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Sanctions won’t distract us: ED

President Mnangagwa Nyore Madzianike Manicaland BureauGOVERNMENT will not be distracted by the matter of illegal Western sanctions as it is focussing its energy on reviving the economy, President Mnangagwa has said. The West imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in early 2000 after the country embarked on land reform to redistribute land to the majority blacks, the owners before colonial occupation by Britain. Addressing thousands of people at a field day at Hilderstroom Farm, owned by Mr Irvene Taguta of the Johanne Marange Apostolic Church in Chipinge yesterday, the President said now was a time to focus on the economy. “We know we have been on sanctions for the last 18 years but we cannot afford to cry day and night,” President Mnangagwa said. “We need to develop our country. We want to revive ...

Davido, Mukanya arrive in Zim

Thomas Mapfumo Melissa Mpofu/Jonathan Mbiriyamveka, Showbiz ReportersNIGERIAN superstar, Davido, who failed to pitch up in the country twice last year, finally made it here yesterday ahead of his 30 Billion Concert at the Harare International Conference Centre tomorrow. Upon arrival at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, Davido was swarmed by a mob of fans who had been patiently waiting for him. Security details visibly had a torrid time controlling the crowds. Speaking at the airport, Davido, who was welcomed by show organiser, Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure and Jah Prayzah, suggested that he had finally travelled to Zimbabwe because of his association with Ginimbi whom he respects. Two Kings Entertainment – Jah Prayzah’s music promoters – had been failing to bring the artiste wh...

How Mine woes persist: Players drag defunct club to court

Paul MacAndrew Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports ReporterDEFUNCT How Mine FC players have dragged their former employers to court seeking terminal benefits and outstanding salaries and allowances following the collapse of the club in February. How Mine folded in February, a few weeks before the start of the 2018 Premier Soccer League season, with the principal sponsor stating that they had decided to review their corporate social responsibility strategy to focus on projects that are mandated and driven by the local community. Metallon Management Services public relations manager Ranga Mberi said the company was in the process of meeting its contractual obligations to its playing and coaching personnel when announcing the club’s demise. But after waiting for more than a month without their termin...

Zim on road to recovery — Annan

Mr Kofi Annan Prosper Ndlovu Business EditorFORMER United Nations (UN) secretary-general and chairperson of The Elders, an African progress panel, Mr Kofi Annan, says Zimbabwe is on the road to recovery and that ongoing national renewal processes will enable the country to reach its full potential. In a message congratulating Zimbabwe’s 38th Independence anniversary commemorations on Wednesday, Mr Annan acknowledged the political and economic reform processes under President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration and encouraged Zimbabweans to work together towards restoring integrity and transparency during the whole transition process. He said the forthcoming harmonised elections due in a few months time, which President Mnangagwa has said will be free, fair and transparent, were a crucial s...

Bosso continue with #FillupBF call

Nhlanhla Dube Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports ReporterHIGHLANDERS have declared that they will not rest until their desire to fill up Barbourfields Stadium is achieved. Bosso recently embarked on the hashtag #FillupBF after noticing an improved attendance at their home games this season following a disappointing 2017 season during which numbers plummeted to shocking levels, resulting in the club failing to pay staff and players their salaries and winning bonuses. The club has taken a deliberate move to ensure such a scenario never occurs this year and their efforts have been helped by the beautiful brand of football being exhibited by coach Madinda “Khathazile” Ndlovu and his youthful players, as they seek to return Bosso to their yesteryear glory days when they would effortlessly fill up B...

DJs Nospa, Liz unite for birthday bash

Dj Liz Showbiz CorrespondentTWO of Bulawayo’s top DJ’s Liz and Nospa will hold a joint birthday party at Cosmopolitan Night Club tomorrow to celebrate life and the years they have been in the industry. During their careers, the two wheel spinners have performed at various high end events in the city and now command a reasonable following. DJ Nospa, who wowed students at the One Fusion Campus party and Miss Nust, has performed alongside Black Motion and Black Coffee. He said the dress code for the birthday party was military green. “April is always a month that’s close to my heart because those who I love – my mother, father and niece were all born in April. “I’m celebrating life and maturity in the industry,” said DJ Nospa. Last year, DJ Nospa said he was on a quest to get married, but unf...

Parliament summons Mugabe

Mr Mugabe Zvamaida Murwira Senior ReporterThe Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development yesterday summoned former President Robert Mugabe to appear before it on May 9 to explain a claim he made in February 2016 that the country could have been prejudiced of more than $15 billion in unrealised diamond revenue from Chiadzwa. The committee also invi-ted former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru to explain reports linking her to diamond mining in the area. Former Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, who was also expected to testify, has written to the committee to say he is unable to attend the hearings as he is receiving medical treatment outside the country. In an interview yesterday, Norton MP Mr Temba Mliswa (Independent) said his committee resolved to call Mr...

Zifa clear Mhlanga, charge Chicken Inn

Lawrence Mhlanga Mukudzei Chingwere, Harare BureauTHE Zifa Player Status Committee have cleared former Warriors defender, Lawrence Mhlanga, to play for his preferred club, FC Platinum, and have charged Chicken Inn for “unreasonably withholding the player’s clearance”. Mhlanga spent a nightmarish year on the sidelines after a contract battle between the defender and his former club Chicken Inn prevented him from joining any other side. The former Warriors defender was cleared to join a club of his choice by Zifa at the end of last year but his woes mounted when the decision was challenged and the player was forced to sit out his club’s first six league matches. After deliberating on the issue, the Zifa Player Status Committee this week ordered Chicken Inn to pay a fine of $1000 and cleared ...

Sadc endorses Zavazava for top telecoms post

Cosmas Zavazava Abigail Mawonde Herald CorrespondentSADC is backing Dr Cosmas Zavazava for the post of International Telecommunication Development Union director of Telecommunication Development Bureau (TDB) in elections set for October this year. Speaking in Geneva, Switzerland at a dinner to mark Zimbabwe’s 38th independence anniversary celebration, South Africa’s Ambassador Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko said Dr Zavazava was the ideal candidate for the post. “On behalf of SADC, I seek your support for our candidate, Dr Cosmas Zavazava, who was endorsed by all the SADC countries,” she said. “Based on his work experience, we are convinced that he is the best candidate for this post, which primarily takes care of developing countries and in particular the least developed countries (LDCs), la...

Sadc boss visits Sardc

Dr Tax Abigail Mawonde Herald CorrespondentTHE Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax today visits the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) in Harare. She leaves tomorrow. In a statement yesterday, SARDC said she will engage key stakeholders during her visit. “The visit is aimed at engaging a key stakeholder who is involved in the delivery of priority regional integration programmes and projects and continue to facilitate a common vision in the achievement of SADC objectives,” said SARDC. SARDC is a knowledge partner of SADC and produces reports and publications on a range of regional and policy issues, including the bi-monthly publication Southern Africa Today (SADC Today), SADC Energy Monitor and SADC Gender and ...

Machana sheds light on Zifa finances, Mighty Warriors funds

Philemon Machana Grace Chingoma, Harare BureauFOLLOWING the release of funds for last year’s Cosafa’s tournaments into the regional body coffers this week, Zifa have committed to first honouring their financial obligations to the Mighty Warriors whom they owe a substantial amount of money. The Mighty Warriors, who finished as runners-up to Cosafa champions, South Africa, at Barbourfields last September were this week awarded their prize money of R250 000 by the tournament sponsors, Kwese. The money was deposited into the Cosafa account in Johannesburg this week and Zifa have since availed their account details to Cosafa. Although Zifa will be given $750 000, including the $500 000 prize money for the Warriors who lifted the Cosafa Castle Cup in South Africa last July, the Association will ...

David, Goliath encounter: Byo Chiefs face champions FC Platinum

Chiefs coach Thulani Sibanda Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports ReporterPREMIERSHIP newcomers, Bulawayo Chiefs, face a stern test of character when they host Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions, FC Platinum, at Luveve Stadium tomorrow. Chiefs head into tomorrow’s encounter smarting from two consecutive away defeats. They lost 0-2 to Harare City in the capital a fortnight ago and fell 0-1 to fellow new boys Mutare City Rovers at Vengere Stadium in Rusape. The two defeats have left Chiefs two places above the drop zone in 13th place with six points, just a point above Chapungu, who occupy the last relegation slot. Facing champions won’t be easy for the newcomers, but their capability to raise their game, as witnessed when they held Caps United to a 2-2 draw at Luveve Stadium speaks volumes...

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