Day: September 3, 2018

3 arrested after Acturus shooting

Police in Goromonzi have arrested three suspects in connection with the shooting of illegal gold panners at Acturus Mine that occurred on Sunday morning. This comes as investigations into the shooting incident by security guards at the company. The three suspects have been identified as Learnmore Matangira (29), Enerst Kavhu (39) and George Mahufa (57). 10 spent cartridges have also been found at the scene of the crime. The shooting incident occurred around 8.am when five armed security guards belonging to Braising Security, the company contracted to provide security at Acturus Mine, approached about 30 gold panners at Goromonzi...

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Mat North braces for devolution

The Matabeleland North provincial leadership has hailed the move by the government to ensure the implementation of devolution of power, indicating that this provides a lot of opportunities to their province. With the promulgation of a law to complete the implementation of devolution of power set to take centre stage when Parliament resumes sitting, the leadership in Matabeleland North Province believes that the vast natural resources at the province’s disposal are set to make it develop at a faster rate. Endowed with teak, methane gas, wildlife, minerals and other natural resources, Matabeleland North Province will be one of the biggest beneficiaries, according to the Zanu PF Provincial Chairperson and newly elected Umguza member of the National Assembly, Cde Richard Moyo and Zanu PF Matabeleland North women’s quota representative, Cde Elizabeth Masuku. Recently, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said while his government had a decentralised approach, devolution still needed to be implemented as is the case through the establishment of provincial councils.  Each province will be required to ensure its GDP grows through full exploitation of resources which will feed into the grand national...

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Pupils ‘troop’ back to school

It is back to school for students as the third term opens tomorrow. Most students attending boarding schools dotted around the country were today making their way back to their various centres. However for many parents who were accompanying their children, the story was all about the usual financial burden they encounter during preparations for any new term. “It was difficult but we thank God that we have managed to send back our children to school,” said one parent in Harare. The pupils promised to go and give their best shot come examinations time in October and November as...

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MPs to be sworn in on Wednesday

Members of the National Assembly and Senate will be sworn in by the Clerk of Parliament on Wednesday the 5th of September in accordance with the dictates of the constitution. Clerk of Parliament, Mr Kennedy Chokuda said the process marks the commencement of the 9th Parliament, whilst the process of nominating and or selecting presiding officers will be done on Tuesday next...

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Pres Mnangagwa commends Africa-China ties   

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has commended the relationship existing between Africa and China saying the rest of the world must embrace with Africa, emulating from the important role of protecting the interests of developing countries while pushing forward the social and economic development of the continent. Speaking from the Chinese capital, Beijing where he is attending the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) President Mnangagwa has dispelled assertions that China is benefiting more from co-operating with Africa. “Due to historical reasons, Africa is a continent with the largest number of developing countries and a striking imbalance between different regions but...

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The family of twins and triplets

A family with a rare genetic condition is the talk of the Chipinge community as almost all family members give birth to twins or triplets. It’s double the giggles and double the grins, and double the trouble if one may want to also call it. Being blessed with twins is a common norm for a Chipinge-based family whose rare genetic condition has seen almost every family member giving birth to twins. Born in a family of 10, Rudo Sithole and all her siblings except one have twins and for her brother it has even gone further to being triplets. “I believe my giving birth to twins is a result of family genetics where almost all my family members are twins.  People in our village admire us for the rare condition,” said Rudo. Rudo says there is joy in the doubles, but lamented that the only burden they have is to feed, nurse and raise the children in a decent and respectable way. “While we were given the rare blessings we are having difficulties in taking care of the family and sending the children to school. We sometimes look for food from bins to feed our six children,” she added. Rudo’s husband Muzorwa Bodho is equally convinced his wife’s family genetic is contributing to him fathering sets of twins. For the twins they love and like each other and their...

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Chitungwiza town has a robot!

Residents and motorists in Chitungwiza are over the moon following the installation of the town’s first traffic light. Residents who reside in the southern part of Chitungwiza have showered praises to the municipality and its private partners following the installation of the town’s first traffic light at a busy local intersection popularly known as “C-Junction”. Some residents and motorists who spoke to the ZBC News say the development will facilitate smooth flow of traffic at the site which had become a menace with accidents on an almost daily basis. Meanwhile, there has been other traffic related developments in the...

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ZBC dismisses fake twitter handle

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has dissociated itself from a fake twitter handle @MavhuraPatrick, purporting to be that of ZBC’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Patrick Mavhura. In a statement, ZBC says the account in question has issued fake news related to ZBC human resource issues. It has also issued false information on internal staff appointments as well as false congratulatory messages for these appointments. In this vein, ZBC would like to inform its valued stakeholders that it does not issue staff appointments via social media. “As a corporation that values the ethics that govern the media and broadcasting sector,...

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UPDATED: Xi announces US$60bn funding for Africa

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) underway in Beijing China has been officially opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping who said China and Africa have embarked on a distinctive path of win-win cooperation. President Xi called for the building of a China-Africa community with a shared future that assumes joint responsibility, pursues win-win cooperation, delivers happiness for all, enjoys cultural prosperity, ensures common security, and promotes harmony between man and nature. The Chinese leader reaffirmed China’s commitment to peace and development. “China takes it as its mission to make new and even greater contribution to mankind,” he said....

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LIVE UPDATES: FOCAC Summit, Beijing, China

1219: The opening ceremony of FOCAC has ended. Thank you for joining us. 1215: AU welcomes the Belt and Road Initiative, says Mr Mahamat. 1212: Mr Mahamat commends President Xi for his commitment to China-Africa cooperation. Says summit will help in the integration of Africa. Connectivity between Africa and its partners is being enhanced through the summit, he says. 1210: Next to speak is the AU Commission chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, who says Africa is committed to multilateralism. 1205: The UN says its essential for China to share its progress with Africa. This summit examplifies the win-win coopperation...

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