Top karate post for Rugwete


ZIMBABWE Karate Union (ZKU) president Joe Rugwete was this week elected the secretary-general of the Zone Six Karate Union, a development he said will help position the country on the world map.


Million Masumbika of Botswana was elected president, while Mozambican Carlos Dias assumed the vice-president.

The position of treasurer went to Carlos Vilela of South Africa and Zambian Simba Mangaba will deputise Rugwete.

Before his latest appointment, Rugwete served as the vice-secretary-general of the regional karate body.

The elections, which were initially supposed to take place last month in Windhoek, Namibia, before deferred due to procedural irregularities, finally took place last Saturday when the Zone Six Karate executive congregated in Gaborone, Botswana.

Rugwete’s tenure will run for the next four years. He takes over from Gift Nkwe of Botswana.

“I’m naturally happy with my election. This is a vote of confidence for the good work we are doing in trying to further develop karate in this country and the region. My new position in the executive is good for the country because we now have the opportunity to liaise directly with the continental and international karate bodies,” said Rugwete.

Karate has been on a rebound since the coming in of Rugwete as ZKU president last year.

The board’s emphasis has been on karate development at the grassroots level and last year they held interprovincial championships as they sought to revive the sport in the country.

This year’s edition of the championships have been set for Bulawayo at the ZRP Drill Hall on October 4-5.