July 28, 2013

Expecting mother house set ablaze

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ImageBy Nhau Mangirazi

Hurungwe- Eighteen year old Chipo Matemo’s plans for her eight month pregnancy went up in smoke last Friday when their grass thatched bedroom was set alight by unknown arsonist near Kasimure business centre.

Kasimure is situated about 42 kilometers east of Karoi town where a cold war over posters is looming between Zanu PF and Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

This another isolated incident of politically motivated violence of a rather peaceful election set for 31 July.

Sara Mahoka is standing for Zanu PF while Blessing Mandava is representing MDC-T.

Narrating the nightmare Matemo said, ‘’I was fast asleep when my jumped out of the bed and had to pull me out of the house. The roof had caught fire and we lost virtually everything including the preparation of nappies, flees, baby blankets among other goodies. What makes it difficult for us that we were about to deliver traditional return to my parents, commonly known as masungiro’’

The ordeal that has befallen Matemo is that her husband, Daniel Bhobho of Kasimure village is a Zanu PF activist.

Bhobho aged 26 years claims the suspects are Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai supporters.

‘’My hut was set alight around 3 in the morning Hardly a week had passed when an MDC-T supporter, name withheld (Rodger Zuze). They were accusing us of tearing down their posters. I was informed by my brother that the suspect was not happy with us as Zanu PF youths. Although I do not have evidence to pin him, am grounded’’ he said.

Bhobho further claims he had hosted nearly hundred Zanu PF supporters during a night vigil at their homestead on Thursday night before the rally that was addressed by Hurungwe north aspiring Zanu PF candidate Reuben Marumahoko.

‘’I hope police will investigate and bring the culprits to book’’ said Bhobho.

However, Marumahoko said he was unaware of the incident.

A local police officer at Kasimure police base confirmed the incident saying it is under probe.

‘’The case of arson was reported here. Unfortunately the investigating officer has been dispatched to Mjinga for elections’’ said the officer who declined to be named.

Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Clemency Mabgweazara said he was still yet to receive any reports.


June 20, 2013

Outgoing Hurungwe Junior Senator scores first

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By Nhau Mangirazi

Karoi-Outgoing Hurungwe senator for Junior Parliamentarian for 2012/2013, Shepherd Marime got an award as Mashonaland West Outstanding Junior Parliamentarian.

Marime is Form 6 student at Chikangwe High School had a clean sheet following his initiatives that gave youths a voice, assisted the disadvantaged during his term of office.

In an interview, Marime said, ‘’I attended Day of African Child in September last year and was touched by the lives of many orphaned children at Just Children’s home near Karoi Hospital where I spent my spare time.’’

He worked with Hurungwe Senator Reuben Marumahoko to raise awareness to the young to vote ‘’Yes’’ during referendum.

‘’I joined forces with Child Prime Minister and went to Kariba where we advocated for young people’s rights. I assisted some Karoi youths to report cases against brutal police officers over face booking allegation and the case is under probe. Locally, I worked with Young People on Sexual and reproductive health in disseminating information on sexually transmitted infections. We want youths to understand more on health issues and their rights for a better future’’ said Marime.


Senator Shepherd Marime

He articipated in various awareness campaigns by inviting Environment Management Agency, to celebrate World Water Day and during World Aids Day commemoration held in Birimahwe in Hurungwe.

‘’I initiated street clean campaign with children living with disabilities. We sourced funding for two Chikangwe High school students’’ he added.

Marime said he raised awareness to youths to be registered as voters in forthcoming elections.

‘’It was resolved that I worked hard during the last session of Junior Parliamentarians that will see me getting the award’’ he added.

Ex-governor faces Minister in Zanu PF primaries

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By Nhau Mangirazi

Hurungwe- Former Mashonaland West provincial governor Peter Chanetsa will face deputy minister of Regional Integration and International Cooperation Reuben Marumahoko in Zanu PF primaries.

Chanetsa is the Member of Parliament for Hurungwe North covering mostly rural areas under Chiefs Kazangarare and Chundu while Marumahoko is Hurungwe senator.

Party insiders revealed that although two other candidates indentified as war veteran Karenga and little known A. Gandawa submitted their papers, the battle is set for the two.

‘’Chanetsa has hardly done anything for his constituency preferring to stay in Harare while Marumahoko took advantage of his absence and was visible. At one time he assisted the bereaved families of five farmers who perished during an accident near Chinhoyi in early April’’ said a party insider at Chibara.  


Figure 1 Reuben  Marumahoko

Marumahoko was the high ranking Government official during burial of late Samuel Chenjerai Marufu who is President Robert Mugabe’s father-in law. Marufu passed on 17 April this year.

In August last year Marumahoko defended the eviction of over 300 villagers under Chief Chundu that then acting chief Picture had labelled ‘’mabvakure’’ or aliens.

In Hurungwe East incumbent MP Sarah Mahoka who is the provincial chairlady will face three male aspiring candidates including farmer Antony Zunzanyika, former councilors Misheck Masango and Boswell Rusere who was seconded to Jomic by Zanu PF.

Godfrey Beremauro MP in Hurungwe Central covering Karoi town will fight out with Pelagia Mapfumo and farmer Tsikira.  

However there mixed reactions amid revelations that some names had been dropped by the provincial coordinating committee although it is understood that every CV was accepted but PCC made recommendations that will be forwarded to national party election directorate that will approve names of candidates for party primaries.

In Magunje Franco Ndambakuwa faces challenges from Muduna, Keith Guzha and Godfrey Gandawa among others.

Temba Mliswa submitted his CV in Hurungwe West.

Elsewhere Zanu PF provincial chairman John Mafa will fight it out with national political commissar and minister of information Webster Shamu in Chegutu East.

May 27, 2012

Zanu PF MP suspended as succession saga deepens

Staff Reporter
CHINHOYI- Zanu PF’s Hurungwe East Member of Parliament Sarah Mahoka was suspended by District Coordinating Committee (DCC) assimmering divisions over succession battle deepen in President Robert Mugabe’s home province. According to party insiders, Mahoka is linked to rival camp led by defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa camp that is fighting Vice President Joice Mujuru in succession battle to take over after President Mugabe has left. A senior party member said the division were deepening as Mnangagwa was slowly gaining ground in Mugabe’s home province.

“Mnangagwa camp consolidated power here after Jonh Mafa won
as provincial chair besides moves to bar him. Mafa and Mahoka belongs to the same camp and she campaigned for him in Hurungwe against Senator Reuben Marumahoko.” said an insider speaking on condition that he is not named. Marumahoko is linked to Mujuru faction.

Other sources revealed that Mahoka is paying the price for challenging late Sabina Mugabe during the party women congress for the treasure post in 2009.

“Mahoka challenged the late Sabina Mugabe who was on death bed but it was not good to challenge the Mugabes. She withdrew but the damage had been done. Senior party members will never forgive her” said a provincial cordinating committee member but declined to be named.

A central committee member confirmed that the move to pass vote of no confidence in Mahoka was will be endorsed at national level as she will never appeal. “The Mujuru camp is using this to silence vocal party members, and Mahoka was among them” a source added.

Zanu PF faces divisions among its members ahead of possible elections and mainly those who oppose Mugabe face the wrath within the party.

Mugabe is still yet to annoint a successor as he has been endorsed by the party to stand in forthcoming elections though his advanced age is a tide against his wish.
Mahoka has denied the expulsion by DCC saying she is a “strong party
member” and cannot be expelled by a lower organ.

November 12, 2011

Zanu PF Mash West elections put on hold again

Seleous- Elections for Zanu PF Mashonaland West top leadership were deferred again amid revealations that suspended former chairman John Mafa was likely to win on Saturday. This is exposing simmering divisions in the party as two camps that are emerging want to save “face from embarrasment” as Mafa still command support besides his suspension last year, according to our sources. It has emerged that after former chairman Phillip Chiyangwa was banned from contesting by the politburo, others that had submitted their names battled to market themselves to the electorate. “Even Walter Chidhakwa who had the financial and heavyweight support could not be marketed to get enough votes. Infact acting chairman Reuben Marumahoko had a better chance but could not match Mafa” added another source from Kadoma. One faction led by Ignatius Chombo was backing Chidhakwa though both Marumahoko and Mafa are aligned to the camp of old guards among them former minister and party spokesperson Nathan Shamuyarira. Marumahoko confirmed that elections had been postponed to a later date saying, “We must follow some laid down procedures of candidates and those with voting rights and once everything is in place elections will be held before the end of the year. Among those vying for the chairman post were Joseph Chirongoma, Jonh Yotamu, Bright Matonga, Betty Biri and a Menhlomakulu. New election date is still yet to be set.

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