Chamisa Went To Ghana To Meet Renowned Prophet- Report

The State media quotes two sources saying Chamisa went to Ghana only and not different African countries. Last week, the opposition said Chamisa had embarked on a diplomatic offensive but refused to reveal the countries […]

The State media quotes two sources saying Chamisa went to Ghana only and not different African countries. Last week, the opposition said Chamisa had embarked on a diplomatic offensive but refused to reveal the countries [...]

Council seeks ZACC intervention

Source: Council seeks ZACC intervention | The Herald March 4, 2019 Clr Gomba Innocent Ruwende Senior Reporter Harare Mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba is pushing council to invite the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to Town House to probe workers who have been issuing fake licences and pocketing thousands of dollars from home industries and flea markets. […]

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Source: Council seeks ZACC intervention | The Herald March 4, 2019

Council seeks ZACC interventionClr Gomba

Innocent Ruwende Senior Reporter
Harare Mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba is pushing council to invite the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to Town House to probe workers who have been issuing fake licences and pocketing thousands of dollars from home industries and flea markets.

Clr Gomba, who is seeking the help of the parent Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing in the fight, wants council to report some council workers in the markets, traffic and city health environmental officers to ZACC for investigation and arrest on corruption.

In an interview, Clr Gomba said for weeks, he has been receiving information to the effect that some workers in the divisions had been pocketing thousands of dollars from home industries and flea markets.

“Council must harness all resources from its revenue streams in order to improve service,” he said.

“We must stop people who want to create their businesses within council. Many council employees have created cartels with mushikashika, vendors and kombis at the expense of the city getting revenue, affecting service delivery and contributing to non-payment of salaries. The workers are alleged to be creating fake retail licences and pocketing large sums of money from overlapping tables charging $5 per table in Mupedzanhamo markets and others.”

In some cases, the workers are negligent enough not to visit the same retail shops to verify their compliance on licences.

Harare is seeking to be a World Class City by 2025 and Clr Gomba’s strategy is to maximise on revenue.

There is massive corruption in the city’s municipal traffic police division, with issues ranging from division capture by certain individuals within council and connivance with kombi, mushikashika and touts.

Some council officers are part of a fleet of kombis and always facilitate the release of vehicles whenever they are impounded for offences.

“The city needs a new approach to all its areas of service,” said Clr Gomba.

“People who work from 6am to 1pm only to penalise fewer vehicles in a sea of by-laws breaches means a lot has to be done to contain the mushikashika menace.

“If Harare is to be a world class city, we have to have a municipal police officer who does not involve himself or herself in anomic corrupt behaviour at the expense of the institution. We want to ensure targets are given, strict supervision is put in place, malcontents are removed and shifts are introduced.

“We will be asking employees to sign performance contracts and we will introduce technology to deal with malcontents.”

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Construction work begins at Hwange

Source: Construction work begins at Hwange | Herald (Top Stories) Golden Sibanda in Hwange Real construction work has begun on the US$1,4 billion Hwange Power Station 7 and 8 expansion project, following the first pour of concrete into the foundation of the power house which will accommodate two generators of the new power plant, on […]

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Source: Construction work begins at Hwange | Herald (Top Stories)

Golden Sibanda in Hwange
Real construction work has begun on the US$1,4 billion Hwange Power Station 7 and 8 expansion project, following the first pour of concrete into the foundation of the power house which will accommodate two generators of the new power plant, on Friday last week.

When complete, the project will add 600 megawatts to the national power grid, and is anticipated to create over 3000 jobs at the peak of its implementation in 2021.

Hwange Power Station which has an installed capacity of 920MW, is Zimbabwe’s biggest base-load power station, but comes second after Kariba South, which is a peaking plant, in terms of installed generation capacity.

A base-load plant carries the supply load during both peak and low demand periods while a peaking plant is mostly used to help carry the power demand load when consumption is highest or there is a deficit or emergency caused by faults.

The plant’s installed production potential will rise to 1520MW once the extension project has been completed in just over three years (42 months).

While the country’s dependence on imports declined significantly after the completion of Kariba South expansion in March last year, the country still expends some foreign currency importing power to bridge the supply deficit that still exits.

Implementation of the Hwange Power Station stage 3 expansion project, which entails construction of 2x300MW generators, commenced in August last year following the groundbreaking ceremony officiated by President Mnangagwa.

Sinohydro, which successfully undertook the 300MW expansion of Kariba South Power Station at an estimated cost of US$533 million, was awarded the contract for Hwange Power Station units 7 and 8.

Construction works for the capacity extension project are scheduled to take 42 months to January 2022, at which point Zimbabwe is expected to have stable internal power generation and supply capacity to support a growing economy.

Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo accompanied by his deputy Magna Mudyiwa and Secretary for Energy Engineer Gloria Magombo were at Hwange Power Station to witness the first pour of concrete for the start of real construction works (the power house) on the Hwange capacity extension project.

Minister Gumbo said the process of laying the foundation for the power house signified the commencement of real construction works in a journey “to the Promised Land”, which is security of electricity supply.

The minister said the project complemented Government efforts already underway to recover and grow the economy towards upper middle income status by 2030, a vision President Mnangagwa has already enunciated.

“I am very excited that a number of benefits are going to be derived from this project, which will have a positive impact on the economy.

“Construction materials for the civil engineering works such as sand, quarry, cement and timber will be sourced closer to the project site where possible, thereby benefiting the local business community.

“Already, the project has employed 450 people from the surrounding locations, a figure which is expected to rise to 3 000 at the project peak in July 2021,” he said.

This was corroborated by Zimbabwe Power Company project manager engineer Edmond Mukahadira who also indicated that a total of 360 people would be employed for operation and maintenance of the plant once completed, in January 2022.

“At project peak, which is expected to be April 2021, we anticipate to have 3 000 local people working on the project and 360 on maintenance and operation of the plant once the project has been completed,” said engineer Mukahadira said.

Minister Gumbo said the US$1,4 billion project had seen considerable progress on the ground and was well on schedule for completion within time and budget.

China Eximbank provided 85 percent of the funding for the project while ZPC, as the developer, mobilised 15 percent of the funding as equity contribution.

It is expected that the capacity extension project will increase the country’s internal power generation, stability of supply and reduce dependency on imports at a time the country is facing acute shortage of hard currency.

Engineer Mukahadira said Hwange Power Station will benefit local industry, with 10 percent (US$117 million) of the engineering, procurement and construction contract, expected to be spent locally on materials.

Further, 6 500 tonnes of coal will be required daily when the new power plant comes into operation, with a million tonnes needed on commissioning.

It is also expected that 30 percent of the project would have been completed by end of this year, taking progress today since last year to about 38 percent.

Zimbabwe requires 1 600MW while internal generation capacity stands at an average of 1 400MW and 1 500MW, which is often interrupted by reliability issues at Hwange, which has outlived it’s lifespan.

At the height of power shortages in Zimbabwe, the country imported an average of 350-450MW from Mozambique and South Africa, which required between US$30 million and US$40 million of scarce foreign currency.

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Govt, civil servants salary talks postponed. . . as Gokwe teacher doorsteps Mavima over poor salary

Source: Govt, civil servants salary talks postponed. . . as Gokwe teacher doorsteps Mavima over poor salary | Newsday (News) BY STAFF REPORTER/OWN CORRESPONDENT A DISGRUNTLED Gokwe teacher was arrested at the weekend after he allegedly confronted Primary and Secondary Education minister Paul Mavima and told him off that he was contributing to his misery […]

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Source: Govt, civil servants salary talks postponed. . . as Gokwe teacher doorsteps Mavima over poor salary | Newsday (News)

BY STAFF REPORTER/OWN CORRESPONDENT

A DISGRUNTLED Gokwe teacher was arrested at the weekend after he allegedly confronted Primary and Secondary Education minister Paul Mavima and told him off that he was contributing to his misery through underpayment.

Mavima, who is Gokwe South MP (Zanu PF), was in the constituency visiting various party structures and supervising some of his community projects.

A police source in Gokwe South said the suspect, Stephen Mangoma, of Mateta High School, allegedly confronted Mavima in a bar on Friday, accusing him of impoverishing teachers.

According to the source, Mangoma said: “I hate you minister. You are responsible for our suffering and I hate Zanu PF.”

Mavima’s aides reportedly shielded and escorted the minister to his vehicle before they returned and repeatedly slapped Mangoma.

The following morning, police in Mateta tracked down Mangoma and arrested him at his school, more than 100km from Gokwe growth point.

The accused’s relative, who refused to be named, confirmed that the outspoken teacher was likely to be taken to court today on charges of disorderly conduct.

Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko yesterday said he had not yet been briefed about the issue.

But Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe president Obert Masaraure described Mangoma’s arrest as harassment.

“It is ridiculous and purely harassment of teachers who decide to challenge the authority for not taking care of their needs,” he said. “The government of Zanu PF is failing to provide our needs as teachers and when we ask for our needs, they arrest us.”

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ZBC seeks to engage accounting experts in ex-directors’ trial

Source: ZBC seeks to engage accounting experts in ex-directors’ trial | Newsday (News) BY CHARLES LAITON THE Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has approached the High Court seeking permission to engage the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) chief executive officer, Gloria Zvaravanhu’s expertise, in the ongoing $6 million civil trial involving the public broadcaster’s […]

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Source: ZBC seeks to engage accounting experts in ex-directors’ trial | Newsday (News)

BY CHARLES LAITON

THE Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has approached the High Court seeking permission to engage the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) chief executive officer, Gloria Zvaravanhu’s expertise, in the ongoing $6 million civil trial involving the public broadcaster’s former top bosses.

Former ZBC board chairperson Cuthbert Dube, chief executive officer Happison Muchechetere, ex-finance director Elliot Kasu, head of radio services Allan Chiweshe and finance head Ralph Nyambudzi are being accused of enriching themselves from the parastatal’s coffers.

ZBC lawyer Rudo Magundani recently filed an application at the High Court, seeking to engage a chartered accountant to unpack the audit report which implicated the former top executives.

Magundani said ZBC suffered huge monetary losses between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013 which resulted in the organisation failing to pay its employees’ salaries for seven months. The national broadcaster then engaged a local accounting firm, KPMG, to conduct an audit, which report was availed in July 2015.

Magundani said the report comprises 269 pages, over and above which are ZBC’s management accounts for the years 2009 to 2015.

“…. The said report implicated respondents (Dube, Muchechetere, Kasu, Chiweshe and Nyambudzi) in the said losses and corporate irregularities, pursuant to which applicant (ZBC) instructed my (Magundani) firm to institute proceedings for recovery of the losses,” Magundani said.

“It is respectfully submitted that it is appropriate for the honourable court to invoke the section (19A of the High Court Act) in the said trial because of the following reasons; the documents are lengthy, they relate to findings pertaining to the five respondents, they will require extensive examination and deliberation, it will not be convenient for the honourable court to conduct such examination and questions relating wholly or partly to accounts arising by virtue of the said audit report.”

According to ZBC on January 19 2010, the former managers together with Dube secured a $618 000 loan facility from CBZ Bank for the purchase of top executives’ vehicles after misrepresenting that the loan application had been approved by the board.

It is further alleged that the top executives on May 5, 2010, approved a housing loan scheme agreement with a local bank for the benefit of the top management, again without the board’s approval. ZBC further alleges that between 2009 and 2013, the ex-bosses failed to remit value added tax to Zimra and as at December 31, 2013, accumulating arrears of $10 759 494, including penalties and interest.

The matter is pending.

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Workers win Merlin management wrangle 

Source: Workers win Merlin management wrangle – NewsDay Zimbabwe March 4, 2019 BY MTHANDAZO NYONI The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Zimbabwe Textile Workers’ Union which had sought to have Merlin and Merspin Limited put under corporate rescue proceedings. The ruling gives Tudor House Consultants boss Cecil Madondo relief to continue presiding […]

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Source: Workers win Merlin management wrangle – NewsDay Zimbabwe March 4, 2019

BY MTHANDAZO NYONI

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Zimbabwe Textile Workers’ Union which had sought to have Merlin and Merspin Limited put under corporate rescue proceedings.

The ruling gives Tudor House Consultants boss Cecil Madondo relief to continue presiding over the companies.

Madondo had acted as judicial manager for Merlin since 2011, but a High Court ruling last December by Justice Martin Makonese observed that there was a disconnection in the name of the company Madondo had been managing and the actual company registered with the Companies Registry.

Justice Makonese declared Merlin Limited as a fictitious and non-existent company.

In November last year, Justice Makonese ruled that the judgment of the court in HC 2353/11, which placed Merlin (Private) Limited under judicial management, did not in any way affect the status of Merspin Limited.

The Zimbabwe Textile Workers’ Union filed an application with the Bulawayo High Court on February 26, 2019 for the placement of Merlin and Merspin under supervision under case number HC397/19.

The workers said the application will “enable continuation of the foundation and work commenced by Dr Cecil Madondo of Tudor House Consultants (Pvt) Limited”.

Workers also said the application sought to correct citational errors on the name of the entity that was placed under judicial management under case number
HC 2353/11.

The High Court responded in the positive.

According to a notice seen by NewsDay, the two companies — Merlin with registration number 473/95/1956 and Merspin with registration number 63/88 — are now
under corporate rescue proceedings.

“Notice is hereby given that a court application for the placement of the above mentioned companies under supervision was filed with the High Court of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo on February 26, 2019 under case No HC397/19,” part of the notice reads.

“It follows, therefore, that corporate rescue proceedings have commenced in terms of Section 124 (2) (b) of the Insolvency Act [Chapter 6, 07].”

The notice also says that “no action or proceedings shall be proceeded with or commenced against the companies except by leave of the High Court and subject to such terms as the court may impose”.

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Mangudya to appear before Parly committee 

Source: Mangudya to appear before Parly committee | The Herald March 4, 2019 Dr Mangudya Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter The Reserve Bank Governor of Zimbabwe, Dr John Mangudya, is set to appear before the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee to explain several monetary issues as the august House resumes sitting this week after taking a two-week […]

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Source: Mangudya to appear before Parly committee | The Herald March 4, 2019

Mangudya to appear before Parly committeeDr Mangudya

Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
The Reserve Bank Governor of Zimbabwe, Dr John Mangudya, is set to appear before the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee to explain several monetary issues as the august House resumes sitting this week after taking a two-week break.

Dr Mangudya has been invited to explain the operations of Zimbabwe Asset Management Company, special purpose vehicle created by Government to house non-performing loans from banks.

ZAMCO was formed in 2015 with a 10-year mandate to rid the banking sector of all non-performing loans after which the special purpose vehicle is anticipated to wind down its operations.

According to a schedule from Parliament, other issues that Dr Mangudya has been asked to explain are related to RBZ debts and Government overdraft facility with the central bank.

Discussions will also cover bond notes and coins.

The committee is expected to ask Dr Mangudya to explain the impact of the decision by the central bank to liberalise the foreign exchange rate as part of measures to contain the parallel market.

When the House resumes sitting tomorrow, the Privileges committee set up to investigate allegations against Norton MP Mr Temba Mliswa (Independent) and three others is expected to table its report before the National Assembly.

Parliament Standing Rules and Orders Committee chaired by Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda appointed Chiefs’ Council president Chief Fortune Charumbira to look into allegations that Mr Mliswa and three other legislators demanded a $400 000 bribe from a local businessman.

The SROC, which met a fortnight ago, has since dissolved the Mines and Mining Development portfolio committee which was chaired by Mr Mliswa after it was felt that the bad blood among members could affect its business.

The dissolution of the committee came after the SROC observed that the Mliswa-led committee would trade accusation each time committee members met.

The setting up of a Privileges Committee followed a motion moved by Makoni South lawmaker Cde Misheck Mataranyika (Zanu-PF), who submitted that allegations against Mr Mliswa were of a serious nature requiring investigations by Parliament in order to safeguard the integrity of the august House.

Mr Mliswa, was implicated together with three other members  Cde Leonard Chikomba (Gokwe Kabuyuni, Zanu-PF), Mr Anele Ndebele (Magwegwe, MDC-Alliance) and Mr Prince Sibanda (Binga North, MDC-Alliance).

 

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Matiza clears the air on number plates

Source: Matiza clears the air on number plates | The Herald March 4, 2019 Minister Matiza Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter Government has not engaged any foreign company to manufacture vehicle registration number plates following a shortage caused by the lack of foreign currency to import raw materials required to produce the plates, Transport and Infrastructural […]

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Source: Matiza clears the air on number plates | The Herald March 4, 2019

Matiza clears the air on number platesMinister Matiza

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Government has not engaged any foreign company to manufacture vehicle registration number plates following a shortage caused by the lack of foreign currency to import raw materials required to produce the plates, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza has said.

Minister Matiza said the current arrangement in terms of producing number plates had not changed.

His remarks followed media reports last week insinuating that Government had engaged a Germany company Erich Utsch AG under a US$20 million deal to manufacture number plates at various plants to be set up in various provinces.

In an interview with The Herald, Minister Matiza said the media claims were unfounded.

He said Government was pinning its hopes on increased foreign currency inflows to procure the needed raw materials and continue the manufacture of number plates locally under the existing arrangements.

“We have not engaged any foreign company to manufacture number plates for us. Such media claims are bent on misleading the public.

“We are hoping that the recently announced monetary measures are going to result in increased foreign currency inflows and that will also allow us to import the raw materials we require to manufacture the number plates,” said Minister Matiza

“We also expect the new policy that we introduced on the use of old number plates to ease pressure on the demand for number plates.

Minister Matiza said the German firm just came with its proposals that were not adopted by Government and any suggestions that there was an agreement were misleading.

An official from the Ministry of Transport, who refused to be named, said there was no need to engage a foreigner to manufacture number plates.

He said Zimbabwe was among countries in Africa with low vehicle theft cases and there was no need to burden motorists with number plates with some unnecessary sophistications.

“Zimbabwe has the lowest vehicle theft rate in the region if not the entire African continent and close to 50 percent of all the vehicles are recovered through various methods most of all being the difficulty in cloning vehicle registration plates.

“Some African countries record as high as 50 000 vehicle thefts yearly but in Zimbabwe latest statistics show that Zimbabwe has under 200 vehicle thefts annually out of a vehicle population of one million. This shows we may not need to burden our motorists with some of these highly mechanised plates which call for the use of huge amounts of the scarce foreign currency.”

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International bidders for Zim dam projects 

Source: International bidders for Zim dam projects | The Herald March 4, 2019 Fidelis Munyoro Senior Reporter Government has floated an international tender for the construction of 19 major water infrastructure facilities, including dams and water purification structures to enhance agricultural production and meet the demands of the growing urban population. Several investors have shown […]

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Source: International bidders for Zim dam projects | The Herald March 4, 2019

International bidders for Zim dam projects

Fidelis Munyoro Senior Reporter
Government has floated an international tender for the construction of 19 major water infrastructure facilities, including dams and water purification structures to enhance agricultural production and meet the demands of the growing urban population.

Several investors have shown interest in funding water infrastructure in the country whose economy is heavily reliant on agriculture.

Government has anchored the revival of agriculture on irrigation and construction of dams countrywide and will go a long way in ensuring the success of such national projects as Command Agriculture.

Investment in public infrastructure is one of the key policy measures advanced by President Mnangagwa’s administration as it focuses on projects in the fields of energy, water and sanitation, housing and transport.

Under the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP), Government is also focusing on expediting completion of ongoing infrastructural projects with a view to contributing to the revival of the economy.

The tender was floated by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement.

Government said it intended to develop water infrastructure in partnership with the private sector on the basis of Build –Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT).

According to an advert published in The Sunday Mail yesterday, the ministry said climate change and rainfall variability continued to have an impact on the country, hence the massive projects to mitigate against these impacts.

“Pursuant to this objective, potential investors in the form of individuals, partners or companies are invited to tender for the available water infrastructure projects on offer,” read the advert.

“All technical feasibility studies and determination of the project bankability shall be at the potential investor’s cost and part of the

Governments role shall be to supervise the studies for feasibility bankability including the implementation of the infrastructure.”

Government would be responsible for land acquisition and maintenance of the servitude for the water infrastructure. It would also be responsible for oversight during panning, implementation and tenure of the concession until handover of the project.

“Over and above this responsibility, the Government shall facilitate the repatriation of investor proceeds during the tenure of the concession to whatever destination and wherever the investor wants.”

Government would also do what is necessary to improve the costs of the BOOT arrangement.

In this case, Government would enable the concession holder to import plant and equipment on temporary import basis and duty free so that equipment and plant can be re-exported after the completion of the project and not at the end of concession.

“Rebate on company and expatriates income tax will have a reduction effect on the cost of the project,” said the ministry. “The dam servitudes which comprise all the activities that are undertaken but the National Parks will be under the concession holder in order to increase their revenue stream and hence increase project viability to the funders. This includes the land in and around the dam, development of tourism and marine activities.”

However, Government institutions namely the Zinwa, Zimparks, EMA and Ministry of Transport and infrastructural Development still remained the regulators of the projects.

The Ministry said concession holders would still maintain the payment of respective royalties to regulators that maintain the statutory requirements of the Government to ensure the safety and quality of the project.

“All the design reports that is, preliminary, feasibility, full design, geological and hydrological reports, should be lodged with the Ministry of Lands Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement and Zinwa.

These will become intellectual property of the Government of Zimbabwe.”

The roles of the Government and the investor during the implementation and operation of the water infrastructure are also outlined in the project prospectus.

Details for the projects can be found in a bidding document and project prospectus to be obtained after paying a non-refundable fee of $10.

The deadline for the submission of tenders is May 3.

 

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Why do you dialogue with someone who has two votes?: Arthur Mutambara asks President Mnangagwa

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara says President Emmerson Mnangagwa should not waste the nation’s time through dialoguing with losers from the July 30, 2018 elections. He was addressing a public meeting called for politicians, civil society…

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara says President Emmerson Mnangagwa should not waste the nation’s time through dialoguing with losers from the July 30, 2018 elections. He was addressing a public meeting called for politicians, civil society leaders, business and other interested groups by a local think-tank. The aim of the meeting was to allow […]