This has not only helped Sobala Ncube’s immediate family but the whole Ward 10 Makwakwa village in Mangwe district which has been faced with a water crisis. Using sand abstraction technology to draw the water, Ncube has improved access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.
The project entailed laying pipes for about a kilometre and installing a solar-powered engine to pump the water. Now his parents and community members just open a tap to access the precious liquid.
Today, the country’s ministry of finance is led by Oxford University-educated neoclassical economists, who preside over the highest rate of inflation in the world, but gloat about a “balanced budget” and “budget surpluses”. At the same time, more than 96% of the population is unemployed and public hospitals cannot even afford the most basic medication, such as painkillers. Today, Zimbabwe’s independent newspapers, online news media, public intellectuals and award-winning journalists are encouraging people to register to vote. Without stating it openly, the code for calls for Zimbabweans to register is that they have no option other than vote for CCC.
Responding to news that Zimbabwean author and activist Tsitsi Dangarembga and fellow protester Julie Barnes were each convicted for “inciting violence”, handed a six-month suspended sentence for participating on the 31 July 2020 protest against economic hardship, and fined, Lucia Masuka, Executive Director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe, said: “The conviction of Tsitsi Dangarembga and Julie Barnes for fighting for political reforms and a better country for themselves and their fellow Zimbabweans is a travesty of justice.”
Although public hearings are expected to be held physically across the country for some days until next week Friday, virtual consultations will also take place in a process that will afford the general public a platform to input their views in the forthcoming national budget. The majority want allocation of more resources towards processes and systems that promote good standard of living, resources towards employment of the youth, gender equality in the allocation of resources, and the improvement of health services in Zimbabwe.
HEALTH experts are concerned that government might be “hiding” statistics on measles cases and fatalities after the Health and Child ministry suddenly stopped releasing information on the disease. The ministry has not also announced whether the disease was now under control or not. Government last released the statistics on September 4 when measles deaths topped 698.
TWO traditional leaders in Buhera, Manicaland province, are openly campaigning for an aspiring Zanu PF candidate ahead of the 2023 elections. Chiefs Chitsunge and Chimombe have openly backed Philip Guyo, who is reportedly eyeing the Buhera North seat in the 2023 elections. But election watchdogs have raised concern over traditional leaders dabbling in partisan politics and coercing their subjects to vote for the ruling Zanu PF party. The Constitution prohibits traditional leaders from being members of any political party or to participate in partisan politics.
BELARUSIAN and Chinese miners have invaded the internationally acclaimed Musangano Lodge in Manicaland’s Mutasa district to prospect for gold and other minerals. The property is owned by a German national, Birgit Klein Alterkamp and is protected by Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (BIPPA).
Eighty-three individuals and 37 entities are designated under the Zimbabwe sanctions programme. The long-held argument by the ruling party is that the sanctions negatively affect trade and investment. But the opposition says the ruling party is using the sanctions as an excuse for political failures. The US Embassy argues that “sanctioned members of the ruling elite continue to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes and institutions, commit human rights abuses related to repression, and engage in corruption.
GOVERNMENT says non-governmental organisations (NGOs) may only be allowed to operate in the country if they are willing to complement its development policies. Addressing journalists on the sidelines of the United Nations Development Programme — Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (UNDP-ZRBF) End of Programme learning event, Lands and Agriculture deputy minister Vangelis Haritatos said government expected NGOs to act as partners.
It’s one of the most successful rhino conservation projects in Africa. In south-eastern Zimbabwe, a private wildlife sanctuary is working hard to bring endangered rhinos back from the brink. In decades past, the mighty Black Rhino was poached to near extinction in southern Africa. Its horn, almost worth its weight in gold, makes it a target for organised poaching gangs. In 1998, the privately-funded Malilangwe Trust had a population of 28 white and 28 black rhinos, imported from South Africa.
ZIMBABWE has received an allocation of €4 million (US$3,9m) from the European Union (EU) to mitigate the growing food security crisis, amid uncertain weather and macroeconomic conditions. Poor rains in the 2021/22 agricultural season have led to lower cereal production, especially maize and wheat crops. EU’s monetary support to Zimbabwe is part of a €600 million (US$578m) finance facility from the European Development Fund to provide assistance towards food production, humanitarian food aid and food system resilience.
The fund is targeted at vulnerable countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP).
CHILDREN as young as five years old have been identified as victims of child labour and sexual exploitation due to Zimbabwe’s deteriorating economic situation. A report by the United States (US) Department of Labour titled 2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (in) Zimbabwe said 40,4% of children aged five to 14 were working to supplement their families’ incomes. “Zimbabwean children living in border towns are trafficked to South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia, where they become victims of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour in domestic work,” the report read.