No money for fuel marking: ZERA

No money for fuel marking: ZERA

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) says the country has not yet started implementing fuel marking owing to lack of funds for the project. Fuel marking which has been on the cards for a long time now is one of the ways in which government can flush out issues of rampant fuel smuggling which are reportedly depriving the country of import duty and other fuel related taxes. It is reported that some companies are smuggling fuel into the country and avoiding paying of duty purporting that it is…

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Chamisa assume Khupe’s role in Parliament

Chamisa assume Khupe’s role in Parliament

By Daniel Chigundu MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa is now leader of the opposition in Parliament taking over from Honourable Thokozani Khupe who was recalled a few months ago. Khupe had been the leader of the opposition in the House since her elevation to the party presidency around 2005 up to recently. Reading out the announcement in the National Assembly, Speaker Jacob Mudenda said he had been informed of the new development by the Parliamentary Committee on Standing Rules and Orders. “I would like to inform this house that at its meeting…

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AGM to finalise sell of Hwange Town: Chitando

AGM to finalise sell of Hwange Town: Chitando

By Daniel Chigundu MINES and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando says he expecting that the upcoming annual general meeting (AGM) of Hwange Colliery will finalise the sale of Hwange Town and houses as has been agreed. Hwange is currently saddled by a huge debt overhang that has seen it failing to attract investment or accessing loans for capitalisation from financing institutions both inside and out of the country. The debt has been affecting production as the company has no resources to purchase the much-needed equipment to up production, leaving it…

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Parliament waits on Mugabe …as US$15 billion probe intensifies

Parliament waits on Mugabe  …as US$15 billion probe intensifies

By Daniel Chigundu MINES and Energy Parliamentary Portfolio Committee chairperson Temba Mliswa has revealed that they are waiting on former President Robert Mugabe’s confirmation to attend the committee on Wednesday. The committee is currently carrying out a probe on the alleged missing US$15 billion which Mugabe claim was lost through shoddy dealings in the diamond mining sector. Already all the companies and officials who were directly or indirectly involved in the mining of the country’s diamonds at Chiadzwa have appeared before the committee and have given their sides of the…

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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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