Health & Community

Health & Community

SDA Urges Members To Get Covid Vaccine

By Kenneth Matimaire THE Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church has become one of the leading religious groups to openly encourage its members to embrace the Covid-19 vaccination exercise. The development comes at a time government eased lockdown, Level 4 to allow vaccinated members only to attend sit-in church services. This was expected to trigger a spike

13-year-Old Gwanda Boy Ventures Into Dog Breeding Business

By Bulawayo Correspondent WHILE most children of his age freeze at the sight of a vicious dog, an enterprising 13-year-old Gwanda boy, Siyabonga Zondo, has ventured into the despised but lucrative dog breeding and selling business. Most people in Zimbabwe prefer breeding livestock and rearing chickens which they consider to be of more economic value

42 Zimbabweans Join Mandela Washington Fellowship

By Staff Reporter THE US Deputy Ambassador Thomas Hastings to Zimbabwe has congratulated 42 of Zimbabwe’s newest alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Fellowship, which began in 2014, is the flagship programme of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which empowers young Africans through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. Since 2014, nearly 5,100

Outcry As Govt ‘Forces’ Schools To Reopen

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE government has been accused of “ambushing” parents, teachers and learners by ordering schools to reopen from next Monday. Schools have been closed for the past three months as the country grappled with the rise in new Covid-19 infections and deaths due to the outbreak of the third wave. However, cases of

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa

Schools, Restaurants Reopen, Intercity Travel Resumes

By Thandiwe Garusa GOVERNMENT Wednesday approved the reopening of schools from 30 August while restaurants can, with immediate effect reopen, but only to fully vaccinated customers, Cabinet has announced. Inter-city travel has also resumed. Addressing journalists Wednesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said schools will reopen from next week starting with examination classes. “Regarding the primary and

Elephants Scare In Shurugwi After Game Park Escape

By Staff Reporter  IN WHAT might blow out as human and wildlife conflict in Shurugwi South, Midlands province a herd of elephants that had escaped from a nearby game park was this week spotted roaming in the local community. Shurugwi South MP Edmund Mukaratigwa confirmed the development. “We have 12 elephants in the constituency. They

Terrence Maphosa

Young Farmers Lead The Charge In Agriculture

Africa Renewal AGRICULTURE in Zimbabwe is on an upswing and young people are the driving force. For example, the country is set to harvest 2.8 million tonnes of maize this year, triple the 2020 harvest, and making it the highest output in 20 years. The anticipated 2021 bumper harvest should finally ensure food surplus in

Chiefs, Headmen Banish Villagers Resisting Covid-19 Vaccination

By James Muonwa  AN emerging human rights lobby group is mobilising resources in order to mount class action against government’s forced Covid-19 vaccination exercise, which has seen rural folk being chased away from their homesteads for resisting jabs. Chiefs and headmen, in a bid to please President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration which has taken a stance

ZINWA To Surrender Gwanda Water Treatment To Council 

By Ndatenda Njanike STATE-owned Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) is looking at the possibility of handing over the water treatment plants and management to the local council authorities. Last weekend, Water Minister Anxious Masuka toured Gwanda to access the perennial water challenges in the Matabeleland South provincial capital. The visit was also meant to gauge

July Moyo

Bulawayo Residents Appeal To Minister Over Construction Of Mayoral Mansion

By Bulawayo Correspondent BULAWAYO residents have sought the intervention of Local Government Minister July Moyo in the city’s raging mayoral mansion saga. According to a recent council confidential report, the MDC-T dominated Bulawayo City Council recommended the cash-strapped local authority should build its mayor Solomon Mguni a $25 million unbudgeted mayoral house in Selbourne Park.

ZESA Under Fire For “Selective” Load Shedding

By Bulawayo Correspondent RESIDENTS in Bulawayo have accused the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority’s (ZESA) of bias in its load shedding schedule with some suburbs experiencing power cuts for hours while other areas have no interruptions. Zimbabwe is currently facing serious power outages which the Energy Minister Soda Zhemu has attributed to a surge in electricity

Local Government Minister july Moyo

July Moyo Reinstates 4 Suspended Umguza Councillors

By Staff Reporter LOCAL Government Minister July Moyo has reinstated four Umguza Rural District Council (RDC) councillors who were recently suspended for allegedly supporting the local authority‘s chief executive Collen Moyo who is facing criminal charges. Last month, Local Government Deputy Minister, Marian Chombo suspended councillors David Moyo (ward 15) Mary Shelton (ward 2), Earnest

“Covid Has Washed Away Our Traditions”

By Robert Tapfumaneyi SENIOR citizens say the outbreak of the coronavirus has forced them to abandon their cultural burial practices and are worried that the spirits of the dead may not be resting peacefully. Speaking at the National AIDS Council (NAC), The Voice of The Aged Covid-19 and HIV and webinar Thursday the senior citizens

Self-Styled Healer Accused Of Sexually Abusing Girls In Zaka

By Tonderai Saharo A SELF-STYLED traditional healer commonly known as tsikamutanda has besieged villages under Chief Nhema in Zaka where is sexually abusing underage girls. The traditional healer is also demanding livestock from the girls’ poor parents resulting in villagers raising a red flag seeking the state’s intervention. The tsikamutanda, who is operating in Muramba, Matara,

EU Provides Euro 3m For People Facing Extreme Food Insecurity

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE European Union (EU) has contributed EUR 3 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Zimbabwe. Funding will be used to support highly vulnerable people living in urban communities struggling to meet basic food needs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Recipients will receive US$12 per person, per

Breastfeeding Can Save A Million Babies – Minister

By Staff Reporter ABOUT one million children’s lives could be saved by optimal breastfeeding for at least 23 months, acting Health minister Professor Amon Murwira said. Murwira said lack of breastfeeding accounts of up to 13% infant mortality. He made the remarks while launching the breastfeeding week commemorations in Harare Friday. “Breastfeeding should be at

The targeted Devonshire squatter camp

Mutare To Evict Devonshire “Squatters”

By Kenneth Matimaire THE clock is ticking on Devonshire Extension occupants as the local authority here is planning to evict them on the pretext of a potential health crisis, can report. The local authority is riding on the wave of the new dispensation that has given the green light to the demolition of illegal

Kariba Dam

 Govt Neglecting Tonga People, Says Chief Negande

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent GOVERNMENT has perpetuated the marginalisation of the Tonga people of Kariba, who have no electricity although they were displaced in the 1950s to pave way for the Kariba Dam and hydro-power station’s construction. A local traditional leader, Chief Negande, born Kausu Mpofu, accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration of failing

Bulawayo Suspends Burials As Grave-Digging Machine Breaks Down

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has suspended burials at the Athlone West cemetery due to a breakdown of a grave-digging machine. Council sources told New that following the breakdown, all burials in the city are now conducted at Luveve cemetery. The sources said the machine’s breakdown had been due to an increase

Tackilar Mawoneke holds one of the chickens she received in a partnership between United Methodists in Zimbabwe’s Makoni Buhera District and Indiana’s Northwest District

US, Zim Sisters In Ministry Nurture One Another

UM News THEY may be more than 8,000 miles apart, but two district superintendents — in Indiana and Zimbabwe — have formed a genuine friendship, and United Methodists are benefiting. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Makoni Buhera District of the Zimbabwe East Conference found a true friend in the Northwest District of the Indiana Conference.