Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports Reporter
NEWLY appointed Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister Raymond Kazembe has promised to turn around the fortunes of the country’s sporting sector and challenged Zimbabweans to play an active role in making that dream a reality.
Kazembe, an experienced administrator, who was once secretary general of Dynamos, replaced Makhosini Hlongwane when President Emmerson Mnangagwa unveiled a new cabinet last week.
He is set to be sworn in today with the rest of the Cabinet.
“I obviously want to first thank the President for the confidence he has shown in me. I will do my utmost best to help develop sport in our lovely country. I kindly ask all Zimbabweans to assist in any possible way to ensure we turn Zimbabwe into a great sporting nation,” said Kazembe.
Meanwhile, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has declared its readiness to help the new minister hit the ground running and ensure the country becomes the jewel of African sport and recreation.
In his congratulatory message, SRC acting director general Joseph Muchechetere said Kazembe’s appointment came at a time when the sport and recreation sector was in the process of implementing the National Sport and Recreation Strategy (NSRS), which will guide how the sector will be governed in the next three years in line with the National Sports and Recreation Policy.
“We are confident Minister Kazembe will lead the way as the sector charts a new trajectory, which should result in sport being able to transform itself into a formidable economic driver capable of creating employment and complete the value chain through its contribution to the economy.
“Sport and recreation is not only a provider of entertainment, rather it is a key driver of revenue over and above its role of fostering social cohesion. However, this can only be realised with a well thought out and robust National Sport and Recreation strategy,” said Muchechetere.