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Patrick Chitumba

Graduates now have the opportunity to start new industries and companies through the Government’s graduate employment creation and development programme and should shake off the attitude that they need to be employed.

Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira in said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Professor Fanuel Tagwira, during the 32nd Gweru Polytechnic graduation and prize-giving ceremony last Friday.

He said under the programme, graduates will be equipped with appropriate entrepreneurial aptitudes and competencies to become job creators.

The graduates should embrace the programme by coming up with bankable ideas that will culminate in job creation.

A total of 585 graduated with diplomas and certificates issued by the Higher Education Examinations Council (Hexco) in conjunction with the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) during the colourful ceremony.

Of these 62 percent were female and 38 percent male.

“Gone are the days of job seeking, once you finish college. Once you have acquired the requisite skills in a particular trade, don’t wait for anyone. Go and use those skills to produce goods and services,” said Prof Murwira.

“We would like to see all the graduates of Gweru Polytechnic being helped to form start-up companies. Let us get rid of the colonial mentality where we were designed to work for someone.”

Prof Murwira said Government is looking forward to seeing a number of consortiums and business units created by graduates and contribute to the country’s industrialisation and modernisation agenda in line with Vision 2030.

“These are graduates who don’t simply wait for someone to create employment for them, but take the initiative to generate employment.

“This is our new education system with five missions, teaching, research, community service, innovation and industrialisation with a Heritage bias and we code name this, Heritage Based Education 5.0,” he said.

“No one will come and build Zimbabwe. Nyika Inovakwa nevene vayo/ Ilizwe lakhiwa ngabanikazi balo. This is the reason why the President started the knowledge revolution in our universities and colleges.”

Prof Murwira said in its new thrust on education, the Second Republic is focusing on producing the skills and capabilities for propelling Zimbabwe to an upper-middle-income economy by the year 2030.

The minister highlighted the need to build an innovation-led and knowledge-driven economy based on heritage and natural endowments.

“Heritage Based Education 5.0 is a bold statement and Zimbabwe’s modernisation and industrialisation champions are Technical and Vocational Institutions like Gweru Polytechnic College. Zimbabwe shall be built by doers and not by people who just talk and do nothing,” he said.

“Polytechnic education by nature produces doers capable of producing goods and services. Many developed countries today rely on their polytechnic education to get to where they are. Germany, for example, has benefited tremendously from its apprenticeship programmes and polytechnic education.”

Prof Murwira said President Mnangagwa tasked his ministry to come up with the Integrated Skills Expansion Outreach Programme (ISEOP) that puts emphasis on imparting practical skills that ultimately lead to the acquisition of competencies resulting in the production of goods and services.

He said through community engagement, the ISOEP programme shall empower communities by imparting life skills and engaging in economically productive activities hence contributing to national development.

“We would like to commend Gweru Polytechnic for heeding the clarion call by Government to implement ISOEP. We are informed that in April this year, 81 learners from Shurugwi, Kwekwe, Lower Gweru, and Gweru enrolled for the ISEOP,” said Prof Murwira.

“This group of learners included some with disabilities. We are leaving no one and no place behind in our TVET education. The trainees received foundational skills in: food preparation, dressmaking, hairdressing, motor mechanics, electrical installations and repairs, computers, and carpentry.”

Prof Murwira commended Gweru Polytechnic for continuing to promote the integration of persons with disabilities into mainstream technical and vocational education and training.

“Keep your eyes on the poor and those on the margins of society. They are your conscience, and as you scale the heights of your selected careers, remember that not everyone in our society is as privileged as you are,” he said.

Prof Murwira urged the graduates to desist from drugs and substance abuse.

“Do what you can, when you can, to make positive contributions to society as responsible corporate citizens.

“Hold on to the values you have learnt and remember there is no real excellence in this world which can be separated from right living,” he said.

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African 2026 World Cup Qualifying Fixtures

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Although the 2026 FIFA World Cup is still years away, the African qualifiers are set to begin soon. The next World Cup will be held in three locations for the first time in history – the US, Canada, and Mexico. CAF has secured 9 slots for African teams who will battle it out for a chance to play on the global stage. Below, we review the African 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification schedule and fixtures.

New Qualification Format

Nine CAF teams will make it to the World Cup. This is a change from the previous five, which means local and international betting sites have to update their betting lines even as the CAF adjusts its qualification format. The CAF announced this new format on May 19 this year. Now, participating teams will be drawn into nine groups of six teams, with each group winner qualifying directly for the World Cup. 

Draw and Groups

On July 13, the CAF performed the draw for the qualifications in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. All 54 CAF football associations will be represented, and the teams will be divided into the following groups:

  1. Group I: Chad, Comoros, CAR, Madagascar, Ghana, Mali
  2. Group H: Sao Tome and Principe, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia
  3. Group G: Somalia, Botswana, Mozambique, Uganda, Guinea, Algeria
  4. Group F: Seychelles, Burundi, Gambia, Kenya, Gabon, Ivory Coast
  5. Group E: Eritrea, Niger, Tanzania, Congo, Zambia, Morocco
  6. Group D: Mauritius, Eswatini, Libya, Angola, Cape Verde, Cameroon
  7. Group C: Lesotho, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Benin, South Africa, Nigeria
  8. Group B: South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Mauritania, DR Congo, Senegal
  9. Group A: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Egypt


The qualifiers will be held across 10 match days with some combined dates for the playoff semifinals and finals. The closest dates to look forward to are:

Matchday One: Nov. 13-21, 2023

  1. Group I: Comoros Vs. Central African Republic, Ghana Vs. Madagascar, Mali Vs. Chad
  2. Group H: Liberia Vs. Malawi, Equatorial Guinea Vs. Namibia, Tunisia Vs. Sao Tome e Principe
  3. Group G: Botswana Vs. Mozambique, Guinea Vs. Uganda, Algeria Vs. Somalia
  4. Group F: Burundi Vs. Gambia, Gabon Vs. Kenya, Ivory Coast Vs. Seychelles
  5. Group E: Niger Vs. Tanzania, Zambia Vs. Congo Brazzaville, Morocco Vs. Eritrea
  6. Group D: Eswatini Vs. Libya, Cape Verde Vs. Angola, Cameroon Vs. Mauritius
  7. Group C: Rwanda Vs. Zimbabwe, South Africa Vs. Benin, Nigeria Vs. Lesotho
  8. Group B: Sudan Vs. Togo, Senegal Vs. South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo Vs. Mauritania,
  9. Group A: Ethiopia Vs. Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso Vs. Guinea-Bissau, Egypt Vs. Djibouti

Matchday Two: Nov. 13-21, 2023

  1. Group I: Chad Vs. Madagascar, Comoros Vs. Ghana, CAR Vs. Mali
  2. Group H: Sao Tome Vs. Namibia, Liberia Vs. E. Guinea, Malawi Vs. Tunisia
  3. Group G: Somalia Vs. Uganda, Botswana Vs. Guinea, Mozambique Vs. Algeria
  4. Group F: Seychelles Vs. Kenya, Burundi Vs. Gabon, Gambia Vs. I. Coast
  5. Group E: Eritrea Vs. Congo, Niger Vs. Zambia, Tanzania Vs. Morocco
  6. Group D: Mauritius Vs. Angola, Eswatini Vs. Cape Verde, Libya Vs. Cameroon
  7. Group C: Lesotho Vs. Benin, Rwanda Vs. S. Africa, Zimbabwe Vs. Nigeria
  8. Group B: S. Sudan Vs. Mauritania, Sudan Vs. DR Congo, Togo Vs. Senegal
  9. Group A: Djibouti Vs. G. Bissau, Ethiopia Vs. B. Faso, S. Leone Vs. Egypt

Wrapping Up

The African (CAF) qualification campaign will kick off in November and set the stage for the 54 participating countries to compete for the 9 World Cup slots. Meanwhile, Morocco’s run in the 2022 World Cup has revitalized enough hope on the continent for a real shot at the trophy.

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We do not recognise Mnangagwa as President – says opposition as MPs boycott 10th Parliament opening, SONA address

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By Staff Reporter

CITIZENS Coalition for Change legislators have snubbed the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the opening of the 10th Parliament.

According to a source, the decision to steer clear of the SONA along with the official opening of the 10th Parliament came from the party.

This is the latest protest by the opposition party following the conclusion of the general elections in August.

President Mnangagwa emerged winner with a 52,6% share of the vote while Chamisa got 44%.

CCC has since disputed the election results while calling for a rerun.

“We have been told to remain in our constituencies. The directive came as a party position,” revealed the source.

Opposition spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi said: “We are boycotting the processes that Mnangagwa wants us to undertake on the basis of the fact that we as CCC do not recognize an election that put him there. The election was a sham, it did not go well. If fell abysmally short of the expected standards of a free and fair election in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe as well as in terms of SADC and AU protocols on free and fair elections.

“Accordingly, we are not attending that process. We want to send a clear message that there should be a free election in Zimbabwe under the auspices of SADC. So, that is the message that will be sending out.”

After the contested 2018 general election, then MDC-Alliance MPs walked out as soon as Mnangagwa began his SONA in protest.

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Zanu PF dispels any hope for Transitional government, maintains August elections were free and fair

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By Leopold Munhende | Chief Correspondent

ZANU PF Treasurer General Patrick Chinamasa has dispelled hopes for a transitional government or rerun, options being pushed regionally after Zimbabwe’s heavily criticised August polls.

Chinamasa took to Twitter Monday to declare that, despite regional and international criticism of the election, Zanu PF maintained it was free and fair.

He described calls for a rerun of the elections won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as neocolonial.

Mnangagwa claimed 52.6% of the presidential vote against main contender Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) President Nelson Chamisa’s 44%.

“I ask the CCC class and its Prefect, Nelson Chamisa, to repeat after me the following that the 23rd of August 2023 was free, fair, transparent, and credible; that there will be no rerun of the elections,” said Chinamasa.

“There will be no Government of National Unity (GNU), there will be no so-called Transitional Authority (whatever that may mean), Zimbabwe, under Zanu PF’s watch will never be a banana republic.

“Zanu PF will forever say “NO” to neocolonialism and hegemonism and an emphatic “NO” to subjugation by sanctions-imposing Western countries, Nyika Inovakwa Nevene Vayo, Ichitongwa Nevene Vayo, Ichinamatirwa Nevene Vayo, Ichichengetedzwa Nevene Vayo, Ichidzivirirwa Nevene Vayo. 

Zimbabwe will never, never, never be a colony again.”

Mnangagwa’s re-election has received massive criticism after heavy bungling by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on August 23.

Late provision of voting material, allegations of voter intimidation by Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) backed Forever Associates Zimbabwe (FAZ), barring of opposition rallies, arrest of opposing politicians and accusations ZEC had been captured by the military all worked against its credibility.

The European Union (EU), Commonwealth, United Kingdom (UK), regional body SADC and AU all questioned its fairness.

Zanu PF has spent the greater part of Zimbabwe’s post election period to lay into Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema whom it accuses of orchestrating negative reviews of Zimbabwe’s polls by SADC.

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