Day: June 18, 2018

Abide by code of conduct, parties urged

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has implored political parties to abide by the code of conduct for political parties and candidates by shunning politically motivated violence and intimidation. The call was made at the first ZEC Chairperson’s weekly briefing to be held every Monday for the duration of polls. The country is in full elections mode and ZEC has rolled out the necessary processes to enable a smooth process, among these is the accreditation of observers and journalists which is fully underway. ZEC Chairperson, Justice Priscilla Chigumba said the commission is in the process of setting up a multiparty...

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UNDP partners Zim on climate resilience policy

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has partnered the government in formulating a policy to increase agro industrial production by investing funds on climate change mitigation policies. Zimbabwe has not been spared from the effects of climate change which have threatened food security and hindered industrial as well as economic growth. While a human development report unveiled in March indicates that climate change has reduced capacity of industry to create jobs, massive funding is therefore required to mitigate its effects on the economy. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr Bishow Parajuli said his organisation is therefore working...

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Massive poultry project for women in Matabeleland

Women in Matabeleland provinces, with the support of the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, have embarked on a multimillion dollar chicken project set to benefit women and marginalised communities. Representatives of the women today met with the First Lady and the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni to ensure that the project kicks off next month. The project has the capacity to produce more than 45 000 chickens in six weeks, with Cde Mnangagwa undertaking to support the project to ensure women are financially independent. “Women and other vulnerable groups must be involved in...

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Chamisa wary of MDC name confusion

MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa concluded the first round of rallies in Matabeleland North Province over the weekend where he expressed fears that the party name and symbols wrangle might cause serious confusion which might plunge the party into defeat. The MDC Alliance leader held rallies in Binga, Hwange and Victoria Falls over the weekend, where he tried to sell the so-called development and urbanisation of rural areas (DURA) programme to the villagers and also raised fears the wrangle with the Thokozani Khupe camp might cause serious confusion which might benefit Zanu PF in the forthcoming polls. “We are...

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Zim chairs ZRA Council of Ministers

Zimbabwe, which has assumed the chairmanship of the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) Council of Ministers has pledged to provide sound guidance in the operations of the bilateral organization to deepen synergies with Zambia in the energy sector. The just concluded 35th ZAR Council of Ministers meeting held in Victoria Falls saw Zambia handing over the chairmanship of the board to Zimbabwe. The ZRA, which is jointly and equally owned by the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is mandated to ensure effective use of the water and other resources of the mighty river. New ZRA Council of Ministers Chairman, Ambassador...

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Strengthen domestic tourism promotion, Zim urged

Zimbabwe has been reminded of the need to strengthen the domestic tourism promotion drive in order to unlock the full potential of the industry. Optimism abound that the tourism sector can attract over 2.5 million tourists in 2018 and the recently appointed Domestic Tourism Ambassador, popular television personality Dr Rebecca Chisamba said there is need to inculcate the culture of travelling among the local population. She made the remarks while on a familiarisation tour of the Victoria Falls where she paid tribute to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) for their efforts in promoting domestic tourism. “We had a great...

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Zimbabweans respond to Kuda’s plea with love

Following the ZBC News story on Kudakwashe Masunda a Form One pupil at Rafemoyo high School who was appealing for a wheelchair, sungura music maestro and Red Cross Ambassador, Alick Macheso, has visited the school and handed over a wheelchair to the young man. Zimbabweans from across the country have responded with love as the Masunda family has also received food stuffs, clothes and blankets. Three words came out from Kuda…“thank you Zimbabwe”. Kudakwashe had to be pushed to school by his young sister Lucia Masunda in a wheelbarrow loaned to the family by the school. According his grandmother...

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Makoni State University to transform Manicaland   

The construction of Makoni State University of Agriculture and Engineering is expected to transform the economic landscape for the natural rich region of Manicaland.  The handover of farms to the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development for the construction of Makoni State University of Agriculture and Engineering is expected to guarantee value addition of agriculture and timber products in Manicaland province.  Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira says a new funding model where investors will own shares will be used in the universities operationalisation.  “I call this university 5.0. Makoni State University of Agriculture and Engineering will be a teaching, research, community service, industrialisation, innovation and community service centre. The province has agriculture as well as mineral resources and this is what the university must spearhead in terms of beneficiation as well as value addition,” said Professor Murwira. The Finance and Economic Development Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa noted that the land reform programme undertaken by government was also predicated on planning for infrastructure such as state universities.  “When we embarked on the land reform programme, we also realised that we needed to have space for state universities as had been done in other provinces. As government, we always plan ahead,” Cde Chinamasa said.  Manicaland Minister of State Cde Monica Mutsvangwa noted that once educational institutions such as the state university become a reality,...

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Diamond policy to be in place by August: ED

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government will finalise Zimbabwe’s diamond policy by August. The President was speaking at the handover of a US$5 million cheque to the Zimunya-Marange Community Share Ownership Trust at Munhumutapa offices in Harare today. After years of suffering the resource curse, the Marange community finally received justice following the resuscitation of the community share ownership trust by the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) with the handing over of the cheque to the beneficiaries this Monday. The government has been working on a law to ensure that Zimbabwe derives maximum benefits from its minerals. This saw...

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Ngezi lose again

FC Platinum cemented their position at the top of the PSL standings with a 1-nil victory over Highlanders on Saturday, stretching their lead at the summit to 6 points. Victory took FC Platinum’s points tally to 44 points, 6 ahead of Ngezi Platinum whose downward spiral continued with a 3rd consecutive defeat at the hands of Black Rhinos. Defeat left Ngezi 6 points adrift of FC Platinum on 38 points. DeMbare’s revival continued with a 2-1 win over Nichruit at Rufaro stadium propelling the Glamour Boys to 10th position with 20 points. In other encounters on Saturday, Bulawayo City...

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