Zimbabwe’s government dropped its insistence that a quasi-currency known as bond notes trades at par with the dollar as it overhauled foreign-exchange trading and effectively devalued the securities. The measures are a step toward trying […]
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THE cash-strapped Zimbabwean government is considering
barter trade with China and Russia in exchange for medical drugs that are in
short supply in the Southern African country.
Government officials confirmed the arrangement but could
The late superstar Oliver Mtukudzi’s family has trashed all memorial events and gigs that were held in his honour saying the first official event will be the Cape Town Jazz Festival, with Tuku’s band performing.
Several memorial concerts have been…
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In a statement on Wednesday, the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) said it will conduct snap searches for ZNA uniforms and other resembling clothing items in residential areas starting this weekend. ZNA said the search has been necessitated by the rise of c…
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa had time to visit his Sherwood farm in Kwekwe Sunday but could not spare a few moments to make a stop at the scene for last week’s tragic mine disaster in Kadoma where dozens of artisanal miners perished. A day before, Mnan…
Source: JUST IN: Farmers worry over double billing | The Herald February 20, 2019 Tobacco farming is a source of livelihood for many Zimbabwean farmers Ellen Chasokela Herald Reporter Farmers have called on Government to clearly state the ministry responsible for collecting land rentals to avoid double billing. The farmers said they were paying rentals […]
Source: JUST IN: Farmers worry over double billing | The Herald February 20, 2019
Ellen Chasokela Herald Reporter
Farmers have called on Government to clearly state the ministry responsible for collecting land rentals to avoid double billing.
The farmers said they were paying rentals to the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement while local authorities that fall under the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing were also demanding the same.
The levy, initiated through the Finance Act No 8 of 2015 provides for land rentals of $3 per hectare, and $2 unit tax per hectare for A2 farmers while A1 farmers pay $15 annually.
Speaking during a land policy review workshop held last week, Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers’ Union (ZCFU) president Mr Shadreck Makombe said they had written to Government to address the issue and were still waiting for a response.
“It becomes an expense for a farmer with an average of 500 hectares to pay $2 500 land tax and also cattle levy to marketers and auctioneers,” he said.
“The Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement should collect the money and forward it to Treasury which should then allocate it to the respective local authorities.
“Farmers are willing to pay the tax, but are concerned about how it is being used. They are complaining over lack of meaningful development in their areas in terms of infrastructure such as roads, clinics and schools.”
Zimbabwe National Farmers Union (ZNFU) chief executive Mr Edward Dune said the union appreciated the introduction of land rentals.
Mr Dune, however, said it was cumbersome for farmers to pay land rentals twice to the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement and to local governance offices.
“It is our view that Rural development levy be deducted from land rentals. The ministry should be capacitated to collect the rentals and levies for onward transmission to local authorities,” he said.
Mr Dune said other issues raised by farmers were corruption in the allocation of land which resulted in double allocations.
“Councils in some instances are issuing land permits in A2 farms resulting in double allocation and this is impacting negatively to productivity due to propelled litigation costs,” he said.
Mr Dune said it was the union’s view that the land policy should address the socio-economic issue of women empowerment and inheritance.
“The union recommends land transfer mechanisms, activated by death of a spouse, to be created and the technicalities be made known to the general populace,” he said.
“The bankability of the 99year leases is affecting agricultural growth. We expect 99 year leases to unlock the value of land thereby guaranteeing productivity.
“Financial institutions should have confidence in the bankability of the 99year lease and be able to financially support farmers to increase productivity.”
Source: Calls to review NAC Act | The Herald February 20, 2019 Senior Reporter People living with HIV and Aids are lobbying for a review of the National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe Act, and the appointment of a National Aids Council (NAC) chief executive who is living openly with HIV and Aids. NAC is hunting […]
Source: Calls to review NAC Act | The Herald February 20, 2019
People living with HIV and Aids are lobbying for a review of the National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe Act, and the appointment of a National Aids Council (NAC) chief executive who is living openly with HIV and Aids.
NAC is hunting for a new CEO following the retirement of Dr Tapuwa Magure in December last year.
In a letter dated February 17, addressed to the Ministry of Finance, Health and Child Care, Parliament and related committees and the National Aids Council board, 17 activists, a majority of whom are running Aids service organisations said a quarter of the NAC board should comprise people living with HIV.
“We are calling for the review of National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe Act (Chapter 15:14),” read part of the letter. “The Act is outdated and no longer in tandem with the HIV revolving trends, therefore, it needs an overhaul to align it with the current HIV trends. A quarter of the NAC board should be members living openly with HIV.
“We urgently call for the appointment of the NAC CEO, preferably a peer model as someone living openly with HIV and AIDS with a track record in civil society.”
They called for the removal of the NAC executive, recommending a new secretariat incorporating new people from civil society. The activists also demanded NAC to stop funding cancer activities, arguing that it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
“As people living with HIV, we are saddened at the recent developments in the NAC and the economic situation of Zimbabwe, they said. This is affecting our well-being and health, including that of our families,” reads the letter.
Meanwhile, the NAC has called for applications from interested candidates to fill in the position of CEO. According to the advert, interested applicants must possess at least a Masters’ degree in Public Health, Health Sciences, Social Sciences or Business Administration. The applicant must also have 10 years’ experience in a senior management position and experience in the field of HIV.