Campus News Round-Up: What You Might Have Missed This Week (4 – 10 February 2018)

Editorial Staff 

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WINKY D delivered a stellar performance with his newly released album at the Nust Semester Welcome Bash at the  ceremonial hall in Bulawayo on Saturday night.

This came a day after he launched his much anticipated album Gombwe in Harare.

Local favourites, DJ Nospa and DJ Mzoe warmed up the stage for the Gafa.  They did not disappoint.

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As expected the Ninja president and his Vigilance Band gave a spirited performance, blending the new and the old.

He performed songs from the new album that was launched on his birthday but nothing was new in terms of living up to expectations.

The album, which is a mixture of party and dance songs, has already proven to be a hit.

Those who did not make it to the HICC got their fair share of the Gafa’s worldclass act at Nust.

Winky D who got on stage at around half one launched his performance with old songs from previous albums with the crowd singing along throughout.

As if in trance the Disappear hit-maker performed his seemingly favourite song Ngirozi, from the new album featuring choral group, Vabati VaJehova, more than three times with the crowd responding well to the new gospel dance hall tune.

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Winky D kept the students on their feet with songs like Toyi Toyi, Old School, Green Like Me Garden and Godo.

He left the stage at 3.30am yesterday and the crowd kept clamouring for more.

First Copy of Gombwe Sold For US$40 000

Businessman and socialite Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure bought the first copy of Winky D’s latest album, Gombwe, for $40 000 during its launch on Friday night at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

Ginimbi who is known for flaunting his wealth on social media wanted to buy the auctioned disc at $20 000 but he was forced to revise the initial amount after flamboyant Albert Ndabambi ‘outshined’ him by bidding the CD for $30 000.

Ginimbi dug deeper into his pockets forking another $20 000 to make it $40 000 in total.

At the end of the night, Winky D smiled all the way to the bank with a cool $70 000, a lump sum.- (Chronicle)

South Sudanese Students Go Green 

Midlands State University South Sudan Students, in conjunction with the National Forest Commission, embarked on a tree planting exercise at the Graduate School of Business Leadership campus on the 30th of January 2018.

The exercise aimed at creating a vibrant and healthy environment for the students and the surrounding communities.

The project coordinator, Kan Gueh Kan Lapdhor, highlighted that the initiative was driven by the ideals of Zimbabwe’s National Tree Planting Day which is held annually in December.

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Ladphor said the initiative was meant to improve the learning, working and living environment for Midlands State University and the surrounding community as trees provide clean air.

“The role of trees on the planet is comparable to that of lungs in human beings. Therefore, it is imperative to plant trees at our University to improve the living conditions of human beings and bring balance to the ecosystem through the production of clean air,” said Kan.

The Midlands State University International Relations Office also highlighted that this initiative came as a result of the need to join the world in combating global warming which has affected most parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.

International Relations Office representative, Qinisani Bhebe, weighed in on the tree planting initiative by highlighting its contribution towards the reduction of global warming.

Mr Ilunga, representing the Student Affairs Division, applauded the efforts made by the Midlands State University International students towards creating a green environment.

Ilunga went on to thank the National Forest Commission for the donation of two hundred and fifty trees.

“As the Student Affairs Division, we would like to commend the South Sudan students for coming up and implementing an initiative that would help preserve our environment.”

This tree planting initiative is also going to leave a lasting legacy of their courtesy not only towards Midlands State University but the nation at large.

This tree planting exercise shall be an ongoing process at Midlands State University as the International students scale up their fight against global warming to make this world a better place to live in.- (MSU Facebook)

Govt to review harsh media laws

“Zimbabwe was one of the first countries to introduce legislation on access to information-the AIPPA Act, but unfortunately, AIPPA is better in prohibiting access to information than in facilitating it,” 

 

Government says it is in the process of aligning media laws with the constitution as well as reviewing some laws that impede the smooth operation of the media.

The media is Zimbabwe is operating under harsh conditions which have seen various journalists being arrested for stories they would have written and also failing to access information from public institutions.

Speaking at the launch of the European Union and Norwegian government funded Media and Elections Program, Acting Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Simon Khaya-Moyo said work is already under way to align the laws.

“At policy level, the Ministry of Information is in the process of aligning the two pieces of media legislation that fall within its purview that is the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA) with the constitution, they must be aligned with the constitution and we are working expeditiously to ensure this is accomplished.

“The ministry is also alive to the fact that there are other laws that affect the media and continues to engage with other government stakeholders to ensure that we create a more favourable working environment for the media,” he said.

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Speaking at the same occasion Head of European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Philippe Van Damme said if the media is to play its role of reinforcing accountability then the stringent laws must be address as matter of urgent.

“If we want the media to full play their role of informing public debate and reinforcing scrutiny and accountability of electoral and democratic processes, the issues will need to be addressed, not only through the legal framework, but also in the way the laws are effectively applied.

“Zimbabwe was one of the first countries to introduce legislation on access to information-the AIPPA Act, but unfortunately, as you all know, AIPPA is better in prohibiting access to information than in facilitating it,” he said.

Ambassador Van Damme added that the media is also constrained in its watchdog role by harsh economic conditions and general lack of professional skills and deontological standards.

He said the media is also constrained by threats from politicians or other wealthy and/or well-connected individuals under the investigations.- (Daniel Chingundu/Open Parly ZW)

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