Chiwenga & Marry Mubaiwa children’s custody fight latest: Marry concedes to being mentally unstable

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s dispute over custody of his children took a new turn Monday after it emerged that his estranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa had actually conceded to being mentally unstable while making her application for bail at th…

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s dispute over custody of his children took a new turn Monday after it emerged that his estranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa had actually conceded to being mentally unstable while making her application for bail at the High Court. Apparently, Chiwenga had refused to release the couple’s three children into Marry’s custody on the […]

Russia cancels business indaba

Source: Russia cancels business indaba | The Herald Senate President Mabel Chinomona speaks to Russian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Nikolai Krasilnikov at Parliament Building in Harare yesterday. — Picture: Kudakwashe Hunda Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter Russia has cancelled an international business conference set for June in Moscow, where a Zimbabwean delegation comprising legislators was expected to […]

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Source: Russia cancels business indaba | The Herald

Russia cancels business indabaSenate President Mabel Chinomona speaks to Russian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Nikolai Krasilnikov at Parliament Building in Harare yesterday. — Picture: Kudakwashe Hunda

Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
Russia has cancelled an international business conference set for June in Moscow, where a Zimbabwean delegation comprising legislators was expected to attend, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Local businessmen ranging from engineers, scientists, researchers and academics were due to converge in Moscow to explore opportunities.

The conference was supposed to take place between June 3 and 6.

Russia Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Nikolai Krasilnikov yesterday paid a courtesy call on Senate President Mabel Chinomona to advise her of the cancellation of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

“We discussed a lot of bilateral issues with our Russian Ambassador, but he also brought communication about the cancellation of a business conference that we were supposed to attend. I had actually gathered a team comprising businessperson who include Members of Parliament. The cancellation is due to the coronavirus pandemic and it was done as a precautionary measure,” said Cde Chinomona.

“During our meeting, we also discussed bilateral relations between our two countries as you know Russia and China as permanent members in the United Nations Security Council have stood by us.”

Cde Chinomona said while the cancellation of the conference was unfortunate, it was necessary, given the effect of the pandemic. She said the Russia diplomat had expressed satisfaction about several measures being taken by Zimbabwean authorities to deal with the pandemic.

Mr Krasilnikov said Russia was encouraged by several measures the Government was taking to contain the disease.

“We exchange views during our meeting as the international community take necessary measures to contain the spread of the disease. We are also impressed by the measures being taken by the Government of Zimbabwe in this regard,” said Mr Krasilnikov.

He hailed the bilateral relations between Zimbabwe and Russia.

“We had a wonderful meeting with Senate President. We discussed development in various fields of our bilateral relations. You know that the relation is deep-rooted. We are happy with the state of our interaction. We stand by the Republic of Zimbabwe in many instances and we support each other in United Nations, International Parliamentary Union and other platforms,” said Mr Krasilnikov.

The pandemic has seen several people from Asia, Europe and Africa testing positive to the disease.

Zimbabwe has not recorded cases of the pandemic and continue to take precautionary measures.

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Zimbabwe Removes Barriers to Education

New Law is Good News for Children’s Rights Source: Zimbabwe Removes Barriers to Education | Human Rights Watch Schoolchildren attend class at a school in Norton, west of the capital Harare, Zimbabwe, September 10, 2019. © 2020 AP Photo/Ben Curtis Zimbabwe’s amended Education Act is a significant step forward for children across the country. Among other things, the amendment prohibits […]

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New Law is Good News for Children’s Rights

Source: Zimbabwe Removes Barriers to Education | Human Rights Watch

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2020 wheat producer price announced

Source: 2020 wheat producer price announced | The Herald Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa. Joseph Madzimure Senior Reporter GOVERNMENT has announced the 2020 pre-planting winter wheat producer price of ZW$14 143, 73 per tonne for Grade A, with other grades fetching ZW$11 786, 44. Also, the floor price for a tonne of […]

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Source: 2020 wheat producer price announced | The Herald

2020 wheat producer price announcedInformation, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa.

Joseph Madzimure Senior Reporter
GOVERNMENT has announced the 2020 pre-planting winter wheat producer price of ZW$14 143, 73 per tonne for Grade A, with other grades fetching ZW$11 786, 44.

Also, the floor price for a tonne of soya beans for the 2019-20 farming season has been set at ZW$12 833 per tonne.

The producer prices are reflective of the current economic situation and are expected to help farmers to execute their agricultural business.

Briefing the media during her brief of decisions made by Cabinet in Harare yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the Cabinet considered the 2020 winter wheat pre-planting price and the 2019-2020 soya bean producer floor prices.

“Cabinet considered the 2020 winter wheat pre-planting price and the 2019-2020 soya bean producer floor prices as presented by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Perrance Shiri on behalf of the chair of the Cabinet Committee on Food Security and Nutrition and approved as follows; that the pre-planting winter wheat producer floor price be pegged at ZW$11 786, 44 per tonne at a margin of 20 percent, assuming a yield of four tonnes per hectare; and the premium price for grade A wheat be set at ZW$14 143, 73 which is 20 percent above the wheat producer floor price,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

The minister also said that Cabinet had approved the price of ZW$12 833 per tonne for soya beans.

“The soya bean floor price be set at ZW$12 833 per tonne at a 20 percent margin, assuming a yield of two metric tonnes per hectare.

“That, going forward, the cost build-up plus margin model should be used in the determination of producer prices.

The Cabinet also encouraged farmers to increase the growing of sesame and sunflowers.

“The growing of sesame and sunflower should be promoted to increase feedstock for cooking oil production and as an import substitution strategy,” said the minister.

Over the years Zimbabwe has been a net wheat importer and Government has since included wheat under Command Agriculture to boost production.

Under the programme, wheat farmers received input support that included seed, fertilisers and herbicides, among others.

The country requires 460 000 tonnes of wheat every year to avoid bread shortages and current efforts are expected to progressively increase production to wipe out the deficit.

This is part of a raft of measures Government is taking to boost national food security, which also include importation of maize to ensure a steady a supply of bread and other bakery products.

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Biggest dividend for Anglo

Source: Biggest dividend for Anglo | Herald (Business) Platinum Platinum prices are languishing near decade lows, yet investors in the number one supplier of the metal haven’t had it this good for years. Anglo American Platinum declared its biggest dividend since 2008 as the company reported full-year earnings that nearly doubled, thanks to a weaker […]

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Source: Biggest dividend for Anglo | Herald (Business)

Platinum

Platinum prices are languishing near decade lows, yet investors in the number one supplier of the metal haven’t had it this good for years.

Anglo American Platinum declared its biggest dividend since 2008 as the company reported full-year earnings that nearly doubled, thanks to a weaker rand and surging prices for sister metal palladium. The Johannesburg-based miner’s shares have risen 104 percent in the past 12 months.

While rivals such as Impala Platinum Holdings and Lonmin are also benefiting from higher prices for palladium and rhodium, which they dig up alongside platinum, Amplats is in a particularly strong position. The company resumed dividends last February after a six-year hiatus, during which it sold and wound down older, less profitable operations.

Palladium has surged 47 percent to successive records since the end of August. – Bloomberg.

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Judgment reserved in MDC activists bail application 

Source: Judgment reserved in MDC activists bail application | The Herald Yeukai Karengezeka Herald Correspondent High Court Judge Justice Tawanda Chitapi yesterday reserved judgment in the case involving 15 MDC activists who were remanded in custody for allegedly participating in an unsanctioned public gathering that promoted public violence in Chitungwiza last month. Justice Chitapi said […]

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Source: Judgment reserved in MDC activists bail application | The Herald

Judgment reserved in MDC activists bail application

Yeukai Karengezeka Herald Correspondent
High Court Judge Justice Tawanda Chitapi yesterday reserved judgment in the case involving 15 MDC activists who were remanded in custody for allegedly participating in an unsanctioned public gathering that promoted public violence in Chitungwiza last month.

Justice Chitapi said he will deliver his ruling on Friday.

The accused persons approached the High Court after they were denied bail a fortnight ago at the Chitungwiza Magistrates Court. The applicants were represented by Mr Tapiwa Muchineripi and Mr Job Sikhala from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights while the state that was represented by Mr Tozivepi Mapfuwa.

The state consented to the granting of bail on condition that each accused person pays $300. The applicants’ lawyers objected to the amount and proposed $100 which they said was affordable to their clients.

Among the accused are MDC youth spokesman Stephen Chuma (32) is being charged alongside Nyasha Mutsindikwa (23), Elton Tendai Marimbe (21), Dambudzo Leeroy Mhike (29), Tendai Timuri (40), Jabulani Chatindiara (42), Chris Murecha (35), Terrence Manjengwa (25), John Mulevelengi (43) Brian Mushakwe (26), Tanyaradzwa Zawaire (26), and Taurai Nyamanhindi (36).

Allegations are that the on February 29 around 6am, MDC youths numbering about two hundred were moving from Huruyadzo Business Centre proceeding towards Total Service Station in Chitungwiza. The accused persons and others who are still at large were chanting MDC party slogans and threatening other members of the public they would come across.

They also went to Job Sikhala’s house who is the Zengeza West legislator and police observed that some of them were holding stones, knives and catapults.

When the police ordered them to disperse the activists allegedly retaliated against the police by throwing missiles at them and two officers sustained injuries.

Nyamanhindi was positively identified by the police officers as the one who was inciting others to attack police.

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Official Zimbabwe exchange rate falls by a third as central bank loosens grip

Source: Official Zimbabwe exchange rate falls by a third as central bank loosens grip | Nasdaq CREDIT: REUTERS/PHILIMON BULAWAYO The official exchange rate for Zimbabwe’s dollar fell 32% on Wednesday against the greenback, its biggest daily fall since the minister of finance announced last week that the country would adopt a “managed float” to fend […]

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Source: Official Zimbabwe exchange rate falls by a third as central bank loosens grip | Nasdaq

CREDIT: REUTERS/PHILIMON BULAWAYO

The official exchange rate for Zimbabwe’s dollar fell 32% on Wednesday against the greenback, its biggest daily fall since the minister of finance announced last week that the country would adopt a “managed float” to fend off a currency crisis.

HARARE, March 18 (Reuters) – The official exchange rate for Zimbabwe’s dollar fell 32% on Wednesday against the greenback, its biggest daily fall since the minister of finance announced last week that the country would adopt a “managed float” to fend off a currency crisis.

Mthuli Ncube said Zimbabwe was abandoning strict control of foreign exchange by the central bank at a time when prices are soaring and the local currency is fast losing value on the black market. Annual inflation hit 540.16% last month.

The Zimbabwe dollar ZWL was trading at 24.3266 to the U.S. dollar from 18.4283 at the start of trade, according to Refinitiv data.

The fall moves the official rate substantially closer to the price on the black market, where it trades above 41 to the dollar.

Traders said the rate movement was the first step by the central bank in freeing currency trading, although banks were still struggling to get dollars to sell to clients amid a severe shortage of foreign exchange.

The central bank had sold dollars to the banks on Wednesday to fund fuel imports, a trader at one commercial bank said, a move that could still influence the exchange rate.

“Ultimately the rate will determine whether more money will flow into the official forex market,” the trader said.

Exporters in Zimbabwe are allowed to retain a portion of their sales with the central bank taking the rest, which it says is used to import medicines, electricity and fuel.

On Sunday, Zimbabwe suspended the transfer of local shares in dual-listed companies to foreign bourses, a form of transaction that had provided one of the main ways for citizens and businesses to obtain dollars.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe Editing by Peter Graff)

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US$24m for fuel

Source: US$24m for fuel | Herald (Business) The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has released US$23,89 million for the purchase of fuel to be sold in local currency for the week March 16 to 22. RBZ governor Dr John Mangudya made the announcement in a statement released on Monday. The central bank promised to make […]

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Source: US$24m for fuel | Herald (Business)

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has released US$23,89 million for the purchase of fuel to be sold in local currency for the week March 16 to 22.

RBZ governor Dr John Mangudya made the announcement in a statement released on Monday. The central bank promised to make public such allocations so as to dissuade speculative hoarding of the product resulting in long queuing hours.

The release is part of the apex bank’s US$120 million target for this month, which is meant to import about 200 million litres of fuel.

Government has also welcomed the move to publicise the allocations with Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi, saying this would close information gaps between the bank, petroleum firms and the industry regulator, which some firms were abusing to create an artificial shortage. — Business Reporter.

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COVID-19: Courts to decongest 

Source: COVID-19: Courts to decongest | The Herald Harare Magistrates’ Court Prosper Dembedza Court Correspondent The Harare Magistrate Court will with immediate effect be solemnising a maximum of 10 marriages per day, acting Chief Magistrate Mr Munamato Mtevedzi has said. This follows the declaration of a National Disaster issued by President Mnangagwa yesterday in the […]

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Source: COVID-19: Courts to decongest | The Herald

COVID-19: Courts to decongestHarare Magistrates’ Court

Prosper Dembedza Court Correspondent
The Harare Magistrate Court will with immediate effect be solemnising a maximum of 10 marriages per day, acting Chief Magistrate Mr Munamato Mtevedzi has said.

This follows the declaration of a National Disaster issued by President Mnangagwa yesterday in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. On average, the Harare Magistrates Court solemnises between 30-40 marriages per day.

In a statement, acting Chief Magistrate Mr Munamato Mtevedzi said the Secretary of the Judiciary Service Commission had directed that hygiene standards must be improved at all court houses in the country.

“With the guidance of the Secretary and in consultation with other stakeholders, we are exploring the feasibility of other available courses of action to decongest courthouses,” he said.

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Punish parties that force children to attend political rallies: TaLi 

Source: Punish parties that force children to attend political rallies: TaLi – NewsDay Zimbabwe CHILDREN’S rights lobby group, Tag a Life International (TaLI) has said political parties should desist from coercing children to attend their political gatherings because the practice was unconstitutional. BY LORRAINE MUROMO/HARRIET CHIKANDIWA “The law does not allow any coercion, it is […]

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Source: Punish parties that force children to attend political rallies: TaLi – NewsDay Zimbabwe

CHILDREN’S rights lobby group, Tag a Life International (TaLI) has said political parties should desist from coercing children to attend their political gatherings because the practice was unconstitutional.

BY LORRAINE MUROMO/HARRIET CHIKANDIWA

“The law does not allow any coercion, it is against the law. We expect the law to deal with any of those political parties who coerce children, for example, if they are going to be forced to leave school to attend political gatherings. Children should be allowed to be in school,” TaLI founding director Nyaradzo Mashayamombe said.

Zanu PF has in the past been accused of bussing children to its gatherings.

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In October 2017, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission was forced to probe former First Lady Grace Mugabe for reportedly commandeering schoolchildren to attend her political events.

This was after the Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe lodged a complaint that Grace’s gatherings were disrupting children’s learning as well as violating their rights.

Mashayamombe said: “I think we saw in the last regime that children would be used to attend rallies. We hoped the current ruling party would not do the same.

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“We have also seen some children in the opposition wearing regalia for the opposition party and I also recall a time where there were hints that there were children who had attended opposition party rallies. The bottom line is, no political party is supposed to force children in school uniform to political gatherings, unless the children are being brought by their parents,” she added

TaLI, in conjunction with Every Child in School, expressed concern over the recent examination fees hike by the government, claiming it was beyond the reach of many.

Parents will have to fork out $125 for Grade Seven examination fees, while one Ordinary Level subject has been pegged at $90 and $165 for a single Advanced Level subject.

“The State continues to shift the 47% of examination fees to be the responsibility of parents, despite the Constitution and the Education Amendment Act of 2019 being clear that it is the primary responsibility of the government to provide State-funded basic education. Therefore, this is unacceptable and illegal,” Mashayamombe

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