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Young Zimbabwean voters dream of ‘change’ – Africanews English

Just days before a national election to pick a president and lawmakers, one word is on the lips of most young Zimbabweans: “change”.
Yet, questions about who can deliver change and whether it might happen draw elusive or conflicting answers on the bustling and trafficked streets of Harare, the capital.
“There needs to be a change in almost everything, we need change,” said Tsitsi Chifura, a 22-year-old human resources student, echoing the concerns of many others at the lack of work opportunities.

“We have nothing to do, we are just sitting (around),” she said as she walked on the streets of the central business district.
About two-thirds of Zimbabweans are under 25, according to the United Nations.
Many will be voting for the first time on August 23, in an election where unemployment, estimated by economists at about 70 percent in the formal sector, is one of the top concerns.
Talk of change often implies support for the opposition, led by Nelson Chamisa, a 45-year-old lawyer and pastor. But almost no one says that out loud.
“I am scared,” said Valentine Kamupini a 25-year-old chef, adding he was still hoping for “a good result”, speaking a few blocks from a giant portrait of President Emmerson Mnangagwa which towers over the city.
The ruling ZANU-PF party, in power since independence in 1980 has a low tolerance for dissent and has been accused by rights groups of resorting to violence, repression and intimidation to secure a favourable vote.
Yet, analysts say the party’s long dominance might play against it at the ballot box.
‘Young blood’ vs ‘geriatrics'”Most young people are sick and tired…of being ruled by a geriatric lot,” said Zimbabwean political analyst Brian Kagoro.
Mnangagwa, who is seeking a second term, is 80 and came to power after a 2017 military-led coup that deposed the late Robert Mugabe, then 93.
“We need young blood that is energetic, fresh minds. The current one is old-fashioned,” said Tawanda Gwanzura, 28, also a chef, adding there would be “no change” if the government were to win.
Others believe Mnangagwa, who also promised change for Zimbabwe when he was first elected in 2018, is still the best candidate to deliver on that promise after the polls.
“We are looking for jobs. So I think with president Mnangagwa we will have jobs,” said Faustina Nyamhandu, 22, unemployed.
The president, who has been on a ribbon-cutting spree in recent weeks, “is making in-roads” she added.
Both ZANU-PF and Chamisa’s Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) have refreshed their ranks, filing youthful candidates for legislative and municipal elections, to woo young voters.
But some feel that doesn’t really matter, as amid widespread fears of rigging, their vote won’t count either.
“We all know the outcome,” said Mafadzwa Taruvinga, 24, explaining why she will not vote. “I think there will be no change at all”.

Just days before a national election to pick a president and lawmakers, one word is on the lips of most young Zimbabweans: “change”.

Yet, questions about who can deliver change and whether it might happen draw elusive or conflicting answers on the bustling and trafficked streets of Harare, the capital.

“There needs to be a change in almost everything, we need change,” said Tsitsi Chifura, a 22-year-old human resources student, echoing the concerns of many others at the lack of work opportunities.

“We have nothing to do, we are just sitting (around),” she said as she walked on the streets of the central business district.

About two-thirds of Zimbabweans are under 25, according to the United Nations.

Many will be voting for the first time on August 23, in an election where unemployment, estimated by economists at about 70 percent in the formal sector, is one of the top concerns.

Talk of change often implies support for the opposition, led by Nelson Chamisa, a 45-year-old lawyer and pastor. But almost no one says that out loud.

“I am scared,” said Valentine Kamupini a 25-year-old chef, adding he was still hoping for “a good result”, speaking a few blocks from a giant portrait of President Emmerson Mnangagwa which towers over the city.

The ruling ZANU-PF party, in power since independence in 1980 has a low tolerance for dissent and has been accused by rights groups of resorting to violence, repression and intimidation to secure a favourable vote.

Yet, analysts say the party’s long dominance might play against it at the ballot box.

‘Young blood’ vs ‘geriatrics’

“Most young people are sick and tired…of being ruled by a geriatric lot,” said Zimbabwean political analyst Brian Kagoro.

Mnangagwa, who is seeking a second term, is 80 and came to power after a 2017 military-led coup that deposed the late Robert Mugabe, then 93.

“We need young blood that is energetic, fresh minds. The current one is old-fashioned,” said Tawanda Gwanzura, 28, also a chef, adding there would be “no change” if the government were to win.

Others believe Mnangagwa, who also promised change for Zimbabwe when he was first elected in 2018, is still the best candidate to deliver on that promise after the polls.

“We are looking for jobs. So I think with president Mnangagwa we will have jobs,” said Faustina Nyamhandu, 22, unemployed.

The president, who has been on a ribbon-cutting spree in recent weeks, “is making in-roads” she added.

Both ZANU-PF and Chamisa’s Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) have refreshed their ranks, filing youthful candidates for legislative and municipal elections, to woo young voters.

But some feel that doesn’t really matter, as amid widespread fears of rigging, their vote won’t count either.

“We all know the outcome,” said Mafadzwa Taruvinga, 24, explaining why she will not vote. “I think there will be no change at all”.

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‘Controversial’ economist Gift Mugano fired from ZimTrade Board; hints at contesting his removal – New Zimbabwe.com

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ECONOMIST Gift Mugano has been fired from the ZimTrade Board for allegedly making disparaging remarks against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration over the faltering economy.
He is also accused of siding with Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa amid claims by presidential spokesperson George Charamba that he drafted the CCC’s 2023 elections manifesto, allegations that he swiftly rejected.
In a letter addressed to Mugano, Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, James Manzou said the termination of Mugano’s membership from the ZimTrade Board was with immediate effect.
“I wish to inform you that the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has terminated your membership from the ZimTrade Board in terms of Article 10 of the Constitution of ZimTrade as read with Section 16 of the Public Entities and Corporate Governance Act (Chapter 10:31). The termination is with immediate effect.
“I wish to thank you for the services rendered to the Board and the Ministry and to wish you well in your future endeavours,” wrote Manzou.
ZimTrade is a joint venture between the Government of Zimbabwe and the private sector to promote local exports.
Section 16 of the Public Entities and Corporate Governance Act (Chapter 10:31) provides for the appointment and removal of board members of public entities.
The section outlines the grounds for the removal of board members, which include misconduct or incompetence, failure to attend board meetings without reasonable cause, conflict of interest, and conviction of a criminal offence, among others.
In his brief response on X, Mugano hinted he won’t go down without a fight.
“Fired from the ZimTrade Board by the appointing authority before the end of my term. This is part of the strategies of Government of Zimbabwe aimed at silencing alternative voices. It will not work on me. Zimbabwe is for us all and our views matter,” he said.
In recent weeks, Mugano has been critical of the government’s economic policies.
His last post on X prior to his axing, Mugano wrote a long thread criticising Zanu PF for failing to fix the economy and mocking Mnangagwa for the snub by opposition legislators during the official opening of the 10th Parliament Tuesday.
“I am trying to frame how the economy will look like going forward – all I see is darkness. Let me break this down for the layman: How possible is it for the GoZ to pursue international engagement which is key to driving economic development when at home the same govt is harassing the opposition?
“Yesterday, @CCCZimbabwe MPs didn’t attend the official opening of Parliament by @edmnangagwa rendering the whole process to a Zanu PF caucus.
“Of significance is the fact that millions of Zimbabweans, that is, both those who voted @CCCZimbabwe and those who couldn’t vote for various reasons but have a CCC DNA are in support of this move and will continue to have these kind of protests in the future.
“It is given that going forward national consensus on national developmental issues will be elusive.”
Over the years, Mugano represented the country at various forums on trade negotiations and investment missions abroad (Heads of State & Government Summits, Council of Ministers, Senior Officials of Trade & Technical Committees) at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.
He has done consultancy for DFID, British Council, the Parliament of Zimbabwe, NIR Sweden, GIZ and UNFPA.
At one time he served as interim board chairman of struggling ZiscoSteel before resigning in June 2020 citing interference by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube, and was registrar at Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU).

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ECONOMIST Gift Mugano has been fired from the ZimTrade Board for allegedly making disparaging remarks against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration over the faltering economy.

He is also accused of siding with Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa amid claims by presidential spokesperson George Charamba that he drafted the CCC’s 2023 elections manifesto, allegations that he swiftly rejected.

In a letter addressed to Mugano, Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, James Manzou said the termination of Mugano’s membership from the ZimTrade Board was with immediate effect.

“I wish to inform you that the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has terminated your membership from the ZimTrade Board in terms of Article 10 of the Constitution of ZimTrade as read with Section 16 of the Public Entities and Corporate Governance Act (Chapter 10:31). The termination is with immediate effect.

“I wish to thank you for the services rendered to the Board and the Ministry and to wish you well in your future endeavours,” wrote Manzou.

ZimTrade is a joint venture between the Government of Zimbabwe and the private sector to promote local exports.

Section 16 of the Public Entities and Corporate Governance Act (Chapter 10:31) provides for the appointment and removal of board members of public entities.

The section outlines the grounds for the removal of board members, which include misconduct or incompetence, failure to attend board meetings without reasonable cause, conflict of interest, and conviction of a criminal offence, among others.

In his brief response on X, Mugano hinted he won’t go down without a fight.

“Fired from the ZimTrade Board by the appointing authority before the end of my term. This is part of the strategies of Government of Zimbabwe aimed at silencing alternative voices. It will not work on me. Zimbabwe is for us all and our views matter,” he said.

In recent weeks, Mugano has been critical of the government’s economic policies.

His last post on X prior to his axing, Mugano wrote a long thread criticising Zanu PF for failing to fix the economy and mocking Mnangagwa for the snub by opposition legislators during the official opening of the 10th Parliament Tuesday.

“I am trying to frame how the economy will look like going forward – all I see is darkness. Let me break this down for the layman: How possible is it for the GoZ to pursue international engagement which is key to driving economic development when at home the same govt is harassing the opposition?

“Yesterday, @CCCZimbabwe MPs didn’t attend the official opening of Parliament by @edmnangagwa rendering the whole process to a Zanu PF caucus.

“Of significance is the fact that millions of Zimbabweans, that is, both those who voted @CCCZimbabwe and those who couldn’t vote for various reasons but have a CCC DNA are in support of this move and will continue to have these kind of protests in the future.

“It is given that going forward national consensus on national developmental issues will be elusive.”

Over the years, Mugano represented the country at various forums on trade negotiations and investment missions abroad (Heads of State & Government Summits, Council of Ministers, Senior Officials of Trade & Technical Committees) at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.

He has done consultancy for DFID, British Council, the Parliament of Zimbabwe, NIR Sweden, GIZ and UNFPA.

At one time he served as interim board chairman of struggling ZiscoSteel before resigning in June 2020 citing interference by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube, and was registrar at Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU).

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Apostolic Gathering Concert on cards – The Herald

Apostolic Gathering Concert on cards

Arts Reporter
Organisers for the much-awaited gospel concert dubbed “The Apostolic Gathering” scheduled for next Sunday at Rainbow Towers, have said preparations are at an advanced stage, with the show being free to general access.
Hosted by the multi-award choral group Zimpraise Choir, the event will see some seasoned musicians such as Everton Mlalazi, Kuda Mutsvene, Ellard and Sharon Cherayi, Janet Manyowa, Jonah Chivasa, Tembalami Praise, Joyful Praise, Spirit Praise and Sir Benjamin Rupapa sharing the stage.
In an interview with The Herald Arts, Zimpraise chief executive and founder member Joseph Madziyire said gospel fans welcomed the move to have the show on Sunday.
“We are happy with the response so far after we released the list of musicians who are expected at this gathering concert,” he said.
“It will happen on Sunday in the afternoon after church services in some denominations. The musicians have all confirmed and are geared to perform with some started rehearsals.”
Madziyire said Zimpraise Choir will also sing with some of the musicians on the line-up.
“Though it will be a Sunday, we will try to maximise the time we have and we have spoken with the artistes on their playlists if they can include the crowd’s favourite song so that fans are not short-charged due to the time limit of the artistes. Also as ZimPraise, we are going to sing with some of the stars as backing vocalists,” he said.
Commenting on the free entry, Madziyire said since the festive season was close, it was part of giving back to the community.
“Yes, the event is free but only at the balcony of the giant auditorium, but for the VIP and VVIP who will be close to the stage there is a peg which is US$10, US$20 and US$50 respectively,” he said.
“It is part of our social, community responsibility. We decided why not have the gathering as gospel artistes under one roof. We also worked with what the crowd want.”

Apostolic Gathering Concert on cards


Arts Reporter

Organisers for the much-awaited gospel concert dubbed “The Apostolic Gathering” scheduled for next Sunday at Rainbow Towers, have said preparations are at an advanced stage, with the show being free to general access.

Hosted by the multi-award choral group Zimpraise Choir, the event will see some seasoned musicians such as Everton Mlalazi, Kuda Mutsvene, Ellard and Sharon Cherayi, Janet Manyowa, Jonah Chivasa, Tembalami Praise, Joyful Praise, Spirit Praise and Sir Benjamin Rupapa sharing the stage.

In an interview with The Herald Arts, Zimpraise chief executive and founder member Joseph Madziyire said gospel fans welcomed the move to have the show on Sunday.

“We are happy with the response so far after we released the list of musicians who are expected at this gathering concert,” he said.

“It will happen on Sunday in the afternoon after church services in some denominations. The musicians have all confirmed and are geared to perform with some started rehearsals.”

Madziyire said Zimpraise Choir will also sing with some of the musicians on the line-up.

“Though it will be a Sunday, we will try to maximise the time we have and we have spoken with the artistes on their playlists if they can include the crowd’s favourite song so that fans are not short-charged due to the time limit of the artistes. Also as ZimPraise, we are going to sing with some of the stars as backing vocalists,” he said.

Commenting on the free entry, Madziyire said since the festive season was close, it was part of giving back to the community.

“Yes, the event is free but only at the balcony of the giant auditorium, but for the VIP and VVIP who will be close to the stage there is a peg which is US$10, US$20 and US$50 respectively,” he said.

“It is part of our social, community responsibility. We decided why not have the gathering as gospel artistes under one roof. We also worked with what the crowd want.”

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