Written on 30/07/2014, 12:33 by charlesrukuni
Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo says the move by government to write off debt owed to local authorities by residents was not the cause of the current liquidity crisis in local authorities because the move actually saved them money. He was responding to questions in Parliament following a complaint by Chitungwiza North Member of Parliament Godfrey Sithole that some workers in Chitungwiza municipality had gone unpaid for five to nine months. Kambuzuma legislator Willias Madzimure said one of the major causes was the debt write-off because local authorities did not have any money after that decision. The debt write-off was viewed as vote buying as it was announced a week before the crucial 31 July 2013 elections and seemed to be targeted at voters in urban areas which are the Movement for Democratic Change strongholds. "The debts which we scraped originated from the era of the Zimbabwean dollar. So it is the Zimbabwean dollar...
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Written on 30/07/2014, 08:16 by charlesrukuni
Recent events in Zimbabwe beg us to ask this simple but powerful question. Are we too poor or are we too stupid? Why are we failing to find a solution to our problems? In 2008 former South African President Thabo Mbeki, at the cost of his own presidency, forced Zimbabwe's political leaders to sit down and talk and they reached an agreement- though flawed- and Zimbabwe came back on track. Does Zimbabwe need an outsider to tell it again what...
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Written on 29/07/2014, 17:21 by
This article by Project Syndicate was aimed at Europe and was entitled: Soccer Lessons for Europe's Economy. But going through it, I felt that Africa, and Zimbabwe in particular, could learn something by looking at how Germany made it to the World Cup and beat hosts Brazil and Argentina which had the best player in the world. PRINCETON-Though a solution to the euro crisis continues to elude European leaders, the foundations of one are not difficult to discern. In fact, Europe's...
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Written on 29/07/2014, 11:30 by charlesrukuni
Despite professing to be an all-weather friend with China, Zimbabwe is only attracting 5 000 of the 70 000 to 80 0000 Chinese tourists that visit the Southern African Development Community, Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi said. Responding to questions in Parliament about what Zimbabwe was doing to ease travel between the two countries, Mzembi said if he had his way he would change the visa requirements for China because it had become the biggest source market for tourists with 98 million...
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Written on 28/07/2014, 15:18 by charlesrukuni
Those who were around a decade or two ago would never have thought that First Lady Grace Mugabe and Women's League leader Oppah Muchinguri would one day sing from the same hymn. But it happened last Friday. The things that politics does! Muchinguri proposed that Grace become the league's leader and therefore a member of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front politburo come the December party congress. And it looks like it's a sealed deal yet Muchinguri herself is considered a...
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Written on 28/07/2014, 08:30 by charlesrukuni
Is Mzembi dreaming again?- Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi said Zimbabwe could boost its tourism earnings from US$1 billion to US$5 billion within the next six years and he was not dreaming. "We have the potential to earn $5 billion per annum by 2020. The $5 billion is exactly the size of Minister Chinamasa's budget today. I am not dreaming. In 1999 we had 48 international carriers landing at Harare International Airport, today we are at 16. We are seeking to...
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Written on 27/07/2014, 19:01 by charlesrukuni
Senior Harare City Council officials have not been paid for the last four months according to Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo. Chombo said this in response to a question from Glen Norah Member of Parliament Webster Maondera who wanted to know whether council officials were still earning huge salaries despite the government directive limiting these to US$6 000 a month. According to figures released by Deputy Local Government Minister Joel Biggie Matiza in March, the Harare town clerk earned US$21 000 a...
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Written on 27/07/2014, 14:42 by charlesrukuni
The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change Morgan Tsvangirai who is currently in Britain at the invitation of Chatham House says he will not die in office like President Robert Mugabe but at the same time he will not concede defeat in the 2013 elections. Tsvangirai did not, however, says when he would step down. The party is holding a congress in October two years ahead of schedule after some members pressed him to step down to give way to...
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Written on 27/07/2014, 08:27 by charlesrukuni
Zimbabwe must open its borders and skies to capture a slice of the 300 million tourists inspired to travel for spiritual or faith-based reasons, Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi says. Responding to questions in Parliament about what Zimbabwe was doing to capture the increasing number of religious tourists, Mzembi said the spiritual and philosophical foundation of the Tourism Ministry was aptly captured in Isaiah Chapter 60:11 which states: "Keep thy gates open, do not close them during the day; do not close...
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Written on 26/07/2014, 18:24 by
Poor countries export raw materials such as cocoa, iron ore, and raw diamonds. Rich countries export – often to those same poor countries – more complex products such as chocolate, cars, and jewels. If poor countries want to get rich, they should stop exporting their resources in raw form and concentrate on adding value to them. Otherwise, rich countries will get the lion's share of the value and all of the good jobs. Poor countries could follow the example of South...
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Written on 26/07/2014, 14:20 by charlesrukuni
A Member of Parliament has alluded that there could be a conflict between elected members of the House of Assembly and the non-constituency legislators elected on the proportional representation system. Speaking during the debate on the harassment of women vendors Gertrude Chibagu said when legislators talk about development, they should do so in unison. "Let us speak as people who are in need of development in their areas. Let us not segregate ourselves because one hon. member was elected and the other...
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