Bulawayo duped US$200K …as ambulance supplier disappears with the money

Bulawayo duped US$200K …as ambulance supplier disappears with the money

By Daniel Chigundu BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) was duped in excess of US$200 000 in a botched ambulance deal by a Harare company, the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has revealed. A tender was awarded to a local supplier for the supply of ambulances amounting to US$205 106 during the year ended December 31, 2010. The supplier was paid in advance. According to PAC, as at December 31, 2013, the ambulances in question had not been received and in addition, vehicle trackers amounting to US$100 000 were paid for in…

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Command Agric not sustainable: WB

Command Agric not sustainable: WB

By Ndafadza Madanha THE World Bank (WB) says the country’s much hyped command agriculture program was not sustainable and efficient and government should look at roping in the private sector. WB senior economist Johannes Herderschee, said details of the funding still remained a mystery to them though government contends the program was funded by private local players. “A lot of things are not clear about the command agriculture program but its impact will be felt on the budget but I don’t think it is efficient but let me state we…

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Govt avails US$80m to ZCDC

Govt avails US$80m to ZCDC

By Ndafadza Madanha GOVERNMENT says it has availed US$80m to the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) as part of efforts to bolster operations of the company. According to finance and economic development Minister Patrick Chinamasa the funds will be used to buy equipment to enable the company to undertake conglomerate diamond mining. Chinamsa added that some of the equipment to be used in mining conglomerate diamonds was already in the country. The Marange fields are believed to be home to the biggest find of alluvial diamonds in the history of…

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Councils fleece Govt in land sales ….treasury keen on its pound of flesh

Councils fleece Govt in land sales ….treasury keen on its pound of flesh

By Ndafadza Madanha THE bulk of the country’s local authorities (LAs) are not remitting money from sale of land to treasury as prescribed by the law. Under the law all land on the books of LAs belongs to the state represented by central government and money accruing from the sale of land should be channeled to treasury. According to the Zimbabwe Economic Update produced by the World Bank (WB) in collaboration with the government LAs revenue rose from US$570m in 2011 to just over US$800m in 2014. During the period sale…

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Roadblocks reduction welcome but…

Roadblocks reduction welcome but…

By Daniel Chigundu THE decision to reduce the number of roadblocks in our roads across the country is a welcome move that was long overdue as it had become an avenue of corruption by the police. These roadblocks had surprisingly converted every police officer into a Traffic Cop, leaving no one to attend to other crimes around the country as they were not lucrative as compared to being at roadblocks. Surprisingly even though these roadblocks were being mounted almost every 10 kilometres that did not help in reducing road carnages…

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Women MPs come to Parliament to warm benches …they are not different from our wives we left in the rural areas: Hon. Mapiki

Women MPs come to Parliament to warm benches …they are not different from our wives we left in the rural areas: Hon. Mapiki

Extracted from Parliamentary Hansard 22/06/2017  THE HON. TEMPORARY SPEAKER:  Hon. Majome, are you standing to debate? HON. MAJOME:  Mr. Speaker Sir, I would want to debate in support of this motion but I stand guided because I thought that maybe the seconder would debate.  I am willing and ready to debate. THE HON. TEMPORARY SPEAKER:  You may go ahead because the seconder is not here. HON. MAJOME:  I thank you Mr. Speaker Sir.  I rise to second this motion and support the sterling work that our Zimbabwean team members of the SADC PF are conducting while…

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Parliament fails to adjourn because of Cde. Chinx …MDC-T MPs want his heroes status discussed

Parliament fails to adjourn because of Cde. Chinx …MDC-T MPs want his heroes status discussed

Extracted from Parliamentary Hansard 22/06/2017 HON. RUNGANI: I move that the debate do now adjourn. HON. MPARIWA: I second. Motion put and agreed to. Debate to resume: Tuesday, 11th July, 2017 HON. ADV. CHAMISA: Hon. Speaker, I had requested that Parliament sit tomorrow for purposes of considering this important business, I know that you have said you need days but I have since consulted and I am sure you are also consulting.  This is my request and I have put it on the table that Parliament sits tomorrow just to consider the…

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Undenge justifies ZESA’s US$890 congratulatory advert

Undenge justifies ZESA’s US$890 congratulatory advert

Extracted from Parliamentary Hansard 21/06/2017 CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE BY ZIMBABWE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AUTHORITY (ZESA) ON HOSTING ZANU PF PARTY CONFERENCE HON. MAJOME asked the Minister of Energy and Power Development; a)      to explain to the House why Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings flighted an advertisement in The Heraldon 14 December, 2016 to congratulate the President of Zimbabwe for successfuly hosting his annual ZANU PF political party conference on 14 to 18 December, 2016, despite Section 196 (3) (a) of the Constitution’s requirements of public officers’ objectivity and impartiality; b)      to state the cost of the…

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Commercial sex work not granted: Minister …as Parliament argue over the term “Mahure”

Commercial sex work not granted: Minister …as Parliament argue over the term “Mahure”

Extracted from Parliamentary Hansard 21/06/2017 HON. MAKARI: My question is directed to the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs. Does the Government have a policy which prevents girls or women who sell their bodies from abuse by the police? If there is a law pertaining to that, was it publicised? – [AN HON. MEMBER: Hanzi mahure]. HON. NYAMUPINGA: On a point of order. THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER: No, there is no point of order.  HON. NYAMUPINGA: Pane zvirikutaurwa. We cannot have a person achitaura kuti mahure muno umu. We cannot have that Madam Speaker. THE…

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Minister confirms in Parliament “Torn car seats is an offence”

Minister confirms in Parliament “Torn car seats is an offence”

Extracted from Parliamentary Hansard 21/06/2017 HON. T. KHUMALO: Thank you Hon. Speaker.  There is an issue that police officers are now holding motorists accountable on the road because the seats of their vehicles will be torn.  Is that Government policy? HON. MGUNI: Thank you Madam Speaker.  The police are there to prevent crime, protect property and life.  Therefore when an accident occurs that can lead to fatalities, yes, the police have the right to do that.  If it is torn such that it can cause fatalities, the police have the right to protect the life of those…

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