MPs demand $15m unpaid allowances •disrupt pre-budget briefing seminar •Speaker promises to take action

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter— THE start of a pre-budget briefing seminar was delayed yesterday after legislators demanded that Speaker of the National Assembly addresses them on the payment of their outstanding sitting allowances and other benefits. MPs are owed $15 million in outstanding sitting allowances, while Parliament owes hotels and other service providers approximately $3 million.The delay…
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Zim, Uruguay seek to boost ties

Takunda Maodza in MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY— PRESIDENT Mugabe on Thursday met Uruguayan President Tabare Vasquez at his offices in Montevideo, the country’s capital, where the two leaders discussed ways to boost bilateral and economic ties. President Mugabe was joined by Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Walter Mzembi in the meeting. Dr Mzembi later met Uruguay Foreign Affairs Minister Mr…
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Will without wife null, void: High Court

Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter— An Inheritance Will — which many believe is sacrosanct — can be declared invalid and overturned or amended in the best interest of the deceased’s immediate family if it excludes the surviving spouse and, or children, the High Court has ruled. In a landmark ruling on a challenge made by a Mutare…
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New feather in President’s cap…appointed WHO goodwill ambassador

Takunda Maodza in Montevideo, URUGUAY— President Mugabe will spearhead the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa after he accepted a request by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be its goodwill ambassador on the continent. The President is here for the WHO global conference on NCDs. NCDs are chronic diseases that cannot be passed from person-to-person…
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Africa must finance own civil registration: Mudede

Leonard Ncube Bulawayo Bureau— AFRICAN governments must come up with budgets to finance civil registration amid concerns that the continent is under siege from Western countries that use donor agencies to negatively portray the continent, the Registrar-General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede has said. Mr Mudede was speaking on Tuesday at a meeting of the taskforce on the establishment…
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Low turnout blights BVR exercise

Elita chikwati Senior Reporter— AS the first phase of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) reaches midway, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has so far registered only 675 762 voters, which is 9,7 percent of the targeted 7 million voters. The first phase began on October 10 and will run until October 26. Latest ZEC statistics show that as at…
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Govt in drive to contain NCDs •Inter-ministerial task force on cards: President •National policy framework in place

Takunda Maodza in MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay— Government is making efforts to establish an Inter-Ministerial Task Force on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) because such diseases need a multi-sectoral response, President Mugabe has said. NCDs are chronic diseases that cannot be passed from person-to-person and include cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Read More………. Dialysis too expensive, says Parirenyatwa…
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First Lady sues fugitive businessman for $1,2m

Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter— First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe is suing fugitive Lebanese businessman Mr Jamal Joseph Ahmed for $1 230 000 over a diamond ring deal that went sour last year. The First Lady in April 2015 approached Mr Ahmed, who was in the business of diamond-cutting and polishing and ordered a 100-carat special ring…
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Kwekwe, Gweru act on vendor menace

Blessings Chidakwa Midlands Bureau Local authorities in the Midlands Province have heeded President Mugabe’s call to move vendors operating on the streets from the central business district (CBD) to pave way for the free flow of human and vehicular traffic. Councils in the province have since deployed municipal police on the streets to ensure vendors comply with…
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Zim, India partnerships key to quality healthcare

From Paidamoyo Chipunza in India Partnerships between local and Indian practitioners are key in increasing access to quality healthcare services by ordinary Zimbabweans, stakeholders attending India’s annual summit on medical value travel taking place in Bengaluru, have said. In separate interviews on “take home messages” from the meetings, different stakeholders concurred that apart from high…
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