Devolution financing under spotlight

Devolution financing under spotlight

By Wellington Zimbowa GOVERNMENT has been taken to task over the devolution agenda with legislators recently requesting the former on accountability mechanisms to ensure Zimbabwe abides by constitutional obligations to ensure decentralisation of administration and economic contribution. A section of the Zimbabwe Constitution demands that at least five percent of the national budget is allocated for devolution. Umzingwane lawmaker, Levi Mayihlome queried on measures put in place to ensure timely release of funds to local authorities. “The second part is: what is the government going to do about those devolution…

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Mkandla ready to strike

Mkandla ready to strike

By Wellington Zimbowa BORN in 1948 – the year of the historic black general strike led by late nationalist and hero Benjamin Burombo – it was no surprise that the name christening became largely political, as is the case with the Plumtree born politician, Strike Mkandhla. Currently, the Zimbabwe Patriotic African Union (ZAPU) secretary-general is bidding to succeed the late Dumiso Dabengwa as the party’s president of one of Zimbabwe’s revolutionary parties at the elective Bulawayo congress set for April. Mkandhla is adamant that being one of the few remaining…

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New diaspora political outfit eyes 2023 poll

New diaspora political outfit eyes 2023 poll

IN its quest to reach out to every player towards a better Zimbabwe regardless of political affiliation, our BusinessConnect Reporter (R), caught out with the United States of America based Charles Mutama (CM), interim leader of the newly established, Patriotic Zimbabweans in Diaspora (PDZ). Below are excerpts of the interview to get insights from the deliberations. R: In brief, who is Charles Mutama, in terms of personal, academic, professional and activism background? CM: Married to Esther Mabaya Mutama and blessed with two sons, I am a believer in Jesus Christ…

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Mupambi honoured for her unwavering activism

Mupambi honoured for her unwavering activism

By Staff Reporter VETERAN human right activist, Abigale Mupambi, commenced the year 2021 in a celebratory mood after scooping the Zimbabwe Community News (ZCN) Outstanding Human Rights Defender award, at a virtual ceremony conducted on January 30, 2021. Mupambi was among 135 local personalities and organizations honoured in different categories by the ZCN, a newspaper that focuses on community development and progress. She has been a voice for the voiceless for more than a decade and is the founder of many human rights organizations such as Matabeleland North community-based organization,…

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Khupe flexes her muscles, fires 5 Chitungwiza councillors

Khupe flexes her muscles, fires 5 Chitungwiza councillors

By Edward Mukaro THE Thokozani Khupe led Movement for Democratic Change  (MDC– T), has recalled five (5) councillors from the Chitungwiza Municipality, who ran for office under the MDC Alliance banner. According to a letter – in the position of The BusinessConnect newspaper – signed by the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Hon. July Moyo addressed to the acting town clerk for the Chitungwiza Municipality, Evangelista Machona, the 5 positions have been declared vacant in accordance with the supreme law of the land (Constitution of Zimbabwe). “I wish…

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Government not reversing land reform program

Government not reversing land reform program

By Simbarashe Musaki The Global Compensation Agreement designed to compensate former white farmers in cash or kind is a fundamental issue governing property rights which are also a human rights issue and brings closure to the land question diametrically opposed to land reform program reversal in the judgments of laymen, Maji-Marefu institute has said. Zimbabwe’s independent think tank, Maji Marefu Institute executive director, Dr Tapiwa Mashakada dissenting to cockroach-eye-view believes that the Government has done the expected and nailed the irreversibility of the land reform program. “The principle of compensation…

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Government using arrests to instil fear towards 2023 election?

Government using arrests to instil fear towards 2023 election?

By Simbarashe Musaki and Edward Mukaro THE alleged persecution and arrest of journalists is meant to send fear to the journalist fraternity, rendering the society blind, deaf and dumb, since media professionals are the eyes, ears and in many ways the voices of the community, analysts have opined. Zimbabwe has come under the global spotlight, amid the arrest and denial of bail for award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and Transform Zimbabwe president, Jacob Ngarivhume by the courts after they were charged for inciting public violence. Civic organisations, church bodies, opposition political…

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Mashakada takes swipe at opposition politicians

Mashakada takes swipe at opposition politicians

By Simbarashe Musaki and Tendai Dune VETERAN politician and MDC-T Hatfield legislator, Hon. Tapiwa Mashakada has urged Zimbabweans to move from experimenting with tired methods of trying to remove the government, through demonstrations and engage the ZANU PF administration in the national dialogue. This follows a flop of the planned July 31 demonstration, which led to arrest of Transform Zimbabwe president Jacob Ngarivhume, who was the chief organiser. Mashakada, in a statement, labelled the organisers ‘cowards’; serve for Job Sikhala, before advising them to consider dialogue rather than being Tweeter…

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Perence Shiri dies

Perence Shiri dies

LANDS, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement minister Perrance Shiri has died. He was 65 years old. Shiri served in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe and was a member of the Joint Operations Command (JOC) until his death on the 29th July 2020. Deputy minister of agriculture, Vangelis Haritatos, confirmed to state media (Zimpapers) that Shiri died early this morning. “Sadly this is true. Hon. Minister Shiri passed on this morning,” he said. The cause of death is yet to be ascertained or announced by the Government. However, a few hours earlier,…

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Stop persecuting journalists, activists – CiZC

Stop persecuting journalists, activists – CiZC

By Edward Mukaro CRISIS in Zimbabwe Coalition has castigated the arrest and persecution of journalists and activists exercising their constitutional right while imploring the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) to act and correct the country’s human rights situation. The call, which comes hard on the heels of the arrests of veteran award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and Transform Zimbabwe president Jacob Ngarivhume comes amid a public outroar on various social media sites, with most expressing their displeasure at the manner and arrest of Chin’ono. Yesterday in the afternoon, the Zimbabwe Republic Police…

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