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Elton Mangoma seeks to clear his name on Wicknell tender scam

RENEWAL Democrats of Zimbabwe and former Energy Minister Elton Mangoma has written to Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda, requesting to be invited before the Parliamentary committee on Mines and Energy to clear his name over the Wicknell Chivayo Gwanda solar project tender scam. Mangoma was one of the four ex-ministers who served under former President Robert Mugabe between 2013 and 2017 being investigated for allegedly turning the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) into their feeding trough, flouting tender procedures to line up their pockets. The four – Mangoma (MDC-T), Dzikamai…

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Women Parliamentarians caucus promises man tight battle at polls

  MEN must brace for stiff competition from female candidates during the 2018 elections after the Zimbabwe Women Parliamentarians Caucus and different civic organisations yesterday launched a 50/50 gender parity advocacy campaign and women’s manifesto for 2018 to 2023. Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda, who was guest of honour at the launch attended by hundreds of women, said it was possible for Zimbabwe to have a female President in 2018 if women rise to the occasion. “Constitutions of political parties do not support gender parity and that must…

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Parly mourns Tsvangirai

By Mugove Tafirenyika Parliament has joined Zimbabweans and the rest of the world in mourning the late opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, pictured, who died in South Africa last Wednesday after a long battle with colon cancer. File picture of Morgan Tsvangirai at the World Economic Forum Before the commencement of parliamentary business in the house on Thursday last week National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Tsvangirai’s death describing it as “untimely”. “Tsvangirai served Zimbabwe with distinction as an accomplished trade unionist and leader of the opposition for many years…

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Shebeens to become legal in Zimbabwe

GOVERNMENT is working on legalising shebeens, with their registration expected to start in the next two months. The announcement comes three years after Government first revealed that it was working on a policy to legalise shebeens to promote local tourism. Responding to legislators during the National Assembly’s question and answer session on Wednesday, the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Prisca Mupfumira said the shebeens will have to first register with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) before Government grants them licences. “What we are in the process of doing as…

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MPs’ failure to submit paperwork delays CDF

By Farayi Machamire Legislators’ failure to submit the necessary paperwork is stalling the disbursement of Constituency Development Funds (CDF). Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda In a circular to Members of Parliament, Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda encouraged legislators to “attend to the matter urgently.” He said only two constituencies out of 210 had fully complied with the CDF Parliamentary Staff Management Committee provisions and would soon receive the payouts. Constituency Development Committees are required to identify projects within their constituencies by conducting consultative processes with all stakeholders in…

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