70% of Zimbabweans live in poverty – Patrick Chinamasa

By Christopher Mahove More than 70 percent of Zimbabweans are living in poverty and the government requires about $2.7 billion to implement its Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy in the next two years, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Monday. Speaking at the launch of the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper in Harare, Chinamasa said this was […]

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CHURCH REFUSES TO BURY VELD FIRE VICTIMS

Family members of three victims of a veld fire in Chitomborwizi, Mashonaland West Province, yesterday refused to bury the other two because they were taken to hospital against their religious beliefs. 

Devout members of the Johane Marange apostolic sect, the Kore family and church members only participated in the burial of one of the victims who was not taken to hospital since she died on the spot.The other two victims were buried by members of the community. Tension characterised the burial yesterday at Kore Farm in the Matoranjera area of Chitomborwizi resettlement scheme as family and church members “disowned” two of their members.

They vowed not to participate in the burial process and allowed other non-Johane Marange sect members and the community to go ahead with the burial. Tragedy struck the Kore homestead on Friday afternoon when a raging veld fire led to the death on the spot of Germina Sotera (35) who was entangled by grass knots while trying to escape the fire.
They had teamed up to prevent the fire from spreading from a nearby farm.

Her husband Peter Kore (39) tried to help Sotera and was also engulfed by the fire while a distance away, their niece Edith Gwite (27) was also caught up in the fire.

Kore and Gwite were alive when they were rescued and were later taken to Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital.

This was after the intervention of local Member of the House of Assembly Cde Kindness Paradza who called an ambulance after four hours.

The family had sought to keep the two at home in line with their religious beliefs that they should not use conventional hospitals and medicine.

“We will not have anything to do with the two (Kore and his niece Gwite), as they became tainted by agreeing to go to the hospital,” said one church leaders whose name could not be established.

Cde Paradza who facilitated the ambulance that ferried the two to Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital, said it was not their fault.

“They had no choice because we just organised an ambulance for them after realising that they had been kept unattended for up to four hours,” said Cde Paradza.

He implored the community to work together to fight and avoid veld fires.
Cde Paradza torched a storm when he told the gathering that inasmuch as they could not bury their members, they should immunise their children.

They refused saying it was against their religious beliefs, arguing that the country’s laws allowed religious pluralism and theirs was no exception.

Cde Paradza said the sect leadership needed to be engaged so that unnecessary loss of life was avoided.

“The issue of immunisation is a serious one, which requires that we engage the church leadership including Madzibaba Noah Taguta. There is need to educate them on the importance of immunising their children,” he said.

Government is on record saying all children should be immunised.
Mashonaland West Provincial Administrator Mr Mike Mazai also said communities should take seriously conservation issues. The villagers teamed up to put out a fire that had been started by one Fransisca Koche (69) of the nearby Chiota farm when she wanted to clear her farming land.

The fire spread to three other farms, leading to the destruction of at least three huts, household property and about 500ha of land.

Environmental Management Agency Mashonaland West spokesperson Mr Munyaradzi Nhariswa said Koche is expected to appear in court on Wednesday facing charges of contravening sections of the Forest Act. herald
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GURUVE VIOLENCE : COPS SPEAK

Zimbabwe People First activists in Mashonaland Central Province led by former Ambassador and Retired Brigadier-General Agrippa Mutambara, allegedly fired gunshots at zanu-pf youths on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, confirmed the fracas yesterday saying investigations were underway to apprehend the culprits.
“We are investigating cases of use of fire arms and public violence in Guruve on Sunday,” she said.

“Information at hand shows that there was public violence that occurred in Guruve on September 25 involving members of Zimbabwe People First party who clashed with zanu-pf members.

“We are still investigating what transpired, but as the police, we will not tolerate any form of violence from any party. Perpetrators of that violence will be arrested. So, we want to urge political parties to desist from engaging in violence.”

In an interview with The Herald from Guruve yesterday, zanu-pf provincial chairperson for Mashonaland Central Province, Cde Isaiah Mandaza accused ZimPF activists of starting the violence.

“They came to Guruve saying they were looking for one of their members Obert Mutasa who used to be zanu-pf secretary for finance in the Youth League, and when they met one of our ward youth chairpersons, Cde Nido. They started assaulting him for no reason,” said Cde Mandaza.

“Some of our members took Cde Nido to the clinic and the ZimPF people proceeded with their journey. But again, they started attacking everyone they knew belonged to zanu-pf.

“The team was led by ZimPF provincial chairperson Titus Manyika and Mutambara. They had three pistols and a rifle but when zanu-pf members started defending themselves, one of the cars sped off before the driver lost control and rammed into a tree.”

Efforts to get a comment from ZimPF spokesperson Mr Jealousy Mawarire were fruitless.
But on Sunday evening, Mr Mawarire tweeted a picture of Rtd Brig-Gen Mutambara and his colleagues captioned: “Rtd Brig-Gen Mutambara and other ZimPF supporters were beaten by axe-wielding zanu-pf farm invaders in Guruve today.” herald
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Firm in bid to arm twist Govt systems

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter A Nigerian company, Courtville Business Solutions Plc, is reportedly trying to arm twist Government officials in its bid to win an electronic vehicle insurance cover note deal without going through security vetting processes. The Herald is reliably informed that officials from the company’s subsidiary registered here, Courtville Solutions Zimbabwe, are threatening Zinara…
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Violent ZimPF activists fire gunshots

Herald Reporter Zimbabwe People First activists in Mashonaland Central Province led by former Ambassador and Retired Brigadier-General Agrippa Mutambara, allegedly fired gunshots at zanu-pf youths who were going about their business in Guruve on Sunday. Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, confirmed the fracas yesterday saying investigations were underway to apprehend the culprits. “We…
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West’s hand in demos exposed

Felex Share Senior Reporter Western countries’ hand in aiding and abetting violent demonstrations that rocked the country recently, was exposed yesterday when officials from the implicated embassies turned up for a media briefing called by the opposition MDC-T. What was supposed to be a media briefing later turned out to be a ploy by the MDC-T…
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Intwasa Festival kicks off

Bongani Ndlovu, Showbiz Correspondent THE Intwasa Festival koBulawayo kicked off yesterday with a pupils congregating at the Bulawayo Theatre to watch two set books enacted. Themed “Expressions”, the annual fete will run until Saturday with 50 activities to be held over the six days. The books Master & the Boys and The Sun will Rise…
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40 years on…Peter, Sithembiso keep fire burning

Yoliswa Dube, Showbiz Reporter THE heart had no choice but to flutter and melt while they cut their wedding cake – baked 40 years ago – as Mthande by Musa featuring Robbie Malinga heightened the already romantic ambience. They fed each other pieces of cake and with it exchanged an intimate kiss after which they…
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Best phones in Zimbabwe for under $500

By Batsirai Chikadaya Earlier today we released a list of the top 10 phones worldwide. One argument raised was that the list did not reflect the needs and constraints of the Zimbabwean consumer. So we have decided to come up with a list of phones that best suit the Zimbabwean environment according to the following
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