CHAMISA MUM ON FRESH BYO POLLS

MDC Alliance leader Mr Nelson Chamisa has riled disgruntled
members from Bulawayo who lost in the chaotic provincial congress in April
ahead of the party’s congress in May by reneging on a resolution to hold fresh
polls.

According to insiders, bef…

MDC Alliance leader Mr Nelson Chamisa has riled disgruntled members from Bulawayo who lost in the chaotic provincial congress in April ahead of the party’s congress in May by reneging on a resolution to hold fresh polls. According to insiders, before the holding of the congress in Gweru, the party had resolved that Bulawayo would hold a fresh provincial congress to select members of the

US$ BAN ILLEGAL, SAYS BITI

MDC Alliance vice president Mr Tendai Biti says the Statutory
Instrument 142 of 2019  is illegal since
it sought to amend Section 44 (a) (ii) of the RBZ Act which established the
multi-currency regime.

He argued that an SI could not amend a parent…

MDC Alliance vice president Mr Tendai Biti says the Statutory Instrument 142 of 2019  is illegal since it sought to amend Section 44 (a) (ii) of the RBZ Act which established the multi-currency regime. He argued that an SI could not amend a parent Act. Zanu PF’s Hwedza North legislator Cde David Musabayana had commended Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube for

Bank told to engage rural women

Source: Bank told to engage rural women | The Herald 25 JUN, 2019 Minister Mliswa-Chikoka Sharon Chikowore Mashonaland West Bureau Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs Minister Mary Mliswa-Chikoka has called on the Women’s Bank officials to be impartial in the allocation of loans by ensuring they do not benefit those already in business, but also the […]

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Source: Bank told to engage rural women | The Herald 25 JUN, 2019

Bank told to engage rural women
Minister Mliswa-Chikoka

Sharon Chikowore Mashonaland West Bureau
Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs Minister Mary Mliswa-Chikoka has called on the Women’s Bank officials to be impartial in the allocation of loans by ensuring they do not benefit those already in business, but also the unemployed and rural women.

She said this recently while addressing heads of department at a Mashonaland West provincial heads meeting, which also focused on plans for devolution at district level.

The meeting was to review departmental performances during the last six months.

The first meeting was held in January.

Minister Mliswa-Chikoka said the aim of the Women’s Bank, together with Government was to empower women, especially those in rural areas, so that they can improve their lives.

“A lot more needs to be done for women,” she said.

“The bank should not only benefit women in urban areas, but those in the rural areas as well. If the bank is going to make an impact, it should empower those women who have nothing to their names than those who are already empowered.”

Minister Mliswa-Chikoka said a project started at grassroots level has more impact and shows that work is being done and that people are developing and gaining something.

“There is nothing so pleasing that you start a project with people who have nothing except what you have given them and you see them developing and blooming,” said Minister Mliswa-Chikoka.

She said there was need to revisit the bank’s lending conditions since most of the beneficiaries were failing to access loans from the bank.

“The bank was established mainly for the rural women, and other poor, unsalaried women, that have no access to the funds yet the bank is offering salary-based loans,” said Minister Mliswa-Chikoka.

She said the bank should come up with a facility that embraces the unemployed.

“Women out there who have nothing are crying out for help with their projects,” said Minister Mliswa-Chikoka.

“They should be assisted.”

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Zimbabwe labour group threatens protests over ban on foreign currencies

Source: Zimbabwe labour group threatens protests over ban on foreign currencies – Reuters HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s largest labour body on Tuesday threatened protests over the government’s decision to ban the use of foreign currencies and make the interim currency the sole legal tender. “If the government does not reverse this ruinous policy immediately and […]

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Source: Zimbabwe labour group threatens protests over ban on foreign currencies – Reuters

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s largest labour body on Tuesday threatened protests over the government’s decision to ban the use of foreign currencies and make the interim currency the sole legal tender.

“If the government does not reverse this ruinous policy immediately and announce U.S. dollar salary payments, we will immediately mobilise workers for mass action,” Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Peter Mutasa told a news conference.

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MAN HANGS SELF AS HOOKER WIFE RUNS OFF WITH CLIENT

A MAN from Magwegwe suburb in Bulawayo hanged himself from
a roof truss at his rented home after his self-confessed sex worker wife of two
years allegedly fell in love and ran off with one of her clients.

The incident happened on Monday. Residents…

A MAN from Magwegwe suburb in Bulawayo hanged himself from a roof truss at his rented home after his self-confessed sex worker wife of two years allegedly fell in love and ran off with one of her clients. The incident happened on Monday. Residents of the suburb yesterday said Anele Titosi Moyo (23) met his wife, Simelinkosi Luphahla (19), at a bar in the city centre when she was six months

‘International poachers plunder African resources’

Source: ‘International poachers plunder African resources’ | Newsday (News) BY SHINGIRAI VAMBE AFRICA is bearing the brunt of international poachers who are decimating wildlife in conservancies, Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Prisca Mupfumira has said. Mupfumira told delegates attending the ongoing African Union-United Nations Africa Wildlife Economy Summit in Victoria Falls on Sunday that […]

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Source: ‘International poachers plunder African resources’ | Newsday (News)

BY SHINGIRAI VAMBE

AFRICA is bearing the brunt of international poachers who are decimating wildlife in conservancies, Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Prisca Mupfumira has said.

Mupfumira told delegates attending the ongoing African Union-United Nations Africa Wildlife Economy Summit in Victoria Falls on Sunday that there is need to curb poaching, protect the environment and give back to communities surrounding conservancies.

The conference is expected to address a number of issues affecting Africa and other international partners, particularly sustainable conservation of wildlife and human-wildlife conflict and is also a platform to present strategies on how to unlock value from wildlife. In attendance are representatives from 30 African countries and some international delegates.

“I am delighted by your attendance at this conference, which is very important especially for Zimbabwe. Some must be aware of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) comprising of Angola, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia, we boast of hosting 60% of the world’s elephant population, while Zimbabwe and Botswana, have over 250 000 elephants, while the world has 500 000 elephants,” Mupfumira said.

“The KAZA TFCA is no doubt one of the biggest transfrontier parks in the world and offers a lot of investment opportunities. It is slowly emerging as the beacon of sustainable management of shared natural and cultural resources in a collaborative manner across territorial boundaries. The diverse wildlife offers vast opportunities for economic and social development for our countries, through sustainable use of wildlife assets, ecotourism and related ancillary services to protected areas.

“We are, therefore, united against illegal wildlife syndicates, which promote the poaching of our prized wildlife, posing a serious threat to the future of the wildlife sector.”

Mupfumira said although local poaching cases had declined, it was everyone’s responsibility to protect the environment and wildlife, because if killing of wild animals goes unchecked, it would destroy Africa’s natural resources and economies. She bemoaned international poachers invading conservancies and killing wild animals.

She also said cases of human-wildlife conflict continue unabated across Africa.

“I am hoping that at the end of this summit, we would have come up with solutions, especially within the southern African region, on how to improve conservation, especially with elephants which also have cost the lives of people,” she added.

“. . . within us we have 60% of the wildlife mostly elephants of the whole world. This means we had to sit down to talk on how we should move together in the same (direction) and on how to educate other nations on how people and animals live together,” she said.

She said the boom in Zimbabwe elephants was fuelling human-wildlife conflict, with people losing crops, homesteads and lives to the jumbos.

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Don’t hold your breath: Zim business on foreign currency ban

Source: Don’t hold your breath: Zim business on foreign currency ban | Fin24 The decision by the Zimbabwean government to abolish the use of foreign currency for local transactions is welcome, but could have been implemented better, say analysts and various sectors of the business community. Reacting to the new measures, which saw the Zimbabwean […]

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Source: Don’t hold your breath: Zim business on foreign currency ban | Fin24

A protester opposed to the introduction of bond notes burns a Zim dollar note. (Memory Mataranyika)

The decision by the Zimbabwean government to abolish the use of foreign currency for local transactions is welcome, but could have been implemented better, say analysts and various sectors of the business community.

Reacting to the new measures, which saw the Zimbabwean government outlaw the use of foreign currency for conducting local transactions, some said what government had done was not consistent with promises it had been making in recent months.

Lack of trust

“The feeling is that there is lack of trust between the authorities and business,” Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) chief executive Christopher Mugaga said. “As ZNCC we had a meeting, a fortnight ago, with the Reserve Bank governor, and at no point did he ever try to hint the pending introduction of a new currency.

“So that’s a dishonest engagement with business because what it means is that our proposals were ignored, so there is mistrust. The result is that business will not have confidence in the new measures,” said Mugaga.

Competitiveness

Another business body, the Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers, was, however, urging its members to embrace the new measures as “these will further improve competitiveness.”

“The country has got to move on and embrace its own currency and have independence in monetary policy formulation and implementation,” Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) president Denford Mutashu said.

He added, however, that there was a need to “quickly work on confidence building measures around the new currency and also deal with the political side of the economy by putting national interests ahead of own personal aggrandisement, egos and gains/benefits.

“Zimbabwe first,” he said.

Restraint and prudence 

“The CZR further urges the RBZ to exercise restraint and prudence with the printing machine to safeguard the value of the Zim dollar, while the ministry of finance should desist from inconsistent policy pronouncements that has dented trust and confidence in the past.

“Further measures should be a product of continued consultations and engagement while the inclusive approach is encouraged forthwith,” said Mutashu.

Economist John Robertson said there was still “confusion” and called on business to “exercise caution”.

“We have to wait a few days for all of the inconsistencies in the new policy to be worked out and there could be amendments to the statements made on Monday, because some of them cannot work.

Many businesses will be forced to close if they were not able to earn the money which they need to replace their stocks,” Robertson said.

He added: “I am suggesting that everybody wait for a couple of days before taking a decision on what to do, because it could be expensive to try to readjust and then see further changes in the next few days.”

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EXAMS ID SCAMMERS ARRESTED

Police have busted a syndicate behind fake national
identification cards (IDs) used by criminals who are hired to fraudulently sit
for Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) exams on behalf of
academically-challenged candidates.

The scam ha…

Police have busted a syndicate behind fake national identification cards (IDs) used by criminals who are hired to fraudulently sit for Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) exams on behalf of academically-challenged candidates. The scam has so far seen the arrest of Kudzai Dzimano (22), believed to be the kingpin in the production of counterfeit identity documents. He was arrested in

CHIWENGA, MOYO TO GO TO TRIAL

Self-exiled politician Jonathan Moyo will now face a civil
trial in the case in which Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is claiming $5
million for defamation.

Both parties’ lawyers agreed to have the appeal filed by
Moyo at the Supreme Court wit…

Self-exiled politician Jonathan Moyo will now face a civil trial in the case in which Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is claiming $5 million for defamation. Both parties’ lawyers agreed to have the appeal filed by Moyo at the Supreme Court withdrawn and proceed with the trial in the lower court. Moyo’s lawyer, Mr Sympathy Muzondiwa of Atherstone and Cook yesterday notified the court

BLOW FOR WARRIORS

Marvelous Nakamba has been ruled out of tonight’s key Group
A battle against Uganda because of injury.

This comes as striker Nyasha Mushekwi has also seen his
participation at the tournament end through injury.

Team manager Wellington Mpandare …

Marvelous Nakamba has been ruled out of tonight’s key Group A battle against Uganda because of injury. This comes as striker Nyasha Mushekwi has also seen his participation at the tournament end through injury. Team manager Wellington Mpandare revealed the depressing news about Nakamba’s absence late last night and this will be a huge blow for the Warriors. The Belgium-based midfielder