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Vendors’ association, ‘rogue’ leader clash over Magaya deal

“In an economy like ours would any bona fide vendor and informal trader agree to allow council to give land to any private investor for them to pay money as rentals?”



A TURF war has erupted between the Chitungwiza Amalgamated Vendors and Informal Traders Association (CAVITA) founders and one of the directors who is accused of hijacking the association.

The director, Donald Makuvaza is alleged to be compromising CAVITA by pursuing personal interests after he once again publicly threw his weight behind a controversial investment project by Prophet Walter Magaya’s company in Chitungwiza.

Two of CAVITA founders who declined to be named told Zim Community News that they were not happy with the conduct of Donald Makuvaza following the leak of the controversial Chitungwiza Master Plan Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) with Wistmer Investments.

The leak of the MOA with Wistmer later led to the convening of an urgent meeting by councillors, who then rejected its contents.

The MOA seeks the establishment of a collaborative relationship between Council and Wistmer for the preparation of the Chitungwiza Master Plan.

Had the deal gone through Wistmer will have enjoyed “an exclusive and irrevocable Right of First Refusal to participate as the lead private partner for any Smart City Projects the Municipality intends to implement; and exclusive development rights to solely undertake Smart City Projects for an initial period of 10 years from the date of this Agreement”.

Makuvaza, who was among the vocal resident leaders after the controversial memorandum of agreement of the deal was leaked, is said to have made a sudden about-turn following a meeting with Magaya at his farm.

The sources added that Makuvaza who resides in the same neighborhood where Magaya was raised, was likely to be summoned to be cautioned on the issue.

“The issue is not of consulting Trustees and bringing the name of the trust into disrepute by pursuing his narrow interests at the expense of CAVITA.

“Does he think he is clever? In an economy like ours would any bona fide vendor and informal trader agree to allow council to give land to any private investor for them to pay money as rentals?”

CAVITA has three founding directors, but one is now deceased.

This follows a   press statement regarding the Wistmer and Chitungwiza Municipality Agreement that was issued by Makuvaza in which he refuted allegations that CAVITA was now sleeping in the same bed with Wistmer.

“We wish to clarify that CAVITA has not chosen a side in the negotiations between Wistmer and Chitungwiza Municipality. Our primary concern is the well-being and interests of the communities we represent. We remain committed to fostering transparency, fairness, and community participation in all discussions and agreements that affect our constituents.

Makuvaza added that Wistmer’s Smart City project would be beneficial to the community.

“As CAVITA our position still stands that the ambitious SMART project if implemented will be beneficial to our constituency and the community. We also believe that both parties have legal capacity to deal with the contents of the MOA document if there is anything to agree on.

Makuvaza refuted the allegations  and was evasive when asked on whether the statement represented the views of the whole board.

“The organisation is bigger than individuals and we focus on issues that affect our constituents.

“As long as it affects our relevant line of work we are called to duty.”

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Mnangagwa approves Starlink Zim operations

In this vein, I’m pleased to announce that I have approved the licensing of Starlink by POTRAZ to provide advanced internet and related digital processing services in Zimbabwe through its sole and exclusive local partner, IMC Communications (Pvt) Ltd.




PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has licensed Starlink to operate in Zimbabwe.

The following is Mnangagwa’s announcement on his official X handle today.

One of the strategic pillars that anchor the 2nd Republic’s developmental agenda under Vision 2030 is innovation, science and technology. Prioritization of the digital economy and the emerging importance of technology in our day to day activities requires Government to lead from the front in providing an environment where investment in technology is promoted.

In this vein, I’m pleased to announce that I have approved the licensing of Starlink by POTRAZ to provide advanced internet and related digital processing services in Zimbabwe through its sole and exclusive local partner, IMC Communications (Pvt) Ltd. Starlink @Starlink is a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite operator wholly owned by global conglomerate Space X led by promiment multi-billionaire @ElonMusk.

The entry by Starlink in the digital telecommunications space in Zimbabwe is expected to result in the deployment of high speed, low cost, LEO internet infrastructure throughout Zimbabwe and particularly in all the rural areas. This will be in fulfillment of my Administration’s undertaking to leave no one and no place behind. The investment confidence expressed by Starlink in Zimbabwe’s telecommunications infrastructure also dovetails with the 2nd Republic’s mantra, “Zimbabwe is open for business”. I encourage more investment by foreign conglomerates in Zimbabwe as we are an investment destination of choice.

I take this opportunity, on behalf of the Government of Zimbabwe, to congratulate IMC Communications (Pvt) Ltd and Starlink on this commendable milestone aimed at revolutionizing the digital and communications technology landscape in Zimbabwe. Investments of this magnitude and strategic importance represent the cornerstone for achieving the 2nd Republic’s objective of having a fully digitalized, upper-middle income economy by 2030.

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Parly supports environmental journalism

“And let us work together to ensure that the stories that you tell inspire action and drive meaningful change”





ZIMBABWE’S Parliament has made tremendous strides in its support to press freedom and environmental journalism in particular, as evidenced by the number of legislation passed and that which is still before the august House.

Chitungwiza South Member of Parliament Maxwell Mavhunga said this today in a speech that he presented on behalf of Parliament at the belated World Press Freedom Day commemorations hosted by Misa-Zimbabwe in Harare.

The event that was held under Misa’s localised theme ­‑ Positioning the media to amplify the environment story for a sustainable future.

Mavhunga said that Parliament will work hard to create an enabling environment for journalists to do their work without fear or favour.

“This includes strengthening our legal frameworks to protect press freedom, investing in journalism training programs, and fostering a culture of transparency and accountability.”

He added that there was need to encourage innovation in environmental journalism and support efforts to adapt to the changing media landscape.

“As we commemorate World Press Freedom Day, let us renew our commitment to protecting and promoting press freedom.

“As legislators we stand with journalists who risk their lives to uncover the truth and shine a light on the environmental crisis.”

“And let us work together to ensure that the stories that you tell inspire action and drive meaningful change”

He said that this year’s theme, “Journalism in the Face of Environmental Crisis,” was not only timely but also crucial in navigatind the complex and often perilous terrain of environmental challenges.

“The role of journalism in highlighting environmental issues cannot be overstated. Journalists around the world are on the front lines, documenting the effects of climate change, deforestation, pollution, and biodiversity loss.”

The media exposes and holds governments and corporations accountable by giving a voice to those most affected by environmental degradation, he said.

“In our own country, the onus is upon us to ensure that journalists have the freedom and safety to report on environmental issues.

“We must support media organisations in their efforts to investigate and report on these critical topics.

“This includes providing adequate funding for public-interest journalism, ensuring access to information, and protecting journalists from legal and physical threats.

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Fly Emirates To Dubai This Summer and Unlock Exclusive Offers Including Access To The City’s Most Exciting Experiences




  • Visitors to Dubai can gain free access to key attractions with a return Emirates ticket this summer
  • Customers with a boarding pass can access discounts and rewards via My Emirates Pass.

Harare, Zimbabwe, 22 May 2024 – Emirates, which flies daily from Harare to Dubai via Lusaka, has launched great offers for holidaymakers travelling to Dubai this summer. With a return ticket, all Emirates customers can enjoy complimentary access to some of the city’s top attractions, ensuring an exciting summer without breaking the bank.  

Moreover, Emirates passengers flying to, through, or back to Dubai can leverage their boarding pass to access exclusive discounts at a wide range of retail, leisure, and dining establishments, as well as renowned attractions and luxury spas throughout Dubai and the UAE.  

From thrilling adventures to irresistible shopping experiences, there’s something for every traveller to enjoy. 

Create a summer of memories with Emirates  

Running from 22 May 2024 to 11 June 2024 and valid for travel between 25 May 2024 to 31 August 2024, this fantastic offer includes access to The View at The Palm, AYA Universe, Dubai Parks and Resorts and Wild Wadi Waterpark. 

Whether travelling alone, as a couple, a group of friends or as a family you can make the most of you Dubai summer escape with access to the following unforgettable experiences: 

  • Dubai Parks & Resorts – This summer Emirates is giving travellers the opportunity to claim complementary admission to one of the premier entertainment parks, of their choice. Embark on an epic footballing story at Real Madrid World, or let your inner child run free at either Legoland Dubai or Legoland Waterpark or bring your favourite Hollywood film to life  at Motiongate Dubai.* 
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark – Cool off this summer in the spectacular Wild Wadi Waterpark. Whether you are looking for a relaxing cruise on the lazy river or want to get your adrenaline pumping on the waterslides, there is something for everyone.   
  • AYA Universe – Open your mind and prepare experience the natural beauty of a mysterious cosmos at the AYA Universe. This experimental entertainment park will transport you to wander and wonder through the vibrant world enfolded within its chambers. Be prepared to play, drift and dream through observatories full of stars, roam gardens blooming light and traverse rivers that bridge the infinite at this interactive exhibition. 
  • The View at The Palm – Enjoy stunning views of Dubai’s iconic skyline at this Palm Jumeirah Palm Tower this summer, without charge when you fly with Emirates. At 240 metres high, The View gives you the perfect place to enjoy a panoramic view of Dubai, taking in its iconic landmarks. 

Passengers simply need to apply the code ‘EKDXB25’ when purchasing flights from or on the Emirates app to claim a one-time complementary entry code for each venue for all passengers in the booking. Alternatively, if booking through travel agents or Emirates ticketing offices or Emirates contact centre, passengers will need to email detailing their PNR number, arrival date in Dubai, contact phone number and all passenger names to claim their unique access codes.  

My Emirates Pass 

To add to the excitement, customers travelling over summer can indulge in discounts and rewards via My Emirates Pass, guaranteeing you get the most out of your summer. Starting from 1 May 2024 to 30 September 2024, My Emirates Pass promises to elevate customers’ summer adventures in Dubai via a range of exclusive offers.  

Whether it’s Dubai’s epic water parks or stepping out onto the world’s highest observation deck at Burj Khalifa At The Top, visitors can make the most of Dubai’s bucket-list attractions this summer with discounts on admission tickets.  

Simply present a physical or digital boarding pass and a valid form of identification at participating venues to access the deals and discounts. 

If you checked in online and downloaded your mobile boarding pass to the Emirates App or Wallet, remember to screenshot it to present at participating venues as it will disappear from your apps once you’ve landed. 

Return of Dubai Summer Surprises 

Dubai’s Summer Surprises returns this summer that will delight, thrill, and excite visitors of all ages. Across 65 days, there will be unbeatable shopping deals, star-studded concerts, and incredible entertainment.  Use My Emirates Pass and enjoy Dubai Summer Surprises at the same time when you fly to Dubai from 28 June 2024 to 1 September 2024.  

Meanwhile, for those looking to dip their toes into world-class luxury, Dubai’s shopping and dining experiences will offer the perfect setting for you to unwind this summer.   

To enjoy summer in Dubai for less, see all My Emirates Pass offers by visiting:

Get the most out of your summer with Emirates 

From indulging in some of the world’s very best hospitality offerings, to action packed family days, Dubai has something for everyone this summer and can now be enjoyed for even less with Emirates: 

  • Dubai Experience: Customers can browse, create and book their own customised itineraries including flights, hotel stay, visits to key attractions, and other dining and leisure experiences in Dubai and the UAE, through Emirates’ Dubai Experience platform, and enjoy even more unique benefits. 
  • Skywards Partners: Members of the award-winning loyalty program, Emirates Skywards can earn Miles with our worldwide partners like hotels, airlines, car rentals, retail and banking. Members can spend these Miles on reward tickets, upgrades, or even tickets for concerts and sports events. Learn more about Emirates Skywards here: While in Dubai, you can earn Miles with our partners across the city like Dubai Mall, Arabian Adventures, Emirates Holidays and more. 
  • Emirates Holidays/Vacations: Customers can book their holiday to Dubai through Emirates Holidays. All Emirates Holidays include flexible booking options. Whilst for even more peace of mind, Emirates Holidays’ dedicated 24/7 On Holiday Service team will be there to support holidaymakers for every moment that they’re away. When you book your holiday with Emirates Holidays, you receive bonus Miles on top of the Miles you would receive for your flight. 

For more information, visit Tickets can be purchased on, Emirates Sales Office or contact centre, or via travel agents. 

Emirates flies to more than 130 destinations, across six continents and currently operates daily flights from Harare and Lusaka  to Dubai.   

*Full terms and conditions can be found here: Attraction [The View at The Palm, AYA Universe, Wild Wadi Waterpark and 1 park access pass to Dubai Parks & Resorts (passengers can choose between Motion Gate, Legoland Dubai, Legoland Waterpark and Real Madrid World)] tickets redeemed under this offer are non-transferable, non-refundable, non-resalable and non-exchangeable for any other promotion, discount, ticket, or cash may not be combined with any other offer and are not valid towards previously purchased tickets. Tickets do not include any additional products, services, transportation, entertainment and/or food and beverage.  

  • The offer is available for new bookings made between 22 May 2024 to 11 June 2024, inclusive and cannot be claimed retroactively on existing bookings.  
  • Flight tickets must be purchased for return journeys. One way flight tickets will not be eligible for the Offer.  
  • Requests for this special offer must be made at least 96 hours prior to arrival. 
  • Groups (9+) are excluded from these deals 
  • Once passengers receive their access codes, these can be presented at the ticket desks at The View at The Palm, AYA Universe, Dubai Parks & Resorts and Wild Wadi Waterpark in exchange for one general admission, in Dubai, at no extra charge.  
  • The validity of the one-time access to each attraction is until 7 September 2024. 

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