Youth Games Loc to continue

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SPORT, Arts and Culture Minister Andrew Langa has reiterated the commitment of Government to a conducive sport and recreational environment and in that light the operations of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Local Organising Committee will continue until the end of June.

Bulawayo hosted the AUSC Region 5 Games from 5 to 14 December where different countries that included Zambia, Botswana, Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho and Swazi competed in football, netball, judo, athletics, basketball and swimming among other sporting disciplines.

Minister Langa said in their operations the Loc will be guided by the AUSC Host Manual and the Provision of the Protocol Agreement in line with Government accepted policy.

a�?The operations of the LOC will continue until the end of June. In their operations they will, as they have always been, guided by AUSC Host Manual and the Provision of the Protocol Agreement in line with Government accepted policy. Notwithstanding the concerns rightfully noted by various publics including the Press the deliverables of the LOC in this period will be the implementation of an exit programme where all suppliers of services and goods and ancillary staff will be paid their due balances,a�? said minister Langa.

He said the LOC will also consolidate the legacy issues to the City of Bulawayo with measures put in place to ensure the security of the venues and assets while at the same time guaranteeing the access of the sporting citizenry of the nation and the city in particular.

The Gamesa�� LOC will also ensure the commencement of both internal and external audit processes that according to Minister Langa a�?will be systematic, transparent and in line with the dictates of the Auditor Generala��s Office and the AUSC Region 5 statutes on the Games.a�?

He added that till June the LOC will also work on the publication of a comprehensive Asset Disposal Plan in line with best practice in Government.

Minister Langa acknowledged that concern has been raised with reference to the remuneration of the LOC staff.