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Harare City come from behind to beat Bosso



Harare City FC

HARARE CITY FC coach Mark Harrison was left a relieved man yesterday after watching his side come from a goal down to beat Highlanders at Rufaro Stadium.

After watching his charges lose 3-1 last week at the hands of Premiership new boys Manica Diamonds, a week after City had been beaten 2-0 by FC Platinum, Harrison made five changes to the team in yesterday’s match.

The move paid off as the Sunshine Boys got the win they desperately needed through Munyaradzi Diro Nyenye, Walter Mukanga and Tatenda Tumba goals. Prince Dube had put Bosso ahead after 25 minutes.

Harrison brought in goalkeeper Kelvin Shangiwa, Gareth Madhake, Nyenye, Learnmore Muyambo and Tumba and sacrificed senior players Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Takudzwa Chimwemwe, Ray Uchena, Moses Muchenje and Ishmael Wadi.

“It was important that we did not lose the game, we needed to get something out of it. Last week we did not perform in any manner from the first to the last whistle and got what we deserved and we got beaten hence it was important for us to perform.

“We had control of the game, even when they scored which was an unfortunate goal I knew we were going to win the game, the boys who stayed in the team and those that came in did a fantastic job and I am well pleased with the result. Changes needed to be made because the performance last week was a disgrace, heads had to roll,” said Harrison.

It appeared Harrison’s tinkering would backfire when Dube beat Harare City’s offside trap before unleashing a powerful strike inside the box to give Bosso a one-goal advantage.

The Sunshine Boys were quick to react as Diro Nyenye capitalised on a defensive blunder by Highlanders, tapping in a loose ball in the 29th minute. Five minutes later Walter Mukanga increased City’s lead when he came to an end of a Martin Vengesai cross to give the hosts some insurance going to the breather.

Three minutes after the break Highlanders had an opportunity to level matters when Dube forced Shangiwa to make a brilliant save, but Zambian import Peter Nyirenda should have capitalised on the rebound.

Tumba increased the Sunshine Boys’ lead in the 58th minute after some brilliant footwork inside the box, sending Zambian international Nyirenda left and right before unleashing a curling shot that beat Ariel Sibanda all systems out.

Harare City FC were awarded a penalty in the 75th minute when substitute Denzel Chimwemwe was pulled down by Clive Phiri, who was subsequently sent off, but Mukanga wasted the opportunity to grab a brace.

Bosso coach Madinda Ndlovu admitted his loss to Harare City and blamed his charges for failing to come to the party.

“Congratulations to Harare City for their first win of the season they wanted it, and you could see that they were much hungrier than us. And I admit that we gave the game away easily and the scoreline is not a correct reflection of the game we should have lost by a bigger margin. In as much as we would have wanted to win the game Harare City were too powerful for us,” lamented Ndlovu.

Despite admitting that the Sunshine Boys were the better side, Ndlovu remained optimistic of his charges challenging for the championship. “Losing one game doesn’t mean that we cannot win the championship, you can lose four games and still win the championship so do not count us out of the race yet,” said Ndlovu.


Harare City: K Shangiwa, M Machazani, G Madhake, M Nyenye-Diro, M Ncube, L Muyambo, W Mukanga, T Tavengwa, K Musharu, M Vengesai ( Chimwemwe 73 mins), T Tumba (Manondo 74 mins)

Highlanders: A Sibanda, M Phiri, B Musaka (Lunga), B Banda (M Sibanda 62 mins), P Nyirenda (Siamalonga 78 mins), N Masuku, M Ndlovu, P Mudhuwa, T Ndlovu, T Makanda, P Dube.SundayNews

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Kembo Mohadi resigns amid sex scandal



Kembo Mohadi sex scandal

Zimbabwe Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigned on Monday following local media reports he had engaged in improper conduct.

Kembo Mohadi, along with Constantino Chiwenga, was a deputy to President Emmerson Mnangagwa since 2018, but without a political power base, he was not seen as a potential successor to the president.

In a rare move by a public official in Zimbabwe, Kembo Mohadi said he had taken the decision to step down “not as a matter of cowardice but as a sign of demonstrating great respect to the office of the President”.

I have been going through a soul-searching pilgrimage and realised that I need the space to deal with my problem outside the governance chair,” he said in a statement released by the Ministry of Information.

Local online media service ZimLive has in the past two weeks carried reports that Kembo Mohadi had improper sexual liaisons with married women, including one of his subordinates.

Mohadi, 70, denied the accusations last week saying this was part of a political plot against him. On Monday he continued to deny the accusations saying he would seek legal recourse.

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Zimbabwe agrees to pay $3.5 billion compensation to white farmers



Zimbabwe White Farmers

Zimbabwe agreed on Wednesday to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to Zimbabwe white farmers whose land was expropriated by the government to resettle black families, moving a step closer to resolving one the most divisive policies of the Robert Mugabe era.

But the southern African nation does not have the money and will issue long term bonds and jointly approach international donors with the farmers to raise funding, according to the compensation agreement.

Two decades ago Mugabe’s government carried out at times violent evictions of 4,500 Zimbabwe white farmers and redistributed the land to around 300,000 Black families, arguing it was redressing colonial land imbalances.

The agreement signed at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s State House offices in Harare showed white farmers would be compensated for infrastructure on the farms and not the land itself, as per the national constitution.

Details of how much money each farmer, or their descendants, given the time elapsed since the farms were seized, was likely to get were not yet clear, but the government has said it would prioritise the elderly when making the settlements.

Farmers would receive 50% of the compensation after a year and the balance within five years. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube and acting Agriculture Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri signed on behalf of the government, while farmers unions and a foreign consortium that undertook valuations also penned the agreement.

“As Zimbabweans, we have chosen to resolve this long-outstanding issue,” said Andrew Pascoe, head of the Commercial Farmers Union representing  Zimbabwe white farmers.

The land seizures were one of Mugabe’s signature policies that soured ties with the West. Mugabe, who was ousted in a coup in 2017 and died last year, accused the West of imposing sanctions on his government as punishment.

The programme still divides public opinion in Zimbabwe as opponents see it as a partisan process that left the country struggling to feed itself. But its supporters say it has empowered landless Black people. Mnangagwa said the land reform could not be reversed but paying of compensation was key to mending ties with the West. Reuters

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Chinamasa calls U.S. ambassador ‘thug’ as anti-government protests loom




Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party on Monday called the United States ambassador a “thug” and accused him of funding the opposition ahead of this week’s planned anti-government protests that authorities say are meant to overthrow the government.

Without providing evidence, ZANU-PF spokesman Patrick Chinamasa told reporters that U.S. ambassador to Harare, Brian Nichols, was involved in subversive activities to topple President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

Chinamasa’s comments echo the Robert Mugabe era, where the ZANU-PF government regularly accused the United States and Britain of seeking to dislodge it from power.

“He (Nichols) continues to engage in acts of undermining this republic and if he does so, if he continues engaging in acts of mobilising and funding disturbances, coordinating violence and training insurgents, our leadership will not hesitate to give him marching orders,” Chinamasa said.
“Diplomats should not behave like thugs, and Brian Nichols is a thug.”

The U.S. embassy in Harare did not immediately respond to Chinamasa’s comments. Political tensions are rising fast in the southern African nation after activists called for demonstrations on July 31 against government corruption, which they blame for deepening the worst economic crisis in more than a decade.

Last month, the government summoned Nichols after a senior White House official said Zimbabwe was among “foreign adversaries” using the civil unrest in the United States following the death of George Floyd to interfere in U.S. affairs.

The U.S., Britain, E.U. embassies and the United Nations have all criticised Zimbabwe for the arrest of journalists and political challengers.
Relations between Zimbabwe and the West were promising when Mnangagwa replaced Mugabe after a coup in 2017, but have soured over the government’s human rights record.

Patrick Chinamasa urged party supporters to defend themselves from protesters and avoid a repeat of the deadly violence that followed post-election demonstrations in August 2018 and the January 2019 protests over a steep fuel price hike.“No, this time no. Use any means at your disposal to defend yourselves,” Chinamasa said. Organisers say this week’s protests will be peaceful. Reuters

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