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January 2018 ⋆ Magamba Network
G40 MPs expelled from Parliament

 By Daniel Chigundu Zanu PF has expelled about 10 legislators allegedly aligned to the G40 faction from Parliament with effect from 10 January 2018. The legislators who had already been fired from the party during the Special Congress held in December last year had continued coming to Parliament because Zanu PF had not notified the Speaker of their expulsion as required by Section 129 (1) …

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Cornered Chinamasa awards Parliament US$80m

By Daniel Chigundu Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa finally agreed to increase budget allocation to Parliament of Zimbabwe from the initial US$57 million to about US$80 million. Parliamentarians had wanted about US$98 million which they say is required to help effectively discharge their oversight and legislative roles. In 2017 and the previous years, Parliamentary committees had to rely on development partners for them …

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Bennet, wife Heather dies in helicopter crash

By Staff Reporter Politician and former Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) legislator for Chimanimani constituency Roy Leslie Bennett who was affectionately known as Pachedu meaning (Between us) has died. According to news filtering through social media, Bennet and his wife Heather Bennett were confirmed to have been tragically killed in a helicopter crash in Canada, North America on Thursday. MDC-T vice president and Kuwadzana East legislator …

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Mpofu must answer for missing US$15billion

By Daniel Chigundu Mabvuku-Tafara legislator James Maridadi says Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu must first go through due process on the missing US$15 billion diamond revenue before he can be allowed to hold a cabinet post. Former President Robert Mugabe revealed that Zimbabwe had lost about US$15 billion due to illicit deals in the diamond mining sector. The alleged illicit deals occurred during the time …

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US$500m boost for health sector

By Wisdom Mumera  Global Fund has extended a US$500 million grant to the government of Zimbabwe for the HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria programs. The grant whose programs will be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC, UNDP and the National Aids Council (NAC) comes at a time when Parliamentarians are threatening to sabotage the country’s 2018 budget if the health sector is …

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Send Mnangagwa to ICC: Gastaff

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa Self-styled activist Gastaff Kativu has urged the people of Zimbabwe to handover President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other high ranking government officials to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for their involvement in Gukurahundi, Operation Murambatsvina and 2008 political violence. Gukurahundi which happened in the early 80s claimed about 20 000 alleged people of Ndebele origin, Murambatsvina of 2005 left thousands of people homeless …

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Remove Bond Notes now: Mashakada

By Daniel Chigundu Hatfield legislator Tapiwa Mashakada has urged Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa to remove the Bond Notes adding that they have failed to serve their purpose and are causing problems in the economy. Bond Notes were introduced a few years ago as an import incentive, to also help ease the liquidity challenges and to stop externalisation of foreign currency. However, speaking in the National …

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Mugabe’s gunpoint resignation: AU and SADC under spotlight

By Wisdom Mumera Pressure is set to increase on the continent’s governance bodies in the aftermath of indications by Presidential spokesperson George Charamba that former President Robert Mugabe may have resigned under military duress. Both the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have tacitly accepted President Emmerson Mnangagwa assumption of power as legitimate whilst denying the occurrence of a de facto …

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Increase health funding or we sabortage budget: MPs

By Pretty Chavango Legislators have told Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa to to at least double the budget allocation for health or risk having his proposed 2018 national budget rejected. The health sector was allocated about US$408 million from the the budget in 2018 against a proposal of at least US$1.3 billion. Zimbabwe’s health sector is facing various challenges that range from operation, …

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Hon. Cross proposes tax on electronic transfers

By Daniel Chigundu Bulawayo South legislator Eddie Cross has urged Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa to consider putting a 5 percent tax on all electronic transfers. Owing to the obtaining cash crisis in the economy, most people have resorted to using electronic transfers to make payments for goods and services. This has seen electronics transfer statistics rising astronomically to about US$180 billion in …

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