(Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President
Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday sent a condolence message after yet
another 42 people died Thursday night when a bus they were
traveling in caught fire along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge road in
At least another 20 people were also
injured in the accident.
The accident is the second major fatal accident in Zimbabwe
barely two weeks after 50 people died in another bus accident
Wednesday last week near Rusape along the Harare-Mutare highway.
Thursday’s bus was coming from Zvishavane in the Midlands
Province and was travelling to Musina in South Africa.
Mnangagwa said the accident points to the growing risks on
the country’s roads requiring urgent and drastic interventions.
"What is heart-rending about this latest accident is that
combustible material was allowed onto the bus, thus causing a
conflagration which entrapped, scalded and consumed innocent
passengers," the president said.
Mnangagwa said the latest accident must jolt the nation to
re-look at its traffic laws and traffic enforcement practices in
order to prevent placement of all incendiary material on public
"As before, I urge the ministry of transport to use the two
accidents which have occurred hard on the heels of each other to
take appropriate measures which comprehensively deal with this
growing menace on our roads," the president said.
He said the government will move to declare the accident a
population swells amid
continued conflicts in DRC and Mozambique
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Continued conflicts in Mozambique and the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have led to an influx of
refugees into Zimbabwe, resulting in refugee population rising
by 25 percent in 2017.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR), Zimbabwe received 1,382 asylum seekers at its
Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge between January and October
2018, with 139 of them arriving in October mainly from the DRC.
The camp’s refugee population has rapidly shot up from 5,000
in 2015 to the current 20,410 due to escalating conflicts in
Mozambique and the DRC.
The UNHCR said the rising refugee population was exerting
pressure on its ability to provide basics needs to the asylum
"Access to shelter remains a challenge due to funding
constraints and increasing refugee population," the UN agency
said in a statement published Friday.
It added that lack of classrooms and teachers was also
impacting negatively on access to high school education by the
After the refugee population swelled beyond 5,000, the United
Nations World Food Program (WFP) started managing the food
assistance program at the camp in January 2015.
Through its partnership with the Zimbabwe government, UNHCR
and other aid agencies, the WFP is supporting more than 12,000
refugees in the camp with food assistance.
On a monthly basis, the WFP provides cash-based transfers of
13 U.S. dollars per person per month.
"WFP is prioritizing cash assistance because it empowers
people to buy the food commodities of their choice, thereby
furthering their dignity, increasing diversity of food
consumption, and stimulating local markets," the WFP said.
However, the WFP continues to appeal for more funding to meet
the food needs of the growing refugee population.
Zimbabwe gold miner
resumes operations after central bank ups forex retention
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe’s gold miner RioZim said Friday
it has resumed operations at three of its mines after striking a
deal with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) on foreign currency
The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed miner closed the three
gold mines last month citing viability challenges due to foreign
The firm last month also threatened to sue the RBZ for
reneging on its 2016 policy to pay gold producers 50 percent of
their earnings in U.S. dollars.
Gold producers in Zimbabwe sell their gold only to Fidelity
Printers and Refiners, a subsidiary of the RBZ.
The firm said it was now resuming operations following
extensive discussions with government ministries, RBZ and the
Chamber of Mines.
"The company is now in a position to resume operations at all
three of its gold mines, namely Cam & Motor, Renco, and Dalny
due to its ability to procure the necessary inputs and
"The company’s ability to resume operations at these mines
follows a commitment by the RBZ of Zimbabwe that with immediate
effect, it will increase the percentage of export proceeds that
can be retained by gold producers in their individual Nostro
foreign currency accounts," RioZim said in a statement.
Further, the RBZ had also proposed a number of other measures
to incentivize and assist gold producers including export
incentives and confirmed letters of credit to fund capital
expenditure requirements, the company said.
According to Zimbabwe’s forex policy, gold miners will now
retain 55 percent of their foreign-exchange earnings, up from 30
RioZim said it will, however, continue to monitor the
situation closely with regards to the adequacy of the proposed
measures in meeting its operational and investment needs.
Zimbabwe is facing an acute shortage of foreign currency
which has affected importation of essential commodities such as
fuel and medical drugs.
Gold is Zimbabwe’s second largest export after tobacco.
The country is targeting to produce 34 tons of gold in 2018,
its highest production since 1980.
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