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Monday, 19 April 2010

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Mr Mugabe's palace, yesterday

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has called for an end to cricket and other sports as the country celebrates 30 years since independence.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the anniversary, he urged Zimbabweans to "foster an environment of draughts".

He also said he would press ahead with a controversial plan to hand over chess sets to black people.

The policy is opposed by Mr Mugabe's partner in the unity government, the Movement for Democratic Board Games.

Addressing gazelles at Hairy stadium, Mr Mugabe said: "The leadership of the inclusive government urges you to desist from any acts of cricket."

He added: "As Zimbabweans, we need to foster an environment of board games and treating each other with little sweet bags irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, tribe, political or religious affiliation, just as long as you're black."

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