President Mnangagwa
President Mnangagwa has declared over the two-decades-long quarrel with the United Kingdom, stressing his administration prefers dialogue with all nations in place of acrimony. He said his re-engagement policy thrust was succeeding as Zimbabwe had managed to attract investment commitments of nearly $11 billion in the past four months.
President Mnangagwa said this yesterday while addressing Johane Masowe YeChishanu Vadzidzi VaJesu Church pilgrims from across Africa at their Madziva Shrine, Mashonaland Central Province.
He said Zimbabwe could not continue living in isolation and had thus managed to thaw relations with most Western countries, adding the bilateral dispute with Britain was now over.
"We have opened our doors to old and new friends. We cannot continue living in isolation. We need foreign investment, as well as those countries' technical expertise," President Mnangagwa said.
"Our quarrel with Britain is over. It was hinged on the land reform. We distributed our own land here. The land did not belong to the British, but to us Zimbabweans. So far, I have received three envoys from Britain, while we have had delegations from Western countries paying courtesy calls on us," said President Mnangagwa.
The Head of State and Government said it was now time to address economic challenges affecting the nation.
The President commented on the recent industrial action by nurses at public health institutions which he said was callous as it risked patients' lives.
He said the nurses were fired after they spurned Government's offer although they had now reapplied for re-engagement.
"I think you are aware of the recent nurses' strike where they chose to sacrifice people's lives for selfish reasons. We engaged them in dialogue, but they opted to sleep at their respective homes," said the President.-Online. TOP NEWS.

Processes ahead of this weekend's internal elections to choose candidates to represent the revolutionary party in the upcoming 2018 harmonised polls, have left Zanu PF Mashonaland West further divided amid claims of bribery, imposition and wanton disqualification of deserving candidates.
Tempers flared during a heated provincial coordinating committee (PCC) meeting held in Chinhoyi on Monday where several candidates,  whose curriculum vitae (CVs) were rejected by the party, complained of cronyism, bribery and manipulation of the candidates vetting and selection process.
Some accused the provincial leadership of receiving money from undeserving candidates who were imposed even if they did not meet the minimum requirements.
"The entire process lacks transparency as some of our CVs were never submitted to the national elections directorate for final vetting, we suspect they were thrown out by the provincial leadership while others paid money to have theirs endorsed," said one disgruntled candidate.
One aspiring candidate identified as Carryon Bure was singled out for an attack amid allegations he was a crony of Provincial Affairs minister Webster Shamu, who also came under a barrage of criticism for furthering the G40 cabal's agenda. Party members called for Shamu's immediate censure over what they termed "divisive and dictatorial tendencies."
Said Tommy Mwanza, provincial security secretary, "Shamu should be stopped from contesting in the primary elections to pave way for an investigation that he is pushing ahead the G40 agenda and that he has links with the cabal. He is the trouble-causer in the province as he is bringing his people to stand when they do not meet the criteria and are not in the structures."
Presidential adviser Christopher Mutsvangwa, who was in attendance, said he would advise the Zanu PF Politburo of the problems bedevilling the province ahead of the internal polls slated for this weekend. He said he would also ensure Shamu's matter was discussed and dealt with.
Mutsvangwa urged Zanu PF supporters to be on guard against remnants of the G40 putschist grouping scheming the downfall of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government.
During the meeting, it was recommended that Mutsvangwa gets a bye in the Norton primaries and stand chosen unopposed as the party candidate.
Meanwhile, embattled former Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa's CV was rejected effectively ending his political career as a lawmaker. His Parliamentary seat is now up for grabs with top contenders being ZIFA president and property mogul Phillip Chiyangwa, former provincial commissar Chrispen 'Kadhoza' Saidi, Jessica Tapfumaneyi and Zandile Maseko.
In Zvimba North constituency, Marian Chombo will battle it out against 13 other candidates for the seat that fell vacant following the ouster from the party of her ex-husband, former Home Affairs minister and party national Administration secretary, Ignatius Chombo.   
If allowed to contest, Shamu will face provincial youth league chairman Vengayi Musengi in the race to represent the revolutionary party in Chegutu East. LOCAL NEWS.

President Mnangagwa
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been featured in TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. World leaders also featured on the latest list include American president Donald Trump, Prince Harry (UK), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French president Emmanuel Macron.
 The TIME 100 list by the 95-year-old New York, America-based iconic magazine features individuals recognised for changing the world.
 The list is selected by TIME editors from nominations made by TIME 100 alumni (former nominees), including the magazine's international writing staff.
 President Mnangagwa's recognition matches Deng Xiaoping's feat when the Chinese reformist leader was nominated as TIME Magazine's Person of the Year in 1978, shortly after he took over the reins from Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People's Republic of China.
 Most notably, President Mnangagwa's political script is often compared to Deng, who is considered the godfather of China's economic growth miracle.
 In a write-up accompanying the listing, activist Evan Mawarire grudgingly acknowledges some of the qualities that make President Mnangagwa influential.
 "The elation that greeted the end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year reign naturally enough transformed into hopes for his successor. And in his first 100 days, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa spoke of re-engaging, forgiveness, democracy and unity," said Mr Mawarire.
 "He waits for you to speak and only responds when absolutely necessary. As Mugabe learned, he is extremely patient, choosing his moments of response or retaliation carefully," he added.
President Mnangagwa is joined from the African continent by South African comedian Trevor Noah on the list.
Presidential spokesperson and Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Mr George Charamba yesterday said the recognition should be celebrated by all fair-minded Zimbabweans.
 "What it means is that our re-engagement thrust with the erstwhile hostile Western world is beginning to make a positive impact. What we have in this recognition is an acknowledgement of the face of our nation in the President, which means an embracing of the policies of the new dispensation," said Charamba.
 "It's a good enough foundation for our economic recovery and goals. The TIME is much more than just a magazine. It's a sensibility of the Western world and for that reason it mirrors an attitude which we must build on."
 Political scientist Tafadzwa Mugwadi said President Mnangagwa must be congratulated "for this global recognition of the positive impact of his leadership in such a short time".
 "This is a vivid signal that his 'Zimbabwe is open for business' trademark is beginning to attract endorsements from eminent opinion shapers. As such, the people of Zimbabwe should draw inspiration from this emerging African luminary, whose commitment to transforming Zimbabwe and reshaping the political culture is beyond measure," he said.
 "It's a lesson to upcoming politicians, particularly those in the opposition, that it's not lies, mischief, thuggery, sensationalism and hypocrisy that draw international attention, but dignity of resolve and clarity of leadership probity."-Online. TOP NEWS.

Thomas Mapfumo

World-acclaimed musician, Thomas Mapfumo, who jetted into Zimbabwe following years in self-imposed exile, has described the administration of deposed president Robert Mugabe as ruinous having "messed up" in the running of the State.
Mapfumo, who is popularly known as Mukanya or Hurricane Hugo, made the statement in Harare today during a Press conference held at a local hotel.
Asked what he would tell Mugabe if accorded the chance to meet the country's former strongman, Mapfumo responded, "I will tell him you messed up."
The award-winning composer and singer also expressed his joy to return to his country of birth on the back of a new socio-economic and political order oozing with hope.
He, however, denounced corruption and kleptocracy that characterized Mugabe's regime.
Mapfumo was accompanied by equally celebrated Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi with whom he would share the stage on the home-coming gig slated for 28 April in Harare.
The celebrated music icon whose Chimurenga genre inspired the country's liberation war fighters, also hinted he would be amenable to meet incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa as well as main opposition party MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa to discuss the country's welfare.
Mapfumo, who preached love throughout his address, reiterated he did not want to join mainstream politics, but was speaking on behalf of the down-trodden and voiceless citizens.
The music guru has stayed in the United States for the last 14 years, only to return following Mugabe's ouster last November through a soft military coup. Mapfumo alleged persecution by Mugabe's henchmen as his "politically-incorrect" compositions caused anxiety among the ruling elite.
Prior to being abused by Mugabe, Mapfumo had also faced retribution from the colonial government led by Ian Douglas Smith for his politically-charged music.
The musician's return to Zimbabwe was met with wild cheers as he landed at the ominously named Robert Mugabe International Airport on Wednesday night, which coincidentally marked Zimbabwe's 38th Independence anniversary.
The 28 April event will also feature gifted musician Jah Prayzah, Killer T, Andy Muridzo, among others. TOP NEWS.

Nigerian star Davido landed in Harare Wednesday morning for a show set for this Saturday where he is expected to share the stage with a number of local artists which include Jah Prayzah.
Award winning Nigerian star David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has jetted into the country ahead of his debut performance at the Big Fete dubbed the '30 billion concert' to be held in the capital.
Upon his arrival, Davido apologised for his prior cancelled shows and promised his fans a memorable performance as he came with his supporting band.
The Nigerian star is known for his hit songs Skelewu, Dami Duro and his collaboration with Jah Prayzah titled 'My Lilly'.
Davido is set to share the stage with the likes of Jah Prayzah, ExQ and Killer T at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) on Saturday night.
The Nigerian star was brought by the Harare businessman Genius Kadungure popularly known as Ginimbi and 2kings Entertainment for the gig that has an all-white party format.
Meanwhile, there was near stampede at the Robert Mugabe International Airport later Wednesday night when Chimurenga music guru, Thomas "Mukanya" Mapfumo landed for a musical show scheduled to take place on the 28th of this month.
Zimbabweans from all walks of life thronged the airport to catch a glimpse of the musical icon's historic return after many years in exile in the diaspora.
The media had to hackle for an interview in the midst of the ecstatic fans.
Mukanya said he is happy to be back home and to see his fellow friends still alive, adding that he was motivated to be back home after hearing that there has been a restoration of normalcy in the country.
Zimbabweans welcome Mapfumo at the Robert Mugabe International Airport
The Chimurenga music guru is set to grace the stage with legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi  and Jah Prayzah among others.-Online. ENTERTAINMENT.

Webster Shamu

Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for Mashonaland West Webster Shamu today narrowly escaped death after the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by an overtaking car.
The incident occurred at the 10km peg just outside Banket along the Harare-Chirundu highway.
Shamu, who was being chauffeured enroute to Harare, escaped unhurt although his black Land Cruiser V8 was slightly damaged.
According to eyewitnesses, the accident happened when the driver of a Toyota Sienta tried to overtake the minister's car but attempted to return to his lane on seeing an oncoming car to avoid a head-on collision, while closely behind there was a trailing haulage truck.
"The driver of the overloaded Toyota Sienta which was ferrying 11 passengers to Mupandaguta farm tried to overtake and swerved back to the left lane to avoid a head-on collision after noticing an on-coming vehicle. He could not slow down as a haulage truck was following too close behind, forcing him to swerve off the road before steering the car back on the road where he rammed into the Land Cruiser's left back passenger door," said an onlooker.
Shamu reportedly confronted the unidentified 7-seater Toyota Sienta driver before taking him to Banket Police Station where the matter was reported.
Efforts to get comment from Mashonaland West police spokesperson, Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara were fruitless.
Shamu requested permission from the police officers to proceed with his journey to Harare while the Sienta driver was detained.
"I am surprised overloaded cars are passing through police roadblocks while passengers are packed like sardines," said Shamu, before driving off.  
Shamu, who has previously served as the powerful Zanu PF national political commissar as well as Information minister, is one of the few ministers who served in former president Robert Mugabe's Cabinet and were retained by incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The minister, infamous for likening Mugabe with premier powdered milk formula Cremora, is reportedly unpopular with a faction loyal to Mnangagwa who believe he should be chopped for aligning with the deposed nonagenarian.
Shamu, who is Chegutu East MP, faces challenge from youth league leader Vengai Musengi in the impending Zanu PF primary polls. The timing of the accident is ominous if history of deaths in the party are anything to go by, analysts have noted. TOP NEWS. 

The umbrella body representing civil society organisations, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC), through its spokesperson Tabani Moyo and acting director Thulani Mswelatho, today issued the following message on the eve of the country's independence celebrations on 18 April 2018. Hereunder is the full text;
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) joins the peoples of Zimbabwe, within or without her borders in commemorating Independence Day. On this important national day; we pay tribute to the sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of the nation, while calling upon the nation to remain true to the spirit of the day rather than showcasing acts of entitlement. Zimbabwe belongs to all her sons and daughter and never to a few self-proclaimed 'stock-holders'.
We take cognizant of the fact that the struggle for Zimbabwe's independence was motivated by the need for a democratic and equal society in which everyone enjoys fundamental human rights regardless of race, ethnicity or political affiliation.
The Independence Day celebrations come a few months before Zimbabwe holds watershed elections to be held between July-August 2018.CiZC would thus like to emphasize the need for tolerance and respect for the right to political affiliation as enunciated in the country's constitution. This is a pre-requisite for peaceful polls and CiZC is deeply concerned by reports of political victimization being recorded around the country.
Politicization of food aid and agricultural inputs has also seen perceived opponents of the regime being sidelined and CiZC implores the government to ensure that every Zimbabwean benefits from government programmes despite political affiliation.
CiZC also implores traditional leaders, the military and our public service officials to desist from partisan politics as this goes against the spirit of Independence which sought to create an equal society characterized by respect for the rule of law.
As Zimbabwe celebrates Independence Day, CiZC reiterates that this important day is and must be treated as a national event that does not in any way seek to serve political party interests.
The past years have recorded cases of people being force marched to Independence Day celebrations by Zanu (PF) activists while those who chose to defy the order were victimized. The victims were mostly citizens in the villages and informal traders in urban areas.
In the spirit of Zimbabwe's independence, CiZC challenges the "new dispensation" to uphold the constitution and ensure that every Zimbabwean enjoys fundamental rights such as freedom of association as well freedom of expression among other rights.
The declaration of Zimbabwe's Independence in 1980 paved the way for free and fair polls and in this regard, CiZC reiterates its call for free, fair and credible polls in 2018. This calls for implementation of critical reforms that will ensure credible polls. With this we reiterate our call that Zimbabwe belongs to all its sons and daughter and deserve the right to a prosperous life free from hunger, disease, starvation, squalor and other vices as the ruling elite get fixated on exhausted 'patriotism' . OPINION.

Nurses at public hospitals and clinics on Monday staged a job strike over poor pay and working conditions, amid government non-action to address their plight.
Zimbabwe Nurses' Association (Zina) president Simangaliso Mafa said they had no choice, but to go on strike after government ignored their 14-day ultimatum, which lapsed on Sunday.
"We met with the government on Sunday and we did not agree on some issues, therefore, we are going to meet them again and see if we can come to a mutual agreement," she said.
Zina secretary-general, Enock Dongo said they will only return to work after their demands have been met.
A survey by NewsAnchor across the country established most nurses at public health facilities reported for work but were not attending to patients, while at other stations staffers staged peaceful demonstrations to press the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa to fix their worries.
Government has exhorted striking nurses to go back to work without any further delay to allow it time to work on their grievances.
In a statement yesterday, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa, who said Government has acknowledged the nurses' grievances as "genuine and valid", noted that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development had since been instructed to look into the financial implications of the demands.
"Following representations by the nursing staff through Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), Government and the Health Services Board, Government has acknowledged the nurses' grievances as genuine and valid and thus requiring urgent attention," he said.
"Government has since instructed Treasury to look into the financial implications of the nurses demands, with a view to resolving them amicably.
"In light of this major concession by Government, which has been made against well-known economic challenges facing our nation, in the interest of patients, and in order to avert any loss of life through disruption of essential services, the reasons for calling for the industrial action no longer obtain."
Some nurses went on strike yesterday even though the law prohibits them from embarking on industrial action as they provide essential services.
Government, which appealed to the nurses to call off their industrial action to make way for harmonious industrial relations, also said it would take disciplinary action against nurses who failed to report for duty.
The nurses' strike follows hot on the heels of yet another one by junior doctors who downed tools last month over poor conditions of service.-TOP NEWS

LEADER of the New Johane Masowe eChishanu Church in Epworth near Harare yesterday appeared at the Harare Magistrates' Court, facing a culpable homicide charge after he allegedly drowned a congregant during a baptism ceremony in Domboshava, which is situated on the outskirts of Harare.
Masimba Chirayi (37) was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Tilda Mazhande, who remanded him in custody to April 30, pending finalisation of investigations.
It is the State case that on 14 April at Nyaure River in Cheza village, Chirayi was baptising and cleansing members of his church in a river and he submerged the now-deceased, Wendy Masuka, in the pool where she allegedly drowned.
Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.-Online. LOCAL NEWS.

​ Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester City won the Premier League title as Manchester United's shock 1-0 home defeat by West Brom confirmed their rivals as champions.
Second-place United are now 16 points behind Pep Guardiola's side with only five games left to play.
It is City's third title in seven seasons and a fifth top-flight crown - their first under the Spaniard in his second campaign in charge.
They have dominated the title race, scoring 93 goals and losing just twice.
The Premier League title is the 24th trophy of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss' managerial career.
The 47-year-old has previously won league titles in Spain and Germany, as well as two Champions Leagues with Barca.-BBC. SPORTS.

The final Zanu PF 2018 election blue-print has been presented to the party's highest decision making body outside congress, the Politburo, which held its the 308th ordinary session at the party headquarters in Harare recently.
The election manifesto will be launched by the party's First Secretary and President, Emmerson Mnangagwa at a date to be announced in due course.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Simon Khaya Moyo said the party's National Chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri presented to the Politburo an updated report on the party regalia and a comprehensive report on the Zanu PF election manifesto for the harmonised election.
"This is the final edition of the 2018 people's manifesto which will be launched at the party headquarters at a date to be announced. The National Political Commissar, Retired Lieutenant General Engelbert Rugeje gave a comprehensive report encompassing presidential tours, Chitepo School of Ideology activities, the biometric voter registration statistics, cell verification programme and an update on the preparation towards holding of primary elections," said Khaya Moyo.
According to Khaya Moyo, the Secretary for External Relations, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi gave a detailed report on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo on President Mnangagwa's state visit to China.
"It was a remarkable and most rewarding visit covering the political and economic spheres. Because of excellent relations that exist between the two counties, the two heads of state agreed to elevate relations from all-weather status to a comprehensive strategic partnership status. A number of agreements were signed during the visit as well as memoranda of understanding.
"His Excellency President Mnangagwa also met the Chinese Premier and many other leaders both from the Communist Party of China and in government and visited a number of industries. He also met Zimbabwean students and professionals, that is the diaspora community resident in China," added Khaya Moyo.
The Politburo did not discuss the curricula vitae (CVs) for aspiring Zanu PF local government, National Assembly and Senate candidates because some provinces have not yet submitted the CVs.
"It is an exercise still in progress and not all the provinces have submitted and hopefully by the end of the week, all submissions will be in, so there is no way we could discuss other provinces and leave out others. We hope as soon as they are in, definitely we will meet as a Politburo and get submissions from the Elections Commission. It should not take long," confirmed Khaya Moyo.
He also said another Politburo meeting is likely to be held next week to deliberate on the CVs.-Online. TOP NEWS.

EFF president Julius Malema 
JOHANNESBURG. — EFF leader Julius Malema has denied allegations that he was involved in an assault at the Fourways Memorial Park, where Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was buried.
Winnie died on April 2 and was buried at the weekend.
"I wouldn't do that," Malema told News24 when asked about claims that he had been involved in a scuffle with a policeman after being denied entry to the park for the burial on Saturday.
"I never pushed anyone; I have got protectors…Our car had full accreditation and I had full accreditation."
The SowetanLive website reported that Malema, as well as the Economic Freedom Fighters' Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Floyd Shivambu, were initially denied entry to the site.
According to the website, Malema told a soldier that "no white man can stop me", when they were reportedly denied entry to the park.
Another report said that the comment was allegedly made to a policeman.
Photographs published on the SowetanLive website show Malema pointing at an official. In another photograph, an officer appears to put a hand out in front of Malema as he seems to be moving forward.
There appear to be soldiers, police, military police and security officers in the vicinity.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters confirmed to News24 that a common assault case had been opened at the Douglasdale Police Station.
However, she was unable to provide further details, and it was not immediately clear if that case is linked to the alleged incident at the burial site. — News24. INTERNATIONAL.

ZIFA president Phillip Chiyangwa
...as Morocco courts Chiyangwa in 2026 World Cup bid
FORMER Nigerian football superstar Daniel Amokachi headlined a Moroccan delegation that was in the country at the weekend to present the North African country's 2026 World Cup bid to ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa and seek Zimbabwe's support.
Morocco have launched an audacious bid to become the second African nation to host the global soccer showcase after South Africa in 2010 and have been on a campaign to garner support from around the globe.
On Saturday, the Moroccan roadshow rolled into Harare with Amokachi, an African Cup of Nations winner with the Super Eagles who has been appointed one of the ambassadors of the Moroccan World Cup bid, leading the entourage.
That the Moroccan delegation brought their bid document to Chiyangwa underscored the fact the he remains the recognised leader of the Zimbabwe game despite heightened efforts by a group of former administrators claiming that his mandate expired on March 29.
The group fronted by Trevor Carelse-Juul has been claiming that there is a leadership vacuum at ZIFA because the term of office of both the assembly and the association's board expired.
Morocco, however, also need the support of Chiyangwa in his capacity as COSAFA president as the Harare property tycoon leads the biggest zone in the Confederation of African Football with 14 countries under his belt while his influence in the international game has grown beyond his region.
Carelse-Juul and fellow former ZIFA presidents Vincent Pamire and Rafik Khan led a group of administrators who met in Harare on Thursday and set-up a committee they hoped could usurp power at ZIFA and lead the game until elections are held.
A twice-losing ZIFA presidential candidate in the last two elections in 2014 and 2015, Carelse-Juul has been the front man of the now infamous Sandton Project that has been accused of working clandestinely to try and paralyse operations at the association.
ZIFA reacted by slapping bans from football-related activities to Carelse-Juul, Pamire and Khan, former women's football administrator Eusebio Maseko before adding the trio of Leslie Gwindi, John Phiri and Fungai Chihuri who are part of the committee, to the sanctions list.
But more worryingly for ZIFA were the conflicting signals emerging from the Sports Commission where the supreme sports body's chairman Edward Siwela acted in sharp contrast to the stance taken by acting director Joseph Muchechetere on the Carelse-Juul committee.
Siwela met with members of the 11-member committee that was appointed to try and take over ZIFA under the guise of being a normalisation committee in Harare on Friday afternoon.
On the same day Muchechetere who was in Gweru, distanced the Sports Commission from the Carelse-Juul committee insisting that ZIFA had the mechanisms to deal with any leadership crisis if one emerged at the association.
"Those guys who met in Harare have a right to do so because they are football stakeholders, but it will be wrong for them to think that we are in agreement with their action.
"As SRC, we are fully aware that National Sports Associations, ZIFA included must have self-correcting mechanism and as for ZIFA, there are members to make those corrective measures. It's the members who should direct how ZIFA should be run," said Muchechetere.
He said the Sports Commission were in constant communication with ZIFA and would soon be meeting with the association over the matter.
"We are aware of what has been alleged to be ZIFA's leadership and constitutional crisis and naturally we have written to them to furnish us with what exactly is the situation and soon we must be meeting.
"We stressed, however, that they must always adhere to the tenets of their own constitution, but know that they met in December where they postponed their meeting and met again early this year, which is good as it shows that they are following their constitution, but to say we are in agreement with what transpired yesterday (Thursday), that will be wrong," said Muchechetere.
He said ZIFA remains an independent structure subservient to the Sports Commission and an affiliate of FIFA.
Muchechetere's boss, however met with the committee with Siwela's actions drawing the ire of ZIFA who last night were also questioning his motives.
ZIFA vice-president Omega Sibanda came out guns blazing and said last night that there was no provision in the association's statutes where former presidents would be the organ to deal with any problems in the game.
Sibanda said they also found it strange that after being set up, the committee "sought to resolve the problems they perceive to be in football with the Sports Commission instead of trying to engage the ZIFA leadership".
"Be that as it may, there is no provision in the ZIFA constitution for ex-presidents to intervene should there be any problem in the association. That is the duty of the assembly.
"If they thought there was problem why didn't they engage Chiyangwa, or the ZIFA board. Why didn't they write to our secretary-general and prove that they are willing to engage ZIFA directly?
"Now we are wondering what the motive of the Sports Commission chairman is by meeting people who are outside of our structures. If there was a problem at FIFA today, it would not be solved by Sepp Blatter or any of the ex-president and it is the same case with CAF, Hayatou cannot come and solve any problems in CAF now.
"In any case such people like Pamire and Khan are not eligible in terms of our constitution to intervene in football affairs because of their previous convictions by the courts of law in this country.
"Pamire did community service in Bulawayo and Khan served his time at Connemara and Carelse-Juul left the country under a cloud over the construction of the Angwa City centre building in Harare," Sibanda said.-Online. SPORTS

​(File photo)
A commissioner with the Zimbabwe Gender Commission, Sibongile Mauye has called on women to take up legislative posts in the forthcoming harmonised elections.
Speaking during the provincial International Women's Day commemorations in Shamva recently, Mauye said the 2018 harmonised elections were the chance for women to empower themselves by taking up legislative posts and voting for other women to powerful positions.
"2018 is the time for women to empower themselves by taking up legislative posts," she said.
"We want women to vote for other women to powerful positions as part of efforts to empower themselves.
"We want 50-50 representation in all the legislative positions which will be contested for. We don't want to be given leftovers, but we want the cake."
She said this year her commission, with the help of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, would make sure that women voted peaceful without being intimidated.
Speaking at the same occasion, Minister of State for Mashonaland Provincial Affairs Advocate Martin Dinha said empowering women and strengthening women's participation in decision making was at the heart of socio-economic development.
He said the participation of women in politics and decision-making was a fundamental pre-requisite for gender equality and women empowerment.
"As women of Zimbabwe, take advantage of the Constitution that provides for a reserved quota for women in the lower house and proportional representation in the Senate as we are looking forward to the harmonised elections which will be held this year," he said.
"I would like to urge women to position themselves to take up leadership positions across all sectors as per our constitutional provisions."
The Netherlands Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Barbara van Hallemond, who commissioned a sanitary making machine at the same occasion, said empowering young girls and women was important, adding that empowered women were an important indicator of the well-being of a nation.-Online. LOCAL.

​(File Pic): Road construction underway
Motorists who frequently use the Trelawney-Banket strip road have applauded Zvimba Rural District Council and the local leadership for prioritising rehabilitation of the stretch that had become a nightmare to navigate due to its poor state, prompting public transport operators to shun the route leading to transport problems.
Zvimba RDC led by its chief executive, Peter Hlohla, recently embarked on the road repair exercise following spirited lobbying by Ward 34 Councillor, Zandile Maseko.
The road maintenance also coincided with the onset of the 2018 tobacco marketing season, which saw most farmers facing transport challenges to ferry their produce to the auction floors situated mostly in Harare.
"As a councillor of the area, I realised that most transport operators were shunning the route citing the poor road network. This was affecting farmers and also the general commuting public to get vehicles to take them to Banket which is the nearest town.
"The road had become so bad, it would take someone about 30 to 40 minutes to get from Trelawney to Banket instead of 15 minutes on average. So, I asked the local authority to rehabilitate the road, a thing which is still work in progress, but at least 70 percent of the job has been done," Maseko said.
She implored local farmers to religiously pay their rates to Zvimba RDC so the authority could deliver on its mandate, which includes road servicing.
Motorists interviewed by this paper hailed Zvimba RDC and the local leadership for spearheading developmental programmes in the constituency.
Meanwhile, government has reportedly cancelled a contract with Geiger International, an Austrian company contracted to dualise the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu road, after it emerged the firm was delaying commencement of work over flimsy reasons.
The tender was estimated at $1 billion and the construction was expected to create thousands of jobs, while revolutionarise the driving experience on the busy road which has been characterised by horrific road traffic accidents due to its poor state.

​Walter Magaya
Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministry leader, Walter Magaya, has pleaded not guilty to rape, unlawful termination of pregrancy and obstruction of justice charges as his trial kicked off today before High Court judge Justice Amy Tsanga.
The State, led by Prosecutor General Ray Goba, successfully argued against the defence team led by Advocate Thabani Mpofu who had earlier challenged the laying of charges saying it was defective as there was no criminal offence disclosed in the charge.
The State indicated in its summary of prosecution that it would summon at least eleven witnesses to testify against Magaya.
PG Goba also made an application to have Magaya given restrictions as he alleged that the accused had been interfering with State witnesses. Goba said Magaya was facing serious charges hence should have his bail conditions reinstated despite a court order terminating them.
Justice Tsanga ruled that the court order terminating Magaya's bail conditions should stand because the State had no compelling case against accused in the matter.
Magaya is alleged to have raped the complainant sometime in June 2015 before giving her a pregnancy termination pill to ingest. Further allegations are that the defendant, realising that the matter was being investigated, reportedly deposited US$100 000 into the complainant's CBZ Bank account number 09124212590012, allegedly to interfere with investigations.
The matter is set to continue on April 25.-Online. TOP NEWS.

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