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SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

MASVINGO
- A man from Chivi breathed a sigh of relief when paternity tests proved that a child he has been paying maintenance for since 2000 was actually not his.
The boy is now in form three.
Cuthbert Damba who now stays in Mucheke got the results of the paternity tests on Tuesday this week and these were presented to him in court by Magistrate Victor Mohammed after he contested paternity.
Damba said he developed high blood pressure as a result of the case.
Damba who was given jail sentences on several occasions for failure to pay maintenance said he was convinced that the child was not his because the date of birth of the child and courtship did not tally.
Elizabeth Makamure the mother of the child said she thought Damba was the father of the child when asked for a comment by The Mirror. Makamure is a foreign currency dealer who works around Victoria Hotel in Masvingo while Damba was a teacher in Chivi and is now involved in small scale business in Masvingo.
"I actually thought he was the father. I really don't know what happened," said Makamure in a telephone interview with The Mirror before her phone went off.
"She apologized to me right from the time we left the court. Her apologies are not important because I know she knew that the child was not mine and all she wanted from me was money.
"I am going to sue her to recover all the money I spend on the child including the $350 I have paid for paternity tests.
"I met her in July and in January I was called to court to answer to a maintenance case. This thing ruined my marriage and it caused serious problems in my family. No one including my parents believed me when I said that the child was not mine," said Damba.
Damba has been paying $60 in maintenance every month.
"...Incompatibility with paternity was found at two markers. paternity of individual Mr Cuthbert Damba is excluded with a high degree of paternity...," reads part of the paternity test report prepared by Doctor Jean Emmanuel who is the Medical Director at Unistel Medical Laboratories which carried out the tests.
Makamure and Damba met in Chivi in 2000 when Damba was a teacher at Tokwe Primary School and the two had an extra marital affair for three months.
"We met when I was a teacher at Tokwe Primary School and I became a victim of circumstances after we had a sexual relationship for at least 3 months.
"I believe she chose me because of all her partners I was the only one who was employed.
"I had a hard time because of this issue, my wife and relatives did not believe that I had not fathered the child and since 2001 I have been taking medication for High Blood Pressure which has ruined my life," said a bitter Damba.top story local news



... 12 000 boreholes run dry

MORRIS BISHI
CHIREDZI BUREAU

CHIREDZI
– More than 50 percent of the 24 000 boreholes sunk in Masvingo Province are no longer working as the water tables fall deeper and deeper due to poor rainfall, the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change, Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri has said.
The situation is presenting fresh water crisis to a province that has some of the driest regions in the country.
She said the problem is Zimbabwe does not have rigging equipment that can dig deeper into the ground.
Muchinguri said 12 000 of the 24 000 boreholes in the province are not working thereby presenting an unprecedented water crisis for both animals and human beings.
Speaking during a recent visit to Chiredzi  Muchinguri said the drying up of these boreholes is leaving most villagers with serious water challenges.
"The current water situation in Masvingo is not impressive as most boreholes which were drilled by government or its partners have dried up.
From the statistics which we have as a ministry which is responsible for water, 24000 boreholes were drilled in Masvingo province but of these boreholes only half of them, 12000 are still working. That situation which is created by lowering of the water table due to drought is causing serious water shortages to villagers in the province. We don't have rigging equipment which can go deeper that's why we continue to face that problem" said Muchinguri. news


MORRIS BISHI
CHIREDZI BUREAU

MASVINGO –
The Provincial Administrator (PA) for Masvingo, Felix Chikovo has been promoted.
He is with immediate effect, the Director of Traditional Leadership in the Ministry of Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion of Culture at the head office in Harare.
Chikovo confirmed the development in an exclusive interview with The Mirror on Monday this week. His elevation follows the retirement of Fanuel Mukwaira who was the director and stepped down last year.
Chiredzi District Administrator Clara Muzenda is the Acting Masvingo PA and this follows a recommendation by Chikovo to the Ministry for her to assume the position.
The director of traditional leadership deals with chiefs and reports to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.
"I can confirm that I am going to head the Department of Traditional Leadership at head office. It is a promotion which came after the retirement of former director, Fanuel Mukwaira last year and the Ministry saw it fit for me to move me into that MORRIS BISHI
CHIREDZI BUREAU

MASVINGO – The Provincial Administrator (PA) for Masvingo, Felix Chikovo has been promoted.
He is with immediate effect, the Director of Traditional Leadership in the Ministry of Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion of Culture at the head office in Harare.
Chikovo confirmed the development in an exclusive interview with The Mirror on Monday this week. His elevation follows the retirement of Fanuel Mukwaira who was the director and stepped down last year.
Chiredzi District Administrator Clara Muzenda is the Acting Masvingo PA and this follows a recommendation by Chikovo to the Ministry for her to assume the position.
The director of traditional leadership deals with chiefs and reports to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.
"I can confirm that I am going to head the Department of Traditional Leadership at head office. It is a promotion which came after the retirement of former director, Fanuel Mukwaira last year and the Ministry saw it fit for me to move me into that position.
"I am grateful for the recognition since I have worked long enough. I am now extending the experience I have gained over the years to handling matters at a more senior level. I also recommended that the District Administrator for Chiredzi Clara Muzenda be the acting PA because she is the most senior among all the administrators in the Province," said Chikovo.
Chikovo did his Ordinary Level at Berejena before going to Fletcher High for his Advanced Level. In 1978 he enrolled at the University of Rhodesia for Public Administration but could not complete the program as he crossed into Mozambique to join the liberation struggle.
After ceasefire in 1979 Chikovo went to Romania where he finished his degree program and came back to the country in late 1981. In 1982 he joined the Ministry of Local Government as an Administration Officer and rose through the ranks to become a District Administrator in various districts that include Beitbridge, Hwange, Bikita and Gutu from where he was promoted to the post of PA.
He was PA for 13 years and has served the Ministry for a total of 35 years. top story news

WALTER MAFEKING

CHIVI
- Chivi Rural District Council Chairman (CRDC), Killer Zivhu has launched a project for more than 500 villagers from different villages in Chivi aimed at producing water melons for both local and foreign markets.
He said that he was particularly interested in producing off-season water melons when the market will be starved of the crop because Chivi is a hot area conducive to the production anytime.
The project was launched at Zivhu's homestead about seven kilometres from Ngundu Growth Point. The project which is aligned to ZimAsset is set to benefit more than 500 households in Chivi South district, confirmed Zivhu.
"Due to economic hardship affecting the country and severe recurrent drought in Chivi, I have decided to introduce this water melons project and its set to benefit more than 500 households in this district. The parents will be able to raise fees for their children and also improve their diet. It is also a point to note that the project is aligned and supports ZimAsset blueprint."
The production of water melons is conducive to dry season as the crop requires a lot of sun and also do not affect the farming season of the farmers.
"The farming of the crop is conducive to this dry season as the crop requires a lot of sun. The other thing is that this project cannot affect your time of farming mostly in rainy season," said Zivhu.
Zivhu is set to buy the seedling of the crop in South Africa which he will give to households involved in the project.
Zivhu promised villagers that he was going to look for the market for the water melons.
Villagers are also set to receive plastic water tanks which carry from 70-100 litres and these will be used to fetch water for watering the plant. He has already drilled two boreholes at his homestead where villagers would fetch the water from.
"The villagers will receive plastic water tanks which they will use to fetch water for watering their crops. As for now I have drilled two boreholes and the other two are still in progress," said Zivhu.
At the same occasion, Zivhu donated four tonnes of mealie –meal to villagers in Gomana, Chikwaku, Imbayago, Museva to alleviate hunger in the area.
He thanked the First Lady Grace Mugabe for donating school uniforms, jerseys and shoes to pupils at Zunga Primary School.business news


NKULUMANI MLAMBO/
BRILLIANT MUKARO

BIKITA
– Veteran educationist and Bikita District Education Officer, Lawrence Jenjezwa (63) has died.
He died at Parirenyatwa Hospital at 11am on Sunday morning.
Bikita District and the whole education sector was shocked as the news of the death of a humble leader, sociable, hardworking and fatherly figure filtered into all the corners of the province on Sunday afternoon.
Marius Zibgwi, son to the late Jenjezwa confirmed the death to The Mirror and said his father had battled diabetes for a long time and this took Jenjezwa in and out of hospital for many years.
Masvingo Provincial Education Director, Zedius Chitiga described the loss as irreplaceable.
Four church services were held for him, one at a chapel in Harare on Monday which was attended by tens of district education officers who were attending a workshop there.  Also in attendance at that service was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Sylivia Utete Masango.
A second service was at Doves in Masvingo at on Tuesday, the third at Nyika Growth Point and the fourth  was held at his rural home at Mutimba Village under Chief Mazungunye in Bikita on Wednesday.
He was buried in Chief Mazungunye area.
Workmates, friends and members of the public described Jenjedzwa as an icon.
"We have lost a hero in the education sector, he was hardworking and the void he has left will be difficult to fill, the education fraternity will be poorer without him," said Chitiga.
"He died at Parirenyatwa where he was admitted from Michael Gefund Hospital in Harare after his condition started deteriorating; when we talked to him we never suspected that the worst could happen," said Zibgwi.
Jenjezwa was born at Silveira Mission in Bikita and went to Museti School for his primary education.
He did Form1 up to Form 4 at Silveira Mission and went to Goromonzi High School for 'A' Level.
Jenjezwa proceeded to the then University of Rhodesia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and later did his Graduate Certificate and started his teaching career at Mpopoma High School in Bulawayo.
During his stint at Mpopoma he introduced Shona language as one of the subjects offered and it was the first school to do so in the region.
He was later transferred to Magwegwe High School in the same city and promoted to the post of deputy headmaster.
He was appointed Education Officer for administration responsible for disciplinary matters for teachers and settling disputes and  was appointed District Education Officer for Bikita in 2005, a post he held until the time of his death.
He presided over the construction of the Better Schools Programme District headquarters in Bikita which is a model in the province.
"Because of his condition he could not assume the post of deputy provincial director in Mashonaland East as a result he had to continue working from near home as a DEO," said Zibgwi.
Chioniso Maradza, Bikita district inspector for primary education described the death of Jenjezwa as a big loss to the district.
"We worked together very well, he was a father figure to all especially teachers, he liked professional growth in teachers. He transformed Bikita to be the choice of every teacher due to his leadership style.
"He had passion for his work as he would be the first to report for work and the last to leave the station and would mingle with people from all walks of life. In a nutshell he was a person of quality.
"His motto was, 'Aspire and Inspire until you Expire'. When he joined Bikita there were only four A Level schools but at the time of his death there were 21 of them," said Maradza.
"My uncle was a man of principle and would encourage us to go to school to the highest level, he also taught us to be disciplined in life," said Kudzai Zibgwi a nephew to the deceased.
Martin Marima, son to the deceased's brother said he was a good family man.
"We have been robbed of a father who was very caring. He taught us to be fair in life, hardworking and responsible.
"We learnt from him that being a father is more than the biological aspect but to love everyone including the extended family, he treated every family member the same," added Zibgwi.
Jenjezwa is survived by five children, four girls and one boy, wife Jesca and several grandchildren.
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ELIZABETH MASHIRI
MIDLANDS BUREAU

ZVISHAVANE
– A jealous woman from Zvishavane who didn't approve of her son's marriage, assaulted her daughter-in-law before forcing her legs apart and ripping off the stitches sewn on her private part soon after giving birth.
Diares Sibanda (50) inserted four fingers into the private part of the daughter in-law who was still to recover from birth pangs and tore off the stitches sewn on her.
Sibanda was arrested for assault but this was later changed to aggravated indecent assault at the Zvishavane Magistrate Courts and required a higher court to deal with the matter.
She was later granted bail but committed suicide two days later.
Midlands Police Spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko confirmed the case.
The State said when Sibanda inserted her fingers into her daughter-in-law's vagina, she demanded that the later perform the sex antics she had with her son.
The daughter is now admitted at hospital where she is nursing the injuries sustained after the stitches were torn apart.
Sibanda was arrested and brought to Zvishavane Magistrate's court where she was remanded in custody awaiting trial date from the Regional court but her relatives applied for bail which was granted.
Goko said that on September 9, 2016 after being released from remand prison, Sibanda told her husband that she wanted to go and visit relatives in Bulawayo.
She even communicated that she had arrived safely, said Goko.
The next day Sibanda texted her husband saying if she fail to reach home he should look for him near Machalaga Hills
"Her body was however found by a passerby," said Goko.
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TAWANDA HOMBA

GUTU
– Villagers in Gutu South were on Friday shocked by utterances made at a rally by Zanu PF national commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere when he told them that "if Jesus returns he will join Zanu PF".
He made the remarks which many considered to be blasphemous at a rally at Maungwa Business Centre on Friday.
Kasukuwere thanked villagers for voting President Robert Mugabe and MP Paul Chimedza in the 2013 general elections. He said Zanu PF was the party for the people, an invincible outfit that won the country's independence.
He said all the other parties were just arrangements and described ZimPF as an arrangement of disgruntled Zanu PF members.
He said Zanu PF was so great that if Jesus comes back, he will join it.
"Zanu PF is the only party in Zimbabwe and even if Jesus comes back He will join it because its policies are pro-people".
His rally was attended by party stalwarts mainly considered to belong to G40. MPs present at the meeting were Paul Chimedza, Tongai Matutu, Ticharwa Madondo and Kallisto Gwanetsa and the provincial chairman Amanasi Nenjana, Beauty Chabaya (pictured) and Jeppy Jaboon.
Earlier in the day, Kasukuwure was at the Show Grounds to inspect the venue where the party is going to hold its national annual conference in December this year.
Conspicuous by her absence was the Minister of State for Masvingo, Shuvai Mahofa together with all senior party officials believed to support Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
He castigated Lacoste for undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe and blocking party meetings organised by Chimedza in Gutu South.
Mahofa is understood to be frustrating Chimedza's development efforts in Gutu South.
When the Mirror phoned Kasukuwere for a comment on the rally he said "musanditemesa musoro" (don't give me headaches) and switched off his phone.
Mahofa in turn was furious when she was asked on why she allegedly stopped villagers from attending Chimedza's rally.
"Don't ask me that stupid question; I was in Chiredzi in Gonarezhou doing Government business since I was appointed minister I was never involved in any issues in Gutu South,'' said Mahofa.
She said she has never been involved in Gutu South issues since her appointment as Minister of State because, she said, she now represents the whole province.
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