ZEC says “trust us”, on solo access to BVR servers

By Pretty Chavango   The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission continues to be adamant that access to the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) servers will remain their sole privilege saying this is being done in public interest to protect personal data. Amongst other things, the BVR servers houses voter data collected during the voter registration exercise which can be used by political parties and other independent electoral bodies …

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Diaspora vote dependent on Parliamentarians – ZEC

By Pretty Chavango   The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has reiterated that Zimbabweans in the diaspora are not eligible to vote as everything has to be done in accordance to the law and their inclusion largely depends on Parliamentary parties to change the law. Addressing journalists at a press conference yesterday, Acting ZEC chairperson Emmanuel Magade said the question of the diaspora vote could not be addressed by them. …

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MPs threaten to sabotage budget over sanitary pads

By Daniel Chigundu Legislators have warned Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa that they will not pass the 2018 National Budget if doesn’t have provisions that guarantee the availability of affordable sanitary pads. Zimbabwe is currently facing challenges with the issue of availability and affordability of sanitary pads as two companies Onsdale (Farai pads) and Refreshing Sanitary Pads (Happy Sky pads) that manufacture the products are failing …

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7 million voters an extravagant ambition: ZEC

By Pretty Chavango Zimbabwe Electoral Commission  (ZEC)  acting chairperson Commissioner Emmanuel Magade has said their target of registering seven million voters for the upcoming 2018 general elections was an ‘extravagant ambition’. The admission comes soon after ZEC released final figures of the voter registration exercise which revealed that it had missed the mark by a long shot. Addressing the media at a press conference, Commissioner …

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Stop it! ED warns errant lecturers

By Watmore Makokoba President Emerson Mnangagwa has warned higher and tertiary education lectures who are engaging in corrupt practices and sexually abusing students that the full wrath of the law will descend upon them unaware. Some lecturers in various institutions of higher learning in the country are reportedly sexually abusing students promising them good marks, while others are taking bribes from students to award them …

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Uproar as opposition leaders defend arrested former Zanu PF members

By Wisdom Mumera The continued engagement of lawyers who occupy top ranks in the country’s opposition parties as defence counsel by arrested former Zanu PF members has divided opinions among the public and threatens to derail the opposition’s agenda in 2018 elections. Since the fall of Robert Mugabe in November last year through a military coup, former Zanu officials who are being arrested for alleged …

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Uproar as opposition leaders defend arrested former Zanu PF members

By Wisdom Mumera The continued engagement of lawyers who occupy top ranks in the country’s opposition parties as defence counsel by arrested former Zanu PF members has divided opinions among the public and threatens to derail the opposition’s agenda in 2018 elections. Since the fall of Robert Mugabe in November last year through a military coup, former Zanu officials who are being arrested for alleged …

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Parliament demands US$100m from budget

By Daniel Chigundu Speaker of National Assembly Jacob Mudenda has insisted that the Parliament of Zimbabwe must be allocated US$100 million from the country’s 2018 budget for it to effectively discharge its oversight role. In 2017 Parliament experienced a lot of financial challenges in trying to effectively hold public meetings across the country and ended up going to a few places. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa …

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2018 elections: Political violence flares-up

By Wisdom Mumera Incidents of politically-related violence appear to have flared up of late, as the country gears for the impending 2018 elections,  raising fears that there may be another bloody episode awaiting. Zimbabwe, will for the first time hold a general election without former President Robert Mugabe who was dethroned by the military in November last year. However, some political commentators are of the …

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MPs urged to ensure education for all

By Pretty Chavango The country’s legislators have been called upon to use their power to make sure government delivers on its mandate to ensure every child is in school as provided in the constitution. Under the banner of an initiative called “Every Child in School”  (ECIS) being led by Tag a Life International, MPs are being urged to use their legislative power to ensure all …

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