No fridges to keep Rabbis vaccines in rural areas

No fridges to keep Rabbis vaccines in rural areas

By Daniel Chigundu HEALTH and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa says most clinics in rural areas do not have refrigeration required for storing of vaccines for Rabbies. According to Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba, most people in rural areas are asked to buy their own Rabbis vaccines when they are bitten by dogs but are unable to find the vaccines easily. Honourable Chinotimba said the Health Minister must explain whether people are supposed to buy on their own or the Government is supposed to give people for free or to…

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MDC-T demand answers on cash crisis

MDC-T demand answers on cash crisis

By Daniel Chigundu OPPOSITION members in the National Assembly yesterday demanded that government reveal concrete measures it is taking to address the current cash crisis. Zimbabwe is facing a massive cash-crisis that has seen banks going without hard-cash to give to depositors most of whom are sleeping in queues or spending the hours there. A few weeks ago, President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the nation that he had declined to receive his salary in cash opting to queue with others in banks, as opposed to former President Robert Mugabe who wants…

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Mohadi to answer on missing diamonds

Mohadi to answer on missing diamonds

By Daniel Chigundu Mines and Energy Parliamentary Portfolio Committee has summoned Vice President Kembo Mohadi, current government ministers and former ministers to answer on the alleged missing US$15billion diamond revenue. According to former President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe lost about US$15 billion in diamond revenue through illicit deals and smuggling at Chiadzwa in Marange. Parliament in exercising its oversight role is trying to ascertain the authenticity of the US$15billion through the Mines and Energy Committee. In a statement, the Committee revealed that more than 18 officials and companies will appear before…

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De-watering stalls Mashava …Mine looks up to RBZ for forex

De-watering stalls Mashava …Mine looks up to RBZ for forex

By Daniel Chigundu LACK of de-watering pumps has reportedly affected efforts to resuscitate Gatsi Mine in Mashava, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy has heard. Gatsi Mine is one of the two mines operated by AA mines a subsidiary of SMM Holdings and the other one is Shabanie Mine. Briefing the Committee, AA Mines managing director Steven Nyagura said both Shabanie Mine and Gatsi are full of water and require de-watering but there is no de-watering equipment at the moment hence stalling resuscitation progress. “We have the plan…

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RioZim to invest US$125m …but want laws to be changed first

RioZim to invest US$125m  …but want laws to be changed first

By Daniel Chigundu recently in Zvishavane GIANT miners RioZim says it is looking at investing about US$125million to extend the life of Murowa Diamond by another three years. The current life of the mine is coming to an end in the next 18 months and the RioZim board is pursuing the growth of the company by investing large sums of money in brown-field and green-field exploration in the current pits and new areas. Addressing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy during a tour of Murowa Diamonds Mines operation,…

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Mangoma seeks to clear name from Wicknell saga

Mangoma seeks to clear name from Wicknell saga

By Daniel Chigundu RENEWAL Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ) leader Elton Mangoma has requested to appear before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy in a bid to clear his name from controversial awarding of a solar power project to Intratek. Mangoma, who was a former Minister of Energy and Power Development during the time of the inclusive government, was mentioned in Parliament to be among the ministers involved in the dubious awarding of the tender to Wicknell Chivayo. In a letter to Parliament, Mangoma requested that he appear before…

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Women urged to rise in 2018 elections

Women urged to rise in 2018 elections

By Daniel Chigundu SPEAKER of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda has urged women to rise to the occasion in the impending elections if they hope to make an effective impact. Despite getting 60 extra seats in Parliament through a constitutional clause for 10 years, Women in Zimbabwe claim they are still underrepresented and want 50/50 representation. Women organisations claim that the current political environment in Zimbabwe favours male candidates at the expense of women and have set their sights on 2018 elections to try and balance the imbalances. Speaking…

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ZCDC is worse than mining companies

ZCDC is worse than mining companies

By Daniel Chigundu CHIADZWA residents have told Parliament that the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) is worse compared to mine companies that were operating in Chiadzwa. According to Marange Development Trust (MDT), previous mine companies used to employ local people and even built houses for relocated people and assisted them in other means, adding that ZCDC has been treating them badly and is not entertaining their concerns. Giving oral evidence to the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy, MDT member Beulah Mawoyo said people are at pains especially because of…

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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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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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