Zimbabwe Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Update: 07 September 2021

Here is the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Situation Report or Update for Zimbabwe by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) on 07 September 2021: New cases: 125 Local Cases: 125 Returnees: 0 Deaths: 10 Vaccinations: 20 726 (first dose); 13 844 (second dose) Total Cumulative Vaccinations: 2 750 681  (first dose); 1 742 641 (second dose) Tests: 3 700 (Positivity today was 3.4%) Recoveries: 420; National Recovery Rate: 93% Active Cases: 3 837 Total Cumulative Cases: 125 796 Total Recoveries: 117 456 Total Deaths: 4 503 Province PCR Tests +Ag Cum Cases (New) Recovered Cases (New) Active Cases Deaths (New) Bulawayo 368 12 933(9) 12 035(5)…

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New Details Emerge On Mnangagwa Helicopter Crash

Significant changes have been made to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s security system and motorcade after the presidential helicopter was dramatically forced into an emergency landing two weeks ago, The NewsHawks reported. Mnangagwa’s chopper reportedly crash-landed about 60 kilometres southwest of Harare on a Sunday afternoon due to technical failure. The chopper, which was flying from Mnangagwa’s Precabe Farm in Sherwood, Kwekwe, landed at a farm owned by a ministry of Finance official. The NewsHawks reported sources as saying that following the incident, Mnangagwa quickly moved to beef up his motorcade by bringing in Air Force…

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Legislators Urged To Expedite Passage Of Law Banning Child Marriages

Parliament has been urged to expedite the passage of the Guardianship of Minors Amendment Bill that seeks among other issues, to bar parents from consenting to the marriage of children. Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi on Tuesday read the Bill for the second time in the National Assembly where he appealed to legislators to pass the proposed law. The Bill seeks to amend the Guardianship of Minors Act and will remove references to parents consenting to marriages of minor children as contained in section 4 of the…

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Level 4 Lockdown Extended By 2 Weeks

The government has extended the revised Level 4 lockdown by a further two weeks. The extension of the lockdown was announced by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa in a statement on Tuesday night. Mutsvangwa said although there has been a notable decrease in the number of coronavirus infections and deaths, more efforts were required to contain the third wave. She said: Government wishes to inform that the Level 4 Lockdown has been extended by another two weeks. This has been necessitated by the realisation that although there…

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Civil Servants’ Vehicle Rebate Scheme Extended

The government has extended the duty-free rebate on the motor vehicle scheme for civil servants beyond June 2021. Through Statutory Instrument 52 of 2019, the Treasury had given civil servants with 10 years of service the nod to import cars duty-free. Under this provision, a vehicle to be imported should not exceed US$10 000 while a person is entitled to import one car within a period of five years. The extension of the scheme was revealed in a letter dated 16 August 2021 by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry…

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State Security minister threatens opposition

STATE Security minister Owen Ncube has threatened to descend heavily on opposition and civic leaders who “invite sanctions from Western countries” under the guise of defending human rights. He made the threats in Gokwe last week, while commissioning road equipment bought by Gokwe South Rural District Council. “Parliament will soon punish through appropriate policies and legislation, misguided elements who campaign for sanctions and punishment for the country under the guise of human rights narrative” Ncube said. “As we move towards 2030, we are aware of political impediments and negative elements…

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Couple commits suicide over infidelity

A COUPLE from Mutoko committed suicide following a misunderstanding over infidelity. Peter Mahwamba (50) of Mukumbura village under Chief Chimoyo, hanged himself in his bedroom after villagers discovered the body of his wife Nyasha Chinake (44) hanging from a tree near their homestead following a fight over an extramarital affair. Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Inspector Simon Chazovachii confirmed the incident. “I confirm that a couple committed suicide in Mutoko following a marital dispute. As police, we urge people to engage a third party when settling disputes to avoid such…

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Gukurahundi Tops Agenda As Mnangagwa Meets Matabeleland Chiefs

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on Saturday expected to hold a meeting with chiefs from the Matabeleland region in Bulawayo to, among other issues, review progress in addressing issues related to Gukurahundi. Several chiefs from Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South will today and tomorrow hold meetings to deliberate on the subject ahead of the meeting with Mnangagwa on Saturday. Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga is also expected to attend the high-powered meeting on Saturday. The others expected to attend the meeting are the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and…

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Mutare Town Clerk Candidates Stampede At Traditional Healer’s Shrine

A Mutare-based traditional healer said he is overwhelmed by the number of people visiting his shrine in a desperate bid to enhance their chances to land the Mutare City Council town clerk’s position. Forty-three 43 candidates are eyeing the post which fell vacant following the death of Joshua Maligwa who succumbed COVID-19 on 5 January this year. A famous traditional healer in Mutare, who refused to be named, confirmed the night visits by some of the candidates. The traditional healer told NewsDay: I am doing a lot of work at my…

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Mnangagwa Aborts Mutare Trip As Helicopter Fails To Land

NewZimbabwe has reported that President Emerson Mnangagwa’s helicopter was Saturday forced to return to Harare after failing to land in Mutare due to thick fog. The publication further reports that security personnel recommended that the trip be aborted as they feared that the chopper could crash. Mnangagwa was scheduled to officially open an oxygen production plant in the mountainous border city. The oxygen plant was established by Verify Engineering (VE) located at Feruka Oil Refinery in the eastern border town of Mutare with the aid of Indian engineers and the…

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