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UPDATED: Central Committee members’ lifespan extended

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended the lifespan of the Central Committee members for the next five years so that they can stop jostling for positions ahead of the 2018 general elections. Cde Mnangagwa made the call at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare while addressing the 107th ordinary session of the party’s Central Committee for the first time as President and First Secretary of the party. He said recent events in the party where procedures were not followed should not be allowed to take place again. Cde Mnangagwa also urged people not to take vengeance against people whom they...

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Govt committed to KPCS reforms: AG 

The government is committed to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme’s reform agenda amid proposals by the plenary to start the implementation of some of the reforms. The KPCS family converged in Brisbane, Australia, for the plenary session amid pressure to reform the organisation in line with the obtaining environment. The plenary session has set up an adhoc committee to spearhead the reform agenda which will see the setting up of a permanent secretariat by the first quarter of the year. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the plenary session Attorney General Advocate Prince Machaya said government is committed...

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Muripo, Mehluli headline ANSA awards

The Annual National Sports Awards (ANSA) were held last night in the capital to celebrate sporting excellence. Karateka Samson Muripo curved himself a piece of history when he was named the sportsperson of the year for the second time having scooped the accolade in 2009. Muripo completed a double when he was also named sportsman of the year. Tennis sensation Mehluli Moyo who had a fine run in the ITF competitions and motor cross racer Tanyaradzwa Muzinda underlined their sporting prowess when they were named the junior sports man and sports woman of the year respectively. Mehluli went to the podium twice after he was also named junior sportsperson of the year, an accolade which gave him an early Christmas present of $2000. The winners were elated to be awarded the accolades. Bodybuilder Helen Costa Sinclair scooped the sportswoman of the year while the wheel chair basketball pair of Margaret Bangajena and Elford Moyo took home the sportswoman and sports man with a disability award. The Zimbabwe Sevens rugby stole the limelight when they were named the team of the year with their coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba named the coach of the year. Prophet Walter Magaya and ZBC TV dominated the special acknowledgement category....

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Current politburo to run until 2019: Pres Mnangagwa

Zanu PF President and First Secretary Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged party members to work hard to strengthen the party saying the politburo configuration will continue as it was until the end of its term in 2019. Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo revealed this when he briefed members of the media at the end of today’s politburo meeting. Cde Khaya Moyo also said the politburo got a briefing from the Minister of Finance Cde Patrick Chinamasa who is also the Secretary for Legal Affairs who said there is so much goodwill following the...

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Juvenile sodomises 5, rapes one

A 17 year old Kadoma teenager is facing multiple counts of aggravated indecent assault involving juvenile boys and one count of rape. The sodomy and rape suspect is being accused of sodomising 4 boys aged between 10 and 11. In addition, he is also being accused of sodomising an 18 year old victim. The juvenile is also facing one count of rape involving a 15 year old girl. The offences occurred in different locations on the outskirts of Kadoma between August and the first of December this year. According to the state outline, the teenage boy would allegedly befriend...

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James Makamba back in Zim

Businessman James Makamba has reportedly arrived back in the country from self-imposed exile. Makamba is an entrepreneur, politician and former commercial broadcaster. He has interests in the retail, telecommunications, mining, agricultural, property and professional consultancy sectors, digital publishing and philanthropy. In 1997, one of his companies leased Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s second colour television channel, turning it into the country’s first independent television station, known as Joy TV. The station’s licence was revoked in 2002 due to licensing complications. Makamba, a former Zanu PF central committee member, fled the country in 2005 for an unknown destination with speculation that he had...

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President Khama congratulates President Mnangagwa

Botswana Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Dr Pelenomi Vincent Moitoi has delivered a special message to President Emmerson Mnangagwa from his counterpart President Ian Khama congratulating him on his recent appointment and also indicating areas of further cooperation between the two countries. Dr Moitoi said the relationship between the two countries is bound to grow from strength to strength following the smooth transition of power in Zimbabwe. Botswana ambassador to Zimbabwe Lieutenant General Louis Fisher accompanied the minister to the meeting which was also attended by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Major General Sibusiso Moyo. Meanwhile, President...

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Spotlight on persistent typhoid outbreaks

Civil society organisations say the continued outbreaks of typhoid in the capital call, not just for introspection by the city fathers in delivering constant supplies of clean portable water and timely refuse collection, but mainly a change in attitude by urban dwellers.  As part of efforts to control typhoid outbreaks in the city, stakeholders came together in search of lasting solutions.  There was an agreement that communities need to be properly trained on waste management initiatives to prevent cases of typhoid recurring.  Speaking during a typhoid fever and environment health awareness launch held in the Highfield district, Father Clifford...

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Call to plant more fruit trees

The Forestry Commission department has urged the nation to plant more fruit trees which they said can be processed and more benefits derived from them. Provincial Forestry Officer Mr Rodrick Chihwayi encouraged communities to grow more fruit trees which offer nutrients that are often scarce in day to day diets. Mr Chihwayi, who was speaking at the security services national tree planting day held  at the Josiah Tungamirai Air Base, said the nation should plant more fruit trees which they can process and unlock more value from them. Midlands Minister of State Cde Owen Ncube, who also planted a...

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Zim, China strengthen health sector cooperation   

The country’s health delivery capacity is poised for significant growth with the Chinese government pledging support into new areas of cooperation. Chinese top diplomat to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Huang Ping paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa to explore new areas of cooperation. Ambassador Ping says it was prudent that he meets with the Minister after his re-appointment to the health portfolio and engage on how the existing relationship can be further enhanced under the new dispensation. The Chinese government has since 1985 been sending medical personnel to Zimbabwe and have provided...

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