The late Jasper Nyamande
CHIVHU - In a stranger than fiction case, a 29-year-old man recently left the small town shocked and baffled after he killed himself by cutting his throat using a knife at a butchery at Old Location shopping centre where he worked.
Sources who spoke to TellZim News said Jasper Nyamande had spent the day asking his co-worker Persuade Kasekudzwa and other people around to cut him to death but they took it lightly as a joke.
They later on went into the butchery after being suspicious of events only to find Nyamande on the ground and in a pool of blood, with a knife on his side.
“He persisted that he needed someone to cut him on the throat but we all thought that he was joking but we were later on shocked to realise that something was strange had happened in the butchery. We saw him lying in a pool of blood and he had already killed himself,” said the source.
Efforts to get a comment from Kasekudzwa – the co-worker – did not succeed as he could not be reached on the phone.
The butchery had also closed early in response to the grisly act of alleged suicide.
Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Tendai Mwanza confirmed the incident but could not shed more light on the details.
He however said there was always a solution to life challenges and urged people to never contemplate suicide even in the most difficult of circumstances.
Gweru City Council on Tuesday, October 15, confirmed the suspension of town clerk Elizabeth Gwatipedza saying the move was necessitated by deteriorating service delivery standards and her failure to effectively carry out her duties.
Mayor Josiah Makombe said the suspension was due to the failure by Gwatipedza, as the accounting officer, to effectively run council operations.
“We are coming from a special council meeting were deliberations on the suspension letter have been made. The letter was issued yesterday and councillors have harmoniously adopted the move.
“So she is now suspended pending necessary processes which need to done according to the law. So it’s just a suspension whereby she must answer to the charges.
“Being the accounting officer, she was supposed to act and implement service delivery operations to the expectations of residents. Roads are bad, refuse is not being collected and water issues – all those are not well. We want to make everyone understand that we mean business. This is council’s decision and six charges are being levelled namely gross incompetence and failure to manage departments amid others,” said Makombe.
He said the suspension was not politically-motivated but was meant to point out the direction that the city should take.
“This is purely on employment basis where one is supposed to be accountable. It’s not a political decision; we are declared politicians as councillors but our staff members are not politically-enclosed. We cannot use politics on our staff. Mrs Gwatipedza was employed on merit,” Makombe said.
Local residents groups have of late complained that municipal services are deteriorating, pointing to a recent service delivery report as evidence of corruption and mismanagement.
Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) director, Selipiwe Cornelia accused Gwatipedza’s office of deliberately failing to respond to questions arising from the adverse report.
Among many other evidence of gross incompetence, the report points to glaring mistakes by the director of engineering Robson Manatsa, regarding water capacity and recordings at Gwenhoro Dam and the procurement of an old backhoe loader which the department had claimed was new.
Manyuchi Dam is a white elephant despite widespread poverty in Mwenezi
…as cotton farmers reject RTGS dollar
MWENEZI - People from outside Mwenezi are reaping ‘excessive’ benefits from the available vast natural resources in the district at the expense of locals who continue to wallow in abject poverty.
These concerns were raised recently by Chivi-Mwenezi Sanator Clara Shumba while addressing farmers from across the district who gathered at the Rutenga Cottco Depot.
In her address, Shumba regretted that locals continued to wallow in miserable poverty while those from outside the district were becoming rich owing to what she claimed were inequitable resource allocation priorities.
“I once asked the minister (the Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Ezra Chadzamira) over these issues. In Mwenezi district, we have vast resources but unlike in other districts where locals benefit from their own resources, the people here are poor.
“As I speak, we are all aware that vast tracts of land here are owned by people from outside the district yet locals have nothing to show. This is very retrogressive in as far as promoting the district’s sustainable development is concerned,” said Shumba to a loud applause from gathering.
On their part, farmers rejected payment for their produce in the country’s currency known as the RTGS dollar, demanding that they instead be paid in the US dollar.
Farmers attacked what they considered to be discriminatory payment processes, saying tobacco farmers were being paid in US dollars for their produce.
“The RTGS money is completely useless such that paying us using it is tantamount to day-light robbery. We need payment in the form of hard cash and not electronic money. For us cotton farmers who are paid in local currency, we feel government is segregating us, given that tobacco farmers are paid in US dollars,” fumed one farmer.
Mwenezi East Member of Parliament (MP) Joosbi Omar and Shumba promised to swiftly forward the farmers’ concerns to responsible authorities.
Tatenda Freeman Murenjekwa
This article seeks to reveal the good and the bad side of Mugabe's rule from 2008 to 2017 though the late nonagenarian ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years.
His tenure of office was cut short by a military coup of November 2017. During his tenure of office, Mugabe managed to use his diplomacy to settle down the political, social and economic woes bedeviling the country leading to the formation of the Government of National Unity (GNU) in 2009. He was also able to sanction and control price hikes although the economy continued to decline.
This paper is also going to showcase the bad side of Mugabe; that is his use of the Machiavellian philosophy to prolong his stay on power. He was accused of vote-rigging and his contribution towards economic instability which was accelerated by his cold war politics cannot be taken for granted. Mugabe’s 'Look East Policy' also affected Zimbabwe's economic growth. Current President Emmerson Mnangagwa is trying to move away from Mugabe’s approach by calling for the re-engagement policy in an endeavor to kick-start the economy. The writer, however, argues that Mugabe did more harm than good in as far as improving the political, social and economic status of Zimbabwe is concerned. However, when juxtaposed with Mnangagwa, it can be argued that Mugabe was better.
A DIPLOMATIC CADRE
Mugabe used diplomacy in resolving political and economic crisis affecting the Zimbabwean community. In 2008, Zimbabwe was plunged into a political crisis emanating from the disputed elections which Mugabe was alleged to have vote rigged. In an attempt to calm the tense political sphere, a union of convenience was facilitated by the SADC-sent mediator Thabo Mbeki. Mugabe agreed to have talks with the so-called winner of the elections; Morgan Richard Tsvangirai for the sake of political, social and economic relief. In 2009, Mugabe, Tsvangirai and other lesser players signed the Government of National Unity. The period post-2009 improved in terms of the political, social and economic situation in Zimbabwe. Mugabe refused to let go crucial ministries in order to further prolong his stay on power. Tsvangirai was mandated to drive the economy in an endeavor to lure support from European countries. During this period, the multi-currency system was implemented by the then Finance Minister Tendai Biti proved to have the solutions to the country's economic woes.
Mugabe proved to be a capable leader in the sense that he was able to sanction economic saboteurs and contain price hikes. On the other hand, Mnangagwa is too soft to contain price hikes and he is failing to ease the political, social and economic crisis affecting Zimbabweans. Most if not all Zimbabweans have lost confidence in Zanu PF’s so-called austerity measures as fuel queues, price hikes, poor water and electricity supplies persisted. Some Zimbabweans regard Mnangagwa and Mugabe as 'Siamese Twins’ in their rulership. Over and above, Mugabe was a diplomat. Despite his shortcomings, Mugabe could stand his ground and use diplomatic means to coerce economic saboteurs to minimize unjustified price hikes.
MUGABE'S USE OF REPRESSIVE STATE APPARATUS
Mugabe used repressive state apparatus in the name of police, army and the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO) to deal with opposition. Opposition members and supporters suffered a lot of atrocities in the hands of Mugabe. According to Jocelyn Alexander and Blessing-Miles Tendi, Zanu PF used the CIO police and army to intimidate opposition members and their sympathisers. In retrospect, when Edgar Tekere formed the Zimbabwe Unity Movement (ZUM) in 1989, he was the first party to pose a real challenge to Mugabe who hoped to run unchallenged and establish a one party state. Violence against the opposition during the 1990 elections culminated into the shooting of Kombayi who dared to challenge Vice President Simon Muzenda in Midlands’s city of Gweru. The use of violence towards opposition party members and their subordinates became part and parcel of Zanu PF’s strategies to contain opposition.
Apart from Mugabe's positive achievements during his tenure of office, Mugabe brutalizes opposition party members and supporters. Many were left homeless, orphans and crippled before and aftermath the election period. According to Blair (2002), Mugabe was a quintessential purveyor of power politics. Bratton (2014), also notes that Mugabe's path to the apex of state power, by bullet as well as ballot, shapes the way he has subsequently governed. However Mnangagwa cannot be exonerated from Mugabe's use of Machiavellian philosophy to safeguard his hold on power. Mnangagwa was Mugabe's right hand man. Mnangagwa tried to portray himself as a renewed person who diverted from his predecessor's path but Zanu PF will always be Zanu PF as shown by the August 1 incident.
MUGABE and MNANGAGWA
Comparing Mugabe to Mnangagwa, one can say Mnangagwa managed to divert from his Godfather's footsteps by looking at the way he championed democratic space and his re-engagement strategies. Zimbabweans from all walks of life however have a nostalgic feeling in the sense that under Mnangagwa's reign they are suffering and living below the poverty datum line. According to Southall, there is much in the transition from Mugabe to Mnangagwa to suggest continuity rather than change. Southall (2017) notes that Mnangagwa's cabinet was designed to establish his authority within Zanu PF, build bridges to potential opponents and re-assert the ruling party's alliance with the military. As such it came as a major disappointment to the mass of Zimbabwe’s who had been hoping against the odds, that Mnangagwa would separate the wheat from the chaff. According to Thorncroft (2017), the response of opposition forces to the new government was voiced by Tendai Biti who denounced it as both 'betrayal of Zimbabwe' and a 'military junta'. Magaisa argues that Zimbabweans are disheartened by the apparent failure of the Mnangagwa regime to arrest the deteriorating economic situation. To him, after Mugabe, the only way was up or so it seemed but the regime looks and sounds clueless with each passing day. Mnangagwa has so far proved to be a failure in resolving the economic woes which he and his predecessor created. Innocent Gonese, the chief whip of the main MDC said "Robert Mugabe was no good, he was cruel and heartless and in spite of his array of degrees his appreciation of the law of economics was zilch. I never thought that he could get someone worse than him. “While others are of the opinion that Mnangagwa proved to be a failure, his followers are arguing that Mnangagwa has to be given time to resolve the economy. Their argument being that there is time to plant and time to harvest therefore they promise Zimbabweans that there is light at the end of the tunnel. As cited in the Bulawayo 24 news, Trump said Zimbabweans lived under better conditions during former Mugabe's tenure of office than they are doing under Mnangagwa.
Tatenda Freeman Murenjekwa is a holder of a Bachelor of Arts honors Degree in History and he writes articles for educational purposes. The views expressed here are his, and do not in any way reflect the position of TellZim News.
….as council moves to improve conditions at shanty market
MASVINGO - City of Masvingo Housing and Community Services director Levison Nzvura has said council will no longer allow free reign at Chitima market, and is designing a plan to allocate stalls to identified individuals who will regularly pay rentals to council.
In 2015, council lost much control of the shanty market following politicised protests by informal traders who felt council was milking them dry by collecting daily fees without improving facilities.
In an interview with TellZim News, Nzvura said council was now moving to regularise business at the market and come up with a database of people who will be allocated market stalls.
“We have been unable to keep track of the exact number of people doing business there because there is no consolidated database of traders. People come and occupy a stall for a day or two and then go away. Nobody pays for the bays except for a few so council is making huge losses there,” said Nzvura.
He said despite not collecting much in terms of revenue from traders at the market, council was still providing water, removing refuse and maintaining the toilets.
“We have done a lot to make sure conditions there are good but sometimes the people themselves make a mess of their own market. People use the strangest of objects in the toilets leading to blockages, and it’s council that has to unblock them despite that most of the very same people do not pay anything to use the market,” said Nzvura.
He said council expected to complete the rationalisation of the clothing section of the market first before moving on to the vegetable side.
“There are about 700 bays there and we want to know who owns which bay so that we can make follow ups in terms of rentals. We will then use the money collected to improve facilities and put a good shade starting with the vegetable section. We want a proper market where people can go and shop with confidence,” said Nzvura.
He encouraged market users and members of the public to contribute to cleaner surroundings by avoiding littering and illegal dumping of garbage.
…hospital becomes place for prescriptions only
CHIVHU - Things are not going on well at Chivhu General Hospital where power cuts have affected operations and a severe lack of adequate water has put the lives of patients in further danger.
The hospital is also struggling under a severe shortage of basic equipment and drugs like syringes and paracetamol.
The hospital serves the whole community of Chivhu and all the resettlement areas around the small town.
As a result of the crisis, many patients are returning home without getting the required medical help on a daily basis.
TellZim News recently paid a visit to the hospital and managed to speak to some patients who said they were there simply for the sake of it.
“There are no drugs here and we have been given prescriptions and we need to buy the medicine on our own. There is no electricity most of the times and all services have been hindered by power cuts. The X-ray is not in operation, the laboratory is not working and the theatre too is not working,” said one patient as he limped home.
An expectant mother said she had been told by a hospital employee to get help elsewhere as her chances of dying in labour at the hospital were way higher than what is ordinary.
“I met a hospital employee who advised to get assistance elsewhere because it was not safe to use the maternity ward here,” said the expectant mother.
A staff member who spoke to TellZim News blamed power cuts, shortage of equipment and drugs, low levels of morale among employees and lack of adequate water for the carnage at the hospital.
“The lab cannot function without power and most notably the mortuary. The mortuary needs electricity always hence we are in a complete state of paralysis. The CSSD department is not properly functioning and activities in the theatre have been disturbed. We have a solar system but it’s not working properly. Add all that to the grievances of doctors and nurses and you have a complete catastrophe,” said the employee.
Another source said the hospital’s solar system contract was awarded to a dubious company which failed to do the work properly, leading to below normal power being generated.
“The solar system produces power only for the lights. We heard that had the work been done properly, we wouldn’t be facing a crisis of this magnitude,” said the employee.
Chivhu Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Alice Kanyemba was out of office and could not be reached for comment.
Women's lobby group WCoZ donated many items including sanitary pads to the hospital
After enduring about forty-two kilometres of a sorry excuse for a tarred road from Masvingo town along Masvingo-Beitbridge highway, one comes across a faint signage signalling a left turn to Ngomahuru Psychiatric Hospital, the second largest psychiatric hospital in the country.
It is only 10 kilometres from this point to the hospital but the state of the road will take you close to an hour to get there.
One would be forgiven for believing this is the road to hell, a place where no one wants to go or hear about but for some mere mortals, it is a place that calls for the humanity side in us.
Along the dusty road just close to the hospital, one makes a right turn and is left with only three kilometres to come face to face with the harsh realities of Ngomahuru.
Around 170 inmates – 25 of them female – are housed at the facility which has a capacity to hold 300 inmates if all things are alright.
At this hospital, mental disorders comes in all shapes and sizes ranging from mild to extreme requiring the dedicated nursing staff to provide utmost love and care. These nurses deserve a crown for the job they do despite the harsh and poor working conditions.
The hard and honest truth is that the world views mental illness with a lot of stigma and many relatives of the mentally-challenged patients end up dumping them at this hospital never to return again.
Some inmates have been admitted at the institution for over 20 years and to them, the nursing staff and other inmates have become their families.
In the 2019 budget, the government allocated a measly $755 million towards the health sector which was slightly increased during the supplementary budget.
In these difficult times, the government has literally turned a blind eye and ear on Ngomahuru which now relies heavily on donor aid.
Ngomahuru Psychiatric Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Parirenyatwa Maramba said the institution faced a number of challenges due to the worsening economic situation.
The biggest challenge, according to Dr Maramba, is food shortages. He said when patients receive their medication, they develop monstrous appetites yet there is no food most of the times.
“Ngomahuru is the second largest psychiatric hospital in the country. It has a bed set of 300 but on average we admit up to 170 and we have between 25 and 30 females each time.
“There are many challenges. We don’t have sanitary pads for female inmates unless somebody has made donations. We have received some donations in recent days but we welcome more.
“The major issue on the ground is food. We need food especially meat, cooking oil and sugar among other basics,” said Dr Maramba.
TellZim News learnt that the institution normally gets mealie-meal and rice but there is no meat or beans with which to take the rice or sadza.
Patients at times eat vegetables without cooking oil, porridge without sugar and plain sadza.
“Our main funding comes from government and as you know the country is going through a difficult time and funds are severely limited. As long as the government does not have money, we also do not have money.
“Our patients do not pay any money they are treated for free so everything depends on the government which is currently struggling. We need help from everyone who can come and assist. The government is trying yes but it is not enough. We are overwhelmed with patients and we need a lot of food,” said Dr Maramba.
One female inmate whom nurses said was getting better and ready to go home, said she found herself at the hospital after she went through massive depression.
“I am here because I went through massive depression. I separated from my husband and when it was time to share property, I was deprived of everything. My husband took everything and I was left with nothing.
“I was so depressed and I lost my mind. I was admitted here but now I am ready to go home. I have communicated with people at home to come get me or send me money but they refuse saying I should stay admitted,” she said.
Women inmates at Ngomahuru are in dire straits and are walking around without underwear and an urgent appeal has been made to address this issue. There is need for bathing towels, detergents, uniforms among other basics.
The Women Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) Masvingo Chapter in partnership with the Roman Catholic St Peter’s and Paul’s Cathedral Mothers’ Union donated hundreds of sanitary wear, soap, toothpaste among other toiletries to ease the shortages.
“We are elated as a chapter to have contributed towards alleviating the health crisis that is affecting our fellow sisters here at Ngomahuru Hospital. The women activists initiated and coordinated this response at chapter level and pledged to mobilise a $10 contribution per person towards the purchase of commodities needed.
“What the WCoZ chapter members have done in self-resource mobilisation has shown a great deal of maturity and this exhibits a vibrant women’s movement capable of supporting one another through difficult times,” said WCoZ Masvingo Chapter chairperson Joyce Mhungu.
Masvingo Provincial Hospital recently spent many weeks using the council dump site to dispose of potentially harmful medical waste materials that are normally fed into the incinerator for destruction.
The hospital had run out of coal that is used to generate the high amount of heat that an incinerator requires to destroy different kinds of waste products.
A source at the hospital said management had ‘slept on the job’ and failed to procure coal on time, leading to a medical waste disposal crisis that lasted close to four weeks.
“Somebody neglected doing their job and we ended up without any coal. We resorted to using the council dumpsites to dispose of some controlled medical waste materials including sharps (syringes, needles, disposable scalpels and blades). It was a very bad thing to do,” said a source.
The source also said coal had last been procured in 2015 and there was supposed to be a replenishment at the beginning of 2019 when stock levels became seriously subdued.
Materials that are usually incinerated include pathological and infectious waste materials and well as expired pharmaceuticals.
Pathological waste refers to human tissue, organs and fluids while infectious waste means waste contaminated with blood or bodily fluids and waste generated during post-mortems.
Sources said the most common pathological waste coming out of Masvingo Provincial Hospital is generated in the maternity wards in the form of placentas that come out when pregnant women give birth.
Infectious waste at the hospital consists mostly of used bandages and cotton wool.
When contacted for comment, Masvingo Provincial Hospital public relations officer Ruth Zulu confirmed that the hospital had ran out of coal and had used the council dumpsite.
She however denied reports that the hospital had used the dumpsite to dispose of dangerous medical waste, saying only ‘acceptable’ materials were taken there.
“We wouldn’t be that irresponsible because we use the same neighborhoods as everybody else. Together with our families, we are part of the community. Yes, we experienced a shortage of coal due to the economic problems that every other institution is facing but we eventually managed to procure 21 tons from Hwange and that should last us for a long time depending on the amount of work that has to be done,” said Zulu.
She said during the crisis, the hospital improvised ways of destroying waste materials that could not be disposed of at the dumpsite, but could not state categorically how the improvisation was exactly done.
Masvingo acting town clerk Edward Mukaratirwa said if medical waste was dumped at the council dumpsite, it was done without express authority from the local authority.
“It was done without our authority. Environmental health laws do not allow medical waste to be dumped at such places. Such materials should be destroyed in the incinerator,” said Mukaratirwa.
The dumpsite, which is located right in the middle of Runyararo West and Victoria Ranch, has for a long time been a burning issue as it is seriously affecting residents of the two areas.
First femal headman, Senator Rungani with the first female headman of Masvingo province at her installation ceremony on Septermber 27.
BIKITA – Sheila Chigumisirwa was recently installed first female ‘headman’ (sadunhu) in Masvingo province at an event graced by many dignitaries including Senator Rungani.
The installation ceremony was presided over by Masvingo Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC) Fungai Mbetsa whose office is formerly known as Provincial Administrator (PA).
Chigumisirwa presides over a large area incorporating 60 villages under Chief Mazungunye in Bikita East.
Her installation ceremony was attended by some government officials, Members of Parliament (MPs) and several ordinary villagers.
ZAKA – St Anthony’s Musiso High School has set an example by heeding calls by the Environmental Management Agency (Ema) to create and sustain a litter-free environment by making rubbish bins readily available throughout the school area.
The school has set good precedence for other schools and organisations in Zaka by placing litter bins at all vantage places around the school including in the sport grounds.
St Anthony's Musiso High School head Joram Mawana said that the appearance of the school should be in line with set standards to help market the brand and build a culture of cleanliness among pupils and everybody else.
"We have to keep a clean school environment and cultivate a clean culture in our pupils so that wherever they go in future, they will know that they have to keep their surroundings clean. This helps to market the school at large and it reflects our standards as a school,” said Mawana.
The set-up at the school does not allow anyone to throw litter on the ground because of the number of bins available.
“We have put a lot of bins around the school and no one has to walk a distance to throw litter. Wherever you are, you have to find a bin. They are clearly-labeled and no one can miss them,” said Mawana.
The bins at St Anthony’s Musiso High School are made from not so sophisticated material that can be found easily and affordably.
In 2016, the school was EMA debate champions for Masvingo province in the category which supported prosecution of littering offences.
EMA has for a long time advocated for institutions to improve the availability of bins in their surroundings as a way of improving cleanliness and recycling opportunities.
ZAKA – Heal Zimbabwe is scaling up its public accountability awareness campaign in Zaka through many activities including interactive clean-up campaigns in the district.
The non-governmental organisation last week partnered the local leadership for a clean-up campaign at Four Miles shopping centre where a platform was created for people to freely discuss issues that affect their communities.
Heal Zimbabwe project officer Donald Marimbe said they decided to use a unique approach to help build accountable community leadership.
“We have been teaching people on how they should hold local leaders to account on anything they do and make sure that there is transparency in positions of leadership. This clean-up is a result of what we have been teaching the community and we are pleased by the response,” said Marimbe
People were urged to unite and continue providing labour and other services towards the completion of Four Miles Clinic.
Some villagers said the wide gully close to Murerekwa Primary School needed to be filled-up as it had become a hazard to children and animals.
Other villagers also expressed concern over the increase in criminal activities mostly by ruffians who use catapults to attack children coming from school.
Traditional leaders who attended the event included Headman Utete, village heads Gwara, Chivata, Mhamo and Zarira who all pledged to work for the safety of their communities.
The clean-up campaign was a local leadership initiative to create a platform for people to share ideas and get feedback from their leaders.
The event followed a workshop on accountability which was organised by Heal Zimbabwe in the same area.
Ward 8 Cllr Tererai Tererai praised the clean-up exercise had not only tidied the surroundings but had also given a chance for interactive dialogue for the sake of greater community harmony.
“We decided to put to test what we learnt from the workshops organised by Heal Zimbabwe. This is just the beginning; we will do more programmes different from the clean-ups. We will also go to other areas like Gwangwava,” said Tererai.
Heal Zimbabwe provided plastic litter bags and gloves for use during the clean-up exercise.
CHIREDZI – The dispute over the leadership of the Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Industry Workers Union (ZSMIWU) was last weekend partly solved after elections were held, with a faction aligned to Chiredzi West Member of Parliament (MP) Farai Musikavanhu not contesting.
The elections were convened by Advocate Primrose Magaisa of Pundu and Hwacha Legal Practitioners.
Simon Ndale and Taruvinga Madenyaya were among those elected for the Triangle section of the union while Patrick Masaiti and Moses Mutonho were elected for the Hippo Valley Estates section.
Members of the Musikavanhu group, which had sought to impose itself as the legitimate executive of the union through many actions including challenging the legality of the Faster Gono-led executive in the Masvingo High Court, did not contest.
During the court case, Justice Joseph Mafusire recognised the legitimacy of the Gono executive but imposed many terms.
Mafusire ordered the executive to organise new elections in 30 days so that three executive members who were relieved of their duties by Tongaat Hulett; Godfrey Katerere, Brawl Chikandiwa and Tavanga Vandirai as well as Lucia Chirilele, who resigned from service under High Court order Number HC459/18 of August 28 2019, could be replaced.
Applicant of the case was Berrington Zvanyanya who had roped in the union’s disgraced former secretary general Addmore Hwarare in what many regarded to be a desperate attempt to get at Gono, who is renowned for his anti-corruption stance.
"I would like to thank you for the peaceful election. Those who have been elected should not capitalise on their positions to amass wealth but rather to fully represent labour issues affecting ZSMIWU members. You should reject bribes. You are also free to consult me in any labour related issue. I am there at your disposal," said Magaisa.
In an interview after the elections, Gono said he was ready to work with the elected members, adding that the organisation will soon choose a new president.