Month: December 2017

Govt scoffs at immigrants’ over-detention claims

The Department of Immigration has described reports alleging that it is responsible for the over-detention of the six illegal immigrants as mischievous and has announced that a detailed statement on the issue will be released this week. Responding to reports in which the department of immigration is accused of being directly responsible for the over-detention of the seven immigrants who are at Harare Central Prison, the officials from the department have dismissed the allegations as false. Principal Immigration Director, Mr Clemence Masango said the government is seized with the matter of the six concerned immigrants. Mr Masango added that it should be made clear that the department has no arresting authority and that its mandate is to control and facilitate of movement of people into and out of the country. The six illegal immigrants from Nigeria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa recently staged a 9-day hunger strike in protest over their lengthy...

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Vic Falls carnival thrills revellers

The 2017 Iflix Victoria Falls carnival community party saw thousands of merry makers attending the festival which was part of the early New Year celebrations with a scintillating performance by Africa’s top artists; Black Coffee and Mi Casa. The 3-day extravaganza the Iflix Victoria Falls Carnival continues with the plus 5000 carnival enthusiasts currently in Africa’s adventure capital, Victoria Falls for the annual event which has grown to be Africa’s most exciting new year’s festival. A community party was held on the 30th of December with an exciting line-up of artists providing entertainment. South Africa record producer and celebrated...

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Residents live with raw sewage for 10yrs

A section of Harare’s Budiriro 5 residents has expressed concern over a perennial sewage problem that has seen intermittent discharges of raw effluent in residential areas and streets for the past 10 years. House number 1055 visited by the ZBC News crew was literally surrounded by sewage with home owner, Timothy Mudzipurwa saying a second manhole constructed by council to stop the problem failed to work. Other residents said there seems to be no permanent solution, leaving them exposed to water borne diseases.  Several areas in Harare have been experiencing water and sanitation problems, owing to dilapidated infrastructure, thus...

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Zim launches maiden retail bonds

Zimbabwe has launched its first retail bonds to be offered exclusively through a mobile trading platform in a development that will enhance public participation in capital markets, raise money cheaply while also promoting a broader vision towards a savings culture. The US$5 million retail bond initiative is based on a joint venture by micro lender, Untu Capital and mobile network provider, Econet and will for the first time allow the public to participate on the secondary markets though their mobile phones where they will trade in shares in real time. The minimum investment size is pegged at US$50 and...

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Unity key to new Zim: VP Chiwenga

Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga has called for unity of purpose among Zimbabweans in order to fulfill the vision set by President Emmerson Mnangagwa of positively transforming the country. Retired General Constantino Chiwenga’s message was delivered by Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Lieutenant General Engelbert Rugeje, at the graduation celebration for Retired Police Commissioner Oliver Chibage, who attained a doctorate degree, as well six members of his family who attained degrees. “Everyone should play their part, everyone should know that the wealth of Zimbabwe is ours and everyone must enjoy it. The gold, platinum and diamonds, were in...

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Zanu PF seeks to woo supporters

Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Retired Lieutenant General Engelbert Rugeje says he will work hard to woo people to the ruling party. Speaking during a Provincial Co-ordinating Committee (PCC) meeting for the Zanu PF party in Masvingo, Cde Rugeje said people should not be enticed by money but by good party ideology. The Zanu PF Masvingo provincial leadership held a special meeting where they celebrated the appointment of several party members from the province into key national leadership positions. Retired Lieutenant General Rugeje said his biggest role is to mobilise people for the party ahead of the 2018 general elections. He said the ruling party will continue working to ensure it represents the needs of the people. Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Chairperson, Cde Ezra Chadzamira updated the meeting on the BVR progress in the province, noting that though registration is at 72%, they want to ensure that those who have not yet registered are given a chance to do so. He also urged party members to put personal differences aside as they work on winning the elections. Zanu PF Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Pupurai Togarepi said they are working on moulding youths who respect the leadership. Zanu PF Chief Whip, Cde Lovemore Matuke and Secretary for Legal Affairs, Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana concurred on the need to work hard in order for the party to win the elections....

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Zim rower sets target

Netherlands based Zimbabwean rower, Paul Zwanikken has set a long term goal of representing the country at major events in the future. It may not be the most popular of sports but rowing boasts of vibrant club and school activity. Paul, a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Game Design student at the Hanzehoge School University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, is in his first year and currently rows for Aegir, a rowing club in Groningen. Speaking to the ZBC News, Zwanikken said club rowing has been an exciting experience as he looks forward to a prosperous 2018. Zimbabwean rowing has an intriguing history with the name Micheen Thornycroft coming to mind when ever one has to talk about the...

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ED pins hope on govt, church partnership

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the church has huge a task to play in complementing the government’s efforts to ensure a prosperous, peaceful and God fearing nation. Speaking at the ZITF Grounds in Bulawayo during the Thanksgiving and Dedication Service organised by churches, Cde Mnangagwa bemoaned social ills in Zimbabwe, but said only a prayerful and God fearing nation is bound for prosperity. He urged the church to preach and teach the gospel of love, peace and forgiveness, and also be active players in the economic revival of the country. “Mwari ndiye watinofanira kunamata, tigonamata, tigonamata, tigonamata [It is God...

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Zanu PF Mat South wants G40 cabal redeployed

The Matabeleland South Zanu PF Provincial Executive Council has recommended the redeployment of 21 senior party leaders who were aligned to the G40 cabal, amid calls for discipline and respect to be upheld in the new era. For the ruling party, there is nothing wrong with giving those who were pushing the G40 agenda a second chance provided they are committed to changing their ways and work whole heartedly for the party. The Matabeleland South Provincial Executive Council, which met in Gwanda yesterday, told members of the Provincial Coordinating Committee that instead of expelling the party leaders who were part of the cabal, they would rather be redeployed. The affected are legislators; Cde Saul Mahlima Ncube – Matobo South, Cde Andrew Langa – Insiza North, Cde Madodana Sibanda – Gwanda North, Cde Edson Gumbo – Gwanda Central, Cde Mathias Ndlovu – Bulimila East, former Women’s League Chairlady Cde Sister Bhebhe, former Provincial Political Commissar Cde Chistopher Masuku, Cde David Linda, Cde Vusa Nyathi, Cde Ngonidzashe Imande, Cde John Francis Dube, Cde Ephraim Moyo, Cde Vumani Moyo, Cde Spare Sithole, Cde Lizwe Moyo, Cde Siphetho Moyo, Cde Saliwe Hove, Cde Eyer Moyo, Cde Innocent Dube and Cde Jones Nkomo. The developments in the province have seen Matobo North legislator, Cde Never Khanye taking over from Cde Saul Mahalima Ncube as the province’s Vice Chairman. Reinstated Provincial Youth Chairman, Cde Washington...

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Man (67) arrested for cultivating dagga

Police have arrested a 67-year-old man from Chigona village in Chipinge for unlawful cultivation of dagga as the law enforcement agency intensifies efforts to reduce drug abuse cases in the country. Following a tip off, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department in Chipinge on Friday arrested Thomas Rashayi Makhanyeza and recovered 94 plants of dagga, measuring  between one and two metres in height. The plants were uprooted from a garden at the accused’s homestead near the border with Mozambique. Chipinge District Criminal Investigations Officer, Superintendent Obey Muzadzi, who warned other dagga cultivators to stop forthwith the illegal practice, said...

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