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UNDP donates soccer balls

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday donated 1 000 soccer balls to Jomic in an effort to lure political activists from across the political divide to close ranks through social soccer and minimise political confrontations.

UNDP resident representative Alain Noudehou said Jomic played a critical role in conflict prevention and resolution of conflict and peace-building hence the donation of the soccer balls.

Against the background of the evolving context in Zimbabwe and with a population growth that is characterised by a growing portion of the youth, Jomic has rightly identified young people as a category that needs special attention if sustainable growth and peaceful development is to be achieved and reach everyone, everywhere, said Noudehou.

Jomic chairperson Oppah Muchinguri said the donation will go a long way as it would keep the youths busy and shun violence.The function was attended by representatives of Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC youths.

Meanwhile, Britain has pledged $120 million over the next four years towards improving Zimbabwes health sector.

Mark Lowcock, a senior official in the Department for International Development who made the announcement yesterday during a visit to Harare Hospital, said the funds would be targeted at the most vulnerable groups, especially women and children.

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