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  1. Jekesai NJIKIZANA Zimbabwe's first Miss Albino Sithembiso Mutukura (R) beat 12 other contestants-AFP HARARE: Oozing charm and confidence, 22-year-old Sithembiso Mutukura beat 12 other contestants in Zimbabwe´s first Miss Albinism beauty contest aimed at reducing stigma and increasing awareness about the condition. Friday´s "Beauty Beyond the Skin" pageant was held in a Harare nightclub, making Zimbabwe the second African country after Kenya to host such an event. Many African countries have a dark relationship with albinism -- a genetic disorder inherited from parents who both carry a faulty gene that prevents the skin from making melanin properly and thereby giving it colour. They are hunted down in some African countries by witch doctors for their body parts which are used in potions to bring good luck or riches. Some are even kidnapped and sold by relatives out to make a fast buck. Mutukura said she entered the pageant to raise awareness. "The people with disabilities are always looked down upon even in schools. I have gone through a lot but I want people living with albinism to be brave and persevere in life," the social work student at the University of Zimbabwe told AFP after winning the crown. "We must continue to advocate for our rights and I hope my win will empower the girl child. People with disabilities must not look down upon themselves." The contestants sashayed down the catwalk in gowns and traditional African robes and were asked an array of questions to decide the winner. Mutukura won a food hamper and $85 (70 euros) -- a fair bit of money in Zimbabwe. Pageant organiser Brenda Mudzimu said she was happy to finally host the event as it was postponed last year due to a lack of funds. Global pageant "The pageant aims to instil confidence in girls living with albinism in Zimbabwe as well as reduce the stigma," Mudzimu said. "People living with albinism are talented, beautiful and intelligent just like any other normal human being. My experience living with albinism was not easy.I learnt that in life living with albinism you have to persevere and survive in life." Mudzimu said she hoped to organise a global contest. "This will be an annual event which will later be advanced to Miss Albinism Africa and Miss Albinism World because we want to reach all corners of the world," she said. The southern African country has about 39,000 people living with albinism, she said. Tapuwa Muchemwa, a government representative who was the guest of honour, said Zimbabwean authorities were committed to uphold the rights of albinos. "We as government strongly advocate that people with albinism deserve their right to life and security and to be protected as well as the right not to be subjected to torture and ill treatment," Muchemwa said. Albinism groups say more than 90 percent of people with the condition in Africa die before they reach the age of 40. The rate of albinism in Africa is much higher than in other parts of the world.
  2. Morgan Tsvangirai ? the leader of the Opposition Movement for Democratic Change ? addresses a crowd gathered outside parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files HARARE: Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, casting his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party into the unknown less than three months after the army ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai, who died in South Africa, was 65. ?I can confirm that he died this evening. The family communicated this to me,? MDC vice-president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters. Arguably Zimbabwe?s most popular politician, the mining union leader?s career was ultimately defined by his tussles ? both literal and figurative ? with 93-year-old Mugabe, who resigned after a de facto coup in December. Elections are due within the next six months and Tsvangirai?s illness and now death leaves his party in disarray, to the advantage of the ruling ZANU-PF party, now led by former Mugabe deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa. Although Tsvangirai suffered serious physical abuse at the hands of security forces, including serious head injuries in police custody in 2007, he went on to form an uneasy working relationship with Mugabe in a 2009-2013 coalition government.
  3. Rashid Khan took four wickets as Afghanistan trounced Zimbabwe by 154 runs. Photo: Getty Images/File SHARJAH: Rahmat Shah hit a career best 114 while leg-spin wizard Rashid Khan took four wickets as Afghanistan trounced Zimbabwe by 154 runs in the first one-day international on Friday in a huge boost ahead of next month´s World Cup qualifiers. Rahmat smashed his runs off just 110 balls with eight boundaries and four sixes as Afghanistan piled up 333-5 off 50 overs. Najibullah Zadran clobbered an undefeated 81 off just 51 balls with five boundaries and five towering sixes. Opener Ihsanullah hit a confident half century. Zimbabwe were then dismissed for just 179 in the 35th over with 19-year-old Rashid Khan claiming 4-26 to steer Afghanistan to victory. In another sign that the future of Afghanistan cricket is bright, 16-year-old leg-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman opened the bowling for his team and picked up two wickets. The two teams play four more one-dayers in the UAE before meeting again in Zimbabwe in March in the qualifying tournament for the 2019 World Cup. Scores: Afghanistan 333-5 in 50 overs (Rahmat Shah 114, Najibullah Zadran 81 not out, Ihsanullah 54) v Zimbabwe 179 all out in 34.4 overs (Rashid Khan 4-26) Afghanistan won by 154 runs
  4. Rashid Khan took three wickets while Mohammad Nabi smacked a quick-fire 40 SHARJAH: Teenage leg-spinner Rashid Khan took three wickets while Mohammad Nabi smacked a quick-fire 40 as Afghanistan strolled to a five-wicket win over Zimbabwe in Monday´s first Twenty20 international in Sharjah. Khan was signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad for $1.41 million in last month´s Indian Premier League auction and returned figures of three for 19 from his four overs as Zimbabwe were restricted to 120 for 9. Mohammad Shahzad clubbed a pair of sixes in an 11-ball innings of 20 to ensure Afghanistan, who will play their maiden Test match in June against India, made a promising start to their chase. A middle-order wobble reduced Afghanistan to 85 for 5 but Nabi held firm to guide his team to victory with more than five overs to spare. The second and final match of the T20 series takes place at the same ground on Tuesday before the sides face off in five one-day matches, starting on February 9. Scores in the first T20 between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe in Sharjah on Monday: Zimbabwe 120-9 in 20 overs (Solomon Mire 34; Rashid Khan 3-19) v Afghanistan 121-5 in 14.4 overs (Mohammad Nabi 40 not out) Afghanistan won by five wickets.
  5. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa talks to the Chief Justice Luke Malaba during the swearing in ceremony of the country's vice presidents at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 28, 2017.REUTERS HARARE: The army chief who led the bloodless coup that ended Robert Mugabe?s 37-year rule was installed as Zimbabwe?s vice president on Thursday, becoming the most senior of a clutch of military figures to enter government. Retired general Constantino Chiwenga?s appearance on state television on Nov. 15 preceded armed soldiers taking to the streets, paving the way for Emmerson Mnangagwa to become president hours later. Mnangagwa, a former chief lieutenant to Mugabe who has promised to push through economic and political reforms, on Thursday also granted his 93-year-old predecessor full diplomatic status and a staff of 23 under a pension settlement. The president?s governing ZANU-PF party this month moved to draw a line under the era of Mugabe, who during his decades in power became feared as a despot and presided over economic collapse, by formally expelling the ex-president?s wife Grace and her allies from the organization. But Mnangagwa, who himself stands accused of participating in repression, has steered clear of acts of retribution against the former president. Mugabe has been living at his private home in the plush Borrowdale suburb, and the pension entitles him to ?payment of a lump sum which is equal or equivalent to the value of the private residence?, according to the official government gazette. In a statement in the gazette, Mnangagwa said ex-presidents who have served at least one full term - a category that includes only Mugabe - were also entitled to six security personnel and a fully furnished office. Mnangagwa is under pressure from would-be foreign investors, opposition parties and ordinary Zimbabweans to implement reforms. But he is also looking to maintain a unified ZANU-PF as the dominant political force and keep relations with its powerful military smooth in the run-up to national elections scheduled for next year. Mugabe, who built a reputation for extensive international travel during his rule, will also be provided with a diplomatic passport. Two weeks ago, in first trip outside Zimbabwe since he was removed from office, he visited a hospital in Singapore, apparently for medical checks.
  6. Morne Morkel appeals for Sikandar Raza's wicket, South Africa v Zimbabwe, only Test, 2nd day, Port Elizabeth, December 27, 2017/AFP PORT ELIZABETH: Zimbabwe were bowled out twice on Wednesday as South Africa swept to an easy victory by an innings and 120 runs as the inaugural four-day test finished inside two days at St George?s Park. Zimbabwe were dismissed for 68 runs in their first innings and then 121 in their follow-on in reply to South Africa?s 309-9 declared. The one-off test ended inside five sessions as the gulf in ability between the two neighbours was cruelly exposed. Morne Morkel was the destroyer-in-chief in Zimbabwe?s first innings with figures of 5-21, as nightwatchman Kyle Jarvis top scored with 23 off 50 balls. Debutant Ryan Burl, who added 16, was the only other Zimbabwean batsman to get to double figures. Zimbabwe, who are bottom of the 10-team test rankings, started the second day reeling on 30-4 after being put into bat for the last hour of the first day of the first day-night test played in South Africa and struggled with the pink ball in unfamiliar conditions. They did show some resistance at the start of their second innings but once their first wicket fell on 51, when Chamu Chibhabha was caught behind, there followed a steady procession of batsmen to the crease as Keshav Maharaj took 5-59 and Andile Phehlukwayo returned figures of 3-13. All Zimbabwe?s second innings wickets fell in a single session between the tea and dinner break. Craig Ervine was their top second innings scorer with 23 runs. ?I don?t think we were overwhelmed but it was a surprise to us to see the ball move around like that. We didn?t assess conditions that well,? said visiting captain Graeme Cremer. ?This shows us where we are and where we need to be.? South Africa won the toss and batted first on Tuesday with Aiden Markram scoring 125 and AB de Villiers 53 on his return to the test arena after a hiatus of almost two years. ?The bowlers were exceptional on a very spicy wicket but we still needed to do the basics well and we didn?t miss our mark very often,? said De Villiers. The four-day test is the first since the International Cricket Council tweaked regulations to give some of the weaker nations a more sporting chance, in the wake of Afghanistan and Ireland being granted test status. The one-off game against Zimbabwe was also supposed to provide the home team with preparation for their three-test series against top ranked side India, which begins next week. But it was much more of a one-sided contest than originally expected and will have provided neither side with any meaningful experience.
  7. Image Courtesy: Cricindex.com PORT ELIZABETH: Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak said his team might have to accept playing more limited overs cricket or settle for a lower level of Test cricket after they suffered an innings defeat inside two days against South Africa at St George´s Park on Wednesday. South Africa won by an innings and 120 runs after bowling out Zimbabwe for 68 and 121. The match was over before the dinner break so they didn´t even have to bat under floodlights in what by common consent were the most difficult batting conditions. Streak said Zimbabwe suffered from a lack of Test cricket, which made it difficult to compete against a top side like South Africa in conditions that helped the home fast bowlers. "Maybe there is an argument for us to focus a lot more of our resources and time into short-format cricket to give us ourselves more of a realistic chance of competing at a higher level rather than hanging around near the bottom of the table in both the Test and one-day stuff," said Streak. Streak said if Zimbabwe were to play more Tests, they might have to settle for games against the likes of newcomers Ireland and Afghanistan. "I think if you get a bit of context to the Test rankings, with an incentive to get to the next level, with maybe a promotion-relegation type of thing, it´s worth looking at. "Obviously we would like to play against the top countries but maybe we could play them at home so we can set up the conditions to favour us." Fast bowler Morne Morkel destroyed Zimbabwe´s first innings, taking five for 21, but only bowled four overs in the second innings as stand-in captain AB de Villiers used his front-line fast bowlers sparingly. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took five for 59 in the second innings and medium-pacer Andile Phehlukwayo took three for 13. Zimbabwe put up a fight at the start of their second innings, reaching 54 before they lost their first wicket -- although opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the right elbow by a ball from Morkel. The total reached 75 before the innings imploded, with four wickets falling in 14 balls. The last nine wickets fell for 46 runs in 15.4 overs. South Africa needed just 68 minutes and 14.1 overs on Wednesday to take Zimbabwe´s remaining six first-innings wickets after Zimbabwe resumed on 30 for four. South Africa´s first day-night Test -- and the first scheduled four-day Test in more than 40 years -- was not an experiment that proved much. There was general agreement that conditions for batting were difficult in the only full floodlit session, with batsmen struggling to see the seam on the pink ball. Skipper AB de Villiers admitted: "Zimbabwe had the worst of the conditions last night. They ran into a wicket which was really spicy against a quality bowling attack." He likened the dramatic change in conditions between day and night to situations in red-ball Tests, such as sudden reverse swing or pitches where the bounce became uneven. "It´s like any other format. You have to adapt, you have to change game plans and strategies to get through certain times." De Villiers said the match had been a reasonable work-out for South Africa ahead of a three-match series against India, starting in Cape Town on January 5. "The batters toiled really hard on a wicket which seamed around the whole innings," said De Villiers. "From a bowling point of view, it was nice to get them to follow on so the guys could get a few overs under the belt."
  8. South Africa are back to full strength for the first time in almost two years CAPE TOWN: AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander will all make long-awaited returns for South Africa at Test level after being named in the 14-man squad for next week´s day-night, inaugural four-day contest against Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth. It means South Africa are back to full strength for the first time in almost two years for the Dec 26-29 match at St George?s Park which serves as a warm-up for three home Tests against India in January and a series against Australia straight after that. De Villiers´ last Test was against England in Pretoria in January 2016 after which he asked for time out from the long format of the game while Steyn has been recovering from a serious shoulder injury suffered against Australia at Perth just over a year ago. Philander missed the 2-0 series win over Bangladesh in September and October following an injury on tour to England in mid-year. Faf du Plessis, who initially looked uncertain with a back injury, will lead the side. Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn
  9. HARARE: A Zimbabwean court on Thursday freed a Mugabe-era finance minister on bail ahead of his trial on corruption charges, laid following his arrest at the height of last month´s military takeover. Ignatius Chombo, a close ally of former president Robert Mugabe who resigned on November 21, was the first Mugabe loyalist to be charged with a crime. The Zimbabwe High Court freed him on $5,000-bail (4,200 euros) but ordered he report to police three times a day, surrender his passport and stay away from government offices and the central bank. He had been in police custody for more than a fortnight. Chombo was formerly secretary for administration in the ruling ZANU-PF party and was the last finance minister in Mugabe´s cabinet. He now faces fraud charges dating from 2004-2009 when he held a different ministerial role. Chombo was also seen as an ally of former first lady Grace Mugabe, whose aspirations to succeed her husband are widely blamed for the military intervention that culminated in the 93-year-old leader´s resignation. Chombo previously told magistrates that armed men in uniform had detained and questioned him for days at an unknown location.
  10. HARARE: At least 21 people were killed at the weekend when a truck overturned in western Zimbabwe, state media reported on Sunday. The truck was carrying 69 passengers when it "failed to negotiate a curve and overturned" at a business centre in the district of Tsholotsho on Saturday evening, according to Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). Among the 21 known deaths, 15 people died at the scene and six in hospital, reported ZBC. A further 21 people were wounded in the accident. Traffic accidents are common in Zimbabwe, where roads are riddled with potholes due to years of underfunding and neglect. In June, 43 people were killed in a bus crash in the north of the country, along the highway leading to neighbouring Zambia.
  11. BEIJING: China on Monday congratulated Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa but denied it played any part in his takeover or in the ousting of strongman Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe's army chief General Constantine Chiwenga visited Beijing shortly before the political crisis erupted in Harare, leading to questions about whether Beijing had any role in the power transition. China had long been one of Mugabe's most powerful allies and a major trade partner, as the West shunned him over his government's human rights violations. Calling the army chief's visit a pre-arranged and "normal interaction", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang denied any involvement in Zimbabwean politics. "It was planned long before and it was also approved by the former President Mugabe," Geng said. "China always upholds the principle of non-interference in other countries´ internal affairs and this remains unchanged." Beijing pointedly did not take sides after the army put Mugabe under house arrest earlier this month. Last week the Chinese foreign ministry declared that it respected his decision to resign but praised him as a "good friend" of China. Relations between the two countries date back to the liberation struggle of the 1960s, when Beijing provided arms and trained some of the top guerrilla leaders. During those years, Mnangagwa received training in China. Nicknamed "the Crocodile" for his ruthlessness, Mnangagwa was Zimbabwe's vice president until his sacking earlier this month, which ultimately led to Mugabe´s downfall. "We congratulate President Mnangagwa on his inauguration," Geng said. "We firmly support Zimbabwe following a path that supports its own national conditions and we believe under the leadership of Mr Mnangagwa Zimbabwe´s national development will make further progress."
  12. A Zimbabwean flag is seen at a makeshift stall in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 25, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko HARARE: A court in Zimbabwe has ruled that the military takeover that led to Robert Mugabe's dramatic ousting was legal, raising concerns on Saturday about the rule of law under the country's new administration. A minister in Mugabe's last government also appeared in court on corruption charges after he was handcuffed and blindfolded, allegedly by soldiers, for eight days before being handed to police. Triggering the end of Mugabe's reign, army chiefs put military vehicles on the streets of Harare on November 14 and placed the 93-year-old leader under house arrest before he eventually resigned on Tuesday. Many Zimbabweans have celebrated the end of Mugabe's 37-year rule, but fear a new government under President Emmerson Mnangagwa could also be an authoritarian regime. "Actions by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to stop the usurping of power by those close to former president Robert Mugabe are constitutional," state-run ZBC media reported the High Court as saying. In an apparent reference to Mugabe's wife Grace and her supporters, it said the court ruled on Friday that the takeover was "to ensure the non-elected individuals" did not exercise power. Grace was alleged to have positioned herself to be Mugabe's chosen successor, prompting the military to intervene and usher in its preferred candidate Mnangagwa. 'Legalising a coup'? "The court has endorsed the military's interpretation that it is permissible and lawful for it to intervene in the affairs of the executive," Zimbabwean legal expert Alex Magaisa wrote Saturday. "This is a dangerous precedent which places the government at risk from the power wielded by the military. "In the extreme form, it is tantamount to legalising a coup." On Saturday, Ignatius Chombo, the last finance minister under Mugabe's government, appeared in court in Harare ? the first Mugabe loyalist to face charges. Chombo, seen as an ally of Grace Mugabe, told judges that armed men in uniform had detained and questioned him for several days at an unknown location where he was criticised for his role in government. He was remanded in custody until Monday on fraud charges dating from 2004 - 2009, when he held a different ministerial role. Mnangagwa, 75, was sworn in as president on Friday, vowing sweeping changes and new policies to attract foreign investment to revive the moribund economy. He also used his inauguration speech to pay tribute to the increasingly frail Mugabe, describing him as one of the "founding fathers of our nation". Mnangagwa is a long-time veteran of the ruling ZANU-PF party and was until recently one of Mugabe's closest allies. Alongside another court ruling that Mugabe's earlier sacking of Mnangagwa as vice president was illegal, Human Rights Watch's regional director questioned the courts' independence. "Strange, captured judiciary?" Dewa Mavhinga wrote on Twitter. Cheering crowds Mnangagwa took the oath of office at the national sports stadium on the outskirts of Harare before thousands of cheering supporters, dignitaries and foreign diplomats. The army has warned that criminals have been impersonating soldiers during the political turmoil to extort money from the public and it called on Zimbabweans to obey the law. Mugabe had ruled since Zimbabwean independence in 1980, exercising almost total authority to crush any sign of dissent. His iron grip on power ended on Tuesday when his resignation letter was delivered to a special parliamentary session where previously-loyal ZANU-PF lawmakers had convened to impeach him. Mugabe is expected to remain in Zimbabwe and the government has promised to provide him and his family "maximum security and welfare", according to state media.
  13. Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed sweeping change as he was sworn in as Zimbabwe?s president Friday, seeking to reassure foreign investors and pledging to fight poverty and corruption after Robert Mugabe?s shock resignation. Photo: AFP file HARARE: Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed sweeping change as he was sworn in as Zimbabwe?s president Friday, seeking to reassure foreign investors and pledging to fight poverty and corruption after Robert Mugabe?s shock resignation. In his inaugural address, the new president set out a programme of dramatic change that promised a stark reversal of many of Mugabe?s signature policies. He pledged that his government would compensate white farmers whose land was seized by Mugabe, protect international investments in the country, and re-engage with foreign powers. Elections scheduled for 2018 would go ahead as planned, he said. ?I humbly appeal to all of us that we let bygones be bygones,? he said at the ceremony in the 60,000-seat national stadium, which was packed to capacity. ?We must work together ? you, me, all of us who make this nation. ?I stand here today, to say that our country is ready for a sturdy re-engagement programme with all the nations of the world,? he said. After reciting the oath of office, he was given a ceremonial chain and sash of office flanked by his wife Auxilia, receiving salutes and pledges of allegiance from the country?s military and security chiefs. Military aircraft and helicopters then staged a fly-past. Mnangagwa also used his speech to pay tribute to Mugabe, describing him as one of the ?founding fathers of our nation?. Mugabe?s legacy of ruin ?We are excited and expecting a lot from Mnangagwa. We have been under a dictatorship for a very long time,? said 23-year-old Sharon Mauyakufa. The 93-year-old former president, who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years, was ousted after the military intervened over his sacking of Mnangagwa as vice president on November 6. Two days later, Mnangagwa fled the country, only returning on Wednesday when he said Zimbabwe was entering an era of ?full democracy?. But critics have warned Mnangagwa ? whose ruthlessness won him the nickname ?The Crocodile? and who has been accused of overseeing violence and ethnic massacres ? could prove just as authoritarian as his mentor. Friday?s 21-gun salute marked Mnangagwa?s transformation from a sacked enemy of the state to president of a nation of 16 million people. ?We thank you, our soldier,? read one banner at the stadium. ?The people have spoken,? said another. ?Mnangagwa came at the right time when the economy was showing signs of going back to 2008 when... people were starving,? said Nozithelo Mhlanga, a 27-year-old accountant. ?Mugabe has left no legacy at all except that of ruin, poverty and corruption.? Mugabe in frail health Mugabe, who is in increasingly frail health, had been positioning his wife Grace as his successor but the army chiefs stepped in to halt the plan. Police commissioner Augustine Chihuri, seen as a Grace supporter, was loudly booed at the swearing in. Mugabe did not attend. Mnangagwa promised the Mugabes ?maximum security and welfare? in talks on Thursday. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who heads the Movement for Democratic Change received rapturous applause as he arrived at the packed stadium. Africa?s Gandhi Also at the ceremony were Zambian President Edgar Lungu, Botswana?s President Ian Khama and Zambian independence leader Kenneth Kaunda ? known as ?Africa?s Gandhi? ? all of whom were cheered. Jacob Zuma, president of regional heavyweight South Africa, did not attend as he was hosting a visit by Angola?s new head of state. ?We wish to emphasise the need for the maintenance of peace and stability,? said Zuma in a statement. Robert Besseling, of the London-based EXX Africa risk consultancy, wrote in a research note that ensuring economic stability would be paramount. ?Mnangagwa?s administration will also reach out to foreign banks to obtain fresh financial support facilities,? he wrote. Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980, exercising almost total authority to crush any sign of dissent. The majority of Zimbabweans have only known life under Mugabe whose reign was characterised by brutality, rigged elections and international isolation. Until his rule ended on Tuesday with a resignation letter read out in parliament where MPs had gathered to impeach him, he was the world?s oldest head of state. Mugabe was last seen in public on Friday. Neither he nor his wife Grace has been seen since. In the week before Mugabe resigned, military vehicles rolled onto the streets of Harare and tens of thousands of Zimbabweans demonstrated against the veteran leader. Zimbabwe?s once-promising economy collapsed under Mugabe, and many hope Mnangagwa will push through investor-friendly reforms. Unemployment is over 90 percent, and in his first speech after being announced as the next president he promised ?jobs, jobs, jobs!?
  14. t President Robert Mugabe. Photo: File Zimbabwe´s influential war veterans on Tuesday called for immediate protests against President Robert Mugabe as parliament moved to impeach the veteran leader. "All the people must leave what they are doing, come to Harare... we just want to see the back of Mugabe immediately. The protests must begin now, we cannot have another hour of Mugabe," said Zimbabwe War Veterans Association chairman Chris Mutsvangwa. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe´s ousted deputy president Emmerson Mnangagwa asked President Robert Mugabe to respect public opinion and step down and said he would only return home when his security was assured. "The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call by the people of Zimbabwe to resign, so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy," Mnangagwa said in a statement. Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe shortly being sacked by Mugabe early this month. The crisis followed a factional squabble in the ruling ZANU-PF party over the 93-year-old Mugabe´s successor. Mnangagwa said he had rejected an invitation by Mugabe to return home to discuss the current political situation. "I told the president that I would not return home now until I am satisfied of my personal security, because of the manner and treatment given to me upon being fired." Mnangagwa was initially believed to be in South Africa.
  15. Zimbabwean War Veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa (R), arrives at a meeting of the ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo JOHANNESBURG: The leader of Zimbabwe?s war veterans said Sunday plans to impeach President Robert Mugabe would go ahead as scheduled after the 93-year-old leader defied expectations that he would resign in a national address. Chris Mutsvangwa ? who has been leading a campaign to oust Mugabe ? told Reuters in a text message moments after Mugabe finished his speech that people would take to the streets of Harare on Wednesday. Many Zimbabweans expected Mugabe to resign after the army seized power last week. But he delivered a speech alongside the uniformed generals who were behind the military intervention. Mugabe defies resignation expectations in TV speech Many Zimbabweans expected Mugabe to resign after the army seized power last week "The (ruling ZANU-PF) party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes," Mugabe said in his address, making no reference to the clamour for him to resign and pitching the country into further uncertainty. Instead, he paid tribute to three pillars of power in Zimbabwe ? the military, the ruling party, and the war veterans movement ? and urged national solidarity. "Whatever the pros and cons of how they (the army) went about their operation, I, as commander-in-chief, do acknowledge their concerns," said Mugabe. "We must learn to forgive and resolve contradictions real or perceived in a comradely Zimbabwean spirit," he said. Mugabe's address provoked immediate anger throughout the nation.
  16. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during the 9th ASEAN UN Summit in Manila, Philippines, 13 November 2017. REUTERS/Linus Escandor Ii/Pool/Files UNITED NATIONS: Antonio Guterres ? the Secretary-General at United Nations ? on Thursday appealed for calm and restraint in Zimbabwe after the military seized power. ?The UN Secretary-General is monitoring the evolving situation in Zimbabwe. He appeals for calm, non-violence and restraint. Preservation of fundamental rights, including freedom of speech, and assembly, is of vital importance,? UN spokesman Farhan Haq said. Zimbabwe?s military said it was holding President Robert Mugabe and his family safe while targeting ?criminals? in the entourage of the only ruler the country has known in its 37 years of independence.
  17. HARARE: Zimbabwe?s ruling party accused the head of the armed forces of treason on Tuesday as troops took up positions around the capital in an escalation of a dispute with 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe over political succession. Just 24 hours after military chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to intervene to end a purge in the ruling party, a Reuters reporter saw six armoured personnel carriers on major thoroughfares on the outskirts of the capital. Aggressive soldiers directing traffic told passing cars to keep moving through the darkness. ?Don?t try anything funny. Just go,? one soldier said on Harare Drive. The presence of troops, including the movement of at least six armoured personnel carriers from a barracks northwest of Harare, sparked rumours of coup against Mugabe, although there was no evidence to suggest Zimbabwe?s leader of the last 37 years had been toppled. The lead item on the ZBC state broadcaster?s evening news bulletin was an anti-military rally by the youth wing of Mugabe?s ZANU-PF party. The Southern African nation has been on edge since Monday when Chiwenga, Commander of Zimbabwe Defence Forces, said he was prepared to ?step in? to end a purge of supporters of a sacked vice president. The unprecedented statement represents an escalation of a rumbling political struggle over who will succeed Mugabe, who has been in power since the country gained independence from Britain in 1980. Mugabe chaired a weekly cabinet meeting in the capital on Tuesday. Afterwards, ZANU-PF said it stood by the ?primacy of politics over the gun? and accused Chiwenga of ?treasonable conduct... meant to incite insurrection.? Mugabe fired Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa last week. The veteran of the 1970s liberation war was popular with the military and had been seen as a likely successor to Mugabe. The army views his removal as part of a purge of independence-era figures to pave the way for Mugabe to hand power to his wife Grace Mugabe. A Reuters witness saw two armoured vehicles parked beside the main road from Harare to Chinhoyi, about 20 km (14 miles) from the city. One, which was pointed in the direction of the capital, had come off its tracks. Witnesses said they saw four armoured vehicles turn before reaching Harare and head towards the Presidential Guard compound in a suburb on the outskirts of Harare. ?There were about four tanks and they turned right here, you can see markings on the road,? one witness on the Chinhoyi highway said, referring to the armoured vehicles. He pointed to a road that links to the guard compound. The troop movements raise tension on a continent where for decades armies regularly overthrew civilian governments. ?DEFENDING OUR REVOLUTION? Neither the president nor his wife responded in public to the general?s remarks and state media did not publish Chiwenga?s statement. The Herald newspaper posted some of the comments on its Twitter page but deleted them. The head of ZANU-PF?s youth wing accused the army chief of subverting the constitution. Grace Mugabe has developed a strong following in the powerful youth wing. ?Defending the revolution and our leader and president is an ideal we live for and if need be it is a principle we are prepared to die for,? Kudzai Chipanga, who leads the ZANU-PF Youth League, said at the party?s headquarters in Harare. Grace Mugabe?s rise has brought her into conflict with the independence-era war veterans, who once enjoyed a privileged role in the ruling party under Mugabe, but who have in recent years been banished from senior government and party roles. Decades ago, Zimbabwe had one of Africa?s promising economies due in part to its agricultural exports.
  18. Photo: WEB VICTORIA FALLS: An elephant that gave tourist rides in the Zimbabwean town of Victoria Falls trampled his professional handler to death, the local tour operators´ association said Tuesday. Enock Kufandanda, 50, was killed on Saturday by a bull elephant called "Mbanje" ("marijuana" in the local Shona language). Parks and wildlife authority rangers shot and killed the elephant, reported to be about 30 years old, soon after it charged and killed Kufandanda. "We confirm the sad incident, the third in the last 10 years," Clement Mukwasi, of the Employers´ Association of Tourism and Safari Operators, told AFP. "The profession of elephant handling is a high risk one." He added that elephants can "keep grudges" that lead to attacks. Witnesses told local media that they heard screams and found the dead body badly damaged. The World Animal Protection action group said in a statement that the incident was "another sad reminder that elephants are wild animals and should not be ridden." Two years ago, a curio-seller was trampled to death by an elephant which had strayed into a shopping centre in Victoria Falls, on the border with Zambia.
  19. Dilruwan Perera and Asela Gunaratne celebrate after steering Sri Lanka to victory/AFP COLOMBO: Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne guided Sri Lanka to a record 388 target to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets Tuesday in a pulsating end to their one-off Test. A crucial 121-run sixth-wicket stand between Gunaratne (80 not out) and Dickwella (81) secured Sri Lanka´s best-ever run chase. Their previous best was against South Africa in 2006, when they reached 352. Tuesday´s chase was also the highest in Asia and fifth best in all Tests. Man-of-the-match Gunaratne anchored the pursuit to perfection after Dickwella´s departure, putting on an unbeaten 67-run partnership with Dilruwan Perera (29) to take the hosts to victory. The win was a boost for new Test captain Dinesh Chandimal and eased Sri Lanka´s pain after a shock defeat in the one-day series against the minnows. "It´s always tough when you´re batting in the fourth innings but I told the team that they should play their normal game and they played some outstanding innings, especially Dickwella and Asela," Chandimal said. "It´s always challenging as a captain but it´s about doing the right things on and off the field," said Chandimal, who took over after Angelo Mathews quit because of the ODI loss. Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer claimed four wickets with his leg-spin to return overall figures of 9-275 at Colombo´s R. Premadasa Stadium. But Gunaratne, an all-rounder who played most of the Test only as a batsman after injuring his hamstring in the first innings, tackled the Zimbabwe spinners with ease during his 151-ball stay. Wicketkeeper-batsman Dickwella rode his luck to reach 81 before being caught behind off left-arm spinner Sean Williams while attemping an audacious reverse sweep. Stumping reprieve When he was on 37 he survived a stumping chance off Sikandar Raza´s off-spin, and was dropped by wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva on 63. Dinesh Chandimal and Graeme Cremer shake hands after the match/AFP The stumping reprieve cost Zimbabwe dearly. It was referred to the third umpire, who ruled him not out despite replays showing his toe was on the crease -- a case in which the batsman can be given out. "From what I saw, I honestly didn´t see any doubt why it should be not out, but it´s just one of those things," Cremer said of the decision by Indian umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin. "I suppose you have technology and it clearly shows... it´s tough when those things go against you when you are trying to win a Test match on the last day." Earlier, Cremer sent overnight batsman Kusal Mendis trudging back to the pavilion for 66 after Sri Lanka resumed on 170-3. Cremer struck again to have Mathews caught and bowled for 25. The visitors scented victory but it was not to be for the 10th-ranked side. "We knew Sri Lanka had to play well batting on the last day chasing 388. We tried hard," said Cremer. "We have missed a few opportunities, but I am very proud about the way the guys played. "To win the ODI series and to push them in the Test match, taking it to the last day, was a very good effort from the boys," he added. Sri Lanka´s veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took the man of the series award for his overall match figures of 11-249. Zimbabwe batsman Craig Ervine´s 160 in the first innings and all-rounder Raza´s 127 in the second were among the notable performances for the tourists. Sri Lanka host the number-one ranked India for three Tests, five one-day internationals and a single Twenty20 starting this month.
  20. COLOMBO: Sikandar Raza hit his maiden Test century Monday to stretch Zimbabwe´s second-innings lead over Sri Lanka to 350 runs, compounding the woes of the embattled hosts on day four. The visitors took lunch at 340 for eight with skipper Graeme Cremer (35) batting alongside Donald Tiripano (eight) at Colombo´s R Premadasa Stadium. Overnight batsmen Malcolm Waller (68) and Raza, who started the day on 97, were the two wickets to fall in the morning session after Zimbabwe resumed the day on 252-6 in the one-off Test. Raza was bowled for 127 after attempting an audacious reverse sweep off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who took his overall match tally to 10 with a five-for in each innings. Waller was the first to go, falling to off-spinner Dilruwan Perera after adding just 11 runs to his overnight score. His wicket ended a 144-run seventh-wicket stand. The Pakistan-born Raza put Zimbabwe on top after they were left tottering at 23-4 and 59-5 on the third day with Herath rattling the visitors´ top-order. Raza, 31, combined the right dose of caution and aggression to thwart the Sri Lankan bowling attack during his 205-ball stay laced with nine fours and a six. All-rounder Cremer, who got his maiden five-wicket haul in the Sri Lankan innings, took over the batting charge from Raza to frustrate the opposition bowling with some quick runs. While Zimbabwe eye their first-ever Test win against Sri Lanka, the hosts are looking for redemption under new Test captain Dinesh Chandimal after a shock loss in the one-day series.
  21. Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews walks back after his team lost the five-match series, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, 5th ODI, Hambantota, July 10, 2017/AFP COLOMBO: Sri Lankan cricket captain Angelo Mathews has stepped down amid intense criticism over his side´s series defeat to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe on home soil, an official said Wednesday. Mathews met with chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya to discuss his future with the team before a one-off Test against Zimbabwe beginning Friday, said an official with Sri Lanka´s cricket board. "He has quit the captaincy from all three forms of the game," the official said on condition on anonymity, referring to Test, one-day international and twenty20 formats of cricket. Sri Lanka's direct World Cup qualification in doubt Sri Lanka are ranked 8th in the latest ODI rankings An official announcement of Mathews´ resignation was expected later Wednesday, the official added. Mathews took the brunt of the criticism levelled at Sri Lanka´s cricketers in the aftermath of their 3-2 series loss at home to minnows Zimbabwe on Monday. Mathews described the shock defeat as a low point in his career and a "hard pill to swallow". It compounded woes for the struggling side, which entered the series without a coach after Graham Ford´s sudden exit following their poor showing in the Champions Trophy last month. Sri Lanka´s sports minister delivered the squad an ultimatum after that performance, ordering players get in shape or face the boot after declaring them unfit to compete on the world stage.
  22. Zimbabwe´s cricketer Sikandar Raza celebrates after their victory in the fifth one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe - AFP HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka: Sikandar Raza starred with the bat and ball to help Zimbabwe edge out Sri Lanka by three wickets and clinch a historic series victory in the fifth one-day international on Monday. Taking the series 3-2 in Hambantota, the 11th-ranked Zimbabwe registered their maiden series win in Sri Lanka and first overseas triumph in eight years. Off-spinner Raza claimed three wickets to restrict the hosts to 203-8 after Zimbabwe elected to field first. He then anchored a tense chase with an unbeaten 27 as the visitors won with 71 balls to spare. Zimbabwe opener Hamilton Masakadza top-scored with a fluent 73 before rookie off-spinner Akila Dananjaya struck back with four wickets to rattle the Zimbabwe middle-order. The visitors slipped from 137-1 to 175-7 -- losing six wickets for 38 runs -- but Raza and skipper Graeme Cremer (11 not out) hung on for an unbeaten 29-run stand as the perennial underdogs erupted in celebrations. "Happy that Sikandar came to the party. It turned around very quickly but happy we pulled it off in the end," an elated Cremer said following their win. "This win is very special, fans must be jumping around back home. We knew we´re playing good enough cricket to put them under pressure." Earlier the Pakistan-born Raza, who opened the bowling for the visiting side, returned with impressive figures of 3-21 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium. Raza, named man of the match, was complemented by Cremer, who took two wickets with his wily leg-spin, most notably the prized scalp of his opposite number Angelo Mathews (24). 'Weapon with the new ball' "Raza is a definite weapon with the new ball. I was hoping for a breakthrough or two and he gave us that in the powerplay," Cremer said. Sri Lanka suffered from a lack of partnerships but opener Danushka Gunathilaka (52) and Asela Gunaratne (59 not out) hit gritty half-centuries to steady the home side. The hosts slipped to 153-8 in the 42nd over before Gunaratne and Dushmantha Chameera (18 not out) put on an unbeaten 50-run stand for the ninth wicket. Paceman Tendai Chatara drew first blood after getting opener Niroshan Dickwella -- who came into the match with two successive centuries -- caught behind for three. The wicket also pulled the brakes on Sri Lanka´s rampaging opening starts in the previous one-day internationals against the visiting African side. Dickwella and Gunathilaka made ODI history in delivering back-to-back double century partnerships in the previous two contests against Zimbabwe. Mathews said even though the conditions were "tough" for batting, their final run tally was far below what was expected. "Credit to Zimbabwe, they gave us a really tough time and we didn´t have any answers," said a disappointed Mathews. The defeat was Sri Lanka´s worst bilateral ODI series in recent times. The eighth-ranked side face India for a full series later this month.
  23. Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford - file photo Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has stepped down after 15 months in his second stint with the team, the cricket board announced on Saturday. South African Ford, who first coached Sri Lanka between 2012 and 2014, rejoined the team in February last year, signing a contract until the 2019 World Cup. The 56-year-old led the team to memorable test and twenty20 series wins over Australia but Sri Lanka´s performance this year has been inconsistent with the team suffering their first ever test loss to Bangladesh and a whitewash in South Africa. They could not make the semi-finals of this month´s Champions Trophy either. "We have to thank Fordy for his invaluable contribution to Sri Lanka Cricket," board president Thilanga Sumathipala said in a statement. "This was a decision arrived at mutually after careful consideration and deliberation... we are indeed sorry to see him go. We wish him the very best in where his path lies." Ford previously worked with English county club Surrey and was the director of cricket at Kent. "It´s been a privilege to work with these talented young men over the past 15 months. Their passion for the sport is inspiring, as is indeed this nation´s," Ford said. "I wish Sri Lanka Cricket and the boys the very best, and I must offer a word of advice to the young men ? Always believe in yourself, believe in your team, and play from your heart." Sri Lanka host Zimbabwe in a five-match one day international series starting on Friday.
  24. Priyanka Chopra has been ruling the Internet for quite some time now. First it was ‘Baywatch’, then her iconic Ralph Lauren trench coat dress at the Met Gala 2017, which turned several heads and won our hearts. Whatever the reason, Priyanka took the entire world by storm and we are in love with her no-f**ks-given attitude. Hahahah I really was scared! Lol! No pole dancing for me! #UNICEF #SafePark A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 10:01am PDT For those who don’t know, she isn’t just Bollywood’s heartthrob or Hollywood’s resident bae, she is UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador too, who is leaving no stone unturned in spreading happiness among the children residing in Zimbabwe. And my #bindibonding continues.. the kids loved them! #SoPretty #EndViolence #UNICEF A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 9:59am PDT Recently, her Instagram has been flooded with posts related to her visit, and looking at the joyous and cheerful faces of the kids and Piggy Chops will make you forget your own problems or Monday blues. Priyanka may be slaying the world with some of the blockbuster movies and events, but among the kids from this South African country, she looked like a kid herself who enjoyed every ounce of dancing and playing around with them. Sindi(3) was very curious about my tattoo.. I told her we r all daddy's little girls... a lot of these girls are vulnerable to predators who are father figures. Its heartbreaking. But she was just precious. My tail all day. Following me around like lil bo peep. ❤️ A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 9:42am PDT From showing off her ‘thumkas’, playing with a pole to putting bindi on the kids’ foreheads, these adorable videos and pictures do not need words to accompany them. She even jokingly said that she will never do pole dance as she was scared of them. Mbali showed me around this amazing Safe Park that gives kids a chance to be kids in a safe environment . She is the Vice Chairman of her park (Freedom Park.) At all of 11! She takes her responsibilities very seriously. Thank u Mbali. A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 7:31am PDT This field visit to the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, was a part of their efforts to “End Violence Against Children.” Big group hug!! Final goodbyes.. so hard letting them go. We had so much fun. #SafePark #UNICEF #EndViolence A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 10:04am PDT After they taught me their dance moves I showed them one of mine.. it's called the "thumka" #DanceParty #EndViolence #UNICEF #thistimeforafrica #SafePark A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 6:54am PDT My start to a beautiful morning before ending an amazingly insightful trip. This is an Isibindi ("courage" in Zulu) Safe Park. The parks and program are all about prevention and early intervention to protect children from the HIV/AIDS crisis and many other vulnerabilities that can lead to violence in South Africa..The volunteer child and youth care workers (CYCW) help create a safe environment for children to play and be counseled in a controlled and protected environment. The National association of child and youth care workers (NACCW) is responsible for training almost 10,000 CYCWs and deliver services to almost 1.4 million children in SA..These workers connect with the children on a personal level, in their homes and in the park, and involve themselves in their daily life events like homework, household chores, and family issues. They use ordinary human interaction to feed these children teach them life skills and take care of the emotional needs of children -especially in child headed and parent less families. I've never seen so much commitment on such a personal level. I salute them 🙏🏻 A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 5:23am PDT Big group hug!! Final goodbyes.. so hard letting them go. We had so much fun. #SafePark #UNICEF #EndViolence A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on May 7, 2017 at 10:04am PDT