(Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President
Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday sent a message of condolences
following the death of 47 people in a bus accident along the
Harare-Mutare highway on Wednesday.
The president said
in view of the magnitude of the loss of human life in one of the
worst road accidents in recent months, he had instructed the
responsible ministry to take necessary steps to declare the
accident a national disaster.
He said the death of such a high number of people in a single
traffic incident raises serious questions about the behavior on
the country’s roads.
"The use of vehicles that are not roadworthy, or drivers who
do not seem to care for passenger safety, amount to a criminal
breach of trust between bus operators and the paying commuters
who expect and deserve safe transit," the president said.
The accident, which also left 70 others injured, occurred
when two long-distance buses collided on the busy highway.
Road accidents, especially involving public passenger buses
and commuter omnibuses, are a common feature in Zimbabwe’s
dilapidated roads with police attributing most of the accidents
Zimbabwe and Guinea ties
will lead to greater economic co-operation
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Visiting Zimbabwean President Emmerson
Mnangagwa on Wednesday expressed confidence in Conakry that
blossoming relations between Zimbabwe and Guinea would translate
into greater economic cooperation.
"I am confident that the friendship and fraternal relations
will translate into strong economic ties through our bilateral
relations as well as the various frameworks within the African
Union and United Nations," he said at a dinner held in his honor
by his counterpart Alpha Conde, the state-run news agency New
During Mnangagwa’s visit to Guinea, the two countries signed
four memoranda of agreements aimed at creating a framework for
These include the framework agreement of cooperation,
agreement on the establishment of a joint commission, agreement
on reciprocal exemption of visas for holders of diplomatic and
service passports and memorandum of understanding for the
establishment of political and diplomatic consultation between
the two ministries in charge of foreign affairs.
Mnangagwa said the agreements mark the framework for
furthering and deepening cooperation.
Speaking through an interpreter, Conde commended the first
visit from his Zimbabwean counterpart.
In a communique released at the end of the two-day visit, the
two countries also agreed to exchange experts in agriculture and
to explore opportunities in mining, technical cooperation and
The two leaders also welcomed the principle of speaking with
one voice on all regional and international forums.
Mnangagwa extended an invitation to Conde to visit Zimbabwe,
which he accepted.
Zimbabwe targeting record
gold output in 2018
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe is expecting a new
record gold output of 34 tonnes in 2018 as the authorities
institute measures to curb leakage of the precious metal.
The country’s peak gold output was in 1999, when 27 tons were
Over the years, production dropped sharply due to economic
challenges facing the nation, but output has since started to
rise again, and stood at 28 tonnes in September this year.
The country produced 24 tonnes of gold in 2017.
Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando was
quoted by The Herald newspaper on Wednesday as saying
that a special task force set up by the government to curb gold
leakages would contribute significantly to deliveries to the
state-owned Fidelity Printers, the country’s sole gold buyer.
The national gold mobilization task force is mandated with
making sure that all the gold produced in the country goes
through formal channels.
It comprises of officials from the ministry of mines,
Zimbabwe Defense Forces and the police.
"Gold deliveries, to date, are actually at a record because
we are at 28 tonnes and the projection is that we could actually
hit 34 tonnes which will be a record in the history of this
country," Chitando said.
Gold is one of Zimbabwe’s major foreign exchange earners.
For the country to achieve the government’s target of
becoming an upper-middle-income economy by 2030, gold output
should jump to 100 tonnes per year, the minister said.
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