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Elia Ntali is an award winning journalist with ten years experience writing on socio political, humanitarian and Health issues and is based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

He contributed articles to various online publication within and outside Zimbabwe including renowned international news outlets
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The arts play their part in Zimbabwe

04 Apr 2024  |  gavi.org
In Zimbabwe's rural provinces, murals have become a tool for promoting routine immunisation and health services awareness. Health care worker Violet Musarapasi has observed a positive impact on immunisation rates, especially among communities that traditionally shun such practices. Artist Marcus Zvinavashe is motivated by the desire to contribute to national development and engage the youth in redefining Zimbabwean identity through art. Christian Tsaurai from Yananai/Equality for People with Disability highlights the importance of these murals in communicating health messages to those with hearing disabilities. Resident Theresa Muchineripi also notes the murals' effectiveness in encouraging community dialogue and participation in routine immunisation.

“Knowledge is power”: How community education is boosting vaccination uptake in rural Zimbabwe

04 Apr 2024  |  gavi.org
The article discusses the challenges and improvements in routine immunisation for children in rural Zimbabwe. Memory Muchuwa, a village health worker from Buhera district, highlights the initial resistance to immunisation due to myths, religious beliefs, and perceived inconvenience. However, through the efforts of village health workers, who have been provided with bicycles by development partners, there has been a positive shift in attitudes. Albert Makodza, a traditional leader, and Marian Chipere, a senior sister at a local clinic, both acknowledge the significant impact of health workers in changing community mindsets and improving immunisation rates. The Platform for Youth and Community Development (PYCD) notes the crucial role of these workers during the COVID-19 lockdown in monitoring immunisation compliance.

Tracking routine immunisation in rural Zimbabwe

04 Apr 2024  |  gavi.org
The article discusses the 'My Village My Home' (MVMH) tool, which was launched in 2017 in the Eastern parts of Zimbabwe to promote timely routine immunisation. The tool, managed by village health workers and traditional leaders, keeps track of immunisation records for every eligible village child. It has been successful in increasing community participation and adherence to immunisation schedules, with religious leaders also advocating for its use. The tool has made it easier to identify children who have missed vaccinations and hold the community accountable. Villagers, including mothers like Felistas Shiriyedenga, have found the tool beneficial as it brings immunisation services closer to home, reducing the likelihood of missing vaccination dates.

Zimbabwe digs boreholes to tackle growing cholera outbreak

04 Apr 2024  |  gavi.org
Zimbabwe is experiencing a severe cholera outbreak that has claimed over 155 lives and affected more than 8,000 people. The capital, Harare, has declared a state of emergency, and the government is taking measures to control the situation, including drilling for clean water sources and promoting hygiene education. The Ministry of Health and Child Care has drilled new boreholes, particularly in the epicentre, Buhera district, and is conducting door-to-door awareness campaigns. Prevail, the company installing the boreholes, is using a solar-powered system with an inline chlorinator to ensure safe drinking water. Community response has been positive, with increased awareness and adoption of hygiene practices. However, resistance from some religious sects poses a challenge. The government is distributing medicines and water treatment chemicals to combat the outbreak.

Empowering PWDs, Fact-Checking Workshop Highlights Urgency for Verified Information

14 Mar 2024  |  www.263chat.com
A fact-checking workshop hosted by Signs of Hope Trust aimed to empower People with Disabilities (PWDs) by addressing the urgent need for verified information. Participants shared experiences of misinformation's impact on their community, emphasizing the dangers it poses, especially on social media. The workshop underscored the importance of education, awareness, and dedicated platforms to help PWDs access verified information and mitigate misinformation's harmful effects.

Zimbabwe: Govt Intensifies Efforts to Address Food Security Crisis Amidst Drought

07 Mar 2024  |  allAfrica.com
The Zimbabwean government is intensifying efforts to address a food security crisis caused by an El Nino-induced drought. Information Minister Jenfan Muswere announced measures including the First Round Crop, Livestock, and Fisheries Assessment to guide policy interventions. Despite having the capacity to irrigate 2 million hectares, only 217,000 hectares are currently functional. The government plans to improve irrigation infrastructure and has drilled over 57,000 boreholes. Initiatives also include the establishment of Village Business Units to mitigate climate change effects.

Government Intensifies Efforts to Combat Drug and Substance Abuse

30 Jan 2024  |  www.263chat.com
The Zimbabwean government, led by Minister Jenfan Muswere, has intensified its efforts to combat drug and substance abuse, arresting over 6,000 individuals and conducting numerous inspections and raids. The government has approved the Zimbabwe Multi-Sectoral Drug and Substance Abuse Plan 2024-2030 and the Zimbabwe Drug and Substance Agency Bill, 2024, aiming to address the root causes and enforce laws against drug trafficking and abuse. Awareness campaigns and the establishment of support centers are also part of the comprehensive strategy.

Zimbabwe: Speaker Declares 15 CCC Parliamentary Seats in Matabeleland Vacant

11 Oct 2023  |  allafrica.com
Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), disputed the general election results in a press conference on August 27, 2023. The National Assembly's Speaker, Jacob Mudenda, declared 15 parliamentary seats vacant after Sengezo Tshabangu, claiming to be the interim secretary-general of CCC, recalled legislators. Tshabangu's authority and the recalls have been contested by CCC, who accuse Zanu PF of orchestrating the move. Mudenda's letters to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission's Chief Elections Officer, Utloile Silaigwana, cited the Electoral Act as the basis for the vacancies. CCC spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi condemned the recalls as illegal and an attempt by Zanu PF to subvert the will of the Zimbabwean people.

Mnangagwa Grants Full Remission of Sentence to Various Categories of Prisoners

05 Oct 2023  |  www.263chat.com
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has issued a directive granting amnesty to various categories of inmates in Zimbabwe to address prison overcrowding and ensure justice reform. The amnesty includes full remission of sentences for female inmates, juveniles, terminally ill prisoners, and those with disabilities, provided they meet certain conditions. The directive also commutes death sentences to life imprisonment for inmates on death row for ten years or more and grants remission to inmates aged sixty and above. The Department of Correctional Services, in collaboration with Social Welfare, is responsible for implementing these directives.

Govt Intensifies Efforts to Address Food Security Crisis Amidst Drought

03 Oct 2023  |  www.263chat.com
The Zimbabwean government has intensified efforts to address the food security crisis caused by an El Nino-induced drought. Information Minister Jenfan Muswere announced measures including the First Round Crop, Livestock, and Fisheries Assessment to guide policy interventions. The government is focusing on improving irrigation infrastructure, with plans to rehabilitate and develop irrigation systems and expedite the assessment of boreholes. The aim is to ensure food sufficiency and mitigate the effects of climate change through sustainable irrigation development and the establishment of Village Business Units.

ZB Financial Holdings and Catholic Church Join Forces In Fight Against Drug Abuse

01 Oct 2023  |  www.263chat.com
ZB Financial Holdings has partnered with the Roman Catholic Church in Harare to combat drug abuse and promote wellness within communities. The initiative, which began with a march from Braeside to Arcadia, aims to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse, particularly among the youth. Emilia Mabika of ZB Financial Holdings emphasized the company's commitment to social responsibility and alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Caroline Maumbi from the Roman Catholic Church highlighted the devastating impact of drug abuse on future generations and the importance of community involvement in addressing the issue.

Zimbabwe: Cholera Outbreak Response Underway in Buhera - Health Minister

27 Sep 2023  |  allafrica.com
Health and Child Care Minister, Dr. Douglas Mombeshora, has announced measures to address a cholera outbreak in Manicaland's Buhera district, Zimbabwe. The outbreak began in late August 2023, with 152 cases and 12 deaths reported by September 25. The daily case count is declining, and the government is focusing on training health workers and educating the public, including engaging with church leaders. The epicenter was identified at a shrine, and efforts are being made to ensure medical supplies are available. The district's Department of Civil Protection is coordinating the response.

Zimbabwe: CCC Disengages From Parliament, Councils After Recalls

27 Aug 2023  |  allafrica.com
Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), announced that the party is disengaging from Parliament and local authorities in Zimbabwe. This decision comes after the controversial recall of 15 CCC legislators by Sengezo Tshabangu, who claims to be the party's interim secretary general. Chamisa has given a two-week ultimatum to resolve the issue and has informed national and international stakeholders, including Civil Society, SADC, AU, and UN, about the constitutional crisis and disputed election. The recalled legislators are mainly from Matebeleland and one from Harare. The CCC has refuted Tshabangu's claims, stating that there is no position of interim secretary general in the party and that Tshabangu is not a member. The situation led to chaotic scenes in Parliament when CCC lawmakers protested the Speaker's decision.

Zimbabwe: CCC Accuses Zanu-PF of Unconstitutional Election Manoeuvre After Candidates' Disqualification

28 Jul 2023  |  allafrica.com
Fadzayi Mahere, spokesperson for the opposition party CCC, has accused the ruling party ZANU PF of unconstitutional actions by disqualifying 12 CCC candidates for the House of Assembly in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Mahere claims this undermines the citizens' right to elect their representatives and indicates ZANU PF's fear of a legitimate electoral challenge. She compares the current situation to the era of Robert Mugabe, stating that Zimbabwe is now a worse dictatorship. The disqualified candidates had followed all electoral procedures, and the CCC plans to appeal the decision and seek regional support. Mahere emphasizes the constitutional right of citizens to vote for their leaders and the party's commitment to fighting for a democratic Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe: Job Sikhala Reflects On One Year in Remand Detention

14 Jun 2023  |  allafrica.com
Job Sikhala, a legislator from Zengeza West, has written a letter from Chikurubi Maximum Prison reflecting on his year-long pre-trial detention for allegedly inciting public violence after the funeral of CCC activist Moreblessing Ali. In the letter, Sikhala expresses his resolve and hope despite the injustices he claims to have faced. He maintains that his actions were in defense of fundamental rights and speaks against oppression in Zimbabwe. Sikhala also criticizes the allegations against him as baseless and a smear campaign. He draws inspiration from Nelson Mandela's speech during the Rivonia Trial and aspires for a democratic Zimbabwe with equal opportunities for all.

Zimbabwe: CCC Petitions ZEC Over Anomalies On Voters' Roll

30 May 2023  |  allafrica.com
The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has raised serious concerns about the voters roll provided by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for public inspection. The opposition group has identified numerous errors and discrepancies, such as missing names of registered voters and misalignment with new delimitation boundaries, which they believe could undermine the credibility of the upcoming elections. The CCC also reported interference by the Forever Associates of Zimbabwe (FAZ) in the voter inspection process. Consequently, the CCC has sought an urgent meeting with ZEC to discuss these issues and ensure the integrity of the voter's roll.

CSOs Petition ZEC Over High Nomination Fees

25 May 2023  |  allafrica.com
Seven Civic Society Organizations in Zimbabwe have challenged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) over the high nomination fees for candidates in the upcoming elections. The fees, set at US$20,000 for presidential candidates and US$1,000 for parliamentary candidates, are seen as prohibitive, especially for marginalized groups such as the youth, women, and persons with disabilities. The CSOs are demanding a reduction of these fees to the levels of the 2018 General Elections and are calling for future fees to be set in consultation with citizens and stakeholders to ensure affordability and sensitivity to gender, youth, and disability. They argue that the current economic conditions and unemployment rates make it difficult for these groups to afford the fees, thus impeding their political participation.

Zimbabwe: Concern Over Harare's Illegal Residential Dumpsites

25 May 2023  |  allafrica.com
The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) in Harare Metropolitan Province has raised alarms over the increasing number of dumpsites in residential areas, which are becoming hotspots for diseases. EMA's provincial environment manager, Leon Mutungamiri, has called for a collective effort from individuals, corporations, and communities to adopt better waste management practices. EMA is advocating for waste separation at the household level and is working to connect communities with recyclers. The agency has also intensified law enforcement and patrols to curb illegal dumping and littering. This initiative is particularly critical as Harare is currently facing a cholera outbreak with over 300 reported cases.

Zimbabwe: Mliswa Launches Scathing Attack On Rival Candidate

20 May 2023  |  allafrica.com
Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has publicly criticized ZANU PF Norton constituency candidate Constance Shamhu for her involvement with Chief Chivero, who is currently in a High Court dispute over chieftainship succession. Mliswa accuses Shamhu of abusing the law and showing political weakness by attempting to remove a headman aligned with him, using a 'rogue' Chief Chivero. He argues that traditional leaders should remain apolitical and condemns Shamhu's actions as desperate and potentially illegal. Mliswa suggests that instead of attacking headmen for accepting development projects like boreholes, Shamhu should provide similar services. He also points out that her actions could destabilize the constituency, particularly the areas where President ED has strong support.

Zimbabwe: Chamisa Claims CCC Aware of Plot to Manipulate Elections

19 May 2023  |  allafrica.com
Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the opposition party Citizens Coalition for Change in Zimbabwe, has accused the ruling party of manipulating the upcoming general elections. He alleges that there is a scheme to transfer voters from rural to urban areas to inflate the ruling party's urban support. Chamisa insists on the need for an audited and stakeholder-endorsed voters' roll following a voter registration drive that saw over 6.4 million voters registered. He has previously criticized the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for not ensuring democratic elections that reflect the will of the people, and he emphasizes the importance of citizens registering to vote and fulfilling their patriotic duty.

Part of Mbare Musika looking like a dumpsite on day 1 of COVID-19 lockdown in Harare

19 May 2023  |  allafrica.com
National Housing Minister Daniel Garwe and Industry and Commerce Minister Sekai Nzenza visited the Mbare suburb in Harare amid a cholera outbreak and were shocked by the poor state of water and sanitation. They criticized the local council for charging residents for sewage and garbage collection services that were not being provided. Garwe, also acting as the Local Government minister, announced plans to demolish and rebuild houses in Mbare to address the inadequate sewer systems. Nzenza, who had been monitoring food commodity prices, expressed concern over the sanitation crisis. The ministers' visit highlights the urgent need for improved infrastructure and services to prevent health risks.

Zimbabwe: Nurses Lament Poor Salaries, Working Conditions

12 May 2023  |  allafrica.com
Nurses in Zimbabwe are facing severe financial difficulties as their salaries, which are paid in the local currency, have not kept pace with the country's high inflation rates. Allan Nyamupinga, a representative for nurses at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, informed the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care that the monthly salary of $45,000 is inadequate for their basic needs. Nurses are also unable to secure bank loans due to their salaries being in local currency. Additionally, nurses at Parirenyatwa's psychiatric unit are being pressured to admit patients inappropriately, highlighting the need for more rehabilitation centers. The ongoing economic challenges have led to a significant brain drain in the health sector, with many professionals emigrating to Europe for better opportunities.

Harare Residents Petition City Council Over Cholera Outbreak

09 May 2023  |  allafrica.com
Residents of Harare are urging the City Council to take action against a cholera outbreak that has affected the city. Dr. Prosper Chonzi, Harare City Health director, confirmed 21 cases and warned of its rapid spread. A petition by six residents highlighted the city's poor sanitation, sewer bursts, lack of clean water, and garbage collection issues as contributing factors. They demanded a plan to replace old sewer pipes, improve water treatment plants, provide alternative water sources, and call for an emergency meeting to mobilize resources. The residents also called for public awareness campaigns on hygiene and water purification to combat the outbreak.

CAAZ Official Apologizes to Grace Mugabe for Falsehoods in Al Jazeera Documentary

05 May 2023  |  allafrica.com
Cleopas Chidodo, the Head of Security at Robert Mugabe International Airport and an employee of the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, has publicly apologized to former First Lady Grace Mugabe and her family for making false statements about them in an Al Jazeera documentary on gold smuggling and money laundering. Chidodo admitted to lying and expressed regret for damaging the Mugabe family's reputation. He also claimed that he was initially approached under the guise of being offered family scholarships before the conversation turned to mineral smuggling. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe's Financial Intelligence Unit has frozen assets of Chidodo and three others for suspected involvement in a gold-smuggling syndicate.

Zimbabwe: CCC Demands Mnangagwa Address On Gold Mafia

28 Apr 2023  |  allafrica.com
The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) in Zimbabwe has urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to address the nation regarding allegations of money laundering and gold smuggling highlighted in an Al Jazeera documentary. CCC's deputy national spokesperson, Gift Siziba, voiced concerns over the exploitation of national resources by the political elite and the lack of action against those implicated in the scandal. Siziba emphasized the economic damage caused by such illicit activities, including the illegal siphoning of resources like lithium and diamonds. He stressed the need for justice and accountability, highlighting the poverty and suffering of the population. The government, through Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations and has directed investigations into the matter.

Zimbabwe: British MPs Seek to Reverse Mnangagwa Invitation to King Charles Coronation

26 Apr 2023  |  allafrica.com
British Parliamentarians have expressed concerns over the UK government's invitation to Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa for King Charles III's coronation, citing human rights violations in Zimbabwe. They have written to the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs, James Cleverly, urging him to reconsider the invitation. The lawmakers pointed out the political violence, harassment, and imprisonment of opposition members, and the subversion of state institutions to the ruling party. They argue that welcoming President Mnangagwa could be seen as an endorsement of these actions and demoralizing to Zimbabweans seeking democracy. They call for the withdrawal of the invitation until political prisoners like Job Sikhala are released and steps are taken to ensure free and fair elections.

Zimbabweans Have Little Faith in Police - Report

05 Apr 2023  |  allafrica.com
Afrobarometer, a Pan-African research network, has released a report indicating that a majority of Zimbabweans perceive the country's police force as corrupt. The report highlights that citizens have little trust in the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) due to their unprofessional behavior, including the use of excessive force and engagement in criminal activities. It also notes that a significant number of Zimbabweans feel unsafe in their neighborhoods and have experienced difficulty in obtaining police assistance without paying bribes. The report further reveals that only a small percentage of citizens believe the police operate professionally and respect citizens' rights, and the government is rated poorly in reducing crime.

Zimbabwean Govt Breaks Silence On 'Gold Mafia' Documentary

05 Apr 2023  |  allafrica.com
The Zimbabwean government has officially responded to the Al Jazeera documentary titled 'Gold Mafia,' which alleges involvement in money laundering and gold smuggling within the country. Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa announced that investigations have been initiated into the claims presented in the documentary. She emphasized that any individuals found guilty of corruption or related crimes would be prosecuted. Mutsvangwa also discredited the behavior of certain individuals featured in the documentary, stating that their actions do not reflect government policy. The documentary has revealed the involvement of influential figures such as cleric Uebert Angel and businessmen Ewan McMillan and Simon Rudland in a scheme to illegally export gold to Dubai.

Changing Vaccine Perceptions in Zimbabwe's Apostolic Community

05 Apr 2023  |  gavi.org
In Zimbabwe, the Apostolic religious community, which makes up 37% of the population and traditionally avoids allopathic medicine, showed high rates of vaccine hesitancy when COVID-19 vaccines were introduced. The Apostolic Women Empowerment Trust (AWET), in partnership with UNICEF, launched awareness campaigns to increase vaccine uptake. They trained leaders and Behaviour Change Facilitators (BCFs) within the community, which led to a positive shift in perceptions towards vaccination. Rumbidzai Shayanewako, a mother and Apostolic church member, shared her initial fears and subsequent confidence gained through these interventions. Reverend Mathias Tsine of the Federation of Indigenous Churches in Zimbabwe (FICZ) also noted a change in attitudes and an increase in vaccine uptake, attributing lower death rates and higher recovery rates to vaccination.

Harare City Council Plans to Upgrade Dilapidated Mbare Hostels

05 Apr 2023  |  www.herald.co.zw
The City of Harare is planning to address the dire living conditions in Mbare's hostels by upgrading the facilities and repairing burst pipes. The hostels, which house over 20,000 people, are in a state of disrepair, with residents living in unsanitary conditions that pose serious health risks. The council's plans include demolishing or upgrading the hostels to create 10,000 modern housing units. A spokesperson for the City of Harare, Mr. Michael Chideme, mentioned an audit to identify legitimate residents and a rental system where 10 percent of payments are allocated for maintenance. The City will partner with China-Huashi and the IDBZ for the project. The article highlights the urgency of the situation, with residents living in inhumane conditions and at risk of waterborne diseases.

Zimbabwe: Biti Trashes Government Salary Increment

23 Mar 2023  |  allafrica.com
Tendai Biti, former Finance Minister and member of the opposition party Citizens Coalition for Change, criticized the Zimbabwean government's decision to increase civil servant salaries by 100 percent, labeling it as 'cheap populist expenditure.' He argued that the increase, which was approved without parliamentary consultation, is a tactic used before elections and does not address the long-standing demands of civil servants for salaries pegged to the US dollar. Biti expressed concerns that the increase, funded by money printing, could lead to hyperinflation similar to past crises in Zimbabwe. He advocates for a 'Radical Economic Transformation' over short-term populism, a topic he discusses in his new book 'In the Name of the People.'

Zimbabwe: MDC Down Plays High Court Ruling on Mudzuri Cabal

22 Mar 2023  |  allafrica.com
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has dismissed the significance of a recent High Court ruling that blocked the expulsion of Elias Mudzuri and other party leaders. The ruling by Justice Priscilla Munangati Marongwa was in response to Mudzuri's application for a declaratur after his dismissal for breaching the party's constitution. The MDC's national spokesperson, Witness Dube, stated that the judgment does not reinstate the expelled members and that it is not operational as it has not been confirmed by the Constitutional Court. The MDC plans to apply for rescission of the default judgment. Mudzuri and his colleagues had filed an application against the party, citing that a resolution passed at the December congress was infringing on their right to approach the court for dispute resolution.

Zimbabwe: Have Tea Together, Charumbira Tells Mnangagwa, Chamisa

21 Mar 2023  |  allafrica.com
Chief Fortune Charumbira, president of the Chief's Council, has urged Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) to engage in dialogue for the nation's progress. During the funeral of Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume's mother, Chief Charumbira emphasized the futility of violence and the importance of unity among politicians. He highlighted the peaceful interactions of MPs in Parliament and questioned why citizens should be divided when their leaders can converse amicably. Charumbira also suggested that the leaders, who both belong to the Karanga tribe, should work together as a new political elite to overcome the country's challenges.

Zimbabwe: Stop Learning At Collapsed Kwekwe School, Govt Told

18 Mar 2023  |  allafrica.com
The Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) has called on the Zimbabwean Government to suspend educational activities at Globe and Phoenix schools due to safety concerns after a classroom block collapsed into a mining shaft, injuring 18 students. CNRG demands a thorough investigation and inspection of mining tunnels in Kwekwe and Kadoma, psycho-social support for those affected, and urgent stakeholder discussions to address the risks. They also urge the government to enforce stricter regulations on mining practices to protect human settlements and to amend the Mines and Minerals Act accordingly. The advocacy group highlights the dangers posed by both legal and illegal mining activities in the region, including infrastructure damage and tremors caused by blasting.

Zimbabwe Still Importing Electricity From South Africa Despite Eskom Challenges

10 Mar 2023  |  allafrica.com
Zimbabwe's Energy and Power Development Minister, Soda Zhemu, addressed Parliament regarding the country's electricity imports from South Africa, stating that Zimbabwe is currently importing around 170 megawatts despite South Africa's own power challenges. The minister was responding to a question from former Energy Minister Fortune Chasi. Zhemu highlighted ongoing efforts to mitigate power shortages, including the expansion of Hwange Power Station, which is expected to add 600 megawatts to the grid upon completion of Units 7 and 8. Additionally, plans are in place to rehabilitate existing units to reach a capacity of 920 megawatts. The government is also encouraging private sector participation as independent power producers. These measures are part of a broader national integrated energy resource plan to match energy supply with demand growth.

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Ignores Chamisa Over Sikhala Detention

10 Mar 2023  |  allafrica.com
Nelson Chamisa, leader of the opposition party Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has expressed concern over the continued detention of Job Sikhala, a CCC legislator, who has been held without trial since June of the previous year. Sikhala was arrested on charges of inciting public violence after the funeral of CCC activist Moreblessing Ali. Chamisa has attempted to engage with President Emmerson Mnangagwa regarding Sikhala's situation but reports that his efforts have been ignored. Chamisa criticized the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, the harassment of opposition members, and the alleged partisan indoctrination within national institutions, including the uniformed forces, by the ruling party Zanu PF.

ZHRC Advocates for Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

08 Mar 2023  |  www.263chat.com
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) emphasizes the importance of investing in women to achieve economic empowerment and gender equality. Marking International Women’s Day, ZHRC calls for administrative and legislative reforms to provide women with equal access to economic resources. Despite progress in primary and secondary education, gender disparities persist at the tertiary level. The Commission also highlights the disproportionate impact of climate change and disease outbreaks on women, advocating for programs that empower women in leadership and political representation.

Zimbabwe: Stop Shooting the Messenger, Chamisa Tells Police After Winky D Show Disruption

06 Mar 2023  |  allafrica.com
Nelson Chamisa, the president of the opposition party Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has condemned the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) for disrupting a performance by Zimdancehall artist Winky D in Chitungwiza. The police allegedly removed Winky D from the stage after he performed 'Ibotso', a song that criticizes corruption. Chamisa urged the government to address the issues raised in the music rather than harassing the artist. Additionally, Norton legislator Temba Mliswa criticized the government's actions, arguing that confident governments do not suppress musicians and that artists like Winky D should be celebrated as role models for the youth, especially in a struggling economy with prevalent drug problems. The identity of the person who ordered the disruption of Winky D's show remains unknown, but the artist has faced accusations of being an opposition sympathizer.

Zimbabwe: Teacher Union Blasts 'Captured' Apex Council

28 Feb 2023  |  allafrica.com
The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has criticized the APEX Council and other teacher unions for not adequately representing civil servants' salary demands. ARTUZ is planning an indefinite nationwide strike starting tomorrow to demand a salary of US$1260, up from the previous US$540, which they say has been diminished by inflation. ARTUZ spokesperson Obert Masaraure accused the APEX Council of failing to consult with workers and acting in their own interests. The decision for the March 1 strike came after consultations with union members who are dissatisfied with their current gross monthly income of USD 200. Additionally, the ZCTU's acting secretary general, Kudakwashe Munengiwa, has threatened action if the government does not address the wage issue.

CCC Rules Out Coalition, Eyes Solo Victory

28 Feb 2023  |  allafrica.com
The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa, has decided to contest the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe without forming a coalition with other political parties. This decision comes after positive survey results indicating a potential win for CCC. The party's national spokesperson, Advocate Fadzayi Mahere, emphasized CCC's position as a credible alternative to the ruling Zanu PF party and dismissed the possibility of Zanu PF winning a free and fair election. On the other hand, MDC national spokesperson Witness Dube expressed openness to forming collaborations with other political formations to strengthen the opposition's position. Dube mentioned that while MDC is currently in an alliance and their MPs work well with CCC MPs, there is concern about the fragmentation of opposition politics.

Zimbabwe: ZEC Delimitation Secures Zanu-PF's Two-Thirds Majority - Report

22 Feb 2023  |  allafrica.com
The Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI) has criticized the final delimitation report by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), suggesting it is biased in favor of the ruling party, Zanu PF. The report, which was recently gazetted by President Mnangagwa, is said to be unjustified and designed to maintain Zanu PF's two-thirds majority in Parliament. ZDI argues that ZEC ignored the latest census data and registered voter proportions that would have shifted seats from Zanu PF strongholds to opposition areas. The think tank claims that the delimitation process violates constitutional requirements for equal representation and adherence to population dynamics, thereby over-representing Zanu PF strongholds and under-representing opposition areas in Parliament.

Zimbabwe: Target Former Members Not Opposition Opportunists, Mliswa Tells Zanu-PF

15 Feb 2023  |  allafrica.com
Temba Mliswa, a former Zanu PF chairperson and current Norton legislator, has criticized the ruling party for prioritizing the recruitment of former opposition members over reconciling with exiled and expelled party members. Mliswa highlighted the importance of uniting the party's internal factions and addressing the concerns of those who have been ostracized within the party. He emphasized that the return of influential figures such as Kasukuwere and Mzembi, who have their own following, would have a greater impact than the inclusion of opportunistic former opposition members. Mliswa also reflected on his own experiences with party frictions and the need for healing rifts to strengthen Zanu PF.

Zimbabwe: Hwange Power Station Run By Incompetent People - Mutambara

14 Feb 2023  |  allafrica.com
Professor Arthur Mutambara, former deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, criticized the Indian company Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) for its incompetence in managing refurbishment works at Hwange thermal power stations. During a PPRIZ webinar, he attributed the country's power shortages to low water levels at Kariba hydro power plant and maintenance issues at Hwange. Mutambara advocated for the removal of WAPCOS and suggested that Zimbabwean engineers, including those in the diaspora, should take over the management and refurbishment of Hwange power stations. He also mentioned that the completion of Hwange 7 and 8 could resolve Zimbabwe's energy problems but raised concerns about possible sabotage by the contractor to leverage payment. Furthermore, he highlighted corruption, incompetence, and strategic failures in the energy sector.

Zimbabwe: Find Each Other, Munetsi Tells SRC, Zifa

14 Feb 2023  |  allafrica.com
Marshall Munetsi, a midfielder for French club Stade Reims and the Zimbabwe national team, has called on the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) and the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) to resolve their differences and lift the FIFA suspension on Zimbabwe's international football participation. The suspension was due to government interference and allegations of mismanagement within ZIFA. Munetsi expressed concern over the impact of the ban on players and the nation, emphasizing the social and economic benefits of football. The SRC, led by Gerald Mlotshwa, refuses to reinstate the suspended ZIFA board and has formed a restructuring committee.

Mliswa Critiques PVO Amendment Bill

03 Feb 2023  |  allafrica.com
Independent Norton legislator Temba Mliswa criticized the Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO) Amendment Bill, which has passed through the Senate and awaits President Emmerson Mnangagwa's approval. Mliswa highlighted the bill's lack of clarity and potential for abuse, noting that similar legislation was rejected by the late President Robert Mugabe in 2005 for being detrimental to Zimbabwe's image. Mliswa argues that existing laws already address issues like money laundering, which the PVO Bill targets, and suggests the bill could hinder civil society organizations (CSOs) that hold the government accountable. He also contends that the bill could harm Zimbabwe's re-engagement efforts with the global community and negatively impact tax revenue generated by CSOs. Mliswa likens the bill to an extreme measure that does not proportionately address the intended objective.

Zimbabwe: Mudzuri Tears Into 'Illegitimate' Mwonzora

03 Feb 2023  |  allafrica.com
A faction within the Movement of Democratic Change (MDC-T) in Zimbabwe has criticized the party's national congress held in December, labeling it a 'non-event'. The faction, led by former vice president Engineer Elias Mudzuri, accuses party president Douglas Mwonzora of violating the party's constitution during the congress. Mwonzora was elected uncontested, which did not sit well with some senior party officials. Mudzuri and six other senior members were suspended for questioning the legality of the congress. Mudzuri claims that Mwonzora's actions were unconstitutional and that the party's grassroots structures were bypassed in the process. He emphasizes the need to adhere to the party's constitution and to involve all levels of the party in leadership decisions. The faction is seeking to address these issues and ensure a proper congress involving all members.

Zimbabwe: Mliswa Rants At Chamisa Critics Over Job Sikhala

25 Jan 2023  |  allafrica.com
Temba Mliswa, an independent legislator from Norton, has defended Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the opposition party Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), against criticism for not visiting the detained deputy chairperson of CCC, Job Sikhala. Mliswa praised Chamisa for attending the bail hearing of arrested party members and highlighted the sacrifices made by political figures. He pointed out that Chamisa has been prevented from meeting Sikhala by the authorities, mentioning that Chamisa was denied entry to Chikurubi Maximum Prison and was later barred from seeing Sikhala despite initially being granted permission. Mliswa empathizes with Sikhala's situation, drawing parallels with his own experiences, and suggests that Sikhala may be safer in detention.

Zimbabwe: Prosecutor Reza Response Confirms Need for His Recusal, Says Property Developer

23 Jan 2023  |  allafrica.com
Property developer George Katsimberis is involved in a legal dispute and is seeking the recusal of Prosecutor Michael Reza from his fraud case, alleging bias. Katsimberis, through his lawyer Tinomudaishe Chinyoka, claims that Reza has a relationship with the complainant, Tatiana Aleshina, who is an aide to Kenneth Raydon Sharpe. Reza is also accused of interfering with a key State witness, Roy Nyabvure, in a related case involving Pokugara Properties. Chinyoka argues that Reza's actions, including writing a letter to the police and causing Nyabvure's arrest, violate the constitutional right to a fair trial. Reza has refused to step down from the case, suggesting that Katsimberis is attempting to bully other prosecutors and that he is the only one capable of handling the case.

Zimbabwe: Mliswa Lashes Out At 'Clowns Posing As Politicians'

23 Jan 2023  |  allafrica.com
Norton legislator Temba Mliswa criticized Democratic Union of Zimbabwe leader Robert Chapman, accusing him of not taking politics seriously and treating it like a game. Mliswa expressed frustration over individuals like Chapman who emerge before elections with unrealistic promises, highlighting the importance of politics in the distribution of power and wealth. He pointed out that Chapman, who has been endorsed by the APA for presidency, lacks experience in political office. Mliswa also condemned the Political Actors Dialogue, calling it a waste of taxpayer money and ineffective, filled with people like Chapman who he views as political clowns.

Political Violence Mars Pre-Election Campaign in Zimbabwe

28 Feb 2022  |  allafrica.com
The article reports on political violence in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, where supporters of the opposition party, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), were attacked by alleged Zanu PF supporters during a rally led by CCC leader Nelson Chamisa. The violence resulted in one death and several injuries. The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) condemned the violence and the alleged collusion between law enforcement and Zanu PF. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has arrested 16 suspects in connection with the violence and is conducting investigations. The incidents occur in the context of upcoming by-elections on March 26 and national elections in 2023. President Emmerson Mnangagwa had held a rally in the same city without incident the day before the attack on CCC supporters.

Zimbabwe: FIFA Indefinitely Suspends Zimbabwe Over Govt Interference

25 Feb 2022  |  allafrica.com
Fifa, the international governing body of football, has suspended Zimbabwe from all international competitions due to government interference. The announcement was made by Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura, stating that the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) loses its membership rights and is barred from international competitions and FIFA/CAF development programs. The suspension follows the disbandment of ZIFA's Felton Kamambo led administration by Zimbabwe's Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) over allegations of corruption and sexual abuse. Despite the suspension, FIFA expressed its commitment to cooperate with ongoing investigations into the alleged misconduct. Fifa president Gianni Infantino also mentioned a similar suspension imposed on Kenya, emphasizing the organization's stance against government interference in football affairs.

Zimbabwe: Rights Group Denounces Political Violence Against CCC

24 Feb 2022  |  allafrica.com
The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum has expressed strong condemnation of the recent surge in politically motivated violence in Zimbabwe, particularly following the establishment of the Citizens for Coalition Change (CCC). The Forum highlighted the concerning trend of using state security agents to advance political objectives, citing the arrest of CCC vice-president Tendai Biti and his aide, Emmanuel Zellers Gumbo, as an example. Although they were released without charges after intervention by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the incident raises concerns about the misuse of state power. The Forum urges the Zimbabwean government to respect and protect human rights by condemning violence, passing the Independent Complaints Mechanism Bill, investigating police violations, and reforming the police force to prevent further human rights abuses.

Zimbabwe: Mliswa Calls for SADC Action on Escalating Robberies Cases

24 Feb 2022  |  allafrica.com
Temba Mliswa, an independent legislator from Norton, has urged the SADC organ on security, led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, to address the surge in armed robberies in the Southern African region. This call to action follows a botched cash-in-transit heist in Johannesburg, where eight suspects were killed after exchanging gunfire with the police, including shooting at a police helicopter. Mliswa highlighted the involvement of Zimbabweans in such crimes in South Africa and emphasized the need for a regional response. Journalist and political activist Hopewell Chin'ono linked the high crime rate among Zimbabweans in South Africa to the political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe, which has led to increased immigration and criminal behavior.

Zimbabwe: Former Zanu-PF Youth Leader Rallies Parents to Stand With 'Persecuted' Teachers

12 Feb 2022  |  allafrica.com
Godfrey Tsenengamu, former ZANU PF Youth Commissar, has called on parents to support teachers in their dispute with the Zimbabwean government over wage demands. Teachers have been on strike since the school term began, leading to the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Evelyn Ndhlovu, suspending teachers who have not reported for duty. Tsenengamu criticized the government's treatment of teachers, calling it economic injustice. Opposition NCA leader, Professor Lovemore Madhuku, stated that the minister does not have the authority to suspend teachers, as they are employed by the PSC. Madhuku called for dialogue between the government and teachers' unions to resolve the issue, especially after learning disruptions caused by the Covid-19 lockdown. Teachers are demanding salaries pegged to the US dollar, rejecting the government's offer of a 20% increase.

Zimbabwe: Residents Seek Parly Intervention On National IDs

10 Feb 2022  |  allafrica.com
The Residents Coalition for Electoral Reforms (RACER) has petitioned the Parliament of Zimbabwe to address issues arising from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission's (ZEC) voter registration campaign. RACER is concerned about the lack of access to national identity documents which are necessary for voter registration. They reported that ZEC officials failed to appear for registration as scheduled in some areas, such as Epworth Primary School on February 2, 2022. RACER is urging the Registrar General to decentralize the registration for national identity documents and is calling for the repeal of Statutory Instrument 225A/2020, which suspended by-elections due to COVID-19, claiming it infringes on democratic rights.

Zimbabwe: Govt Threatens Striking Teachers

10 Feb 2022  |  allafrica.com
Teachers in Zimbabwe continued their strike despite the government announcing a 20% salary increase and incentives on February 8, 2022. Students in Chitungwiza were left to read on their own on February 10, 2022, as teachers declared incapacitation and did not report for duty, leading to most schools sending pupils home. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Tumisang Thabela, has directed disciplinary action against the absent teachers, citing the deprivation of learners' right to education. Teacher organizations have been demanding salaries pegged to the United States dollar to cope with the rising cost of living. The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) criticized the government's response, stating that it further punishes learners and teachers who have already suffered for years.

Zimbabwe: Teachers Not Ready for Work - Ptuz

31 Jan 2022  |  allafrica.com
The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has declared that teachers are unable to work due to financial incapacitation and will not be ready for the reopening of schools on February 7, as announced by the government. PTUZ Secretary-General Raymond Majongwe communicated this stance in a letter to the Public Service Commission, criticizing the government for not prioritizing teacher remuneration and salary negotiations. Majongwe highlighted the teachers' inability to afford school fees for their own dependents with their current salaries and expressed skepticism about teachers returning to work without a resolution. The government and civil servants have been in conflict over poor pay and working conditions for years, affecting service delivery.

Zimbabwe: Cross Border Traders Want Imports to Compete With Local Goods for Fair Pricing

26 Jan 2022  |  allafrica.com
The Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association (ZCBTA) has criticized local producers for high pricing of goods, which they attribute to profiteering rather than solely inflationary pressures. The ZCBTA's secretary general, Augustine Tawanda, has called for the government to lift import restrictions on certain basic commodities to allow for competitive pricing and to challenge local producers to lower their prices. Tawanda also highlighted the issue of financial exclusion for cross border traders, pointing out that the informal sector holds more foreign currency than the formal sector. He suggests that creating a system that benefits both sectors could improve the economic situation.

Girls who marry while young often experience birth complications and are at risk of high maternal and child mortality rates

24 Nov 2017  |  www.herald.co.zw
The article by Elia Ntali discusses the severe consequences of child marriage in Zimbabwe, highlighting the case of a young girl named Rumbidzai who was forced to marry an older man due to her family's religious beliefs. Child marriage is shown to violate girls' rights and to have devastating impacts on their health, education, and economic opportunities. The practice often leads to early sexual activity, pregnancy, and health risks such as obstetric fistula and hemorrhaging. The article also touches on the role of religious and traditional practices in perpetuating child marriage, with specific reference to the Apostolic Churches. Efforts by organizations like the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe and the UNFPA to combat early marriages through education and dialogue are mentioned. The article includes statements from various individuals, including Archbishop Johannes Ndanga, Chief Seke, and Makanaka Wakatama, who advocate against child marriage and call for legal reforms to protect young girls.

The Perils of Unsafe Abortions and the Need for Contraceptive Promotion in Zimbabwe

24 Nov 2017  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
The article discusses the issue of unsafe abortions in Zimbabwe, highlighting the case of a young girl named Tamary who underwent a dangerous abortion procedure. It emphasizes the need for better access to contraceptives to prevent such situations. Experts and organizations like SayWhat advocate for increased contraceptive promotion among adolescents and sexually active women. The article cites statistics from UNFPA Zimbabwe on the impact of family planning support, including the prevention of unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions. It also references the National Family Planning Strategy, which indicates a significant unmet need for contraception in the country. Zimbabwe's efforts to increase the Contraceptive Prevalent Rate as part of the global Family Planning 2020 initiative are also mentioned.

Zimbabwe: Coup or not, this is the end of an era

16 Nov 2017  |  African Arguments
Zimbabwe is experiencing a state of suspense following a military takeover that has detained President Robert Mugabe. The streets of Harare are calm with military checkpoints reducing traffic, and while some government offices are closed, people continue their daily routines. The military claims their actions are not a coup and negotiations are underway for Mugabe's resignation, with former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa expected to lead a transitional government. Civil society and church leaders call for a peaceful resolution and constitutional order. Opposition leaders, including Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change, have remained mostly silent, with Tsvangirai expected to make a statement. The situation has caused a slowdown in the economy, with concerns over the long-term impact, but there is hope for a new era post-Mugabe.

Independent candidates cry foul over intimidation

05 Jun 2015  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
Independent candidates in the upcoming June 10 by-elections in Zimbabwe have accused the ruling party, Zanu PF, of intimidation tactics. Michael Chivandire, a candidate for Glen View South, and others have reported incidents of harassment, including the defacing of campaign materials and force-marching of citizens to rallies. Allegations of vote enticement through rice distribution by Zanu PF have also been raised. Candidates have expressed concerns over their safety due to the presence of military personnel in constituencies. A coalition of independent candidates has called for unity among democratic forces and has invited former Vice-President Joice Mujuru to join their efforts against Zanu PF for the 2018 elections. Incidents of attempted abductions of candidates by suspected State security agents have been reported, leading to a reliance on innovative campaign strategies to ensure supporter safety.

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