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The mining town of Zvishavane was plunged in a somber atmosphere after their sole Premiership side FC Platinum lost 2-1 to Harare City at Rufaro Stadium last Saturday resulting in the team slumping to second position two points behind new log leaders Caps United who thumped Border Strikers 1-3 on Sunday.
The community at large is failing to contain the fact that their team is far from bringing the championship home after the loss.
The Zvishavane based side has been struggling with form recently jeopardising their hopes of bringing the championship trophy to Zvishavane for the first time in the history of Zimbabwean football.
Dropping the valuable points at the hands of Harare City left the title race open to the two forgotten giants who are hoping to end their trophy droughts this time around.
Some of the Pure Platinum Play supporters have lost hope and are quick to pin their support to their rivals Shabanie Mine FC who are playing well in Central Region Division One league and eying a return to the PSL as they top the log with 54 points, one ahead of second placed Blanket Mine FC.
"FC Platinum is disappointing these days; I don't know what is going wrong with the team. With the way we are playing I see Caps taking the league. I am hurt, now at least Shabanie is doing fine we can have something to smile about," said a disgruntled fun.
FC Platinum gaffer Norman Mapeza said the team has regrouped and gave hope that the trophy will land in Zvishavane.
"It's football you either win or lose but we have put the past behind and the boys will redeem their pride and win," said news

Competition bigger and better


The biggest annual pool tournament in the country sponsored by Delta Beverages through its Carling Black Label Beer will be held in the City of Progress on November 12 this year at a venue to be advised.
Delta Corporation Marketing Manager, Patricia Murambinda confirmed this in a Press release recently.
"Over 2,000 pool players will participate in the regional and national competitions this year, an increase of about 700 players compared to last year. The last national finals tournament was held successfully in Bulawayo and this year the event will be held in Gweru on the 12th of November 2016," she said.
This year the preliminary rounds will be held in 24 towns and centres as a way of taking the game to the people and giving back to the community. .
"Our vision is to enhance sport and culture in the country… The marriage between Delta and its customers who enjoy pool and drink Carling Black Label dates back to more than 10 years ago and each year has seen the tournament getting more organized and growing from strength to strength," she added.
Last year the national tournament which was held at Bulawayo Raylton Club was
won by Tendai Mubaiwa of Chitungwiza in the men's category and Shamiso Musiiwa of Mutare in the women's category who pocketed $1000 and $500 respectively.
The president of Pool Association of Zimbabwe, Trust Chifadza told The Mirror that last year Delta poured in over $30 000 into the tournament and this year they anticipate an increase in the sponsorship because the event will be bigger as there are more centres and players competing.
"We expect the sponsorship to be bigger this year because of the expansion of the tournament although we don't have figures at the moment. In the men's category there will be prizes for position 1 to 8 and in the women's category for number 1 to 4 because there are very few women who play pool and in some provinces you sometimes get two players registering," said Chifadza.
He also said there are prizes for the regional qualifiers of the tournament which is in its 11th year.
Delta Beverages has brewing and beverage operations across the country covering all major cities and towns and the country's leading brewers with more than 15 beer brands and some 3,000 employees across the country.
The company's portfolio includes global brands such as, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft; as well as leading local brands such as Golden Pilsener, Bohlinger's, Zambezi and Zambezi Light, and regional brands Castle (South Africa), Carling Black Label (South Africa) and Lion (South Africa). Delta also has growing soft drinks businesses and is one of the country's largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.
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– Factional fights went a gear up when Zanu PF Politiburo member, Paul Mangwana and provincial secretary for commissariat Jeppy Jaboon got close to blows at a provincial meeting to assess progress in the preparation for the December 2016 Zanu PF annual conference.
The melee arose after it emerged that Zanu PF now has two different offices for the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association in Masvingo with one at the Government Complex at Burombo Building and a newly established one behind the Chevron Hotel.
The meeting was held at Masvingo Show grounds on Saturday. Mangwana, a prominent lawyer and the man who led the process of making the Constitution of Zimbabwe rose and accused the provincial acting chairman, Amanasi Nhenjana of promoting factionalism among the war veterans by opening an office for war veterans who are aligned to Manicaland Minister of State Mendy Chimene and the G40.
He accused Nhenjana of taking instructions from other provinces and threatened that he and like-minded would be booted out of Masvingo and the party.
It emerged at the meeting that Nhenjana allocated the office to the G40 war veterans on the basis of a letter from Chimene.
"You have a problem chairman of getting instructions from people from other provinces who are trying to run this province for you, you made the same mistake last time when you received illegal instructions to suspend some of us from the party, a move which was overturned.
"We cannot allow you to continue like this otherwise we will fire you with your sidekicks, you are sell-outs and factional leaders," thundered Mangwana.
At that point Jaboon who is widely believed to be G40 stood up and openly told Mangwana who is seen as a Mnangagwa loyalist that he (Mangwana) was a faction leader and he has no power to fire anyone from the party.
"You have no right whatsoever to fire me from the party, we all belong to this party and don't intimidate me, we are all Zanu PF," said Jaboon while charging at Mangwana who did not back off.
They exchanged harsh words as they looked eye-ball to eye-ball and eventually they went outside where they returned after making peace.
The meeting was free-for-all as there were accusations after story.


- A grade 7 pupil at Murongwe Primary School in Mberengwa East Constituent had labor pains during her grade 7 national examination at the school before giving birth to a bouncing baby girl later that evening.
The 14-year-old pupil was ferried to a nearby clinic where she gave birth and had to write her two exams from the clinic.
Mberengwa District Schools Inspectorate Easywell Sibanda confirmed the incident but declined to comment further.
"We received information from the school but we haven't been cleared by our superiors to disclose information since investigations are being carried out," he said. However, sources who witnessed the incident narrated the ordeal to The Mirror.
"The incident happened around 9am when pupils had just begun their General Paper examination. The pupil complained that she was in pain and could not carry on with the exam.
"The girl was then escorted by two teachers to the clinic where it was discovered that she was pregnant and was about to deliver".
Sources close to the matter said the pupil had a normal delivery around 8pm and was able to write her next day exam while admitted at Murongwe clinic.
The girl's parents (name supplied) said they are yet to report the case to the Police until their child finishes writing her exams.
"We will report the matter to the Police after her exams but she alleges that my neighbour's son, a Form 3 pupil at Rengwe Secondary is responsible," said the father.local news.


A man from Village 10 in Manyoni, Mhondoro-Ngezi who was determined to convince the court that he did not rape a 10-year-old minor but there was consent argued that it was the minor who actually held his manhood and directed it in for sex.
"It is the girl who actually got hold of my organ and inserted it in," said Braswell Chigwededza in defence.
Chivhu Regional Magistrate Fadzai Mtombeni however, still convicted Chigwededza and slapped him with eight-year jail sentence.
The Court heard that the accused followed the complainant into her room where she wanted to collect her clothes for laundry, tripped her before removing her skirt and pant and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent. The incident happened on September 24, 2016.
Chigwededza was employed as a domestic worker at the complainant's homestead.
He then persuaded the complainant not to reveal the matter to anyone and offered a cell phone, money and washing powder.
The complainant told her uncle and a report was made at Manyoni Police Post in Mhondoro. Chigwededza pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in jail, two 0f which were suspended on condition of good behaviour.crime news


– The condemned Harare-Chivhu Road has once again claimed two lives when a Chivhu General Hospital ambulance going to collect blood from Harare sideswiped with a haulage truck before plunging below a bridge.
Although there was no official comment at the time of going to print, authoritative sources told The Mirror that Chivhu Hospital accounting assistant, Clinos Mufambi and another yet to be identified person who is believed to be a passenger picked on the way lost their lives.
The driver of the ambulance Joshua Ndengwe is said to have fractured his legs and there were four people in the vehicle.
The accident happened just 3km out of Chivhu as the ambulance headed towards Harare and sources said that the driver could have tried to overtake on a blind curve before side-swiping into the heavy truck.
Hundreds of people lose their lives every year along that road as the road has become too narrow for the volume of traffic and the road is also in a bad state as it is long beyond its lifespan.local news

Gapare a dishonesty and deceitful man.


Provincial Magistrate, Langton Ndokera has described former MDCT
councillor, Mbovora Mutunhakuenda Misheck Gapare as a dishonest and deceitful
man who abused his office to defraud Masvingo City Council employees of 50 residential stands with a total value of $200 000.
Ndokera said this when he sentenced Gapare to four years in jail for what he described as a well-planned and executed crime which the accused committed
when he was still the MDC T councillor for Ward 8 in 2012.
Gapare, a former trade unionist and member of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions General Council who has since defected to Zanu PF looked unmoved, continued talking and sharing jokes with people in the court room when Ndokera handed down judgment on Friday last week.
He then handed over a few items that he he was holding in his hands to his lawyer when prison guards whisked him out of Court 3 and out to prison.
He was represented by Harare top lawyer Alex Muchadehama.
Gapare will however, serve an effective two years after Ndokera suspended two years on condition that he does not commit a similar crime in the next five years. He also took into consideration that Gapare gained nothing from the crime as all the 50 stands were recovered.
It was the State case that Wellington Mahwende who is the chairperson of the Remainder of Victoria Ranch and Goddard Dunira of the Vashandi Housing schemes offered Masvingo City councillors and their employees a total of 50 residential stands.
Gapare who was the chairperson of the Publics Works Committee submitted false names for the stands which included names of relatives to the two housing co-operatives and later turned the stands to his own use.
A Police investigation team from Serious Fraud Section in Harare led by Detective Gono carried out investigations in July leading to the arrest of Gapare.
Ndokera said Gapare showed serious abuse of his official position as a councillor which was displayed by his dishonesty.
Tavonga Musina prosecuted.crime news.