Ian Khama Slams Ruling Party

Former Botswana President Ian Khama slammed the ruling party after a candidate he backed withdrew from a leadership contest, saying it was rigged in favour of current president, Mokgweetsi Masisi. Former foreign minister, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi withdrew her candidature a few hours before a vote by party members last Friday, denouncing the process as a “sham”. It was the first time in the history of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled the country since independence more than half a century ago, that the presidential incumbent faced a public challenge…

Hundreds Attend Amagugu Food Expo

HUNDREDS of local and international visitors who attended the third edition of the Amagugu Food and Beverages expo have appealed to organisers of the annual event to, at least, host the expo twice a year, as they feel it brings a unique and brilliant experience. The week-long third edition of the event started on April 1 at Amagugu International Cultural Centre run by historian Pathisa Nyathi in Matopos, 60km along the Bulawayo-Kezi/Maphisa Road. The traditional food expo seeks to conscientise people on the nutritional value of traditional foods and beverages,…

Cowdray Park Mall Project Hit By Inflation

Sai Enterprises says it is reviewing its capital budget for the $12 million shopping complex in Bulawayo due to cost escalations. The multi-million-dollar complex, being set up in Bulawayo’s Cowdray Park suburb, is expected to house over 40 shops, banks, a medical service centre, fast foods and parking bays, among others. The company’s proprietor, Raj Modi, who is also Industry and Commerce deputy minister, told reporters that shortage of cement and price escalations experienced since last October had affected the project, causing them to miss deadlines. “We have to revise…

Mines Minister Neck-Dip In $111m Hwange Scam

Hwange Colliery in 2016 lost a $111 million loan from government to fund its revival due to mismanagement, reckless trading and money laundering which has sucked in Mines minister Winston Chitando, an audit report has revealed. Reynolds Tendai Muza, a forensic auditor and investigator with Ralph Bomment Greenacre and Reynolds noted in the audit report that Chitando — the current Mines minister, who was the Hwange Colliery board chairperson at the time in question, embarked on unethical practices during his tenure because a company transporting the bulk of the coal…

Thug Escapes Jail, Performs Community Service

A gold mine brute convicted last week over a savage attack on another man, which was captured on video, will not serve any jail time. Litten Chikowore, 35, of Waverely in Kadoma, was sentenced to eight months in jail by Kadoma magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba on Monday, but the whole sentence was conditionally suspended. Five months were set aside on condition he performs 175 hours of community service at Kadoma General Hospital, and a further three months were suspended on condition of good behaviour. Chikowore, the director of Kinum Start Mining…

Mushekwi Set To Bounce Back Into Warriors Camp

CHINA-based Warriors star striker Nyasha Mushekwi is set to bounce back into the senior national football team, and could be one of the team’s major inclusions when coach Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambga picks his squad for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals. Mushekwi has not played for Zimbabwe since the 2017 Afcon finals in Gabon, with reports suggesting that there was bad blood between him and a certain prominent official in the previous Zifa administration led by Philip Chiyangwa. He had vowed never to play again for the Warriors under…