GBV ratio unacceptable: Parajuli …as Sweden, Ireland pours US$4.7m to boost the fight

GBV ratio unacceptable: Parajuli …as Sweden, Ireland pours US$4.7m to boost the fight

By Daniel Chigundu UNITED NATIONS resident Coordinator Bishow Parajuli says the current ratio of women who are becoming victims of gender-based violence (GBV) in the country is unacceptable and more needs to be done to address it. According to the Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS), 2015 violence against women and girls remains a huge problem with at least 1in every 3 women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence since the age of 15. The survey further reveals that 27 percent in the same age group (15-49 years) have experienced sexual…

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IDBZ lists US$65m energy bonds

IDBZ lists US$65m energy bonds

By Ndafadza Madanha THE Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) has listed two bonds on the Financial Securities Exchange Fixed Income Board (FINSEC). The bonds worth US$65 million are intended to raise capital for IDBZ energy projects. Speaking at the official listing of the bond permanent secretary in the ministry of Finance Willard Manungo said the bonds will provide flexibility to investors and help the bank achieve its objective of deepening financial markets. “In addition, the capital market continues to provide a viable alternative investment avenue for institutional investors. Therefore, in…

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Disband troubled CMED: Gabbuza

Disband troubled CMED: Gabbuza

By Daniel Chigundu BINGA SOUTH legislator Gabbuza Joel Gabbuza says the government should disband the Central Mechanical and Equipment Department (CMED) because it is not serving any purpose besides opening avenues for abuse of state resources. CMED which is currently facing various operational challenges is reportedly owed about US$24 million by government ministries for fuel and vehicle maintenance, US$768 000 for car hire by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and lost about US$2.7 million is botched fuel deal. Speaking in the National Assembly on the turnaround strategy for the parastatal, Honourable Gabbuza…

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Parly wants bulk goods moved by rail

Parly wants bulk goods moved by rail

By Daniel Chigundu PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Development says the government should put a law that will ban the transportation of bulk goods by road as a way of helping revive crumbling National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ). Owing to various operational challenges bedevilling NRZ, most companies have preferred to move their goods via the road which is reliable and this has resulted in figures at the parastatal plummeting. Giving recommendations from the committee report, chairperson Honourable Dextor Nduna said bulk goods should be ring-fenced to rail. “The…

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Chamisa demands Cabinet announcement date

Chamisa demands Cabinet announcement date

Extracted from Parliamentary Hansard 29/11/2017 HON. ADV.CHAMISA: Madam Speaker, I wish to draw your attention to Section 62 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe in particular (1). Are you there Madam Speaker because I want to walk with you. It reads as follows:- THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order Hon. Member, you keep on talking and you are not even looking at the section which is being mentioned. HON.  ADV. CHAMISA: Thank you Madam Speaker. “Every Zimbabwean citizen or permanent resident including juristic persons in the Zimbabwean media has the right…

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ED offers lifeline

ED offers lifeline

By Ndafadza Madanha PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has pronounced a three month window for those who externalized funds to bring them back without facing arrest. In a statement the president said those keen on returning the funds should liaise with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. “As a first step towards the recovery of the illegally externalized funds and assets, the Government of Zimbabwe is gazetting a three month moratorium within which those involved in the malpractice can bring back the funds and assets with no questions being asked or charges preferred…

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The burden that Auxillia Mnangagwa has

The burden that Auxillia Mnangagwa has

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE for the first time since independence in 1980 has a First-lady who is also an elected legislator, Auxillia Mnangagwa representing Chirumanzu-Zibagwe Constituency in the National Assembly. Mnangagwa’s first-lady role comes at a time when women are facing a lot of challenges which they are trying to address using Parliament but have been let down by delays from the executive and other arms of government. The current topical issue is that of access to sanitary pads whose prices shot-up a few weeks ago owing to various challenges…

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Mnangagwa makes a constitutional blunder

Mnangagwa makes a constitutional blunder

By Daniel Chigundu PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s decision to dissolve Cabinet today could be contrary to what the country’s constitution says. In a press statement sent out today 27 November 2017, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda announced that the President has dissolved Cabinet. “In terms of Section 108 (1c) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (number 20) His Excellency, the President of Zimbabwe Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has dissolved Cabinet, and is in the process of putting together a new team of Cabinet Ministers…,” said the…

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ED’s commitment to media freedom challenged

ED’s commitment to media freedom challenged

By Daniel Chigundu CREATIVE hub Magamba Network whose project manager Martha O’Donovan was last month arrested for trying to remove a constitutionally elected government says the Emmerson Mnangagwa establishment must come in the open on their commitment to freedom of speech. Despite O’Donovan’s arrest, the organisation was also raided by the police and they confiscated gadgets such as laptops and cellphones from the employees which they allege are being used in trying to topple the government. In a statement Magamba said all the charges being leveled against both the organisation…

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Mugabe resigns to avoid impeachment shame

Mugabe resigns to avoid impeachment shame

By Daniel Chigundu President Robert Mugabe who has fallen out of favour with his Zanu PF members has tendered his resignation letter to the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda in accordance with the country’s constitution to stop a humiliating impeachment process. Zanu PF had initiated the impeachment process following alleged refusal to step down by the 93-year-old veteran politician who lost control of both party and government leadership on Tuesday to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF). All indications were clear that the impeachment process would go through as Zanu PF…

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