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HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean Anti-riot Police [left] beef up security outside the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) offices in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe. According to Zimbabwe’s opposition parties, the 2018 presidential elections should be conducted by a committee set up by the United Nations and African Union as Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is biased in favour of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party. Douglas Mwonzora [right], Zimbabwe’s main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Secretary General addresses journalists during a meeting between Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and the political parties forum in Harare. The meeting was aborted after the ZEC chairperson Rita Makarau and her commissioners stormed out of their meeting, over claims she was being abused in the media. XINHUA PHOTOS - MUDIMU

Zimbabwe police ban carrying of dangerous weapons in public

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean police have banned the carrying of dangerous weapons in public for the next three months in the capital Harare amid planned demonstrations by the opposition, the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported Tuesday.

The police also effected the ban in Gwanda District in Matabeleland South, citing an increase in assaults, murder and robbery cases mostly committed by illegal gold panners.

Opposition parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) have planned to stage a demonstration in Harare on Wednesday this week to protest against government’s decision to procure biometric voter registration kits for the 2018 national elections without the involvement of the United Nations Development Program.

A group of war veterans will also hold a meeting in the capital Thursday to discuss their welfare.

Police had initially sought to stop the two meetings, which would now go ahead after being cleared by the High Court.

The Herald quoted Officer Commanding Harare Central District Chief Superintendent Jasper Chizemo as saying that the ban was effected under the Public Order and Security Act in the belief that the weapons were likely to occasion public disorder or breach of peace and might also be used to commit serious crimes like unlawful entry.

“The belief is informed by the notification for public demonstrations lined up in my district of jurisdiction on March 22 2017, I hereby issue an order prohibiting the carrying of such weapons within my district for three months that is from March 22 to June 22, 2017,” reads the notice by Chizemo.

The banned weapons include catapults, machetes, axes, knobkerries, knives, swords, daggers and any other traditional weapons likely to cause disorder and breach of peace.

Opposition parties last year staged a series of demonstrations in the capital protesting against economic hardships and alleged corruption in government, resulting in police firing tear gas and water cannon to quell the demonstrations.


Zimbabwe and Kuwait Fund sign irrigation development loan agreement

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe on Friday signed a loan agreement for 20.4 million U.S. dollars with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development to improve livelihoods in Beitbridge District, southern Zimbabwe, through sustainable use of water from Zhove Dam.

Zhove Dam has a capacity of 133 million cubic meters and supplies water for commercial irrigation in the district with a population of about 80,000 and also supplies Beitbridge Town’s approximately 20,000 residents.

The proposed project will support commercial and communal farming through the construction of a conveyance system to irrigate about 2,500 hectares of agricultural land and boost production in citrus fruit and cash and food crops such as maize, sugar beans and tomatoes in the generally dry district.

Signing on behalf of the government, Zimbabwe’s Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the loan facility would help the country combat the effects of climate change, bring enhanced socio-economic development and alleviate poverty within the targeted communities.

"Agricultural productivity is being hampered by erratic rainfall patterns and severe droughts experienced mainly in the southern parts of the country. Managing the effects of climate change on agricultural productivity, therefore, remains a top priority for Zimbabwe," he said.

The loan will be repayable over 25 years at an interest rate of 1.5 percent per annum, with a five year grace period.

Kuwait Fund Deputy Director General Hamad Al-Omar signed on behalf of the fund.

This is the sixth loan that the Kuwait Fund has extended to Zimbabwe after initial disbursements of about 59 million dollars for the financing of projects in the roads, transportation and agriculture sectors.

Zimbabwe bans meat imports from Brazil

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwean government announced Friday that it had suspended with immediate effect importation of meat and meat products from Brazil following reports that some meat processors in the south American country were selling and exporting rotten and substandard meat.

"Following reports that some Brazilian meat processors/ packers have been selling and especially exporting rotten and substandard produce for several years, the Government of Zimbabwe is suspending with immediate effect the importation of all meat and meat products from Brazil until further notice and pending the outcome of investigations in Brazil," Abigail Shonhiwa, the permanent secretary in the Zimbabwean Ministry of Industry and Commerce, said in a statement.

Shonhiwa did not elaborate on the investigations in Brazil but media reports say police in Brazil have launched raids to investigate alleged bribes paid to conceal unsanitary conditions in Brazil’s meat packing facilities.

South Africa this week suspended some meat imports from Brazil citing the scandal in the south America’s meat processing industry.

Zimbabwe imports some of its poultry products from neighboring South Africa and Brazil but the local industry has been complaining in recent years that the imports were hurting them.

Government in 2012 imposed a duty of 1.50 U.S. dollar per kg on imported chicken but this has failed to curb the imports that continue to flood the market.

Corrupt Chinese fugitive repatriated from Zimbabwe

NANJING Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- A retired Chinese tax official has been returned from Zimbabwe to China less than four months after he fled a corruption probe and hid in the southern African country.

It is Jiangsu Province’s fastest repatriation of a corrupt fugitive, provincial anti-graft officials said.

Yang Xingfu, who retired as the deputy head of Local Taxation Bureau of Nantong City in 2015, fled to Zimbabwe last December, fearing a graft investigation.

Initial probes revealed evidence of Yang’s abuse of power and acceptance of bribes in construction projects, corporate financing, and handling tax transfers since 2010 during his term of office.

The local procuratorate issued detention orders for Yang in January 2017. Learning he was in Zimbabwe, a law enforcement team was promptly assembled and dispatched, the officials said. Police in Zimbabwe held Yang and transferred him to the team in accordance with the law.

The case is still being investigated.

"The operation shows that there is no haven for corrupt officials abroad," said Yao Aishan, deputy head of the Jiangsu provincial procuratorate’s anti-corruption bureau.

"They won’t escape punishment by the law, no matter where they flee."

Yao urged other fugitives on the run to turn themselves in to be considered for leniency.

China has stepped up efforts in international cooperation to hunt criminal fugitives.

Operation "Sky Net," for example, repatriated 908 fugitives, including 122 officials, from over 70 countries or regions in 11 months last year.

Most fugitives have fled to developed countries, including Canada, the United States, and Australia, but a few have also taken refugee in Africa.


Zimbabwe warns of possible fresh floods

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Weather experts have warned of possible fresh flooding in some parts of Zimbabwe, which is still reeling from recent heavy rains that left 271 people dead.

“Flood threats have heightened in Manicaland Province (eastern Zimbabwe) as well as Mashonaland provinces (largely northern Zimbabwe), so be warned,” the Meteorological Services Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the Civil Protection Unit, the recent rain, worsened by Cyclone Dineo that hit the country in February, has damaged nearly 2,600 homesteads.

The worst-affected district was Tsholotsho in Matabeleland North Province, where a total of 859 people were left homeless and are currently in a transit camp and an additional 100 households remain at risk.

Zimbabwe National Water Authority said over 100,000 people were without safe drinking water following the damage to water supply infrastructure.

President Robert Mugabe on March 2 declared a State of Flood Disaster, leading to the launching of a domestic and international appeal for nearly 189 million U.S. dollars to help victims and repair infrastructure.




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