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Miriam Mangwaya
Chivhu Bureau

Chivhu – Chikomba Rural District Council is holding it's first Miss Rural Beauty Pageant competitions.
The competitions will be held at Philjen Country Lodges on December 11 2015.
Preparations for the beauty contest are at an advanced stage, Chikomba District acting youth development officer, Rodwell Zhande has said.
"More than 30 girls have registered and the doors are still open for more aspiring contestants. All competitors will be gathered at Philjen Country Lodges on December 10 2015 for rehearsals. Members of the public are invited to the beauty pageant. Entry into the competitions is free," said Zhande.
He said the programme was initiated to restore African identity through exhibiting local cultural values and the true African way of life. The competition is for girls between the ages of 15 and 22.
The beauty pageant is being organised by the Zimbabwe Multi-Talented Youth Association (ZIMTAYA) under the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Development.
ZIMTAYA president Christine Matizha said the Miss Rural Beauty Pageant is aimed at  promoting sensitisation to the rural girl child on issues related to cultural values, child marriages, child abuse and children's rights, and also to appreciate and nurture the rural girl child's talents to realise their full potential.entertainment

Beatific Gumbwanda
Chiredzi Bureau

Chiredzi - Popular Dendera ace, Sulumani Chimbetu and the Orchestra Dendera Kings left thousands of Chiredzi fans clamouring for more after they gave a sterling performance at Ward 4 grounds on Sunday.
Sulu was performing at a victory celebration party organised by Zanu PF Ward 4 District Chairman Francis Moyo who is Councillor for Ward 4 and also Chiredzi Town Council chairman.
The function was also staged in order to celebrate belated Heroes Day.
The crowd was kept on its feet throughout the show as Sulu belted some of his best hits; Nyuchi, Phone and his late father's  Ndarangarira gamba and One way.
Zanu PF activist Tambaoga also performed at the show.
Gospel lovers had their fair share of the cake as Bethane Pasinawako also performed.
"The pleasure was all mine to invite Sulumani Chimbetu to entertain the electorate as a token of appreciation for what they did for voting me into office," said Moyo.  
Moyo also took the opportunity to distribute 15 tonnes of mealie meal to residents of Ward 4. He also distributed 40 blankets to the aged and widows in the ward.
The guest of Honour at the event, Minister of State for Masvingo Shuvai Mahofa applauded Moyo for remembering people in his ward. She urged residents to support developmental projects being undertaken by their councillor as it helps to uplift their standard of living.entertainment

Nkulumani Mlambo

Masvingo – Happy days are back!
The Caravan Park, the prime outdoor drinking and wedding venue entertainment place for Masvingo has reopened and its being leased to CFX Tours and Travel, a Harare based company.
The grand dad of Zimbabwe music, Oliver Mtukudzi aka Tuku is set to provide top drawer music at the official opening function set for the first week of December.
The Masvingo City Council-owned property had been shut for over a year now after the city council failed to keep it afloat because of shrinking beverage business. Council shut down most of its beerhalls and some of those have now been turned into churches.
Descent Muziya who is the manager for Caravan Park told The Mirror in an interview that there will be a massive re-launch function and Mtukudzi will be performing. He said the function will be attended by the who is who of Masvingo including Cabinet Ministers.
"Although the actual date of the official opening has not been confirmed we intend to bring Tuku to perform on the day which will be graced by the who is who of Masvingo including Cabinet Ministers from the province, it will be a massive event," said Muziya.
CFX won the tender to lease Caravan Park after council advertised for bids early this year.
A number of renovations have been done at the park that include a new and bigger cold room, a bar, a new braai centre and a butchery with a variety of meat for sale.
Muziya also said there is a heavy duty standby generator to ensure there are cold drinks available all the time.
"We want to put up a state of the art entertainment centre as we intend to build a kids play centre, modern car wash with proper structures and equipment, an adult leisure centre and we are sourcing most of the material and labour from Masvingo as a way of giving back to the community," said Muziya.
He also added that they have engaged a professional security company to make sure cars are secure inside.
They have also introduced traditional meals for lunch and supper to cater for different tastes.
Muziya has vast experience in the hospitality industry where he has been working for a top hotel in South Africa until this year when he joined CFX.
CFX Travel and Tours has vast experience in the hospitality industry where they offer car rentals and travel bookings for tourists around the globe.
There is also CFX Freight (Pvt) Ltd a subsidiary of CFX Tours based in Harare, Eastlea which mainly deals in customs clearing, freight logistics like air, road, sea and rail freight. The company also provide warehousing, vehicle registration and abnormal loads.entertainment

Tariro Machokoto
Bikita Reporter

Bikita – Two doctors, Dr Tizirai Bungu and Dr Knewton Mudzingwa had a fierce clash during a Bikita full council meeting over the supremacy of modern medicine to traditional herbs.
Dr Bungu is the district medical doctor for Bikita while Dr Mudzingwa is a registered herbalist understood to have several outlets in Zimbabwe and at Nyika Growth Point in Bikita.
The clash arose after Dr Mudzingwa stood up to make a presentation on traditional herbs and its effectiveness as a cure for cancer. Sources told The Mirror that Dr Bungu did not like the presentation and declared that Dr Mudzingwa should have been cleared by the provincial medical director before making such a presentation.
Dr Mudzingwa was invited to address the full council meeting on the advanced treatment of cancer using traditional.
 Dr Bungu is said to have been so furious that he interrupted Dr Mudzingwa during his address.
Efforts to get a comment from Dr Bungu were fruitless as his phone went unanswered.
Dr Mudzingwa however confirmed the clash when contacted for a comment by The Mirror.
He said he needed no clearance from the PED or Dr Bungu because they operate at the same level.
"I was invited to address the full council meeting. I did not need approval from anyone because I obtained my license from the Traditional Medical Practitioners' Council organization (TMPC) just as they got theirs from the Zimbabwe Medical Association.
"We operate at the same level and the only difference is that they use modern drugs and I use traditional herbs," said Mudzingwa.
Bikita RDC chief executive officer Peter Chibi said he was attending a funeral on the day of the meeting. Council chairperson Clara Makura could not be reached for

Beitbridge Bureau

A prominent businessman has been linked to a spate of housebreakings that took place in Beitbridge where mostly electronic goods were stolen from houses.
Police have bust the syndicate of cheeky housebreakers who stole from any home including those belonging to senior Police officers. The value of stolen goods is estimated at $10 000 and Police is appealing to members of the public to come and identify stolen goods.
Matabeleland South Police spokesperson Thabani Mkwananzi confirmed the development but declined to disclose the names of the arrested suspects for fear of prejudicing investigations which are still going on.
  "These thieves concentrated on electrical goods including televisions, mobile phones and laptops in a burglary streak that started in July," said Mkwananzi.
He appealed to Beitbridge residents who had lost their property to burglary to visit the Criminal investigations Department at Beitbridge and identify some of the goods police had recovered.
  Recovery by the Police took them to Harare, Masvingo and Nyika.
The suspected businessman who worked with the housebreakers is a shipping clerk-cum-businessman who deployed the thieves in suburbs and picked them after their "hunt".
The Mirror understands the businessman would later buy the stolen goods from the thieves.
They struck 12 times, in some cases revisiting their victims to steal again.
One senior Police officer lost a television set and a laptop to the thieves.
In one house, they suspects allegedly had time to prepare a meal and even poured themselves refreshments before making away with electrical goods including latest laser electrical display televisions, sound boosters, audio-speakers.
The thieves also stole mobile phones that were placed on chargers and clothing and most of the goods stolen were moved to Masvingo and Harare for resale.
The syndicate was busted during an attempt to sell a laptop and an alert buyer led to their arrest after noticing some information in the laptop belonging to a

Beitbridge Bureau

Beitbridge - Two men have died and property worth thousands of dollars, including a car, went up in flames when fuel stored in a home caught fire in a horrific incident in Beitbridge last Thursday night.
 Tatenda Lenos Madzihwa (28) was burnt beyond recognition while 50-year-old Munyaradzi Marima, who crawled out of the inferno died on his way to hospital due to injuries sustained in the mishap.
The incident happened when the two were decanting fuel from containers kept in a garage at a house belonging to Lonely Madzihwa of Limpopo View Suburb in Beitbridge.
  The Mirror is reliably informed that the deceased Tatenda Lenos from Harare was Lonely Madzihwa's son who had just come to introduce his new wife to his father. Marima was a long-time associate and friend of Lonely Madzihwa.
  Matabeleland South police spokesperson Thabani Mkwananzi confirmed the incident and said investigations were in progress as to what could have sparked the fire which also razed down the house.
  "I can confirm that incident which happened in Limpopo View suburb in Beitbridge on Thursday evening and two people died as a result."
  It is suspected that when the deceased were decanting the fuel some containers squeezed against each other causing the spark which ignited fuel which was highly flammable due to the scorching environmental temperatures prevailing in Beitbridge.
  Marima, reported to have sustained first degree burns, managed to crawl out of the garage where the fire started but he was on fire and when The Mirror visited the scene charred pieces of his skin that peeled off as he tried to escape were all over the way he crawled along.
  Some people who witnessed the incident said a fireball lept high into the dark night as the fire went out of control and numerous explosions were heard amid other reports that some gas tanks were also kept in the garage that had three drums inside.
  Some people rushed and saved women and children who were in the house in the process taking out some property.
  But Tatenda Lenos who is survived by his pregnant wife, was trapped by the raging fire and was burnt beyond recognition. He was buried at Beitbridge's Makakavhule cemetery while Marima was buried at his rural home in Mberengwa on Monday.
  Police have warned people not to keep large quantities of inflammable substances in their homes and this week they warned scores of people selling fuel cheaply imported from South Africa to stop the activities.
  Many Beitbridge residents smuggle fuel from South Africa for resale to hundreds of pirate taxis that operate in

Watson Nyoni

Masvingo - Eastern Region Division One title contenders Masvingo United FC also known as Una Una have parted ways with their coach after four and half matches in charge for inconsistent results.
Interim coach Lazarus Magaya who took over from Ezekiel Mutoda who left Una Una under unclear circumstances a month ago was promptly relieved of his duties at half time by the club manager Phillip Shumba sources who attended the match said.
The game against Surrey ended 2-2 at Mucheke stadium and it is believed the team was experiencing a long spell of draws hence the sacking.
It is understood that Shumba confronted Magaya when the team was headed for the tunnel at half time as they were trailing 1 nil and told him that his services were no longer required with immediate effect.
Masvingo needed a straight win for them to close in on log leaders Hartley academy who grabbed a vital 2 nil win against Flying Eagles.
However, Shumba denied the rumors out rightly when contacted comment.
"You can go ahead and write what you hear from those sources but as for myself I have no knowledge of the reported incident or that the coach was fired," said Shumba.
Efforts to get comments from Magaya were fruitless as his mobile phone remained unreachable by the time of