Boxer, Kudakwashe Chiwandire honoured

By Josephine Mugiyo Diplomatic Correspondent
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged women to defy the odds and excel in various fields including sport.
He was speaking at a reception held in honour of World Boxing Council Interim Super Bantam Weight Title holder Kudakwashe Chiwandire at State House in Harare this Monday.
Kudakwashe “Take Money” Chiwandire who lifted the World Boxing Council Interim Super Bantam Weight World title, was this Monday honoured by the highest office in the land with a reception being held for the female boxing icon at the State House in Harare.
President Mnangagwa applauded the girl child for the remarkable victory, saying it is an indication that women have what it takes to excel in different fields.
“She has also exhibited the tenacity, resolve and determination associated with the warrior spirit of the people of our great country. Her victory and achievement is equally a testimony that women can achieve great exploits in all spheres of life in general and sport in particular,” said the President.
The President went down memory lane, chronicling Zimbabwe’s achievements in sport since the era of the Golden Girls.
The sports sector has various challenges and President Mnangagwa pledged government’s commitment to increasing investment in sport.
“Sport plays an integral role as a catalyst for spurring human development and the promotion of a healthy nation. The challenges bedeviling out local sporting sector in general and boxing in particular such as limited investment as well as adverse lack of equipment, standard facilities and research need to be urgently addressed. In this regard I pledge my government’s commitment to increasing investment in sport in the coming years in order to address these matters,” said President Mnangagwa.
Chiwandire hopes her victory will inspire fellow women to achieve their goals.
“I want other women out there to know that we can achieve greatness, I am now working to defend my title,” said the Boxer.
Chiwandire is now the highest ranked female boxer in Africa, across all weight categories and the only female boxer who holds a world boxing council title on the African continent at the moment.
President Mnangagwa announced that government is ready to support Chiwandire’s title defence against Marian La Barbie Juarez of Mexico.