their livelihoods. “We are aware that the elderly face various challenges in accessing quality and universal health services and as a government, we are saying a multi-sectoral approach is needed in order to achieve the physical and social wellbeing of the older persons,” he said. Healthy ageing emphasises the need for action across multiple sectors and enabling older people to remain a resource to their families, communities and economies. WHO Acting Officer in Charge in Zimbabwe, Dr Prebo Barango also noted that older people are neglected in the society and there is need to monitor the development of non communicable diseases that commonly affect them. “Health is a human right, no one should get sick and die just because they are poor, or because they cannot access the health services they need,” he said. The elderly who graced the event expressed appreciation on the move taken by the government as they...

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Prison show organisers hail amnesty

Organisers of the Inside Out, an arts talent show for inmates at Bulawayo’s prisons, have hailed the recent amnesty as having come at the right time in line with the objectives of their competition. The competition features the five prisons in the city and affords inmates an opportunity to tussle it out in five categories namely: poetry, drama, contemporary dance and acappella music. Bulawayo Province’s Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Arts Ambassador, Clarence ‘Kirah’ Garura, revealed that the amnesty had not dampened the spirit of the talent show but provided the inmates with an opportunity to practice outside what they have been learning inside the prison walls. “For those who are now out, they are only out of the prison walls but are still part of the competition. Even if they don’t make it to the finals or even if they don’t win during the finals, we are still yet to take them to the next stage of making sure they record from outside the prison walls so that they prove a point to the nation that they have been properly rehabilitated while they were still in prison. So the amnesty worked in favour of the competition,” she said. One of the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme, who decided to come and continue with the competition in the dance section, Simelinkosi Ncube, highlighted that she believes her talent...

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33 Chivi schools receive irrigation equipment

33 schools in Chivi have received drip irrigation equipment to sustain nutritional gardens in the perennially dry area. With the national feeding programme launched in schools across the country, nutritional gardens now play a significant role.  The schools were grateful to receive the equipment, describing it as an important development initiative. Chivi Rural District Council Chairperson, Dr Killer Zivhu, who handed over the irrigation equipment to the schools, said the Zanu PF government believes in development which supports the country’s young people. In an area which is generally dry, irrigation has always been presented as the last solution to creating sustainable agriculture in the...

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Keep records, farmers urged

Farmers under the command agriculture programme have been urged to keep detailed records as they help them to graduate into the commercial farming sector and produce good yields. To many farmers who have embraced command agriculture, it has become the order of the day to register a bumper harvest and the Zimbili farmers in Umzingwane District are now a part of the high yield farming group. The farmers said it is important therefore to follow all the traits that distinguish command agriculture from mere farming in order to produce even greater yields. An Agronomist from Umzingwane District, Mr Nkululeko...

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CZI Matabeleland re-elects Gunda

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) Matabeleland Chapter has re-elected Mr Joseph Gunda as its president for another term to steer a turnaround strategy for Bulawayo industries. After re-election during an annual general meeting held this week, the General Beltings General Manager [Mr Gunda] vowed to ride on the special economic zones (SEZs) initiative to bring back the economic status of Bulawayo as manufacturing hub. “My belief is that the SEZs will bring positive developments in the city and will certainly bring it back to its original status of being a manufacturing hub. We are working hard to improve on our quality and internal efficiencies as companies. We believe that such initiatives should be embraced and on our part build upon them so that we don’t rely on protection going forward,” said Mr Gunda. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) pledged to be with the CZI Matabeleland Chapter in every step by continuing to support industries with soft loans for the retooling exercise. “We are saying banks should lend out at 7.5% interest per annum, turnovers being 12 months for working capital and 36 months for capital expenditure. We are also aware of reluctance of banks to disburse soft loans, so the RBZ is looking into ways and means of using different models to encourage our industry players to access these facilities,” said Mr Kasanda Sibanda, RBZ Bulawayo branch...

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Blind farmer defies odds

Farming in Zimbabwe is a viable venture, opening visions even for those who cannot see. The story of the 43 year old Yamurai Choruva of Kasenze Village in Rushinga, a visually impaired farmer, is one of the most captivating stories in Zimbabwe. Born with this disabiilty, the farmer said he developed a passion for this sector at a tender age, developing skills that have made him outstand and outperform many farmers who can see in his area. On this drizzly day, Choruva gathered his family around a small fire. The intimacy with his siblings filled part of our conversation, and he confirmed that his family is his primary focus which drives him to continue farming. Choruva can do everything which most of his peers can, and his ability to navigate through the task of selecting weeds from the crops demonstrates his advanced skill in this sector. “I use my sense of touch to do weeding. So I have to use my hands. I touch around the plants and I can feel the difference between weeds and crops and I pull out the weeds,” he said. Choruva may be blind, but he has seen an opportunity to guarantee food security around his...

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Govt unveils massive parastatal reforms    

The government has unveiled parastatal reforms which will see the liquidation, merging, privatisation and recapitalisation of the state-owned utilities.                             According to the reforms, 12 parastatals including Cold Storage Company, Grain Marketing Board and National Railways of Zimbabwe will be recapitalised through several initiatives while the boards of ZETDC, ZPC and ZESA will be dissolved to pave way for a single ZESA board.                                   The Minister of Finance and Economic Development Cde Patrick Chinamasa who unveiled the reforms on Friday said four state-owned utilities including Zimglass, Motira and Kingstones will be liquidated in line with the cabinet resolutions on parastatal reforms.   ...

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 PSL action continues

Today Black Rhinos clash with Chapungu at Rufaro stadium in Harare. Tomorrow, Mutare City takes on Bulawayo Chiefs at Vengere stadium in Rusape. FC Platinum locks horns with Harare City at Mandava while Herentals face Bulawayo City at Rufaro stadium. Nichruit clash with ZPC Kariba at Ascot stadium, in Gweru. On Sunday, Triangle United take on Caps United at Gibbo stadium. Shabanie Mine play Ngezi Platinum at Maglas stadium, Chicken Inn takes on Highlanders at Barbourfields in Bulawayo.  Dynamos take on Yadah FC at Rufaro stadium in...

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