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Child parliamentarians bemoan abuse

Child marriages, early pregnancies and child abuse dominated proceedings at the official opening of the Mashonaland East provincial child parliament at Mrewa centre. Child President, Sharon Kapfudza officially opened the provincial child parliament session and expressed concern over the increasing cases of child marriages and early pregnancies as well as abuse of children in Zimbabwe. Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Rtd Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri was among high ranking officials who called for stiffer penalties to perpetrators of child abuse and child marriages. The child parliament session also afforded members of the public, who have never...

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African registrar generals committee gets nod

Zimbabwe has thrown its weight behind the proposed committee of African registrar generals and has highlighted the need for regional governments to take ownership of national civil registration systems through domestic funding. African registrar generals attending the ongoing taskforce meeting in Victoria Falls called for the establishment of the new committee to be expedited in order to strengthen civil registration across the continent. Zimbabwe’s Registrar General, Mr Tobaiwa Mudede said Africa should take full ownership of civil registration systems and devote more resources as opposed to relying on donors. In his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the meeting, Victoria Falls Mayor, Sifiso Mpofu also urged to registrar generals to expedite the formation of the continental body given the centrality of civil registration as a tool for development. The registrar generals commended Zimbabwe for the sound civil registration systems and the ongoing national outreach mobile registration exercise ahead of next year general elections. Civil registration is the way by which countries keep a continuous and complete record of births, deaths and the marital status of their people. The african registrar generals have highlighted the need to incorporate national identification as part of the civil...

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Mash Central road projects on course

Mashonaland Central Province is working round the clock to ensure that all road construction projects are completed within the stipulated time frame. A high powered provincial delegation toured various road maintenance projects in the province and expressed optimism that  some of the projects are on course to meet the completion deadlines. Mashonaland Central Provincial Road Engineer, Ernest Shenje said they are monitoring all road rehabilitation projects in the province as they seek to create a good road network between Bindura and its areas of influence. The team of road engineers was accompanied by the technical committee comprising of the...

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Provincial hero Sachiti buried

Provincial liberation hero, Cde Taurayi Dereck Sachiti, who died last Saturday has been laid to rest at the Harare Provincial Heroes Acre at Warren Hills cemetery. Friends, relatives and workmates chronicled Cde Sachiti’s enormous contribution towards the liberation of Zimbabwe. Representing Harare Metropolitan Provincial Minister of State, Cde Miriam Chikukwa, Deputy Director in her office, Mr Ignatius Mungure described the late Cde Sachiti as a loyal carder who worked for his country until his time of death. Cde Sachiti, whose Chimurenga name was Manesi Rumbidzai Hondo joined the liberation struggle in 1965 in Mozambique and received military training at Takawira 2 Chimoio camp in 1977.  He rose to the position of Platoon Commander, which he held from 1978 to 1980. At independence, Cde Sachiti was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) before retiring to become an active member of Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association in Marondera District. He worked at moonlight funeral assurance until his untimely death. He is survived by wife, Rosemary Sachiti, 3 children and 3 grand...

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Giant boat enthralls Byo residents

Residents of Bulawayo were treated to a spectacle when a giant boat set for Victoria Falls “docked” by the roadside at Ascot Shopping Centre along the Gwanda road. The giant boat, which is yet to be mounted with additional two decks, was constructed in Harare and Victoria falls-bound via Masvingo and Bulawayo in a journey expected to last two weeks. Scores of people took to social media as they hyped the presence of a unique structure on the roads. Delighted spectators described it as a wonder opportunity for most of them. The boat measures 30×8 metres and its construction began in January. Head of the crew transporting the vessel, Mr Forbes Chimoga said the journey has been fulfilling as large numbers of people are expressing their joy at seeing the giant tourism artifact. With a carrying capacity of 360 passengers, the boat is powered by 2 engines that are 600 horsepower water cooled each. As it is fitted with bedrooms, showers, swimming pool among other accessories, it is expected that tourists will experience a wonderful time inside it as did the residents who quickly went to visit the site of its stop...

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Squatters still looking up to Bill Gates

For many, home is a safe place where one resides and gets basic facilities like water, food and protection, but this is not the case for people who reside at the Borrowdale squatter camp in Harare. In 2012, a pilot programme was launched to help the poor in Zimbabwe as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to assist informal settlers, among them the Borrowdale – Gunhill squatters. To this day, the promise remains a pipe dream for many as the squatters are yet to receive their stands. Living in adverse conditions with no proper infrastructure, only 20 of...

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First Lady donates 3000 chicks to Harare women

Disbursement of day old chicks has began under a chicken rearing project funded by the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe. It was all smiles at Zanu PF Harare provincial headquarters as the Women’s League received 3000 day old chicks to kick-start poultry projects. Zanu PF Harare Province Women’s League Chairperson, Cde Joyce Kasinamunda expressed gratitude to the First Lady for the programme which seeks to empower women. Dr Mugabe is on a national capacity building programme comprised of training and the current distribution of 3000 chicks per each province free of...

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Zim out of deflation

Zimbabwe is now out of deflation, providing opportunities for increased business activities after recording a 0,78 inflation rate in September this year. Deflationary conditions that had made it difficult for business to operate at profitable trends on the back of limited buying power are now out as prices have increased by 0,78 percent between September last year and the same month this year. “The current inflation rate is therefore important towards attracting investment as it is an indication of stable economic conditions,” an economist, Professor Albert Makochekanwa said. “Indeed this is the best thing for the nation. Now there...

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Youths set $8,4k command wheat on fire

At least three and half hectares of wheat worth $8400 produced under the command scheme was burnt to ashes by illegal settlers at Amanda farm near Budiriro, Harare in a suspected case of arson.    The farmer, Mr Emmanuel Mangisi said he is gutted by the incident, which is not only a blow to him as a farmer but also to the government that aims at ensuring food security by funding agriculture. The wheat was allegedly burnt by youths who illegally occupied the farm saying they want to establish residential stands. A neighbouring farmer, Hebert Huruva said it was unfortunate young people are behind such acts of sabotage. An Agritex Extension Officer, Judith Kupuwa, who assessed the damage, said the crop was contracted under the command wheat programme. Apart from wheat, some farm implements were vandalised and farm workers allegedly assaulted in the run up to the incident. While food security has become the buzz word, some elements are still bent on reversing these...

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‘Fast-track vetting of ex-political detainees, war collaborators’

The government has been urged to fast-track the vetting of former political detainees and war collaborators so that they are honoured for their contribution towards the success of the liberation struggle. Speaking in Chipinge, One of the country’s early nationalist and former political detainee who was first arrested in 1957, Cde Joseph Kapeta said there is need to honour former political detainees of the liberation struggle and war collaborators for playing a significant role towards the liberation of the country. He said Chipinge alone account for about 600 former liberation political detainees and a sizeable number of war veterans who should be vetted while the number of war collaborators who are yet to be vetted is relatively high. He also urged government to mobilize funds not only to conduct the vetting process but money that will go towards their pensions as well. Cde Kapeta said vetting is a positive step towards recognising all those who made sacrifices towards liberation...

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