Messi Proves Too Much for Lyon as Barca Reach CL Quarters

Lionel Messi came up just short of matching Christiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick a day earlier but still scored twice and set up two more as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. After Ronaldo’s treble on Tuesday for Juventus sent Atletico Madrid packing in Turin, Messi delivered his own symphony at the Camp Nou, where Lyon were outplayed save for a very brief period in the second half when they threatened a comeback in this last-16 tie.  “Cristiano yesterday was impressive,” Messi said afterwards. “It was…

Kenyan President Uhuru Meets Macron

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his guest, French President Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday pledged to boost business relations between the two countries even though the wider objective of their meeting was on regional security. Mr Macron, on the first State visit by a French President to Nairobi, told a joint press conference that he will seek to increase his country’s presence in Kenya. The two spoke amid security concerns, first caused by terror merchants and second the possibility of instability in the region, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mr…

‘Chamisa Must Denounce Sanctions’

MDC-Alliance leader Mr Nelson Chamisa must openly denounce the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the United States of America if he cares about the welfare of the country’s war veterans, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda has said.  Addressing war veterans at Masvingo Polytechnic in Masvingo yesterday, he said only Zanu-PF and the Government have the interests of war veterans at heart.  Matemadanda, who is also the Deputy Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, accused Mr Chamisa of lying by promising what he could…

Kwejani Band Is Back!

AFTER an eight-year hiatus, Victoria Falls’ sungura group Kwejani Band is back with a seven-track album.  Fronted by Sizwangendaba Ncube, the Jambezi-based band had starved its fans who had been questioning if the group was still in existence.   Ncube, together with bassist Moses Ndlovu and lead guitarist Michael Dube, are the only surviving members of the original Kwejani that was founded by the late Christopher Shoko. In an interview, Ncube said the new album titled Kungakonani was dedicated to naysayers who were saying the group is no longer relevant…

Zim, SA To Set-Up A One-Stop Border

Zimbabwe and South Africa have agreed on the establishment of the Beitbridge One-Stop Border Post as a way of addressing challenges faced by travellers between the two countries at the border post. This came out of the Third Session of the Bi-national Commission Summit of the two countries which ended in Harare on Tuesday. The Commission was informed that a joint technical committee was already in place. The joint commission, which was set up after the second session of the BNC last year, formed legal, procedures, ICT, infrastructure and human…

ED Commissions US$23,6m Internet Backbone

President Mnangagwa yesterday commissioned the US$23,6 million National Backbone Fibre Link in Beitbridge set to boost the country’ Information Communication Technology capacity and status as a regional communications hub. The link connects Beitbridge with Bulawayo, Harare, Masvingo and the rest of the country using underground cables. It will reduce TelOne operating costs by 40 percent and the benefit is expected to cascade to consumers. Funded by the China Export and Import Bank, the fibre link was constructed by TelOne and Chinese company Huawei Technologies. President Mnangagwa said the initiative will…