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Father Ribeiro Who Designed Zimbabwe Flag Dies

Roman Catholic Church priest, composer, novelist and nationalist Father Emmanuel Ribeiro has died.

He passed on at St Anne’s Hospital in Harare Thursday morning.

He was 86.

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Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Mr Nick Mangwana confirmed the death.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Mangwana said: “It is sad to learn that Father Emmanuel Ribeiro has passed on in the early hours of this morning. Father Ribeiro was assistant chaplain-general of Prisons at the time President @edmnangagwa was in prison. He was a major player in the design of our national flag. MHDSRIP.”

Father Ribeiro composed more than dozen Roman Catholic Church hymns.

He was a member of the committee which penned Zimbabwe’s national anthem and was part of the committee which designed Zimbabwe’s national flag.-Sunday Mail

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THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) almost doubled its economic growth forecast for Zimbabwe, citing a bumper harvest, improved power supply and an increase in manufacturing and construction.
The IMF expects the economy to expand “by about six percent” this year, it said late Wednesday at the end of a two-week virtual staff visit. “An economic recovery is underway in 2021,” it said in an emailed statement.

The forecast compares with a prior prediction of 3.1 percent growth and is closer to the projection by the southern African nation’s Treasury that gross domestic product will increase 7.4 percent this year.

In rare praise of the authorities’ policy reforms, the IMF said attempts to contain the nation’s budget deficit, reserve money growth and the introduction of a foreign-exchange auction system signaled Zimbabwe is moving in the right direction.


“Further efforts are needed to solidify the stabilization trends and accelerate reforms,” it said.

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Uncertainty remains high in Zimbabwe as the country faces a third wave of the coronavirus infections, the fund said. New measures intended to curb the spread of the virus, including limits on public gatherings, took effect on June 14.


“The outlook will depend on the pandemic’s evolution, the pace of vaccination and implementation of sustainable policies,” the fund said.


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