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July 27, 2017

Windmill boreholes change lives for Hurungwe community

By Nhau Mangirazi

Forty-six year old Reverend Agnes Chida does not regret being transferred from Harare to the rural outskirts of Hurungwe in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland West province in 2014.

Rev Chida is married to Rev Shepard Chida and both serve under the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. They have twin sets of children aged 13 and 19. They live at Chivakanenyama about 60 kilometres West of Karoi.

‘We are enjoying a good life as we are assured of clean water anytime of the day as long as there is wind. Water is readily available and life is simple for us. We have an all-year irrigation facility for our garden, maize field and chicken run,’’ she said beaming with pride.

About 100 meters from their homestead, is a windmill borehole that was installed in 1996 by the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.  Nearly 200 households are benefitting from the windmill borehole.

Livestock is also benefitting from the available water trench.

As an alternative source of clean energy, the windmill borehole has proved that it can sustain the livelihoods of communities through access to clean water for domestic use and irrigation among other needs.

The windmill borehole which is situated a few meters from the main tarred road linking Magunje and Zvipani under Headman Matawu is a source of inspiration for communities benefiting from renewable energy here.

It captures the visitor’s eye as it is visible from a distance. “Even tourists going to either Nyaminyami or Gokwe, pass through here and get water. No one is charged for the water as water is a God-given natural resource,” added Rev Agnes.

The borehole is used by children from the local primary and secondary schools, the local church and the community at large.

Chivakanenyama Primary School is one of the oldest schools in Hurungwe built by missionaries in 1952 while a secondary school was built in 1966. Currently, there are more than 700 pupils at the primary school and more than 300 attending the secondary school.

Rev Chida explained that the windmill borehole pumps water into two 5,000- litre tanks and another 10,000-litre tank.

‘We are mostly likely to have green maize in August as we are preparing the fields,’ said Rev Agnes Chida. They have an orchard of mangoes, bananas and guava trees.

“The water table is good for us as a community as it is 40 meters deep … so we are assured of water even during drought years,” her husband said.

Joyce Zata, 53, of Ruzende village about three kilometres away, is happy they have access to clean water.

“Unlike in some areas where the water is contaminated as people share it with animals, this windmill borehole has been a good solution to us,” said Zata.

Another villager, Theresa Mapara of Murimbika village agreed that it is good for them as women as they do their laundry chores at the borehole without any challenges.

Headman Chigango said although he is happy with windmill borehole, he is, however, worried by cases of vandalism committed by some members of the community.

‘Our main challenge is that some members of the community have vandalised the windmill of late and … this affects everyone,’’ said Chigango.

Rev Agnes Chida admitted that this was the biggest challenge they are facing.

‘Not everyone understands community ownership in its true sense and we have to endure such challenges. At one time, someone stripped it of some bolts and we had to seek donations to have it repaired,” she said.

Hurungwe Rural District Ward 25 councillor, under whom the area falls, Lovemore Mushawashi, said the availability of water to the communities proves that the some of the rural folk may achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal Number 6.

The Goal calls for policymakers to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

“We may be facing challenges about water and sanitation in our communities but the windmill borehole has proven that it can be easily achieved through natural resources and clean energy,” said Mushawashi in an interview.

 

Zambezi biodiversity project may assist rural women

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By Nhau Mangirazi

HURUNGWE- Twenty two year old Ratidzo Hungwe of Muchini village in Hurungwe ward 25, Chief Dandawa looks depressed.

She is eight months pregnant and has not registered yet at at Zvipani clinic about 25 kilometers away.

Her story is the reality gripping many pregnant women villagers here some travelling for over 50 kilometers to access a health facility.

For pregnant women it is worse as the country battles to control maternal health rate currently pegged at 614 per 100 000 births reduced from 960 in 2015.

Of course its mandatory to register at clinics on time  but we do not have the $10 to spare for that. This the the third child am expecting and it is just normal to go there when I am ready to give birth,’ she said with confidence.

Hurungwe Rural District Council, HRDC, gender mainstream officer, Alice Paraziwa-Maponga has passion to see things changing for the better for women like Ratidzo.

She believes a biodiversity project currently on consultation must benefit women and girl child in particular.

The initiative Strengthening biodiversity and ecosystem management and climate smart partnership landscapes in the mid to lower Zambezi region of Zimbabwe, will start next year and will run until 2024.

The project is aimed at maintaining sustainable biodiversity.

‘This is a positive development for women as they are the major victims of human-wildlife conflict here. It will empower women and the girl child in general as they are victims of human and animal conflict. Women must be involved at planning stages as they are also likely to suffer due to lack of water.

“We call upon implementers to consider sinking of boreholes and rigs for better water and sanitation among other commitments. This will empower women and girl child in the long run,’’ said Paraziwa-Maponga.

Global Environment Facility

Hurungwe is among three local authorities including Mbire and Muzarabani set to benefit from a $10 million injection from Global Environment Facility, GEF, with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) monitoring the implementation process.

There will be a core financing of $52 million from local partners including from Ministry of Water, Environment and Climate Change including department of National Parks among other stakeholders.

Paraziwa-Maponga said money accrued from the projects would economically empower the girl child through entrepreneurship trainings and nutrition gardens since the district’s livelihoods are agro-based.

‘Women and the girl child are greatly disadvantaged due to lack of quality education. On social services and amenities, we look forward to seeing renovation of dilapidated clinics in outlying rural communities and building of more clinics that will assist pregnant women who normally walk for more than 70 kilometers to access a health facility. That has a negative impact on the maternal health of our communities,’’ she said.   

According to the 2012 National Census, the district had a population of 329 197 and with a 3 percent annual growth projection, the population could now be around 390 000.

Participants during a recent stakeholders meeting held in Magunje about 35 kilometers west of Karoi town agreed that there is critical need to curb animal and human conflict.

Some highlighted that there is need for the communities to be ‘empowered and such projects where issues of environment, animals and human are discussed’  

Traditional leaders including Chiefs, headmen, heads of Government departments were among participants.

Hurungwe district administrator, Friend Ngirazi, said all stakeholders should come on board and share ideas about the project.

‘We are gathered here to discuss issues that affect communities but we must be frank to each other and map the way forward truthfully,” said Ngirazi.

Engage communities

Council chairman Tichaona Matthew said for Strengthening biodiversity and ecosystem management and climate smart partnership landscapes in the mid to lower Zambezi region of Zimbabwe project to be a success, communities must own it from inception.

‘As policymakers we are not against any developmental projects, but we feel short-changed when communities do not own these projects. Although the Communal Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources, Campfire, was a success story as it left tangible evidence including clinics, schools and better roads maintenance through proceeds accrued, it was later rejected when communities felt they were being side-lined.

“That is the challenges we must address before we engage the communities and they must own (Strengthening biodiversity and ecosystem management and climate smart partnership landscapes in the mid to lower Zambezi region of Zimbabwe) project. We must not impose it on them,’ said Matthew.

Council chief executive officer Joram Moyo said there is need for political will from policy makers.

The project will cover at least 40,000 square kilometers in Hurungwe that still boasts of elephants, cheetahs, hyenas and lions among other animals.

It will cover six of the 26 wards and is likely to revive some conservancies that had been vandalised while animals were driven out due to rampant poaching soon after the land reform in 2000.

For women like Ratidzo who are suffering in silence to access health facility, the biodiversity project may soon revive hope and reduce the country maternal health challenges.

June 26, 2017

Hurungwe Aids gala- when the dead smile and dreams fulfilled

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By Nhau Mangirazi

MAGUNJE– Sir Philip Sidney once said: ‘They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts’

When Karoi based National Aids Council, Nac official Rumbidzai Manatsa mooted the idea of Ministry of Health spearheading Magunje Aids gala, some took it as a daydream.

It was a tall order and few understood it well.

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The late Biggie Tembo

Unknown to her and other partners was that the late Mhosva Marasha aka Biggie Tembo and Prince Tendai Mupfurutsa kept their fingers closed and smiling in their graves.

For the late Hurungwe music icon it was time for their kith and kin to enjoy music near their rural homes. It is here where they were raised before venturing to the modern world but came back to be buried here.

Prince Tendai the ‘Character’ hit maker body lies under Mupfurutsa  village a few kilometers from the venue- Magunje stadium.

Likewise, Tembo who led the Bhundu Boys is buried in Hurungwe.

Both made music lovers happy during their lifetime as Tembo’s band was the first to tour United Kingdom while Prince Tendai’ Barbed wire music, the first genre before Zimdancehall came up nearly two decades later made international impact musically.

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The late Tendai Mupfurutsa

These two musicians are smiling in their graves following the successful musical gala recently.

It was a revival when the crowd sang along Fred Manjalina aka Kapfupi,  Freeman’s real name Energy Sylvester Chizanga and Blessing Shumba who

drove all the way from Mutate to entertain the crowd.

But hold on, another late legendary artist is smiling broader as his dream was fulfilled.

This is none other than the late actor, poet and Aids activist Eliot Magunje known as Madzibaba Jazzman in Paraffin drama series who passed on April 2003.

His body lies near Kemureza dam near Magunje growth point.

He is among few of Zimbabweans to openly come out about his HIV-positive status and was influential in promoting better health for people living with HIV/Aids in the country.

Magunje had a dream when access to testing was limited besides stigma associated by disclosure then.

He was angry that drugs to prolong life on HIV patients were too expensive.

By then, late Magunje’s dream was never understood but it was literally accomplished at the weekend when at least 800 people were tested and counselled about HIV and Aids for free.

This is besides over 150 women who underwent Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid and Camera, or VIAC- an effective way to prevent cervical cancer in women age 30-50 years old.

About 60 people were tested on Sexually Transmitted Infections, STI while over 100 women got family planning services that came close to their villages.

Even pensioners had a chance to inquire on services provided by National Social Security Authority among other services.

Sixty seven Rogers Matanha of Mupingashato village said the gala could have been good to honor local talented musicians on such events.

‘We hope the organizers will get to understand historical background of the area and associate it with current events.  It was going to be good to mention Magunje as pioneer on advocacy for free testing here in Hurungwe.  While Tembo and Prince Tendai Mupfurutsa are gone, they remain our musical heroes’

Nac communication manager Madeline Dube said music galas are making an impact on the society as they offer HIV and AIDS services to the community in a more relaxed manner.

‘We are now offering better services to males who are often left out by other health programmes. As Nac, we are providing HIV and AIDS services in a comprehensive manner under one roof ‘one stop shop” approach’, said Dube.

Hurungwe district medical officer Doctor Annamore Mutisi said there no one on Antiretroviral Therapy, ART with 28 558 people accessing it for free.

‘Zimbabwe has identified sex workers, youths, long distance truck drivers, artisanal miners and prisoners as key populations that need more and targeting prevention interventions. It is worth mentioning  that these groups are predominant in Hurungwe. More efforts need to be done so that we close the gap in new infections. Its no longer going to be business as usual,’ said Mutisi.

The gala held under the theme Closing the tap on new HIV infection, indeed made dreams of the late Magunje become a reality.

August 15, 2016

Victor Matemadanda’s farm invaded

By Nelson Chenga and Nhau Mangirazi
THE bad blood between the ruling ZANU-PF party and former colleagues in the war veterans’ camp took a new twist at the weekend after the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general, Victor Matemadanda’s farm was invaded, the Financial Gazette can exclusively report.

Matemadanda’s Garowa Farm, located about 50km east of Karoi town, in the prime farmlands of Tengwe, was invaded on Saturday by dozens of youths believed to be linked to ZANU-PF.
Matemadanda, who is currently out on bail after being charged with undermining the authority of the President, confirmed the invasion in a telephone interview this week.
The war veterans’ leader accused Hurungwe East Member of Parliament, Sarah Mahoka, of being involved in the invasions.
“Yes, it’s true that my farm was invaded… I believe it’s people who were sent by Mahoka. We have reported the matter to the police, but they are yet to act on the issue,” said Matemadanda.
Mahoka, who is also the ZANU-PF Women’s League secretary for finance, however, distanced herself from the incident saying she was not a ZANU-PF youth.
“I am not aware about the farm invasion. Speak to those involved,” Mahoka said before terminating the call.
Mahoka, who is currently facing dissent in Hurungwe East from war veterans and women league, stormed into the spotlight in May this year when she tore into Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, saying his ambition to succeed President Robert Mugabe would be in vain.
This apparently irked many members of the war veterans’ camp, reportedly rooting for Mnangagwa to take over from the President when he decides to exit the political arena.
Although Matemadanda said he was yet to visit the farm, where his son, Terrence, is said to living, one farm worker who refused to be named fearing victimisation, said: “ZANU-PF youths came to the farm and said they were taking over the farm and would be sharing it among themselves. All is not well; they also indicated that they have been sent by Mahoka.”
Some party insiders claimed that Mahoka had also been involved in the invasion of former Mashonaland West provincial chairman Temba Mliswa’s Spring Farm situated less than 10km from Karoi, soon after he was expelled from the party.
The youths were, however, driven out through a court order.
Matemadanda’s predicament is just a glimpse of the crude nature of ZANU-PF’s patronage system.
Some of the notable persons whose farms have previously been targeted by invaders soon after they lost favour with ZANU-PF include Tracy Mutinhiri, Jocelyne Chiwenga, Ray Kaukonde, Dumiso Dabengwa, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and Nicholas Goche.
A district war veteran confirmed that they have heard that Matemadanda’s farm had been invaded.
“Word has reached us, but we are still yet to verify as Matemadanda is in Harare and it is only his son who is there. We are not happy about these moves by some ZANU-PF members,” said a war veteran speaking on condition that he is not named.
Movement for Democratic Change provincial spokesperson, Blessing Mandava, said it was disheartening that ZANU-PF was targeting its perceived opponents using land as a tool to silence them.
Mandava, who was a victim of the war veterans and ZANU-PF youths harassment in Hurungwe East when he contested against Mahoka during the 2013 elections said: “We are deeply concerned that ZANU-PF is using land reform as a tool to silence its opponents.
“As a party (MDC-T), we understand the role played by the war veterans and it is a fact that land reform will never be reversed come what may, but it must not be a preserve of one political party. We condemn the action against Matemadanda both as a war veteran and a Zimbabwean.”

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October 5, 2015

Sekauremawafa gets a boost

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Mr Sherpard Dhlamini of World Vision shaking hands with Sekauremawafa leader Cris Kofi

Mr Sherpard Dhlamini of World Vision shaking hands with Sekauremawafa leader Cris Kofi

By Nhau Mangirazi
Magunje- Sekauremawafa got a boost from World Vision recently after they were handed two wheel chairs that will see their membership making survival skills besides being despised by some traditional leaders,
According to Cris Kofi, some policymakers and traditional leaders look them down upon as members of the community who are appealing to the Government to allocate them land so that they can be empowered.
Kofi who leads the group formed in 1997 said it is disheartening that some of their members still fear to come out in the open that they are disabled as some traditional leaders view them as ‘’cursed’’ and do not want to assist them.
‘’We are appealing to the Government to allocate us land so that we can be empowered and feed our families than relying on food handouts. We have been applying on behalf of our members but local policymakers and some traditional leaders are not taking us serious over our appeals’’ said Kofi.
He lamented lack of financial resources from the Government department of Social Welfare that used to assist their membership till 2010.
‘’We understand that the Government is facing challenges to pay for salaries but the disabled are worst hit in the current economic crisis, if only we were allocated land during the early years of land reform, we could have empowered ourselves through farming’’ he added.
The group that has a membership of 350 elderly disabled persons as well as 535 young disabled is appealing for aid in form of wheel chairs, crutches as well as some anointment oils for the albinos.
He added that it is high time they are allowed to make their concerns aired in parliament regularly as it is taking long for the Government to understand their plight.
‘’We must be allowed to attend parliament sessions so that we get the chance to challenge our representatives why are they airing out our plight for better policies that may assist us and our dependents’’ he lamented.
Dhlamini said although World Vision no longer operates in Hurungwe, he is touched that Sekauremawafa group need support from other stakeholders.
‘’Being disabled does not make someone less human and we hope to work closely with such groups that are geared to be empowered through various projects.

Mr Sherpard Dhlamini handing over some clothes to Cris Kofi of Sekauremawafa in Magunje recently.....Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

Mr Sherpard Dhlamini handing over some clothes to Cris Kofi of Sekauremawafa in Magunje recently…..Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

He recommended the group for being innovative and not depending on handouts.
‘’When World Vision operated in Hurungwe, we assisted some of their members on income generating project to empower them. It is through their determination to be self reliant that we are always in touch to assist wherever possible. We look forward to keep assisting them but the motivation is their determination that disability is not inability’’ added Dhlamini.

Members of Sekahuremawafa pose for a photo with Mr Sherpard Dhlaimini of World Vision...Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

Members of Sekahuremawafa pose for a photo with Mr Sherpard Dhlaimini of World Vision…Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

 
However there was no immediate response from the department of Social Welfare on the challenges being faced to assist members of the disabled communities at the time of writing.

January 6, 2015

Hurungwe drop outs dent Zimbabwe education star

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By Nhau Mangirazi

HURUNGWE- Fourteen year old *Tendai Marenga is Form One drop out from a resettlement school near Tengwe farming community after she eloped to be a house wife late last year.

*Marita Tarembera aged fifteen from Zvimonja under Chief Mudzimu 85 kilometers out of Karoi town is now a mother of six month old daughter after dropping out of school and was married off by her guardians who did not have enough maize to last them till next farming season.

These scenarios aptly explain the gloomy reality gripping Hurungwe, one of the country districts facing highest school dropouts aiding ‘’repellent statistics in Zimbabwe education sector’’

The district has estimated population of 361 370 of which 187 160 are females and 174 210 are males from 85 668 households according to 2012 Zimbabwe National Statistical results.

There are 168 secondary schools with an estimated enrollment of 83 572, where 92 primary schools have estimated 21 926 students annually.

Sad oracle

However, Marita’s story is a sad oracle of social and economic ills affecting rural outskirts denting Zimbabwe education star in Hurungwe, Mashonaland West province. Poverty is a driving force to some of the child marriages according to villagers here.

According to the district statistics recorded in 2013, 8 438 completed Grade Seven where 4 223 girls and 4270 boys.

However, 3 143 girls went to Form One marking 26 percent drop out and another 35 percent before completing Form Four.

Unjustified marriages

Research and Advocacy Unit, RAU, an independent body reveals that poverty, traditional beliefs and teenage sex are major reasons for early child marriages in the country.

According to findings under Married too soon in Zimbabwe, these fuel high drop outs in mostly rural set ups in the country.

‘’It is normal for a 14 year girl to be married and drop out of school. Some parents take marriage as a mitigation factor for failure to pay school fees due to economic challenges. This impacts negatively on education sector’, admits headman Richard Mangwaira of Chivakanenyama village, 45 kilometers west of Karoi town. He says traditionally they cannot overlook parental approval of such cases.

‘’Culturally parents have the monopoly over their children and we cannot impose laws to bar them from accepting lobola at a cost‘’, adds headman Mangwaira.

Fragmented laws

Zimbabwe fragmented laws are the missing link to curb child marriages as they protect girl child only on paper as dual legal system is used while customary law is overused in the country.

For example the Children and Protection and adoption act defines child as anyone below the age of 18 while the constitution grants marriage to who is 18 years old and above.

Ironically, Marriage act chapter 5.11 sets marriageable age at 18 for boys and 16 for girls.

Credit for President Mugabe

Ironically, President Robert Mugabe is credited for uplifting the nation’s population in health, education among other social sectors since 1980 independence.

Currently, Zimbabwe leads Africa as education with best literacy rate according to The African Economist 2014 June survey pegging Zimbabwe at 90.7 percent followed by Equatorial Guinea at 87 % while South Africa is placed third at 86 percent.

Overturning gains

However, the achievements may be reversed if Hurungwe remains neglected, overturning the gains to empower girls currently affecting Malawi, Mozambique Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Hurungwe is among the four rampant areas where child marriages are rampant including Chiredzi, Binga and Muzarabani as 65 % of rural girls are married or impregnated by the age of 19.

Mashonaland Central tops with 50 percent of its population while Mashonaland West is pegged second with 42 percent.

Source of hope

Empowering innocent souls...Deputy minister of Higher and Tertiary Education and Technology Development Deputy-Minister Doctor Godfrey Gandawa with zero grades at Katenhe rural in Hurungwe. Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

Empowering innocent souls…Deputy minister of Higher and Tertiary Education and Technology Development Deputy-Minister Doctor Godfrey Gandawa with zero grades at Katenhe rural in Hurungwe. Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

Campaign for Female Education, Camfed established by American scholar Ann Cotton in 1993 came as a source of hope to empower rural girls in Mola under Kariba district where 32 girls were sponsored initially. Currently, it is supporting 35 000 girls in Zimbabwe 28 districts including Hurungwe.

Regionally, Camfed is assisting children in Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe paying school fees, uniforms and other needs.

Stopping the rot

Regional director Angeline Murimirwa, a beneficiary of the program admits that drop outs is a challenge but will never deter them.

‘’It is unfortunate that some perpetrators are girl’s guardians including teachers and male relatives at times. Hatidi makudo anodya munda takatarisa meaning they will not tolerate sexual abuse on girl child calling for jailing of perpetrators’’, Murimirwa adds.

‘’Naturally girls face sexual abuse, says Murimirwa an international education icon on children rights.

Government to blame

Some teachers and parents blame Government for marginalizing Hurungwe, an agricultural productive district in the country.

‘’Drop outs are a menace as this will reverse gains invested in education sector’’, bitter Collin Magara under Chief Kazangarare about 60 kilometers north of Karoi town says.

Health issue

Rau report adds that early marriages are detrimental to health and wellbeing of girl child.

’’Child marriages can also result in bonded labour or enslavement, commercial sexual exploitation and violence against the victims. Because they cannot abstain from sex or insist on condom use, child brides are often exposed to such serious health risks as premature pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and, increasingly, HIV/AIDS’’

As Zimbabwe celebrates its literacy rate pole position in Africa policy makers, traditional leaders, police and judiciary among others face the challenge to change perspective on rural girl child.

Only then, will Zimbabwe observe its shining star status with easy.

*Names changed to protect minors’ identities

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 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 19, 2014

 Uncle Richie ready for Hurungwe Arts Festival

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Uncle Richie

Uncle Richie of Unotoshaya kuti zviri kumbofamba sei comedy will be in Karoi on 28 November for Hurungwe Arts Festival

By Nhau Mangirazi
KAROI-The man who took a cue that laughter is best medicine and made his name locally and internationally, Uncle Richie is among participants billed to perform at the forthcoming Hurungwe Arts Festival.
The fiesta is set on 28-29 November 2014 and will bring hope for many of Zimbabweans though his humorous acts.
He started off a comic audio that is literally ‘’killing stress’’ from depressed Zimbabweans locally and internationally.
Richard Mike Matimba is a man of the moment ‘’striking gold’’ with his sweet voice as Uncle Richie.
He has made his name hitting a 43 000 mark on social media Face-book and its still growing.

The popular Uncle Richie of Unotoshaya kuti zviri kumbofamba sei audio clips is a music teacher who until recently was at Dominican convent junior and high school.
He went commercial on 23 January this year after successfully marketing his comedy throughout the world within a short space of time Unotoshaya kuti zviri kumbofamba sei brand when the first audio was sent via Whatsapp and various activities have taken place.

Currently, he is working with over 30 companies where he does adverts on comedy or presentations.
He has been involved in raising funds for the Tokwe- Mukosi flood victims, Simuka Comedy, Simba the Comic King, Tourism Carnival, Art Exhibition, Moonlight Carnival, Kuwadzana AFM Assembly comedy, Zimbabwe Coalition Crisis with 121 representatives, Buy Local Zimbabwe. Pakare Paye Comedy show, Simuka comedy show for BBC coverage among others.
Uncle Richie is now Green Ambassador for Environmental Management Agency.

Although he had been invited to go to United Kingdom, he suffered a setback when his passport was stolen before he could get a visa but Hurungwe will host him without any challenges.

The man of the moment to bring laughter as best medicine has had interviews with Voice of America, Africa Radio Show from Canada, Nehanda Radio based in United Kingdom, BBC radio, promotion for Zimonline Radio.

Uncle Richie has done for all local radio stations under Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation stable.
He has done several adverts for all networks including Net-One, Telecel and Econet and currently being fine-tuned by his Ireland based manager.

His ringtones are now uploaded Econet’s buddies’ beatz.

Uncle Richie confirmed that he will perform at Hurungwe Arts Festival on 28-29 November 2014 as part of social and cultural performance in Karoi town, situated 204 kilometers north-west of Harare.

He has had songs with South African based Mxolisi Ndlovu and other producers.

Uncle Richie is working to produce all audio clips of Unotoshaya kuti zviri kumbofamba sei that is now a brand on its own.
Hurungwe Arts Festival got part of their financial support from Culture Fund and will host local bands, theatre groups, poetry, and traditional dance from local schools and artists from Harare, Bulawayo, Chinhoyi, Masvingo and Mutare among others.

Baptism of Fire, BOF communications director Skumbuzo Sibanda says, ‘’The festival is the first of its kind in Mashonaland West province and Hurungwe is taking the lead. We are inviting many people for the festival that will be for free as part of cultural and arts program’’

Nqobile Malinga, an award winning journalist, multi-lingual poet is among others who have agreed to perform during the event.

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