Sunday 20 August 2017
(Times Live 08/17/17)
Private prosecutor Gerrie Nel is preparing to offer his help to the Johannesburg model who accused Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe of assault. Nel is one of this country's top criminal prosecutors. He successfully prosecuted former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi for corruption and Paralympian Pistorius for murder. There is a seeming impasse SA authorities and Mugabe’s team‚ as it is believed she is seeking diplomatic immunity after she was accused of assaulting the 20-year old woman on Sunday night. The alleged assault had taken place at the Capital 20 West in Sandton. The alleged victim Gabriella Engels‚ said Mugabe had beat her with an electrical extension cord and opened a case of assault against...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(Xinhuanet 08/11/17)
Zimbabweans will celebrate their heroes and defense forces on Aug. 14 and 15 when thousands of people gather at the National Heroes Acre and the National Sports Stadium to hear speeches from President Robert Mugabe, among other activities. Heroes Day will be commemorated on Monday, followed by Defense Forces Day on Tuesday, with the two days traditionally falling on the second Monday and Tuesday of August. Scores of people, mainly those who participated in the struggle of the country's independence...
(The Associated Press 08/10/17)
A minister says Zimbabwe's Cabinet has approved spending at least $1 billion to create a university in honor of President Robert Mugabe. The amount represents about a quarter of the country's $4.1 billion budget. Higher education minister Jonathan Moyo told reporters Wednesday that a foundation owned by the 93-year-old Mugabe and his wife will be in charge of the university. The project has been planned for years, but Moyo says the first lady has pushed for its completion. Mugabe has...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Cash-strapped Zimbabwe announced Wednesday that it plans to build a $1 billion university to honour Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old president accused of brutal repression and bringing the country to economic ruin. The university joins other facilities named after Mugabe including the government's school of intelligence, a main street in the capital Harare and the highway to his rural home. "Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University," Jonathan Moyo, minister of tertiary education, told a news conference. "There can be no better recognition of President Mugabe's commitment to education and his exemplary leadership."
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Zimbabwe's first graduate school named after President Robert Mugabe is set to be established following government's approval of a 1 billion U.S. dollars grant for construction of the university, an official said Wednesday. Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Jonathan Moyo said the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University was to be established in honor of President Mugabe's commitment to education and exemplary leadership. He said the institution will be fully dedicated to the teaching of science, technology, engineering...
(The Herald Online 08/08/17)
Government and Sakunda will collectively invest $68 million towards installation of centre pivots to strengthen irrigation infrastructure in support of agricultural programmes for import-substitution, a senior Government official has said. The investment into developing irrigation infrastructure comes at a time when Government is targeting 300 000 hectares of land under irrigation in the next three years. Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Deputy Minister (responsible for crop production) Davison Marapira said Government was pushing for more irrigable land to deal with...
(The Herald Online 08/08/17)
Zimbabwe and South Africa have lost over one million chickens to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), it has been learnt. The disease hit the two countries recently, threatening the livelihood and food security status of millions of families. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) confirmed the development in a statement after a SADC meeting on avian influenza in South Africa. FAO said if not tackled quickly, the HPAI outbreak would impede trade opportunities and reverse the gains made in enhancing...
(The Herald Online 08/08/17)
Police are looking for Freda Rebecca Mine chief finance officer Kwong Po Shum for allegedly defrauding the company of over $214 000. According to a statement from Bindura CID, Kwong misrepresented that the company had approved the purchase of sodium cyanide and activated granular carbons from China. "ZRP Bindura CID is looking for Kwong Po Shum, a Chinese national, Chinese passport number K1912530 aged 45 years," Bindura CID acting provincial community relations and liaison officer Detective Assistant Inspector Portia Chinho...
(AfricaNews 08/04/17)
Zimbabwe has imposed a ban on foamed polystyrene, the packaging commonly used for take-out food in restaurants in the country, amid concern that the trays pose potential health risks. Businesses will now only be allowed to use the containers commonly referred to as Kaylites until October 17th after which they are expected to adopt safer and environmentally friendly packaging. The ban is part of measures by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) to help curb health hazards and pollution linked to...
(Voice of America 08/02/17)
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has called an emergency meeting this Wednesday in South Africa of all countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Aid workers are concerned what this could mean for food security in the region, where a fall armyworm invasion and drought have decimated crops in recent years. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says besides Zimbabwe, the other countries in the region hit by...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Jabulani Zilawe lost all 11 of his children to AIDS. Now he is the only one left to care for their orphans. “This has become my life - with my grandchildren. All their parents died. AIDS killed them. I had 11 children, six of them were girls who had moved to South Africa to seek better life, but they all came back dead - one after the other,” Zilawe told the Thompson Reuters Foundation as he surveyed his small grandchildren...
(Reuters 07/27/17)
NORTON, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jabulani Zilawe lost all 11 of his children to AIDS. Now he is the only one left to care for their orphans. “This has become my life - with my grandchildren. All their parents died. AIDS killed them. I had 11 children, six of them were girls who had moved to South Africa to seek better life, but they all came back dead - one after the other,” Zilawe told the Thompson Reuters Foundation...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/17)
An elephant that gave tourist rides in the Zimbabwean town of Victoria Falls trampled his professional handler to death, the local tour operators' association said Tuesday. Enock Kufandanda, 50, was killed on Saturday by a bull elephant called "Mbanje" ("marijuana" in the local Shona language). Parks and wildlife authority rangers shot and killed the elephant, reported to be about 30 years old, soon after it charged and killed Kufandanda. "We confirm the sad incident, the third in the last 10 years," Clement Mukwasi, of the Employers' Association of Tourism and Safari Operators, told AFP.
(New Zimbabwe 07/25/17)
At least on person has been killed and three others seriously injured when Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company Private Limited security guards fired at hundreds of illegal diamond panners who broke into the firm's premises in Chiadzwa. Two illegal diamond miners sustained serious injuries after they were shot by Zimbabwe Consolidation Diamond Company (ZCDC) guards, it has emerged.. ZCDC, which is wholly owned by the government, took over diamond mining at Chiadzwa in Marange after private companies were forced out of...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/17)
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe lavished his sister-in-law with $60,000 on her birthday, state-owned media reported Monday, at a time when the country is running critically short of cash. The Herald newspaper said Mugabe, 93, and his wife Grace gave Junior Gumbochuma the money at her birthday celebrations, while the couple's children gave her $10,000. "The gift was to thank Mrs Gumbochuma, a pastor, for the pivotal role she played in raising the First Family's children," the newspaper said. Gumbochuma, who...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
A trophy hunter in Zimbabwe has shot dead a cub of Cecil the lion whose death in 2015 caused worldwide outrage, researchers tracking the pride confirmed Friday. Xanda, a six-year-old lion fitted with a radio collar, was killed on July 7 in northwest Zimbabwe, close to where US dentist Walter Palmer shot Cecil with a high-powered bow and arrow two years ago. "Xanda was shot by a trophy hunter on a legally sanctioned hunt in a hunting area outside Hwange...
(BBC News Africa 07/20/17)
Two years after Cecil the lion was killed by a trophy-hunter in Zimbabwe, prompting global outrage, his son has met a similar sad end. Xanda, a six-year-old lion with several young cubs, was reportedly shot on a trophy hunt. He died just outside the Hwange National Park in north-west Zimbabwe. News of the lion's death emerged because he had been fitted with an electronic tracking collar by researchers.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson...
(Voice of America 07/15/17)
Zimbabwe’s Environment Management Agency has ordered the food industry to stop using containers made of expanded polystyrene and replace them with recyclable or biodegradable ones. The agency recommends restaurants use paper packaging or encourage patrons to partake of their food on site. The ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) went into effect immediately, upsetting business owners left with unused stocks. “I think this is quite unfair,” said Denford Mutashu, the president of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers.

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