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Chivi disaster leaves over 40 families homeless

By Charles Lotara

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CHIVI (ZIMBABWE)- The devastating hailstorm in Chivi district has reportedly left over 40 families homeless, amid fears the figure could rise.

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Hail is a form of solid precipitation. It is distinct from ice pellets, though the two are often confused. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, each of which is called a hailstone.

Masvingo Provincial Administrator Fungai Mbetsa confirmed the report and said the province is engaging humanitarian organizations such as the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society to help out families which were victimized by the disaster.

“We got the report last week, and I can confirm that 40 families have been affected. We are looking forward to assist them as quick as we can. We are going to provide them with shelter and food,” said Fugai.

The most affected areas of the district were Wards 18 and 16 but Fungai says after doing assessment of the disaster, more areas and families could be affected.

“Initially it was reported that 40 families were affected. However, when assessment was carried out the number was more than that. The hailstorm affected majorly Wards 18 and 16 but there is possibility that more areas could be affected,” he said.

Meanwhile, report received by Masvingo Provincial Spokesperson Inspector Charity Mazula indicates that Rukasi, Matondo, Zimani, Maoneke and Tumba villages under headman Chipindu were the most affected.

The powerful hailstorm which started on 25th November 2017 at 2315 hours to 0245 hours 26th November, 2017 uprooted trees, swept away 41 households, and left three people injured.

Runotida Marisa, a female adult aged 68 was admitted to the hospital with a swollen head while Edward Manyanga and Miedzo Machidha (age not provided) had bruises over their bodies but the report says the two were treated and discharged.

When contacted for comment, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society said they were yet to confirm the incidence before referring the rest of the questions to their main office.

Chivi district was also one of the affected areas when Cyclone Dineo hit Masvingo Province earlier this year where several homesteads were marooned and destroyed by floods after the bursting of Shashe River

Calls to tackle young sex workers’ menace grow

…as prostitution sucks in more teenagers

By Charles Lotara

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MASVINGO (ZIMBABWE)- The National Aids Council (NAC) says it is appalled by recently development which shows a vast number of young people indulging into a commercial sex business and calls for joint community efforts to rescue the teenagers from the menace.

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Official Logo of the National Aids Council – Zimbabwe

In an interview with Evos Makoni, the National Aids Council Provincial Manager for Masvingo, the number of young sex workers is on the rise and what still remain mind-cracking are the reasons motivating them to get into the health-threatening business.

Makoni says NAC does not condone sex workers especially those from 24 years of age and below adding that for it to be successful, relevant Ministries and Departments, including the media fraternity should be engaged to create awareness.

Ministry of Youths, Ministry of Gender and Ministry of Education and the Police Department are called upon to join hands and mitigate the rampant spread of teenage prostitution.

“We have to find mitigation to it; we can only achieve this if we engage relevant departments and ministries. Prostitution against young people is an injustice, if we can eradicate or take it out completely we would have a sustainable community.” He said.

“It is at the dawn when scantily-dressed sex workers, most of them young women, lean on the perimeter fence of a popular nightspot at Mupandawana Growth Point in Gutu,” he added

Chivi Turnoff and Zerera were also roped in as districts where commercial sex workers sit on wooden benches in front of the dimly-light bar awaiting clients while some roam around the bars, hoping to entice an imbiber.

Makoni said “Occasionally, a man comes up, negotiates with one of the sex workers, and the two stroll off to the nearby maize field.”

Analysis done by NAC so far shows Gutu leading the trail with 40 young commercial workers roaming the streets, Zerera accommodating 17 as 16 more are spotted at Chivi Turnoff in Chivi District. Complete statistics expected after the full analysis as the team from the National Aids Council is obtaining the results.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Provincial Education Director for Masvingo Andrew Chikwange says, schools are doing their best in offering sex education.

“The schools are doing their best as far as sex education is concerned. The problem is, not all schools are boarding and this makes it difficult to know what the young ones do when they are out of the school,” he said before referring additional questions to the Provincial Education Director who was not available for comments.

Masvingo Sports Club readies for life after debts

By Charles Lotara

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MASVINGO (ZIMBABWE)- The interim leadership of Masvingo Sports Club had reportedly trimmed staff members from 23 to 12 and came up with a payment plan to amortise arrears for Value Added Tax, and National Social Security Authority as the club readies for a debts free institution.

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Masvingo Golf Course

This came a few weeks after Masvingo City Council uplifted the water arrears which have ballooned to approximately $170,000, an amount the club struggled to clear since the dollarization era.

Erroc Edwards, who headed the delegation from the club in a meeting held on 29th November, 2017 explained that, the elected Sports Committee for Masvingo Sports Club stepped down in 2015 after accumulating in excess $170,000 in arrears for Municipal Bills.

 Edwards revealed that, a subcommittee consisting of former Presidents of the club on a voluntary basis to save it from total collapse adding that, there was need for City fathers to appreciate that to attain a City Status it was a prerequisite to have a Sports Club and Cathedral and as such there was need to preserve the institution.

The Club reportedly operating as a non-profit-making organization and in the event of failure to viably operate same, it would be handed over back to the Council as the custodian of public property.

The Council Minutes of the meeting held last month say, the main club required some renovations and Council could consider providing its labour for the works  as part of its contribution with kitchen and hall being sublet and membership recruitment drive to increase the revenue base ongoing.

Edwards however, dismissed the request made by the previous Club Committee to sell the Club Manager’s house to raise income stating that, the Interim Committee was not for this idea of selling the house and that it should be retained in anticipation of good times.

Town Clerk Adolf Gusha noted that, there was a standing Council Resolution on the membership of Councillors and Senior Management to the Sports Club but after their presentation, the Interim Committee was excused.

It was proposed and agreed that Council writes off the debt owed by the Sports Club to enable them start on a fresh page.

The debate ensued with the Committee highlighting that there is need for the Club to embark on a membership recruitment drive to increase its revenue base and utilise current sporting facilities.

 

Former bigwigs seek return to ZANU-PF

By Charles Lotara

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MASVINGO (ZIMBABWE)- Former ZANU-PF political bigwigs Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and Claudious Makova have last week announced their intention to return to the ruling party from the embattled Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) a few days after the inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as the new President of Zimbabwe.

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Kudakwashe Bhasikiti

Bashikiti and Makova joined ZimPF which was formed last year after Mugabe hounded several officials from Zanu PF on untested allegations of wanting to topple him from power.

Speaking in a pre-recorded video clip Makova said, now that Mugabe is out of the picture he feels at ease to re-join the ruling party that is now led by Mnangagwa.

“The removal of the G40 cabal and the removal of one centre of power from Zanu PF gives me enough confidence to revert to my party and continue to fight for the total emancipation of our people in our people-driven party Zanu PF.

“My motivation is to remain a servant of the people in a party that I have served for the greater part of my life,” said Makova.

The two politicians have stood together in the last three years jumping from one political party to another, but never really fitting in.

One of the founding elders of the ZPF and former Cabinet minister in Mugabe’s government — Didymus Mutasa who was also sacked from Zanu PF in the run up to December 2014 congress — described the decisions as ‘funny.’

“Now that there is freedom in Zimbabwe let them do as they please, but let them not jump from one party to another. They jumped from (the then ZPF led by Joice) Mujuru and then came to us and they jumped from us to join the (Zimbabwe People First led by Agrippa) Mutambara, now they are going back to Zanu PF. It’s very funny,” said Mutasa.

Bhasikiti who is also the former Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs said when they were fired from the party there were people who rejoiced over their exit.

“My last word to you comrades is that we have seen it and we now understand. There were others who were happy when we were dismissed and today we are welcomed back home,” he said.

Makova and Bhasikiti’s days in the political wilderness were largely because they had fallen out of favour with Mugabe, whose long political career came to an end on November 21 when he resigned ahead of an impeachment by Parliament.

Along with Bhasikiti, Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo, Makova parted ways with Mujuru early this year and retained the name of the party that they formed after a bitter expulsion from Zanu PF.

It was not long before ZPF split again in the middle and Makova and Bhasikiti dumped Mutasa and Gumbo to follow retired brigadier general Mutambara, who kept the name ZPF.

History repeated itself again as the two politicians crossed swords with Mutambara over a leadership raw.

“I have already resigned from ZPF where I was now serving as the secretary-general of the party. I find no reason to be serving in any other party when Zanu PF has reverted to its original ideals by the “operation restore legacy,” said Bhasikiti as he seeks to rejoin longtime comrades at Zanu PF.

Just like Bhasikiti, Makova in his letter to Mutasa and Gumbo said the two co-leaders of ZPF should seriously consider closing shop and returning home to Zanu PF.

“It was my great expectation that we should have collectively closed shop or disbanded our party ZPF and go back to Zanu PF where we originally all belonged,” said Makova.

 

New African Magazine announces 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017

New African Magazine has announced its list of Africa’s most influential people for 2017.

In an article on the magazine’s website, Omar Ben Yedder, group publisher and managing director of IC Publications, says: “What our readers will find pleasing is the almost bewildering diversity of this list –  in terms of race, ethnic and national diversity. This list, if nothing else, displays the beauty and power of the diversity that makes the Africa we all love.”

The list, which profiles both continental and Diasporan Africans nominated by their peers and industry insiders, covers eight categories:

  • politics and public service
  • business and finance
  • civil society and activism
  • education
  • science, technology and innovation
  • media
  • arts and culture
  • sport

There are 42 women on the list – the highest number since the magazine began publishing the list five years ago

With 21 entries, Nigeria tops the nominations, closely followed by South Africa with 14 names. In total the list includes entries from 31 countries including 12 from Francophone Africa.

“Our criteria for ‘influential’ this year was a fairly simple one – it is applied to people whose work or activity has had some sort of transformative effect outside their main calling. This effect results in a change of perception or provides inspiration to others. Many in our selection have shattered the proverbial glass-ceilings or disability stigma and do so with great bravery, determination and personal sacrifice. Others yield economic power that impacts world markets,” said editor Anver Versi.

FULL LIST (Nationality/Descent in Brackets)

POLITICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE

Amina J Mohammed – UN Deputy Secretary General. (Nigeria)

George Weah – Football legend and aspiring President (Liberia)

Yemi Osinbajo – Vice President (Nigeria)

Alpha Condé – President (Guinea)

Mohammed VI – King (Morocco)

Justice David Maraga – Supreme Court Judge (Kenya)

Nana Akufo-Addo – President (Ghana)

Sophia Abdi Noor – Politician (Kenya)

Akinwumi Adesina – President Africa Development Bank; Winner – World Food Prize 2017 (Nigeria)

Vanessa Moungar – Director of Gender AfDB (Chad)

Vera Songwe – New head – UN Economic Commission for Africa (Cameroon)

Moussa Faki Mahamat – African Union Commission Chairperson (Chad)

Paul Kagame – President (Rwanda)

Pravin Gordhan – Political stalwart, former Finance Minister (South Africa)

Sibeth Ndiaye – Advisor to French President Macron (Senegal)

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus – new and first African WHO Director General (Ethiopia)

Bola Tinubu – Former Lagos State governor (Nigeria)

Prof. Ruth Oniang’o – Nutritionist, Africa Food Prize Winner (Kenya)

BUSINESS AND FINANCE

Aliko Dangote – Successful business mogul Africa’s richest man (Nigeria)

Issad Rebrab – Founder and CEO, Cevital (Algeria)

Isabel dos Santos – Billionaire businesswoman former Chairperson Sonangol (Angola)

Mohamed Al Kettani – CEO Attijariwafa Bank (Morocco)

Lionel Zinsou –  creator of the Africa-France club (Benin)

Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu – Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Nigeria)

Makhtar Diop – World Bank Vice-President for Africa (Senegal)

Abdoulaye Coulibaly – Founder of the Bamako Forum (Mali)

Abebe Selassie – Head of IMF African Department. (Ethiopia)

James Mworia – MD and CEO of Centum Investments (Kenya)

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais – Founder and CEO, Quantum Global (Angola)

Mohammed Dewji – CEO MeTL Group (Tanzania)

Strive Masiyiwa – Founder and Chairman of Econet Wireless (Zimbabwe)

Alioune Gueye – Entrepreneur (Senegal)

Moulay Hafid – Minister of Trade and Industry (Morocco)

Dr. Sahar Nasr – Minister of Investment and International Cooperation (Egypt)

Olga Johnson – Secretary General of the Foundation for Energy (Benin)

Elon Musk – Founder: PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and OpenAI (South Africa)

CIVIL SOCIETY AND ACTIVISM

Haben Girma – Deafblind Harvard Law law graduate and disability rights activist (Eritrea/Ethiopia/US)

Patrick ‘PLO’ Lumumba – Defence lawyer and anti-corruption champ (Kenya)

Dr Fatima Akilu – Psychologists and founder Neem Tree Foundation Rehabilitating Boko Haram victims (Nigeria)

Biram Dah Abeid   – Awardin-winning anti-modern slavery hero (Mauritania)

Ikponwosa Ero – UN’s Human Rights Council Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism. (Nigeria)

Kumi Naidoo – Co-founder, Africans Rising (South Africa)

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali – takes controversial stand on same-sex marriage (Uganda)

Jaha Dukureh – Founder Safe Hands – Anti FGM and Child Marriage (Gambia)

SCIENCE, TECH & INNOVATION

Nunu Ntshingila – Head, Facebook Africa (South Africa)

Dr Tebello Nyokong – Award-winning Chemist (South Africa)

Adamu Waziri – Founder – Bino and Fino African children’s TV and youtube animations

Anne-Marie Imafidon – child progidy, co-founder of Stemettes for young women in science and tech (Nigeria/UK)

Iyinoluwa ‘E’ Aboyeji – Founder, Flutterwave (Nigeria)

Sara Menker – Gro Intelligence (Ethiopia)

Jelani Aliyu – Design of GM’s electric Chevrolet Volt car, now new Director general of Nigeria’s National Automotive Design and Development Council (Nigerian)

Dr Helena Ndume – one the world’s most prolific ophthalmologists has restored sights for over 30000 people for free working with See International (Namibia)

Yvonne Mburu – co-founder of Med in Africa (Kenya)

Rebecca Enonchong – Founder AppsTech (Cameroon)

Professor Yaye Kène-Gassama Dia – A scientist of many firsts (Senegal)

Bozoma Saint John – Chief Brand Officer – Uber (Ghana)

EDUCATION AND ACADEMIA

Fred Swaniker – African Leadership Academy (Ghana)

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka – Educationist Malaika Foundation (DRCongo)

Tom Ilube – Tech entrepreneur and educationist (Nigeria/UK)

Patrick Awuah – Founder Ashesi University and winner 2017 Qatar’s WISE Prize for Education. (Ghana)

Carlos Lopes – Respected economist former UNECA chief now Professor of economics University of Cape Town

MEDIA

Edward Kobina Enninful – new and first black and male Editor of British Vogue ( Ghana/UK)

Khanyi Dhlomo – Media mogulette – Founder Ndalo Media (South Africa)

Adedoyin Adepitan – Intrepid Paralympian and TV presenter (Nigeria/UK)

Julie Gichuru – TV Host, public speaker and CEO of Arimus Media Limited (Kenya)

Trevor Noah – Satirist and Host The Daily Show (South Africa)

Zeinab Badawi – Broadcaster and documentary film maker (Sudan/UK)

Koos Bekker – Chairman and former CEO of media giant Naspers

Khadija Patel – Editor-in-Chief, Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

ARTS & CULTURE

Ruth Negga – Actress and rising Hollywood star (Ethiopia/Ireland)

C4 Pedro – Musician bring Kizomba music to world stage (Angola)

Imbolo Mbue – New author-to-watch (Cameroon)

Roye Okupe – Found YouNeek Studios – which creates African comic books and superheroes (Nigeria)

Dorra Bouchoucha – Film Producer (Tunisia).

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ZIFA to honour Mnangagwa’s presidency

By Own Correspondent

HARARE (ZIMBABWE)- The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is set to organize a celebratory international friendly match to show honour to the historic assumption of office by President Emerson Mnangagwa, the ZIFA chairman for Eastern Region Nobioth Magwizi confirmed the development.

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ZIFA President Phillip Chiangwa

Magwizi said, the match which will be played between the men’s senior soccer team of Zimbabwe and Zambia is scheduled for 23rd December, 2017 at the National Sports Stadium in Harare adding that, Zimbabwe and South Africa’s football legends will provide a pre-match entertainment as a curtain raiser on the same day.

According to a press statement issued by the ZIFA’s national office last week, sport in general and football in particular is a proven catalyst for unity, peace and social cohesion.

“As the custodians of the nation’s most popular sport code, ZIFA duly appreciates the sincere call by His Excellency for every citizen regardless of political orientation, tribe, gender, colour or creed to positively contribute towards the building of our nation.”

“We are confident that the new start that the nation has been granted in the hands of His Excellency Cde Mnangagwa will lead not only to the revival but flourishing success of sport. ZIFA once again takes this opportunity to congratulate Cde Mnangagwa on his elevation to the position of Head of State and government of Zimbabwe,” it added.

On a related story, Masvingo United has been promoted to Division One after beating Torkwe Mukosi 1-0 last week, ending their long stay out of the league.

Last year it was reported that the club was handed a two-year suspension by the regional football governing body for taking football matters to the courts of law but Magwizi who is the current ZIFA Chairman for Eastern Region downplayed the report and said, only an official was penalized.

Fake Coastguards and Taxi Cabs Fuel Libya’s Migrant Trade

YAOUDE (CAMEROON) — “They hang you from the ceiling by (your) arms and legs and then throw you down to the floor”

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A footage of African immigrants being traded as slaves in Libya

When uniformed men boarded the overloaded rubber dingy carrying Christelle Timdi and her boyfriend to a new life in Europe she thought the Italian coastguard had come to rescue them.

But the men took out guns and began to shoot. “Many people fell in the sea,” the 32-year-old Cameroonian said as she described seeing her boyfriend, Douglas, falling in the water and disappearing into the darkness.

The gunmen took Timdi and her fellow passengers back to Libya where they were locked up, raped, beaten and forced to make calls to their families back home for ransom payments to secure their freedom.

Timdi, who flew back to Cameroon last week, told her story as international outcry escalated over a video which appeared to show African migrants being traded as slaves in Libya.

allafrica.com reports