Don’t come anywhere near auction floors, vendors told

By Staff Writer Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry regulator TIMB has announced new rules for trade during the lockdown that will shut out vendors from the auction floors. The country’s tobacco auction floors have traditionally been a hive of activity when the tobacco selling season commences. The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board which administers the sale of …

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You cant just take land without amending laws, Govt. told

Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has told the government that it cannot just decide to take land without first amending the country’s constitution. Government is reportedly trying to repossess some farms which were protected under the Bilateral Investment Promotion Protection Agreement (BIPPA) so that it can give them back to the owners in a bid to …

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DOWNLOAD: ZDI Report castigates Command Agriculture

As shown above, maize imports continued very high despite the reported bumper harvests in the first harvest season of CAP in 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. Despite increased expenditure which ought to have built a dependable and resilient irrigation infrastructure by now, the 2018/2019 season saw imports increasing by above 500% from the 2017/2018 season. A controversial finding here is: why …

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Command Agriculture: Parliament should keep eyes on the ball

By Joel Mandaza One of the biggest victories for Parliament last year was how it exposed the government`s Command Agriculture as an opaque resource looting scheme thinly veiled as a food security strategy. The fact that as much as US$3billion was looted through the scheme came to public knowledge when the Tendai Biti led Public Accounts Committee conducted …

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It’s time to enforce climate related laws

By Joel Mandaza 2019 gave Zimbabwe a stern reminder of how climate change is now a reality. Cyclone Idai displaced more than a thousand and killed hundreds in Chimanimani. One of the most devastating occurrences in the country’s history, Cyclone Idai remains a headache to the country, nine months later. People are still living in …

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It’s time to enforce climate related laws

By Joel Mandaza 2019 gave Zimbabwe a stern reminder of how climate change is now a reality. Cyclone Idai displaced more than a thousand and killed hundreds in Chimanimani. One of the most devastating occurrences in the country’s history, Cyclone Idai remains a headache to the country, nine months later. People are still living in …

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Is Wadyajena a blue-eyed-boy in Parliament?

Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has asked Parliament to explain why Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena is given special treatment in Parliament adding that the youthful flamboyant legislator has never read a report from the Agriculture Committee on his own as he is always absent. Speaking in the National Assembly recently, Honourable Mliswa said it appears …

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Govt abandons its own ZFC in favour of FSG

By Staff Reporter Zimbabwe Fertiliser Company (ZFC) says they were denied the opportunity to participate in the Presidential Input Scheme despite being owned 50% by the government of Zimbabwe. Due to challenges in the economy, the government has become the largest buyer of fertiliser in the country through its various agricultural schemes such as Command …

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Parliament has no power to enforce discipline

By Daniel Chigundu Binga North legislator Prince Dubeko Sibanda says Parliament of Zimbabwe has no power to enforce discipline on corrupt Ministers and government officials whom it would have exposed through its oversight function. Honourable Sibanda’s revelation comes on the back of numerous complaints from members of the public who have been accusing Parliament of …

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