Zimbabwe

Mugabe  urgues party to stop

 

Mugabe urges party to stop jostling to replace him

MARONDERA – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe called on Friday for unity in his ruling Zanu-PF party, which has been riven by infighting over who will eventually succeed the world’s oldest leader.

Mugabe, 93, wants to seek another five-year term next year, having ruled since independence in 1980.

The veteran leader, who looks increasingly frail, has made two trips this year to Singapore for medical checks, which his spokesman said were for his eyes. Private media have reported that Mugabe has prostate cancer, which officials deny.

Addressing a Zanu-PF youth rally in Marondera town, some 70 kilometres, east of Harare, Mugabe said different party factions were preoccupied with plotting how to take over from him, saying some of the plots had assumed tribal overtones.

“That kills the party. Stop it, stop it. We do not want to start to fight each other before the time comes,” Mugabe said.

“Be at peace, the time will come, it’s certainly coming. Congress will decide,” Mugabe said, referring to the five-year gathering of the party that chooses the Zanu-PF leader, due to take place in 2019 when Mugabe will be 95.

Some party officials have been privately lobbying for the meeting to be brought forward to December, allowing Mugabe’s successor to contest next year’s vote.

At Friday’s rally Mugabe made a lengthy pitch to youth voters ahead of the 2018 elections, promising to hand over farms and fund construction of housing apartments for youths.

Young people comprise nearly half the population and bear the brunt of chronic unemployment. They are also the ones most likely to turn their backs on Zanu-PF, either by supporting the opposition or leaving the country for better economic prospects.

Zanu-PF youth leader Kudzai Chipanga said young party members would support no one but Mugabe for president.

“As long as you are there, you are our life president. There is no one with a name that qualifies to go on the ballot box except that of Gushungo (Mugabe’s clan name),” said Chipanga.

Malawi, Southafrica, Sports, World, zambia, Zimbabwe

SCORES and fixtures for todayByOsward kayange⚽

SCORES and fixtures for today

 

Fixtures

Premier League
POS SOUTHAMPTON
MANCHESTER UNITED
18:00

LIVERPOOL
BURNLEY
CAF Champions League
15:00 FERROVIÁRIO BEIRA
BYC
15:30 AL AHLI TRIPOLI
FUS RABAT
15:30 TP MAZEMBE
CAPS UNITED
16:30 COTONSPORT
CNAPS SPORT
16:30 LÉOPARDS DE DOLISIÉ
KEDUS GIORGIS
17:00 RIVERS UNITED
AL MERREIKH
18:00 GPA
VITA CLUB
18:00 ZAMALEK
ENUGU RANGERS
19:00 AL HILAL OMDURMAN
ASPL 2000
19:00 ETOILE DU SAHEL
TANDA
Serie A
13:30 SASSUOLO
BOLOGNA
16:00 CHIEVO
EMPOLI
16:00 FIORENTINA
CAGLIARI
16:00 INTERNAZIONALE
ATALANTA
16:00 NAPOLI
CROTONE
16:00 PESCARA
UDINESE
21:45 PALERMO
ROMA
CAF Confederation Cup
17:00 CLUB AFRICAIN
RSLAF
18:00 ASEC MIMOSAS
APEJES ACADEMY
18:15 AZAM
MBABANE SWALLOWS
18:30 AL AHLY SHENDI
SUPERSPORT UNITED
19:00 DJOLIBA
AL MASRY
21:00 MAGHREB FÈS
SPORTING GAGNOA
Cup
15:00 ACORNBUSH UNITED
CAPE TOWN CITY
15:00 DAYS
MBOMBELA UNITED
15:00 EC BEES
ORLANDO PIRATES
15:00 GOLDEN ARROWS
MARITZBURG UNITED
FA Cup
16:00 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
MILLWALL
Bundesliga
16:30 SCHALKE 04
AUGSBURG
18:30 HAMBURGER SV
BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH
Eredivisie
13:30 WILLEM II
PEC ZWOLLE
15:30 FEYENOORD
AZ
15:30 RODA JC
GRONINGEN
17:45 AJAX
TWENTE
Primeira Liga
18:00 BOAVISTA
MARÍTIMO
20:00 RIO AVE
MOREIRENSE
22:15 VITÓRIA GUIMARÃES
ESTORIL
Ligue 1
16:00 SAINT-ÉTIENNE
METZ
18:00 OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS
TOULOUSE
22:00 LORIENT
PSG
Premiership
14:00 CELTIC
RANGERS
Segunda División
21′
0 ALMERÍA
0 HUESCA
17:00 SEVILLA II
GIMNÀSTIC TARRAGONA
19:00 CÁDIZ
RAYO VALLECANO
19:00 REUS DEPORTIU
GIRONA
21:30 GETAFE
TENERIFE
Primera División
23′
0 REAL SOCIEDAD
0 ATHLETIC CLUB
17:15 DEPORTIVO LA CORUÑA
BARCELONA
19:30 CELTA DE VIGO
VILLARREAL
21:45 REAL MADRID
REAL BETIS
Serie B
16:00 NOVARA
PRO VERCELLI
16:00 TERNANA
TRAPANI
18:30 VICENZA
PISA

Southafrica, Sports, Zimbabwe

UNITING AFRICA IN FOOTBALL: Q & A WITH KHAMA BILLIATBy osward kayange⚽

UNITING AFRICA IN FOOTBALL: Q & A WITH KHAMA BILLIAT

 


Following the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, we spoke to the PSL Player of the Year, Billiat about his life away from Zimbabwe and in SA
Goal spoke to Mamelodi Sundowns talisman Khama Billiat. The 26-year-old shared his experiences as a Zimbabwean living in South Africa and expressed how the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has played such an important role in his development.
Goal: What impact has moving to South Africa had on your football career?
Billiat: I think it has had a huge impact on my career because I have been recognised here and enjoy my football. Also it has brought the best out of myself and (I have) been able to experience the (Caf) Champions League with different clubs in Africa. It has really done a lot.
Goal: Which South African experienced players inspired and developed your game?
Billiat: There are a couple of them, players such as Surprise Moriri, Esrom Nyandoro, (Thembinkosi) Terror Fanteni. I played with Matthew Booth and Brent Carelse. All those people played a huge role in my career.
Goal: Were you a fan of the PSL from childhood, and why did you want to move to SA?
Billiat: Firstly, I was a fan of the PSL. When I was at home or at the clubhouse with the team I was playing for back home (in Zimbabwe) we used to watch the PSL. Certain teams we used to support, I remember Knowledge Musona playing and I supported Bloemfontein Celtic. We grew up looking up to the PSL and it was a dream for us coming this side.
Goal: What do you think of the stadiums, soccer facilities and infrastructure here?
Billiat: It’s really good, looking from where we come from it’s something different. The atmosphere going to the game, it’s all different. The games are televised and it’s another motivation on its own. So you live a professional life towards your potential than just being in a disadvantaged league by not getting to experience a lot. But you get to explore when you come here and get to live a professional life. It’s really good for our career.
Goal: How is the quality of life in South Africa for yourself, your family and children?
Billiat: It’s another level, you always grow up, you always looking forward to the best and you try by all means to live the best life you can lead for yourself and your family. Everything is just on a different level.
Goal: Besides your home nation, are there any other countries in Africa you’d like to play club football in?
Billiat: I’m not really sure when I’ll leave but for now I am enjoying football in South Africa. I don’t know about other leagues. For now, I am enjoying South Africa and I would only want to play overseas right now.
Goal: What is your opinion of the xenophobic attacks in SA?
Billiat: I just think in Africa we are one nation. I don’t think it is great what is happening. South Africa has been best to me and it has been home to me. It’s really sad to see our fellow brothers becoming something like that and forgetting we are one family. No one is here to harm anyone, we are just here to be happy and together. It is really sad when people start fighting over something that people are not there for. I just believe it is not good but I don’t want to believe this will happen again. I just wish that everyone would just realise that we are one people who come from the same land.
Goal: Have you experienced discrimination on the account of being a foreigner in SA or anywhere else?
Billiat: Personally, I’ve never experienced that. I’ve been welcomed everywhere I go and people have been so nice to me. I want to believe that everyone is treated the same and feels at home.
Goal: How welcome have you felt at the club and amongst all soccer followers in SA?
Billiat: I’ve been treated like a local guy and I’ve never seen discrimination from anyone that has been around me. It’s just amazing, I feel so welcomed and people are so nice everywhere I go. At Ajax Cape Town they welcomed me and here at Mamelodi Sundowns it has been the same. So I believe it’s happening everywhere and not happening only to me.
Goal: What message do you have for the South African public and soccer fans to unite all people in this continent?
Billiat: I just want to say, we thank God with the talent he gave us and we want to believe that we are making football better every time. We want to believe we make them happy. Football is just a game where it brings everyone together and to enjoy. That is all about football, to enjoy, to have fun and to bring everyone together. It is the best sport ever I want to believe. We must come together and be a family and enjoy football at its best, as long as we become united, football will always grow and take us to another level.

Malawi, Southafrica, World, zambia, Zimbabwe

Malawi has made a cut into the top ten countries that have seen an incessant rise in life expectancy since the year 2000.

Malawi has made a cut into the top ten countries that have seen an incessant rise in life expectancy since the year 2000.

This is according to a recent report on life expectancy by medical journal The Lancet in its study which looks at changes in bad health years since 2000 to see where people are living a longer, healthier life.
‘’When we deduct healthy life expectancy from actual life expectancy, we see the average amount of years someone can expect to live in bad health – or ‘Bad Health Years,’’ reads an introduction of the report.
Bad Health Years emanate from subtracting from the life expectancy.
Malawi has one of the biggest increasing life expectancy levels.
Interestingly, all the ten nations are found in Africa.
Malawi is on the list alongside Niger, Ethiopia, Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.
“This is as a result of ‘great progress in health and development since the turn of the century,” the report says.
The report however notes that nearly every country on the planet has seen an increase in life expectancy since the beginning of the 21st century.
Only two nations did not register an improvement in life expectancy: Iraq and Syria. Life expectancy in Iraq stagnated, while in Syria it has decreased by 3 years.
In the study, the journal makes mention that life expectancy is used to measure the number of years a person can expect to live in good health, taking social and economic factors into account alongside disease and disability rates.
Swift internet searches reveal that life expectancy in Africa has increased by 9.4 years since 2000 due to several factors, including improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretroviral treatment.
Malawi’s levels go up to +15 with Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Uganda all squaring up for 18.
Niger and Congo are at +12 while Tanzania is at +13 and Zimbabwe at 14.
There have been -9 Bad Health Years in Malawi since the year 2000, according to the report.
By 2012, internet results show that life expectancy in Malawi was at 54.72 years.
According to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) data published in 2015, life expectancy in Malawi is: male 56.7, female 59.9 and total life expectancy is 58.3 which gives Malawi a World Life Expectancy ranking of 165.
A report published by the Financial Times in 2016 said that Malawi had been on the lead in Africa with life expectancy.
It indicated that life expectancy at birth rose 42 per cent from 44.1 years in 2000 to 62.7 in 2014, according to data from the World Bank.
Malawi’s top 50 causes of death, according to worldlifeexpectancy.com are HIV/AIDS – which places Malawi on position 8 on world rankings for causes of deaths; Stroke, Influenza and Pneumonia, Coronary Heart Disease, Diarrhoeal diseases, Malaria, Cervical Cancer, Malnutrition among others.
HIV/AIDS for example causes up to 29.32% of deaths in Malawi while Malaria accounts for 6.81% of deaths.

World, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe seeks foreign help for flood victims

Zimbabwe seeks foreign help for flood victims

 

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Kasukuwere says nearly 2 000 people were left homeless, 74 schools were damaged and 70 dams had burst.
Zimbabwe ppealed for international help for victims of floods, that have left 246 people dead and displaced hundreds since December, when torrential rains started pounding a country emerging from severe drought .
An El Nino -induced drought last year scorched crops in the southern African country, leaving more than 4 million in need of food aid, but Zimbabweans now have to contend with floods after receiving above-normal rains.
Minister for local government Saviour Kasukuwere said floods had swept through villages in the southern and south western parts of Zimbabwe, destroying roads, crops and livestock and forcing people into temporary government shelter.
Kasukuwere says nearly 2 000 people were homeless, 74 schools were damaged and 70 dams had burst.
President Robert Mugabe’s cash-strapped government has struggled to manage the inundation, whose effects were most severe in the areas hit hardest by last year’s drought.
Urban areas have not been spared, with many roads badly damaged.
“I am therefore appealing to the development partners, private sector and general public, inclusive of those in the diaspora, to rally with the government to support the emergency relieve programmes,” Kasukuwere says in a statement.
The government is seeking tents, drugs and food for those displaced by the floods, he added.

Zimbabwe

IN PICTURES: Mugabe’s 93rd birthday

 

Zimbabwe

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Matobo – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday with a lavish party on Saturday attended by thousands of loyalists outside the second city of Bulawayo.
According to AFP, The ruling Zanu-PF party hosted the event for Mugabe, who has held power since 1980 during a reign marked by repression of dissent, vote-rigging and the country’s economic collapse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the world’s oldest national leader, his actual birthday on Tuesday has been honoured in a week-long extravaganza with state media filled with tributes and praise.
The party – held in a large marquee decorated with portraits of a younger Mugabe – included a feast and several vast birthday cakes, angering some Zimbabweans as the country endures severe food shortages.
One of cakes was shaped like Mugabe’s official Mercedes Benz limousine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holding the event at a school in Matobo has also riled locals as it is close to where many victims of Mugabe’s deadly crackdown on dissidents in the early 1980s are thought to be buried.
At least 20 000 people are believed to have been killed in the massacres by North Korean-trained Zimbabwean troops, according to rights groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This should not be a place for celebration,” Mbuso Fuzwayo, spokesman for the Bulawayo-based campaign group Ibhetshu Likazulu, told AFP.
“The whole area is a crime scene where the bones of victims of the massacres are buried.”
See pictures from the birthday celebration below.