Jabulani Sibanda terrorises Zaka
Written by Wendy Muperi, Staff Writer
Sunday, 08 July 2012 14:22
MASVINGO - Villagers in Zaka told Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday
that war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda was terrorising them again ahead
of crucial polls set for next year.
Sibanda was in Masvingo on a Zanu PF campaign programme dubbed “Operation
Sibanda has been threatening MDC supporters with death if they continue
supporting the former opposition movement.
Zaka’s four constituencies are under MDC.
He has since left Masvingo, although he religiously pays a visit to the
province for an indoctrination of the grassroots in Zanu PF propaganda.
Tsvangirai, who was in Masvingo Province to assess Constituency Development
Fund projects — an initiative brought about by the inclusive government to
enable legislators to embark on developmental projects.
Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson said his boss was taking
complaints from villagers seriously.
“The PM received reports that the community was now living in fear following
the recent visit by Jabulani Sibanda. People now live in fear for their
lives,” Tamborinyoka told the Daily News on Sunday.
Tsvangirai told the villagers to desist from violence and live in harmony.
He appealed to all political parties to live and deal with each other in
harmony irrespective of their political ideologies.
“PM Tsvangirai called on the different party leadership of Zaka to co-exist
in peace and allow every political party to hold its rallies freely without
interference,” Tamborinyoka said.
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US to provide ARVs to 140,000 patients
The United States will this year increase funding for HIV/AIDS programmes in
Zimbabwe, outgoing US ambassador Charles Ray has said.
The US HIV/AIDS programme is currently supporting 80,000 Zimbabweans through
provision of anti-retroviral drugs, and Ray said the number of beneficiaries
will increase to 140,000 this year.
Ambassador Ray said another 40,000 new patients will be added to the
programme next year.
"I am proud to say that this number will increase in 2012 to a total of
140,000 patients on ARVs. And our plan is to add another 40,000 new patients
in 2013," he said.
The US government is also partnering Zimbabwe to fight against malaria and
other communicable diseases, as well as building the management skills of
The pledge by the US comes at a time when at least 66,000 people living with
HIV face the prospect of losing their current access to lifesaving
antiretroviral (ARV) treatment because of lack of funding.
Read more: US to provide ARVs to 140,000 patients