(Last Updated on November 16, 2015 by Editor)
ZIMBABWE – The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has gazetted the nomination of Zanu-PF Central Committee member Cde Clemence Makwarimba as a Senator, replacing Mr Dzikamai Mavhaire.
ZEC also published the names of three candidates who were nominated to participate in the Nkulumane National Assembly by-election set for December 19.
In the Government Gazette published on Friday, ZEC chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said:
“It is hereby notified, in terms of Section 39(6) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13) that the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party has nominated Clemence Makwarimba a registered voter in Ward 19 of Masvingo Rural District Council, of Magangani Village, Chief Mapanzure, Masvingo, to fill the vacancy in the Senate that occurred following the recall by the Zanu-PF of the incumbent member Mr Dzikamai Mavhaire on the grounds that he had ceased to be a member of that party.”
Those with objections to the nomination were invited to do so in writing and forward them to ZEC head office in Harare within 14 days of the publication.
“Any voter wishing to object to the nomination of Clemence Makwarimba may, in writing, lodge such objections with the Chief Elections Officer, at Mahachi Quantum Building, corner Kaguvi Street and Jason Moyo Avenue, Harare or post them to Private Bag 7782, Causeway, within 14 days from the date of publication of this notice, setting forth the reasons for the objection,” Justice Makarau said.
The commission has also published the names of Killian Sibanda (Zanu-PF), Sibusisiwe Mpofu (RDZ) and Ngwalo Nyathi (PDZ) as the nominees for the Nkulumane by-election.
The Nomination Court sat on November 6 2015 to replace the Mr Thamsanqa Mahlangu (MDC-T) who died early this month.
ZEC has also declared a vacancy in the National Assembly following the death of Cde Joan Tsogorani, who was a proportional representation legislator in Mashonaland West.
“It is hereby notified that, in terms of Section 39(4) (a) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13), a vacancy among the party-list members of the National Assembly following the death on 21st of September 2015, of Joan Tsogorani who was member of the National Assembly for Mashonaland West Province by virtue of Section 124(1) (b) of the Constitution,” Justice Makarau said.
Cde Makawarimba is former chief executive for Masvingo Rural District Council.
He replaces Mr Mavhaire, who was fired from the ruling party as well as Government for being part of the putschist cabal led by former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru that sought to topple President Mugabe.
he private sector has been urged to consider investing in Call Centres as the move will help in creating job opportunities in line with the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation.
A call centre is a place where customers and other phone calls are handled by an organisation, usually with some amount of computer automation.
The call was made by Minister for Policy Co-ordination and Promotion of Socio-Economic Ventures in the President’s Office Cde Simon Khaya Moyo during the service excellence awards dinner held in Harare, recently.
“I am reliably informed that the Contact Centre Association aims to develop the Call Centre Industry, promote a culture of service excellence and uphold customer service standards and values, which are key ingredients for economic and social development of our country,” he said.
“As Government, we welcome such services to the country. As you may be aware, the services sector is growing not only in Zimbabwe, but in the world at large. In this regard, I would like to urge the private sector to seriously invest in Call Centres. Call Centres will help us create jobs for thousands of graduates and youths,” he said.
Cde Khaya Moyo said Government was in full support of the establishment of Call Centres in the country.
“I am fully aware that the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Courier Services is setting up the Government National Call Centre. That project is a clear testament that we, as Government, are taking this sector seriously and are prioritising job creation as planned under Zim-Asset,” he said.
Cde Khaya Moyo said the current business environment required organisations to embrace new changes and become more customer-centric.
“As we can talk of agriculture, mining and other real sectors of the economy, the service industry is also quite a significant contributor to the growth of the economies in Africa,” he said.
“Customer service reaches out into the hearts and minds of every single citizen; it particularly reaches out in the hearts and minds of investors, and of tourists. Fostering a culture of service excellence must therefore be high on the national agenda.”