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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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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We are just a flying object: Gono …says there are no economic zones so far

We are just a flying object: Gono …says there are no economic zones so far

By Daniel Chigundu SPECIAL Economic Zones (SEZ) board chairman Gideon Gono says his institution is more of a flying object as there is no clarity as to which ministry they report to and have no offices, budget and secretariat, a year after their appointment. The idea behind SEZ was mooted as a way of trying to boost foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country and to help industrialise certain parts of which were a bit marginalised in terms of development. Currently, Sunnyway City in Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls are…

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STEM scholarship a fraud: Minister Murwira

STEM scholarship a fraud: Minister Murwira

By Daniel Chigundu HIGHER and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira say the decision to pay school fees for high school pupils under the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program was a fraud. STEM was launched in 2016 by then Minister of Higher Education Professor Jonathan Moyo as a way of encouraging pupils to take up such subjects as science, technology and mathematics which were being shunned. Currently, there are about 10 495 beneficiaries of the program and last year ZimDef paid about US$3.9 million…

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Kagonye denies abusing workers…as Parly ratifies ILO protocol on forced labour

Kagonye denies abusing workers…as Parly ratifies ILO protocol on forced labour

By Daniel Chigundu LABOUR and Social Welfare Minister Petronella Kagonye has denied claims from Bulawayo South legislator Eddie Cross that she is using forced labour on her farm and that she has not been paying her various workers. Speaking in the National Assembly during debate on which Minister Kagonye was seeking Parliament approval for the ratification of the International Labour Organisation Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention P029 of 2014, Honourable Cross said he had heard that that the minister was abusing here workers. “Madam Speaker, I have a particular…

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Chinamasa concedes to pressure …as Parliament passes 2018 budget

Chinamasa concedes to pressure …as Parliament passes 2018 budget

By Daniel Chigundu FINANCE Minister Patrick Chinamasa had to literary buy passage for his 2018 National Budget as legislators had dug-in on their demands for Parliament and health sector. Parliamentarians were unanimous in their demand for adequate budget for the legislature arguing that the initially allocated US$57 million was not enough to effectively funding their oversight role. Parliament last year failed to hold public meetings in some areas and had to literary depend on the benevolence of development partners. However after threatening to sabotage the budget, Minister Chinamasa was left…

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Allocate more funds for Sanganai/Hlanganani

Allocate more funds for Sanganai/Hlanganani

By Daniel Chigundu PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Environment, Water and Tourism has called on Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa to allocate more funds for the hosting of Sanganai/Hlanganani Travel Expo and the Harare International Carnival. Sanganai/Hlanganani and Carnival are part of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) destination marketing activities and have the potential to bring millions of tourists to the country combined. Last year Minister Chinamasa told delegates Sanganai/Hlanganani in Bulawayo last year that he was going to adequately fund the tourism sector because of its vast potentials that bring instant…

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