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MDC-T candidates in cage match over primaries

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A CLANDESTINE plan by some MDC-T MPs and top party leaders to ring-fence their constituencies during primary elections has stirred controversy, disgruntlement and conflict in the opposition party, NewsDay Weekender has established.

Insiders said the elections directorate was planning to protect its sitting MPs so that they would not be subjected to primary elections, a move that is likely to face rejection from the majority of the aspiring candidates.

“They have also gone to the extent of barring junior party members from challenging seniors in primary elections. This is not only undemocratic, but exposes the party to defeat,” a highly-placed source said.

A member of the standing committee told NewsDay Weekender that the proposal was made at its meeting on Tuesday. But some vowed to put a stop to the plans, calling for the party to open up the candidate selection process to all eligible members.

“Some of these people have been performing badly and, therefore, can’t be protected by such unfair rules. If Zanu PF can have fair primaries, who are we as the MDC not to have them?” another official queried.

The plan will see top members like Jameson Timba, Murisi Zwizwai, Morgen Komichi and others sail through as party candidates without a contest.

The party has indicated that it will consider holding primaries as a last resort because internal polls are divisive, instead opting to select candidates by consensus.

But party spokesperson Obert Gutu quashed the claims, saying MDC-T would not impose candidates and would conduct primary elections soon.

“The national elections directorate will soon be meeting to put the final touches on the candidate selection template. One thing, though, is for sure,” Gutu said.

“There will be no candidate imposition because we are a democratic political party. Wherever possible, we will encourage candidates to be chosen by consensus, but where this fails, primary elections will become inevitable.”

Source: Newsday

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Makhadzi set to perform in Harare tonight

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Makhadzi perform in harare

Popular South African musician, Makhadzi, real name Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona is set to perform in Harare for the first time.

Makhadzi’s performance comes a day after the government announced further relaxation of lockdown regulations allowing bars and nightclubs to re-open to vaccinated patrons only.

Makhadzi has been trending on social media in the past few days after pictures of her dark inner thighs were shared online.

A photographer shared the pictures after the Matorokisi hitmaker’s star performance in Malawi over the weekend.

She was forced to apoligise to her fans after trolls used the pictures to bully her.

Makhadzi’s performance in Harare can be expected to be lit as it will be one of the first shows after the easing of the lockdown.

On social media, hyped Zimbabwean fans could not hide their joy of finally having to witness the energetic performer live.

IZIM was not able to obtain the details of the venue of her show.

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Zimbwabwe And Ghana In Double Header Swim Or Sink Battle

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The warriors World Cup 2022 campaign reaches a climax this coming weekend with back to back clashes with Ghana.

Zimbabwe is playing catch up having managed only a single point in a draw against South Africa. The warriors went on to lose 1-0 to Ethiopia leaving them with 1 from a possible 6 points.

Ghana scrapped past Ethiopia in their first game in Cape Coast last month and despite collecting three points courtesy of a 1-0 triumph, football analysts in the West African country were critical of the team’s performance nonetheless.

In their second game, the Black Stars lost 1-0 to Bafana Bafana.

Interestingly, both Ghana and Zimbabwe, with new coaches Milovan Rajevac and Norman Mapeza respectively, do battle in a sink or swim double-header header next week.

The first match is on Saturday at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana, before the two sides clash at the National Sports Stadium three days later.

The question of everyone’s lips, with less than a week before battle lines drawn in Cape Coast is; can Mapeza’s Warriors get the job done and revive their World Cup qualifying campaign?

Qualification for the global showpiece has eluded this football-crazy nation for 41 years and defeats in both games next week will not even pave way for the over-used and somewhat meaningless cliché “so near and yet so far.”

These are the two games which are likely to decide whether or not qualification for the World Cup won’t be, just like for the past four decades, just a pipe-dream.

Historically though, Ghana have always had an upper-hand in the fixture, which justifies the Warriors’ underdog tag.

A well-oiled Ghana machine, on its way to the FIFA World Cup in 2006 in Germany, was stopped in its tracks by Charles Mhlauri’s Warriors at the AFCON finals in Egypt, when Cephas Chimedza and Benjani scored in a 2-1 victory. Regardless of how impressive and monumental that victory was, it is the only time in history, Zimbabwe has defeated the Black Stars.

The two sides first met in an international friendly in 1996, which ended in a 1-1 stalemate, before they met again a year later, on January 26 in AFCON qualifier, which ended goalless.

They met again in July 1997, in an AFCON qualifier, which the Black Stars triumphed at home 2-1.

Ghana thumped Zimbabwe in a AFCON qualifier in October 2000, 4-1 before beating them again at the National Sports Stadium in June 2001, 2-1.

Put simply, the Warriors have beaten Ghana only once in six meetings, that famous win at the AFCON finals in 2006, which was the last meeting between the two sides.

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Jikwa Refuses To Share Cell With Other Men

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Bujy Bikwa Boity Thula

Bujy Jikwa, accused of hitting Boity Thulo with a beer glass at a hotel in Waterfall, allegedly caused a scene at Midrand Police Station refusing to share a cell with male detainees.

The former Metro FM deejay Bujy Bikwa is charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm following the attack on rapper Thulo.

The police eventually put Bujy in a single cell since they could also not let him share a cell with females.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said Bikwa appeared at the Midrand Magistrate’s Court on Friday and was denied bail.

“The case was postponed to Wednesday. The accused is in custody and was charged with assault,” Mjonondwane said.

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Bujy Jikwa. Pic supplied

Bikwa allegedly threw a bottle of alcohol at Thulo and cut her on the face during an argument at the Courtyard Hotel while they were out with friends.

  • Boity Thulo breaks silence over Bujy Bikwa assault case
  • Thulo allegedly sustained serious injuries and had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance for treatment.

    Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo said Thulo had opened a case at Midrand Police Station on the night of the incident.

    Yesterday morning, Bikwa’s phone was answered by a woman who declined to comment.

    Thulo confirmed the incident in a statement released yesterday:

    It is with deep sadness to state that I was indeed an unfortunate victim of a vicious assault and that I have since opened a case against the culprit, which I am following with keen interest. I do not wish to comment on this matter any further. I respectfully request some space as I try to find a way to heal both physically and emotionally from this traumatic experience. I have faith in our criminal justice system and implore everyone to stand firmly against gender-based violence.

    “They were busy drinking and talking about sangomas and ancestors before an argument started. I am not sure who started it, but they were screaming at each other and swearing before they started fighting,” one eyewitness said.

    Another said: “Bujy really beat that girl up badly … Boity was wearing a white shirt and her shirt was red with blood stains. Her face was also bad.”

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