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NKULUMANI MLAMBO

BEITBRIDGE
- Kingdom Lifestyle Africa (Pvt) Ltd, a land and real estate development company has signed a memorandum of agreement with Beitbridge Town Council to service 167 upmarket stands in Eastlea, a low density suburb in the border town.
The project which is expected to take between six and eight months to complete will cost $1,8 million.
Beitbridge town secretary, Loud Ramagkapola confirmed the project in a telephone interview with The Mirror this week.
"We have signed an MOU with Kingdom Lifestyle for them to service residential stands in the Eastlea area; they will tar the roads and lay water pipes.
"Our business as a council is service delivery and this is why we sought a private company partner to do the servicing of stands," said Ramagkapola.
Eastlea which is 2km from the Central Business District is Beitbridge's most posh suburb with expensive houses that in Zimbabwe can only be matched by those seen in Harare's plush suburbs of Umwinsidale, Borrowdale and Chisipite.
The stands measure between 1 200 square metres and 3, 200 square metres.
Kingdom Lifestyle projects executive, Tichaona Sithole said work on the project is about to start with just a few more documents to be finalised. He added that some material for servicing was already on site.
"We are just about to begin work on the project and by May 10, 2016, we should start laying pipes. The pipes are already on site and these are being supplied by Turnall Zimbabwe from their Bulawayo branch.
"Our contract on the project involves clearing the land, building roads and tarring them, building bridges including the drainage and laying water pipes. We are not laying pipes for sewerage because the suburb will use sceptic tanks," said Sithole.
He said Kingdom Lifestyle will start by laying water pipes and then build roads.
Equipment for the construction of the roads has been sourced from XGMA Zimbabwe, said Sithole.
The suburb is going to have some stands for churches and crèches.
He said the company has flexible payment plans for customers who need the stands and enquiries can be made at the Kingdom Lifestyle offices which are on number 1631, Impala Drive Extension in Beitbridge.
The councillor for ward …, Max Chikovo in Eastlea expressed his delight at the project.
"The project is actually taking long we want it to start yesterday and I am happy that the company is delivering on its promise as we have seen water pipes being delivered at the site," said Chikovo.
Kingdom Lifestyle was incorporated in 2013 in Masvingo and has spread its wings to Harare, Gweru and Kadoma.
In Gweru they have developed stands in Montrose high density suburb and in Kadoma they are servicing Sabonabona low density area with over 60 stands.
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PRINCESS SIBANDA
MIDLANDS BUREAU

GWERU
- The Midlands State University (MSU) sports director James Muvirimi Chivivi is appealing for $150 000 to enable University athletes to attend the Federation of African University and College Sports (FASU games) to be held in South Africa from June 26 –  July 2 2016.
Chivivi told The Mirror that his university received the letter of invitation to the games last week.
"I am excited about this development and the huge contingent of athletes that we are taking to the regional games shows that we are the University of choice as far as sports development is concerned.
"I would like to see MSU excel in these sports that is why I am appealing for funds to cater for 124 athletes and 16 officials' transport and welfare during our travel and stay in South Africa," said Chivivi.
The invitation comes after MSU's third victory in a role at the recent Zimbabwe University Sports Association (ZUSA games). MSU came first after hauling 35 gold medals, 32 silver medals and 26 bronze medals; followed by the University of Zimbabwe with 29 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 8 bronze medals.
The FASU games consist of all gold medalists from the ZUSA games and Chivivi is looking at about $150 000.
"We are set to depart on June 24 and return on June 3, 2016," said Chivivi.sport news



VICTOR TIZIRAI/
WALTER MAFEKING

MASVINGO
– A four goal thriller failed to produce a winner in the season's Eastern Region Division 1 League opener at the ceremonial home of Masvingo soccer, Mucheke Stadium on Sunday.
Masvingo City FC aka The Citizens and former Premiership outfit Buffaloes FC shared the spoils in a 2 all stalemate during the season's opener which was attended by a sizable but vociferous crowd who urged their team from the first whistle to the end.
It was The Citizens who had the first clear chance to break the deadlock in the 27th minute after some poor defending by Buffaloes but the effort went over the bar much to the disappointment of the fans.
Edmore Nyadenga scored in the second half for The Citizens as they continued from where they left in the first half, piling pressure on Watungwa Watungwa as Buffaloes is affectionately known by its legions of supporters.
The match was a seesaw affair although the former Premiership side had an upper hand and were rewarded for their efforts in 57th minute when they found the back of the net through Kashtigu Zhowakinyu who gave The Citizens goalkeeper no chance with a powerful grounder.
Things got worse for The Citizens as Watungwa Watungwa added another one after Nigel Nazario Gezana converted a cheeky corner to make it 1-2.
Although City tried to come back into the game they found Buffaloes' defence unrelenting, with the midfield thwarting all their moves.
City's confidence grew as the game wore on despite being a goal down and they were awarded a late free kick after their midfielder had been tripped just outside the box which Josiah Chekeke curled into the top corner to level matters.sport news




TINASHE TIRIVAVI

MUTARE
- Midlands State University (MSU) has been crowned champions of the Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (ZUSA) games for the third time in a row at the just ended games hosted by Africa University (AU) in Mutare from April 14-17 last week.
MSU have been the champions since 2014 and managed to retain the top spot after scooping 35 gold medals in second place was University of Zimbabwe (UZ) with 29 gold medals and to complete the top three was Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) with 11 gold medals.
MSU Deputy Sports Director Kaves Zvapano said, ''Most of our teams play in the leagues, therefore, are already fit. We feel proud to win three times in a row.
ZUSA president Life Chemhere said that he is pleased with the level of competition exhibited at this year's competitions.
"I really enjoyed the level of competition that has been exhibited this year with special mention going to the GZU rugby team who were just on the field , the got the silver medal but they played well and I enjoyed watching them play," Chemhere said.
GZU sports director Percy Ngwenya said GZU is now becoming sporting powerhouse as witnessed by the team's progress in various disciplines.
 "The teams that qualified for the ZITISU, FISU and COSASA games will immediately commence training so they prepare well to be able to lift the GZU flag high," said Ngwenya. sport news   






NKULUMANI MLAMBO

MASVINGO
- Former Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president Dr Cuthbert Dube has said the current leadership acted too soon in lifting the suspensions and bans imposed on Asiagate culprits.
And indeed the same culprits immediately came back to haunt the Philip Chiyangwa-led executive.
Dr Dube was speaking in an interview with The Mirror after being asked to comment on the match fixing scandal that is rocking regional football again.
Former Zifa chief executive officer Henrieta Rushwaya player agent and ex-Ajax Cape Town player Edzai Kasinauyo, player agent Kudzi Shaba, former Zifa programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana, former Warriors coach and ex-Hwange coach Nation Dube allegedly attempted to manipulate the outcome of the Afcon Warriors qualifiers against Swaziland.
They were charged and Kasinauyo was immediately fired from the Zifa board by Phillip Chiyangwa, some have responded to the charges but others like Rushwaya have ignored the process.
The hearing of the cases have already started with Nation Dube appearing on Saturday last week.
Kasinauyo decided to take it up with the courts and his matter was dismissed as not urgent therefore, it will follow normal procedure.
Dube fought fierce battles with the alleged match fixers which saw him under immense attack from the State media, some of whose journalists were fingered in match fixing scandals.
Analysts said it was obvious that one of the reasons why Dube was kicked out of office was because the State media had ferociously attacked him for unearthing a scandal that roped in some of its journalists.
"The acted too soon and unfortunately it has backfired. When I spent four years trying to clean up the messy at Zifa some thought I had personal vendettas against some individuals yet that was not the case, in fact some of those implicated I did not even know them personally," said the Harare based business executive.
When contacted for a comment Itai Ndudzo, the Zifa lawyer said FIFA concluded the Asiagate matter in 2012 when they said ZIFA failed to adhere to its constitution when determining the cases.
"Note that FIFA conclusively determined the issue in 2012 as ZIFA did not follow its statutes in banning and suspending the concerned individuals as they put in place the Ibrahim Commission which is not in the ZIFA constitution, hence the bans were of no force at law.
"All what the new board did was to nullify the bans and suspensions in line with 2012 FIFA directive. The new board is starting the whole process afresh and you will find others being charged with both the Asiagate and Limpopogate," Ndudzo said.sport news


8 Council managers' vehicles attached

ELIZABETH MASHIRI
ZVISHAVANE BUREAU

ZVISHAVANE
– The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Saviour Kasukuwere is this week sending a team to investigate allegations of corruption at Zvishavane Town Council.
Kasukuwere confirmed this in an interview with The Mirror on Tuesday and said he was concerned with issues of governance at the local authority and the infightings that are stalling service to residents.
He told The Mirror that there were a lot of issues that needed to be investigated including allegations of corruption.
The investigations come barely a week after council chairman Esac Dube suspended Town secretary Tinoda Mukutu over issues of insubordination.
"I am sending a team to Zvishavane this week to investigate several issues. Town secretary Mukutu was suspended and l am receiving a lot of reports from that end," said Kasukuwere
He however said he would not make comments on Mukutu's  suspension until his office has made investigations.
"Yes Mukutu has been suspended but I cannot comment on the legality of the suspension at this stage. I need to make an enquiry first so that l give a well informed position.
"What I can tell you at this stage is that there are a lot of areas of concern at Zvishavane especial concerning governance," said Kasukuwere.local news


Lawyer sues for breach of contract as ...

MIRROR REPORTER

MASVINGO – A prominent Harare lawyer is demanding $2 000 from Nyaradzo Funeral Assurance Company for breach of contract after one of its bus drivers dumped mourners going to a funeral in Chivi, 25km before their destination.
The mourners who were travelling for Clarah Chishamba's funeral were left at Shokoni Business Centre instead of Chishamba Village in Chivi where burial was to take place.
The incident happened two weeks ago and the policy holder confirmed to The Mirror.
Prominent lawyer and law lecturer, Caleb Mucheche who was part of the cortege told Nyaradzo Chief Executive Officer, Philip Mataranyika in a scathing letter that mourners were dumped in the rain and at night.
He said the mourners were heavily drenched before small cars were organised to make trips to take them to the village.
"In a typical of adding insult to injury, the mourners were abandoned in the middle of the road at night in drizzle conditions and left stranded there whilst getting drenched in rain.
"The driver of the bus did not even have courtesy to mourners but unceremoniously ejected them from the bus in an undignified manner as if he was dealing with a bunch of common thieves at Mbare Musika," said Mucheche's letter.
Mucheche said in the letter that he saw no reason why the driver could not take the bus up to village because the road was good although it was a dust road. He said many other vehicles to the funeral went up to the doorsteps.
Mucheche said that vehicles had to be organised again to take mourners to the business centre where the Nyaradzo bus ranked.
He argued that leaving mourners before their destination was a breach of contract by Nyaradzo. He said an extra $2 000 was incurred in costs to make alternative arrangements and demanded that Nyaradzo make this compensation within seven days or face a lawsuit.
Nyaradzo had not responded to the letter of demand by the time of going to Press although it is understood that officials from the company visited the village.
Mucheche said Nyaradzo awfully contradicted its motto which depicts the funeral service company as Sahwira Mukuru (Dependable Buddie) by dumping mourners by the road side.
"The breach of contract arose from the fact that Nyaradzo Funeral Assurance Company bus dumped mourners who were going to attend a funeral, 25km before the actual destination at Shokoni Business Centre instead of Chishamba Village in Chivi.
"Your company prides itself as Sahwira Mukuru but the events of April 7, 2016 leaves a lot to be desired and dents the image which your company has been trying to potray. If anything, one can say that your company dismally failed to walk the talk," said Mucheche.local news