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Sochi hosts Robert Mugabe Day of Honour dialogue

The ongoing 18th World Festival of Youths and Students in the Russian city of Sochi has hosted a Robert Mugabe Day of Honour Dialogue Seminar. Chosen as one of the faces of the festival, President Robert Mugabe’s legacy was relived once again in detail at a dialogue seminar. Those who contributed to the discussion concurred that in the struggle against imperialism in the modern world, the Zimbabwean leader has been an icon only comparable to such greats as Fidel Castro, Mao Zedong, Kwame Nkrumah, Samora Machel and a few others. Meanwhile, in another dialogue seminar on gender equality Zanu...

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CPC showcases achievements through exhibition

The Communist Party of China (CPC) which is currently holding its 19th congress in Beijing has also taken the opportunity to showcase the party’s achievements over the past five years. The exhibition running concurrently with the congress is showcasing the party’s history through video, photography and books. The exhibition chronicles achievements that have been recorded by the party under the leadership of secretary general Xi Jinping, who is also Chinese president, in areas of infrastructure development, technology, sport, arts culture, economic growth and international relations, among others. African journalists covering the CPC congress had a chance to visit the...

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Zanu PF members urged to register under BVR

Zanu PF party members in Silobela have been urged to register in their numbers under the new biometric voter registration system that requires all eligible Zimbabwean voters to register anew. As the ruling party intensifies the voter registration and mobilisation campaign, Zanu PF secretary for Administration Dr Ignatius Chombo told party members in Silobela to make sure they acquire identity documents to enable them to register as voters in next year’s harmonised elections. Speaking at the same occasion Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the party should seal a resounding victory for President Robert Mugabe in the forthcoming elections. Zanu...

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President Mugabe meets Uruguay counterpart       

Economic and trade relations between Zimbabwe and Uruguay are poised for growth after leaders of the two countries agreed to collaborate and facilitate trade and investments in the areas of agriculture and the energy sector. This emerged when President Robert Mugabe who is in Montevideo attending the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Conference on NCDs held a meeting with the President of Uruguay Dr Tabare Vazquez at his offices in the capital city. President Mugabe was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Walter Mzembi,  Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Brazil and the South American Region Ambassador Thomas Bvuma, Presidential spokesperson Mr...

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MH370: Deal struck to restart plane search

Reports say Malaysia has struck a “no find-no fee” deal with a US company to locate the wreckage of downed flight MH370. The government accepted an offer from Ocean Infinity, according to Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester. The Texas-based company will foot the bill if it fails to find the wreckage. The disappearance of MH370 remains shrouded in mystery. The Malaysia Airlines flight fell off radar on 8 March 2014, between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, with 239 people on board. A massive maritime search operation for the plane cleared 120,000 sq km at an estimated cost of about A$200m...

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UPDATED: Parly Lands Committee in pre-budget consultations

The 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 1353 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 say 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 under utilised. 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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Zim targets narrowing trade deficit

The private and public sectors have committed to narrow the country’s trade deficit from the current $1.4 billion to more sustainable levels within the next five years through aggressive exports of value-added products to regional markets. The country has recorded impressive strides on its export receipts over the years, with exports accounting for more than 60 percent of the country’s foreign currency earnings.  Strong growth has been recorded in minerals and tobacco exports, accounting for over 80 percent of the total export earnings, with slow growth however recorded in the manufacturing sector which contributes less than 10 percent. The...

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Veld fires on the increase

The country has recorded a 9.4 percent increase in veld fires, and four deaths this year after more than 1 million hectares of forests and grasslands have been destroyed by veld fires nationally so far. Zimbabwe is at the peak of the veld fire season and the figures coming from various provinces point to a failed strategy in veld fire prevention and management. To date, a total of 1 096 358 hectares of have been ravaged by veld fires, a figure which represent 9.4 percent increase, compared to the same period last year. Environmental Management Agency (EMA) Education and...

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Zim, partners launch migration project

The Zimbabwean government in conjunction with the European Union (EU) and the International Organistaion for Migration (IOM) have launched the ‘Promoting Migration Governance in Zimbabwe Project’ at the Munhumutapa offices in Harare today. The project is in response to lack of a common body of principles on international migration and the negative portrayal of migration noted by the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly before adopting the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants. The declaration set in motion a process of consultations and inter-governmental negotiations that should lead to the adoption of global principles on safe, orderly...

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NAC team tours First Family projects

A delegation of officials from the National AIDS Council (NAC) led by the CEO, Dr Tapuwa Magure has visited projects of the Grace Mugabe Foundation in Mazowe to appreciate the First Lady’s contribution to national development and to the survival of disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe. Dr Magure expressed gratitude to the First Lady for her philanthropic work and requested her to be a patron of cancer awareness programmes to help fundraise for people living with the disease. The delegation, accompanied by the Resident Minister of Mashonaland Central Minister of State, Advocate Martin Dinha, was first taken on a tour...

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