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August, 2017

 

WRAPUP 1-Soccer-Barkley snubs Chelsea in dramatic end to deadline day

* England midfielder Barkley decides to stay at Everton

* Oxlade-Chamberlain joins Liverpool for 35 million pounds

* Spanish striker Llorente, Ivorian Aurier move to Spurs

* Total Premier League spending far above one billion pounds

By Neil Robinson

LONDON, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Chelsea suffered a dramatic late blow on transfer deadline day when Everton midfielder Ross Barkley rejected a move to the Premier League champions after travelling to their training ground for a medical.

On a day of frenetic spending that took the Premier League total to a record far above one billion pounds ($1.29 billion), Antonio Conte’s side also missed out on two of their other targets – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fernando Llorente.

England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Liverpool and Spaniard Llorente joined Tottenham Hotspur in deals worth 35 million pounds and 12 million pounds respectively.

But the champions still managed some business, paying Torino 23 million pounds for defender Davide Zappacosta and reportedly pushing through a late deal for Danny Drinkwater.

Special dispensation was requested from the FA to register Leicester City’s midfielder after the official deadline, one of several deals due to come through late.

However welcome those signings will be for Chelsea, they may not compensate for the snub delivered by England midfielder Barkley who arrived at their Cobham training ground late on Thursday only to turn round and head back north.

Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri told Sky Sports Barkley had turned up at the west London club’s Cobham training base only to undergo a dramatic change of heart as the transfer deadline clock ticked down.

“The two clubs agreed a deal of 35 million pounds, I think personal terms were agreed and after medical (sic) we heard from Paul Martin, Ross Barkley’s agent, that he had changed his mind,” said Moshiri.

He added that Barkley, who is in the final year of his contract at Everton, wanted to “reconsider his position” in the January transfer window. “It was a big surprise but this is football,” Moshiri said.

The BBC later quoted a source close to 23-year-old Barclay saying the midfielder did not have a medical and wanted to make a decision about his future when he was fully fit. He has been sidelined with a hamstring injury after a hernia operation.

Alexis Sanchez was another player staying put, although for different reasons, as Arsenal turned down a 60 million pounds bid from Manchester City after failing to secure his potential replacement, Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, despite a 92 million pounds bid reportedly being accepted by the French club.

British media speculated that the France winger would have preferred a switch to Liverpool, who were reported to have made their own bid, a possible indication that Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho could be en route from Anfield to Barcelona.

Although that deal looks unlikely, the transfer window in Spain does not close until Friday.

VAN DYKE STAYS

Liverpool failed to lure central defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, who refused to sell despite a high-profile transfer request which led to the Dutch international’s exclusion from first team training.

But the Merseyside club did agree a fee to sell French defender Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace for 24 million pounds.

West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans is also staying put despite being linked with a move to Arsenal or Manchester City, who still ended up as the window’s top spenders after lavishing in excess of 200 million pounds on players.

Spurs are traditionally busy on deadline day and completed the signing of Llorente from Swansea and paid PSG 23 million pounds for Ivorian Serge Aurier.

Swansea re-signed striker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City and, in one of the day’s surprises, brought in Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches on loan from Bayern Munich.

Another Portugal Euro 2016 winner, Adrien Silva, was due to join Leicester in a late deal with the Foxes also signing Austria’s Aleksandar Dragovic from Bayer Leverkusen.

Every Premier League club brought in at least two players in the window, with Watford and promoted Huddersfield Town the busiest teams with each making 13 signings.

Brighton & Hove Albion left it late to bring in goalkeeper Tim Krul on loan from Newcastle United and defender Ezequiel Schelotto from Inter Milan.

Everton, one of the window’s most prolific spenders, lavished a further 10 million pounds on Hajduk Split’s teenage striker Nikola Vlasic.

$1 = 0.7730 pounds Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Ken Ferris


Recrutement – Unité de gestion du Pades: Un citoyen dénonce un appel à candidature discriminatoire

Le dossier de recrutement de personnel au profit de l’unité de gestion du Projet d’appui au développement de l’enseignement supérieur, continue de faire des vagues.

Bac session de juin 2017 : 41,78 % de taux de réussite au plan national

Plusieurs cadres de l’administration ont été ahuris de voir les thèmes de référence du recrutement, rendus publics par la ministre Marie Odile Attanasso.

Depuis, ils ne cessent de protester contre cet appel à candidature qui exclut un grand nombre de cadres de l’administration. La dernière contestation provient d’un citoyen qui démonte, arguments à l’appui, le caractère discriminatoire, vague, orienté et sélectif de l’appel d’offres du ministre.

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PADME : L’administrateur provisoire Mounirou Bachabi suspendu par le gouvernement

L’administrateur provisoire du Projet d’Appui au Développement des Micro-Entreprises (PADME), Mounirou Bachabi a maille à partir avec le gouvernement béninois . Il vient d’être suspendu par le conseil des ministres du mercredi 31 août 2017 pour mauvaise gestion de la structure qu’il dirige.

Bénin: Signature de l’accord cadre entre l’Idea et la Céna

Un rapport de vérification de la gestion administrative et financière du PADME a en effet relevé de graves irrégularités dans la gouvernance de l’administrateur provisoire du Projet d’Appui au Développement des Micro-Entreprises PADME, Mounirou Bachabi.

Il s’agit entre autres d’un certain nombre d’anomalies comme la signature de 02 gros contrats de 287.310.000 FCFA par l’administrateur sans en informer le comité de suivi de l’Administration provisoire, l’attribution d’un marché de 86.700.000 FCFA à un soumissionnaire régulièrement éliminé à l’issue de la procédure d’appel d’offre pour l’obtention du marché, la signature de quatre contrats de 441.840.516 FCFA par la procédure du gré à gré violant ainsi les prescriptions du manuel de procédures et le paiement entier des prestations partiellement exécutées.

A en croire le compte rendu du conseil des ministres, le gouvernement devrait prochainement engager des poursuites judiciaires contre le désormais ex-’administrateur provisoire du Projet d’Appui au Développement des Micro-Entreprises PADME et toutes les personnes mêlées à ces actes de mauvaise gestion du PADME.


Bénin – Création du MFED: L’énième mouvement pour soutenir Patrice Talon

Le Mouvement des forces engagées pour la démocratie (MFED), a été mis sur les fonds baptismaux samedi dernier à Comé. Ce mouvement politique vient, dans un contexte de ruée vers le régime en place, d’annoncer son soutien au Programme d’action du gouvernement du président Patrice Talon.

PAG : « Un catalogue d’intentions incohérentes » selon Léonce Houngbadji

Quelques heures après la naissance de ‘’Le Bénin en route’’, une formation politique qui annonce les couleurs au côtés du Chef de l’Etat, c’est à la faveur d’un congrès constitutif honoré par la présence du préfet du département du Mono, Komlan Séna Sedzro Zinsou, du maire de Comé, Pascal Hessou, et des représentants de plusieurs formations politiques, que le Mouvement des forces engagées pour la démocratie (MFED) a vu le jour samedi dernier à Comé.

Aussitôt né, le nouveau dans l’arène des formations politique voue allégeance et obédience au président Patrice Talon. Il devient la énième formation politique, en un laps de temps, à soutenir le Programme d’action du gouvernement.

Cette ruée vers la mouvance présidentielle laisse dubitatif sur l’idéologie de cette formation politique. A en croire les géniteurs, le Mouvement des forces engagées pour la démocratie (MFED), s’engage aux côtés du chef de l’État pour porter haut les actions contenues dans  Programme d’action du gouvernement (PAG). Une mission que se sont déjà assigné d’ores et déjà une panoplie de mouvements et associations politiques à travers le pays. L’on est donc en droit de s’interroger sur ‘’la pièce nouvelle’’, que le MFED compte jouer dans ce théâtre de soutien politique au président Talon.

De source sûre, ce mouvement qui naît à la veille des prochains remaniements au sein du gouvernement, est une machine politique du préfet du département du Mono, Komlan Séna Sedzro Zinsou, pour obtenir la part belle au département du Mono. Une ambition singulière au regard des défis qui attendent le pouvoir en place, en termes de développement durable.

De toute évidence, la politique a désormais pris le pas sur le développement tant prôné par le chef de l’Etat à la veille de son élection, si l’on s’en tient aux bouleversements de la classe politique.

Vivement que le Bénin en sorte gagnant !


Soccer-Tottenham sign striker Llorente, Bony returns to Swansea

Aug 31 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of striker Fernando Llorente from Swansea City, who replaced the Spaniard with Wilfried Bony before the transfer window shut on Thursday.

Premier League champions Chelsea were also reported to have made a bid for Llorente but he agreed a two-year contract with Spurs, becoming the North London club’s fifth signing of the transfer window.

The 32-year-old scored 15 league goals to help Swansea avoid relegation last season but missed the first month of the current campaign with an arm injury.

He has 24 caps with Spain and was a part of the 2010 World Cup winning squad.

“I can only say I come here to help Tottenham try to win titles,” Llorente told the club website. (www.tottenhamhotspur.com)

“I think they are working really well in the last few years, I like Mauricio Pochettino, his mentality, his thoughts about Tottenham and I think the project and the philosophy of this club is amazing.”

Llorente joins defender Serge Aurier at White Hart Lane on the deadline day as Pochettino hopes to strengthen the squad that finished second behind Chelsea in the league last season.

Swansea announced the signing of Bony, who rejoins the Welsh side after struggling for first-team opportunities at Manchester City.

The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international has signed a two-year deal, with an option of a third, at the Liberty Stadium.

He was the focal point of Swansea’s attack during his first spell between 2013 and 2015, netting 34 goals in 70 appearances.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ian Ransom


Football/Eliminatoire mondial 2018 : Le Match Gabon-Côte d’Ivoire se jouera finalement à Libreville !

La polémique autour de la délocalisation de la rencontre Gabon-Côte d’Ivoire, (Ndlr : comptant pour la phase aller de l’ultime tour qualificatif pour le mondial Russie 2018), est désormais close. Et pour cause la rencontre aura belle et bien lieu au stade de l’Amitié de Libreville demain samedi 2 septembre courant et non à Franceville comme l’idée agitée récemment par les organisateurs. Un revirement de dernière minute à mettre à l’actif de la farouche opposition de la délégation ivoirienne qui a brandi le non respect des délais estimé à 15 jours en cas de délocalisation.

Tout le monde s’accordent à dire que Libreville permettra à la presse de bien couvrir cette rencontre, mais aussi de voir plus des supporters derrière les deux équipes. A la veille du match après le problème du stade, la pression monte au sein de la tanière des Panthères bien décidée à prendre les trois points à domicile. Et comme si ce n’était pas suffisant, il se susurre qu’un conflit oppose Didier Ndong Ibrahim à Bruno Ecuele Manga, le doyen de l’équipe, sur le port du brassard de capitaine.


Société étatique et paraétatique : Ne tuons pas ces choses là !

Quelque chose saute vite aux yeux chez nous, c’est le remplacement quasi-systématique des infrastructures anciennes et historiques par de toutes nouvelles et la mise à mort, allons-nous dire, de nombreux fleurons : Air Gabon, Africa N°I, Sogadel, Sonadig, Agrogabon, les Télécommunications internationales gabonaises, bref, de nombreuses sociétés créées par la volonté du gouvernement non seulement pour faciliter l’emploi, mais aussi pour faire rayonner le pays à l’extérieur. Et nous croyons savoir que ces deux aspects qui méritent d’être soulignés avec force, ne sont pas du tout négligeables pour un Etat soucieux de se positionner parmi les émergents dans un horizon très proche. Avec tristesse, des citoyens observent la lente agonie de la radio africaine par exemple, Africa N°I, comme l’avancent de nombreux nostalgiques qui se meurt, faute d’adaptation au temps et de mise à jour de son outil technique, même s’il faut avouer que le personnel, lui, est toujours disposé à servir le continent et la diaspora africaine du mieux qu’il peut.

Le sait-on ? Apparemment non, car les faits, seuls, suffisent à démontrer le peu d’intérêt ou d’empressement avec lequel les personnes compétentes abordent le sujet de sa survie. Dans un univers médiatique de plus en plus concurrentiel, les auditeurs ont besoin d’une offre exceptionnelle pour rompre définitivement avec la monotonie de la propagande qui donne l’impression que l’on a affaire qu’à un seul son de cloche. Dire que le multipartisme et la démocratie ne s’accommodent pas de tout cela ou ne s’accommodent que très mal de cela. C’est la distance prise par certaines chaînes de radios et télévisions et certains organes de presse écrite et en ligne qui fait la fierté non seulement des Gabonais, mais aussi des Africains.

Importance du label !

Nous ne parlions là que d’Africa N°I qui est presque la seule réalisation de l’ère Bongo Ondimba à survivre à l’usure du temps et des hommes, mais faut-il rappeler, il y’en a eu qui ont complètement disparu, laissant un goût amer à tous ceux pour qui les notions de souveraineté et de patriotisme ont encore un véritable sens. En fait, par quoi un pays se distingue-t-il des autres si ce n’est par ses réalisations, fruits de ses intelligences ? En d’autres termes qu’a-t-il à proposer aux yeux du monde pour qu’il soit considéré comme nation à part entière ? D’aucuns soutiennent avec énergie que la perte de certains fleurons impacte sur la société tout entière étant donné qu’ils représentent des éléments de solidification de l’esprit national et bien au-delà, une fierté pour les nationaux. D’où le risque de les détruire. De nombreux pays africains ont ce que l’on considère à juste titre comme d’anciennes villes, c’est le cas de l’Algérie, de la Tunisie et de bien d’autres qui ont su conserver le passé colonial qu’ils exhibent fièrement aujourd’hui aux touristes, d’où le capital sympathie qu’ils suscitent.

Ne serait-il pas intéressant de leur emboiter le pas ne serait-ce que par mimétisme ?

Certaines réalisations méritent qu’on leur accorde l’importance qu’elles doivent avoir si réellement l’on est en quête de notoriété. Le fait par le passé de voir « les Ailes de la Rénovation » circuler dans les airs de plusieurs cités de par le monde suffisait à soulager des esprits soucieux de leur appartenance à un pays qui sait se singulariser et susciter donc de l’admiration. Quelle idée traverse la tête de nombre d’entre nous à la vue d’Air Rwanda, De Camair Co, d’Ecair, d’Air Burkina, d’Ethiopian Airlines et de bien d’autres compagnies aériennes sillonnant le ciel de part et d’autre de la planète ?


Manzou Farm: Govt sets record straight

Adv Dinha

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe has not invaded Manzou Farm in Upper Mazowe Valley as claimed by sections of the private media, and such insinuations reflect a sinister agenda to tarnish the name of the First Family, Government has said.

Further, at no point has the family monopolised water abstraction from Mazowe Dam as alleged in some phoney media outlets.

The private media has embarked on a sustained onslaught against the First Family, particularly the First Lady, accusing her of taking over Manzou Farm and Mazowe Dam.

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Most of the stories stem from a report compiled by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission on alleged complaints by the so-called Arnold and Valeria Farms residents.

Verified information by The Herald from various Government departments and provincial authorities in Mashonaland Central Province shows that Manzou Farm was declared a national heritage site in terms of the National Museums and Monuments Act and as such no one should be resettled on it.

With regards to Mazowe Dam, it emerged that it is jointly owned by Mazowe Citrus (60 percent) and the Government of Zimbabwe (40 percent).

The First Family, as farmers in Mazowe, is among a host of other farmers drawing water from the dam.

Other farms that access water from the same dam are Laurancedale Farm (where there are four farmers) Georgia West Plot, Cornucopia Farm, Hamilton Farm and Mazowe Citrus.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Herald, Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs Advocate Martin said the First Family had become victims of a negative media campaign sponsored by the country’s enemies.

He explained that the provincial lands committee of Mashonaland Central in fact invited the First Family to develop Manzou Farm after noting exceptional developments they were undertaking at their children’s home and dairy farm in Mazowe.

Adv Dinha also explained the legal status of the farm in question.

“My office took interest of the report from the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission after the negative and inflammatory reportage in the opposition press abusing this report to vilify the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe,” he said.

“I must point out that while I disagree with some of the findings of the report, at no point does it direct or order the First Family to do anything. In fact, the report has various recommendations to State actors and Government which we will take note of and implement. It is mischievous and misdirected for the opposition press and anyone for that matter, to unjustly peddle falsehoods and make unfounded allegations against the First Family and in particular Amai Dr Grace Mugabe and His Excellency the President,” Adv Dinha said.

“I want to place it on record as I have done before that Manzou Game Reserve is a designated Parks and Wildlife area. It was so before and after the land reform programme. In addition, Manzou and surrounding areas constitute the gazetted Nehanda National Monument which is as important and symbolic as the Great Zimbabwe Monument.”

He continued: “Critically, Manzou Game Conservancy and the surrounding farms are protected areas and should not be subjected to any settlement. Anyone who occupied or resettled in Manzou did so illegally. The State cannot promote or allow squatters or legalise illegal settlements. As provincial authorities, we have a duty to protect the environment and our heritage such as the sacred land of Gomba and Manzou where Mbuya Nehanda lived.

“She is our legendary heroine and symbol of our resistance to colonialism. The place around Manzou is sacred and allowing destruction of sacred sites such as Shavarunzi and Baradzanwa would be the highest level of irresponsibility in me as the Minister of State responsible for Mashonaland Central and the Government of Zimbabwe,” he said.

“The First Lady has done a lot for us in Mashonaland Central and Zimbabwe in general – building schools and looking after orphans at Mazowe Children’s Home and some poor minds want to find fault everywhere. We appreciate her good work and it is us as the province that have approached her to invest in critical areas for the good of our province and Zimbabwe. We will stand by our First Lady and the First Family as some of you seek to please your handlers and attract donor funding.”

National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe national director Dr Godfery Mahachi also confirmed that Manzou was a protected area as it was declared a national heritage site.

“The whole idea of national monuments is to preserve the landscape and obviously the reason to give monument status is to effectively protect the values of the cultural landscape identified,” he said.

“One of the challenges we have in protecting these values is human interference where sacred areas are destroyed, where people cut down vegetation and where various activities by people settled in the areas negatively affect the sacredness of the cultural landscape. For that reason, we try to make sure that human activity in gazetted areas is minimal. That requirement equally applies to Upper Mazowe Valley which covers the monument. The National Museums and Monuments is one of the stakeholders in that area and we are trying to protect the area. Other departments such as the Environmental Management Agency who have been alarmed by the amount of damage taking place in the area are also there. The First Family or no First Family, we don’t see it in that light but we are duty bound to protect the Upper Mazowe.”

Commenting on Mazowe Dam issue, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) public relations manager Mrs Marjorie Munyonga said: “Mazowe Dam is owned by Mazowe Citrus and the Government of Zimbabwe. Mazowe Citrus owns 60 percent of the available water in the dam with the Government owning the remainder. Zinwa allocates the 40 percent to any person wishing to irrigate using Mazowe Dam and the allocations are only made to people who would have entered into a water abstraction agreement with Zinwa as required by law.”

The First Family, like any other farmer in the area, benefits from Mazowe Dam.

“A number of other farmers have entered into water abstraction agreements with Zinwa in respect of irrigation water from Mazowe Dam,” said Mrs Munyonga.

Mrs Munyonga said the authority was not aware of any harassment of people taking place at or around Mazowe Dam and no individual or organisation had approached them complaining about the harassment or denial of access to the dam.

Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management spokeman Mr Tinashe Farawo said they were issuing fishing permits to those interested in doing that business in Mazowe Dam as long as they met the set requirements.


Midlands youth rally roars into life

Workmen put final touches to the VIP section at the venue for the Presidential Youth Interface rally slated for Gweru today. —(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

Felex Share Senior Reporter
All roads lead to the Midlands Province today for President Mugabe’s seventh interactive meeting with youths amid expectations that 120 000 people will fill up the venue.

The rally will be held at an open ground behind Mkoba Teachers’ College in Gweru.

The province set the tone yesterday when youths held a procession in the city.

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As has become the norm in every host province, the youths also held a carnival.

Roads leading to the venue were also being attended to.

The Zanu-PF Youth League national executive inspected the venue in the company of Politburo members Cdes Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and Joram Gumbo.

Zanu-PF Youth League secretary Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga said they were happy with the state of preparedness.

Cde Chipanga

Cde Chipanga

“We have held the final preparatory meeting today at the venue,” he said. “The meeting was attended by Politburo

members, members of the Youth League national executive, the Midlands Youth League provincial executive together with members of the Joint Operation Command (JOC) and the provincial administrator. From the brief we got and what we saw on the state of preparedness they are done and only waiting to receive the President. We took the time to inspect the venue and we were impressed by the set up. The venue is well prepared and they have a bigger space which has the capacity to host the thousands of people expected.”

Cde Chipanga said the provinces had mobilised resources on its own.

“At the national level, we have supported them with tents, fuel and regalia and this will add onto what they have,” he said.

“We are happy that the roads are being rehabilitated and the Community Information Center which will be opened by the President before the main event is also ready. As usual we expect maximum discipline from the youths. We have our objectives as youths which want to articulate and this will be achieved if we exercise maximum discipline.”

Zanu-PF Midlands youth chairperson Cde Prosper Machando said they were on top of the situation.

“Everything is now in place and we have no challenges,” he said.

“On mobilisation we have done our part and we expect more than 120 000 to be at the venue. We have worked in unity so there is no reason for the rally to fail. In terms of logistics we have mobilised enough resources and we have been supported from the national level and it’s all systems go. We promise nothing short of happiness. What we are waiting for is the arrival of the President only.”

He added: “We are in a celebratory mood as youths in the province and we have already begun with a well-attended procession and carnival. We have already set the tone and we only wait for the arrival of the President.”

Indications are that the province has secured more than 100 buses, 300 commuter omnibuses and 200 trucks to ferry party supporters to the venue.

The National Railways of Zimbabwe has also pledged wagons for supports in areas such as Mberengwa, Zvishavane, Mvuma, Lalapanzi and Kwekwe.

Zanu-PF has 536 party districts in the eight administrative districts in Midlands.

Today’s rally becomes the seventh one with President Mugabe having visited Mashonaland East, Manicaland, Masvingo, Matabeleland North, Mashonaland West and Matabeleland South provinces.

President Mugabe has been using the platform to interact with the youths and directly responding to their concerns.

The interface meetings are being organised by the Zanu-PF Youth League.

Zanu-PF is using the platforms to launch a massive campaign for voter registration of youths ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections.

All the rallies have been highly subscribed and were incident free.

During the interface meetings, the youths are articulating social, economic and political issues affecting them.

Among other issues, the Youth League is advocating for young people to have access to land, agricultural inputs and participate in mining activities.

President Mugabe is expected to have visited all the 10 provinces next month.


ED dismisses Gushungo Dairy ice cream claims

VP Mnangagwa

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
VICE PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has dismissed reports that he ate ice cream from Gushungo Dairy shortly before his sudden illness during a zanu-pf Youth Interface rally in Gwanda early this month.

The VP had a severe bout of vomiting and diarrhoea during the rally and had to be eventually flown to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he received treatment.

In a statement yesterday, VP Mnangagwa said claims that he ate ice cream from Gushungo Dairy were being made by unscrupulous elements bent on creating a rift between him and the First Family.

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The clarification by VP Mnangagwa comes at a time when authoritative sources indicated yesterday that his doctors from South Africa arrived in the country on Wednesday to present their medical report to the VP and the President.

“I, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, State Vice President and Second Secretary of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Union (zanu-pf) party, would like to put the record straight regarding my alleged consumption of ice cream from Gushungo Dairy at the high table on the occasion of the Youth Interface rally at Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda Matabeleland South Province, on Saturday 12 August 2017,” he said.

“No such thing ever occurred. The insinuation that I partook ice cream from the said dairy is false and mischievous, and being peddled by unscrupulous elements with the sinister agenda of creating a rift between me and the First Family, lower market confidence in products from the dairy and cause unnecessary alarm and despondency among peace-loving Zimbabweans.”

Highly-placed Government sources told the Herald that: “The medical experts that attended to the Vice President flew into the country to present their findings to the VP. They presented the same findings to His Excellency, the President.”

The Herald could not find the details of the medical report by the time of going to print.

After VP Mnangagwa’s sudden illness, the private media and social media were abuzz with unfounded claims that he consumed ice cream from Gushungo Dairy, suggesting that it was the cause of his illness.

The VP had not issued any statement on the matter and his clarification yesterday put paid to speculation and theories that were being spread about his illness.

While VP Mnangagwa was in South Africa, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Chris Mushohwe issued a statement saying the VP’s doctors had indicated that he could have eaten stale food, resulting in him suffering a severe bout of vomiting and diarrhea.

Dr Mushohwe also dismissed social media claims that VP Mnangagwa was poisoned.

“Some stories went to the extent that perhaps he was poisoned; some went to the extent that he ate ice cream from Gushungo Dairy.

“That is absolute nonsense. In fact, for the record, the Vice President did not eat ice cream. Yes, there was ice cream. I ate it, many people ate the ice cream, but he did not eat the ice cream himself. I do not know where this is coming from.

“What the doctors think happened is that perhaps he ate some stale food, which then means it is really not poison in the sense that the people are trying to allege.”