(Xinhua) -- At least 16 people have
died in the past week from a suspected cholera outbreak in
Harare that has now spread to the Midlands province, state media
The outbreak happened in the city’s
high-density suburbs of Glen View and Budiriro to the southwest,
with five having died by Friday.
Harare City Council director of health services Clemence Duri
told The Herald that authorities are monitoring the affected
areas and have deployed response teams.
"The death toll has risen to 16 after more people died of
suspected cholera today (Sunday).
"Although we are not yet sure of the cause of deaths, we are
suspecting it is cholera because of the symptoms presented," he
Duri said 106 people were admitted at an infectious diseases
hospital in the city.
He urged residents to consume treated water and confirmed
that some boreholes have been decommissioned.
Four more cases linked to the Harare outbreak have since been
reported in Gokwe North, Midlands Province.
Although cholera cases hit the country almost yearly, many
families still bear the scars of a cholera outbreak between Aug.
2008 and June 2009, when 98,596 cases of cholera were reported,
resulting in 4,369 deaths across the country.
Zimbabwe cabinet ministers
sworn in by President Emmerson Mnangagwa
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Emmerson
Mnangagwa on Monday swore into office his new 20-member cabinet
that will drive Zimbabwe’s economic revival in the next five
This comes after Mnangagwa named the leaner cabinet last
Friday that is composed of new, old, experienced and youthful
A cross section of the Zimbabwean society has welcomed the
cabinet as a breath of fresh air, taking into account that it
excludes most of Mugabe-era ministers.
The new finance minister Mthuli Ncube was the first to take
the oath of office and he said his priorities are to stabilize
the economy, clearing the country’s huge external debt,
restoration of public confidence in the financial sector as well
as addressing the current cash crisis.
He said addressing these issues would put Zimbabwe on a
strong footing to eventually re-introduce its own currency
dumped in 2009 in favor of multiple currencies after being
rendered worthless by a decade of hyperinflation.
"The issue of currency reform will be underway.
"It is important that we do that but currency reform alone is
"It needs a second leg which is fiscal policy to create
stability, so that is what I will be focusing on," he said.
He said his ministry will look at other options beyond the
surrogate bond notes introduced in 2016 to stem the cash crisis
but have slowly lost their value to the green back on the black
"Ultimately I would want the Zimbabwe dollar to come back as
a sovereign currency, legal tender and store of value," he said.
The former banker and financial expert said the country’s
cash crisis was a reflection of the country’s "poor
Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo who retained his
position said Zimbabwe will continue with its engagement and
"All what we want is to ensure that we are friendly to all
countries and above all our policy is Zimbabwe first in
everything we do.
"But of course there are compromises because every nation has
its own firsts," he said.
Zimbabwe’s most successful Olympian and surprise cabinet
inclusion Kirsty Coventry said she would engage stakeholders to
find ways of resolving challenges facing the sports sector.
Coventry is one of the five ministers picked by Mnangagwa
from outside parliament for their professional skills and
Mnangagwa also swore into office 13 deputy ministers and nine
Zimbabwe new legislators
sworn in after July polls
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe’s legislators were on Wednesday
sworn in for five-year terms following their election in the
July 30 polls.
The members of the ninth parliament took oath of office
before Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda.
The swearing-in of the 350 law makers is expected to pave the
way for appointment of a new cabinet by President Emmerson
Mnangagwa who was inaugurated on Aug. 26.
Zimbabwean law stipulates that cabinet ministers should be
appointed from among legislators, but it also allows for up to
five to be picked from outside parliament for their professional
skills and competence.
Zimbabwe’s parliament is made up of 270 Members of the
National Assembly and 80 Senators.
The ruling ZANU-PF party won a two-thirds majority after
garnering 145 seats of the 210 contested seats in the National
Assembly against opposition MDC Alliance’s 63.
Two other seats were won by an independent candidate and a
member of the opposition National Patriotic Front.
In addition, ZANU-PF got 35 women quota seats, the MDC
Alliance 24 while the splinter MDC-T party got one seat.
In the Senate, ZANU-PF has 36 seats, MDC alliance 23, MDC-T
one while traditional chiefs and people living with disabilities
have 18 and two seats respectively.
President Mnangagwa has set Sept. 11 as the date for the
first sitting of parliament specifically for both houses to
elect their respective presiding officers.
According to legal think-tank Veritas, both houses will then
adjourn for about two weeks to allow time for induction of the
large-number of first-time members who constitute approximately
60 percent of the total membership.
Zimbabwe and China seek to
strengthen educational co-operation
by Gretinah Machingura HARARE
Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe, which
is targeting to become a middle-income economy by 2030, is
seeking to boost educational cooperation with China in order to
achieve its economic development goals.
In recent years, an increasing number of Zimbabwean students
have been going to China to further their education at various
universities in the Asian country.
While some are paying for their studies, a number of them are
studying through scholarships granted by the Chinese government
In 2016, Chinese firm Hengshun Zhongsheng Group started
awarding scholarships to academically gifted but poor Zimbabwean
students to study in China.
The company has been sending 50 students each year to study
in China under the Zimbabwean presidential scholarship program,
and has to date awarded scholarships to 150 Zimbabwean students
to study in various disciplines.
The 50 students for 2018 are set to leave for China soon,
after a farewell ceremony was held for them by the Zimbabwe
government and the Chinese Embassy on Friday.
In a farewell message, Zimbabwean President Emmerson
Mnangagwa urged the students to go and harness their education
potential in China for the benefit of the nation.
"Go and acquire knowledge and skills that we do need so much.
"Work hard, be disciplined and represent us well.
"We want you to come back home when you finish your studies
and join us in the economic revolution which the new
dispensation is unraveling," the president said in a message
read on his behalf by a government minister.
Minister for national and presidential scholarships
Christopher Mushowe said the main thrust of the new government
was on specialization, skills and manpower development to enable
the country to attain its 2030 economic vision.
"In the new government we will make sure that research and
development, innovation and technology development are given
"We have yawning skills gaps in the critical areas of
science, technology and engineering and we want to fill those
gaps with a deliberate focus on those areas," Mushowe said.
Director of political affairs at the Chinese embassy in
Zimbabwe Guo Jing said the sending of yet again 50 students this
year to study at various universities in China was one of the
many good examples of the successful China-Zimbabwe educational
"Our cooperation in educational exchange is a win-win job as
this cooperation not only benefits the next generation of
Zimbabwe and jump-starts the development of Zimbabwe, but also
cultivates the young champions for China-Zimbabwe
people-to-people and cultural exchanges," Guo said.
She said Zimbabwe was at the dawn of a new chapter of
development which requires a huge pool of critical skills to
enable the country to push forward with its development agenda.
"The knowledge acquired in China will serve as guidance for
your work in Zimbabwe and toward the target of making Zimbabwe a
middle income country by 2030," she said.
She also urged the students to be practitioners of
Zimbabwe-China cooperation that delivers fruitful win-win
outcomes for the two sides.
Hengshun Zhongsheng Group managing director Liu Baixue urged
the students to work hard in their studies.
"Do your very best in your studies so that you serve your
nation with the knowledge you have acquired," she said.
Nineteen-year-old Shalom Muguwe who will study a degree
program in computer science and information technology at Ocean
University of China said he was grateful to China for the study
"I am very happy to have been awarded this scholarship.
"I want to acquire knowledge in China that will help in
building a better Zimbabwe and advance our country in terms of
technology and development," he said.
"I hope the Chinese government and other firms will increase
the number of scholarships so that many bright but poor students
benefit," he added.
To Kudakwashe Meki, a 26-year-old university graduate who
will pursue a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, said the
study opportunity will help boost his chances to secure
employment and contribute to the development of Zimbabwe.
"I am happy that I will acquire practical education from
China and I hope to come back and use those skills to develop my
country," said Meki.
The study opportunity came in handy for 19-year-old Heidrun
Mvere whose dream of acquiring university education had been
shattered following the death of her father and breadwinner last
"Thanks to this scholarship I am now able to fulfill my dream
of getting university education.
"On her own, my mother would not have managed to send me to
university," she said.
Twenty five-year-old Margeret Muskwe said she hoped not only
to secure employment but to set up her company after completing
her Master’s Degree in Genetics in China.
"I believe I should also do my own thing after university
rather than simply look for a job.
"So I hope to improve the agriculture sector in Zimbabwe
through animal and plant breeding," she said.
The exponential growth of Chinese universities as world class
institutions has resulted in the Asian country emerging as a
popular overseas study destination among many Zimbabwean
An official from Obepa Education and Scholarship Center said
the dramatic increase in Zimbabweans seeking higher education in
China can be explained in part by the Chinese government’s
commitment to higher education and China’s technological
"Technology in China is far much advanced, and students
prefer to go where technology is more dynamic.
"Engineering programs are the ones that attract most
students," said Pamhidzai Matambanadzo from Obepa Center.
She said lower tuition fees and scholarships by Chinese
universities also attract many students.
In a keynote speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the
2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
held on Sept. 3-4, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China will
train 1,000 high-caliber Africans, provide Africa with 50,000
government scholarships, sponsor seminar and workshop
opportunities for 50,000 Africans, and invite 2,000 African
youths to visit China for exchanges over the next three years
This is part of the eight major initiatives announced by Xi
which China and African countries will implement in the next
three years and beyond.
The initiatives also cover fields such as industrial
promotion, infrastructure connectivity, trade facilitation, and