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The local film and television industry will have something to smile about following the launch of a film competition earmarked for junior schools in Chipinge.
The competition has been launched by Visual Audio Centre for Arts Initiates (VACAI) in collaboration with St Albertina Junior School.
According to the director of VACAI, Elvis Nyanhongo, the aim for the competition is to support the new education curriculum through live arts.
"We want to empower school pupils in Chipinge, starting with those in Grade 3 and Grade 5. Our vision is to give our children skills in arts so that they will be able to shape their careers as this dovetails with the new education system which recognises arts as a lifelong skill," said Nyanhongo.
On how the competition will run, Nyanhongo said pupils shall do filmmaking at each school and produce their own films that will then be judged against what others will have produced.
"Pupils who are good at composition writing will be script writers, those fluent in reading will be narrators, those good at photography will be camerapersons while those good at computers will be editors and so on. We want every pupil interested in the art to get involved.
"School teachers know their pupils better. They are the ones who should help select a school team to compete with others. Teachers should give those talented in arts an opportunity to express themselves well.
"The competition shall act as a feeder for film schools and universities in Zimbabwe since the pupils will need to be certified for the film and television industry. We also aim at televising the competition on the national broadcaster," Nyanhongo said.
 Chipinge has approximately 120 primary and 65 secondary schools.local
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All is set for the 11th edition of Great Zimbabwe University (GZU)'s Dzimbahwe Arts and Culture Festival (DACF) which will be held from 20-22 September at various venues in Masvingo. 
Running under the theme 'I am, because we are', the DACF opens on Thursday, September 20 with an academic symposium at the Herbert Chitepo Law School which will be followed by the official opening ceremony that evening at the Civic Centre.
At the Academic Symposium, academics will present papers centred on arts, culture and heritage, while other categories comprise exciting exhibitions of art products, dances, musical and theatrical performances from veteran and upcoming artists.
There is also the Literary Segment which features interesting presentations by academics and authors on issues to do with the genre. The Literary Segment will be held at the Herbert Chitepo Law School on Friday, September 21. The segment will run parallel to the Schools Theatre Festival at the Civic Centre and the Business Workshop for Artists at the Nehanda Centre for Gender and Cultural Studies.
That same Friday evening, all roads will also be leading to the Caravan Park for the Festival Gala which will be headlined by Suluman Chimbetu and popular Zim Dancehall artist, Jah Signal and will feature a number of artists drawn from the province.
On Saturday, 22 September, the Civic Centre gardens will host the Visual Arts Exhibition and the Street Party before the festival closes with a performance by the university students' musical group, Team Fusion.
The group will be launching their second album, Chingoma, at the Civic Centre Hall.
The launch of the eight-track album will be a fitting event at the festival which was launched by the university to nurture and develop talent among the Masvingo community and the nation at large.
Comprising students mostly from GZU Simon Muzenda School of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies, Team Fusion will be launching the latest album hardly a year after the lunch of their debut music album, Dangwe.  The group will also launch a DVD album featuring videos for five of the eight songs from Chingoma.
DACF organising committee chairperson, Lawrence Chikwanha said the festival was aimed at promoting GZU's arts, culture and heritage mandate
The festival, among other things, would increase the university's visibility while taking arts and culture to the community. Chikwanha also said all segments of the festival were open to members of the community.local

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MASVINGO - Lake October Festival has organised a number of events aimed at promoting Masvingo as a tourist destination while raising resources to donate to charity institutions in the province.

On Friday, October 19, there will be a Charity Golf Day to be played at Masvingo Golf Club and, in the evening, a '2 Legends Music Concert' at Caravan Park. The concert will be headlined by Oliver Mtukudzi and Winky D, who will be supported by many other local acts.

The following day, a half marathon dubbed 'Lake October Charity Marathon' will be held close to Lake Mutirikwi, with DJ Stavo entertaining the people. Such activities as boat cruises, fishing, soccer, netball beach volleyball and fun shoots will also be available at the lake.

Lake October Masvingo Festival administrator, Susan Karanda said besides promoting Masvingo's tourism potential, the initiative was seeking to raise donations in cash and kind for such charity institutions as Copota, Alpha Cottages and Mucheke Old People's Home.

"There will be a lot of fun so we are inviting everybody to these activities. We are also looking for sponsorships from companies and individuals who want to partner us in making this effort a success. It would be money well-spent because the objective is to promote local tourism and make life easier for the less-privileged," said Karanda.

She said an organisation can support the initiative by sponsoring a fourball golf team for US$200 or sponsor a hole for US$300.

Sponsorship in the form of prizes, T-shirts, mineral water, race numbers, tea and sandwiches is also being sought for the 21km marathon.

"This is the inaugural Lake October Festival in Masvingo and we are pleading with individuals, corporates and other organisations to support the effort and help put a smile on the faces of those in need. Sponsors will be given space to market and promote their products and services at these events," said Karanda.

She said people were free to contact her on her mobile number 0776 032 412 for further information on the events.local







Umm my Ladies and Lords, our MDC Alliance has been infiltrated by sell-outs and power hungry self-proclaimed politicians with no morals or any principles whatsoever. Mapombi has never seen anything like that for the whole of her poor life; Judas Iscariot-kind of politicians should be send packing – they don't deserve to be in our midst!
But ndakambozvitaura kare kare if you remember during the run-up to the Bikita West by-elections ndikati vana Gumbi vava kuuraya musangano ava asi vanhu vakati Mapombi ava kupenga.
Now, I am saying it again and I know vamwe vachati ndinopenga futi but varume vatouraya musangano uyu sefani so. Mapombi heard they are influencing this young and inexperienced Maboke not to step down from the mayoral post; which he landed after bedding Zanu PF councillors.
Kkkkkkkk power is sweet I know but mamwe madiro omoita simab muchenjere kuti 2023 we will never talk about you again. Honestly, this is selling-out of the highest order! Barter trading the deputy mayoral post for the mayoral post ndoanonzi makunakuna ka aya; chisionekwi humhandara hwaamai chaihwo. Kudya mutupo rakacheka nyika.
Don't forget one thing – people chose MDC Alliance councillors, not on the basis that they are popular but because the party was all that mattered to them. So for one to betray that trust for self-aggrandisement is regrettable to say the least.
Anyway, we hope these comrades will do the noble thing and step down with dignity when time still allows them to do so. The MDC Alliance is bigger than any one person and ada kuzviti handiite chokwadi tinomudzinga rakacheka nyika. We don't care that one is a lawyer or whatever profession unongoenda. After all, we have quite a number of lawyers vakabva napo paUniversity yeRCZ makore aye ichiri kunzi Great Zimbabwe – ko chero vane ma2 points yaingotoraka iya. Those who betray the struggle should go, and they will definitely go!
Mapombi will not waste much time talking about politicians without principles – but at least they should be reminded that don't take people for granted. We will never tolerate sell-outs!
By the way, Mapombi would like to congratulate ED for the new cabinet; at least he tried his best. Of course he did his best to ensure that he surrounds himself with loyal people; just like what Uncle Bob used to do. Mapombi thanks him because he at least introduced brand new faces – akamboisawo vatsva kuti vambodyawo.
Of course we have comrades like Gumbo who were returned to the feeding trough despite them being total failures. Congrats to Energy Mutodi the deputy minister of Information – gore rino tichaonesa zvedu isu vana Mapombi kkkkkkk. But I like his musician though.
But I wonder what kind of deal was entered between Uncle Bob and ED – hiring a private jet for the old man, gobbling millions of scarce dollars in the process, inga zvakaoma hazvo. Mapombi is beginning to think that Uncle Bob played a critical role in influencing the ConCourt judgment because the kind of favours dzavava kupiwa dzava kuwandisa at the expense of poor, long-suffering Zimbabweans.
Imagine people are dying of cholera in Harare but someone is busy hiring a private jet worthy millions of dollars, and the politician still claiming to have people at heart after that. Just yesterday he said people must practice hygiene to stop cholera. KKKK, may someone please tell him that it's not lack of personal hygiene that's causing cholera, but contaminated water sources caused by years of mismanagement, neglect and misplaced priorities by the very government you have been part of for 38 years. Kkkkkk munotinona semafuza chokwadi. After all muchadeiwo zvedu kwatiri we gave you a whole five-year long fresh mandate; or should I say you gave yourselves the mandate through the courts?
Mapombi is always a gentleman handivanzi ini, and I will say it that with this kind of misplaced priorities, Zim is going nowhere. Very soon people will start to say Uncle Bob was far much better.
At least better Mapombi will not see Mpofu, Chinamasa, Parirenyatwa and other old comrades anymore – thank you ED for that. Now we expect you to deliver Mr President; Mapombi will not give you 100 days but six good months.
But tikasvika December without solving cash crisis mobva maziva kuti nyika maikonewa iyi. Hopefully those who forced Mugabe out accusing him of being surrounded by criminals will be on high alert.
Anyway, it's almost lunch time let me go and have maputi and eat some rotten bananas zvangu for lunch. But before I go, izvi zvekuita senge Gutu is the only district in Masvingo province handionewo sezvakanaka zvangu. Honestly appointing five ministers all from Gutu handione senge zviri bhooo. ED sometimes anoda kubatsirwa I think – we have seven districts in the province; all with competent and highly-qualified MPs but kungononga kwaGutu chete.
We have Musikavanhu in Chiredzi, Sithole and Madhuku in Bikita, Joosbi in Mwenezi and Tongofa in Chivi chokwadi ndokushaya chero one out of these? Zvimwe munozozvinyanya. Anyway chimwe nechimwe chine nguva yacho Bhaibheri rinodaro muna Muparidzi 3. By the way, Mphoko akazopiwa here his benefits? What happened to his son or is it daughter uyu wekunzi wakatora mari kuChoppies uyu? And what about his daughter uyu doctor wekumbonzi salary was seized uyu? Umm things might be falling apart for Mphoko handiti?
But Mphoko is a very good dancer – do you still remember how he danced to the song Mazezuru unconquerable paChiweshe gore riye? Kkkkkkkkk but they are conquerable the Zezurus though kkkkkkk. Mboko imboko!mapombi
Buyers from UK, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa on 9 September visited the Great Zimbabwe monuments

Shingirai Vambe

- The 11th edition of the Sanganai-Hlangani Tourism Expo has been deemed a huge success after a number of exhibitors at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds received awards last Friday night.
Companies that got outstanding recognition at the expo include the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) which won the Public Institution Award.
CAAZ representatives vowed to accelerate work on airports and aerodromes around the country to improve accessibility to the country's numerous tourist attraction.
Following the Joshua Nkomo Heritage Trail which was held on the September 5, buyers and tour operators from different countries around the world toured exhibition stands and also had an opportunity to network with peers.
The message being communicated to both local and international visitors was that Zimbabwe is a safe destination. This was confirmed through sentiments shared by a number of exhibitors, tour operators and tourists from mainly Asian and African countries.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), the principal organiser of the expo, facilitated a number of touring groups that have been visiting various attractions around the country after the expo. The objective of the tours were to expose the country's tourism potential to more people.
The destinations included the Mutarazi Falls, the Great Zimbabwe monuments, Hwange National Park and the majestic Victoria Falls. During the tours, visitors managed to assess the state of hospitality facilities around the country.
Speaking in Bulawayo earlier on, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga urged hotel operators exhibiting at the expo to revamp their facilities to meet world class standards.
ZTA chief executive officer (CEO), Dr Karikoga Kaseke said his organisation had embarked on an exercise to make sure that all employees working in the hospitality industry got tested and certified.
"We are encouraged, though at short notice, that the vice president has spoken about this and we are hitting the ground running to improve on service delivery. Zimbabwe is well-known for being among the best hospitality service providers and we would want to go even further," said Kaseke.
He said the request by ZTA for rural and urban local authorities to participate in this year's expo was designed to make sure they work hand in glove with tourism players in marketing their own tourist attractions.
Foreign tourists who spoke to TellZim News said they were now convinced that the negative stories in the international media concerning the country were largely inaccurate.
They were all left speechless by the magnificence of Great Zimbabwe, with many of them saying the heritage site was not being sufficiently marketed internationally.
After visiting the sky walk in Chimanimani, one buyer said Zimbabwe was a sleeping giant.
The past three editions of Sanganai-Hlanganani were held in Bulawayo at the ZITF grounds. The venue boasts excellent exhibition facilities in the country and can accommodate a large number of exhibitors.
Ashirai Mawere

Knowledge Mhlanga

Chipinge Youths Housing Scheme vice chairperson Ashirai Mawere has repeated his plea for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to intervene following the recent disruption of a public enquiry into the youth stands scandal by a mob purportedly sent by Zanu PF Manicaland provincial youth vice chairperson Dorothy Mabika.
The disruption happened on September 04 when the slobs, donning Zanu PF regalia, stormed Chipinge Country Club and disrupted proceedings.
They reportedly claimed to be working to protect Zanu PF from Mawere and other elements whom they accused of trying to destabilise the party in the province.
Many ruling party members, victims of the scandal and residents had turned up for the meeting with members of the Land Commission.
The enquiry was meant to get clarifications and evidence on the scam that involved several Zanu PF youth league members including the now deposed party provincial youth leader, Mubuso Chinguno.
The scandal saw US$400 000 meant to develop land into residential stands for several subscribers being misappropriated by Causpen Investments Pvt Ltd, a company linked to Chinguno which had been contracted to administer the project.
The commissioners were, however, reportedly prevented from hearing Mawere's presentations after only listening to presentations by Zanu PF Manicaland youth league representative, Pedzisai Mudhende who only blamed Chinguno for the scandal.
The alleged disruptors are reported to have said Mawere could not be trusted, claiming he did not like Mnangagwa, although the victims themselves had asked him to represent them.
Speaking to this publication later on, Mawere said it was unfortunate that proceedings had been disrupted.
"We had gathered enough proof to present before the commission but we did not get a chance to speak. As soon as Mudhende finished making his biased presentation, an order was made to prevent me from speaking. A hired mob of youths in Zanu PF regalia supplied by Dorothy Mabika took to the stage shouting 'Down with Mawere'. The commission tried to stop them but failed and the meeting was then called off and the police helped people to leave.
"The rogue mob said I was an enemy of the President and they did not want to hear my presentation yet they I am helping his commission with useful information on a serious land scam that has affected thousands of youths," said Mawere.
He blamed Mabika for the disturbances, saying she was desperate to cover up some tracks in the whole scandal.
"They are so desperate to block the commission's justifiable work that they can do anything but their actions have consequences," said Mawere.
He said he will still hand over the evidence to the commission and will write to Causpen secretary, Ellen Mwale demanding to know what happened to the money.local
Collen Maboke

…Maboke ordered to step down as mayor
…Tsvangirai was ashamed of you - Chamisa tells Maboke
…Provincial chair Gumbi sucked in

Upenyu Chaota

- Four MDC Alliance councillors, who last week conspired to defy the party's directive on the mayoral elections, have found themselves in serious trouble after they were made to appear before party president Nelson Chamisa and his deputy, Elias Mudzuri among other national executive heavyweights.
Party national chairperson  Morgan Komichi, deputy treasurer-general Charlton Hwende and secretary for elections Murisi Zwizwai were also part of the panel that demanded the heads of the councillors but Chamisa is said to have showed mercy but ordered Collen Maboke, who allegedly organised the palace coup, to step down.
The Masvingo councillors, led by Maboke defied party position that councillor Godfrey Kurauone was to be the mayor and went a step further by rewarding Zanu PF with a deputy mayoral post. Zanu PF helped Maboke 'steal' the mayoral position from Kurauone after they were promised the deputy mayoral post.
It is said that while at the Harare meeting, Chamisa fumed at the councillors for 'selling-out' but gave them room to explain why they did it.
Maboke is said to have begged profusely for mercy, but Chamisa and the entire hearing panel would have none of it.
When contacted for comment, Maboke confirmed that he indeed begged for mercy during the Harare meeting. He, however, tried to be diplomatic when asked by TellZim News when he was going to step down from the position of mayor as they agreed in Harare.
"Yes, that is what happened in Harare. I am waiting for a written communication so that I can step down because that is what we agreed," said Maboke.
When pressed to comment on his telephone conference with Murisi Zwizwai and James Gumbi when he was told no written communication will be send to him, Maboke became cagey before finally saying he no longer wanted to talk to the press about it.
"Combine all the comments you are getting and write your story; I don't want to comment to the press," said Maboke.
Gumbi was said to be influencing Maboke not to step down from the position of mayor. The provincial chair is said to be building his support base so that he can retain the position at the party's congress next year, therefore, having Maboke as mayor would add another strategic person to his faction.
When contacted for comment Gumbi denied the allegations saying he would not want to legitimise such hearsay.
"People are free to say whatever they want but that does not give credence to those false allegations" said Gumbi.
Political analysts, however, slammed Maboke for alleged lack of principles and power hunger, saying no amount of politicking should have involved going to bed with Zanu PF.
"Being a lawyer doesn't mean one knows everything; no individual is bigger than the party, let alone the 'mafikizolos'. I haven't seen such desperation for power that one would prefer to go to bed with Zanu PF in order to get top post. It's clear MDC Alliance has been infiltrated," said one analyst.
A source at the meeting said Mudzuri, Hwende and Zwizwai wanted the councillors to be recalled and expelled from the party but Chamisa wanted a more lenient punishment.
"Maboke begged for his political life and Chamisa became lenient with him although the others wanted him gone for defying the party position.
"Chamisa told Maboke that the late Morgan Tsvangirai never liked him and was actually ashamed of him because he once appeared at a meeting that Tsvangirai was chairing at the party's Masvingo provincial headquarters in Rhodene dead drunk, and then caused an embarrassing incident," said the source.
While the meeting was progressing inside Morgan Tsvangirai House, party supporters wanted to storm the meeting and beat up all the 'deviant' councillors from Masvingo.
It was also revealed in the meeting that Zanu PF corrupted the whole process by dangling residential stands on Maboke, Babylon Beta, Selina Maridza and Tarusenga Vhembo in exchange for their vote in the deputy mayoral contest.
A subdued Beta is said to have shamelessly confessed that he was offered two stands by Zanu PF and he called national executive member to ask if he could accept the deal and he was given the go ahead to take it.
"Beta confessed that the plan was to isolate Richard Musekiwa, Kurauone and Daniel Mberikunashe and that he was offered two stands for his vote. He said before making any hasty decisions, he phoned one of the executive members for advice and he was told to go for it," the source said.
Maboke was then ordered to stand down and pave way for Mberikunashe while the committees were dissolved for a fresh start and the four councillors were ordered to pay a fine of US$300 each.
"Chamisa later told Maboke that as long as the MDC was under his leadership, he will not hold any post and should be grateful that he had not been recalled and expelled," said the source.
MDC Alliance provincial administrator, Peter Chigaba was, however, expelled from the party after it emerged that he was a kingpin in the conspiracy. The party's Isuzu single cab pick-up truck that he used to drive around has since been taken away from him and he has been evicted from an apartment at the party's provincial headquarters.
At the meeting, Mberikunashe was given the reigns of mayor instead of Kurauone after Vhembo told Chamisa that he had voted for Maboke because to him, there was no longer any difference between Maboke and Kurauone whom he said had seen hobnobbing with Zanu PF councillors.
"You should have seen poor Vhembo; he was kneeling on the flow and literally shaking with fear right from the knees. In his desperate attempt to save himself, he sunk Kurauone's chances of bouncing back. After being asked to speak, Vhembo said he erred in his judgement but only because Maboke and Kurauone had become all the same to him because he had seen first-hand Kurauone lobbying Zanu PF councillors. Kurauone admitted the offence and this buried his chances of salvaging the mayorship for himself," the source said.
Chamisa is said to then have chosen Mberikunashe because of his level headedness and that he was a more neutral compromise.
"Mai Maridza was also given a big dressing down. She was very frightened and almost comical in her quivering responses. It was a sight to see. She is now very angry with Maboke whom she accuses of selling her a poisoned chalice," said another source.
Komichi could not answer his phone nor respond to questions sent to him on the matter but in a screenshot of a message he posted on a party WhatsApp group, he said the MDC constitution gave Chamisa the powers to appoint mayors.
"Our constitution gives power to president Chamisa to solely appoint mayors but he chose to be consultative. Let us all be guided accordingly," the post reads. 
The party's Chegutu councillors were also summoned to answer for their own defiance of party directives although their case was not as serious as the Masvingo one.
The Chegutu councillors had been given a list of the party's preferred mayoral candidate, right down to committee chairpersons but they defied the directive and came up with their own team.

Cephas Shava

- A 22-year-old Mwenezi man paid a cow to his in-laws as part of his lobola obligations but later on returned to steal the same animal, the Mwenezi Magistrate Court recently heard.
Admire Magomana of Village 4 Flora under Chief Maranda was initially facing a charge of stock theft but due to circumstances that influenced his actions, the case was later altered to unauthorised borrowing.
He pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to six months behind bars or to perform 350 hours of community service as an alternative.
The State's case was that sometime early this year; Magomana paid part of his bride price in the form of a cow to his mother-in-law, Nolance Ndambani, who resides in the same village.
It was further heard that on August 3, Magomana went to the grazing lands and drove the cow away. In reclaiming the cow, Magomana insisted that since Ndambani had taken back her daughter, whom he had been married to, he too deserved to get back his property.
A police report was filed leading to Magomana's arrest.
The value of the beast was put at US$200.local

Mhizha's vehicle wreck soon after the accident

Pikisai Mhizha

TellZim News

Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ) treasurer, Pikisai Mhizha was last week involved in a horrifying road traffic accident after colliding with a haulage truck at Mutangazi along the Harare-Masvingo highway.
Mhizha told TellZim News he had nobody but the good Lord to thank after surviving the heart-wrenching car crash which completely wrecked his Toyota Hilux D4D double cab.
"I am currently at home recuperating. It can only be God who saved me from the clear jaws of death that had visited me. It is after such a traumatic experience that you get to see the how fragile men's presence on Earth is. All is indeed vanity except the word of the Lord who saved me," said Mhizha.
The narrow yet busy road claims lives almost every day and it has on several occasions been described as a deathtrap.local
Huruva stands at one of his projects

TellZim Reporter

– Newly-elected Chivi Ward 6 councillor, Godfrey Huruva Mukungunugwa is forging ahead with the village electrification programme he initiated long before he became councillor.
Mukungunugwa, who has since been elected Chivi Rural District Council (RDC) chairperson, has been using his own resources to install solar systems at schools in his ward.
One beneficiary of the goodwill is Maramba Primary School where teacher's houses, the grade seven classroom block and other facilities were recently solar-powered.
Mukungunugwa has also purchased solar systems for the district councillors, such traditional leaders as Headman Madyangove and some village heads. The Mhandamabwe Police base has also been provided with similar systems as a way of improving lighting during the night.
"This is a programme I would continue working on so that all people can eventually have power in their households. We can't wait for Zesa when we have got abundant sunlight in the district. Solar energy is cheap and renewable so people must have modern lighting during the night and they must also be able to charge their phones without hassles," said Mukungunugwa.
To spread the service to more ordinary people, the youthful councillor has introduced a 'pay as you go' facility whereby villagers can have solar systems installed at their homesteads at a small deposit. They can then pay the rest of the costs at monthly installments of as little as seven dollars.
Besides the solar projects, Mukungunugwa has funded the construction of two new classroom blocks at Maramba Primary School as part of his many other efforts to improve infrastructure at public facilities so as to retain critical skills in the district.local

Brighton Chiseva

- The Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFC) Zaka district chairperson Stephen Mkachana has urged the local Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depot to open up selling points around the district so as to cushion farmers from the high transport cost of transporting their grain to Jerera.
Speaking at the Zaka Agricultural Show held at Ferry Training Centre last week, Mkachana said farmers maintaining Jerera as the only depot was bad for those in far-away places.
"As ZFU, we have observed that farmers are facing challenges delivering their produce. GMB this year failed to decentralise buying points. We are therefore urging GMB to open more selling points in wards to reduce transport costs," said Mkachana.
He also urged farmers to adopt new farming technologies and heed advice and warnings from the Meteorological Services Department (MSD).
"We encourage farmers to adopt new farming technologies and take advice from Meteorological Services Department and our local extension staff. There is also need to diversify to livestock-oriented projects like cattle fattening and goat farming," Mukachana said.
He lamented partisan distribution of Command Agricultural inputs, saying the practice ha led to reduced yields in the 2017/2018 season.
"We encourage the government to find proper ways to distribute farming inputs, which is the extension staff in consultation of councillors and traditional leaders. This will make our command agriculture to become a successful programme," said Mkachana
The Jerera GMB depot has of late been in the news all for the wrong reasons related to poor service delivery and corruption allegedly by seniour management.
At the show, Seedco donated one tonne of seeds which was distributed in the form of prizes for winners.
The seed company recently launched a farming application to help farmers with farming news, weather and markets information.local
Faith Garwi

Stephen Ephraem 
Women in business in Chipinge district are set to benefit from a business fair that is due to be held this coming December as a way of encouraging women to unite in business.
The business fair was initiated by an all-women non-profit organisation called Bright Future Women whose Chipinge chapter shall be launched as soon as the requisite registration processes are done. 
Bright Future Women director Faith Garwi, said the fair was open to all businesswomen in the district.
"Every woman who is running a business regardless of how big or small it is, needs to expose herself to the world.
"As Bright Future Women, we are adopting a completely unique business model. We shall hold a business forum discussing how best women can network and share ideas. Women tend to give each other unnecessary competition. That is wrong, networking is the best approach and people should learn to specialise rather than become jacks of all trades," said Garwi.
Garwi, who is also the representative for the Zimbabwe Women Microfinance Bank (ZWMB) in Chipinge, said she the expo will encourage women to acquire assets.
"Women in business must acquire assets for both their businesses and for their own welfare. This is possible if we develop a culture of banking instead of squandering money," she said.
Garwi bemoaned bad cultural practices that hinder women from being empowered.
"A lot of married women are discouraged from businesses by their marriage partners. That should be a thing of the past since a family always benefits if a mother gets involved in business," she said.
Meanwhile, ZWMB has received a warm welcome in Chipinge urban, with a notable number of women having already opened their savings accounts.local

Peter Chawapiwa

- The Musvinini irrigation and fishery project in Ward 15 has gone a long way in improving the livelihoods and nutrition of the community, TellZim News has learnt.
The project, which was initiated and financed by Care International three years ago, is situated about 15 kilometres from Chivi growth point.
During construction of the dam, villagers benefited from the food for work programme as they were paid in kind for their labour. After completion of construction work, irrigation plots were given to villagers from a number of villages that include Takaidza, Mapaike, Zimuto, Ruzive and Bvuchete.
Once the irritation project was underway, Care International introduced different fish species in the dam to improve nutrition in the community.
One of the beneficiaries of the projects, Pisirai Ruzive said the community had already started to enjoy benefits from the dam and was grateful to Care International for providing them with a lasting solution to some of their problems.
"Chivi is a semi-arid place, meaning we generally receive below average rainfall. Our irrigation project has immensely contributed to our food reserves. Through fishing activities in the dam, we have seen the diet of the community improve considerably," he said.
This was echoed by George Tirivanhu who added that some enterprising villagers were already taking advantage of the dam's water to improve their income.
"We used to go fishing in Tokwe-Mukosi (ranamed Tugwi-Mukosi) but thanks to Care International, we are now doing this locally. We are, however, not happy that the dam's committee wanted us to pay a nominal fee to fish. We protested and the fee was scrapped," said Tirivanhu.
Tariro Sibanda said while the dam had come at the most opportune moment, the problem of the baboon population in the area had to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
"Baboons wreak havoc on our crops and I believe once in a while, we should be assisted to scare them off. We have tried everything but due to the terrain, the baboons won't go away. All plot holders are now paying about a dollar a month as a stipend for hired labour that keeps the baboons away," she said.
A number of crops have been put under irrigation at Musvinini Dam and when TellZim News visited the dam last week, some plot holders were busy harvesting sugar beans. This reporter was informed that the crops were consumed locally while the surplus was sold.local

Roy Bhila

Beatific Gumbwanda

- Newly-elected Chiredzi North Member of Parliament (MP) and successful sugarcane farmer, Roy Bhila was last week dragged to the High Court by a Chiredzi businessman, Denford Chikanyau for allegedly failing to clear US$14 000 in debt accrued when he purchased a  mobile crane in 2014.
Chikanyau, who is being represented by Martin Mureri of Matutu and Mureri Legal Practitioners, filed summons stating that Bhila, who is cited as the defendant in the case, breached their agreement by failing to clear US$14 000 of the US$20 000 debt.
According to the summons, Bhila and Chikanyau entered into an agreement of sale for a mobile crane on March 1, 2014 at a cost of US$20 000. The defendant paid US$6 000 and promised to swop with his Toyota Hiace worthy US$13 000 but failed bring the car forward.
"On the 1st day of March 2014 and at Chiredzi, Plaintiff sold a mobile crane to the defendant for $20 000 and in terms of the written agreement the defendant swopped with a Toyota Hiace Kombi Registration Number ACQ 2284 worth $13 000 and also paid $6 000.
"After the aforementioned proceedings were finalised, the defendant kept the Toyota Hiace Kombi and also the mobile Crane and has refused to either return the Toyota Hiace Kombi, the crane or to pay the outstanding balance. The Plaintiff submits that the Toyota Hiace Kombi is no longer worthy $13 000 as it is being intensively used by the defendant at his farm," reads the summons.
On his part, Bhila, who is being represented by Emmanuel Chibudu of Kwirira and Magwaliba Legal Practitioners, requested for further particulars to enable them to plead.
"Was the agreement to sale the mobile crane written? If it was written when was it signed by the parties?" reads part of the defendant request for further particulars.local
Gibson Hwende

Beatific Gumbwanda

- Zanu PF's Chiredzi Town Council chairmanship candidate, Blessing Mazinyani was recently caught by surprise after MDC Alliance's Gibson Hwende won the race after scoring more votes than what everybody had expected.
MDC Alliance has three councillors and Zanu PF has four, with one ward taken by and independent Ropafadzo Makumire, who was voted vice chairperson ahead of Zanu PF's Liberty Macharaga. Makumire got five votes against Macharaga's three, meaning he most likely got his own vote, three from MDC Alliance and one more from Zanu PF.
Chiredzi has four Zanu PF councillors namely Josphat Nzombe, Obert Ngwenya, Blessings Mazinyani and Macharaga while MDC Alliance has three councillors; Musingashari Musingashari, Rogers Chikonye and Hwende.
Hwende won by five votes against two Zanu PF candidates, Mazinyani, who got two votes, and Nzombe who got one. This most likely means Hwende got all the MDC Alliance councillors votes, independent Makumire's vote as well as one more from Zanu PF.
The previous council was chaired by Francis Moyo of Zanu PF who left council when he decided to contest for the Chiredzi West parliamentary seat in the party primaries but lost to Farai Musikavanhu who went on to become new MP.
All the four Zanu PF candidates wanted the post but the party took a decision to endorse Mazinyani thereby angering Nzombe and another councillor who then reportedly decided to vote for Hwende.
Speaking after the swearing in ceremony, Zanu PF Masvingo provincial secretary for information and publicity, Ronald Ndava castigated 'sell-outs' in the party.
"This is the darkest day of my life. I have never witnessed party cadres behaving like this. They just used their money to get into party positions and yet they don't belong to the party but belong to themselves," said Ndava.
In his acceptance speech, Hwende promised to quickly address issues to do with transparency, openness and corruption that haunted the council for the past five years under the Zanu PF leadership.
He said Chiredzi needed to open a new chapter that would see everyone contributing towards the expected standards of development.
"It is indeed my wish to see the welfare of residents and their interests being the number one agenda for our council in the next five years. Chiredzi will never be the same again. This journey which we have started needs everyone to be involved in the running of affairs of our council.
"Chiredzi is going to be a very good town in relation to service delivery but this can only be achieved if all of us are involved. The Chiredzi we want starts with you and it starts with us.
"Corruption, Corruption, we are going to ensure that Chiredzi Town Council will be a corrupt-free council. We want to try by all means to ensure that we do our council business with trust. We want to be responsible, accountable and open and this will address the gap between residents and council," Hwende said.local

Knowledge Mhlanga

Chipinge residents around Chikore Mission Farm in Ward 17 under Chief Musikavanhu are unsettled by suspected syndicates of burglars who have been troubling the area for nearly a year now.
Local police have warned residents to tighten security at their homes and ensure that isolated homes are not left unsecured for extended periods.
A few Mozambican men have since been arrested in connection with some of the burglaries but ensuing robberies mean they were not the only ones.
Since February, the burglars have been breaking into shops, bars and bakeries stealing money and other valuables.
Last month, the same criminals started breaking into people's homes where they stole money, property and food items.
The most affected areas are Chikore Mission, Pfidza Township and Chipangara Township where the burglars have been breaking into various businesses during the night and stealing money and property.
A few weeks ago, the burglars pounced on Chikore Mission and stole from some teachers of Chikore High School.
Some of the victims were Farirai Mwerahari, Ishamel Bandama and Mr. Dumbu from the bursary.
Bandama told iTell News that he got back home to see his house swept of most of his valuable household property.
"I went out and came back at night to see the doors open and a number of valuables missing from the houses. The burglars must have been monitoring my movements and they knew that I went out. They then took that opportunity to break into the house and steal my stuff. My wish is to have them caught and arrested and have my property recovered," said Bandama.
Narrating the break-in at his own place, Dumbu said the thieves broke into his house and stole nothing else but food items.
"The thieves must have been very hungry indeed. They broke into the kitchen and stole only food items and left other things," he said.local

Beatific Gumbwanda

I – Magistrate Judith Zuyu has sentenced a 37-year-old man from Mateko village under Chief Ndanga to 90 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to raping his own 13-year-old daughter six times.
The victim, who is doing grade seven at a primary school in Zaka, cannot be named in this story as it is unethical to do so.
Her rape ordeal, however, became open when she confided in her guidance and counselling teacher who then helped her to file a police report.
The State, represented by Edmore Mbavaira charged that in February this year, the complainant's mother, who also cannot be named to protect her child, went to her parents homestead in Muchechetere village and left her daughter and other two children in the company of their father.
The accused person, who too cannot be identified to protect the victim, grabbed the child when the other two children had slept, fondled her breasts before lying her down on the reed mat to have sexual intercourse with her.
On March 2018, the accused person was at home when the complainant arrived from school and asked him to assist her with her school homework. After the accused person had finished assisting the complainant, he held her and laid her on the floor before raping her.
On another day in April, the complainant's mother visited her parents and left the accused with the complainant and other two children.
The complainant then went to the accused person's room to collect her book but the accused grabbed and raped her.
In June, the complaint's mother also left home for a funeral in Chinhuru area, Zaka, and again left the complainant in the care of the accused person who, in the evening, grabbed and raped her twice.
Early last month (August) the accused raped the complainant after assisting her with her homework but the victim revealed everything to her teacher on September 04.
In all the six counts, the accused threatened the victim against reporting the rape to anyone.
On passing the judgement, Zuyu suspended 15 years of the sentence for five years on condition the accused does not, within that period, commit any offence involving sexual conduct, meaning he will serve a solid 75 years in prison.local

Alexander Mutembwa

Precila Takabvirakare

- Gutu Rural District Council (RDC) says it will soon complete the tarring of the Gutu junction as well as the Chomufuli area in continuation of a roads improvement programme which started in July this year.
The project, which totals 1.5km, is being done under the U$250 000 funding that the council received from Zinara, and the project is expected to be complete by end of October this year.
Gutu RDC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Alexander Mutembwa said the project was moving smoothly, adding that the authority was working hard to make sure the projects are completed right in time.
"The project is moving smoothly. Right now we are looking for culverts to put on water points so that they will not be destroyed. We are expecting the project to be completed by the end of this coming October," said Mutembwa.
He said the road upgrades were part of efforts to modernise Mpandawana town centre which hill help to further justify the recently-awarded town status.
"Since we have been awarded town status, we have realised that it is high time we started developing the place so that it will be like other towns," he said.
He also said after the project is completed, council will gravel the Chipangane road which measures about 80km from Mpandawana.local


Peter Chawapiwa

- Traditional leaders in Chivi say are preparing to host recently-elected President Emmerson Munangagwa who is expected to visit the district soon.
A number of traditional leaders who spoke to TellZim News said they were told that Mnangagwa will come to celebrate his election victory with them.
"Yes, it is true that the President is coming but only after we are ready and have advised him to that effect. The President has ancestral connections to this district; he belongs to the Murambwi clan," said one chief.
The leaders said at the moment, preparations including the brewing of traditional beer were underway with all village heads contributing the requirements.
They said one of Mnangagwa's stopovers will be Matsveru village, less than 10 kilometres from Chivi growth point, where he will meet villagers.
A month before before Operation Restore Legacy last year, Nehoreka, a spirit medium of the Murambwi clan, is said to have held rituals at Headman Matsveru's homestead where he predicted that Mnangagwa was about to rise to become President.
It was recently announced that Mangagwa had lined up rallies to thank the people who voted for him in the July 30 harmonised elections.local

Nyokanhete responds to questions at the Murra-organised meeting at Rujeko Hall

Moses Ziyambi

MDC Alliance Masvingo Urban Member of Parliament (MP) Jacob Nyokanhete came back from the official opening of the 9th Parliament of Zimbabwe in Harare and went into communities where he interacted with residents to get a better appreciation of their challenges.

The youthful legislator, who is the only opposition MP from the province, attended a stakeholders meeting organised by the Masvingo Residents and Ratepayers Alliance (Murra) at Rujeko Community Hall on Thursday.

Issues raised at the meeting include the long-talked-about need for a secondary school in the area, which currently has only two primary schools for the tens of thousands of people who live there.

At the meeting, Nyokanhete pledged his support for whatever the people desired from the authorities, saying it was depressing that children in an urban set-up still had no easy access to secondary education.

"This is a big community by our standards and it is not acceptable that the people who put us into positions of authority, the people who pay rates and taxes still lack such basic services as secondary schools. Seeing children walking from as far as Rujeko B to Ndarama and Mucheke High schools is unacceptable. How then are we different from those in rural areas?" said Nyokanhete.

Ward 7 councillor, Richard Musekiwa also said he will continue to lobby for the implementation of pending projects that have a bearing on the people of Rujeko.

"There are now solid plans for Rujeko D and the stands are being designed. That is a good project but we need to move with speed and build the footbridge and a secondary school. Those projects must take precedence and I will work for that in council," said Musekiwa.

A similar meeting was also held the following day, Friday, September 21, at Francis Aphiri Primary School where Nyokanhete said he was awake to the community's age-old problems that include the absence of a secondary school close by, insufficient water supplies and the problematic dumpsite.

At the school, Nyokanhete listened to tales of inadequate sitting space leading to the so-called 'hot-sitting' practice.

"We need to work together with council to address these things going forward. The people need a new clinic with a maternity wing. Our roads are terrible and they need urgent quality fixing, street lighting has been long neglected. We need to urgently deliver on these and we do not want to keep on talking with no action.

"I will continue engaging the people of Masvingo Urban, and I will represent their interests in parliament and at all levels. We appreciate the work that Murra is doing in giving us a platform to talk to the communities," said Nyokanhete.

Ward 3 councillor, Tarusenga Vhembo said problems in the area required a committed council to solve, pledging to work hard to raise those issues in council.local


Former President of Romania, Emil Constantinescu

…. messages from former presidents of Croatia, Romania delivered to South Koreans


The expectation of achieving peace in the Korean peninsula has risen as heard the news that the two leaders of Korea successfully concluded the third inter-Korean summit in Pyeongyang. To support the long-cherished wish of Korea, in Seoul, special lectures on peace in the Korean peninsula as well as over the world were held by former presidents of Eastern Europe.


For this special lecture, Former President of Croatia, H.E. Ivo Josipović, and Former President of Romania, Hon. Emil Constantinescu who experienced the time under the democracy, as well as the communism, stood on the podium in attendance with 2,000 of Korean citizens.


With the topic of 'Path to Peace in the Korean Peninsula', the third president of Croatia, H.E. Ivo Josipović, gave a lecture, which centered on the role of cultural exchange to achieve reconciliation of Korea, on 16th of September.


According to the lecture, Croatia is the country experienced the massacre by Nazis during the World War II and at that time music was used as a tool for Nazis' propaganda but also as a method to build the protest. H.E. Ivo Josipović, explained the power of culture to achieve peace in the divided peninsula by introducing the history of the former Yugoslavia.


 "I think music, especially the folk music which has the same roots, is a tool to share the same sentiment from both sides of the borders. There are many supporters for the reunification of the two Koreas from America, China, Japan, etc. But it's crucial that they, the leaders of both sides, talk face-to-face. Through the cooperation in exchanging cultures such as music and sport, you have to understand each other and to accept the differences."


He also emphasized the role of political leaders to cease the existing conflicts in the world citing past case in which the treaty signed by Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In relation to the establishment of a legally binding form of international law for peace, "Presenting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to the United Nation as a resolution, with our intention to build peace in the world, is novel and important." he added.


Following the peace lecture by the former president of Croatia, 'Lecture Concert for Peaceful Unification on the Korean Peninsula' with the third president of Romania, Hon. Emil Constantinescu, was carried out on 20th of September.


The event was aimed to promote the awareness of the citizen to bring peace into the nation and suggest the ways to steer the ongoing inter-Korean peace process. Ahead of the lecture, Korean youth showed a traditional performance to the audiences including the leaders of Europe, politicians, media, women and youth organizations as well as Korean citizens. 


Hon. Emil Constantinescu, the lecturer of the event, started his message with the memories of a life under tyranny. "The Second World War caused the death of more than 25 million soldiers and over 73 million civilians as well as huge economic losses and destructions of the world cultural heritage. The atrocities of the two wars in the first half of the 21st century proved to be insufficient to understand that peace cannot be strengthened only by managing frozen conflicts."


With the topic of 'Suggestion on peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula based upon the experiences throughout the transition period of Eastern Europe', he reminded of the power of people who fought for the freedom and said, "The incredible lack of fear and the solidarity of people forced the dictator to flee and freedom was gained. In one of history's bright moments, people were willing to die for the ideals of freedom and democracy. The answer regarding the future of freedom and democracy is the choice of each generation and, in the end, of each of us."


He concluded the lecture by saying that the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula is possible and to fulfill that, all people from the leaders and politicians to the youth must have consciousness to achieve peace.


This event, organized by International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), was co-hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (ISACCL) and YIRUM ART.


At the end of the event, an MOU promising further cooperation for peace in the Korean peninsula and the world was signed by ISACCL, where Hon. Emil Constantinescu is as the president of the organization, and HWPL, an international peace NGO where the IPYG is affiliated with.


Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, delivered his congratulatory message to the audience saying, "In the Korean War, 4 million Korean died. Then should we kill each other more? The two leaders with holding hands each other achieve peaceful reunification for the people in this peninsula."

"I express the gratitude to the two former presidents, who delivered good lectures for the citizens of Korea with great concern and support. Now let all the people in all levels of society become the messengers of peace to bring peace a step closer to us." said Chairman Lee.

 The two leaders of Eastern Europe have visited Korea also to attend the 4th WARP Summit hosted by HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), registered in UN ECOSOC and UN DPI. 

Ezra Chadzamira

Upenyu Chaota

Newly-appointed Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira has advised people to come join the ruling Zanu PF party is they desire to open up economic opportunities for themselves.
Speaking at his welcome ceremony at the Civic Centre on Monday, Chadzamira said it was meaningless to remain outside of the ruling party where economic opportunities are abundant.
"Ndakahwa zvangu vemanewspaper vobudisa vachiti Chadzamira oda kupa vatungamiriri veZanu PF 10 000 hectares, zvine basa rei izvozvo? Ko Chamisa haana kuti kana otonga achapa vanhu veMDC (I heard the media saying Chadzamira wants to give Zanu PF leaders 10 000 hectares of land, where is the problem in that? Chamisa had promised to give his people land in case he won the elections but no one complained)," said Chadzamira, in response to recent media reports that Zanu PF wanted to reward its grassroots leadership with 5-hectare plots each at Tugwi-Mukosi Dam as a thank you for working for the party's July 30 election victory.
"Iwe dzoka ujoine Zanu PF kana uchida kudya. Ukaramba uri kure uchafa nezhara unchingominya mate isu tichingodya tichienda (Come to Zanu PF if you want food on your table. You will starve while we live well)," said Chadzamira.
He said it was cold outside Zanu PF and anyone who recognised the leadership of President Mnangagwa, regardless of his/her political affiliation, will be given opportunities to thrive.
"Huya hupfumi ndehwako neni tose kunyangwe uri kubato kwauri ikoko ukadzoka ukafamba negwara rakanaka recognising the government tinokugamuchira tokupawo zvikafu zvinodyiwa nevamwe. Kwete kuda kuti unodya chikafu chedu waguta wonokumbira masanctions wodzoka woti ndipei munda, pasi newe (The wealth in the country is for all of us and even if you are in the opposition but recognise the leadership of Zanu PF, you would get a share. Not to go around lobbying for sanctions against the country after enjoying all our trinkets. Down with you)," thundered Chadzamira.
He challenged MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to concede defeat, saying continuing on the path of denial was not going to help.
"Never in the history of this country has a President won the same election twice. President Mnangagwa won through the ballot and won in court as well. So little Chamisa should snap from whatever hangover he has and come join the winning team," said Chadzamira.
He said it was time to take a new course of action in the province, promising that a lot of things will change.politics

Tenzi Nehoreka

Peter Chawapiwa

- President Emmerson Munangagwa is expected to visit the district at the end of this month for cultural rituals as well as for celebrations of his recent electoral victory, TellZim News has been informed.
Traditional leaders who preferred not to be named said Mnangagwa will pay a courtesy call on them on September 29.
"We can confirm that we have held several meetings in the council boardroom and the President is indeed coming at the end of this month. A traditional ceremony will be held in the Nyaningwe Nhema mountains after which people will retire to Chief Madyangove's homestead where the President will meet the people," said one traditional leader.
It has also been learnt that the ceremony had been moved from Headman Matsveru's homestead in consideration of the traditional Murambwi clan's sacred sites.
"Nyaningwe is and has always been the home of our forefathers. That is why we said no, we can't hold our rituals anywhere else.
"Proceedings will begin on Friday September 28 but we have been informed that the President will be committed with something else in Harare and he will only be able to join us the following day.
"Preparations are at an advanced stage and the traditional brew will be flowing. So far, we have raised more than 20 buckets of millet for that purpose and donations are still coming in," another traditional leader said, adding that the platform will also be used for ritual thanksgiving to the ancestors.
The highly renowned Murambwi spirit medium, Nehoreka, who is in charge of the preparations, is expected to be the director of ceremonies.local