Day: June 5, 2018

Democracy at play in Zim: ED

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the demonstrations held by the MDC Alliance in Harare today proves beyond reasonable doubt that democracy is at play in Zimbabwe. Speaking to journalists shortly after holding talks with the visiting President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Mr Brahim Ghali at State House this evening, Cde Mnangagwa said what is now happening under the new dispensation shows that the playing field is perfect level and the opposition is now enjoying democracy at its peak. President Mnangagwa also said the opposition alliance is now enjoying the reforms he signed into law recently which allows them...

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Timely boost for the Gems

The senior women’s netball team, the Gems, were today (Tuesday) given a timely moral boost when a financial services company donated two sets of playing kits, sneakers, tracksuits and other sports accessories. The Gems who are ranked 14th in the world are scheduled to compete in the African Championships in Namibia. Financial services firm, Send Money Home marketing executive, Alvin Mazorodze said they will continue to support the team until they become number one in the world. Zimbabwe Netball Association (ZINA) president Letticia Chipandu said they were grateful for the timely support that will motivate the Gems to retain...

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Water headache for Mberengwa residents 

Water can be as scarce as gold in arid areas and dams are usually the best form of reservoirs for the previous liquid. However, in Mberengwa’s Chief Ngungumbane area, there is an even bigger problem as the only three supply dams Sikhwawule, Mnyamani and Bayayi continue silting every year. Mnyamani was swept away by the floods seasons back with the remaining two dams also silting and villagers are worried this is threatening both human and wildlife and their cropping activities. Councillor Florence Khumalo from ward 20 said the only way out now is an intensive rehabilitation exercise that will...

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Cotton marketing season kicks off

The 2018 cotton marketing season has kicked off countrywide with the Presidential Free Cotton Inputs Scheme expected to surpass the 100 000 tonnage mark targeted for this season. The commencement of cotton marketing season was officially announced by the Agriculture Marketing Authority (AMA) when it released the market share for all the six contractors who supported the growing of the white gold this season. The Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) which is expected to buy 95 percent share of cotton sponsored under the Presidential Free Inputs Scheme confirmed that it is all systems go in the cotton buying points...

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Zanu PF hosts Commonwealth Secretariat delegation

The ruling Zanu PF Secretary for Administration who is also the Minister of Home Affairs  and Cultural Heritage, Dr Obert Mpofu today (Tuesday) hosted a delegation from the Commonwealth Secretariat which is on a fact-finding mission of Zimbabwe. The ruling Zanu PF party and government have been engaging with several observer groups seeking to participate in the harmonised elections. Dr Mpofu told ZBC News that hosting observer delegations is part of recognition of the country’s willingness and transparency to deliver, free, fair and credible elections free of violence and intimidation. Dr Mpofu said as Zanu PF they will be...

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BTTC students embrace Art, Design

Pioneer students in Art and Design at Belvedere Technical Teachers College in Harare have welcomed the introduction of the programme at their institution saying it will equip them with technical knowledge and skills in art and design. Students at BTTC who are undergoing a three year training in Arts and Design have described the training of the subject as essential as it will, apart from learning lifelong skills, will help them in teaching the subject to their various institutions after training. According to the lecturer in charge of Art and Design, Cleopas Jerimani, this group of students is the...

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ATU members urged to harness ICTs

Members of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) attending the World Radio Communication (WRC) Conference in Victoria Falls have been urged to harness information communication technologies in ensuring that the continent fully participate in global digital economy. The ATU preparatory meetings being hosted by Zimbabwe will see delegates deliberating on key issues to be tabled during the forthcoming WRC Conference scheduled for 2019 and to come up with a common position. Officiating during the opening ceremony of preparatory meetings which runs from the 4th to the 7th of June, ICT and Cyber Security Permanent Secretary Engineer Sam Kundishora reminded members of ATU of the urgent need to leverage ICTs in order for the region to fully participate in the global digital economy. “It is now a well-established fact that leveraging ICTs enables nations and regions to achieve sustainable development in all sectors of the economy. As we prepare for WRC-19 let us keep in mind that it is through wireless technologies that Africa, among other emerging regions managed to leapfrog development towards universalising broadband access,” he said. Among some of the issues set for deliberation during the ongoing meetings include the liberalisation of the radio airwaves and provision of additional frequencies to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband. Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Director General, Dr Gift Machengete challenged the delegates to embrace the spirit of...

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Kamandama Golf Tourney held

At least 80 amateur golfers took part in the 2018 edition of the Kamandama Golf Tournament held at Hwange Golf Course with organisers expressing satisfaction at the level of competition and the support from corporate partners which saw around $20 000 being realised from the charity event. The annual Kamandama Golf Tournament which was held as part of events to mark the 46th commemorations of the Hwange Mine disaster drew around 80 amateur golfers from around the country while a few came from neighboring countries. As with last year’s edition, the tournament was played under the 4 ball better...

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MDC Alliance demands not legally enforceable: Madhuku

Constitutional law expert Professor Lovemore Madhuku says the demands made to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and government by the MDC Alliance are not legally enforceable as they fall foul of the Constitution. Professor Madhuku said, the legal route is to seek an amendment to the Constitution and as it stands, now that a proclamation was made, a nomination court will seat within a week and elections will follow on the 30th of next month of which time is not sufficient for a constitutional amendment. The MDC Alliance today marched in the capital and petitioned ZEC, and the Minister...

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All set for Warriors COSAFA semi

Zimbabwe face Lesotho in a repeat of last year’s COSAFA semi final set for Wednesday evening at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium. Indeed history repeats itself so goes the popular saying. The Warriors will troop for their make-or-break tie with the Crocodiles of Lesotho bubbling with confidence after knocking Botswana 4-3 in the lottery. Ironically, the match will be a repeat of last year’s COSAFA semi final in which the Warriors managed to ease past their opponents with a 4-3 scoreline despite the match being a tough contest. Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa is not reading much into last year’s...

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