July 4, 2017

Hurungwe headman facilitates marriage of 14 year minor as police dither on arresting hubby

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By Nhau Mangirazi
KAROI-A 14 year old Hurungwe girl bolted out of a Karoi Children’s home where she was surrendered to for medical examination and safety on Wednesday last week, investigations reveal.
The girl at the center of controversy was married off to a 27 year old man who is headman Emmanuel Mavhunga’s late brother’s, son.
Police in Magunje launched a manhunt to arrest the underage girl while the husband who was picked up for sleeping with a minor was released out of police custody after 48 hours had lapsed without going to court.
A source at Magunje charge office confirmed that the suspect did not appear in court as scheduled when he was picked up soon after the girl was rescued.
‘We had a suspect who came here on Tuesday but due to pressure as we were hosting senior District officers for inspection, the suspect did not go to court and was released. He will be summoned to appear in court,’ said a junior officer at Magunje police camp.
In a move likely to complicate the underage marriage, the girl skipped out of children’s home in Karoi hardly two days after she was surrendered by child welfare officials.
According to villagers, headman Muchini facilitated payment of a beast and money. The girl was rescued from her child marriage by district welfare officer Blessing Simango on Tuesday last week and left her at the children’s home for care and safety.
However, sources revealed that when Simango visited the home on Wednesday, the girl was nowhere to be seen.
Sources at Karoi Children’s home revealed that she absconded from the premises hardly two days she was at the center.
‘We got a 14 year old girl late on Tuesday whose case was of child marriage. We took care of her just like any other children we have here from different backgrounds. However, we were surprised that she was nowhere to be seen early on Wednesday morning. We never suspected that she could abscond,’ said a source at the center who declined to be named.
Investigations made on Tuesday revealed that the girl was married off after headman Muchini facilitated the marriage.
The area situated about 105 kilometers west of Karoi is in ward 25, Chief Dandawa within Hurungwe rural district.
Headman Muchini paid off the money and a beast since the 27 year old husband is headman’s late brother’s son.
Villagers told theweeklymirror that the headman was the prime suspect of early child marriage that has set tongues wagging in the remote village.
‘Headman Muchini released the beast for damages and $50 cash as token to the girl’s parents late in January and he did this to silence both the parents not to report the case to the police. He is the custodian of the husband after his parents passed on few years ago,’ said a villager Moses Chapara.
The girl’s’ mother aged 39 confirmed that the case went before headman Muchini who heard it and facilitated payment of cash and the beast.
The mother said they are still yet to collect the beast from their in laws.
‘Soon after Diana* eloped we got a word from our son in law that there were ready to pay some money and they said they will release a beast as part of damages to our daughter. They paid $50 as token of appreciation. We are still yet to get the beast. We tried to get the headman assist us but he was elusive to get the case reported to the police. Our child was problematic and we just thought it was good riddance on our part,’’ said the mother whom we can not name to protect the victim.
The father of the girl is aged 43 year old was silent during visit and interviews. He is a fisherman who is always in Gache-Kache fishing camp.
According to villagers the victim whom we can not name to protect her was married off to a 27 year Grade 6 dropout who is a neighbor to the girl’s parents.
It is believed the husband who was living with the minor as wife since January is an orphan but has been living with his uncle headman Muchini.
Muchini was not around during our visit.
Some villagers confirmed that headman Muchini facilitated payment of the beast as a cover -up to the child marriage act.
Hurungwe child welfare officer Blessing Simango refused to talk to the press over the case saying he had no authority to talk to the press but sources revealed that the girl has been rescued and surrendered to Hurungwe children’s home in Karoi for probation and better welfare.
Recently, Hurungwe East Member of Parliament Sarah Mahoka bemoaned high cases of child marriages where traditional leaders are accomplices by demanding fees from suspects and once paid they never act to have suspects arrested.
Mahoka told Primary and Secondary minister Lazarus Dokora that the district has high cases of child marriages.
‘We wonder why Chiefs and headman are paid fees as this has resulted in high numbers of child marriages in the district. Our girls are dropping out of school early and married since traditional leaders are not stamping authority. They demand money called chigaramaratanda and will never protect the girl child,’ said Mahoka recently at Karoi Enterprise school.


January 11, 2015

Divorced Karoi taxi driver commits suicide

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By Nhau Mangirazi

A 31 year old taxi driver could not stomach divorce by his girlfriend committed suicide leaving behind grieved wife and another pregnant sixteen year old girl.
The late Frederick Mbereko drank tamaron pesticide on Tuesday morning and was found dead in his a Funcargo taxi near a Children’s Home a few meters from Karoi hospital.
Mbereko was dating a girlfriend identified as Idah Patience now at the centre of controversy who had divorced him.
He is survived by his wife and 5 year old child.

Women block a taxi with the late Frederick Mbereko's coffin......Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

Women block a taxi with the late Frederick Mbereko’s coffin……Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

Business came to a standstill in the farming town central business centre on Thursday lunch hour as his colleagues went on zigzagging at high speed hooting their car bells. They went around Chikangwe high density suburb before his body was ferried to Chibara under Chief Kazangarare 70 kilometers north of Karoi town for burial on Friday.
His brother Lameck Nyikadzino said that the family was in state of shock and disbelief.



‘’My late brother had a misunderstanding with his girlfriend after she decided to terminate their affair. We understand that he told her he could not withstand it. He jokingly asked his wife if she was prepared to look after their only child without giving a hint that he intended to kill himself. It is sad that he could not share this with us as family members or anyone before taking his life’’ said Nyikadzino.

Part of crowd at Chikangwe terminus during the late Frederick Mbereko's funeral procession....Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

Nyikadzino denied that there was another girlfriend linked to his late brother.
Idah went into hiding following the incident and did not answer her phone at the time of writing.
However, it has since been established that late Mbereko impregnated another 16 year old girl.
‘’It is true that I was in love with late Frederick but all I know is that he was under pressure from Idah who knew me to divorce me. We had not divorced yet but the two had misunderstandings during past few days. Frederick did not confide anything to me but I knew that they had challenges in their affair’’, said the heavily pregnant girl named X to protect her identity as a minor.

Mourners block a taxi carrying late Frederick Mbereko at Chikangwe bus terminus on Thursday... Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

Mourners block a taxi carrying late Frederick Mbereko at Chikangwe bus terminus on Thursday… Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

Mashonaland West provincial spokesperson Inspector Clemency Mabgweazara said he was out of office since Thursday and could not comment on the matter.
‘’Unfortunately I am out of office and cannot comment now’’ said the police spokesperson at the weekend.
There have an upsurge of men committing suicide over their differences driven by jealousy.

August 7, 2013

Police at MDC-T payouts

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Karoi- Nearly 160 Movement for Democratic Change election agents in Karoi town were briefly forced to disperse on Monday after three officers from Police Internal Security Intelligence, PISI busted during their payouts for election fees at a senior party official’s residence.

According to some party insiders, the elections agents gathered at the party district chairman David Mutambirwa’s house in Chikangwe high density suburb as they were waiting for election fees handouts when the three officers came.

‘’Initially no one ever thought it was something that could warrant police attention as we were all party members and there was no-ways we could have asked for police clearance as it was not a political gathering but people were being paid their dues. We were surprised that they came claiming to be part of us when message was conveyed that provincial officers with money were in town. It was embarrassing as Mutambirwa asked them why they were creating disharmony among Zimbabweans’’ said one source who declined to be named.

Hurungwe Central covering Karoi town was won by Zanu PF’s Godfrey Beremauro who beat MDC-T’s Simbarashe Takawira.

Police deployed several officers throughout the country as a move to cramp down any possibility of uprising following the disputed polls that President Robert Mugabe roped to victory with a two third majority but have created divisions both internally, regionally and internationally with the Western countries condemning the ‘’electoral fraud’’ but  Sadc observers missions  endorsed.

July 29, 2013

Journo quizzed at arson scene

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Dejected and looks rejected, widow Monica Chivhera in her gutted hut in Kazangarare

Hurungwe– Nhau Mangirazi was briefly quizzed on Saturday by Karoi based police officers investigating an arson case under Chief Kazangarare.

Remaining wall of Chivhera hut

Mangirazi, a Mashonaland West province based freelance journalist went Masokoti area to cover an arson incident where Monica Chivhera’s grass thatched hut was set ablaze on Friday morning.

Situated about 44 kilometers north of Karoi town, Chivhera lost her property including maize, fertilizer, clothes among other g

It is alleged that she had failed to do a slogan denouncing MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

She was among several villagers force-marched to attend the rally addressed by one Chikanda and village headman Muoneka among others.

The officers asked Mangirazi why he had come to the scene and how much he had hired the car that brought him to scene.

They further asked how he got information to the scene.

One officer asked, ‘’ Bepa rako nderebato ripi’’

He told them that journalists do not belong  to political parties.

While they asked several questions, Mangirazi told them that he is in good talking terms with senior Zanu PF officials including Reuben Marumahoko who had even tipped him of an incident affecting a Zanu PF supporter whose hut was burnt in Kazangarare and had nothing to hide.

There were four but two officers including one from Police Internal Security Unit, Pisu demanded  press card, national identity card as well as permanent residential address that they recorded.

They took turns taking photos with their mobile phones against the journalist’s will and later searched the bag that had my equipment including note books and a camera.

The move by the police infringes freedom of movement for journalists especially in Hurungwe a politically hostile area where he has operated from since 2000 elections.

Mangirazi is HIV and Aids winning journalist and a member of Forum for African Investigative Reporters, Fair.

He contributes to the African Report, a Pan African media house among several local newspapers including The Weekly Mirror.

October 27, 2012

Tormented headman granted free bail

By Staff Reporter Karoi. A Karoi magistrate granted free bail to Hurungwe headman tormented by Chief Try Manyepa Dandawa here on Friday. Headman Redson Chisango aged 38 years was arrested two weeks ago following the publication of a story by The Weekly Mirror on 21 September 2012. The state led by Webster Dimungu allege that Chisango who is facing criminal defamation charges falsely gave information to the press claiming that his life is in danger after a story was published titled Chief terrorises defiant headman. Chisango was quoted in the paper claiming that Chief Dandawa said he will have him arrested by police and thrown behind bars for three weeks without charge. Although he reported the case the police told him it was too hot for them to handle. “Ndichaita kuti unyangarike watidzisa kuti Chipungu ave sabhuku”, meaning the Chief could make him disappear as he was a stumbling block for Chief aide Chipungu to take over, Chisango is quoted as saying. However Weekly Mirror Editor Dennis Kagonye and journalist Nhau Mangirazi were quizzed over the story last week. Karoi magistrate Nyaradzo Ringisayi granted Chisango free bail till 9 November 2012. ” You must not intefer with state witnesses until the case is finalised” said the magistate late on Friday. Chisango had to endure prosecution delays as he was called three times to appear in court but only had charges read to him on the fourth occassion.

October 17, 2012

Chief terrorises defiant headman

By Staff Reporter HURUNGWE- A headman under Chief Mudzimu is living under constant fear after he refused to pander to the whims of Chief Trymore Dandawa, who is demanding that that he surrender his post to allow chief’s long serving aide to take over. 38 year old Redson Chisango who is under Chief Mudzimu was appointed headman in April this year but Chief Dandawa is putting pressure to renounce the position. The chief aide only identified as Chipungu was acting since 2005. “I was appointed on 26 April 2012 after we had gone for seven years without a substantive leader as Chipungu hails Chief Dandawa while we are under Mudzimu. During his tenure we could not access free inputs as he could not assist us. However, Chief Dandawa is demanding that I give up the post because he promised Chipungu the position as part of his package for long service,” Chisango told The Weekly Mirror. The Mudzimu area is about 70 kilometers west of Karoi while Dandawa is further 12 kilometers away. Chisango claimed Chief Dandawa would not recognise him and his legitimacy remains under dispute. “On 19 August I was dragged to his court without any summons and he told me that he will have me arrested, thrown into police cells without charges for weeks. He said, “ndichakunyangarisa uri kutadzisa kuti Chipungu ave sabhuku” loosely translated means I will make sure you disappear for failing to allow Chipungu to take over that position” he explained. Chisango further alleged local police to entertain to report the threats. “Police said the matter was too hot to handle” said Chisango. Chipungu could not be reached for comment at the time of writing. However Dandawa who is also senator and Mashonaland West chairperson of chiefs denied the allegations in a telephone interview this week saying he was in the dark over the allegations. “Handina munhu wandiri kunetsana naye ini” meaning I do not have any problems with anyone, Senator Dandawa said. Chisango claims that due to the harassment he is going through, he is not free to travel to Chidamoyo to collect his medication regularly. “I fear for my life and that of my family members. We are not safe at home because of Chief Dandawa’s bullying. Can he be a chief without subjects and headmen who question him?” he said as he narrated his ordeal. Chisango is married with three children and fends for his ageing parents including his father who is blind. “The chief is failing to uphold his role and fighting a personal war”, said Chisango. Some sources also claim chief Dandawa is demanding inducements that are affecting development in the area.

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