As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.


As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.


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Tuesday, 26 March 2019


PRESIDENT Mnangagwa arrived in South Africa yesterday for the Sadc Solidarity Conference with the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) at which regional leaders are expected to express support towards de-colonisation and right to self-determination of the people of that country.

He was received at the Lanseria International Airport outside Pretoria by South African deputy International Relations and Cooperation minister Reginah Mhaule and Zimbabwean Ambassador to South Africa Mr David Hamadziripi.

The President is accompanied to the conference by Zanu-PF chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri – Kashiri, secretary for administration Dr Obert Mpofu, secretary for external relations Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and secretary for youth affairs Cde Pupurai Togarepi.

The SADR, also known as Western Sahara, is the only African country still under colonisation by fellow continental nation Morocco since 1975.

The two day Solidarity Conference, co-hosted by South Africa and Namibia was approved by the 38th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of SADC in Windhoek in August last year.

“During the Solidarity Conference, the SADC Heads of State and Government will express the region’s support for de-colonisation and self-determination for Western Sahara on the basis of the values and principles that have guided the quest for independence throughout Africa,” read a Sadc Press release.

“SADC’s collaboration on and with Western Sahara has been informed by the region’s own de-colonisation experiences and the quest for liberation and self-determination.”

The Solidarity Conference is expected to conclude with the adoption of a SADC Regional Strategy and a Declaration which will among others, establish mechanisms to engage relevant stakeholders and partners including Morocco, to observe the spirit of African Union (AU) decisions and United Nations resolutions in order to expedite the resolution of the Western Sahara matter.

The bloc also seeks to support SADR’s right to self-determination and independence based on the principle of self-determination and de-colonisation, through the holding of a referendum.

SADC  also wants to support SADR based on four principles of, “multilateralism and international legality in seeking a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination and independence of the people of Western Sahara. Sanctity of inherited colonial borders in Africa and the right of peoples of former colonial territories to self-determination and independence as contained in the Constitutive Act of the AU.

“Respect of international human rights law in the occupied territories, notably the right to freedom of association, assembly, movement and expression and respect of international humanitarian law and the end of the illegal exploration and exploitation of the natural resources of Western Sahara in the illegally occupied territory and the discouragement of the involvement of foreign companies in such activities,” said SADC

In his maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September last year, President Mnangagwa urged the world to take seriously the plight of people living under foreign occupation in the SADR.

“On the African continent, it is equally disheartening that the people of Western Sahara are yet to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination. Herald


A COUPLE from Masvingo allegedly hired four bouncers to kidnap a policeman.

Missing Jerifanos Muganyi (48) and his wife Mercy Muganyi (41) of Rutenga Business centre allegedly also hired the strongmen to kidnap Talent Moyo from South Africa as they suspected he stole their cattle in 2018 and the cop assisted him to escape from police custody.

They engaged Munashe Chisvino (23), Treason Chisvino (28,Tichaona Chisvino (23) and Prosper Chikwati (28) of Beitbridge to abduct Moyo and Constable Charles Masawi.

Const Masawi is also a prosecutor attached at Mwenezi Magistrate’s Court. Appearing before Mwenezi resident magistrate Mr Honest Musiiwa on Friday, the six were not asked to plead.

Mr Musiiwa remanded them in custody to April 4 for trial. Prosecutor Ms Nancy Makuvise said the couple hired the quartet who tracked down Moyo in Louis Trichardt, South Africa.

“On March 8, the four men allegedly found Moyo in Louis Trichardt and smuggled him through an undesignated point at Beitbridge Border Post back into Zimbabwe while savagely assaulting him.

“On the following day at around 5AM, the four men left Moyo at the Muganyi family residence in Rutenga,” said Ms Makuvise.

The court heard that the gang went to Const Masawi’s home and accused him of facilitating Moyo’s escape from police custody last year.

Ms Makuvise told the court that the gang of four bundled Const Masawi into their vehicle after tying his legs and hands together, with a rope.

“They handed Const Masawi to Muganyi. However, Const Masawi’s landlord, Mr Nhamo Nyamana who witnessed the abduction, alerted the police leading to the Muganyi couple and the gang’s arrest,” she said. Herald


A gold panner (17) from Cowdray Park suburb was brutally hacked to death with a machete at a night club in Bulawayo.

Bornwell Ndlovu allegedly attacked Talent Sibanda with the machete a few metres from Mahweba Night Club, situated near Cowdray Park Terminus at about 8:30PM on Saturday.

MDC Alliance’s Alderman Collet Ndlovu owns the club and the alleged assailant is his nephew.  A mob allegedly meted out instant justice on Ndlovu before handing him over to the police.

Ald Ndlovu is the MDC Alliance candidate for Ward 28 by-elections set for Saturday. One of Ndlovu’s employees who declined to be named said the gold panner was a nuisance when he arrived at the night club on Saturday.

“He came to the club already drunk, bought a snooker token and instead of playing the game, he put the balls into a satchel. A scuffle ensued with the security officer who took the balls back. The security guard evicted him from the night club as he was already drunk,” said the worker.

“We are told that another fight started when he was outside the premises and he was hacked to death.”

Talent’s aunt Ms Lydia Phuthi said the family was devastated by the boy’s death.

Ms Phuthi said Talent had arrived on Saturday morning from his panning activities only to be killed hours later.

“We don’t know what really transpired because we were not at scene. But his brother who was with him said he was attacked with a machete. They managed to identify his attacker. His brother and his friends on Saturday evening just told us that Talent had been attacked and an ambulance had taken him to hospital. Initially we did not think his life could have been in danger,” said Ms Phuthi, as she struggled to hold back tears.

“At about 4AM six police officers knocked at our door informing us that we should go to Mpilo Central Hospital as Talent had died while being ferried to the hospital.”

She said they found Talent’s bloodied body at the mortuary showing that he had been savagely attacked.

Ms Phuthi said on Sunday morning they visited the crime scene at the terminus where they found a pool of dry blood showing that he bled extensively. She said they endured the trauma of cleaning up the blood.

Ald Ndlovu, who was conducting campaigns in Cowdray Park’s Esigodweni area, said some people were using the murder for political mileage.

“There are a lot of untruths in this. Some people say he was stabbed in my bar which is not true. Plus Bornwell is my brother’s son. He doesn’t even stay with me. He is an adult responsible for his actions. I can’t be responsible for what my relatives do, I’ve others who support Zanu-PF and others who support MDC-T led by Khupe.  Their actions should not define my political path. So I don’t think what happened should impact my campaign,” said Ald Ndlovu.

A resident said yesterday a group of gold panners attacked patrons at Ald Ndlovu’s night club and disrupted the aspiring councillor’s campaign team which was set to conduct a road show.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Chief Inspector Precious Simango said Talent’s relatives handed Ndlovu over to police on Sunday afternoon after beating him up.

“Police officers proceeded to the suspect’s place of residence and conducted a search. They recovered a blue jean trousers and a red T-shirt that he was wearing on the day of the killing, which were still bloodstained but had been washed and hung on the washing line. The accused is still in police custody,” said Chief Insp Simango.

She challenged member of the public to avoid using violence to solve differences. Chronicle


Government yesterday briefed embassies accredited to Zimbabwe, United Nations and other partners on Tropical Cyclone Idai flood induced disaster, key priority interventions, immediate and short term requirements.

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo, who headed a delegation of Ministers, told the diplomats that the nation was trying to recover psychologically, socially and economically following the demise of its citizens, displacement of populations including refugees at Tongogara Transit Camp and destruction of infrastructure due to the impact of the tropical cyclone.

“In Manicaland the cumulative number of deaths is 179, burials (102), unidentified bodies buried (12), injuries (186), missing people (329) and displaced (6 788). The number of children affected (3 500), displaced refugees (2 000), number of casualties airlifted to Skyline (52), houses affected (7 703), food insecure population (40 064) and number of bridges damaged (11),” he said.

“In Masvingo the number of deaths is 6 while 6 257 people were affected. At least 511 households were displaced and 17 injured.”

Minister Moyo said the numbers were rising as search teams intensify their work.

“Over the hill there is a settlement called Rusitu famous for growing horticulture, bananas and other food stuffs. There people also come to assemble to trade and when we are analysing those who are missing some of the people who are missing are not necessarily from that area and also this has been worsened by the fact that some bodies were washed into Mozambique and the Mozambican villagers buried eight of those but before they buried them they took pictures,” he said.

 “These pictures were sent to us in order to see whether we can identify them and most of the people around that area were unable to identify them. This indicated that indeed people who were swept away were not necessarily from that area. They could have come from other areas.”

“I am mentioning this because in our statistics that we have been churning out we started with 23 deaths, we moved to 31, 42 then we jumped to 64. We were at 67 at some point and as I speak only from yesterday we are at 179 and it could be more.”

Minister Moyo said the numbers of missing people is also increasing because the list was arrived at following consultations with village heads and chiefs.

He said Government was looking at the roads and the bridges and in two to three days it will come up with an estimate of costs after Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister moved most of the provincial road engineers to assist in the evaluation of each and every bridge.

Minister Moyo said it was amazing that companies had donated plant and equipment. They also seconded engineers and provided fuel.

“There are ongoing efforts by the Zimbabwe National Army and Airforce of Zimbabwe to dispatch relief and to reach inaccessible areas. There is urgent need for aviation and ground fuel, transportation and plant and equipment, rations, protective clothing and other relevant consumables. In education emergency funding has been availed to rehabilitate or reconstruct some schools. However there are funding gaps,” he said.

Minister Moyo said the massive flooding damaged water supply infrastructure in Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutasa, Buhera and Mutare.

Affected sectors include, health, agriculture, roads, communication infrastructure, environment, wildlife, forestry, industry, commerce and energy.  

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the importance of physco-social support could not be overemphasised.

“I was able to get into Chimanimani using a helicopter because there was no other way. Roads have been opened so that trucks could begin to go with food. We are very proud of the people of this country as well as well-wishers from other friendly countries who responded overwhelmingly,” he said.

“This has united Zimbabweans. We have shown love for each other and there is so much coordination. Everyone has been brought on board. No one has been left behind we are not looking at political parties or anything. All Zimbabweans including civil society are all working together.”

Other Ministers who attended and shared sectoral concerns include Primary and Seconday Education Minister Prof Paul Mavima, Industry and Commerce Mangaliso Ndlovu, Women Affairs, Community, Small to Medium Enterprises Development Sithembiso Nyoni, Labour and Social Welfare Sekai Nzenza, Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Prisca Mupfumira and Deputy Home Affairs Minister, Mike Madiro. Herald


ABUNDANT Life Revival Mission International is appealing for funds to fly a woman to South Africa or India for severe dog bite surgery after she was recently savaged by her landlord’s dogs in Bulawayo’s West Somerton suburb.

Ms Cherish Muchegwa (25) is being treated at the United Bulawayo Hospitals after the five dogs tore off flesh from her arms, legs and behind two weeks ago, leaving her with stomach-turning injuries.

She is awaiting a quotation for the surgery, which it is believed will run into tens of thousands of dollars.

In an interview Prophet Itai Ukama, who was speaking on behalf of the victim and her husband Mr Joseph Masaiti, said the church has so far raised $11 000 but it was only enough for preoperative care.

Preoperative care refers to healthcare provided before a surgical operation.

The aim of preoperative care is to do whatever is right to increase the chances of success of the surgery.

At some point before the operation the health care provider will assess the fitness of the person to have surgery.

“The injuries you saw are just 30 percent, on her hands and her legs the bones are exposed. The injuries are severe, as a church we have so far raised $11 000. This lady is the wife of my assistant pastor. I went to UBH and discovered she was not getting attention so we quickly raised $7 600 and took her to Mater Dei, but at Mater Dei we were paying almost $1 300 a day and we became incapacitated so we took her back to UBH, but this time in a private ward.

“But this $11 000 is nothing, for us to get her back to normal this is just a small amount, they have not even done surgery on her, so far they are just cleaning the wounds to prevent them from becoming septic. So you can imagine the journey we have ahead and as a church we cannot do it alone so we appeal to all Zimbabweans, the corporate sector to step up and help,” said Prophet Ukama.

He said the couple had no hard feelings against a Mrs Mlalazi, the owner of the dogs even though they wished she could do more to assist since the dogs are hers.

“This is just a young couple; she is just 25 years old. From what I understand the owner of the dogs only contributed $100, but the idea is not to blame anyone but to save a life. In fact I know that they have nothing against the owner of the dogs about what happened. One of the most painful things from this is that Ms Muchegwa was supposed to sit her examinations and this happens.

“Every Monday we pay $1500 to pay for her outstanding bills at Mater Dei, besides those bills we have three doctors attending to her, we have the doctor who checks up on her, the surgeon and anaesthetist, if you add the UBH bills it becomes very hard to get her the necessary medical assistance so we feel there could be people out there who could assist,” he said.

Prophet Ukama thanked Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Judith Ncube for the assistance she is rendering.

On Sunday at a service to mourn Cyclone Idai victims at Harvest House International Church, the minister appealed to well-wishers to assist the family pay up the medical bills.

He said: “I also must say that we appreciate the help we are getting from Minister Judith Ncube, she has expressed a humane heart and a motherly heart. She has appealed for assistance and has so far raised $300. We are of the opinion that to speed up the treatment and if funds permitting we fly her to South Africa for ease and quick treatment. South Africa has better facilities so we feel that she will get better treatment there, not that our doctors are not good but we don’t have the facilities.”

People interested in helping Ms Muchegwa can contact her husband on 0773 960 966 or  send money by EcoCash to the same number.

Those who want to make a bank transfer can use the church’s Zb bank account – Abundant Life Revival Mission International, account number 4304413264080 Jason Moyo.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Cde Raj Modi on Monday donated $3 000 to Ms Muchegwa and appealed to the corporate world to assist.

“I was deeply touched by what happened to Ms Muchegwa.  Those injuries are grave and I hope she recovers. To assist in her recovery I am going to give her $3 000 and I ask my friends in the corporate sector to chip in and help,” said Cde Modi. Chronicle

Monday, 25 March 2019


Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has cancelled the $133 million tender for the repowering of Munyati Power Station awarded to an Indian company, Jaguar Overseas, after the firm failed to secure funding for the project, four years after winning the bid.

The Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) has since granted ZPC the nod to approach the next bidder in line with the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDAP) Act.

Jaguar Overseas was in 2015 awarded the tender to re-power the plant, a project which entailed replacing 15 boilers with modern technology, refurbishing 2×50 megawatt steam turbines, overhauling cooling towers, water treatment plant, civil works, dredging and rehabilitating a weir on Munyati River for water supplies to the thermal plant.

However, the firm has failed to secure funding to rehabilitate the power plant.

It emerged that the Indian firm has only managed to raise only 15 percent of the required funding.

ZPC acting managing director Engineer Robson Chikuri on March 11 this year wrote to PRAZ chief executive Mr Nyasha Chizu seeking authority to complete the tender using the PPDAP Act.

“ZPC has failed to enter into a procurement contract with the winning bidder Jaguar Overseas,” Eng Chikuri said.

“A due diligence by ZPC on Jaguar Overseas Limited noted that whereas Jaguar Overseas Limited indicated that they had secured 100 percent funding for the project only 15 percent of the funding could be confirmed by their funders. Application of the PPDPA will enable ZPC to conclude the tender process in line with Section 103 (repeal of CAP. 22.14 and savings and transitional provisions).”

Responding to the application, Mr Chizu said: “In terms of Section 103 (4) of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets  (Cap 22: 23) the authority observed that Jaguar Overseas Limited failed to come up with the 100 percent funding as required on the project and as such the accounting officer has proposed to approach the next compliant bidder in line with Section 55 (3) of the same Act.”

He added: “The accounting officer must ensure that application of Section 55 (3) of the Act is applied on valid bids only. The accounting officer must therefore submit the procurement record review by SPOC in terms of Section 54 of the PPDPA Act as read with Section 332 of the PPDPA regulations (S.I 5 of 2018).”

Zimbabwe has power shortages with generation averaging 1 300MW against national peak period demand of 2 200MW.

This has seen the country spending millions of dollars importing electricity from South Africa and Mozambique.

President Mnangagwa’s administration is implementing a number of power projects countrywide for Zimbabwe to attain electricity self-sufficiency.

On the cards is the construction of the $5,2 billion Batoka Gorge Hydro Power Plant which will see Zimbabwe and Zambia sharing 2 400 megawatts equally. Herald



The National Aids Council (NAC) sold cars to its executives for $1 each in October last year, and is now paying the beneficiaries $2 000 per month each, for using the same vehicles, since NAC has not yet replaced the vehicles.

This has sparked outrage from stakeholders, who now accuse the managers of profiteering.

Information gathered by The Herald indicates that the six Toyota Fortuners were each sold to the directors last year at the book value of $1 each after exceeding the stipulated mileage of 200 000km, in line with the conditions of service of the directors on personal issue vehicles.

The six directors then started receiving at least $2 000 each per month from October to date for using the vehicles for work, raising the ire  of stakeholders who say the organisation has several pool cars, which they could have opted for.

The six vehicles were sold together with 10 other Mazda B25 double cab vehicles which were being used by Provincial Aids Coordinators (PACs), which were also disposed of at book value.

Tellingly, the PACs were not given an option to rehire the same vehicles, instead they are using provincial pool cars.

However, NAC communications director Ms Madelina Dube dismissed allegations that the organisation was hiring executives’ vehicles arguing that what they were paying, was an allowance for use of one’s personal vehicle.

“The Board noted that they had a contractual obligation to provide vehicles to the affected employees and resolved to pay an allowance instead of hiring vehicles from CMED at very high rates,” said Ms Dube.
She said NAC last bought vehicles from the Aids Levy in 2011, and the current fleet available was composed of project vehicles from partners.

“Project vehicles come with conditions from the donors and should only be used for project related activities. The Board could therefore not sanction the use of project vehicles for use by staff as condition of service vehicles,” said Ms Dube.

She said further to that, the vehicles in question were procured in 2011 and on average they had a mileage of 400 000 km.

“It is once again important to highlight that the Council has no fleet of cars that can be allocated to non-project activities,” said Ms Dube.

Asked why the facility was only availed to the executives at head office, Ms Dube said “different employees have different conditions of service”.

“It therefore follows that when decisions are made about issues within the Council, each level of employ gets what they are entitled to according to their contract of employment,” she said.

She also said the NAC vehicle policy was derived from the public service vehicle policy as well as international accounting standards on depreciation of assets.

The NAC vehicle policy states that cars should be disposed of after five years and 200 000 km. Personal issue vehicles are offered to the driver at book value according to the depreciation policy at the prescribed time of disposal.

Although NAC said all its pool cars were donor funded, which could not be used by the directors as they wait for their personal issue vehicles to be procured, sources close to the happenings claimed that the same directors use these same cars, when their vehicles go for routine maintenance.

“It is a lie that they cannot use poll vehicles. It is a known fact that when their own cars are not available, they use pool cars. If they have nothing to hide, why are they lying?” said a source who refused to be named.

In January, Government launched an investigation into the operations of NAC over allegations of sexual harassment, corporate sleaze and maladministration.

The probe coincided with the departure of NAC chief executive officer Dr Tapiwa Magure after a 14-year tenure. Herald


Fire broke out early yesterday morning at the new Central Registry Building in central Harare, in what authorities suspected to be an arson attempt by criminal elements.

It took swift action by guards of a firm providing security services at the building to put out the fire that burnt some copper cables on the balcony of the third floor.

The cables that were burnt were being used to fix the building. By the time the fire brigade and police rushed to the scene, security guards had extinguished it using a fire hose.
“At around 0030hrs of 25 March 2019, a security guard patrolling the building observed that a fire was coming around the balcony of third floor of the Central Registry,” read a report compiled by the security firm.

“The security guard went up to investigate and noted that the fire was coming from the copper cables that were on a metal bin.”

The report said the fire brigade responded swiftly, but by the time they arrived the security guard had contained the fire.

“There was no damage either to the building or property. The matter is still under investigation to determine the cause,” reads the report.

The Registrar-General, Mr Clement Masango, confirmed the incident but said he suspected foul play.

“We are still waiting to hear the outcome of police investigations and we will be guided accordingly,” he said.

“But from the circumstances in which it happened, we could not rule out foul play and we are obviously concerned.

“If ever the fire was caused by somebody, it would have been an inside job, done by a person with knowledge of the building.

“We still have some areas of the building that are not secured since technicians are still working on the building and it is on that basis that one cannot rule out foul play by some criminal elements. But we will be guided by police investigations.”

Mr Masango said it was unusual for copper cables to be left on the balcony as technicians would ordinarily secure them in a safe place.

“It is these kind of questions that make us wonder and be puzzled,” said Mr Masango. Herald


Former NMB Bank founder Mr Julius Makoni started his banking business with the intention to harvest money from the financial institution for himself, the High Court ruled in a case in which the banker was refusing to settle more than $1.1 million advanced to one of his Trusts.

Justice Happias Zhou made the remarks in the judgment forcing the banker to settle his debt with his former bank to the tune of $1 105 748. 90.

NMB had sued Mr Makoni for a composite facility of call loans and overdraft of $760 000 extended to The Time Being of Cornerstone Trust, a vehicle he operated to access money from bank.

The banker and his other trust, The Time Being of Ryvonne Trust bound themselves as sureties and co-principal debtors.

After a fully contested civil trial, Justice Zhou ruled in favour of NMB, which was being represented by Advoacte Thabani Mpofu, and threw out Mr Makoni’s defence to the claim as unconvincing.

The judge also allowed NMB Bank to sell the banker’s mortgaged property to recover the debt.

“It is ordered that payment of US$1 105 748.90 plus interest thereon at the rate of 15 percent per annum from the 9th September 2015 such interests calculated monthly and in advance on the said sum and capitalised to the date of payment in full,” said Justice Zhou.

The judge allowed the bank to attach Mr Makoni’s piece of land known as Remainder of Lot 6 of Rienfontein measuring 1, 2129 hectares.

In his scathing judgment, Justice Zhou rapped Mr Makoni for attempting to hoodwink the court, in a case which was backed by documentary evidence, describing him as a dishonest person. Herald


MDC activist Paddington Japajapa, who insulted Zambian ambassador to Zimbabwe Zelipa Chitambo after he failed to secure a maize import licence, was last week convicted of disorderly conduct.

Harare magistrate Nyasha Vhitorini deferred the matter to April 5 for sentencing.

The court heard that on October 13, 2017, Japajapa, who was in the company of five women, visited the Zambian Embassy at number 48 Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Harare intending to see the trade attaché over the importation of grain from Zambia.

Japajapa was informed that the attaché was not available, he then demanded to see the ambassador, but was told that he could only see her after making an appointment.

He started shouting and then tried to get into an elevator intending to proceed to the ambassador’s office.

The State said Japajapa was blocked by security personnel. Ambassador Chitambo then came out of the elevator and introduced herself to Japajapa and tried to cool his temper.

Japajapa then asked the ambassador: “Why do you employ such kind of people? They don’t know what they will be doing. You should get rid of them.”

Ambassador Chitambo advised Japajapa that Zambia had stopped exporting grain to Zimbabwe and Japajapa said: “This is not the only embassy that can help us. We will seek help from other embassies.” Herald


The Chinese Government will this year provide US$30 million to assist and support the Government and the country as relations between the two countries continue to strengthen.

This was revealed by Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Guo Shaochun after he paid a courtesy call on Vice President Constantino Chiwenga at his Munhumutapa offices yesterday.

In an interview, Ambassador Guo said they had discussed several issues with Vice President Chiwenga.

“We had a very good discussion with the Vice President and I once again extended my condolences to the families of victims of the cyclone,” he said.

“A few days ago we decided to provide US$800 000 in cash as an urgent humanitarian aid towards the rescue efforts being conducted by the Zimbabwean Government,” he said.

He reiterated that they would soon send a medical team to the affected area to assist victims of the cyclone.

Ambassador Guo said this year they were going to assist Government in drilling 500 boreholes and providing 10 165 tonnes of rice.

“The support, the assistance will be over US$30 million. As true friends, true brothers and true partners we will do our best to support your country, Government and people,” he said.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo said Ambassador Gou and the Vice President held discussions on relations and economic co-operation between the two countries.

“First of all as you are aware Ambassador Gou has just presented his credentials to the President and it was his first time to meet the Vice President and discuss issues to do with our relations in general and issues to do with economic co-operation in particular. Therefore these are the areas of focus which His Excellency was briefing the Vice President,” he said

He said they think that the relationship between the two countries which had been raised to comprehensive strategic partnership was going to bear fruit.

Minister Moyo said among the partnerships was a Grant of Parliament, which had just started, Hwange 7 and 8 expansion, which had been funded and the expansion of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, among other issues.

He said Ambassador Gou informed Vice President Chiwenga that Zimbabwe should also benefit from the $60 billion fund available for Africa under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Meanwhile Canada has committed US$3,5 million to assist victims of Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa which left more than over 150 people dead and destroyed infrastructure in Zimbabwe.

The assistance will be provided through United Nations, Red Cross and non-governmental organisation partners and will focus on meeting the immediate food, shelter, water, sanitation, health and protection needs of households displaced by flooding or otherwise impacted by the storm.

In a statement by media relations office, Foreign Development Minister, Maryam Monsef said Canada will provide initial funding of up to $3,5 million in emergency assistance to support humanitarian organisations responding to the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa.

“Canada has also made a donation of humanitarian relief stocks, including tarpaulins, shelter kits, mosquito nets and blankets, to help respond to the immediate needs of the people affected by the cyclone,” read the statement.

Corporates also continue to donate to the cyclone victims, with Delta Corporation donating and $1,5 million and goods $50 000 towards the ongoing efforts to deal with the emergency.

Companies in the Masawara Group, comprising of Zimnat Insurance Group, Cresta Group of Hotels, Minerva, Botswana Insurance Company and Grand Re-Insurance have raised nearly RTGS$200 000 to purchase immediate relief packs for 500 families.

The relief packs will include two blankets, two buckets, 10 litres of water, four kilogrammes sugar, four kilogrammes rice, four litres of cooking oil, 10kilogrammes mealie meal, one pack of matemba, four plastic plates, four spoons, four cups, two bars of soap, two packets of diapers and three packs of sanitary wear per family.

Masawara employees have also contributed food items, clothing, bedding and money to help assist the cyclone victims.

Masawara Insurance chief executive, Mr Mustafa Sachak said the company was also planning to come up with long term measures to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.

Adam Molai Foundation, a non-profit making organisation has donated an assortment of goods worth US$250 000 and mobilised 10 local medical doctors and medical supplies towards Cyclone Idai victims.

The Marketers Association of Zimbabwe (MAZ) and its corporate partners also donated an assortment of goods and food stuffs worth over $500 000 to the cyclone victims. Herald