Day: May 21, 2018

ED establishes special anti-corruption unit

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has established a special anti-corruption unit which shall be housed in the Office of the President and Cabinet. In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said the overall objectives of the unit shall be to improve efficiency in the fight against all forms of corruption and to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of national mechanisms for prevention and fight against corruption in accordance with national anti-corruption strategy. He said members of the unit will be announced in due course. “The terms of reference of the unit shall be to:...

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Minister Shamu fired

The Minister of State for Mashonaland West Province, Cde Webster Shamu has been relieved of his duties. In a statement this evening, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said Cde Shamu’s removal from office is with immediate effect. He added that in relieving Cde Shamu of his duties, President Emmerson Mnangagwa exercised his power in terms of section 108 (1) (a) as read with section 340 (1) of the...

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Parly summons Mugabe to explain $15bn saga

Parliament has summoned former President Robert Mugabe to appear before the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development on Wednesday to answer to a litany of cases which took place when he was still in office, including the loss of $15 billion worth of diamonds revenue. The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy, Mr Themba Mliswa said the former President will be required to appear before parliament on Wednesday. He added that parliament was merely exercising its oversight role and it was not on a witch-hunting exercise and they could actually hold the hearing at...

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Live a purposeful life, youths urged

School children have been urged to live a purposeful life and pursue their dreams to excel in their lives. Students from Mashonaland East’s nine districts converged at Murehwa Mission where they met with the First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa as part of her ‘meet the learners programme.’ In her address, Cde Mnangagwa urged the students to shun behaviours that distract them from learning and pursue their dreams. “I urge you as students to concentrate on your books, you should not allow things like drug abuse to distract you from learning. You should leave a purposeful life and pursue your...

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Bridget recovers after successful operation

Sixteen year old Bridget Zireni who underwent a successful abdomen growth operation is recovering well at Chitungwiza Central Hospital. The young girl today received a visit from the wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Mrs Marry Chiwenga who assisted with supplies during and after the operation. A few days after telling her story to the world, Bridget was to undergo a abdomen operation at the hospital and today five days later after the successful surgery, the young lady was wearing a smile as the ZBC News crew met her again. Eighteen kilogrammes of growth was removed from her abdomen and though still frail and needing constant medical monitoring, Bridget says she is grateful for all the support and to Mushamukadzi founder, Mrs Chiwenga for her timeous assistance by procuring drugs and blood units during the operation.  Specialist doctors carried out the operations, all thanks to the efforts of the hospital’s CEO, Dr Obadiah Moyo. After seeing Bridget, Mrs Chiwenga also donated syringes and blankets to the children’s ward at Chitungwiza Hospital. She said considering winter is upon us, she felt obliged to provide some warmth for the children. The Mushamukadzi Foundation has worked with Chitungwiza Central Hospital in the past, assisting a number of patients who needed medical...

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Zanu PF to hand over power if defeated: VP Mohadi

Vice President Kembo Mohadi says Zanu PF is ready to hand over power to the opposition if the ruling party loses the coming elections as the will of the people of Zimbabwe should always prevail.  This comes as the government has committed its self to holding free, fair and credible polls with President Emmerson Mnangagwa having invited 46 countries to observe the election. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the recently held National Culture Week launch, Vice President Mohadi said he is confident that Zimbabweans will give President Mnangagwa’s administration the mandate to govern the country for the...

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Mining, energy sectors top investment commitments

The local mining and energy sectors have emerged as the biggest beneficiaries of the Zimbabwe is open for business mantra, accounting for the bulk of the investment commitments estimated to be around $11 billion during the past few months. The increased appetite in the extractive industry has raised optimism that earnings from the sector can rise from the current $2.6 billion per annum to around $18 billion by 2030 and contribute immensely to the country’s 2030 vision of a middle income economy. Since the new political administration got into power, more deals have been penned with the recent ones...

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Govt commits to support the disabled

The government says people with disability have a constitutional right to get its support, adding that under the new dispensation, the fulfilment of their rights has been given top priority. The prevailing unfavourable economic environment has not spared people with disabilities, but luckily, the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Petronella Kagonye says she is clear on issues of disability which she has managed to internalise given that her sister is also affected. Cde Kagonye had an opportunity to interact with those with disability in Bulawayo who raised a number of issues including the need to have social workers stationed in hospitals to facilitate health care support and appeals for loans to venture into income projecting projects for self-sustenance. In response, Cde Kagonye said there is a $5 million empowerment fund from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for the disabled that was initially disbursed through banks but is now administered by her ministry for easy access and equitable distribution. She said in order to give due attention to issues of disabilities, her ministry has established a Disabled Persons Affairs Department with a specific budget to administer per capita grants to rehabilitation centres as well as working on strategies for inclusive education and ensuring access to land for agriculture and building of...

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Fund new Gwanda Prison, govt urged

The government has been urged to avail funding for the construction of the new Gwanda Prison as the current facility is now too small and dilapidated, a situation that is negatively affecting operations. Situated in the central business district of Gwanda town, the prison which was established 108 years ago, has not had any meaningful renovations or expansion and currently holds 180 inmates, an excess of 40 from its official holding capacity of 140. Plans to establish a new facility under the public sector investment programme eight kilometres away from the town have been in the pipeline for the past five years. Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Officer Commanding Matabeleland South Province, Senior Assistant Commissioner Shepard Mpofu said the proposed state-of-the art prison will address the challenges currently being faced. “The new prison will accommodate up to 500 inmates. We will be able to provide staff accommodation and offices as well as facilities to carry out our rehabilitation programmes,” he said. Gwanda prison has a rehabilitation programme meant to equip inmates with knowledge and skills to be self-sustaining after incarceration. “We get support from Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic, which offers short courses for inmates in areas such as carpentry, welding and brick moulding, this helps them a lot when they leave prison,” ZPCS Correctional Officer, Sizalubuhle Dube said. Meanwhile, the institution owns a 585 hectare farm outside Gwanda...

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Retired Col Dube engages the elderly

National Assembly member for Makokoba constituency, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube has rolled out his campaign trail and is engaging the elderly men to understand their needs and concerns they want the government to address. The engagement, running under the banner of Idale/Dare, was a cocktail of discussions and a social outing with braai and drinks as Retired Colonel Dube took the opportunity to thank the people for voting him to represent the ruling party for Makokoba constituency in this year’s harmonised elections. Some of the elderly men said Makokoba needs a man like Retired Colonel Dube as he has proved that he is the best candidate to spur development in the area. Retired Colonel Dube said he will continue to ensure that the people of Makokoba get access to free health services, while some youths will be given projects and jobs through the resuscitation of industry by the new establishment. “As you might be aware, the new government under Cde Mnangagwa is doing all it can to ensure that the youths are off the streets. We recently witnessed the efforts to revive NRZ, Ziscosteel and other companies. This will ensure that our youths are absorbed. In my own capacity, I will continue with some health expos while creating an environment for sporting and stocking libraries with books,” he said. Retired Colonel Dube said the concept of meeting people of...

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