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Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa re-assures
investors as nation gears up for elections

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday implored investors not to worry about political uncertainty as the nation gears up for elections to be held mid this year.

In a speech read on his behalf by acting president Constantino Chiwenga at a mining conference, Mnangagwa urged both local and foreign investors to take advantage of the country’s rich mineral resource base to invest in the sector.

“We are a peaceful country and we urge all of you to take advantage of the peaceful business environment to do business with us.

“We will soon be going for harmonized elections. However, there is no need to worry about political uncertainly and this should not adversely affect your investment decisions.

“My government is fully committed to the holding of free, fair and credible elections which are in line with Southern African Development Community and African Union principles and guidelines governing democratic elections,” Mnangagwa said.

He said his new government was rolling out a raft of economic reforms to enhance Zimbabwe’s competitiveness and re-position it as an investment destination of choice in Africa.

Since coming into power last November, the new government had implemented policy measures to improve the mining environment, including reviewing the controversial indigenization policy which now restricts minority ownership in mining firms by foreigners to only two minerals - platinum and diamonds, the president said.

He said government had also deferred the 15 percent tax on unrefined platinum, lithium and granite exports to January 2019 to allow miners to build beneficiation plants.

The tax will be implemented on a sliding scale which takes into account the level of beneficiation, he added.

“In other words, the higher the level of beneficiation, the less tax one pays,” he said.

The president reiterated that the mining sector remained critical to Zimbabwe’s economic growth as it continued to be a major foreign currency earner.

“We therefore need to expeditiously come up with strategies on how local, regional and global finance can be mobilized so that we realize maximum value from our mineral resources,” he said.

Mines Minister Winston Chitando said Zimbabwe needs more capital to fully exploit its mining sector potential.

“We have abundant minerals resources.

“We do have a good human capital base but what we have lacked as a country is enough capital to take advantage of the resources we have,” he said.

It is estimated that the mining sector requires 7 billion U.S. dollars to fully recapitalize.

Zimbabwe has over 40 known minerals resources that are not being fully exploited due to lack of capital.

Chitando said Zimbabwe is working on ramping up investment in lithium production, adding that the country is aiming to produce at least 10 percent of the world’s lithium in the next four years.

He also said government will in March float a tender for the establishment of a joint venture that will set up a plant in the Midlands city of Kwekwe to process refractory gold that is mainly found in Lupane, Matabeleland North Province.



Zimbabwe’s main opposition party keen to
form grand coalition against ruling party

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s main opposition party MDC-T said Wednesday it is keen to engage former vice president Joice Mujuru’s party to form a grand coalition of opposition parties to contest against the ruling ZANU-PF party in elections set for mid this year.

MDC-T acting president Nelson Chamisa told a press conference that the MDC-T was open to negotiations with Mujuru on the formation of a grand coalition.

“Our view is that we must have a grand coalition of democrats. We must have a grand strategy around making a broad alliance possible. So yes we are reaching out and we are extending our hand of engagement to (Joice) Mujuru to come in but of course there are issues to be resolved,” Chamisa said.

The former vice president in former president Robert Mugabe’s government is now leader of the opposition National People’s Party that she formed in 2017 after she was sacked by Mugabe from ZANU-PF and government in 2014.

In October last year, Mujuru formed the People’s Rainbow Coalition with three other opposition parties.

Chamisa is also leader of the MDC Alliance, a loose coalition of seven parties seeking to fight it out with ZANU-PF in the polls.

Chamisa said the memorandum of understanding signed between the MDC Alliance and Mujuru’s NPP was still standing.


Zimbabwe government compiles observers list as elections loom

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwe government is compiling a list of missions to be invited to observe the forthcoming elections scheduled for mid-year, a senior official told state media Wednesday.

Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Joey Bimha told the Herald newspaper that invitations to foreign observer missions would be sent soon.

Among those expecting to make a return to observing the country’s elections are the European Union and the United States who had been barred from the country by the previous government led by Robert Mugabe.

Prior to his resignation last November, then President Robert Mugabe had indicated that foreign observer missions from areas such as the European Union and the U.S. would still not be allowed in the country.

However, new president Mnangagwa has since said those previously barred from observing the elections would be allowed to do so, while promising free, fair and credible elections.

The exact date for the elections is still to be proclaimed but the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has said they should be held between July 31 and Aug. 21 in terms of the constitution.


Women constitute majority of registered voters in Zimbabwe

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Women constitute the majority of registered voters for the upcoming elections scheduled for mid-2018, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said Thursday.

ZEC commissioner Joyce Kazembe told a press conference that provisional statistics indicate that women constitute 54.5 percent of the registered voters.

ZEC is currently decrypting voter registration data following the end of a mobile biometric voter registration on Feb. 8.

At least 5.3 million people have registered to vote.

Kazembe said a total of 5.1 million registered voters had been decrypted by Feb. 22 as the electoral body pushes to produce a provisional voters’ roll by early April.

She said registered voters aged between 18 and 34 constituted 43.5 percent of the total while those aged 60 and above constituted 13.6 percent.

The capital Harare had the highest percentage of registered voters at 44.4 percent, followed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s home province of Midlands with 38.8 percent.

Voter registration is still continuing at 73 district centers around the country until a few weeks before elections.

ZEC has said according to law, the elections must be held between July 21 and Aug. 21 unless parliament is dissolved earlier in terms of the law.

Kazembe said according to the election time frame, the earliest date for the sitting of the nomination court will be May 19.


Zimbabwe peace commission deplores violence in country

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) on Monday deplored political and pubic violence that engulfed the nation in the past week.

In a statement, the Commission urged the nation to shun political violence and desist from victimizing and discriminating against women and other people along ethnic lines.

The Commission also urged police to desist from using excessive and inappropriate force against unarmed civilians.

The remarks by the Commission comes after opposition Movement for Democratic Change leaders Thokozani Khupe and Douglas Mwonzora were attacked last Tuesday by party supporters at the burial of their leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Some have said the attack on female leader Khupe, who belongs to the minority Ndebele tribe, was tribal and sexist.

Two days later on Thursday, two people died and three police officers were injured after clashes between civilians and the police in Harare over the government’s ban on commuter omnibuses in the central business district.

“Law enforcement officers are implored to desist from the use of excessive and inappropriate force against citizens but use dialogue as a means of achieving a lasting peaceful resolution of disputes,” said the NPRC.

On political violence, the NPRC said:

“Political party leaders are urged to desist from inciting their members to engage in violence and criminal activities.

“The nation has to have a culture of resolving conflicts and disputes peacefully.”

Zimbabwe is due to hold national elections mid this year and President Emmerson Mnangagwa has implored the nation to uphold peace and ensure the elections are held in a peaceful environment.


Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa off to DR Congo as his diplomatic blitz continues

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa was due to leave for the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday to meet his counterpart Joseph Kabila, as he continued with his diplomatic mission in the region to apprise leaders of political developments back home, state media reported Tuesday.

The Herald quoted Presidential spokesperson George Charamba as saying that besides the courtesy call, the two leaders would discuss bilateral issues.

“It is a continuation of courtesy calls to the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region.

“We have been to South Africa, Angola, Namibia, Mozambique and Zambia.

“Now we are off to DR Congo as part of courtesy calls,” Charamba said.

Since taking over from former President Robert Mugabe following military intervention last November, Mnangagwa has been visiting heads of state in the region to explain the circumstances which led to the military intervention and Mugabe’s subsequent resignation.

He has also been telling them about preparations for presidential and general elections to be held mid-2018.

Besides the regional trips, Mnangagwa has been to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum and Ethiopia for the African Union (AU) Summit.


More diamond deposits found in Zimbabwe: official  

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- A top government official has said rich diamond deposits have been discovered in southern Zimbabwe and will boost the fortunes of the country, state media reported Wednesday.

Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for Masvingo province, Josaya Hungwe, told a press conference that the discovery of the diamonds was made in Chivi District, to the west of the province.

The state Herald newspaper reported Wednesday that Hungwe said he had been briefed about the discovery of kimberlite pipes rich in diamonds.

“We have made it clear to investors who are interested in extracting the gems to come up with proposals on how they plan to exploit the diamonds and government will make a decision on how the diamonds will be mined,” he said.

Chivi is a semi-arid area which is predominantly occupied by subsistence farmers.

According to empowerment laws seeking to uplift the lives of indigenous Zimbabweans, 51 percent of shareholding in diamond investment is reserved for locals.


Zimbabwe veterinary authorities to shoot stray dogs following rabies outbreak

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Veterinary authorities in Bindura, 100 km north of Harare, have ordered residents of the town to lock up their dogs within their premises following an outbreak of rabies in and around the town or risk them being shot and killed.

No cases of human casualties have been reported in the area so far, but at least one person reportedly died from rabies in the Midlands Province in late January.

A notice issued Wednesday by Mashonaland Central Provincial Veterinary Officer Wilmot Chikurunhe said the dog tie-up would be effective March 19-23 while dog vaccinations were currently underway up to Friday.

“During the tie-up period and beyond, personnel from the Veterinary Services will conduct a 6.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. operation to terminate all dogs seen on the streets.

“Owners are advised to keep their dogs in fences and (security) walls in accordance with municipal by-laws so they do not escape into the streets,” he said.

He also advised those who had challenges keeping their dogs to surrender them to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals before the tie-up period.

Rabies is a notifiable disease in Zimbabwe and in humans is mostly transmitted through the bite of the domestic dog.

According to the law, all dogs should be vaccinated against rabies.



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