Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda speaks on two Zanu PF MPs having se_x in parly toilet reports

NORTON MP Temba Mliswa has demanded that two Zanu-PF MPs be investigated over social media reports that they engaged in steamy se_x sessions in a Parliament bathroom. Mliswa, who was recently investigated and removed as portfolio committee chairperson …

NORTON MP Temba Mliswa has demanded that two Zanu-PF MPs be investigated over social media reports that they engaged in steamy se_x sessions in a Parliament bathroom. Mliswa, who was recently investigated and removed as portfolio committee chairperson over reports he had demanded a bribe from a Harare businessman, demands that the two named legislators […]

UN to deliver food aid to 4.1 mln in Zimbabwe, fears ‘major crisis’ 

Source: UN to deliver food aid to 4.1 mln in Zimbabwe, fears ‘major crisis’ | Nasdaq CREDIT: REUTERS/PHILIMON BULAWAYO GENEVA, (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Tuesday it was procuring food assistance for 4.1 million Zimbabweans, a quarter of the population in a country where shortages are being exacerbated by runaway inflation and climate-induced […]

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Source: UN to deliver food aid to 4.1 mln in Zimbabwe, fears ‘major crisis’ | Nasdaq

CREDIT: REUTERS/PHILIMON BULAWAYO

GENEVA, (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Tuesday it was procuring food assistance for 4.1 million Zimbabweans, a quarter of the population in a country where shortages are being exacerbated by runaway inflation and climate-induced drought.

Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of southern Africa, is experiencing its worst economic crisis in a decade, marked by soaring inflation and shortages of food, fuel, medicines and electricity.

“We are very much concerned as the situation continues to deteriorate,” Eddie Rowe, World Food Programme (WFP) country director, speaking from Harare, told a Geneva news briefing.

“We believe if we do not reach out and assist these people then the situation would blow up into a major crisis,” he said.

The 240,000 tonnes of food aid, to be procured on international markets, represents a doubling of the WFP’s current programme in Zimbabwe.

The agency aims to purchase supplies from Tanzania, in the form of maize grain, as well as from Mexico, and pulses from Kenya and potentially the Black Sea area, Rowe said.

Zimbabwe has only had one year of normal rainfall in the last five and “markets are not functioning”, he said. “There are families that go to bed hungry without a meal a day,” Rowe added.

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government will scrap its plan to remove grain subsidies next year, a move it says will protect impoverished citizens from rising food prices, state media reported last week.

Rights groups say at least 17 people were killed and hundreds arrested in January, after security forces cracked down on protests against fuel price increases. Police have banned further protests.

“For a country that used to be breadbasket of southern Africa, the situation is nothing short of tragic,” WFP spokeswoman Bettina Luescher said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alison Williams and Ed Osmond)

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Zimbabwe News: World Food Programme May Raise Aid Amid Drought 

Source: Zimbabwe News: World Food Programme May Raise Aid Amid Drought – Bloomberg The World Food Programme plans to double the number of people it’s providing with emergency food aid in Zimbabwe, where half of the 14-million population is facing severe hunger. The United Nations agency said it plans to assist 4.1 million people by […]

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Source: Zimbabwe News: World Food Programme May Raise Aid Amid Drought – Bloomberg

The World Food Programme plans to double the number of people it’s providing with emergency food aid in Zimbabwe, where half of the 14-million population is facing severe hunger.

The United Nations agency said it plans to assist 4.1 million people by January and called for funding from donors to meet the growing needs of the country’s citizens.

“We’re deep into a vicious cycle of sky-rocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women and children hardest and will be tough to break,” WFP Executive Director David Beasley said in an emailed statement. “With poor rains forecast yet again in the run-up to the main harvest in April, the scale of hunger in the country is going to get worse before it gets better.”

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‘Chiredzi sugarcane farmers fuel HIV prevalence’

Source: ‘Chiredzi sugarcane farmers fuel HIV prevalence’ | Newsday (News) BY TATENDA CHITAGU An estimated 138 239 people are living with HIV and Aids (PLWHIV) in Masvingo province, the majority being adults, according to statistics availed during the World Aids Day commemorations at Mucheke Stadium on Sunday. There are 1 486 604 people in the […]

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Source: ‘Chiredzi sugarcane farmers fuel HIV prevalence’ | Newsday (News)

BY TATENDA CHITAGU

An estimated 138 239 people are living with HIV and Aids (PLWHIV) in Masvingo province, the majority being adults, according to statistics availed during the World Aids Day commemorations at Mucheke Stadium on Sunday.

There are 1 486 604 people in the province, according to the last population census.

In his welcome remarks at the event, Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Ezra Chadzamira said Chiredzi had the highest HIV prevalence rate because of sugarcane farming.

“Recent HIV estimates show that Masvingo has an HIV prevalence of 12,4%. This gives us an estimated 138 239 people living with HIV and Aids, of which 126 703 are adults and 11 536 are children. The HIV incidence is estimated at 0,55% with Chiredzi accounting for 27% of new HIV infections,” he said.

“Masvingo province is the hub of highly mechanised sugarcane farming, some mining activities and tourist attractions. We have lots of informal sector activities especially around mining. The province also has numerous tertiary institutions.”

Of those PLWHIV, 125 051 are on antiretroviral therapy. These comprise 117 494 adults and 7 557 adults.

Chadzamira said some of the statistics could have been imported into the province from other areas since Masvingo is a transit town equidistant to many cities.

“Thousands pass through our province as we are located at the cross highways from Harare to South Africa and Mutare to Bulawayo. These circumstances, while central to the Transitional Stabilisation Programme, naturally increase the risk and exposure to HIV and Aids and in addition put a strain to service delivery, sometimes resulting in major service gaps” he said.

Chadzamira said the province was scaling up HIV and Aids prevention and treatment interventions to address access and coverage challenges as well as meet the goal of combating new HIV and Aids infections by 2030.

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DISASTER: Man discovers Wamilele singer Kuda Mutsvene’s love messages & nudes in wife’s phone (PICS)

Gospel musician, Kuda Mutsvene, has been accused of destroying a UK based couple’s marriage. The Jesu Niwangu Wauzima Wamilele singer is alleged to have destroyed a six-year marriage of one Calvin Marevesa and Lynette Nyamapfeka who are now on se…

Gospel musician, Kuda Mutsvene, has been accused of destroying a UK based couple’s marriage. The Jesu Niwangu Wauzima Wamilele singer is alleged to have destroyed a six-year marriage of one Calvin Marevesa and Lynette Nyamapfeka who are now on separation. Marevesa got hold of the two’s affair after he found love WhatsApp messages between his […]

Zimbabwe face international stadium problems 

Zimbabwe’s National Sports Stadium in Harare is ruled unfit to host international matches. Source: Zimbabwe face international stadium problems – BBC Sport The National Sports Stadium in Harare can no longer host Zimbabwe’s international matches The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has ruled that Zimbabwe’s National Sports Stadium in Harare no longer meets their standards […]

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Zimbabwe’s National Sports Stadium in Harare is ruled unfit to host international matches.

Source: Zimbabwe face international stadium problems – BBC Sport

The National Sports Stadium in Harare
The National Sports Stadium in Harare can no longer host Zimbabwe’s international matches

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has ruled that Zimbabwe’s National Sports Stadium in Harare no longer meets their standards to host international matches.

The only stadium approved by Caf is Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, 440km from Harare, which has been given temporary approval.

“Caf has even warned us that failure to upgrade the stadiums could mean that in future we will be forced to play our home matches in neighbouring countries,” said Zimbabwe Football Association spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela.

The National Sports Stadium has been used for all national team games of late, as Rufaro Stadium in Harare fell short of Caf standards last year.

Last month Caf inspected the National Sports Stadium, Barbourfields and Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane – the home ground of Zimbabwe’s Champions League representatives FC Platinum.

Mandava also failed the inspection, meaning that FC Platinum will continue to play their Champions League home games at Barbourfields, a journey of 180km.

Zimbabwe beat Mauritius 3-1 in an African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier at Barbourfields in August which is the only international the stadium has hosted in the past five years.

“We always have been appealing to owners of the stadiums and the local authorities to upgrade their stadiums, and we now have a crisis,” said Gwesela.

“We have been notified by Caf that major renovations will be needed for the National Sports Stadium NSS and Mandava for them to meet their standards.”

This development comes a week after Fifa president Gianni Infantino announced plans that football’s world governing body has to raise $1bn dollars to build at least one stadium meeting Fifa standards in every African country.

Zimbabwe’s next full international matches will be in March as the group stage of the 2022 World Cup qualifying gets underway.

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Chiwenga rules out external mediators

Source: Chiwenga rules out external mediators | Herald (Top Stories) Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga says there is no need for external mediation in Zimbabwe, as the country has the capacity to find home-grown solutions to its problems. Most of the parties that took part in the 2018 harmonised elections were […]

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Source: Chiwenga rules out external mediators | Herald (Top Stories)

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter

Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga says there is no need for external mediation in Zimbabwe, as the country has the capacity to find home-grown solutions to its problems.

Most of the parties that took part in the 2018 harmonised elections were already participating in the dialogue initiated by President Mnangagwa to find a common understanding on how to move the country forward, he  said.

The Vice President made the remarks while introducing President Mnangagwa at a meeting held between the country’s Presidium and members of the Inter-Denominational Council of Churches at State House on Monday.

The main opposition MDC-Alliance led by Mr Nelson Chamisa has refused to be part of the Political Actors Dialogue (Polad), demanding an external mediator as a precondition.

Mr Chamisa spurned an olive branch extended to him by President Mnangagwa for him to be recognised as the leader of the opposition in Parliament.

Said VP Chiwenga: “His Excellency the President has a meeting with all political actors who participated in the 2018 harmonised elections under the Political Actors Dialogue except for one or two political parties that are yet to join others.

“There is no doubt that a peaceful environment in our country translates into socio-economic development, empowerment and growth of our country.

“Let me, therefore, reiterate His Excellency’s view that as Zimbabweans we are capable of finding enduring solutions to our own challenges. As such, home-grown solutions are to be pursued than international mediation that other parties are trying to pursue.

“Hatiende kunotsvaga nyamukuta kunext door. Vana nyamukuta vedu tinavo muno.”

More than 112 indigenous churches that were represented at State House on Monday endorsed the political dialogue being undertaken by the political parties, but stressed that the discussions should proceed on the premise of respect for President Mnangagwa’s legitimacy and the country’s institutions.

They said the issue of legitimacy was settled by the result of the 2018 Presidential polls and confirmed by the country’s highest court of appeal, the Constitutional Court.

The church leaders eexpressed their desire to have a stake in matters of national interest, saying churches were attended by the majority of Zimbabweans.

Last week, Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) secretary-general Reverend Dr Kenneth Mtata said churches were strongly behind the political dialogue, but wanted the engagements to be comprehensive and broad-based, to the extent of including them.

The ZCC is made up of 26 churches with full membership, 10 associate church bodies, among them the Roman Catholic Church, and three observer church organisations.

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