All is set for the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival, a tripartite partnership between Delta Beverages, the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association (ZNTDA).
The festival, which boasts some of the most valuable entertainment franchises on the local arts front, begins on June 02 at Tandarai Bar in Marondera, Mashonaland East.
Several traditional dance groups will compete for the title which was previously won by a Mufakose-based group called Culture Warriors.
On the same day, there will also be another competition in Mashonaland Central at Club Changaz at Cemetry.
Harare province, being the previous year's winner, will be hosting the festival competition on June 09 in Mbare at Pfumojena Beerhall.
In Matabeleland South and West, the event will also be held on June 16 while in Matabeleland South, Gwanda's Manzamnyama Beer garden will be the host.
In Masvingo province, the festival will be held on June 23 at one of the biggest bars in the country; Chigarapasi Beerhall, Chiredzi.
In Manicaland and Bulawayo, the festival will be held on July 07 with Neighborhood Tarven Bar and Phekiwe Beerhall being the respective hosts.
In the Midlands province, the event will take place at Mutamba Caravan Park, Gokwe, on June 23 while Matabeleland North will have its turn in Hwange at Jabulani Social Club.
The finals will be held in August 4 in Mutare at Manicaland Showgrounds.business
MASVINGO - Opposition Renewal Democrats Zimbabwe (RDZ) leader, Elton Mangoma has won a High Court challenge he mounted against recent utterances by National Council of Chiefs president, Fortune Charumbira declaring that traditional leaders must continue supporting Zanu PF.
Masvingo High Court judge, Justice Garainesu Mawadze declared that the announcements made by Chief Charumbira in his capacity as head of traditional leaders during the National Annual Conference of Chiefs in Bulawayo 2017 and in January this year at an Indaba in Gweru were unconstitutional in terms of Section 281(2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
The High Court further banned and prohibited Chief Charumbira and the Zimbabwe Council of Chiefs from making further political statements, their involvement or allegiance to Zanu PF on any public forum.
Mangoma was represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) through Matutu and Mureri Legal Practitioners.
The High Court also ordered that campaigning Zanu PF by traditional leaders was unconstitutional and infringement of the applicant who is not to be treated in an unfairly, discriminatory manner on the basis of political affiliation.
The court also ordered the Zimbabwe Council of Chiefs to initiate processes towards the establishment of the Integrity and Ethics Committee of Chiefs envisioned in Section 287 of the constitution.
Section 280 of the constitution provides the responsibility of traditional leaders that, among other responsibilities, include performing the cultural, customary and traditional functions.
The ruling follows a similar challenge that was mounted by the Electoral Resource Centre (ERC) in the High Court in Harare.
The court ordered that Charumbira retract his statements and issue an apology via the media in seven days.
The Ministry of Local Government was also ordered to take disciplinary measures against Chief Charumbira.politics
CHIREDZI - Chiredzi Town Council last week decommissioned its dumpsite and cemetery in Marinda Road and across Zava Business Centre to pave way for the pegging and servicing of more than 1000 medium density and commercial stands.
In a full council meeting held last week, council declared that it had been resolved to decommission the sites to pave way for new residential areas.
It was heard that new land was being identified for a new cemetery and dumpsite.
Chiredzi Town Council chairperson, Francis Moyo later told TellZim News that the plan was to develop 1000 residential stands.
"There are two places that we have decommissioned which are the existing cemetery and dumpsite in order to pave way for the pegging and servicing of residential stands. We are going to reclaim the site at a later stage to enable it to decompose and peg commercial stands.
"The whole area can give us more than 1000 residential stands that will be pegged in medium density fashion," said Moyo.
Meanwhile, United Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association (UCHIRRA) is trying to bar council from carrying out the latest development, saying it should be left to a new council which will assume office after the elections since the current council is tainted by many corruption scandal.
Chiredzi has been accused of diverting funds collected from home seekers for the servicing of 2 000 stands at Makondo Extension.
Despite each prospective home owner paying US$900, the stands remain not serviced almost nine years later.
An audit team commissioned by former Local Government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere reportedly unearthed serious corruption and mismanagement although the report was never made public.
Councillors and council management were also accused of selling themselves many stands at discounted prices and reselling them to desperate people at inflated prices.local
MDC-T Warren Park MP, Elias Mudzuri
HARARE – Some Members of Parliament have demanded that President Emmerson Mnangagwa be called to the House of Assembly to explain why he has failed to fulfil his promise to end the cash shortages in the first 100 days of his assuming office.
The MPs attacked government for its utter failure to solve the crisis, six months after making promises that the problems will end.
Binga North MP, Dubeko Sibanda asked that President Mnangagwa be called to the house to answer questions on the crisis now that the country is approaching general elections.
"He promised a lot of things including the 100 days which came and passed and as Members of Parliament, we request that the President responds to us before we go for elections," said Sibanda.
He also criticised Mnangagwa of failing to be accountable to parliament just as his predecessor, Robert Mugabe had always done.
This provoked a quick defensive reaction from Zanu PF MPs who claimed Mnangagwa was too busy to come to parliament. Temporary speaker of the house, Rueben Marumahoko also defended Mnangagwa, saying the President could not be forced to come to parliament.
Zanu PF Zvishavane-Ngezi MP, John Holder had asked Finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa what mechanism government had put in place to deal with the problem.
The legislator criticised government for ignoring the black market money changers whom he said had caused people to continue sleeping on the pavements queuing for the scarce resource.
"Zimbabwe, with its 66 minerals that are being exported, is paid for those exports in foreign currency, not in bond notes. Yet we say we don't have money in our country, why don't we have cash reserves?" Holder asked.
Chinamasa gave a less than satisfactory response, saying Zimbabwe, just like Kenya, was one of the countries that had done well through RGTSs and other electronic payment methods and was moving towards a cashless economy.
This forced MPs to demand that he prepare a comprehensive written response for presentation to the house.
Chinamasa, however, stood his ground in a manner that some interpreted as a reflection of his usual arrogance.
"It is believed the Reserve bank is delivering bond notes in the streets of Harare in search of US dollars. So the minister should not hide behind his finger; he should prove with facts that RBZ is not involved," said MDC-T Warren Park MP, Elias Mudzuri.top news