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President Mnangagwa will tomorrow join fellow Sadc leaders for the 39th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled to take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this weekend. The President is also expected to assume the chairmanship of the O…

President Mnangagwa will tomorrow join fellow Sadc leaders for the 39th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled to take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this weekend. The President is also expected to assume the chairmanship of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security. In a statement yesterday, Foreign Affairs and International […]

CSOs scrutnise Marriages Bill

Source: CSOs scrutnise Marriages Bill | Newsday (News) A GROUP of civil society organisations (CSOs) are working with grassroots communities to ensure that the Marriages Bill contains sections that promote women and discourage early child marriages. BY OBEY MANAYITI The organisations, which include Plan International, Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) and the Zimbabwe […]

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Source: CSOs scrutnise Marriages Bill | Newsday (News)

A GROUP of civil society organisations (CSOs) are working with grassroots communities to ensure that the Marriages Bill contains sections that promote women and discourage early child marriages.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

The organisations, which include Plan International, Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) and the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association yesterday met various groups of people from Harare, Bulawayo, Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East for the training of trainers on the Bill, which is set for public hearings soon.

In various interviews during the training workshop attended by traditional leaders and various other participants, attendees said they realised the importance of the Bill in dealing with negative patriarchal inclinations, hence they were adequately preparing for the hearings.

“The people that are gathered here work with various community-based organisations across five districts of Zimbabwe,” Michelle Bonzo Brings, a lawyer with WLSA, said.

“They work mostly around issues to do with children and some of them also work with women. The importance of this training is so that they can go back to their communities and unpack the Bill in a simplified manner so that citizens are able to contribute meaningfully on consultations that are going to take place.

“We are looking at the ban of child marriages and perhaps the gaps that need to be addressed in effectively banning child marriages and make sure that our traditional leaders, who will be marriage officers, can satisfy themselves that they are not pledging children into marriages.”

Bonzo-Brings said they were also focusing on issues regarding rights for women in marriages and with particular reference to property rights.

“This is not covered in the Bill, but it is a gap which needs to be addressed. We are also trying to see how the Bill can protect women who are neither in a civil marriage nor customary marriage for various reasons, among them disabilities or financial issues among couples, but without interfering with the sanctity of marriage.”

Blessing Mushohwe, a child rights and protection adviser with Plan International, said the objectives of training CBOs is to prepare communities to fully utilise the opportunity presented by the marriage Bill to fight certain vices.

“We unpack the marriage for community members and when Parliament goes there, they will participate meaningfully,” he said.

“Our focus is on child marriages and we are hoping that this Marriages Bill is going to protect children’s rights. We are looking at having a concrete law that criminalises child marriages.”

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Seed Co anticipates firm demand across region

Source: Seed Co anticipates firm demand across region | Herald (Business) Seed Co group chief executive officer Morgan Nzwere (right) speaks while flanked by (from right to left), group chairman David Long, non executive director Davidzo Chitengu and head of legal and corporate affairs and group company secretary, Terrence Chimanya, during the company’s Annual General […]

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Source: Seed Co anticipates firm demand across region | Herald (Business)

Seed Co group chief executive officer Morgan Nzwere (right) speaks while flanked by (from right to left), group chairman David Long, non executive director Davidzo Chitengu and head of legal and corporate affairs and group company secretary, Terrence Chimanya, during the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Harare yesterday. — (Picture by Edward Zvemisha)

Enacy Mapakame
Regional seed manufacturer, Seed Co Limited’s expansion initiatives in Africa are expected to bear fruit this 2019/20 farming season on the back of increased varieties and capacity, good weather and a generally firm demand across the region.

This comes as Seed Co is consolidating its market dominance across the continent for grain and vegetable seeds.

In Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique and Ghana as well as parts of East and West Africa, the group anticipates increased sales as some countries are recovering from drought experienced in the prior year, while others have increased production after suffering product shortages.

The group is also anticipating to cash in on increasing Government support programmes across the region as well as an anticipated good rainfall.

Bad weather conditions have had a knock-on effect on agriculture-related companies while inflationary pressures have also narrowed disposable incomes. However, governments from across the region have several input programmes for their countries and the seed-making firm is angling itself to capitalise on such.

In Zimbabwe, Government is targeting 210 000 hectares of maize for the 2019/20 farming season as well as 30 000 hectares of soya bean under the Presidential Input Programme.

Government is also looking at an additional 640 000 hectares of maize and small grains under support for the vulnerable groups.

Group chief executive officer Morgan Nzwere said they were anticipating to benefit from such programmes as well as firming demand across the region.

“What we will get from Government programmes is debatable, but we will try and get a significant share of that. There is also a drive to cut on imports and this should see an increase in planting,” Mr Nzwere told shareholders at the group’s annual general meeting in Harare yesterday.

“The Government input programme in Zambia is continuing with input distribution starting on September 1, and we expect to get a decent share of the business,” he said.

In Malawi, its subsidy programme is continuing although government has decided to cut the targeted beneficiaries to 900 000 families from one million in the prior season.

Mr Nzwere acknowledged that the operating environment was increasingly becoming unpredictable, especially in Zimbabwe due to inflationary pressures. However, the company has in place strategies to stay relevant both as a business and to its market.

“In Zimbabwe, whilst as a business we are doing everything within our control to prepare for the main selling season, the operating environment is increasingly becoming unpredictable,” he said.

Apart from Government, prospects are generally good for the seed producer on the back of favourable weather conditions across the region as well as increased production capacity in some regional markets.

Said Mr Nzwere: “From the regional operations, we anticipate rebound performance with adequate product and better rainfall forecasts, unlike last year when our markets were badly affected by drought. We expect continued market share growth in East Africa.”

Kenya is expected to recover this season after it suffered product shortages as well as depressed demand last year due to drought and other supply chain-related constraints. Seed Co has since increased production capacity in Kenya, and has adequate stocks to meet local demand during the season.

In Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya, vegetable seed business units are expected to start contributing to the bottom line following their full roll-out last financial year.

The group is also upbeat about Mozambique, Angola and the Tanzania where the seed producer has increased production to meet demand after suffering product shortages.

Other market areas are also being explored within the different countries as the firm consolidates its market share.

Business development work is continuing in Franco-phone Africa with demonstration plots of several varieties established this year in Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville.

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Vice President, Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga, has reportedly started to fully recover from his health woes at a top notch Beijing military hospital and is bouncing back, Spotlight Zimbabwe, has been told. A senior aide in the VP’s office who …

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More Details: Chief Ndiweni in hot soup for destroying property, remanded in custody at Khami Prison

CHIEF Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni together with 23 of his subjects were yesterday convicted on charges of destroying a villager’s property in Ntabazinduna and will be sentenced today. Ndiweni (54) and 23 other villagers pleaded not guilty to d…

CHIEF Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni together with 23 of his subjects were yesterday convicted on charges of destroying a villager’s property in Ntabazinduna and will be sentenced today. Ndiweni (54) and 23 other villagers pleaded not guilty to damaging Mr Fetti Mbele’s property but they were convicted by Bulawayo magistrate, Ms Gladmore Mushove. They were remanded […]

High drama as man enjoys sex with Form 4 girl in moving kombi full of passengers, impregnates her

A 22-YEAR-OLD man from Victoria Falls has been arrested for having sexual intercourse with a minor girl in a moving commuter omnibus full of passengers. The Form Four girl, now 16, is seven months pregnant following the consensual sexual encounter that…

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Botswana Battles Influx of Zimbabwean Illegal Immigrants 

Source: Botswana Battles Influx of Zimbabwean Illegal Immigrants | Voice of America – English FILE – Residents collect water at night from an electric-powered well, as the country faces 18-hour daily power cuts, in a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe, July 30, 2019. GABORONE, BOTSWANA – Botswana is battling an influx of illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe, […]

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Source: Botswana Battles Influx of Zimbabwean Illegal Immigrants | Voice of America – English

FILE – Residents collect water at night from an electric-powered well, as the country faces 18-hour daily power cuts, in a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe, July 30, 2019.

GABORONE, BOTSWANA – Botswana is battling an influx of illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe, as the Zimbabwean government struggles to overcome a deep economic crisis. But authorities in Botswana appear to be losing the battle, as those who are deported are soon back in the country.

Prosper Kandanhamo and Thomas Gundani left Zimbabwe and entered Botswana illegally because of the moribund economy in their homeland.

“I came to Botswana because back home in Zimbabwe, there are no job opportunities,” Kandanhamo said.

The two are among the many illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe who line the streets of Gaborone looking for odd jobs.

Not so welcome

But they are an unwelcome sight for authorities and subject to frequent police raids.

The number of Zimbabweans arrested and deported in Botswana rose from 22,000 in 2015 to nearly 29,000 in 2018.

Kandanhamo, an accountant, says they are often caught.

“It’s better to be caught by the police,” he said. “At the (police) cells, they will give you food and transport to the border. They deport you, and you find your way back (rather) than to go back to Zimbabwe.”

Gundani, a painter, says they would rather risk arrest than return to face hardship in Zimbabwe.

“We just have to come back,” he said. “The situation here is difficult for us, but compared to Zimbabwe, it’s worse.”

Botswanan citizens like Moemedi Mokgachane say illegal immigrants contribute to rising crime and are demanding a solution.

“We take them back today, tomorrow they are here, because there is nothing to hide. There is nothing that can put them to stay where you are taking them. They will come back because they know there is a fruit here,” Mokgachane said.

Solution lies in Zimbabwe

Illegal immigration will persist as long as Zimbabwe’s economic crisis is not addressed, says Gaborone-based analyst Lawrence Ookeditse.

“For so long as economic and other opportunities are not quite there, people are going to move, and you can’t stop them from moving,” he said. “It is not nice going through a border hunted with guns and all those things. When you see people doing it, it means the cost of doing it is higher than the cost of staying.”

Botswana spends about $100,000 a year deporting Zimbabwean illegal immigrants.

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Farming mainstay of rural economy: Nzenza 

Source: Farming mainstay of rural economy: Nzenza | The Herald Minister Sekai Nzenza Runesu Gwidi Masvingo Correspondent Farming is the mainstay of Zimbabwe’s rural communities and prevents them from being heavily dependent on Government-sponsored food handouts, a Cabinet minister has said. Speaking during the recent tour of Chebvute conservation and irrigation projects here, Public Service, […]

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Source: Farming mainstay of rural economy: Nzenza | The Herald

Farming mainstay of rural economy: Nzenza
Minister Sekai Nzenza

Runesu Gwidi Masvingo Correspondent
Farming is the mainstay of Zimbabwe’s rural communities and prevents them from being heavily dependent on Government-sponsored food handouts, a Cabinet minister has said.

Speaking during the recent tour of Chebvute conservation and irrigation projects here, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Sekai Nzenza implored villagers to take farming seriously.

She said no one would die of hunger should other rural communities take a leaf from what is happening at Chebvute.

“The entire country should emulate Chebvute villagers who have valued farming as the backbone of rural economy.

“They are hard workers. Government and its funding partners can only chip in to support existing projects,” said Minister Nzenza.

She said it was important to remember that failure of the country’s agricultural sector had ripple effects on the entire economy.

“Take note that although Zimbabwe has other economic sectors, it largely depends on farming, hence poor performance by the agricultural sector will  inevitably affect other sectors.”

Minister Nzenza said sustainable agro-based projects were key to ongoing efforts to unlock the country’s economic opportunities.

“Government-sponsored food aid will only be done in very few drought-stricken rural communities if the nation seriously embraces farming projects in line with the ease of doing business mantra championed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa,” she said.

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