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Source: Govt to cushion farmers — Minister | The Herald June 3, 2019 Deputy Minister Haritatos Wellington Dengu Herald Reporter Government is working towards cushioning farmers from galloping inflation in acquiring inputs and other means of dealing with ongoing climate change to revamp the agricultural sector. This was said by Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and […]
Source: Govt to cushion farmers — Minister | The Herald June 3, 2019
Wellington Dengu Herald Reporter
Government is working towards cushioning farmers from galloping inflation in acquiring inputs and other means of dealing with ongoing climate change to revamp the agricultural sector.
This was said by Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Deputy Minister Vangelis Haritatos while officiating at the Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) annual general meeting held in Harare last week.
Deputy Minister Haritatos said the issue of inputs supply constraints was being addressed on a priority basis.
“As you are aware, we are meeting after a season characterised by prolonged dry spells during the months of January and February in many parts of the country. In March the Cyclone Idai-induced floods hit Manicaland, Mashonaland, Mashonaland East and Masvingo Provinces. These disasters go on to demonstrate that our production and food security capacity are vulnerable to the evolving climate changes. This led to the decline in production of major food and export crops.
“The seed, fertiliser and chemical supply and infrastructure constraints are being addressed on a priority basis. It is therefore clear that Government and private sector must cooperate in boosting investment and spend more on creating agricultural productive assets especially expansion of irrigation to mitigate against future droughts,” he said.
Deputy Minister Haritatos applauded AMA for working closely with agricultural stakeholders and instilling confidence in farmers.
He said AMA was working tirelessly in engaging relevant stakeholders at a time when the agricultural sector was threatened by a myriad of challenges.
“I would like to compliment AMA for its continuous efforts to promote good governance, transparency and accountability by having your books audited and results published within the legislated timeframes.
“I wish to commend you for being a torch- bearer in enhancing public confidence in parastatals.
“The holding of this AGM provides a forum for exchange of views in matters concerning agriculture production, marketing and trade with key stakeholders in the economy especially the private sector,” he said.
AMA board chairman Mr Berean Mukwende called on the Government to support farmers by facilitating their products to be bought using foreign currency so that their capital will be safe from inflation.
He urged farmers to grow small grains in place of maize which is now being affected by climate change.
AMA was set up by Government to promote agricultural production of strategic crops such as tobacco, cotton, sugar, soya beans and barley.
The authority is mandated with promoting marketing and fair pricing of agricultural commodities and promoting contract farming through encouraging private sector participation.
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Source: Bredenkamp’s private jet saga takes new twist – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 3, 2019 BY CHARLES LAITON Business mogul John Arnold Bredenkamp has retained his private jet after reaching an out-of-court settlement with his business friend Yaqub Mohamed, The jet was set to be auctioned over a US$205 000 debt, according to High Court judge […]
Source: Bredenkamp’s private jet saga takes new twist – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 3, 2019
BY CHARLES LAITON
Business mogul John Arnold Bredenkamp has retained his private jet after reaching an out-of-court settlement with his business friend Yaqub Mohamed,
The jet was set to be auctioned over a US$205 000 debt, according to High Court judge president Justice George Chiweshe’s ruling which, however, came long after the two had found common ground.
In a judgment handed down on May 13, 2019, Justice Chiweshe threw out an ownership claim by Longhorn Limited, which had made an application seeking to bar the sheriff of the High Court from selling the plane.
But, documents released by Bredenkamp’s lawyers, Atherstone and Cook, shows that the attached plane was released on December 17, 2017 even though judgment in the matter that had been presented before Justice Chiweshe remained pending until last month.
On December 18, 2017, Mahomed’s lawyers Venturas and Samukange Legal Practitioners confirmed the release of the plane after Bredenkamp paid the capital, legal, sheriff’s and actioneer’s fees in full.
In a bid to set the record straight, Atherstone and Cook’s lawyers, wrote a letter dated May 29, 2019 addressed to the sheriff of the High Court highlighting the new developments.
“We (Atherstone and Cook) advise that the judgment which had led to the execution was subsequently satisfied prior to the full judgment being delivered and the attached asset (private jet) was secured and released,” the lawyers said.
“We, therefore, confirm that as the matter was settled there will not be any further action based on the court’s decision on this regard. By copy of this letter, the judgment creditor’s legal practitioners are duly advised and are called upon to confirm same.”
Meanwhile, Bredenkamp has also successfully challenged the US$170 000 legal costs bill that had been claimed in the legal battle after High Court judge Justice Clement Phiri ordered the drawing of a revised bill of costs to reflect certain adjustments.
The judge ordered Mahomed to pay the costs of suit in the taxation matter.
Source: Ex-Mugabe aide in trouble over $152 650 debt – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 3, 2019 BY CHARLES LAITON Former Deputy Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet Justin Mupamhanga has been taken to court by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), over a $152 650 power debt for electricity supplied […]
Source: Ex-Mugabe aide in trouble over $152 650 debt – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 3, 2019
BY CHARLES LAITON
Former Deputy Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet Justin Mupamhanga has been taken to court by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), over a $152 650 power debt for electricity supplied to his Argyle Park Farm in Bindura.
Through its lawyers, Chihambakwe, Mutizwa and Partners, the power utility petitioned the High Court, claiming payment of the outstanding amount.
Mupamhanga is yet to respond to the litigation.
According to the court papers, Mupamhanga is said to have failed, neglected and or refused to settle the power debts for his electricity accounts being account numbers 2203880, 2286327, 2286331 and 2286332, prompting the power utility to approach the court for recourse.
“The defendant (Mupamhanga) is indebted to the plaintiff (ZETDC) at May 17, 2019 in the sum of $152 649, 58 being charges in respect of power/electricity supplied by the plaintiff to the defendant at the latter’s special request and instance in terms of the running electricity supply contract between the two…,” the power utility said in its declaration.
ZETDC further said despite several letters of demands to Mupamhanga, who was Deputy Chief Secretary during former President Robert Mugabe’s rule, no action towards settling the debt had been taken.
“The defendant has failed, neglected or refused to pay the above sum/amount despite demand. By reason of the said failure, neglect or refusal to pay the above sum/amount, the defendant is obliged to pay the same with interest thereon at the prescribed rate which is currently 5% per annum and legal costs on an attorney-client scale,” ZETDC said.
The matter is pending.
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Source: ‘ZETDC gets 136MW from IPPs’ | The Herald June 3, 2019 Minister Chasi Tawanda Musarurwa Senior Business Reporter The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) is receiving 136 megawatts from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi has revealed. The country’s energy regulator, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA), […]
Source: ‘ZETDC gets 136MW from IPPs’ | The Herald June 3, 2019
Tawanda Musarurwa Senior Business Reporter
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) is receiving 136 megawatts from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi has revealed.
The country’s energy regulator, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA), has licenced numerous IPPs, but only a handful have been fully implemented.
Minister Chasi in his State of the Energy Sector presentation in Parliament last week said the energy that is being received by ZETDC from IPPs is largely excess supply from companies that generate electricity for their own use.
“A number of IPP’s also generate electricity to feed on to the national grid. These include sugar and ethanol producers that primarily generate for own use and sell excess to ZETDC,” said the minister.
“They include Hippo Valley, Triangle and Green Fuels. These sugar producers are also net importers of electricity. Their installed capacities are shown in the diagram that I have here, but all in all, it is about 136 mega-watts arising from IPPs.”
Notwithstanding the smaller IPPs, ZERA has also licenced two major projects in this respect include the 2 400MW Sengwa thermal power station under the RioZim banner at a projected value of US$3,6 billion according to estimates by the company as well as the proposed 2 000MW Lusulu thermal power plant which will be developed at the projected cost of around US$3 billion.
Earlier this year, Government said it had identified a consultant to start works on the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) Framework aimed at promoting investment in the energy sector and also introduce the concept of competitive bidding when procuring renewable energy, particularly solar and wind.
The IPP framework will assist independent power producers to establish their projects without much hassle, as well as safeguard their interests.
Full implementation of these IPP projects could see Zimbabwe producing excess energy.
Currently, the country is struggling to meet demand of around 2 000MW, as current production is just about 1 200MW, which has necessitated load-shedding.
Minister Chasi said the current state of the electricity sector could have consequences on the broader economy: “I think this is very important for us to understand the implications of what is happening and what may happen in future regarding power and then the overall impact on our economy.
“Zimbabwe’s current average internal electricity generation is about 1200MW. The country’s maxim demand is estimated at 1 700MW giving a supply demand gap of about 300 to 500MW at maximum which is usually met by exporting from Eskom and Cahora Basa of Mozambique.”
Source: Workers petition ED over ‘slave wages’ – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 3, 2019 BY Desmond Chingarande/ Farai Matiashe President Emmerson Mnangagwa ZIMBABWE’s restive workers, hard-hit by an unrelenting economic meltdown which has eroded their incomes, have petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa (pictured) to organise an urgent Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) indaba this week to address the […]
Source: Workers petition ED over ‘slave wages’ – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 3, 2019
BY Desmond Chingarande/ Farai Matiashe
ZIMBABWE’s restive workers, hard-hit by an unrelenting economic meltdown which has eroded their incomes, have petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa (pictured) to organise an urgent Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) indaba this week to address the matter, or face a crippling nationwide industrial action.
The ultimatum comes as prices of basic commodities continue to skyrocket almost daily as Mnangagwa pleads with citizens to give his government’s “austerity for posterity measures” a chance to turn around the country’s economic fortunes.
But the workers and the general citizenry have dismissed the economic model as only benefiting the elite while suffocating the poor majority.
Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said an industrial action was imminent as their efforts to engage the government had not yielded any fruitful results since schools opened for the second term early last month.
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) president Peter Mutasa told NewsDay that after writing to Mnangagwa last week highlighting workers’ plight, government had agreed to initiate the dialogue process.
Mutasa said Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Sekai Nzenza wrote back, indicating that two meetings would be held between today and Wednesday to map the way forward.
“(The) ZCTU general council met on May 23 and decided that the price increases and general decline in standards of living is unacceptable and workers cannot bear it anymore. The poor working class, which includes formal, informal sectors and farmers, are most affected. Many are not able to pay for medical care and are dying in homes, many are starving (because) they are food insecure and the majority of workers are failing to pay school fees and rentals. The situation is dire and the deafening silence from government is disturbing,” Mutasa said.
“The general council decided that we write to President Mnangagwa, highlighting the plight of workers and asking the government to convene an urgent TNF. We wrote to him and the minister (Nzenza) responded, indicating that there were two meetings set for the 3rd and 5th of June to map the way forward for TNF.”
“However, the general council was clear that in the event that government and business do not address the problems workers are facing immediately, then ZCTU will call for a general strike. We are currently consulting workers on the nature and timing of the strike should there be no quick resolution of the problems,” Mutasa added.
Nzenza was not reachable for comment yesterday.
Apex Council secretary-general David Dzatsunga confirmed the call for an urgent meeting, saying previous salary agreements had been overtaken and rendered useless by the free-falling economy.
“The situation is no longer bearable negotiating for salary increases in this fast-changing economic environment. Whatever we are doing is being overtaken by the economic downturn. Seriously, there is need for a tripartite negotiation sooner rather than later. The austerity which has been introduced by government is affecting workers. Businesses are charging goods and services in United States dollars, but we are not being paid in US dollars. It’s an untenable situation which cannot just be solved through normal negotiations,” Dzatsunga said.
Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) president Obert Masaraure said their members were already on strike.
“We are calling for a three-day job action, starting Monday (today) and ending on June 5. We are demanding salaries in US dollars or the interbank equivalent. The current economic crisis has robbed us of our wages, we are earning slave wages. We can’t feed our families, we can’t afford health care and we can’t even send our children to school. This three-day job action marks the beginning of a series of protests which we will sustain until we receive a living wage,” Masaraure said.
Majongwe weighed in, saying:“We have been engaging the government, but they have not done anything to improve our salaries. Whether they (believe) it or not teachers are incapacitated. They are 100% incapacitated. There is bitterness among our teachers. The new waves of price hikes made the situation even worse.
“There is definitely going to be a strike. We are still mobilising other teachers’ unions to avoid confusion. As PTUZ, we cannot do it alone. We are now moving towards declaring a strike.”
Source: New Zacc chairperson admits facing uphill task – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 3, 2019 By Tatenda Chitagu Newly-APPOINTED Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) chair justice Loyce Matanda-Moyo has admitted that her new post will not be a stroll in the park owing to institutionalised corruption in the country as well as the soiled image of the […]
Source: New Zacc chairperson admits facing uphill task – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 3, 2019
By Tatenda Chitagu
Newly-APPOINTED Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) chair justice Loyce Matanda-Moyo has admitted that her new post will not be a stroll in the park owing to institutionalised corruption in the country as well as the soiled image of the constitutional body tasked with fighting graft.
The new Zacc boss, however, made assurances that she would do “everything in my power” to meet the constitutional obligations of the anti-graft body.
Justice Matanda-Moyo, who is wife to Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo, was sworn-in on Thursday following the disbandment of the previous commission by President Emmerson Mnangagwa as allegations of corruption raged.
Speaking at the commissioning of the anti-corruption court in Masvingo on Friday — the fourth in the country after Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare — she appealed to every Zimbabwean to help in the fight against corruption if the war is to be won.
“The indictment in the past has been that some members of Zacc have been found with their hands deep in the cookie jar. Such a perception is fuelled where there are no tangible results to show that, indeed, the commission is living up to its mandate,” Justice Matanda-Moyo said.
“This perception, unfortunately for stakeholders, is now deeply etched in the minds of citizens such that concrete and recognisable efforts need to be made to display our commitment in fighting corruption.
“I am equally aware of public concerns and expectations regarding investigations and prosecution of corruption cases. The public is concerned about cases of grand corruption. Everyone expects thorough investigations which result in the presentation of concrete evidence for the successful prosecution of offences.
“We need to vindicate ourselves in the manner in which we exercise our mandate in our different, but interconnected roles. The challenge, therefore, today not only to us, but to each player, is that justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done. From the highest office to the lowest citizen, Zimbabwe is thirsty for justice in corruption-related matters. Integrity has to be a culture if we are to win the war against this vice.”
Speaking at the same event, the guest of honour, Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza, the Deputy Chief Justice, said corruption was so deep-rooted in Zimbabwe that a holistic and inclusive approach was needed.
“The courts on their own will not be able to root out and stem corrupt activities without active public participation. It is everyone’s duty to resist and report corruption whenever and wherever encountered. This is because corruption is so endemic that it now exists at every level of human endeavour,” she added.
“Our society is in danger of so internalising corruption that it begins to be regarded as a normal conduct. We need to set a good example for future generations.”
The Deputy Chief Justice urged the specialised courts to expeditiously deal with cases brought to them to instil public confidence in the judicial system and the fight against corruption.
According to a 2018 Human Rights Report prepared by the US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, corruption remains a major problem in Zimbabwe despite government pronouncements to fight the rot.
In 2018, Zimbabwe dropped three places to rank 160 out of 180 countries on Transparency International’s corruption perception index.