Month: July 2018

Vigils at polling stations unlawful: Police

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says it is illegal for voters to gather outside polling stations after casting their ballots as called for by some political parties contesting in tomorrow’s harmonised elections. Addressing a press conference in Harare this evening, ZRP Commander 2018 Harmonised Elections Committee, Senior Assistant Commissioner Erasmus Makodza said anyone who disrupts the smooth running of business at any polling station will be committing an offence. “The police is disturbed by utterances attributed to some politicians who are urging voters to gather at polling stations after casting their votes. The stance is un-lawful in terms of...

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EU hails peace on eve of polls

The head of the European Union (EU) Election Observer Mission to Zimbabwe, Mr Elma Brock has hailed the prevailing pre- election environment but also said the team will be observing the entire election process to assess if the polls conform to the expected democratic tenets. Mr Brock held closed door deliberations with Vice President Constantino Chiwenga in Harare today. Emerging out of the meeting, Mr Brock hailed the prevailing election environment and urged Zimbabweans to remain peaceful throughout the electoral cycle. The EU Elections Observer Mission is part of the several international and regional observer teams invited by the...

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ZEC reports Chamisa to police

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has reported MDC Alliance president, Nelson Chamisa for conducting an unlawful press conference on the eve of tomorrow’s harmonised elections. Chamisa and his legal advisor, Advocate Thabani Mpofu today briefed the media at a local hotel in Harare, declaring that any result not in favour of the Alliance would be fictitious. ZEC Acting Chief Elections Officer, Mr Utoile Silaigwana condemned Chamisa’s utterances, saying they have since reported him to the police to take appropriate action. “The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has noted with concern the violation of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] by one of...

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Bitter Mugabe speaks ahead of polls

Former President Robert Mugabe has expressed bitterness that this is the first election in 38 years that in which he is not appearing on the ballot paper despite having voluntarily resigning in November last year.  On the eve of tomorrow’s elections, Mugabe called for a press conference at his blue roof mansion in Borrowdale, Harare, where he poured his heart out and accused the media of attacking his wife, Grace. Mugabe was visibly at pains that he is not part of the 23 presidential candidates vying for the highest office of the land. The former president claimed that Zimbabweans...

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Dr Nkomo’s statue for Matopos

As a symbol to demonstrate that indeed Cecil John Rhodes was subdued by the then nationalists, a gigantic statue of the late national political icon and Vice President Dr Joshua Nkomo will be erected at Malinda Dzimu Hills in Matopos where Rhodes’ remains are buried. This comes after the launch of the Joshua Nkomo Heritage Tourism Trails by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA). This was announced by the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Prisca Mupfumira during the launch of the project at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Matsheumhlophe Mmuseum. Historian, Phathisa Nyathi said he is happy that their suggestion...

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Hosting events springboard for success: TZ

Tennis Zimbabwe Vice President, Biggie Magarira has outlined the key role of hosting international junior events in creating an environment of future success. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) 18 and under tournament kicked off in Harare yesterday with some players competing in qualifiers in a bid to make the main draw. With players from across the globe competing in the grade 4 ITF junior tourney tennis, Magarira said the exposure given to young local players is critical to their growth. After flourishing at last year’s 18 and under junior tourney before going on to excel at the ITF events, Magarira said Mehluli Sibanda is a shining example of the fruits that gradual progression can bring to the sport. Following the staging of qualifiers, attention will now be on first round action which gets underway at the Harare Sports Club on Monday morning. Kimberly Bhunu and Rufaro Magarira will be among the players carrying Zimbabwe’s hopes in the girls category, while Thabo Ncube and Tinashe Taruberekera will be Zimbabwe’s promising players in the boys...

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Water relief for Chipinge

A solar powered borehole and a drip irrigation gardening project has brought relief to people and animals in the arid region of Chipinge south with villagers stating that the support was long overdue. Ward 29 in Chipinge south is among the driest places of the country where people and animals usually have challenges in accessing water after the rainy season, prompting the authorities to embark on projects that improve access to clean water in the constituency. Commissioning the solar powered water project and bopopo drip irrigation scheme, local project Vice Chairperson, Memory Zindora said the initiative has transformed lives by ensuring that clean water is easily accessible while the drip irrigation project is helping to improve food security in the dry region.  “We are happy that we now have safe water in the village helping both people and animals. There is however need to extend the market gardening project to support more people,” he said. The government is drilling boreholes throughout the country in order to improve access to clean...

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Content creators hail ZimDigital training

Participants at the ZimDigital filmmaking training workshop have hailed the programme as an important initiative which has made them realise their dreams in the industry. As part of empowering aspiring and established content creators for the digital platforms, the ZimDigital project conducted a training workshop in Marondera attended by 30 participants. Representatives of the participants, Yvone Kagande and Charles Mzemba hailed the programme as a good platform to realise their dreams in the industry. “I am happy that I have managed to be trained in script writing and learnt a lot of things I used to take for granted, it is a very good initiative,” Kagande said. “I have been in the film industry for more than 10 years now and I thought I had seen it all but this programme has opened me up,” Mzemba said. ZimDigital Training Coordinator, Nocks Chatiza said the programme is meant to empower content creators in the film industry to supply the new digital platforms. “This programme is meant to empower local content creators for them to generate enough content for the digital platforms,” he said. The participants were trained in script writing, producing, directing, cinematography and editing and were presented with certificates after the training...

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ARDA goes for pecan nut production

The Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) and an investing partner are set to establish a 250 hectare pecan nut plantation which will make Matabeleland North province the centre for pecan nut production. The first phase of the project to be implemented at ARDA Balu Estate in Umguza will see the planting of pecan plants amounting to around 10 000 on a land covering 100 hectares, while phase two will be executed on a land of about 150 hectares. The investor, Dr Jeremy Hubert said planting on what will be Zimbabwe’s biggest pecan nut plantation will commence soon. “The...

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Vic Falls’ $1.2 bn project takes shape

Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga has presided over the ground breaking ceremony of $1.2 billion worth of investment projects in Victoria Falls which are set to transform the resort destination as a competitive international tourist’s destination and spur earnings as well as tourists traffic.  The four-pronged investment to be implemented by Dubai headquartered firm, Feonirichi will see the construction of a grand prix circuit, a convention centre, a shopping mall and a state-of-the-art medical resort. The investment, which has been accorded the national project status and is set to be afforded special tax incentives, marks the pioneering...

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