Chamisa makes major climbdown

Source: Chamisa makes major climbdown – The Standard April 28, 2019 BY XOLISANI NCUBE One of MDC leader Nelson Chamisa’s three deputies will be a woman after the party resolved to set aside the position for female candidates yesterday. Chamisa has been nominated unopposed by 11 out of the 12 party provinces, with the South […]

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Source: Chamisa makes major climbdown – The Standard April 28, 2019

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

One of MDC leader Nelson Chamisa’s three deputies will be a woman after the party resolved to set aside the position for female candidates yesterday.

Chamisa has been nominated unopposed by 11 out of the 12 party provinces, with the South African branch yet to vote ahead of the May 25 to 26 congress to be held in Gweru, where the former minister will most likely be confirmed as the late Morgan Tsvangirai’s successor.

However, the race for his three deputies has a crowded field with Tendai Biti, Morgen Komichi, Welshman Ncube, Tracy Mutinhiri, Lillian Timveos, Lynette
Karenyi and Paurina Mpariwa having received nominations.

The decision by the MDC national council, which met in Harare yesterday, means that one of the heavyweights between Biti, Komichi and Ncube will fall by the
wayside.

Before the latest resolution, Chamisa had insisted that every post must be subjected to an open contest.

MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume confirmed the decision,

“In that regard, the national council resolved to consider on the position in the presidium so that one of the vice-presidents will have to be a woman,” he
said.

Mutinhiri, Timveos and Karenyi confirmed in an earlier interview with The Standard that they accepted nominations and are ready for the contest.

Mafume said the meeting did not discuss the need to reserve one of the VP posts for Matabeleland as was the norm, but said delegates were aware of the need for
ethnic balance.

“That was never considered, the congress delegates are aware, they have done this election many times,” he said.

“They are aware of the need to balance out the party and we are confident that they will come up with a position that will make sure that leadership of the
party is evenly distributed in terms of the regional considerations.”

Officials nominated for posts have been given up to Wednesday to indicate whether they are contesting.

“All nominees have up to Wednesday to indicate whether they are accepting the nomination or not,” Mafume said.

“This is because a number of people were nominated for various positions and it is necessary for them to accept where they have been nominated or to decline.

“Each person is entitled to accept one nomination,” Mafume said.

The MDC’s nomination process was marred by allegations of cheating and manipulation of structures.

Douglas Mwonzora, the party’s secretary-general who had indicated his desire to challenge Chamisa for the presidency, pulled out towards the end of the nominations, saying the process was unfair.

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$70m for cheaper basic commodities

Source: $70m for cheaper basic commodities | The Sunday Mail April 28, 2019 Kuda Bwititi Chief Reporter Production of affordable basic commodities is now imminent after Government injected $70 million into Silo Foods to help the company ramp up production. An additional US$95 million will be invested over a three-year period to make the project […]

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Source: $70m for cheaper basic commodities | The Sunday Mail April 28, 2019

$70m for cheaper basic commodities

Kuda Bwititi

Chief Reporter

Production of affordable basic commodities is now imminent after Government injected $70 million into Silo Foods to help the company ramp up production.

An additional US$95 million will be invested over a three-year period to make the project both viable and sustainable.

Silo Foods already begun operating as a fully fledged commercial business unit on April 1 this year after the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) was unbundled into two units, which also include a Strategic Grain Reserve.

Fuel prices have also dropped after Government increased the blending ratio of petrol with ethanol to 10 percent from five percent last week.

Industry regulator, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera), has directed that effective tomorrow, the maximum pump price for diesel and petrol will be $3,21 and $3,35 per litre, respectively.

“Please note that these figures take into account the revised excise duty and represent maximum FOB (freight on board) and pump prices for different fuels. Operators may, however, sell, at prices below the cap depending on their trading advantages,” said Zera in a statement.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently indicated Government’s intention to improve the availability and affordability of basic commodities through the entity.

Silo Foods managing director Mr Daniel Maregedze told The Sunday Mail that the fresh capital injection would enable it to expand its operations “in a big way”.

“The Government has invested about $70 million in the company. This is fresh capital injection, which will enable us to scale up our operations immediately,” said Mr Maregedze.

“We have already been on the market, but now we are expanding our operations in a big way. On top of that, Treasury is finalising another package for capital equipment, estimated at US$55 million and $40 million over a three-year period. We started operating as a separate entity on 1 April. We are currently recruiting for key positions in order to capacitate the team to deliver on our mandate,” he said.

The company plans to use all 87 GMB depots as a conduit to distribute its products.

Wholesale and retail outlets that already stock the company’s brands will also be used.

It is envisaged that the refocused entity will become an arbiter in the market by providing affordable basic commodities that would compete with retailers, most of who are accused of extortionately and speculatively pricing their products.

With the new cash resources, Silo Foods, which is in the process of re-inventing itself as a major player in the agro-processing sector, is now ramping up production.

“We have production facilities in four locations so far: Belmont, Cleveland, Mutare and Norton Stock Feeds. We will be selling in every GMB depot (there are 87 of them). We have already set up 25 other Country Feeds shops around Zimbabwe. It is our stated intention to rapidly scale up on our production facilities,” said Mr Maregere.

Silo Foods, which has three business units – stock feeds, milling and prepacks as well as farming – is involved in the whole value chain.

The retailing function is mainly carried out through Country Feeds.

 

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Mr Maregere said the company didn’t have the appetite to profiteer and would ensure that it only makes “enough profit to keep the business going”.

As part of the ongoing expansion drive, the firm’s workforce will be increased from 50 permanent workers to 400 as new production facilities will be opened.

There are also plans to increase Silo Foods’ share of the mealie-meal market from 15 percent to 25 percent by year-end.

The expansion drive will be sustained over the next three years.

Speaking at the 39th Independence Day celebrations, President Mnangagwa said Silo Foods would provide relief to consumers.

“The setting up of Silo Foods company will further see increased availability and affordability of many basic commodities throughout the country,” he said.

Accordingly, Cabinet recently resolved to expedite the setting up of the company, saying it would “play a critical role in the economy.”

In fact, the recommendations that were made by Finance and Economic Development Minister Pro-fessor Mthuli Ncube to revitalise the entity were adopted at the March 26 Cabinet meeting.

Briefing journalists on the Ninth Cabinet decisions matrix, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Ser-vices Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said:

“Taking into cognisance the critical role Silo Food Industries is set to play in the economy, Cabinet ap-proved the following: that the process of appointing the Silo Food Industries’ board be expedited to give necessary strategic guidance and oversight to the entity; that the funding proposals from poten-tial strategic partners for Silo Food Industries be submitted for consideration and approval by Govern-ment; and that Government’s minimum equity holding in Silo Food Industries be 26 percent.”

The expeditious restructure of GMB is in sync with the Public Enterprises Reform Framework (2018-2020), which is being driven through the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP).

In turn, the TSP — which is a short-term blueprint — feeds into President Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030 to transform Zimbabwe into an upper middle- income economy.

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Hwange audit exposes Tundiya corruption 

Source: Hwange audit exposes Tundiya corruption – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 27, 2019 BY VENERANDA LANGA A HWANGE Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) forensic audit has exposed suspected acts of sabotage carried out with a view to taking over control of the coal miner by Shepherd Tundiya. Tundiya last year allegedly attempted to remove Mota Engil from […]

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Source: Hwange audit exposes Tundiya corruption – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 27, 2019

BY VENERANDA LANGA

A HWANGE Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) forensic audit has exposed suspected acts of sabotage carried out with a view to taking over control of the coal miner by Shepherd Tundiya.

Tundiya last year allegedly attempted to remove Mota Engil from mining coal in Hwange and to fraudulently offer businessman James Goddard the Chaba Coalfields concession which HCCL holds under special grants.

Tendai Muza of Ralph Bomment Greenacre and Reynolds said in the audit that the Mota Engil contract was standing on soft ground in 2018.

“If Mota Engil is removed from the mine, there is a likelihood that the mine can sink deeper or even close,” the forensic audit read.

“Mota Engil is contributing not less than 78% of current year (2018) tonnage, and there is a possibility that the significant drop in the Mota Engil output in the months of September 2018 to November 2018 was a result of preparing to pack and go due to possibilities of termination of contract.”

The audit said Mota Engil was facing pressure from someone acting fraudulently, or scandalously trying to replace the company.

“A person known as Shepherd Tundiya sought to replace Mota Engil in a fraudulent manner,” it reads.

“Tundiya allegedly mendaciously prepared a contract between HCCL and JR Goddard. He acted as an HCCL boss, who previously was the man in charge of HCCL from the President’s Office.”

A synopsis of the fraudulent activities by Tundiya began with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between HCCL (represented by Tundiya) and JR Goddard Contracting (Pvt) Limited, which was about giving Goddard the Chaba coalfields concession.

In the MoU which Tundiya crafted, he said Goddard had the capacity, equipment, trained staff and technical expertise to undertake drilling, blasting, loading, hauling and dumping of overburn and coal at HCCL.

The scope of work to be done would includes bush clearing for the pit to be mined, stripping top soil, drilling, blasting, loading, hauling and dumping of overburn and coal, the maintenance and dust suppression of haul roads relating to the mining works, dozing and management of the overburn waste dumps, lighting of the mining works, levelling and preparation of benches of drilling and blasting.

In a letter dated September 24, 2018, Goddard then replied Tundiya after a meeting was held at his (Goddard’s) Gweru offices to discuss the Chaba concession.

In the letter, Goddard said the equipment envisaged could produce 40 000 tonnes of coal per month and five teams would be needed to achieve the ultimate production target of 200 000 tonnes of coal per month.

“We offered to mobilise team one and two within our existing resources at Ngezi Mine, from November 1, 2018, and the establishment charge would be US$1 million per team,” the letter read.

“For the mobilisation of the subsequent teams three, four and five, an advance payment of $5 430 000 per team would be required to purchase equipment, plus we would require an estimated charge of $500 000 per team. The advance payment amount would need to be paid to our equipment suppliers in South Africa.”

In another letter from Goddard to Tundiya dated September 7, 2018, the Bulawayo-based businessman then thanked him for the offer to mine 200 000 tonnes of coal per month at Chaba Mine for HCCL, but said since Mota Engil was still working there, he did not believe they should be disrupted at that time.

Goddard had projected that when his company begins mining at HCCL, they would charge between $20 and $24 per tonne of coal mined.

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RG’s Office stops issuing passports

Source: RG’s Office stops issuing passports – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 27, 2019 By Phyllis Mbanje THE crisis at the passport offices is far from over, with Registrar-General Clemence Masango failing to give an estimate timeframe of when the processing of travelling documents will resume following suspension of the services during the week, allegedly due to […]

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Source: RG’s Office stops issuing passports – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 27, 2019

By Phyllis Mbanje

THE crisis at the passport offices is far from over, with Registrar-General Clemence Masango failing to give an estimate timeframe of when the processing of travelling documents will resume following suspension of the services during the week, allegedly due to technical glitches.

Speaking to the NewsDay Weekender yesterday, Masango was at pains to give details on when operations would resume.

“We issued a public statement two days ago indicating that we were facing a system failure, which is being attended to right now,” he said.

The notice read in part: “The Registrar-General’s Department wishes to inform its valued clients and the public in general, that we are currently experiencing
system breakdown, which has affected passport processing and production. Our engineers are, however, working flat out to rectify the problem.”

However, Masango could not be drawn to give further details about the problem or when it would be resolved.

“How can I have knowledge of such?” he said.

This is despite the fact that thousands of people have been left stranded, with some bound to miss important events.

Lately, people were sleeping in the queues since only a few people were being served per day.

The passports office has been dogged by a host of challenges, including shortage of passport paper.

This forced them to downsize their operations, creating a huge backlog.

Early this year, the Registrar-General admitted in Parliament that the demand for emergency passports had increased, thereby putting pressure on the dwindling passport paper. He also cited foreign currency challenges.

At the time, he said they were only printing the $53 passport.

Another issue he raised was that of inadequate personnel. Masango said instead of the 2 540 staff that they needed, they had less than 2 100 officers.

Meanwhile, the usual bustling at Makombe Building was heavily subdued yesterday, with a few people, mostly vendors, milling around.

 

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RG’s Office stops issuing passports

Source: RG’s Office stops issuing passports – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 27, 2019 By Phyllis Mbanje THE crisis at the passport offices is far from over, with Registrar-General Clemence Masango failing to give an estimate timeframe of when the processing of travelling documents will resume following suspension of the services during the week, allegedly due to […]

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Source: RG’s Office stops issuing passports – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 27, 2019

By Phyllis Mbanje

THE crisis at the passport offices is far from over, with Registrar-General Clemence Masango failing to give an estimate timeframe of when the processing of travelling documents will resume following suspension of the services during the week, allegedly due to technical glitches.

Speaking to the NewsDay Weekender yesterday, Masango was at pains to give details on when operations would resume.

“We issued a public statement two days ago indicating that we were facing a system failure, which is being attended to right now,” he said.

The notice read in part: “The Registrar-General’s Department wishes to inform its valued clients and the public in general, that we are currently experiencing
system breakdown, which has affected passport processing and production. Our engineers are, however, working flat out to rectify the problem.”

However, Masango could not be drawn to give further details about the problem or when it would be resolved.

“How can I have knowledge of such?” he said.

This is despite the fact that thousands of people have been left stranded, with some bound to miss important events.

Lately, people were sleeping in the queues since only a few people were being served per day.

The passports office has been dogged by a host of challenges, including shortage of passport paper.

This forced them to downsize their operations, creating a huge backlog.

Early this year, the Registrar-General admitted in Parliament that the demand for emergency passports had increased, thereby putting pressure on the dwindling passport paper. He also cited foreign currency challenges.

At the time, he said they were only printing the $53 passport.

Another issue he raised was that of inadequate personnel. Masango said instead of the 2 540 staff that they needed, they had less than 2 100 officers.

Meanwhile, the usual bustling at Makombe Building was heavily subdued yesterday, with a few people, mostly vendors, milling around.

 

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