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Claudio Ranieri: Leicester City sack Premier League-winning manager

Manager Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City, nine months after leading them to the Premier League title.

The Foxes are one point above the relegation zone with 13 matches left.

“The board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest,” read a statement.

Ranieri, 65, guided the Foxes to the title despite them being rated 5,000-1 shots at the start of the campaign.

His departure comes less than 24 hours after a 2-1 defeat at Spanish side Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Foxes took the Premier League title by 10 points but have won just five top-flight games this season, and could become the first defending champions to be relegated since 1938.

They have lost their past five league matches and are the only side in the top four English divisions without a league goal in 2017.

“His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question,” added the Foxes statement.

“However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the club’s Premier League status under threat.”

Earlier this month, Leicester gave their “unwavering support” to the Italian, who was appointed manager in July 2015 and signed a new four-year deal in August 2016.

“After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad,” said former Foxes striker Gary Lineker.

‘Club interests above sentiment’

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha:

“This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City. But we are duty-bound to put the club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be.

“Claudio has brought outstanding qualities to his office. His skilful management, powers of motivation and measured approach have been reflective of the rich experience we always knew he would bring to Leicester City. His warmth, charm and charisma have helped transform perceptions of the club and develop its profile on a global scale. We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us to achieve.

“It was never our expectation that the extraordinary feats of last season should be replicated this season. Indeed, survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign. But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games.”

What next?

Leicester’s next game in their fight for Premier League survival comes when they host Liverpool on Monday.

Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and first-team coach Mike Stowell will take charge of the squad until a new manager is appointed.

Ranieri’s compatriots Paolo Benetti and Andrea Azzalin, both key members of his coaching staff, have left the club.

“The board will now begin the recruitment process and will make no further comment until that process is completed,” Leicester added.

Analysis – ‘How can Claudio be gone?’

BBC Radio Leicester’s Ian Stringer:

“I can’t believe it. I was in Seville on Wednesday, they got an away goal and the fans were really happy on the streets after Jamie Vardy scored.

“He’s gone. How can Claudio be gone? The greatest achievement ever. They are not in the relegation zone, the stadium has been singing his name and it’s been very loud.

“I think there will be a split. He is a hero, they could build a statue of him in the next month and no-one would bat an eyelid, the greatest manager ever at this club. But is he the man to get you out of a relegation fight?

“The chairman is a Thai businessman; a billionaire; a very successful man. He kept the faith with Nigel Pearson when he struggled but brand Leicester City is very different these days.

“A big decision, a big call, but still surprising.” BBC Sport

Robert Mugabe lifts lid on arms-for-minerals deal with China

HARARE,– President Robert Mugabe has, for the first time, gone public with some details of an arms-for-minerals deal his government entered with China a few years ago.

Speaking during his 93rd birthday interview aired on state television on Monday night, Mugabe revealed he had met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Xinping, in Beijing on January 9 to discuss the deal, among other issues.

“They (Zimbabwe’s military) felt I should raise the issue (relating to) the platinum claim they gave to a Chinese company to exploit so the money therefrom can be used to secure and pay the debt which they have (arising from) arms procured from China,” Mugabe said, when asked about the January meeting with Xi.

There has been speculation about the Zimbabwe military’s deals with China, whose influence in Harare has grown since the early 2000s when the West imposed military and economic embargoes in protest over mounting rights abuses and allegations of electoral fraud.

On May 6, 2014, Chinese embassy economic and commercial counselor Han Bing told The Source that Beijing wanted Zimbabwe to use its mineral proceeds to guarantee any future loans after finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa admitted that China was apprehensive about extending financial aid to the debt-ridden southern African nation.

The use of minerals as collateral was already an accepted principle, Han said then.

However, Mugabe’s government has, until now, refused to comment on reports that it was mortgaging the country’s mineral wealth to secure arms from China.

His comments also follow the high-profile collapse of Anjin, a diamond mining partnership between Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company Ltd of China (AFECC) and Matt Bronze, an investment vehicle controlled by Zimbabwe’s military.

The Zimbabwe government took over total control of all Marange diamond operations — throwing out its erstwhile partners — in a move it said was meant to consolidate the sector and improve transparency and accountability. A report by the private Zimbabwe Independent said the military had received $78 million from Anjin between 2011, at the start of the firm’s diamond sales, and 2014.

Although Mugabe did not reveal the name of the Chinese firm he referred to, the state-owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) has two platinum mining joint ventures with the Chinese.

In 2006, the ZMDC announced it had set up Global Platinum Resources in partnership with arms manufacturer China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco), handing over platinum concessions seized from Impala Platinum’s Zimplats. ZMDC also has a platinum joint venture with Chinese firm Shin Zim.

But it is the partnership with Norinco which has, in the past, been accused of quarterbacking China’s arms-for-resources deals with Iraq, during Saddam Hussein’s rule, and lately, with South Sudan, that appears significant.

It is not known how much the arms Zimbabwe has imported from China are worth. In 2008, an arms shipment for Zimbabwe was turned away by unionists at a South African port.

In 2009, the Airforce of Zimbabwe bought a fleet of K-8 trainer jets, which reports at the time claimed as worth $240 million.

This week, a Parliamentary Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security reported that the Airforce of Zimbabwe was $61 million in debt.

Global Platinum Resources, which ZMDC says is still at the pre-feasibility stage, more than a decade after the joint venture was born, recently drew fire from an impatient Walter Chidhakwa, Zimbabwe’s mines minister.
Chidhakwa told The Source in a September 24 interview that he had summoned the firm’s representatives to explain the delay in launching operations, for which they had been licenced in 2011.

“They are supposed to brief me where they are because the statement I have made is we will not tolerate people who sit on claims,” Chidhakwa told The Source in the 2014 interview.

“So they have indicated a desire to come and see me and tell me (where they are), so I’m waiting for them to come and see me and tell me where they are and what they intend to do.”

In his ZTV interview, Mugabe did hint at Harare’s frustrations with Beijing’s reluctance to implement projects, but admitted that Zimbabwe’s inability to pay for past loans was a major stumbling block to deeper economic co-operation. Zimbabwe owes China close to $1 billion.

In response to a question on why China seemed to invest more in other African countries than in Zimbabwe, which professes to having a special relationship with the Asian giant, Mugabe said: “I don’t know what they are giving other countries but it depends on our capacity not only to absorb the funding, but to ensure also that we repay what we should repay.”

“Some of the funds are not gratuitous, they are not grants. They are debts, loans that are being extended to us and we should be able to repay or start repaying them. When we fail to do so then our friends say ah, but what is happening?”

Zimbabwe’s commercial ties with China came under strain in 2016 when the government seized diamond mining concessions from seven firms operating there, including the Chinese-run Anjin and Jinan mines.

Although China has gained a foothold in Zimbabwe’s retail sector, the country’s significant investments have been in infrastructure.

China’s Sino Hydro is currently working on expanding Zimbabwe’s 750 megawatt Kariba South power plant, putting up $320 million to add 300MW in a project valued at $533 million. Sino Hydro has also been awarded a contract to add 600MW to the 920MW Hwange thermal power plant for an estimated $1.3 billion.

China has also built a $100 million defence college on the outskirts of Harare and recently completed the $150 million upgrade of the Victoria Falls International Airport. -Source

Zimbabwe holds its breath as the World’s oldest demagogue turns 93

As the world’s oldest head of state approaches his 93rd birthday on Tuesday, Zimbabwe has been planning a party for thousands of people in honor of President Robert Mugabe. For weeks, state television has led its broadcasts with tributes.

But those closest to Mugabe, who has led this southern African nation for nearly four decades, appear to be finally looking ahead to a future without him, amid uncertainty.

The ruling ZANU-PF party has already endorsed Mugabe as its candidate in next year’s election, and the president has declared that he would like to live until he’s 100 and rule for life.

In an interview published Sunday ahead of his birthday, Mugabe said he wasn’t ready to step down, adding that he would not groom a successor either.

“A successor is groomed by the people. The majority of the people feel that there is no replacement; a successor who to them is acceptable, as acceptable as I am,” he was quoted as saying by the state-run Sunday Mail newspaper.

Analysts say recent statements by his wife, however, might be more telling as Mugabe shows signs of slowing down.

Headlining her first political rally in months on Friday, First Lady Grace Mugabe spoke to a crowd of thousands not about the birthday celebrations but about the possibility of her husband’s death.

“If God decides to take him, then we would rather field him as a corpse” in the upcoming election, she said. “We will put his name on the ballot paper just to show that people love their president.”

The first lady has previously said she would get her husband a wheelchair if necessary and push it for him so that he can continue to rule.

Attention, however, is on a post-Mugabe scenario, said political analyst Alexander Rusero.

In the event of the president’s death, resignation or incapacity, the first vice-president takes over for the remainder of the term, according to the constitution.

The catch is that Zimbabwe has two vice presidents. Both belong to bitterly opposing factions and neither is designated as the official first vice president.

This could mean a messy succession, say legal experts.

“But then, that is how Mugabe has played it all along, ensuring that his succession remains a mystery by playing one faction against the other,” said Gabriel Shumba, a human rights lawyer and chairman of the South Africa-based Zimbabwe Exiles Forum.

“It may have served him well, but the downside is that Zimbabwe will be plunged into horrible uncertainty once he is gone.”

Mugabe has led the ZANU-PF party since 1975 and has been the country’s leader since 1980, when Zimbabwe attained independence from white minority rule.

Admired as a statesman during the early years of independence for reconciling with the country’s former colonizers, Mugabe later became an international pariah following alleged human rights abuses and electoral irregularities.

The country’s once-prosperous economy is imploding, bringing more pressure from the opposition and frustration from a restless population.

The government has failed to pay salaries on time since June, public hospital doctors are on strike and cash shortages are driving the economy to the edge. Nationwide protests broke out last year, rallied via social media.

Amid these troubles, it is the political uncertainty that has caused the most concern. Even the president has grumbled. “Some are busy plotting succession in the party, they say: ‘When will this old man die? He is refusing to die,” he said in November.

A key figure in the succession talk is Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also justice minister and an associate of Mugabe dating to the guerrilla war against minority rule in what was then Rhodesia.

Then there is “G40,” short for Generation 40, a group of younger ruling party members that is associated with Mugabe’s 51-year-old wife.

Grace Mugabe has said she has no plans to be president. But recent statements by the party’s youth leader, who is closely associated to her, that Mugabe should only be replaced by a Mugabe has fueled speculation that she could be positioning herself to take power.

Grace Mugabe has been raising her political profile, headlining rallies where she donates tons of clothing, rice and cooking oil.

“When you are cooking, always remember this delicious food came from mother,” she said on Friday. Associated Press

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Grandpa Robert Mugabe sinks to new depth as he trades insults with Malema

‘Who is Malema?’ asked the 92-year-old Zimbabwean president.

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has responded to remarks made by EFF leader Julius Malema against him in January this year.

The EFF leader called on the Zimbabwean president to step down and allow other young leaders to lead the poverty stricken country. Malema said the 92-year-old president (who’ll soon be 93) can’t even hold a spade. He called “comrades in the Zanu-PF” cowards for failing to remove Mugabe, who has been in power since 1987.

“Zimbabwe’s situation is bad. President Mugabe can’t even control a spade. That’s how old he is. He’s no longer capable of discharging his responsibilities. We don’t hate the man. They can respond and insult us.

“They are a group of cowards, those comrades in Zanu-PF. To be scared to say to an old man like President Mugabe, ‘Please, with due respect, let go!’

“President Mugabe must let go! The legacy of the land question … we will carry it. We are following in his footsteps. We are proud of the actions he has taken. But his overstay is not doing justice on the African revolution project. He is destroying his own legacy. It’s bad.”

Mugabe, who has indicated that he intends to stand for re-election in 2018, says Zimbabweans still want him to run for elections, and he will do so until his party decides otherwise.

“Do you listen to anything from Malema? Who is Malema? The call to step down must come from my party; my party at congress; my party at central committee. [In such circumstances] I will step down,” the Zimbabwean president said during an interview with The Sunday News.

He added that he’d resign if he felt he was no longer physically fit to do his job.

“But then what do you see? It’s the opposite. They want me to stand for elections, they want me to stand for elections everywhere in the party … Of course if I feel that I can’t do it any more, I will say so to my party so that they relieve me. But for now I think I can’t say so … The majority of the people feel that there is no replacement; [a] successor who to them is acceptable, as acceptable as I am.” – Nehanda Radio

Christians in quandry as religious beliefs clash with tradition

THE recent clash between Johanne Masowe WeChishanu Bethlehem of Judea and a bereaved Budiriro family saw the family having to delay the burial of its four members after the church denied them body viewing.

This has brought to the fore the quandary that believers face when religious beliefs and traditions clash.

The deceased suffocated in a well last week.

The burial of Mr Cleopas Jokomera (63) and sons Maclliff, Tom and Cleopas Jr was postponed last Wednesday after church elders from the Johanne Masowe WeChishanu Bethlehem of Judea, where Mr Jokomera was a leader, said their church do not allow body viewing.

On Thursday, our sister paper, The Herald reported that there was a scuffle as church members blocked relatives from bringing down coffins from the truck transporting the bodies, stating that it was against church regulations to conduct body viewing.

In addition, they highlighted that the deceased leader had also handled some burials in the same manner and hence rules could not be bent for him.

By late Wednesday night, the bodies are reported to have been stuck in the truck.

According to the Webster’s Dictionary, tradition is a custom handed down from the past.

Professor of Sociology who is also the Bishop of Revival United Church of Christ, Marvellous Mhloyi, said while culture matches with tradition, religion is a belief system of the unseen.

“Christianity does not have to go hand in hand with tradition and culture because they are other Christian beliefs that do not agree with the two.

“However, body viewing sociologically brings closure to people. It doesn’t mean anything spiritually. Issues of body viewing came into place with the introduction of coffins,” she said.

“Body viewing is a matter of choice within a family. After death, the body is lifeless with no importance,” Prof Mhloyi added.

Chief Donald Kamba of Makoni District said intolerance means that religion is being used to destroy traditional values that inform the culture of African people.

“There is nothing religious, cultural, or traditional about banditry and insanity that define cases of cultism that are rampant in most so-called Christian organisations.

“Body viewing is a traditional practice that does not bar anyone from paying last respects to a person. Even the person suspected of taking the life of the dead person, whether through suspected witchcraft or food poisoning, is free to view the body,” Chief Kamba said.

“The Johanne Masowe scenario where family members were barred from viewing the body of their bloodline merely sharpens perspectives of the dire need to trace our roots and benefit from the incredible wisdom that underpins our traditions as a mirror of civilised behavior.

“The cardinal point that we are spiritual and hardly religious, if at all, is under the spotlight as people wonder what has become of us as an African people, with golden roots that speak humanity as found in morality, ethics and decency,” he said.

However, there seems to be confusion between the extent to which Christians can uphold religious beliefs while also observing their traditions as Africans.

Chairman of the Traditional Medical Practitioners Council, Sekuru Friday Chisanyu, said body viewing is permitted in the African way of life as a way of paying last respects and confirming if relatives are burying the correct body.

“Close elderly relatives and friends should actually view the whole body and confirm if every member of the body that makes up a person is still there.

“Many a times relatives of the deceased who remain behind will face many challenges because of the ignorance of not having performed the rituals required before their relative was buried,” Sekuru Chisanyu said.

“Relatives should bid farewell to the deceased before he or she goes back to the creator because this is where they came from. Some traditional practices and ethics never expire and hence should never be abandoned.

“In addition, witches are also within the churches and the reason for the denial of the body viewing is thus questionable. Why refuse body viewing? Body viewing was the way before and it should be conducted even now,” said Sekuru Chisanyu.

-SEKURU CHISANYU

“In my opinion, no African person will ever be able to live as a complete Christian; they will be lying to themselves considering Christianity is a foreign belief and we have our own way of life,” affirmed Sekuru Chisanyu.

Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe president, Bishop Johannes Ndanga said churches need to consider community relations even though they have regulations to observe.

“Body viewing is not sinful as said by members of apostolic churches who refuse to perform it. There are community relations that ought to be considered in such cases, even if body viewing was not allowed by the apostolic sect.

“People are always joined with society and hence there is need to compromise. The Johanne Masowe sect had to abandon the culture of burying people without coffins. Death is sacred and people should pay their last respects.

“Also there is no definite code for body viewing, it can be performed anyhow, depending on a combination of family beliefs,” Bishop Ndanga added.

Origins of body viewing

Chief Kamba

The tradition of body viewing has its merits in:
1 verifying that the person said to have died is in actual fact the one that has died,

2 ensuring even at the graveyard that the person lying in the grave is the same one viewed at the homestead and church,

3 confirming versions given by people assigned to bath, and clean the dead body as appropriate to cause of death and identity of the deceased,

4 avoiding incidences where relatives covet a person’s wealth and because of long absence from home. Some may invent his death, bury a goat or kill an innocent person in order to grab his property,

5 ensuring that everybody is given a fair and critical chance to give his last respects to the deceased,

6 qualifying a cultural norm that says the dead do no harm and even the sworn enemy of the deceased has the privilege to satisfy himself that the enemy is indeed dead and sends him off to his resting place through the practice of body viewing,

7 ensuring that even strangers can view the body and partake of food given to the mourners after the burial, a sign that the dead wishes good tidings even to strangers,

8 enforcing last physical impressions about the dead and this explains why burials are sometimes delayed to afford those who are far away the last chance to cast their eyes on the deceased. – Sunday Mail

Zimbabwe deports 62 Malawi nationals accused of being illegal immigrants

Zimbabwe immigration authorities have deported 62 Malawian nationals who were arrested because of lack of proper travel documents and exceeding their stay limits.

Malawians deported from Zimbabwe

Mwanza immigration spokesperson Senior Immigration Assistant Pasquale Zulu says among them are 12  women and two children below the age of two years.

“The International Organisation for Migration  facilitated their trip back into the country in a Zupco bus registration number ADS 4701” says Zulu.

Zulu reminds those who  travel outside the country to ensure they have valid documents and stay according to the days indicted  on stay permits to avoid embarrassment.

Government secures $17m for biometric voter registration kits

Government has now secured $17 million to fund the acquisition of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits for the 2018 elections, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) said yesterday.

Government had pledged $17 million while other development partners through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pledged the balance.

The biometric polling station-based voter registration process is supposed to be financed jointly by the government of Zimbabwe and the UNDP.

“I also want to make an announcement at this stage now that the government of Zimbabwe has come on board and has decided that it will fund the acquisition of the BVR kits instead of letting the UNDP do it on its own,” Zec chairperson Rita Makarau told a press briefing yesterday.

“It will fund whatever award is given to the bidder; they will fund that acquisition of BVR kits.”

Makarau could not be drawn to say why government had taken so long to come on board.

“I can’t speak on behalf of government, you would have to ask them but we are grateful they have come on board as this is a national process and we would have loved that they pay for everything right from the word go,” she said.

This comes after Zec and UNDP flighted a tender in December inviting potential local and international companies to supply the BVR kits. The tender closed on January 17.

Makarau also revealed that five companies had been shortlisted to supply the kits.

She said out of the 12 companies which were assessed, seven of the bids were non-compliant.

“Out of those five bids, three will be selected to then come into the country with their equipment on a selected date and to demonstrate on the ground what their equipment can do,” she said.

“After the site validation tests, we can award the tender to one supplier who will supply us with the BVR kits.

“The tendering process — because we were being financed by the UNDP — was done on the UNDP e-Platform which was run from Copenhagen.

“The bids were opened and we all witnessed the opening of the bids here through technology,” Makarau said.

The BVR process, which is expected to start next month, will be one of the key electoral processes which will culminate in the creation of a fresh voters’ roll and would capture biometrics such as a person’s unique physical traits and fingerprints among other things. Daily News

Bona Mugabe flirting on the phone with boyfriends as jealousy husband looks angry

A picture showing an apparently angry Simba Chikore and his wife Bona who appears to be in her own world has gone viral amidst claims that the ‘showbiz royal couple’ failed dismally to act for the photographers as they are expected to be close as a married couple.

In the pictures  Bona is busy  browsing and chatting on her mobile phone as if she was by herself.

Her glum looking husband Simba appears to be fixated on beautiful Miss Zimbabwe models showcasing in-front of him.

Many social media ‘practitioners’ felt sorry for Simba whom they say should have whacked his gold coated iphone to prove he has connections and life outside the ‘royal circus’.

simba-chikore-bona-mugabe-latest-controversial-pictureMugabe son-in-law ; daughter

Voices from the streets: Citizens speak their minds on the fall of Mujuru’s party

The recent circus that rocked Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First party has got Zimbabweans putting their thesis into the ring.

The citizens across town have been debating for much of this past week, as they try to unravel what could be the cause and their implications to the opposition politics in the country.

Gugulethu Gondo of Seke Village near Chitungwiza says; “I think ZPF is indeed a genuine opposition party, but it had been infiltrated by President Robert Mugabe’s men who were planted to distabilise it.”

She said in her opinion Mujuru could be honesty in that she is against Mugabe’s rule and would want him voted out in the next election.

“Mugabe is so calculative, soon after he expelled Mujuru from ZANU PF, he also intentionally send Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa packing  in disguise so that they found the party with Mujuru for later destruction,” added Gondo.

She went on to say that President Robert Mugabe knew Mujuru was capable of establishing a formidable opposition political party with a significant following hence the idea to plant Gumbo and Mutasa under false pretexts.

“They didn’t want Mujuru to join Tsvangirai, and the Mutasas and Gumbos are not happy seeing it happen because they are ZANU PF and don’t want to see Mugabe losing to MDC that would happen if Mujuru joins Tsvangirai,” she said.

Hazvinei Mukuwe of Unit O in Chitungwiza disagrees that Mujuru who has ZANU PF blood running through her veins and once pledged that she would remain ZANU PF to the bone is now a fully fledged figure. He instead says all of them have ZANU PF DNA.

He believes the whole ZimPF crew from Mujuru, Gumbo, Mutasa, and other seniors are a Mugabe’s creature.

He says even Jealous Mawarire; Mujuru’s spokesperson was once used by Mugabe to push for elections in 2013, the same as how he recently used a student in the case of the appointment of a Chief Justice.

“This is a Mugabe thing; he manipulates the system so that he can fragment the votes much to his advantage. One way or the other these guys will be readmitted into ZANU PF when the job is done,” he said.

He added that he feels sorry for the ZimPF followers for they have exposed themselves to Mugabe by claiming allegiance to Mujuru and Mugabe can now identify his enemies.

As if to cement the citizens’ guesses, President Mugabe once predicted that Mujuru’s party would break into sections and eventually fall sooner than later.

This recent havoc in Mujuru’s party, a party that had brought hope as evidenced by how it managed to have a sizable following in a short period of time that is second to MDC-T in terms of support base has dented the hopes of a united coalition. Though Mujuru has assured her supporters that the expulsions were not to affect the envisaged coalition of opposition parties, many have casted doubts of her party’s impact.

Even Morgan Tsvangirai who has been meeting his supporters across some provinces have been warned to be wary of fake opposition parties who might use this coalition thing to infiltrate his project, amid calls to do away with all parties who have nothing to bring to the negotiating table.

Is this the end of what seemed to be a best chance to dislodge Mugabe from his grip on power? Many have asked. Only time will tell.

Ruvheneko takes on critics

MEDIA personality and socialite, Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa, has dismissed claims that she was using facilities belonging to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals as a studio for her new online programme, in a suspected case of nepotism and abuse of State resources.

BY LORRAINE MUROMO

Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa

Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa

Ruvheneko, who is the daughter of Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa, told NewsDay on Monday that she was using the University of Zimbabwe’s multimedia resource centre at the hospital as “a paying client”, although she did not disclose how much she was paying.

“I am using the studios at the multimedia resource centre, which is part of the University of Zimbabwe. Anyone can pay to use the studios at the multimedia resource centre all year round,” she said.

“I am a paying client. The studios do not fall under Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and neither do they fall under the Ministry of Health and Child Care.”

Ruvheneko said she found it disturbing that people were making up stories about her without verifying the facts.

The vivacious television and radio personality resigned from her post of programmes manager at ZiFM Stereo radio station late last year and attributed her departure to political reasons.

She, however, indicated that her departure from the institution was not the end of her career, but the beginning of better and positive prospects, as she soon embarked on her own projects.

“Leaving ZiFM Stereo is not the end of my world or my career. God cannot be done with me yet. The station itself will never be the same without the many of us who have left, but who is to say that ‘change’ does not come with ‘better!’ It is positive and wise to know when to move on and let go. Timing is everything,” she said.

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