Army, police disown abandoned firearm 

Source: Army, police disown abandoned firearm – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 26, 2019 ZNA spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore By Rex Mphisa The Zimbabwe National Army and police in Beitbridge yesterday said the firearm abandoned by suspected poachers in the Bubye Valley Conservancy was not linked to the military in any way. The security agents also […]

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Source: Army, police disown abandoned firearm – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 26, 2019

ZNA spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore

By Rex Mphisa

The Zimbabwe National Army and police in Beitbridge yesterday said the firearm abandoned by suspected poachers in the Bubye Valley Conservancy was not linked to the military in any way.

The security agents also said the firearm was a 303 rifle and not an AK47 as previously reported by NewsDay on Monday.

“It has since been established from police records that the weapon in question is actually a 303 rifle whose serial number is L9422 and not an AK47 as reported in the media,” ZNA spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore said in a statement.

In an interview yesterday, the officer commanding Beitbridge Police District Chief Superintendent Tichaona Nyongo said the gun was found with seven rounds of ammunition.

“The serial number of that gun is not in the Firearms Registry. We are still trying to investigate its origins, but it is not correct to say it is from the Zimbabwe National Army. Police are still investigating,” Nyongo said.

Police sources had linked the firearm to the military.

Two poachers were last week cornered by game scouts in the Bubye Valley Conservancy and abandoned the gun as they fled.

 

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Editorial Comment: We’re on our own in the battle for precious FDI

Source: Editorial Comment: We’re on our own in the battle for precious FDI – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 26, 2019 Editorial Comment Exactly two months after Botswana President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi paid a courtesy call to Harare that gave us so much hope for better economic co-operation and future, the gentleman has just shown us the […]

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Source: Editorial Comment: We’re on our own in the battle for precious FDI – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 26, 2019

Editorial Comment

Exactly two months after Botswana President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi paid a courtesy call to Harare that gave us so much hope for better economic co-operation and future, the gentleman has just shown us the true meaning of the very old adage: “Every man for himself and God for us all.” This week, he told everyone who cared to listen that his country was the best investment destination, unlike some unnamed African country where investors kiss their money goodbye if they were foolish enough to invest there. It would appear, he was subtly referring to his neighbour Zimbabwe.

“I will not name that country; would you rather have your business headquartered in country X somewhere else in Africa or in Botswana? In terms of assuring yourself that what you put in the bank is yours and will be there, and in the terms of assuring your creditors that you will be able to pay them in whatever currency they need to be paid in; so these advantages should be utilised to the fullest,” Masisi told investors, among them our very own son of the soil, Strive Masiyiwa.

Our take from this very open and frank message is that we are all alone and we need to really put our act together if investors out there, who include our own sons and daughters, are going to take us seriously. We should start working on what Masisi has seen as our biggest challenge that is driving away potential investors.

But there is no price for guessing who the unnamed country is! In our view, we should not see Masisi’s denigrating of our investment climate as an act of stabbing us in the back, but as very good advice. In alerting us to our weakness, Masisi has been a true brother and we should seriously work on our shortcomings to lift ourselves from the socio-economic doldrums that we have thrust ourselves into.

We can easily turn our weaknesses into strengths if we unite and start realising that in this world, we are all alone and that no one will ever lift us from the bottom of the pit. We are all alone folks and when the chips are down, as they are now, we need to put politics aside and start thinking nationhood.
Political parties and their ideologies have got us this far.

All we need to show investors, be they local or foreign — big or small — is that we are an honest nation with the real desire to prosper as a people. The first thing we need is for our leaders to cut down on their excesses, because investors will think twice before bringing their money into a country where there are a lot of overindulgences. When our leaders and their families, for example, flaunt the latest and most expensive vehicles on the planet, such as Lamborghinis, in a country with such abject poverty, it would be difficult to convince an investor that his or her money would be safe.

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Govt shoots down Masiyiwa’s rand proposal 

Source: Govt shoots down Masiyiwa’s rand proposal – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 26, 2019 By Richard Muponde Industry and Commerce minister, Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu has shot down the suggestion by billionaire telecoms tycoon Strive Masiyiwa for Zimbabwe to price all goods in South African rand to achieve price stability. Masiyiwa recently said the country would do […]

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Source: Govt shoots down Masiyiwa’s rand proposal – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 26, 2019

By Richard Muponde

Industry and Commerce minister, Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu has shot down the suggestion by billionaire telecoms tycoon Strive Masiyiwa for Zimbabwe to price all goods in South African rand to achieve price stability.

Masiyiwa recently said the country would do well to abandon the United States dollar as the currency of settlement for rand imports which account for 80% of goods sold in Zimbabwe, while also calling for the pricing of goods in the South African currency without necessarily joining the Rand Monetary Union.

Masiyiwa, whose Econet Group is one of the biggest companies in Zimbabwe, reacted after the price of bread almost doubled to ZWL$3,50 from ZWL$2 last week.

But in an interview in Plumtree, Ndlovu said the multi-currency system was ideal and advantageous because it allowed the country to have choice when trading.

“The multi-currency system is more advantageous in this regard than using one currency. We are flexible in trading in different currencies of the countries we trade in using their currencies. The issue of pricing needs a holistic approach,” he said.

“There is a tendency to profiteer. That’s why President Emmerson Mnangagwa made the clarion call that, although inflation is going up, we have to tackle it together with business and hope to address it in the near future.”

He said his ministry would engage those businesses who were pricing in rand and see how it has worked for them.

“We are going engage them and see how they are benefiting from pricing in the rand. However, we are very much disturbed by the unilateral price increase by businesses when we were in the middle of engaging each other,” he said.

Masiyiwa said if every business in Zimbabwe quoted their customers for goods and services in the SA rand, “it would go some way to eliminating the dollar arbitrage”.

“This is not the same thing as joining a rand monetary area, or customs union, which is a much more complex process. This one can be done overnight, and even voluntarily.”

Masiyiwa said over a million Zimbabweans living in South Africa can demand price parity in the rand.

He predicted that the switch to the rand as the main currency of trade would “improve the quality of life for our families and also improve general liquidity”.

 

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Poacher shot dead, 3 others flee naked 

Source: Poacher shot dead, 3 others flee naked – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 26, 2019 BY Tinashe Mungazi A SUSPECTED poacher was shot dead on Monday night in Hwange National Park, while his three accomplices escaped naked following a gunfire exchange with Zimparks patrol officers. The deceased, who is believed to be a local, was standing […]

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Source: Poacher shot dead, 3 others flee naked – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 26, 2019

BY Tinashe Mungazi

A SUSPECTED poacher was shot dead on Monday night in Hwange National Park, while his three accomplices escaped naked following a gunfire exchange with Zimparks patrol officers.

The deceased, who is believed to be a local, was standing guard and armed with a rifle, while his three colleagues took a bath when a patrol team comprising parks rangers and police officers spotted them.

Zimparks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo said a gunfire exchange with poachers resulted in the tragic death of one of the poachers.

“Yes, I can confirm that a poacher was shot dead on Monday night in Hwange National Park by our officers, who were on a joint patrol with police. We are yet to inform the deceased’s next of kin. The patrol team came across four poachers, one keeping watch and armed with a rifle, while the other three were bathing,” Farawo said.

“There was an exchange of fire, resulting in the armed poacher getting shot, while his colleagues fled naked. Deceased was found 30 metres away from the scene and a rifle was recovered. We cannot, at this time, publish deceased’s name as his next of kin is yet to be notified.”

Farawo said ongoing investigations have so far revealed that the poachers are Zimbabweans.

The Zimparks spokesperson said though it was unfortunate that a life had been lost, the wildlife authority had a role to play in protecting the country’s national parks.

“It’s unfortunate that a life has been lost, but we are saying national parks are protected areas and if you are found there, the law takes its course. If you shoot at our officers, they will shoot back without hesitating. We will continue to protect our wildlife for future generations,” he said.

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Mnangagwa’s government speaks on Strive Masiyiwa’s proposal to price all goods in South African rand

Industry and Commerce minister, Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu has shot down the suggestion by billionaire telecoms tycoon Strive Masiyiwa for Zimbabwe to price all goods in South African rand to achieve price stability. Masiyiwa recently said the country…

Industry and Commerce minister, Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu has shot down the suggestion by billionaire telecoms tycoon Strive Masiyiwa for Zimbabwe to price all goods in South African rand to achieve price stability. Masiyiwa recently said the country would do well to abandon the United States dollar as the currency of settlement for rand imports which […]

Army endorses Chiwenga, strips Mnangagwa of executive powers, to remove him from office very soon

Militaristic vice president, Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga, is now the country’s de facto head of state, amid reports that President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has reportedly been stripped off of significant executive powers and functions by the army, thus…

Militaristic vice president, Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga, is now the country’s de facto head of state, amid reports that President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has reportedly been stripped off of significant executive powers and functions by the army, thus effectively becoming a leader in name only pending his imminent departure from office, Spotlight Zimbabwe, has been told. […]

TWO PIRATE TAXIS HIJACKED IN BYO

TWO pirate taxi operators lost their Honda Fit vehicles to
unknown carjackers in separate incidents in Bulawayo on Wednesday night.

The first incident involved four unknown men who carjacked
a Honda Fit driver they had hired from Plumtree Town to …

TWO pirate taxi operators lost their Honda Fit vehicles to unknown carjackers in separate incidents in Bulawayo on Wednesday night. The first incident involved four unknown men who carjacked a Honda Fit driver they had hired from Plumtree Town to Bulawayo.  The second one involved an unknown man who hired a Honda Fit driver to take him to Lochview suburb and when they arrived at his

Why won’t South Africa walk the talk on Zimbabwe?

Why does South Africa decline real support for its neighbour as Zimbabwe’s embattled government calls for economic help? Source: Why won’t South Africa walk the talk on Zimbabwe? – The Citizen Critics blame the forced evictions of white farmers for a collapse in Zimbabwe’s agricultural production . Picture: AFP / ZINYANGE AUNTONY Why does South […]

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Why does South Africa decline real support for its neighbour as Zimbabwe’s embattled government calls for economic help?

Source: Why won’t South Africa walk the talk on Zimbabwe? – The Citizen

Critics blame the forced evictions of white farmers for a collapse in Zimbabwe's agricultural production . Picture: AFP / ZINYANGE AUNTONY

Critics blame the forced evictions of white farmers for a collapse in Zimbabwe’s agricultural production . Picture: AFP / ZINYANGE AUNTONY

Why does South Africa decline real support for its neighbour as Zimbabwe’s embattled government calls for economic help?

There is a gaping chasm between South Africa’s verbiage in support of Zimbabwe and its practical support on the ground.

“There is a contrast between South Africa’s messages of solidarity and its inaction where it matters,” said Ringisai Chikohomero, a researcher at the Institute of Security Studies’ (ISS) peace building and operations in Pretoria.

Afraid of being perceived as kowtowing to the West, especially to the administration of US President Donald Trump, Pretoria has repeatedly argued against the international sanctions imposed on Harare by Western countries following the extensive human rights abuses committed by the regime under former president Robert Mugabe.

Abuses that are continuing today – despite the initial optimism following the military coup at the end of 2017 – according to critics of incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was once a supporter of Mugabe.

Zimbabwe is desperately short of cash. It needs foreign currency for consumer goods, including for the procurement of fuel and wheat, as well as to service debt, which the finance minister estimates to be around $16 billion.

And despite Pretoria’s support for the lifting of sanctions, it will not help Zimbabwe with an economic bail-out even though further destabilisation on its northern borders will lead to a fresh influx of economic refugees and exacerbate South Africa’s battle with xenophobia.

So why does South Africa, which was one of the first countries to congratulate Mnangagwa on taking power, decline to walk the talk when it comes to real support for its beleaguered neighbour, as Zimbabwe’s embattled government calls for economic help?

“The just-ended Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission session – the third since the inaugural session in 2016 – might have put paid to the many rumours that South Africa would provide Zimbabwe with a much-needed cash injection,” said Chikohomero in a recent ISS article.

“Instead it ended with a joint communiqué that reads more like a political statement of solidarity with little in terms of relief for its cash-strapped neighbour.”

The ISS analyst argued that while the decision to not bail out Zimbabwe is probably based on practical economic calculations, the anti-sanctions rhetoric was a different matter.

“A cursory view of the anti-sanctions call might lead one to the conclusion that lifting sanctions would grant Zimbabwe access to lines of credit from the international market and thereby ameliorate its currency crisis,” said Chikohomero.

However, considerations for South Africa are as much political as they are economic. Pretoria knows that giving bilateral aid wouldn’t necessarily stabilise the Zimbabwean economy

“Without addressing the enduring currency crisis, any bailout would be sucked into an economic black hole just to have Zimbabwe requiring more. The shortage of hard currency only begets more shortages,” explained Chikohomero.

Furthermore, a bailout would exacerbate South Africa’s own economic stagnation and high unemployment rate.

And talk of a bailout would further inflame South Africa’s ongoing problem with intolerance, played out in the repeated xenophobic attacks on citizens from neighbouring countries. And the ruling African National Congress (ANC) doesn’t want to lose support in an election year.

Forced into a position of principle over the realities of geopolitics, South Africa is playing it cautious.

 

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Govt avails $6m livestock facility

Source: Govt avails $6m livestock facility | The Herald 25 APR, 2019 Mr Sam Malaba Africa Moyo Senior Business Reporter GOVERNMENT has availed $6 million to the agriculture development bank, Agribank, to be used for the revival of the country’s wobbly livestock industry. Dubbed The Livestock Facility, the funds are expected to be accessed by […]

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Source: Govt avails $6m livestock facility | The Herald 25 APR, 2019

Govt avails $6m livestock facility
Mr Sam Malaba

Africa Moyo Senior Business Reporter
GOVERNMENT has availed $6 million to the agriculture development bank, Agribank, to be used for the revival of the country’s wobbly livestock industry.

Dubbed The Livestock Facility, the funds are expected to be accessed by qualifying livestock farmers across the country.

On Tuesday, Agribank chief executive officer Sam Malaba said the $6 million was released to the bank last month, and a process of marketing the fund had begun in earnest across the country.

“The bank has received an RTGS$6 million livestock facility from the shareholder which is earmarked for restocking and growth of the country’s livestock sector,” said Mr Malaba.

“The livestock facility was given to us I think just over a month ago. So, basically we have started marketing it through our branches and through the press and I can’t give you the quantum yet of what has been approved.

“But basically there is significant interest within the farming community.”

Mr Malaba said the $6 million facility was welcome as the livestock sector had “not received as much support as the other crops”.

The livestock facility has a tenure of between three and five years, which basically falls within the category of medium-term funding required by the sector.

Experts have previously called on the private financial sector to team up with Government and cobble commercially viable and well-structured livestock financing facilities, particularly to boost the breeding of quality beef and dairy cattle.

While there is about 150 licensed livestock abattoirs in the country with a combined commercial slaughter capacity of over 500 000 cattle per year, there is a shortage of beef cattle due to lack of funding.

It is believed that the challenge could be resolved if Government and the private sector worked together in structuring commercially viable projects.

The funds allocated by Government to revive the livestock industry would be used to purchase quality breeding beef and dairy cattle as well as supplementary infrastructure for commercial livestock production.

Experts believe that the addition of 300 000 quality breeding beef cattle and 100 000 quality dairy cattle to the industry in the next five years would boost the commercial supply of quality beef and quality hides by 150 000 head (13 500 tonnes export quality beef, 3 750 tonnes of export quality raw bovine hides).

In June last year, President Mnangagwa launched the Command Livestock programme in Gwanda and handed over 660 heifers to 151 beneficiaries from Matabeleland South’s seven districts.

The heifers comprised mostly of Brahman, Brano and cross Brahman breeds and are part of the 1 660 herd allocated to the province under the scheme.

The programme covers piggery, fisheries, ruminants and poultry, among others. Livestock experts say while the Command Livestock Programme was long overdue, it strong private financial sector support to ensure commercial sustainability.

The country slaughters about 270 000 cattle for the commercial beef market every year.

Agribank continues to support agriculture in tandem with its mandate and has concluded some offshore lines of credit to support the sector and its value chain.

Last year, Agribank secured US$10 million from the Afreximbank which would be channelled towards capacitating agricultural exporters and value addition.

The bank also got RTGS$20 million from Afreximbank for agriculture last year.

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U.S. hails decline in malaria deaths in Zimbabwe 

Source: U.S. hails decline in malaria deaths in Zimbabwe – Xinhua | English.news.cn HARARE– The United States on Wednesday hailed the continued decline in malaria cases in Zimbabwe and pledged to continue providing support to eliminate the disease in the country. In a statement ahead of World Malaria Day on April 25 , the U.S. […]

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Source: U.S. hails decline in malaria deaths in Zimbabwe – Xinhua | English.news.cn

HARARE– The United States on Wednesday hailed the continued decline in malaria cases in Zimbabwe and pledged to continue providing support to eliminate the disease in the country.

In a statement ahead of World Malaria Day on April 25 , the U.S. government said it stands with the people of Zimbabwe in commemorating the day and celebrates the considerable decline in malaria cases and deaths.

According to data from the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care, there were 264,278 malaria cases and 192 deaths from malaria in 2018.

This represents a substantial decline from the previous year, with a 44 percent reduction in cases and a 63 percent reduction in deaths.

“The United States is proud to collaborate with the National Malaria Control Program to contribute to this exciting success,” the U.S. embassy said.

It said through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has contributed long-term substantial investments to end malaria in Zimbabwe.

USAID has provided some 105 million dollars since 2008 to prevent and treat malaria, reaching almost a million Zimbabweans with lifesaving health services.

In its moves, USAID sprayed the houses of more than 350,000 Zimbabweans with insecticides to kill mosquitoes and protect families from malaria each year. This reduces infections, illness, and deaths due to malaria, added the statement.

USAID Mission Director Stephanie Funk said malaria has long threatened the people of Zimbabwe, but the data show a notable decline in malaria cases and deaths.

“USAID is proud to be a partner in such impressive progress,” he said.

Malaria is among the top causes of illness and deaths in Zimbabwe, with over half of the population living in high-risk areas.

In just 10 years, the coordinated efforts of USAID, the Global Fund, and the NMCP have contributed to a substantial drop in malaria cases in Zimbabwe from 1.2 million in 2008 to 264,278 in 2018.

“On World Malaria Day, USAID reaffirms its commitment to decreasing malaria cases and deaths and moving Zimbabwe toward malaria elimination,” the embassy said.

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