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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Chinamasa has dirty hands: Sibanda

Chinamasa has dirty hands: Sibanda

By Daniel Chigundu BINGA North legislator Prince Dubeko Sibanda has accused Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa of coming to Parliament with dirty hands over his failure to allocate funds to Provincial Councils and local authorities. According to Section 301.3 of the country’s constitution, Treasury is supposed to allocate about 5 percent of the national budget to provinces and local authorities as their share in that year. However, Minister Chinamasa has never complied with that constitutional provision arguing that there are no guidelines on how the money will be…

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Misihairabwi pleads for sanitary pads

Misihairabwi pleads for sanitary pads

By Daniel Chigundu PROPORTIONAL Representation legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga has pleaded with Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa to consider scrapping import duty on menstrual cups as sanitary pads crisis persist in Zimbabwe. Menstrual cups are an alternative to sanitary pads and are considered economical over time as the same cup can be used for close to 10 years. Presenting a motion on the cost of sanitary wear, in the National Assembly, Honourable Mushonga said menstrual cups should be included in the various rebates that Minister Chinamasa talked about in his 2018 National…

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Parliament approve Chiri’s reappointment

Parliament approve Chiri’s reappointment

By Daniel Chigundu PARLIAMENT of Zimbabwe has approved the reappointment of Mildred Chiri as Auditor General with effect from February 25, 2017. The reappointment is in terms of Section 310(1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe which provides that the Auditor General is appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament. Chiri who had previously rejected the reappointment during the time of President Robert Mugabe is famed for exposing various corrupt activities in public institutions and government. Speaking in the National Assembly, Public Accounts Committee chairperson Paurina Mpariwa welcomed the…

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POST BUDGET SEMINAR: What Jacob Mudenda said

POST BUDGET SEMINAR: What Jacob Mudenda said

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HON. ADV. J. F. MUDENDA AT THE POST-BUDGET SEMINAR 8 JANUARY 2018 The President of the Senate, Hon E.G. Madzongwe; The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon M. M. Chinomona; The Deputy President of the Senate, Hon C.C.C. Chimutengwende; Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Dr T. Khupe; The President of the National Council of Chiefs, Hon. Senator Chief F.Z. Charumbira; Honourable Chief Whips; Honourable Committee Chairpersons here present; Honourable Members of Parliament here present; The Acting Clerk of Parliament, Ms….

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Diaspora vote key for economic turnaround: Mugano

Diaspora vote key for economic turnaround: Mugano

By Daniel Chigundu ECONOMIST Gift Mugano says allowing millions of Zimbabweans living and working in the diaspora to participate in elections is key for the country’s economic turnaround. It is widely believed that there are about three million Zimbabweans living in the diaspora for various reasons that range from political persecution, economic challenges and academic among many other reasons. These Zimbabweans have calling on the government to allow them to exercise their voting while in the diaspora but their call has been falling on deaf ears since 2000 when the…

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