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Zimbabwean sports minister denies claims of resignation


 

   HARARE, Jan. 19 -- Zimbabwean minister of sports Kirsty Coventry has dismissed reports claiming that she has resigned from her ministerial job.
   Unconfirmed reports circulating on social media claimed the youthful minister, a former swimmer and one of the most decorated Olympian from Africa, had resigned due to violence that rocked Zimbabwe over the past week.
   Coventry denied the claims in a Twitter message Friday.
   "I would like to make it clear that I have not resigned as minister," she said.
   She also urged Zimbabweans to desist from violence, saying the disturbances that rocked the country last week was a sad development.
   Zimbabwe was rocked by violence in the past week after a three-day nationwide stay away called by the main labor body turned violent, resulting in the death of three people and widespread destruction of property.
   Police have since arrested about 700 people countrywide in connection with the violence, including activist pastor Evan Mawarire who once called for a successful one-day nationwide stay away in 2016.
   Those arrested also include officials from the opposition MDC Alliance.
   The stay away was in protest against fuel price hikes of more than 100 percent and the general economic meltdown in the country.
   The Zimbabwe government has since offered an additional salary package of 300 million U.S.  dollars to be shared by its workers from April to December 2019 but the workers rejected it, saying it is not enough.Xinhua