Saturday 27 May 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/13)
(Reuters) - Zimbabwe's mining chamber said tighter proposed state control over the sale of minerals would hit Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd, slow down foreign investment and stunt growth in the industry. Zimbabwe's mines ministry in March produced a draft Minerals Policy, which seeks to increase state participation in exploration, mining and the selling of metals and minerals. The mining chamber and other stakeholders will debate the policy on May 29 and their deliberations would heavily influence the form of a new mining law for the country. Under the proposals gold and platinum would be sold through a state appointed "authorised dealer". Other mineral sales would be via state-owned Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe, which the mining...
(The Herald Online 05/21/13)
ZANU-PF National Chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo says the revolutionary party is poised for victory in harmonised elections if findings of the probe team that toured the provinces are anything to go by. Cde Khaya Moyo, who leads the probe team set up by the Politburo to check on the state of the party’s preparedness in all the provinces ahead of the polls, said Zanu-PF was in good shape to win the elections. The comments come in the wake of the completion of the party’s election manifesto and guidelines for the conduct of primary elections expected to be released at a crunch Politburo meeting tomorrow. Speaking to the media after a six-hour closed-door meeting with Mashonaland Central party structures in...
(The Associated Press 05/21/13)
The facts laid out by prosecutors are plain: In 2008, a U.S. government employee on assignment in Zimbabwe drove through the capital of Harare in his government-issued Toyota Land Cruiser and struck and killed a 34-year-old Zimbabwe man. Prosecutors say the driver, Andrew Pastirik of Woodbridge, Va., was drunk when he struck and killed the man, Alois Pedzisai Matyoramhinga. Pastirik denies being drunk, but does not dispute that he struck the man. Five years later, Pastirik is facing criminal charges. Yet the indictment against Pastirik mentions Matyoramhinga only in passing, and Pastirik is not charged with murder or manslaughter, or even drunken driving. Rather, he is charged with vandalism — or "malicious mischief" as it is called in the criminal...
(Human Rights Watch 05/20/13)
(Nairobi) - Zambian authorities should dismiss all charges and release two men arrested for engaging in homosexual acts, Human Rights Watch said. The police should immediately cease forensic anal examinations, which are intrusive, invasive and constitute cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment in violation of international law. On May 6, 2013, police in the Kapiri Mposhi district in central Zambia arrested James Mwansa and Phillip Mubiana in response to reports from neighbors that the two were engaging in homosexual acts. Both men were subjected to anal examinations without their consent by forensic doctors at the Kapiri Mposhi District Hospital, as part of the police investigation. On May 8, the district magistrate formally charged Mwansa and Mubiana, and denied their request for...
(This Day Live 05/18/13)
A lecturer at a government university in Zimbabwe has been jailed for three months for labelling veteran President Robert Mugabe "a rotten old donkey," in the latest such case, lawyers said Saturday.Chenjerai Pamhiri, 38, a lecturer at Great Zimbabwe State University in Masvingo city, was convicted and jailed on Friday by a magistrate on Friday, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said. Prosecutors alleged that Pamhiri, while doing his shopping at a local supermarket last week, shouted that Mugabe was "dirt which should be discarded, a rotten old donkey". He is also said to have urged people not to vote for him in elections expected sometime this year. Police arrested him as he left the supermarket. "We received the shocking news...
(Mail & Guardian 05/17/13)
The cost of deporting illegal Zimbabwean immigrants is huge and has prompted calls for South Africa to legitimise their stay. The South African government spends at least R90-million a year on sending illegal immigrants back to their countries, most to Zimbabwe. Many ­Zimbabweans, however, make it back into South Africa within days. The Zimbabwean government has now complained about the high number of nationals deported by South Africa. This comes against the background of an apparent hardening of attitudes towards refugees from the South African government. The story of Johannesburg-based illegal immigrant Ndadzoka Pamberi, which is not her real name, is a familiar one. After spending a week at the Lindela repatriation camp awaiting deportation, Pamberi was taken by train...
(New Zimbabwe 05/17/13)
ZAMBIA has told Zimbabwe that it is in no hurry to be paid for 150,000 tonnes of maize it is sending to its southern neighbour, President Robert Mugabe said on Thursday. Zambia’s Vice President Guy Scott was in Harare last week to finalise the maize deal, but Mugabe says the two neighbours are as yet to put a value on the rescue cargo. Mugabe said following his meeting with Scott, he spoke to Zambian President Michael Sata on the phone who took pity on his neighbour’s poor bank balance. “When I was talking to him about what we had in mind about paying, he said ‘no, no, no’. He is a humorous man as you know,” Mugabe told a conference...
(News Day 05/17/13)
ZIMBABWE Minerals Development Corporation (ZMDC) chairman Godwills Masimirembwa has set himself on a collision course with Manicaland provincial governor Chris Mushohwe over the alleged failure by diamond mining firms in Chiadzwa to develop local communities. This followed claims by Mushohwe that diamond-mining firms in Chiadzwa were not ploughing back part of their proceeds to the local communities. Instead Mushohwe told a minerals consultative workshop in Mutare this week that diamond-mining firms were bankrolling developmental projects in other provinces outside Manicaland leaving out locals. But Masimirembwa on Wednesday said: “As ZMDC we are in joint ventures with a number of companies in mining diamonds in the Marange-Zimunya area and we have a number of social corporate responsibility programmes for the local...
(ZimEye 05/17/13)
Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Jessie Majome, has hailed the Quota System saying it finally gives room for the success of women, at a discussion held in Harare on Tuesday. “I am proud and happy as a Zimbabwean that we finally have a draft that clearly guarantees the equality of men and women for the first time in decades”, said Jessie Majome. She added: “The Quota System provides greater access for ordinary women in political office, particularly in the Parliament,” Majome said. She also added that the quota system provides 66 seats for women in parliament and two seats in senate. “There is a quota created in the National Assembly, 66 seats in Parliament and also a quota in...
(News Day 05/17/13)
THE cash-strapped national airline Air Zimbabwe on Wednesday hit new lows as it reportedly flew with only 12 passengers on board the Boeing 737 from Harare to Johannesburg. The Boeing 737 has a carrying capacity of over 100 passengers. An engineer with the airline said the development was an indication that the airline was having problems in attracting customers due to its damaged reputation. “This shows that there are some fundamental issues that were not in place when the airline started to operate. The current board gave people the impression that all is well when it’s not,” the engineer said. Air Zimbabwe acting chief executive officer Innocent Mavhunga declined to comment on the matter. This is not the first time...
(ZimEye 05/17/13)
Duddridge James NewJames Duddridge is the Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East and previously worked in Africa prior to entering parliament in 2005. Follow James on Twitter. For many, life in Africa is moving forward. Recent development indicators published by the World Bank show that in Sub-Saharan Africa GDP has risen every year since 2000, averaging 5.8% annual growth. Those are quite remarkable figures given the turbulent global economic environment of the last decade. The irony however is that probably the richest and most heavily resourced country of all within the region has benefited so few of its people and savaged so many. I am, of course, talking about Zimbabwe. In 2008 there was a palpable expectation from...
(News Day 05/17/13)
THE Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe will today hold its 74th annual general conference in Nyanga at a time when consultations on the draft mining policy are underway throughout the country. The three-day conference would be held under the theme “Where to from here: Managing and developing the mineral wealth of Zimbabwe tomorrow”. The mining sector is facing viability problems that include unavailability of working capital, old equipment and low investments. Proposed increases in royalties, land policy and beneficiation issues are expected to take centre stage at the conference. Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers at the meeting include World Bank chief economist Nadia Piffarreti, South Africa’s mineral economists Paul Jordan and...
(ZimEye 05/17/13)
Zimbabwe Human Capital (ZHC) project under the Ministry of Higher Education in conjunction with The Zimbabwe Business Network International (ZBNI) will embark on a three city Diaspora Engagement conference tour of the United States. This is the first time such a conference is taking place and many people are expected to attend. The tour will make a head start in Washington DC from May 16 to 20. It will proceed to Atlanta, Georgia from May 21 to 22 and the tour ends in Dallas Texas from May 24 to 27. The tour delegation will include the Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines, Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA), and Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), the Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe (IPMZ) as well...
(The Herald Online 05/16/13)
PRESIDENT Mugabe and MDC leader Professor Welshman Ncube yesterday consented to a request by a Harare man, Mr Jealousy Mawarire, to have his court application for early proclamation of election dates heard on an urgent basis. Deputy Attorney-General Advocate Prince Machaya, who was representing the President and the AG in the chambers of Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, consented to the application on behalf of his two clients. Adv Machaya also confirmed that lawyers representing Prof Ncube decided not to oppose the application. “On behalf of the President and the AG, I did not oppose the issue of urgency. The leader of the MDC Professor Welshman Ncube also did not oppose the application,” said Adv Machaya. “If the court rules in...
(ZimEye 05/16/13)
THE House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the Micro Finance Bill and the Securities Amendment Bill which seek to deal with corruption among other issues in the financial sector. They also endeavour to provide supervisory and regulatory frameworks to tackle nefarious practices of exorbitant interest rates in the micro-finance sector and white collar crimes in the securities sector. During debate on the Second Reading Stage of the Micro Finance Bill, Finance minister Tendai Biti said he was also planning to effect amendments to the Finance Act next month when he announces the mid-term budget review statement. “We are going to come up with a Finance Act in June when we do the mid-term statement so that we deal with some...
(ZimEye 05/16/13)
(OPINION)Finance Minister Biti’s comments this week about unpredictable and deliberately manipulated and compromised internal revenue remittances by some corrupt government departments in the Home Affairs Ministries as condoned via an opaque accounting system deserve some reiteration in the true sense. As the nation continues to grapple with cash flow challenges, extending the begging bowl the world over and inviting undue contempt and ridicule, some observant global community members and critics keep asking where the money generated in wealthy Zimbabwe is going. In some cases some nations have not been forthcoming to lend a hand to Zimbabwe because they already know the richness of the nation through various resources and income-generating projects as well as the current cash flow liquidity capacity...
(News Day 05/16/13)
MDC-T MPs yesterday said Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede is too old to continue serving in the Public Service saying at 67, he should have long gone into retirement. The legislators also accused Mudede of manipulating the voter registration exercise for the benefit of Zanu PF. Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya claimed Mudede had allocated many registration centres to Zanu PF strongholds to enable that party’s supporters to easily register as voters while known MDC-T strongholds had too few centres, resulting in long queues that frustrated potential voters. Chikwinya made the remarks as legislators were debating the chaos that has blighted the mobile voter registration exercise, which started on April 29 and ends on Sunday. Parliamentarians passed the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill...
(News Day 05/16/13)
THE country’s tobacco industry has grown in leaps and bounds since 2009 when the country adopted the multicurrency system and the emergence of new small-scale growers. NewsDay Business Reporter Victoria Mtomba spoke to Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) chairperson Andrew Matibiri (AM) to find out about the state of the sector, among other issues. Below are excerpts of the interview: ND: What has changed in tobacco selling and marketing since the country introduced the multi-currency system in 2009? AM: The introduction of the use of multi-currencies meant that tobacco farmers were receiving the full value of their produce. The change in itself did not affect the tobacco industry to any degree as prices were denominated in United States dollars...
(New Zimbabwe 05/16/13)
PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will remain in his position until the next elections – even after President Robert Mugabe signs the new constitution into law, his office said on Wednesday. The clarification came after the state-run Herald newspaper reported that “uncertainty hangs over Tsvangirai’s political status” because the new constitution abolishes the post of Prime Minister. Gabriel Chaibva, a Zanu PF official referred to as a “political commentator” by the Herald, claimed Tsvangirai would be “rendered jobless” by Mugabe’s pen when he assents to the new constitution which sailed through the House of Assembly a second time on Wednesday. But Alex Magaisa, a political adviser to the Prime Minister, insists that Tsvangirai and the rest of the Cabinet will remain...
(BBC News Africa 05/16/13)
The Zimbabwean authorities are fighting to protect old farmhouses in order to preserve the country's colonial heritage - something that might come as a surprise given President Robert Mugabe's anti-Western rhetoric and the eviction of most of the country's white farmers. The discovery certainly came as a shock to Qedindaba Khumalo, a civil engineer who is heading a project to build a housing complex on a previously white-owned farm. He had intended to make renovations to a 10-room farmhouse on Impala Source Farm in order to modernise it and make it suitable for use as an office. But he was informed by the country's Heritage Board that no alterations were to be made to the 1920s building, which has large...

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