Khupe fields more than 100 MP candidates

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On Jun 18, 2018 0 0 By Jeffrey Muvundusi #MDC-T led by #Thokozani Khupe said while they are still tabulating their national figures, they have, however, fielded parliamentary and local government candidates in all the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe. Former MDC Vice President Thokozani Khupe “I am pretty sure we will have more than 110 #National Assembly candidates and around 1 000 local government candidates. We are certainly on a roll and you can be assured that the MDC-T led by Khupe is a very potent political outfit. “Our BEST…

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Arrogant Health Minister Snubs Parliament While People Die In Hospitals

The Minister Of Health And Child Care Doctor David Parirenyatwa on Wednesday snubbed parliament question time leaving Members of the House of Assembly angry at his behaviour. The Minister made a brief appearance in the house and reportedly went out “to see somebody” and never returned. Parliamentarians were eager to interrogate the minister on the on going doctors strike and the dire situation at government run health centres. MDC-T Member of Parliament for Bulawayo Central Honourable Dorcas Sibanda sort from the Acting Speaker of the National Assembly why the Minister…

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Fikile Mbalula resigns as ANC MP

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JOHANNESBURG. – Former police minister Fikile Mbalula is the latest ANC Member of Parliament to step down. Last week, former minister of public enterprises Lynne Browne resigned. This followed a late-night Cabinet reshuffle announcement from President Cyril Ramaphosa which resulted in the two – along with several others – being booted out of the national executive. Mbalula has since taken up a full-time post at the ANC’s headquarters as chair of the party’s subcommittee on elections. He has started getting the governing party ready for the 2019 general elections by…

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Tshinga Dube slams Mudede over delays

Former War Veterans minister Tshinga Dube has said Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede is caught in a time warp, complicating the issue of registration documents in a move reminiscent of the colonial era. Former War Veterans Minister Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube Dube, who is also the chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services, told the National Assembly on Tuesday that he will soon summon Mudede to explain the inefficiency. “We must understand that getting a registration certificate or any identity document is a right, it…

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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 discovers anomalies at Health Ministry

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The Ministry of Health and Child Care owes nearly $50 million in unpaid goods and services and the debt has been increasing by $10 million each year against a budgetary allocation averaging $14 million, the Public Account Committee has said. Presenting its report on the 2015 appropriation and the 2011 to 2014 fund accounts to members of the National Assembly in Parliament on Tuesday, chairperson of the Committee legislator Paurina Gwanyanya-Mpariwa said they noted serious discrepancies, particularly in accounting and management of fuel allocations, medicines, equipment procurement and vehicle tenders.…

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54 VID officers fired

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Fifty-four Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) officers have been fired for corruption, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo has said.   The fired officers — Dr Gumbo said — were from Eastlea, Belvedere, Chitungwiza, Nyamapanda, Chinhoyi, Marondera, Victoria Falls, Kwekwe, Chirundu, Mutare, Kadoma and Chiredzi depots that issued 199 drivers’ licences to undeserving applicants. The licences have since been cancelled. Dr Gumbo made the announcement in a ministerial statement on corruption at VID in the National Assembly. “The public domain is awash with reports of driving school instructors who act as…

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Drug shortages to end – Parirenyatwa

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By Blessings Mashaya Health minister David Parirenyatwa has said drugs shortages in the country’s public hospitals will soon end as government has managed to secure medicines through money collected from the airtime levy. Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa Parirenyatwa made the revelation in the National Assembly last week after Zanu PF MP for Bindura North Kenneth Musanhi asked the minister about drug shortages. “I want to ask the Health and Child Care minister whether he has received anything, to date from the funds that were raised by…

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Chinamasa rubbishes Mugabe’s $15bn diamond theft claims

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Claims by former president Robert Mugabe that the country lost $15 billion worth of diamond revenue were divorced from the actual facts on the ground, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa told the National Assembly last week. Mugabe torched a storm when he claimed in a televised interview ahead of his 93rd birthday last year that the country, which is in the throes of a crippling foreign currency crisis, could not account for $15 billion realised from the sale of the gems. The revelations angered Zimbabweans who have always been suspicious of…

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Legislators reject scrapping of devolution

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Legislators have opposed Executive plans to scrap a constitutional provision that devolves power to provinces.In his 2018 National Budget, Finance and Economic Planning minister Patrick Chinamasa asked the National Assembly to consider doing away with the clause, arguing that it has created a heavy burden on the fiscus. Jessie Majome Chapter 14 of the national charter deals with devolution of governmental powers. It provides for the creation of eight provincial councils with 10 councillors each envisaged to be elected through proportional representation. It further creates two metropolitan provincial councils in…

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