Day: September 11, 2018

ZCDC diamond output up 47pc

State-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) has produced two million carats of diamonds from January to date, reflecting a 47 percent increase from 1.3 million carats during the same period last year. Increased investments in the mining sector and processing capacity by the ZCDC have lead to the rise in production of the precious commodity. ZCDC Chief Executive Officer Dr Morris Mpofu told the ZBC News today that increased exploration and fresh green field projects are therefore expected to result in overall diamond production reaching the targetted three million carats by year end. “We are really convinced of the...

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‘No cholera outbreak in Masvingo’

The Provincial Medical Director of Masvingo province, Dr Amidius Shamhu has refuted claims that there is a cholera outbreak in the province. Dr Shamhu said one person has died of cholera in Masvingo and that person is reported to have travelled from Glen View in Harare to Masvingo. “It is therefore assumed he acquired the cholera disease from Glen View; so we can safely say the cholera was imported from Harare,” said Dr Shamhu.                                               Dr Shamhu urged Masvingo residents to practice cholera preventive measures that health workers are teaching them. “I urge all Masvingo residents to wash their...

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Scores of migrants drown off Libyan coast

Reports say more than 100 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coastline earlier this month. Two rubber boats set off on 1 September but one of the vessels deflated and sank. The 276 survivors were eventually taken to the Libyan port city of Khoms, around 100 km to the south-east of the capital Tripoli. The survivors, including pregnant women, children and infants, have been treated by Medecins Sans Frontieres for pneumonia or burns from leaked fuel. According to the International Organisation for Migration, over 1 500 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean so far...

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Tanzania bans fake nails, eye lashes in parly

Lawmakers in Tanzania have been banned from entering parliament with fake nails and eye lashes. Tanzanian lawmakers will no longer be able to come and go as they please and dressed as they want in carrying out their duties in parliament. Speaker of the Tanzania Parliament Job Ndugai told the media he had imposed the ban after Deputy Health Minister Faustine Ndugulile had raised concerns about the health risks posed by fake nails and eye lashes. “The ban would also apply to visitors to parliament,” he said. Apart from by fake nails and eye lashes, Tanzanian lawmakers are also prohibited...

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Annan burial set for tomorrow in Ghana

The body of the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will lie in state today at the International Conference Centre in Ghana’s capital, Accra, to allow fellow Ghanaians to pay their last respects. It arrived at the city’s international airport yesterday evening from Switzerland ahead of his official burial ceremony tomorrow. Diplomats, government officials, traditional leaders and other dignitaries will also pay their last respects. Mr Annan, the first Sub-Saharan African to become UN Secretary-General, died on 18 August aged 80 after a short...

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MPs vote for presiding officers

The First Session of Parliament has opened with the members selecting presiding officers, that is, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Deputy Speaker, Senate President and Deputy Senate President. The process commenced with a nomination process for preferred candidates for the position of the Speaker of the National Assembly. Zanu PF nominated Advocate Jacob Mudenda and presented his profile. Mrs Paurina Mupariwa was also nominated by the MDC Alliance. The Clerk of Parliament Mr Kennedy Chokuda then informed the house of the need to go for elections which are being conducted using a secret ballot and presided over by...

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Belarus envoy delivers special message to ED

Head of the Belarus Presidential Affairs Mr Viktor Sheiman has delivered a special message to the President Emmerson Mnangagwa congratulating him on the victory in the just ended elections and inviting him to Belarus. President Mnangagwa also received a gift of a sword which was designed and crafted by a Belarus artist with two lions engraved on both ends of the sword depicting his Shumba totem and President Mnangagwa’s favourite slogan “Pasi Nemhandu”. President Mnangagwa expressed his gratitude for the invitation and for the gift saying the engraving on the sword shows President Lukashenko’s deep knowledge of the President...

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