Sam Matsekete BY TATIRA ZWINOIRAOLD Mutual Zimbabwe (OMZ) group chief executive officer Sam Matsekete says gaps in the funeral services sector led them to add more offerings to their policy. OMZ has already been running the Flexi Funeral Plan, an annual renewable funeral policy aimed at reducing inflation by making cash payouts to cater for funeral costs for clients. Speaking to journalists at the launch of the Old Mutual Funeral Service last Thursday, Matsekete said…

Bulawayo City Council (BCC) BY PATRICIA SIBANDATHE Bulawayo City Council has given Hyde Park village residents a lifeline after renewing their lease agreements for another 10 years. Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) co-ordinator Khumbulani Maphosa applauded councillors for the decision. “We really applaud the council’s decision because it enhances people’s rights in terms of shelter and it enables people to continue with their lives. We applaud councillors for that,” Maphosa said. “We are, however,…

ZIMRA BY MTHANDAZO NYONITHE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has set up a specialised unit responsible for following up on informal sector companies, as well as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as the tax collector steps up efforts to widen its revenue base. In March this year, Zimra acting commissioner-general Regina Chinamasa revealed that a significant number of firms were hiding in the informal sector to avoid paying taxes. As such, the national tax collector…

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Headquarters BY METHEMBE SIBANDAZIMBABWE Gender Commission (ZGC) has called on government to ensure that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is empowered to enforce gender balance in elections. Failure to enforce gender equality in elections has resulted in only 25 women being elected as legislators in the National Assembly in addition to the 60 proportional representation posts, ZGC pointed out. In its report on a gender audit of Zimbabwe’s main political parties, ZGC…

File pic: Gold coin BY TATIRA ZWINOIRATHE Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (Zimcodd) has called for lower denomination gold coins because only the elite are accessing them at the moment. Currently, gold coins are valued at one ounce, weighing 33,93 grammes and are priced according to international prices that include production and bank charges, making them very expensive. As of Friday, a single gold coin cost nearly $910 000 or US$1 872,36, yet public…

CLIMATE CHANGE BY LORRAINE MUROMOGOVERNMENT needs to come up with measures to mitigate climate change effects such as droughts, which are causing food insecurity. A report released last week by the Afrobarometer listed Zimbabwe as one of the countries susceptible to severe droughts. Afrobarometer’s assistant survey manager for southern Africa, Stephen Ndoma, said six in 10 Zimbabweans believe that droughts have become “somewhat more severe” or “much more severe” over the past 10 years due…

A man holding a placard at the National Heroes Acre FOR 15 years, from 1964 to 1979, a bitter and bloody war was fought in and outside the country as the people calling themselves Zimbabweans today sought the right to vote and access their land which had been usurped by colonial settlers. Waging the guerrilla armed struggle were the country’s sons and daughters backed by theirs fathers, mothers, grandparents and siblings. Even some among the…

Jabulani Sibanda BY NIZBERT MOYOZANU PF Bulawayo province chairperson Jabulani Sibanda has demanded that government returns all Zipra-owned properties to Zapu war veterans. Speaking on Friday during the official opening of the SAI Mart shop in Entumbane, Bulawayo, by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, Sibanda said the Zipra properties should be returned physically and not through media promises. Chiwenga was accompanied to the event by his new wife, Miniyothabo Baloyi, who is an army colonel. “Acting President,…

Zimcodd logo BY MIRIAM MANGWAYAGOVERNMENT has been urged to consult the public when making decisions on natural resource utilisation and management in order for citizens to benefit. A recent survey conducted by the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (Zimcodd) showed that the majority of citizens felt that they were being excluded in decision-making processes on the use of public resources. Zimcodd conducted a survey on public resource management in 57 districts across the country’s…

Kembo Mohadi BY NUNURAI JENAZANU PF vice-president Kembo Mohadi, who was supposed to be the guest speaker at Chinhoyi Agricultural Show, failed to turn up last Friday amid reports that Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) supporters had planned to ambush him with demonstrations. However, Mohadi, Zimbabwe’s former Vice-President, delivered a speech at a clean-up event at the Chinhoyi Provincial Heroes Acre held in the morning. Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister Mary Mliswa-Chikoka read Mohadi’s prepared…