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November 28, 2014

Chief Kazangarare urges traditional values …..Hurungwe Arts Festival kicks off in Karoi

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By Nhau Mangirazi

Chief Kazangarare is urging youths to preserve cultural values and remain focused in safeguarding Zimbabwean humility.

Speaking during the traditional opening ceremony of Hurungwe Arts Festive being hosted by Baptism of Fire on Friday, Chief Kazangarare said there is need for youths to preserve values from elders and keep on passing to the next generations.

‘’We are happy that Baptism of Fire are hosting Hurungwe Arts Festival and have seen it fit to inform us. We are grateful that we are interlinking to maintain better standards of life traditionally. As youths, we look forward to see you working closely with elders. We will not give up assisting you when the need arises. That is what we call humanity. Discipline is self behavior. It is good that some rural folks never thought urbanites could organize such an event. Our new constitution gives us the mandate to uphold the traditional values’’, he said.

Ministry of Sports Arts and Culture district officer Jembere said there is need to take charge on intangible cultural heritage.

‘’It is natural that we must greet our elders but this will diminish if we do not preserve it. Let us all be one in this fight and this festival is the starting point for more things to come’’, said Jembere.

Baptism of Fire Director, BOF, of communication Skumbuzo Sibanda said the Hurungwe Arts Festival will open new avenues for upcoming artists including musicians, drama.

This is the opportunity for promoters to assist upcoming musicians. Hurungwe has artistic talent that need to be utilized through promotion.

Chikangwe primary school pupils showing their talents during Hurungwe Arts Festival on FridayCulture Fund are sponsoring the event in Karoi, the first of its kind in Mashonaland West provinceChikangwe primary school pupils showing their talents during Hurungwe Arts Festival on Friday

November 27, 2014

Zanu PF supporters demonstrate against Webster Shamu, Slyvester Nguni

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By Nhau Mangirazi in Chinhoyi. Zanu PF centre no longer holds as supporters here demonstrated against political commissar Webster Shamu. The supporters drawn from the Mashonaland West province’s adminstrative districts carried placards denouncing Shamu as leader of Gamatox faction linked to Vice President Joice Mujuru in the province. They accused him of dividing the party ahead of congress next week. Demostraters went around the provincial town central business centre with the escort of riot police. Provincial youth Vengai Musengi said they want Shamu and minister Slyvester Nguni. Vengasai told the supporters at party headquarters that enough is enough. “We are not happy with Webster Shamu and Slyvester Nguni. Shamu is a sellout. He must go” They accused him of taking a car from Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation. Some placards read, Shamu Dzora mbeu yawakatora, (Shamu return donated maize seed) Shamu Wakatengesa kubva kuhondo (Shamu you are a sellout during the war), Shamu uri kudya wega kuZimplats (Shamu you are getting kickbacks from Zimplats). Shamu’s mobile went unanswered as we sought to get a comment on allegations levelled against him. Zanu PF has sufferred turmoil with nine provincial chairmen suspended with bigwigs including Didymus Mutasa,Francis Nhema, Nicholas Goche among others had their nomination papers rejected at the weekend.

Zimbabwe media fail to cover Zanu PF, MDC-T succession battles

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By Nhau Mangirazi

CHINHOYI– Zimbabwe media has failed to cover succession battles in two major political parties due to poor ethical standards while some are overzealous.

Deteriorating ethical values have exposed the media in unfolding political dramas griping the nation, a media analyst has said.

Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe Executive Director Loughty Dube made the remarks on Wednesday night during a press club discussion titled; Is newspapers coverage of Zanu PF and MDC-T succession ethical?

Dube bemoaned that some journalists covering the suspension of Zanu PF senior party members aligned to Vice President Joice Mujuru are ill-informed.

‘’Not a single story that appeared in our papers quote section of Zanu PF constitution on suspensions as these demonstrations can not be taken serious. Readers must be informed on who raised the motion and how many voted for it to be passed. Generally, we have overzealous journalists who are not doing enough for their readers and listeners. Journalists must remain ethical in discharges of their duties. Let us go back to basics of accuracy, balance, truth without bias’’ said Dube.

He added that if these allegations (coup stories linking senior ministers including Didymus Mutasa, Nicholas Goche and Rugare Gumbo among others) are serious police must question the suspects as soon as possible.

‘’I am afraid of my own President whose life is in danger but the police are still yet to arrest suspects if the allegations are true’’, said Dube.

Affirmative Action Group national representative Clifford Hlupeko shocked many of those in attendance when he said that if he was Information and Broadcasting Minister (Jonathan Moyo) he could withdrew licenses from independent media houses defending those accused of trying to ousting President Mugabe.

‘’Why is that the independent media hate President Mugabe? They want him dead as they are supporting those who want him out of power. If had the power or in minister Moyo, I will withdraw all licenses from independent press. Of course that’s why Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and Herald are defensive.’’ He said.

Hlupeko said there was no succession to talk about in Zanu PF as President Mugabe was given the mandate to be the party leader.

Silver Bhebhe, a social commentator said there was need for journalist to adhere to ethical standards but was cautious that the poor economy was affecting some journalists to cover favorably some newsmakers.

‘’Of course our economy is not performing well and some journalists are being abused and taking sides. Our nation is divided, journalist must help to rebuild the lost confidence from readers and listeners’’ said Bhebhe.

Provincial journalists, members of the public and police attended supported by VMCZ as part of the late Bornwell Chakaodza memorial discussion.

November 26, 2014

Zanu PF supporters demonstrate again Webster Shamu

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By Nhau Mangirazi in Chinhoyi. Zanu PF centre no longer holds as supporters here demonstrated against political commissar Webster Shamu. The supporters drawn from the Mashonaland West province’s adminstrative districts carried placards denouncing Shamu as leader of Gamatox faction linked to Vice President Joice Mujuru in the province. They accused him of dividing the party ahead of congress next week. Demostraters went around the provincial town central business centre with the escort of riot police. Provincial youth Vengai Musengi said they want Shamu and minister Slyvester Nguni. Vengasai told the supporters at party headquarters that enough is enough. “We are not happy with Webster Shamu and Slyvester Nguni. Shamu is a sellout. He must go” They accused him of taking a car from Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation. Some placards read, Shamu Dzora mbeu yawakatora, (Shamu return donated maize seed) Shamu Wakatengesa kubva kuhondo (Shamu you are a sellout during the war), Shamu uri kudya wega kuZimplats (Shamu you are getting kickbacks from Zimplats). Shamu’s mobile went unanswered as we sought to get a comment on allegations levelled against him. Zanu PF has sufferred turmoil with nine provincial chairmen suspended with bigwigs including Didymus Mutasa,Francis Nhema, Nicholas Goche among others had their nomination papers rejected at the weekend.

November 24, 2014

Confusion over leaked papers

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By Nhau Mangirazi

KAROI– Confusion continued to reign supreme within the education sector on Monday morning after students were send back home to rewrite the leaked Zimbabwe Examination Council, Zimsec in Hurungwe district.

The teachers at the schools said the English Papers One will be written in the afternoon

Two Ordinary Level examinations including English and Mathematics were leaked at a school in Midlands prompting Zimsec to order students to rewrite this week.

Form four students as well as external students were forced to return home after they went to sit for English Paper One on Monday morning only to be told that it will be set around 2 in the afternoon.

‘’I went to Chiedza Karoi secondary where I had registered for English papers three weeks ago but we were notified that we have to come back in the afternoon’’ said one of the external students who refused to be named.

Some students and teachers from rural and resettled farms confirmed the confusion of the timetable saying they were not notified of the time they were due to sit for examinations.

‘’It is confusing for us as well as we went for the weekend without knowing what time the exams will be conducted. Some external students are just killing time at the growth point’’ said a teacher near Magunje growth point about 35 kilometers west of Karoi.

There was no immediate comment from district education officials at Magunje district office covering Hurungwe as the phones continued ringing without response.

Zimsec was forced to reset English and Mathematics papers following exposure that two papers were leaked in Midlands’s province involving a cook, a headmaster and a teacher. The suspects were arrested and appeared in court.

Examination leaks are denting the country’s pole position in Africa after it was named the best literacy rated nation by Africa Economic Magazine in June results with 90.7 percent. Equatorial Guinea is placed second with 87 % while the Southern Africa economic giant South Africa is pegged third with 86 percent.

November 23, 2014

Jazz Nicolai Dzomba will be at HAF

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Nicholas Dzomba

Nicholas Dzomba

By Our Reporter

Nineteen year old Nicholas Dzomba is a young jazz musician popularly known as Nicolai in Karoi town who is still yet to make it to the outside world though he has produced three albums.

He believes the forthcoming Hurungwe Arts Festival, HAF will be the best opportunity to showcase his talent.

‘’I hope that the forthcoming Hurungwe Arts Festival will be the spring board for us to get promoters as we are hardly known out of Karoi. Our music is universal but is limited to our local supporters. Promoters must come on board during this arts festival’’ he says.

He is among several young virtually unknown in musical world but has made strides after he produced three albums and a video.

His band has six members and performs at weddings, church services upon invitation.

Born in Hurungwe’s Chief Chundu area, Dzomba grew up in Karoi where he attended both primary and secondary schools

His themes are about social life and how traditional leaders play a critical role to instill discipline among youths.

Dzomba says his video titled Cheche Gudu chee will be out soon.

Hurugwe Arts Festival programs officers Joel Zilala says there will be workshops and artists will learn how they can be taken seriously in their profession.

‘’We have created a platform for all artists through this festival and its good that new musicians are well equipped with information about their future’’ says Zilala.

Hurungwe Arts Festival will kick start s on 28 November in Karoi town.

Hurungwe artists you must know

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By Nhau Mangirazi
Hurungwe has produced some of country artists nationally and internationally.

The late Biggie Tembo

The late Biggie Tembo

1- Biggie Tembo aka Mhosva Marasha. Born on 31 October 1957, Tembo committed suicide in 1995. He was a lead vocalist and guitarist for Bhundu Boys, the first musical band to tour United Kingdom in early 1980s.
His jit music includes Simbinino, Babamudiki Francis, Kuroja Chete and Kutambura among others made him popular. He was attached to his rural home under headman Nyamupfukudza, Chief Nematombo.
‘’Tembo used to sponsor school music competitions and was an inspiration to us, donating music kits to winners’’ says Rachel Matemba, a villager in Doro area. He remains an international musical hero from Hurungwe.
2– Artwell Matamba now late, was a drummer and vocalist for Hurungwe Sounds formed in 1980. He hailed from Chitimbe village, Karereshi under Chief Nematombo. He was a caretaker at Chikangwe Secondary School in Karoi. He composed a song titled Takasarudza Mutungamiriri in praise of President Robert Mugabe and it made headlines.
Admire Kasenga, now late. Born in 1970 in Karoi town and passed on in 1994. He was the lead vocalist of leader of Ngosimbi Crew formed while working in Mutoko the group that had hit songs including Aunt Rhoda, Pamuchato waTobias, and Chitima Nditakure zvangu. Kasenga hailed from Chief Chundu.
4- Prince Tendai Mupfurutsa passed on in 2011 aged 54. He was a music promoter and businessman. He came from Mupfurutsa village, Chief Nematombo. He called his music ‘’barbed wire’’.
His ‘’Character’’ song was played all night long during his funeral wake. Mourners were drawn from all over country including villagers, entertainment reporters and politicians.
Mupfurutsa initiated developmental projects for the community including sinking a borehole, grading a road and had plans to build a clinic.

The late Tendai Mupfurutsa

The late Tendai Mupfurutsa

5- Mitchell Jambo was born 17 October 1960 at Dadzi area in Hurungwe. He attended Karuru primary school. In 1984, he joined Sungura Boys led by late John Chibadura as a door man. He formed Marunga Brothers but later relocated to South Africa for ‘’new projects’’. Life is getting tough for Ndini Uyo hit-maker with 26 minutes, now selling discs to survive.
Lucky Mumiriki Ex Ochestra talented rhythm guitarist hails from Karuru village under Chief Chundu
6 Joseph Soza of Tsarukano Brothers, born in Karoi in 1970, he attended Karoi high school. He was among Jambo’s band members before embarking on solo project for hit song Ndiwe Chete Mudzimai Wangu. He moved to South Africa, Soza is now a gospel musician. Born again Christian with Kingdom Ambassadors Ministers, Soza recorded his fifth album in 2013. Pastor Nathaniel Tshikororo, says Soza is ‘’one of the best gospel artists. His music is powerful and we hope many will be lured to the kingdom of God. It will touch many souls’’
7 –Tatenda Mahachi grew up in Chikangwe, Karoi. His rural home is under headman Karimudenga, Chief Kazangarare He is now an international gospel musician, invited to attend South Africa gospel music awards, will collaborate with South African musicians including Sfiso Ncwane. He has done so with Prudence Katomeni- Mbofana. Mahachi was recently appointed ambassador for Care at the Core of Humanity, a non governmental organization that champions children’s rights.
8– Talent Madiro– Born in Hurungwe Chiva area, Madiro is the only female voice of gospel music from Hurungwe. Her album Prophecy made shock waves on Radio Zimbabwe Top Twenty. Song Neni Ndiitereiwo was rated top song beating Sebastian Magacha’s Tinoenda Kure. Tinokurumbidzai was on number 6 under Gospel Channel. .

9- Sodias Mutobvu a poet, who made headlines during then Radio 2’s Shona poetry program, hails from Chikova village, Chief Kazangarare. His poems include Chikomo CheHurungwe where he explains how traditional values are esteemed Hurungwe shrine.
Eliot Magunje (1965-2003), was an actor who played as ‘’Madzibaba Jazzman’’ in Paraffin drama series. Born in Magunje area where he was buried and was inspirational to many. He hailed from Karengesha village near Magunje under Chief Nematombo.
10 Baptism of Fire theatre group
Formed in 1989 in Karambazungu, headman Mangisi, founders include Cousin Zilala, Asan Zilala (now late), Skumbuzo Sibanda, Sifelani Dube, Isaac Mabvumba and Kakhamazi Hove. Sibanda is now director for the group that advocates for children and women rights on issues of gender, poverty, and maternal health among other social topics. Have performed during international functions such as Protest Art, HIFA and attended Jaunda Arts Festival among others.
Hurungwe Arts Festival has the potential to make dreams of upcoming artist a reality.

November 22, 2014

Fireworks….Mliswa in Chanetsa, Mahoka booted out

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By Staff Reporter KAROI- Suspended Zanu PF provincial chairman Temba Mliswa was voted into Central Committee garnering highest number of votes among eight nominees vying for 5 posts in Hurungwe districts. Mliswa is among nine provincial chairmen suspended nationally by Zanu PF supreme body linking them to Vice President Joice Mujuru. He got 62 votes with the second trailing with 42 votes during the elections held at Karoi country club on Friday afternoon presided by a senior army official. Former provincial governor Peter Chanetsa lost to one of the unpopular senior party members Reuben Marumahoko in Hurungwe North while Keith Guzha withdrew his candidature to pave way for Phone Madiro in Magunje. Godfrey Beremauro will represent Hurungwe Central while Sarah Mahoka, a Grade Two dropout was beaten by Phillip Zinyemba. Mahoka is a top ally of the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction in Hurungwe while Mliswa is aligned to underpressure Vice President Mujuru. Party insiders said the suspension has been the springboard for Mliswa and his allies. “The man, Mliswa has grassroots support and Provincial Cordinating Committee must accept voice of reason after he won” said a party youth who declined to be named for fear of victimisation. Zanu PCC will vet the names on Sunday and Mliswa will be a sticking issue according to sources. Zanu PF is torn apart with two factions eyeing to take over President Robert Mugabe although Mujuru is suffering public lashing by incoming wonen chair Grace Mugabe who has shown her hatred to Mujuru in last few weeks.

Mliswa in Chanetsa, Mahoka booted out

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By Staff Reporter KAROI- Suspended Zanu PF provincial chairman Temba Mliswa was voted into Central Committee garnering highest number of votes among eight nominees vying for 5 posts in Hurungwe districts. Mliswa is among nine provincial chairmen suspended nationally by Zanu PF supreme body linking them to Vice President Joice Mujuru. He got 62 votes with the second trailing with 42 votes during the elections held at Karoi country club on Friday afternoon presided by a senior army official. Former provincial governor Peter Chanetsa lost to one of the unpopular senior party members Reuben Marumahoko in Hurungwe North while Keith Guzha withdrew his candidature to pave way for Phone Madiro in Magunje. Godfrey Beremauro will represent Hurungwe Central while Sarah Mahoka, a Grade Two dropout was beaten by Phillip Zinyemba. Mahoka is a top ally of the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction in Hurungwe while Mliswa is aligned to underpressure Vice President Mujuru. Party insiders said the suspension has been the springboard for Mliswa and his allies. “The man, Mliswa has grassroots support and Provincial Cordinating Committee must accept voice of reason after he won” said a party youth who declined to be named for fear of victimisation. Zanu PCC will vet the names on Sunday and Mliswa will be a sticking issue according to sources. Zanu PF is torn apart with two factions eyeing to take over President Robert Mugabe although Mujuru is suffering public lashing by incoming wonen chair Grace Mugabe who has shown her hatred to Mujuru in last few weeks.

November 20, 2014

Majimbos will be at Hurungwe Arts Festival

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Craneshaw Majimbos dance group

By Our Reporter

Karoi based dance group Craneshaw Heights-Majimbos will be among the participants of the forthcoming Hurungwe Arts Festival on 28-29 November 2014.

The youthful side whose mission is to advocate youths ‘’to be agents of behavioral change’’ are set to play their captivating musical dances during the arts and cultural show.

Majimbos as they are popularly known was established after realization of high levels of unemployment to the learned and unlearned youths in Zimbabwe and increased rates of drug abuse among those in Hurungwe in particular.

The group was formed in Mwami about 45 kilometers north of Karoi town after the youths attended a Red Cross exchange visit in 2009.

Initially they performed at Red Cross Exposure show in 2009-2010, Chikangwe Tavern 2009-2010, Buddyz Annual Festival of Arts [BAFA]-Harare Gardens 2009-2012 alongside One Love Arts [Malawi], Patsimeredu Edutaiment Trust, Schools Acting Academy, Raysodn Baya, Bambelela Arts Group among others.

They have also been active during Red Cross National Youth Camp 2009-2013 where Zimbabwe was being represented with other countries such as Denmark, Finland, Botswana, United States of America, Britain, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia and Spain.

Majimbos also performed at Zimbabwe National Youth Games in2010 were regular feature during Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union Festivals from 2009 to 2013.

They also feature on 16 Days of Activism 2009-2014, Batsirai Festival in 2009-2011, World AIDS Day commemorations from 2009 to 2013, Kadoma Agricultural and Kadoma Exposure shows in 2010.

As a youthful side they are were hired to perform during international World T.B Day 2009 till 2013, Cholera awareness campaigns2009-2012, Hurungwe district education awards 2013, night clubs, Chikangwe tavern, Specks Hotel, Grand Hotel, Mzansi in Kadoma, Mulena night club in Chitungwiza, Hwamambo in Magunje, ZV Hotel in Kariba, Karoi Hotel, As u Like It, Karoi World Endangered Species Commemorations-Wedza, EMA-provincial veld fire awareness, provincial veld fire awareness campaign, provincial Independence commemoration day 2014, performed at the N.A.M.A 2011 edition.

Hurungwe Arts Festival is an initiative of Karoi based drama group Baptism of Fire who got funding for the arts fiesta.

It was funded by Culture Fund and some locals are supporting the move that is the first of its kind in Mashonaland West province.

Communications director Skumbuzo Sibanda says, ‘’Hurungwe Arts Festival will open up avenues for artists and we hope promoters will assist in promoting local talent. We want to take art as a thriving industry with great opportunities to change life for any artist. All bands, drama groups lack motivation and BOF aims higher with Hurungwe Arts Festival’’

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