Minister Kirsty Coventry finally speaks; promises to be more visible

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By Leopold Munhende

SPORTS minister Kirsty Coventry has resurfaced after a lengthy public absence following her surprise cabinet appointment by president Emmerson Mnangagwa in September.

Coventry, who recently revealed that she is expecting, has been conspicuous by her absence at public functions including last week’s International Youth Day celebrations where she was expected to speak as guest of honour.

However, in a bullish message posted on Twitter, Coventry promised to be more visible going forward.

“#Youth #Sport #Art #Recreation add enormous value to our economy and I won’t let corruption or mismanagement destroy our vision of a middle-income country,” she said.

“It’s time for our potential to be realized; you are going to be seeing a lot more of me now.”

The youthful minister was in Buenos Aires, Argentina for this year’s Youth Olympics.

Days after her appointment, Coventry who is Zimbabwe’s most decorated sportsperson met with the struggling Zimbabwe Football Association’s (ZIFA) president Philip Chiyangwa and the equally troubled Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).

Her largely unexpected appointed won President Mnangagwa praise from across the political field signifying the respect she commands.

Coventry is currently a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the  IOC Athletes Commission which looks after the interests of athletes across the world.