Week 33

‘We can only afford 232 houses, not 300 000’

Gender-based violence an important women’s rights issue: Survey.

TB to regain top spot as leading killer disease | The Herald (state owned)

Migrants benefit from European Commission grant | The Herald (state owned)

Zimbabwe’s censorship board bans Danish documentary about opposition leader.

Diaspora remittances hit US$800 million | The Herald (AN: or US$1,372 billion?)

US softens Africa policy – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 13th August 2022.

Measles outbreak kills 80, spreading.

Govt under fire over projects.

Zimbabwe NGOs say Mnangagwa hypocritical and cruel.

‘We can only afford 232 houses, not 300 000’

HOUSING Amenities minister Daniel Garwe yesterday said government had budgeted to build less than 250 houses this year, indirectly admitting to selling the public a dummy when it pledged 300 000 annually in the 2018 election campaigns. “Our target for houses directly built by the ministry in 2022 is 232 houses. These are the housing projects that will be directly implemented by the ministry and the breakdown is as follows Marondera 64, DZ 48, Binga 37, Senga 64, Lupane 19,” Garwe told NewsDay Weekender.
In the 2018 election manifesto, Zanu PF had announced an ambitious project to construct 1,5 million housing units by 2023, translating to 300 000 houses per year, or 25 000 a month, 6 250 a week or 822 houses a day.
Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga even promised to build swimming pools for people living in Mbare flats just before the 2018 elections.
To date, not a single pool has been built.

Gender-based violence an important women’s rights issue: Survey.

Zimbabweans view gender-based violence as the most important women’s-rights issue that needs urgent attention by the government and other key stakeholders, a recent Afrobarometer survey has shown.
Afrobarometer is a pan-African, survey research network that provides data on African experiences and evaluations of democracy, governance, and quality of life.

TB to regain top spot as leading killer disease | The Herald (state owned)

Public health experts have warned that tuberculosis (TB) is likely to regain the top spot as the leading killer disease.
Africa Union Development Agency (AUDA –NEPAD) TB specialist Dr Charles Sandy said over the past two years, attention had shifted to managing and preventing Covid-19 at the expense of all other diseases.
Covid-19 came just yesterday and we have already managed to deal with the young boy but TB has been with us for centuries yet we are still struggling with it.
Dr Sandy said although the numbers showed a decline in TB cases between 2020 and 2021, the decrease was not a result of interventions by governments but lack of access to health services which led to many cases going unidentified.

Migrants benefit from European Commission grant | The Herald (state owned)

The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has provided funding to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Zimbabwe to strengthen protection services and post-arrival assistance to migrants.
The funding from ECHO will be provided through the Mobility Monitoring and Border Coordination project to support 33 000 migrant returnees and mobile populations over a period of 12 months.

Zimbabwe’s censorship board bans Danish documentary about opposition leader.

The film, which follows opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on the 2018 presidential election campaign trail, was banned by Zimbabwe’s Censorship and Entertainment Control Unit, the country’s censorship board housed under the Ministry of Home Affairs. “Zimbabwe’s censorship board’s decision to ban the documentary film ‘President’ seems to be less about stopping incitement to violence and more about ensuring that an opposition political leader does not get free publicity ahead of a crucial election,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator, in New York.

Diaspora remittances hit US$800 million | The Herald (AN: or US$1,372 billion?)

As at June 30, 2022 total international remittances amounted to US$1,372 billion, an increase of 23 percent from the US$1,113 billion recorded during the same period in 2021.

US softens Africa policy – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 13th August 2022.

The United States is changing its policy towards Africa in an attempt to counter the growing influence of China and Russia. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that in future the US ‘will not dictate Africa’s choices’, adding ‘neither should anyone else’. Blinken outlined two pillars of the new US strategy: ‘Openness, by which we mean the capacity of individuals, communities, and nations to choose their own path and shape the world we live in’,  and ‘working with African partners to fulfil the promise of democracy’.

Measles outbreak kills 80, spreading.

A DEADLY measles outbreak has hit Zimbabwe, killing 80 people so far, while there are 1 036 suspected cases, the Health and Child Care ministry said yesterday.

“As of August 11, 2022, a total of 1 036 suspected cases, 125 laboratory confirmed cases and 80 deaths have been reported since the onset of the outbreak resulting in case fatality rate (CFR) of 6,9%.” 

Govt under fire over projects.

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has been accused of marginalising Matabeleland region after a breakdown of programmes undertaken by his government since 2021 showed that the region has the least number of on-going capital projects. A breakdown of the projects showed that the three Matabeleland provinces combined account for 21% of projects while Harare metropolitan alone accounted for 10% of the projects.

Zimbabwe NGOs say Mnangagwa hypocritical and cruel.

AN umbrella body of civil society organisations, Crisis Coalition, has accused President Emerson Mnangagwa of being hypocritical and insincere by labelling Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) “subversive” and “abusive”.
“President Emerson Mnangagwa and the Zanu-PF party are responsible for the manipulation of government and NGO food aid for political purposes. This is well documented & Zanu-PF officials are on record claiming that it is party policy to give govt aid only to party supporters. “President Mnangagwa’s agricultural policies, like the Pfumvudza and Command Agric, muddled by corruption, cronyism, and partisanship, have resulted in Zimbabwe failing to achieve food self-sufficiency.”

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