Day: May 16, 2018

Fuel situation under control: Govt

The government has assured the nation that the current fuel situation in the country is under control, hence there is no need for panic buying of the commodity. In a statement to the ZBC News, the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo, said the fuel situation in the country is a manifestation of market forces in the global petroleum market after crude oil producing nations agreed to cut on production output. The Minister reminded the nation that there will be always adequate fuel supplies throughout the country, adding that the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA)...

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UK extends US$100m loan to Zim firms

In a major foreign policy shift, the United Kingdom (UK) is teaming up with Standard Chartered Bank to lend Zimbabwean companies US$100 million, the first direct commercial loan to the country’s private sector in more than 20 years. In an article published by the Financial Times, Britain’s development finance institution, CDC will provide the loan of US$100 million, a development viewed as a sign of warming of relations between Zimbabwe and the UK since London imposed sanctions in the early 2000. The rapprochement follows the advent of a new political dispensation in the country which has adopted the re-engagement...

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President mourns Sekuru Tagwirei

Sekuru Phineas Tagwirei, the father of Kudakwashe Tagwirei, the founder of Sakunda Holdings, has been buried at his Nhema communal lands home in Shurungwi. President Emmerson Mnangagwa was among the thousands of people who attended the burial and spoke glowingly of hard work, discipline and respect which were the whole mark of the late Sekuru Tagwirei. “I know the Tagwirei family as a Christian and God fearing family. The man we are burying here today, was a visionary who always preached peace and unity. So I have taken a leaf from him, every time I talk to to people...

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Parties to observe ballot papers printing: ZEC

Commissioners from the electoral management body, ZEC have unanimously agreed that it is unconstitutional to political parties to be part of the ballot papers procurement process. Following loud clamours by opposition parties to be included in the process, ZEC commissioners met in Harare today to discuss the matter. ZEC Chairperson, Justice Priscillah Chigumba said the outcome of the meeting was unanimous. “It was agreed that allowing that to happen would be in violation of the constitution and also impinges on the independence of the electoral body,” she said. However, the commissioners also unanimously agreed to consider allowing political parties...

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One stop GBV center launched in Chipinge

A one stop gender based violence (GBV) center has been opened at Chipinge District Hospital to deal with GBV cases which have been on the increase in the district and countrywide. GBV is the most extreme expression of unequal gender relations in society and a violation of human rights as well as a major hindrance to the achievement of gender equality. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Mrs Sibusisiwe Zembe, who read a speech on behalf of Minister Sithembiso Nyoni, said the initiative is part of efforts to improve GBV prevention and response strategies, with the one stop centre on GBV in Chipinge being the fourth in the country. “There are shocking statistics of teen pregnancies and child marriages despite various interventions, hence the need for stakeholders to work together to end this scourge,” she said. In his speech on behalf of the Minister of State for Manicaland Province, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa, Mr Terrence Machocho, who is the Deputy Director in the Minister’s office, said the official opening of Chipinge one stop centre for adults and child survivors of GBV will help reduce the cases which currently average 28.8 percent.  “It pains me to note that Zimbabwe is characterised by a high prevalence rate of GBV with an average of 28.8 percent of women and girls aged between 15 to 49 years...

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Find alternative funding, universities urged

Universities have been called upon to find ways of unlocking funding for infrastructural development as the government, which used to be the key funder, is burdened with other priorities. This came out during the Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences strategic plan symposium that emphasised on the need for institutions to seek alternative ways of unlocking new funding models for growth. “This is a challenging time where funding has declined. We need new income streams which will be underpinned by strengthening administration and resource mobilisation structures as well as reducing costs and improving on efficiency,” said Dr Patience Siwadi,...

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Explore regional markets, horticulture farmers urged

Trade promotion body, Zimtrade has challenged farmers to exploit nearby regional markets for the exportation of their horticultural produce.   Stakeholders in the horticulture industry from growers to seed producers and trade experts are plotting the revival of the industry, with the target being the export market. Zimbabwe emerged as the fifth largest exporter of fresh peas to the European Union (EU) market in 2017 and Zimtrade Operations Director, Allan Majuru urged farmers to also exploit nearby regional markets.  “Our farmers are focusing mainly on the European market but in the region, we have Mozambique, DRC and Zambia, among other...

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First Lady urges children to be disciplined

The First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa says discipline is important among children. She made the remarks when she met with students in Mashonaland Central Province today in an engagement necessitated by reports of high prevalence rates of early child marriages and drop outs in the province. Cde Mnangagwa emphasised the need for self discipline among children. “You are at a critical age, an age at which you should shape your future and identity. All this can be done through going to school, listening to your parents and teachers,” she said. “I am also worried about the high substance intake...

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ZEC unveils three ways of voters roll inspection

The inspection of the provisional voters roll commences this Saturday the 19th up to the 29th of May and members of the public can use one of the three options provided by ZEC to verify their details. ZEC Chairperson, Justice Priscilla Chigumba said Zimbabweans can inspect the voters roll by going physically to established centre to check their details, check online on the ZEC website or utilise the bulk short message service (SMS) facility and correct any anomalies. Justice Chigumba added that members of the public will have eleven days to inspect the provisional voters` roll in accordance with...

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Police warns violence perpetrators

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says it will arrest perpetrators of political violence and make sure that the country holds free, fair and credible elections. This was said by ZRP Commissioner General Godwin Matanga while addressing senior police officers during his maiden tour of ZRP Harare Province since his assumption of the office, where he articulated his vision for the organisation. The police chief added that the organisation should be guided by section 219 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which puts the welfare of the citizens first other than personal considerations. “The ZRP will not hesitate to arrest both...

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