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Ultimatum for govt officials to declare assets

The government has given senior public service officers until 28 February to declare their assets. In a statement to the ZBC News today, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said those now mandated to declare assets are ministers, deputy ministers, heads of ministries, senior principal directors, board chairpersons and board members, chief executive officers of state enterprises, all chairpersons and members of constitutional commissions (both executive and independent, and chief executives of local authorities.  “The declaration of assets document should contain the following: details of all immovable property owned by the public servant or...

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GMB incurs $209 million loss

The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) registered a loss of $209 million in the 2016/17 period. Giving oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement chaired by Gokwe Nembudziya legislator Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena, GMB General Manager, Rockie Mutenha attributed the loss to the parastatal selling maize to millers at a subsidized cost which reflects on its books. The GMB financial reports indicates that the company was buying maize at $390 per tonne and selling it at $240, and also failed to recover costs accruing from storage and handling fees charge to treasury.   GMB is...

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$1m for human wildlife conflict victims

The government has established a fund that will be used to compensate victims of human wildlife conflict which continues to affect communities that are adjacent to wildlife areas. Cases of human wildlife conflict have been on the increase of late and the government has set aside $1 million seed money from live elephants’ sale. The Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said more money is still required to ensure that the fund is self-financing, adding that arrangements are being made to hold consultative meetings with stakeholders to determine the criteria to be used before the victims...

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Calls for research collaborations

The Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) is calling on diaspora experts, researchers and scientists to participate in knowledge generation and exchange programmes to advance Zimbabwe’s research capacities towards economic development. Research is crucial for all nations, but more so for developing nations seeking to join the global information society and compete in sophisticated knowledge economies. Under the rapid results initiative on creating smart partnerships, breaking silos and synergising the national research, science technology and innovation system, the Research Council of Zimbabwe is calling on Zimbabweans living and working in the diaspora to participate in skills development in national research institutions. “The initiative is essential in supporting the country’s economy,” said Mrs Susan Muzite, the Research Council of Zimbabwe Executive Director. Some of the priority areas include small scale mining, clean water alternatives, cyber security systems, biogas energy and post harvest technologies. Mrs Muzite said linkages need to be encouraged between tertiary institutions, industry and research institutions for the production of new ideas, products and services relevant for the growth of the...

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Chieftainship is family business: Govt

It is not government’s obligation to resolve chieftainship disputes but that of the family, says the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde July Moyo. Cde Moyo said this when he officiated during the installation of new Chief Samambwa, Samuel Samambwa of Zhombe. The area had gone for nine years without a chief and there was jubilation at the installation ceremony held at Sidhakeni Secondary School as villagers celebrated through song and dance. Addressing hundreds of villagers, Cde Moyo said he is happy that the family had finally resolved the chieftainship wrangle that had spilled into courts. “The government does not interfere in chieftainship wrangles until the family and other traditional leaders find common ground,” he added. Midlands Minister of State, Cde Owen Ncube said the installation of Chief Samambwa will ensure efficiency between government and the chief towards community development.    The President of the Chief’s Council, Chief Fortune Charumbira hailed the gesture by government to give chiefs vehicles, saying it will help restore their dignity and respect which traditional leaders deserve. Several dignitaries including traditional leaders witnessed the colourful installation...

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