Lies about sanctions

Source: Lies about sanctions – The Zimbabwean Questions asked by ”Tendai Biti” Sanctions cannot stop the PROCUREMENT OF MORE THAN 200 ISUZU, D4D for campaigning Mps but can stop the government from buying ambulances for hospitals. Sanctions cannot stop Zimbabwe from importing Mercedes Benz Maybach S600 from Germany but can stop the same government from […]

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Source: Lies about sanctions – The Zimbabwean

Questions asked by ”Tendai Biti”

Sanctions cannot stop the PROCUREMENT OF MORE THAN 200 ISUZU, D4D for campaigning Mps but can stop the government from buying ambulances for hospitals.

Sanctions cannot stop Zimbabwe from importing Mercedes Benz Maybach S600 from Germany but can stop the same government from importing water treatment chemical from abroad.

Sanctions cannot stop the president from chartering the state of the art plane for VP to be treated in China/India but can stop the government from refurbishing ZISCO STEEL/CSC.

Sanctions cannot stop Mthuli from using USD but can stop the government from paying workers USDs.

Sanctions cannot stop Namibia from using 2 units at Hwange but can stop the government from refurbishing the same at Hwange.

Sanctions never came to kill people in August 2018 and in January 2019

Sanctions never carried out a coup

Sanctions never rigged elections

Sanctions never stole US$15 bn
Is it the sanctions that are stopping ED from bringing to book the culprits that are behind the looting in the country despite them being named and known

Sanctions never steal state funds to fund fake projects like Command Agriculture
Is it the sanctions that are stopping ED from implementing recommendations by the Montlante commission

Sanctions never allowed Tagwirei to do as he pleases with his Sakunda shit
Be careful before you match on the 25 October because you are simply contributing towards another man’s pockets.

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WE ARE NOW PROBING MOYO : ZACC

HEALTH minister Obadiah Moyo is in the dog box after the
Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) opened a docket to probe his
qualifications and controversial coronavirus deals following a complaint by a
private citizen, the Daily News reports.

HEALTH minister Obadiah Moyo is in the dog box after the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) opened a docket to probe his qualifications and controversial coronavirus deals following a complaint by a private citizen, the Daily News reports. This comes as Zacc and the police have also questioned senior officials at the ministry of Finance, the Procurement Regulatory Authority of

Dickson Mafios arrested a day after his brother Kasukuwere was accused of plotting to oust Mnangagwa

FORMER Zanu PF Mashonaland Central provincial chairman Dickson Mafios was arrested yesterday, a day after his brother, former Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere was named among people plotting to oust President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mafios was …

FORMER Zanu PF Mashonaland Central provincial chairman Dickson Mafios was arrested yesterday, a day after his brother, former Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere was named among people plotting to oust President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mafios was arrested as soon as he was released from Harare Poly quarantine centre. He was arrested together with former legislator Wonder […]

Mnangagwa’s government rejects UN human rights criticism

A senior Zimbabwean government official has rejected criticism by the United Nations that the country is a serious violator of human rights. UN human rights experts including the special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman treatment or punis…

A senior Zimbabwean government official has rejected criticism by the United Nations that the country is a serious violator of human rights. UN human rights experts including the special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman treatment or punishment, Nils Melzer and special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of […]

Govt warns corrupt lawyers

Source: Govt warns corrupt lawyers | The Herald Mr Mangwana Political Editor Government has raised concern over a web of corruption spawned by some lawyers who contaminate the whole chain of the justice delivery system, including judges and magistrates. This comes as the country is turning the heat on corrupt persons, including top Government officials […]

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Source: Govt warns corrupt lawyers | The Herald

Govt warns corrupt lawyers
Mr Mangwana

Political Editor

Government has raised concern over a web of corruption spawned by some lawyers who contaminate the whole chain of the justice delivery system, including judges and magistrates.

This comes as the country is turning the heat on corrupt persons, including top Government officials and also some uncouth lawyers who are set to appear before the country’s courts facing an array of charges.

President Mnangagwa has also raised his concerns over the extent to which corruption is embedded in the country, including in institutions that are supposed to flush out the vice.

And now the Government is looking at the work of some of the country’s law officers who have apparently been aiding and abetting criminal and corruption activities.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana yesterday said lawyers who compromise the justice delivery system are not above the law and will be dealt with appropriately.

“We have a coterie of very corrupt lawyers who buy out our investigating officers, prosecutors, magistrates and judges. They adulterate our whole justice delivery system. They are not above the law they are supposed to uphold. They help derail our anti-corruption fight,” said Mr Mangwana.

The Second Republic has made uprooting corruption one of its key missions, in order to hasten the fight against the vice, the New Dispensation has empowered the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) with arresting powers.

Apart from that, President Mnangagwa has also established a Special Anti-Corruption Unit that is housed in the Office of the President and Cabinet, and is meant to improve efficiency in the fight against all forms of graft and to strengthen the effectiveness of national mechanisms for the prevention of corruption.

The President, in an interview with ZBC last year said although they are some corrupt officials in the justice delivery system, the silver lining is that there are some who are determined to expunge corruption.

“I now realise that corruption is deep rooted, I thought by saying let’s stop corruption those who are corrupt will fear and stop the corruption, it is not like that, it is so rooted that you have to fight it from A to Z. (In) most systems, institutions and structures there is an element of corruption, to fight it you need the police to unearth and investigate, but also within the police there is corruption, the next stage you need prosecution, that is the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) they need to prosecute the cases so once the case has passed the corruption in the police it has to pass the corruption in the NPA, then it must go to the courts and they are also elements of corruption there so the corruption is so deep.

“I am happy that you find people who are against corruption in all these institutions, in the police not everyone is corrupt, in the NPA not everyone is corrupt in the judiciary not everyone is corrupt, so because of that we are gaining traction not as speedily as I had thought, and as you realise there are many cases of corruption in the courts now, some are moving on at reasonable speed, some there is no explanation, they take too long, I am a lawyer I understand the profession, I am not happy, but I must allow the judiciary process to take its course without interference,” said the President.

Several bigwigs including former Cabinet ministers have been arrested since the dawn of the Second Republic.

On Monday, an appeal by former Cabinet minister Samuel Undenge to overturn a 30-month jail term for abuse of office was quashed at the High Court while a former director of State Residences Douglas Tapfuma was jailed for four years on criminal abuse of office as a public officer a fortnight ago.

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We can be wheat sufficient, says VP Chiwenga 

Source: We can be wheat sufficient, says VP Chiwenga | The Herald Vice President Constantino Chiwenga (right) and Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube look at maize cobs from Kwekwe A2 farmer Mrs Tsitsi Mbudzi’s field yesterday. — Picture: Patrick Chitumba Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has said there […]

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Source: We can be wheat sufficient, says VP Chiwenga | The Herald

We can be wheat sufficient, says VP Chiwenga
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga (right) and Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube look at maize cobs from Kwekwe A2 farmer Mrs Tsitsi Mbudzi’s field yesterday. — Picture: Patrick Chitumba

Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has said there is an increase in land put under winter wheat in the country, a development that will result in being wheat sufficient at the end of the season.

Addressing farmers during a tour of winter wheat projects and to monitor progress on growing of traditional grains at sub-division six of Loozani Farm outside Kwekwe, Vice President Chiwenga urged farmers to take farming seriously to ensure economic development.

The farm is owned by A2 farmer Mrs Tsitsi Mbudzi, who has 40 hectares under wheat and 60 hectares under maize, which is ready for harvesting.

He said if communal farmers with access to water bodies put half a hectare of land under wheat, while A2, A1 and large-scale commercial farmers put more land under wheat, the country would have enough wheat for the baking industry.

“The agriculture sector is a key economic enabler, which propels the generation growth in all sectors of our economy,” said Vice President Chiwenga.

“The sector provides the much-needed household nutrition and the much-needed food security. The production of winter wheat is, therefore, essentially for the country as it provides raw materials for the bread and confectioneries industry.

“In this regard, there is a need for increased investment for the private sector and individual farmers to augment efforts in revamping the sector in this current winter wheat season.”

Government had provided guarantees for 65 000 hectares and the private sector did the same for 15 000 hectares.

This, said VP Chiwenga, was testimony that the country could reduce wheat imports.

He said Government introduced the winter wheat programme to boost local production and reduce reliance on imports.

“In the Midlands province, only 1 500 hectares were being put under winter wheat in previous years, but in this current season, the total production area has increased,” said VP Chiwenga. “It is gratifying to note that Midlands has put 3 000 hectares against the target of 4 500.

“Well done Midlands. This is part of the province’s contribution to the country’s 80 000 hectares.”

Wheat production, Vice President Chiwenga said, was not a privileged business for A2 farmers and large-scale commercial farmers only.

“It can be done by smallholder irrigation schemes,” he said. “It is my sincere hope that other farmers can emulate what we are seeing here. All farmers, as long as you have a piece of land with water nearby, let’s grow wheat.

“It can be half an acre or one acre. If combined, we will meet requirements of our country. Gone are the days when we were beggars. Let’s utilise the land we have.”

Government was looking at improving productivity in the agricultural sector through better extension services, research, mechanisation and irrigation.

Vice President Chiwenga commended the Ministry of Energy and Power Development for putting in place measures to guarantee the availability of power to wheat growing clusters.

Permanent Secretary for Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Dr John Basera said winter wheat production was looking bright after 32 000 hectares had germinated as at Thursday.

“Last year, the country had only 24 000 hectares of land under winter wheat, meaning we have beaten that record before we calculate all the wheat that has germinated,” he said.

Mrs Mbudzi has been growing maize, wheat and soya beans since 2006 and through her agri-business adventures, she managed to acquire a centre pivot.

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Conditions for opening informal economy set . . . as President spells out ‘new normal’

Source: Conditions for opening informal economy set . . . as President spells out ‘new normal’ | The Herald President Mnangagwa addressing the nation on new lockdown rules at State House in Harare yesterday (file picture) Fungi Kwaramba Political Editor Zimbabwe is returning to almost full economic activity with an orderly reopening of the informal […]

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Source: Conditions for opening informal economy set . . . as President spells out ‘new normal’ | The Herald

Conditions for opening informal economy set . . . as President spells out ‘new normal’
President Mnangagwa addressing the nation on new lockdown rules at State House in Harare yesterday (file picture)

Fungi Kwaramba Political Editor

Zimbabwe is returning to almost full economic activity with an orderly reopening of the informal economy, where three quarters of the economically active population earn their living, but under the “new normal” of masks, registration with local authorities, high levels of personal hygiene, social distancing and minimum non-business travel.

The further orderly and regulated opening of the economy announced yesterday by President Mnangagwa was possible because of the low infection rates within the country following the original lockdown in the very early stages of the pandemic hitting Zimbabwe. By last night, the number of confirmed Covid-19 positive cases had reached 343, with another 11 cases announced yesterday, all among returning residents and citizens in formal quarantine.

Almost all cases have been in this quarantined group with very few infections within the community, thanks to the quarantining and strict safety precautions that will continue to be enforced.

Announcing new permitted activities, President Mnangagwa stressed that Zimbabwe remained under Level Two lockdown and that with the threat of Covid-19 still hanging over the country, people had to embrace the new normal ways of living to minimise the risks of infection.

All in the informal sector needed to register before resuming operations, with a Government spokesman last night saying this meant registering with their local authority under long-existing regulations. Fuller details would be available within a few days, with the legally required amendments to the lockdown regulations.

Compulsory wearing of masks in public, and other laid down rules such as washing or sanitisation of hands and social distancing would remain.

Most of the formal sectors, along with agriculture, food markets, tobacco marketing and the informal industrial sector, have already been allowed to reopen under set conditions and, in many cases, restricted opening hours.

At the same time, the moratorium on rent payments will be ended but rent arrears can be settled in instalments over six months.

Religious services with a maximum of 50 people present can now resume and in full compliance of the Covid-19 prevention measures.

People have been urged to travel only when necessary.

In his Covid-19 update address at State House, the President said the threat posed by the global virus is still hanging over Zimbabwe and therefore people should start embracing the new normal that has been brought by the pandemic, which at present has no cure.

“Over the last few months, you have been burdened with a truly heavy task. This is not an ordinary period in our history. A new normal has emerged. For the first time, we have asked you not to go to work, not to see your families, and to keep your distance from each other. This is the very opposite of the Zimbabwean way which is characterised by warmth and closeness. The vast majority of Zimbabweans have acted selflessly, and with great responsibility.

“Like a country in wartime, you put your nation first and put aside individual needs and rights. You understood that the battle against this deadly virus which has taken hundreds of thousands of lives around the world, is an existential threat, one which is of the proportion of a conventional war,” said the President.

The rapid response by the Government, to enforce a national lockdown following the first reported case of Covid-19 has been credited with minimising infections in the country.

Even as the country and the world at large is yet to emerge from the contagion and its crippling effects on global economies, the President said Zimbabweans have to work hard under the new normal and pledged to ensure that the country will enjoy, the freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and religion as well as freedom to vote in free and open elections as promised by the Second Republic under his leadership.

The effects of the worldwide pandemic have been made worse by the fact that Zimbabwe was still emerging from decades of economic recession when it was forced to declare a lockdown, while the impact of natural disasters such as Cyclone Idai and successive droughts was still very much bei0ng felt.

“These are hardly the conditions in which to implement tough spending cuts and deep structural economic reforms. But we have no choice. If we do not reform now, we will continue to drown in debt or peddle along in mediocrity. Zimbabweans deserve better. Zimbabwe deserves better.

“Although our lockdown remains at Level 2, let us begin to further open up, remembering that we all have a role to play. Government, hand in hand with an empowered private sector, will do all in its power to open up the economy, to provide the jobs and the opportunities the people of Zimbabwe so richly deserve.

“Likewise, the creation of jobs, the commitment to new opportunities for our talented youth, must once again be driven to the top of our agenda. We cannot and will not allow the period of Covid-19 to appear in our history books as anything more than a mere hurdle which we jumped over along the path to prosperity.

“As your President, I commit that we will work twice as hard, work with promise and purpose, to improve your lives, and to give your children a better future. It is time to accelerate our development. From the pains of the pandemic, we must now find new impetus in rebuilding.

“The liberalisation of our economy must continue in earnest. This includes the privatisation of bloated State industries which must now be expedited. Investment commitments must now be turned into tangible jobs. Our creative people must be allowed to grow and prosper,” said the President.

He added that reforms that are “stuck in the wheels of bureaucracy, must be unleashed, catalysed and implemented. The time for action is now. However, as the workforce is slowly released from a painful lockdown, let us remember that we are not returning to the old normal, but to a very new normal which must cause each and every one of us to rethink our lives. How we communicate, how we do business, how we meet and greet, and how we protect the health of our neighbours, our family, and indeed ourselves”.

The President reminded Zimbabweans, to observe the Covid-19 preventive measures that he said although they may look “rudimentary” can save lives.

“In this new normal, we must be vigilant. We must not rest. The virus is still with us. It has neither disappeared nor been destroyed. It has neither vanished nor been vanquished; it lives amongst us. So please act with caution. Wear a mask at all times when you are outside your homes.

“Don’t cough into your hands and maintain social distance wherever possible. Do not spend time in enclosed spaces with strangers, and ensure that windows are open in workspaces. Wash or sanitise your hands regularly and thoroughly.

“This may seem rudimentary, but these small acts may just save the life of your grandmother or grandfather, brother or sister, mother or father, friend or co-worker; even your own life. This will not last forever. We will — someday — return to the warm ways of Zimbabwe once again. However, the status-quo and the immediate future demand our active diligence,” said the President.

In the fight against the global pandemic, Zimbabwe has received assistance from both local and international partners noticeably China, a country that the President saluted for coming to the assistance of Zimbabwean people during the ominous times of Covid-19.

Apart from coming up with a scientific approach to the new normal, the President has also called upon the whole nation to prayer and fasting on Monday to seek divine intervention against the global contagion.

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Roller meal subsidy raised 

Source: Roller meal subsidy raised | The Herald Minister Nzenza Herald Reporters To keep the retail price of roller meal at $70 for a 10kg bag, Government has raised the subsidy to $216,15 from the original $73,90 which will cushion millers against rising costs. Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Sekai Nzenza revealed this in a […]

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Source: Roller meal subsidy raised | The Herald

Roller meal subsidy raised
Minister Nzenza

Herald Reporters

To keep the retail price of roller meal at $70 for a 10kg bag, Government has raised the subsidy to $216,15 from the original $73,90 which will cushion millers against rising costs.

Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Sekai Nzenza revealed this in a statement on Monday.

“Cognisant of the Covid-19 pandemic, Government is committed to ensure that the prices of basic commodities, especially roller meal, should remain within the reach of the vulnerable,” she said.

Minister Nzenza said Government would continue subsidising the roller meal scheme to ascertain that the retail price remained at $70 per 10kg bag, with millers delivering to retailers at $63, “and receiving their subsidy as adjusted.” She said Government would continue to review the subsidy in consultation with stakeholders.

The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) welcomed the new subsidy, and concurred that it needed to be constantly reviewed.

“GMAZ welcomes the decision by the Government to extend the subsidy programme, especially during this lockdown period,” said GMAZ media and public relations manager Mr Garikai Chaunza.

“The announcement of the review of the subsidy announced by the minister, however, captures costs as at before 8 June, and we, on Wednesday 10 June, submitted current costing(s) and computations for a further upward review of the subsidy.

“We are happy that the Minister is committed to engaging the industry and we confirm that we have cordial relations with her ministry, which is our parent ministry and all the government departments.”

With prices of basic consumer goods rising, in December 2019, the Government implemented a subsidy on roller meal to guarantee easy access to Zimbabweans’ staple food, which saw registered grain millers buying maize from the Grain Marketing Board at a subsidised price of $4 000 per tonne.

The price for a 10kg bag of roller meal was pegged at $50 then, and was increased to $70 in February this year.

Treasury committed to settle the subsidy based on verified roller meal production by millers basing on the grain allocated by the GMB. The verification is to ensure that the grain is bought, milled and delivered to shops before the subsidy is effected.

A team comprising officials from the ministries of Finance and Economic Development and Industry and Commerce, as well as the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority was tasked to verify production of the roller meal.

Grain millers are required to register with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to safeguard efficiency of the programme

However, shortages of the subsidised roller meal on the formal market have seen unscrupulous individuals hoarding stocks, and reselling them on the black market at extortionate prices.

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Council imposes heavy fines for unapproved structures 

Source: Council imposes heavy fines for unapproved structures – NewsDay Zimbabwe GWERU residents will have to fork out over $35 000 in penalty fees for building houses without approved plans as well as in excess of $3 000 for structures that are not inspected by council. BY STEPHEN CHADENGA Non-residential building plans fees have also […]

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Source: Council imposes heavy fines for unapproved structures – NewsDay Zimbabwe

GWERU residents will have to fork out over $35 000 in penalty fees for building houses without approved plans as well as in excess of $3 000 for structures that are not inspected by council.

BY STEPHEN CHADENGA

Non-residential building plans fees have also been increased by more than 2 000%.

According to a new tariff schedule for this year, the building penalty for unapproved plans in high-density areas has been hiked from $1 500 to $35 473, medium-density from $2 000 to $47 297, while that of low-density suburbs has been increased from $2 500 to
$59 121.

“Commercial per plan building from $7 500 to $177 364, industrial per plan building $10 000 to $236 485 and institutional per plan building from $5 000 to $188 243,”noted the schedule.

Construction of houses in high-density areas without council inspection now attracts a fine of

$3 547 from $150, medium-density $4 730 from $200, while in the low-density, it has been hiked to $5 912 from $250.
Developing commercial stands without municipal inspection will attract a penalty of $17 736 from $750.

Mayor Josiah Makombe, however, said the tariffs were in line with the prevailing market forces.

“We understand residents are facing economic hardships, but you will realise that most of these figures seem very high but they are in line with the current market forces,” he said.

“The tariff regime also changed mainly due to the existing macro-economic environment, which is hyperinflationary.”
But Gweru Residents Forum director Charles Mazorodze said council hiked tariffs without consulting residents.
“There was need to strike a balance between service delivery and the economic capabilities of ratepayers,” he said.

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