National Foods volumes up 25%

National Foods volumes up 25%

By Ndafadza Madanha NATIONAL foods volumes rose 25% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year on the back of firm consumer demand while profitability was in line with projections. Addressing shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) group CEO Michael Lashbrook said inflationary pressures had led to significant increases in its products particulary on imported items. He said the flour unit continued to operate at maximum levels and volume could have been increased if capacity was available.. Meanwhile in a bid to secure raw materials for…

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It’s time to unite the country: Khupe

It’s time to unite the country: Khupe

By Daniel Chigundu MDC-T leader Thokozani Khupe has called on President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa to put more emphasis on uniting the country if he entertains hopes of developing the country going forward. Zimbabwe is hugely divided on tribal grounds, regionalism and political affiliation among many others. However, it is tribalism between the Shona and Ndebele groups which is more pronounced and has reportedly seen certain areas in the country lagging behind in terms of development since independence in 1980. People of Ndebele origin are of the view that the Matabeleland region…

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Stop the raids: Chamisa

Stop the raids: Chamisa

By Daniel Chigundu MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has called on the police and the military to stop night raids of political activists and human rights defenders currently happening in suburbs arguing that they are meant to instil fear in people. Since the violent clashes in Harare’s Central Business District which saw over 10 people dying of gunshot wounds allegedly from soldiers, people in such suburbs as Chitungwiza, Mbare and Kuwadzana have not had peace. According to word doing rounds on social media, soldiers are reportedly beating people door to…

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ED in narrow win

ED in narrow win

By Daniel Chigundu ZANU PF Presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa won the 2018 harmonised election after garnering 50.8% votes against Nelson Chamisa’s 44.3%. Mnangagwa becomes the second President of the Republic of Zimbabwe following the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November last year through Operation Restore Legacy. According to ZEC, the Zanu PF candidate got 2 460 463 votes, while top rival Chamisa was close at 2 147 436. In terms of provinces, MDC Alliance won Harare, Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Manicaland, while Zanu PF got Masvingo, Mashonaland East, Matabeleland South,…

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“Blackman” wins Kwekwe Central

“Blackman” wins Kwekwe Central

By Daniel Chigundu FORMER Zanu PF legislator Masango Matambanadzo has won the Kwekwe Central Constituency seat beating MDC Alliance favourite Blessing Chebundo. Matambanadzo was recalled from Parliament during the 5th session of the Eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe after he was expelled from Zanu PF for allegedly belonging to the ousted G40 faction. According to statistics released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Matambanadzo polled about 7800 votes against Chebundo’s 7100 votes. We are back with another set of results as promised Posted by Open Parly ZW on Tuesday, July 31,…

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Ballot paper negotiations set for Tuesday

Ballot paper negotiations set for Tuesday

By Daniel Chigundu MDC Alliance Presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa says they are expecting to solve the sticking issue of ballot papers with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Tuesday. Political parties met with ZEC on Friday under the Multi-party liaison Committee to try and find consensus on various sticking points, but they could not finish the topical issue of ballot papers. Chamisa wants ZEC and political parties to first agree on the design of the ballot, paper to be used, storage, distribution and also inspection of the printing process before…

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We will continue to open more mines

We will continue to open more mines

By Daniel Chigundu PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says his government will continue to reopen closed mines in an effort to increase gold output. Zimbabwe is blessed with vast gold reserves but most mines are currently closed or are under care and maintenance owing to challenging operational environment. This has seen government relying on small miners who have done well despite lack of sophisticated equipment and adequate resources. Addressing party supporters at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma during a political campaign rally, President Mnangagwa said he was proud of the small miners but his…

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Consensus building has failed: Chigumba

Consensus building has failed: Chigumba

By Staff Reporter Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba says even though they have gone out of their in trying to be inclusive, it is now clear that consensus building has failed. The commission has been engaging with the various stakeholders and political parties with a view to building consensus with regards to processes leading to the 2018 elections. However, instead of finding each other, it is now evident that the rift is slowly growing especially with opposition parties and other civil society organisations that work and monitor election…

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IRI-NDI Pre-Election Assessment Report 2018 (Zimbabwe)

IRI-NDI Pre-Election Assessment Report 2018 (Zimbabwe)

DOWNLOAD REPORT HERE: iri_ndi_pre-election_assessment_mission_statement_20180608   Harare, Zimbabwe – Today, the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) joint pre-election assessment mission delegation released its pre-election statement of findings and recommendations for Zimbabwe’s July 30, 2018, harmonized presidential, parliamentary, and local government elections. Conducted from June 2-8, this delegation represents an important component of the IRI-NDI joint Zimbabwe International Election Observation Mission and includes regional and election experts from Africa, Europe and North America. The delegation is comprised of Dr. Brigalia Bam, former Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa; Hon. David Dreier, former United States…

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MDC Alliance to launch its manifesto

MDC Alliance to launch its manifesto

MDC Alliance is pleased to announce the Launch of its 2018 policy document at the Jubilee Centre, Milton Park in Harare 07 June 2018. The policy program Launch under the theme “Behold the New. Change that Delivers” is consistent with our long-held vision to bring about real change that delivers.  The event which will demonstrate our values as a collective movement will highlight our readiness to tackle the national issues and challenges Zimbabweans are currently grappling with. This occasion presents us an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to creating a…

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