Harare city council shuts down clinics

Harare city council shuts down clinics

By Tendai Dune Harare City Council has shut down most of its offices and clinics around Harare, today, as the municipality moves to ensure that its offices and buildings remain safe for both staff members and the general public, as 30 council workers tested positive for COVID- 19. Mabvuku Poly, Mbare Matapi, Mbare Hostel’s, Arcadia and Braeside are some of the affected clinics. The source, which declined to be named, revealed that clinical staffers from closed hospitals have already been transferred to other clinics. This has come at the time…

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Zimbabwe illegal diamond trade continues in COVID-19

Zimbabwe illegal diamond trade continues in COVID-19

By Lucy Tandi MUTARE – PRICES have fallen but illegal diamond trade has continued as usual in Zimbabwe during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to industry analysts who say authorities are distracted by a disease wrecking economies worldwide. Although the law holds out heavy fines and long prison sentences of up to 25 years for illegal trade in gold and diamonds, business is thriving in Zimbabwe’s eastern Manicaland province which borders Mozambique. Potentially diamonds could contribute 10 percent to Zimbabwe’s foreign exchange income, but figures are way below this. Losses from…

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Perence Shiri dies

Perence Shiri dies

LANDS, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement minister Perrance Shiri has died. He was 65 years old. Shiri served in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe and was a member of the Joint Operations Command (JOC) until his death on the 29th July 2020. Deputy minister of agriculture, Vangelis Haritatos, confirmed to state media (Zimpapers) that Shiri died early this morning. “Sadly this is true. Hon. Minister Shiri passed on this morning,” he said. The cause of death is yet to be ascertained or announced by the Government. However, a few hours earlier,…

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How RAGE can improve Zimbabwe’s economy

How RAGE can improve Zimbabwe’s economy

By Lucy Tandi Valued at approximately US$65 trillion Despite possessing an estimated 13 million tonnes of gold reserves (one of the largest in the world), Zimbabwe is still ranked as one of the poorest countries on the globe. Economic analyst, Vince Musewe came up with the Rapid Gold Extraction (RAGE) concept to promote ramping up gold production to help Zimbabwe build a sustainable economy with a strong currency, backed by gold reserves. “We are officially declaring a mere 30 tonnes per annum, while most of the gold is smuggled. Our…

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US$3.79 billion to rescue Africa’s waning fortunes, amid COVID- 19

US$3.79 billion to rescue Africa’s waning fortunes, amid COVID- 19

By Edward Mukaro THE Africa Investment Forum has unveiled US$3.79 billion earmarked to help nations on the continent recover from the devastating effects of COVID- 19 that have left millions on the brink of hunger. Most African economies, Zimbabwe included, have forecasted shrinking economies due to the negative effect of the pandemic that has accounted for the loss of over a million lives, globally. The United Nations, in a report (The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World) released a fortnight ago, stated that Asia remains home to…

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Tight monitoring of lockdown regulations crucial in curbing COVID- 19

Tight monitoring of lockdown regulations crucial in curbing COVID- 19

GOVERNMENT’s move to impose a strict lockdown has been greatly appreciated, especially considering that there has been a spike in the number of infected people in the country, caused mainly by returnees escaping quarantine centres, hence giving rise to local transmissions. There are loopholes that need to be addressed to avoid an increase in the spread of the disease, such as closing channels being used by people to trickle into the country, illegally, and to stop any movement of selected goods into the country from neighbouring South Africa bearing in…

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ZACC implored to expose Chitungwiza stands scam rot

ZACC implored to expose Chitungwiza stands scam rot

By Simbarashe Musaki CHITUNGWIZA residents and employees have called for the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ZACC) intervention to expose the syndicate at the MDC-T led council’s head office for allegedly selling residential stands, illegally, prejudicing those on the waiting list. Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association (CAMERA) director, Marvelous Khumalo blamed the Ministry of Local Government for its failure to orient councillors on good governance and ethics before castigating law enforcers for complacency when dealing with the mess at council head office. “The illegal parcelling of residential stands is prejudicing deserving…

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Stop persecuting journalists, activists – CiZC

Stop persecuting journalists, activists – CiZC

By Edward Mukaro CRISIS in Zimbabwe Coalition has castigated the arrest and persecution of journalists and activists exercising their constitutional right while imploring the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) to act and correct the country’s human rights situation. The call, which comes hard on the heels of the arrests of veteran award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and Transform Zimbabwe president Jacob Ngarivhume comes amid a public outroar on various social media sites, with most expressing their displeasure at the manner and arrest of Chin’ono. Yesterday in the afternoon, the Zimbabwe Republic Police…

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Address women’s’ needs – WCoZ

Address women’s’ needs – WCoZ

By Edward Mukaro WHILE commending Government’s efforts to enforce a stricter lockdown phase for an indefinite period to curb the skyrocketing COVID- 19 positive cases, the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) has called out authorities for overlooking women’s needs, whose livelihoods are highly dependent on the informal sector, and domestic work. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, this week, addressed the nation and announced a raft of measures that include a 06:00 am – 06:00 pm curfew, closure of some business sectors, coupled by an indefinite lockdown, among other conditions. However, measures announced…

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Opposition parties distance themselves from July 31st demo organisers

Opposition parties distance themselves from July 31st demo organisers

By Simbarashe Musaki and Tendai Dune OPPOSITION political parties have rejected Transform Zimbabwe president Jacob Ngarivhume and Green Revolution commandant Godfrey Tsenengamu’s call for an inclusive anti-corruption demonstration, citing the approach as the subscription to cockroach eye-view, due to COVID- 19 pandemic, in the chorus, opining dialogue as the sole panacea to dissatisfaction. National Constitution Assembly (NCA) spokesperson, Madock Chivasa distanced his party from the July 31st demonstration but urged protestors to be peaceful. “As NCA, we are not part of the demonstration. We believe that we need to give…

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