Leaner Cabinet and the return of Petronella Kagonye

By Staff Reporter Former Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development Petronella Kagonye has bounced back into the executive as Minister of Labour and Social Welfare after being fired in 2014 on allegations that she was a member of a Zanu PF faction fronted by former Vice President Joice Mujuru. Speaking on the sidelines of the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony at State House the …

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Chombo caught in another land scandal

By Wisdom Mumera Embattled former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo has found himself in the middle of another land scandal involving New Parkland where he is accused of unlawfully evicting residents who had built their houses from as far back as 2005 in favour of new ones who have bought stands from his alleged company. The evictions in New Parkland are in direct opposition to an …

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2018 elections: most aspiring women candidates lack confidence

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa Young Voters Platform coordinator Desmond Sharukai says political parties in the country need to do mentoring workshops as most aspiring women candidates still lack confidence needed for elected office. Speaking on the sidelines of a mentoring workshop for prospective women candidates organised by FreeZim Congress recently, Sharukai said a lot needs to be done for women candidates to prepare them for 2018 elections. …

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Women’s representation in Parliament: where to after 2023?

By Buhle Tshavango. Women’s representation in Parliament has recorded a slight increase in recent years owing to 60 reserved seats in the National Assembly, however there is not enough time to celebrate the impact as this quota system clause is nearing its 2023 pegged sunset. According to the Research and Advocacy Unit  (RAU), since the  1995 Beijing Declaration, the number of women in  National Assembly …

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Grace Mugabe chose politics over cancer fight: Parly

By Daniel Chigundu Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care says former first-lady Grace Mugabe was reluctant to join other African First Ladies in the fight against the menacing cancer. Cancer has reportedly surpassed HIV/Aids as the number one killer-disease in the country and African continent owing to the cost of its treatment and equipment needed. Zimbabwe with an estimated 14 million has only …

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Implement Abuja Declaration target – Khupe

By Buhle Tshavango. National Assembly Proportional Representation Member for Bulawayo Honourable Thokozani Khupe has called on the government to fulfil its Abuja Declaration promise which has been ignored since its enactment. Under the Abuja Declaration of 2001, Zimbabwe and other African countries undertook to commit at least 15 percent of their national budgets to health as a way of improving the sector and reduce donor …

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Mnangagwa’s legal missteps: AG needs to step up advisory role

By Daniel Chigundu Prominent constitutional lawyer Alex Magaisa says the Attorney General’s (AG) Office needs to step up its advisory role to President Emmerson Mnangagwa to avoid continuous legal missteps. Since taking the oath of office on 24th of November 2017, President Mnangagwa has made several legal missteps which have left many wondering if he is getting enough advice or has competent advisors. Among the …

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Mnangagwa’s legal missteps: AG needs to step up advisory role

By Daniel Chigundu Prominent constitutional lawyer Alex Magaisa says the Attorney General’s (AG) Office needs to step up its advisory role to President Emmerson Mnangagwa to avoid continuous legal missteps. Since taking the oath of office on 24th of November 2017, President Mnangagwa has made several legal missteps which have left many wondering if he is getting enough advice or has competent advisors. Among the …

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G70 Sithembiso Nyoni sworn in as minister of youth

By Buhle Tshavango 68 year old Sithembiso Nyoni was today sworn in as minister of Women and Youth affairs, a move that has been described by many as retrogressive as she is out of touch with the realities of young people. Sithembiso Nyoni was sworn into office together with 18 other ministers by the President at the statehouse today. The former minister of Small to …

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Recycled cabinet short-changes female politicians

By Buhle Tshavango Only 3 female ministers have made it to the latest 22 member cabinet under President Mnangagwa , a move that has trashed work done in the past years to improve women’s participation in governance issues. The new cabinet which is also devoid of any young blood has been described as a ‘swop and top’ ploy that has seen some ministers being dropped …

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