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Harare Carnival makes a return

THE Harare International Carnival makes a return this year after it was shelved last year, with sungura musician, Peter “Young Igwe” Moyo — who launched his third album on Thursday night — set to perform at the event.


Peter Moyo performing during album launch at Jazz 24/7 in Harare on Thursday

Peter Moyo performing during album launch at Jazz 24/7 in Harare on Thursday

This was revealed by Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive officer, Karikoga Kaseke, at the launch of Young Igwe’s third album, Mopao Mokonzi, at Jazz 24/7.

Kaseke assured revellers that the carnival, which had been temporarily shelved due to funding challenges, was definitely performing to the streets of Harare.

“People have been asking me about when the carnival will be held and I am happy to announce that this year the carnival will be there and I am inviting Peter to be one of the performers at the commemorations,” he said.

Kaseke said entertainment was important to the nation.

“Entertainment is a very important factor. In other countries they have appointed ministers of happiness, hence, we, as the tourism sector, have been given the responsible authority by our government to entertain people,” he said.

“The half-naked Brazilian girls that have been coming in for the carnival in the past will also be there. No one is restricting them from coming to event.”

Kaseke also invited Young Igwe to perform at the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development commemorations on June 2 at Rainbow towers and promised $7 000 as payment for the performance.

Kaseke then pledged a $20 000 package for Moyo and his band to travel to Nyanga.

Young Igwe, backed by Utakataka Express, staged a thrilling show characterised by well-choreographed dances during the launch, which was also attended by Tourism and Hospitality minister Walter Mzembi, who was the guest of honour.

He also churned out some of his late father, Tongai’s songs including Samanyemba.

The musician later told NewsDay that his band will stand the test of time.

“I am strictly a Sungura musician and Utakataka Express is not going anywhere. We are going to be around for a very long time,” he said.

Artistes, who shared the stage with Moyo at the launch, include Sam Dondo and Gary Tight.

Zanu PF plots provincial shutdown

ZANU PF is plotting a shutdown of Mashonaland East and is reportedly forcing schools in the province to release their buses and trucks to carry supporters to President Robert Mugabe’s rally slated for next Saturday at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera.

By Jairos Saunyama

President Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe

The ruling party, which is often accused of using force and intimidation to get support, has allegedly ordered school authorities in the province to provide buses so that youths and other people can be ferried to the rally.

Although Zanu PF provincial youth league chairman, Kevin Mutsvairo could not state the source of the 58 buses so far secured for the rally, sources told NewsDay Weekender that schools had been marshalled to provide the transport for the rally, where the 93-year-old leader will interact with the youth.

“We are at an advanced stage as far as mobilisation of people and resources ahead of the big day is concerned,” Mutsvairo said.

“So far, we have secured 58 buses and 69 lorries. Everything is in place and we are still mobilising for more transport resources because we are expecting thousands of youth.”

The rally kickstarts a series of countrywide gatherings, which will see Mugabe addressing the youth in the country’s 10 provinces.

The Zanu PF youth league said close to 100 000 youths are expected at Rudhaka Stadium to listen to Mugabe, who is on a nationwide tour to meet the youth and mobilise support ahead of 2018 general elections.

Although the stadium cannot hold such a multitude of people, Zanu PF claims it will ensure the small soccer ground and its terraces accommodate all the people from the province’s 23 constituencies.

Zanu PF secretary for youth, Kudzi Chipanga told delegates, who attended a preparatory meeting recently that each of the 23 constituencies in the province would provide 4 300 youths, with MPs instructed to mobilise people to attend or risk political office.

In preparation for Mugabe’s visit, Marondera Town Council, with help from the Zimbabwe National Roads Authority, on Thursday embarked on a massive rehabilitation of the road that links Harare-Mutare Highway and Rudhaka Stadium.

NewsDay Weekender witnessed workers with heavy vehicles and machinery busy patching potholes and widening the road.

The move has angered residents, who accused the council of hypocrisy and only being concerned about service delivery when Mugabe visits.

Efforts to get a comment from town clerk, Josiah Musuwo were fruitless yesterday.

Warriors mutiny . . . as players threaten camp boycott

The Warriors’ preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) football campaign could be in jeopardy with some players threatening to boycott the team’s camp in solidarity with fellow players who were omitted by interim coach Norman Mapeza, at the behest of Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa.


Dropped Willard Katsande

Dropped Willard Katsande

Mapeza on Thursday named a provisional 25-man squad for the first match against Liberia at the National Sports Stadium on June 11.

The squad is expected to start camp on Monday.

Mapeza, however, dropped former team captain Willard Katsande, his vice Cuthbert Malajila, and forwards Mathew Rusike and Nyasha Mushekwi, allegedly on the orders of his bosses at Zifa.

Chiyangwa was last week quoted in a local newspaper declaring that the four “mercenaries” would never play for the Warriors as long as he was the Zifa boss.

The quartet stand accused of leading a mutiny that saw the team snubbing a send-off dinner with Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the eve of the team’s departure for the Afcon finals in Gabon last year.

However, a senior player in the team, who was part of the squad for Gabon, who has been named in Mapeza’s squad, yesterday told NewsDay that they were planning to snub the call, in solidarity with their colleagues.

“It’s crazy to be honest. The captains were speaking on behalf of the whole team, why sacrifice the two only? If it’s their way to intimidate us, that will not work. We are not coming anyway,” said the player on condition of anonymity.

“We know why Nyasha is being treated that way by Zifa. The reason is not football-related at all and we won’t allow our friend to be victimised like that because it can also happen to us. We will support him and even if it means not playing for the Warriors again, so be it.”

When quizzed on why Rusike could have been dropped as well, the player said: “I’m not sure about Mathew, but we will soon find out. This mafia way of running football has to stop. Chiyangwa should have at least respected the players by not going to the newspapers and declaring that so-and-so players would never play for the Warriors under his tenure. He should respect us.”

Of the squad that went to Gabon, only Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat, Tendai Ndoro, Danny Phiri, Marvelous Nakamba, Evans Rusike, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Teenage Hadebe and Onismor Bhasera survived.

Costa Nhamoinesu and Tino Kadewere have not been playing for their clubs in recent weeks through injuries and were duly sidelined for the Liberia match.

Warriors team manager Wellington Mupandare, who announced the squad, said they had also sidelined Hardlife Zvirekwi because of an injury although the defender has been playing for his club, Caps United, in the Caf Champions League and was part of the team that beat USM Alger of Algeria in the competition this week.

Nhamoinesu yesterday took to social media to show his solidarity with the axed four, posting on his Twitter handle this message: “Keep your heads up boys. We were all in the same bus, same dressing room. Life goes on. Once a Warrior, always a Warrior.”

He accompanied the message with a collage picture of Katsande, Malajila, Mushekwi and Rusike. It was re-tweeted by various Warriors players including Musona and Rusike.

Mupandare said the list announced was not the final squad as they were still courting other players including England-based stars such as Tendai Darikwa, Brendon Galloway and Leeroy Benyu.

Warriors squad

Goalkeepers: Edmore Sibanda (Caps United), Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders), Petros Mhari (FC Platinum)

Defenders: Dennis Dauda (Caps United), Partson Jaure, Qadr Amini (Ngezi Platinum), Onismor Bhasera (SuperSport, SA), Teenage Hadebe (Chicken Inn), Jameson Mukombwe (Black Rhinos), Eric Chipeta (Ajax Cape Town), Sydney Linyama (Black Rhinos)

Midfielders: Thabani Kamusoko (Young Africans, Tanzania), Devon Chafa, Ronald Chitiyo (Caps United), Simon Shoko (FC Platinum), Kudakwashe Mahachi, Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows, SA), Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA),
Marvellous Nakamba (Vitesse Arnhem, Netherlands), Liberty Chakoroma (Ngezi Platinum), Ovidy Karuru (Amazulu, SA)

Strikers: Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates, SA), Evans Rusike (Maritzburg United, SA), Knowledge Musona (KV Oostende, Belgium), Prince Dube (Highlanders)

Mugabe the bishop of dictators: Biti

Former Finance minister and People’s Democratic Party leader (PDP), Tendai Biti has said most youth in the country now think it is now normal to be vendors on the streets and to see dilapidated infrastructure at companies such as National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ).


Tendai Biti

Tendai Biti

Addressing PDP supporters during Africa Day celebrations in Bulawayo on Thursday, Biti accused President Robert Mugabe of destroying a once-vibrant economy.

He accused Mugabe of plotting to have his wife, Grace, succeed him as President.

“There is a headmaster of dictators. Bishop, papa, Pope of dictators, and he is this old man called Robert Mugabe. He inherited the country when it was the jewel of Africa, the country has turned into a torn pair of trousers,” Biti said.

“People have no jobs, companies are closing, there is no money. This is a country with the largest constituency of lodgers 37 years after independence, they are still called mukomana wekuseri (lodgers).”

He said 37 years after independence, many homes still had no electricity, while 63% of the population use the bush as toilets.

“There is a third generation, which has never been employed and do not know what a payslip is. They think this is normal to sell cigarettes, to sell tomatoes. No, it’s not normal,” Biti said.

He said companies such as NRZ, which used to be engines of economic growth in the country, now had overgrown grass with no meaningful activity taking place there.

“They (youth) think it’s normal that when you go to company premises, you find churches holding services there,” Biti said.

“This is normal to Mugabe and his Zanu PF. What we want to tell you is that another Zimbabwe is possible. All Zimbabweans have the right to enjoy the benefits of independence. What is wrong for one to go to work and get paid? Most of us now think dealing, violence and crime are the only ways to survive.”

He said Zanu PF had taught people to survive on deals, most of them illegal.

Biti said economic revival could not be addressed through clandestine deals.

“The country’s economy must be brought to life through foreign direct investment. We cannot solve the economic problems through the so-called command this command that. Foreign direct investment cannot be achieved when there is a wrong team. PDP will build this economy at the rate of 7% per annum. In our manifesto we will emphasise on that,” he said.

Speaking at the same event, Zapu leader, Dumiso Dabengwa said people were suffering more than they were under the colonial regime.

Dabengwa challenged people, who feel the pain and suffering under this government to come out in numbers to register to vote in 2018, saying staying at home would mean Zanu PF ruling the country forever.

Rule on Tsvangirai case: Court told

A HARARE man, who dragged opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai to court demanding payment after allegedly facilitating a coalition of the opposition during the 2013 harmonised elections, has called on the Labour Court to finalise the matter without further delay.

By Vanessa Gonye

MDC - T leader Morgan Tsvangirai

MDC – T leader Morgan Tsvangirai

In a letter submitted to the Labour Court on Wednesday, Moreprecision Muzadzi, who is demanding two Nissan NP200 vehicles and a $7 800 pay cheque from Tsvangirai, asked the court to explain why it was not proceeding with the case, which awaits finalisation after Justice Lilian Hove, reserved judgment on March 6.

“May I know why it is taking forever for me to be informed of the outcome of my court case, why it is stuck in the typing pool?” read part of the letter.

Muzadzi said the delay in concluding the matter was in violation of section 165(6) of the Constitution, which reads: “Members of the judiciary must give their judicial duties precedence over all other activities.”

He argued that judgements normally take two weeks to be delivered, and therefore demanded to know why the case was dragging.

“I’m informed that usually judgments take two weeks … what has nudged me to write you is fact that the sluggish modus operandi of your court does not engender public confidence in tandem with Constitutional provisions,” Muzadzi said.

“Section 164, independence of judiciary, the courts are independent and are subject only to this: They must apply impartially, expeditiously and without fear, favour or prejudice. Your court personnel in the typing pool are sitting on my verdict, expeditiousness is forgotten.

“My case involves the former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and if court processes are shrouded and difficult, the integrity of the court is compromised.”

Muzadzi is seeking the court to order Tsvangirai to make good his alleged promise to pay the allowances and cars, which were to be delivered despite failure by the coalition to secure electoral victory.

Disadvantaged girls get new lifeline

While some girls were busy with their studies, 15-year-old Chipo (not real name), was already being mentored on how to become a perfect wife.


A school dropout, who immediately fell into the clutches of child marriage, Chipo dumped her hopes of becoming a doctor and started concentrating on the arranged marriage for which she was not prepared psychologically and physically for because of her age.

Hardly a year into the marriage, it failed to work, and she was back at her parents’ home, pregnant.

Three years later, Chipo — now a mother — was fortunate to join other school dropouts in a programme being undertaken by the Real Open Opportunities for Transformation Support (Roots), a non-governmental organisation working in Mashonaland Central province.

The programme, named Dreams with the view to help girls aged between 15 and 24 to develop into determined, resilient, empowered, Aids-free, mentored, and safe women (Dreams), is being implemented in 10 sub-Saharan African countries, including Zimbabwe.

As part of the project in Zimbabwe, Roots, in partnership with SafAids is implementing the programme in Mashonaland Central province, where, according to a 2015 Unicef State of the World report, half of all child marriages recorded in Zimbabwe this year are from that region.

Unicef also estimates that one in every nine girls in Zimbabwe entered into marriage before the age of 15.

Failure to pay school fees, unplanned pregnancies and child marriages have been cited as some of the major causes of school dropouts, chiefly in rural areas, where, according to some studies, the education of girls is not prioritised.

According to the Zimbabwe Core USAid Education Profile, “in urban areas, 60% of children of secondary school age attend school, compared to 39% in rural areas” and the Research and Advocacy Unit, in a research titled Married too soon in Zimbabwe, found that poverty, traditional beliefs and teenage sex are major reasons for early child marriages in the country, mostly rural set ups in the country.

Roots programmes officer, Nyasha Mantosi, said girls forced into early marriages were also at risk of HIV infections.

“We identified these girls and recruited them into our clubs where they are educated on HIV and Aids-related issues. We also refer them to other organisations where they are offered education, pyscho-social support and self-sustenance projects,” she said.

So far, more than 100 girls have been introduced into the project, which started this year.

One of the beneficiaries, Keisha Murinzi, a 23-year-old mother of twins, said the project is giving her a second chance in life.

“Going back to school will help me as I will be able to study further, maybe get a job so that I can take care of my children,” she said.

Another beneficiary, 18-year old Sinoletta Kawara, who dropped out of school, but is back through the Dreams project, said, “being taught about HIV and Aids, at the same time getting a chance to go back to school is helping me refocus my life and this also means I will not marry early, as I will have to focus on education.”

Man fined $100 for axing neighbour

A 41-YEAR-OLD Gokwe man, who killed his neighbour by striking him with a log and an axe in a dispute over stray pigs, was yesterday fined $100 after being convicted of culpable homicide.

BY Stephen Chadenga

Landelani Tshuma of Simboti village under Chief Nemangwe in Gokwe South struck Gaboyi Gabi, aged 71 at time of death, in a fight over stray pigs.

High Court judge, Justice Martin Makonese said although the deceased was the aggressor, Tshuma was negligent in the way he conducted himself leading to the death.

Justice Makonese fined Tshuma $100 or in default, he would serve 12 months in prison. In addition, five years were wholly suspended on condition of good behaviour.

In passing sentence, Justice Makonese said although the offence would ordinarily attract a prison term, he had considered that the accused had spent six years waiting for trial and an accumulative period of four months in custody.

He also considered that accused was a first offender, who had shown remorse for his actions by paying compensation and also that deceased was the initial aggressor in the matter.

Prosecutor, Tafadzwa Mpariwa had told the court that on April 1, 2011 at around 3pm, the deceased’s pigs strayed into the accused’s homestead.

The accused went to the deceased’s homestead to engage him over the stray animals and a misunderstanding arose between the two men resulting in them trading harsh words.

The deceased armed himself with an axe and struck accused on the chin, chest and forearm.

The accused then picked a log and struck the deceased once on the head before he (deceased) fell to the ground.

The accused went on to grab the axe from deceased before striking the latter once on the leg and arm.

A neighbour, Simboti Chiyamuro stopped the fight and the deceased was ferried to hospital, but died on the same day from injuries sustained from the fight.

The story of the $20 note

“ALL who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before winning. The turning point in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their other selves,” Napoleon Hill observed.

Motivation: STEVE NYAMBE

Such is life. It comes in different packages to suit different tastes in order to produce different results.

You need to change your perspective. Change your fortunes today. Move away from the bad episode of undervaluing your worth.

When you undervalue who you are, the whole world will undervalue what you offer.

The $20 bill story

There were around 200 delegates who had gathered in a certain place.

So, a man, who was to give a presentation, stood up.

He had a $20 bill in his hand.

He lifted his hand with the bill in it and asked who wanted it?

All the hands went up.

On realising that everyone wanted the bill, he went further and said, “I am going to give the bill to one of you, but let me do this”, he crumpled it and then held it up again.

After doing this, he asked again. Still the same hands in the audience went up.

So he proceeded and quizzed: “What if I drop it onto the ground and stamp on it with my shoes?”

Your value doesn’t lose

The process was repeated again and those same hands went up as usual.

He tried all the possible tricks and realised that nothing was going to dilute their passion at all.

He then paused and concluded: “You have learnt an important lesson. No matter what’s done to the bill, you still want it. This is so because it does not decrease in value in any way.”

This is how your life is.

You may have been abused by your past, disappointed by your present, or even worried about your future, don’t lose sleep, these battles you are facing will not reduce your worth.

Along the journey, you may lose loved ones, friends or your inward strength, but still, it doesn’t change your worth.

You may think that’s your end. People might think you have reached the dead end. That’s not it, actually it is the beginning of great things from a giant called you.

It is very normal to have circumstances that will devour your confidence and your worth at times.

People may think your value has been destroyed and eroded.

Yes, that’s what they will be thinking. However, that’s not a reality and it is not true.

You are more valuable than such assumptions, a jewel in the making, a rose that’s ready to flourish.

Remember, seeds hold better value only when in the hands of a farmer, but if in hands of a hunter, the story changes.

But this is not so with you. Your value will never depreciate.

It is designed in a manner that it always appreciates, particularly when things seem to be taking a nosedive.
Never mind what you went through in the past.

Your past valleys are always a reminder that the future holds something bigger and brighter for you.

Steve Nyambe is a motivational speaker and leadership coach. He can be contacted on +263 784 583 761 or his email:

Parly urges students to use condoms

PARLIAMENT has urged students at tertiary institutions to use condoms, provided by the National Aids Council (NAC) to reduce HIV prevalence, even if they disliked them.



The recommendations were made in the Senate by the Parliamentary Thematic Committee on HIV and Aids led by Lillian Timveos in a recent report on HIV/Aids at institutions of higher learning.

Senators visited different universities to discuss HIV and Aids issues, only to find out that students were shunning condoms distributed by NAC, describing them as “ugly, smelly condoms”.

“Students were unhappy with a particular brand of condom distributed at all institutions visited, these were dubbed ‘panther condoms’, and the condom is given by NAC and other partners, and students reported that they did not like the look or smell of it and, therefore, do not use it,” the committee report read.

“The committee recommends that students should use the condoms until they get the desired ones in order to avoid HIV infection, while institutions of higher learning should spread awareness of the female condom.”

Senators also found out that most tertiary institutions had no capacity to initiate anti-retroviral therapy because they were not registered with NAC, while most were understaffed and under-resourced.

“Information gathered pointed to the fact that most parents do not share any information relating to HIV and Aids with their children,” the report reads.

“There were reports of students who only discovered at college that they were HIV positive, but had been taking ARVs all their lives without knowing what they were being treated for. This exposed the students to re-infection and then infecting others without knowing.”

Hunger, lack of accommodation at colleges, peer pressure and lack of information about HIV/Aids was reportedly fuelling affairs with truck drivers and lecturers at institutions of higher learning resulting in HIV infections.

“At Mkoba Teachers’ College, the officials’ biggest concern was that most students cannot afford food and the college cannot afford to give them free meals,” the report revealed.

“HIV positive students from underprivileged families cannot take medication on empty stomachs. It was heartrending for Senators to listen to tales of how some students survive on maputi (popcorn) while others only managed one meal per day.”

NAC reportedly informed Senators that $500 000 had this year been earmarked for HIV programmes at tertiary institutions for peer education training, awareness campaigns, condom distribution and various activities like sending bulk messages on HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

Other recommendations by the committee were that truck drivers and artisanal miners should be exposed to HIV and Aids awareness campaigns, as this population was part of the key populations interacting with students.

“Starting from 2018, every tertiary institution should have a clinic. Government should only register institutions of higher learning that have adequate health facilities to cater for the health of students,” the committee said.

Entertainment key tourism driver: Kaseke

ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive officer, Karikoga Kaseke, has described entertainment is a major component of tourism and called on stakeholders to support young artistes so they can match international standards.


Karikoga Kaseke

Karikoga Kaseke

Speaking at the launch of a record label, Young Gamez Entertainment in Harare recently, Kaseke said entertainment plays a critical role in the tourism sector.

“Entertainment is a big issue when it comes to tourism. It’s not only entertainment, but also birthing artists as well as nurturing them making them respectable individuals and in the process, creating big names internationally,” he said.

“The initiative by the record label is a very noble idea, I have warmed up to it, it’s a very good programme particularly the fact that they are aiming at making the current crop of young artistes respectable.”

Kaseke said such an approach would be beneficial to tourism and he was going to lend the artistes his support.

“We should support initiatives to do with entertainment. In fact, some countries like Dubai have a ministry of Happiness that supports artistes and so it should be like that here,” he said.

Kaseke pledged to support the initiative, helping in shaping the young artistes succeed in their endeavours in the entertainment scene.

“We will try to help and shape you to achieve your goals in the entertainment scene,” he said.

Young Gamez record label is an initiative by five young Zimbabweans, who joined forces to create a platform for discovering and nurturing young talent and has so far signed 12 artistes.

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