The VP on Thursday issued a statement denying that he fell sick
after eating ice cream from Gushungo Dairy.
First Lady Grace Mugabe urged party youths to desist from
Mugabe and reiterated her call for senior party members to
stop fighting over Mugabe’s succession, saying the veteran
president will tell when the time comes for him to retire.
"The presidency is not a job that you can apply for. It’s a
job that is difficult to get," the First Lady said at the Gweru
Mugabe, 93, will seek re-election in next year’s harmonized
elections after his party endorsed him as its presidential
Zimbabwean government to
delay payment of 2017 bonuses
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
The cash-strapped Zimbabwe government on Friday
announced that it will pay 2017 bonuses to civil servants
starting February next year.
Traditionally, the Zimbabwean government pays its workers
annual bonuses between November and December, but resource
constraints have seen the government failing to meet the dates.
Since 2015, government has been failing to pay its workers on
time due to cash constraints amid the poorly performing economy.
Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare Minister Prisca
Mupfumira was quoted by the state-run Herald newspaper on Friday
as saying that the 2017 bonus payments will be staggered, with
the first batch of workers getting paid in February next year.
The Zimbabwean government paid 2016 bonuses for civil
servants between April and July this year.
"Government has taken a position, 2017 bonuses will be paid.
"We are not going to make a once-off payment, we are going to
stagger again and we hope to start earlier," the minister was
quoted by the newspaper.
The minister said most companies had suspended paying annual
bonuses due to the harsh economic environment but the government
would strive to pay in recognition of the need to reward workers
for their efforts and keep them motivated.
The government, she said, would also look at other options to
incentivize its workers, such as provision of housing.
China partners WFP to
fight hunger in Zimbabwe
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
The Chinese government is forging a strong
partnership with the World Food Program (WFP) to empower rural
communities in Zimbabwe to become food self-sufficient and
resilient to climate-induced shocks.
Through its partnership with WFP, the Chinese government has
since 2009 provided millions of U.S. dollars for immediate food
needs and long-term resilience building for vulnerable,
poverty-stricken rural communities in Zimbabwe.
According to Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Huang Ping, China
has since 2009 provided millions of dollars to the Zimbabwe
government through the WFP to help the vulnerable cope with food
Over the past 10 years, the Chinese government provided five
consignments of emergency humanitarian food aid to Zimbabwe,
worth tens of millions of dollars.
It also provided agriculture machinery and fertilizers in the
form of government aid and concessionary loans worth about 100
In 2015, China provided 330,000 dollars for training to small
holder farmers in Zimbabwe.
In 2016, the Chinese government gave Zimbabwe 1 million
dollars for lean season assistance and productive assets
creation after the country suffered one of its worst droughts in
30 years which left a quarter of the rural population in need
It also donated 24.6 million worth of rice to help the
country cope with food shortages.
Besides the rice, China also provided 10,000 tons of urea to
Zimbabwe and this year provided 12,173 metric tons of rice worth
14.7 million dollars to assist the food insecure.
This week, the Chinese government announced yet another 5
million dollars contribution to the Zimbabwe government through
the WFP to assist refugees and resilience building among
vulnerable communities in 2017 and 2018.
Ambassador Huang said China-WFP cooperation in Zimbabwe dates
back to 2009 when it donated 5 million dollars through the WFP
to Zimbabwe for emergency food aid.
Huang explained that China-WFP cooperation was cemented in
2016 when after a decade-long research and consultations, the
two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen
their partnership in ending global hunger.
With increasing collaboration each year, WFP is working with
the Chinese government, leading Chinese companies and the
Chinese public to help alleviate hunger within and beyond
China’s borders, Huang said.
"China has become an increasingly significant donor to WFP’s
global activities, with over 97.5 million in funding from the
government of China as of October 2016, in support of WFP’s
operations around the globe," the envoy said.
WFP Zimbabwe country director Eddie Rowe hailed China-WFP
cooperation, noting that over the past 10 years, the UN agency
had benefited a lot from Chinese aid.
"Last year, through the Government of China and WFP, we
established a center of excellence where WFP will be able to tap
into the capacity of diverse nature that Chinese people can
"Globally, WFP has more than 50 different projects through
which we are enjoying the capacity of China in so many diverse
ways," Rowe said.
Zimbabwe is one of the many countries in the world that are
vulnerable to climate change, resulting in frequent droughts and
floods which affect food production.
It is only this year after more than a decade that Zimbabwe
was able to produce surplus maize of 2.1 million tons against
national consumption of 1.8 million tons annually.
Nevertheless, it is estimated that 1.1 million people will
require food aid during the peak hunger season from January to
Cognizant of its adage which says that "give a man fish and
you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for
a lifetime", China has begun to strengthen its resilience
building assistance in recent years to enhance the capacity of
vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe to cope with climate-induced
One such project that has the potential to alleviate hunger
and build sustainable and resilient communities is the
half-a-million dollars weir, nutrition garden and orchard
project that was handed over to the Shauke community in
Zvishavane District of Zimbabwe by the Chinese government on
Tuesday this week.
Funded by China, the project is being spearheaded by the WFP
in partnership with its implementing local agency, the Adventist
Development and Relief Agency Zimbabwe (ADRA).
According to Rowe, the Shauke project will support improved
crop and livestock production and water access by the community
in the semi-arid district, about 344 km south of the capital
Comprising a 39,000 cubic meter dam, 1.3 ha nutrition garden
and orchard, the project’s construction started in June and is
set for completion in December.
The dam will benefit 480 households, 800 head of cattle and
approximately 600 goats.
The garden, which will produce a variety of vegetables for
household consumption and for sale, will directly benefit 80
"The Shauke weir community garden and orchard is a prime
example of the innovative work that WFP, with support from China
and in partnership with the Government of Zimbabwe, ARDA and
others, is doing in Zvishavane and throughout Zimbabwe to
empower people to build their future," Rowe said.
In 2017, the WFP and its partners will support the creation
of eight resilience building projects in Zvishavane, after
having completed 17 others over the past two years, Rowe said.
Rowe said its efforts were aimed at ending hunger, improving
food security and nutrition and strengthening community
resilience in line with Sustainable Development Goal of Zero
Hunger by 2030.
"With this project, we have kicked hunger and poverty away
from us," said Beauty Jaricha, a villager and vice chairperson
of the project implementation team overseeing implementation of
the Shauke project.
"This project is very important to us because it will enable
us to grow fruits and vegetables not only for consumption but
for sale so that we can generate income to sustain our
"The dam will also protect our livestock as they will no
longer go to far away Runde River for drinking water where they
were vulnerable to crocodile attacks," she added.