MASVINGO – Gokomere and St Anthony’s Musiso High schools seem to have topped the province having produced some of the best pupils scoring 18 As and 17 As respectively.
At Gokomere High School, four pupils scored 14 As with the school recording a 97 percent pass rate.
At St Anthony’s Musiso High School has two pupils with 14 As, one with 13 As and five with 12 As.
A total of 80 pupils at St Antony’s High scored five As and above with the school recording a 97.4 percent pass rate.
St Antony’s High had a total of 196 pupils who sat for examinations and 191 passed with five subjects and above.
Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ) run Gutu High School has its highest pupil with 10 As with a pass rate of 95.1 percent.
Another RCZ run Zimuto High School has 47 pupils with 5 As and above with an average percentage pass rate of 90.
Pamushana High School recorded a 91.25 percent pass rate with 93 pupils scoring five As and above.
Mutendi High School recorded a neat 87.63 percent average pass rate with 100 percent pass rate in subjects like Pure Mathematics, Business Enterprise, TTD and Statistics.
At Mutendi High School, Heritage Studies recorded 115 As, followed by English Language with 96 As and Geography with 70 As.
Tugwane High School has five pupils with five ‘A’s and 57 pupils passed with five subjects and above.
Mucheke High School has its highest pupil with 8 As and three Bs with its second highest bagging seven As with the third taking home 6 As.
Mapanzure Government High School has a pupil with seven ‘A’s and the second highest with four As. A total of 33 pupils passed five subjects and above while 58 pupils passed English Language and 20 passed Mathematics.
At St Joseph’s Tongoona, seven pupils have five ‘A’s and above and most learning areas recorded more than 80% pass rate.
GUTU— Two members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) stationed at Gutu police station were last week arraigned before magistrate Victor Mahamadi facing abuse of office charges after allegedly clearing seven cattle which were stolen from Gutu Mission.
Vincent Tinarwo (32) and Rodrey Makuro (27) were remanded to February 7.
State facts as presented by Ratchel Murape were that on December 29, 2019 at around 1500 hours, Tinarwo was on charge office duties at ZRP Gutu when he received a call from one Kudzai Murima, a cattle buyer intending to clear his cattle from Village Mazongororo.
Tinarwo and Murima then met in Hwiru location where the former completed the clearance book, ZRP 392, in the absence of the alleged seller Jonathan Mangoro.
Three cattle were cleared and were then ferried to Masvingo for slaughter.
On January 1, 2020 at around 1400 hours, Mukaro received a phone call from Murima who told him that he wants his cattle to be cleared from Mazongororo village.
The two then met in Hwiru location where Mukaro completed the clearance book, ZRP 392, in the absence of the seller Jonathan Mangoro. Four cattle were cleared.
It was later discovered that the cattle cleared were stolen at Gutu mission and Jonathan Mangoro did not sell any cattle to Marima.
The accused persons abused their office as police officers by clearing stolen stock without following proper procedures of stock clearance.
While some cities boast of having junior leagues and vibrant academies in various sporting disciplines, Masvingo still lags behind though some of the finest talent in Zimbabwe trace roots back to the province and it seems sports administrators and the corporate world are far from walking the talk in promoting and nurturing young talent.
Pamushana, Chibi, Gutu, Chidyamakono and Dewure High Schools have been forces to reckon with at national sports tournaments especially in Netball, Soccer and Volleyball but little has been done to tap talent from these schools.
Six former Pamushana pupils shined at the netball world cup in United Kingdom last year with Claris Kwaramba and Sharon Bwanali attracting attention from Australian clubs.
Charles Manyuchi who hails from Masvingo province has managed to set up a boxing academy for young boxers but the academy is based in Chivhu, which makes it hard for some Masvingo school going aspiring boxers to attend training sessions.
Young football players in the country have found fortress at the Willard Katsande’s under-18 annual soccer tournament but this hasn’t been enough since the tournament takes place once a year.
However, for Masvingo the situation is worse, as successful players and the corporate world have turned a blind eye at the young talent which remains untapped.
Other major cities like Bulawayo and Harare pride themselves in Serie A junior league and Harare junior league respectively where junior soccer teams for clubs like Highlanders, Dynamos and Harare City get a chance to showcase their talent.
Not only do these provinces have junior leagues but they have vibrant academies like Aces Youth Soccer Academy in Harare where Khama Billiat started his career and Bantu Rovers Academy in Bulawayo who have produced Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba.
Many Masvingo young football players have been playing in the Mucheke Social League (MSL) while volleyball players from Masvingo Christian College and Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) have been playing in the Dzimbahwe Volleyball league.
In these leagues young talent play against old players some of them who have retired while some just play to maintain physical fitness as they will have lost the hope to turn professional.
Efforts to set up academies have been done with the latest academy being Masvingo Youth Academy (MYA) but the academy’s vision has been thwarted due to lack of funding to acquire proper training equipment.
Tennis has been the only sport which seems to be making strides in nurturing young players as the administrators have set up a vibrant board which seeks to promote young talent.
Young tennis players in Masvingo are promising to conquer the continent with the likes of Ednah Mhango claiming more than 15 accolades including regional trophies before completing her primary school education last year.
Thirteen year old Masvingo tennis ace, Thompson Thomu Jnr is currently in Namibia with team Zimbabwe Under14 team in the International Tennis Federation (ITF)/Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) tourney where he has won a gold and silver medal against Africa’s best junior players.
Tennis coach and Masvingo Tennis board chairman Thompson Thomu said they are in the process of partnering local schools and also revealed that they have lined up seven tournaments for junior tennis aces.
“Our junior players are school going so we are currently heavily engaged with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to try and bring a junior league into their structures.
“We have lined up seven tournaments to be held in Masvingo for the junior players. The tournaments include Masvingo Open, Masvingo Junior Tennis closed I, II, III, Zim closed, Inter provincials and Simon Muzenda tourney,” said Thomu.
If all sports administrators in the city emulate the tennis board, Masvingo will once again become a hub of producing quality sports personalities.
…city wants multi-storey flats, cluster houses in bid to clear backlog
Masvingo City Council has compiled a brochure with key information on investment opportunities that business people can exploit for their own profit and for the economic growth of the city.
Masvingo city and the wider province have wide investment potential but capital inflows are miniscule due to many factors including a difficult macro-economic environment affecting the whole country.
With the brochure, city fathers hope to convince local and foreign investors that the prospective benefits of investing in Masvingo far outweigh the risks.
“The City of Masvingo enjoys a unique natural attribute; located equidistant from the major cities and host to the Great Zimbabwe Monument, a World Heritage Site and second most popular tourism site in Zimbabwe after the Victoria Falls. The City of Masvingo prides itself in a fairly well maintained road, water and wastewater disposal infrastructure. The city is designated a Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) accessible by road, rail and air,” the city states as the reasons why it is wise to invest in Masvingo.
The city has dangled massive incentives to prospective investors and these include competitive prices of land, flexible and negotiable payment terms, rates moratorium and free water during construction.
The city has also committed to give investors in the tourism development zone some tax holidays.
In the heavy manufacturing and industrial activities category, the city is offering prime stands measuring 2 000 – 6 000m2 in the Westview industrial area while commercial stands in the CBD are being offered at very affordable prices.
The city is also looking for a joint-venture partner interested in reviving the 278-hectare Shakashe Game Park by fencing its environs, stocking it with small game, building lodges and conference facilities.
Masvingo has also floated exclusive advertising rights on every space covered by the 578 solar-powered streets lights that the city wants investors to install.
City fathers are also looking for investors capable of servicing 800 high density and 200 medium density residential areas in the envisaged Rujeko D housing project.
The deal will also involve the provision of off-site sewer reticulation infrastructure including a sewerage pump station.
The city has also made available some 3000m2 of land close to Exor along the Masvingo-Beit Bridge highways for the construction of medium density, multi-storey residential flats and/or cluster houses.
The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Professor Amon Murwira has lampooned the country’s higher education system which he claims is producing less of thinkers and more of fools.
Murwira spoke at a recent Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting where he said the education system had over the years failed to produce solution holders.
He said at birth, people are ignorant and without knowledge of anything but are made stupid and foolish with the type of education they receive.
“We should know that every person born of a woman is born ignorant but not foolish or stupid. So where does stupidity and foolishness come from? Fools come from the education system. The type of education that tells them that in order to do engineering you have to study English first.
“Our ancestors never learned English but we have our Great Zimbabwe monuments. That kind of engineering remains a marvel even to date. Our education system is teaching people to read and write but is doing little to teach them to think.
“This is why you see a lot of people fighting on WhatsApp because they mastered the skill of writing and reading but not thinking,” said Murwira.
Murwira said there is need for a complete paradigm shift in the country’s higher education system as the education is contributing to uselessness with 98 percent of the people only good at reading and writing while 38 percent are equipped with skills.
“This country has been subjected to systematic destruction of the confidence of its people. The issue now is how do we construct and reconstruct the confidence of our people.
“We need to move away from being beggars to producers. The aim of our education is to modernize and industrialize this county. It is not to Westernise, Easternise, Northernise or Southernise.
“We need to ask ourselves why our universities and colleges are detached from the society they are intended to transform. We want to restore ourselves as a people through relevant education,” said Murwira.
He said a lot of graduates complain that there are no jobs yet the country is facing a myriad of problems which requires people to put their brains and skills to work and provide jobs for themselves in the process of solving the crisis.
“Education has to have a purpose and benefits. We don’t want people who go through higher education and come back looking for jobs.
“What have you been learning? How does education lead to uselessness? We have now looked at this thing and said let us look at our tertiary institutions and see why people are being taught to destroy rather than build.
“Education should create solutions not add to the problem. We see graduates getting into the streets demanding jobs yet we expect them to create jobs. We asked ourselves why our education system is creating professors who are begging for food. People say there are no jobs but the country has drought. There are no drugs but people say there are no jobs. To address all these problems is a job on its own.
“There are plenty of jobs but there is no one doing it. We need to fix our education system first. 98 percent of our people can read and write but only 38 percent have skills,” said Murwira.
…school head Maregere sets school for new challenges
With a rising pass rate and an expanding school infrastructure system, Francis Aphiri primary looks set to become an institution occupying a place of its own in a sector characterised by increased competitiveness.
Owned by Masvingo City Council and named after one of the most revered policy makers to ever lead the city, the late Mayor Francis Aphiri, the school has been on an upward trajectory in its relatively short history.
Under the leadership of school head Henry Maregere, the school now boasts an enrollment of 1 200 pupils mostly from the adjacent Runyararo West suburb as well from other surrounding residential areas like Victoria Ranch and Mucheke D.
Having been developed as a response to the ever-growing need for more educational facilities in the sprawling city, Francis Aphiri Primary School has rapidly grown to be a school of choice for many people in the city.
Since taking over as school head, Maregere has presided over a steady rise in the grade seven examinations pass rate from 91.27 in 2016 to 95 percent for 2019. Maregere says his wish is to record an improved pass rate after each examination period, with greater focus being on the quality of results.
The school has also made formidable strides in improving its facilities; having completed the construction of a new classroom block which is being used by grade ones and yet another one which is currently being used by grade sevens although it was initially designed as an industrial block for pupils studying woodwork and home economics.
Francis Aphiri is also finalizing plans to build an ‘infant centre away from the school’, and one classroom block is already up.
Maregere says experience points to the importance of isolating ECD, grade one and grade two pupils from the rest of the classes.
“The infant department will help the youngest of our children to be free and to be themselves. Those are the children who are at the lowest formative years of their development so they need to be given room to live and learn without being subjected to the same kind of control that should otherwise be reserved for older children. The younger children want to be happy, they want to make noise and you can’t expect them to be as much responsive to instruction as their older counterparts do,” said Maregere.
He said facilities in the envisaged infant department will also house teachers offices as well as any other infrastructure required for early childhood academic development.
The school has a thriving poultry project which recently contributed a substantial amount of money to the coffers after the sale of 250 birds.
“We also have plans to start a rabbit and fisheries project. We have already built the ponds for the fish and we are building a permanent foul run to replace the cages that we are currently using. The idea is to establish separate income streams that complement the developmental work being done using school fees,” said Maregere.
He said many of the plans were being delayed by inadequate water supplies at the school.
“We have a borehole here but it doesn’t yield much water. I am pleased therefore that a new borehole will soon be drilled and most of the water will be used for those agricultural projects,” said Maregere.
Since becoming Francis Aphiri Primary School head, Maregere, who previously headed Victoria Jnr and Makoho Primary schools, has overseen a number of new projects including the construction of a perimeter fence around the school and the paving of the front yard.
Three classroom blocks have also been constructed and plans are that more learning space should be created in order to decongest the classrooms and allow more pupils to be enrolled.
Categories of persons who cannot marry in Zimbabwe
With Fidelicy Nyamukondiwa
The Customary Marriages Act [Chapter 5:07], the Marriage Act [Chapter 5:11] and of course the Constitution governs marriages in Zimbabwe. The gazetted Marriage Bill, 2019 seeks to repeal and replace the aforementioned two statutes and align Zimbabwe’s marriage laws to the Constitution. This article outlines the categories of persons who cannot marry in terms of the country’s marriage laws.
Section 78(1) of the Constitution provides for marriage rights and is in tandem with International Conventions and Treaties to which Zimbabwe is a signatory. It sets eighteen years as the minimum age of marriage. However, at the time section 78(1) of the Constitution came into effect, section 22 of the Marriage Act allowed a sixteen year old girl to marry provided the guardians consented. It also empowered the Justice Minister to authorize marriage of boys under eighteen and girls under sixteen years. The Customary Marriages Act on the other hand, did not provide for a minimum age limit for marriage
The landmark Constitutional Court judgement of Mudzuru and Anor v Minister of Justice…CCZ 12/15 was a child marriages death knell. It declared the Marriage Act and the Customary Marriages Act unconstitutional and held that with effect from 20 January 2016, no person below the age of eighteen years may enter into any marriage, including an unregistered customary law union or any other union including one arising out of religion.
It’s been 4 years after Mudzuru was decided but it is disturbing to note that child marriages are still prevalent in Zimbabwe. Adults who in any way take part in child marriage arrangements must be prosecuted under section 94 Criminal Law (Codification & Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23. It is high time the relevant laws be aligned to the Constitution to ensure the smooth running of the wheels of justice.
Persons of the same sex
There has been growing concerns and advocacy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights in Zimbabwe since the 90’s. The Constitution does not however provide for such rights. Former president, the late Robert Mugabe was internationally known for castigating the advocacy for LGBT rights. Section 78(3) of the Constitution expressly prohibits marriage of persons of the same sex. Consensual sexual intercourse between adults (sodomy) is an offence inviting a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment or a level fourteen fine. The case of S v Banana 2000 (1) ZLR 607 (S) demonstrates how sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex is frowned at in Zimbabwe.
Persons of certain degree of relationships have always been prohibited from marrying since time immemorial. The common law crime of incest was codified through section 75 of the Criminal Law Code. If convicted, a person can be sentenced to a maximum of five years imprisonment or to pay a level fourteen fine.
Section 75(2) lays down the degree of relationships which can neither have sexual intercourse nor marry. Besides the common ones, also included are relationships between; parent and step/adopted child (even above 18years), any person and his or her ascendant or descendant, any person and a descendant of a brother or sister, whether of whole or half blood and between any person and an ascendant or descendant of his or her former spouse.
Besides children, persons of the same sex and relatives, mentally challenged persons who cannot comprehend the nature of the marriage contract cannot marry. Parties to a Civil Marriage contract cannot marry as long as the marriage still subsist. Whilst a man customarily married can marry another wife, a woman in the same marriage cannot marry another husband.
Fiat Justitia Ruat Caelum!
Nyamukondiwa Fidelicy writes in his personal capacity. He holds a Diploma in Law and is a former Public Prosecutor at Masvingo Magistrates Court. He is a LLB (HONS) student at Herbert Chitepo Law School. Contactable on 0785827154 /firstname.lastname@example.org.
MASVINGO – Youthful clergyman and business person, Pastor Onward Chironda recently surprised congregants during a Sunday service at his New Creation Embassy Church by giving some youths money to fund their business ideas.
During the course of the service, Prophet O had asked young people what they were doing in life and what they would want to be known.
A few who responded that they wished to start businesses were given substantial amounts of money in US dollars and in South African rands.
The youthful pastor said the church was not a place of spiritual solutions alone but was also a place of social upliftment.
Pastor O, as he is affectionately known, is widely described as flamboyant but he has demonstrated a strong commitment to the welfare of the less fortunate.
Inspired by his mentor Uebert Angel, the young pastor has been doing many philanthropic works aimed at giving hope to the underprivileged.
He recently completed writing a book which he has launched in the United States of America.
CHIVHU- The incessant power shortages which have hit the country have taken a toll at Chivhu General Hospital putting to a halt key operations which require electricity while a124 solar panel field lie idle in the backyard drawing and ire from the public.
The hospital management has come under fire from the public after they have negated a solar field of over 120 panels donated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) about two years ago.
Power shortages have affected the mortuary, laboratory, theatre and CSSD departments at Chivhu General Hospital with most patients now being referred to Gutu, Murambinda, Driefontein and other mission hospitals for assistance.
There have been some reports alleging that the hospital management abused the funds to finish the project in anticipation that they would recover the money quickly but the economy took a nosedive plunging the whole project into doubt.
No comment could be drawn from the hospital authorities but Chivhu district public works officer Edwin Mashingaidze said that the project will soon be operational as it has been stalled for far too long.
“Soon the project will be completed and everything will be done in a very short period of time. The handover had not been done because the work was still in progress. We were just waiting for the donor to supply other materials that were lacking.
“All things hinged in the hands of the donor and our job here is just to check the progress and nothing more.
“Some sections of the hospital have already been connected and soon the whole hospital will be done. Circumstances beyond our control derailed the progress and it has nothing to do with misappropriation of funds as others may think,” said Mashingaidze.
If completed, the solar field will be able to power the most critical areas of the hospital.