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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies aged 65

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Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has said.

Mr Tsvangirai, 65, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer.

“He died this evening. The family communicated this to me,” MDC vice president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters.

Mr Tsvangirai’s career was marked by a long political struggle against former President Robert Mugabe.

He had been beaten and imprisoned numerous times.

Announcing Mr Tsvangirai’s death, Mr Mudzuri said on Twitter that the MDC had “lost our icon and fighter for democracy”.

Mr Tsvangirai founded the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) in 2000, repeatedly challenging Mr Mugabe during the ex-president’s long grip on power.

(BBC)

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I can fix Aregbesola’s challenges in Osun, says aspirant

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A governorship aspirant in Osun State, Bola Olaniyi, yesterday claimed that God has chosen him to succeed Governor Rauf Aregbesola and fix the challenges confronting the people of Osun State.

Olaniyi, an Estate Consultant, who is contesting on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) disclosed that he was the most qualified candidate to take the state to the next level, saying many challenges currently confronting the state could be effectively addressed if he is elected as the next governor.

According to him, problems of hunger, industrialisation and unemployment in the state require strategic thinking and pragmatic approach, which he was determined to aggressively tackle. “One of the things we are going to aggressively embark on is mechanised farming to encourage our youths to embrace agriculture.

That is the way to go to solve the problem of hunger and food scarcity in the state. Our state is supposed to be the food basket of the nation. “God is my Godfather in politics; human being can die tomorrow, so God Almighty will not die. Now in Osun State, people don’t use money as criteria to determine who to vote for. They are now wise. Although, nobody can contest election without some funds to execute the project, but in Osun State, money won’t be used as criteria,” he said.

The consultant, who also commended Aregebsola’s giant strides in the state, particularly in infrastructure development, said that that his senatorial district is the next to produce the state governor, insisting that his decision to contest was in fulfillment of the God’s command and prophecy.

“God told me that he would be sending me to rescue people of the state from the shackle of poverty and hunger. He said that if I get there I must be able to carry out His instruction by saving people of the state,” Olaniyi claimed.

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Adamawa govt targets 100,000 unemployed youths

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Over 100,000 unemployed youths are to be trained in various skills acquisition centres in Adamawa State. The state governor, Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla, disclosed this yesterday at the graduation ceremony of 300 graduates of National Industrial Skills Development Programme by Industrial Training Fund (ITF) held in Yola. Jibrilla noted that one of the cardinal objectives of his administration is to empower women and youths for sustainable development of the state.

He said: “We are targeting no fewer than 100,000 unemployed youths across the state, who will be trained in different skills acquisition.” The aim of the programme was to deduce poverty among the teeming youths of the state, the governor added. He applauded the gesture of the Federal Government for the training intervention, adding that doors are open for any meaningful collaborators to participate in the programme. Earlier in his address, the Director General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), who was represented by the Coordinator in charge of Adamawa State, Alhaji Ishaq Shehu, said the programme was a federal government efforts and policy of job creation and poverty reduction.

Shehu said: “This programme is also as a the result of the committed efforts of the ITF in line with the Federal Government’s policy of job/wealth creation and poverty reduction by equipping as many Youths as possible with Skills for employability and entrepreneurship.”

According to him, ITF has commenced implementation of the NISDP and steps further from merely training to equipping the youths with knowledge, skills and providing them with startup packs to enable them set up their businesses. He said the programme would benefit over 11,000 trainees across the 36 States of the federation.

He said the graduates received three months training in three trade fields that include tailoring/fashion design, welding and fabrication and plumbing and pipe fitting.

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‘Gates of more nations await T B. Joshua’

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Afew days ago, a roving worshiper was on regular religious beat when a colleague drew his attention to a media report on the recent visit to the nation of Zimbabwe by the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T B Joshua.

It was an online media report which insinuates that the country’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, snubbed the high profiled Nigerian televangelist and international philanthropist. Journalist instinct propelled the roving worshiper to reach out for his android phone and a quick Google search sent the story popping with the headline: “Mnangagwa snubs T B Joshua.”

Sheer craving for full information created enough patience as Roving Worshiper read the last word of the story. Three facts stood out, the report quoted the Acting Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister, Simon Khaya Moyo, explaining that the President Mnangagwa could not meet the prophet as he had other commitments.

Secondly, the country’s Vice-President, Kembo Mohadi and the Minister of Scholarships, Dr. Christopher Mushohwe warmly received Prophet T. B. Joshua on behalf of the President and people of Zimbabwe.

And the third fact is very significant: “We understand some people are spreading false information that we snubbed TB Joshua. I want to make it clear that the President did not snub TB Joshua, he is not a snubber,” Moyo further clarified.

Invariably the fourth point made b y the Executive Director, Brandme International, Mrs Josey Mahachi-Agbeniyi, who packaged Joshua’s visit to Zimbabwe told The Sunday Mail that Prophet TB Joshua plans to hold a crusade in Zimbabwe soon. “He just wanted to see Zimbabwe. For someone at his level, he would not do so without paying a courtesy call on Government officials. Unfortunately, when he was available, the President had other engagements.

He (the prophet) had to rush for an urgent event in Lagos, so he left late Friday night,” Mrs. Agbeniyi explained. On further enquiry, a reliable source close to the SCOAN expressed displeasure about what he described as wrong interpretation of normal reception accorded to prophet T B Joshua. “the President was not readily available as he has other pressing engagements. Is it not enough that the Vice President and two other Zimbabwean Ministers were on hand to receive the Man of God?” the source asked.

However, in journalism bad news is always good news. But one should know when to draw the lines between presenting the facts intact and not to malign the truth which in the parlance must be held sacred. That brings to mind the land mark event on December 22, 2008; when the late Nigerian President Umar Musa Yar’Adua conferred one of the highest honours in the land, ‘The Order of The Federal Republic (OFR) on T B Joshua, in recognition of the Man of God’s outstanding humanitarian services for the benefit and progress of Nigeria.

The honour was bestowed on Joshua at the peak of bad press and criticism from his fellow men of God. Incidentally, the man of God could not personally receive the award from President Yar’Adua due to numerous engagements. His wife, Evelyn Joshua, stood in and collected the coveted award and then accompanying presidential handshake on behalf of her husband. It was never intended to demean or slight the President of the largest black nation in the world.

Duty simply dictated the reaction just as in the case of Mnangagwa. On the certificate of recognition, President Yar’Adua wrote: In exercise of the power vested on me under section1 (4) of the National Honours Act, I, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, president of the Federal republic of Nigeria, in recognition of your outstanding virtues and appreciation of services to our country, Nigeria hereby award to you to have, and enjoy the title, dignity and all the privileges of Officer of the Order of the federal Republic (OFR).

On March 24, 2016, Nigeria’s National Assembly followed and bestowed on T B Joshua with a Platinum Award for his philanthropic and humanitarian services. “But unknown to Joshua’s detractors, these awards opened the gates of more nations around the world,” the source at the SCOAN said. Among the nations that have decorated highest award in the nation are Paraguay, Israel among others.

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