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Mashonaland Central urged to vote wisely

VOTE WISELY PRESIDENT URGED ZANU PF SUPPORTERS
Harare June 6, 2012 (New Ziana)-President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday urged people in Mashonaland West province to vote for his party which brought independence to the country.
President Mugabe was addressing hundreds of mourners at the burial of Zvimba headman Enoch Chimbamauro (86) who succumbed to diabetes and heart problem at the weekend.
Zvimba, which is President Mugabe’s rural home, is the stronghold of Zanu PF party.
President Mugabe has insisted that elections should be held this year to end the life of the shaky inclusive government in place since 2009.
But the MDC formations have insisted that elections should be held after certain reforms are made.
The SADC Organ on Defence, Politics and Security Co-operation that met in Luanda, Angola last week endorsed the poll plan saying that elections should be held within the next 12 months.
President Mugabe said the province should not be like other areas where people were duped into voting for opposition parties in the 2008 disputed elections which culminated into a power sharing agreement.
He said Zvimba had never failed adding that people should be wary of Western-sponsored political parties bent on reversing the gains of the liberation struggle which led to the attainment of independence.
He said the Zvimba community should continue to vote for Zanu PF party whose ideology had brought the land and mineral wealth into the hands of ordinary Zimbabweans.
President Mugabe also said voting for other parties would make the likes of the late headman Chimbamauro turn in their graves as it was their wish to retain the gains of the liberation struggle.
He however urged Zanu PF supporters to desist from engaging in political violence when seeking support in the next election.
President Mugabe also said government would continue with the indigenization and economic empowerment of Zimbabweans adding that foreigners should come to invest as partners and not owners in mining and manufacturing among others sectors of the economy.
“The land reform exercise alone was not enough,” he said, “We could not leave the whites to continue exploiting our minerals.”
The Zimbabwe government is intensifying efforts to implement the Indigenization Act which stipulates that foreign investors should not own more than 49 percent of any business venture valued at US$500 000 or more.
Mining companies such as Mimosa, Zimplats and Caledonia Mine have since complied with the indigenization regulations.
Implats, the South African company that owns Zimplats, recently agreed to transfer 51 percent of its shares to the government in compliance with the indigenization law.
Speaking at the same occasion, Local government, Rural and Urban Development Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo said the nation had lost one of its leaders in the land reform programme in Zvimba East constituency.
Mashonaland West Governor Faber Chidarikire also attended the burial.
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Gono warns against empowering same people

GONO SOUNDS WARNING BELLS ON INDEGINISATION
Harare June 1, 2012 (New Ziana) – Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor Gideon Gono said Friday the government must not let the same groups of people benefit from its empowerment programmes as it implements the latest round of the exercise.
Gono, who was addressing a meeting of the black empowerment lobby group, Affirmative Action Group (AAG), also warned the government against concentrating on transferring of shareholding in companies but also on the supply side where indigenous people stood to benefit more.
Zimbabwe's Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act, which is in the process of being implemented, demands that locals be majority shareholders in companies across all sectors of the economy.
Gono, who confirmed the RBZ's support of the empowerment drive, said evidence in the hands of the central bank showed that the same people always benefited whenever the government implemented empowerment programmes.
“We have had several empowerment programmes in the country, totalling almost US$1 billion. We have had this fund and that fund, but guess what? Those funds have gone to the same individuals yesterday and today,” he said, calling for transparency in implementation of the empowerment programme.
“We need to ensure that whatever programmes we put in place are monitored and to make sure that those people who are empowered live up to the expectations of the people who empowered them,” he added.
The empowerment law, which aims to give control of the economy to locals, has come under international scrutiny due to fears that foreigners would be forced to cede their shareholding in companies.
Government has however tried to allay the fears.
While government focus has been on getting shareholding into the hands of locals, the central bank boss said, indigenous people stood to benefit more through making sure that all companies used a certain percentage of goods supplied by locals.
Gono said the RBZ was also in support of community share ownership trusts launched under the indigenisation programme.
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Mataranyika named IODZ director of the year

MATARANYIKA NAMED IODZ DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Harare May 18, 2012 (New Ziana) -Nyaradzo Funeral Services managing director Philip Mataranyika has been named overall Institute of Directors Zimbabwe (IODZ) 2011 Director of the Year.
The award ceremony, held under the theme, “Freeing Up Space” also recognized Mataranyika as director of the year in the large and listed companies category.
Admore Kandlela, the chief executive officer of POSB, won the public, parastatals and Non-Governmental Organisation category.
Mataranyika was recognized for effectively contributing to the development of his organizational strategy since its formation in 2001.
He has contributed to strong organizational control and oversight, opening several branches countrywide breaking the monopoly in the sector.
Kandlela was recognized for turning around the fortunes of POSB   into a modern bank and saving the rural communities more than any other financial institution.
He also founded Friends of the Environment which spearheaded the planting of over 7 000 trees last year together and a sponsored walk from Harare to Mutare.
Speaking at the awards ceremony on Thursday, IODZ chairman, Johannes Mudzengerere said directors and organizational leaders should foster a business culture that was underpinned by sound ethical values.
“It is therefore critical for Zimbabwe to embrace the Director of the Year Awards to rekindle the positive spirit of building a country that has a well governed business sector as well as leadership that is ethically responsible and good corporate governance compliant,” he said.
"The World is not kind, let us build a strong and sustainable Zimbabwe premised on good governance and application of sound and sustainable economic principles.”
As part of his prize, Mataranyika will get an opportunity to attend director’s school in Mauritius and floating trophy while Kandlela won a trophy and two nights for two at A’ Zambezi lodge in Victoria Falls.
Introduced in 2005, the Director of the Year awards ceremony celebrates and recognize achievements by individuals whose contribution to boards of directors in Zimbabwe.
Past winners include Zimra director general Gershem Pasi, Dairibord managing director Anthony Mandiwanza, Econet chief executive Douglas Mboweni, Kingdom Financial Holdings founder Nigel Chanakira and African Sun chief executive Shingi Munyeza.
Mauritius Institute of Directors chief executive officer Jane Valls was the guest of honor at the awards ceremony.
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Kunonga blasts COPAC

KUNONGA BLASTS COPAC
Harare May 16, 2012(New Ziana) -Anglican Church province of Zimbabwe Archbishop Nolbert Kunonga on Wednesday added his voice to criticism of the Parliamentary Committee spearheading drafting of a new Constitution for excluding views of the people gathered during outreaches.
Archbishop Kunonga urged President Robert Mugabe to call for elections without the new Constitution since the draft did not reflect the will of the people of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is in the process of writing a new constitution which is supposed to guide the country to the next elections.
With delays in concluding the process, which began over two years ago, Zanu PF is insisting that the country should go ahead and hold elections using the Lancaster House charter.
The draft document is still to go through a number of stages, including a second All Stakeholders Conference, debate in Parliament and a referendum before it becomes the supreme law of the land.
Addressing a press briefing, Kunonga said Copac had failed to produce a people driven constitution.
“The President should call for elections then we deal with these other things when we have an elected government,” he said.
“There is nothing to admire in this draft. This document has been produced by people who are emotional about issues. This document does not reflect the will of the people of Zimbabwe. So where is it coming from?  Who created it?” he asked.
Kunonga castigated some elements in the Constitution making process for subverting the people’s views in favor of western ideologies.
“When you look at that draft it is a carbon copy in many areas of the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution it is not ours,” he said.
He said the draft fell short of people’s expectations, adding that it was driven by selfish idealism along partisan lines.
“I have been respecting it all this while calling it a Constitution. It is a political manifesto because it has been written to support certain political interests.
“Do not make us go to a referendum in order to endorse a certain political view, we do not want a constitution that is designed to meet interests of certain people,” said Kunonga.
He also castigated attempts by the MDC-T to smuggle into the draft gay rights saying this would erode the moral fiber of the country.
Meanwhile, Kunonga castigated Nigerian prophet TB Joshua who has been linked to the death of former Malawian president Bingu Wa Mutharika.
He said his prophesies were not authentic, downplaying the hype created around his scheduled visit to Zimbabwe.
“The visit by TB Joshua is a non event because he is not God. He is not a kingmaker,” he said.
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ZTA to crack whip on Bulawayo tourism facilities

ZTA TO CRACK WHIP ON BULAWWAYO TOURISM FACILITIES
HARARE April 30, 2012 (New Ziana) - The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has given tourism facilities in Bulawayo six months to improve standards and services or face closure.
The ZTA established during the recent Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) that several lodges and hotels in the city were in a dilapidated state providing sub-standard services.
ZTA chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke said tourism players who did not improve standards risked being closed or being stripped of their status.
Kaseke said the authority had received a number of complaints about the standards and level of service delivery in Bulawayo.
“We can confirm that indeed the standards have fallen and this has been an issue of great concern to the authority. We are moving in to restore sanity in the hospitality sector as several operators fail to meet expected levels”
“We are giving those hotels that were found wanting a six-month grace period to improve their standards and service delivery, failure of which we will strip them of their stars as provided in the Tourism Act”, he said.
He said at least ten lodges and one hotel in Bulawayo risk closure if they did not improve their standards and service.
Meanwhile, Kaseke expressed concern over exorbitant prices that players in the hospitality sector were charging.
“Some hotels and lodges have increased their rates between 30 and 200 percent above their published prices.
“Operators in the industry need to benchmark themselves with the prices elsewhere and charge reasonable prices and accommodation rates,” he said.
He said some tourism players in Bulawayo were charging clients for more days than they were staying.
“It is criminal for hotels to charge customers more days than they are staying,” Kaseke said.
Business for the Bulawayo hospitality industry has been low owing to stagnation of industry in that part of the country.
Industries in the town are however expected to benefit from the business revival fund the Distressed Enterprises and Marginalized Areas Fund (DEMAF) which the government has launched.
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