100days later, nothing has changed

100days later, nothing has changed

By Daniel Chigundu PEOPLE’s Democratic Party (PDP) says the much publicized 100 days plan of action by the Emmerson Mnangagwa regime are nothing short of a period of mediocrity and a total failure to break from the past. President Mnangagwa set 100-day targets for ministers where they were supposed to come up with action plans to address the various challenges bedevilling the country and the economy. Now that the 100 days are have come to an end, there have been mixed comments on whether there was change or not. In…

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Let’s analyse Chinese investments: Dhliwayo

Let’s analyse Chinese investments: Dhliwayo

By Daniel Chigundu in Kadoma ZIMBABWE Environmental Law Association (ZELA) executive director Mutuso Dhliwayo says Africans should take time to understand Chinese investments and not be influenced to criticise them by people from other continents. Chinese investments in Africa have increased at an exceptional rate over the years following the adoption of the look east policies by some countries including Zimbabwe. To date, Chinese investments in Africa’s manufacturing, resource and infrastructure sectors are estimated to be US$180 billion and expected to rise to about US$440 billion by 2025. While some…

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Parly summons diamond mining firms …as Obert Mpofu refuses to answer questions

Parly summons diamond mining firms …as Obert Mpofu refuses to answer questions

By Daniel Chigundu PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy has invited some of the companies that were mining diamonds at Chiadzwa when the country reportedly lost about US$15 billion. According to former President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe lost US$15 billion worth of revenue through illicit trade and corrupt handling of diamonds. There has however been a debate with some people including Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa disputing the figure as being impossible, while on the other side Farai Maguwu and Lovemore Kurotwi are of the view that US$15 billion is actually…

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Tsvangirai already had a succession plan: Chamisa

Tsvangirai already had a succession plan: Chamisa

By Daniel Chigundu MDC-T acting president Nelson Chamisa says when the late Morgan Tsvangirai appointed two more vice presidents; he already had a succession vision. The late Tsvangirai appointed Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri in 2016 adding that he wanted them to help him in discharging his party presidential duties. The appointments did not go down well with a lot of senior party members especially those that had sweated to win their positions at the 2014 Congress. Political analysts described the appointment s as being unconstitutional as the MDC-T constitution only…

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Let’s fulfil Tsvangirai’s dream: Biti

Let’s fulfil Tsvangirai’s dream: Biti

By Daniel Chigundu PEOPLE’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tendai Biti has called on the people of Zimbabwe to protect the legacy of the late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai by winning the 2018 elections. Biti likened the late Tsvangirai to the Biblical Moses who took the children of Israel out of Egypt but could not cross into Canaan, adding that the onus is now on the remaining leadership to ensure the dream is fulfilled. Addressing MDC-T who had gathered at Harvest House to bid farewell to their leader, Biti said this…

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SEZs to spread tourism development

SEZs to spread tourism development

 By Staff Reporter TOURISM and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira says the designation of Victoria Falls as a tourism special economic zone corridor will go a long way in ensuring that tourism development is spread across the Matabeleland North Province. Tourism product profiling has been mainly focusing on Victoria Falls leaving out other areas in the province. Addressing delegates at a consultative workshop on the National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) in Victoria Falls, Minister said the special economic zone approach will result in the entire province benefitting. “I am happy…

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General Electric eye Zimbabwe

General Electric eye Zimbabwe

 By Daniel Chigundu DIVERSIFIED American multinational conglomerate General Electric says it is keen to participate in the country’s energy sector by building hydro and solar power plants as well as help in its distribution. General Electric power segment serves power generation, industrial, government and other customers around the world with products and services related to energy production. The Company’s products and technologies harness resources, such as oil, gas, coal, diesel, and nuclear to produce electric power and include gas and steam turbines, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions,…

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Chivayo under-fire over US$5m …as shareholders seek to remove him

Chivayo under-fire over US$5m …as shareholders seek to remove him

By Daniel Chigundu INTRATEK Zimbabwe shareholders are reportedly trying to figure out what Wicknell Chivayo did with the US$5million paid to the company by ZPC as part payment for the 100MW Gwanda solar project. The company was awarded a tender for the Gwanda project in 2015 and was given some payments for the work to commence but nothing tangible has been done on the ground raising questions of misappropriation of funds. Efforts to investigate the whereabouts of the money have been met with resistance by Chivayo who is famed for…

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Govt. to amend Visa regime: Chiwenga

Govt. to amend Visa regime: Chiwenga

By Daniel Chigundu VICE President Retired general Constantino Chiwenga says the government is working on reviewing the country’s visa regime under its 100 days work plan with a view to make it easier for tourists to come to the country. Strict visa regime is one of the bottle-necks identified to be turning tourists away from Zimbabwe as most of them are required to get the visas before they travel to the country. Zimbabwe currently has three categories in its visa regimes, category A, Category B and Category 3. Category A:…

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Kaseke tears into Mzembi …says he had no vision for tourism

Kaseke tears into Mzembi …says he had no vision for tourism

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says the former Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi’s perceived vision for the tourism sector was not a vision at all. Mzembi’s vision was 5:5:15:2020 – (towards a US$5 billion tourism economy from five million arrivals, contributing 15 percent to the Gross Domestic Product, by the year 2020. However, addressing delegates during a stakeholder consultative workshop for the National Tourism Sector Strategy, Dr Kaseke said the former minister thought he was a visionary by virtue of being…

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