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NKULUMANI MLAMBO

MASVINGO
- Fast growing food outlet, Chicken Slice will open its first branch in Masvingo by December this year.
The Mirror has confirmed that the outlet will be in the CBD along Robert Mugabe Way.
Great Zimbabwe Realtors property manager Juliet Moyce confirmed the development.
"Fairbreeze Enterprises trading as Chicken Slice will open an outlet in December at the former Amico wholesalers and renovations are underway to meet their requirements," said Moyce.
They will occupy the front part of the building measuring 388/ square metres and they have signed a five year lease agreement with GZR who are manging the property owned by the Lambart family.
Ben Mbauya from the public relations department at Chicken Slice was non -committal when contacted for a comment.
"I am not privy to that information, when the right time comes we will be able to comment," she said on the phone from Harare.
The Mirror understands that the shop will operate along the same lines as the one in Mvuma which has a grocery outlet, pizza, ice cream and the main line business which is chicken.
The Masvingo branch becomes Chicken Slice's twelfth in the country.
The business is owned by Tawanda Mutyebere who has similar outlets in Mvuma, Gweru, Bulawayo and Harare.
The brand opened its first fast food outlet in the mining town of Mvuma along Masvingo-Harare Highway which suddenly blossomed into great success. 
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NKULUMANI MLAMBO

MASVINGO
- Tucked away in Masvingo's plush suburb of Rhodene are imposing buildings which inside provides the epitome of kingly accommodation.
The rooms are spacious, the furnishings are modern and the comfort of the beds and linen is what one will get at an international hotel anywhere in the World.
Everything including the beds are covered in snow white sheets, an indication of the spotless cleanliness of the rooms.
This is Lee's Inn, one of Masvingo's best hotels.
The architecture both inside and outside the hotels reminds one of modern Nigeria where space is a must. Such space is linked with the Nigeria's kings hence the royal emperor feeling one gets on being a guest at Lees Inn
The architectural excellence at Lee's Inn was obviously done with the Nigerian royal palaces in mind as shown by the sheer size of the rooms and the three conference centres at the hotel.
The magnificent hotel sits on a 30 000 square meters piece of land and has 30 presidential suits which are as big as a netball field which are well furnished with state of the art television sets, refrigerators, a set of sofas which go with a dining table for a mini conference.
The dining room with a seating capacity of over 200 people is furnished with tables that have four chairs and are made of high quality teakwood with leather covers which are comfortably fitted with a royal touch.
The main building which houses two conference centres with a capacity of 360 people is a two storey building which also has the kitchen, reception and a spacious waiting room with a subscribed DStv satellite television.
As one walks in one of the rooms which are reminiscent of those seen in popular Nigerian movies where the royal family flaunts its riches and power through gigantic structures at the Igwe's palace.
There is no doubt that the hotel is one of the best in the country as it was built with an eye    for the upmarket and executives in mind.
 Sleeping at this state of the art building is like dreaming while one is in Disneyland because it is almost difficult to want to leave the comfort that goes with the well ventilated rooms with one of the best bathrooms one can find.
The place is also ideal for holding corporate events like end of year parties and weddings as the open space is very ideal for such functions.
The pavements are done in such a way that even during the rain season there is no fear of mud splashing on vehicles and those going about their business as they are well done with paving stones.
Lee's Inn hotel which was established in 2010 has a total of 80 rooms with full entertainment, children friendly and non-smoking rooms.
There is non-stop water supply from a borehole and electricity is also 24hrs supported by a generator which is always on standby in case of power outages.
Although the economy is not performing well the level of occupancy at the gigantic structure is not bad as confirmed by the hotel manager, Stewart Chitengu.
"The average hotel occupancy level is at 50% and we are not complaining because sometimes we are fully booked especially during conferences," said Chitengu.
The hotel which took over two years to construct has a staff complement of 30 workers two of them being managers, Chitengu and Raphael Kopolo.
There are no security fears as the hotel is manned by well-trained security personnel 24 hours a day and there is enough parking space in the hotel yard for over 100 cars.
The hotel staff is trained in such a way that when they attend to a customer it is all royal treatment throughout one's stay such that one would quickly want to come back for another dance with the best in Masvingo in as far as hospitality is concerned.
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MORRIS BISHI
CHIREDZI BUREAU

CHIREDZI
– Tongaat Hulett has pledged to donate $32 870 worth of special bins for the disposal of used bulbs to Chiredzi Town Council.
Electrical bulbs are said to possess a hazardous substance called mercury hence the need to carefully dispose them.
Charles Muchatukwa the town secretary told a full council meeting recently that Tongaat had approached council and pledged to donate bins as well as special disposal latrines which are aimed at capturing used electrical bulbs.
He also said the cost of the project is $32 870 and Tongaat will fund the programme including awareness campaigns.
"We have a letter from Tongaat Hulett in which as council management we want council to approve the donation which the company is offering us. What it means is that residents will no longer be disposing electrical bulbs in usual bins at home but in those bins," said Muchatukwa.
Council accepted the donation and thanked Tongaat Hulett for the good gesture.
 Tongaat Hulett has pledged to donate $32 870 worth of special bins for the disposal of used bulbs to Chiredzi Town Council.
Electrical bulbs are said to possess a hazardous substance called mercury hence the need to carefully dispose them.
Charles Muchatukwa the town secretary told a full council meeting recently that Tongaat had approached council and pledged to donate bins as well as special disposal latrines which are aimed at capturing used electrical bulbs.
He also said the cost of the project is $32 870 and Tongaat will fund the programme including awareness campaigns.
"We have a letter from Tongaat Hulett in which as council management we want council to approve the donation which the company is offering us. What it means is that residents will no longer be disposing electrical bulbs in usual bins at home but in those bins," said Muchatukwa.
Council accepted the donation and thanked Tongaat Hulett for the good gesture.
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NKULUMANI MLAMBO

MASVINGO –
Mbuya Vongai Makamure who was declared a provincial liberation heroine got a deserved honour when the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Constantine Chiwenga and his wife Mary Chiwenga graced her memorial service held at her house in Rhodhene on Saturday.
Four other top commanders, Major Gen Trust Mugova, 4 Brigade Commander Brigadier Gen Exsebious Tshuma, Mechanised Brigade Brigadier Gen Paul Chima, Lt Colonel Jeffrey Jenje, Retired Colonel Kanganiso Mudadi were also present at the memorial.
Speaking at the memorial, Gen Chiwenga said he would meet Mbuya Makamure at Morgenster each time he came to oversee liberation war operations in the 1970s in Masvingo Province. The Province was divided into Gaza and Manica Provinces.
He said Mbuya Makamure landed the freedom fighters all the support they required.
He said the late Mbuya Makamure remained solid and was a provincial party structure member up to the time of her death.
He likened Mbuya Makamure to Naboth of 1 Kings 21 in the Bible who refused to sell his inheritance after being lured by money and vineyards.
"Masvingo during the war was divided into two provinces called Gaza and Manica and when I came to oversee operations I would meet with Ambuya from time to time as she was behind all the support needed by the freedom fighters from her base at Morgenster Mission. There were very few people who could go out of their way to lend support to the war as most of the people were afraid of the Smith regime.
"After the war I also came back as a liaison officer and she was there to give her support wherever necessary. She was part of the provincial executive throughout her life.
Mbuya Makamure did not sell her heritage to the enemy despite going through difficult times during the war.
"She was like Naboth of 1 Kings 21 in the Bible who refused to sell his inheritance to Ahab the king of Samaria saying, 'the Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors' he told the King who had enticed him with money and an offer for another vineyard farm elsewhere," said Gen Chiwenga.
Mbuya Makamure (81) died on May 22, 2016 after suffering from cancer for over three years.
Hundreds of people gathered at her Rhodene homestead for the memorial.
Gen Chiwenga encouraged Zimbabweans to accept the Bond notes which will be controlled by the Zimbabweans themselves.
"Let's accept the bond notes because it is our currency, granted things are difficult but we cannot throw away our heritage because of difficulties which will come to pass, let's be resilient so that the enemy does not penetrate and take away what we fought for," said Gen Chiwenga.
Divine Simbi Ndhlukula a cousin to the late Mbuya Makamure also spoke glowingly about her works and the way she contributed to her upbringing when she was a student at Makumbe Mission in Buhera during the war.
The memorial service was led by the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ) Rhodene congregation with prominent businessman Setfree Mapuvire as the master of ceremony.
Cabson Magaya, Owen Mashiri and Masvingo Show Society president Trust Chaputsira attended the memorial service as well as other businessman from Masvingo.
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ELIZABETH MASHIRI
MIDLANDS BUREAU

MBERENGWA –
Police are investigating the death of prominent Mberengwa businessman Alfonias Masvola (71) who is believed to have been murdered by his stepson, assisted by his brother.
The reasons for the alleged murder are not yet clear.
Masvola who owned shops at Mataga Business Centre was allegedly killed by his stepson Mkhokhle Moyo (37) and the deceased's brother  Tafaranazvo Hamadziripi.
He was allegedly hit by logs on Friday last week after some misunderstandings.
Midlands Police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende confirmed the report.
"We are investigating a murder case which occurred in Mberengwa in Ramunyenyiwa Village, Chief Chingoma where it is alleged that a stepson killed his father," said Mukwende.
Mukwende said it is alleged that on July 15, 2016, Moyo of Bhayanga Village, Chief Madhuna, Filabus who is an illegitimate son to Masvola (the deceased) was with his uncle Hamadziripi when the two had a misunderstanding with the deceased.
Masvola sustained injuries all over the body and was rushed to Mnene Hospital but he died on arrival.
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MORRIS BISHI
CHIREDZI BUREAU

CHIREDZI –
Chiredzi North MP (Zanu PF) Robert Mukwena is not answering his phone or seen at home after failing to pay his domestic worker's outstanding wages as arranged by Chiredzi Labour Officers.
Mukwena recently agreed to a payment plan before the labour officers to clear $1 245 he owes his domestic worker by June 30, 2016 but has so far just paid $315.
Simbarashe Machona Chindidi told The Mirror that his former employer is no longer answering his phone or seen at home as he is looking for him to clear the debt.
Efforts to get Mukwena's comment were fruitless as his mobile phone went unanswered.
 "In early June we went to the labour offices where Mukwena undertook to pay the money in instalments.
"He only paid $315 and was supposed to finish off the payment by the end of the month but he had since neglected the agreement.
"I went to the Labour Offices on Monday where they also tried to call him but he was not picking his phone. I was told to come back on Thursday where further action by the labour officers is expected to be taken against him" said Chindidi.
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ELIZABETH MASHIRI
ZVISHAVANE BUREAU

ZVISHAVANE –
Erisha Mateya who was a cashier at Zvishavane Town Council (ZTC) was convicted and sentenced to two-and- half years in prison for defrauding the local authority of US$12 918.
Mateya was dismissed at ZTC on September 22, 2015 after a hearing found him guilty of defrauding council.
He was accused of receiving weekend vending bills, water bills,
cemetery bills and rentals some of which he put to personal use
between the month of January and June 2015.
Mateya would erroneously record funds which were paid every time when he did manual receipting if there was no electricity. He would feed a lesser amount than received in the company systems and take the other
amount.
He appeared before Shepard Munjanja and six months were suspended on condition he does not commit a similar offence for the next five years.
One year was suspended on condition he pays back council $12 918 so he will save an effective one year.
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