Leave Haiti and come to Highfield to vote: Mnangagwa

Leave Haiti and come to Highfield to vote: Mnangagwa

Extracted from Parliamentary Hansard 26/07/2017  HON. L. SIBANDA: Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir. My question is directed to the Vice President Hon. Mnangagwa. What is Government policy with regards to voter registration for prisoners and those abroad? THE VICE PRESIDENT AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. E. D. MNANANGAGWA): The concept of prison is that after you have committed a crime, you forfeit the rights of a free person. If you are a prisoner, all these fundamental rights which everybody enjoys as a citizen are now forfeited. So, our…

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We are going back to 2008: Hon. Cross

We are going back to 2008: Hon. Cross

Extracted from Parliamentary Hansard 25/07/2017 MOTION 2016 ANNUAL BUDGET REVIEW AND THE 2017 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK STATEMENT First Order read: Adjourned debate on the motion on the 2016 Annual Budget Review and the 2017 Economic Outlook Statement. Question again proposed. HON. CROSS: The half yearly review of the performance of the Budget by the Minister last week was a very important occasion for the House. It gave us an opportunity to review what Government has been doing with our resources in the past six months. For me, the most important feature…

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It’s that time again …as Chinamasa reviews his budget and 2017 economic outlook

It’s that time again …as Chinamasa reviews his budget and 2017 economic outlook

By Daniel Chigundu FINANCE and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa tomorrow (July 20, 2017) comes face to face with the nation in Parliament to explain the performance of his US$4.1 billion budget, amid a worsening liquidity crisis. Zimbabwe is going through tough times economically as can be evidenced by company closures, massive informalisation of the economy and unending long queues at banks across the country. So dire is the situation in the country that people have had to sleep at banks in the hope of getting an opportunity to withdraw…

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ZEC challenged on voter education

ZEC challenged on voter education

By Daniel Chigundu THE Election Resource Centre, Heal Zimbabwe Trust and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association, working under a consortium banner of Rights-Heal-Elections (RHE) says the just ended Chiwundura by-elections has revealed that there is a need for more voter education. Chiwundura National Assembly seat fell vacant following the death of then legislator Kizito Chivamba of Zanu PF sometime in April this year. In its Election Day Statement, the consortium said the fact that some people were bringing their political party membership cards to vote is testimony enough that voter…

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Jail time for defiant local authority bosses

Jail time for defiant local authority bosses

By Ndafadza Madanha THE ministry of Rural development and Preservation of Culture and Heritage says local authorities under its ambit who defy government policy that salaries should constitute 30 percent of revenue risk imprisonment as their actions amount to fraud. Permanent secretary in the ministry George Magosvongwe, said this while addressing representatives of the country’s 60 rural district councils at a mid-term review on 100 days of Ease of Doing Business. Magosvongwe’s call comes at a time when some local authorities have defied government directive to rein in allowances and…

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Zim losing Asian tourist market

Zim losing Asian tourist market

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE has continued to experience a decline in tourist arrivals from the lucrative Asian market, a 2017 first quarter tourism performance highlights report has said. Asia and in particular China is reportedly the world biggest outbound tourism source market since 2012 and according to the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), a total of 120 million Chinese travelled abroad during 2015. CNTA has revised that by 2020 China will provide over 600million outbound tourists from the earlier projected 240million. However, even though Zimbabwe enjoys bilateral relationships with most Asian…

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No joy from Altfin ….. Policy holders set to receive 28 cents for every dollar

No joy from Altfin ….. Policy holders set to receive 28 cents for every dollar

By Ndafadza Madanha ALTFIN life assurance policy holders are likely to recoup a measly 28 cents for every dollar from their policies according to the institution’s liquidator Phibion Gwatidzo. He said the estimated value of assets was US2.4m while liabilities stood at a staggering US$6.9m. “Assets are estimated to have a gross value of US$2,487,369. The aforesaid amount comprises of sales done through auctioneers, sale of immovable property, equities, motor vehicles and furniture. The gross value is before deducting liquidation expenses, master’s fees and liquidator’s fees. The estimated dividend is…

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Carnival gets bigger …as ZTA rolls out exciting plan

Carnival gets bigger …as ZTA rolls out exciting plan

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says the 2017 edition of Harare International Carnival will eclipse previous editions owing to the changes they have made. The carnival which will take place from the 1st to the 10th of September 2017 will for the first time be decentralised to other towns and will see ZTA and its partners putting order along Robert Mugabe Road which is the carnival route. In a speech read on his behalf, Dr Kaseke said starting this year every carnival edition…

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Diaspora Policy Action Plan on cards …as Zim seeks to increase remittances

Diaspora Policy Action Plan on cards …as Zim seeks to increase remittances

By Daniel Chigundu GOVERNMENT is in the process of crafting a five-year Diaspora Policy Action Plan (DPAP) that will help operationalise the Zimbabwe Diaspora Policy that was crafted in 2016. According to the Zimbabwe Diaspora Policy, the government recognises that there are Zimbabwean citizens living and working outside the country and the DPAP is seeking to come up with ways of engaging them to meaningfully contribute to the development of the country. Addressing delegates at an Action Plan formulation workshop, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment…

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