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Ezra Chadzamira
Brighton Chiseva

ZAKA – Many Zanu PF members in Zaka East constituency yesterday boycotted the party's primary elections in protest against the absence of their preferred candidate on the ballot paper.
Sources said no votes were cast at stations like Mbengwa, Dodius, Chitora, Benzi and Chenhaka after people noticed that one of the candidates, Clemence Chiduwa was not on the ballot paper.
"People came and refused to vote after noticing that only two candidates appeared on the ballot paper. They said they would not vote because the candidate they wanted was not there," said a source.
Others accused Zaka North MP Robson Mavenyengwa of having a hand in the omission of Chiduwa's name so that his alleged favourite candidates; Ringisai Gumbwanda and Nyasha Gavaza could have it all by themselves.
It was also learnt that only the Zibwowa and Chipfunde polling stations had recorded some activity, with only 40 people reportedly voting at Chipfunde.
"Only Zibwowa polling station had some smooth voting activity. More than 700 people turned out at Chipfunde but only 40 managed to cast their votes. Those were Gumbwanda's people but all the other people refused to vote. Mavenyengwa has a hand in the whole mess," said another source.
When contacted for comment, Mavenyengwa rubbished his alleged involvement in the Zaka East problems, saying those absent on ballot paper were disqualified by proper party procedures.
"Chiduwa is bitter like any other candidate who failed to make it. I am not involved and have no power to remove anybody from the ballot paper. If he has complaints, he knows where to go and if he doesn't, it means he is not mature in Zanu PF," said Mavenyengwa
At Rudhanda polling station in Zaka West, it was reported that there were some complaints as Ophias Murambiwa popularly known as Maga Maga's name was not clearly legible on the ballot paper.
Voting started very late at Vanyoro in Ward 23 in the same constituency and a number of people went back home before voting owing to delays in the process.
While some polling stations continued the voting exercise to Monday, others like Vanyoro had no polling officers.
In Mashava, Ward 5 Masvingo West, there were also unconfirmed reports of disruptions at Gaths Mine polling station where voting started very late, with some women reportedly demonstrating at the station.
Zanu PF Masvingo provincial chairperson, Ezra Chadzamira was not picking calls for comment.top news



Moses Ziyambi

The time has come again for golf lovers to enjoy some 18 holes at Masvingo Sports Club courtesy of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Masvingo province.
This year's event, as are all others, is held in support of the ZPCS Commissioner General Goodwill Trust Fund.
It promises to be a full field this Saturday with players from the province and beyond having already booked their places.
ZPCS Masvingo Provincial Deputy Commander, Assistant Commissioner Nesai Hlabano said work was being done to ensure that the event is more successful than last year.
"We are inspired by the work done last year and our target is to organise a better tournament to show that ZPCS Masvingo province is well-organised. We are in full support of our Commissioner General's efforts to improve conditions of the less privileged members of our society," said Ass Com Hlabano.
Last year's tournament attracted a full field and was graced by the Commissioner General, Rtd Maj Paradzai Zimondi and his deputy, MCN Moses Chiobvu.
The two dignitaries are expected to be present at this year's event with other reputable people having already indicated their availability to support the charity-driven tournament.
The Prison Dance Band will be there to provide live entertainment.
Formed in 2011, the Commissioner General Goodwill Trust Fund raises thousands of dollars annually from across all the provinces of the ZPCS in the country.
All proceeds, be it cash or kind, are forwarded to identified charitable cases largely within the ZPCS community.
The fund has so far paid school fees for hundreds of orphans and has assisted many widows with agricultural inputs.
Several child-headed families have been given food hampers courtesy of the fund while the Albino Association has also received donations in the form of sunscreen lotions.sport

Luke Masomere (in spectacles) and his technical team following the match closely at Mucheke Stadium

Clayton Shereni

A hard-fought Eastern Region Division One day one encounter at Mucheke Stadium last Sunday saw Manicaland-based new boys, Manica Diamonds FC, holding Masvingo Pirates to a one-all stalemate.
The diamond miners were getting their first taste of division one football under the guidance of veteran mentor Luke 'Vahombe' Masomere.
Hosts Masvingo Pirates dominated the better part of the first half although chances came both ways without conversion.
It was, however, the visitors who took the lead in the 51st minute thanks to a hard-fought Benjamin Marere solo goal which piled pressure on the hosts.
On the stroke of the 65th minute, Dzinochekwa Baba, as Masvingo Pirates are affectionately known, levelled matters through a Shelton Timba emphatic strike assisted by Washington Ncube.
Manica Diamonds could have restored their lead had they not been consistently let down by poor finishing in the front.
Manica Diamonds Head coach Luke Masomere was content with the draw, saying it heralded greater things to come throughout the season.
"We played a very good game. This was our first game at this stage as Manica Diamonds but we are not new in football. If we manage to build upon that fairly good start, then we are destined for greatness," said Masomere.
In other matches, Masvingo United drew one-all in an away match against Mwenezana while Gutu FC thrashed Bikita Minerals FC 3-1 at Paradise Stadium.sport

Cephas Shava

MWENEZI
- Luckmore Chifumuro (18) and another unidentified inmate recently escaped from Mwenezi Satellite Prison only for Chifumuro to be rearrested after being found hidding at his relative's homestead, the Mwenezi Magistrate Court heard last week.
Chifumuro resides at Jonas village under Chief Maranda and when he escaped, he was doing time for theft. He had earlier disappeared before finishing the initial community service sentence.
Last month, magistrate Honest Musiiwa sentenced him to seven months imprisonment for unlawful entry but he escaped a few weeks later alongside the other inmate who had not been caught by the time of writing.
Chifumuro pleaded guilty to the charge of escaping from lawful custody and was given an effective 12 months in prison.
Asked by the magistrate why he committed the offence, Chifumuro said he broke away after being influenced by the other fugitive whom he parted ways with after the escape.
State prosecutor, Prosecutor Willard Chasi said on April 15, Chifumuro escaped from Mwenezi Satellite Prison where he was serving an effective seven months imprisonment.
A police report was immediately made leading to his arrest the following day.local


Precila Takabvirakare

MPANDAWANA
– A 21-year-old man from Chikonye village under Chief Chimombe appeared in court facing charges of raping his 13-year-old cousin sister.
The man pleaded guilty to contravening Section 65(1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act) Chapter 09:23.
He was remanded in custody to 30 April.
It is the State's case, as presented by Millicent Azangwe, that on March 14, the accused, who may not be named to protect the victim, called the girl in his bedroom but she refused. He then dragged her inside his room where he tripped her onto the floor, removed her pant and had sexual intercourse with her once without her consent.
After committing the offence, he threatened the child that if she told anyone about the abuse, he would kill her.
The matter came to light when the child's aunt saw her crying and upon questioning her, the girl revealed the abuse, leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.local

Mlambo (in red shirt) and Ziga (black trousers) are escorted away after their intitial appearance
Cephas Shava

MWENEZI
- Three suspected serial thieves from Rutenga growth point were last week arrested after a long reign of terror which had wearied the community.
Philip Ziga (36), Takunda Chimbo (23) and Bernard Mlambo (28) were not formally charged of unlawful entry when they appeared before magistrate Honest Musiiwa but they were remanded in custody pending trial on April 30.
The State is expected to allege that from January to April this year, the three connived and unlawfully entered into 17 different premises and took away various property including flat screen televisions sets, other electrical gadgets, mattresses and cell phones.
Ziga and Chimbo, who are both self-employed builders, used to visit their victims' homesteads pretending to be looking for work but they would later on return during the night to steal.
One of the victims is said to be a pastor whom the suspects visited in the day for prayers, only to return in the night to steal.
Their crime orgy ended when they broke into a house while the victim was fast asleep and got away with valuable property.
Upon waking up to find his house burgled, he immediately alerted detectives who swiftly carried patrols and found Mlambo, who is a known vendor during the day, carrying some of the stolen goods on his way to the bus stop.
After being questioned, Mlambo spilt the beans leading to the arrest of the other suspects.  Some of the stolen properties were recovered at the accused's respective homesteads.crime

Toddy Nyengerai aspiring candidate for ward 12

Tiyani Hahlani

MASVINGO
- Aspiring Zanu PF candidate for the Masvingo Rural District Council Ward 12 seat, Toddy Nyengerai Matema says he is the best person to become councillor owing to the vast experience he has working with the people.
Matema has for some time
been the ruling party's Nhinhihuru branch chairperson and he says he is confident of his chances in this week's primary elections as well as in the general elections expected in July or August this year.
"I started active politics when I was 18 years and have been the chairman for Ward 12b for more than 12 years. The love that the people have for me gives me confidence that they will vote for me," the 54-years-old Matema told TellZim News.
He also said he will be helping the youths by creating employment especially through his security company which is based in Chiredzi.politics

Cephas Shava

MWENEZI
- A 36-year-old alleged conman facing charges of defrauding a 67-year-old prospective home owner was recently issued with a warrant of arrest by the Mwenezi Magistrates' Court after he skipped court.
Champion Dziva of Rutenga growth point had been on bail after pleading not guilty to the charge of defrauding Selina Chovelele of US$1070.
He was scheduled to reappear before magistrate Honest Musiiwa on April 11 for judgement but failed to show up leading to the issuing of the warrant of arrest.
He however came back on his own accord and was sentenced to five days in prison or alternatively to pay US$20 fine. The matter was then moved to May 02 for continuation of trial.
It is the State case that sometime in 2013, Chovelele sent her daughter Tambudzai Muzewe to purchase a stand at the growth point.
Muzewe met Dziva who convinced her that for her mother to acquire a stand and have a house plan processed, she needed to pay US$1070.
Upon being given the money, Dziva went to the Mwenezi War Veterans Housing Cooperative (MWVHC) secretary general, Clemence Muboyi and paid a total of US$800. A receipt was issued in Dziva's name instead of that of the complainant.
Sometime in 2016, after discovering that the receipt was issued in Dziva's name, a suspicious Chovelele went to council offices where she was told that her name did not appear on the list of MWVHC's prospective stands owners.
It was at this juncture that the complainant realised that Dziva was not a member of MWVHC. Following the intervention of the police, Dziva promised to pay back the money but only managed to refund US$200 before disappearing.
A police report was made leading to Dziva's arrest.
Willard Chasi appeared for the State.crime


Rutendo Chitore

Tyson Miti (44) of Stand Number 4 Rostern village Tokwe in Lalapanzi appeared before magistrate Morgan Nemadire facing rape as defined in Section 65 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9.23.
Prosecutor Kelvin Guvheya charged that on April 04, 2016 at around 15:00 hrs in the grazing lands of Musavadha Village Tokwe 4, Lalapanzi, the accused approached the 15-year-old girl where she was seated. 
Miti greeted the complainant who responded. He then held the complainant's left hand, forced her up, produced a knife and ordered the complainant to stay quiet.
He then dragged the accused to a nearby stream were he tackled her down and laid her down on her back.
He removed the complainant's pants, took a condom from his left pocket and raped the girl.
The girl later narrated the rape ordeal to her sister who then accompanied her to the police station, leading to the arrest of Miti.
A medical report compiled at Gweru Provincial Hospital was presented to the court as an exhibit.
The accused was remanded in custody for finalisation of the case.

Cephas Shava

MWENEZI
- Justice for Children (JCT), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to improve children's access justice and the protection of their rights, has opened its first office in the province at Rutenga growth point.
The organisation, which has been providing free legal assistance to children across the province on regular circuits, decided to improve access to its services by opening a new office situated at the Mwenezi Magistrate Court.
Speaking to TellZim News, the organisation's Sharon Chava said the new place will be capacitated to serve the whole district and beyond.
"We have offices country-wide but in Masvingo province, this is our first office. We have been providing services to various parts of the province through circuits but now the office will be a permanent feature here. 
"JCT, among many other roles, provides free legal assistance to children who are below the age of 17 years. The idea is to make sure that children have easier access justice and that they enjoy their rights. Besides that, we also enlighten society about various forms of child abuse," said Chava.
With rampant cases of child abuse perpetrated and swept under the carpet especially in isolated rural areas due to limited access to information, it is hoped the establishment of the JCT office at Rutenga will complement other efforts being made to protect children's rights.local
Rutendo Chitore

Veterinary officers in Zvishavane and Mberengwa have urged farmers to purchase supplementary livestock dipping chemicals at their own cost as government cannot meet all demand due to purported shortages in the supply chain.
In an interview with TellZim News, Midlands Veterinary Officer, Dr Maguranyanga said the available chemicals did not allow the veterinary department to fulfil its mandate of dipping livestock weekly.
"The stocks that are available cannot allow us to fulfil our mandate of dipping livestock's weekly as is supposed to be done. So due to this situation, we are now forced to dip livestock's monthly.
"I therefore urge famers and livestock owners to purchase their dip in advance and spray for themselves. So all farmers should consult veterinary services and get the necessary information about the required chemicals they can use for their live stocks," said Maguranyanga.
He encouraged farmers to use authorised dipping methods recommended by the veterinary services while waiting for the rectification of the challenge being faced.
"I urge farmers to use authorised dipping measures that are approved by the veterinary services and give time to the department as we are working hard to deal with the situation at hand in order to bring things to normality," Maguranyanga said.local

Auxillia Mnangagwa

Itai Muzondo Midlands Bureau

MVUMA
- Zanu PF Midlands provincial youth chairperson, Prosper Machando allegedly attacked aspiring Ward 13 councillor Tremendous Musara, accusing him of campaigning for Chrispen Tomu.
Tomu, who is known in business circles by his trade name Nice Time, and Machando are both angling to take over the Chirumhanzu Zibagwe parliamentary seat from first lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who recently announced she was no longer available to serve as MP.
Sources told TellZim News Machando hired youths to attack Musara, accusing him of supporting an opponent.
When contacted for comment, Zanu PF provincial spokesperson, Cornelius Mupereri confirmed the incident but could not shed more light.
"We heard about the issue but we aren't yet privy to all the facts. Investigations are underway and as Zanu PF, we are saying no to violence be it inter or intra-party. We are really looking forward to a peaceful election," said Mupereri.
Machando, however, denied being involved in the violence, saying such talk was the work of his detractors who wanted to give Tomu an upper hand in the race.
"I am not a violent person as everybody I have worked with in the party knows. Musara is an unstable politician who is trying to open doors for an MDC-T activist to campaign under the Zanu PF banner. It is for this reason that he is creating all these falsehoods," Machando said.
In a social media outburst, Musara who reportedly sustained injuries on the wrist during the attack, demanded an apology from his assailants.
"To all those who attacked me, I want you to apologise before I make this matter a police case. If you don't comply I will not need a witness, Nice Time shop security cameras have all the evidence I need so please, do as I say and I give you 24 hours," reads Musara's message.politics

By the way what happened to our nurses? Mapombi heard they took VP Chiwenga head-on and dragged him to the cleaners, the High Court. That was the best decision by the nurses; we cannot have a whole VP running government like personal tuck shop. Chero mutengesi wemutuck shop akapihwa warning or notice wani kana atadza.
One cannot just fire people like that. Instead of creating more jobs VP Chiwenga is busy firing the few who are employed. Mapombi is sure that our learned VP will soon announce that they have created 5 000 jobs claiming vakapinza manurse basa.
Yes, our learned VP Chiwenga. Are you forgetting that he has a doctorate – Mapombi will not care whether akanyorerwa or akanyora ega what is important is that we call him Dr Constantino Nyikadzino Guvheya Chiwenga. Period.
Izvo zvana Professor Jonathan Moyo zvekuti hee wakanyorerwa hee this and that we don't care, he is our Dr VP. Even the decision to fire nurses protesting for better working conditions and remunerations cannot be done by someone asina doctorate. Never. Those kind of decisions are for the doctors (PhD) kkkkkkk seka zvako Mapombi of the unknown totem.
Anyway, with that level of emotions, Mapombi might find herself behind bars – kunongonzi mubatei muvharire atongerwe life in jail. But that lawlessness must stop. It must stop Doctor.
Now to the primary elections slated for Sunday, chokwadi pachakamwa imbwa apa pakaipa. Ndaona vamwe vachirara nebhutsu mugumbeze ini. Honestly, some candidates will go to bed wearing their shoes. Some will passout, vamwe ndovachafa neBP. Mapombi has realized that the levels of confidence by many candidates is just too much. It's just too much.
Even those who have been declared missing in their constituencies are confident of winning another term kkkkkk don't take people for granted. Mapombi is much interested with Chiredzi constituencies where alleged G40 guys are facing off with Lacoste die hards. Mapombi can safely tell you that big names are going to be humiliated. Very big names I tell you. Just watch the space!
But people like Western Ezra are they serious? I mean this self-styled war vet who single-handedly attempted to grab Panyanda lodge. If I were him I would have contested for a ward not the whole Masvingo West constituency. A ward would have been far much better – not an urban ward but a rural one.
Even if Mapombi is to contest against Western Ezra, I bet with the last drop of my blood ndaimudya zvekuti aizvisungirira kana kunwa poison. Akawana five, I mean 5 votes anenge arwa semvumba chaiyo.
But Mapombi is not happy by the elimination of Mudzikisi; that was a well calculated move to give Marapira advantage in Masvingo North. Marapira is not liked by many people in Masvingo North if truth is to be told but akagadzirirwa penalty kuti angogohwesa hake gedhe risina keeper. If he wasn't afraid of Mudzikisi then they should have allowed him to contest.
Anyway, it's almost lunch time guys let me go ndindokanga zvangu maputi angu for lunch but for those who were imposed zivai kuti tichasangana pageneral election tinongoita bhora musango. Kkkkkk Mapombi heard uncle Bob vari kutozokanda CV panomination court vakamirira NPF. Kkkkk kamudhara kaye mahwani hakagute kutonga kakaita seiko?
Mapombi expects Mphoko to join uncle Bob soon. Women should get ready for chicks and incubators donations from Mphoko soon. Mboko imboko!mapombi

Albert Chivanga

Cephas Shava

MWENEZI
- The Mwenezi Rural District Council (RDC) and people in villages close to Neshuro growth point are engaged in a bitter dispute over land that the local authority claims has been irregularly sold to home seekers by unscrupulous villagers.
The council had earmarked the land for the expansion of the growth point but villagers sold the land, much of which used to be their fields, before it could be taken away from them.
Much of the land subject to the dispute makes up part of such villages as Dungwe, Madanha and Mangezi.
Mwenezi RDC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albert Chivanga confirmed the dispute saying they had since approached the courts to seek an eviction order.
"The area is part of the extension of Neshuro growth point which has already been gazetted. Initially, the area had only four households but now there are 63 people who are already developing the stands after they bought it from the first four.
"Since the land belongs to the local authority, individuals have no right to sell it so we have approached the courts to seek an eviction order and the demolition of the erected structures," said Chivanga.
People who bought the land have however remained defiant and are busy erecting the structures, vowing to resist any plan to move them away.
The matter was due to be heard at the civil court by the time of going to print.local


Tinaani Nyabereka

GWERU
- Midlands State University (MSU) this week joined the world in commemorating Earth Day under the theme 'How can we help reduce plastic, litter and pollution'.
Speaking at an event, Environmental Management Agency (Ema) Midlands provincial manager, Benson Bhasera said the programme was in recognition of environmental protection initiatives that were put in place beginning in 1970.
"This year's celebrations are in remembrance of the first teach-in of 1970 and all other environmental protection efforts that were carried out across the globe in the understanding that as a combined force, we can achieve a lot in safeguarding the environment.
"I urge the society as a whole, our students, the business community and each and every individual to focus on ending plastic pollution. I think we can draw a lesson in the public understanding that people and the environment make up a single system which is dangerously defenceless," said Bhasera.
A teach-in is defined as similar to a general educational forum on any complicated or burning issue and is meant to be practical, participatory and oriented toward action.
The first environmental teach-in was organised on April 22, 1970 by a United States senator, Gaylord Nelson, who was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his work.
Bhasera urged everyone to be responsible when disposing of plastics since such materials are not biodegradable.
"I urge everyone to dispose of plastic properly, especially kaylites. Make an effort to burn them or to dispose them properly because they can seriously cause problems in our water bodies. The issue of plastic food packaging increases the shelf life of foods and provides a cheap and hygienic range of wrappings, but the property of plastics makes it difficult to maintain a clean environment," said Bhasera.
The event was organised by the Environmental Club in partnership with Ema and was graced by captains of industries as well as officials from City of Gweru and Forestry Commission.
It was also attended by students from National University of Science Technology (Nust), Great Zimbabwe University (GZU), Lupane State University (LSU) and Chinhoyi University Technology (Cut).local
David 'Datler' Makoni

Tinaani Nyabereka

ZVISHAVANE
- Upcoming Afro pop, dancehall and reggae musician, David Makoni aka Datler, has blasted club DJs and music promoters for pulling down new artists, claiming microphones and sound systems are often tempered with whenever supporting artists get onto the stage.
Makoni told TellZim News in an interview that there was a palpable lack of commitment to the growth of upcoming artists in the industry.
"One of the challenges we face as artists is sabotage by club DJs and promoters who do not give us a fair opportunity to showcase our talents. Whenever we get onto the stage, there are problems with equipment but everything gets sorted as soon as it is time for the main act to perform.
"That alone is a big drawback for us because all the energy and zeal would go if fans lose interest and in some instances, they would throw missiles onto the stage," said Makoni.
The talented artist warned there was no easy way for musicians who are yet to make their own names, advising them to keep working hard and avoid drug abuse.
"We need to work harder in this industry. Some use drugs and get involved in pornography in order to make it but that is not the answer. If you are a decent musician, your conduct and your work should inspire society," he said.
Makoni started his music in 2013 doing hip-hop but changed to Zim dancehall with his track Amai which became a hit on local radio stations such as YA FM and 98.4 FM.
On March 30, he released his first album, Gaya, which comprises such tracks as Hwahwa, Mainini and Naume.entertainment
Talent Majoni
TellZim Reporter
Many candidates contesting in the Zanu PF primaries in Masvingo Urban have expressed outrage at the manner the process has been handled so far, saying the whole thing was manipulated in favour of certain individuals.
The elections are continuing today after a largely fallacious start which saw some candidates' names disappearing from the voters roll although they were on the ballot paper.
Victims in this regard were Talent Majoni (Ward 7) and Lovemore Mufamba (Ward 10) Tarcicius Mandava (Ward 2) and Rose Musakanda (Ward 10).
Reports also said up to 500 voters in Ward 10 had been turned away because their names did not appear in the cell registers.
In Ward 7, many people were also turned away from voting yesterday, with Majoni himself complaining of a 'cooked-up' cell register which saw his own name 'mysteriously' transferred to a different ward.
In Ward 4, some supporters of Godhati Dunira, who is competing with Edison Zvobgo Jnr and Benjaman Mazarire for the Masvingo Urban parliamentary seat, claimed they had been turned away from voting.
Processes in Ward 1 went on relatively well, with indications that incumbent councillor, Garcia Mundondo will easily retain his seat.
Preliminary results are also showing that Cllr Mandava has lost his Ward 2 to Kubiku by a mere two votes while Wellington Mahwende was the favourite to take Ward 6.
Elsewhere, three candidates, including Francis Moyo and Darlington Chiwa pulled out of the race for Chiredzi West parliamentary seat claiming widespread disenfranchisement of their supporters.
This left only Farai Musikavanhu in the race for the hotly contested seat although the exercise's credibility or lack thereof was yet to be confirmed.
In Zaka East, there were protests by supporters of Clemence Chiduwa because his name did not appear on the ballot paper, leaving Nyasha Gavaza and Rungisai Gumbwanda as the only candidates.
There were also protests in Chivi South Ward 25 where voting materials arrived late with many people reportedly failing to find their names in the cell registers.
There was also a reported mix up of voting material meant for some wards in Bikita and Gutu districts.topnews

…praises Mugabe for 'principles'

Clever Taperamoyo
MASVINGO - The Ambrose Mutinhiri-led National Patriotic Front (NPF) today Friday, May 27, made a bold proclamation of its presence in the province; holding its first provincial inter-district meeting at Charles Austin's Theatre.
The meeting – which drew approximately 300 people – was attended, among other people, by the party's chairpersons of wards and districts as well as provincial leaders.
NPF national political commissar, former Zanu PF Bikita South MP Jeppy Jaboon praised deposed president Robert Mugabe for bringing democracy and constitutionalism to Zimbabwe which he said the new party was eager to uphold.
He encouraged party members to respect the legacy of the former president as well as to shun fighting against other opposition political parties that he said were critical in removing Zanu PF from power.
"Do not fight with other opposition parties. We have the same mandate with them of removing Junta PF – the government of thieves. Whether it's MDC or any other opposition, we are rallying towards the same goal that the Junta must fall come August.
"We used to talk tiri muG40 kuti vanhu ava imbavha vane mweya wekuba plus that they are tribalistic. Nyika haitongwe nokuti unoti ndiri muKaranga but by the will of the people," thundered Jaboon.
Junta PF is the derogatory name coined by the now scattered members of the defeated G40 to smear the President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led Zanu PF faction that came to power at the back of a military coup last year.
Jaboon also hinted on NPF joining a mooted grand alliance of other opposition parties to confront Zanu PF as a united front.
"We will come back to you as leaders at a later stage if there are issues related to joining the alliance but we need to assess the ground first," he said.
NPF Masvingo provincial chairperson, Amasa Nhenjana said as a province, they will field aspiring councillors in all districts to contest in the forthcoming elections.
Other notable NPF members who attended the meeting were secretary for finance Phiona Rickets, national spokesperson Jealosy Mawarire and deputy national political commissar Visani Moyo.politics


Sylvester Chikondo

TellZim Reporter


Aspiring councillor for Ward 9 Masvingo Urban, Sylvester Chikondo, says he is confident of his chances both in the Zanu PF primaries this Sunday as well as the general elections later in the year owing to his "proven commitment to servant leadership".
The people of Ward 9 deserve better. We have seen many councillors and many promises in the past but nothing has been done. I come with a new narrative, a new approach towards a leadership that is responsive to people's needs," said Chikondo, who is a school teacher by training and a businessman by occupation.
The youthful politician, who is the current secretary for the party's Mgagao district, will sweat it out against four other contestants in the primaries.
He joined the party in 2004 and has held many positions ever since; including being branch political commissar and secretary for administration in the youth league.
"The people of Rhodene do not have a clinic. They have to go to Masvingo Provincial Hospital which is however a referral hospital where you cannot simply go with a minor illness. Council should be pushed to establish a clinic there.
"Service delivery should be improved. There is general infrastructural decay there yet we are the people who pay more rates to council. The other problem is the perception that all people in Rhodene are well up. That is a bad perception because needy families there are not being considered for welfare programmes by both government and civil society. We want to change that," said Chikondo.politics

Aleta Makomeke

TellZim News Reporter

MASHAVA
– Masvingo West's Ward 5 Zanu PF councillor apparent, Aleta Makomeke says it will no longer be business as usual once she wins the primary elections this weekend as well as the general elections expected later this year.
Makomeke says as the shadow councillor, she has been working under the guidance of the local MP, Ezra Chazamira together with the electorate and has implemented many projects in the ward for the betterment lives.
"I have been working with the people and have been doing some projects. I am sure this is the right time for me to represent the people of Ward 5 at a higher level. There are many things we can accomplish together," said Makomeke.
She also said once given the mandate, she will work to ensure that some identified administrative policies are reviewed so that areas like Mashava mine can be serviced by Masvingo Rural District Council.
"Since the mine closed down many years ago, some services that used to be the responsibility of the mining company can no longer be delivered. This is the time to transfer that job to the local authority because the people there have been neglected for long.
"Areas like Disso have experienced water shortages for far too long so one of my priorities will be the delivery of clean and safe water to drink," Makomeke said.
Makomeke said she also wanted to work for the welfare of the many old people in the ward, most of whom are living in absolute poverty.
"People who worked for the mine must get their pensions or their packages. The elderly and other poor people must get social welfare benefits," she said.
Makomeke, who has many school children under her school fees for needy children programme, says improvement of the girl child's access to education as well as the improvement of learning conditions will also be some of her priorities.top news

Exsto Makunzva

ZVISHAVANE
– Aspiring Member of Parliament for Zvishavane-Ngezi, Dumezweni Mahwite Mpofu (pictured) has rebuffed rumours that his campaign was being funded by former first lady Grace Mugabe's flamboyant son, Russel Goreraza.
"Who is Russell, I don't even know that person. How can he bankroll me when I stay here in Zvishavane and he stays in Harare? I am a businessman so why should I look for sponsorship from somewhere? This is just coming from my political rivals who just want to tarnish my image ahead of the primary elections," said Mpofu
Mpofu will lock horns with deputy secretary for youth and politburo member Lewis Matutu, Kefas Maunganidze, little known Susan Sibanda and incumbent MP John Holder in the primaries slated for April 29.
There, however, have been widespread talk that the businessman was friends with Goreraza.
"Most people here now know where his money is coming from and how he intends to destabilise the party. Above all, Dumi doesn't have any history in the party yet he has been given the go ahead to contest," a party insider told TellZim News.
Others also said Mpofu intended to join Ambrose Mutinhiri's National Patrotic Front (NPF) should he lose the primaries.
When contacted for comment, Goreraza claimed he did not even know who Mpofu was.
"I do not know anyone called Dumi or anyone with a campaign of any sort," Goreraza responded on WhatsApp.politics


Moses Ziyambi


Jenya High School head Austin Hakunavanhu and his Pamushana High counterpart, Johnson Madhuku are some of the few practicing teachers who have made it onto the list of Zanu PF candidates cleared to take part in the party's primary elections this Sunday.
Madhuku will contest for the right to represent Zanu PF in Bikita East while Hakunavanhu will fight it out to stand in Chivi Central on the ruling party's ticket come the general elections expected in July this year.
In Bikita East, Madamombe High School head Josiah Sithole will also be hoping to wriggle his way past a coterie of other cadres who also want to take the parliamentary seat left by Jeppy Jaboon who was fired from the party last year.
The three ambitious school heads come as underdogs but judging from hindsight, they might spring a surprise in their respective constituencies since the ruling party's primaries have produced a fair share of unprecedented outcomes in the past.
The three have vast experience in school administration, boasting fairly remarkable leadership records in the National Association of Secondary School Heads (NASH).
Madhuku is the reigning NASH president, Hakunavanhu is the organisation's Chivi district chairperson and Sithole is the provincial treasurer.
Their involvement with the ruling party, as is the case with Sithole, had all along been more flirtatious than apparent, probably due to the difficulties involved in striking a fine balancing act between one's professional life and political ambition.
A breakthrough for Sithole entails defeating a host of other candidates; Augustine Tirivangani, Charles Dziro, Universter Mukwena, Clifford Mazodze, Wilson Makonya as well as former police boss and successful sugarcane farmer, Edmore Veterai.
It is also a crowded house in Chivi Central where five other competitors have been given the greenlight to contest, the most recognisable among them being Zanu PF national secretary for legal affairs and former MP Paul Mangwana, as well as the incumbent MP, Ephraim Gwanongodza.
Other candidates vying for the party ticket in Chivi Central are Priscilla Pondo, former MP Albert Chamwadoro and former soldier, Rtd Col Manasa Mahapa.
Chivi is notorious for shuffling out MPs every five years, but it remains to be seen whether or not Gwanongodza will be able to defy the precedent by retaining his seat and serving for a second consecutive term.
In Bikita East, the now late Kennedy Matimba, who had been MP since 2005, passed away on Tuesday April 17 after a short illness, leaving Madhuku to tussle it out against Douglas Ravasingadi, Ndonde Pedzisai and Oliver Mamombe.politics



TellZim Reporter

CHIREDZI
- War Veterans here last week endorsed Team Nhaka Yedu in a last ditch desperate bid to sideline alleged G40 MPs ahead of primary elections this Sunday.
All the MPs in Chiredzi; Darlington Chiwa, Kallisto Gwanetsa, Denford Masiya and Robert Mukwena were linked to the vanquished G40 faction but fervent attempts to get them expelled from the party after Operation Restore Legacy drew blanks.
Last week, Chiredzi district war veterans secretary general, Killiot Mukanya openly threw his weight behind Team Nhaka Yedu which includes Farai Musikavanhu (Chiredzi West), Roy Bhila (Chiredzi North), Obert Ngwenya (Ward 2 Urban) Aliginia Samson (women's quota) and Francis Nhando (senator).
Speaking during a meeting held in Section 28, Triangle, Mukanya said it was high time people dumped 'grocery MPs' and moved for something better.
"We need to teach you how to vote properly for better leaders as votes are more powerful than even bullet. Be cautious when electing your leaders.
"We support people with a vision, not those who buy beer and drinks for the people. We need someone who constructs permanent structures like bridges and schools. Musikavanhu and Bhila constructed a block at Kushinga Primary School and also at Batanai. Musikavanhu had also wanted to construct a bridge but was let down by people who have no brains," said Mukanya.
The event was attended by many people including Musikavanhu, Bhila, Samson, who is Bhila's mother-in-law, and Obert Ngwenya.
The victorious Team Lacoste camp here has been divided due to political misunderstandings, with provincial political commissar Jevas Masosota, who is vying for Chiredzi East parliamentary seat, taking sides in the other areas.
He is backing Ronald Ndava for Chiredzi North, Francis Moyo for Chiredzi West, Ailes Baloyi for Chiredzi South and Titus Maluleke who is Ndava's father-in-law.
Chiredzi North MP Mukwena is lying low and is not on the list of contestants as he reportedly refused to apply.
Many people say he is contemplating joining the National Patriotic Front (NPF) which is led by Ambrose Mutinhiri.politics



Cuthbert Muzara

Cephas Shava

MWENEZI
- Zanu PF factional fights here between Team Lacoste and alleged remnants of the defeated G40 seem to be not over after all.
At the event to mark the country's 38th Independence Day held at Rutenga Primary School, Cuthbert Muzara, a central committee member, was given the platform to introduce dignitaries.
He, however, used the opportunity to embarrass Joosbir Omar by doing a slogan denouncing G40 while making inferences suggesting the current Mwenezi East MP's political sunset was imminent.
"Pamberi neZanu PF naVaMnangagwa. Pasi ne maG40 ose. Pano tina MP Omar hedu. Havasati vabviswa zvavo kuparliament," said Muzara.
A visibly shocked Omar was taken aback but he immediately stood to introduce himself and to counter Muzara's insinuations.
"Pamberi neZanu PF naVaMnangagwa. Ini ndinonzi MP Joosbi Omar. Rimwe zita ramakandipa nderekuti Honourable nokuti ndimi vanhu makandisarudza," said Omar.
Muzara and Omar have both been cleared to contest in the party's primaries for Mwenezi East, and they will also face other candidates namely Jabulani Mberesi, Obert Mubaiwa, Master Makope, Marvellous Chifumiro, Francis Msipa, Ngavaite Sifana and Timatia Chisamba
Some Zanu PF members had sought Omar's disqualification on the basis of his alleged links with G40 in the past.local


Godhati Dunira

Brighton Chiseva

Zanu PF Masvingo Urban MP apparent, Godhati Dunira says he is the right candidate for the seat as he has a proven track record of empowering the generality of residents through his many initiatives especially in the housing sector.
Dunira, who drove the development of Victoria Ranch through Vashandi Housing Cooperative, is convinced Masvingo is a sleeping giant that should be helped to rise.
"Masvingo is a sleeping giant; it needs leaders who are constantly in touch with the grassroots so as to map out strategies for sustainable development.
"I have been working with people for a long time as a leader but some of our projects took time to establish because we lacked power. I look forward to people giving me a bigger political responsibility so that I will be able to champion more of their needs," said Dunira.
He said it was high time authorities install a sewer system in Victoria Ranch so as to improve hygiene in the sprawling suburb.
Dunira said he is in a better position than anybody else to set a new developmental tone for the city as he has already demonstrated immense capability in his leadership of Vashandi.
"As many as 30 000 people got employed or benefitted directly or indirectly when we implemented the housing cooperative. Think of the hundreds of artisans working there, thousands of tons of materials we purchased from local hardwares every months, thousands of dollars' worth of groceries bought in town every day and the several downstream manufacturing industries that were stimulated in as faraway places as Bulawayo," said Dunira.
HE pledged to do more for the people of Masvingo whom he said have never known a hands-on, active MP for a long time.
"I am here to serve, to champion the needs of our people in parliament. We need policies that make housing more affordable, policies that make our SMEs thrive," Dunira said.local

Wafios Hlavati

Precila Takabvirakare

The man who was chosen to be the new Chief Gutu late last year has been dethroned before being formally installed following strong objections from some branches of the royal family that felt his selection was irregular.
Godwin Tavaruva, of the Chagwiza family, was selected to take over the throne from Edmund Managanise who has been acting chief since 2013 following the death of the substantive chief, Amos Kasirayi Masanganise.
Tavaruva is the son of formerly prosperous passenger bus services operator, Tanda Tavaruva of the Mhunga Bus Services.
The Provincial Chiefs Council convened a new selection meeting on April 24 at the Gutu Rural District Council offices following months of strong representation from the other families that objected to Tavaruva's ascendancy.
Some members of the Goronga, Bere, Chiriga, Chivasa and Rusina families say Mareya Chivasa is more suitable for the throne as he was older than Tavaruva.
It is said Chivasa had been detached from family affairs for over 20 years, resulting in him being overlooked when the initial selection process was done.
Others are vouching for Lawrence Bere to take over though the current dynamics are said to be favouring Chivasa.
Both Chivasa and Bere are also from the Chagwiza royal family.
When asked for comment, Gutu District Administrator (DA) Wafios Hlavati said several complaints had forced authorities to reconsider the selection of Tavaruva.
"We decided to redo the selection because soon after the initial selection, several complaints were presented to us. We then advised them to write a letter of appeal to the Provincial Administrator which led to the new selection meeting," said Hlavati.
The council of chiefs and the royal families then agreed to make further investigations on to the Chagwiza family tree in order to find the most suitable candidate between Chivasa and Bere.
No comment could be obtained from Tavaruva as his mobile continuously going unanswered, with some people saying he has not been feeling well for some time.local


Clemance Chiduwa

Brighton Chiseva in Zaka

Prominent businessman and academic, Clemance Chiduwa (pictured), has taken Zaka East by surprise as he has emerged to be one of the favourite candidates despite his late entry onto the campaign trail.
Chiduwa is becoming more popular everyday as the people in the constituency are slowly but surely falling in love with his policies.
The aspiring Member of Parliament (MP) has become a role model for many young people in Zaka after he managed to establish a successful business at a tender age which has branches in many African countries.
Chiduwa is the founder and owner of the Institute for Capacity Development (ICD) which has branches in Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Rwanda and South Sudan among other African countries.
The organisation focuses on economic development.
Apart from running successful businesses, Chiduwa worked in various universities across Africa including Midlands State University (MSU) where he taught economics.
He once worked as a lead consultant for Namibia Airports Company (NAC). He also consulted for the National Treasury South Africa. He has also worked for as Writeshop Capacity Development Expert for UN – Habitat, African Union and African Development Bank.
If he manages to beat his contestants on Sunday, Chiduwa may become the first highly qualified Zanu PF candidate for Zaka East constituency.politics
Omega Hungwe

… Chitepo School of Ideology moves to stop bhora musango
…aspiring candidates forced to sign oaths of allegiance


Upenyu Chaota


The principal director of the Herbert Chitepo School of Ideology and Zanu PF politburo member, Munyaradzi Machacha has warned that his party would be a threat unto itself if losers of this Sunday's primary elections do not concede graciously.
Machacha is also in charge of the party's cell structure verification in Masvingo province.
Speaking at a provincial coordination committee (PCC) at Victoria Junior School recently, Machacha warned the primaries, if not managed properly, could trigger an implosion in the party.
He said the Chitepo School of Ideology, working together with the Zanu PF, commissariat have devised a strategy to make all the aspiring candidates sign oaths of allegiance tying them to the party regardless of the outcome of the primary elections.
"We do not face any imminent threat from outside the party. Our real threat is from within and we need to address that issue head on.
"We know primary elections divide people and it takes true party cadres to accept defeat and support the winner. We are one and we should always move as one," said Machacha.
There is widespread discontentment on the ground after some aspiring members, who had paid the required money to contest in the primaries, saw their hopes blow up in their faces after they were disqualified.
"In every game, there is a winner and a loser. In politics, it's unfortunate there is no draw; you either win or lose. For those who will lose, we want you to support the winners so that the party can move forward.
"We do not want a system where people threaten a bhora musango because they have lost the race. It is against this background that we would like all the aspiring candidates to sign oaths of allegiance that are binding.
"The document will outline the rules of engagement in our primaries and that a member will accept the outcome," said Machacha.
Machacha said Zanu PF is not at all moved by activities from opposition parties which have seen the MDC Alliance pulling huge crowds at rallies, saying his party only needs to go the test of primaries and romp to victory in the general elections expected in July or August.
The Zanu PF national deputy secretary for the commissariat, Omega Hungwe once told a Masvingo provincial inter-district meeting that all the aspiring candidates from local government and national assembly should have certificates from the Hebert Chitepo School of Ideology so that they are properly inducted into the ruling party's principles.local

From left...MDC-T Vice president Elias Mudzuri, MDC-T President Nelson Chamisa and Masvingo provincial chair James Gumbi

Upenyu Chaota

BIKITA
- MDC-T president and MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa met a backlash last week during a rally at Nyika growth point where Masvingo provincial chairperson James Gumbi openly declared that he will defy Alliance agreement by fielding candidates in constituencies reserved for Alliance partners.
A visibly shaking Gumbi declared, 'over my dead body', that he would field MDC-T candidate in constituencies reserved for Alliance partners like Bikita East which was allocated to Transform Zimbabwe (TZ).
"…I will not allow anyone to contest in those constituencies that our people suffered; over my dead body. We are going to field candidates in these candidates because we are emotionally connected because our people were tortured and killed like in Bikita East," charged Gumbi.
The Masvingo chair's sentiments were viewed as anti-alliance thereby forcing Alliance president Nelson Chamisa to read riot act.
Chamisa humbled Gumbi saying this election needs all opposition parties to pull their resources together to defeat Zanu PF.
"I listened to chairman Gumbi making a declaration. I listened to you saying it cannot be done but we say no because we have the vision of our late leader President Tsvangirai  who told me to work with everyone and I will be Joshua.
"Joshua doesn't walk alone; he needs helpers. On that you don't make a declaration. We are now giving you direction and it will not be contested because that is leadership and that's a directive.
"When we give you direction you follow, you don't come and question why it has been done the way it is. We however, will consider the strongest candidate in each constituency," said Chamisa.
Gumbi's sentiments were taken as anti-alliance forcing other party supporters to accuse him of being a Thokozani Khupe's stooge.
Khupe's anti Alliance concerns, which got her persecuted and led to her ultimate dismissal from the party, are beginning to take root in some party officials who believe they are being too generous to their Alliance partners by giving them more than they deserve.
Political analyst Dr Takavafira Zhou, commenting on the MDC Alliance, wrote "As much as we are not against the issue of an Alliance, we must also note that we were too generous in allocating constituencies to partners who do not have a foothold in some areas.
"So as much as the Alliance is a way of maximising votes, we may end up frustrating voters if we are not careful in our distribution matrix. The idea of the Alliance is noble but there was no scientific way in distributing some constituencies so much that a rationalisation process is needed".
In the run up to the 2008 presidential June runoff, the ruling Zanu PF launched a terror campaign against the MDC-T supporters with Bikita and Zaka in Masvingo being the most terrorised.
MDC-T supporters were brutalised and killed, some petrol bombed in the Zaka district office forcing Tsvangirai to pull out of the re-run election.top news


Addmore Hwarare

Beatific Gumbwanda

CHIREDZI
- Chiredzi Rural District Council (RDC) last week criticised deputy minister of agriculture, Davis Marapira, over his intent to handover land to Addmore Hwarare saying it will give rise in land barons something which the local government is battling to eradicate.
Marapira was in Chiredzi last week for the identification of land which he promised to hand over to all sugarcane farmers for housing projects.
The housing project is being facilitated by Commercial Sugarcane Farmers Association of Zimbabwe's (CSFAZ) chairperson Addmore Hwarare who is alleged to be involved in corrupt activities that had lured Marapira to facilitate stands for them.
Hwarare is alleged to have been making some donations in Marapira's Masvingo north constituency.
Chiredzi RDC chairperson Edward Matsilele dropped a bombshell during his 2018 first quarter report that the housing scheme has usurped local authority' powers and will lead to the rise in land barons.
"On a disturbing note, we realised the rise in land barons again. We are being informed that the ministry of lands intends to handover land for housing to private individuals under the disguise of farmer's representatives.
"Our Ministry has promised to do away with land barons so we wait to be guided accordingly. One thing for certain is that we will resist unprocedural usurpation of local authority functions by individuals," said Matsilele.
Minister Marapira addressed CSFAZ farmers at Buffalo Range where he said the housing project is set to benefit all sugarcane farmers despite their affiliation to various associations.
"There are farmers who visited our office on issues of houses. We came to identify the land which belongs to sugarcane farmers.
"I mean all sugarcane farmers and I have been shown the land here. Minister will come after recommendations to identify whether the land is suitable for housing project which will undergo another process of handing it over to the ministry of local government," said Marapira.local



Precila Takabvirakare

GUTU
- Businessman Liberty Chifamba recently appeared before magistrate Edwin Marecha facing kidnapping charges, improper use of firearm, theft and unauthorised use of property belonging to Lovemore Denhere.
Chifamba's lawyer Collen Maboke of Ruvengo Maboke and company applied for discharge of the case on April 16 and the defence's application is set to be heard on a later date
The state led by Millicent Azangwe told the court that on March 7 this year, Chifamba had a misunderstanding with Denhere's wife, Glenda Pambayi, whom she accused of syphoning money from his shop where she used to work and allegedly bought a car with the stolen money.
In a fit of rage, Chifamba went to Denhere's house and took $974 from the wardrobe before demanding the keys to the car claiming it to be his.
The following day, Chifamba forcibly ordered Denhere to get into his car and drove to Masvingo.
On their way Chifamba produced a gun and threatened to kill Denhere if he does not return the money stolen by his wife.
 From Masvingo they proceeded to Zvishavane where they met Amos Mapfumo, a car dealer, and processed the sale of Denhere's car.
They later returned to Denhere's house and Chifamba ordered Pambayi to write an affidavit indicating that she had stolen money from his shop.
After the incident, Denhere reported the matter to the police leading to Chifamba's arrest.local
Nelson Chamisa

Upenyu Chaota

BIKITA
- MDC-T leader, Nelson Chamisa has warned members of his party against imposition of candidates particularly in Masvingo where the selection process has been marred by deep controversy.
Chamisa was addressing a fully subscribed rally at Nyika growth point last week where he said his party will have shadow candidates in all constituencies even those allocated to alliance partners just in case the other partners put forward candidates who lack popular appeal.
"A candidate should come from the people following all the democratic processes of our party. Masvingo province, listen to this word, no one has the power to impose a candidate at any level," said Chamisa.
 "All our candidates are chosen by the people. There is no candidate who is going to come from the top in form of imposition," he added.
Chamisa said all the aspiring candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae (CVs) that will then be vetted at national level with successful applicants being allowed to go for primaries.
"All aspiring candidates please submit your CVs through the proper channels. We are going to look into the CVs and your history so that we establish where you stand with regards to the party.
"We will send back the names of all those who would have sailed through the vetting process so that you choose the final candidate through primaries. Feel free, no one is going to be coerced. We are a movement for democratic change and we believe in popular democracy.
"Leaders should be subjected to appointment by popular appeal," said Chamisa.
The candidate selection process in Masvingo province primarily in Masvingo Urban has of late drawn a lot of negative attention over perceived widespread irregularities that saw some candidates purportedly being disqualified without any apparent reasons.
Both the ruling party Zanu PF and the main opposition MDC-T are facing challenges in maintaining harmony in their respective candidate selection processes with many disqualified candidates disputing the fairness of the processes.politics
Zedius Chitiga

Brighton Chiseva

ZAKA
– With many schools having taken the responsibilities of supplying their own fabric to pupils, many are failing to provide the uniforms in time regardless of having received full payment from parents and this has haunted the Roman Catholic run St Anthony Musiso High School whose pupils are learning in tack suits after the school failed to supply the already paid for uniforms.
Provincial Education Director (PED) Zedius Chitiga said pupils should go to school with uniforms and it is the parents' duty to make sure that their kids have uniforms and it does not matter where they get the uniform as long it is the right one
"It is wrong for schools to force parents to get uniforms from the school. If they want to provide the uniforms there has to be an agreement with the parents. If they agree to it then they have to supply the uniforms in time.
"Some schools add a little extra on the uniforms but the money has to be reasonable and affordable to parents and should be used for the development of the school. If the school fails to provide the uniform then it has to let the parents buying the uniforms for their kids," said Chitiga.
Parents who spoke to TellZim News said they were worried that the school is misusing their money as they were asked to pay $260 for girls and $265 for boys towards uniforms but the school hasn't delivered enough uniforms.
"We were asked to pay money for the uniforms at the school and the school will supply. What is surprising is that we have reached the end of the term and yet some of our pupils are yet to get their uniforms," said one parent who refused to be named.
Another parent expressed concern over the issue saying some pupils were given shirts only and some got trousers only and many are attending lessons in track suits and said the colors also don't match indicating that they are bought from different suppliers.
"Our kids are attending lessons in tracksuits like they are in AFCON but we have paid all the money. The challenge is that they contract suppliers who have no capacity to deliver because they are bribed. A plain shirt costs US$5 but the school sells it for US$16, we don't know if the logo costs 11 dollars," said another parent.local

Lewis Matutu

Exsto Makunzva

ZVISHAVANE
– Zanu PF deputy secretary for Youth Affairs, Lewis Matutu has declared his interest for the Zvishavane Ngezi parliamentary seat sending the incumbent legislator John Holder and other aspiring candidates into panic mode.
Matutu who is a darling to the constituency stole the lime light at the independence celebrations held at Zvegona Primary School where people began chanting his name and holding placards endorsing him for the seat.
The youthful Matutu's campaign manager Maxwell Moyo told TellZim News that the electorate have chosen their candidate and the primaries will be a formality to endorse what is now obvious.
"We have done so much and the people have shown overwhelming support. Matutu has drilled boreholes and donated cement towards the construction of school blocks in various schools," said Moyo
In the primaries on May 5, Matutu is likely to battle it out with Holder and another candidate Dumezweni Mahwite.politics

Kudakwashe Bhasikiti

Upenyu Chaota

Former Mwenezi East Member of Parliament who also served as Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti could best be described as a man who has seen it all in political circles.
The political nomad was fired from Zanu PF in 2014 during the 'Gamatox purges' before joining the opposition ZimPF which was formed by his fellow comrades dismissed from the ruling party.
When the party disintegrated, he became an independent but attempted to crawl his way back to the ruling party late last year.
Now he has joined the MDC Alliance where he has found a platform from which to attack President Emmerson Mnangagwa whom he says fares less than his predecessor Robert Mugabe in everything.
Bhasikiti described President Mnangagwa as the worst case scenario that Zanu PF has ever found itself in.
He was responding to a song which was being sung by MDC-T supporters at a rally in Bikita at Nyika growth point.
The song sought to make a point that the 'new dispensation' was a farce, and that Mugabe and Mnangagwa were the same.
"The song you were singing is a good one but we should not give credit where it is not due. Mugabe and Mnangagwa can never be on the same level. Mnangagwa is worse.
"At least Mugabe was a better candidate who won some votes during his term but now that he is gone, there is no one to vote for in Zanu PF leaving Chamisa with a clean sweep victory in the coming elections," said Bhasikiti.
He said the reason why disgruntled members of the Gamatox faction and G40 were rallying behind Chamisa was because there was no one in Zanu PF worthy a ballot.politics


Tiyani Hahlani

MASVINGO
– Approximately one thousand young people turned up at the Gava Musungwa Zvinavashe Barracks, formerly 4 Brigade, on April 09 for an Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) recruitment exercise which reportedly needed less than 40 people.
Some people who failed to make it told TellZim News they were heartbroken that they failed to make it onto a programme they had hoped would be their rare opportunity for a better future.
"There was a massive response and they ended up taking only those with As in sciences. Many people failed to make it because they passed the needed subjects on two sittings. You should have seen the sad faces. Only 36 or 37 people we taken," said one of the aspiring recruitees who failed to make it.
Rampant unemployment and desperation for economic opportunities in the country means many school leavers and graduates have to hope for the few slots in government departments that remain probably the most secure sources of employment.local

Hippo Valley Productive Sugarcane Farmers Association (HVPSFA) members

…association registers new company in quest for growth

TellZim Reporter

Hippo Valley Productive Sugarcane Farmers Association (HVPSFA), the fastest growing farmer association in Chiredzi, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a strong emphasis being put on the need to maintain the highest standards of transparency, integrity, honesty and productivity.
Members of the association acknowledged those values as necessary for the achievement of diversification of their farming ventures.
In his remarks, HVPSFA chairperson, Marius Dzinoreva urged members to work hard for the success of the association in their respective capacities, and also called for continual leadership renewal.
"Let us lead together in order to avoid life leadership. We need a servant type of leadership not lifetime leadership," said Dzinoreva.
Recently, the organisation bagged awards from the Zimbabwe Sugarcane Association Experiment Station (ZSAES) and from the Lowveld Community Development.
At the inaugural Lowveld Community Development Awards in July last year, Dzinoreva was nominated the overall best sugarcane farmer in Hippo Valley, with the trophy going to another esteemed farmer, Rtd Major Faster Gono.
"Cde Gono's hard work was recognised through the shield he won for the overall best sugarcane farmer in Hippo Valley Area for 2017 at the Lowveld Community Development Trust Awards. Cdes Matanga, Kanda and Jambaya and I were awarded certificates in the Hippo Valley farming area," said Dzinoreva.
Another member of the association, Willington Chinoda, was nominated best farmer in Hippo Valley Area by ZSAES last year.
HPVSFA has a permanent office and has registered a company, Productive Sugarcane Farmers of Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd) to act as the grouping's vehicle for such work as the importation of inputs.
"We have received the necessary documents to complete the change of ownership of the association's office and are currently awaiting the Zimra Capital Gains Tax clearance certificate for finalisation of the conveyance of the office.
"The association has registered a company for the purpose of importation of inputs and other items beneficial to the association. We have also done that as part of our preparatory work in case the need arises for our farmers to directly sell their own sugar," said Dzinoreva.
HVPSFA was formed in October 2013, with the major objective of bringing farmers together for the transformation their farming businesses.
The organisation started with 50 farmers but it now has eight more fully paid up members who joined in acknowledgment of the importance of the association's developmental agenda.
HVPSFA boasts of a reliable human resource in the form of its chairperson, Dzinoreva, who is director in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement.
It also has a 12-member committee which has three area chairpersons for Hippo Valley West, East and Central.
The committee's daily tasks mainly revolve around initiating close interaction among members for the purposes of strengthening mutual understanding.
Since coming together, members of HVPSFA have registered a notable increase in yields, with each farmer now able to produce, on average, 120 tons of sugarcane per hectare.
During the fifth Anniversary celebrations, Dzinoreva revealed that productivity had remarkably increased in 2016, with the association delivering 21 434 bundles of sugarcane which rose to 27 363 in 2017.
Tonnage increased by over two percent from 107 222.59 tons delivered in 2016 to 109 533.78 delivered during the 2017 farming season.
Earlier in 2017, 123 army officers from China, Tanzania, Nigeria and the SADC region who were at the Zimbabwe Staff College visited one Rtd Major Gono's farm to draw lessons.
In August 2017, government appointed Dzinoreva as board member of the Forestry Commission after he was identified as knowledgeable in the complex forestry matters.business



Ummm some prophesies mahwani. Prophet Makomichi tinokumbirawo mutiitire mushe -  we have a heard  a lot about you and seen a lot. We will appreciate if you do the noble thing and stop it. Stop it! We have heard cases of vana Peri nana Bheji so don't provoke Mapombi to say much.
We want prophets who can separate predictions from prophecies – I don't think that Mahwende's election victory is a prophecy at all but just a prediction. Anyway, the best advice I can give to Wellington Mahwende is do not associate yourself nezvimwe zvinhu zvemangamanga, please.   Mapombi can tell you that Makomichi is not the best brand to associate with – ask Bheji or Peri they will tell you.  Chati homu chareva!
Now to the best couple in the country – the Chiwengas. Mapombi really wonder kuti zvakambonyatsofamba sei apa because usually they say zviuya hazviwanane. I still believe that too kuti zviuya hazviwanane. A good example is Bob was a gentleman but his wife Dr Gire was something else. Dr Amai is the kind of a rural woman anoti akatsamwa anokwira pamusoro pechuru achipopota.
But Mapombi thinks VP Chiwenga and his beautiful wife, Mary is a unique couple – vese vanoda kubatsirwa! Yes, they need help. Honestly, how can a respected model be alleged to have grabbed Arda farm? Why? What for? Since when did Mary become a farmer? We know you as a model and not farmer ko manje zvekutora mafarm eArda zvava kubva nekupi?
Is this what you mean when Zanu PF says Zimbabwe is open for business? Mapombi is very sure no one would like this kind of business (grabbing farms) no matter how open the business is. I thought VP Chiwenga would whip his wife into line but eish – young wives are troublesome and uncontrollable. Bvunzai uncle Bob kana muchiti ndinonyepa.
Mapombi would like to advise the nation kuti varume roorai vakadzi vezera renyu siyanai nepwere because kana machembera you won't be able to control them.  We have a case study – Bob and Grace. You can also use Chiwenga and Mary if you like. I will not say much otherwise ndinotumirwa zvangu masoja kuno kuChitima Market ndikaswera ndaita saKudzie Chipanga gore riye.
I still enjoy rotten bananas and maputi angu asina nzungu so I rest my case, but of course I was not coerced nor forced to say varume roorai vakadzi vezera renyu young ladies are difficult to control.
But Can someone tell VP Chiwenga that civilians operate differently from junta. Can someone remind our VP that he is no longer the Army General but now is Retired General so he must stop commandeering or using force.
Command is only used at Barracks and not to civilians, nyaya yacho hamufe makaihwina generari. Nurses are demonstrating over genuine plight so to threaten them kuti you  will fire them all and replace them with retired nurses and those who graduated from nursing schools is misplaced.
You may say that at Barracks mukabudirira but uku kwamakazouya uko hatidaro. We respect the electorate and the voice of the people is the voice of God.
With the way Chiwenga is behaving I can tell you that people should brace themselves for Command Vote. Yes, I mean it. That guy is so obsessed with commandeering that he will force people to vote for Zanu PF. Mark my words.
I think we made a big blunder by cheering and applauding the army for forcing Mugabe out of office because come elections they will force the electorate not to exercise their right to choose a leader of their own choice but will be forced to vote ED. #Command Vote thanks to VP Chiwenga.
But honestly why threatening nurses? I mean the poor nurses? Why why?
Anyway, it's almost lunch time let me go ndindokanga hangu maputi angu for lunch but VP Chiwenga imbomirai kutyisidzira vamwe. People do not fear you anymore especially now. People will vote you out, try it. By the way I want to applaud Nelson Chamisa for attending the Independence Day Celebrations at the National Sports Stadium on Wednesday. That is what all opposition leaders must do – don't allow Zanu PF to monopolise national events.
I have no doubt that on that decision to attend the celebrations Chamisa's special advisor out-matched President ED's special advisor. Kkkkkkkkk by the way is he really a special advisor? I mean Mr Chris Mutsvangwa? Is he? Kkkkkkk Mapombi heard Mutsvangwa akangoudziwa kahwani naVP Chiwenga kuti dzikama patakatora nyika kubva kuna Mugabe you were in South Africa kkkkk haaa musadaro special advisor vakomana. Ko Mphoko akazopihwa here pension? Kkkkk Mboko imboko. mapombi