UN humanitarian chief arrives today 

Source: UN humanitarian chief arrives today | The Herald February 27, 2019 Mark Lowcock Ellen Chasokela Herald Reporter United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr Mark Lowcock is expected to arrive in Zimbabwe today to assess the humanitarian situation in the country and propose a way forward. The visit will […]

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Source: UN humanitarian chief arrives today | The Herald February 27, 2019

UN humanitarian chief arrives today
Mark Lowcock

Ellen Chasokela Herald Reporter
United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr Mark Lowcock is expected to arrive in Zimbabwe today to assess the humanitarian situation in the country and propose a way forward.

The visit will be Mr Lowcock’s first to Southern Africa since he assumed his roles in 2017.

UN communications specialist Mr Sirak Gebrehiwot said Mr Lowcock will be in the country from today till Friday

“Lowcock will meet with senior Government officials, the diplomatic community, humanitarian organisations and members of the civil society,” he said. “He is also expected to meet with people in Epworth and Mudzi district, who have been affected the most by increasing food insecurity.”

Mr Gebrehiwot said during the three-day visit, Mr Lowcock will also launch the Zimbabwe Flash Appeal.

“Mr Lowcock, with the UN Resident Coordinator Mr Bishow Parajuli, on behalf of the Humanitarian Country Team, will also launch the 2019 Zimbabwe Flash Appeal on Thursday in Harare,” he said.

“At the launch, Lowcock will host a press conference, with final remarks about the mission and donors will also announce contributions to the humanitarian operation in Zimbabwe.”

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. . . 24 suspected illegal forex dealers in court

Source: . . . 24 suspected illegal forex dealers in court | The Herald February 27, 2019 Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter Police have intensified a crackdown on illegal foreign currency dealers under an operation code-named “Dzosai Mari” and 24 suspected dealers appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts between Friday and Saturday last week. They were […]

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. . . 24 suspected illegal forex dealers in court

Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter
Police have intensified a crackdown on illegal foreign currency dealers under an operation code-named “Dzosai Mari” and 24 suspected dealers appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts between Friday and Saturday last week.

They were arrested separately in Harare. Some of the suspects appeared before magistrate Mr Edwin Marecha.

The other group appeared before Mr Learnmore Mapiye on charges of contravening Exchange Control (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 (No.5), which criminalises illegal trading in foreign currency.

Ten of the suspects were released on $150 bail each. The remainder remains in custody pending ruling on their bail applications.

Operation “Dzosai Mari” started last year. It is being conducted by the police and other stakeholders.

In November last year, several illegal foreign currency dealers were raided and arrested in Harare under the same operation.

They were convicted and their money was forfeited to the State.

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Chivayo failed to deliver, court told 

Source: Chivayo failed to deliver, court told | The Herald February 27, 2019 Chivayo Geraldine Zaranyika Herald Reporter Wicknell Chivayo did not carry out any meaningful work on the Gwanda solar project despite being paid US$5 million in advance, State witness and Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) financial director Mr Eubert Chiwara told the court yesterday. […]

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Chivayo failed to deliver, court told
Chivayo

Geraldine Zaranyika Herald Reporter
Wicknell Chivayo did not carry out any meaningful work on the Gwanda solar project despite being paid US$5 million in advance, State witness and Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) financial director Mr Eubert Chiwara told the court yesterday.

Chivayo stands accused of defrauding ZPC of the money and his trial started on Monday. The prosecution, led by Mr Zivanai Macharaga, invited Mr Chiwara, who is the first State witness in the case, to testify.

“I cannot comment that he breached the contract because there is a project team that can be answerable to that,” he told magistrate Mr Lazini Ncube.

“All I can say is that what we expected from the contract was not fully done.

“The accused has done some work, but the work is not of value to ZPC since it is not complete. When we pay in advance, we expect the work to be done.”

Mr Chiwara said it was important for Chivayo to fulfil provisions of the contract.

“The contract is important to ZPC and the nation as a whole because we need to power the nation, preserve foreign currency and utilise renewable energy,” he said.

“The nation and industries are the ones to benefit from this.”

Chivayo’s Intratrek was awarded the tender for the Gwanda solar power project, but allegedly failed to deliver, despite receiving the US$5 million. Chivayo is being charged in his personal capacity, while Intratrek is cited as the second accused.

He is denying the charges.

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Editorial Comment: Mnangagwa’s Botswana deal stinks 

Source: Editorial Comment: Mnangagwa’s Botswana deal stinks – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 27, 2019 Editorial Comment PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa, in his inaugural speech following the November 2017 coup that thrust him to power, promised to make State institutions work, unlike his predecessor former President Robert Mugabe, whose centralisation of authority had rendered even Parliament ineffective. The […]

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Source: Editorial Comment: Mnangagwa’s Botswana deal stinks – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 27, 2019

Editorial Comment

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa, in his inaugural speech following the November 2017 coup that thrust him to power, promised to make State institutions work, unlike his predecessor former President Robert Mugabe, whose centralisation of authority had rendered even Parliament ineffective.

The announcement this week that Zimbabwe had “mortgaged” $500 million worth of diamonds to neighbouring Botswana as part of Mnangagwa’s efforts to fund his monetary policy raises a red flag, if not a stink.

That authorities have announced the signing of the deal, with Mnangagwa and his Motswana counterpart Mokgweetsi Mosisi set to rubberstamp the decision later this week, means Parliament has been overlooked.

This is outright illegal and flies in the face of Mnangagwa’s pledge of being “a listening President” and his commitment to a more constitutional government that is ready to respect the rule of law and allow institutions of good governance to exercise their authority.

Less than two years into Mnangagwa’s government, the military has been deployed twice on civilians, with gruesome consequences and this with no parliamentary approval, even as an afterthought.

No less than 20 people have been killed by the army. Mnangagwa has become a law unto himself and while Mugabe is the wrong person to talk about the role of the army in ordinary governance systems, the former Zanu PF leader is right that the “military should go back where it belongs” — the barracks.

Mnangagwa’s deal with Botswana could actually help Zimbabwe since the neighbouring country has acquired expertise in beneficiation around the diamond sector, but that does not give government carte blanche to auction our gems without due regard to the dictates of the law.

How does he justify the mortgaging of future generations’ heritage for short-term economic gains?

Zimbabweans must sit up and take notice, and question Mnangagwa’s sincerity in riding roughshod over other arms of the State, particularly Parliament. The Legislature must also wake up and demand its space.

These are individuals elected by the people to represent their interests against a parasitic elite that has since forgotten its connection to citizens.

Mnangagwa thinks he owes nobody an explanation, but it is important that someone reminds him that his administration does not operate in a vacuum.

Our problems might not be Mnangagwa, after all. It’s a sleeping population and an equally docile legislature that only wakes up when it comes to allowances and off-road cars.

 

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Indian firm to build specialist hospital in Zim 

Source: Indian firm to build specialist hospital in Zim | The Herald February 27, 2019 Bulawayo Bureau KIRAN Hospital, one of India’s top specialist and health research centres, is seeking to construct a 550-bed sanatorium in Zimbabwe, which will serve local patients and those from other African countries. In an interview, Australian-Indian foreign investment consultant […]

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Source: Indian firm to build specialist hospital in Zim | The Herald February 27, 2019

Bulawayo Bureau
KIRAN Hospital, one of India’s top specialist and health research centres, is seeking to construct a 550-bed sanatorium in Zimbabwe, which will serve local patients and those from other African countries.

In an interview, Australian-Indian foreign investment consultant Mr Satishkumar Gandhi said the hospital will bring convenience to patients who have had to fly to India for specialist and quality healthcare.

Representatives from Samast Patidar Aarogya Trust, the owners of Kiran Hospital, which specialises on cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, endocrinology, laparoscopic surgery, nuclear medicine, neurosurgery, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, nephrology and bariatric surgery are expected in the country next month.

Mr Gandhi said: “The owners of Kiran Hospital are sending people to Zimbabwe in March. The purpose of the trip is to see if they can build a specialist hospital in the country. Kiran Hospital is one of the biggest hospitals in India, it is a 550-bed hospital. It has everything, all the facilities needed to meet all types of health emergencies are there. The idea of building a specialist hospital in Zimbabwe came about after the realisation that many people from Africa seek specialist healthcare such as heart surgery and kidney transplant in India. So the plan is to bring that facility to Africa and Zimbabwe has been identified as the ideal location of the hospital. So they will be here in March, let them come and explore and ask questions.”

Mr Gandhi also revealed that the Samast Patidar Aarogya Trust representatives will also be accompanied by potential investors who are interested in mining and buying Zimbabwe’s diamonds.

“The same delegation will include investors who are interested in diamonds, some want to mine, others want to be buyers.

“The invitation has already been sent to all of them. In that invitation, I made it clear that contrary to what the international media reports, Zimbabwe is a safe destination for investment and for visit.

“There are very nice people here, I have been here for a week and I have not faced any challenges. The people are very educated and peaceful. I have been taking walks at night and I have not been mugged or harassed, not even once. Yes, something happened in January, but that happens now and then in every country. It’s nothing to worry about,” he said.

The Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Cde Raj Modi said he extended an invitation to Kiran Hospital last year when he was in India on official duty.

“They are coming to Zimbabwe because one of the briefs I had from the Government was to tell India that Zimbabwe is open for all forms of investment.

“An invitation was sent to them and they are looking forward to landing in Zimbabwe. They have indicated that they are willing build a specialist hospital that will be the best in Southern Africa, if not Africa. This hospital will see patients no longer going to India for complex surgeries,” said Cde Modi.

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