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Liberation war hero Cde Mapako buried

Provincial hero Cde Simon Mapako who succumbed to meningitis on Tuesday this week has been laid to rest at Harare Provincial Heroes Acre. Cde Simon Mapako whose Chimurenga name was Cde Simon Kuoma has been described as a true cadre who worked tirelessly to liberate this country. Retired Colonnel Josiah Chikowore, a nephew to the late said Cde Mapako played a critical role in 1976 when he joined other war cadres at Pikwe Camp before his deployment to the front. Director in the office of the Minister of State for Harare Province, Cde Ignatius Mungure paid tribute to the works of Cde Mapako. Born in 1957 in Gutu Masvingo Province, Cde Mapako joined the liberation struggle in 1976. At independence in 1980 he was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army and during his service he attained accolades of hardwork that include Zimbabwe liberation war medal, ten year service medal, long and exemplary service medal and sovereignty service award. He is survived by wife Manana Mutemera and six...

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Gwebi students pursue music prowess

Away from command agriculture business Gwebi students take time to sing and dance songs that support them in their agriculture business. When we talk of Gwebi College in Zimbabwe, farming quickly comes to mind for many but the extra curricula activities by college students include song writing, singing and dancing. The students who spoke to the ZBC News said music plays a pivotal role in everyday life and activities such as farming, funeral ceremonies, graduations and parties. The college choir which is made up of 46 members has penned some songs to support their cause which include ‘Pamamonya Ipapo’,...

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Domestic resource mobilisation critical: Mudenda

The 2018 national budget which is expected to be tabled in the August House next month should be premised on domestic resource mobilisation as the biggest revenue source for long term financing of sustainable and transformational development. This is the view of the Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda which he expressed during a parliament pre-budget briefing seminar in Harare. Parliamentarians gathered in Harare for the pre-budget seminar to strengthen their capacity in the budget formulation process ahead of the national budget presentation scheduled for next month. Addressing the delegates, Advocate Mudenda said domestic resource mobilisation is...

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Church hailed for fostering education, development

Churches have been commended for fostering education, health and skills development in the country. This was said by Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the funeral mass of the late Gweru Diocese Bishop Xavier Munyongani who was laid to rest at the Diocese Cemetary at Driefontein Mvuma.         Thousands of people including Roman Catholics thronged Driefontein Mission to pay their last respects to Right Reverend Mmunyongani who died at the Avenues Clinic onSsunday after a short illness. The funeral mass celebrated the life of the Right Reverend whose style of leadership seem to have impacted many with mourners coming from as...

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Command agric continues to record success

The number of people in need of food aid has dropped by over three million this year owing to the bumper harvest that the country recorded. This was revealed by Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Engineer Tapiwanashe Matangaidze. Government is indeed basking in the glory of success after recording a three million drop of people in need of food aid this year owing to the bumper harvest achieved in the 2016/2017 agriculture season. The figure dropped from four million to one million people in need of food aid after the country received plenty of rains...

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Calls to preserve natural environments

Communities must jealously guard and preserve their natural environments as it is key to their survival. The Minister of State for Mashonaland East, Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri made the passionate plea during a certification of training the trainers community environment monitors at Mahusekwa growth point in Marondera. Statistics on veld fires might have remained gloomy but the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has maintained its capacity building drive with 87 people from Marondera West constituency being certified after completing an environmental monitoring course. Retired Brigadier General Mutinhiri who was the guest of honour at the event applauded EMA’s community project and challenged the participants to work towards increased preservation of environments. The trained villagers promised to spread the awareness message in their respective communities. The training is being done in partnership with Agritex and Forestry Commission. So far it has covered Chikomba West and Marondera West and plans are underway to take the project to other areas in the...

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All set for Chibuku semis

Bulawayo comes alive this weekend as the city plays host to the Chibuku Super Cup semi finals at Barbourfields stadium on Sunday. An action packed Sunday is on the cards for football fans in the City of Kings as Barbourfields Stadium will play host to the four last remaining sides in the Chibuku Super Cup. A double header will see the battle of the local authorities owned sides Bulawayo City and Harare City square off in what is expected to be a tightly contested encounter set for an early kick off. The Mandla ‘Lulu’ Mpofu coached Bulawayo City found...

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Masvingo holds budget consultation meeting

Government has been urged to consider setting aside funds for irrigation of cotton in Masvingo Province in the 2018 budget with stakeholders saying the sector has the potential to produce more if supported. The calls were made during the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation 2018 budget consultation meeting held in Masvingo. Stakeholders in Masvingo gave their contributions on areas that need to be prioritised in next year’s budget among them the setting up of irrigation infrastructure for cotton farmers. In the 2015/2016 summer cropping season a total of 1 353 tonnes of cotton were harvested in Masvingo and Manicaland combined, with officials highlighting that the tonnage increased to 15 540 in the 2016/2017 summer cropping season. The stakeholders said if such tonnage could be obtained with farmers just relying on rains, more can be achieved with irrigation. Other stakeholders said the budget should also prioritise putting more funds towards foot and mouth vaccines as the disease continues to derail the national herd stocking efforts. The committee was also urged to look into farms that are being underutilised. Committee chairperson, Cde Christopher Chitindi said high rentals on land use is a matter brought up by stakeholders in most of the provinces highlighting this will need to be looked into. The budget consultations were being held countrywide, with Masvingo being the last...

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Mat South women undergo chicken rearing training

About 1 000 women in Matabeleland South have been trained in poultry production amid high expectations that the programme spearheaded by the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe will uplift the living standards of the beneficiaries. In a bid to empower women across the country, the Zanu PF Women’s League secretary, the First Lady rolled out a poultry project that has seen women being equipped with skills on the project before implementing it. After training women in Beitbridge, Irvine’s Zimbabwe technical advisor and training facilitator Mrs Sisa Mpofu expressed optimism the programme will produce the desired results. Zanu PF provincial...

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Zim records low bean production

The national demand for beans is over 90 000 tonnes but production is currently hovering around 26 000 tonnes as farmers are producing an average of below a tonne per hectare. Researchers contend yield of the legume crop can however increase to 3.5 tonnes per hectare. Factors such as continued use of retained seed and climate change induced decline of summer rains has significantly affected bean production. With the national demand pegged at over 90 000 tonnes against current production of 26 000 tonnes, the deficit has to be offset by imports says the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation...

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