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Lupinyo storm into championship games final

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BY BHEKIMPILO WEZA

Lupinyo stormed into the champions league final Football League Cup on Saturday after cruising past Masters in a thrilling semi- final played at Lupinyo Stadium.

The Vusa Nyoni coached side had to dig deep and boot Masters who had come from a two goal down to level matters in a tightly contested semi final.

They took the lead as early as the sixth minute when Masters defense failed to communicate and let in a harmless ball to pass between them for Brightman Dube to score the opener.

Five minutes later, Lupinyo went further ahead after the defender Welcome Ncube failed to clear the ball allowing Tyrol Ncube to whisk it away from him.

In a bid to shoot, the young striker was hacked down from behind and the referee Nguquko Mpofu did not hesitate to point to the spot.

Ncube stepped up and buried home for Lupinyo’ second, sending the stadium into raptures.

The goal brought more urgency to the Masters side who started pushing hard with Farai Mapfumo dictating the pace in the middle.

As the pressure mounted, the Masters coach brought in Mbekezeli Moyo for Themba Moyo and this paid off as Masters scored in the twenty fourth minute.

Moments after, Lupinyo captain Acculate Mudimba misjudged a cross from the left and allowed Mtshumayeli Moyo to tap in for Masters .

The goal looked like what Masters needed for inspiration,and they did that with an equalizer thirty four minutes into the match .

Kelvin Ndebele got to the end of Moreblessing Mpofus cross and took a stunner that went across the goalkeeper for the equalizer.

The equalizer by Masters seemed to have slowed things a bit as the two sides started to be cautious going forward.

Sensing the danger of going into a penalty shootout, Lupinyo head coach Vusa Nyoni brought in Terrence Ncube to add firepower upfront, and Lupinyo started causing more problems to the visitors defense with man of the match Brightman Dube a menace on the left side of the field.

Lupinyo could have scored a goal ten minutes before time but  Ncube missed his effort after being set up by Dube.

When everyone thought the match was headed for penalties, there was a moment of thrill when Masters defenders were caught in sixes and sevens at the back in a bid to clear, but Ncube hit the back of Terrence Ncube and the ball went straight into the net to bring the stadium into a halt.

When the referee blew the whistle, it was now a moment of celebration for the home side, according to coach Nyoni.

“l was delighted and congratulations to my boys,” Nyoni said.

“They deserved a win because we worked hard for this from day one.”

Lupinyo, affectionately known as the Bullets, will now meet Indlovu lyanyathela who shook everyone by beating Dragons three zero in a second semi final on Sunday.

After a goalless ninety, it was all left for the penalty to decide who goes to the final to meet Lupinyo.

Cornwell Ncube,Mqabuko Ndlovu and Clayton Moyo missed the first three spot kicks for Dragons, before Teyiho Mwembe, Adrian Mathe and goalkeeper Recardo Ncube scored for lndlovu to set a final

Dragons will  face Masters in a third place playoff on the same day before the finals.

 

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Binga by-elections called off: ZEC

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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has suspended the by-elections for wards 6, 8, 10, 15, and 23 of Binga Rural District Council in Matabeleland North Province which were scheduled for Saturday. 

ZEC chief elections officer Utloile Silaigwana made the announcement on Friday following a High Court order after  Collen Mudenda challenged the nomination of the five councillors who were recalled in October by the MDC-T party. 

“The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission would like to inform members of the public that the High Court has ordered the suspension of by-elections for wards 6, 8, 10, 15, and 23 of Binga Rural District Council scheduled for Saturday 03 December 2022,” Silaigwana said. 

“This follows urgent chamber applications by Collen Mudenda who challenged the nominations of John Simunene Sikabotu, Kingson Mpofu, Mathias Mudenda, Joseph Mwembe, and Wilson Siampolomba on the grounds that they were disqualified from contesting as candidates in terms of Section 119 (2) (h) of the Electoral Act.

“The Section states that a person shall be disqualified from being nominated as a candidate on the nomination day or the day of an election when he or she is in default with the payment of any levy, rate, charge, or tax due and payable to the council concerned for more than 120 days.”

Silaigwana said the High Court ordered that the Commission should not proceed with the by-elections for the five wards pending the hearing of thr cases which was postponed to  January 4, next year. 

He, however said  despite the Binga order, by-elections for ward 20 of Binga Rural District Council, wards 4, 5, and 18 of Gweru Municipality, and ward 28 of Mberengwa Rural District Council will go ahead ahead as scheduled on Saturday. 

 

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Myths on Covid-19 pandemic spread across Hwange

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BY NOKUTHABA DLAMINI

Innocent Tevedzai, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Chamber of informal Association for People With Disabilities  says after getting inoculated vaccines to prevent Covid-19 pandemic, he was told that he will lose his fertility in the coming years. 

Royal Ndlovu, a Victoria Falls Combined Residents Association member says he was also discouraged from taking the vaccines after he heard that he was not only going to lose his fertility, but vaccines also meant losing his libido. 

Zimbabwe first rolled out Covid-19 vaccines early last year with the country relying mostly on Chinese made vaccines to bring the pandemic that paralysed the economy under control. 

 

Hwange district, where Ndlovu and Tevedzai come from was one of the areas that were prioritised by the government in the vaccination blitz as it sought to have tourist resorts re-opened for tourists, but community listening sessions held by VicFallsLive in some parts of Hwange district in Matabeleland North showed that some people are still sceptical about the safety of the vaccines.

Community leaders said the government did little to counter the misinformation, which is largely blamed on social media and this fuelled vaccination hesitancy. 

As such, ordinarily, Zimbabweans are caught up in a lot of myths and of course misinformation about the pandemic.

“We were told that we will not be able to conceive as this was intentionally done to reduce the population.” Tevedzai said. 

“Lack of verified information made it worse for us because we had to be vaccinated to gain public access at the time when misinformation and social ills such as teen pregnancies rose.” 

Hwange villagers, like other people in many parts of Zimbabwe were victims of misinformation about the vaccines, including allegations that those who got the Covid-19 vaccine will turn into baboons or that the vaccines were part of a scheme to reduce Africa’s population.

Even the World Health Organization says the Covid-19 outbreak and response was accompanied by an overabundance of information, some accurate and some not.

For Michael Ncube, a Victoria Falls City Council’ acting Public Health Officer, “this makes it tough for people to then find reliable sources and dependable guidance when they need it to fully curtail coronavirus,” he said. 

The myths Ncube added, included claims on cures and prevention.

 “For instance, people were told that when they vaccinate they will lose fertility or will die as this was deliberately done by the government to reduce Zimbabweans population, which is just mythical and therefore untrue,”

“We would like to assure out residents that the vaccines are safe and the country has highly specialised health personnels who also confirmed them and because of those vaccines, that’s why we have managed to set a barrier to prevent the transmission and that has paid off, as we have seen hospitalisations and deaths reduced and the economy fully opened.”

Zimbabwe has administered over 12 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far. 

 

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Armed robber storms Victoria Falls bank, walks away with US$12K

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BY NOKUTHABA DLAMINI 

Zimbabwe Republic Police have revealed that the robber who held at ransom ZB bank workers on Wednesday after pretending to be applying for a bank loan got away with US$12 000 cash. 

The man dressed in black and white jersey, a hat and khaki as captured hours later through bank cameras pointing a shotgun towards workers while loading the money in his satchel that he was holding.

“The ZRP confirms that a robbery occurred at ZB Bank, Victoria Falls, on 30/11/22 at around 15.55 pm hours where an unknown suspect, armed with an unidentified pistol, posed as a genuine customer who wanted to enquire on the requirements to apply for a bank loan, “police said in a statement. 

“As the bank was about to close for the day, the suspect remained behind while other customers were leaving. After all the other customers had left, he produced a pistol and ordered the bank tellers to surrender cash in their tills. 

“The suspect stole US$12 000 before fleeing through the back exit door. Investigations are underway to account for the suspect.”

According to sources, the man was seen walking away until he disappeared. 

Meanwhile, police said they were also investigating an armed robbery case which occurred at a college in Chitunguza’s Seke residency on Monday, where three unknown suspects, armed with three unidentified pistols, attacked a security guard who was on duty at the premises and stole US$3 094 fuel coupons, US$8 076, and $43 100 cash after vandalising a safe. 

 

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