US Opens $300m Embassy In Zim

The United States of America opened its US$292 million embassy compound in Harare, a structural behemoth believed to be one its largest embassies in Africa and beyond. US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols said the new embassy symbolised the United States’ ongoing and durable commitment to the people of Zimbabwe. The US has, for the past two decades, maintained illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe that are responsible for massive de-industrialisation and increased investor risks since the global superpower also sanctions countries and businesses, including banks, that deal with Zimbabwe. The US…

Mnangagwa Turns Around ZITF Agenda

GOVERNMENT has taken its reform agenda to the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), as part of efforts to lure investors and resuscitate the country’s struggling economy. In a statement yesterday, the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) said it will be showcasing reforms within the wider integrated results-based management framework, whose underlying objective would be to create a business-friendly environment. “The reforms cover 10 main areas of business regulation that constitute and affect a business in its life cycle. These include starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting…

ZESA To Install Cameras On Transformers

Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority subsidiary ZESA Enterprises (ZENT) plans to install cameras on transformers to curb theft and vandalism, a top official has said. Recently, the company announced that it was losing at least three transformers every night to vandalism and theft. In an interview, ZENT acting managing director Mr Burutsa Mandipezano said the initiative is aimed at reducing theft of power infrastructure across the country, a situation he described as worrisome. “We want to support Government by ensuring that every transformer in the country will have a tracking chip…

ED Ducks Controversial Chief Bere Installation

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa chose to steer clear of controversy after he ducked the installation of Chief Bere on Tuesday. Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Ezra Chadzamira, instead, officiated at the event in place of Mnangagwa at Bere Secondary School in Mashava. No explanation was given for the no-show. According to a letter by district administrator (DA) Roy Hove, Mnangagwa was supposed to officiate at the event. Hove courted controversy by ordering schools to recall pupils from holidays so that they provide entertainment during Mnangagwa’s visit. The installation went ahead despite a…

Call To Decentralise Passport Office

Beitbridge residents have called on Government to decentralise the issuance of passports to district level to ease the challenges that people are encountering when applying for the travel documents.  Residents who contributed during the recent public inquiries by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence, Security and Home Affairs held in Beitbridge last week, expressed concern that they have to travel long distances to get IDs and passports.  “It is our plea that Government decentralise the Registrar-General’s Office to district level, especially where the application, capturing of data and issuance of…

State Revokes Order On Vacation Lessons In Mat-North

GOVERNMENT has rescinded its order for mandatory vacation lessons during the April and August holidays for schools in Matabeleland North province. The order had been made by acting provincial education director Jabulani Mpofu to enable the schools to improve their Grade Seven pass rates and make up for time lost during teachers’ protests at the beginning of this term. The move was, however, fiercely resisted by rural teachers, who argued that the directive was made without their consent. The teachers also argued that the low pass rates recorded at rural…

#HappeningNow: President Hosts Idai Restoration Indaba

President Mnangagwa is currently hosting a round-table meeting of Government departments and corporate organisations working on Cyclone Idai infrastructure restoration and development with a view to speedily bring normalcy to the affected areas. Infrastructure that includes roads, bridges, school buildings, social amenities and houses, among others, estimated to be valued at billions of dollars was damaged by the cyclone that also claimed the lives of 344 people in Chimanimani and Chipinge. The President led his Government and visited the Cyclone Idai ravaged areas on several occasions to assess the damage…

Mines Minister Neck-Dip In $111m Hwange Scam

Hwange Colliery in 2016 lost a $111 million loan from government to fund its revival due to mismanagement, reckless trading and money laundering which has sucked in Mines minister Winston Chitando, an audit report has revealed. Reynolds Tendai Muza, a forensic auditor and investigator with Ralph Bomment Greenacre and Reynolds noted in the audit report that Chitando — the current Mines minister, who was the Hwange Colliery board chairperson at the time in question, embarked on unethical practices during his tenure because a company transporting the bulk of the coal…

Thug Escapes Jail, Performs Community Service

A gold mine brute convicted last week over a savage attack on another man, which was captured on video, will not serve any jail time. Litten Chikowore, 35, of Waverely in Kadoma, was sentenced to eight months in jail by Kadoma magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba on Monday, but the whole sentence was conditionally suspended. Five months were set aside on condition he performs 175 hours of community service at Kadoma General Hospital, and a further three months were suspended on condition of good behaviour. Chikowore, the director of Kinum Start Mining…

Family Snubs Daisy At Tuku Memorial

DIVISIONS continued to rock the family of the late national hero, Dr Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, as several family members, including daughters Selmor and Sandra, snubbed the “sham” memorial held in Madziva, Mashonaland Central, yesterday. There was tension in the run up to the memorial, with a number of family members saying they had been kept in the dark insofar the programme of the ceremony was concerned. Sandra and Selmor, Tuku’s daughters with first wife Melody, were conspicuous by their absence as well as other important figures like aunts, uncles, nephews…