Douglas Mwonzora blasted over what he said about Nelson Chamisa’s performance in 2018 elections

TENSION continues to rise in the MDC ahead of its elective congress with secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora saying party president Nelson Chamisa failed to meet a target of attracting 4,5 million votes in the July 30 general elections. His fiery commen…

TENSION continues to rise in the MDC ahead of its elective congress with secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora saying party president Nelson Chamisa failed to meet a target of attracting 4,5 million votes in the July 30 general elections. His fiery comments come after some party bigwigs loyal to Chamisa led by deputy president Morgen Komichi, said […]

Chamisa failed MDC target: Mwonzora

TENSION continues to rise in the MDC ahead of its elective congress with secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora saying party president Nelson Chamisa failed to meet a target of attracting 4,5 million votes in the July 30 […]

TENSION continues to rise in the MDC ahead of its elective congress with secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora saying party president Nelson Chamisa failed to meet a target of attracting 4,5 million votes in the July 30 [...]

Zimbabwe ranked among world’s most expensive mobile data

If you want cheap mobile data, India is the best place in the world to get it, with 1GB costing an average of just $0.26, a major new studyof 6,313 mobile data plans in 230 countries […]

If you want cheap mobile data, India is the best place in the world to get it, with 1GB costing an average of just $0.26, a major new studyof 6,313 mobile data plans in 230 countries [...]

Foreign investors can finally take money out of Zimbabwe

HARARE – Foreign investors on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange are likely to take a huge foreign exchange loss on their investments, but at least they can now have their money back following a new directive […]

HARARE – Foreign investors on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange are likely to take a huge foreign exchange loss on their investments, but at least they can now have their money back following a new directive [...]

Well-known socialite dies after being stabbed as violence erupts at Jah Prayzah show

A Beitbridge socialite was allegedly stabbed at top musician Jah Prayzah’s gig in the border town at the weekend following scenes of violence as fans protested against the late start of the show. The fans were unhappy about the delayed start of the sho…

A Beitbridge socialite was allegedly stabbed at top musician Jah Prayzah’s gig in the border town at the weekend following scenes of violence as fans protested against the late start of the show. The fans were unhappy about the delayed start of the show. Although no official police comment could be obtained, police sources and […]

Trump extends U.S. sanctions against Zimbabwe by a year

Source: Trump extends U.S. sanctions against Zimbabwe by a year – Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday extended by one year sanctions against Zimbabwe saying that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to U.S. foreign policy. The renewal comes despite calls by African leaders, including […]

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Source: Trump extends U.S. sanctions against Zimbabwe by a year – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday extended by one year sanctions against Zimbabwe saying that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to U.S. foreign policy.

The renewal comes despite calls by African leaders, including South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, for the sanctions to be lifted to give the country a chance to recover from its economic crisis.

“The actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States,” Trump said in a notice announcing the extension, adding: “I am continuing for (one) year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288.”

The renewal comes despite calls by African leaders, including South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, for the sanctions to be lifted to give the country a chance to recover from its economic crisis.

Trump administration officials had said the sanctions will remain until the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa changes Zimbabwe’s laws restricting media freedom and allowing protests.

According to U.S. officials, there are 141 entities and individuals in Zimbabwe, including Mnangagwa and long-time former president Robert Mugabe, currently under U.S. sanctions.

Mnangagwa has called for the sanctions to be lifted against the ZANU-PF ruling party, top military figures and some government-owned firms, which were imposed during Mugabe’s rule over what the United States said were human rights violations and undermining of the democratic process. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton, editing by G Crosse)

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Mmegi Blogs :: Financial Aid To Zimbabwe Welcome But…

Source: Mmegi Blogs :: Financial Aid To Zimbabwe Welcome But… As it has become the norm in recent times, this past week was drama filled. From the ruling party elders’ gathering in Serowe where amongst other things the President Mokgweetsi Masisi was called setete (cry baby), to screams of tribalism, to fake resurrection by a […]

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Source: Mmegi Blogs :: Financial Aid To Zimbabwe Welcome But…

As it has become the norm in recent times, this past week was drama filled. From the ruling party elders’ gathering in Serowe where amongst other things the President Mokgweetsi Masisi was called setete (cry baby), to screams of tribalism, to fake resurrection by a Congolese fire church pastor, up to Zimbabwe, where we learnt we are throwing billions of Pula into the pit hole of Emmerson Mnangagwa, even handing him bags full of our tasty Tsabana.

The P2.1 million humanitarian donation, which beyond babies’ nutrition food included medical utilities such as bandages, blood transfusion kits and disposable syringes, is a gesture which if done in a transparent manner will have most of us, nodding in total agreement, and even offering our share of the monthly children’s rations. Batswana, are giving by nature, hence the Setswana saying bana ba motho ba kgaogana tlhogo ya ntsi.

This means however little you have, family will always share. Again, Batswana are known to be neighbourly. Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of southern Africa, has been in dire straits for decades now, mainly due to misrule because of political instability, mismanagement of resources, and at most times the collapse of the economy. We have lived with our neighbours in our homes, ordinary Batswana families, companies and even government, employing Zimbabwean economic exiles, thus ensuring the sustenance and development of the neighbours’ economy. This is living by the adage of matlo gosha mabapi, whereby when a neighbour’s house is on fire so is yours. This means that unless you help put out the fire at the neighbour’s house, yours is next.

So when our government lends a helping hand, even in far off developed places such as Japan, which when it was hit by a devastating earthquake, the Ian Khama administration acted humanely and send food stuff, we have to nod in agreement. Botswana has in the past, stepped forward in military rescue missions, in places such as Mozambique and Somalia.

And it is not the first time we have aided our northern neighbour Zimbabwe. Even at the height of personal tension, the former president, Khama and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe had always done some deals, to the extent of Botswana giving Zimbabwe cattle from Foot and Mouth Disease prone Zone 6 region, for next to nothing, if not free. Moreover, in 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture donated over 400, 000 vaccines to help fight FMD in Zimbabwe. This was to ensure that the disease, which is high especially along the Botswana/Zimbabwe borders is contained, so as not to killed lucrative beef market.

It was not the first time. Just when Khama came to office, in 2008, Botswana government donated P3 million through the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and World Food Programme to Zimbabwe, with the ministry of international relations emphasising the funds were for “the people of Zimbabwe” not the Mugabe administration.

So it is therefore, not shocking that Botswana, through this past week’s heads of state led

commission, has come to Zimbabwe’s aid. As already alluded to, is what Minister Bogolo Kenewendo described as business-to-business financial aid. The rescue package, counted in the billions of Pula, to Zimbabwe’s private sector had many Batswana confused, especially since the Zimbabwean minister, on the same news item on Btv, spoke of a loan by the Botswana government. While seemly speaking in parallel lines, they however admitted the deal is under discussion.  What got many worried was our minister’s assertion that the peer business transaction will be guaranteed by the Botswana government.  Strangely, immediately after the news item from Harare, Btv read a statement from the Office of the President disputing the deal.

Okay, the confusing statements aside, financial aid to Zimbabwe is worrisome. Not that we don’t trust the Mnangagwa administration. Not many people will be convinced that if the money is released, from whatever end, will not end up oiling pockets of the corrupt political leadership. Yes, it is new man at the helm, but it still the same ZanuPF government. Moreover, the Masisi administration needs to be transparent, and tell the nation whether the previous loans have been settled. A bad debtor is blacklisted, not honoured with more money.

More importantly, we need to be sure who the deal will benefit. We have to do due diligence, to ensure that we are not funding businesses owned, or with shareholding by political figures. That matters, because ours is a dirty world. Also, what is in it for Botswana? Remember this is not charity, it is business.

It is at this juncture that we have to encourage our one, hard-nosed institution, the media, to keep tabs on the deal.

Still on the digging, I asked a question on my Facebook page as to who produces Tsabana, and the answers Batswana provided were interesting. It was not to say there was anything wrong in donating that particular product.

It is not, if anything, Tsabana is nutritious and enjoyed by all, not just babies. What Rre Masisi though needs to come clean on, is what the taxpayer paid, to which company owned by who, or who amongst our political elite have shares in it. Also has the company, as alleged, given financial aid to the BDP or faction within? Moreover, are we going to tease Zimbabwean children with the product, or are we going to be forced to continue donating, or even selling it to our neighbours? Ours is a transparent, consultative government, isn’t it?

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Prepaid electricity system down: Zesa

Source: Prepaid electricity system down: Zesa | Newsday (News) BY REX MPHISA ZESA Holdings says it is experiencing technical challenges on its prepaid system countrywide. Scores of people throughout the country experienced difficulties in buying electricity tokens through different platforms offered by the power utility for pre-paid meters. “It’s countrywide. We are working to fix […]

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Source: Prepaid electricity system down: Zesa | Newsday (News)

BY REX MPHISA

ZESA Holdings says it is experiencing technical challenges on its prepaid system countrywide.

Scores of people throughout the country experienced difficulties in buying electricity tokens through different platforms offered by the power utility for pre-paid meters.

“It’s countrywide. We are working to fix the challenge, which has affected Econet’s EcoCash (mobile money transfer facility) and we are investigating whether it is our side of the system or EcoCash,” Zesa spokesperson Fullard Gwasira said yesterday.

Yesterday, Econet Wireless, the country’s largest telecoms operator, experienced technical faults yesterday, bringing business to a standstill.

With more than 10 million subscribers on its network, the company dominates the telecoms sector. It also operates Zimbabwe’s largest mobile payment platform, EcoCash, which forms the backbone of the country’s payment system in the face of pressing bank note shortages, which has forced the adaption of mobile money.

“We sincerely apologise for the intermittent service you have been experiencing on EcoCash, voice and data services. Our engineers are working flat out to restore normal services,” the company said in statement, without giving further details.

Gwasira said his organisation had also fixed problems that resulted in power outages in Beitbridge during rains.

Beitbridge town, which is home to the region’s busiest inland port, had been experiencing power outages blamed on poor maintenance.

A faulty switch at one of Zesa’s Beitbridge sub-terminals resulted in the shipping town failing to connect to the South African grid in the event of power outage on the Zimbabwean grid.

“Please can someone from @econet_support tell us what’s happening? Are you holding us to ransom? No lunch, no transactions, you now control our cash. Or your system doesn’t understand RTGS DOLLARS,” @arambanepasi commented on Twitter.

Another Twitter user @Arumlily92 posted that: “Today was yet another reminder of how unhealthy and dangerous to national security the Econet monopoly is”.

User, @Quinch19 also vented his anger, saying: “The @EcoCashZW monopoly needs to be broken. Sadly, Econet, in @NetOneCellular and @Telecel_Zim, has clueless competitors!”

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‘Zim has second worst mining policies in Africa’

Source: ‘Zim has second worst mining policies in Africa’ – NewsDay Zimbabwe March 5, 2019 BY FIDELITY MHLANGA ZIMBABWE has the second worst attractive mining policies in Africa, ranking better than the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a new report has shown. According to Canada-based Fraser Institute’s 2018 edition of the annual survey of mining […]

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Source: ‘Zim has second worst mining policies in Africa’ – NewsDay Zimbabwe March 5, 2019

BY FIDELITY MHLANGA

ZIMBABWE has the second worst attractive mining policies in Africa, ranking better than the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a new report has shown.

According to Canada-based Fraser Institute’s 2018 edition of the annual survey of mining companies released last week, the southern African nation was ranked 76 out of 83 jurisdictions ahead of DRC which was 82 out of 83.

“Zimbabwe’s score and rank increased this year, moving it up from 89th (of 91) last year to 76th (of 83). Despite this increase, the country is still Africa’s second least attractive jurisdiction based on policy factors,” reads the report.

The study’s Policy Perception Index (PPI), which captures the opinions of managers and executives, looked into uncertainty concerning the administration, interpretation, enforcement of existing regulations. It also looked at environmental regulations, regulatory duplication and inconsistencies and taxation.

The 10 least attractive jurisdictions for investment based on the PPI rankings starting with the worst are Venezuela, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Neuquen, Chubut, Philippines, Guatemala, La Rioja, Zimbabwe, Bolivia, and China.

In Africa, Botswana is again the highest ranked jurisdiction in Africa, polling 12th out of 83, with Namibia becoming the second most attractive jurisdiction, ranking 36th out of 83 in 2018.

The survey further focused on uncertainty concerning disputed land claims and protected areas, infrastructure; socio-economic agreements, political stability, labour issues, geological database and security.

Authorities in Harare are working on an overhaul of the country’s mining legislative framework, as the southern African nation tries to open up the sector to foreign investment and spur production to improve mineral earnings.

Mining generates more than half of Zimbabwe’s export receipts. Last year, it earned US$2,8 billion, but industry executives say it has the potential to earn more with increased transparency and investment. The local ownership law, which restricted foreign shareholding in mining houses to 49%, has since been amended and now only applies to companies mining platinum and diamond.

A separate report by the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association also noted that the current mining legislation contributed to the country’s failure to leverage on its mineral resources to effectively contribute to economic development.

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ED expels North Koreans under UN pressure

Source: ED expels North Koreans under UN pressure | Newsday (News) Rudo Boka BY RICHARD CHIDZA PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has reportedly expelled from the country an unknown number of North Korean nationals of “questionable character”, who were in partnership with a local tobacco merchant, in compliance with United Nations resolutions against co-operation with the […]

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Source: ED expels North Koreans under UN pressure | Newsday (News)

Rudo Boka

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has reportedly expelled from the country an unknown number of North Korean nationals of “questionable character”, who were in partnership with a local tobacco merchant, in compliance with United Nations resolutions against co-operation with the Asian “rogue” State.

In February last year, government reportedly approached businesswoman Rudo Boka asking her to explain her alleged dealings with North Korea as Harare came under immense pressure to comply with the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution that prohibits any dealings that could provide financial assistance to the regime.

Boka is one of the directors of a company registered as Mansudae Boka Design Company, whose other directors are North Korean.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade ministry spokesperson Gideon Gapare told NewsDay last week that the partnership between Boka and the North Koreans had since been dissolved.

“The Boka-Mansudae partnership was called off by government because some of the people from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea had been mentioned in UN documents and were of questionable characteristics,” Gapare said.

Asked if the group, whose number he would not give, had been deported, Gapare said “they had been given time to leave”.

“I would not say they were deported. That would mean they had committed a criminal offence, which would be wrong. They were asked to wind up their operations and leave the country in government’s fulfilment of international obligations. Once a UN arm passes a resolution, as a member, Zimbabwe has an obligation to abide,” Gapare said.

A report dated September 5, 2017 reveals that a United Nations panel of experts wrote to government officials demanding to know the operations of North Korea’s Mansudae Overseas Project (MOP) Group of Companies.

According to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2371 adopted on August 5 last year, the company allegedly funds the North Korean regime, which is accused of threatening international peace and security through its nuclear armaments.

Mansudae Boka Design Company says it is into the manufacture of jewellery, mainly gold and silver rings, and badges, brochures, buttons and rank medals for the military, while Mansudae Overseas Project Group of Companies is reportedly well-known for “construction-related activities, including statues and monuments to generate revenue for the DPRK government or the Workers’ Party of Korea”.

Sources claimed that the company’s tentacles were spreading into neighbouring countries.

Boka denied any links with the North Korean company, arguing that it was a case of mistaken identity.

But at the time, then Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Joey Bimha said Boka had agreed to “change the directorship of that company”, adding she was “in the process of doing that and we will be monitoring that”.

Gapare said government was also looking into the activities of DPRK’s Trade Attache in Harare, Kim Chang Su, who is believed to have links to the poaching underworld.

Su was part of a group of DPRK diplomats who were deported from South Africa a few years ago over ivory smuggling following an arrest in Ethiopia.

The Foreign Affairs spokesperson, however, would not reveal the date on which the North Koreans left the country.

Zimbabwe had strong historical links with North Korea, including military co-operation.

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