Day: July 12, 2018

VP promises improved living standards

Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga has re-affirmed government’s commitment to uplifting the standards of living of the people through fully supporting socio-economic s activities in their areas. Retired General Chiwenga said this today during a rally held at Filabusi business centre in the gold rich district of Insiza, where the majority of people depend on exploiting the yellow metal. He said the government will therefore support the artisanal miners through the $100 million facility in order to boost the key economic sector and improve the income of the small scale producers. “They normally call you Amakorokoza but that...

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ZRP allays vote rigging fears

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has allayed fears of vote rigging by police officers as claimed on social media. In a statement, the Commander ZRP 2018 Harmonised Elections Committee, Senior Assistatant Commissioner Erasmus Makodza said police officers who will partake in the postal vote do not exceed 4000, adding that only those who will be deployed in areas they are not registered as voters will vote. Assistant Commissioner Makodza said the postal vote, which will be administered by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), will be conducted in terms of Section 72 of the Electoral Act. He also said the...

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ED meets war collaborators

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has met with the Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators Association (ZILWACO) at the City Sports Center in Harare this Thursday evening. The President had initially been told that the meeting had been cancelled and spent the day in Masvingo. He only returned to Harare in the evening and found the liberation war collaborators waiting. President Mnangagwa then went through their list of grievances and he assured that the government will do something for them in terms of availing empowerment projects as well as health and education support. In his address earlier, the President said elections are here...

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ZSE posts $60m monthly turnover

Trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) has defied the pre-election trend to post its highest monthly turnover of $60 million in June since the introduction of a multiple currency regime. Market watchers say uncertainty regarding the real time gross settlements (RTGS) balances which are depreciating against the US dollar has led to increased activity on the local market. The prevailing peaceful environment ahead of the polls and the government pledge for free, fair and credible elections seem to have had a positive effect on the market, according to market analysts. ZSE CEO, Mr Martin Matanda said the highest...

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35 attend NPF roadshow

The National Patriotic Front (NPF) roadshow in Entumbane, Bulawayo was today marred by a low turnout with 35 people attending the event out of the party’s expected 240. The roadshow was scheduled to start at 10.am but only commenced some two hours later as organisers were waiting for the participants’ numbers to increase. The presence of the party’s Bulawayo Chairperson, Godfrey Malaba and the former National Assembly member for Nkulumani constituency, Killion Sibanda failed to do the magic for the political outfit. NPF Bulawayo Provincial Commissar, Andifasi Banda confirmed to the ZBC News that the people who turned up...

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Chamisa under fire

Political analysts have taken a swipe at MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa for abusing the democratic space given in the Constitution of Zimbabwe to insult or malign his political opponents. Reacting to Chamisa’s hate speech following his party’s march to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to hand over a petition yesterday, the analysts said contrary to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s non violence and no hate speech gospel in the 2018 harmonised elections campaign, it was unlawful for Chamisa to accuse President Mnangagwa and ZEC of planning to rig the poll. “such accusations are meant to malign and tarnish the image...

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Partner govt, business urged

The business community in Masvingo province has been called upon to partner the government in coming up with projects that will ensure community development and self-sustenance. This comes at a time the government moves towards implementing devolution of power that seeks to achieve balanced development spearheaded by provincial councils. The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Josiah Hungwe said it is time for the local industry to partner the government in a win-win business relationship that benefits the community. Minister Hungwe said this at the handover ceremony of 933 metric tonnes of winter maize by Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe...

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17th Chief Mangwende installed

Mr Taaziva Gatsi has been installed as the 17th Chief Mangwende at a colourful ceremony held at Mrewa centre. Born on the 21st of September 1942, Mr Gatsi replaces the late Chief Jonathan Mangwende who died in December 2013 becoming the 17th chief of one of the oldest chieftainships in the country having started in 1606. Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, David Musabayana said chiefs said traditional leaders have a role to play in initiating development in their areas. “As traditional leaders, you represent the government at local level, so you are required to work with communities to initiate developmental programmes in your area,” he said. The President of the Chiefs Council, Chief Fortune Charumbira and the leader of Mashonaland Chiefs Council, Chief Musarurwa hailed the people of Mangwende for smooth handover of power. “The example shown by the Mangwende people should be emulated by other traditional leaders as it shows maturity,” said Chief Charumbira. “The Mangwende chieftainship which is of the vaNhowe clan started in 1606 with Sakubvunza being the first chief and covers the whole of Mrewa district with five headmen and 333 village heads,” explained Chief Musarurwa. Chief Charumbira further explained that as traditional leaders, they do not meddle in politics but only come in where national interests are at stake. The Mangwende chieftainship rotates between the Bokoto and Chitopi...

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Embrace mainstream economic activities: First Lady

The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa says women must participate in mainstream economic activities for meaningful development in the country. Addressing women in business at the Bulawayo Polytechnic College today, Amai Mnangagwa said mining, tourism, trade and commercial agriculture are potential areas that women can start businesses. She said it is pleasing to note that the Ministry of Women Affairs has put in place funding for mining, specifically for women, adding that women must put to good use loans from the Women’s Microfinance Bank to ensure economic empowerment. The Minister of Women Affairs, Sithembiso Nyoni said there is potential...

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UZ hosts social media conference

The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Faculty of Arts is hosting a 3-day international conference on social media aimed at unpacking the social and political impact of the new media. Academics have described social media as a platform that can be used positively or negatively depending on what the originator and recipients of messages desire. In an interview with the ZBC News on the sidelines of the ongoing conference in Harare, UZ Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Itai Muwati said there is need to critique the impact of social media which is sometimes used for bad things in the society. “There is need to censor some the things posted on social media as they can have far reaching effects on the society and the nation at large,” he said. Another academic based in Sydney, Australia at the University of Technology, Professor Bruce Mutsvairo also took time to describe the advantages and disadvantages of social media to the society. Social media has become the preferred means of communication through the new information and communication technology (ICT) especially among young...

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