SCOAN Reduction Of Church Services &Foreign Attraction Threatens 10 000 Hospitality Employees Jobs

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According to a report from Nigerian newspaper, ‘The Nation’, up to 10,000 hospitality workers in the Ikotun-Egbe suburb of Lagos State are faced with imminent unemployment.

The Pilgrims Hostels Operators Association of Nigeria (PHOAN) said their troubles in the region are connected to the collapse of a guest-house belonging to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) last year.

The chairman of the association, Prince Adekanbi Adedayo John, explained: “PHOAN is the biggest employer of labour in this area for over a decade. Our business thrived all these years because of SCOAN’s popularity, which attracted visitors from all over the world to the area. The church’s activities before the incident served as the economic livewire on which PHOAN and other smaller businesses relied on.”

However, since the incident last year, The SCOAN has reduced the number of its church services and no longer attracts the same numbers of foreigners.

To worsen matters, the church’s pastor T.B. Joshua has uncharacteristically been absent from church services and has not been seen in public since his crusade in Mexico in May 2015, fuelling suspicions he may be planning to relocate abroad.

A member of the group, Ozumba Sunny, lamented: “The chances of turning Nigeria into a religious tourist haven have been put on the line by the church’s predicament and this has brought hardship to the people, who earn a living as food vendors, drivers, mechanics etc.”

Their concerns were heightened when Joshua directed that his birthday celebrations last month, which attracted over 5,000 foreign pilgrims to Nigeria in 2014, should rather be held in South Africa and Ghana.

Several new hotels which have sprung up in the area due to the church’s popularity are now struggling to find customers.

The Chairman of the group’s Board of Trustees, c, added: “Many of us have been struggling to feed our families and pay school fees in the last one year yet we have huge bank loans hanging on our necks. We are on the verge of losing our investments and the only way this can be averted is if the fortunes of the church improve.”

However, Joshua’s supporters believe his recent absence is due to his being unjustly ‘persecuted’, especially over Nigeria’s handling of the inquest into the building collapse.

Chief Justice Komolafe controversially ruled that the disaster was due to structural defaults, a verdict The SCOAN aggressively denied, insisting it was ‘sabotage’.

“Nigeria, you have enjoyed this grace for too long but still tried to destroy it,” wrote a foreign fan on Facebook yesterday. “Your actions have released TB Joshua to the world. Nigeria will regret the decision of Komolafe for many years to come.”
Source: The Nation Newspaper, Nigeria

Highlanders’ Mnangagwa Bus Attached Over Debt To Former Player ‘Masimba Mambare’

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa congratulates Highlanders Football Club chairman Peter Dube and Tshinga Dube(centre) at the commissioning of the club's new bus at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo yesterday. Among the witnesses are the Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Minister of State Nomthandazo Moyo(left),Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Andrew Langa and Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development Sithembiso Nyoni.

HIGHLANDERS Football Club risks losing their newly acquired bus after former player Masimba Mambare successfully secured a writ of execution to attach the team’s property.

The 65-seater Marcopolo bus is part of the property that is set to go under the hammer as Mambare battles to recover $10 000 in signing on fees owed to him by Bosso.

Mambare, through the Footballer’s Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) who are representing him, on Wednesday managed to obtain a go-ahead from the deputy sheriff’s office to attach property.

In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, FUZ secretary general Paul Gundani confirmed that they had successfully attached the property.

“We successfully attached the property on Monday and the deputy sheriff indicated to them that he will remove the property on the 10th (Friday).

“There are two buses, the new one and the old minibus and all the office furniture which includes a refrigerator, four filing cabinets, television set, eight office desks, five office chairs, three computer sets, a printer and four sofa chairs,” said Gundani

Mambare has been demanding his signing on fees from Bosso who promised to pay him $10,000 when he signed for the former champions in 2012.

Bosso failed to pay the money until Mambare quit the club to join their rivals, Dynamos Football Club in 2014.

If Highlanders, who are currently going through a lean financial spell, do not raise money by Friday, they will lose the bus which was recently unveiled by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa about a month ago.

The bus was purchased with the assistance of the newly elected Makokoba legislator retired colonel Tshinga Dube a long time benefactor of the team, who has bailed them out on numerous occasions in the past.

The team’s executive might be forced to turn the legislator again for another bailout.

The new bus had come as a relief for the Bulawayo giants who had resorted to hiring transport every time the team travelled for matches and that was costing the team a lot of money.

Highlanders is currently preparing for return match with the Kelvin Kaindu coached Triangle, whom they held to stalemate at Barbourfields stadium on Sunday.

Highlanders Chief Executive Officer, Ndumiso Gumede, was not picking up his mobile phone when sought for a comment.

Legendary Mbaqanga Music ‘Soul Brother’s Lead Singer, ‘David Masondo Dies

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The 67-year-old died at Garden City Hospital in Mayfair, Joburg, this afternoon.  The soul brothers group has a large following in Zimbabwe especially in Matabeleland Region.

Soul Brothers manager Welcome Nzimande told Daily Sun: “We are shocked and saddened by the news of David’s death. We didn’t expect it so soon.   “His death has left a void in the mbaqanga music scene. He was one of the pioneers of the genre. May his soul rest in peace.”

Moses Ngwenya of Soul Brothers said he was very shocked by the news and he had lost a brother and a friend in the music industry.

Nkosinathi Ngwenya of Impumelelo said he couldn’t believe his father in music had died.

He said it was a great loss to music and the nation and he he was having trouble believing that David was truly gone.

David was admitted to hospital more than three weeks ago after getting very tired during a performance at Central Stadium in Uitenhage, Nelson Mandela Bay. At the time of his death, the Soul Brothers was busy recording their 39th album.

The album had planned collaborations with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Steve Kekana and Ihashi Elimhlophe.

Welcome urged fans to continue praying for David’s family to be strong during a very difficult time.

David was born in Hammarsdale, a suburb of Durban also known as Mpumalanga, in 1950. He started his music career doing gigs in the kasi with the Groovy Boys.

He later co-founded Soul Brothers, which popularised mbaqanga across South Africa. At the time of his death, he was the group’s lead vocalist.  Since the group was formed in 1974, Soul Brothers had recorded more than 30 albums.  Source: Daily Sun

‘Zimbabwe must continue to fight poverty, unemployment & inequality ‘ Thomas Mapfumo (70)

THE people of Zimbabwe must continue to fight poverty, unemployment and inequality “to give meaning to the years of sacrifice during the liberation struggle”, exiled music guru Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo has said in a statement marking his 70th birthday.

The Lion of Zimbabwe, as Mapfumo is known by his legion of fans, has, since the days of the liberation struggle, used his music to highlight the injustice, corruption, grinding poverty, human rights violation and economic decline in the country.

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Almighty for taking me this far. It is indeed a blessing. I send special gratitude to my family, the people of Zimbabwe and our fans from across the globe for supporting our music all these years.

“It has been an odious journey but we have endured under difficult circumstances and we will continue giving our people hope as they struggle to survive in a very harsh political and economic environment,” said Mapfumo in a statement.

Mapfumo who is in self-imposed exile in America, said he would have wished to spend the occasion of his birthday in the country of his birth, Zimbabwe.

“It would have been my wish to celebrate these 70 years of life in my country of birth, Zimbabwe reconnecting with our legion of fans we have starved of live performances for close to a decade. My heart will forever be in Zimbabwe and I hope to return very soon.

“To the people of Zimbabwe, we must continue to fight poverty, unemployment and inequality to give meaning to the years of sacrifice during the liberation struggle.

“For us to achieve this we would have to take radical decisions in order to change the underlying systemic political and economic crisis Zimbabwe faces today,” he said.

Mapfumo said there was a lot of work to be done in the country to provide education, skills and decent work opportunities especially to the youths.

“We still have a long way to go to create the society for which we have dedicated our lives of struggle.”

Zanu PF, which has been on a collision course with Mukanya for many years due to the latter’s criticism of the ruling party’s leadership style, is under pressure to provide the two million jobs it promised while campaigning for the 2013 elections.

Meanwhile, Mapfumo also lamented the scourge of piracy after his latest album, Danger Zone, was affected and he appealed to government to act. by Showbiz correspondent-newzimbabwe

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Rihanna Duct Tapes Floyd Mayweather’s Mouth Shut At BET Awards

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Some have find it very difficult to shut Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. But pop star Rihanna did her best to keep the Money Man quiet as the pair sat next to one another at the BET Awards on Sunday night.R&B star Rihanna had to resort to drastic measures to stop the pound-for-pound king running his mouth off during the ceremony as she stuck a piece of duct tape across his face.- Source-bulawayo24.

New Miss Zimbabwe, ‘Annie-Grace Mutambu’, assaulted and robbed in apparent kidnap bid

THE new Miss Zimbabwe, Annie-Grace Mutambu, escaped an apparent kidnap attempt Friday night during which she was assaulted and robbed of a laptop and mobile phone.

The incident occurred in Harare’s Craneborne suburb and relatives said the beauty queen was bruised and recovering at home.

Mutambu recently took over the poisoned Miss Zimbabwe chalice after Emily Kachote was dethroned over nude photos reportedly leaked by a former lover.

Kachote’s predecessor was also mired in similar controversy.

Meanwhile, family members said Annie-Grace, who was crowned Friday, escaped what appeared to be a kidnap attempt a few hours later.

Her mother, Ellen Mutambu, explained what happened to the Sunday Mail.

“She (Annie-Grace) left home to collect her laptop from a cousin, who lives close to our house. Her younger sister wanted to use the laptop for her homework.

“On their way back, they saw a vehicle parked along Munroe Road. Three men disembarked, asked for directions and assaulted them.

“They wanted to kidnap her because they tried to drag her to their car, but the younger girl jumped onto her back and held her tightly. The two fell to the ground and the robbers continued assaulting them.

“A Good Samaritan heard their screams and the trio rushed back to their car, fleeing with the laptop and cellphone.”

Police said investigations were continuing. source-newzimbabwe

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‘Grace Mugabe’s son ‘Russel Goreraza’ falsifies court submissions to escape jail’

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First Lady Grace Mugabe’s first born son Russell Goreraza allegedly made misrepresentation at the Harare Magistrates Court over his marital status in a reported bid to walk away with a lenient sentence after being recently convicted of culpable homicide.

Goreraza allegedly misled the court two weeks ago when he appeared before Harare provincial magistrate Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe on a charge of fatally running over a city vagrant.

However NewsDay claims that it has it on good record that Goreraza’s divorce matter was still pending at the High Court under case number HC11013/14.

According to the court papers, President Robert Mugabe’s step son filed for divorce against Gladys Chiedza Goreraza (nee Chiwaya) on December 11 last year and the matter was yet to be entertained by the judges of the High Court.

Goreraza told the court that he was a divorcee who was looking after his minor child with his “former” wife.

Goreraza’s submission, however, persuaded Chikwekwe to spare him a jail term and instead fined him $800 for an offence which often attracts incarceration and cancellation of the driver’s licence or prohibition from driving for a certain period. Source: newsday.

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Former soccer star – Charles Sibanda in Mpilo Central Hospital after car crash

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Former soccer star of the year – Charles Sibanda survived a car crush on Sunday and is currently hospitalised at Mpilo Central Hospital.

Information gleaned by Bulawayo24.com indicate that Sibanda, a How Mine player broke his ribs when a car he was in was involved in an accident along Nketa Drive in Bulawayo.

This comes weeks after his former Highlanders team-mate Mthulisi Maphosa survived a horrifying accident after his car Honda CVR burst the front tyre after hitting a pothole.by Thobekile Zhou. source-bulawayo24

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‘Thomson Kachingwe’, Thomas Mapfumo’s former manager dies in Canada

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Zimbabweans based in Canada are currently raising funds to repatriate to Zimbabwe the body of Thomson Kachingwe, a former manager of chimurenga music legend Thomas Mapfumo who passed away in Toronto on May 31.

The body of the veteran 61-year-old music personality is expected to be flown to Zimbabwe next week.

Kachingwe, who managed the Blacks Unlimited soon after independence, chauffeured reggae legend Bob Marley after his historic performance at Zimbabwe’s independence celebrations held at Rufaro Stadium in 1980.

According to Thomas Mapfumo’s just-released biography titled Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the music that made Zimbabwe, written by American Banning Eyre, Kachingwe came to the rescue of Marley and the Wailers after they had somehow been “forgotten” by their hosts.

“After the ceremony (independence celebrations), a joyful chaos reigned. Bob Marley and the Wailers were strangely abandoned. Job (Kadengu who owned Job’s Nitespot) and the other hosts rushed off to private parties and balls….the Jamaicans had been left at the mercy of Thomson Kachingwe, not the best chauffeur, as he knew neither the directions to the band house or how to operate a manual transmission truck in which the musicians were travelling,” reads part of Mapfumo’s biography.

The riveting biography further adds that Marley and Wailers were very disappointed by the manner in which the police teargassed thousands who were trying to force their way into Rufaro Stadium to see the Jamaicans perform.

“…the police responded instinctively, firing round after round of tear gas to drive back the advancing mob. The wind lofted noxious fumes into the stadium, and soon there was the spectacle of cabinet ministers, members of Parliament and foreign dignitaries coughing, weeping and burying their faces in handkerchiefs …Marley seemed the last to notice, closing his eyes as if in a trance and forging on until at last he was overwhelmed and left the stage.

“After 40 minutes the gas fumes cleared and the band briefly returned to the stage , minus the singing I-Threes…Marley sang  War and the inevitable Zimbabwe but his heart had gone out of the performance. Blending English, Portuguese  and even a word of Shona, Marley put on a brave face, saluted the crowd and exited.” Source: dailynews

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Chiyangwa still in Avenues Clinic after house fire

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Tycoon and politician Dr Phillip Chiyangwa, who was injured in an inferno that razed part of his Harare mansion on Friday, says he is recovering well and does not suspect foul play in the incident.

The Sunday Mail visited Dr Chiyangwa at Avenues Clinic yesterday afternoon, and although in pain, his condition was said to be stable and he would be discharged soon.

Appearing to be coping well with the loss, he blamed the fire on an electrical fault exacerbated by the high power voltage at the house.

Public Service, Labour and Social Services Minister Priscilla Mupfumira and Mbare National Assembly representative Mr Tendai Savanhu were among those at the flamboyant businessman’s bedside.

Dr Chiyangwa said he sustained deep cuts to his left leg after he stepped on broken window panes while trying to put out the fire, whose damage is yet to be quantified.

“I am not suspecting any foul play because it was purely an accident. The cause of the fire had to do with some wires that got into contact and there was a big explosion because of the high power in the house.

“After the explosion, the fire spread fast to the furniture and curtains in the (master bedroom). As I tried to put it out and save some documents, thick smoke blinded me, so I ended up stepping on the broken window panes, injuring my leg in the process.”

Relatives took him to Trauma Centre and Hospital and then to Avenues Clinic for treatment.

“When I came here, my leg was sutured; it is healing well. I am still in pain, but not too much, though. I did not lose a lot of blood and the doctor has said I have enough blood to be out of danger.” Source: sundaymail

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