Apostolic Sect To Be investigated Over Sexual Abuse, Child Marriages

By Anna Chibamu THE Zimbabwe Gender Commission is planning to investigate the Apostolic Sect churches in Zimbabwe over allegations of rampant sexual exploitation and abuse of young girls in the church. In a general notice published Friday in the Government Gazette, the commission has since invited all victims and witnesses to present their complaints and

Few mourners gather outside the home of Lillian Chikomo in Harare for her funeral. They sang while Simon Mafunda (centre) helped make sure Covid-19 precautions were followed. Most people who would have attended the service in person paid their respects by driving by slowly in front of her home.

Covid Challenges Congregations, Families In Zimbabwe

UM News COVID-19 has taken a huge toll in countries worldwide, and Zimbabwe is no exception. United Methodist families, health care workers and congregations are feeling the strains of the pandemic. John Hopkins University reports 127 938 confirmed cases and 4 567 deaths in the southern Africa country. School lockdowns have left children vulnerable. The pandemic has wreaked

Business Calls For Integrity Included As Curriculum At Zanu PF’s School Of Ideology

By Staff Reporter BLACK Economic Empowerment Forum (BEEF) president Solomon Matsa has suggested that integrity must be included as part of the curriculum at the Herbert Chitepo School of Ideology. Matsa, who is one of the country’s top hoteliers in the country, was speaking in Kwekwe recently said for business in Zimbabwe to progress there is

Zimbabwe Had A Bumper Harvest: What Went Right, What Needs Work

By Eness Paidamoyo Mutsvangwa-Sammie – Conversation Africa ZIMBABWE has reported a bumper harvest of maize and other grains, capable of feeding the country’s 14.65 million people for the next year. According to Zimbabwe’s Second Crop and Livestock Assessment report and the US department of agriculture, the estimated maize production for 2021 stands at 2.7 million tonnes. This maize yield

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Journalist Sued $2m For Defamation

By Mary Taruvinga SPORTS journalist Hope Chizuzu has been slapped with a $2 million defamation lawsuit by Philemon Machana, the executive committee member of Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA). Machana says Chizuzu tarnished his image as a family man and businessperson he published stories alleging he was a thief who took his girlfriend to Egypt on a

COVID Situation In Schools A Health Catastrophe

NewsDay The Covid-19 crisis in schools is escalating, pushing up the daily statistics which had been on a decline despite claims by the government the situation was under control. Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa in a post-Cabinet Press briefing this week, said the government would not close schools as the figures were too insignificant. However, teachers

EMA Allays Suspicion of Fish Poisoning At Fern Valley Dam

By Felix Matasva THE Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has dismissed poison as the cause of the death of huge numbers of fish at Fern Valley Day in Mutare recently. The agency said test results had allayed fears the fish could have been poisoned by illegal fishers. On September 5 , in a suspected case of

Councils Spend $19,8 Billion Devolution Funds   

 By Staff Reporter LOCAL authorities’ spending of devolution funds is expected to hit $19,8 billion, a senior government official has said. Local Government minister July Moyo, speaking at the roll out program of the revised Indigenization Economic Empowerment Policy by Zanu-PF in partnership with the Business Economic Empowerment Forum (BEEF) program in Kwekwe, said government

Women Demand 50% Quota In Councils

By Thandiwe Garusa WOMEN Reform Network, a group of 25 women’s rights organisations that advocate for gender equality, has petitioned parliament seeking a 50% representation in local authorities. This comes after the Local Government minister July Moyo recently announced that the government would be passing a law to create a 30% women’s proportional representation in

CZI Bemoans Huge Debt Impact On Productivity

By Aois Vinga THE Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) has bemoaned the country’s huge debt impact on overall industrial productivity amid calls for authorities to implement measures that will result in reduction of the debt crisis. Speaking to delegates at the ongoing three days long Zimbabwe Annual Multi- Stakeholder Debt Conference in Harare, CZI chief

Chinese Worker Dies After Falling Off 40m Scaffolding In Hwange

By Matabeleland North Correspondent A CHINESE expatriate who had just arrived in Zimbabwe to commence work at Hwange Power Station’s Unit 7 expansion project died instantly after he fell off a 40-metre-high scaffolding before crushing his head on a concrete slab. Zhang Xiaao Dong was employed by China Sino Hydro which is constructing Unit 7

MDC Alliance Activists Want Charges Revoked 

By Thandiwe Garusa MDC Alliance youths who were arrested for violating Covid-19 regulations after staging an anti-government protest during lockdown, have filed a court application to have the matter revoked. The activists are legislator Joana Mamombe, Stanley Manyenga, Cecelia Revai Chimbiri, Makomborero Haruzivishe and Lovejoy Chitengu. They were arrested in Warren Park last year. The

Mangwiro Directs Manicaland’s Provincial Hospital To Provide Food For Health Workers

By Felix Matasva DEPUTY minister of Health and Childcare, John Mangwiro has slammed Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital’s administration for not providing food to its doctors and nurses during working hours. Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital is the major referral health care centre in Manicaland province. Speaking during his tour at the provincial hospital, Mangwiro said Manicaland

Residents Lobby Return Of Executive Mayors

By James Muonwa A GROUPING of associations representing residents and ratepayers is lobbying Local Government minister, July Moyo to bring back the executive mayor’s post to ensure citizens’ concerns are prioritised by elected officials and not technocrats, who include town clerks. They argue town clerks, chamber secretaries and other top managers had become more powerful

Vic Falls Council Summons Defaulting Residents

By Matabeleland North Correspondent THE Cash strapped Victoria Falls City Council has started summoning residents who owe the local authority  huge sums of money for residential and commercial stands. Some beneficiaries have reportedly not paid anything for stands they were allocated two decades ago. After numerous attempts to recover its money, the council has now threatened to

MDC Mayor Bootlicks Mnangagwa

By Staff Reporter WHILE the MDC Alliance is blaming Zanu PF for using Local government minister July Moyo to interfere into the operations of the councils under its ambit, MDC T mayor for Mutare Blessing Tandi, last week, surprised delegates when extolled President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s virtues, crediting him for working hard to restore the confidence

Chinhoyi Terminates Dodgy Parking Deal, Massive Cash Leaks Unearthed

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent THE Chinhoyi Municipality has resolved to terminate a shady five-year parking deal with a private traffic management firm, Clyna Trading, in which millions of dollars in potential revenue were reportedly lost due to corruption and financial leakages. Cancellation of the obscure Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between council and Clyna

Matanga Dragged To Court Over Missing US$23k Exhibit Money

By Mary Taruvinga POLICE Commissioner General Godwin Matanga is being sued alongside his two officers by a Chipinge man whose US$24 000 was seized as an exhibit in a fraud case and was never recovered. The complainant, Desire Tevera, was later turned into a witness in the case, having been initially arrested as a suspect.

EJWP Slams Mthuli Ncube For Sidelining Young Women

By Alois Vinga ECONOMIC Justice for Women Project (EJWP) has slammed Finance minister, Mthuli Ncube’s policies for accelerating limited participation of women in economic governance issues amid calls for authorities to be gender-sensitive. Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com this week (EJWP) executive director, Margaret Mutsamvi said the current plans to commercialise parastatals tabled in the National Development

Former PSC Chair Mariyawanda Nzuwah Dies

By Thandiwe Garusa FORMER long-serving Public Service Commission chairman Mariyawanda Nzuwah has died. President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced Nzuwah’s death Tuesday. “An eminent academic, Dr Nzuwah’s early scholarly works were in nationalist research in support of the liberation struggle. As a committed cadre, he placed his professional skills and career at the disposal of the struggle