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Garikai Mafirakureva

NORWAY - A Zvishavane born and award winning novelist and poet Chenjerai Hove died in Norway early this week. He was 59.  Hove was born in 1956 in Mazvihwa in Zvishavane and attended school at Kutama College and Marist Brothers.
A Founding Board Member of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights) in 1990, Hove lived in self-imposed exile since the early 2000s.
He was known for writing newspaper articles criticising the then Constitutional Commission spokesperson Professor Jonathan Moyo in 1999 which made him win the German-Africa Prize for literary contribution to freedom of expression in 2001.
A great writer and poet, in 1981 he was co-editor on a poem called "And Now the Poets Speak,"  and in 1982 his other poem "Up In Arms" was published by Zimbabwe Publishing House and had a Special Commendations for the Noma Award, before publishing another one  in 1984 with Mambo Press in Gweru called "Red Hills of Home".
His first novel called "Bones" that was published by Baobab Books in Harare in 1988 and by Heinemann International in 1989, won the Zimbabwe Literary Award and the Noma Award in 1989.
It was followed by another novel called "Shadows" that was also published by Baobab Books in 1991 and by Heinemann International Literature and Textbooks in 1992. His other novel "Ancestors" was published 1997.
 "Shebeen Tales Messages from Harare", his journalistic essays were also published by Baobab Books in 1994. He had other poems which included "Rainbows in the Dust" (1997) and "Blind Moon" in 2004.
 His cultural reflections by Zimbabwe's elder the "Guardians of the Soil" was published in 1997.
"Palaver Finish" his essays on politics and life in Zimbabwe was published in 2003 while "The Keys of Ramb" a children's story was published in 2004.
A teacher by profession Hove took degrees at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and the University of Zimbabwe. He later wrote newspaper columns and countless articles on the Zimbabwean situation.
In 1984 he became the Inaugural President of the Zimbabwe Writers Union and from 1991-94 he was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Zimbabwe.
He later became a Visiting Professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in the USA in 1994 and in 1995 Guest Writer at Yorkshire and Humberside Arts at Leeds University in the UK.
Hove was the Guest Writer, Heinrich Böll Foundation in Germany in 1996 and form 2007-08 he was the International Writers Project Fellow at Brown
Tracy Mazhindu

BIKITA – A 25-year-old man from Duma Location in Bikita has suffered an abnormal erection that has persisted for almost three weeks now and is said to be causing him excruciating pain.
Efforts by The Mirror to track down Tatenda Musariyarwa were fruitless but the newspaper established that he had sought help from Silveira Mission Hospital in Bikita but without success.
However, self-styled prophet Ladislus Ziki popularly known as Madzibaba Benjamin of Bikita has confirmed that he is treating Musariyarwa at his church in Bikita.
Musariyarwa is allegedly saying that he had the abnormal erection after having sex with his wife who had just returned from a trip to Harare. He failed to ejaculate in that encounter and the private part had remained erect since then.
A senior medical officer at Silveira Hospital whose name cannot be disclosed for professional reasons confirmed the case but declined to comment.
Musariyarwa cannot sleep because of the pain and the wife complains that he sometimes cries the whole night, sources said.
Silveira Hospital failed to treat him last week and then referred him to Masvingo General Hospital. It is understood they tried masturbation on him to force the private part to become placid but that did not succeed.
And instead of going to Masvingo General Hospital, Musariyarwa went to Madzibaba Benjamin's church.
The Mirror has gathered that sometime in June, Stella Mutakati went to Harare to visit her brother and came back to Bikita. Upon her return, she had sex with the hubby and his manhood remained erect.
Musariyarwa was taken to Silveira Mission Hospital by his father where doctors put him on masturbation but to no

Ellen Mlambo

MASVINGO – The Masvingo Youth Cultural Arts Festival (YOCAF) will this year be the biggest ever, and one of best acts seen in town with Mokoomba billed to open the event.
YOCAF bursts into life at Masvingo Civic Centre on Thursday July 30 to August 1 2015 and the Zimbabwe Television (ZTV) will beam it live, according to the function organizer Leeroy Gono.
Mokoomba, a Tonga musical band that hails from Victoria Falls is an international award winning group and has performed at more than 50 international festivals. It is Zimbabwe's most internationally acclaimed musical cultural group.
Four African countries are also participating at the Festival with a Mozambican play Psychosis billed to be a major attraction. Psychosis is one hander played by Milsa Ussene.
Locally, one of the top comedians in Zimbabwe currently, Clive Chigubu will be doing his standup comedy.  Water Games featuring Kudzai Sevenzo, Michael Kudakwashe and Tichaona Mutore will also be one of the major acts that theatre enthusiasts will look forward to.
However YOCAF is mainly for schools and there are 13 schools from different provinces will be competing for theatre honours. These are Pamushana High who are the reigning champions and holders of the Walter Muparutsa Award , Glen View High 1 who hold the Professor Zvobgo Award, Masvingo Christian College who are holders of the Doug Hill Award, Churchill Boys High, St Peters Kubatana High School, Regina Mundi from Gweru, Serima High School, Victoria High School, Thornhill High School, Mapanzure, Gifford Boys High, Eveline Girls High and Dadaya High in Zvishavane.
This is (YOCAF)'s fifth anniversary.
Psychosis, directed by Maria Atalia is about a woman on the borderline between sanity and madness, who commits suicide.
Gono said the main purpose of the visits by artists from other countries is for performers from the four countries to celebrate with them at their fifth anniversary festival and sharing their rich cultural experiences.
"The main purpose of the visit is for artists to celebrate with YOCAF the fifth anniversary festival. They will also share their rich cultural experiences," said Gono.entertainment

Morris Bishi
Chiredzi Bureau

CHIREDZI – The Sherriff of the High Court for Masvingo Province has released property and vehicles attached at Chiredzi Town Council after the council undertook to settle the debt it owes Concord Construction in 45 days.
The settlement was entered into between lawyers Mwonzora and Associates representing Concord Construction and Kwirira, Magwaliba and Associates representing Chiredzi Town Council after the council withdrew with costs an application for stop of execution they had made at High Court last week.
The application was made after the attachment of the property by the Sherriff two weeks ago.
Chiredzi council Chairman Francis Moyo confirmed the development and said all the property including vehicles that had been taken to Masvingo are now back in Chiredzi. He felt that Concord was being unfair as council had paid all the money owed for the job done on the new site.
"We have all our property. We opted for settlement of the debt after we lost our application for stop of execution at the High Court. We are paying this amount in order to make progress but we will soon approach the courts with our grievance," said Moyo.
The Mirror is in possession of a Deed of Settlement signed between the two parties.
"In relation to case 4119/15 Chiredzi Town Council shall pay $61 890 within forty five calendar days from date of this signing in two installments which are $25 000 on or before 31 July 2015 and $36 890 on or before 24 August 2015. In the the event that defendant fails to pay $61890 as agreed, plaintiff can proceed with selling attached property" reads the settlement.
Mwonzora and Associates gave instructions to Sherriff of the High Court to release all the removable assets on

Tawanda Homba

Masvingo – A Roman Catholic woman from Mucheke in Masvingo collapsed and died in her bathroom on Sunday as she was preparing to go and attend a mass conducted by the Apostolic Nuncio His Excellence Archbishop Marek Zalewski.
Hundreds of Catholics packed at Don Bosco Church on Tuesday this week to pay their last respects to Alice Veronica Munyoro who died at the age of 51.
Nuncio Zalewski was in Masvingo at the weekend where he ordained two Roman Catholic priests at Gokomere Mission and the conducted a church service on Sunday morning at the new St Mary's Cathedral in Masvingo.
The Nuncio is the Pope's representative in Zimbabwe. It is understood that Munyoro suffered from high blood pressure.
The husband Samson Munyoro described his wife as a caring mother and pillar of strength.
Fr Richard Pundo described Munyoro as a humble person who attended every morning mass service.
Munyoro was laid to rest at Magwandi Cemetery this week

Margaret Mikiri

Masvingo Rural – Chikangahwi Primary is a school in a former commercial farming area and two weeks ago it defied all odds and inspired its 120 pupils and several teachers by holding a prize giving day for them.
Located about 12km away from Masvingo along Masvingo-Bulawayo Highway, the school barely has any infrastructure of its own and the pupils are learning from a farm house but on July 3 2015, there was pomp and fanfare like in any other well established school as there was a prize galore for outstanding achievements in many different areas including academic, sports and sheer hygiene.
The ceremony was graced by Zachariah Makopa, the District Education Officer (DEO) and the Area education officer Cosmas Musasa
The school head Silvia Maugara said the grade 7 pass rate was improving every year from the time the school started in 2005.
Makopa applauded the steps taken by the school in complementing Government efforts to provide quality education to children. He also thanked parents for their support in the current building projects going on at the school.
"We admire the way schools like Chikangahwi, from their meager means support Government programmes by giving students access to quality education," he said.
School head girl Primrose Ndiripo was probably the most outstanding pupil of the school as she received the most outstanding prize for a grade seven pupils. She also gave a moving poem at the function.
Musasa praised the school for acknowledging pupils' good performance with prizes.
Teachers were also acknowledged for their achievements and they got dishes and certificates. The National Blood Services Zimbabwe was also there to conscientise the school on the importance of donating blood.
"I have not seen this in many school prize giving ceremonies where so many pupils receive prizes. This encourages them to continue to work hard," said Andrew Mahleteve, committee member at the school.
"I also wish to thank our schoolteachers for their patience and hard work and dedication in making Chikangahwi students who they are," said

Margaret Mikiri

Masvingo – A bus load of pupils from Neshuro Primary, a school in the remote parts of Mwenezi last week made a surprise visit at The Mirror where they wanted to know how a newspaper is produced.
Accompanied by their two teachers Mercy Masukume and Thabani Tauya Dizai the pupils were asked by Mirror questions about news and newspapers and they excitedly answered and got prizes of a dollar or R5 for correct answers.
Earlier, the pupils had toured the Great Zimbabwe ruins and the Lake.
The pupils also visited companies and organisations like Zimra, Police, OK supermarket, Chicken Inn and the rank squatter camp.
The Mirror consultant urged the pupils to read more newspapers so that they know more about current