JUST IN: Museveni arrives 

Source: JUST IN: Museveni arrives | The Herald 25 APR, 2019 President Mnangagwa and his Ugandan counterpart President Museveni pose for a picture with flower girls at Robert Grabriel Mugabe International Airport, April 25, 2019.-(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu) Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has arrived this evening and is expected to officially […]

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Source: JUST IN: Museveni arrives | The Herald 25 APR, 2019

JUST IN: Museveni arrivesPresident Mnangagwa and his Ugandan counterpart President Museveni pose for a picture with flower girls at Robert Grabriel Mugabe International Airport, April 25, 2019.-(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has arrived this evening and is expected to officially open the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair tomorrow.

He was met at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport by President Mnangagwa. Upon his arrival he was greeted by a 21 gun salute thereafter inspected a guard of honour. Also present at the airport were several Cabinet ministers, senior Government officials, diplomats and service chiefs.

More to follow…

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Girl murdered by stepfather while trying to save mom

Police in Mberengwa are investigating a murder case in which a man allegedly used a knife to stab her step-daughter to death before fleeing his home. The grisly incident occurred in Maromo village under Chief Mataga. Midlands police spokesperson, Inspe…

Police in Mberengwa are investigating a murder case in which a man allegedly used a knife to stab her step-daughter to death before fleeing his home. The grisly incident occurred in Maromo village under Chief Mataga. Midlands police spokesperson, Inspector Ethel Mukwende appealed to members of the public with information on the whereabouts of the […]

I did it by mistake thinking the boy was my wife: Blind man jailed 13 years after sodomising teen boy

A married visually-impaired man from Mucheke recently appeared before Masvingo magistrate Dambudzo Malunga for sodomising a 16-year-old boy and was given a 13-year jail sentence for the dastardly act. Edson Chivi (41) told the court that he sodomised t…

A married visually-impaired man from Mucheke recently appeared before Masvingo magistrate Dambudzo Malunga for sodomising a 16-year-old boy and was given a 13-year jail sentence for the dastardly act. Edson Chivi (41) told the court that he sodomised the boy by mistake thinking that the boy was his wife. “I am guilty. I did it […]

Armed people to wreak havoc in buses, man of God Pastor Ian Ndlovu warns government (WATCH PROPHECY)

Divine Kingdom Ministry leader Pastor Ian Ndlovu has sent a strong warning to the governments of Zimbabwe and Somalia that armed persons will begin to hijack long distance buses. He said the armed people will enter the buses and attack passengers. He t…

Divine Kingdom Ministry leader Pastor Ian Ndlovu has sent a strong warning to the governments of Zimbabwe and Somalia that armed persons will begin to hijack long distance buses. He said the armed people will enter the buses and attack passengers. He told the government of Zimbabwe that it must force the bus owners to […]

CCDZ unpacks local government issues … calls gvt. expedite the implementation of devolution

Source: CCDZ unpacks local government issues … calls gvt. expedite the implementation of devolution – DailyNews Live Maxwell Sibanda      25 April 2019 CENTRE for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) is a local non-profit organisation established in 2008 mainly to promote citizen participation in governance and empower citizens through rights awareness and promoting dialogue […]

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Source: CCDZ unpacks local government issues … calls gvt. expedite the implementation of devolution – DailyNews Live

Maxwell Sibanda      25 April 2019

CENTRE for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) is a local non-profit
organisation established in 2008 mainly to promote citizen participation
in governance and empower citizens through rights awareness and promoting
dialogue with duty-bearers such as elected Councillors, Members of
Parliament and engaging public institutions for better service delivery.

The Daily News Assistant Editor Maxwell Sibanda spoke to CCSZ director
Phillip Pasirayi on a wide ranging interview about his organisation’s
association with rural and urban council and, their fight for devolution
and engagement with government, in particular Local Government ministry
and Parliament of Zimbabwe.

Q: Six years after the new constitution, which laws in particular would
you have liked aligned?

A: We are working with like-minded organisations to lobby for the
alignment of local government laws to the Constitution. As you are aware,
local government is still governed or regulated through the Rural District
Councils Act and Urban Councils Act. These pieces of legislation
are ultra-vires the Constitution especially Chapter 14 which is clear on
the need to devolve governmental powers and responsibilities to lower
tiers such as Local authorities and Provincial Councils. It is now six
years after the promulgation of the new Constitution and we were expecting
that by now these laws would have been repealed but that is not the case.

Instead the government continues to use these laws to run local government
and there is no appetite on the part of the Executive to have these laws
changed to reflect the new constitutional dispensation.

Q: Why do you think government is taking its time to align these laws?

A: The alignment of local government laws is taking long because
politicians crave control and the reason why there is no progress in the
alignment of laws and implementation of devolution is the fear of losing
control over local government institutions. There is lack of political
will to align existing local government laws to the Constitution because
they are very key in sustaining the status quo. For instance, if the
Provincial and Metropolitan Councils are in place the Ministers of State
for Provincial Affairs will no longer be relevant. The alignment of laws
and implementation of devolution will result in the establishment of
Provincial and Metropolitan Councils. There is resistance to the
establishment of these local government structures because the opposition
will have control, not only in Harare and Bulawayo but will also be
represented in the Provincial Councils. This is a source of discomfort for
some people in government who strongly feel that the PMCs must not be
established because they will give the opposition control especially in
rural areas.

Q: And what interventions have you made so far?

A: In 2017, CCDZ and its partners Harare Residents Trust, the Combined
Harare Residents Association, Chitungwiza Residents Trust and Zimbabwe
United Residents Association petitioned the Parliament of Zimbabwe urging
it to play its constitutional role and ensure urgent alignment of local
government laws and establishment of Provincial and Metropolitan
Councils.

Q: Who else have you engaged?

A: In 2018, CCDZ held a devolution policy dialogue which was attended by
the Permanent Secretary in the Local Government Ministry George
Magosvongwe and representatives from government, civil society, academia
and the media. Last week, CCDZ held a briefing session with members of the
Parliamentary Local Government Committee to discuss progress in the
implementation of devolution. The meeting noted that the political
rhetoric on devolution is not matched by action on the ground. The
legislation to allow parliamentarians to debate and adopt devolution
policy is yet to be tabled in parliament and those elected as Provincial
Councillors have not yet taken oath of office.

Q: What is one of your key demands?

A: One of CCDZ’s key demands is that the proposed Provincial and
Metropolitan Councils Bill is urgently tabled in parliament for debate and
allow parliamentarians and citizens to make an input. CCDZ is also
demanding that once tabled in Parliament the Local Government Portfolio
Committee must convene public hearings to gather people’s views on the
bill.

Q: How spread is your organisation, nationwide, do you have branches?

A: CCDZ is operating at a national level. We are currently implementing
programmes focusing on citizen engagement and capacity building of local
governance structures such as Local authorities in Harare, Marondera,
Murewa, Mutoko, Wedza, Goromonzi, Chitungwiza, Kadoma, Chinhoyi, Karoi,
Hurungwe, Norton, Kwekwe, Makoni and Mutasa districts. In these areas we
have structures known as Community Work Groups made up of people from the
local community – men, women, youths, the differently abled and others.
These community structures are responsible for community engagement and
spearheading community actions on service delivery.

Q: Which other like-minded organisations do you work with, on what
programmes?

A: CCDZ is working with other organisations that are doing similar work.
At the local level, we work with Community Based Organisations (CBOs),
Residents Associations and churches to mobilise residents to participate
in our programmes. These include; Harare Residents Trust, Chinhoyi
Residents Association, Berina Kadoma Residents Association, Kwekwe
Residents and Ratepayers Association, Chitungwiza Residents Trust,
Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association, Mutoko Community
Youth Initiatives, Zimbabwe Youth in Politics in Kwekwe, Wedza Initiative
for Development Trust, Institute for Young Women in Development, Simukai
Goromonzi Rural Residents Trust and many others.

Q: And at national level?

A: At the national level, CCDZ is working with other organisations such as
Southern Africa Parliamentary Support Trust, Commonwealth Local Government
Forum, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and the Centre for Applied Legal
Research on alignment of local government laws to the Constitution.  CCDZ
is also leading a Consortium of NGOs working at the national level to
engage government and other policy-makers on political reforms and
implementation of the Constitution and alignment of local government laws.
This programme is supported by the European Union.

Q: In terms of your work, which ministry do you usually work with?

A: We work with various government ministries or departments and the level
of engagement with any Ministry is determined by the nature or scope of
the programme we are implementing at a particular time. Currently we are
working closely with the Local Government ministry on the issue of
devolution.

Q: Your organisation is advocating for devolution; what is devolution?

A: Devolution is about bringing political power and governmental
responsibilities closer to the people. It entails the removal of a
significant amount of political power from the centre (in this case
central government) to the lower tiers of government. It is about bringing
government closer to the people, to make government easily accessible and
allow communities to determine their development needs and priorities.

Q: How has been your campaign so far in calling for devolution?

A: CCDZ has intensified its campaign for the implementation of devolution
to promote development and the participation and or involvement of
citizens in governance and decision-making at the local-level.

Q: Can you give examples of other African countries where devolution has
worked?

A: Devolution is being implemented successfully in countries such as South
Africa and Kenya but this is not to say that it is smooth and does not
have its own challenges. There is no one-size-fits-all as each country has
to adopt a devolution model that is informed by its history and
development trajectory. The political and economic imperatives of
devolution are different from country to country. In our case I think the
desire is to deepen our democracy and ensure that government is brought
closer to the people and that citizens are given an opportunity to be led
by their own people who are well informed about the development challenges
in their respective communities and how these can be addressed.

Q: What is the feeling in the regions about devolution?

A: There are concerns about underdevelopment of regions/provinces and the
feeling that some areas are marginalised and lag behind in terms of
economic growth. I attended the public hearings convened by COPAC when
they were crafting the new Constitution and citizens were clear that the
concerns of marginalisation and underdevelopment are real in some regions
and the expectation is that these will be addressed through devolution.

Q: Rural councils, what are some of the teething problems they face?

A: It is true most rural councils are facing teething problems especially
in this harsh economic environment. To start with, the revenue base is
small compared to urban councils. As a result, rural councils are failing
to deliver quality social services to their people. Councils are failing
to rehabilitate roads on their own without support from central government
as well deliver quality water and sanitation services. Rural councils need
to broaden their resource base and not just depend on money collected for
rates and taxes. The money is not enough to address the colossal service
delivery challenges in the communities.  The other challenge in rural
areas is the politicization of Council and development issues. Some people
in rural areas are of the mistaken view that Councils must serve only the
interests of the ruling party.

Q: You have been working in rural communities, how is the food situation
there? Do people have enough food?

A: The food situation in rural areas is dire due to the drought we have
experienced this year. Crops and pastures for animals have been affected.
The food situation is worse in areas such as Mutoko, Mudzi, Uzumba Maramba
Pfungwe, Mbire, Mt Darwin districts and several districts in Masvingo,
Matabeleland North and South provinces. There is need for government to
assess the food situation and engage the international community and
appeal for food aid. The government must also put in place mechanisms to
ensure transparency in the distribution of food aid. The Ministry of
Public Service and Social Welfare can also work closely with humanitarian
agencies such as World Food Programme (WFP), Goal, World Vision, Save the
Children and others to start community work schemes, food-for-work
programmes to avert hunger and starvation in rural communities.

Q: How is the rural road network?

A: This is one area that requires urgent government intervention. The
roads in rural areas are in a sorry state. CCDZ is working in rural remote
areas such as Kanyemba in the Zambezi Valley. The stretch of the road from
Mahuwe to Kanyemba in Mbire District requires urgent government attention.
We are talking about more than 200km of gravel road and about 3 narrow
bridges that have claimed many lives. It is a good thing that government
has classified Mbire district including Kanyemba a development priority.
There is now need to mobilise resources for tarring of Kanyemba road to
open up the district for investment and development. The area is lagging
behind in terms of development because of poor or non-existent
infrastructure. The government needs to spearhead a vigorous development
programme so that the area can catch up with the rest of the country. Our
appeal to the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Joel Biggie Matiza
and his Deputy Advocate Fortune Chasi is that the Mahuwe to Kanyemba road
should be prioritised even ahead of other road projects. I challenge them
to travel to Kanyemba by road to understand the challenges that the people
of Kanyemba and transporters are experiencing. The Kanyemba road is
important and shortest link to Zambia.

Q: Which other infrastructure do you think needs urgent attention?

A: There is also need for government to prioritise building other
infrastructure such as schools, clinics and community recreation centres.
The government can also embark on agriculture and tourism projects in
Kanyemba taking advantage of the Zambezi River.

The issue of energy in rural areas also needs to be addressed urgently.
The government through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has tried
but there is still more work to be done. For sustainability it might be
necessary to invest in solar energy.  It is actually a luxury to see
electricity infrastructure in most areas.

Q: How has the Transitional Stabilisation Programme fared?

A: The Transitional Stabilisation Programme will only bear fruits if
social services such as education, health, water, and sanitation and
energy provision in rural remote areas such as Kanyemba are prioritised.
This is also the other reason why CCDZ and its partners are pushing for
speed implementation of devolution to promote economic development and
access to services by locals.

Q: How often do you engage councils and over what issues?

A: We are working with Councils to build their capacity as duty-bearers to
be able to deliver better services to residents, in line with their
obligations. There is an elaborate training programme for Councillors and
Council heads focusing on topics such as: local government and the
constitution, leadership, local governance legal framework in Zimbabwe,
local governance and human rights, gender responsive budgeting, the
rights-based approach to service delivery and project management. These
training sessions are meant to equip Councillors to play their role and
represent residents effectively. CCDZ is also engaging councils to consult
with and involve residents in the decision-making process through
publicizing Council meetings and inviting Residents Associations and
residents to attend these important meetings as well as Councillors
holding feedback meetings in their wards. Our understanding is that
dialogue between Councils and residents is important to identify service
delivery challenges in these communities and how to address them. CCDZ is
creating these platforms for dialogue between Councils and residents to
address service delivery challenges in the communities.

Q: How is your relationship as CCDZ with mayors and councillors around
the country, do you sometimes engage them?

A: As CCDZ we have a good working relationship with Mayors and councillors
and in the towns and districts where we operate but in some instances we
have been denied access by gate-keepers who think our work is political
and we have been labelled as “agents of regime change”. To mitigate this
CCDZ has continued to conduct professional and non-partisan programmes
aimed at empowering both Councils so that they are able to deliver on
their mandate as well as working with residents across towns and districts
where we operate so that they can engage the authorities and demand better
services.  We engage Councils on their role and obligations on service
delivery.

Q: Are you happy with most council budgets being produced?

A: There is a huge improvement in the manner in which Council budgets are
now being formulated. Councils are now consulting widely with residents in
the wards. This was not the case before whereby budget making was a
preserve of Council elites. But our concern is that although Councils have
been widely consulting residents on budget formulation, in some instances
the views of residents are not included in the final budgets. In such
cases consultations are just being done as protocol.

Q: Has there been any advocacy over these budgets?

A: There has been a lot of advocacy by CCDZ and resident associations.
These organisations have done tremendous work in pushing Councils to
consult with residents when they come up with their budgets. Council
budgets should be reflective of residents’ issues, interests and
priorities. Some organisations such as Zimbabwe Women Resource Centre and
Network and Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association have also worked with
Councils on gender responsive budgeting. This work is important because
service delivery issues affect women and men differently and this should
be reflected in Council budgets.

Q: MDC has been controlling councils, are you happy as an organisation
with their work?

A: I think it’s a wrong premise to start from to categorise Councils as
either MDC or Zanu PF. I think political partisanship is one of the key
challenges stalling development in our country. We should have
city-fathers and mothers who are ready to serve their country, their
people and communities without the political labels “MDC” or “Zanu PF”.
These don’t help us much as a country. We need to elevate our politics
including at the local level to a point whereby our public officials –
Councillors, Members of Parliament and others are guided by the common
interest not political partisan interests.

Q: And how do you engage with political parties?

A: CCDZ works with both Zanu PF and MDC councillors to enhance their
capacity so that they better represent the interests of their people.
Generally, the performance of Councils has been poor countrywide as they
are failing to provide basic social services such as water, roads, health
and sanitation services. However, there has been an attempt to blame MDC
run councils for political expediency but not acknowledge the
macro-economic challenges that are affecting all Councils and affecting
their capacity to deliver better services to the citizenry.

Q: If you were to be Minister of Local Government today, what would be
some of your priorities in terms of community development?

A: I will immediately hit the ground running. I have the credentials and
experience to run the Local government portfolio. If I am to take over
today I will immediately embark on a national tour with directors from my
ministry to engage stakeholders such as government, residents, community
based organisations, business, councils, traditional authorities and
others in every corner of the country on their concerns regarding local
government. I will do this to ensure that my ministry adopts a
comprehensive programme of action and local government blueprint that is
reflective of the interests of all stakeholders. I will also engage
Parliament to understand the concerns of legislators regarding local
government laws that need to be aligned to the Constitution. My ministry
will convene provincial multi-stakeholder sessions to be attended by all
political parties, non-state actors, government, business, interest
groups, traditional leaders and others to discuss about the implementation
of devolution. The discussions on devolution will seek to agree on the
nature of devolution required for our country in line with the
Constitution, the structure and composition of Provincial and Metropolitan
Councils, mandate of these important local government institutions, their
relationship with central government and other tiers of government and
funding issues. I will agree with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on
Local Government on the timeline for crafting the Provincial and
Metropolitan Councils Bill and when it will be brought to parliament for
debate and adoption.  I will make sure to implement devolution and
establish Provincial Councils in my first 100 days in office. I will also
work closely with the office of the Auditor-General and Zimbabwe
Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and the Land Commission to investigate
cases of corruption in the allocation of land as well as award of tenders
by local councils. I will work closely with Local councils to ensure that
modern standards of urban planning are followed and that informal,
unplanned urban settlements such as Nyatsime in Chitungwiza, Harare South
and Harare North housing schemes are re-planned and proper services such
as roads, water, and sanitation are provided to residents.

Are parliamentarians doing enough when it comes to pushing local
governance issues?

The parliamentarians are not doing enough to push for local governance
reforms. Recently we had a briefing session with members of the
Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government to discuss about
devolution. I think there is serious lack of capacity by some legislators
to perform their constitutional duties. We realised that most MPs do not
understand what is meant by devolution, the economic and political
benefits of devolution and the form and structure it should take in our
context. We also realised most of the members of the portfolio committee
are new and do not fully understand their oversight role as
parliamentarians. CCDZ will continue to engage the parliamentarians and
build their capacity so that they can effectively perform their
constitutional duties.

You have a vision as CCDZ, what is it?

CCDZ’s vision is to see communities that are built on the values of
equality, justice, participation, inclusivity, transparency and
accountability. Such communities are empowered and all citizens regardless
of colour, creed, political affiliation, religion, gender have full and
enjoy full citizenship and are part of the nation for development and
prosperity.

Q: Anything you might want to add?

A: I want to end by calling on all Zimbabweans to join the CCDZ campaign
for local government reforms and the immediate implementation of
devolution. I wish to reiterate that it is now six years after the
promulgation of the Zimbabwe constitution and provisions on local
government and devolution in Chapter 14 have not yet been implemented.
There is lack of political will to implement devolution. Political
rhetoric is not matched by action on the ground. I call upon President
Emmerson Mnangagwa, Minister July Moyo, Parliament of Zimbabwe and other
policy-makers to play their role and expedite the implementation of
devolution. Further delay is an affront to democratic practice and serious
lack of respect for our Constitution. Just to remind us all that one of
the reasons that was given by Zanu PF to justify the ouster of former
president Robert Mugabe was his refusal or reluctance to implement
devolution and establish Provincial and Metropolitan Councils.

Lastly, I urge us all to strive to make our country a better place

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JUST IN: EU lauds Zim reforms

Source: JUST IN: EU lauds Zim reforms | The Herald April 25, 2019 President Mnangagwa welcomes EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen. Picture by Memory Mangombe Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Reporter The European Union has said it is beginning to see some positive steps towards attainment of political and economic reforms by Zimbabwe. Speaking after meeting […]

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Source: JUST IN: EU lauds Zim reforms | The Herald April 25, 2019

JUST IN: EU lauds Zim reformsPresident Mnangagwa welcomes EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen. Picture by Memory Mangombe

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Reporter
The European Union has said it is beginning to see some positive steps towards attainment of political and economic reforms by Zimbabwe.

Speaking after meeting President Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices, where he was committing further assistance by the EU to victims of Cyclone Idai, EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen said the recent announcement of the Staff Monitored Programme (SMP), alignment of the Constitution and commitment to replace the Public Order and Security Act were some of the positive steps so far.

“Now we have recently seen positive steps, the Staff Monitored Programme by the IMF (International Monetary Fund) is certainly one of those. We have seen movement on the Constitutional alignment agenda, the Media Bills- the replacement of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA),” said Ambassador Olkkonen.

Ambassador Olkkonen said although there has been a lot of questions about these Media laws, it was important to note that discussions around them have already started and are going forward.

“I know there is criticism and questions about the details of those Acts but I think it is important that there is a discussion starting and going on now about those things and making sure that the legislative agenda moves forward and that is by the way an area the EU is supporting, financially through technical assistance.

More to follow…

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Submit views on Peace, Order Bill — Parly 

Source: Submit views on Peace, Order Bill — Parly | The Herald April 25, 2019 Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter Parliament has called on the public to start submitting their views on the recently gazetted Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill, 2019 (H.B.3) that was gazetted last week. The Bill will replace the Public Order and […]

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Source: Submit views on Peace, Order Bill — Parly | The Herald April 25, 2019

Submit views on Peace, Order Bill — Parly

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
Parliament has called on the public to start submitting their views on the recently gazetted Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill, 2019 (H.B.3) that was gazetted last week.

The Bill will replace the Public Order and Security Act.

In a statement yesterday, Assistant Clerk of Parliament Mr Johanne Gandiya said the public consultations were in line with the requirements of Section 141 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

“In compliance with this peremptory constitutional provision, and as part of public consultations meant to enhance participatory democracy, Parliament of Zimbabwe is inviting comments on the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill, 2019 (H.B.3, 2019) for consideration by the relevant Committee(s),” he said.

Mr Gandiya said anyone wishing to make contributions make their submissions in writing to Parliament.

“The Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services shall conduct public hearings on the Bill. The dates will be advised in due course,” Mr Gandiya added.

The Bill provides mechanisms to ensure maintenance of peace and order during demonstrations or any public gatherings, among other provisions and will replace POSA which has often been cited as draconian by critics.

The Bill has several progressive provisions that include the removal of a requirement under Section 27 of POSA that required people to move around with their IDs or risk arrest and detention.

Under the provision of the Bill, if someone cannot produce their ID upon request they will be required to do so within seven days at any nearest police station.

In a departure from POSA, whose Section 27 provided for temporary bans of demos, the new Bill has omitted those in line with a previous Constitutional Court ruling which deemed the bans unconstitutional.

Under Clause 8 of the Bill, police have to notify organisers of processions or demonstration within three days of receiving the convener’s notice that the demo or procession can go ahead if the regulatory authorities have no problem with it. Previously under Section 26 of POSA there was no time-frame thereby keeping conveners in suspense.

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Government of Zimbabwe Partners with GlobalMed for Virtual Care Pilot

Source: Government of Zimbabwe Partners with GlobalMed for Virtual Care Pilot SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — GlobalMed®, an international provider of virtual care solutions, today announced it has been selected by the government of Zimbabwe for a United Nations-funded project to provide telemedicine services and equipment at 16 clinics in the country’s Manicaland province. With many health […]

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Source: Government of Zimbabwe Partners with GlobalMed for Virtual Care Pilot

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.April 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — GlobalMed®, an international provider of virtual care solutions, today announced it has been selected by the government of Zimbabwe for a United Nations-funded project to provide telemedicine services and equipment at 16 clinics in the country’s Manicaland province.

With many health delivery organizations in Africa already standardized on GlobalMed’s platform, this move cements GlobalMed’s position as the telehealth partner of choice in Africa for sophisticated, evidenced-based projects that require simplicity, scalability and world-class technologies.

The government pilot calls for GlobalMed to deliver complete virtual care equipment and solutions, including mobile exam stations, software application and various medical examination devices, all accessible through one seamless platform.

Participating health providers will utilize GlobalMed’s Transportable Exam Station® (TES), a fully mobile virtual care platform containing a tablet PC. The solution enables video conferencing and stores an array of cameras and medical devices in a rugged, impact-, dust-, and weather-resistant rolling case. The TES works in nearly any environment, is compatible with many connected instruments and features integrated software and hardware.

The project is funded by ITU, a United Nations’ agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, that is working in collaboration with Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health, the Ministry of ICT and POTRAZ, Zimbabwe’s telecommunication regulatory agency.

For GlobalMed, the project marks the virtual care company’s first large-scale deployment in continental Africa. The pilot will soon be expanded to 96 healthcare facilities throughout Zimbabwe.

“In many Zimbabwean villages, like other remote places around the world, healthcare may be limited to a monthly visit from a nurse whose job it is to see as many patients as possible in one day,” said Joel E. Barthelemy, GlobalMed founder and CEO. “But what happens when someone is sick on an unscheduled day? Believe it or not, they get two of the strongest villagers to carry the patient to the nearest village that nurses are scheduled to visit that day. Fortunately, virtual care, when done right, can carry all of us on its shoulders.”

“For Zimbabwe, telemedicine is an enabling and transformative technology,” said Cosmas Chigwamba, principal director, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of ICT & Cyber Security. “It enables us to do what we’re doing in a better way and to have a great impact on the lives of the people that we touch. It will greatly contribute to the sustainable socioeconomic goals of our country.”

About GlobalMed® 
GlobalMed powers the world’s largest, most advanced virtual care programs by designing, manufacturing, and deploying fully integrated software and hardware solutions that remove the barriers of technology from the business of patient care. Providers are enabled with data capturing tools to deliver evidence-based treatment and improve patient outcomes while lowering costs.  Providers looking for their own technology to manage capacity, save money, and deliver responsible medicine, will get all they need from one platform. Recognizing the importance of trust and consistency in healthcare, GlobalMed also offers white-label versions of their systems so that providers can self-brand their virtual care offerings to strengthen the patient relationship with their organization. GlobalMed is honored to be the telehealth provider to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency, and the White House. With over 15 million consults delivered in over 60 countries, its virtual care platform has the Authority to Operate (ATO) on U.S. Department of Defense networks with the highest level of security and supports a patient at any point in the continuum of care. Learn more at www.globalmed.com.

Founded in 2002 by a Marine Corps Reserve Veteran still serving as CEO, GlobalMed is proud to be a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB).

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VP Chiwenga lashes out at ‘financial terrorists’

Source: VP Chiwenga lashes out at ‘financial terrorists’ | The Herald April 25, 2019 VP Chiwenga Pamela Shumba Bulawayo Bureau VICE President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday lashed out at corporates dipping their hands in underhand parallel market exchange dealings and equated such behaviour to “financial terrorism”. Addressing captains of industry and commerce at the 13th Zimbabwe […]

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Source: VP Chiwenga lashes out at ‘financial terrorists’ | The Herald April 25, 2019

VP Chiwenga lashes out at ‘financial terrorists’VP Chiwenga

Pamela Shumba Bulawayo Bureau
VICE President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday lashed out at corporates dipping their hands in underhand parallel market exchange dealings and equated such behaviour to “financial terrorism”.

Addressing captains of industry and commerce at the 13th Zimbabwe International Business Conference in Bulawayo, VP Chiwenga said that Government was sharpening its policies to deal with the culprits.

He expressed shock that parallel market deals were continuing to overshadow the economy despite prudent policies being put in place by Government.

“I want to give a stern warning to those practicing financial terrorism in the country. We will react accordingly as Government and nobody should claim that they were not warned. We’ll take very strict measures,” said VP Chiwenga.

He said the parallel market continued to overshadow the formal market because there were buyers and sellers who were willing to participate in its activities.

“As responsible and patriotic citizens, we should ask ourselves whether our actions are in the best long term interests of the nation?”

He said it was disappointing that some businesses were financing the black market at a time when the Government was making efforts to create a sustainable economic environment.

“The market-based framework for the determination of the exchange rate is expected to facilitate financial sector stability, contain inflationary pressures and build public confidence,” said VP Chiwenga.

He said Government will continue fighting the practice and assured the nation that what Government is doing will work.

“What we’re doing will work and what the financial terrorists are doing won’t work,” said VP Chiwenga.

He also condemned the continued spate of price increases of basic commodities, saying it was unjustified and was driven by sheer speculation.

“The rising inflation, which we’re now experiencing hurts the whole economy and its development prospects.

“The trend is as a result negatively affecting all of us. It’s now time we engage and openly discuss why as a nation we continue to experience foreign currency shortages yet our foreign currency earnings exceed those of other countries that are not experiencing the same phenomenon,” said VP Chiwenga.

VP Chiwenga said through the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP), Government was implementing critical structural reforms necessary for economic turnaround.

“Some of the reforms will no doubt be painful, but are unavoidable because without them our economic fortunes can only become worse.

“Successful turnaround to improve the living standards of our people requires that we remove existing market distortions, which undermine consumer welfare through rampant arbitrage,” he said.

The business conference, which was organised by the ZITF in conjunction with the National Economic Consultative Forum (NECF) was attended by more than 800 delegates including Ministers Professor Mthuli Ncube, Mangaliso Ndlovu, Dr Sithembiso Nyoni, Professor Amon Murwira, Bulawayo mayor Solomon Mguni, Deputy Ministers, Ambassadors, Members of the Senate and House of Assembly, captains of industry and commerce as well as senior Government officials.

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