Week 28

Gold and the Godfather Syndrome in Zimbabwe - Cathy Buckle

Civil servants abandon salary talks.

Inflation hits 430%, Biti demands explanation from Mthuli Ncube.

EU List Issues That Need To Be Addressed For Zimbabwe 2023 Elections To Be Free & Fair.

Govt targets 35 000 boreholes by 2025.

Pipeline burst dries up Byo.

Army is part of us: Zanu PF.

COMMENT: Legitimate NGOs must not be afraid of PVO Bill

“ED. Not Presidential Material. He Threatened To Wipe Out Mthwakazi”

One In Every Five People Is Living With HIV In Mat South.

Gold and the Godfather Syndrome in Zimbabwe - Cathy Buckle

The gold story in Zimbabwe is one of self-enrichment, smugglers and powerful cartels at the top and desperate people sifting through the mud and sand at the bottom. Experts say that small scale gold miners are providing a direct livelihood to over a million Zimbabweans. And they are at the very bottom of the ladder, being paid a pittance by the dealers and elites who control the gold pits, who can dig, where, when and how much they must hand over.

Civil servants abandon salary talks.

CIVIL servants have resolved to abandon all salary negotiations with government declaring a full-blown strike starting next Monday after their employer refused to pay them in United States dollars.  Workers under the Zimbabwe Congress of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) who include nurses and teachers yesterday resolved to down tools beginning Monday to press for US dollar salaries. 

Inflation hits 430%, Biti demands explanation from Mthuli Ncube.

Harare East lawmaker, Tendai Biti, has demanded that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development issue a ministerial statement on inflation that has ravaged the Zimbabwe Dollar forcing business people to sell some goods in forex. 

EU List Issues That Need To Be Addressed For Zimbabwe 2023 Elections To Be Free & Fair.

The European Union (EU) has released its final election observer mission report to Zimbabwe’s 2018 polls. The EU noted a number of issues that need to be addressed for the 2023 elections to be free and fair.  Key findings:  
  1. If electoral reforms remain unaddressed, the 2023 elections may not be inclusive, transparent and peaceful.
  2. Only 2 out of 23 EU electoral reform recommendations have been partially implemented
  3. The campaign environment currently does not provide a level playing field
  4. If the Electoral Act amendment Bill is adopted in its current form, it will bring noteworthy improvements to polls. 

Govt targets 35 000 boreholes by 2025.

GOVERNMENT says it is targeting to drill 35 000 boreholes in rural areas by 2025 to improve water supply for irrigation projects. “We are actually busy drilling boreholes and by 2025, we look forward to having drilled 35 000 village by village but for now we are focusing on two boreholes per ward. We are not choosing boreholes according to agrological natural regional confirmation, but what we are doing is we are going to provide boreholes to every village.  “So every constituency where you are coming from, if it is not an urbanised constituency, you are going to have two boreholes per village by 2025. The drilling of boreholes is meant for our villages. We want to drill 35 000 boreholes by 2025 and that has nothing to do with politics.” 

Pipeline burst dries up Byo.

A RAW water pipeline burst has forced the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) to implement a 48-hour water rationing programme. BCC has been experiencing repeated breakdowns at the same pipeline, forcing council to implement water rationing in March due to repairs at Ncema Waterworks. 

Army is part of us: Zanu PF.

THE ruling Zanu PF party has bragged that it has the country’s armed forces and war veterans on its side, raising fears that the security sector might be used to influence the outcome of next year’s polls.

COMMENT: Legitimate NGOs must not be afraid of PVO Bill

President Mnangagwa — and we totally agree with him — made it clear in his latest writing in our sister paper, The Sunday Mail that the proposed law will in no way curtail legitimate humanitarian work thus NGOs have no reason to be alarmed. 

“ED. Not Presidential Material. He Threatened To Wipe Out Mthwakazi”

But in Zimbabwe Mr Mnangagwa, obviously not presidential material and fit to be addressed by us as President, has issued more than three chilling statements this year alone in which he threatened to terminate the lives of all Mthwakazi (Matabele) peacefully campaigning for the breakaway of Matabeleland from Zimbabwe. 

One In Every Five People Is Living With HIV In Mat South.

MATABELELAND South (Mat South) has an HIV prevalence of 20%, a figure higher than the national prevalence which currently stands at 11.6%, making it the provinces with highest number of people living with HIV in the country. 

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