Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) has announced that vehicles without valid licence discs will not be allowed passage through toll gates with effect from 1 October.
This comes on the back of a clampdown of vehicles without number plates by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) in an effort to curb the increase of crimes related to vehicles without.
In a notice issued today ZINARA said the latest measure is in line with vehicle registration and licensing act which prohibits movement of vehicles without licence discs.
“The Zimbabwe National Road Administration would like to advise the motoring public that all vehicles without valid licence discs will not be allowed to pass through the Tollgates with effect from 01 October 2022.
Nationwide electricity supply disruption brings business to a halt – New Zimbabwe.com
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By Reason Razao
ZIMBABWE experienced a brief nationwide blackout Tuesday as power outages continue to rock the country.
Most traffic lights in and around the Central Business District (CBD) of Harare were not functioning as a result of the power cut.
Ear-splitting noise emanating from generators could be heard across the CBD as most traders staggered to keep their operations running.
The level of incessant power cuts even delayed court proceedings at the Harare Magistrates Court, where virtual cases were halted.
Despite network challenges emanating from the black out, Twitter was abuzz with Twimbos giving updates from different locations.
“As usual Kudzi is off the mark…. The whole nation was plunged into darkness from 10:20 to 11:30 .. including mines which don’t suffer from loadshedding,” twitted one Nickson Mhofu.
“Zimboz on the ground, do you have electricity in your town right now? My fellows in H-Town are telling me kuti tonaz magetsi dololo?,” wrote another user on Twitter.
Prior to earlier claims by Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) that power outages were being caused by increased economic activities, the power utility group last week issued a statement saying the intensified load shedding was a result of technical challenges in Kariba and Hwange.
“ZETDC would like to advise it’s valued customers that there is increased load curtailment from the 24th of September 2022.
“This is due to technical challenges being experienced at our Kariba and Hwange Power Stations as well as import constraints.
“The utility is therefore conducting a maintenance exercise to ensure full restoration of service,” read the statement.
Complaints have, however, been raised on the need for ZETDC to release a load shedding timetable.
Latest data from the Zimbabwe Power Company shows that the country is generating just 1 029 MW today against peak demand in excess of 1 700 MW.
WATCH: Sanctions not fit for purpose: African presidents – Chronicle
Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Reporter ILLEGAL sanctions imposed by the West on Zimbabwe violate the country’s sovereignty and are a barrier to national development and crime against humanity.
African leaders said this as they called for the immediate removal of the illegal embargo imposed on Zimbabwe by the West after the country embarked on the land reform programme to correct colonial imbalances.
Presidents from the African continent said the illegal sanctions have caused untold suffering. The United States promulgated the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zidera) claiming that Zimbabwe is a threat to its foreign policy.
Since then the country has experienced serious economic challenges, affecting industry and commerce resulting in people losing their source of livelihoods leading to forced migration.
While Government has reaffirmed that the land reform programme is irreversible, the West has retained its coercive measures in a bid to cow Zimbabwe into submission.
Pressure is mounting for the removal of the sanctions, with African leaders who attended the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last week condemning the embargo which suffocates Zimbabwe.
President Macky Sall
The continent was led by the African Union (AU) chairperson and Senegalese president Macky Sall, in calling for the removal of the illegal sanctions.
“The AU once again calls for the lifting of foreign sanctions against Zimbabwe. These harsh measures continue to fuel a sense of injustice against an entire people and to aggravate their suffering in these times of deep crisis,” said President Sall.
His sentiment was echoed by Sadc chairperson and Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi, who said the United Nations should make an effort to ensure the embargo imposed on Zimbabwe is removed unconditionally.
President Tshisekedi said the sanctions are an injustice and constitute a crime against Zimbabweans. “In the name of international solidarity and justice, we do have questions over the maintenance of sanctions against the people of Zimbabwe.
These sanctions which, what’s more, date back to the era of the late President Mugabe. Why is our organisation so silent and so indifferent to this injustice, almost a crime against innocent people? As a current chair of Sadc, I firmly call upon the United Nations to do everything possible to achieve the immediate lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe,” said President Tshisekedi.
Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi said while Zimbabweans are resilient, sanctions have become a hindrance in the country realising its full potential.
President Felix Tshisekedi
“While we are confident of the resilience and resolve of Zimbabwe as well as its economic transformation prospects, we are concerned that such measures are not advancing the cause of livelihoods of innocent Zimbabweans nor the calls for our Sustainable Development Goals,” said President Masisi.
Namibia’s President Hage Geingob said President Mnangagwa’s Second Republic has made laudable reforms hence the illegal sanctions are not fit for purpose. He said Zimbabwe can do better without sanctions imposed on the country.
“Equally, we call for the lifting of sanctions against the Republic of Zimbabwe. Why are sanctions in place for a country which is making progress at all levels? President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the people of Zimbabwe have made laudable progress and reforms and should be given a chance to succeed without the weight of sanctions,” he said.
South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, reiterated the calls for the removal of sanctions saying they had a ripple effect on the Sadc region.
Her calls came just a week after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told American President Joe Biden that sanctions were forcing Zimbabweans to leave their country to seek economic refuge in regional countries.
Dr Pandor said Zimbabwe was in the same situation as Cuba, whose development is constrained by the illegal sanctions. “South Africa calls for an end to the embargo against Cuba, which continues to impede the right to development of her people.
In the same vein, we call for an end to unilateral coercive measures against Zimbabwe, which have compounded the problems experienced by the people of Zimbabwe and have the detrimental effect on the broader Sadc region,” said Dr Pandor. Newly elected Kenyan President William Ruto also used his address to call for the unconditional removal of sanctions.
He said the ordinary suffer more as a result of sanctions. “There might never be a more opportune time to revisit the practice of unilateral coercive actions, which often violate fundamental tenets of a rule-based international order such as those imposed on Zimbabwe and Cuba.
“Apart from undermining the sovereign equality of nations, they also indiscriminately punish the general citizenry, reserving their bitterest sting for innocent hustlers and the vulnerable. This compounds injustice and worsens suffering,” said President Ruto.
President William Ruto
Addressing the same platform, President Mnangagwa welcomed the anti-sanctions solidarity by Africa and other progressive nations describing Zimbabwe as a peace-loving country which wants a fair chance to deliver on its peoples’ aspirations.
“We remain indebted to the Sadc region and the AU well as other progressive members in the community of nations for the unwavering support and calls for the removal of these unwarranted and unjustified sanctions. We once again call for their immediate and unconditional removal,” said President Mnangagwa.
He welcomed the findings of the United National Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of the Unilateral Coercive Measures on the enjoyment of human rights who visited Zimbabwe in 2021.
Professor Alena Douhan, the UN Special Rapporteur visited Zimbabwe on a fact-finding mission in October last year and presented her findings on the impact of sanctions to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland earlier this month, where she revealed that sanctions were impeding the enjoyment of human rights by Zimbabweans. – @nqotshili
ZESA says entire country went dark at 10.26AM today after “an abrupt system disturbance on the Alaska-Warren high voltage transmission powerlines linking Kariba and Harare.”
While this now resolved, ZESA warns of further outages in days ahead due to “depressed generation”
“Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission & Distribution Company (ZETDC) would like to apologize to its valued customers for an unplanned nationwide power outage that happened at 1026HRS. This was due to an abrupt system disturbance on the Alaska-Warren high voltage transmission powerlines (Linking Kariba and Harare). This has since been resolved by our Engineers.
“Further to our communication on the 24th of September 2022, customers are encouraged to use electricity sparingly as the national grid is still experiencing depressed generation.”