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Dewure High gets substantive head

Mirror Reporter - Gutu
- SamuelMahwehwe is the new substantive head of Dewure High, one of Masvingo's most renowned boarding schools.
The appointment was made by the Civil Service Commission and took effect on September 9, 2014. Mahwehwe replaces John Ziki who retired in 2012 after more than 30 years of loyal service to the school.
Mahwehwe has been the acting head at Dewure since 2013 having assumed the position of deputy head in the same school in 2010.
Speaking in an interview with The Mirror soon after his appointment, Mahwehwe said he was humbled to get the appointment after recent interviews conducted by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education
He said he had a number of projects lined up to take the school forward including those aimed at raising boarding standards and academic contribution to the nation.
Mahwehwe whose area of speciality is technical subjects said he wanted to see more technical subjects introduced at Dewure.
"We currently have just two technical subjects which are Fashion and Fabrics and Agriculture. We need more technical subjects and the advantage of such subjects is that students can create their own employment after school.
"Our immediate focus should be on Technical Graphics, Metal Work and Food and Nutrition. We also need to continue improving on IT.
"We are also looking at improving on our hostels for the benefit of the children. The hostels' structures are old and we need to have tiles and improved on facilities," said Mahwehwe.
He also spoke on the need to improve on teacher housing in order to retain staff.
Mahwehwe was born at Serima Clinic in Gutu in 1968. He attended schools in Mucheke in Massvingo including Don Bosco and Mucheke High. His father was a salesman at Power Sales while his mother was a farmer.
He attended Belvedere Teachers' Technical College between 1991 and 1993 where he obtained a Diploma and got a Bachelor of Education Degree with the University of Zimbabwe in 2000.
He is married to Miriam Masaire Mahwehwe who is also a teacher. They are blessed with two children Chenjerai Isaac doing Form three at Serima High and Chido doing Grade five Mvuma.news,education

Gutu United teacher launches novel

Ruvimbo Chaibva -Mpandawana
– A book titled Revai and authored by a teacher at Gutu United Primary School in Gutu, Ropafadzo Mupunga was recently launched at the Women University in Harare recently.
The book that took five years to put together was sponsored by Culture Fund.
Award winning Mupunga got down to serious writing after joining the Zimbabwe Women Writers Association of Zimbabwe.
Revai is a Shona novel based on the challenges a widow faces on a day to day basis and how she manages to survive despite upheavals, said Mupunga.
Speaking in an interview with The Mirror, Mupunga said her difficult upbringing inspired her to write the book.
"My childhood inspired me to write the ovel and reveal what life is like for a widow. My mother is widow and I have immense respect for women like her in society. The book explores the challenges that widows encounter after losing their husbands and how they deal with their losses.
"It also looks into how society at large interacts with widows. I can say the book is pretty much dedicated to my mother," said Mupunga.
Mupunga has been a grade seven teacher at Gutu United Primary School for 14 years. She has been writing short stories and poems from childhood.
"I have a collection of poems mostly on independence and heroes. I wrote a short story titled 'Gore ra2008' which came third at national writing competitions.
"This award came after I was introduced to Zimbabwe Women Writers which I joined in 2009," said Mupunga.
Revai which was published this year and officially launched at Women's University in Harare on August 28, 2014.
"This is the beginning of my authorship and I intend to write many more novels. I think because of my first book and the critics I have received I am now equipped with the necessary skill to pen an award winning novel," said Mupunga.
Mupunga was born on October 10 in 1973 in Mazuru Village, Chief Mazuru's area in Gutu. She did her primary education at Gomba Primary School and then completed her grade seven at Chivasa Primary School.
Mupunga did her Ordinary Level at Gomba High School and later proceeded to Mkoba Teachers College in 1995 till 1997. While she was teaching at her first school, Mkwasi Primary School in Serima, she did her Advanced Level with ZEDCO in Masvingo.   
She then attained a Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Zimbabwe and graduated in 2003. Mupunga got her degree while teaching at Gutu United Primary School where she has been teaching since 2000.news

NYATHI elected new ZFU president

Nicholas Nhede - MASVINGO - Matebeleland South born Abdul Credit Nyathi who was Zimbabwe Farmers Union's 1st vice president since 1999 was voted the Union's new president at the ZFU 74th annual congress held at the Charles Austin Theater in Masvingo recently.
 Berean Mukwende the union's previous 2nd vice president is now the 1st vice president to be deputized by Philip Mauta.
Nyathi told The Mirror that he was humbled by the confidence given him by the farmers and he was determined to develop Zimbabwe into an agro-based economy.
He urged the farmers to concentrate on increasing their maizs yields from 0,5 tonnes per hectare to develop the shrinking economy.
Nyathi was born on September 28, 19538 in Gwanda where he attended his primary education before progressing to Fatima Secondary School in Lupane.
He did a Diploma in Agriculture at Esgodini Agriculture College in 1975 where after finishing was to deployed to work as a civil servant under Devax which is now Agritex.
In 1976, Nyathi went to war until 1980.
From 1980 he worked with the Zimbabwe National Army as a captain until he retired in 1985 when he joined ZFU.
In 1996 the newly elected president was elected ZFU National chairman of livestock.
Due to his leadership qualities, he was made ZFU's 2nd vice president in 1997 and Hungwe's 1st vice president in 1999. 
Silas Hungwe, the outgoing ZFU president led the Union since 1996 when he took over from the late Gary Magadzire.news,agriculture

Zhanda urges GMB to increase picking points

Nicholas Nhede -MASVINGO
– The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Paddington Zhanda has called on Grain Marketing Board (GMB) to increase picking points for maize farmers in order to incentivize them to grow more of the crop.
Zhanda made this call in response to farmers' complaints at the recently held Zimbabwe Farmers Union Congress that the picking points for maize particularly in Chipinge were far.
The farmers said long distances to the picking points for maize were deterring many farmers from growing the crop and sending excess to the GMB.
Zhanda urged the GMB to increase its picking centers mostly in the country's rural areas.news,agriculture

Sizzling play to tour East Africa

Leeroy Gono - Masvingo
-The locally produced play, 'The Gods You've Built' continues to attract a lot of attention locally, regionally and internationally. The play has been a big hit since its premiere at the Charles Austin theatre late last year.
The Gods You've Built has been invited to take part in the Annual Sondeka Festival which takes place in Kenya, Nairobi scheduled for October 18 – 20, 2014.
'Creatives Garage would like to invite you to take part in this year's edition of Sondeka Festival scheduled for 18th-20th October. The festival serves as a platform for numerous events, activities, exhibitions that showcase East Africa's creative industry and promote Africa as a Centre for creativity and investment opportunities,' read part of the letter addressed to the Director.
Written by Tawanda Mutero Kanengoni and directed by Leeroy Gono, the play has received excellent reviews both at home and abroad. It was   rated one of the best plays ever watched at the Harare International Festival of the Arts 2014 and it continues to scale dizzy heights.
Part of the letter also read, 'Sondeka is the urban Kiswahili slang term, "to create". The festival enables creative entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations, attract investment, develop new markets, and showcase new and emerging talent.'
Leeroy Gono was excited about the invitation but bemoaned lack of support for arts in Zimbabwe, 'As a production house, we are quite pleased with the recognition we are getting from the regional and international market but as long as we don't get the necessary support I am afraid we will not realize our full potential.'
The cast of The Gods You've Built are yet to secure air tickets for their maiden appearance in East Africa.
Challenging the existence of God and the meaning of life in the most tragic of circumstances, this play resonates with audiences as it asks questions that move through peoples' minds all the time but which they dare not say.
The acting is top notch with perfectly timed moments of comic relief from the seriousness of the tragedy that the play unfolds.
The principal characters in the play are a professor who has all but lost hope in the meaning of his philosophies and struggles to come to terms with the death of his son; a nun who has lost her faith and grasps on to anything that might afford her a semblance of meaning in life and a drunken police officer caught up in the vortex of the destructive nature of the other two characters' loss of hope and meaning.
The actors Precious Mudzingwa, Dereck Nziyakwi and Leeroy Gono all deliver flawless performances and they will surely lift the Zimbabwean flag high.news

Mzembi idea understandable but...

Hope Chizuzu

TOURISM minister and Masvingo South legislator, Walter Mzembi is a huge dreamer whose political rise I have watched from the humblest of beginnings when he sponsored schools football in the province under the banner of his company.....
He is an amazingly energetic man whose love for sport is certainly better than that of the incumbent minister, Andrew Langa, but his glory gore on Zimbabwe hosting the African Cup of Nations 2017, is fraught with a lack of understanding of how African football politics work. His confidence is to the initiated like this writer, a consultant with COSAFA and CAF, a bit laughable.
But it is not his fault. At least he is doing something more for his ministry to bring Africa's prominent football showcase, to our doorstep than Sport minister. On that alone his bravado deserves a firm handshake of approval. Confederation of African Football (CAF) will close bids for that edition which had been previously handed to Libya, whose instability in the aftermath of Muammar Gaddafi death, forced the continental body to take the tournament elsewhere.
Previously Libya had won the right to host the AFCON 2013 edition but that was handed to South Africa, who could have been hosts for 2017, with Morocco hosting the edition next January.  But with no security improvements on the situation in Libya, the rights have to be taken elsewhere and this has brought Mzembi's chance to champion Zimbabwe's cause.
Minister is best advised to know that Zimbabwe is such an abhorred brand after the world football politics caused friction between Zimbabwe and CAF president Issa Hayatou in 1998 when the current FIFA President Sepp Blatter was looking for votes to the top job in world football. Zimbabwe, then under the leadership of Leo Mugabe, broke camp to vote for Blatter against the CAF candidate at the time Lennart Johhanson OF Sweden.
The move so infuriated Hayatou who was the figurehead for the Swede in the race that he blamed Zimbabwe for the loss. And to prove a point to Zimbabwe, Hayatou frog marched the entire CAF executive – the supreme law making body at the Egypt headquarters to withdraw Zimbabwe's right to host the 2000 African Cup of Nations tournament that had been granted to Zimbabwe on nefarious grounds.
The move shocked the world but Hayatou was so determined to teach Zimbabwe a lesson that he chose Nigeria and Ghana (neighbours) to co-host the event won by Cameroon who beat Senegal. Since then, Zimbabwe has always had a poisoned chalice position with CAF and even change of guard from Mugabe to Rafik Khan to Wellington Nyatanga and now Cuthbert Dube has not curried any favour with CAF.
Moreso, Zifa officials should have briefed Mzembi on how best to deal with CAF mandarins. It was very ironic that the Masvingo South legislator dispatched his team to Lusaka to speak to Zambia whose president in Kalusha Bwalya, a member of the CAF executive committee who sits to award the same award.
There is no chance of Bwalya allowing himself to be embarrassed by even considering a bid to co-host with Zimbabwe. Never mind that Zambia itself have forwarded a bid for the 2019 edition, which will come just two years after the problematic 2017, which Zimbabwe hopes to get.
port, Arts and Culture minister Langa is under no illusion to worry about that Zifa bid, perhaps few of his advisors have briefed him accurately. We have not even looked at ourselves, not even our venues or road infrastructure or audit our leadership acumen or capacity.

This is one bid that fails before it has even started. It has nothing to do with the national politics or the face of Mzembi, who seems keener on the bid than Langa and his crew at 53 Livingstone Avenue. What goes on at the politics hub at CAF House in Cairo is beyond the charm Mzembi might have or intend to hire.
What Zifa should tell Mzembi is that their track record with the continental authority is so bad that ZIFA have had a lot of punishments and garnishes during the tenure of Jonathan Mashingaidze as the CEO and Dube as the president. Zimbabwe under 17 and Under 20 teams will save their last term of ban from African competitions next year.
Highlanders, for no fault of their own but Mashingaidze's, are playing out the last of their three year banishment by CAF from club competitions. That is only part of the factsheet ensconced in CAF records in file name Zimbabwe. There is on the currency of Zimbabwe at CAF, a higher chance for even Malawi to win the right to host AFCON 2017 than for Zimbabwe.
Good call though from Minister Mzembi but........

Is Masvingo soccer cursed?

Garikai Mafirakureva -Masvingo -
Despite producing the finest footballers in the country, that include Ovidy Karuru, Costa Nhamoinesu, Progress Musepa, Simba Sithole, just to mention a few, the ancient city of Masvingo remain inconsistent in terms of Premier Soccer League (PSL) representation.

On and off the pitch politics have seen most potential teams falter at the last hurdle or sink into oblivion after a one year stint in the PSL, denying Masvingo soccer loving fans a chance to watch top flight football in their own backyard.
This brings to mind former Zimbabwe national coach, Ben Koffi's alleged 'curse' after he was fired for failing to lead Zimbabwe national soccer team to any African football safari. Koffi once remarked that Zimbabwe National soccer team will never qualify for any international tournament even if they contract a coach from another planet.
Ironically the country qualified for AFCON under the guidance of Sunday 'Mhofu' Chidzambwa and Charles Muhlauri respectively, but that was the last time Zimbabwe appeared on such big soccer events and the Koffi 'curse' seem to have returned to haunt the team again.
The same can be said with the teams in Masvingo. If we go down memory lane Air force F.C (before the name was changed to Chapungu F.C) once used Mucheke stadium as their home ground, and later relocated to Gweru. So Masvingo premier league days were short lived.
Masvingo fans were afforded a chance to watch some of the soccer legends like "Sheidzai vamwe ndapedza nemi"   Nkhulumo Donga, Jonah Tasanangurwa,  Choddy Chirwa and others.
It was years later when Masvingo United F.C affectionately known as "Una Una" came into being and the city was alive again, but like the national team 'curse' the Una Una's seesaw performance saw the team being promoted in and out the premier league until they were finally relegated seemingly permanently to division one soccer.   
So anyone is tempted to think that Masvingo soccer is cursed, but I think I would want to differ from that school of thought because at one stage, Masvingo had two teams in the premier league, Masvingo United and Victoria F.C, but the rivalry between the two teams' supporters showed downright immaturity when it comes to sportsmanship.
Masvingo United supporters would be rallying behind the visiting team, booing FC Victoria players every time they were in possession and vice versa. Unfortunately both teams were booted out of the league the same year and the city's soccer loving fans were again left watching Division One soccer.
Enter the two low veld teams and the rivalry is just the same. The supporters are always at each other's throat, but from the look of things the two teams are likely not going to escape the chop and Masvingo will be left with no representation again.
Currently Chiredzi FC is just at the bottom of the log and Triangle FC is not away from the murky waters though.news

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